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Gov. Ducey talks agriculture, military and border violence in Yuma


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY) - Governor Doug Ducey (R- AZ) made his way to Yuma Thursday to meet with local leaders and see what he can do to help the region.

Gov. Ducey met with both commanders of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and Yuma Proving Ground.

He learned about the joint relationship between the two bases and the testing that is happening at both MCAS Yuma and YPG.

Ducey asked about the relationship between the bases and the community. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls responded he has not once received a complaint about the base when aircraft are overhead.

MCAS Yuma Col. David Scuggs explained the community is welcoming during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course held twice every year.

“This is probably the only place we can utilize an entire city, of aircraft flying. We open it completely up to the public," said Col. Scuggs.

Ducey also met with local agriculture leaders who spoke strongly about a proposal on the table dealing with a water transfer from Yuma to Queen Creek, Ariz.

Water expert and agriculture leader Wade Noble explained the potential transfer is concerning to the agriculture community.

News 11 asked Ducey what his thoughts were about the transfer. He said he wants to see all the facts on the table.

"There’s enough water for all of our people right now and it can support the growth that we enjoy. What I want to make certain is that we’re doing the proper planning and policy so that can continue into the future,” said Gov. Ducey.

News 11 also asked Ducey about his meeting with the governor of Sonora, Mexico.

He explained that everyone is aware of the violence happening south of Arizona and said safety for Arizonas is top priority.

“We met with he peer law enforcement leader in Sonora along with the attorney general. We’re going to continue to share information," explained Ducey. "And that we’re doing the proper things on the border to stop the drug cartels, human trafficking and child sex trafficking and we’ll continue to keep that communication there with an eye on safety." 

Teagan Rasche

Teagan Rasche joined KSWT in October 2019. She is originally from Vancouver, Canada.

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