For Immediate Release:
December 27th, 2022
CONGRESS ENACTS LANDMARK LEGISLATION
TO ENSURE LONG TERM STABILITY FOR YUMA CROSSING NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
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On Thursday, December 22, 2022, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the National Heritage Area Act (S. 1942) on a bi-partisan vote of 326-95. This action followed the unusual vote of “unanimous consent” by the Senate requiring no objections from any of the 100 Senators.
This legislation was championed by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) in the House and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Names New Executive Director
Shelley Mellon, Chair of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and Charles Flynn, Interim Director, have announced that Cathy Douglas has been selected as the new Director. Shelley Mellon stated, “The Board unanimously agreed to appoint Cathy Douglas as our new Director.
Tina Clark, Longtime Yuma Historic Preservation and Community Advocate, to Receive 2022 Elisabeth Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership
YUMA, AZ – The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Preservation Foundation, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and City of Yuma have announced that Tina Clark of Yuma is the recipient of the 2022 Elisabeth Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership. The award will be presented to Ms. Clark during the City Council meeting at Yuma City Hall on October 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
The Keystone Award honors individuals whose commercial, political, philanthropic, artistic, planning, or advocacy efforts have contributed to their communities' quality of life, sense of place, and heritage appreciation. The award is presented annually at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference to an individual from the host community, celebrating their achievements alongside the communities they have served.
Lowell Perry retired as executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, effective July 14, to be closer to family.
Perry joined Yuma Crossing in 2018. He was responsible for the management and promotion of the Heritage Area, leading the shoring up of the organization’s internal structure, built a strong team in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and brought about a resurgence of the Colorado River State Historic Park with the addition of the Yuma Crossing Discovery Center and an Italian bistro.
Fourth grade students from Salida Del Sol Elementary School check out the cells at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park during a field trip Tuesday made possible by a grant awarded to The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The grant makes it possible for the Yuma Crossing NHA to offer a program to local schools for field trips at the historic prison and the Yuma East Wetlands. Tuesday’s tour saw students check out the prison and experience a walk through the East Wetlands Park.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is excited to kick off our Annual Giving Tuesday Campaign where you can “Be Yuma’s Future by Investing in Its Past”. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 to help enhance the visitor experience at the Colorado River State Historic Park, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and the Yuma East Wetlands.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is excited to share an amazing episode of Arizona Highways Television that features Yuma, Arizona and everything within the YCNHA footprint! We are very thankful to the Arizona Highways team for creating this segment and showing everyone how unique Yuma is and how historic downtown is a great place to visit!