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Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area funds to expire at end of year

Sen. Mark Kelly testified last week on the importance of extending federal funding for the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

Yuma was once the site of a military supply depot and Arizona's first territorial prison.

Both became state parks, but budget cuts threatened their future a little over a decade ago.

Yuma took over their management through a heritage site, but federal funding for the program will expire this year.

Kelly has introduced legislation to extend it through 2036.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.