Few resources, long distances and a fearless outlook make heat deadlier in rural Arizona

News Release Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021

It was a hot day in the middle of July when Janine Acton pulled up to the squat, fifth-wheel trailer in Bouse, a town about 30 miles from the Arizona-California border that would feel like the edge of the frontier except for the buzzing of four-wheelers out in the desert.

Acton guessed it was 115 degrees, maybe more. She walked past a faded mint-green Ford and a matte-black 1950 Ford. The small window on the door was plastered with signs: No Smoking, Oxygen in Use.

She was making the rounds of home visits. Acton is a case manager with Western Arizona Council of Governments, or WACOG, a governmental non-profit that serves low-income households and vulnerable populations in La Paz, Mohave and Yuma counties.

Bennie Yarbro, the 77-year-old resident of the trailer, was on her list.

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Event Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 (All day) to Friday, January 29, 2021 (All day)