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The Sun, Yuma, Ariz., Comings And Goings column
[February 18, 2008]

The Sun, Yuma, Ariz., Comings And Goings column

(The Sun (Yuma, AZ)(KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Feb. 17--As of Monday morning, Mr. G's once again will be serving up its burritos and other favorites, but this time in its brand-new restaurant at 501 S. 4th Ave.

John Gutierrez, manager of the business his family owns, said the restaurant will open its doors for the first patrons at 7 a.m. Monday. The restaurant was recently constructed to replace the original building next door. That building has been demolished and a parking lot made on the site.

Metro Anti-Crime Patrol, a private security agency established in 2005 in Bakersfield, Calif., has opened a second agency in Yuma at 2260 S. 4th Ave., Suite A.

Owner/operator Jose Lorenzo Vazquez said the agency offers a variety of security services such as commercial patrol, residential patrol, industrial patrol, alarm responses, special events, bike patrol, foot patrol, service calls and standing guard services.

The agency has both unarmed security officers and officers trained to carry firearms, chemical agent (pepper spray), Tasers and batons. Vehicles are outfitted with reflective markings, light bars, spotlights, two-way radio equipment and mobile data computers to help deter criminal activities from a client's property.

Security services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call 783-4700.

Clients of the closed Joseph Didio law firm who have active files only can pick up their files in Yuma through March 13.

To make arrangements, clients are asked to contact Sallie Scott, conservatorship coordinator for the State Bar of Arizona, at 1-866-482-9227, Ext. 359

LZ Bar and Grill, 2175 S. Harley Drive, was honored last week at an annual statewide recognition celebration hosted by Arizona Small Business Development Center Network.

The event recognizes outstanding new small businesses throughout the state. LZ Bar and Grill was selected to represent Yuma County. The family-owned business was opened in April by Bill Malo, his wife, Evelyn, son Shawn and sister-in-law Katie Paulson.

Laura L. Lopour has joined the law firm of Michael Donovan as an associate attorney, specializing in estate planning, probate and tax.

With the expansion, Donovan is moving his firm this weekend and will be open for business Tuesday in the new location at 212 S. 2nd Ave. His office will retain the phone number of 329-8707.

Michael Telep Jr., who had shared office space with Donovan at 225 W. 2nd St., will remain there but will have a new phone number of 782-0815.

Lopour recently moved to Yuma from Phoenix, where she had been working as a tax consultant at a national accounting firm after graduating from law school at Arizona State University. In addition to her law degree, Lopour has a graduate certificate in accountancy.

"As a newcomer, I very much look forward to serving the Yuma community and have already enjoyed a warm welcome," she said.

Dr. Scott Norris, D.C., of Yuma East Chiropractic, welcomes the association of Dr. P. Terry Allen, D.C., who is re-establishing his practice at the clinic, 11551 S. Fortuna Road, Suite B, in the Foothills.

A 1976 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Allen has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice, the past three years in the Foothills.

For an appointment, call 342-7220.

Photographer Amy Wright of Precious Memories Photography offers a laid-back alternative to formal, stilted portraits and impersonal backgrounds.

You choose the location -- park, home, etc. -- and bring your ideas. Wright will do the rest, whether it's portraits of that new baby, children of all ages, high school seniors or families.

For more information visit or call 261-9706.

Yuma Regional Plaza Laboratory's main laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the staff's education and qualifications, adequacy of the facilities, equipment, laboratory safety and laboratory management to determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.

As of Feb. 22, financial adviser Barry D. Todd will no longer be associated with First Command Financial Planning.

Beginning Feb. 25, Todd will open his new office as BDT and Associates Inc. at 3939 S. Avenue 3E, Suite 130, where he will continue to provide services as a financial adviser.

I Know Wireless, an exclusive Verizon Wireless retailer, has opened a new office in Yuma.

Co-owners Ted Doe and Brian Mitchell certainly know the wireless business, both going back in the industry more than 20 years.

For a new Verizon phone and service, accessories or customer service, stop by 1910 S. 4th Ave. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The phone number is 329-8255.

This makes the fourth store for the company, which also has two in Tucson and one in Casa Grande.

Foothills-area residents and visitors have another place to eat with the opening of Quizno's at the Chevron convenience market at 10747 Fortuna Road. It provides for a one-stop shop for gas, some quick shopping and your favorite sandwich.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. To order ahead and for takeout, call 345-6882.

Charles Riddle is the owner and manager.

Customers of longtime hairstylist Melinda Rico can now find her at Polished Lady, 2375 S. 4th Ave., where she is an independent contractor.

The salon, which opened in 1994 and offers hair and nail services, recently expanded into a former boutique, remodeled and added space for Rico, said owner Lisa Loaiza.

Rico, who had worked for the last three years at Regis Salon, has several years experience and advanced training in hair-care products and techniques.

For an appointment, call the salon at 782-4126, or Rico directly at 782-3211.

Christa Brandon has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet products.

Brandon offers the company's foods and beverages to guests at home taste-testing parties. Guests receive samples, easy meal ideas, recipes and serving suggestions.

For information about products, hosting a party or business opportunities with Tastefully Simple, contact Brandon at 329-4565.

America's favorite seafood swims into Famous Dave's with the addition of shrimp dishes to the restaurant's menu.

"Who better to grill them and add some barbecue sauce than Famous Dave's?," said Bill Dworak of Famous Dave's of Yuma, 1501 S. Yuma Palms Parkway at Yuma Palms Regional Center.

The restaurant's seafood menu items include the BBQ shrimp skewer appetizer, BBQ shrimp platter, BBQ shrimp and spareribs combo, BBQ shrimp and meat combo, and the BBQ shrimp sandwich.

Dune Company is expanding into the Mexicali Valley, with plans to open a facility there by the second half of 2008. The facility will serve U.S. growers who are moving their crop production south of the border because of labor issues and rising costs in the U.S.

Dune Company Mexicali will be located southwest of Mexicali in the heart of the vegetable growing area of the Mexicali Valley. It will be managed by Renato Saenz, who spent 17 years with Servicios NH3 in the Mexicali Valley.

Dune Company has been serving the winter vegetable industry in the desert Southwest since the 1960s with crop protection products, fertilizers, application services and technical advice.

OneSource Distributors, an electrical distribution company based in Oceanside that has a location in Yuma, has been honored by two utility companies.

The company received the Supply Chain Leader Award from Pacific Gas and Electric Company for its performance as a supplier for the company, partnering on the launch of a pilot vendor managed inventory program, its customer service and "above and beyond" support during the windstorms that hit Central California in January.

OneSource Distributors also was honored by San Diego Gas and Electric for helping the utility respond to and recover from the 2007 Southern California fires.

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