Comings and Goings has learned that the Shilo Inn is scheduled for an online auction July 24-26 on

Opening bid for the hotel is $1.5 million. The property was developed in 1987 and includes a second building for a restaurant and lounge for a total of 95,672 square feet on 5.38 acres at 1550 S. Castle Dome Ave.

The Yuma hotel is one of several Key Hotel properties being auctioned on the website.


A certificate of occupancy has been issued for the grocery area renovation at Target, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official. For those who missed last week’s story about the project, it expanded the store’s grocery area to include fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods. Other areas of the store were remodeled as well.

Kircher also reported:

• A certificate of occupancy has been issued for tenant improvements to a multitenant building in the Ingold Industrial Complex off 30th Street and Avenue 7E. The tenant will be a federal government agency.

• Interior alterations have been completed to Tuscany Plaza No. 11 for Community Intervention Associates.

• Building permits have been issued for interior alterations to the Deason Law Firm.

• A building permit has been issued for tenant improvements to Yuma Plaza Shops B, Suite 6. The tenant will be Edward Jones Investments.

• Johnson Controls is constructing a new office space on the mezzanine.

• A permit has been issued for construction of a new office for Lauris Construction in the Curtis Industrial Park.

• New Plans have been submitted for tenant improvements to PMG Building, 16th Street and 4th Avenue, in Suites 101, 102 and 103 for a total of 1,948 square feet.

• Plans are under review for equipment replacement at the Yuma Regional Medical Center Catheterization Lab No. 3, a $250,000 project.


Fretworks! Music Center will “soft open” Thursday, reported general manager Lisa Rammelt. The new music store, located at 1150 S. Castle Dome Ave., Suite A (in the Las Palmillas Shopping Center), will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It can be reached at 248-4048.

Fretworks! has been awarded Yuma’s only full-line Fender dealership and the store is stocked with Fender-branded instruments, amplifiers and accessories. More merchandise continues to arrive. Band and orchestra instruments are available for rent and sales now, well in advance of school musical events.


AAA has unveiled its list of Top Shops, AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities. For 2012, the award, now in its 11th year, honors 27 auto repair facilities across Arizona.

Making the list for the first time is Accurate Automotive in Yuma. Located at 1495 S. 3rd Ave., the shop is owned by Russell McCloud.

To be considered for the designation, shops must be part of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair facilities network and adhere to more than 20 standards established by AAA. For more information, visit

McCloud’s sister, Michele Payne, and her husband, Gene, were on hand to personally receive the honor.


The Foothills Bank in Yuma has been recognized by ICBA Independent Banker, the award-winning magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America, as an outstanding ICBA 400 community bank performer in its June issue. The ranking is based on The Foothills Bank’s 2011 year-end earnings and operational efficiencies.

This year’s ICBA 400 shows that the overall performance of community banks across the country continues to steadily improve since the Wall Street financial crisis. The magazine’s year-end rankings of ICBA members are based on return on average assets and return on average equity as reported in final 2011 FDIC call report data.


Construction has begun on the multimillion-dollar Arizona Western College Wellton Learning Center, expected to be completed by late October, said Leo Pilkington of Pilkington Commercial Construction, the general contractor for the 6,800-square-foot building.

The center will be located on the southwest corner of East County 12th Street (William Street) and South Avenue 29E in Wellton. The land was made available to the community through a transfer from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, facilitated by the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation & Drainage District. In 2010, the WMIDD and Bureau of Reclamation signed a lease agreement to allow the eventual development of the Wellton Community Complex that will include the AWC Center, a new elementary school and a municipal park.

The Wellton Learning Center is the final project in the $74 million AWC bond measure approved by voters in 2004.

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