Kim Johnson


Kim Johnson says coming to work for KAWC is like coming home. Kim has been doing Yuma news on radio since 1981. Kim and his wife Joan moved to Yuma two months after getting married in 1981. Yuma has been good to the Johnsons as they are blessed with three great kids -- Kory, Nicole, and Jacqueline (but she likes to be called Jackie!).

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One man is dead and another was taken into custody early this morning following law enforcement involved shootings and the violent theft of a semi near Quartzite, about 80 miles north of Yuma.  The Arizona Department of Public Safety says at about 1am a Ford Mustang was stopped by a Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 10 east of Quartzite for having a suspended license plate.  The DPS says a passenger in the vehicle fired a semi-automatic weapon at the officer but missed.  The officer fired back and the vehicle, now driven by the passenger, drove off west on I-10.

Yuma's Fire Department today is remembering September 11th, 2001, specifically the first responders who gave their lives in the collapse of the towers of the World Trade Center, attempting to rescue those injured and trapped in the terrorist attack.  This morning at Fire Station 2 on Avenue A, the Fire Department hosted a brief ceremony and special tribute.  Yuma Fire Department spokesman Mike Erfert says those first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice are also memorialized on the fire station's front lawn...............

Governor Doug Ducey this week announced Arizona Western College President Dr. Daniel Corr is one of four new appointments to the Arizona State Board of Education.  Dr. Corr is in his first year as President of AWC.  He previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Scottsdale Community College.  Dr. Corr takes over the Community College seat on the Board.

Officials from the Yuma Visitors Bureau admit to being relieved in the wake of Wednesday's final approval of the City of Yuma' fiscal year 2017-2018 budget.  The relief comes from the restoration of 200 thousand dollars of a planned 250 thousand dollar cut from the organization, approved in the city's preliminary budget adoption in April.  Dustin Mylius is Yuma Visitors Bureau Marketing Manager, he says he can only speculate why the Yuma City Council changed its mind on the cut.

The Arizona Western College preliminary 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for a vote later this month.  KAWC's Kim Johnson spoke to AWC President, Dr. Daniel Corr, about the 45 million dollar spending plan.  A plan which Dr. Corr says includes a 2% hike in the College District property tax rate.

Once the preliminary budget is given final approval, it will also begin the process of upgrading technology at AWC.  The College District Governing Board is expected to vote on the preliminary budget during their May 15th meeting.