Kim Johnson

Reporter

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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The Democratic State Committee, the governing body of the Arizona Democratic Party, held its first meeting of 2020 on Saturday on the Arizona Western College Yuma main campus. 

City of Yuma

Yuma’s new City Administrator, Philip Rodriguez, took the oath of office from Mayor Doug Nicholls during last night’s, Dec. 4, Yuma City Council meeting. 

Rodriguez was chosen from among 34 original applicants for the job, unanimously approved by the Council from three finalists in a special meeting October 21st.

The national search for a new City Administrator began in June with the retirement of Greg Wilkinson, who had been administrator for nine years. 

Yuma Police Department

The Yuma Police Department reports it lost one of its officers.  On Friday, Nov. 22, K-9 Officer Bolo died of cancer. 

YPD spokesperson Sergeant Lori Franklin says Officer Bolo was seven years old, beginning his police career in 2015 with his handler, Officer Thomas Linville.  Sergeant Franklin says Officer Bolo was deployed 537 times in his YPD career.

Sergeant Franklin says Officer Bolo participated in building searches and narcotics detections during his YPD career. 

Kim Johnson

Over 200 people filled Yuma City hall Thursday, Nov. 21, for an AZ Department of Water Resources public hearing on a proposed sale of water rights from La Paz County to Queen Creek, Arizona.

GSC Farm LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, wants to sell its annual entitlement of nearly 2,100-acre feet of Colorado River water.  They purchased 485 acres of farmland near Cibola in La Paz County. 

Visit Yuma

The Yuma area is well known for agriculture, and the arts scene has been an important component of the area's culture for sometime. That is why Visit Yuma has combined these seemingly unrelated aspects of the community in its latest promotion.

They call it "Ag to Art Farmer's Market: Feeling the Body and Soul." KAWC's Kim Johnson attended the first of the series of events at Tractor Supply Company and spoke to organizers as well as attendees.

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