Kim Johnson

News Producer/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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Yuma County is now days into its push to increase the number of people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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The American Lung Association released it State of The Air Report 2021 Wednesday. 

 

It showed that despite nationwide progress on cleaning and air pollution, more than 40 percent of Americans live with unhealthy ozone or particle pollution. In Arizona, Yuma gets an 'F' on ozone quality. However it did show signs of improvement from the previous year. 

Phoenix got worse and is ranked 5 for most polluted ozone in the country. 

 

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday issued a Declaration of Emergency, announcing he’s deploying the Arizona National Guard to the state’s southern border.

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It was announced in early April that $135 million was coming to Arizona from the American Rescue Plan and it is now being disbursed to help community health center's fighting COVID-19. 

The number of families, unaccompanied children, and single adults being taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol continue to increase along the Southwest border. 

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said the numbers are overwhelming local border agents and impacting the community and his deputies. 

Sheriff Wilmot tells KAWC's, Kim Johnson he lays the blame at the feet of the Biden Administration. 

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The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Yuma County need volunteers to advocate for kids in foster care. 

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A relatively common plant virus, known to infect over 600 species of plants has been found for the first time in some Yuma area lettuce fields. 

The virus is called Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus, or INSV and was found locally in early March, said Yuma Grower John Boelts, from Desert Premium Farms and 1st Vice President of the Arizona Farm Bureau. 

 

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and the state health department announced a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Yuma Civic Center starting Monday, March 29. 

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The demand for a COVID-19 vaccine continues throughout Yuma County. 

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In a tweet, Monday, Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls said Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are being released in Yuma and San Luis - again. 

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The Arizona Legislature has a month under its belt into 2021 and democratic representative Charlene Fernandez is raising concerns about issues being addressed.


Congressman Raul Grijalva said he is pleased with President Biden's decision to end private prison contracts on Tuesday. 

 

The President issued an executive order ending the Department of Justice's reliance on private for-profit prisons. 

 

Grijalva called the order "an important, immediate step the federal government can take to address the mass incarceration crisis." A crisis he said currently traps million in the criminal justice system. 

 

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COVID-19 vaccinations have become nearly impossible to come by for Yuma County residents. Limited appointments fill up quickly leaving many frustrated. 

 

KAWC's Kim Johnson spoke with Arizona Representative Tim Dunn about the difficulties of getting appointments for vaccinations in Yuma County. 

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If there was ever a year where the need for donations were at a high, 2020 may have been it and the Yuma Community Food Bank saw that, according to President and CEO Shara Whitehead.

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Having served nine years in the past, Democrat Bill Mundell is seeking another term on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which among a number of duties, regulates monopoly utilities. 

Mundell served from 1999 through 2008 on the commission before being term limited from office. He would go on to seek another term in the 2016 election along with fellow Democrat Tom Chabin. 

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One of the highly contested races on the General Election ballot is for Yuma County Sheriff this year.  

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If you have been to any of the four Walmart's in the Yuma area you may notice departments have been re-arranged and renovations have been underway. 

According to Anne Hatfield, Walmart's Western States Director of Communication, the stores are being renovated to the highest standards of Walmart's newest stores. 

"Things that customers will see include expanded beer and wine selections, expanded delis. New interactive departments in electronics and the baby section. Where products are out of the box," said Hatfield. 

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The City of Yuma and the Regional Council of Ramat HaNegev, Israel signed an official Memorandum of Understanding Wednesday to establish a partnership for agricultural collaboration, amongst other future points of interest.

Arizona's opening of the Arizona-Israel and Investment Office in Tel Aviv made the partnership possible. 

Through a Zoom video conference between Yuma and Israel, Mayor Doug Nicholls and Ramat HaNegev Mayor Eran Doron signed the memorandum between the two desert regions. 

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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, along with the state's health director, Dr. Cara Christ, want all residents to get the influenza vaccine. 

The new head of the Postal Service testified Friday, Aug. 21 before a committee of the Republican-controlled Senate on the controversial changes made to postal operations. 

The changes come less than three months before many Americans plan to vote by mail in the November Election. 

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was appointed to the post in June and spent most of his time before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee answering questions about the changes implemented at U.S. Post Offices. 

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Monday was day one of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. It was also the first time Bryan Rasmussen,  the Yuma County Democratic Party Chairman, took part in an all virtual-based convention instead of gathering as planned in Milwaukee. 

The convention intends to hammer out the party platform, and nominate the party's candidates for President and Vice President. 

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The Yuma Police Department is warning residents about "smash and grab" vehicle burglaries that have increased in the last ten days, according to Seargent Lori Franklin with YPD. 

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Yuma City councilmembers voted to increase funding for a program helping small businesses throughout the city impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, during last weeks city council meeting. 

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During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on virus scams, U.S. Senator Krysten Sinema from Arizona warned that scammers are trying to advantage of Arizona families amid the pandemic. 

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Flags at all Arizona state buildings were lowered from sunrise to sunset Friday in honor of an Arizona National Guard member who died Wednesday after collapsing during a Tuesday fitness test in Tempe. 

The twenty-three-year-old U.S. Army 3nd Lt. Robert Dwayne Bryant Jr., a member of the Phoenix Police Department, was taking a test for the Basic Officer Leader Course when he collapsed during its run portion. 

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There was no firm date announced for the start of in-classroom schooling in Arizona during Gov. Doug Ducey’s COVID update this afternoon.  But during the press conference, the governor announced additional resources and what he called “flexibility and clarity” for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

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The Yuma City Council approved an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face masks outdoors to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Doug Nicholls and Councilmember Chris Morris voted against the measure.   

 

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After action Wednesday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey giving local governments the power to determine if masks must be worn, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Thursday issued a proclamation requiring them to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the county. 

 

 

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For more than half of the students at Arizona Western College, walking across the stage at college graduation would have been a first for them and their families. 

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, graduation this year is unlike any other but it will be special and a wonderful way to celebrate the accomplishment of students, Arizona Western College President Dr. Daniel Corr said before the college's virtual graduation Friday night. 

 

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