Victor Calderón

News Producer/Host

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.

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U.S. Senator Mark Kelly will visit Yuma today.

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Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, Adjutant General for Arizona and the Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, said an indoors COVID-19 vaccination site that opened in Yuma this week will serve as a model around the state as sites transition from outdoors to indoors for the warm summer months.

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A state-run “super pod” COVID-19 vaccination site opened Monday at the Yuma Civic Center.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls rescinded an amendment to the city’s Emergency Proclamation regarding the wearing of face coverings in public spaces. This action results from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Order issued Thursday. 

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U.S. Representative Paul Gosar visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Yuma on Tuesday. KAWC's Victor Calderón spoke with him about the rise in migrant apprehensions. 

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U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar met with Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials and toured the border in Yuma on Tuesday. 

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Registration at Arizona’s state-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites including in Yuma County will be open to all Arizonans 16 and older beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced.

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8 P.M. Update: The San Luis boys soccer team came oh so close to the South Yuma County high school's first ever state championship, falling 3-2 in penalty kicks to Brophy Jesuit of Phoenix in Gilbert. The teams were tied at 1 after 110 minutes of regulation.

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Officials with Exceptional Healthcare broke ground Friday on a new community hospital in Yuma.

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With reports of migrant apprehensions on the U.S.-Mexico border increasing, we wanted to ask our local Yuma Sector Border Patrol Chief who are the migrants being apprehended here in the San Luis and Yuma areas. KAWC’s Victor Calderón spoke with Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem in his first local media interview since he took office in late December to put into perspective what an increase in apprehensions looks like here.

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Live events are rare during the pandemic. Many of the annual festivals that Yuma County residents look forward to in the winter have been cancelled or changed to virtual events. But we found one local event that has adapted during the pandemic. KAWC’s Victor Calderón recently attended Venue Wrestling Entertainment's drive-in pro wrestling show.

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Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls praised local efforts from county organizations to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as he looks forward to a 24-hour state-run site here in the near future. 

 

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Yuma city leaders gathered at the Colorado River State Historic Park this week for a ribbon cutting for the Yuma Crossing Discovery Center. Officials say it’s the latest development for the former site of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot. 

 

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Officials with the Albertsons grocery store company today announced they will be offering doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine  at one of its Yuma locations starting Tuesday.

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Texas-based Exceptional Healthcare announced Wednesday it will start building a 20,000 square foot community hospital in Yuma next month on March 12 in Yuma. 

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Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls has issued a statement regarding the start of migrant releases in the Yuma and San Luis communities. 

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A former Arizona Western College football player who won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs last season will not be with the team Sunday as they go for a repeat. 

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Arizona Western College will host the Great Western Shootout softball tournament starting today at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.  

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Arizona Western College has restarted its sports seasons after pausing last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as case numbers in Yuma County continue to rise, it won’t be the same for those who support Matadors Athletic teams. 

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As COVID-19 cases continued to rise in Yuma County this past summer and fall, officials at Yuma Regional Medical Center noticed a need for outside help.


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U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has joined a coalition of organizations on the U.S.-Mexico border to call on incoming President Joe Biden to end border wall construction. 

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he will not fund "empty seats'' in classrooms or allow schools to remain in "a perpetual state of closure.''
"Students have been kept out of classrooms for long enough,'' the governor said in his seventh State of the State speech. "They've lost out on childhood experiences that can't be duplicated on a computer screen.''

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While many locally-owned businesses have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, one industry doing surprisingly well in Yuma is sales of recreational vehicles - up over 35 percent from last year, according to some analysts. 

 

We visited a local RV dealer to find out more about RV life and what people are buying. Meanwhile, local tourism officials see an opportunity in new domestic travelers.  

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The Yuma Sector Border Patrol has a new leader.


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Frontline health care workers in Yuma have begun receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines are set to arrive in Yuma County this week. 

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An emergency medicine physician who said he was fired from Yuma Regional Medical Center over a social media post about a lack of Intensive Care Unit beds in Arizona during the COVID-19 pandemic and would not return to his job at the hospital has gone back.

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San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez announced Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers today announced committees, schedules and Republican member assignments for the first Regular Session of the 55th Legislature.

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Arizona, long a Republican red state, has flipped blue as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly were declared the victors.

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