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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Arizona education leaders say the Trump administration and federal education leaders are wrong to call on schools to reopen as soon as possible during a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases.

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Arizona wildlife officials say an elk rescued from a canal near Wellton last week is still in danger and can’t be returned to a more favorable environment. 

 

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Yuma Police announced Wednesday they arrested a man and woman who became combative with them after they reportedly refused to wear face masks inside a Walmart store and coughed on some employees.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey today announced a month-long closure of several businesses before the 4th of July weekend as COVID-19 numbers throughout the state continue to soar.

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JUNE 29 UPDATE- The on-again, off-again Yuma visit by Vice President Mike Pence is off again.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls has clarified his no vote on a city proclamation that requires people within city limits to wear a face mask in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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A week after President Donald Trump was in Yuma and met with Mayor Doug Nicholls, Vice President Mike Pence is on his way too. 

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President Donald Trump was in Yuma County where he visited a section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence near San Luis. 

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President Donald Trump will be in Yuma Tuesday.

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San Luis appears to be the first city in Arizona to make wearing face masks in public required. It was soon followed by Somerton.

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About three dozen residents and activists from throughout Yuma County and Arizona marched down Main Street in San Luis calling to defund and abolish the police and the U.S. Border Patrol.

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A reported visit by President Donald Trump to the border fence near Yuma will not be taking place today.

It took nearly two months for COVID-19 cases in Yuma County to reach 1,000. But it took only one week for that number to double.

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President Donald Trump is expected to visit the border fence near Yuma next week.

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Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya joined in on a Zoom video call Thursday with mayors from throughout Arizona and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly.

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The Cocopah Casino in Somerton will reopen Monday morning at 9 a.m.

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and while parks and waterways may be open, health and tourism officials in western Arizona have recommended to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

In Lake Havasu City, officials are expecting a large influx of visitors and the mayor tells KAWC it can be done safely.

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Yuma is among the U.S. cities where a rise in COVID-19 cases may be coming soon, according to a recent study by The New York Times.

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For the past two months, classrooms, hallways, auditoriums and athletic fields for high schools in Yuma County have sat empty.

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Friday is Arizona Western College’s commencement day. But instead of a packed stadium at Gila Ridge High School cheering on graduates in their maroon caps and gowns, this year’s ceremony will be celebrated virtually, with graduates watching a livestream at home with loved ones.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced this week that movie theaters in the state can reopen on Saturday, a day after his stay at home order expires.

But don’t expect theaters in Yuma or La Paz counties to open then.

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Somerton School District officials on Wednesday reported that an employee at the Tierra Del Sol Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Restaurants in Arizona can reopen their dining rooms, after weeks of only being able to offer carryout and delivery service.

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Arizona salons and barbershops can re-open Friday after more than a month of closure under Gov. Doug Ducey’s March Executive Order.

That will be a relief to barbershop owner Jesse James, who over the last week found he’d become the face of Yuma small businesses suffering due to the COVID-19 shutdown. 

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Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya was joined by city officials on Wednesday afternoon in a discussion with a dozen barbershop and salon owners regarding reopening their businesses under Centers for Disease Control safety guidelines set forth by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

Yuma County saw the largest increase in COVID-19 cases in one day Tuesday with 18 new cases reported. That brings the new total to 133.

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the local, state and federal response to it are wide ranging, impacting Yuma's biggest and smallest industries.

On Arizona Edition on KAWC, we'll explore the impacts of the coronavirus on the local agriculture industry, which saw markets drop and inventory destroyed.

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many industries, including Yuma’s agriculture business. 

While farmworkers have stayed on the job during the current global situation, experts say the food services industry, which is responsible for the bulk packaging that goes to restaurants, suppliers, airlines and schools has been affected.

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Arizona Western College will host junior college softball championships in Yuma for the next two years. 

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The City of Somerton sprayed disinfectant in high use areas of town on Monday morning. The goal is to eliminate the presence of COVID-19 and protect city residents. 

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