Yuma County

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Starting Tuesday, June 1 all eight of the Yuma County libraries will resume regular hours of operation.  

Recently, the U.S. Border Patrol began releasing refugees and asylum-seeking migrants in Yuma County. While they aren't in the area long, there are few aid agencies to help them transition out.  

CASA of Yuma County


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


The Yuma County Public Health District announced late Wednesday that it is now in Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule allowing anyone 55 years or older to get inoculated. 

The former director of Arizona's health department, Will Humble, says zip-code level data on Covid-19 vaccination rates statewide would show low numbers for disadvantaged populations. But will the state release the information?  

Andrea Perez Balderrama


Yuma County is among the worst-hit communities by the COVID-19 pandemic.  


The County’s COVID-19 positivity test rate of 20 percent, compared to the state’s average of 14 percent, is an indicator of how much the virus is spreading. 

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Those eligible in Yuma County can register for the COVID-19 vaccine at Albertson's pharmacy. 


According to its website, Albertsons has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide vaccines to customers through its SAV-ON Pharmacy inside the Albertsons on West 24th Street. 

Albertsons is part of the federal program to receive the vaccines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  

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Deputy Yuma County Attorney Claudia González Jiménez has been appointed as a new Court Commissioner for the Yuma County Superior Court.


The Yuma County Judicial Selection Committee will gather Saturday to interview candidates for an open Court Commissioner position in Yuma County’s Superior Court. 


They will interview top candidates and recommend the best three, but Presiding Judge David Haws will be the decider. Judge Haws will appoint the Commissioner who will sit on the bench for up to a year.  


Yuma lawyers are urging Judge Haws to use this power responsibly and prioritize diversity in making his decision.  



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. 

Yuma County Public Health District


As the total number of COVID-19 cases surpass 12,000 in Yuma County, daily reports over the last couple of weeks have shown a downward trajectory in the number of cases reported. The health director for Yuma County says it could be a result of effective safety measures. 


John Courtis, who has served as the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director for the last six years has announced his retirement. 

A spaceport in Yuma County could be close to reality after the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC) received a grant worth more than $27,000 to test Yuma County's ability to host a spaceport. 


Arizona Edition

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The Census is a count of everyone in the United States.  The results determine funding levels for cities and towns that directly impact services in those communities.


Flu season is underway, but so far no officially diagnosed cases have been reported in Yuma County.  That information coming from Kathy Ward, Nursing Supervisor for the Yuma County Public Health Services District. 

Ward says while there have been no “official” cases yet, it’s impossible to predict how bad the flu season is going to be until it hits. Ward says despite what residents might've heard, it's not possible to get the flu from the shot. 

She adds that if someone is coming down with it, they should see the doctor to prevent complications.


Arizona Edition Live

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The factors future college students consider when they choose the colleges and universities they are interested in depend a lot on personal priorities. One major factor is cost, another is how far away from home they are willing to go.

Stephanie Sanchez

How does enforcement determine if someone is “too high” to drive?

As scientists try to develop a reliable DUI test for marijuana, KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez went on a ride along with two local law enforcement agencies who say they just rely on the tools they have. 


This weekend, Dozens of children in Yuma County will be among the thousands of children across the country to finally have someplace to call home.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more.

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Dates—as in the fruit from the Middle East—grow surprisingly well in Yuma County, Arizona.  And harvest has just wrapped up.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

Aging Farmworkers Face Challenges with Retirement

Nov 2, 2017
Stephanie Sanchez

While much of the American workforce looks forwards to retiring around 65, many seasonal farmworkers have no choice but to keep working well past that age.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more.

Stephanie Sanchez

The Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition Conference wrapped up Thursday with a farm tour for participants.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more.

Yuma County Donations For Earthquake Victims In Mexico

Sep 21, 2017

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico Tuesday destroying buildings and killing hundreds.

For those looking to help victims of the earthquake and groups assisting relief efforts, KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has the details.

September Designated as Cocopah Month in Yuma County

Sep 11, 2017
Cocopah Indian Tribe

Cities in Yuma County proclaimed September as Cocopah Month in honor of the Cocopah Indian Tribe’s 100th anniversary of federal recognition.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

Stephanie Sanchez

President Donald Trump visited Yuma this Tuesday ahead of a big event in Phoenix.

KAWC's Stephanie Sanchez  reports people gathered in 108 degree heat to get a glimpse of the president.

Stephanie Sanchez

The “Silver Tsunami” is a metaphor used to refer to the sharp increase of people in the United States turning 65 years old by 2030.

At a sensitivity workshop put on by a local health center this week, participants learned how to understand some of the common changes that come with aging.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

Yuma Community Food Bank Hits Record for Number of Families Served

Aug 4, 2017
Yuma Community Food Bank

The Yuma Community Food Bank has seen record numbers for individuals served and is now running low on donated food.  KAWC's Maya Springhawk Robnett reports...

BBB Tips To Avoid Indentity Theft And Scams

Jul 12, 2017

Scams continue to be a major problem for consumers. Scammers rely on the victim to hand over personal information or money in exchange for a product or service.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez speaks Better Business Bureau Regional Director of the Yuma County branch Janet Torricellas, on how you can avoid most scams and help protect yourself and your family.

Yuma County Foster Children Need Advocates

Jun 13, 2017

Arizona’s most vulnerable children are in critical need of child welfare advocates to help them find permanent loving homes.

The number of dependency cases continue to grow each day leaving behind many children who are trying to escape the limbo of an overburdened child welfare system.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports on the requirements of the volunteer position and how the volunteer’s work can impact a child’s life.

School Districts Offer Free Meals This Summer

May 25, 2017
Stephanie Sanchez

School is almost out this week but hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.

Many kids eat free lunches during the school year but once summer break rolls around, they lose access to a free meal.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports on efforts by Yuma-area school districts to expand their reach and alleviate the food insecurity in Yuma County.

Yuma Public Comment Session on APS Proposed Rate Hikes

Apr 11, 2017
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC

The Arizona Corporation Commission held a public comment session Monday to discuss the proposed Arizona Public Service rate increases.  KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports.