Kim Johnson


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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Governor Doug Ducey this week announced Arizona Western College President Dr. Daniel Corr is one of four new appointments to the Arizona State Board of Education.  Dr. Corr is in his first year as President of AWC.  He previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Scottsdale Community College.  Dr. Corr takes over the Community College seat on the Board.

Officials from the Yuma Visitors Bureau admit to being relieved in the wake of Wednesday's final approval of the City of Yuma' fiscal year 2017-2018 budget.  The relief comes from the restoration of 200 thousand dollars of a planned 250 thousand dollar cut from the organization, approved in the city's preliminary budget adoption in April.  Dustin Mylius is Yuma Visitors Bureau Marketing Manager, he says he can only speculate why the Yuma City Council changed its mind on the cut.

The Arizona Western College preliminary 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for a vote later this month.  KAWC's Kim Johnson spoke to AWC President, Dr. Daniel Corr, about the 45 million dollar spending plan.  A plan which Dr. Corr says includes a 2% hike in the College District property tax rate.

Once the preliminary budget is given final approval, it will also begin the process of upgrading technology at AWC.  The College District Governing Board is expected to vote on the preliminary budget during their May 15th meeting.

The Arizona Western College District Governing Board has given preliminary approval to a budget for fiscal 2018.  The budget would increase spending by just over four percent as well as the District's property tax rate.

Diana Doucette is Director of AWC Financial Services.  She says the community has always been supportive of its community college, and she has faith it will understand and support the modest property tax hike proposed.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona has won two million dollars as one of the top finishers in the "America's Best Communities" Competition.