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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Arizona Western College will spend a little less next school year, but the College Property tax rate will be a little more.  AWC Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Carole Coleman says next year's budget totals just under 78 million dollars, about 760 thousand dollars less than this school year.

Coleman says a smaller Capital budget is the key reason for the difference.  This year major projects, including building renovations for the Engineering Technology program and construction of a new Public Safety Institute facility, were paid for.

Lead has been found in the drinking water of one building at Orange Grove Elementary School in Somerton.  School Principal Kim Sey says voluntary testing done with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in January and again in March showed "actionable" lead levels in Cottage C at the school.

The Yuma Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol has a new Chief Patrol Agent.  KAWC's Kim Johnson sits down with Anthony Porvaznik...

Dr. Joseph Cardenas, a Yuma cardiologist has used a drug coated balloon to fight peripheral artery disease.  The procedure was performed for the first time in the country right here in Yuma on January 31st.  KAWC’s Kim Johnson talks to Dr. Cardenas about the medical breakthrough and why Yuma is set up so well to provide groundbreaking medical services.

Arizona Edition - John Courtis (pronounced Curtis) is now flying solo as the new Executive Director of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. 

For the past few days he has been working with long time Chamber head Ken Rosevear.  Rosevear retired as of September 29th.  KAWC’s Kim Johnson spoke to the new Chamber Director to find out more about him and his goals for his new position…