Kim Johnson

Host, All Things Considered, and News Producer

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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Agriculture
6:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Declining Bee Population in Yuma (and the World)

Arizona Edition – The declining honey bee population is a major concern here in the United States.  Approximately one third of our nation’s crops—especially food crops—rely on honey bees for pollination.  The number of honey bees has been declining in the U.S. and in Europe, as well, for some time now.  The National Agriculture Statistics Service reports that in 1947, there were nearly 7 million honey producing hives in the U.S.  By 2008, that number had fallen to about 2.4 million.

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Government
6:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Deadline to File Taxes is Close at Hand

Tax Time

Arizona Edition - April 15th is the deadline to file your federal income taxes and each year there are changes in tax law that can impact how much time and how much paperwork filing your taxes will take.  Although as KAWC’s Kim Johnson found out, most people don’t use any paper when filing their taxes these days….(originally aired 04/02/14).

This piece was featured in the April 2nd Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show can be found below in the related content section.

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Water
6:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Minute 319 Pulse Flow: U.S./Mexico Water Relations

Arizona Edition - For the first time in almost 20 years, the Colorado River is flowing into northern Mexico – and through a dam that usually stops it.  It’s part of an agreement between the Mexican and US governments, as well as non-profits in both countries.  It’s called a pulse flow – meaning a temporary release of water. 

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Health Care
6:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Medical Community Makes Final Push as Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms

Navigators Maria Mesa (Left) and Lizbeth Vasquez (Right) at YRMC's Enrollment Fair
Maya Springhawk Robnett KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition - The clock is ticking for Americans and Arizonans to enroll in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the universal health care law signed into effect by President Barack Obama in 2010.  The deadline is March 31st.  As of the end of February, just under sixty thousand Arizonans had signed up for insurance coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare.  

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Military
6:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma Puts on Yuma Air Show

Arizona Edition - This weekend, the skies of Yuma fill with the sights and sounds of U.S. military might and aviation heroics.  The Marine Corps Air Station Yuma’s annual Yuma Airshow is one of the biggest events of the year, bringing tens of thousands of residents and visitors through the gates of one of the busiest Marine air bases in the country.  KAWC’s Kim Johnson spoke with real fighter pilot Lt. Colonel Brent Weathers about what to expect and this year’s event, including a few surprises…(originally aired 03/12/14).

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