Friday Focus Morning Show – May 19

Should the City of Sierra Vista expand the Vista Transit bus service following a recent study, or does it need to find a more efficient way to run it? State legislators Drew John and Gail Griffin have agreed to ‘switch seats’ during the 2018 election to allow Griffin to remain at the Capitol, even though she will have termed out in the Senate. Is this a good way to retain her experience, or should she step aside for new blood? How has the City of Bisbee allowed local residents and businesses to run up a $1.4m sewer and sanitation debt? Has the city only got itself to blame for the situation and how will it be resolved? These were some of the issues we discussed this week with Sierra Vista Herald opinions editor Eric Petermann.

First Hour – Community News

While the Sierra Vista Unified School District was successful in persuading voters to pass a $28m school bond, there are still many budget challenges ahead. We spoke to Superintendent Kriss Hagerl about the impact of recent legislation, the struggle to give teachers a pay raise, and how the expanded school voucher program could impact the district.

Second Hour – Kriss Hagerl

Adult services librarian Susan Abend dropped by to tell us about the Sierra Vista Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which isn’t just for kids. We also have the details on a number of upcoming events and programs in the the community.

Third Hour – Community Events

Friday Focus Morning Show – May 12

How did this month’s Good Morning Sierra Vista event take a controversial turn, and does the community support the Villages at Vigneto development? Is a public service announcement encouraging people to hide photos and videos of naked juveniles acceptable as freedom of speech? And do Mexican shoppers hold the key to Sierra Vista’s retail industry? These were some of the topics discussed during our first hour with Eric Petermann of the Sierra Vista Herald.

First Hour – Community News

Economic development will become a stronger focus for Cochise County, in particular the proposed new Douglas Port of Entry and Villages at Vigneto. But does tourism have a place in these future plans? Ed Gilligan, Cochise County Administrator, joined us to tell us more.

Second Hour – Ed Gilligan

The business theme continued into our third hour when Angelica Hernandez, Business Outreach Coordinator with Arizona@Work, dropped by the studio. She also told us about a growing group for young professionals and how one organization is helping area homeless veterans.

Third Hour – Business Outreach

Friday Focus Morning Show – May 5

Sheriff Mark Dannels rallied supporters to attend this week’s Cochise County Board of Supervisors meeting to address concerns about pay levels for his staff. More than 100 people turned out for that meeting and you can hear our discussion on this with Eric Petermann, of the Sierra Vista Herald. We also touched on the progress of the school bond, as well as plans by the city to carry out a study of the Sierra Vista airport, potentially costing $150,000. There was some good news on the local jobs front and we asked the question, ‘Are our lawmakers too sensitive?’

First Hour – Community Issues

Economic development has been a big focus for the City of Sierra Vista and one of the people in the hot seat is Mike Cline, who became the economic development analyst in January. Find out about his thoughts on the local economy and how the city is planning to help businesses.

Second Hour – Economic Development

A new signature event takes place over Memorial Day weekend that hopes to draw thousands of visitors to the city. Adam Curtis, the city’s public information officer, dropped by to tell us all about Savor Sierra Vista, which will include food, wine, hiking, music, and general merriment. We also have the details on lots of events taking place this weekend and into next week.

Third Hour – Savor Sierra Vista

Friday Focus Morning Show – April 28, 2017

We were delighted to welcome back Daniel Parrotta, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, who dropped by to tell us about an exciting new partnership with Cochise College. He was joined by Dr. Clyne Namuo, Dean of Business & Technology, who explained how the college’s construction students will be helping to build Habitat’s next home for a low-income family.

Third Hour – Cochise College/Habitat for Humanity

What are the city council’s goals and priorities? Will Douglas get a badly needed commercial port of entry? How did Sierra Vista fare in a recent poll of best places for families, and what are the continuing impacts of Prop 206 on local small businesses? These are some of the subjects we discussed with Eric Petermann of the Sierra Vista Herald during our first hour.

First Hour – Community News

In our second hour occasional host Tim Cervantes talked to local musician and music promoter John Flanagan about the local entertainment scene and the ongoing efforts to provide venues to show local artists. Among those artists is Kira Gee, John’s granddaughter, who brought her guitar and treated us to some beautiful singing.

Second Hour – Local music scene

Friday Focus Morning Show – April 21

What’s the economic forecast for Sierra Vista and Cochise County? We give you an exclusive insight into this week’s Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, where economist Dr. Robert Carreira tells the community how the economy did in 2016, and his predictions moving forward – there is light at the end of the tunnel! We also talked about the Army Chief of Staff’s visit to Fort Huachuca, whether Congresswoman Martha McSally should attend a town hall, teachers’ pay, and the schools voucher program.

First Hour – Local News

Substance abuse is a problem among young people in Cochise County. In our second hour we heard from Monica Rawlings, of IMPACT Sierra Vista, and Beverly Mason, of Mothers Against Drink Driving, who talk about the issue and what parents and schools can do about it.

Second Hour – Substance Abuse

Finally, we talked to the folks of Canyon Vista Medical Center about neonatal and women’s healthcare. We were joined by experienced neonatal nurse and educator Teresa Kattke, clinical assistant Andrea Bass, and Dr. Michael Stevens, who is the community’s newest OB/GYN.

Third Hour – canyon Vista Medical Center

Friday Focus Morning Show – April 14

The city council decided to drop plans to designate 342-acres along Fry Boulevard as “blight and slum”, but will pursue another avenue. Find out what that will be during the first hour of the Friday Focus Morning Show. We were joined by the Herald’s Eric Petermann who joined the lively discussion about local economic development, border tourism, population declines, and more.

First Hour – Local News

The new Cochise County Administrator Ed Gilligan dropped by the studio to talk about his future plans for the organization. They include a focus on economic development, a new strategy regarding staff pay raises and benefits, and how he plans to deal with continuing budget challenges.

Second Hour – Ed Gilligan, Cochise County

Do you have some old prescription drugs you need to dispose of? Carol Capas of the Sheriff’s department, and Monica Rawlings, of Impact Sierra Vista, told us how the public can do that. And we had a great discussion with Daniel Parrotta and Jake Jones-Martinez from Habitat for Humanity about the important work they do in our community.

Third Hour – Habitat for Humanity

Friday Focus Morning Show – April 7

The City of Sierra Vista received a $720,000 economic development grant this week, so what do they plan to do with it? We had a brief discussion about this, as well as the Sierra Vista Food Co-op, which continues to hold its own during a challenging economy. We were also joined by Arleen Garcia, animal control supervisor, and Jane Strain, a member of the Friends of Sierra Vista Animal Shelter board of directors. They talked about the ongoing campaign to raise money for a new animal safe trailer, how you can save money if you adopt a dog during April, and volunteer opportunities.

First Hour – Animal Shelter & Local News

Following the successful school bond election last November, Buena High School is looking forward to some exciting improvements in the classroom. Principal Dawn Maddock and Assistant Principal Greg Duce told us about these positive changes, as well as how they are successfully recruiting and retaining teachers. They also discussed the recent class wars and how that issue is being dealt with, as well as how social media has impacted the daily operations of the 2,300-student school.

Second Hour – Buena High School

Unfortunately there are 19% of children in Cochise County living in poverty. But Peach’s Pantry is working hard to ensure many of those young people are not going hungry over the weekend when they leave school on Friday afternoon. CEO Sarah Pacheco told us how the non-profit operates and why it is needed in our community. The annual March for Mental Health is coming up and Judy Tritz and Dee Foster, of NAMI, dropped by to tell us all about the April 22 event. Finally, we have the details on all the events coming up this weekend and beyond. Thanks to SSVEC for sponsoring our third hour.

Third Hour – Non-Profits and Local Events

Friday Focus Morning Show – March 31

How would a 20% border tax impact Cochise County? Will the city abandon plans to redevelop the West End? Why is Cox Communications withdrawing services from Huachuca City? And should the city election system be changed? These were some of the topics we discussed during the first hour of the show with Eric Petermann of the Sierra Vista Herald.

First Hour – News & Views

Relay For Life is a popular and long running event in our community and Nina Sanchez and Gloria Vasquez, of the American Cancer Society, dropped by to tell us about this year’s fundraiser. And Eva Dickerson talked to us about the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Rising Sun Run.

Second hour – Community Fundraisers

Finally, catch up on all of this weekend’s and next week’s community events, including a designer garage sale tomorrow. Organizer Sue Nagle visited the studio to give us the details.

Third Hour – Community Events

Friday Focus Morning Show – March 24

Want to know the latest from Fort Huachuca? Garrison Commander Col. Whit Wright stopped by the studio to talk about a wide variety of topics, including possible areas of future growth, the federal hiring freeze, changes to the post’s access policy, and the proposed federal budget and what it could mean for the military.

First Hour – Fort Huachuca

How will a federal proposal to cut Community Development Block Grant money impact Sierra Vista, which is a regular recipient of these funds? What good news was announced this week with regards to water retention and the San Pedro River? And is enough being done to clean up the junk yards of Huachuca City? These are just some of the issues we discussed with Eric Petermann, of the Sierra Vista Herald.

Second Hour – Local news & events

We had a fascinating discussion with Dr. Melody Buckner, the interim Dean at the University of Arizona South. Melody filled us in on the many exciting projects and courses taking place at the campus, and how the university is embracing new technologies to benefit the community and its students.

Third Hour – University of Arizona South

Friday Focus Morning Show – March 17

Will there be a new wall along the border? What does the future hold for the Border Patrol, and will Cochise County be seeing additional agents soon? These are just some of the questions we posed to Michael Hyatt, Agent in Charge at the Brian  A. Terry Border Patrol Station, Naco. Hear what he had to say about life working along the border and why a solid wall may not necessarily be the answer to national security.

Second Hour – Border Patrol

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the help of Mary Coyle and Billy Power, who told us about an event to honor the patron saint of Ireland. Billy also entertained with a beautiful song from the Emerald Isle. We were also joined by film director Rod Stevens, who will be premiering his short movie ‘Learning To Drive’ in Sierra Vista on March 25 at the Uptown Theater. His work has been garnering global attention. He was accompanied by Derek Jordan, of Premier Alliances, a local non-profit sponsoring the movie screening.

First Hour – Local Events

In our final hour we learned about the day-to-day operations of the busy emergency department at Canyon Vista Medical Center. Kim Reger, the department’s director, and Gina Florez, pre-hospital coordinator, joined us in the studio to share information and updates.

Third Hour – Canyon Vista Medical Center