Friday Focus Morning Show – September 15

Is Fort Huachuca about to face a Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) process? Mayor Rick Mueller talked to us about the possibility of BRAC taking place sooner rather then later and what it could mean for our community. He also discussed Sierra Vista’s role in the proposal for a new port of entry in Douglas, and what residents of Fry Town can expect if they are annexed into the city’s boundaries.

Second Hour – Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller

Topics of discussion with Herald/Review Opinions Editor Eric Petermann included the Bisbee bag ban, the issue of effluent flowing across the border from Mexico, the impact of mining operations in the county, and the Douglas port of entry.

First Hour – Local news & issues

We learned about the vital services provided by the Casa De La Paz Hospice, which is part of the Canyon Vista Medical Center. We were joined by members of its dedicated staff – Tina Gilbertson and Claudia Garcia – who talked about why every family should be talking about end of life care, and why hospice care is about living.

Third Hour – Canyon Vista Medical Center

Friday Focus Morning Show – August 25

Big changes are coming to the Sierra Vista Herald on September 1, which includes dropping from seven issues to five. New publisher Jennifer Sorenson joined us to talk about why the paper is evolving and how it plans to stay relevant to the local community.

Second Hour – Sierra Vista Herald

Will Cochise County close two of its detention centers to save money in a struggling economy? Why is the Fry Fire District Chief against annexing Fry Town to Sierra Vista? And what are the real issues local residents are concerned about as candidates start emerging for the 2018 city council election? Eric Petermann, the Herald’s Opinions Editor, discussed these issues, and more, during our first hour.

First Hour – Community News & Issues

In 2016, the local community passed a $28m bond to help the Sierra Vista School District fund some vital building projects, and upgrades in the classroom. Barbara Williams, of the district’s governing board, and Jerry Proctor, co-chair of the bond oversight committee, dropped by to tell us how the money has been spent so far.

Third Hour – School Bond

Friday Focus Morning Show – August 18

Will Cochise County vote to raise your property taxes on Monday? Should Arizona remove Confederate monuments from state lands? Is the city overstepping the mark by considering a contract with Fort Huachuca that a local business claims will cost jobs? And is it time for Bisbee to get tough on those who don’t pay their sanitation bills? These were just some of the topics we looked at during the first hour of this week’s show. Our guest, as usual, was Eric Petermann of the Sierra Vista Herald.

First Hour – Community News & Issues

Assistant City Manager Mary Jacobs will leave Sierra Vista this month after 17 years in the job. She will become the new Oro Valley Town Manager in September. We asked Mary to reflect on her nearly two decades with the city, and to talk about the challenges faced, the opportunities presented, and what the future holds for our community.

Second Hour – Ast. City Manager Mary Jacobs

Thanks to the opening of the Canyon Vista Medical Center in April 2015, we now have a state-of-the-art wound care center in Cochise County. Its director, Cindy Fulbright, came by to tell us more about this great facility. And the hospital’s volunteer coordinator, gift store and Thrive manager, Valerie Weller, also joined us to tell us about the many opportunities to learn more about health and well being, and how you can become a hospital volunteer.

Third Hour – Canyon Vista Medical Center

Friday Focus Morning Show – August 11

Will Benson’s population explode in the next few years if Villages of Vigneto goes ahead? City manager Bill Stephens believes that could be a possibility, but is Benson ready for a large influx of people? Bill joined us to talk about this major development, which will have an impact on the entire county. We also touched on the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and how that impacts the city’s budget, as well as tourism efforts.

Second hour – Benson City Manager

Topics during our first hour included the city’s spotlight breakfast, Sierra Vista’s new tourism marketing strategy, ongoing efforts to stall the clean up of junk yards in Huachuca City, the border wall, and the campaign to stop the expanded schools voucher program.

First Hour – Community news and issues

Captain Bob Fields of Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services came by to promote the upcoming Citizens Fire Academy – find out what this program involves and how you can apply. We also looked at the many events coming up this weekend and beyond, including a visit to Tombstone by movie star Val Kilmer.

Third Hour – Citizens Fire Academy & Events

Friday Focus Morning Show – August 4

Is the City of Bisbee facing bankruptcy if it cannot meet its funding requirements for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System? Mayor David Smith joined us to discuss this pressing issue, which could have dire consequences for the city and its taxpayers if nothing is done by the state legislature to fix the PSPRS. We also asked him about the $2.1 million debt run up by local businesses and residents who have failed to pay their sanitation bills, and he also explained why he was hesitant to give the annual Bisbee 1000 some of its event permits.

Second hour – City of Bisbee Mayor

Topics discussed during our first hour with Eric Petermann of the Sierra Vista Herald included property taxes and whether they should be raised, the recall of city council members by George Nerhan in Huachuca City, and the City of Sierra Vista’s new assistant city manager.

First Hour – Community News

In our third hour, sponsored by SSVEC, we spoke to staff from Premier Alliances, a non-profit that helps people with barriers to employment. Find out about the great work they are doing to overcome this issue in our community, and why they are supporting an upcoming triathlon for area youth, including kids with special needs.

Third Hour – Premier Alliances

Friday Focus Morning Show – July 21

Patient satisfaction is up, according to the top brass at Canyon Vista Medical Center. This week, we were joined by hospital CEO Randy Anderson, chief medical officer Dr. Willie Cochran, and board chair Bruce Dockter, who told us about the progress the 100-bed facility has been making since opening more than 2 years ago. They also addressed the current campaign by Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee to encourage local residents to use its emergency room services.

Third Hour – Canyon Vista Medical Center

The health theme also ran through the second hour when Carrie Langley, Cochise County’s Health & Social Services Director, dropped by to talk about what her department does and how it helps  the region’s citizens – you’ll be surprised by what they do. We also caught up with the Friends of the Sierra Vista Animal Shelter, who received $500 from the Sierra Vista Herald, thanks to a recent pet-themed fundraiser.

Second Hour – Cochise County Health Department

During our first hour we mused over the week’s news with the Herald’s Eric Petermann, including the appointment of a new Sierra Vista economic development manager, ongoing plans to build a new Port of Entry near Douglas, the purchase of Donovan Dodge by Lawley Automotive, and the Sonoran Fest in Bisbee that cost the city more than $64,000.

First Hour – News & Issues

Friday Focus Morning Show – July 14

Did you know we have three National Park Service attractions in Cochise County? If you haven’t visited Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site, then you should plan on checking them out soon. Allen Etheridge, who oversees the parks as the regional superintendent, joined us to tell us about what each of the parks offers, the challenges his staff face on a daily basis, running a park on the U.S.-Mexican border, and what the future of National Park Service looks like.

Second Hour – National Park Service

Our weekly discussion with the Herald’s Eric Petermann included the huge debts faced by local authorities for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. What will local government entities do to tackle this serious issue? We also talked about the Bisbee council’s refusal to issue some permits to the annual Bisbee 1,000 event. Is this just petty politics or are there genuine concerns? Is the economy of Sierra Vista picking up? It looks like a few new businesses could be coming into the city, so are we finally coming out of our recession?

First Hour – Community news & issues

Becky Bjork, advertising manager with the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review, dropped by to talk about the upcoming Women In Action event, which offers personal and professional development training. Find out how this event can help you both at work and home, and how you can sign up. And Tim Cervantes joined us to tell us about Second Saturday, a growing event that offers live entertainment, vendors, food and drinks, at Veterans Memorial Park.

Third Hour – Local Events

Friday Focus Morning Show – July 7

Will the City of Sierra Vista have an economic development manager in place soon? Is the current strategy to improve our economy working and is the branding effort working? Mayor Rick Mueller joined us to answer these questions, and more. We talked about his recent trip to Washington D.C. and what lies ahead for Fort Huachuca. And find out his thoughts on using money from current job vacancies on other projects.

Second Hour – Mayor Rick Mueller

Economic development also dominated our first hour, when we discussed the current city strategy and what might happen down the road with the Herald’s Eric Petermann. Why are some residents of Fry Town resisting annexation to the city and  what’s the latest on the Howard Buffet Foundation donation of four trucks to the County Sheriff’s department?

First Hour – Local news & issues

In our final hour, we learned about what goes on behind the scenes with B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial). We were joined by B Troop’s program coordinator Chris Zimmerman and troop executive officer CW4 Ty Riemann.

Third Hour – B Troop

Friday Focus Morning Show – June 30

If you’ve never been to the July 4 fireworks in Sierra Vista, then you’re missing a spectacular display – one of the best in the state. Find out what it takes to put on this amazing event, along with all the  other activities that lead up to it, from Rotarians Randy Sueskind and Richard Besselman, and chief pyrotechnician Wayne Gregan.

Second hour – July 4 celebrations

Love the theater? Don’t miss the latest production from Theater on the Move – Sherlock Homes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club. Founder Thomas Kelley dropped by the studio to tell us all about it. We were also joined by Gordon Anderson, one of the organizers of a new event in Tombstone – Freedom Days. We also have details on numerous events taking place over the next few days.

Third Hour – Local events

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Friday Focus Morning Show – June 2

Due to a technical error, we do not have the first hour available this week.

What lies ahead for the City of Sierra Vista as it goes through the annual budget process? Will there be cuts in services and will local residents be paying for another sales tax hike? We asked Mayor Rick Mueller these questions, and much more. Hear his views on the status of the local economy, the future of economic development, and why he thinks Sierra Vista has turned a corner.

Second hour – Mayor Rick Mueller

Heroes Healing Heroes Hunting Foundation is a relatively new non-profit that works to help veterans with emotional and physical disabilities and obstacles. In just a few months the organization has grown quickly and is looking for more help from the community. We spoke to founder Wayne Dubois and board member Gary Linendol. Thanks to SSVEC for sponsoring this hour.

Third Hour – Heroes Healing Heroes