Friday Focus Morning Show – May 26, 2017

As economic development continues to remain a hot topic in our region, we discussed possible plans by the county to invest in improvements at the Bisbee-Douglas International Airport, as well as the debate over whether the City of Sierra Vista should appoint an economic development commission. Should the state dictate when cities can hold elections for sales tax hikes? We took a look at that new law, along with the request by Sheriff Mark Dannels for $1.3m in salary raises.

First Hour – Local news and issues

Mary Tieman, Executive Director of the Sierra Vista Chamber, talked about her perspective regarding the local economy, with guest host Tim Cervantes. Learn more about the chamber and its many benefits to the business community.

Second Hour – Chamber of Commerce

In our third hour we were joined by Canyon Vista Medical Center’s new interventional cardiologist Dr. Vinay Sanghi, and Crystal Corbet, director of the cath lab and cardiac services. They both gave a great insight into these services, as well as some sage advice regarding heart disease and preventing heart attacks.

Third Hour – Canyon Vista Medical Center

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┬áprogress 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