Friday Focus Morning Show – September 29

Economic development is a huge topic, but what does it mean to Sierra Vista and Cochise County? The City of Sierra Vista’s new Economic Development Manager, Tony Boone, joined us to talk about his vision for the community, what BRAC could mean for Fort Huachuca, the challenges facing local businesses, and why we must all work together to create a positive message about our corner of southeast Arizona.

Second Hour – Economic Development

In our first hour with Herald/Review opinions editor Eric Petermann we discussed a local citizen’s idea to remove trees from along the San Pedro River. Would that help to boost the river in the long run? We also talked about the SonoraFest, held in Bisbee last Memorial Day weekend. A number of merchants and business owners described it as a disaster, but the latest bed and sales tax numbers tell a different story. And was a report that labeled our hospital one of the worst in the state for safety a fair process?

First Hour – Community news and issues

Ricky Murray, an assistant manager at Target, came by during our third hour to tell us about next week’s National Night Out, where the community can come out and meet its first responders. Target has been sponsoring this event in Sierra Vista for nine years. Also, the 2nd Sky Islands Bicycle Tour was due to take place on September 30 to promote and raise funds for NAMI and mental health issues. Judy Tritz and Stu Carter gave us all the details.

Third Hour – Community Events

Friday Focus Morning Show – September 22

Could the Base Realignment And Closure process provide opportunities for Fort Huachuca? Garrison Commander Col. Whit Wright seems to think so. He gave us his thoughts on a possible BRAC during our second hour. We also talked about where his current priorities lie, why community partnerships continue to be vitally important, and the latest on the Mountain View Black Officers Club – could there be some good news finally?

Second Hour – Col. Whit Wright, Garrison Commander

First hour topics included the staffing challenges facing the Douglas Port of Entry, even though new hires could be making $80,000 or more within four years. We also discussed the ongoing sewage crisis at the border with Naco, Mexico, and how the perception that our county is dangerous could be hampering economic development. And why is Bisbee Fire Department charging up to $5,900 per hour for its services beyond the city limits?

First Hour – Community news & issues

Sierra Vista Fire Chief Ron York dropped by to talk about the potential new contract for paramedic and EMT services at Fort Huachuca. The department is looking to recruit 18 new people – find out how you could be one of them. And the Sierra Vista Symphony is now in its 23rd season. We talked to board members Larry Hampton and Mary Mueller about the upcoming concerts and fundraisers.

Third Hour – Sierra Vista Fire Dept. / Sierra Vista Symphony

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