Friday Focus Morning Show – October 27

How is Bisbee dealing with the aftermath of the City Hall fire and what is the future of the plastic bag ban? These were the main areas of focus during our interview with David Smith, Mayor of Bisbee. Mayor Smith talked about the challenges facing this small community, but also about some positive things going on related to tourism and the city’s relationship with neighboring Mexico.

Second Hour – Bisbee Mayor David Smith

In our community news hour with Eric Petermann of the Herald/Review, we discussed the City of Sierra Vista decision to no longer provide police escorts for funeral processions. We also discussed the city’s new agreement to provide ambulance services to Fort Huachuca, the debate over the trees at the San Pedro River, and the Bisbee bag ban.

First Hour – Community News

Habitat for Humanity has been under the spotlight recently thanks to its financial difficulties. Executive Director Daniel Parrotta and board treasurer William Benning joined us to discuss those challenges and how the non-profit is tackling them. And finally, Pat Mallett and Billie Stockl from A Tree 4 Christmas dropped by to tell us about this charity and how they help families during the holiday season.

Third Hour – Habitat / A Tree 4 Christmas

Friday Focus Morning Show – October 20

Sierra Vista has a new Assistant City Manager, who joined us on our second hour this morning. Victoria Yarbrough comes to the position with plenty of experience, including the last six years as the city’s Leisure & Libraries Director. Hear her thoughts on economic development, regional partnerships, the West End, and much more.

Second hour – Assistant City Manager

Habitat for Humanity is going through a financial crisis and is currently involved in an investigation by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Dept. and the FBI. We discussed this issue with Eric Petermann, who co-wrote a story on the subject in the Herald/Review. We also talked about the Bisbee City Hall fire and its consequences, potential tax reform and its impact on local businesses and workers, the firing of the Huachuca City fire chief, and the continued effort to remove unsightly mobile homes from Sierra Vista.

First hour – Community News & Issues

Canyon Vista Medical Center has been awarded a center of excellence accreditation for its bone and knee replacement department. We were joined by orthopedic surgeons Laurence Susini, Randall Roy, and Brian Daines, along with director Cosette Britton, and nurse Rachel Penix, who told us why the accolade was awarded and what it means for our community.

Third Hour – Canyon Vista Medical Center

Friday Focus Morning Show – October 6

Topics of discussion on this week’s show included Internet access in rural Cochise County and its impact on economic development. Should local governments subsidize high speed Internet infrastructure? We also looked at the latest report from local economist Dr. Robert Carreira, which reveals some good news for home owners. Should the police spend more time dealing with traffic ¬†offenders, or should they focus efforts elsewhere? And will an impending court case over water rights shut down local wells?

First Hour – Community News & Issues

Our second hour guest was Arlethe Rios, Clerk to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors. Arlethe plays a very important role within the government organization, and she explained how her department is working on behalf of local taxpayers.

Second Hour – County Clerk

In our third hour we heard the latest updates on Good Neighbor Alliance, our local homeless shelter, from its director Kathy Calabrese. Find out how you can help this good cause by buying one of its 2018 calendars. And master gardener Jan Groth dropped by to tell us about the Discovery Gardens at the University of Arizona South, which will finally open to the public on October 14.

Third Hour – Community Organizations