Does Huachuca City have the right to deny a permit for an adult entertainment venue? Why did Cochise County turn down an application for medical marijuana cultivation? Where are the Santas in the park this year? And should commercial buildings be restricted to certain colors? Just some of the topics discussed this morning. We also talked to the Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering folks about lots of new changes, and the County’s Chief Information Officer Joe Casey talked about the work of the IT department, benefiting both employees and the public. Finally, we learned about the Cochise College Center for LifeLong Learning and Small Business Development Center from Ana Smith and Mark Schmitt.
Discussed topics this week included budget woes for the Sierra Vista School District, the vehicle registration fee hike, collaborative efforts with Mexico, the Douglas Port of Entry, and controversy during the Christmas light parade. Our second hour guest was Ruben Miranda, who oversees the Cochise County fleet department as the Internal Services Administrator.
Newly re-elected Mayor of Sierra Vista, Rick Mueller, was our second hour guest. He talked about the challenges facing our community, as well as the opportunities ahead as we start a new year with new council members. Huachuca City Town Manager Matthew Williams also joined us in the third hour to update us on his progress since he arrived in the community.
What should the County do to improve its animal control services? That was one topic of discussion during last Friday’s show, as well as a new countywide volunteer program, an elections update, a rise in sales tax and trash fees in Huachuca City, and good news for the historic Fry Cemetery. Our second hour guests were Tombstone Mayor Dusty Escapule and Marshal Bob Randall, who talked about the challenges and opportunities facing The Town Too Tough To Die. Finally, we spoke to Emergency Department staff from the Canyon Vista Medical Center during hour three.
A lot of discussion on the elections this morning, along with term limits for elected officials, a potential business boost for Bisbee, public transportation in Huachuca City, and threats against schools. Our second hour guest was Brad Falk of Arizona Fish & Game, and the folks from Cochise College’s business department joined us for hour three.
Record numbers of people are voting early in the General Election, which is on Tuesday. We discussed how voters can still participate in the election with an early ballot. Other topics included troops being sent to the border, school board vacancies, ongoing road construction in Sierra Vista, Fry Town annexation, and more. Our second hour guest was County Administrator Ed Gilligan who talked about economic development, the request by Santa Cruz County residents to annex into Cochise, a new branding campaign, and changes for the County workforce. Finally, we talked about the juvenile court and National Adoption Day with Superior Court Judge Terry Bannon and Court Administrator Eric Silverberg.
Topics of discussion this week included General Election info, the impending closure of Sears, road construction issues, plastic bags, and recycling. Our second hour guests were Carrie Langley, Director of Cochise Health & Social Services, and Gabe Lavine, Cochise County Emergency Services Coordinator, who talked about the ongoing Naco sewage situation, flu season & rabies, emergency alerts, healthy communities, and more. In the third hour we spoke to Ben Carter about the Southeastern Arizona Contractors’ Association golf tournament, and Mark Apel from the UofA Cooperative Extension.
Economic development is a topic widely discussed in the community. Mike Cline, from the City of Sierra Vista’s Economic Development Department, joined us to talk about the city’s approach to this subject and brought us up-to-date on some of the projects and programs taking place. First hour discussion topics included the recent dog attack on a 9-year-old boy, the Sierra Vista Unified School District, fee increases at Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Naco golf course, and more. In the third hour we learned about Forgach House and the upcoming annual benefit, as well as the 60th anniversary celebrations for Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The City of Bisbee has many challenges, but newly re-elected Mayor David Smith believes there is much that can be done to overcome them. Mayor Smith joined us to talk about the city’s plans for a new city hall, Camp Naco, the budget, and his initiative to tackle the opioid crisis. In the first hour topics of discussion included the County’s stormwater capture efforts, the ongoing Naco HAZMAT issue, the County Fair, and more. Our third hour guests included Wendee Carolan-Grinde and Liz York of the University South Foundation, who talked about the upcoming Dining Under the Stars fundraiser. And Corporal Tim Wachtel, of SVPD, and Ricky Murray, of Target, dropped by to tell us about this year’s National Night Out.
We have some new people taking on important roles in our community. On last week’s show we were joined by Kelly Glass, the Sierra Vista Unified School District Superintendent, followed by Canyon Vista Medical Center’s CEO Bob Gomes and Board of Trustees Chair Ruth Quinn. Find out about the many positive steps being taken to improve both organizations. And in the first hour we discussed the ongoing Naco sewage flow, changes to Vista transit fares, the new metal detecting ordinance in Sierra Vista, and voter registration.