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Today - Thanks to the Bisbee Community Foundation, an $8,900 informational kiosk noting the City Beautiful plan that gave rise to the Warren District and its many historic sites will be installed in Vista Park in the near future. Next, Walmart hosted the grand reopening of its newly remodeled Benson store Friday morning. Customers, store associates and department team leaders gathered in front of Walmart for the singing of the national anthem by Lisi Harris and a brief presentation by store manager Scott Olson. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 26

11 min 34 sec

Today - After COVID-19 did away with Adopt-A-Soldier last year, Tuesday’s event where families were paired with the soldiers they’ll have over for Thanksgiving Day festivities was filled with more excitement and anticipation than waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven. We'll also be sharing what Thanksgiving means to a few of our neighbors. For more visit us at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 25

10 min 1 sec

Today - for over half a century, at least, the Bisbee Fire Department has held food drives to be sure everyone had something for their tables on Thanksgiving Day. But last year, due to the pandemic, the department didn’t hold the drive. This year, they’ve decided to keep people in their cars so there would be as little up-close contact with people as possible. Also, every year the Sierra Vista Community Chorus rings in the holiday season with the joyous gift of music. And like the Bisbee Fire department Thanksgiving food drive, their Christmas production and other shows in 2020 because of covid. But the all-volunteer chorus is now performing again by kicking off with a Christmas Concert on Dec. 3. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 24

9 min 51 sec

Today - With COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations on the rise in the county, questions arise as to how to celebrate the holidays during the pandemic’s continuing wake. Dr. Alicia Thompson, Director of Cochise County Health & Social Services says we’re in a surge - our case numbers continue to go up in Cochise County. Also, after sending eight wrestlers to state last year, the Buena Colts are ready for their encore act. Buena opens its season on Dec 1 when the Colts travel to Ironwood Ridge High School for a triangular match which will also include Canyon Del Oro and Sahuarita. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 23

13 min 12 sec

Today -  the county Redistricting Advisory Commission listened to the comments made at the public hearings and voted to retain the existing supervisors’ district boundaries and recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors. Also, the Sierra Vista City Council unanimously voted 6-0 for the resolution that would allow for the expansion of the redevelopment area for the West End project.  Director of Community Development, Matthew McLachlan said that the West End not only has historic significance but also greatly contributes to our civic identity as a gateway district to our community. You can learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 22

11 min 25 sec

Today - With the resignation of former state Representative Becky Nutt, the county Board of Supervisors has the responsibility to appoint a new person to finish her term. The process began on Tuesday with a question and answer interview session. Also, Cochise College Faculty Emeritus Rebecca Orozco will speak about the unique role that Camp Naco played during the Mexican Revolution on Saturday at the Douglas-Williams House Museum. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 19

15 min 32 sec

Today - “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” was a common theme during this week’s Redistricting Advisory Commission meeting. Residents of Sierra Vista and Huachuca City talked about changing the boundaries of the Board of Supervisors' Districts 1, 2 and 3. Also, keep listening to hear the latest Best of Preps! Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 18

22 min 43 sec

Today - It's been a little over a month since Better Bucks began circulating in Sierra Vista, and these bucks have already started to make a difference. Better Bucks are vouchers sold in booklets of five at $1 each. Locals can purchase the voucher booklets for $6. The extra dollar goes toward printing the booklets and other admin costs. Also, in order to help those who need health assistance after release from jail, Cochise Health and Social Services received approval from the Board of Supervisors to enter into a contract with Hope Inc. to provide telepsychiatry and transportation to appointments. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 17

11 min 39 sec

Today - In an effort to thwart the use of smokeless e–cigarettes and vape pens on campuses, the Bisbee Unified School District governing board approved the installation of detectors in the restrooms at the high school and the junior high school. Also, the deadline to get state-mandated training to run a marijuana dispensary or similar business in Arizona as part of a “social equity ownership program" is fast approaching. Wednesday is the last day for applicants to take free classes so they can try to obtain the 26 licenses set aside for people from communities disproportionately impacted by previous marijuana laws. Completing the courses is part of the application process. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 16

11 min 17 sec

Today -  The body cam video of a Cochise County Sheriff’s deputy who shot a man accused of pointing a rifle at the law enforcement officer shows the lawman gave the suspect more than ample opportunity to drop his firearm. Also, Wild Dogs, a popular Benson restaurant, was destroyed in a fire early Friday morning. Scott Badeker, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Gail, explained that the fire started sometime around 2 a.m. and they were contacted at 4. He described it as a hot, fast-moving fire that gutted the inside of the restaurant. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 15

10 min 57 sec

Today, Chiricahua Community Health Centers wants to finish renovations to the building that houses its pharmacy. Officials hope to get some help from U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly to pay for it. Also, the holidays are fast approaching and that means it’s another year for celebrating and giving back to the community through Sierra Vista’s annual Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is back for it’s 22nd year. Local organizations have donated trees and centerpieces. The display is located at The Mall at Sierra Vista and started on Wednesday. It’ll continue until Nov. 29. Bidding on or purchasing trees is entirely online.  Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 12

10 min 49 sec

Today - Communities in rural Arizona are about to be taken by storm with a leader who has a vision for helping organizations thrive. Angelica Hernandez-Williams works for the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, a network around the state that provides assistance and allows nonprofits to flourish through advocacy, education and training programs. She has been credited for beginning the rural division for the alliance when she was hired in August. Also, keep listening for the latest Best of Preps! Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 11

25 min 50 sec

Today - During the Redistricting Advisory Commission public hearing, many officials and residents  in Bisbee and Douglas expressed that they don’t actually want to change the current supervisors’ district boundaries just to appease Sierra Vista. Also, Community Food Pantry of Benson volunteers are organizing the nonprofit’s final fundraiser of 2021. The pantry’s Vendor & Craft Holiday Extravaganza is this Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Najayyah Many Horses, food pantry president, will close the event with native flute music along with husband, Danny Many Horses. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 10

12 min 8 sec

Today - The Sierra Vista Unified School District Governing Board brought the topic of staff dress codes to the forefront at the most recent meeting. They also discussed the passing of a Buena High School senior. Also, the remains of a local hero believed to have been killed in 1950 during the Korean War were returned to Douglas Friday where local veterans and residents were on hand to greet the procession with American flags and signs showing their appreciation. Sgt. 1st Class Frank G. Vejar was one of nearly 5,000 Americans who was listed as missing in action and is believed to have been killed on Nov. 30, 1950, on the Korean Peninsula. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 9

11 min 6 sec

Starting today, non-citizens from Mexico traveling to the US for leisure will be allowed back across the border. This follows an 18-month shutdown by US officials that stopped these individuals from coming into this country to shop, eat and stay at local accommodations. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 8

10 min 51 sec

For the first time, a horse and rider from the installation’s storied and beloved B Troop 4th Cavalry Regiment won the National Cavalry Competition in Fort Reno, Oklahoma. The annual event is the opportunity for B Troop members and their horses to compete with similar units from other military installations around the country. They compete in basic dressage pattern, military field jumping, saber, pistol and combat horsemanship. Also, even though the Bisbee Planning and Zoning Commission was unable to recommend rezoning the old high school on Clawson Avenue, the mayor and city council gave a green light to rezone it from R-1 to CM-2. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 5

11 min 14 sec

Today - A longstanding feud between two neighbors in an upscale area south of Sierra Vista could be coming to an end… well once an out-of-county judge issues a ruling in the battle that erupted back in 2018. Also, don't miss the latest Best of Preps! Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 4

23 min 25 sec

Today - The Budget Roadshow was held last week at Cochise College. Officials talked about the state’s budget surplus with the public and detailed what plans would be available to help rural Arizona communities. Also, residents and Sierra Vista city officials as well as property and business owners convened to discuss the expansion of the West End redevelopment area last week. Matt McLachlan, director of community development for Sierra Vista, highlighted the community objectives and outlined the goals for achieving West End economic development. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 3

11 min 59 sec

Today - More licenses for cannabis dispensaries will be awarded at the end of the year, but those applying for this round must meet criteria that include certain demographics and whether the applicant was affected by former marijuana laws. Also, decked out as superheroes, witches, clowns and an assortment of characters, Huachuca City School youngsters delighted spectators as they wound around campus for the school’s Halloween parade Friday. Parents were invited to have lunch with the students and visit a Scholastic Book Fair in the school library. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 2

11 min 38 sec

In today's episode - Last week, anyone going by Arizona Street saw a welcome sight as the burned out shell of Bisbee’s city hall was knocked down. All that’s left is the west and south walls. City Manager Steve Pauken said Tucson’s Action Demolition, a subcontractor for MDG Contractors of Chandler, was selected to demolish and haul off the debris for $70,000. Also, if you like video gaming, the Mall at Sierra Vista has the place for you. If you want to pass your love of gaming on to the next generation, even better. It’s the great idea of Anthony Sanders. Mall League Gaming has taken one of the last spaces available at the mall and what a space! Sanders has taken the empty store and by the time it opens, he will have turned it into a combination classroom and high-speed gaming lounge. He has some interesting plans. The store will not only sponsor its own gaming league team, it will feature classes for kids in the seventh through twelfth grades in how to create their own video game from start up to publication. Read more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Nov 1

13 min 4 sec

Today - while it might not rival Seattle's world-famous Pike Place Farmers Market, the Sierra Vista Farmers Market has earned top marks as one of Arizona's best open-air markets.  Also, keep listening for some fun Halloween activities - like Douglas Parks and Recreation Department's Trunk or Treat! Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 29

12 min 30 sec

Like most of the country in the middle of a nationwide real estate boom, Cochise County real estate has been on a skyrocketing tear for the last year. With selling prices of nearly two dozen single family homes and agricultural land in the last two weeks of October fetching prices of more than $400,000 — along with several soaring upward to $7 million— the county's real estate market doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Also, keep listening for our latest Best of Preps! Read more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 28

22 min 32 sec

Today - It doesn’t look like it used to, but there are still treasures to be had at the old Camp Naco if a handful of anthropology and archeology students have anything to say about it. Also, if you’ve been paying attention to the weather, this year’s notable monsoon was a complete change from the few scattered rain showers of last year. Tucson’s National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeremy Michael said that the active monsoon this summer brought an above-average record of 10.45 inches of rain to Sierra Vista. Typically, the average rainfall for the area is 8.54. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 27

10 min 21 sec

Today - What went on at the Sierra Vista Unified School District board meeting. From COVID updates, to the management of the district’s $28 million bond project.  Also, The Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista celebrated its annual Great Futures Dinner earlier this month where community citizens were recognized and celebrated for their accomplishments. Jay Hamwright, chief professional office, said this was the first year the organization recognized their alumni of the year. The recognitions were given to those who have made a difference for the organization. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 26

11 min 55 sec

Today -  In the last two to three weeks dozens of undocumented people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have landed at the doorstep of CAME — the Center for Migrants in Exodus — in Agua Prieta which borders Douglas. Also, more than providing a selfless humanitarian act, a local woman is taking it into her hands to care for a growing segment of society confronting cancer. In 2001, Wilma Mrosek-Richards started her nonprofit The Butterfly Club, a charity organization that provides free wigs for those battling cancer. Read more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 25

13 min 4 sec

After sitting for four years, Bisbee’s former city hall on Arizona Street will finally see activity as demolition work is completed and design plans are put out for bid. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Ken Budge and Councilmembers Joni Giacomino, Anna Cline, Leslie Johns and Mel Sowid gave the nod to City Manager Steve Pauken to put out a request for proposals to design the proposed two-story building within the same footprint as the one lost to fire in October 2017. Also, we’re excited to highlight Colton Boone from the Douglas High School golf team and Coach Luis Canez. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 22

13 min 7 sec

SV Community Theatre presents "Rocky Horror Show" on Oct. 29Body: The Sierra Vista Community Theatre is basking in the spooky spirit with their latest production of the Rocky Horror Show, which will run at the theatre from Oct. 29 - Nov. 14. The shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-9pm and Sundays from 3pm-5pm. For more information about the show, check out our full coverage at for the show can be purchased at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 22

10 min 34 sec

Residents of Sieling’s Mobile Village mobile home park received surprise letters saying they had to move out by Oct. 31. Those who owned their mobile homes were able to find a new space, but renters were not as lucky. Bisbee is in a housing crunch as it is - people are turning homes into bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals, reducing the availability of residences. And without much affordable housing, those on a fixed income or out of work are out of luck. Also - don't miss the latest Best of Preps segment! learn more about the stories in this episode at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 21

23 min 10 sec

Today - A special segment on the Copper Queen Library with our partners at KBRP radio. It’s been named the best small town library in America, and most recently it’s been named “Bisbee’s Best Educator”. Also, once again, artists in Bisbee have come through for the Friends of the Bisbee Animal Shelter as the nonprofit seeks to raise money through the second annual silent auction “Feather Our Nest.” This year’s crop of 37 imaginative birdhouses can be seen in the windows of many Old Bisbee merchants and bids will be taken now through Sunday, Oct. 24. Learn more on these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 20

17 min 58 sec

Today - The Cochise County Redistricting Advisory Commission decided they’d need public input before taking any action on the new redistricting boundaries for the Board of Supervisors. Also, keeping up with Cochise County’s 1,441 miles of roads each year is a monumental task and the county Board of Supervisors heard just how expensive it can be. Jackie Watkins, director of the Engineering and Natural Resources Department, presented a five-year plan dealing with the county’s more problematic roads requiring substantial work and the sticker shock that accompanies the various multimillion dollar projects. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 19

12 min 9 sec

Today - Mayors in at least two Cochise County cities that border Mexico are hoping to reignite a group that would unite the local politicians with their Sonoran counterparts. The goal is to jump-start commerce that was dealt a blow by pandemic-induced travel restrictions. Also, longtime Douglas resident and rancher Warner Glenn is featured in this month’s national magazine of Western Horseman. The article, written by Kate Bradley Byars, talks about the 85-year-old cattle rancher and how he can still track a mountain lion along some of the most rugged canyon rims in southern Arizona. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 18

12 min 53 sec

Today - For a number of years, hikers have discovered cattle along the river in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Now, the BLM looks like they’ll allow some grazing leases within the SPRNCA on 15,500 acres of the 55,000-acre protected area. Also, meet Amity Hall, a cross country and track star at Benson High School along with head coach, Randy Barney. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 15

10 min 18 sec

Today - In a 3-2 vote, the Douglas Unified School District Board agreed to continue its face covering policy. The approval was made during the last school board meeting and went into effect last week. Board members Jana Selchow and Mitch Lindemann were in favor of the mandate; while Dr. Ed Gomez and Mario Ramos were against it. And board president Ray Borane cast the deciding vote in favor of the mandate. Face coverings are now required for all staff, students and visitors while indoors on any district property or event. And keep listening to the latest "Best of Preps!" You won't want to miss this one. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 14

22 min 42 sec

Today - Cochise Health and Social Services epidemiologist says that the county had 400 new cases just last week. They increase as the third wave continues. Also, Respiratory Therapist Colene Davis is the medical center’s cardio-pulmonary services manager at Northern Cochise County Community Hospital. They take care of any breathing issues, from something as simple as a patient coming in with an asthma attack to managing ventilators and everything in between. visit for more. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 13

11 min 40 sec

Today - The Bisbee Arts Commission was granted $15,000 from the city’s American Rescue Act Program funds to put toward a new, hopefully annual, event in the city. They’re calling it the Bisbee Festival of the Arts. Also, the Army Intelligence Center of Excellence celebrated its 50th anniversary at Fort Huachuca last week. They also recognized the first two commanders — referred to as “trailblazers” — who led the intelligence corps at the installation in the 1970s. Join the conversation! Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 12

10 min 24 sec

Today -  While Suicide Prevention Month has passed at Fort Huachuca, how to prevent that and how to look for the warning signs in a battle buddy are always front and center at the installation. Also, feeling nervous is not part of Arleen Garcia’s job description. But when you run the only no-kill municipal animal shelter that’s been filled to capacity for months in Arizona’s 27th most-populous city, feeling nervous and a little anxious comes with the territory whether you want it or not. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 11

11 min 49 sec

Local guitarist Dante Palau is the founder of Sierra Vista School of Classical Guitar.  Today - Herald/Review reporter Karen Schaffner sat down with Palau to learn more about his love for music and his passion for sharing it with others in our community.  Also, we’re excited to highlight Buena's top swimmer, Edward Dahlin and technical coach Katie-Jo Kinsey. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 8

13 min 48 sec

Today - Better Bucks have hit the streets of Sierra Vista. The program, aimed at assisting the homeless, is finally in Sierra Vista after more than a year in the making. Also, keep listening to hear our latest installment of Best of Preps! Finally, an event you should know about this week - On Saturday, October 9th, the Sierra Vista Car Club will be hosting the 33rd annual Cars in the Park Event. Stroll through a fantastic display of vintage cars while listening to oldies music.  If you want to enter your car, registration starts at 7am.  Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 7

22 min 13 sec

Today - When Bekah Charry was studying medicine at Yale University, she knew she wanted to work with kids. She wanted to be a pediatrician — but fate, and some nurses, had other plans. Now, Charry is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Sierra Vista. Also, 11-year-old Hunter Tult to be crowned as Benson Butterfield Rodeo princess. Along with riding her horse, Marley, in Tult says she’s excited about meeting the public, answering questions and serving as a role model. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 6

9 min 35 sec

Today - A discussion on whether a community-based economic development advisory group should be established has been a significant topic at the Sierra Vista City Council. Also, Dan Stearns of Hereford makes wooden bowls. And for nearly all of Sierra Vista’s Art in the Park weekends over the last 10 years Stearns has been in this spot. Stearns says his particular booth location is important because for one, it’s shaded. More importantly, however, it’s where his repeat customers know they will find him. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 5

12 min 30 sec

Today -  The city of Sierra Vista would like to have the boundaries for District 1 to include Fort Huachuca, but half of the Redistricting Advisory Commissioners didn’t want the changes it would bring to Districts 2 and 3. Also, the Douglas Unified School District board unanimously agreed to rename the football field at Armando de Lucas Stadium in honor of the former Bulldogs player Gib Dawson - a true legend in Douglas. Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 4

12 min 15 sec

Today - a small handful of Douglas residents expressed their views and concerns about some of the events taking place. The event lasted more than two hours. They talked about the proposed water and sewer rate increase, the port of entry, the homeless population, and more. Also, today we’re remembering the life of local music legend Rocky Harper Senior.  Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 1

13 min 27 sec

Cochise College welcomes back its beloved Pit Fire event Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. on the Douglas campus after postponing the annual event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, check out our preview of the event HERE and stay tuned for our full coverage this Sunday on Support the show: See for privacy information.

Oct 1

9 min

Today - in an effort to help Bisbee’s nonprofits the mayor and City Council awarded $107,782 to 21 agencies. The city received American Recovery Act Program funds and decided to help out the struggling nonprofits, which were encouraged to apply for funds. Also, keep listening for our latest installment of "Best of Preps"! For more on these stories visit us at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 30

18 min 46 sec

Today - You can’t talk about Molly Johnson, a local registered nurse, without talking about COVID-19. At this point, it’s practically and ironically her entire life. Ask her — and only if you ask her — and she’ll tell you that COVID-19 is not gone. In fact, she thinks we shouldn’t be pretending life is back to normal yet. Also, Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group held its first network luncheon in 18 months, attended by 50 members of the community. Learn more at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 29

11 min 45 sec

Today - While the Maricopa County Superior Court debated the constitutionality of House Bill 2898 — which prohibits school districts from enforcing mask mandates — some school districts in Cochise County have chosen to reinstate their mask mandates after Judge Randall Warner ruled that the law doesn't take effect until later this month. And now, with this week’s ruling it turns out they can keep those mandates if they choose to. Also, Apple Annie’s Orchard is a four-generation family farm and agritourism destination in Willcox. And as you might already know they opened their 12 and a half -acre corn maze earlier this month. It features a 600,000-stalk tribute to kindness.  Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 28

10 min 50 sec

The Copper Queen Community Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer says that people who have not been vaccinated are getting preferential care in ICUs throughout the state. And as the number of delta variant cases continues to climb, it’s becoming a real issue. Also, over the past few years, Cochise County has been relocating its offices from Bisbee’s former high school in Old Bisbee. Now, the Community Development Director and Planner are encouraging locals to come and talk about what they would like to see happen to the historic building. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 27

13 min 43 sec

Today - Thanks to a $4,586 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Bisbee Police Department will be able to print “e-tickets” and reports onsite. Also, a Sierra Vista man with a theatre and military background is stepping into the world of owning his own small business--a new storefront gunsmith shop in Sierra Vista. Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 24

12 min 1 sec

Today - a panel that’s discussing the Cochise County Jail conditions is using two words to describe the aging facility — “condemned” and “outdated.” And that’s not surprising to Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, who has been a vociferous proponent for a new jail for the past several years. Also, keep listening for our Game of the Week special section!  Learn more about these stories at Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 23

17 min 9 sec

Today - a group of 15 people from around the county have taken on the task of establishing boundaries for possible new districts for the Board of Supervisors, justices of the peace and Cochise College seats. Also, a new transitional living quarters designed to help women in recovery will be showcased at an open house on Friday. That’s when the community is invited to visit Inman House for women. It’s the latest addition that La Frontera is opening in Benson. To learn more about these stories visit us at  Support the show: See for privacy information.

Sep 22

12 min 23 sec