Arizona's severe drought is in the process of changing all of our lives... and, there's more to come. Mark Apel, Area Agent, Arizona Cooperative Extension, works with every sector of Cochise County's population as does Cado Daily Program Director of Water Wise, both working with the UA Extension. Cochise TALK is dedicated to your better understanding of our local water issues which includes a 10 year severe drought covering 3/4 of Arizona with impact on Cochise County.
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Arizona is one of 7 of the most drought stricken states in the country. Cochise County is doing a balancing act, with your help, in hopes of conserving - even replenishing - life supporting water for our community. Cado Daily is a top go-to expert on water, especially local water. In this interview she answers questions we all have about local water issues and what we can all do. Chuck Alton is host.
Every four years Bisbee voters decide whether to use the State's recommended limit for spending or exceed it. Proponents say the larger budget is necessary to keep projects alive and services continuing. Such a vote comes up on August 26. To better understand what you are being asked to vote for Councilman Peter Von Gundlach offers the benefits of his research. Photo by CAlton/CochiseTALK.com
Home Rule Option, 1% tax increase, the future of Bisbee, and the Pioneer Hotel Fire past. David Smith steps up to the Cochise Talk microphone.
Ronnie discusses Bisbee's biggest issues and his past performance as 2 time mayor.
The always energetic Thousand Stair Climb producer talks about Bisbee's future as well as her past.
The first minute or two moderator Nick Night is speaking off mic with the setup for the evening. Then he and candidates are all speaking into microphones and it is much easier to hear. This is a recording of the first two hours where mayor and council candidates, all seated at the table at once are asked questions written by Night. The questions are staggered so candidates do not know which question they will be asked when it is their turn. Run time is 1h 50m.
YOU CAN'T BLAME MEDIA FOR THIS STORY - MOST MEDIA DON'T COVER IT
The fight to ban fracking is a world-wide movement. To date 420 bans and moratoriums have been successful in U.S. states, counties, and now other protected areas. With exploratory mining eminent in Cochise County, indeed in the Sulphur Springs Valley, locals are ramping up to block the use of hydraulic fracturing of the earth to set gas and oil free. Click on the arrow on the red bar below to hear the last 45 minutes of a conference call held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 as cities check in with reports from anti-fracking activists on progress or lack thereof. And use this link to access the live map like seen below to click on any of the pins to see resolutions and legal briefs in the local towns pinned:
Monday, May 19, 2014 - AZ Gas and Oil Inc/Gusher State is poised to explore by drilling in the Sulphur Springs Valley in Cochise County. Fearful that hydraulic fracturing might be used in the process, members of the community are taking action to get fracking banned, first in Bisbee, then State wide. The audio (red bar below) captures the Commission's action following citizen comments, starting with Alice Hamer. (photo taken on location in PA)
Jestin Johnson from Metro Atlanta, GA Takes Questions from BZB Mayor and Council (photo CAlton/CochiseTALK.com)
Before getting a 7-0 nod as preferred candidate for the City Manager position in Bisbee, Jestin Johnson of Metro Atlanta took one last round of questions in Public from the Mayor and Council. Johnson beat out 4 other candidates following a day of closed questioning from numerous panels. Johnson got his start in local government admin in Tucson. "Arizona is definitely a place that draws you" he told council in his closing remarks. Johnson's confirmation as the next Bisbee City Manager is pending final contract negotiations. See his full employment app at www.cochiseTV.com under "Articles". To hear Johnson's responses just click on the white arrow on the left end of the red bar below. (audio runs 31m 30s)
(Bisbee) After months of inquisition of the Bisbee Animal Shelter which began last fall after a local Veterinarian filed a written complaint charging the City operated shelter with criminal long term neglect and mismanagement, and including a Sheriff's Department investigation, the BAS was closed in February for maintenance and improvement made possible by a grant, a part time coordinator was hired, and the facility was reopened last week and is now accepting wayward cats and dogs. According to interim City Manager John Mackinnon this is a soft opening and we're still "working out a few kinks". He did not elaborate.
In an exclusive interview with Bisbee Mayor Adriana Badal last Monday, the Mayor acknowledged the opening but said she was starting to get calls from "Friends of the Animal Shelter" and others complaining that "things at the shelter were going back to the way they were (last Fall)". One of the problems seems to be that people are calling the shelter but the phone just rings and no one answers. Badal raised this issue in our interview and again Tuesday night during Mackinnon's CM report to the City Council. Mackinnon seemed unaware of the phone problem but did say that he is not surprised the shelter phone was not answered because most the time no one is there. When Badal asked about an answering machine Mackinnon said we would check out the problem. Apparently, the new Shelter Coordinator does not have a cell phone.
Mackinnon noted at Tuesday's City Council meeting that "before and after" pictures of the shelter before it closed and now (see below) show the many improvements made. Still, procedurally, members of the community and Badal worry that the City may still not "get it", and are expressing their concerns.
Hear the "Animal Shelter" portion of our exclusive interview with Mayor Badal, below.
(Photo) First term Bisbee Mayor Adriana Zavala Badal: "We're not there yet with the animal shelter". Badal has let it known she will not run for a second term in deference to her family life. She had never planned on a second term.
(Bisbee) January 2014 - So how will the Bisbee City Council select the next City Manager? How long will it take? Interim City Manager John MacKinnon proposes the process to council at the last regular council meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. 20 persons. according to MacKinnon, have applied for the job, and applications will continue to be accepted until the final choice is made. (AUDIO: 5m24s run time)
(December 12, 2013) A capacity crowd filled the meeting room at Turquoise Golf and RV for the annual Bisbee Economic Luncheon produced by the Cochise College Center for Economic Research (CER). Pictured are outgoing Bisbee CM Steven Pauken and at the head of the table is Bisbee Mayor Adriana Badal. Pauken, for his portion of the event, recounted his years as CM and finished with a teary good-by. Pauken will become Winslow, AZ CM the first week in January,
City Manager Steve Pauken Tells Council Meeting About short term plans for the beleaguered Bisbee Animal Shelter.
Pictured: September 16, 2013 Regular City Council Meeting when Call to the Public heard numerous comments on charges made by a local vet that the Animal Shelter was operating without regard to established shelter norms and laws. The AUDIO FILE posted here is of the Work Session on September 17 where there was no provision for public commenting and input. Mayor Badal at the end of the session indicated that the shelter issue would be a Council meeting agenda item soon. SHELTER STAFF was questioned by the Council. There was no discussion of an on-going investigation by CCSO requested by City Manager Steven J. Pauken. Running time: 2h 11m