Let’s Talk Sierra Vista

Welcome to the official podcast of the City of Sierra Vista. In this podcast we will cover a wide variety of topics associated with your local government and of importance to Sierra Vista residents. As its name suggests, we invite citizens to join the conversation by asking questions, providing comments, and suggesting topics important to them. We hope you enjoy listening and we want to hear from you!


Reimagining Library Services Amid COVID-19

Post Date: July 8, 2020

In the third episode of “Let’s Talk Sierra Vista,” we speak with Sierra Vista Public Library Youth Services Librarian Erica Merritt. Together we go behind-the-scenes at the library to learn how the library has opened new avenues to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, even when its doors have been closed since March. Erica shares how the library is offering virtual classes and activities, how patrons may still access and return materials, and how library services may continue to evolve amid the pandemic. We also discuss some of her favorite books, how libraries have evolved to serve people in new ways over recent years, and much more.

Highlights:

  • Reimagining the library’s Summer Reading Program (1:16)
  • Engaging parents and students without in-person programs (3:10)
  • Summer Reading is open to all ages, how to participate. (6:34)
  • How patrons can currently access materials and other resources from the library. (10:30)
  • Using social media to stay engaged and running virtual programs. (12:09)
  • Why have libraries expanded services to lending bikes, fitness packs, and more. (18:18)
  • Many people rely on library services. (20:46)
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic may leave lasting changes to how libraries serve their communities (22:38)

Local citizens are encouraged to join the conversation by asking questions, offering comments, and suggesting future topics. To share your thoughts, email Pod@nullSierraVistaAZ.gov.


History, Redevelopment, and Beer in the West End

Post Date: June 24, 2020

In the second episode of “Let’s Talk Sierra Vista," we have a doubleheader featuring Tony Boone, Economic Development Manager for the City of Sierra Vista, and Elizabeth Wrozek, the new Henry Hauser Museum Curator. Speaking with host Adam Curtis, Tony shares the story behind the announcement that Tombstone Brew Pub is setting up shop at the former site of the Daisy Mae’s Steak House, describes redevelopment efforts in the West End now seeing tangible results, and this ties into the City's broader strategy to attract businesses and new economic opportunities to Sierra Vista.

Elizabeth Wrozek shares the museum’s efforts to preserve the history of Daisy Mae’ Steak House, at the invitation of the property's owners and how that history will also be reflected at the Tombstone Brew Pub. She also shares her ideas to build upon her predecessor’s work to reach a younger audience and infuse Sierra Vista schools with lesson plans that tie into Sierra Vista's history. In addition, Wrozek discusses the restoration of Fry Pioneer Cemetery and how, as a community-driven project, it competed with grant-funded projects to earn the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award thanks in large part to the generosity of dedicated volunteers.

Highlights with Economic Development Manager Tony Boone:

  • Tombstone Brew Pub Project (1:55)
  • Progress in revitalizing Sierra Vista’s historic district (5:28)
  • How this ties into broader economic development efforts (14:55)
  • Update on grant program providing federal relief funding to businesses affected by COVID-19 (22:46)
  • Ongoing work to prepare the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport for Redevelopment (26:14)

Highlights with Henry F. Hasuer Museum Curator Elizabeth Wrozek:

  • Efforts to preserve and honor the history behind Daisy Mae’s building (40:56)
  • Donning the big shoes left behind by former museum curator, Nancy Krieski (49:05)
  • Ideas to get the community more engaged with local history (51:31)
  • Efforts to restore and celebrate the Fry Pioneer Cemetery which recently earned a Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award (56:42)

Local citizens are encouraged to join the conversation by asking questions, offering comments, and suggesting future topics. To share your thoughts, email Pod@nullSierraVistaAZ.gov.


“We Must Be Better,” a Conversation with SVPD Chief Adam Thrasher

Post Date: June 12, 2020

The pilot episode of "Let's Talk Sierra Vista" features Sierra Vista Police Department Chief Adam Thrasher. Speaking with podcast host Adam Curtis, public information officer for the City, Chief Thrasher shares his thoughts on a variety of issues pertaining to his department and the profession of policing, including the death of George Floyd and how, as law enforcement officers, "we must be better."

Highlights:

  • Discussion of Thrasher’s reaction to George Floyd’s death and local protests (1:20)
  • The benefits of pursuing and maintaining international accreditation (5:37)
  • How the department’s Service with Honor Program informs its culture (9:40)
  • Why learning about your local public safety agencies is important, especially now (14:45)

Local citizens are encouraged to join the conversation by asking questions, offering comments, and suggesting future topics. To share your thoughts, email Pod@nullSierraVistaAZ.gov.