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! This podcast is now available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Podcast Addict!


Podcast Update and Spotlight Breakfast Video Preview

Post Date: September 3, 2020

In this mini-episode, we preview a video we’re currently producing in lieu of the City’s annual Spotlight Breakfast. An announcement of the premiere date will be coming within a week or so. We also share that the podcast will take a break in September, before returning with the next full episode in October. To keep up with the latest City announcements, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter that we send out each week. Here’s the sign up link.

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.


Caring for Sierra Vista's Animals

Post Date: August 18, 2020

Animal Control Supervisor Arleen Garcia joins host City Public Information Officer Adam Curtis for this episode of Let’s Talk Sierra Vista. Inspired by her mother’s generosity to care for stray animals in the streets of Puerto Rico, Arleen has put her passion for animal care to work here in Sierra Vista since 2008. We discuss how folks can view or adopt/foster animals at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, recent improvements being made at the shelter, how important community support is to its mission, and ways to keep your pets safe this summer. Much like Arleen’s profession, this conversation hits emotional highs and lows as we discuss the importance of rabies vaccines, reflect on saving animals from the Monument Fire, share stories of how loss is part of the job, and talk about pets and the joy they bring to our lives.

Highlights:

  • COVID-19's impact on adoptions, turn-ins, and other trends (1:10)
  • How to view and adopt animals at the shelter by appointment (4:28)
  • Moving forward with spay and neuter clinics in September (9:23)
  • The “One Paw at a Time Mobile Unit” and support of the shelter’s friends (12:29)
  • What you get when adopting a pet from the shelter (20:20)
  • Why getting a rabies vaccine is vital (21:35)
  • Don’t leave your pet in a hot car (26:33)
  • How does the Summer heat affect pets when the ground is hot? (29:08)
  • Our own pets at home (34:49)
  • How Arleen fell in love with caring for animals (38:04)
  • Overcoming capacity issues by getting and giving help (43:12)

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.


Compassion Lies at the Heart of SV Fire & Medical Services Culture

Post Date: August 7, 2020

Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services Chief Brian Jones joins us in this episode. A long-time veteran of the department who is passionate about serving his hometown community, Jones shares what makes SVF&MS such a special place to work and what approach he takes to hiring new recruits. Jones himself embodies a persistent passion for service and kindness that is central to his agency’s philosophy and its response on calls. We will also cover exciting new dispatch software that will improve our area’s medical response, how the department has adapted operations due to COVID-19, and how Jones approaches his role as chief.

Highlights:

  • Chief Brian Jones's experience working in fire and medical services for the last 25 years (1:26)
  • What the fire department looks for in recruits and what new recruits can expect working here in Sierra Vista (3:40)
  • What to do if interested in applying for a job with the department (6:44)
  • Benefits of new Emergency Medical Dispatch software (8:04)
  • How COVID-19 affects the fire department (12:50)
  • Chief Brian Jones's philosophy behind serving the community (16:47)
  • Maintaining a positive attitude even during hard times and hopes for the future (22:20)

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.


Putting Sierra Vista on the Map

Post Date: July 24, 2020

In the fourth episode of “Let’s Talk Sierra Vista,” we speak with Marketing and Communications Manager Judy Hector. Join us as we dive into what makes a Sierra Vista a great place to live and visit.  Judy shares what goes on behind the scenes to put Sierra Vista’s name on the map, what makes our community attractive to outside visitors, and how the city works as a team to foster tourism and economic development. We’ll also learn how COVID-19 impacts these efforts by presenting new challenges and opportunities. Small businesses also face many challenges in these uncertain times, and this episode wraps up with a reminder to support these businesses that give Sierra Vista its charm and character. 

Want to see the recent Trip Sisters video we mention in the podcast? Here's the link to the video on National Geographic Travel Facebook page 

Highlights:

  • Putting Sierra Vista on the map (2:56) 
  • Why is Sierra Vista a special destination for birders? (6:46) 
  • What makes Sierra Vista a desirable tourism destination? (9:05) 
  • How the city works as a team across departments to foster economic development and tourism. (11:18) 
  • Challenges and opportunities posed by COVID-19. (16:24) 
  • How do you measure success from the city’s tourism marketing efforts? (24:13) 
  • Buy Sierra Vista to support our small business (30:08) 

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.


Reimagining Library Services Amid COVID-19

Post Date: July 07, 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.