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 Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Podcast Addict!


Celebrate the Summer with Your Local Library

Post Date: June 11, 2021

In-person activities are back and the library is open to serve the community. Libraries are beloved centers of learning and enrich our lives by providing access to knowledge, technology, and community activities. In this episode, we are joined by Youth Services Librarian Erica Merritt and Arts, Culture, and Education Division Manager Emily Duchon to discuss how the library is still adapting to serve customers today. We talk about the lessons they learned from serving patrons despite restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summer Reading Program is up and running with a variety of events and activities as we celebrate the animal kingdom with this year’s theme of Tails and Tales. Find everything you need to know to participate, from winning weekly prizes to community events and much more.

Highlights:

  • Information about this year’s Summer Reading Program (1:12)
  • What is the mission for the Summer Reading Program and why is it offered for all ages? (5:00)
  • Events people can look forward for this year’s Summer Reading Program (8:20)
  • What was it like to adapt library services to the COVID-19 pandemic? (10:15)
  • Learn about artwork popping up in the library’s botanical garden (17:42)
  • The Cultural Diversity Commission and Youth Commission are seeking members (22:06)
  • What does the library have to offer besides books? (23:43)

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.


Boots, Bikes, and Birds: Boosting Sierra Vista’s Reputation

Post Date: May 28, 2021

Today we talk with Marketing & Communications Manager Judy Hector and Economic Development Manager Tony Boone about recent news, events, and the City’s approach to economic development and tourism. The City tackles these areas as a team, executing a tailor-made strategy that leverages Sierra Vista’s unique assets. With an ideal climate, nearby mountain trails, blossoming events, growing sports tourism efforts, and an extraordinary variety of birds that attract birders from around the world, Sierra Vista’s reputation as a destination for outdoor recreation is expanding. This was recently bolstered by a declaration making Sierra Vista the official Hummingbird Capital of Arizona, signed just this month by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, and the renewal of the City’s status as a bicycle-friendly community. We learn how Sierra Vista is growing from Arizona’s best-kept secret to an up-and-coming destination for people who love the outdoors.

Highlights:

  • How do the City’s signature Sips and Skies events tie into the city’s overall marketing strategy? (1:30)
  • Tony talks about the process of working with Perimeter Bicycling to bring the El Tour de Zona to Sierra Vista and what that will bring to the community. (3:57)
  • The City has made major headway to improve facilities to attract sports tournaments to Sierra Vista in partnership with local sports organizations. What does that mean in terms of dollars and how does it tie in with economic development? (15:30)
  • What unique challenges and opportunities set the stage for the City’s economic development strategy? (22:48)
  • Judy tells us about the recent declaration making Sierra Vista the “Hummingbird Capital of Arizona”. Will we pursue this declaration nationally and just how big is the birding tourism market? (31:44)
  • Learn about the King’s Court property sale just ratified by council on Thursday, May 27. (38:48)

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.


Covering Police Week and SVPD News with Chief Thrasher

This week we are bringing back Chief Thrasher for Police Week. Since 1881, 29 law enforcement professionals have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in our county. We talk about the importance of honoring those who take the risk and put on the uniform to serve and protect their community.

And if you’ve ever wanted an inside look into the Sierra Vista Police Department, this podcast is a great start! We share how SVPD has earned a CALEA accreditation for another four years, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to excellence. We also discuss the SVPD’s efforts to maintain this high level of service, Chief Thrasher’s career as a police officer, and how now is a great time for those who wish to be police officers themselves to take that leap in Sierra Vista.

Highlights:

  • What does police week mean to law enforcement officers and their families? (1:13)
  • What do new recruits go through to train and become police officers and how does the SouthEastern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (SEALETA) help SVPD and make this career path more accessible? (4:30)
  • The SVPD just received a CALEA accreditation for another four years, can you explain why this is important for the department and the community? (11:33)
  • This week the project to expand SVPD’s women’s locker room is getting underway. We’ll learn why this is needed. (15:03) (14:45)
  • Learn about the Citizen Police Academy and how to apply. (19:45)

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.


Paul Cimino Talks Wildfire Safety, Reflects on 40-year Career

Post Date: April 30, 2021

In our second episode of season 2, longtime Sierra Vista Fire Marshal Paul Cimino reminds us how to keep our properties and community safe from wildfires. As the City’s longest tenured employee, Paul also reflects on his 40 years working for Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services. Paul will retire later this year and it was a joy to discuss some of the highlights of his time working for the City. Podcast host Adam Curtis joins Paul in recalling the Monument Fire in 2011. That crisis reminds us all why it is vital to be fire safe, especially during Sierra Vista’s windy and dry spring season. It also brought out the best in our community and demonstrated how Sierra Vistans have each other’s backs when it matters most.

Highlights:

  • How can homeowners protect their property from fire hazards and wildfires? (1:51)
  • Why you should have an evacuation plan (5:18)
  • Reminder of local laws pertaining to fireworks and common sense safety (7:09)
  • Discussing the Monument Fire, the efforts to control it, and more (11:03)
  • Some of Paul's most memorable moments as a fire safety professional (24:38)
  • Paul talks about his 40 years supporting the department's Christmas Toy Drive (28:47)
  • What kept Paul in Sierra Vista's Fire Department for so many years? (34:60)

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.


Protecting Our Neighborhoods With Kindness and Persistence

Post Date: April 16, 2021

We are excited to welcome you back for season 2 of the podcast! In this episode we are joined by code enforcement officers Jessica Vannoy and Gilbert Fuentes. We discuss how their team works with Sierra Vista residents to ensure properties meet our community’s standards, which protects the character of our neighborhoods and ensures they remain safe for everyone. We also get to know Jessica and Gilbert as they share how a history of public service continues to shape who they are today. Code enforcement requires a delicate balance of compassion, cooperation, and, as a last resort, enforcement. Jessica and Gilbert take pride in keeping Sierra Vista clean and share how local residents can help too, by joining Sierra Vista’s Adopt an Area program.

Highlights:

  • Gilbert’s experience as a police officer and how it translates to serving residents today (1:57)
  • Jessica’s story of how she was “almost born” in city hall and how her parents’ careers in public service influenced her to serve (4:04)
  • How does the code enforcement process work? (6:49)
  • How does their work give people pride their community? (10:36)
  • Learn how residents can get involved keep Sierra Vista clean. (14:59)
  • Gilbert and Jessica share how a job means more when its in service to the community you call home. (18:51)

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.