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editor: fred miller July 25, 2021 #13/July/2021


When ya gotta a wad of looong green, wachado do with it? That's the $857,532k question facing the council Tuesday night. Check out the background on city departmental suggestions on how to spend it. Although there is no call to the public on the agenda, let your councilperson know what you think needs doing.

My suggestions are:

increase advertising to $50k for a matching grant with AOT

boost the salary for an animal control officer to get someone in the long vacant spot.

You may have heard about the Bisbee Saturday Market opening in Vista Park on Sept. 11. Tracy,& Doug Taylor and myself are the gang putting it together. We got a few surprises in store that we'll tell you about soon. But for vendors, a great deal. If they submit an application and it is approved by August 30, they will get a free space for all of September 2021. if you have a favorite vendor, I hope you will encourage them to sign up for our market. We hope to put more money in vendors pockets and more food and goods choices for customers.

Letters of interest in occupying the vacant Ward 2 seat have to be in by July 27. Interviews at a special session on Aug 3. If you live in ward 2 I encourage you to apply. It is a good opportunity to help influence the city's future and be helpful to your neighbors.


Special Session Council Meetiing

Tuesday July 27, 6:00

Due to Covid 19 this meeting will be conducted electronically by Zoom and Facebook. The public can join, listen and view the meeting as follows:

  • City’s Facebook page ( A Facebook account is not necessary.

  • Zoom by calling in at 1-346-248-7799 or by the following link the meeting/webinar ID is 812 1335 6869.

  • The public can submit comments that will be made part of the record and/or read by a staff member to . Citizens can also be recognized to personally to speak during the meeting only if they sign up ahead of time using the email address above. All comments or requests to speak shall be submitted no later than by noon of the day of the Internet meeting, recognizing the 3-minute time limit. Please indicate a specific Council Agenda item number or request 'Call to the Public' on matters that are not listed on this agenda. The City Council cannot discuss or take legal action on any matter raised unless it is properly noticed for discussion and legal action. At the conclusion of the Call to the Public, individual members of the City Council may respond to criticism made by those who have addressed the City Council, may ask staff to review a matter or may ask that a matter be placed on a future agenda. All City Council meetings are recorded.


  1. American Rescue Plan Act allocation to the City.

Stephen Pauken, City Manager

  1. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request of the Copper Queen Community Hospital Foundation for a grant of $31,352.00 to purchase a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) System.

Stephen Pauken, City Manager

Of Interest...

The City has received the first allocation of the American Rescue Act funds. $857,532. This work session is to discuss how to use those funds. There is broad discretion about what they can be used for. (One of the things is it can't be used to lower taxes. The governor and some legislators have flagrantly ignored this with the assinine flat tax budget.) As such departments have submitted requests about hwo to use those funds. A list is in the background info, the suggested spending is spread out over many projects from all departments.


BEST OF BISBEE It’s voting time again for the Herald-Review's Best of Bisbee/ There is a best place to have a drink category Cafe Roka hint hint! Go here to vote before Aug 1: I ............... BISBEE’S KBRP RADIO HIRES FORMER KJZZ MEDIA EXEC TO LEAD STATION From a press release... KBRP Radio has hired former Public Media Executive Mark Moran as Station Director. He was selected to help the station write its next successful chapter, strengthening connections with the community building a strong, diverse membership base. Most importantly, Moran says, KBRP will reflect the community of Bisbee. “Radio is about the audience,” Moran said. “It’s important to remember that the station is about providing something valuable and useful to the people who listen.” A little background on Moran, who formerly worked at KJZZ in Phoenix for 20 years. He was disciplined three years ago for creating a hostile workplace, making inappropriate comments, consuming and abusing alcohol on a work trip, being untruthful during an investigation. At the time he was KJZZ general manager and after an investigation was subsequently demoted to a Project Manager and ordered to conduct himself in a professional manner, to take a sexual harassment course, an online driving course, and was forbidden to drink alcohol on or off campus while representing Rio Salado Community College. ........... TAPAS at LE CAFE CORNUCOPIA One of the better kept secrets in town is that Ana Borrajo, owner of the former Ana's Seasonal Kitchen, is in the kitchen on Friday, Saturday, 5-8 nights and Sunday 12-4 at Le Cafe Cornucopia. Unfortunately can't find a menu or times online for the Cafe as evening hours are not posted on their FB or Instragram anywhere. 520 432-4820 (a pet peeve of mine is that few owner or managers bother to check their social media and website to update to current information. It's kind of like let's keep our business hours a secret, not tell tell them what bands are playing when, or what's happening...sheesh!) .............. DANIELLE BOUCHEVER GETS AWARD Recognition for her volunteer efforts in rural Cochise County, Danielle has done much for Bisbee over the years.Read this for a partial account of the activites of this wonderful person. .................. BISBEE AFTER 5 RETURNS! One of the most enduring events in Bisbee returns August 14th Bisbee After 5 The theme is “Bisbee Pirates of the High Desert”.Participating businesses are asked to be open from 5PM - 8PM that day. Much thanks go to Kathy Sowden who has been the force behind BA5 for many years. She has, in some years singlehandedly, kept this going. It is a good draw for visitors, an opportunity for businesses to strut their stuff, and an economic boost that helps monthly but also throughout the year as peeps return because of what they have seen at Ba5. They are looking for volunteers to help out. Kathy Sowden: 432-2900 Ali Zigerelli: 282-9202 ........... SURVEY AND MAPPING TOOL FOR REDISTRICTING Coming to cochise county August 5 at the CC Supervisors offices on Melody Lane. Fill this out and advocate for your preferred district. Check out the distoric (14) and see what should be changed. .................... THE BARTENDERS ARE COMING!

The Shady Dell will host the Arizona chapters of the United states Bartending Guild August 8-10. They will be featuring challenges of knowledge, craft and creativity. Preliminary round will consist of some team challenges, cocktail creativity and balance. The final day will be a championship round with secret ingredients and judges to crown the champion. This will all take place in the Dell trailer bar where we will stream the happenings inside to TV monitors outside. With the Dell not being a huge venue they would like to keep attendance to fellow industry members.There are 2 chapters in AZ (Tucson & Phoenix) that regularly hold events for members to attend. For information go here:

...................... Expunge those dope convictions Arizona Citizens Can Now Apply for Expungement of Marijuana Convictions; Seal or Expunge a Marijuana Record in Cochise County In Cochise County, persons may submit a petition to the county court by filing the Prop 207 Marijuana Conviction Expungement Request Form (, found on the Cochise County Court Services website. Citizens must file with the court in the county where they were arrested, charged, convicted and/or acquitted. Those who have a conviction from another county in Arizona must visit the Az Courts website at for further information on how to file a petition. <><><><><><><>


HOUSES SOLD With 20 houses sold in June for almost $4.5 million, the retail market hot streak continues with the most sales in June in six years, besting the 2019 total of 17/$3.23 million. Address….asking price/Sale price 516 E. Border road $105/$100k 108 Azurite $112/$116lk 210 B ST $129,000/$121,000 230 OPERA DR B $140,000/v140,000 216 HAZZARD $145,000/$145,000 ST 729A TOMBSTONE CYN A $165,000/$155,000 112 Mountain View AVE $165,000/$157,000 63 SPRAY AVE $168,000/$168,000 513 Mayor $165,000/$175,000 118 DOUGLAS $189,000/$189,000 3443 S DESERT DR $235,000/$235,000 133 BLACKKNOB VWMOON CYN $265,000/v240,000 108 QUARRY CYN $286,300/$280,000 389 S VIA LIBERACION $295,000/v285,000 620 TOMBSTONE CYN $299,000/$305,000 511D Bailey Hill - $315,000/$310,000 12 TEMBY AVE $345,000/$345,000 504 POWELL ST $348,000/$348,000 515 30TH TERRACE $380,000/$390,000 $$$$$$$$$$ BUILDING PERMITS May permits totaled $300,000 for May for 33 permits. A bit on the high side for May permits, but only topped by May of 2017 ($393k). Noted was that there were a lot of smaller dollar jobs reported. Rebuild, renovation, code updates will all continue to be strong as long as the housing market stays solid. And the only indication that it is going to soften is the lack of houses for sale. Although I don't have the stats, Bisbee probably has the lowest number of houses for sale in a very long time. It is a sellers market. But then where are you going to buy? $$$$$$$$$$ SALES TAX (June report is for April spending-always two months prior) Restaurant/Bar sales rebounded, notching $43k for the best month since Oct. 2019. And a shopping $15,000 over last month $43k/$28k. While retail continues to be strong-likely bouyed by lumber and other raw material costs.This has been the first back to back months of over $100k in the past several years. Hotel rates are up likely because of the strong Spring with more visitors coming to Bisbee. And as predicted the new bed tax has doubled monthly taxes compared to 2019. Food for home consumption often varies significantly from month to month. June spending is $10k less than last month. Internet taxes have continues to rise over the past year and a half when collections began. This tax collection has been a boon for small communities where internet purchases are often necessary due to the unavailability of local products and the distances to larger retailers. $$$$$$$$$$ SOCIAL MEDIA STATS Social Media has grown to be arguably the most important marketing tool for tourism destinations.There are many sites but the City concentrates on a couple key companies. It is also relatively cheap to advertise on sites, as opposed to print media. Although a well rounded marketing program utilizes all media outlets. Engagement, time spent on sites, posts, age groupings of viewers, likes and more have become a statistical firehouse of information. It is difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff; what is important and what is curious. The City's tourism website, anchors the marketing strategy. Facebook, Instagram, enewsletters, are important to reach specific populations. DogCatMouse is the contractor that posts, monitors, and tabulates social media accounts. Google analytics is the tool that allows them to see what the activity on the city's tourism site,, has been. One very interesting stat is that throughout 2019 and 2020 and the first two months of 2021 the age grouping visiting the website has been 65+. Then in March, April, May it dropped to 55-64 but in June it the average age group of the visitors to the website was 25-34. To me at least, there has notably been more families and more young people in town this Spring than past years. Is it a trend or an anomaly? Instagram visitors have remained a younger group, 25-34 for some time with the number of followers increasing gradually each month to the current 5467. Facebook continues to be a key company for advertising, the age grouping that uses the site is 35-44. (All of these companies track visitors to their sites and package and sell that tracking information to many third party users. If you are a user of these and other sites, your very detailed browisng personal info is being sold without your knowledge. That in-depth knowledge of your personal habits is what makes these sites popular and effective advertising outlets) .................... Articles of Incorporation Belle's Cups mobile business operating from 412 Hovland St. Agent: Tammy Moss Schabacker Food Trailer LLC 209 A St. Agent: Theodore Schabacker Michael Biehn 600 Tombstone Canyon Rd #C Agent: Michael Biehn Manager: Jennifer Biehn


or a better title would be This Is What They Have Done To Us

This is a comprehensive guide to all the Arizona laws passed by the legislature with a summary for each one. They go into effect September 29, 2021. Almost all written and passed by Repugnicans with little democratic support.

For instance there were 21 laws passed that have to do with elections! (It would be an interesting research project to compare the 'model' laws written by ALEC (American Legislative exchange Council) with what was passed by the lege. In the AZ lege as well as other states, many laws were taken verbatim from the models developed by ALEC. Who said some legislators aren't lazy!

Thanks to kb for this report.

VACCINATION To the tune of Fascination... It was vaccination, we know And it might have ended right then, at the start just a brief compliance, based on sound science, we'd have gone on our way, with few deaths today It was Vaccination we know.... (I know, I know, kind of cheesy but it is Sunday night and am trying to get this out) ............... 90% OF ARIZONA'S 17,000 MAY COVID CASES WERE UNVACCINATED ................... THREE STUDIES, ONE VIEW, VACCINATIONS DEFEAT THE VIRUS

A NEW FORM FOR WORDPLAY? "ARE YOU PICKING UP WHAT I'M LAYING DOWN?" Not quite puns but maybe a different word structure, these came from a Weingarten column in the WaPo who thinks it may be a new form. I have shamelessly appropriated them for your appreciation. I love windmills, don't you? "Big Fan" North Korea has banned satire and parody. "No kidding!" Releasing emotion while in mourning hias huge psychological benefits "Good Grief!" Global health authorities are working diligently. "Who cares?" Your hairstyle can reveal a lot about you. "Do tell!" Worry, you can't get there from here. "No way!" There are more than 2,000 palindromes in the English language. "Wow!" Virtue is its own reward. "Not bad!" Let's buy a bidet. "I'll get right on it." VERY PUNNY

What do you call a fake noodle? An Impasta.

I would avoid the sushi if I was you. It’s a little fishy.

Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind it’s tearable.

I used to work in a shoe recycling shop. It was sole destroying.

What do you call a belt with a watch on it? A waist of time.

I went to a seafood disco last week... and pulled a mussel.

Do you know where you can get chicken broth in bulk? The stock market.

I cut my finger chopping cheese, but I think that I may have greater problems.

Why did the octopus beat the shark in a fight? Because it was well armed.

What did daddy spider say to baby spider? You spend too much time on the web.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

There’s a new type of broom out, it’s sweeping the nation.

What cheese can never be yours? Nacho cheese.

What did the Buffalo say to his little boy when he dropped him off at school? Bison.

Have you ever heard of a music group called Cellophane? They mostly wrap.

How was Rome split in two? With a pair of Ceasars.

The shovel was a ground breaking invention.

A Buddhist walks up to a hot dog stand and says, "Make me one with everything."

Did you hear about the guy who lost the left side of his body? He's alright now.

What do you call a girl with one leg that's shorter than the other? Ilene.

I did a theatrical performance on puns. It was a play on words.

What do you do with a dead chemist? You barium.

I bet the person who created the door knocker won a Nobel prize.

Two birds are sitting on a perch and one says "Do you smell fish?"

Do you know sign language? You should learn it, it’s pretty handy.

What do you call a beautiful pumpkin? GOURDgeous.

A cross eyed teacher couldn’t control his pupils.

After the accident, the juggler didn’t have the balls to do it. From

political witticisms They should have built the wall with Hillary's emails because nobody can get over them. Talking to a conservative is like trying to explain social media to someone in a coma. What's the difference between baseball and politics? In baseball you're out if you're caught stealing. The consensus after the election is that 100% of Americans think 50% of Americans have lost their minds. People who want to share their political views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. <><><><><><><><><><><>



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