editor: fred miller August 17, 2021 #15/August 21
Hello, I ran a blurb about the new station manager at KBRP Mark Moran in an issue a few weeks ago. A few folks objected to me mentioning his past at KJZZ. While they didn't object to that, they thought that it could have been construed as a criticism of the board for not doing due diligence when hiring the manager. I didn't mean to imply that. They did thoroughly investigate and talk frankly with him about his experience as well as his problems in 2018. They decided that he was the best candidate for the job because of his many years of experience and were convinced that the past was past. I personally hope that Mr. Moran will bring new ideas to fruition to help actualize the potential of the station to become a more integral and vital part of the community. As you may, or may not, know rather than go to a month of therapy, every so often I go on a rant about something that is bothering me. Fortunately someone has done it for me; in spades. There is a tirade below that gives voice to the frustrations of many of us. Bisbee Saturday Market update...As part of the Bisbee Saturday Market opening on 9/11, there will be a commemoration of that fateful day. Still in the planning stages it will be a short ceremony at the Rose Garden entitled: First Responders: 9/11 and Every Day. We'll need a few volunteers to help out that morning from about 8 am to 9am. If interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also are planning a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the market. Yeah I know it's kind of hokey, but maybe we'll put a Bisbee twist on it! We have 18 food and craft vendors so far and I have snailmailed applications to another 35 food vendors. We will be doing significant marketing throughout the county and I think we will have good foot traffic to encourage a wide variety of vendors. We will be having a backyard bounty table where growers with excess products can sell their overflow produce. We'll staff it and sell at a 50% you/50% us rate. We also hope to have weekly 'how to' demonstrations, informative sessions with local peeps. I hope you will encourage your favorite vendor to send in an application at bisbeesaturdaymarket.com. I think it is shaping up to be a good addition to Bisbee. The good folks at DogCatMouse Media (Jen, Bridget, Rachael) that have the contract with the CoB for social media marketing, have been scratching the bottom of the barrel to get some content. And, as they likely reclined on their opulent office furniture, ate bon-bons, and drank copious amounts of girly cocktails while throwing darts at a virtual phonebook, they blithely identified me as a 'Bisbee Creator' and lazily asked me a few question so they could fill their word quota without doing the writing. It is now published, along with many others Bisbee peeps with their take on our lovely place. It is hidden on the city tourism website discoverbisbee. https://www.discoverbisbee.com/bisbee-creators?pgid=k0h5jiqt-76bd61f1-0ab8-4e69-a9cf-2875bca4a7bb fred
AT THE FORMER COUNCIL BUILDINIG BY THE WASTE TRANSFER STATION Regular Council Meeting TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2021 AT 7:00 PM AT COUNCIL CHAMBERS LOCATED AT, 915 S. TOVREAVILLE ROAD
Background for agenda items here:
#5-12 Several non-profit organization requests for funds from the American Rescue Plan (Bisbee received $800k+ this year and the same amount next year, a portion reserved for non-profit groups.)
Note: Non-profit organizations can apply for a one time request by filling out a formhttps://www.bisbeeaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=315
#13 this is approval for demolishing the former city hall at 118 Arizona St.and removal of the material. $72,250 There will be an attempt to keep the entrance intact.
#14 exec session for Budges and Hillcrest legal matters. (Jeez! exec sessions seem to be part of every council meeting the past months.)
#15 Sometimes the CM report is in the background. This session it is not. But usually he will give a rundown on current or coming projects.
INVOCATION: A Moment of Silence
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MAYOR’S PROCLAMATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Employee Longevity Recognition- Joelle Landers
CALL TO THE PUBLIC
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE DISCUSSED, CONSIDERED AND/OR DECIDED UPON AT THIS MEETING:
1. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Subject to availability of funds
2. Approval of the Consent Agenda
Approval of the Minutes of the Special Session of the Mayor and Council held on July 27, 2021.
Approval of the Minutes of the Special Session of the Mayor and Council held on August 3, 2021.
Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of the Mayor and Council held on August 3, 2021.
Approval of the Resignation of Audrey “Luche” Giacomino from the Evergreen Cemetery Committee.
Approval of the Park, Facility, and Right-of-way Use Permit for the Bisbee Bloomers 19th Annual Garden Tour at Grassy Park on Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application submitted by Bisbee Vogue Inc. for the Craft Beer Festival to be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church located at 100 Quality Hill, AZ on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Cynthia Conroy, Applicant.
Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application submitted Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter to hold an event at the Shady Dell located at 1 Douglas Road, AZ on Sunday, September 5, 2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm; Kelly Galligan, Applicant.
Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application submitted Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter to hold an event at the Shady Dell located at 1 Douglas Road, AZ on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm; Kelly Galligan, Applicant.
Approval of a Liquor License Application for Le’ Cornucopia Café located at 14 Main Street, Bisbee, Arizona; Gretchen Renee Bonaduce, Applicant.
3. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-21-12; Amending Article 6 “General Provisions” Section 6.4 “Walls and Fences” by inserting Screens for the Purpose of Providing an Opportunity for Recreational Courts as Accessory uses in Public use and/or Commercial Historic District, to protect the Integrity of Neighboring Public use and/or Commercial areas, and to Mitigate any Deleterious Impacts on Proximate Properties.
Joe Ward, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement
4. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-21-14, Accepting the Transfer of Real Property from Southeast Arizona Renovations LLC, located at 300 Campbell St, Bisbee.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
5. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for Central School Project in the amount of $3,000.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
6. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for The Bisbee Woman’s Club in the amount of $10,000.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
7. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for The Kiwanis Club of Bisbee in the amount of $10,000.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
8. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum in the amount of $6,000.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
9. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for the Bisbee Bloomers in the amount of $5,000.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
10. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for Community Montessori School of Bisbee in the amount of $6,300.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
11. Discussion and Possible Approval of a request for American Rescue Plan Act, Emergency Assistance Funds for Bisbee Science Exploration and Research Center in the amount of $16,800.00.
Stephen Pauken, City Manager
12. Discussion and Possible Approval to purchase a Portable Defibrillator for the Fire Department from Stryker Medical using American Rescue Plan Act Funds.
Jim Richardson, Acting Fire Chief
13. Discussion and Possible Approval for demolition of City Hall building located at 118 Arizona Street.
Jesus Haro, Public Works Director
14. Possible Approval of a motion to go into Executive Session for the following matters:
1. An executive session pursuant to A.R.S.§ 38-431.03(a)(3)(4) for Discussion or Consultation with the attorney of the public body in order to consider its position and instruct its attorneys regarding the public body's position regarding contracts that are the subject of negotiations, in pending or contemplated litigation or in settlement discussions conducted in order to avoid or resolve litigation on a notice of claim from Kenneth and Mary Alice budge.
2. An executive session pursuant to A.R.S.§ 38-431.03(A)(7) for Discussion or Consultation with designated representatives of the City in order to consider its position and instruct its representatives regarding negotiations for the purchase, sale, deed of trust or lease of real property known as the Hillcrest Apartments.
15. City Manager's Report:
· Other Current events (No Discussion)
WHO ARE THE UNVACCINATED?
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/unvaccinated-america-in-5-charts/ A FULL SCALE RANT... This column was published in the Arizona Mirror(a free online newspaper at https://www.azmirror.com/) It was originally published by Michigan Advance, a sister publication.https://www.azmirror.com/2021/08/10/weve-coddled-ignorance-for-years-now-were-all-paying-the-price-with-covid/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=15ce9200-af6f-4195-a133-654e649d5b02 Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans — and deadly, faster-spreading variants emerging because selfish and ignorant people refuse to get vaccinated — those of us who have tried to do everything right have no more f–ks left to give. Anti-vaxxers, COVID conspiracy theorists and right-wing politicians have made the pandemic far more hellacious than it ever needed to be. We have been lectured endlessly by pundits and attention seekers on social media that we musn’t ever make them feel bad about their awful choices — no matter how many public, violent scenes they cause over health rules, heavily armed protests they organize to intimidate us and how much the death toll soars. Their feelings have been deemed more important than the health and well-being of our families, because somehow if we kowtow to the worst people in our society, a few will supposedly be nice enough to get vaccinated or wear masks. Nope. You are never, ever to make people who are loudly anti-intellectual, knowingly spew lies and publicly pat themselves on the back for it, feel dumb. That is the sin of elitism and there is nothing worse. If you refuse to get vaccinated — and this goes double if you are someone with enough of a platform to influence others — you are to blame for the fourth wave. You are the reason why more children are being hospitalized, so spare me your family values bloviation. You are why good people who have done their part and gotten their shots are getting breakthrough cases. I am tired of sugarcoating it. I am tired of the perennial hectoring to “both sides” the pandemic like we mindlessly do with political coverage. The 40% who can’t be bothered to get jabbed because they know more than doctors or they understand freedom better than the rest of us or just know that the magnetic 5G is gonna be injected in their veins are why people continue to needlessly die. And they are why life continues to be hell for the rest of us. Yes, there is a political divide in vaccination rates — and Republicans are on the wrong side of it. Let’s stop denying the obvious or making excuses for a party whose pandemic response has been a mix of crass pandering to their base and sociopathic stupidity. For almost a year and a half, most of us have stayed home as much as we could, helped our neighbors, homeschooled our children, faithfully worn masks and gotten our shots when it was our turn. Health care workers, in particular, have seen the most unfathomable human suffering, been forced to isolate from their families and have desperately pleaded with people to follow simple health rules and get vaccinated so that we can put COVID-19 behind us. We were promised that by sacrificing, working hard and playing by the rules, we could put an end to mass death and finally get back to some of the things that bring us joy: having parties, going to festivals, traveling beyond our backyards and more. But the dream of post-COVID normalcy is fading fast as Delta and other variants have ripped through our country, even infecting some of the vaccinated. That’s also threatening our economic recovery, which is why you’re seeing corporate America step up with major companies like Walmart and Google finally issuing vaccine mandates. And like clockwork, grandstanding dimwits in the Michigan Legislature are debating GOP legislation outlawing vaccine passports on the heels of trying to snatch away Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers. They have plenty of company, with GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banning schools from issuing mask mandates, while GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been busy tying local governments’ abilities to fight COVID, too. (Editor’s Note: In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to demands from anti-mask Republican lawmakers that the state budget include a law barring school districts from requiring masks, securing the votes he needed for a spending plan that includes massive tax cuts for wealthy Arizonans. Several school districts have still enacted mask mandates for students, teachers, staff and visitors, arguing that the law doesn’t go into effect until late September.) Let’s be clear. Vaccine passports should have been mandatory from the jump. Counting on people to do the right thing has worked for most people during the pandemic. But there are millions who have proven they could care less about keeping others — or even themselves — alive. But it seems to be in our DNA as Americans to cower in the face of an angry (white) minority, and so President Biden and many Democratic politicians were convinced that mandates wouldn’t work. Of course, even efforts by Whitmer and other leaders to essentially bribe people into getting vaccinated with lottery-style raffles were deemed by Republicans as slightly less offensive than critical race theory Yes, there is a political divide in vaccination rates — and Republicans are on the wrong side of it. Let’s stop denying the obvious or making excuses for a party whose pandemic response has been a mix of crass pandering to their base and sociopathic stupidity. Knuckle-draggers do not deserve veto power over our safety. The only way we will make COVID an occasional nuisance instead of a mortal threat to everyone’s health is with vaccine mandates for everything from school to concerts to travel. How did we get to a point where the proudly ignorant wield this much power, anyway? Well, in my more than 20-year career in journalism, there has been one constant: You are never, ever to make people who are loudly anti-intellectual, knowingly spew lies and publicly pat themselves on the back for it, feel dumb. That is the sin of elitism and there is nothing worse, you see. Even casting the argument in positive terms, like lauding the value of higher education, is considered looking down on nice folks who insist that the earth is flat and their theories should command the same respect as those of Galileo. We’re told there’s nothing worse than living in liberal bubbles (even though those in the media and on the left are obsessed with trying to understand red state America). But you know what? Living in a blue enclave is a pretty great way to survive a plague. Nobody yells at you for wearing a mask at the gas station. Schools actually care about our kids’ safety. Officials aren’t trying to score political points off of our misery. And so when I have taken publications to task for knowingly printing lies about COVID-19, particularly from GOP leaders who know exactly what they’re doing, the reaction is always dreadfully boring. A seasoned journalist (read: white and male) takes it upon himself to lecture me that I know nothing of journalism (even though I’ve run two publications and they typically have run none), and people must be trusted to make up their own minds and sift between facts and B.S. How’s that working out as we’re facing another fall and winter trapped in our homes as unvaccinated-propelled variants crash across the country? After this much unneeded agony, I’m done coddling the craven and crazy. And I know I’m not alone.
ADVANCES IN GROWING FOOD ROBOT WEED KILLERS https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/14/weedkilling-robots-farming-pesticide-use-sustainable?utm_term=3f1ebbde32f67cff73d768f98636bd40&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email ..................
Growing up. Bowery Farming in Kearny, New Jersey, is reimagining the farm-to-store supply chain. Bowery is the largest vertical farm in the United States, growing leafy greens, herbs, fruits, and vegetables inside a climate-controlled warehouse where crops grow in stacked trays under lights that mimic natural sunlight. “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal recently toured the research and development part of the farm, where Bowery fine-tunes the flavor of new produce such as radishes and strawberries with fewer threats of pests, water scarcity, or other challenges associated with traditional outdoor farming. Bowery also grows wasabi arugula and other hard-to-find vegetables that are difficult to cultivate using conventional growing methods. Because Bowery’s business model is based on growing crops in indoor sites near the cities they sell in, most products that would normally take two or three weeks to reach stores make it to market a day or two from harvest. Bowery Farming’s CEO Irving Fain sees vertical farming as nothing short of revolutionary, stating that it can “democratize access to high-quality fresh food” in cities. Bowery is growing in other ways: It has a second farm in Nottingham, Maryland, and a third is under construction in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
WORD PLAY There are many of us who continue to enjoy and are delighted by the English language in all it's quirks and eccentricities. For non-english speakers trying to learn this language, it has got to be frustrating. Much of the wordplay I publish come from a guy, Robert Carlson, with too much time on his hands in Alaska. An example below. See below for technical differences between Homonymns, Heteronyms, and homophones.
1) The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2) The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3) The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4) We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5) He could *lead* if he would get the *lead* out.
6) The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7) Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time
to *present* the *present*.
8) A *bass* was painted on the head of the *bass* drum.
9) When shot at, the *dove dove * into the bushes.
10) I did not *object* to the *object*.
11) The insurance was *invalid* for the *invalid*.
12) There was a *row* among the oarsmen about how to *row*.
13) They were too *close* to the door to *close* it.
14) The buck *does* funny things when the *does* are present.
15) A seamstress and a *sewer* fell down into a *sewer* line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his *sow* to *sow*.
17) The *wind* was too strong to *wind* up the sail.
18) Upon seeing the *tear* in the painting I shed a *tear*.
19) I had to *subject* the *subject* to a series of tests.
20) How can I *intimate* this to my most *intimate* friend?
see for more...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homonym
Homonym comes from the Greek homo which means “same” and onym which means “name.” When we talk about words, however, what should we use to define their names? The spelling or the pronunciation? Probably both. Homonyms, therefore, can be defined as two or more words that share the same spelling, or the same pronunciation, or both, but have different meanings.
Since there are several “types” of homonyms (e.g., same spelling but different pronunciation, same pronunciation but different spelling, same spelling and same pronunciation), further categorization is needed. We can say that homonyms represent the big category, from which 3 sub-categories emerge:
Homophones: two or more words that share the same pronunciation but have different meanings. They may or may not be spelled on the same way.
Examples: write and right, desert (to abandon) and desert (a thing deserved)
Homographs: homonyms that share the same spelling. They may or may not have the same pronunciation.
Examples: present (a gift) and present (to introduce), row (argument) and row (propel with oars)
Heteronyms: those are homonyms that share the same spelling but have different pronunciations. That is, they are homographs which are not homophones.
Example: desert (to abandon) and desert (arid region)