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BISBEE WIRE #41/Election results & analysis/Bisbee events/council agenda/ cognitive tests/ig nobels

editor: fred miller November 14, 2022 #41 Nov. 2022


An epic battle with the forces of good shining a light on the darkness of the liars and election deniers. They are still out there snarling and whining but curiously there are a lot less listeners. But the antiseptic of sunlight has illuminated most of the dark corners and shown the emptiness of election denying.

Katie Hobbs was called for Governor tonight and most of the other races have been decided with the exception of AG, where Hamadeh is leading, and Supe of Public Instruction where Horne is leading. Those two may be up for a recount once the original count has been completed.

The normally garrulous Kari Lake has not uttered a peep. One could only hope that like an adult she would look at the totals and say she lost and that is it. Was is it about many repugnicans that they can't say the word lose?

However the forces of darkness have cast their ugliness in Cochise County where a straight (ha,ha) Republican ticket won most of the ballot. By a lot. Election denying is alive and well in our county.

A special thanks to Lisa Marra who has been steadfast and competent running this election in the face of dimwits, no nothings, and outright liars.

And the two duped supes + the county recorder are pressing ahead with counting by hand even though they were told by a Superior Court judge and the AZ supreme court it is a no go. Not stopping them from spending our money-a minimum of $10,000 with lots more likely-for the lawyer who represented the cyber ninjas in 2021! There is a significant meeting tomorrow with the supes. Go if you can.

I'll do a more detailed analysis at a later date, but the election info is mostly complete below. I'll also be on Friday at 9:30 on KBRP/Mike Thornton's magazine discussing the election as well as the impact of four large construction projects on visitation and econ impact.

A special thanks to Chuck Feil for his love and support over the years. He ain't feelin his oats lately so vibe him some juice.


...............BISBEE STUFF................

So the board of supervisors is busy Tuesday. Likely going to approve a half cent sales tax to fund a jail district, likely approve paying outside counsel for defending hand counting of votes-whey they said they would pay for it out of their pocket, ousting Ann English as chair. Phew, they be busy spending out our money.

......... BOARD OF SUPES MEETING Tuesday November 15 at 10 am, 1415 Melody Lane In person or remote. Go here for details:,BOE,FCD,LIB,LIGHT,PUBNTC,EXEC,SPCL,WKS,RAC,EMRGCY&vl=true&get_month=11&get_year=2022&dsp=ag&seq=2426 Agenda: #8...Jail District If okayed this will go on the ballot to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund the jail district. Adopt Resolution 22-29, ordering the formation of the Cochise County Jail District contingent upon voter approval of an excise tax, and directing that the approval of the excise tax be placed on the ballot for the election to be held on May 16, 2023. Click to View #11......Paying for legal representation for ballot hand count $10,000 minimum plus hourly wages of $250-$400 per hour. Approve payment for outside legal representation pursuant to the Legal Services Agreement between The Valley Law Group, PLLC, and the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, for outside legal representation in the matter of CV202200518, Arizona Alliance of Retired Americans, Inc. and Stephani Stephenson v. Tom Crosby, Ann English, Peggy Judd, David Stevens, and Lisa Marra, all in their official capacities, entered into by Mr. Richard G. Karwaczka, County Administrator, as directed by the Board at the November 2, 2022 Emergency Meeting. Attachment Agreement #13....booting Ann English as chair Approve Peggy Judd as Chairperson of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, as of the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Click to View Tuesday November 15 at 1 pm. special meeting of the board has been cancelled. >>>>>>>>> A FILM: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF STEWART UDALL Go from the depressing supes meetings to something uplifting. A film about the former Interior Secretary, Environmental and Social Justice Advocate. Free Bisbee screening November 16, 2022 6:30pm The Bisbee Woman’s Club 74 Quality Hill >>>>>>>>>>>>> THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY POTLUCK With many years of doing this, Margaret, Darrell, myself and many others will be in the kitchen carving and cooking as well as on the serving line for turkey day. All are welcome. The setup is a bit different, check it out. It is a wonderful meal with all kinds of Bisbee peeps. St. Johns Episcopal Church 19 Sowles Ave. Reservations for 11:30/12:30 or 1/2 pm Contact Gina Pierson 815 262-9565 or >>>>>>>>>>>>>

BISBEE HOME TOUR Nov. 25, 26 tix: bisbee book/music CHAIR/ART AUCTION Nov 25, 26 viewing 10-4 Prespryterian Annex 24 Howell online auction:

ELECTION RESULTS Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, US Senator Mark Kelly, Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, and Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee have been declared unofficial winners. The attorney general and Supe of Instruction racs are too close to call and likely will be a recount. As of Monday night these are the reported results. AZ Sec. of State releases daily updates about 7 pm each day. ( These totals will change somewhat... About >15k ballots remain to be counted in Maricopa County. It is likely that propositions 132, 309 won't be called until Tuesday. A few state rep races also also too close to call. (If you want a quick pick-you-upper, Michael Moore will do it. Although he has a lot of 'I' in his blog it continues to be a good read. His latest where he details how the cheerleaders for republicans got it so wrong and how he got it right. Go to: This is the voting context in Cochise County.... For Cochise County 39,381 votes were cast 50.8% of 77,394 eligible voters. It was the 4th lowest turnout of the 15 counties 11,994 ballot cast day of election 27,387 early ballots 8262 ballot remain to be counted (The general election voter registration numbers for Cochise County are: 19, 423 Democrat 26, 959 Independent 30,370 Republican 642 Libertarian 77, 394 Total registered 2022 general election) This is the voting context Statewide.... Statewide, 2,307,807vote were cast 58.59% of 4,143,929, and this will slowly increase and may hit 60% by the end of counting. Yavapai County had a 74% votes cast-highest in the state Apache County had a 36% votes cast the lowest in the state (The general election voter registration numbers Statewide: 1,270,544 Democrat 32,148 Libertarian 1,436,852 Republican 1,404,385 Independent 4,143,929 Total registered 2022 general election) Some early takeaways…

  • Of 15 Arizona counties, 10 voted for Masters

  • Looking at the registration stats for Cochise County, 40% of county voters are registered Republican, 34% Independent, and 25% Democrats. Since Republican candidates are winning by roughly 15% over Democrats, it looks as if Independents spit their votes, although that remains to be seen. In our county Republicans are winning all offices save LD21 and CD 6.

  • One of the problems going into the election was most major news outlets and talking heads were predicting a red wave. There are some signs that partisan/republican polling juiced the polls that they then distributed showing their candidates being favored. Without looking at the source of the polling the media outlets began talking about a red wave a month before the election. However the traditionally good polling outfits showed a much closer race with democrats either very close or winning most of the contentious seats, and election deniers losing.

  • If I was a conspiracy believer-which I am not-there looked to be a coordinated attempt to sway the narrative before the election. (along with other nationally loosely coordinated attempts such as the "we want 100% hand count" of our own duped supes.) Taking a good look at those commentators that were predicting a republican win also. I think you will find most of them were men and they deprecated the effect of the supremes striking down Roe.They consistently underestimated how deep the decision affected women. And that includes some democrats like Bernie Sanders and James Carville. Sanders in particular, although I don't underestimate how much he has done over the years, has historically concentrated on economic issues to the exclusion or downplaying of issues that concern and motivate women.

State Totals as of Monday night 11/14. County Totals as of 5:00 11/14. Will be updated 5:00 pm 11/15 Exit polls as of 4 pm Thursday/NBS US SENATOR Mark Kelly (D) has a 126,000 vote lead over Blake Masters Cochise County vote 53.3% for Masters, 43.02% Kelly

  • Gender

  • 55% female/43% male voted for Kelly 46% male/50%/ female voted for Masters Latino vote 58% latino/Kelly 40% latino/Masters

  • Age groups

  • 18-29 76%/Kelly 20% Masters 30-34 58% Kelly 37% Masters 45-64 44% Kelly 53% Masters 65+ 46% Kelly 52% Masters

  • Education

  • 58% Kelly/41% Masters college graduate 47% Kelly/49% Masters no college degree

........... GOVERNOR Hobbs (D) has a 20,000 vote lead on Lake Cochise County vote 57.4% for Lake, 41.17% Hobbs

  • Gender

  • 54% female/45% male voted for Hobbs

  • 54%male/45%/female voted for Lake

  • Latino vote

  • 51% latino/Hobbes 47% latino/Lake

  • Age groups

  • 18-29 71%/Hobbs 29% Lake 30-34 52% Hobbs 45% Lake 45-64 43% Hobbs 55% Lake 65+ 46% Hobbs 52% Lake

  • Education

  • 57% Hobbs/42% Lake college graduate 44% Hobbs/54% Lake no college degree

.......... SECRETARY OF STATE Statewide Fontes (D) has a 121,000 vote lead over Finchem Cochise County vote 56.10% for Finchem, 41.72% Fontes

  • Gender

  • 54% female/49% male voted for Fontes

  • 49 % male/44%/female voted for Finchem

  • 58% latino/Fontes 42% latino/Finchem

  • Age group

  • 18-29 72%/Fontes 24% Finchem 30-34 56% Fontes 42% Finchem 45-64 44% Fontes 54% Finchem 65+ 50% Fontes 49% Finchem

  • Education

  • 58% Fontes/41% Finchem college graduate 48% Fontes/50% Finchem no college degree

............. ATTORNEY GENERAL Kris Mayes (D) leads Abe Hamadeh by 3191 votes Cochise County vote 57.85% for Hamadeh, 39.82% Mayes .............. SECRETARY OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Kathy Hoffman (D) trails Horne (R) by about 6400 votes Cochise County vote 59.16% for Horne, 39.63% Hoffman .............. STATE TREASURER Kimberly Yee (R) leads Martin Quezada (D) by 257,000 votes CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6 Ciscomani (R) leads Engle (D) by about 1382 votes .......... State Senator Dist. 21 Rosanna Gabaldon (D) 59.2% .............. State Representatives Dist. 21 Consuelo Hernandez (D) Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (D) ............ CORPORATION COMMISSIONERS Kevin Thompson, Nick Meyers both Republicans won. ............ PROPOSITIONS 128 FAIL about 63.9% No votes 36.0% yes. ((Yea!) (Cochise County 60.9% No, 35.04% Yes) This was a constitutional amendment that would allow lawmakers to bypass the Voter Protection Act to amend or repeal any ballot measure with any illegal or unconstitutional language. ............... 129 PASS about 54.8% for, 45.1% against (Cochise County 57.4% Yes, 38.79% No) limit initiatives to a single subject and require each provision be represented in the title. ............ 130 PASS about 63% for 36% against (Cochise County 60.7% Yes, 34.9% No Amend the state Constitution to allow lawmakers to provide a property tax cut for veterans with disabilities.............. 131 PASS about 55% for, 33% against (Boo!) (Cochise County 52.5% Yes, 43.6% No) Amend the state Constitution to create the position of lieutenant governor. Candidates would run as a team with gubernatorial candidates, like the vice president. .............. 132 TOO CLOSE Yes leads by about 32,000 votes (Boo!) (Cochise County 52.17% Yes, 43.74% No) Amends the state Constitution to require a 60% vote to increase taxes at the ballot. ............ 209 YES 72% for, 27% against (Yea!) (Cochise County 70.5% Yes, 26.3% No) Makes changes to state statutes on wage garnishment debt collection. It limits the interest rate on medical debt to 3%. It would protect more equity in homes, vehicles, household goods and bank accounts from being taken by creditors. It also limits the amount that can be garnished from your wages to pay off debts. ......... 211 YES 72% for, 27% against. (double Yea!) (Cochise County 69.7% Yes, 26.5% No) Dark money reporting….Require political groups and people spending more than $50,000 to influence the outcome of an election to disclose the original donor of contributions over $5,000. It would also require real-time reporting of significant campaign spending, and allow the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission to enforce the provisions of Prop 211. ........... 308 TOO CLOSE YES is 62,000 votes up (Yea!) Cochise County 56.83% No, 40.25% Yes,) Allows all Arizona students, regardless of immigration status, to be eligible for financial aid and in-state tuition at Arizona universities and community colleges. .............. 309 TOO CLOSE NO is up about 22,000 votes (Yea!) (Cochise County 55.54% Yes, 41.7% No) Require voters who vote in person to show a photo ID, instead of multiple pieces of certain mail, like bank statements. ............. 310 NO (but close) NO is up about 80,000 votes (Cochise County 50.4% N , 42.42% Yes,) Would increase sales taxes by a tenth of a penny on the dollar to fund rural fire districts. ............ 420 NO will not establish an AMA for Wilcox basin (Boo!) (Cochise County 60.49% No, 37.81% Yes,) ............. 421 YES a 1% sales tax in Bisbee. Replaces on that sunsets Yes 71.15% 25.27% No (yea!) ............ 422 YES establishes an AMA for the Douglas basin (Yea!) (Cochise County 53.38% Yes, 43.45% No) ............. Bisbee School Override YES (Yea!) 65.1 Yes, 29.4 No

...............THE COUNCIL................ Tuesday, November 15, 2022 7:00 915 S. TOVREAVILLE ROAD

Background here: Of interest: #3 amended procedures for transfer of City property. #5 Purchase of Hillcrest building for $700,000. Buyer is Bisbee Lofts LLC, registered to James Danaher in October of 2022. He is also the statuary agent of the larger corporation CBC Financial incorporated in Missouri in 2018. CBC, for a time had their license to do business revoked in Arizona in 2021 because of late filing of an annual report, however as of March 2022 they have a certificate of good standing. The City will get $600,000 and will carry $100k of the purchase price for 18 years at 2% fixed interest. Closing to be no later than Sept/23 or before. Deal seems contingent on grants that AGENDA GENERAL BUSINESS: 1. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Subject to availability of funds.

  1. Approval of the Consent Agenda

  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on November 1, 2022.

  3. Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application submitted by Bisbee Pride Inc. for an event to be held at Club Kilimanjaro located at 33 E Subway Street, Bisbee, AZ on Saturday, December 31, 2022, from 5:00pm to Sunday, January 1, 2023 2:00am; Ramon Garcia, Applicant.

  4. Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application submitted by Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter for an event to be held at 54 brewery avenue Bisbee, Arizona on Saturday, December 31, 2022, from 5:00pm to Sunday, January 1, 2023 2:00am; Kelly Galligan, applicant.


  1. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-22-17: Amending the City Code Article 2.6.9 Procedures for the Transfer of City Real Property.

Joseph D. Estes, City Attorney 4. Public Hearing and Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-22-18; Amending the Zoning Code Article 6, Section 6.3, Subsection 6.3.1 (D) “Accessory Buildings”. Joe Ward, Building Inspector / Code Enforcement NEW BUSINESS 5. Discussion and Possible Approval of the Purchase Agreement for the Hillcrest Property. Steve Pauken, City Manager 6. Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-22-19; an ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Bisbee, County of Cochise, State of Arizona, authorizing the sale and transfer of certain property located at 103 D Street, City of Bisbee, County of Cochise, State of Arizona under the city’s workforce housing initiative; authorizing the taking of all other actions necessary for the consummation of the transaction contemplated by this ordinance and declaring an emergency. Steve Pauken, City Manager 7. Discussion and Possible Approval to allow the Bisbee Police Department to purchase an Evidence & Barcode Module using available State RICO Funds in the amount of $5,171.54 and an annual maintenance and support fee of $760.00. Timothy Cox, Chief of Police 8. City Manager's Report:

These and many more law went into effect in September. Some of the most restrictive in the county, they reflect the reactionary influence of the national organizations such as ALEC that push state-specific legislation.


· House Bill 2453 blocks the state and any organizations that receive state taxes from enacting mask mandates on their premises, unless they’re required for reasons other than protection against COVID-19 transmission. Anyone employed by the state or an organization that receives state taxes is exempt from being vaccinated as a condition of employment, unless that employer is a health care provider.


· Mayors will no longer be able to close down businesses during a declared state of emergency,



· A new law directs school libraries to provide parents with a list of books their children have checked out upon request, and upload a list of books purchased after January 2023 on the school district’s website for at least 60 days for public inspection.

· Parents will be allowed to visit any public school classroom of their choice, whether or not their children attend that school, as long as they are considering enrollment and a visit doesn’t endanger current students. Parents have also been empowered to bring civil lawsuits against officials and schools found to be violating fundamental parental rights to raise their children.

Anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

· A nationwide movement targeting transgender and LGBTQ+ youth across the country included the Arizona state house this year. Trans students interested in playing on their school sports team are prohibited from joining competitive girls teams from high school all the way through college and trans minors are barred from obtaining gender-affirming surgery until they reach adulthood, even if they have parental and medical permission.


· a new law that prohibits same-day voter registration.

· Counties that use early ballots must now implement a tracking system that lets voters know their ballot has been received, verified and counted or rejected.

· requires people dropping off their ballots to show identification for them to be counted on-site,

· The most notorious election law passed this year is a requirement for voters to prove their U.S. citizenship to vote in presidential elections.

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Excellent pics and article of what is happening with water use in sulphur springs valley /?fbclid=IwAR3dpN79XBabzquxRyUbkyHUYVVY2IZXZaCKkn1aZk0FUUkNLZb9FQB60oY >>>>>>>>> STUDENTS....DESIGN A CENTENNIAL ROAD SIGN The Arizona Department of Transportation is hosting a student essay contest to determine which public schools will get an Arizona Centennial road sign that was originally installed on the state highway system in 2012 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Arizona gaining statehood. contest details here. >>>>>>>>> SANDHILL CRANE CAM WHITEWATER DRAW

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Tombstone Brewery, Sierra Vista

>>>>>>>>>>>> RENTAL CAR TO DO'S Most car owners can decline the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) when they rent a car on a trip. But if you decline the CDW, you should definitely take precautions not to be blamed for any damage to the vehicle that was not your fault. When you pick up your car, get out your smartphone. Take pictures of every dent, ding, and scratch on the vehicle’s exterior and interior. Take photos of the wheels and the windshield. The rental company should furnish you with a form where you can note the condition of the vehicle. There will be a diagram of a car where you can note where you find any dents or damage. Do not drive away before getting an employee to sign it and be sure to take a copy for yourself.

Then, when you return the car, take another round of photos of the car’s exterior and interior. Cover the same ground as you did when you picked up the car. When you get home, download your photos to your computer for safekeeping. Keep these photos until six months have passed since you returned the car.

>>>>>>>Harvard Ig Nobel Prize awards. Actual Science studies that have been completed. Awards that make you laugh then think. Applied Cardiology: A study finding evidence that when new romantic partners meet for the first time, and feel attracted to each other, their heart rates synchronize. Literature: An analysis of what makes legal documents unnecessarily difficult to understand. Biology: An investigation into whether and how constipation affects the mating prospects of scorpions. Engineering: A study to attempt to discover the most efficient way for people to use their fingers when turning a knob. Physics: An attempt to understand how ducklings manage to swim in formation. Peace: An attempt to develop an algorithm to help gossipers decide when to tell the truth and when to lie. Safety Engineering: The development of a moose crash dummy. >>>>>>>>> EARTH'S POPULATION STATS IN PERSPECTIVE The population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion. For most people, it is a significant figure. However, if you condensed 7.8 billion into 100 persons, and then into various percentage statistics, the resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend. Out of 100 : 11 are in Europe 5 are in North America 9 are in South America 15 are in Africa 60 are in Asia 49 live in the countryside 51 live in cities 75 have mobile phones 25 do not. 30 have internet access 70 do not have the availability to go online 83 can read 17 are illiterate. 33 are Christians 22 are Muslims 14 are Hindus 7 are Buddhists 12 are other religions 12 have no religious beliefs. 26 live less than 14 years 66 died between 15 - 64 years of age 8 are over 65 years old. If you have your own home, Eat full meals & drink clean water, Have a mobile phone, Can surf the internet, and have gone to college, You are in the minuscule privileged lot. (in the less than 7% category) Amongst 100 persons in the world, only eight live or exceed the age of 65! If you are over 65 years old, be content & grateful. Cherish life. Grasp the moment. If you did not leave this world before the age of 64, like the 92 persons who have gone before you, you are already the blessed amongst humankind. ...... Anosognosi If you think you are suffering memory loss, read on. Quite interesting: In the following analysis, the French Professor Bruno Dubois, Directorof the Institute of Memory and Alzheimer's Disease (IMMA) at La Pitié-Salpêtrière - Paris Hospital addresses the subject in a rather reassuring way: "If anyone is aware of their memory problems, they do not have Alzheimer's." 1. forget the names of families. 2. do not remember where I put some things . It often happens in people 60 years and older that they complain that they lack memory. "The information is always in the brain, it is the "processor" that is lacking." This is "Anosognosia" or temporary forgetfulness. Half of people 60 and older have some symptoms that are due to age rather than disease. The most common cases are: - forgetting the name of a person, - going to a room in the house and not remembering why we were going there, - a blank memory for a movie title or actor, an actress, - a waste of time searching where we left our glasses or keys .. After 60 years most people have such a difficulty, which indicates that it is not a disease but rather a characteristic due to the passage of years .. Many people are concerned about these oversights hence the importance of the following statements: 1."Those who are conscious of being forgetful have no serious problem of memory." 2. "Those who suffer from a memory illness or Alzheimer's, are not aware of what is happening." Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of IMMA, reassures the majority of people concerned about their oversights: "The more we complain about memory loss, the less likely we are tosuffer from memory sickness." Now for a little neurological test: Only use your eyes! 1- Find the C in the table below! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 2- If you found the C, then find the 6 in the table below. 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999996999 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 999999999999999999999999999999999999 3- Now find the N in the table below. Attention, it's a little more difficult! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM If you pass these three tests without problem: - you can cancel your annual visit to the neurologist. - your brain is in perfect shape! - you are far from having any relationship with Alzheimer's. In any case, if you are over 65 and complaining about a few aches and pains, think again ...92% of people didn't even get that opportunity!! So be pleased with your situation and happy.


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