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BISBEE WIRE/All about Bisbee/Bisbee Economy/2018 June #18

Hello, Apologies if you have received this more than once. I've had some difficulty with this Wire, was not able to send the data for the stats. A summary is below. Since I was not working this past weekend, Anita and I went to theBisbee after 5 art walk,  and had a really enjoyable time (jeez we were actually seen out together!). A balmy evening with people on the street moving in and out of stores with storefront lights throwing a soft glow onto Main St.  I caught up with people I haven't seen for some time, talked with people without a bar between us, and saw some excellent art work that reminded me of the talent that lives in our City. Subway Gallery is an excellent place to see development of some Bisbee artists, as well as see work by folks you might not have seen before. I found it interesting to live in a place long enough to be able to watch artists grow their skill over a period of years.  Anita noted that women can clothes shop in OB with no need to go elsewhere; Tumbleweed Gypsy, Black Sheep, Pan Terra, 55 Main, Look, and Optimo. There are also several vintage places such as Redbone. Classic Rock Couture, Acacia, and VaVoom. We are fortunate. fred ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SPECIAL SESSIONTuesday June 12, 6:00 Bldg G 1415 Melody Lanebackground here: Of interest...Sloane and Danielle Bouchever continue to fund projects of benefit to residents. They are donating $195,000 for the Bisbee Parks Project. Most of the donation will be spent in Vista Park and include:The purchase and installation of children's play equipment, musical equipment for a Derrick and Amy Ross Memorial Musical Playground An open walled pavilion adjacent to the rose gardenThree Bocce Ball courtswind sculptures Garfield Park will get installation of children's play equipment augmenting previous donated equipment in 2017. Also Included in the donation are signs for the Arts and Culture District.

1. Discussion and Possible Approval of a donation from Sloane and Danielle Bouchever to the City of Bisbee for Park Equipment to be Installed in Vista Park. David M. Smith, Mayor................................


(Sales stats edited from Dr. Robert Carreira, Chief Economist Center for Economic Research weekly press release.  City data from Jen Luria/Viz Center, Joe Ward/building inspector, Housing sales from Bob Klein)


The  robust sales of houses continued in April ringing up $2,106,600 in sales. Compared to last year, houses are selling faster-days on the market 122 to 149; for more money-$150k to $124k; in greater volume-14 to 5; and slightly fewer houses on the market-128 to 132. 

Although  building permits were down about $200k from last year this month however with vigorous housing sales, permits will likely increase in the coming months as new owners order repairs and remodels.  Permits are up about $43k for the first 4 months compared to last year. Commercial building is anemic reflecting a business environment that is static with very little growth.  Two buildings on Main Street remain vacant as they have for over a year with no for sale signs or no sign of activity. That sucks because it gives an impression of a downtown not doing well. (If anybody has any info on those buildings, please send me an email.)

Visitation was down at the mine tour and the visitor center, about 400 peeps from last year at this time. Also a drop in visitors to the VIO at the museum. Visits, page views for the website are both down, however time on site remains above 3 minutes and new sessions continues a 5% increase in each of the past three months. All devices show a drop in usage from last year. Desktops remain the device of choice for browsing the site. Newsletter subscribers continue to grow.

Sales for February and March continue to baffle. Anecdotal info indicates this as one of the best Springs in some time, yet the stats indicate restaurant/bar sales down in March while retail and accommodations are up. And in February accommodations were up a whopping 98% over the  previous year. This may indicate more air b&b action this year since the taxes were just starting to be collected last year. Unfortunately the State does not separate out bed tax and air b&b taxes and I cannot get that info from the City, so there is no way of knowing.

Visitation at Coronado national Monument is down about 20,000 people from this time last year. Not sure what is going on, but some parts of the park have been closed for construction.


May 2018

Habitation Realty

641 N 10th Ave. Ste. 1

Tucson, AZ 85705

Owner: Alexander Mastrangelo Chavez

TRW Inspections

290 E. 8th st.

Benson, AZ 85602

Owner: TRW Inspections

................................... BISBEE ELECTIONS

A Mayoral debate between Mayor David Smith and challenger Cynthia Conroy will be held thursday June 14 6:00-8:00 at the Senior Center. If you have concerns or questions to ask the candidates now is the time. Since early voting begins Aug 1, this may be the only pubic opportunity to hear the differences. At some point in the next month, I will put out an election issue. The following candidates have qualified to be on the City Primary ballot. election is August 28, early ballots go out Aug 1.Mayor · David Smith, incumbent · Cynthia Conroy   WARD 1 · Frank Davis · Leslie Johns WARD 2· Douglas Dunn, incumbent · Joni Giacomino WARD 3 · Anna Cline, incumbent · Richard Hannigan


RESTAURANT SUMMER HOURS >>Cafe Roka  open Friday and Saturday only through September. >>Anna's Seasonal Kitchen will be closed the month of June. >>Thuy's Noodle Shop will be closed for two weeks beginning June 17. >>Poco will be closed June 17 till July 6 >>Cafe Cornucopia Closed July 4-11 otherwise regular hours Regular hours at Screaming Banshee, Contessa's, Quarry, Jimmy's, High Desert Market, Santiago's, Table, Tacho's, Mornings Cafe

.................................. >>Cafe Roka has been on vacation and will reopen Friday June 15. Summer hours will be curtailed this year for some needed repair work. Friday and Saturday only 5-9 pm through September. Desert Fever jazz band will be doing a special Pride show at Roka on 6/15 with an appearance by drag queen Vivian West. Get your res at 432-5153. As part of the yearly membership with Bisbeens N Rice, Cafe Roka gets some monthly vid time. The initial one is about making lasagna with a link to the lasagna recipe. You can see it at >>Copper City Inn also has a vid in the works as we  joined as a yearly member. We have also had four straight months of best ever occupancy (in 12 years), hitting 89% in March. >>For more of their work check out what Bisbeens N Rice has produced on their youtube channel... >>'Out of nowhere, the mind comes forth'...Cochise Zen Center, formerly Bisbee Lotus Sangha, has a new teacher, Barry Briggs, a dharma master in the Kwan Um School of Zen tradition. Sit yourself at one of the meditation sessions on Sunday morning and Monday evening at Room to Move as well as bi-monthly Wednesday evening discussion groups. More info at:, contact at >>Cachet no more...closed the doors at 25 Main after 13 years. Her lease expired, and work was necessary on the building that would have necessitated moving all her stock. >>Word is that Bisbee Soap and Sundry will be opening in the Cachet space in August moving from their spot at 74 Main St. And that address will be the future home of a cafe of some sort. >>Kate Drew W. of Upton Tribal is moving out of 44 Main into Look Vintage and Modern Gallery at 38 Main. >>Poco Grocery @ 15 Main,  the little storefront. Not just vegan stuff, although lots of that... Ice cream, Let's Get Baked-Bread, Tamales, Kombucha, juices. Go. See. Buy. Eat. >>The Harrises, owners of Plaza Liquors in Warren, are negotiating to sell their property to the Copper Queen Hospital.  Chuck Alton reports it may become a parking lot for CQCH which recently purchased the Plaza complex next door. >>electric bikes now available to rent at the Bisbee Tour Company. >>Bisbee Massage is now open at 49 Main. >>Jim Dickson is retiring as CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital. He will stay till the end of June. An interim manager will run the hospital until August when the newly selected CEO will take over.  CQCH has been recognized as one of the best rural hospitals in the country under Mr. Dickson's guidance; no small feat in a border area.  Telemedicine, new facilities in Douglas and  Palaminas, community investment through grants, and a relatively healthy bottom line are a few of his many accomplishments. He leaves as an ambitious building program in Warren is slated to begin the end of this year with new facilities at the Plaza and renovation of the CQ Associates digs at the current hospital. >>The fixtures and personal property of defunct Beast Brewing are going on the auction block August 3 at the courthouse. Property is at 1326 W. Hwy 92 suites 8 & 22.  .................................. SOLD HOMES IN BISBEE

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Budget hearings schedule at:

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COB Youtube channel will be operating in August. Go here: 

COB jobs: Outreach Specialist (Part time- very cool, interesting gig, will not an ongoing position, and will help lay the ground work for possible pre-school learning program.) Lifeguard Volunteer with Bisbee Police




Free for Bisbee

This traveling exhibit explores the interaction of people in the southwest and water-think Burros & Bisbee. Also included are specific dates with workshops and exhibits of interest to Bisbee, including some for kidz. Go here for the details: ................................... THE PROBLEMS OF BISBEE HISTORIC PRESERVATION ................................... From Jen Luria's newsletter...sign up here:

Travel Mag online article

Queen Mine Tour on ABC 15 News


Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them). (thanks to RC for this)

1. Where there's a will, I want to  be in it. 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my list. 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. 5. We never really grow up – we only learn how to act in public. 6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left. 7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. 8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. 9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you 10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify..." I answered "a doctor." 11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy. 12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. 13. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure. 14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. 15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. 16. You're never too old to learn something stupid. 17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now. ++++++++++++++++FM++++++++++++++++++++

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