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4/29/2012 11:15:00 PM
City officials preview Northern Arizona's new Discovery Channel Telescope
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A Prescott contingent led by Mayor Marlin Kuykendall recently attended a special preview of the Lowell Observatory's new Discovery Channel Telescope in Happy Jack, 40 miles southeast of Flagstaff.

Billed as the fifth largest telescope in the continental U.S., the Discovery Channel Telescope will allow astronomers to answer fundamental questions about the universe, such as how the solar system formed, stated a news release from the City of Prescott.

Joining Kuykendall on the tour were City Councilman Chris Kuknyo, tourism and communication directors Don Prince and Kim Kapin, and a group of Prescott residents.

The seven-story, $53 million Discovery Channel Telescope was built in partnership with Discovery Communications to "push the frontier of knowledge and bring the marvels of the cosmos to 1.5 billion people," the news release stated.

The Discovery Channel plans to air its first major feature on the telescope in June 2012.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

The Sringerville Generating Station up in Round Valley is also quite a big deal. Wonder if maybe some council members and prominent citizens shouldn't go check that out too, since it has nothing to do with Prescott. They could easily do it in one day if we'd rent a helicopter or two for them.

Council members missed out on the opening of the new bridge over the Colorado, but might still be able to get in on the unveiling of the new spring paint jobs on the girls' dorms at NAU.

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Article comment by: Please define 'JUNKET' ?

A social trip made by an elected official or officials and their friends at the expense of the people. This sure sounds like one. How does a telescope 40 miles from Flagstaff become useful or benefit to the mayor and his communications and tourism director? Wish I'd been one of the favored residents. Who were they?

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Article comment by: Captain Howdy

How was the of benefit to Prescott? How much did the trip cost and what does Prescott get out of it?
Just wondering.

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Article comment by: Joshua Chamberlain

I'm curious. How much did this trip cost the City of Prescott?

The City is supposedly trying to find ways to trim costs. So far, it seems some of the employees are being asked to bare the burden of this cost cutting. I say some, because there are plenty of ways to cut costs that appear not to be considered, like the vehicle allowances for Dept heads, sell or lease the Elks Theatre, and others.

So, what did this trip cost?

I can't imagine the Mayor, Councilman and the others rode there in the City Community Service van. Was a Vehicle, or vehicles, rented for the trip? Was a meal, or meals, consumed?

Come on Courier, ask some questions.

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