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Tim Wiederaenders

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Wiederaenders: High Court nomination a ‘Paper Chase’?

I remember fondly “The Paper Chase,” that 1973 movie about a first-year law student.

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Friday Catchall: Not all dogs created equal; bring on water conservation

Each week in The Daily Courier we post photographs of pets that need “forever homes,” as the Yavapai Humane Society says it, but some people cringe at certain breeds.

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Wiederaenders: We’re here to answer your website access questions

We’ve been receiving calls and questions concerning our website becoming subscription-based access on Tuesday, July 17.

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Friday Catchall: Not to drone on, non-fire works and mining

The Fourth of July in northern Arizona was without fireworks, with Prescott Valley and Chino Valley making it unanimous earlier this week.

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Friday Catchall: Waiting in line (good & bad), green lights on 69

I drew two numbers Monday, 602 and B435. I thought B435 would live up to the hype; boy, was I wrong.

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Friday Catchall: Fireworks (no), and Rock Springs pie (yes)

The Friday Catchall: • FIREworks – As we approach the Fourth of July, and knowing last weekend’s rain amounted to spitting on a campfire, I have to say get ready for the City of Prescott – and anywhere else locally – to seriously consider cancelation of this year’s fireworks shows.

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Wiederaenders: News to turn your frown upside down

In a world in which we hear so many negatives — such as immigrant parents and children being separated at the border — there must be some positive news out there.

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Friday Catchall: Deputies give 110 percent, Cali-influx? and racism

It does not happen every day, but when it does our Sheriff’s deputies are ready. Here’s another side to the story…

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Wiederaenders: Preparation and a look to the past prove valuable

This time of year brings two things – roadwork and the threat of fires.

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Wiederaenders: Trash will exist as long as lazy slobs live among us

A reader recently wrote in to the Courier asking about a ban on plastic shopping bags: “Clean up on Glassford Hill Road!”

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Home lost in fire near Walker; crews contain to property

A house fire on Treehouse Court in Walker claimed a cabin Friday night but all residents escaped safely, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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Friday Catchall: Murder, again; and bear safety

• MURDER & BOATS – It appears that Mexico or the waters near it are not the safest places in the world.

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Friday Catchall: ‘Hotshotville’? How about kids these days - kudos served

• HOTSHOTS — As we near the fifth anniversary of the tragic loss of Prescott’s 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, I am hearing a lot of thoughts from many people from faraway places.

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Friday Catchall: Turkey time, fire warnings abound

I spent eight days spring turkey hunting with my wife, Tracy, on the Kaibab National Forest. It was magical.

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Friday Catchall: State budget is first step for education

We all learned Thursday morning lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature approved the state budget including a lot of education funding.

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Friday Catchall: ‘Better’ for panhandling’s silent victims

The Friday Catchall: • HOMELESS 2 – I caught up with Mayor Greg Mengarelli this week to talk about “Change for the Better” and how it works with the city’s 2013 ordinance that restricts panhandling.

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Friday Catchall: Homeless effort without teeth?

The latest effort by the City of Prescott to strike a balance — between the homeless and the people they come in contact with — took two steps forward and at least one step back this week.

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Friday Catchall: Give me … a home, news & a 20% raise!

The homeless issue is one that everyone should understand.

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Friday Catchall: Don’t get burned, hang up; and what about teachers?!

It is a simple concept, one for which I cannot count how many times I’ve written about it in this space: be careful out there, we live in wildfire country.

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Friday Catchall: Teachers, guns means costly training; just don’t text me

The Friday Catchall: • GUNS AT SCHOOL — Maybe teachers carrying guns is not the best of ideas. One of my answers to the “safe schools” concept is to arm teachers, and employ veterans and retired police as armed security.

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Wiederaenders: Give the gift of music to a local student

Music is in my soul, but most of the instruments were not my own.

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Friday Catchall: Keep schools safe and love the Dells!

The Friday Catchall: • SAFE SCHOOLS — Our state’s governor, Doug Ducey, has it partly correct when it comes to making schools safe.

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Wiederaenders: Explore the history of the Prescott area with us

Beauty. Forests. Mile high. Four seasons. Rural.

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Friday Catchall: Bot calls, scams & NCAA prompt green beer

While you are gearing up for the annual green fest downtown, known as the St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, consider the following — which I hope gives you a laugh and also may fuel your desire for another green beer.

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Friday Catchall: Good, bad & ugly? Try cowboys, weed, sleep & scams

• COWBOY — He is new to the job but he’s quickly showing how well the Prescott Valley Police Department did with its new hire.

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Friday Catchall: Take action on guns, family, training

When considering gun control, folks in the Prescott area have a lot to say. In response to our editorial Thursday, I have received more than two dozen emails and phone calls so far.

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Wiederaenders column: Plaza events give up for grass, wrestle for dates

Like a pre-teenager, the courthouse plaza and Yavapai County are experiencing growing pains.

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Friday Catchall: Generation Z gun control worries, half-staff concerns

• GENERATIONS — It is amazing what your upbringing or the world you live in can do to you.

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Wiederaenders Column: Stun guns on campus are a start

With great regret America witnessed another senseless act of killing this past week.

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Friday Catchall: Instacart-confusion, skiing costly, and drive 'right' folks

It may not have been “fake news,” it certainly was wrong and I laughed out loud anyway.

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Friday Catchall: Fire season is upon us

The story is changing, but the message of danger remains the same.

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Friday Catchall: Fast food and Miller Valley School like chocolates?

To paraphrase Forrest Gump: you never know what you’re gonna get.

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Friday Catchall: Another War on Drugs, ‘fake’ news & MVD

The Friday Catchall: • OPIOID WAR — The Courier has published quite a lot on the opioid crisis in Arizona and locally.

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Friday Catchall: Mayor offers look at airport, growth, Big Chino

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday offered a glimpse into the future.

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Friday Catchall: Sam’s Club closure is lesson in ‘fake news’

The Friday Catchall: • HOW TIMES CHANGE Thursday’s workflow seemed fairly regular until the tips and calls started coming in about Sam’s Club closing in Prescott Valley.

Case of sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl still open

The case of a 15-year-old girl who reported sexual abuse by an unknown man on Dec. 18 remains open, according to Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell.

Friday Catchall: Charter schools, ironies in the New Year

Not all schools are created equal, and that is especially true for charter schools.

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Friday Catchall: Keep resolutions? How about no drunk driving!

The Friday Catchall: • RESOLVE — Ready for a healthier new year? How about one that is better financially?

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Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

Education is an intangible for most people. Few of us fully grasp the concept, especially public education (K-12).

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Strange lights in sky were rocket launch

SpaceX delivers satellites into space

Did you see something bright in the sky Friday night? You likely saw the effects of the 18th launch and final mission of the year for SpaceX.

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Friday Catchall: ‘Christmas City’ designation safe?

Christmas, already? Many gifts are bought, yet awaiting my wrapping skills (huh!).

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Friday Catchall: Give this season, like ‘the good witch’

The Friday Catchall: • GOOD GIVING! – Her name is “Glenda, like the witch,” she said quickly.

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Column: Wolf recovery – a journey through politics

Sometimes where you are in life – such as your age or where you live – can steer your views.

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Friday Catchall: Deep in growth, dirty dark money

When I moved my family here more than 20 years ago, I never imagined our rural “ranch” would be surrounded by hundreds of homes.

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Friday Catchall: Did I eat that much turkey? (and Flying High totals)

Have you recuperated yet from Thanksgiving?

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Column: From turkey to toys, it is great to give

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve exude family, food and fun.

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Friday Catchall: Break from nonpartisan blackout

A dull roar has gone up since the City of Prescott elections, with some Courier readers stating it is not fair that a candidate pushed their party affiliation in a nonpartisan race.

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Friday Catchall: Fly our flags, honor veterans

The Friday Catchall: • FLAGS — Our Grand Old Flag, the Stars and Stripes of the USA, has not generated more controversy than whether to kneel or not, except when it was all the rage to burn it or wear it.

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Friday Catchall: Burglary trend spurs in-action?

The Friday Catchall: • BURGLARIES — When you know vehicle burglaries are happening in your area, why would you leave your car unlocked?

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Column: Tales of lost souls, shadows and specters

Ghosts, spooks and specters haunt my thoughts at this time of year: is it magic or a trick — or are they real, like stories with concrete evidence not fully materializing.

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