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Tim Wiederaenders

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Wiederaenders: Cars, trucks are for driving – not distractions

It is with a heavy heart that I have listened to and read readers’ comments about the ordinance concerning distracted driving.

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Friday Catchall: Cell ban a tool; airshow awe; news, what we do!

I have received many emails this past week concerning the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors’ action that, as of Nov. 2, will outlaw use of hand-held devices while driving.

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Friday Catchall: Cellphone ban, voting and lighting? Yes, yes and yes!

Call me whatever you want (ha!), just don’t do it while you’re driving!

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Wiederaenders: Flake is no flake, shows his mettle

Politics are the time when men and women demonstrate their mettle for their fellow citizens, community, state or nation.

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Friday Catchall: Put down the cellphone — no lying!

It is a strange thing: people expressing their opinions about government issues that can affect their communities — but they do not attend the hearings.

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Wiederaenders: It takes work to ride down the middle

The Daily Courier over the decades has swung right, far right, middle, left, and middle again.

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Friday Catchall: Got gas? Ethanol not that great; car wash Saturday

The federal government is looking to extend or increase subsidies to farmers, and raise the ethanol content in gasoline to 15 percent — possibly year-round. I am not a fan.

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Virus affecting deer in Yavapai Hills area near Prescott

A disease affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott has been confirmed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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Police search for armed person at Prescott High School, turn up nothing

Social media runs rampant

Prescott Police investigated a report Friday evening, Sept. 14, of an armed individual at Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth St., dressed in camouflage clothing, according to a news release.

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Friday Catchall: Ban cellphone, texting; great month of September

The county supervisors are considering a cellphone and texting ban while driving. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, Sept. 19. It is ironic.

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Friday Catchall: Bike safety, yes; more meetings, no

The crash involving a car and a 9-year-old girl this past weekend in Prescott produced several comments worth noting.

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Wiederaenders: Bicycling should not be a high-risk activity

It was with great trepidation Friday night we posted a notice about a 9-year-old child who had been hit by a car while riding a bicycle in Prescott.

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Friday Catchall: Election surprises, red lights and a ‘maverick’ gone

The Primary Election was a whirlwind experience this year and it delivered a few surprises.

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Friday Catchall: Planes, fires, soul — sad day

In a world of travel, in which some people fear going by airplane, the argument is the ratio of safe flights far exceeds crashes compared with drivers and car accidents.

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Friday Catchall: School is in session; do you know the rules?

Anyone who has read my columns for even a short period of time knows I am big on safety and preparation. The most common topic for this is wildfire season — the Prescott area’s annual cause of worry and distress.

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Friday Catchall: Rain in buckets pervasive, near-death encounters

• DESTRUCTION — This has been a great monsoon, hasn’t it?! The seasonal rainfall last month took us from 1.5 inches of

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Wiederaenders: What would you do to survive?

A reader’s recent comment got me thinking and remembering a lot of things when mentioning a 1972 movie of struggle, risks … and leadership.

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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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