The holidays are my favorite time of year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve exude family, food and fun.
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.
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.
The Friday Catchall: • BURGLARIES — When you know vehicle burglaries are happening in your area, why would you leave your car unlocked?
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.
Back in the day, cashiers had to know the prices of all their store’s products.
The Friday Catchall this week is about giving and taking: • TAXES – We hate ’em and the government wants them.
The Friday Catchall: • NOISE – Music (rather, its noise) took center stage at the Prescott City Council meeting Tuesday, when the city’s noise ordinance was up for review.
My take: Good movie, wrong time.
Often we do stories here at the Courier about people whom most would say are successful.
The Friday Catchall: • WATER – Water is the lifeblood of the Southwest. You begin to understand that quickly when you learn about the Central Arizona Project – a concrete ditch that supplies water from Lake Havasu to Phoenix.
It all comes down to life choices. We often hear about stupid things children do — having fun, seeking a thrill, being adventurous, they say.
The Friday Catchall: • HERE’S YOUR SIGN – Campaign signs — love ’em or hate ’em — they’re not for stealing.
It is a little confusing to say the least when candidates or elected officials cross back and forth on issues. When it comes to the City of Prescott’s pension debt (unfunded liability) it has gone something like this:
A woman close to you is likely to develop breast cancer.
The Friday Catchall: • HURRICANES – While Irma has ripped through the Caribbean on its way to Florida this weekend, it must have been a slow news day for the media drawn to the destruction in Houston like insects to a light.
The Friday Catchall: • CONFEDERATES – Prescott exists because of the Civil War and gold.
Want to take down all of those monuments dedicated to the Civil War?
The Friday Catchall: • CHALLENGES – The Prescott election is winding down, yet we have not heard much from the people who matter – the voters.
The Friday Catchall: • INTERSTATE – While southbound Interstate 17 was closed again Tuesday for a time – because of a crash near Black Canyon City – several readers chimed in on the monumental shutdown that was Aug. 8.
I have always looked upon voting as a privilege. I feel connected to the process — good or bad — after I give my choices.
When it comes to services within a municipality, health and welfare are tops — or should be.
The Friday Catchall: • TRAPPED – What would you do — what can you do — if stuck on Interstate 17 behind a crash or disaster? Just sit and wait.
They are called Phantom Plates, Ghost Plates, Block Plates, even “Loover” plates. On Wednesday, they will be illegal in Arizona.
The Friday Catchall: • WEATHER – One thing most people love to talk about is the weather.
A nagging question has been hanging on for some time now: what has happened to our politics?
When it comes to items of sentimental value, I’m a sucker. I have held onto things from throughout my life just because they mean something to me.
Like everyone else, I too have been shrouded in a cloud of exhaust from a diesel vehicle as one takes off in front of me from a stop.
You may call it self-serving, but really it is where wildlife and nature cross paths with developers.
I had wanted to pen an eloquent editorial for today — about state politics or local events — but when I sat down to write, all I could think about was Saturday morning’s happenings.
Two fires burning east of Sunset Point, Bloody Basin
Smoke stretching across the Prescott area on Saturday is from a fire burning elsewhere, officials say.
When it rains, it pours – just not everywhere.
Raising our future leaders is never a simple endeavor, especially during school breaks.
Orders of pre-evacuation lifted
The status of the Goodwin Fire on Friday was marked by positive developments: the re-opening of Highway 69, the lifting of all pre-evacuation orders as well as some others, and firefighters gaining more ground.
I consider myself patriotic like many folks in the Quad-Cities, and this time of year offers a feast with fireworks on top.
The Friday Catchall: • MONUMENT — “Freedom is not free.”
This comes as no surprise to me, we’ve been down this road before.
Why did the chicken cross the road – at the crosswalk? Consider that crossing a road is a risky proposition, especially during the summer when more children are out of school and about town – darting from behind parked cars or chasing a wayward ball.
The Friday Catchall: • FRANK – Ol’ Blue Eyes is back.
Oh, to have a crystal ball — life would be so much easier.
SCOTLAND? – You never know, wherever you may be, there just might be a connection to Prescott, Arizona.
Today is Memorial Day, which is at the tail end of a three-day weekend, but it’s not about what you may think.
Catchall (no, it’s not the Friday installment, but a cleaning of an editor’s desk, inbox and mind):
“Blood Alley,” as a nickname for Highway 69, seemed a bit harsh to me when I first moved to Prescott in 1996.
Putting the Page 2A weather report together this past week brought about surprise for me — seeing every day’s forecast with only sunshine.
It can be confusing: a government has millions of dollars in one account, and a huge debt for another; yet, those dollars and that debt are like oil and water – they shall not mix.
Need2Know: Oil Can Henry’s changes name; Walgreens no longer 24 hours; Renovations is tops; 3rd Amazing Foot Spa location
It took almost two years, but a local business has a new look that doesn’t include Gatsby hats and bowties.
The Friday Catchall: • CHANGES — Whilst pondering the consternation over the pending sale of Hotshot vehicles and the city’s pension debt, I had to marvel at how things have changed for all of us.
The challenges airline travelers face today go well beyond flights being overbooked.
A little gem came across my desk recently … a March 28, 1997, column by the late Jim Garner, former Courier editor.