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Today in History: June 5

June 5, 2007

A judge sentenced Van Bateman, 57, the former commander of a wildlands firefighting team, to two years in a federal prison. Bateman admitted to setting two forest fires in 2004. Bateman later said he was "doing his job" and that he started the fires for fuels reduction.

June 5, 2003

Elizabeth Smart, 15, and her family marked the one -year anniversary of her abduction at knifepoint in 2002. Her kidnapping resulted in child protection legislation and charges of burglary, kidnapping and sexual assault against Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Authorities rescued Smart in Salt Lake City after members of the public recognized her from posters and news stories.

June 5, 1998

After the Arizona Department of Water Resources announced it probably would declare that groundwater mining is occurring in the Prescott Active Management Area, developers started flooding the city with subdivision plats before the new rules take effect. The number of applications jumped five-fold from developers wanting to get approved under the existing water regulations.

June 5, 1983

The Prescott Community Art Trust awarded sculpture Bill Nebeker a $10,000 commission to create a "heroic-sized statue" for Memorial Island Park at the east entrance to Prescott. "Fantastic," Nebeker said when his name was announced as the winner.

June 5, 1958

"The annual rodeo at Dewey which precedes Frontier Days by a week will be held on Perry Henderson's rodeo strip Sunday, June 29. Stock will be furnished by Chuck Sheppard, Prescott, formerly a top rodeo rider."

June 5, 1933

"Prescott will be singly honored tomorrow night in the visit of the supreme chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, James Dunn, Jr., of Cleveland, who will address members of the local lodge, Pythian Sisters, and guests at a meeting in the Castle hall of South Cortez street at 8 o'clock."

June 5, 1908

"United States Marshal Daniels and three guards brought sixteen Chinamen to Tucson this forenoon from Nogales. The journey from the Line City was made in a special immigrant car."

June 5, 1883

"More rain; more clouds; more grass, corn, etc. Prescott needs more 'business' houses. Who of our wealthy citizens will 'set 'em up?' Prescott dealers in clothing are anxious for summer to come, so that they can sell out their stocks of dog-day clothing."


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