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

Joe Tyree takes a break from the cleanup of a burned home in Yarnell on July 23, 2013. Suggestions are coming in for memorializing the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire on June 30, 2013. (Les Stukenberg/ Courier file)

Joe Tyree takes a break from the cleanup of a burned home in Yarnell on July 23, 2013. Suggestions are coming in for memorializing the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire on June 30, 2013. (Les Stukenberg/ Courier file)

The Friday Catchall:

• 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.

Some want more memorials (no offense but how many?), most want to know what events are planned for June 30 —

the day they died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire in 2013, and some have ideas from out of left field.

One such idea is that Yarnell needs to be renamed “Hotshotville.” Not kidding — came from a woman in Bakersfield, California, whose late husband was a wildland firefighter. (This is not something anyone would be in favor of, I think.)

However, I have also heard from a man in Sheffield, England. Recently he wrote that he had mailed “the Mayor, the State Governor, the Secretary of State for Arizona and Donald Trump regarding an idea to renumber Highway 89 to 19 and also renaming it ‘The Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Highway.’”

Interesting, though “no one has been back in touch with me. Was it considered to be not in any one’s best interest?”

I do not know — doubt it would happen — but I am resolved to find out. I think it’s a neat idea that does not happen often.

By the way, watch the Courier later this month for our coverage of the Hotshots’ anniversary.

• FIGHTING BACK — News about an Indiana middle school teacher tackling a school shooter and, out of Oklahoma, an armed civilian killing a restaurant gunman after a shooting, makes me think we should not be surprised.

I get it that we have school shootings, and that (really) it is not all about ARs or AK assault rifles — one kid used a shotgun and a knife — but think about it: people are tired of this and

when pushed enough, they fight back. If you’re not inclined to carry a weapon or trained to defend yourself (or fight back), too often we hear absolutes, such as no-weapon zones.

I applaud those who are able and skilled and say “No more!”

(Sounds like a movie I once saw.)

• KID KUDOS — Here’s a great snippet from a reader about help they received recently: “I had a nice surprise at Sprouts (Prescott) yesterday. In the parking lot, a young man hopped out of his mom’s car, introduced himself, unloaded all my groceries, and took the cart back. How nice was that! Great job, Ryan.”

If I’ve said it once, I have said it a thousand times: some parents know how to raise their children right.

• POLITICS — Here’s something to think about: I am seeing a lot of Democrats listed as challengers in practically all races this election season.

Some would say it’s the Trump effect (unlikely, locally). Others, that most Dems don’t stand a chance but their presence generates interest among all ‘Ds’ — increasing turnout (which could sway ballot measures). What do you think? Email me at twieds@prescottaz.com.

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Getting the laughs you need! That’s the title of the event at 7 tonight, June 1, at the Elks Theater in downtown Prescott. David Granirer’s humor and insight promise to help us overcome the stresses of the world – or at least file them away for good mental health. The band Salt of the Earth opens the event. Call 928-777-1370.

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com.