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

Evidence technicians with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office document and bag a number of items left behind by a man shot along Frontage Road in Castle Canyon Mesa early Tuesday morning, June 12.
Photo by Max Efrein.

Evidence technicians with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office document and bag a number of items left behind by a man shot along Frontage Road in Castle Canyon Mesa early Tuesday morning, June 12.

The Friday Catchall:

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

From the shooting incident this week in Prescott Valley, “I knew early on, with the briefings I was getting and info from the victim who was shot, this was going to get worse before it got better,” said Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher, who relayed that the shooter thought the victim was a police officer before he pulled the trigger.

“The potential for violence was high. We felt the public and our officers were at high risk that day. That individual posed a great risk,” Mascher said, telling his staff it was a priority to find those involved, because they posed such a “danger to the community.”

Mascher confided the potential was high for another shooting before it was all over.

In the end, the trio of suspects were caught – two arrested and a third (the original shooter) died from an unrelated shooting.

“I am so impressed by the professionalism of my staff. The police work tracking these people, and to track them down quickly, apprehending them the same day, it is very commendable for the work they did.

“They knew the risks and the danger to the public,” the sheriff said. “Their job is risky and they know that, but they still went out 110 percent to get these people.”

Mascher said he realizes “we’re under the microscope, the decisions we make will be analyzed, and I am glad they are all safe and the public is safe as well.”

Needless to say, it was a stressful day for everyone concerned.

Thank you for keeping the bad guys off the streets.

• CALIFORNIA-IZATION – I read with interest our business story this past Sunday about Californians coming here more and more. It was the social media posts that surprised me.

First, the story noted how the local real estate agents have witnessed an increase in interest and contacts from the Golden State. If you’ve lived here for any length of time, you know that residents of California have been moving here. Seems they can sell their homes there and buy the same or bigger – often free and clear – over here.

Now, the cost of living and home values, among other factors (traffic?), are increasing beyond imagination in California.

Yet, then there’s the local reaction – through phone calls and emails to the Courier, as well as social media posts (Twitter and Facebook).

Many worry about the water, where it will come from for the subdivision boom that is underway. The surprise comes when others openly grouse about interlopers who arrive and immediately want to turn our paradise into what they came from.

I remember moving into our home in Williamson Valley and wishing “I’m here, now close the gates.” It is not possible. You cannot close “the gate.” We can, however, educate them on what community means to us, how neighbors conduct themselves here, and how to say Prescott correctly.

Just sayin’.

• STRINGER RACIST? – In a story – and video – this week, Rep. David Stringer told his audience there “aren’t enough white kids to go around,” referring to immigration and demographics.

A little bird told me some media outlets are calling for Stringer to resign, quoting the state Republican Party chairman, Jonathan Lines. “These words have no place in our party, or in our state,” Lines told

Stringer told his comments – in the less-than one minute snippet of video – were taken out of context.

To be fair, The Daily Courier has posted the entire 17-minute video online. I urge you to visit the story (CLICK HERE) and to view the full video and judge for yourself. Email me with your thoughts at – should Stringer resign?

• SOBER-LIVING HOMES – Also this past week we noted in a front-page story that the City of Prescott’s total for sober-living homes has dropped from about 200 to 28 (10 more are under state control), for a count of 38 locally.

Not bad. However, let’s not forget that legislation – sponsored by Rep. Noel Campbell – played a part, as did the insurance industry cracking down on questionable billing and charges.

The story repeated needs remain for regulation, whether local or state, particularly when it comes to brokering patients, for instance.

We have a ways to go before these structured homes are all playing by the rules.

• PICK OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): For some hometown family fun, Walker Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Walker Fire Department (Walker Road, 8 miles south of Highway 69). The yard sale starts at 9 a.m.

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

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