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Friday Catchall: Good, bad & ugly? Try cowboys, weed, sleep & scams

Tim Yogerst is Prescott Valley Police Department’s new Animal Control Officer. (Prescott Valley Police Department/Courtesy)

Tim Yogerst is Prescott Valley Police Department’s new Animal Control Officer. (Prescott Valley Police Department/Courtesy)

• COWBOY — He is new to the job but he’s quickly showing how well the Prescott Valley Police Department did with its new hire.

I would call Tim Yogerst a cowboy — or that he knows how to “cowboy up.”

On his first day as the town’s Animal Control officer, March 4, he roped a loose horse with three dog leashes tied together, preventing it from reaching Highway 89A; wanna bet he’ll carry a rope in his truck from now on?!

The next day, Yogerst corralled four bulls on Pronghorn Ranch Parkway, getting them back into the fenced area they escaped from.

Animal Control is not all about dogs gone wild! Imagine what could have happened if only one of those animals had made it into traffic.

Welcome to the area, Tim. Keep up the good work!

• MARIJUANA — A reader, calling in response to a state story about the need to test marijuana to be sure — for example — that the pot does not contain mold, shot to the heart of the matter.

How much will it cost for the state to create a new effort (department) to test the marijuana? he asked.

While Arizona voters approved marijuana for medical use, and that department reported has money to work with from fees, I agree that any effort to regulate weed will cost something. I do not know the exact answer, and while I check on costs — I imagine they either have the money for the testing or the cost would be passed on to the user.

Call it trickle down.

• DAYLIGHT — They call it “Monday moaning,” the dark side of daylight saving.

Sunday, March 11, most of the country springs forward, with people losing an hour of sleep. Thankfully, much of Arizona (minus the Navajo Reservation, I recall) does not observe Daylight Saving Time (DST); all we have to do is remember the time difference when calling family elsewhere.

I am not so sure those DST’ers are going to feel like a zombie for days on end (it is only one hour, folks); however, losing an hour of sleep is no joke.

Experts at WebMD caution that people who regularly get six or fewer hours of sleep each night will have a tougher time than those who get eight or nine hours.

Makes sense. So either they can take more naps … or abandon the whole DST thing! I’m glad we don’t observe the practice.

I theorize what some in Congress thought it was for anyway — a way for the barbecue industry to make more money.

• SCAMS — As we close in on the April 17 tax deadline, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be careful with continuing aggressive phone scams as more criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money.

Con artists often make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials, police officers, or anyone else wanting your personal information or money.

Know that the IRS does not initiate contact with people by phone; will not threaten to bring local law enforcement to get you; and will not demand payment over the phone.

Do not give out any information, hand up immediately, and call 800-366-4484 — an IRS hotline — or call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to check on your status.

Don’t believe the callers!

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” concludes this weekend at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. Visit dCourier.com or www.pca-az.net for details.

Community Editor Tim Wiederaenders is the senior 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.