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Sun, May 26

Friday Catchall: It’s wet out there, for now; no stops on 69

The Friday Catchall:

• WEATHER — It has been a strange week, or I should say, a strange month of May, so far. Rain, hail, thunderstorms — it’s all a little out of the ordinary for a time of year when we expect fire restrictions to kick in at any moment.

As I have stated before in this space, the months of May and June are generally among the driest each year.

Then I hear from my father, who lives on the East Coast, that he received about 6 inches of rain in a little over an hour recently. I’m also told by other family members in Colorado they got measurable snowfall earlier this week.

The snow there is not that abnormal; I remember snow in late June once decades ago in Colorado.

However, it all does point to changes in the climate. (I will not debate the cause, but it is changing!)

Now, who wants to take bets on exactly when – if ever – the fire restrictions will kick in this year?

In the meantime, stay smart: don’t cause unnecessary sparks (by tossing cigarette butts or dragging trailer chains); take care with equipment that can produce sparks (chainsaws, welding, etc.); and create defensible space around your home (trim weeds and brush 30 feet out from the house).

Don’t ignore the precautions because it is wet right now. It could dry out quickly.

• TRAFFIC & LIGHTS — I need to go buy some lottery tickets!

As luck would have it, I set a new personal record Wednesday night. I drove from the east side of Prescott Valley on Highway 69 (doing the speed limit, of course), and I did not have to stop at any traffic signals until the Yavapai College Prescott campus at Rush Street.

It was amazing. It felt unnatural.

As we have learned, the traffic lights along 69 are not synchronized, making the feat that much more surprising.

What’s your best? Email me at twieds@prescottaz.com.

• GRANITE DELLS — I heard from the City of Prescott this week that the Arizona Eco Development/Granite Dells annexation proposal will likely go to Planning and Zoning first in late June.

As of now, that’s when the hearings are set to begin.

• QUOTE — “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit”.

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The 33rd annual Prescott Fine Arts and Wine Festival, 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, on the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott.

Let the plaza events begin!

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com.

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