Wiederaenders: This is what we do
Each day the notices, photos and articles that we post to dCourier.com give you a heads-up about pending activities or things in the recent past.
A few of the community items in the past several days include the seatbelt crackdown, prescribed burns, Now Showing, the Memorial Day observance, the Home & Garden Show, why flags are at half-staff, and the high-speed chase through Prescott Valley.
• “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign is May 20 through June 2;
• Prescribed burns are underway in the Groom Creek area, May 17-24;
• What’s showing at the movies, including the much-talked-about “Avengers: End Game”;
• The Cemetery Association is handing over the Memorial Day event to the county;
• The Yavapai County Contractors Association’s home show continues today at Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley;
• Paying tribute May 15 with flags at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day, honoring the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty; and,
• Police on Thursday, May 16, responded to the report of a stolen taxi cab that was taken by a customer who threatened to shoot the taxi driver.
It is truly amazing the amount of information we put forward for the visitors to our website as well as our newspapers. Each week, we literally post more than 100 articles.
I marvel at some of it — telling the motoring public ahead of time about seatbelt enforcement or check points on holiday weekends. (Yet, people still offend and get caught.)
Still, the idea of a community newspaper is something I love and have been doing for decades. Each week, in fact, I meet with people who supply information, want help getting the word out, or can’t find what they want to know.
It surprises me then, when I see on social media someone, for example, asking why smoke is in the air, when the answers are on our website.
This is what we do: No controversy or conspiracy — we’re here to help.
I write all of this because so many people do not know … some people find it hard to believe … even some people depend on us.
It is all in a day’s work — ours is actually a service business.
If you ever have a question, say “why did you do that?” or “did you know about” this or that? Feel free to call, email or come in to see us.
Have a great rest of your weekend; summer weather is coming (and we’ll be writing about it too).
Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or firstname.lastname@example.org.