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PROP 400 — One thing that has popped up lately related to the Arizona Eco Development annexation and development proposal in the Granite Dells is the comment period.
In my time living in Williamson Valley and the Prescott area (since 1996), I’ve heard about only one rattlesnake observed near my house.
We have all likely wondered about it lately: what’s with all the wind around here?
Few things are easier to debate than the rules of the road. However, as we age, it seems we remember parts of the driver license manual and not others.
The legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have passed and signed into law a reform of the Permanent Early Voting List in Arizona, and it’s been called “racism.”
VIRUS — Schools have what I think is the toughest challenge, when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Ballot measures, as I have said for years, need to be vetted before they go to the voters.
Well, the sniffle-sneeze season is underway.
At times, I wonder if Prescottonians know what they have in a “vibrant downtown.”
I wrote last week that whether or not you have gotten a COVID-19 vaccination is a matter of personal business, protected by HIPAA or health privacy.
• STRESS? – Over the past year most of us have been through the wringer — some more than others.
This past Saturday, a little pickup truck’s driver missed the brakes and sped into the Nick’s Feed Your Face restaurant, 418 W. Goodwin St. Kinda created a drive-thru. ...
“I got my shot,” the middle-aged man at the next gas pump told me without prompting.
The Prescott City Council members picked their final five this week — from 24 prospects — one candidate of which will replace Billie Orr, now-former councilwoman.
While some officials have retired in recent weeks and months, such as county supervisors Rowle Simmons and Tom Thurman as well as Sheriff Scott Mascher, three other significant departures are happening today as well.
Bad drivers are among us, we all know that. They drive too slowly, don’t signal, pass when they’re not supposed to … it never ends.
A Christmas Catchall (in lieu of the normal Friday Catchall):
We hear about parents needing to keep an eye on their children to stem the tide when it comes to drugs, such as fentanyl.
I remember a time many, many years ago when the county’s districts were like fiefdoms, the estates of feudal lords fighting for their fair share of revenue and purposely casting votes against the others.
The news that all entities involved agreed this week that Prescott’s Christmas events need to be canceled has raised a bit of a stir locally.
The COVID world is so confusing, especially when it comes to masks. It is the 900-pound gorilla in the room; everyone talks about masks...
COVID — Rewind in your mind to the first months of the coronavirus; most people were being careful, wearing masks and practicing safe distancing.
As I write this, the race for the presidency stands at 264 Electoral College votes for former Vice President Joe Biden, and 214 for President Donald Trump.
This past week I highlighted how gun-toting “counter protesters” may have been misunderstood through assumptions. Not all were hurling insults at Black Lives Matter protesters, not all were from here, and some had good intentions and were behaving with civility and respect. Others were not.
The Prescott area and its residents were painted poorly with a pretty broad brush earlier this week — that we’re racist. It was a report and a column in a Phoenix newspaper following Black Lives Matter protests on the courthouse plaza at which people showed up with guns.
It is election season, and with it comes campaign signs. Of course, you knew that.
This is not about voter fraud or which political party is concerned, it is more about how elections work. With all of the hubbub over mail-in ballots, some people in the Prescott region are confused. Let’s run down how elections work here.
The proposed Stringfield Ranch annexation is providing a crystal-ball look into the future, one that has results I think few desire.
Imagine you’re sitting there at home deciding who to vote for on your mail-in ballot, and you see State Senator District 1 has Karen Fann, R-Prescott, and “Gilbert” Carillo, D-Fort McDowell, as candidates.
I have to admit I laughed out loud when rapper Kanye West announced his run for the presidency. Then it hit me — he was a spoiler.
Drug dealers continue to get caught in Yavapai County with bags and piles of pills laced with fentanyl. See today’s coverage of a Cottonwood-area bust (more than 15,000 pills).
Let’s talk about one of the 900-pound gorillas that lives in downtown Prescott: parking or the lack there of.
The Daily Courier, from time to time, publishes entries in the newspaper that we call our “Kindness Project.” Well, I’ve got one for you, thanks to a call from a lady, who we’ll call “Christine.”
Some people who do not want the new jail and justice center built on Prescott Lakes Parkway think the facility will kill property values.
“Is the world closed? When did all this happen?” Those are questions two readers related to me over the past two weeks.
I am going to go out on a limb here: Every president of the United States has been elected by the Electoral College.
Our government leadership in the Quad Cities seems to be either too focused on party politics or they are zeroing in on economics and “personal responsibility,” when it comes to mask mandates — or the lack thereof.
While you are debating with friends and loved-ones whether or not to wear a mask to combat COVID-19, we need to be ever-vigilant. Against fires and what causes them.
If you had told me six months ago much of our communities would be shut down because of a virus, to the extent they have been, I would have said you were crazy.
Fire restrictions are now in effect for all areas locally. But some people still are confused.
The Greater Prescott area is entering Stage II Fire Restrictions early next week, and it is imperative that everyone do their part.
TRUST – During the coronavirus restrictions I have noticed some things that make me ask “why?”
The federal stimulus checks of $1,200 for my wife and I were not paper checks; we received a direct deposit. But what if you received a check in the mail, and the banks are closed?
The primal call for reopening the state of Arizona has become louder and louder of late. At the same time, Gov. Doug Ducey has extended the stay-at-home order to at least May 15 because current COVID-19 data does not support relaxing or reversing closures.
Prescott City Hall will not become a hotel or some other concept building, at least for the foreseeable future. Good, but really?
It is one of the long-running controversies here. How is “Prescott” pronounced: is it Pres-cott or Pres-kit?
The Friday Catchall: • WATER – Years ago, 2006 to be exact, The Daily Courier published an anniversary book commemorating 125 years of service to the area. It included chapters on the railroad, the Great Fire, statehood, movies and the Smoki, among others. One of those “others” was a chapter about water.
If you attended the Wings Out West airshow this past Saturday you experienced a real treat. I did not — went to work on the Sunday edition; however, I was amazed by the show too.
On occasion I see comments that make me wonder: why do people live here?
I read with interest an article about how an attorney for the state asked a federal judge to uphold a law that challengers say is designed to make it more difficult for people to propose their own laws.
The Friday Catchall: • VOTING CYCLE – The next chance to vote is coming up fast. Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman reports upcoming elections for the City of Prescott (council – one seat), Town of Dewey-Humboldt (APS franchise agreement), and Inscription Canyon Ranch Sanitary District all on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Prescott pedestrians are scrambling across the intersection of Gurley and Montezuma streets. It is a two-week experiment by the city to see whether it improves traffic flow (people and drivers).
A group of readers reached out to me this week asking how City of Prescott officials cannot see the mandate from the Primary Election.
The Friday Catchall: • ELECTION – The conclusion of the City of Prescott primary on Tuesday, Aug. 27, had a few surprises and questions. It was amazing to see the number of votes challenger Cathey Rusing garnered (11,677); that’s about 73%. Congratulations, Cathey!
This week was an interesting exercise in investments, or at least learning (more) about them.
• IRISH POT OF CASH — I do not have a problem with people who use medical marijuana for a legitimate reason.
• BALANCE — “The reason there is so much traffic downtown is because there are too many cars! Has anyone thought of limiting new apartments or subdivision permits?”
DELLS & COUNCIL — The issue of Arizona Eco Development’s proposed annexation and project in the Granite Dells is far from over; at the same time, I am hearing more and more from concerned residents about the Prescott City Council elections.
Congressman Paul Gosar has reintroduced the Criminal Alien Removal Clarification Act, saying that non-citizens, convicted of a felony or two or more misdemeanors, are “removable.”
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.