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A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature would have real estate agents disclose anything and everything to prospective buyers.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 15, 2024
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In The Daily Courier’s first part (Sunday, Feb. 4) of the “Prescott Docu-gate” series, I was quoted as follows...

By Tim Wiederaenders February 8, 2024
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With frustration I read a story this week about the FBI warning Congress about Chinese “hackers” who could take down the U.S. electrical grid and transportation systems.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 1, 2024
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Mostly through the Courier’s letters to the editor recently we’ve seen a debate about ESAs (the state Empowerment Scholarship Account program).

By Tim Wiederaenders January 25, 2024
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The Prescott Unified School District board this week decided not to seek a bond issue, based on survey responses. This is a good idea...

By Tim Wiederaenders January 18, 2024
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As we were closing the books on 2023, many people in the Quad Cities gave. They gave back in a big way — in honor of Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick “RLo” Lopez, who died in the line of duty.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 11, 2024
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This is a different Friday Catchall of sorts. I am writing it while out of the office, staring out the window at a fresh dusting of snow. Let’s call this one “giving credit.”

By Tim Wiederaenders January 4, 2024
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The responses to my column this week about immigration were a bit of a surprise. As predicted some of them were dripping with politics...

By Tim Wiederaenders December 28, 2023
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The slug for this entry carries what some people do for shorthand of Christmas: “Xmas.” And I don’t like it. To me it means “without” Christ.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 21, 2023
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GROWTH — I constantly find it interesting and concerning how some residents of our fair city and area proclaim “no more growth.” They are becoming fighting words. In fact, they’ve practically turned “developer” into a dirty word.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 14, 2023
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We have heard it for years, here’s the 2023 update: ... only 119,550 of the 16.1 million Americans who served in WWII are alive.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 7, 2023
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As promised, I received from the City of Prescott its traffic counts and safety numbers for the Gail Gardner Way/Fair Street intersection, where a traffic signal has been proposed to replace the four-way stop.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 30, 2023
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On Sunday, Nov. 19, we detailed for you a citywide (Prescott) study about speed and pending speed-limit increases in some locations. Reader “Dave” of Yavapai Hills replied ...

By Tim Wiederaenders November 23, 2023
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The issue of a possible traffic signal at the intersection of Gail Gardner Way and Fair Street was a hot one at the Prescott City Council this week.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 16, 2023
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On Saturday, Nov. 11, the community will come together to salute our veterans — current and former servicemen and women. The Veterans Day Parade will step off at 11 a.m. in downtown Prescott, after a 10:30 ceremony.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 9, 2023
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A little surprise cropped up this week on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda — No. 3 on the Consent Agenda...

By Tim Wiederaenders November 2, 2023
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It is sad, almost funny. Only a few times before have I seen people come out of the woodwork so much over a project. The potential widening of Highway 89 for the Granite Dells “narrows” certainly ranks up there.

By Tim Wiederaenders October 26, 2023
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Elections for 2024 are beginning to heat up. We’ve seen several people cast their hats (figuratively) into the Yavapai County supervisors’ ring(s), and now the former Navajo Nation president wants to challenge Rep. Eli Crane in Arizona’s largest congressional district.

By Tim Wiederaenders October 19, 2023
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I think they should build the Sundog Connector (think: emergency exit/route for residents), but I’m not so sure we have to widen Highway 89 through the Granite Dells (though the true “Dells” are not along side the roadway).

By Tim Wiederaenders October 12, 2023
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This past week I wrote about where there’s fire, you’ll experience smoke. Fall is the season for prescribed burns; they are more manageable at this time of year, experts say.

By Tim Wiederaenders October 5, 2023
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While I don’t like it when my chest tightens because of wood smoke in the air, I do realize the alternative to prescribed burns would be to leave our communities at risk of wildfire.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 28, 2023
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Have you heard about it? Likely, because of all the brouhaha over the proposed Sundog Connector, you’ve forgotten about the one-mile stretch of Highway 69 from Holiday Hills to the Prescott Gateway Mall.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 21, 2023
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I would laugh out loud, if I thought it was a joke. Nonetheless, California politicians this week are proposing to raise the minimum wage in their state to $20 per hour ...

By Tim Wiederaenders September 14, 2023
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It has always been my belief that what politicians do, we often don’t see the true impact until 12 to 24 months later (sometimes longer).

By Tim Wiederaenders September 7, 2023
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Another year, another installment of Empty Bowls — the event that supports Prescott-area food banks with a fundraiser.

By Tim Wiederaenders August 31, 2023
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It was a pleasure to celebrate the citizenship of a fellow Rotarian’s wife this week at the Prescott Sunup Rotary Club’s meeting.

By Tim Wiederaenders August 24, 2023
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Many people play the Not-In-My-Back-Yard card. It can be opposition to a new subdivision, business, powerlines, cell towers, … even billboards, or more.

By Tim Wiederaenders August 17, 2023
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When one considers the prospect of widening Highway 89 through the Granite Dells area – which flies in the face of Dells preservation efforts – I found it interesting what “Mike” from Prescott had to say.

By Tim Wiederaenders August 10, 2023
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Prescott’s voters have spoken. The voting public elected outright candidates for five seats on the City Council this week.

By Tim Wiederaenders August 3, 2023
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You know how we pray for rain? The monsoons have finally showed up (a little), right? Unfortunately, what comes with the storms is lightning...

By Tim Wiederaenders July 27, 2023
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The Friday Catchall: This column is a little different, even abbreviated, as I am out of the office today. Have a fabulous weekend; stay out of the heat!

By Tim Wiederaenders July 20, 2023
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Negativity is the tendency to be pessimistic. If we are being negative, we generally find the worst in any situation, often even seeing negative things where they may not exist.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 13, 2023
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It is not over, folks. Bears have (unfortunately) killed in our area, yet are still coming to town.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 6, 2023
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A reader’s comment Thursday morning seemed misdirected to me (let’s say ill-informed): “Some group’s trying to ‘save the rodeo’ which is not terribly original...

By Tim Wiederaenders June 22, 2023
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This week the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the opening of the Justice Center with a ribbon cutting. It is the new county jail (and more) on Prescott Lakes Parkway.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 16, 2023
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The Friday Catchall: • POTHOLES – With much consternation, I hear often from readers who are unhappy with the local and state roads and highways.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 8, 2023
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Last week I wrote about why more grocery stores don’t locate in the Quad Cities. My answer: our shopping habits don’t support them enough. Dollars and foot traffic. But there's more...

By Tim Wiederaenders June 1, 2023
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Over the years I’ve heard the call: “We need more grocery stores.”

By Tim Wiederaenders May 25, 2023
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Thirty-plus years ago, I was what I called a “student of politics.” I loved it. I got a degree in it, only to have that “love” trampled in modern times.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 18, 2023
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It is great to remind readers and citizens alike that vehicle burglaries are taking place. We should always we watchful — for ourselves as well as for our neighbors. But ...

By Tim Wiederaenders May 11, 2023
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I read with interest that attorneys for failed gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake are being fined by the Arizona Supreme Court after the justices concluded they lied — repeatedly — in one of their claims about why Lake is entitled to a new election.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 4, 2023
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The attacks took place at night in the area of Oaklawn Drive and Rosser Street, … and we should not be surprised.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 27, 2023
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Arizona lawmakers are considering an override of a Gov. Katie Hobbs veto. In their sights is legislation that would legalize the sale of home-cooked food, such as tamales.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 20, 2023
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It is time for some Laurels & Darts for this Friday Catchall.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 6, 2023
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Tim is out of the office, and he left us with some of his favorite Friday Catchall entries from years ago:

By Tim Wiederaenders March 30, 2023
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The question of whether we will continue to pay sales taxes on groceries is now in the hands of the governor.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 23, 2023
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“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice. But this is not Wonderland, it is Arizona – and liberals and conservatives, even advocates and educators, are not sitting down over tea.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 16, 2023
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Arizona legislators are considering Senate Bill 1331 that would allow certain parents to bring their loaded guns onto school campuses. Who would that be?

By Tim Wiederaenders March 9, 2023
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• SNOW — “Now this is a snow storm!” I said to myself Wednesday evening while working my way home.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 2, 2023
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We are privileged having been born in the United States, but many people lament that our country is changing ...

By Tim Wiederaenders February 23, 2023
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The alert from the Prescott Valley Police on Tuesday was a bit providential: “Prescott Valley is experiencing near white-out snow conditions. Some traffic lights inoperable.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 16, 2023
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Arizona schools won’t be shutting down before the end of this academic year because of the state spending cap. Yea!

By Tim Wiederaenders February 9, 2023
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I remember as a child, while visiting my grandparents’ Texas farm one summer, Granny was panicked after receiving a call that their hometown bank may be “insolvent.”

By Tim Wiederaenders February 2, 2023
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To hear many people in our community talk about it, the Prescott area is close to disaster: too many highways and subdivisions (housing projects), and not enough water.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 26, 2023
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The City of Prescott is moving ahead into 2023 with optimism and continued positive growth, Mayor Phil Goode said Thursday morning.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 19, 2023
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One reader recently asked me, “Why is Saudi Arabia allowed to export Arizona water?”

By Tim Wiederaenders January 12, 2023
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The management of the downtown Prescott, courthouse plaza events is becoming a sinkhole.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 5, 2023
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Be prepared for some fun Saturday night in downtown Prescott. It’s the annual Whiskey Row Boot Drop to ring in 2023!

By Tim Wiederaenders December 29, 2022
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A poet, I am not. I am in the mood for Christmas this year...

By Tim Wiederaenders December 22, 2022
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We hear that the work on the City of Prescott’s new digs are coming along, with the City Council eying meetings at the Montezuma building in as early as March 2023.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 15, 2022
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There’s something to be said for Prescott-area residents. They’re tenacious and passionate, and that’s good! Beyond that, I would ask them: where do you live?

By Tim Wiederaenders December 1, 2022
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It’s easy to understand why conversations have centered on health care in recent years.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 26, 2022
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• THANKS – I am very thankful this year.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 24, 2022
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There comes a time in one’s life when change seems to happen more and more.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 17, 2022
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Across the country, newspaper endorsements are fading away as prizes to be nabbed by political campaigns and an effort by the media to share insights with readers.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 10, 2022
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We hear about scams at the newspaper, mostly in which someone calls or contacts you.

By Tim Wiederaenders November 3, 2022
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I hope you have read with interest our series about “forever chemicals” found in area wells. It concludes Sunday, Oct. 30, with coverage about what you can do ...

By Tim Wiederaenders October 27, 2022
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While we’re still wondering how much more the City of Prescott will go over budget on the new city hall, the City Council this week picked a local architect, Doug Stroh, to redevelop the old city hall site. It is quite the project, topping out at five stories and mixed use throughout (hotel, apartments, businesses, restaurants, etc.).

By Tim Wiederaenders October 20, 2022
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Readers have been making allegations of late concerning my stance(s), as well as those of the Courier Editorial Board, on the General Election and the candidates.

By Tim Wiederaenders October 13, 2022
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A lot of misinformation is floating about concerning teachers and Prescott-area school districts.

By Tim Wiederaenders October 6, 2022
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The Friday Catchall: • APARTMENTS – Residents of a local subdivision went before the Prescott City Council this week, urging the city not to approve too many apartment complexes.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 29, 2022
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• REALLY? – Just a few thoughts, while cleaning out my mind this week.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 22, 2022
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On Thursday, we published an article submitted by the Oath Keepers of Chino Valley. It announced that Sheriff David Rhodes would be speaking to the group, and touted what the group stands for and does in the community.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 15, 2022
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The City of Prescott conducts a lot of events, and their mobile stage – for which they’ve done more than 500 events – is deteriorating.

By Tim Wiederaenders September 8, 2022
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It started Monday morning, Aug. 8, with a text message: “Happy BIRTHDAY to you Tim. Have a Wonderful Day. Love You, Mom.”

By Tim Wiederaenders August 11, 2022
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Did you vote? Seriously, mail-in ballot, early voting or at the polls? The people I have spoken with about politics since Primary Election Day, Aug. 2, say either they did vote or, no, they don’t believe in it (the system is broken).

By Tim Wiederaenders August 4, 2022
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The Republican Party is fractured, folks. I am not referring to the GOP’s “left” or “middle” versus the “far right,” per se, but the more easily seen lineup of Mike Pence versus Donald Trump.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 21, 2022
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I hear frequently people asking – even screaming from the rooftops! – “We don’t have enough water for these developments.”

By Tim Wiederaenders July 14, 2022
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A Courier reader sent me a message about the resignations of County Recorder Leslie Hoffman and Elections Director Lynn Constabile: “If it is too hot, get out of the kitchen.” I think some people are missing the point here.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 7, 2022
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Among my many emails this week were some declaring Arizona being “on the cutting edge of school choice in the nation.” Like so many other things, it’s true — from a certain perspective.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 30, 2022
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I’d love to be a famous novelist, but I don’t trust well enough that I can do it.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 16, 2022
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In the realm of health care competition, some things are afoot in the Prescott area – if you look at the bigger picture.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 9, 2022
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It’s been a tough week, folks, with a lot on my mind. Losing a sibling is very hard, losing a parent seems even worse.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 2, 2022
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I think our society is kidding itself, more like we’re living where what we see and who we talk to is our “world.”

By Tim Wiederaenders May 26, 2022
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This week I received some emails from folks wondering where their license plate refund is. Yes, money.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 19, 2022
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Earlier this week I took a break to walk over to the intersection of Highway 69 and Robert Road. Demolition crews were tearing down the old Circle K there and I needed a photo; it had stood vacant for about two years.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 12, 2022
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Another wildland fire, more lessons learned. Let’s count the ways:

By Tim Wiederaenders May 5, 2022
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• BUSY BUSY – As we all pray for a little less wind this week, and that the Crooks Fire south of Prescott comes to a quick end without harm or destruction (and let’s say, that it stays “south”), consider the amount of information we have at our fingertips.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 21, 2022
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I have watched with interest, it was cringing worthy each time, the developments involving a certain trial on the East Coast over the past three weeks.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 14, 2022
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We have all heard about the Great Resignation, which is a phenomenon thanks to the pandemic — an ongoing economic trend in which employees have voluntarily resigned from their jobs en masse, beginning in early 2021.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 7, 2022
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OK, so most of us have seen or heard about actor Will Smith slapping emcee Chris Rock at the Oscars on stage this past weekend.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 31, 2022
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It was not what the Prescott City Council wanted: a new name for the Centennial Center with hitches.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 24, 2022
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• GASOLINE — It was like stepping from a time machine — coming out of the mountains last weekend to see a whole new world.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 10, 2022