Anyone who has read my columns for even a short period of time knows I am big on safety and preparation. The most common topic for this is wildfire season — the Prescott area’s annual cause of worry and distress.
• DESTRUCTION — This has been a great monsoon, hasn’t it?! The seasonal rainfall last month took us from 1.5 inches of
Why is that officer or deputy speeding?
I remember fondly “The Paper Chase,” that 1973 movie about a first-year law student.
Each week in The Daily Courier we post photographs of pets that need “forever homes,” as the Yavapai Humane Society says it, but some people cringe at certain breeds.
We’ve been receiving calls and questions concerning our website becoming subscription-based access on Tuesday, July 17.
The Fourth of July in northern Arizona was without fireworks, with Prescott Valley and Chino Valley making it unanimous earlier this week.
I drew two numbers Monday, 602 and B435. I thought B435 would live up to the hype; boy, was I wrong.
The Friday Catchall: • FIREworks – As we approach the Fourth of July, and knowing last weekend’s rain amounted to spitting on a campfire, I have to say get ready for the City of Prescott – and anywhere else locally – to seriously consider cancelation of this year’s fireworks shows.
In a world in which we hear so many negatives — such as immigrant parents and children being separated at the border — there must be some positive news out there.
It does not happen every day, but when it does our Sheriff’s deputies are ready. Here’s another side to the story…
This time of year brings two things – roadwork and the threat of fires.
A reader recently wrote in to the Courier asking about a ban on plastic shopping bags: “Clean up on Glassford Hill Road!”
A house fire on Treehouse Court in Walker claimed a cabin Friday night but all residents escaped safely, said Dwight D’Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
• HOTSHOTS — As we near the fifth anniversary of the tragic loss of Prescott’s 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, I am hearing a lot of thoughts from many people from faraway places.
I spent eight days spring turkey hunting with my wife, Tracy, on the Kaibab National Forest. It was magical.
We all learned Thursday morning lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature approved the state budget including a lot of education funding.
The Friday Catchall: • HOMELESS 2 – I caught up with Mayor Greg Mengarelli this week to talk about “Change for the Better” and how it works with the city’s 2013 ordinance that restricts panhandling.
The homeless issue is one that everyone should understand.
It is a simple concept, one for which I cannot count how many times I’ve written about it in this space: be careful out there, we live in wildfire country.
The Friday Catchall: • GUNS AT SCHOOL — Maybe teachers carrying guns is not the best of ideas. One of my answers to the “safe schools” concept is to arm teachers, and employ veterans and retired police as armed security.
Music is in my soul, but most of the instruments were not my own.
The Friday Catchall: • SAFE SCHOOLS — Our state’s governor, Doug Ducey, has it partly correct when it comes to making schools safe.
Beauty. Forests. Mile high. Four seasons. Rural.
While you are gearing up for the annual green fest downtown, known as the St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, consider the following — which I hope gives you a laugh and also may fuel your desire for another green beer.
• COWBOY — He is new to the job but he’s quickly showing how well the Prescott Valley Police Department did with its new hire.
When the discussions in Phoenix turn to roads, maintenance of them, and whether state lawmakers should or should not use Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF) for other needs, Chino Valley Mayor Darryl Croft has an opinion: “Something needs to be done.”
When considering gun control, folks in the Prescott area have a lot to say. In response to our editorial Thursday, I have received more than two dozen emails and phone calls so far.
Like a pre-teenager, the courthouse plaza and Yavapai County are experiencing growing pains.
• GENERATIONS — It is amazing what your upbringing or the world you live in can do to you.
With great regret America witnessed another senseless act of killing this past week.
It may not have been “fake news,” it certainly was wrong and I laughed out loud anyway.
To paraphrase Forrest Gump: you never know what you’re gonna get.
The Friday Catchall: • OPIOID WAR — The Courier has published quite a lot on the opioid crisis in Arizona and locally.
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday offered a glimpse into the future.
The Friday Catchall: • HOW TIMES CHANGE Thursday’s workflow seemed fairly regular until the tips and calls started coming in about Sam’s Club closing in Prescott Valley.
The case of a 15-year-old girl who reported sexual abuse by an unknown man on Dec. 18 remains open, according to Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell.
Not all schools are created equal, and that is especially true for charter schools.
The Friday Catchall: • RESOLVE — Ready for a healthier new year? How about one that is better financially?
Education is an intangible for most people. Few of us fully grasp the concept, especially public education (K-12).
Christmas, already? Many gifts are bought, yet awaiting my wrapping skills (huh!).
The Friday Catchall: • GOOD GIVING! – Her name is “Glenda, like the witch,” she said quickly.
Sometimes where you are in life – such as your age or where you live – can steer your views.