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Tim Wiederaenders

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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders August 9, 2018
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• DESTRUCTION — This has been a great monsoon, hasn’t it?! The seasonal rainfall last month took us from 1.5 inches of

By Tim Wiederaenders August 2, 2018
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A reader’s recent comment got me thinking and remembering a lot of things when mentioning a 1972 movie of struggle, risks … and leadership.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 27, 2018
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Why is that officer or deputy speeding?

By Tim Wiederaenders July 19, 2018
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I remember fondly “The Paper Chase,” that 1973 movie about a first-year law student.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 15, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 13, 2018
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We’ve been receiving calls and questions concerning our website becoming subscription-based access on Tuesday, July 17.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 11, 2018
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The Fourth of July in northern Arizona was without fireworks, with Prescott Valley and Chino Valley making it unanimous earlier this week.

By Tim Wiederaenders July 6, 2018
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I drew two numbers Monday, 602 and B435. I thought B435 would live up to the hype; boy, was I wrong.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 29, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 22, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 17, 2018
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It does not happen every day, but when it does our Sheriff’s deputies are ready. Here’s another side to the story…

By Tim Wiederaenders June 15, 2018
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This time of year brings two things – roadwork and the threat of fires.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 14, 2018
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A reader recently wrote in to the Courier asking about a ban on plastic shopping bags: “Clean up on Glassford Hill Road!”

By Tim Wiederaenders June 10, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 10, 2018
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• MURDER & BOATS – It appears that Mexico or the waters near it are not the safest places in the world.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 8, 2018
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• 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.

By Tim Wiederaenders June 1, 2018
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I spent eight days spring turkey hunting with my wife, Tracy, on the Kaibab National Forest. It was magical.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 25, 2018
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We all learned Thursday morning lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature approved the state budget including a lot of education funding.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 4, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 27, 2018
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The latest effort by the City of Prescott to strike a balance — between the homeless and the people they come in contact with — took two steps forward and at least one step back this week.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 20, 2018
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The homeless issue is one that everyone should understand.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 13, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders April 6, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 30, 2018
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Music is in my soul, but most of the instruments were not my own.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 25, 2018
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The Friday Catchall: • SAFE SCHOOLS — Our state’s governor, Doug Ducey, has it partly correct when it comes to making schools safe.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 23, 2018
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Beauty. Forests. Mile high. Four seasons. Rural.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 21, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 16, 2018
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• COWBOY — He is new to the job but he’s quickly showing how well the Prescott Valley Police Department did with its new hire.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 9, 2018
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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.”

By Tim Wiederaenders March 7, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders March 2, 2018
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Like a pre-teenager, the courthouse plaza and Yavapai County are experiencing growing pains.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 27, 2018
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• GENERATIONS — It is amazing what your upbringing or the world you live in can do to you.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 23, 2018
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With great regret America witnessed another senseless act of killing this past week.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 18, 2018
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It may not have been “fake news,” it certainly was wrong and I laughed out loud anyway.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 16, 2018
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The story is changing, but the message of danger remains the same.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 9, 2018
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To paraphrase Forrest Gump: you never know what you’re gonna get.

By Tim Wiederaenders February 2, 2018
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The Friday Catchall: • OPIOID WAR — The Courier has published quite a lot on the opioid crisis in Arizona and locally.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 26, 2018
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The Prescott Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday offered a glimpse into the future.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 19, 2018
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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.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 12, 2018

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.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 6, 2018

Not all schools are created equal, and that is especially true for charter schools.

By Tim Wiederaenders January 5, 2018
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The Friday Catchall: • RESOLVE — Ready for a healthier new year? How about one that is better financially?

By Tim Wiederaenders December 29, 2017
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Education is an intangible for most people. Few of us fully grasp the concept, especially public education (K-12).

By Tim Wiederaenders December 24, 2017
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Strange lights in sky were rocket launch
SpaceX delivers satellites into space

Did you see something bright in the sky Friday night? You likely saw the effects of the 18th launch and final mission of the year for SpaceX.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 22, 2017
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Christmas, already? Many gifts are bought, yet awaiting my wrapping skills (huh!).

By Tim Wiederaenders December 22, 2017
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The Friday Catchall: • GOOD GIVING! – Her name is “Glenda, like the witch,” she said quickly.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 15, 2017
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Sometimes where you are in life – such as your age or where you live – can steer your views.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 8, 2017
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When I moved my family here more than 20 years ago, I never imagined our rural “ranch” would be surrounded by hundreds of homes.

By Tim Wiederaenders December 1, 2017
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Have you recuperated yet from Thanksgiving?

By Tim Wiederaenders November 24, 2017