Originally published Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 09:10p.m.

The Friday Catchall:

• CITY HALL — The story about officials with the City of Prescott reimagining the city’s vision, possibly including a new city hall, was interesting — especially considering the changes.

In my time here, more than 20 years, I have seen many things change:

– Businesses or buildings that are gone (the building that was at the northwest corner of Montezuma and Willis next to Hugo’s Mexican Restaurant; the building burned down and Hugo’s went out of business);

– Lots that are no longer vacant (nothing existed at the corner of Willow Creek and Willow Lake roads until only recently); and,

– “Fixtures” — things or businesses that were there for so long they became a fixture — that have moved or disappeared (too many to list, but including Miller Valley School, Hastings, Kmart in Prescott, Prescott Honda on Iron Springs Road, and a host of bars — Desperados, the Cadillac Bar, Malarkey’s, Coyote Joe’s, and particularly Cattleman’s Bar & Grill).

Now it seems we can add the downtown post office to the list. The U.S. Postal Service is exploring its closure and sale. What’s interesting is city fathers are saying the same thing about City Hall, which is across Cortez Street from the post office.

Unfortunately, buildings cannot be handed off, as one reader suggested, thinking the city could just move into the post office.

It did make me wonder though, had the city thought of all of this sooner, they could have bought the Prescott Unified School District offices on Granite Street. That space is just across the street from the parking garage and still would have given the city its downtown presence.

Who knows what will happen next?!

• SUBSIDIES — This comment from “Doug,” about the new City Hall concept, rang especially clear:

“An opinion: since ‘one stop shopping’ would certainly benefit the developers more the taxpayers, why not let them subsidize all of these so-called ‘improvements’ in services?”

Touché, Doug.

• OPIOIDS — My column about drugs on Nov. 23 elicited many responses, such as this from “Larry,” a daily opioid user. “I have a terribly painful chronic condition and there is little hope that I will be able to stop using this medication any time soon. … At best, this medication reduces the frequent flare ups of pain so that I can continue a pretty normal and modestly active lifestyle.”

What’s interesting was his observation from a related article, about fentanyl and Sgt. Jeremy Martin, who said the 14 pounds of fentanyl “could have killed well over 3 million people.”

“Oh please, I don’t see how 0.00000467 of a pound of fentanyl can kill that many,” Larry responded.

Well, considering that just two grains of fentanyl is enough to kill one person, I believe it. This is a drug that is used only in extremes; it is reportedly used in hospice situations, for instance.

I do not think Martin exaggerated at all.

Remember these things are killing our children. Help #StopFentanylNow. Report what you know to Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. You never have to give your name.

• CONTEST — Please also remember to enter the Courier Cares Christmas Lighting Contest, for which entries are due by noon Dec. 12.

This is a contest in which prizes used to be tickets to an event or $250 in cash; now, first-, second- and third-place prizes total $3,000. Seriously!

Visit CourierContest.com and call me at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, if you have any questions.

If you see a house nicely decorated or know of one, stop by there and tell them about the contest too. More the merrier, folks!

• QUOTE — “I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: it brings people together while time stands still.” — “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Prescott’s Christmas Parade (1 p.m. downtown Saturday, Dec. 1) and the Courthouse Lighting (6 p.m. downtown). Visit dCourier.com for details.


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 twieds@prescottaz.com.