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Friday Catchall: Good Friday is much more somber for me

Today is a day that, with Good Friday combined with April 19, is much more somber for me. Seems that 24 years ago today my career changed.

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Wiederaenders: Breaking rules sends wrong message

Life is about rules, whether we like it or not.

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Friday Catchall: Meter the parking, put pride aside

You’ve likely heard that Ron Drake of “Flip this Town” has been here offering ways for Prescott to keep its downtown vital, even improve it.

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Friday Catchall: Save the Dells a seat; is it ‘permanent’ or ‘voting’?

The Prescott City Council on Tuesday, March 26, unanimously turned down the Save the Dells position that 500 acres of land in the Granite Dells be set aside as a regional park.

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Wiederaenders: This has to stop, Mr. President

“I’m not a fan of John McCain,” President Donald Trump said again this past week in an interview taped for Fox Business Network.

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Friday Catchall: Origin of ‘Everybody’s Hometown,’ taxes & (bug) ladders

Elisabeth Ruffner may not be happy about this, or at a minimum controversies live on.

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Wiederaenders: We’ve lost our grandma

Prescott lost something this past week — its magnitude is almost unfathomable.

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Friday Catchall: ‘Sunshine’ attitudes, luck o’ the Irish

• SUNSHINE— As you have seen in the pages of the Courier this week, it is Sunshine Week. This is an effort to show the importance of public records and transparency in government.

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Wiederaenders: Daylight Savings Day? How about Find a Phone Booth!

We have a difficult situation — call it an ongoing conundrum: People often call to complain we did not observe a certain “day.”

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Need2Know: Kohl’s is safe; no new Fry’s; and new dry cleaning service

Kohl’s is trying something new, shrinking 10 of its stores and leasing out that part to Planet Fitness in 2019, the corporation announced Tuesday, March 5.

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Friday Catchall: Fighting robo calls, unfunded school mandates

ROBO THIS! — I hate robo calls. There, I said it. I imagine you don’t exactly like them either.

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Family Dollar to close nearly 400 stores

No word yet about Prescott-area locations

Nearly 400 Family Dollar stores will close in 2019, but the discount retail company is not yet sharing which stores will or may close, said Kayleigh M. Painter, manager of Investor and Media Relations for Dollar Tree Inc., which owns Family Dollar.

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Wiederaenders: Animals need help; what would you do?

Today, March 3, kicks off the Courier Cares “Lew Loves the Zoo” fundraiser. The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott, is a “rescue” zoo — meaning,

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Friday Catchall: Do almonds lactate? One lawmaker is worried

Our lawmakers in Phoenix are at it again — being too literal, at a minimum; or wasting time in general.

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Wiederaenders: Snow records and fun with the dog!

It has been called “Snow-mageddon,” and a record-setting storm. I say the past five days has been a lot of fun!

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Friday Catchall: Anonymous lotto winners, fighting over water

Playing the lottery — with the chance to win millions of dollars — could be life changing.

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Wiederaenders: I like my stuff, get your own!

I like a warm truck in the morning.

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Friday Catchall: Get ready for allergies and … snow

This week I told you in a column about how Prescott has more than four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) — including also fire season and the monsoons.

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Wiederaenders: We have more than four seasons here

When I first moved to Arizona at the end of 1990, all I knew was two seasons existed here: hot and damn hot.

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Yabba- Dabba-Done! - Fred, Wilma and the gang bid farewell as Bedrock City closes after 47 years

Bedrock City, which opened in Valle, Arizona — between Williams and Tusayan — closed Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, after 47 years.

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Pioneers’ Home superintendent resigns, effective immediately

Past superintendent comes out of retirement as interim

The state has received the resignation of Philip Schlotter as superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott, according to the Arizona Department of Administration.

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Friday Catchall: Honoring Hotshots, common sense driving

Waz Taylor has an affinity for the United States. From Sheffield, South Yorkshire in England, he visited Arizona about six years ago.

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Wiederaenders: Boy Scouts finally open to girls locally

Some girls want to be in Cub and Boy Scout troops. One little girl, Lisa, who I remember from when I was growing up and in Cub Scouts, attended all the meetings with her brother.

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Friday Catchall: Flashing yellow lights, driving too slow & safety

That 900-pound elephant on the road certainly comes with a price: everyone has an opinion about it.

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Friday Catchall: Slow or fast, driving is taking long time

The Friday Catchall: OK, so how about some 900-pound elephants, err, trucks in the room?

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Friday Catchall: Being called ‘best’ comes with consequences

A lot of people now think of Prescott, Arizona, when considering where to retire, glorious downtowns, most romantic, community wellbeing, best value, and best places to see, among others.

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Friday Catchall: Little bird furthers Dells development debate

The debate continues over Save the Dells versus Arizona Eco Development. (I should state “talk” continues because one side speaking out does not make a debate; the City of Prescott and AED have been quiet publicly.)

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Friday Catchall: Snow job or are we too impatient?

This week I was left wondering whether a lot of people have moved to the Prescott area — and are not used to the method of snow removal here (main streets then side streets) — or if we have become a magnet for people who cannot drive in the white stuff.

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Wiederaenders: It is not only about a better border wall

In the past 24 hours my view about a border wall has shifted a bit.

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Friday Catchall: On dying pine trees, exceptions to hands-free devices

We told you about the dead and dying trees in the forests of Arizona and New Mexico this week. What the Associated Press article did not say is what can and should be done.

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Wiederaenders: Remember the least of us this holiday, every day

Santa Claus has come and gone for another year. You have cleaned up the wrappings and bows, and plans are well under way today for TV, naps, family time, feasts, trips to see the courthouse plaza lights or Christmas lights contest winners (for the map see dCourier.com/lights), and more shopping deals at the stores tomorrow.

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Friday Catchall: Falling gas prices Christmas present? Not here

The Prescott area has some of the highest gasoline prices in Arizona.

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Friday Catchall: What would you walk a mile for?

Did you brave the crowds for Acker Night this year? More pointedly, where did you park to get there?

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Friday Catchall: What is Rep. Stringer’s job?

I have found this to be an interesting week — the condemnation by many community and political leaders of Rep. David Stringer’s remarks, Humboldt schools banning him from the HUSD campuses, and the NAACP reportedly boycotting Prescott as a result.

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Friday Catchall: City Hall changes, subsidies, drugs and prizes?

• 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.

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Wiederaenders: Christmastime shopping does not have to be difficult

Black Friday is one of those “events” that comes and goes in my family.

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Friday Catchall: Many around us use opioids too

Many of us use drugs, many more of us than you realize — and it is not good.

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Friday Catchall: Pets, vets and votes this week

The headlines on the emails were “Bring a pet home for the holidays” and “Give a pet the best gift of all — a home for the holidays,” something I do not support.

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Friday Catchall: Spend me this: national debt, airport improvements

• DEBT – Consider the following that a reader sent to me this week about the national debt:

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Friday Catchall: Election turnoffs, read it here & take to air

A “rant” that came across my desk recently spoke the truth: These candidates who air negative and accusatory advertisements about their opponents — instead of telling us their stance on issues — do not realize they are actually convincing us not to vote for them

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Wiederaenders: Cars, trucks are for driving – not distractions

It is with a heavy heart that I have listened to and read readers’ comments about the ordinance concerning distracted driving.

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Friday Catchall: Cell ban a tool; airshow awe; news, what we do!

I have received many emails this past week concerning the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors’ action that, as of Nov. 2, will outlaw use of hand-held devices while driving.

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Friday Catchall: Cellphone ban, voting and lighting? Yes, yes and yes!

Call me whatever you want (ha!), just don’t do it while you’re driving!

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Wiederaenders: Flake is no flake, shows his mettle

Politics are the time when men and women demonstrate their mettle for their fellow citizens, community, state or nation.

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Friday Catchall: Put down the cellphone — no lying!

It is a strange thing: people expressing their opinions about government issues that can affect their communities — but they do not attend the hearings.

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Wiederaenders: It takes work to ride down the middle

The Daily Courier over the decades has swung right, far right, middle, left, and middle again.

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Friday Catchall: Got gas? Ethanol not that great; car wash Saturday

The federal government is looking to extend or increase subsidies to farmers, and raise the ethanol content in gasoline to 15 percent — possibly year-round. I am not a fan.

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Virus affecting deer in Yavapai Hills area near Prescott

A disease affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott has been confirmed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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Police search for armed person at Prescott High School, turn up nothing

Social media runs rampant

Prescott Police investigated a report Friday evening, Sept. 14, of an armed individual at Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth St., dressed in camouflage clothing, according to a news release.

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Friday Catchall: Ban cellphone, texting; great month of September

The county supervisors are considering a cellphone and texting ban while driving. A public hearing is set for Wednesday, Sept. 19. It is ironic.

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