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12/31/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: 2013: Stay tuned for more changes
The Daily Courier

What will we think of 2012? One way to look at it is through The Daily Courier's top stories of the year that completed publication today.

The biggest news of the year was about two nearly simultaneous fires, one on Whiskey Row and the other in the Prescott National Forest in and around the hamlet of Crown King. After the Whiskey Row Fire, which destroyed three businesses on May 8, neighbors on the Row organized the block party to end all block parties, drawing a huge crowd and raising more than $80,000 to help the victims.

The circumstances of that party were ironic, as noted in reporter Joanna Dodder's story on May 20:

Smoke from the Gladiator Fire was thick in Prescott Sunday as, coincidentally, an outdoor benefit occurred in front of three Whiskey Row businesses that burned down on May 8.In another coincidence, a Phoenix band named the Crown Kings closed the benefit. The National Weather Service advised people with breathing problems to stay indoors if possible today.

Fire dominated the month of May, with an added bonus: on the evening of the Whiskey Row benefit, the new moon caused a rare breed of solar eclipse, commonly known as a "ring of fire."

Significant stirrings of change came about concerning some other visible local properties as well. Yavapai Downs, the racetrack on the outskirts of Prescott Valley mired for years under a mountain of debt and mismanagement, may have found a new owner. Gary Miller is well experienced in the horse racing business and submitted an acceptable bid for the property. He has not yet, though, completed the due diligence that will determine whether he will complete the purchase and bring racing back to the area.

In Prescott, the Elks Opera House has new owners, a nonprofit group that has committed to continue using the venue for theatrical and entertainment purposes.

Perhaps the biggest change, though, came in the political arena, with the addition of two Yavapai County supervisors to a board that has had three members for more than 100 years.

Three men - former Prescott Mayor Rowle Simmons, Craig Brown and Jack Smith - gained election to the board this past fall, one of whom replaces retiring Supervisor Carol Springer. With the additions, long-time Supervisor Chip Davis will have some company in overseeing the Verde Valley, in the person of incumbent Supervisor Tom Thurman.

All of these changing situations bear watching in the coming months and, who knows, the next story of the year could well come from one of them.

Happy New Year!

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Article comment by: Poo Whistle

Actually, the biggest story of the year was the collosal waste in every facet of the DeMocker Murder Trial.

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

@ Tom Steele - Prove that statement! We now are paying the lowest taxes in my life time. Stop spreading you incorrect BS. (From the NY Times) "Historically, the term “tax rate” has meant the average or effective tax rate — that is, taxes as a share of income. The broadest measure of the tax rate is total federal revenues divided by the gross domestic product. By this measure, federal taxes are at their lowest level in more than 60 years."

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: There You Go Again

Yes. We will have many changes in 2013. Our great Leader Barack Hussian Obama has said it and, thus, it will be so.

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott - My High City

Yes, 2013 will be Prescott's high point. Look for the rich and famous to treat their 'head injuries' here in the My High City. Get the tour buses ready - there's money to be made. Ka-ching!

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Hopefully, we learn from the past and are always seeking a better future for our area. Much of this hope is placed in our elected leaders from the president to our town council and our county supervisor. And with their policies and acts so goes our future. I am still depressed after the presidential election and with that said I am not "bullish" on the economy or anything. Government ignoring the past of cutting taxes which has proven every time to jump start the economy. Under both Democrats and Republicans it has worked. More tax revenue in government will not multiply through the economy and begin a more robust recovery. Good luck to all our business and industry. May they all find a way to prosper in 2013.

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: I Predict...

I predict that W. Gurley will be renamed Rehab Row and Prescott will start promoting itself as the Rehab Capital of the West. Tour guides will give a history of how former homes and businesses were converted to rehab facilities.

If we play our cards right, we can boast of the famous people and their relatives who came here for treatment. Come to Prescott and see where Senator Ripoff's daughter got clean, probably at a home right next door to you! (Think of the resale value).

Who needs tourism with the cowboys and Indians theme when we have all this here? It's High Time to capitalize on it.

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Article comment by: Strange Days Indeed

A band calling itself Crown King, heck, how about the biggest movie villain ever, calling himself Bain?

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