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5/3/2012 10:30:00 PM
Friday Catchall: Smooth ride is down the road a ways
Tim Wiederaenders/The Daily Courier
Viewpoint Drive, approaching Fulton Drive, appears to be a bit unfinished Thursday  after two days of attention from town street crews.
Tim Wiederaenders/The Daily Courier
Viewpoint Drive, approaching Fulton Drive, appears to be a bit unfinished Thursday after two days of attention from town street crews.

Tim Wiederaenders
Editor, The Daily Courier

The Friday Catchall:

• RUGGED HOPE - On the north side of Prescott Valley is a relatively short stretch of roadway, Viewpoint Drive, from Addis Avenue to Fulton Drive.

It looks like hell, to put it simply, and drives worse - and that's after two days of work earlier this week by town street crews.

Does anybody check this work? I took a few photos Thursday; this one is representative of the problem - but does not show the chunks, rocks or rough surface of the roadway.

A call to Town Manager Larry Tarkowski brought some clarity and hope for area motorists. "That stretch of road was literally falling apart and alligatoring up," he said.

That is a reality that appears to remain; I would have hated to see it when it was worse!

The hope comes with Tarkowski's mention of the town's efforts to "accelerate pavement maintenance." Recently, the council members have committed to a second consecutive year of $750,000 in crack sealing, patches and chip sealing all over town.

What about Viewpoint Drive? "It will look like a completely new road after chip sealing," the town manager said.

Unfortunately, the finished product will come as late as the latter part of June or early July, he said. They apparently need multiple days of hot temperatures for the chip sealing to work.

Until then, happ-py m-m-m-motor-ring.

• WATCH IT - A Texas couple has been awarded $13.8 million in a defamation lawsuit against anonymous posters of comments on the Internet.

We could not reprint the story from this past Friday because the Associated Press did not pick up the ABC-network story. However, its lesson should be rippling across the land for people who get snarky ... no, let's say downright mean (to put it nicely) in online article comments.

The court forced Internet forum Topix to divulge the posters' IP (Internet Protocol) addresses - the unique number assigned to each computer - identifying the offenders. Topix, incidentally, had immunity under the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

A criminal case involved sex and assault charges that the couple was found not guilty of in 2009, but not before thousands of comments - "scurrilous, vile, defamatory statements ... caused us to be indicted, to be tried, that caused us to move out of town and my wife to lose her business," the husband told a local newspaper.

To put it clearly for the people who comment anonymously on, the Courier's website, "You can't post anonymous lies on the Internet without suffering the consequences," the husband added.

Read and heed. The world is changing, but some rules are steadfast.

In conclusion, thank you to the many people who send us civil, polite and productive comments - anonymous or not.

• DISTRICT 4 - Our new congressional district currently has three GOP candidates, call them hopefuls: One is Paul Gosar, who is the representative from District 1 of which Prescott is a part until the new districts kick in (he is renting here now, rather than his home of Flagstaff); No. 2 is Paul Babeu, sheriff of Pinal County (he is under fire for personal reasons and lawsuits claiming wrongdoing - but is the leader in this race based on fundraising); and third is Ron Gould, a state lawmaker from Mohave County (on the flipside he is having trouble raising money).

And No. 4? I know that number is the district's designation, but how about one more candidate? This battle is missing something.

As the state Legislative session grinds to an end, House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, comes to mind as someone who could join this race. He is actually from Yavapai County. The more the merrier!

Think about it, everyone (and you too, Mr. Speaker).

• MY PICK OF THE WEEK is the benefit for Monica Kaplan, who is recovering from a double-lung transplant. Because of medical bills the family is facing, several friends are working to support her - as a show of appreciation for all she has contributed to children's theater in Prescott.

The event is "A Benefit Concert for Monica Kaplan and Family" 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., Prescott. The doors open at 6 p.m. Donations are welcome.

Get better, Monica. God bless.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: William Hiller

I'd love to have pavement as nice as that on my un-maintained dirt road.

Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012
Article comment by: @Jim ?

".... when an attempted fix is performed it only makes that section worse. It's a joke and not just in PV....everywhere!"

Makes me think of the millings on Wagoner road. Anyone driven that lately?

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012
Article comment by: PV Resident

I drive that road almost every day, and the road was better before they tried to "fix" it. We'd be better off if there was a dirt road in its place- it would probably be a smoother ride!

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012
Article comment by: Simply stating the obvious

Ahh Tim, you may want to rethink this one, "(on the flip side he is having trouble raising money)".
Mr. Gould has some problems, that's for sure, but do you really think somebody like him is ever going to have trouble raising money?

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012
Article comment by: jim ?

I think ADOT hires c-d engineering students out of college. AZ roads are some of the worst in the nation and when an attempted fix is performed it only makes that section worse. It's a joke and not just in PV....everywhere!

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