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Mayor's report: Prescott water system acquisition
By now, most of our citizens have probably heard that the Town of Chino Valley's attempt to purchase the Prescott water distribution system within our town did not go forward.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

One man's rant: Let it snow
I've learned my lesson. A few days ago a weather forecaster called for the first major snow storm of the season. My wife and I vowed to be ready. Intense preparations for the white-out at the Williams home began with a high level of excitement.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mayor's report: Public invocations
A few weeks ago, an individual spoke at a Town Council meeting during the "Call to the Public" and expressed concern regarding the content of the invocation, specifically that of "praying in Jesus' name."
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

There is a solution for eroding driveways
This week I received two calls from homeowners in Chino Valley and Prescott Valley. Both of these homeowners were inquiring about another type of driveway surface other than asphalt, concrete, pavers, gravel. They both have dirt driveways that have become a burden due to erosion, the side ditches are eroding and undermining the driving surface. Their goal is to have a stronger and firmer driving surface.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One man's rant: Sleeping like a bear
I wish I were a more efficient endotherm. Apparently, just because I maintain body temperature due to my own metabolism, I'm a fully qualified, card-carrying member. Now that I realize I'm part of such an exalted group, I just wish I were better at being one.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ice melts can have an impact on concrete
Winter brings the most picturesque scenes, but it also brings a rise in weather-related problems. Of these, ice and its removal are among the most critical. Unfortunately, there are a small percentage of those who crack their ice dilemma only to face another problem when spring arrives; damaged concrete. There is much confusion surrounding this damage which is mostly caused by the freeze/thaw cycle. Too often people attribute concrete damage to the ice melt that was used.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

One man's rant: A night at the really bad movies
Back in '05 my (then) wife-to-be and I planned our very first "Bad Movie Night." The objective for each of us was to out slime the other with the most pitiful and worthless film we could find.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beware of scams, check for a license
Needless to say there is no shortage of contractor horror stories relating to both licensed and unlicensed contractors. There are stories of scams, damage, shoddy workmanship and the unlicensed contractors that disappear in the middle of a project. Licensing is not necessarily a measure of competence, skill, proficiency and ability however one could say that hiring an unlicensed contractor can be a potential hazard.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

One man's rant: Pitching 'Ham heads to Hurley'
For several years now, my wife and I have subscribed to Netflix for most of our TV movie entertainment. But we're careful not to subscribe to any service which is overly modern or considered to be 21st century technology; twentieth century living is still satisfying enough for us. We don't stream video so we don't have a 3700X Globular Video Play Master Hub Connector, nor do we want to record every TV show or movie that's ever been produced.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Few minutes in the gutters can save you thousands
As we know the return of rain and snow is happening. Now is the time to ready your home for the temperature changes and repair any damaged surface to prevent moisture damage from our winter weather.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

One man's rant: Football is king, for now
The venerable game of table tennis began, according to some accounts, in Victorian England. It was played by the upper class as an after-dinner parlor game. What a jolly good idea.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Everyone loves a fireplace, but be safe
This is our first winter in Prescott in a new home with a wood burning fireplace. Should we have the fireplace and chimney inspected?
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One man's rant: This is my first time
As I age, the opportunity to do something for the first time in my life is decreasing at an alarming rate. I've already run a red light, had minor surgery and beaten my wife at Gin Rummy (though not nearly often enough). I've also had a fender bender, passed an economics final exam, grown a full beard, performed in community theater productions and smoked a cigar that made me sick. The bottom line is that almost everything I do these days belongs in the "been there, done that" category.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It takes everyone to build community
While I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, I also realize that it has been an extremely tough year for many Americans and community families that once had the American dream. It is a dream that has possibly faded due to a job loss, or a death of a family member, or an illness.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Be careful what you put in the pipes
I was reported to the City of Prescott for discharging paint into the storm water drain. I am withholding my name. Please make me understand what the big deal is.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

One man's rant: Mr. President, I have a question
I'd like to be a reporter in a presidential news conference for just one day. During my exceedingly brief career as an actual journalist, I'd like to ask the president one question, "Mr. President, what color is the sky in your world?"
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mayor's report: Improve values to slow the violence
It seems like every time you turn on the television or open a newspaper, you see a report about some shooting in a school, a theater, or a mall- last week being a good example.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

One man's rant: But wait, there's more ...
I want Jared Fogle's old job. You remember Jared; he was the fellow with the huge pants who became the spokesman for the Subway chain of fast food restaurants some 15 years ago. Being a pitchman for a national restaurant chain can be a great way to make a living. Since joining Subway in 2000, good old Jared amassed a reported personal net worth of $15 million.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Finding the right light bulb takes work
I wonder what Thomas Edison would think of the light bulb design of today? His light bulb seems so simple, an electrical current running through a filament in a glass bulb. The filament would heat up, emitting light and of course a lot of heat. Today it can be hard to pick the best and least expensive lighting option. What would Thomas Edison do?
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

One man's rant: Now introducing ...
This column is about a man named Wes and his wife named Cristina who have made and continue to make a significant impact here in Chino Valley. Wes Brownfield, principal of Chino Valley High School, is tall and lean.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Saving a few bucks can cost you big time
Why should we hire a licensed contractor vs an unlicensed contractor?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One man's rant: Took a long time to get here
I've decided that the Midwest of this country and the Southwest do not have, and never did have, anything in common. I'm probably not the first to arrive at this conclusion, but I'll bet I'm the first to put my evidence on the editorial page of this newspaper.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

One Man's Rant: I doubt I'll ever be quoted
I'm a small-town resident who is lucky enough to have a semi-humorous thought every once in a while. I'm also lucky that there's a local newspaper willing to publish these thoughts.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mayor's report: Best defense starts in the home
In last week's report, we looked at some of the possible impacts of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona. In today's report, we can look at some of the tools we have available to minimize the impacts from the already established medical marijuana industry and the possible introduction of recreational marijuana to the state.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Miller's Musings: Show of hands. Who's royalty?
Entitlement. I hear this word a lot. It used to be a rare expression. Entitled folks were royal folks and their guaranteed access to rewards, benefits and exemptions from normal life came from a high-born status. It was granted by lowly serfs who recognized the throne of power.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010


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