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100 years ago

1922: “Do you know that Flagstaff should be one of the best winter resorts in the entire Southwest?” said Jimmy Swinnerton, famous for his “Little Jimmy” cartoons as well as his Indian oil paintings. “This may seem strange to the local resident who lives in Flagstaff all the time and seeks lower elevation during the winter season. But think of the people across the country, many of whom never see the snow as well as the thousands of people who visit Canada for winter sports carnivals.There are hundreds of places around Flagstaff where ski jumps and slides could be built to beat anything in the whole West. never freezing cold here, but you have the winter snows and the hills, places where lakes for skating could be built cheaply Why, Flagstaff could be made for the great carnival center of the West, winter like summer. The mystery to me is why Flagstaff with its beautiful setting hasn’t been developed more than it has been. You can’t beat it for a summer resting place, and it would be just as although a winter resort. It is rather a t It would be human to see greener pastures in the distance, but there is no other location in the world where there is so much that people around the world want to see and appreciate about Flagstaff.”

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Cecil Diaz’s small factory behind the Brennan School in Flagstaff was shut down last week, at least temporarily. Unless Diaz receives new equipment, he cannot resume operations, as City Marshall RL Neill has confiscated his layout. And unless his new gear is better than his old one, someone who goes crazy drinking his hooch will stick a nice long knife in the middle of his back. It is still a pewter washing boiler, soldered on the top, a screw top soldered on the top for pouring the mash, and an inverted pewter funnel centered on another hole in the top. A rubber tube connecting the funnel to a long piece of copper tubing, which wound through a galvanized wash tub. Diaz paid Police Magistrate SB Gilliland $100 and then jumped off. Two others who would be associated with him are gathered before the marking.

75 years ago

1947: Plans to poison trash fish in lower Lake Mary have been accelerated and the poisoning will likely take place next Tuesday, members of the Flagstaff Game Protective Association said Wednesday evening at their regular meeting by Dud Yoder, director of peaches for the state game. and Fish Commission. Flagstaff Mayor Sykes said the city asked the Commission to move forward with its fish removal plans because the water level in the lake was getting so low that the fish were beginning to appear. to be considered a health hazard to city water. supply. The Commission’s plan is to remove all fish from the lake and restock it with game, probably trout, as has already been done with Upper Mary Lake and another lake. Over the years, several varieties of trash have developed in the lake to such an extent that they have eliminated the most desirable game fish, as trash species consume more food. Earlier this year, the Commission removed fish from Lake Superior and restocked it with trout, keeping the lake closed to fishing while this road developed.

An opportunity to get $60,000 in federal money for the Flagstaff Municipal Airport will be lost unless voters approve the issuance of $40,000 in airport bonds in the airport bond election. the city scheduled for September 20. Airport bonds will be one of four issues presented to the electorate at this decision point. The city will also be asking ratepayers to vote on a $35,000 sewer extension question, a $15,000 city equipment housing question, and a $100,000 pipeline question between the upper and the bottom of Lake Mary. The mayor of Flagstaff says the federal government has already tentatively approved a $60,000 grant for the city’s airport project near Fort Tuthill, but the grant will be withdrawn unless the city can contribute its share. of $40,000. The $100,000 that would be provided by the city’s share and the federal government’s share would be used to construct a 6,000 foot runway plus a small administration building on the land. The field would also be lit.

50 years ago

1972: US Forest Service fire crews walked on dry land into a searing fire at Harding Point, northeast of Sedona, and fought against a 40 mph wind to put out the blaze on about 30 acres. About 70 men built rows of flowers around a fairly rapidly moving blaze. The blaze burned a narrow road to the north and two bulldozers that were brought in, Coconino National Forest fire dispatchers said today. The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Started by lightning the day before and fanned by high winds, the blaze spread 1/4 mile ahead of the main blaze, sparking new, smaller fires. Three more fires were extinguished by firefighters on Wednesday, one on scenic Wing Mountain, west of Fort Valley. A flash of lightning also caused a fire, firefighters had to climb to reach the blaze at the top of the mountain, according to dispatchers. The men put out the fire on 15 to 20 acres. Full control of the fire was expected early in the day.

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce has voted in favor of a 10-year timber management plan in the Coconino National Forest that calls for the harvesting of 65 million board feet per year. This was a reduction of 200,000 board feet per year for the lumber industry. The chamber’s approval for the plan came because the lumber industry is an important part of Flagstaff’s economic community. Industry accounts for 3/4 of manufacturing employment in the city. The total payroll is $4.65 million per year. This represents 18% of the city’s total employment.

25 years ago

1997 : Arizona’s second governor in a decade has been ousted over a scandal. Fife Symington’s lip quivered and her voice cracked. After years of saying he would beat anything federal prosecutors threw at him, he had lost, he had to be kicked out as governor, and he was almost certainly going to jail. Symington announced his resignation on Wednesday rather than wait for state law in the Arizona constitution to force him to resign as a convicted felon. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Symington will return to private life and await sentencing on federal charges alleging he committed fraud against lenders in his former career as a real estate developer.

A Flagstaff couple charged with murder in the death of their 3-year-old son will stand trial separately on dates a judge set Wednesday. Judy Booty’s trial will begin October 21 in Coconino Superior Court. The judge handling the case, Charles Adams, said the trial is expected to last 5.5 weeks. Booty and her husband, Donald, are charged with first degree murder, child abuse and conspiracy to commit child abuse in the death of their son, Tyler, who died on October 11. Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty. Donald Booty’s trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on January 6, but that date could change. Donald Booty denied ever hitting the boy, but told police he did not seek medical attention for Tyler’s low weight because he was afraid a doctor would see the bruises. In interviews with detectives, he blamed his wife for the boy’s death.

All events were taken from issues of the Arizona Daily Sun and its predecessors, the Coconino Weekly Sun and the Coconino Sun.