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SUSANNAH CARNEY Special for the Daily Sun

100 years ago

1922: How best to publicize Flagstaff was the topic introduced by Chairperson Pat Mora at Tuesday’s weekly Rotary club meeting. Of course we need more hotel accommodation, he said, but beyond that we need other things. We don’t think big enough for Flagstaff, and we’re too prone to sit around wasting opportunities and waiting for outsiders with the means and the will to come in and say the sweet goodbye and pick the cinnamon right under our noses. The President of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce suggested some of our present needs, the greatest of which is publicity, and specifically suggested that in the latter line we should put up good signs immediately at the Grand Canyon Crossroads east of Flagstaff and on the roads after Lake Mary, Mormon Lake and Oak Creek.

75 years ago

1947: Interested parties were reminded today by Mayor Harold S. Sykes that Flagstaff City Council is receiving bids for farmland at Koch Field, Flagstaff’s municipal airport east of the city, and that the bidding closes at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The City Council will consider the bids at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting later this evening. Details of bid and lease forms can be obtained from CT Pulliam, the town clerk, according to the mayor.

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A still in a tree? Finding an entire whiskey in a tree in a deputy sheriff’s chicken yard was the odd combination rooted out Saturday by undersheriff SO Thompson and deputies Billy Rudd and John Garrett. So that there are no misunderstandings, we hasten to explain at the very beginning of the story that it is the renter of Deputy Frank Short’s apartment who the sheriff’s office believes is the owner of the distillery. He was arrested and protested that he did not know how the steel and coil, both wrapped in burlap, got into the cedar. Nor was he aware of the porridge found hidden in the dung heap, nor of the 2+ gallons of good strong white corn liquor dug up from the ground nearby.

Hunting the buffalo. The names of between 500 and 600 hunters are expected to be in the hopper Monday when the drawing is held for participants in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual buffalo hunt. The hunt takes place in northern Coconino County. The state’s buffalo are in two distinct herds. One is near Flagstaff. The first 43 names drawn will receive permits entitling them to shoot a buffalo bull. Then 43 deputies are elected. Individuals selected in the first drawing have until 5:00 p.m. on January 27 to notify the department of their intention to join the hunt.

50 years ago

1972: AM McCreery, College Athletic Director here in Flagstaff and ski instructor, departed at 1:00pm today with four members of the Campus Ski Jacks for Albuquerque to attend the intercollegiate ski meet on Saturday and Sunday. Events are the downhill on Saturday and the slalom on Sunday. The Ski Jacks arrange tri-meets with the University of Arizona in Tucson in February and at the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff in March. It is hoped that the meeting here can be held in conjunction with a meeting sponsored by the Downtown Flagstaff Skiers, as is being done in Albuquerque.

Calling it an “important week for Flagstaff,” Mayor Sylvan Harenberg this morning proclaimed today through Saturday as Flagstaff Appreciation Week and asked everyone in the Flagstaff community to join in this salute to our city. The event is sponsored by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. Flagstaff Appreciation Week is an official time to recognize the importance of the great scenic, cultural, environmental and economic features of the city and surrounding area.

“I respectfully urge all citizens of Flagstaff to take note of the splendor that lies here on our doorstep,” the mayor said. “We should commend Flagstaff and its beautiful surroundings for their valuable contribution to our enjoyment and livelihood.”

The Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce said it is proud of the city and proud of the quality of its environment, including the smog-free air, clean water and great natural beauty. During Flagstaff Appreciation Week and throughout the year, we hope everyone pays special attention to these pristine wonders to enjoy every day.

25 years ago

1997: Most of the roads in Flagstaff are open to traffic again, but people in remote areas like Doney Park are still digging their way out of 3 feet of snow.

“After I got stuck, I had to shovel everything,” a Doney Park resident said of its 140-foot driveway.

Like many others in Doney Park, he lives on a private road that never plows Coconino County. Others in the area were heading home until a neighbor plowed the road with his backhoe Tuesday night. Several people questioned why the county won’t plow the roads if this is a state of emergency. The county administration says the county has a three-year-old policy preventing the county from plowing private roads.

The city traffic commission on Wednesday changed its earlier recommendation to the city council and decided to request the repatriation of one-way streets on the south side to two-way traffic. Most of the bloc that voted in September to keep South Beaver and San Francisco streets one-way was absent, allowing the minority to become a 3-to-1 majority. The issue will be presented to the Council for its working session on January 27th. In addition, the commission voted on a number of recommendations to help the Southside if the City Council decides to keep the streets one-way. Recommendations ranged from a Southside beautification to more signs advising buyers would be south of the railroad tracks. This included narrowing the streets to slow traffic.

All events are extracted from the Arizona Daily Sun and its predecessors, the Coconino Weekly Sun and Coconino Sun.

Bruce Carl Ertmann helped put the events together.

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