Guest Editorial: Odds & Ends

By Scottsdale Pinetop

*With the government shutdown now approaching 32 days, the longest shutdown in U.S. history, concerns for workers at the Grand Canyon National Park continue to build. Park employees have not received a paycheck in weeks. Local resident, Michael Scott, the coordinator of the Grand Canyon Food Pantry, has been delivering around 250 pounds of food every day to park employees since the shutdown began.

*Arizona high school football Coach Paul Moro suffered a stroke just before Christmas. Coach Moro holds the state record for most football coaching wins with 336 wins and 13 state championships. The community of Pinetop-Lakeside is pushing to have Blue Ridge’s football field named after their legendary coach. The Blue Ridge School Board will vote on the matter at their next meeting on Tuesday January 22nd.

*The famous Kazimierz Wine Bar, located in Old Town Scottsdale, will re-open January 24th. Former owner Peter Kasperski closed the bar last October after almost 15 years. Tommy Plato, who also owns The Second Story in downtown Scottsdale, will be the new owner of Kazimirez.