Last Tuesday’s election will never be forgotten. It was historic, both on the national and local level.
The presidential election story continues to amaze with each passing day. While watching the election returns come in Tuesday night, George W. Bush took the early lead, Al Gore came back with key wins in Florida, Michigan and Pennsylv-ania, and then we found out Gore may not have won Florida after all.
Headlines in the “Dewey beats Truman” classification could be seen around the country. Election returns do not cooperate kindly with newspaper deadlines.
Take our little, community newspaper. The Grand Canyon News deadline is on Monday and the Williams News deadline follows on Tuesday. There could be no late run because we contract out to a printing plant at Golden Valley.
As a result, we attempted to put together a flyer to insert into the paper when it was delivered back to our Williams office early Wednes-day morning.
But, some of the races were so close and the latest election returns were not coming in as fast as one would hope. So, the flyer did not materialize and readers didn’t see anything until, well, this week.
I imagine most of you out there picked up another publication, watched television or checked out the Websites to see how the key voting issues came out.
If only election day could be on a Tuesday. Now hear me out on this, yes, Tuesday has become a tradition, but Friday would really help out the weekly newspapers with those Monday and Tuesday deadlines.
The results would roll in Saturday, we’d have time to run down quotes from key sources, pour over the numbers in a non-hurried manner and readers could see results in their weekly newspaper in half the time, rather than waiting eight days after the polls closed. (For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m not serious. I realize elections don’t revolve around newspaper deadlines).
It would also help out those who follow the election. There were many people, especially folks out in Tusayan looking for Proposition 400 news, who stayed up until the wee hours of the morning.
Many of the anti-Canyon Forest Village folks gathered in Flagstaff for a party. And it had a happy ending from their point of view because CFV was voted down by a 2-to-1 margin.
If the election was on Friday, they could party all night and not have to worry about getting up early the next morning for work (well, not everybody gets Saturday off, especially in the tourism business).
With our election stories coming out several days after the Flagstaff and Phoenix newspapers, I have to come up with different angles on the news.
CFV’s Tom De Paolo hadn’t been interviewed much, if at all, by other newspapers. And former Forest Service official Dennis Lund was an exclusive interview for the News.
So, we try our best to present those news stories with a different twist, not sounding like every other story you’ve read in other publications.
I also included a lot of numbers in this week’s issue. I’m a bit of a stats nut, so I enjoyed compiling all the information for the graphics seen on pages 1B and 4B. It was interesting to see how our local precincts in Grand Canyon and Tusayan voted in comparison to the rest of the county and state.
Tusayan, in particular, would have results that bucked the trend in Grand Canyon Village or the county as a whole.
We know CFV was voted down, Wahler, Pittenger and Boyd made it back on the school board and teachers will get raises.
Now, I wonder who will be our next president?
(Brad Fuqua is editor of the Grand Canyon News).