Some bits and pieces this week:
• I was shocked at the Monday, June 6, announcement that the entire Coronado National Forest—including Sabino Canyon—would be closed due to the extreme fire danger as of noon, Thursday, June 9.
There's no doubt that the fire danger is indeed extreme—the Wallow Fire and the Horseshoe 2 blazes more than prove that—but closing the entire Coronado? Wow.
We'll be following the story online on The Range, our daily dispatch, and in next week's issue.
• Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote in our annual Best of Tucson® poll.
I understand that voting in the BOT poll is not necessarily an easy task—we're asking readers to ponder 135 categories and mandating that at least 20 categories get filled out—yet it appears that about 2,500 of you took the time to head to TucsonWeekly.com and offer your two cents.
Now the work begins for those of us at Weekly World Central: In the weeks ahead, we'll be compiling the results and then doing a whole lot of writing, picture-taking and designing. The fruit of all of our efforts—the Best of Tucson® 25 issue—will hit the streets on Sept. 22.
• I'd also like to offer my thanks to those of you who applied for our medical-marijuana-critic freelance gig.
Some people have asked whether we're still proceeding with our plans to hire an MMJ critic, in light of the legal maneuvers by our governor and state attorney general, and the answer is yes, we are.
Over the next several weeks, we'll go over the 60 or so legitimate applications that we received; that will be followed by interviews and, eventually, the selection of our critic.
Look for the critic's work to begin appearing in the Weekly and at TucsonWeekly.com late this summer.