December 31, 2015
As we close out 2015 we take this time to reflect back on the past year and all the changes that happened locally and some of the major changes that will be coming in 2016.
We lost our hospital but then had Jim Dickson of Copper Queen Medical step up with a Quick Care facility which will soon be followed by a new emergency department that is expected to be up and operating by this coming August all in an effort to keep Douglas equipped with some kind of health care provider.
We lost three businesses not counting the hospital in a span of six months.
Radio Shack closed its doors at the end of March after serving the local community for over 50 years.
Fred and Connie Whelan, owners of Paul’s Jewelers, announced they were retiring and would be closing their shop as well. That happened at the end of June and in September we had that big fire downtown that destroyed the old JJ Newberry’s building.
We also said goodbye to three key members of our community. Longtime business owner John William “Bill” Mason passed away in February. Then we lost Carol Huddleston in May after she had an enduring battle with cancer. Then in November our community was rocked once again when Mr. Wonderful Howard Henderson lost his battle with cancer after having been diagnosed in August.
These people and the impact they had on our community will never be forgotten.
The trials that have hit our small community this past year have affected all of us one way or another.
We need to learn to live each day to the fullest and do what we can to support our local businesses as much as possible.
Major changes are coming our way in the next few months leaving us to ponder the future of our city.
Mayor Danny Ortega Jr. has already officially announced he is not going to run for mayor again and will instead challenge Ann English for her Cochise County Board of Supervisor seat.
We have three candidates that have filed their paperwork for the soon to be vacant mayors seat.
We will also have three new members of the city council in addition to the mayor.
The current administration has done an admirable job of keeping our city going and it’s going to be interesting to see what paths this new council will take when they take over office in June.
Then we also have the county elections coming up in August which will impact all of us.
This coming year is going to be interesting.
Let’s also hope we don’t lose any more businesses or local residents.
On behalf of the Douglas Dispatch we wish you all a Happy New Year.[ read more...]