by Jim Nintzel
It's official, Range readers! Gov. Janet Napolitano has picked Design No. 2--or The Range Quarter, as we like to call it--as the official quarter of Arizona. In just one year, these rugged coins will be hitting the streets across America. We encourage all our loyal rangers to conduct all their financial transactions with these quarters, which combine the awesome beauty of the Grand Canyon with the solemn dignity of a saguaro cactus.
The Range Quarter got the support of more than 43 percent of the nearly 113,000 Arizonans who voted in the online poll, according to Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services--a number no doubt driven by our call for support just a few weeks ago.
Our junior staff members, Saxon Burns and Kelli Hart, are expressing some bitterness elsewhere on this blog to compensate for their pick of clearly inferior designs. Quarter No. 1, which Saxon was slobbering over, got the support of only about 21 percent of those who voted in the online survey. Guess Police Dispatch readers just aren't that loyal. Kelli's pick--Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in a little boat traveling down the Mississippi River--barely got 2 percent, which isn't that surprising, seeing how the Mississippi River doesn't even cross Arizona. How did that one get in there, anyway?