State Leaders Visit Payson


Rim country residents have an opportunity to meet with their District 1 state legislators this week.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation and its Business Retention and Expansion Committee are hosting an Eggs and Issues meeting at 7 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

"Scheduled guests are District 1 Rep. Jake Flake, Rep. Bill Konopnicki and Sen. Jack Brown; Senate President Ken Bennett, of Prescott, has been invited as well, but has not yet confirmed if he will be attending," said Scott Flake, director of the PREDC. Flake is making the arrangements with the legislators.

The men will discuss issues expected to come before the Arizona Legislature this session and review activities of the recent special session. Questions will also be taken from the floor.

The event is being catered by Sesame Inn and reservations are due by Thursday.

The cost is $5 for members of the chamber and $8 for others. Payment will be accepted for the reservations at the door. Call Judy Smith at 474-4515 to reserve a seat, or e-mail

Open house follows at town hall

The district's three state legislators will be at town hall at 10 a.m., Friday, to take questions from their constituents and talk about the upcoming legislative session.

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said the public is welcome to attend the open meeting.

"The next session of the legislature begins next week," Carpenter said. "Anyone can come and ask questions about what the legislature is going to be doing. You know they will be dealing with their big deficit and things such as Child Protective Services, Department of Economic Security, parks, highways -- the state does all that."

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at town hall.

"Each legislator will probably make a short presentation, but its informal," Carpenter said. "It's set up so that citizens can ask the legislators what they think about a certain issue or what is going to happen during the session."

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