Regional Contests Start Later


Start time for boys and girls basketball games have changed from what appears on original basketball schedules.

When the schedules were released last fall, start times were listed as 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Those were the start times for basketball games when Payson High was a member of the Class 4A Grand Canyon region.


Now that PHS belongs to the 3A East Region, start times for games have changed.

Now that PHS is a member of the 3A East, all region games will begin at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. instead.

The varsity girls and freshmen boys play at 6 p.m. The freshmen girls and varsity boys play at 7:30 p.m. The junior varsity teams play at 4:30 p.m.

When in Payson, the two jayvee teams alternate playing sites in Wilson dome and old PHS gym.

Since all East schools have at least two gyms, both boys' and girls' games this year will be played at the same site.

Nonregion game times and playing locations on the original PHS schedules remain the same.

License, tag fees increase

Sportsmen will be forced to fork out more money to hunt and fish in 2007.

According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site, the state's game and fish commission recently approved new fees to be charged for fishing and hunting licenses, stamps and hunt permit tags.

The department sought the increases through the legislature and public rules review process in order to help meet increasing operating expenses and to address program priorities. The new fees will affect licenses, tags and stamps that will be used in 2007.

The commission made some modifications to the department's original fee proposal, including the elimination of class A or "premium" deer and elk tags and a change to the cost of a nonresident bighorn sheep tag from $2,000 to $1,400. The commission also directed the department to keep youth licenses near current prices and created new youth hunt permit-tag fees for elk at $50, deer at $25, javelina at $15 and turkey at $10. Youth tags will be offered to resident and nonresident youths who apply for hunts dedicated to youths (not hunts for which adults may also apply).

Examples of the new pricing structure are: a general resident fishing license currently is $18 and will go to $23.50; a resident elk tag currently is $78 and will go to $114; a resident deer tag currently is $19.50 and will go to $34.75; a resident hunting and fishing combination license currently is $44 and will go to $54; and a youth combination hunt and fish license is currently $25.50 and will go to $26.50.

During its last session, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill raising the fee ceilings under which the commission is authorized to establish license, tag, stamp and permit prices. This was the first time the ceiling had been raised since 1998.

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