Shooting range permit renewed

The agreement has been renewed between the U.S. Forest Service and Gila County for the property on which the Jim Jones Shooting Range is located.

The county has a special use permit from the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service for the range, located southeast of Payson. The Tonto Rim Sports Club operates and maintains the range for the county, making it available to law enforcement officers for shooting exercises.

The Gila County Board of Supervisors took action on the permit at its June 27 meeting.

Funds provided for senior transportation

Gila County will give the Payson Senior Center a portion of the $31,991 award from the Local Transportation Assistant Fund.

The money will be used for the Center's transportation services. Miami, Globe and Hayden will also receive an equal portion of the funds.

Friends of the Library receive national award

The Payson Friends of the Library have been recognized by the national organization, Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

The group recently awarded the Payson organization for having the best newsletter and best planned giving brochure among its members.

Romaine Brophy has produced the Payson Friends of the Library's newsletter since 1998. She also developed its new planned giving brochure.

The awards were presented as part of Friends of Libraries U.S.A.'s "Best of Friends" competition, which included awards for best Web site and best fund-raising campaign.

"I believe they are going to include the award-winning projects in a special publication to give ideas to other groups," Brophy said. "It was a big thrill, and I found out about it by accident."

A woman interested in organizing a library friends group in Camp Verde went to the FOLUSA Web site and saw the list of winners and let Brophy know about it.

Brophy said the newsletter takes from 15 to 20 hours a month to produce.

Because of work requirements, she is taking a six-month sabbatical from producing the publication.

"So far, no one has stepped forward to take over, so I guess we aren't going to have a newsletter for awhile," she said.

The new planned giving brochure is part of the group's efforts to create a more regular income stream by encouraging residents and businesses to commit to an ongoing contribution program, similar to the funding mechanism frequently used by public television, Brophy said.

History and politics theme of July bookstore sale

During July, save money on books by visiting the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore, located inside the Payson Public Library. An overstock of hardcovers by well-known authors James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, John Grisham, Danielle Steele and many others are on sale at two for the price of one. Audio books that run the gamut of subject matter are on sale for one dollar. Music cassettes are 50 cents, CDs and videos are one dollar, and puzzles sell according to the number of pieces.

Paperbacks are priced at 25 cents each, as are magazines.

"History and Politics" is the bookstore theme for July to honor the Founding Fathers, American presidents and others who have had an impact, for better or worse, on our history.

The bookstore maintains the same hours as the library. Proceeds benefit the library.

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