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Apply now for college aid

Apply now for free financial aid for college.

Some deadlines have already passed, so don’t wait.

You may pick up applications for the following scholarships at the GCC Payson Campus:

• Gila Foundation for Higher Education deadline is March 1.

• Gila Community College Scholarship priority deadline is March 15. Students who want to apply for free federal financial aid may do so online at

• For more information, contact Kevin Milligan at (928) 468-8039.

Cinch Hook pit closed to snowplay visitors indefinitely

Cinch Hook gravel pit, located on State Highway 87 and Highway 260 junction, is closed to all visitors indefinitely for the entire winter season, even if substantial snow is received in the area.

Despite the Forest Service’s current management efforts, problems with trash, sanitation, vandalism, and safe use of the area have prompted the closure for public health and safety.

The public is reminded that Highways 87 and 260 are posted for no parking in the vicinity of the Cinch Hook pit. Illegal parking along these state highways creates bottlenecks and very dangerous traffic conditions for everyone in the area.

Due to these dangers and lack of adequate public facilities, Cinch Hook is not open for visitation or snowplay, and the public is prohibited from entering the Cinch Hook pits. “This spring and summer, we will be analyzing management alternatives with the hopes of allowing public use of the area next winter,” said District Ranger Mindee Roth.

Visitors wanting to play in the snow are asked to contact the Flagstaff Visitors Center at (928) 774-9541 or 1-800-842-7293 to get information about other snowplay areas. Keep in mind that snowplay areas fill up very quickly — usually by 10 a.m. — so plan your trip accordingly.

For questions about the Cinch Hook area, please call the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at (928) 477-2255.

Program proposals sought

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is seeking requests for proposals for the program year 2009-10.

Proposals are sought to provide services for the elderly and physically disabled adults in Pinal and Gila counties. Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens contracts with a network of community providers in the two county areas to provide congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation, case management, home care services, minor home repair, and respite services. Approximately 5,000 individuals are recipients of these services.


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