Current layout of complex poses risk to police, public
Plans to build a new courthouse in Payson in the old NAPA Auto Parts building have still not progressed to construction as many had hoped. Officials continue to hash out a layout and how best to meet a gaggle of staff needs.
Fossil Creek Trail lures the ill prepared for a chance to splash in travertine pools
Each year, in that glorious time between the brisk cold of winter and the searing heat of summer, my children and I embark on an expedition down the Fossil Creek Trail to the spring source. One of our favorite trips of the year, we look forward to playing in those magical pools, but also prepare for the trek with plenty of water, hats, lots of snacks and time. Unfortunately, many of the people badly underestimate the rigors of the eight-mile round trip complete with 3,000 feet of elevation lost and then painfully regained. Every weekend, search and rescue teams haul the unlucky or ill prepared up the long, steep trail. This summer could set rescue records, especially if the current closure of Fossil Creek Road prompts even more flip-flop-wearing, beer-cooler toting flatlanders to go slopping down the trail.
National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) defending Arizona state champion Pine-Strawberry School is well on the way to another trip to both the state and national championship tournaments.
If hometown professional tournament angler Clifford Pirch was asked to choose a theme song for his angling pursuits, he’d probably select Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
OK, the Jan. 15 edition on page 7A has a nearly-full-page article that begins: “Payson students lack basic skills in reading, math: Tests show less than half have adequate reading skills.”
Police found a 67-year-old man dead in his hot tub Monday afternoon.
Alarmed by the wide and persistent gap between special education students and the general student population, the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student (Special Education) Office has directed districts to close the gap.
I went to the local APS office to pay my bill the other day. There was a line with everyone complaining about their higher bills.
For three quarters the Payson High School girls basketball team looked like world-beaters building a 35-28 lead over San Tan Combs
Another Week in the Creek
Christopher Creek salutes the 14-win 2015 Arizona Cardinals. What a ride you gave us! This state hasn’t had this kind of buzz for a while and we were feeling pretty good right up to the end.
Both of my “interesting” trips back home happened on aircraft. I deserve no blame for the mess I told you about last week; it was a routine flight back home. But the mess I’m going to mention today was my own dumb fault.
I typed in the date for this week’s column and I was shocked, there are only two days left of this month. Where did the time go?
Rattlin' the Rim
Pine-Strawberry School principal-superintendent Cody Barlow has arranged a community meeting in which parents and others will have the opportunity to meet face to face with the state officials responsible for shutting down and later reopening the school gymnasium.
When Clyde Moose became superintendent of the Payson Ranger District in 1937, life there was still primitive. For example, there had been no telephone connection to the “outside world” until just before Ranger Moose arrived.
The National Weather Service has warned of a fast-moving winter storm charging through Arizona from Sunday to Monday.The National Weather Service has warned of a fast-moving winter storm charging through Arizona from Sunday to Monday.
In homage to Shakespeare, the Payson High School Theatre Troupe performed “Commedia Delight,” a play of mistaken identity and redemption with an Italian lilt instead of the thees and thous of Shakespeare.
Snow, rain possible Sunday and Monday
The National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon issued the following advisory: Today through Saturday: Dry weather conditions with warmer temperatures will continue through Friday as a high pressure ridge slowly moves across the western states. Out in the Pacific, another winter storm is brewing. Stronger southwesterly winds will develop on Sat/Sun ahead of the approaching low.
Firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on State Route 87 Thursday afternoon.
The new sandhill crane camera launched last week by the Arizona Game and Fish Department has already received upgrades to further improve the wildlife watching experience for viewers.
Weisser also pushing initiative to legalize marijuana
The director of a group to reform marijuana laws announced last week that he is running again for Congress in the district that represents Rim Country and offered updates on the latest Arizona bills relating to the plant.