Guest Comment


Partnerships to thin forests vital to protecting communities and resources

There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately on the national forest treatment activities associated with the management of the San Juan Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. I hope to at least set the record straight on what has occurred, and dispel some inaccurate information as it relates to vegetation management activities on the local level.

Representative rebuts letter writer’s claims

Again Raymond Spatti displays his ignorance of the facts, his willful deception of the public, and vitriol towards me for the world to view. After more than a month, perhaps your readers have forgotten what I wrote?

State must cut wildfire risk, save lives

As I campaign to be your next governor, I’ve traversed the state discussing how Arizona is known as a place of opportunity for people who work hard and want a chance to get ahead. In some of our more rural areas, however, I’m concerned about the danger inflicted by forest fires — some of the most destructive in the country — and how their effects can limit our opportunities.

No cause for worry with court notice on water rights

If you are like most people, you get nervous when a court mails an official notice to you that you were not expecting. However, if you have water rights in the Little Colorado River basin and you recently received a Notice of Proposed Settlement from Judge Mark Brain, you have no reason to worry.

The Arizona we want – three ways Arizona citizens can make a difference

Based upon the Gallup Arizona Poll, The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action identifies eight citizen goals and provides a road map for achieving them.

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Remembering the Dude Fire on the 24th anniversary

Yesterday came and went quietly ... maybe too quietly. Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the day the Dude Fire blew up and killed six firefighters in Walk Moore Canyon, just north of Control Road and west of the Bonita Creek subdivision

Rep. Barton on education: Schools have enough money – school board members should have children in schools

Editor’s note: Brenda Barton represents Northern Gila County in the state Legisla­ture. She submitted this transcript of an interview Kelly McManus with Stand For the Children, a national K-12 advocacy group.

Senators make statement on illegals being brought to Arizona

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) issued the following statement on the recent reports of illegal migrants being transferred from south Texas into Arizona:

Sen. McCain’s position on Bergdahl prisoner exchange

Washington, D.C. ­– The Office of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently released the following statement by Communi­cations Director Brian Rogers:

A historical society without a memory?

In 2010, the passage of House Bill 2251 gave the Arizona Historical Society control of the historic and top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum. That was done to facilitate their 5C Arizona Centennial Museum project.

Strong copyright law supports journalism and informed communities

Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars.

Mental health is important to people’s overall health

There’s been no shortage of news stories recently regarding health care. While there is debate about health care reform, there can be no debate that mental health is an important part of your overall health. That’s why May is designated as Mental Health Month.

Kenny Evans wants to continue as Payson’s mayor

Once again Payson has an opportunity to discuss the issues we face and direction the community would like to go as we hold our 2014 elections. I welcome that opportunity for voter direction.

Reinvestment in education crucial for Arizona’s future

Education is the bedrock of a functioning democracy and a civil society, and provides the engine of economic growth in a modern economy. For generations, the U.S. public education system has driven our nation’s leadership in the world, and will remain the foundation of our leadership and success in the future.

Proposal offers balance needed for successful wolf reintroduction

A historic proposal was recently developed by four counties and 25 critical stakeholders that supports a self-sustaining Mexican wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico.