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Arizona politicians want hunters to rid Grand Canyon of bison

The Grand Canyon has a buffalo problem. By some estimates, nearly 600 unwanted bison have migrated inside Grand Canyon National Park from their range on the Kaibab National Forest.

Real budget casualties – nearly 1 million public school students

The state budget is approved, and many think the battle for public education is over for the year.

Impact of proposed budget cut on Arizona State University

While we all appreciate the difficulties faced by the governor in setting priorities for state investment, we continue to believe that investment in higher education is one of the most important ways of helping advance our families, our businesses, and our state economy.

Lawsuit deals with violating Arizona Constitution

One would think that the good folks in Payson would tire of Raymond Spatti and the complete lack of honesty in his letters to the editor, either that or his complete ignorance.

New approaches needed for financing preventive forest management

In June 2010, the Schultz Fire burned a total of 15,051 acres of Coconino National Forest bordering the City of Flagstaff.

Sen. Allen defends open meeting law change

I introduced SB 1435 to help make government better by allowing elected officials on small and mostly rural boards and commissions to communicate with each other in everyday settings, without running afoul of the open meeting law.

The impact of the governor’s budget proposal on Payson schools

Gov. Ducey has presented a budget proposal for the state of Arizona. As with any budget, the devil is always in the details.

Arizona Game and Fish Department steps up to the plate

The proposed increase in the number and range of the Mexican gray wolf has been altered significantly after the Arizona Department of Game and Fish made the first step.

President Obama’s speech a disappointment

We are pleased that President Obama addressed a number of issues on which Republicans and Democrats can work together in the coming year.

State must strengthen schools, universities

I listened to Gov. Ducey’s first State of the State address with eager anticipation and commend his call for a “confident, strong and rising” Arizona.


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Thanks to all who helped residents of Canal apartments

All the fine folks at Canal Senior Apartments are back in their homes. Canal Apartments and Payson Regional Housing Development, general partner owner, wish to thank all who helped make this monumental task a success.

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Congressman Gosar to vote for change in House Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) in advance of the vote for House Leadership this week, released the following statement ...

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Copper mine will contribute to state’s economic prosperity for years to come

This month, Congress approved and the president signed into law legislation that paves the way for the expansion of the Resolution Copper Mine in Superior.

Sen. McCain speaks out against U.S. use of torture

I rise in support of the release — the long-delayed release — of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists.

Stabilize water rates for low/fixed income residents

Recently, the Town of Payson laid out a plan to increase our water rates, in order for the town to show an ability to pay for bonds that would finance the completion of the Blue Ridge water project.

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