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So very much for which to be thankful

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to thank the Lord for all the blessings we have been given in Rim Country.

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Book tells how to do background checks

There was this quote about “nice guys’’ I couldn’t use in my newspaper stories.

Arizona’s voluntary lead-free ammo program is a national example

Up to five California condors — among the rarest bird species on Earth — were released at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona earlier this fall.

Acceptance speech by Arizona governor-elect Doug Ducey

Thank you all very much. And thank you, Arizona. I’m grateful for the privilege you have given me, the trust you have placed in me and I pledge my best efforts as governor of this great state.

Apparently, the sky isn’t falling after all

The 19th century story Chicken Little is about a chicken, who after being hit by either a falling leaf or an acorn, sounds the alarm that “the sky is falling.”

Campaign marketing – distortion or fact?

Hi, I’m Tom O’Halleran, a candidate for Arizona Senate, Legislative District 6. Wait, wait. I’m not THAT Tom O’Halleran.

Republican lawmakers to sponsor bill seeking additional classroom time for kindergartners

As staunch advocates for a strong public education system and Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature, we read the recent Arizona Republic My Turn piece “It’s time for additional classroom time for all of Arizona’s youngest students” with great excitement.

ACT bill is typical election year posturing to deflect attention from incumbent’s abysmal record on education

As a candidate for Arizona’s House of Repre­sentatives my priority is public education. It is my priority because public education powers Arizona’s economy by developing a high-quality workforce, bringing in investors, and creating entrepreneurs. Quality public education is the surest path to higher paying jobs and is vital to Arizona’s future

The role of public education and the economy

With less than a month to go before the election, a dominant theme in campaigns is the economy.

Clarifying school district budgets and overrides

Over the past few weeks people have asked me various questions about school district budgets and overrides. I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify concerns in this area.

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Smokey Bear’s message still relevant 70 years later

The Payson Ranger District, along with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council joined together to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday on Aug. 9, 2014, to provide critical information to Americans about wildfire prevention.

Significant step forward for America’s veterans

This spring, as tragic reports surfaced of veterans dying while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA, I hosted a town hall forum at Burton Barr Central Library where the families of four veterans who passed away stood before a packed room to tell their stories.

This could be last chance to weigh-in on wolves

Just to be explicit on how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “... did respond to pleas to loosen restrictions on killing or harassing wolves to protect pets and cattle.”

Ammunition plant hopes to remain in Rim Country

In the summer of 2009 I was encouraged by a family member and longtime highly respected resident of Payson, to bring my vision for a small arms ammunition manufacturing company to Payson. My initial code enforcement official was discouraging.

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