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Broadband gap becoming serious economic and safety concern

The White Mountains and Rim Country have experienced four major Internet and cell service outages over the last two years that have affected public safety, health services, merchant services and small businesses, as well as caused widespread inconvenience and frustration.

Trout Unlimited cheers House approval of bill to help fund abandoned mine cleanup

We applaud the leadership of Representatives Hice and Lowenthal, and Chairman Lamborn, for working to find legislative solutions to increase the pace and scale of cleanup at abandoned mines across the nation. HR 3844 is a positive step. 

Grand Canyon as national monument a good thing

As a wildlife biologist, former Arizona Game and Fish commissioner, and lifelong hunter conservationist, I support the establishment of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. National monuments are those special, publicly-owned lands where conservation, preservation, and restoration of wildlife and wild lands are the overriding objectives.

Heed Trump’s warning on immigration

One of Donald Trump’s political skills is giving widely condemned speeches.

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Rim Country residents: It’s time to review where we live

Sally and I have lived full time in Pine since 2004 and owned a cabin here for four years prior.

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans: ‘a pleasure to have served’

It has been such a pleasure to serve you as mayor.

Feeding wildlife: Dangerous and selfish

A nuisance bear is being sought after repeatedly showing up at the Pioneer Pass campground in the Tonto National Forest.

Senators file amendment to prevent USFWS from restricting recreational boating

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) filed an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill that would drive U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) to drop its proposed restrictions on recreational boating at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, which would have a devastating impact on the local and regional economy.

Sen. Allen defends vote

Why I voted against “KidsCare.”

Why pay more for the same sun?

With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, Arizona is a natural for solar power. In fact, the state was recently ranked No. 2 for total solar energy capacity. Some of the benefits of solar energy are clear. This clean, renewable energy source has no carbon emissions and uses no water.

Budget has first true structural balance in a decade

Finally we are passing the state budget for FY 2016-2017. We are spending a grand total of $9.579 billion. The Democrats started out by proposing an amendment to repeal all tax cuts so that we could better fund the needs of the people.

Prop. 123 is less money for schools; raises property taxes

I wish I could support Proposition 123. I wish it was in the best interest of our schools, teachers and taxpayers. I wish it lived up to the claim of being “more money for schools without raising taxes.” Unfortunately it is none of these things.

Grand Canyon under siege from uranium mining industry

Ha ŧay g’am, Wi:Nyi Gacha, Ongtupqa, Tsékooh Hatsoh, Chimik’yana’kya deya’a. (“Grand Canyon” in Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni languages.)

Vote yes on Prop. 123 at May 17 special election

I am calling on Arizonans to please vote YES on Prop. 123 on May 17. Early ballots are starting to be mailed out and I am very concerned at the opposition that has risen with misinformation.

America needs more than symbolic gestures in the South China Sea

Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, was recently asked in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about China’s strategic goals. “China seeks hegemony in East Asia. Simple as that,” he responded.

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