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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.

Preventive care for our wildfire crisis: Trust me, I’m a doctor

As we embark on another dangerous wildfire season, it is of the utmost urgency that we adopt a forward-thinking, active management strategy that combats dangerous wildfires before they get started.

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: