Guest Comment


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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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 ...

Tease photo

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.

Are we a Republic or a Democracy?

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Simple toys best for young kids’ learning

When it comes to promoting learning for children 5 and younger, basic toys and quality time with adults are the best gifts an infant, toddler or preschooler can receive.

Holiday traditions build skills in young kids

Holiday traditions offer more than fun during this festive season; for young kids, they are a chance to develop skills that will make them successful in kindergarten and beyond.

Tribes should pursue energy development as they see fit

Today, America is in the middle of an energy revolution, which will create millions of new jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenue over the next decade.

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.