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Net metering reform important for Arizona’s solar future

At APS, our goal is to make Arizona the solar capital of America. We believe we’re well on the way with a plan to shape our state’s solar identity and create a sustainable energy future.

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Barton issues statement on recent Facebook post

As many are aware, some recent comments of mine on Facebook have touched a sensitive nerve with many people. Additionally, many have simply taken my posting out of its contextual environment. Had I chosen my words differently, or had the president offered to use the power of his office to lessen or mute the public impacts of this impasse in Washington, we might not be having this discussion.

Is Boulder-like flooding in Payson’s future?


With the recent onslaught of natural disasters around the world, and increasingly dire predictions coming from climate scientists, I thought it would serve Payson area residents to present a regular column that assays to answer their questions on climate change, and how it might affect us in coming years.

Common sense forest bill passes House of Representatives

After the tragic deaths of the fallen heroes in Yarnell, I joined Vice-President Biden and thousands in Prescott, Arizona at a memorial service for the 19 elite firefighters, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

New Health Insurance Marketplace offers discounts to many

Starting Oct. 1, Arizonans who lack health insurance, or who buy their own insurance, will have a whole new way to shop for coverage. It’s called the Health Insurance Marketplace, and you can learn more about it at

At the end of the day, all they wanted to do was play ball

While hard to believe, there was a time when you could not play major or minor league baseball in America if you were black. For me, this revelation came to light after reading former Boston Celtic great Bill Russell’s autobiography “Go Up for Glory.”

Solutions needed for child abuse in military

We share your deep concern for the health and safety of military children. So we write today to pledge our commitment to stand with you to successfully address the issue of rising incidents of child abuse and neglect within the military.

Memories of Labor Day weekend 1970 come flooding back

Over Labor Day in 1970, we went to the cabin with friends Garry and Marey Beth McKracken. It started raining as soon as we arrived and didn’t let up for the whole three-day holiday.

Putting the P/S water rate increase in perspective

When I was about 8 years old, I unknowingly learned about inflation.

Resigning from GCC board due to lack of facts in decision-making

My education and employment background has enabled me to acquire the necessary skills and understanding necessary to achieve progressive goals that require an organized financial philosophy based in facts. It is with these skills and philosophy that I entered the world of the community college governing board.

The American people are now public enemy No. 1

Osama bin Laden. Saddam Hussein. John Dillinger. Bonnie and Clyde. These terrorists, mass murderers, bank robbers and professional criminals at one point in our nation’s history were Public Enemy No. 1.

Only timber industry can save Arizona forests

In a recent editorial, “Thin the forests or lose them,” The Arizona Republic described the reality that faces Arizona.

S. 1300: A better tool for fighting wildfires

More so than usual, wildland fire has been on the minds of Arizonans in recent days.

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I remember JFK the day he died was killed assassinated all while algebra filled my brain high school how long ago was that

Planning ahead imperative in case of evacuation

In regard to the current fire danger in Rim Country I want to offer some perspective that may be of use here.