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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:

Sen. McCain’s position on Bergdahl prisoner exchange

Washington, D.C. ­– The Office of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently released the following statement by Communi­cations Director Brian Rogers:

A historical society without a memory?

In 2010, the passage of House Bill 2251 gave the Arizona Historical Society control of the historic and top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum. That was done to facilitate their 5C Arizona Centennial Museum project.

Strong copyright law supports journalism and informed communities

Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars.

Mental health is important to people’s overall health

There’s been no shortage of news stories recently regarding health care. While there is debate about health care reform, there can be no debate that mental health is an important part of your overall health. That’s why May is designated as Mental Health Month.

Kenny Evans wants to continue as Payson’s mayor

Once again Payson has an opportunity to discuss the issues we face and direction the community would like to go as we hold our 2014 elections. I welcome that opportunity for voter direction.

Reinvestment in education crucial for Arizona’s future

Education is the bedrock of a functioning democracy and a civil society, and provides the engine of economic growth in a modern economy. For generations, the U.S. public education system has driven our nation’s leadership in the world, and will remain the foundation of our leadership and success in the future.

Proposal offers balance needed for successful wolf reintroduction

A historic proposal was recently developed by four counties and 25 critical stakeholders that supports a self-sustaining Mexican wolf population in Arizona and New Mexico.

From Bunker Hill to Bunkerville, struggles continue

In early April, hundreds of heavily-armed federal agents descended like a swarm of locusts upon the remote, rural Bunkerville ranchlands near Mesquite, Nev.

Lawmaker embraces a racist and violent movement

Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe issued a statement supporting disgraced, racist rancher Cliven Bundy in which he compared the armed militia movement to America’s founding fathers.

School superintendents: An open letter to Arizona

“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson