Superintendent finally gets a clue

Welcome to the fight, superintendent. We were pleased — albeit bemused — to learn that Arizona Superintendent of Education Diane Douglas has finally decided that a shameful lack of funding remains the biggest problem facing our schools.

Payson's example

So, here’s the hard truth. Our future depends on the willingness of visionaries to put in the hard, grinding, often unrewarding labor it takes to make a community work.

Disappointing policy

Editor: The president-elect’s announcement that he intends to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though anticipated, is still a disappointment to those of us who still believe in free trade and the importance of America’s strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Get those letters off to Santa

Editor: Ho ho ho Rim Country. Even though this is a very busy time for Santa, he really enjoys receiving your letters. Santa is working hard in his workshop, but every evening he tries to respond to all the letters that he receives.

Is this a cover-up?

Editor: On Nov 7, 2016 The Payson HS Principal Mr. Brian Mabb thought the threat was serious enough to send out a message to students parents warning them. Some 160 students remained at home due to concerns and fear.

Thanks for support after explosion

Editor: We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and for the overwhelming generosity in support of the gas explosion victims.

A reason for thanks

Editor: As we give thanks at this special time of the year, we wish to thank everyone who participated and attended the Veterans Day program at the PHS Auditorium on Veterans Day.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers say thanks

Editor: With gratitude to all Rim Country residents, Bashas’ Channel 12 News, the Payson Roundup, KPIH-98.9 Catholic Radio and Sgt. Newman of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and his Explorer Scouts for their hands-on distribution, we thank you.

Storytellers draw a crowd in Pine

Editor: A quirky band of storytellers on Saturday, Nov. 19 delighted a crowd in the Pine Community Center during the fundraising Tellabration event produced by Don Doyle and sponsored by the Senior Citizen Affairs Foundation (SCAF).

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Rim holidays – Christmas, Part One

Back When

Christmas was a special time for Rim Country settlers to get together and find companionship with others in the hard task of wresting ranches from the wilds. Memories of families left behind brought many a tear for those who had forged a new life in this place.

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Truth can really be stranger than fiction

As I said last week, if I took some of the unlikely events that have happened during my life and used them as plots in a novel or short story I’d be laughed at, but there’s one major exception: The most wonderful event of my life, one which happened one evening in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Forest busy after Thanksgiving holiday

Traveling to Flagstaff Saturday morning, wife Kay and I were puzzled by the large number of visitors we saw on our trip through the Coconino National Forest.

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Blanket of white stuff gives holiday decorations special look

Christopher Creek is in the snow business following last Sunday night’s blanketing. Initially, there was three to four inches around town with reports from Susan Keown and the Colcord Road area detailing as much as eight inches.

Arizonans agree: No new national monument

During President Obama’s two terms in office, we have undoubtedly witnessed the rise of the greatest threat to our republic: the unprecedented abuse of executive overreach.

Overwhelming support for national monument

A bipartisan nationwide poll released today finds the overwhelming majority of Americans (82 percent) support establishing a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.