Helping Students

Editor: The Friends of Rim Country Gila Community College, Payson Campus are pleased to announce the receipt of an anonymous donation in the amount of $5,000 which will enhance our mission to fund scholarships to deserving students pursuing their associate arts degree, transferring to a four-year institution or gaining certification for career employment skills.

Maybe it’s time to dump ASU

We’ve kind of lost track of the glittering dream of an Arizona State University Campus in Payson that has sustained our hopes for the last four or five years.

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Gear up for fun run, Fire on the Rim and more

Rattlin' the Rim

It’s not too early to begin planning for the Justice McNeeley Foundation Poker Run, which has morphed since its 2004 inception into one of the most celebratory gatherings held in the two mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry.

What do we do about Tia’s terrible fall?

She nearly beat it — the addiction, the despair, the spiral of destruction. Tia Cheri Nottingham went to prison in 2004 for selling drugs.

Broadband gap becoming serious economic and safety concern

The White Mountains and Rim Country have experienced four major Internet and cell service outages over the last two years that have affected public safety, health services, merchant services and small businesses, as well as caused widespread inconvenience and frustration.

Rude, obnoxious drivers

Editor: Guess what? You don’t have to go to the Valley to find rude and obnoxious drivers. They are here and alive in Payson. It seems that almost every day you can see them running red lights, ignoring stop signs and speeding.

Trails deteriorating

Editor: It was a beautiful Saturday morning so I took an early horseback ride on the trail that runs from the end of Phoenix Street.

Move county seat

Editor: Since this is an election year, I have one question for those individu­als currently running for office. Why is the Gila County seat in Globe? And why not vote to move it to Payson?

Voting for Hughes

Editor: I will admit my bias up front. I am voting for Michael Hughes as mayor of Payson.

No Incumbents

Editor: I agree with Richard K. Meszar, Ed.D.’s letter in Friday, Aug. 5 edition. I only wish I had written it because it expresses my opinion exactly. No incumbents!

Vote for Evans

Editor: We have a rare opportunity to get better, much better representation for our Rim Country

A little lull in activities at the end of summer

The Village

The Village is quiet. The kids have returned to school, the streets are less noisy from all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, etc. Vacation time is over.

Coach Graham should beware the Tontozona curse

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a date with the Sun Devils last Saturday, but we got stood up and it’s not like it’s the first time either.

Rim Country holidays

Back When

Editor’s note: With this column, historian Stan Brown starts a new series. Every culture and country has its designated holidays or festivals to commemorate seasons or significant persons. Holidays also provide breaks in the humdrum routine of our everyday lives.

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Green Valley Park Fishing: What will you catch? When will you catch it?

Life on the Fly

To figure out how to fly fish Green Valley lakes, I have been collecting my personal catch information ever since November of 2014 so I could figure my odds of catching each of the three or four species in the lake during certain months.