Our View


Down the rabbit hole

Turns out, browsing “Alice in Wonderland” is a wonderful way to prepare yourself for reading Forest Service reports.

Interpreting Prop. 123 win

Proposition 123 has passed, with about 51 percent of the vote.

Celebrating, sort of

Rim Country Educational Foundation President Gary Cordell gave a presentation this week to the Payson Tea Party about the prospects for a deal with Arizona State University to build a campus in Payson.

Governor vetoes bad water bills

Gov. Doug Ducey showed courage and leadership in vetoing a pair of “bad bills,” which would weaken the state’s efforts to manage its vital water resources.

Legislative revolt on behalf of kids

A revolt by rank and file lawmakers in the closing hours of the legislative session restored KidsCare, which will provide desperately needed healthcare to an estimated 30,000 children — many of them in Gila County. Senate President Andy Biggs tried to bury the bill without a vote, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers out maneuvered him and revived the bill by attaching an amendment to another law.

Vote YES on Prop. 124

Voters should heed the bipartisan support for Proposition 124, which would safeguard the underfunded pension system for police officers and firefighters.

Rim Country’s future at stake

The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday will hold a crucial public hearing on a plan to thin forests throughout Rim Country as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).

Budget tradeoffs

Balanced budget.

Haunted by the death of a child

Calandra haunts us.

Please vote YES on Prop. 123

Odds are, you’ve got your ballot.

Monster awakes

El Niño proved a false hope.

Bikers rolling

We’re excited that Payson officials have so quickly moved to support a volunteer effort to boost Rim Country’s economy by creating a network of trails for mountain bikers and others.

Wow: What a century

Wow. What a century. Kind of eye opening — even for us.

Low taxes vs. poor schools

The budget looms.