Wonderful news: We have half as many homeless and displaced kids now as we did a year ago. The latest figures from the Payson Unified School District still show a daunting number of kids living chaotic and unsupported lives — but the dramatic drop represents some of the best news we’ve had in Rim Country in years.
Well. Golly. Them darn computers. So complicated. What’s a poor county treasurer to do?
How soon they forget. For a time, the tragic deaths of 19 heroic firefighters in the 2,000-degree flames of the Yarnell Hill Fire captured the attention of the nation — even Congress. But hey, that was months ago. Time to move on.
Rick Renzi betrayed his office and the trust of the electorate for $733,000.
The Rim Country Educational Alliance continues to work diligently on behalf of this community, struggling with the complexities of building a 6,000-student campus here. On Thursday, the Alliance board met in a closed, executive session to consider whether the 260-acre Forest Service parcel remains the best place for a campus and its various spin-off facilities.
If even half of the victims of domestic violence had Holly Crump’s courage, perhaps we would finally end this terrible scourge.
A little longer. Dear Lord, just a little longer.
Don’t get us wrong: We’ve got nothing but sympathy for the Payson School Board. What a job they’ve got: Like teaching alligators to use salad forks.
The shameful abandonment of our community colleges by the Arizona legislature increasingly resembles the behavior of a drunken father who defines child care as a lock on the closet door.
Whew: Another meeting dominated by coaches’ salaries. This time, the Payson High School athletic director asked the school board to adjust the stipends for coaches so that a teacher/coach who needs help can essentially give part of his salary to an assistant coach.
Tinkerbell’s flickering, dying, fading away. How do we save her? Clap, children. Clap for all you’re worth.
October is a time to prepare for celebrating all the things for which we have been blessed come Thanksgiving.
Area firefighters are always making an effort through outreach programs to educate Rim Country residents about fire safety.
Just when we were ready to aim a couple of rhetorical thunderbolts at state Rep. Brenda Barton for her absurd and inflammatory effort to equate President Obama to Hitler, we had a disorienting and uncomfortable thought.
The volunteers at Meals on Wheels work every day to create the beloved community in which we all wish to live.