Our View


County comes through

We’re delighted that the Gila County Supervisors unanimously decided to once again waive the dump disposal fee for perhaps 1,000 tons of brush and wood cleared from fire-menaced lots in Pine and Strawberry.

Misguided priorities

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan demonstrated her commitment to an open administration and contact with the voters by stopping by the Payson Tea Party meeting last week and spending more than an hour talking and answering questions.

County must step up

The residents of Pine and Strawberry are pleading with the Gila County supervisors for a little help to save their communities.

Payson secures the pipeline and its future

Payson made history this week, finally locking in a $34 million loan from the Water Infrastructure Authority of Arizona (WIFA).

Lashed to the White Whale

Hold your breath, boys, we’re lashed to the great White Whale and who knows when he’s going to dive deep.

Answer the call

Women and children who fled violent homes with nothing need someone to pick up food from the community food bank.

Restore payments

We’re delighted to learn that Rep. Paul Gosar has taken the lead in Congress in a bipartisan attempt to restore urgently needed federal payments to rural counties hobbled by the impact of the federal governments vast holdings in the west.

Another crazy federal rule

It’s gotten past crazy.

Bringing back a native

We’re delighted to welcome back a native.

Kill this reckless bill

The Arizona Legislature continues to flail and froth when it comes to educational reform.

Gila County must protect the public

We hope Gila County finally stands ready to protect the public — and at least mitigate the lopsided spending patterns that have ripped off Rim Country for years.

Best students need help

We’re delighted that Superintendent Greg Wyman has a plan to provide more advanced classes for our best and brightest students.

Merger good news for all

The pending deal between the Mogollon Health Alliance and Banner Health Systems looks like the dose of medicine Rim Country has needed ever since the Great Recession.

Alliance’s fresh start

The Payson Town Council’s decision to not renew the term of Rim Country Educational Alliance Chair Mary Kastner’s term offers a chance for a fresh start on a vital project hampered by needless divisions in recent months.

Don’t abandon the dream

Payson High School student Cody Rislund spent hours poring over the photographs of the surface of Mars, seeking clues, struggling to understand, willing to challenge himself.