The tragic death of a football player from Keams Canyon Hopi High and alarming injuries involving Payson players underscore a troubling issue — and the absolutely crucial need for the community to contribute to Payson’s athletic programs.
Never mind the kindest, most generous, most interesting people you’ll find anywhere.
Turns out, education reform’s a lot simpler than you might think.
A father in an incomprehensible blur makes a terrible mistake. He drops his shoeless 2-year-old son off alongside Houston Mesa Road — and drives away. Astonishing. Frightening. Terrible.
As Winston Churchill reportedly said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” We’re hoping that the abrupt resignation of five members of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District falls into that category.
The alarm sounds. The firefighters respond. When will we back them up?
We’re for muddled, short-term decision-making and slapping a Band-Aid on the problem — for the moment, anyhow.
Science: It ain’t for sissies. Nor, apparently, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — not to mention your average member of Congress.
We’ve got a bad feeling about this, Toto. At tonight’s Payson School Board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Ron Hitchcock will submit his resignation, which will take effect at the end of the school year in June. That’s bad news for our kids, given the delay and indecision his abrupt departure will inevitably cause.
Wow. Another record. Way to go, Arizona.
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.