This week residents, past and present, along with others gathered at the Landmark in Christopher Creek to commemorate what has been called “the deadliest natural disaster in the history of Arizona” — the Labor Day Flood of 1970. At least two-dozen people were killed around the state, many in the Rim Country and on the Beeline Highway.
The U.S. Forest Service appears determined to slam the door on access to Fossil Creek from Rim Country. The seven proposed management schemes for the vital, wildly popular creek have one thing in common: They completely ignore the economic impact on Rim Country and show an appalling lack of interest in any partnership with this community.
Long on dreams. Short on details. That’s our impression of the $200,000 overhaul of Payson’s General Plan.
The war on terror here in Rim Country’s not going so well. No, we’re not talking about the distant threat of a terrorist bomb that so preoccupies Congress, although it poses no threat at all to this community.
Sometimes, the fleeting fragility of life seems simply unbearable. So we were stunned as the incomprehensible details of the boating death of rodeo cowboy Wyatt Althoff emerged.
Let me explain why my heart’s a little broken today.
Well. Well. So Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor wants to set high standards for county fiscal accountability.
Recently elected Gila County Sheriff Alan Shepherd struggled out of his cocoon last week, for a candid, wide-ranging question and answer session in front of the Payson Tea Party.
The state has once again graded every school in Arizona. Alas, there’s less to these grades than meets the eye.
As usual, Brooke Utilities left an awful mess behind.
Incredible. Terrifying. Dismaying.
Gotta compete. Gotta get those scores up. Gotta make them little malingerers put in more seat time. Drill them puppies in the basics. More lectures, more class time, more homework. Seems obvious.
Alas, the Gila Community College board continues to flail. Just when we thought the fault line between north and south had fallen dormant, the fissure has split open — cracking the foundations of Rim Country’s future.
The Nature’s Harvest case continues to straggle through the court system, squandering taxpayers’ money and revealing the befuddlement at the heart of the muddle of laws focused on controlling the use of marijuana.
What’s that line in the Garth Brooks’ song? Oh yeah: “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers.”