September 27, 2011
Tonto National Forest officials conducted an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Best Western Payson Inn and provided information in an effort to solicit public input on the proposed land sale by the Forest Service and the construction of new administrative facilities and a heli-base. David Kaberra scours a map of the proposed site to glean information about the sale.
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More than 100 people left comments at Saturday’s Forest Service open house supporting the quick sale of 300 acres on which Payson hopes to build a 6,000-student campus. Hundreds of people filtered past the maps and charts in the Best Western conference room on Saturday afternoon. The presentations detailed the Payson Ranger District’s plan to sell to the Separate Legal Entity building the campus some 260 acres. The district will then use the money from the land sale to build a new ranger station and administrative offices on about 40 acres near the current Payson Ranger Station and to consolidate its fire-fighting operations on another 40-acre parcel adjacent to the current Gila County Maintenance Yard.