July 20, 2012
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Supervisor questions whether winning bidder for historic thinning project has enough investors to thin 300,000 acres
Controversy continues to dog the award of the historic Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the best hope for thinning millions of acres of fire-prone forests surrounding Rim Country. This week Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin raised questions about whether the winning bidder actually had any investors or the money needed to fulfill the contract to thin 300,000 acres in the next 10 years.
Martin focuses on experience, challenger on money questions
Incumbent Republican District One Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin wants to keep her job, but now faces a general election challenge from Independent Hallie Overman-Jackman. No other Republicans, Democrats or Independents have filed, which means voters won’t get to make a choice until Nov. 6. The Roundup recently asked both candidates to fill out a questionnaire indicating their top issues and goals.