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Gila County Building in Payson

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Trying to prepare for disaster and manage resources, despite government bureaucracy

Local government must develop a plan in order to influence federal policy on things like forest restoration, wildfire management, endangered species and off-road use, the executive director of the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization told the Gila County Board of Supervisors this week.

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Grudging approval in Rim Country

The effort to bring a four-year university to the Rim Country is getting $12,500 in economic development assistance from Gila County.

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Supervisors OK $89,000 salary study

Human resources firm to compare county salaries to similar positions

The Gila County Board of Supervisors included $500,000 in the 2012-2013 budget for a classification and compensation study to pay a consultant to review county positions and make recommendations .

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Teens get pregnant

Figures show county rate 4x average: 42% of PHS students say they’ve had sex

The United States leads most developed nations in teen births, but Gila County’s teen birth rate is four times higher than the national average. Gila County has 83 teen births per every 1,000 girls aged 15 — 19 compared to a national average of 21 and a state average of 55.

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Gila County hit hardest by ADOT’s cuts to five-year plan

he Payson Town Council has objected vehemently to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s plan to drop plans to widen Highway 260 on the way up to the Rim.

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Gila County sees leadership changes in many departments

A few months ago, Gila County saw some big changes among its elected officials. Now changes are happening in the leadership of several county departments.

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Northern Gila County roads top priority list for grants

Gila County is jumping into another cycle of requests for federal money to improve roads.

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Car racing could return to county

County debates another expensive investment in Globe fairgrounds

Car racing could find a home at the Gila County Fairgrounds in Globe, but probably not at the expense of its horse racing track.

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Gila County picking battles with state

The new legislative session offers a high-stakes battleground pitting the finances of hard-pressed counties against the recovering state budget.

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Health department advocates proper disposal of sharps

The Gila County Health Department has developed a program to help increase the public’s awareness on the proper disposal of “sharps.”

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Gila County peers over edge of fiscal cliff

Officials bracing for massive cutbacks in crucial federal programs locally

Gila County programs remain perched on the edge of a fiscal cliff along with everyone and everything else.

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County still counting votes

Close races still hanging in the balance as tally drags on

A week has passed since the election, but Gila County is still counting ballots.

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Incumbent treasurer has edge, but ballots still uncounted

Incumbent Gila County Treasurer Deborah Savage maintained an 1,100 vote lead over Republican challenger Don Ascoli on Thursday, with 3,400 provisional and early ballots still uncounted.

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Weatherizing saves money, but county hasn’t got any

The Gila County Board of Supervisors has declared Oct. 30 Weatherization Day.


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