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Friday's Gallery June 22, 2012

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Mayor Kenny Evans appeared at a town hall meeting Thursday to report ASU and the Rim Country Educational Alliance have narrowed their differences to just two key issues.

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Campus backers hit goal

Backers of the plan to build a university in Payson have raised more than $150,000 so far this year to cover pre-development costs entailed in buying 260 acres for the campus from the U.S. Forest Service. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the community support to date,” commented Fund-raising Committee Co-chairperson Janet Vidnovic. “The broad range of community involvement is both encouraging and impressive,” added Richard Johnson, the other committee co-chair.

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Alliance, ASU narrow differences

Project’s prospects brighten as negotiators make big strides and donations pick up

Arizona State University and the Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) narrowed their differences to two key issues and each side has agreed to respond to the proposed solutions by July 2, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans revealed at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday morning. In addition, the Rim Country Educational Foundation and the Alliance have now raised $80,000 to help cover preliminary costs needed to buy some 260 acres of Forest Service land. Last week, the figure stood at $50,000.

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