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Tuesday's Gallery May 8, 2012

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“Great progress has been made so far, but the cost has been borne by just a few individuals.” Kenny Evans Payson mayor

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Campus backers seeking support

But Alliance chair insists university plan will move forward regardless of success of fund-raising

Rumors, anxiety, deadlock and a fund-raising campaign have spooked many longtime backers of the plan to build a 6,000-student, $400 million university campus in Payson. However, backers of the four-year quest to build a university here insist that Payson will have a university within two years — even if it’s not Arizona State University. In fact, the Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) board at its last meeting voted to seek a development firm to draw up a master plan for the campus.

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