The Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force has come out with a second report highlighting the need to address the teacher shortage.
Linda O’Dell, Gila County’s school superintendent for the last 12 years, will retire at the end of the year.
School officials respond to charges and point to test scores, rapid growth
The proposed opening of an American Leadership Academy charter school in Payson has spurred a furious debate in the community.
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Sometimes when I pick up my bi-weekly co-op selection of fruits and veggies from the Bountiful Baskets, I turn into a competitor from the Food Network Show “Chopped.”
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Payson FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) officers celebrated at Native Grill for a couple of reasons.
The Gila Community College board has a critical decision to make — whether to raise tuition.
Writer discovers it’s not the destination but the journey that counts
My mom hopped out of the Jeep.
Superintendent briefs board on status of bills
The Arizona Legislature is back in session — which means Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman is gearing up for more onslaughts on district schools — if the bills he’s tracking make it through the committee process.
Ever heard of thundersnow?
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So, I told my editor that I wouldn’t have made it into work if I didn’t have my chamomile tea to help me sleep. I’ve used the herb for years to get me back to sleep when insomnia hits.
Fossil Creek Trail lures the ill prepared for a chance to splash in travertine pools
Each year, in that glorious time between the brisk cold of winter and the searing heat of summer, my children and I embark on an expedition down the Fossil Creek Trail to the spring source. One of our favorite trips of the year, we look forward to playing in those magical pools, but also prepare for the trek with plenty of water, hats, lots of snacks and time. Unfortunately, many of the people badly underestimate the rigors of the eight-mile round trip complete with 3,000 feet of elevation lost and then painfully regained. Every weekend, search and rescue teams haul the unlucky or ill prepared up the long, steep trail. This summer could set rescue records, especially if the current closure of Fossil Creek Road prompts even more flip-flop-wearing, beer-cooler toting flatlanders to go slopping down the trail.
Alarmed by the wide and persistent gap between special education students and the general student population, the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student (Special Education) Office has directed districts to close the gap.
The National Weather Service has warned of a fast-moving winter storm charging through Arizona from Sunday to Monday.The National Weather Service has warned of a fast-moving winter storm charging through Arizona from Sunday to Monday.
In homage to Shakespeare, the Payson High School Theatre Troupe performed “Commedia Delight,” a play of mistaken identity and redemption with an Italian lilt instead of the thees and thous of Shakespeare.
Charter School Report: Tough Choice
With just months to go before the American Leadership Academy charter school opens its doors in Payson, the stage is set for competition in education in Rim Country.
Lots of students say they can have sleep, friends or good grades — but not all three.
Roundup reporter tours American Leadership Academy’s brand new school in Queen Creek
Amidst fields of cotton and sorghum interspersed with a smattering of housing developments, the American Leadership Academy Ironwood sprouts from empty farmland.
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I’ve known my friend Stacey for about 10 years now. She’s vivacious, bubbly, driven and just a tiny bit possessed with pure, healthy foods, raised in the garden and eaten at home.
Jeffrey D. Wiles identifies himself first as a geologist, then as an educational travel guide/geology and natural history instructor and somewhere around the time he pulls out his Merchant Marine captain status, he will mention he’s an artist.
A skier rediscovers her skis and her joy atop the fresh snow
I unearthed my old blue Dynastar skies out from the corner of the garage where I had stored them when I moved to Payson five years ago.
The Pine-Strawberry School Board at its meeting on Jan. 11 voted to re-open the gym it had closed last year.
Famous author delights audience of eager students
A book report, a local connection and the desire for extra credit brought Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” to Rim Country Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
RCMS teachers host banquet for students often overlooked
Teachers say some kids that touch their hearts never get recognized because they don’t shine in athletics, the arts or academics.
The imminent opening of the American Leadership Academy in Payson has everyone scrambling to understand what it all means.
True tale of terror and redemption
Roscoe Dabney, a crack shot from his days as a Marine in Vietnam, remembers when he pointed his gun at his girlfriend and pulled the trigger.
Despite the chill in the air, Rim Country residents came out to view the massive 2016 Payson Fiesta Bowl Parade float at the Payson High School football parking lot on Monday, Jan. 11.
Family recalls Greg Day’s laughter and courage
So many loved Greg Day that the family will hold a celebration of his life at the Payson High School Auditorium on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.
The gavel for the presidency of the Gila Community College board has passed from Sam Moorhead to Jay Spehar of Globe just in time to grapple with declining enrollment.
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So I’ve been thinking a lot about hormones lately.
It's the largest float ever built by the town
Come out and view the 2016 award-winning float for Payson at the Payson High School Football Field Parking lot off of Longhorn Road from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.
Lawrence Misch worries about the burn piles on the trails near his home created by the Forest Service as they work to clear out choked underbrush and dense thickets of trees.
In August, Rim Country will have another education option for parents — the charter school American Leadership Academy.
Expect brief respite Saturday, extended better weather next week
A major winter storm this week dumped a total of 12 to 15 inches of snow on Payson, shutting down schools and government offices.
Greg Day remembered for cheerful attitude
After more than a five-year battle with Stage IV kidney cancer, beloved owner of Macky’s Grill, Greg Day, died Thursday morning with his family by his side.
Fledgling rafter finds, it’s not the fear, it’s the ride
I hate roller coasters. In fact I can’t stand anything that suddenly loses altitude: A plane in an air pocket, a car in a dip — anything that makes my stomach float above my heart.
Overnight snow totals shut down government
Both Payson Unified School District and Gila County businesses offices and courts in the Payson area closed Thursday due to heavy snow and will not open on Friday.
Payson may get 8 inches of snow by Friday
Payson Unified School District has called for a snow day on Thursday, Jan. 7 due to a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service.
Student advises CEOs on the habits of teens
When Donna Moore, a Payson High School physical education teacher saw the Fuel Up To Play 60 grant sponsored by Domino’s Pizza application in her inbox, she knew exactly who would be the best to apply — Lindsey Wala.
Both Cameron Davis and John Wakelin have walked the Fiesta Bowl Parade route all three times Payson has entered the parade.
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As I moved my belt over another notch to accommodate the extra inch or so I’ve gifted myself from all the holiday cooking, I ran across a study by a Harvard researcher that postulates cooking made our brains bigger.
After a beautiful, sunny start to the year, winter will pummel the Rim Country with a series of storms this week, predicts the National Weather Service.
Squad of volunteers awaits 11 a.m parade start time
For the third time in a row, Payson’s Fiesta Bowl float takes the top honor the “Elevate Arizona” award.
GCC instructor seeks deeply ‘intuitive connection’
Ever interested in learning to paint from memory or in the moment?
Ancient inhabitants leave their mark on chiseled stones
I gingerly stepped over a tiny cholla cactus only to land on scraggly cat claw hidden by the dried grass. The hooked thorns dug into the side of my foot, but I decided I could deal with it later — more important to keep up with the group.
Secretary admits stealing donations
Alyssa (Ulibarri) Dunman, former school employee and daughter-in-law of former Payson Unified School District principal Will Dunman, will spend three years on probation and do 100 hours of community service after the felony theft of $1,400 from the district.
Man dies in his bedroom
At 2:30 a.m on January 1 on the North Vista Road in Payson, a fire broke out in a home occupied by a husband and wife.
Payson’s largest float ever will grace the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Jan. 2 — along with the trees. No one forgets the dancing trees.
Unless the Arizona Legislature votes to remove four pesky paragraphs from the language in the budget bill it passed earlier this year, statewide vocational educational districts will lose half their funding in January.
Student raises thousands to help others
Acknowledging that so far the Heroes of Education recognized by the Payson Unified School District have only been adults, Superintendent Greg Wyman couldn’t hide his pleasure as he introduced fourth-grader Brooklyn Klein as this month’s recipient.