For the second month in a row, the Gila Community College Board (GCC) has punted on deciding whether to raise tuition, despite vigorous support from senior dean Stephen Cullen.
Around Rim Country the skies opened up over the weekend and gave everything a much needed bath, while filling up rivers and reservoirs.
The Healthy Foodie
So, I decided to take U of A Dr. Andrew Weil’s advice and add the most effective fat to my diet to help achieve my fountain of youth/quiotixesque dream of perfect health.
“This is Payson’s Epcot,” said Sharry Jarrell as she sat down in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria to enjoy a helping of broiled asparagus wrapped in Canadian bacon and cheese sprinkled with breadcrumbs paired with an herbed white fish spread on toast from Denmark.
Gila Community College Dean Stephen Cullen announced two new vocational classes for Payson students at the board meeting on Feb. 20: cosmetology and medical billing.
Classes start, gates open and plots selling out
Time to pull out shovels and spades — the Community Garden on East Tyler Parkway will host an open house on Saturday, March 1.
Payson hookup will raise rates but eliminate shortage
Mesa del Caballo residents will no longer see trucks bearing expensive water trundling into their community this summer — a loan to build a pipeline cleared all hurdles last week, announced the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona.
This March will roar in like a lion with the National Weather Service (NOAA) calling for 100 percent chance of showers on Saturday, the first day of the month.
It’s said that 97 percent of people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy at a funeral. If that’s true, the Payson High School (PHS) thespians deserve kudos for getting up on stage this weekend to compete at the state regional festival this weekend.
Bill seeking fair workforce funding spawns controversy
A conflict involving vital workforce development funds has prompted longtime lobbying firm Triadvocates to quit representing Gila Community College (GCC) before the Legislature, according to a Feb. 5 letter sent to board president Sam Moorhead.
Driving down Rancho Road, passersby could not help but see the Payson Elementary School (PES) playground full of kids jumping up and down, flashes of bright color going around and around.
Déjà vu all over again.
United board seeking accreditation
After years of struggle, the Gila Community College (GCC) board voted Thursday to cut the check and approve the vast amounts of information collected to start the accreditation process.
A dedicated teacher, a generous ski resort and parents willing to get up by 5 a.m. — that’s what it takes to pull off the Annual Rim Country Middle School Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) ski trip to Sunrise Resort.
A five-day hearing in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) resulted in a clarified water rate structure for Mesa del Caballo (MDC) and highlighted the difference between Phoenix and rural water fees.
Payson Water Company (PWC) customers should pat water watchdog Tom Bremer on the back.
Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) science teacher Carm Locke huddled at the far end of the gym, surrounded by more than 250 tri-fold presentations with science project results splashed across the white space.
The Healthy Foodie
Fats are bad!
Look for the Payson High School Auditorium to have a shiny new coat of paint before the start of next year, plus a plethora of other upgrades, thanks to Director of Facilities Todd Poer.
In the end, they all drooped.
During a routine vote to approve the template for the board agenda, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board member Shirley Dye asked to add an invocation to the list of items.
Chef wants to give back and elevate taste
Three Payson students competed this weekend in hopes of adding to the total of $152,271 in scholarships Payson High School (PHS) Culinary Arts students have received since 2006 from the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP).
Credit for Kids change could hurt bands, clubs
Credit for Kids, the 16-year-old tax credit that allows individuals to donate to schools and take $200 off of their tax bill, has fallen under scrutiny at the state level. The resulting legal opinions and policy changes have already affected many Payson students and vital extracurricular programs.
School board OKs plan to cope with deadly allergic reactions
Twenty-five percent of the population has an undiagnosed potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to allergies such as bee stings, so the Arizona state Legislature voted to allow schools to stock EpiPens in case of emergency.
Fifth-grader enters Dairy Council/NFL photo contest
Rebekah Rice and Donna Moore struggled to put on the heavy Payson Fire Department (PFD) gear, grunting and tugging in a good cause.
What makes the Payson Lip Sync Contest such an amusing, entertaining and lively event?
Residents struggle to understand proposed doubling of water bills
Frustrated Rim Country residents trying to get answers to questions about a proposed doubling of their water rates spent this week’s Corporation Commission hearing mostly drilling dry wells.
Alliance adopts an ambitious 2014 agenda
At its major fund-raising event of the year — the Black and White Ball — the Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA) raised $45,000 to help its myriad of projects.
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.
Rim Country gets good grades from writers
A perfect storm put Payson on the map to draw national media attention by hosting the rollout of Chevrolet and GMC’s newest line of three quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks. The Rim Country’s terrain, weather, and location cinched the deal.
Grueling competition with lots of community support
After a grueling weekend of exams, students from Payson High School’s Academic Decathlon team took second place in its region, guaranteeing them a spot in the state competition.
Board OKs fix for PES overcrowding
The Payson School Board on Jan. 27 agreed to temporarily relieve crowding by splitting second-grade classes between Payson Elementary School (PES) and Julia Randall Elementary School (JRE), settling a debate that has gone on for months.
Italian foreign exchange student Francesco Calia said DECA forced him to expand his repertoire of English.
Wearing crazy hats and masks, trench coats and army gear, the Academic Decathlon kids will entertain onlookers while answering tough questions at their Super Quiz on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1:45 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium.
Ashford passes away after long illness
Longtime Gila Community College board member Bob Ashford died this week, after a long and tenacious fight with illness.
On Thursdays, Rim Country Middle School students get a peek into the world of adults and their work with the Lunch with a Professional program.
Young and old produced gales of laughter as they watched fairies work magic and lovers stammer in confusion as Shakespeare returned to the Payson stage after a long absence.
After lowering tuition less than a year ago, Gila Community College (GCC) will now consider raising it — except for seniors, who can still attend for free.
Payson schools have now officially plunged into the world of new testing methods with the first round of assessment scores — with results officials say aren’t as bad as they look.
Gila County Superintendent Linda O’Dell hopes to find a new Gila Community College (GCC) board member by Feb. 14.
District will have elections in both May and November
“Sixteen years ago Ron Christensen said, “Until you start getting along, you’re not going to solve the problem,” said John Bittner, longtime resident of the Pine-Strawberry area.
Interested in attending college? Not sure how to pay for it?
Sporting long gowns, elegant elbow-length gloves, sequins, dashing top hats and suave scarves, the attendees at the annual Black and White Ball oozed charm and grace as Rim Country residents channeled Old Hollywood to support the Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA).
On a 2-1 vote Friday, Jan. 17, the Gila County Board of Supervisors called a May special election for the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID).
In the center of the Payson High School (PHS) campus sits a monument in cement to the students from the building trades class.
The Payson Unified School District voted unanimously this week to pay $3,000 to the Arizona School Board Association to find a permanent superintendent.
Brenda Case, district student achievement director, will retire this year.
Board names John Ketchem superintendent
A divided Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board hired Johnny Ketchem as the interim superintendent on a 3-2 vote Friday.
Over and over on Monday, the Rim Country residents Payson Water Company (PWC) serves demanded, “Show us the plan — or drop the rate hike.”
Commission balks at 118 percent increase
Amidst a blizzard of figures and complaints, the Arizona Corporation Commission staff has recommended cutting Payson Water Company’s proposed 118 percent rate increase to about 75 percent.