Pete Aleshire

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Pine water district hears gush of good news

But problems with leaks, maintenance costs remain an ongoing challenge

You got your good news — and your bad news: Which do you want to hear first?

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Well owner wants to make a deal

Pine landowner wants water district to invest $400,000 for wells

Pine landowner Mark Fumusa made a polished pitch to the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board in an attempt to convince the district to spend $400,000 to buy two shallow wells and partner on a new, deep well.

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Range for Mexican gray wolves includes Rim Country

Final federal reintroduction rules satisfy state, upset conservation groups

The federal government this week finalized a plan to increase the range of endangered Mexican gray wolves tenfold, a shift that could bring the beleaguered predators to Rim Country.

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Pine-Strawberry water board, contractor ready to kiss and make up

Looks like they’re ready to kiss and make up.

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Only prisons escape state budget woes

Governor wants tax cuts, hiring freeze, education cutbacks

Faced with a projected budget deficit, Gov. Doug Ducey has proposed a virtual freeze in state spending and cuts for most state programs, with the notable exception of prisons.

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Reforms aired

Gov. Ducey wants civics, more space in charters

Newly inaugurated Gov. Doug Ducey this week promised to reform the state’s schools by shifting more students to the highest performing charter schools, requiring students to pass a civics test and reducing administrative costs.

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Where the world began — and ended

Preshistoric Verde Valley evokes world of Sinagua

I sat on the shore of the place where the world begin, and watched it steam in the cold light of dawn.

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Gentle snowstorm

Ski resorts happy, but snow, rain barely dent drought

A laid-back winter storm brought just short of half an inch of rain to Payson Sunday and Monday, with an 80 percent chance for rain today, dropping to 40 percent by tonight.

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Economy mends

Payson sales rise 8 percent, building permits up 58 percent

Rim Country’s economy continued to register strong gain, outperforming the weakening statewide figures, according to Payson’s monthly budget tracking report for December.

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State vows lawsuit to stop wolf plan

Game and Fish disputes expansion of range to Rim Country

The battle to prevent the expansion of the range of the endangered Mexican gray wolf took another turn this week with word of a lawsuit by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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