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Payson schools excel in report

District costs low, but students do well on AIMS

Payson schools have seen better student achievement with fewer dollars than comparable school districts, according to the annual report card of Arizona’s school districts released last week by the Auditor General’s Office.

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Winter storm due

The winter storms that have battered the East and the South will reach the Southwest this weekend and on into next week.

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Open meeting bill dies in committee

A bill critics said would “gut” the state’s open meeting law has died quietly in committee.

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Pledges revive university land purchase plan

Foundation, Alliance will cooperate to buy 253-acre parcel by July

As backers work to heal recent rifts, the way has opened once again to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a 6,000-student university in Payson.

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Chaos engulfs testing requirements for local schools

Schools plow ahead despite confusion

Payson Schools continue to doggedly overhaul testing for this year and next despite the chaos that has engulfed state education policy.

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An ancient partnership on the edge of the world

A wolfish dog with a miraculous nose keeps a pensive duffer company

I brought my snowshoes — and my big old dog, wolfishly eager for adventure. Lobo loves the snow. He gets in touch with his roots: running with the pack while the elk flounder through the drifts. Or maybe he just likes plunging his head into the snowdrift, to get his nose closer to the world hidden beneath the insulating layer of snow.

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Mexican gray wolf population jumps to 109

Numbers rise 31 percent in a year

The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest has grown by nearly a third in the past year.

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Dead wolf identified

The controversial effort to return the wolf to the wild took another twist this week with confirmation that someone shot a northern gray wolf that wandered along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Drought nightmare forecast

Forget the university. If the computer climate models are correct, Rim Country’s economic future rests mostly on the C.C. Cragin pipeline, which will make Payson one of the few cities in Arizona with enough water to get through the mega-droughts that await.

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All-day kindergarten touted

Bill would earmark court-ordered inflation money to restore funding

Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) this week toured a Phoenix kindergarten class to highlight her bill requiring schools to offer all-day kindergarten if they get money from a settlement with the state concerning illegally withheld inflation funding.

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