Pete Aleshire

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Budget signed

$9.2 billion plan defers action on CPS, offers small school boost

Gov. Jan Brewer last week signed a $9.2 billion state budget that grew out of a split-the-difference compromise between House and Senate Republicans.

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Angry pleas for rate hike relief

Residents vent fears, frustrations at corporation commission session

Hundreds of angry water customers jammed a rare Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) meeting in Payson Friday to complain bitterly about steep proposed increases in the water rates for eight Rim Country communities served by Payson Water Com­pany (PWC), formerly owned by Brooke Utilities.

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Fire season blazes into early start

The 2014 fire season flared into action this weekend, with a 175-acre blaze near Flagstaff underscoring the danger posed by the return of the drought.

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Finally!

Forest Service acts on appraisal, releasing college plan from limbo

After an agonizing eight-month delay, Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bos­worth confirmed this week that he’s finally ready to seek an appraiser to put a value on the a 253-acre parcel on which the Rim Country Educational Alliance wants to build a university.

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A world hidden in the tremble of cottonwood leaves

Spring brings explosion of green in trees whose genetics affect thousands of species

Suddenly, the cottonwoods have their leaves back.

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The ghosts of Shoofly

A world lost and found again amidst a scattering of stones

I’m a ghost hunter.

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Road maintenance money hangs in legislative limbo

Payson, Gila County seek return of state gas tax funds

The money Payson and Gila County urgently need to fix crumbling roads remains tangled up in the budget standoff between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature.

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Forest restoration thinning underway

Questions remain about big trees, contractor’s shifting business plan

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative contractor Good Earth Power AZ wants to build a mill to handle millions of tons of small trees in Williams instead of Winslow, the latest wrinkle in a high-stakes forest thinning project on which Rim Country’s future may well depend.

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Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans

The Legislature continues to make life hard for local governments, with a series of bills that could potentially gut planning and zoning efforts — and unbalance local budgets.

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School spending: Dead last

Well, it’s official: Dead last. No pussyfooting around.

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