The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will provide $76,000 to help do the studies and planning for a project to protect the watershed of the 64,000-acre C.C. Cragin watershed with a combination of thinning projects and controlled burns.
Wildfire a benefit, not a bane in cool weather
Firefighters continued to monitor and direct a 2,500-acre fire burning near Young that has put out so much smoke the Forest Service has closed a large area of the forest and set up guide cars to move people safely along smoky roads.
The U.S. may set another damaging wildfire record this year, with spring fires claiming five times as much acreage as last year — which itself set a record.
Lightning caused fire near Pine alarms residents
On Friday, Forest Service crews watchfully monitored a low-intensity ground fire atop the Mogollon Rim north of Pine.
Proposition 123 won by a whisker, assuring Payson teachers of an average 4 percent raise after a seven-year pay freeze.
So, here’s the good news.
Shhhhhh – Don’t tell anyone about the Wildlife Fair
Don’t read this.
If voters approve Proposition 123, local property taxes will likely increase by about $48,000, due to the complexities of how the state calculates aid to schools, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the Payson Tea Party in a recent appearance.
Proposition 124 will stabilize underfunded public safety plan
The retirement system for Arizona firefighters and police officers faces a $40 billion problem.
Could be the best of years for Payson schools — raises for everyone (finally), reading specialists for the little tykes, mentors to help teachers boost test scores, a new bus (finally), stipends for coaches and music directors, better computers, new textbooks (finally) and a chance to dig the insurance plan out of a hole.