Payson will keep paying Galbraith’s $128,000 salary
The Payson Town Council has accepted a proposal from Town Manager Debra Galbraith to finish out her contract in a leave of absence.
SRP fixes pumps to feed East Verde
The Salt River Project has finally started putting C.C. Cragin Reservoir water into the East Verde River.
I take a ringside seat in Green Valley Park.
Jury rejects 2nd degree murder charge
A Gila County jury convicted Payson resident Mike Voden of manslaughter Friday afternoon following a one-week trial and brief deliberations.
The Payson Town Council last week approved spending $10,000 in water department money to help pay for a $20,000 July 4 show, which annually draws tens of thousands of people to the region.
$1.6 million job goes to local contractor
Payson has awarded a $1.5 million contract to build the next phase of the C.C. Cragin pipeline to a local contractor, plus another $158,000 contract to a local engineering firm to supervise the work.
Council approves Payson Airport land exchange extension
The Payson Town Council last week gave the feuding owners of nearly 200 acres of empty land vital to the town’s housing future more time to work out their issues.
The Payson Town Council last week moved ahead to rezone a 253-acre Forest Service parcel so that it can only harbor an educational institution or related facilities.
State Forester Jeff Whitney chose his words carefully, like a man photographing bears.
Alliance delivers first check
The Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday took another concrete step toward buying the land to build a 6,000-student university campus in Payson.
Daniel Flores got the thrill of the lifetime recently fishing at Green Valley Lake.
The bulls slobber and twist as the cowboys fly.
Turns out, Payson’s chock full of amiable, extras — seeking their gleeful 15 minutes of fame.
The wind wafted. The kayakers paddled. The fisherman fiddled. The children tumbled. The dragon slumbered.
High-powered, high-stakes forest tour
Payson has a vital interest in protecting the C.C. Cragin Reservoir watershed, but then so does the whole of the Valley, Salt River Project administrator Bruce Hallin told a high-powered gathering of lawmakers and local officials on Wednesday.
Parent University offers tips on different learning styles
Kids got learning styles.
Representative Paul Gosar spoke Wednesday to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, gathering up a heaping helping of praise from Payson Mayor Kenny Evans for helping the town cope with the federal government.
We wait. We watch the skies. We dread what awaits.
Evans: Construction of university will start in fall
The Rim Country Educational Alliance Board this week signed the long-awaited purchase agreement for 253 acres of Forest Service land on which it will build a four-year university in Payson.
They had it in the bag.
Area’s 8 percent rise double the state’s
Payson’s economy continued to outpace the state, but still slowed somewhat in April from the strong showing in March, according to Payson’s monthly sales and budget tracking report.
Gila County judge unearths, sets right, historic wrong
Mrs. Cook picked up the phone, with no sense of impending history.
Forest Service approves purchase agreement for 253-acre site
The US Forest Service has finally approved the long-awaited purchase agreement to sell a 253-acre parcel of land for a four-year university in Payson. Payson Mayor Kenny Evans announced the receipt of the purchase agreement at a crowded luncheon meeting of the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
Forest thinning plan regains crucial support
The Forest Service’s plan to use a revived timber industry to restore hundreds of thousands of acres of unhealthy forest and protect forested communities from wildfire has drawn broad support from environmentalists, foresters, researchers, local officials and industry.
Payson’s economy boomed in March, with a cumulative 13 percent rise in sales tax collections since the start of the fiscal year last July.
Payson presses Forest Service for land sale
Payson has launched the rezoning of a 253-acre Forest Service parcel on which it plans to build a 6,000-student university. The rezoning would limit use of the land to educational purposes, which would include spin-off facilities crucial to the financing of the campus.
Different governor. Same result.
Drugs, alcohol spawn misery and death – especially for kids
In his 26 years as a cop, Joe Leduc has seen it all.
A tale of age, ego and acceptance
“Maybe we ought to head down,” she said on the final day of my season of redemption.
Arizona Public Service wants to charge people who install new rooftop solar arrays an extra $21 a month to make sure they pay their “fair share” of the cost of the grid of power poles and transmission lines.
But Michele Reagan sees no hope of regulating dark money
Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan brought to Rim Country her crusade to crack down on people who bundle up and turn in other people’s mail-in ballots, with an appearance before the Payson Tea Party — which continues to demonstrate its knack for getting statewide officials to show up in Payson.
State will overhaul, but retain, national academic standards
The Senate deadlocked on a proposal to pull Arizona out of the national academic standards, with Rim Country’s representative Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake) voting to drop implementation of the set of tests and standards generally referred to as Common Core.
Payson will not regain control of its own elections, despite a recent Arizona Supreme Court Ruling limiting the Legislature’s control over charter cities.
Governor objects to animal cruelty double standard
Gov. Doug Ducey this week vetoed Rep. Brenda Barton’s (R-Payson) bill setting different standards of animal cruelty for pets and farm animals.
House had already passed law allowing guns in public buildings
Rep. Brenda Barton’s (R-Payson) bill allowing people with conceal weapons permits to bring their guns into most public buildings died on a 15-16 vote on the floor of the state Senate this week.
Finally. Payson’s ready to build the pipeline from the C.C. Cragin Reservoir (formerly Blue Ridge).
The just-adopted Senate Budget Resolution includes far-reaching reforms in how the federal government allocates money to fight wildfires.
Startup woes persist for largest thinning project in U.S. history
The company charged with the largest forest restoration project in history has encountered fresh difficulties, including a slow start in undertaking its vast thinning project and difficulties getting even its first, small-scale mill up and running.
Federal proposals would eliminate grants to develop national academic standards
Rep. Paul Gosar, who represents Rim Country, last week joined with 33 other congressmen seeking the elimination of federal funding for national academic standards and testing, commonly referred to as “Common Core.”
Lawmakers want to end many firearm restrictions
Rim Country’s representatives in the Legislature continue to take the lead in ensuring Arizona has among the most gun-friendly laws in the nation.
Arizona hospitals and doctors face a potential disaster scenario this year, with lawsuits and state proposals pending that could hit them hard on the bottom line.
Biologists plan to rid a three-mile stretch of Haigler Creek of non-native fish
The once-endangered, still-threatened Gila trout may soon return to Rim Country.
Alliance favors joint land purchase for university site
The Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday agreed to essentially share title to a 253-acre parcel on which it wants to build a 6,000-student university and spin-off facilities.
Real estate, leasing sector improving
Rim Country’s economy showed renewed signs of life in February, according to the latest Payson budget tracking report.
Despite drought 100-foot-deep lake now filled
The C.C. Cragin Reservoir (formerly Blue Ridge) has reached 90 percent of its capacity, a measure of the reliability of the reservoir on which Rim Country’s economic future largely depends.
Banner pledges $25 million upgrade
The Mogollon Health Alliance, owner of Payson Regional Medical Center, has signed a letter of intent with Banner Health, which operates a national chain of hospitals and clinics.
Changes could clear way for purchase
The Payson Town Council on Thursday will likely replace Rim Country Educational Alliance Chairman Mary Kastner whose term is expiring with Payson Town Councilor Su Connell.
Payson schools struggle to provide advanced classes
Payson schools were already struggling to provide advanced courses for its hardest working students when the budget blows and teacher shortages hit.
Grief and joy mingle in the shallows of Green Valley Lake
The egret stands motionless among the reeds in Green Valley Lake, waiting with infinite patience for a reckless trout to swim within range of its dagger beak.
Payson spent $7,571 per student in 2014 — down slightly from the previous year and a full 41 percent below the national average.