Blunted senses aside, nothing beats a winter’s walk
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.
Two cases could prove a windfall for Republicans
Two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court could not only overturn Arizona’s congressional and legislative district boundaries, they could remake the electoral map nationally — largely at the expense of Democrats.
Fire department budgets in crisis
Faced with financial meltdown, rural fire districts are pleading with lawmakers to let local voters raise capped property tax rates.
Aspire Foundation raising money to cover GCC classes
The recently established Aspire Arizona Foundation has launched its first effort in support of a university campus in Payson — a partnership with Payson High School and Gila Community College to offer dual-credit college courses.
Some 195 nations adopted a climate change treaty last week that Rim Country’s legislators in both the state House and in Congress have bitterly criticized.
Forest Service pushing to avert crown fires on 64,000 C.C. Cragin watershed
The rare, collaborative effort to protect Payson’s water supply by thinning the overgrown forest on the 64,000-acre watershed to the C.C. Cragin Reservoir got a boost this summer from a surprising source — wildfires.
Attorney General seeks removal of commissioner for conflict
Controversy continues to dog the Arizona Corporation Commission, including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s petition to the Arizona Supreme Court to remove Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith from office.
The Payson Roundup this week was named national newspaper of the year for non-daily papers with less than 10,000 circulation by the Local Media Association.
Ever notice how your life turns on the most trivial detail?
Payson may get snow by Saturday as ‘super’ El Niño gains strength
It might feel like a balmy fall this week, but brace yourself: Winter’s coming back and El Niño’s getting stronger.
Alliance won’t discuss charter lease, but will consider legal structures
The Rim Country Educational Alliance will meet on Thursday to take the first step toward buying another 21 acres for a university campus, but won’t discuss a plan to lease a portion of the 253 acres it already owns to a charter school.
But state’s planned 50 percent cut in vocational education challenged
Arizona seems poised to resume rapid growth, according to Forbes magazine, which ranked the state tops in the nation for project job growth.
Greatest change in 1,000 years happening as politicians debate
The world’s climate shifted decisively in the 1980s as a result of the accumulation of heat-trapping pollutants and the carbon dioxide released by the El Chichón volcanic eruption in Mexico, according to a massive study published in Global Change Biology.
Payson’s economy perked along heading into the holidays, with a 7 percent rise in sales tax collections and an 18 percent rise in vehicle license taxes, according to the town’s financial tracking report for October.
STORY ONE: The 25-year-old vaulted the counter at the One Stop in Payson, brandished a gun and forced the clerk to empty the register. The robber then ran into a Payson neighborhood.
The Rim Country Educational Alliance on Thursday approved a master plan for the development of a 6,000-student university and support facilities on a 253-acre parcel it bought from the U.S. Forest Service for the purpose.
Fewer than 1/3 pass as Payson lags behind state
Sure enough, Rim Country students struggled to pass the new, AZMerit test.
The search for a Spanish arrastra with a one-thumbed cowboy
Jon Cline killed the engine of his ATV, turned, and looked down at me at the bottom of the washed out gully of a Jeep trail, the barrier between me and a great slab of mystery.
Arizona voters would rather pay higher taxes than cut school funding and 56 percent support a plan to take money from the state land trust to provide an infusion of cash for K-12 schools, according to a Morrison Institute poll.
Debate rages on about largest forest restoration effort in U.S. history
The largest forest restoration project in history continues to make progress — and spur criticism.
Districts seek more property taxes as financial crisis hits
A lobbying group for the state’s fire districts is pushing hard to lift the strict limits on the property taxes to provide money for most fire departments — especially in rural areas like Rim Country.
The dire plight of the state’s three public universities has been largely overlooked in the uproar over funding for K-12 education.
The Payson Unified School District honored the Tonto Apache Tribal Council as “Heroes of Education,” for the tribe’s many donations to the district in recent years — including $20,000 to replace the turf on the football field.
Wildfires ignite political firestorm centered on faster forest thinning, budget reforms
The U.S. Forest Service remains in something approaching bureaucratic and budget meltdown, with wildfires torching the budget and thinning projects languishing.
No word yet on formal negotiations with university partner
Backers of the plan to build a university campus this week recorded the deed to the 253-acre university parcel on which they plan to build a 6,000-student university.
School inflation settlement only enough for 4 percent raise
The much ballyhooed settlement of the school inflation funding lawsuit represents “a good first step, but doesn’t solve the problem of public school funding in Arizona,” Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the Payson Rotary Club last week.
Erosion could double in the West
Erosion into streams and reservoirs will double in Western states in the next 40 years due to an increase in the size and intensity of wildfires, according to a study by the United States Geological Survey.
Deadline day, running late already. So I barrel out of the driveway, thinking about all the loose threads that somehow had to get woven into a newspaper.
Warming trend already changing plants in Southwest
Whole forests have started shifting northward in the wake of forest fires, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis.
A slow-moving storm covered the Rim with snow and broke a 90-year snowfall record in Flagstaff, which received five inches.
Contracts for architect, manager signed
The Rim Country Educational Foundation has selected an architect and a project manager to begin detailed work on the design and infrastructure for a 6,000-student university campus in Payson.
Lobo’s once more making ripples on a perfect fall day
The wind riffles the still surface of a side channel of the East Verde River, causing the reflected yellow dreamscape of sycamores to shimmer.
Good Earth Power continues to report progress in the most massive forest restoration project ever undertaken, as studies underscore the urgency of the effort.
Report highlights threat of Arizona fires
Thinning and restoring forest lands can yield about $10 to $100 in benefits for every dollar spent, according to a report issued by Arizona Forward.
After years of delay and struggle, the Tonto National Forest has accepted a $4.1 million check to hand over title to 253 acres of land on which the Rim Country Educational Alliance will build a 6,000-student university.
With trowels and toothbrushes and infinite patience, the sunburned crew of archaeologists uncovered the top layer of a mystery.
HPR founder says existing plant will remain in Payson
Advanced Tactical Armament Concepts will build a $554 million ammunition making plant with 605 employees in Tennessee, but will continue to operate its much smaller manufacturing operation in Payson indefinitely owner Jim Antich told the Roundup this week.
The irascible, vivid, obsessively productive, Zane Grey would hardly have recognized his house – sitting on the bright green grass in the grey, cool rain alongside Green Valley Park Lake in Payson.
Payson board rejects bylaws
A seemingly uncontroversial proposal spurred a whole series of split votes and confusion on the Payson School Board on Monday.
Statewide, fewer than a third rank as ‘proficient’
Brace yourself: This is gonna be bad.
Head of House education committee supports Ducey plan
State Rep. Paul Boyer urged voters to support Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to increase K-12 spending with more money from the flush state land fund.
Feds, state say protections now adequate despite threats
State and private efforts have worked so well there’s no need to list either the Sonoran desert tortoise or the Page springsnail as endangered, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded.
District has all of southern Gila County
The bare-knuckle struggle to replace District 1 Congressman Anne Kirkpatrick is shaping up to be the most contentious and competitive in the state.
Driven by repeated Internet and cellphone outages, a high-powered group of local business and political leaders is pushing for a backup network.
Foundation to spend $1 million on development contract, engineering
The Rim Country Educational Alliance and Foundation will this week hand over a $4.1 million check to buy 253 acres for a future university site in Payson.
Feds plan protection for chubs after 23-year wait
After thinking it over for 23 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week proposed adding to the endangered species list two native fish found in Rim Country — the headwater chub and the roundtail chub — Also known as the Verde trout.
Best friends and a fear of heights
Payson Rizzo, 11, climbed into the back of the tiny, frail-winged airplane knowing he was doomed — but what could he do?
Another low ranking as school funding debate continues to heat up
Arizona ranked 49th among the states when it comes to conditions for teachers, in a study based largely on census and other data published on the WalletHub website.
University advocates on Saturday with much fanfare unveiled a custom-designed, carved sign to mark the site of a future campus in Payson.