Monday May 30, 2016
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By those who testified on both sides. And by the jury's decisions.
Are there any lessons learned from those teachers who are leaving the district before they are retiring? Is it low pay, a better deal elsewhere, frustration with top-down policies, or just plain quitting the profession?
I hope having two challenging County Board candidates* does not dilute our votes against the incumbent from the south. Last time the Globe residents were well organized in backing their candidates, and the Payson residents were not. It has cost us many dollars in tax revenue being re-directed to the south. Let us not make that mistake again.
*The two challengers are Republicans, one from Globe and one from Payson. The incumbent is a Globe Democrat.
A set-in-concrete promise for total transparency on the University project would be a good start for the candidates. We hear the pro-project marketing side quite often, but nothing on the underlying and often re-named alliance/agency/foundation investment structure, especially on how and why they are so eager when the financial payback is so microscopic.
We also need to hear straight answers on the impact on the local taxpayers, considering that the education-zoned facilities are exempt from property tax to pay for the regional (non-campus) infrastructure improvements. And don't expect any income taxes from the low-wage students living in the dorms.
I would also like to hear promises of transparency on how much income is being relied on from the commercial and housing (homes, not dorms) portions of the university acreage. As a side note, why would the Forest Service approve the sale for the latter two categories when we were all told the project was to be for educational zoning?
Ain't what happened in that case if you followed all the facts.
As someone who has spent many hours volunteering for the Sheriff's Office, I can state that Sheriff Adam Shepherd is quite the professional. He continues to make operational and efficiency improvements to the department, both for the paid deputies and staff and for the volunteers. He is a highly experienced LEO (both patrol deputy and one who progressed up through the ranks in the GCSO) in his own rights. So he knows not only law enforcement and public service, but the necessary administrative and budgeting side as well. Not a common combination, but a valuable one for the job.
Fellow District 3 (and 2) County residents: here is our chance to make sure a Payson area/Star Valley resident gets elected to the 3-member County Council. Right now two Globe residents (Pastor and Marcanti) make up two out of the three council positions. So, while 2/3rds of the tax 'revenue' (and 2/3rds of the county population) comes from No. Gila County, only 1/3rd of it is spent up here. Why? Because two out of three of our Supervisors are from Globe! They gerrymandered the district boundaries to ensure that they maintain that geographic power structure. Look up the district maps; it's no secret. They jammed in all the Payson area residents into District 1, well represented by Tomi Martin, but she is only one out of three from our area.
Time for us to pay attention and vote en masse and finally break this funneling of No. Gila Co. tax money into So. Gila County. Last time this came up, the Globe residents turned out at a very high percentage to keep their control over county representation and spending. Now it's our turn.
Another great article by Greg. On a similar note to the red iron oxide formation he described, I heard somewhere that when iron combines with three parts of oxygen (vs. two), it appears green, providing much of the color variety we see along some of the local stream beds and trails. Not sure how correct I am on that, but it is interesting.
That link is very good for Coconino. Looking through it, I learned that the FS has in the last year updated their motor vehicle use maps. So I purchased one for Tonto Forest at the local Forestry station. It doesn't show all the ATV trails by any means (compared to the National Geographic Topos), but at least it includes the trails apparently approved by the FS.
One of the dumbest posts I have read in the last year or two. A silly, emotional response to the Legislature's stopping a proposed, power-hungry anti-plastic-bag law. The poster totally misunderstood what the Legislature did to prevent a few over-zealous local communities in the state from completely banning the use of plastic bags, much like what was forced down from the top onto the citizens in some Progressive cities in CA. The AZ law makers were restricting local regulation-maker over-reach, not clamoring for more interfering control. Quite the opposite from what this poster claimed.
And then the poster provided a non-sequitur reference to rim water distribution.
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