steve bingham

steve bingham 1 day, 19 hours ago on Lashed by the storm

Hi Pete. It's simple. If you write it, I read it. Always. Your writing just seems to get better every year. I wish my photography did the same. Too soon we get too old. And yes I have a metal knee and a metal shoulder - and swollen mush for ankles.


steve bingham 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Gas price update

I wonder why, when gas prices are going down, Payson is behind the curve. Usually by a month. Then, as prices are going up, we still are behind the curve - usually by a month. I suspect it has something to do with gas contracts - maybe 30 day contracts based on a percentage? Usage?

In all fairness, I really don't think the stations are out to rip us off. For the 21 years I have lived here the most expensive gas was always in Flagstaff (and Williams, etc). The least expensive being in Tucson (and surrounding areas).

Even if this were not true, living in Payson is certainly worth it.

PS. My last fill-up was at the Shell station near Home Depot. $2.99 . . . and I love Shell gasoline.


steve bingham 2 months ago on 398 Wolves must NOT be released in northern Arizona!

"The wolves inhabit the 4.4 million-acre Blue Range Recovery Area, which includes the Apache and Gila national forests. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s rules currently bar releases of captive Mexican wolves anywhere but in the 5,300 square miles of the southern Apache National Forest in Arizona. The agency is reviewing a proposal to expand that reintroduction zone to 12,500 square miles, stretching west to Payson and east into New Mexico."

Good - or bad?


steve bingham 2 months ago on 398 Wolves must NOT be released in northern Arizona!

They might be here already. While exercising our Labrador in the meadow south-east of Star Valley my wife though she saw a lone dog dart into the brush. We were down the road a ways on a Polaris. She said it was the size of our dog and gray. (Our dog was taking a break back in the bed of the Polaris) There is water and a ton of game in this area. (Elk, deer, rabbits, etc)

This happened 1 hr ago (5:00 PM). Wolf? Who knows. It wasn't a dog and coyotes are usually brown. Maybe???


steve bingham 2 months ago on School district should live within its means

I was in education in California for some 33 years. I taught 2nd grade through 12th grade. Then college. I was also a principal.

In the 22 years I have been in Payson I have been appalled at the real lack of understanding from the various school boards. Then I watch as the State constantly robs the schools of money - despite various funding bills and overrides. Arizona has consistently ranked on, or near, the bottom for education funding. Will it change this November? Probably not. Sad. It is what it is.

Well said, Ted.


steve bingham 2 months, 1 week ago on Site nearly settled

Hi Pat.

"Will it ever end"? Probably, but maybe not in our lifetime. Since all this silliness started, Lake Havasu, which started after we did, now has an operating campus.

How about cost breakdown for students? $6,400 per year is damn cheap for a college education! I am sure there are a lot of disappointed folks in Payson.



steve bingham 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Educator honored

. . . and congratulations to John and Lu who did a fine job raising her!


steve bingham 4 months, 2 weeks ago on A Local Business Expansion

Now this would be interesting. Build, indeed. Add on to the old building that's there???


steve bingham 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Stop the Fox Farm travesty


This certainly is a matter of private property rights, however some of the land is indeed located within the Star Valley Town limits. The property owners probably need to have Payson annex the property in order to build the necessary infrastructure - water, sewer, and a paved road. All this will cost somebody a great deal of money - serious money. This would also seem to predict some considerable build-out of this "industrial park" area. Now why would Payson - or Star Valley want to do this? This is a wonderful scenic area more suitable to a different type of development. As a past member of the Star Valley building and zoning committee, I would certainly have spoken out against it - as a terrible idea.

I also think that the Star Valley Town Manager (and lawyer) is mistaken when he says, according to a Roundup article, that this is a done deal and there is nothing we can do about it. Annexation can be a little more complicated than the property owners saying "we want it".

The next question I would have is "Who benefits"? It certainly won't create the number of jobs stated. I think the Roundup could help clear the air with a little deeper investigation.

Sincerely, Steve Bingham


steve bingham 6 months, 4 weeks ago on 784 The Question Is... Horses or Off Road Vehicles?

Something to think about: Since 1979 hearing aid users has increased 500% (600,000 to 3,000,000). I suspect ATV, ORV, and motorcycle use without helmets had something to do with this.