steve bingham

steve bingham 3 months ago on Road work underway for Payson university plan

. . . and I can't help but wonder why our town newspaper doesn't have any real answers? Investigative reporting? Ha! Never happen. Too bad.


steve bingham 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Cost of Channel Four on TV

Pat, as you might remember, TV4 was a Town channel leased to outsiders. I leased it for many years and produced a ton of local programming, local events, a town history, and a real estate show. It was very popular. Then the rather worthless lawyer the Town employed said this was illegal so after 10 years of being on the air we had to give it up.

So then I brought to Payson the ONLY TV station it can ever own (FCC allotments) - TV37. I had Court TV and the complete OJ Simpson trial. I also produced three shows every week. Lots of work. "Gardening Under the Rim" featuring Glen from Plant Fair, then "Lindsey Arnold Show" where we went out and interviewed the unique people of Payson inside their businesses or homes, and finally the Ed Zumach show featuring the politics of Payson, Gila County, and Arizona. I got NO support from the Town and actually had to force the local cable company to broadcast me - so they put me on channel 37 on a system designed for 36 max. Man, it was so full of video noise! I later sold it to Gannet Corporation (TV 12, Phoenix) for a handsome profit. It is now a TV translator for TV12.

To answer your question, their is NO income from the current channel 4 - only Town expenses. Brilliant move.

So I gave up and started KRIM FM (Arizona's first Low Power FM station) and a communication site at 7,000'. I have since sold KRIM FM and the three translators that I also had. Life is good. And now you know.


steve bingham 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 854 At last! ASU campus appears likely to become a reality.

Agreed. 300 to 350 students is not critical mass to have a full university branch program - or even a real starter program. There are other motivations not really related to ASU. When I taught Photoshop at the local community college (GCC) I had 30 students in my class. I can't even imagine a ASU branch with less than 1,000 students being successful. Somebody is still blowing smoke. There is real motivation, but ASU probably is a small part of it.


steve bingham 10 months, 1 week ago on 4FRI boondoggle

This what Tommie Cline Martin said about this terrible contract - way back in 2012: Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin filed a sharply worded protest complaining that the 4FRI bidding process threatens to perpetuate a century of “failed federal policy and management direction” in the forests.

“From start to finish, the 4FRI request for proposals is an absolute reflection of that failed policy and clearly perpetuates the process right down to the selection of a contract that appears to include a crony that, as a high-ranking United States Forest Service employee, helped craft and establish that very wrong policy and management direction.”

She added that the winning bid based its economics on a plan to use young, knotty pines to make furniture and on the assumption it could build a plant that would convert brush and limbs into cellulosic biodiesel, “a process that already represents several spectacular government-subsidized business failures.”

Gotta love that gal! Not sure why Senators Flake and McCain didn't see this.


steve bingham 10 months, 1 week ago on Payson dusts off American Gulch plan

It's too bad about the Oxbow. One of the previous owners got it declared an Historical Landmark and spent a small fortune trying to upgrade it - and finally gave up. The Oxbow and the Winchester were two focal points for Main St. The Winchester burned to the ground under "suspicious circumstances" and a previous Payson Mayor, Ken Murphy, tried to save the Oxbow - only to spend a night in jail and be run out of town. (He had a running battle with the Fire Marshall) The problem with the old Oxbow was too many code violations and little tolerance from the town. These things cost a ton of money to fix. Nobody wanted to invest that kind of money with so much uncertainty. Then we saw two excellent Main Street restaurants bite the dust, the Oaks and the Heritage House. The Oaks became an office building (optical) and the Heritage House changed owners many times and finally just reopened under a different name. Four great and historic places struggling.

I can't imagine what this alleged park path will do for Main St. Too little, too late, and little real value.


steve bingham 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Arizona’s school funding still dead last

When the current teachers are ready to retire can they afford to retire in Arizona? (Retirement is based on teacher earnings.) State law enforcement and some fire department employees do well - teachers not so good. What a crummy future Arizona is building. Let this sink in next time YOU vote: Arizona ranks 50th when it comes to state spending — which totals some $3,116 per student.


steve bingham 1 year ago on 628 It's Your Call.... The New Zealand crime wave.

Hey Thom, got a lot of money? (quite from Money Watch)

But the temporary retirement visa, available only to those age 66 and over, requires a significant economic investment. Retirees must invest about $605,000 into New Zealand (this could include the price of a New Zealand home, as well as New Zealand stocks and bonds) and have a minimum annual income of about $48,000.

Prices for many goods and services in New Zealand tend to be slightly higher than in the U.S., as does the cost of renting or buying a home (and many of the less expensive towns lack quality restaurants and hospitals). Travel between the U.S. and New Zealand, meanwhile, is lengthy and pricey. A round-trip plane ticket from New York to Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, can easily run $1,500 or more, and a flight from Auckland to Los Angeles can take 13 hours, plus another five hours of airtime to get to New York).

With a shortage of hospitals, restaurants, etc you better love the life style - and have lots of money. I won't even mention air fare from here to there!


steve bingham 1 year, 1 month ago on Jail and mental illness

Mental heath is probably the number 1 problem in the USA today. Our solution has been to build more jails and spend much more money on incarceration than mental health. And yet, our elected leaders - and we the people - insist. Sad.