steve bingham

steve bingham 6 months, 1 week ago on Time for Game and Fish to rethink elk management

Well, here is the other side of the story. The elk are simply finding other places to hang out. The Rim Club, and then Chaparral Pines have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe a million, combined) trying to keep the elk out. Here in the Knolls drivers are having to dodge elk almost daily (or nightly) - except during hunting season. I have had as many as 12 elk bedding down in my front yard. I have had elk in my patio - 3 feet from the front door. I have had elk severely damage 20 beautiful aspen trees and eat every flower plant in my garden. It got so bad I had to spend a small fortune installing a 6' fence to discourage them (and yes, they can jump this if they get frightened).

One neighbor less than 1/2 mile away had his dog killed by an elk - in a fenced back yard for the dog. Another elderly lady was attached in her own front yard. My dog was kicked in the ribs. Now here is the deal in Arizona. It is against the law to harass wildlife! That means elk, javelina, and bobcats (I had one of these in my patio also).

When we moved into the Knolls I saw, and photographed, lots of elk, javelina, and deer. Now all I see is dozens of elk (as many as 25 in a herd).

I don't know what the answer is, but humans sharing with urban wildlife is becoming quite a problem. I just threw money (that I didn't necessarily have) at the problem and sort of solved it. Many more choose to simply not plant things . . . and golfers to watch where they step.

Still, I love it here and it is what it is.


steve bingham 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Amnesty Intl. Propaganda Display in Payson Library Lobby

Wow. I really don't understand this, regardless of whether I agree or disagree with the petitions, this should not be happening in a tax supported public library. Thanks for the heads-up, Don.


steve bingham 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor's leaving Payson. Why?

Sad. Yes, we have lost quite a few excellent doctors this past year. I would question four areas:

1- The huge paper work load required for doctors. Why not a central information center? Every year I am required to fill out paper work for each doctor I visit - regardless of how many times I have seen him/her. Every year! Now, that wouldn't be so bad except every specialist needs his own paper work. Think about what this requires of the doctors.

2- Most patients are on Medicare, which pays a minimum. If you have supplemental, then fine. More paperwork. But many don't and the doctors lose money.

3- Even a a semi-retired doctor still needs a minimum staff of four. A receptionist (phones, appointments, greetings, etc). A billing person. Absolutely necessary. A nurse (good ones are hard to find). And himself. Four - as a minimum. So they quit, retire, or move on to larger pastures.

4- The hospital which requires they be a member. You, know, to have hospital privileges.

Will it get better? Probably not in my lifetime. Any newcomer to Payson will face a serious problem. I am pretty sure it is the same all over small-town America.

By the way, I would normally wonder why the Roundup doesn't take this on? But, gosh, they are struggling too. Advertising revenue is paramount to their very survival. And, the hospital does advertise.

Steve Bingham


steve bingham 6 months, 3 weeks 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 7 months, 2 weeks 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 8 months, 3 weeks 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 8 months, 3 weeks 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 8 months, 3 weeks 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 9 months 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 9 months, 1 week ago on Educator honored

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