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Provide input to mayor, council on sales-tax increase issue

A May 11 date has been set for the first public hearing on the City of Benson’s proposed 1 percent sales tax increase, a move the city says is needed to offset looming budget shortfalls.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Thanking J6 Equestrian for help with event
Posted: March 31, 2015

The Benson Pony Express would like to thank J6 Equestrian, Myron, Martha and Katherine, for hosting our fundraising event held Saturday, March 21. We raised $350 for Care For the Horses. 

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Guest opinion: Reversing the trend
Posted: March 31, 2015

News that the population in Cochise County dropped 1.8 percent last year, while the metropolitan areas in Arizona grew, offers more evidence of the challenge Southeast Arizona faces in joining the national trend toward a healthier economy.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Appreciative of coverage, sponsors
Posted: March 24, 2015

Thanks to the News-Sun for the coverage of St. David’s 1880s Historic Military Ball. We hope to see even more folks at next year’s ball -- March 5, 2016.

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Offering congratulations for jobs well-done
Posted: March 24, 2015

We often use this space to point out what is wrong in our community, county or state legislature, but this week we’re highlighting some good news in the San Pedro Valley.

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Wangsness balks at removal from council
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Voters of Benson, was your voice stolen Tuesday, March 10? On March 10, 2015, without a vote by the Council or even consultation with them, Mayor Toney King declared my seat vacant while I have been on an extended, temporary work assignment in Canada. I have voted with near perfect attendance either in person, or for the last seven months by phone with implied approval of the City Council. 

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'Not the change Benson needs’
Posted: March 24, 2015

My husband, Peter Wangsness, was proud to be elected councilman representing the City of Benson and he takes his job seriously. 

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American Legion golf tourney thanks
Posted: March 24, 2015

American Legion Post 45 wishes to thank the following businesses, individuals, and organizations for their continual support and contribution to the seventh Annual American Legion Golf Tournament: Apache Nitrogen, DiPeso Realty, George’s Automotive, Walmart, VFW Post 6271 (Benson), G&F Pizza, 86 Café, Safeway, Southern Arizona Distributing, Navy CBs (Tucson), Rapid Auto and Towing Service (Mescal), Health Care Innovations, GT Touchstone, Salcido Marine Detachment (Benson), Post 11 (Douglas), Post 24 (Tombstone), Post 109 (Vail), Post 36 (Tucson). 

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Seek all possible alternatives before enacting sales tax hike
Posted: March 17, 2015

If you’ve seen the pages of the San Pedro Valley New-Sun over the past weeks, then you’re more than aware there are tough decisions facing our city in regard to the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1.

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Study shows value of community colleges
Posted: March 17, 2015

As president of Cochise College, I am part of the Arizona Community College Coordinating Council (ACCCC), which is a leadership consortium of the state’s 10 community college districts. Because they provide services to a wide audience and maintain close ties with the communities and industries they serve, community colleges are often recognized as economic drivers. We see signs of success every day in our students and alumni, but the big picture is emerging with the first statewide economic impact study of Arizona’s community colleges.

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
State budget not kind to higher education
Posted: March 10, 2015

One downside to developing something as important as a state budget behind closed doors is getting people — beyond the Legislature and its majority of Republicans — to support your vision.

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