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Health insurance expansion tangled in court cases

State lawmakers seek to reverse coverage for 300,000

Lawsuits, contradictory court rulings and election politics continue to bedevil the Affordable Healthcare Act, even now that it’s up and running.

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Got to pay the piper

Owner of local ATV company pleads guilty to unauthorized use on national forest land

A local Sedona resident recently pled guilty to a criminal charge of conducting a commercial service on the Coconino National Forest without authorization and had to pay a fine and restitution.

Early ballots mail for the Primary Election Independent voters may request a partisan ballot

Independent voters may request a partisan ballot

Early voters, get your pens ready. Early ballots for the Primary Election begin mailing for voters affiliated with a recognized political party July 31, 2014. More than 1 million early ballots will mail statewide. Recognized political parties include Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or American’s Elect.

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Rescues abound

Falls, heat spur four missions

After a quiet month, search and rescue volunteers were back at it with four missions in the past week.

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Exchange enrollment drops

Policy change results in only one foreign student

From a high of 16 students to now just one, the foreign exchange student program in Rim Country has suffered a setback due to a policy change at the national level of the EF (Education First) Founda­tion.

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Should Congress control fish hatcheries?

Rep. Gosar bill would bar fish hatchery closures without an act of congress

The US House Natural Resources Committee yesterday approve a bill by U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar to put a halt to the closure of any more federally operated fish hatcheries without specific permission from Congress.

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Rain Temporarily Stalls Managed Fires in Greater Grand Canyon Area

Widespread rain has temporarily stalled the growth of the four lightning-caused fires that are being managed to improve forest health on the Kaibab National Forest and on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Fire managers expect that the four fires, which have been burning since earlier this month, will continue growing and benefiting the ecosystem as drier conditions return to northern Arizona over the next few days.

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Out in the cold

Payson Education students have nowhere to go now

In May, Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell sadly closed the doors on the Payson Education Center (PEC), leaving around 50 students without a school.

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Fire near Tonto Basin expected to grow to 100 acres

Crews manage fire to thin overgrown brush

The lightning caused Browns fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.

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Site shopping

Alliance studying costs of four sites for university

The Rim Country Educational Alliance has hired the Tetra Tech engineering firm to provide a detailed analysis of four possible university sites, including the preferred 253-acre Forest Service-owned parcel on which the Alliance will get an appraisal in the next few weeks.

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Thinning contract: ‘A monumental task’

The logging company many hope will protect forested communities from catastrophic wildfires continues to struggle to marshal a massive effort, but hasn’t yet cut much, participants at a conference on Forest Health learned last week.

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Sheriff’s office warns of ‘deputy’ phone scam

Over the weekend, several people in Gila County received a phone call from a subject stating he was a deputy with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

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Community Almanac

Enjoy the music of England, Ireland and Scotland and help one of the area’s food banks for First Friday.

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Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.