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Cruise has it all: Thirsty bighorns, violent volcanoes

So a lovely lady, three wildlife biologists and an old geologist ginger step into a boat — that is to say a 20-foot pontoon craft.

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Thinning may cut greenhouse gas

Method may generate money for restoration

Thin a forest.

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Prepared for the worst

Schools update disaster planning

Once again, Susan Campbell, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Payson Unified School District, has presented better emergency plans for the district.

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Local candidates gather at chamber

Many local candidates showed up at a recent Rim Country Chamber of Commerce meeting to introduce themselves to business leaders in the community.

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Monsoon storms unleash fatal fury

Unsettled monsoon conditions have set in, mingling welcome moisture with deadly lightning strikes and a rash of new fires.

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Make a deal

Star Valley extends contract with sheriff

The Star Valley Town Council took positive action on behalf of its citizens, Tuesday, June 19. But in each case, looming large was the shadow of its loss of more than 25 percent of its revenue due to the forced discontinuation of the photo enforcement program.

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Drama in court

Relationship ends in an assault and a prison term

During an emotionally charged court session, a Payson man was sentenced to 2.25 years in prison for beating up his ex-girlfriend.

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GCC hopes dwindle with its enrollment

The $6 million question for Gila Community College — can it run independently? And will $6 million even suffice for the provisional college district in the face of plunging enrollment?

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Deputies seize 52 pot plants in Gisela

A large marijuana grow operation was discovered in Gisela Saturday.

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Prison for nearly running over officer

A man who nearly ran into a Payson Police Department officer last year was sentenced Friday to three years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Writing lines in the pines

Creek authors to participate in this weekend’s book festival

One of the things I enjoy about living in Christopher Creek is the variety of plants, animals and people. Yes, people.

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Still looking for return of the monsoon

The Village

Where’s the monsoon? It headed straight to Phoenix and bypassed Payson. Boy, did they get hit on Monday night, a microburst, heavy rain, a dust storm and flooding, all in one storm.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – John Henry Thompson, Part 2

Back When

After filling the unexpired office of the late Glenn Reynolds, John Henry Thompson was elected on his own in 1890 as sheriff of Gila County, and in June he and Carrie moved to Globe.

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Pine library seeks community’s help

Rattlin' the Rim

In the July 15 Rattlin’ the Rim, I encouraged Payson High School’s prospective football players to participate in a preseason training camp to be held July 18-22 on the school’s campus.

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’ – Part 2

Your Turn

The first thing the 19-year-old basic trainee deserter did when Eddie Morgan and I got him seated in our compartment and the train started rolling was look at my drill instructor’s badge and say, “DI, you ain’t never gonna get me back to that base! I’ll take out both of you.”