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Demographics dominate state school test scores

Family income, race account for most differences

It isn’t the teacher.

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Forest incidents test patience of rangers

Forest rangers get some pretty strange calls — some tragic, some just, well, strange.

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Survey: Arizona abuses its teachers

State ranks 49th when it comes to a teaching career

Arizona ranks as one of the worst states to be a teacher, according to a national study based largely on Census Data by Wallet Hub.

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County pushes for ‘stupid hiker’ law

Long list of proposals on legislative agenda for 2017

The Gila County Board of Supervisors hopes state lawmakers in the upcoming session will give counties new tools to deal with blighted, trashed properties as well as a better way to charge foolish hikers for the cost of a rescue.

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Area residents looking forward to less smoke

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek and Colcord Road residents have chilled as the fuels-reduction operation along and beneath the Mogollon Rim east of Highway 260 draws to a close.

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Walk around the Village reveals changes of the season

The Village

My husband and I normally walk around the Village for exercise each day and recently we both remarked about the change in the weather and the visual changes that we noticed.

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Remake of ‘Magnificent Seven’ has a ton of action

At the Movies

Fans of the original version, the classic 1960 Western starring Yul Brynner, know that it in fact had a Japanese film as its predecessor.

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How I handled Air Force One

Your Turn

Yes, you read that title right; I not only got to handle the presidential aircraft — Air Force One — but I also got to do most of the grunt work all by my lonesome.

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Rim holidays – Independence Day

Back When

The Fourth of July was celebrated by early settlers in the Rim Country without the help of pyrotechnics.

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Endangered chubs roil the waters

Push to merge three fish species into one provokes loud protest

A chub, by any other name, would be what exactly?

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Deadline for quilt classes looms

The big Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Oct. 14-15, but some of the most coveted classes take place in advance of exhibition and registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Endangered gartersnake has a home

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has partnered with Northern Arizona University (NAU) to release two male and one female narrow-headed gartersnakes into a newly created wetland adjacent to the AZGFD Pinetop regional office.

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School board candidates gather

Four of the five Payson Unified School District school board candidates made their case for votes at the Sept. 20 Payson Tea Party meeting.

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Residents grapple with Tonto Forest’s plan

A forest on the edge

About 40 Rim Country residents last week puzzled their way through an attempt to explain the enormous complexity and impact of the Tonto National Forest’s effort to overhaul it’s plan to manage 3 million acres of drought-plagued, insect-tormented, loved-to-death forest.

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State’s teacher shortage slides toward crisis

Payson filled its slots, but 2,000 jobs remain vacant

The Payson Unified School District managed to fill all its empty teaching positions this year.