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Looks Like Rain, but Payson Won't See Much

Storm clouds gather over the Mogollon Rim, but don’t expect too much precipitation in Payson.

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The nose knows

Search & rescue dogs once more on the right track

For the second time this month, local search and rescue dogs were called out to help find a missing man.

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Hummingbird wars

The battle rages.

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Sheriff's posse looking for more members

The Gila County Sheriff's Office Posse, a uniformed volunteer group who serves Northern Gila County, is critically short of members. The group is seeking new volunteers.

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ADOT: No construction closures scheduled along

Expect heavy traffic over busy Labor Day Weekend

As thousands of drivers look ahead to trips to campsites, cabins and beaches, the Arizona Department of Transportation is working to keep state highways as open as possible over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Dumping 700 pounds garbage nets probation

A woman who dumped more than 700 pounds of garbage near a waterway will spend a year on probation and perform 100 hour of community service.

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Roosevelt Lake Fire still burning

Crews have 800-acre blaze 50 percent contained

About 50 firefighters continue to work to contain an 800-acre brushfire burning near Roosevelt Lake. A lighting strike started the Peters Fire on August 27. The fire is burning in Sonoran Desert grass and brush two miles west of Roosevelt Lake on the slope of Peters Mountain and about nine miles south of Tonto Basin.

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Payson kids get help with reading

Reading enrichment continues to be an important after school activity for children in the Payson Community Kids program.

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Firewise program planned

Rim Country residents interested in simple ways to protect their property from possible wildfire damage, can attend a free Firewise education presentation on Sept. 5, in Beaver Valley.

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State inflicts ‘devastating’ cuts on career classes

50 percent drop threatens vocational programs

Teaching students skills the marketplace needs makes sense, right?

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A life of service

Jim Sprinkle studied impact of livestock on environment

Last Friday, a crowd celebrated Jim Sprinkle’s lifetime of work trying to unravel the complex relationship between cattle, horse, sheep and other livestock and the natural world on which they depend.

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Labor Day weekend events abound

The Labor Day holiday weekend is here.

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Payson teens having babies

Finally — Gila County no longer has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state. Still, every year more students at Payson High School wind up pregnant.

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Labor Day celebrates a day of the people

Senior Moments

September — the golden month! Days grow shorter, temperatures cool, afternoon showers are no longer a daily event, and gardens and orchards still yield fresh fruit and vegetables.

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There’s help for the woman giving birth

Doulas mother the mother

Ever heard of a doula? Not many have.

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Veterans suffer lack of services

Mil Thornton and Kevin Whitaker are on the front lines for Rim Country veterans struggling with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix. So, it is no surprise they grilled VA representatives at a recent town hall at the Payson Public Library.

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Shot spurs arrest

After a tense search through the woods behind the Payson Police Department, officers arrested a man hiding with a gun Monday morning.

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Fire near Roosevelt grows to 800 acres

A lightning-sparked fire west of Roosevelt Lake continues to burn, with smoke visible from Tonto Basin and State Route 188.