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From outer space to inner space

Pastor Stein was once a top NASA engineer

At least three things make Mount Cross Lutheran Church’s new pastor Scott Stein a unique minister.

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Challenger blasts Sen. McCain

Fresh from the Republican National Convention, Dr. Kelli Ward renewed her slash-and-burn attack on Arizona Sen. John McCain — who skipped the convention crowning Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

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State schools superintendent gets a Payson earful

Local officials urge end to flip-flopping chaos of change in standards

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas on her “We are Listening” tour, got an earful when she stopped in Payson recently.

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Payson mayor candidates clash

He came to Payson 33 years ago and took a job as a laborer, learning the building trades as he went.

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Prosecutors say shooting was self-defense

A long affair and an angry father leads to tragedy – and long pondering by prosecutors

An angry father. An armed man. A deadly confrontation.

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Drone foils firefighters

Crews were mopping up the nine-acre Webber Fire on the Rim above Pine Saturday after a storm dumped nearly an inch of rain.

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Mountain bike advocates scope out Rumsey for trails

The folks from the Rim Country Mountain Bike Association planned to scope out trails around Rumsey Park yesterday, July 25.

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Dig into gardening class

Gila County Community College and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 “Gardening and Landscape” class at the Payson campus this fall semester 2016.

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Payson commission approves tire shop

The Planning and Zoning Commission gave the go ahead for a tire repair shop along the Beeline Highway.

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Democrat leads in congressional fundraising

The intense race to fill the Flagstaff congressional seat vacated by Ann Kirkpatrick yielded some surprising news last week, with word that Democrat Tom O’Halleran has a big financial lead over the crowd of Republicans vying for the seat, according to just released campaign finance reports.

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Arizona Game & Fish definitely going a bit batty

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to join biologists in netting bats from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 along the Verde River, north of Scottsdale.

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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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Sun Devils come early to Tontozona

Way back when, Arizona State University’s football team started holding its preseason practices at Camp Tontozona near Christopher Creek to escape the demands of technology — including television, telephones and the endless distractions likely to keep the team from bonding and focusing.