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Bomb threat closes Walmart Monday morning

Walmart was evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat.

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David slays Goliath – with arrows, not slings

Pine archers prove the bigger they come the harder they fall

David slaying Goliath was a walk in the park compared to what Pine Strawberry School accomplished at the 2015 Arizona Archery in Schools State Championships held March 14 at Ben Avery Shooting Range near Phoenix.

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Volunteers make tax time pain free

There is a little less than a month to file taxes and local AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are still available to help residents file free.

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Forest restoration efforts increase

Fire budget threatens to sap maintenance, recreation programs

The Forest Service is struggling to increase the pace of forest restoration and thinning efforts, but the soaring cost of fighting wildfires threatens to “cripple” the agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie this week told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Disaster at thrift store develops into a blessing

A disaster at the Pine Community Center a little more than two years ago has become a blessing. And it’s a blessing with a delightful surprise.

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Volunteers pitch in to help community garden

What could be more fun than green mustard on St. Patrick’s Day?

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Hospitals, doctors fear a budget disaster scenario

Arizona hospitals and doctors face a potential disaster scenario this year, with lawsuits and state proposals pending that could hit them hard on the bottom line.

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Congressmen urge payments to rural counties

Gosar joins effort to restore federal payments nationally

Congressman Paul A. Gosar (R-Prescott), whose district includes Rim Country, joined in the call for restored funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and  the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) in fiscal year 2016.

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Gas prices low

Station owner cites gas war

After months of paying amongst the highest gas prices in the state, Payson drivers now pay some of the lowest.

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US 89 south of Page repaired and open to traffic

School buses first to use newly rebuilt roadway after $25 million repair is completed following 2013 landslide

At approximately 4:15 p.m. Friday, US 89 south of Page was reopened to traffic for the first time following a Feb. 20, 2013, landslide that caused catastrophic damage to the roadway, requiring a 23-mile closure between the junction of State Route 98 in Page and US 89A near Bitter Springs.

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Slave war grips Rim Country (... 800 years ago)

Hilltop fortresses suggest conflict

The silent tumbles of stone on hilltops scattered throughout Rim Country and much of Central Arizona have revealed a startling lost world, marked by warfare, violence, slavery and a desperate struggle to survive.

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County attorney accused

A former deputy county attorney has filed a discrimination claim with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

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Police investigate ‘suspicious’ vehicle fire

Officials are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire in Star Valley Tuesday evening.

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Merging boards will streamline process for new businesses

The Payson Town Council recently took the first step toward consolidating the Design Review Board with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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ADEQ Electronic Waste Recycling Event set for April 4

ADEQ announces an Electronics Waste Recycling Event will be held Saturday, April 4 at the Town of Payson Multi-Event Center.

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Spring is heaven for sports

DJ's Music Trivia

Early spring — what a terrific time of the year. For those of us who enjoy nature and getting out into the great outdoors, it doesn’t get any better than this. Birds are singin’, flowers are bloomin’, grass is greenin’, days are gettin’ longer — and Rim Road 300 will soon be opening.

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Fuel program waits on county action

Rattlin' the Rim

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee is hosting a public meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 in the Pine Senior Center that will be highlighted by an update on the 2015 brush pickup program and a PowerPoint presentation on the committee’s progression since its inception.