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Forest Road 300 offers soothing dose of historic scenery

The view off the meander of Forest Road 300 stretches for 100 miles and 100 years, following the wagon road General George Crook blazed in the wrenching war with the Apache Indians that defined American history and character.

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Five Great Mountain Bike Trails

The best thing about riding in Rim Country is how each trail takes your breath away — not just from all the uphill pedaling, but how almost all the trails wind their way around at some point to a vista.

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In search of the perfect fishing hole

I stand stalwart with my fly rod in the mighty East Verde, entertaining the hatchery trout to the best of my haphazard abilities.

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You get a line and I’ll get a pole ...

Fishing expert recommends best fishing hotspots – whether you catch anything or not

We asked outdoor columnist Dennis Pirch to rattle off Rim Country’s 10 best fishing holes to help our visitors afflicted with a need to spend the day standing around in a beautiful place wondering why the inexplicably fickle and temperamental fish lurking out of sight have such contempt for the lure/PowerBait/dry fly/nymph/whatever attached to the ends of their lines.

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Little League All-Stars Scoreboard

Check our Little League All-Stars Scoreboard for the latest scores and game schedules as Payson teams compete in several baseball and softball age divisions and check the Roundup's print editions for stories and photos.

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Our favorite hiking trails – with a view

The same elevation changes crowded into a small space that make Payson so diverse when it comes to scenery, plants and animals, also provide some of the most scenic and interesting hiking, biking and horseback riding trails in Arizona.

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Payson schools struggle to juggle online classes

Board approves plan to improve completion rate, pay

On June 18, the Payson Unified School District board voted to change the name of Payson Virtual Academy to Payson Center for Success Online.

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Before disaster strikes

Payson Fire will identify dangers

Starting later this month, the Payson Fire Department will begin a large property assessment, analyzing which yards could withstand the threat of a wildfire and which need some cleaning up.

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GCC offers photography

This fall, acclaimed photographer Randy Hust will teach Beginning Digital Photography, ART 128, at Gila Community College.

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Houston Mesa Fire chief leaves

He has been putting fires out for years, so it’s no stretch diffusing hostile and sometimes dangerous situations for Mark Essary. This time, however, Essary will be corralling criminals instead of flames.

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Tragedy’s postscript: Dog missing

A dog that ran off from a hiking group before a lethal lightning strike killed one woman and injured several others on the Mogollon Rim last weekend is still missing.

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Dude remembered as gut-wrenching catastrophe

Rattlin' the Rim

Countless stories have been written the past week about the Dude Fire because it is the 25th anniversary of the inferno that scarred our landscape and our souls.

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Monsoon season has arrived

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a couple of light showers last Saturday evening. The temperature dropped 25 degrees in a short time. Then the lightning put on a show and scared some folks.

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Pine wine tasting room open on holiday

There’s a new and fun thing to do in Pine each weekend — wine tasting at the Trident Winery Tasting Room off Hardscrabble Road.

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Words that captured the meaning of America

Your Turn

After the defeat and exile of Napoleon Bonaparte in April 1814, the British turned their eyes upon a still young nation across the seas that had dared to defy them.

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Monsoon rains perking up gardens

The Village

The monsoon has arrived. Tonto Village has received a measurable amount of rain this past week and thank goodness … now our garden can perk up and look lively again.

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Storm lashes Rim Country

After the severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, June 30, it didn’t look good for the Fourth of July celebrations, but the National Weather Service predicts only a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening for Payson’s fireworks show — which could attract as many as 20,000 people, including many fleeing the heat in the Valley.