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Early election results are in

Early primary election results Tuesday night showed some candidates with a commanding lead, including District 2 County Supervisor Mike Pastor, while others, like the candidates for Payson council, are too close to call.

Pine-Strawberry School District School Stipends

Pine relies on donations to pay coaches, clubs, advisers

The 110-student Pine-Strawberry School District has a couple of things in common with the 2,400-student Payson Unified School District.

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Man injured in ATV accident

A man was critically injured Sunday afternoon after he crashed his quad near the Tonto Natural Bridge turnoff

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Pine’s Trident winery getting into the spirit(s)

Crushing grapes

On a hot August day, 2.2 tons of grapes sat in Ray Stephens’ driveway. “We can make 150 to 175 gallons of wine out of 1.2 tons of grapes,” said the owner of Trident Winery.

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Pine water snafu costs customer

Kurt Richardson thought the $3,200 quoted to him would cover the cost of a meter to get water to his retirement home in Pine. Not so.

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After the Pivot Rock fire

Two and a half months after the end of the Pivot Rock Fire, 22 members of the Payson Packers C Group assembled in the Stage parking lot, ready to discover what the forest looks like after a managed wildfire burns out.

Payson schools finance cited

For the 24th year in a row, the Payson Unified School District Business Services Department received two Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting recognitions from the Association of School Business Officials International.

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Officers seize 2,400 marijuana plants

With the help of local officers, a large outdoor marijuana grow site was busted in Cibecue recently. The identity of the growers remains unknown.

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More studies for massive mine near Superior

Tailings could cover 4,400 acres, leave 1.8-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep hole

The Tonto National Forest will start gathering information on the environmental impact of what may become the world’s largest copper mine — not to mention a humongous hole in the ground.

Republicans take the lead

Last week, Republican voters were slightly ahead of Democrats in the number of ballots returned to the Gila County Recorder’s Office for the primary election.

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Commissioner subpoenas APS

Burns trying to force utility to reveal political spending

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns’ lonely crusade to force Arizona Public Service to disclose its dark money spending took another turn this week when he issued a subpoena to force the million-customer utility to turn over its records.

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Don't forget: Get out and VOTE

Polls still open for ballots not mailed

It’s Election Day folks. If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, you need to get to the Gila County Recorder’s Office, a vote center or polling place to drop it off. Ballots are also being collected at the Payson Town Hall until 5 p.m., Tuesday.

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Payson council spending surges in final days

With the primary election upon us, the latest round of campaign spending numbers have been released.

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A dollar goes a little further in Arizona

The Tax Foundation recently produced a report showing the “Real Value of $100 in Each State.” It shows $100 is not the same everywhere.

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Be prepared for surprises when you travel to foreign countries – Part 3

Your Turn

A few months ago I mentioned that if you go abroad you should plan on a few small surprises — and maybe a few not-so-small ones. We talked about some of the screwy things that happened to me during my 12 years overseas, but we had to leave out most of them, so here are a couple more.