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Alliance studying costs of four sites for university

The Rim Country Educational Alliance has hired the Tetra Tech engineering firm to provide a detailed analysis of four possible university sites, including the preferred 253-acre Forest Service-owned parcel on which the Alliance will get an appraisal in the next few weeks.

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Thinning contract: ‘A monumental task’

The logging company many hope will protect forested communities from catastrophic wildfires continues to struggle to marshal a massive effort, but hasn’t yet cut much, participants at a conference on Forest Health learned last week.

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Sheriff’s office warns of ‘deputy’ phone scam

Over the weekend, several people in Gila County received a phone call from a subject stating he was a deputy with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

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Community Almanac

Enjoy the music of England, Ireland and Scotland and help one of the area’s food banks for First Friday.

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Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.

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Rain dampens Northern Arizona fires

8,000 acres have burned, but serve to thin forest

With the return of monsoonal precipitation to all fires, growth and activity have slowed. Crews continue to monitor the fires and do preparation work ahead of drier conditions forecasted to return mid-week. Smoke will be much lighter today and tonight. Fire managers continue to coordinate with neighboring forests, national parks, municipal fire departments, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts. For more information on smoke and air quality please visit or

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Lightning caused Browns fire managed for resource benefit

Fire estimated at 25 acres near Tonto Basin

The lightning caused Browns fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.

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Exchange students reflect on year

Education First (EF), the group that brings foreign exchange students to Payson every year, needs more host families to keep the program going.

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Volunteers rally to help protect the forest

Each month, the volunteers of the Payson Ranger District meet to eat and hear about safety and volunteer issues.

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Lightning sparks Tonto Basin Fire

Damp conditions prompt fire crews to let it burn

The lightning caused Browns fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness area, six miles east of Tonto Basin.

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Bar M Fire expands to 4,500 acres, but crews making progress

Smoke plagues Flagstaff, Sedona, Verde Valley

Last night smoke from the Sitgreaves Complex on the Kaibab National Forest drifted toward Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Verde Valley. Good winds and ventilation conditions near the Bar M Fire helped the smoke disperse away from Mormon Lake Village and Long Park, though light smoke drifted southerly toward I-17 and the Verde Valley in the evening.

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Firefighter retires after 21 years

Don Voakes’ clearest memories of the 21 years he spent as a Pine Strawberry Fire Department engineer and EMT might not be battling inferno-like wildfires or answering life-threatening medical calls.

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Balas’ assault conviction upheld by appeals court

A man found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend with a pair of scissors and sentenced to 12 years in prison will remain there after an appeals court recently upheld his conviction.

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FBLA receives top honors at national conference

Payson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) scored big at their annual National Leadership Conference, competing against more than 10,000 students from around the country.