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Wrestling tournament postponed

Payson restores mat tourney moniker: Tim Van Horn Memorial back

The Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 has been postponed because of the expected winter storm. The tournament has been rescheduled as a one-day event on Friday, Jan. 27.

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Storms bear down on Rim Country

A second winter storm expected this weekend will probably bring only a couple of inches of snow to Payson by Saturday, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

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Fossil Creek 'safety crisis' decried

The Forest Service has failed to address a public safety emergency in Fossil Creek, Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris wrote this week in response to the latest proposed management plan.

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Land up for grabs

New rules for federal transfers

Emboldened with a change in the White House, House Republicans this month approved a rules change with a party-line vote that could make it easier for federal lands to be transferred to states and other entities.

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One last journey with Lobo

Editor’s note: I’ve had so many people ask me about my Travels with Lobo that I felt obligated to talk about this final journey with him.

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John and Kathy Tiautschold Heroes of Education

The Payson Unified School District board recognized John and Kathy Tiautschold as Heroes of Education at its Jan. 9 meeting.

Police need help finding thieves that stole $100,000 in tools

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help finding who broke into a construction yard and made off with $101,000 in tools.

Production problems with Milk Ranch Wells

Milk Ranch wells fixes expensive

The production numbers for the three Milk Ranch wells in the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District between 2014 and 2016 show radical swings over three years.

Seven-person rollover on the Beeline Highway

A group of seven people escaped serious injury Sunday night after their vehicle rolled on the Beeline Highway.

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Fossil Creek plan comment period extended

The Forest Service has extended the deadline for sounding off on a plan to permanently limit access to Fossil Creek — and clamp down on the places where people can swim in the pristine, travertine stream.

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Nodlinski left his mark on PHS

Throngs of family, friends, former students and athletes turned out Jan. 7 at the John Neumann Parish in Yuma to pay tribute to longtime teacher and coach Terry Nodlinski.

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Raffle to Benefit Senior Center in Payson

To celebrate love, Valentine’s Day and its customers, the Senior Center’s Trinkets and Treasures thrift shop will raffle off a Michael DeAngelo wedding dress.

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Ancient humans coped with shifting climate

The climate’s warming. The glaciers are melting. The carbon dioxide’s rising. But if it’s any comfort — human beings have been mucking with the planet’s ecosystem for a very long time.

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History, organics inspire writer

A love of history serves as a foundation for Josephine DeFalco’s fiction. Her work as a nutritionist, health advocate and urban organic farmer are the cornerstones for her cookbooks.

Man gets 22 years for abuse of his mother

A man that left his ailing mother in filth while he spent her money, was sentenced to more than two decades in prison.