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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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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.

Naked man sentenced

A man that drank three bottles of vodka and then threatened to cut a woman’s head off was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison Thursday.

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PCS Volunteers - Heroes of Education

The Payson Unified School District board recognized three volunteers that have given their time and talents to Payson Center for Success, the online school in the district.

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Zane Grey’s Rim Country years

Chapter 2 – Arrival in Rim Country

The Zane Grey legacy in Arizona’s Rim Country began in the fall of 1918 when he brought his 9-year-old son Romer and a hunting party into Payson

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Creek says farewell to a grand lady

Christopher Creek summer resident, Martha Bethancourt, left this world on News Year’s Eve. She passed away while laughing and enjoying dinner with friends. We are told she was “still going like a locomotive until the end.”

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Hearts and flowers close on heels of Christmas decorations

The holiday season is over ... what a letdown. Everything looks bare after all the decorations that adorned streets, offices and homes.

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Broken branch, pile of scat & Mogollon Monster

This is an occasional series about Bigfoot/Sasquatch activity in the Rim Country. This is the second part of this series, in which I’m taking you along on a recent camping trip up on the Rim looking for evidence that Sasquatches may be in the area.

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Fishing: Still the most fun way to stay humble

Are you interested in catching (and releasing) some really big trout? I’d suggest you give Silver Creek, outside of Show Low, a try. Silver Creek is a spring-fed creek that maintains great water temperature for trout throughout the year. The slow-flowing stream has many deep pools where hundreds of 18-22 inch trout are tantalizingly close to the fishermen. Depending on the conditions of the water the day you visit, it may be murky or extremely clear. Either way, fish lurk there!

Residents alarmed about lead in water

National report raises alarm but local expert finds few problems

Reports documenting unhealthy levels of lead in drinking water nationwide has local residents concerned.

Resale Store is main funding for humane society shelter

Did you know that our Resale Store, located at 501 W. Main St., is our main source of funding for the Humane Society of Central Arizona shelter?

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A true example of great sportsmanship

Rattlin' the Rim

Earlier this week I penned a remembrance of former Payson High School football and baseball coach Terry Nodlinski who died Jan. 1 in Scottsdale following a battle with cancer.