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Fire near Herber grows to 1,000 acres

Firefighters managing fire to burn off brush, debris

The 1,000-acre Baldwin Fire five miles south of Heber continues to burn quietly, thanks to damp monsoon conditions. The Forest Service issued the following update on Friday morning:

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State fighting suit against big game retrieval

The State of Arizona and Office of the Arizona Attorney General has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow limited off-road motorized big game retrieval by elk and bison hunters on the Kaibab National Forest.

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Lightning-caused fires burn atop the Rim

Fires managed to thin, restore forest

Several lightning-caused fires continue to burn atop the Rim, but the Coconino National Forest fire crews are mostly letting them burn within defined areas, taking advantage of damp, monsoon conditions to use the forest to thin rather than destroy the forest. The Coconino Forest put out the following update on Friday morning:

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Fire restrictions lifted with return of monsoon

Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest were lifted effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

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Smoke hangs over Pine from three lightning-sparked fires

Smoke was hanging over Pine Thursday afternoon, alarming residents. Fire officials say while there are lightning-sparked fires burning on the Mogollon Rim, Pine-Strawberry is not threatened and the smoke is coming from fires miles away.

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Students keep music program going

In May, Payson High School lost all of its music teachers.

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Minister challenges Rep. Gosar

Strauss mounts challenge in the primary

Minister turned congressional candidate Ray Strauss once more brought his longshot insurgency to Rim Country, with a meet-the-public gathering this week at Tiny’s Restaurant.

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Maybe Can’t Stop Smokin’ just can’t stop growin’

You may have smelled something tasty as you drove into Payson from Star Valley recently.

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Star Valley continues senior programs

Star Valley town officials are paying close attention to the community’s budget this year.

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From outer space to inner space

Pastor Stein was once a top NASA engineer

At least three things make Mount Cross Lutheran Church’s new pastor Scott Stein a unique minister.

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Former commissioner decries effort to ‘kill solar’

Dark money, solar make election ‘most important’ in state history

“I believe this is the most important election in the history of Arizona,” said former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes of the campaign to fill three seats on the utility-regulating commission in the shadow of a debate about solar energy and dark money.

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Challenger blasts Sen. McCain

Fresh from the Republican National Convention, Dr. Kelli Ward renewed her slash-and-burn attack on Arizona Sen. John McCain — who skipped the convention crowning Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

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State schools superintendent gets a Payson earful

Local officials urge end to flip-flopping chaos of change in standards

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas on her “We are Listening” tour, got an earful when she stopped in Payson recently.

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Payson mayor candidates clash

He came to Payson 33 years ago and took a job as a laborer, learning the building trades as he went.

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Prosecutors say shooting was self-defense

A long affair and an angry father leads to tragedy – and long pondering by prosecutors

An angry father. An armed man. A deadly confrontation.