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Bird experts flock to Gila County conference

If you’ve wanted to sharpen your skills identifying backyard birds by their field marks, their birdcalls and behavior, sign up soon for the Arizona Field Ornithologists gathering planned for Oct. 3-5 at Bullion Plaza Auditorium, 150 N. Plaza Circle in Miami, Ariz.

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Longhorns pull away from Cards 36-22

GLENDALE - Ruben Estrada scored on a 49-yard hook-n-ladder play to break a tie game with 21 seconds left in the first half and Wyatt Chapman ran for a 68-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and visiting Payson shut out Glendale in the second half to beat the Cardinals 36-22 in football on Friday night.

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Marine won’t quit

Combat veteran walks 2,241 miles & counting to help comrades

Day 96 and mile 2,241: That is how far veteran Marine sniper Justin Kuhel had come Friday when he walked through Payson on a cross-country journey to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

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Office workers needed

Victoria Farnsworth hopes to fill a niche.

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Forest Service Ranger involved in shooting

Officer uninjured, details sketchy

Clints Well, Ariz. – A law enforcement officer with the Coconino National Forest was involved in a shooting this afternoon after contacting an individual in the forest near the Mogollon Rim area, according to a Forest Service release at 4 p.m. on Friday.

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School AIMS scores drop in 3rd-5th grade

Volatile student test scores dropped at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) from last year, perhaps reflecting administrative upheaval.

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Schools turn to community

Override failure may force cuts

With a yes vote on the Payson Unified School District override in November, Rim Country residents can offer direct support to local teachers.

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Vocational program ready

College cosmetology building nearly done

Gila Community College (GCC) has just put the finishing touches on the cosmetology building and hired an instructor.

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Softball bolsters economy

DJ's Music Trivia

There were 32 teams competing; with an average of 12 girls per team; an average family size of four. Figure in friends and relatives.

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Fire on Rim race draws record numbers

Rattlin' the Rim

The Fourth Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race was a fantastic event that drew raves from racers and spectators alike.

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Creek resident wages epic battle against gophers

Christopher Creek is again the site of an event of historical significance, perhaps. This locale is rife with history such as the arrival of the pioneer families, the murder of John See’s wife, the escapades of our neighbor and famous author Zane Grey, the Apache raids, the crash of the plane carrying the MGM lion, the proximity of the Battle of Big Dry Wash, the nearby Pleasant Valley War, and the Battle of Middle Colum­bine.

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Wet weather warmly welcomed on the Rim

The Village

Tonto Village got a royal soaking on Monday afternoon. Not only did the Village get rain, but hail the size of marbles.

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Not-so-famous last words

Your Turn

Lt. Pat O’Brien, an American volunteer who served in the Royal Flying Corps in WWI, was shot down over hostile territory, escaped, and wrote a book about it.

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Education divides would-be governors

Two polished and articulate candidates clashed in a gaff-free governor’s debate last week, revealing sharp differences — especially when it comes to education.