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:
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.
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:
Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest were lifted effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
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.
In May, Payson High School lost all of its music teachers.
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.
You may have smelled something tasty as you drove into Payson from Star Valley recently.
Star Valley town officials are paying close attention to the community’s budget this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He came to Payson 33 years ago and took a job as a laborer, learning the building trades as he went.
A long affair and an angry father leads to tragedy – and long pondering by prosecutors
An angry father. An armed man. A deadly confrontation.
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