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Endangered chubs roil the waters

Push to merge three fish species into one provokes loud protest

A chub, by any other name, would be what exactly?

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Deadline for quilt classes looms

The big Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Oct. 14-15, but some of the most coveted classes take place in advance of exhibition and registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Endangered gartersnake has a home

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has partnered with Northern Arizona University (NAU) to release two male and one female narrow-headed gartersnakes into a newly created wetland adjacent to the AZGFD Pinetop regional office.

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School board candidates gather

Four of the five Payson Unified School District school board candidates made their case for votes at the Sept. 20 Payson Tea Party meeting.

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Residents grapple with Tonto Forest’s plan

A forest on the edge

About 40 Rim Country residents last week puzzled their way through an attempt to explain the enormous complexity and impact of the Tonto National Forest’s effort to overhaul it’s plan to manage 3 million acres of drought-plagued, insect-tormented, loved-to-death forest.

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State’s teacher shortage slides toward crisis

Payson filled its slots, but 2,000 jobs remain vacant

The Payson Unified School District managed to fill all its empty teaching positions this year.

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Still burning

Firefighters completed burnout operations for the 2,266-acre Fulton Fire, burning just below the Rim.

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Organized shoplifting

During the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18, the Payson Police had eight arrests.

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New Rim resident offers help to veterans and their widows

Kevin Hamilton and his wife, Faye, are new part-time residents of the Rim Country.

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Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 2016 Testicle Festival Oct. 8

Enjoy a day of unique fun and entertainment at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Saturday, Oct. 8.

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Benefit planned for Lori Nelson at Healthy Perspectives Oct. 15

Lori Nelson, for more than a decade, has used her massage skills to benefit the Payson community and many non-profit groups, including Time Out, Inc. Now she needs help.

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Grant expert advises Star Valley

The repercussions of the loss of about 28 percent of its revenue with discontinuing the photo enforcement program has the Star Valley Town Council looking for options to bring in more money.

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Sheriff outfits fleet of Expeditions

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has five new 2017 Ford Expeditions waiting to go on patrol, as soon as they’re “upfitted.”

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Help with Medicare annual Open Enrollment

Fall Open Enrollment in Medicare is from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2016 and it’s the time of year when people with Medicare can make unrestricted changes to their coverage options.

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Wildfire lane restriction lifted on SR 260 east of Payson

All eastbound lanes now open to traffic

An extended lane closure has been lifted on eastbound State Route 260 about 30 miles east of Payson after crews made good progress against the Fulton Fire on Sunday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.