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High school FFA wins top honors

The National FFA Organization recognized the Payson High School FFA chapter in its 2015 National Chapter Award Program at its convention on Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.

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Holiday events abound in Rim Country

OK – no looking back – the holiday season has arrived and it gets a little mind-boggling when you start trying to just list (chronologically) all the events planned for the next several weeks ... and the school stuff isn’t even included ...

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Celebrate ranching and the holidays

Ranching has deep roots in Gila County — there were ranchers making a living off the land long before there was even a Gila County.

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Turning private grief into public good

When Terry Gould inherited money after his brother, Roy, died, he wanted to do something positive with some of it.

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Hospital ER wait times drop, patient count rises

Long emergency room waits and staff struggles with a new electronic record keeping system produced a rough start for Banner Health Systems’ takeover of the Payson Regional Medical Center four months ago.

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Crazy drug policy

Are we addicted to incarceration?

The ASU Morrison Institute’s State of the State conference keynote speaker former Police Chief of Mesa and current District Attorney of San Francisco George Gascon believes so.

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Tommie Martin to serve as CSA president-elect

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin (Dist. 1) was selected by her colleagues as president-elect of the County Supervisors Association (CSA) at the Nov. 19, 2015 meeting of the CSA Board of Directors.

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Horns of a dilemma

Country club elk fence debated

Plans to put an elk fence around the upscale golf community Chaparral Pines went forward Thursday night despite the plea of several residents who said the fence won’t work if it ends up with gaps where the homeowners association cannot secure the easements.

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Arizona students struggle with reading

Scores far below national average

Fourth-graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine other states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly, but still falls below the nation’s average.

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How should Park Service manage Grand Canyon?

Input sought on background hiking, camping plan

The National Park Service (NPS) announced today another opportunity for the public to weigh in on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park’s Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The NPS began developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this plan in 2011 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than 580 public comments were submitted during the initial phases of the development of this DEIS.

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Holiday driving traffic tips

Last Thanksgiving deadliest on the highways

The Arizona Department of Transportation on Tuesday advised motorists to not speed on their holiday travels, in hopes of avoiding last year's carnage -- the deadliest in a decade on the state's highways.

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Kids impressed by Impressionism

On Nov. 13, Payson High School art teacher George Conley trundled over to Payson Elementary School to teach the children about Impressionism.

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Firefighters collecting toys for kids

Due to scheduling conflicts and time constraints, there will be no Tamales for Toys drive this year, but organizers are still holding a toy drive.

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Forest thinning progress – and criticism

Debate rages on about largest forest restoration effort in U.S. history

The largest forest restoration project in history continues to make progress — and spur criticism.

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Payson Christian School honors students for character

The Payson Community Christian School honors students each month for showing different types of character for the month.

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If you want their attention – gotta leave ’em laughing

This article deserves a hilarious opening, but for me, humor only hurts when I laugh.

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Seventh-day Adventist Church donates smoke alarms

Just in time for winter, a local church has made a donation of smoke alarms to the Payson Fire Department.