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Payson Community Garden getting ready to sprout

Get ready for the 2015 Community Garden grand opening March 7.

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Senators again seek wildfire funding reforms

Bill would boost wildfire budget by 50 percent, require major thinning

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators have once again teamed up to introduce a bill to increase wildfire fighting funds along with money for forest restoration projects needed to prevent community-consuming megafires.

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One final battle

Group honors service of veterans in hospice

Gustave “Frank” Berger hunched in his wheelchair while his wife, Ripples, held his trembling hand. Frank has been accepted into hospice care, with his oxygen bottle and a lifetime of memories — including service in the Navy in World War II and Korea.

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Unfit to stand trial

A man who reportedly stole a Payson police cruiser last year and drove it to the Valley is receiving mental treatment so he can stand trial.

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Pine residents rally to save thinning program

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee took another step toward holding a second successive spring and summer brush pickup program by receiving authorization from the P/S Fire Board to allow Fire Chief Gary Morris to negotiate an equipment lease and payroll agreement with the committee.

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‘Angels all around me ...’

Grand Canyon clouds inspire Pine songwriter

John Carpino finally has his dream job — playing music all the time.

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Community Almanac

The Payson Public Library is celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss with music from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 4.

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Clubs and Organizations

The High Country Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St. at the corner of Easy St. and Sherwood.

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March is our most unpredictable month

March! Sounds like an order, doesn’t it?

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Storms refill C.C. Cragin

Just two sizable winter storms have almost refilled the nearly empty C.C. Cragin Reservoir, according to the Salt River Project.

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Voden lawyer seeks to bar past cases

Defense attorneys for Mike Voden hope a judge will this week bar prosecutors from introducing at his murder trial evidence he had previously brandished a gun at several dog owners.

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Star Valley finalizing water, road plans

The Star Valley Town Council tonight at 6 p.m. will make a final decision on how or whether to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money on new wells and road improvements.

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Death justified

Ranger acted in self defense

A U.S. Forest Service officer who shot and killed an Oklahoma man who attacked him with pepper spray last year will not face charges.

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Payson schools excel in report

District costs low, but students do well on AIMS

Payson schools have seen better student achievement with fewer dollars than comparable school districts, according to the annual report card of Arizona’s school districts released last week by the Auditor General’s Office.

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Culinary Arts students learn how to make healthy tasty

Devon Wells plopped a huge cookie sheet down on the counter.

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Taste of Rim Country fundraiser draws region’s top chefs

The Library Friends of Payson are still selling tickets for the A Taste of Rim Country library fundraiser.

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Prepared to help in disaster

The Rim Country and Gila County recently acquired 15 residents now qualified to help in the event of a disaster.