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School tempest

Much ado about curriculum, texts

Three years ago, the Payson Unified School District adopted Beyond Textbooks.

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County eyes $6 million in projects

There might be a light at the end of the tunnel for the crowded county facilities in Payson.

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County attorney named president of State Bar

For the first time, an attorney from Gila County is heading up the State Bar of Arizona.

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Little League All-Stars Scoreboard

Check our Little League All-Stars Scoreboard for the latest scores and game schedules as Payson teams compete in several baseball and softball age divisions and check the Roundup's print editions for stories and photos.

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Best 4th of July Bash Ever!

Small town, big crowd

It was everything a cozy hometown celebration of the nation’s independence should be, but with 16,000 of your closest friends.

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Voden sentencing hearing delayed

The sentencing for a Payson man convicted of killing his neighbor has been delayed.

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Visitors leave less trash in the forest

Overall, the July 4 weekend in the forest went pretty well, according to Chris Welker, recreation officer for the Payson Ranger District.

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Phoenix Reports Increase in Stolen Vehicles

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released its annual Hot Spots vehicle theft report for 2014. While vehicle thefts are down overall across the country, some cities – including Phoenix – bucked the national trend.

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Forest restoration gains ground

4FRI contractor opens a mill, returns to forest

The stalled Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) picked up steam in June with the opening of a new mill in Williams, the reopening of the forest to thinning projects, the addition of a second shift to a mill in Heber and plans for a new, high-tech, small log mill in Williams.

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Donors rally after charity vandalized

Kaitie’s Closet needs help after thieves steal tires off its trailer

When bad things happen to good people, Rim Country’s heart of gold shines the brightest.

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Fire codes prove their value

Building codes, Firewise can save lives, property

This item should come as no surprise to anyone.

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A perfectly peaceful paddle

Paddleboarding offers soothing way to get out on the water

I have tried calming my chi with yogis. I carry a yoga mat in my car. I have learned how to sit motionless for hours, and I even have an app on my Kindle that guides me through calming meditational scenes.

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Payson ranger’s recommendations for getting wet

Want to spend the weekend camping around Payson? Try one of these lesser known spots to cool off and enjoy beautiful scenery.

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Nature’s wonder

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

The world’s largest natural travertine bridge represents Rim Country’s best-known tourist attraction — but it has also offered a heartening example of how a community and the State Parks can join forces to protect a natural treasure.

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Forest Road 300 offers soothing dose of historic scenery

The view off the meander of Forest Road 300 stretches for 100 miles and 100 years, following the wagon road General George Crook blazed in the wrenching war with the Apache Indians that defined American history and character.

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Five Great Mountain Bike Trails

The best thing about riding in Rim Country is how each trail takes your breath away — not just from all the uphill pedaling, but how almost all the trails wind their way around at some point to a vista.

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In search of the perfect fishing hole

I stand stalwart with my fly rod in the mighty East Verde, entertaining the hatchery trout to the best of my haphazard abilities.