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High-tech plant turns wood into energy

An innovative plant to turn small trees and slash into fuels cleared state environmental review in just 85 days.

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Local concert will feature Christian music

Chris Driesbach is coming to Payson to present a Christian concert at Rock of Ages Lutheran, 204 W. Airport Rd. at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19.

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Gerardo’s contributions lauded

Gerardo Moceri, longtime chef and owner of Gerardo’s Firewood Café, received the Hero of Education award at the Payson Unified School District meeting on Feb. 8.

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Three Hellsgate firefighters promoted

One has been with the Hellsgate Fire Department as a reserve for five years, another has worked there since 2004 and a third employee was only the second full-time hire for the district in the early ’90s.

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Pine, Young gym floor tests scheduled

Measuring mercury risk

The rubberized gym floor in the Pine Strawberry School on Feb. 16 will get another test to make sure it’s not emitting worrisome levels of mercury gas, the Department of Environmental Quality confirmed on Thursday.

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Food drive triumph

30,000 lbs. food, $50,000 cash

It came down to the wire, but the Payson Area Food Drive met this year’s holiday goal to raise 30,000 pounds of food and $50,000 to feed the area’s hungry.

You came through

You did it again.

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Police negotiators defuse domestic violence

Linda Walker barricaded herself in her Ox Bow Estates home in December, frightening her partner who feared for Walker’s safety.

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New book for local writer

Award-winning author Susan Haught lives in Arizona’s Rim Country with her husband and spoiled Shih Tzu, Mercedes, who believes her princess status earns her the right to sleep on pillows, ride shotgun, and train her peers in the fine art of squeaky toys.

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Apache Lake Tournament champs weigh in with huge fish

Those watching the Let’s Talk Fishin’ tournament Feb. 6 at Apache Lake might have walked away believing there is some Zen-like correlation between success in high school wrestling and professional bass fishing.

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Hiking the Barnhardt Trail — you can never see everything it offers

Stepping out of my Jeep, at the parking area at the beginning of the Barnhardt trailhead, I shield my eyes from the bright morning sunlight five miles up a rutted dirt road, leading up from Highway 87. Cactus and stands of juniper crowd together on the mesa, jockeying for space in the rocky soil beneath a hazy, blue sky. My companions, all members of the Payson Packers, have been here before, but we keep coming back because we know this four-mile trail never disappoints.

The diet of Lent

This week marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

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Prescott bomb threat prompts Payson arrest

A 36-year-old man that reportedly placed a fake bomb on a Prescott government building was arrested in Payson Tuesday with the help of local officers.

Shun prejudice

We have published part two of a four-part series concerning the pros and cons of a charter school, American Leadership Academy, coming to Payson.

An oath is an oath

The Constitution prescribed the following oath to be taken by the president-elect: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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Jury hears domestic violence testimony

Opening arguments in a trial of a Valley man accused of strangling his ex-wife last year in Payson started Thursday.

Here we go again

Shortly before Christmas, a Town of Payson bureaucrat announced plans to build a community recreation center in Rumsey Park.

Ripped off by Payson

The Town of Payson Water Department is a criminal enterprise.

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ASU now pondering Mesa campus

Arizona State University and the City of Mesa have unveiled their plans to open another branch campus there.

Deceit or delusion?

I noticed on the Town of Payson’s official tourism website, that there is still a video showing our mayor boasting that Payson and ASU have “partnered” to build a university in “Rim Country.” Is Mr. Evans delusional; or worse yet, deceitful?