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C.C. Cragin watershed gets some help

The U.S. Bureau of Reclama­tion will provide $76,000 to help do the studies and planning for a project to protect the watershed of the 64,000-acre C.C. Cragin watershed with a combination of thinning projects and controlled burns.

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Stroll a Rim Country garden

The Rim Area Gardeners invite residents and visitors to a special tour of beautifully crafted landscapes each summer. This year the group is limiting the excursion to a single, breathtaking site in its 2016 Country Garden Stroll.

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Tigers spotted on the Rim

Finally. The tiger trout are now in the waters of Willow Springs and Woods Canyon, two of the most popular fishing spots in the state.

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Beiers recognized by Payson Unified School District

The Payson Unified School District board recognized Dr. Charlie and Amy Beier as Heroes of Education at its May 23 meeting.

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Fire chief goes to Dubai

Morris speaks at Fire Safety Technology Forum

The Pine-Strawberry Fire chief recently went half way around the world to help a community build safer buildings for firefighters.

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Payson losing beloved teachers

17 teachers have 278 years worth of experience

The Payson Unified School District board recognized 17 longtime teachers and staff at its meeting on May 23.

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Libraries plan activities to keep youth busy

The libraries in both Payson and Pine will have plenty of activities to keep youth busy this summer.

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PCCS celebrates student artists

Armed with a set of stickers with three colors — yellow, pink and green — parents, grandparents, students and teachers of Payson Community Christian School wandered past three different class groupings of art projects to vote on their favorite.

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Middle school students celebrate graduation

The class of 2020 received a spirited send off as they graduated from Rim Country Middle School Thursday afternoon.

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Fire flares for Memorial Day

Wildfire a benefit, not a bane in cool weather

Firefighters continued to monitor and direct a 2,500-acre fire burning near Young that has put out so much smoke the Forest Service has closed a large area of the forest and set up guide cars to move people safely along smoky roads.

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Wildfires still burning

Pivot fire near Pine now 1,600 acres

Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest continue to make use of three lightning-caused fires to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem.

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Rim Country summer gets in gear this weekend

Summer in Rim Country starts this weekend — yes, we know, the season “officially” starts June 20 — but with all the activities planned this weekend, it just feels like summer has arrived.

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Plenty of paperwork for upcoming elections yet to be filedt

Between the Star Valley Town Council and Gila County, voters will have a chance to vote on 13 seats in the August primary and the November general election.

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Forest Service urges visitors to prevent wildfires

The Forest Service is bracing for a busy Memorial Day weekend, with rangers out in force to help visitors and remain on guard for careless use of fire, with its potentially devastating consequences.

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Antler theft leads to 3 years in prison

A Payson man will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a set of antlers.

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Trespassing prompts probation revocation

Payson resident Derek Elliot Perkins, 29, will do 1.5 years in prison for trespassing and a probation violation.

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Gunman shoots at cars, cops on Beeline

A San Tan Valley man is in custody after police say he went on a shooting spree Tuesday night, striking six vehicles, including a police cruiser on the Beeline Highway near Fountain Hills.

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Don’t trash the forest!

Seems one of the greatest byproducts of the Memorial Day holiday is trash.

Pine’s archery team

I love to hear the updates on the accomplishments of the Pine students.

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Mart and Flores named Gila County Teachers of the Year

Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell is happy to announce that Erika Flores of Globe and Kevin Mart of Young have been selected as the 2016 Gila County Teachers of the Year.