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We create some of life’s worst moments

Your Turn

A while back I wrote a pair of columns about life’s most exciting moments. At the time something occurred to me. I didn’t mention it then, but I thought about it a lot — some of life’s most exciting moments are also some of its worst ones.

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Keep doing that rain dance Rim Country residents

The Village

Somebody out there has been doing a major rain dance! I am not positive how much rain Tonto Village has received this month, but it was enough for the weeds and grass to sprout up almost overnight! I am not complaining a bit, the forest needs all the rain it can get.

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Creekside reopens to supportive crowd

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is “a tiny hamlet under Central Arizona’s magnificent Mogollon Rim” ac­cording to a line in the bio of a gal who is among the most talented of the artists, entertainers, writers and crafters who have called this area their home over the years.

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We planted roots in forest ‘ruins’

DJ's Music Trivia

After four or five years of enduring a real downturn in the economy, the job market and the housing industry seem to be looking a whole lot better lately here in Payson. A four-year college in Payson seems to be on the cusp of realization, new businesses are popping up all over town and new housing subdivisions are projected to soon follow.

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Lots of fun in Pine this weekend

Rattlin' the Rim

The highlight of the Labor Day weekend is certain to be the myriad of activities on the agenda for the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Festival to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day.

Motorcycle crash kills man

A motorcycle collision that occurred Friday, August 29, 2014 at approximately 9:50 am on Lake Mary Road at Mile Post 327, east of the Flagstaff city limits claimed the life of 60 year old Glenn Gelman of Yorbalinda, California.

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What do late votes reveal?

Payson council candidates headed for runoff

Payson council candidates Chris Higgins and Bob Lockhart appear headed for a runoff election in November, according to the a count of 2,800 mail-in ballots released Friday afternoon by the Gila County election department.

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Tips to help you coexist with neighborhood feral cats

Feral cats are either loved by the community or are not welcomed.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Saving Graces of Payson — a Canasta card-playing group — is looking for a few ladies who enjoy fun, laughter and friendship.

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Community Almanac

The Northern Gila County Fair is next week, opening Thursday, Sept. 4 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Payson Event Center.

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Crash closes northbound Highway 87 south of Payson

Crews are working a wreck south of Payson Friday afternoon that has snarled Labor Day traffic for miles.

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Council still up in the air

2,000 Payson ballots not yet counted

It is still too early to call the winners of the Payson Town Council seats with nearly 2,000 ballots uncounted as of Wednesday and results unreported Friday before press time.

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Negative campaigning decried

Mayor Evans at 54 percent, but Roberson not conceding

A sometimes-tough Payson mayoral campaign ended this week, but the bruises will likely remain.

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Coach expects maturity to aid young spikers

Only 1 senior returns

Every year seniors graduate from high school and move on with their lives.

Alternatives suggested to keep kids fed

I thank Pete Aleshire (in Friday’s Aug. 15 editorial) for picturing me as a caring, civic-minded person.

Congratulations Arizona voters and thank you

The voters of Arizona deserve a hearty congratulations and a big thank you for the selections they made on primary Tuesday.

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Wright takes commanding lead in Superior Court race

Payson Town Attorney Tim Wright appears headed to an easy win in his campaign for Gila County Superior Court judge.

Not all poverty is drug and alcohol related

I could not believe what I read regarding the article “Just absentee brain-wise” — Payson School Board member Shirley Dye blasting parents.

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Statewide races: Night of upsets and dark money impact

Primary campaigns a warmup for general election struggle

A brutal Republican primary full of upsets, dark money and controversy pivoted sharply this week to a more familiar, but equally bitter partisan struggle for the whole array of statewide offices.

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PHS pulls cover off new offense tonight

More Than a Game

Like Chevrolet pulling the cover off a redesigned Corvette at the Detroit Auto Show, Payson’s football team lifts the curtain on its new offense tonight at Wickenburg High.