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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.

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You get a line and I’ll get a pole ...

Fishing expert recommends best fishing hotspots – whether you catch anything or not

We asked outdoor columnist Dennis Pirch to rattle off Rim Country’s 10 best fishing holes to help our visitors afflicted with a need to spend the day standing around in a beautiful place wondering why the inexplicably fickle and temperamental fish lurking out of sight have such contempt for the lure/PowerBait/dry fly/nymph/whatever attached to the ends of their lines.

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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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Our favorite hiking trails – with a view

The same elevation changes crowded into a small space that make Payson so diverse when it comes to scenery, plants and animals, also provide some of the most scenic and interesting hiking, biking and horseback riding trails in Arizona.

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Payson schools struggle to juggle online classes

Board approves plan to improve completion rate, pay

On June 18, the Payson Unified School District board voted to change the name of Payson Virtual Academy to Payson Center for Success Online.

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Estrada leads 6 Longhorns snagging honors

Junior makes all-state first team in baseball

Payson High’s gritty young varsity baseball team enjoyed several high points this season.

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Frog imitation bait can be deadly in right conditions

Rim Country Fishing Report

Roosevelt Lake water continues to drop to meet downstream needs. Currently the lake stands at 46 percent full. The Salt River is flowing at 60 percent of its normal rate for this time of year and the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing.

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Before disaster strikes

Payson Fire will identify dangers

Starting later this month, the Payson Fire Department will begin a large property assessment, analyzing which yards could withstand the threat of a wildfire and which need some cleaning up.

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GCC offers photography

This fall, acclaimed photographer Randy Hust will teach Beginning Digital Photography, ART 128, at Gila Community College.

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Be alert this time of year for calf elk in Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

Late spring and early summer in the Rim Country means that the cow elk that were bred during the rut in September are now having calves.

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Houston Mesa Fire chief leaves

He has been putting fires out for years, so it’s no stretch diffusing hostile and sometimes dangerous situations for Mark Essary. This time, however, Essary will be corralling criminals instead of flames.

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Tragedy’s postscript: Dog missing

A dog that ran off from a hiking group before a lethal lightning strike killed one woman and injured several others on the Mogollon Rim last weekend is still missing.