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Don’t miss Rubber Duckie race for charity this weekend

We don’t have a salmon run in Payson nor southern Arizona’s sandhill crane migration, but for one day, we will have the largest duck race across the state.

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Supervisor Martin wins county post

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin will serve as president of the County Supervisors Association (CSA) for the next year.

Help free human rights prisoners

Ever imagined a letter could free a human rights prisoner? Payson Amnesty International member Bob Horne said letters written have made a difference.

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Four home fires reported Saturday

It was a busy weekend for Payson firefighters who respond to four reports of fires.

Strange twist in marijuana case

Two brothers formerly on the Gila County Sheriff’s Office Posse were sentenced last month on drug charges.

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Many Julia Randall Elementary students aced tough, new AzMERIT test

Payson celebrates smart kids

The Payson Unified School District board honored 51 third- through fifth-grade students for performing above expectations on the AzMERIT test at its Nov. 14 meeting.

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Gila County’s health detective

Craig Humphrey likens his job to being a “health detective.” As Gila County’s communicable disease specialist, Humphrey tracks and investigates all instances of communicable disease in Gila County.

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Drug take back efforts critical to fighting opioid abuse

More than 500 pounds of unused or expired medication was collected at a “National Prescription Take Back Day” in Payson at the end of October

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Subversive programs help fight food insecurity

The Healthy Foodie

There’s a couple of subversive food programs in Payson — and they’re not food banks.

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Explaining the job of constable in Gila County

Wyatt Earp is one of the history’s most well-known constables — a law enforcement office that dates back to the 1800s.

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Bringing ‘better-than-new’ bikes to county youth

businesses. The landfill supports the bike program financially using its proceeds from selling recyclable materials.

Payson's example

So, here’s the hard truth. Our future depends on the willingness of visionaries to put in the hard, grinding, often unrewarding labor it takes to make a community work.

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Horton Creek a self-sustaining fishery and Rim treasure

Jake Swartwood displays a trout he caught in Horton Creek. During the Thanksgiving holiday I teamed up with Jake Swartwood, the head football coach for the Payson Longhorns, and made a quick trip to Horton Creek.

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Volunteers ready to help neglected, abused children

David Morrison, took his oath to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate on Nov. 17.

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Net Royalty

After finishing first in the regular season with a 21-3 record, Paradise Nails closed off a strong season by winning the Town of Payson Co-Ed Volleyball Playoff Championship. PN went 3-0 in the tournament, beating No. 2 seed Creighton in the final.

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West faces water shortage, but places like Payson may enjoy a vital advantage

Payson got its water just in time. That’s one selfish conclusion Payson boosters could draw from a series of dismaying studies on the water supply in the Colorado River, which provides water for roughly 50 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.

Disappointing policy

Editor: The president-elect’s announcement that he intends to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though anticipated, is still a disappointment to those of us who still believe in free trade and the importance of America’s strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Managed fires, new building codes save lives, water – & forest

Let it burn, baby, burn. That might make a great new Forest Service motto, according to the latest research on managing wildfires.

Community Almanac Tuesday, December 6, 2016

School concerts As always, schools in the Rim Country will be filled with holiday music at Christmas concerts. The tentative schedule for the programs: Payson - Julia Randall Elementary, 6 p.m., third grade, 7 p.m., fourth grade, Tuesday, Dec. 6; Payson Elementary School, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7; Rim Country Middle School/Payson High School Choral Concert, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8; Payson High School/Rim Country Middle School Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15; guitar concert, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16. All concerts for Payson schools are in the auditorium on the Payson High School campus.

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Follow the money - AZ superintendent changes tune

After riding into the state superintendent of education position on one issue — getting rid of Common Core academic standards — Diane Douglas has decided it’s all about the money.

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