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Land purchase divides university backers

The festering conflict between Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Rim Country Educational Alli­ance (SLE) Chairman Steve Drury broke into the open Thursday over contrasting plans for buying 253 acres to build a university campus in Payson.

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Rimstones Rock Club hosts Gem Show

The blue spinning wheel mesmerized little Joe Davidson, son of Rim Country Middle School science teacher Scott Davidson.

Gas price update

Monday, Nov. 17, gas in Chandler was $2.56 per gallon. Same day, gas in Payson was $3.05.

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Vote tally yields turnout surprise

The outcome of the Nov. 4 general election was formalized Nov. 18 when the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved the canvass of the vote.

PHS culinary students meet cooking pros

Appetizer a hit at Phoenix’s Harvest Moon fundraiser

Payson High School Culinary Arts students recently participated in a special fundraiser for the C-CAP (Careers Thorough Culinary Arts Program) organization that proved to be an evening of meeting the pros.

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Can state opt out of Common Core?

The new Arizona Superinten­dent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, ran on an anti-Common Core platform, but would pulling out of the program help or hurt students and schools?

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County offers anonymous crime tip line

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office and the Gila County Attorney’s Office have partnered with Freeport-McMoRan to offer a new way to report crime.

Time to get political to save forest

We’ve got to get political if we’re going to save our homes and livelihoods. So hopefully voters, local officials and anyone who represents rural Arizona in the Legislature or Congress will pay close attention to the results of a study on the impact of forest thinning projects on water runoff.

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Pot case plea

Nature’s Harvest admits guilt

Nature’s Harvest, which ran medical marijuana patient assistance programs in Payson and the White Mountains, has pleaded guilty to illegally facilitating the sale of marijuana.

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Thinning projects would yield water

Reducing tree densities could boost runoff by 20 percent

Thinning Northern Arizona’s forests could increase runoff by 20 percent, which would restore streams, wetlands, springs and produce more water for Phoenix and other cities, according to a just-completed study by researchers from Northern Arizona Univer­sity.

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Community Almanac

Take food items, such as turkeys, vegetables, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, dinner rolls, pumpkin pies or ingredients for fresh pies like sugar, canned milk, piecrusts to the Payson Bashas’ from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25.

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Clubs and Organizations

Join the Payson Walkers at various sites around town at 9 a.m. every morning or just strike out on your own.

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Avoid these Thanksgiving dangers to your pets

Thanksgiving is an eventful holiday for many people.

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PRMC nationally recognized as Top Performer

For the third time, Payson Regional Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

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Pirate’s Cove offers family friendly fun

Kids and teens rejoice — there is something fun to do with friends.

Local businesses collecting gifts for forgotten teens

Suddenlink, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Roadrunner Rubbish and Payson Community Kids are collecting items for the teenagers who tend to be forgotten during the holiday season.

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Christmas tree permits available at Tonto Forest offices

The Tonto National Forest is now selling Christmas tree permits.

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County retains D.C. lobbyist

Gila County will continue to have the Bose Public Affairs Group represent its interests in Washington, D.C.

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Sounds of the changing seasons a real delight

Brrr! The temperature has dropped to a bone-chilling 29 degrees early in the morning in the Village.

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Here’s to ‘turkey brain’ time

Looking for a little exercise this weekend?