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Forest restoration efforts increase

Fire budget threatens to sap maintenance, recreation programs

The Forest Service is struggling to increase the pace of forest restoration and thinning efforts, but the soaring cost of fighting wildfires threatens to “cripple” the agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie this week told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Disaster at thrift store develops into a blessing

A disaster at the Pine Community Center a little more than two years ago has become a blessing. And it’s a blessing with a delightful surprise.

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Volunteers pitch in to help community garden

What could be more fun than green mustard on St. Patrick’s Day?

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Hospitals, doctors fear a budget disaster scenario

Arizona hospitals and doctors face a potential disaster scenario this year, with lawsuits and state proposals pending that could hit them hard on the bottom line.

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Congressmen urge payments to rural counties

Gosar joins effort to restore federal payments nationally

Congressman Paul A. Gosar (R-Prescott), whose district includes Rim Country, joined in the call for restored funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and  the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) in fiscal year 2016.

Restore payments

We’re delighted to learn that Rep. Paul Gosar has taken the lead in Congress in a bipartisan attempt to restore urgently needed federal payments to rural counties hobbled by the impact of the federal governments vast holdings in the west.

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Gas prices low

Station owner cites gas war

After months of paying amongst the highest gas prices in the state, Payson drivers now pay some of the lowest.

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US 89 south of Page repaired and open to traffic

School buses first to use newly rebuilt roadway after $25 million repair is completed following 2013 landslide

At approximately 4:15 p.m. Friday, US 89 south of Page was reopened to traffic for the first time following a Feb. 20, 2013, landslide that caused catastrophic damage to the roadway, requiring a 23-mile closure between the junction of State Route 98 in Page and US 89A near Bitter Springs.

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Police investigate ‘suspicious’ vehicle fire

Officials are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire in Star Valley Tuesday evening.

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Wild turkeys are beginning to gobble

Outdoors Under the Rim

Spring is officially here, the days are getting longer, early flowers are blooming, and the gobblers have been sounding off in the woods.

Split up Gila County

If the inequity in Gila County policies and spending between north and south continues, maybe it’s time to seriously consider a split from Globe and Southern Gila County.

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Today is the deadline to register for the Spring Co-Ed Adult Softball League featuring competitive and recreational divisions.

Excellence costs money

When and why did tax increase become the two most desired words in the English language to our state politicians?

Blessed to have you

Had meant to compliment photographer DJ Craig sooner on the magnificent spread of pictures and article that appeared in our paper recently.

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Merging boards will streamline process for new businesses

The Payson Town Council recently took the first step toward consolidating the Design Review Board with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Young wants players to enjoy their baseball experience

Brian Young believes that winning and losing comes second to the overall experience of the athletes.

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County attorney accused

A former deputy county attorney has filed a discrimination claim with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

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Slave war grips Rim Country (... 800 years ago)

Hilltop fortresses suggest conflict

The silent tumbles of stone on hilltops scattered throughout Rim Country and much of Central Arizona have revealed a startling lost world, marked by warfare, violence, slavery and a desperate struggle to survive.

Another crazy federal rule

It’s gotten past crazy.

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Batters might as well be swinging toothpicks against Arissa

More Than a Game

The ace pitcher didn’t even glance at the Tanque Verde player dancing off of second base.