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Laying claim to winter on snowshoes

Snowshoeing unlocks the backcountry – so long as you actually wear them

A native Tucsonan, I am still getting used to all the white stuff that falls in Rim Country every winter. So as a lover of the outdoors, I find myself cooped up and depressed when the snow berms and frosty roads close down the Mogollon Rim, keeping me from the Rim lakes and views until spring.

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Prescribed Fire Treatments Slated for Areas Near Payson

Nov. 30 through Dec. 4

Fire Specialists from the Tonto National Forest will begin prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson beginning Monday, Nov. 30.

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Treasure & mystery

The search for a Spanish arrastra with a one-thumbed cowboy

Jon Cline killed the engine of his ATV, turned, and looked down at me at the bottom of the washed out gully of a Jeep trail, the barrier between me and a great slab of mystery.

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Ye Olde Renaissance Christmas Feaste

Mount Cross is going back to the Renaissance for a special Christmas program at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 in the Log Building on the church property.

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The perfect excuse for not raking the leaves

One of the great joys of fall is jumping into a huge pile of leaves — and one of the great aches and pains is bagging those leaves and throwing them out.

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A safe place to practice recovery

Don Lees struggled throughout his life.

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Help for Community Kids

Business Briefs

The staff of Kevin Dick Investment Management Group painted the exterior of the Payson Community Kids building Oct. 2.

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Not just a tire store anymore

Star Valley business offers full automotive services

Andrew and Leah Harris dreamed of owning their own automotive service business.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit

The 7th Annual Pine Strawberry Festival of Lights tips off at noon, Saturday, Nov. 28 and continues until 8 p.m. at the community center with an arts and crafts fair and children’s activities.

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Middle school musicians win honors

Rim Country Middle School music teacher Daria Mason rounded up 28 band and choir middle school students to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Northeast Region Honor Festival at St. John’s High School on Nov. 18.

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Blood Drive donors will enjoy a tasty reward

Donors who contribute to the Wednesday, Dec. 2 blood drive at Payson High School will receive a tasty reward from Payson Native Grill and Wings.

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Educator’s first lesson involves character

David Callahan now running Payson Community Christian School

David Callahan, the new administrator for the Payson Community Christian School has a cherubic face with eyes that twinkle.

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Tools go up in flames in Tonto Basin blaze

A Tonto Basin man lost all of his woodworking tools when several of his sheds caught fire early Tuesday morning.

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Cops get scruffy in a good cause

It has been a hairy month for the Payson Police Department.

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Judges: We must listen to the victims of violence

In the middle of the night, a woman’s partner cuts off her hair and in a rage stuffs it in her mouth.

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Gold and other treasures: FR 1705

I live with a conundrum. I adore hiking in strange areas, but fear going alone and getting lost or hurt with no one to help me. So for two years, I’ve sat at home staring out longingly at the forest stewing over this dilemma. Then I heard about the Payson Packers. The group meets every Tuesday morning in the Stage parking lot before heading off to hike the hundreds of forest roads, streambeds and trails of the Rim Country.

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Education top issue for voters

Arizona voters would rather pay higher taxes than cut school funding and 56 percent support a plan to take money from the state land trust to provide an infusion of cash for K-12 schools, according to a Morrison Institute poll.

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Payson High School students need your vote

With just a click of their mouse, Rim Country residents can help Payson High School students eat healthy snacks.

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Characters Under the Rim - Henry Irving, Part 2

Back When

The old army scout Henry Irving had retired and after living for some years with relatives at San Carlos and Camp Verde he settled with his wife and other relatives on Indian Hill in the center of Payson. [1]

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Payson faces housing crisis

With home rental rates increasing every year, finding affordable housing in Payson poses a challenge. Local Realtors say a lack of affordable housing poses a looming crisis in Rim Country, especially if the area gets a four-year university that draws several thousand new residents.