Punt, Pass, Kick Contest Is Tuesday

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The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition is coming to Payson.

The annual gridiron showdown for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15 will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the Rumsey II ballfield.

The youngsters will compete in age/sex divisions for the right to advance to sectional competition.

Those who win sectional honors earn the right to participate in the state championship.

In the event, the competitors' distance and accuracy is measured in passing, punting and kicking the football.

There is no entry fee.

Entry forms are available at the parks and recreation office located at Green Valley Park.

For more information, call town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Fossil Creek warning

Arizona Game and Fish officer Rory Aikens has issued a notice of closures planned for segments of Fossil Creek.

Aikens says anglers and outdoor recreationalists should avoid contact with the water in certain stretches of the creek during some periods of October and November. During those months, stream renovations will be occurring.

The closures in effect until Oct. 29 include no contact with creek water from the Fossil Springs Dam downstream to the bridge below Irving.

From Nov. 7 to Nov. 15, no contact with creek water will be allowed downstream from the Irving Power Plant to the Verde River.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, no contact with creek water will be allowed downstream from Sally Mae Wash.

According to Aikens, the closures are necessary because of work to renovate segments of Fossil Creek in anticipation of the stream being restored to its historic streambed during the de-commissioning process for the Irving and Childs power plants.

A short-lived chemical, Antimycin, will be added to stretches of the stream to remove any exotic fish remaining after efforts to capture and remove them.

Efforts are under way to restore native fishing populations in the creek, Aikens said.

Run, turkey!

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Turkey Trot 5K run Saturday, Nov. 20 at Green Valley Park. Start time is 10 a.m.

The 3.1-mile fitness run will begin and end at the park's amphitheater.

The entry fee is $15 if pre-registered by Nov. 11. On race day, the registration is $20.

Entrants will compete in one of 16 age/sex divisions for a variety of prizes and awards.

T-shirts will be given to all who pre-register. Overall winners will receive free turkeys.

Call Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.

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