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Governor vetoes Rim lawmakers’ federal takeover bills

Different governor. Same result.

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Chance article reunites WWII postcard with owner

A chance write-up in an article written by publisher John Naughton in 2010 connected a World War II vet with a postcard he wrote to a friend as he crossed the country to his training base in 1942.

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Four friends on an 800-mile trek hit Pine just before Trails Day

Hiking the 800-mile Arizona Trail can be a lonely journey.

Terrible delays at VA

My husband is a Vietnam vet who served in the Navy. He was going to the VA in Los Angeles, Calif., which was the biggest joke ever!

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Gila Community College considers tax hike

Gila Community College’s 2015-16 budget looks better than last year, but the senior dean wants the board to vote to raise the property tax rate to the legal limit to protect programs.

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Exodus of principals, teachers continues

At the April 13 Payson Unified School District board meeting, more names appeared on the agenda as separations from the district.

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They needed good ... they got GREAT

Hunter Paul knew he needed a good performance when Brian Johnson handed him the baseball Monday night.

Soroptimists say thanks

Members of Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country thank all the people in our community who continue to support our See’s Candy fundraiser.

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Track star does a chain saw massacre on season

Accident ends dream of repeating as state D3 100-meter champion

Wyatt Chapman had just returned to action in a big way after a hamstring injury. At the Blue Ridge Invitational on April 10, the defending Division 3 state champion in the 100 meters participated in his first meet since suffering the injury on March 14.

School gag order failed

I was happy to hear that SB 1172 did not pass in spite of support by both Sylvia Allen and Bob Thorpe.

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Community Almanac

The 2015 Business Showcase - Fast & Furious of the Rim Country - is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

Clubs and Organizations

The Rim Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 18 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

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Family in denial ignores addiction’s warning signs

When Beth Smith found a needle and spoon in her 16-year-old daughter’s bedroom, she did what most parents would do. She called the cops and watched them cart away her daughter’s much-older, drug-using boyfriend.

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Great fishing in Green Valley Lakes

Fish might not be flying out of Green Valley Park lakes this weekend, but there will be lots of anglers along the banks doing their best to coax them out of their watery domain.

Not so free speech

We were delighted when Sen. Sylvia Allen’s SB 1172 died quietly without a full vote in the closing days of the frantic legislative session.

Joyful weekend in Rim Country

We’d be skipping through the irises of spring if we had time. But we’re too busy trying to figure out which delightful thing to do with ourselves this weekend.

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Take a hike — on a Pine-Strawberry trail

Spring is in the air and it’s time to shake the cabin dust off and take a hike.

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Citizens urged to weigh in on 260 project

Plans to widen the last section of Highway 260 outside of Star Valley are at least six years out under the Arizona Department of Transportation’s current plan.

An epidemic of illegal dumping sites in Tonto National Forest

I’ve been a Forest Service volunteer for more than three years, focusing on removing trash from illegal dumping sites found in the Tonto National Forest.

Lawmakers thwart voters

In November of 2000, Arizona citizens passed Prop. 301 which allowed a .6 percent increase in the sales tax to be directed to schools to offset rising costs.