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Photo class captures the ebb and flow of Rim Country

On Wednesday, April 20, of this year, 17 photographers — students and aides of Nick Berezenko’s photography and Photoshop classes at Gila Community College — set out to photograph “A Day in the Life of Payson.”

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Fire near Pine grows to 3,700 acres

Firefighters managing wildfires to benefit forest

Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest continue to utilize lightning-caused wildfires to reduce forest fuels, while actively protecting values in the area such as power lines, communities, archaeological sites and sensitive habitats.

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Juniper Fire expands to 7,822 acres

Low-intensity fire still doing more good than harm

Summary: This morning the Juniper Fire had grown to approximately 7,822 acres. The fire is being managed within a planning area of approximately 80,000 acres. This planning area was developed based on the location of existing roads around the fire that can serve as fire breaks and anchor points from which to begin fire suppression activities.

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Williams Ranger District to Manage Bert Fire for Multiple Objectives

Low-intensity fire managed to benefit the forest

Fire officials on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are managing a new fire start called the Bert Fire. The Bert Fire, which was discovered May 29, was caused by lightning and has grown to approximately 50 acres. It is located near the junction of Forest Road 144 and Highway 180 approximately 10 miles southeast of the community of Valle.

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Free fishing and boating opportunities

Several free fishing clinics to be held during National Fishing and Boating week June 4-12

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will also sponsor some free fishing day clinics/events to give people the opportunity to try out this fun, family-oriented pastime. Loaner fishing rods, bait and instruction are provided for free at most of these venues.

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Fatal crash snarls traffic

Roadside fires, collisions mar holiday weekend

A fatal crash and bumper-to-bumper crowds snarled traffic throughout Memorial Day weekend.

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Wildfires still growing

Fires top 10,000 acres, but now helping forest

The Juniper Fire near Young grew to more than 6,620 acres over the weekend, casting a pass of smoke over Rim Country.

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Mudder mostly breaks even

Things are taking shape for the fourth annual Mogollon Monster Mudda Mud Run at the Payson Event Center on Saturday, June 4.

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Nice Guys: Perfect mix of comedy & action

Movie Review

Hooray, we get a comedy that actually has some great laugh lines and in a semi-action movie at that.  In this romp, A private detective teams up with a thug, a professional bone breaker, to save the life of an endangered young woman.

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Jail trysts lead to firings

A just-released report from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office reveals a strange tale of two guards and their decision to take on “jail wives” at the Globe jail that ultimately cost them their jobs.

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Community Almanac

The 2016 Mountain High Games and Mogollon Monster Mudda are this weekend at the Payson Event Center.

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Dan Reid’s 27-year career earns Hall of Fame status

He could ‘win Kentucky Derby with a Clydesdale’

Dan Reid could win the Kentucky Derby with a Clydesdale.

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British Soccer Camp coming June 6-10

A British Soccer Camp for both beginning and advanced players is scheduled for June 6-10 at the North Mulit-Purpose Field at Rumsey Park. The camp is open to kids ages 3-16 with several sessions.

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What are your rights in a skilled nursing facility?

As a resident of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) such as Rim Country Health and Rehabilitation, you have certain rights and protections under federal and state law that help ensure you get the care and services you need. They can vary by state.

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Longhorn trio makes all-state softball team

Bauer on first team, Johnson named Coach of Year

Few if any people expected Payson High’s softball team to continue the success it enjoyed the previous four seasons this spring.

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Food allergies challenging hostesses everywhere

The Healthy Foodie

I never used to ask my guests, “Any foods I need to avoid?”

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Lindsey, Campbell win PMGA 2-Man Best Ball

Terry Lindsey and Gary Campbell teamed up to win the A Flight championship in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Best Ball Tournament at Payson Golf Course on May 11 and 25.

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Hewitt wins PWGA event

Marcy Hewitt won the A Flight championship in the Payson Women’s Golf Association’s Mutt & Jeff Tournament on Tuesday, May 24 at Payson Golf Course. Karen Petersen finished second.

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While enjoying the outdoors, be sure to always practice sun safety

When the weather is warm, many people take time to relax at the beach or poolside. While such relaxation can provide a welcome break from busy schedules, it’s important that men, women and children prioritize protecting their skin when spending time in the sun.

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C.C. Cragin watershed gets some help

The U.S. Bureau of Reclama­tion will provide $76,000 to help do the studies and planning for a project to protect the watershed of the 64,000-acre C.C. Cragin watershed with a combination of thinning projects and controlled burns.