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Rim holidays – Christmas, Part One

Back When

Christmas was a special time for Rim Country settlers to get together and find companionship with others in the hard task of wresting ranches from the wilds. Memories of families left behind brought many a tear for those who had forged a new life in this place.

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Snow arrives in time for Christmas preparations

The Village

I need to renew my driver’s license in 29 days. I almost forgot all about it until one of the clerks in one of our local stores brought it to my attention.

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Truth can really be stranger than fiction

As I said last week, if I took some of the unlikely events that have happened during my life and used them as plots in a novel or short story I’d be laughed at, but there’s one major exception: The most wonderful event of my life, one which happened one evening in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Forest busy after Thanksgiving holiday

Traveling to Flagstaff Saturday morning, wife Kay and I were puzzled by the large number of visitors we saw on our trip through the Coconino National Forest.

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After tragedy, family gathers for five-generation photo

This Thanksgiving was a special one for several residents of Payson, who flew to Florida to pose for a five-generation photo.

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Celebrating National Mutt Day

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December 2nd is National Mutt Day! When I looked up the word “mutt” in the dictionary, Merriam-Webster was so rude! 

Valley teen killed in UTV wreck near Roosevelt

A 16-year-old Valley teen was killed Saturday after rolling an all-terrain vehicle near Roosevelt Lake.

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Hero of Payson awards to firefighters, police officer

Several firefighters and a Payson police officer who went above and beyond the call of duty were recognized at the Nov. 17 council meeting.

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Blanket of white stuff gives holiday decorations special look

Christopher Creek is in the snow business following last Sunday night’s blanketing. Initially, there was three to four inches around town with reports from Susan Keown and the Colcord Road area detailing as much as eight inches.

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Input sought on Fossil Creek management plan

In an effort to best manage the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River, the Coconino and Tonto national forests are releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Nov. 30 in the Federal Register.

Smoke detectors alert Pine family to fire

A Pine home caught fire early Thursday morning due to some Christmas decorations on a fireplace mantel.

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Gridiron grit also fuels Horns on hardwood

Denver White sees a lot of similarities between Payson’s varsity boys basketball team and the football team. Payson overcame a slow start on the gridiron and turned into one of the best teams in the state.

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Girls gain valuable experience

Longhorns go 1-3 vs. bigger schools in tournament

Payson opened the girls basketball season by gaining some very valuable experience in the challenging Goodyear Desert Edge Scorpion Shootout on Nov. 25-26.

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White draws from mentors, past success in new role

Denver White likes to win as much as the next guy. But that’s not what it’s all about for the new Payson High boys basketball coach. White, 43, said one thing drives him as coach.

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Grapplers open 1-1

Payson opened the wrestling season by going 1-1 in a triangular match at San Tan Valley Combs on Nov. 22.

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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ is a very touching film of love

Warren Beatty has had one of the stellar careers in 20th century American cinema.

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Sports club’s Turkey Shoot fun for everyone

Men, women and children bring home Thanksgiving Day birds

At first glance, Arreta Hamrick thought she’d completely missed the target.

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Pony rides a popular attraction at the Swiss Village Lighting event

The pony ride at the 37th Annual Swiss Village Lighting had an early start on Friday, Nov. 25 and stayed busy throughout the evening as youngsters — both big and small — clamored to get a ride. The event also had a huge bounce house and more.

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Reading the Range aids ranchers, Forest Service

Studying a small square of soil, Ashley Hall brushed her hand over several strands of grasses outside the Shoofly Ruins northeast of Payson on a crisp clear morning in mid November.

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Payson Concrete charity donations

Payson Concrete, 1900 E. Highway 260, holds an annual food drive and this year delivered a truck bed full of food for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank just in time for Thanksgiving.