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Woman gets prison for high-speed chase

After nearly hitting an officer head-on and then leading officers on a drunken high-speed chase earlier this year, a Whiteriver woman was sentenced to prison recently.

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Lightning-caused fires burn atop the Rim

Fires managed to thin, restore forest

Several lightning-caused fires continue to burn atop the Rim, but the Coconino National Forest fire crews are mostly letting them burn within defined areas, taking advantage of damp, monsoon conditions to use the forest to thin rather than destroy the forest. The Coconino Forest put out the following update on Friday morning:

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Fire restrictions lifted with return of monsoon

Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest were lifted effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

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Smoke hangs over Pine from three lightning-sparked fires

Smoke was hanging over Pine Thursday afternoon, alarming residents. Fire officials say while there are lightning-sparked fires burning on the Mogollon Rim, Pine-Strawberry is not threatened and the smoke is coming from fires miles away.

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Students keep music program going

In May, Payson High School lost all of its music teachers.

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Minister challenges Rep. Gosar

Strauss mounts challenge in the primary

Minister turned congressional candidate Ray Strauss once more brought his longshot insurgency to Rim Country, with a meet-the-public gathering this week at Tiny’s Restaurant.

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Maybe Can’t Stop Smokin’ just can’t stop growin’

You may have smelled something tasty as you drove into Payson from Star Valley recently.

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Star Valley continues senior programs

Star Valley town officials are paying close attention to the community’s budget this year.

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From outer space to inner space

Pastor Stein was once a top NASA engineer

At least three things make Mount Cross Lutheran Church’s new pastor Scott Stein a unique minister.

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Former commissioner decries effort to ‘kill solar’

Dark money, solar make election ‘most important’ in state history

“I believe this is the most important election in the history of Arizona,” said former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes of the campaign to fill three seats on the utility-regulating commission in the shadow of a debate about solar energy and dark money.

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Challenger blasts Sen. McCain

Fresh from the Republican National Convention, Dr. Kelli Ward renewed her slash-and-burn attack on Arizona Sen. John McCain — who skipped the convention crowning Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

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State schools superintendent gets a Payson earful

Local officials urge end to flip-flopping chaos of change in standards

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas on her “We are Listening” tour, got an earful when she stopped in Payson recently.

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Payson mayor candidates clash

He came to Payson 33 years ago and took a job as a laborer, learning the building trades as he went.

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Payson commission approves tire shop

The Planning and Zoning Commission gave the go ahead for a tire repair shop along the Beeline Highway.

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Dig into gardening class

Gila County Community College and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 “Gardening and Landscape” class at the Payson campus this fall semester 2016.

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Democrat leads in congressional fundraising

The intense race to fill the Flagstaff congressional seat vacated by Ann Kirkpatrick yielded some surprising news last week, with word that Democrat Tom O’Halleran has a big financial lead over the crowd of Republicans vying for the seat, according to just released campaign finance reports.

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Rim Country Health therapist knows benefits of MFR

Laura Riley is one of three Rim Country Health employees providing Myofascial Release therapy. She is an advocate for the treatment because she has benefited from it.

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Mountain bike advocates scope out Rumsey for trails

The folks from the Rim Country Mountain Bike Association planned to scope out trails around Rumsey Park yesterday, July 25.

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A foodie’s worst nightmare – food waste

The Healthy Foodie

I’m sitting, frowning, staring at the blinking cursor.

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Prosecutors say shooting was self-defense

A long affair and an angry father leads to tragedy – and long pondering by prosecutors

An angry father. An armed man. A deadly confrontation.