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Blue Ridge Reservoir and FR751 closed starting Friday

Clints Well, Ariz. – Starting tomorrow (Friday, August 22), the entire C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir as well as Forest Road 751 will be closed. Rock Crossing Campground nearby will remain open for the season.

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Record 82,000 students choose ASU

Enrollment jumps 8 percent, transfers up 13 percent

Arizona State University’s enrollment jumped 8 percent this semester to a record 82,000 students. Kent Hopkins, ASU Vice Provost for Enrollment Services said, “The Sun Devil family grows stronger every year and we are looking forward to seeing what our students envision and accomplish.”

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Payson approves electronic collars

Any walk down a Payson neighborhood street provokes a cacophony of barking dogs or a loose mutt bounding out of its yard.

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Two local residents receive Centennial award

Two Rim Country residents recently won rare recognition for contributions to education and agriculture from the Arizona Cooperative Extension.

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Payson vocational teacher honored

Parone named Arizona Marketing Educator of the Year

Five years after establishing a business training program at Payson High School, teacher Joe Parone was honored as the Arizona Marketing Educator of the Year at the Arizona Career and Technical Education (ACTEAZ) Summer Conference.

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APS funds training for firefighters

Ten firefighters from Rim Country fire departments are heading to school thanks to a recent grant.

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Rim Country thespians let down their hair

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns

Call out to all Rim Country thespians of any age — the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is coming to town.

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Mutton Busters: Nothing sheepish about these rodeo contestants

Pint-sized riders know where there’s a wool, there’s a way

The under 4-foot crowd gathered below the announcers dressed for their performance: helmet with face guard, black vest and a black number on a white background.

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P/S School goes from a C to a B

Pine Strawberry Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow attributes a share of the school’s rise from a grade of C to a grade of B on the state’s rating system to a small school population.

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Test scores crash land in middle school

Payson struggles to explain drop on AIMS, school grades

A sobered Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board heard a report on declining school grades and AIMS scores from Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case.

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Board struggles

Stakes high for Payson schools

How do you predict disaster without sounding, well, negative?

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JRE students learn lesson in character

Arizona State University mascot Sparky came to Julia Randall Elementary School Aug. 13 to talk about what it takes to have good character.

Schools must shout: Tidal wave coming!

So, let’s say you’re lounging around at the beach: Everyone’s chill, smelling of sunscreen. Sunny day, bro. Sunny day.

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Hittin’ it hard

Rodeo parade personality

What would a rodeo parade be without horses? But what about sheep, dogs, donkeys and even a beetle?

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Who's got the biggest gun?

Campground confrontation escalates

Mormon Lake A standoff between two armed campers Monday resulted in conflicting 911 calls to the Coconino County Sheriff's Department from a campground near Flagstaff.

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Police seek man for alleged assault, arson

Police are searching for a man they believe may have assaulted his girlfriend with a hammer late last night and then set fire to a ranch near Rye.

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Hospital hacked

Cyberattack steals PRMC records

A health company that owns Payson Regional Medical Center and other rural hospitals an­nounced Monday computer hackers stole 4.5 million patient records earlier this year.

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Woman inexplicably rolls vehicle on McLane Road

A 27-year-old woman rolled her truck Friday morning when she slammed into a retaining wall near Rumsey Park.

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Community Almanac

Gerardo’s Firewood Café will host an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 to benefit Payson Youth Sports.

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Fingers of fall beginning to trace through our days

Summer may not be officially over, but subtle signs of fall are appearing.