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Voden trial begins

A rage fueled senseless murder or a man protecting himself from a larger neighbor on the cusp of an attack? In opening arguments Thursday, lawyers presented two very different reasons why Michael Voden shot and killed his neighbor outside his kitchen door in the fall of 2013.

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Community Almanac

Payson commemorates Memorial Day over the course of two days, with four different ceremonies.

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Tips for traveling with pets during this holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here, and you know what that means: lots of sun, fun and adventures. What better way to enjoy the holiday than going out on a road trip with your favorite furry companion?

Epidemic in the forest — trash

I’ve been a Forest Service volunteer for over three years and much of my job focuses on removing trash from illegal dumping sites found in the Tonto National Forest. Forest Service personnel and volunteers take hundreds and sometime thousands of pounds of illegally dumped trash from Tonto on a weekly basis.

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Trout fishing a great way to usher in summer this weekend

Outdoors Under the Rim

The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which unofficially begins the summer trek to the Rim Country for thousands of weekend campers from the Valley.

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May snow storm provides surprise ‘benefits’

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek won the trifecta last weekend. No, it wasn’t like a $492.50 payout for a $2 bet on the Preakness. But, we did get paid pretty handsomely.

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Cattle are back and making a mess

The Village

The cattle are back, chewing up everything in my yard. These guys are so big, they just jump over the fence. They chewed all the new growth on my herbs and pulled the pansies right out of the pots.

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Natural Bridge volunteers honored

Rattlin' the Rim

Summer visitors to Tonto Natural Bridge, a 160-acre piece of paradise, should be treated to an enhanced adventure thanks to several capital improvements and the dedication of a bevy of volunteers.

A great bubble of rising hope

If you need a dose of hope, swing by the Payson High School graduation ceremonies tonight.

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The joy of being one half of a pair

Your Turn

What fun Lolly and I used to have together! What laughs! Last week I mentioned some evenings when we would go to a little Italian restaurant in Missouri with a couple of friends and spend an entire evening eating pizza, sipping beer, and — most important of all — talking and laughing. About what? I don’t know — but I can guarantee you it wasn’t politics or money.

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Weather can’t throw top cowboys at rodeo

But does keep spectators away

“Last night was the worst I’ve seen in 30 years,” lamented Payson rodeo boss Bill Armstrong. “It was a shame.”

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The monster of Green Valley Park revealed!

Daniel Flores got the thrill of the lifetime recently fishing at Green Valley Lake.

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Pepper spray, threat riles school

On Friday, May 15, Payson Unified School District illustrated that its text alerts to parents work great.

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Lawsuit filed to save tiny desert owl

Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing the federal government to protect Arizona’s diminishing cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl population under the Endangered Species Act.

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Steamy novel by Payson author

“Play,” by Payson resident Holly S. Roberts, represents a sub genre within the larger category of the romance novel.

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Many Rim Country teens movin’ on

DJ's Music Trivia

“I can’t believe how that time has slipped by — it seems like just the other day my little girl was just heading off to kindergarten and now she’s graduating from high school,” I heard a mother say just the other day. Time surely does fly by, and here we are again at the end of another May, with area seniors ready to don their caps and gowns and start another chapter in their lives.

James, Hall lead AHSRA standings

The Arizona High School Rodeo Association held a rodeo in Prescott on May 2-3.

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Taylor Pool opens on Memorial Day

Taylor Pool opens for the season on Memorial Day. The hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $2 per person.

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Mackenzie wins PWGA tournament

The Payson Women’s Golf Association played a ONES Tournament on May 12 at Payson Golf Course. In that format, the ladies count scores only on the holes whose number starts with O, N, E and S (1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 17 and 18).

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ADOT reopens SR 87 northbound north of Fountain Hills

Crash forced temporary closure of highway

The Arizona Department of Transportation has reopened State Route 87 northbound about 20 miles north of Fountain Hills. A crash briefly closed the highway on the morning the the busy Memorial Day weekend. The closure was near milepost 207, which is about eight miles north of the Bush Highway intersection.