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Disappointing policy

Editor: The president-elect’s announcement that he intends to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though anticipated, is still a disappointment to those of us who still believe in free trade and the importance of America’s strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Payson's example

So, here’s the hard truth. Our future depends on the willingness of visionaries to put in the hard, grinding, often unrewarding labor it takes to make a community work.

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West faces water shortage, but places like Payson may enjoy a vital advantage

Payson got its water just in time. That’s one selfish conclusion Payson boosters could draw from a series of dismaying studies on the water supply in the Colorado River, which provides water for roughly 50 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.

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Volunteers ready to help neglected, abused children

David Morrison, took his oath to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate on Nov. 17.

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Horns eager to pin down strong season

Turning a high school wrestling program around takes time. And first-year Payson coach Bryan Burke believes the Longhorns are heading in the right direction.

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Poverty drops, still high in Gila County

The percentage of people living in poverty and the share of the population without medical insurance continues to fall — although it remains far above the national average in Gila County.

Storytellers draw a crowd in Pine

Editor: A quirky band of storytellers on Saturday, Nov. 19 delighted a crowd in the Pine Community Center during the fundraising Tellabration event produced by Don Doyle and sponsored by the Senior Citizen Affairs Foundation (SCAF).

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Mini flips out

Police found a Mini Cooper Countryman lying flat on its roof in the center of a quiet residential street Thursday, Dec. 1.

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Managed fires, new building codes save lives, water – & forest

Let it burn, baby, burn. That might make a great new Forest Service motto, according to the latest research on managing wildfires.

Is this a cover-up?

Editor: On Nov 7, 2016 The Payson HS Principal Mr. Brian Mabb thought the threat was serious enough to send out a message to students parents warning them. Some 160 students remained at home due to concerns and fear.

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Tragic case of abuse, but a common problem

A Payson man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday, Nov. 28 for shaking an infant after he grew frustrated by the child’s crying.

Boys fall at Casteel

QUEEN CREEK — Ryan Ricke scored 17 points but it wasn’t enough as Payson’s boys basketball team opened the regular season with an 80-53 loss at Queen Creek Casteel on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Superintendent finally gets a clue

Welcome to the fight, superintendent. We were pleased — albeit bemused — to learn that Arizona Superintendent of Education Diane Douglas has finally decided that a shameful lack of funding remains the biggest problem facing our schools.

Get those letters off to Santa

Editor: Ho ho ho Rim Country. Even though this is a very busy time for Santa, he really enjoys receiving your letters. Santa is working hard in his workshop, but every evening he tries to respond to all the letters that he receives.

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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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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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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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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.

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.