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Paradise Nails wins Payson Sand Volleyball Tournament

Paradise Nails won the Town of Payson Sand Volleyball Tournament at Rumsey Park on Aug. 27. Paradise Nails went 4-0 in the five-team tournament to earn the No. 1 seed for bracket play, then went 3-0 to claim the title.

Outrageous system

Where’s the outrage? It’s time for voters to rise up. It’s time for a grassroots revolt.

Larry wins battle of the Smiths

Larry Smith won the battle of the Smiths, shooting a net score of 62.9 to beat runner-up Jesse Smith (65.5) to claim the A Flight title in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Individual Low Net Tournament at Payson Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Pedestrian killed in Tonto Basin

Tragedy claims Tonto Basin man

On Monday, Sept. 19 at 9:28 a.m., Bethany Cheney, a Tonto Basin resident, hit and killed Ted Morton as he jogged along Highway 188.

Community Almanac Friday, September 23, 2016

Tonto Rim Sports Club hosting free rifle sight-in As hunting season will soon be here, the Tonto Rim Sports Club is hosting a free rifle sight-in from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range. Range safety officers will be available to assist with sight-in and/or scope adjustments. To get to the range, on Hwy. 87 go 2.2 miles south of the casino (.3 miles south of Gibson Ranch Road), turn left (east) onto gravel road and then travel 1.5 miles to the entrance. For details, call 928-468-1521.

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Water board rebuffs ex board member

Realtor Ray Pugel wanted $2,300 reduction in his bill

The Pine Strawberry water board last week rejected Realtor Ray Pugel’s effort to cut his water bill by about $2,300.

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Council approves $116,000 increase in contract for the C.C. Cragin pipeline

The Payson Town Council this week approved a $116,000 add-on to the contract for the C.C. Cragin pipeline to account for the stretched-out construction schedule.

Unprepared hunters

Editor: I don’t have a problem with hunters, in fact, I’m one. I do have a problem with the Walmart hunters who show up and buy a lot of their gear the night they arrive, or look like a refugee fleeing the apocalypse with everything imaginable for convenience hanging off their truck and trailer.

Don't blame the teachers

Editor: Payson High School actually has several excellent math teachers.

Heartening sign of fire progress

The Payson Town Council took a welcome step this week by approving a $19,000 thinning project in Rumsey Park — hopefully paid for at least in part with state and federal grants.

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PHS tech teacher Bud Evans receives Innovation Award

Payson High School’s technology and computer systems instructor and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser Bud Evans received the Innovation Award from his peers around the state on Aug. 25 at the Arizona Business Educators Association and FBLA Teacher Leadership training conference.

Game & Fish needs more help to help black-footed ferrets

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with spotlighting efforts to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley near Seligman.

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Arizona Lawmakers push for re-election

On a campaign stop at the Payson Tea Party during a whirlwind tour of Sedona, Cottonwood and Payson, Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen, Representative Brenda Barton and Representative Bob Thorpe laid out their case for re-election.

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Dinner, dance honors Rim Country pioneers

Just 10 years ago, following my retirement from teaching and during my full-time work at the Payson Roundup, I was asked to write stories about 11 men, most former standout athletes at Payson High, who had joined forces to do what the now-defunct Cowbelles once did each year.

Payson man sentenced to 3.5 years for selling heroin

Payson resident Clinton Lee Ulmer, 36, will spend the next 3.5 years in prison under the terms of a sentence imposed by Gila County Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Wright.

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Body Recovered from Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park

Identified as missing river guide

On Tuesday, September 20th National Park Service personnel located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 139. Today park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Based on evidence found with the body, it is believed to be that of missing 34 year old river guide Joshua Tourjee.

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Payson High School students learn of options after graduation

On Friday, Sept. 9, Payson High School students spent the morning learning what it takes to make the next step after high school.

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Lawmakers score poorly on schools

Rim Country’s state representatives fared poorly when it comes to support for public education in a report released by education advocacy groups.

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Time to rosin up the bow

It’s time to get out and get entertained and that’s what the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Old Time Fiddlin’ Arizona State Championships, Country Acoustic Celebration and the Old Time Opry promise.

Almost all PUSD teachers will qualify for 'Merit Pay' bonus

Almost all of the teachers in the Payson Unified School District can expect to get a roughly $2,500 “merit pay” boost this year, under the formula approved last week by the Payson School Board.