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Fall color draws too many cars

Forest Service will limit viewing in Flagstaff's Lockett Meadow

Coconino National Forest plans to manage vehicle access to Lockett Meadow over the next couple of weekends to ensure public safety and allow safe travel up and down the road that leads to the meadow.

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College benefits from book festival

Due to the success of the Payson’s first book festival, the nonprofit Rim Country District of Arizona Professional Writers donated a $500 scholarship to the Friends of Rim Country GCC during its Sept. 17 board meeting at Gila Community College.

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Young fiddler again wins state championship at Payson festival

Joseph Turner, who competes in the Junior Division, for those 13 to 17, has won the 2015 Arizona State Fiddling Championship title for the third year in a row.

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Gearing up to help students

Gear Up Coordinator Jackie Wallace celebrated National Gear Up Week with projects, but reserved a special treat for those students in her cohort who have an interest in robotics in the form of a guest appearance by Fredi Lajvardi, robotics coach for the award-winning robotics team at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix.

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Can we save the desert tortoise?

Game and Fish launches conservation program

With a tight timeframe, the Arizona Game and Fish Department recently led 16 federal and state partners in a proactive effort to develop a statewide conservation agreement to benefit the iconic Sonoran desert tortoise in Arizona. The agreement, a Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA), was completed to outline effective conservation for the species and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for consideration as they evaluate the need to list the Sonoran desert tortoise as threatened or endangered.

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Goal-line stand seals win

FLAGSTAFF – It was a déjà vu nightmare.

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Payson cut off

Another broken cable kills Internet, cellphone service

Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Camp Verde and up to Whispering Pines lost most cellphone and Internet service for 12 hours Monday and Tuesday due to an “accidental cut” in a fiber optic cable causing an outage, according to a Suddenlink technical support representative.

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APS backs off

Controversy continues to beset state’s Corporation Commission

Arizona Public Service has decided to drop its bid to triple the monthly fee for customers with solar power, capping months of controversy and accusations of conflict of interest that have swirled around the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the state’s utilities.

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Fall in high country offers many choices for outdoor enthusiasts

Outdoors Under the Rim

The calendar says fall is here, the days are shorter and the early morning temperatures are noticeably cooler.

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Golf news

Tim Ernst owned Payson Golf Course on Sept. 23.

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Conlin honored for good works

Joanne Conlin’s long service to Rim Country earned her the Heart in Hand Award from the Gila County Community Services and Community Action Program.

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Bitter school funding debate swirls

Inflation adjustment, state trust lands provoke divisions

The high-stakes issue of school funding continues to roil state officials, thanks to a $1.3 billion court judgment, contending reform plans and bitter feuds involving top state officials.

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Payson schools may borrow money to save money

It doesn’t make much sense to borrow money to save money, but that is what Payson Unified School District just might do.

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Arizona Forest Conference scheduled for Oct. 7-8

Salt River Project focuses on forests and watersheds

Arizona business leaders, government partners, scientists, researchers, the forest industry and those interested in forest heath will gather at the third annual “Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy” conference, hosted by Salt River Project.

US 93 traffic switch planned for Thursday north of Wickenburg

Look for delays in travel

US 93 traffic switch planned for Thursday north of Wickenburg for widening project Motorists to travel on new southbound lanes as work continues on existing northbound lanes

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Congressman blasts Planned Parenthood

Rim Country's Rep. Gosar issues statement

Editor’s note: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing investigating Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding:

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Rescuers Respond to Paria Canyon Twice in Two Days

Helicopter swoops in for one false alarm and one rescue

Rescuers have mounted two rescue operations in the area of the Paria slot canyon in recent days -- including one false alarm and one distressed hiker.

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Roundup wins statewide honors

Newspaper of the Year & Reporter of the Year

The Payson Roundup won honors as the non-daily Newspaper of the Year Saturday night from the Arizona Newspaper Association.

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Flu season hits home

Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials announced today that several cases of influenza have recently been confirmed in Coconino County. All are recovering. This marks the beginning of the 2015 – 16 flu season in Coconino County.

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‘Ugly watches’ may ease caregiver stress

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is handing out waterproof Project Life Saver (PLS) devices that GCSO Sgt. Dennis Newman describes as “ugly watches.”