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Tonto Basin hit with huge tax increase

In a unanimous vote this week, the Tonto Basin School Board approved the 2016-17 school year budget, which includes a 75 percent property tax increase.

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Catch & release tips

Outdoors Under the Rim

This past month a new hybrid game fish has been introduced into the local waters of Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lake, the tiger trout.

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Cool fishing tips

Rim Country Fishing Report

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Commissioners meeting held in Payson recently was well attended by local outdoor enthusiasts.

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Characters Under the Rim – Sam and Margaret Stewart

Back When

Samuel Kendrick Stewart was born Oct. 2, 1861 and raised in the village of Burnet, Texas, 54 miles northwest of Austin, the state capital. It is not clear if his family lived in town or on a ranch, but Sam listed his occupation in 1880 as “gathering stock.”

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Heat straining residents, gardens and more

The Village

Can you believe this heat? The temperatures are out of sight.

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Sometimes two dumb mistakes can cancel each other out – Part 2

Your Turn

Two dumb wrongs can occasionally make a right. Last week I told you that I believed I was infected with amoebic dysentery, which was incurable in 1960, or so the embassy doctor told me during his preliminary check of my galloping diarrhea. That tentative diagnosis was given on a Wednesday.

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Heat can’t chill enthusiasm for Fourth

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was cooking right along this past week much the same as the rest of Arizona but to a somewhat lesser degree. Yes, degrees were watched closely and we had a 100 of them on Sunday afternoon.

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Pine-Strawberry Fire budget still lean

Rattlin' the Rim

The sale of the Payson Roundup to the White Mountain Independent is a bit of déjà vu all over again for this old scribe.

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Fatal Fossil Creek confusion

Witness recounts latest drowning death in pool beneath waterfall

The horrific scene that unfolded in a deep pool in Fossil Creek over the weekend left witnesses shaken and underscored the dangers that persist, despite imposition of a reservation system this summer.

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DPS stops wrong-way driver near Bush Highway

A state trooper stooped a wrong-way driver on the Beeline Highway Thursday afternoon near the Bush Highway.

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Cedar fire growth rate slows

45,000-acre wildfire near Show Low moving toward previously burned area

Some 1,000 firefighters have the Cedar Fire 24 percent contained, although the fire still grew to 45,000 acres overnight. Firefighters hope to keep the fire moving toward older burned areas, although that means continuing to put out wind-whipped embers. Burnout operations continue to produce smoke, but the fire's growth rate has slowed considerably.

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Ban on cross-country, off-road travel spurs furor

Travel management plan would shut down 1,300 miles of existing roads and trails

Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.

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Water Conservation Implemented at Grand Canyon National Park Due to Water-System Issues

Broken pipe, pump limit water supply on South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park is requesting that all visitors and residents on the South Rim of Grand Canyon begin instituting water conservation measures. A break in the Transcanyon Pipeline was identified today; in addition to the breakdown of one of the Indian Garden pipeline water pumps that provide water to the South Rim storage tanks. The combination of these situations has resulted in immediate water conservation guidelines for all consumers on the South Rim. The North Rim is unaffected by these issues.

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Cedar Fire now 43,000 acres but fire lines holding

Pre-evacuation orders still in effect for Show Low

The Cedar Fire grew to 43,000 acres on Tuesday, but backfires and wind shifts have generally moved the fire away from Show Low, Cedar Creek and other small settlements on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Nearly 1,000 firefighters continue work to keep the fire away from subdivisions, with 22 percent containment. However, pre-evacution orders remain in effect for Showlow and Pinetop-Lakeside.

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McCain blames president for attack – then back pedals

Senator John McCain stumbled into a flare of controversy last week when he told reporters President Barack Obama was “directly responsible” for the attack by Omar Mateen on a gay nightclub in Florida that killed 49 people.

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Pizza Factory HEROs of Education

The Payson Unified School District board honored Rodney and Gail Dahlman, owners of the Payson Pizza Factory, as HEROs of Education at its June 13 meeting.

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Tragic lessons

Show Low’s close escape in the face of the explosive growth of the Cedar Fire underscores the tragic lessons seared into the minds of firefighters three years ago, when the Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 Prescott firefighters.

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Another drowning in Fossil Creek

A man drowned and several other hikers needed rescuing this weekend at Fossil Creek north of Payson.

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How to save a house from wildfire

In the midst of the most dangerous time of the year for forest fires, a fire official Monday urged residents to get their homes prepared while they still can.

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Rash of scary wildfires

A “suspicious” brush fire came dangerously close to several homes in Oxbow Estates Sunday night.