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A life of adventure, a love of Rim Country

Jim Hagen fought fires, flew planes

Jim Hagen fell in love with Rim Country at age 11. Pushing 90 this year, his heart is happy to call this place home, many moves and adventures later.

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Special programs planned

Special programs on dementia caregiver training and Banner Brain Health scheduled.

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Big Unit, Gonzo to be in Payson on Oct. 7

Two Arizona Diamondbacks legends are coming to Payson. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez will take part in a ceremony dedicating the Kiwanis East and West Baseball Fields at Rumsey Park in their honor at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

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Horns display heart of champions in loss

Give mighty Elks all they can handle

A potent running game and stingy defense turned Payson’s football season around. On Friday, those strengths nearly powered the Longhorns to one of the biggest wins in eight years.

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Tough start for boys soccer

Payson, which was 0-4 in power points games this season (0-8 all games) heading into Saturday’s game at Show Low, doesn’t return home until 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 against Snowflake.

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Time to review your Medicare coverage

Sometime in late October, I’ll host the 12th Annual Friends of Elaine Kortzeborn Medicare Open Enrollment Party.

Payson High School Sports Schedule

Payson High School Sports Schedule September 10-24, 2016

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Fulton Fire grows to 1,100 acres

Crews making 'good progress'

The Fulton Fire atop the Rim has grown to 1,138 acres, but APS has restored power to several communities and firefighters continue to make "good progress" in containing and directing the lighting-caused blaze -- aided Tuesday by cool, wet conditions.

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ASU Space & geology students bond at Camp Tontozona

The final frontier

Ric Alling watched with bated breath as a freshman from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) held the laser pointer and turned toward the Andromeda constellation.

How do we encourage the best teachers?

Schools look a little like Lake Woebegone these days — where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average,” to quote Garrison Keillor.

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Lightning caused Fulton Fire caused alarm in Rim Country this weekend

The lightning-caused Fulton Fire this week continued to cause problems for people driving on Highway 260, 25 miles east of Payson, and alarm Rim Country residents as a result of widespread smoke.

Tonto National Forest's officials plan land management meeting in Payson this week

Forest officials will host a series of upcoming “Needs for Change” public meetings to provide an overview of the Tonto National Forest’s Land Management Planning process.

Is it the feds fault?

Lawmakers like Sen. Sylvia Allen say Arizona will remain 48th in per-student funding as long as the federal government owns so much land in the state.

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One more crash pushes Pine Fire to the limit

On Sept. 15, a young woman lost control of her SUV and crashed into the guardrail a few miles from the Highway 87 and 260 turnoff on top of the Rim.

Veterans should know this well-kept secret

If you ask an elderly veteran if they are aware that they may be able to qualify for an additional pension from the VA, they will probably tell you, “I’m not eligible because I wasn’t injured in the war.”

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Aspire Arizona covered tuition for 100 Payson students

Donations top $50,000 to help teens in Payson High School get college credit

So far, 100 Payson High School students have received free or nearly free college classes — thanks to an innovative partnership involving Payson Unified School District, Gila Community College and the Aspire Arizona Foundation.

Community Almanac Tuesday, August 20, 2016

Opry, Fiddlers coming to town The Payson Old Time Opry is Friday, Sept. 23 and features The Purple Hulls, The Western Flyers, The DeRusha Family Band and three-time Arizona State fiddle champion Joseph Turner. Doors of the Payson High Auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., with the performance at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8 per person at the door, advance tickets can be purchased at the Payson Parks office in Green Valley Park.

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Wildfire forces extended lane restriction east of Payson

One eastbound lane of SR 260 closed until further notice

An extended lane closure is in place on eastbound State Route 260 about 30 miles east of Payson because of the Fulton Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Historic Payson building burns

Fire chars home built in early 1900s

An historic building went up in flames on a hill between Payson High School and Main Street on Friday, Sept. 16. The Payson Fire Department arrived to the 600 block of Highland to a first alarm fire. Fire personnel said the fire was “well involved” by the time they arrived, but the occupant had escaped due to the fire alarm. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No fire fighters were injured, but the house, built sometime in the early 1900’s is charred.

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Mt. Ord Fire growing

Firefighters manage blaze to benefit the forest

The US Forest Service on Sunday issued an update on the 375-acre, lightning-caused Mt. Ord Fire, which continued to burn slowly through brushed and debris. The 10-man crew with four engines monitoring the fire mostly focused on protecting the array of communications towers atop the peak. Here's the Forest Service update issued on Sunday Crews plan to start a backfire along Forest Road 626.