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Thank you, Rim Country!

Much has been written about this past softball Season and the Lady Longhorns.

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Yeomans chips way to big day

When you’re closest to the pin on two different holes you probably enjoyed a good round of golf.

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Football fun this week in Rumsey Park

Payson kicks off the high school football season four weeks from Friday at home against Safford.

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Summer’s the time for a berry-picking adventure

Outdoors Under the Rim

If you are an outdoor person, there seems to be a season for everything.

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Payson hosts event on solar energy

Solar Strong America will stage an event in Payson on Wednesday, July 20 to celebrate the benefits of rooftop solar installations.

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Choosing health care for the end of your life

My mom, 88 stubborn years old, still lives on her own in a big house with a cat that loves to get underfoot. Because I work in health care, I have an all-too-vivid recognition of the perils that can befall someone in her situation. So, posted on her kitchen bulletin board is a bright pink sheet of paper called a POLST.

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Payson Care Center helps seniors, disabled in need

Over the last three years, Payson Care Center has partnered with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Gila Center on Aging, and the Lutheran Social Services to provide something extra for their clients.

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Forecast suggests monsoon may soon resume

All of Gila County has slipped back into “severe drought” according to the U.S. Forest Service, extending the fire season and prompting the Tonto National Forest to leave fire restrictions clamped into place.

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Buyout still rocking the budget boat

Ex-manager’s severance pay exceeds cost of three more police officers

Payson’s still making payments on the expensive decision to buy out former town manager Debra Galbraith.

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Pine hikes water rates

On June 23, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board voted to increase rates, both for property taxes and water usage.

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Remember tips to keep cool in the face of continuing summer heat

Temperatures in the Rim Country have seemed unusually hot recently and our monsoon rains and the daily cool-down they bring are sadly scarce.

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PHS standout back to lead grapplers

Bryan Burke, 25, named wrestling coach, varsity football assistant

A standout from the Longhorns’ glorious football past now begins his quest to return Payson High’s wrestling program to its glory days.

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Community Almanac

Congressman Dr. Paul Gosar, AZ-CD4, is the guest speaker at the Payson Tea Party from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Tuesday July 19 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. 

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Higher humidity slows Fuller Fire growth

Wildfire north of Grand Canyon tops 13,000 acres

Hot dry conditions over the weekend drove the Fuller Fire north of the Grand Canyon to more than 13,000 acres, but conditions moderated with higher humidity this week. Here's the US Forest Service update on the Fuller Fire as of Monday morning.

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West Clear Creek: Stair step into paradise

Photographer Nick Berezenko reflects on the joys of his canyoneering odyssey

Remote, rugged and pristine, West Clear Creek lies at the heart of a 200-mile-long maze of canyons and jumbled ridges draining off Arizona's Mogollon Rim.

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Payson’s got Oscars of our own

Each year, after all the productions have ended and the auditorium prepares for a quiet summer, the Payson High School Drama Department gathers for its own version of the Oscars: The Thespies.

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Businesses sponsor mountain bike event for kids

Sunshine Cleaning, Payson bike shops give lucky local children a mountain bike adventure

What could be more fun than kids, dirt and bikes?

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Pack It Out program sets record

The Forest Service Pack It Out program only needed 20 more pounds of trash to make it an even 10,000 pounds collected on the July 4th weekend — which thrilled staff and set a new record for the program.

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What a galaxy

Photographer DJ Craig captured the scatter of the Milky Way galaxy’s 400 billion stars in the clear night skies above Payson, with the glow of Phoenix on the hushed horizon.

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Chicken & the Egg

Which comes first: good jobs or a highly skilled workforce?

With a large percentage of Payson’s workforce leaving the area every day to work, building a strong workforce in town is a key goal of the town’s five-year economic development plan.