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Interpreting Prop. 123 win

Proposition 123 has passed, with about 51 percent of the vote.

Fossil Creek passes at Pine library

The Pine library is available Tuesday-Saturday with six public computers so hikers can obtain their parking passes to Fossil Creek.

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Payson school enrollment rises

The enrollment for Payson schools is on the rise — but just barely.

Celebrating, sort of

Rim Country Educational Foundation President Gary Cordell gave a presentation this week to the Payson Tea Party about the prospects for a deal with Arizona State University to build a campus in Payson.

Payson water and street repair crew lauded

Sunday evening a city water supply line leak was discovered by our neighbors. Within a half hour, a street crew member was on sight to confirm the location of the leak.

Social Security inflation

I recently received my “Retiree Benefit Statement” indicating that I would be receiving a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) next month. The raise would be $0.40 per month.

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Payson seniors get big laughs for theater-in-the-round plays

Theater-in-the-round encircles the stage with the audience making the actors almost seem to be a part of the audience.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – Al Sieber, Part 2

Back When

Al Sieber was known and appreciated throughout the Rim Country as one who helped make it safe for the settlers.

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Unusual May weather has us scrambling to protect garden plants

The Village

Tonto Village is experiencing a very gloomy Tuesday. It started out with lightning strikes and thunder and then, holy moly, the hail started falling.

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Pine-Strawberry get ready for summer season

Rattlin' the Rim

The Annual Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival is arguably the most successful of the seven held in Pine during the summer season.

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Report to the Regents

ASU said official ‘partner’ for scaled down Payson branch campus plan

Arizona State University has agreed to open a branch in Payson, with a planned first-year enrollment of 300 to 350, Rim Country Educational Foundation President Gary Cordell said during a presentation at the Payson Tea Party this week.

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Who do we expect to see when we watch a movie with a favorite star?

Your Turn

The title of this column asks an intriguing question, doesn’t it? When you sit down to watch yet another movie starring one of your favorites who do you actually expect to see? The person he is playing or the star himself?

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Payson grad’s 14,000-foot climb will raise money to battle cancer

Sara Schmidt, who was born, raised and graduated high school in Payson, will attempt to reach the 14,179-foot summit of California’s Mount Shasta in June.

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When the bridge became a dam in 1970

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has a bridge across the creek. Driving back and forth on the Loop we take the bridge for granted, not giving it a thought. Walking the accompanying footbridge you are able to see the stone undercarriage of the passage.

Limited number of tickets available for PHS Hall of Fame banquet

Payson High School will induct an inaugural class of five people into its new Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in an awards banquet and dinner at Wilson Dome on the school’s campus.

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Get your pole! Tigers coming to Rim Country

Life on the Fly

We’ve got tigers in Arizona Rim Country! The Tonto Creek Hatchery has been raising 18,000 tiger trout from fingerlings to catchable size for the last several months.

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SR 260 maintenance work east of SR 87 Junction in Payson

Lane reduction required; please allow for extra time for travel

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) crews will be applying surface sealant to extend the life of the roadway on State Route 260, approximately ten miles east of the SR 87 Junction in Payson on six miles of roadway (mileposts 263-269). Work will occur on Monday (May 23) and Tuesday (May 24) during daylight hours.

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Sun-bathed Arizona Trail section taxes veteran hiker

Hot climb leads to fantastic view along stretch of famous route

Sometimes a hike leader needs to check out a hike before deciding if it’s appropriate for the hiking group. May, Friday the 13th, was just such a day.

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Business club hosts famous author for its annual banquet

When Future Business Leaders of America advisor Bud Evans asked who had attended the Phoenix Comicon Convention, most of the students in the banquet room raised their hands.

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Weekend rodeo will crown new queen

A coronation is part of Payson’s spring rodeo festivities this weekend.