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Schools face onslaught of new laws

Superintendent briefs board on status of bills

The Arizona Legislature is back in session — which means Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman is gearing up for more onslaughts on district schools — if the bills he’s tracking make it through the committee process.

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Storm delivers rare dose of ‘thundersnow’

Ever heard of thundersnow?

Population of 38,000 is too many people

Payson says Blue Ridge water will allow the city to build up to a population of 38,000.

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Keep food safe at Super Bowl parties

The Super Bowl is already the most-watched television program in the United States, and this year’s 50th game is sure to take the experience to a whole new level.

Presidential progress and problems

I have been honored and proud to have lived through the presidencies of FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, RW Bush, Clinton, W Bush, and Obama.

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Father finds son dead of heroin overdose

The heroin epidemic in northern Gila County claimed a life for the second time in January.

An angel that shovels snow

I live on McLane in Payson and I was out shoveling my long driveway after our last snow.

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Boys basketball team seesaws through season

Horns alternate big win with tough loss

The Payson High School boys basketball team’s seesaw season continued Jan. 29 with a 74-32 win over Veritas Prep and the following day with a 71-61 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

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My go to sleep aid – chamomile

The Healthy Foodie

So, I told my editor that I wouldn’t have made it into work if I didn’t have my chamomile tea to help me sleep. I’ve used the herb for years to get me back to sleep when insomnia hits.

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Smoke alarm lack nearly proves fatal

Despite having a box of free smoke detectors available, the Payson Fire Department continues to respond to fires in homes with no working detectors.

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Firefighters snuff out fire

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a trash can last week.

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Appointed judge will run for seat

Division I Superior Court Judge Bryan Chambers announced Wednesday that he has taken out nomination petitions to keep his seat on the Gila County Superior Court bench.

Litter season draws near once again

The Tonto National Forest beneath the Mogollon Rim has among the most visitors in the entire USA! When springtime comes, the interest in camping, fishing and other water sports brings thousands of visitors to the lakes, streams and campgrounds.

Disagree with letter writer

A letter writer asserts “It is Congress’ responsibility and that of the president to protect the citizenry from all enemies foreign and domestic.”

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Wrestlers face tough tournament competition

Longhorns to send band of stalwarts to sectional tourney

Although the Payson High School wrestling team will not be a favorite to win the Division III, Section I championship tournament when it unfolds Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bradshaw Mountain High School, the Longhorns will send to it a band of stalwarts expected to battle for medal honors.

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Natural food additive may fight skin cancer

Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy have discovered that a compound found in the natural food additive annatto prevents the formation of cancer cells and skin damage from UV radiation in mice. In the future, the compound, bixin, may be valuable in the prevention and treatment of human skin cancers.

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Domestic violence prison term

On Jan. 19, Presiding Judge Gary Scales sentenced William Allen Morgan to prison after Morgan pleaded guilty in one case to possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct/domestic violence and in a second case, attempted aggravated assault.

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Three years for meth possession

On Jan. 11, TJ Jonas of Show Low was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to possession of dangerous drugs.

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Javelina permits still available

Outdoors Under the Rim

The late winter in Arizona has traditionally been the time to hunt javelina with a firearm.

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Arizona’s school funding still dead last

State spending on education 31 percent below national average

Arizona ranks dead last in state support for K-12 schools, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.