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Payson’s top angler back in Classic

Clifford Pirch has been fishing professionally for the past 12 years. He fished the FLW circuit for 10 of those years before moving to the Bassmaster Elite Series. Moving is a relative term since one must qualify and then be invited to fish at the Bassmaster Elite Series level.

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Neighbors rush to rescue woman

Owner, dogs escape fire

Thanks to neighbors, a disabled woman and her two dogs were pulled to safety Tuesday night after their house on North Easy Street went up in flames.

We get what we elect

The antics of the recently elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas should come as no surprise.

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Car fire snuffed

A vehicle that caught fire outside Circle K south was put out in four minutes by firefighters Monday night.

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Police still investigating

The autopsies for two people found dead in a west Payson home Sunday night have been completed, but police are not releasing any new details.

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Volunteers needed to help save bass

Volunteers are needed to help save the bass in Roosevelt Lake. Help is needed to build fish habitats and set up and pour concrete fish balls on Monday, Feb. 23 and take the molds apart on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Thank you to our new fair volunteers

Thank you to all of the people who called or showed up at the Feb. 17 Northern Gila County Fair board meeting to volunteer.

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Now’s the time to make sure your boat’s ready for spring

Outdoors Under the Rim

Most hunting seasons have come and gone and spring fishing is right around the corner. If you are an angler and have a boat, it has probably been stored in a garage or under a boat cover for much of the last five months

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How appealing: AIA drops PHS football to D4

In the end, it all worked out fine.

I love this town

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who kept their eyes and ears on alert looking for my lost puppy, Z.

Town yard by park needs more work

How wonderful that the front page news of our Friday, Feb. 13 paper told how promptly our town officials got together and cleaned up the “town yard” located at 500 South Green Valley Parkway after complaints received from people strolling along the upper loop of the park who could view the “unorganized junk yard” and the Payson Roundup sending town officials several pictures of the mess and seeking town officials help to clean it up.

Political sausage

“Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.” Mark Twain

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APS drafted anti-solar letter signed by congressmen

PHOENIX – Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step up enforcement of regulations.

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Where’s Rim Country’s winter?

The Village

Are we having a winter this year? The weather forecast predicts no measurable precipitation for the next two weeks.

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It’s amazing how many things we know that we don’t know we know Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I mentioned that there are an incredible number of things we know that we don’t know we know, and I quoted what Andy Rooney said in his book, “And More by Andy Rooney.”

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Donations needed for fuel reduction work

Rattlin' the Rim

The Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s 2014 brush pickup program collected and burned nearly 2 million pounds of brush and pine needles.

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Love in the air + 100 weeks in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s sweethearts were out in numbers last Saturday evening. The comedy show after dinner at the casino was the night out for Dean + Genny along with Scott + Marilyn.

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A sad farewell to a great artist

DJ's Music Trivia

This week, I’m interrupting our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century (which will return next week) to pay tribute to the life and career of one of the top female music artists of the 1960s, Leslie Gore (a non-smoker) who died this past week of lung cancer. She was 68.

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Community Almanac

Volunteers with AARP Tax Aide will prepare tax returns for those with low to moderate incomes through Wednesday, April 14 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, on Airport Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mondays and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays.

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Clubs and Organizations

Unity of Payson, represented by Spiritual Leader Dr. Lynnette Brouwer, presented its December tithe to Betty Merritt of the Merritt Center, which provides education in renewal and empowerment for returning combat veterans.