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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.

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Danger growing

But wildfire plan little changed

New subdivisions, drought and the rising number of fires large and small have all altered the fire hazards residents face in Gila County.

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Special guest joins Friends of Pine Library

Rattlin' the Rim

Friends of Pine Library could be hosting one of the group’s most interesting and informative guests ever during its monthly meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, July 25 at the Library Activity Center, behind the Cultural Hall of the Community Center.

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‘Nonsoon’ season – Where are our summer rains?

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek drew the short straw in our brief visit from the 2016 monsoon.

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Hall of famer LaHaye: Wrestler’s roots in Payson

R.C. LaHaye might be the youngest member of the 2016 Payson High School Hall of Fame, but one check of his sterling credentials reveals he’s more than qualified to be included in the inaugural hall.

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Watch out for children riding ATVs on our roads this summer

The Village

The Village has finally quieted down after the Fourth of July activities. Naturally we still have the summer residents around with their toys going up and down Johnson Boulevard and into the forest.

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Turning lose, lose into win, win, win

More Than a Game

When two sides with open minds seek a solution, anything is possible.

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Peterson, Burns reach state tourney

Karen Peterson shot a two-day score of 155 to win the gross championship and Jan Burns carded 134 to win the net championship in the Payson Women’s Golf Association’s Medallion Tournament on June 29 at Payson Golf Course.

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Swiss Village merchants stage art-themed event today

Swiss Village merchants will host a special event on Friday, July 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., complete with refreshments, a raffle, music by Bruce Wales and Pete Van Winkle, a chance to meet local artists, and a ribbon cutting for a new flower shop.

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Residents report rash of fake IRS scams

Several residents have reported receiving multiple Internal Revenue Service scam calls recently.

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Why did Payson teachers quit?

This year, not only did Payson Unified School District make full disclosure on how many employees left the district, but the district also reported reasons they left.

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Helicopter crashes

When a helicopter went down Sunday, the only thing left standing was the pilot and the seat he was sitting in.

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Characters under the Mogollon Rim – John Henry Thompson, Part 1

Back When

John Henry Thompson was among those Texans who along with the Haught and Ellison families migrated to the Rim Country in the 1880s. Like the others he made a significant mark on the historical landscape of Gila County and became Arizona’s longest serving sheriff.

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’

Your Turn

After two years of civilian life I re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, having discovered that I had mistakenly left the kind of life I truly loved.

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Forest restoration topic of hearing in Payson

The U.S. Forest Service will host a public meeting in Payson on July 21 on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative plan to thin some 1.24 million acres over the next 10 years, including almost all of Rim Country.

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Rescues keep volunteers hopping

Rescuers responded to repeated calls last weekend, including operations at Salome Canyon and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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School registration upon us

It’s that time of year again — if you can believe it — for school registration and open house. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 1.