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He has insurance, votes against mine

Editor: For my friends in Congressman Paul Gosar’s district: More than half of the people in Gila County are on some kind of government-assisted insurance.

We love 'em to death

Editor: Today’s 10 highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

Cool Mountain Drug Town?

Editor: I thought when the drug shop went in, it was to be theft proof and someone would be there at all times.

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How does your (community) garden grow?

The Payson Community Garden is sporting some new structures this summer. A beautiful new sign greets gardeners and visitors over the main entrance.

Brewer endorses McCain

Editor: Senator John McCain has been and will continue to be the strongest advocate for Arizona.

Leash your dogs, people

Editor: A reply to (a letter) by Ted Paulk: You should go to the west side of the big lake at Green Valley Park.

Train the principals

Editor: I hate to use sports analogies, but I think they work for this situation.

Helping Students

Editor: The Friends of Rim Country Gila Community College, Payson Campus are pleased to announce the receipt of an anonymous donation in the amount of $5,000 which will enhance our mission to fund scholarships to deserving students pursuing their associate arts degree, transferring to a four-year institution or gaining certification for career employment skills.

Unhappy with changes

Editor: My name is Joelle Vancel and I have been a customer for many years and lately I have been disappointed with it.

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Break in the weather

Get ready for more intensely beautiful sunsets as the forecast predicts a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the weekend.

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Can Payson mayor contenders save Main Street?

Special taxing district plan debated

After decades of talking about how to fix up Main Street and the American Gulch, Payson’s finally looking into a way to pay for improvements.

Maybe it’s time to dump ASU

We’ve kind of lost track of the glittering dream of an Arizona State University Campus in Payson that has sustained our hopes for the last four or five years.

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Gear up for fun run, Fire on the Rim and more

Rattlin' the Rim

It’s not too early to begin planning for the Justice McNeeley Foundation Poker Run, which has morphed since its 2004 inception into one of the most celebratory gatherings held in the two mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry.

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Payson class offers lifeline for the mentally ill

Families with children or other family members suffering from mental illness can learn how to help their loved one through the Family-to-Family class with the Payson affiliate of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Community Almanac Friday, August 19, 2016

Follow the Parade to the Farmers Market It's Rodeo Weekend, follow the parade to the Payson Farmers market for cold drinks, coffee, exquisite pastries & desserts, ready to eat tamales, Italian food & breakfast burritos. Lots more vendors available for your grocery and gift shopping needs.

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Brady Ellison claims third Olympic medal

After losing in the round of 32 in the London Games four years earlier, former Payson resident Brady Ellison worked hard to reach the medal stand in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

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Rodeo week brims with special events

Get out to the Payson Event Center to see some barrel racing this morning. Starting at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19 a number of barrel racing contestants will be in “slack” competition.

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Payson Parks & Recreation Sports Briefs

Those interested in the following leagues may find more at and sign up at or at the Parks and Recreation office in Green Valley Park.

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Star Valley candidates grapple with loss of radar revenue

Barbara Hartwell, Ray Armington, Bobby Davis, George Binney and Gary Coon weigh in on the issue.

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Payson Helping Payson celebrates

Payson Helping Payson this week celebrated record contributions to help struggling families in Rim Country, with most donations coming through the $200-per-person, $400-per-couple Arizona Tax Credit for the working poor.