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The East Verde River harbors lots of trout-stocked fishing holes

I tore myself loose late, knowing I’d never make it to Whispering Pines where I’d promised faithfully to meet Jack Kearns, a genial, quietly enthusiastic, endlessly good-humored retired utility company crew chief who now lives to fish.

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School board: Show us the receipt!

Teachers on trips still must submit the itemized details

Teachers taking students on education trips shouldn’t have to pay for hotel rooms out of their own pocket. On the other hand, they better bring back an itemized receipt if they want breakfast.

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Lawmaker’s AHCCCS suit rebuffed

Lawmakers seeking to reverse the expansion of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System suffered another setback in court this week.

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When lightning strikes

Few crews left to respond to fires sparked by monsoon

The National Weather Service reports the monsoon storms will continue throughout the weekend, but dry up next week.

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She’s the Martian’s mom

But she’s still going to keep her famous son down-to-earth

Payson resident Janet Tuer never wears dresses — until now.

Payson schools consider some hard truths

Payson schools are getting a sobering dose of tough love.

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Spikers look to challenge in loaded division

Color Desirae Burris optimistic.

Blame where it belongs

I don’t know the superintendent of Payson Unified School District (PUSD) on either a personal or professional basis.

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Rutter, Schwebs win with 53

Dave Rutter and Dennis Schwebs fired a 53 to win the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s Two-Man Best Ball Tournament on Aug. 19 at Payson Golf Course.

Eagles, other nongame wildlife grow to record numbers

What’s in a name? Based solely on its name, some might wrongly assume that the Arizona Game and Fish Department focuses only on “hunted” game animals and “fishable” fish.

Good guys all over town

Several weeks ago, coming out of Kentucky Fried Chicken, I was shocked to find I was faced with a dead battery in my pickup truck.

Payson’s noise ordinances are not being enforced

I’m glad Rick Hatch and his wife had an enjoyable time at the Pirates Hideaway.

Happy Banner is in Payson

Recently I fell in my yard and was taken by ambulance to Banner Payson Medical Center.

Sports Briefs

Today is the deadline to register for Payson’s Youth Fall Soccer.

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Payson’s World’s Oldest Continuous rodeo payouts top $42,000

Large crowds packed the Payson Event Center stands for last week’s 131st World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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Community Almanac, Aug. 28

This year’s Third Annual Payson Community Kids (PCK) Chair-ish Festival of Furniture and Other Fine Things has expanded.

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School inflation negotiations fail

But lawmakers propose plan to boost K-12 spending

School districts will go back to court in an attempt to force state lawmakers to pay some $1.3 billion in illegally withheld inflation funding after negotiations on a settlement broke down this week.

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Sale gets go-ahead

Archaeologists clear way for university site

The Forest Service can go ahead and sell a 253-acre parcel for a university, but Payson should avoid building on three archaeological sites, concluded a preliminary study.

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Arrest in 37-year-old murder

Daughter of former Payson couple shot in 1978

For 37 years, the murder of their daughter remained an agonizing mystery.