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Bikers rolling

We’re excited that Payson officials have so quickly moved to support a volunteer effort to boost Rim Country’s economy by creating a network of trails for mountain bikers and others.

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Special election planned

Eric Mariscal, director of the Gila County elections department, this week requested the supervisors approve an order establishing vote centers and polling places and appoint poll workers and election board members for the May 17 special election.

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Free drop-off for brush

In honor of Earth Day, the Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge on Saturday, April 23.

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Towns seek to cut costs

The Payson Town Council Thursday night approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the town, Star Valley and the Rim Country Educational Alliance for legal services.

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Rolling along

Mountain bikers, mayor hope trails will create biker heaven

Within hours of contacting Mayor Kenny Evans, Michael Bonnette, president of the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association and Mick Wolf, treasurer, met to start turning Payson into a world-class destination for mountain bikers.

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Payson district approves online classes

The Payson Unified School District board voted to add Mesa Distance Learning to the mix of options available to students at PUSD.

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Red Flag Warning in Effect Today for Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Fire season looming already

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for today for northern Arizona including portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity. This Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MST.

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Characters Under the Rim – Julia Viola Randall, Part 2

Back When

Beloved Payson school teacher Julia Randall considered her family to include all the many children that passed under her tutelage.

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A vote for Prop. 123 is a vote for kids

Rattlin' the Rim

A vote for Prop. 123 on May 17 is a vote for Arizona’s most precious resource — our children.

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Forest around community being cleared

The Village

After a lot of activity in Tonto Village the past few weeks, the forest looks a bit sparse. There has been a logging company, Tri Star Logging from Snowflake, harvesting logs from around Tonto Village and Thompson Draw II. The project is under the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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Creek has lions and bears, but no tigers – oh my!

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is home to lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! (perhaps tigers not so much). Should you run into a bear in the woods, it may give you pause. This little pun came true a week ago last Thursday.

Girl Scout volunteers rock

I would like to acknowledge the passion, dedication and commitment of Payson and Pine Girl Scout volunteers!

Wake up Arizonans – your federal public lands are threatened

Are you aware that our state Legislature is currently evaluating the transfer of our precious federal public lands (i.e., national forests, BLM lands, etc.) to the state?

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Amazing how little we know about things in the very recent past – Pt. 2

Your Turn

This column had its birth when I ripped up a finger and used some of the handy things we all have around the house to fix the mess I had made — a little peroxide, a Band-Aid, some antibiotic cream, and — especially — a pair of handy-dandy nail clippers.

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Young softball team putting it all together

Horns carry 11-game win streak into final 3 games

Expectations change.

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Softball squad pounds Central 20-2

Payson beat visiting Phoenix Central 20-2 in a four-inning mercy stopped early because of the run rule on Monday, April 18.

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Longhorns locked in wild 10-10 baseball slugfest in Holbrook

Suspended after 10 inn. by darkness

Payson’s baseball team is tied up in a wild game in Holbrook.

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Payson Rotarian Track Meet turns 50 on Saturday

Few things stay the same over five decades.

Wow: What a century

Wow. What a century. Kind of eye opening — even for us.

Reader comments about Nikki Bagley

It sure looks to me as if she is exactly what the “framers” had in mind (except maybe her gender, of course) when they created our republic, a citizen-servant who steps up and puts oneself on the line.