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Three-game stretch will test Longhorns

Begin challenging month tonight vs. Round Valley

It all starts tonight. Sure, the high school football season kicked off for Payson four weeks ago, but a 2-2 record really hasn’t taught us anything about the Longhorns.

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Longhorns win two in a row

The Longhorns beat Camp Verde Tuesday. Payson’s Savanna White’s spike (above), as Abby Schreur (9) and Sammi Sokol look on, contributed to the victory.

Alarming test results

The latest AzMERIT test results for Payson students offer a confusing mixture of hope and dismay.

Base battles on the facts

Here’s one frail hope for the political season. Could we please focus on fact-based disagreements?

Biggest joke in Payson

Question: What is the biggest joke in Payson?

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REI sponsors Pine Loop Dash 5K

It was a picturesque day in Pine for a trail race Saturday. While mountain bike riders pre-rode the Fire on the Rim mountain bike race course on the west side of Highway 87, at the Pine Trailhead, runners laced up their sneakers for a 5K run.

We added to her anguish

Vera Eccles came by the office this week, very upset. She’d suffered a terrible trauma — and we made it worse.

Arizona Public Service's 8 percent rate hike flunks the smell test

Editor: I have to worry whether the dark money spent in the Arizona Corporation Commission elections is now coming home to roost in support of a very large 8 percent increase in electricity costs, when neither inflation nor the cost of fuel could explain such a large jump in rates.

Celebrate the Constitution September 17-23

Editor: The Daughters of the American Revolution, Mogollon Chapter, invite Rim residents to join them in commemorating United States Constitution Week, an annual event that runs from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23.

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Pet Appreciation at Tractor Supply

Event connects community groups with families, includes pet adoptions

On Saturday, Sept. 17 the Tractor Supply Co. store in Payson will celebrate Pet Appreciation Week’s main event.

Community Almanac Friday, September 16, 2016

Payson Public Library - Talk like a pirate day The Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, hosts International Talk Like a Pirate Day Monday, Sept. 19. The staff will be dressed in pirate garb and speaking in their best pirate voices. There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes and treasures for kids. Costumes are welcomed.

Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage

Editor: In response to Ms. Jeannette Sindik’s letter in the opinion section regarding the article “Nine Disadvantages of Medicare Advantage Plans” submitted by Rim Country Health in the Payson Roundup dated Aug. 30, I would like to clarify a few comments.

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Heck of a good time at Gila County Fair

Victoria Rutherford couldn’t help but crow about her Grand Champion award from the Northern Gila County Fair for her Cornish rooster, Sweetie.

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Payson Ranger District loses a great recreation officer

Muise moves to Washington state

The Payson Ranger District has lost a great resource — Recreation Officer Chelsea Muise. She moved onto Washington state to serve as recreation manager for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in late August.

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A total loss of his motor home - but he's grateful

“Of course it had to happen on 9/11,” said Don Haynie, owner of a motor home that caught on fire. “It was a catastrophic motor home fire. But Sheriff’s Deputy Ridge Halenar drove by and saw the smoke.”

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Climate change: The timer on the bomb for Arizona State's forests

The forests of Northern Arizona remain dreadfully vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to the just-released draft of an overhaul of the Tonto National Forest’s master plan.

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Lane restriction for SR 260 east of Payson to remain due to Fulton Fire

Motorists should prepare for heavy smoke, reduced visibility in area

Eastbound State Route 260, which was reduced to one lane 25 miles east of Payson while the Tonto National Forest conducted fire prevention operations, will remain restricted for the time being due to the Fulton Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Media old-timers meet

“Media” — which is a four-letter word in some circles — has been around the Rim Country since 1937. Hear about the memories of some the Rim’s media “old timers” at a special event at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 in the meeting room at the Majestic Mountain Inn, 602 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

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Much ado about very little: Arizona school standards get tweaked

The Arizona Department of Educa­tion and its committee of educators has poured over the K-12 Common Core standards and come up with a new set.

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Six teens injured in SUV crash northeast of Payson

Six teens were injured Saturday afternoon after their SUV hit an embankment northeast of Payson.