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When the bridge became a dam in 1970

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has a bridge across the creek. Driving back and forth on the Loop we take the bridge for granted, not giving it a thought. Walking the accompanying footbridge you are able to see the stone undercarriage of the passage.

Limited number of tickets available for PHS Hall of Fame banquet

Payson High School will induct an inaugural class of five people into its new Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in an awards banquet and dinner at Wilson Dome on the school’s campus.

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Get your pole! Tigers coming to Rim Country

Life on the Fly

We’ve got tigers in Arizona Rim Country! The Tonto Creek Hatchery has been raising 18,000 tiger trout from fingerlings to catchable size for the last several months.

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SR 260 maintenance work east of SR 87 Junction in Payson

Lane reduction required; please allow for extra time for travel

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) crews will be applying surface sealant to extend the life of the roadway on State Route 260, approximately ten miles east of the SR 87 Junction in Payson on six miles of roadway (mileposts 263-269). Work will occur on Monday (May 23) and Tuesday (May 24) during daylight hours.

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Sun-bathed Arizona Trail section taxes veteran hiker

Hot climb leads to fantastic view along stretch of famous route

Sometimes a hike leader needs to check out a hike before deciding if it’s appropriate for the hiking group. May, Friday the 13th, was just such a day.

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Business club hosts famous author for its annual banquet

When Future Business Leaders of America advisor Bud Evans asked who had attended the Phoenix Comicon Convention, most of the students in the banquet room raised their hands.

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Weekend rodeo will crown new queen

A coronation is part of Payson’s spring rodeo festivities this weekend.

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Flood of problems

Can Fossil Creek reservation system protect stream and rescue rescuers?

Last year, an estimated 130,000 people jammed into Fossil Creek, leaving behind trash, stinky messes and exhausted rescuers — called in more than 240 times to rescue hikers in flip-flops and drunken cliff jumpers.

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Averting disaster

So, here’s the good news.

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Lunker alert!

Shhhhhh – Don’t tell anyone about the Wildlife Fair

Don’t read this.

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Volunteers save rider after fall

A man was airlifted to a Valley hospital Friday after falling off his horse and badly injuring his arm.

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Dust blowing from farmland again closes Interstate 10 near San Simon

Dust blowing off a farm field near San Simon has closed Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona for the third day in a row.

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Sporting Association sets record

A record 350 supporters turned out May 7 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino for the 24th Annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet and fundraiser.

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College will boost its tax rate

Gila Community College is set to increase the property tax rate on Gila County taxpayers, but there still is time to weigh in on the decision.

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Memories of war hero, jokester & friend

MHA honors Jack Koon for his contributions to conservation, kids and the organization

The 24-year history of Mogollon Sporting Association banquets have produced many poignant moments, but none more moving than the presentation on May 6 of the prestigious Legacy Award to Jack and Sandee Koon.

Still fighting health care

“Legislative revolt on behalf of kids” ... Senate President Andy Biggs tried to bury the bill (KidsCare) without a vote.” This would have taken health insurance from 30,000 Arizona children.

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Support critical for Lion Springs highway project

Narrow section of Hwy. 260 causes accidents, deaths

A public hearing for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s tentative five-year program is scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, May 20 at the Flagstaff Council Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff. The monthly State Transportation Board meeting will follow the public hearing.

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Highway speed cameras return

Star Valley speeds soared during hiatus

The Town of Star Valley will turn on the Highway 260 cameras for its photo enforcement program Friday, May 20 — perhaps curtailing the soaring number of drivers speeding through town since the cameras shut down.

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Gun threat, booze result in probation after fight

A woman who pointed a gun at her girlfriend after they got into a fight will spend the next two years on probation and be required to get counseling.

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Urgency or emergency – where to go for medical attention

When unexpected health mishaps arise, many people’s first reaction is to head to an emergency room.