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Fishing buddies

Photographer DJ Craig captured this Green Valley Lake angler and his frosty assistant. As winter takes hold, you can either rough it and pack your snowshoes to go ice fishing in the Rim lakes or you can take a deck chair down to the Green Valley Lakes, stocked regularly with trout all winter long. You’ve got to figure, if the geese and the egrets stick around all winter — why shouldn’t you.

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Longhorns pin D4 power Winslow

Stampede past Bulldogs on senior night

Payson High’s wrestling team opened the 2017 portion of its season with a nod to the past on Thursday night.

Colleges are failing to prepare students for work; here’s the solution

Job prospects for today’s college seniors are looking up. The hiring of bachelor’s degree holders is expected to jump by 19 percent this year. But few are actually prepared for employment. Even though nine in 10 recent college grads believe they’re ready for the workforce, only half the nation’s employers agree.

Community Almanac Tuesday January 10, 2017

Tea Party hears Payson promotion program Members of the Payson Tea Party will hear a presentation on the “Adventure Where We Live” promotion by Cameron Davis at the Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting.

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TV Listings Update

The final TV Roundup tabloid will publish in the Jan. 13 edition of the Payson Roundup. Beginning Friday, Jan. 20, the local TV listings will be reformatted to publish as two pages in the Friday Roundup and two pages in the Tuesday Roundup.

Bonita Street improvements may begin this summer

If all of the necessary easements are acquired, work to widen and improve East Bonita Street could begin as soon as this summer.

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An outdoorsman’s New Year’s resolutions for 2017

Outdoors Under the Rim

Well, 2017 is here and the holiday season was a time of many parties, family gatherings, and food, food, food!

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Fossil Creek conundrum

Payson residents showed up this week at a hearing to urge the U.S. Forest Service to protect Fossil Creek — while still making it easier to get to the stream from Rim Country.

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Fraud probe grows

The auditor general continues to investigate the alleged embezzlement of money from the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and Sunny Mountain Realty, a complex and still mysterious case involving at least $724,937 in forged checks.

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Gila County swore in all its re-elected and newly elected officials last week

Gila County swore in all its re-elected and newly elected officials last week.

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Payson will protect night skies

If you like to go outside at night and stargaze, you aren’t alone. Payson wants to protect that starry view by becoming a designated International Dark Sky Community.

Going to the dogs

Editor: Can I ask a question? How can a town have two definitions of “kennel” in town code and use only one against you?

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Food drive falters

With less than a month left in the annual Payson Area Food Drive, it looks unlikely this year’s collection goal will be met.

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Police arrest man eating inside Home Depot

Police arrested a transient man that reportedly hid out in the Home Depot store after hours Sunday night to eat snack food from the registers.

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Zane Grey’s Rim Country years

Chapter 1 Early Years

Zane Grey was a romanticist who captured the hearts of his readers, and became a major architect for the literary genre called “the western.” He continues today as one of the most widely read authors in history.

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New Year’s Eves past

Your Turn

I mentioned last week that as of now I have been around for 84 New Year’s Eves, but I remember only three of them. One of them I will always treasure because it contains a special memory of Lolly. The second one was more prosaic.

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Tonto Village area ends year on precipitation high note

The Village

“Water, water everywhere ... and not a drop to drink” so the saying goes. All the creeks are running at full tilt, making it almost impossible for people to go on with their daily lives.

Experts criticize Arizona elections

State ranks worst in nation for elections

Bad news, brothers and sisters: Arizona ranks dead last when it comes to perceptions of fair and open elections.

Quiet New Year for DUIs

It was a safe New Year holiday on the streets of Payson, with only one DUI arrest.

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January calendar is jam-packed in Pine/Strawberry

Mike and Janet Brandt, both Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction trail committee volunteers, have released the trails work schedule for the next two months.