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We create some of life’s worst moments

Your Turn

A while back I wrote a pair of columns about life’s most exciting moments. At the time something occurred to me. I didn’t mention it then, but I thought about it a lot — some of life’s most exciting moments are also some of its worst ones.

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We planted roots in forest ‘ruins’

DJ's Music Trivia

After four or five years of enduring a real downturn in the economy, the job market and the housing industry seem to be looking a whole lot better lately here in Payson. A four-year college in Payson seems to be on the cusp of realization, new businesses are popping up all over town and new housing subdivisions are projected to soon follow.

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Happy primary election will be over Tuesday

DJ's Music Trivia

At last, another election Tuesday is just about here. And, thank goodness, just about to be done and over with.

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It’s amazing how chance events affect our lives. The last word.

Your Turn

I didn’t write this column. It wrote itself in my head at 6:30 p.m. on 26 May 2014 as I took a shower after finishing the second part of what was to have been a two-part series on good luck, and is now a three-part series.

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Trout fishing good to excellent on Rim Lakes

Rim Country Fishing Report

Good morning, Rim Country anglers. Starting off this week is an update on our Payson bass fishing pro Clifford Pirch, who finished in 20th place at the Bassmaster Elite Series held Aug. 7-10 on the Delaware River.

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Get ready to rodeo!

DJ's Music Trivia

This is it! Payson’s signature weekend is here again. The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, with 130 years of buckin’, ropin’, clowns, parades and a whole lot more, has stampeded into town.

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Impact of chance events amazing Part II

Your Turn

Last week I talked about a few of the events in my life that looked terrible, but turned out to be lucky breaks.

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Preparations started long ago for PHS football players

More Than a Game

High school football practice officially began on Monday.

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Local economy on the upswing

DJ's Music Trivia

Things are getting better. At last.

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How chance events affect our lives

Your Turn

More than once I have compared my life to the downhill roll of a ball in a pinball machine. Down the slope it goes, rolling calmly and quietly, seemingly headed for a few dull, predictable minutes before it drops into the ball return.

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AZGFD plans to purchase more Florida-strain bass

Rim Country Fishing Report

Good morning Rim Country anglers. The fifth meeting of the Gila County Round Table and AZGFD was held this past week. Lots of good information was received on actions taken to date and future plans to improve fishing at Roosevelt Lake.

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With fall hunting season nearing, it’s time to get in shape

Outdoors Under the Rim

The results from the Arizona Game and Fish Department lottery drawing for deer, turkey, sheep and fall javelina are available on the Internet by typing azgfd.gov and following the directions posted. Elk and antelope tags have already been determined and the lucky hunters now have those precious permits in their hands for the 2014 season.

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Fishing in Rim Country priceless

Outdoors Under the Rim

A weekend in the Rim Country or the White Mountains to a Valley resident is priceless with the chance to cool off, maybe get drenched by a summer monsoon storm, and catch a fighting rainbow.

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Mother Nature on stage at last concert

DJ's Music Trivia

Two big thumbs up to the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for again providing Rim Country music lovers with another entertaining summer outdoor concert series.

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Expect the unexpected in travel – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week we talked about being unprepared for rude shocks as a part of traveling to other lands. It’s true, and although I never gave it a thought until I donned a uniform, being in the military is like going to another land. And the rude shocks can be just as bad.

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