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Trout fishing excellent on Rim Country waters

Last week the Forest Service conducted a Four Forest Restoration Initiative public meeting in Payson.

Pine, Strawberry benefit from Tontozona fever

Solid proof exists that the excitement, economic benefits and hype of the Arizona State University football team’s stay at Camp Tontozona spills over into Pine and Strawberry.

Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – John William Wentworth, Part 1

John W. Wentworth would become a “mover and shaker” in Payson’s early days. He was born in Visalia, Calif. on Oct. 3, 1858 to John and Maria Wentworth.

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At long last – Creek receives monsoon rain

Christopher Creek is no longer the red-headed stepchild after receiving our first significant rainfall amount of the monsoon.

Hellsgate Fire District honors its board and firefighters

Somebody must have done a rain dance for Tonto Village. The thunder and lightning started and my hopes rose.

A little more about ‘I thought ...’

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I cringe whenever I hear someone start a sentence with, “Oh, I thought ...” or, “Oh, I didn’t think ...” or one of its many variations.

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More tiger trout to be stocked into Rim Country lakes

Tonto Fish Hatchery to raise them

In mid May sport anglers throughout the state that flocked to Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lake welcomed the inaugural stocking of the hybrid tiger trout.

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Seems there’s no escaping traffic on the trail

More Than a Game

I’m hiking through the woods with my dogs and we hear an engine.

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’ – Part 2

Your Turn

The first thing the 19-year-old basic trainee deserter did when Eddie Morgan and I got him seated in our compartment and the train started rolling was look at my drill instructor’s badge and say, “DI, you ain’t never gonna get me back to that base! I’ll take out both of you.”

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’

Your Turn

After two years of civilian life I re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, having discovered that I had mistakenly left the kind of life I truly loved.

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Turning lose, lose into win, win, win

More Than a Game

When two sides with open minds seek a solution, anything is possible.

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Those important words left unsaid can haunt us

Your Turn

I have a ready answer if someone ever asks me, “Tom, what was the worst mistake you ever made in your life?”

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When Mother Nature waves her wand we can but stand and watch

Your Turn

Back in 2013 we talked about a Jeep trip that my beloved wife and I took to Bhambore, an archaeological site in Pakistan.

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Sometimes two dumb mistakes can cancel each other out – Part 2

Your Turn

Two dumb wrongs can occasionally make a right. Last week I told you that I believed I was infected with amoebic dysentery, which was incurable in 1960, or so the embassy doctor told me during his preliminary check of my galloping diarrhea. That tentative diagnosis was given on a Wednesday.

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Every once in a while two dumb mistakes cancel each other out

Your Turn

One thing I learned as soon as I began traveling overseas during my 21 years in the Air Force was to expect to be told about local health rules and customs as soon as I arrived in a new country.