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Lashed by the storm

Rim Country Archaeological Society finds joy and mystery in the ruins of Chaco Canyon

Ed Spicer stood on the cliff edge, overlooking the 800-year-old ruins of Pueblo Bonito, once the mystic center of an ancient world. A genial fighter pilot with artificial knees, an inexhaustible sense of adventure and an insatiable curiosity, Ed dubiously surveyed the rain clouds gathering south of Chaco Canyon.

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Love of animals led man to dog training field

Rim Country People

Growing up in a family with three brothers who were master falconers, Mark Alten couldn’t help but develop a love of animals.

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On top of the world

Fitness model finds footing in tribe’s diabetes wellness program

There are no street signs here, but down a long dirt road in northern Arizona, past mountains, canyons and springs, a ranch sits on a mesa with a view that stretches for miles. They call it Top of the World.

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Special reunion for special friends

Defiance, Ohio bred a group of special friends that graduated in 1946.

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Still going strong at 90

Hiking group members 'wanna be like Ray'

With a spry skip in his step, a song in his heart and surrounded by 33 well-wishers, Ray Kinsman celebrated in his 90th birthday this week — where else but on the trail.

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Tale of the somber pine and the giddy aspen ...

Fall flares across Rim Country in winter’s shadow

The leaves flittered down, trembling all the way to the golden ground. I shuttered away, in love with luminous yellow in an aspen grove on the slopes of an ancient volcano.

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Cooler nights call for heartier meals

Senior Moments

Crisp is the word that best describes October mornings in Rim Country. There may be lovely, languid days, but mornings and evenings are brisk, if not downright chilly. Time to put away the T-shirts and flip-flops and get out the sweatshirts and socks.

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August days perfect for hammock

August is summer full-blown, a month to savor the cool, early morning hours with a glass of juice or cup of coffee sipped on the patio.

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Community garden thriving

Step into the community garden and prepare to be transported to the Garden of Eden –— which doubles as a mainstay for Rim Country’s hard-pressed food banks.

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Praying for light as the storm gathers

A photographer finds a strange truth in the quest for sunset amongst the ruins of Wupatki

The gathering storm matched my mood: I was sore afflicted — and full of trouble.

Census: Number of Arizonans living in “poverty areas” jumped in 2010

The number of Arizona residents living in concentrated “poverty areas” grew significantly in the first decade of the century, according to a new Census report. From 2000 to 2010, Arizonans living in poverty areas – census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or more – rose from 24 percent of the state’s residents to 33.4 percent. Gila County had one of the highest poverty rates in the state in both 2000 and 2010, falling in the 25-49 percent category.

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Arizona, and many states, get an F on “family-friendly” workplace policies

Policies put families in a financial hole

WASHINGTON – Thirty-eight weeks pregnant and on bed-rest with her fifth child, Glendale resident Angela Warren has to rely on her other four children to help run the household. Her husband, Matt, can’t break away from his full-time job right now – and their budget can’t take the hit of losing both his salary and hers.

Stock up at Senior Center Thrift

There will be a $1 bag sale of clothing every day for the immediate future at the Thrift Store.

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Spotlight on Rim County Real Estate Professionals: Kim Anderson, Prudential Arizona Realty

Kim Anderson, born in Minnesota moved to Payson, Arizona in 1997. She is a licensed Realtor in the state of Arizona with Prudential Arizona Realty. She works hard to assist her clients in realizing the best value in their real estate decisions. In addition, Kim has over 25 years of extensive knowledge in the real estate business.

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Low-cost vaccination clinic coming in April

Low-Cost vaccinations will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. in Payson.

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