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Juniper Fire grows to 30,000 acres

Fire managers say it remains no threat to resources

The Juniper Fire 10 miles from Young grew to 30,000 acres this week, but remains under control and not a danger to structures. The Forest Service on Thursday afternoon issued the following update:

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Fire near Blue Ridge grows to 138 acres

Flames pose no immediate threat to nearby homes

The US Forest Service on Tuesday afternoon issued the following update on the Reservoir Fire burning near the C.C. Cragin Reservoir and has grown to 138 acres.

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Bear claws camper in Young

Man treated and release as officials hunt bear

A man in his 20s was injured early Wednesday morning when a bear scratched him through his sleeping bag in a dispersed camping area near Cherry Creek in Young, according to a Game and Fish press release issued on Wednesday afternoon.

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Club donates trees to Payson

For the second year, the High Country Garden Club has donated an Autumn Blaze Red Maple to the Town of Payson Parks Department.

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Juggling lives & fears in the emergency room

Four hours into his shift, with a computer screen full of patients and no beds to spare, the “bat phone” rings.

Whiskers in the Wind to raise funds for humane society

We hope you can join us for an amazing evening to benefit the lost, homeless and abandoned animals of Rim Country.

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Fifty-Nine Year-Old Lost Hiker Rescued from Humphries Peak

Rescuers spend night on mountain with hiker suffering from altitude sickness

On April 21st at approximately 8:30 AM the Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue responded to a report of a lost hiker on Humphrey’s Peak. The 59 year old male hiker was determined to be off trail at approximately 11,700 foot elevation in an area known as Temptation Gully. The hiker was reported to be cold, tired, disoriented, with some underlying medical conditions.

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Swarm of Earthquakes rattles Arizonza

Northwest rattled by 3.7 magnitude quake

A magnitude 3.7 earthquake shook northwestern Arizona south of Littlefield, Arizona, at 9:06 pm on 17 April 2016. This event is part of a swarm of more than 42 small magnitude earthquakes that began on 28 March with an M2.1 event located approximately 29 miles SSE of Littlefield, Arizona. The most recent event, M1.3, occurred at 4:58 pm (MST) on 18 April.

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Three S’s of Gardening

Rim Garden Guide

The warm weather we have enjoyed has the gardener’s mind turning to plans for the upcoming season. The big three of gardening are site, sun and soil. By deciding on these three early, your garden plan can come together.

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Today’s tip: Be patient with your garden

I am by no stretch of the imagination a gardener. Still, I like to read about gardening, listen to experts and veterans of the green thumb wars and enjoy seeing things blooming and producing their bounty.

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Community Garden classes start up

This season, the Payson Community Garden will only have eight classes running weekly from March 12 until May 7 — just in time to get the garden prepared for planting summer crops around June 1.

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Leap Day baby

Jordan Ross of Payson gave birth to a Leap Day baby at Banner Payson Medical Center.

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Community Garden opens

Plots available as thoughts turn to spring

Have nothing planned for Saturday?

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Tonto National Forest Waives Fees in Honor of President’s Day

Fee-free day doesn't include campgrounds

The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at many recreation sites on President’s Day, Monday, February 15, 2016. Fees will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic areas, in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Tonto National Forest. Camping and campground fees are not waived. During all other times, the Tonto Daily Pass or the Tonto Discovery Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde river locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas, day use areas, and campgrounds.

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Grand Canyon National Park to Open 2017 Noncommercial River Trip Permit Lottery

River trip permits scarce

On Monday, February 1, 2016 the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2017. A total of 472 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery website located at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm.