With the great road west debunked by an interstate highway in 1978, the town of Williams found itself bypassed by time, languishing in the hot sun — the ruins of a boomtown that went bust. How did a town of 3,000 reinvent itself when it didn’t have the red rocks of Sedona or the attractions of Flagstaff? Well, Williams didn’t have much once the cars were gone and the copper long ago mined. What it did have was history, spunk and one of the greatest natural wonders at its doorstep. A visit to Williams today is an unexpected treat.
Game and Fish suspects 'thrill kill'
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the poaching of a mule deer doe discovered near 87th Avenue and Carefree Highway, east of the Pleasant Harbor Marina on State Trust Land
Writer sets off on quest to find site of shoot-out
My dad and I had a secret passion — westerns.
Infected aspen dropping leaves
The crisp cool nights are here in the White Mountains and Aspens trees are beginning to turn green to gold in many areas of the White Mountains. However, some trees will have black leaves due to fungal disease that may affect fall color viewing on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) and other forests in the Southwest.
Forest Service will limit viewing in Flagstaff's Lockett Meadow
Coconino National Forest plans to manage vehicle access to Lockett Meadow over the next couple of weekends to ensure public safety and allow safe travel up and down the road that leads to the meadow.
Game and Fish launches conservation program
With a tight timeframe, the Arizona Game and Fish Department recently led 16 federal and state partners in a proactive effort to develop a statewide conservation agreement to benefit the iconic Sonoran desert tortoise in Arizona. The agreement, a Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA), was completed to outline effective conservation for the species and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for consideration as they evaluate the need to list the Sonoran desert tortoise as threatened or endangered.
Helicopter swoops in for one false alarm and one rescue
Rescuers have mounted two rescue operations in the area of the Paria slot canyon in recent days -- including one false alarm and one distressed hiker.
3D photo technology helps NAU archaeologists document historic sites
Imagine being able to look at a historical site from every angle, measure the smallest details on the interior and identify how to preserve it without ever touching it. Photogrammetry technology combines hundreds of overlapping high resolution images taken with a digital camera mounted on a pole to create a 3D color virtual model of a site. For an archaeologist, this is the future of documentation and a low cost alternative to laser technology such as LiDAR.
History of Rim Country's best known attraction
The fight for Tonto Natural Bridge to be open to the public is not a new one. As recently as the late 1980s this wonder of nature was private land. Here’s a look at the bridge and how it became an Arizona State Park.
If it seems a little crowded in Payson lately, it may be because August is the month chosen most frequently for vacations in the United States. With temperatures at triple digits in the Valley of the Sun, it is no wonder folks head north to Rim Country.
My 13-month-old daughter looked at us happily as she munched on sushi, until the wasabi hit.
The new Payson High School culinary arts instructor has wasted no time getting his advanced students out into the public and on the job.
Seeking peace on the East Verde
Making a sharp turn, I fled the demons of exhaustion and frustration.
Penny Navis-Schmidt is a living legacy to generations of grassroots social service. Instilled by her grandfather and mother, and now being carried on by her daughter, Penny lives her life around the principle, “If we have privilege it’s our responsibility to do service.”
I’ve lived in Payson for nearly 17 years, yet I still am surprised at all that goes on around town.