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Help for laid off ATAC-HPR workers

Payson’s ammunition manufacturing plant might still reopen. But in the meantime, the town wants to help the abruptly laid off employees find work.

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Arizona lawmakers go after towns

A new state law that lets Arizona lawmakers potentially cut off a town’s state-shared gas tax, income tax and sales tax has already spawned several swirls of controversy.

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Councilor: Get creative, Payson

Payson Town Council member and small-business owner Chris Higgins has seen economic revitalization in progress and believes it’s possible for Payson.

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More fast food: Culver’s opens in Payson

After months of waiting, owners this week opened the 133-seat Culver’s restaurant, which boasts 30 mix-ins and toppings for its creamy vanilla and chocolate custard made fresh every two hours.

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Arizona ranks #3 for hunger

27 percent of kids 'food insecure'

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.”

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Off-ramp to Nowhere (yet)

Backers of the plan to bring a university to Payson continue to spend money at a furious rate.

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HPR ammunition plant shut down

but reportedly plans to reopen

HPR Ammunition reportedly sent more than 30 employees home Sept. 13, 2016 and closed its doors.

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Arizona’s economy mending, but Gila County lags

County jobless rate still high

Arizona hasn’t regained its pre-recession mojo, but we’re doing better.

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New pitch for Payson: ‘Adventure where we live’

Marketing plan aims to boost Rim businesses

With new Payson leadership starting in January, the Collective Arizona business group has launched a marketing strategy based on Payson’s natural hometown charm and adventure.

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APS rejects request for disclosure of political spending records

The empire strikes back

Arizona Public Service not only rejected an Arizona Corporation commissioner’s request to look at the company’s records, it has now filed suit to recover legal fees related to that request.

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Swiss Village Social to benefit local charity

The shops at Swiss Village will host a Social with live music, activities and a raffle to benefit New Beginnings Pregnancy and Education Center.

APS makes case for rate hike

Utility wants 8 percent increase – new peak charges

It’s a challenge to run a multi-million-dollar electric company — especially when requesting a rate increase.

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Water board rebuffs ex board member

Realtor Ray Pugel wanted $2,300 reduction in his bill

The Pine Strawberry water board last week rejected Realtor Ray Pugel’s effort to cut his water bill by about $2,300.

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Pet Appreciation at Tractor Supply

Event connects community groups with families, includes pet adoptions

On Saturday, Sept. 17 the Tractor Supply Co. store in Payson will celebrate Pet Appreciation Week’s main event.

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REI sponsors Pine Loop Dash 5K

It was a picturesque day in Pine for a trail race Saturday. While mountain bike riders pre-rode the Fire on the Rim mountain bike race course on the west side of Highway 87, at the Pine Trailhead, runners laced up their sneakers for a 5K run.