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Remodeled inn in Strawberry hosts open house

For the past few months, a small hotel on an otherwise sleepy corner of State Route 87 in Strawberry has hummed with activity. Tradesmen and contractors have come and gone, leaving behind a masterpiece of red, white and gray.

Gila County groups cooperate to offer vocational training

Men squeezed out of workforce

Recently, a local Rim Country auto repair shop bemoaned the lack of skilled workers. “Either they have the talent and fail drug tests or they don’t have the skill,” said the owner — who asked that his name be withheld.

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College progresses, but still no partner

Architects and planners for a proposed four-year college campus in Payson met with town officials Wednesday to go over preliminary phase I plans.

Griffin takes over marketing, public relations for college district

Leitha Griffin, longtime resident of Gila County, will take over marketing and public relations for the Gila Community College District. Griffin moves from her recent position as administrative assistant/student support services.

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Payson ammo maker poised to reopen

Owners say they'll resume next week

A month after an abrupt shutdown, Payson’s sole ammunition manufacturing facility re-opened its doors Monday, with plans to begin manufacturing next week.

Chamber hopes to boost local shopping with prizes

Hurry, get shopping. This $6,000 giveaway could not be any simpler. Gather all of your receipts from local purchases, including utility bills, and bring them down to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

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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.