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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.

Media old-timers meet

“Media” — which is a four-letter word in some circles — has been around the Rim Country since 1937. Hear about the memories of some the Rim’s media “old timers” at a special event at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 in the meeting room at the Majestic Mountain Inn, 602 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

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Gila County helps Payson with American Gulch

Gila County has pledged money to help the Town of Payson improve the American Gulch. The Gila County Board of Supervisors last week pledged $8,500 to begin Phase I of grading and landscaping the project off Main Street.

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Five Guys - Better than your average burger

Five Guys offers fast food option in Payson

After months of hungry anticipation, Five Guys opened Thursday afternoon and immediately had a line for its burgers and fries.

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Rim Country real estate market finally heating up

It's yours . . . for a mere $5.5 million (yikes)

Things are on the upswing in the Rim Country real estate market with more home sales and buyers paying more for them, continuing a three-year trend.