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New York man charged with making threatening calls to Flagstaff elementary schools

Federal agents arrested Viktor Lisnyak, 29, of Staten Island, N.Y., July 17 on five counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.

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Host families for high school exchange students sought

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with the Payson Unified School District, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan, to name a few.

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GCC course will explore water use in Rim Country

Water is essential to our lives in Payson, from the moment you wake up and flush — to your final rinse after brushing your teeth before bed — the average Payson resident uses 74 gallons each day.

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GCC to offer dance, piano and photography classes in fall

Find your creative side through movement and music this fall at Gila Community College.

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Sign contest yields a winner

Archaeological field work reportedly completed

Beautifully ambiguous.

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Classes dwindle

No AP physics, chemistry again

For the second year in a row, Payson High School will not offer Advanced Placement physics —nor will it offer AP chemistry. The reason?

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GCC inching toward accreditation

Independence could take five years and $12 million

At its first-ever board retreat on March 27, Gila Community College board member Jerry McCreary agreed to create a new committee to win independent accreditation.

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Gila Community College needs new lobbyist – again

Barely a year after hiring the lobbying firm, Polito, the Gila Community College board will seek a new firm.

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College ponders how to keep more students

GCC studies free tuition for seniors

The Gila Community College board has decided to research how to find, keep and support students at the community college — even retirees.

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Plans to help Payson Kids Read

The Read On Gila County Stakeholders will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, July 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Payson Library to continue to help children in the County read.

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School tempest

Much ado about curriculum, texts

Three years ago, the Payson Unified School District adopted Beyond Textbooks.

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Payson schools struggle to juggle online classes

Board approves plan to improve completion rate, pay

On June 18, the Payson Unified School District board voted to change the name of Payson Virtual Academy to Payson Center for Success Online.

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GCC offers photography

This fall, acclaimed photographer Randy Hust will teach Beginning Digital Photography, ART 128, at Gila Community College.

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Banner/MHA complete $40 million merger

The Mogollon Health Alliance and Banner Health on Friday completed their merger, with enormous implications for health care in Rim Country, the Payson university project and educational and health care charitable initiatives.

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Kinder, gentler school board

‘We’re in transition out of chaos and crisis’

The Payson Unified School District board at its retreat on June 27 admitted the reverberations of the last two years still haunt them, but have faith the new administration is guiding them through the maze firmly and calmly.