Payson Living


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Fungal disease may affect fall color viewing

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.

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Fall color draws too many cars

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.

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Can we save the desert tortoise?

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.

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Rescuers Respond to Paria Canyon Twice in Two Days

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.

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Lost and lovin’ it on a perfect day in Rim Country

The road, or more like two tire tracks through a magical carpet of bright yellow flowers, abruptly ended. “I didn’t see the petroglyphs, did we miss them?” my mother asked with genuine concern.

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Scientists gain new view of ancient past

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.

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Tonto Natural Bridge saved after long struggle

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.

Celebrate Goat Cheese Month at Fossil Creek Creamery

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.

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Spicy foods equal health, long life

My 13-month-old daughter looked at us happily as she munched on sushi, until the wasabi hit.

Chef’s challenge at the Payson Farmers Market

The new Payson High School culinary arts instructor has wasted no time getting his advanced students out into the public and on the job.

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Down by the riverside

Seeking peace on the East Verde

Making a sharp turn, I fled the demons of exhaustion and frustration.

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Payson activist living a legacy of service

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.”

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Tour of Zane Grey’s Cabin, museum worth admission

I’ve lived in Payson for nearly 17 years, yet I still am surprised at all that goes on around town.

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Drawing results for antelope and elk now available online

Outdoors Under the Rim

Many big game hunters have been anxiously waiting for the drawing results for antelope and elk for the state.

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Holy Week Services

Many local churches have announced their schedule of Holy Week services.