Payson Living


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Old fashioned Christmas at state park

From December 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016, Fort Verde State Historic Park will be decorated for with Victorian decorations for the Christmas holiday. Visitors can glance into the past and see how those who once resided at Fort Verde celebrated Christmas on the Frontier. Christmas trees and fireplace mantels will be adorned with unique Victorian decorations, while wreaths and garlands help spread the holiday cheer.

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Coconino NF extends comment period on proposed changes to Red Rock Pass fee program

Plan would eliminate fees for parking along highway in Sedona

The public comment period regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program has been extended to Jan. 1, 2016. Comments can be submitted by emailing or by normal mail to Red Rock District, P.O. 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon at any age

For Morris and Phyllis Brown, age has never been a limiting factor. When they met 18 years ago, neither doubted it was possible to fall in love again while in their 50s, and when they decided to hike the Grand Canyon together, not once but several times, they knew it could be done with a little patience and persistence.

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Slave war grips Rim Country (... 800 years ago)

Hilltop fortresses suggest conflict

The silent tumbles of stone on hilltops scattered throughout Rim Country and much of Central Arizona have revealed a startling lost world, marked by warfare, violence, slavery and a desperate struggle to survive.

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Coconino County Prepares for El Niño Winter

Issues warnings, emergency numbers in case of heavy snowfall

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a wetter than normal winter season for Northern Arizona due to a strong El Niño weather pattern — this means winter preparedness is more important than in recent years for Coconino County residents.

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Ruins with a view

Archaeological Society labors to save traces of lost world in Goat Camp Ruins

An overwhelmed developer.

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NGrand Canyon National Park honors veterans

Free admittance on Wednesday

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – In honor of those that serve and have served in the United States military, national park units around the country, including Grand Canyon National Park, will offer everyone free entrance on Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11.

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A visit to Williams, Ariz.

With the great road west debunked by an interstate highway in 1978, the town of Williams found itself bypassed by time, languishing in the hot sun — the ruins of a boomtown that went bust. How did a town of 3,000 reinvent itself when it didn’t have the red rocks of Sedona or the attractions of Flagstaff? Well, Williams didn’t have much once the cars were gone and the copper long ago mined. What it did have was history, spunk and one of the greatest natural wonders at its doorstep. A visit to Williams today is an unexpected treat.

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$500 reward offered for information on mule deer doe poached near Lake Pleasant

Game and Fish suspects 'thrill kill'

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the poaching of a mule deer doe discovered near 87th Avenue and Carefree Highway, east of the Pleasant Harbor Marina on State Trust Land

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Violent western history hidden on Holbrook’s side streets

Writer sets off on quest to find site of shoot-out

My dad and I had a secret passion — westerns.

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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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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.