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Man rescued from Salome Canyon after anchor fails

A 28-year-old Goodyear man was badly injured Tuesday when he fell 25 feet into a pool when his anchor broke.

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Man’s lifelong romance with the stars never grows old

Payson stargazer donates ‘scope’ to PUSD 78 years after he built it

He’s gazed at the stars and dreamed of other worlds through his beloved, hand-crafted telescope for nearly 80 years. But last week, Paul Bastow handed his pride and joy over to the next generation.

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District sets administrator salaries

Pay ranges from $64,000 to $84,000 – in line with peer group

Administrators in the Payson Unified School District generally make $64,000 to $84,000, which is a little below the salaries of school administrators elsewhere in the state, but a lot more than the average Payson salary.

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Rim Country Internet slated for speed boost

New tower may speed TV and also connect hospitals, police

Three times faster broadband could soon beam into town after the council recently approved an agreement letting a private company install a tower near the airport.

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Arsonist strikes in Gisela; boater rescued on Roosevelt

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an arson fire over the weekend that destroyed a truck.

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Dump the drugs Saturday

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 26, residents can get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at Walmart.

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What-nots for memorial poker run

Laci Sopeland, organizer extraordinaire for the Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Run off-road vehicle event to be held April 25-26 has released additional details as a result of questions from participants.

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Special needs group expands to Payson

A state agency that has helped those with special needs in the Valley is expanding to Payson.

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Moderate Republicans kill voucher bill

Plan to allow some to use taxpayer money to attend private schools could be revived this week

A last-minute revolt by eight moderate Republicans blocked passage of a bill that would have diverted millions of dollars in taxpayer money to private schools by creating what amounts to a vastly expanded voucher program.

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Schools face crisis

They came to the school budget workshop session worried about waste, accountability and budget limits.

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Eggstravaganza draws a happy Rumsey Park crowd

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s 16th Annual Eggstravaganza for children 12 and under attracted a lot of kids to Rumsey Park on Saturday, April 19.

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Big race looms

Payson council faces challengers

A real council election is shaping up in Payson this year.

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Brush fire blazes

Speed of fire was ‘significant’

Firefighters aren’t sure what started a brush fire next to Tiny’s Restaurant Monday afternoon, but know it was human-caused.

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Car show hits town

This year the Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s Car Show is celebrating the 50 Year Anniversary of the Mustang “Pony Car.”

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Community Almanac

A Cookbook Writing Workshop is set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the Majestic Mountain Inn in Payson.