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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests issues Red Flag warning

Imposes fire restrictions due to winds, humidity

Northeastern Arizona has been recently experiencing Red Flag conditions in Greenlee, Apache and Navajo Counties. Combine strong winds, low relative humidity levels, fuels with low moisture content and you get to experience spring in the White Mountains.

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University land sale approved

Forest Service approves purchase agreement for 253-acre site

The US Forest Service has finally approved the long-awaited purchase agreement to sell a 253-acre parcel of land for a four-year university in Payson. Payson Mayor Kenny Evans announced the receipt of the purchase agreement at a crowded luncheon meeting of the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

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Heroin death

Tragic tale of brothers with a shared addiction

Payson’s heroin scourge has claimed another victim.

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Heroin epidemic can also claim ‘the girl next door’

The rising number of heroin arrests and overdoses in Payson has revealed a startling truth: The heroin addict in Payson could well be the girl next door.

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Torch run trots through town Wednesday

Help run local law enforcement out of town Wednesday during the annual Special Olympics Torch Run on the Beeline Highway.

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Students direct one-act plays

In their last performance as Payson students on May 7 and 9, the Payson High School Longhorn Theatre seniors will direct the Senior Directed One Act Plays.

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New ranger has old connection

Debbie Cress will take over as the new head ranger for the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts in the Tonto National Forest.

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County patrol vehicles get radar detectors

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office recently got 10 radar units, putting speed detectors in nearly its entire fleet of patrol vehicles.

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Community Almanac

The 21st Annual Payson Wildlife Fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at Green Valley Park.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club (RCCAC) holds its monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260 in Payson.

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Month of May is nature’s gift to the Rim Country

Our days are growing longer! No more getting up in the dark and cold.

Relay for Life to be held Saturday at high school track

This year, rather than being held in June, the Rim Country’s Relay for Life will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at the Payson High School track.

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Softball State Tournament Schedule

Division 3 Softball State Championship schedule

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Payson police officers pitch in to celebrate Special Olympics

The annual Special Olympics Torch Parade, led by Payson law enforcement officers, starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 6 at Chapman Auto Center, travels south on Highway 87 and ends at Western Village.

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P/S archers aim for nationals

Fueled by the same junkyard dog mentality that lifted the Pine Strawberry School archery team to the National Archery in Schools Program state championship, team members have almost earned the more than $10,000 they need to travel May 7 to May 10 to Louisville, Ky. for the National Championship Tournament.