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University sale imminent

Foundation to spend $1 million on development contract, engineering

The Rim Country Educational Alliance and Foundation will this week hand over a $4.1 million check to buy 253 acres for a future university site in Payson.

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Marvel at stars and planets in the painted desert

Petrified Forest National Park ‘Night Sky in the Park’ 2015 Series

Petrified Forest, Join Park Ranger Kip Woolford and other regional astronomers/photographer’s for an overnight visit and viewing of the night sky at Chinde Point picnic area in the Petrified Forest National Park on Oct. 19.

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Vicious assault on Payson woman

Globe man sentenced to 10 years in prison for knife attack

A Globe man will spend 10 years in prison for his armed attack on a Payson woman in her home as she got ready for church.

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Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments Announce Winter Hours

Starting November 1, 2015 the monuments will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. We are closed only on December 25. Monument information and exhibits will be available during these hours. Walnut Canyon Island trail closes to at 4 pm and the Rim Trail closes at 4:30 pm.

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Man found dead at Lake Powell marina

No indications of foul play say police

On October 11, 2015 at 5:20pm the National Park Service at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a report of an unresponsive male in a vehicle parked outside the Wahweap Lodge at Lake Powell.

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Prescribed burns will spawn smoke near Blue Ridge

Fires will improve forest heatlh on crucial watershed

Fire managers are planning to conduct prescribed burns on Oct. 14, on the Pete Project north of the San Francisco Peaks and the Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project northeast of Clints Well, according to a US Forest Service news release.

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Weekend outings go astray

Two people were taken to the hospital when weekend outings with family went astray, leaving them bruised and battered.

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Cellphone sex busts

Sex with minors, sending naked photos

Five Payson residents are facing charges for underage phone sex, including two teenage girls who under a new Arizona law face charges of sending graphic photos.

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City manager pay: $144,000

6 months severance – even if fired for cause

Just a few months after the Payson Mayor Kenny Evans criticized an employment agreement that gave then-town manager Debra Galbraith six months severance, the town could hand out a similar agreement to Galbraith’s replacement.

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Star Valley approves staff bonuses

Council also debates dangers of bounce houses

The Star Valley Town Council had a busy meeting Tuesday night, making several decisions that affect the park and law enforcement protection. They also voted to give town staff members a $500 bonus.

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Pine throws a heck of a party for the best of causes

Whoever tagged Pine a sleepy, quiet town wasn’t in the tiny mountain hamlet on Saturday.

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JRE’s September Super HEROs

Teachers nominated each student chosen as the Super HERO (Helping Everyone Respect Others) for that month.

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Dad drowns saving 6-year-old daughter

Tragedy struck in the depths of Fossil Creek on Monday when a 41-year-old father of four died after he plunged into the water to save his daughter.

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APS donates truck to Habitat

Wednesday event will celebrate donation

Payson Habitat for Humanity will be receiving the keys to a 2007 Chevrolet C1500 Pickup Truck from Arizona Public Service this Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 2:30pm in front of the ReStore at 425 N. Beeline Highway, Payson AZ.

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ADOT seeks $2 million in federal emergency to fix US 89A flood damage

Monsoon flood in August closed highway in Sedona

Following the House Rock Flood event that temporarily closed US 89A west of Marble Canyon on Aug. 9, Governor Doug Ducey recently issued a Declaration of Emergency that will allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to seek approximately $2 million in federal emergency funding to cover the initial costs to reopen the highway and the long-term repairs to restore the highway to its original condition.