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P-S Fire District honors local heroes

An overflow crowd of Pine and Strawberry residents packed the local fire station on Oct. 15 for a monthly fire board meeting in which a longtime fire captain hung up her turnout gear and three other firefighters were promoted.

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Residents question RV park plan

A man’s plan to develop a small RV park in a Payson neighborhood is raising concerns among some residents.

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Payson drops out of ACS rankings

Last week's loss to Snowflake knocked Payson out of the Arizona Comparison System Division 4 Prep Football Rankings. However, the Longhorns (5-3) remain No. 10 in the Division 4 Power Rankings that seed the 16-team state tournament entering Friday's game at Lakeside Blue Ridge (4-4).

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Tale of the somber pine and the giddy aspen ...

Fall flares across Rim Country in winter’s shadow

The leaves flittered down, trembling all the way to the golden ground. I shuttered away, in love with luminous yellow in an aspen grove on the slopes of an ancient volcano.

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Town lowers public records fee

The Town of Payson last week updated its public records policy, making it easier and cheaper for residents to get documents.

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Senate Independent challenged

Tea Party gives O’Halleran a hard time

Independent Arizona Senate candidate Tom O’Halleran staunchly defended his record as a pragmatic, problem-solving moderate in the face of often clamorous questioning before the Payson Tea Party.

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Fox Farm rezoning confusion

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans says it was all a mix up — lawyers making a muddled mess out of plans to rezone the Fox Farm/Rim Ranch.

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GCC solar: Maybe it’s a good thing it’s not up yet

At its meeting on Oct. 16, the Gila Community College board heard a familiar promise about its supposedly glittering solar future: “SunRenu promises construction will begin in 30 days,” said John Zilisch, GCC board member.

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Payson band wows judges

The Pride of Payson Marching Band scored the most points it has ever received in competition this year and took home three caption awards during the Northern Arizona University Band Day Saturday.

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Lack of seat belt proves fatal

The Department of Public Safety is investigating a vehicle rollover Friday that killed a teen.

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Community Almanac

Sawmill Theatres will offer $3 admission to a special 10 a.m. showing, Saturday Oct. 25 for the movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” All proceeds benefit the Payson High School baseball team.

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Community help sought to support humane society's mission

As members of the Humane Society of Central Arizona board of directors and staff, we are often asked how we can be actively involved in an organization that confronts the sad reality of animals who have been abandoned, mistreated, lost their human through no fault of their own, and often face the possibility of being euthanized.

Our firefighters do more than put out flames

October is Fire Prevention Month and the week of Oct. 6-12 was Fire Safety Week — a time for awareness of the danger from uncontrolled fires.

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No death sentence

Breast cancer battle rages on

“Most pick out the coffin once they hear their diagnosis,” said Ilona Swenson. “I want them to know it is not a death sentence. There is life after breast cancer.”

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Flu season already gets scary

A trip to Colorado gave a Payson family an enterovirus scare when their daughter fell suddenly ill with a fast-moving respiratory illness during fall break.