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On top of the world

Fitness model finds footing in tribe’s diabetes wellness program

There are no street signs here, but down a long dirt road in northern Arizona, past mountains, canyons and springs, a ranch sits on a mesa with a view that stretches for miles. They call it Top of the World.

Community Almanac

The 10th Annual Light the Rim House Lighting Contest entry forms are at the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce office

Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Strawberry Patchers Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, presented Fido Bags for the Pine and Strawberry Stations to Fire Chief Gary Morris, at the Fire Board meeting Nov. 19.

GCC firefighter training program receives national accreditation

Gila Community College’s Operations class program, offered in partnership with Payson Fire Department, has now received formal accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

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PES students take field trip to Bar L Bar Ranch

Energized young students from Payson Elementary School (PES) rushed from the busses in their eagerness to spend a big day at the Bar L Bar Ranch.

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Foreign exchange student follow-up

Payson families have hosted dozens of foreign exchange students since the EF Foundation started matching families with overseas teenagers in 2004.

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Rim Country Thanksgiving embraces the community

No family for Thanksgiving?

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Evans steps away

Says he’ll leave university land purchase to the Alliance board

Assured the Rim Country Educational Alliance has the money to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a university campus, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has apparently backed away from a plan for the Rim Country Educational Foundation to buy the land.

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Elderly woman fights off rapist, say police

A homeless man who reportedly tried to rape a woman in the woods near the Payson First Church of the Nazarene last month will appear in court next week.

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Local sales vital

Businesses rely on sales, town relies on sales tax

With the holiday shopping season ramping up, local business owners are holding their breath. With fewer Valley visitors in the winter, business owners rely heavily on local shoppers this time of year to make it through another year. But with more people shopping online and at big box stores, some worry how they can compete.

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900-Acre fire treatment slated for Whispering Pines area

Monday, Dec. 1 – Friday, Dec. 5

Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest will begin igniting a 900-acre prescribed broadcast fire treatment on Monday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 5, in the Whispering Pines area. The burn will occur on the west side of Houston Mesa Road, between 2nd crossing and Control Road 64.

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Land purchase divides university backers

The festering conflict between Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Rim Country Educational Alli­ance (SLE) Chairman Steve Drury broke into the open Thursday over contrasting plans for buying 253 acres to build a university campus in Payson.

PHS culinary students meet cooking pros

Appetizer a hit at Phoenix’s Harvest Moon fundraiser

Payson High School Culinary Arts students recently participated in a special fundraiser for the C-CAP (Careers Thorough Culinary Arts Program) organization that proved to be an evening of meeting the pros.

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Rimstones Rock Club hosts Gem Show

The blue spinning wheel mesmerized little Joe Davidson, son of Rim Country Middle School science teacher Scott Davidson.

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County offers anonymous crime tip line

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office and the Gila County Attorney’s Office have partnered with Freeport-McMoRan to offer a new way to report crime.