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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.

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Police Taser gun-wielding man

The Payson Police say they arrested an extremely intoxicated Chandler man Saturday afternoon after he fired his gun.

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Avoid 87/260 intersection Tuesday

The town is encouraging residents to avoid the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 Tuesday, Oct. 21, as crews will be paving until 1 p.m.

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State Senate battle turns on Independents

Former Republican senators face off for District 6 seat

The battle for the state Senate seat in legislative District 6 will likely turn into one of the most closely watched contests this year, since it could transform the role of the growing number of Independents.

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House race poses stark choice for voters

Health care. Education. Taxes. Profound differences separate the positions of the three candidates vying for the two seats in the Arizona House representing Rim Country.

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Superintendent race boils down to one issue – or does it?

Garcia-Douglas confrontation spurs some surprising endorsements

Diane Douglas, the Republican candidate for State Superintendent, has one issue: abolishing Common Core in Arizona. David Garcia, the Democratic candidate, speaks on many issues: restoring education funding, filling empty teaching positions, improving outcome measures and addressing achievement gaps.

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Budget woes put squeeze on governor’s race

The Arizona governor’s race has come down to a dead-heat mud-wrestling match dominated by “dark money” groups that has largely sidestepped the hard choices.

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Payson council candidates contend in low-key runoff

They campaigned next to each other in the primary on the Voice of Rim Country ticket, but when they both ended up in a one-seat runoff, they both declared they’d be happy no matter which one wins a seat on the Payson Town Council.

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Genial Payson School Board race poses stark choices

The Payson Unified School District Board race, pits Sheila DeSchaaf, a town planner, Angie Prock, an occupational therapist, and Darlene Younker, a retired facilities manager, against each other for two seats.

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Override boosts local economy

The $14.6 million Payson Unified School District maintenance and operations (M&O) budget buoys the local economy by employing 300 people who buy and rent homes, spend on local supplies, health care and construction, and purchase food at regional restaurants and stores.

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What the override money covers

Currently, the $1.2 million contributed by the override tax pays for 22 teachers in the Payson Unified School District. That amounts to 15 percent of the teaching staff.

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Goddard vows to shine light on dark money

Wants secretary of state’s office to push for more disclosure

Secretary of state candidate Terry Goddard brought his crusade against political “dark money” to Rim Country Thursday, with a local radio show appearance and interview.

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Pine pulses with Fall Apple Festival, chili fest

The pulsating vibe surrounding the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival, chili cook-off and antique show pleasantly surprised some first visitors to Pine.

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A family’s heartbreaking tragedy inspires their lifesaving effort

In July, DJ Jacobs and Mackenzie Tyler came to Rim Country to hold a memorial for their son, Easton, who had died at just seven days old.