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Slow time of winter have arrived in Christopher Creek

Christopher Creek ... the last place on the way to somewhere. That is how it seems the last couple of weeks. Not much has been happening and not many folks have been around. So, what do we talk about without making stuff up?

Zane Grey's Rim Country years

Back When

Chapter 3 – The Lodge During Zane Grey’s first several hunting seasons in Arizona he stayed with the Anderson Lee Haught family in their cabin near Tonto Creek.

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Change a Pet's Life Day is Jan. 24

January is the first month of the New Year; a time to look ahead and work toward making the rest of the year the best it can be.

Payson faces fire danger

After years of inaction, Payson hopes to overhaul its fire codes and spur community education and action in clearing brush and creating a Firewise community.

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Thorpe: Ban studies of 'Social Justice.'

Rep. Bob Thorpe’s (R-Flagstaff) bill to prevent schools and universities from offering classes touching on “social justice” met with a quick end.

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Wondering about water once again on lots of minds

The hot topic of discussion in the post office, market, cafes and waterin’ holes the past week has been the status of the two original Milk Ranch wells.

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The importance of a living trust

If a person owns more than $50,000 of property in Arizona, it’s time to consider a living trust, explained Gene Adams president and founder of Alpha Omega Family Services.

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How I became an 'artist'

Your Turn

Part 2 Last week I told how it came about that we had a base house on RAF Upper Heyford in England filled with empty walls, but couldn’t find anything to hang on them that we could afford.

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Wrestling tournament postponed

Payson restores mat tourney moniker: Tim Van Horn Memorial back

The Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 has been postponed because of the expected winter storm. The tournament has been rescheduled as a one-day event on Friday, Jan. 27.

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Storms bear down on Rim Country

A second winter storm expected this weekend will probably bring only a couple of inches of snow to Payson by Saturday, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

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Fossil Creek 'safety crisis' decried

The Forest Service has failed to address a public safety emergency in Fossil Creek, Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris wrote this week in response to the latest proposed management plan.

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Land up for grabs

New rules for federal transfers

Emboldened with a change in the White House, House Republicans this month approved a rules change with a party-line vote that could make it easier for federal lands to be transferred to states and other entities.

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One last journey with Lobo

Editor’s note: I’ve had so many people ask me about my Travels with Lobo that I felt obligated to talk about this final journey with him.

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Flu rising in Rim Country

Every county in Arizona has had confirmed flu cases since the start of the 2016-17 flu season. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 1,000 cases have been confirmed this season.

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John and Kathy Tiautschold Heroes of Education

The Payson Unified School District board recognized John and Kathy Tiautschold as Heroes of Education at its Jan. 9 meeting.