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Jammin’ with the band – for 18 years

Each year the bands from beginning to advanced set up on the lawn behind the Rim Country Middle School gym to entertain friends, family and the community.

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Teachers honored

Payson Unified School District has initiated a recognition ceremony for those employees that have served for a decade or more.

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Kids need volunteers

Every day after school, Payson Community Kids offers children a safe place to play, do art, have a snack and hang out with friends — even teens enjoy going — but volunteers make it all work.

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Payson approves fireworks contract

The Payson Town Council last week approved spending $10,000 in water department money to help pay for a $20,000 July 4 show, which annually draws tens of thousands of people to the region.

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Brush fire east of Roosevelt Lake of SR 188

Update at 10:30 a.m. Thursday: The Blevens Fire is still 75 acres, but crews now have it at 10 percent containment. Resources on scene include three engines and two hotshot crews. Crews stopped the forward spread on the fire last night, and will spend Thursday constructing and improving fire lines.

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Payson awards pipeline contract

$1.6 million job goes to local contractor

Payson has awarded a $1.5 million contract to build the next phase of the C.C. Cragin pipeline to a local contractor, plus another $158,000 contract to a local engineering firm to supervise the work.

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Graduates won’t stop believing

It’s not so easy to stand in front of 120 of your classmates who have watched you for 12 years, cry and laugh, goof off and be serious, succeed and fail to share words of wisdom.

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Vital airport area development extended

Council approves Payson Airport land exchange extension

The Payson Town Council last week gave the feuding owners of nearly 200 acres of empty land vital to the town’s housing future more time to work out their issues.

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Star Valley OKs waste company request

It was a rare evening for the Star Valley Town Council. For the first time in a very long time the members were asked to act on a conditional use permit at the May 19 meeting.

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Fatal moment

Voden murder trial starts with gripping testimony

As Brenda Burnett bent down to grab one of her dog’s toys she heard her husband of 15 years, Randy Burnett, calmly tell her something she had never heard him say before — “Brenda, if you should ever listen to me, listen to me this time. Get back into the house.”

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Treatment can restore lives

Counselors strive to help addicts

Monika Weldon, the regional program director for Southwest Behavioral, has a frank attitude about addiction and mental health.

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Town moves to rezone university site

The Payson Town Council last week moved ahead to rezone a 253-acre Forest Service parcel so that it can only harbor an educational institution or related facilities.

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Brush fire threatens highway

Firefighters on Friday quickly snuffed out a human-caused brush fire about 21 miles northeast of Phoenix off Highway 87.

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Community Almanac

Taylor Pool at Rumsey II on North McLane Road is now open.

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Juggling forest politics

State Forester Jeff Whitney chose his words carefully, like a man photographing bears.