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Baseball team opens state tournament against Rico Rico

Payson earned the No. 17 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state baseball tournament and takes on No. 16 Rio Rico in a first-round game at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Surprise Baseball Complex, where all tournament games take place.

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Softball team to open state tournament against Yuma Kofa

Payson High's softball team earned the No. 5 seed for the 32-team Division 3 state tournament and hosts No. 28 Yuma Kofa in a first-round game at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

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It's time for the Beeline Cruise-In

This weekend’s 2016 Beeline Cruise-In Car Show and Swap Meet, sponsored by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club, could have up to 300 pre-1990 cars on display in Green Valley Park.

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Artists open studios to public

Rim Country artists will reveal their workday worlds this weekend. The 15th Annual Self-Guided Open Artists’ Studio Tour is April 29, 30 and May 1.

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Man arrested for starting a fire on Coconino National Forest

Flagstaff menaced by series of arson fire in the forest

Forest Service law enforcement officers arrested a Flagstaff man Thursday night for starting a fire on the Coconino National Forest within the city limits of Flagstaff.

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Payson grad mans combat ships

A 1997 Payson High School graduate and Payson native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a team supporting one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

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Stuffed critters for kids in crisis

There are 65 new bears, bunnies and tigers in Payson — but don’t worry, they aren’t on the loose and they aren’t dangerous. In fact, they are cuddly and ready to help ease the stress of kids whose lives have been disrupted by fire, a family legal issue or other tragedy.

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Pine rallies to support endangered Firewise plan

With experts predicting the 2016 fire season could be the worst in recent memory, Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee member Katie Calderon is inviting residents of Payson to take part in the inaugural “Firewise Day” from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the cultural center ramada in Pine.

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Wild winds usher in wildfire season

As red flag fire warnings spread with the wind across northern Arizona this weekend, the huge tanker helicopter remained perched at the Payson Airport, ready to take off with a belly full of water to douse any flames.

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Fatal wreck north of Payson Monday night

A man and three children were killed Monday night north of Payson when the man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

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Daring rescue

Crews reach injured boy

Battling dangerous conditions, 50 mph winds and a challenging trail, rescuers helped a teen to safety Saturday after he broke his leg south of town.

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Fossil Creek follies resume

Must be spring — you can tell by the rush of Pine-Strawberry Fire paramedics and volunteers from the Gila County Mounted Posse down the Fossil Creek trail to rescue hikers in flip-flops.

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Raises for teachers

But only if voters approve Proposition 123

If voters approve Proposition 123, Payson Unified School District employees will get a 4 percent, across-the-board raise — the first in years.

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60 years for attack

Judge throws the book at man who threw a firebomb

A man who threw a firebomb at police and barricaded himself in his home for 11 hours last year, will spend more than 60 years in prison.

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Community college to up property tax

At its work session on April 14, the Gila Community College discussed the proposed property tax increase of 2 percent for the 2016-17 school year.