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Moina Shaiq braves anger to plead for peace and understanding

Moina Shaiq has lived in the United States since 1978, but she originally came from Pakistan.

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Burning the forest to save the forest

A 2.5-degree increase in average temperatures across North America has resulted in an increase in wildfires that consumed an estimated 16,000 square miles of forest, according to the latest effort to tease out the effects of climate change on wildfires.

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P-S Fire District needs budget override to maintain services

Rattlin' the Rim

Pine-Strawberry voters have by now received in the mail their early voting ballots for the Nov. 8 election. The vote-by-mail ballots were sent out Oct. 12.

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Are you, like I am, one of those ‘Think Ahead!’ types? 

Your Turn

I have always been someone who takes life calmly, accepting the things we can’t change, but focusing strongly on the ones we can. The result is that I may possibly be the biggest “Think Ahead!” nut on the planet. 

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Who will be in the dog house?

Adoption Options

On Friday, Nov. 4, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be “impounding” members of our community for a fundraiser.

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Better do your deer hunting homework

Outdoors Under the Rim

The rifle deer season has begun with many youth hunts just finishing the weeklong pursuit of any antlered deer.

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Longhorns trample Yellow Jackets 30-7 in football

Payson kept its football playoff hopes alive with a 30-7 trampling of visiting Lakeside Blue Ridge on Friday night.

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Pine Fire faces crisis if voters reject property tax hike

The Pine Fire District will probably have to close a station if voters reject a tax levy increase this general election.

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Bipartisan agreement: Signs of troubled times

As the contentious presidential election continues, both parties report widespread thefts of signs.

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Payson School Board candidates debate the issues

Religion, home schooling, after-school activities and special education spurred spirited exchange among Payson School Board candidates at a recent Kiwanis-hosted debate.

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Payson Head Start Program helps parents prepare for the worst

Little Trayton Harrison looked anxiously up at his mother Cinnamon. Volunteer Chris Herzig cooed to him, “It’s OK, I just need to get your finger wet so we can get its print.”

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Senate race controversy

McCain, Kirkpatrick debate

Sen. John McCain’s defense during a debate with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of the Senate’s refusal to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy has blown up into a national furor.

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Great fall color around Creek area

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is certainly no exception when it comes to tout their favorite areas to experience fall colors. Their recommendation is always more spectacular than anywhere else.

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Drugs cost him everything

A 20-year-old will spend the next 1.5 years in prison for multiple drug infractions, including possession of methamphetamine and heroin, which he sold to feed his own drug habit.

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On the road with a professional bass angler

Outdoors Under the Rim

As much as I loved teaching and coaching, being retired does have its benefits. There is a liberty that allows me to say yes, rather spontaneously when needs arise within the family or with friends.