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Payson teens having babies

Finally — Gila County no longer has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state. Still, every year more students at Payson High School wind up pregnant.

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Labor Day celebrates a day of the people

Senior Moments

September — the golden month! Days grow shorter, temperatures cool, afternoon showers are no longer a daily event, and gardens and orchards still yield fresh fruit and vegetables.

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There’s help for the woman giving birth

Doulas mother the mother

Ever heard of a doula? Not many have.

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Veterans suffer lack of services

Mil Thornton and Kevin Whitaker are on the front lines for Rim Country veterans struggling with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix. So, it is no surprise they grilled VA representatives at a recent town hall at the Payson Public Library.

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Shot spurs arrest

After a tense search through the woods behind the Payson Police Department, officers arrested a man hiding with a gun Monday morning.

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Fire near Roosevelt grows to 800 acres

A lightning-sparked fire west of Roosevelt Lake continues to burn, with smoke visible from Tonto Basin and State Route 188.

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Weekend rescues at Bridge, Fossil Creek

Rescuers hauled several injured hikers out of canyons this weekend, including from Fossil Creek and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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Numbers all change at Payson Town Hall

If you were looking to reach someone working for the town Monday you might have found yourself lost in a maze of phone extensions.

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Woman: OMG he’s not dead

Bizarre Fossil Creek rescue

It is a birthday a 23-year-old Valley woman will not soon forget.

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Fire burning near Roosevelt

Grows to 800 acres despite air assault

Lightning sparked a brushfire on August 27 afternoon two miles west of Roosevelt Lake on the slope of Peters Mountain. By Monday afternoon, it had grown to 800 acres.

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Recreation right in the Town of Payson

I’d enjoyed a fairly active summer life in Michigan before moving to Arizona eight years ago, playing slow-pitch softball with my buddies throughout my 20s and 30s.

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School board: Show us the receipt!

Teachers on trips still must submit the itemized details

Teachers taking students on education trips shouldn’t have to pay for hotel rooms out of their own pocket. On the other hand, they better bring back an itemized receipt if they want breakfast.

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Lawmaker’s AHCCCS suit rebuffed

Lawmakers seeking to reverse the expansion of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System suffered another setback in court this week.

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When lightning strikes

Few crews left to respond to fires sparked by monsoon

The National Weather Service reports the monsoon storms will continue throughout the weekend, but dry up next week.

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She’s the Martian’s mom

But she’s still going to keep her famous son down-to-earth

Payson resident Janet Tuer never wears dresses — until now.