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Antler theft leads to 3 years in prison

A Payson man will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a set of antlers.

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Forest Service urges visitors to prevent wildfires

The Forest Service is bracing for a busy Memorial Day weekend, with rangers out in force to help visitors and remain on guard for careless use of fire, with its potentially devastating consequences.

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GCC offers general education classes in Summer of 2016

Gila Community College is now registering students for summertime English and Math classes, not to mention fall semester classes.

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Mart and Flores named Gila County Teachers of the Year

Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell is happy to announce that Erika Flores of Globe and Kevin Mart of Young have been selected as the 2016 Gila County Teachers of the Year.

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Recent fires have residents on edge

Rattlin' the Rim

Even the newest of Pine-Strawberry residents recognize the sights and sounds of the twin-engine Forest Service spotting plane that flies over the two towns almost daily during the summer months.

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Volunteers help with neighbor’s home

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek showed its true colors again this past weekend. It may happen elsewhere, but it happens regularly here in the Creek.

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Big events around Tonto Village this weekend

The Village

A big weekend is about to start in Tonto Village. The Vietnam veterans motorcycle group will be camped out in the forest near the Village over the weekend.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Bert Slater, Part 1

Back When

Bert Slater was the “spry and friendly” fellow who published the first Payson Roundup and made his mark locally not only as a gatherer of news, but also as a Rim Country poet.

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More about thinking; or rather, ‘Oh, I DIDN’T think.’

Your Turn

A month back we talked about people who use the phrase, “Oh, I thought that ... (fill in the blank).” We came to the conclusion that most of the time they really mean, “Oh, I DIDN’T think.” I mentioned that I cringe when I hear a sentence start that way, and we talked about a few of life’s happy events that created that cringe.

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Political shuffle

Evans runs for supervisor; Hughes, Swartwood face off

After four terms, Kenny Evans has said he will not run for Payson mayor again.

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Poacher killed elk near Pine

Game and Fish seeking information on illegal killing

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for the illegal killing of a yearling elk found in the Strawberry area on or about Sunday, May 22.

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The power of red

Blood red landscape defines Southwest

Converging lines.

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Unexpected flowers, mind-blowing views

Our group of 18 braved the threat of rain on May 17 to head north just past Strawberry to the large dirt parking lot that sits on the left side of Highway 87 northbound just before mile marker 273.

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Boy becomes a bouncy, bouncy hero

Eight-year-old Jestin Frost courageously saved a little 2-year-old boy when the bouncy house they played in at the Color Run started losing all its air.

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Adventure Club event raises $5,000 for student travel

Principal of Rim Country Middle School Jennifer White threw another great Color Run to support student travel.