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Water board rebuffs ex board member

Realtor Ray Pugel wanted $2,300 reduction in his bill

The Pine Strawberry water board last week rejected Realtor Ray Pugel’s effort to cut his water bill by about $2,300.

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Old Time Opry, fiddle fest launch fall music season

Fall has arrived in the Rim Country and so has a new lineup of diverse entertainment. Opening the fall music season is the Payson Old Time Opry and you can also get entertained at the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Memorial Payson Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration.

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Council approves $116,000 increase in contract for the C.C. Cragin pipeline

The Payson Town Council this week approved a $116,000 add-on to the contract for the C.C. Cragin pipeline to account for the stretched-out construction schedule.

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Dinner, dance honors Rim Country pioneers

Just 10 years ago, following my retirement from teaching and during my full-time work at the Payson Roundup, I was asked to write stories about 11 men, most former standout athletes at Payson High, who had joined forces to do what the now-defunct Cowbelles once did each year.

Game & Fish needs more help to help black-footed ferrets

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with spotlighting efforts to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley near Seligman.

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PHS tech teacher Bud Evans receives Innovation Award

Payson High School’s technology and computer systems instructor and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser Bud Evans received the Innovation Award from his peers around the state on Aug. 25 at the Arizona Business Educators Association and FBLA Teacher Leadership training conference.

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Arizona Lawmakers push for re-election

On a campaign stop at the Payson Tea Party during a whirlwind tour of Sedona, Cottonwood and Payson, Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen, Representative Brenda Barton and Representative Bob Thorpe laid out their case for re-election.

Payson man sentenced to 3.5 years for selling heroin

Payson resident Clinton Lee Ulmer, 36, will spend the next 3.5 years in prison under the terms of a sentence imposed by Gila County Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Wright.

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Body Recovered from Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park

Identified as missing river guide

On Tuesday, September 20th National Park Service personnel located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 139. Today park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Based on evidence found with the body, it is believed to be that of missing 34 year old river guide Joshua Tourjee.

Almost all PUSD teachers will qualify for 'Merit Pay' bonus

Almost all of the teachers in the Payson Unified School District can expect to get a roughly $2,500 “merit pay” boost this year, under the formula approved last week by the Payson School Board.

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Lawmakers score poorly on schools

Rim Country’s state representatives fared poorly when it comes to support for public education in a report released by education advocacy groups.

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Payson High School students learn of options after graduation

On Friday, Sept. 9, Payson High School students spent the morning learning what it takes to make the next step after high school.

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Time to rosin up the bow

It’s time to get out and get entertained and that’s what the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Old Time Fiddlin’ Arizona State Championships, Country Acoustic Celebration and the Old Time Opry promise.

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A life of adventure, a love of Rim Country

Jim Hagen fought fires, flew planes

Jim Hagen fell in love with Rim Country at age 11. Pushing 90 this year, his heart is happy to call this place home, many moves and adventures later.

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A kid with a fishing pole: The eternal optimist

Life on the Fly

A few weeks ago my grandsons and their parents were up for a visit to enjoy the cool Payson air while escaping the 110’s in the Valley.