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Houston Mesa Fire chief leaves

He has been putting fires out for years, so it’s no stretch diffusing hostile and sometimes dangerous situations for Mark Essary. This time, however, Essary will be corralling criminals instead of flames.

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Tragedy’s postscript: Dog missing

A dog that ran off from a hiking group before a lethal lightning strike killed one woman and injured several others on the Mogollon Rim last weekend is still missing.

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Dude remembered as gut-wrenching catastrophe

Rattlin' the Rim

Countless stories have been written the past week about the Dude Fire because it is the 25th anniversary of the inferno that scarred our landscape and our souls.

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Monsoon season has arrived

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a couple of light showers last Saturday evening. The temperature dropped 25 degrees in a short time. Then the lightning put on a show and scared some folks.

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Pine wine tasting room open on holiday

There’s a new and fun thing to do in Pine each weekend — wine tasting at the Trident Winery Tasting Room off Hardscrabble Road.

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Words that captured the meaning of America

Your Turn

After the defeat and exile of Napoleon Bonaparte in April 1814, the British turned their eyes upon a still young nation across the seas that had dared to defy them.

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Monsoon rains perking up gardens

The Village

The monsoon has arrived. Tonto Village has received a measurable amount of rain this past week and thank goodness … now our garden can perk up and look lively again.

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Storm lashes Rim Country

After the severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, June 30, it didn’t look good for the Fourth of July celebrations, but the National Weather Service predicts only a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening for Payson’s fireworks show — which could attract as many as 20,000 people, including many fleeing the heat in the Valley.

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Suggestions to help your pet cope with monsoon storms

Monsoon season is upon us and let’s be honest, we sure do love all of this rain.

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Lots of delicious options for a 4th of July feast

Celebrate warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July 4th with a flavorful and festive gathering.

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Featured holiday celebration band has familiar look

If you found yourself in Green Valley Park enjoying the country sounds of the band Whiskey Rose on June 27, you might think you’re experiencing some strange form of déjà vu when you attend Payson’s Fourth of July celebration this Saturday.

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Award-winning country star part of 4th festivities

Mark Wills, an award-winning Country Music Association artist, is performing at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Friday, July 3.

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Residents, visitors hear why we celebrate

It is the 4th of July/July 4 on calendars, but it is also noted as “Independence Day.”

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Enjoy special First Friday program: A nation is born

As you prepare for your Fourth of July festivities, plan to take a trip back in time at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

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Pros bring 30-minute fireworks show to Green Valley sky

After weather significantly delayed the fireworks show last year in Green Valley Park, town officials are hoping for clear skies for this year’s Fourth of July show and have taken a few precautions in case things don’t go as planned.