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Fire at Payson High School

Students were evacuated from Payson High School and Payson Center for Success Thursday afternoon after a brush fire started between the two schools. The report of a tree on fire came in just before lunch.

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Drip, drip, drip of repairs

Pine water cash flows in then out again

The cash flows in — and out again. The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District pulls in about $2.6 million a month — but spends about $2.4 million, according to the September monthly financial report presented at this week’s board meeting.

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Green Valley Park eagles delight

The snow (headed) birds have definitely returned to the Green Valley lakes — wide-ranging, migratory bald eagles voting with their wings against a winter in Canada or Alaska.

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Ramble through fall

Fall in central Arizona is always magical. Reds, yellows and oranges can be found, but as a hiker, I must hunt out the nicest spots for fall color. Bear Canyon Lake is one of those spots for yellow.

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County awards $240,000 to Chandler firm

Last fall, Gila County received a $600,000 grant from the Arizona Nutrition Network for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Education Program (SNAP-Ed) of the state health department.

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Art at the point of a needle: 2016 Quilt Roundup winners

Once again some of the best quilters in Arizona and from throughout the Southwest brought their incredible fabric art to the Rim Country for display at the 2016 Rim Country Quilt Roundup, held Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson.

Scammers target school sports support

Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School Athletic Director Rich Ormand warned area businesses about a scam involving a fake company supposedly selling advertising on sports calendars, posters, banners and programs to support student-athletic programs.

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Tonto Basin: So fun it’s scary

More ghouls. More ghosts. More good times. For the past 30-plus years, the residents of Tonto Basin have put on a Halloween Carnival at the school to raise money for playground equipment and other needs of the district. This year, they’re going Halloween happy.

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Rim holidays – Halloween

Back When

Because Rim Country settlers were masters of the practical joke, Halloween proved to be a favorite holiday in Payson. For many years teacher Julia Randall held a small carnival at school for the children to cut pumpkins and display them.

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The quiet of fall slips back into the frantic – temporarily

This past week has been a whirlwind of activity for the Snyder household.

Man's body found in Payson woods

A man’s body was found in the forest Wednesday afternoon, but police are releasing few details as they continue to investigate.

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Pride of Payson Competes

Young band with a new director pulls it together

After a rough start to the 2017 marching band season, the Pride of Payson performed its heart out at the ASU Band Day on Oct. 15 — without any trips or starting the music on the wrong measure.

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.