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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.

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Fulton Fire grows to 1,100 acres

Crews making 'good progress'

The Fulton Fire atop the Rim has grown to 1,138 acres, but APS has restored power to several communities and firefighters continue to make "good progress" in containing and directing the lighting-caused blaze -- aided Tuesday by cool, wet conditions.

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ASU Space & geology students bond at Camp Tontozona

The final frontier

Ric Alling watched with bated breath as a freshman from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) held the laser pointer and turned toward the Andromeda constellation.

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Lightning caused Fulton Fire caused alarm in Rim Country this weekend

The lightning-caused Fulton Fire this week continued to cause problems for people driving on Highway 260, 25 miles east of Payson, and alarm Rim Country residents as a result of widespread smoke.

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One more crash pushes Pine Fire to the limit

On Sept. 15, a young woman lost control of her SUV and crashed into the guardrail a few miles from the Highway 87 and 260 turnoff on top of the Rim.

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Aspire Arizona covered tuition for 100 Payson students

Donations top $50,000 to help teens in Payson High School get college credit

So far, 100 Payson High School students have received free or nearly free college classes — thanks to an innovative partnership involving Payson Unified School District, Gila Community College and the Aspire Arizona Foundation.

Tonto National Forest's officials plan land management meeting in Payson this week

Forest officials will host a series of upcoming “Needs for Change” public meetings to provide an overview of the Tonto National Forest’s Land Management Planning process.

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Wildfire forces extended lane restriction east of Payson

One eastbound lane of SR 260 closed until further notice

An extended lane closure is in place on eastbound State Route 260 about 30 miles east of Payson because of the Fulton Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Historic Payson building burns

Fire chars home built in early 1900s

An historic building went up in flames on a hill between Payson High School and Main Street on Friday, Sept. 16. The Payson Fire Department arrived to the 600 block of Highland to a first alarm fire. Fire personnel said the fire was “well involved” by the time they arrived, but the occupant had escaped due to the fire alarm. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No fire fighters were injured, but the house, built sometime in the early 1900’s is charred.

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Mt. Ord Fire growing

Firefighters manage blaze to benefit the forest

The US Forest Service on Sunday issued an update on the 375-acre, lightning-caused Mt. Ord Fire, which continued to burn slowly through brushed and debris. The 10-man crew with four engines monitoring the fire mostly focused on protecting the array of communications towers atop the peak. Here's the Forest Service update issued on Sunday Crews plan to start a backfire along Forest Road 626.

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Fulton Fire atop the Rim sends smoke across Rim Country

Crews managing 175-acre fire to clear thickets, debris

Rim Country residents watched the sky nervously all day, as smoke from the 175-acre Fulton fire drifted down off the Rim. The US Forest Service issues the following update on the lightning caused blaze 28 miles east of Payson south of Highway 260, which firefighters are managing to benefit the forest by thinning out dead brush and downed trees and saplings during a relatively cool, moist time of the year. About 214 firefighters monitored and managed the fire over the weekend, including four hotshot crews, six engines, two dozers and a helicopter.

Payson man stabbed, sent to Valley hospital

Police are investigating a stabbing Tuesday afternoon that sent one man to a Valley hospital.

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Korens celebrate golden anniversary

Paul and Marilyn Koren of Payson were married Sept. 3, 1966 in Nogales, Ariz. Their only child, Bernadette, was born in Nogales in October 1967.