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Police need help finding thieves that stole $100,000 in tools

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help finding who broke into a construction yard and made off with $101,000 in tools.

Production problems with Milk Ranch Wells

Milk Ranch wells fixes expensive

The production numbers for the three Milk Ranch wells in the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District between 2014 and 2016 show radical swings over three years.

Seven-person rollover on the Beeline Highway

A group of seven people escaped serious injury Sunday night after their vehicle rolled on the Beeline Highway.

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Fossil Creek plan comment period extended

The Forest Service has extended the deadline for sounding off on a plan to permanently limit access to Fossil Creek — and clamp down on the places where people can swim in the pristine, travertine stream.

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Nodlinski left his mark on PHS

Throngs of family, friends, former students and athletes turned out Jan. 7 at the John Neumann Parish in Yuma to pay tribute to longtime teacher and coach Terry Nodlinski.

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Raffle to Benefit Senior Center in Payson

To celebrate love, Valentine’s Day and its customers, the Senior Center’s Trinkets and Treasures thrift shop will raffle off a Michael DeAngelo wedding dress.

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Ancient humans coped with shifting climate

The climate’s warming. The glaciers are melting. The carbon dioxide’s rising. But if it’s any comfort — human beings have been mucking with the planet’s ecosystem for a very long time.

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History, organics inspire writer

A love of history serves as a foundation for Josephine DeFalco’s fiction. Her work as a nutritionist, health advocate and urban organic farmer are the cornerstones for her cookbooks.

Man gets 22 years for abuse of his mother

A man that left his ailing mother in filth while he spent her money, was sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

Naked man sentenced

A man that drank three bottles of vodka and then threatened to cut a woman’s head off was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison Thursday.

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PCS Volunteers - Heroes of Education

The Payson Unified School District board recognized three volunteers that have given their time and talents to Payson Center for Success, the online school in the district.

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Zane Grey’s Rim Country years

Chapter 2 – Arrival in Rim Country

The Zane Grey legacy in Arizona’s Rim Country began in the fall of 1918 when he brought his 9-year-old son Romer and a hunting party into Payson

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Creek says farewell to a grand lady

Christopher Creek summer resident, Martha Bethancourt, left this world on News Year’s Eve. She passed away while laughing and enjoying dinner with friends. We are told she was “still going like a locomotive until the end.”

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Hearts and flowers close on heels of Christmas decorations

The holiday season is over ... what a letdown. Everything looks bare after all the decorations that adorned streets, offices and homes.

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Broken branch, pile of scat & Mogollon Monster

This is an occasional series about Bigfoot/Sasquatch activity in the Rim Country. This is the second part of this series, in which I’m taking you along on a recent camping trip up on the Rim looking for evidence that Sasquatches may be in the area.