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Horns of a dilemma

Country club elk fence debated

Plans to put an elk fence around the upscale golf community Chaparral Pines went forward Thursday night despite the plea of several residents who said the fence won’t work if it ends up with gaps where the homeowners association cannot secure the easements.

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Arizona students struggle with reading

Scores far below national average

Fourth-graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine other states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly, but still falls below the nation’s average.

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How should Park Service manage Grand Canyon?

Input sought on background hiking, camping plan

The National Park Service (NPS) announced today another opportunity for the public to weigh in on revisions to Grand Canyon National Park’s Backcountry Management Plan (BMP). The NPS began developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this plan in 2011 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than 580 public comments were submitted during the initial phases of the development of this DEIS.

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Holiday driving traffic tips

Last Thanksgiving deadliest on the highways

The Arizona Department of Transportation on Tuesday advised motorists to not speed on their holiday travels, in hopes of avoiding last year's carnage -- the deadliest in a decade on the state's highways.

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Kids impressed by Impressionism

On Nov. 13, Payson High School art teacher George Conley trundled over to Payson Elementary School to teach the children about Impressionism.

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Firefighters collecting toys for kids

Due to scheduling conflicts and time constraints, there will be no Tamales for Toys drive this year, but organizers are still holding a toy drive.

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Forest thinning progress – and criticism

Debate rages on about largest forest restoration effort in U.S. history

The largest forest restoration project in history continues to make progress — and spur criticism.

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Payson Christian School honors students for character

The Payson Community Christian School honors students each month for showing different types of character for the month.

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If you want their attention – gotta leave ’em laughing

This article deserves a hilarious opening, but for me, humor only hurts when I laugh.

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Seventh-day Adventist Church donates smoke alarms

Just in time for winter, a local church has made a donation of smoke alarms to the Payson Fire Department.

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New owners for Verizon on Malibu

The Verizon store at 401 N. Beeline Highway and Malibu Drive is now owned by TCC.

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Fire budget woes

Districts seek more property taxes as financial crisis hits

A lobbying group for the state’s fire districts is pushing hard to lift the strict limits on the property taxes to provide money for most fire departments — especially in rural areas like Rim Country.

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Charter plans

School slated to open next August on university site

Builders for the American Leadership Academy’s charter school presented their preliminary design plans to the town Wednesday, saying they hope to open by August of 2016.

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Volunteers clean up forest dump site in record time

An intrepid group of 26 volunteers and Forest Service staff met at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 to attack a major dump site off of Graff Road near the Country Club Estates, past the airport.

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Few at Common Core sessions

Only Gila County staff and Gail Gorry from the Gila County Superintendent’s Office showed up at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office to make comments on the Arizona State Education Standards on Wednesday.