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Rim Country cool

Payson avoids record heat

Rim Country continues to enjoy a more-or-less average year, with a mild fire season, normal rainfall and predictions of a wetter-than average winter.

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APS wants to slash solar energy incentives

Corporation commission approval spawns controversy

Although Arizona faces a federal mandate to cut the use of coal-fired power plants, homeowners will face sharply higher costs if they go solar — thanks to new fees on rooftop solar systems imposed by Arizona Public Service and the Salt River Project.

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Bear killed after hitting homes looking for food

Arizona Game and Fish officers killed a black bear early Thursday morning after it attempted to break into a cabin for a second time in an area near Hart Prairie, northwest of Flagstaff.

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Making school lunches cool

Joe Trayer would like Payson High School students to stay on campus for lunch.

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Forests affect climate

Studies show forests have greater impact than scientists realized

Forests have a much greater impact on global climate than scientists realized, according to a series of recent studies.

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Rodeo, parade draws a happy crowd

The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo celebrated its 131st birthday last weekend with a three-day party at the Payson Event Center.

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How to win a pie eating contest

In its first year of existence, the Payson Farmers Market Pie Eating Contest sponsored by Enzo Crivelli Wood Designs, exhibited some successful techniques and some not so successful techniques.

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Game & Fish officials warn – don’t feed the wildlife

Although it is against the law (13-2927) in Arizona to feed wildlife, residents living in the urban interface continue to feed deer, elk and other animals mistakenly believing it is a humane act.

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Is it a granite shop or rock museum?

Drive up to Debbie and Nollan Blackwell’s Payson Granite and Design store on Aero Drive and swirling multi-colored slabs of granite sit perched up on their ends in the parking lot.

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Teacher wins top award

The Association for Career Technical Education has named Payson High School business teacher Joe Parone the 2015 Arizona Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year.

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Taking flight

Bald eagle population records record growth

Arizona’s unique population of desert-nesting bald eagles continues to delight and surprise researchers — steadily expanding their range and producing more and more gangly fledglings.

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Longhorns roll in football opener

Wyatt Chapman ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Payson High opened the football season with a 57-6 pounding of host Fort Defiance Window Rock on Friday night.

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Medical helicopter provider remains

Although there is a new yellow helicopter parked outside Banner Payson Medical Center, Native Air wants residents to know they are still flying in Rim Country.

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Reigning rodeo queens welcome would-be successors

One of the splashier aspects of the 131st World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson this week is the pageant crowning of the next Miss Rodeo Arizona and Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona.

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Payson’s rodeo parade celebrates Rim Country patriotism

Fifty festive floats will roll down Main Street

Look for lots of red, white, blue, stars, stripes and all manner of patriotic bunting and more as this year’s August Doin’s Rodeo Parade celebrates American Pride.