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Forest Service gears up for another trashy weekend

Volunteers set to remind visitors to Pack It Out

The Forest Service and its volunteers learned a lot from the Memorial Day Pack It Out program — they need much bigger dumpsters.

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Start celebrating the Rim Country’s Fourth on July 3

Rim Country residents and visitors can start celebrating the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Friday, July 3. Visit Pine for the Pine Library Friends’ Fourth of July Book Sale and Raffle, the sale starts Friday and continues through Sunday.

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Fire restrictions lifted on the Tonto National Forest Thursday

Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2.

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Farmers Market Fun

They even play Rock-Paper-Scissors

The kids gathered around Scoops owner, Payson Town Council member and sponsor of the event, Chris Higgins to learn exactly how to beat the competition in the annual Rock-Paper-Scissors contest at the Payson Farmers Market.

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Sheriff’s deputy distributes water to ill-prepared hikers on Fossil Creek Trail

Gila County officials say more than 30 people were without enough water on Fossil Creek Trail this weekend and one deputy handed out four cases of water to hikers.

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Rescuers have busy weekend helping hikers

TRSAR spends 7 hours pulling injured man from Box Canyon

It took rescuers more than seven hours to pull a man out of Box Canyon Saturday, after he fell and injured his ankles some 400 feet below the canyon lip.

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Firewise thinning barely saved by donors, volunteers

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee members are confident the 2015 brush pickup program that has been delayed since mid-May will begin this week.

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Home barely saved from kids playing with fireworks

A home surrounded by thick brush nearly caught fire Saturday after children playing with fireworks ignited a brush fire, say Pine-Strawberry Fire officials.

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Tempest tosses boats

Roosevelt Lake storm: ‘Worst I’ve seen’

A torrential storm struck Tonto Basin Saturday evening with waves tossing boats about, swamping some and even flipping a dock on Roosevelt Lake. No one was reported injured.

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Banner/MHA complete $40 million merger

The Mogollon Health Alliance and Banner Health on Friday completed their merger, with enormous implications for health care in Rim Country, the Payson university project and educational and health care charitable initiatives.

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Kinder, gentler school board

‘We’re in transition out of chaos and crisis’

The Payson Unified School District board at its retreat on June 27 admitted the reverberations of the last two years still haunt them, but have faith the new administration is guiding them through the maze firmly and calmly.

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Happy Fourth (or Second) of July, America!

Senior Moments

Happy Second of July!

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Lethal lightning strike

Bolt kills hiker atop Rim

Lightning killed a 24-year-old woman Saturday and injured several others hiking on the Mogollon Rim during a social outing.

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Alder Fire at 239 acres near Forest Lakes

The Alder Fire is burning west of Alder and east Chevelon Canyon, approximately 13 miles northwest of Forest Lakes. The fire is located in Coconino County east of Forest Service Road 34 and west of FSR 169 on Sand Point.

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Injured Hikers Rescued on Northern Arizona Mountains

Two injured hikers were rescued off Kendrick Mountain and the San Francisco Peaks on Saturday June 27, 2015.