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Visit old Payson through pictures

The images of Payson, mostly from the 1950s, have a certain familiar feel to them

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Hazardous Weather Outlook Includes Gila County

Expect low to moderate grade monsoon conditions this week. Isolated flash flooding will be the primary hazard. For more details, please see the update link in story and attached weekly weather briefing from the NWS Flagstaff office.

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Tea Party hears from more Star Valley council candidates

The Payson Tea Party heard from more Star Valley Town Council candidates Aug. 16. Incumbent councilor George Binney and challenger Bobby Davis spoke.

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Michael Hansen named Payson Police Officer of the Year

He handles everything from attempted murder to counterfeit cases. Last week, Payson Police Det. Michael Hansen was recognized as the Officer of the Year.

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Lightning strikes home in Ellison Creek

A home in Ellison Creek caught fire Thursday night after it was struck by lightning, damaging the electrical system and leaving burn marks throughout the home.

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Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District struggling

Board won’t seek restitution from treasurer

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District continues to struggle with the fallout from the bombshell indictment of former treasurer and board member Mike Greer.

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Whispering Pines, Beaver Valley Fire Departments may merge to reduce costs

On Saturday, the Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley fire districts cooperated to haul a woman from Water Wheel after she jumped in and broke her leg.

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Ride'em Cowboy

Cowgirls raced around barrels, cowboys roped calves, wrestled steers and tried to stay on wild broncos and bulls for eight seconds and youngsters held on for dear life as they got a taste of rodeo life on the backs of sheep and steers.

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Gila County Man gets four months for aggravated DUI

A man who nearly hit a tanker truck on the Beeline Highway was sentenced to prison earlier this month.

Roadside potato bake south of Rye on Hwy 87

A semi truck was fried up Monday night after it caught fire south of Rye.

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Business start up workshop at Gila County Community College

The Eastern Arizona College Small Business Development Center at the Payson campus of Gila Community College is presenting a free workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25.

Business News and Notes

Updates on what's new in the Payson business community.

Payson School Board balks on transgender

Federal policy recognizes students' gender identity rights

The Payson Unified School District Board on Aug. 22 decided to punt on a suggested policy that would have kept in place practices already followed by the district regarding transgender students and bathrooms.

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Arizona legislative candidates stress education, economy

Martinez, Bagley will challenge incumbents representing Rim Country

Lawmakers must support Arizona’s educational system for the state to prosper, two Democratic legislative candidates insisted at a recent Payson fundraiser.

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Tonto Basin gets new superintendent

Chad Greer, new superintendent of the Tonto Basin Elementary School District, rode into town just in time to wrangle with angry comments from frustrated community members over a property tax increase for the school.