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Father finds son dead of heroin overdose

The heroin epidemic in northern Gila County claimed a life for the second time in January.

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Smoke alarm lack nearly proves fatal

Despite having a box of free smoke detectors available, the Payson Fire Department continues to respond to fires in homes with no working detectors.

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Arizona’s school funding still dead last

State spending on education 31 percent below national average

Arizona ranks dead last in state support for K-12 schools, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Appointed judge will run for seat

Division I Superior Court Judge Bryan Chambers announced Wednesday that he has taken out nomination petitions to keep his seat on the Gila County Superior Court bench.

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Three years for meth possession

On Jan. 11, TJ Jonas of Show Low was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to possession of dangerous drugs.

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Domestic violence prison term

On Jan. 19, Presiding Judge Gary Scales sentenced William Allen Morgan to prison after Morgan pleaded guilty in one case to possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct/domestic violence and in a second case, attempted aggravated assault.

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Firefighters snuff out fire

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a trash can last week.

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Grant money will assist with cost of spay/neuter surgeries

The Humane Society of Central Arizona received a $92,278 grant in September of 2015 from PetSmart Charities® to substantially increase the number of spay/neuter surgeries needed to proactively lessen the area’s homeless pet overpopulation.

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Arizona university cutbacks continue

Ducey budget would change 5-year trend

Arizona remains one of only two states in the nation still cutting state funding for higher education several years into the economic recovery, according to a state-by-state survey by the Center for the Study of Education Policy.

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Scoops owner a ‘Hero of Education’

Chris Higgins, owner of Scoops Ice Cream and Coffee shop and KRIM radio, received a plaque and kudos from the Payson Unified School District at its board meeting on Jan. 25.

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Up in smoke

Driver escapes injury after car catches fire on steep hill on the Beeline

Firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on State Route 87 Thursday afternoon.

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Pony Express rides again

Hashknife gang gallops through Payson

“Hashknife! Hashknife!”

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Legislative revolt

Lawmakers push for vocational funds

A legislative revolt is brewing against a proposed $30 million cut in vocational training for K-12 schools.

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Grand Canyon National Park to Open 2017 Noncommercial River Trip Permit Lottery

River trip permits scarce

On Monday, February 1, 2016 the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2017. A total of 472 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery website located at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm.

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Heavy weekend traffic expected again on US 180 near Flagstaff

Drivers should leave prepared for delays in wintry conditions

Those planning to use US 180 near Flagstaff this weekend should budget extra travel time as people head to play in the snow, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.