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Hero of Payson awards to firefighters, police officer

Several firefighters and a Payson police officer who went above and beyond the call of duty were recognized at the Nov. 17 council meeting.

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Forest busy after Thanksgiving holiday

Traveling to Flagstaff Saturday morning, wife Kay and I were puzzled by the large number of visitors we saw on our trip through the Coconino National Forest.

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Blanket of white stuff gives holiday decorations special look

Christopher Creek is in the snow business following last Sunday night’s blanketing. Initially, there was three to four inches around town with reports from Susan Keown and the Colcord Road area detailing as much as eight inches.

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Celebrating National Mutt Day

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December 2nd is National Mutt Day! When I looked up the word “mutt” in the dictionary, Merriam-Webster was so rude! 

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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ is a very touching film of love

Warren Beatty has had one of the stellar careers in 20th century American cinema.

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Santa and Mrs Claus make the rounds

Santa and Mrs. Claus were busy the weekend after Thanksgiving with appearances at the Swiss Village Lighting and Pine Festival of Lights.

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Swartwood promises lots of changes

Mayor-elect Craig Swartwood said there are going to be a lot of changes when he takes office Dec. 15, from shaking up the police department to re-working fire codes and a new marketing campaign, Swartwood said he has a lot he wants to accomplish in the next two years.

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County buildings in Payson have long, twisted, aggravating history

The Roundup recently reported that the Gila County Board of Supervisors awarded a $71,940 contract to Woodson Engineering & Surveying of Flagstaff to provide pre-design services for site development alternatives focused on how to make the best use of the available property and existing buildings.

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Pony rides a popular attraction at the Swiss Village Lighting event

The pony ride at the 37th Annual Swiss Village Lighting had an early start on Friday, Nov. 25 and stayed busy throughout the evening as youngsters — both big and small — clamored to get a ride. The event also had a huge bounce house and more.

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Stranded father and son rescued

A father and son were forced to camp out for three days after their truck went off a dirt road east of Roosevelt Lake Thanksgiving weekend.

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Payson Concrete charity donations

Payson Concrete, 1900 E. Highway 260, holds an annual food drive and this year delivered a truck bed full of food for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank just in time for Thanksgiving.

Blue Cross Blue Shield tries to answer questions

Blue Cross Blue Shield will serve as the only health insurance provider for Gila County residents who need to purchase an individual plan off of the federal affordable health care exchange.

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Reading the Range aids ranchers, Forest Service

Studying a small square of soil, Ashley Hall brushed her hand over several strands of grasses outside the Shoofly Ruins northeast of Payson on a crisp clear morning in mid November.

Prescribed burns continue

The Tonto National Forest will continue conducting prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson.

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Wrestling team makes home debut at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

Payson High’s wrestling team makes its home debut by welcoming Chinle and St. Johns to Wilson Dome at 4 p.m.