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Smoke from forest fires to reduce visibility on Interstate 17 near Flagstaff

Motorists advised to use caution in burn areas

Motorists traveling on Interstate 17 and State Route 87 in northern Arizona are likely to see smoke over the next week from three fires burning in the Coconino National Forest.

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Tonto Forest to ban cross-country travel

Next month, the Tonto National Forest will release its long awaited Travel Management Plan barring off-road vehicle travel and designating a network of some 5,000 miles of dirt roads and trails for off-roaders.

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Alarmed by fires

But cool, damp conditions turn fires into forest management tool

Two lightning-sparked forest fires on the Mogollon Rim above Pine-Strawberry this weekend alarmed residents — but not fire crews.

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Schools will get federal money

The Gila County Board of Supervisors last week approved distribution of $1.4 million in federal Forest Fee money to local school districts — including $350,000 for Payson.

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Pine, Strawberry archers set sights on national honors

The success of some of the younger members of the Pine Strawberry School archery team at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament has Coach Dean Pederson dreaming of bigger and better things.

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Payson man faces ‘trial by Facebook’ as rumors swirl

No doubt — he had too much to drink, before he started dancing and laughing in Rumsey Park back in April. He probably didn’t expect the police to show up.

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Shelby charter school recruiting students for upcoming year

The 2015-16 school year is barely drawing to a close and Shelby School is recruiting for the new year.

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The wily trout of Tonto Creek

Life on the Fly

Although trout are plentiful in both lakes and streams in Rim Country, many fly fishermen prefer fishing for trout in streams. The challenge of casting in tight conditions, reading the water to know where a fish is likely to be looking for any bugs floating downstream, and the solitude along the creek is something that I truly enjoy. We are fortunate to have access to such water close to Payson.

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Tiger trout to be stocked in Rim Lakes for Memorial Day weekend

Brook-Brown Trout Hybred raised in Tonto Creek Hatchery

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be stocking a hybrid trout new to Arizona, in two Arizona Rim Country lakes this week, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Willow Springs Lake and Woods Canyon Lake will each be stocked with catchable size (8-10 inch) tiger trout the week of May 23.

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Spring fires already setting a record across the West

The U.S. may set another damaging wildfire record this year, with spring fires claiming five times as much acreage as last year — which itself set a record.

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Choral Society in the spirit

The Payson Choral Society decided to belt out spirituals at its spring concert.

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Historic house now a wellness center

Penny Navis-Schmidt, a longtime counselor for Rim residents, has expanded her practice in the historic Hilligas House (see history of the building below), 700 W. Main St., and now shares the space with Dale Bellisfield and Lori Martinez.

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Juggling lives & fears in the emergency room

Four hours into his shift, with a computer screen full of patients and no beds to spare, the “bat phone” rings.

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Owner growing Granny’s in Payson into a destination

Antique store strives to create an experience

Step inside Granny’s in Payson and you are on the overflowing edge of a cornucopia of wonderful collectibles.

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Second-graders return to PES

For the first time in two years, all second-grade students will attend Payson Elementary School.