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Book festival will draw 80 authors

More than 80 authors are expected to come to the Rim Country for the Payson Book Festival Saturday, July 23.

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Higher humidity slows Fuller Fire growth

Wildfire north of Grand Canyon tops 13,000 acres

Hot dry conditions over the weekend drove the Fuller Fire north of the Grand Canyon to more than 13,000 acres, but conditions moderated with higher humidity this week. Here's the US Forest Service update on the Fuller Fire as of Monday morning.

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West Clear Creek: Stair step into paradise

Photographer Nick Berezenko reflects on the joys of his canyoneering odyssey

Remote, rugged and pristine, West Clear Creek lies at the heart of a 200-mile-long maze of canyons and jumbled ridges draining off Arizona's Mogollon Rim.

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Payson’s got Oscars of our own

Each year, after all the productions have ended and the auditorium prepares for a quiet summer, the Payson High School Drama Department gathers for its own version of the Oscars: The Thespies.

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Businesses sponsor mountain bike event for kids

Sunshine Cleaning, Payson bike shops give lucky local children a mountain bike adventure

What could be more fun than kids, dirt and bikes?

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Pack It Out program sets record

The Forest Service Pack It Out program only needed 20 more pounds of trash to make it an even 10,000 pounds collected on the July 4th weekend — which thrilled staff and set a new record for the program.

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What a galaxy

Photographer DJ Craig captured the scatter of the Milky Way galaxy’s 400 billion stars in the clear night skies above Payson, with the glow of Phoenix on the hushed horizon.

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Chicken & the Egg

Which comes first: good jobs or a highly skilled workforce?

With a large percentage of Payson’s workforce leaving the area every day to work, building a strong workforce in town is a key goal of the town’s five-year economic development plan.

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Danger growing

But wildfire plan little changed

New subdivisions, drought and the rising number of fires large and small have all altered the fire hazards residents face in Gila County.

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Swiss Village merchants stage art-themed event today

Swiss Village merchants will host a special event on Friday, July 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., complete with refreshments, a raffle, music by Bruce Wales and Pete Van Winkle, a chance to meet local artists, and a ribbon cutting for a new flower shop.

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Why did Payson teachers quit?

This year, not only did Payson Unified School District make full disclosure on how many employees left the district, but the district also reported reasons they left.

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Helicopter crashes

When a helicopter went down Sunday, the only thing left standing was the pilot and the seat he was sitting in.

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Rescues keep volunteers hopping

Rescuers responded to repeated calls last weekend, including operations at Salome Canyon and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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Forest restoration topic of hearing in Payson

The U.S. Forest Service will host a public meeting in Payson on July 21 on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative plan to thin some 1.24 million acres over the next 10 years, including almost all of Rim Country.

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School registration upon us

It’s that time of year again — if you can believe it — for school registration and open house. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 1.