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Daring rescue

Crews reach injured boy

Battling dangerous conditions, 50 mph winds and a challenging trail, rescuers helped a teen to safety Saturday after he broke his leg south of town.

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Fossil Creek follies resume

Must be spring — you can tell by the rush of Pine-Strawberry Fire paramedics and volunteers from the Gila County Mounted Posse down the Fossil Creek trail to rescue hikers in flip-flops.

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Raises for teachers

But only if voters approve Proposition 123

If voters approve Proposition 123, Payson Unified School District employees will get a 4 percent, across-the-board raise — the first in years.

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60 years for attack

Judge throws the book at man who threw a firebomb

A man who threw a firebomb at police and barricaded himself in his home for 11 hours last year, will spend more than 60 years in prison.

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Community college to up property tax

At its work session on April 14, the Gila Community College discussed the proposed property tax increase of 2 percent for the 2016-17 school year.

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Squash: Veggies of mass production

Is there anything more prolific than squash? Gardeners can count on these powerhouse veggies to produce a bountiful harvest. Their requirements are few and easy to accommodate.

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Firefighters scramble

There were a number of human-caused forest fires in Rim Country this weekend, including a vehicle fire that spread to the trees in Star Valley.

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Jeri J’s Indian Fry Bread now at Western Village

It’s got a new home and a new color scheme, but more importantly, inside the fry bread at Jeri J’s has not changed.

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The Rim’s mysterious dividing line

Mogollon Rim: What is it?

Here’s a good question: What is the Mogollon Rim?

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Group raises $10,000 for scholarships

The Friends of Rim Country GCC received a generous donation of $10,000 from Dr. Alfonso and Sue Munoz to help nursing students.

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Students get down to business at conference

The Payson High School (PHS) Information Technology Academy (ITA) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter came home from the Arizona FBLA State Leadership Conference (April 4-6) in Tucson with plenty of gold.

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Making way for custard

Culver’s demolishes former Pirate’s Cove for new restaurant

Break out the wrecking ball. Crews quickly went to work Monday demolishing the former Pirate’s Cove and miniature golf course near Miss Fitz 260 Cafe.

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Red Flag Warning in effect today for Williams and Tusayan Districts

Winds and dry spring create dangerous conditions

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that covers the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest, as well as other areas of northern Arizona, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

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Fifty-Nine Year-Old Lost Hiker Rescued from Humphries Peak

Rescuers spend night on mountain with hiker suffering from altitude sickness

On April 21st at approximately 8:30 AM the Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue responded to a report of a lost hiker on Humphrey’s Peak. The 59 year old male hiker was determined to be off trail at approximately 11,700 foot elevation in an area known as Temptation Gully. The hiker was reported to be cold, tired, disoriented, with some underlying medical conditions.

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Rolling along

Mountain bikers, mayor hope trails will create biker heaven

Within hours of contacting Mayor Kenny Evans, Michael Bonnette, president of the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association and Mick Wolf, treasurer, met to start turning Payson into a world-class destination for mountain bikers.