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Tonto Village residents are ready for spring

The Village

Tuesday, Feb. 2 was Ground Hog Day, and lo and behold, he did not see his shadow.

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Characters Under the Mogollon Rim – Lafayette P. Nash, Part 1

Back When

Lafayette Philander Nash made his mark in the Rim Country as a prospector, community leader, postmaster, merchant and miner, but tracing the odyssey of his life proved to be a very confusing search.

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Brewing company invests in forests

SanTan Brewing Company and the National Forest Foundation have launched “Tap to Top,” a refreshing reminder of the importance of watershed health.

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Southwest Behavioral expands drug, mental health services

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services is in expansion mode, particularly in northern Arizona.

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Storyteller holds sway at Payson library

On Feb. 15, storyteller Alice Natale will entertain the community with African tales in honor of Black History Month at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

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Grant can provide services for parents

Gila County Superior Court provides various services in domestic relations cases involving children.

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Music in the air around Rim

The Rim Country air vibrates with music this month. First, the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino offer an Elton John tribute concert Saturday, Feb. 13, then there are Christian and jazz concerts planned.

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4FRI: Painfully slow progress

Good Earth years behind schedule, but plans to thin 16,000 acres in 2016

This year logging trucks will drive 6.7 million miles hauling 823,000 tons of wood harvested from 16,000 acres as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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State’s $10 billion budget debate grows with the surplus

Governor’s proposed 1.4 percent increase draws praise, criticism

Gov. Doug Ducey’s austere budget features a 1.4 percent increase in spending, $1 billion in reserves, more tax cuts and the elimination of the once-massive “structural deficit.”

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Hits & Grins plays hits & laughs

Hits and Grins is a one of a kind “in the round” acoustical and intimate musical experience.

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Valley families support Kaitie’s Closet

Four families from the Phoenix area have decided to focus their annual donations to those less fortunate to Kaitie’s Closet.

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Schools face budget chaos

New state funding formula could inflict more pain on districts with declining enrollment

In a perfectly awful fiscal storm, changes in state budgeting could have a crushing impact on Payson Unified School District if the opening of a charter school this year causes a big dip in enrollment.

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Schools face onslaught of new laws

Superintendent briefs board on status of bills

The Arizona Legislature is back in session — which means Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman is gearing up for more onslaughts on district schools — if the bills he’s tracking make it through the committee process.

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Storm delivers rare dose of ‘thundersnow’

Ever heard of thundersnow?

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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.