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Range for Mexican gray wolves includes Rim Country

Final federal reintroduction rules satisfy state, upset conservation groups

The federal government this week finalized a plan to increase the range of endangered Mexican gray wolves tenfold, a shift that could bring the beleaguered predators to Rim Country.

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Church prepares for historic visit

The Rev. Monsignor Jeffery N. Steenson, the Ordinary to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, will be visiting the Church of the Holy Nativity, Sunday, Jan. 25 at the 10 a.m. Mass and following fellowship.

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Congregation digs deep for new building

As congregation sizes go, Mount Cross Lutheran Church is just average. But while there are only about 150 members contributing to the collection plates, those donors don’t think twice about digging deep into their bank accounts and doing great things.

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Pine-Strawberry water board, contractor ready to kiss and make up

Looks like they’re ready to kiss and make up.

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Police nab robbery suspect

Update at 4 p.m.: Police arrested Daniel Righos, who they suspect robbed the One Stop, in a vacant building south of El Rancho around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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Work continues on Hwy. 87

Work will resume on a safety improvement project on State Route 87 north of Sunflower this week, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Only prisons escape state budget woes

Governor wants tax cuts, hiring freeze, education cutbacks

Faced with a projected budget deficit, Gov. Doug Ducey has proposed a virtual freeze in state spending and cuts for most state programs, with the notable exception of prisons.

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Mesa del resident battles water company

Struggles to prove Brooke Utilities overbilled for water hauling

Three years ago, J. Alan Smith filed a complaint with the Arizona Corporation Commission because Brooke Utilities shut off the water to his Mesa del Caballo home for six days in the summer of 2011.

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Vandals shatter businesses’ windows

Several businesses were sporting boarded up windows Monday, including Chase Bank, Fletcher’s and Payson Packaging, after a busy weekend.

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Mind your civics

State adds graduation test

Proving that it can pass legislation quickly after all, the Arizona Legislature rushed a new high school graduation requirement through in the first few days of the legislative session — the American Civics Bill.

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Judge affirms stolen ammo case plea

A Gila County Superior Court judge Thursday denied a Payson man’s request to take back a guilty plea for allegedly stealing discarded, scrap ammunition from a local manufacturer.

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Police searching for armed robbery suspect

What started as a slow day at the One Stop abruptly turned into a frightening ordeal Monday afternoon when a masked man robbed the convenience store at gunpoint.

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Community Almanac

Male vocalists are invited to apply to participate in the Payson Elks Lodge SUPERSTARS! event in March — applications are due Saturday, Jan. 24.

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Clubs and Organizations

Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd will speak to the Rim Country Republican Club at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26.

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