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Spring is busting out in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek warmed up this week. The dab of snow a week ago didn’t leave but two-tenths in the rain gauge. Tomato seedlings are two inches high, tulips have bloomed, as has the pear tree. House wrens have settled in the birdhouses and are serenading in the early mornings.

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A world hidden in the tremble of cottonwood leaves

Spring brings explosion of green in trees whose genetics affect thousands of species

Suddenly, the cottonwoods have their leaves back.

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C.C. Cragin Reservoir reopens

The long wait for the reopening of the C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir is finally over.

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Tonto National Monument offers eagle program

Tonto National Monument on April 11 will offer an evening program about bald eagles, given by guest biologist and nestwatcher Sara Eno.

The Forest Service within two weeks will pick an appraiser to put a value on the 240-acre parcel for a university campus,

The Forest Service within two weeks will pick an appraiser to put a value on the 240-acre parcel for a university campus, Tonto National Forest head Neil Bosworth told the Roundup this week.

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The ghosts of Shoofly

A world lost and found again amidst a scattering of stones

I’m a ghost hunter.

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Preventive maintenance is goal

PSWID manager hopes to predict, fix problems before they occur

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) manager Brad Cole submitted an annual report to the acting board that painted a picture of efficiency on March 20, but no one has seen an annual report for two years.

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Community Almanac

Payson will welcome 50 people the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The guests are on a cross-country March for Climate Action.

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Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.

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Guardian angels help out Payson Community Kids

Children run up and down a wide, bright hallway, clamoring for their macaroni and cheese dinner. Others paint paper kites in a craft room while some work on homework in the quiet room. In the lounge, teens rest coolly in beanbags and outside youngsters sprint across artificial turf to a playground, yelling merrily.

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Gush of good news

Payson may end water restrictions

With the Colorado River drying up thanks to 14 years of unrelenting drought, major cities that rely on the Central Arizona Project, including Phoenix, are bracing for water shortages.

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Major drug busts

On the heels of a major drug arrest last week, the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force and its K-9 Roman were busy again on another bust Friday.

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Brush pickup resumes

A roadside brush pickup program that has long been an integral part of Pine and Strawberry’s effort to protect the tiny mountain hamlets from a catastrophic wildfire could end this year.

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Volunteers to the rescue

Forest Service needs help to protect forest

Bored? Love the outdoors? Well, Chelsea Muise of the Payson Ranger District has an answer — volunteer for the Forest Service.

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PSWID board approves six-figure tank repair

The Gila County Board of Supervisors, acting as the interim board for the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, voted to approve paying $137,915 to fix the major storage tank for the water system.