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Incumbents not challenged

The primary election is behind us, but voters will face another round of choices in the Nov. 8 general election — including state and federal legislative contests, three contested county offices and a few water, fire and sanitary district races.

Voter turnout 2nd highest in state

Gila County had the second highest voter turnout in the state in the primary election.

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Fire on the Rim race weekend is here

Rattlin' the Rim

A full year of preparation and planning for the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race culminates at noon today, Friday, Sept. 16, with the opening of a free campground, which many racers and spectators will call home for the weekend.

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Scores plunge in high school

AzMERIT: Good, band & UGLY

Happy glimmers of good news for the Payson Unified School District gleam in the latest AzMERIT test scores.

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Gila Community College Dean's art makes the big time

Dean of the Gila Community College Payson campus, Pam Butterfield, has her art on display at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix through Oct. 2.

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Signs of changing seasons making a subtle show

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek woke up to a thunderstorm last Monday morning foreshadowing perhaps the end of a strange monsoon. Early next week may be the last of it.

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Payson battles to bitter end in 20-13 loss against Round Valley

Payson's football team battled mighty Eagar Round Valley to the bitter end but came up on the short end of a 20-13 score on Friday night.

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Pet Appreciation at Tractor Supply

Event connects community groups with families, includes pet adoptions

On Saturday, Sept. 17 the Tractor Supply Co. store in Payson will celebrate Pet Appreciation Week’s main event.

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REI sponsors Pine Loop Dash 5K

It was a picturesque day in Pine for a trail race Saturday. While mountain bike riders pre-rode the Fire on the Rim mountain bike race course on the west side of Highway 87, at the Pine Trailhead, runners laced up their sneakers for a 5K run.

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Heck of a good time at Gila County Fair

Victoria Rutherford couldn’t help but crow about her Grand Champion award from the Northern Gila County Fair for her Cornish rooster, Sweetie.

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Climate change: The timer on the bomb for Arizona State's forests

The forests of Northern Arizona remain dreadfully vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to the just-released draft of an overhaul of the Tonto National Forest’s master plan.

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A total loss of his motor home - but he's grateful

“Of course it had to happen on 9/11,” said Don Haynie, owner of a motor home that caught on fire. “It was a catastrophic motor home fire. But Sheriff’s Deputy Ridge Halenar drove by and saw the smoke.”

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Payson Ranger District loses a great recreation officer

Muise moves to Washington state

The Payson Ranger District has lost a great resource — Recreation Officer Chelsea Muise. She moved onto Washington state to serve as recreation manager for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in late August.

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Lane restriction for SR 260 east of Payson to remain due to Fulton Fire

Motorists should prepare for heavy smoke, reduced visibility in area

Eastbound State Route 260, which was reduced to one lane 25 miles east of Payson while the Tonto National Forest conducted fire prevention operations, will remain restricted for the time being due to the Fulton Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Much ado about very little: Arizona school standards get tweaked

The Arizona Department of Educa­tion and its committee of educators has poured over the K-12 Common Core standards and come up with a new set.