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Payment due by Dec. 2 for schools, county, districts

Gila County mailed out property tax bills in October and the first half of the payment was due Nov. 2. The second half is due May 2, 2015.

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Payson’s voter-approved override goes to classrooms

The Payson Unified School District has not wasted the faith and respect shown by Rim Country voters when they supported the override tax — 100 percent of the funds raised have gone to classrooms and salaries, said PUSD Business Manager Kathie Manning.

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Universities left in the lurch

The dire plight of the state’s three public universities has been largely overlooked in the uproar over funding for K-12 education.

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Contractor steals elderly woman’s jewelry

A Payson man will serve three years in prison in part for stealing jewelry from a homeowner while working as remodeler.

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Donations needed for Thanksgiving dinners

Each year for more than a decade, the Payson Elks Lodge has invited residents and visitors alike to share the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and neighbors at its annual dinner.

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Police nab burglar

A Flagstaff man faces burglary charges after police say he broke into several storage lockers earlier this week and made off with liquor from one of the units.

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Beware of fraudulent calls

On Wednesday, the Payson Police Chief Don Engler got a call from someone asking for money for the Fraternal Order of Police.

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State seeking input on math, language standards

The State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will hold a public input meeting on Arizona’s Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards in Globe, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 starting at 6 p.m. in the Gila County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room.

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Winter Brings Changes to Recreation Sites Near Roosevelt

Several sites closing for the season

Several winter recreation sites near Roosevelt will be closed for the winter starting November 15, 2015. Davis Wash and Upper Burnt Corral are closed from November 15 to March 1, 2016. Bermuda Flat also closed on November 15, 2015, and it will reopen on February 16, 2016. This closure occurs annually, to protect the wintering goose population.

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Coconino NF extends comment period on proposed changes to Red Rock Pass fee program

Plan would eliminate fees for parking along highway in Sedona

The public comment period regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program has been extended to Jan. 1, 2016. Comments can be submitted by emailing jmburns@fs.fed.us or by normal mail to Red Rock District, P.O. 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341.

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First winter storm blankets Rim Country

Sunny skies to prevail remainder of week

A chilly cold system blew into town Monday and brought with it the first significant snowfall for the Payson area.

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Winter storm passing through

More snow, rain likely next week

The National Weather Service at 11:30 Monday issued the following advisory: Today through Tuesday: Additional snowfall in the general 1-3” range is expected today, ending late this afternoon near the US 89/I-17 corridor and in eastern Arizona late this evening. Cold temperatures and brisk north winds will combine to create wind chills ranging from the single digits to the teens in most locations Tuesday morning.

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Rim Country under winter weather advisory

Snow is creating slippery roadway conditions around Rim Country Monday morning as a cold storm system moves across northern Arizona.

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Rain Sunday foreshadows snow on Monday

Snow level forecast: 6,000 feet on Sunday, 4,000 feet on Monday

Rain showers in Payson on Sunday heralded an oncoming winter storm that could bring snow to levels above 4,000 feet on Monday.

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Schools honor Tonto Apache Tribe

The Payson Unified School District honored the Tonto Apache Tribal Council as “Heroes of Education,” for the tribe’s many donations to the district in recent years — including $20,000 to replace the turf on the football field.