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Keep your pets safe and secure July 4th

Pets and fireworks often do not mix.

Bison Ranch to host annual Pet Fair, Adopt-A-Thon July 6

Many loving, healthy and well-behaved dogs and cats in our area are in need of new homes — and a second chance at life.

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The Tao of Paddleboarding

There are several ways to approach paddleboarding for the first time. You can meekly step on the board, clutching your paddle in a state of panic.

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Bass battle won on Fossil Creek

Despite diligent monitoring, no signs of invading bass have showed up since the Arizona Game and Fish Department used chemicals to route invaders in the final two-mile stretch of Fossil Creek last year.

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Tips for a smooth transition when bringing home a new cat

Whether your new cat is coming from a shelter, a home, an urban street or a country barn, the first 24 hours in your home are special and critical.

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Invading gizzard shad blamed for plight of Roosevelt Lake bass

The slimy, invading, prolific, fast-growing gizzard shad have taken over Roosevelt Lake.

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All aboard!

Train offers trip through time to a timeless place

We grabbed our tickets and hurried out the hotel door, racing to the station to catch the early morning Wild West show.

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This Week’s Featured Pets

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is located at 602 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street off McLane Road.

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Five creative ways to use containers in your landscape

Container gardens have long been used to add a spot of color by a front entrance or expand planting space in city lots, balconies and decks.

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Keeping your pets safe and comfortable in hot weather

Although summer isn’t officially here, it is definitely heating up. While you are enjoying the many outdoor activities that we all love such as fishing, hiking, BBQing and going to the lake, it’s important to keep not only yourself and your kids safe, but your pets as well.

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Rearing ugly heads — weeds, weeds and more weeds

Since the vernal equinox (first day of spring) passed, the sun stays up longer than it stays down. That’s the signal for those uninvited guests at any garden party – weeds!

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Lush landscapes on display at June 8 Garden Walk

Rim hillsides, big yards and small, as well as the large Payson Community Garden are features of the June 8 Garden Walk.

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Setting the pace ...

Pedal- pushing writer finds it’s not just the view -- it’s the bike you’re behind

“I think I may have missed the turn off,” local bike shop owner Mick Wolf said nonchalantly as we wearily pushed our bikes to the top of the rocky hill where other riders waited.

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Tips to make your pet more adoptable if you give it up

It is a huge decision to give away your pet, no matter how long or brief the period of time of ownership.

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Buddies From Way back

Tonto Creek rushes past my perch in the granite/gneiss heart of the canyon below Bear Flat. Lobo lies on the grassy bank alongside me, having returned from his initial reconnaissance to resume his fitful study of the mystery of human motivation.