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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.

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A quiet moment in a world abuzz with busy

Sitting on the shore of Roosevelt Lake listening to the gentle lapping of the water as a soft dawn spread over the distant mountains, I pondered the comfort it gave me to sit here in a half-crazed world. We human beings can’t seem to withdraw ourselves from the hectic cycle of life. We’re so trapped in our daily routines, commitments and tasks that we forget how to simply be — exist and enjoy the world. So a short rest from “doing” can make all the difference when life seems to pile up around us.

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Sunset Jazz & Wine Auction features great raffle prizes

The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction is quickly approaching. This fun-filled event will feature several activities, including a raffle. Raffle tickets are $10 each, six for $50 or 12 for $100, and you need not be present to win.

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For me, it was the Mustang — the twinge of glory and shame. But that’s just me. I spent a perfect, sun-drenched, cloud-spattered, green-grass day in Green Valley Park on Saturday at the 20th annual Beeline Cruise-In classic car show recollecting those glory days — and eavesdropping on other lives.

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Get tickets now for Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is gearing up for their upcoming fund-raiser and is proud of the many sponsors that are supporting this event. The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction promises guests a fun and lovely early evening full of events in a spectacular outdoor setting.

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One fish, two fish, shy fish, bold fish

Fishing season sneaks up on a disheveled writer and his deadlines

So I’m standing in the driveway getting ready to go back to work and cover yet another night meeting when something strange and wondrous insinuates itself into the weary corner of my eye down on the East Verde River, ponded up behind the crossing.

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Pet Adoption: Black cats and dogs need love too

When people go to the Humane Society or animal shelter looking to adopt a pet, they are more than likely going to leave with one that is a lighter color or one with interesting markings.

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Low-cost health care for your pet

The Humane Society of Central Arizona and PAWS in the Park have teamed up to bring the M.A.S.H. mobile vet to Payson on Saturday, April 13.

Outdoor recreation drives state economy

Outdoor Industry Association releases economic data for all 50 states

Outdoor recreation in Arizona generates $10.6 billion annually, which generates about 104,000 Arizona jobs.

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Hiking the Vineyard trail

After carpooling from Payson, we park our vehicles in a lot near the entrance to the Roosevelt Bridge.

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Microchip increases odds of reunion with lost pet

Has your dog ever gone missing? Your indoor cat disappear for a few days?