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Costly contract, with a gaudy gold parachute

We’re confident LaRon Garrett will make a great Payson town manager.

Terrifying revelations in age of sex texting

The Payson Police Department has stumbled into a series of investigations into teenage sex texting that should give every parent nightmares.

Your neighbors need your help

Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

This time give thanks for smoke

No doubt about it: Smoke’s irritating.

System abuses our teachers

Lawmakers have all kinds of bright ideas about education reform — civics tests, charter schools, private school scholarships, the AIMS test (oops, no wait the AZMerit test), low sugar school lunches, mandating lower administrative costs, new math, old math, school grades, suspending school grades.

A grievous loss

We’ve lost one of the people who had created the beloved community here in Rim Country.

Outages finally sound an alarm

Three strikes — you’re out.

Celebrate university project progress

On Saturday at 11, the long-suffering backers of the Payson university campus will celebrate a signal victory.

The secret to being the Best Newspaper

The man who deserved the award didn’t get his name on the plaque.

The Forest Service is sitting in a bar ...

Two guys are sitting in a bar near closing time.

Fire codes vital

So, turns out regulations work.

They’re all our kids right now

The band trumpets and thrums.

Rim Country squanders another year

Maybe you think we’re safe.

The editor responds

I get it.

Neglecting schools hurts the economy

Here’s the deal: You can’t have a crappy educational system and a healthy economy. You can’t convince corporations offering good, high-paying jobs to move to a state where their executives don’t want to send their kids to local schools. You can’t improve productivity without an educated workforce.