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Payson officials say they’ve made progress toward a deal with Arizona State Parks that would keep the world’s largest travertine arch open, despite closure of most of the rest of the parks in the system. Visitors to the park pump an estimated $3.6 million into the local economy.

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Prospects brighten for Tonto Bridge

Payson has made progress in talks with Arizona State Parks in its efforts to work out a deal to keep Tonto Natural Bridge State Park open, despite the state’s growing budget woes.

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