Are we addicted to incarceration?
The ASU Morrison Institute’s State of the State conference keynote speaker former Police Chief of Mesa and current District Attorney of San Francisco George Gascon believes so.
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The last time my parents came to visit, my daughter, Crystal, decided we should all have ice cream for dessert.
This article deserves a hilarious opening, but for me, humor only hurts when I laugh.
An intrepid group of 26 volunteers and Forest Service staff met at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 to attack a major dump site off of Graff Road near the Country Club Estates, past the airport.
Only Gila County staff and Gail Gorry from the Gila County Superintendent’s Office showed up at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office to make comments on the Arizona State Education Standards on Wednesday.
When Mary Mastin wakes up in the morning, what gets her out of bed is knowing somebody will be waiting to take a walk with her.
Not sure what sort of Christmas present to get your Aunt Bess who has everything?
Three generations of joyful worriers find their footing on their way to Aztec Peak
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.
On Saturday, Rim Country girls who had worked for weeks with the Girls on the Run program to prepare for a 5K run/walk gathered at Green Valley Park festooned in tutus, crazy socks, ribbons and colored hair to celebrate their girl power.
The phone rang.
JRE students sing and salute
Braving the first really chilly winter day, the Julia Randall Elementary School student body marched over to the memorial at Green Valley Park to honor veterans with song and a flag raising ceremony.
Feds slash funding
All the money spent to fund the 24-hour 7-day-a-week crisis hotline and advocacy functions of the Time Out Shelter might evaporate by Dec. 4.
Hilltop fortresses suggest conflict
The silent tumbles of stone on hilltops scattered throughout Rim Country and much of Central Arizona have revealed a startling lost world, marked by warfare, violence, slavery and a desperate struggle to survive.
Marines party on 240th birthday
Tim Roemer served in the Marines from 1964 until 1968, seeing tough action in Vietnam during a 14-month stint in an artillery unit.
As they do every year, the gardeners from the Payson Community Garden gathered at the Church of the Nazarene to share in their end-of-the-year harvested bounty.
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My friend Bear only ate protein. He’d claimed he’d done so since 1959 eschewing any carbohydrates to live only on meat, eggs, butter and cheese.
Harrowing tale highlights Parent University session
Shane Watson, prevention specialist for the organization notMYkid, started drinking in middle school at the tender age of 12.
Campus on university site may have big impact on district
Despite freezing rain and sleet, about 50 families attended the first open house of American Leadership Academy held at the Quality Inn on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Tired of rushing to a doctor’s appointment, a box of medical records in hand, only to wait an hour to see the doctor for such a short time it’s impossible to really get into the health issue?
Trident Winery owner Ray Stephens has decided to expand into the prix fixe dinner world once a week. “We’re calling them tasting dinners,” he said.
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Archaeological Society labors to save traces of lost world in Goat Camp Ruins
An overwhelmed developer.
The night after the Tonto Basin Halloween Carnival, Payson threw its own block party — the Trunk or Treat bash along Main Street.
The tiny little twin Oompa-Loompas kept plopping down on their diapered behinds, attempting to stand while on the stage, but that didn’t matter — their mom Chancy Brown just kept propping them up for the judges to get a really good look.
The tricky winter driving conditions could hit home today.
The settlement of a school funding lawsuit adopted by the Arizona Legislature last week in a three-day special session received mixed reviews this week — with supporters hailing the resolution of a years-long deadlock and critics saying the deal still leaves the state’s K-12 system desperately underfunded.
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Rebecca Acord has visions of fully decorated “Charitrees” lining up in front of the Swiss Village shops with donations of toys and food under their branches.
Students hang on, as officials bicker
The release of national test scores and a “symbolic” move away from national Common Core academic standards this week left Arizona’s school reform movement in a muddle.
Payson schools could gain more than $500,000
The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a $3.5 billion, 10-year plan to settle a school funding lawsuit. The measure could boost the budget of the Payson Unified School District by more than $500,000 annually.
Sometimes, you’ve got to spend money to make money.
At its second competition of the marching band season, the Pride of Payson marching band did not place, but that doesn’t bother band director Jose Martinez.
Deal rumored to settle lawsuit, boost school spending by state
State lawmakers could go into special session as early as Wednesday to consider a settlement of a lawsuit that could pump an extra $3.5 billion into K-12 schools in the next decade.
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I’ve got this friend from the enchanted woods of British Columbia, Inanna.
Got to go boo without the goo
If sticking a hand into the ooey-gooey mess in the center of a pumpkin totally grosses you out, the Payson High School culinary arts students have come to the rescue.
Donovan Christian, pastor at Expedition Church in Payson, remembers sitting in the hallway with his sister listening to their mother scream and cry as their stepfather slammed her against the wall — over and over and over.
Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and going for as long as it takes, military aviators from World War II will have the chance to have a “Dream Flight” in a vintage, open cockpit Boeing Stearman biplane, used by many to train for service.
With a score of 64.78, the Payson High School Pride of Payson Marching Band placed third in its division after its first competition at ASU band day on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Wyneen Wilderson looked on as Roger and Paula Weber entered all of her children’s information into a database in case the worst happened – kidnapping, accident or disappearance.
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board voted to suspend any further action on the issue of backflow installations until a committee reviews the policy.
The Payson Unified School District has launched a plan to bring more advanced placement classes to the district as well as upping the rigor of classes starting at the elementary school level.
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I love to secretly spike my pancake batter with cinnamon.
Trash, the bane of the Forest Service, received recognition at the first celebration of the Pack It In, Pack It Out program launched by the Payson Ranger District this past summer.
Bird whisperers need help for migratory bird count
As soon as Rick Heffernon and Brian Ison drove onto the Girl Scout campgrounds in Pine, all five senses came alive.
Jim Clayton, one of the founders of the active Forest Service volunteers group, has done the heavy lifting to launch a new nonprofit organization.
Marchers urged: “Let us not become weary in doing good”
Their faces reflected a mixture of hope and weariness, joy and dejection, determination and exhaustion at the end of their walk to honor the victims of domestic violence, whose names they had placed on white crosses all around Payson and on electric candles on a field of white lace draped across the grand piano to the side of the room.
The Mogollon Sporting Association donated $30,000 to Arizona Game and Fish to rehabilitate fish habitat on Canyon, Haigler and Christopher creeks.
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So I told my editor I wanted to write about iodine deficiency, which messes with the thyroid, which can give you goiters. I wondered whether all these fancy new salts without iodine additives might cause problems.