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Payson enrollment still on the rise

Growth in upper grades suggests students returning

The Payson Unified School District got more good news this week as this semester’s enrollment figures grew.

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Arrest in 37-year-old murder

Daughter of former Payson couple shot in 1978

For 37 years, the murder of their daughter remained an agonizing mystery.

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School inflation negotiations fail

But lawmakers propose plan to boost K-12 spending

School districts will go back to court in an attempt to force state lawmakers to pay some $1.3 billion in illegally withheld inflation funding after negotiations on a settlement broke down this week.

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Sale gets go-ahead

Archaeologists clear way for university site

The Forest Service can go ahead and sell a 253-acre parcel for a university, but Payson should avoid building on three archaeological sites, concluded a preliminary study.

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Forest restoration contractor bedeviled by breakdowns

But vital forest thinning projects finally underway

Good Earth Power Arizona (GEPAZ) has finally started cutting and processing trees in its Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contract, but remains bedeviled by breakdowns and skepticism.

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Forests affect climate

Studies show forests have greater impact than scientists realized

Forests have a much greater impact on global climate than scientists realized, according to a series of recent studies.

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Rim Country cool

Payson avoids record heat

Rim Country continues to enjoy a more-or-less average year, with a mild fire season, normal rainfall and predictions of a wetter-than average winter.

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APS wants to slash solar energy incentives

Corporation commission approval spawns controversy

Although Arizona faces a federal mandate to cut the use of coal-fired power plants, homeowners will face sharply higher costs if they go solar — thanks to new fees on rooftop solar systems imposed by Arizona Public Service and the Salt River Project.

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Taking flight

Bald eagle population records record growth

Arizona’s unique population of desert-nesting bald eagles continues to delight and surprise researchers — steadily expanding their range and producing more and more gangly fledglings.

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Wait times drop

Banner builds up staff, slashes long ER waiting room delays

Emergency room waiting times have been cut in half in the past two weeks, according to Mike Herring, chief nursing officer for Banner Payson Medical Center.

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