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C.C. Cragin watershed gets some help

The U.S. Bureau of Reclama­tion will provide $76,000 to help do the studies and planning for a project to protect the watershed of the 64,000-acre C.C. Cragin watershed with a combination of thinning projects and controlled burns.

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Fire flares for Memorial Day

Wildfire a benefit, not a bane in cool weather

Firefighters continued to monitor and direct a 2,500-acre fire burning near Young that has put out so much smoke the Forest Service has closed a large area of the forest and set up guide cars to move people safely along smoky roads.

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Spring fires already setting a record across the West

The U.S. may set another damaging wildfire record this year, with spring fires claiming five times as much acreage as last year — which itself set a record.

Crews monitoring fire

Lightning caused fire near Pine alarms residents

On Friday, Forest Service crews watchfully monitored a low-intensity ground fire atop the Mogollon Rim north of Pine.

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Prop. 123 wins by a whisker

Proposition 123 won by a whisker, assuring Payson teachers of an average 4 percent raise after a seven-year pay freeze.

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Averting disaster

So, here’s the good news.

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Lunker alert!

Shhhhhh – Don’t tell anyone about the Wildlife Fair

Don’t read this.

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The fine print of Proposition 123

If voters approve Proposition 123, local property taxes will likely increase by about $48,000, due to the complexities of how the state calculates aid to schools, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the Payson Tea Party in a recent appearance.

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Police pensions in crisis

Proposition 124 will stabilize underfunded public safety plan

The retirement system for Arizona firefighters and police officers faces a $40 billion problem.

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Schools hope for the best

Could be the best of years for Payson schools — raises for everyone (finally), reading specialists for the little tykes, mentors to help teachers boost test scores, a new bus (finally), stipends for coaches and music directors, better computers, new textbooks (finally) and a chance to dig the insurance plan out of a hole.

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