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A passion for education

Roy Sandoval launches county schools campaign advocating change

Longtime educator Roy Sandoval launched his campaign for Gila County School Superintendent with an impassioned call for higher test scores, stronger principals and fewer excuses, speaking this week before the Payson Tea Party.

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Ban on cross-country, off-road travel spurs furor

Travel management plan would shut down 1,300 miles of existing roads and trails

Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.

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McCain blames president for attack – then back pedals

Senator John McCain stumbled into a flare of controversy last week when he told reporters President Barack Obama was “directly responsible” for the attack by Omar Mateen on a gay nightclub in Florida that killed 49 people.

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Tragic lessons

Show Low’s close escape in the face of the explosive growth of the Cedar Fire underscores the tragic lessons seared into the minds of firefighters three years ago, when the Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 Prescott firefighters.

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Free Concert in the Park series draws a lively crowd

The local country band Bon Fire delighted a large crowd in Green Valley Park on a perfect summer night, part of Payson’s free, Concert in the Park series.

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Wildfires menace Show Low as heat wave gathers

Dangerous fire season now picks up momentum

With Show Low on the brink of evacuation, firefighters continue to work to contain a host of wildfires.

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Evans stumps for supervisor seat

Stresses north-south equity and economic development

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans wants to jump ship for a seat on the Gila County Board of Supervisors to focus on economic development for the entire county.

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Hughes launches campaign

Faces Swartwood in Payson mayoral contest

Payson Vice Mayor Michael Hughes answered a flood of questions on water and other issues in an appearance before the Payson Tea Party that effectively launched his campaign for mayor.

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Brace for the Monsoon

First cool, then hot on fire lines

Wet, cool weather has helped firefighters tame blazes throughout the state, but the return of fierce, dry winds and record-breaking heat could whip blazes up again this week.

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Population boom came long before collapse

Study charts rise and fall of civilizations in the ancient Southwest

A centuries-long baby boom unmatched in modern times in the ancient Southwest ended in an also unprecedented, drought-triggered population collapse, according to a new study by researchers from Washington State University.

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