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Zane Watts

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Volunteers needed to work as campground hosts

Fire weather watch was issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday morning due to low relative humidity and strong winds. Our outlook is for Friday reaching highs in the mid-60s with lows in the upper-20s. A warm-up will follow through the weekend with highs Sunday reaching into the mid-70s and lows in the low-40s. No precipitation is in the forecast. The Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project, first titled the Rim Lakes Forest Health Project, was sent out with an opportunity for public comment in late 2007. In September of 2011, a Legal Notice was published announcing the availability of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for review and a 30-day objection period.

Beautiful spring surrounds us

Clear skies and warm springtime conditions have enveloped Heber Overgaard this last week. Highs in the low-70s have dominated our days, with lows dipping between the low-30s to the low-40s. The outlook for the end of the weekend shows slightly lower temps on Sunday, with highs in the mid-60s and lows down to the lower-20s Sunday night.

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Last blast of winter memorable

With the freezing days we have had earlier this week — with lows dipping to almost single digits — the warming trend that is with us will continue through this weekend with highs in the mid- to upper-60s and lows just above freezing to the upper-30s.

We may see some winter weather this weekend

Fair weather is forecasted for today, Friday, March 16, with highs in the low to mid-60s. But it will turn mostly overcast on Saturday with cooler temperatures. Sunday will progress with an oncoming front that will include a 30-percent chance of rain turning to snow. The precipitation will show an increase in coverage in the mid-afternoon as it rises to a 40-percent chance of snow.

‘Wall to Wall’ ride in Heber

A cold front moved through earlier this week that brought temperatures down to the lower 40s and lows that dipped in the 20s. A warming trend is predicted for this weekend however, with highs reaching into the lower 60s and lows still dipping into the 20s.

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Black Mesa Ranger District rep answers questions

The forecasted dip in temperatures Friday where the daytime high is only expected to reach the upper 30s and the nighttime lows will dip into the upper teens, will have a transition over the weekend and end up on Sunday where the daytime highs will reach into the upper 50s and the nighttime lows will be in the mid 30s.

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History, background of Heber Overgaard provided

On Saturday, Feb. 18 the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce sponsored an event at the visitor’s center that featured Lewis Tenney giving a talk to a large crowd about the history and background of Heber Overgaard dating back to 1963 with pictures and history that dated back to the 1940s. Almost 50 years ago, Lewis Tenney moved to Heber Overgaard with his wife, Mary, to be close to Mary’s family.

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Hashknife Pony Express visits Heber Overgaard on the way to Scottsdale

The Hashknife Pony Express, which made its way through Heber Overgaard recently, has been re-created every year for 54 years running. Each of the 26 riders who carry mail on the Hashknife Pony Express takes the official Postman’s Oath carrying U.S. mail. Thirty to 35 horses made the mail ride on Feb. 8 starting in Holbrook and ending in Scottsdale. The route carries them with stops at the Overgaard post office and Heber post office as well others along the route. The Hashknife Pony Express gets their name from the hashknife brand that was originally owned by the Aztec Cattle Company and later transferred to the Babbitt Brothers.

Writer of Heber Overgaard book will do a signing Feb. 11

Bobbie Stephens Hunt, our local book writer with stories of the Heber Overgaard area will be doing a book signing and talk of days of yore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 11 at the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.

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Survey crews working east of Overgaard to map out highway expansion

A cooling trend is under way from the lower 50s we experienced this week to the lower 40s for the daytime high this weekend. Night-time temperatures are expected to remain the same, with lows ranging from the upper teens to the lower 20s. No precipitation is expected in the near term. Survey crews continue work east of Overgaard this week for ongoing highway expansion.

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Man wanted in Chandler dies in crash on Hwy. 260

Fair to partly cloudy skies continue for the Heber Overgaard area with lows dipping into the lower 20s and daytime highs reaching into the lower to mid 50s. The continued outlook shows no precipitation during the next few days. On Saturday, Jan. 21 Heber-Overgaard Fire Department and Forest Lakes Fire Department responded to an accident on Highway 260 at milepost 295 involving a Cadillac driven by Greg Bilton who was wanted for questioning about the death of his mother, 80, of Chandler.

New bulletin boards available at post office

The warming days we experienced this week will develop into showers possibly Saturday into Sunday with a possibility of snow on Monday and Tuesday. A steady drop in temperatures each day will occur with the highs of Friday in the low 50s to upper 30s on Tuesday. The lows will start in the low 30s and plummet to the low 20s in the beginning of the week. Qualifying tax exemption or reduction application is due by the Navajo County assessor’s office on Feb. 29. Those who may qualify include widows, widowers and disabled persons or non-profit organizations if they meet certain criteria. “An owner signing up for the first time must appear in person to sign all the appropriate documents in front of an assessor’s office staff member,” said Navajo County Assessor Cammy Darris.

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Thawing out

Continued daytime thawing of snow makes for sometimes treacherous roads for those Heber Overgaard residents who reside on roads that are not paved. Our daytime highs will continue in the mid- to upper-40s which will continue this thawing until such moisture encroachment on those unpaved roads subside. Night-time temperatures will vary from the mid-teens to around 20 degrees.

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Warm temperature making mud holes out of some roads

Recent warming of both nighttime and, more importantly, daytime temperatures has thawed much of our snow. The forecast for Friday is projected to peak at around 58 degrees with a low around 20 degrees. Saturday the temperatures are forecasted to return to more seasonal temperatures with our daytime highs only reaching into the upper 40s and nighttime lows dipping to the upper teens. As well, sunny skies continue to dominate with no precipitation in our forecast.

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Snow continues off and on in the Heber Overgaard area

Off and on snowing continues for the Heber Overgaard and surrounding areas. The snow received this week has made for inclement driving conditions on state routes as well as treacherous for those who live in more remote areas. State and local road snowplows are out in force maintaining a low buildup of snow.

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Storm brought a foot of snow, cold temperatures

The winter storm on Dec. 2 and 3 brought more than a foot of snow, and near freezing temperatures. Subsequent days brought slightly colder days and nights. Once the clouds moved on, very cold nights and days ensued with highs on this past Monday and Tuesday at around freezing with night-time temperatures dipping down to near zero degrees. As the week progressed, a gradual warm-up occurred. Saturday’s highs will be in the mid 40s with lows at around the low 20s.

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Highway 260 work causing delays for travelers

Friday’s morning forecast includes a snow and rain mix with a 40 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. As the front moves on, colder temperatures will be on hand Saturday with the high around 50 degrees and will dip to around 20 degrees that night. A slight warming trend will follow with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 20s. As the construction zone makes progress on the roadway 12 miles east of Overgaard, weather has continued to delay the work to be performed. Typical work hours have been 6 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. However, the progress has been stepped up lately in anticipation of snowfall and holiday traffic and work last week extended into Friday and Saturday.

Assessor will give a presentation at Heber Overgaard Fire District meeting

Slightly warmer nights are the trend for the last few days dipping to just around the freezing mark of 32 degrees and daytime temperatures reaching into the low to mid 50s. Clear skies are giving way to partly cloudy with no precipitation in the forecast for this weekend.

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More snow and rain expected this weekend on the Rim

The snow we received at the beginning of the week rapidly melted and a few cold nights ensued after the front passed. The lookout for us this weekend has a chance of rain/snow mixed showers Saturday and Sunday with lows in the mid 20s and daytime highs reaching the upper 40s. The Navajo County Public Works has readied its snow removal equipment for the season as we have witnessed as of late, a cycle of snow has begun for our area. Navajo County has an extensive rural road responsibility that they carry and some have complained of, “When are they going to plow my road?”

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Rain could turn into snow in Heber Overgaard Saturday

Warming days and nights reaching just below freezing is predicted to change Friday afternoon starting with a 20 percent chance of rain increasing to 70 percent with winds up to 20 mph.

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Volunteers ready chamber building for new paint

Spotty rain earlier this week gave way to clear skies with lows at or around freezing. A warming trend with clear skies is predicted for this weekend with highs in the mid 60s and lows will hover at around the 32-degree mark.

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H-O Chamber and Bison Ranch to host ‘Trunk or Treat’

Warming days from near freezing temperatures dominate our weather pattern as of late. Highs are reaching near the 70-degree mark with lows at or near the lower 30s. The weather outlook is the same, with clear skies and peak color change of aspens and oaks near the Mogollon Rim.

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Heber Overgaard Fire Department has successful open house

The night time freezing temperatures have given way to warmer conditions this week with temperatures were in the upper 30s. Daytime temperatures as well climbed to the upper 60s allowing for more comfortable days. Continued warm up will ensue this weekend with highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 40s.

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Donations, volunteers needed to complete community library work

The seasonal temperatures continue to edge lower as the days progress toward winter. Some shrubbery and sensitive plants are waning into the fall colors. Some pockets of near freezing temperatures are starting to occur. Our daily highs stand in the mid 70s with lows in the mid 40s. The Heber Overgaard Rim Community Library that was opened five years ago and serves Heber Overgaard and the surrounding area has recently undergone expansion.

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Objection period for Rim Lakes Forest Restoration project has started

A definitive change in the feel of the weather is on hand in the mornings and evenings as our temperatures begin to fall. Our nighttime temperatures are reaching into the mid 40s signaling the impending arrival of fall weather. A rogue, almost stationary thunderstorm visited just north of the Heber Overgaard area Tuesday.

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Chamber holds Oktoberfest this weekend

The rainy weather we received this week will give way to partly cloudy skies this weekend. Precipitation amounts totaled from 1/4 inch to 1 inch over the last week. These amounts vary depending on what area of Heber Overgaard. The temperature forecast is for highs during the day to reach the mid-70s and lows in the upper-40s through this weekend.

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Oktoberfest, car show will take place Sept. 17-18

Occasional storms passing through our area have brought spotty accumulations and some cloud cover as of late. Hot summer days are giving in to slightly lower seasonal temperature changes. It is forecast to have partly cloudy skies over our weekend, with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the high 40s. Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual “Oktoberfest” to be held Saturday, Sept. 17 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bison Ranch. Live music, various food vendors and a beer garden will be set up during the event.

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RV park wants to amend its internal zoning code

The respite of moisture early this week brought warm, sunny, and sometimes hot afternoons. An influx of moisture from the southwest continues our afternoon thunderstorm influence through the weekend. Highs will attain lower 80s with lows in the mid 50s.

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Supervisors approve Heber Overgaard fire budget

Clear mornings with cloud buildup and continued chance of afternoon thunderstorms dominate the weather picture through our weekend. Highs will be in the mid 80s with lows in the mid 50s. Humidity will hover around 45 percent.

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Early morning is a great time for a stroll

A respite in showers in the earlier part of the week will give way to the return of afternoon showers with lows in the mid 50s and highs reaching the lower 80s.

School starts Aug. 10 in Heber-Overgaard

The continued cycle of morning warm-up and noon through evening thunderstorms has dominated our weather picture. However, earlier this week, we received tropical moisture where it seemed light to moderate steady rains occurred as a result of a Gulf of Mexico storm feeding a jet stream into Arizona. The forecast is for mid-80s during the daytime and mid- to upper-50s at night.

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Parts of Heber Overgaard lose power for 30 minutes

Storms of late have made for intense heavy downpours in some areas of Heber Overgaard. Standing water sometimes attaining a few inches on roadway depressions have created hazards of hydroplaning after some of these storms.

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Drop in secure rural schools dollars hurt rural areas

The cycle of warm days and occasional chance of noon or afternoon rain showers continues. An appreciable amount of rain has accumulated in some areas around Heber Overgaard over the last week. This weekend the highs will reach into the low 80s with the lows in the upper 50s and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

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Cycle of thunderstorms has returned for the summer

The cycle of thunderstorms due to the moisture influence and daytime warm-ups has returned for the summertime. Highs reaching to the low to mid 80s and lows in the low 50s will continue. Afternoon and sometimes morning cooling from storms will occur as the clouds build and precipitate.

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Forest roads around Heber Overgaard closed

Forest Service roads are closed in the Black Mesa Ranger District due to a high fire danger. There is a possibility of clouds and isolated thunderstorms in the coming days. Continued dry conditions and very warm days with highs in the mid to upper 80s and lows in the mid 50s. We are expected to have increased cloudiness and a possible 20 to 30 percent chance of rain this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Airpark holds annual Fly-In

Continued warm, calm days with highs in the mid to upper 80s and lows around the 50-degree mark are predicted with low or no winds. This welcome respite is allowing fire crews to get an upper hand on the Willow Fire near Bear Canyon Lake. Earlier this week, the size of the fire was re-classified downward in size from the estimated 400 acres to 213 acres due to updated field geospatial data received.

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After two weeks winds are dying down, but no rain in sight

The winds that have been prevalent the past two weeks fanning the Wallow Fire to our east have died down and calm, but very warm, conditions with no chance of precipitation dominate our weather pattern this week. Temperatures during the day climb to the lower to mid 80s with lows in the mid to upper 40s will continue through our weekend. No winds are predicted by the National Weather Service at this time.

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Wind shifts smoke away from Heber Overgaard

On the morning of Sunday, June 5, Heber Overgaard experienced a shift in direction of smoke from the Wallow Fire which lasted for a few hours in our area. The remainder of the week continued with warm days and windy afternoons with winds reaching 35-40 mph. Stage 2 Fire restrictions remain in place for all of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests until further notice due to the fire danger.

Seniors to host swap meet

Red Flag warnings and a Fire Weather Watch have plagued our weather outlook this week.

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Fire restrictions in effect for White Mountains

With the cooler temperatures and some rain that was forecasted this past week, a respite from fire danger most likely will not make a difference.

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Ladies Auxiliary seeing red for troops

The winds and dry conditions have prevailed this week and fire danger has attained “red flag” status. Even with the weather front that passed and increased humidity that was experienced earlier this week, we continue with fire danger as little or no precipitation was gained. A warming trend will continue through our weekend.

Fire burning near Mogollon High School

Very dry conditions continue to exist in our area with winds not prevailing.

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Fire weather watch in effect until 9 p.m.

The lack of precipitation in conjunction with high winds has brought dry conditions to our area.

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Fire at paper mill contained

Emergency crews responded to a fire emergency at the Catalyst Paper Mill between Snowflake and Heber. The fire began at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Shortly thereafter, workers at the mill reported the incident.

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Foundation awards library $900

The two to four inches of snow we received on Saturday, April 9 brought needed moisture to our area.

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Fire contained to less than 5 acres

The warm temperatures we have had this week is forecasted to be turning cold this weekend with a possibility of snow Saturday and into Saturday night

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Fire Capt. Bob Mendez retires

The warmer daytime temperatures that have been slowly rising lately have put our senses in gear for springtime conditions.

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Board accepts fire district bylaws

As we started our beginning of spring on Monday, the weather pattern dictated a 1- to 2-inch blanket of snow for the Heber Overgaard area Monday night. Our outlook continues with highs in the mid 50s with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s through our weekend.

St. Patrick’s dinner to benefit heart fund

The passing storm to our north earlier in the week brought minimal precipitation in the form of a trace of rain during the day and very few flakes of snow Monday evening.

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Rim Country Library looking to expand

Even with recent light snows, our general temperatures continue to rise. With daytime temperatures that average in the mid 50s and night time has been hovering around the 30-degree mark, our winter appears to be waning.