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Zane Watts

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Melting snow and warm temps causing runoff and mud

Snow that precipitated during last weekend resulted in this week’s melt and runoff in our area.

Freezing pipes plague homeowners

Warmer days as of late have allowed the snow cover to continue its retreat, even in areas that receive shade most of the day.

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Fire district holds monthly meeting

Cold nights dipping into the mid to low teens with the afternoons warming up to the upper 40s and lower 50s has been the normal.

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Heber resident joins county attorney’s office

A recent warm-up in our area has given relief to the bitter cold we had experienced earlier in the month. With the warmer temperatures and melting snow, the creeks still have an empty status. Our outlook is fairly mild this weekend with lows in the 20s and highs hovering around 50 degrees.

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Navajo County gets grant for DUI task force

The daytime temperatures in the last week have remained at freezing or just above the 32-degree mark.

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Storm brought weather-related challenges

Many in our community have faced weather-related challenges in the last week.

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Legion hosts New Year’s Eve party

As our community is moving into the new year, we can see many improvements that our local schools, fire department and senior center have had over the past year.

Illegal to sell or possess synthetic marijuana after today

Our unusual warm weather we have had earlier in the week has turned into a much colder environment as the leading edge of the weather front, so called the “Pineapple Express” due to its tropical origins, passes.

Heber Overgaard schools hold open house

The Heber Overgaard School District held an open house Thursday, Dec. 9 on all school campuses for residents to see the projects that were completed.

Mercury rising in Heber-Overgaard

Our recent warm-up with overnight temperatures above the freezing mark has departed with a return of colder nights reaching into the mid 20s.

Assessor explains property tax values

The weather front we experienced in the early part of the week brought with it light snow with accumulations totaling 1 to 2 inches and winds around 30 to 40 miles per hour.

Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce hosts Winterfest

The onslaught of cold weather and intermittent precipitation has visited us during this Thanksgiving week.

Changes coming for off-road use in forests

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests personnel have held five open houses in the last couple of weeks with regards to the travel management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Demand for Christmas tree permits on the rise

There is nothing like cutting down your own Christmas tree for the holiday season.

Studies continue on widening State Route 260

The studies that involve the widening of State Route 260 from Columbia Lane east of Overgaard to the intersection of US 60 in Show Low are continuing and are still under way according to Bill Pederson, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

Senior Center opens exercise and fitness facility

The fall foliage is at its peak in terms of color change. However, with the windy front that moved through our area, many of the trees lost their color-changing leaves.

Rim visitors center burglarized

Warm, gorgeous days and cool nights are dominating us with some clouds where precipitation that was promised did not materialize. Though this weekend we still have rain that is in the forecast, there should be clearing by Sunday. And toward the middle of the week, freezing at night is predicted.

Work at local schools continues to progress

The nights have seen a considerable drop in temperature lately.

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Residents tour fire station, meet new chief

With another round of rain and lightning we received earlier this week, many welcome the precipitation to abate the fire hazard of dry undergrowth we typically see at this time of year

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Open house at fire station tomorrow

Forest Service Road 504, which a secondary route between the Heber-Overgaard area to Winslow, has been closed for nearly two weeks, with the exception of last weekend.

Some Oktoberfest money benefits fireworks fund

There have been intermittent clouds on some days this last week but very little precipitation has occurred.