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Navajo County Sheriff's Office

The unincorporated areas of Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Linden, Pinedale, Claysprings, Overgaard, Heber, Snowflake and White Mountain Lake areas are provided law enforcement services by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.


FBI called in for suspicious package at Lakeside Post Office

LAKESIDE — On Friday, Jan. 4, the Pinetop-Lakeside Police received a call about a suspicious package which was dropped near the front doors of the Lakeside Post Office. The package had no postage and had a hand-written note attached, which indicated it was from a foreign country.


What happens if Arizona fails to meet a water plan deadline?

Lake Mead, the biggest source for water in the Southwest, is on the verge of reaching a critically low level. Gov. Doug Ducey said, “this is by far the most pressing issue we face as a state.”


Clubs & meetings for Jan. 15-21

Editor’s note: The CLUBS & MEETINGS calendar runs every Tuesday. To submit a meeting or club activity, email it to cruiz@wmicentral.com or mail it to P.O. Box 1570, Show Low, AZ 85902. Attn: Corrine Ruiz. Note: Please include location address of the event.


Democrats oppose proposed new county

PINETOP-LAKESIDE – White Mountain Democrats voted unanimously January 9 to oppose creating a new Sitgreaves County from the southern portions of Apache and Navajo Counties. To consider the issue, Democrats looked at the taxes for the apartment occupied by Jesse Valencia, the proponent of the new cou


First baby of 2019 can thank a neighbor and a snowplow

SHOW LOW — On New Year’s Eve, Marcia DeWitt Bennett and her husband Brett were not getting ready to go out and paint the town. In fact, they were not even waiting up for the stroke of midnight. Nevertheless, Weston Renn Bennett, safely cocooned in his mother’s womb, disrupted the Bennett’s plans and


Federal tax changes could mean windfall for Arizona

Arizona is looking at a major windfall in the state budget as a result of the federal government’s tax overhaul, but Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers have different ideas about how the money should be spent.


Weekly homeschool program introduced at Show Low library

A free, weekly homeschool program, open to school-age children 5 years and older, will be held every Wednesday beginning in January from 11 a.m. to noon at Show Low Public Library, 181 N. 9th Street.


Mathews scores 14 for Payson boys in loss to Show Low

Rayce Mathews scored 14 points to lead Payson in a 49-38 3A East Region boys basketball loss to visiting Show Low on Tuesday, Jan. 15. David Pasquini-Jonassen chipped in nine points and Gunner Nanty seven for the Longhorns, who had just seven players play.


"Real Life Forrest Gump" stops in Show Low

SHOW LOW — Ernie Andrus holds the world record for the oldest person to run from coast to coast across the United States. At 95 years old this World War II vet doesn’t care to walk or jog, it’s running or nothing. He also, amazingly, doesn’t care for drinking water. He starts his day out with one cu


Standings shuffle as 3Aregion hoops slate begins

White Mountain high school basketball teams have just begun a stretch run of intense conference action which should continue until right up to the end of the regular season in early February.


Watch: Southern Arizona animal expert handles angry bobcat

After coming across a bobcat in a local neighborhood, Marc Hammond with Animal Experts, Inc. took her to a more remote area where she could live freely, without humans around. But that process wasn't easy.


Council asked to consider IGA building as home for library

SNOWFLAKE — A proposal to lease the vacant IGA grocery building on Main Street as a home for the Snowflake Library was presented to the Snowflake Town Council by Gary and Sarah Brimhall.


Vernon school dist approves pre-school

VERNON – The first Vernon Elementary School District board meeting of 2019 covered a lot of ground including unanimous approval to open a preschool in the 2019-2020 school year.


BR bus driver relieved of position

PINETOP-LAKESIDE — In early November, the Independent reported on an incident in the Blue Ridge Unified School District in which a parent alleged that a student was driving a school bus.


Shutdown a show of Trump's lack of leadership

Federally employed Indian Health Service workers, such as ones in Chinle, Whiteriver and Phoenix, not involved in direct patient care, have been furloughed. They are at home, not getting paid. Those involved in direct patient care, are mandated to work without pay. Border Patrol Agents are also work


Arizona couple killed on U.S. Hwy. 54

A man and woman, both from Arizona, died in a crash Monday morning in Meade between a semi and a passenger van. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported around 10:40 a.m. Monday, a 2014 Toyota Sienna was westbound in the outside lane of U.S. Highway 54 in Meade near the intersection with Kansas Highway 23


Library introduces 'ghost hunt' for adults Jan. 25

SHOW LOW — “Ghost Hunt,” a new program for adults 18 years and older, will launch Friday, Jan. 25, with ghost hunters investigating the haunting of the fictional Cornstalk Hotel from 10 a.m. to noon or 6 to 8 p.m. at Show Low Public Library, 181 N. 9th Street.


Payson cagers start strong fall at Snowflake

Payson’s shorthanded boys basketball team started strong in its game at Snowflake on Friday, Jan. 11. Despite missing several players, the Longhorns jumped ahead of the Lobos 16-12 after one quarter.


Free science, literacy workshop Jan. 24

SHOW LOW — A free science and literacy workshop, called Leap into Science, will be presented to children, ages 5-10 years, and their parent or caregiver from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the event room at Show Low Public Library, 181 N. 9th Street.