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Horton Creek Trail’s soothing trek along photogenic stream

When my editor assigned me to write an outdoor story, I thought, on what?

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Cooking up a lesson in chemistry

Culinary and science kids team up to devour physics of baking

Measuring, mixing, beating, pouring and baking the Payson High School students used muffins to learn how the leavening chemicals affect the density of the cupcake.

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How can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

PHS drama students offer helpful hints

The Payson High School Theatre Department performed a public service for the community — instructing everyone how to keep safe from the impending zombie apocalypse.

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High school FFA wins top honors

The National FFA Organization recognized the Payson High School FFA chapter in its 2015 National Chapter Award Program at its convention on Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.

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Holiday events abound in Rim Country

OK – no looking back – the holiday season has arrived and it gets a little mind-boggling when you start trying to just list (chronologically) all the events planned for the next several weeks ... and the school stuff isn’t even included ...

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Celebrate ranching and the holidays

Ranching has deep roots in Gila County — there were ranchers making a living off the land long before there was even a Gila County.

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Turning private grief into public good

When Terry Gould inherited money after his brother, Roy, died, he wanted to do something positive with some of it.

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Hospital ER wait times drop, patient count rises

Long emergency room waits and staff struggles with a new electronic record keeping system produced a rough start for Banner Health Systems’ takeover of the Payson Regional Medical Center four months ago.

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Crazy drug policy

Are we addicted to incarceration?

The ASU Morrison Institute’s State of the State conference keynote speaker former Police Chief of Mesa and current District Attorney of San Francisco George Gascon believes so.

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Tommie Martin to serve as CSA president-elect

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin (Dist. 1) was selected by her colleagues as president-elect of the County Supervisors Association (CSA) at the Nov. 19, 2015 meeting of the CSA Board of Directors.

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Education’s positive impact on our health

There is a positive correlation between higher educated adults and many of the national indicators our federal government uses to measure the health of its citizens — obesity, physical activity and tobacco use to name a few.

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Now a great time to fish Roosevelt

Rim Country Fishing Report

The news among Rim Country anglers recently is the water flows into the Roosevelt Lake.

Faded but still strong

My wife said to me this morning as were having coffee, looking to the east and watching the sun come up, “Do you think we should get a new flag? The one we have is kinda faded.”

Homeowners must do their part to avert disaster

On June 24, 2004, John Johnsen from his Portal IV home in Pine watched a lightning strike 22 miles distant on the top of a peak in the Mazatzal Wilderness Area. Visible fire prompted the 911 call.

Arizona is lopsided

Politically speaking, there are Blue States and there are Red States and neither are inherently bad. However, when a state becomes a lopsided Blue or Red State then a lack of cooperation and compromise too often occurs in the political arena within that state.

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Payson Regional Home Health in Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite

Payson Regional Home Health (Banner Home Care – Payson) has announced that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite™ — a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

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Horns of a dilemma

Country club elk fence debated

Plans to put an elk fence around the upscale golf community Chaparral Pines went forward Thursday night despite the plea of several residents who said the fence won’t work if it ends up with gaps where the homeowners association cannot secure the easements.

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North Country HealthCare names new CEO

North Country HealthCare has named Anne Newland, MD, MPH as Chief Executive Officer to succeed Ann Roggenbuck, MPH, MBA, PhD.

Why skip the turkey on Thanksgiving?

While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, everyone of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life.

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Arizona students struggle with reading

Scores far below national average

Fourth-graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine other states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly, but still falls below the nation’s average.