Stories for June 2013


Sunday, June 30

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All Bikes all gone; fire burns through Rye salvage lot

Crews spent most of Saturday night battling a massive fire at a bike/automotive salvage yard in Rye that destroyed at least several homes and threatened the surrounding forest.

Friday, June 28

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Ahead of the heat...

Record highs forecast, fire risk ‘extreme’

Barely a week into summer and Rim Country is already sweltering, with near record highs predicted for the weekend.

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Rim Country budgets slip sliding away

County: Spending off 1.2%, jobs cut

Gila County’s $95.3 million budget total for 2013-2014 is a big number, but not as big as last year. The county’s budget will continue a long, slow decline — with a 1.2 percent decrease from last year.

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Payson: More cops, no fire marshal

Payson employees in July will get their first raise in four years and the number of police officers in town will increase by five, but the just-adopted town budget otherwise looks pretty tight — including the elimination of the fire marshal’s position.

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PUSD: Loses $2 million, raises rates

The projected Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Maintenance and Operation (M&O) budget for 2013-14 calls for a slight 2 percent drop — not bad, considering the district has lost 4 percent of its student body.

Pine wells back on line, tanks full

Water district rebuts rumors problems present threat to supply

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Chairman Ray Pugel refutes rumors circulating in the two tiny mountain hamlets that the water delivery system is only limping along.

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Community Almanac

Kids 18 and under can have breakfast and lunch for free at Rim Country Middle School and Payson Elementary School.

Cuba’s quality of life a joke

Your June 18 edition, page 3A Community Almanac had the funniest article I’ve seen in years:

Governor has risen to the challenges at hand

I didn’t feel that Jan Brewer had the needed and necessary aptitude and educational background when she ascended to the governorship in 2009.

A tough call

This was a tough call all the way around.

Red Cross urges Arizonans to make a fire plan now

It’s no secret: Arizona is no stranger to wildfires.

The cannibal in the lifeboat

Sometimes it seems like the state’s determined to treat school districts like a cannibal in a lifeboat. What’s it gonna be guys: Eat your leg or start on your arm?

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Hellsgate FD honors Pinkerton

With the ladder truck he helped purchase gleaming in the background, the Hellsgate Fire Department Tuesday honored “the Pride of Star Valley.”

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Rim Country representative blasts immigration reforms

State House Rep. Robert Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) this week strongly urged defeat of a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws supported by both of Arizona’s U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.

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Find your inner girly girl in Pinetop

Athletic and adventurous reporter tries spa treatments and other relaxations

I sat down on the plush, green chair and tried to relax.

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County alarmed by Forest Service plan

Detailed critique of crucial, two-million-acre forest thinning plan worries Forest Service guidelines would cause a return to deadlock

Great idea. Not so sure about the plan.

Keep your pets safe and secure July 4th

Pets and fireworks often do not mix.

Bison Ranch to host annual Pet Fair, Adopt-A-Thon July 6

Many loving, healthy and well-behaved dogs and cats in our area are in need of new homes — and a second chance at life.

Coaches fight for summer commitment

Most every head football coach can sympathize with Jake Swartwood and the frustration he’s experiencing trying to get prospective players to dedicate themselves to summer weight training.

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Preparing for 2013 gridiron challenges

Success on the high school football field is directly dependent on the players’ dedication to the off-season program.

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All-Stars gear up for Area 1 clashes

A field of five Payson Little League baseball and softball All-Stars is primed and ready to make runs at postseason honors.

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What a difference 50 years makes!

The longer I live, the more I reminisce about fishing trips and memorable moments catching trout with friends.

How come nobody told me about this - II

Last week I mentioned how I walked up to a teacher’s desk with the geography book, showed her how South America and Africa fitted together, and was told, “No, they don’t, Thomas!”

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When the world turned black in Rim Country

Christopher Creek, 23 years ago, was a scary place.

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Patchers’ quilt show a great success

Strawberry Patchers Quilting Group Chapter Chair Elaine Putnam thanks our wonderful community for outstanding support and for making the 17th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show a great success.

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Village says goodbye to two great guys

Tonto Village is in mourning this week since learning of the passing of one of the Village’s longtime residents, Charles “Charlie” Terry.

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ASU news means great things

The town of Payson certainly is abuzz.

Clubs and Organizations

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Thursday, June 27

Pine Strawberry seniors offered food, family

Seniors — that’s anyone 50 and older these days — can find good food, fun and family at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center’s dining hall and thrift shop.

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Take advantage of your Medicare Window

What happens when you have been discharged from the hospital after a surgery or illness and find that you need additional care or recovery time?

Payson Care recognized by health care industry

Payson Care Center’s advanced wound therapy program has been receiving substantial recognition in Northern Arizona.

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Senior Circle offers education, fun, fellowship

Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is one of the fastest growing groups in town.

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Elderly especially susceptible to the heat

Many people might choose a nice, hot day over a blustery, cold afternoon.

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Home health care simplified

The idea of home health care is simple.

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2014: The new Health Care Law and its impact

With Medicare and Medicaid spending projected to grow from less than 5 percent to near 10 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) over the next 10 years, it’s realistic to expect some eventual changes to these programs.

Simple ways Medicare Part D can save money

The complexities of health care reform, an aging population and a higher incidence of chronic disease have created a growing need to help seniors enrolled in Medicare understand their benefits while managing health care expenditures.

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Keeping fit and having fun as we age

Regular physical activity at any age can help you live longer, feel better and reduce health problems.

Donate to Senior Center, get credit on tax bill

Arizona tax law provides a tax credit for contributions made to certain charities that provide assistance to the working poor.

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Senior Center offers food, fun and music

The Payson Senior Center offers the older residents of the Rim Country food, fun, music and more.

Special events for seniors and friends

The Pine Library will host Jeff Young for a program on making Social Security claims from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 27 in the Library Activity Room.

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Welcome to a new edition of the Senior Review

An ever-growing population of senior citizens calls the Rim Country home.

Tuesday, June 25

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Community Almanac

Kids 18 and under can have breakfast and lunch for free at Rim Country Middle School and Payson Elementary School.

Longtime Payson physician honored

David E. Glow, M.D., a family physician from Payson, is being honored by The American Medical Association for his 50-year anniversary of graduation from medical school.

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College breaks loose

Approval of university land sale unleashes complex chain of events

The “watershed” Forest Service approval of the direct sale of 253 acres for a university campus has unleashed a fury of pent-up activity on the part of the Rim Country Educational Alliance.

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Fire Danger Extreme

This coming week the National Weather Service predicts Payson temperatures will break the 100-degree mark, posing “extreme” fire danger.

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Oops: Schools need to expand

Money from the sale of Frontier will barely cover cost of all-day kindergarten classrooms at PES

The Payson Unified School District is reinstituting all-day kindergarten next year, but may not have room for all the classes.

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... as rescues of flip-flopping hikers mount

Despite a road closure limiting access, the lure of clear flowing water, waterfalls and shaded grottos continues to make Fossil Creek one of Rim Country’s most popular destinations. But it has become a nightmare of sorts for search and rescue volunteers.

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Forest Service limits Fossil Creek trailhead access

Everything about Fossil Creek, one of only two wild and scenic rivers in the state, is clean, clear and natural. But what lies outside its banks is anything but.

Finally: The logjam bursts

At seemingly the last possible moment, the logjam has cleared — the life-giving stream is rushing now.

Shocked and disgusted

My husband and I made a day trip to First Crossing recently.

Unresponsive PSWID board should be recalled

At the last Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board’s l-o-n-g budget hearing (May 18), many Pine Strawberry residents were strongly against the huge increases to property taxes and water rates.

2013 Arizona State Income Tax Credit

What if you could donate to a great local charity where 100 percent of your money goes to the charity and up to $400 of your donation is eligible for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (CTC)?

Help protect our forests

Our forests and the officials who have been assigned the tasks of maintaining and protecting these beautiful areas are in desperate need of our help.

Vacation Bible School programs are for all youth

I just wanted to remind Payson parents and grandparents who might have kids looking for something fun to do this summer, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is not just for church kids.

Question water deal

Some of the logic involved leaves me with a sinking feeling ...

Appreciation for British soccer program

I would like to thank Mary Wolf, for putting the British soccer program together. I had a great experience.

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Dude Fire remembered: 23 years after the blaze

Congressional record reveals little-known tribute to Payson

A few years ago Payson was faced with a serious challenge by the tremendous forces of nature.

Gosar, Grijalva spar over bills about national monuments

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, says his bill to bar the president from establishing new national monuments in Arizona without congressional approval is simply about transparency.

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Ice blocking: Cool fun, cheap thrill

Hot. Dry. Bright. Must be June in Rim Country. Then again: It’s also ice blocking season.

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NAU official says forest management pays off

A Northern Arizona University official told a Senate committee Tuesday that the government needs to be more aggressive about managing forest growth and reducing fuels that feed uncontrolled wildfires.

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Devastating wildfire seasons could grow more frequent

Colorado wildfires consume 450 homes and kill two people.

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Payson PetSmart donates funds for dog park structure

Tails will be wagging this fall with the construction of a long-awaited shade structure at the Rumsey off-leash dog park.

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Nature’s magic in miniature

Only imagination limits creation of tiny ‘fairy gardens’

As a child, I was a firm believer in enchanted worlds.

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Veteran physical therapist joins Payson Regional Home Health

Mike Crossman left Southern California and came to Payson in 1987. The veteran physical therapist thought he was trading the fast pace of urban life for a slower rhythm.

Clubs and Organizations

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Benefit planned to help with medical costs

Terry Neese has a reputation for stepping up to help friends in need.

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Two All-Star games in Payson

The 2013 Little League baseball and softball regular seasons are in the record books and Payson All-Star players are prepping for postseason tournaments with sights set on area, district and state honors.

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More PMGA ‘double dipping’

Payson Men’s Golf Association member Dave Rutter has earned fellow member Herb Sherman’s sometimes flattering honor of being a double dipper.

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Horns prep with off-season play

Boys will play lots of baseball before fall season kicks off

Although the Payson High baseball season ended a month ago when the Longhorns lost to Tucson Empire in the state semifinals, team members continue to play in an off-season program coach Brian Young anticipates will make PHS even more formidable during the 2014 campaign.

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All-Stars’ postseason run begins

Payson 11-12-years softball team takes the field today

Payson Little League 11-12-years softball coach Andrew Newell is oozing with confidence that his All-Star team has the talent and determination to make a deep run into the postseason playoffs.

Saturday, June 22

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University land sale a done deal

Forest Service approves direct sale of 260 acres for university campus; construction to start this year

The Forest Service this week approved the direct sale of 260 acres for a university campus, clearing the way for the start of construction later this year.

Friday, June 21

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Prescott threatened ... while Rim Country cringes

Firefighters, helicopters, airplane quickly snuff Round Valley brush fire

All it took was a resident flipping on a metal cutting torch Tuesday to ignite a Round Valley front yard, spurring the deployment of an airplane, helicopter and multiple firefighting crews and engines.

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Kids craft gifts for homeless critters

Just making the fleece beds for homeless critters wasn’t enough.

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Highway plan hits roadblock

Plans to widen the final section of Highway 260 up to the Mogollon Rim may be off the table for at least another five years if the Arizona Transportation Board Tuesday approves a modified plan that eliminates funding for the Lion Springs section.

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Appointments anger supervisor

Tommie Martin flexed her muscles at the June 18 county supervisors meeting to block the reappointment of several members of the county’s Industrial Development Authority.

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Horses survive rollover

Officials say it is amazing two horses survived Thursday afternoon after the trailer they were riding in flipped and rolled down an embankment north of town, leaving it dented like an old tin can.

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Community Almanac

Unity of Payson will host its 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Party at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 21, 5:30, at Rumsey Park.

Rodent-linked virus kills Flagstaff woman

Coconino County Public Health Services District officials confirmed that a Flagstaff-area woman died recently from complications of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a rare but potentially fatal disease spread by infected rodent droppings.

Something fishy about county’s industrial development

This don’t smell right. So we’re glad that Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin blocked the routine, self-recommended reappointment of four members of the obscure, but vital, Industrial Development Authority.

Back to school clothing drive

Notice to the people of Payson and surrounding communities in Rim Country — as of June 15, Kaitie’s Closet Inc. is once again having its “Annual New Shoe and Clothing Back to School Drive” for Rim Country children.

Turkey’s problems a good lesson

In Turkey today we see the result of a right wing conservative religious government.

Fire marshal’s duties exaggerated

As an executive member of American Legion Post 69, I was surprised when I discovered an item in our budget.

Old men should not decide a woman’s rights

I cannot understand the logic of having a group of mostly old, mostly white, mostly well-to-do and mostly males having the power to tell a group of mostly young, mostly racially diverse, mostly poor to middle class and exclusively females what they must do with their decisions on their health and family planning.

Inventory and control of all

UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, water, minerals, plants, animals, construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world. Inventory and control.

Dog park problem

A dog park should be at the bottom or not on the priority list for Payson.

The devastation of drought

New studies link repeated ‘mega droughts’ to wrenching changes stretching back 1,000 years

You don’t need human beings to produce devastating droughts in the Southwest.

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Time Out gets spruced up

On June 12, a United Methodist Church group from Tucson donated time painting, cleaning and landscaping at the Time Out Shelter.

PHS grad now USAF captain

Brent Ruttle Jr., the son of Brent Sr. and Julia Ruttle, was promoted to captain in the United States Air Force on May 28, 2013.

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The Tao of Paddleboarding

There are several ways to approach paddleboarding for the first time. You can meekly step on the board, clutching your paddle in a state of panic.

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Bass battle won on Fossil Creek

Despite diligent monitoring, no signs of invading bass have showed up since the Arizona Game and Fish Department used chemicals to route invaders in the final two-mile stretch of Fossil Creek last year.

New study exposes critical needs in rural area schools

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) this week released alarming results from a study conducted among educators in Arizona’s 13 rural counties about science education.

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Old tree ordinance triggers update of town code

When a citizen asked why the Town of Payson wasn’t enforcing part of its tree code in April, Town Attorney Tim Wright realized the elderly ordinance was virtually unenforceable — and so were a host of other sections in the town code.

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Woman encounters brush with kindness

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) has launched a new program to help struggling homeowners fix up their existing homes.

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Dutch oven delights

The Payson Senior Circle took a break from its usual Lunch and Learn format with a Dutch oven cooking demonstration and reward at Rumsey Park. John Swenson, Marie Lyles and James Feezor got together and prepared a meal in several Dutch ovens.

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Star Valley moves $7.1 million budget forward

It’s official — the Town of Star Valley has a $7.1 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, following the council’s unanimous approval at its June 18 meeting.

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Centennial time capsule completes journey

Capsule delivered, with new contents, to Roosevelt Dam

An iPod A Diamondbacks ticket. Slivers of copper. A copy of Arizona Highways. A telegram from John F. Kennedy. What links this odd collection?

Clubs and Organizations

The congregation of Unity of Payson invites area residents and visitors to join them at the 10 a.m., Sunday, June 23 service, which will be led by Michelle Abraham.  She will be speaking to us about, The Truths Within.

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Tips for a smooth transition when bringing home a new cat

Whether your new cat is coming from a shelter, a home, an urban street or a country barn, the first 24 hours in your home are special and critical.

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Looking to tomorrow with Mike Clark

On behalf of the Pine Strawberry community, we extend our appreciation to Superintendent/Principal Michael Clark, for devoting 21 years to education and specifically for his eight years as principal at P/S School.

How come nobody told me about all this stuff?

I’ve had a lot of pleasant surprises in my life. I can look across the room and see one of them sitting in her recliner sound asleep, and she is second to none.

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Get your season concert tickets

Time is running short! The reduced early bird subscription price for season tickets for the 2013-2014 Tonto Community Concert Association concert season will expire the end of this month.

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‘Geos’ celebrate end of study in the Creek

Christopher Creek was in the crosshairs, it seemed, in late June 1990.

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In spite of Valley heat, Village was quiet

This past week has been pretty rough on the Snyder family. Illness has plagued us for more than two weeks now and the doctor has diagnosed bronchitis.

Scrimmage in town would be big boost

Last year, Mayor Kenny Evans and the town backed the effort to bring the Arizona State University Sun Devils back to Camp Tontozona for the team’s annual preseason training camp.

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NFL stars blossomed at Tontozona

Camp Tontozona has long afforded Rim Country football fans the opportunity to rub elbows with collegiate football players that would go on to become National Football League stars.

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Pikes gear up for Tempe showdown with two teams

Payson Pikes swim team members take their splash act today, Friday, to the Valley where they will showcase their skills against opponents who probably spend as much time in the water as they do out of it.

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Lady Niners honor monthly champs

Golf is fun, but the month ending awards ceremonies are even more fun for the Payson Women’s Golf Association nine-hole members.

Wednesday, June 19

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Rim Country Places

Chapter 21: Mazatzal City

If you have made a practice of exploring new places in the Rim Country, you have undoubtedly been taken by surprise to come upon some hidden pocket of beauty you never saw before.

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Rodeo stars of the future

The long tradition of rodeo in the Rim Country continued this past weekend with hundreds of young rodeo athletes.

Treating animal bites

Will you tell me the best way to treat pet bites?

Good 2 Go

Members of the Ponderosa Chapter # 64 O.E.S. invite Rim residents and visitors to attend their Chili & Pie Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 21.

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Around Rim Country

Plan for Fourth of July celebrations now

The congregation of Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, invites Rim residents to attend a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 21 at the church.

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Plan for train travel in future

Train travel is gaining ridership in North America. Why? It is comfortable, relaxing and in some cases rather inexpensive.

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Elegant entertaining

Summer entertaining is easy with simple, crowd-pleasing recipes from light bites to sweet delights that require almost no time in the kitchen.

Tuesday, June 18

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Cutting crashes

Accidents on the decline — but not for two friends on Sunday

Two Valley friends escaped serious injury Sunday when their vehicle rolled on Highway 87 north of Strawberry.

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State budget: What the heck’s in it?

Confusing process leaves officials scrambling to assess the impacts

State and local officials continued to scramble this week to crank out lists of winners and losers in the wake of the adoption of an $8.8 billion state budget after months of deadlock and days of outrage and trauma.

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Nervous driver spurs drug bust

Police say they uncovered a large stash of drugs for sale last week during a routine traffic stop off the Beeline Highway.

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Payson strikes golf course water deal

Payson has struck a deal with two area golf courses that will not only help pay for construction of an ancillary C.C. Cragin water line, but that could also help recharge the area’s groundwater supply

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Hot, dry week will keep firefighters on high alert

Rim Country faces another windy week of hot, dry conditions with no hint of the fire-quenching monsoons in sight.

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Comic turned writer explores charms of Route 66

The Northern Gila County Historical Society on Saturday will host travel writer Roger Naylor for a program on his book and a book signing at the Rim Country Museum at 4 p.m.

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Community Almanac

A $6 jewelry sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 19 at the west lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center (the labor and delivery entrance).

Many made Mountain High Games great

Wow! What an amazing event the Mountain High Games was this year!

Publicity helped event

Once again the Rim Area Gardeners are so delighted with the wonderful coverage you provided in the Roundup and Rim Review for our annual Garden Walk last Saturday.

Dog park well maintained

In reference to John McCauley’s article on the Payson dog park.

Covering event center could help Payson thrive again

After listening to the joke of a budget meeting recently; I would again like to say an estimate I calculated shows the town did not save anything by cutting the fire marshal.

Rescued not arrested

My name is Phillip Scott. I was arrested August 2010 for possession of methamphetamine for sale.

A watershed in region’s future

My, my: How times change. Hard to keep up, sometimes.

Big Brother Big Sisters forced to cut its staff

Donations didn’t keep pace with growth in the number of matches

When Robert Henley took over the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, the group had only 15 matches.

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Payson to raise property tax

As local districts ponder raising their property tax rates to bolster sagging budgets, Payson will discuss raising its rate Thursday.

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Payson codes contradictory, outdated

When a citizen asked the Payson Town Council why it wasn’t enforcing part of its tree code in April, Town Attorney Tim Wright realized the elderly ordinance was virtually unenforceable — and so were a host of other sections in the town code

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Star Valley to continue $7.1 million budget talks

The Star Valley Town Council will once again discuss its $7.1 million budget for 2014-2015 at the June 18 meeting.

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Art in the Park

Local artist Heather O’Berg launched an Art in the Park program recently (June 3 to 7), at Green Valley Park.

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The Pine/Strawberry Strawberry Festival drew thousands this weekend.

Basketball camp draws more than 50

Kudos to retired Paradise Valley basketball coach Bill Farrell, PHS coach Joe Sanchez, the Town of Payson and several Longhorn varsity players for staging a very successful basketball camp last week in Wilson Dome.

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Pine racer takes state third

Chelsie Stodghill is one of the finest young barrel racers on the national high school rodeo circuit, but sometimes she just can’t catch a break.

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Althoff paces pole vaulters at Camp Tontozona event

A pair of Payson High School pole vaulters and one of the Longhorns’ finest three-sports stars spent five days at Camp Tontozona participating in Sky Athletics Pole Vault Club Kiss the Sky Summer Camp.

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Former PHS coach to host hoop camp

June 25-27 camp is for girls entering the fifth- through ninth-grades; skills will be taught with time-tested drills

Former Lady Longhorn basketball coach Grant Cooley, who led the team to one of its finest seasons in 2007 winning the 3A East region championship, has laced up his high tops and is set to host a youth girls hoop camp.

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White Mountain fishing trip is worth time and effort

Last week, my longtime friend and fishing buddy, Dean Pedersen, made a trip to Sunrise Lake on a day that I couldn’t make the journey.

Clubs and Organizations

The Sy Harrison Masonic Lodge #70, located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Inpatient or outpatient? It makes a difference

When you go to a hospital, does it make any difference if you’re considered an “inpatient” or an “outpatient?” Yes, it does.

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Watch out for scams

Attention, seniors! Please be very careful in giving out personal information via computer, telephone and regular mail or in person.

Friday, June 14

American Legion efforts for Supply Line tremendous

We would like to thank the American Legion Riders Post 69 of Payson again this year for all of their hard work to create another successful annual Charity Fun Run for Payson Supply Line.

Gosar has to go

Just finished reading Paul Gosar’s comments from yet another Tea Party meeting about the failure of the U.S. government and the economy.

Congressman Gosar does more harm than good

Congressman Paul Gosar made some interesting comments at his recent Payson visit.

The system still works

Our combined voices, along with members of Congress, have brought about the “Keep Knives out of our Skies Act.”

Corrupt system at heart of trial

The sad and tawdry sins of former Congressman Rick Renzi highlight the consequences of the crippling of campaign finance laws by reckless court rulings.

Renzi found guilty

A Tucson jury this week convicted former Congressman Rick Renzi of 17 felonies related to his involvement in federal land swaps and sales that ended up benefiting contributors and business associates.

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One last spin on the fire truck

Ceremony underscores department’s confusion as deMasi retires after 35 years

Dressed in his finest, Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi took his place in the captain seat of the station’s ladder truck Tuesday for a final spin around the town he spent his whole firefighting career protecting

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Plea for mercy

Driver going to prison, despite support of victims’ relatives

During an emotion-packed, two-hour hearing, friends and family of a Valley man who admitted to killing two people during a off-roading outing last year crowded a Payson courtroom Thursday to ask a judge for leniency.

Bitter budget battle

House adopts $8.8 billion plan despite Republican outrage

A bipartisan coalition of nine Republicans and 24 Democrats adopted Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s budget in an all-night session on Wednesday.

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Frightening fires

Three house fires in one week — all started by cigarettes.

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Community Almanac

During June the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be featuring a 2-for-the-price-of-1 special on all hardback books.

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Awards almost as abundant as quilts

The list of awards made at the Strawberry Patchers 17th Annual Quilt Show looks almost as abundant as the entries.

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Strawberries star in P/S this weekend

Festival adds water game to this year’s fun

This weekend Rim Country residents and visitors have an opportunity to “Be Loyal - Shop Local” at the 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival in Pine and Strawberry.

Rim Country’s recovery continues to lag behind state

Payson’s economy continues to lag well behind the state and the nation, according to the May financial tracking report released by the town.

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Homeschooled students thrive at Gila Community College

“Homeschooling really enabled me to be the best that I can be,” said local Gila Community College (GCC) student Colton Jackson.

Apaches celebrate independence June 18

Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe are set to celebrate their annual Independence Day on Tuesday, June 18 at the Bob Key Rodeo Arena within the Peridot District on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, which is located a quarter of a mile off of U.S. Highway 70.

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Perfect time to get plants in the ground

June 1st — that’s the date I try to plant my garden.

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Pioneer descendants gather at park

A living connection to the pioneer days of the Rim Country can be found at Green Valley Park next weekend.

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Invading gizzard shad blamed for plight of Roosevelt Lake bass

The slimy, invading, prolific, fast-growing gizzard shad have taken over Roosevelt Lake.

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All aboard!

Train offers trip through time to a timeless place

We grabbed our tickets and hurried out the hotel door, racing to the station to catch the early morning Wild West show.

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School agendas now online

The Payson Unified School District (PUSD) has gone electronic with its school board agenda.

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Residents rally for road project

Sometimes pleading and pressure actually work.

Payson should get behind the Pikes Saturday

The Payson Pikes swim team opens the 2013 season in earnest tomorrow, Saturday, by hosting the Sedona Swim Club at Taylor Pool. Both teams warm up at 8:30 a.m. and competition begins sharply at 9 a.m.

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Couple runs to Tri titles

The husband and wife running team of Adam and Shawna Folts of Phoenix dominated the 2013 Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon winning both the men’s and women’s individual championship in record times.

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Morris tourney a hit

Last week’s Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament earned $8,500 which will be used to fund two college scholarships, for “pay to play” fees for needy student-athletes and fund some weight room improvement projects.

AG&F Commission meeting in Payson

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is meeting today, June 14, and tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino to discuss and possibly make decisions on issues that will greatly affect the state’s wildlife and outdoorsmen.

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The East Verde River is a real trout stream

With the pumps working at Washington Park, the East Verde River is flowing at a healthy clip; creating at least 20 miles of quality trout waters from the pump station to well below East Verde Estates.

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Longest putt debuts at PMGA

Payson Men’s Golf Association Tournament Director Russ Morris has added a new contest to the club’s agenda.

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Preaching to the choir about fires

Happy Flag Day! For those of you who do not realize it, today is the day to show your patriotism and fly Old Glory.

Celebrating strawberry season

The 23rd annual Strawberry Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday to Pine and neighboring Strawberry — and it promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

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Strawberry Festival means fun, food

The fabulous 2013 Strawberry Festival is this weekend at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center and throughout Pine and Strawberry on Highway 87.

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Business is picking up in Christopher Creek

Christopher Creek was going about its business as normal on June 25, 1990.

Life inside a computer

If ever in my life I felt like I had stumbled into a time warp and come out on Alpha Centauri it was the day I found myself bumbling down a long, dim corridor walled on both sides by 8-foot-high banks of radio tubes.

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This Week’s Featured Pets

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is located at 602 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street off McLane Road.

Clubs and Organizations

The Rim Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.

Thursday, June 13

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APS works to restore power on Country Club Rd.

For those people in the Payson Country Club area and Wild Wood Subdivision who are wondering why they don't have power; a large truck struck a power pole on Vista Drive, knocking it over and cutting the power in this area.

Wednesday, June 12

Arizona Game and Fish Commission to meet June 14-15 in Payson

Commission to consider draft hunting and fishing license structure/fees; proposed revisions to hunt guidelines; hunt orders for dove and band-tailed pigeons.

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At The Movies-After Earth

We have all been familiarized with the idea of an “earth ending” apocalypse. But what happens after?

Atrial flutter puts heart in overdrive

I have been diagnosed with atrial flutter. My cardiologist wants to perform a catheter ablation on me and says it’s a safe procedure. Do you agree?

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The Graduate

Graduation is everywhere. May is commonly known as the month in which graduations are abundant.

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Five creative ways to use containers in your landscape

Container gardens have long been used to add a spot of color by a front entrance or expand planting space in city lots, balconies and decks.

Who was Dick Williams?

About three-quarters of a mile from the Tonto Fish Hatchery via the Highline Trail is Dick Williams Creek, a tributary of Tonto Creek.

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Good 2 Go

The 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 15 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 16 all through the Pine community.

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An American classic

Potato salad is the perfect dish for a picnic or potluck

No picnic or potluck is complete without potato salad. Whether it’s served warm, cold, creamy, cheesy or with a splash of vinegar, the dish is a true American cookout classic.

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Put some Music in your life

Summers in Rim Country are sensational. There are all kinds of reasons — among them are the free concerts in the gorgeous Green Valley Park every Saturday through July.

Tuesday, June 11

Time for lawmakers to finally face reality

The state House finally seems ready to grapple with reality. No telling how it’s going to come out — but at least they’re grappling.

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Nightmare on Elm Street

On a windy, red-flag wildfire warning day, a swirling ember from a cigarette left in an ashtray set fire to a manufactured home on Elm Street in Payson.

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‘Scared to death’

Mayor worried about impact of state sales tax changes

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans says he’s “scared to death” about the town’s budget prospects, especially with a proposed state overhaul of the sales tax still unresolved.

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Teachers all get As

Almost every teacher qualifies for $2,000 performance pay bonus

Virtually all the teachers in the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) are doing well enough to receive a roughly $2,000, state-funded performance pay bonus.

House finally holds state budget hearings

Gov. Jan Brewer proposed a state budget back in January. The state Senate approved a modestly trimmed version of that budget two weeks ago.

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Wildfires double, drought redoubles

The U.S. Forest Service is bracing for another rough wildfire year throughout the West, with strict fire restrictions already in place in the Tonto, Coconino and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.

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Festival celebrates winemakers

Pleasant Valley Winery, Gila County’s only winery, will offer its wines alongside 17 other Arizona wineries at the inaugural Wine in the Pines Festival in Pinetop June 14-16.

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Community Almanac

Payson Community Kids (PCK) is a Non-Profit Organization that assists low-income, “at risk” families and their children.

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Strawberry Festival promises food, fun, entertainment

Strawberries will be celebrated for the 23rd year throughout Pine and Strawberry on Highway 87 when the annual Strawberry Festival takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

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Strawberry Patchers’ Quilt Show wows ’em

More than 700 people attend the 17th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, which was held at the Pine Community Center’s cultural hall Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. People came from all over the state, according to event chair Elaine Putnam.

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Pie anxiety in Rim Country

Eight pies lined the table at the Payson Farmers Market pie baking contest — and I had blithely offered to judge them.

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PCCS students Walk Through the Bible

Nine Payson Community Christian Students (PCCS) third- and fourth-grade students recently returned from a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

HOSA members to compete in Nashville

Six members of Payson’s Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) will compete in a national competition June 25 through June 30 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Mogollon Health Alliance awards 45 scholarships

The Mogollon Health Alliance awarded $20,000 in scholarships during its annual Auxiliary Spring Luncheon last month to students pursuing higher education in a human health-related field. 

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Dancing with the stars overhead

Concert in the park has something for everyone

“Let’s get this party started,” said a little girl dressed to dance in a splashy striped T-shirt and jaunty pink sequined cap.

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Crandell opposed to Petrified Forest expansion

State Sen. Chester Crandell (R-Heber) has blasted the latest effort to expand Petrified Forest National Park by buying thousands of acres of potentially fossil-rich land.

Letter carriers’ food drive produced record donations

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference in Payson, wants to express our hearty thank you to all the citizens of Payson, the Rim Country community at large and especially the postal employees for the generous donations on the May 11 Post Office Food Collection Day.

The dog park problem

The recent letter responding to my concerns about the dog park totally missed its mark.

Smart meters — yes or no?

I attended the meeting on smart meters and certainly empathize with those people whose health may be compromised by smart meters.

It’s much easier to be critical than correct

In response to Ted Paulk’s editorial regarding 2016 presidential candidates.

Obama demonizes Tea Party

Where did the IRS problem really begin? The White House chief of counsel says “he knew about the IRS problem weeks before it was released to the news media.” Obama claims “to have found out about it at that time when it was released to the news media.”

Thanks for the support

This is an open letter to your Roundup readers:

This too shall pass

Hardly anyone remembers the mayor of Payson from over a decade or so ago.

Winslow loses another coach in car wreck

Our friends and neighbors in Winslow were still reeling from the accidental death of longtime WHS softball coach and teacher Becky Barris when yet another teacher and coach was killed.

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Morris shoot-out a PHS reunion

Ex-jocks, coaches gather to remember one of Payson’s best

Unknowing passers-by who stumbled onto Payson Golf Course on June 8 might have mistakenly believed they had crashed a Longhorn alumni reunion.

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Payson star to shine in All-Star game

If being chosen a member of the Payson Little League 11-12 years All-Star softball team in 2008 was a thrill for Taylor Petersen, she must have been ecstatic when tapped to play in the Arizona North vs. South All-Star game that will pit the state’s finest graduating senior players against one another.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Compassionate Friends offers hope, reassurance and a safe place to talk about our children with others who understand the pain of losing a child.

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More double dipping in PMGA

Payson Men’s Golf Association spokesman Herb Sherman has apparently expanded his definition of “double dipping” — previously it referred to golfers who won closest-to-the-pin prize money on two holes.

Friends step up for Neese

Terry Neese’s many friends are rallying about him in his time of deepest need.

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Visiting Woods Canyon Lake on a hot, summer weekend

Weekends at Woods Canyon Lake can be hectic — even when in a boat.

Game and Fish Commission to meet June 14-15 in Payson

The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be June 14-15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. both days.

Monday, June 10

Fire in heart of Payson

A fire broke out in a manufactured home in the densely built up corner of Pecan and Ash Street in Payson around 1:00 p.m. today.

Friday, June 7

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Keeping your pets safe and comfortable in hot weather

Although summer isn’t officially here, it is definitely heating up. While you are enjoying the many outdoor activities that we all love such as fishing, hiking, BBQing and going to the lake, it’s important to keep not only yourself and your kids safe, but your pets as well.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Area Computer Association’s next general meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 7 in the community room of the Payson Public Library.

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County will contribute to cost of bridges

The Gila County Board of Supervisors on June 4 agreed to contribute perhaps $300,000 to the $5.4 million cost of building more bridges on the Houston Mesa and Control roads.

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Mudder Warriors get healthy, enter 5k race

As part of a diabetes treatment program, seven members of the Tonto Apache community trained eight weeks for Saturday’s Mogollon Monster Mudder race.

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Payson aims to be a solar town

Lew Levenson and Alan Kline will never go back — they have saved way too much money.

State won’t have to enforce federal rules

Arizona Game and Fish game wardens won’t have to enforce federal restrictions on off-road travel if Gov. Jan Brewer signs a strike-all bill ushered through the Legislature by Sen. Chester Crandell (R-Heber), who represents Rim Country.

Man pulls trigger on himself

The gun hadn’t been fired in more than 30 years, but all it took was a momentary lapse in judgement for a local gun shop owner to shoot himself in the leg this weekend.

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Community college’s tax will rise

GCC board trying to cope with dwindling enrollment, state aid

On June 13, the Gila Community College (GCC) board will likely boost its property tax rate by 2 percent — the maximum allowed by state law.

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Rearing ugly heads — weeds, weeds and more weeds

Since the vernal equinox (first day of spring) passed, the sun stays up longer than it stays down. That’s the signal for those uninvited guests at any garden party – weeds!

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Lush landscapes on display at June 8 Garden Walk

Rim hillsides, big yards and small, as well as the large Payson Community Garden are features of the June 8 Garden Walk.

Revealing tale of two cities

Payson’s going broke. Star Valley’s rolling in dough. Wow. What a difference.

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Father, sons shine at Prescott links tradition

While the 54th Annual Father-Son Golf Tournament in Prescott is more about family bonding than winning, Kevin Kelley is beaming with pride over the two first-place finishes he scored with sons Brandan and Jeffrey.

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Coaching legend heads summer hoop camp

Although Bill Farrell has retired as a highly successful basketball coach, it’s plainly obvious he continues to harbor a deeply seeded passion for the sport.

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Pikes debut today at Taylor Pool

About 40-plus Payson Pikes swim team members splash into action at 6 p.m. today, June 7, in an all-important intrasquad meet at Taylor Pool.

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Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show brings out the best

Be on the lookout for some of the best thread work in Rim Country when the Strawberry Patchers present their 17th Annual Quilt Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

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Congressman gleefully hails ‘scandalgate’

Rep. Gosar: ‘We all want blood’ in response to IRS, state department controversies

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar gleefully hailed the accumulation of political controversies surrounding the Obama Administration as the key to winning control of Congress in 2014, at a speech before a supportive crowd at a Payson Tea Party meeting.

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Community Almanac

Payson Community Kids (PCK) is a Non-Profit Organization that assists low-income, “at risk” families and their children.

Pressure on coaches, kids, parents unfair

Former Payson High School wrestling coach Casey Woodall’s letter of explanation on the reasons he’s leaving PHS in favor of Morenci High was an eye-opener to those unaware of the tremendous financial demands PHS coaches are working under.

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One typically weird weekend

Thefts, fights and domestic brawls — just a typical weekend for Payson Police officers.

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Payson confirms fire marshal cut

The Payson Town Council Tuesday confirmed budget plans to eliminate the fire marshal’s job, but restored funding for the fire reserves.

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School board balks

Crying enough is enough, the Payson Unified School District board killed requests to create two new positions as it approved a slew of layoffs at its meeting on June 5.

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Gun threats outside sock shop spur arrest

Woman says she was upset, but gun wasn’t loaded

Payson police arrested a massage therapist Tuesday after she allegedly pointed a handgun at a man who had asked how her day was going.

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Star Valley adopts $7.1 million budget cap

Giant reserve totals 40% of spending plan despite drop in tickets

The Star Valley Town Council this week adopted a $7.1 million budget for 2014-2015, which includes a huge $2.8 million reserve fund.

Brooke Utilities sold off

Brooke Utilities will no longer provide water to Rim Country residents after selling Payson Water Company and other units to Colorado-based Pivotal Utility Management.

Tributes honoring veterans made possible by many

This year we presented four outstanding Memorial Day tributes in our high country region.

Don’t cut fire department

I recently submitted a comment asking the Payson Town Council to consider other options and maintain the fire marshal’s position.

No plans to reduce service

In the May 17 edition of the Payson Roundup, the statement “Hellsgate may even stop services in some communities in the next four years” needs more clarification.

The worst call

What is one of the worst calls a parent could receive? I received that call on March 5.

Medicaid expansion will keep our taxes here

Since most people in Arizona pay substantial federal income tax, it seems insane that some state legislators plan to vote against accepting federal money to expand Arizona’s Medicaid program.

How computers captured me

If you’ve been reading this column over the years you may have noticed a couple of things about me. One, I am 81 years old. Two, I’m fairly computer literate for an old fogey.

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Free fishing and a community picnic Saturday

Christopher Creek restaurant owner, Tony Sotomayor, had contracted a clear cut on five acres at McInturf Springs, north of the Young International Airport.

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Rock on in Pine and Strawberry

We have so many local events you’ll be rocking and rolling all year long.

Hunter accidentally shoots partner

In a recent incident near Flagstaff, one hunter accidentally blasted his partner in the shoulder with shotgun pellets, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tonto Forest to waive fees Saturday

Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering a fee-free day Saturday, June 8 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

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Setting the pace ...

Pedal- pushing writer finds it’s not just the view -- it’s the bike you’re behind

“I think I may have missed the turn off,” local bike shop owner Mick Wolf said nonchalantly as we wearily pushed our bikes to the top of the rocky hill where other riders waited.

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Catch, but then carefully release, rare, wild brown trout

The trout-fishing season is in full swing with all the Rim lakes and major streams being stocked on a regular schedule.

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Enjoy Rim gardens and music

If you’ve thought about creating your own flower or vegetable garden, but have been hesitant, this weekend’s Garden Walk may provide just the impetus you need to start you hoe, hoe, hoeing.

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Find fire conditions on Internet

The U.S. Forest Service has announced it has a brand new Web site that can be checked out for fire restrictions.

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Senior Center’s beginning yoga class time changes

June is pure magic. It transforms Rim Country into a fairyland of blossom and birdsong.

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Whispering Hope Ranch awarded grant

Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation (WHRF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing transformational experiences that foster hope and healing for children with special needs.

Wednesday, June 5

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At The Movies-Epic

Film falls short of name

“Epic,” in spite of the $100 million spent on it, isn’t epic. It is colorful, full of characters that are, to a limited extent, engaging and it is big.

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Rim Country Places

Chapter 20: Jake’s Corner

The place known today as Jake’s Corner is 25 miles north of Roosevelt Lake and three miles east of State Route 87 on Route 188.

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Cruising the East Coast and Canada

For several years, Norma and I have wanted to cruise the east coast and into the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

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Getaway around Rim Country

As a vocalist, you may have the dream to perform before a great big band, perhaps Count Basie.

Good 2 Go

The Strawberry Patchers will present their 17th Annual Quilt Show Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9 at the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

Pseudogout is gout’s relative

I have pseudogout. It’s hard for me to explain to people, so I either tell them I have gout or I don’t tell them anything. Will you do me a favor and explain it in the paper?

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Gorgeous Gardens

2013 Garden Walk shows Rim Country’s green side

Rim hillsides, big yards and small, as well as the large Payson Community Garden are features of the June 8 Garden Walk.

Tuesday, June 4

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Wheels on the Rim

The Rim Country has become a coveted spot for car collectors.

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Monster Mudder’s gooey gold

Organizers of the Mountain High Games may have finally struck gold — black gold or mud to be precise, with this year’s inaugural Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K race.

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School staffing shuffles continue

Bracing for feedback from laid-off employees, the Payson Unified School District school board will meet on Wednesday, June 5 at noon for what promises to be another rocky budget session.

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Gosar predicts debt disaster

Rep. Paul Gosar last week warned a jam-packed Payson Tea Party gathering that the nation is headed for financial disaster by not controlling the federal debt and the cost of Medicare and Social Security.

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Joyfully breaking all the rules

The Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K race Saturday was a parent’s worst nightmare.

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Payson hospital’s bills among highest

Medicare pays only a fraction of the charges

Payson Regional Medical Center has among the highest charges in the state, according to data released by federal health officials last month detailing what hospitals charged Medicare for the most common inpatient procedures in 2011.

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Community Almanac

Payson Community Kids (PCK) is a Non-Profit Organization that assists low-income, “at risk” families and their children.

Correct diagnosis: Terrible treatment

Rep. Paul Gosar sounded a welcome alarm last week before a packed house at the Payson Tea Party. But then he failed to suggest a rational solution to the problem he so eloquently identified.

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What do English teachers do for fun?

AP essay graders read ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Fitzgerald’s favorite bar

What do 3,000 English Lit instructors do to relax after reading 100 Advanced Placement (AP) papers in a day?

Dr. Lowe awarded VA contract

Rim Country veterans can get some of their medical care close to home from Dr. Michael Lowe, with the award of a contract to provide satellite clinic services to veterans registered with the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital.

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Relay for Life

The Rim Relay for Life took place at the Payson High School track from noon to midnight, Saturday, June 1.

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Campers light dangerous rash of illegal fires

Careless campers lit at least 70 illegal campfires last weekend on the the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, despite repeated warnings, a ban on almost all fire-related activities and extreme fire danger, according to the Forest Service.

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Tuesday night 7D Barrel and Pole Series: Fun for everyone

Amateurs, pros hone skills at equestrian event

Many Rim Country residents saddle up their horses, put on their spurs and kick up dust every Tuesday evening at the Payson Event Center.

Don’t get a smart meter

Have been interested in the smart meters that APS wants to set up instead of our analog meters (not so dumb).

High-paid town workers

There are many things that can be gleaned from the Roundup article about the town’s budget.

Dispensary is non-news

Pull my finger! Dispensary flap, and I hope it is manufactured out of boredom, it is so dreary, but still a hoot.

PSWID must explain

An elected governmental board of directors, whether unpaid or paid, has an obligation to act in accordance with the expressed wishes of the public.

Change is inevitable

Tonto Basin is a community of many founding family members

Thanks to Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker offices in Pine and Payson are involved with the community often.

Just an observation

Let me give a special thanks to the track and field coaches at Payson High School.

Town council needs to consider other alternatives

The Payson Town Council’s efforts to dismantle the fire department is quite troubling and short-sighted.

President should resign

If the head of the IRS had to resign because of the scandals committed in the IRS during his leadership, as head of the United States shouldn’t President Obama have to resign?

Coach explains reason for resignation

We asked outgoing Payson High School wrestling coach Casey Woodall to express his thoughts and feelings about leaving PHS to return to his alma mater at Morenci.

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Woodall steps down to return to alma mater

The Morenci school district has lured away one of Payson High School’s finest coaches.

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Peterson, Mackenzie play to women’s golf group crown

Karen Peterson and Judy Mackenzie joined forces to win the Payson Women’s Golf Association annual Memorial Tournament.

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Payson pro anglers tops in WON standings

Payson anglers Tom Karavities and Adam Combs are clinging to first place in the Western Outdoor News (WON) overall standings after seven team tournaments.

Paulson, Petersen named All-State

The Lady Longhorns came up short in their bid to win the school’s first state softball championship, but two star players have reaped the highest honors that can be afforded a prep athlete.

Big game applications due soon

The antelope and elk permits have already been issued for 2013 and those lucky hunters who drew a tag already have a week or two in the fall set aside for the pursuit of big game.

Coping with time-crunched physicians

Tips for patients to get the most out of their visit with their doctor

It’s not your imagination — you’re getting less time with your doctor.

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Seniors travel with Circle membership

Variety of trips planned through 2013 and 2014

Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle is a membership program committed to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and better.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

Monday, June 3

Payson Patriotic Events Committee

This year we presented four outstanding Memorial Day Tributes in our High Country region.

Sunday, June 2

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Kickin' off the Mudda to get to summer

The Mtn. High Games catered to several different groups this year.

Saturday, June 1

Turner earns degrees

Robert and Tracy Turner are proud to announce the May 10, 2013 graduation of their son, Cody Robert Turner, from The W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University.

Lake graduates

John Lake, the pastor of Church on Randall Place in Pine for 12-1/2 years, graduated in May 2013 with a Doctorate in Ministry.

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School staff in turmoil

The Payson Unified School District has effectively let go of 18 non-teaching employees, part of a far-reaching overhaul of staffing.

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Rim Country jobs: Bruised, battered — still hurting

No wonder we’re hurting. The consultant’s report prepared for the overhaul of Payson’s General Plan has finally put numbers to the region’s economic struggles in the past four years.

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Payson still seeking business rebound

Payson’s anemic recovery continues to lag behind the rest of the state, which helps explain why the town has so far this year spent $1.1 million more than it has collected in revenues.

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Payson gets ready to play dirty

Work crews spent the week preparing the Payson Event Center for this weekend’s Mogollon Monster Mudder — a muddy obstacle course race that will highlight this weekend’s May 31-June 2 Mountain High Games. Other events include ATV trail rides, archery and horseshoe tournaments. The free event will yield thousands in prizes — and a chance to for grown-ups to get covered in mud.