Stories for April 2014

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Tuesday, April 29

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Historic water treaty

Tribe would get water supply, help Payson

The Tonto Apache Tribe and Payson are in the process of working out a federal water settlement that will not only give the tribe a permanent, long-term source of water in a drought-plagued state — it will provide a major boost to the town’s efforts to complete the Blue Ridge pipeline.

From Bunker Hill to Bunkerville, struggles continue

In early April, hundreds of heavily-armed federal agents descended like a swarm of locusts upon the remote, rural Bunkerville ranchlands near Mesquite, Nev.

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Neglect of child abuse

Lawmakers sidestep CPS reforms

A new flurry of revelations is now swirling around the scandal-ridden Child Protective Services, including the Legislature’s balk on reforms, a spate of high-level firings, a critical investigation and an inexorable rise in the backlog of uninvestigated cases.

We’re failing our children

Once again, they’ve failed our children.

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Rim Country well represented in popular Pat’s Run

Jesse McGuire’s moving trumpet rendition of the national anthem at the onset of Pat’s Run had the crowd of 30,000-plus hootin’ and hollerin’ at decibel levels that haven’t been heard in Arizona since Luis Gonzalez’s game 7 walk off bases loaded bloop single earned the Arizona Diamondbacks the 2001 World Championship.

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Clever cops nab burglars

For helping catch two groups of burglars, solving dozens of crimes, the police chief recently recognized two officers for outstanding police work.

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Pine water candidates answer questionnaire

Residents in the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District started getting their ballots in the mail this week for the election of a brand new water board.

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Wild battle rages over wolves, wilderness and politics of extinction

Gov. Jan Brewer this week vetoed a bill sponsored by Rim Country representatives that attempted to negate federal control over the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves in the state.

Patient as water

Water can carry away mountains — given enough time. Maybe that’s why working out Rim Country’s water future has required such patience and persistence.

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Health plan enrollment soars in Gila County

Political conflict continues as AHCCCS enrollment surges 13 percent

Gila County has reported the highest growth rate in the state in the past 12 months when it comes to people signing up for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System as newly eligible people take advantage of the expanded coverage through the federal Affordable Healthcare Act.

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Champions!

No. 1 Horns wrap up section softball title

SHOW LOW – The target on the Longhorns’ backs just got bigger.

Lawmaker embraces a racist and violent movement

Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe issued a statement supporting disgraced, racist rancher Cliven Bundy in which he compared the armed militia movement to America’s founding fathers.

TRSC’s big event Sunday

The Tonto Rim Sports Club’s Ninth Annual Open House and Outdoor Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

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Hawaiian theme for National Nursing Home Week celebration

In Hawaii, the word “aloha” has a deeper cultural significance than a simple greeting or farewell.

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Meet the Payson Care Center team

Payson Care Center excels in the treatment of wounds

When you think of wound care, you may not think how that may relate to you.

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Explaining Medicare to a ‘T’

When explaining Medicare, I like to draw a big T in the center of a page.

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Museum hosts adventures

The Museum of Northern Arizona will sponsor a series of adventures on the Colorado Plateau with an educational twist.

Horns enjoy another good day on links

PINETOP — A shorthanded Payson High golf team shot 155 to beat runner-up Snowflake by three strokes in a five-team, nine-hole match at White Mountain Country Club on April 22.

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Payson Care Center welcomes talents of nurse practitioner

Vietnam veteran brings vast amount of experience and selflessness to the Rim Country

After working as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 22 years at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital and Clinic in Gallup, N.M., Durk Lynch, FNP, relocated to Payson to semi-retire. It was perfect timing for Dr. Michels — his practice has grown to encompass the North Country Clinic, and he is the medical director at Payson Care Center and one of the physicians serving the Christian Clinic.

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Coach: ‘This was a tough loss to take’

Baseball team blows 5-run lead in 8-7 loss at Show Low

SHOW LOW — This one hurt.

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Storm dampens classic car show

They washed the cars ... so it had to rain

Well, karma wise — it pretty much had to happen.

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School juggles schedule

Calculus to depend on sign-ups, Academic Decathlon endangered

The school board unanimously voted to pass the Payson High School (PHS) course catalog, which includes calculus A and B, and music theory, along with required courses.

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A picture perfect prom

Maybe the theme inspired the couture dress, (it was Paris), but this year the Payson High School Prom had class and style. Girls wore gowns with chic hairstyles and accessories. The guys had dapper tuxedos with ties that matched their date’s dress.

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A special thanks to Payson Care volunteers

As Volunteer Appreciation Month comes to a close, the Payson Care Center residents and staff would like to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers who serve our facility.

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Bridge work on 260 starts Wednesday

Eastbound lanes on SR 260 will be closed in two locations for work on a bridge 17 miles east of Payson. Traffic will be reduced to using the westbound lanes through work zones.

T-ball, coach pitch sign up

Sign up for Payson Parks and Recreation T-Ball and Coach Pitch baseball and softball before May 15.

Your patient rights

As a patient, there are certain provisions in place to ensure you receive the best care possible. Know your rights so you can make the best decisions to meet your needs following surgery, illness or injury.

Rep. Barton’s animal cruelty bill dies lingering death

After months of fuss and flurry, Rep. Brenda Barton’s controversial animal cruelty bill died quietly in committee as the Legislature rushed to a belated adjournment.

Barbecue fundraiser Wednesday

Payson High School’s annual softball barbecue fundraiser is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the softball field as the Longhorns host Globe in the regular-season finale.

Clay, Dalgleish win

Popeye Clay and Jim Dalgleish combined to shoot 55 and win the Payson Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Best Ball Tournament on April 23 at Payson Golf Course.

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Community Almanac

The Payson Art League’s annual Open Studio Tour is this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

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Clubs and Organizations

An informal get-together of Navy and Coast Guard veterans in the Payson area is held on the first Thursday of each month at La Sierra restaurant on north Highway 87 at Forest Drive in Payson.

Friday, April 25

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Another Payson school earns Title I designation

Two years ago, Payson Elementary School (PES) qualified as a Title I school, now Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) has also qualified.

State Bar decision on Duber complaint disappointing

I was dismayed and very disappointed when I read about the State Bar’s decision not to take any action on Judge Duber’s complaint against a Gila County deputy attorney who had “stormed out of the courtroom” during a proceeding.

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Cattle are roaming the Village again – watch out

The Village

They’re back! The free roaming cattle — I mean. My husband tried to help a small calf jump the fence on Control Road near our house.

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Gear up for a great classic car show

DJ's Music Trivia

“I’m jacked up, revved up, my motor’s runnin’ and I’m ready to put my pedal to the metal.”

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Do we really grow wiser when taught right and wrong?

Your Turn

The question in the title of this column is something I’ve only begun to ask myself, and I’m still not too sure I know the answer.

Five men win 4-man event

A five-man team somehow won the 4-Man Select Drive 3 Scores Each Hole tournament held by the Payson Men’s Golf Association at Payson Golf Course on April 16.

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PHS rides 11-game win streak into Show Low

Softball team can win section today

Section champions. Payson’s softball team will be just that with a win at Show Low today at 4 o’clock.

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Help for puzzle addicts

Don Harmon doesn’t exactly admit he is an addict — a puzzle addict, hooked on Sudoku.

Archery tournament Saturday

The Tonto Rim Sports Club is hosting an archery tournament on Saturday at the Jim Jones Shooting Range south of Payson.

Finally making some progress

Something has changed.

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Pageler wins Apache Lake bass tourney

Mick Pageler of Tonto Basin enjoyed a big day at Apache Lake on April 12 in the seventh Let’s Talk Fishin’ tournament of the season.

Feds stole state lands of the West

Only Fox News covered the Bundy/Nevada controversy, but told only half the story.

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Realtor dies after fall from deck of unfinished house

A tragic fall, a grim diagnosis and a brave but extreme choice have taken a beloved Rim Country resident and realtor this week.

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Of eggs, parties and tall fish tales

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek Homeown­ers Associa­tion hosted 31 Easter egg-hunting youngsters last Saturday.

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Youth programs honor Library Friend

Rattlin' the Rim

There’s a stirring feel-good story unfolding inside the friendly confines of Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine.

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Rim cooking through the generations

One-time Roundup staff writer and editor Jayne Peace Pyle has just released her 10th book, “Cowboy Caviar.” It is a collection of favorite recipes from generations of her family.

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Community interaction goal of GCC Honors Program

Payson is small, but Gila Community College (GCC) students dream big.

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A burst of color to help a good cause

5K run to raise money for international travel opportunities for high school students

On Saturday, April 26, Rim Country residents will run through bursts of color to raise money to give the gift of learning through travel.

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Show Low showdown a golden opportunity for Longhorns

Baseball team can avenge loss

It’s a golden opportunity for Payson’s baseball team.

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MSA a financial lifeline for area youth, wildlife

May 3 banquet is nonprofit organization’s big fundraiser

Where would Payson High athletic programs and other extracurricular activities like band be without the help of the Mogollon Sporting Association?

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Another daring rescue

Helicopter hovers deep in canyon

It is one of the worst nightmares a climber can imagine — their equipment failing while they hang precariously over a cliff.

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April snow? Seriously?

If you have already planted your garden, you better get out the sweaters and bundle up those seedlings because a cold snap is expected this weekend.

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Explorer program starts May 5

On May 5, get ready for a new mentoring program to come to town.

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Wild chase for police

After a wild chase, Rim Country police and deputies Wednesday arrested two men in Rye who had reportedly eluded police in both the Valley and Tucson.

Expert ill-informed

An article in a Sunday Arizona Republic titled, Gosar, Grijalva on opposite sides of the fence, about the Bundy family grazing cattle on federal lands in defiance of the bureau of Land Management quotes a putative “expert” on public-land policy, Michael Blumm, as saying, “The law is fairly clear: The federal government has the Constitutional power to own and to manage its lands.”

So frail, so precious

Your heart breaks — and trembles at such a harsh reminder of how fragile life remains.

EPA rules biased against Native Americans

The Navajo Generating Station, near Page, Ariz., provides power to Nevada, Arizona, California and Indian Nations.

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Pine water candidates meet voters

Scrumptious hot dogs and political banter went hand in hand during a “meet and greet” in which high country voters were able to come face to face with seven of the eight candidates running for seats on the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District governing board.

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Kids invited to discover ‘magic’ of science, technology

The Gila County Schools office will sponsor a three-hour series of events in Payson’s Rumsey Park on May 3 to get students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences and technology. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will offer workshops, displays, lectures and demonstrations.

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Governor Brewer kills Barton bill

Law would have allowed guns in public buildings

Gov. Jan Brewer this week vetoed a bill that would make it harder for town councils to keep guns out of public buildings.

Preschool class visits Buckhead Mesa Landfill

This letter is to extend our heartfelt thanks to the crew at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill, located just north of Payson.

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Tribal police make big drug bust

Tonto Apache Police made a big drug bust last week in one of the casino’s hotel rooms.

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Community Almanac

The 21st Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show is Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.

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Humane Society needs foster pet parents

Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona we are gearing up and preparing for the beginning of puppy and kitten season.

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Clubs and Organizations

The monthly meeting of the High Country Garden Club will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1 at the fellowship hall of the former First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Bonita and Colcord St. in Payson.

Thursday, April 24

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Tonto Basin bridge moves forward

Tonto Basin may finally get a long hoped-for bridge — just not over Tonto Creek.

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Feds designate areas of southern Arizona critical habitat for jaguars

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 1,100 square miles of southern Arizona and New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar.

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Passion for mountain biking

Longtime friends open bike shop to share their love of Payson and riding

They set out to find the perfect mountain biking trail, but ended up finding the way to a perfect life.

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Human rights film festival

On April 26, the Payson Chapter of Amnesty International, in conjunction with the Zane Grey Soroptimists, the Time Out Shelter and Stand On Her Own Two Feet, is sponsoring an afternoon devoted to viewing and discussing film selections and documentary clips that address the persistent denial of human rights to women and girls.

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Good-hearted group makes life-saving donation

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund recently bought the Payson Unified School District five AED machines to get people’s hearts jump-started during a potentially lethal heart attack.

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Wildfires hit 3,000-year all-time high

Mounting tally of research suggests doubling of wildfires due to warming trend

Ongoing climate change will likely add three weeks to the fire season by 2050, according to several new studies.

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Teacher of the year nominations sought

Submit nominations for Gila County teacher of the 2013-14 school year to county schools superintendent Linda O’Dell before May 5 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23

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What-nots for memorial poker run

Laci Sopeland, organizer extraordinaire for the Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Run off-road vehicle event to be held April 25-26 has released additional details as a result of questions from participants.

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Arsonist strikes in Gisela; boater rescued on Roosevelt

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an arson fire over the weekend that destroyed a truck.

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District sets administrator salaries

Pay ranges from $64,000 to $84,000 – in line with peer group

Administrators in the Payson Unified School District generally make $64,000 to $84,000, which is a little below the salaries of school administrators elsewhere in the state, but a lot more than the average Payson salary.

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Rim Country Internet slated for speed boost

New tower may speed TV and also connect hospitals, police

Three times faster broadband could soon beam into town after the council recently approved an agreement letting a private company install a tower near the airport.

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Special needs group expands to Payson

A state agency that has helped those with special needs in the Valley is expanding to Payson.

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Dump the drugs Saturday

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 26, residents can get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at Walmart.

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Man’s lifelong romance with the stars never grows old

Payson stargazer donates ‘scope’ to PUSD 78 years after he built it

He’s gazed at the stars and dreamed of other worlds through his beloved, hand-crafted telescope for nearly 80 years. But last week, Paul Bastow handed his pride and joy over to the next generation.

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Moderate Republicans kill voucher bill

Plan to allow some to use taxpayer money to attend private schools could be revived this week

A last-minute revolt by eight moderate Republicans blocked passage of a bill that would have diverted millions of dollars in taxpayer money to private schools by creating what amounts to a vastly expanded voucher program.

Tuesday, April 22

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Top-ranked softball team wins 10th straight

Horns host Round Valley tonight; showdown at Show Low looms Friday

Payson beat host Whiteriver Alchesay 20-0 in softball on Wednesday for its 10th consecutive victory.

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Celebrating medical laboratory professionals

Because they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing the medical laboratory professionals at Payson Regional Medical Center perform every day.

Schools’ woes start with Legislature

Spare the rod — spoil the child.

School superintendents: An open letter to Arizona

“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson

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Mastering the mystery of lab tests

You go to the lab — either a commercial facility or at Payson Regional Medical Center — and they take your blood. Sometimes they also send you into the bathroom with a cup and tell you to follow the instructions on the wall.

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Car show hits town

This year the Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s Car Show is celebrating the 50 Year Anniversary of the Mustang “Pony Car.”

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Schools face crisis

They came to the school budget workshop session worried about waste, accountability and budget limits.

Plea rejection

The Roundup did not give the details of Mr. Mason’s prosecutor plea deal (not yet, of course), but Judge Cahill’s rejection makes sense given Mason’s multiple criminal activities.

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Ask the pharmacist

Q. My medication labels states that I should take my prescription medicine with food. Why is this important? What will happen if I take it on an empty stomach?

Bubba Watson helps Ernst win PMGA tourney

Tim Ernst won the Payson Men’s Golf Association Masters event on April 9 with a little help from Bubba Watson.

PHS golfers cruise to victory on state course

Having qualified for the Division 3 state tournament, Payson High’s golf team began preparing for the May 16-17 event at Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course by playing a round Wednesday, April 16.

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Brush fire blazes

Speed of fire was ‘significant’

Firefighters aren’t sure what started a brush fire next to Tiny’s Restaurant Monday afternoon, but know it was human-caused.

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Sophomore goes all out — in 2 spring sports

Versatile baseball player also running track

Participating in one varsity sport is enough for most high school students.

Doctor appreciated

I have lived in Payson for more than 10 wonderful years. I’m certain there are some great people out there. Some that have extraordinary lives, I have not met all of them and probably will never meet them, however.

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JRE hosts Student Centered Health Fair

Hundreds of people attended the annual Student Centered Health Fair at Julia Randall Elementary gym Friday night.

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Respite Care: Well-deserved relief for caregivers

For caregivers to those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other medical issues, seeking support and maintaining your own health are key to managing your role as a caregiver.

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Longhorns stun mighty Mingus 9-3

PHS rebounds from Page loss to beat No. 2 team in Division 2

The Longhorns entered this baseball season with the potential for greatness.

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Thank you for participating in the Women's Wellness Forum!

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS: Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Soroptimist of Zane Grey Country, Eastern Arizona Health Education Center, Rim Country Health, Hospice Compassus and Native Air.

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Big race looms

Payson council faces challengers

A real council election is shaping up in Payson this year.

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Eggstravaganza draws a happy Rumsey Park crowd

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s 16th Annual Eggstravaganza for children 12 and under attracted a lot of kids to Rumsey Park on Saturday, April 19.

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Community Almanac

A Cookbook Writing Workshop is set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the Majestic Mountain Inn in Payson.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly no-host luncheon and meeting Wednesday, April 23.

Friday, April 18

Community Almanac

The Payson Fire Department is implementing fire restrictions starting at 8 a.m., Friday, April 18 in the Town of Payson.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Library Friends of Payson will host Roundup editor Pete Aleshire at the Monday, April 21 meeting.

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Don't miss Sunset Sounds and Wine Auction May 9

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is gearing up for their upcoming fundraiser and is grateful for the sponsors supporting this event.

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Frightening climate research mounting

Some of the recent research on climate change published in scientific journals includes:

Circus of Illusion Saturday

Event a PHS athletic fundraiser

Payson High School’s athletic department is hosting an evening of entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45.

Judy Mackenzie wins top flight

The Payson Women’s Golf Association opened its season with a low net tournament on April 8 at Payson Golf Course.

The monster knows our name — but we are still not ready

Fire season comes a month early.

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Eat your words: Why not write a cookbook?

Have a box of family recipes to share? Passionate about cooking healthy foods? Do your specialty dishes always get rave reviews? Maybe you should write a cookbook.

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Highway patrol targets distracted drivers

It only took Department of Public Safety officer Ben Kjellstrom a few minutes to spot a violation amidst a sea of traffic and whip his unmarked patrol car around, sloshing this reporter across the plastic backseats.

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Plea deal rejected

Judge balks at minimum term

A Superior Court judge Monday rejected a plea deal offering the shortest possible prison sentence to a man who allegedly damaged dozens of local businesses and shoplifted repeated times.

Making a profit from climate change

As a full-time investor and trader, I’ve learned to be agnostic about ideology. Not that I don’t have one, on the contrary, I’m passionate about my opinions.

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The wonderful world of Payson

DJ's Music Trivia

“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

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College board boosts tuition

The addition of a new Gila Community College (GCC) board member in Globe tipped the scales against Larry Stephen­son’s stubborn fight to not boost tuition rates for the 2014-15 school year.

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Hellsgate chief leaving

Grant loss sparks budget firestorm

The Hellsgate Fire Department topped a bad month with news that it didn’t get a crucial federal grant and will lose its chief.

Tax protest reactions

I spent four hours on tax day carrying a sign that said “High taxes are bad for Business” — a non-controversial slogan it seems to me.

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Enjoying Creek visitors old and new

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek visitors come in a variety of packages. Some are first-timers; some are old-timers. We enjoy ’em all!

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Star Valley names new park for founder

The new Star Valley park was officially named for one of the young community’s founders at the April 15 meeting of the town council.

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Fire danger rises

Starting today, campers will only be allowed to roast marshmallows over a campfire if they are staying in a developed campground in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests.

Thanks for support of Shred-A-Thon

The Rim Country Literacy Program sends a big thank you for a successful Shred-A-Thon!

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Meet candidates for water board

Rattlin' the Rim

As a retired math teacher, I’ve told students that when writing 2-column geometry proofs, “Givens” are the foundation that someone laid for you.

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Payson’s constable gets award

The Arizona Constables Association has honored Constable Colt White of Payson as the 2013 Arizona Constable of the Year out of a field of 86 constables and deputy constables from around Arizona.

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Pine water committee recommends budget changes

The eight-member Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Citizen Budget Review Committee has formulated a fiscal year budget it will recommend to the Gila County Board of Supervisors and the new PSWID governing board when it is elected May 20.

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No. 1 Horns push winning streak to 9

Softball team beats Blue Ridge 7-1

After strong pitching cooled Payson bats in three games last week, the Longhorn aluminum heated up at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Monday.

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Some people are born with a natural sense of humor, Part 2

Your Turn

I’ve already told you about Roger, one of the NCOs in my small outfit overseas in England. Roger had a knack for saying the right thing at the right time — and usually breaking everyone up with it.

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Club Payson volleyball teams compete in So. Calif.

Club Payson’s 18-and-under and 16-and-under volleyball teams had quite an experience competing in the three-day Southern California National Qualifier in Los Angeles that featured 94 courts of action.

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Residents say tearful goodbye to two beloved men

The Village

An impressive and heart-wrenching flag ceremony was held at station 21 in Star Valley for Lt. Bobby Mollere and former fire board chairman, Larry Cory at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 15.

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Carnes fires 1-hitter in Lakeside

Payson High’s baseball team started a big week off right with a 13-0 five-inning mercy rout of host Lakeside Blue Ridge on Monday night.

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Climate change marchers seek to raise awareness

Cross country trek trundles through town

On Monday afternoon Climate Change marchers from children to retirees that started in Los Angeles advanced into Payson, flanked by a police and Boy Scout escort, flags fluttering.

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Petco Park a field of dreams

More Than a Game

From the first time I walked up the concourse at Tiger Stadium and laid eyes on the vast expanse of green grass in the middle of downtown Detroit, I’ve been in love with baseball parks.

Tuesday, April 15

Easter Celebrations

The Rim Country’s religious leaders offer two special joint celebrations of the Holy season this week.

Community Almanac

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Art League meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, across Highway 87 from Home Depot.

State budget neglects kids

We certainly don’t envy Gov. Brewer and the legislative leadership making like Solomon and cutting up the baby, with so many urgent needs competing for limited state revenues.

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Griffin’s Propane expands to Payson

Gas company breaks ground for new facility near airport

Griffin’s Propane broke ground on a new Payson site last week near the airport that should be open by the fall.

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‘Footloose’ – A trifecta of talent

Students tackle acting, singing AND dancing in latest production

“Not many high schools tackle a show this complex,” said Thomas Walling, lead director for the musical after opening night.

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Woman’s bungled crime spree nets six years in prison

Young woman’s drug addiction spurred string of thefts, robbery

A 22-year-old Payson woman responsible for a host of crimes including driving the getaway car after her boyfriend held up a woman at an ATM was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.

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Medical director calls RCH staff, patients ‘family’

Dr. Mark Ivey, MD, officially became semi-retired last summer, but still makes rounds and sees patients at Rim Country Health where he serves as the medical director. He shares the duties with Dr. Jaber Abawi, MD, MRCP. Ivey is also the medical director for Payson Home Health.

Crandell, Barton have my vote

Knowing full well that in a recent response to Pete Aleshire’s article, “Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans” (April 4) ...

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Bigger bass stocked in Roosevelt

Arizona Game and Fish officials hope Florida fish will be answer to gizzard shad problem

They’re heeeeere ... But so far they’re just a wriggle and a prayer.

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Health events

The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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Business Showcase shows off Rim Country’s finest

This year’s Annual Business Showcase was a box office hit — a blockbuster. The theme “You Ought’a Be in Pictures” allowed exhibitors creative leverage, taking the showcase to a whole new level.

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Payson athletes impressive on Queen Creek track

Knauer, Clawson improve on prelims in 400 finals

Payson’s track team boasted some impressive performances at the Queen Creek Invitational on April 5.

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Experiencing the ‘anti-inflammation’ diet

The Healthy Foodie

Alexis Bechman, the Roundup’s court, crime and cops reporter, has an interest in healthy food — she’s even decided to grow her own kombucha (a fermented tea touted for medicinal properties). Not my cup of tea, but if that works for her, I’m all for whatever makes one feel healthy.

Affordable Care Act did not nullify First Amendment rights

A letter that appeared in the April 8 issue is full of lies and misrepresentations of facts regarding hormonal contraception and comes from a purely religious viewpoint.

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Golfers qualify for state tourney

Longhorns third in strong Wickenburg Invitational field

Payson finished third among a strong, 13-school field in the 36-hole Wickenburg Wrangler Invitational at Wickenburg Country Club on April 4-5. The Longhorns shot a fifth state qualifying score on the back nine on the second day to secure a berth in the Division 3 state tournament on May 16-17.

Expertise appreciated

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the staff at Anderson Dental and a special thanks to Jay their dental laboratory technician.

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Budget signed

$9.2 billion plan defers action on CPS, offers small school boost

Gov. Jan Brewer last week signed a $9.2 billion state budget that grew out of a split-the-difference compromise between House and Senate Republicans.

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Fire season blazes into early start

The 2014 fire season flared into action this weekend, with a 175-acre blaze near Flagstaff underscoring the danger posed by the return of the drought.

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No. 1 Horns edge another No. 2

Arissa Paulson fans 17, blasts 2-run HR vs. Cougars; Arianna Paulson then strikes out 17

Top-ranked Payson continued its winning ways on the softball field last week by beating two more highly-ranked opponents.

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Let the trout stocking begin

Fishing season starts in Rim Country lakes and streams

Oh my. Oh my. It’s a stocking truck!

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Rim Country Health therapists coach patients on the road to self-sufficiency

Independence is a word rich with implications in thought and deed. For those who want to recover from stroke, a cardiac episode, a fall, a break, or even weakness after pneumonia or an extended illness, independence can mean the taken-for-granted act of getting dressed or the ability to request apple instead of orange juice.

PSWID work questioned

I noticed in the April 8 addition of the Payson Roundup that the Gila County Board of Supervisors awarded a bid to an unknown contractor for $137,915 for refurbishing the main water storage tank in Pine.

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Dream of moving to Payson comes true for nail tech/stylist

A nail tech and stylist with an eye for detail has joined the Colorz Salon team.

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Everybody wins with Rim Country Health

They say you can’t win them all, but the ones you do win can say a lot about you.

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Officer hurt

DPS cop, wife in stable condition after motorcycle crash in Payson

Department of Public Safety Det. Terry Phillips and his wife are recovering after a motorcycle accident this weekend that nearly claimed their lives.

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Education expert David Garcia swinging through Payson

A local Arizonan, David Garcia, born and raised in the state and a product of its public schools, has decided to throw his hat into the candidate ring for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Angry pleas for rate hike relief

Residents vent fears, frustrations at corporation commission session

Hundreds of angry water customers jammed a rare Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) meeting in Payson Friday to complain bitterly about steep proposed increases in the water rates for eight Rim Country communities served by Payson Water Com­pany (PWC), formerly owned by Brooke Utilities.

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Baseball team bounces back to beat Lobos in 10

PHS No. 4 in power rankings

Payson High’s baseball team faced a big challenge.

School board deserves thanks

I want to extend a public thank you to the Payson Unified School Board. Whether you agree or disagree with the decisions the board has made, it can’t be denied that the board members have put in immeasurable hours and much effort in trying to make the best decisions possible for our Payson students.

Friday, April 11

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Community Almanac

The Payson High School Music Theatre is currently presenting the musical “Footloose.”

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Area Singles is a social group for men and women of all ages.

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Bring your pets up-to-date on vaccinations

To protect your pet from contagious diseases, keep his essential vaccinations up-to-date. This is important even if your pet is kept mostly indoors.

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Some people are born with a natural sense of humor

Your Turn

There is nothing as valuable on this stress-ridden planet as a man or woman with a natural sense of humor, someone who brings a smile to today and makes yesterday a thing to smile about. I’ve known a few people like that in my life, and I’d like to tell you about two of them.

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Artist’s life fuels inspiring music

DJ's Music Trivia

It was just last fall when 1990s country music star Suzy Bogguss graced our community with her charm, beauty and talent. Now, just seven months later, another end-of-the-20th-century Nashville superstar is coming to town.

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Six-run second lifts Winslow past Longhorns in baseball

PHS looks to rebound at Snowflake

Teams always want to win.

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Town’s under-construction park proving popular

Although the dust of development has not even settled on the new park in Star Valley, as crews work on the volleyball courts and horseshoe pits, several groups already want to schedule events.

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Hold off planting veggies or flowers for awhile longer

The Village

“Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day”… as the song goes ... On Tuesday morning, the temperature is already at 66 degrees.

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Elk, pronghorn antelope draw results now available

The draw results for Arizona’s 2014 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts are now available at https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml. Scroll down to the “View results and bonus points” link or call (602) 942-3000 and select option two.

Article an eye-opener

“Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans” — This article by Mr. Aleshire was an eye-opener ...

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A grounded collaboration between schools

“The fourth-graders are asking questions fast and furious,” said Payson High School (PHS) animal sciences teacher David Ruther­ford.

Crandell’s SB 1227

It seems to me that Chester Crandell has forgotten who he represents and works for.

Thanks for outdoor features

I would like to express my appreciation for Pete Aleshire’s two excellent articles in the April 8 Roundup — The Ghosts of Shoofly and Cottonwood trees.

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Minor accident sends woman to hospital

A woman says she crashed her vehicle Thursday afternoon trying to avoid an elk north of Mesa del Caballo.

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Athletes endure wind, cold at Chuck Hardt Co-Ed Relays

The temperature was in the low 40s.

Lioness Club says thanks

The Enchanted April afternoon tea and fashion show was fabulous! The community was great in attendance and support.

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Arissa Paulson baffles powerful Bulldogs in 3-hit shutout

Sophomore fans 14 as PHS hands Winslow first loss to avenge semifinal defeat

The wound had festered for 11 months.

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Star Valley budgets for road work

Projects could cut into town’s reserves

Star Valley residents should expect to see a lot of roadwork underway over the spring and summer.

Refreshing approach to renewable energy

Representative Gosar recently requested a hearing on his bill, HR596, the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act.

We’re really happy, but need to vent

We’re still hostage to the Forest Service — but at least they’ve finally delivered a ransom note that sounds promising.

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Water rate hike furor

Corporation commission holding final hearing on steep rate hikes for Rim Country tonight

The Arizona Corporation Commission will visit Payson this evening to hear a final round of public comments on a proposal to significantly boost base water rates in many Rim Country communities and impose costly water hauling charges.

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PS archers need help getting to nationals

Rattlin' the Rim

Moviegoers cheered as they watched Katniss Everdeen use her archery skills to survive and return home safe after winning the “Hunger Games.”

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FBLA students gear up for end of the year activities

The computer lab that serves as Bud Evans’ FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) headquarters at Payson High School buzzed with activity.

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Holy Week & Easter Services

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Services planned, include April 13, Palm Sunday; 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 16, Passover Seder meal and Eucharistic Service; 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, Maundy Thursday, foot washing.

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Bar dismisses judge’s complaint about prosecutor

Testimony lays bare conflicts, fears that made a judge retire

A state disciplinary panel Wednesday quickly exonerated Gila County’s chief deputy attorney of charges without even asking him to mount a defense to claims that he acted unprofessionally when he stormed out of a courtroom last year.

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Finally!

Forest Service acts on appraisal, releasing college plan from limbo

After an agonizing eight-month delay, Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bos­worth confirmed this week that he’s finally ready to seek an appraiser to put a value on the a 253-acre parcel on which the Rim Country Educational Alliance wants to build a university.

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Challenger blasts state’s priorities

Democrat keys on education, Barton’s remarks about Hitler

Lanny Morrison does not have Jeff Flake’s smile nor Brenda Barton’s hair, but he has experience — lots and lots of experience in areas that affect most citizens every day: health, business, education and family welfare.

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Spring is busting out in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek warmed up this week. The dab of snow a week ago didn’t leave but two-tenths in the rain gauge. Tomato seedlings are two inches high, tulips have bloomed, as has the pear tree. House wrens have settled in the birdhouses and are serenading in the early mornings.

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Payson Sprint Triathlon is May 24

It’s time to prepare for the Ninth Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon, an annual tribute to Cynthia Poole.

Barton attack untruthful

A letter writer asserts that (Arizona representative Brenda) “Barton (is) not a true voice for Rim Country majority” (Roundup, April 4) and that she is more interested in advancing her personal philosophical agenda than in helping to resolve problems or initiate beneficial policies or programs.

Optimists say thanks

The Rim Country Optimist Club’s eighth annual Fishing Festival on March 29, was a great success. The Payson Parks and Recreation Depart­ment allowed the use Green Valley Park and helped coordinate the day’s activities. We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that reached out to help us, as well as the entire community for the great turnout.

Wednesday, April 9

The Forest Service within two weeks will pick an appraiser to put a value on the 240-acre parcel for a university campus,

The Forest Service within two weeks will pick an appraiser to put a value on the 240-acre parcel for a university campus, Tonto National Forest head Neil Bosworth told the Roundup this week.

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Community Almanac

Payson will welcome 50 people the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The guests are on a cross-country March for Climate Action.

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Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.

Tuesday, April 8

Customer always right

“The customer is always right.” Obviously the Arizona Corporation Commission has never heard of this concept and could care less about it.

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Gush of good news

Payson may end water restrictions

With the Colorado River drying up thanks to 14 years of unrelenting drought, major cities that rely on the Central Arizona Project, including Phoenix, are bracing for water shortages.

Contraception pills cause cancer

Once again we are subjected to total inanity in a Roundup guest comment.

Circus of Illusion coming to PHS on April 19

Event a fundraiser for PHS athletics

Payson High School’s athletic department is hosting an evening of entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45.

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Preventive maintenance is goal

PSWID manager hopes to predict, fix problems before they occur

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) manager Brad Cole submitted an annual report to the acting board that painted a picture of efficiency on March 20, but no one has seen an annual report for two years.

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Senior Center news

Membership in our Senior Circle chapter will help you get more out of life through health talks, benefits at Payson Regional Medical Center and local vendors and many more valuable member-only discounts and privileges. You will also experience fun and fellowship enjoying a full calendar of social events and travel opportunities.

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Softball showdowns: PHS faces big tests next 2 days

Top-ranked Horns host No. 2 Winslow today, No. 3 Show Low on Wednesday

Ready for a showdown? How about a couple of them? Well, this is your week.

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Diagnostic imaging at PRMC – getting the inside picture

Bruce Hawkins, MS, RT(R)(MR) (CT), is the director of imaging services at Payson Regional Medical Center. Hawkins is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. and has a master’s from Marian College at Fond du Lac, Wis. in organizational leadership and quality.

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Brush pickup resumes

A roadside brush pickup program that has long been an integral part of Pine and Strawberry’s effort to protect the tiny mountain hamlets from a catastrophic wildfire could end this year.

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Guardian angels help out Payson Community Kids

Children run up and down a wide, bright hallway, clamoring for their macaroni and cheese dinner. Others paint paper kites in a craft room while some work on homework in the quiet room. In the lounge, teens rest coolly in beanbags and outside youngsters sprint across artificial turf to a playground, yelling merrily.

Longhorns fall in baseball tourney semis

PHS hosts No. 12 Winslow today

Payson’s baseball team won the first three games it played in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic to push its winning streak to seven games.

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Volunteers to the rescue

Forest Service needs help to protect forest

Bored? Love the outdoors? Well, Chelsea Muise of the Payson Ranger District has an answer — volunteer for the Forest Service.

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Ah, spring … ah … choo!

Spring — the season of renewal ... and allergies.

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Student- centered health fair

Payson Unified School District and The Coordinated School Health Advisory Council will host the second annual Student Health Fair, designed especially for K-12 students and their families.

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Tonto National Monument offers eagle program

Tonto National Monument on April 11 will offer an evening program about bald eagles, given by guest biologist and nestwatcher Sara Eno.

Pine leads the way

The residents of Pine and Strawberry continue to lead the way when it comes to protecting their community from wildfires.

Speak up at water meeting

This is an open letter to Payson Water Company (formerly Brooke Utilities) customers.

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The ghosts of Shoofly

A world lost and found again amidst a scattering of stones

I’m a ghost hunter.

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PHS Bass Classic just the start of something big

Longhorn team wins tourney at Roosevelt Lake

Saturday’s event was big.

Two shots separate 3 teams

PMGA 4-man poker

Don Pollock, Ron Fischer, Popeye Clay and Ross Robertson teamed up to shoot 197 and win the Payson Men’s Golf Association 4-Man Poker event at Payson Golf Course on April 2.

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Major drug busts

On the heels of a major drug arrest last week, the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force and its K-9 Roman were busy again on another bust Friday.

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Be your own guinea pig to test your gluten tolerance

With more and more people being diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance, it was one of the hot topics at this year’s Women’s Wellness Forum at Payson High School March 29.

Angels abound

We have angels among us — no doubt about it. And it’s a good thing too — given the plight of our children.

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A world hidden in the tremble of cottonwood leaves

Spring brings explosion of green in trees whose genetics affect thousands of species

Suddenly, the cottonwoods have their leaves back.

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What you eat affects your sleep – truly!

The Healthy Foodie

The clock shows the time: 2 a.m.

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Tagged trout to be stocked into East Verde River

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is implanting radio tags into a small percentage of hatchery-raised trout that will be stocked into the East Verde River in order to examine stocked trout movement and fate.

Hitler and Alinsky

There were two very good letters in a recent Payson Roundup.

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C.C. Cragin Reservoir reopens

The long wait for the reopening of the C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir is finally over.

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PSWID board approves six-figure tank repair

The Gila County Board of Supervisors, acting as the interim board for the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, voted to approve paying $137,915 to fix the major storage tank for the water system.

Friday, April 4

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Gila County jumps at Arizona Gives Day initiative

Six nonprofits located in Gila County have signed on to take part in Arizona Gives Day on April 9.

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A slice of heaven on the Mogollon Rim

Another Week in the Creek

No, it’s Christopher Creek. Quite a number of folks around here have expressed their support of the idea that the Creek is much closer to paradise than, say, the Valley!

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Time to fish: Stocking of area waters has begun

Now is the time to fish for trout in Rim Country as the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery began stocking area streams and rivers on Tuesday and are scheduled to continue regularly stocking Black Canyon, Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs and Woods Canyon.

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Middle school soccer to benefit varsity program

Payson’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams both struggled this season.

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Theatre students stage rollicking musical

Young thespians bring back ‘Footloose’ for 10th anniversary

The musical “Footloose” will rollick onto the Payson High School stage next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Delayed property tax billing still being scrutinized

Save for 13 properties, the delay in sending out Gila County property tax bills is nearly resolved, according to Treasurer Debora Savage.

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Paulsons dominate Holbrook for top-ranked Horns

Arissa fans 9 in 3 innings and Arianna goes 4-for-4 with HR, 4 RBIs

It’s a luxury most high school softball coaches don’t have.

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Sometimes the harder we try the more foolish we look, Part 2

Your Turn

I left off last week where my National Guard outfit had arrived at Otis AFB, found it had one more company-size mess hall than it needed and turned the extra one into a break room equipped with a TV set.

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Forest restoration thinning underway

Questions remain about big trees, contractor’s shifting business plan

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative contractor Good Earth Power AZ wants to build a mill to handle millions of tons of small trees in Williams instead of Winslow, the latest wrinkle in a high-stakes forest thinning project on which Rim Country’s future may well depend.

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Poker run benefits local cancer patients

Annual event held in honor of Tonto Basin cowgirl

Laci Sopeland hopes no one ever has to go through what her family has suffered because of cancer, but if they do, she’s there to help.

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Thrift shop gets high-flying donation

St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift shop recently received its biggest donation ever from an anonymous donor, intended to help the largest food bank in Rim Country.

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GCC prepared to pay to get out of solar contract

The Gila Community College (GCC) governing board has waited for more than a year to put up solar panels in its parking lot, all the while watching government offices around the Rim Country complete projects.

Taste of Rim sets record

The final figures from our recent A Taste of Rim Country fundraiser are in, and, as we hoped, we set a record of nearly $13,000 in proceeds.

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PHS math teacher named county Teacher of the Year

When asked what they teach, most educators would name a subject — but Halli Kinnick answers that she teaches students.

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Students bring great music, dance to Rim

DJ's Music Trivia

“Now I gotta cut loose, footloose ...

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Schools seek donations for emergency buckets

All of the schools in the Payson Unified School District hope donors will provide buckets and emergency supplies for each classroom for use in the event of a lengthy lockdown.

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PCS students learn to navigate the city

The Payson Center for Success teachers secretly planned an urban adventure for their students, then set them free on Friday, March 28 to figure out how to use public transportation to get around Phoenix.

Response to Summerfelt

City of Flagstaff Wildland Fire Management Officer Paul Summerfelt’s letter (March 25) gets the facts wrong. In its Feb. 27 report, “Forest thinning tangles in dispute over tree size,” the Roundup clearly distinguished old-growth logging in the Jacob Ryan project on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with concerns about large tree logging in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).

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April brings test time, not showers

Rattlin' the Rim

AIMS achievement tests — the perplexing academic chores most students and teachers love to loathe — will be administered next week at Pine Strawberry School. AIMS reading and math testing for all grades except second will be conducted April 7 to 11. The second-graders will take their SAT test April 7 to 9. April 11 has been set aside as a test makeup day for those who are absent during the week.

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Payson troubadour living his dream

John Carpino working on his fifth studio CD

John Carpino began playing guitar as a 16-year-old. A year later, he wrote his first song. More than four decades later, he’s still at it.

Barton not a true voice for Rim Country majority

There are two types of so-called “representatives” in our Legislature and Congress. One attempts to work hard to address local issues by helping to resolve problems or initiate beneficial policies or programs. The other type is only interested in using their office to promote or advance personal philosophical agendas.

PHS 9 stampede Roadrunners

Payson No. 5 in power rankings

Number 5. That’s where Payson’s baseball team stood in the first Division 3 power rankings released Wednesday.

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Road maintenance money hangs in legislative limbo

Payson, Gila County seek return of state gas tax funds

The money Payson and Gila County urgently need to fix crumbling roads remains tangled up in the budget standoff between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature.

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Bust nets nearly $1M in drugs

Officers uncovered nearly a million dollars worth of illegal drugs in a vehicle on April Fools' Day, but it was no joke.

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Free electronic waste disposal event Saturday, April 12

Get rid of old computers and other potentially hazardous electronic waste that can’t go in a normal landfill on Saturday morning, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.

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Perfect weather, but rain needed for dry forest

The Village

The weather has been just perfect in the Village — the fruit trees are just about to pop their blossoms as well as the lilacs and the bulb flowers are starting to appear. But there is one big problem — we have had no rain and the forest is very dry.

Calling on citizen generosity again

The generosity of Rim Country residents is more and more amazing each year.

Making your home safe from wildfire

Despite an infusion from moisture in this week’s little storm, all of northern Arizona remains more vulnerable than normal to wildfire this year. There have already been two small forest fires near Flagstaff. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a brief threat of a fire near Whispering Pines.

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Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans

The Legislature continues to make life hard for local governments, with a series of bills that could potentially gut planning and zoning efforts — and unbalance local budgets.

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Fire chief finalists down to five, including two locals

Last interviews to be conducted April 11

Payson has winnowed the applications for the fire chief job from 33 down to five, including two area fire chiefs.

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You’re hired

New superintendent selected for PUSD

Dr. Gregory Wyman has accepted the Payson Unified School District’s (PUSD) offer to become the next superintendent of the district.

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Creating a civilization in one class period

The two sixth-grade girls from Barbara Potvin’s social studies class scrunched up their faces as they pointed to hand-drawn pictures.

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Class offerings for high school – still no calculus

Principal of Payson High School (PHS) Brian Mabb has lots of ideas for reinstating class offerings — but calculus is still not in the mix.

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Opening day: Little League starts Saturday

PLL to host softball state tourney in July

The 75th anniversary season of Little League International promises to be a big one for Payson Little League.

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Man sets out to walk across America

Londoner walking to raise funds for disabled children, diabetes

Neatly cropped salty hair, a close-trimmed white beard, and a charming British accent made Naz Yacoob one of the more unusual of the folks traveling across America that have dropped by the Roundup to share their story.

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Community Almanac

The Payson Lioness Club Enchanted April, Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show, co-sponsored by Dancing Queen Dresses and hosted and catered by Majestic Rim, is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

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Clubs and Organizations

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church parish hall, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson.

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Remember humane society on Arizona Gives Day

The Humane Society of Central Arizona (HSCAZ) is one of the nearly 1,000 nonprofit organizations participating in Arizona Gives Day, an online fund-raising initiative, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Thursday, April 3

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Payson McDonald’s offering free breakfast for students during AIMS testing

Arizona McDonald’s restaurants are inviting third- through eighth-grade students taking Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) tests to a free breakfast on April 7 and 8, the first two days of the test.

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Start today and every day with a laugh

Senior Moments

What’s not to like about April? Gentle breezes, warm sunshine, April showers (we hope), trees leafed out, flowers blooming — oh, sure, here in Rim Country we can still get a bit of leftover winter, but it seldom lasts more than a day or two. The name of this month is either from the Romans, meaning, “to open” or in honor of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.

Tuesday, April 1

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Community Almanac

The Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting books. Donations may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Pinon Café.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) monthly meeting is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the Payson Library community room, 328 N. Beeline Highway.

No excuse

The terrible complexity of domestic violence created a wrenching scene this week in a Gila County Superior courtroom.

Another form of abuse

While we’re on the topic of child abuse and domestic violence — what’s with the state Legislature?

Police commended for effort

A couple of weekends ago we, along with about a dozen other residents of the Woodhill subdivision, had their vehicles burglarized and/or vandalized.

Only citizens should vote

Recently on the evening news, Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo (D-13) railed against a recent federal court ruling affirming Arizona’s power to demand proof of citizenship of voters, saying that this would “suppress the vote of college students and the elderly.”

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PHS golfers team up to shoot another qualifying score

Four strokes separate six PHS golfers

The Payson High School golfers turned in a real team effort to amass its fourth state-qualifying score in five matches this season on March 25 at Chaparral Pines.

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Carnes fans 15 as Longhorns win 3rd straight

Payson beats Blue Ridge in baseball section opener

The Longhorns donned their camouflage jerseys on Thursday, but they didn’t exactly blend into the background.

Thank you for a great story

We want to thank you for bringing Emil Alberti’s World War II story to the attention of the Roundup readers.

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Make prom a happy memory, not a sorrow-filled one

The Payson High School prom is Saturday, April 26. Prom is a special event for most teens, maybe even a rite of passage.

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Tiny insects cause lock down of high school

At 1:30 p.m. on Friday the normally bustling Payson High School campus had only breezes blowing through the hallways, while faces of students peeked through classroom windows.

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Survey participants sought for adult day care service

The Payson Alzheimer’s Group, the Payson Senior Center and Rim Country Health are conducting a survey to gauge the interest within the community in establishing an adult day care service.

Websites that are useful

When we give to charities we want to know what the money is going for. Not for high executives’ salaries but for the purpose of the charity.

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Speed-dating superintendents

Community meets four finalists for the job

The four candidates for Payson’s top spot in the school district went through a grueling two hours of a speed dating-style type interviews in the district board room with district administration, town leadership, county and community college education administrators.

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The song of hummingbirds sounds once more

Hummingbirds return to Rim Country, with more to say than you might think

Arizona boasts more species of hummingbirds than any other state, since we lie on the route along which many of the feathered tufts travel from the tropics on up into the rest of North America.

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Election season in Rim Country

Spring is barely a week old, but political hopefuls are popping up all over the place.

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Lone vote foils tuition increase

Fittingly enough, the electricity went out during the fitful “raise the tuition” discussion at the Gila Community College (GCC) board meeting on March 27. The board needed four different communication devices to figure out how to resume the discussion.

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Living well with diabetes

There is really only one thing someone diabetes cannot do — use tobacco. According to John Hancock, a registered nurse and the area’s only certified diabetes educator, the old models of telling newly diagnosed diabetics what they can’t have are a thing of the past.

EPA is a rogue agency

The Environmental Protection Agency is the nation’s leading job killer, implementing and enforcing laws that impose impossible regulation burdens on American businesses.

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Horns looking strong at full strength

Arianna Paulson practically perfect in no-hitter

The Longhorns are back.

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Mogollon Health Alliance Calendar

Friday, April 4: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., main lobby, Payson Regional Medical Center – MHA Auxiliary Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale with baby items, scarves, catnip toys, dishcloths, jewelry and much more.

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Coach says Payson High track team progressing

Longhorns host Co-Ed Relays on Wednesday

Although they compete for the same school, Payson High’s boys and girls track and field teams are really just that, separate teams.

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It’s like Christmas with vegetables

The Healthy Foodie

Ever find yourself serving the same side of veggies week after week after week?

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School spending: Dead last

Well, it’s official: Dead last. No pussyfooting around.

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Perfect day for fishing

Fishing lines got snagged and tangled.

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House budget rebuff

Legislature whittles away at Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal

A revolt by moderate Republicans last week produced a House budget higher than the Senate version, but lower than Gov. Jan Brewer had requested.

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Victim pleads for abuser

Wrenching case illustrates cycle of abuse

A victim of domestic violence wept, begged and pleaded on behalf of her abuser, who after a furious argument chased her and bumped her car as she fled down the Beeline Highway with her children.

Access to contraception is good for public health

Before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments based on two lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act provision requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their health-care plans, it might be worthwhile to take a look back before moving forward.

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Wellness forum takes on intimate atmosphere

You missed a lot if you missed the 16th annual Women’s Wellness Forum.

Kennedy’s 62 takes PMGA honors

Jim Kennedy shot 62 to win the A Flight championship in the Payson Men’s Golf Association low net flighted event at Payson Golf Course on March 26. Tim Ernst was second and Don Pollack third.