Stories for March 2014


Sunday, March 30

Community Almanac, Feb. 28

Superintendent Candidate Forum - The board of the Payson Unified School District has narrowed the applicant field for superintendent to four candidates. The public is invited to a meet and greet from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 31 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Clubs and Organizations

High Country Garden Club - The monthly meeting of the High Country Garden Club is 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at the fellowship hall of the First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Colcord and Bonita Street, Payson.

Friday, March 28

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Sometimes the harder we try the more foolish we look

Your Turn

I’ve already told you the funniest thing I’ve have ever seen in my life, which was me trying very hard to be smart and ending up doing the dumbest thing I’ve ever done — and the funniest. I’ve already told you about it, but I’ll do a quick repeat so that I can get to numbers two, three and four.

Support in protest of water rates vital

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who worked to make our water rate-payers meeting in Gisela this past week so successful.

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Christopher Creek gets in your blood

Another Week in the Creek

Once Christopher Creek gets in your blood, there is no longer any immunity and certainly no cure. One must take care, however, to enjoy what we have and not overlook the little things. Sure, each year brings about some of the same rituals and expectations. On the other side of the coin, there are those new to the Creek who are about to experience and appreciate these things for the first time.

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Detention officer arrested for sneaking MP3 player into county jail

She worked for six weeks as an officer in the Gila County jail, but her career appears short lived. On Wednesday, Gila County announced it had arrested one of its own. Detention officer Brittany Gonzalez, 28, was reportedly smuggling contraband into the Globe jail with the help of an inmate’s sister, Monique Hernandez, 30, who also faces contraband charges.

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SV ponders to fence or not to fence

While everyone on the Star Valley Town Council is still enthusiastic about the new park the town is building, there was a little dust up over fencing at the March 18 meeting.

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Citizen protests food sales tax

The Payson Town Council got a furious talking to last week.

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Ban on glass

The Coconino National Forest has banned glass food and beverage containers on federal lands near Oak Creek and Fossil Creek, two popular public swimming areas. Broken glass containers have injured many people along these two streams.

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Full house: Payson couple plays host to team

Stahl home serves as hotel for night

Surprise Willow Canyon’s softball program only had enough money in the budget for one night in a Payson hotel for this year’s 10th Annual Gracie Haught Classic.

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Argument ends with car chase

A local barber could spend up to 7.5 years in prison after in a fit of anger he rammed his girlfriend’s car, which held two of his children.

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Jazz concert slated

Jazz trumpeter Ken Taylor and jazz pianist Dave Ihlenfeld with bassist Steve Douglas and drummer Gerry Reynolds will offer an April 6 concert at the Community Presbyterian Church located at 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

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Local foods celebrated

Local First Arizona on April 29 at 4 p.m. will celebrate local foods at a mixer featuring food and drink provided by Fossil Creek Creamery and THAT Brewery, including cheese, fudge and beer.

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Kids compete to clean up around the Village

The Village

My hands are starting to get itchy for planting flowers and veggies. This past weekend, I cleaned out my herb garden of pine needles and leaves and watered the herbs that are already starting to come up.

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High school chemistry shows off for middle school students

On a blustery day before Payson schools let out for the spring break, Meena Rustagi’s chemistry class showed off colored soap, glowing Mountain Dew, and burning dollar bills to middle school students.

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Brydon returns to Rim Country

A man with a keen eye for making women feel beautiful is back.

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Springtime suggestions for keeping pets healthy

Springtime triggers a lot of fun and exciting outdoor events such as hiking, gardening, fishing and playing outside with the kids and the family dog.

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ACC to meet in Payson on water rates

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will hold a public comment meeting on proposed water rate hikes at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

New wind blowing?

When you’re becalmed in your dingy, far from shore, running out of water — even a breath of wind can inspire a surge of hope.

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Pinyon pest chomps on trees

Pine-killing insect spreads throughout Rim Country

A pinyon pine-killing insect has dramatically increased its spread in Payson. The pinyon needle scale insect continues to spread mainly on seedling and sapling trees in the Alpine Heights, Rodeo Ranches and Green Valley Estates areas.

There is proof that guns are a deterrent to violence in schools

Arizona State Representative Andrew Sherwood, D-Tempe, says teachers should not be armed in defense of the children in their care because “there is no proof guns in schools make it safer” (Payson Roundup, March 4).

Thank you doctors

March 30 is National Doctor Recognition Day.

Support of Frugal Formal event appreciated

The Animal Welfare Thrift Shop and the local animal rescue groups we support would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and everyone who came and helped make our first Frugal Formal a success!

Thanks for getting Blattner Pit reopened

On behalf of the Kohl’s Tonto Creek Subdivision Homeowners Association (KRHOA), thank you so much to District 1 Gila County Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin for all your efforts to reopen the Blattner Pit in Preacher Canyon.

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School budget up – but just barely

After five years of layoffs, salary freezes and crumbling infrastructure, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) has turned a corner.

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Trails Day, Cinco de Mayo events around the corner

Rattlin' the Rim

Maureen Walsh and her fellow Pine Strawberry Trails Day volunteers are gearing up for what they hope will be the finest celebration in the three-year history of the event.

The truth about stop signs

I sure would like to know if Payson got all these stop signs in town free or at the very least, cheap or, to borrow a phrase from them, an offer they couldn’t refuse!

Neglecting our schools

The Payson School Board continues to struggle with the consequences of the state legislature’s abandonment of the public school system.

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School finalists picked

Four vie for top spot in Payson

After a marathon seven-hour meeting on March 24, the Payson Unified School District board narrowed the field of 22 superintendent candidates down to four.

County moves forward

Changes in economic development

The Industrial Development Authority of Gila County has a checkered past. Some county officials have expressed serious dissatisfaction with the lack of action in shoring up the area’s economy and the lopsided budget, with almost all of the money going to the south.

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Women turn hobbies into sweet success

If you have ever baked a cake from scratch, you know there are a thousand ways to mess it up. For a tasty cake you need to measure precisely, mix gingerly, bake just so and cool before frosting.

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One of the Rim’s best events is at hand

DJ's Music Trivia

One of my favorite weekend events is taking place tomorrow, this Saturday, at Green Valley Park.

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Rim Lakes area opens

The Rim Lakes Recreation Area including Forest Road 300 and all adjacent roads will reopen on Friday, March 28, by 4:30 p.m., providing access to Bear Canyon Lake on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and Knoll Lake on the Coconino National Forest.

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D-Day: Blood, history and memory

Honor Flight unleashes veteran’s flood of memories

The unwieldy, flat-bottomed LST loaded with 15 tanks and 400 soldiers wallowed through a terrifying succession of mines, spikes and traps toward Omaha Beach. Down below, Motor Machinist Mate Emil Alberti tended to the engines roaring so loud he could not hear the shout of the man next to him — much less the German shells raining down on all sides.

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PHS strong on Sedona track

Horns win 7 events at Friendship Games

Payson track and field athletes turned in several standout performances at the Sedona Red Rock Friendship Games on March 19.

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Bramble’s academic achievement

Payson Police Chief Don Engler called the Payson Town Council’s attention to Fire Department Captain Dan Bramble’s accomplishment in earning a Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University in Disaster Preparedness.

Unrestrained dogs in vehicles is hazardous

We read constantly about the dangers of distracted driving, such as driving while texting or talking on the cell phone. Some states have passed laws prohibiting such practices.

Tuesday, March 25

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Community Almanac, March 25

There is still time to register for the Women’s Wellness Forum, which is from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Payson High School.

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Clubs and Organizations, March 25

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to a crock pot Sunday Open House Luncheon at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 30 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

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Council votes to raise cable fee

Split vote on first boost in a decade

Anyone watching cable television will be chipping in a little extra to balance Payson’s budget.

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Police bollix up band of burglars

Police say they have nabbed the group responsible for at least a dozen burglaries near Woodhill over the past month.

A foolish hope

Here’s what we wish — although we know it’s foolish.

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Doggone happy tale

Animal lover helps find dog missing after truck rollover

Michele Bailey doesn’t like bad news. That’s why she rarely watches television news or reads a newspaper.

Why no jail time?

I can’t understand why Michelle Tina Petitte was not kept in jail or sent to prison ...

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Hospital touts trauma team upgrades

People who live in rural areas suffer a significantly greater risk that they’ll die from an accident — even from something as simple as a fall.

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Shorthanded Longhorns go 2-5 in Gracie Haught Classic

Defending champs struggle without four starters

Things didn’t exactly go as the Longhorns hoped.

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PHS posts another big win

Resurgent baseball team routs Lobos

Now this is more like it.

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Winslow softball team a class act

More Than a Game

Winslow High has won a lot of softball games in the last several years.

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8 ingredients in recipe to relax, strengthen

The practice of tai chi is thousands of years old, having evolved from a martial art into medicinal and meditative uses.

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Geocaching: The addictive lure of a treasure hunt

It seems I just cannot get enough screen time. I am glued to my computer eight-plus hours a day and when I get home, I watch Netflix and then play games on my smart phone before turning in. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I use Pinterest to lull me back to sleep with visions of baking double stuffed caramel brownies and constructing a table out of pallets.

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Home health care simplified

The idea of home health care is simple. People who have a condition that requires home health care such as diabetes, heart failure, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension or cardiovascular disease can receive skilled care in the privacy of their homes.

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Last alarm for one of our own

Rest in peace, Lt. Mollere

The tone out crackled across the Payson 911 scanners at 11 a.m. Saturday and the recording later echoed through a stately Phoenix church, past panes of stained glass and pews full of firefighters from around the state dressed in their best.

Politics done right

Now, we know “politician” is one of those 10-letter words that have a four-letter feel. But then again, watching a skilled politician operate with an eye to the public good can also prove very close to inspiring.

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Ask the pharmacist

I am scheduled for surgery and my expected hospital stay is at least three days. I take daily prescription medication. Can I bring them with me to take during my stay?

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Dark horse runs hard

Former congressman wants to be governor

Former Congressman Frank Riggs hopes he can parlay a long-ago vote to impeach then-President Bill Clinton, a fierce advocacy for parental choice and charter schools and an effortless, small-town charm into a chance to run the state of Arizona.

EPA questionable

Do we really need the EPA?

Couple really steps up to help fire department

The Houston Mesa Fire Department has been struggling the last few years budget-wise, as have all the fire departments in the region.

Crandell out of touch

Republican Senator Chester Crandell recently declared that the findings of 97 percent of all scientists and a host of professional scientific organizations to be invalid.

North Rim not part of 4FRI

After trying unsuccessfully several times to establish an account and provide a Web comment on the “Forest thinning tangles in dispute over tree size” article, I decided to send it via mail service.

Judge won’t run

Wise decision. He tries to bring justice to the criminal system and “Plea Deal” County Attorney Beauchamp and his prosecutors want to work out plea deals that amount to minimum sentences.

See stars April 5 at Tonto Natural Bridge

Plan to travel to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Saturday, April 5 for a special Star Night event.

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Forum focuses on power of sleep

The lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problems — from short tempers to brain fog to stress to actual health issues. So, to address these problems and present ways to solve them, the sponsors of the annual Women’s Wellness Forum are making sleep the focus of the event Saturday, March 29.

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Senior Circle News

The Lunch & Learn Wednesday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will feature Allergies with Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton.

Crandell commended

This is in response to Pete Aleshire’s March 12 article “Senator fights wolf reintroduction.” ( First, it is the local government’s responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. This includes protecting local citizens from the adverse societal and economic impacts of federal actions.

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Harpe fires 5-under-par at SFGC

Snowflake Golf Course is starting to feel like a home course for Payson.

Foursome wins by a stroke in PMGA action

The quartet of Doug Talbot, Dave Rutter, Mike Anderson and Dan Dorough shot 191 to win the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s Team Best 3 out of 4 scores each hole event on March 19 at Payson Golf Course.

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Pine strife dampened

Citizen group promised for water district

The Gila County Board of Super­visors appointed a citizen committee to oversee an audit and the creation a next year’s Pine-Strawberry Water Improve­ment District (PSWID) budget at its board meeting on March 20 — opening the floodgates of good vibes.

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Losing Lobo’s respect on the banks of Haigler Creek

A fly-fishing challenged photographer faces a fateful choice

“This time, we’re going to fish,” I said flintily to Lobo, as he jumped down out of the Jeep at the Fisherman’s Point parking area off Colcord Road. He landed lightly on four paws, cocked his head, and studied me skeptically.

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County helps Rim Country businesses

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is helping business “grow” in Rim Country. It approved moves to open a pizza parlor and visitor accommodations in Pine and transferring liquor licenses to the new owner of the venerable Creekside in Christopher Creek.

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Oils that can take the heat without taking it out on your heart

The Healthy Foodie

Every cook needs a reliable partner in the kitchen — a helpmate that can take the heat without panicking.

Friday, March 21

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Can’t beat fun at the old ballpark

More Than a Game

This is my favorite time of year.

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North Country HealthCare opens

Clinic offers alternative for people struggling to afford health care

After several years of discussion and planning, Gila County’s first community health center is a reality.

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Rotary honors top firefighter, officer

Service club throws a party to honor first responders

Payson firefighter Capt. Rick Winton and Payson police officer Sgt. Les Barr were honored re­cently as Officer and Firefighter of the Year by the Rim Country Rotary Club at its annual banquet.

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Rim Country bracing for wildfires

Fire chiefs, emergency workers now rely on network of water stored for fire trucks

An improvised handful of water tanks and bladders has grown into a sophisticated network essential to the firefighting strategy of every fire department in Rim Country.

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Republican seeks to unseat Attorney General Horne

Brnovich cites legal woes of incumbent

A Republican candidate seeking to unseat an incumbent from his own party brought his hard-hitting campaign to Payson last week, with an appearance before the Payson Tea Party.

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Park’s surprising back story

Green Valley solved a whole flood of problems

While returning from a meeting at the Northern Gila County Sanitary District (NGCSD) in 1988, Buzz Walker and Rich Williamson drove past the pastures next to Julia Randall Elementary — and had a vision.

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Flames of controversy

Senators oppose plan to budget for wildfires

Arizona’s two U.S. Senators have come out against a widely hailed, bipartisan effort to fundamentally change how the federal government finances its wildfire fighting efforts.

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Rollover closes Highway 87

Driver unhurt in single-car crash

A single-vehicle rollover accident shut down both lanes of traffic on northbound Highway 87 north of Rye for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

Publicity was great

We, the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, are extending a humongous thank you for the Friday front page article about our archaeology gathering Saturday.

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He’s worth the wait

College finally gets new board member

The Gila Community College board (GCC) has patiently waited nine months for a new board member to replace Tom Loeffler, but the wait for the newest member to the family was well worth it.

Do not block wildfire reforms

Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain are principled conservatives — with distinguished records when it comes to the uphill battle to bring order and discipline to federal budgeting.

A gentle hand earns lasting trust

Chandra Cushman of the Humane Society of Central Arizona debunks a number of myths about cats and rightfully so.

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Longhorns bounce back in big way

Baseball team beats champs

Payson entered Tuesday’s baseball game at defending state champion Fountain Hills struggling.

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Club Payson excels on volleyball court

Two teams seeking donations for trip

Two Club Payson volleyball teams have excelled this season.

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Gracie Lee Haught Classic bigger than ever

10th annual event boasts 20 teams

Ten years after a tragic accident claimed the life of 3-year-old Gracie Lee Haught, her memory lives on.

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Troop 7354 Eagle honors awarded

Lifetime Payson resident Johnathon Brandt will celebrate achieving the rank of Eagle along with his brother and fellow Eagle Emerson Carr on May 9 as a senior at Payson High School.

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Pinewood Derby runs on community spirit

At least a dozen years of history has helped the Pack 7354 Pinewood Derby grow through community spirit.

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Go Girl volleyball team takes title

Payson’s jr. high squad elevates play to go 5-0 in must-win sets

Payson’s Go Girl junior high volleyball team won Saturday’s tournament at Show Low.

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PHS desperate to sell tickets

It’s a great deal.

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Shorthanded Horns keep winning softball games

Payson routs Fountain Hills 14-3

The Paulson sisters largely account for the high expectations for this year’s Payson High softball team.

Help with benefit appreciated

Zane Grey Friends of NRA hosted their 19th Annual Dinner and Auction Feb. 22. It was a great success thanks to our donors, sponsors and attendees. Tonto Apache Tribe underwrote the NRA Gun of the Year, which was this year’s highlight of the live auction.

History re-written

Almost 230 years ago, a handful of brave men and women — merchants, soldiers, educators, farmers, clerics, physicians and lawyers — all met in Philadelphia, Pa.

One of the finest is no longer with us

Bobby Mollere, a resident of Mead’s Ranch and member of the Hellsgate Fire Department has answered his final call.

Welcome to the circus

Welcome to the battle, Mr. Zilisch. Or maybe it’s the circus. Either way, you’ve come in the nick of time.

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Brush pits finally reopened

For months, a funding tangle shut down brush pits where residents can get rid of dangerous tangles of brush — a vital tool in the effort to protect Rim Country communities from wildfire.

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Another attack on public education funds

Rattlin' the Rim

A divisive Arizona school plan that is advancing in the Legis­lature could be a deathblow to public schools including Pine and Strawberry’s.

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Wind no match for St. Patrick’s celebrations

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had some wind over last weekend. How much wind was there, you ask? Well, it would have blown your hat in the creek. It was absolutely fierce. It gusted hard enough to blow the fuzz off the pussy willows.

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Still feeling the loss

The Village

The memorial service for Robert “Bobby” Mollere will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 22 at the All Saints Church, 6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

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Living for 80 years means a lot more today than it used to – Part III

Your Turn

Last week I warned you that you might think I was out of my mind when you read what I have to say about what may going to happen to information technology — and when.

Join PWGA; season begins Tuesday

The Payson Women’s Golf Association season begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 25 with a Kickoff Breakfast at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s Cedar Ridge Restaurant, followed by an informal game of golf.

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Sailing away with Payson’s yacht club

DJ's Music Trivia

I’ll bet that many readers would be surprised to know that Payson has a yacht club, right here in town. I know I was.

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Clubs and Organizations, March 21

87 Mountain Biking Club meets at 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the 87 Bike Shop, 907 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

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Low-cost vaccination clinic coming in April

Low-Cost vaccinations will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. in Payson.

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Community Almanac, March 21

The Rim Country Optimist Club members are calling all kids — from 3 to 103 — to join them for a fun day of fishing Saturday, March 29.

Thursday, March 20

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Firefighters train for a disaster

Seven area fire agencies came together recently in Rumsey Park for a wildland refresher.

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Pullen seeks treasurer’s office

Longtime Republican insider, activist and financier Randy Pullen stumped through Payson hopefully en route to the state treasurer’s office with an appearance before the Gila County Republican Party.

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Brush pits will reopen to promote yard thinning

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Firewise Rim Country, commonly called RPAP has reached an agreement that could reopen the brush pits by Saturday, March 22.

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Dangerous search yields only mystery, frustration

Gila County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Scott made a somber report on the mysterious disappearance of Paul Tomasso, 56, who left his car for a four-day hike on Feb. 13 and disappeared into the rugged wilderness.

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Appeals court upholds $7.3 million verdict

Repeated knee surgeries left woman crippled; in chronic pain

A Gila County Superior Court judge made no mistakes in the course of a trial that ended in a $7.3 million jury verdict for a woman whose botched knee surgery left her in chronic pain and unable to walk normally, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week.

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Rim Country chamber gets a happy transplant

Sandy Koenig, the new executive director and manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a relatively new “transplant” to the area. She and her husband Mike just moved here in November. They have been part-time residents of Pine since 1992 though, so they aren’t really “new” residents.

Wednesday, March 19

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Christopher Creek snags $200,000 fire grant

Fire department will thin forest to protect residents

For the third year in a row, the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Depart­ment has received a federal grant to clear brush to protect homes from the threat of wildfires.

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Heroin arrests

Woman smuggles drugs into jail

One 18-year-old Valley woman spread the curse of heroin from the streets of Payson into the Gila County Jail where she was charged with “promoting prison contraband” on March 10.

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Chore Solutions owner is just like anyone else

Detailer doesn’t let cerebral palsy tarnish his shine

He gets to play with all sorts of expensive cars and trucks, a favorite pastime, even if he can’t afford them.

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Lessons from the grocery store

Grocery store shopping: Everyone does it, but not everyone knows what goes on behind the scenes.

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Law keeps anyone from harvesting dead elk

Early in the morning on Monday, Feb. 24, an elk lay suffering by the side of the Houston Mesa Road, a victim of a hit and run.

Tuesday, March 18

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Community Almanac, March 18

Volunteers with Payson Area Habitat for Humanity have been invited by Gila County to help with the deconstruction of the house at 203 W. Frontier St., Payson.

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Clubs and Organizations, March 18

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 in the community room of the Payson Public Library.

PMGA teams competitive

It’s going to be a competitive year in the Payson Men’s Golf Association if the season-opening four-man scramble on March 12 is any indication.

Our protectors

We cannot help but feel inspired and heartened when you gather in one place so many of the people willing to run great risks to protect Rim Country from the catastrophe that stalks us all.

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Payson Care Center: A tradition of care since 1986

Award-winning staff and facility voted ‘Best’ by Roundup readers four years in a row

Payson Care Center is located just west of Payson Regional Medical Center at 107 E. Lone Pine Dr. Payson Care Center is a post-acute care facility offering skilled nursing and therapy services to patients after surgery or illness. The facility’s staff prides itself in the ability to care for higher acuity patients serving Payson and all of Northern Arizona.

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Let the madness begin

More Than a Game

The best week of the year is upon us.

Impact fees

I found your March 4 article on impact fees interesting. Leaving aside the issue of just how equitable it is to charge impact fees only on new development ...

Constitution limits law-making by feds

Once again the Arizona State Senate Rules Committee kills a constitutional bill because “it would probably violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives federal laws priority over conflicting state laws” (“Local lawmakers would make sheriffs ultimate authority,” Payson Roundup, March 7.)

Family thankful

The family of Ted Miller sends its thanks to all who were so generous with remembrances.

We just need more guns

Schools are faltering, for lack of funding.

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Baseball team off to slow start

Sloppy play dooms PHS vs. SL

This is certainly not what any of us had in mind.

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Track team loaded with potential

Jonathan Ball has a lot of question marks about this year’s Payson High track and field team. He hopes to find answers before the season gets too old.

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Frightening fire season starts with a close call

Firefighters prepare for the worst

A frightening fire season nearly started with disaster when piled up brush caught fire on the outskirts of Whispering Pines right after the last storm of winter, fire chiefs from throughout the area learned at a pre-fire-season gathering last week.

Gracie Haught starts Friday

The Gracie Haught Classic High School Softball Tournament is set for Friday-Saturday at Rumsey Park. Here’s Friday’s schedule.

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Judge won’t run

Duber cites prosecutor ‘bullying’

Citing “bullying, cunning use of rules and political self-interest” by the Gila County Attorney’s Office, Gila County Superior Court Judge Robert Duber has decided not to seek re-election.

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Firefighter service slated

The Hellsgate Fire Department will lead a procession of emergency vehicles to deliver Lt. Bobby Mollere’s ashes to his final resting place in the Valley on Saturday.

Offering bad bill for later cleanup bad legislation

Rep. Brenda Barton is chair of the committee that voted to advance HB 2587 to change Arizona law regarding cruelty to animals. She seems startled at the public uproar over her actions.

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Guns in town hall

Bill to curtail limits clears House

The state House has passed a measure that would make it more difficult to keep guns out of public buildings — and impose potentially steep costs on towns if they try.

Club needs your help

Two Club Payson volleyball teams are heading to Los Angeles for the Southern California National Qualifier this weekend. This tournament features teams from all across the United States, and will be played on 79 courts in the LA Convention Center.

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It’s time for bed

As a teacher for more than 20 years, I know that well-rested children do better in school. They also have more friends, they are happier, and they naturally run, jump and play when they’ve had enough rest.

Star Valley park

I must agree with Mayor McDaniel.

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Recovering close to home has many advantages

Having surgery locally helps in the recovery process

Susan Bobek is no stranger to joint replacement surgery. She has had both knees replaced and recently local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Patrick Harrison, replaced both of her hips within four months of each other.

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Gosar visits Payson Care Center

Congressman hears residents’ concerns about health care

Congressman Paul Gosar recently made a special visit to Payson Care Center. A dentist by profession, Gosar has an interest in health care revisions specifically as it applies to dental care with the elderly. The Congressman listened to the residents’ concerns about how health care changes have affected skilled nursing care facilities.

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The Payson Care Center Therapy Department will offer a monthly pre-surgery orthopedic workshop for patients undergoing hip and knee surgery.

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A different perspective on stress

You almost need an ark to survive the flood of available information on stress management. Numerous programs, seminars, conferences, books and workshops focus on avoiding or coping with stress.

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Payson’s Long Term Care Options

Payson offers several long-term care options for its aging population. Seniors retire to Payson because of its perfect climate and small-town, relaxed feeling.

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Spring fever is sizzling

Has the early beautiful weather put you in the mood for planting?

Monday, March 17

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Safeway sold – but market remains

Merger with Albertsons creates monster supermarket chain

Safeway and Albertsons announced last week an agreement to merge, although corporate officials said Safeway will retain its name and probably won’t lay off employees.

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Star Valley moves quickly to build park

Work on the newly approved Star Valley Park was underway the day after the town council approved the plan.

Sunday, March 16

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Customers swarm Carl’s Jr. restaurant

Rim Country residents have watched and waited expectantly as the building on the northeast corner of Highways 87 and 260 transformed over the last few months.

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Search for man missing near Young halted

Sheriff and search and rescue officials on March 8 called off the 11-day search for Paul Tomasso in rugged country south of Young.

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Payson’s town attorney challenges judge

Tim Wright recently threw his hat in the ring for Gila County Superior Court judge hoping to unseat incumbent Robert Duber.

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Judge Duber philosophical about election challenge

Payson town attorney Tim Wright seeks to unseat longtime judge

After 28 years on the bench, Gila County Superior Court Judge Robert Duber II has seen it all. From attorneys impeaching witnesses on the stand, to deadbeat parents, child molesters and sometimes even, the grandchildren of people he once prosecuted.

Saturday, March 15

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Members of the Rim Country Celts plan a series of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the community over the next few days.

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Water bill blunder

Financing bill barely saved

The near-death of a state bill to make it easier to finance local water projects last week briefly threw Payson into a panic about financing for the final $30 million needed to build the Blue Ridge pipeline.

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Payson’s superfund site finally cleaned up

After years of work, officials say they have removed toxic dry cleaning chemicals that contaminated the groundwater at Cherry and Tonto well sites.

Friday, March 14

Spare us the lecture

Now, we love to bash the federal government as much as anyone.

Hijacked bills would punish whistleblowers seeking to expose animal cruelty

Legislation originally meant to help pets in hoarding situations has been hijacked by the state’s agribusiness industry.

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Barton’s animal cruelty bill advances

House approves changes after controversial provisions cut

A controversial bill on animal cruelty sponsored by a Rim Country lawmaker eked through the House last week.

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House strips funds from thinning bill

State lawmakers cut original $25 million for thinning to $200,000

A bill designed to provide money to thin the forest around fire-menaced communities last week survived a state House vote — but only after lawmakers stripped away most of the money proposed.

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Archaeological Society unearths a great time Saturday

On a high ridge overlooking Payson, clues to a gripping mystery lie scattered — mostly hidden from view.

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Track team boasts strong efforts in two meets

Svir wins at NAU, Chapman 3-time champ at PHS

Danya Svir finished tied for eighth in the high jump in last year’s Division III state meet. Payson High track and field coach Jonathan Ball thinks she has a shot at winning the crown this spring.

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Paulson hopes to drive Longhorns into history

Lone senior is a team leader

For all her success on the softball field, one thing is missing for Arianna Paulson: a state championship.

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Shorthanded golfers keep winning

Four Horns card best rounds of year

Sometimes, a coach can’t help but wonder whether his team can rise to a challenge.

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Kind stranger saves the day

More Than a Game

I enjoy hiking — a day outdoors with spectacular scenery and a sense of adventure, all the while burning calories. Plus, my dogs love it.

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Fire code furor

Payson seeks to cut danger despite council’s qualms

Despite the council’s qualms about the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code, the Payson Town Council is moving forward with an effort to reduce the risk the next megafire could consume the whole town, says Mayor Kenny Evans.

Fool us once

You know what they say: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice — well, don’t look too hard in the mirror. Or words to that effect.

Did he really say that?

Referring to the council refusing to adopt the Firewise codes — Please tell me you misquoted some of the councilors’ remarks

Rules have no cost-benefit analysis

While it is true that many of the fire code rules are the result of significant tragic experience, but many of them aren’t.

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P/S students prepare for school play

Rattlin' the Rim

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it,” said Peter Pan.

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Water’s up and so’s the javelina count

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is home to a growing number of javelina this season. There appears to be a bumper crop of offspring and we now have four adults and five babies roaming around.

PWGA seeks new members

The Payson Women’s Golf Association season begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 with a Kickoff Breakfast at Mazatzal Casino’s Cedar Ridge Restaurant, followed by an informal game of golf.

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Living for 80 years means a lot more today than it used to, Part II

Your Turn

Last week we talked about how even the most wild-eyed science-fiction fan back in 1939 would not have dared to predict that some of the changes we have seen in recent years arrive here so soon.

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TCCA program promises to be terrific

DJ's Music Trivia

This coming Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium, the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) series will present its sixth concert (of a series of eight) of the 2013-14 season, “Back on Broadway.”

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Hellsgate firefighters mourn loss of one of their own

The Village

The Hellsgate Fire Department is in deep mourning over the loss of one of their own firefighters, Lt. Bobby Mollere.

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Community Almanac, March 14

History of Green Valley Park - The Northern Gila County Historical Society is hosting Chuck Jacobs and Buzz Walker at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 at the Rim Country Museum.

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Clubs and Organizations, March 14

The next meeting of the Payson Art League is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.

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Do your part — spay or neuter your pets

The Humane Society of Central Arizona and its affiliates are firm believers in spaying and neutering, because it saves lives.

Thursday, March 13

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Town departments submit wish lists for upcoming budget year

It’s not Christmas time, but Town of Payson department heads have been making their capital spending lists — and checking them twice.

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Senator fights wolf reintroduction

Rim Country’s representative pushing bill to defy federal rules

Rim Country Sen. Chester Crandell (R-Heber) has taken the lead in pressing for legislation to limit the reintroduction of Mexican Gray Wolves in Arizona.

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Whispering Pines gets new tool to battle wildfires

Whispering Pines Fire District recently added a new piece of equipment to its wildland firefighting toolbox — a small, self-contained firefighting skid mounted in the bed of their Polaris Ranger.

Wednesday, March 12

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End of one woman’s chaotic crime wave

Woman sentenced for assaults, burglary, fleeing cops, child abuse

A Payson woman who launch­ed a crime wave of her own is now heading for prison to serve a nine-year sentence.

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Payson DECA successful at state conference

Winners to compete in Atlanta at DECA Interna­tional Career Development Con­ference in May

Payson students won 24 awards in a statewide competition that drew 2,200 students from business clubs from throughout the state March 2 through March 4 in Phoenix.

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Rim Country senator: ‘We’re going to starve to death’

Crandell advocates more carbon dioxide in the air to spur plant growth

Sen. Chester Crandell (R-Heber) at a recent senate committee hearing said reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would inhibit plant growth so that “we’re going to starve to death because we cannot produce enough food for the amount of people being produced on the Earth.”

Stubborn facts

A nice, reasonable disagreement. Maybe some bitter debate — firmly grounded in facts. Too much to ask?

Tuesday, March 11

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Start your engines ...

Fierce governor’s race hits Payson with plea to keep cutting budget

Secretary of State Ken Bennett brought his freshly minted campaign for governor to Payson on Saturday, calling for fresh spending cuts in the precariously balanced state budget and the eventual elimination of the income tax.

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We have lost one of our own

A beloved Hellsgate volunteer firefighter who battled the Wallow and Yarnell fires, kept aging fire trucks running and did endless favors for his many friends, collapsed and died Friday while taking a fitness test.

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Woman, two dogs survive rollover

The one-vehicle rollover accident that all but closed Highway 260 Monday looked horrific — but one woman and three dogs survived the crash. Paramedics extracted the woman from her smashed truck and rushed her to a Phoenix hospital. The three dogs were ejected from the truck as it rolled — but two survived and one remains missing.

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New approach to hip surgery helps patients move better sooner

The human body is a marvelous — almost magical — creation. It can survive a tremendous punishment over the years. Given time and attention, it can recover from injuries and illnesses that would have killed it just 50 years ago.

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Senior Circle News

Membership in Senior Circle will help you get more out of life through health talks, social events, travel opportunities and valuable member-only discounts and privileges.

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Benefits of physical, occupational therapy

The beginnings of physical therapy can be traced back to 450 B.C. when Hippocrates used water therapy and massage to treat his patients for stress relief and healing. Little advancement occurred for centuries until the late 1800s when British nurses formulated the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and began instructing others in techniques found to be beneficial to their patients.

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PRMC introduces latest additions

Emergency Department earns Level IV Trauma Center designation

The latest additions to Payson Regional Medical Center were formally introduced last Tuesday. Interim Chief Executive Officer Elmer Hyde met residents and business leaders at PRMC’s monthly Community Leadership Breakfast.

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Rim Country women invited to Wellness Forum

The March 29 Women’s Wellness Forum at the Payson High School this year will focus on sleep. Registration forms are available at the Mogollon Health Alliance, (928) 472-2588 or at Senior Circle (928) 472-9290. Registration is $15.

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Softball team 6-3 at Wickenburg

Payson’s softball team went 6-3 in the 24-team Wickenburg Wrangler Classic held Friday-Saturday.

Payson councilor responds to fire code editorial

Perhaps you should read the proposed international code and Firewise codes more closely.

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Baseball team rebounds from shutout to win 11-1

After going 1-2 in the Fountain Hills Invitational the previous week, Payson’s baseball team opened at home against Cottonwood Mingus on Thursday looking to shake off a pair of one-run losses.

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Arissa Paulson voted all-section

Sister Arianna Paulson named to second team

Her teammates lovingly call her a beast because of her strength.

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Harpe leads PHS to win

Dean Harpe was medalist with a 37 to lead Payson’s golf team to victory in a three-team match at Chaparral Pines on Thursday. The junior was the only golfer to card a state-qualifying round of 41 or lower.

Founding Unity of Payson

I wanted to respond to a recent letter regarding the founding of Unity of Payson.

GCC tuition up, down

Six months after Gila Community College (GCC) lowered its tuition, Dean Cullen is now requesting an increase.

‘Miscellaneous expense’ of water provider preposterous

I have been a homeowner and resident of Mead’s Ranch since it was first subdivided in 1961.

Candidate neglect

We couldn’t help but notice the unsettling juxtaposition of two stories on today’s front page.

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Auditor: Classroom spending dwindling

Payson schools have less money to spend on each child than in 2008, but the district has a B grade overall, mostly because students continue to do better in math, reading, writing and science than either comparable districts or the average student statewide.

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Taste of Rim’s tasty triumph

The book on the 2014 Taste of Rim Country is closed, leaving almost everyone feeling full and satisfied.

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Participants sought for adult day care survey

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

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Clubs and Organizations, March 11

The Payson Area Singles will meet at Jake’s Corner from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 16 to celebrate March birthdays.

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Community Almanac, March 11

Area churches are now holding Lenten Services Wednesday evenings. The Lutheran churches and Payson United Methodist Church all have announced services and each is also offering a soup supper preceding the service.

Friday, March 7

Argue the facts, not fiction

It is a shame that some of your readers often believe Raymond Spatti actually knows what he’s talking about. Here are some facts to set the record straight about HB2587:

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Local lawmakers would make sheriffs ultimate authority

A bill sponsored by Rim Country’s state legislative delegation that would have required federal law enforcement personnel to register with local sheriffs and turn over half of their fines to the counties has died in committee.

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Citizens’ committee advises extension of road tax

It took the county’s citizens’ committee only two meetings to decide voters should extend the existing half-cent transportation excise tax another 20 years.

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Law would force re-votes on ballot measures

Rim Country senator pushes bill to put propositions back on ballot every eight years

The Senate Elections Committee on a party-line vote has approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Chester Crandell (R-Heber) that would require voters to re-approve ballot measures every eight years.

Paper carriers great

Just wanted to let you know how great our paper delivery person is.

Family appreciates thoughtfulness

The family of Allyson Rene Randall wish to thank all those involved with the planning of her beautiful service. We are also very grateful to those who were able to attend the Celebration of her Life.

Nonsense laws a way to distract public

Are you kidding me? If there is anyone who lives in Arizona besides me who wonders why the Legislature is so consumed with passing useless bills that have no meaning, please remember who these “public servants” are come election time.

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Eagle dad is awesome parent

DJ's Music Trivia

Last week I wrote about the very recent and awe-inspiring aerial display that two juvenile American bald eagles put on in the skies over Green Valley Park.

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New fire station and bridge in the Village

The Village

Not only is the Village getting a new fire station this year, but we are also getting a new bridge that will be crossing the creek and doing away with that big dip that goes in the creek.

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Living for 80 years means a lot more today than it used to

Your Turn

As of last week I have lived 82 years. That’s not so unusual; many people live that long or longer, but living that long is different from what it was in the past. We live in a world of accelerating change.

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Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrated in P/S

Rattlin' the Rim

A bevy of enthusiastic and civic-minded Zane Grey Kiwanis club members showed up bright and early March 3 at Pine-Strawberry School armed with lessons and games aimed at motivating students in their celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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Common Core survives

Senate nixes bid to limit federal standards

A slew of bills before the Arizona Legislature that would allow school districts to opt out of federal Common Core Standards, but this week the Senate spiked the first of those bills — Senate Bill 1310.

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Sexting gets attorney in trouble

Public defender loses court contract because of messages

After reportedly carrying on a sexting relationship with a client, defense attorney Robert Standage lost his contract with Gila County Superior Court.

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Star Valley set to build park

Visions of picnics, park benches and horseshoe pits had the Star Valley Town Council bubbling with excitement Tues­day as it approved spending $40,000 to build its first public park.

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Longhorn golfers start strong

Juniors Harpe and Ridley lead way at Snowflake

SNOWFLAKE — Denny Morse has seen a lot in his 16 years as a coach for the Payson High golf team.

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Austin Young honored on all-section team

Senior point guard makes second team

An 8-21 season wasn’t what the Longhorns envisioned before the start of the boys basketball season.

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Start of something special?

Softball team routs Mingus

It didn’t take long for this year’s edition of Payson High’s varsity softball team to begin showing why Longhorn supporters are so excited about the possibilities for this season.

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Hurray for the rain — and snow

Another Week in the Creek

Hey, we got a little last weekend and it was pretty good. But, you know it’s always good especially when you haven’t had any in a while. It was slow and mostly gentle, but with a couple periods of intensity. Christopher Creek, unofficially, had two-and-a-quarter inches of water out of the sky mostly in the form of rain, but with an inch or so of snow to cap off the storm. We’ll take it!

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Payson council balks at Firewise codes

The proposed adoption of a fire building code for new home construction set off a firestorm of opinions at a Payson Town Council study session Tuesday, with most councilors adamantly against the idea.

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Students off to state science fair

Five Payson students will represent the school district at the Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair, March 31 through April 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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2014 Taste of Rim already a success

For the second year in a row, tickets are sold out to the annual A Taste of Rim Country fund-raiser Saturday, March 8 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

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Common cat myths debunked

Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we often hear a lot of myths about cats and dogs.

Gosar defended by staff

I’m writing in response to two letters to the editor: Lawrence Hoffenberg’s Feb. 28 letter and Jeannette Sindik’s March 4 letter. As a member of Rep. Paul Gosar’s staff, I can say with absolute certainty that these letters were misleading and completely misrepresent the facts.

They’ve got to be joking

We’re hoping the Payson Town Council study session on adopting a wildland-urban interface fire code was some kind of very elaborate joke.

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All-section teams a mess

More Than a Game

This just isn’t working.

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Plea deal dispute persists

Prosecutors, judge can’t agree on plea

A Gila County judge is standing behind his decision to reject a restrictive plea deal negotiated by the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

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Clubs and Organizations, March 7

Join members of the Rim Country Photography/Camera Club at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 10 to learn about photography in low-light conditions.

Tuesday, March 4

Get rid of Gosar

I couldn’t agree with Lawrence Hoffenberg more! I too have written letters to Dr. Gosar and have had to sometimes wait a long time for a response.

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Fancy Finds a mix of new and old

Home’s feeling of happiness keeps customers coming back

Tucked among Pine’s antique shops is something new.

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Dominant flu strain especially harmful to young people

PHOENIX – When Jamie Ison got a fever in early January, he didn’t expect that he’d end up in intensive care. But within three days, he was diagnosed with H1N1, and his body was failing fast.

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Women’s Wellness Forum focuses on power of sleep

The lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problems — from short tempers to brain fog to stress to actual health issues. So, to address these problems and present ways to solve them, the sponsors of the annual Women’s Wellness Forum are making sleep the focus of the event Saturday, March 29.

Future Longhorns Baseball Camp March 12

This camp will be held at the Payson High School baseball field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 and is open to all boys in the third-eighth grades.

Animal cruelty bill a joke

State Rep. Brenda Barton recently pushed HB 2587 through her committee to minimize penalties for animal cruelty perpetrators and maximize criminalization of whistleblowers.

Begging the GOP to care about Americans

A group of Prescott activists met at the office of Congressman Paul Gosar on Jan. 9. We were there to plead for mercy for our fellow Americans.

Elks ‘superstars’ event was wonderful

Saturday night the Payson Elks hosted a wonderful dinner, show and dancing.

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Longhorns stumble out of the gate

Heartbreaking losses leave Payson 1-2

FOUNTAIN HILLS – An unbeaten season would have been fun.

Fire departments grow more costly

The state Supreme Court just added another powerful incentive to carefully consider a merger or joint powers agreement for Rim Country’s valiant, but scattered fire departments.

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Dacanay wants to help in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Former PHS standout seeks donations

Mason Dacanay wants to give back.

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Payson may scrap some impact fees

State rules could force town to drop fees used for parks, Blue Ridge pipeline

Payson in April will seek public input on impact fees charged to builders to pay for water, parks, fire, police and streets.

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Delicious delights await at Taste of Rim Country event

The 2014 Taste of Rim Country event at the Payson Public Library is a sellout; so only the lucky ticket holders will delight in all the delicious entries from the area’s culinary experts.

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Seems spring can hardly wait in Rim Country

March this year certainly came in like a lion didn’t it?

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Humorist urges laughter for all that ails you

Bobbie Staten has always had a reputation for being a talker and for being funny.

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Payson High track schedule

March 4 at NAU Sky Dome Classic, 8:30 a.m.

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Bill to restore gas tax money advances

A bill to restore gas tax money for road projects to towns and counties has moved past the House Appropriations Committee en route to a floor vote.

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Costly pension ruling

Payson may have to come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of a recent state Supreme Court ruling overturning the Legislature’s vote to decrease the inflation adjustment on retirement payments to judges, police officers, prison guards and firefighters, said Payson Mayor Kenny Evans.

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Town threat?

Man allegedly threatened council, staff bought guns

A man who allegedly asked police about security at town council meetings after threatening council members was arrested recently after he lied about his address to buy several guns.

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‘Horrific’ crash closes Hwy. 87

Another smashup at deadly ‘Corvair Curve’

A “horrific” motorcycle wreck at Corvair Curve Sunday afternoon closed southbound Highway 87 for several hours and landed a man in the hospital in serious condition.

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College board still grappling with tuition dilemma

For the second month in a row, the Gila Community College Board (GCC) has punted on deciding whether to raise tuition, despite vigorous support from senior dean Stephen Cullen.

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The greenest of exercise, but he’s still out of breath

So I’m huffing up this hill, thinking how gravity ain’t nearly as reliable a thing as Isaac Newton assumed. I haven’t done the measurements, but I’m pretty certain the gravitational constant has increased slowly, but steadily in the past 50 years.

A bully is a bully

We hear it from the Arizona Legislature every time Congress passes a law: Give power to the level of government closest to the people — not a far-away bureaucracy. Makes a heck of a bumper sticker: Don’t tread on me.

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Lawmakers still backing SB 1062

Decry coverage, pressure groups whose objections prompted governor’s veto

Many Republican lawmakers continue to defend Senate Bill 1062 in the wake of Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto, including Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson).

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Reform repeal kills referendum

Republicans successfully defanged a voter initiative on election reform last week, when Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that repealed a bundle of election reforms that slipped through the Legislature at the end of last year’s session.

Best of vote appreciated

Thank you to all those who voted for the La Boutique Gift Shop in the Best of Rim Country. Though we did not win, we felt like winners thanks to you.

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Storm blankets Rim

Around Rim Country the skies opened up over the weekend and gave everything a much needed bath, while filling up rivers and reservoirs.

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Schools running on empty

PUSD has no money for buildings, buses

The state Legislature has made it all but impossible for Payson schools to repair buildings, update facilities, keep up with technology or even replace aging school buses, the school board learned last week.

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MHA Calendar

March 11 and 12: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – $6 Indesign Jewelry Sale, west lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center.

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Finding the perfect balance of essential fatty acids

The Healthy Foodie

So, I decided to take U of A Dr. Andrew Weil’s advice and add the most effective fat to my diet to help achieve my fountain of youth/quiotixesque dream of perfect health.

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Health career scholarships

The Mogollon Health Alliance wants applications for its Human Health Career Scholarship by the end of March.

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Star Valley ponders road, park projects

Government meetings are not that exciting most of the time — at least not in a good way. Things might heat up if controversial hits the agenda, but that isn’t the “good” kind of excitement.

Gosar and staff responsive

Unlike the story told by a disgruntled voter, I wrote Congressman Gosar to express my concerns about the threat to our electrical grid from a magnetic pulse delivered by a high altitude nuclear explosion from a communist country like North Korea or future nuclear threats from Iran, or even from our own sun.

Beware of speed traps

Just a note of warning to all to beware of Arizona speed traps, specifically, Star Valley, just east of Payson. Star Valley uses traffic cameras set at the bottom of steep hills entering town with a sudden speed reduction from 55 MPH to 45 MPH with little warning.

Merger of Rim Country fire departments has holes

As usual the editor is all for more and bigger government, more rules, more cost. This subject is no different. So much of the fire department merger editorial is without substance.

Bill is an assault on transparency and people’s right to know

Here we go again. For the eighth year in a row, the Legislature has once again introduced a bill to eliminate public notices in newspapers.

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Community Almanac, March 4

Volunteers for AARP-Tax-Aide are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers.

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Clubs and Organizations, March 4

Glen McCombs of Plant Fair Nursery will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the High Country Garden Club at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6 in the fellowship hall of the First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Colcord and Bonita Street, Payson.

Saturday, March 1

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Community Almanac, Feb. 28

A+ Book Fairs present “Don’t Bug Me, I’m Reading” at Payson Elementary School, Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school library.

Clubs and Organizations, Feb. 28

Payson Area Stroke Survivors is a support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers.