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Gila County Fair Schedule

This weekend’s Northern Gila County Fair has lots to offer. There are all the exhibits, shows and contests traditionally associated with this historic fair, but there are new attractions too.

Celebrate your neighbors at the county fair

This weekend, put aside your “to-do” list and get out to the Payson Event Center to celebrate the 60th Annual Northern Gila County Fair.

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Curly comes to the fair

Makiah Taylor is not your normal 13-year-old girl — worrying about the way she looks and what she is wearing to school the next day. She is the daughter of Justin and Katy Taylor and has two younger siblings, Mayzee and Kelten. The family lives in Tonto Basin on what they call a “mini farm” with horses, chickens, dogs and cats and many other animals coming and going.

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Community Almanac

The Men’s Ministry at Ponderosa Bible Church cordially invites all men in the community to a delicious hot breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

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Clubs and Organizations

The 87 Mountain Biking Club meets at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the 87 Cyclery shop, 907 S. Beeline Highway.

Senior Moments

If September were a color, it would be gold — not the bright gold of early spring or the glaze of sun on new fallen snow, but a soft, mellow gold that matches this month’s gentle flow into autumn.

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Labor Day weekend brought increase in abandoned campfires

Careless campers pose danger

Labor Day weekend brought many visitors to Coconino National Forest, increasing the number of abandoned campfires typically seen on holiday weekends as compared to last year.

Thank you for your support

We would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate the life of our loved one, Dana Lacey.

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Better food choices can help students get better grades

The Healthy Foodie

Turns out, you’re a fathead. Don’t feel bad. So am I.

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Mogollon Health Alliance Calendar

Attention Payson High School students: The first 1st Quarter event at Pizza Factory is Sept. 5 immediately after the football game.

Persevere, Shirley

Well said, Shirley. Your view is “responsibility” and I support that!

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Busy weekend

Traffic delays, errant shotgun blasts mark Labor Day holiday

Between an accident on Interstate 17 and a travel trailer rollover on Highway 87 south of 188, travelers on Friday had to wait hours on the road.

Being charged for a service for which we’ve already paid

Hellsgate Fire District has a voracious appetite for taxpayer money.

Determining the future of Pine Strawberry

Residents of Pine and Strawberry are being invited to a town hall at the Pine Cultural Hall at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3 to discuss the future development of Pine Strawberry.

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Council runoff

Late ballots have limited impact

Payson council candidates Chris Higgins and Bob Lockhart appear headed for a runoff election in November, according to the count of 2,800 mail-in ballots released Friday afternoon by the Gila County Elections Department.

Police safety not more important than citizen rights

I was very disappointed to learn our esteemed editor of the Payson Roundup is what may politely be called “of the Authoritarian Persuasion.” I refer to his editorial “A mutant cockroach of a citizen’s right” Roundup, Aug. 26.

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What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.

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Bacteria — another way to hurt the heart

Infective (bacterial) endocarditis (IE) is an infection of either the heart’s inner lining (endocardium) or the heart valves.

If one right goes, so do the rest

As you in the past have practiced censorship by virtue of not printing most of my letters repudiating the liberal side of any situation, I feel that this will not even merit an answer from you, let alone be published.

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Election woes: ‘Learning curve involved’

His first time running a major election, Gila County Elections Director Eric Mariscal said last week’s primary was a huge learning curve for him and his new staff.