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Classic car in accident Wednesday

The front end of a white 1959 Studebaker exiting the Burger King parking lot Wednesday, Jan. 11, was smashed in an accident involving a semi truck.

Community Almanac Friday, January 13, 2017

Community Breakfast Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church will hold it’s monthly Community Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13. There is never a charge for the traditional American breakfast with eggs, coffee, hash browns, sausage, finished with biscuits and gravy.

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Gov. Ducey stresses education

Also vows to avoid tax hikes

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made increased education funding his top priority in his recent state of the state speech. Easier said than done.

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Use Tonto Forest sites for free on Jan. 17-22

Waiver won’t affect campsites run by concessionaires

Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering five fee-free days on public lands in 2017, beginning Jan. 16 in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Ambulance ambiguity

Hellsgate Fire Department’s drive to provide regional ambulance service raises more medical issues than a tropical parasite. We certainly understand the impulse to offer that service.

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Payson launches ‘Adventure’ campaign

App, booklet links businesses, attractions

“This is gonna be the best day of my life.”

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Homeless man arrested in Home Depot

Police arrested a homeless man who reportedly hid out in the Home Depot store after hours Sunday night to eat snack food from the registers.

Health care battle intense

As Republicans in Congress gear up for a quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a chorus of local activists have ramped up their objections.

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Even ‘The Force’ couldn’t save Carrie Fisher; so who is actually immune to heart disease?

I know February is American Heart Month, but with the recent deaths of two beloved stars, I wanted to add to the conversation. Do you know your risk for heart disease?

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Understanding seasonal affective disorder

The tail end of Daylight Saving Time in 2016 was on Nov. 6. Few people enjoy turning the clocks back in autumn as much as they enjoy turning them forward in spring. Once the clocks are turned back, professionals typically find themselves leaving their offices under a cover of darkness.

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Coconut oil not as healthy as claimed

Eating a healthful diet can be confusing. What is healthy one day may be bad for you the next. Take coconut oil for example. Over the last few years it’s been popping up everywhere.

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Cranberries: Good for you, but not for environment

The Healthy Foodie

Everyone has a good holiday cooking goof up story, right? Well, so do I. In this one, I’ve changed the names to protect my familial relationships because, well, holidays are stressful enough!

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Prescribed fire pile burns in East Verde Estates Wednesday

Payson Fire Department firefighters will be burning collected debris piles on January 11, in cooperation with the East Verde Park Homeowners Association, East Verde Park Fire Board and the East Verde Park Firewise Committee.

Going to the dogs

Editor: Can I ask a question? How can a town have two definitions of “kennel” in town code and use only one against you?

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Fossil Creek conundrum

Payson residents showed up this week at a hearing to urge the U.S. Forest Service to protect Fossil Creek — while still making it easier to get to the stream from Rim Country.

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Payson will protect night skies

If you like to go outside at night and stargaze, you aren’t alone. Payson wants to protect that starry view by becoming a designated International Dark Sky Community.

Community Almanac Tuesday January 10, 2017

Tea Party hears Payson promotion program Members of the Payson Tea Party will hear a presentation on the “Adventure Where We Live” promotion by Cameron Davis at the Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting.

Worthwhile endeavor

Editor: Well, another beautiful and successful Christmas season has passed. We want to thank Alexis Bechman for her fine story to help promote our annual request for donations to benefit the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. As usual, the community responded generously while enjoying the Christmas lights.

Why sue the police?

Editor: I was reading  with great interest the article reporting the lawsuit filed against the Town of Payson blaming the police department for the death of a young man during a “pursuit.”

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TV Listings Update

The final TV Roundup tabloid will publish in the Jan. 13 edition of the Payson Roundup. Beginning Friday, Jan. 20, the local TV listings will be reformatted to publish as two pages in the Friday Roundup and two pages in the Tuesday Roundup.