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Arizona’s elected officials working together for education

These are exciting times for education in Arizona. A new report from U.S. News & World Report puts three Phoenix-area high schools in the top 10 high schools in America. Our state continues to be among the leaders in school choice for parents.

Guns protect from government tyranny

In the wake of the Charleston, S.C. shooting rampage in the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church, the issue of gun control is once again being widely debated.

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Tiger trout a real positive for Rim Country fishing

Outdoors Under the Rim

If you have fished the southern Utah high mountain lakes, there is a chance of catching a trout that has some color marking features of an eastern brook trout and a German brown combination.

Pine Strawberry residents asked to shape future

Currently, a survey is available to share your thoughts about the future of Pine Strawberry.

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‘I was not afraid at any time’ — Payson Little League president

Rasmussen says she and Payson police handled Tucson team’s disqualification properly

Payson Little League president Barbara Rasmussen is upset with how she was portrayed in a story that ran in Tuesday’s Roundup about a Tucson area team being disqualified from a tournament in Payson.

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Mispronunciations of Rim Country places

Rim Country History

Every locale has unique things about it; things that its residents take for granted. One item that we often forget is the number of different pronunciations for places in this area. Here is a sampling:

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Mountain Man: Payson’s Gorry making his mark

National Championship is first pro victory for collegiate star

Making a living as a professional athlete is just a dream for most.

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Community Almanac, July 24

The 2015 series of concerts under the stars in Green Valley Park concludes Saturday, July 25 with a performance by popular local band Junction 87.

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Ammo factory drops plans to expand

Plans to build an industrial park at the end of the scenic Granite Dells Road, including an ammunition production facility, have been shot down.

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Man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

High-tech devices used to eavesdrop, monitor ex’s location

A man hung up on love could not hang up the listening or tracking devices on his ex-girlfriend despite her pleas to stay away, police say.

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Young bear spotted by several in Pine

Arizona Game and Fish Department officers are on the lookout for a curious bear in Pine they worry may have decided to call the community home.

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Payson agrees to manage Houston Mesa Fire District

After its fire chief left to become a sheriff’s deputy, the Houston Mesa Fire District looked to Payson for help.

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Getting excited about harvesting

The Village

It is now mid-summer and my garden finally is starting to grow. The tomatoes have been the slowest growers this year I am hoping to get at least a small crop before the cold weather sets in.

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Absent Pioneer Day celebration returns to Pine tomorrow

Rattlin' the Rim

Longtime Pine and Strawberry residents will remember the festive Pioneer Day celebrations of years ago that were highlighted by a parade south on Beeline.

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The boom of ’65 in Christopher Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had its first paved highway by 1965 and with it came the traffic.

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Stanley did more than just find Livingstone

Your Turn

About all that most of us know about Sir Henry M. Stanley is that he is the man who trekked through darkest Africa, found an aging missionary that no one else seemed able to find, and asked him a polite question that people will be chuckling about until the Earth quits rolling around the sun:

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Minions: This is a movie so charming you don’t want it to end

At the Movies

If you don’t usually go to the movies, especially to the loud, summer blockbuster movies full of explosions, spandex-clad super heroes and carnage, go see this gigantic, but very charming movie about the little yellow misfits who are the “Minions.”

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Author teaches history lessons in great fashion

A Look at Books

I thought I had a grip on the Pleasant Valley War by doing some reading and soaking up the historical ambiance from simply living in Rim Country. Ooops, not so. “Women of the Pleasant Valley War” fills in some blanks in my mental narrative and corrects some of what I thought to be right which was wrong.

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A day in a fire lookout tower on the Mogollon Rim

Woman looks over forest from fire tower

As a Hotshot crew cuts a line around a lightning-caused fire on the Tonto National Forest near Lost Spring, storm clouds brew on the horizon.

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Bulk cooking can make meals easier

In the Kitchen

School is just around the corner, so make a plan now to get the most out of your time.