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When the wilds call, some of us have to answer

Your Turn

Some people are happy to spend their lives in a town or city surrounded by concrete and asphalt. And that’s fine; we’re each different and we have a natural right to be whatever we feel we are. But that’s not me; I’m happiest when I’m in the great outdoors.

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1970 Labor Day Flood memorial unveiled

Christopher Creek was well represented at the dedication and unveiling of the Flood Disaster Memorial down in Green Valley Park in Payson last Saturday morning.

Seems autumn is edging its way into Rim Country already

The Village

August is behind us and now on to September and autumn, my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the season — the reds, oranges, all shades of brown and maybe a bit of green now and then.

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Rim holidays - April Fool's Day

Back When

Practical jokes were a regular part of the Rim Country settler’s daily life. Laughter was a necessity amid the dangers of the frontier and the hardships of survival.

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Christopher Creek LDS branch has long area history

Christopher Creek is blessed to have two churches. One, the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship, stands on a hill beside the fire station, and another, the Christopher Creek branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stands in a vale to the west.

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What’s in a nickname? Often more than you’d like to know

Your Turn

I was reading a book by Winston Churchill where he mentioned that he and President Roosevelt privately referred to Joseph Stalin, the murderous dictator of the Soviet Union, as “Uncle Joe.”

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St. Patrick's in Rim Country

Back When

St. Patrick’s Feast Day is on March 17, marking the death of Ireland’s patron saint in A.D. 461.

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Be prepared for surprises when you travel to foreign countries – Part 3

Your Turn

A few months ago I mentioned that if you go abroad you should plan on a few small surprises — and maybe a few not-so-small ones. We talked about some of the screwy things that happened to me during my 12 years overseas, but we had to leave out most of them, so here are a couple more.

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Looking forward to end of primary season and robo calls

The Village

Are you as fed up as I am about the rash of robo calls from the politicians?

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Food bank needs help to fill shelves before fall

Rattlin' the Rim

Just two years ago, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials huddled with Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild president Olga Sehnert and Community Educational and Cultural Association (CERCA) president Mel Palmer to review ADOT’s controversial decision to ban parking on both sides of Beeline during summer festivals.

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Memories of one of the Rim’s worst tragedies

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a small but significant role in a tragedy, which played out on Sept. 5 and 6 back some 46 years ago. Other Rim Country creeks, Tonto, Horton and Dick Williams with Christopher swept away 15 souls on a trip to eternity that fateful and tragic weekend

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New water in Roosevelt contributes to healthy fishery

Rim Country Fishing Report

Congratulations to two of our local professional Bassmaster Elite anglers. Both Clifford Pirch and Brett Hite finished in the top 12 on the Potomac River event recently.

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Meteor shower watch party draws crowd

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek celebrated the Perseid meteor shower with a watch party. It was an impromptu gathering following a single invitation on social media.

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Monsoon storms have started teasing us again

The Village

Mother Nature is sure faking all of us out! One minute the clouds turn dark, and you expect that it will be pouring rain any minute. But it doesn’t! Where does it go?

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Celebrating Lincoln’s birthday

Back When

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1924 the young Payson schoolteacher, Julia Randall secretly brought her portrait of Abraham Lincoln to her classroom and placed it on an easel in front of the class.