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Tale of the somber pine and the giddy aspen ...

Fall flares across Rim Country in winter’s shadow

The leaves flittered down, trembling all the way to the golden ground. I shuttered away, in love with luminous yellow in an aspen grove on the slopes of an ancient volcano.

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Cooler nights call for heartier meals

Senior Moments

Crisp is the word that best describes October mornings in Rim Country. There may be lovely, languid days, but mornings and evenings are brisk, if not downright chilly. Time to put away the T-shirts and flip-flops and get out the sweatshirts and socks.

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August days perfect for hammock

August is summer full-blown, a month to savor the cool, early morning hours with a glass of juice or cup of coffee sipped on the patio.

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Community garden thriving

Step into the community garden and prepare to be transported to the Garden of Eden –— which doubles as a mainstay for Rim Country’s hard-pressed food banks.

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Praying for light as the storm gathers

A photographer finds a strange truth in the quest for sunset amongst the ruins of Wupatki

The gathering storm matched my mood: I was sore afflicted — and full of trouble.

Census: Number of Arizonans living in “poverty areas” jumped in 2010

The number of Arizona residents living in concentrated “poverty areas” grew significantly in the first decade of the century, according to a new Census report. From 2000 to 2010, Arizonans living in poverty areas – census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or more – rose from 24 percent of the state’s residents to 33.4 percent. Gila County had one of the highest poverty rates in the state in both 2000 and 2010, falling in the 25-49 percent category.

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Arizona, and many states, get an F on “family-friendly” workplace policies

Policies put families in a financial hole

WASHINGTON – Thirty-eight weeks pregnant and on bed-rest with her fifth child, Glendale resident Angela Warren has to rely on her other four children to help run the household. Her husband, Matt, can’t break away from his full-time job right now – and their budget can’t take the hit of losing both his salary and hers.

Stock up at Senior Center Thrift

There will be a $1 bag sale of clothing every day for the immediate future at the Thrift Store.

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Spotlight on Rim County Real Estate Professionals: Kim Anderson, Prudential Arizona Realty

Kim Anderson, born in Minnesota moved to Payson, Arizona in 1997. She is a licensed Realtor in the state of Arizona with Prudential Arizona Realty. She works hard to assist her clients in realizing the best value in their real estate decisions. In addition, Kim has over 25 years of extensive knowledge in the real estate business.

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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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Subtle signs of spring peeking out

It may just be February, but there are subtle signs of spring if you know where to look.

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Medical News & Notes From the Experts

Diabetes describes a disease in which a person has high blood sugar, either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. It is classified as a metabolism disorder. Metabolism refers to the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth.

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NEUROPATHY

Pay attention to that ‘pins and needles’ sensation

Just about everyone has experienced that “pins and needles” sensation in their feet and hands. Usually we say our foot/hand has “fallen asleep” because we have rested on it wrong.

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PRMC modifies emergency department for elderly

Hospital director makes changes to make ER more senior friendly

The Payson Regional Medical Center’s service area has a population of about 50,000 people with an average age of 58. So to make visits to the emergency department more comfortable for the aging population it serves, PRMC has made some modifications.

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Tips for cold and flu season

Flu season is reaching its peak in Arizona and around the country. If you have not received your flu shot there is still time.

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