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New ‘High Country Hunter’ magazine a must-have

Rattlin' the Rim

Journalists from the White Mountain Independent and Payson Roundup have teamed up to publish the first-rate magazine “High Country Hunter” that this scribe predicts will soon be on the must-have list of every Arizona outdoors person.

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Rim Country holidays – Flag Day

Flag Day was created by an act of Congress on June 14, 1877 to honor the flag of the United States, but it was not a national holiday and certainly not the kind of holiday that brought cowboys in from the ranches.

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Fulton Fire uncomfortably close to the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just a stone’s throw from the Fulton Fire — a mere six miles. Last Saturday’s triggered ignition brought about thick smoke in town on Sunday morning.

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Getting those checkups before end of year

The Village

Have you ever felt like a human pincushion or a scientific medical experiment? That is how I have felt all this month. First, my arteries were checked out, with a suspicion of possible osteoporosis.

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When the wilds call some of us have to answer – Part 3

Your Turn

Last week I wrote about the adventure of getting stuck on an ice floe in Iceland.

Heartening sign of fire progress

The Payson Town Council took a welcome step this week by approving a $19,000 thinning project in Rumsey Park — hopefully paid for at least in part with state and federal grants.

Outrageous system

Where’s the outrage? It’s time for voters to rise up. It’s time for a grassroots revolt.

First letter to an editor

Editor: This is the first time I have ever written to a newspaper editor. I receive the Roundup by mail to my home in Phoenix

Don't blame the teachers

Editor: Payson High School actually has several excellent math teachers.

Unprepared hunters

Editor: I don’t have a problem with hunters, in fact, I’m one. I do have a problem with the Walmart hunters who show up and buy a lot of their gear the night they arrive, or look like a refugee fleeing the apocalypse with everything imaginable for convenience hanging off their truck and trailer.

Climate change objections

Editor: The greenhouse effect theory, i.e. upwelling/down welling/“back” radiation violates conservation of energy and thermodynamic laws. Yes, it really does! Not that it matters because the theory actually does not do anything, i.e. no net change in radiative balance at the ToA, per NASA 100 km.

How do we encourage the best teachers?

Schools look a little like Lake Woebegone these days — where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average,” to quote Garrison Keillor.

Is it the feds fault?

Lawmakers like Sen. Sylvia Allen say Arizona will remain 48th in per-student funding as long as the federal government owns so much land in the state.

Veterans should know this well-kept secret

If you ask an elderly veteran if they are aware that they may be able to qualify for an additional pension from the VA, they will probably tell you, “I’m not eligible because I wasn’t injured in the war.”

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Rim Holidays - Mother's Day

Back When

Mother’s Day in Rim Country was hardly a time for light-hearted celebration because so many pioneer children died.