News for Tuesday, August 30, 2016



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Walking a step in the right direction

Have you been thinking of adding more physical activity to your life? Starting a walking program may be a great way to be more active. And walking on a regular basis may lead to many health benefits.

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Nine disadvantages of Medicare Advantage

Although Medicare benefits are supplied to senior citizens by the federal government, Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurers in lieu of Medicare.

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Foodie readers respond with fun, help

I sent out an appeal to hear from my beloved readers and they got back to me! I decided these tidbits gave me so much joy I couldn’t keep them to myself — despite a long list of topics to cover.

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New flu information for 2016-2017 from the CDC

The other day, driving by Walgreens I saw a sign indicating flu shots were available. It’s hard to think of getting a flu shot in late August, but the cooler morning temperatures lately remind us all that fall is not that far away.

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Officers seize 2,400 marijuana plants

With the help of local officers, a large outdoor marijuana grow site was busted in Cibecue recently. The identity of the growers remains unknown.

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More studies for massive mine near Superior

Tailings could cover 4,400 acres, leave 1.8-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep hole

The Tonto National Forest will start gathering information on the environmental impact of what may become the world’s largest copper mine — not to mention a humongous hole in the ground.

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Therapist lets patients guide their treatment

Allan Ralston believes the patients he works with in physical therapy and myofascial release therapy at Rim Country Health should have a say in their treatment.

Republicans take the lead

Last week, Republican voters were slightly ahead of Democrats in the number of ballots returned to the Gila County Recorder’s Office for the primary election.

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Horns improve, but fall in historic game

Casteel tops Payson 27-14

QUEEN CREEK – The estimated 2,500 fans that attended Friday night’s historical game at Casteel High will long remember that their football team beat Payson.

Disappointed in paper's rodeo weekend edition

Editor: August Rodeo is one of the best weekends for Payson to make a great impression  and bring more business to the local community.

Connect Main Street

Editor: Some time back, there was an article that mentioned, putting a roundabout at the casino and event center intersection.

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Commissioner subpoenas APS

Burns trying to force utility to reveal political spending

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns’ lonely crusade to force Arizona Public Service to disclose its dark money spending took another turn this week when he issued a subpoena to force the million-customer utility to turn over its records.

Community Almanac Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meals on Wheels Benefit The “Home Town Country Radio Show” — a production of the Humor Me Theater Troupe — celebrates the heart of the simple life at 7 p.m., First Fridays at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center’s Meals-on-Wheels program.

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Rep. Gosar decries legal threats for endangered species

Environmental group seeking long-delayed ruling on 417 species

Rep. Paul Gosar this week renewed his war with the Center for Biological Diversity, blasting the Flagstaff-based group for filing lawsuits on behalf of endangered species.

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Don't forget: Get out and VOTE

Polls still open for ballots not mailed

It’s Election Day folks. If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, you need to get to the Gila County Recorder’s Office, a vote center or polling place to drop it off. Ballots are also being collected at the Payson Town Hall until 5 p.m., Tuesday.

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Payson council spending surges in final days

With the primary election upon us, the latest round of campaign spending numbers have been released.

Harsh talk won’t solve problems

Our View

Rep. Paul Gosar this week issued another of his incendiary attacks on environmental groups, who have repeatedly resorted to lawsuits to force the federal government to abide by the Endangered Species Act.

Gosar represents the people

Editor: It’s now the political scary season! We were out of town for a week, and I am looking at six large, full-color cards lying about Paul Gosar’s record that were in my mailbox when I got home!

Ideas for Main Street

Editor: Developing the full length of Main Street would require buying a multitude of small business and lots and then finding owners to develop new businesses.

Vicious campaign

Editor: In response to the letter of Marilyn Decker — I, too, am wondering how this election campaign and current events are affecting our children.

Broadband Issue

Editor: Sen. Allen recently posted one of her regular Lightning Bolt Updates entitled “Broadband GAP Becoming Serious Economic and Safety Concern for White Mountains and Rim Country” on Aug. 8, 2016.

Printing by George

Editor: Recently I was in your wonderful town because of a death in my family. My brother, Tony Kreider, has moved to Payson and his wife died.