News for Friday, September 4, 2015



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Blaze averted

Firefighters from Payson and Star Valley rushed to Denny’s Wednesday afternoon after kitchen staff smelled smoke.

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Community Almanac, Sept. 4

The Northern Gila County Fair needs volunteers Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Addiction’s heavy toll

Fuels crime spree of teenagers

A Payson teen who said a drug addiction fueled a series of thefts and burglaries was sentenced recently to 4.5 years in prison and 84 months of probation.

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Fair warning

Get your entries in so you can get in on the fun

The 2015 Northern Gila County Fair opens Friday, Sept. 11 at the Payson Event Center. So put those finishing touches on fair entries.

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Gila County seeks more federal funding

Gila County wants more money — the $3 million the federal government owes as part of its Payment in Lieu of Taxes program plus more money to rehabilitate the homes of elderly, disabled and low-income residents.

Neglecting schools hurts the economy

Here’s the deal: You can’t have a crappy educational system and a healthy economy. You can’t convince corporations offering good, high-paying jobs to move to a state where their executives don’t want to send their kids to local schools. You can’t improve productivity without an educated workforce.

Proposed monuments in Arizona a bad, bad idea

Two new national monuments are being proposed for Arizona: The Grand Canyon Watershed — 1.7 million acres, and The Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock — 180,000 acres including the town of Sedona.

One-sided journalism

Anytime there is an issue within a community that motivates opinion to be expressed, there are two sides, without exception. The same is true with editorial reply ... except in the instance of the proposed university campus.

Realtors help Pine

Kudos to the Central Arizona Board of Realtors ...

Ignorance is not bliss

Back in the day when Masters and Johnson were scandalizing the country with their studies of the physical aspects of human sexuality, I was a counselor/therapist in the psychiatry department of a medical school.

A place for Labor Day campsite trash

Armed with more sponsors, bigger dumpsters and a track record of rubbish collecting success, the Forest Service and its volunteers will run the Pack-It-Out program on Labor Day — with minor changes.

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One determined person can make a difference

Rattlin' the Rim

Nina Hokkaen’s decision to seek shelter in a school bus stop during a driving snowstorm several years ago is paying dividends for Pine and Strawberry’s bus-riding schoolchildren.

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The night World War III began – Part 1

Your Turn

I loved my little Korean War Air National Guard outfit. I cherish the memory of the three years we served; they were some of the best years of my life.

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Monsoon lifts, muddies the creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is normally a beautiful, babbling brook, but on Monday evening it became a boisterous, boiling, brown brew, bashing its way through the town after a flashy, torrential thunderstorm passed through.

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Village ready for lots of Labor Day weekend fun

The Village

What’s that? August is already history? Where did the month go? Now we have Labor Day weekend coming up THIS weekend and the crunch is on for the Hellsgate Fireflies Barbecue Saturday, Sept. 5.

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Wildfire continues to burn

About 50 firefighters continue to work to contain an 800-acre brush fire burning near Roosevelt Lake.

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Cross country stars seek breakthrough season

The Payson High School girls cross country team anticipates a promising season, with three runners returning with state meet experience.

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Green team faces tough season

The boys cross country team at Payson High School this year will face the changes that come with youth and inexperience.

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Brief dove hunting season offers challenge for marksmanship

Outdoors Under the Rim

Dove hunting season, the first of the fall shotgun seasons, opened on Sept. 1 and will end at sundown on Sept. 15.

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Trophy winner

Local golfers battled it out on Aug. 6 and 13 for the Presidents Cup.

Gun cartoon offensive, inflammatory

A couple of weeks ago I emailed you regarding an inappropriate cartoon you allowed somebody to put in a Friday issue of the Roundup.

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Schools rating low

Near bottom on spending, quality

Arizona school kids face the worst of both worlds — low state spending on schools and poor results.

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Disaster's aftermath

Flagstaff acts, Payson dawdles

Traumatized by the lethal environmental effects of the Schultz Fire, Flagstaff continues to set the pace for a community response to wildfire.

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Last two 'Holbrook Girls' still waiting for a home

When Jason answered a plea from a rescue that was closing in Holbrook two years ago, he arrived to find four dogs — sisters all from the same litter who had spent the first seven years of their lives in captivity.