News for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Community Almanac

The Payson Public Library is celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss with music from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 4.

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Clubs and Organizations

The High Country Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St. at the corner of Easy St. and Sherwood.

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March is our most unpredictable month

March! Sounds like an order, doesn’t it?

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PHS baseball starts 0-4

Payson High’s young baseball team took some lumps against quality opponents in the season-opening Fountain Hills Invitational Wednesday-Saturday, going 0-4.

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Early springtime is crappie fishing time

Outdoors Under the Rim

The early springtime on most reservoirs in the southern tier of states is when the crappie bite begins. This pan-sized sport fish begins to move to the shallows for the spawn by mid-March depending on water temperatures.

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Amputation – a survivor’s choice

Margaret Bennett is a spunky 78-year-old with a big smile and a survivor’s drive.

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Storms refill C.C. Cragin

Just two sizable winter storms have almost refilled the nearly empty C.C. Cragin Reservoir, according to the Salt River Project.

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Voden lawyer seeks to bar past cases

Defense attorneys for Mike Voden hope a judge will this week bar prosecutors from introducing at his murder trial evidence he had previously brandished a gun at several dog owners.

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Star Valley finalizing water, road plans

The Star Valley Town Council tonight at 6 p.m. will make a final decision on how or whether to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money on new wells and road improvements.

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Death justified

Ranger acted in self defense

A U.S. Forest Service officer who shot and killed an Oklahoma man who attacked him with pepper spray last year will not face charges.

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Payson schools excel in report

District costs low, but students do well on AIMS

Payson schools have seen better student achievement with fewer dollars than comparable school districts, according to the annual report card of Arizona’s school districts released last week by the Auditor General’s Office.

Double speak from Arizona’s governor

The vital discussion about the future of our schools has descended into an insulting political puppet show.

No mystery indeed

I and many others appreciate the Payson Roundup’s support of education in general and teachers specifically.

Reach out for help

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. After caring for my mother here in our home for almost four years with the help of family, we had to make a hard decision. We could no longer give her the care she needed and deserved. This was very hard for me to do.

Guns in public building: A matter of rights

The Arizona House is considering legislation, HB 2320, which would prohibit concealed carry permit holders from being disarmed in government buildings unless the agency controlling the building installs metal detectors, security personnel, and lockers so law-abiding citizens can lock up their safety and depend on the almighty state to ensure their safety while on the premises.

Obamacare misconceptions

Lately I have been raked over the coals by a group of right wing “experts on welfare” because I have stated, again and again, that my wife has finally gotten insurance because of President Obama. I have been accused of being: a freeloader, a socialist, a communist (even though I’m a Vietnam vet).

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Payson Softball Player Profiles

1-Aubrielle Paulson is a freshman pitcher/infielder. As a speedy left-handed slap hitter, she brings another dimension to the offense. She is strong in fundamentals through club ball experience, and she should see action in one of the infield positions when not pitching.

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Discover quinoa – nature’s super food

The Healthy Foodie

Always a sucker for delicious food, I jumped at the chance to attend a cooking demonstration on quinoa by local chef Gerardo Moceri. Catch was — he decided to cook in the Anytime Fitness Gym.

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Payson Care Center is cautious when admitting new patients

Every year skilled nursing facilities undergo a survey by the State Department of Health Services.

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Longhorns set sights on title

Last season was magical for Payson High’s softball team.

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What every woman should know about thyroid disorders

Your thyroid gland, located just below your neck in front of your larynx, secretes hormones through your bloodstream to every cell and every organ in your body.