News for Friday, February 27, 2015



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Rim Country Cleaners locked out

Only dry cleaner in town shut

Rim Country’s only dry cleaner has closed and many of the 1,500 customers feel taken to the cleaners themselves.

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Tips for winter driving

Every winter season, Dave Harmon spends many days and nights plowing snow and ice to clear the highways in the Holbrook area. The hours are long, the weather can be treacherous, and the conditions are challenging, even dangerous at times, especially when drivers don’t give the plows enough room to work.

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Winter driving alert issued

With more winter weather in the forecast, Coconino National Forest managers wish to remind visitors to be prepared for winter conditions across the Forest. Visitors coming to the Forest are urged to make smart decisions, put safety first, and be respectful of the land and other visitors.

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Payson may kill design review board

Payson may do away with its design review board to streamline approvals for developers.

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Donors keep sports afloat

High school coaches across the state face a challenge at least as great as getting students ready to compete. They must also raise money to keep the program afloat.

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One arrested, one flees

Traffic stop leads to meth bust

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office says it arrested a man Tuesday for drugs who then tried to smuggle drugs into the jail.

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Health Start outreach program to help expectant, new parents

Open only a year, North Country HealthCare is already expanding its services in the area. It is offering a free community health outreach program to help guide expecting and new mothers.

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Pre-spawn bass fishing underway

Rim Country Fishing Report

It's official, Roosevelt Lake pre-spawn bass fishing is underway.

Sports briefs, Feb. 27

Payson Little League has extended the deadline to register boys and girls ages 5-14 for baseball and softball this season.

Should Payson eliminate its design review?

Times, they do change.

Delayed mailing of bills seems like ploy to charge late fees

I know I’m not the only person receiving my water bill from Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) three (3) days before payment is due.

Game and Fish official clarifies how many elk wolves kill

Communication is an odd thing. Speakers understand what they say and the listener understands what they heard. Unfortunately, sometimes the message is unclear between the two.

Thanks to all who attended get-together for Lois Bissett

We would like to give a big Payson “thank you” to everyone who attended the get-together for Lois Bissett.

Talk about shadow government

I want to thank you for the article from Feb. 10, under the heading “Public shut out” in which Senate Bill 1435 is brought to our attention. SB 1435, was introduced by Republican State Senator Sylvia Allen, (our senator in Rim Country) and other sponsors from both parties.

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Winter storm due

The winter storms that have battered the East and the South will reach the Southwest this weekend and on into next week.

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Vandals slice Internet, phone cable

Some of Payson and much of Northern Arizona lost Internet and phone service Wednesday after police say vandals cut a CenturyLink fiber optic line in north Phoenix.

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Talent, depth and speed could carry boys track team far

It’s not as much the largest turnout he’s seen in his seven years with Payson High’s boys track and field team, but the talent level that has Jonathan Ball excited as the Longhorns prepare for the upcoming season.

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Six pounds of meth nets 10 years in prison

Superior Court Judge Gary Scales this week sentenced New Mexico resident Amber Carlson, 37, to 10 years in prison for her role in transporting six pounds of methamphetamine.

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Community Almanac

Rim Country youngsters celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday next week.

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Clubs and Organizations

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Rd., Payson.

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The dog aggression epidemic

One of my Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) trainers recently remarked that she has been seeing a spike in aggression cases.

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There’s something to be said for having ink in your veins

Your Turn

A month or two ago the Roundup ran an article about Bob Earl and Donnie Severs, the Roundup pressmen. What fun it was to read! And how it took me back! I was just 11 the first time I entered a pressroom and I can remember it as if it were yesterday.

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Volunteer sought for CK fire board

Another Week in the Creek

The Christopher Creek/Kohl’s Ranch Fire Department got a look at a brand new engine last Saturday morning. Firefighters Rhett and Ben were on hand to check out Engine 5X1, a 1950s style Murray “Sad Face.”

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Turbulence and transition

DJ's Music Trivia

We continue our 10-part series chronicling the evolution of American popular music in the 20th century, 1900-1999, which looks at the music that was popular during each decade and what influenced that popularity.

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Dr. Seuss fun on the way to Pine

Rattlin' the Rim

Having begun my 37-year teaching/coaching career in 1967 in the so-called “Black Ghetto” of South Phoenix, I found out quickly there were adolescent teens who could not read.

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It’s hard to believe spring is around the corner

The Village

It’s unbelievable — this is the last column of February 2015. The time is going too fast. Spring is creeping up on us whether we like it or not. We hardly had any winter.

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Open meeting bill dies in committee

A bill critics said would “gut” the state’s open meeting law has died quietly in committee.