News for Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Alliance ‘thrilled’

$4.1 million for Forest Service parcel

An independent appraiser put the price of a 253-acre Forest Service site for a planned 6,000-student university at just $4.1 million — well below expectations.

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Clubs and Organizations

Officers of the board of directors of the Library Friends of Payson, Inc. elected Sept. 15 are, from left: John Wilson, treasurer; Conrad Okerwall, president; Gail Hearne, vice president; and Kathy Morgan, secretary.

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Community Almanac

Canned Food Drive — The Payson Community Presbyterian Church Food Bank, 800 W. Main St., needs help.

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Up-to-date ID tags crucial for returning lost pets

If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know about the importance of ID tags.

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Sidewalk chalk ban dropped

It is once again safe to draw up a game of hopscotch after the Payson Town Council last week backed off plans to ban chalk use in public parks.

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Van burns at brush pit

A Payson man’s minivan went up in flames Saturday at a local brush pit, but crews kept the fire from spreading to the forest, according to Hellsgate Fire officials.

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Boys kick off soccer season on high note

Already equaled 2013 win total

It took Payson’s boys soccer team less than two weeks to match last season’s win total.

Storm cancels golf

A thunderstorm prevented the Payson Women’s Golf Association from hosting the Payson Niners (the women’s 9-hole group that plays each Thursday) in a Monkey Ball Tournament on Sept. 9 at Payson Golf Course.

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Longhorns blank Cards in 2nd half

Chapman rushes for 238 yards; Estrada scores three TDs

GLENDALE – The Longhorns found themselves in an offensive shoot-out halfway through their football game at Glendale on Friday night.

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Maintain balance with focus, exercise

Preventing falls is crucial in those over 65

One of the first thing that happens as people age is their awareness of where their body is in space, according to Lisa Schultz, director of rehab services with Payson Care Center.

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Proper disposal of unused medicine keeps ground water safe

Ask the Pharmacist

Have you ever wondered what to do with left over prescription medications when you are no longer using or need the medication?

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The people who keep PRMC safe and clean for patients

This week at Payson Regional Medical Center, we celebrate two important units of the hospital — Housekeeping and Plant Operations.

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Don’t toss that pigweed!

The Healthy Foodie

Turns out, one of the first crops I accidentally managed to grow on my Community Garden plot was pigweed.

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Age-old age myth: Alzheimer’s is not inevitable with age

WASHINGTON – Alzheimer’s disease is expected to continue growing at an alarming pace as the population ages, with some experts predicting an increase of more than 60 percent over the next 10 years in Arizona alone.

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Senior Circle Calendar of Events: Week of Sept. 22

Senior Circle is located at 215 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson, (928) 472-9290. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon, Friday.

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Spikers beat Wolves 3-0

Payson’s volleyball team beat host Fountain Hills 25-20, 26-24, 25-12 on Thursday.

Where is common sense about college site?

Once again it appears that mass confusion has continued since the first planning of the ASU campus years ago.

Freedom and precedent

How do you take away gun rights when you lack congressional votes?

Listen to generals

He did it again!

Game officials showing bias

This is an open letter to Gary Whelchel, Arizona Interscholastic Association’s state commissioner of officials.

Pay it forward

Many years ago I had the privilege of attending and graduating from a public school system beginning with kindergarten through high school.

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Why do firefighters like this 11,000-acre blaze?

Forest Service manages fire new Williams to thin brush, trees

The Sitgreaves Complex on the Williams Ranger District near Parks, Ariz., reached its final size of 11,080 acres earlier this month, improving overall forest health, wildlife habitat and community safety in an area that hadn’t seen significant fire in close to a century.