Max Foster

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Dude remembered as gut-wrenching catastrophe

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Countless stories have been written the past week about the Dude Fire because it is the 25th anniversary of the inferno that scarred our landscape and our souls.

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Firewise thinning barely saved by donors, volunteers

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee members are confident the 2015 brush pickup program that has been delayed since mid-May will begin this week.

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Staying fire smart always wise

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Although those of us who live at the foot of the Mogollon Rim are constantly on the alert for potential forest fires, there was no need to panic this week when billows of smoke filled the skies north of Pine and Strawberry and an electronic smoke warning sign went up in the middle of town.

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Quilters draw crowds to Pine area

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Visitors to the Strawberry Patchers 19th Annual Quilt Show stoically studied the award-winning quilt obviously marveling at the workmanship and creativity that went into crafting it.

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June rain creates weekend changes

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The much welcomed rain that drenched Pine and Strawberry last weekend created a mix of scenarios and consequences for residents and visitors alike.

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Pine library bustling for summer

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Last fall’s inaugural Wine Around the Library benefit turned into an overwhelming success that had ticket holders clamoring for more such festivities.

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P/S area has lots of events for June

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Super-sized soft drinks, sandwiches and beauty products are everywhere, but yard sales are seldom so gargantuan.

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Natural Bridge volunteers honored

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Summer visitors to Tonto Natural Bridge, a 160-acre piece of paradise, should be treated to an enhanced adventure thanks to several capital improvements and the dedication of a bevy of volunteers.

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Pine students maintain proud tradition in winning Master Council Award

There was no drop off when social studies teacher Shelbi Wilson took over the Pine Straw­berry School student council adviser reins from Lu Carpino.

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Lots of events to enjoy in Pine and Strawberry

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It’s not unusual for retired teachers and coaches to look back on something they said or did in their careers and exclaim, “Boy, did I misfire on that.”

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