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Max Foster

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Nodlinski left his mark on PHS

Throngs of family, friends, former students and athletes turned out Jan. 7 at the John Neumann Parish in Yuma to pay tribute to longtime teacher and coach Terry Nodlinski.

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A true example of great sportsmanship

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Earlier this week I penned a remembrance of former Payson High School football and baseball coach Terry Nodlinski who died Jan. 1 in Scottsdale following a battle with cancer.

Milk Ranch well fix, Pine water board grapples with costly options

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District governing board on Dec. 15 laid plans to find solutions to the turbidity glitches that have plagued the Milk Ranch wells since they were drilled.

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January calendar is jam-packed in Pine/Strawberry

Mike and Janet Brandt, both Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction trail committee volunteers, have released the trails work schedule for the next two months.

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Credit for Kids critical for school activities

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Hello readers! Wishing you a happy New Year with the hope you will have many blessings in the year to come.

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School ready for a fresh start with full board

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Merry Christmas readers! May this Christmas mark the beginning of a wonderful year for all.

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Former PHS standout helps athletes find right college

Former Payson High School wrestling star Larry Wilbanks, one of the finest athletes to ever don a PHS uniform, understands well the difficulties small-town Arizona student-athletes face in finding just the right college fit.

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Eighth-grader excels on range and in the field

Pine-Strawberry School eighth-grader Emma Paine enjoyed a week most teenagers only dream of.

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Celebrate the holiday with area students

Pine Strawberry School is hosting its annual Christmas Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the gymnasium.

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Forest busy after Thanksgiving holiday

Traveling to Flagstaff Saturday morning, wife Kay and I were puzzled by the large number of visitors we saw on our trip through the Coconino National Forest.

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Buffalo archers do battle in Wickenburg

Pine-Strawberry School Buffalo archers continued their determined march to the National Archery in Schools Championships next spring in Louisville, Ky. with a stellar showing in the nine-team Northwestern State qualifier held Nov. 19 in Wickenburg.

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Be a sweetie, get tickets for See’s Candy raffle to help library

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Is there anything more luscious than mouthwatering See’s Candy? Probably not and that’s why there is a huge demand for the luscious bites especially during the holidays.

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Support for Pine-Strawberry fire district greatly appreciated

Pine-Strawberry voters turn­ed out Nov. 8 to overwhelmingly approve the fire department’s appeal for a tax levy increase.

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Tellabration time in Pine

Storytellers around the globe, including those in the Rim Country, are gearing up for the 2016 Tellabration, which brings the area’s most celebrated tellers of tales out to delight, captivate and mesmerize audiences with their stories.

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Get ready for annual turkey shoot

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The communities of Pine and Strawberry are home to some of the finest marksmen, hunters and shooters in Arizona.

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Library loaded with activities this month

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The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library’s November activity calendar is jam-packed with activities for patrons of all ages and interests.

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Young archers shine in Pine

The one-two punch of Raci Miranda and Emma Paine paced the Pine-Strawberry School Buffalo archery team to a first place 3-D finish in a nine-team National Archery in Schools (NASP) state qualifying tournament contested Oct. 22 in Pine.

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Pine/Strawberry archery event impressive

As a retired public school coach of 37 years and a Payson Roundup and White Mountain Independent sports reporter for close to 30 years, I’ve attended and participated in hundreds, maybe thousands, of athletic events.

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P-S Fire District needs budget override to maintain services

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Pine-Strawberry voters have by now received in the mail their early voting ballots for the Nov. 8 election. The vote-by-mail ballots were sent out Oct. 12.

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Winter’s supply of firewood becomes a family affair

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Almost as disturbing and vexing as the vile references Donald Trump made about women on the recently leaked video is his later assertion that it was “locker room talk.” His absurd reference that “boys will be boys” is a slap in the face to every man, coach and athlete in the country.

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Fire on the Rim race attracts nearly 300 competitors

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Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee members heard a wrap up of the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race during its Wednesday, Sept. 28 meeting at the cultural center.

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Pirch qualifies for Bassmaster Classic again

Payson’s favorite hometown pro angler, Clifford Pirch, is headed for the Super Bowl of bass fishing.

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Fourth Fire on the Rim race best yet

Organizers, racers praise mountain bike event

The 2016 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race will go down as the finest in the four-year history of the event.

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New ‘High Country Hunter’ magazine a must-have

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Journalists from the White Mountain Independent and Payson Roundup have teamed up to publish the first-rate magazine “High Country Hunter” that this scribe predicts will soon be on the must-have list of every Arizona outdoors person.

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Dinner, dance honors Rim Country pioneers

Just 10 years ago, following my retirement from teaching and during my full-time work at the Payson Roundup, I was asked to write stories about 11 men, most former standout athletes at Payson High, who had joined forces to do what the now-defunct Cowbelles once did each year.

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Fire on the Rim race weekend is here

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A full year of preparation and planning for the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race culminates at noon today, Friday, Sept. 16, with the opening of a free campground, which many racers and spectators will call home for the weekend.

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Fire on the Rim race offers delights for spectators

The rubber is hitting the road and rough trails around Pine this weekend. The annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race is Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Last Arts & Craft Guild festival of the season this weekend

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The annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival to be held tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 3 and the following day, Sept. 4, is sure to draw crowds.

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Mountain bike race Fire on the Rim September 16-19 in Pine

Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race organizers Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon are living up to their promise that the Sept. 16-18 festivities will be bigger and better than ever.

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Food bank needs help to fill shelves before fall

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Just two years ago, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials huddled with Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild president Olga Sehnert and Community Educational and Cultural Association (CERCA) president Mel Palmer to review ADOT’s controversial decision to ban parking on both sides of Beeline during summer festivals.

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Payson’s Pirch finishes 12th in bass shoot-out

Snags big fish of tournament

Fishing in the shadows of the White House and Lincoln Memorial might intimidate some, but not Payson pro Clifford Pirch.

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Gear up for fun run, Fire on the Rim and more

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It’s not too early to begin planning for the Justice McNeeley Foundation Poker Run, which has morphed since its 2004 inception into one of the most celebratory gatherings held in the two mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry.

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Monthly fiddlers jam showcases area talent

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Want to be entertained by a family-friendly, toe-tapping hootenanny that showcases the talents of some of Pine and Strawberry’s finest musicians?

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Special art project welcomes students back to school

Is there anything more unsightly than a dirt-brown, 20-foot metal storage container sitting in the middle of an elementary school campus?

Pine, Strawberry benefit from Tontozona fever

Solid proof exists that the excitement, economic benefits and hype of the Arizona State University football team’s stay at Camp Tontozona spills over into Pine and Strawberry.

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Pine library seeks community’s help

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In the July 15 Rattlin’ the Rim, I encouraged Payson High School’s prospective football players to participate in a preseason training camp to be held July 18-22 on the school’s campus.

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Pirch turned Payson into ‘Wrestling Capital’

The coach who turned Payson into “The Wrestling Capital of Small Town America” has been inducted into the inaugural Payson High School Hall of Fame.

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Special guest joins Friends of Pine Library

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Friends of Pine Library could be hosting one of the group’s most interesting and informative guests ever during its monthly meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, July 25 at the Library Activity Center, behind the Cultural Hall of the Community Center.

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Hall of famer LaHaye: Wrestler’s roots in Payson

R.C. LaHaye might be the youngest member of the 2016 Payson High School Hall of Fame, but one check of his sterling credentials reveals he’s more than qualified to be included in the inaugural hall.

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Anonymous complaints, accusations need investigation

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Obviously there are at least two Pine and Strawberry readers who believe using pseudonyms appropriate when penning letters to the editor or expressing concerns to Payson Roundup reporters and columnists.

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Ted Pettet: the Father of Longhorn Sports

Calling Ted Pettet the “Father of Longhorn Sports” would not be a stretch.

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Fun awaits residents, visitors for 4th

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Throngs of heat weary desert dwellers will swarm the Rim Country beginning today, Friday, to enjoy a few days in the cooler high altitudes and celebrate Independence Day.

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Still going strong: Rim to rim without a stopover

Pine resident at 75 still putting all those youngsters to shame

Even the heartiest of hikers usually stay overnight at Phantom Ranch when walking the Grand Canyon rim to rim.

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Pine-Strawberry Fire budget still lean

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The sale of the Payson Roundup to the White Mountain Independent is a bit of déjà vu all over again for this old scribe.

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Gearing up for a great benefit bike race

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She’s at it again.

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Hall of Fame coach kept his eye on the fundamentals

Chuck Hardt, a 2016 Payson High School Hall of Fame inductee, possibly has more Coach of the Year plaques hanging in his home than any prep coach in Arizona.

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Library, Friends name raffle winners

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Former Pine Strawberry School Principal/Superintendent Cody Barlow’s resignation on May 10 morphed into a disconcerting episode that exploded into a community stir.

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Poker run, trail work slated for Saturday

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Rim Country Riders Club members are gearing up for their Third Annual Poker Run and have issued invitations to all ATV, UTV and HOV riders and owners to join in the fun.

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Dan Reid’s 27-year career earns Hall of Fame status

He could ‘win Kentucky Derby with a Clydesdale’

Dan Reid could win the Kentucky Derby with a Clydesdale.

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Recent fires have residents on edge

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Even the newest of Pine-Strawberry residents recognize the sights and sounds of the twin-engine Forest Service spotting plane that flies over the two towns almost daily during the summer months.

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