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Max Foster

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Library enjoys unexpected success with Lego Day

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A letter to the editor in the July 21 edition of the Payson Roundup created a huge stir in Pine-Strawberry, especially among Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) members, employees and volunteers.

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Leap of Faith

Walking away from corporate life leads to creative success

Tales abound of corporate wage earners fed up with their button-down, rat race lifestyles dreaming of escaping to a plainer, simple life absorbed in a job they love.

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Absent Pioneer Day celebration returns to Pine tomorrow

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Longtime Pine and Strawberry residents will remember the festive Pioneer Day celebrations of years ago that were highlighted by a parade south on Beeline.

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Pine and Strawberry’s loss is Texas’ gain

Clarks praised as ‘civic-minded’ folks who’ll be missed, hard to replace

The Rim Country is losing two of its most civic-minded and respected townspeople.

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Rollover outside of Strawberry revs up speculation

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Pine Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris recited the details of Saturday’s rollover just north of Strawberry as if the incident was a walk in the park.

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Rain dampens forest fire worries

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Pine and Strawberry residents scratched their collective noggins in disbelief on July 2 when Tonto National Forest officials lifted fire restrictions knowing the Fourth of July holiday would draw overflow crowds of sometime oblivious desert dwellers to our precious high country.

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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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Finishing touches to community timeline

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Volunteers from the Pine-Strawberry Take Pride Project, a civic group founded by Ira Gibel in 2002, will begin this month putting the finishing touches on a timeline to be etched in cement in front of the local museum, adjacent to the ramada.

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P/S archers aim for nationals

Fueled by the same junkyard dog mentality that lifted the Pine Strawberry School archery team to the National Archery in Schools Program state championship, team members have almost earned the more than $10,000 they need to travel May 7 to May 10 to Louisville, Ky. for the National Championship Tournament.

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Honoring Purple Heart recipients

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Bill Walden, Arizona State com­mander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, would like Gila County to proclaim itself a “Purple Heart County.”

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Fuel reduction benefit kicks off pickup program

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The 2015 Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction roadside brush, leaf and needle pickup program is on its way to being fully funded and committee members are ready to begin pickups on Sunday, May 17 in Arrowhead Estates.

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Pine 8th-grader sweeps science fairs

Can you correctly pronounce “Algae Amphidinium?”

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Four friends on an 800-mile trek hit Pine just before Trails Day

Hiking the 800-mile Arizona Trail can be a lonely journey.

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Good times and good food for a good cause

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Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee members are gearing up for a benefit dinner from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 16 at the Strawbeary Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. The day will be highlighted by live music, raffles, art sales, auctions, the Firewise trailer and a PSFD fire engine.

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Fuel reduction program gets go-ahead

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There will be a Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee-sponsored brush pickup this summer, probably beginning in May.

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Pine begs for county’s help to reduce critical fire danger

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin’s impromptu appearance at Saturday’s Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee meeting caught everyone, including PSFR chairman Melvin Palmer, by surprise.

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Kids get ready for highly-popular egg hunt

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Another of Pine and Strawberry’s highly popular Easter Egg Hunts will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 at the Pine Trailhead.

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David slays Goliath – with arrows, not slings

Pine archers prove the bigger they come the harder they fall

David slaying Goliath was a walk in the park compared to what Pine Strawberry School accomplished at the 2015 Arizona Archery in Schools State Championships held March 14 at Ben Avery Shooting Range near Phoenix.

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Fuel program waits on county action

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee is hosting a public meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 in the Pine Senior Center that will be highlighted by an update on the 2015 brush pickup program and a PowerPoint presentation on the committee’s progression since its inception.

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P/S residents blessed with fire pros

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In awe, I watched a band of hardened Rim Country firefighters do what they do best — protect property, homes and lives.

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P/S students continue winning ways

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Pine Strawberry School’s first ever Math League competition turned into a stunner for Megan Ward, the school’s executive secretary, “It’s was definitely an eye-opener.”

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Rim schools enjoy history of generosity from MSA

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The Mogollon Sporting Association’s mission to support schools and local youth programs most certainly will take on even greater importance next year when Gov. Ducey’s proposed budget strips Arizona’s schools of millions of dollars.

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Pine residents rally to save thinning program

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee took another step toward holding a second successive spring and summer brush pickup program by receiving authorization from the P/S Fire Board to allow Fire Chief Gary Morris to negotiate an equipment lease and payroll agreement with the committee.

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Dr. Seuss fun on the way to Pine

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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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Decades spent protecting his community

Mike Brandt’s post-military aptitude placement tests suggested a career in law enforcement or firefighting.

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Donations needed for fuel reduction work

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The Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s 2014 brush pickup program collected and burned nearly 2 million pounds of brush and pine needles.

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Lots happening at Pine library

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Have you ever checked out of a hotel or motel having not used those tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotions?

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Get help getting ‘Firewise’ now

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Pine Strawberry Fire Captain Mike Brandt has spent the past few weeks prior to his retirement later this month compiling a “Hazard Mapping Project” of subdivisions that would be used by firefighters during home or wildland fire crises.

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Nunley to be Payson’s interim district ranger

For more than a decade Don Nunley led the effort to protect Rim Country communities and the Tonto National Forest from catastrophic wildfires.

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She kept the Pine Strawberry School running

Licavoli retires after more than a quarter century

The woman who for more than 25 years kept Pine Strawberry School purring along like a fine-tuned V-8 will be stepping down in June.

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PS students ready for science fair

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Science fairs are among the most iconic and eagerly anticipated highlights of most every public school, especially those with elementary and middle school grades.

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Library booster snags grant

Carol LaValley’s journalistic expertise and passion for sports is paying huge dividends for the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library’s children’s programs.

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Hashknife event of old returns

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Although last year’s Hashknife Pony Express ride to Pine was a fiasco, it appears the Holbrook-based group will return on Jan. 28.

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Snow, snow and more snow in Pine

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National Weather Service reports indicate Pine received 14-1/2 inches of snow during the New Year’s storm, but several measurements I took at our home in the higher elevations of Pine Creek Canyon showed almost 18 inches to have fallen.

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Community makes a difference

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Among the highlights of the past holiday season was the marvelous outdoor Christmas lighting at Marlene and Rick Kubiak’s home in Strawberry. From Thanksgiving eve until last evening, Thursday, throngs of well-wishers stopped by the home to revel in the splendor of the holiday lights.

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Step up to help the P-S School

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Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell, a resident of Pine, has set 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29 as the deadline to apply for a seat on the Pine-Strawberry School District Governing Board.

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First combined holiday event a hit

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Those pesky squirrels, so abundant in the Rim Country, apparently like fiber-optic cables as well as they do the fruit off my apple and apricot trees.

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Carolyn Fruth running down distance records

Turning a half-century old is not slowing Carolyn Fruth.

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A heart-warming holiday story

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Working in the newspaper business is never without its surprises and feel-good stories.

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Area has terrific young archers

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Move over Katniss, make way for Micheal.

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Pine fire district gets new board members

Robed in symbolic judicial garb during a Nov. 19 Pine Strawberry Fire District meeting, Payson Regional Justice Court Judge Dorothy Little solemnly administered the oath of office to governing board members Mike Clark and David Burkhart.

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