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Buffs to celebrate academic triumph

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Pine Strawberry School students and teachers will gather at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 29 during the school’s first flag ceremony of the year to celebrate the improvement on the new state accountability system to a B grade from last year’s C.

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P/S School goes from a C to a B

Pine Strawberry Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow attributes a share of the school’s rise from a grade of C to a grade of B on the state’s rating system to a small school population.

Guild gearing up for Labor Day festival

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With the flap over parking on Beeline during holiday festivals now settled, the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild is focusing on the Labor Day celebration to be held Aug. 30 and 31.

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Return to Camp T ... sort of

Sun Devils return to deep Tontozona roots

Any trip to Camp Tontozona to cheer the Arizona State University football team during its annual preseason training camp wouldn’t be complete without pausing to shake the hand of the gray-haired, 85-year-old man sitting on the sidelines scrutinizing every second of on-the-field action.

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P/S guild, ADOT resolve festival issues

A meeting some predicted would be contentious quickly morphed into an amicable gathering of Arizona Department of Transpor­tation (ADOT) officials and Pine and Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild members.

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Fuel reduction efforts outstanding

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Calling the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s 2014 brush pickup program an overwhelming success would be an understatement.

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Library launches new benefit event

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The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library operates on a shoestring budget but manages to keep doors open by hosting several fundraisers throughout the year.

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Firefighter retires after 21 years

Don Voakes’ clearest memories of the 21 years he spent as a Pine Strawberry Fire Department engineer and EMT might not be battling inferno-like wildfires or answering life-threatening medical calls.

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Big benefit poker run on the horizon

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The annual Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad Poker Runs have been, since their founding 10 years ago, among the most celebratory gatherings held in Pine and Strawberry.

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Remembering coach Jerry Daniels

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I didn’t know Jerry Daniels in 1971 when I enrolled in “Theory of Coaching Football” at Arizona State University.

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P/S fuel reduction work continues

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduc­tion committee’s brush pickup program wrapped up collections in Zone 2 late last week and operators are currently working in Zone 3, which is the area south of Hardscrabble Road and east of Beeline Highway.

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Finally, wet stuff comes to Rim Country

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Borrowing from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Rain at last, rain at last, thank God almighty we had rain at last.”

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Five teams to attend Payson football camp

The age-old coaching proverb, “Championships are won in the off season” seems to ring true at the end of each prep sports season about the time state title gold balls are awarded.

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Popular golf tourney this month

Proceeds go to Elks’ Clothe-A-Child program

Benefit golf tournaments, all funding very worthy causes, are played at Payson Golf Course almost every weekend throughout the summer.

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ADOT purloins Pine parking

State bars use of Highway 87 shoulders, businesses cry foul

Arizona Department of Transportation’s decision to ban parking on both sides of Beeline during the July 4th Arts and Crafts Festival created a town-wide stir that drew complaints from vendors, visitors and sponsors.

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Celebrate 4th of July holiday with arts & crafts

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Happy Independence Day readers!

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Pine protests drive off store

Plans to build a Dollar General store off Highway 87 in Pine have been scrapped after Southwest General Develop­ment Managing Partner Beau Woodring withdrew his request to rezone the property.

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Enthusiastic response overwhelming

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction brush pickup program on Monday reached Zone 1 in Pine.

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Teacher, coach gets an education

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Having spent most of my life as a math teacher and football and basketball coach, I’m obviously naive when it comes to quilting.

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Community cuts brush to trim dire fire danger

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction committee leads way

A fundraiser for the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee at the Bear restaurant in Strawberry last weekend proved an overwhelming success, according to Chairman Mel Palmer.

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Dollar store rezoning meeting set

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The Gila County Board of Supervisors has agreed to host a public meeting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 at the Pine Community Center to allow residents to voice their opinions on the possibility of Dollar General store being built on the northeast side of Highway 87 directly across from Old County Road.

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A happening haven from the heat

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Once again this weekend, our tiny mountain hamlets are sure to morph into cool, high country respites for heat-weary desert dwellers.

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P/S buzzing over holiday weekend

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Pine was buzzing with activity Memorial Day weekend as throngs of visitors poured into the Rim Country to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the 34th Annual Arts and Crafts Guild Spring Show.

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Buffs stampede to Master Council laurels

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Pine Strawberry School is not big in pupil numbers, but the elementary school looms large in student achievement.

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Archers wonderful representatives for area

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Pine Strawberry School archery team coach Dean Pederson isn’t prone to spewing volumes of superlatives, but was gushing accolades during his recanting of the archers’ recent trip to Louisville, Ky. where the Buffalo sharpshooters competed in the 2014 National Archery in Schools championship finals tournament.

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Tiny P/S school has top athletes

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The highly acclaimed Pine-Strawberry School archery team returns tomorrow, May 10, from Louisville, Ky. where it has been competing in the National Archery in Schools championships.

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Pine-Strawberry students rewarded

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The Diamondbacks are off to the worst start in the history of the professional baseball team, but that didn’t stop about 40 Pine-Strawberry School students and their chaperones, including principal-superintendent Cody Barlow, from cheering the team on during a home game last week.

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Rim Country well represented in popular Pat’s Run

Jesse McGuire’s moving trumpet rendition of the national anthem at the onset of Pat’s Run had the crowd of 30,000-plus hootin’ and hollerin’ at decibel levels that haven’t been heard in Arizona since Luis Gonzalez’s game 7 walk off bases loaded bloop single earned the Arizona Diamondbacks the 2001 World Championship.

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Pine water candidates meet voters

Scrumptious hot dogs and political banter went hand in hand during a “meet and greet” in which high country voters were able to come face to face with seven of the eight candidates running for seats on the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District governing board.

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Pine water committee recommends budget changes

The eight-member Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Citizen Budget Review Committee has formulated a fiscal year budget it will recommend to the Gila County Board of Supervisors and the new PSWID governing board when it is elected May 20.

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Meet candidates for water board

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As a retired math teacher, I’ve told students that when writing 2-column geometry proofs, “Givens” are the foundation that someone laid for you.

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PS archers need help getting to nationals

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Moviegoers cheered as they watched Katniss Everdeen use her archery skills to survive and return home safe after winning the “Hunger Games.”

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Brush pickup resumes

A roadside brush pickup program that has long been an integral part of Pine and Strawberry’s effort to protect the tiny mountain hamlets from a catastrophic wildfire could end this year.

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April brings test time, not showers

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AIMS achievement tests — the perplexing academic chores most students and teachers love to loathe — will be administered next week at Pine Strawberry School. AIMS reading and math testing for all grades except second will be conducted April 7 to 11. The second-graders will take their SAT test April 7 to 9. April 11 has been set aside as a test makeup day for those who are absent during the week.

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Trails Day, Cinco de Mayo events around the corner

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Maureen Walsh and her fellow Pine Strawberry Trails Day volunteers are gearing up for what they hope will be the finest celebration in the three-year history of the event.

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Another attack on public education funds

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A divisive Arizona school plan that is advancing in the Legis­lature could be a deathblow to public schools including Pine and Strawberry’s.

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P/S students prepare for school play

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it,” said Peter Pan.

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Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrated in P/S

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A bevy of enthusiastic and civic-minded Zane Grey Kiwanis club members showed up bright and early March 3 at Pine-Strawberry School armed with lessons and games aimed at motivating students in their celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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Community loses a hard-working, life-loving daughter

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Family and friends of Allyson Rene Randall gathered in Pine on Saturday to celebrate the life of the former Pine Elementary and Payson High School student who died Feb. 6 at 45 years of age.

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Remembering Nancy

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Nancy Althoff’s friends and family members will gather at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 15, in the Payson High School Auditorium to celebrate the life of the former Payson Unified School District teacher and counselor. Nancy died Jan. 19 at 76 years of age.

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Disappointment over Pony Express visit

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Hashknife Pony Express riders have for more than a decade thrilled Pine Strawberry School students by thundering into town to re-enact, with much fanfare and pomp, an exchange of mailbags much like the original Express riders did in the American West from 1860 to 1861.

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Free fiddlers jam sessions a treat

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Living in the shadows of the Mogollon Rim affords privileges that can’t be enjoyed elsewhere.

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Buffaloes turn ‘brainiacs’

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Scoot over Sir Issac, take a seat Mr. Einstein — make way for those Pine-Strawberry School students enthusiastically gearing up for an annual science fair in which they will have the opportunity to flex their cerebral prowess.

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Senior meal program lowers prices

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It’s not often in today’s economy — which often includes government cutbacks to non-profits — that those types of civic organizations are able to reduce prices.

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Future of water district on minds of many

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Many water users are scratching their collective noggins wondering what will come out of a Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting to be held 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Pine Cultural Hall.

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Library gives away candy, gets books

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It seems apropos that Phil Paine was the lucky winner of the Isabelle Memorial Memorial Library benefit raffle that had as a prize a gift basket overflowing with almost $200 worth of scrumptious See’s Candy.

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School food drive overwhelming success

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Aided by local firefighters Willard Cotter and Ryan MacNeal, Pine Strawberry School students delivered a truckload of much needed provisions to the Pine Strawberry Food Bank Monday morning.

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First snowmen of season arrive

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The winter’s first storm dropped about two inches of snow on Pine and Strawberry Saturday night thrilling those who marvel at Mother Nature’s showy spectacles.

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Award-winning display ready to visit

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Think about it — snowmen huddled around a roaring campfire — wouldn’t they melt?

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Youth offer meaningful tribute to veterans

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Dawn Potter is certain the Pine Strawberry School Builders Club’s Veterans Day tribute was a fitting salute to all who have served our country and also a valuable lesson to the students who participated. The tribute is called “The White Table.”

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