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Max Foster

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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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Pine, Strawberry archers set sights on national honors

The success of some of the younger members of the Pine Strawberry School archery team at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament has Coach Dean Pederson dreaming of bigger and better things.

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Pine-Strawberry get ready for summer season

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The Annual Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Festival is arguably the most successful of the seven held in Pine during the summer season.

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Memories of war hero, jokester & friend

MHA honors Jack Koon for his contributions to conservation, kids and the organization

The 24-year history of Mogollon Sporting Association banquets have produced many poignant moments, but none more moving than the presentation on May 6 of the prestigious Legacy Award to Jack and Sandee Koon.

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Sporting Association sets record

A record 350 supporters turned out May 7 at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino for the 24th Annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet and fundraiser.

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Great participation in special benefit

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Pine-Strawberry School paraprofessional Amy Abney leaves little doubt the May 7 benefit for 5-year-old Ayden Taylor and his family was a hit.

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Pine rallies behind boy’s battle with cancer

It was a feel-good afternoon that could make even an Archie Bunker curmudgeon crack a smile.

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A special honor for veterans at library

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In an obvious show of pride and patriotism, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Director Becky Waer has set up an “America’s White Table” to honor all of those who have served in the military, during peace or war.

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Be sure to attend Firewise Day Saturday

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Pine Strawberry School second-grade teacher Candi Paine and school paraprofessional Amy Abney are optimistic an upcoming benefit to raise funds to help defray medical expenses for 5-year-old kindergartner Ayden Taylor will be a hit.

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Pine rallies to support endangered Firewise plan

With experts predicting the 2016 fire season could be the worst in recent memory, Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee member Katie Calderon is inviting residents of Payson to take part in the inaugural “Firewise Day” from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the cultural center ramada in Pine.

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A vote for Prop. 123 is a vote for kids

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A vote for Prop. 123 on May 17 is a vote for Arizona’s most precious resource — our children.

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Firewise Festival designed to educate

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A warning issued by Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee should alert residents to the dangers they are facing as the summer fire season approaches, “The reality is not whether another wildfire will strike the Rim Country, but when, where and will you survive.”

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Pine runs with the big dogs

Proving bigger is not necessarily better, the Pine-Strawberry School track and field team, which is only nine-members strong, shone in a White Mountain League meet hosted by Rim Country Middle School.

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Area students buckle down for tests

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The school days that trigger torment and anticipation in students begin Monday, April 11, at Pine Strawberry Elementary School. The catalyst for the ordeal is the five-day AzMERIT tests which will be given to third- through eighth-graders.

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Child needs help from area residents

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Pine-Strawberry School kindergartner Ayden Taylor and his family desperately need our two communities’ help.

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Several archers likely headed to nationals

It appears a good sized contingent of Pine Strawberry School archery team members will be advancing to the national tournament but the names will not be known for at least another week to give coaches, who have been on spring break, the time needed to check qualifying scores and other criteria.

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Firewise Community Event being planned

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With the likelihood of having a third consecutive brush pickup program this summer about as likely as Donald Trump toning down his pompous and bombastic rhetoric, Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee volunteer Katie Calderon has now turned her attention to hosting an inaugural “Firewise Community Event.”

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Charity hopes Payson residents show support

Justice McNeeley Foundation co-founder Katie Parks wonders why more Payson residents don’t support the nonprofit that is one of the most generous in the Rim Country doling out thousands of dollars to help pay the medical expenses of needy children.

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Volunteers build bridge for new trail

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Most would hesitate to call building bridges in the wilderness without access to tools and equipment thrilling and enjoyable.

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Longhorns take a good bounce

Payson High Longhorn baseball coach Brian Young’s suspicions that a March 9 clash in Safford could turn into a “trap game” proved unfounded.

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PSWID board on quest for district manager

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Following considerable research and study by the board of directors, the Support Service Committee and the district’s attorney, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District has come up with a job description for its next district manager.

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Coach evaluates track team athletes

Following the Payson High School track team’s return March 4 from the prestigious Desert Classic Invitational in Queen Creek, coach Jonathan Ball took time out to evaluate his athletes’ performances. (See the March 8 sports edition for complete results from the meet).

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All-Star basketball standouts honored

Chaz Davis, Ryan Ricke honored

A pair of Payson High School boys basketball players has received All-Section V honors in a voting of varsity coaches.

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