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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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Keep emergency information handy

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A tragic incident last week involving a longtime Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library volunteer underscores the need to have medical information readily available for first responders.

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Remember — Tellabration is tomorrow

For a hoot of a good time, plan on attending the Senior Citizens Affair Foundation’s annual Tellabration tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22 in the Pine Community Cultural Hall.

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Former Payson High standout athlete delivers ASU-Notre Dame game ball

Julie Popeck Hansen’s 27-plus years of dedication to United Parcel Service earned her the privilege of being the UPS driver chosen to deliver the official game ball to Sun Devil Stadium prior to Saturday’s Notre Dame vs. Arizona State gridiron showdown.

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Sometimes we need to adjust our perspective on problems

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We sometimes stumble across stories of courage that prompt us to rethink the importance of our own trials and tribulations.

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Pine gets help from some very tall friends

Woman’s effort yields $5,000 Phoenix Suns grant for library

Professional sports franchises bolstered by big-name players clutching million-dollar contracts are not often linked to small-town libraries. But that’s exactly what unfolded Nov. 3 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix when the Phoenix Suns awarded the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library a $5,000 grant to upgrade children’s programs.

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Archers on target at local contest

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The Pine Strawberry School archery team’s annual trip to the Archery in Schools National Finals tournament might not be the Buffalos’ most impressive accomplishment. Rather, that laurel rests with the fact that one of the smallest rural schools in Arizona is able to field an impressive roster of 20-plus student athletes.

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Library lands $5,000 Suns’ grant

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Phoenix Suns announcer Al Mc Coy is well known for his catch phrases that include “Zing go the strings” and “Swish-a-roo for two” when Phoenix scores.

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Pine group wants design review

Volunteers sought to influence county planning

Finding townspeople willing to serve on a community Design Review Board (DRB) was the focus of a Wednesday evening Town Hall meeting hosted by an offshoot group of the Rim Country Business Coalition.

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Proof in the proverbial pocketbook

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During the opening days of school each year, geometry teachers stress to students that a “given” is a fact being provided to help solve a proof.

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P-S Fire District honors local heroes

An overflow crowd of Pine and Strawberry residents packed the local fire station on Oct. 15 for a monthly fire board meeting in which a longtime fire captain hung up her turnout gear and three other firefighters were promoted.

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Pine pulses with Fall Apple Festival, chili fest

The pulsating vibe surrounding the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival, chili cook-off and antique show pleasantly surprised some first visitors to Pine.

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Remember, P-S students go to PHS

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Pine and Strawberry taxpayers are not eligible to vote in the upcoming Payson Unified School District’s override or school board elections because we do not live within school district boundaries.

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Pine benefit a smashing success

Wine Around the Library draws crowd

Weeks of selfless preparation and planning paid huge dividends last week with the smashing success of the inaugural Wine Around the Library benefit.

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Apples, antiques, chili and wine

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Pine and Strawberry Business Community (PSBC) members are enthusiastically gearing up for the Seventh Annual Fall Apple Festival and the Third Annual Antique Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day, Sunday.

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Hydrant, rain help dodge a fiery bullet

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Homeowners living in the northern reaches of Pine Creek Canyon, just beyond the intersection of Cedar Meadow Lane and Pine Creek Canyon Drive, dodged a deadly bullet Sept. 26 when the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department contained and extinguished a fire at 4150 Portal Dr., only feet from the entrance to Portals II.

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Nature’s regal beauty in our back yards

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Although I’ve lived in rural Northern Arizona most all my life, I never paid much attention to the sounds of elk bugling until my good friend Dennis Pirch, a former Roundup outdoor columnist and Payson High teacher/ coach, began writing about “elk talk.”

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Benefit poker run raises $11,000

Pine’s Beeline-Hardscrabble intersection morphed into a beehive of activity Saturday afternoon as more than 100 mud-caked ATVs of all sizes and configurations motored into the parking lot of Sidewinders Tavern and Grill where they were greeted by fellow Justice McNeeley Poker Run roisterers reveling in plenty of old-fashioned, small-town cam­araderie.

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Fire on Rim race draws record numbers

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The Fourth Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race was a fantastic event that drew raves from racers and spectators alike.

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Pine’s weekend Poker Run helps community children

Justice McNeeley Foundation finishes its first decade

The Justice McNeeley Foundation doesn’t usually receive the philanthropic credit it deserves, but that doesn’t prevent its scores of dedicated volunteers from continuing to provide financial aid to needy children.

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Pine mountain bike race sets record

The Fourth Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race was “bigger and better than ever” just as event co-chairs Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon promised during an April 5 community meeting.

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Fire on the Rim promises fun, food and awards

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Gerardo’s Italian Feast to be served 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 12, at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena on Bradshaw Drive and Old County Road is sure to be win-win for everyone.

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Pine gearing up for mountain bike races

Fire on the Rim co-chair Janet Brandt has spent almost a full year planning for the fourth annual mountain bike race and her hope now is that large crowds turn out Saturday to cheer on the cyclists.

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Reprehensible rascals steal Pine sign

Some dastardly deeds are downright deplorable.

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Mountain bike race rolling along

Pine gears up for activities for Fire on the Rim race

The Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race is growing in popularity among Rim Country residents and has event co-chairs Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon fired up.

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Schools’ windfall not so great on closer look

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Because the Arizona Legislature violated Proposition 301 passed by state voters in 2000 and shortchanged the public school system during the recession, it is only right that the state pay $317 million immediately to schools as Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled in a judgment on a long-standing lawsuit challenging school funding.

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Karolyn’s Wish raises money for children in Pine

In vintage Old West movies, it was common to see on the big screen mounted cavalry riding to the rescue with flags waving and bugles blowing.

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Lots of fun in Pine this weekend

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The highlight of the Labor Day weekend is certain to be the myriad of activities on the agenda for the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild Festival to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 30, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day.

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