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Max Foster

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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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New columnist has a familiar face

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I mistakingly believed I’d penned my last column and news story on Aug. 19 after working 27 years as a Payson Roundup reporter. But just weeks into my retirement, Joy Hafford resigned as the Pine-Strawberry community columnist and I agreed to step in as her replacement.

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McNeeley Poker Run another success

Lisa Campbell has pastured her trusty steed in favor of a King. “I used to ride a horse, now I ride horsepower,” Campbell said just after maneuvering her Suzuki King Quad ATV over the finish line at the Ninth Annual Justice McNeeley Poker Run held Sept. 28 in Pine.

Roundup wins big

‘General Excellence’ award from Arizona Newspapers Association

The Payson Roundup picked up more than a dozen awards Saturday night at the annual Arizona Newspapers Associa­tion’s Better Newspapers Contest, including the top, statewide award for general excellence among non-daily newspapers between 3,500 and 10,000 circulation.

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Birdbusters dominate Prescott senior championships

Move over, Annie Oakley. Take a seat, Buffalo Bill — the Payson Birdbusters are the new, reigning royalty of sharpshooting.

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Wolf recovery focus of Shoot for Heart

Gila County rancher to speak on program to reintroduce Mexican grays in Arizona

Since the inception of the highly popular Shoot for the Heart seminars in 2010, hundreds of residents have flocked to Mountain Bible Church to take in outdoor seminars that began with local tournament fishing pro Clifford Pirch leading a presentation on bass fishing.

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Payson pro going to fishing’s ‘big show’

Pirch earns spot in bass classic

Many boys grow up dreaming of throwing winning touchdown passes in the waning moments of rivalry games or slugging grand slam home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Scouting can be difference between a win and a loss

In high school football, scouting reports are coaches’ and players’ best friends. An accurate report can result in victory, but an incorrect or incomplete one can spell defeat.

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Coach says forget last season

Chris Avakian, Payson High’s boys soccer coach, is taking a novel approach in preparing the 2013 team for the upcoming season. “I tell (the players) we are not playing last year’s team, so just go have fun,” Avakian said.

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Soccer players needed

Although Trae Dunman is the first-year head coach of the Lady Longhorn soccer team, his preseason job duties more resemble those of noted automotive pitchman Tex Earnhardt.

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McNeeley benefit quad ride bigger, better

The Ninth Annual Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad Ride could be bigger, better and more festive than any of the previous benefits.

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Dogs dominate; CV crumbles

Although PHS second-year football coach Jake Swartwood would have preferred his team dominate its three-way preseason scrimmage on Friday evening in Longhorn stadium, the debut wrapped up with mixed reviews.

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Payson sports teams in new alignment this year

The 2013 fall sports season at Payson High School could turn into a bit of déjà vu for longtime fans, spectators and coaches.

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Coach says volleyball team talented, hard working

Stonebrink happy with the strongest lineup in years

Veteran Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink — the longest-tenured coach on the Payson High School staff — might have this season the most talented team in his 10 years at the helm of the program.

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Payson golfer on a roll

Payson Men’s Golf Association member Mike Anderson is on a roll that would render Phil Mickelson envious.

Championship Longhorn coach inducted into state’s Hall of Fame

Former Payson High School football coach Jim Beall has been inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining former Longhorn coaches Dennis Pirch, Terry Nodlinski and Dan Reid who were inducted in earlier years.

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Sun Devils in droves!

Possibly the largest crowd in Camp Tontozona history, about 5,300 fans, turned out Saturday for Arizona State University’s annual preseason football scrimmage.

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Longhorn lineup takes shape

Coach juggles strong players for key spots; worries about depth

Much of the success or failure of high school football teams hinges on coaches plugging their players during preseason practices into where they can best help the overall team effort.

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Respectful ropers compete in muddy arena

The cowpunchers arrived under cloudy, rainy skies to showcase their heading and heeling skills against the state’s finest team ropers and also to pay respect to the legend the competition is named for.