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Max Foster

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Survival in doubt

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee seeking a way to continue

An enthusiastic crowd of about 50 Pine Strawberry residents gathered Saturday in the cultural hall to mull over the future of the financially strapped Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction committee’s brush pickup program.

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Important fuel reduction meeting tomorrow

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The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s hardworking volunteer members are hosting a communitywide meeting at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7 in the cultural hall that will focus on the future of the brush pickup program.

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Fall Festival helps fund year-end trip

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A spooky good time is sure to be had by all from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, Friday, Oct. 30 at Pine Strawberry School.

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P-S brush pick-up program wraps up

Fuel Reduction Committee may give task to private contractor

The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee’s brush pick-up program has learned tough lessons in perseverance and patience.

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Hear expert lecture on John Wayne in Arizona

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Longtime Library Friends member Helen Palmer is confident the group’s special guest for an open meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26 in the library annex building is an intriguing one.

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Pine library event grows in popularity

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Kudos to those hardworking volunteers, governing board members and staff who staged a very impressive and successful Wine Around the Library benefit on Oct. 10.

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Pine throws a heck of a party for the best of causes

Whoever tagged Pine a sleepy, quiet town wasn’t in the tiny mountain hamlet on Saturday.

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No lack of things to do this weekend in Rim Country

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With the Fall Festival, Annual Antique Show, Wine Around the Library and the Quilt Roundup all set for this weekend, there will be ample activities to spark the interests of both visitors and locals.

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Pine poll reveals preferences

The citizens have been polled and the results are in.

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Archers keep hitting bullseye

The Pine Strawberry School Buffalo archery team is picking up where it left off last season when it won the National Archery in Schools Program Arizona State Championship and advanced to the national finals in Louisville, Ky.

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Extreme athlete put Pine-Strawberry on map

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Pine Community Center grounds are normally quiet on fall Sunday afternoons, but last weekend they sprung to life as runners in the Mogollon Monster 100 celebrated the finish of one of the most grueling ultra-marathons in the country.

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Poker run: good time, good cause

Pine event raises $12,000 to help struggling families

Off-roaders normally chill following a demanding cross-country trek, but those who turned out Sept. 19 for the Justice McNeeley Poker Run in Pine were obviously suffering from the boogie-woogie blues and the rockin’ pneumonia.

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Good things happening in Pine, Strawberry

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When the Wine Around the Library benefit debuted last fall, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library board members were uncertain how it would be received.

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Everyone can help make a difference for needy

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The growth of the Justice McNeeley Foundation is a heart-warming success story that could only occur in small-town America.

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Mountain bikers hit the trails for Fire on the Rim

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The Fire on the Rim steering committee, headed by Janet Brandt and Katie Calderon, has put months of preliminary work in the rearview mirror and is today maneuvering toward hosting the finest mountain bike race in the five-year history of the event.

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One determined person can make a difference

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Nina Hokkaen’s decision to seek shelter in a school bus stop during a driving snowstorm several years ago is paying dividends for Pine and Strawberry’s bus-riding schoolchildren.

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Great community events coming up quickly

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As a Payson Roundup reporter, I was asked in 2004 to cover a Pine-Strawberry grassroots movement to raise money to buy Justice McNeeley, then a 5-year-old kindergartner, a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

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Game & Fish officials warn – don’t feed the wildlife

Although it is against the law (13-2927) in Arizona to feed wildlife, residents living in the urban interface continue to feed deer, elk and other animals mistakenly believing it is a humane act.

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P-S area hopping with fun for next few weeks

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The invitation to Jim Sprinkle’s retirement party is unconventional and somewhat startling.

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Benefit steak dinner this Sunday at StrawBeary Bear Restaurant

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For the second time this summer Pine-Strawberry residents are dealing with choking smoke and nauseating odors emitted by Coconino County forest fires that are being allowed to burn in order to reduce forest fuels.

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Future pros tough to tab at Tontozona

Since the early 1960s when the Arizona State football program first began churning out future professional stars like Charlie Taylor, Tony Lorick, Herman “Ham Handed” Harrison and Jerry Smith, Camp Tontozona has had a reputation as a training site where fans can get a free and up close look at future NFL players.

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Frank Kush – The makings of a legend

For 19 years, Frank Kush ruled Camp Tontozona much like General Patton commanded his troops — with a hard driven personality and a colorful image.

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Raffle tickets still on sale for some great bikes

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We now know the writer of a scathing letter to the editor that appeared in the July 21 edition of the Payson Roundup signed a fictitious name when he identified himself as “Ben Arnald.”

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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.