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Michele Nelson

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She’s the Martian’s mom

But she’s still going to keep her famous son down-to-earth

Payson resident Janet Tuer never wears dresses — until now.

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Flash Flood Warning Until 5:00 p.m. from Rye to Deer Creek

Cloudburst may flood roadways

The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood warning until 5:00 p.m. today for West Central Gila County.

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Voters pepper school officials with questions, concerns

Payson voters grilled Payson Unified School District officials last week on everything from the constant fundraising to support core programs to the lack of sufficient advanced placement classes.

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Christmas early for needy kids

Masonic Lodge donates four shopping carts of shoes

Ah ... the annual shopping trip for back-to-school shoes — for 107 kids.

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Making school lunches cool

Joe Trayer would like Payson High School students to stay on campus for lunch.

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Glad I never gave into the oh-so bad soda habit

The Healthy Foodie

Ever heard the saying, “The happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells it?”

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How to win a pie eating contest

In its first year of existence, the Payson Farmers Market Pie Eating Contest sponsored by Enzo Crivelli Wood Designs, exhibited some successful techniques and some not so successful techniques.

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Is it a granite shop or rock museum?

Drive up to Debbie and Nollan Blackwell’s Payson Granite and Design store on Aero Drive and swirling multi-colored slabs of granite sit perched up on their ends in the parking lot.

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Community college wants accreditation

Despite the Arizona Legislature’s votes to gut community college funding, the Gila Community College board has placed accreditation on the front burner.

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Disabled adults enjoy special training

The long-empty Payson Unified School District building at the top of McLane isn’t empty any more.

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Spicy foods equal health, long life

My 13-month-old daughter looked at us happily as she munched on sushi, until the wasabi hit.

Chef’s challenge at the Payson Farmers Market

The new Payson High School culinary arts instructor has wasted no time getting his advanced students out into the public and on the job.

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Payson takes a star turn on Valley station

In a scant week and a half, Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis and Channel 3 producer Jessica Parsons rounded up representation from all the major events and groups in Rim Country.

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GCC’s cosmetology program boasts three graduates

The first three students to complete all the requirements to qualify for a cosmetology license will graduate by the end of summer.

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Prudential changes to Berkshire Hathaway

During the week of Aug. 18, the Rim Country will see Prudential real estate signs quietly replaced by Berkshire Hathaway signs.

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Board questions state mandates

The Payson School Board on Monday had a lot of questions about a rash of new policies imposed on the schools this year by state lawmakers.

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Learning all they really need to know

In “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” poet Robert Fulghum reels off a list of simple, yet critical, skills learned in kindergarten.

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Payson’s enrollment on the rise

“Our numbers appear to be up ... we’ll know more in a week,” said Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman at the board meeting on Aug. 10 regarding districtwide enrollment.

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The happy glow of a good time

Sixty people donned glow sticks then trotted around Green Valley Park and the Payson Golf Course in the evening for the first-ever Glow in the Bowl Run on Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Can federal lands save schools?

Payson School Board member advocates state takeover

Shirley Dye, Payson Unified School District board member, thinks as Governor Doug Ducey does — the Arizona State Land Trust should pay for schools and she would like the school board to support her position.

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A 3rd generation tractor

The brightly painted green and yellow John Deere tractor sat parked in the space usually occupied by cars.

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Plague of smoke

Distant wildfire alarms residents of Rim Country

Lightning started a wildfire July 31 near the C.C. Cragin Reservoir.

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Retirement meltdown looming

Average worker has less than $12,000 in retirement savings

How much do average U.S. citizens save for retirement?

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Canning a healthy thing, but it takes guts to do

The Healthy Foodie

I have two canning pots in my garage, one for a water bath and the other for high pressure canning.

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Smoke from controlled burn blankets Payson

Fire by Cragin Reservoir poses no risk to Rim Country

Smoke from a controlled burn near the C.C. Cragin Reservoir drifted into Payson Sunday evening.

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Car rental back in town

When the Enterprise Car Rental Company off of the Beeline closed down no one knew where to turn.

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Mental illness imposes tragic toll

Class to help families living with mentally ill adults

Ever have someone in the family that stole a school van to drive to Flagstaff for no reason they could ever really explain?

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Humane Society’s new director

Chandra Cushman, the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s new executive director, started working at the shelter for the job, but discovered a purpose.

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Former culinary arts instructor honored

Devon Wells spent 33 years teaching the art of the home and kitchen to high school students and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Family and Consumer Sciences Educators on July 20.

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OMG! It’s actually the first day of school!

At the front office, a sign directs everyone — students and guests alike — to the playground.

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Americans turning the corner on obesity

The Healthy Foodie

The chunks of apple sat in my bowl.

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Helping vets and the environment

Brian Stultz has a vision — get vets into the wild to share talents, learn a new skill, heal and, most importantly, have fun.

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Local boy makes good, comes home to teach

Young Payson English teacher popular with his students

Lacey Tackett has to contend with her husband’s notoriety with young people all around Payson.

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Open House at Payson Elementary, Julia Randall schools

The new school year starts on Monday, Aug. 3 for all students at Payson Unified School District.

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Rain plays it coy

Each afternoon, Rim Country residents eagerly watch the clouds build, then sigh in disappointment as they dissipate with little rain.

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Kindergarten teachers plead for smaller classes

Class sizes may exceed 30 without another teacher

Flanked by all but one of the Payson Elementary School kindergarten teachers, Jane Pond and Sylvia Sandoval on July 27 begged the Payson Unified School District board to add another kindergarten teacher to the staff.

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What the heck to do with all those juniper berries

The Healthy Foodie

Anyone else have trees white with juniper berries, poised to rain down on the porch?

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Payson pulls reeds to protect water quality

People who love Green Valley Park also love the myriad of water creatures that populate the lake, many hiding in and amongst the plants growing along the shore.

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Changing the culture of PUSD

Last year, the Payson Unified School District board requested the culture of the district change after a tumultuous year.

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School board approves 2015-16 staff stipends

Staff with the Payson Unified School District will receive a one-time stipend during the 2015-16 school year.

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Gear Up returns to PUSD

The Gear Up program has returned to Payson Unified School District and former Rim Country Middle School physical education teacher Jackie Wallace will serve as the coordinator.

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Familiar face takes over RCMS

Jennifer White will head up Rim Country Middle School as its new principal starting the 2015-16 school year.

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JRE principal says supporting teachers supports students

Linda Scoville, the new principal at Julia Randall Elementary, found her passion for education while juggling her time between single parenthood and a job to pay the bills.

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It’s all about the relationships for new PES principal

Gail Milton’s office at Payson Elementary School sports an inviting shade of lavender on the walls.

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New music store will make parents’ lives easier

Parents of band kids rejoice! There’s no more need to drive to Phoenix to get instruments repaired or rented.

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Water guy purifies and saves money

To celebrate almost 10 years in business, Alan Roeder of Mountain Water Systems changed his phone number.

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Benefits of berries worth battling birds and bugs

The Healthy Foodie

There’s a battle in my backyard.

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Classes dwindle

No AP physics, chemistry again

For the second year in a row, Payson High School will not offer Advanced Placement physics —nor will it offer AP chemistry. The reason?

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GCC inching toward accreditation

Independence could take five years and $12 million

At its first-ever board retreat on March 27, Gila Community College board member Jerry McCreary agreed to create a new committee to win independent accreditation.

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Gila Community College needs new lobbyist – again

Barely a year after hiring the lobbying firm, Polito, the Gila Community College board will seek a new firm.

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