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Michele Nelson

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Pine’s Trident winery getting into the spirit(s)

Crushing grapes

On a hot August day, 2.2 tons of grapes sat in Ray Stephens’ driveway. “We can make 150 to 175 gallons of wine out of 1.2 tons of grapes,” said the owner of Trident Winery.

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Pine water snafu costs customer

Kurt Richardson thought the $3,200 quoted to him would cover the cost of a meter to get water to his retirement home in Pine. Not so.

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Foodie readers respond with fun, help

I sent out an appeal to hear from my beloved readers and they got back to me! I decided these tidbits gave me so much joy I couldn’t keep them to myself — despite a long list of topics to cover.

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Sticker shock for Pine water customers

Heavy water users face staggering rise in bills

Two customers came to express their outrage, confusion and shock about the water bills they received from the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District at the Aug. 18 board meeting.

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PUSD Students hold band camp anyway

This summer, past and current Payson Unified School District students, Molly and Maddie Beier, Josh Shaw, Sabrina Bonn, Colin Nossek, Trace Wallace and Kara VanZile, took it upon themselves to run a band camp before school started.

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Goosing Traffic: Rush hour jam – Payson style

Roundup reporter Michele Nelson was rushing her daughter to school when she got stuck in traffic. She honked. The geese honked. Standoff. So she took a photo while she waited at the goose crossing — counting her blessings and enjoying the Payson lifestyle.

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Rim Country Mountain Bike Association partners with trails app

Score another win for Michael Bonnette and the Rim Country Mountain Bike Association — now recognized as the mountain bike club of the Rim Country area on MTB Project’s website and application.

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Community garden hosts food preservation class

Have bushels of beans? How about pecks of peppers? Tons of tomatoes? Well, the Payson Community Garden has a class for you.

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Clowns, Camels & Cowboys, Payson Rodeo Parade has it all

The annual Rodeo Parade draws folks back home to watch friends and family on floats or horses, in cars or on foot.

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Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District struggling

Board won’t seek restitution from treasurer

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District continues to struggle with the fallout from the bombshell indictment of former treasurer and board member Mike Greer.

Payson School Board balks on transgender

Federal policy recognizes students' gender identity rights

The Payson Unified School District Board on Aug. 22 decided to punt on a suggested policy that would have kept in place practices already followed by the district regarding transgender students and bathrooms.

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Tonto Basin gets new superintendent

Chad Greer, new superintendent of the Tonto Basin Elementary School District, rode into town just in time to wrangle with angry comments from frustrated community members over a property tax increase for the school.

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Candidates seek seats on area school boards

The names are in and the race will start for the three Rim Country school district boards — after the Aug. 30 primary election.

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Break in the weather

Get ready for more intensely beautiful sunsets as the forecast predicts a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the weekend.

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Payson class offers lifeline for the mentally ill

Families with children or other family members suffering from mental illness can learn how to help their loved one through the Family-to-Family class with the Payson affiliate of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

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Supervisor Pastor faces primary challenge

Supervisor Mike Pastor faces longtime challenger Tim Humphrey for the District 2 seat in the primary.

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Too much zucchini in garden – what can a gardener do?

It’s just about time for the annual zucchini inundationini. I’m girding my loins — only, male friends tell me I don’t have loins. Doesn’t matter to me. It still sounds good.

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Tonto Basin fuel snafu

Mistake at the pump puts engines at risk

If Tonto Basin residents purchased diesel at the Tonto Basin Marketplace during the first week of August and their vehicle is acting strange — get it to a repair shop immediately.

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Preschool options dwindle

Recently, another of the dwindling preschool options for Rim Country parents quietly closed — Karen’s Kare Bears.

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Mountain bike group now gaining traction in Rim Country

Score another win for Michael Bonnette and the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association — now recognized as the mountain bike club of the Rim Country area on MTB Project’s website and application.

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Payson students will be in the Presidential Inauguration crowd

While Rim Country residents sit at home watching the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, nine students from Payson will be in the crowd.

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Payson hailstorm brewed in Africa

The mischievous monsoon continued this week, dumping hail on local golf courses, leaving them sparkly white. However, the storm skipped over many areas without doing much more than rearranging dust on cars.

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Gila Community College Payson offers slew of new classes

With a few new instructors, Gila Community College Payson Campus has opened up new classes or started classes that have been off the schedule for a while due to staffing issues.

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Help for the uninsured

Surviving a Sick System

Byron Lewis’ official job title is navigator. But Lewis doesn’t navigate the waters of Roosevelt Lake, he navigates the craggy shoals of the health insurance options available to Northern Arizona residents.

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Gila County schools race: Clash of priorities

Gorry stresses teacher training, Sandoval targets principals

Gail Gorry believes training teachers would give the Gila County superintendent of schools the best chance to improve student achievement.

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Whey too much or too little?

The Healthy Foodie

So, how about that the whole whey protein shake/bar thing? I see all of these buff, six-pack ab bodies floating on the labels of the whey protein supplement containers and I can’t help but think — I want that — in more ways than one.

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Back to school for the kiddos

Jake Sopeland peered into Kirstin McKee’s kindergarten class to grab one last peek at his daughter Vera before the loud speaker boomed, “We love you parents, but bye-bye.”

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Monsoon Mayhem in Rim Country

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the skies opened up with flashes and crashes of lightning and thunder that shook the foundations of buildings.

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Tomatoes – a New World phenom that scared people

Given the history of the humble tomato, it’s a wonder they’ll let them into a salad without a green card.

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Their mission: Heal the sick

Payson's Christian Clinic mingles expert care with enduring faith

The Payson Christian Clinic serves a need the founding physicians saw in their practice every day — uninsured patients.

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Community theater finds a home

Humor Me Theater Troupe has finally found a home for its down home show full of homegrown talent.

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Students keep music program going

In May, Payson High School lost all of its music teachers.

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State schools superintendent gets a Payson earful

Local officials urge end to flip-flopping chaos of change in standards

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas on her “We are Listening” tour, got an earful when she stopped in Payson recently.

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A foodie’s worst nightmare – food waste

The Healthy Foodie

I’m sitting, frowning, staring at the blinking cursor.

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Mountain bike advocates scope out Rumsey for trails

The folks from the Rim Country Mountain Bike Association planned to scope out trails around Rumsey Park yesterday, July 25.

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Prepared for the worst

Schools update disaster planning

Once again, Susan Campbell, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Payson Unified School District, has presented better emergency plans for the district.

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Local candidates gather at chamber

Many local candidates showed up at a recent Rim Country Chamber of Commerce meeting to introduce themselves to business leaders in the community.

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GCC hopes dwindle with its enrollment

The $6 million question for Gila Community College — can it run independently? And will $6 million even suffice for the provisional college district in the face of plunging enrollment?

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Payson and Star Valley Candidate Cattle Call

Chamber draws political hopefuls

A recent meeting of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce attracted almost everyone running for office in Rim Country — in both the primary in August and the general election in November.

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Irate residents prompt Tonto Schools to back off tax hike

Residents say district should ask for help before hiking tax rates

Outside the Tonto Basin Elementary School District, temperatures soared past 100. Inside, tempers sizzled even hotter as residents gathered to protest a proposed boost in their property taxes.

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Pine hikes water rates

On June 23, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board voted to increase rates, both for property taxes and water usage.

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Everything in moderation – even almonds

The Healthy Foodie

Pop quiz: How is almond milk like a cat lady?

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Payson’s got Oscars of our own

Each year, after all the productions have ended and the auditorium prepares for a quiet summer, the Payson High School Drama Department gathers for its own version of the Oscars: The Thespies.

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Businesses sponsor mountain bike event for kids

Sunshine Cleaning, Payson bike shops give lucky local children a mountain bike adventure

What could be more fun than kids, dirt and bikes?

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Pack It Out program sets record

The Forest Service Pack It Out program only needed 20 more pounds of trash to make it an even 10,000 pounds collected on the July 4th weekend — which thrilled staff and set a new record for the program.

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Why did Payson teachers quit?

This year, not only did Payson Unified School District make full disclosure on how many employees left the district, but the district also reported reasons they left.

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Sample a new winery close to home

Take a break on the way to Cottonwood, Sedona or Jerome at the Clear Creek Vineyard and Winery off of Highway 260 before Camp Verde.

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Challenger seeks to unseat recorder

Monica Wohlforth criticizes county’s customer service

Globe business owner Monica Wohlforth seeks the Gila County Recorder’s position to improve customer service and fix problems in the county’s database including a host of vital records.

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Gorry: Empower teachers

Seeks election as Gila County superintendent of schools

For Gail Gorry, the August primary will make it or break it for her in the Gila County school superintendent’s race.

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Arizona’s students bomb AzMERIT test

At the end of June, the Arizona Department of Education released state level results of the AzMERIT test. The state won’t release school and student results until August.

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