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Michele Nelson

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A white Rim, but Payson just gets wet

After the midweek storm that hit the Rim Country, the Rim glowed white in the morning light Thursday, but will it stay?

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Perky, plucky students wow crowd

With bright shiny faces and insider jokes, the Rim Country Middle School chorus wowed the crowd at the school’s Christmas Concert on Dec. 11.

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Author of New York Times best-seller has Rim Country connection

Walk into Beeline Chiropractic and the excitement on office manager Janet Tuer’s face can barely be contained.

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Neighbors entertaining neighbors

Payson Choral Society stages Christmas classic

In a small town, neighbors entertain neighbors, as the Payson Choral Society did the weekend of Dec. 13-14 with its rendition of “A Christmas Carol.”

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Elam leaving crucial Forest Service post

Payson district ranger fostered a host of key projects

Walk along the edge of the now pristine Woods Canyon Lake or pedal a bike on the paved Meadow Trail, and know both are courtesy of Angie Elam.

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GMOs — good, bad or indifferent?

The Healthy Foodie

One day, Bill O’Rourke, a spry, energetic, adorable sprite of an 80-plus-year-old man, walked into my office and told me I needed to write about GMOs, the genetically modified organisms that have become increasingly common in industrialized agriculture.

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Winter storm approaching

A surprise snow shower this weekend chilled Rim Country only to clear to sunny weather on Sunday and Monday, but that won’t last long.

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Can seizing federal lands save state schools?

With the state budget looking grim, talk of wresting land out of federal control to turn it over to the Arizona state land trust has gained traction in the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) boardroom.

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Cute Concert

Such cuteness!

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More rain predicted for weekend

Rain and fog and cold! Oh my!

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Study shows coffee may reduce obesity

The Healthy Foodie

As a child, I used to wonder at the mystery of my Mom’s daily cup of Joe.

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Back to Basics seeing lots of new customers

Influx not from Vita Mart closing

A never-ending stream of customers keep the three employees of Back to Basics finding products, ringing them up and answering questions.

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School superintendent isn’t counting on state payments

Payson district relies on override to avert more cuts

Arizona courts have repeatedly ruled that the state must make inflation adjustment payments to schools in accordance with the 2001 passage of Proposition 301, but Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Wyman has little hope of seeing that money.

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Learn to leave no trace in forest

The volunteers lined up, each holding a card with a picture of a type of trash: an orange peel, aluminum can, dirty diaper or pair of hiking boots.

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College finally seeking independence

Stephenson retires, leaves legacy

At his last meeting as a board member of Gila Community College (GCC) on Nov. 20, Larry Stephenson received support from the board to launch the school’s bid for independence.

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Turmeric a great natural health aid

The Healthy Foodie

With a name like Sky Kubby, nothing short of fantastic comes out of his kitchen — and he swears by turmeric.

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Crucial help

Donations keep schools afloat

What would a football game be without cheerleaders, the band blaring, banners, uniforms, and posters? A play without costumes? A band without instruments? A school without a sports program?

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WP water district seeks pipeline rights

But huge tax hike upsets homeowners

Whispering Pines residents opened up their 2014 property tax bills to quite a shock — a tenfold increase in taxes from the Whispering Pines Water Improvement District.

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Students learn how to be H.E.R.O.s

The energy in the room oozed out of the doors of the Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) gym.

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Beefing up Thanksgiving dinner with some ‘superfoods’

The Healthy Foodie

I love Thanksgiving.

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Can state opt out of Common Core?

The new Arizona Superinten­dent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, ran on an anti-Common Core platform, but would pulling out of the program help or hurt students and schools?

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Rimstones Rock Club hosts Gem Show

The blue spinning wheel mesmerized little Joe Davidson, son of Rim Country Middle School science teacher Scott Davidson.

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Longhorn Band places ninth in its division at Super State

All the long hours, behind-the-scenes help and exhausting schedule have paid off — the Pride of Payson Marching Band placed ninth in the state in its division.

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Peripheral vascular disease – causes and treatments

Veins and arteries carry life-giving blood to all areas of the body; easy to forget until they stop working.

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State still shorting vocational courses

NAVIT adds career courses, but still excludes freshmen

The Northern Arizona Voca­tional Institute of Technology (NAVIT) has trained Payson students in fire sciences, culinary arts, agricultural sciences, auto-shop, business (DECA and FBLA), construction arts, theater technical arts, nursing and medical assistance, and now they have added cosmetology.

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Teacher hopes residents get on board to help first-graders get SMART board

Stacey Summers hopes Rim Country residents will help her engage her students.

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Tonto Basin proudly puts patriotism on parade

Each year on Veterans Day, people from near and far line the main drag in front of Punkin’ Center in Tonto Basin to watch floats, vehicles, horses and the annual Jeep pulling Private Joe Hardt crouched on top of a trailer, rifle in hand, cigar taped onto the statue’s mouth, drive by.

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School district scrambles to adopt controversial test

There’s a new test in town, and its name is AzMERIT — short for Arizona’s Measurement of Educa­tional Readiness to Inform Teach­ing.

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Election results finalized

The final vote count offered no surprises in the last few close races in Rim Country.

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Seeking a rock – forging a tribe

Writer discovers it’s not the destination but the journey that counts

My mom hopped out of the Jeep.

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Lessons straight from the front lines

Stacey Summers, a Payson Elementary School (PES) first-grade teacher, has a special place in her heart for veterans, but she had no idea her sympathy would be rewarded.

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Is the sound the food in the fridge is making from ‘Jaws’ or ‘The Sound of Music’? It depends on the storage container used.

The Healthy Foodie

I open my fridge and instantly the theme from “Jaws” starts playing in my mind.

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Kids face challenges

Superintendent: Students have fierce international competition

In an impassioned speech to the Payson Tea Party, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Wyman explained the 21st century challenges students face and how the district plans to address students’ futures.

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The Payson Roundup Pressmen

Rim Country People

The trash can at the end of the behemoth machine bigger than a lot of living rooms filled up as pressmen Bob Earl and Donnie Severs dumped newspapers.

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Payson School Board still too close to call

Younker trails, but hundreds of ballots not yet counted

No one will call the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) school board race until Gila County finishes counting more than 4,000 outstanding ballots either mailed in late or turned in at the polls.

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Override wins

Schools garner support

Rim Country voters deserve a pat on the back.

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State adopts national test to replace AIMS

The waiting and guessing is over – the Arizona Department of Education on Nov. 3 picked a new test to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

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Girls just wanna have run

The day of the Payson Girls on the Run (GOTR) 5K, Nov. 1, offered sunshine, smiles and tutus.

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Band, soccer team head to state finals

With the 4:30 p.m. sun in their eyes, the 40-plus member Pride of Payson Marching Band rocked the stadium at the state semi-finals competition at Mesquite High School in Gilbert on Nov. 1.

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Rim Country Republicans celebrate

Activists gather to watch results roll in

On election night in Rim Country, only the Republicans had a party at their headquarters. In comparison, the Democratic headquarters were quiet and dark - but judging by the election results they did not have much to celebrate.

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Are the benefits just hype? Grain-fed vs. grass-fed beef

The Healthy Foodie

Digging into a juicy steak from beef cattle grown on my aunt’s farm, my dad would always tell me, “This is good ol’, corn-fed Nebraska beef! Nothing better.”

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School’s creaky network easily overwhelmed

One kid streaming music nearly overloaded the system

Here’s the good news: Students and staff at the Payson Unified School District could get snazzy new Chromebook computers.

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Board approves police officers on campuses

With little discussion, the Payson Unified School District Board voted to approve a school resource officer and a mutual aid agreement with the Town of Payson at its Oct. 27 meeting.

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School calendar locked in for five years

The Payson Unified School District board voted to lock in a school calendar for the next five years — unless it needs to change.

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Board to save taxpayers money

The Payson Unified School District Board moved to agree to the sale and refunding of capital improvement bonds.

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Candidate vows to get ‘dark money’ answers

APS accountability – key issue for ACC candidate Holway

Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) candidate Jim Holway, received numerous rounds of applause for his position on holding APS accountable for spending dark money in the election at the Oct. 23 Payson Tea Party meeting.

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Strike up the band

An insider’s view of a Pride of Payson competition

The band stood at attention on the field, instruments poised to play.

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Community Garden celebrates harvest

About 60 people attended the annual Payson Community Gar­den potluck dinner.

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Who gets all the property taxes?

Voters won’t save much if they reject school override

As homeowners tear open their latest property tax notices, confusion abounds about how various ballot measures may affect property tax bills.

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Don’t toss those pumpkin seeds: Health and nutrition benefits are numerous

The Healthy Foodie

As a kid, I remember reaching into the cavern of my Halloween pumpkin and grabbing out fistfuls of slippery, slimy, stringy orange mounds of pumpkin seeds.

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