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Michele Nelson

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Dark money debate joined

Corporation Commission candidate Robert Burns would like the APS power company to disclose how much money it spent to support the election of Corporation Commission candidates Doug Forese and Tom Little in the last election.

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All Payson teachers (almost) make goals — get pay bump

Payson Unified School District teachers received a performance pay bump – if they reached 80 percent of their goals.

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Here’s to hoping essential fatty acids can fix wrinkles

The Healthy Foodie

Did you know there are no jokes about wrinkles?

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SCRUBS camp introduces students to the health field

A sobering taste of blood, guts and needles

It might seem like a good idea to a choose a career in health care, but the reality might not live up to expectations — because, you know, blood, guts and needles are involved.

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New signs point way to fossils from a vanished world

No more guessing at the Rim Country’s own Paleo site just outside of Kohl’s Ranch.

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Payson schools losing veteran teachers

Music, vocational programs hard hit by loss of teachers

Each May, the list of teachers leaving the district due to retirement, another job, dissatisfaction with the profession, low salaries and other reasons gets longer and longer.

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Tonto Basin hit with huge tax increase

In a unanimous vote this week, the Tonto Basin School Board approved the 2016-17 school year budget, which includes a 75 percent property tax increase.

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Ocotillo wine – no really, it’s medicinal

The Healthy Foodie

I just had to drink ocotillo wine as I wrote this column, because, well, I learned it’s medicinal.

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Pine school furor continues

Four seats on the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District board need filling, but only two people have taken out paperwork for the November general election — incumbents Helen Palmer and Jessica Barnett.

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Heat setting records

Starting Saturday, the heat was on.

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Making a mountain bike mecca

The Rim Country Mountain Biking Association didn’t wait for the Forest Service Travel Management Plan to start building a coalition with the Forest Service, the Town of Payson and the International Mountain Biking Association.

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Inspiring music teachers stage their final Payson High School concert

The Payson High School band, guitar groups and choirs had one last concert for the year.

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PUSD improvements funded through energy savings

The Payson Unified School District board will improve the football field and add lights under the terms of a contract with McKinstry Essention.

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School district upgrades textbooks

The Payson Unified School District board voted to purchase new reading textbooks for elementary- through middle school-aged students at its June 13 meeting.

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Young Payson composer thrills listeners

A surprise awaited the audience of the last Payson High School concert — an original concert band piece composed by junior Colin Nossek.

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Oregano is an unapologetic, tough multi-tasker

The Healthy Foodie

My daughter Crystal always asks to switch the radio to her favorite pop station when we drive. On the way to school one day, the Meghan Trainor song, “No” came on.

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High fructose corn syrup possibly a Cold War plot

The Healthy Foodie

So one of my conspiracy theorist sources put me onto a hot theory.

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Farmers Market helps stretch food dollar

Now accepting SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP programs

The Payson Farmers Market helps more people who use food safety nets than any other Farmers Market in Arizona.

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County candidates file for primaries

The deadline has closed for candidates interested in running for countywide offices and some of the races have contested line-ups.

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Tons of trash

The Forest Service and its volunteers celebrated another successful trash collection for the holiday weekend gathering up 6,700 pounds of the messy stuff in two locations.

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Meteor blasts into atmosphere above Rim Country

Around 4 a.m. on June 2, a boom and bright light in the sky awakened people in and around Rim Country.

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Get a taste of home in Sedona

Gerardo’s Italian grill expands, but says he’s not leaving Payson

Gerardo Moceri says he can’t escape the rumor that he’s leaving Payson.

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Teachers tear up; graduates cheer

Many a tear welled up when the Voci Choir group sang “Lean On Me” at the 2016 Payson High School graduation — for the song captured the essence of the teacher-student relationship.

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Food allergies challenging hostesses everywhere

The Healthy Foodie

I never used to ask my guests, “Any foods I need to avoid?”

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PCCS celebrates student artists

Armed with a set of stickers with three colors — yellow, pink and green — parents, grandparents, students and teachers of Payson Community Christian School wandered past three different class groupings of art projects to vote on their favorite.

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Don’t trash the forest!

Seems one of the greatest byproducts of the Memorial Day holiday is trash.

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Boy becomes a bouncy, bouncy hero

Eight-year-old Jestin Frost courageously saved a little 2-year-old boy when the bouncy house they played in at the Color Run started losing all its air.

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Adventure Club event raises $5,000 for student travel

Principal of Rim Country Middle School Jennifer White threw another great Color Run to support student travel.

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OMG: Kids without cellphones!

Middle School concert a delight

To end its year, the Rim Country Middle School Choir held its own concert on May 16.

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Tonto Forest to ban cross-country travel

Next month, the Tonto National Forest will release its long awaited Travel Management Plan barring off-road vehicle travel and designating a network of some 5,000 miles of dirt roads and trails for off-roaders.

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Choral Society in the spirit

The Payson Choral Society decided to belt out spirituals at its spring concert.

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Second-graders return to PES

For the first time in two years, all second-grade students will attend Payson Elementary School.

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Publisher leaves empty space

After nearly a decade of service to the Payson Roundup newspaper, publisher John Naughton will retire on Wednesday, May 25.

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Payson school enrollment rises

The enrollment for Payson schools is on the rise — but just barely.

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Payson seniors get big laughs for theater-in-the-round plays

Theater-in-the-round encircles the stage with the audience making the actors almost seem to be a part of the audience.

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Business club hosts famous author for its annual banquet

When Future Business Leaders of America advisor Bud Evans asked who had attended the Phoenix Comicon Convention, most of the students in the banquet room raised their hands.

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College will boost its tax rate

Gila Community College is set to increase the property tax rate on Gila County taxpayers, but there still is time to weigh in on the decision.

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Does a vegan diet equal a 150-year life?

The Healthy Foodie

OK — I admit it. I eat healthy because I like to feel good and if I look good at the same time, I’ll take that. But there’s this guy named Peter Filak, who’s attempting to live to 150 years old by eating a healthy vegan diet.

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Eagle Scout boosts interest in little-known, local fossil site

Ben Mohler decided to share his love of dinosaurs with the residents of Rim Country through his Eagle Scout project by building interpretive kiosks for the Indian Gardens Paleo Site just outside of Kohl’s Ranch right off of Highway 260.

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Quinlan quits board

With a scant six months left in his school board term, Jim Quinlan announced his resignation at the May 9 board meeting.

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Two schools take a fling at spring

Two hundred parents and students from both Julia Randall Elementary and Payson Elementary School converged on the JRE campus for the May 6 Spring Fling to dunk school officials and staff in the dunk tank, eat cotton candy and popcorn, and participate in all sorts of other activities.

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Mountain bike boosters begin

Officers, members and supporters of the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association met for a second time to firm up plans before officers present any ideas to the Northern Gila County Economic Development Committee at a brainstorming session next week.

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Poker Run crackdown

Game & Fish issued 19 citations at conclusion of charity off-road event

Arizona Game and Fish game wardens who stopped and cited many people after the Lorraine Cline Breast Cancer Awareness Memorial Run said they dispatched seven Game and Fish officers and one Forest Service officer after receiving a complaint.

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Dandelions – weed or tonic?

The Healthy Foodie

This is frustrating.

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FFA: Tradition & recognition

From the moment the Payson FFA chapter banquet started, tradition, respect and camaraderie infused the event.

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FDA orders huge frozen food recall

The Food and Drug Administration has sent out a recall on frozen produce packed by CRF Frozen Foods due to the Listeria monocytogenes organism.

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Record scholarship payout

In its second year of handing out scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, the Friends of GCC Scholarship Foundation distributed a record amount of money to a record number of students.

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Game & Fish crashes Tonto Basin fundraiser

The Lorraine Cline Poker Run will again surpass donations of $30,000 and delivered a ton of fun, despite Game and Fish.

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Department of Child Safety still overwhelmed

Here’s the terrible part, Calandra was one of the lucky ones.

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The system fails, a child dies

Roundup investigation probes tragedy

Seven-year-old Calandra Balas saw it all. She watched as her father cut off his girlfriend’s hair, stuffed it in her mouth, hit her, choked her, cut her with the scissors.

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