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Michele Nelson

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Gila Community College quest hits setback

Gila Community College hit its first roadblock to crawling out from under its provisional college status and onto the freedom of independence — enrollment.

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Why would anyone subject themselves to hot peppers?

The Healthy Foodie

I consider my daughter Brooke an acquired taste.

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Schools locked down during search for armed robber

Parents gave Payson Unified School District decidedly mixed reviews on how it handled communication regarding a lockdown at three of the five district schools on Jan. 20 as police searched the neighborhood for an armed robbery suspect.

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Mesa del resident battles water company

Struggles to prove Brooke Utilities overbilled for water hauling

Three years ago, J. Alan Smith filed a complaint with the Arizona Corporation Commission because Brooke Utilities shut off the water to his Mesa del Caballo home for six days in the summer of 2011.

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Mind your civics

State adds graduation test

Proving that it can pass legislation quickly after all, the Arizona Legislature rushed a new high school graduation requirement through in the first few days of the legislative session — the American Civics Bill.

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Getting over a childhood trauma – eating liver

The Healthy Foodie

A sweet, well-meaning Roundup reader stopped by to suggest a story — During the conversation, he mentioned that he had revived the health of his elderly canine companion with liver.

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Love affair with barbecue leads to Susie’s Q

Drive into Payson with the windows down and the divine smell of Susie’s Q Barbecue pecan-smoked meats waft into the car.

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District can’t find Spanish teacher

Payson Unified School District board members expressed amazement that the district can’t find a qualified Spanish teacher.

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Charges challenged

Seeking justice since 2012, Mesa del Caballo resident J. Alan Smith will have another day in front of Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Administrative Judge Dwight Nodes at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 15.

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Many health benefits of avocados

The Healthy Foodie

I’ve always had a bit of sibling rivalry with my sister. But don’t all siblings?

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The hollow promise of artificial sweeteners

The Healthy Foodie

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

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The ebb and flow of the endless battle over Rim Country water in 2014

It’s always an endless battle over water in Rim Country and 2014 ended up quite the year.

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Education has many ups and downs in 2014

The schools in Rim Country, from K-12 to the community college, weathered slim budgets, staffing upheavals, and close votes during the 2014 school year, but also saw new directions and capital improvements.

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Second Fiesta first

Payson repeats as Bowl parade winner

As the Payson float and accompanying volunteers dressed as trees started on the parade route, audience members whispered — “There goes Payson!”

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Nutmeg’s surprising health benefits

The Healthy Foodie

Ah, the holidays!

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Angel spreads Christmas cheer again this year

Angel Alatriz struck again.

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New community college board member faces challenges

In January, Jan Brocker will sit for the first time in her official capacity as a GCC board member. She will take over as the Northern Gila County representative for termed-out board member Larry Stephenson.

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Science sleuths learning lessons

The students in Andrew Fiala’s Payson High School physics class bent over drops of blood on pieces of paper, delicate rulers in hand. They found themselves mimicking a crime scene from the TV show “Dexter,” who plays a blood spatter pattern analyst.

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Schools face challenges

One of the goals of the Payson Unified School District board this year was to improve communications between the schools and parents, but the superintendent admitted to the board the district still must do better.

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Outburst of Christmas spirit

Singing, dancing and instrument playing: the Payson High School Winter Concert

Something magical happens when high school students sing a pop song they listen to all the time — they sway to the music as their eyes shine.

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Christmas creations

Joanna Carroll thought it was time to show off her students’ art.

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The white elephant gift that was more

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As I picked up the festively wrapped present from under the tree during the annual Roundup Christmas party, our sales director Frank LaSpisa whispered, “Don’t open that one, it looks like a white elephant present.”

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Masked donor of Christmas spreads joy

He could have easily passed for a bandit, but instead of taking money, he gave out $100 bills to shoppers at Walmart — the masked donor of Christmas.

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No helper for homeless kids

A steady job that pays $32,000 for nine months of work helping children in Payson should be easy to fill, right?

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Celebrating the children

The adorableness hit before arriving in the auditorium.

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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?

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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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Cute Concert

Such cuteness!

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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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More rain predicted for weekend

Rain and fog and cold! Oh my!

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Study shows coffee may reduce obesity

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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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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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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

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

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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’

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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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