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Teresa McQuerrey

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Creating a home for RCH residents

Everyone on the staff Rim Country Health wants the facility’s residents to feel at home. To that end, extra efforts are made all around to give them a sense of hominess.

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Senior Connections 2016

Make plans for future care

It is never fun — and often very difficult — for seniors to sit down with their adult children or the people they want to look after their interests when they are unable to do so and make a plan.

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Payson business has international reach

The Rim Country has an international reputation as a recreational mecca. Not many residents realize it has an international business reach as well.

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Fierce struggle

45,176-acre Cedar Fire impacts Gila County

The impact of the 45,176-acre Cedar Fire is being felt in Gila County, so the board of supervisors on Thursday declared an emergency —mostly to qualify for federal help if the fire causes problems — including mudslides when the monsoon arrives.

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Digestive system more complex than we realize

The digestive system — most of us understand it this way: we eat, we digest converting food to energy, what isn’t used is either eliminated or is stored as fat.

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Star Valley horse facility has use permit continued

The Star Valley Town Council voted to continue the conditional use permit it gave the Heart 6 Ranch back in January at its June 7 meeting.

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Tonto Bridge seeks lodge operator

The historic Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is ready for guests — if the state can hire a concessionaire to operate it. Arizona State Parks is hosting a pre-proposal conference at the park June 13.

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Gila County awards $30,000 for brush pits

The Gila County Board of Supervisors made a $30,000 grant June 7 to the Tonto Natural Resource Conservation District for the northern Gila County brush pits.

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Gila County must cope with health crisis

The state of the health of Gila County residents and how to improve it came before the Board of Supervisors recently.

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June activities abound in Rim Country

A host of activities in June will keep Rim Country residents hopping.

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Stroll a Rim Country garden

The Rim Area Gardeners invite residents and visitors to a special tour of beautifully crafted landscapes each summer. This year the group is limiting the excursion to a single, breathtaking site in its 2016 Country Garden Stroll.

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Libraries plan activities to keep youth busy

The libraries in both Payson and Pine will have plenty of activities to keep youth busy this summer.

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Rim Country summer gets in gear this weekend

Summer in Rim Country starts this weekend — yes, we know, the season “officially” starts June 20 — but with all the activities planned this weekend, it just feels like summer has arrived.

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Plenty of paperwork for upcoming elections yet to be filedt

Between the Star Valley Town Council and Gila County, voters will have a chance to vote on 13 seats in the August primary and the November general election.

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Schools will get federal money

The Gila County Board of Supervisors last week approved distribution of $1.4 million in federal Forest Fee money to local school districts — including $350,000 for Payson.

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Shelby charter school recruiting students for upcoming year

The 2015-16 school year is barely drawing to a close and Shelby School is recruiting for the new year.

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Owner growing Granny’s in Payson into a destination

Antique store strives to create an experience

Step inside Granny’s in Payson and you are on the overflowing edge of a cornucopia of wonderful collectibles.

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Weekend rodeo will crown new queen

A coronation is part of Payson’s spring rodeo festivities this weekend.

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Highway speed cameras return

Star Valley speeds soared during hiatus

The Town of Star Valley will turn on the Highway 260 cameras for its photo enforcement program Friday, May 20 — perhaps curtailing the soaring number of drivers speeding through town since the cameras shut down.

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Residents urged to pressure ADOT to improve highway

Steve Stratton, Gila County’s former director of Public Works, is now on the board for the Arizona Department of Transportation, which doles out money for critical road and highway projects over the state.

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Choral Society’s concert uplifting

Expect to be energized by selections offered in the spring concert of the Payson Choral Society.

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Medical herbalist introduced to Rim residents

Dale Bellisfield, RN, HN-BC, RH (AHG), a medical herbalist, opened her practice about 10 months ago.

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County will spend $200,000 to repair Houston Mesa Road

Travelers along about a half-mile of Houston Mesa Road can expect improved conditions soon.

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Star Valley OKs budget

$9 million plan shrugs off radar loss

Shrugging off the loss of photo radar enforcement funds and hearing of plans to pursue $300,000 in new grant money, the Star Valley Town Council approved a tentative $9.1 million budget this week.

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Moments of Life Celebration is Saturday

This weekend, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30 is the second annual Moments of Life Celebration and Hospice Compassus Open House.

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Star Valley rejects plea of RV owner

Initial impressions may lead travelers driving through Star Valley to believe there is no rhyme or reason to how the community is cobbled together.

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Healthy heart helps keep brain healthy

Kim Alten told guests at the 2016 Women’s Wellness Forum April 23, heart health has residual effects on the brain and memory.

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Continuing the fight against Alzheimer’s

A cure for Alzheimer’s disease remains the Holy Grail for medical professionals and scientific researchers in the field.

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Food for a healthy brain is good for the whole body

Dee McCaffrey added her advice as a chemist and nutritionist to the lessons offered to keep the brain healthy at the 2016 Women’s Wellness Forum.

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Septic switcheroo spurs outcry

A dozen angry residents packed the usually lightly attended Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, riled up about a plan to involve the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in local wastewater disposal efforts.

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Star Valley faces 28% drop in revenue

Huge reserve fund will cushion blow of lost photo radar

Star Valley must cross a big canyon on a rickety bridge on the road to its fiscal 2016-17 budget — the loss of revenue with the forced discontinuation of the town’s photo enforcement program.

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Screening still best tool in fight against breast cancer

The most common cancer in American women today, excluding skin cancers, is breast cancer. It is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in U.S. women (lung cancer is the leading cause).

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Hospice volunteers celebrate a life in the shadow of death

Hospice is about living, not dying.

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Gripping story

Film festival includes tale of girl targeted by the Taliban

Later this year, the Payson chapter of Amnesty International celebrates its sixth anniversary. This weekend it has one of its biggest annual events — a film festival.

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How does your garden grow?

Glen McCombs grew up gardening and has shared his knowledge for more than 30 years operating Plant Fair Nursery in the Rim Country.

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Art of the thread

Currently members of the Strawberry Patchers are preparing for the chapter’s 20th annual Quilt Show to be held June 10-11 at the Pine Community Center’s Cultural Hall.

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Drugs and booze

Sheriff’s report shows focus on marijuana, meth, drunk driving

Drugs and drunk driving accounted for about half of the arrests made by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office which has 149 full-time employees and five part-timers, including 63 veterans of the U.S. armed services.

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Mesa del roads due for a dust up

Residents of Mesa del Caballo will soon have dust rising around the community.

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Lifesaving information in a crisis

Gila County’s Health & Emergency Services Division continues to pursue funds to help with emergency preparedness.

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Gila County losing money on out-of-area prisoners

For longer than anyone involved in the detention services of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office can remember, the charge to house out-of-county prisoners has only been about $55 a day.

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Calm amidst storm

Gila County avoids election furor despite state’s 3rd highest turnout

The furor over the six-hour lines at the polls in Maricopa County this week has spawned a major backlash, but the election went smoothly in Gila County — which had the third-highest turnout in the state.

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Today’s tip: Be patient with your garden

I am by no stretch of the imagination a gardener. Still, I like to read about gardening, listen to experts and veterans of the green thumb wars and enjoy seeing things blooming and producing their bounty.

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Rim Country will enjoy a tuneful April

Tonto Concert Association, Friends of Jazz to stage musical shows

Music is part of the spring scenery in Rim Country this April. The Tonto Community Concert Association continues its 2015-16 season with a performance by Stringfever and the Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church feature the jazz group Trace.

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County shells out for court guards

Armed guards have provided security at the Gila County courthouse in Payson for the past six months. That service will continue for another year at a cost of about $83,000.

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Meals are highlight for RCH residents

Care facility’s dietary staff takes top honors in A Taste of Rim

Winning the 2016 A Taste of Rim Country’s Best of the Best award was a treat for Rim Country Health and Retirement’s dining service, but they get an even greater treat every day — bringing smiles to the faces of the residents served at their facility.

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‘Simple’ project is a major endeavor

A project to improve a low water crossing on Sprague Ranch Road in Star Valley has been an eye-opener for all involved.

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Community Easter events

Rim Country residents and visitors have a trio of community Easter celebrations to enjoy this week.

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Star Valley faces crisis

Ban on photo radar costly

The Star Valley Town Council and its manager, Tim Grier, still hold hope Governor Doug Ducey will veto a bill that would ban photo radar on state highways.

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Gila County juggles road claims

Gila County is getting rid of its responsibility for portions of several roads in the Rim Country while taking over maintenance of another, plus changing the designation of a couple of others.

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SV photo radar may end

The Star Valley Town Council should hear the fate of its photo enforcement system at its 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 meeting.

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