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Teresa McQuerrey

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Star Valley OKs waste company request

It was a rare evening for the Star Valley Town Council. For the first time in a very long time the members were asked to act on a conditional use permit at the May 19 meeting.

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Payson gears up for four Memorial Day ceremonies

Take time as you start summer’s fun this Memorial Day weekend to remember why we have the holiday. It is to remember the men and women we have lost to war.

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Spring Rodeo time in Rim Country

Rim Country welcomes the annual Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo back to Payson Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16 at the Payson Multi-Event Center on Highway 87 across from the Mazatzal Casino.

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Gila County honors Purple Heart recipients

An emotional Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor led the county’s program to honor more than two dozen Purple Heart recipients on May 5.

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Annual Garden Walk and Plant Sale take place Saturday

Tucked back on winding roads are tiny Rim Country jewels — gardens lovingly created in celebration of Earth’s bounty. Five of these jewels are on display this weekend in the Rim Area Gardeners’ 2015 Garden Walk and Plant Sale, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 9.

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Star Valley crunching budget numbers

It’s budget season. The goal: stay in the black, maintain services, and try to make a few improvements to enhance citizens’ quality of life.

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County moves to increase rental units

Gila County officials want to get out of renting space for employees in Globe, but also want to make more rental properties available to residents.

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Late bloomer is featured artist of PAL Studio Tour

The Payson Art League presents its 14th Annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3.

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Artists open their studios this weekend for ’Neath the Rim tour

The secret world within art studio walls opens to the public this weekend. The Payson Art League presents its 14th Annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3.

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County spends money in Globe, ponders Payson project

The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved spending about $129,000 on its “new” Copper Administration Building in Globe to add a room to a modular unit that will eventually house several county offices now using rental space.

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Little Stinker, county strike deal

A code enforcement hearing regarding violations on Pine property set for April 22 was averted by a plea agreement signed April 16.

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Beeline Cruise-In sparkles

The jewel of Payson — Green Valley Park — will have some extra sparkle Saturday during the 22nd Annual Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s Beeline Cruise-In.

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Payson activist living a legacy of service

Penny Navis-Schmidt is a living legacy to generations of grassroots social service. Instilled by her grandfather and mother, and now being carried on by her daughter, Penny lives her life around the principle, “If we have privilege it’s our responsibility to do service.”

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PRMC emergency department gets new director

It’s a good thing Becky Nissila started her medical career as a registered nurse in a “Knife & Gun Club” emergency room in Fresno, Calif. Her second day on the job as the new director of Payson Regional Medical Center’s emergency department there were 36 patients in six hours. She had yet to renew her patient care certification with the state, but she was on the floor changing bedding and doing everything else she could to help her staff manage the crush of patients.

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Cardiologist discusses pacemakers

Pacemakers have been around for nearly 60 years — the first one was implanted in 1958. As with all technology it has evolved and improved.

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Great fishing in Green Valley Lakes

Fish might not be flying out of Green Valley Park lakes this weekend, but there will be lots of anglers along the banks doing their best to coax them out of their watery domain.

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County elections office pitches consolidating polling places into vote centers

Eric Mariscal, director of county elections, is investigating the possibility of Gila County following a trend to consolidate polling places into vote centers.

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Act fast to enjoy Business Showcase Mixer

Act fast to make your reservations for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Showcase Mixer.

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County acts to cut fire danger

Landfill fees waived for P/S fuel reduction

They’re eating an elephant.

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Good news, bad news on Gila County’s budget

The good news: property values in Gila County jumped an encouraging 16 percent this year, rising from $416 million to $480 million.

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Doctor has good news for diabetics

Diabetics have been told for years they need to get their A1C number to 7 or lower. The A1C number is a blood test that shows an average of blood sugar in the system over a three-month period. Blood cells live for three months.

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County may change public voting process

Gila County may soon consolidate polling places into vote centers, according to an item on the agenda for a work session of the Gila County Board of Supervisors this morning, Tuesday, March 31.

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County gears up for tough budget work

Building a county budget is never an easy task, given the range of county services and its limited revenue — compounded by a helpless reliance on the state for much of its funding.

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Disaster at thrift store develops into a blessing

A disaster at the Pine Community Center a little more than two years ago has become a blessing. And it’s a blessing with a delightful surprise.

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County, Little Stinker attempt to negotiate

The county’s efforts to get the Pine property on which the Little Stinker operation is located cleaned have moved from the hearing arena to negotiation.

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Inspiration, information and laughter

Wellness Forum tackles stress

The annual Women’s Wellness Forum went above and beyond its promise to help participants learn more about stress.

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Speaker is her own best testament

It was a morning filled with inspiration and information. The annual Women’s Wellness Forum brought together more than 275 women at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino March 21.

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Grease is the word at Kiwanis Auction for Youth

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country is inviting Rim residents and visitors to get some “Grease.” The group is using the musical “Grease” as the theme of its 20th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth.

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Star Valley seeks grant to plan roads

The Town of Star Valley is entering the fray for a $250,000 competitive grant from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Public safety on the line

Courts, sheriff need upgrade in facilities

It’s a near-miracle Gila County has not suffered any serious incidents or outright tragedies in the cramped, cobbled-together county court and sheriff’s facilities in Payson say public safety officials.

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Women’s Wellness Forum tackles stress

Speakers to discuss impact of hormones, nutrition, movement and laughter on stress

Stress is a fact of life. How an individual handles it is a major factor in their health and well-being.

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Planning department complaints drop

After a presentation about the department from its director and several staff members March 10, Supervisors Tommie Martin, District One, and Mike Pastor, District Two, said they don’t hear the complaints about the department they did when they were first elected.

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Common women’s health issue not often discussed is topic of luncheon

It’s apparently a common health issue for mature women, but it doesn’t get discussed much — postmenopausal bleeding.

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Building slump lingers in Gila County territory

Housing starts still at just half pre-recession levels

Officially, the Great Recession ended a couple of years ago.

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Lawsuit deepens the curse of Pine Creek Canyon Road

Some ancient mystic must have put a curse on Pine Creek Canyon Road.

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Star Valley worried about impact of state legislation

Photo-radar ban, diversion of gas tax could force town to tap reserves, cancel projects

State budgeters continue to raise new threats to Star Valley’s financial security, the council learned this week.

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County seeks money for adult literacy

Gila County libraries may soon have new materials to help adults improve literacy.

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Gila County Supervisors shoot down curfew proposal

Two years of work on a county curfew ordinance went down in defeat at the March 3 Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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County expansion plan still in limbo

Supervisors spending money in Globe, stalling in Payson

The Gila County Board of Supervisors keeps moving forward to add office space at its Globe complex while letting expansion plans in Payson languish in the shadows of planning. Meanwhile, the supervisors approved a $50,000 civil engineering contract for an out-of-county firm instead of one based in Payson.

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Star Valley finalizing water, road plans

The Star Valley Town Council tonight at 6 p.m. will make a final decision on how or whether to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money on new wells and road improvements.

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Health Start outreach program to help expectant, new parents

Open only a year, North Country HealthCare is already expanding its services in the area. It is offering a free community health outreach program to help guide expecting and new mothers.

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PRMC names new marketing director

Mindy Strickling is the new marketing director for Payson Regional Medical Center, taking over the position from Jan Parsons, who has served as interim for quite some time.

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Annual Women’s Wellness Forum offers tips to deal with stress

Stress is a fact of life. How an individual handles it is a major factor in their health and well-being.

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New surgeon talks about services

Dr. Elliot Maness, D.O., recently joined Payson Surgery Associates and was the guest speaker at the Feb. 18 Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.

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Pine septic company showdown delayed

The hearing on zoning violations cited at the Pine operation of Little Stinker has been given a 30-day continuance, according to the county. The hearing was to be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20.

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Fair could die

Volunteers badly needed

Unless 15 people and are willing to step up as volunteers, the 61-year-old Northern Gila County Fair could die.

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County seeks loan for Payson facilities

Employees honored

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is moving forward to secure $2 million in financing to put a large, used modular building on the county complex in Globe.

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Raising a stink

Little Stinker problems prompt protests in Pine

Pine residents have filed formal complaints against Robert McNabb’s operation of his Little Stinker business with the Gila County Community Development Division.

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Events focus on the love of books and food

Rim Country residents who love food and books have two great events to look forward to. One is just around the corner, the 14th Annual A Taste of Rim Country at the Payson Public Library in March.

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Star Valley working on budget wish list

Building a town is not for the weak: Ask the town council and the five town workers in Star Valley.

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