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Teresa McQuerrey

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Corporation Commission hopefuls defend stance on dark money

Two of the three former Arizona legislators with their hats in the ring for election to the Corporation Commission spoke to the Payson Tea Party Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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Visit old Payson through pictures

The images of Payson, mostly from the 1950s, have a certain familiar feel to them

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Tea Party hears from more Star Valley council candidates

The Payson Tea Party heard from more Star Valley Town Council candidates Aug. 16. Incumbent councilor George Binney and challenger Bobby Davis spoke.

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Rim Country property tax rates rise

Property values up in Rim Country

Property owners should start getting their property tax bills at the end of September, which will likely include a significant increase thanks to a rise in the rate for schools.

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How does your (community) garden grow?

The Payson Community Garden is sporting some new structures this summer. A beautiful new sign greets gardeners and visitors over the main entrance.

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Rodeo week brims with special events

Get out to the Payson Event Center to see some barrel racing this morning. Starting at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19 a number of barrel racing contestants will be in “slack” competition.

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Star Valley candidates grapple with loss of radar revenue

Barbara Hartwell, Ray Armington, Bobby Davis, George Binney and Gary Coon weigh in on the issue.

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State Parks boost Rim Country trails

Trails in Northern Gila County will see more than $100,000 in improvements thanks to grants from the Arizona State Parks.

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COPD – lung cancer’s deadly running mate

Lung cancer is the better known of the killer conditions that can result from smoking, but it has an equally deadly running mate — COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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Incumbent Gila County recorder faces vigorous challenge

Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Bingham vigorously defended her record in front of the Payson Tea Party this week.

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Banner gets hacked

Rim Country residents who used services at Banner Payson Medical Center between June 23, 2016 and July 13, 2016 may be victims of a cyber attack on the company.

County takes aim at Legislature

The Gila County Board of Supervisors this week drew up its battle plan for another year of struggle with the Arizona Legislature.

Gila County approves bridge project

The Gila County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved two diverse road projects for north county.

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Mosey on down to Payson's Rodeo Parade

Rodeo time in Payson is just around the corner. The registration deadline to participate in the 132nd Annual 2016 August Doin’s Rodeo Parade is this week.

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County approves $94 million budget

A $94 million budget won approval of the Gila County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 26 at a special meeting.

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Longtime county employee retires

Julie Scott has given Gila County more than 26 years of her life. She has worked the county’s community development office for 26-1/2 years, starting in reception and as a permit technician.

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Star Valley continues senior programs

Star Valley town officials are paying close attention to the community’s budget this year.

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From outer space to inner space

Pastor Stein was once a top NASA engineer

At least three things make Mount Cross Lutheran Church’s new pastor Scott Stein a unique minister.

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A living testament to MFR treatment

Martha Bonnette is an amazing living testament to the benefits of Myofascial Release therapy.

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Rim Country Health therapist knows benefits of MFR

Laura Riley is one of three Rim Country Health employees providing Myofascial Release therapy. She is an advocate for the treatment because she has benefited from it.

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Make a deal

Star Valley extends contract with sheriff

The Star Valley Town Council took positive action on behalf of its citizens, Tuesday, June 19. But in each case, looming large was the shadow of its loss of more than 25 percent of its revenue due to the forced discontinuation of the photo enforcement program.

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Payson Care Center helps seniors, disabled in need

Over the last three years, Payson Care Center has partnered with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Gila Center on Aging, and the Lutheran Social Services to provide something extra for their clients.

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Book festival will draw 80 authors

More than 80 authors are expected to come to the Rim Country for the Payson Book Festival Saturday, July 23.

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Danger growing

But wildfire plan little changed

New subdivisions, drought and the rising number of fires large and small have all altered the fire hazards residents face in Gila County.

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MHA helps present book festival

More than 80 authors are expected to come to the Rim Country for the Payson Book Festival July 23.

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Payson dispatches for county

Dispatchers with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office are already training with their Town of Payson counterparts to create a centralized communication system for the area’s law enforcement and emergency personnel.

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Sticker shock

Star Valley balks at boost in cost of police protection

The Star Valley Town Council balked at signing a new, more expensive contract with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office for police protection this week.

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Cost rises

Star Valley faces 15 percent jump in price of police protection

Star Valley faces a 15 percent increase in the cost of police protection, as it works to absorb the loss of income from photo radar on the highway.

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Rim Country braces for monster July 4 weekend

Events galore

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and fun for the whole family on Monday, July 4 at Green Valley Park.

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County projects: 85 percent in the south

Supervisors authorize $8.1 million in capital improvements

The Gila County supervisors approved an $8.1 million capital improvement plan, with 85 percent of the money going to south county.

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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 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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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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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.