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Teresa McQuerrey

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Old Time Opry, fiddle fest launch fall music season

Fall has arrived in the Rim Country and so has a new lineup of diverse entertainment. Opening the fall music season is the Payson Old Time Opry and you can also get entertained at the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Memorial Payson Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration.

Incumbents not challenged

The primary election is behind us, but voters will face another round of choices in the Nov. 8 general election — including state and federal legislative contests, three contested county offices and a few water, fire and sanitary district races.

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Final Star Valley council results; Davis ousts Binney

Gila County Elections officials posted the latest election numbers late Thursday, Sept. 1. Hardly any of the local outcomes were altered, and with only the write-in ballots remaining, the elections staff did not expect any changes.

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Lots of extra fun at 2016 Gila County Fair

More and more fun is added to the historic Northern Gila County Fair each year. For 2016 there is a carnival, which opens Thursday night in advance of the fair’s formal opening on Friday morning; a ranch rodeo; and a couple of events featuring massive draft horses.

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Star Valley Council final results: Davis ousts Binney

Gila County Elections officials posted the latest election numbers late Thursday, Sept.

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Newcomer Davis may edge Star Valley incumbent

Newcomer Bobby Davis edged out incumbent George Binney in the Star Valley council election, although provisional and mail-in ballots could change the results.

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Memorial recalls tragedy of 1970 Labor Day flood

Deluge spawned one of state’s worst disasters

The memories cast a heavy shadow across the memories of those who were there. Now, a band of Christopher Creek residents have resolved to shine a light on the shadow of that terrible tragedy — the 1970 Labor Day Flood.

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Sandoval could take on Gila County School Superintendent job quickly

Roy Sandoval, the apparent winner of Tuesday’s Republican primary race for Gila County School Superintendent could go to work immediately.

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Evans loses primary bid for supervisor seat

Republican Woody Cline of Young scored a surprising upset victory over Payson Mayor Kenny Evans in the contest for the Gila County Supervisor District 3 seat.

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Therapist lets patients guide their treatment

Allan Ralston believes the patients he works with in physical therapy and myofascial release therapy at Rim Country Health should have a say in their treatment.

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Don't forget: Get out and VOTE

Polls still open for ballots not mailed

It’s Election Day folks. If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, you need to get to the Gila County Recorder’s Office, a vote center or polling place to drop it off. Ballots are also being collected at the Payson Town Hall until 5 p.m., Tuesday.

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A dollar goes a little further in Arizona

The Tax Foundation recently produced a report showing the “Real Value of $100 in Each State.” It shows $100 is not the same everywhere.

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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.