The Labor Day holiday weekend is here.
Mil Thornton and Kevin Whitaker are on the front lines for Rim Country veterans struggling with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix. So, it is no surprise they grilled VA representatives at a recent town hall at the Payson Public Library.
Rim Country Republicans staged a presidential primary straw poll at the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, with Donald Trump coming out way ahead.
Start celebrating this weekend with special Rim events
The Labor Day holiday weekend is little more than a week away — it is “officially” Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7 — but you can start celebrating this weekend with some special events around the Rim Country.
Some Star Valley residents are still concerned about the plans for the Waste Matters, Inc., site at 61 Moonlight Drive.
Patients now part of health care team
“I’ve never been as excited as I am right now,” Lance Porter, chief executive officer of Banner Payson Medical Center told the crowd at the most recent Lunch & Learn program. Presented by the Banner Payson Seniors, the program took place at the Church of the Nazarene due to high interest among the program’s members.
One of the splashier aspects of the 131st World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson this week is the pageant crowning of the next Miss Rodeo Arizona and Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona.
Tilt your head just right as those magnificent teams of women and men and beasts bust out of the chutes into the arena, you can see shadows in the dust reaching back 131 years.
A case of whooping cough in Globe has sent Gila County health officials scrambling and underscored the need for parents countywide to get their children vaccinated.
It’s here — Tontozona time. Welcome!
Falls might seem like a minor health issue, but as we age they can result is serious complications.
A little more than a year ago, Gila County School Superintendent Linda O’Dell sought the Board of Supervisors’ approval to enter into an intergovernmental agreement to expand interactive television (ITV) services in the schools. The project would open up programs at all participating schools and help educators get training and curriculum materials.
The Board of Supervisors wrapped up the Gila County budget late last month. The final spending plan included covering the $400,000 hit the county took from cost shifts imposed on it by the Arizona Legislature and Governor Doug Ducey’s budget.
We live in Arizona at an elevation of almost 5,000 feet. We are at a greater risk of getting skin cancer — the air is lovely up here, but it’s also thinner. If you are fair skinned and had any severe sunburns in your youth, you are even more at risk.
New health care era as Banner assumes control
The numbers spoke louder than any grumbling about change. Payson’s medical community turned out in force on Saturday to witness the formal “changing of the guard” as Payson Regional Medical Center became Banner Payson Medical Center.
Scannell brings 35 years experience to the job
Michael Scannell is Gila County’s new deputy county manager. He started work this week in Globe and plans to soon visit Payson’s county staff and facilities.
Property values rise; tax rate unchanged
Gila County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year will drop by $2.5 million — nearly 3 percent.
Gila County has awarded Koo Design Build the contract to design and build new stairs and landings for the county courthouse in Payson.
An annual brain/mind check should become as routine as any other aspect of a yearly physical.
The Pine Strawberry Future Visioning Committee, a group of concerned residents, continues its efforts to give the communities direction for the future.
In the Kitchen
School is just around the corner, so make a plan now to get the most out of your time.
Dr. Jaber Abawi’s background with internal medicine, infectious diseases, arthritis and geriatric care make him a perfect fit with Rim Country Health.
Residents were invited to get a close look at the 2015-16 county budget at public forums this week. But in Globe only a couple of citizens attended the first hour (the Payson presentation took place after press time).
Staff working to expand bandwidth in Globe offices to speed up computers
The Gila County Board of Supervisors heard an update from its information technology (IT) department in a work session July 14.
A quiet day’s visit to a violent past
The residents of Young (aka Pleasant Valley) are once again gearing up for big festivities — Pleasant Valley Days are July 17, 18 and 19. This is the 26th time the celebration of “History & Fun go Hand in Hand in Cowboy Country.”
Students in the Rim Country return to school in less than a month now — classes resume Monday, Aug. 3.
There might be a light at the end of the tunnel for the crowded county facilities in Payson.
Expert discusses diagnosis, and treatment as toll of disease rises
As baby boomers age — with the youngest turning 50 in 2014 — experts say the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease will also inexorably rise.
Kaitie’s Closet needs help after thieves steal tires off its trailer
When bad things happen to good people, Rim Country’s heart of gold shines the brightest.
Celebrate warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July 4th with a flavorful and festive gathering.
It is the 4th of July/July 4 on calendars, but it is also noted as “Independence Day.”
As you prepare for your Fourth of July festivities, plan to take a trip back in time at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.
Rim Country residents and visitors can start celebrating the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Friday, July 3. Visit Pine for the Pine Library Friends’ Fourth of July Book Sale and Raffle, the sale starts Friday and continues through Sunday.
So long as we are competent, as adults we are in charge of our health care.
Rim Country’s high temperatures of 96 to 99 degrees this week didn’t qualify us for the National Weather Service’s excessive heat warning issued for Phoenix, with highs over 110.
Hospital, Banner officials say impact minimal on existing physician shortage
At the recent Senior Connections Conference, one of the speakers, Dr. Michael Lowe, told the audience a lot of doctors are leaving the area.
Rim Country facilities may get 13 percent of money while paying 71 percent of property taxes
Gila County plans to spend $6.3 million on county facilities in 2015-16 — but 83 percent of the money will go to Southern Gila County, which has less than half the population and pays roughly 29 percent of the county’s property tax bill.
Through the month of June, subscriptions for the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2015-2016 season are available for $90. After June 30, the subscription price is $100.
The magnificent Rim Country is a magnet for creativity. Consider as evidence all the artists who make their homes here. Look at all the local musicians the Concert Under the Stars series in Green Valley Park is featuring this summer.
The Payson Public Library Summer Reading Program began June 1 and continues through July 30 with this year’s theme “Every Hero has a Story.”
Rim Country resident Elaine Putnam took home top honors from the 19th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show held June 12-13 in Pine.
Gila County will hold a June 23 hearing on its budget, which features a projected 15 percent increase in property tax collections — but no increase in the rate.
Chiropractic care for the aches and pains of aging was presented at the June 10 Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.
Gila County ranks #2 in state
Gila County has the second highest rate of prescription drug abuse in Arizona.
Payson Community Kids needs donors and sponsors for the Payson’s Kids Festival of Furniture & Other Fine Things, which from Aug. 21 to Sept. 21 will raise money the child advocacy group needs to keep its after-school doors open.
The best bet for live music this summer is the Concert Under the Stars program at Green Valley Park. The program showcases a number of local groups this year.
$6.8 million spending plan includes hoped-for grants
The Star Valley Town Council on June 2 approved a $6.8 million fiscal 2015-16 budget to serve its 2,400, which works out to about $2,800 per resident.
If chest pain takes you to the Payson Regional Medical Center emergency department, be assured your care meets special standards. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care recently gave “Chest Pain Accreditation” to the PRMC emergency department.
The popular Senior Connections Conference returns to Rim Country Friday, June 12. Sponsored by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, the event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.
At its June 2 meeting, the Star Valley Town Council is scheduled to adopt the $6.8 million budget given tentative approval in May.