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Teresa McQuerrey

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nutrition help for low-income seniors

Rim Country seniors are invited to learn about the federal government’s nutrition assistance program at a presentation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 16 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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Don’t be one of the things that go bump in the night

Falls among older adults are such a serious health problem the Centers for Disease Control has weighed in on the issue.

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Communications upgrade intended to make officers safer

Gila County is spending about $150,000 to improve the safety of county deputies by upgrading the communications system.

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Payson library hosts March events for kids

All through March, the Payson Public Library is making a special push to get the children of the Rim Country to read.

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State suggests limits on certain fish consumption

The state is suggesting limited consumption on three types of fish caught from popular angler lakes.

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Finally! A courthouse

Supervisors approve $1.5 million plan

Years of discussion about improving the justice facility in Payson are beginning the bear fruit.

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Senior Center gets $50,000 from county

The Payson Senior Center will get $50,000 from Gila County’s economic development fund to help with costs of its transportation and meals program.

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Top chefs compete in A Taste of Rim Country, Part 1

Tickets for the 2016 A Taste of Rim Country chefs’ competition, hosted by the Library Friends of Payson, are going fast.

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County helps with financial health

Gila County’s Community Action Program has help available for the financial health of residents.

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Gila County budget buoyed by property value rise

There was good news and a lot of uncertainty Tuesday when the Gila County Board of Supervisors received an update on its staff’s work to create the FY 2017 budget.

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Trio of Mesa del roads slated for improvement

Sometime this spring a trio of roads in Mesa del Caballo will see $220,000 worth of improvements started.

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Keeping the love of Jesus alive for RCH residents

Each week Rachel Crandall of Calvary Chapel visits Rim Country Health to lead a Bible study for the facility’s residents.

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Photo radar ban?

Star Valley’s cash cow at risk

Lawmakers continue to push for several bills to shut down photo radar operations on state highways, including the Star Valley speed cameras that generate about $1 million in revenue annually.

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Sound of music abounds around Rim Country

This weekend, music lovers will find heaven in the Rim Country. Beginning Friday, Feb. 19 and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 21, a wide choice of music will be offered for your listening pleasure.

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Events showcase local authors

Several Rim authors are sharing new works and programs.

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Hike to Rim Country Cold War relic

It is just a hike, but what waits at the end of it might get imaginations whirling.

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Rim Country Classic Auto Club issues call for all car-crazy kids

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club is calling all car-crazy kids to build cardboard show vehicles for the 2016 Beeline Cruise-In Car Show.

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Black & White Ball calls for Savannah Romance

An evening of romantic elegance, good food, great music and two especially terrific causes are the focus of the 2016 Black & White Ball, presented by the MHA Foundation.

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Two gems of community service continue to help Black & White Ball achieve success

The annual Black & White Ball, hosted by the MHA Foundation, benefits from great community support. Two businesses are among the many local gems that make this event so special — Payson Jewelers and Overman Designs.

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Hits & Grins plays hits & laughs

Hits and Grins is a one of a kind “in the round” acoustical and intimate musical experience.

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Overflow crowd

Heart 6 Ranch supporters jam Star Valley council meeting

The Heart 6 Ranch must reduce the number of horses on the property to 12 by June 1, if it is to get its conditional use permit (CUP) from the Town of Star Valley.

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Lakes celebrate 15 years serving Church on Randall Place

John and Simone Lake say they have been deeply involved in many churches, but served as the formal leaders of only one, the Church on Randall Place in Pine, where John serves as pastor. He and Simone celebrate their 15th anniversary there this month.

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County tab: $2.3 million

Earlier this month, the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved spending $2.3 million with a Mesa company to finish the renovations on a modular building on the Globe courthouse property. The modular has been designated the Copper Administration Building (CAB).

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Councilor Blair dies

He was a bright beacon of joy

Ed Blair, a former Payson Town Council member and retired Lutheran pastor, has died. He lost a brief fight with pancreatic cancer early on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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