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.
The libraries in both Payson and Pine will have plenty of activities to keep youth busy this summer.
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.
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.
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.
The 2015-16 school year is barely drawing to a close and Shelby School is recruiting for the new year.
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.
A coronation is part of Payson’s spring rodeo festivities this weekend.
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.
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.
Expect to be energized by selections offered in the spring concert of the Payson Choral Society.
Dale Bellisfield, RN, HN-BC, RH (AHG), a medical herbalist, opened her practice about 10 months ago.
Travelers along about a half-mile of Houston Mesa Road can expect improved conditions soon.
$9 million plan shrugs off radar loss
Shrugging off the loss of photo radar enforcement funds and hearing of plans to pursue $300,000 in new grant money, the Star Valley Town Council approved a tentative $9.1 million budget this week.
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.
Initial impressions may lead travelers driving through Star Valley to believe there is no rhyme or reason to how the community is cobbled together.
Kim Alten told guests at the 2016 Women’s Wellness Forum April 23, heart health has residual effects on the brain and memory.
A cure for Alzheimer’s disease remains the Holy Grail for medical professionals and scientific researchers in the field.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Hospice is about living, not dying.
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.
Glen McCombs grew up gardening and has shared his knowledge for more than 30 years operating Plant Fair Nursery in the Rim Country.
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.
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.
Residents of Mesa del Caballo will soon have dust rising around the community.
Gila County’s Health & Emergency Services Division continues to pursue funds to help with emergency preparedness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A project to improve a low water crossing on Sprague Ranch Road in Star Valley has been an eye-opener for all involved.
Rim Country residents and visitors have a trio of community Easter celebrations to enjoy this week.
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.
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.
The Star Valley Town Council should hear the fate of its photo enforcement system at its 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 meeting.
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.
Falls among older adults are such a serious health problem the Centers for Disease Control has weighed in on the issue.
Gila County is spending about $150,000 to improve the safety of county deputies by upgrading the communications system.
All through March, the Payson Public Library is making a special push to get the children of the Rim Country to read.
The state is suggesting limited consumption on three types of fish caught from popular angler lakes.
Supervisors approve $1.5 million plan
Years of discussion about improving the justice facility in Payson are beginning the bear fruit.
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.
Tickets for the 2016 A Taste of Rim Country chefs’ competition, hosted by the Library Friends of Payson, are going fast.
Gila County’s Community Action Program has help available for the financial health of residents.
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.