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Teresa McQuerrey

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Star Valley names new park for founder

The new Star Valley park was officially named for one of the young community’s founders at the April 15 meeting of the town council.

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Medical director calls RCH staff, patients ‘family’

Dr. Mark Ivey, MD, officially became semi-retired last summer, but still makes rounds and sees patients at Rim Country Health where he serves as the medical director. He shares the duties with Dr. Jaber Abawi, MD, MRCP. Ivey is also the medical director for Payson Home Health.

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Town’s under-construction park proving popular

Although the dust of development has not even settled on the new park in Star Valley, as crews work on the volleyball courts and horseshoe pits, several groups already want to schedule events.

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Star Valley budgets for road work

Projects could cut into town’s reserves

Star Valley residents should expect to see a lot of roadwork underway over the spring and summer.

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Ah, spring … ah … choo!

Spring — the season of renewal ... and allergies.

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PHS math teacher named county Teacher of the Year

When asked what they teach, most educators would name a subject — but Halli Kinnick answers that she teaches students.

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Delayed property tax billing still being scrutinized

Save for 13 properties, the delay in sending out Gila County property tax bills is nearly resolved, according to Treasurer Debora Savage.

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Man sets out to walk across America

Londoner walking to raise funds for disabled children, diabetes

Neatly cropped salty hair, a close-trimmed white beard, and a charming British accent made Naz Yacoob one of the more unusual of the folks traveling across America that have dropped by the Roundup to share their story.

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Election season in Rim Country

Spring is barely a week old, but political hopefuls are popping up all over the place.

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Living well with diabetes

There is really only one thing someone diabetes cannot do — use tobacco. According to John Hancock, a registered nurse and the area’s only certified diabetes educator, the old models of telling newly diagnosed diabetics what they can’t have are a thing of the past.

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Wellness forum takes on intimate atmosphere

You missed a lot if you missed the 16th annual Women’s Wellness Forum.

County moves forward

Changes in economic development

The Industrial Development Authority of Gila County has a checkered past. Some county officials have expressed serious dissatisfaction with the lack of action in shoring up the area’s economy and the lopsided budget, with almost all of the money going to the south.

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SV ponders to fence or not to fence

While everyone on the Star Valley Town Council is still enthusiastic about the new park the town is building, there was a little dust up over fencing at the March 18 meeting.

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County helps Rim Country businesses

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is helping business “grow” in Rim Country. It approved moves to open a pizza parlor and visitor accommodations in Pine and transferring liquor licenses to the new owner of the venerable Creekside in Christopher Creek.

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8 ingredients in recipe to relax, strengthen

The practice of tai chi is thousands of years old, having evolved from a martial art into medicinal and meditative uses.

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Forum focuses on power of sleep

The lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problems — from short tempers to brain fog to stress to actual health issues. So, to address these problems and present ways to solve them, the sponsors of the annual Women’s Wellness Forum are making sleep the focus of the event Saturday, March 29.

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Brush pits finally reopened

For months, a funding tangle shut down brush pits where residents can get rid of dangerous tangles of brush — a vital tool in the effort to protect Rim Country communities from wildfire.

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Rim Country chamber gets a happy transplant

Sandy Koenig, the new executive director and manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a relatively new “transplant” to the area. She and her husband Mike just moved here in November. They have been part-time residents of Pine since 1992 though, so they aren’t really “new” residents.

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Star Valley moves quickly to build park

Work on the newly approved Star Valley Park was underway the day after the town council approved the plan.

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Customers swarm Carl’s Jr. restaurant

Rim Country residents have watched and waited expectantly as the building on the northeast corner of Highways 87 and 260 transformed over the last few months.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Members of the Rim Country Celts plan a series of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the community over the next few days.

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Shocking suicide at Payson hunting supply store

Oleg Topolev chose to end his life Wednesday — and in the process inflicted a horrifying trauma on the owner of a Payson hunting supply store and his son.

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PRMC introduces latest additions

Emergency Department earns Level IV Trauma Center designation

The latest additions to Payson Regional Medical Center were formally introduced last Tuesday. Interim Chief Executive Officer Elmer Hyde met residents and business leaders at PRMC’s monthly Community Leadership Breakfast.

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New approach to hip surgery helps patients move better sooner

The human body is a marvelous — almost magical — creation. It can survive a tremendous punishment over the years. Given time and attention, it can recover from injuries and illnesses that would have killed it just 50 years ago.

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Taste of Rim’s tasty triumph

The book on the 2014 Taste of Rim Country is closed, leaving almost everyone feeling full and satisfied.

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Star Valley set to build park

Visions of picnics, park benches and horseshoe pits had the Star Valley Town Council bubbling with excitement Tues­day as it approved spending $40,000 to build its first public park.

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Citizens’ committee advises extension of road tax

It took the county’s citizens’ committee only two meetings to decide voters should extend the existing half-cent transportation excise tax another 20 years.

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Humorist urges laughter for all that ails you

Bobbie Staten has always had a reputation for being a talker and for being funny.

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Star Valley ponders road, park projects

Government meetings are not that exciting most of the time — at least not in a good way. Things might heat up if controversial hits the agenda, but that isn’t the “good” kind of excitement.

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Delicious delights await at Taste of Rim Country event

The 2014 Taste of Rim Country event at the Payson Public Library is a sellout; so only the lucky ticket holders will delight in all the delicious entries from the area’s culinary experts.

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Women’s Wellness Forum focuses on power of sleep

The lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problems — from short tempers to brain fog to stress to actual health issues. So, to address these problems and present ways to solve them, the sponsors of the annual Women’s Wellness Forum are making sleep the focus of the event Saturday, March 29.

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Facility upgrades mean better service

Gila County facilities are bulging at the seams, which produces extra problems around election time when voters try to take advantage of early ballots. Payson staff for the county recorder and assessor share the small building on the southwest corner of West Frontier and South Colcord.

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Senior Center offers Pilates, Irish dance

The Payson Senior Center will add a Pilates exercise class and an Irish dance class to its lineup of spring activities.

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Sponsors sought for ‘Star Valley Color Me Crazy 5K’

The Payson High School Adventure Club plans a 5K fund-raiser April 26 in Star Valley.

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Star Valley road project gains approval

True to the promise to improve the community’s roads, the Star Valley town council approved an $8,188 project Tuesday.

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Silent killers: Abdominal aneurysms kill 15,000 each year

Screening, treatment limit toll of vascular rupture striking 190,000 annually

Every year, 190,000 Americans develop abdominal aortic aneurysms. The resulting 15,000 deaths make it the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., Dr. Alfonso Munoz, M.D., told listeners at a recent Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.

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Pine water: No contest

Eight candidates file for seven seats

Only eight candidates filed for the seven seats on the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board prior to the deadline.

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That pain in the neck could be a jaw problem

The truth about TMD

Going to the dentist is almost always about teeth, gums and dental health. But it can also involve the joint that makes the jaw work and avoiding temporal mandibular disorder (TMD).

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Rim Country Health stakes claim in community service

The owners and operators of Rim Country Health are proud to tell the community their facility is locally owned.

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The Doctor Is In — Mike Darnell, D.O.

Orthopedic surgeon, black belt practices what he preaches

Mike Darnell, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon with Payson Regional Bone & Joint and a third-degree black belt with several artificial joints, practices what he preaches.

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Chris Wolf accepts transfer

Chris Wolf, chief executive officer of Payson Regional Medical Center, an­nounced his plans to take a new position this past Friday.

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GCC wants to bring cosmetology to Payson campus

NAVIT money would help launch program

Gila Community College is poised to bring cosmetology training to its Payson campus.

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5K through streets of Star Valley

PHS club hopes to color runners crazy

Star Valley’s town council will sponsor the April 26 5K fund-raiser planned by the Payson High School Adventure Club.

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Mini-stroke can inflict maximum damage

Mini-strokes, also known as a transient ischemic attacks (TIA), might last only a few seconds or so, but they demand the same immediate attention as a major stroke.

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Star Valley finances remain healthy

A mid-year checkup shows Star Valley’s finances are in good health. The town has almost $3 million in cash and savings halfway through the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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DPS officer honored by Gila County attorney

Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp has named wounded Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske as the law enforcement officer of the quarter.

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Still mucked up

Computer snafu still snarling up county collection

Gila County Treasurer Deborah Savage could not give the board of supervisors a firm answer when asked if the problems that delayed tax bills would be fixed.

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Pine audit ordered

Supervisors agree to five-year review of water district records

The Gila County Board of Supervisors this week ordered a five-year audit of the finances and management of the Pine Straw­berry Water Improvement District.

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A place to help veterans readjust

The Merritt Center, with the assistance of healing practitioners and mentors who are veterans themselves, is offering special educational retreat programs to returning combat veterans (both men and women).

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Outreach draws in friends, more

The Friends of Payson Parks & Recreation have been around for about 10 years. It is a low profile group that works to provide additional resources for programs presented by the town’s parks department.

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