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Teresa McQuerrey

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Grab a tag from an Angel Tree to help Rim Country children

The time to make contributions to help the less fortunate have a happy holiday is coming to a close. Make donations of new gifts for the following groups as soon as possible:

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Fast, aggressive treatment helps sepsis

Hospital has developed a two-phase attack in fighting sepsis

Sepsis is an overwhelming — whole body — infection. If it is not treated early and aggressively, it can lead to death.

New flu cases rising

This year’s vaccine not as effective, but still recommended

The number of flu cases in Arizona has risen, with the first cases reported in Gila County.

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Friends rally to help neighbor

If you have heard of the great work of Hospice Compassus volunteers or have eaten at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, then you can thank Patty Kaufman.

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No backtracking for Tonto Basin ‘RV’ park

An unauthorized “RV” park in Tonto Basin can’t backtrack its way to obtain the zoning that would allow its expansion. It may also be forced to remove un-permitted improvements and the trailers and RVs currently on the property.

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County says no to more money for road project

Gila County will not pay the contractor for the Pine Creek Canyon Road project any more money.

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Put your best health plan in place

Planning for our medical care is important — no matter what our age. That’s why we have insurance. It is also why we should have someone formally designated with our medical power of attorney (MPOA) and have a living will.

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Rim Country boasts great genealogy resources

Whether you are veteran detective when it comes to your family history or just getting started on the journey to track down your ancestors, Payson has plenty of genealogy resources.

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Creative gifts abound close to home

Buying local supports economy, public services

This gift-giving season, let your imagination be your guide, along with some hints and tips about the multitude of goodies that can be found in the Rim Country.

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Merry-making marathon

Online the other day there was an article about how to counteract the side effects of enjoying the average 4,500-calorie Thanksgiving meal — exercise: hours and hours of exercise — the least was 7.7 hours of football or basketball (that’s playing not watching), the most was 20.6 hours of bowling, or you could hike for 10.3 hours.

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Medical center donates to food drive

To kick off the holiday fundraising campaign, Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) employees awarded the Payson Area Food Drive a check for $3,429.

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One more important thing to add to health arsenal

It is something none of us want to really think about or plan for, but it is something that is critical to making sure you get the best care for your health. It is a way to pay for very expensive — but very essential when its needed — air ambulance service.

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Training tool for firefighters, EMTs is no dummy

The Mogollon Health Alliance does more than most of us know to improve health care in Rim Country.

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Vote tally yields turnout surprise

The outcome of the Nov. 4 general election was formalized Nov. 18 when the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved the canvass of the vote.

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County retains D.C. lobbyist

Gila County will continue to have the Bose Public Affairs Group represent its interests in Washington, D.C.

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Star Valley gets new vice mayor on split vote

George Binney is the new vice mayor for Star Valley. At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Star Valley Town Council, all four veteran council members had their hats in the ring for the job.

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Special reunion for special friends

Defiance, Ohio bred a group of special friends that graduated in 1946.

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Star Valley anticipating healthy year-end funds

The Town of Star Valley could give budgeting lessons.

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Fox in Pine tests positive for rabies

Residents urged to get pets vaccinated

A fox that recently attacked a Valley man in Fossil Creek had rabies. Michael O’Driscoll, director of the Gila County Division of Health and Emergency Services, said the man killed the fox and took it to Maricopa County where officials confirmed it had the disease.

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Annual Tellabration is Nov. 22

The art of telling a great tale returns to the Rim Country with the 15th Annual Tellabration on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall.

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Water picture bright for Star Valley

Star Valley’s water system continues to improve. Most recently the town council was told a test hole for a new well at the community park shows it has the potential for producing 40 gallons per minute.

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Veteran marvels at Honor Flight

Conrad Okerwall has joined the ranks of Rim Country veterans who have enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C. with the Honor Flight AZ program.

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Transit tax wins wide Gila County support

Rim residents and visitors alike have paid the region’s half-cent transportation excise tax for 20 years. The tax expires in December.

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Take time in picking Medicare additions

Getting on Medicare is easy. A couple of months before you turn 65 you get your card from the government. The first of the month of your 65th birthday, you are on Medicare.

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Today’s the day: Find your polling place

Polling places for the general election opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Gila County lobbyist contract debated

Martin: $78,000 contract yields millions in federal funds

Tommie Martin wants Gila County to have a full arsenal as it continues to do battle in Washington, D.C. for federal money. Since 2006, that arsenal has included the big guns of Jefferson/Bose (Bose), a lobbying firm — experience, expertise and connections.

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Community support, volunteers keep Christian Clinic going

The Payson Christian Clinic has recorded more than 13,000 patient visits since it opened almost nine years ago, said Dr. Judith Hunt, president of the board and one of the doctors who volunteers time to the facility.

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Quarantine ends

No hint of Ebola in Payson

Allen Mann’s self-quarantine following a missionary trip to Nigeria ended a week ago.

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Halloween fun starts this weekend

Rim Country residents and visitors start celebrating Halloween this weekend all over Rim Country.

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No death sentence

Breast cancer battle rages on

“Most pick out the coffin once they hear their diagnosis,” said Ilona Swenson. “I want them to know it is not a death sentence. There is life after breast cancer.”

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Love letters reading in Young

The annual benefit for the Pleasant Valley Historical Society features a reading of love letters between the first governor of Arizona and the woman he courted for 14 years — the daughter of a Rim Country pioneer.

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‘The Belle of Broadway’ comes to Payson

Susan Egan has been nicknamed “the Belle of Broadway” for her renowned performance as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and she is sharing her talents with Rim Country residents and visitors at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19.

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End of tour

Payson Supply Line ends decade of service to soldiers

The Payson Supply Line will officially close its doors at the end of 2014, ending the shipment of “care” packages to active duty military in Mideast war zones as of Oct. 25.

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Annual quilt show a triumph

The quilters of the Rim Country have presented one of the best regional quilt shows for a decade now, and their 10th annual show was a triumph.

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Annual art show arrives with autumn

Autumn has arrived in Rim Country and with it comes one of the area’s biggest arts events — the Payson Art League ARToberFEST Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale.

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Transportation sales tax would pay for vital projects

Rim residents and visitors alike have paid the half-cent transportation excise tax for 20 years. The tax expires in December.

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Top fiddlers converge in Rim Country

Rain, thunder and lightning could not put a damper on the 44th Anniversary of the Vertilee Floyd Memorial Old Time Fiddle Championships and Acoustic Celebration.

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Rim Country Quilt Roundup this weekend

Quilters from all over Arizona, throughout the Southwest and the far reaches of both the U.S. and Canada are expected at the 10th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

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Is it allergies or is it asthma?

More and more it seems that allergy season for me lasts all year long. The stuff going to seed (or whatever it’s doing) right now makes my eyes water and my nose run, I sneeze and I cough and then there is the wheezing.

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County gives Star Valley money for well

Project will provide backup for town’s primary water source

The Town of Star Valley won an award of $26,329 from the Gila County Board of Supervisors this week.

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Ebola scare in Payson, Ariz. makes national news

Family quarantines itself even before unfounded rumors begin to circulate

It started with a phone call — a woman heard from a friend that a rumormongering web­site had reported a man in Payson had been exposed to Ebola.

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County facilities in Payson transformation

Planned improvements will transform the Gila County complex in Payson.

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Tasty triumph in salsa, chili contest

The Payson Rodeo Committee hosted one of its most successful Chili Cook-Offs Sept. 13 in Star Valley.

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Pioneer Dinner celebrates tradition

The memory of pioneers who settled Rim Country and the Tonto Basin, Pine, Strawberry, Star Valley and points both east and west are honored each year at the Pioneer Dinner.

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Fiddlin’ fills Rim Country this weekend

The Rim Country air will be electric with the outstanding acoustic sounds of fiddle music and more this weekend during the 44th Annual Vertilee Floyd Old Time Fiddlin’ Arizona State Championship and Acoustic Celebration.

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Maintain balance with focus, exercise

Preventing falls is crucial in those over 65

One of the first thing that happens as people age is their awareness of where their body is in space, according to Lisa Schultz, director of rehab services with Payson Care Center.

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Star Valley town council approves funds for road improvements

The Star Valley Town Council loosened its purse strings Tuesday. It approved $237,720 for road improvements, as the weather allows. Additionally, the council learned the previously approved Sprague Crossing project will cost $16,000 — slightly more than anticipated.

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County signs off on Fox Farm matter

The de-annexation of 760 acres from Star Valley crossed another hurdle this week.

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Star Valley seeks Gila County money

The Star Valley Town Council is making a bid for some of Gila County’s economic development money.

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Security in place at Globe courthouse

Payson plan offered at end of month

County officials have worked for more than three years to make the Globe courthouse secure.