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Teresa McQuerrey

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State office advocates for veterans in need

Rim Country veterans may have as many problems with the Veterans Administration as anyone, but they also have access to help with those problems through the Arizona Department of Veterans Services.

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County’s modular money pit gobbles another $1.2 million

The county’s big plan to save rent money has turned into a money pit — at least temporarily.

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Understanding blood test results

Sandra Montgomery, director of the laboratory at Banner Payson Medical Center, says 75 percent of all medical decisions made are based on lab results. A majority of those lab results come from blood tests.

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County working on courthouse

The improvements planned for the Payson Gila County Courthouse stairs and landings will be a little more involved than first planned.

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Payson’s 1st law enforcement officer dies

Hinderliter served as top cop when Payson first incorporated

Forrest Hinderliter, Payson’s first law enforcement officer, died Sept. 11, 2015 in Jay, Oklahoma.

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Star Valley still has $1 million in the bank

Budget plan includes work on road crossings, water system

The Town of Star Valley has some big-ticket items on its “to do” list in the coming months.

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Rim seniors welcome new physician, Dr. Tamerut Adams DO, to Payson

Members of Banner Payson Seniors packed the most recent Lunch & Learn program to welcome Dr. Tamerut Adams, DO, to the community.

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Fair warning

Get your entries in so you can get in on the fun

The 2015 Northern Gila County Fair opens Friday, Sept. 11 at the Payson Event Center. So put those finishing touches on fair entries.

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Gila County seeks more federal funding

Gila County wants more money — the $3 million the federal government owes as part of its Payment in Lieu of Taxes program plus more money to rehabilitate the homes of elderly, disabled and low-income residents.

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Labor Day weekend events abound

The Labor Day holiday weekend is here.

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Veterans suffer lack of services

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.

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Rim Country Republicans like Trump best

Rim Country Republicans staged a presidential primary straw poll at the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, with Donald Trump coming out way ahead.

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Get a jump on Labor Day fun

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.

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Star Valley residents worried about waste transfer impacts

Some Star Valley residents are still concerned about the plans for the Waste Matters, Inc., site at 61 Moonlight Drive.

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CEO excited about Banner changes

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.

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Reigning rodeo queens welcome would-be successors

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.

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Rodeo events Thursday through Saturday

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.

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Whooping cough case reported in Globe

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.

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It’s Tontozona time in Rim Country

It’s here — Tontozona time. Welcome!

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Falls have frightening statistics for the elderly

Falls might seem like a minor health issue, but as we age they can result is serious complications.

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Digital educational plan collapses

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.

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State took $500 million from counties

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.

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Skin cancer – not a matter of if, but when

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.

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Changing of the guard

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.

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Gila County hires deputy manager

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.

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County’s $92 million budget drops 3 percent

Property values rise; tax rate unchanged

Gila County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year will drop by $2.5 million — nearly 3 percent.

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Contract awarded for new stairs, landings at courthouse

Gila County has awarded Koo Design Build the contract to design and build new stairs and landings for the county courthouse in Payson.

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Banner Alzheimer’s Institute reaches out to Rim Country

An annual brain/mind check should become as routine as any other aspect of a yearly physical.

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P-S residents, visitors invited to help direct area growth

The Pine Strawberry Future Vision­ing Committee, a group of concerned residents, continues its efforts to give the communities direction for the future.

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Bulk cooking can make meals easier

In the Kitchen

School is just around the corner, so make a plan now to get the most out of your time.

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Rim Country Health names Abawi medical director

Dr. Jaber Abawi’s background with internal medicine, infectious diseases, arthritis and geriatric care make him a perfect fit with Rim Country Health.

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Budget forums clarify county spending

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).

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County’s IT director says phone upgrade will free up funds for additional employee

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.

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Pleasant Valley Days

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.”

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Special events at Tonto Bridge

Students in the Rim Country return to school in less than a month now — classes resume Monday, Aug. 3.

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County eyes $6 million in projects

There might be a light at the end of the tunnel for the crowded county facilities in Payson.

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Battle against Alzheimer’s poses difficult choices

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.

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Donors rally after charity vandalized

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.

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Lots of delicious options for a 4th of July feast

Celebrate warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July 4th with a flavorful and festive gathering.

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Residents, visitors hear why we celebrate

It is the 4th of July/July 4 on calendars, but it is also noted as “Independence Day.”

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Enjoy special First Friday program: A nation is born

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.

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Start celebrating the Rim Country’s Fourth on July 3

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.

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Taking charge of our health

So long as we are competent, as adults we are in charge of our health care.

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Dehydration can be deadly, experts warn

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.

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Departure of veteran Payson doctors spurs concerns

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.

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Gila County eyes building plan stacked against the north

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.

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TCCA has early bird subscription offer

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.

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Payson Book Festival brings 60 authors to Rim Country

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.

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Payson Library offers summer refuge for kids

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.”

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Local takes top honors at quilt show

Rim Country resident Elaine Putnam took home top honors from the 19th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show held June 12-13 in Pine.