Property values rise; tax rate unchanged
Gila County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year will drop by $2.5 million — nearly 3 percent.
Gila County has awarded Koo Design Build the contract to design and build new stairs and landings for the county courthouse in Payson.
An annual brain/mind check should become as routine as any other aspect of a yearly physical.
The Pine Strawberry Future Visioning Committee, a group of concerned residents, continues its efforts to give the communities direction for the future.
In the Kitchen
School is just around the corner, so make a plan now to get the most out of your time.
Dr. Jaber Abawi’s background with internal medicine, infectious diseases, arthritis and geriatric care make him a perfect fit with Rim Country Health.
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).
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.
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.”
Students in the Rim Country return to school in less than a month now — classes resume Monday, Aug. 3.
There might be a light at the end of the tunnel for the crowded county facilities in Payson.
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.
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.
Celebrate warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July 4th with a flavorful and festive gathering.
It is the 4th of July/July 4 on calendars, but it is also noted as “Independence Day.”
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.
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.
So long as we are competent, as adults we are in charge of our health care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Rim Country resident Elaine Putnam took home top honors from the 19th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show held June 12-13 in Pine.
Gila County will hold a June 23 hearing on its budget, which features a projected 15 percent increase in property tax collections — but no increase in the rate.
Chiropractic care for the aches and pains of aging was presented at the June 10 Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.
Gila County ranks #2 in state
Gila County has the second highest rate of prescription drug abuse in Arizona.
Payson Community Kids needs donors and sponsors for the Payson’s Kids Festival of Furniture & Other Fine Things, which from Aug. 21 to Sept. 21 will raise money the child advocacy group needs to keep its after-school doors open.
The best bet for live music this summer is the Concert Under the Stars program at Green Valley Park. The program showcases a number of local groups this year.
$6.8 million spending plan includes hoped-for grants
The Star Valley Town Council on June 2 approved a $6.8 million fiscal 2015-16 budget to serve its 2,400, which works out to about $2,800 per resident.
If chest pain takes you to the Payson Regional Medical Center emergency department, be assured your care meets special standards. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care recently gave “Chest Pain Accreditation” to the PRMC emergency department.
The popular Senior Connections Conference returns to Rim Country Friday, June 12. Sponsored by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, the event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.
At its June 2 meeting, the Star Valley Town Council is scheduled to adopt the $6.8 million budget given tentative approval in May.
The Center (formerly the Payson Senior Center) has a new director. Debra Hansen took over for retiring director Joann Conlin on May 11.
Rim Country residents and visitors filled and overflowed the area around the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial Monday.
Rim Country Health is enjoying a growth spurt. It is expanding its rehab staff and facilities — largely fueled by the growing number of outpatient clients seeking its myofascial release therapy.
The Rim Country Health rehab department has a new manager. It’s a familiar face though.
It was a rare evening for the Star Valley Town Council. For the first time in a very long time the members were asked to act on a conditional use permit at the May 19 meeting.
Take time as you start summer’s fun this Memorial Day weekend to remember why we have the holiday. It is to remember the men and women we have lost to war.
Rim Country welcomes the annual Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo back to Payson Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16 at the Payson Multi-Event Center on Highway 87 across from the Mazatzal Casino.
An emotional Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor led the county’s program to honor more than two dozen Purple Heart recipients on May 5.
Tucked back on winding roads are tiny Rim Country jewels — gardens lovingly created in celebration of Earth’s bounty. Five of these jewels are on display this weekend in the Rim Area Gardeners’ 2015 Garden Walk and Plant Sale, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 9.
The Payson Art League presents its 14th Annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3.
Gila County officials want to get out of renting space for employees in Globe, but also want to make more rental properties available to residents.
It’s budget season. The goal: stay in the black, maintain services, and try to make a few improvements to enhance citizens’ quality of life.
The secret world within art studio walls opens to the public this weekend. The Payson Art League presents its 14th Annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved spending about $129,000 on its “new” Copper Administration Building in Globe to add a room to a modular unit that will eventually house several county offices now using rental space.
A code enforcement hearing regarding violations on Pine property set for April 22 was averted by a plea agreement signed April 16.
The jewel of Payson — Green Valley Park — will have some extra sparkle Saturday during the 22nd Annual Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s Beeline Cruise-In.