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Teresa McQuerrey

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Star Valley continues senior programs

Star Valley town officials are paying close attention to the community’s budget this year.

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From outer space to inner space

Pastor Stein was once a top NASA engineer

At least three things make Mount Cross Lutheran Church’s new pastor Scott Stein a unique minister.

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A living testament to MFR treatment

Martha Bonnette is an amazing living testament to the benefits of Myofascial Release therapy.

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Rim Country Health therapist knows benefits of MFR

Laura Riley is one of three Rim Country Health employees providing Myofascial Release therapy. She is an advocate for the treatment because she has benefited from it.

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Make a deal

Star Valley extends contract with sheriff

The Star Valley Town Council took positive action on behalf of its citizens, Tuesday, June 19. But in each case, looming large was the shadow of its loss of more than 25 percent of its revenue due to the forced discontinuation of the photo enforcement program.

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Book festival will draw 80 authors

More than 80 authors are expected to come to the Rim Country for the Payson Book Festival Saturday, July 23.

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Payson Care Center helps seniors, disabled in need

Over the last three years, Payson Care Center has partnered with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Gila Center on Aging, and the Lutheran Social Services to provide something extra for their clients.

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Danger growing

But wildfire plan little changed

New subdivisions, drought and the rising number of fires large and small have all altered the fire hazards residents face in Gila County.

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MHA helps present book festival

More than 80 authors are expected to come to the Rim Country for the Payson Book Festival July 23.

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Payson dispatches for county

Dispatchers with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office are already training with their Town of Payson counterparts to create a centralized communication system for the area’s law enforcement and emergency personnel.

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Sticker shock

Star Valley balks at boost in cost of police protection

The Star Valley Town Council balked at signing a new, more expensive contract with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office for police protection this week.

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Cost rises

Star Valley faces 15 percent jump in price of police protection

Star Valley faces a 15 percent increase in the cost of police protection, as it works to absorb the loss of income from photo radar on the highway.

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Rim Country braces for monster July 4 weekend

Events galore

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and fun for the whole family on Monday, July 4 at Green Valley Park.

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County projects: 85 percent in the south

Supervisors authorize $8.1 million in capital improvements

The Gila County supervisors approved an $8.1 million capital improvement plan, with 85 percent of the money going to south county.

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Senior Connections 2016

Make plans for future care

It is never fun — and often very difficult — for seniors to sit down with their adult children or the people they want to look after their interests when they are unable to do so and make a plan.

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Creating a home for RCH residents

Everyone on the staff Rim Country Health wants the facility’s residents to feel at home. To that end, extra efforts are made all around to give them a sense of hominess.

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Payson business has international reach

The Rim Country has an international reputation as a recreational mecca. Not many residents realize it has an international business reach as well.

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Fierce struggle

45,176-acre Cedar Fire impacts Gila County

The impact of the 45,176-acre Cedar Fire is being felt in Gila County, so the board of supervisors on Thursday declared an emergency —mostly to qualify for federal help if the fire causes problems — including mudslides when the monsoon arrives.

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Digestive system more complex than we realize

The digestive system — most of us understand it this way: we eat, we digest converting food to energy, what isn’t used is either eliminated or is stored as fat.

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Star Valley horse facility has use permit continued

The Star Valley Town Council voted to continue the conditional use permit it gave the Heart 6 Ranch back in January at its June 7 meeting.

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Tonto Bridge seeks lodge operator

The historic Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is ready for guests — if the state can hire a concessionaire to operate it. Arizona State Parks is hosting a pre-proposal conference at the park June 13.

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Gila County must cope with health crisis

The state of the health of Gila County residents and how to improve it came before the Board of Supervisors recently.

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Gila County awards $30,000 for brush pits

The Gila County Board of Supervisors made a $30,000 grant June 7 to the Tonto Natural Resource Conservation District for the northern Gila County brush pits.

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June activities abound in Rim Country

A host of activities in June will keep Rim Country residents hopping.

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Stroll a Rim Country garden

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.

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Libraries plan activities to keep youth busy

The libraries in both Payson and Pine will have plenty of activities to keep youth busy this summer.

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Rim Country summer gets in gear this weekend

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.

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Plenty of paperwork for upcoming elections yet to be filedt

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.

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Schools will get federal money

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.

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Shelby charter school recruiting students for upcoming year

The 2015-16 school year is barely drawing to a close and Shelby School is recruiting for the new year.

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Owner growing Granny’s in Payson into a destination

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.

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Weekend rodeo will crown new queen

A coronation is part of Payson’s spring rodeo festivities this weekend.

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Highway speed cameras return

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.

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Residents urged to pressure ADOT to improve highway

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.

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Choral Society’s concert uplifting

Expect to be energized by selections offered in the spring concert of the Payson Choral Society.

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Medical herbalist introduced to Rim residents

Dale Bellisfield, RN, HN-BC, RH (AHG), a medical herbalist, opened her practice about 10 months ago.

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County will spend $200,000 to repair Houston Mesa Road

Travelers along about a half-mile of Houston Mesa Road can expect improved conditions soon.

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Star Valley OKs budget

$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.

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Moments of Life Celebration is Saturday

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.

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Star Valley rejects plea of RV owner

Initial impressions may lead travelers driving through Star Valley to believe there is no rhyme or reason to how the community is cobbled together.

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Healthy heart helps keep brain healthy

Kim Alten told guests at the 2016 Women’s Wellness Forum April 23, heart health has residual effects on the brain and memory.

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Continuing the fight against Alzheimer’s

A cure for Alzheimer’s disease remains the Holy Grail for medical professionals and scientific researchers in the field.

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Food for a healthy brain is good for the whole body

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.

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Septic switcheroo spurs outcry

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.

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Star Valley faces 28% drop in revenue

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.

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Screening still best tool in fight against breast cancer

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).

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Hospice volunteers celebrate a life in the shadow of death

Hospice is about living, not dying.

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Gripping story

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.

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How does your garden grow?

Glen McCombs grew up gardening and has shared his knowledge for more than 30 years operating Plant Fair Nursery in the Rim Country.

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Art of the thread

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.