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Teresa McQuerrey

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Book Blitz features local authors

Starting this week, the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd., is hosting a series of area authors in a program it is calling Book Blitz at the Payson Public Library.

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Rim Country New Year’s celebrations

Rim residents and visitors looking for an entertaining and appetizing New Year’s Eve celebration have a number of choices available.

Star Valley ponders $260,000 federal grant

The Star Valley council balked at making a decision on some $260,000 worth of project(s) for FY2017 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds at its Dec. 20 meeting.

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Rim Country Health honors trio of employees

The three women recently recognized by Rim Country Health have a lot in common.

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New cardiologist bringing some new treatments

When Dr. Mir Ali brings his practice from Cobre Valley Heart Institute in Globe to Payson early next year, he will be bringing at least one new treatment — Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP).

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Star Valley seeks councilor, fills two SLE board slots

Star Valley voters who have lived in the community for at least a year and are 18 or older can apply for a spot on the town council by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2.

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Gila County OKs $525,000 in employee raises

The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 20 approved $525,000 in raises for county employees.The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 20 approved $525,000 in raises for county employees.

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Contributions to certain charitable organizations garner tax credits

Rim Country residents have additional opportunities to reduce their tax bills in addition to those afforded by the Credit for Kids programs at area schools.

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Star Valley ponders key vacancies

A trio of vacancies are up for discussion at the Dec. 20 Star Valley Town Council meeting.

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Star Valley councilor dies, Paty Henderson leaves void

Star Valley Town Councilor Paty Henderson died Thursday, Dec. 8. According to Town Manager Tim Grier, Mrs. Henderson had recently been ill with a cold, but had called into town hall earlier on Thursday and said she was feeling better.

Martin named chair of the Gila County Board of Supervisors

Tommie Martin, District One Supervisor, is now chair of the Gila County Board of Supervisors.

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Pony rides a popular attraction at the Swiss Village Lighting event

The pony ride at the 37th Annual Swiss Village Lighting had an early start on Friday, Nov. 25 and stayed busy throughout the evening as youngsters — both big and small — clamored to get a ride. The event also had a huge bounce house and more.

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County buildings in Payson have long, twisted, aggravating history

The Roundup recently reported that the Gila County Board of Supervisors awarded a $71,940 contract to Woodson Engineering & Surveying of Flagstaff to provide pre-design services for site development alternatives focused on how to make the best use of the available property and existing buildings.

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Rim Country Health has jobs for more than health professionals

The employment opportunities at Rim Country Health don’t all require professional health care credentials.

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A gray day in Green Valley Park

GRAY (grā/adjective) 1. of a color intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or an overcast sky; 2. dull and nondescript; without interest or character ...

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Oasis Christian Books and Gifts set ‘grand re-opening’

Oasis Christian Books and Gifts plans a “grand re-opening” this weekend.

Longtime Gila County manager resigns

After years of service to Gila County, Manager Don McDaniel submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of Supervisors Nov. 14.

A season sparse of celebration for my family still provides an opportunity to be a time of thanks

The holiday season is going to be quiet for my family this year. A week after his 82nd birthday in August, our stepfather died after a long battle with a variety of illnesses.

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County upgrades in Payson advance

After years of delay, the Gila County’s courthouse complex in Payson may finally see some major improvements.

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Holiday events launched this week

The holidays are at hand and so is the need for extra help from the community to assist the less fortunate, with pleas for volunteers and donated turkeys in Payson, Pine and Strawberry.

Payson lighting, parade deadlines

We haven’t celebrated Thanks­giving yet, but it is already time to let organizers know if you want to take part in either the Payson APS Electric Light Parade or the annual holiday lighting contest — or both.

Join celebration of life

Each year for the past several years Hospice Compassus, the Rim Country Hospice Foundation, Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe have joined forces to help Rim residents remember loved ones they have lost.

Star Valley projects

The Star Valley Town Council on Nov. 15 discussed whether to spend an estimated $260,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money on a low-water crossing at Moonlight Drive and various other drainage issues

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New supervisors win: County voter turnout high

With Gila County reporting the state’s second highest voter turnout at 77 percent, the county Board of Supervisors will have an almost all new look come January.

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Some long lines

The big voter turnout Nov. 9 temporarily overwhelmed a few Gila County polling places, according to Eric Mariscal, director of the Gila County Elections Department.

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Democratic Gila County supervisors trail as final vote count continues

County upset

More than 3,000 Gila County ballots remained uncounted as of Wednesday, Nov. 9. Gila County Elections Director Eric Mariscal told the Roundup the count might not be complete until Friday, Nov. 11 or possibly Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Polling Places open until 7 p.m.

In case you didn’t mail in your ballot and need to vote today in the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, the following have been designated as Vote Centers/Polling Places where any voter may get a ballot and cast it:

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Family band featured in concert

The Next Generation Leahy family band will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 9 as part of the Tonto Community Concert Association series.

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PAL issues invitation to ‘Join the Journey’

Join the Journey — that is the call issued by members of the Payson Art League in their annual Fine Arts Festival Show & Sale.

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Halloween treats abound

The Halloween fun runs through next Monday, Oct. 31. Good luck trying to hit all the events planned for the occasion.

Seeing stars in Star Valley

Where’s the best place in Rim Country to see stars? Well, Star Valley, of course. So the Rim Astronomy Club would like to make star parties a regular feature at the B. Diane McDaniel Community Park in Star Valley by donating a permanently fixed telescope and protective dome to the park.

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Rancher says county needs change

Woody Cline says he is running for the District 3 Gila County Board of Supervisors seat to bring about change.

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County awards $240,000 to Chandler firm

Last fall, Gila County received a $600,000 grant from the Arizona Nutrition Network for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Education Program (SNAP-Ed) of the state health department.

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Breast cancer awareness is topic at Lunch and Learn

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the Banner High Country Seniors hosted Dr. Cynthia Booth, M.D., at its Oct. 12 Lunch & Learn program to discuss breast cancer.

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One voter shows up for pot debate

Backers of a ballot measure that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state battled it out with critics at a forum set up by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office in Payson.

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Gila County Supervisor District 3

John Marcanti is seeking re-election as Gila County District 3 Supervisor because there are still things he’d like to do for the county. He was first elected in 2012.

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Gila County Supervisor District 2

Incumbent Michael Pastor vs Reputlican tim Humphrey

Incumbent District 2 Supervisor Michael A. Pastor wants a third, four-year term. “I feel I am still young enough to do four more years,” said Pastor, a Democrat.

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Proposition 206: Minimum wage

There were more speakers than voters in the room at the Arizona Secretary of State’s program on the two ballot measures voters will decide in the Nov. 8 General Election. The program was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Messinger’s.

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Honoring those who serve the elderly

A group of people with special places in their hearts for the elderly visited Payson last week. They are trained and certified to make sure the elderly in long-term care settings are treated with respect for their wishes and with dignity and kindness.

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Star Valley irritated by Payson and regional group

The Star Valley Town Council this week vented its irritation at the Central Arizona Association of Governments for flubbing grant applications and the Town of Payson for annexing a chunk of land for a failed project.

Voter registration deadline Monday

The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 4 approved setting up vote centers and polling places.

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HPR ammunition plant shut down

but reportedly plans to reopen

HPR Ammunition reportedly sent more than 30 employees home Sept. 13, 2016 and closed its doors.

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County pushes for ‘stupid hiker’ law

Long list of proposals on legislative agenda for 2017

The Gila County Board of Supervisors hopes state lawmakers in the upcoming session will give counties new tools to deal with blighted, trashed properties as well as a better way to charge foolish hikers for the cost of a rescue.

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Deadline for quilt classes looms

The big Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Oct. 14-15, but some of the most coveted classes take place in advance of exhibition and registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Grant expert advises Star Valley

The repercussions of the loss of about 28 percent of its revenue with discontinuing the photo enforcement program has the Star Valley Town Council looking for options to bring in more money.

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New Rim resident offers help to veterans and their widows

Kevin Hamilton and his wife, Faye, are new part-time residents of the Rim Country.

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Sheriff outfits fleet of Expeditions

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has five new 2017 Ford Expeditions waiting to go on patrol, as soon as they’re “upfitted.”

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Old Time Opry, fiddle fest launch fall music season

Fall has arrived in the Rim Country and so has a new lineup of diverse entertainment. Opening the fall music season is the Payson Old Time Opry and you can also get entertained at the 46th Anniversary Vertielee Floyd Memorial Payson Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration.

Incumbents not challenged

The primary election is behind us, but voters will face another round of choices in the Nov. 8 general election — including state and federal legislative contests, three contested county offices and a few water, fire and sanitary district races.

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Final Star Valley council results; Davis ousts Binney

Gila County Elections officials posted the latest election numbers late Thursday, Sept. 1. Hardly any of the local outcomes were altered, and with only the write-in ballots remaining, the elections staff did not expect any changes.