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Teresa McQuerrey

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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.

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County property tax to rise by 15 percent

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.

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Painkillers abused

Gila County ranks #2 in state

Gila County has the second highest rate of prescription drug abuse in Arizona.

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Chiropractic care can benefit us as we grow older

Chiropractic care for the aches and pains of aging was presented at the June 10 Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.

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Payson Community Kids needs sponsors for crucial fundraiser

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.

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Concert Under the Stars kicks off summer season in the park

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.

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Star Valley budget up 13 percent

$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.

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PRMC recognized for chest pain care

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.

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Star Valley to adopt budget

At its June 2 meeting, the Star Valley Town Council is scheduled to adopt the $6.8 million budget given tentative approval in May.

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Senior Connections Conference returns

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.

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Center’s new director loves Payson

The Center (formerly the Payson Senior Center) has a new director. Debra Hansen took over for retiring director Joann Conlin on May 11.

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Overflow crowd commemorates Memorial Day

Rim Country residents and visitors filled and overflowed the area around the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial Monday.

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Veteran therapist helps RCH expansion

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.

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Rim Country Health’s rehab department welcomes new manager

The Rim Country Health rehab department has a new manager. It’s a familiar face though.

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Star Valley OKs waste company request

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.

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Payson gears up for four Memorial Day ceremonies

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.

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Spring Rodeo time in Rim Country

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.

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Gila County honors Purple Heart recipients

An emotional Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor led the county’s program to honor more than two dozen Purple Heart recipients on May 5.

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Annual Garden Walk and Plant Sale take place Saturday

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.

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Late bloomer is featured artist of PAL Studio Tour

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.

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County moves to increase rental units

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.

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Star Valley crunching budget numbers

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.

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Artists open their studios this weekend for ’Neath the Rim tour

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.

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County spends money in Globe, ponders Payson project

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.

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Little Stinker, county strike deal

A code enforcement hearing regarding violations on Pine property set for April 22 was averted by a plea agreement signed April 16.

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Beeline Cruise-In sparkles

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.

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Payson activist living a legacy of service

Penny Navis-Schmidt is a living legacy to generations of grassroots social service. Instilled by her grandfather and mother, and now being carried on by her daughter, Penny lives her life around the principle, “If we have privilege it’s our responsibility to do service.”

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Cardiologist discusses pacemakers

Pacemakers have been around for nearly 60 years — the first one was implanted in 1958. As with all technology it has evolved and improved.

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PRMC emergency department gets new director

It’s a good thing Becky Nissila started her medical career as a registered nurse in a “Knife & Gun Club” emergency room in Fresno, Calif. Her second day on the job as the new director of Payson Regional Medical Center’s emergency department there were 36 patients in six hours. She had yet to renew her patient care certification with the state, but she was on the floor changing bedding and doing everything else she could to help her staff manage the crush of patients.

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Great fishing in Green Valley Lakes

Fish might not be flying out of Green Valley Park lakes this weekend, but there will be lots of anglers along the banks doing their best to coax them out of their watery domain.

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County elections office pitches consolidating polling places into vote centers

Eric Mariscal, director of county elections, is investigating the possibility of Gila County following a trend to consolidate polling places into vote centers.

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Act fast to enjoy Business Showcase Mixer

Act fast to make your reservations for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Showcase Mixer.

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County acts to cut fire danger

Landfill fees waived for P/S fuel reduction

They’re eating an elephant.

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Good news, bad news on Gila County’s budget

The good news: property values in Gila County jumped an encouraging 16 percent this year, rising from $416 million to $480 million.

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Doctor has good news for diabetics

Diabetics have been told for years they need to get their A1C number to 7 or lower. The A1C number is a blood test that shows an average of blood sugar in the system over a three-month period. Blood cells live for three months.

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County may change public voting process

Gila County may soon consolidate polling places into vote centers, according to an item on the agenda for a work session of the Gila County Board of Supervisors this morning, Tuesday, March 31.

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County gears up for tough budget work

Building a county budget is never an easy task, given the range of county services and its limited revenue — compounded by a helpless reliance on the state for much of its funding.

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Disaster at thrift store develops into a blessing

A disaster at the Pine Community Center a little more than two years ago has become a blessing. And it’s a blessing with a delightful surprise.

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