Stories for April 1999


Thursday, April 29

Talk to teens about abstinence

I recently sat at a table where parents were discussing teen sex and pregnancy. The conversation drifted toward which method of birth control parents would prefer their daughters to use, and how their sons needed to understand the importance of using condoms.

Grab your horse for a PHA 'Fun Day' at Payson rodeo grounds

The Payson Horseman's Association hosts a "Fun Day" gymkhana this Saturday, May 1, at the rodeo grounds.

Parental guidance is fundamental

How many wake-up calls do parents need? God has been sounding the alarm!

Hoyt, Kelley resume war on the links

Billy Bob Hoyt and Brandon Kelley, both 13, returned to the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament scene last weekend with a newfound camaraderie.

TV content more of a problem than guns

In reference to the letter from Pastor Alan Field, I take umbrance to his statement, "But what do we say when dozens of civilians die in an errant U.S. attack?" Wake up, Pastor, there is a war going on over there, and it is an inescapable fact that innocents are going to get hurt.

Cardinal reps to join locals in Partners golf tournament

As many as six representatives from the Arizona Cardinals football team will participate in the Second Annual Partners in Football golf tournament when it tees off at 1 p.m. May 16 on Payson Golf Course.

Five finalists chosen to replace retiring district superintendent

Five finalists have been selected in the Payson School Board's search for a candidate to replace retiring superintendent Russ Kinzer.

Hospital brings back cardiac rehab program

Some 20 people are planning to participate in a rehabilitated rehab program at Payson Regional Medical Center with their former instructor, Diane Riddle.

Officials unveil new design for library

Rim country residents can get a peek at what the new Payson Public Library will look like following the release of initial schematic plans.

85 years for child molester

Donald Allen Ostman of Tonto Village was sentenced Monday in Gila County Superior Court for the molestation of a 10-year-old Payson girl.

Young remains under quarantine, Pine rabies clinic scheduled

A fight between a coyote and a dog in Young led to the area remaining under quarantine, according to Gila County Rabies Control Officer Ty Goodman.

Tax-increment financing now in the hands of Gov. Hull

A bill repealing tax-increment financing passed 57-1 in the State House of Representatives Wednesday, putting to rest an argument between some town officials and the Payson School District.

Freshman girls beat Mountain View champs

More than 300 of the best young athletes in Arizona, including a talented crew from Mesa Mountain View, converged on Payson High School last Saturday to participate in the Payson Rotary Freshman/Sophomore Track and Field Invitational.

Horns baseball hangin' on in race for Central

A pair of home runs by Brian Cork, a three-run circuit blast from Jeremy Reynolds and Bryan Zumbro's yeoman pitching performance paced the Longhorn baseball team to a crucial 15-4 win over Eloy Santa Cruz, Tuesday afternoon on PHS diamond.

Superintendent wrong about tax increment impact on schools

I feel compelled to correct some of the misinformation contained in Russ Kinzer's Guest Commentary carried in the Roundup on April 20.

Aging presents many problems but it's sure better than the alternative

I read with interest an article on the front page of the April 2 Roundup titled, "Duo hopes State Legislature will heed silver-haired wisdom." I want to thank Roger Hattrup and Bob Lucas for taking time out of their retirement years to be advocates for many of us who live in Payson, and I hope they are both elected to represent us in District 4.

Family support essential for alienated kids

Along with the rest of the country, I have been following the reports on the Littleton tragedy. It seems as though the prevailing explanation is that the boys felt alienated and ridiculed. Some of the other kids in school made fun of them, called them names, and ostracized them.

Monday, April 26

PHS girls run foes into the ground

With 15 gold medals four from Rheanna Martinez the Lady Longhorn track and field team's home debut Wednesday afternoon was a roaring success.

We must recognize the value of every child

In the contemplative aftermath of the recent tragedy that hit Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., I felt compelled to write.

Ex-Town Council member Plonski out of the hospital

Former Payson Town Council member Tony Plonski is bruised and aching, but he is happy to be alive after his southbound car rolled over in the median strip on the Beeline Highway near Rye Thursday morning.

Local food bank hungry for goods

Julie was in the middle of a divorce and was finding it difficult to pay all of her bills while trying to feed her three young children.

Special Olympics athletes in training

More than 35 of Payson's Special Olympics athletes are now gearing up at Payson High School facilities for area meets and state competition in track and field events, gymnastics and power lifting. An area meet for track and field has been scheduled April 30 in Mesa at Mesa High School. Power lifters also attended an area meet on April 17 at Fitness West in the West Phoenix area.

Wild Flower 5K not just a competition for runners

Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider is keeping her fingers crossed, hoping there's a good turnout for Saturday's Wild Flower 5K Walk and Run.

Parents should have known about troubled boys

I, like so many others, was sickened to hear about the senseless killings at the high school in Littleton, Colo. Many are saying that this type of incident could happen anywhere, and I have to agree anywhere parents allow their children to dress completely in black, whiten their faces and obsess about death.

Many questions remain about safety of local schools

I just read the article "Shootings add edge to high school atmosphere" in Friday's Roundup. I had hoped for something more. What is the plan of the school district as a whole? What is the plan for the middle school? How does the plan at the high school account for a campus that is composed of numerous buildings, each with its own entrance? The same can be asked about the middle school, which also has numerous buildings and entrances. Should parents be given the opportunity to offer ideas?

Truck accident blocks Beeline south of town

The southbound lanes of Highway 87 on Ox Bow Hill were the scene of a second accident in as many days Thursday night.

Forum Friday about school safety

The Payson Unified School District will hold a public forum Friday at the Payson High School auditorium to explain school safety and district preparations and strategies.

Hiker stumbles across teen-ager lost for eight days in wilderness

Jarod Houskeeper is lucky that local hiker Frank Szczepanski doesn't always stick to the trail.

Legislature trying to usurp rights

Why is it that the so-called conservative, limited government leaders of our State Legislature continue to try to take self-government away from the people of Arizona?

Boys eke out win in home opener

While their Lady Horn counterparts were frolicking to a 100-point-plus triumph, the Payson High School boys' track team labored feverishly through a nip-and-tuck, four-way home opener contested Wednesday on a wind-blown Payson High track.

Mavs best 10 foes in track, field

The Lady Longhorn track and field team boasts of Stephanie Robertson and Rheanna Martinez. The Rim Country Middle School Lady Mavericks ride the heroics of Jenny Cohen.

PMGA battles unfamiliar course and strong winds in Prescott

Battling strong, gusty winds on Prescott's Antelope Hills Golf Course, where greens were recently plugged and sanded, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association struggled in an interclub meet held Wednesday.

Nutting takes two holes for PWGA

Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association discarded their woods and played an "irons only" tournament April 20 on the Payson course.

Payson Grays drop a doubleheader

The Payson Grays fell off the road to success April 21 when the Fountain Hills Kool Kats who are in last place in the Valley Senior League ran away with a twin bill, 27-23 and 16-14.

Thursday, April 22

LaHaye undefeated but finishes 5th

Payson's R. C. LaHaye, a 15-year-old, 125-pound sophomore at Payson High, battered and bruised his opponents at the World Wrestling Championships last weekend in Reno, Nev., but had to settle for a fifth-place finish after a scheduling mishap.

Can't say enough good about Payson

Payson is a wonderful town with the comfortable feeling of a small Alpine village, but with the modern amenities of a city. It has great parks and hotels, which I have visited many times.

'Mazatzal' an appropriate name for arena, event center

The name of the event center at the south end of Payson could easily be the "Mazatzal Event Center". Just because the Tonto Apache Tribe used this name for its casino does not mean it is an Apache name. In fact, it is not. It is a name given to a range of mountains that extend from North Peak, to Mt. Ord, and on down to Four Peaks. The name is either of Mayan or Aztec origin and means "land of many deer."

Tax increment financing bill closer to killing town's plan

The State Senate approved legislation by a narrow margin this week that would bar Payson officials from forming a special property tax district to fund redevelopment in the town's Main Street neighborhood.

Selling naming rights to arena a realistic strategy

In answer to the issues raised by Elizabeth Horta in her anti- "Mazatzal Arena" letter of April 20:

Veterans groups to select design for town's memorial

Representatives from a number of local veterans' organizations will meet Monday to select a design for a veterans' memorial for the town.

Weed management group gets funds to battle noxious invaders

The Tonto Weed Management Area has received a $25,300 grant to weed out three noxious plants in Gila County.

Shootings add edge to high school atmosphere

Dead Day was canceled today at Payson High School to focus on the living.

Tribe team members score well

The Tonto Apache Track and Field team a squad that sent several qualifiers to the National Junior Olympics last summer made its 1999 debut April 10 and 11 at the 35th Annual Phoenix Invitational held at Glendale Community College.

Littleton tragedy shows need for tougher laws on guns

Ten years ago, the church I served in Stockton, Calif. shared a parking lot with Cleveland Elementary School. I witnessed the Jan. 17, 1989, schoolyard shooting of 29 first and second graders, the deaths of five. Since that time, every school shooting replays the terror of that day. What made that experience worse were the rationalizations made days later that "firearms are not the problem."

Opponent gives Robertson run for money in heptathlon

With the hounding footsteps of Glendale Cactus' Abby Andrus ringing in her ears, Payson track and field standout Stephanie Robertson battled to a second consecutive Glendale Invitational heptathlon meet record.

Tax increment financing for Main Street is misguided

I take issue with the Roundup's editorial of April 13, "Let's invest in Main Street." I really don't have any strong opinion as to whether or not the Town of Payson invests in Main Street. I think that is something for the people of Payson to decide.

Let private enterprise develop Main Street

Why not let private enterprise develop Main Street instead of taxpayers? Kaibab seems to be going ahead without taxpayers' assistance.

Bankruptcy forces change for patients on home-care

Alpha-Omega Home Health Services of Arizona, one of two home health agencies in Payson, folded this week, displacing 85 patients locally and 2,000 statewide.

Horns' names etched into record book

If the clichmemory like an elephant" is valid, Phoenix magazine publisher Barry Sollenberger must be a direct descendant of the pachyderm family.

Former council member injured in crash

A former Payson Town Council member and his wife were air-evacuated to a Valley hospital Thursday morning after their southbound car rolled over in the median of the Beeline Highway at the entrance to Rye.

Council targets racket from car stereos

The Payson Town Council says it's time to lower your decibels or face the music.

Youngster shows how its done in skills competition

Ridge Halenar had such a good time winning the Fleer Baseball Skills town and regional competition last year, he vowed to return again in 1999 for a second attempt at the 7- and 8-year-old division.

Home-run derby keeps Horns alive

Realizing a loss would probably end season-long dreams of a berth in the state tournament, the Longhorn baseball team rallied behind the pitching of Josh McRae and a power-hitting attack to upset the Fountain Hills Falcons 18-8 Tuesday afternoon on PHS diamond.

First step: keep guns from kids

On Tuesday, April 20, a little part of all of us was lost. A piece of every human heart was torn away in Littleton, Colo. and thrown to a place we may never find. That emptiness lingers with feelings of anguish, doubt, fear and anger.

Monday, April 19

Black Bear beats out Valley eateries as People's Choice

The Black Bear went down to the Valley and came home with the gold.

Preventive counseling

Award-winning counselor takes advice into the classroom

Rim Country Middle School counselor Ginger Sparks doesn't wait around for students to show up at her door in tears. She spends nearly a third of her time in the classroom, teaching students how to make decisions, solve problems, cope with social situations, plan their academic strategies and develop career goals.

Gila County task force wins honor as region's best

The men and women of the Gila County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force worked round the clock last year to put an end to the flow of illegal drugs in the Rim country.

Shed was set to go, but not until the weekend

A shed set for demolition in Star Valley this weekend went up in flames ahead of schedule Friday.

Fish keep jumping at Green Valley Park

One of the most popular fishing spots in the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Urban Fish Program Green Valley Park will continue to be stocked with catchable-sized trout for another year.

Truck sorely hurt, passengers not

After putting only 2,800 miles on his 1999 Ford Ranger, 23-year-old Matthew Schroeder wrecked the bright red truck Saturday morning on a curvy section of Highway 87 just south of Payson.

Freshmen, sophomores compete on own level

It's not often in track and field that freshmen and sophomores are given the opportunity to put their skills to the test against athletes of their own age and experience.

No summer off for busy PHS coaches

A coach's work is never done.

Grays take Oasis in doubleheader

The Payson Grays senior slow pitch softball team upped its record in Four Seasons League play to 5-3 with a double-header sweep of Fountain Hills Oasis 16-13 and 13-12.

PHS golfers get a taste of Desert Canyon course

The Payson High School golf team previewed the site of the coming Central Division championships Friday afternoon in a three-way shoot-out held at Desert Canyon course near Fountain Hills.

Put the lid on ear-splitting car stereos

There are few things as annoying, at least to anyone over age 23, as the ground-vibrating pounding of bass woofers in a car next to you as you wait for a stoplight to turn.

'Mazatzal Arena' not a good name for rodeo grounds

In answer to the people that commented on re-naming the Payson Rodeo Grounds to Mazatzal Arena they think it's a good thing to do, especially because the Indians will pay $250,000 for the change.

Town should not be allowed to usurp school district funds

This commentary is presented as a rebuttal to the Payson Roundup's April 13 editorial on the proposed use of property tax increment financing to fund the Green Valley Redevelopment Project.

Highway 260 widening leaves some concerned

State officials say they are hoping to relieve a growing accident rate on a five-mile stretch of road by Christopher Creek with the realignment of Highway 260.

Town may join area water plan partnership

The Payson Town Council will consider becoming a partner in a group that is seeking water for Northern Gila County when it holds its regular meeting Thursday.

Thursday, April 15

P-S board hires Ketchem as principal

The Pine-Strawberry School Board accepted Principal Richard Soikkeli's resignation Tuesday and asked P-S teacher Kathe Ketchem to serve as his replacement for the 1999-2000 school year.

Trauma confidentiality will improve use of resources

As president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, which is advocating in support of the trauma data confidentiality bill House Bill 2506 I would like to respond to your recent editorial questioning that effort and to clarify a few misconceptions.

Charter school coming to town

A new public charter school is set to open in Payson this fall for students in the middle grades.

Sink a hole-in-one, win $25,000

Registration has opened for the Mazatzal Casino's Golf Challenge, a four-person best ball scramble to be held May 15 at the Payson Golf Course.

Patients' Protection Act needed despite what corporations say

Have you had trouble dealing with your health insurance company? You're not alone. Denial of procedures and prescriptions are far too common. Denials can even occur against your doctor's wishes! When you are sick, the last thing you want to deal with is an HMO accountant stopping the treatment your doctor prescribes.

Welcome banners could be moved to Beeline

Having read of Ray Schum and Lee Pretsch's plans to purchase and hang patriotic banners on light poles in Payson, I would like to make a suggestion.

School too late to instill basic values

In the April 2 issue of the Payson Roundup, an article on page 10A caught my eye. I couldn't believe the headline (Phoenix AP) that read: "Legislators look to new laws to promote 'character' in kids". The backers of this program say they hope to instill traits like honesty, responsibility, courage and compassion in our children.

Legislature allows schools to keep collecting Credit for Kids

Local schools, which collected more than $166,800 through the state's Credit for Kids tax-diversion program last year, will have the chance to collect money through the program again this year.

Forum focusing on abuse of children

"We pray for the children who never get dessert, who have no safe blanket to drag behind them, who watch their parents watch them die, who can't find bread to steal, who don't have any rooms to clean up, whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser, whose monsters are real. "We pray for the children who want to be carried and for those who must, for those we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance. For those we smother, and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it." Author unknown

Officers medal in Police Olympics

Refusing to take a back seat to competitors from huge metropolitan agencies, a trio of Rim country law enforcement officers copped gold medals at the Western United States Police Olympics held last weekend in Scottsdale.

Horns third among 16 teams in Camp Verde tournament

After watching helplessly as two of its much-anticipated home matches were snowed and rained out, the Payson High School Longhorn golf team finally teed itself back into action April 9 and 10 in the 36-hole Camp Verde Invitational Tournament. The outing was contested on the Verde Santa Fe course near Cottonwood.

Ex-PHS ace hurls college no-hitter

Calling upon a fastball clocked throughout the game at 87-88 mph, former Payson High School pitcher Tom Canale unleashed a no-hit, 1-0 victory for California Lutheran College April 10 over the University of California at San Diego.

Christopher-Kohl's firefighters saved the day

On Wednesday, April 7, I had one of those frightening, unpleasant experiences that everyone dreads and never wants to experience. I awoke a little after 3 a.m. to see flames at the ceiling of my house at Kohl's Ranch.

Tell it, hear it like it is at the showcase

Payson's 7th Annual Business Showcase offers Rim country consumers a double opportunity this Saturday.

Payson relief organization aiding Kosovo refugees

World/Aid has announced its latest relief project focused on assisting the Kosovo refugees in the war-torn Balkans.

Jayvee on a roll with two recent victories

Trying to keep pace with their state eighth-ranked varsity counterparts, the Payson High School jayvee team pushed its record to 5-2 with convincing wins over Santa Cruz on Monday and Coolidge the following day.

Prayers go out to PHS counselor

Most of Judy Michel's adult life has been devoted to helping others.

Monday, April 12

Let's invest in Main Street

While we respect the Payson Unified School Board and administration for fighting on behalf of our children's education, we think the Town of Payson's increment financing proposal is a good way to get the redevelopment of Main Street on the fast track.

District looks at options on popular all-day kindergarten

Parents are lining up to enroll their children in Payson School District's all-day kindergarten program at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Guest house, land split get approval of P&Z

The Payson Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit by a vote of 5-2 to allow Gene and Molly Valdini to build a guest house at 1100 W. Remuda Way.

Tax possible for P-S Water District

The Pine-Strawberry Domestic Water Improvement District has announced that it will request about $56,000 from the Gila County Board of Supervisors for its first budget, said Board President Howard Matthews during the April board of directors meeting Saturday.

Clinic to hone girls' softball skills

Aspiring fast-pitch softball players ages 8 to 14 can get a jump start on the Town of Payson Girls Softball League by enrolling in a skills clinic to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Lady Longhorn diamond.

Grays find weekend tourney a tough one

The Payson Grays came up a couple of runs short of a winning record in last weekend's Rim Country Invitational Champions Tournament.

Grays split two in warmup to hometown seniors tournament

The Payson Grays senior softball team tuned up for play in last weekend's inaugural Rim Country Invitational Champions Tournament by splitting a regular season doubleheader Thursday in Scottsdale against Good Times.

Horns square off vs. top-ranked team

Can the Longhorn baseball team play on the same lofty level as unbeaten and state top-ranked Cactus Shadows?

Golf squad hosting snow-delayed tournaments at Chaparral Pines

Due to the extremely dry winter, the snow that blanketed the Rim country April 2 and 3 was a godsend to most.

Red Cross class will train lifeguards

With the intent of building a cadre of lifeguards certified to man Taylor Pool this summer, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registration for an American Red Cross training course to be held May 3-15.

Competition knows no age boundaries

They might be the over-the-hill gang, but players 50- and 60-years-plus participating in slow pitch softball are a competitive and fun-loving bunch.

Haughts, Coopers both need our support

I am very disturbed at how the Haught-Cooper case has completely divided this community. I was not at the trial, nor do I claim to know the "correct gossip" of the whole ordeal. What I do know is that our support is not being channeled where it should be.

Case shows town is growing up in some ways

Having first moved to Payson in 1971, the time has finally arrived when I feel compelled to respond to some of the comments I've recently read in the Payson Roundup.

Gonzales doing good job with young musicians

Music is such a glorious part of life! Music Lady Mrs. Gonzales is certainly to be commended for her part in making music in the Payson schools what it is. All the music teachers are great, but I think she's responsible for getting the kindergartner's started on violins.

Rate hike sought for Brooke customers

Brooke Utilities has filed an application with the Arizona Corporation Commission to raise basic rates as much as 84 percent for some of its northern Gila County customers.

Businesses 'Soaring to Success' Saturday

The sky's the limit this Saturday as Rim country businesses prepare for the 7th Annual Business Showcase, presented by Payson Regional Medical Center and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Old PHS gym a little thin on top

A town basketball tournament inside the old Payson High School gymnasium was postponed last week due to snow. The roof leaks so badly, there wasn't a dry spot to dribble.

Making the call on life-death decisions

A call comes in to the dispatch office at the Payson Police Department reporting an intoxicated man who has walked out of the emergency room against the advice of hospital workers.

Thursday, April 8

Senior softball in full swing this weekend

Nine of the most outstanding senior softball teams from around Arizona will flock to Payson this weekend to participate in the inaugural Rim Country Invitational Champions Tournament.

Drop the vindictiveness

Feelings continue to run high in our community about the Haught-Cooper case. Unfortunately, they are sometimes misguided.

Wind puts area in the dark

Folks around the Rim country got a taste of what the potential Y2K disaster might be like when high afternoon winds caused a power outage for most of the area.

Council OKs raise for rodeo site coordinator

After a half-hour of discussion Thursday night, the Payson Town Council voted 5-2 to approve a six-month contract extension and a raise for Barry Cardinael, the man hired by the town last summer to coordinate the relocation of the Payson Rodeo Grounds to the multi-event center site at the south end of town.

Campers rescued from snowy Rim

Richard Wyatt and his three sons were rescued Monday morning after being trapped in the snowstorm that swept across the Rim country late last week.

Forest is more moist, but not yet back to normal

Despite last weekend's snowstorm that dropped more than two feet of snow on the Rim country, the fire season is still predicted to be "above normal," according to a report by the Southwest Coordination Center - Fire Intelligence Section of the U.S. Forest Service.

Drugs go up in smoke

Gila County Sheriff's Department deputies have smoked 101.55 pounds of illegal drugs in an incinerator, that is.

Payson can learn from others on BMX liability

Concerning the to-be-built BMX and skateboard facilities:

Inefficient tax system may help to limit government

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing. Jean Baptiste Colbert

Main Street goals lauded, financing questioned

Town and school officials, who met for two hours Tuesday to discuss a plan to redevelop the town's Main Street neighborhood, remain polarized over the plan to fund the project.

Tonto Village man convicted of child molestation

A 50-year-old Tonto Village man accused of sexually abusing his girlfriend's daughter was convicted by a Gila County jury Monday.

State tournament seeding set

Coaches from around the state are anxiously thumbing through postseason state tournament brackets trying to pinpoint where their spring sports teams might be seeded.

Dust, safety are truly issues with new BMX track

After reading the article concerning the BMX track and Mr. Nelson Beck saying that "he assured the neighbors that it will not create dust and noise." Every time a rider goes on the track and over a jump - there is a trail of dust blowing, and the kids get excited and yell and holler. The trucks and cars that come in there also make a lot of dust.

Lack of leadership led to morass in Balkans

In a time of conflict, armies require leadership and planning. Without it, motivation wanes and chaos prevails. You cannot tell the enemy what your forces will do and not do.

We are blessed with caring children

I recently had the opportunity and good fortune to be in a position of facing a group of our young girls here in Payson ... 50+ in number. As I sat looking at those bright, warm, caring faces, I found myself holding back the tears ... tears of delight and joy!

Oil company thievery deserves a boycott

The outrages and dramatic increase of gasoline prices in the town of Payson and other parts of the state of Arizona flirts with the crime of thievery. These dealers had their tanks full of low-priced gasoline that was previously selling at prices below a dollar a gallon.

Snow temporarily delays work on BMX track

The snow that blanketed the Rim country last week drenched the grounds at the west end of Rumsey Park rendering them unsuitable for work or play.

High-country snow will help fisheries

The recent storms dumping two or more feet of snow in the high-country will help the mountain trout fisheries and should extend the spring trout fishing opportunities, but two storms don't necessarily reverse the affects of a dry winter and early spring, advised Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.

Diamond Skills competition Wednesday at Rumsey 2

Punt, Pass and Kick might be the most nationally recognized youth football competition because it's been around longer than most programs, but Major League Baseball's Fleer Diamond Skills is every bit as exhilarating for up-and-coming baseball players.

Monday, April 5

Horns fall to sixth place in loss to Fountain Hills

With practices forced inside Monday morning because of the wet, snowy conditions and the weatherman predicting even more moisture, the Payson High School baseball team might not return to play until the end of the week.

New driver law can save lives

On Monday, Gov. Jane Hull signed a bill into law that raises the requirements for teens to receive a driver's license in Arizona. Beginning Jan. 1, 16- and 17-year-olds will be required to either pass a driver education course or have a parent or guardian certify that the teen has a minimum of 25 hours of supervised practice behind the wheel. This practice time must include five hours of night driving.

Charges filed against Pine boys

The Gila County Attorney's office formally charged three junior high students from Pine-Strawberry School last week for allegedly sexually assaulting two female classmates on school grounds.

Contract for event center fund-raiser tops agenda

If a proposed contract with multi-event center fund-raiser Barry Cardinael is fulfilled as proposed, Payson residents will see the rodeo grounds at Rumsey Park moved to the south edge of town by Sept. 30.

Snow piles up, but cars don't

Just when it appeared there would be an entire season without any winter recreation, the unexpected happened.

DPS adds two, loses one in Rim country patrol force

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has added two new officers to Rim country coverage, but lost one veteran.

Theatrical group reorganizes, plans more active schedule

Payson Shoestring Productions, Payson's local theater company, has a new name and a new attitude.

Injustice reaches outside of our community

I would like to respond to the letter that Marylou Haught wrote to the Roundup in defense of her nephew.

Fishing expected to be exceptional at Roosevelt

Recent fish surveys at Roosevelt Lake show that the fish are in good shape, which should translate into exceptional fishing this year.

Baker wins PMGA dual format golf tournament

Playing a NASSAU format that included low-net scoring on both the front nine, back nine and a total score, Harvey Baker won the Payson Men's Golf Association tournament with a final card of 65. The shoot-out was played Wednesday afternoon on the Payson golf course.

Payson Grays continue roller coaster season

Hot on the heels of a double-header split against the Ahwatukee Wildcats in Payson last Friday, the Payson Grays senior softball team returns to action Wednesday against Scottsdale Good Times.

Lockout service not the safest, best use of local firefighters

As a reminder, beginning April 5 the Payson Fire Department will only provide emergency lockout service to those who lock their keys in their vehicle. This will allow the department to increase firefighter safety, improve life safety and property conservation, and decrease liability to the Town of Payson.

Haught offered genuine apology during sentencing

This letter is in response to Ms. Vanessa Beckham's letter. In it she stated that she would like a sincere apology from Mr. Haught. It is unfortunate you couldn't have been in the courtroom for Mr. Haught's sentencing.

Payson record threatened by Tempe star

The state high school home run record of 17 set by Hunter Walden last season might not hold up much longer.

Morris heading Down Under

If you're not a role model, football coaches don't want you along on the 11th Annual Down Under bowl journey to Australia and New Zealand when it begins June 28 at Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix.

Thursday, April 1

PHS hosting at Chaparral Pines

With a pair of multi-team meets set for prestigious Chaparral Pines next week, the Payson High School golf team is primed and ready to flex its muscle in front of Rim country fans.

Time for forgiveness in Haught-Cooper case

I have followed the trial of Roy Haught over the past few months and am deeply saddened by the lack of compassion in the statements directed at Mr. Haught.

Fish at Roosevelt Lake said to be in good shape

Recent fish surveys at Roosevelt Lake on the Salt arm show that the fish are in good shape, which should translate into exceptional fishing this year, advised Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists.

Town, PUSD at odds over Main Street funding

When Dick Wolfe strolls down Main Street, where mom and pop businesses struggle to survive in the shadow of overgrown lots and stark industrial buildings, he envisions a thriving cultural neighborhood with gift shops, restaurants, movie theaters, historic buildings and greenbelts.

Young local rider first in bicycle race

Hours of practice and dedication paid off for 14-year-old Andrew Karlowski Saturday when the youngster won his first mountain bike race championship.

Center helps make it easier to have a baby

There are crisis pregnancy centers all over the country, but Payson's New Beginnings is better than most, according to Jan McQueen, who heads the local group.

One will have to kiss the donkey

Payson and Gila County officials are prepared to pin their lips on a donkey this year to raise money for Special Olympics.

Duo hopes State Legislature will heed silver-haired wisdom

Bob Lucas and Roger Hattrup want to get people over 60 thinking about ways to improve their lives.

Second community meeting slated on fire issues in P-S

A community meeting sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Fire District was held on March 27 at the cultural hall in Pine, with approximately 100 people in attendance.

Justice different for those with name, money

We should of known; Justice in America still works that is, if you have a name and money. Even in a small town like Payson. I wonder why we even have laws, because those with pull can circumvent them. Why go through the farce of a trial with a jury when the result is still going to be for those with power?

Kevorkian doing a good service

I was glad the Roundup interviewed several people about Dr. Kevorkian's latest trial, because I sincerely believe in his cause. What a courageous man, to put himself at great risk for helpless, suffering people.

Lady Horns try to walk away from pair of losses

After watching the opportunity to nail down two crucial Central Division diamond wars go by the wayside last week, the Lady Longhorn softball team returned to the friendly confines of Payson High School diamond Thursday afternoon against the Santa Cruz Dust Devils.

Skate park to open in late June

Payson's rapidly growing contingent of in-line skaters and skateboarders should have a new, state-of-the-art facility available for use by the end of June, Payson Parks and Recreation Department officials say.

Motocross racer's fall leaves Mom with chills

Cindy Vickers came within an eyelash of realizing every mother's horrifying nightmare to watch helplessly as her child is seriously injured.

Don't cast judgment if you weren't at the trial

There seems to be so many people with so many opinions. For those who are writing letters with these opinions, and were so worried about what happened that cold December night between Roy Haught and Jim Cooper, why weren't you at the trial? Then you would have every right to judge Roy Haught and even the Honorable Judge Edward Dawson.

Wrong-way driver killed in crash on Highway 87

A head-on collision involving a car traveling on the wrong side of Highway 87 stopped southbound traffic for more than two hours Tuesday evening while officers and paramedics removed patients and vehicles from the Slate Creek area.

Heavy snowstorm buys forest a few more weeks

Just as businesses were trying to figure out how to survive a long, dry summer, a spring snowstorm blanketed the Rim country Thursday and Friday.

Freedom of the press comes with a cost

Is it wrong for someone to boycott a business because they disagree with the way that business is presenting its product? No.