Monday, August 30
Lori Foss, Rodeo Jail Committee chairman for 1999, step up step up to the limelight. You and your committee deserve your moment of fame, after collecting a record $10,000 for our scholarship fund in the May and August rodeos.
After 13 years of overseeing the health and welfare of the forests around the Rim country, Ranger Steve Gunzel will bid farewell to the Payson Ranger District in September. Gunzel has been transferred to the Sierra Vista Ranger District on the Coronado National Forest.
If there is a single glaring difference between the 1999 edition of the Payson Longhorn football team and the one that last year finished as the undefeated Class 3A state champions, it is depth. Through 13 victories of the 1998 season, the Horn coaching staff only occasionally asked players to line up on both offense and defense.
Life is sometimes like a fast train ride. We are often in such a hurry to get to the next stop that we fail to look out the window and notice the many wonderful things taking place all around us.
The members of the Payson Women's Golf Association tackled another of their uniquely formatted tournaments.
There are whispers among local fans and others across the statethat this year's Payson High football team might not be as successful as last season's state championship squad due to the graduation of such standouts as Cable Morris, Josh Barnhart, Marc Bennett, Ryan Lorentz, Hunter Walden and others.
Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association are locking horns in the annual club championship tournament which began Wednesday and will continue with weekly play until mid-September.
Does the Lady Longhorns' 16-player roster sport the talent to replace the services of several outstanding athletes who graduated last spring?
Car drifts across center lane, hits two others
Community Development Dept. altering processes
The Town of Payson's Community Development Department recently asked its customers, "How are we doing?"
Rim country residents are being asked to take a role in determining the fate of Highway 87 through Pine and Strawberry.
The Zane Grey Twirlers will be dancing for Jerry's Kids this Labor Day weekend.
While blood test results have not yet been released in the case of John Victor Noack of Payson, Gila County Attorney Jerry DeRose said he intends to handle the prosecution of the case.
So much has been printed and said around here that I must give some of the other viewpoints on affordable housing. As in everything in life this is subject to opinion. Two words can have many definitions "affordable" and "deserving".
There are so many issues confronting Payson that railing against the onslaught of "progress" seems to be as productive as spitting into the wind.
Thursday, August 26
From Christopher Creek
White Mountain League fall sports action tipped off Thursday for Rim Country Middle School Maverick football and softball teams after three weeks of tedious preseason conditioning sessions.
Arizona's largest three-on-three basketball tournament Hoop-It-Up will be played Sept. 25-26 in Phoenix at the Memorial Coliseum and Arizona State Fair Park.
After winning a third straight Lockett/Joyce Memorial Scholarship Tournament championship last week, the Payson Hotshots 12-years-and-under girls' basketball team is looking again to Flagstaff as a city of golden opportunity.
For the first time in three years, the Longhorn football team will have a signal caller other than Hunter Walden at the controls when it takes to PHS field at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in a controlled scrimmage against Tuba City.
Longtime Payson High sports fans should have no trouble recognizing the newly-appointed Lady Longhorn volleyball coach when the team makes its 1999 home debut Aug. 31 against Chino Valley.
After toiling for two years in the now-defunct Class 3A Central Division, the Longhorns are poised to return to the rugged East Division where PHS resided first in 1983 and then again from 1992 to 1996.
Whether you believe in abortion or not, you should tell our state legislators you are outraged over the very idea of spending our tax dollars to send a 14-year-old Phoenix girl to California for a late-term abortion.
Nine years after state officials found a dry cleaning solvent in two new drinking water wells at Aero Drive and South Meadow Street, the Town of Payson and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality continue their efforts to clean up the problem.
It may not be time for candidates to throw their hats in the ring, but some hats are flying anyway.
"Give" is the word meaning to transfer from one's own possession to another. "Giving" would be the actual transfer.
The Payson Town Council gave Town Manager Rich Underkofler the green light Thursday night to put in a request for a study and design for a southeast bypass.
From Pine-Strawberry - The Pine-Strawberry Historical Society is hosting its annual chili supper tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center. Served up with the chili with beans, cornbread, green salad, lemonade and ice cream will be a huge helping of cowgirl poet Dee Strickland Johnson.
Stories behind the life of a community activist
Doris Harger has been a writer, editor of the Payson Roundup, manager of the Payson Chamber of Commerce, and one who persevered until the Tonto Apache Indians were finally given their own reservation after squatting on federal lands for many years.
Water collecting under the asphalt on Main Street is to blame for the second sinkhole in three years on the old road, said LaRon Garrett, Payson's public works engineer.
It may not have the same appeal as the return of the swallows to Capistrano, but Gila County officials are just as excited about the return of federal prisoners to the Gila County jail.
Smoking tobacco can lead to all types of health problems, a lesson that will taught be to Rim country students with funding from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Monday, August 23
The gavel hadn't even cooled off from last year's auction before coordinators of the annual event started begging for prizes for the 1999 Rim Country Hospice Foundation's annual community dinner, auction and dance.
Two transportation projects now in the works could ease tension for motorists in some troublesome spots in Northern Gila County.
Prohibition may be coming to Payson in the form of a resolution to ban alcohol in public parks.
What is your definition of affordable housing?
This was the question we took to the streets for our "Street Talk" feature in today's edition.
Only minutes after the second day of school wrapped up Thursday afternoon, the doors at Rim Country Middle School gymnasium sprung open, exposing local youngsters to a myriad of games and activities designed to keep the most ardent of young hockey fans enthralled.
Rim Country Middle School Maverick wrestling coach Jon Vick was rendered a shade of anger-red several years ago when the proceeds from a team-run concession stand had to be turned over to the school's general fund.
With the season opener looming Sept. 1 at Round Valley High School in Eagar, the Longhorn boys' soccer team is turning up the intensity at practice, hoping for a successful debut in the Mountain Region.
After spending most of our lives in small-town Iowa, it is nice to know that small-town Arizona people are friendly and helpful as well.
Richard Haddad's "My View" regarding hate destruction in your paper's issue of Friday, Aug. 13, was excellent. Written well, concise, to the point, and thought-provoking, it made me apply the message to myself. Am I too old to learn? No, I am not too aged or "set in my ways."
Local group seeks more clout
For years, the Northern Gila County Highways Committee has proven the theory of the squeaky wheel by staying on top of what highway improvement projects would serve the best interests of the Rim country. That committee, said Highway Committee chair Cliff Potts, has been instrumental in keeping local road projects at the forefront of Arizona Department of Transportation officials.
Oftentimes newcomers to a community hesitate to voice opinions, because they feel they don't really have a say. So they keep their observations to themselves and the circumstance continues unheeded. Finally, when no one else "speaks up," the time has come to "take a stand". This is such a moment.
Judging from the nice-sized crowd that braved Saturday's rodeo parade traffic in Payson to attend Arizona State University's camp-ending scrimmage at Tontozona , Devils' disciples are ready to forgive the football team for last year's disastrous 5-6 finish.
Payson Habitat for Humanity invites everyone to attend the dedication and open house of its fifth Payson house. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29 at 2704 W. Palmer Drive (out past Payson Airport in Country Club Vistas).
A late-night quarrel at the Rumsey Park playground led to the arrest of two Payson residents Saturday night, one of the only blemishes on an otherwise quiet rodeo weekend.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Payson Post Office will be installing an asphalt overlay of its parking lot.
Thursday, August 19
Coach sorts out new runners' talents
Long-distance running is often a thankless, unheralded sport in which only a select few athletes participate.
We don't know what prompted the Aug. 13 editorial "Commandments for fast food employees," but we feel a rebuttal is in order.
During our free time, my friends and I like to take weekend trips to various places within about a three-hour radius of home. Well, one particular weekend we got into the car without any real idea of where we wanted to go, so we just kind of picked Payson out on a map of Arizona and figured we might as well come visit you.
I am neither for nor against the continuing growth of the Payson area because I recognize that growth results in both advantages and disadvantages for current residents.
While economic forecasters continue to predict a market slowdown, Payson continues to grow at a stable pace. Anyone you talk to around the state is predicting that growth will slow, said Bob Gould, Payson's community development director.
Arizona native Scott Flake brings 11 years of experience and a vision for the future as the director of the Rim country's cable television provider.
Cyclist 13th out of 663
Never one to shy away from a cycling challenge, Frontier Elementary School physical education teacher Wayne Gorry has long itched to participate in the Leadville Trail 100-Mile Mountain Bike Race.
A naturally occurring organic material that acts to tie up the growth of algae is still in the experimental stages in the smallest of the three lakes at Green Valley Park.
If you've ever waited to get onto South Beeline Highway on a Friday afternoon or wanted an easier, safer, more direct way to get from point A to point B in town, this one's for you.
Something has been happening this week that has the power to transport us back to the very birth of the Old West, Arizona and Payson herself. A tradition is being carried on right before our eyes. But for some, the tradition is carried right on by, and they miss experiencing its enchantment.
Working on a tip from a suspicious mini-mart clerk and with clues from a grainy surveillance video, local narcotics agents tracked down two Phoenix people who agents say were on a buying mission for a meth lab.
When freshman James Huddlestun arrived at Payson High School Wednesday, his big worry was getting lost.
Payson High School Athletic Director Barry Smith finally found a preseason scrimmage opponent for the defending-state-champion Longhorn football team after weeks of scouring the state.
Lynn Kools emerged from the pack on the second day of play Aug. 11 to win the Payson Women's Golf Association prestigious President's Cup.
Monday, August 16
The Phoenix Coyotes are touring the state, giving fans the opportunity to experience NHL hockey.
The largest Payson Pikes swim team ever 133 strong wrapped up the 1999 campaign last week at Rumsey Park with the traditional "Pig Out" awards party.
A pair of Payson Pikes attained the pinnacle of swim success, winning age-group, high-point, all-around honors at the seven-team Verde Valley Invitational held Saturday in Cottonwood.
With Payson School District students and teachers set to begin classes tomorrow (Wednesday), sport practices will return to the normal after-school sessions to which veteran athletes are more accustomed.
As a grandmother I feel I have to speak out against these so-called crimes of hate. I've known and all of you have known where this has come from. It's taught to us at a very young age. We are taught to hate and it's got to stop.
On the front page of today's Roundup is a disturbing photograph of DPS Sgt. John Whetten holding a child car seat taken from a vehicle involved in Sunday's fatal accident.
We are a happy master and pet.
A 63-year-old Valley woman who came to Payson to escape the heat found a hot slot Sunday at the Mazatzal Casino.
A doubling of the prize money for bareback and bull riders is drawing some of the country's top rodeo cowboys to Payson this weekend.
A tribute to Carl Meisterheim:
The Gila County Board of Supervisors warns there will be a change in library funding in 10 months, but for now Payson Public Library and town officials will see the funding they expected for fiscal year 1999-2000.
Two women and a 2-year-old boy died Sunday when an Arizona Public Service truck crossed the centerline on Highway 260 and slammed head-on into their car with enough force to plow it 50 feet back down the highway.
Musicians honored as Volunteers of the Year; up for national award
After spending seven years in a Tucson prison, Marvin and Clarys Boyle have been rewarded in Payson for their good behavior.
No movie theater until Labor Day of 2000 - if then? I don't know who can do anything to speed the process, but I do hope that someone will.
Thursday, August 12
During last week's interclub meet with Prescott Antelope Hills, homestanding Payson Men's Golf Association members took advantage of their familiarity with the local course to win three of four closest-to-the-pin contests.
When I was young I met a girl who told me I used the word "hate" far too often in my everyday conversations. She told me that when people use the word "hate" so casually in their lives, they become immune to the damage it can cause, and they underestimate the destructive power of such an emotion.
The thrills of summer were already fading Thursday for Jamie Peace and Abigail Reisdorf, who spent the morning at Payson High School talking about boys and the promise of their senior year while watching football practice from the shade of a juniper tree.
Payson Youth Organization is proud to announce its first "Tee Hee" Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Payson Golf Course with "shotgun" start at 11:30 a.m.
To football coaches, polls, predications and previews mean very little. In fact, most will tell you polls are a pain in the backside and to never heed their prognostications. Coaches say they are compiled mostly by unknowing sportswriters who understand little of the nuances of the sport.
In the Aug. 10 issue of USA Today, a front-page story appeared about the new computer-aided detective that has spawned a $5-billion industry an article that would tend to lend credence to the Orwellian theory that Big Brother is watching.
We live in the condominiums across from the Payson Parks and Recreation building located on the larger of the three Green Valley Park lakes. We start by saying that Green Valley Park is, by and large, a delightful addition to the town.
Payson High School volleyball coach Steve Konvalin, who only last fall was selected an Arizona Coaches' Association All-Star coach, resigned his position just one day into the 1999 season.
Since the inception of girls' soccer at Payson High School two years ago, the team has had to toil through the regular season knowing there would be no postseason play similar to the state tournament held for boys.
A long-time local fitness expert and a fledgling Payson High School runner sped their ways to victories in the Monsoon 5K Walk/Run held last Friday evening in Green Valley Park.
The overwhelming success of the inaugural Copper State Jam middle school basketball tournament has prompted directors Steve and Marlow Rensch to begin laying plans for a similar event in 2000.
Pine customers can return to open water use now that Brooke Utilities has removed water conservation requirements for the mountain community.
A motorcyclist injured in a June 30 accident at Highway 260 and Manzanita is on the road again.
The old IGA shopping center in mid-town Payson is in the beginning stages of a transformation. New drug and furniture stores and a relocating local feed store are bringing life to one of Payson's oldest shopping centers.
The Payson Town Council tabled an ordinance to rezone 143 acres for a proposed eastside subdivision Thursday after the developer asked for time to find more water.
Rim country teens and young women interested in competing in the Rodeo Queen Contest will have to put off their dreams of wearing the crown until the spring of 2000.
The daily attire of new Payson School Superintendent Herb Weissenfels qualifies him more for the cover of Gentleman's Quarterly than any Western publication.
Monday, August 9
A big thanks is due to all who gave of their time to travel to Globe to attend the Gila County Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in support of the libraries in Gila County and especially our Payson Library. Almost 40 people, including Mayor Stiffler, Vice Mayor Ken Murphy, Ray Schum, Hoby Heron, Payson library staff and many Library Friends, traveled in a caravan to Globe to express our opposition to the proposed reduction of the tax rate for the Library District.
Pac-10 football comes to the Rim country Thursday afternoon when the Arizona State University Sun Devils begin a nine-day stay at Camp Tontozona.
Someone in the Payson Women's Golf Association is staying up late at night formatting the group's weekly tournaments.
Payson High School's soccer teams will not be participating in the East Division as will the other sports teams at Payson High School.
The preseason practice schedule for the defending state champion Longhorn football team took a bizarre twist with the cancellation of preseason controlled scrimmage that was to be played Aug. 27.
The rodeo future of 17-year-old Rim country calf- and team-roper Kyle Conway might lay in the state of Texas.
1. A uniformed restaurant employee shalt not come out of a bathroom stall and proceed to walk past thy customers without washing thy hands.
Payson and Gila County officials met for two hours Monday but failed to resolve their conflict over the funding of the town's library.
The Arizona Attorney General's office will file its official appeal Thursday challenging a judge's decision that spared Star Valley businessman Roy G. Haught several years in prison after a jury found him guilty of negligent homicide and aggravated assault for the death of Strawberry mechanic Jim Cooper.
The 60 students who enrolled this summer in Life School College Preparatory a charter school scheduled to open in Payson this month will have to wait at least until January to begin taking classes at the school.
Paving operations on a 10-mile stretch of State Route 87 south of Winslow will begin on Monday, Aug. 16, resulting in 15-minute delays for motorists traveling between Winslow and Payson.
When the Payson Town Council meets Thursday, one of the first orders of business will be discussing a resolution and possibly taking action to deny a June 22 claim for $278,000 from Gila County requesting payment for county health services.
A group of four young adults from the Valley came up to Payson to joy ride and ended up in jail on multiple felony charges stemming from the thefts of three vehicles, police say.
Thursday, August 5
Most times, when a Show Low Cougar and Payson Longhorn meet, you can expect the fur to fly.
Town officials are facing budget concerns not unusual for this time of year, except that the budget they're worried about is not the town's, but the county's.
One customer's repeated visit to Wal-Mart Sunday led officers to the site of what they say was a methamphetamine laboratory in south Payson.
Blasting to remove a large rock outcropping on a 110-foot high cliff on the Beeline Highway a couple miles north of Four Peaks Road will restrict northbound and southbound traffic Tuesday morning, Aug. 10.
Resolution to the case of a 28-year-old Mesa del Caballo man accused of molesting young girls in his neighborhood has been put off a few weeks.
In 1986 the Gila County Board of Supervisors created a County Free Library District. This gave the county the authority to levy a secondary property tax as an independent funding source for libraries.
On Aug. 3, many Payson Friends of the Library attended an open meeting of the Board of Supervisors in Globe. This three-hour meeting was devoted almost entirely to the proposal to reduce funding for libraries due to a reduction in total tax revenues.
The Daughters of the American Revolution members of Payson are excited over something that happened in Maine in June. It has created a debate over private ownership of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Why are there cities and towns? The village, town or city evolved from people congregating for protection. These same people also found that not everyone could bake bread or build a cottage. They helped each other. The Town of Payson is no different. It came a little later than Globe or Miami, but as people came, sooner or later they needed a government.
Should the government cut taxes?
One of the greatest honors an aspiring athlete can attain is a berth in the annual USA Track and Field National Championships.
In nature's scheme, it's common for mothers of wild animals, mostly deer and elk, to leave their newborn alone for extended periods of time.
My husband and I drove down Granite Dells Road this morning to hike the trail around Monument Peak.
Competition for the largest-ever Payson Pikes swim team 133 members strong wraps up Saturday at the Cottonwood Clippers Invitational meet in Cottonwood.
Don't be alarmed if a touch of rough-and-tumble deja vu runs rampant in veteran members of the Longhorn sports teams this school year.
"What are the alternatives?"
Parents who let their children ditch school this year may end up in court.
Monday, August 2
A Gila County project that has been on the books for years has finally gotten the necessary funding to move forward.
Rock removal operations on the southbound lane of the Beeline Highway between Sunflower and Fountain Hills began Monday and will continue Monday through Friday for a two-week period, creating traffic restrictions.
Seventeen-year-old Mike Sprinkle, a Boy Scout with Troop 652 of the LDS Church in Pine, saw a need for bus shelters in the community and figured that repairing and building them would be a good Eagle Scout project.
I'm writing because I'm alarmed at the Gila County Supervisors' taxpayer shuffle. I can sympathize with the pressure on their purse strings, but this shouldn't be an excuse to duck their responsibility.
With Hillary Clinton's tell-all interview in the new magazine Talk, which is scheduled to hit the stands this week, the First Family has come to represent all that's wrong with the American family.
At the annual meeting of the Payson Economic Development Corporation, I was re-elected as president. At that meeting, I defined the role of economic development in our town and proposed my plans to enhance this role. Subsequent to that meeting, an article appeared in The Payson Roundup announcing my call for a proactive approach to growth. I now wish to elaborate on the following points.
The Payson Town Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss and possibly adopt a $30 million budget for fiscal year 1999-2000.
Payson artist Rock Newcomb is returning to Jackson Hole, Wyo. this fall not for a vacation, but for the National Park Academy of the Arts' annual Arts for the Parks competition.
Billy Bob Hoyt is at it again.
At the July 26 tournament at Apache Desert Mountain, young Billy Bob swatted in a card of 83, good enough to finish behind Justin Lewis of Cave Creek, who shot a 76. Billy Bob's Rim country cohort, Brandon Kelley, finished seventh with a 93 in the Southwestern Junior Arizona Golf Association meet.
A three-day clinic kicks off Aug. 20 to help women from all over the state become comfortable in the outdoors.
For the third consecutive year, Payson powerhouse Tracy Lubken and her teammates, Lil' Saints fast pitch softball squad, have qualified for the ASA National Tournament, Aug. 9 through 14, in Fresno, Calif.
Ken Althoff of Payson turned in a card of 53, netting him top honors in the A flight at the Payson Men's Golf Association Ham-Am tournament July 22.
In the past, when residents petitioned Gila County to abandon a public road, county officials considered the issue on a case-by-case basis.