Stories for August 1999

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Monday, August 30

Rodeo Jail Committee deserves a bow

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.

District ranger heading south

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.

Horns open title defense Friday

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.

Let selfless act inspire others

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.

Smith's nine prove the best in 'blind' format

The members of the Payson Women's Golf Association tackled another of their uniquely formatted tournaments.

Seniors have long history of success

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.

Men tee off in club's match play

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.

Loss of two leaders to test Lady Horns' soccer squad

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

Car drifts across center lane, hits two others

Survey results in changes

Community Development Dept. altering processes

The Town of Payson's Community Development Department recently asked its customers, "How are we doing?"

ADOT wants ideas about Highway 87 through P-S

Rim country residents are being asked to take a role in determining the fate of Highway 87 through Pine and Strawberry.

Twirlers rounding up money for Jerry's Kids

The Zane Grey Twirlers will be dancing for Jerry's Kids this Labor Day weekend.

Prosecutors working on case in fatal crash of APS truck

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.

There's a difference between 'affordable' and 'deserving'

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".

On the library, housing and growth

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

Can you blame the sunbirds?

From Christopher Creek

Mavs hit the field for 1999 campaign

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.

Hoopsters can hoop it up in the Valley

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.

12-and-under girls on a championship roll

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.

New quarterback to lead Longhorns in preseason scrimmage

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.

Former Longhorn star returns as a coach

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.

New and taller blood

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.

Teen's abortion an outrage

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.

Treatment plant marks success as anniversary nears

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.

Schum to run for mayor, others are undecided

It may not be time for candidates to throw their hats in the ring, but some hats are flying anyway.

Friendship now bound by organ donation

"Give" is the word meaning to transfer from one's own possession to another. "Giving" would be the actual transfer.

Payson moves on southeast bypass

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.

Dine on chili, cowboy poetry

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.

A woman of substance

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.

Main Street suffers that sinking feeling

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.

Officials happy to have more prisoners

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.

County gets funding for bullet-proof vests, tobacco education

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

Auction aims at funds for a Hospice House

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.

Pullout lanes to be lengthened on Highway 87 north of Payson

Two transportation projects now in the works could ease tension for motorists in some troublesome spots in Northern Gila County.

New controls on alcohol proposed for town's parks

Prohibition may be coming to Payson in the form of a resolution to ban alcohol in public parks.

What do you call affordable?

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.

Coyotes prove to be big draw at RCMS

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.

New group backing Mav wrestlers

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.

Move into new region will test Horn soccer squad

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.

Payson has some angels

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.

My View on hate offered good advice

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."

Making the local roads more open

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.

Town needs another Hallmark store

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.

Sun Devils' fans show loyalty despite lousy 1998

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.

Habitat to turn over keys to its fifth local house

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).

Saturday squabble only major blemish on rodeo weekend

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.

Paving of Payson Post Office lot will cut available spaces

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Payson Post Office will be installing an asphalt overlay of its parking lot.

Thursday, August 19

Lots of big shoes to fill

Coach sorts out new runners' talents

Long-distance running is often a thankless, unheralded sport in which only a select few athletes participate.

Fast food consumers could use some etiquette, too

We don't know what prompted the Aug. 13 editorial "Commandments for fast food employees," but we feel a rebuttal is in order.

Payson treated traveling teens well

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.

'Stagnation' served two cities well

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.

Town deals with growing pains

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.

Rim country's cable television office in experienced hands

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.

Pedal-pushing 100 miles at altitude

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.

Algae survives biologic attack

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.

Transit plan maps town's future movement

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.

Rodeo not just an event it's an experience

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.

Trail leads to suspected meth lab technicians

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.

More students but smooth sailing during first week

When freshman James Huddlestun arrived at Payson High School Wednesday, his big worry was getting lost.

Longhorns lasso a foe for scrimmage

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.

Kools turns hot to take top PWGA honors

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

Coyotes tour stops at RCMS gym Thursday

The Phoenix Coyotes are touring the state, giving fans the opportunity to experience NHL hockey.

Party honors swimmers

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.

Pikes make big splash in Cottonwood

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.

Fall sports teams readying for openers

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.

Teaching of hate can and must stop

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.

A picture is worth a thousand lives

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.

Payson Humane Society makes a happy couple

We are a happy master and pet.

Slot pays $600,000 at Mazatzal Casino

A 63-year-old Valley woman who came to Payson to escape the heat found a hot slot Sunday at the Mazatzal Casino.

Added prize money luring top cowboys

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.

Writers will miss comrade's humor

A tribute to Carl Meisterheim:

Library funding retained

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.

3 die, Pine woman a near-victim

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.

Couple's music strikes chord with rest home residents

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.

Someone needs to get ball rolling on theaters

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

Payson men square off vs. Prescott group

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.

Hate destructive in all its guises

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.

Seniors ending one life, to begin another

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.

Tee Hee tourney aimed at everyone

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.

Horns get little respect in first poll

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.

Internet's window into personal lives needs to be shuttered

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.

Teens are there where are the police?

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.

Volleyball coach resigns

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.

Postseason tournament possible for Lady Horns

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.

Savage, Lee set pace at Monsoon 5K run

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.

Middle schoolers to Jam hoops again

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.

Water tanks nearly full again in Pine

Pine customers can return to open water use now that Brooke Utilities has removed water conservation requirements for the mountain community.

Motorcyclist in June 30 crash out of the hospital

A motorcyclist injured in a June 30 accident at Highway 260 and Manzanita is on the road again.

Osco, two others to move into IGA center

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.

Chaparral Lakes hits snag over water

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.

Rodeo queens to reign eight extra months

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.

Rodeo Jail Committee urges, 'Go Western, young man and woman'

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

Payson's presence important in Globe

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.

Sun Devils to heat up the Rim country

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.

Two teams tie in unusual tourney

Someone in the Payson Women's Golf Association is staying up late at night formatting the group's weekly tournaments.

Soccer teams to meet new foes

Payson High School's soccer teams will not be participating in the East Division as will the other sports teams at Payson High School.

Longhorns ready for unknown opponent

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.

College coaches hope to lasso Conway

The rodeo future of 17-year-old Rim country calf- and team-roper Kyle Conway might lay in the state of Texas.

Commandments for fast food employees

1. A uniformed restaurant employee shalt not come out of a bathroom stall and proceed to walk past thy customers without washing thy hands.

Meeting of county, town officials leaves library funding in limbo

Payson and Gila County officials met for two hours Monday but failed to resolve their conflict over the funding of the town's library.

Appeals in Haught case to be filed Thursday

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.

Charter school can't find a facility

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.

Work on 87 north will disrupt traffic

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.

County's health care bill up for official action

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.

Four arrested in series of car thefts

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

A Cougar and a Longhorn hear wedding bells

Most times, when a Show Low Cougar and Payson Longhorn meet, you can expect the fur to fly.

Town officials set on town's budget but not on county's

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.

Suspicious purchases lead police to suspected meth lab

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.

Rock work to affect Beeline both ways

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.

Psychiatric test delays sentencing of man suspected in molestations

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.

Library cut not the right way to balance budget

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.

Library District Tax should go to 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.

Rare document an exciting find

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.

Gila County a burden on our towns

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.

The taxpayers' money is best handled by themselves

Should the government cut taxes?

Hoosava, Walden among top at national competition

One of the greatest honors an aspiring athlete can attain is a berth in the annual USA Track and Field National Championships.

Interfering with wildlife could be harmful, say Game and Fish officials

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.

Trip to landfill won't bust your wallet

My husband and I drove down Granite Dells Road this morning to hike the trail around Monument Peak.

Pikes end season with clash against Clippers

Competition for the largest-ever Payson Pikes swim team 133 members strong wraps up Saturday at the Cottonwood Clippers Invitational meet in Cottonwood.

Longhorns return to East division battles

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.

County library funding likely to be cut to some degree

"What are the alternatives?"

PUSD clamping down on truant students

Parents who let their children ditch school this year may end up in court.

Monday, August 2

County receives funding to widen Fossil Creek Road

A Gila County project that has been on the books for years has finally gotten the necessary funding to move forward.

Beeline traffic delays planned until mid-month

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.

Scout repairs bus shelters for Eagle Scout project

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.

County should stop 'taxpayer shuffle'

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.

First Lady's abuse excuse sends wrong message

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.

Economic expansion doesn't have to shrink water supplies

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.

Council set to OK $30 million budget

The Payson Town Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss and possibly adopt a $30 million budget for fiscal year 1999-2000.

Local artist among National Park Academy's top picks

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 comes in second at Apache Desert Mountain

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.

'Becoming an Outdoors Woman' clinic Aug. 20-22

A three-day clinic kicks off Aug. 20 to help women from all over the state become comfortable in the outdoors.

Lubken makes third trip to nationals

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.

Althoff, Pauley find wins at Payson Golf Course

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.

Costs go up for casting off county's public roads

In the past, when residents petitioned Gila County to abandon a public road, county officials considered the issue on a case-by-case basis.