Thursday, July 29
As taxpayers and voters in Gila County we wish to voice our strong objection to library budget cuts for any municipality in the county library system.
Come Jan. 1, 2000, Gila County officials say the electronic cell doors at the Gila County Jail in Globe will open and close on cue, the assessor will still be able to access computer records and court will convene as usual.
Chaparral Lakes will have to meet some water and infrastructure requirements, but the proposed 144-unit subdivision east of North Tyler Parkway has cleared a major hurdle on its way to development.
ACC official warns of 'rate shock' for customers
While customers in Pine are awaiting the return of restriction-free water usage, other customers of Brooke Utilities water companies in the Rim country are waiting for the other shoe to drop with the news of a rate increase.
A Pine water improvement district has applied for a permit to discharge treated water from the Portals IV sewage treatment plant into an unnamed creekbed that drains into Pine Creek. The public has until Aug. 20 to submit comments or objections to the state.
If someone doesn't step forward soon, the children involved in Payson Youth Football may find themselves without a coach.
The ground will rumble at Payson Rodeo Grounds Saturday night when the Monster Truck Challenge Tour takes the arena. The challenge begins at 8 p.m.
Payson folks will flip when they see what Dan Moriarty of Twin Oaks, Miss. is doing this weekend.
Players interested in high school soccer can register now at the Payson High School Athletic Office.
We read with great interest two recent letters to the editor regarding the airport. Our comments address the weather reporting and instrument landing procedures issues raised in the letters.
As I listened to KMOG recently, I realized that some of the callers did not understand what is at stake with the Special Library District Tax.
With regard to the article by Carolyn Wall in the Friday, July 23 issue, titled "Council plans trip to Globe over library cuts," I must take exception to the following paragraph:
Arizona Gov. Jane Hull and state transportation officials are looking for some vision and imagination and they're asking for our help.
Just as the Pine water system begins to recover from its annual thirst, the U.S. Forest Service has entered another public comment period on a proposed water pipeline linking Pine to Strawberry.
Businesses and churches in Payson, Pine and Strawberry are showing support for county libraries by making petitions available that protest Gila County's plan to cut its funding for public libraries.
In re: Bob Jacobs' statement of July 23 that any federal budget surplus should be used to "fix" Social Security, Medicare and the military before even considering the GOP-proposed tax cut, I would suggest that he and others of like opinion spend at least as much time familiarizing themselves with the details of the GOP budget proposal as spent memorizing the emotionally-charged buzzwords and catch-phrases currently being circulated by the loyal opposition.
Cable Morris was a day late heading Down Under.
The Payson IV land exchange a proposal to swap private land around the state for U.S. Forest Service land in and around Payson has unraveled.
The current Wal-Mart building in Payson will not suffer the same fate as some other vacated Wal-Marts when the company's Supercenter opens later in the year.
In the end, it's all a matter of simple mathematics, said Gila County leaders.
Monday, July 26
Payson's popular concert series, Concert Under the Stars, got a recent boost in funding from a $2,100 Arizona Commission on the Arts grant.
Payson twins Summer and Heather Schneider are still anxiously awaiting a phone call that could dramatically change their lives.
Since the spring of 1998, when a small group started meeting at the Rim Country Museum, the effort focusing on improving Main Street has grown.
A great big hearty "thank you" is in order for the folks at Wal-Mart for their initial development work/land clearing for their much-anticipated new super store here in Payson.
Well, it looks like the NIMBYs are alive and well in Payson. In reference to a letter to the editor in Payson Roundup's July 9 edition by the johnny-come-lately, buy or build in the landing path of the airport and then complain about it types such as A.A. Cork:
With the onset of preseason volleyball practices only weeks away, Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Steve Konvalin was looking for a way to prepare his prep squad for the rigors of play. The Horns compete this year in the rough-and-tumble East Division against such powerhouses as Show Low, Snowflake and Round Valley.
U.S. Forest Service officials want to hear what the public has to say about their plan to reintroduce the federally endangered Gila trout into the headwaters of Dude Creek this fall.
Late each summer, members of the Payson Women's Golf Association gather on the local course to participate in a tournament played in honor of deceased club members.
Today, Tuesday, at Burke High School in Omaha, Neb., six members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will begin pursuit of what could eventually lead to the pinnacle of success in amateur track and field individual national championships.
When our nation's forests were in trouble, the National Ad Council introduced Smokey Bear. His simple message helped reduce forest fires from charring 32 million acres in 1944 to an average of only 3.7 million today.
Hold on to your mufflers the work that's being done from the Beeline Highway to just west of McLane Road phase one of the Airport Road project should be completed by the end of August or early September.
Payson's entry in the Arizona Prep Baseball Summer League stumbled through the regular season finishing with a dismal 4-6 record.
The smell of pigskin will soon fill the air.
Kickoffs for the regular season are still a month away, but Rim country fans have two great opportunities for a sneak-peek at both collegiate and professionals play.
Most years, the budget process for Gila County has been relatively painless, as county leaders add up the numbers that will set the spending limits for the coming year.
Thursday, July 22
Nearly across the board, Payson students turned in significantly higher Stanford 9 test scores this year than they did last year, ranking among the highest in Gila County and consistently outmatching state averages.
The three-day "Learn It the Longhorn Way" camp for pre-high- school youngsters wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.
Because it was a recreational swim meet, team scores weren't recorded when the Payson Pikes hosted the Cottonwood Clippers Saturday at Taylor Pool.
A 20-year-old Prescott Valley man suspected in the kidnapping of a 19-year-old Payson man last week died Friday at a San Diego hospital, San Diego police reported. The man, Christopher Engelbrecht, suffered fatal stab wounds as he allegedly attempted to mug a border patrol dispatcher in the San Diego suburb of San Ysidro.
Police dogs were all over Payson Wednesday and Thursday nights, searching buildings and lots for hidden bad guys.
Photographer Douglas Hamm of Tonto Basin sees God in the details of the natural world, and sometimes, when the light is right, he captures glimpses of the Lord on film.
A 4-2 loss to Flagstaff Coconino in a losers' bracket game ended the Payson Little League Major Division All-Star team's quest for an Arizona Area One Tournament Championship and a berth in the district finals.
In response to the letter to the editor that said the GOP needs to overcome fears in the Friday, July 16 Payson Roundup. I'd like to make the following observations:
Facing a weather forecast that predicted heavy rains for the Rim country, only 10 members of the Oak Creek Men's Golf Association showed up for a July 14 interclub meet with Payson.
Wanting local soccer players, including their own sons, to have the opportunity to successfully make the leap to high school play with more than limited town recreation experience, Judy Perham and Mike Weisser founded Payson's first entry in the American Youth Soccer Association.
As a state representative of Legislative District 4, I represent over 35 school districts in six counties. Many of these school districts are small and are located in rural areas of the state. Together, however, they educate a large number of our state's children.
The scores are in and the news is encouraging for Payson schools: Our students are moving up the scale on the Stanford 9 achievement test.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity successfully built five homes and has begun a sixth, in part funded by the proceeds from annual charity golf tournaments.
The Tonto Apaches suspected their contribution to the local economy was sizable, but an assessment conducted by an independent researcher put the intangible in black and white: a nearly $6 million payroll, and $6.8 million in annual purchases from local vendors.
Payson's mayor and Town Council are mad as hell and they're not going to take it any more. What they don't understand is why there hasn't been an outcry or, as Mayor Vern Stiffler put it, "a groundswell" of protest from the public on the county's latest proposal to take funding from municipal libraries and put it into health services.
Monday, July 19
Ann Riehle got just four hours' sleep in 48 hours this weekend and felt that it was for a good cause.
Letter-writer Anthony A. Cork, July 9, was correct in asking why Payson residents are allowing the town fathers to improve the Payson airport. His reason for opposing the expansion was incorrect. It is not noise, but money.
The two big yellow school buses parked by the lodge at Camp Sunrise were filled with some 70 happy campers it was Lake Day, and the Sidekicks were going swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.
Recently, when shopping at Wal-Mart, I put my purchases in the car trunk. But I inadvertently left my small purse in the shopping cart on the parking lot.
So many have contacted me about the mother raccoon and her six babies that I wrote about in a past letter caring and offering advice to help save the remaining little ones. The outlook is very depressing.
It took more than a year of planning, implementing and budgeting but Payson's skate park became a reality late last week when work crews completed the community's first such facility.
Five members of the 100-swimmer- strong Payson Pikes will be participating in the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association State Meet when it is held July 24 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.
Much to the chagrin of children and parents, the town-sponsored Summer Recreation Program was terminated early last week.
Gila County has figured out another way to get the money it needs for its municipal health departments and intends to reduce appropriations to libraries in its incorporated towns in August. In Payson's case, the reduction in funding would be about $92,000, or three full-time positions at the library.
A dog will take center stage when the Payson Town Council meets Thursday.
Engines roar to deafening decibels. Wheels spin out of control. Mud flies, trucks roll the crowd cheers.
Thursday, July 15
The town's water tanks are full and there's currently no problem, said Mike Ploughe, the town's hydrogeologist.
We're sure that some Payson High School students think that the school's administrators are prudish old fogies for tightening up the school's dress code.
Footloose and fancy free in fabulous Las Vegas, some might end up perched under the glittering lights of the fabled strip wooing Lady Luck.
I am writing on behalf of the event center volunteers to clarify my position on the issue of the town's desire to lease the multi-event center site and management to a third party.
Recently while driving on Highway 260 between Strawberry and Camp Verde, we rounded a blind curve on a 6 percent down grade and almost couldn't stop in time to avoid a long line of stopped traffic.
I read that when Congress returns to Washington, one of the first orders of business will be to sort out the future of Social Security and Medicare.
A 22-2 shellacking dished out unmercifully by Page ended the Payson Little League Senior Division (15-years-of-age) All Star team's quest for Area One tournament honors.
Last season, Payson's first-ever entry in the Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League was a runaway hit, compiling a 17-1 record.
The Payson Little League Junior Division All-Stars' stay in the Area One postseason tournament was a short-lived one.
Football championships are won in the fall, but players are made in the summer.
The Pine-Strawberry School Board set aside $47,800 for music, computer, performance corps and ballfield-expansion projects Tuesday from the school's Credit for Kids fund.
Lance Beauregard, who was pictured with his wife, Bonnie, and featured in an article about cancer survivors in the Tuesday, July 6 edition of the Payson Roundup, will not be part of the Payson Therapeutic Massage Center's Relay for Life team this weekend, but he hopes to be released from Good Samaritan Hospital in a few days.
What started with the reported abduction and release of a Payson man Monday evening ended with the stabbing of one suspect and the arrest of another in San Diego Wednesday.
Competition between existing and new businesses and between residential use of property and employment/industrial use were two topics that prompted debate Thursday at the Green Valley Redevelopment Committee meeting.
Former Payson Town Council member Lawrence "Larry" L. Allen, a Payson resident since 1976, died Tuesday at the age of 86 in the town he loved and helped put on the map.
Monday, July 12
Statistics compiled in a National Gambling Impact Study reveal that there are as many as 7.5 million Americans who are problem or pathological gamblers.
Couple carries passion for Western author across U.S.
Conrad and Bev Okerwall of Payson got away from the dry heat of Arizona last month and went to a place where another adventurer, a hero of the West and part-time resident of the Rim country, used to go to fish Grants Pass, Oregon.
The USA Track and Field Region 10 championships will shine with a decidedly Rim country flare when the competition tips off July 14, in Provo, Utah.
Without a single question or statement of concern from the public, the Payson School Board approved a $13.5 million budget Monday for 1999-2000, increasing the district's budget $1.2 million over last year.
Detective Bob Powers of Phoenix spent a few hours in Payson Monday, interviewing the victim of the armed robbery of a local business last week.
Gila County Sheriff's deputies spent Sunday afternoon slogging through the rain, warning people who were camping and fishing along the East Verde River that the storm might cause a flash flood.
Refusing to kick back and relax through the dog days of summer, a contingent of six local athletes and two coaches heated up the interstate to and from Billings, Mont., where the youths competed in the AAU Grand National Wrestling Championships.
A simple ceremony Monday in Providence, R.I. may have represented the final tolling of the bell marking the death of Communism.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, the Arizona team which featured two Payson athletes and one local coach stamped itself a top-notch championship contender, winning a bounty of medals at the Special Olympic World Games.
Hang on to your shoulder pads, sports fans two of the biggest stars in professional football will soon be visiting the Rim country.
Little League programs exist only because of the tireless dedication of the volunteers who serve in just about every capacity. Often it's a thankless job, but when the season rolls to an end, as it has in Payson, the volunteers can revel in the knowledge that they've taken that extra step to help youngsters realize their potential.
With our April 15 tax day an unpleasant and relatively recent memory, many taxpayers are well aware that the tax burden in America is at an all-time high. This is especially true for many senior citizens, who pay unbelievably high taxes on their retirement income.
I find that I receive significant physical benefits from the beautiful white clover in the lawn of the Allstate Insurance office on East Zurich.
I was rummaging through some of my papers last month and came up with this item that I think would be of interest to the people, especially since the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that schools can display the Ten Commandments if they wish, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law that children will address their seniors respectfully sir, ma'am, etc. and your editorial on the flag. Here it is. (Copied from the Ventura County Star-Free press years ago):
The Payson Planning and Zoning Commission decided Monday to recommend a zoning change from R1-175 to R1-44-PAD for 144 residential units on 144 acres which would connect to the Chaparral Pines development. Current zoning is for approximately 36 four-acre lots.
Thursday, July 8
The Flag Capital of Arizona can lay new claim to the name with the recent addition of U.S. flag-style banners along Highway 260 and the Beeline in town.
The Pine School Board, which will consider adopting a $1.64 million budget Tuesday, is planning to add a full-time teacher and a part-time teacher to the Pine-Strawberry School staff next year, bringing the school's total number of teachers, including the principal, to 17.5.
The Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission will attend to some housekeeping next week with a rezoning application filed by James Clinton of Pine.
Smoking and campfire restrictions were lifted Tuesday for the Tonto National Forest which surrounds Payson, and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on the Mogollon Rim to the east. The Coconino National Forest, on the Rim north of Payson, hasn't been subject to smoking and campfire restrictions this year.
The question about whether to have a third party manage, operate and maintain Payson's proposed multi-event center or to have the town work to fund the project itself and delay its construction has been decided.
It was an uphill climb that met significant opposition, but the Payson Town Council finally approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code regarding hillside development Thursday night.
In a move that will bring an additional $63,000 to the general fund, the Payson Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved raising the bed tax at hotels and motels within the town's limits from 2 percent to 3 percent.
Taylor Pool Manager Jim Quinlan is looking for a few good instructors to teach Rim country youngsters the nuances of swimming and water safety. But before the teachers can take to the decks of Taylor or any other public pool they must first pass a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course.
PUSD expects tax rate to drop
The Payson School Board plans to raise the district's budget $1.2 million Monday, but school officials expect local tax rates to drop.
Jolene Hood, 17, wants to be an obstetrics nurse and has gone to the best place in town to get experience and information: Payson Regional Medical Center.
Registration begins for Monsoon 5K
Arizona State University is most always associated with the City of Tempe where 40,000-plus students attend classes on the main campus.
Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association locked horns in a "pick your own partner", 36-hole, two-man, best-ball tournament played at Payson Golf Course.
When a town this size discovers $4 million it didn't know it had, a prudent citizenry should not only be thankful for the windfall, but hopeful that the unexplained accounting technique responsible has been modified. A bookkeeping system that accumulates $4 million in secret is not the ideal way to test employee dedication.
Why are the residents of Payson allowing the Town Council to go through with this airport expansion?
Why are the residents of Payson allowing the Town Council to go through with this airport expansion?
A few weeks ago my neighbor called me to tell me to expect company. She had just seen a mother raccoon and several babies climbing over my fence from her yard. She said they were adorable, and they were with their little masked faces.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors next week will tentatively approve a $47.4 million budget for the next fiscal year.
Monday, July 5
It is always wonderful for any Rim country organization to have the Roundup write articles about its hard work and achievements. It serves as an easy way for readers to understand the facts. In the June 29 article, which explained the establishment of the MHAX-III cardio-pulmonary exercise program, there were some points that need further explanation or correction.
A sudden stabbing ended a Fourth of July party at the home of Stacy and Bryan Parkerson in Pine Saturday night.
How would you feel if you were pulled over by a police officer for speeding, but then received another citation because you didn't address the officer with the courtesy title of "Sir"?
Because of the Independence Day holiday, the Payson Pikes did not have a meet last Saturday but will return to action July 10 at the Kingman Invitational.
Lightning struck a house on East Flowing Springs Road Monday, sparking a fire that burned the house to the ground and threatened the Tonto National Forest.
Payson Regional Medical Center is undergoing treatment for the millennium bug a programming problem that will make outdated computer systems go haywire in the year 2000 but officials say a cure is close at hand.
Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Steve Konvalin has entered a team in the Blue Ridge Invitational Summer Tournament that will be played July 16 and 17 in Lakeside.
Based on their performances in the recently concluded Little League regular season, players were selected by coaches to participate in the Rim country's all-star entry in the upcoming Area One tournament.
Injured athlete returns to action
If 17-year-old Ben Krieger went searching for a personal motto, he might choose "Tough times don't last, tough people do."
What an interesting Friday, July 2nd afternoon.
Billy Bob Hoyt's reputation as one of Payson's most promising young golfers was further enhanced last week when the 13-year-old played his way to a third-place finish in the Grand Canyon State Games.
Since 1996, when the lakes at Green Valley Park first became operational, 82-year-old Gaither Paul has gotten his daily exercise by walking through the park. He's enjoyed walking by the lakes, but lately, he said, he's noticed a growing problem.
This fall, the last word in fashion at Payson High School will be a stricter dress code designed to buck the racy fashion trends set by pop-culture image setters such as MTV.
In an emergency, minutes may seem like hours and can mean the difference between life and death. Critical seconds can be lost if drivers don't make way for emergency vehicles when their sirens are signaling them to get out of the way!
Thursday, July 1
Sonja Hunt lives in Cool Pines, a development in Pine, and as a vegetarian, she depends on her garden for food. But the community's primary water company, Brooke Utilities, has declared the water supply to be at Stage 5, the most critical level of water conservation.
Before putting your car in gear this weekend, make sure you're sober, buckled up and ready to calmly drive to your destination.
Fireworks show in Pine still set for Saturday launch
As drought continues to dry out northern Gila County, plans for the Fourth of July holiday continue to change daily.
Last week, the House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to ban the burning and desecration of the American flag. The measure, however, is expected to fail in the Senate.
This passage was passed on to me by AMVETS, and I thought it was important to share it with others as Independence Day approaches.
Having just been informed that my favorite Texaco station was discontinuing an island attendant, I was quite concerned for those wheelchair and other disabled citizens. Hey there, you handicapped locals, relax. I have been advised that the Apache Mobil station on the south end of town is more than happy to accommodate you for your service station needs.
Three Rim country baseball teams are prepping for what could someday lead to the realization of almost every young player's dream a berth in the Little League World Series.
The Payson Grays senior softball team which now stands 11-10 in the Four Seasons League split a doubleheader with visiting Scottsdale Good Time, winning the first encounter, 18-17, but dropping the second,24-18.
As an 11-time Payson Women's Golf Association Club Champion, Marge Landra has won her share of tournaments. But none was sweeter than her victory in the PWGA's State Medallion Tournament conducted the past four weeks at Payson Golf Course.
The recently completed Grand Canyon State games, contested on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, served as a showcase for the track and field talents of several Rim country youngsters.
A pair of standout athletes and a stellar coach who played prominent roles in Payson High's march to the 1998 state football championship will not return to the Longhorn fold next season. Linebacker Ryan Lorentz and wide receiver/kicker Josh Barnhart graduated last spring and will move into the college ranks.
I have no doubt that the Payson Economic Development Corporation and its president, Ray Schum, are sincere in their determination to "woo high-paying manufacturing companies to Payson." (Roundup, June 18) And, perhaps now and again a company attracted enough to this area to overlook its business liabilities will indeed set up shop here.
Two others injured in pre-holiday collisions
Three pre-holiday traffic accidents have left one woman dead, two people injured and at least one person facing possible criminal charges.
The "Learn it the Longhorn Way" football camp for youngsters ages eight through incoming eighth-graders is July 19 to 21. At the camp, the fledgling players will learn the terminology and techniques used in high school football. Also, coaches will teach proper techniques and programs used in weight training.
Folks dumping their trash at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill north of Payson will have to fork over a little more cash at the gate.
A young man walked into Payson Party Plus Thursday morning, bought two candles and walked out of the store with his purchase and the contents of the cash register.