Registration Begins For Monsoon 5k


Registration begins for Monsoon 5K
When Parks and Recreation officials decided several years ago to name their annual, town-sponsored, summer 5 kilometer event the Monsoon Walk and Run it was a wise choice of words.

At almost every one of the walk/runs, monsoon rains have fallen, cooling the runners as they've churned along the 3.1-mile course that begins and ends in Green Valley Park.

With some monsoon rains beginning early this week, it's entirely possible the downpour could continue until this year's 5k, which will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at GVP.

Currently, Parks and Recreation is accepting pre-registration forms -- available at the office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive -- for a $10 fee. All pre-registered participants will receive a souvenir race shirt.

For the good health of your pocketbook, it's frugal to pre-register, since those who wait till the day of the race will be assessed a $15 fee. Also, race day registrants won't be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Pre-registration gives Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider and her crew a good idea of the size of the field they'll be dealing with, which, in turn, allows the event to run much smoother.

Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

RMEF buys, sells ranch
It's occurring miles east of Payson near Springerville/Eagar, but it's great news for most all of Arizona.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired the 1,723-acre Cross L Ranch in the White Mountains which will eventually prove to be a huge step in protecting crucial habitat for elk and other wildlife.

After buying the ranch, valued at $2 million, the RMEF immediately resold the property to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which will manage the area for wildlife and the public.

Thankfully, the pristine forested area will not be turned into a development of summer homes and golf courses for moneyed, heat-weary desert dwellers.

For those who haven't visited that area in a while, the scenic ranch lies on the edge of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and is the home of up to 1,000 elk during the winter months. A herd of pronghorn antelope also call it home.

The property controls 650 acre feet of water rights that can now be managed to benefit waterfowl and other species, as well.

Previously owned by Earl and Sylvia Baker, the Cross L has a rich history in Arizona ranching lore that dates back to the mid-1800s.

Changing influences in the cattle industry made full-time ranching difficult for the family. Some of the Bakers told Game and Fish officials they were elated with the sale because the last thing they wanted to see was their ranch be developed.

Football camp
Youngsters looking to excel in football next year will soon have a great opportunity to get a jump-start on the season.

The Learn It The Longhorn Way youth camp for youngsters eight years through eighth grade will be held July 19 through 21 at Payson Elementary School. Each day, the camp begins at 8 a.m. and wraps up at noon. PHS head coach Jim Beall, his staff and several selected varsity players will be on hand to help the youngsters master the skills necessary to be successful in the sport. The fee is $30. Registration forms are available at the Payson Roundup.

Payson Youth Football registration forms for both cheerleaders and players are available at the Farm Bureau Insurance office at 708 E. Highway 260, Suite B-2.

Registration and a physical exam must be completed by Aug. 2, the first day of practice.

Cost is $50 for players and $35 for cheerleaders.

For more information call Eric Little at 474-1775.

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