Stories for May 1999

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Monday, May 31

Payson official aims to clean up the town

The Town of Payson is hosting a "Summer Neighborhood Cleanup" kickoff party, Saturday, June 5.

Become a 'WE' in service to the community

"Community exists when a city pays attention to all its citizens and treats them as if they were a treasure."

Weekend leaves bad memories for some

A 21-year-old motorcyclist traveling west on Highway 260 north of Strawberry suffered fatal injuries Monday afternoon, marking the only Rim country fatality in an otherwise relatively quiet weekend

Senior citizens should not be penalized for working

Many senior citizens look forward to their retirement as a time to travel, to visit their children or grandchildren, or just to slow down a bit and spend time doing the things they want to do.Sometimes, however, the thing some seniors wish to do is to continue working.

Faithful gather to pay honor to veterans at Pioneer Cemetery

From a cemetery in Carbondale, Ill., where an inscription on a stone states that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866, to flag-filled Pioneer Cemetery in Payson, Americans gathered to pay their respects and to remember the nation's fallen veterans on Sunday.

Registration is early June for summer softball teams

Registration for town-sponsored men's and women's softball leagues will be held June 7-11 at the Parks and Recreation Department offices located at 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

Taylor Pool way popular on opening day

Bright sunny skies and a Rim country citizenry scratchin' for a recreational cooldown meant a hip-hop busy opening at Taylor Pool Saturday afternoon.

Strunk, Harte, Bulkley and Sherman take PMGA win

The Payson Men's Golf Association was forced to turn to a computer to format a "Three Best Balls of Foursome" tournament played May 27 on the Payson course.

Deputies to move into the computer age

Gila County Sheriff's deputies are getting another piece of equipment to juggle in their cruisers: laptop computers.

Ballfield to get the blues Saturday

This Saturday, blues entertainers will take over Rumsey Park for pretty much 10 hours of non-stop music.

Marketing industry needs to change

A number of years ago I was approached by my 6- and 7-year-old children with a plea for me to take them to the new Batman movie. I was not concerned about the movie being too violent after all, I had grown up watching Batman on television.

Donation providing literacy program textbooks, software

Through a major donation from Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA), the Rim Country Literacy Program (RCLP) is purchasing the Stech-Vaughn GED software and textbooks for 35 students. The site location for use of the software will be the Julia Randall Elementary School computer lab.

Coaches pick Zumbro All-State

Only weeks ago at Peoria Sports Complex, Payson High School's state championship baseball team capped a 23-9 season with a convincing 23-11 win over top-ranked and unbeaten Cactus Shadows.

Thursday, May 27

Where was coverage of Non-Violence Day?

In light of the tragedies developing from our children acting out in ways that seem to say they are screaming for help, you'd think our community newspaper would give a great deal of credence to an event held specifically to provide a day of fun and enlightenment for both children and parents.

Keep your music to yourself

Regarding the Street Talk in the Roundup's April 27 issue a response to Cory McRae:

Residents fight fire code with ire

Residents of Gila County's District 1 will have the chance to evaluate a proposed urban-wildland fire code that Young residents have already rejected.

Nicholas, Weaver team swings in a win at PGC

Don Nicholas and Dave Weaver hooked up to win the Payson Men's Golf Association Member/Guest tournament played May 22 and 23 on the Payson Golf Course.

Pettet named Republic's 'Coach of the Year'

Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet, who this season led the Longhorns to the state championship, has been honored as "Coach of the Year" by a Phoenix newspaper and a state coaching association.

Taylor Pool opens for summer fun

The summer swim season officially dives in this Memorial Day weekend at Taylor Pool with open swimming sessions slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission for each session is $1 per person.

A voyage to remember

On Christmas Eve 1944, 2,000 men of the U.S. Army 66th Infantry Division, known as the Black Panthers, boarded a ship to cross the English channel. The ship, the Loldville, was a Belgian liner that had been converted to a troop transport vessel during the war.

Tanker topples on highway, temporarily tangles traffic

A 40-year-old truck driver from Heber will be spending a couple of months at home with his wife and four children following an accident Wednesday that temporarily put him out of business.

Council sets strategy for $28 million draft budget

If you're wondering where the town's money goes and why take a look at the 1999 Payson Strategic Plan, available to the public in the Finance Department at Town Hall.

Long-time sheriff's deputy calling it quits

After 26 years in uniform, Gila County Undersheriff Harry Cain is turning in his badge.

Golf course acquisition proposed

The $27.5 million proposed budget for 1999-2000 presented to the Payson Town Council by Town Manager Rich Underkofler is full of checks and balances checks to be written for expenditures carefully balanced against the town's expected revenues, grant moneys, and savings from the current budget.

Park getting too many geese

There seems to be a lot of controversy regarding the geese in Payson West, so here's some input about Green Valley park. In the last few years there has been a marked increase in the number of waterfowl here and droppings not only have covered the grass, but the sidewalk as well.

Geese issue needs clear thinking, not passion

It is sometimes comical and more often frustrating to watch a quiet neighborhood get into simplistic arguments over "deterring geese" versus "cost of grass seed" after so many years of ongoing establishment of what we homeowners call our "resident geese."

Publisher right about prayer in schools

This morning I read "My View" on the editorial page of the Friday, May 21 edition of the Payson Roundup. As I read it, I could feel a chill running down my back. I could feel the thrill of anticipation as Larry Potvin was given the credit due him for his worthy undertakings. What next?

Music teacher, students to be commended

On May 18 the Payson High School Concert Band, Modern Choir, and Mixed Choir presented their spring concert under the direction of their teacher, Mr. Larry Potvin.

Roundup right about 'good seeds' at high school

I wish to highly commend the Roundup staff for the editorial published on May 18.

Memorial Day honors the price paid for our freedom

Our other national holidays would have no meaning if it were not for the sacrifices we honor on Memorial Day. Supreme sacrifices should be remembered with dignity. Memorial Day is such a celebration.

Let residents vote on naming of rodeo grounds

In answer to the letter by Leckie Jean Lopatesky that wanted to stop the "BS," as she put it, about naming the new rodeo grounds:

Coach Hardt starts looking for future track stars

The school's summer break has just begun, and Payson High School coach Chuck Hardt is already planning for next school year and the fall cross-country season.

Kile nets success on the lake

Tonto Basin's Mark Kile is one of the hottest fishermen on the professional fishing circuit.

Monday, May 24

State has worst record for increased spending

When Income Tax Day came around this year, and I contemplated how much of my income was going to Washington, I became curious. Which branch of the government, that I pay taxes to, was most out of control?

Sleepy driver sends two to hospital

A Gilbert man traveling south on the Beeline Highway Monday afternoon fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle.

Payson woman's painting now part of permanent MDA collection

An oil painting by Edith Sarraille of Payson has been accepted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association's art collection.

'Act upon your dreams'

A serpentine line of purple and black wended its way across the green field and through an archway of ribbons and flowers.

Thygerson takes top prize money at May pro rodeo

The good news coming out of last weekend's Gary Hardt Memorial Pro Rodeo was that cowboys pocketed more than $18,000 in prize money and no one was seriously hurt or injured during the two days of wild and woolly action.

Our youngsters are a fine generation

During the last two weeks my wife and I received about 10 graduation announcements from friends and family.

Water may run through Rumsey

Recharge plan would create running stream

Town and county officials are moving ahead on a plan to develop aquifer storage and recovery at Rumsey Park.

Town Council deciding its strategy for next year

The Payson Town Council will look at a plan which will provide guidelines for next year's budget when it holds its regular meeting Thursday.

Campfire limits now in effect

Continued dry conditions, high fire danger, and the expected increase of forest visitors during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend have resulted in implementation of fire restrictions effective today (Tuesday) for the Tonto National Forest.

Sobering news amidst the glad

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has once again shocked us out of our idyllic mountain contentment with its sad assessment of the welfare of children as a whole in Arizona.

Small turnout, big fun for PMGA

A disappointing turnout of only 11 Prescott golfers showed up Thursday at Payson Golf Course for an intra-club meet with the 45-member strong Payson Men's Golf Association.

PHS success carved in 'Stone'

"It doesn't get any better than this," Barry Smith, Payson High School's athletic director, said after learning that the school received, for the first time ever, the prestigious Don F. Stone Award.

Barnhart named Kiwanis most improved student

A young man who almost didn't enroll in Payson High School has capped his prep academic/athletic career by being named "the most improved student of the year" by the Zane Grey Kiwanis Club.

Locals shine on Prescott course

In Payson Women's Golf Association action, the nine-hole group spent most of the early season on the road while the 18-holers played in a low-net by flight tournament.

Thursday, May 20

Championship diary

Coach recounts days of glory

The Lady Longhorn track and field team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Arizona prep sports history last weekend, ending the Safford Bulldogs' national record 12-year state championship reign.

Clinton should fess up for his role in moral decay

As our Oxymoron-in-chief visits Colorado this week, the lessons of Littleton could best be underscored by President Clinton's resignation, rather than anything else he could say or do.

Epidemic of cat-births leads to concerns about disease

Forget about Payson going to the dogs it's the cats people should be worried about, say the experts.

APS offers reward on vandalism

Vandals who used a 21,000-volt overhead electrical distribution line for target practice Thursday knocked out power for an hour to 3,000 homes and businesses in Tonto Basin.

Man dies after apparently shooting himself

An 89-year-old Payson man died Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

142 to get diplomas from PHS Saturday

This Saturday, the last class of the century 142 students will graduate from Payson High School.

Forest Service starting fire restrictions

Starting Tuesday, fire and smoking restrictions will be in effect in the Tonto National Forest.

Rim may be dry, but lakes are full of fish

The six-month dry spell that is causing lakes around the state to shrivel and pucker may be a blessing in disguise for fishermen on the Rim.

Four Longhorns will play as state North-South all-stars

The fruits of an undefeated state championship season keep rolling in for the members of the Payson High School Longhorn football team.

PMGA golfers find three clubs can do the trick

John Calderwood was scratching his head trying to figure out what the Payson Men's Golf Association tournament director was thinking when he called for a "three clubs" tournament played May 14 on the Payson Golf course.

Grays split pair of doubleheaders

The Payson Grays senior softball team opened play in the Four Seasons Summer League last week in Phoenix by splitting a pair of doubleheaders against the Ahwatukee Wildcats.

Police dog recovering from 20-foot fall

Payson police are calling Brigg, the Russian Shepherd police dog, a hero after the six-year veteran was seriously injured in the line of duty last week.

Saturday is work day at BMX track

Saturday has been set aside as a day for sprucing up and grooming the newly built BMX track located just west of Rumsey Park. Volunteers should report to the track at 8 a.m.

Recycling operator didn't give it a chance

Less than a year ago I was thrilled to hear we at long last would have a place to haul our recyclable items such as newspaper, cardboard, tin cans, copper wire, etc, etc, etc. Community Recycling seemed like an answer to the longtime wishes of many environmentally conscious residents of Payson and surrounding communities.

Board needs to heed residents about geese

At a regular meeting on Sept. 1, 1998, we learned that the Woodland Meadows Lot Owners Association board was planning to purchase the grape extract "Goose Chase" to spray on common areas.

Allow prayer back in school

Tuesday evening my wife and I attended the spring concert presented by the Payson High School chorus and band. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance, which included such faith-inspiring songs as "Amazing Grace," "Christ, Be Thine the Glory" and "Sing Joy."

Monday, May 17

Optimists schedule best ball scramble

The Optimist Club of Payson will be holding its third annual "Best Ball Foursome Scramble" on Saturday, May 22.

Charter school now nationally accredited

Association certifies school's standards

The nine students who will graduate Wednesday from Payson Center for Success, Payson's alternative high school, will be the first in the school's three-year history to receive diplomas with national accreditation.

Kudos to Payson High's 3A state champions

Payson High School's talented and hard-working student-athletes are to be congratulated for their unprecedented state championships in four varsity sports this school year.

PHS golf squad ten shots shy of crown

Longhorn golf coach Dave Bradley has contended all season long that his team harbored the potential to make a run at a state title.

Residents cry foul over treatment of geese

Woodland Meadows homeowners are flocking to two sides of an issue that some say is a wild goose chase.

PHS girls crowned state track champions

Outscoring Safford 168-157 Saturday evening on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, the Lady Longhorn track and field team put an end to the Bulldogs' national record, 12-year reign as state champions.

Horns snatch Arizona baseball championship

Over the PA system, the sounds of Queens' rock-opera hit "We Are the Champions" filled the stadium. From the dugout, someone shouted, "The fat lady has sung." On the field, players dog-piled one another in unbridled enthusiasm. In the stands, fans hooted and hollered as if they were holding the winning lottery tickets.

Four state crowns cause for smiles

Payson High School Athletic Director Barry Smith had plenty of reasons to smile Saturday afternoon as he watched the Longhorn baseball team whip Cactus Shadows in the final game of the state tournament.

If you can't afford it, don't live here

My observation will probably add a little controversy to the affordable housing question; nonetheless I shall present it.

Tribe should be thanked for how it helps the town

What does the word "Mazatzal" mean to you? To me, when I hear the word, I think of the range of mountains that run south and west of Payson. The same goes for the Rim. They are geographical locations, not businesses. If some businesses are named after them, oh well.

Local duo now members of Silver Haired Legislature

Roger Hattrup and Bob Lucas of Payson were two of 34 people sworn in Monday after being elected to Arizona's first Silver Haired Legislature.

State group honors sanitary district

With less than two dozen employees on site a small staff compared to other plants around the state the crew from the Northern Gila County Sanitary District has once again proven itself to be an effective player in the sanitation business.

A bestial kiss and a lit-torch run benefit Special Olympics

Kelly Udall, Payson's personnel services director, earned the right to pucker up for Special Olympics Friday after winning the town's kiss-the-donkey contest in a down-to-the-wire fund-raising runoff with Payson Fire Chief John Ross.

Spring pro rodeo draws top competitors

What used to be known as the Old-Timers Rodeo has turned into a well-respected, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo that's beginning to attract national stars to the Rim country.

Thursday, May 13

Errant fire truck stalls Beeline traffic

Payson Fire Chief John Ross escaped injury Wednesday morning when the fire truck he was driving to an emergency medical call spun out of control south of East Verde Estates on Highway 87.

Ban backpacks, provide lockers for school safety

A few of us attended the open forum on April 30 about the schools' policies and procedures for school safety. I came away from the meeting feeling better, but still have some nagging concerns.

Division-winners head to state championships

With a pair of Central Division championships tucked in their overnight bags, the Longhorn track and field teams will roll into Tucson today (Friday) looking for even more honors.

What will embassy bombing do to contributions?

I imagine that there was considerable consternation among the Clinton confidants, and that someone in the military really caught hell about the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade

Keep the rodeo arena's integrity intact

It appears as though the prestige of our rodeo is going on the block for a quarter of a million dollars. I am sure that the ghosts of long-gone cowboys will be happy to know that what they put into making it a notable event, each year, is now only worth about the amount of prize money won annually.

Beeline banner project nears halfway point

The plan to line Payson's main highway with red, white and blue banners continues, as Town Council member Ray Schum and Flag Committee spokesperson Lee Pretsch continue to solicit support for the Beeline banners.

Memory Lane a place for forgetful seniors

For years, the Gila Aging Service has offered case management services, respite care, prescription assistance and operated a medical equipment lending closet.

East-side rezoning request rejected

After a lengthy public debate Tuesday night, Town Council members said "nay" to a request to rezone 12 acres of Chaparral Pines Drive property to accommodate about 18 $500,000 homes.

New chief for PUSD 'hand and glove' fit

When Payson School Board members began searching earlier this year for a replacement for retiring school superintendent Russ Kinzer, their description of his ideal replacement read something like:

Water and affordable housing in the balance

Town officials seemed to agree on one thing Tuesday at a work session to consider the town's current water policy as it affects affordable housing: it's a "Catch 22" situation.

Put a face on crime for first-time offenders

Here's a novel idea: Have criminals face judgment from a tribunal of the victim's peers.

Vickers motors up to tougher competition

After finishing fourth in the final standings of the Grand Canyon State Classic motorcycle racing series, 17-year-old Jimmy Vickers jumped to the just-beginning Summer Gold circuit and rode his way to first and third place finishes.

Top team toppled in tournament

Underdog Highline surprised almost everyone by upsetting powerful Tonto Apache Market to win the championship of a regular-season-ending round robin tournament in the Tonto Apache Women's Volleyball League.

Returning stars nurture tradition at local schools

School traditions are built and old coaches swell with pride when former student-athletes return to their alma maters as teachers and coaches.

Monday, May 10

Yuma administrator hired to be PUSD superintendent

A new superintendent has been hired for the Payson Unified School District and the public will have a chance to meet him Friday.

Longhorns one of final four in state playoffs

Refusing to fall by the wayside when the Arizona Baseball Coaches' Association dropped them from the top-10 ranking they'd held most of season, the Payson Longhorns reached the prep-baseball's state tournament elite final four, with an 8-0 win over River Valley and a 5-4 triumph over Safford.

All-day kindergarten program expanded

The Payson Unified School District's popular all-day kindergarten program will be available at all of Payson's elementary schools next year.

PWGA contests marked by close competition

In a low-net/low-gross tournament played May 4 at Payson Golf Course, dead heats were the name of the game for members of the Payson Women's Golf Association.

PMGA hits road for Cinco de Mayo

Members of the Williams Country Club and the Payson Men's Golf Association hooked up May 5 in Williams to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive golf tournament and South of the Border luncheon.

Longhorns competitive vs. top 3A golf teams

The Longhorn golf team opens Class 3A state tournament today (Tuesday), at Dove Valley Ranch in Cave Creek, with a renewed sence of vigor.

Returning players give coach optimism

No one will ever accuse Lady Longhorn softball coach Greg Larkins of not being optimistic.

Violence only a symptom of our emptiness

As a young person, it is disheartening to hear the news of the tragedy in Littleton, Colo. All those people lost their lives for no cause.

Problems grow as chastity diminishes

I had to write to you about your report on "My View Talk to teens about abstinence" in the Friday, April 30 Payson Roundup.

Is the housing tree too tall, or the ladder too short?

There once was a boy standing at the base of a beautiful apple tree. He looked up in longing at the shiny red apples high up in the branches of the tree.

May physicals can prevent August rush

A golden opportunity awaits local athletes and their parents.

Rate hike to get more scrutiny

State consumers' office steps into water rate issue

The state's Residential Utility Consumers Office (RUCO) has decided to look into a proposed water rate increase for Brooke Utilities' customers in the Rim country, a decision that was based in part on an overwhelming response from the public.

Council aims to muffle loud stereos

Get out your best western duds. Mayor Vern Stiffler will proclaim May 16-23 Payson Western Wear Days when the Town Council meets Thursday.

Skepticism an obstacle for event center coordinator

One month ago, Barry Cardinael wasn't too sure how he'd be spending the next six months.

Housing prices too high for mortgage program

Town officials have $95,000 to help low- to middle-income residents buy their first homes, but they can't seem to give the money away.

Thursday, May 6

Local linksters going to state

By virtue of a third-place finish in the Central Division tournament, the Longhorns golf team qualified a contingent of five athletes for the state championships May 11 and 12 at Dove Valley Ranch in Cave Creek.

Cardinal stars to play in golf tournament

Eric Santana, director of the Second Annual Partners in Football Golf Tournament, has been told that two of the Arizona Cardinal players to be participating in the benefit at Payson Golf Course are kicker Joe Nedney and center Mike Devlin.

Grays pull out of senior tournament

The Payson Grays senior softball team opted not to participate in the second edition of the Rim Country Senior Softball Championships and will not be eligible to win the overall tournament crown when it is awarded June 12 and 13.

Track stars compete in Queen Creek

The anxious anticipation of earning a prized berth to the state track and field tournament will be driving PHS team members to the brink as they labor through the Central Division championships today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, at Arizona Boy's Ranch in Queen Creek.

Diamond crew earns way into playoffs

The Longhorns baseball team finally attained it's season-long goal of a berth in the Class 3A Arizona State tournament thanks to a 11-5 playoff victory over Fountain Hills Tuesday afternoon in Gilbert.

Look within and lighten the darkness of violence

There is crying everywhere today not only in the wilderness, but in homes, in schools, in hospitals, in the government, in the church, and in our hearts.

Town's tax on food should be rescinded

I see many references to taxation in our local area. Increase taxes for this and that. many of our residents are fixed-income people. They can ill afford additional taxes.

Time for a crusade on Main Street

With the stroke of her pen endorsing a measure passed by the Arizona Legislature, Gov. Jane Hull has put to rest the Town of Payson's plan to use tax increment financing to spur the redevelopment of the Main Street area. (See related story.)

Internet access getting faster in Payson

Rim country Web surfers frustrated by the lack of speed in today's equipment have a new avenue to reach the Internet.

Playground antics lead to police action

School officials crack down on student threats

What, in other times, may have seemed like a harmless comment on the playground at Payson Elementary School led to a confrontation between Payson police and a 10-year-old student Tuesday.

Some Payson summer classes still available

Although the deadline to sign up for summer school at Payson High School was March 31, students can still sign up for some classes.

Hull's signature seals fate of Main Street financing

Gov. Jane Dee Hull has basically put to rest an argument between some town officials and the Payson Unified School District.

Throat maladies leaving local kids sore, feverish

Spring fever is spreading through town and it's making some children sick.

Illegal immigrants, drugs keep people from rebelling

While it is the clean-cut obligation of the federal government to protect our nation's borders from the illegal incursion of immigrants and drugs, it is naive to think that the ruling class will act to effectively plug the flow of either

Town applies to drill in the forest

The Town of Payson has applied to the U.S. Forest Service to drill up to 15 exploratory wells on federal land north of town its first such request in two years.

Monday, May 3

Main St. theater project on hold

The opening credits on Payson's new six-plex movie theater may be delayed a few more months.

Landra team stays the course in PWGA

Marge Landra, one of the most accomplished golfers in Payson Women's Golf Association history, hooked up with Jennie Stevens, Dorothy Back and Cheryl Kennedy to win the championship of a best-ball tournament contested April 27 at Payson Golf Course.

Szakal victorious at Santa Fe

The Payson Men's Golf Association made its first trip to Santa Fe Golf Course near Cottonwood last week to compete in an interclub low-gross and low-net by flights tournament.

Central finals left up to a coin toss

Following more than three months of regular season play and 12 Central games, the division's three seeds to the Class 3A state tournament have not yet been determined.

Kendall, Blalock win town 5k run

Wild Flower trek 'a little cold, but a good race'

Nolan Blalock dominated the men's division and Abby Kendall the women's, but the real winners of the Wild Flower 5K held Saturday morning at Green Valley Park were the 50 entrants in the three-mile-plus event.

School safety at top of officials' minds

About 40 people showed up on a cold and rainy Friday night at the Payson High School auditorium to hear Payson school officials talk about safety measures now in place and what they plan to do to protect students.

Kids need schooling in proper use of guns

I read your editorial regarding the tragedy at Littleton, Colo. Although I am in agreement with you on the necessity of making sure that personally owned firearms do not end up in the hands of an irresponsible child, I would offer this for thought:

Be aware and be prepared, but be not scared by Y2K

As the year 2000 approaches, Arizonans need to know whether their Social Security checks will arrive on time, whether their small business will face disruption, whether "911" emergency services will remain up and running. Government and private sector preparations for Y2K and what you should be doing to prepare were covered at a congressional forum I sponsored in Phoenix recently. Here are some highlights:

No substitute for spending time with our children

It was a cold, rainy Friday night, and normally it would be understandable that the house wasn't packed at a meeting with school officials.

Lady Horns wrap up 23-1 season record

For Lady Longhorn junior varsity players Jennifer Plumb, LeeAnn Owens and others, an eye-popping 23-1 record was only a fringe benefit of the recently concluded high school softball season.

Statewide recognition comes to Payson

Payson has been basking in much-deserved glory since the Longhorn football team wrapped up its unbeaten, state championship season in October by ending Blue Ridge's state-record 54-game winning streak.

Police respond strongly to two local threats

In two separate incidents last week, Payson police and school officials were reminded just how close to home the massacre at Littleton's Columbine High School could hit.

AIMS test proves doable for PHS sophs

For many of the 180 Payson High School sophomores who last week took AIMS, Arizona's first standardized graduation test, it was like a shot in the arm it wasn't as bad as they expected.