Stories for October 1999


Thursday, October 28

Lady runners favorites for East championship

The Lady Longhorn cross country team heads to Whiteriver tomorrow as a strong favorite to nail down the Class 3A East Division championship.

Community in for a treat at fall festival


Tonight is the night. It's Friday and ghosts, goblins, princesses,cheerleaders and the like will gather in the Pine-Strawberry School gym for the school's annual fall festival.

Debate team applauded for moving beyond boundaries

I would like to compliment you and staff reporter Carolyn Wall for the story concerning the accomplishments of the Payson High School speech and debate team in the Oct. 19 issue.

Unconventional flight pattern a recipe for disaster

I am writing as a non-flying friend of aviation of Payson. I am compelled to respond to the Roundup article that featured the views of airport board member Hilda Crawford, who herself is a non-flying member of the board.

Focus on respect makes everyone a winner

A hue and cry in our society today surrounds the level of respect our youths show each other and adults in today's world. The issue of respect is, however, more than an issue confined to the youth of America. At Payson High School efforts are being made to improve the level of respect among all adults and students.

Helmet laws aren't answer to safer streets, lower premiums

This letter is in response to the editorial regarding helmet usage, Tuesday Oct. 19. There were several misleading statements made in this editorial.

Net squads set for Snowflake tournament

The Lady Longhorns will be looking to repeat their miraculous feat of one year ago when they travel to Snowflake Saturday for the all-important East Division tournament.

Klan's courage wavers when hoods come off

There has been much legal maneuvering on the other side of the country lately regarding the Ku Klux Klan.

Search for great pumpkin leads to neighbor's patch

Christopher Creek

There were quite a few pumpkin patches here in Christopher Creek this year. Dan Christian called me last week to tell me that my daughter Frankie's pumpkin was ready.

Fate of fajita fest hinges on football final

Lori Shewey and her fellow members or the Rim Country Middle School Wrestling Booster Club have long planned a benefit fajita dinner for the afternoon and evening of Nov. 5.

New chances for town to grow beyond forest's edge

Town officials told representatives from the Forest Service that they don't want land exchanges to out-pace the town's water supply, but they do want public lands in private hands to meet the needs of the town.

Prisoners' money no good with Gila County jailers

Prisoners on bond can't get out of jail free in Gila County, and they can't use money to bail out either.

Council maps out roads for the future

Town transportation study plots points where traffic will stop and go

A new plan was adopted by the Payson Town Council Thursday night that's designed to help Rim country motorists drive safer and more efficiently in the future.

Flowers by June takes root in new shop

Flowers by June doesn't say it all. Owner June Dudley does a lot more than arrange flowers she also sells collectibles, plants and wedding items. And now, she's doing it all in a brand new location.

Spirits needing a lift invited to stop by Halloween hangouts

Rim country children of all ages will have reason to scream this weekend, either in delight or terror, during the many Halloween activities planned for the area. Listed below are some of the ghostly thrills awaiting trick or treaters.

College recruiting seminar 'invaluable,' coaches say

Earning a college athletic scholarship or even nailing down partial financial aid can be a trying experience that tests the patience of coaches, parents and high school students.

Monday, October 25

Grays melt Kool Kats

In Four Seasons Senior League slow-pitch softball play, the Payson Grays upped their credentials to 7-5, sweeping a twin-bill Friday over the Fountain Hills Kool Kats, 18-5 and 22-13.

Local SADD chapter wins state honor

Payson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions Chapter won the state's SADD chapter of the Year Award last week for the second time in as many years.

Horns prepare for season's end

Button up the shin straps, slide on the knee pads and air out the running shoes it's crunch time in prep fall sports.

Bah, humbug to Christmas in October

A good many shoppers groaned this week when local stock boys shoved the Halloween costumes aside and started stacking plastic Santa Clauses on the shelves.

Horns fall to Blue Ridge

What a difference a season can make in prep football.

Highway accidents injure three

Three people were sent to hospitals Sunday afternoon, following two non-related traffic accidents north of Strawberry that tied traffic up for two hours.

Former Longhorn survives baptism by fire at Arizona Western College

Former Payson High School football star Ryan Lorentz's first collegiate gridiron outing turned into an indoctrination by fire.

New Times 10K run 'a hoot'

It's not a local event, but the New Times 10K run held in Phoenix each fall historically attracts a good-sized group of Rim country runners.

Americans are letting their freedoms slip away

May I add my voice to that of a very astute young lady whose guest column appeared in the Oct. 15 issue of the Payson Roundup.

US West has wrong number for Payson prefix

The telephone company is subjecting the citizens of Payson to a very annoying situation. They have duplicated our telephone numbers to add a new exchange, but assigning an exchange number, 472, so close to the original, 474, just begs people to mis-dial.

Congress must stop siphoning Social Security

Congress has embezzled our trust fund.

Streaking prank pails to vandalism damage

Why is a high school kid streaking across a virtually empty, darkened football field front-page news, while very little, if anything, has been said about the vandalism of the Holbrook football team bus on the same night?

Fair a shot in the arm for local health care

Mogollon Health Alliance Executive Director Bob Ware had nothing but good things to say about Payson's first Lions Health Fair Saturday at the Rim Country Middle School.

Stop-and-go traffic tops council agenda

Study maps out transportation goals for town

Where will Payson motorists have to stop for traffic lights in the next few years? What roads will be improved? Where will new roads be built?

Festival brings school's field of dreams within reach

Frontier Elementary School held its first Fall Festival Friday and earned $5,000 doing it.

Honored veteran recalls days on the front

C.A. Collette, better known as Bud, is a veteran of the Korean War. Collette joined the Marine Corps Reserves in June 1948 and was discharged in June 1950, two days before the Korean War began.


New officers join Payson Police force

Three new police officers can be seen patrolling the streets of Payson these days, but they're not the three Chief Gordon Gartner was looking for when he was given the go-ahead by the Town Council to increase his staff.

Thursday, October 21

Runners warm up for Snowflake's 'Ice Bowl'

The powerful Lady Longhorn cross country squad takes its high octane running act East to the White Mountains today (Oct. 22) where the Snowflake Lobos host one of the most prestigious East division meets of the fall season.

Soccer coach expects second or third seed in state tournament

All that remains of the 1999 campaign for the Longhorn boys' soccer team is to wait final regular season results and learn where it will be seeded into the state tournament, Oct. 29 in Camp Verde.

Payson Ducks Unlimited earns state honors

Ducks Unlimited officials representing the Southwest Region of the United States have honored the Payson chapter as one of the most outstanding in the Arizona

Debate over plan an exciting part of local performance

I can't help but feel that something exciting happened in recent issues of the Payson Roundup. That something was the (response) in the Mail Call section regarding a local production of "A Tuna Christmas."

Residents deserve safe air-traffic patterns

Some 40 years ago in San Fernando Valley, Calif., two planes collided in mid-air then fell onto the junior high school athletic field. Nearly 100 children were on that field and my daughter was in a classroom in the school.

Rock's on a roll with national gallery

Local artist a big hit at competition

Payson artist Rock Newcomb, who received national attention this year, recently topped off a celebration of his art by winning Region III of the 13th annual national Arts for the Parks award. The honor included a silver trophy and $2,000.

Traffic slows for Grizzly greeter

Teddy the Bear is a traffic stopper at the intersection of Timber and Zurich drives, but he's best viewed from Zurich. The tall carved bear, which stands upright, is owned by Phyllis and Dave Slater, who've had him about three years. Phyllis commissioned sculptor Johnny Quick of Dewey to carve him, she said, and the bear is often in costume.


Fall festival carves out Halloween fun

Sharpen your carving knife and get out the paint it's pumpkin-carving contest time again. Contestants can enter their funny, creative, painted or scary pumpkins between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at the Pine-Strawberry School library.

Committee out of oldest rodeo

Chamber, committee contract negotiations end in rodeo split

After two years of trying, contract negotiations have broken down between the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, severing the committee's ties to the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo for the first time in five decades.

Probation chief resigns amid allegations of misconduct

Gila County Superior Court Judge Robert Duber confirmed this week the resignation of Robert "Rocky" Castaneda, director of the county's probation department.

Airport board directs planes south

Pattern modified to quiet traffic over neighborhoods

The Payson Airport Advisory Board voted Tuesday to endorse a landing pattern that begins south of the airport instead of rerouting the airport's suggested landing pattern to the north.

Deputies searching for lead in murder

Victim's associate wanted for questioning

Gila County Sheriff's investigators are looking for 45-year-old David A. Stark, a business associate of a Paradise Valley man who was found dead of gunshot wounds last month north of Tonto Village.

Respect key to curbing school violence

When is the best time to teach a child respect toward others?

On Thursday, nearly 900 Payson High School students were given an opportunity to learn more about each other and the value of giving respect.

Karnes win Buck-and-Doe

The Payson Men's Golf Association played host to one of its most popular, and unusual, tournaments of the summer and fall season Oct. 15 at the local course.

Yellow Jackets look to avenge championship loss to Horns

Yellow Jackets look to avenge championship loss to Horns

Monday, October 18

Karnes emerges as top gun in PWGA championship

With a two-day, low-gross card of 174, Joyce Karnes emerged as the top gun in the Payson Women's Golf Association Club Championship tournament.

Football players dedicate season to longtime fan

Fans of both teams at Payson High's stirring football victory over Snowflake on Friday evening couldn't help but take notice of the decals on the Longhorn players' helmets that read "RITA."

State should make riders use their heads; wear helmets

Laws are most often designed to protect people and tax money. If a law does one or the other it can usually be justified and passed. If it saves both lives and tax money, it is even better.

Water plant to resume pumping

Water contamination reduced to safe levels

Payson officials say the ground-water treatment station they shut down earlier this month because high levels of a gasoline additive had been found in the water will be up and running again by the end of the week.

Foresters taking new look at land exchanges

Local Forest Service officials are revising their land-management plan and re-examining the future of land exchanges in the Payson area.

Wind gusts knock out power in Pine, Strawberry

Nearly 3,000 residents in Pine and Strawberry spent two hours in the dark Saturday night when a windstorm blew into town.

Student charged for threatening bus driver

A 16-year-old Strawberry boy has been charged with aggravated assault for threatening a school bus driver while riding the bus from Payson High School to Pine.

Rabies quarantine remains in effect

Gila County's rabies quarantine, which was enacted Oct. 6 after a 10-year-old Christopher Creek boy was attacked and bitten by a rabid fox, will remain in effect until Nov. 5, and possibly longer.

Native plants ease growing pains

Wildflowers add color to garden with little effort

A gardener's dream would be to find something that would grow with little water, provide long-lasting and interesting color and texture, attract birds and other small animals, and require little attention.

Visitor finds good news in Payson

After visiting Payson in April of this year, I have subscribed to the Roundup and would like to express my appreciation for the paper and for some specific articles.

Tolerance of evil will cause moral collapse

When people in our nation are visiting the casinos and are gambling away their earnings and life savings under the fancy name of "gaming," it's a shame. Some of these people barely make it from payday to payday. Something is wrong with this activity. Uncontrolled lust for riches is wrong.

Humane Society animals need homes in a hurry

I recently had occasion to visit the Humane Society shelter.

Airplane noise, safety at issue

Hilda Crawford, a non-flying member of the Payson Airport Advisory Board, wants to change the way pilots fly in and out of Payson Municipal Airport to make the skies above Payson safer and quieter.

Roundup ties for Newspaper of the Year

The Payson Roundup and Camp Verde Journal tied for the top newspaper honor in the state for non-daily newspapers Saturday during the Arizona Newspapers Foundation's Better Newspapers Contest.

Lady Longhorns' net squad takes on season-long nemesis

Buckle up for a wild and woolly ride, volleyball fans the Lady Longhorns are traveling to Snowflake today to try to avenge three losses to a season-long nemesis.

Varsity Horns end Snowflake's football dominance

Turn out the lights Snowflake's Rim country football party is over.

Soccer team heads to Camp Verde for finale

There's no season-ending girls' soccer state championship tournament in the Class 3A conference, so the Lady Longhorns will settle for this week's Camp Verde Invitational as their gold-medal finale.

Pair of locals named to all-tournament team at Senior Softball World Championships

A pair of Payson athletes were named to the Senior Softball (50-years-plus) World Championships All-Tournament team when it was selected last week in Phoenix.

Thursday, October 14

County program makes check bouncers pay

Whether it's a bad check for 79 cents or $7,000, Amanda Dillon, bad-check program coordinator for Gila County, said she does her best to get her man or her woman.

Company lies not worth a puff of smoke

Warning: Cigarette companies habitually lie about manufacturing products that are hazardous to your health.

Smoking an unhealthy choice, but one we're all free to make

In your Oct. 8 edition of Letters to the Editor, Margeret Ericksen takes me to task for having expressed my views on smoking in public places, then implies that simply because I hold the opinion that I do, I must not know what I'm talking about.

Give Mesa del its due

Mesa del Caballo needs more positive exposure. The Rim view is awesome. Houses and yards are cared for. The volunteer fire department is here for you in moments, efficient and pleasant.

Play critic stands by review

In response to the Oct. 8 letters from: The cast of "A Tuna Christmas," Lynn Skalaby and Lynelle Keyworth: thank you for responding to my critique of the play.


Attendance low, adrenaline high for Payson's first motocross

Many of Arizona's most accomplished motorcycle riders, but only handfuls of spectators, were attracted to Payson's first freestyle motocross race held last weekend in the Payson rodeo arena.

Payson runners retain 'Sludge' traveling trophy

By virtue of solid wins over arch rival Falcon Hills Friday afternoon, the Sludge to the Judge homecoming race traveling trophy will adorn the halls of Payson High School for another year.

Payson PTA about to fold

Volunteers have one last chance to save parents' group

Viki Holmes, president of the Payson PTA, said she and three other members of the group are calling it quits.

APS to build more electric lines to boost power delivery system

Arizona Public Service will soon install new power lines to boost the area's electric service, and the company is counting on the public's input to decide where those lines are installed.

Mistake puts town, resident up against stone wall

It was not the purchase of land along Main Street, nor the on-again-off-again Payson IV land exchange that drew the majority of debate Thursday, but rather a fence mistakenly built by a Payson resident on the town's right-of-way.

Police catch streaker

Homecoming prank lands teen in trouble

As the clock wound down on Payson High School's homecoming football game last Friday, police say a senior boy was taking off his clothes and preparing a run of his own.

Mavericks buck Rough Riders, 56-6

The Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth-grade football team wrapped up the 1999 gridiron campaign with a 56-6 whitewashing of the Whiteriver Rough Riders.

Sludge to Judge a first-class event

Many spectators at the Sludge to the Judge homecoming race Friday afternoon came away impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the event.

Horns look for first-ever win against Lobos

How's this for a gridiron challenge for the PHS team?


Students study art of civility

It's a simple premise if there's respect, there's no room for violence in our communities, in our workplaces and in our schools.

Monday, October 11

Town, state ignoring air-quality problems

Capital expenditures in Payson are increasing at an alarming rate under the guise of providing "townwide" benefits. If one takes a close look at the picture, only two projects truly fit this description under public safety the police and fire departments.

Courage can end domestic violence

I would like to congratulate Jean Oliver for having the courage to speak out against domestic violence in her own family.

ADOT's highway study should be questioned

There's been a lot of discussion lately about plans to widen Highway 87. But while there's been plenty of space in various newspapers devoted to possible routes for the expanded highway, no one seems to question ADOT's basic assumptions or the reliability of its study.

Auction raises more than ever

With all of the money counted, and nearly all of the bills paid, organizers of the 4th Annual Rim Country Community Care Auction believe they've cleared the $40,000 mark in donations.

Off-street parking tops council agenda

The property where the Pioneer Lounge stands will become off-street parking if the Payson Town Council approves a rezoning request Thursday.

Ready and able

Volunteer finds new life in helping others

Valona Varnum was a successful landscaping and interior designer when diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system, 12 years ago.

Good examples can be found right next door

When I was 7 years old, I sat in a vacant lot across from my house and promised a neighbor girl my bicycle in exchange for a kiss. The girl, Stephanie Miller, was a classmate of mine whose smile once caused me to walk into a wall. (Four stitches.)

Spring start for Sawmill Crossing

Although Kaibab Industries is still searching for a theater tenant for the proposed Sawmill Crossing Shopping Center on Main Street, Kaibab Vice President Gordon Whiting said his company plans to resume construction by spring.

Trial set in Pine stabbing case

The trial of 25-year-old Joshua Peck the man suspected in the July 4 stabbing of Jack Morris of Payson has been set for Jan. 11, 2000, in Gila County Superior Court.

New helicopter speeds lifesavers to the rescue

The red and white intensive-care helicopter parked on the helipad outside Payson Regional Medical Center is not just for Payson residents.

Boys' soccer faces crucial clash against Yellow Jackets

Longhorn soccer coach Dave Greiner leaves little doubt about the importance of an Oct. 13 clash against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Eight advance in Punt, Pass & Kick contest

Area youths captured honors at the Arizona Cardinals' annual NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick competition hosted by Payson Parks & Recreation Department on Oct. 8 at Payson High School.

Horns gore Holbrook for homecoming

The score reached 39-0 early in the fourth quarter, prompting PHS football coach Jim Beall to declare enough is enough; the Roadrunners are a thoroughly beaten team.

Death with dignity

Hospice helps terminal patients seize the day

A year ago, Dorothy Wilkirson, who suffers from breast cancer, was alone, frightened and contemplating her own mortality.

Tryouts begin for Oklahoma's Sun Belt Classic Tournament

Last year, Payson High School baseball star Bryan Zumbro tried out for a spot on an Arizona all-star team that was entered in the 24th Annual Sun Belt Classic Tournament in Oklahoma.

Former Tempe coaches reunite in Payson at annual golf tournament

A pair of ex-Tempe High School coaches locked horns in the final match of the Payson Men's Golf Association Annual Club Championship Tournament.

Thursday, October 7


Pine celebrates changing seasons with Apple Festival

Apple tree branches are bending under the weight of their red and green fruit. A nip is in the air, autumn leaves are on the verge of change and so it must be time for the Seventh Annual Apple Festival.

Payson teen helps 'run the show' at Diamondbacks' game

An aunt's quick thinking, coupled with the luck of the draw, allowed 13-year-old Whitney Heizer to enjoy an evening most teen-agers can only dream about.

Lady Horns prepare for rematch against Lobos

The Snowflake Lobos are one of the few teams in the Class 3A conference who have had their way with the Lady Longhorns' volleyball team.

Horns host Holbrook for homecoming

The name Holbrook Roadrunners doesn't exactly strike fear in the hearts of most opposing football teams.

County should plan now to bring in gusher

Northern Gila County explorers are getting ready to solve one of the great local mysteries of all time is there water under the Rim?

Messages of love melt nervous widow's heart

When Ray Kinsman of Payson decided to ask Theresa Maiers to marry him, he went out of his way to make sure she got the message. He met her at the Phoenix airport last month with a large hand-lettered sign asking her to marry him.

Fox attack prompts local rabies quarantine

Northern Gila County was placed under a four-week quarantine this week, after a rabid fox bit a 10-year-old boy near Christopher Creek.

Suspect comes out with socks up

Two teen-agers one wearing white socks on his hands were arrested Tuesday at a home in Pine and charged with burglary and violation of probation.

Non-smokers have the right to breathe clean air

The Oct. 1 letter to the editor on the subject of public smoking, is, I believe, comparing apples and oranges. No one is asking the addict to pull the plug on his health-destroying habit, only to stop inflicting it on the innocent.

'Tuna Christmas' cast appreciated by community

I was surprised to see a letter about the local production of "A Tuna Christmas," which was very critical of the play. I saw the play last Saturday, and I did not remember it as profane.

Impatient critic unqualified to judge merits of local play

The cast of "A Tuna Christmas" would like to respond to Martha Searle's letter in mail call.

Critic's provincial attitude thinly disguised censorship

Theater is intended to entertain and enlighten, not to convey a particular set of moral values. That's why we have freedom of religion.

Young hikers rescued unharmed

When four local teen-agers wandered into the forest, and only two returned, search and rescue crews were called in to find the missing pair.

Medgroup is out but doctors are in

Patients seeing doctors Chris LeSueur and Dexter DeWitt in the former Medgroup-Arizona First building at 111 West Cedar were back on schedule Tuesday after Medgroup's local operation collapsed last week.

Library Friends close to hitting $250,000 mark

Fund-raisers may put building fund over the top

The Library Friends of Payson has come within $10,000 of its goal to raise $250,000 for a new Payson library, and members of the group expect to exceed that goal with two fund-raisers.

County to build more jail cells for juveniles

State funding bulk of $2.45-million detention project

Gila County is preparing to build a $2.45-million juvenile detention center in Globe to replace its 20-year-old juvenile jail a renovated nurses dorm.

Opposite sex day loses attraction for some students

Payson High School's Spirit Week, a homecoming tradition that features pep rallies, float making and dress-up days, may not include opposite sex day next year.

County digs deep to satisfy growing thirst

Water hunters set depth at 2,000 feet

Gila County and a local water improvement district are getting ready to search for water deeper in the ground than anyone in the Rim country has ever sunk a drill.

PHS graduate now playing college soccer

At Payson High School, Kendra Valasek was well known for her exploits in track and field, especially the long jump. She also was one of the school's first girl pole vaulters at a time when the 3A conference finally included the event as an official part of a track and field meet.

Youth football's Eagles, Cardinals remain undefeated

A pair of Payson teams stayed undefeated in Central Arizona Youth Football Association action Saturday at Payson High School when the Payson Eagles clipped the Cottonwood Outlaws 26-0 and the Payson Minor Cardinals thumped the Payson Cowboys 28-0.

County health workers tear down walls

Local contractors passed up a chance to bid on a $25,000 remodeling project for the county, said Gila County Administrator Steve Besich.

Monday, October 4

Two injured in collision with cow

Two people were taken by medical helicopter to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital Friday after their car, which was traveling north, collided with a cow on the Beeline Highway near the Gisela turnoff.

Comedy's humor lost in loud, offensive dialogue

Apparently I have no sense of humor. (The play) "Tuna Christmas" was advertised as a comedy. I think it's more therapy for the actors, with all the angry yelling. I felt sorry for all the children there.

Domestic violence destroys families and threatens peaceful communities

My son-in-law reminded me it was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He beat up my daughter again. He was much more thorough this time she lost her job.

Freestyle motocross races rev up this weekend

Many of Arizona's top motorcycle riders will be in Payson this weekend to participate in the Canyon Offroad Park-sponsored freestyle motocross races at the rodeo grounds.

Snowflake soccer poised to test PHS

Encouraging her charges to "play like a team and trust in each other," Lady Longhorn soccer coach Linda Gibson says upcoming rematches against Snowflake and Round Valley will test the squad's mettle.

Football squad scores shaky win

Friday's East division gridiron clash against the lowly Alchesay Falcons was predicted to be a lopsided blowout, but penalties and fumbles slowed the Payson express on the way to a 21-0 victory.

Horns race to victory in Fountain Hills

Cross country runners traditionally face a myriad of challenges including uphill climbs, long arduous courses and lung-bursting sprints to the finish line.

Horns rally for homecoming

'Opposite Sex Day,' Sludge to Judge spice up spirit week

Break out the pompoms and school spirit, it's homecoming week in Longhorn land.

Take time out to stop domestic violence crimes

Most of us have seen fear in the eyes of a young child who has become lost in a department store. No doubt, some of our readers have helped such a child find his or her parents. And many of us would stop to help a puppy standing alone in the middle of a busy intersection.

Artists help shape vision of gateway

Imagine coming into Payson and being welcomed by attractive old-fashioned street lights, signs telling you what to find and where to go on historic Main Street, and native, low-water use plants in a median in the road.

Town water treatment system shut down

Ground water contaminated by gasoline additive

A ground water clean-up project that was pumping 75 gallons a minute of drinkable water into town stores has been stopped temporarily because high levels of a gasoline additive have been found in the water.

Tree truck topples onto power lines

Crane accident disrupts power for nearly an hour

About half of Payson was in the dark for a short time Friday afternoon when a bucket truck owned by Tree Pro landscaping service knocked over power lines on Granite Dells Road. Crews from Arizona Public Service were able to restore power to customers as far away as Pine within about 45 minutes.

Restaurant owner arrested for threatening neighbors

Beth Carollo of Strawberry, who reported a fire in her garage Sept. 28 that was ruled arson, was arrested Friday on charges of violating a restraining order and allegedly threatening to kill her neighbors. A suspect has not yet been identified in the arson case.

Translating traditions

New U.S. citizen embraces her second language

English is Maria Cohen's second language, but the U.S. is first in her book. And as of last month, she became the Payson Literacy program's first student to earn United States citizenship.

Students graduate with green thumbs

Twenty-five avid gardeners from Payson, Pine, Star Valley and Globe gathered at Manzanita Manor last week for a final exam the last step in a 13-week course to become master gardeners.