Thursday, April 27
High schoolers are not the only people taking the AIMS test it is also being taken by eighth-graders, fifth-graders and third-graders.
In a worst-case scenario, Inn of Payson manager Corky Barker will soon be saving her employers about $2,500 or as much as $12,500 per year.
The votes have been counted and the results are in.
"These are the lands the Tonto Apache Indians lived on for years," said Lat Celmins, an attorney for the local Native Americans.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
The sports highlight of the weekend will kick off at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) on the Payson High School football field. The fifth Annual Guns-n-Hoses football game will pit local law enforcement officers against firefighting personnel from around the Rim country.
With a phenomenal leap of 39 feet, 6 inches, Lady Longhorn track star Rheanna Martinez stamped herself one of the top-10 high school triple jumpers in the United States.
At mid-week, the Arizona Interscholastic Association, the governing body of prep sports in the state, released the all-important Class 3A tournament pairings for both softball and baseball.
Imagine how you might feel if your sister called you and told you that she and her son were coming to live in Payson.
For nine years, Becky Martinez was the manager of Payson's old, now-empty Wal-Mart. And for the last three months, she's been the head honcho of the retail chain's massive new Supercenter and its 425 employees.
When the spotlight hit the subject of the Tonto Apache's efforts to obtain a land exchange with the Forest Service at Payson's south edge, the emotions expressed at Thursday evening's town council meeting were as varied as the concerns.
A human-caused fire involving more than 2,100 acres in the Sierra Anchas wilderness near Roosevelt Lake is now more than four times the size of what was first reported at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Payson Art League has provided an art show each spring since 1978 that is as colorful as May flowers.
Since Thursday was Take Your Daughter to Work Day, Roundup staff reporter Mike Burkett invited his 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, to spend a day working as a newspaper reporter.
Dozens of Rim country students from kindergarten to seniors have been working tirelessly for the last few weeks to make sure Saturday night's prom at Kohl's Ranch is a memorable and safe event for those attending.
In the wake of its recent buyouts of the Norwest and Arizona Bank chains, Compass Bank has made yet another local purchase: Founders Bank of Arizona.
The two recent articles (Our View and the one written by Carolyn Wall) were very good but didn't go far enough. I believe that the remarks made by Ginger Sparks that the proposed Trigger 2 money would not be going to teacher raises if it weren't required by the legislature.
I am an eighth-grade student and I would like to voice my opinion about the issue of our public pool. It is my feeling that the Town of Payson should consider making our community pool accessible year-round, not only for recreation but also for students to participate in swim teams and such. This would not only benefit those of us in school but everyone, since the pool is used by many people for exercise and recreation.
When the Majority leader of the Senate, Sen. Lott, a Republican from Mississippi, talked with Tim Russart on Meet the Press regarding gun control March 26, 2000, I heard how the NRA wanted to protect the second amendment rights. The NRA is also known as the National Rifle Association.
My name is Elizabeth Goodale, I am 14 years old, I attend Rim Country Middle School, and I play the oboe in our school band. I am writing you in regard to the article you published on Ilene McElwee Gonzales.
By publishing the views of four ill-informed people regarding the taking of Elian by the government you are, in my view, indicating that this is also your view. If this is true, please cancel my subscription and refund any balance.
This spring, almost every interclub meet the Payson Men's Golf Association has hosted or traveled to has been contested in windy, gusty conditions.
We are currently accepting late registration for youth T-Ball and girls softball on a first-come, first-served basis.
After pouring over lots of entries, the judges picked a winner for the T-shirt design competition. Congratulations to Melissa Vaillancourt.
With the East regional championships just over the horizon May 4 and 6 in Lakeside the Longhorn boys' track and field team is showcasing a trio of prime-time performers who could emerge from the fray as gold-medal winners.
Monday, April 24
Out-dueling runner-up Show Low at the Rim and Chaparral Pines golf clubs, the Payson Longhorn golf team easily played its way to the 2000 East region championship, finishing with a two-day tally of 698. Carding a 720, the Cougars were forced to settle for silver-medal honors.
C.W. Norman likes to laugh.
Brisk winds created a problem for firefighters at Christopher Creek Friday when a half-acre blaze quickly grew to 3 1/2 acres and threatened several residences.
"Crime's down," Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said.
Twenty years ago, when Larry Kontz started to go blind, he had no desire to learn how to read Braille.
For centuries, May Day was a festival celebrating the reappearance of flowers during the spring. But the tradition was also a fun and memorable way to teach children and grandchildren about giving to others and being a good neighbor.
We have a brand new Wal-Mart with nice big aisles.
Awards and presentations were the order of the night Thursday at the 20th Annual Payson Future Farmers of America Chapter Banquet at Julia Randall Elementary School.
When Betty Merritt stands before hundreds of women Saturday as the keynote speaker at "A Women's Wellness Forum," she'll talk about empowering people to renew themselves and find new purposes in their lives.
The two recent articles (Our View and the one written by Carolyn Wall) were very good but didn't go far enough. I agree with the remarks made by Ginger Sparks that the proposed Trigger 2 money would not be going to teacher raises if it weren't required by the Legislature.
I am a former U.S. Forest Service employee with 30 years experience in the science of range management. Much of that time was spent in helping to bring grazing lands back from disastrous past use and working with enterprising ranchers to develop and implement intensive management programs.
The state tournament drought could be over.
Thursday evening's Payson Town Council meeting may finally bring an end to a pair of long-running mini-dramas.
Over 100 years ago my family came to the Payson area and has been here in one way or another ever since.
In the recent Rim Review, Jim Keyworth wrote my name in his column about why people in the Rim should be worried he was talking about UFOs.
Payson angler Kirk Cowell landed a nice-sized 5 1/2 pound, 22-inch smallmouth bass last Thursday at Roosevelt Lake while fishing with his father Dan Cowell.
With its freshly painted light posts and newly litter-free sidewalks, Payson's Main Street could nearly pass for Disneyland's Main Street. You have Payson Community Kids to thank for it.
Don't ask Payson High baseball coach Teddy Pettet to sort through the East region standings without expecting a tart answer.
Ira Gibel's letter to the editor in the April 28 Payson Roundup hit a chord with me. My father was a music and math teacher in Tombstone Union High School for many years. Even in those days, with limited funds in our state, his music department and the sports department were well funded for extracurricular activities and all departments had teachers who were paid equitable salaries.
Thursday, April 20
A 19-year-old Payson High School student who was charged with misconduct involving a weapon March 27 after he was caught with a shotgun in the high school parking lot was fined $366 Wednesday and placed on a year of unsupervised probation.
Sam Perez and his family were on their way to a Rocky Point vacation when they were stopped at the Arizona-Mexico border with the news:
Linda Noriega, a former assistant finance director for Gila County, was taken into custody Thursday in Globe after Superior Court Judge David R. Cole sentenced her to 21 months in prison for committing fraudulent schemes and artifices against the county.
Kevin Hernandez, executive assistant manager of the Zane Grey Dining Room at Kohl's Ranch, winner of the Mayor's Cup Chefs Appetizer Competition in Payson, said his experience at the Scottsdale competition April 14 was well worth the effort.
Payson's Business Showcase 2000, which beat its old attendance record by about 1,500 people, was an incredible success, co-organizer Judy Miller said.
Regarding (the Roundup's recent article) "Teacher raises kept to minimum":
I am an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School. I have a concern I would like to address. It's about the new "Super" Wal-Mart. Why did we need it? We had a Wal-Mart that was, in my opinion, a good store. Big enough for things that we need and small enough that it doesn't take a lot of time trying to find what we need in a hurry, which the new one does. The old Wal-Mart had the same things the new one has, except the new one has a grocery store. We already have two grocery stores that do just fine and they are good enough for our small town.
Storytime for library's littlest fans
Our little library has a time dedicated to the littlest book fans.
Even though the earth movers went to work almost three weeks ago, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the long-planned Sawmill Crossing shopping-dining-motion picture complex was held Tuesday.
Officers rousted 12 suspected drug criminals out of their beds and off their job sites early Thursday during a sting that agents said followed months of surveillance.
Last chance to sign up for Youth T-Ball & Girls Softball
"Baldy and the Blondes" sounds more like a television sitcom than an accomplished sports team. But as odd as it might seem, the title is the moniker chosen by a trio of Rim country athletes who traveled to Mexico recently to participate in the Rocky Point Triathlon.
As one of the most accomplished prep track and field stars in Arizona, Rheanna Martinez is accustomed to pocketing as many as four gold medals in any meet she enters..
Longtime Payson Men's Golf Association member Ralph Lindo wasn't as lucky in a post-tournament scorecard playoff as he was earlier in the day battling the tricky 10th hole at Payson Golf Course.
Practicing on a makeshift softball field, where there is no running track and a piece of wood serves as the shot-put/discus ring, hasn't slowed the success of the Tonto Apache Track and Field.
State Legislators spent the recently ended 100-day session haggling over the future of professional football in Arizona. While public education floundered for lack of financial support, the Legislature approved a $331 million stadium ballot proposal.
It is 10 a.m. Monday at Payson Regional Medical Center. Kerwin Kortman of Payson is pacing the halls, anxiously waiting for the birth of his first child.
Payson officials are worried that a highway construction project east of town will sink their efforts to find and develop new sources of groundwater on federal land.
Bruce and Cherie Griffin say they're a perfect match for their new business.
There has been considerable discussion recently about the high price of gasoline. Various suggestions have been offered, generally along the lines of picketing the local gas stations, or having certain days when no one buys gasoline at all.
With the weather warming up, anglers are flocking to Rim lakes to take advantage of decent fishing conditions and uncrowded shorelines.
Payson school teachers may receive a $400 pay raise next year, but that increase hinges on whether state revenue collections are better than conservative predictions.
Monday, April 17
I am writing to you because I'm concerned about the water situation in Payson.
Ernest Ralls Jr., who wants to open a vinyl fence fabrication business and dealership in Strawberry, is hemmed in by residential zoning, but he's hoping to knock down that barrier Thursday at the next Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
Greenback Valley rancher Bill Conway, who is among a number of Rim country cattlemen struggling to keep livestock on federal land, may have found some allies in his disagreement with the U.S. Forest Service and its methods of determining the number of cattle allowed to graze on his allotment of federal land.
Be sure and pick up a copy of this week's Rim Review to learn about the new hunt and fish guide service Clifford Pirch is operating.
In Jupiter, Fla., parents who want their children to participate in youth sports must now take a class on good sportsmanship. They also are required to sign a code of good behavior that basically says "I will remember that these games are for children not adults."
If any Hollywood agents come knock-knock-knockin' at Sarah Hock's door trying to wave multi-million dollar movie contracts under her nose, they'd better be prepared for bitter disappointment. Hock isn't interested, thank you very much.
George Harrison of C&H Properties cleared one more hurdle Monday in the race to build a movie theater in Payson. He successfully purchased the old Wal-Mart building off Highway 260.
Payson resident Carol Ann Moody, author of "Hell in Heaven's House a Mother's Story" will appear Thursday on the Montel Williams Show "Free to Rape and Kill Again" on cable channel 13 and satellite station WWOR.
The formidable trio of Laura Meyocks, Glenda Cook and Nancy Althoff strutted their gold-medal links stuff in a Payson Women's Golf Association scramble tournament held late last week at Payson Golf Course.
Funding successful youth sports programs in the Rim country requires solid financial backing from a variety of sources.
In Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored senior softball league play, the Payson Grays upped their record to 6-4 with twin wins over the homestanding Rockers.
Stamp this week crunch time for Longhorn baseball as the team chases a top-four finish in the East region final standings and a berth into the state tournament.
Record number turn out for Diamond Skills
Nine-year-old Ridge Halenar could soon be making his third consecutive trip to the state championship round of the Fleer Diamond Skills Baseball Challenge.
Herbalists Jack Belmont and his wife Joanne Burrescia have taken nearly 100 people out in the woods to eat weeds. For two-years, Belmont and Burrescia have been taking guests on herb walks in the Tonto National Forest.
When five award-winning members of the Payson High School speech and debate team go to the National Forensic League's Speech and Debate Tournament in Portland, Ore. June 11-17, they'll take with them a dedication and attention to detail that belies their years.
In response to Carroll Cox's article about gun control, I hope that she was able to clear her blood-stained conscience.
This is written in response to the article in the Roundup on April 7 entitled: "Committee says teacher raises should stay same."
Thursday, April 13
I am a resident of the Valley, but also have a home in Strawberry, and I subscribe to the Payson Roundup, as well as the Arizona Republic. I find your newspaper a pleasure to read, it's positive in attitude and it gives credit to people who are doing or trying to do well.
Ray Schum, who takes office as Payson's mayor June 8, has resigned his position as president of the Payson Economic Development Corporation effective May 1.
Like many of you, I have a "someday list." It's a collection of things I need to do but just haven't had time to get the information I need to get them done. Even if I get a day off, I barely seem to take a dent out of my list. By the time I figure out who I need to talk to or what I need to get, the sun always seems to race me to the finish line of another day and it always gets there ahead of me.
The Pine-Strawberry Clinic Auxiliary is sponsoring a walkathon T-shirt design competition for all Pine-Strawberry Elementary School and home-schooled students.
A proposed federal land exchange that could add 273 acres to the Tonto Apache Reservation has some business owners worried that they'll be facing untaxed competition in the next few years.
The Central Arizona Board of Realtors accepted the resignation of its executive officer this week after discovering "irregularities" in the organization's bank accounts.
The sentencing hearing for 19-year-old Daniel Gillespie, who was arrested March 27 at Payson High School for bringing a shotgun on campus, has been postponed until next week.
The eyes of the Longhorn jayvee softball players are focused on April 20 and a rematch against the only team to whip the Rim country diamond ladies this season.
The Lady Longhorn softball team began play this morning in the most prestigious tournament of the regular season.
An Aug. 1 trial date was set Thursday for Lenny William Kizzar, who's charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 30, 1999, shooting of Payson Police Officer Allen Dyer.
Jesse Johnson, 82, and Dr. Christian Risser V, 58, are of different generations and barely know each other.
The Payson Hot Wheels will be spinning their wheels Saturday, April 15, when they take on the Samaritan Wheelchair Suns in the Rim country's annual benefit basketball game.
One of the most celebrated events of the Payson social-sports scene is just on the horizon.
A pair of Rim country teams the Spoilers and the Grays are traveling weekly to north Scottsdale where both compete in a senior softball league sponsored by the Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Department.
Underclass members of the Payson High School track and field teams had the opportunity Saturday to show their wares against opposing athletes of similar age and experience.
Last chance to sign up for Youth T-Ball & Girls' Softball
Recently, there have been a lot of complaints among town Parks and Recreation league soccer players and their parents about the methods used to determine how the teams were assembled.
I am 14 years old and I have a concern about the slow traffic pull-outs on Highway 87 between Payson and Strawberry.
Channel 12 news reported on April 4 that people are not sending in their census forms. It sounded like people are not responding when the real story is ...
A man accused of molesting young girls in his Mesa del Caballo neighborhood two years ago was sentenced Thursday in Gila County Superior Court.
Wrestlers continue honing their skills in off-season
The undying commitment of the celebrated Payson High School wrestling team leaves little doubt why they're on the verge of being ranked one of the nation's 25 best by USA Wrestling magazine.
Soon, the Main Steet redevelopment area will not only be more pedestrian friendly, but also more private-investor friendly, if a plan unanimously passed Thursday by the Payson Town Council works as planned.
Fire Marshal Jack Babb said he believes it was a lit candle left unattended that caused the fire at the home of Bob and Brenda Trask on West Cherry Street Wednesday. By the time the Trasks returned home that evening, firefighters said they believe the fire had been smoldering for several hours.
A few years ago, Barry Cardinael prayed that the very first presentation at the long-awaited, much-delayed Payson Multi-Event Center would be an Easter Sunday church service in 1999.
Monday, April 10
Coach Chuck Hardt's preseason prediction that the Longhorn boys' track team wouldn't sport the depth it did during last year's regional championship campaign is turning into reality.
Roger Wholly, a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Council, told the Payson Unified School District Board Monday that the council had very little interest in increasing the base salary for teachers. The advisory council suggested no significant increases for any position in the district unless it requires more work, Wholly said.
Last spring, the Longhorns rode the pitching arm of Bryan Zumbro to Payson High School's first state baseball championship.
Payson High's freshman class is the most athletically talented group of boys to go through the school in the past 15 years.
In your March 21 editorial (NRA Should Support Smith and Wesson Deal), the subject of gun deaths was introduced with the words "Gun violence claims more than 30,000 lives ... annually ... an increasing number of those being killed are children ... Even more alarming is the number of children doing the killing."
I feel outraged and that it is very necessary to respond to Joey Ann Durand's letter to the editor published April 4. You really must get all of your facts straight before you voice such opinions.
The state has tentatively earmarked $3.5 million to improve Payson Municipal Airport during a five-year period from 2001 to 2005.
The Arizona Department of Transportation's tentative highway construction program for 2001 to 2005 calls for spending $2.7 billion on the state highway system including $174 million for Gila County's highways.
This year, the normally-dreaded April 15th will be just another Saturday.
A proposed plan to make the Main Street redevelopment area more pedestrian friendly will be considered by the Payson Town Council during a public hearing Thursday night.
It's hard to imagine now, but Payson's annual Business Showcase wasn't always a popular attraction, Business Showcase Committee Chairman Judy Miller said.
Most law-abiding citizens won't ever see the cold, steely interior of a holding cell in a police station.
Two Tucson-based companies have taken over the lease and operation of Manzanita Manor's nursing home and apartment complex.
A three-year project at Frontier Elementary School a "Field of Dreams" is nearing completion. Nearly 50 volunteers, parents, grandparents and students turned out Saturday to bring that dream to reality.
Payson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) started off its annual week-long drug and alcohol Awareness Week with "Coming To," a touring theater group of talented and dedicated teens who are recovering addicts.
Former Peace Corps volunteers aid refugees
Betty and Bob Poynter, who spent four months volunteering in Mitrovisa in northern Kosovo, said they were struck by how similar the people in Kosovo seemed to the couple's neighbors in the Rim country.
Not long ago, the question "What would Jesus do?" became what may be the unlikeliest best-selling bumper-sticker catch phrase the world has known.
Sometimes it takes a combination of hearts, hands and shovels to build a dream.
A 32-year-old worker on a construction project west of the Country Club Vistas subdivision died Thursday afternoon when the backhoe he was operating rolled down a 150-foot embankment. Robert Wiles, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency crews arrived at the site.
Two children from Camp Verde were placed in their grandmother's care after their father was arrested early Tuesday morning at a local motel.
A pair of East region toughies boasting solid golf reputations received a slap-in-the-face preview of what to expect from the Longhorns when the regional tournament is played April 26 at Rim Golf Club.
The powerful Lady Longhorn track and field team returns to Lakeside Friday as overwhelming favorites to run away with the Blue Ridge Invitational championship.
Thursday, April 6
A wrongful death suit was filed in Phoenix March 27 against the Boy Scouts of America by the parents of Scott Adams Zimmerman, who drowned in Sycamore Creek nearly two years while on a scout camping trip.
Paul Roosen, the 37-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Calista Wright Feb. 11 in her Star Valley home, will undergo a series of examinations to determine his competency to stand trial.
I am a 14-year-old eighth-grader, and I really like the skate park that Payson made for the people who like to skateboard and rollerblade. And I think it is very cool how we don't have to pay money to get into it. I think it has very good quality.
April 9-15 is National Volunteer Week. It's a week set aside every year since 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of the thousands of men and women in this country who volunteer their time and energies to help others.
Representing the Tonto Apache track and field team, Michael Waterman, Waylon Quotskuyva and Anthony Johnson won gold medals at the Phoenix Invitational meet held last weekend at Glendale Community College.
I think there are plenty of things to do in Payson. Teens need to stop complaining about having to live in a small town and not having anything to do.
As a person who spent more than 40 years helping defend this nation and one who believes in the Constitution as it was written, I can no longer be silent and allow a very few people to take our rights away.
Work is nearing completion on a $151,000 lighting project at Rumsey Park which will make the multipurpose field and a nearby baseball field suitable for evening play.
Water rates went up April 1 for more than 4,000 Brooke Utilities customers in the Rim country. After a year-long rate review, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved rate increases last week for four water companies managed by Brooke Utilities, including E&R Water Company, United Utilities and Williamson Water Works.
According to nursing care leaders, the crippling effect that Medicare cuts have had on America's nursing homes has sounded "a wake-up call" for lawmakers and communities across the nation.
Spring links action for members of the Payson Women's Golf Association teed off last week at Payson Golf Course with "irons only" play.
The Payson High School golf team now knows what it will take to win the school's first state golf championship beat Safford.
In one of the most exciting youth basketball games witnessed locally, the Shelby School Iguanas slipped past San Carlos 38-35 in double overtime to win the championship of the Town of Payson Boys' Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Music has a way of transforming a moment into a memory. It can bring peace to a troubled heart, and change gloom into gladness. Because of its power to heal and uplift, music is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children.
By the end of next week, the 28-foot-by-60-foot modular building that will house Life School College Prep off Highline in Star Valley will be set up and ready for student registration.
Still time to stand and be counted
So far, Gila County residents aren't returning as many of their Census 2000 forms as expected, but that could be because some Payson residents haven't received their forms.
Thanks to financial support from the local Rotary Club and the Mogollon Sporting Association, the Payson High School Freshman and Sophomore Track and Field Invitational set for tomorrow (Saturday) should be one of the premier prep athletic events in the state.
When members of the Payson Unified School District Board meet Monday, they'll have money on their minds.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Lennons Furniture for donating a queen-size bed and brass headboard for our newly incorporated hospitality suite.
Doctors who examined Lenny Kizzar the suspect in the shooting of Payson Police Officer Allen Dyer Oct. 30 have determined that he is mentally competent to stand trial.
Spring blood drive a success
Congratulations to the 109 folks who turned out for the first-ever Pine-Strawberry spring blood drive.
It is the long-held tradition of the restaurant/customer relationship that while paying customers are free to be rude, obnoxious or outrageously impossible to please, restaurant personnel can only bite their tongues and pleasantly thank such cretinous clients for their valued patronage.
Dan Eckstein, assistant fire management officer with the Payson Ranger District, said residents in Pine can expect to see some prescribed burning within the next few days.
An autopsy of 82-year-old Lloyd Linderson, a former greeter at Safeway in Payson, confirmed this week that he died of heart failure and exposure to the cold.
Monday, April 3
Four Rim Country Middle School students and three Payson High School students faced the music and the Payson Choral Society last week to compete for two scholarships.
Those 88 beautiful vintage automobiles that passed through Payson Monday were on the second leg of the 10th Annual Copperstate 1000 road tour.
A contingent of five local athletes will be among the hundreds of law enforcement officers expected to gather this week in Scottsdale for the 2000 Arizona Police Olympics.
After having season-opening intra-club tournaments against Oak Creek and Beaver Creek postponed because of inclement weather, the members of the Payson Men's Golf Association took to the local course March 29 in a Nassau-formatted tournament.
Although they represent a Class 4A metropolitan school, the Coronado Dons track and field team was no match for small-town Payson when the cinder crews clashed last week in Scottsdale.
When the winning tradition of the Longhorn wrestling program is at stake, PHS seniors Doyle Van Horn and Jimbo Armstrong are at their best.
In a showdown that could sport huge consequences by the time the state playoffs roll around in early May, the defending state champion Longhorn baseball team plays host to East rival Show Low at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday) on PHS diamond.
Last week, Payson School District administrators took a phenomenal leap forward by amending their policy on crisis communication.
It sounds like a scene from Stephen King's vehicles-with-minds-of-their-own thriller, "Maximum Overdrive."
The man who greeted local Safeway customers with a smile for the past eight years died last week in the Tonto National Forest.
Margaret Martinez of Payson told police she didn't see the man she hit with her car Friday night while she was driving north on the Beeline Highway.
Grouping plants with similar water requirements together will simplify the design of your low-water-use irrigation system. This technique also reinforces the concept of planting in zones placing those plants with the highest water needs nearest the house, those with moderate water needs in the transition zone, and low-water-use plants in the arid zone, farthest from the house.
One of Payson's paid on-call firefighters has a shot at parlaying that part-time position into a full-time career with the Payson Fire Department. The department is hiring a new firefighter to help staff the town's new fire station on Rancho Road.
Finally, I have found someone to say what I have been saying for years.
I just read the Tuesday March 28 paper. Its front page article about tax money puts Payson on better track made me furious that all this town can think of is sports. If it isn't something for the athletic department, it isn't important. What about the arts, music, drama and art classes? All have to take what is left over.
I feel it necessary to respond to Kathy Arnold's letter to the editor on March 31. Ms. Arnold, I think that you may have misunderstood my intent in my plea to parents to ask the powers that be to rethink the AIMS test.
The Phoenix television news last evening had a story of a Valley student who brought a handgun to school. He was brandishing it about in the rest room, showing off that it was loaded, and he was heard making verbal threats against another student.
I was shocked when I learned that there is a bill that is apparently going to pass through the Arizona State Legislature that will give our judges a 17.5-percent pay increase.
Hi, my name is Sarah Gilson. I am 14 years old, and I'm writing to you because I want to tell teens how I feel about drugs at parties.
Pine resident Jim Hazel plans to give Gila County Attorney Jerry DeRose a run for his money this November when DeRose's position comes up for election.