Stories for August 2000


Thursday, August 31

Mesa del dog poisonings continue

Four more dog poisonings have been reported in Mesa del Caballo since Monday, and two dogs are recovering in Jake's Corner from a similar attack.

Boy with muscular dystrophy to be TV spokesman

Mother, son both fighting fatal disease

In the most important respects, 11-year-old Jonathon Coleman of Payson is just like other children. But there are a few things about this boy that make him different.

Quinlan's kick squad beats RV roundup staff reporter

The Payson High School varsity boys soccer team won its season opener, plowing through Round Valley with coach Byron Quinlan pointing to toughness as the reason for the win.

Lady Mavericks lose home-opener to Snowflake

Although the Maverick eighth-grade girls softball team was defeated in the heated battle of the home opener against Snowflake Tuesday, the coaches and players feel the team's performance shows promising advancement.

Many offers, few choices for homeless pair in forest

During the past week, Tess Johnson and her son, Freddie Jones, have been offered rent-free land from people all over the country. One offer came from Cotton, Texas. Others came from North Dakota and New Mexico. One even came from Northern Ontario, Canada.

Payson named Arizona Main Street Community

Payson's Main Street redevelopment project will get a sizable boost next Wednesday when the state officially designates the town an Arizona Main Street Community.

Payson man accused of stabbing prison guard

Former Payson resident Luke Hilgendorf, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in Florence for murdering a Payson businessman three years ago, allegedly stabbed a prison guard last week.

Rabid coyote shot near school

A man walking through his front yard Monday near Payson Elementary School was rushed by a rabid coyote. He shot and killed the animal a few moments later.

Cartoon a slap in the face to border ranchers

Guess I've seen too many movies. You know, the ones where the only thing really standing against injustice was the newspaper editor, his daughter and one cranky ol' helper.

Little room left for people down on their luck

Thanks for the touching piece regarding the mother and son and their "camp-garden" on national forest land. The story illustrates how profoundly our "let us care for you" government has lost touch with people who really don't want someone else to care for them.

Forest Service favors the rich and powerful

Gila County and Payson are making international news today, as the story of the eviction of the two homeless people from their campsite in a nearby national forest is wending its way about the world.

Homeless: stuck between a rock and hard times

Living off the land.

The notion strikes at the very essence of what it means to be a resident of the great American West. Wild. Strong. Courageous. Inventive. Self-reliant. Free.

Verlle Jackson

Verlle A. (Howard) Hosier Jackson, 98, of Woodward, Okla., died Aug. 17, 2000, at Woodward Hospital and Health Center. She was born July 7, 1902, to David Frank and Orpha Lulu (Bauer) Howard in Joliet, Ill. Verlle moved to Oklahoma at the age of 2 in a covered wagon with her parents, two brothers and one sister. They resided in Grand, Okla.

Lots of leisure activities planned for Labor Day

That old log schoolhouse in Strawberry will showcase the talent of caricature artist Paul Reeves from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For a donation to the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona, Reeves will create a caricature drawing of you, your spouse, your children or anyone you'd like to immortalize on paper. Caricatures are great family gifts that can stand the test of time.

Smid wins three-way tie in President's Cup match

Lifelong golfer Donna Smid went club-to-club against 17 other golfers for the Payson Woman's Golf Association's annual President's Cup challenge.

Harley riders raise money for charity in Run to the Pines

More than 225 motorcycle riders rumbled into Strawberry last weekend for the community's first Run to the Pines rally. The charity motorcycle rally, which raised more than $2,000 for the needy children in Pine and Strawberry, was the brainchild of Strawberry business owner Rich Hayward. Hayward got Michael Kathe, the new owner of the Sportsmen's Chalet, on board and the pair along with Chalet manager Jinjer Carter, who rounded up the sponsors and prizes developed an event that drew bikers from all over the state.

Request to raise water rates resurfaces

Two hot topics an increase in water rates and affordable housing are on the agenda for a special Payson Town Council meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Town Hall.

20 teams to compete in Labor Day tournament

Hundreds of competitors from across the state will descend on Payson this weekend for what over the past 20 years has grown to be an action-packed annual opportunity for both players and fans to enjoy softball tournament action in the cool pines of the Rim country.

Parks & Recreation

Start to Finish: 5K training program

Want to compete in a 5K (3.1-mile) race? You can do it, one step at a time. Begin training for Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run this fall. The class, led by certified trainer Abby Kendall, meets each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Green Valley Park for 10 weeks, beginning Sept. 16 and ending on race day, Nov. 18. The cost is $40 per person, which includes:

Labor Day soccer tourney this weekend

A trio of the finest men's soccer teams from Phoenix will travel to Payson this weekend to participate in the inaugural Labor Day tournament

Walgreens planning new store, curbside pharmacy

In less than two years, if all goes as planned, Rim country residents will be able to pick up their prescriptions at the drive-through window of a brand new Walgreens Drug Store.

Town's welcome mat only out for the wealthy

How interesting that the Payson Roundup has received e-mails from all over the country and even Canada offering our hardworking homeless residents, Tess and Freddie, a home.

'Blame should be directed to the proper agency'

In response to a letter to the Roundup in the Tuesday, Aug. 29 issue regarding the U.S. Forest Service and the homeless pair, the provider, Cloyd Henline, is incorrectly associating the Department of Interior with the Forest Service.

Monday, August 28

Alice Mae Willig

Alice Mae Willig, 65, of Payson, died Aug. 27, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on Aug. 8, 1935 in Cudahay, Wis. Ms. Willig was a homemaker.

God's photographer

We just put it in God's hands, turned it all over to him," says Pastor Harvey Taylor. That explains a lot.

Shame on U.S. Forest Service for treatment of homeless pair

All of the lovers of the beautiful forests of the American West can rejoice. Our esteemed United States Forest Service has won another great victory against illegal, horrible, law-breaking individuals who had been occupying an infinitesimally small portion of the Tonto National Forest's 2.9 million acres.

Mitchell swings silver at Prescott

The State Lady Niners golf tournament was held Aug. 14 at the Prescott Country Club. Participating golfers from the Rim country included Pam Mitchell, Rose Devar, Julie Lynch, Dorothy Hardman and Rubie Billerbeck.

Looking forward to melodrama in Payson

I was pleased to note that a melodrama is coming to town. Aside from Shakespeare, in the middle 1800s, melodrama was the entertainment available to the masses.

From income taxes to growth initiatives, voters have a lot to learn

When Arizona voters go to the polls Nov. 7, they will be asked to wade through 13 to 16 propositions ranging from an initiative that would phase out all state and local income taxes to a controversial Sierra Club initiative to restrict growth.

Despite kick in the head, organizer calls Karate championship a success

Hundreds looked on as more than 200 martial arts students and instructors competed head-to-head and occasionally foot-to-head in the Mazatzal Open Championships at the Tonto Tribal Gym Saturday.

Clash with Tuba City merely a tune-up

Preseason football scrimmages were designed to be tune-ups only.

Maverick girls win season opener against Heber

The Middle School Maverick Girls Softball Team won their season-opener last Thursday, and if the action was indicative of things to come, a strong defense - including superior pitching - will be at the heart of what leads them on to more victories.

Big changes in store for small-town medical center

Big changes are coming to Payson Regional Medical Center in the form of a $4.5-million addition that includes two new wings and a Main Street entrance.

Bucket bomb found in forest

The discovery and subsequent detonation of six grenades, six anti-personnel devices and a number of blasting caps in the wilderness near Young has authorities searching for more clues as to who assembled the devices and where more of them may be found.

Much more was lost than a $5 kite

This summer on a windy Sunday afternoon I took my two kids and my son's friend to Green Valley Park to fly their kites. We had just bought my son's friend his kite for his birthday.

Retired deputy says Armer's the man for the job

John Armer is a professional in the truest sense of the word.

Town's gazebo codes anti-Christian bigotry

Anti-Christian bigotry, that's all it is! I am referring to the Town of Payson's current codes and proposed new codes regarding the gazebo at Green Valley Park. Currently the town has made the gazebo off limits to the churches. Now when it appears that the town may be in violation of the First Amendment, the town attorney, Sam Striechman, is recommending that the current codes, be removed and replaced with more restrictive codes, codes which would prevent not just churches, but all organizations from hosting events at the gazebo. Under the new codes only "town-sponsored" events would be allowed.

Golden rule also applies to golden retrievers

My wife and I have five children. We do our best to teach them to be polite and courteous but they are still children and are ever learning.

Limited tickets still available for Ducks Unlimited annual banquet

There are tickets still available for the Ducks Unlimited annual banquet, set for Sept. 30 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Donald Lee Brown

Donald Lee Brown, 52, of Payson, died Aug. 25, 2000. He was born on June 19, 1948 in Detroit, Mich.


'Perfect body' may be unattainable for some

This past week I began introducing a new class to the idea of health and fitness for a lifetime.


Hoping for a happy ending for Tess and Freddie

Just a bit of earth.


'Buckshot Dot' inspired by cowboy way of life

Dee Strickland Johnson, one of the headliners for this weekend's First Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival, grew up around music and poetry, but she fell into cowboy poetry almost by chance.

Ralph Edward Huston

Ralph Edward Huston, 85, of Payson, died Aug. 24, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. He was born on Oct. 8, 1914 in Olathe, Kan.

Young cheerleader has years of experience

Katie Welker may not be Payson High School's tallest cheerleader. But with a full five years of rah-rah under her belt, she is almost certainly the most experienced. And the cutest. And the youngest.

Gunshot ends in arrest of Mesa del resident

There are three different explanations for a shot fired in Mesa del Caballo Saturday night in the midst of a heated argument and any one of them would have ended in the arrest of Joseph Steven Gehring for aggravated assault.

APS customers left in the dark

For several minutes Friday afternoon, the entire Rim country was without electrical service due to a transmission line failure.

More dog poisonings in Mesa del

Yet another round of dog poisonings has taken place in Mesa del Caballo.

McCarthy 'clearly is the best man for the job'

I am writing this letter in support of Dennis "Dino" McCarthy for Gila County Sheriff for many reasons including his honesty and integrity but the following says it best from the State of Arizona Fraternal Order of Police:

Saturday, August 26

Heritage Festival features cowboy poets


If you had to make a list of dying breeds, two things that would probably rank right up there alongside Mexican spotted owls are cowboys and poetry.

Cowboy poets aren't all the same; here's one, pardner, who's a dame


Dee Strickland Johnson, aka "Buckshot Dot," may have been named "Female Cowboy Poet of the Year" by the national Academy of Western Artists in 1997.

How would you like your century plant?


What do these wilderness sights have in common: Gold-topped spears spread across the hillside; old juniper trunks crudely barren of their branches; mounds of ashen soil and stones.

Thursday, August 24

Closing skate park sorry solution to town-made problem

In regard to the article on Aug. 22 about the skate park.

Candidate should be accessible to voters

(Leonard Miglorisi) is the Republican candidate for (Gila County) supervisor of District 3 from Globe. I've tried to reach him several times over a period of four months and he is "unlisted at the customer's request."

Gun control survey uses students as shills

I hardly know where to start with this one. I guess a bit of personal experience is helpful. It wasn't until college and my own motivated interests that I became aware of the blatantly slanted and patriotic hyperbole of my high school history books. It was during that period of study that I began to fully understand why young kids high school and below are not given the right to vote even though they can enlist, fight and die for their country.

RCMS band, chorus won't fall silent

The Aug. 22 edition of the Roundup carried a letter to the editor concerning the band and chorus programs offered at Rim Country Middle School. I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the author of the letter, D.L. Mason, and to our community.

Ramiro Vasquez

Ramiro Vasquez, 40, of Payson, died Aug. 20, 2000, in Payson. He was born March 13, 1960, in Harlingen, Texas.

Photography contest developing for fair

The Northern Gila County Fair is less than a month away and photographers still have time to get their prints ready for the amateur and professional competitions. The fair will be held at the community center in Pine Sept. 15-17.

Town council retreats from gazebo clash to regroup

When they couldn't agree on how or whether to restrict public use of the gazebo in Green Valley Park, Payson Town Council members beat a hasty retreat into executive session during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Firm revives local Medicare-plus coverage

A new insurer has received approval to sell traditional Medicare coverage to Gila County seniors at HMO premium rates.

Should officer be allowed to campaign for candidate?

In the Aug. 22 issue of the Roundup, a letter from Detective Chris Haack appeared in the "mailcall" section, promoting "Dino" McCarthy for sheriff of Gila County.

Political boundary proposition placed on ballot

The Fair Districts Fair Elections Campaign Committee confirmed last week that its petitions have been certified by the Secretary of State, officially placing the Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission Initiative on the November general election ballot. The initiative will be Proposition 106.

Preschooler gains edge over cancer

Four-year-old Ashley Allen has cleared the highest hurdle yet in her fight against brain cancer.

Rim Guidance, Valley firm merge

Twenty-five-year-old Payson health provider Rim Guidance Center has merged with Southwest Behavioral Health, which has been serving communities in Maricopa County since 1969.

Check your buttons for winning numbers

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee volunteers rustled up more than $9,000 arresting unsuspecting locals and visitors during the August Doin's. The proceeds from the jail are used for scholarships.


Labor Day marks Pine's last hurrah for summer

Can you believe it? School has started. The busses are running regularly, plucking small bodies with bright shiny faces from the forest and depositing them in the center of Pine for their educational benefit.

New AD deals with growth, fees and search for big bucks

Settling into his new position, Dave Bradley predicts his first year as athletic director will be yet another banner year for the largest school in the 3A conference.

Parks and Recreation

Adult Coed Volleyball

Registration for adult coed volleyball will be held Sept. 5 through 15. Competitive and recreation divisions will be offered, with a four-team minimum for both divisions. Entry fee is $150 per team and includes an end-of-season tournament. Games begin the first week of October.

Conway becomes card-carrying cowboy

Each August for more than a decade, the young boy climbed the old Payson rodeo grounds corral fence and nestled himself high atop a wooden railing.

Team spirit key for Gibson's girls

A new later schedule, combined with focus, teamwork and experience, promise to attract a much larger crowd of supporters for what many are expecting to be one of the most exciting seasons yet for Lady Longhorn soccer.

Donald Johnson

Donald Waldamer Johnson, 68, of Pine died Aug. 21, 2000, in Pine. He was born Dec. 24, 1931, in Ainsworth, Neb. Mr. Johnson was a U.S. Army veteran and a mechanic most of his life. He was a former resident of Mesa, Ariz.

Boys' soccer gets new coach, new schedule, new blood

Despite only a few veterans returning from last year on the Payson High varsity boys soccer team, there's one familiar face to Longhorn sports that returns this year and the team is excited about it.

WWI plane loses power; pilot forced to land relic on rough patch of ground

An 83-year-old man piloting a World War I vintage aircraft perfectly executed a forced landing in a pasture near Strawberry.

Ousting squatters makes no sense

Tess and Freddie (see Mike Burkett's touching story in the Aug. 22 issue of the Roundup) have been evicted by the Forest Service from the paradise they carved for themselves in the national forest south of Payson with the admonition that they leave it as they found it. Yet the Forest Service continues to trade large portions of the national forest to land developers who are expanding increasingly farther into the forest with asphalt and concrete. Does this make sense to you? It makes no sense to me.

Monday, August 21

Rodeo a rough ride for team roper

While cowboys and cowgirls rode off into the sunset Sunday evening, the 116th production of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo entered local history books as a success. More than $55,000 was awarded to the top competitors in six events.

Isolde Flores

Isolde Jean Flores, 67, of Payson, died Aug. 17, 2000, at her home in Payson. She was bornJuly 9, 1933, in Affalterbach, Germany.

George Dawes

George F. Dawes, 75, of Payson, died Aug. 16, 2000. He was born Jan. 28, 1925, in De Funiak Springs, Fla., and married Dora Burns of Phoenix.

Helen Bond

Helen Louise Bond, 86, of Emporia, Kan. died Aug. 19, 2000, in Emporia, Kan. She was born to William A. Pinkerton and Lelia Marie Pinkerton June 10, 1914, in Greenfield, Ohio. Mrs. Bond was a homemaker, and a member of the First Friends Church, Emporia, Kan.

Beeline traffic delays expected atop Ox Bow Hill

"We're well on our way to improving the highway system in the Rim country," State Transportation Board Member Ingo Radicke said at a media briefing Thursday at Payson Town Hall.

Ex-probation chief to stand trial for theft

The trial of former Gila County probation chief Robert "Rocky" Castaneda was set for Oct. 24, following his rejection of a plea agreement Friday in Gila County Superior Court.


Homeless mother, son ordered off federal forest

As two armed U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers and two Gila County Task Force agents prepared Aug. 9 to investigate a suspicious campsite in national forest south of Payson, they didn't know what sort of nefarious activity they might be up against.


Planned regulations punish law-abiding gun owners

Bill Clinton got caught with his pants down. Now he and Al Gore and their friends in the Senate are risking having the U. S. caught with its defenses down.

Plan to pay off national debt a winning strategy

It's interesting to see the Democrats and Republicans stealing each other's political ideas this year.

McCarthy 'can do the job and do it very well'

My name is Chris A. Haack. I'm a detective with the Payson Police Department.

Don't allow middle school to silence music program

Over the past four years I have watched the band and chorus at Rim Country Middle School grow not only in the number of students participating about 160 but more importantly in the quality of both of these performing groups. They have performed at many community and school events each performance better than the last.


Students smart to support gun control laws

A number of recent opinion polls have asked adults how they feel about gun control laws. On Monday, the results of a nationwide survey were released, indicating how our high school students feel about regulating firearms in the United States.

Payson players make state's "best of" list

Payson players make state's "best of" list

Bikes and bad language may jeopardize skate park's future

A handful of bad apples could be spoiling the whole bunch at the Payson Skate Park.

Lady Horns looking to three-peat in cross country

With a solid crew of veteran runners highlighting this fall's roster, the Lady Longhorn cross country team is the odds-on favorite to capture its third consecutive regional title.

Maverick teams loaded with years of experience

Experience, size, speed and confidence are the attribute, which the seventh- and eighth-grade Rim Country Middle School Maverick football players and coaches believe will lead to yet another stellar season this year.


Call of the wild draws ranger to Payson post

Ed Armenta, the new ranger for the Payson district of the Tonto National Forest, said he always wanted to be a ranger long before he even knew what a ranger did.

'Scrappy' says goodbye

Firefighters roast assistant chief into retirement

Asked to describe the party held last Tuesday for retiring Payson Assistant Fire Chief Donald Rose, a 27-year PFD veteran, department engineer Gary Lamken says, "You ever see Dean Martin's celebrity roasts on TV? That's what it was like. It was hilarious."

Lefties often left out in right-handed world


Did you know that Aug. 13 was International Left-handers Day? No? That's not surprising.

Young bear captured, killed in north Payson

An 80-pound black bear was captured and killed Sunday night, after roaming for hours through the Northwoods townhomes in north Payson.

Council to revise gazebo policy

The Payson Town Council will consider changing a town code Thursday that currently prohibits churches and religious groups from using the gazebo at Green Valley Park.

Paternity questioned in baby's death

New information released by the Gila County Sheriff's Department indicates that Bruce Ybarra the Pine man charged with second-degree murder in the death of 4-month-old Devon William Hayden Hayes may not be the infant's father.

Saturday, August 19

Old Railroad Tunnel can be tough to find


One of the most intriguing and challenging hikes in the Rim country leads to the "Tunnel to Nowhere" north of Payson and below the Rim at an elevation of 7,200 feet.

"There's dirty work afoot" in the Rim Country


Knowing that Spencer, who looks every bit the part of a grizzled old cowboy, used to hang out with an All-American hero like The Duke makes it easier to understand how he could be single-handedly responsible for bringing World War II to a close. Or so his father claims.

Thursday, August 17

Oaks Restaurant calls it quits

Nearly 10 years to the day after The Oaks Restaurant opened its doors on Main Street, it is closing them for good.

Search for water puts taxpayers' money at stake

Re: Mike Burkett's story in your July 28 edition, "Payson's water woes easing."

New football coach starts with few veteran players

The Payson High School football team will sport an entirely different look when the 2000 season kicks off Sept. 1 in Safford.

Flight patterns take quiet approach

New maps point pilots away from neighborhoods

For almost 10 months now, Payson Municipal Airport has had new suggested flight patterns for approaching and departing aircraft.

Former school employee gets prison time

Phyllis Woods, a former bookkeeper for the Payson Unified School District, will spend the better part of the next decade in prison, following her sentencing in Gila County Superior Court Thursday.

Ford drivers go bumper to bumper for tire recall

More than 100 Rim country residents are on a waiting list at Phil White Ford to have recalled Firestone tires replaced on their vehicles.

Baby dies, father charged

A Pine resident has been arrested on charges of second-degree murder in the death of his infant son.

North Fire smokes as it burns itself out

Payson residents looking to the southwest Wednesday noticed a huge pillar of smoke rising from the north peak in the Mazatzal Wilderness area.

Trial set for suspect in Star Valley murder case

Star Valley resident Paul Roosen will go to court Oct. 17, where he'll be tried on charges of first-degree murder, following the denial of his Rule 11 motion in Gila County Superior Court Monday.

Pauly low-gross champ against Antelope Hills

The home-course advantage was in effect Aug. 9 when members of the Payson Men's Golf Association hosted their Antelope Hills counterparts in an interclub tournament at Payson Golf Course.

Payson Parks and Recreation

Registration is now in progress for adult coed softball. Games begin the week of Sept. 5 and end by Oct. 6.

Punt, Pass and Kick separates boys and girls

It seems the combination of a new full-time sports coordinator for the Town of Payson, and a new fill-in wannabe sports reporter can lead to some misinformation.

Be part of 116 years of rodeo tradition

It's Rodeo weekend in Payson, so dust off your boots, put on your favorite hat and head for the rodeo grounds.

New Economy opens opportunities for rural Arizona

Whether you live in Phoenix or Chinle, the New Economy will have an impact on your life. Rural communities, in particular, face great challenges and opportunities in managing the pace of change inherent in this new era.

E. Gale Denner

E. Gale Denner, 72, died Aug. 12, 2000.

Payson's Yard Sale Queen has shopping down to a science

She's known among yard sale enthusiasts as the Payson Yard Sale Queen, but true to her special calling, Marla Graham is uneasy with things royal and regal.

Gibson's Lady Longhorns ready for Australian rematch

Forget the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The most exciting athletic competition ever to unfold Down Under is over and every member of the Payson High School girls' soccer team has come home a winner.

Will voters seek reform or status quo?

In response to your (editorial) Aug. 1, "Time for county supervisors to clean house."

Dorothy Reed

Dorothy Marie Reed, 74, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000.

Few choices offered for county primaries

Rim country voters who cast ballots in the Sept. 12 primary election will be making history by participating in Gila County's first ever open primary.

Concert without air conditioning showed 'poor judgment'

Regarding the Up With People concert (Monday):

Russell Bitting

Russell W. Bitting, 90, of Payson, died Aug. 13, 2000, at Payson Care Center.

Monday, August 14

Anactacia Aubrey England

Anactacia Aubrey England was born July 26, 2000.

Rainstorms drive Devils back to Valley of the Sun

Thousands of loyal Sun Devils' fans are disappointed this week with the early departure of the Arizona State University team from Camp Tontozona.

Send message loud and clear to county officials in upcoming election

My sincerest thanks to the Roundup for the editorial Aug. 1 giving an overview of the corruption in Gila County government that we know about thus far.

Janice Smith

Janice Elaine Young Smith, 57, of Phoenix, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Aug. 11, 2000.

Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Becker "Betty" Stewart, 89, of Payson, died Aug. 11, 2000, in Payson.

La Donna Fausett

La Donna Fausett, 76, of Tonto Basin, died Aug. 13, 2000.

Navajo code talkers returning to native ways

Leon Yellowhair, 85, and Travis Yaiva, 79, are used to experiments. Today, the two residents of Payson Care Center are participating in a program designed to bring the traditions, practices and foods of their Native American heritage into a typical senior-care setting the first effort of its kind in Arizona and perhaps the first in the country, according to PCC Administrator David Needles.

Rodeo rides again

Payson's hallmark event, which began on dusty Main Street in 1884 and has continued without fail for 116 years, opens at its new location this weekend.

Lightning kills hiker, injures 3 atop Rim

More than 25 Rim country firefighters and emergency personnel participated in a complex rescue when lightning killed a hiker and injured his three companions Saturday afternoon on the Mogollon Rim.

Payson teachers share secrets for student success

The first day of school can be a nerve-racking experience for parents as well as students, especially for those making the transition from middle school to high school.

School dress codes going back to basics

Back-to-school shopping can be a nightmare for students and parents, as they search racks of clothes for the latest styles that fit within the parameters of their school's dress code.

Study tips to help students succeed

Education basics have become more complex over the years, and parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children's education.

What parents need to know

Within the first couple of weeks, each school will host an open house, allowing students and parents to meet the teachers and staff who will assist in their childrens' educational environment.

Techy trades laptop for 'lasso'

Big-city businessman eager volunteer for small-town rodeo

Lance Welter goes to work everyday in a three-piece suit, laboring in the dot-com world that orbits the Internet. Twice a year, however, he trades his suits and ties for jeans and boots and travels 2,000 miles from Illinois to Payson to volunteer at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Celebrated firefighter faces fiercest test of courage


On the morning of April 17, a small compact car loaded with six teenagers was speeding north on Usury Pass toward Payson when, at about 80 miles per hour, it careened out of control and off the road.

Try the slow lane on the Information Superhighway


Are you looking for a bike lane on the Information Superhighway? I ran across these words a while back on the Internet, and my response was a desperate "yes!"

Sensible exercise provides benefits through pregnancy


Exercise plays an important role in promoting health for everyone.

Draft over, youth football begins

Players were drafted for the six teams of the Payson Youth Football Association Monday night, and the result is what association president Eric Santana calls an "even playing field."

Punt, Pass and Kick showcases potential stars

Brett Favre did it, before he ever dreamed of leading the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl win. Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe did it too.

Tonto Apache trio does well at Junior Olympics track and field contest

Three members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field Team recently returned home after impressive showings at the Junior Olympic National Track and Field Tournament at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sharing school memories can alleviate fears

Before you send your school-age children off to bed tonight, stop, think, and remember.

County supervisors already rooting out wrongdoing

The conclusion of your Aug. 1 "Our View" article stating that the Gila County Board of Supervisors needs to develop a comprehensive plan was very interesting.

Dismissed chamber of commerce volunteer will be missed

I have the distinct pleasure of being acquainted with Al Ayers. I was very saddened to read of his ousting from the (Rim Country Regional) Chamber of Commerce volunteers.

Russell Biting

Russell W. Biting, 90, of Payson, died Aug. 13, 2000, at Payson Care Center.

Saturday, August 12

The contractor

Honeycutts make providing rodeo stock a family affair

Raised with rodeo in his blood, Jerry Honeycutt and his family have made presenting the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo a time-honored event for themselves and for the town of Payson.

Clowning around

A cowboy's health may depend on the man with the big red nose

Since the age of 6, Bert Davis dreamed of becoming a rodeo clown, and his dream came true. He will be this year's funny man for the 116th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson.

Parade heads down the Beeline Saturday morning

By 7 a.m., they begin to line the Beeline Highway, setting up their lawn chairs, spreading out their blankets, unloading their coolers and putting on the sunscreen.

Mutton Bustin'

Kids hang on for wild, wooly ride

Before each PRCA rodeo performance in Payson, 10 fluffy sheep will dodge, dive and jump as 10 young wranglers grip the wool with everything they've got.

The rodeo cowboy's life

From ranch hand to sports star

There was a time when the most recognized man in America was the cowboy.

Rodeo schedule

116th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo takes place Aug. 17 through Aug. 20 at the Payson Event Center.

Time to update the 'World's Oldest Rodeo?'

It's rodeo time once again in the Rim country, that grand August tradition that allows us to celebrate our heritage and relive part of the adventure of the Wild West.

Reliving the Charro life

They dance, march and entertain; heck, they even take a bow. These horses and their trainer, Francisco Zamora, will be dazzling audiences with high-stepping hooves and fancy roping techniques at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

For the youngsters

REACh, stick rodeo pass on cowboy traditions

Penny Conway says the event she organized back in 1991, Rodeo Education and Children (REACh), and the Stick Horse Rodeo and Mutton Bustin' that she introduced later, are enjoyable events, but a lot of work to put together.

The voice

Johnny Pope tells it like it is, from horseback

The voice of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is back, and if his name doesn't ring a bell, his voice probably will.

Prize money

Sponsors make pains worthwhile for cowboys

From the local to the national levels, Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong has amassed a roster of sponsors for the 116th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo that will supply funds for a fantastic "Old West" tradition and make some select cowboys and cowgirls extremely happy.

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee

The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo would not be the event that it is without the tireless efforts of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, which currently has 120 willing community members.

Las Vaqueras Team hoofing its way into your heart

In three and a half minutes, Las Vaqueras De Tucson Quadrille Team can wow an arena of spectators with fast-paced, flawless maneuvers on horseback, and that is just what this all-women group of 12 will do at the 116th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Thursday, August 10

Edward Lacy

Edward Francis Lacy, 91, died Aug. 1, 2000, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. A memorial service is planned in Durango, Colo.

Charles Hallock

Charles W. "Charlie" Hallock, age 83, died Aug. 5, 2000, in Payson. He was born Feb. 3, 1917, in Burlingame, Kansas.

Bring back those swinging saxes

I'm sorry for all those who missed the concert last Saturday night.

Working in harmony: That's the Payson way

Payson has been my home for 34 years. In days gone by, the good folks of Payson came together:

Trash and weeds ruining Payson's image

We have owned property just outside Payson since 1971. Our trips through your city over the years have shown us growth and change beyond imagination.

Nuclear-radiation, global warming fears unfounded

(Last month,) I attended the 18th annual meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. This group was formed some 20 years ago to help people prepare for a nuclear disaster.

Curbside recycling the next step?

Payson, it seems, is green. Not with envy, but with earth-friendly, tree-saving spirit.

Payson Park and Recreation

Adult Fall Co-ed Softball Registration is now in progress for adult coed softball.

Coaches optimistic about volleyball season

Girls volleyball practice began Monday morning under the direction of second-year head coach Sue Weems and junior varsity coach Krystal Garvin in preparation for the season-opening away match against Chino Valley Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Fuller wins 2 out of 4 tournaments

In Payson Women's Golf Association nine hole-group play, Norma Fuller captured championships in two of the four tournaments contested during the month of July.

Payson power lifters place second at Casa Grande competition

The newly formed seven-member Payson Athletic Club power lifting team hoisted its way to a runner-up finish at the Natural Athletic Strength Association Bench Press competition held last week in Casa Grande.

Janice Scott

Janice Lynn Scott, 48, of Anaheim, Calif. died July 31, 2000.

2000 Monsoon 5K results

Under stormy skies Aug. 4, 80 participants turned out to run or walk in the Town of Payson's annual Monsoon 5k. The following are the results for the men and women who finished the race.

Mavs begin Hardt-filled cinder season

Following a successful inaugural season in which 20 young athletes turned out for the Rim Country Middle School cross country team, Maverick practices opened Monday to a new crop of runners.

Southwest artist brushing up for show

Payson artist Rock Newcomb has been chosen to exhibit his work at the 48th annual Sausalito Art Festival.

Microsoft shares wealth with local library

Microsoft mogul Bill Gates has never been to the Rim country, but some of his considerable fortune is en route to the Payson Public Library in the form of a grant for new computers and related equipment.

Fire restrictions for state forests

The U.S. Forest Service has re-enacted some forest restrictions. They are as follows:

Rim Country Hospice Foundation unmasks Mardi Gras fund-raiser

A small piece of the Big Easy will come to Payson this fall, when the Rim Country Hospice Foundation hosts its annual dinner, auction and dance Sept. 30 at Exclusive Refinishing.

Rain helps firefighters rein in 1,800-acre blaze on the Tonto

Aided by scattered rain showers this week, crews from the U.S. Forest Service are continuing to monitor the slow progression of the North Fire in the Mazatzal Wilderness, and have nearly contained 50 percent of the Peak Fire burning south of Globe.

Construction to begin on Highway 260

The Arizona Transportation Board awarded the first contract in a six-project program to widen 21 miles of State Route 260 to a four-lane divided highway between Star Valley and Colcord east of Payson.

Beholders find more to art than meets the eye

Payson and the Rim country are residence for many fine artists. In looking at just how strong our arts community is, it was decided to begin a regular arts column exploring the world of these creative individuals and local arts activities on a regular basis. This first column is an overview of art and the purposes of art throughout human history.

There's a new Dr. Anderson in town

Dr. Eric Anderson, who recently joined forces with his father Dr. Scott Anderson to form the only father/son medical team in the Rim country, was once one of Payson's most talented high school athletes.

Local thrift stores deserve community goodwill

Since reading that Goodwill will be opening soon, it occurred to me that it may be a hardship on our local thrift shops.

Medical equipment loan program needs donations

A lack of donations has meant a slow start for a new program to loan medical equipment like wheelchairs and hospital beds to those unable to afford them.

Keyworth joins Roundup news staff

Reporter hooked on job despite alarm clocks, deadlines and sneaky food-stealing pooch

When I moved up here from the Valley four years ago, it was to escape the heat, pollution, and various hassles of big city life. Little did I know I would end up working at two passions I had drifted away from years before, teaching and writing for a newspaper.

Trails committee working to dedicate old mail trail

Over the river and through the woods marks the old mail trail, a 50-mile path running from Camp Verde to Payson.

Governor honors local lifesaver

The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared," and 11-year-old Michael Winterholler and his fellow scouts have a real-life example of how critically important those two words can be.

New town recycling program buried by its own success

Payson residents are better read than town officials realized, and with demand exceeding bin space, the town's new newspaper recycling program is literally bursting at the seams.

Water rate increase on hold

Payson water customers got a reprieve Thursday night as the Payson Town Council tabled a proposed rate increase for further study.

Monday, August 7

Have a field day on the ranch

The University of Arizona invites the public to the V Bar V Ranch Agricultural Experiment Station and Environmental Education Center to learn more about northern Arizona ranching and natural resources.

Michael Anderson

Michael C. Anderson, 46, of Hanover Park, Ill., died Aug. 4, 2000.

Western soul doesn't worship progress

Westerners, we are told by Wallace Stegner and John Steinbeck, are a restless and independent lot.

Chamber volunteer ousted for expressing opinion still calls Payson 'friendliest town'

As a result of (my) guest commentary published in the Aug. 4 edition of the Payson Roundup, I received a letter in the mail the next day from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer stating, "The policies of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce are determined by the board of directors and it is quite obvious that you have found a great deal of problem with these policies and have decided that you cannot support them."

'Why aren't people ashamed to throw trash out the window?'

Today a group of us oldsters from the Presbyterian church did our once-a-month volunteer job of picking up litter along a mile of the highway north of town.

Don't lure a hungry bear to its death

Here are the bear facts: The drought that has plagued the Southwest for the past few years has forced some bears to search for food uncomfortably close to towns and cities.

Kush returns to Sun Devils football

What a thrill it must be for Hall of Fame football coach Frank Kush to finally return to his old stomping grounds at Camp Tontozona as an official member of the Sun Devil football family.

Landra wins again

The Marge Landra express continues to roll unchecked through the Payson Women's Golf Association summer season.

Sun Devils back at Tontozona

The Arizona State University football team begins its pursuit of what Sun Devils fans are hoping will be a berth in a postseason bowl game today at Camp Tontozona.

Billy Bob turns in golf shoes for football cleats

A highly successful spring and summer golf season ends soon for 14-year-old Billy Bob Hoyt.

Horns begin fall season

The 2000 prep sports season kicked up Monday for Payson High School athletes participating in four sports soccer, cross county, football and volleyball.

The art of imitating life

Bonsai shaping potted trees and shrubs into miniature replicas of those that grow in nature is an art form unlike any other. It challenges the artist to combine natural forms and aesthetic shapes into living sculptures that please the eye and relax the soul.

Mogollon Grill fires up Aug. 23

The Mogollon Grill, a lunch-and-dinner restaurant set within the newly remodeled Heritage House on Main Street, is finally set to open Aug. 23.

Council majority unable to revive housing project

Under normal circumstances, an issue that is given thumbs down by the Payson Town Council can return to the table if the majority of councilmembers want to give it further consideration and, perhaps, another vote.

Commission out to revive history, pride along Old Main

Sharesse Von Strauss sums up one of the many challenges facing Payson's newly-formed Historic Preservation and Conservation Commission and particularly its mission on Main Street with a story.

Council to consider water rate increase

Payson residents may see a substantial increase in their water bills in a few months. A $5-a-month increase in water rates for all Payson water customers will be among the items considered by the Payson Town Council during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall council chambers.

Cowbelles' collapse a sad end to a rich tradition

Another segment of the West's way of life came to an end last week in Payson.

Payson vet helps plan a 'people memorial'


You believe Sherman Alston when he says, "This project means everything in the world to me."

Crews let fire in Mazatzals burn

Forest Service officials are calling the summer of 2000 the worst forest fire season in two decades.

Saturday, August 5

Top 10 Webcams of the Rim country


A recent tidbit from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce suggests that Payson and environs has more people connected to the Internet than your average burg.

Take a hike


One of the best ways to obtain an up-close and personal look at the pristine wonders of the Rim country is by hiking its majestic national forests.

Thursday, August 3

Payson squad earns 'superior' at USA Cheer Camp

Proving they are among the best in Arizona, the Payson High School varsity spirit line earned superior evaluations on every competition held at the USA Cheer Camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff July 7 to 10.

The Ink Spots ready to rock Whispering Hope Ranch benefit

The towering ponderosa pines of the Mogollon Rim will be the backdrop for an afternoon of music and merriment in the meadow of Whispering Hope Ranch, a nonprofit foundation that brings people and animals together for healing.

Contest winner names town mascot

Willie Water wants you to make every drop count

McGruff the crime dog wants to "Take a bite out of crime," Smokey Bear is convinced that "Only you can prevent forest fires" and Willie Water wants you to know that "Every drop counts."

Up With People brings upbeat theme to Payson

Up With People, that perpetually positive performing group, is coming to Rim country next week to present "A Common Beat" a musical celebration of cultural understanding, respect and appreciation.

Musician goes national

Carpino releases tribute to Korean War

There are several job titles one does not expect to encounter in the Payson area.

Time Out spreads its wings with new transitional housing program

To the battered women who've sought refuge within its walls, the Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter has been a blessing.

Keep up the good work

I would like to say that the writers in your paper do a splendid job.

'Payson may not be as nice a community as I believed'

I have been reading your online newspaper for sometime now, and the comment below was a wakeup call.

'Don't try to be a big shot'

To the youth of the world: I'm 85 years old, so listen to me.

Time to get rid of 'take from the rich, give to the poor' attitude

This letter is not about the Payson airport, or airplanes, runways, or affordable housing.

Gollipops looking for a new location

You can't get too much of a sweet thing and apparently, neither can those who buy the old-fashioned lollipops from Gollipops.

Loraine Christ

Loraine Dorothea Christ, 90, of Payson, died July 30, 2000, in Payson. She was born Sept. 25, 1909, in Bronx, N.Y.

Ruth Graber

Ruth Beverly Graber, 92, of Payson, died Aug. 2, 2000, in Payson. She was born July 22, 1908, in Lushton, Neb. and had lived in Payson for the past six years. She formerly lived in Orange, Calif.

Clarence Pritchard

Clarence Roger Pritchard, 85, of Yucca Valley, Calif., died July 19, 2000.

Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Sept. 30

Auction includes rifles, pistols, jewelry and more

As a former high school football coach, Bruce Wilson is accustomed to motivating large groups of people toward a common goal.

Peak Fire, others still blaze

U.S. Forest Service crews, which have been stretched thin by more than two dozen fires in the Rim country, are struggling to contain the Peak Fire burning unchecked in thick chaparral and conifer eight miles south of Globe between Pinal and Signal peaks.

Council adopts record budget

$39.8-million fund includes aggressive street program

With only a small handful of residents present, Mayor Ray Schum opened Thursday's special Payson Town Council meeting by noting an oddity: Of all the little issues that normally pack the seats at Town Hall, here was a biggie the adoption of a record-breaking town budget amounting to almost $40 million that seemed of little public interest.

Weather predictions partly cloudy with chance of being inaccurate


Well, for the past three years since my retirement, I thought I would become a self-taught weatherman.

Marjorie Moss

Marjorie P. Moss, 92, of Payson, died Aug. 1, 2000, in Payson. She was born May 21, 1908, in Quietus, Mont. and had lived in Payson for nearly three years, moving from Billings, Mont.

Unfriendly chamber policies causing rift in the community

At a meeting recently conducted at the chamber of commerce for the volunteers, I asked why the Rim Country Museum brochures were pulled from the racks in the visitor center. I was told that (the museum) was not a member of the chamber of commerce and was therefore not entitled to have them there. [I understand an agreement has now been reached.]

Concert series a return to the good old days

It's been happening all summer ... same time, same place, same ending.

Purple Pride cards save money, raise funds for school sports

Fielding prep sports teams requires more money than what exists in school athletic budgets.

Swim season wraps up against Swordfish

The 100-plus-member Payson recreational swim team wrapped up the 2000 home season July 29 at Taylor Pool in a dual meet against the Sedona Swordfish.

Payson Parks and Recreation

We're now accepting late soccer registration as space permits for boys and girls ages 4 to 7 as of Nov. 1, 2000.

Hardt fourth at National Junior Olympics

Teenager Whitney Hardt stamped herself one of the most promising young 1,500-meter runners in America with a fourth-place finish at the National Junior Olympic Championships last week in Buffalo, N.Y.