Stories for December 2000


Saturday, December 30

Around the Rim Country

What a year it was

Tomorrow is a new day and a new year. That means we have that one last piece of old business to take care of before we bid farewell to the year 2000.

Review Feature

Resolutions you can live with

The world's most popular lie after "The check is in the mail," "Let's have lunch" and "I really like your new hair-do, I really, really do"is the New Year's resolution.

Thursday, December 28

Marguerite Reeser

Marguerite Jeanette Reeser, 82, of Payson, Ariz. died Dec. 23, 2000 in Mesa, Ariz.

William Harless

William Henry Harless, 71, of Payson, Ariz. died Dec. 22, 2000 at his home in Payson.

Payson Fire Department's new camera sees through smoke

The Payson Fire Department recently unveiled its new thermal imaging camera, allowing personnel from fire departments throughout the Rim country a chance to learn about its potential live-saving benefits.

Mystery donor helps library meet its goal

Thanks to another anonymous and extremely generous donor, the Payson Public Library's support organization, Library Friends, has reached its donation goal of $100,000.

Parks and Recreation

Bring your tree to the designated drop-off near Rumsey Park's south entrance (near Payson Parkway). Trees must be clear of all tinsel, hooks, ornaments and other decorations.

Hunter bags moose-like elk

There are no wild moose in Arizona, but that doesn't mean there wasn't an animal roaming the hills that resembled one.

Town leagues offer fun, exercise to young and old

Town of Payson Parks and Recreation volleyball leagues are in full mid-season swing, and the top teams say the key to their success is a focus on fun.

Fight night draws meager crowd to Tonto gym

Globe fighter walks away the champion

A ministry outreach from Central Heights Baptist Church in Globe had young fighters from across Gila County going toe to toe at the Tonto Apache gym Friday night.

Community needs to attend school board meetings

I would like to encourage members of the community to attend a school board meeting.

Former teacher settles into job with Parks and Rec

When Teddy Pettet gave up a teaching career to become a full-time recreation coordinator for the Town of Payson, he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience which he had gained as a longtime sports competitor, coach and official.

Needs must be placed ahead of wants on town's priority list


Local roads and air quality are deteriorating because of long-term neglect.

Michaela Gil

Michaela Anne Gil, infant daughter of Joseph R. and Lisa Anne (Buzzella) Gil, died Dec. 19, 2000 in Altoona, Pa

Ross Prickett

Ross Harold Prickett, 97, of Payson, Ariz. died Nov. 1, 2000 in Payson, Ariz.

What should Payson drop on New Year's Eve?

Probably the image most associated with New Year's Eve is the big ball dropping in Times Square to herald the stroke of midnight and the onset of a new year.

The Rim country's new version of 'Auld Lang Syne'

At midnight on New Year's Eve, the vast majority of the English-speaking world will break into a mumbled, mangled chorus of "Auld Lang Syne."

Back to the ballots for Alpine Heights issue

The two sides in the Alpine Heights street improvement controversy sat down together at Payson Town Hall Wednesday and amicably agreed to the ground rules for a new election to be conducted early next year.

Show Low resident hired as new Main Street coordinator

Karen Greenspoon, a former hotel marketing executive and travel agency owner, is the new Main Street Coordinator for the Town of Payson.

Morgan Realty to close

Payson's increasingly lackluster real estate market has claimed a 16-year-old victim: Morgan Realty Associates Better Homes and Gardens will close its doors in early January.

Don't shoot down the good tax credits


Tax credits are getting a bad name in Arizona since the alternative fuel fiasco that ended up costing the state $200 million when it was predicted to only cost $10 million.

Payson needs a youth center

It is my feeling that Payson needs a youth center.

Snyder ends ASU coaching career with dignity intact

Onlookers have to admire the way Arizona State University football coach Bruce Snyder has publicly handled his Nov. 15 firing.

Payson driver killed in Highway 87 crash

A Payson man was killed early Wednesday when, police say, he miscalculated a curve, lost control of his car, and was thrown from the vehicle as it careened down Highway 87.

Time running out for Credit for Kids donation

With the state legislature promising to take a close look at both the public and private school tax credit programs next year, parents and other supporters of local education have until Dec. 31 to take a tax credit by donating up to $200 to Payson schools and $500 to Payson Community Christian School.

Payson man arrested for bank robbery

Michael Molsberry, 36, a resident of Payson, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Payson police officers bearing a federal FBI warrant for the suspected robbery of a Valley bank.


What treasures will we leave behind for future generations?

The Strawberry Schoolhouse was just that, a simple one-room school at the turn of the century, educating the handful of children who lived under the western edge of the Mogollon Rim. Pine was a newly formed village and a hub of activity for the tiny population.

Robert Tapp

Robert "Bob"Brooks Tapp, 75, of Payson, Ariz. died Dec. 27, 2000 in Payson.

Monday, December 25


I made a list of resolutions but forgot where I put it

It happened again. I totally forgot an appointment.

Turf-covered ballfields planned for Rumsey Park

Rumsey Park will be home to three new sports fields in the coming year, one of which will be a professional grade multi-purpose field serving soccer and football leagues and events.

Two wins, one loss for Lady Horns' roadshow

The Payson High School girls varsity basketball team was busy on the road last week downing the Chino Valley Cougars 47-44 as well as Blue Ridge 47-31. Friday night, however, the girls suffered their first regular season loss to Snowflake, 72-47.

Coaches put Horns at top of rankings

The Arizona Coaches Association has released its first rankings of the new season and the five-time defending state champion Longhorns hold down the top spot.

Posse member hangs up star after 25 years in the saddle

After spending a quarter of a century chasing down lost hikers and staying up all night to guard crime scenes, Rim country resident Dora Dawes is retiring from the Gila County Sheriff's Posse.

Construction of pipeline reaches halfway point

Construction of an 8-inch underground pipe that will stretch from Pine to Strawberry is about halfway done and will soon be capable of delivering up to 300,000 gallons of water.

Sky's the limit for town's new airport manager

Payson Airport manager Ted Anderson took over airport operations two months ago, after leaving his position at the Petaluma Municipal Airport north of San Francisco.


I've received a number of comments about my last article, most of which went something like this: "Boy, you sure were tough this week."

Digging into the past

The fact that local archaeologist Penny Minturn wrote her master's thesis on cannibalism is a good indication that the information she can relate about the people who have lived in the Rim country is anything but ordinary.

New weather station comes to Rim country

A new high-tech weather station is being installed in Payson as a result of a partnership with Arizona Public Service and ABC-15 Television in Phoenix which will soon provide people around the world with a current view of the Mogollon Rim and up-to-the-minute Payson weather conditions on the Internet.

Christmas snow falls on forest fire

It was a white Christmas for firefighters battling the December Fire under the Mogollon Rim.

Candy factory move hits sticking point

Plans to move Gollipops, a local candy factory in north Payson, to Main Street has hit a sticking point, but the company's owners haven't given up on the idea.

Gerald Mimnaugh

Gerald Albert Mimnaugh, 82, of Payson died Dec. 19, 2000, in Phoenix. He was born April 3, 1918, in Traverse City, Mich.

A mother's tears tell the real story

Last week we published an editorial recognizing the peace and goodwill being spread by so many people in the Rim country. But try as we might, our words alone cannot tell the real story of how hearts are touched and lives changed by volunteers who work through local service groups and organizations.

'When money becomes a doctor's (main) concern, it's time to retire'

Remember the good ol' docs ...

Convention turnout demonstrates district's dedication to science

Thank you for the fine article about the National Science Teachers Association regional convention in Phoenix, entitled, "Science Guy says lack of money, attention for science unacceptable," in the Payson Roundup Dec. 12. I especially appreciate your mention of my attendance as well as Donna Haught's participation.

How about a water park?

I feel that we need a water park and more activities for teens and children in Payson. Because on a hot Saturday afternoon we would probably like to go to a water park but, no, we just go to Wal-Mart instead. Not that there is any wrong with Wal-Mart but after a while it gets old.

Give our 'academic superstars their moment of glory'

Please continue to give our scholars their "moment in the sun!" The Roundup's editorial of Dec. 12 expressed the view that the graduation ceremony ought to dispense with the presentation of scholarships in order to promote brevity and possibly to minimize any sense of inferiority inflicted upon the majority of students as a result of the accolades heaped upon a relative few.

Blue Ridge battle turns into Horns bruiser

Some nights, teams just don't show up.

Saturday, December 23

Around the Rim Country

The gift of the white robin

Mabel Anderson was a teacher, a writer and a lover of horses. So am I.

Review Feature

There ain't no sanity clause

I came, I saw, I ho-ho-hoed.

Thursday, December 21

Hospital spreads its wings

Medical center expansion set for 2002 completion

At a projected budget of $5.1 million, Payson Regional Medical Center is getting an overhaul two new wings, some remodeling and the relocation of the facility's administrative offices.

Longhorns tame Cougars, 67-59

The Payson High School varsity boys basketball team did battle at home Tuesday night against Chino Valley in a game that the Longhorns won in overtime, 67-59.

White named to All-State 3A team

Although the 2000 edition of the Longhorn football team was shut out in its bid to place players on the All-Arizona teams, the squad did have four athletes chosen to the Class 3A All-State teams.

Miles runs miles at Hyundai Tucson marathon

Vowing to practice what she teaches, Peggy Miles entered the Jim Click Hyundai Tucson Marathon. By participating in the grueling 26.2-mile event, the Payson High School physical education teacher reasoned she'd be setting a good example for her students.

5-time state champs win Duals

Originally billed as a highly competitive tournament that would showcase a field of talented teams, the Rim Country Duals dwindled into a Payson Longhorn highlight film.

Flu shot clinics return to Payson

Two flu vaccination clinics complete with hard-to-come-by flu vaccine will be held by the Gila County Health Department office in Payson from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 107 W. Frontier St., Suite A, Payson.

Bomb explodes in boy's hand

A Star Valley boy lost three fingers on his left hand when the homemade explosive he was playing with detonated in his hand.

'Why can't (elections) be like the old days?'

"And Bush wins!"

Payson businesses lacking Christmas spirit

What happened to the Christmas spirit with the merchants on highways 87 and 260 when it comes to Christmas decorations? There are a few (businesses) with lights up, but the rest look pretty much the same as they do the rest of the year. The town of Pine has more lights up than Payson.

'Everyone we've met (in Payson) has been so friendly'

My husband and I just purchased a cabin in Strawberry. We live and work in the Valley and escape to the Rim country any chance we get. It's so lovely there and everyone we've met has been so friendly.

Payson missing one thing a recycling center

I have lived in Payson for almost a year, and I have noticed that Payson is missing one thing a recycling center.

'... Make a stand against this outrage'

I want to thank the Roundup for the coverage of the "street fight." It was quite an eye-opener.

Peace, goodwill not available in shopping malls

It's hard to hang onto the joy of the holidays in a crowded mall while you're trying to push your way through legions of glassy-eyed zombie shoppers who waited until two days before Christmas to scour for gifts for the 20,000 or so people on their lists.

Barbara Sheaner

Barbara Ann Sheaner, 66, of Payson, died Dec. 2, 2000, in Payson. She was born June 17, 1934, in Dallas.

Naomi Dalton

Naomi Gentry Nielsen Dalton, 99, of Payson, died Dec. 17, 2000, in Payson. She was born May 15, 1901, in Beaver Crossing, Neb.

W. Franklin Compton

W. Franklin Compton, 81, died Dec. 18, 2000, in Payson. He was born April 23, 1919, in Brigham City, Utah. A retired officer of the Southern Pacific Railroad, he had lived in Payson for the past 16 years. He was a member of the Payson United Methodist Church, Payson Masonic Lodge No. 70, Scottish Rite bodies (32nd Degree), El Zaribah Shrine, Zane Grey Shrine Club, and Eastern Star Ponderosa No. 64.

Nativity scene symbolizes a simple message

Editor's note: The following are the final two installments of a six-part series examining the origins of Christmas traditions and customs. Author Stan Brown is the historian and archivist for the Rim Country Museum, a columnist for The Rim Review and a retired pastor.

Giving Tree Project teaches students value of generosity

Rim Country Middle School eighth-graders are learning an important holiday lesson about giving through an innovative language arts unit developed by English teacher Michelle Gibbar.

Christmas tree crunch hits Rim country

As Rim country residents pack the Sawmill Theatre to watch the Grinch steal Christmas, a Grinch in the form of a fungus has reduced the Rim country's Christmas tree options to just two living and artificial.

Linda Rose Hill

Linda Rose Hill was born Nov. 17, 2000 to Dan and Rose Hill of Payson.

Theater turns tide in local teen entertainment market

The Sawmill Theaters have been open for a full month now, and its six movie screens continue to draw crowds, particularly on weekend nights.

Investigators think hunters sparked 125-acre fire on Rim

Forest officials have determined the cause of the forest fire burning north of Payson, which has scorched 130 acres of timber since Monday.

Monday, December 18

The best and worst of Christmas

It was the best of Christmasses, it was the worst of Christmasses.

Celebration of lights needs more enlightened approach

December 21, the winter solstice, marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. But not many of us will notice. After all, the sun has been gradually setting earlier and earlier for some months now. So what? It gets dark, we switch on the lights.

Five years after serious injury, Grier passes bar

Yes, he's a lawyer, but don't hold that against Tim Grier.

Friend honors Christmases past with hand-crafted holiday village

The Christmas village Patti Malloy has set up in the living room of her Payson home is an artistic achievement of time and patience.

Republic snubs Horn players

Prep sportswriters at the Arizona Republic newspaper apparently didn't think much of Payson High School's stable of football players.

Frohme tapped 'most inspirational' at Special Olympics

Payson Special Olympian David Frohme recently brought home the bacon at the state championship bowling competition in Tucson by being named "Most Inspirational Athlete" out of more than 3,000 competitors, with the inspiration provided by Frohme's focus on being a positive support to his fellow athletes.

Horns basketball: contender or pretender?

Longhorn fans will learn this week if the boys basketball team is a legitimate contender for the East regional crown or is simply playing the role of an early season pretender.

Grapplers prepare for post-holiday trip to Estancia

With the holiday school recess next week, the Longhorn wrestling team members are primed to take a holiday break from the rigors of competition.

It pays to recycle

As a student at Rim Country Middle School I am doing research on the importance of recycling for a science and social studies project. I am happy Payson has recycling available now. I thought the people of Payson might be interested in some of the facts I uncovered in my research.

What's the real story about road improvements?

Your recent article about the deteriorating streets in Alpine Heights left readers, I think, wondering why the Town of Payson has not properly maintained the streets in this neighborhood for the last 18 years. New to the neighborhood in July, Mayor Ray Schum came by the house to welcome us, and to explain the initiative to form a special improvement district in Alpine Heights. When asked why the Town had not maintained the streets, he replied "Oh, the Town does not have the money!"

Know the facts before making attacks

It appears rumors are flying and misinformation is rampant regarding the Alpine Heights subdivision Local Improvement District forming for road improvements. The district covers lots 99-230 which is the "upper half" of the subdivision only. If you live below the designated lot numbers, you should not sign a petition either "for" or "against."

It's all in your perception

It is the worst of times, it is the best of times

Linus reminded us ever so well

Editor's note: The following editorial was penned by publisher Richard Haddad a number of years ago. We have received requests from readers asking that it be reprinted during this Christmas season.

Fredrick Taylor

Fredrick (Fritz) Grant Taylor, 88, of Pocahontas, Ark., died Dec. 13, 2000. He was born April 23, 1912, in Payson to parents Dick Richard and Angela (Belluzzi) Taylor.

James Clark

James V. Clark, 90, of Payson, died Dec. 15, 2000, in Payson. He was born Aug. 18, 1910, in Waldron, Ark.

Code change clears way for hospice house in Payson

Wording changes in the Town Code approved by the Payson Town Council have cleared the way for a new hospice care facility adjacent to Frontier Elementary School.

Payson family receives Habitat home for the holidays

"What a wonderful Christmas gift," exclaimed Gretchen Lenzmeier. "When they told me, I started to cry. I just sat down and started to cry. We're so happy."

Winds fan blaze below Mogollon Rim

A crew of 20 Forest Service firefighters were battling a fire below the Mogollon Rim Tuesday that had flared from one acre to 50 in a matter of hours the day before.

Sawmill whistle sounds once more

Thanks in part to a group of students at Payson Elementary School, the sawmill whistle that Rim country residents set their watches by for many years will be heard once again.

Saturday, December 16

Around the Rim Country

'Tis the season to eat, drink ... get fat!

I have good news regarding the problem of putting on weight by gorging ourselves during the holiday season.

Review Feature

A parent's guide to surviving the shopping maul

Hey, parents ... It's Holiday Shopping Pop Quiz time. Get out your No. 2 pencils. Ready?

Movie Review

Vertical Limit: Cliffhanger can't even suspend disbelief

Climbing Mount Everest or K2 is a rare accomplishment; so is keeping a straight face through "Vertical Limit."

Thursday, December 14

Longhorns looking for land for new FFA llama program

They're not your average longhorns, but a group of Payson High School students in the animal science portion of teacher Wendell Stevens' agriculture program who have adopted two llamas they hope to house on campus.

The legend of St. Nick

Editor's note: The following is the third in a six-part series examining the origins of Christmas traditions and customs. Author Stan Brown is the historian and archivist for the Rim Country Museum, a columnist for The Rim Review, and a retired pastor.

Truck loses battle with snowplow on Highway 260

Traffic on Highway 260 east of Christopher Creek was backed up for hours Wednesday morning as emergency crews cleared the roadway of wreckage from a head-on collision between a snowplow and semi-trailer truck that sent one of the drivers to the hospital.

Businessmen invite public to 'name our restaurant'

At the moment, Doug Brackin, Jeff Sievert and their respective wives, Joy and Joy, have no name for their new business collaboration other than "the restaurant."

Council OKs construction bid for library

Payson's new public library is one step closer to becoming a reality with the Payson Town Council's authorization of a $1.745 million construction contract during its final meeting of the year Thursday at Town Hall.


Celebrate Christmas with llamas and lights

The Fossil Creek Llama Ranch is hosting a lighted Christmas display open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Admission is just one

Agnes Winters

Agnes Winters (nee Schindhelm), 93, died Dec. 2, 2000, in Ukiah, Calif. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. May 11, 1907. She worked as a telephone operator. She married Wilfred Winters and settled in Racine, Wis.

Kudos to council for creative company solution

Clean, light manufacturing firms ... Must have clean, light manufacturing firms ...

Country is not run by popular vote

I was displeased with the political cartoon in the Roundup's Friday edition. It showed an old car as the Electoral College and the point being; replace it.

Thanks for the neighborhood tradition

This is my first year here in Payson. My neighborhood put on a food drive. They set up luminaries along side of the road throughout the neighborhood. When you entered the neighborhood you drove through the streets lined with the luminaries and saw all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. At the end of the block, Santa was there taking donations of food and handing out candy canes.

Beeline realignment nearing completion

Paving has been completed on the southern two-thirds of the seven-mile Beeline Highway realignment at Sunflower, and efforts are now being concentrated on the storm-damaged northern third of the highway.

Haynes shines at Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships

A full season of grueling training and competition wasn't enough running for Payson High junior Leighann Haynes.

Mavericks take bronze at White Mountain wrestling meet

Fueled by the efforts of four weight class champions, the Rim Country Middle School Maverick wrestling team battled its way to bronze-medal laurels at the White Mountain League championship tournament.

Parks and Recreation

Deadline today for Letters to Santa

Patricia Breen

Patricia Eileen Breen, 72, of Payson, died Dec. 13, 2000. She was born Oct. 14, 1928 in Noblesville, Ind. and had lived in Arizona for the past 37 years.

Horns take on big boys at Flowing Wells

Big or small, they all soon fall to the powerful Payson Longhorn wrestling team.

Young entrepreneur sweet on business

Felicia Garduno is the president and CEO of her own Payson-based company.

Alpine Heights recount a draw

The two sides in the Alpine Heights street improvement battle sat down together at Town Hall for a vote recount Tuesday.

'Seniors must learn to sacrifice'

This one came from a fabulous 70-year old man who is a retired pilot who gave countless hours of service:

Hardt named cross country coach of the year

The awards continue to flow in for Payson High School cross country coach Chuck Hardt.

Horns basketball ties for region lead

A 70-58 thumping of the Holbrook Roadrunners Tuesday in Wilson Dome lifted the Longhorn boys basketball team (5-3 overall, 2-0 in the East) into a tie for the region lead.

Lady Horns thump Roadrunners, 35-30

In their quest to find a worthy opponent, the Payson High girls basketball teams hit the home hardwood Tuesday night against longtime 3A North rival, the Holbrook Roadrunners. The Roadrunners offered that challenge in a corker that ended with a final score of Payson, 35, Holbrook, 30.

Wednesday, December 13

The new School prayer

Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule

Ode to Mary

The world is a sadder place today

Christmas in Payson

'Twas the night before Christmas, And all through the town, Not a trace of the people Was there anywhere found.

Monday, December 11

Erwin Zimmermann

Erwin Julius Zimmermann, 89, of Payson, died Dec. 8, 2000. He was born Dec. 10, 1910, in Sheboygan, Wis. and had lived in Arizona for the past 20 years. He was a member of the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church.

Mark Sylvester

Mark Ross Sylvester, 34, of Payson, died Dec. 10, 2000, in Payson. He was born April 22, 1966, in Buckeye, Ariz.

Juanita Chase

Juanita A. (Nita) Chase, 79, of Payson, died Oct. 26, 2000, at her home in Payson. She was born Jan 13, 1921, in Chelsea, Okla.

Strategies to survive shipping season

Santa has flying reindeer to help deliver his bounty around the globe. Payson has PostNet Postal & Business Services and the U.S. Postal Service both of which can help deliver your cards and parcels on time this holiday season.

Shut-ins no longer shut out of Payson library

In just a few weeks, Payson shut-ins won't have to lift a finger to get their hands on a good book.

Town Council tackles parks code wording

The Payson Town Council will take yet another stab at rewriting the portion of the town code relating to park permits when it convenes at Town Hall for its last regular meeting of the year Thursday at 6 p.m.

Accidental tourist takes lucky turn to Payson

Most folks wouldn't call themselves lucky if their legs and feet were crushed during a head-on automobile accident, and they had to spend a year in a wheelchair recovering. But Rim country Realtor Kim Ross does.

Where the singles mingle

When Carol Que formed Sociable Singles now called Rim Country Singles in 1996, she had no burning desire to get married. She just wanted some fun people to hang out with.

McQuain, Epps to marry

Danny and Kathleen McQuain announce the engagement of their son, Shaun Michael, to Tracey Allison Epps, daughter of John and Kathy Epps of San Diego, Calif.

Concert kicks off Christmas events at Julia Randall

The annual Christmas Chorale Concert Thursday evening heads up a full week of holiday-related activities at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Dog's killer suffers from a 'sick mind'

Somewhere in Payson there is a cowardly person with a very sick mind. I would warn everyone to keep a strict eye on their pets and keep them confined inside.

Officials have no regard for their own word

Regardless of which side you are on in regard to the alternative fuel mess; the real issue is elected officials who have no regard for their own word. This group of mental midgets have no more honor for what they say than the man in the moon.

All students deserve praise for graduation

Few moments in a teenager's life parallel the excitement of high school graduation. It is a defining moment.

Boosters invite you to eat a fajita

If enjoying a delicious fajita dinner without the worry and woes of preparation sounds good, drop by Wilson Dome from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Longhorns thump Pinnacle in first regional game

With a 58-38 drubbing of Pinnacle, the Longhorns' boys basketball team (4-3) sports its first winning record since midway through the 1998 campaign.

Council OKs land for Door Stop firm

The Payson Town Council voted Monday to move forward with plans to sell town-owned land west of the Payson Municipal Airport to a Chandler cabinet manufacturing firm.

Street improvement movement leaves subdivision at crossroads

There are no dimpled chads and the presidency of the United States isn't hanging in the balance, but the Rim country has its own vote counting controversy and Payson Mayor Ray Schum is caught in the crossfire.


In the end, it's all down the drain

There are two kinds of people in the world: shower-takers and bath-takers. I suspect there are more shower-takers, though, as far as I know, there have been no studies or polls done on this subject.

Father, son complete successful hunt

The thrill of a lifetime will be relived for years to come by father and son Dave and Josh Blalock. The pair, hunting in Unit 22 east of Payson, both filled their tags by downing nice-size bull elk. Josh, a 13-year-old student at Rim Country Middle School, bagged a 5x5 elk. Because it was his first-ever, "It was really exciting for him," his dad said.

Girls defeat Eloy, Pinnacle

Despite an undefeated season thus far including their most recent victories last week in Eloy/Santa Cruz and here at home against Pinnacle the Payson High School girls basketball team coaching staff says the toughest matches may be yet to come.

Wrestlers take on underdogs Alchesay, Pinnacle

Barring a holiday miracle the likes of the one on 34th Street, the five-time defending state champion Longhorn wrestling team will soon tack two East region wins onto its already perfect record (2-0).

Bill of Rights Day would help us remember our freedoms

The United States of America might never have existed without one thing: the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights limits the power of the government and protects the rights of the people. It was so important that several of the original 13 states would not ratify the Constitution without it.

Recycling a good move for all

I am writing to encourage people to recycle. For only $1.60 per month, you can have items to be recycled picked up at your curb each week.

Christmas tradition helps preserve the past

I am writing to thank the community for keeping a small town tradition alive.

Saturday, December 9

Around the Rim Country

Local dolls induce brain dysmorphia

Tis the season, and one of the by-products of the gift-giving tradition is the annual dilemma faced by countless parents and grandparentswhether to cave in and buy your little loved one the latest Barbie and/or GI Joe dolls.

Review Feature

Deck your halls with Payson's Christmas Eve

When it comes to home Christmas decorators, there are amateurs and there are professionals.

Thursday, December 7

Toy expert helps solve gift-giving guessing game

Shopping for holiday gifts for children can be a joy or a nightmare for a parent, grandparent or anyone who's concerned about quality and safety.

Education, not mutilation, needed for our pets

I would like to add to your coverage of the spay-neuter policy of the Payson Humane Society. First of all, it is only humane societies that are performing the early spay-neuters, and most of them have their own vet clinic on site and their doctors may become skilled at this procedure. Nothing changes the fact that very small nerves, vessels and organs are being pushed and pulled during this surgery.


Time for some Christmas giving

If you have not heard in the news, the small town of Plankinton, S.D. lost their school in a devastating explosion Nov. 17. Students had begun to smell gas and were evacuated. While three people were searching out the cause of the smell, something sparked the gas and the school blew up, taking the lives of the superintendent and the janitor and leaving a volunteer fireman in critical condition.

Neva Johnsen

Neva Johnsen, 90, of Payson, Ariz. died Dec. 2, 2000. She was born on Nov. 13, 1910 in LaGrange, Wyo.

P&Z sends batting cages back to the dugout

After approving a new 76-room hotel on the southwest corner of Highway 87 and Longhorn Road, the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission walloped a proposed batting cage and video arcade project back to the drawing board at its Dec. 4 meeting at Town Hall.

Another bear captured in Payson

A 1-year-old black bear got a free lunch, a good nap and a trip back to the forest after wandering in a residential section of Payson Tuesday morning.

The rewards of volunteering

Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Time Out Shelter Thrift Store. I spent five hours on a Saturday helping around the shop. It was simple and rewarding because I knew that I was not only helping to sell items at the shop, I was also helping the Time Out Shelter.

Light in the darkness

Editor's note: The following is the second in a six-part series examining the origins of Christmas traditions and customs. Stan Brown is the historian and archivist for the Rim Country Museum, a columnist for The Rim Review and a retired pastor.

Rim country businesses: New, dead, sold or delayed

As the seasons change, so do Rim country businesses.

Porter, Brinkley wed

Jody K. Porter of Payson became the bride of Darin Brinkley in a beautiful marriage ceremony per- formed by Pastor Mel Munchinsky of the Payson United Methodist Church.

Recycling program growing fast

The popularity of Payson's two-week-old curbside recycling program has increased so rapidly that already the company that handles it, Arizona Recycling Curbside Specialists, is making plans to increase its Wednesday and Thursday pick-up schedule to five days a week.

Town council opens doors for cabinet manufacturer

They don't know exactly where it will be located yet, but James and Sioux Hill of Chandler are planning to move their cabinet door manufacturing company and 75 jobs with wages in the high $20s to Payson.

Learn the ins and outs of college recruiting

More and more Payson High School student/athletes are opting to take their careers to the next level.

Parks and Recreation

Santa's Mailbox

Horns crush Santa Cruz

An impressive defensive effort lifted the Longhorn boys basketball team to a 63-51 win over Eloy Santa Cruz Tuesday evening at Wilson Dome.

Pirch, LaMotte wrestling dynasties continue on college level

Wrestling blood runs thick in the LaMotte and Pirch family.

Horns face new East beast on the court

With early season tune-ups at an end, coach Randy Wilcox's Longhorn basketball team is setting its sights on making a run at East region honors.

Social studies project teaches valuable lessons

It seems as though sometimes our school and its teachers go unnoticed.

Who's really in charge of the chamber?

Sure wish I could start this off with a definition. It would make this easier, but then most things aren't easy.

Auld lang whine

It's hardly a coincidence that New Year's Day arrives So closely behind Christmas, when every parent strives To count the many goofs & gaffes & errors of their ways Vowing never to repeat them during future holidays.

Monday, December 4

Power goes out as the crow fries

At this time of year, you might have expected it to be a roast turkey. But it was a crow that literally cooked its own goose Saturday morning by landing on power lines creating a short-circuit and "fireball explosion" that cut off electrical power to 12,000 Rim country homes and businesses for 40 minutes.

Christmas tree hunters: Don't come home with a lemon

Every year, millions of families continue purchasing traditional live trees. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 56 million trees were planted in 1999 for future Christmasses, and 32 million families bought a real tree.

Injured officer warmed by gift of love

The Strawberry Patchers, a local chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, have made over 2,000 quilts, donating them to the men and women of the Department of Public Safety.

Volunteers make police work easier

Helpers range from teens to senior citizens

Jesse Davies, a senior in high school, has already identified his career goal, and with the help of the Payson Police Department, he's getting his foot in the door a little early.

Matmen pin Camp Verde win, debut at home Wednesday

With a road win over Round Valley and the championship of the Camp Verde Invitational in their back pockets, the five-time defending state champion Longhorn wrestling team makes its home debut Wednesday against the Show Low Cougars.

Museum exhibit recalls moonshine industry

America's experiment with prohibition lasted some 14 years, an era some historians characterize as one of moral decay and social disorder.

Save time during workouts in busy holiday season


With the holiday season now upon us time becomes an even more valued commodity. Life is always busy, but it seems that during the holiday season it is especially difficult to squeeze in all those needed activities.

Opal Fern Bellmore

Opal Fern Bellmore, 79, of Payson, Ariz. died Nov. 30, 2000.

Flu shots arrive in Payson

First, the good news. Payson Regional Medical Center has finally received its long-delayed shipment of flu vaccine, and a flu vaccination clinic will be held in Payson Saturday morning.

Machine error not acceptable excuse

What an awakening for the American people!

Payson merchants win over Valley shopper

I am a new full-time resident of the Payson area. I moved here from Scottsdale, Ariz. and I had shopped there for 30 years.

Families will pay the price of alt-fuel mess

I think that if the Arizona Government doesn't follow through with the alternative fuel grants, families could be hurt financially.

Stand up for the music

The day before school started this year, Rim Country Middle School teachers, students and parents learned that seventh- and eighth-grade band and choir classes were at risk of being canceled due to a lack of student participation. This caused a flurry of concern, especially among parents and school board members who know how important such programs are.

Rufus L. Pittman

Rufus L. "Pig" Pittman, 87, of Payson, Ariz. Died Nov. 28, 2000.

Former Payson coach makes it to 5A championship

Friday night's Class 5A state football championship game in ASU's Sun Devil stadium pits Mesa Red Mountain against Mesa Westwood.

Andrew R. Grantham

Andrew R. Grantham, 87, of Congress, Ariz. died Dec. 2, 2000.

Christian school seeking tax credit donations

Parents, grandparents and other Rim country residents who want to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit this year for donations to Payson Community Christian School need to obtain a donation card from the school and make sure it is postmarked by Dec. 31.

Town clerk and husband host 'Tamales for Toys' drive


You may recognize the face of Silvia Smith at Payson Town Hall, but you might not be familiar with the story that brought her to the Rim country.

Christmases past - both good and bad

In recreating my best and worst memories of Christmas, I'll never forget the best. It was 1928 and I was 12 years old.

Writing family history is attainable immortality


I've noticed something about those of us who are over the hill. The more we face the reality of mortality, the more we seek ways to live forever.

Rohrbach named 'Science Teacher of the Year'

From the world's smallest electric motor to a pet tornado, students in Roger Rohrbach's fourth-grade classroom at Payson Elementary School experience the world from an exciting perspective.

PHS Drama takes stage Dec. 6

Combine the unbridled enthusiasm of typical high school students with a rollicking, award-winning comedy like "Don't Blow the Whistle" and you've got all the makings of one wild and crazy evening.

Girls place fourth at Laughlin tournament

The Payson High School girls varsity basketball team took the action on the road to a three-day tournament in Laughlin last weekend, competing against 16 other teams from around the Southwest.

Kaufmann a leading force on Scottsdale Artichokes offense

Spend a few minutes talking to Scottsdale Community College football coach Kenny Givando, and it won't be long before he's spewing superlatives about former Longhorn football star Justin Kaufmann.

Saturday, December 2

Review Feature

Wading through Hollywood's hits and misses

As everyone this side of Sunflower already knows, the big question Will Payson's six-screen Sawmill Theatres really truly honestly ever actually open? has finally been answered.

Around the Rim Country

Out-sleazing Vegas wedding chapels

With its quickie wedding chapels complete with Elvis impersonators, Las Vegas is easily the sleazy marriage capital of the world.