Monday, February 28
Shelby School basketball coach Steve Rensch is at it again.
Payson Town Council and mayoral candidates faced off against each other and the public Friday at high noon during the Republican Women's Candidates' Forum at Mario's Restaurant.
The Gila County Sheriff's Department is conducting three internal investigations into incidents involving more than $650 in missing inmate cash, and the disappearance of $1,600 posted as bond.
With a doubleheader sweep of Valle de Oro by identical scores of 17-9, the Payson Panthers senior softball team posted a 10-4 record and is awarded a bye into the championship game of the Apache Junction senior league, Payson coach and player Ron Maksymowski said.
The Tonto Apache Track and Field team, which last summer sent three athletes to the national finals, kicked off the 2000 amateur spring season last weekend at the Flagstaff Indoor Classic.
Payson Little League officials will be conducting tryouts for all non-returning 13- to 15-year-old players (Senior Division) March 4 at Rumsey Park.
Rep. J.D. Hayworth's "Congressman sets record straight on his UN stance" (Payson Roundup Guest Comment, Feb. 11) is slanted and defensive, and I consider it a personal attack on my right to publicly deliver a complete statement and/or ask questions of an elected, taxpayer-paid representative.
As the administrator of the RimCountry.Com Web site and the Digital Graffiti bulletin board, I salute your recent efforts to minimize, if not eliminate, patently offensive speech from the Roundup's online Community Forum, as described in your Feb 23 editorial "Registration won't restrict free speech."
Today I listened to the KMOG radio talk show that featured Councilman Ray Schum who is a candidate for mayor.
A 36-year-old Payson woman died Monday morning in her car in the Payson Village Shopping Center parking lot, about a half-mile from her home, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The following is a brief look at the issues of the day, with responses from the candidates hoping to guide the Town of Payson into the future. Part I was published in Friday's Roundup.
Jamie Moreno, a fifth-grade student at Frontier Elementary School, wrote the Tonto Apache Tribe recently thanking them for the donation of $10,000 they made to his school for the Accelerated Reading Program.
People who have spent their lives in the Payson community mixed with newcomers to the area at the Rim Country Museum's third annual "thank you" open house Friday night.
When I was a child, my mother used to encourage me by telling me I might someday be the President of the United States. I was taught that the President was someone to admire. He was a role model and an example of the kind of person I should try to be like.
Payson resident Penny Dufoe Minturn spent the first few weeks of this century digging up ancient remains of the past centuries. The archeologist spent 12 weeks in the deserts of Egypt excavating ancient buildings that were the precursor to the world-renowned pyramids.
High school golfers look forward to having 'home-field advantage'
If the Payson High School golf team harbors an advantage that might lead to the school's first regional links title, it's the ever-so-sweet taste of good old-fashioned "home cooking."
Thursday, February 24
Community Development Director Bob Gould said he's spreading the word about the importance of Census 2000. As chairman of the county's Complete Count Committee, Gould said most people don't realize just how vital an accurate count is to their daily lives.
Dr. Alan Hallman has offered the Payson Humane Society his valued professional service to spay or neuter some of our shelter animals. In past summers, when he has had a veterinary intern with him, he has provided many free spay/neuters services for the shelter animals. This year he has generously offered us $5,000 worth of spay/neuters for our adopted animals.
I am 14 years old, and I am a Christian. I would like to state my opinion on abortion.
Although it may not be satisfactory to those who simply like to "flame" and pontificate on Web sites and (bulletin boards), it will certainly be refreshing to those who make every attempt at civil discourse not to have to endure their crass dribble.
Payson may be one of the top 10 retirement communities in the U.S., but it definitely isn't in the top 10 for entertainment.
In response to the article "Water, growth top candidates' agendas" in the Feb. 15 edition of the Roundup, which quoted Mayor Vern Stiffler as saying, "We have spent $7 million in the last four years and we paid for everything in cash":
The rare opportunity to compete on the international level has a pair of Payson High School senior baseball players setting their sites on a summer tour to Australia.
Yard sale fanatics know it's not always easy to recognize a bargain especially when it requires a costly investment up front.
Payson Little League President Stephanie Dvorak and the governing board have decided to allow for late player registration at upcoming tryout dates
Throughout preseason practices, Payson High School coaches have scoured track and field rosters hoping to uncover the athletes needed to keep the Longhorn program one of the best in the state.
Having posted the best season in the history of girls track and field at Payson High School a year ago, the 2000 edition of the Lady Longhorns will be hard pressed to duplicate the feat.
Construction on the last segment of the four-lane divided highway between Mesa and Payson has passed the halfway point with one-and-a-half years completed and one year left to go on the $55.6 million project.
A Gila County grand jury has indicted former Payson School District accounting supervisor Phyllis Woods, 62, on 16 felony counts, ranging from fraud to theft.
When the rains came Monday, it seemed like a reprieve from the long, dry spell the area has been experiencing since September.
Erik and Nanci Olson wanted to get out of the city and find a more relaxed lifestyle. They looked in Montana, Idaho and Colorado, but could not believe that only a few hours drive from their home in Las Vegas, Nev. they would find their "ideal location" in Christopher Creek.
Part I of II
The following is a brief look at the issues of the day, with responses from the candidates hoping to guide the Town of Payson into the future. Part II will apear in Tuesday's Roundup.
The new-fangled, high-tech Internet is powered by programs known as "browsers," and its No. 1 top-selling commodity is books.
Town council meetings are a place where emotions usually run teapot-hot or iceberg-cold.
Monday, February 21
If the newest edition of the Longhorn baseball team is to defend its state championship won last spring, the squad will have to do so without the services of five standouts who graduated with the class of 1999.
If all goes well, Rumsey Park could soon boast a second state-of-the-art multipurpose field similar to the one built in 1997.
In 55-years-and-over senior league softball play at Prospector Park in Apache Junction, the Payson Panthers (8-4) managed to hang onto first place, despite splitting a doubleheader with the Mesa seniors.
Fresh off capturing the Class 3A state championship, the Longhorn wrestling team gathers tomorrow (Wednesday) to honor the athletes for their season-long accomplishments.
PTA set trades housework for leather boots and Harleys
Val Kaufmann of Payson looks the part of the classic American rebel. Astride a black Harley Davidson motorcycle and wearing black leather chaps, a fringed leather jacket and boots, she doesn't seem the PTA type.
More than 500 people with appetites for fine cuisine filled the Tonto Apache Community Center Saturday night for Payson's second annual Mayor's Cup Chefs' Appetizer Competition.
From a tiny 12-square-foot operation in the 1950s, to its present 8,000-square-foot bursting-at-the-seams facility at the Womans Club on Main Street, the Payson Public Library has come a long way over the years.
Traffic on Airport Road will be in for some delays, if the Payson Town Council approves an improvement project at its meeting Thursday night.
As a botanist who studies native plants and their habitat, I read with interest the debate over cattle grazing in the Payson/Tonto Basin area. I spend most of my days out in the field cataloging native plants, and I see firsthand the results of decades of the attitude that cattle are good for the land.
Only one East region representative remains in the hunt for the boys' state basketball championships.
Jeannie Herford and Joyce Bittner have a passion for healing and they've combined their energies and talents to create what they call "The Gathering Place," a special nature retreat.
Students in Joanne Bessler's fifth-grade class at Julia Randall Elementary School learned about owls from the inside out last week.
(Recently) I went in to Payson Regional Medical Center for knee replacement surgery. I have lived in Payson for more than 13 years and have heard both pros and cons on our hospital. Well, I'd like to put in my 2 cents worth on what I think of the hospital.
Where do I join the "range war" volunteers? It is my opinion that the U.S Forest Service is becoming another government branch like the IRS; ruining the working class first so it won't have to do anything later. That seems to be the plan.
I do a lot of walking around town for exercise and have been noticing the many campaign signs around the different areas. I am puzzled about the signs for candidate Ruby Finney. They are up one day and within a short time later, I have noticed them lying down, pulled out, and their stakes broken. Surely this destruction would not be coming from her running opponents for council. Shame on those who are set on doing this destruction.
For several months now, Web surfers have had at least three online bulletin boards to choose from to keep up on local topics and opinions: Michael Alexander's Digital Graffiti, the Payson Badboy board and our own Community Roundup.
Thursday, February 17
The U.S. Forest Service has tentatively agreed to give Brooke Utilities permission to build a 10,000-foot, high-pressure water pipeline from Strawberry to Pine.
As usual, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that in (the Jan. 24 issue of the) Roundup, all the candidates listed the finding, and delivery of additional water as one of the most important issues facing Payson.
Thanks to the (Payson) Humane Society for my pet.
I am writing in response to Lindsay Lashbrook's letter, which basically said there is nothing for kids to do in this town, and how the skate park located at Rumsey Park has gotten "old."
Officer, dispatcher praised for dedication
When a local police officer was shot at point-blank range, the true colors of our men and women in blue shined through.
Lois Fall of Payson needed help preparing her taxes this year so she turned to Tax-Aide volunteer Alyce Leach for some free help and advice.
Garrett Wright of Mesa buried his 41-year-old wife, Calista, Wednesday, who was shot and killed a week ago in their Star Valley home.
Linda Noriega, a longtime Gila County employee who was charged with 13 felonies including theft, fraud and money laundering, faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement entered before Maricopa Judge David R. Cole in Superior Court in Globe.
As work on Payson's new rodeo arena at the south end of town nears completion, the man in charge of the project, rodeo relocation coordinator Barry Cardinael, says there are dozens of businesses and individuals that he will never forget for their contributions to the site.
Spring youth soccer registration for boys and girls ages 8 to 15 is under way at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Sign-up will continue through Feb. 25.
Carroll Cox tells us (in a Feb. 4 letter to the editor) that we can have both a thriving ranching industry and constantly improving environmental conditions on our federal public lands.
I was wondering why Payson doesn't have a center for recycling items.
If there could be two No. 1 priorities on the town's proposed strategic plan, it would be water development and the construction of a new library building, Mayor Vern Stiffler said.
The afternoon of Oct. 30, 1999, my family and I were standing near the front entrance of the Wal-Mart store when I heard a siren in the distance. It's difficult to explain, but perhaps you know the feeling, when you sense something is terribly wrong. That sensation swept through me as I ran out the door not knowing what I was looking for. I turned to my left to see a police officer lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound, and a woman offering medical aid. Time seemed to stand still. The sirens, the shouts and the desperate cry of a frightened little girl hung in the air as if to herald the entrance of fear and panic.
The Payson Ranger District welcomed a new U.S. Forest Service fire management officer Monday. Robert Ortlund, who has served as the fire management officer in Tonto Basin for the past 11 years, was hired to fill the position Payson's longtime Fire Management Officer Pat Velasco left vacant when he retired in November.
Victory comes to the wrestling capital of small-town America
The shining legacy of Longhorn mat supremacy glowed even brighter last weekend when the newest edition of the PHS wrestling team churned out yet another state championship.
Unable to find enough hours in the day to meet the demands of his profession, another coach has resigned at Payson High School.
Spring practices at Payson High School are rounding into full swing as athletes and coaches tune up for competition in golf, baseball, softball and track and field.
I love the paper, and I also love the kids page. My dad is Dr. Dewitt. My dad always reads the paper.
Monday, February 14
Payson residents will have their chance this afternoon to pitch their favorite projects to the Payson Town Council.
Museum enrichment program brings past to life
Rim Country Museum Board members Pat Lundblad and Anna Mae Deming strolled through the Lone Pine Hotel on Main Street Thursday and explained the old-fashioned items decorating the place to the elementary school students in their tour group.
Student pen pals go high-tech
The old-fashioned art of correspondence is enjoying a high-tech revival on the Internet. Trevor Creighton's fifth-grade students at Julia Randall Elementary School are learning about Canada and Canadian culture by corresponding with e-pals Internet pen pals.
A 41-year-old woman died Friday evening when the live-in caretaker of the Star Valley home she shared with her husband allegedly burst into their bedroom Friday night, fired several shots at her husband and shot her in the head.
Four-year-old Ashley Allen, who on Friday had a second cancerous tumor removed from her brain, is talking, moving, and reportedly cancer-free.
Cattle-flycatcher conflict not based on common sense
I feel obligated to write this letter in response to Mike Burkett's "Ranching's Last Roundup?" article in the Feb. 1 issue of the Payson Roundup.
Six people running for three seats on the Payson Town Council and four mayoral candidates faced a room full of voters Monday at the Payson Public Library on Main Street to explain why they're running for office.
The Payson Panthers senior softball team, currently 7-3 and second in the Apache Junction league, will soon have the opportunity to take over first place.
Chastity is a choice made by unmarried individuals who practice abstinence and married individuals who live a life of fidelity to their spouses.
Relishing the role of the underdogs, the Longhorn wrestling team edged tournament favorite Winslow 194.5 to 179 Saturday evening to win the 2000 Class 3A state championship.
In the midst of a dismal 3-20 varsity basketball season, a beacon of hope shined brightly when the undefeated and highly talented freshman squad took to the court.
The winter sports campaigns at Payson High have officially wrapped up and the onset of spring play is just around the corner.
Cattle industry is destroying our wildlands
This letter is in response to the articles on cattle ranching that have recently appeared in the Roundup. I would like to interject a few facts into the emotional stew cooked up by the author of those articles.
A Payson man who was lost in the wilderness east of town for more than seven hours was spotted by a helicopter crew with night vision late Sunday night.
Payson Pro Rodeo Teen Queen Hester Kane and Junior Teen Queen Emilie Acord had a contract with the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee that they thought would see them through May and their reigns as Payson rodeo royalty.
Payson Unified School District Board members began the process of district budget discussions for FY 2000-2001 Monday night.
Thursday, February 10
Payson High School drama will perform "The Ghost of Canterville," Oscar Wilde's rollicking comedy about a wealthy American family that moves into an old English castle inhabited by a 400-year-old ghost, Feb. 17, 18 and 19.
Sporting 13 individual qualifiers out of a possible 14 berths, the Longhorn wrestling team begins pursuit of its fifth consecutive state championship today in Phoenix.
The 2000 hardwood campaign wrapped up for the Longhorn boys' basketball team Tuesday evening the same way it began in November by absorbing an old-fashioned rear-end thumping.
The good news from the desk of Payson School Superintendent Herb Weissenfels is that the stadium committee is ready to move forward with its improvement plans.
Payson's new rodeo arena will be ready for the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo in May, but seating could be a problem, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind told the Payson Town Council Thursday during its regular meeting.
I must take strong exception to the mischaracterization and distortion of my views regarding the United Nations by Patricia Parker in her Jan. 28 letter.
I am proud to say that this year will complete my 25th year of officiating high school wrestling. During that time, I have officiated nearly all of Payson's 18 tournaments. The Payson finals are simply some of the best wrestling to be found in Arizona, and I'm proud to be associated with them.
When did the survival of a minnow or flycatcher take precedence over the survival of humans. The cattlemen have been here for more than 100 years. What about their rights? How and when did our priorities become so muddled and twisted? Maybe about the same time as the emergence of such groups as the Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Forest Service, which seemingly buckles under the pressure from this powerful group.
I am a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Alabama and was just checking out newspaper Web sites.
My name is Elizabeth Goodale. I'm in the eighth-grade at Rim Country Middle School, and I'm writing to draw your attention to an issue that greatly concerns me.
I missed reading the letter from Anita Adams, but I'm sure I would agree with her concerning the subject of eating meat, So I am writing in response to the letter from Dustin Rogers.
Signs along Payson's campaign trail are turning up missing and broken.
The cancer that invaded 4-year-old Ashley Allen's brain and developed into a lemon-sized tumor that her doctors thought they'd completely removed last November, has returned.
Girls' basketball team takes first-place trophy
Congratulations to the Pine-Strawberry School's seventh- and eighth-grade girls' basketball team for the giant first-place trophy they won at home during their tournament against Oak Creek, West Sedona and Beaver Creek.
Gila County officials are calling for an investigation into the alleged misconduct of two officers from the Gila County Sheriff's Department.
The town clearly has a housing problem, Community Development Director Bob Gould told the Payson Town Council Thursday, referring to a report compiled by the town's Affordable Housing Committee.
Forests are Dude-Fire dry
Fire season began nearly five months early last week when a careless traveler sparked the first of four brush fires in the tinder-dry forests of the Rim country.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors, sitting as the county library district board, decided Tuesday that the county will only pay half of the Payson library's operating costs this year.
If you knew there was a dog living on your street that had a history of biting children, you would tell your children or grandchildren to stay away from the animal. You might even accompany your child past the animal's yard on the way to the bus stop. Knowing there's a potentially dangerous pet in your neighborhood gives you the information you need to make decisions about your family's safety.
The lack of snowfall around the state isn't slowing Special Olympic officials as they prepare for the 2000 Winter Games.
Monday, February 7
The Fourth Annual Grand Canyon State Winter Games has expanded to include 17 sports. The event is scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20, Feb. 25 to 27 and March 3 to 5 at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff and various sites in the Phoenix area.
In Apache Junction Senior League play at Prospector Park, the Payson Panthers formerly the Grays swept a double-header from Mesa Viewpoint, 10-8 and 12-0.
East region prep previews have flickered to an end and the "big show" is about to light up the state basketball scene.
The coach who led the Longhorn soccer team to statewide prominence has resigned his position.
After finishing the regular season 3-19 and 0-12 in the East region, the Longhorn boys' basketball team has one final opportunity to nail down a smidgen of hardwood respectability.
The sight of the American flag snapping smartly in the breeze has inspired soldiers in battle and composers in song.
With the help of 200 volunteers and 50 area businesses, the long-awaited move of Payson's rodeo arena from Rumsey Park to the south edge of town will be complete for the spring rodeo in May, Arena Relocation Coordinator Barry Cardinael said.
Dr. Scott Anderson stood on his front lawn Monday night watching as firefighters battled the blaze in his neighbor's garage on Remuda Way.
The six people sitting in this room at the United Methodist Church share an experience that few people on the outside can fully understand.
Local fibers guild celebrates ancient art of weaving
For two years now, locals have been meeting once a month to spin their favorite yarns.
Students venture into business world during local Job Shadow Day
For 135 students in the Payson School District, Groundhog Job Shadow Day went by too quickly.
Payson building fees, which are slightly higher than the state norm, are putting the pinch on affordable housing here, according to a 17-page report compiled by Payson's Affordable Housing Committee.
It is now the year 2000. Everyone has had their fun. But have you seen the news?
I am an eighth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School. I live in Colcord Estates, east of Christopher Creek. I travel 25 miles one way back and forth to school on Highway 260. Since I do not drive yet, I watch for animals on and around the road.
Last year, I moved from Arizona back East. I just found your Web site tonight.
Payson has a bad problem with people speeding through parking lots and school zones. So many kids are in danger when they are walking to school and walking home.
I would like to say good luck to all the wrestlers as they finish up their season. They have a really good chance of being five-time state champions, and I was on four of those teams.
I, as a resident of the Rim country, having enjoyed this beautiful country for 53 years, want to thank every rancher going back to the 1800s.
This weekend, a friend visited me from the city of Needles, Calif., which is located on the Colorado River.
Thursday, February 3
Rim country chefs are sharpening their culinary skills in preparation for the second annual Mayor's Cup Chefs' Appetizer Competition, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Tonto Apache Community Center.
Postseason football honors keep rolling in for Payson High School senior Jimbo Armstrong. The most recent to be bestowed was as a member of the Class 3A All-State football team as selected by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine and its publisher Barry Sollenberger.
If Chuck Hardt continues to win Coach of the Year awards as he has, he might want to consider adding a trophy room to his home.
The fate of the Longhorn boys' basketball team is sealed.
A small brush fire south of Payson Thursday morning slowed traffic for about an hour as firefighters from the Payson Fire Department battled the roadside blaze.
They say that when it rains, it pours, and soon, Rim country theater buffs may be showered with movie selections.
Part II in a two-part series on ranching in the Rim country.
After a century of being immortalized in books, movies and television shows, America's first pop-culture hero the cowboy is up against a more formidable foe than any he's faced on the page or screen: the federal Endangered Species Act.
Soup's on at the Senior Center
Thank you to the seniors at the Senior Center for the grand lunch I was invited to on Monday.
Mesa residents Matt and Judy Thometz thought they were buying into a dream when they signed the escrow papers for a second home in Payson.
Department accredited for three years
Payson Regional Medical Center entered the 21st century with an accreditation in ultrasound imaging.
Local service organizations will continue to peddle hamburgers, hot dogs and soda pop at Payson's new rodeo grounds at least for the next festival season.
Using cadavers and plastic models, 48 medical emergency workers from around the Rim country spent a day last week learning new ways to save lives.
Each member in my class is working on a project called "Parade Of States." We are responsible for gathering as much information about the state as we can to help "sell" the state.
Recently, property owners in Tonto Creek Shores, Gisela, received a letter and petition developed by two individuals in the community calling themselves "Local Committee for Deed Restriction Removal" seeking to disband the property owners association and remove all deed restrictions.
Why should we be concerned about "Ranching's Last Roundup" (Payson Roundup, Feb. 1)? Getting rid of cattle on public lands has long been the agenda of the feds and many environmental groups. They are only doing what they do best trampling on the heritage, culture and very civilization of some of the most stable, productive and enduring segments of American population.
When we humans put ourselves in charge of the natural world, we didn't know what we were getting into. We didn't understand the complex relationships at work in the various ecosystems on our planet and how they affect each other. Nor did we understand how we, the most powerful force of environmental change on Earth, affect our natural world.
Even though the 2000 state wrestling championships won't be decided until Feb. 12 in Phoenix, the Longhorns can take a huge step toward a fifth consecutive title tomorrow (Saturday) in the East region tournament.