Monday, January 31
Pioneering pilot rubbed elbows with aviator Amelia Earhart
"My life wasn't always easy," Katherine Smith said. "But it was always unusual."
When most 8-year-olds were at home playing with Legos, video games and watching TV, R.C. LaHaye was in the wrestling room, dreaming of the days he would become a mat star.
Local basketball fan Jack Sheahan calls it "the best bargain in town."
In a voting of Arizona Coaches Association members, a trio of stalwarts off the 1999 Longhorn football team were chosen to participate in the annual North vs. South All-Star game.
While the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils were battling it out on the basketball court last week, Fox Sports Net and CableVision settled a dispute that will allow local fans to continue watching Wildcats games on television.
The parking lot at the Wal-Mart Supercenter was jam-packed Saturday by residents who couldn't wait to get into Payson's newest, largest store.
Doyle Coffey looked around at the standing-room-only crowd at Eastern Arizona College's open house in Payson Friday and saw the culmination of 14 years of hard work.
For half a century it's been said that the icon of Arizona's heritage, the cowboy, is a dying breed.
The Wal-Mart Corporation has built Arizona's largest Supercenter right here in Payson. The giant retail store is open 24-hours a day and features a grocery store, garden center, hair salon, vision center and bank. The massive facility is designed to provide one-stop shopping convenience.
Police are investigating a possible connection between the September murder of Ronald Bianchi of Paradise Valley and the recent dismemberment of Scottsdale businessman Ira Pomerantz.
Despite recommendations from town staff to take a different route, the Payson Town Council has decided to leave McLane Road right where it is.
With the new police station going in at the corner of Malibu Drive and Easy Street, and with a traffic signal being installed at the Beeline Highway and Malibu Drive, it would appear to be high time for the town council to bite the bullet and acquire by eminent domain condemnation if necessary and pave that portion of Easy Street from East Evergreen to the far side of the police station site.
I learned today that my friend John Noack left this earth last week. I met John a while back when I delivered block for his new home in Payson. From then on, we would wave to each other whenever we passed on the highway.
The staff at Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter recently received this letter of thanks and would like to share it with the people of Payson.
Playing without scoring and rebounding leader Rheanna Martinez who quit the team Jan. 25 the Lady Horns broke a five-game losing streak, whipping the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets 48-36.
With its 22nd regional championship nailed down by virtue of a 60-12 season-ending win over Snowflake, the Payson High wrestling team now has sights set on winning the East championship tournament Feb. 5 in Holbrook.
On Jan. 15, I attended a meeting in Scottsdale where Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke as a guest of our Congressman, J.D. Hayworth.
Students study survival skills
Tiffany Reigh, a third-grade student in Jacque LeSueur's class at Frontier Elementary School, put a garbage bag over her head and pulled it down over her body. Only her face peeked out from a hole near the top of the bag.
Bluegrass less popular in Japan than seaweed pizza
Tetsuji Sakano sat in Vertielee Floyd's living room Thursday afternoon playing music with his friend Bob Crose of Pine, singing "Will the Circle be Unbroken" in Japanese.
Thursday, January 27
I'm writing in response to the letter from Anita Adams. I think she was completely wrong about humans eating meat.
There will be an abundance of springtime activities to tickle the athletic desires of young and old alike, thanks in part to the Town Parks and Recreation Department.
There were a few of us old geezers in town who were ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to meet "The Hawk" last Sunday.
I was curious about how the Payson Fire Department conducted its public meetings compared to how the Mesa del Fire Board conducted its (meetings), and I was very pleasantly surprised.
Thursday, Jan. 20 was an historic day. Unprecedented, Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), chairman, United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, addressed the United Nations Security Council in New York City.
After months of frantic activity, manager Becky Martinez said the new Wal-Mart Supercenter is ready to open, and she's ready for a vacation.
Rocky Mountain Bank has announced the opening of its newest full-service banking center inside the new Wal-Mart Supercenter, which will have its grand opening on Saturday.
The state's 15 Arizona Banks will take on the name of their owner, Compass Banks, on Feb. 1.
Mark Waldrop and Byron Morgan, owners of the Payson Funeral Home and Mountain Meadow Memorial Park cemetery and crematory, merged their funeral home and cemetery with Messinger Mortuary & Chapel of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills last month.
Ask Johnny Angell if all Western fashions are going the way of the bolo tie in terms of must-have popularity, and he'll respond with a wry grin and an even wryer story.
Payson's nightlife will get a significant boost early this summer, if a new Famous Sam's sports bar and restaurant opens as scheduled on the site of the old Payson Picture Show and Eastern Arizona College.
Former Payson Fire Chief Chuck Jacobs has come out of retirement to take on the role of administrator for the troubled Mesa del Caballo fire district.
Lucy Meza offers help when being a parent gets tough. She works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect, and she now heads a new program in Payson called Parents Anonymous.
His stoicism broke as he slumped, alone in the school parking lot. Tears of disappointment fought their way down his sweat-soaked face.
Class 5A wrestling power Gilbert Highlands refused to be denied during last weekend's Payson visit, piling up five first-place weight division finishes in one of the state's most prestigious tournaments.
The Arizona Coaches Association All-Star games that have showcased the talents of high school athletes for decades are giving up their Eastern Arizona College digs.
Monday, January 24
The Payson Town Council may ask some property owners to move over and make room for a new and improved McLane Road Thursday during the council's regular meeting.
This is the time of year that most of us sit by the fire and peruse the proliferation of seed catalogs that clog our mailboxes. Some of us have the good sense to pack our bags and head for warmer climes, but then we worry about the lack of rain and what will happen to our landscapes without water.
I am writing in response to a letter by Candice Durbin of Payson in the Jan. 18 edition. I thought her letter was excellent and I would like to add a few thoughts of my own. Thoughts that I had when my own children were in school.
February's a prime time for planting
There's a lot going on right now if you're going to plant a vegetable garden in the spring, said Glen McCombs, owner and operator of Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley.
Albina Danley perused pictures of ornate pottery and ceramics, and couldn't wait for class to get started.
Six Rim Country Middle School students took top honors Friday at the Payson Unified School District Bee at the high school auditorium. A seventh student from Shelby School will be the alternate for the district.
A woman misrepresenting herself as a legal advocate for the Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter has put one woman in a legal bind, and prompted Time Out officials to remind the community that only shelter employees provide clients with legal advice.
You don't need a pole to go to the fishing hole in Payson.
A motion to suppress evidence in the case of Linda Noriega, a former Gila County employee indicted on 13 felony counts including theft and money laundering, has been taken under advisement by a Maricopa County judge.
A four-game losing streak, including weekend losses to Holbrook 57-52 and Round Valley 60-47, has ended Lady Longhorns' hopes to bask in the honors of an East Region championship.
I've written in today's sports pages, that the Payson High boys' basketball team is struggling.
I've been proud to be a part-time resident of our Rim country for over 20 years. Progress during these two decades of my home ownership in the Payson area has been incredible.
The campaign issues in the current race for mayor and town council are being much better defined as a result of various items recently appearing in the Payson Roundup. This newspaper is rendering an important public service in clarifying the issues, for which we are all grateful.
Only one obstacle stands in the way of the Payson Longhorn wrestling team pinning down its 22nd regional championship soon.
If the age-old adage, "That which does not kill you will serve to make you stronger," is valid, Randy Wilcox will resemble Hercules by the time the prep basketball season has ended.
How serious is it when a child is being picked on at school?
National surveys indicate that one child in 10 is regularly attacked either verbally or physically by bullies. A recent article in the Roundup reminds us that the seeds of violence are often planted by students who bully other students.
Eight-year-old Justin Richardson almost missed the benefit auction he had been looking forward to Saturday.
Scott Nossek, a physical therapist with Payson Physical Therapy, said a recent federal agreement has had a direct impact on many people in the community.
John Noack, who was indicted in August after he allegedly lost control of his work truck on Highway 260, crashed into an oncoming car and killed three people, shot and killed himself Monday morning at his home in Payson, police said.
When you look over a restaurant or motel guide, it's easy to see that those with five stars have the highest ratings.
Thursday, January 20
This March, voters will go to the polls to decide the future leadership for the Town of Payson. Three candidates will try to oust incumbent Vern Stiffler from the mayor's office, and four challengers will race two incumbents for seats on the town council.
In response to (Payson Town Council candidate) Ruby Finney: I was appalled at your comments against Mr. Cardinael. Were you aware you were not only heard in person, but broadcast on channel 7 TV, and now your comments are in the Roundup.
My wife and I encourage our sons to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible. Hiking, hunting, fishing, shooting, camping and riding dirt bikes are some of their favorite outdoor pastimes.
Hooray for George Henry in Jan. 14 mail call!
I am 14 years old. I have lived in Payson for 10 years and have not seen any improvement with any activity for our youth.
Misty Dawn Murphy, the former employee of a local insurance agency, pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft during an arraignment hearing Wednesday in Gila County Superior Court.
PAHH accepting applications for homeowners
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will build its sixth house this spring, a home for Adam and Thea Jacquez and their four children on the corner of St. Philips and Frontier.
Gila County rabies control officers will host a rabies clinic at their office on West Frontier Saturday, following the death of two dogs and a bobcat in Tonto Basin earlier this month Officer Ty Goodman said the bobcat crept into a yard behind the Punkin Center Bar Jan. 3 and started fighting with the two dogs there. A neighbor heard the scuffle and shot the bobcat.
When Richie Crockett, manager of the local Bank of America office, stopped by the Rim Country Literacy Council's regular meeting Tuesday, council representatives had no idea he had more than $5,000 in his pocket for the literacy program.
Success for 19-year-old Payson High School student Tim Meeske is not limited to his achievements in Special Olympics, where he has long been a Rim country standout.
Since the founding of the Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament decades ago, the invitational has sported a unique flare in attracting teams from all school size classifications, 1A through 5A.
The mudslinging has begun.
Word on the street is that some local candidate supporters are indulging in the counterproductive practice of muckraking to give their candidates an edge during Payson's council and mayoral elections this March.
Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth was at the American Legion hall Thursday to field some friendly fire questions from his constituents in Payson.
Subscribers to the local cable company found they were turned off when they tried to tune in to certain University of Arizona basketball games this winter on Fox Sports Channel 35.
Next week, a bit of the Old West will ride through Payson. A team of 26 sworn mail carriers members of the Hashknife Pony Express will mount up in Holbrook Jan. 26 and carry the official U.S. mail to Payson.
...but first they've got to ask for it
When Payson was named one of the country's top-10 retirement cities in a study released by the Jacksonville (Ala.) State University sociology department in November, the national recognition brought no small amount of concern.
Some Strawberry residents are safer now that Energy West has removed a 7,800-gallon propane storage tank from the southwest corner of Fossil Creek and Fuller roads.
Corporation commission coming to Pine to talk water
Recruiting good teachers to a small community isn't always easy.
More than 4,000 water customers served by companies owned by Brooke Utilities are facing rate increases ranging from 28 percent to 100 percent.
The dates for Grand Canyon state winter games are rapidly approaching and one local sponsor advises amateur athletes to pick up application forms soon.
Youngsters ages 7 to 16 years who missed the first four Little League registration periods have just one opportunity remaining to sign up for spring and summer play.
Monday, January 17
The Payson Police Department has turned its investigation into the alleged embezzlement of $140,000 from the Payson School District by a former accountant over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety for further investigation.
Bingo! You could win $2,500 if a cow marks your square on the high school football field during the Payson High School Music Boosters' Cow Chip Bingo.
Roger Rohrbach's fourth-grade students at Payson Elementary School enjoyed a day in the park Thursday. It was sunny and warm, just the kind of classroom 9-year-olds dream about.
K. Alexander-Young asserted in the Jan. 11 Roundup that "we are designed to eat and gain benefit from meat," and that "recent scientific studies show that the human brain requires meat-based proteins and enzymes during the prenatal and early developmental stages."
I have a comment about an article in the Jan. 11 newspaper regarding taxpayers pitching in for local students. I am a student at Rim Country Middle School and I don't know of any extra programs besides school sports or of any funding.
Rim country basketball fans will soon have a pair of opportunities to enjoy top-notch play from some of the finest fledgling players in the state.
What should be done with a 13-year-old boy who takes a cattle prod to school, uses it to threaten another student, says he's going to kill two schoolmates and the principal, threatens to blow up the school with explosives, claims to have killed 63 people, and keeps a list of those he says he intends to kill?
Although it was not formally presented to the town council Thursday during its regular meeting, Councilmember Ray Schum announced that the Payson Economic Development Corporation was ready to cough up $30,000 to buy bleachers for the new rodeo grounds, as long as the town was willing to chip in another $30,000.
As the underclassman in the highly successful Payson High School wrestling program, the fledgling grapplers often go unnoticed.
I am writing this letter in response to a letter published Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999. Carmen and Nancy DeCicco wrote about how disgusted they were with photos of young hunters and their kills and implored you to keep them out of the newspaper.
There is no question about it. Growth or no-growth will be the big issue in Payson's upcoming election.
Nervously facing a crowd of over 300 Rim Country Middle School students, Carrie Mitchell fielded a barrage of questions including one that left her reeling.
When the 1999 girls' basketball campaign tipped off in late November, the always tough Snowflake Lobos was one of teams expected to challenge the Lady Longhorns for the East division championship.
A win tomorrow evening over the homestanding Roadrunners will lift the Longhorn wrestling team's region credentials to 5-0 and propel the team one step closer to the East title.
In this marvelous age of sports cars and jet planes and Internet chat rooms, where we've devised countless methods of reaching out and touching someone even while we keep them at arm's length, the American family has lost touch with something important the guiding hand of a grandparent.
Thursday, January 13
Computer professional Kelly Kazarian thinks all of Payson's Internet-fearful business owners should sit down, get a firm grip on their arm rests, and absorb the following statistics:
Taxpayers come through with Credit for Kids
Credit for Kids supporters wow!
Eleven-year-old Andy Sanders of Payson will spend two weeks in Hawaii this summer as Student Ambassador for People to People. He'll be one of 30 students from around the state to go on the Hawaiian adventure with the student ambassador program.
After a brief adjournment to confer with legal council, the Payson Town Council voted Thursday night to extend Barry Cardinael's contract as relocation coordinator through the completion of the new arena entrance and sewer projects.
A wake-up call.
Hooray for Our View (in the) Jan. 11 (issue of the Roundup.) I, for one, agree that $20,500 would be better spent on new bleachers. Why sell tickets to an event and then have no seats for people once they get in there?
I notice that the Town Council members are working on their "wish list." After going over some of the priorities they listed, I could not understand why the terrible streets in town were not even mentioned. Some of the streets look just like they did before the town was incorporated.
This letter is in response to the comments made in this section of the paper Dec. 28, 1999.
Misty Dawn Murphy will be arraigned in Gila County Superior Court next Wednesday on a charge of felony theft.
The sentence that Star Valley businessman Roy George Haught received after he was found guilty of negligent homicide and aggravated assault for the death of James Cooper of Strawberry is under review by the Arizona Court of Appeals in Tucson.
Every March for more than a decade, Pine-Strawberry School sixth-graders have traded the piney scent of Rim country air for the pungent aroma of Mexican cooking in the tiny town of Cucurpe. And this year will be no different. Although school officials thought 1999 might be the last year students visited the little mountain town through the Hands Across the Border exchange program, students will make the trip again this year.
Tammy Earl, Payson High School's attendance clerk, thought she might have to ring the school bell until the cows came home and demanded to have their bell back
The people of the Rim country have always been the self-determined type. When something needs doing, the folks around here don't sit around waiting for someone else to do it. They roll up their sleeves, round up volunteers and get to work.
The Second Annual Copper State Jam is returning to the Rim country bigger and better than last year when it was one of the premier youth basketball tournaments in the state.
Youngsters ages 7- to 16-years who missed the first three Little League registration periods have just two opportunities remaining to sign up for spring and summer play.
The Payson High wrestling team is thanking its lucky singlets it opted out of a Jan. 7 and 8 commitment to compete in the Bolsa Grande, California High School Invitational.
Rim country senior softball is undergoing a face lift.
Secretary, Mesa del Caballo Fire District Board of Directors In response to your article of Dec 31, 1999 titled "Fire board resigns, Tired of Taking Heat," I would like to make several comments.
Residents of Pine and Strawberry will have a chance to meet with Arizona Corporation Commission members Jan. 24 to discuss Pine and Strawberry's water supply.
Teacher takes alternative tack to education
Tina Crabdree isn't your typical high school teacher.
The Library Friends of Payson think the way to a new, well-furnished library building is through the stomach, so the group is holding a chili supper and its annual Mayors Cup Chefs Appetizer Competition to raise money for the project.
Monday, January 10
To be or not to be. That is the question to be answered Thursday night by the Payson Town Council regarding Barry Cardinael's continued employment as the town's rodeo relocation coordinator.
The Payson Unified School District received $144,900 last year from Credit for Kids, the state's program that allows taxpayers to allocate up to $200 a year for extra-curricular school programs.
The 8-acre patch of ground that has stood empty on the south edge of town for so long is finally starting to look like a rodeo arena. Fencing has been installed, bleachers have been erected, light poles have been put into place and a modest brick entranceway is being built.
Facing a rare six-date respite from the rigors of regular season play, the high flyin' Lady Longhorns off to an impressive 12-3 start won't return to hardwood action until Jan. 14 when the Round Valley Elks visit Wilson dome.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for your ideas on upcoming big game hunt structures and has scheduled several meetings throughout the state to hear public comments. Hearings will be held in Sierra Vista, Tucson, Douglas, Page, Phoenix, Pinetop, Kingman, Prescott, Flagstaff, Yuma and Payson.
At the onset of the prep basketball campaign, Payson High second-year boys' basketball coach Randy Wilcox said one of his hopes for the young and inexperienced players was for them to be competitive in East region battles.
As four-time defending state champions, the Payson Longhorn wrestling team drops a dual meet about as often as the Arizona Cardinals score a first quarter touchdown.
Please allow me to respond to Carmen and Nancy DeCicco's letter of Dec. 28.
I read with sadness the letter to you from a couple that found it disgusting that you would show pictures of young hunters with their harvest.
I wish you could see the sadness of a business man as his livelihood goes up in flames, or that family returning home, only to find their house and belongings damaged or lost for good.
Although I moved to Arkansas in 1991, I still consider my home in Payson.
Strawberry pond ready for water
Standing on the edge of an empty pond near a dead end road in Strawberry, District One Supervisor Ron Christensen dedicated the Strawberry Pond as a completed project for the betterment of Strawberry.
Doug Hamm, a Roosevelt resident who has been a professional photographer for 33 years, was recently chosen from among 30 photographers to represent the online art market Web site, www.GUILD.com, in a national advertising campaign.
Recently I have been criticized on a number of issues regarding my work on the new multievent center. From my perspective, I offer these thoughts.
The Time Out Shelter in Payson is one of 33 domestic violence shelters in the state that will receive donations from a variety of Arizona organizations.
Sixth-grader Nichole Ploughe figured a water department would be key to building a utopian community on Mars, but her Rim Country Middle School teammates in the Mars Millennium project disagreed. They figured Mars colonists would want a casino.
Firm helps disabled adults live productively
Small-town caring fits the business plan for Developmental Systems, Inc., a company that helps developmentally disabled adults in Payson live normal lives.
It wasn't an easy decision to make, but when Ardis Roth of Payson decided to turn her son in to police for manufacturing illegal drugs, she didn't think she'd also be getting herself into trouble.
Thursday, January 6
In response to the (letter) "Photos of young hunters and their kills disgusting," first and foremost, if you don't like the pictures, then don't look at them.
Christmas is over, but Payson Town councilmembers are still working on their wish lists.
Payson's first permanent college opens for classes
After a decade of fund-raising and a nearly $2.5-million construction job that lasted a year, Eastern Arizona College opened for business in Payson this week in its very own building.
When burglars robbed the Pine Museum last fall and stole local artifacts worth more than $50,000, they took a little piece of the community's faith, too.
After 99 long, dry days, snow fell in Payson last week, quenching the Rim country's tinder-dry forests, which have been a hot spot for fires this year.
Valley buyers searching for greener grass are driving sales in upscale subdivision
When the investors behind Chaparral Pines made their first financial projections on the project back in 1996, they had a fair hunch that homesite sales for the side-by-side properties would be good.
The holiday fray wasn't the prestigious Flagstaff Pepsi Cola Invitational the Longhorns have competed in during past years, but it was a good opportunity for the young team members to build confidence.
A golden thread has been woven into the fabric and future of Payson.
Please do not stop the photos and stories of youth hunters with the game they harvest. There simply would be no big game populations without public hunting programs, because 92 percent of the funding for game management comes exclusively from hunting licenses, stamps, tags, and taxes on firearms and ammunition under the Pittman-Robertson Act. Less than 8 percent comes from the nonhunting taxpayers.
From a volunteer's perspective, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Barry Cardinael.
I applaud your editorial pertaining to the rodeo relocation program that is being spearheaded by Barry Cardinael and recognizing the tremendous effort he has put forth.
1. Eastern Arizona College, which had for years held classes in cramped quarters between a laundromat and a party store in a Payson strip mall, completed a 21,000-square-foot college building in November on the east edge of town.
Last fall, 13-year-old Whitney Heizer was one of 36 lucky youngsters who was selected to participate in the Bank One Ballpark Kids Run the Show night. Whitney said the experience was one she won't soon forget.
Despite the glitz of theme parks and beaches, the wrestlers representing the Payson Longhorns are all business when it comes to traveling to sunny Southern California for the Classic Invitational Tournament.
Life among the beasts of the East turns even more demanding this weekend when the Longhorn boys' and girls' basketball teams take on two of the division's best in back-to-back games.
New year brimming with people to see, places to go
If you've resolved this year to meet new people, be more active in your community or donate to worthy causes, Pine and Strawberry are busting at the seams with activities, organizations and service groups.
Monday, January 3
With snow finally blanketing northern Arizona Sunday, many are making plans for upcoming cross country and downhill skiing outings.
Circle K managers, who want to make it harder for minors to get their hands on tobacco, are putting cigarettes out of reach.
Like your mother always told you, a reputation can be a very short-lived thing.
During the last year, I have volunteered for United Blood Services, helping to organize the Pine-Strawberry blood drive. During this time, I have learned a great deal about why people give blood.
I have just read the paper and cannot believe what I've read. Someone (in a Dec. 28, 1999, letter to the editor) has compared youth hunting to youths killing people.
One factor that attracted many of us to Payson was the clean air. Often we have beautiful air, but winter mornings are deplorable. Even the casual observer can pinpoint the source as chimneys.
Marlee Jude, Payson's first baby born in the year 2000, is Tina and C.J. Bigsby's first daughter. The couple have two other children, Trey, 4, and Mateo, 21 months.
Although some stores reported larger-than-average sales, local businesses said that the Y2K bug was all bark and no bite, an anticlimactic milestone that was as short-lived as a spent firecracker from the holiday's celebration.
The first snowstorm of the year hit the Rim country Sunday, causing drivers to slip and slide their way along local highways.
In the early morning hours Thursday, burglars broke into three real estate offices in Pine and made off with a few hundred dollars and three cameras.
Apprehension, excitement, worry and wonder were all part of this year's holiday season as we watched the clock creep toward the year 2000.
Carol Longacre, department clerk with the Payson Fire Department and Town Clerk Silvia Smith, were at the phones at Town Hall New Year's Eve.
The Mesa del Caballo Fire Department Board found new life Monday after the resignation of all three board members announced last week that they planned to resign.
Blinded by dust and the fading sun, 50-year-old Robert Taylor of Phoenix drove an ATV over the edge of Fossil Creek Road New Year's Day and was killed.
The Roundup picks the top athletes of the '90s
In the 1990s, Rim country sports fans had the opportunity to follow the exploits of a number of stellar athletes who used their time locally to build foundations for promising careers on the next level.