Stories for January 2000


Monday, January 31

Blazing into the blue

Pioneering pilot rubbed elbows with aviator Amelia Earhart

"My life wasn't always easy," Katherine Smith said. "But it was always unusual."

LaHaye looking ahead to wrestling on college level

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.

Copper State Jam, part II this weekend

Local basketball fan Jack Sheahan calls it "the best bargain in town."

3 Horns tapped to All-Star clash

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.

Local cable will carry all U of A games

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.

Shoppers flock to Supercenter

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.

A grand day for Payson college

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.

Return of the Range War

For half a century it's been said that the icon of Arizona's heritage, the cowboy, is a dying breed.

One-stop Supercenter handy, but ...

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.

County investigators seek link between two murders

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.

McLane remains the same

Despite recommendations from town staff to take a different route, the Payson Town Council has decided to leave McLane Road right where it is.

Time to pave Easy Street near Town Hall

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.

Friend sought source to find forgiveness

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.

'All of you showed (me) how to fly again'

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.

Lady Horns break 5-game losing streak

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.

Wrestlers pin 22nd regional crown

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.

Contract with America reduced welfare, taxes

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.

Japanese musician finds real country in Payson

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

Humans should eat meat and vegetables as part of a balanced diet

I'm writing in response to the letter from Anita Adams. I think she was completely wrong about humans eating meat.

Parks and Rec plans plethora of activities

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.

The inspiring life of "The Hawk"

There were a few of us old geezers in town who were ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to meet "The Hawk" last Sunday.

Mesa del deserves responsive leadership

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.

Hayworth 'merely a replaceable agent'

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.

Wal-Mart Supercenter to open in grand style

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 Mtn. Bank to open in supercenter

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.

Arizona Bank changes name to Compass

The state's 15 Arizona Banks will take on the name of their owner, Compass Banks, on Feb. 1.

Messinger Mortuary merges with local funeral home, cemetery

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.

Western fashions down but not out

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.

Old theater to become Famous Sam's

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 chief picked to help cool things off in Mesa del fire district

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.

New program to help parents cope with problems

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.

Wrestling with lessons of life

His stoicism broke as he slumped, alone in the school parking lot. Tears of disappointment fought their way down his sweat-soaked face.

Horns runnerups at Van Horn meet

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.

Coaches' All-Star games move to Casa Grande

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

Council looking to realign McLane

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.

Plant smart this winter; travel freely next summer

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.

School books should come before baseball

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.

Bust out your bulbs

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.

Payson students tuning into higher education

Albina Danley perused pictures of ornate pottery and ceramics, and couldn't wait for class to get started.

Payson District Spelling Bee won by 'concession'

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.

Counselor impostor interferes with local domestic violence case

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.

Town launches program to 'hook' new anglers

You don't need a pole to go to the fishing hole in Payson.

Judge considers motion to suppress in Noriega case

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.

Lady Horns lose momentum in championship run

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.

Wilcox will rise above losing season

I've written in today's sports pages, that the Payson High boys' basketball team is struggling.

'Education is not an expense, but an investment'

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.

Growth vs. no growth is no longer a campaign issue

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.

Matmen look to pin down regionals

Only one obstacle stands in the way of the Payson Longhorn wrestling team pinning down its 22nd regional championship soon.

Hoop horrors continue to plague Horns

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.

Helping kids deal with a school bully

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.

Friends raise $6k for cancer patient

Eight-year-old Justin Richardson almost missed the benefit auction he had been looking forward to Saturday.

Bill makes therapy more affordable for elderly

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.

Accident suspect commits suicide

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.

State to MAP student progress

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

Election 2000: Mayor, council candidates announce platforms

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.

Residents near rodeo arena grateful for coordinator's efforts

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.

Outdoor pastimes instill family values in children

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.

Town should put its money where its worst streets are

Hooray for George Henry in Jan. 14 mail call!

Town should provide more activities for teens

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.

Insurance clerk pleads not guilty to theft charges

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.

Habitat for Humanity building momentum

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.

Rabies clinic Saturday

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.

Bank backs literacy program

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.

Father and son enjoy the great outdoors

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.

Schools big and small gather for Van Horn wrestling tournament

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.

Candidates urged to take the high road

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.

Hayworth talks health care during Payson visit

Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth was at the American Legion hall Thursday to field some friendly fire questions from his constituents in Payson.

No games, higher rates turn off cable customers

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.

Hashknife Pony Express rides again

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.

State program helps retirement communities

...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.

Propane company moves storage tank underground

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

Teachers want group to bargain for more pay

Recruiting good teachers to a small community isn't always easy.

Brooke Utilities customers face rate hikes

More than 4,000 water customers served by companies owned by Brooke Utilities are facing rate increases ranging from 28 percent to 100 percent.

Applications available for Grand Canyon Games

The dates for Grand Canyon state winter games are rapidly approaching and one local sponsor advises amateur athletes to pick up application forms soon.

Last chance for Little League

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

School theft case turned over to DPS

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.

High school musicians counting on cash cow

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.

Green thumb gang gets down 'n' dirty

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.

Meat-based diet hazardous to health

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."

Students should decide how to spend tax credit money

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.

Copper State Jam to be bigger, better than first year

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.

Student threatens to kill; kept in school

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?

PEDC offers $30k for bleachers

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.

Jayvee wrestlers make their mark on the mat

As the underclassman in the highly successful Payson High School wrestling program, the fledgling grapplers often go unnoticed.

Hunting teaches patience, dedication and respect

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.

Payson needs to elect leaders with vision

There is no question about it. Growth or no-growth will be the big issue in Payson's upcoming election.

Former Payson teacher completes Hawaii marathon

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.

Round Valley Elks end Lady Horns' win streak

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.

PHS wrestlers favored in two final matches

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.

Visiting with grandparents a family affair

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

E-business success just a click away

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!

Local student goes Hawaiian

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.

Cardinael gets final extension

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.

Town money better spent on new bleachers

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?

Council should add streets to list of priorities

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.

'Paper is showing positive positions for our children'

This letter is in response to the comments made in this section of the paper Dec. 28, 1999.

Insurance clerk charged with theft

Misty Dawn Murphy will be arraigned in Gila County Superior Court next Wednesday on a charge of felony theft.

Haught appeal under review

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.

Pine students Mexico bound

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.

Cowbell calls PHS students to class

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

Let's sing the praises of our unsung heroes

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.

Copper State Jam starts Jan. 21

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.

Two more chances for Little League registration

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.

Horns find gold in California

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.

Payson Grays change names, join new teams

Rim country senior softball is undergoing a face lift.

Fire board member searching for solutions

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.

Corporation commission to talk water in Pine

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.

Teaching to a different drummer

Teacher takes alternative tack to education

Tina Crabdree isn't your typical high school teacher.

Library Friends serve up good food for good books

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

Council to consider third contract extension

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.

Taxpayers pitch in for local students

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.

Coordinator's pay should be based on performance

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.

Dynamic duo leads Lady Horns on a win streak

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.

Game and Fish seek public comment on big game hunt

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.

Horns give Lobos a run for their money

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.

A rare occurrence, PHS wrestlers nipped by Bulldogs

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.

Hunting provides children with many important lessons

Please allow me to respond to Carmen and Nancy DeCicco's letter of Dec. 28.

Suburban lifestyle perhaps more suitable for squeamish couple

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 I could see"

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.

Looking up old friends

Although I moved to Arkansas in 1991, I still consider my home in Payson.

County officials dedicate reservoir

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.

Artist makes national splash with 'Mystic Waters'

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,, in a national advertising campaign.

Relocation coordinator defends performance

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.

Shelter gets state funding

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.

Red Rock Village: A Utopia for Mars

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.

Overcoming all obstacles

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.

Woman busts up meth lab; faces eviction

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

Hunting teaches young people morals, integrity

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.

Council to pick project priorities

Christmas is over, but Payson Town councilmembers are still working on their wish lists.

Hall of higher learning

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.

Museum receives gift of faith

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.

Snowfall ends dry spell, but more moisture needed

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.

Shaping a community

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.

Horns place third at CV

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.

New college a beacon for success

A golden thread has been woven into the fabric and future of Payson.

Censoring hunters would be going too far

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.

Rodeo coordinator the force behind the project

From a volunteer's perspective, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to Barry Cardinael.

Arena relocation coordinator worth 10 times his salary

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.

Payson's top 10 stories for 1999

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.

Local youth pictured in Diamondbacks magazine

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.

Wrestlers travel to California meet this weekend

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.

Horns to battle beasts of the East

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

Registration slated for Little League

With snow finally blanketing northern Arizona Sunday, many are making plans for upcoming cross country and downhill skiing outings.

Cracking down on underage smoking

Circle K managers, who want to make it harder for minors to get their hands on tobacco, are putting cigarettes out of reach.

'All things possible with a plan and a vision'

Like your mother always told you, a reputation can be a very short-lived thing.

Make a resolution you can keep: give blood

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.

Hunting trips with father among fondest memories

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.

Steps should be taken to clean up our air

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.

First baby of 2000 showered with gifts

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.

Y2K OK for Payson

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.

Slick roads topple truck

The first snowstorm of the year hit the Rim country Sunday, causing drivers to slip and slide their way along local highways.

Burglars hit three real estate offices

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.

Thank you, America, for being Y2K-OK

Apprehension, excitement, worry and wonder were all part of this year's holiday season as we watched the clock creep toward the year 2000.

Revelers ring in New Year with peace, 'miracles'

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.

Fire board rises from the ashes

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.

ATV driver killed in New Year's accident

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.