Stories for July 2000


Monday, July 31

Secret to controlled growth as simple as a cracked sidewalk

Town of Payson, rejoice. Jim Hulgan of Banning, Calif. has given us the secret to controlling our population growth bad sidewalks. As he states in his letter to the Editor on July 21, he has crossed Payson off his list of places to relocate because of the cracked and broken sidewalks in the Elk Ridge subdivision. Could controlling growth really be this simple? Perhaps a new policy could be enacted where any new sidewalks should be made to look old and cracked just after they are finished. Or possibly we could "age" some of our existing sidewalks in order to keep our population from increasing. Think of the possibilities!

Americans embracing civility at the cost of their freedoms

There was a time in this country's history when free speech was truly dangerous.

Leonard Messersmith

Leonard Joseph Messersmith, 71, of Payson, died July 22, 2000, in Payson. He was born March 31, 1929, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and had lived in Arizona for the past five years.

Rethinking prescription remedies

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on how seniors on Medicare can cope without insurance coverage for prescription medications.

Hatch swimming in gold at ASU

Rim country teen Reed Hatch of the Payson Pikes traveling team out-swam a star-studded field of athletes at the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Summer Classic Swim meet held last weekend on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Illegal crashes car, flees near golf course

A 25-year-old Mexican national escaped serious injury early Saturday evening when he allegedly crashed his 1977 Honda Accord through the fence at Payson Golf Course and plummeted into American Gulch.

Grants breathe hope into special ranch

Whispering Hope Ranch, a facility near Christopher Creek that gives autistic children the chance to ride and interact with animals as a form of therapy, has received four grants totaling $250,000.

Man killed in Highway 260 crash identified

Officers have released the identification of the man who was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 260 Thursday morning.

190-acre Mogollon Fire still smolders on the Rim

Like a bad headache, the Mogollon Fire won't go away.


David and Jo Cranson of Payson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 5.


Jim and Vivian Monroe of Payson (above) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a dinner and a cruise with their family.

'98 Longhorns omitted from decade's Top teams

Few will argue that Barry Sollenberger is Arizona's guru of prep sports.

Texas company in competition for local advertising dollars

A Texas company's practice of selling advertising space on Longhorn sports schedules has drawn the ire of PHS Athletic Director Dave Bradley and others at the school.

Article brought water issue into perspective

I wish to congratulate the Roundup, and particularly reporter Mike Burkett, for the recent coverage of Payson's water supply.

Balance is shifting unfairly toward developers

I am an Arizonan who loves the urban, rural and natural landscapes in equal measure. However, I am concerned that the balance is shifting unfairly toward the urban as developers cash in on cheap government land deals and lawmakers encourage it under the guise of progress and economic prosperity.

Golf club merger sparks lawsuit

Chaparral Pines, Rim Club property owners at odds with developers

One of the largest real estate firms in the Southeastern United States has merged with the developer of Chaparral Pines and the Rim Club and their plans for the two properties have motivated a number of angry residents to respond with a lawsuit.

Time for water officials to team up for regional solution

Thank you for your article "Deep drillers strike water in Strawberry." Please let me call your attention to a fact that was omitted from your story.

James Johnson

James C. Johnson, 85, of Payson, died July 27, 2000, in Payson. He was born Oct. 11, 1914, in Dallas County, Texas.

Deputy's career crumbles; prosecution may follow

A former Gila County Deputy's career-long glossy claims that he was a college graduate, a former Navy Seal and a county SWAT team member were untrue, a sheriff's investigation conducted by Detective Sgt. Tommie Rasmussen has concluded.

Time for county supervisors to clean house

During the past year, six Gila County employees including four law and detention officers with the sheriff's department have been arrested, fired, disciplined and/or forced to resign their positions for lying, stealing or both.

Brennen to lead Mav softball

A veteran coach with loads of experience on both the junior high and high school levels is set to take over the Rim Country Middle School Lady Maverick eighth-grade softball team this season.

Longhorns' fall sports program begins next week

With the new school year rapidly approaching, Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley has finalized the schedules for the opening week of preseason practices Aug. 7 to 11. But before any athlete can participate, Bradley warns, they must have on file in his office a current physical exam and parent consent forms.

Council considers $39.6 million town budget

How to best spend the taxpayers' money is the main agenda item at a special meeting of the Payson Town Council Thursday. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., Aug. 3, in the council's chambers, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

Nazi horrors vivid memories for WWII work camp survivor

In the insanity of Nazi Germany, male citizens of countries who had come under German rule became a part of forced labor and were required to perform work in Nazi factories.

Apache gatherers sow seeds of past during summer harvest

At 8 a.m., 70-year-old Winona Nosie pulls a crate up under an oak tree, takes a seat and begins her work day. She will labor in the heat of the sun until it begins to set, working arduously to preserve part of her Apache heritage.

Saturday, July 29

Snipe season is upon us


Have you ever been on a snipe hunt? They're great fun. My first try at snipe was as a Tenderfoot member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 42.

The downside of movie theaters


At Sawmill Crossing, the walls rise before our very eyes. And a banner adorning the old Wal-Mart proclaims the coming of the Rim Country Mall.

Thursday, July 27

Mayor's explanation 'takes the cake'

A prominent factor in Mayor Schum's lengthy explanation of his vote on the proposed Mountainairre subdivision is "site location," or, in other words, concern for complaints about planes flying in the town's altered flight patterns. That really takes the cake.

No tax money for growth, says Herron

I would like to respond to Gordon Metcalf's letter printed in the July 18 Payson Roundup.

Hardts head to Junior Olympics in New York

Many youngsters loathe running, but for young Whitney and Kari Hardt, it's a way of life. Growing up in Payson, the sisters have excelled in the sport especially long-distance events whether it was in a school physical education class or on a track and field team.

Old lines leave Payson residents in dark Wednesday

About 270 residents of Payson North and Alpine Heights were without power Wednesday night due to two successive cable failures.

Council votes to ease water regs for town event center

Arguments over the definition of the term "new water" and whether any of it exists in the ground beneath Payson took center stage Thursday at the Payson Town Council meeting. The council, with a 6-1 vote, officially eased its commercial water requirements to improve the town's event center and stimulate commercial development on the south side of town.

Payson's water woes easing, officials say

For the past five years in Payson, political careers have risen and fallen, real estate developments have thrived and died, and prospective businesses and property owners have come and gone all over a single issue.

Close encounters with nature can leave a mark


When we first moved to Christopher Creek five years ago, we could hardly believe how close to nature we really were.

Sign up early for Monsoon 5K

Rim country residents might want to consider participating in the Monsoon 5K Run/Walk Aug. 4 just to pick up one of the nice T-shirts that will be given out.

Parks & Recreation

Fall Soccer Registration:

Registration for boys and girls ages 4 to 7 as of Nov. 1, ends Friday, July 28. The fee is $20 per child and includes a T-shirt and team pizza party. Games will be held in September and October.

Kids Play open at athletic club

Now the mother of two, Tauna DeSpain says she has a better perspective about the advantage of the Kids Play program at Payson Athletic Club.

Season tickets available for PHS sports

The best advice from Payson school officials is for sports fans to purchase passes for the upcoming athletic seasons.


After being separated for 18 years, Elizabeth Flores and Richard Wagner were reunited, and they discovered that their love had withstood the test of time.

Council not totally controlled by developers

Although I am neutral regarding the proposed affordable housing development near the airport

Copperstate Jam an 'excellent program'

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Copperstate Jam at the (Tonto) Apache gym.

Irene Davis

Irene Davis, 86, of Payson, died July 6, 2000, in Payson. She was born July 9, 1913, in El Dorado, Ark.

Charley Bingle

Charley Lee Bingle, 87, of Payson, died July 20, 2000, in Payson. He was born Dec. 27, 1912, in Shreveport, La.

Fingerprints now required for teacher certification

Schools are enhancing safety another degree with a new law that went into effect this month, requiring teachers and administrators to submit their fingerprints for a background check before renewing their certificates.

Cowbelles disband after 23 years

The Tonto Cowbelles took their final curtsy as supporters of the cattle and beef industry Saturday when they hosted their "Last Supper." The group is disbanding after 23 years.

Pair caught with too many cold tabs

Repeat shopping trips into Payson businesses landed two Phoenix men in jail Wednesday night. The men, 32-year-old Frank Joe Powell and 35-year-old Alex Harold Smoot, were booked into Gila County jail on charges of possession of precursor chemicals and misconduct involving weapons.

Saving water is our civic responsibility

According to town water specialists, Payson has enough water now and for the immediate future. The tanks are filling each night and the town's system is meeting the daily demand for water even through high-demand weekends.

Mary Shandley

Mary M. Shandley, 73, of Payson, died July 22, 2000, in Payson. She was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Fairland, Okla. Mrs. Shandley was a homemaker.

Disaster assistance available for farmers

Gila County farmers and ranchers who've lost crop or cattle production due to the current drought can qualify for as much as $500,000 in emergency United States Department of Agriculture loans, according to Sharon Kinison, farm loan chief for the Arizona Farm Service Agency.

Complex weather system helps Chaparral Pines save water

When plans for development of the exclusive Chaparral Pines and Rim Golf Club subdivisions were being hammered out in the early 1990s, there was no small amount of heated opposition. With more than 1,000 home sites spread out over 1,200 lushly landscaped acres, and two golf courses at its center, the primary topic of debate among Payson residents was, "Where on earth are they going to get the water for 1) all those area newcomers and 2) all that greenery?"

Margery Bright Price

Two former Paysonites, Dave and Niki (Hale) Price, are proud to announce the recent arrival of their daughter, Margery Bright Price.

Monday, July 24

One-vehicle accident claims life on Highway 260

Traffic was closed on Highway 260 for about an hour Tuesday morning as crews cleared the scene of a one-vehicle fatality accident near Ponderosa Campground.

Mayor made the right decision

Now that the issue of the high-density zoning has been halted at the airport for now, I would like to thank Mayor Ray Schum, Barbara Brewer and Hoby Herron for their support on this issue.

White Mountain softball looking for teams for Smack Attack tournament

In the White Mountain community of Eagar, a group of softball enthusiasts have issued an invitation to their Rim country diamond counterparts to play ball.

Althoff, Neal tie in Ham-Am tournament

More than 40 members of the Payson Men's Golf Association shrugged off last week's searing 100-degree heat to participate in a Ham-Am tournament.

Pioneering Pyle twins celebrate 99th birthday

The bonds of sisterhood are said to be eternal. For Payson's oldest living natives, the bonds of sisterhood have survived and strengthened over nearly a century, as they've endured separation and tragedy. Mirth and Myrl Pyle celebrated their 99th birthday together last week.

Deep drillers strike water in Strawberry

The Pine-Strawberry exploratory borehole project has struck water. And while the precise quality and quantity of the liquid gold remains unknown, project coordinator Robert Mawson rates the find an eight on a scale of one to 10.

Signs of life

A recent donation to the Payson Fire Department will help firefighters save countless lives in the future.

Duo shoots silver at Pebblebrook golf course

The Rim country golfing duo of Brandon Kelly and Billy Bob Hoyt played their way to a second-place finish in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona pick-a-partner tournament. The event was contested July 20 and 21 at Sun City's Pebblebrook golf course.

John Holmes

John W. Holmes, 50, of Payson, died July 22, 2000. He was born April 3, 1950, in Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Holmes served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion, Post 69, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Cooperation can save lives

On the front page of today's Roundup you'll find a story about a woman who wanted to help save lives. She donated $25,000 to the Payson Fire Department for a thermal imaging camera that can sense body heat through walls a device that can mean the difference between life and death.

Housing project didn't 'fit the bill'

It is not my style, nor will it be, to defend myself in the media following a council vote. I will be more than willing to explain my position, and the citizens should rest assured that my homework will be done before casting my vote on any issue.

Toni Irving

Toni Elaine Irving, 56, of Payson, died July 20, 2000, in Payson. She was born Oct. 7, 1943, in Napa, Calif. and had resided in Arizona since 1982.

State's K-9 teams train to take bite out of crime

A pack of vicious dogs roamed the streets of Payson last week, searching for missing drugs and dangerous suspects.

Journalism a passion for Roundup intern

In addition to "spitfire," "confident" and "determined," one of the words Wendy Manwarren uses to describe herself is "workaholic."

Seniors finding drug costs hard to swallow

It's not easy being gray. Not when you are one of the more than 3,000 seniors in Gila County who have been exposed to the high cost of prescription drugs since all of the HMOs abandoned us. And while we scramble for relief, the prices just keep climbing.

Community has much to gain by accepting people's differences

In the July 11 issue, page 4A Mail Call section, Jan McQueen of Payson wrote a wonderful letter "Payson is no place for prejudice." I was saddened by the episode she described of prejudiced remarks regarding her new son-in-law who happens to be black. Jan is so right, prejudice has no place in a wonderful town like Payson.

'You can't pick your neighbors'

I would like to have some questions answered about the handfuls of people who live in the Mazatzal Mountain Air Park who think that people with less money than they have, don't have the rights to live and dream of owning their own home in the land that we all call the land of the free, not the land of the rich.

All business woes don't lead to Wal-Mart

I was disturbed to read a comment made by Lorraine Pruiksma in your (July 18) article, "Country Corner closing up shop," blaming Wal-Mart for the closing of her store.

'A sad day for America'

I agree with Chief Justice William Rehnquist when he said that the majority's ruling on public prayer "bristles with hostility to all things religious in public life." Then (the court) turns around and lifts the ban on partial birth abortions.

Sun Devils return to Camp Tontozona

Devil's disciples from around the state are primed to descend upon the Rim country beginning Aug. 8, when Arizona State University's Sun Devil football team will begin preseason training.

Council to consider relaxing water regs for event-center plan

There will be no advance workstudy debate on whether the Town of Payson should consider relaxing commercial water requirements to improve the town's multi-event center and stimulate commercial development on the south side of town.

Mogollon Fire scorches 150 acres on Rim

Recent monsoon thunderstorms have produced little rain in the Rim country but plenty of headaches for Tonto National Forest firefighting crews.

Rensch taking his talents to Mountain View

Payson's loss will be Mesa Mountain View's gain.

Dallas Rensch, who would have been a sophomore at Payson High School next school year is transferring to Mountain View where he'll play basketball for coach Gary Ernst.

Saturday, July 22

If these stones could talk ...


In his new book, Derrick Jensen expresses his belief that people can and should carry on conversations with "pigs, dogs, coyotes, squirrels, rivers, trees and rocks."

Pack a lunch, take a picnic


For many Rim country residents and visitors, picnicking is the most pleasurable of summertime activities.

Thursday, July 20

Pine school sweeps Stanford 9

Students at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School had their thinking caps on and working when they took the Stanford 9 Achievement Test this year. Most of their marks exceeded the average scores of both the county and state.

Children's boutique gets new address

The Growing Pains children's boutique, which specializes in the sale of new and used clothing, furniture, equipment, books and toys, has moved from the Main Street storefront it occupied for 10 months.

EAC to offer general education classes

Eastern Arizona College is offering general education classes for the fall semester in the following areas: writing fundamentals, written communications, introduction to creative writing, and english literature.

Edward Hanger

Edward Omer Hanger, 69, of Tonto Basin, Ariz., died July 16, 2000, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born March 2, 1931, in Tempe, Ariz. and was a lifetime resident of Arizona.

Homer Jacoba

Homer Marion "Blackie" Jacoba, 78, of Payson, died July 20, 2000. He was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Little Sioux, Iowa and had lived in Arizona since 1988. A World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the European Theater. Before his retirement, he was employed by the National Park Service as an equipment operator.

Eleanor Meister

Eleanor "Ellie" K. Meister, 82, of Pine, died July 16, 2000, at her home in Pine. She was born May 27, 1918, in Chicago, Ill. to Fred and Mamie Koeneke.

Affordable housing deserves second chance

It's not often we get a second chance at a lost opportunity. But we think Payson's leaders owe the town's working-class residents another shot at affordable housing.

Insider's reasoning seems flawed to political outsider

In every community when issues emerge there are always those who are "insiders" and know the real story about what is going on. They know what the "real" issues are, who the power brokers are, what their motivations are, who is on what side of an issue, and why.

Clinton administration's defense policies flawed

I attended one of Senator Jon Kyl's periodic breakfast meetings, where the guest speaker was Richard Perle. Mr. Perle has been involved in U.S. national defense matters for 30 years, most notably as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan administration the years when the Cold War was finally won.

Sidewalk cracks stop traveler in tracks

As I am in the process of relocating, I was in Payson this past weekend looking around.


Michele M. Perry and John A. Palmer Jr. were married June 30 at the Mango Walk Villas in Jamaica.

Executive shares Western know-how with Third World

Take one glance at Anthony J. Alfano's passport which contains more stamps than are found in an average post office and you might assume that this Payson resident is a serious vacation animal.

Brimhall to battle for re-election

Amendments have been proposed, debates have been voiced and "the warrior," Rep. Debra Brimhall (R-Dist. 4), has decided to continue her legislative battle and run for re-election.

Pine Pioneer Day marches on Saturday without parade

Saturday is Pioneer Day one of my favorite events of the summer. On a sad note, there will be no parade.

Brooke cited for tapping into fire supply

It's been a daily occurrence lately for residents of Star Valley and The Knolls subdivision to watch as water is siphoned out of The Knolls' water tank and is trucked off to the water-poor residents of Pine.

Former school district bookkeeper pleads guilty

Sixty-two-year-old Phyllis Woods' legal battle ended Thursday morning in Gila County Superior Court when she changed her not guilty plea to guilty on four counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Whispering Pines residents fired up for November recall election

A fire board recall election set for November has divided residents in the tiny pine-studded community of Whispering Pines into two warring camps.

Newspaper recycling program off to a good start

It took exactly one week for the Town of Payson's new newspaper recycling program to prove itself a rousing success.

Payson swimmers plunge competition

Young Jaycee Boll swam her way to the 7-8-year-old age division high-point trophy at the Kingman Invitational swim meet held July 15.

Cards training begins at NAU

Since the Arizona Cardinals began preseason training sessions in Flagstaff years ago, football fans from around the state have flocked to Flagstaff for a free, up-close look at the NFL team.

All-Stars enter Small Jam minus one of its stars

The Payson All-Stars boys basketball team will be without the services of one of its most stellar players when action tips off tomorrow in the Small Jam tournament.

Six senior teams to play in Payson invitational

Slow-pitch softball action heats up the Rim country Saturday when six teams from around the state clash in the Payson Senior Invitational Tournament.

Parks and Recreation

Fall Soccer Registration

Registration for boys and girls ages 4 to 7 as of Nov. 1, 2000 began Monday and will continue until July 28. The fee is $20 per child and includes a T-shirt and team pizza party. Games will be held in September and October. Team placement is random. Late registrants will be placed on teams only if space permits.

Globe-trotting players say 'thanks'

Before flying off to Australia where she will play on an Arizona All-Star soccer team against foreign competition, 16-year-old Jennifer Plumb took time to e-mail a thank-you to many of those who helped her and her three friends earn the more than $2,000 each that it took to make the jaunt. It read:

Saddle up! for ride through history

'Grazin' Saddles' museum exhibit opens July 29

It's the story of an old American hero the cowboy but it's told through the use of his trusty saddle. It's a new exhibit, "Grazin' Saddles," opening July 29 at the Rim Country Museum.

Chamber CEO named chair of rural economic development committee

While spending most of his professional career in the media realm, Thomas Kaleta, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO, began investigating the world of economic development. Now he is taking on new responsibility as the appointed chairman of the Government Alliance for Rural Arizona's economic development committee.

Monday, July 17

Landra and West shoot gold-medal win in Jack-and-Jill match

When Jack and Jill went up the Payson Golf Course hill on Thursday, it wasn't for a pail of water. Rather, the Jacks Payson Men's Golf Association members were at PGC to team up with the Jills members of the Payson Women's Golf Association for the PWGA's annual mixed tournament.


Former TV personality takes leading role in Payson

Kate Linde, who graced television sets in many homes on a CBS affiliate in the Midwest, has now tuned into Payson and taken an active role in the community.

Hoyt, Kelley team up for pick-a-partner golf tournament

A pair of the Rim country's most promising young golfers will join forces for the JPGAA pick-a-partner golf tournament, July 20 and 21 on the Sun City Pebblebrook Golf Course.

Deputy under scrutiny resigns

A Gila County Sheriff's deputy, who was well-regarded by his peers, resigned Friday amid allegations that he lied on his job application and as a prosecution witness in several trials.

Van Pelts celebrate 53 years

Stan and Barbara Van Pelt will celebrate their 53rd anniversary July 20. They were married in Yuma, Ariz. at the Gretna Green Wedding Chapel while Stan was in the Navy.

Practice begins for Horn hopefuls

The smell of pigskin will soon fill the air, as Longhorn football prepares for another season of gridiron battles.

Lessons help keep swimmers in sync

Synchronized swimming may not be the hottest sports offering in the Rim country, but for elementary school teacher Leslie Reisdorf, it's a summer way of life.

Gila County declared drought disaster area

Seven of Arizona's 15 counties have been declared agricultural disaster areas due to drought and the area is extended to include Gila County, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said Monday.

Candidate faces forgery charges

An eight-count felony complaint was filed in Payson Justice Court last week against would-be Gila County Supervisor candidate Mike Hull, who allegedly falsified nominating forms before submitting them to the elections department.

Retiree cruises through life, love in '49 Plymouth

In an age when so many men trade in their wives as often as they trade in their cars, it's refreshing to meet a fellow like Jerry Salzman.

Casimir Ahmann

Casimir G. Ahmann, 80, of Cottonwood, Ariz. died July 2, 2000, in Cottonwood. He was born Feb. 8, 1920, in Remson, Iowa. He lived there until entering the Army. He was a veteran of World War II. He served in the States and overseas.

Nina Cline

Nina Harriet Cline, 85, of Young, Ariz., died July 15, 2000, in Payson. She was born Aug. 6, 1914, in Young and was a lifetime resident of Arizona.

Margaret Miller

Margaret E. Miller, 83, of Payson, died July 14, 2000. She was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Arlington, Texas, and was a longtime resident of Payson.

Federal estate tax should be abolished

Last week, the Senate sent President Clinton a bill which Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., says "Removes death as the trigger for any tax."

Nature too complex for simple mandates

The article on drought stress and wildfire by Gary Allen Roberts in the July 7 Payson Roundup was informative, but I would like to add a bit to it.

Band concert an uplifting experience

My husband and I attended the 108th Army National Guard Band concert at the Pine Community Center in Pine. What a delightful evening of music.

Youth football needs a coach

Payson Youth Football, which fields teams in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association, is in need of volunteers to help with fund-raising, coaching and overseeing the program.

Mayor's presentation 'off the mark'

Mayor Schum's presentation against the "affordable housing project" last Thursday, prior to the voting by the town council, was irresponsible, thoughtless and totally off the mark. One does not need a degree in economics to know that a minimum-wage earner, or a teacher making $22,000 per year, cannot afford an $80,000 home.

July 4 celebration was one to remember

I have waited for other community residents to make laudatory comments about the Fourth of July celebration in Green Valley Park. So far, no one has stepped to the plate, so I think I should put on paper what has been in my thoughts for two weeks.

Greenbelt clean-up an investment in a safe future

In rebuttal to Lucinda Campbell's guest comment dated July, 7, 2000:

Shifting load smashes minivan

A load of unsecured PVC pipe slid off a truck's carrying rack Monday on the Beeline Highway and into the back window of a minivan, landing just inches away from two children sleeping in the back seat.

Country Corner closing up shop

Through the end of July, Bud and Lorraine Pruiksma are holding a half-price sale at Country Corner, the business they've operated in Payson for the past nine years. Their 50-percent sale isn't a summer sale, nor is it a chance to clear out shelves to make way for new products.

Maze guides local teens through sexual choices

The Gila County Teen Risk and Resiliency Coalition wants to help local teens make responsible choices concerning sex, and it is bringing a life-sized maze to town this fall to point them in the right direction.

Digital Degrees

Arizona universities offer one-stop class shopping on Web

It's not something you'll find on her tests, but geography is definitely an interesting part of Sally Jackson's communication class this summer.

Saturday, July 15

Land of panoramas and pancakes


Cap'n Dave is at the helm once again, navigating the Beeline en route to port in the Rim country

Plan a four-wheel scenic adventure


Now that the closures and restrictions in the Tonto National Forest have been lifted, four-wheelers from around the Rim country will be hitting the trails in search of open-air adventures.

Thursday, July 13

Parks and Recreation

Fall Soccer Registration

Registration for boys and girls ages 4 to 7 as of Oct. 30, 2000 will be July 17 to 28. The fee is $20 per child and includes a T-shirt and team pizza party. Games will be held in September and October. Team placement is random. Late registrants will be placed on teams only if space permits.

'Affordable' housing plan comes with heavy price tag

I have refrained from addressing any of the airport and rezoning controversy in the past, but Mr. Engleman's (July 4) "fairy tale" (letter to the editor) must be answered.

Define 'affordable'

Regarding June 27, Our View, Affordable Housing.

Small Jam debuts

The success of the past two Copper State Jam youth basketball tournaments has prompted its founder to host a similar hardwood shoot-out to be known as Small Jam.

Bashas' evacuated

About 40 customers were evacuated from Bashas' Friday at 9:40 a.m. when smoke was seen coming from the southwest corner of the exterior roof.

Supervisors OK Pine Meadows rezoning

Developers of the proposed SettleInn at Pine Meadows retirement community successfully leaped over their first political hurdle Tuesday when the Gila County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved their rezoning application.

Abandoned cats beat the odds

Cats are fabled to have nine lives. But if it weren't for a twist of fate and a caring Payson family, five cats a mother and four kittens wouldn't have had a single chance.

Bring on the business

New names, same game for economic development group

The names and faces have changed among the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation's leadership, but according to the corporation's new president, the mission remains the same.


Fire department team wins blood drive trophy

Thanks to all the participants from Pine and Strawberry who rolled up their sleeves to donate blood Monday. United Blood Services collected 105 pints during the drive.

Walbergs celebrate 60 years

Bob and Margaret (Wright) Walberg, pictured above in a recent photograph, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 13 with a family dinner.

Bettie Harris

Bettie Jean Harris, 62, died July 12, 2000, in Payson. She was born March 19, 1938, in Phoenix, and had lived in Payson since 1973.

Job well done on greenbelt cleanup

Many thanks to Keith Blankenbuehler, president of the Payson North IV (Home Owners Association) for the personal effort and job well done on the greenbelt cleanup. Seems there has been a lot of negative, overly dramatic "poetic criticism" of the results.

Super majority rule squashes affordable home development

The latest effort to create affordable housing in Payson was shot down Thursday by the Payson Town Council, even though a majority of the councilmembers supported the project.

Town's biggest tentative budget approved; water talk tabled

At $39,880,117, it's the largest proposed budget in the history of Payson, and it was unanimously approved by the town council for the 2000-2001 fiscal year Thursday night.

Gunman pleads guilty to shooting officer

Payson Police Officer Allen Dyer watched Thursday as the man who shot him two times in front of Wal-Mart last fall, pleaded guilty to the crime.

Firefighters rein in blaze by Roosevelt at 250 acres

A fire sparked by lightning that burned 250 acres of ponderosa pine and chaparral forest in a remote area near Roosevelt Lake has been contained.

Tax hikes kept out of county budget

No room for raises in $49.48 million budget

Gila County officials have developed a proposed $49.48 million budget that's 4 percent higher than last year's, and they've figured out how to fund it without a tax increase.

Brothers charged with robbery, assault

Brothers Jody and Saul Palomo were booked into Gila County Jail Wednesday night on robbery and assault charges following the alleged beating of a 48-year-old man and his 36-year-old girlfriend.

Harward Peddie

Harward C. Peddie, 75, died July 5, 2000, in Payson. He was born July 15, 1924.

Ruby Stowell

Ruby Christine Billingsley Stowell, 96, died July 1, 2000, in Sacramento, Calif. She was born May 14, 1904, in Duncan, Ariz.

Mayor's argument against airport affordable housing project flawed

Mayor's argument against airport affordable housing project flawed

Take two EAC classes and call me in the morning

No matter how young or old we are, learning something new can be exciting and bring a freshness to the routine of our lives.

A bloody good showing

Once again, the residents of Pine and Strawberry have proven themselves to be stalwart lifesavers.

Greenbelt cleanup complainers have second-home escape routes

Regarding the guest comment, June 7 edition.

Price-matching could end competition

It is nice that Wal-Mart will price-match competitors' ads. Taking advantage of this service may be convenient, but it will definitely take sales away from the other stores.

Little League All Stars comes to an early end

The agony of defeat permeated the Payson High third base dugout Tuesday afternoon, as the Payson/Pine Little League All Stars saw their post-season hopes evaporate in a 9-6 loss to Flagstaff Coconino.

Swim squad meets Prescott Valley Saturday

The Payson swim team splashes back into action tomorrow at Taylor Pool against Prescott Valley. Competition begins at 8 a.m. and will continue until about 12:30 p.m. Spectators are welcome free of charge, but those hoping for a premium view of the event should arrive early.

Diamondbacks coaches help teach tomorrow's stars today

For about 60 youngsters, the past week was a field of dreams for the potential baseball stars of tomorrow.

Mavericks football practice begins soon

Rim Country Middle School Athletic Director Bill Bowling has set the start date and practice times for Mavericks 7th- and 8th-grade football.

Monday, July 10

Jack E. Dawson

Jack E. Dawson, 87, of Payson, died July 6, 2000, in Tempe, Ariz. He was born Jan. 24, 1913, in Delray, Fla.


Santa Fe artist leads students on journey of self-exploration

Nationally-known Santa Fe artist Amy Stein encourages her students to explore their creative selves by drawing self-portraits.

County doubles Payson detective unit

A Gila County Sheriff's deputy who once helped nab a gunman planning to rob the Payson grocery store where the deputy's wife worked, has been promoted to detective.

Main Street plan on council's agenda

Development standards along Payson's historic Main Street may ease up a little, if the Payson Town Council approves a resolution at its meeting Thursday night.

Vandalism hits home for Habitat

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity suffered an unexpected setback yesterday when volunteers discovered the work of vandals at its current home site on East Frontier Street.

Fire burns 150 acres of forest near Roosevelt

Firefighters were scrambling Tuesday to contain a lightning-caused fire that was burning rugged terrain on the edge of the Salome Wilderness Area near Roosevelt Lake.

Council considers Payson's largest budget

The Payson Town Council will consider Thursday approving the largest tentative budget in Payson's history.

Sculptor draws inspiration from forms found in nature

Local artist Don Harmon, who tries to capture the essence of nature in his sculptures, has been invited to display his work at the world's largest invitational sculpture show and sale this August. Born in Iowa, Harmon was often critical of his father, a jewelry maker, because he thought his father's pieces were plain.

Teacher trades chalk for a job with Parks & Rec

After 17 years as a business teacher at Payson High School, Teddy Pettet has resigned to accept a job as a Town of Payson recreation coordinator. Pettet officially took over the job July 1.

Action heats up on Payson diamonds

The Payson High School ball fields are a beehive of activity this week with the Little League Area One tournament being conducted on the Lady Horn softball diamond and the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center taking place on the baseball diamond.

Young swimmers make waves against Clippers

Fledgling swimmers in their first season of competition paved the way for the Payson swim team in its dual meet Saturday against the Cottonwood Clippers.

Payson is no place for prejudice

Some months ago, I was told by a friend that a black person had asked if she would be welcome in this lady's Payson church.

Sheep should march on Washington

For some time now, I have had a feeling that there is "something rotten in the state of Denmark" in our taxing system.

Council considers relaxing water regs

Payson councilmembers will discuss relaxing commercial water requirements Thursday as part of a plan to improve the town's multi-event center and stimulate commercial development in south Payson.

Town Council to reinspect affordable housing project

This Thursday, the Payson Town Council will again consider a rezoning request filed by William Broce, a local developer who wants to build an affordable housing subdivision near Payson Municipal Airport.

Payson players coming and going from Down Under

Two weeks of life Down Under begins Thursday for four Payson teenagers and their high school coach.

Payson students performed above Gila County on Stanford 9

Results are in, and Payson students fared relatively well on the Stanford 9 Achievement Test.

Recycling: The buzzard has landed

When Buzz Walker, the Town's Public Works director, was looking for a mascot for Payson's recycling program, he chose an animal which he calls the ultimate recycler the buzzard.

Firefighter a man of quiet action

There's a certain timeless quality about Garrett Ward, Payson's newest firefighter.

Saturday, July 8

Hook some fun at local fishing holes


The ban has ended, opening three Rim country lakes Bear, Knoll and Chevelon to anglers eager to test their mid-summer fishing luck.

Raiding Ford country


Life can get stressful and complicated.

Thursday, July 6

Payson 5th at 'Kick in the Grass' tourney

The visiting Gilbert Incinerators played its way to the championship of the inaugural Fourth of July Kick in the Grass 35-years-plus men's soccer tournament.

Disqualified candidate takes bid for supervisor to Supreme Court

Payson resident Mike Hull, who has been disqualified from the Gila County Supervisor's race by the county attorney's office, is appealing the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Pyro-tech injured at Fourth fest

As the first fireworks exploded in the sky over Green Valley Park Tuesday night, a shell misfired and injured pyrotechnic operator Terry Wetter.

Gun owners tout rights and responsibility

As I am considering relocating to Payson, I have been following the community via the Internet version of the Payson Roundup.

Veterans grateful for Korean War coverage

I would like to thank you for your recent coverage relating to the Korean War.

Payson needs affordable housing to keep vital service industry workers

Approximately 10 years ago, Sedona, like Payson, was in need of affordable housing for people in the community who worked in the service industry, such as policemen, firemen, nurses, teachers and clerks.

National laboratory's security woes start at the top

The blame on security at Los Alamos National Laboratory should be blamed on LANL's own upper administration. These laboratories are pretty much on their own as far as security goes. Security is only as good as the administration in charge.

Part-time Payson North resident appalled by greenbelt 'cleanup'

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a letter on the (Roundup's) forum about my concern regarding the "cleaning" of the greenbelts in Payson North IV. At the time, I had not seen the result of this effort, being that I live out of state.

Don't let your child miss the magic of music

Anyone who has ever performed in a band or choir knows that there is something magical about creating music. Souls can be united, spirits can be lifted, hearts can be touched and even changed.

Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Maywood Smith, 83, of Payson, died June 29, 2000, in Payson. He was born May 5, 1917, in Williamsburg, Kan, and had lived in Arizona for the past 44 years. He was an office machine repairman for Remington Rand in Des Moines, Iowa and for Clary in Phoenix before his retirement.

David Schmidt

David Karl Schmidt, 53, of Payson died June 28, 2000, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born Jan. 27, 1947, in Neillsville, Wis.

Coleman Richardson

Coleman Gene Richardson, 14, of Palmer, Alaska, died June 29, 2000, at Roosevelt Lake. He was born on Aug. 24, 1985 in Palmer, Alaska.

Byron Patterson

Byron Wilson Patterson, 78, of Payson, died June 26, 2000, in Payson. He was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Long Beach, Calif.

Alan Moad

Alan Lee Moad, 46, of Pine died July 2, 2000. He was born in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Fontana High School in Fontana, Calif. and has lived in Arizona for the past nine years.

Canale on DL with the Cleveland Indians

Former Payson High School baseball pitching star Tom Canale, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in June, signed a professional baseball contract five days after he was chosen. According to his mom, Therese, he received a signing bonus of about $60,000 and is currently playing for the Indians' Class A affiliate in Mahoney Valley, Ohio.

Lady Horns star to coach skills camp

Nicknamed "Hoops" in junior high because of her love for the game, Erin Dahlman went on to become a four-year letter winner, all-region and all-state player for the Lady Longhorns.

Apache Junction king of the Firecracker tournament

Played Independence Day at Rumsey Park and Payson High School, Westwood Auto of Apache Junction defeated Globe Chalos 20-19 and 18-13 to win the championship of the six-team co-ed tournament.

Vickers wins junior competition

More than 300 motorcycle and ATV enthusiasts converged on the Payson Multi-Event Center last week to participate in the second race of Canyon Off- road Promotion series.


Last-minute location change for community blood drive

Big news for the blood drive.

Robert Hamilton

Robert Hilton Hamilton, 71, of Payson, died July 2, 2000. He was born March 7, 1929, in Fort Kent, Maine, and had lived in Arizona for the past 14 years.

Lanny Huston

Lanny B. Huston, 57, of Gisela, Ariz., died June 30, 2000, in Payson. He was born Oct. 27, 1942, in Denver, Colo. Mr. Huston was a Marine veteran, a retired electrician and an American Legion member.

How to set up shop at home

Home office how-tos

It's easy to see why the number of home-based businesses is growing. Faster computers, e-mail and other technological advances are making it easier for home-based businesses to meet the rising demand for new services and products. However, setting up a successful home-based business can be challenging. To improve your chances for success, the Arizona Society of CPAs recommends that you consider the following factors.

Fire chief heats up high seas in Impetuous race for shore

John Ross learned how to sail while growing up in Tucson which, of course, is a little like learning how to bobsled while growing up in Jamaica. But that didn't stop Payson's fire chief from finding bodies of water large enough to pursue his sport of choice.

Gila loses last HMO Medicare plus plan

The number of HMOs providing supplemental Medicare coverage in Gila County dropped to zero Wednesday when PacifiCare of Arizona, the state's largest provider of Medicare HMO coverage, announced that it is terminating some of its senior plans in Gila and South Pinal counties.

James Gray

James H. Gray, 73, of Payson, died June 30, 2000, at his home.

Sunday, July 2

Airport residents shouldn't bear cost of affordable housing

Payson property owners and prospective buyers, take notice. This is an alert to a possible threat to property in the Town of Payson: It's called rezoning.

Arneaux Armstrong

Arneaux Saudrey "Peg" Armstrong, 81, of Cottonwood, Ariz. died May 21, 2000, at her home. Born in Douglas, Ariz., Mrs. Armstrong was the daughter of Robert S. Armstrong, an engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad who operated the first train over the newly-laid tracks from El Paso, Texas, to Douglas. In earlier years, he befriended and played poker with such characters as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

Concern over affordable housing project near airport a 'fairy tale'

It is heart warming to see the Roundup editorial staff support the affordable housing that has been presented to Town Hall. Payson is in danger of supporting a two-class society the have and have nots.

Shannon's Law: smart gun control

At noon on July 18, a new Arizona gun law will take effect that some gun owners will misinterpret as another attempt to pirate their Second Amendment rights.

Martha North

Martha Leitch North, 82, of Payson, died June 28, 2000. She was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Frankfort, Ky. to Grover and Evelyn Leitch. She had lived in Arizona for the past 15 years.

Intergroup withdraws Medicare coverage

Intergroup of Arizona announced Thursday that it is pulling its Medicare+Choice plan, which provides prescription drug coverage and other health benefits for thousands of seniors, from Gila, Cochise and South Pinal counties by the end of this year.

Football camp teaches rookies 'the Longhorn way'

For fledgling football players, a skill as fundamental as a three-point stance can be tough to master. That's why high school coaches traditionally host summer camps for the younger players they want the opportunity to instill their program's techniques and methods into the players before any bad habits develop.

Champion Landra clubs another win

As a 30-year member of the Payson Women's Golf Association, Marge Landra has captured her share of links honors.

Karnes just misses second ace

After watching Frank Karnes' tee shot fall less than an inch short of a hole in one, longtime Payson Men's Golf Association member John Calderwood enthusiastically tagged it "certainly the best shot of the tournament."

Be prepared, or spend a season on the bench

The bane of existence for most youth sports coaches is the player who shows up for the first day of practice without the required physical exams or paperwork.

American dream comes true for disabled mother

Christine Garcia said she was "delirious" when she learned that she had been selected to be the recipient homeowner of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's House No. 7.

Texans kick in $10,000 for Payson library

When most people move to a new town, their usual first order of business is to introduce themselves to their neighbors.

Couple arrested for buying cold tabs

Alert Wal-Mart employees helped agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task Force Thursday stop a Valley couple from setting up a methamphetamine lab, agents said.

Saturday, July 1

Camping opportunities still remain


Tinder dry conditions that forced Forest Service officials to shut down campgrounds and forests have put a serious crimp in Rim country camping opportunities.

Just your average Rim country guy


There is a magazine I don't read called Men's Health.