Stories for June 2000


Thursday, June 29

Pulau Electronics changes name

Pulau Electronics in Payson has changed its name to ILSC Electronics to retain its status as a small business, company director Don Becker said Wednesday.

Prime rib dinner raises $2,000 for scholarships

The benefit prime rib dinner June 21 at the Small Cafe was a smashing success, according to local Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor Denny Morse.

Parks and Recreation

Fourth of July

Louis Garrett, Jr.

Louis T. Garrett, Jr., 70, of Payson, died June 27, 2000. He was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Columbus, Ohio and had lived in Arizona for the past 18 years.

Tonto forest now open

To the relief of dozens of beleaguered business owners throughout the Rim country, the Tonto National Forest reopened to the public Thursday morning.

Last-ditch effort to move library site loses ground

The new Payson Public Library will be built in Rumsey Park despite a flurry of rumors to the contrary that sprang from one town councilmember's now-aborted efforts to move the project to Main Street.

Teen-age golfers Kelley, Hoyt masters of the greens

Rim country teen-agers Brandon Kelley and Billy Bob Hoyt are rapidly becoming rock-solid players on the state's junior golf scene.

Rim country fireworks and festivities

The Parks and Recreation Department has many fun activities planned for its Fourth of July Celebration at Green Valley Park.

Alaska boy drowns at Roosevelt Lake

A 14-year-old boy from Alaska, who was visiting relatives in Tonto Basin, drowned Thursday at Roosevelt Lake.

Membership manager leaves chamber post

Janet Crane is leaving her position as manager of membership and events services for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, effective today.

Splash squad swimming in medals

Battling the Phoenix-based private swim club Melrose Makos Saturday at Taylor Pool, the Payson Parks and Recreation swim team more than held its own.

Affordable housing project an opportunity for Payson

My wife and I have lived in Payson since 1978 (summer visitors since 1957) and have witnessed the high cost of housing.

Make plans in July to give the gift of life

It only takes a second for a holiday trip to turn to tragedy. A moment of distraction at 60 mph can send an entire family to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.


Pine to celebrate fourth on the first

Pine and Strawberry, which are populated by independent-minded souls, are celebrating America's Independence Day on Saturday, July 1 rather than on July 4.

'America helped us when we had nothing'

Editor's note: The following column is the seventh in an eight-part series about "What's right with America" that will appear in the pages of the Roundup through July 4. The author, Stan Brown, is a local historian, a columnist for The Rim Review and a retired minister. This series reflects his take on the implications of freedom in America.

Rain reopens Arizona forests

The monsoon season, which arrived earlier than normal throughout much of Arizona last week, quenched extreme fire conditions in northern Arizona forests and washed away some restrictions.

Zumbro leaves for boot camp

Bryan Zumbro harbors few misconceptions about what life will be like as a plebe at the Air Force Academy.

Valley teams escape heat for senior softball league

It's an unusual twist of athletics when a town parks and recreation department sponsors a sports league in a community 70 miles away.

Local artist begins fight of his life

"I'm a true Sagittarius," said Hugo DiZinno. "My horoscope tells me I have my feet firmly planted in the clouds. That probably tells my whole story."

Police standoff ends peacefully

What was initially reported as a domestic violence dispute in Payson Ranchos Tuesday turned into a police standoff with the suspect threatening to commit suicide with a rifle.

Greenbelt cleanup an 'unnecessary slaughter of plants'

After reading "Lament for greenbelt IV" by Barbara McKee (in the June 23 issue of the Roundup), we felt we should also submit our feelings as to how the greenbelt "cleanup" was handled.

Cubans can overthrow tyrant on his own turf

Today I heard Armando Gutierrez, attorney for the Miami Gonzalez family, say on national television that the United States government is in cahoots with the Fidel Castro government in trying to send Elian back to Cuba.

Monday, June 26

Dedication will be missed

Christopher/Kohl's Fire District Board, Fire Department officers and members send their sincere appreciation to Kyle Gourdoux for his service to the fire district.

Changes made to Longhorn wrestlers' winter schedule

The summer months are often non-stop times for prep coaches and athletic directors who spend hours mulling over the next year's sports' schedules.

12-pak tops in competitive slow-pitch

By whipping Waste Management 14-5 in the finale, the 12-Pak softball team headed by Sandee Koon, Jack Koon and Will E. Deitz captured the championship of the Town-sponsored coed slow-pitch competitive division tournament.

Bennetts, Bolls make splash at GC Games

Five Rim country athletes, all members of the local swim team, swam their way to a bevy of medals at the Grand Canyon State Games, held June 17 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Future all-stars train at summer wrestling camp

If promising young wrestlers are to succeed on the USA Wrestling circuit, they must condition and train more intensely than any opponent they might face.

Firecracker tournament short on women players

In the 18-year history of the Payson 4th of July Firecracker Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on only one Independence Day the fray has not gone as scheduled.

2 killed, 1 injured when cycles collide

The drivers of two separate motorcycles were killed and one passenger injured Friday morning in a head-on collision north of Strawberry.

Altered form may spell end to Hull's bid for supervisor

Payson's Mike Hull began this political campaign season by asking folks to elect him as Gila County's next sheriff.

Fire ravages forest home

A Payson firefighter was injured and a couple lost their home Monday during a house fire in Strawberry in a forested subdivision off Fossil Creek Road.

Taxpayers should not foot the bill

Affordable Housing. Low-income housing.

A view from one who's been there

The tone of the opinions on National Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory is somewhat predictable. These are opinions from indignant Republicans who obviously have little knowledge of what they speak, only yet another chance to take very cheap shots at the Clinton administration.

Town manager defends council's actions

Mayor Ray Schum asked me to respond to a guest commentary in the June 20 edition of the Roundup by A.W. Pike.

Affordable housing worth fighting for

Think for a moment about the guy who bags your groceries, or your favorite waitress at your favorite restaurant. Consider the store clerk who helps you locate the aisle where the AAA batteries are so cleverly hidden, and the teacher who helps your 13-year-old unlock the mysteries of algebra.

Single mother selected for next Habitat house

The board of directors of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, acting on the recommendation of its family selection committee, has announced that Christine Garcia has been chosen to be the recipient homeowner of PAHH's House #7, scheduled for completion in 2001.

Despite rain, areas of Tonto forest stay closed

Rain has fallen in the Rim country and more is predicted, but don't expect forest and campground closures to be lifted any time soon.

Russians observe Americans' right to peaceful protest

Editor's note: The following column is the fifth in an eight-part series about "What's right with America" that will appear in the pages of the Roundup through July 4. The author, Stan Brown, is a local historian, a columnist for The Rim Review and a retired minister. This series reflects his take on the implications of freedom in America.

The art of creation

Pine Artisans offers affordable variety

"I love art and I want to share my love of art," Marijane Landy said.

From humble beginnings, a statesman is born

"I am not a politician," says Payson Town Councilmember Hoby Herron, hitting the word "not" like a sledgehammer hits a spike.

Saturday, June 24

Saving Rim country's water


From the Payson Town Council to the man on the street, water is easily the number one issue in the Rim country, and our prolonged drought has made it an even more timely subject. Just about everybody has an opinion, theory or attitude.

Tubin' the Salt River


One of the most refreshing recreations to be enjoyed by heat-weary Rim residents is less than an hour's drive away in the southern reaches of the Tonto National Forest.

Thursday, June 22

Swim team sports 139-member squad

The largest team in the 14-year history of the Payson Pikes 139 members debuted Saturday in an intrasquad swim meet, head coach Dani Hatch said.

NYG basketball, soccer and track completed; swim meet postponed

Due to threat of rain and lightning Tuesday afternoon at Taylor Pool, the swimming portion of the National Youth Games was not held as scheduled.

Little League to host two postseason tournaments

Payson has been selected from several Northern Arizona communities to serve as host for both area and district Little League postseason tournaments.

Dude altered landscape, perspective

In the course of one's life, there are defining moments that alter the way you look at the world and yourself. Mine happened a decade ago.

Thomas Gascoigne

Thomas Gregory Gascoigne, 85, of Gisela, Ariz. died June 19, 2000, in Payson. He was born May 26, 1915, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tribe's land-trade plans remain neighbor-friendly

Rumors, speculation and misinformation regarding the proposed land exchange between the Tonto Apache Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have been circulating throughout the Elk Ridge, Rim View and Pinion Ridge communities.

Lament for greenbelt IV

One hot day in June 2000.


Bluegrass band to rock schoolhouse

The oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona will be jamming bluegrass style Saturday. Jam Pak Blues 'n' Grass, which has members ranging in age from 5 to 18, will perform at 1 p.m. this Saturday.

Rising from the ashes

Life 10 years after the Dude

"A place or condition suggestive of hell." That's how Webster's Dictionary defines "inferno," the noun most commonly used to describe the Dude Fire by those who got a first-hand glimpse of its fury.

Affordable housing at airport stalled

If the audience had been polled at Thursday's Payson Town Council meeting, there would have been a fast majority "nay" on the zone change request which would allow the development of 203 affordable housing units near Mazatzal Mountain Air Park.

'Forgotten War' remembered after 50 years

Soldiers reflect on war they didn't win

It was the war that nobody wanted to remember or recognize.

Freedom to die so others can live free

Editor's note: The following column is the fifth in an eight-part series about "What's right with America" that will appear in the pages of the Roundup through July 4. The author, Stan Brown, is a local historian, a columnist for The Rim Review and a retired minister. This series reflects his take on the implications of freedom in America.

Marilyn Cenovich

Marilyn Cunningham Cenovich, 62, of Payson, died June 18, 2000, in Payson.

Waterman, Lopez record medal-winning throws at Grand Canyon State Games

A pair of Tonto Apache Track and Field athletes stamped themselves among the best discus throwers in the state by winning gold medals at the Grand Canyon State Games held last week at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Last call for Girls' Softball

We still have a few openings on girls' softball teams on a first-come, first-served basis. The youth softball program is for girls who are ages 8 to 15 as of Aug. 1, 2000. The fee is $25 per child for each program.

Kudos to columnist for defending public education

Coaches and teachers from around the Rim country were surely standing and cheering for Stan Brown after reading the Roundup columnist's "What's Right With America" series entry published June 13.

Monday, June 19

William Darnall

William Dean Darnall, 77, of Payson, died June 15, 2000, in Payson. He was born July 25, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Diamondbacks host 'intensive' training camp

The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming to Payson.

PHS alumnus new soccer coach

Months of searching for a new coach to lead the Payson High School soccer program is finally over.

National Youth Games start today

National Youth Games make its Rim country debut today as part of the Town-sponsored Summer Recreation Program.

Church member disappointed by park rule

I am amazed to hear that my church, Assembly of God, has been denied a permit to use the newly constructed (performing arts stage) at Green Valley Park.

Town leaders aren't looking out for residents' interests

We residents of Payson seem to elect mayors and councilmembers who really do nothing for the majority of the townspeople. Most everything they do, or consider doing, benefits or impresses the flatlanders or the more affluent population.

Have courage; take a stand

On May 7, 1915, in the Irish Sea, a German submarine, the U-20, attacked the passenger liner Lusitania. What happened next made history and influenced the United States' decision to enter WW1.

Bull riders take rides of their lives

The first monsoon storm of the season chased nearly 500 fans out of the stands during Saturday night's Mazatzal Bull Riding Championship at the Payson Multi-event Center.

Dennis Nemeth

Dennis Charles Nemeth, 58, of Payson, died June 13, 2000, in Payson. He was born Sept. 24, 1941, in New Jersey.

Serving the common welfare helps make America strong

Editor's note: The following column is the fourth in an eight-part series about "What's right with America" that will appear in the pages of the Roundup through July 4. The author, Stan Brown, is a local historian, a columnist for The Rim Review and a retired minister. This series reflects his take on the implications of freedom in America.

Louise Jones

Louise Bullock Jones, 84, of Payson, died June 14, 2000, in Payson. She was born March 31, 1916, in Alex, Okla.

Payson Tennis Club serves up lessons for children, adults

Members of the Payson Tennis Club will be available from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Rumsey Park to assist with a drop-in kids program. Youngsters interested in learning the game of tennis are eligible to participate free of charge. Participants should bring their own racquet, but used tennis balls will be supplied by the club.

Luella McCormick

Luella E. McCormick, 82, of Payson, died June 13, 2000. She was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Chicago, Ill. and had lived in Arizona for the past 24 years.

Young leader takes center stage on Tonto council

Payson native Nathan Campbell grew up with two dreams.

Payson avenges loss to Phoenix Christian

In Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League action, Payson upped its credentials to 3-1, splitting a pair of games against Phoenix Christian.

Junior golfer fine tuning his game at ASU camp

Fourteen-year-old Billy Bob Hoyt's run to golfing success continues this week with his participation in a five-day camp on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Kenneth Sylvester

Kenneth Sylvester, 72, of Payson, died June 17, 2000, in Payson. He was born Oct. 6, 1927, in Fairfield, Iowa.

Committee clears final hurdle to sponsor rodeo

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee has cleared the last major hurdle needed to take over the production of Payson's next two August rodeos, longtime rodeo boss Bill Armstrong said Monday.

Garden getaways

Tour reveals secrets of best local gardens

The Rim Area Garden Club's annual garden tour gives ticket holders a glimpse into the back yard gardens and secret hideaways created by some of the Rim country's most talented gardeners.

Fan malfunction blamed for house fire

Lightning during the first monsoon of the season Saturday may have led to a box fan malfunction that sparked a small house fire on West Bridle Path Lane, fire officials said Monday.

Helen Temby

Helen Wanda Temby, 81, of Payson, died June 16, 2000. She was born Dec. 11, 1918, in Woodlake, Calif. and had lived in Arizona for the past 18 years.

Hotel tops agenda for new tribal leadership

Newly re-elected Tonto Apache Tribal Chairperson Vivian Burdette, who was sworn into office along with three newcomers Saturday, said the tribe is poised to build a hotel near the casino.

Airport friendly neighbors bothered by affordable housing development

Mazatzal Mountain Air Park resident Robert Henley doesn't mind having an airport in his back yard; it's a new housing development that has him up in arms.

Deputies arrest alleged Mesa del Caballo arsonist

After 23-year-old Jeremy Ferguson was evicted from his home in Mesa del Caballo last week, investigators from the Gila County Sheriff's Department said Monday, he allegedly returned and set fire to the mobile home.

Forest, fire crews weather season's first lightning storm

Over the past three days, lightning-caused fires have kept fire crews scrambling through the Tonto and Coconino national forests, stamping out small fires before they burn out of control.

Parks and Recreation swim team schedule

Daily practice schedule

Weekdays, June 12 through Aug. 4)

Saturday, June 17

The heiress and the meat cleaver


She's the beautiful heiress to an emerald mine. He's the dashing masseur at her country club. They met when she passed out in the steam room and he used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive her.

Synchronicity in the pool


Not many in the Rim country are seasoned enough to remember the 1940s heyday of synchronized swimming made popular by the likes of Esther Williams.

Thursday, June 15

Parks and Recreation

Last call for Girls Softball

We still have a few openings on girls softball teams on a first-come, first-served basis. The youth softball program is for girls who are ages 8 to 15 as of Aug. 1, 2000. The fee is $25 per child for each program.

Payson couple wins fantasy football cruise

It wasn't a big surprise to Donna Gore when she learned last March that she'd won an all-expenses paid cruise to the Bahamas.

Motor money benefits charities

The Seventh Annual Rim Country Classic Auto Club Show Saturday at Payson High School was a huge hit, generating twice as much money as last year's event.

ADOT director to set project twists straight

Mary E. Peters, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation, will be the featured speaker June 21 during the Eggs and Issues breakfast meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Macky's Grill. The event is co-sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.


Blacksmith returns to Strawberry School

Blacksmith David Johnson from "Gryzzworks" will demonstrate his craftsmanship at the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona this weekend. The schoolhouse, which is in Strawberry, 1 3/4 miles from Highway 87 on Fossil Creek Road, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Johnson will be working at his trade in the schoolhouse yard on both days.

William Henderson

William Wayne Henderson, 83, of Diamond Springs, Calif., died May 26, 2000. He was born March 22, 1917, to William Jasper and Alta Clark Henderson in Panguitch, Utah. He was raised in Cannonville and graduated from Tropic High School in Utah.

Water trucks keep taps flowing in Pine

Brooke Utilities, which placed its Pine water customers on Stage 5 water conservation restrictions three weeks ago, is hauling water from Strawberry, 6,500 gallons at a time, to keep water flowing to Pine taps.

Bears roaming closer to homes

Bear/human conflicts are becoming common occurrences on the high desert plateaus near Roosevelt Lake.

Remodeled Heritage House to reopen

After a year in real estate limbo, the Heritage House is opening its doors to another chapter in its history.

New swim teachers on pool staff

The pool of instructors certified to teach swimming at Taylor Pool deepened last week when seven lifeguards received their Water Safety Instructor certification.

Tonto Apaches qualify five for Junior Olympic regionals

At least five, and possibly seven, members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will be competing in the USA Track and Field Region 10 championships when they are contested July 13 to 16 in Pueblo, Colo.

Martinez, Hardts pace Payson effort at state meet

More than a decade ago, the Payson Pacers was one of the most respected youth teams in national amateur track circles.

New leadership for Lady Horns hoop squad

There's a new coach heading the program, but the winning ways of Longhorn girls' basketball continue.

Soccer schedules set for Grand Canyon Games

At midweek, local youth soccer coaches Roger Wholly and Luis Albaracin received their team's schedules for play in this weekend's Grand Canyon State Games.

Crowning achievement

Technology gives tooth restoration a new twist

Good news in technology is invariably accompanied by bad news somewhere in the marketplace.

Ex-probation chief offered plea bargain

A settlement hearing this week for former Gila County Probation chief Robert "Rocky" Castaneda, who is accused of misusing public funds, has been postponed.

Fast-acting neighbor prevented a disaster

Thank you for your editorial in the June 6 Roundup, "Small hands can spark large fires." My garage was just five feet from where the fire was stopped.

Caring fathers help children win life's race

This Father's Day, we salute all fathers who stay with their children and encourage them throughout their lives. The following poem, "The Race," by Dee Groberg delivers a powerful message about a father's influence.

Family discovers wonderful people on way to Strawberry

We were unprepared, we admit it, when we took off in our sweet old yellow Caddy from Chandler to Payson last Friday. We were scouting out the trail to Strawberry, where in two weeks, our children's bluegrass band will perform at the old Schoolhouse.

Last phase of Beeline speeding to finish

Payson bypass fast-lane fiction

A year from now, the road to Payson from Phoenix will be a four-lane divided highway, including the $56.5 million section of roadway that redirects the highway around Sunflower.

Monday, June 12

Greenbelt battle ends in safer neighborhood

Residents clean out overgrowth in nick of time

Disputes between residents and their homeowners associations don't always end with everyone feeling like winners.

First, stop the killing at home

Convicted murderer Ted Bundy was executed for killing two college sorority sisters and a 12-year-old girl. His hair is for sale on the Internet. John Wayne Gacy killed 27 young men and boys who he buried in the crawl space under his home. You can go to an Internet Web site and purchase some of the dirt that surrounded the victims' bodies.

Players heading to Grand Canyon Games

A pair of Rim country youth soccer teams are set to travel to Phoenix this week where they'll take on the best competition the state has to offer in Arizona's version of the Olympics.

15-ounce rainbow biggest at trout benefit

Three Christopher Creek anglers Chris Purtee, Terry Diehl and Don Rhodes managed to fish their way to top-three honors at the 17th Annual Christopher Creek/Kohl's Ranch Firebells Benefit Trout Tournament held May 6 at Woods Canyon Lake.

Rec program in need of foosball table

A good-sized contingent of about 35 youngsters showed up Monday morning for the opening day of the Town-sponsored Youth Recreation Program.

Arson suspected in Mesa del fire

Mesa del Fire Chief Frank Hansen said his heart was in his throat Monday night as he responded to a fire that eventually destroyed a vacant mobile home in Mesa del.

Yard sale buyer pockets items not for sale

Mickey Prindle of Payson found out the hard way Saturday that the old adage "buyer beware" also applies to the seller.

Bobcat cuts power to P-S homes

Residents of Pine and Strawberry were without power for more than two hours Monday evening after a bobcat strayed into a Strawberry substation, and shorted out a transformer.

Persely, Metz to marry

Wendy Lorene Persely and Keith Howard Metz, along with their parents Rick and Lyn Myers, Charles and Linda Persely and Roger and Elaine Metz, invite the couple's friends and family members to witness Wendy and Keith's marriage vows at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 at the First Baptist Church of Pine.

Cable trap keeps pornography out of sight

A recent Supreme Court decision has created fear among parents that unsupervised children will have access to 24-hour partially scrambled cable pornography. However, many parents are unaware that they do have rights under another section of that law.

Home owners, officials rid neighborhood of fire hazard

Mission accomplished. The greenbelts in Payson North Unit IV, (which had become overgrown fire hazards) are now clean of all fuel-loading material, and we are at peace of mind knowing everything humanly possible has been done to help.

Gun control can be big business

Do we always know where our money is going and do we care where it goes? I like to think I decide where I spend my money, but occasionally I have found that I am surprised what my money is used for.

Mall design should blend in with natural surroundings

I am absolutely appalled at Mr. Harrison's vision of the Rim Country Mall theater complex.

Vivian Lee

Vivian Verniece Lee, 69, of Foster, Ore., died June 10, 2000. She was born to William Lester and Dorothy Goats May 30, 1931, in Woolum, Ark.

Public education: America's great equalizer


Editor's note: The following column is the third in an eight-part series about "What's right with America" that will appear in the pages of the Roundup through July 4. The author, Stan Brown, is a local historian, a columnist for the Rim Review and a retired minister. This series reflects his take on the implications of freedom in America.

Trial hinges on competency hearing

Litigators continue witness interviews

Paul Roosen, 37, remains in custody in Gila County Jail, waiting to learn if doctors think he is competent to stand trial for the Feb. 11 shooting of Calista Wright at her Star Valley home.

Payson's Relay for Life out-distances competition

With more than $40,000 in the bank so far, the Rim country's Relay for Life benefit for the American Cancer Society has earned more money than any other small town in the state this year. "Thank you, Rim country, as well as friends and family from around Arizona and the USA, who supported this wonderful relay," event coordinator Ann Riehle said. "Young and old worked very hard to raise funds for our Relay for Life."

Hall of heroes

Group of volunteers need help building local monument to all U.S. veterans

When the replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall visited Payson last month, local residents started wondering out loud why someone hadn't devised a plan to erect a permanent local memorial to all the nation's military veterans.

Storyteller never met a tall tale he didn't like

Local storyteller Al Ayers has built his reputation on tall tales about the Old West.

New track put off a year

Due to a depleted budget, the long-awaited artificial surface all-weather track at Payson High School will probably have to wait at least one more year.

Mercer, Pirch net 'Anglers of the Year' honors

AllStar Bass Fishing Tournament officials have tapped a pair of former Payson High School star athletes as their team "Anglers of the Year."

Saturday, June 10

A guide to Arizona's swimming holes


As an Arizona native born in Prescott and raised in Ash Fork and Winslow, I've enjoyed just about every one of the state's swimming holes.

Canadians: The rodent's favorite friend


Those wild and wacky Canadians are in the news again, and this time their insecurities are showing.

Thursday, June 8

Robert Sadler

Robert Craig Sadler, 40, of Camp Verde, Ariz. died June 2, 2000, in Payson. He was born Oct. 10, 1959, in Baldwin Park, Calif.

Ted Welch

Ted Welch, 93, longtime resident of Tonto Basin, Ariz., died June 1, 2000, in Payson. He was born Feb. 8, 1907, in Quincy, Ill.

Education tax deserves vote in November

Gov. Jane Hull has introduced a bill that would allow the voters to decide if better education funding is worth a .6 percent sales-tax increase.

Xena's 'Gabrielle' sounds off

Political Insider recently noted that Rep. Debra Brimhall's nickname at the Legislature is "Xena, the Warrior Princess." PI described me as her sidekick "Gabrielle" and our chief goal was said to be raising campaign funds to buy a new saber.

'Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty'

Three cheers for the magnificent investigative reporting done by the Roundup staff in exposing the fraudulent background of the man who was going to bring Christmas to Payson in June! Your efforts have probably stopped this attempt to darken the name of our fair town and fleece our citizens in the name of progress and education.

A job well done

Congratulations to the Roundup and its staff for the Yonemura story. What a terrific job you did.

Rent-A-Flik closes; moves to St. Johns

Rent-A-Flik, Payson's longest operating video store, closed its doors for good Tuesday.


Sid and Edith Elledge of Pine celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Tuesday, June 6.

Strawberry bustin' with fruity fun this Saturday

Strawberry will be bustin' with excitement this Saturday, June 10. The time has come to celebrate the community's favorite summer fruit.

Up the creek with a hankerin' for history

For many people, knowing the history of the town they live in isn't that important. Although I've always been interested in Arizona history, the history of my former community, Gilbert, Ariz., did not have a real attraction.


Stephen Paul Leneberg

Payson gets the blues

Seven years ago, Payson music store owner "Shakey" Joe Harless set out to develop a local blues festival that showcased bands for fans and record executives.

Council denies Ox Bow license

It was a barroom brawl of epic proportions.

First look at second theater

George Harrison, owner of C & H Properties in Scottsdale, unveiled plans Thursday for the Rim Country Mall a project that will transform the old Wal-Mart building off Highway 260 into a mini-shopping center anchored by a four-screen movie theater.

Resident shoots bear outside home

A resident of Roosevelt Estates shot and killed a black bear outside his home last week when he found the bear eating out of a dog dish.

PHS hosts Fresno in 'low key' mat meet

They're visiting Payson for some ferocious competition, but winning will take a back seat to camaraderie.

Marshall, Browning pocket prize-money at AllStar Bass

Fishing Press-Ur-Bit double-hook worms and red-shad Texas-rigged worms near Bass Point at Roosevelt Lake, the Payson team of Brian Marshall and John Browning finished fifth in an AllStar Bass tournament contested June 3.

Tracksters rake in medals at Grand Canyon Games

The Grand Canyon State Games contested last weekend in Tucson turned out to be a showcase for the talents of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team.

Parks and Recreation

Swimming Lessons & Swim Team

Registration for all swimming lessons, swim team, adult lap swim and water aerobics will continue until classes are full. Weather permitting, Taylor Pool is open for daily swimming from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lessons & water aerobics began June 5 and continue throughout the summer; adult lap swim and swim team begin June 12.

Drought could make for bleak quail season

With a dry spring behind us and the future holding little prospect for rain, local quail hunters are probably facing a bleak season.

Lora Marks

Lora "Sue" Marks, 42, of Tonto Basin, Ariz., died June 6, 2000, in Tonto Basin. She was born March 28, 1958 in Mesa, Ariz.

Kenneth Keller

Kenneth Lyle Keller, 76, of Payson, died May 24, 2000, in Payson. He was born March 16, 1924, in Saquasac, Colo.

More campgrounds, sections of forest closed

The fire danger in the Tonto National Forest is at an all-time high, forest officials said this week when announcing that additional sections of the forest would be closed today (Friday). More sections of the Coconino, Kaibab and Apache-Sitgreaves forests also were closed today.

Summer rec program opens at middle school

Ongoing problems that wreaked havoc in last summer's youth summer recreation program could be only glitches of the past, town officials say.

Crafts Etc. coming to Star Valley in July

Rim country is getting a new craft store unlike any the area has seen, owner Jeri Mertes said. Crafts Etc., which is scheduled to open July 11 in Star Valley, will include "many special features not usually found in retail establishments" in addition to arts and craft supplies, art classes and a gallery showcasing local artists, Mertes said.

Can a solution be found for underage drinking?

I believe there is too much under-aged consumption in Payson.

Not perfect, but it's a start

Monday, the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend denial of a 203-lot subdivision with site-built homes to start under $80,000 for a two bedroom, two bath; under $90,000 for a three bedroom, two bath; and under $100,000 for a four bedroom, two bath. All would include a two-car garage and patio lab.

Etta Perry

Etta May Perry, 73 of Payson died May 29, 2000. She was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Clintwood, Va.

Monday, June 5

Cleveland drafts former Payson High pitching star

A young man who spent his teenage years unleashing fastballs from the Payson High School pitching mound might soon be toeing the rubber in major league stadiums.

William McTyre

William Alfred McTyre, 73, of Bear Flat died Thursday, June 1, 2000. A lifelong resident of Arizona, he was born March 23, 1927, in Phoenix.

Bentley Matthew

Bentley "Ben" Nahum Matthew, 81, of Payson, died June 3, 2000. He was born May 5, 1919, in Monach, S.C.

Clarice Jensen

Clarice Jensen, 70, of Payson, died May 31, 2000 in Payson.

Robert Guinnip

Robert J. Guinnip, 28, of Buckeye, Ariz., died May 25, 2000. He was born Nov. 25, 1971, in Phoenix and attended Payson High School.

Betty Adams

Betty Laurine Adams, 76, died May 25, 2000, in Show Low, Ariz.

Teen preparing to take mission to Hong Kong

Teenager Pete Duffy says he's on the doorstep of an experience he won't soon forget. "I think it will change my life," he said.

Blues man soars on stage with unsinkable spirit

Of all the great musical acts "Shakey" Joe Harless has booked for his Year 2000 June Bug Blues Festival, there's one he's especially proud to have landed.

Teen takes swing at best young golfers in the state

Competing against 69 of the best teenage golfers in the state, Payson's Billy Bob Hoyt swung his way to a fifth-place finish at the Phoenix Metro Junior Championship last weekend at Cottonfields Course.

Race for office a real lifesaver

Ray Schum was dying to be Payson's mayor.

Former mischief maker traded trouble for a badge

A visit with Gila County Constable Eddie Armer is a visit with the living history of the Rim country a very colorful history.

Summer tourney heats up hardwood

It's summer, but that doesn't mean prep hoop junkies must survive without their usual fix of hardwood play.

Freedom to obey the law the fabric of democracy

What's right with America?

Editor's note: The following column is the second in an eight-part series about "What's right with America" that will appear in the pages of the Roundup through July 4. The author, Stan Brown, is a local historian, a columnist for the Rim Review and a retired minister. This series reflects his take on the implications of freedom in America.

Council to consider easing water requirements for affordable housing

Mayor Ray Schum and the town's newly revised slate of councilmembers will preside over their first full town council meeting Thursday evening.

Drop-in tennis for teens and tykes

One of the highlights of the summer sports season for the younger set is the drop-in kids tennis programs that will be held from 10 a.m. each Saturday until July 8. Youngsters 8 to 16 years of age are eligible to participate free of charge. Youngsters should bring their own racquets. Used tennis balls will be supplied by the Payson Tennis Club. Members of the PTC will be on hand to give instruction, as will local tennis teaching pro Diane Jackson.

Couple sentenced for theft

John and Linda Holmes of Tonto Basin handed the federal court in Phoenix a cashier's check for $17,450.50 last Thursday to pay restitution for money they pleaded guilty to stealing from the U.S. Forest Service at Roosevelt Lake.

Duo cards championship links win

Teammates Tom Harris and Ted Walls won the Payson Men's Golf Association's Flight A Championship last week with a first-day score of 57 and a second-day score of 56.

FCA charity dinner scheduled to send local athletes to camp

If all goes as Payson Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director Denny Morse plans, about 20 local teenagers will soon receive scholarships to participate in several sports camps this summer.

Payson Diamond Skills champ lands day in Bank One Ballpark

For the third consecutive year, 9-year-old Ridge Halenar will compete in the state championship round of the Fleer Diamond Skills Baseball Challenge.

Missing CABR money mounts

Police are continuing their criminal investigation into the alleged embezzlement of thousands of dollars from the Central Arizona Board of Realtors.

Pine customers drying up

The residents of Pine welcomed the new Plant Fair into town and supported it by buying beautiful flowers and shrubs. After a week of total lack of water all these flowers planted weeks ago have sizzled and died.

Affordable housing a noisy proposition

Second class citizens!

Teachers must be paid what they're worth

While reading the April 11 issue regarding "Teacher raises kept to minimum," it stated that "due to step moves and education credits, the teachers would average out overall a 2.85-percent increase." What exactly does that mean? Would some be higher and some be lower than the 2.85 percent? Why was there no across the board increase not even a little one to acknowledge their hard work?

Small hands can spark large fires

Last week, a group of boys decided to play with matches in a dry, grassy back yard and the entire community almost got burned.

Saturday, June 3

Summer starts with a splash


One of the coolest places in the Rim country this summer will be Taylor Pool. First opened in 1985, the public swimming facility underwent a facelift last winter which included a replastering of the pool surface and paving of the parking lot.

Horsin' around in the Rim country


The truth can now be told. My first ride in the forest on my recently acquired horse, The Son Also Rises, lasted 20 feet.

Thursday, June 1

Deal to buy restaurant collapses

Mikiyo Yonemura's deal to buy Mario's Restaurant has collapsed. The restaurant's owner, Dave Conti, said that his lawyer faxed the self-described entrepreneur a notice Thursday that the deal was off.

Haught appeals sentencing case to Supreme Court

An attorney for Star Valley businessman Roy George Haught has asked the Arizona Supreme Court to review a decision by the state appellate court that ruled Haught received too lenient a sentence for his role in the 1997 death of Strawberry mechanic James Cooper.

M-16 fine on battlefield, unacceptable in neighborhoods

I would like to thank Mr. Sandheger for pointing out the shortage of technical information contained in my previous letter. Space and word count limit full disclosure, and I hope the following will clarify some of the misconceptions that Mr. Sandheger has pointed out.

Spend more time resolving water woes, less laying blame

In your (May 26) article, "Pine ordered to save water," Mr. Robert Hardcastle of Brooke Utilities reportedly commended local residents for observing water restrictions and found "high consumption by weekend residents ... troubling."

Bingo! The rules have changed


Last weekend, we attended the first bingo of the season at the Christopher Creek Fire Station. This also was my first bingo experience since I was about 15 years old. Cindy and I were really looking forward to going, and although neither of us had played for many years, we thought that bingo was bingo. I mean, how could anyone make bingo complicated?

Record No. of Horns set to play

Earning all-star status is one of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed on a high school athlete because the team is chosen during a vote of opposing coaches.

Payson pair prepare for hardwood shoot-out

Randy Wilcox and Greg Marrs have been two of the busiest men in the Rim country, while they've prepared for the annual Payson Summer Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Youth T-ball, girls softball sign up

Payson Parks and Recreation

Last chance to sign up for Youth T-ball and girls softball. We are currently accepting late registration for a limited number of openings on girls softball teams on a first-come, first-served basis.

Par-five eagle a tourney highlight

Carding an eagle, Jack Greenshield stole the show May 27 during the Payson Men's Golf Association tournament.

Brush fire 'five minutes from being a disaster'

A small brush fire burned within a few feet of a home off East Frontier Street Tuesday and threatened an apartment complex.

Payson Habitat best in region

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has been selected as the 1999 Jimmy Carter Award winner for Habitat for Humanity International's West Region, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

Youth tennis clinic open for registration

"Calling all kids" is the rallying cry of a group of local tennis buffs.

Dora Jackson

Dora Jackson, 83, of Payson, died May 27, 2000, in Payson. She was born Oct. 14, 1916, in Waldron, Ark. Mrs. Jackson had lived in Payson for a year. Prior to moving to Payson, she lived in Sedona, Ariz. for more than 26 years.

High school shifts athletic director's position

The duties of Payson High School's athletic director have changed hands.

Unknown player hits his stride

A former Longhorn golf standout and his highly acclaimed Payson High School coach will be a part of the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star match when it is contested June 5-6 at Francisco Grande in Casa Grande.

Deciding when the public has a right to know more

Honor and integrity are two of the principles Mikiyo Yonemura says make up the foundation of his corporate philosophy. But these attributes require something else to make them a valuable part of a corporation and a man's character honesty.

Lack of rain dampens National Trails Day Celebration in Payson

Due to forest closures and soaring Rim country temperatures, the National Trails Day Celebration set for Saturday near Pine has been canceled.

Lawn mowers, barbecues off limits in Pine-Strawberry

Planning on mowing your lawn? If so, you'll need a permit from the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department to begin hacking down those dry blades of fading green.

Forest closures expanded

Gila County's outdoor recreationalists can expect more closures in the Tonto National Forest next week but probably not any large areas, or areas that would affect travel to lakes or major campgrounds, Jim Payne, a public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said Thursday.

PHS soccer trio scores all-star goal

A trio of former Longhorn soccer standouts will compete in the Arizona Coaches Association's North vs. South All-Star game Saturday at Casa Grande High School. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.

Yonemura spins two tales of his past

Depending on who he's talking to, Mikiyo Yonemura has different stories about his criminal record.