Stories for March 2000

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Thursday, March 30

Payson Parks & Recreation

Sign up now for Youth T-Ball & Girls' Softball

Registration for the youth T-Ball and girls softball programs will begin Monday and continues through April 15. The T-Ball program is for boys and girls who are ages 5-7 as of Aug. 1, 2000.

Martinez sets new standard at Chandler meet

Shrugging off the disappointment of not qualifying for the 200-meter finals even though she won her preliminary heat, Lady Longhorn Rheanna Martinez uncorked a record-setting long jump of 17 feet, 7 inches.

Pine-Strawberry

School fund-raiser rocks Pine for April Fool's Day

It's no joke. The Pine-Strawberry Class of 2000 is holding a dinner dance fund-raiser April Fool's Day to raise money for a class trip.

Bradley named 'Outstanding Prep Scholar-Athlete'

Ask Cade Bradley to graph a quadratic function and it's as good as done.

Progress: The difference is in the details

Twice a week, 52 weeks a year this newspaper attempts to tell the many stories of a community.

Longhorn linksters hope to turn Cougars into April Fools at Show Low invitational

Playing the Show Low Invitational at Silver Creek Golf Course April 1 should be old hat for the Longhorn golf team.

Governor's task force intervenes in ranching dispute

While one Rim country rancher's complaints about the U.S. Forest Service's methods of slashing cattle-grazing permits are reviewed by a governor's task force, two Tonto Basin ranchers have been ordered to remove all cattle from the 130,000 acres of federally owned grazing lands their families have been using since the 1860s.

Curtain falls on lifetime of music

Payson band teacher dies of cancer at 79

After 57 years of teaching, Ileane Gonzales still had a fire and an enthusiasm and a drive that inspired her students to love music the way she did. And if it weren't for the cancer that drained her energy and ultimately took her life Thursday, she'd be teaching still.

Schools changing emergency procedure

By the end of the school day Monday, students and staff at Payson High and Rim Country Middle schools were still wondering why their classrooms had been locked down for 10 minutes shortly after school began.

AIMS reshaping classes, study habits

Payson High School sophomores LeeAnn Owens and Dustin Sack plan to go to college, and they've been hitting the math books so they'll be able to get there.

Relay for Life teams forming for benefit

The number of teams preparing for the American Cancer Society's Rim Country Relay for Life is growing, and event co-chairman Ann Riehle says more are welcome.

Ball-playing bear catches Suns' attention

David and Phyllis Slater can barely stand the wait. They'll find out in April if their devotion to the Phoenix Suns will win them tickets to the April 19 game against the Golden State Warriors.

Town, APS agree to light up Old Glory

After five months of calling everyone he could think of, local veteran Jack Sheahan was notified this week that his tenacity has been rewarded.

Rethink AIMS and demand educational excellence

I once read we should respond to those things that "make us weep and pound the table." Susan Grubbs' guest comment, "Parents must convince state to rethink AIMS" has stirred me into action. For 11 years I was a manager of training and development for a Fortune 500 company. One of our main functions was to teach literacy and math because our new work force became deficient in these skills.

Long-distance reader longing to return to the Rim country

Several years ago, I moved to Arizona from the state of Michigan with high hopes of organizing a K-9 search and rescue training school for various types of rescue work.

Town officials haven't done anything worthwhile

The Payson election is over. It was a landslide for the winners. The question is did the residents of Payson win?

LaMotte an Academic All-American

Former Payson High School wrestler Jeff LaMotte, now a student-athlete at West Liberty State University in West Virginia, has earned Academic All-American status. After graduating from Payson High School, LaMotte wrestled on the junior college level for one season before transferring to West Liberty his father's alma mater.

Wednesday, March 29

NRA 'unreasonable' when it comes to pointless laws

Your recent editorial implies that if the NRA would only be "reasonable," the problem of gun violence would be greatly alleviated.

Monday, March 27

Horns run out of steam against Mesa, Red Mountain

The Longhorn track and field program annually produces some of the best teams in Class 3A competition as evidenced by the girls' state championship of last spring.

Student with gun arrested at school

Shortly after the first bell rang Monday morning at Payson High School, teachers at the high school and Rim Country Middle School were notified that an emergency was in progress and they had to "lockdown" their classrooms.

Scholarship contest lets students shoot for the stars

It's not an Oscar, but CableVision and AMC's Behind the Screen Test scholarship is a good place to start.

Wanted: Coach to lead winning soccer team

By advancing to the state tournament the past three seasons, the once struggling Payson High School soccer team reached new heights under coach Dave Greiner.

Gardening in the 'zone'

If you're starting a garden plan with a vacant lot, you're only limited by your imagination and your resources.

NRA 'unreasonable' when it comes to pointless laws

Your recent editorial implies that if the NRA would only be "reasonable," the problem of gun violence would be greatly alleviated.

Coach Beall resigns from football program

The football coach who led the Longhorns to three consecutive postseason tournaments and the 1998 state title has resigned his coaching position at Payson High School.

Lockdown wise, but parents need to be informed

On Monday morning, a Payson High School student was seen handling a shotgun on school grounds. The student didn't threaten anyone. He told police he'd gone rabbit hunting last weekend and had forgotten to take the shotgun out of his vehicle.

Horns face RV Elks in crucial clash

After watching his team drop back-to-back, weekend East region contests 4-0 to Snowflake, 14-13 to Blue Ridge Longhorn baseball coach Teddy Pettet is ready to stamp today's clash against Round Valley as crucial.

Tax money puts PHS on better track

An all-weather track will be built at Payson High School this year thanks to taxpayers who donated who donated nearly $259,000 in the past two years to the Payson School District through the state's Credit for Kids tax program.

Despite depleted squad, Tonto Apaches bring home the medals

Because a youth basketball tournament was being contested Saturday, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team was not at full strength when it traveled to Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School for its second competition of the spring season.

Swartwood pitches 3-2 win over Lobos

Prep softball wins over the tradition-rich Snowflake Lobos are as rare as an accurate financial statement from Fife Symington.

Payson K-9 team sniffs out third-place win

Payson police officer Les Barr and his dog Kodiak returned to the Rim country March 18 with a third-place trophy that they won in the narcotics searches division at the Third Annual Phoenix Police Canine Trials.

Payson Ranger District to conduct prescribed burns

The recent snows have given the Payson Ranger District a sufficiently damp window of opportunity to start conducting prescribed burns throughout Rim country.

Prosecutor joins race for sheriff

Once named Arizona's Felony Prosecutor of the Year, Globe attorney Dennis "Dino" McCarthy is hoping to trade in his legal briefs for a silver star, as he joins three other candidates in the race for Gila County Sheriff.

Local retailers not responsible for high gasoline prices

In regard to Joan Young calling for a "gas out," local gas retailers aren't responsible for the high gas prices.

Glen Canyon Dam never made sense

Let's not debate the priceless beauty or river ecosystems destroyed by Glen Canyon Dam. Let's debate its socialist, anti-free market builder, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation an archaic 1903 agency designed to siphon off U.S. taxpayer dollars to subsidize agribusiness in the desert West.

Contaminated water cleanup open to scrutiny

Payson residents will have the chance to find out tonight (Tuesday) how effective the town's two groundwater treatment systems on Aero Drive are.

Thursday, March 23

Still unbeaten, Lady Horns prepare for clash in Loboland

Inclement weather that struck the Rim country Tuesday ended Lady Longhorn softball hopes of entering a crucial showdown today, Friday, against the Snowflake Lobos with a 4-0 East regional record.

High cost of living keeping families at bay

School growth slows as parents are priced out

Student population growth in Payson, which had been growing at an average of 5.5 percent, has leveled off to about 1.5 percent.

SO computer crash wipes out names, but not files

The names of people who were arrested by Gila County Sheriff's deputies the past few years have been wiped out of the department's computers, but not out of the department's files.

Council clears way for ball fields

With a unanimous vote Thursday to remove leftover junk from the Rumsey Park rodeo arena, and another to start negotiations with grading contractors, Payson's Town Council cleared the way for construction of twin playing fields in Rumsey West.

Three drug busts in two days

Agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task Force wrapped up a three-month investigation Tuesday with the arrest of two men they said have been specializing in the sale of narcotics, marijuana and other dangerous drugs.

Rural residents riled by 536-lot subdivision plan

The Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a proposal last week for a 138-acre adult retirement community, complete with a nine-hole golf course, 15 miles east of Payson on Highway 260.

Friends raising money for accident victim

Kenneth Ross of Pine underwent surgery Thursday morning to repair what his surgeons called the worst pelvic break they'd ever seen. Less than three hours later, Ross was wheeled into recovery with two plates in his pelvis and a rod in his right leg.

Violence originates in the hearts of individuals, not devices of destruction

I am saddened that you would support the "extortion through litigation" that the federal government is subjecting the American firearms industry to.

Health Department's restaurant scoring system due for overhaul

On the surface, the Gila County Health Department's scoring system for the general cleanliness and healthfulness of local restaurants seems simple.

Pine-Strawberry

Church devotees to be honored

Pine's church on Randall Place will honor Lee and Bonnie McClanahan, with the support of the Baptist Builders with "McClanahan Day" starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Lee and Bonnie have helped establish more than 50 churches throughout the Southwest and have made Pine their home for many years. Everyone is welcome. If you have any pictures or loving memories of the McClanahans, please bring them to share.

Girls' coach calls it the most competitive meet of the season

Seventeen talented Lady Longhorns have compiled credentials good enough to nail down invitations to one of Arizona's most prestigious track and field events.

Hardt named MVP of invitational

Whitney Hardt was named the Most Valuable Girls Player, following the Rena Waterman Memorial Coed Youth Basketball Invitational held last weekend in the Tonto Apache gymnasium. As a member of the Tonto Apache Warriors, Hardt a point guard paced her team to a third-place finish.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Charlotte's Web

You won't want to miss this charming production of the children's classic Charlotte's Web, Friday, March 24 at Payson High School Auditorium. Show times are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. After each performance, audience members can meet the cast and get autographs at a cookies and milk reception with the Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company. Face painting and prize drawings will also be available. Tickets are $5 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Payson Library. Tickets are available at Parks & Recreation, the Payson Library and Payson Sports.

Roundup named best in nation

The Payson Roundup beat out nearly 40 newspapers from around the country to win the Inland Press Foundation's first "Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper Competition."

Pettet's boys play old foes this weekend

The defending state champion Payson Longhorn baseball team will crunch down on the often bitter taste of hardcore 2000 baseball action this weekend against East Region toughies Snowflake and Blue Ridge.

Time to reopen town doors to average families

Free enterprise is a powerful force.

Parents must convince state to rethink AIMS

Last evening, March 21, a meeting was held at the high school auditorium for parents whose children will be taking the AIMS test. Unfortunately, fewer than 25 parents went to the meeting. I am concerned about what the AIMS test means for our children and wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to other parents.

Lee in the race for the long haul; White also a contender

Payson High School's most accomplished long-distance runner might want to pack a spare pair of shoes when he travels tomorrow to Chandler for the 59th Annual Rotary Invitational Track and Field meet.

Tuesday, March 21

Dome construction

Hi, my name is Ann Whaley.

Person search

Please I need help locating an individual who I think is in the Payson area.

Monday, March 20

Kizzar's mental status in question

Lenny Kizzar of Clay Springs the man accused of shooting Payson Police Officer Allen Dyer Oct. 30 at Wal-Mart is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference April 13 in Payson.

Control burns worry nearby student

I'm concerned about the control burns in Tonto Village because that's where I live.

Tribe co-sponsors bone marrow drive

Rena Waterman was just a teenager when she died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma two years ago. A bone marrow transplant might have saved her life.

Bring on the blooms

Create colorful landscapes with water-friendly trees and plants

Spring seems to be arriving a little early this year, and with the warm days, we can resume our gardening efforts around our homes.

Payson library receives $20K grant

Payson Library Friends Billie Gibbs and Peggy Freeman went down to the Valley Tuesday with Library Director Terry Morris to pick up a check for $20,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

No crappie at GVP? Think again

Minutes into his spring break fishing adventure at Green Valley Park, 12-year-old Larry Everetts hooked a lunker he knew couldn't be one of the 9-inch rainbows frequently stocked into the lake.

Parents could learn from teen's letter

Teenager Whitney Hardt's letter to the editor published in last Friday's Payson Roundup has tongues a waggin' in local sports circles.

Positive leadership will heal our wounded community

We have awakened to the dawn of a new tomorrow for Payson. With the election of a new, vital council, we are presented with many new opportunities.

Development not a four-letter word

According to Webster's New World Dictionary, the word "development" is described as "a step or stage in growth, advancement, etc."

Elections rebalance conflicting interests

Some reasoning in Federalist Papers numbers 51-53 applies to our recent Payson election. One reason for elections is to avoid the risk of tyranny if we don't have them. We live in a complex society with common, competing and conflicting interests.

PHS debate takes 2nd in state

At the Arizona Interscholastic Association tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday at Payson High School, two PHS seniors, Ryan Davis and Aspen Gorry, who were recently named Academic All Americans, led their speech, debate and theater teammates to second-place honors.

Burkett goes Off-Off-Broadway

It's not Off Broadway, or even Off-Off-Broadway, it's Lake Jackson, Texas. But what makes the opening of a play in Brazosport College newsworthy in these parts is that it was crafted lines and lyrics by the Payson Roundup's own Mike Burkett.

Relay for Life teaming with community to fight cancer

Rim Country Relay for Life organizers are soliciting teams for their June 2 - 3 relay fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Haught's sentence reversed

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Gila County Judge Edd Dawson had no legal basis to overrule a jury decision that would have sent Star Valley businessman Roy Haught to prison.

NRA should support Smith & Wesson deal

Gun violence claims more than 30,000 lives and injures another 100,000 people annually in the United States. In recent years, an increasing number of those being killed are children. Even more alarming is the number of children doing the killing.

Former Lady Horn returns to coach girls' softball

Former Payson High School softball star Kadi Hunt Tenney, now married and the mother of one, has returned to her alma mater as the freshman girls' softball coach. And if early season results are any indication, Tenney will be as successful on the coaching level as she was as a player.

Jayvee ladies trounce East rivals Round Valley, 2-0

Paced by home runs from the bats of hot-hitting Jennifer Plumb, Brooke McRae and Trista Carlton, the Lady Longhorn jayvee team (2-0) crushed East region rival Round Valley 21-11.

PHS golfers win four-way meet at the Rim Club

Playing the prestigious and challenging Rim Club course, the Longhorn golf team notched its first win of the still-young 2000 campaign, whipping Winslow, Fountain Hills and Holbrook.

Thursday, March 16

'Gas prices a big joke'

Payson gas prices are a big joke.

Going to Sky Harbor Airport? Let Derek Pratt do the driving

Derek Pratt has a simple philosophy for Rim country residents who need to get themselves, their families and their luggage to Sky Harbor Airport:

Pine-Strawberry

Schoolhouse one for the books

After two years of effort, the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society has received a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council to develop a directory about one-room schoolhouses around the country. The star of the book will, of course, be the Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona in Strawberry.

Payson changes direction

Schum, Brewer, Siverson and Wolfe win election

Tuesday's primary election was a clean sweep both for the winners and the council's conservative direction, Payson's midterm councilmen said after the results were announced.

Federal land trades down, but not out

Payson IV, Star Valley II remain in exchange game

Star Valley II Land Exchange investors lost a 160-acre piece of their puzzle a couple of weeks ago when a major player pulled out of the deal.

Election a clear call for change

Payson voters sent town leaders a clear message Tuesday when they soundly elected a mayor and three councilmembers who campaigned as progressive planners.

Dunman's divas of the diamond off to a winning start

With 2-0 East region credentials (3-2 overall), the Lady Longhorn softball teams is off to the lightning-quick start first-year coach Will Dunman was pointing toward when preseason drills opened in early February.

PHS goes head-to-head with the best at Chandler Invitational

Payson High School has long carried the track and field reputation as the home of some of the best shot-putters and discus throwers in the state.

Parks and Recreation

Adult Coed Softball League:

Registration for the Spring Coed Softball League ends this Friday, March 17. Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division. The fee is $200 per team, which includes a tournament. Awards will be given for the tournament only. Games begin in April.

Good gear, good advice all it takes to get you hooked on spring fishing

The bitter cold and snowstorms that roared through northern Gila County the first week of March slowed the bass and crappie spawn at Roosevelt Lake, which led to less-than-desirable fishing conditions.

Parents remember their son, the war hero

Vietnam Memorial replica coming to Payson

When Robert and Sue Owen of Payson look through old photo albums and scrapbooks, they see the little boy they raised to be a kind and loving person. They see the boy they raised to become a champion athlete. They see the boy who would become student body president.

Triple wins needed to help salvage Longhorns' chances

With an eye on defending the state championship won last spring, the Longhorn baseball team is primed to jump cleats-first into all-important East region play.

Coaches deserve respect, support

I am writing this letter as a concerned citizen as well as a concerned daughter.

Everyone can help a family in need

I am so glad that the families and friends of the two children with cancer featured in a recent Roundup article are raising money to help them cover expenses.

Monday, March 13

The voice of the people must be heard

Yesterday on Rim Country Forum, the mayor made a statement that my letter to you regarding financial management of the Town of Payson and the subsequent misquoting of that letter by the Town Manager for which he graciously and publicly apologized to me, was a "political ploy."

Opening day for Little League set for April 15

Little League registrations, drafts and tryouts are at an end, which leads the way to the onset of the season just around the corner.

PHS baseball takes on Washington team

It's not often a Payson High School team locks horns with a prep opponent representing the state of Washington.

Marshall, Martinez shine at North Canyon Invitational

For Lady Longhorn track and field stars Brianna Marshall and Rheanna Martinez, the North Canyon Invitational turned out to be a meet neither will soon forget.

Rensch leads Longhorn golfers to a second-place finish

Talented freshman Dallas Rensch in only his third varsity start leads a contingent of five Longhorn golfers into action tomorrow, Wednesday, against Holbrook Winslow and Fountain Hills. Tee time is 3 p.m. at the Rim Golf Club.

Police chief out to trade badge for sheriff's star

There's only room in this county for one sheriff, and Globe Police Chief John Armer wants to be that man.

Tribe's education liaison creates motivation for kids

When students who are members of the Tonto Apache Tribe get their report cards, they have more to worry about than their parents.

Sculptor's life shaped by artists and actors

"To Miss Frances Rich, stone carver, whose soul is alive with the great gothic vibration." Inscription written in 1933 by Renimpel, a distinguished art dealer and collector of medieval and contemporary French art.

Widow burned out of home

When Richard Wentz of Strawberry glanced out his window on Squirrel Run Friday night, he thought a fog was rolling in. But when he walked outside, he smelled trouble.

Irish immigrants find Rim country at end of rainbow

There was a song often sung by the adventurers who left the "civilized states" behind and came to the western territories. It went like this: "Oh, what was your name in the states? Was it Thompson or Johnson or Bates? Did you murder your wife and flee for your life? Oh, what was your name in the states?"

Still cookin' up excuses for the past

Since resigning as governor of the State of Arizona, J. Fife Symington has invested a lot of time and effort in overcoming his checkered past.

Digging into the past

The Shoofly Chapter of the Arizona Archeological Society really digs Risser Ranch.

Early school starting times may lower student grades

Hello, my name is Jake Fagan and I am writing this letter in regard to what I call sleep deprivation.

Leadership of Payson should be commended

This letter is in response to a letter to the editor published in the Feb. 25 issue of the Payson Roundup under the title "Mayor's money management policies depleting town reserves."

Thursday, March 9

Change our future; take time to vote

You'll probably be busy Tuesday. There will be children to shuttle to school and big, important presentations to give at work.

Waste not, want not

As a taxpayer, I would rather pay taxes for recycling usable garbage than for buying a new landfill site.

Oil-export supporters should be kicked out of office

One big reason that fuel prices are going sky high is that in 1996, Clinton and our representatives in Washington voted to allow Alaskan oil to be exported. We are importing oil, and at the same time we are exporting the same product. That sounded like a crazy deal to me.

Corporation officials appreciate town's relocation assistance

On behalf of the corporate office of Pulau Electronics Corporation, as well as Pulau at 700 West Airport Road in Payson, we wish to disassociate our organization completely and totally from the comments of Mr. Anthony Cork as expressed in an e-mail (and letter to the editor) sent to your publication Jan. 20. I only recently became aware of this incident.

Strawberry wells shouldn't supplement Pine growth

I wish to express my objection to the permission given to Brooke Utilities to build a 10,000-foot, high-pressure water pipeline from Strawberry to Pine.

PHS track takes first at Boys Ranch

By capturing a meet-high nine gold medals, the defending state champion Lady Longhorn track and field team ran, jumped and threw its way to a first-place finish at the Arizona Boys Ranch Cactus Classic Invitational.

Countdown to town primary

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 14 to cast their ballots for mayor and three Payson Town Council candidates.

Bleachers on hold, tower a go

What many expected to be the noisiest topic of debate at last night's town council meeting the Parks and Recreation Department's request for additional bleacher seat funding for the Payson Event Center became the quietest when the issue was quickly tabled.

Pine-Strawberry

Pine-Strawberry Historical Society meeting rescheduled

The Pine-Strawberry Historical Society meeting was snowed out Tuesday, so the society will meet at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, March 14 in the museum. Anyone interested in preserving and promoting the history of Pine and Strawberry is welcome.

Snow soaks into bone-dry Rim country, power returns

While evidence of the storm that blew through the Rim country this week is melting away, its effects will be felt for several months.

Students reach hands, hearts across border

Last week, students from the tiny mountain towns of Pine and Strawberry left the comfort and security of their homes to spend a week living with families in Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico.

LaHaye tapped to All-Arizona team

Other Longhorn wrestlers prove to be Best of the West

Payson High School junior R.C. LaHaye scurried to teacher/coach Dave LaMotte's social studies classroom Friday morning with nothing more occupying his mind than the day's practice agenda.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Adult Coed Softball League

Registration for the Spring Coed Softball League began this week and will continue through March 17. Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division. The fee is $200 per team, which includes a tournament. Awards will be given for the tournament only. Games begin in April.

End of Form 600 a good move for schools, athletes

Payson High has experienced few problems dealing with infamous Form 600 that allowed athletes to transfer schools on a whim.

Diamond squad off to slow start

Finishing 1-5 in last weekend's Mohave Invitational Tournament wasn't the scenario Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet was hoping for.

County to dig deep for water near Pine

Gila County is back in the market for a company that can drill an exploratory well as deep as 2,500 feet into the earth near Pine.

Former probation chief may face charges

Gila County Attorney Jerry DeRose said he expects to file charges in the next two weeks against former Chief Probation Officer Robert "Rocky" Castaneda a 16-year county employee who resigned in October amidst allegations of misuse of public funds.

A novel concept

'Net publisher will put your book on a shelf for $100

John T. Jones always wanted to be a published novelist. Now, thanks to the Internet and a personal check for $100, he is.

Ask town candidates how they will spend our money

With the election season upon us, and with various candidates expressing various degrees of concern about how public money was being spent, I thought it a good idea to get some facts. Last week I visited the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and secured the actual expenditures, per capita, for the past nine years for the five towns next larger than Payson, and the five towns next smaller than Payson. The results are:

Who's who among the council candidates

Candidates for mayor

Let's return people who will protect our water to office

Here it is almost Payson primary election time and I have yet to put my two cents worth in. First and foremost is, of course, water.

Monday, March 6

What has the EDC really done for economic development?

This is in response to a letter written on behalf of the (Economic Development Corporation) commending Ray Schum for helping remove roadblocks for a company to move to Payson.

Cattle ranching is a proud tradition

This letter is in response to the column written in the Feb. 15 edition of the Payson Roundup by Jeffery York. I am aware the letter was printed under "opinions," however, I feel obligated to tell (Mr. York) he forgot a few things when he decided to chastise the Southwestern ranchers.

'Beware: There is a pet killer in our midst'

While most women were cradling a bouquet of flowers on Valentines Day, I was cradling the body of my beloved canine companion of seven years, Tootsie. It's not that I expected a bouquet of roses, but I certainly did not expect to find my dog poisoned and bleeding to death on my back porch.

PHS track takes 4th at Winslow meet

In preseason practices, Payson High track and field coach Chuck Hardt assessed his Longhorn boys' squad as one which didn't have the depth it had last year when the team won the Central region championship and went on to a state fourth-place finish.

Herding cattle off public land hasn't revitalized environment

Myths and debates abound concerning western public lands, the environment, cows and wildlife. One of my favorite myths is that deer, elk and buffalo are "natural" and therefore never harm the environment, while cows are some kind of alien creature, possibly created in Frankenstein's lab, and are always destructive.

Longhorns on the run for second state title

No matter how the defending state champion Longhorn baseball team fares in this week's Miami Invitational Tournament, players can revel in the knowledge they are off and running in the chase for an East championship.

Skiing opens at Sunrise

Sunrise Park Resort in Pinetop is open all the way to the top. That means it's safe to pull that ski equipment out of storage.

Council to consider $30K bleacher buy

The Payson Town Council will consider teaming up with the Payson Economic Development Corporation to buy new bleachers for Payson's nearly completed multievent center.

Payson tames Fountain Hills Kool Kats

With bases loaded, Vern Stearns' single to left in the bottom of the eighth scored Dan Rebai from third to cap an 8-7 Payson/Prescott Prospectors Senior League softball victory over the Fountain Hills Kool Kats.

Where to vote for town, presidential primaries

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 14 to cast their ballots for mayor and three Payson Town Council candidates.

Students to learn write stuff during Young Author's Day

Students and teachers at Julia Randall Elementary School are gearing up for what fifth-grader Katie Jo Gyring calls her favorite time of the year Young Authors' Day.

Hold the beef!

Curious cooks sample healthy, all-vegy recipes

About five years ago, when Lynnette and Steve Cunningham began researching the world of vegetarianism, they found a startling statistic.

Snowstorm severs power to 6,000 homes and businesses

Giving her biweekly weather report from her Main Street home, National Weather Service observer Anna Mae Deming sounded giddy as she talked about the snow that blanketed the arid Rim country Monday and Tuesday.

Former forest worker pleads guilty to theft

A six-month investigation into missing money from Roosevelt Lake fee deposit boxes ended this week when a former U.S. Forest Service worker and her husband, a former Gila County Sheriff's Deputy, pleaded guilty to theft charges.

Murder suspect in custody on $1 million bond

The 37-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Calista Wright Feb. 11 in her Star Valley home is being held in the Gila County jail in Globe in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Undocumented residents caught in snowstorm

The ambition of more than two dozen undocumented residents to live and work in the United States ended Monday afternoon in sleeting snowfall south of Payson.

Men caught in storm find compassion

On Monday, 25 Mexican Nationals were being smuggled through the Rim country with dreams of finding good jobs in America. These were young men who had paid $1,200 each to people who promised them safe passage into the United States.

Dunman's Lady Horns host Round Valley Elks Friday

Their baseball counterparts must wait more than two weeks to resume East play, but as early as Friday, the Lady Longhorn softball squad will have the opportunity to push their regional credentials to 2-0.

Candidate for mayor knows what the poor need

It was refreshing to read your article, "Candidate campaigns for youth." I also do the same. As a teacher at the Payson High School and a concerned parent, I have worked many hours over the past eight years with Mr. Lanyi.

Impatient drivers should heed speed limits

I would like to address this note to the impatient drivers on Main Street: The posted speed limit on Main Street is 25 mph.

Thursday, March 2

Sign vandals could use time more positively

This is a request to the few, immature, citizens who feel a warped sense of victory by smashing and removing certain candidates' signs.

Strength in numbers

Friends and family continue fund-raisers for cancer patients

Four-year-old Ashley Allen and 8-year-old Justin Richardson have a lot in common. Far too much in common.

MSA benefit scheduled for May 6

The Mogollon Sporting Association has long been the savior of under-funded youth programs in the Rim country.

Gunning for the NRA

Once again, just as predicted by the National Rifle Association, another innocent life was taken in one of our country's schools. Had we only heeded the advice of Mr. Heston and armed all of the first-graders in the country after Columbine, justice would have prevailed and only a deserving 6-year-old would have been shot down by his classmates.

Parks & Recreation Notes

Youth Tumbling Camp

The youth tumbling class is full, however, additional sessions will be offered in June. Registration information will be provided in the summer brochure. Stay tuned for more details.

Four local athletes medal at winter games

Four Rim country athletes skied their way to gold medals at the Arizona Special Olympics Alpine Winter Games held Feb. 18 at Sunrise Park Resort.

Mavericks post 12-0 record in WM league

Riding the winning tide of an aggressive breakneck-style of play, the Rim Country Middle School Maverick boys' basketball team captured the White Mountain League championship posting a 12-0 record.

'Best in the West' battle in Wilson dome Saturday

One of Arizona's most prestigious amateur wrestling matches is coming to the Rim country.

Diamond ladies hope to finish on top in East region

Payson High School senior Sidney Swartwood harbors few doubts the 2000 edition of the Lady Longhorn softball team is going to be a good one.

Tuesday's debate will qualify voters, distinguish leaders

If you were to cast your votes for town leaders right now, on what would you base your decisions?

Middle School student named Queen of the County Spelling Bee

Stephanie Hilliard has become an avid reader in the past year, a hobby that she says helped her ice the competition at the Gila County Spelling Bee last Friday.

Town candidates to square off Tuesday in public forum

Payson's four candidates for mayor and six candidates for council will field pre-selected questions March 7 during a public forum at the Payson High School auditorium.

Gasoline prices continue to skyrocket

Greed that's what Payson resident Harold Snyder calls the latest hike in gasoline prices. And, he knows of where he speaks. Two years ago, he led the picket parade in front of several local gasoline stations in an attempt to persuade station owners to lower their prices.

Sheriff Joe says no to 5th term

Payson man in race for Gila County's top cop spot

Soon, there will be a new sheriff in town. After 16 years in office, Gila County Sheriff Joe Rodriquez said he's decided not to run for re-election.

Fund-raiser turns Grizzly

Pine-Strawberry

The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad is once again raising money for its operations. For just $10 per ticket and that is a tax-deductible ticket this year's grand prize is a Yamaha Grizzly 600 4x4 with a trailer. The ATV comes courtesy of Four Seasons Motorsports in Payson.

Artist with deep roots in Rim country

Christopher Creek

I first met Jim Hagen when we moved to Christopher Creek in 1995. Jim was walking his dogs down the road past where Cindy and I were going to eventually build our cabin.

Driving mishaps aren't restricted to the elderly

In the blink of an eye, an automobile accident in Sun City Tuesday afternoon took the life of an 80-year-old man a tragedy that was made worse by the irresponsible reporting of some members of the Fourth Estate.

Walls are coming down for Famous Sam's

Call it "The Sizzler Syndrome."

Chili moves to Whispering Hope

Once destined for the slaughterhouse with the rest of her herd, Chili Bean, the Holstein cow, is alive and well, and has become the newest resident of the Whispering Hope Ranch.

Candidate campaigns for youth

Mayoral candidate Steven Lanyi was on a three-week vacation when the Roundup was compiling information for its profiles on candidates running for public office.

Free eye exams available during Save Your Vision Week

Dr. Troy Ford of Payson Eye Care is one of more than 100 optometrists around the state who will be giving free eye exams during Save Your Vision Week March 5-11.

California fifth-grader seeks Arizona information

We are doing research reports in my fifth-grade class, and I will be reporting on Arizona. The reports are due in April and cover topics such as important places, agriculture and important people.

Host family has no argument over Payson's debate team

Over the Presidents' Weekend, the Payson High School Speech and Debate team competed at the University of California, Berkeley Forensics Invitational. This is a competitive, demanding, national-level tournament. Our family had the pleasure of hosting this team while they were in the San Francisco Bay Area.