Stories for October 2000


Monday, October 30

Horns host Parents' Night, whip Cougars in season-ending game

Thanks to a gritty effort from an undersized but determined band of Payson High football players, the wicked witch of the White Mountains is ding-dong dead.

Tax breaks for seniors, phone deregulation among final five propositions

(Editor's note: This is the final installment in a series of articles on the 14 initiatives voters will face at the polls Nov. 7. It provides an overview of the final five propositions that will appear on the ballot.)

John Williams

John Francis Williams, 65, of Payson, died Oct. 23, 2000, in Payson. He was born June 10, 1935, in Chicago, Ill.

Tonto Search and Rescue aids Wenden flood victims

David Beckstead arrived in Wenden, Ariz. early Friday morning five days after a wall of water had stormed down the normally dry Centennial Wash and washed into the town from a valley above.

Shame on legislators for cashing in on state 'giveaway'

The Arizona Republic reported that the alternative fuels legislation fiasco would likely cost every Arizona taxpayer around $200 for a total cost to the state's taxpayers in the range of $400 million.

Lady Horns return to state championships

Paced by the running of freshman sensation Whitney Hardt and a strong supporting cast, the Lady Longhorn cross country team captured the Class 3A East Region championship Friday in Whiteriver.

Few connections found in string of auto thefts

Lem Pace pulled into the parking lot of the Mormon Church on South Ponderosa Street earlier this month to attend a two-hour church conference. By the time the conference was over, car thieves had stolen his 1988 Chevrolet Caprice.

Arizona Democrats can turn the tide

Gila County's Democrats have it within our grasp to make the kind of historical difference that has kept us on the map since the very beginnings of the State of Arizona. Out of Arizona's 15 counties, only three have Republican majorities: Maricopa, Yavapai and Mojave. The rest are Democratic territory. In truth, there are only about 100,000 more Republicans in our state than Democrats.

Printer's green thumb makes mark on Main

George Rogers runs the tiny shop on Main Street that boasts one of the most finely manicured lawns in town. Yet, he says, gardening is merely a hobby.

Pitcher's 'deal' a blow to domestic violence campaign

The month of October is annually designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month a month-long campaign to heighten awareness of the biggest health risk facing women today.

Taxpayer facing alt-fuel fallout ready to throw the bums out

Soon we will be noticing more than $420 million dollars worth of new vehicles on the streets and highways of Arizona. You will recognize them by their license plates, which start with the letters, AF could that stand for Arizona Freebies?

Characterizing council as 'growth-at-any-cost' is unfair

One must take umbrage to a portion of the comments expressed by Otis Trimble (Oct. 13) in the Roundup. To say that the town council is a "growth-at-any-cost gang" is unreasonable and unfair.

"Inner-beauty" queen

Payson mom competes for title of Mrs. Arizona International

How she was chosen, Bonnie Dorris isn't sure.

Dist. 4 leaders facing election entangled in alt-fuel fiasco

State representatives Debra Brimhall and Jake Flake, who represent Payson and other communities in District 4, are among a dozen legislators under fire for taking advantage of the state's alternative-fuel rebate program.

It's time to shift political power to northern Gila County

It's time for a change.

Local coaches attend seminar on good sportsmanship

Several weeks ago in the column, we detailed a series of sportsmanship summits that were to be held at the state's three universities.

'Disguise da limit' for Halloween

I love seeing the giggling kids parading around the neighborhood as fairy princesses, cartoon characters and super heroes. I love seeing old folks decked out as witches, pirates and monsters, doling out candy to the usually timid little beggars, who, emboldened by their own disguises, have knocked on their doors. I love the giant tarantulas hanging from the trees and the ghostly music emanating from the doorbells.

Samuel Ferguson

Samuel Russell Ferguson, 98, of Payson, died Oct. 29, 2000 in Payson. He was born Dec. 10, 1901, in St. Louis, Mo. and he attended high school in Carnegie, Okla, and business school in Chilicothe, Kan.

Saturday, October 28

Woman discovers ghost in her cabin


This is a ghost story. A true ghost story. But like all good ghost stories, it has changed a little in the retelling.

When the Winchester burned down


It was three years ago, just before Halloween, that the spookiest event of all hit Payson. The historic Winchester Saloon burned down.

Internet gives you all you need for movie research


First-run movies arrive in Payson in November. The Internet allows us to enjoy movie details even before and after our theater experience.

True confections: How to avoid Halloween mishaps


It's a common oversight. You think you're all ready for Halloween. You've converted your house into a replica of the Tomb of Ligeia. You've hauled out the jack-o'-lanterns, fake cobwebs, plastic spiders and glow-in-the-dark skeletons.

Fast foods for the road


Rudy Schnabel didn't sit in a rocking chair on his front porch in Tempe and watch the world go by after he retired from the University of Arizona Extension Service.

Thursday, October 26

Yes on 301: Because they're not just 'other people's kids'

During a debate on Tuesday evening, a good number of local senior citizens sat in the Payson High School auditorium and heard this argument about the proposed tax increase for education funding: "These aren't your kids," the opposing debater said. "You shouldn't have to pay for other people's kids."

Betty Evans

Betty J. Evans, 76, of Payson, died Oct. 23, 2000. She was born Jan. 12, 1924, in San Diego, Calif., and had lived in Arizona since June 1997, moving here from Northern California.

Hardt's Horns favored to win East title

As the odds-on favorite to win the East regional girls' cross country championship tomorrow (Saturday) the Lady Longhorns will take to Whiteriver a well-rounded roster of solid veterans and at least one highly talented newcomer.

Football wraps up tonight against Show Low Cougars

For Payson, a winning record is on the line when the Horns (4-4 overall, 2-3 in the East) play host to defending state champion Show Low this evening. Kickoff in the regular-season ending showdown is 7 p.m. in Longhorn stadium.

Net squad looking at third or fourth seed at regionals

The Payson High girls' volleyball teams have endured tough battles with Blue Ridge and Holbrook and now have their sights set on the state finals in Phoenix.

Juanita Chase

Juanita A. (Nita) Chase, 79, of Payson, died Oct. 26, 2000, at her home in Payson. She was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Chelsea, Okla.

Edward Casillas

Edward Casillas, 59, of Payson, died Oct. 23, 2000, in Payson. He was born July 27, 1941, in San Jose, Calif.

Last-minute change opens curbside recycling to all

The town-endorsed curbside recycling program has yet to begin, and it's already getting better.

Debate brings education, growth props under fire

About 250 people turned out to hear spirited debates on the state's controlled-growth and education-funding propositions at the Payson High School auditorium Tuesday evening. Following an opening presentation on all the initiatives by Alberto Olivas of the Secretary of State's office, the debaters squared off on Proposition 202, which would require communities of more than 2,500 people to draw a 10-year growth boundary based on state population projections.

Happy Halloween

Put on your costume and come over to Trunk-or-Treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Rumsey Park.

Murder justified as 'choice'


Everyone's entitled to their own opinion

In response to a letter in the Oct. 13 Roundup by Tina Terry,

Candidate for Dist. 4 'gets our vote'

We have a friend. Her name is Claudia Maestas. She is a candidate for state representative in District 4, your district and ours. She has our vote, but not because she is our friend.

Experience makes county attorney candidate right for job

For a fair, efficient, professional administration of the county attorney's office of Gila County, elect Jim Hazel. He has pledged that he will be a full-time county attorney.

Prop. 300 to validate adage, 'You get what you pay for'

In the Rim country, where wages tend to hover around the minimum, it might not be the most popular of the initiatives voters will consider Nov. 7.

D-Backs to host winter training camp

Young baseball hopefuls, ages 7 to 14, who missed the excitement of the Arizona Diamondbacks' Training Center held in Payson last summer can make up for lost baseball training time by enrolling in camps to be held during the upcoming holiday school breaks Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.

Water rate hike OK'd, practice arena tabled

A $5 across-the-board water rate increase that raised the base monthly fee to $18.65 gained Town Council approval Thursday night with nary a whimper, but a long-discussed proposal to change town codes relating to parks stirred plenty of new debate.

Water board election hits boiling point

EPA threatening to fine district for noncompliance

Back in 1880 when Italian immigrant John Belluzzi and his red-haired bride, Mercedes, homesteaded the 140 acres on the upper East Verde they would eventually name Rim Trail Ranch, they thought of it as their Garden of Eden.

Police crack suspected burglary ring

The report of a break-in at Payson Florists Monday morning was just the catalyst police needed to delve into a burglary ring.

Who's who among Mesa del fire board candidates

Six candidates are running for three seats on the Mesa del Caballo Fire District Board of Directors.

Wednesday, October 25

Carl Reiner Ad-Libs and Gets Humor Prize

At the beginning of the performance at the Kennedy Center's concert hall Tuesday night, the sound system failed and a man in the balcony shouted, "Does anyone have four double-A batteries?" The man in the balcony, Carl Reiner, was there to get the Mark Twain Prize for American humor and, not for the first time, he got the first laugh, before Jerry Seinfeld, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore and Steve Martin even had a chance to walk onto the stage to honor him.

Literary Sleuth Casts Doubt on the Authorship of an Iconic Christmas Poem

Don Foster of Vassar College says he knows who wrote a famous poem.

Every Christmas for more than 150 years, children have hung their stockings by the chimney with care and learned to thank Clement Clarke Moore for the tradition.

Monday, October 23

Living legend lands in Payson

The recognition may be a little late, but it has finally arrived.

Debate to weigh merits of propositions 202, 301

The television station cuts to a commercial showing a bulldozer loaded down with bags of money.

Horizons of planned community center project are expanding

Putting the "community" into a regional community center project is the focus of a local group which is seeing the development of their pet project escalate at lightning speed.

Payson 2020 focuses community vision

They came from the retirement community and the business sector, from the high school and from the work force.

Water rate hike set for OK

A pair of long-standing items are slated to be put to rest once and for all at the Payson Town Council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

'Common sense need not apply' at Forest Service

I could not resist the need to comment about the recent article in the Payson Roundup regarding the controversy of off-road vehicle use on U.S. Forest Service land in Star Valley.

Theater opening delayed

Nov. 3rd opening called due to rain

If you've been counting down the days until the Nov. 3rd opening of the six-screen Sawmill Theaters, stop counting.

PHS grad picked for world stage


When Trevor Fithian was attending Payson High School, he said he didn't really fit in with the crowd.

The agony and ecstacy of patio-making


I should have been suspicious when no patios made with the Walk Maker showed up on the local garden tours.

Payson athlete named Special Olympics 'Most Inspirational'

The surprise announcement that he'd won the most prestigious honor given out by Arizona Special Olympics left a Payson athlete visibly shaken.

Walden now a standout at Tolleson

Former Rim Country Middle School football standout Taylor Walden is now plying his wares for Class 4A 4th-ranked Tolleson High School.

Keeping money highway robbery

When the Payson Town Council convenes Thursday evening, one of the items on the agenda will be the recovery of $192,450 in vehicle license taxes improperly distributed by Gila County to the towns of Globe, Hayden, Winkelman and Miami.

Make a difference vote

It truly saddens me that there is such a lack of voting occurring in the United States, and more locally, in Arizona.

Hand gun waiting period helps weed out 'bad guys'

I would suggest Ms. Terry expand her reading list, as it is essential to self-education and a greater understanding of the world.

Sheriff's candidate 'a man of integrity'

I have known John Armer for his entire life.

Downpour leads to upturn in town's lagging rain levels

With nearly two inches of rain recorded from Saturday through Monday, Payson's rainfall for the month is nearly four times the area's 50-year average for October.

Edward Berg

Edward Clifford Berg, 83, of Payson died Oct. 22, 2000, in Payson, Ariz.

Gene Laird

Gene Everett Laird, 41, of Gilbert, Ariz. died Oct. 18, 2000, in Sunflower, Ariz.

Dorothy Werle

Dorothy Ann Werle, 85, of Payson, died Oct. 21, 2000, in Payson.

Bonnie Etz

Bonnie R. Etz, 92, of Payson, died Oct. 21, 2000.

Fall festival a smash success

Frontier Elementary School's annual Fall Festival was a smash success, raising over $8,000 for new curricular materials and computers.

P-S drama stages night of mystery

The Pine Cultural Hall will be embroiled in mayhem, mystery and intrigue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the Pine-Strawberry junior high drama class takes center stage for Mystery Night.

Read all about it at the book fair

An early holiday shopping opportunity happens this week as Payson Elementary School sponsors its annual Scholastic Book Fair.

Horns fall to Blue Ridge, only one game left in season

In the week leading up to Friday's East regional contest pitting Blue Ridge against Payson, a White Mountain radio station scheduled to air the game announced that if the contest turned into a blow out, they'd switch coverage to the Snowflake versus Round Valley game occurring the same evening.

Lady Horns win at Canyon State meet

The Lady Longhorn cross country team tuned up for Saturday's all-important East Regional championships by winning the Canyon State Academic Invitational held Oct. 19 near Queen Creek.

Freshman team swats Yellow Jackets, 20-12

After playing to a scoreless first-half tie, the Longhorn freshman football team (5-2) rallied behind solid efforts from the offensive line to whip the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets 20-12.

Quinlan's charges prepare for state soccer tournament

The Payson Longhorn varsity boys soccer team captured a tough win in double overtime against Holbrook last week which they hope will propel them into a strong start at this week's state tournament competition in Camp Verde.

Department of Education failing students with AIMS test

I am dissatisfied by the way the Arizona Department of Education has created a test such as AIMS.

Please don't feed the javelina

Dear citizens of Payson: I implore your help in what is becoming a dangerous situation.

Candidate for sheriff 'of strong character'

I am writing in support of John Armer for Sheriff of Gila County.

Candidate for sheriff 'a proven leader'

I have known and worked with John Armer, a candidate for Gila County sheriff, for the past four years.

E. Jay Whiting

E. Jay Whiting, co-founder of Kaibab Industries, died Oct. 20, 2000, at his home in Mesa.

Gila County property taxes out of control

When the mines closed in Globe, I remember a quote from the powers that control Gila County: "We will not pass on lost taxes to Gila County property owners."

Saturday, October 21

Test your skills at


Is a "queendom" a play on words, the same as a kingdom, or something entirely different? Whatever the case, it's a memorable name for a Web site.

Animal lover has a lot of horse sense


What is it about horses that Mary Little loves?

Preserving history one page at a time


Everything under the sun seems to have its own week in America, and believe it or not this is National Archives Week. It inspires me to tell you this story.

Brighten the holidays with Happy Bread


The smell of something sweet baking in the oven is one of life's simple pleasures, enjoyed especially at holiday time.

Stan & Jeremy's summer of trouble


One of the pleasures of teaching creative writing at EAC-Payson is watching students discover that their lives have more meaning than they sometimes realize ... that their personal experiences and insights can be every bit as significant a Hemingway's or Frost's or Twain's ... that what they needed was a vehicle to recognize, sort out, and express them in a way that makes sense for them and touches others.

Thursday, October 19

Rumors of E. coli bacteria persist

Some rumors are tough to kill. But the rumor that the town of Pine is in the midst of an E. coli outbreak has been unusually hard to quash, according to Missy Spencer, Assistant CEO of Payson Regional Medical Hospital.

Gene Everett Laird

Gene Everett Laird, 41, of Gilbert, Ariz. died Oct. 18, 2000. He was born on Dec. 17, 1958 in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Laird was an engineer for Boeing.

NFL Experience returns to Arizona

One of the most popular auxiliary events at Super Bowl XXX contested Jan. 1996 in Sun Devil Stadium was the NFL Experience.

Baldy and the Blondes win at Parker

Baldy and The Blondes II, a three generation revised version of the multi-sport relay team from Payson swept the relay field at the Blue Water Resort Triathlon Sunday Oct. 15 in Parker, Ariz.

Landra wins again

Opting to walk the course rather than ride in a cart, a wily veteran swung her way to one of the most prestigious tournament championships of the Payson Women's Golf Association season.

Longhorns face tough challenge against top-ranked Yellow Jackets

The most powerful juggernaut in Class 3A football visits Payson High School this evening, scratchin' and clawin' to add more roadkill to an already impressive list of prey.

Lady Horns win Lobo Invitational

With their state 11th-ranked varsity counterparts competing at the Thunderbird Invitational near Phoenix, the Lady Horn cross country jayvee team finally had the limelight to themselves.

Delays begin Monday on Highway 260 construction project

Motorists traveling on Highway 260 in the Preacher Canyon and Kohl's Ranch areas will experience delays of up to 30 minutes beginning Monday, Oct. 23, and continuing for the next month, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Hospice brings hope to the hopeless

While Payson's RTA Hospice prepares to celebrate National Hospice Month in November, Julie Williams and Coy Western are celebrating RTA Hospice.

Contaminated water linked to old dry cleaner

Residents living in the area of a recently discovered groundwater contamination plume near Tonto and Cherry streets in Payson have been notified by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality that tetrachloroethene (PCE) is present in the groundwater above regulatory levels.

Bee Line Cafe says 'bye' to its own Miss American Pie

After 33 years at the Bee Line Cafe, Beverly Loehr has hung up her apron. Her last day with the local restaurant was Oct. 13.

DeRose, Campbell wed at Fort Bragg

Jennifer and Robert Campbell (pictured at right, center) were married Sept. 23, 2000 in the John F. Kennedy special warfare chapel in Fort Bragg, N.C. Amy (left) and Troy (right) were married in the same chapel May 10, 1997, and have twin children, Christina and Conner born Feb. 20, 1999.

Participants in 2020 session to be commended

Some 85 of your friends and neighbors spent their entire Friday participating in Payson Town Hall 2020. The event, held every few years, gives citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions on the direction the town should take in a couple of important areas.

Hattie May Ruebush

Hattie May Ruebush, 91, of Payson, Ariz. died Oct. 16, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on July 17, 1909 in Garcia, Mexico. Mrs. Ruebush was a homemaker.

Both sides square off to debate Props. 202, 301 Tuesday

Two of the most critical issues facing Arizona voters on the Nov. 7 election ballot will be debated at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Payson High School Auditorium.

An armed home is a safe home

In response to Jean Oliver's well-meaning but misguided letter regarding my disputing gun statistics in domestic violence, I obviously need to proffer more information about myself so that Ms. Oliver and anyone who thinks that disarming Americans will "stop the violence" can be effectively refuted.

Three new burger joints come to the Rim country

Let's face it. The Rim country is never likely to become known as the Fine Dining Capital of the West.

Keith Earl Ragland

Keith Earl Ragland, 81, of Payson, Ariz. died Oct. 19, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. He was born on May 14, 1919 in Rantoul, Kan.

Tonto Apaches guests at GC awards in Scottsdale

As the Grand Canyon State Games Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will be special guests at an appreciation celebration and awards banquet to be held Oct. 26 at Rawhide Old West Theme Park in Scottsdale

2020 Town Hall to help plan Payson's future

What will the Town of Payson look like in 20 years?

Why Art Stone should be our next sheriff

There has probably never been a person in Gila County more qualified to be sheriff than Art Stone. Here are some of the reasons that I make this statement.

Jameses mark 50th wedding anniversary

Richard and Beverly James (formerly Beverly Grapes), residents of Strawberry, Ariz., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 24 with a renewal of vows ceremony and reception at Creighton United Methodist Church, and a cruise to Alaska.

Blood Drive donations should have been greater

Yesterday, I spent part of my day helping out at the United Blood Services community drive. I learned some things I didn't know, and I would like to share them with the people of Payson. Lots of people did come out and donate, but we as a community do not give enough to keep our own hospital supplied with their needs.


Local author to sign book at library

Everyone is invited to attend Pine resident and author Charles W. Meister's book- signing party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. The event is sponsored by Pine Library Friends and is a celebration of the publication of the 83-year-old's latest book, "Religion: Bane or Blessing?"

Health Fair hit by flu vaccine shortage

Only one glitch managed to rear its head at last Saturday's Second Annual Lion's Community Health Fair 2000. But that was enough to disappoint the 300-some attendees who had lined up for flu shots.

Barretts celebrate Golden Anniversary

Bobby and Jane Barrett were married on Oct. 20, 1950 in Quanah, Texas.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Youth Basketball

Basketball registration for boys and girls in third and fourth grades is over, but we still have a few spaces for late registrants. The fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt and a team pizza party. Games will be held in November and December. Team placement is random and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, October 16

New councils begin terms at local elementary schools

Big plans are unfolding at each of Payson's three elementary schools as their newly elected student councils begin laying out ambitious agendas for the remainder of the school year.

Safeway collects books to benefit high school baseball

All the proceeds of this year's Safeway Used Book Sale will go to the Payson High School baseball team, according to Dave Lyons, local Safeway manager.

Heartbreak and healing

Minister, author shares stories and spirituality

"I've always tried to take the manure in life, and use it to grow beautiful spiritual flowers," Vanda Millien says.

Longhorn soccer beats Snowflake on the road

The Payson Longhorns' boys varsity soccer team bounced back from a tough defeat last week, taking their show on the road and dominating Snowflake on their own field.

Reader missed the point of gun statistics

Re: Letter from Tina Terry disputing gun statistics in domestic violence.

Roundup named 'Newspaper of the Year' again

The Payson Roundup was named Arizona Newspaper of the Year for nondailies the second consecutive year the local newspaper has been awarded the state's highest honor.

Learn about propositions before voting

In today's issue of the Roundup, you'll find a comprehensive article about Proposition 202 one of the most ambitious growth-management initiatives ever proposed in Arizona.

Taking the 'spear' it out of the game

While watching a youth football league game from the visitor sidelines Saturday, I overheard a disturbing piece of advice given out by one of the coaches.

Lady Longhorns finish strong at Thunderbird

Team scores were not kept at Saturday's Thunderbird Invitational, but PHS cross country coach Chuck Hardt and his charges have reason to believe the Lady Longhorns could have emerged the meet champions.

Eleanor M. Ragan

Eleanor M. Ragan, 77, of Payson, Ariz. died Oct. 15, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on June 5, 1923 in Max, N. D. and was a homemaker.

Jerry Sloan Emberlin

Jerry Sloan Emberlin, 71, of Gilbert, Ariz. died Oct. 14, 2000. He was born on March 10, 1929 to Delphis and Georgia Emberlin in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Solutions to the question of sugar substitutes

Just when I thought I had the sugar substitutes thing all figured out, here comes a flyer in the mail about SlimSweet. Its marketing department will never be accused of modesty.

Octogenarian cheats death at 18, lives full life of action

"I was supposed to have died when I was about 18 years old," said Jim Gilbert, who has thus far beat the odds against him by 70 years.

Rim Guidance Center kicks off series of self-help discussions

Rim Guidance Center has begun a series of free monthly presentations on a variety of topics and open to the general public.

Predictions vary for Old Man Winter

How is the Rim country's upcoming winter shaping up, weather-wise?

Public funds belong to the people

Congratulations to Jon Kyl and the other fiscally conservative Senators, for paring the obscene $45 billion CARA pork barrel back to the somewhat less obscene 8 billion that it apparently finished at. You all did yes-man work to keep this pilferage of the American taxpayer from getting completely out of hand. Thanks.

Props. 202, 100 deal with variety of growth issues

You won't find a lot of enthusiasm, much less agreement, among Rim country politicians, movers and shakers for most of the 13 propositions on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Lobos squash Horns playoff hopes

Jubilant Snowflake football faithful are whisking their brooms in celebration of last weekend's clean sweep over the Payson Longhorns.

Putting a label on education

A group of Payson Elementary School second and third graders stood around an oversized soup can trying their darnedest to look like the Campbell's kids.

Welder sparks fire at RCMS

Middle school students evacuated

A smoldering fire between two walls, ignited by a welding device, resulted in a 45-minute evacuation of Rim Country Middle School students Monday afternoon.

Pay attention to the 'fuzzy things'

Release of American Petroleum to the so called open market. Patients rights issue. Legislation for prescriptions

Saturday, October 14

Ordinary people, extraordinary collection


Go ahead. Think of some object. Any object. The only qualification is that it must actually exist. And don't be afraid to use your imagination.

Just what the doctor ordered


I have never ceased to marvel at science and technology since the astronauts walked on the moon.

Survival guide for the Rim country


With its plain yellow cover it looks like a technical manual, but the Detroit Free Press reports that "it reads more like a dozen action movies rolled into one."

Arizona's bout with the deadly flu of 1918


This month of October marks the 82nd anniversary of the deadly influenza epidemic that ravaged the world in 1918.

Putting the zip back into your computer


The more we use our Windows-based computers, chances are the more changes we'll make to the registry by installing new and updated software and new or additional peripherals, such as printers and scanners.

Thursday, October 12

Prop. 203 should be decided by Arizonans

There is an inordinate number of initiatives on this year's ballot, ranging from growth issues to legislative pay raises.

Don't wait to make 'Credit For Kids' contributions

The Arizona State Income Tax Credit for contributions to public schools allows individuals to pay up to $200 of their Arizona State Income Tax directly to public schools. However, it must be paid prior to Dec. 31 of the year that it is to be claimed.

Finney's loss reflects badly on Payson

I was saddened that Ruth Brown saw fit to deride Ruby Finney, to gloat that Finney did not win a seat on the Town Council and to indicate that she and some other seniors are proud that they helped assure that our local growth-at-any-cost gang would be secure in its control of our town government.

Statistics sound like 'junk science'

On page 5B of the Oct. 10 issue of the Roundup, the box accompanying the article concerning domestic violence cited the following unsupported and unsourced statistic:

Giving credit where credit is due

I noticed an article in Friday's edition of the Roundup regarding the celebration at the Mazatzal Casino for the Tonto Apache Indian Tribe's battle to obtain tribal recognition and 85 acres of land, held in trust with the federal government, for their homeland.

Merlene J. Crosby

Merlene J. Crosby, 81, of South Wind, Carlsbad, N.M. died Oct. 9, 2000 at her home in South Wind, Carlsbad, N.M. She was born Nov. 29, 1918 to Eugene William Grimes and Emma Florence Ray Grimes in St. Johns, Ariz.

Ruth H. Coatney

Ruth H. Coatney, 80, of Payson, died Oct. 12, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born Jan. 31, 1920 in Milford, Mass.


Strawberry Schoolhouse closing for the winter

The Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona has closed for the winter. Volunteers for the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society would like to thank you for being one of the hundreds who helped make this season a success.

Lobos look for revenge in Longhorn-land

An element of retribution and redemption could be on the minds of veteran Lobo players when they play host to the Payson Longhorns at 7 p.m. this evening.

Concho pair wins Hummer Invitational

It's fall, but cooler weather hasn't slowed play in either the nine- or 18-hole Payson Women's Golf Associations.

Longhorns tie Yellow Jackets in rain-soaked match

Payson boys soccer took their show on the road this week, with tough matches against Blue Ridge defending state champs at the varsity level.

Motocross madness hits Payson Event Center

Hundreds of motocross racers including a number from the Rim country will once again descend on the Payson Event Center this Saturday and Sunday for two thrill-packed days of off-road dirt-bike racing.

Payson Parks and Recreation

Youth Basketball

Basketball registration for boys and girls in third and fourth grades is over, but we still have a few spaces for late registrants. The fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt and a team pizza party. Games will be held in November and December. Team placement is random and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payson's tiny toy store plans move to Sawmill Crossing

Sawmill Crossing has a new tenant, but Payson isn't getting a new store.

Police department gets grant for new video system

It's the kind of high-tech equipment one would expect to see in a James Bond flick, or even on an episode of COPS, but it's actually installed in two of the Payson Police Department cruisers.

Survey shows where we shop for widgets

It's no secret that Rim country residents do a lot of their shopping outside the area, but thanks to preliminary results from a newly completed consumer survey, local government and business leaders now have a better idea what they buy and why they buy it.

The buck stops here

Robots, cameras help game officers catch poachers

Arizona Game and Fish officials say their job has been made easier thanks to gifts from the Mogollon Sporting Association, and the current and upcoming fall hunts are a good example of how these gifts are being used.

Raymond George Dargus

Raymond George Dargus, 72, of Payson, died Oct. 5, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. He was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Alabama.

On the lighter side

Forget the Ides of March, it's Friday, the 13th

This morning, the toaster incinerated your Pop Tarts.

Pine water is safe, despite rumors

E. coli rumors in Pine persist despite water's clean bill of health

The mother was in a panic.

Despite recommendations, council drops proposed speed limit increase on Tyler

The most exciting part of the Payson Town Council meeting Thursday night just might have been watching Mayor Ray Schum, a career Marine, double-step his troops through a marathon agenda.

Drought could make quail hunt a gamble

Quail season officially opened this morning throughout Arizona.

Prop. 202: 'a smorgasbord of flavors'

Trying to vote responsibly on Prop. 202, I, like many Americans, believe we have growth issues that we need to focus on and deal with here in the Valley and in the state in general.

Monday, October 9

Donita Jane Taylor

Donita "Donna" Jane Taylor, 56, of Payson, Ariz. died Oct. 4, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on Nov. 22, 1943 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

State seed possible in Horns' future

Thanks to a 45-0 win over the Holbrook Roadrunners, Payson can all but assure itself of a berth in the state tournament Friday evening (Oct. 13) with a win over the Snowflake Lobos.

Buckner downs his first elk

Brandon Buckner, a 13-year-old, seventh-grade student at Rim Country Middle School, capped a successful youth hunt last week by downing his first elk.

Constance Patricia Snodgrass

Constance Patricia Snodgrass, 42, of Payson, Ariz. Died Oct. 5, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on Jan. 18, 1958 in Payson, Ariz.

The current AIMS test lacks validity

Your headline of September 29, 2000 which shouted out that "AIMS up, but still falling short" was no surprise to those who have followed the AIMS debate over the last several years. AIMS has been so politically hot that neither the ADE nor the Legislature have been willing to listen to the experts.

Maxine Elizabeth Vincent

Maxine Elizabeth Vincent, 72, of Payson, Ariz. died Oct. 7, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on April 10, 1928 in Mt. Morris Township, Mich. Mrs. Vincent was a homemaker.

RU-486 abortion pill: another axe swinging at the roots of virtue

When the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the RU-486 abortion pill, they reduced the worth of a child's soul to the level of a common headache for which a woman need only take a pill to make it go away.

Sanitary district earns full compliance from ADEQ

"Whenever I'm on the job, I hold my head up high. Of course, I work in the sewer. If you don't hold your head up high, you'll drown." Ed Norton (Art Carney) on "The Honeymooners" If Ed Norton worked for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District, he'd have another reason to hold his head up high.

Search teams rescue two women in weekend incidents

Two women are safe this week, following their weekend rescue by the Gila County Sheriff's Department and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue.

Abuse victims take Time Out

Shelters, programs help battered women beat the odds

Most of the warning signs for domestic abuse problems aren't very subtle.

Pastor was pinch-hitter for The Duke at POW bash

Successfully pinch-hitting for the legendary John Wayne in front of a crowd of thousands who, even more incredibly, do not go home disappointed might stand out as the singular crowning achievement of a normal life.

Proper hydration is vital to almost all functions of the body

The topic for today "water."

There's no substitute for reading a good book

The student was originally from Payson. He was a good student, actually interested in the class, the ideas. He told me he'd left Payson before graduating from high school because there was little for adolescents to do; so the "kids" all partied on six packs and drugs in the national forest.

28-acre Highlands development tops council agenda

The Payson Town Council will consider entering into a development agreement with Highlands at the Rim, a proposed 28-acre mixed-use community that includes commercial development, townhomes and single family homes, at its regular meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.

Hungry bears continue to visit Payson neighborhoods

Recent neighborhood encounters with wild bears in the Rim country and throughout the state serve as a constant reminder of the homeowners' need to bear-proof their homes.

Payson launches curbside recycling

Beginning Nov. 13, all Rim country residents will be able to participate in a Town of Payson-endorsed curbside recycling program.

Freshmen thump Holbrook, prepare for Snowflake

A 40-22 thumping of Holbrook Thursday evening in Payson stamped the Longhorn freshmen one of the premier first-year teams in the 3A East region.

Lady Horns No. 12 at Conley

An edgy group of Lady Longhorn runners shook off their queasiness long enough Saturday afternoon at Tempe Kiwanis Park to turn in a commendable 12th place showing at the 28th Annual Conley Cross Country Invitational.

Girls put in tough fight at Camp Verde

Playing your best soccer in front of the friendly homestanding crowds is one thing.

Tucker, Sopeland plan Nov. 4 wedding

Bessie Jean Tucker and Jacob Sopeland will be married on Nov. 4, 2000, in Visalia, Calif..

Gladys E. Buck

Gladys E. Buck, 86, of Billings, Mt. died Sept. 20, 2000 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mt.

Florence Pifer Pitkin

Florence Pifer Pitkin, 95, of Payson, Ariz. died Sept. 29, 2000. She was born on July 24, 1905 to Arthur Pifer and Martha Tennant Pifer in Gary, Colo.

Robert Lee Plunkett

Robert Lee Plunkett, 86, of Payson, died Oct. 7, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. He was born on July 12, 1914 in Baker Springs, Ark.

Armer the right man for the job

I am writing to strongly urge voters in Gila County to elect John Armer to be the next Gila County Sheriff. Mr. Armer has all the qualifications and personal attributes necessary to hold this important public safety position in Gila County.

Customers responsible for electric shortage

I found the editorial cartoon concerning electric utilities, page 4A,Tuesday, Sept. 26, interesting. I interpreted the cartoon as placing the blame for the current shortage of electricity on the electric utility.

Skating rink ideal fit for old Wal-Mart

To the gentleman with the old Wal-Mart store:

School district needs to retain its teachers

I noticed that the Phoenix Police Department recently ran a recruitment ad in the Roundup in the Sept. 26, 2000 issue.

Proposition 202: too much, too long, too confusing

As co-chairs for Arizonans for Responsible Planning, we represent a broad coalition of Arizonans that promote continued growth management reforms that enhance quality of life issues. However, we are particularly concerned with the Sierra Club's effort to experiment on Arizona.

Proposition 202 protects interest of trial attorneys

Would you support a proposition if you knew it would cause a flood of lawsuits against private landowners and others here in Arizona by any person or any group from anywhere?

Saturday, October 7

The Rim country's first settlers


As another Columbus Day is celebrated in America, our thoughts turn to the Native Americans who met the first European explorers on this continent.

Buyer and seller beware of online auctions


The good, the bad and the brain-scarringly ugly. In a nutshell, that pretty much describes the buying-and-selling spectrum in store for those who choose to dive head-first into the realm of Internet auctions.

The pros and cons of ebooks


Electronic books seem like a good idea: we can order, download and read them without leaving home; we won't need more bookshelf space; and if we buy a portable reader or palmtop for $200 to $700, we can read them anywhere, even in the dark if the device is backlit.

The endearing qualities of the raven


There is no way to sugarcoat this, so let me just lay it on the line.

For that late summer barbecue


The weather is still nice enough to have a cookout in the back yard. In fact the weather has been so nice that it practically screams for another barbecue before cold weather sets in.

Thursday, October 5

Longhorns gore Cougars on the soccer field

The mighty Longhorns added another notch in their belts when the girls and boys soccer teams downed the Show Low Cougars Wednesday at Rumsey Park.

Horns face downtrodden Holbrook

The mind-boggling chore of Longhorn football players this practice week has been to muster the motivation to play a foe that's been outscored 221-7 its past four games.

Lady Horns beat RV in best of three

The Payson High School varsity volleyball team found vindication Tuesday as they again encountered one of the two division teams that defeated them earlier in the season.

Health Fair a huge gift to Payson residents

Imagine for a moment that you were given a gift. The box was huge, brightly wrapped and had a simple bow on top. By the size, you could imagine that it must be filled with many great things.

Property taxes: Where is it going to stop?

We are very sad and angry to see that our property tax for year 2000 is higher again. Where is it going to stop? How can a couple live on a Social Security check that is smaller monthly than the property tax we have to pay on our small house?

Community support a must for character initiative

The Payson Unified School District has taken a leadership role in working with the state to introduce a character education program into its schools.

Jeffrey Earl James Tiller

Jeffrey Earl James Tiller, 40, of Payson, died Oct. 3, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. He was born on July 1, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Martha Kellenberger Schurter

Martha Kellenberger Schurter, 96, of Payson died Oct. 2, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. She was born on Dec. 7, 1903 in Monroe, Wis.

Robert Osborne Hunt

Robert Osborne Hunt, 87, died Oct. 1, 2000, in Payson, Ariz. He was born in New York City, N.Y. in 1913. He was a 35 year resident of Payson. Prior to Payson Mr. Hunt was a resident of Phoenix for 15 years.

No, Payson is not under attack by hungry, ill-tempered aliens.

No, Payson is not under attack by hungry, ill-tempered aliens.

Neighbors rise up to fight ATV noise

Heavily rutted, makeshift roads have been carved into the soil by dirt bike and ATV tires, directly beyond a "road closed" sign.

New program adds character to curriculum

Few would disagree that parents have the primary role for teaching morals and values to their children, but more educators are becoming convinced that it is also important for schools to play a larger role in character education.

Crabdree, Herbert named Gila County's Teachers of the Year

In a profession where pay is low and recognition minimal, two Payson teachers have hit the jackpot. The duo, Tina Crabdree of the Payson Center for Success and Tracey Herbert who teaches physical education at Julia Randall Elementary, will be honored at Hondah Casino in Show Low Saturday morning as co-teachers of the year in Gila County.

Four days left to register for Nov. 7 general election

Secretary of State Betsey Bayless reminds all eligible Arizonans that there are four days left to register to vote in this year's General Election on Nov. 7. The cut-off-date for registering to vote in the general election is Oct. 9 at midnight.

Local scholarship winner will be honored at ASU

Krystina Harper of Pine, a 2000 graduate of Payson High School, is one of 21 Leadership Scholarship recipients at Arizona State University who will be introduced during pregame ceremonies at the ASU-Washington football game Oct. 14.

New treatment means less pain for patients

Oct. 3, 2000 a Payson dentist, announced that he is now providing his patients with dental treatments free from the shrill of the high speed drill and the fear of needles for anesthesia with a revolutionary new technology called Millennium Hydrokinetic YSGG laser system.

Eagle's Nest celebrates opening

For artist Annellenson, the Main Street building where her newly opened Eagles Nest Art Gallery and Healing Center is located is the perfect spot.

Declan Finn Mayo-Shanahan

Karen Mayo-Shanahan and Aidan Shanahan of Norwalk, Conn. are happy to announce the birth of their son, Declan Finn Mayo-Shanahan.

Longhorn track: On to Conley

As the state's 11th-ranked team, the Lady Longhorns travel tomorrow (Saturday) to Tempe to participate in Arizona's most prestigious cross country clash the 28th Annual Conley Cross Country Invitational.

Teens need guidance when it comes to the big decisions

I would like to respond to the letter from M.J. Embree published in the Sept. 26 newspaper regarding teen mothers and the right to choose. I did not read the column from the Sept. 15 issue (to) which she is responding, but with the topic being discussed so much recently with the teen maze and the abortion pill, I feel I need to give testimony regarding this subject.


Shutterbugs name best spots to see fall colors

Now is the time to start planning your nature hikes and walks in the woods to see the vibrant changing of the colors as our deciduous trees shed their summer garments.

EAC launches art film series

If you just can't wait until the cineplex opens at Sawmill Crossing later this year, you can get your film fix for free at The Fall Art Film Series beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Cornwells celebrate 60th

George and Rose Cornwell celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 17.

VanCleve, Johnson wed

The Elks Lodge hosted the wedding of Corey VanCleve and Jim Johnson Saturday, Sept. 30.

Hardt helps run D-backs ballgame

Hillary Hardt, a 14-year-old freshman at Payson High School, received the thrill of a lifetime last week when she was chosen to participate in the "Kids Run the Show Night" at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. More than 600 youngsters entered the promotion and just 40 were chosen to participate.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Basketball registration for boys and girls in third and fourth grades ends Friday, Oct. 6.

Monday, October 2

Orda Folmar

Orda Folmar, 87, of Tonto Basin, Ariz. died Sept. 15, 2000 in Brady, Texas. She was born on Dec. 12, 1912.

Lady Horns invited to Conley meet

Like most every coach on the junior high and high school level, Chuck Hardt is not in the profession for its paycheck.

Lady Horns tops at FH run

Refusing to be slowed by the searing mid-afternoon heat and the rugged Desert Canyon Golf Course which featured hay bales as obstacles Payson's girls and boys cross country teams turned in first and second finishes at the Fountain Hills Invitational contested Sept. 27.

Lady Mavs set sights on division championship

The Payson Mavericks' eighth-grade girls softball team finished its regular season with yet another bang and now move into postseason play with superior teamwork generating the confidence that could lead to the division championship.

Mavs finish season undefeated

The Payson Mavericks eighth-grade football team was unstoppable, immovable and unrelenting in its pursuit of the perfect season a season the team just completed, never allowing even one opponent to score against them.

Water rate hike not nearly enough

Editor: I see where our water rates are going up by $5 a month. I hesitate to say this, but I'm afraid it's not enough. To replace water mains will be an expensive project. I know very little about the operation of our water department, but I'm certain that they have their hands full doing whatever they do. A project this size will certainly require extra help.

'We need to care more about our neighbors'

(Regarding) the (Sept. 19) story on the front page about the poor man who died and no one found him for awhile: I hope Young never grows so big that we don't care about our next-door neighbors. We have a lot of elderly folks over here, so if their mail isn't picked up, the postmaster will let someone know.

Former sheriff endorses Stone

I want to highly recommend Art Stone who is a candidate for Gila County Sheriff. I must honestly admit that I am somewhat influenced by the fact that Art Stone saved my life in a shoot-out on a Continental Bus while we were attempting to arrest some individuals who had murdered and robbed an elderly farmer in Missouri.

Teen mothers not necessarily welfare cases

Recently, I was reading your paper online and came across a letter to the editor from M.J. Embree regarding teen mothers. I felt compelled to write as this is a subject that has deeply impacted my life. In September of 1993, my senior year at Payson High School, I found out that I was pregnant.

When in doubt, 'follow the money'

The attacks on the Citizens Growth Management Initiative grow more frequent and more strident.

Motorcyclists have no right to harass neighborhood

I don't have any choice but to respond to Todd Hamblen of Pine's Sept. 22 (letter), who came to the rescue of Michelle Worth, also of Pine, concerning the noise caused by motorcyclists in Star Valley.

Auction-goers pave way for Hospice House

Saturday evening, more than 300 guests attended the Rim Country Hospice Foundation's annual dinner, dance and auction a Mardi Gras-themed evening, complete with masks, beads and Cajun cuisine.

Bud Blaylock

Bud Blaylock, 51, of Payson, died Sept. 26, 2000. He was born on Nov. 29, 1948 in Red Lodge, Mt., and had lived in Payson for the past 12 years.

Family, rehab center save drought-stressed cub from starvation

It's unusual for the phone to ring at 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday at the Diamond Point home of John and Deloris Bilyk.

Competing propositions confuse some health issues

Of all the propositions voters will be asked to decide Nov. 7, few are more confusing than 200 and 204.

Pine water tests clear of coliform

The Gila County Health Department still hasn't figured out what it was that made some 20 people in Pine violently ill last week.


Boxes of books available to help you de-clutter

In this case, my friend was in deep trouble up to his ears in 25 years of household clutter. I don't know when he became aware that he was in grave danger, but his normally cheerful e-mails sounded desperate. He said the clutter was so bad, there was barely a path through the living room. The garage defied description.

Actress finds her religion on stage

"Being on stage, being somebody else, is the difference between living in Disneyland versus living in my apartment," says Payson actress and EAC acting instructor Kristin Crowley. "Acting is just a wonderland. It's the greatest thrill of my life. It's my passion beyond all other passions to approach a character and live inside of her."

Lions' Health Fair 2000

Free screenings, tests and info offered Oct. 14

It is the medical equivalent of one-stop shopping; the health-care version of a bumper-to-bumper auto diagnosis and tune-up.

Payson representative bucked off horse; ready to return from hospital

District 4 Representative Jake Flake is expected to be released from the hospital today (Tuesday) where he was being treated for injuries he suffered Saturday when he was thrown from a horse at his ranch near Snowflake.

Faulty wiring suspected source of Payson house fire

As Cecil and Mildred Neal sat inside their home, their son, Arlan, went outside to have a cigarette. That's when Arlan noticed smoke billowing from the attic vents of his parents home.

Neal Peter Reynolds

Neal Peter Reynolds, 84, of Payson, Ariz. died Sept. 27, 2000 in Payson, Ariz. He was born on Dec. 18, 1915 in Luverne, Minn.

Walter F. Zack

Walter F. Zack, 72, of Payson, Ariz. died Sept. 30, 2000. He was born on Feb. 20, 1928 in Stavrapol, Russia and had lived in Arizona for the past three years.

Horns soar over Falcons

Unleashing a prolific passing attack that piled up 278 yards, the Payson Longhorns racked up their first East Region win of the season, defeating the Alchesay Falcons 34-6.

John Carlton Myers

John Carlton Myers, 47, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2000, in Payson, Ariz. He was born on July 6, 1953 in Ellsworth, Kan, and had lived in Arizona for the past 44 years. John worked as a mason in construction in the Valley for many years.

'Hidey ho, neighbor'

'Home Improvement's' Wilson peeks in on family

The Rim country is well known for the warm personalities found throughout our friendly neighborhoods, but a recent "hidey ho, neighbor" was heard from an unlikely source.

Super hero small leap for Perham

Laura Perham plays a super hero in the Payson Drama Club production of "May the Farce Be With You," which begins a three-day run Thursday evening in the Payson High School auditorium.