Saturday, September 30
He was a man on the run who befriended a grizzly bear in the wilderness. Thus, he came to be called Grizzly Adams, and the story was good enough for a television series, The Life and Time of Grizzly Adams.
Jogger Valerie Marsh has every intention of participating in the Town of Payson's annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run Nov. 18.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
A few months ago, I wrote a column about "chick flicks," those overly sentimental movies like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Steel Magnolias" that some women, I innocently deduced, seem to prefer.
THE WILD WEB
We scoff when we see people in a movie lined up behind a traveling medicine man's wagon to pay him for a worthless product.
Here is the recipe I think everyone should keep in their files: Four Essentials for Living
Thursday, September 28
Helen Dorothy Fortney, 96, of Cottonwood, Ariz. died Sept. 24, 2000. She was born April 7, 1904, in Rose Creek, Minn. to Charles and Carrie (Dahle) Ballweber.
The following story from the book Small Miracles is told by Greg O'Leary:
Primerica Financial Services, the largest financial services marketing organization in North America, has expanded into Payson.
The Arizona Supreme Court is still weeding through the stacks of case notes from the trial of Roy George Haught, and, according to Gila County Attorney Jerry DeRose, the final ruling could still be months away.
God bless Carlos Lopez and the Tonto Apache Tribe for providing a home for Tess and Freddie.
Globe authorities identified the Payson resident who was found dead in his jail cell Monday as 52-year-old Lawrence Bud Blalock.
If you want to know about the options available for Payson's homeless, the man to query is Rick Croy.
Approximately 20 people who dined at two Pine restaurants in the past week are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea and headaches and one of the area's water supplies is suspected of having something to do with it.
There's a new outdoor eating establishment in town, and its managers have brainstormed their own commercial slogan:
Back to Basics in now in the middle of a not-so-basic expansion.
Only time will tell if the championship effort turned in Saturday in Lakeside was good enough to earn the Lady Longhorns an invitation to one of the state's most prestigious regular season cross country meets.
Lenny Kizzar of Payson will wait another two weeks to find out how long he'll spend in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
It's widely accepted that only about 50 percent of eligible voters in this country vote in the national elections for president and members of Congress.
A lightning strike Tuesday severed Payson's telecommunications links with the outside world, leaving residents and business operators stranded without long-distance telephone service and Internet connections.
In a society that often places too much significance on status, appearance and self gratification, Special Olympics provides some perspective on what's really important in life.
Test scores put graduation in jeopardy for some Payson juniors
Payson High School students scored slightly above the state average on the latest AIMS test, but large majorities still failed the math and writing sections.
It's called O. MacDonald's Farm, and there's even an E.I.E.I.O., but when the Payson Drama Club takes the stage for its first production of the year, don't expect a barnyard melodrama.
The toughest rivalry of the year for the Payson High School varsity girls' soccer team once again pitted the Longhorns against the scrappy Show Low Cougars this week in Payson.
They might not be the among the most talented cross country teams in the East region, but the Wes Sprinkle-led Longhorn runners always manage to show up and give a good accounting of themselves.
In response to the article featuring Ruby Finney, I would like to take exception to her claim to speak for all the senior citizens in the town of Payson. I am a senior and live in Payson, having moved into town full-time in 1993, the same year as Mrs. Finney, after owning a summer residence in the Rim country for 30 years.
I am writing to urge the voters of Payson to recognize that they finally have a choice when choosing the next Gila County attorney. Our choice is between Rim country resident Jim Hazel and Jerry DeRose.
For most prep football coaches, homecoming games are major pains in the backsides. Oh, some may not admit it for fear of offending alumni and students who often relish the week-long festivities.
Ray Larsen resigned as fire chief for the Christopher-Kohl's Fire Department Sept. 15 after more than five years of service as chief.
Monday, September 25
Surviving a spirited second half comeback in which they outscored 27-8, the Longhorn jayvees (4-0) stayed unbeaten. whipping the homestanding Round Valley Elks 34-27.
While the seventh- and eighth-grade Middle School Maverick football teams are gaining reputations for their butt-kicking abilities, the seventh-grade girls' softball team is also becoming known for one opponents would rather not face.
It's called "gerrymandering," a word formed by combining the name of former Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry and the word "salamander."
A Payson inmate serving a sentence in the Globe jail was found dead in his cell shortly after breakfast Tuesday morning.
Your roof is leaking, the kitchen sink is continually stopped up and, as winter approaches, your heating system is on the fritz all minor repairs that are just a little more than your minimum wage income can bear.
The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo pumps more than $800,000 through the local economy, according to a study just completed by the Arizona Hospitality Research and Resource Center at Northern Arizona University.
And the winner of the 30th Old Time Fiddlers' Contest is ... 23-year-old Jesse Stockman of Buckeye.
Thank you for your (editorial) on parental consent. It is excellent, and right on target.
The sign says "road closed." Apparently this doesn't include dirt bikes, ATVs and the most recent addition to our noisy neighborhood, a sand rail.
Well, it's fire board election time again and in Mesa del (Caballo), that's pretty serious stuff. What do fire board members do? In brief, they take an oath before a judge and swear to uphold the laws of the state.
I cast my first vote in 1932 at the age of 22. As a dewy-eyed young person, I prepared for my vote by listening very carefully to every word and every promise made by the candidates in their campaign speeches.
We want our children to get appropriate driver's ed before they get driver's licenses; we want them to get good jobs to prepare for adulthood; the list of things we want for our kids can go on and on.
Kelsey and Bennie Ohlinger were married Oct. 8, 1950, in Port Hueneme, Calif.
LIVE & LEARN
You can go home again. You can even turn back the calendar and be 18 again.
The Middle School Maverick seventh grade football team continued its undefeated winning streak against Show Low last week and now has its sights set on the toughest match of the year as they prepare to play Round Valley Wednesday.
This is my personal opinion about Vice President (Al) Gore. Chervront, who was also a delegate four years ago in Chicago, said there may never be another politician like Clinton, and I for one sure hope not.
All of the high jinx and hoopla of homecoming is now unfolding at Payson High School, and it will continue through Friday night's varsity football game against the White Mountain Reservation's Alchesay High School.
Curtain up! Light the lights! Starting Nov. 3, you've got nothing to hit but the heights!
High Country Garden Club holding fall tour this weekend
When JoAnne Chilcoat and her husband, Lew Robertson, moved to the Rim country from Cave Creek seven years ago, JoAnne figured the time to pursue her dormant interest in gardening was finally at hand.
Emily May Beers, 73, of Star Valley, died Sept. 23, 2000, in Payson. She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Galveston, Texas to Homer and Sadie Wheeless, and lived in Texas, California, Utah and other areas of Arizona before moving to Payson.
Gilbert Leroy Corzine, 85, of Payson, died Sept. 22, 2000. He was born Aug. 3, 1915, in Dongola, Ill. to Emory and Phoebe Dillow Corzine. He married Mildred Woodard in May 1941.
A celebration was held Aug. 26 at Mountain Bible Church for Bill and Norma Speer's 50th wedding anniversary.
For several years, a debate has raged over the value of rodeo to the Rim country.
I've written my opinions and answered the allegations of those complaining.
I am the neighbor who missed seeing Mr. Michael Kemmer around the neighborhood and, reported it last week to the Payson Police Department.
"You just have to do a story on Rowena Marrs," gushed one of Marrs' bosses within the Town of Payson's Parks and Recreation Department. "She's really a breath of fresh air."
Wouldn't it be great for our school and community to have a huge crowd show up Friday afternoon on Main Street for the Sludge to the Judge cross country event?
Each fall for 15 years, local law enforcement officers have spent their precious off-duty hours to play host to the Christmas for Kids Benefit Golf Tournament.
The Payson Longhorns' hope for a top-four East region finish and a seed into the season-ending state tournament took a huge hit Friday evening in Eagar.
Saturday, September 23
It is autumn again, and summer has been put on the shelf for another year. These are the days I want to don my hiking boots and explore the historic nooks of the Rim country.
Many residents and visitors to the Rim country have become familiar with singer, songwriter and performer John Carpino, but few realize the huge number of songwriters from around the world who turn to John in hopes of capitalizing on the abundance of his musical knowledge, talent and natural gifts.
THE WILD WEB
The "How To" book market is alive and strong after decades of rivaling the fiction market for the top of bestsellers' lists.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
An increasingly common practice in larger towns is disguising the growing number of ugly cell towers to look like something else, something that blends in with the local streetscape or landscape.
Teachers in a day school in Scottsdale often tried to find projects for their preschool students to do with their hands, to keep them busy.
Thursday, September 21
Green Valley Lake Park is a wonderful asset to the Town of Payson. People of all ages use it for a variety of activities.
It will be another week before Lenny Kizzar of Payson finds out how long he'll spend in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Agents practice nonintrusive investigations
A casual visit by agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task Force led to the arrest of seven suspects on various drug charges Wednesday night.
Payson resident Maureen Brotcke said the time had come to switch long-distance telephone companies.
Senior stands guard as government watchdog
Ruby Finney is not your typical senior citizen. "I tried knitting one time, but I never did finish it. I think I did half a sleeve," she said.
Just as traffic was picking up Wednesday afternoon along the Beeline Highway, an accident in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter brought it to a screeching halt.
Imagine for a moment that you decide to pack up your children and move to France to live for the rest of your lives.
Regarding the comments from Michelle Worth of Pine in the (Sept. 15) Roundup about noise, trash and motorcycles in Star Valley: I agree with her that the children need a place to have fun and ride their bikes.
Bravo! Michelle Worth is obviously a very intelligent lady.
Re: the article about the karate championship in the Aug. 29 Roundup: Anyone who is a true student of the martial arts knows that the underlying premise in learning these skills is self-discipline and control and inner harmony. Yet, no where in your article was this mentioned.
Some miracles last longer than others. The most recent one experienced by Ashley Allen a brain scan that showed her "clear" of cancerous tumors was short-lived.
After spending most of the week entertaining in Rim country schools and nursing homes, Arizona's finest fiddlers are ready to compete for the state championship this weekend at the 30th Annual Old Time Fiddlers' Contest.
The Payson High School varsity girls volleyball team moves into a schedule that includes some of their toughest opponents of the season, but the players and coach feel the team has recently gained much needed experience that could lead them to some big wins.
Superior hitting, fielding and pitching highlighted the eighth-grade Mavericks softball match with Show Low Wednesday, providing yet another boost in confidence as the Payson girls move toward closing out their regular season and set their sights on a very promising postseason of play.
Still reeling from the effects of last week's 14-7 upset loss to St. Johns, the Payson High School football team will try to regain its winning ways this evening (Friday) against Round Valley in Eagar.
The other day Lynnie called me from Creekside and told me that a man had ridden up to the restaurant, tied his horse to a tree, walked in and ordered a meal.
No official records have been kept, but it's almost a certainty that Jack Morris is the winningest junior varsity coach in the history of Payson High School football.
It looked like the eighth-grade Mavericks football team might have finally found a competitor. That was in the first half. Second-half action, however, served as a lesson to Show Low why Payson is quickly gaining a reputation as bruisers.
Despite dropping a nonconference game to St. Johns Wednesday, the Longhorn soccer team has been on a winning streak which lifted them to 2-1 in conference play and 4-5 overall.
Robert Everett Kellogg, 70, of Payson died Sept. 19, 2000, in Payson.
Shirley Ann Dunny, 64, of Payson, died Sept. 19, 2000, in Phoenix.
Lorne John Cory, 86, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2000, in Payson.
Steve Rogers decided to open The Rock Yard because he was having a hard time finding materials for his landscape contracting clients.
Making music has just become a little easier in the Rim country.
The truth is never out of date, and no one should be afraid of the truth. But if there is no such thing, then everyone needs to be afraid, for one person's truth today can be nullified by someone else's truth tomorrow.
My thanks go out to Susan Grubbs for responding to my letter to the editor re: "Children 'may have the answer' to gun violence."
As we draw nearer to election time, I realize how important it is for voters to have information on people running for office.
Monday, September 18
Norma E. Hawkins, 86, of Payson, died Sept. 14, 2000, in Payson. She was born Aug. 24, 1914, in Oleoplis, Penn. She moved to Arizona in 1945 and has been a Payson resident since 1962.
In response to Michelle Worth of Pine's (Sept. 15 commentary), "noisy, bad motorcycles pest:" It is exactly what we think.
Neighbors described Michael Kemmer as a slight recluse, a single man living with his dog and cat on Corral Drive.
It may have been one small step for man. But on that day in 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong put his best foot forward on the lunar surface, it was a giant step for Ann Staveness.
This letter is in response to a letter published in the (Sept. 12) Roundup informing Payson residents and readers of the "travesty" occurring in Star Valley with off-road riders and a piece of Forest Service land at the end of Moonlight Drive. I felt it proper to give view from one of those riders.
For many years, dust pollution has been increasing because of continuing approval of development in areas with unimproved road conditions. These are not subdivisions, but individually built homes.
After years of idle talk, Main Street redevelopment is finally taking shape.
Officers from the Payson Police Department and the Gila County Sheriff's Department are investigating a crime spree Saturday evening that stretched from mid-Payson to Mesa del Caballo. "We had a pretty big rash of vandalism ... six or eight cases throughout town," Police Lt. Don Engler said.
The Rev. Donald A. Gagnon, 84, of Payson, died Sept. 15, 2000, in Payson. He was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Worchester, Mass. He came to Arizona in 1947 to pastor Emory Park Baptist Church in Tucson.
At the onset of the cross country season, coach Chuck Hardt predicted he would spend most of the campaign searching for enough talented runners to help the PHS boys team earn a top-four regional finish and the resulting berth into the state championships.
Government and business leaders from rural communities around the state, including a large contingent from the Rim country, heard Arizona Governor Jane Hull promise a greater emphasis on their needs at the annual Rural Development Conference in Sedona this month.
Gollipops, a candy factory specializing in lollipops in north Payson, is working on a sweet relocation deal designed to keep the company in Payson and boost the town's downtown redevelopment project.
Paul Martin Eskew Jr., 70, of Tonto Basin, died Sept. 15, 2000, in Payson. He was born Feb. 20, 1930, in Oroville, Calif. Mr. Eskew was a banker.
WITNESS TO FITNESS
As I have said in the past, most people who work out want to win the battle with their waistline. And the older we get, the harder that battle becomes.
One of life's great curiosities to me is the absurd fascination people have with crude language.
The dust has settled at the Northern Gila County Fair in Pine and many a Rim country resident left the Pine Cultural Hall Sunday with an armful of ribbons and goodies.
Prior to Friday evening's 14-7 loss to Class 2A St. Johns, the state's pollsters were split on just how good the 2000 edition of the Longhorn football team was.
After routing Whiteriver 50-6 last Thursday advancing the seventh grade Maverick football team to an undefeated 4-0 record the question on the minds of coach Ned Schall and assistant coach Dave Blalock is: "Is there anyone out there who can really compete with us?"
Payson's high-powered power option "O" that spewed out 75 points and 500 yards of total offense in two season-opening victories over Safford and Canyon State, sputtered to a halt Friday evening in a 14-7 upset loss to the St. Johns Redskins.
A stellar showing at Saturday's Blue Ridge Invitational in Lakeside could earn the powerful Lady Longhorn cross country team a berth in one of Arizona's most prestigious meets.
In Michigan a little over a year ago, hunters and fishermen became worried about something they dubbed the Bambi Effect.
Saturday, September 16
THE WILD WEB
United States citizens, voting age adults, seek excitement, immediacy and quick responses. Action, everything from movies to video games to sporting events, grabs our attention.
When Payson holds the Arizona Fiddler's Contest each September, it not only celebrates an honored tradition, but honors the traditional music brought to America from England, Scotland and Ireland. America was graced by the guitar from Mexico and Latin America, but it was the Anglo and Celtic pioneers who brought the fiddle.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
I am sorry to report that there is yet another craze that needs to be brought to the Rim country, and remember, you saw it here first.
Payson is a popular place in the summer time, as those of us who have lived here for awhile will attest. We have become accustomed to having the kids and grandkids call and say, "Will you be home this weekend? We're driving up that way, and we thought we would stop by if you haven't planned anything else to do."
On many Friday and Saturday mornings, Loren Johnson is a man with a mission. Rarely, however, does he know what that mission is.
Thursday, September 14
I have a concern that I believe will affect all Americans. On Sept. 6, world leaders met in New York City for a special millennium summit to discuss replacing the United Nation's 50-year-old charter with the new charter for global democracy.
My name is Sarah Parsons. I grew up in Payson and moved out to California in August '96. I come online and read the Roundup to catch up on the things that are going on in Payson.
Looking for some lapidary? Seen any good bromeliads lately? Checking out chutney for your table? You'll find all that and more this weekend at the Northern Gila County Fair in Pine.
With temperatures still hovering in the 90s, frost won't be forming on the pumpkins for a while, but even at this early date Rim country residents can plan on significantly higher heating bills this winter.
By the time the proposed water rate increase was reached on the agenda of a long and tedious meeting Thursday in Town Hall, the Payson Town Council and those few remaining in attendance seemed to have little energy left to debate its merits.
John Armer beat Dennis McCarthy Tuesday by nearly 1,000 votes in the Democratic primary for Gila County Sheriff, earning the right to run against Republican Art Stone in the general election Nov. 7.
Construction delays of 5 to 15 minutes await motorists at two places along State Route 260 as construction gets under way on a 20-year program to widen 50 miles of that highway between Payson and Heber.
Thanks for the report about the two pioneering campers. We need more citizens like them. They are truly Americans. We are brainwashed, or rather brain-polluted, beyond our imagination by bureaucracy.
The Payson High School freshmen, JV and varsity volleyball teams swept Show Low Tuesday in Payson.
Joan and Bill Williams will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 16. The couple met in Phoenix and married Sept. 16, 1950. They lived and worked in the Phoenix area until 1989, when they moved to Pine.
Rim country residents and visitors can experience the color and excitement of a Native American tradition at the first annual Tonto Apache Tribal POW WOW, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Payson Event Center.
Community pride big at small fair
Our county fair has arrived. If you have never been to this fair where have you been? This is the very definition of our town.
Noisy, bad motorcycle pests. It's not all you think.
Track teams named Athletes of the Year by GC Games
One of the most unique decisions in the eight-year history of the Grand Canyon State Games unfolded last week when officials chose the Tonto Apache Track and Field teams as the organization's Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
A small-town Payson High School athlete turned in four of the state's best track and field performances during the 2000 spring sports season.
More than 40 children participated in the Payson Parks and Recreation's Punt, Pass and Kick event last week at the multi-purpose field in Rumsey Park.
Arizona Public Service officials suspect that a construction accident in the Airport Road widening zone cut power for several hours Tuesday to more than 5,000 Arizona Public Service customers throughout the Rim country
The Payson Law Enforcement Torch Run committee and the Cowboy Junction (Cowboy Church) are sponsoring a benefit team roping event Saturday to help raise money for local Special Olympic athletes.
Harold Louis Kautz, 85, of Payson, died Sept. 10, 2000. He was born Sept. 22, 1914, in Muscatine, Iowa. In 1936, while attending the University of Iowa, he met and married Ruth Duncan. They were happily married until her death in 1998.
Hermeina Julee Shirley, 76, formerly of Payson, died Sept. 9, 2000, at the Cortland Care Center in Cortland, N.Y., where she had resided since 1999. She was born July 3, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Arthur R. and Hermeina J. Handschumacher Shirley. She had been a resident of Cortland, N.Y. since 1990.
If my daughter, who is under 18, wants to have her ears pierced, I'll likely be required to sign a consent form. If she wants to get a tattoo, my consent is necessary for that, too, because she is a minor. Some abortion advocates, however, think she should be able to undergo an abortion without my consent.
Former Payson High School two-sport star Bryan Zumbro has survived several roster cuts to make the United States Air Force Academy baseball team.
Three cheers and a big attaboy for your Friday, (Sept. 8) editorial.
Tuesday, September 12
John Armer beat Dennis McCarthy Tuesday by nearly 1,000 votes in the Democratic primary for Gila County Sheriff, earning the right to run against Republican Art Stone in the general election Nov. 7.
Monday, September 11
I am writing in support of the Forest Service personnel who had the unpopular job of evicting Tess Johnson and her son from their forest homestead. It is the job of the Forest Service to enforce the laws of our forests and it is not left up to their discretion to be selective as to who should obey them.
All of the fifth-grade students at Frontier Elementary School, all 74 of them, recently spent two days at camp learning how to acquire and model the peer skills that will help them and others become loyal friends, resist negative influences and handle stress.
Proposition 203 would scrap bilingual education in Arizona and require immigrant children still learning English to attend a one-year English immersion program.
Two prospective restaurant tenants have pulled out of the Sawmill Crossing development, but one of those tenants has already been replaced, said Gordon Whiting, vice president of property management for Kaibab Industries.
It wasn't many years ago the athletic field was deemed the perfect classroom for teaching the old-fashioned values of sportsmanship, humility, sacrifice, character and camaraderie.
Part-time Payson couple videotape the stars
How does a couple relax after videotaping on location in the Valley for John McCain, Charles Schwab or daredevil Evel Knivel, or after videotaping burning autos at the Phoenix Fire Academy or would-be candidates for TV's "Survivor" series?
Gus Harless, a 19-year-old musician from Payson, is taking his talents on the road this month to try to win a national blues competition.
LIVE & LEARN
"Amber, what have you done?" I shriek as I walk into the dining room after returning home from a shopping trip.
Johnnie M. "Big John" Hayhome, 54, of Tonto Basin, Ariz., died Sept. 5, 2000. He was born May 7, 1946, in Spokane, Wash.
Since July 18, Arizona teenagers have been required by law to be better prepared before they can be set free behind the wheel of a car.
Jesus would not pray publicly at a football game. He told his followers not to stand and pray at the street corners that they may be seen by men, but rather "when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret ..."
The Citizens Awareness Committee is made up of citizens of Payson who want to stay informed of the issues and decisions being made for our town. Our mission is to inform the community of vital issues affecting the quality of life in Payson.
The Forest Service should get its act together. It has closed Mormon Lake to off-road vehicles because it feels the terrain cannot take it anymore.
As a portion of the Town of Payson wrestles with the problem of "affordable" housing, it occurs to me that perhaps we are again concentrating on the disease, rather than the cure.
The article in The Rim Review by Matilda Charles, "Fighting neglect at the nursing home," is not, I believe, typical of the care in most nursing homes.
The water department's request for a water rate increase is back, and this time the Payson Town Council will be asked to make it official by passing a notice of intent to raise rates. The council will consider the issue during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.
A Payson teenager was airlifted to the Valley for medical treatment after he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck that rolled over him Sunday afternoon on Doll Baby Road.
The Lady Longhorn varsity volleyball team won the consolation bracket championship as the team had its hands full last weekend battling with 17 other schools from around the state at the Payson Invitational.
If Arizona Boys Ranch officials were hoping to erase all reminders of the beleaguered reform school by changing its name to Canyon State Academy last summer, they certainly accomplished their goals on the football field.
Wiley veteran Pete Greer has hooked up with rookie David Daniels to coach the Payson High School freshman football team to a 2-0 season's start.
The roster addition of freshman running sensation Whitney Hardt has added a rock 'em sock 'em punch that could propel the Lady Longhorn cross country team to regional and state honors.
Payson High School boys' cross country track coach Chuck Hardt is scratching his head wondering where his squad will find the runners necessary to earn a team berth into the state championships Nov. 4 at Gilbert's Freestone Park.
The Payson High School boys soccer team is 1-1 in conference play and gained some much needed experience last weekend at the tournament in Chino Valley.
Saturday, September 9
THE WILD WEB
Sixty years ago, "communication" was what happened on a party-line telephone, from a radio, in a "read all about it" newspaper or magazine, and in newsreel at the local movie theater.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
My home state of Michigan has a motto that I wince to even bring up: "If you seek a beautiful peninsula, look about you."
Dana Jacobi, who writes "Something Different" for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has adapted a recipe by Rick Bayless, the chef whose two Mexican restaurants in Chicago offer true, regional Mexican cooking.
Did you live in the Rim Country before state route 87 was a divided highway? Then you remember coming down Slate Creek hill and driving through the Main Street of a ghost town called Goswick's Camp.
As Art and Elaine Ferrance bounced around in the back of the truck like ice cubes in a blender, it might have seemed to the casual observer that they were not having the time of their lives.
Thursday, September 7
Referring to the homeless pair living in the forest, I think it is a shame that they were forced out. They are doing no harm, however, it's a shame what is happening in Houston Creek, Star Valley.
Just wanted to share a reminder of our observance and recognition regarding flying the POW/MIA flag on POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 15. We invite the community to honor the State of Arizona POW/MIA Recognition Week of Sept. 11 through (Sept.) 17, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary.
Driving down the Beeline Highway on my way to Scottsdale Sept. 3, I noted that Payson's cheapest gas was regular unleaded at $1.62 a gallon. I found the same grade of gas for $1.43 a gallon at a service station at Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.
I read the Citizens for Growth Management Initiative word for word. It made me sick. What a blatant disregard for our individual rights.
Gila County voters have some important decisions to make when they head to the polls next Tuesday for Arizona's first open primary election.
At the age of 12, Andy Sanders is not only older, he's wiser than when he was 11.
The Payson Town Council indicated its support for a notice of intention to enact a $5 across-the-board increase in water rates and suggested additional increases will probably be necessary in the near future at a special meeting Tuesday.
Local actors bring Sioux legend to life
More than 80 people journeyed out to the Fossil Creek Llama Ranch at the west end of Strawberry Saturday to enjoy an unusual mixture of culture, drama and history. Guests were treated to a chili and corn chowder supper in the twilight of the day. As darkness approached, Indian flutes and drums called us up the hill. The focus of the night was the reading of a written-for-Broadway play, "Feathers and American Uprising," by Dennis Kizer.
The eighth-grade Rim Country Middle School Maverick football team started its season by bringing new meaning to the term "old-fashioned whoopin'" scoring over 50 points in each of their first two regular season games, mowing past the competition and bringing the Mavs to a 2-0 record thus far.
Cheryl Marie Cizerle of Phoenix has been cited for endangerment for allegedly allowing her disabled foster son to tumble undetected out of her pickup last week between Phoenix and Payson.
Since its founding four years ago, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team has provided a shinning opportunity for tribe youngsters to showcase their skills at a very young age. It also has been a healthy athletic outlet during the spring and summer months when youth sports offerings are somewhat limited.
Roderick Joseph Monte Sr, 80, of Payson, died Sept. 5, 2000, in Payson. He was born Feb. 7 1920, in Newark, N.J.
William Jasper Jump, 86, of Tonto Basin, died Sept. 5, 2000, in Payson. He was born Jan. 1, 1914, in Jonesville, Ky. Mr. Jump was a sand blaster for a water treatment facility.
Start to Finish: 5K training program
Want to compete in a 5K (3.1-mile) race? You can do it, one step at a time! Train now to Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run this fall. The class, led by certified trainer Abby Kendall, meets each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Green Valley Park for 10 weeks, beginning Sept. 16 and ending on race day, Nov. 18. The cost is $40 per person, which includes:
Tess Johnson and her son, Freddie Jones, are homeless no more.
In last week's win against Joseph City, the Rim Country Middle School's seventh-grade Maverick's softball team gave a lesson to their opponents in humility, trouncing the JC Wildcat's 25-1, and doing it in just three innings.
The Payson High School volleyball teams endured tough losses on the road this week, but not before serving up one of the toughest volleys of the year for their Round Valley rivals.
Freshman and jayvee victories over Safford Thursday evening coupled with the varsity team's win the following day left little doubt the Longhorn football program is in good hands under rookie head coach Mike Wheelis and his staff.
Mary Jo Scott, 42, of Flagstaff, Ariz., died Sept. 4, 2000, in Flagstaff. She was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Denver, Colo.
Monday, September 4
Million Moms, where are you?
Proposition 301 will be the last initiative listed on the November ballot, but it is a top priority among local educators.
Big O Tires has cut the wait by up to five weeks for local owners of Ford Explorers and other vehicles who need to replace the recalled Firestone tires on their vehicles.
Payson Town Manager Rich Underkofler is still looking for another job, but the Payson Town Council has told him he's welcome to stay on if he doesn't find one to his liking.
The old Wal-Mart building is out of the picture as far as future cinema showcases go, slashing the number of movie screens scheduled for Payson from 10 to six.
Nearly 1,000 players, fans, families and friends arrived in the Rim country over the holiday weekend for the 20th annual Payson Labor Day Softball Tournament which featured hard-hitting action at Rumsey Park and the Payson High School ballfields.
Competing with nearly 1,000 runners from 30 schools across Arizona, the Payson High School boys and girls cross country teams brought home medals and the knowledge that they are once again a force to be reckoned with.
With a 22-6 victory over Safford in the rear-view mirror and less-than-formidable Canyon State Academy in the headlights, the Longhorn football express could be motoring out to a 2-0 season's start.
Liberman, Gore's pick for vice president is now retracting some of his original beliefs simply for political reasons.
The shameful twisting of political boundaries to favor incumbent politicians is a practice that will end if citizens vote yes on Proposition 106.
I would like to personally reply to Carol Collins of Phoenix concerning her opinion on "Trash and weeds ruining Payson's image."
I'd like to respond to Mr. Hamric's letter to the editor, "Gun Control Survey Uses Students as Shills." He states, "Kids of this age are too easily manipulated by the 'system' ... and are not yet mature enough to fully grasp the significance of the 'agenda' under which they are taught in the public education arena."
The new Green Valley Park gazebo (is) a nice addition to the park. Entertainers, musicians and local politicians all have access to its use if, that is, the Town fathers like you and what you have to say or play.
Hopefully this letter will give readers pause to consider the importance of the Gila County Sheriff's race and the primary election Sept. 12. Of course, one can "early vote" up to Sept. 8 by going to the assessor's office diagonally across from the post office. One cannot miss the signs.
True gifts of Grandparents Day given all year long
Grandparents, your very own "Day" is coming up Sunday. You didn't know you had one? Well, that's a grandparent for you. You're accustomed to watching the calendar for everybody else's special day, aren't you?
You start your day reading the newspaper. A quick look at your watch, and you realize you're running late.
Hold your horses. We'll get to the story of how Duke Spencer came to be hugged, repeatedly, by Hollywood bombshell Raquel Welch in just a few minutes.
A look at death and dying in America
"Death transforms our living in ways that we, in this culture, do not understand," Kansas City pediatrician Bill Bartholome said. Sharing his story with journalist Bill Moyers, Bartholome said his response to terminal esophageal cancer was about six months of profound grief, followed by acceptance of his fate through meditation.
Payson police are looking for you if, that is, you are more than 15 years of age and have some time to spare to volunteer for the police department.
A pickup truck traveling down Rainbow Road in Star Valley rolled Sunday afternoon, injuring the four unrestrained occupants.
Meadow Marie Chlarson was born at 4:52 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Payson Regional Medical Center to Kevin and Patricia Chlarson.
Carter "Bud" and Lorraine Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 2. They met in California while Bud was in the Navy, finishing 20 years. They moved to Payson 26 years ago.
Roscoe R. Ozanne, 89, of Hobe Sound, Fla. died July 31, 2000, at Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, Fla. He was born June 22, 1911, in Elwood, Neb. Mr. Ozanne lived in Pine for 25 years before moving to Florida. Prior to his retirement he was a self-employed carpenter.
The gridiron prestige of the 3A East (White Mountain) region took a pounding Saturday afternoon on the campus of Round Valley High School in Eagar.
Residents who live near the Wal-Mart Supercenter reported explosions Sunday evening that sounded like sonic booms.
Saturday, September 2
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
There's an old tune by singer/songwriter John Prine called "Yes, I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You."
For the third consecutive year, the American Dairy Association (ADA) and nationally syndicated TV personality Mr. Food teamed up to challenge cheese lovers nationwide to create larger-than-life sandwiches that that are made with three domestic cheeses and served at least two people.
THE WILD WEB
We're more likely to know the birthday of a favorite actor or musician, thanks to radio, television and newspapers, than the birthday of a cousin or grandmother.
When the Zane Grey Twirlers and the Pineberry Promenaders invited me to their Aloha dance, I jumped at the chance.
Risser is a name with a Payson tradition that dates from 1912, when Dr. Christian Risser III arrived to serve as the Rim country's first permanent resident physician.
OUT ON THE EDGE
Rim Country Middle School teacher Ned Schall knows the twists, turns and angles of the Barnhardt Trail almost as well as his own back yard.