Stories for August 2001


Friday, August 31

Positive government the goal of 'realistic' voters

It seems that Gordon Metcalf's "positive" thinking approach, so often written about, dwells on other people's "negative" thinking about matters that they consider important to a majority of Payson's citizens.

Thursday, August 30

Pigskin Preview

Longhorns take on St. Johns tonight

With a third head coach in three seasons at the helm of the Longhorn football program, players, fans and assistant coaches might be hoping for a little more gridiron stability on campus.

A kind push from four strangers

Aug. 27, I believe it was four young boys from a van, asked me if I needed help.

Library adds 2,500 books to its shelves

With Payson schools back in session, students in the Accelerated Reader Program will have access to many additional titles of books that qualify for the program, thanks to a $7,000 donation from the Library Friends of Payson.

Labor Day camping popular in the pines

One of the most popular and least expensive ways Arizona desert dwellers have of escaping the searing summer heat is a visit to the Rim country.

If neighbors have their way, these geese are cooked

Amy von Somogyi believes the ducks and geese that hang out at Green Valley Park are in peril, and she wants to do something about it.

Medical buildings approved for Main

Despite serious concerns about the status of the Main Street extension project, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved conditional use permits for two medical office buildings Monday.

tyler, stelten to wed

Kathy Marie Tyler and David Richard Stelten, both of Mesa, announce their engagement.

John Ledig

John N. Ledig, 53 of Payson, died Aug 19, 2001. He was born Nov. 19, 1947, in New York, N.Y.

We're in good hands'

This is an open letter of thanks to the Payson Police Department and especially to Sgt. Tom Tieman and dispatcher Julieanne Reeves.

Pine water situation 'obscene'

I find the politics in this county disgusting. Not only am I not a fan of Robert Hardcastle, who owns Pine Water company and Brooke Utilities, but I find it insulting to the intelligence of the citizens of Pine-Strawberry that this developer named Loren Peterson thinks we believe he is doing us any favors.

Sign the Constitution in Payson

We wish to thank Mayor Ray Schum and the town council for proclaiming the week of Sept. 17 to 23 Constitution week in Payson during the council meeting Aug. 23.

harris x5

Jean Harris, 87, of Payson, recently united with five generations of her family at a gathering at Manzanita Manor.

Young Realty reaches the end of an ERA

Jim Young has been selling real estate in Payson a total of about 3,000 homes, at last estimated count since 1981.


Q: I've been told that Salt River Project owns the water that falls on my property, and I'm not allowed to collect or store it. Is that true?

Reason should prevail over water rights

As the Rim country squares off over water, a giant shadow hovers over a 13,000-square-mile area of rural Arizona known as the SRP watershed.

Locals at odds with SRP's 100-year-old claim to Rim country water

When Salt River Project protested Payson's application to drill exploratory wells in the Mayfield Canyon area of the Tonto National Forest, some residents wondered why it was any of their business.

Jailbirds raise more than $7,000

We would like to thank the following businesses for all their support and their very generous donations: Kalil, Young and Burton, Country Living, Wal-Mart, Sparklet Water, Payson Marketplace and Swiss Village Bakery.

Payson teen loses game of Russian roulette

Although a 16-year-old Payson boy lost a round of Russian roulette early Tuesday morning, he's still one lucky teenager having suffered a mouth wound characterized as "not much" by his father.

Labor Day Classic a 16-year family tradition

Softball teams from around the state will flock to the Rim country this weekend to participate in the 2001 edition of the Payson Labor Day Classic Slow-Pitch Tournament.

Rookie coach begins net season with a win

If Chris Schwind were to retire from coaching today, she would do so undefeated. That's because the first-year Lady Longhorn varsity volleyball coach's team won its first game of the new season Tuesday evening in Higley.

'When the well runs dry, cry, cry, cry'

In answer to Gordon Metcalf, I have written an "Ode to the City of Payson".

116 golfers turn out for PAHH tournament

Proceeds from Pioneer Title Agency's Fifth Annual Benefit Golf tournament have not been tabulated, but event organizers expect a handsome sum to soon be delivered to the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.

Monday, August 27

Cowboy poet can't help but entertain

Dee Strickland Johnson, aka "Buckshot Dot," may have been named "Female Cowboy Poet of the Year" by the national Academy of Western Artists in 1997.

George Sutherland

George Lewis Sutherland, 89, of Payson, died Aug 24, 2001 in Payson. He was born May 19, 1912, in Knoxville, Iowa.

Middle school website now online

The Rim Country Middle School website has been upgraded so students can now access about 4,600 accelerated reading books.

Main Street projects just good business

Congratulations and kudos to McIntyre's Mogollon Grille and the town visionaries who created Green Valley Park for being named finalists in the 2001 Main Street Awards competition.

Citizens Awareness Committee is neither positive, nor negative

A rebuttal please to Gordon Metcalf's letter (Aug. 22 Roundup) regarding my comments about the Green Valley Park/Main Street project.

'Judge not, lest ye be judged'

This is a response to the invitation of Jerry and Pat Parker (July 27, Roundup) who are opening their garage so people can sign a petition to recall Senator John McCain.saying, without giving any evidence, that he has failed to honor his oath of office to protect and defend the people, and to support and uphold our constitution. Even in the United States, a person is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. You're blackening the name and character of a man who has honorably spent his life in the service of his country is most reprehensible. You have the right to circulate a petition, but please do not insult him or the people who happen to think he is a great guy. Ed Guerber Payson

Fast-food restaurant strives to ensure safety

This is regarding the safety in the community involving the incident with an elderly customer being harassed in a local fast-food restaurant. We at McDonald's accept responsibility for this unfortunate incident.

John Ledig

John N. Ledig, 53 of Payson, died Aug 19, 2001. He was born Nov. 19, 1947, in New York, N.Y.


Q: In "What's Up" a couple of weeks ago, you talked about the problem of standing water in the playground area at Rumsey Park. Then I heard (Payson Town Manager Rich) Underkofler say on the radio that they're working on it. I walk there every day, and they're not. There are cattails growing out of that sunken area by the restrooms.

Don't paint all teenagers with a broad stroke

Recently, the Roundup received a number of letters, phone calls and e-mails about an incident that took place at a local fast food restaurant, involving a 71-year-old man who according to reports was terribly mistreated by four young people.

Beeline work will cause nighttime delays this week

Rim country motorists can expect substantial delays on Highway 87 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Thursday.

Water company sues county over new Pine water district

The Pine Water Company has filed a lawsuit against Gila County, its Board of Supervisors and other county officials over the supervisors' approval of a new water improvement district in Pine and the developer who said he had no choice but to develop the district is firing back.

Payson man survives 200-foot fall from Rim

A 66-year-old Payson man tumbled 200 feet down a steep slope at Chevelon Canyon Friday evening miraculously suffering only several bone fractures, a sprained ankle, and a number of scrapes and bruises.

Pauley shoots gold at Payson Golf Course

John Pauley staked claim to the club champion title by finishing first in the A flight division of the Payson Men's Golf Association championship tournament played Aug. 22 at Payson Golf Course. Pauley edged A flight runner-up Greg Williams for the title.

Longhorn Cross Country

Coach predicts good things for boys team

Longhorn cross country coach Chuck Hardt is emphatic the 2001 edition of his team will be an improvement over last year's version.

carters celebrate 60 years of marriage

Roy and Betty Carter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 23.

Robert Seim

Robert Leroy Seim, 71, of Globe, died Aug. 25, 2001, in Globe. He was born Jan. 15, 1930 in Aneta, N.D.

Juanita Black

Juanita Spurlock Harding Black, 80, of Whispering Pines, died July 13, 2001 in Phoenix. She was born April 9, 1921.

Celebrate Western heritage this weekend

The Rim Country Western Heritage Festival and Art in the Park two events that run concurrently this weekend in and around Green Valley Park have grown in both scope and diversity.

Visionaries deserve our support

I am prompted by the blowing of two crosswinds to relay a little history. The wind from the north has raised much dust over the Green Valley Redevelopment and Main Street projects.

No substitute for dedication

Substitute teachers help continue students' education

While teachers and administrators are working hard to bring education into the 21st century, some things will never change.

Sophomore anchors girls team of topnotch runners

With five of the top six runners returning from last year's state runner-up team, the Lady Longhorns could now sport the firepower to win Payson High's first cross country championship.

Cougars look tough during preseason gridiron action

Our neighbors to the East in the White Mountain community of Show Low saw their football season get off to an early and rousing start Friday night in Chandler.


The dream of exploring the undersea world is becoming a reality for more Rim country residents, thanks to a man sometimes called "Scuba Tom."

Saturday, August 25

Around the Rim Country

Poetry for the common man

Next weekend, the second annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival unfolds at the Rim Country Museum and Green Valley Park.

Review Feature

Buckshot Dot and Barb Wire sing tales of the Old West

Under normal circumstances, you could safely bet your great-grandpappy's cattle ranch that you're not going to find any classically-trained musicians on stage at next weekend's Second Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival, which will unfold Friday through Sunday in and around Green Valley Park.

Thursday, August 23

Plante, Jewell wed

Tres Plante and Danielle Jewell of Payson were married Aug. 18, 2001, in Pine.

Parks & Recreation

The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition allows boys and girls ages 8-15 to show their football skills in punting, passing and place-kicking.

Council studies revised development code

At 36 minutes, Thursday night's meeting of the Payson Town Council will go down as one of the shortest in history, according to several meeting veterans in the audience.

New principal says JRE is 'heaven'

In Hollywood movies set on school campuses, there is always the scene where the new principal arrives on the first day of school only to discover that the students are more suited to military boot camp than the halls of higher learning.

Coach begins rookie season with veteran players

After a year of seasoning on the freshman volleyball level, Chris Schwind is set to take over the Lady Longhorn varsity squad.

Not making the list could be a Longhorn advantage

The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets have been tapped the No. 1 ranked Class 3A football in a state poll, compiled by the website White Mountain Football News.

Not all citizens opposed to all growth

Mark Twain said, "Liquor is for drinkin', water is for fightin'."

Date not important, let's just enjoy the rodeo

How old is rodeo?

Ella Poarch

Ella Claudia Poarch, 101, died Aug. 22, 2001 in Payson.

Margaret Rekos

Margaret Rekos, 89, of Payson, died Aug. 18, 2001.

Widow finds best friend at greyhound park

Brandy was at the end of her dog days as a professional racer, facing a forced retirement and an uncertain future.

New DUI law in effect by Labor Day

Starting next Saturday at 12:01 a.m. just in time for Labor Day weekend Arizonans who drink and drive will find their margin of error significantly reduced. That's when the new law goes into effect, lowering the DUI limit from .10 to .08 blood alcohol concentration.

County looks at three plans for districts

With the selection of three alternative plans including one designed by Payson Mayor Ray Schum Gila County has moved a step closer to reapportioning its electoral districts based on the 2000 census.

Rookie sleuths uncover phony crime scene

Searching for clues was the order of last week's Citizens Police Academy.

Powder-puff football aimed at raising school spirit

If student body officers at Payson High School have their way, some of the highlights of the new school year will be greater school spirit and more extracurricular participation.

Oxygen inflates local business

Once upon a time, oxygen was merely a primary necessity for life. But now, in Payson, it's also big business.


Q: Just prior to rodeo weekend, I noticed a dramatic increase in the number of bald police officers roaming around town. Was this some sort of hazing ritual, or is there some other reason for the sudden chrome dome syndrome?

Patience during Pine Fire appreciated

To the residents of Verde Valley, Pine-Strawberry and Payson communities: The Forest Service wants to extend its appreciation for the patience and understanding you exhibited during the month that the Pine Fire was burning.

Will pepper spray be necessary?

There is much theorizing and questioning among both professional and lay people regarding the basis for the sometimes antisocial and violent behavior of our nation's youth.

What's wrong with our justice system?

A dear friend of ours was assaulted recently at (a local fast-food restaurant).

Condit's true colors shine

No wonder Gary Condit's lawyers kept their client from doing television interviews for so long.

William Hoeg

William Stephen Hoeg, 83, of Payson, died Aug. 20, 2001 in Payson.

Yules celebrate golden anniversary

Larry and Carol Yule were married in Phoenix, Sept. 1, 1951.

Purtee, McCormick to wed

Robert and Mary McCormick of Pine are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Julia Marie McCormick, to Christopher Purtee.

Jones wins tourney title in 18-hole playoff

In an 18-hole playoff held Monday at Payson Golf Course, Mary Jones edged Laura Meyocks for the Payson Women's Golf Association President's Cup championship.

Monday, August 20

Battle still brewing over 1931 program

The 117th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo may be over, but the verbal boxing match regarding the event's actual year of birth is as heated as ever.


Payson residents featured in MDA commercial

As soon as you meet him, it becomes apparent that Jonathan Coleman is no average youngster.

Retirement wasn't end of the trail for horsewoman


When Shirley Armstrong hums a few bars of "Happy Trails To You," it's more than just a song.

Ruth R. Stafford

Ruth R. Stafford, 93, of Payson, died Aug. 17, 2001.

New assistant dean named at EAC

The first thing Barbara Ganz expressed when introduced as the new Assistant Dean at the Eastern Arizona College-Payson faculty meeting last week is a fervent belief in the community college system.


Q: Why does a big fire truck go to emergency calls when no fire is reported. Shouldn't the emergency squad in an ambulance be able to take care of the situation?

Yes, Payson is changing

Thursday, Aug. 16, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., someone parked at the stop sign on Rancho Road and Beeline Highway, took approximately 10 to 15 minutes and stole two church signs from that corner.

Not buying the negative

To the letter writer David Engleman, I would request that if you are going to quote me, please do it correctly.

1931 rodeo program should be considered authentic

If disputing a lie causes hard feelings, excuse me. Yes, the 1931 rodeo program was published and printed by Carl Paulsen in Gila County, Arizona. For those apparently unfamiliar with Arizona geography, Payson is located in Gila County.

Round Valley couple objects to prescribed burns

This letter is in regard to the prescribed burn of the Gibson Creek/Lower Round Valley area in the Tonto National Forest.

Parade should be on Main Street

I firmly believe the Town of Payson should not have the right to disrupt traffic on a state highway for the rodeo parade, or any parade for that matter.

Open the gate to more local rodeo fans

Payson's 117th annual August Doin's rodeo was filled with excitement and will no doubt be remembered as a great success. The fans who attended were not disappointed.

Residents needed for police's new PATH program

There are plenty of volunteers who have stepped forward to pick up the phones and launch the Payson Police Department's new PATH program.

Main Street attractions top Arizona awards list

The Mogollon Grille and Green Valley Park are among 35 projects in 13 Arizona communities selected as finalists in the 2001 Main Street Awards competition.

Jones, Meyocks prepare to duel

It'll take an 18-hole playoff to decide who'll carry the banner as the Payson Women's Golf Association President's Cup champion.

Horns' football begins Friday against Phoenix Christian

Athletes at Payson High School can breathe sighs of relief knowing preseason practices are about over and the start of the fall sports campaign is just around the corner.

'Grandmas' hope to start senior league

The team doesn't yet have a name, but the players might want to consider "Over-the-Hill Grandmas" as their calling card.

Sun Devils break camp

The hills were alive with the sounds of rapid Sun Devil football fans.

Cards off to good start with win against Seattle

The hopes of Arizona Cardinals fans around the state received a huge boost Saturday evening after the team's 16-13 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks.

117th rodeo fast, furious

While cowboys and cowgirls rode off into the sunset Sunday evening, the 117th edition of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo entered local history books as a success.

Environmentalists join fight for water

Science or the lack of it is becoming a major arguing point in determining the merits of the Town of Payson's application to drill 21 exploratory wells near Mayfield Canyon north of Star Valley.

Saturday, August 18

Review Feature

Brad Bailey is 'All Shook Up'

Make no mistake. Payson's Brad Bailey is NOT an Elvis "impersonator." He is an Elvis "performer."

Around the Rim Country

If you hum a few bars, they can fake it

We have these two guys here at the Roundup/Rim Review who will forever remain unnamed. But here are a couple clues.

Thursday, August 16

Frank Lee

Frank Lee died Aug. 8, 2001.

Payson's people devise new plan

A group of volunteers are helping town officials devise a new plan for the future a process that began at a recent meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

2004 is too long to wait for change

Mary Lou Lopez-Miller admonishes us for working to recall Sen. John McCain (Opinions, Aug. 3 Roundup). Her reasoning would be valid if it were accurate.

New law gets tough on teen drinking

How many drinks can a person under 21 safely have before driving? In Arizona, the answer is now "none."

Law already governs background checks

I couldn't help but read with astonishment the "Street Talk" column in the Aug. 10 edition of the Payson Roundup.

NAU professor nothing more than snake oil salesman

In their recent visit to Flagstaff, Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Senator Jon Kyl seemed to buy the snake oil sold by NAU School of Forestry professor Wallace Covington.

Green Valley project is 'money down the drain'

Letter-writer Gordon Metcalf's remark that "progressive town council majority was voted into office by supporters of the town of Payson" (Aug. 14 Roundup) is not really correct.

Carry on the tradition of August Doin's

This is Payson's big show. August Doin's. The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Donald Lubken

Donald Eugene Lubken, 47, of Payson, died Aug. 9, 2001 at Manzanita Manor in Payson.

Daisy Moncrief

Daisy Marie Moncrief, 87, of Payson, died Aug. 16, 2001 in Payson.

Locals debate original date of Payson rodeo

It's a mystery as old as the 117th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo itself.

Uneedspeed: Internet so fast, it should be illegal

List of ways to keep busy while you wait for that next web page to load:


Q: We didn't used to have to pay for parking at the rodeo, but now it's $3. Who gets the money from that? And will there be a second entrance/exit at the rodeo grounds this year to ease the traffic snarls?

Coyotes players come to Payson Sunday

The APS Power Play Tour 2001 is coming to Payson Sunday afternoon.

Tee off for PAHH benefit, Aug. 25

Hole-in-one prize is a Ford Explorer

Registration for the 5th Annual Pioneer Title Golf Tournament to benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has climbed to 108 players.

New lawyer joins town attorney's office

Tim Grier, the Town of Payson's new deputy attorney, has a unique way of proving he's a Rim country old-timer.

Sign up now for Labor Day Classic

The coming of fall in the Rim country signals the onset of fast and furious softball action.

Middle school Mavericks gear up for winning season

Like their older athletic counterparts at Payson High, the Rim Country Middle School Mavericks are gearing up for fall sports action.

Life 'a piece of cake' for girls soccer coach

With the growing number of coaches who have thrown in the towel, it appears life as a head coach at Payson High School can be a test of futility.

Lycurgus Templeton

Lycurgus "Jack" Templeton, 77, of Phoenix, died Aug. 12, 2001.

Madeline Hammon

Madeline M. "Madge" Hammon, 89, of Phoenix, died July 27, 2001.

Monday, August 13

Former PHS coaches lead Valley teams

The east valley football scene has a decidedly Payson look to it.

With friends like the council, who needs enemies?

It was refreshing to see the United States Forest Service representatives listen to the issues on the subject of water pumping in Diamond Point/Star Valley with an attitude that seemed to indicate a fair and searching, in-depth analysis before they make a decision.

Wholly's soccer kicks off

At Thursday afternoon's practice of the Longhorn boys soccer team, coach Roger Wholly loudly mouthed some well worn words of wisdom to his charges.

Tickets available for DU banquet

All summer at car shows, festivals and wherever he was welcome local Ducks Unlimited Chairperson Bruce Wilson has been hawking benefit raffle tickets while espousing the virtues of the organization he heads.

Victor Cridebring

Victor Hood Cridebring, 79, of Payson, died Aug. 13, 2001 in Payson.

Rosalye Gilbert

Rosalye May Gilbert, 76, of Payson, died Aug. 12, 2001 in Payson.

New stands mean easier access for fans

Access to Payson High School football field should be much more fan friendly this season.

SRP wants its way with our water

In a strongly worded letter to District Ranger Ed Armenta, Salt River Project has told the Payson Ranger District that Payson's application to drill 21 exploratory wells near Mayfield Canyon should be denied.

Rim country could gain clout in new districting

A draft congressional redistricting map released by the Independent Redistricting Commission Saturday would give Payson and the Rim country new political clout.

Prescribed burns planned near Round Valley

The Payson Ranger District is proposing to implement prescribed burning on 40 to 60 percent of a 4,425-acre area in the vicinity of Gibson Creek and the Upper and Lower Round Valley subdivisions.

Goodnet Internet service back online, confusion still reigns

The Goodnet Internet service provider is back up and running, at least temporarily.

Haught granted work release

Roy George Haught has been granted work release. The Star Valley businessman who 14 days ago began serving a one-year sentence in the Payson jail for his involvement in the 1997 death of Strawberry mechanic James Cooper was given his first release within a few days of his incarceration, Jim Rich, the interim jail commander for Gila County jails, said.

Hospice auction - not your garden variety benefit

Celebrate harvest time in the Rim country at the Rim Country Hospice Foundation's annual dinner, auction and dance, Sept. 29 at 511 South Mud Springs Road.

Gotta paint, gotta sing

Husband, wife paint, teach, sing their way across America

Some people grow up wanting to be artists. Others grow up wanting to be entertainers. Still others just want to spend their lives traveling. Connie Morse and her husband, Dave Sime, grew up wanting to do all three. A conflict? Not at all.

Shooting didn't change officer's outlook on life


Fourteen years ago, Bernadette Koren had just graduated from police academy. She was two days into her new job as a police officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Winslow. She was out by herself, making the ninth traffic stop of her career.

Babies deserve new beginnings

Shortly after my wife gave birth to our baby girl, a friend of the family came to the house for a visit. She was holding our new baby, rocking her back and forth, and looking into the child's beautiful eyes. Without warning, the woman was overcome with sadness and began to sob. She hastily handed the baby back to my wife and ran from the room.

Drilling is 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'

An open letter to Mr. Edward D. Armenta, District Ranger.

Negative thinking hinders positive growth

In the Mail Call letter, "Town's positive thinking' may be terribly misguided" (Aug. 3 Roundup), Otis Trimble had difficulty finding a positive thought, which is normal for negative thinking people.


Q: Do staples in magazines interfere with the recycling process?

Rhett William McLaws

Rhett William McLaws was born Aug. 2, 2001, at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Payson student in search of elusive 3-meter board

The prospect of moving from the Valley to a small town meant just one thing to Rim Country Middle School seventh-grader Greg Lords no diving program.

Chester Robert Caraker

Chester Robert Caraker, 95, of Payson, died Aug. 9, 2001.

David Smith

David Franklin Smith, 79, of Payson, died, Aug. 9, 2001 in Mesa.

Thursday, August 9

Atchisons repeat as Prudential '2000 Chairman's Circle Winners'

Prudential Real Estate again presented Ed and Linda Atchison of Prudential Arrowhead as "2000 Chairman's Circle Winners."

Delays end for new Goodwill; grand opening set for today

The long-awaited Goodwill Industries' thrift store outlet that was first set to thrill local bargain hunters in January finally unlocked its gates one week ago, and will be celebrating its official grand opening today (Friday).


Q: What's up with the Beeline work? What are they doing? How long will it take? What interruptions can we expect? And, most important, why now at the peak of the tourist season?

Horns fans move south

If you've driven by Payson High School recently, you've probably noticed that the bleachers on the north side of the football field were relocated this week to the south side.

Soccer program benefits from local donors

We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the Payson soccer club and the Payson Longhorn soccer camp that was held July 23 through 26: The Payson Kiwanis Club, Rob and Kelly Fanizza of Payson Respiratory Services, Rob and Jo Sanders of Beeline Chiropractic, Doug and Joy Bracken, Larry Abbott Jr. of Casa Grande Appraisal and Penny Navis-Schmidt, CISW.

McCain's attitude, ego have changed

I would like to take this opportunity to express my complete disappointment with Mary Lou Lopez-Miller's response to the McCain Recall Petition.

Council 'not a bunch of bad guys'

Nothing stirs people up in the West like water. If we needed to be reminded of that, the brouhaha over the town's proposal to drill 21 exploratory wells in the vicinity of Mayfield Canyon north of Star Valley has certainly done the job.

Council says water a 'regional problem'

The Town Council passed an amended resolution in support of water exploration in Mayfield Canyon designed to reassure residents of Star Valley and Diamond Point Shadows that their wells will not be adversely affected.

Highway 260 delays expected Tuesday

Delays are expected next week in the Preacher Canyon area of Highway 260 as traffic is switched from the existing highway to the newly constructed eastbound alignment.

Need storage? Main Street boxcars up for grabs

If you've ever wanted your very own boxcar, this is your chance and you can't beat the price.

Payson drops 3 of 21 test wells from forest project

Some 400 attendees listened for the most part, politely as U.S. Forest Service and Town of Payson officials provided background information Wednesday night on the town's controversial proposal to drill 21 exploratory wells in the Mayfield Canyon area of the Tonto National Forest.

Man injured in 12-foot fall from balcony

A Payson man fell 12 feet from the balcony of a home onto a concrete pad Wednesday evening, suffering possible head and internal injuries.

Beeline crashes injure 3

Two accidents on the Beeline Highway occurred within a few hours and miles of each other Thursday one involving a Chevy Suburban pulling a 30-foot travel trailer, the other a motorcycle. Three people involved in the accidents were sent to hospitals.

Hayden-Winkleman good example of bad spending

I understand that the Town of Payson's ad hoc committee on capital expenditure priorities outdid all national expectations, and voted (on various divided votes) to recommend some $5.5 million to be spent on street, and other improvement.

Joe Sims

Joe T. Sims, 83, of Payson, died Aug. 4, 2001, in LaVerne, Calif. He was born Dec. 3, 1917, in Cape Fair, Mo.

Sun Devils kick off Koetter's campaign at Camp Tontozona

Sun Devils' disciples from around the state are rejoicing at the beginning of the Arizona State University football preseason practices at Camp Tontozona.

crabtree, loucks marry

Louis and Karen Crabtree of Payson and Solie Loucks of Chandler are proud to announce the marriage of their children, Aaron Crabtree and Chanda Loucks

Hellwies, Hardt lead pack in Monsoon run

Without the torrential downpours that dampened some previous Monsoon runs, this year's edition of the annual 5K event turned into a tame endeavor for more than 60 entrants.

Tiny Pikes battle big fish at Cottonwood

A low contingent of Rim country athletes wasn't enough of an obstacle to thwart the efforts of the Payson Pikes swim team at the Verde Valley Invitational.

Mary Randolph

Mary L. Randolph, 85 of Payson, died, Aug. 1, 2001.

Ina Nunham

Ina Belle Nunham, 85, of Mesa, died Aug. 6, 2001 in Mesa. She was born March 22, 1916, in Jeddo, Mich.

Ronald Bracy

Ronald Lee Bracy, 65 of Payson, died, Aug. 7, 2001, in Payson. He was born in Lawson, Colo.

Goodnet folds without a trace

Customers of Goodnet, one of the Rim country's five Internet service providers, only know one thing for sure: Since Monday, they've been offline. They haven't been told why their connection to the World Wide Web has been pulled. They haven't been told for how long the disconnection will last. They have not received a notification of any sort.

Monday, August 6

Dead man found

There were no obvious signs of violence, foul play, or any other factor which might have contributed to Mark Antonio Hoyos' death.

Clothing, supplies needed for students

So far, Marcy Rogers and her cadre of volunteers have outfitted 17 Rim country children for the new school year but time is short and there are still more students in need of clothing.


Q: On Pine Creek Canyon Road in Pine, someone has painted a round, white circle about three feet in diameter every quarter mile right down the center of the road. I asked the man from the gas company who was out there and he had no idea. I'm just curious who did it and why?

Creative thinking could solve traffic problems

This may not be a total solution to north and south traffic on Beeline Highway, but it may afford some relief to local citizens.

Town's 'positive thinking' may be terribly misguided

We have heard a great deal lately in Payson about positive thinking. I certainly agree that in the great majority of situations faced by individuals as well as by human institutions and communities, positive thinking is very much to be desired.

Taking a stand against tobacco use

More and more high schools throughout the country are testing student athletes for drug or alcohol use. If a student fails a random urine test, they may not be eligible to participate in athletic events.

Broken mains drain mainly down on Main

Two Payson water mains broke open over the weekend, including one that caused sufficient damage to force the temporary closure of Main Street's eastbound lane.

Cadets gunned down by computer simulator

I knew the warehouse was supposed to be empty that night. I knew when I arrived that there wasn't supposed to be anyone inside.

Mayfield water debate heats up

The Town of Payson's proposal to drill 21 exploratory wells in the vicinity of Mayfield Canyon north of Star Valley takes center stage at two meetings this week.

Black earns award for lifetime

Back in May, Louis Black's wife, Julia, suggested they take a nice, quiet drive down to Tucson.

Gardener's secret: horse manure

Local couple creates a quarter-acre maze of color

There are literally thousands of plants growing in the half-acre yard of Pauline Rodriguez on Evergreen Street, including some she doesn't even recognize.

Local teacher braves heat

As evidenced by the number of locals who make the trek south each time the Arizona Diamondbacks play a home game day, it's obvious there is no shortage of baseball fans living in the Rim country.

August Doin's could

If Stephenville, Texas cowboy Cody Ohl opts to participate in the upcoming Payson Rodeo, he'll enter as the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association's leading money winner.

New football coach

If the turnout for last week's Longhorn football camp is any indication of team success, the upcoming season will be a banner one.

Lady Horns boast several returning veterans

The Monsoon 5K run gave longtime Payson High School coach Chuck Hardt the opportunity to preview a pair of the runners who this season could lead the Lady Longhorns to the school's first state cross country championship.

Winona G. Sullivan

Winona G. (Kistner) Sullivan, 87, of Payson, died, Aug. 3, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born Golda Julia Winona Nyreen July 19, 1914, in Sioux City, Iowa to Charles John and Minnie Matilda (Peterson) Nyreen.

Clifford Armer

Clifford Allen Armer, 34, of Phoenix, died Aug. 2, 2001. He was born June 13, 1967.

Wiladene Holsinger

Wiladene Holsinger, 68, of Strawberry Ariz., died Aug. 5, 2001. She was a fourth generation Arizonan, born May 17, 1933, in Eagar, Ariz.

Genealogical Society off to good start

cOn behalf of the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, I would like to express our gratitude to the Payson Roundup and staff for your many notices and articles that bring visibility to our efforts.

Saturday, August 4

GENETIC ALTERATIONS in the Rim country

One of the great things about small town life is that we rarely have to worry about trends, fads and scientific discoveries. If they ever get to us, all the kinks and repercussions have been pretty much worked out. There is, after all, something to be said for living in the dark ages.

A family adventure IN THE SKY

So, you've always wanted to take your family for a hot air balloon ride, thinking it would be the perfect way to make at least one dream come true for everyone in your clan, all at the same time.

Arizona's hot air adventures

Arizona is one of the top ballooning destinations in the world, providing great views of the beautiful Sonoran desert. On most winter mornings the desert sky is alight with colorful airships. Here are some of the Arizona businesses offering hot air adventures.

Thursday, August 2

Haught checks into jail; work release probable

Roy George Haught is in jail and it has not yet been determined if he'll be eligible for work release.

Benhard Kemper

Benhard Kemper, 81, of Payson, died July 30, 2001. He was born to Fred and Beulah Hood Kemper Nov. 19, 1919, in Powell, Wyo.

Olan Corley

Olan George Corley, 79, of Payson, died July 31, 2001 in Globe. He was born June 28, 1922, in McLoud, Okla

brown, mueller wed

Scott Brown and Kim Mueller were joined in marriage June 17 with a ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in LaJolla, Calif.

Sr. Center director 'fell in love' with Payson

After two months as director of the Payson Senior Center, Marsha Cauley said, "I fell in love with these people very fast."


Concert Under the Stars at Green Valley Park

Monsoon racers get ready to run for cover

The event begins at 5 p.m. with check-in and late registration. Those who pre-registered before Thursday paid a $10 entry fee and will receive T-shirts.

New blood, experience strengthen fall coach staff

When fall sports practices kick off Monday at Payson High School, the coaching staff will be a mixture of new faces and wiley veterans.

Payson Pikes wrap up swim season

Although the regular season is officially over, 14 members of the Payson Pikes swim team advance to the Verde Valley Invitational tomorrow (Saturday) in Cottonwood.

Rye residents turn heroes

Nothing concerns people living along the Beeline Highway more than the thought of some irresponsible smoker tossing his (cigarette) butt out the window of his car this time of year

Is Payson the mecca for the rich?

We lived in Payson for 25 years and thought it would be nice to return and be with the host of friends that we had made over the years.

Refillable printer ink cartridges save money

A few weeks ago, there was a computer printer sale at Wal-Mart. Customers could purchase a Lexmark inkjet printer complete with two packages of quality paper samples and what was touted as $80 worth of software.

Is there fat in the school district's budget?

The Payson Unified School District is trying to pull a financial "fast one" on the parents of some of its youngest and newest students.


Q: Why did the Town of Payson take the streetlight out at the intersection of Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road? It just makes a dangerous intersection more dangerous.

Killing lions may not be the right answer

Thursday night at its Mesa Regional Office, the Arizona Game and Fish Department held a public meeting to receive comment and concerns on the draft of an environmental assessment to study the possible causes of the declining population of desert bighorn sheep in the Goat-Stewart Mountain Complex south of Payson.

McCain recall not warranted

Hopefully, there are many of us in the Payson area who are declining Jerry and Pat Parker's invitation to stop by their house to sign a petition recalling Senator John McCain from office. Did the Parkers call or write Senator McCain to express their concerns before undertaking this harsh action?

DPS officers guardian angels of the highway

People need to take a moment and appreciate the existence of the Department of Public Safety.

The road to the Rim

The first phase of the Highway 260 improvement project the $21-million Preacher Canyon Section is nearing completion.

Bayless ready to push punch cards out

Secretary of State Betsy Bayless says the election problems that happened in Florida last year couldn't happen in Arizona, but she doesn't want to take any chances.

Payson must look south to solve water problems

Citizens of Payson and surrounding communities:

Rye fire department is a one-man show

"If there's a fire in Rye, you don't call the fire department. You call the local bar and see if the fireman's sober enough to go to the fire," Don Garvin quips.

I'm gone, but you won't be forgotten

Sadness and excitement compete today as I willfully romp into my self-employed mother's worst nightmare trading a good job with health and retirement benefits for fun, frolic and artistic freedom.

Kindergarten program hits parents with 63-percent tuition hike

The Payson Unified School District has upped the tuition for its all-day kindergarten program by 63 percent over last year and at least one parent is hopping mad over the issue, calling the increase "a financial fast one."

'Clean' candidates say 'no' to PAC money

The next general election isn't until 2002, but candidates for statewide office who agree to participate in the clean elections program can now come to your door seeking financial support.