Stories for December 2001

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Sunday, December 30

Elmer Cluff

Elmer Dean Cluff, 78, of Star Valley, died Dec. 27, 2001, in Payson. He was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico.

Mary McDonald

Mary E. McDonald, 67, of Strawberry, died Dec. 23, 2001, in Payson.

2001 A YEAR IN SPORTS

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East coast created dilemmas in the sports world that had few right answers. Most centered around to play or not to play?

Parents should resolve to give coaches a break

In researching past issues of the Payson Roundup for today's "Year in Review," a common thread wound through many of the sports stories.

randall, martin engaged

Jennifer Randall and Neil Martin announces their engagement.

Get all the facts before praising Harry Potter

It is not my intention to condemn anyone who chooses to view the Harry Potter film. My mission is to inform you of its dangers to our youth.

Rosalie Williams

Rosalie Williams, 78, died Dec. 29, 2001, in Payson.

Stolen flag was a gift from mother

On the night of Dec. 21, someone removed the flag we had flying on our flag pole. We hope this person enjoys and appreciates it as much as we did.

Don't be so willing to give up your rights

Unless you tattoo on your forehead "of Middle Eastern descent," no one would take you for anything other than a W.A.S.P.

Anyway, magic isn't real

I am in Mr. (Alan) Ammann's fifth-grade class at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Resolve to be more tolerant this year

The day had been going well until a reader entered the Roundup's lobby, demanding to speak to me.

Eleanor Pricilla Tanner

Eleanor Pricilla Tanner, 88, died Dec. 27, 2001, in Tempe, Ariz.

Ethel Padgett

Ethel B. Padgett, 80, of Payson, died Dec. 20, 2001, in Ohio. She was born Dec. 4, 1921.

Marjorie Riehl

Marjorie Riehl, 73, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2001, in Payson. She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Portland, Ore.

Tragedy and triumph lead top stories of the year

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years.

Most Rim country seniors avoid pains of latest HMO crisis

Rim country seniors and disabled persons are avoiding most of the painful changes in Medicare HMO coverage that will go into effect today, Jan. 1

Samuel White

Samuel Edwin White III, 59, of Williamsburg, Va., died Dec. 19, 2001. He was born Feb. 18, 1942, at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Mesa del couple arrested for drugs

Two people were arrested in Mesa del Caballo Friday following a search warrant that was served on their residence by the Payson Police Department's special response team.

Ann Adams Seely

Ann Adams Seely, 83, died Dec. 28, 2001, in Payson. She was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Phoenix. She moved to Payson in 1974.

Thursday, December 27

Payson looks to increase court tempo at Camp Verde

Rookie head coach Mike Loutzenheiser takes his Longhorn basketball team to Camp Verde today looking to put the skids on a slow start that has resulted in a 2-7 record.

New year looms large for title hopes

With no mat action on the holiday sports agenda, Longhorn wrestling team members are using the winter respite to tune up their skills for a run at East region honors.

Janice Trotter

Janice Kay (Pierson) Trotter, 63, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2001, in Payson.

New 928 area code now mandatory for Payson

The new 928 area code becomes mandatory Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Homeless burglar finds shelter at county jail

Dennis Eugene Lill, 23, whose identification lists him as homeless, has found a place to reside. Many of his roommates fondly refer to it as the "Gila Hilton." Law enforcement calls it the Gila County jail.

Officials explain controversial student counseling program

A long-running student assistance program that provides support groups for anger management, grief-loss and other subjects to 2nd- through 12th-graders has recently come under fire from some parents for the way participation is solicited.

Rim country folks attached to 'Rim country' brand

Miraculously, a total of eight area residents who entered the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation's recent "Brand the Payson Region" came up with the competition's third-highest vote-getter.

Racial profiling justified in war on terrorism

Since Sept. 11, there has been a lingering fear of additional attacks on America by radical Islamic terrorist groups.

Are there hidden benefits to water increase?

Once again, the town proposes to significantly control excessive water use (and improve the environment?) by increasing water rates for "heavy residential users," a thinly-veiled modification of another "soak the rich" tax proposal.

It's up to us to ensure bright future

This coming election may very well be one of the most important elections that our town has ever had.

A new way to increase tax-free donations

I read with interest, the article that Max Foster wrote in his column regarding "Credit for Kids." We have been doing this for some time, but this year located a way to give up to $875 to the same school or district that is tax-free.

Reader's woodcutter woes solved

About a week ago, I sent a letter to complain about the difficulty of finding an honest woodcutter in the Rim country.

What's up?

Q: Is there any place in town that will pump gas for seniors?

Coldwell Banker keeps on truckin' for homebuyers

The real estate business is becoming so service oriented that there will likely come a day when the agent who sells you your new home will provide a moving truck, personally help you pack your belongings and, once the move is complete, tuck you into bed with a kiss on the cheek.

Elsie Ammann

Elsie D. Ammann, 76, of Payson, died Dec. 25, 2001 in Payson.

Words of wisdom from the wide world of sports

Among the Christmas gifts I received was a book entitled "Coach."

Emma Connor

Emma Marie Connor, 80, of Show Low, died Dec. 20, 2001, in Show Low.

'HIV is present' in Payson, testing to begin Jan. 11

Payson is such an isolated community that it's easy to buy into the idea that those who live here are safe from the dangers that hover over the rest of the planet.

Horns left out of All-Arizona selection

Not a single Payson High School player received recognition when The Arizona Republic named its All-Arizona football teams Sunday morning.

Sunday, December 23

Holiday Hoops now 16-team affair

Scrap that old version of the Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament.

Elderly woman on PATH to recovery

New program saves woman's life after fall

When Payson Police Officer Mike Varga peeked through the window of Alma Hardee's kitchen window Dec. 14, his heart sank as he saw a motionless body on the floor.

Bradley marks 25 years at the TOP

Della Bradley, police support services manager, was honored by the Town of Payson Dec. 7 for her 25 years of service to the police department.

Santa's favorite elf at home in Payson

PAYSON PEOPLE

If Santa Claus ever needs to hire a chief elf, he could do no better than to sign up Fran Yates, who possesses all of the necessary qualifications.

Friend helps hunter get more buck for his bang

Local hunting guide Randy Herrera received an early Christmas present from his friend Bobby O'Donnel.

Christians slay Horns

Only two days after picking up their second win of the season, a 46-40 win over Camp Verde, the Longhorn boys basketball team (2-7) fell once again upon hard times, losing 62-47 to Valley Christian.

Defense has been key to Lady Horns' success

Friday evening's 45-40 victory over highly regarded Valley Christian stamped the Lady Longhorns a solid contender for the East region crown.

What's up?

How long has Gila County Constable Eddie Armer been playing Santa Claus, and why does he keep doing it?

What values are we trying to teach our children?

Dishonesty without repercussion, vengeance on a whim, disobeying elders and practicing sorcery.

Rim country "brand" should be community effort

I appreciate Dean Shields' letter that was published in the Roundup regarding the community branding effort.

Our prayers are with our military

Now that our Congress has religiously passed their pay raise, they decided to give the rest of us a break, lawmakers in a sudden rush to get home for the holidays, approved veterans' benefits, including a hike in GI bill educational benefits effective Jan. 1.

Christmas angels are always with us

Tracy Allen bravely shared her heart with us when she openly talked about her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley, who died last March.

A community Christmas Day prayer

Christmas is a season of hope, and a time when the human heart seems quicker to help a neighbor and slower to judge.

Spend a night with celebrities

Jennifer Aniston and Whoopie Goldberg will be at this party. So will Tina Turner, Lucille Ball, Drew Carey and Phyllis Diller ... or reasonable facsimiles thereof.

Council says it's a time for sergeants

Sergeant's stripes will be presented to four Payson Police officers in April.

County looks at ways to save landfill

If District One Supervisor Ron Christensen has his way, Gila County's Buckhead Mesa Landfill will soon get a much needed breather.

New voting system means 'no more chads'

Hopefully Gila County has seen its last chad.

Neighbor delivers Christmas spirit

"It was just like a regular night," says Vonnie Randall of the evening hours of Dec. 18.

Is your car on thieves' most wanted list?

The top 10 list of vehicles most likely to be stolen in Arizona for the year 2000 should see owners of Chevrolet crew, king and extended cab trucks investing in anti-theft devices.

Reporter's wish list for his friends

In making out my Christmas wish-list, there are a few gifts I'd like to see others in our community receive.

Thursday, December 20

New Mexico police hold stolen truck hostage

Bill Hennecke became the victim of auto theft Oct. 11 when his 1972 Chevrolet pickup was stolen from his business in Payson.

It's a green Christmas for Payson retailers

With Christmas only a few days away, the nation's latest sales figures aren't creating any holiday cheer among retailers.

APS moves tower to airport site

Forest Park subdivision residents got an early Christmas present Monday when the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a request by Arizona Public Service to move a proposed communication tower out of their neighborhood.

Shuttle services offer variety of ways to get around

With the holiday season here, local shuttle and package services have been as busy as Santa's elves.

Western store offers low prices

If you see by your outfit that you are a cowboy, there's a new place in Payson that can help add to your wardrobe.

Constance Nye

Constance B. Nye, 67, of Central, Ariz., died Dec. 17, 2001 in Central.

One week left to donate to Credit for Kids

Last year, the Payson community contributed $142,212 to the Credit for Kids tax program. That was a tidy sum that represented a generous outpouring of support from a town the size of ours.

Payson teen wins at national tournament

A Payson teenager is making a name for himself on one of the country's most prestigious golf courses.

Lady Horns make All-Stars

The Lady Longhorn cross country team reached the pinnacle of success Sunday at Tempe Corona del Sol High School when five of its eight team members were named to the Arizona Coaches Association North versus South All-Star meet.

Carlton Anderson

Carlton S. Anderson, 86, of Payson, died Dec. 18, 2001, in Payson. He was born March 14, 1915, in Kandiyohi, Minn.

johns, steel wed

Tom and Lynn Johns of Payson are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Kimberly Rae Johns to James Harold Steel, son of Robert and Jamee Steel of Payson.

enlunds celebrate 50th anniversary

The children of the Enlund's announce the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Bill and Nadine Enlund. Bill and Nadine were married Dec. 23, 1951 in Yuma.

Mr. Mayor, put away your toolbox

The topic of public comment during meetings of the Payson Town Council has been heating up coffee shops all over the Rim country of late, as the councilmembers decide exactly when the public has the right to speak their minds and when they don't.

what'sup?

Q: Is either the town or ADOT going to paint delineation markers through the intersection at 87 and 260 for the double left turn lanes? There's a lot of drifting going on there. There used to be marks to indicate what lane you were in as you were making your left turn.

Thinking outside the box

I am hoping that this will get to the Payson Town Council concerning the 15 percent increase in the water rates.

A cord is a cord is a cord

I am a new resident here, and, like many people in the area, my home is heated by burning wood, which I prefer and enjoy, except when I have to buy more.

Getting to the facts about public comment sessions

Since the majority of the Town Council voted to move the nonagenda public comments from the beginning to the end of the Town Council meetings, the mail call section of the Payson Roundup has been bombarded with comments, such as, "We have lost our freedom of speech," "The Town Council has stifled public comments," "The majority of the Town Council is a dictatorship," "It is an egotistical objective of a few," "It will put public comment too late in the meeting," etc, etc, etc.

Monday, December 17

At 80, reverend finds love's 2nd chance

The Reverend Perry Epley and his wife, Tilly, are hardly newlyweds. They've been married for six years now.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit wrestlers

The Longhorn wrestling team hosts its annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. this evening (Tuesday) in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

Holidays a chance for Horns to improve

With two regular season games and a holiday tournament on the agenda, the Longhorn boys basketball (1-7) has the opportunity to gain valuable playing experience before the East region campaign begins in January.

Matmen struggle to Duals bronze medal

With only 11 wrestlers entered in 14 weight classes, the Longhorns weren't given much of a chance of defending their Rim Country Duals Tournament title.

Star games a chance for Horns to shine

A trio of Payson High School seniors, and possibly one other, will participate in the Arizona Coaches Association North versus South All-Star game when it is played next summer in Casa Grande.

Artist saws art where he sees it

Drive by the house on the northwest corner of Ponderosa and McKamey streets after dark and you're likely to run into a menacing bear or some other kind of forbidding creature.

Charles Krueger

Charles Krueger, 79, of Payson, died Dec. 12, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 5, 1922, in South Bend, Ind.

Morrisons celebrate 60th anniversary

Jack and Mae Morrison were honored by family for their 60th wedding anniversary in November in Marrieta, Calif.

Harry Endicott

Harry James Endicott, 90, of Payson, died Dec. 16, 2001.

FES students under a spell

For some reason, Frontier Elementary School seems to have the spelling market cornered.

Harry Potter teaches children to read

Dave Waterman wrote a passionate letter about Harry Potter and witchcraft.

Support Salvation Army, despite issue

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) have now targeted, in addition to the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army for not supporting domestic benefits for same sex couples.

Tip A Cop a fun fund-raiser

By chance I stopped for lunch at Macky's Grill on Friday, Dec. 14 and was very impressed with the "Tip a Cop - Christmas for Kids" program.

Public input is put out

The town has always said that it values public input.

Unruly fans are ruining the game

In Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn," a crowd evolves into a mob before readers' eyes, and the transition is so smooth you don't even realize it's happening until it's too late to stop.

Rim country family brightens highway for lonely motorists

During World War II, Jean Jennings hauled her small children and silver trailer from Montana to California to Florida to be near her husband wherever he was stationed. More often than not, it seemed, she would find herself on the road over the holidays.

No charges filed yet in bomb threats

Formal charges have yet to be filed against Raymond Boelens, 26, who was arrested Nov. 1 following a night of threatening phone calls to local law enforcement.

Burglar falls from ceiling, lands in jail

Shane Johnson, 27, of Payson was arrested by Gila County Sheriff Detective Brian Havey Dec. 13 in connection with the burglary of four area restaurants.

Hazel named superior court judge

Gila County Attorney James Hazel was selected Friday by Arizona Governor Jane Hull to serve as the county's newest superior court judge replacing retiring Superior Court Judge Edd Dawson and acing out fired county commissioner David Colby, who with two other attorneys was vying for Hull's nod of approval.

Cecelia Salwitz

Cecelia M. Salwitz, 89, of Payson, died Dec. 14, 2001, in Payson. She was born May 23, 1912, in Toledo, Ohio.

Thursday, December 13

The '50s wrong theme for library

This letter is really to the Friends of the Library, in response to the article in this past Friday's issue, asking for artists to submit for competition to paint a mural on the wall of the Young Adult section.

Snow delays Holbrook match

Due to Tuesday's snowstorm, that evening's basketball games between Payson High and Holbrook were postponed.

Angels need you!

Without help, some angels may not get any presents

Four-year-old Emilio could have asked for anything in the world for Christmas. He asked for a jacket.

Two late entries round out council slate

Two more candidates for Town Council filed the necessary paperwork with Payson Town Clerk Silvia Smith before the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline and will appear on the ballot in the March 12 primary election.

Interim town manager appointed

Payson has a new town manager at least for the time being.

The Rim country home to Santa

Apart from the mildly naughty joke he tells about Bruno, the Brown-Nosed Reindeer, this guy certainly seems like the real Santa.

Don't let kids spend a year without Santa

Recently, I overheard two women talking about their trip to a local store, where they purchased Christmas gifts for some less fortunate children.

Northern Gila County deserves more

Judge Duber, in his column in the Dec. 11, 2001 Roundup, admits that, "as the presiding judge for Gila County, I am responsible for allocation of judicial resources."

Low-road results are clear

I have hesitated to write this letter because of the many letters to the paper decrying negative letters about the Town Council.

Appointment will be made to whoever is most qualified

Later this week, I will appoint a new Gila County Superior Court judge to fill the vacancy created by the impending retirement of Judge Edward Dawson.

Thanks for magical event

My family and I had a wonderful evening at "Christmas Magic" Friday, Nov. 30. Even my 1-year-old baby loved it!

The miracle of Main Street

Did you feel it? Did you see it? I saw it in the eyes of all who witnessed it. I saw it in the smiles of children ... both big and small.

Parade hopefully a new tradition

This past Saturday night, a large hometown crowd viewed the first Electric Light Parade in Payson. It was a huge success, and hopefully will become a Main Street annual event for many years to come.

What up?

Q: How come the Main Street electric parade and tree lighting were scheduled on the same day as the Payson Choral Society's Christmas Concert?

Valley couple buys Shaker Music

When the calendar rolls over to the year 2002, Shaker Music will still be Shaker Music, name and all.

Inn of Payson now Best Western

The Inn of Payson is about to hook up with one the world's largest motel franchises.

Hot action highlight of cool duals

The Rim Country Duals one of the premier wrestling tournaments of the Arizona prep season heats up Rim country sports action today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Mavs' mats feature two heavyweights

If the success of a pair of Rim Country Middle School wrestlers is any indication, Longhorn coach Dave LaMotte will soon have heavyweights with the ability to post plenty of points on the board.

Hookin' up a great Christmas gift idea

FISH & TIPS

With Christmas approaching, many people are looking for gift ideas for the fisherman in their family.

East region is most competitive in the state

Some might argue the point, but statistics prove that without a doubt the East region is the most competitive in the 3A football conference.

Monday, December 10

Beck barrels out of her comfort zone

The Roundup has been trying to charm Beth Beck into doing a Payson People profile for years now. But somehow, the Parks and Recreation Department's former recreation coordinator (1998 to last week) and the town's brand-new grants coordinator always managed to elude the torture.

Give employees a Christmas Rub

Chances are when you made out your Christmas wish list you didn't put a massage on it a little extravagance two local massage therapist say make excellent gifts.

Thelma Wright

Thelma K. Wright, 89, a former resident of Globe and Miami, died Dec. 6, 2001 in Payson. She was born May 27, 1912 in Douglas, Arizona to John and Josephine Kelly.

Views don't necessarily represent CAC

We know that election time is just around the corner when we begin to see letters in the paper such as the one Jim White wrote with a personal attack on me and on the statements I made.

Payson is well represented

Globe is not the Great Satan and there is no reason for a Payson jihad. The Payson community was served well for many years by Judge Alan Slaughter and you will continue to be served in the future.

Closed minds have always spoken openly

Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for political candidates to file their nominating petitions to run for public office in Payson. Sometimes it's helpful to look back as we consider the future:

Council to appoint interim town manager

The Payson Town Council will consider appointing Administrative Services Director Kelly Udall interim town manager at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

Schools get new resource officer

Starting the first week of January, and to the end of the current school year, Payson's elementary schools will once again be the home beat of a school resource officer a new one thanks to a $27,708 grant accepted last night by the Payson Unified School District's board of supervisors.

Horns whip QC, tie the Dogs

The Payson High School wrestling team toiling for the first season under new head coach Dave LaMotte made its 2001 debut Wednesday in Wilson dome with a win over Queen Creek and a tie against the Winslow Bulldogs.

Hoops match highlights holiday sports scene

Since last spring, Teddy Pettet has worked diligently to put together a Payson Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament that will become one of the best of the Christmas season invitationals.

Break over, Horns stalk Roadrunners

Following a 10-day break, the Longhorn basketball teams return to action today (Tuesday) against the Holbrook Roadrunners.

Payson should be proud of multi-meet

One step in Wilson Dome Saturday and it was all too obvious why Payson proudly sports the moniker "Small Town Wrestling Capital of America."

EAC hosts 'It's a Wonderful Life' movie night

It may be the most televised movie ever, but Rim country residents are invited to enjoy the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" as a "community event" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Payson campus of Eastern Arizona College.

Craig Triphahn

Ponderosa Steakhouse has a new customer.

River Mycole Phillips

River Mycole Phillips was born to Tony and Raylene Phillips of Payson Thursday, Nov. 29.

Alice Hamilton

Alice Kathryn Hamilton, 79, of Payson, died Dec. 4, 2001, after a sudden illness. She was born July 8, 1922, in Burgin, Ky.

Richard Allred

Richard L. Allred, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 6, 2001, in Payson. Mr. Allred was born March 10, 1934, in Reserve, N.M.

Million pennies a weighty proposition

Some learning experiences are more valuable than others, and the penny drive Payson Elementary School is conducting to aid a New York school damaged on Sept. 11 is turning out to be one of the valuable ones.

Sponsors put the 'fun' in fund-raiser

Our fifth annual "Fun Raiser" Banquet and Auction was a wonderful success thanks to the people and companies of Payson, Pine and Strawberry. We were able to raise more than $11,000.

Carry on, nurses

While a patient at PRMC, Ami Elliott and Lori Rulli, two wonderful nurses, were in charge of my health care.

what'sup?

Q: There is a rumor that an asphalt plant is going up on Red Baron. Is it true that the man raising hothouse tomatoes out there might have to quit because of the odors? I never heard anything about this plant going through planning and zoning or the town council.

Thursday, December 6

Eduard Ideker

Eduard "Ed" Roger Ideker, 68, of Forest Lakes, died Dec. 1, 2001 in Payson. He was born April 10, 1933 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Erma Wilson

Erma B. Wilson, 86, of Payson, died Dec. 4, 2001 in Payson. She was born May 16, 1915 in Lancaster, Pa.

wiley, berndt marry

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wiley of Payson wish to announce the marriage of their son Roy James Wiley to Cecile M. Berndt.

morrises celebrate 50th anniversary

Frank and Mary Lou Morris celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in December.

schank, kelley engaged

Lisa Marie Schank-Sawgle and Christopher Paul Kelley, both of Tonto Basin, have announced their engagement.

Stained glass is Day's day job

By night, his voice cuts through the silence. By day, his hands skillfully cut through glass.

Give vets a holiday hug

The ragtag army of the Taliban. They speak so staunchly yet with bravura, in a bold attempt to display daring.

Teachers "a creditto their profession"

I recently attended the Rim Country Middle School Fall concert.

Letters "support" councilmembers

I want to thank Bill Pike and Jim Winter for their recent letters to the editor.

Payson already branded

Scott Flake needs to look no further than the Payson phone book for his "brand name image."

Voters will remember, Judge Duber

On November 27 the Roundup published an interview with Payson resident David Colby, Gila County's commissioner/judge pro tempore.

Boys still winless on the hardwood

Throughout the practice week, Longhorn boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser's energies have been directed at tuning up a team that has played hard, but failed to come away with a win in six outings.

Burglaries still plague area

The Payson area continues to be victimized by burglars as they invade homes, automobiles and businesses, primarily in the dark of night.

Dark Christmas: Life without Ashley

Since her 5-year-old daughter Ashley died of cancer last March, Tracy Allen's emotional state has not been something one might compare to a roller coaster.

Colby joins 3 others to compete for judicial seat

Arizona Governor Jane Hull yesterday announced a slate of four possible appointees including recently fired Commissioner/Judge Pro Tempore David Colby and County Attorney James Hazel who hope to replace retiring Superior Court Judge Ed Dawson when Hull makes her final determination within the next two weeks.

Mural evokes wonder of reading

When the Rim country's children visit the new Payson Public Library, they'll be able to enter like Lewis Carroll's Alice through a little peoples' door into a special wonderland.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit wrestlers

Unless they are on a diet, there is no excuse for Rim country sports faithful to suffer any hunger pangs.

Lady Horns display true grit in cola series

For Lady Longhorn basketball coach Shaun Hardt, Saturday evening's unexpected drenching in a hotel swimming pool was all a part of his team's victory celebration.

Don't take away our Harry Potter

Please, sir, don't take away our Harry. Before we stone, burn or embroider a scarlet HP on my chest, consider: If we condemn the movie, then alas we condemn the book.

Monday, December 3

'The war is not over'

By now, everyone should know that the Gila County redistricting issue is all but over.

Little people, big hearts

On Friday, my family and I attended the Christmas Magic show sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Picking the perfect pet as a Christmas present

Next to a pony, the Christmas gift request parents probably dread most is a dog or cat. Whether that fear is justified depends on your circumstances, said Payson Humane Society manager Diane Fitzpatrick.

Baker brings humor to a life of caring

Judy Baker will never spend any time on an analyst's couch, trying to overcome her shyness. For two reasons.

Songwriter's Cafe

"There are still a lot of people who don't know this, but the level of musicianship in Payson is extremely high," says Shakey Joe Harless, arguably the town's musical figurehead. "It's just amazing, really"

Wrestlerettes have a lot at 'steak' tomorrow

The Payson High School wrestlerettes have long provided the Longhorns with unbridled enthusiasm that usually flows over into the crowd of onlookers.

Small town player yearns for big time trip

Ashton Shewey's goal is to someday play baseball on the Division I collegiate level.

griffins celebrate 50 years

Shug and Lynn Griffin will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21, 2001.

Warrior meet good test for Horn matmen

A wrestling match that was billed in the Valley area as "the premier dual meet of the season" turned into a proving ground for a band of young Payson High School wrestlers.

Diane Fitzpatrick, manager of the Payson Humane Society

Diane Fitzpatrick, manager of the Payson Humane Society, holds half of the litter of eight yellow Labrador retrievers that are available for adoption.

Anna Courtney

Anna Courtney, 89, died Nov. 29, 2001 in Mesa.

Terrorist suspect speaks from jail

Facing four counts of terrorism and a $50,000 bond, Raymond Boelens, 26, told the Roundup he wants to plead guilty to the charges and get on with his life.

Judge fired after Roundup interview

David Colby, Gila County's commissioner/judge pro tempore, was fired yesterday for views he expressed as a political candidate in last Tuesday's edition of the Payson Roundup.

Dorothy Wells

Dorothy Eulene Wells, 85, of Tonto Basin, died Nov. 30, 2001 in Tonto Basin. She was born Feb. 3, 1916 in Oklahoma.

Howard Fisher

Howard Grant Fisher, 72, of Payson, died Nov. 28, 2001. He was born Oct. 8, 1930 in Jerome. He was a resident of Payson for 26 years.

Memorial committee deserves thanks

It seems there are a few veterans in Payson who are confused and as a result offended enough to write you letters in lieu of seeking the facts.

Lester Grace

Lester Ray Grace, 87, of Payson, died Nov. 29, 2001 in Payson. He was born Oct. 1, 1914 in Bowles, Ky.

Baxter Lee

Baxter Lee, 88, of Pine, died Nov. 30, 2001 in Payson. He was born Nov. 18, 1913 in Great Britain.

Dollie Reel

Dollie Ann Slack Reel, 84, died Nov. 29, 2001. She was a native of Princeton Ky., and a homemaker. She also was a former resident of Payson.

Ellen Russo

Ellen Russo, 73, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2001. She was born Nov. 2, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., and moved to Payson in 1995.

The fox and the lamb chops?

Kudos to Dick Wolfe. Now that's a piece written with candor. Some folks talk about candor (see Councilmember Ken Murphy's comments of self same day).