Sunday, December 30
Elmer Dean Cluff, 78, of Star Valley, died Dec. 27, 2001, in Payson. He was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico.
Mary E. McDonald, 67, of Strawberry, died Dec. 23, 2001, in Payson.
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?
In researching past issues of the Payson Roundup for today's "Year in Review," a common thread wound through many of the sports stories.
Jennifer Randall and Neil Martin announces their engagement.
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, 78, died Dec. 29, 2001, in Payson.
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.
Unless you tattoo on your forehead "of Middle Eastern descent," no one would take you for anything other than a W.A.S.P.
I am in Mr. (Alan) Ammann's fifth-grade class at Julia Randall Elementary School.
The day had been going well until a reader entered the Roundup's lobby, demanding to speak to me.
Eleanor Pricilla Tanner, 88, died Dec. 27, 2001, in Tempe, Ariz.
Ethel B. Padgett, 80, of Payson, died Dec. 20, 2001, in Ohio. She was born Dec. 4, 1921.
Marjorie Riehl, 73, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2001, in Payson. She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Portland, Ore.
It was the best of years, it was the worst of years.
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 Edwin White III, 59, of Williamsburg, Va., died Dec. 19, 2001. He was born Feb. 18, 1942, at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.
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, 83, died Dec. 28, 2001, in Payson. She was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Phoenix. She moved to Payson in 1974.
Thursday, December 27
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.
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 Kay (Pierson) Trotter, 63, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2001, in Payson.
The new 928 area code becomes mandatory Tuesday, Jan. 5.
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.
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.
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.
Since Sept. 11, there has been a lingering fear of additional attacks on America by radical Islamic terrorist groups.
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.
This coming election may very well be one of the most important elections that our town has ever had.
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.
About a week ago, I sent a letter to complain about the difficulty of finding an honest woodcutter in the Rim country.
Q: Is there any place in town that will pump gas for seniors?
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 D. Ammann, 76, of Payson, died Dec. 25, 2001 in Payson.
Among the Christmas gifts I received was a book entitled "Coach."
Emma Marie Connor, 80, of Show Low, died Dec. 20, 2001, in Show Low.
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.
Not a single Payson High School player received recognition when The Arizona Republic named its All-Arizona football teams Sunday morning.
Sunday, December 23
Scrap that old version of the Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament.
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.
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.
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.
Local hunting guide Randy Herrera received an early Christmas present from his friend Bobby O'Donnel.
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.
Friday evening's 45-40 victory over highly regarded Valley Christian stamped the Lady Longhorns a solid contender for the East region crown.
How long has Gila County Constable Eddie Armer been playing Santa Claus, and why does he keep doing it?
Dishonesty without repercussion, vengeance on a whim, disobeying elders and practicing sorcery.
I appreciate Dean Shields' letter that was published in the Roundup regarding the community branding effort.
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.
Tracy Allen bravely shared her heart with us when she openly talked about her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley, who died last March.
Christmas is a season of hope, and a time when the human heart seems quicker to help a neighbor and slower to judge.
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.
Sergeant's stripes will be presented to four Payson Police officers in April.
If District One Supervisor Ron Christensen has his way, Gila County's Buckhead Mesa Landfill will soon get a much needed breather.
Hopefully Gila County has seen its last chad.
"It was just like a regular night," says Vonnie Randall of the evening hours of Dec. 18.
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.
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
Bill Hennecke became the victim of auto theft Oct. 11 when his 1972 Chevrolet pickup was stolen from his business in Payson.
With Christmas only a few days away, the nation's latest sales figures aren't creating any holiday cheer among retailers.
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.
With the holiday season here, local shuttle and package services have been as busy as Santa's elves.
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 B. Nye, 67, of Central, Ariz., died Dec. 17, 2001 in Central.
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.
A Payson teenager is making a name for himself on one of the country's most prestigious golf courses.
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 S. Anderson, 86, of Payson, died Dec. 18, 2001, in Payson. He was born March 14, 1915, in Kandiyohi, Minn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am hoping that this will get to the Payson Town Council concerning the 15 percent increase in the water rates.
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.
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
The Reverend Perry Epley and his wife, Tilly, are hardly newlyweds. They've been married for six years now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 79, of Payson, died Dec. 12, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 5, 1922, in South Bend, Ind.
Jack and Mae Morrison were honored by family for their 60th wedding anniversary in November in Marrieta, Calif.
Harry James Endicott, 90, of Payson, died Dec. 16, 2001.
For some reason, Frontier Elementary School seems to have the spelling market cornered.
Dave Waterman wrote a passionate letter about Harry Potter and witchcraft.
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.
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.
The town has always said that it values public input.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 M. Salwitz, 89, of Payson, died Dec. 14, 2001, in Payson. She was born May 23, 1912, in Toledo, Ohio.
Thursday, December 13
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.
Due to Tuesday's snowstorm, that evening's basketball games between Payson High and Holbrook were postponed.
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 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.
Payson has a new town manager at least for the time being.
Apart from the mildly naughty joke he tells about Bruno, the Brown-Nosed Reindeer, this guy certainly seems like the real Santa.
Recently, I overheard two women talking about their trip to a local store, where they purchased Christmas gifts for some less fortunate children.
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."
I have hesitated to write this letter because of the many letters to the paper decrying negative letters about the Town Council.
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.
My family and I had a wonderful evening at "Christmas Magic" Friday, Nov. 30. Even my 1-year-old baby loved it!
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.
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.
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?
When the calendar rolls over to the year 2002, Shaker Music will still be Shaker Music, name and all.
The Inn of Payson is about to hook up with one the world's largest motel franchises.
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.
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.
FISH & TIPS
With Christmas approaching, many people are looking for gift ideas for the fisherman in their family.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
The Payson Town Council will consider appointing Administrative Services Director Kelly Udall interim town manager at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.
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.
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.
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.
Following a 10-day break, the Longhorn basketball teams return to action today (Tuesday) against the Holbrook Roadrunners.
One step in Wilson Dome Saturday and it was all too obvious why Payson proudly sports the moniker "Small Town Wrestling Capital of America."
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.
Ponderosa Steakhouse has a new customer.
River Mycole Phillips was born to Tony and Raylene Phillips of Payson Thursday, Nov. 29.
Alice Kathryn Hamilton, 79, of Payson, died Dec. 4, 2001, after a sudden illness. She was born July 8, 1922, in Burgin, Ky.
Richard L. Allred, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 6, 2001, in Payson. Mr. Allred was born March 10, 1934, in Reserve, N.M.
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.
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.
While a patient at PRMC, Ami Elliott and Lori Rulli, two wonderful nurses, were in charge of my health care.
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 "Ed" Roger Ideker, 68, of Forest Lakes, died Dec. 1, 2001 in Payson. He was born April 10, 1933 in Sioux City, Iowa.
Erma B. Wilson, 86, of Payson, died Dec. 4, 2001 in Payson. She was born May 16, 1915 in Lancaster, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wiley of Payson wish to announce the marriage of their son Roy James Wiley to Cecile M. Berndt.
Frank and Mary Lou Morris celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in December.
Lisa Marie Schank-Sawgle and Christopher Paul Kelley, both of Tonto Basin, have announced their engagement.
By night, his voice cuts through the silence. By day, his hands skillfully cut through glass.
The ragtag army of the Taliban. They speak so staunchly yet with bravura, in a bold attempt to display daring.
I recently attended the Rim Country Middle School Fall concert.
I want to thank Bill Pike and Jim Winter for their recent letters to the editor.
Scott Flake needs to look no further than the Payson phone book for his "brand name image."
On November 27 the Roundup published an interview with Payson resident David Colby, Gila County's commissioner/judge pro tempore.
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.
The Payson area continues to be victimized by burglars as they invade homes, automobiles and businesses, primarily in the dark of night.
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.
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.
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.
Unless they are on a diet, there is no excuse for Rim country sports faithful to suffer any hunger pangs.
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.
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
By now, everyone should know that the Gila County redistricting issue is all but over.
On Friday, my family and I attended the Christmas Magic show sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
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.
Judy Baker will never spend any time on an analyst's couch, trying to overcome her shyness. For two reasons.
"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"
The Payson High School wrestlerettes have long provided the Longhorns with unbridled enthusiasm that usually flows over into the crowd of onlookers.
Ashton Shewey's goal is to someday play baseball on the Division I collegiate level.
Shug and Lynn Griffin will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21, 2001.
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, holds half of the litter of eight yellow Labrador retrievers that are available for adoption.
Anna Courtney, 89, died Nov. 29, 2001 in Mesa.
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.
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 Eulene Wells, 85, of Tonto Basin, died Nov. 30, 2001 in Tonto Basin. She was born Feb. 3, 1916 in Oklahoma.
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.
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 Ray Grace, 87, of Payson, died Nov. 29, 2001 in Payson. He was born Oct. 1, 1914 in Bowles, Ky.
Baxter Lee, 88, of Pine, died Nov. 30, 2001 in Payson. He was born Nov. 18, 1913 in Great Britain.
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, 73, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2001. She was born Nov. 2, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., and moved to Payson in 1995.
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).