Stories for July 2001


Monday, July 30

Northern county taxpayers deserve fair representation

The Gila County seat of government historically has been located in the southern geographic portion of the county. Virtually all major county government infrastructure and citizen resource centers are in the Globe/Miami areas.

Get off starting block and take track to finish

The Tonto Apache Tribe made an enormous investment in Rim country children and our community Wednesday with the donation of $150,000 to the Payson School District to complete an all-weather track at Payson High School stadium

Split-second decision has deadly outcome for police 'cadet'

Since I was a child, I have always remembered the pursuing cop yelling "Stop or I'll shoot!" as he chased down the bank robber, only to follow through later with a blast when he could no longer pursue.

Marshall Manley

Marshall Terris Manley, 80, of Star Valley, died July 29, 2001 in Payson.

Rainfall douses Pine Fire

As it reached a peak of 7,500 acres Sunday night, rain moved in and doused the Pine Mountain Wilderness Fire near Camp Verde.

Rock 'n' Roll ride roars through town

Those motorcycles that wound their way through the Rim country Saturday morning were on their way to Flagstaff to cheer on the Arizona Cardinals in an afternoon preseason practice.

Experts uncover tips for windows

She bills herself as a "window fashion consultant," and after listening to her talk about her craft, you can see why.

Tribe gives $150k for track completion

The largest single donation ever doled out by the Tonto Apache Tribe, $150,000, is also the largest private contribution ever received by Payson High School

Cooka finally wins the gold, sets sights on 2005 Sr. Olympics

Growing up on the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona, one of Tom Cooka's daily chores was to round up the family horses on foot. The running it took to accomplish those tasks eventually led to a lifetime love of the sport for the 71-year-old Payson resident.

Forest land goes private

Two Rim country subdivisions that are changing from Forest Service to private ownership will be pre-zoned so they have to meet Gila County requirements.

Roundup launches new Birthday Club

Welcome, kids and parents, to the Payson Roundup's newest weekly feature, The Birthday Club which, as far as clubs go, is far better than the Breakfast Club, the Mickey Mouse Club, and the 700 Club.

Christensen receives national honor

"Everybody likes to be recognized," Gila County District One Supervisor Ron Christensen said.

Theatre manager's career began at 15

You have to admire Mary Klein.

bollier, dox wed

Alex and Carol Pfister announce the marriage of their daughter, Christine Diane Dox, to Bryan Jeffery Bollier, son of Jon and Gina Elliot.

Old-Fashioned Fest hits Main Street Saturday

Payson's first Main Street's Old Fashioned Festival takes center stage Saturday, and if it lives up to its advance billing, it won't be the last.

Swap meet would save wear and tear

Everybody loves a swap meet.


Q: I have a question concerning the halfway house for recovering alcoholics and addicts. Who will be paying for all this? I guess all the taxpayers, and I don't like it.

Open primaries would improve voting system

I would like to discuss a point regarding our voting in the State of Arizona.

Work release should be denied

It is almost unbelievable that after all this time, I still get sick to my stomach and shocked at the system, at least in Gila County.

Thursday, July 26

rwin Tustison

Erwin "Sparky" W. Tustison, 74, of Payson, died, July 25, 2001 in Payson. He was born Jan. 15, 1927 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Margaret Sutton

Margaret Benutton, 80, died, July 23, 2001 in Payson. She was born to Roy and Leila Canaga, Jan. 31, 1921 in Button Mill, California.

Ruth McDaniel

Ruth McDaniel, 92, of Garden City, Kan., died July 24, 2001 in Garden City, Kan. She was born to John James and Edna Koble Anderson April 10, 1909 in Middleton, Ohio.

Tankless heater puts new spin on old idea

When you've owned a hardware store as long as John Patricia, you don't get excited about many new products. There are, after all, a limited number of ways to build a better mouse trap.

Phoenix Golf brings Ace Mulligan to town

The golf ball manufacturing company that's coming to Payson got into the business when Ping Golf Clubs decided to stop making balls.

goode, fox wed

Terri Goode and Reggie Fox were joined in marriage June 29, 2001.

Fire mitigation plan launched today

It wasn't much of a brush fire burning leaves and dead vegetation in an area only about 400-feet square Saturday afternoon in the 800 block of East Frontier Street. And it was quickly extinguished by Payson Fire Department crews with hand tools and hose lines.

Summer Celebration Picnic a success

A huge thank you to the following local businesses and agencies who contributed to the overall success of Rim Guidance Center's Summer Celebration Picnic:

What kind of children are we raising?

I am writing in comment on the article in the July 17 edition of the Roundup where a new law was blamed for jeopardizing the after-school programs at the middle school.

This is justice?

We don't remember when we have been more disgusted than with the headlines in the Payson Roundup, Friday, July 13 issue. On one side of the paper an individual guilty of negligent homicide gets one year in jail for killing another person. On the other side, an individual guilty of stealing funds gets four years in prison.

Terrie Clark

Terrie Delaina Clark, 41, of Payson, died, July 24, 2001. She was born Jan. 26, 1960.

Should casinos be banned?

How fortunate for the nation if we could solve our social ills by closing down the few gambling casinos located on the Indian reservations in the state of Arizona.

McCain petitions available in Forest Park

Beginning July 18 through Oct. 12, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, we will have a table set up in our garage at 110 South Forest Park Drive in Payson for registered voters of any political party and Independents, who wish to sign the Recall McCain petition.

New captain at the helm of Roundup news team

As publisher of the Payson Roundup, I watch our employees work under all kinds of conditions, during all hours of the day and night. Sometimes I wish our readers could peek around the corner and see what goes on before the presses start rolling.

Ropin' a win

Forty-six-year-old Penny Conway, who has been absent from professional rodeo competition for nearly a quarter of a century, is riding high on a comeback that has her ranked No. 1 among the world's top women headers in team-roping competition.

Pot garden harvested in Round Valley

Acting on a tip, undercover narcotics officers found a back-yard marijuana garden with 150 plants at a Round Valley home.

Maria Brodbeck

Maria Brodbeck, 89, of Payson, died, July 19, 2001. She was born Jan 25, 1912 in Stuttgart, Germany and had lived in Arizona for the past 30 years.

Payson students test above average

Despite the fact that students statewide received Stanford Achievement Test scores described as "pretty alarming" by one high-ranking Arizona Department of Education official, students within the Payson Unified School District did "extremely well," according to PUSD Superintendent Herb Weissenfels.

Activists unite to stop drilling

About 200 Star Valley and Diamond Point Shadows residents gathered Wednesday in the engine bay of the Diamond Star Fire Department to further organize their opposition to a Town of Payson plan to drill 21 exploratory wells near Mayfield Canyon.

Sun Devil training camp shortened to six days

New Arizona State University football coach Dirk Koetter apparently thinks the team's 10-day stays at Camp Tontozona under former coach Bruce Snyder were too long.

Local anglers reel in $1,600

The Payson fishing team of Brian Marshall and Gary Chitwood pocketed $1,600 in prize money, thanks to a second-place finish at AllStar Bass Summer Nights fishing tournament held July 21 at Roosevelt Lake.

Lubken siblings head to two different national softball finals

Sisters Tiffany and Tracy Lubken will soon be showcasing their diamond skills in two of the most prestigious amateur softball tournaments in the country.

Last chance for players, cheerleaders to sign up for Youth Football

There's one last-gasp chance remaining for youngsters to register for participation either as a player or cheerleader in the Payson Youth Football Association.

Sign-up for slowpitch tourney due Aug. 29

Longtime local softball aficionado Teddy Pettet is gearing up for Payson's largest tournament of the year.

Golfers to tee up for Payson Habitat for Humanity benefit

Only two months after hosting a highly successful 5K benefit walk-run that drew about 180 participants, the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is about to return to the sports scene.

Monday, July 23

Leslie Hardister

Leslie "Les" Wayne Hardister, 78, of Payson, died July 21, 2001, in Payson. He was born July 19, 1923, in Harrisburg, Mo.

Golf ball manufacturing plant takes swing at starting Payson operation

The Rim country will pick up a minimum of 20 new jobs if the Payson Town Council approves the sale of five lots in Sky Park Industrial subdivision to Phoenix Golf Ball Company at its 6 p.m meeting Thursday at Town Hall.

Pine Wilderness Fire continues to grow, spewing ash into Payson

Firefighters were able to stave off the Pine Mountain Wilderness Fire when it burned across the boundary of the wilderness area Sunday and threatened a ranch near Camp Verde.

Cliff diver dies upon underwater outcropping

A California man died in a cliff-diving accident Saturday and a second Californian narrowly escaped death after plummeting 200 feet from the top of the Mogollon Rim.

Seminar shows how to stop bark beetles

While bark beetles seem to be doing less damage this year than last, the Town of Payson is sponsoring a day-long community seminar to help the public address the problem and other forest-health issues.

"The Beatles forever" is no empty mantra

When the news arrived that ex-Beatle George Harrison was near death based on quotes allegedly uttered by the Fab Four's long-time producer, George Martin, aka "the Fifth Beatle" the story was easy to disbelieve.

Rim water district under investigation

The Rim Trail Water Improvement District Board, which is under investigation by the Gila County Attorney's Office, is once again at full strength.

Drew Justice

Large animal practice brings Justice to wild, new frontier

His name sounds like the title of a 1950s TV series: "Dr. Drew Justice."

Sexual harassment suit filed against eatery

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Country Kitchen restaurant in Globe.

Curtiss Baumgarten

Curtiss Jon Baumgarten, 43, of Payson, died July 20, 2001, in Payson. He was born Jan. 16, 1958, in Long Beach, Calif.

Local sharp shooter hits second-place mark in pros

Scott Darnell of Payson won second-place in the pro division of the Arizona Bowhunter Happening in Flagstaff this weekend, missing top honors by 10 points. Darnell, who competed against 36 other archers, turned in a score of 417 17 points better than the course par of 400. The division champion, Drew Crotts, shot a score of 426.

NAU training gives fans up-close look at Cardinals

A favorite summer ritual among Rim country football fans has long been the trek to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where the Arizona Cardinals conduct the team's preseason training camps.

Opposition polishes diamond in the rough

As the only girl on the Class 3A Arizona State Champion Payson High School golf team last year, Stephanie Marrs often found herself battling teammates for a spot on the roster.

Home-team seating heading south

If all goes as planned, Payson High School football fans will be right back where they started cheering from bleachers on the south side of the field. That's where the home-team bleachers were 30 years ago when the high school stadium was built.

Clinic helps hoopsters rule hardwood court

For the past two weeks, Shelby School basketball coach Steve Rensch has prompted and prodded 27 fledgling court hopefuls through daily drills and games designed to fine-tune their court skills for next season's play.


Q: There are still large puddles at the Green Valley Park children's playground area. Can anything be done?

Street talk question a 'cheap shot'

We were disappointed, but not surprised, at the hypocrisy demonstrated by the editorial staff of the Payson Roundup concerning their handling of the Roy Haught matter.

Side-by-side sentences seem reversed

What kind of message are we sending about justice in the Rim country with the decisions handed down in the two Friday the 13th court cases here in Payson?

All of northern Gila County deserves a dedicated supervisor

My wife and I are property owners in Strawberry. We read about Gila County redistricting in the Payson Roundup newspaper and wish to respond.

Court ruling a chance to 'banish casinos from our state'

Nearly four years ago, I wrote a guest column for the state's largest newspaper headlined "Gambling in Arizona is illegal, so close down the casinos." (The Arizona Republic, Sept. 21, 1997).

Plante, Jewell to wed

Danielle LaFaye Jewell and Wendell Tres Plante will be married at 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 2001.

James Landers

James E. Landers, 76, of Payson, died July 20, 2001, in Payson. He was born Aug. 28, 1924, in Shawnee, Okla.

Saturday, July 21

Review Feature

Sticker there, pal!

Last week, I wouldn't have been caught dead with one of those "My-Child-Was-Named-Student-of-the-Month-at-Blah-Blah-Blah-Elementary-School" bumper stickers on my car.

Thursday, July 19

Brown appreciates sponsors

I just wanted to thank my sponsors for the 2000-2001 Arizona High School Rodeo year.

Barry Goulden

Barry Goulden, 59, of Payson, died, July 12, 2001, in Payson. He was born Aug. 3, 1941, in Failsworth, England.

Archer targets state title

For Scott Darnell of Payson, earning back-to-back national bowhunting championships was all in his head.

Thrills at 11,000 feet above Payson

Pressed into the seat of a stunt plane by a 160-knot vertical climb straight into the sky, I wondered if I'd overestimated the limits of my courage a few minutes earlier while the earth was still comfortably under foot.

Winning trio sees 'red'

Playing a tournament format of "Red Squares" Tuesday, the trio of Shirley Smith, Blanch Nyberg and Judy Neal captured first place in Payson Women's Golf Association action.

Oran Shear

Oran Richard Shear, 71, of Payson, died July 18, 2001, in Payson. He was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Gloverville, N.Y

Oran Harger

Oran Andrew Harger, 93, of Payson, died, July 18, 2001, in Payson. He was born and raised in Decatur County Kansas and maintained correspondence with friends and family in the town of Oberlin, Kan.

Shephen Hale

Stephen Gheen Hale, 80, of Mesa, formerly of Pine/Strawberry died July 16, 2001, in Mesa. He was born Oct. 28, 1920, to George A. Hale and Stella May Gheen.

Antonia Alvarez

Antonia "Toni" Esparza Alvarez, 90, of Kingman, Ariz., formerly of Payson, died July 11, 2001, in Kingman, Ariz. She was born April 30, 1911, in Glenwood, N.M.

Cookies & Coffee Cafo open by fall

When Chris and Russ Bowen moved to Payson last June, they discovered a void one they hope to fill when they open the Cookie & Coffee Caft Sawmill Crossing.

creach, taylor to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Creach are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, AmyDawn to Scott J. Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Taylor of Portland, Ore.

Wheelchairs available for qualifying seniors

Miracle on Wheels makes available power (electric) wheelchairs to non-ambulatory senior citizens (65 years old and up) usually at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. No deposit is required.

Thoughts and prayers a comfort

Editor: After a brief struggle with cancer, Oran passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 18. His family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the community for all of the love and support shown over the last few months.

A parting shot regarding court cases

Despite your admonition that, enough is enough, with regard to the long running accounts of Rim country justice, some of us can't resist one last parting shot.

Work release is not justified

Anyone trying to portray Roy Haught as somehow being a victim in the killing of Jim Cooper is obviously not facing facts.

Ability to adapt secret to town's future success

There are many who think Darwin's theory of evolution can be summed up by the clichsurvival of the fittest."

Star Valley residents fear forest drilling

Because of concerns expressed by residents of Star Valley and Diamond Point Shadows, the U.S. Forest Service has extended the comment period on a proposal by the Town of Payson to drill 21 exploratory wells in the Tonto National Forest.

Growth will come, with or without Main Street

I am referencing the "Letters to the Editor" in the July 13 issue of the Payson Roundup regarding the Main Street Program.

Groceries and government do not mix

Although I applaud the Roundup for its fair and balanced coverage of the statewide, bi-partisan effort to recall Arizona's senior US Senator, John McCain, I am writing today to offer a local twist on this national story, and to ask a question that truly needs an answer.

Monsoon Run set, come rain or come shine

Runners itching to stretch their legs will want to enter the Monsoon 5K Walk-Run set for 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at Green Valley Park.

Arizona bounces New Zealand

For six former Payson High School football players, a recent trip to Australia for the Down Under Bowl was the experience of a lifetime.

County gets tough on bears

A new law that takes effect this week makes it illegal to feed or otherwise attract bears in unincorporated areas of Gila County.

Players urged to attend preseason camps

Whether it be football or soccer next school year, local athletes can get a jump start on the campaign by enrolling in sports camps slated to begin Monday, July 23.

Monday, July 16

Hoyt, Kelley stay on course

This week is a busy one for some of the Rim country's most talented young golfers.

Althoff, Kropf win Jack-and-Jill

Only days before the Payson Women's Golf Association Jack-and-Jill tournament was contested July 10, longtime local golfer Dee Orr dubbed it one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the summer season.

Robert Myers

Robert W. "Bill" Myers, FCSI/AIA/CCS, 80, of Pine and Phoenix, died July 11, 2001, at his home in Pine. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. and raised in Grand Forks, N.D. He had lived in Phoenix since 1946. He was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, serving in both World War II and the Korean War and was medically retired after 10 1/2 years of service.

Don't accept facts at face value

In response to the July 10 letter of Margaret J. Ross.

Burns, Sveback marry

Brandi Leigh Burns and Christopher Howard Sveback were married April 21, 2001 at the Little Chapel of Flowers in Las Vegas.

Little League denied shot at state title

The lack of a single run denied Payson its first-ever berth in the 9- to 10-year-old Arizona State Little League championships.


Q: What happens with a Habitat for Humanity property once the occupants granted the home move and decide to sell? Is it donated back to the Habitat organization for future families? The house at 700 N. Snead has been placed for sale by Rim Valley Real Estate.

Reporter's experience a lesson for all

I would like to thank Mike Burkett for revealing the facts about meditation and traveling a spiritual path (Rim Review, July 8).

Tax increase doubly troubling

Re: The July 1 article about the Gila County taxes going up 11 percent.

Oesterblad, Lubetz wed

Nora Melinda Oesterblad and Jerome Nathaniel Lubetz were married June 16, 2001 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Payson.

New law jeopardizes after-school organizations

A new state law could shut down the two extracurricular clubs at Rim Country Middle School the Kiwanis-sponsored Builders Club and the teacher-sponsored Outdoor Adventure Club.

Clean up your language, for our nation's sake

Recently someone hurled profane and abusive language at me, quite without provocation.

Kile's fishing video full of helpful hints

While putting together a feature about local fishing pro Mark Kile (July 13, Roundup) I had the opportunity to watch Kile's 45-minute video, "Bass Fishing Arizona Lakes."

Pikes swim away with 11 medals at Kingman Invitational meet

A trio of Payson Pikes swim team members shined at the Kingman Invitational-Northern Arizona Long Course Championships Saturday in Kingman.

Middle schools urged to keep student clubs

A new Arizona state law has some middle school administrators considering whether to pull the plug on after-school clubs.

Penny Minturn

Archeologist's passion lies in the past

Is Penny Minturn's life anything like that of her profession's most well-known cinematic embodiment, Indiana Jones?

Roundup wins three national awards

Three of the Payson Roundup's special publications The Rim Country Trivia Guide, The Progress Edition and the Fall Guide have earned national honors.

Three men arrested in Internet sex sting

The first of three Valley men arrested by Gila County Sheriff's investigators in an Internet sex sting will be sentenced in Globe next week.

Man's hobby destroyed by vandals

Nearby, in a group of small apartments lives a friendly, kind, old gentleman, who is a favorite of many.

Half acre shaved off Door Stop deal

A minor legal glitch has reduced the parcel on which The Door Stop plans to build its cabinet door manufacturing facility by a half acre at least for now.

Fisher link stalls sheriff's training drill

The Gila County Sheriff's Department has canceled an August training exercise near Young to squelch speculation that the drill was a covert search for Scottsdale murder suspect Robert Fisher.

Forest fire burns west of Payson

The views to the west and northeast of Payson will be clouded with smoke this week.

Carl Sharkozy

Carl Kalman Sharkozy, 82, of Payson, died July 14, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Hammond, Ind.

Painting pranksters attack senior's home

With her husband gone, 70-year-old Birdie Chapman has been trying to sell a home she can no longer afford at below-market price.

Thursday, July 12

Ormand, Underwood wed

Patrick and Barbara Underwood of Payson and Betty Ormand of Tombstone announce the marriage of their children, Karen Underwood and Rich Ormand.

Town leaders studying rec centers

With a community center feasibility study budgeted for the coming fiscal year, two town officials recently toured community centers in the Denver area to get a better feel for how to proceed in Payson.

Reward offered in bull elk poaching

Arizona Game and Fish officials are hoping someone will come forward with information on a bull elk poaching that occurred the evening of June 25 near Verde Glen.

Brill, Benjamin marry

On June 26, Michael Scott Brill and Sarah Jane Benjamin exchanged wedding vows at the Special Memory Chapel in Las Vegas.

El Rancho bought by Payson's newest but most familiar entrepreneur

There may be younger entrepreneurs in town. But none are likely to be as familiar as 26-year-old John Kirschbaum, the new co-owner of El Rancho Mexican restaurant with his wife, Brenda.

Hospital expansion ahead of schedule

Beyond tape-sealed doors near the A-Wing nurses' station, workers are transforming a 5,000-square-foot, steel skeleton into Payson Regional Medical Center's new patient wing.

Nazarene plans church on Tyler Parkway

First Church of the Nazarene, which is building a new church on Tyler Parkway, has sold its south Payson facility to Crossroads Foursquare Gospel Church.

Haught gets one year

Roy George Haught of Star Valley was sentenced to one year in jail, minus credit for 23 days already served, and two years standard probation for his part in the 1997 death of Strawberry mechanic James Cooper.

Council takes steps to define halfway house

There was plenty at stake when the Payson Council met in executive session Thursday night to decide how to respond to a complaint filed by the owners of a halfway house for recovering alcoholics and addicts.

Frances Conway

Frances V. Conway, 78, of Tonto Basin, died, July 11, 2001, in Tucson. She was born Nov. 12, 1922, in Pensacola, Fla.

Raymond Jones

Raymond Lee Jones, 62, of Young, died, July 9, 2001, in Scottsdale. He was born Feb. 9, 1939, in Piqua, Ohio.

Angler lands big money

As one of the country's best bass tournament competitors, Rye resident Mark Kile earns a comfortable living doing what most look forward to only on weekends fishing.

Tonto Apaches qualify for Region 10 Jr. Olympics

By virtue of top-three finishes at the Arizona State Junior Olympic finals three weeks ago, eight members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team have qualified for the Junior Olympic Region 10 championships. That meet is slated for this weekend on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Lee wrestles to champion win at Albuquerque

Payson High School wrestling standout Zack Lee battled his way to the Amateur Athletic Union 145-pound Cadet (15- to 16-year-olds) National Championship last weekend on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Parks & Recreation

Concert Under the Stars at Green Valley Park

The summer concert series at Green Valley Park continues this Saturday with toe-tapping bluegrass music by The Shady Creek Band.

Court actions could begin the healing

Large crowds filled the courtrooms at both ends of the county Thursday, as two notorious court cases came to a close.

Main Street project a 'pipe dream'

I would like to give my opinion about the Main Street Redevelopment.

Visitors not interested in gussied-up Main Street

The Payson Roundup for July 6, had a write-up on the proposed Main Street changes. There were several paragraphs that concern present owners of business property on Main Street.

Conservation key to putting food on the table

I either read or heard on TV that our great nation could thumb their noses at foreign oil sources.


Q: Are there any prescribed burns coming up?

Monday, July 9

Main Street colorless on the Fourth of July

My husband and I took a ride down Main Street around 10:30 a.m. on the 4th of July, headed to Green Valley Park. We were expecting to see a lot of U.S. flags and other decorations of red, white and blue on Main Street.

Knee-jerk lies standard fare in U.S. politics

If you happen to be an American male who is currently holding public office or dreaming of doing so, you are now advised to stand in front of a mirror and repeat "I did not have sexual relations with that woman!" until you can do it without giggling.

La Verne Hermann

La Verne Ruth Hermann, 95, of Pine, formerly of Tucson, died July 5, 2001, in Payson. She was born Jan. 4, 1906 near Olathe Johnson, Kan.

Burlando sentencing Thursday, crowded court expected

Raven Burlando, who pleaded guilty to theft and fraud May 30 for stealing $275,000 from the Central Arizona Board of Realtors, will be sentenced Thursday in Payson.

Home-based business, budget on council agenda

Two items the town council has seen before revised regulations for home-based businesses and the tentative budget for fiscal year 2001-02 headline a limited town council agenda Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

Dryer arraigned; pretrial set for Aug. 27

Former Tonto Basin Cemetery Fund administrator John Dryer was arraigned in Globe Monday on theft and fraud charges.

Teen scheduled for pretrial for drugs

Robert Samarripas, who was arrested June 26 during a drug raid in central Payson, will appear at a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Gila County Superior Court on drugs and weapons charges.

PWGA hits links in Jack-and-Jill match

One of the most eagerly anticipated tournaments of the summer season teed off at 8 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) on Payson Golf Course.

Roosevelt anglers suffer empty hooks

Recent bass tournament results leave little doubt Lake Roosevelt is a tough place to find fish.

Payson Futbol comes up short in three-day fray

As host of the Rim country 35-years-and-older men's soccer tournament, the Payson Futbol Club was looking to stamp itself the equal of the four Valley teams also participating.

Round Valley home offers hope to mentally ill

Every day, a family of 10 in Round Valley wakes up at 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. and has breakfast. They take turns cleaning up, depending on whose week it is. After, everyone discusses their feelings and what they want to accomplish that day.

Fostering a family feeling

Payson mother Sue Belcher grew up in a less than idyllic home.


Q: Palmer's Furniture has been going out of business for several months it seems. Is there any kind of town ordinance about going out of business?

Reader ready to join CAC ranks

The several mocking, smirking and sarcastic letters you have printed that castigate the Citizens' Awareness Committee (CAC) appear to be coming from folks with a financial interest in using Payson's water for more growth to line their own pockets.

Slow growth until new water can be found

Many years ago, I worked as an assayer for a mining company in the Mojave desert. The company had just formed. A deposit of fluorspar had been discovered and was much in demand at the time.

Teachers win raises, schools lose staff

The board members of the Payson Unified School District formally adopted its $13.6 million, six-months-in-the-making budget for the 2001-2002 school year at their Monday evening hearing.

P-S students score high on Stanford 9

Comparing one school against another is akin to the old saw about apples and oranges.

Registration extended for youth football, cheerleading

Payson Youth Football Association officials have decided to hold two additional registrations for players and cheerleaders interested in participating in the program this fall.

Summer hoop wars heat up at Wilson Dome

As the dog days of summer roll on, the hardwood action in Wilson Dome heats up.

Main Street manager draws on colorful past

Although the tiny Wyoming town of Cody didn't have an actual Main Street, it did have a main roadway called Sheridan Avenue. And Karen Greenspoon has countless fond memories of growing up on that rustic road.

County officials plan 11-percent tax increase

Property tax rates are going up an average of $33.40 in Gila County next year per a tentative budget approved last week by the Gila County Board of Supervisors.

Paul Cohee, Sr.

Paul DeZell Cohee, Sr., 70, of Payson, died July 6, 2001. He was born Oct. 23, 1930, in Cambridge City, Ind.

Thursday, July 5

Former fiduciary to appear in court

Rita Riell-Corbin, former Gila County public fiduciary, is scheduled to attend her pre-trial conference Tuesday, July 10 at the Gila County Superior Court in Globe.

Enthusiastic sponsors gave children an 'awesome oppportunity'

On behalf of The Payson All Stars and The Payson Sharpshooter soccer teams, I would like to express our gratitude to the following people and businesses for their help and sponsorship.

Help with Armer benefit 'very much appreciated'

We would like to thank everyone who helped in Rose and Cliff Armer's benefit, including all of Gila County, and especially the following:

Burgers and Books a booming success

Rim Country Middle School would like to thank the Payson community for their support of our Burgers for Books fundraiser at the 4th of July fireworks.

The town that cried wolf

Don't cry wolf too often.

Working for the rights of Arizona patients

There is an old axiom in medicine: first, do no harm. As the ranks of the uninsured continue to grow to more than 43 million Americans Congress must ensure that in passing something called a "Patients' Bill of Rights," it doesn't make a chronically-bad situation even worse.

Indian gaming deserves even odds in Arizona

Once again, Arizona's Native Americans have targets on their backs this time because of a ruling Tuesday by the U.S. District Court that says Indian gaming is unconstitutional. If that ruling is upheld, 17 tribes around the state will be forced to close the doors to 19 casinos.

Summer train your athlete's sports attitude

Each fall, scores of middle and high school youngsters suffer through the disappointment of either being cut from the teams or not receiving the playing time they think they deserve.

Summer league was 'great chance to teach fundamentals'

Participation in the Arizona Prep Summer League was just the shot in the arm the Payson High program needed, Longhorn coach Teddy Pettet said.

Brush up hardwood skills at Copper State Hoop Clinic

Highly successful Shelby School basketball coach and Copper State Jam Tournament director Steve Rensch is set to host two upcoming youth camps.

Humane Society rolls out welcome mat for residents

The Payson Humane Society is again most grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Waters for their part in awarding us $10,000 toward our building fund, from the Thomas P. and Dorothy Waters Foundation.

D-backs training begins Monday

After a slow start, registration for the Payson version of the Arizona Diamondback Training Center is picking up.

Hot Shots douse half-dozen fires

A fire burned 350 acres at the southern end of the Tonto National Forest Wednesday, and U.S. Forest Service Hot Shots doused six lightning-caused blazes in this neck of the woods.

Casino currently unaffected by ruling

The machines will continue to clink and clang at the Mazatzal Casino, despite a ruling Tuesday by a U.S. District Court that Indian gaming is illegal.

Design team maps out new Main Street vision

With a basic "streetscape" concept in place and more detailed renderings due next week, excitement is beginning to build on Payson's Main Street.

Don Taylor

Don Kelsey Taylor, 90, of Clay Spring, Ariz. died July 2, 2001, in Clay Springs. He was born Sept. 1, 1910 in Globe, to Franklin Riley and Lucy Agnes McBride Taylor.

Shirley Jackman

Shirley Faye Jackman, 68, of Payson, died July 2, 2001, in Payson. She was born Jan. 22, 1933, in Globe.

Mary Garrison

Mary M. Garrison, 86, of Payson, died, July 3, 2001. She was born Aug. 21, 1914, in Mount Morris, Pa.

Investigators still searching for vandals

Detectives from the Payson Police Department are still investigating a June 8 crime spree, when vandals broke dozens of windows and destroyed property, including the Shaker Music Store on South Beeline Highway, all over town.

Ice cream parlor tentatively set to open

If the town grants the Tonto Apache Tribe a business license by 11 a.m. today (Friday), it will celebrate by immediately opening the doors of its latest enterprise: a Marble Slab Creamery ice cream franchise in the Sawmill Crossing shopping center.

New VP ready to make name for himself

Payson High School's newly appointed vice principal has spent the past 12 years of his life at PHS, teaching vocational auto repair and computer-aided drafting, so you'd think most of the students and faculty would at least know his name.

Nursing home know-how

How to pick a quality care center

The thought of having to place a loved one in a nursing home or of someday finding yourself in one is not a concept that is easily embraced.

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We would like to thank all the people involved with the Fourth of July fireworks display at Green Valley Park.

Shiya And Cundiff Wed

Al and Lauretta Shiya of Payson and Karen Cundiff of Tonto Basin announce the marriage of their children, Marie Shiya and Jonathan Cundiff, June 23, 2001.

Auto Club says thanks for support

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club's 2001 Charity Auto Show was a huge success.

Morrison benefit a success

Thanks to all the businesses for their donations and to all who participated in making the benefit for Jerry Morrison a success.

Elwood Anderson

Elwood A. Anderson, 77, of Mesa, Ariz. died June 29, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Pace Anniversary

The family of Lem and Mary Joanne Pace recently celebrated the 58th Wedding Anniversary of their parents.

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Jeffrey Swenson

Jeffrey Hans Swenson, 45, of Phoenix, died June 26, 2001, in Phoenix. He was born May 21, 1956, in Dickinson, N.D.

Elmer Holsinger

Elmer William Holsinger, 69, of Strawberry, died, June 28, 2001, in Strawberry. He was born May 17, 1932, in Rochester, Pa.

James Hall

James M. Hall, 11, of Boise, Idaho, died June 21, 2001, in Boise. He was born Oct. 13, 1989, in Mesa, Ariz.

Far-reaching patients' rights legislation approved

Defying a veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed sweeping patients' rights legislation Friday night, promising millions of Americans new health care protections and the ability to sue their HMOs.

Bringing up Big Brothers

Volunteers to open Big Brothers, Sisters in Payson

Big Brothers Big Sisters, an agency that matches adult volunteers with children who need positive role models, is coming to the Rim country.

New director plans to bring Renaissance philosophy to chambe

Bob Ware, newly named director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a self-made man who says he likes to go out and get the job done.

Historical society branches out

The Northern Gila County Historical Society, which operates the Rim Country Museum, is branching out.

Munchkin madness

The Arizona Cardinals are gearing up for a Flagstaff training camp, the ASU Sun Devils are prepping for pre-season sessions at Camp Tontozona and the Payson Youth Football League is planning practices at Rumsey Park.

Again, PETA hooks into the wrong campaign

Families celebrating the Fourth of July holiday may choose to head to the high country for a little camping.

Marie Monahan and Duane Tyree wedding

Marie Monahan and Duane Tyree were married June 30, 2001, at Payson United Methodist Church.

Red-hot State Farm wins Firecracker tournament

Perennial Rim country softball powerhouse State Farm played its way to the championship of the Independence Day Firecracker Men's Softball Tournament.

Hoyt, Kelley compete on PGA junior tour

A foursome of Rim country wrestlers are set to participate in the Amateur Athletic Junior Grand National Championships July 5 through July 7 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Donna Hill

Donna N. Hill, 93, of Payson, died, June 29, 2001, in Payson. She was born May 28, 1908, in Battle Creek, Mich.

Ruth Henderson

Ruth Henderson, 77, of Payson, died June 28, 2001, in Phoenix. She was born Oct. 28, 1923, in Seligman, Ariz.

Marguerite Harrison

Marguerite Harrison, 83, of Payson, died, June 30, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Dunklin County, Mo.

Futbol sponsors adult soccer match this week

The Payson Futbol Club will be sponsoring an 35-years-and-over Independence Day Soccer Tournament July 4 and 6 through 9 on the Rumsey Park multipurpose field.

Taser trainees stop criminals' in tracks

We all knew what was coming as we anticipated the spectacle that was about to unfold in the police holding area. Two hours of classroom "show and tell" had us all riveted as firepower and chemical and electronic gadgetry was demonstrated by the Special Response Team of the Payson Police Department.

Bobcat rabid; couple on mend

The mature male bobcat that attacked two Payson residents in their back yard early Friday morning was rabid, said Craig McMullen, local field supervisor for Arizona Game and Fish.

Come rain or shine, Payson fires up for Fourth

No matter what the summer monsoon season brings Wednesday evening, the Town of Payson's Independence Day celebration including the fireworks display will almost certainly take place in Green Valley Park.

Town offered positive message about water

Mr. Dan Adams, who authored the guest comment, "Town should go into debt for just one thing, water" in the Payson Roundup, June 29, must have missed the meeting at Town Hall on Thursday, June 21, or he chose to ignore Buzz Walker's report.

Rim country a hot spot for lightning

Two weeks ago smack dab in the middle of the Arizona Thunderstorm Safety Awareness Week U.S. Forest Service Hotshots doused six lightning-caused fires in the Tonto National Forest. Although that sounds like a possible record-breaker, it's not not by a long shot.

Rabid bobcat attack is cause for caution

Thursday evening, I heard something walking across my roof. Raccoons have scooted across my roof many times, but these footsteps sounded as if they were made by a heavier animal, and they were slower.

What's Up

Q: I understand the town bought the lot on the northwest corner of McLane and Main Street. There used to be a box car or two on it. Who did they buy it from, how much did they pay for it, and where did the money come from?

Saving water's easy without the red tape

I am a former resident of Payson. After reading Bob McQueen's letter to your paper Friday, June 22 titled, "Town should curb water waste," I too would like to make a few remarks and suggestions.

Kenneth and Mary Gay Anniversary

Kenneth and Mary Gay celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 2, 2001, with a small family gathering.