Stories for June 2001


Saturday, June 30

Around the Rim Country

The Rim country was settled by dancers

It was a classic setup, and I fell for it. Rim Review editor Jerry Thebado walked up to me and, with seeming nonchalance, said, "So, what are you doing this weekend?"

Review Feature

Birth of a salesman

It is the most difficult question moms and dads are ever forced to answer. Say "yes" and you'll alienate every neighbor, friend and cherished family member you possess.

Thursday, June 28

Payson police officers go above and beyond

I want to congratulate our police department, and, in particular, the efforts of Officer (David) Blaylock. Recently, we had a brand new cell phone disappear in its first day of use.

Inspectors play important role in public health

Several of our guests at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant in the Mazatzal Casino have expressed some concern over an article in the Question and Answer column of the Payson Roundup regarding the (Gila) County health inspection.

Town should go into debt for just one thing water

Tuesday, June 19, I attended a meeting of the ad hoc committee to set priorities for town expenditures on streets, highways, traffic lights, bikeways, etc.

Free speech: Use it or lose it

There's bittersweet news in a University of Connecticut survey regarding the First Amendment. The survey reveals that Americans have mixed feelings about the basic freedoms they've been guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Bolton, McKinney wed

Dan and Ellie McKinney and Dave and Donna Bolton announce the marriage of their children Danielle McKinney and Matt Bolton June 16.

Robert Peifer

Robert Dale Peifer, 45, formerly of Payson, died June 18, 2001. He was born Aug. 8, 1955, in Cordova Alaska.

Silvano Flores

Silvano "Sal" Flores, 37, of Payson, died, June 24, 2001 in Payson. He was born Feb. 10, 1964, in Tepic, Mexico.

Turnout low for summer training camps

Some local high school coaches are bewildered by the low number of athletes turning out in larger numbers for summer programs.

Parks & Recreation

Concert Under the Stars at Green Valley Park


How lazy bass catch prey

Have you ever noticed a school of bluegills swimming carelessly around a large bass? It actually happens all the time. If a bluegill can see a predator like a bass they are actually pretty comfortable.

Meek inherits win

Payson golfer Dorothy Meek played her way to the ladies low-gross championship at the prestigious High Hampton Mountain Lodge Super Senior Invitational Golf Tournament in North Carolina's Smokey Mountains.

Landra wins 6th state title

The wiley veteran who would rather walk the course than ride in a cart has done it again.

Soccer camp kicks off

High school soccer players can get a jump start on the season by participating in a training camp, newly appointed Longhorn coach Roger Wholly said.

Lady Horns hone skills at ASU camp

A contingent of 10 fledgling players entered the Arizona State University girls' basketball camp, searching for ways to improve their hardwood skills.

Payson ready to shuttle in Fourth of July fun

The Town of Payson's Fourth of July party at Green Valley Park is shaping up as one of the biggest community events of the year.

Mayor maps out county redistricting proposal

When the three-member Gila County Board of Supervisors meets in December to decide how the county's districts will be redrawn, the stakes will be high, Payson Mayor Ray Schum said.

Bobcat attacks Payson couple

Two Payson residents were hurt Friday morning when a bobcat attacked them in their back yard.

Man falls from roof; in critical condition

A construction worker suffered serious head, neck, back and chest injuries Tuesday morning when he fell 27 feet off the roof of the Payson library that's being built at Rumsey Park.

85-year-old injured in U-turn accident

Brooke McCroskey of Lakeside was driving east on Highway 260 in east Payson Wednesday afternoon when she saw her boyfriend drive by in the opposite direction.


A number of fun-filled Independence Day activities are planned for Pine and Strawberry this weekend, including the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual "Big Bang" party Saturday.


Payson library loaning large with big-print books

Payson Public Library has recently obtained 259 new, large-print books, purchased with money donated by the Library Friends of Payson.

Minor 260 road delays expected for holiday

Motorists traveling on Highway 260 in the Preacher Canyon area from today (Friday) to Sunday, July 8 can expect periodic five-minute delays between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to allow construction vehicles to cross the roadway.

Council OKs new home business rules

Despite last minute changes to correct inconsistencies in the revised home-based business regulations, the Payson Town Council approved the document Thursday evening.

PD withdraws from drug task force

Two more officers have joined the Payson Police Department not due to a hiring trend, but because they're returning to the department from their assignments with the Gila County Narcotics Task Force.

Nine arrested on drug charges

With the arrest of nine local residents, Payson police officers think they've severed one of the community's primary drug supply lines.

Tipsy volunteers put trainees to test

Editor's note: Roundup reporter Jerry Thebado is among 30 local residents participating in a 12-week Citizens Police Academy at the Payson Police Department. The following report is part of a special Roundup series on this behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement training.

Physician contributes to law book

The American Bar Association is in process of publishing a new reference book for attorneys working with personal injury cases.

Foster's Vacuum expands

Foster's Vacuum, Payson's only vacuum and sewing machine repair and supply shop, is expanding their business.

Zoo to be renovated, reborn

The Payson Zoo is about to prove that, yes, there is life after death.

Ware named new chamber director

The Rim Country Chamber of Commerce finally has its new executive director.

What's up?

Q: I noticed that our new "volunteer police" are going up and down Main Street, and have even been seen parked at the side of the road using a radar gun. Are they qualified and certified for that?

Monday, June 25

Investigators: Report of Fisher search false

Although the Arizona Republic reported today (Tuesday) that Gila County Sheriff's investigators are refocusing their search for Scottsdale murder suspect Robert Fisher in the Rim country, Gila County Deputy Andy Brunson said that report is largely exaggerated.

Couple celebrates 50th

Payson residents LaVon and Jim Milano met in 1949 while attending pharmacy school at Ferris Institute in Big Rapids, Mich.

What's up?

Q: I was recently in the lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center. While I was there, a young man came in with his dog and nobody seemed to object. Is this OK with the management?

Local thrift stores depend on donations, volunteers

Soon, another retailer of thrift items will officially open in Payson. For a while, the attention of many local residents will be focused on the novelty of the new store, their inventory and mission.

'Citizens need to be aware of governmental decisions'

I'm thankful that the citizens of Payson have differing viewpoints on vital issues. This is an integral part of the American system.

Is American Dream still attainable?

The classic American dream is well on its way to turning into a nightmare for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation.

Firecracker Softball a family tradition

Since 1980, the Firecracker Softball Tournament has been a staple of the community's Independence Day celebration.

Schwind's Lady Horns net squad debuts Aug. 28

They are not yet etched in stone, but the Longhorn fall sports schedules are taking shape, Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley said.

Payson golfers catch attention of Sun Devils

By virtue of their stellar play during the five-day Arizona State University golf camp, Billy Bob Hoyt and Brandan Kelley caught the eye of Sun Devil head coaches.

Father and son get T'd off

Silver-winning Kelleys beat out by winner's hole-in-one

A Rim country father and son have played their way to silver-medal laurels in one of the state's largest golf tournaments.

Robert Liebhart

Robert E. Liebhart, 75, of Payson, died June 20, 2001. He was born April 4, 1926, in Sidney, Ohio to Vincent and Mary (George) Liebhart.

Helena Bedell

Helena Bedell, 83, of Payson, died June 22, 2001, in Payson. She was born April 5, 1918, in Knoxville, Ill. Mrs. Bedell was born to Charlton McNew and Daisy Woosley McNew.

PHS grad takes fourth in national debate tourney

Don't argue with Matt Williams.

Council mulls broader rules for home-based businesses

The Payson Town Council will try to put to rest the long-smoldering issue of home businesses at 6 p.m. Thursday night when it considers a new set of regulations recently approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Crews rescue 10-year-old from canyon

The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue squad was called into action at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to evacuate a 10-year-old boy with a head injury from Box Canyon off Highway 260.


Payson's a perfect place to put down roots

It's never easy to pull up your roots in a community and move away. But it's even harder

DPS officer inspired by real cops

When Jimmy Oestmann was a teenager, dreaming of one day becoming a police officer, he wasn't buying into Hollywood's fictional fantasies about the lives of cops.

Official: Post address before number is up

The Payson Fire Department received a medical emergency call from Round Valley. When emergency crews arrived in the community south of town, they drove by the residence twice before they were finally able to locate the address posted on the house.

Fraud case postponed

The court appearance of Tonto Basin resident John Dryer, who was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on felony charges of fraud and theft, has been postponed until July 9.

Police opening PATH to elderly, homebound

Last summer, an elderly woman in north Payson died in her home, and it was days before neighbors realized they hadn't seen her for a while.

Mesa del preps for fire season

Officials in Mesa del Caballo, a community of 350 homes northeast of Payson, plan to begin a fuel reduction program Saturday, June 30 to protect the subdivision from wildland fires.

Children off to play the Wizard

"The Wizard of Oz" may be one of the most popular musicals of all time, but the audience that watches the Children's Musical Theatre performance of the Judy Garland classic will experience something unique two Dorothys,

Saturday, June 23

Review Feature

Glide the friendly skies

Generally speaking, the passengers of small airplanes prefer it when, as they are sailing high in the sky, the pilot does NOT turn off the engine.

Around the Rim Country

Bartering in the Rim country

The other day on CNN, there was this story about a hospital in Russia where the doctors have been having trouble getting paid in real money even though their respective salaries are only something like $60 a month.

Thursday, June 21

DARE program well worth the cost

It has come to my attention that the town, in its effort to live within its budget, is considering dropping the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.

Town should curb water waste, not development

An old test of insanity was to put a person in a bathroom where water was running into a bath tub that was about to overflow. In the room was a bucket, a laundry sink with a drain to the outside and a shutoff valve to the bath tub.

It's time to shift the balance of county power

Northern Gila County residents, who have long outnumbered the people in southern Gila County, have a rare opportunity this year to shift the uneven balance of county power and we're blowing it.

Drama students brush up their Shakespeare in London

Seven members of the Payson High School Drama Club recently returned from "an absolutely incredible experience" a nine-day theater-study tour of London, said Meghan Lower.

Gunsmiths set sights on former Winchester

A new piece of the Main Street puzzle a three-story log structure that will house a gun shop will soon be put into place on the site of the old Winchester Saloon.

New area code calls for change Saturday

Arizona's newest area code 928 will begin Saturday in the Rim country and other rural areas, but during a permissive dialing period that ends Jan. 5, 2002, calls using the 520 area code also will go through.

As fire nears, homeowners grab hoses

A potentially dangerous ground-level brush and trash fire that scorched a 50-by-20-foot area of a hillside in Rumsey Park Wednesday afternoon "was started by humans, there's no doubt about that," says Payson Fire Chief John Ross.

Calendar sales heat up for Horns sports

Local businessmen planning on purchasing advertising space on the 2001-2002 Payson High School football, baseball and basketball sports schedules should know there is more than one being sold.

Parks and Recreation

Girls Soccer Camp


Fish aren't biting? Maybe it's time to change your bait

I've heard countless theories why there is such tough fishing at Roosevelt this summer. Many blame the record daytime temperatures that we encountered in early May. Some people blame an algae bloom that became visible several weeks ago. Others point to falling water levels due to summer irrigation as the reason the fish are not biting.

Pirches reel in another AllStar Bass win

For the third time this season, Payson Roundup columnist Cliff Pirch and his wife Alicia joined forces to win an AllStar Bass couples tournament.

New football coach welcomes challenge of 3A East Region

Most prep football coaches would cringe at the thought of waging warfare in the rugged 3A East region where powerhouses Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake call home.

Foursome captures seven gold, three silver

By virtue of their showings at the Grand Canyon State Games, a foursome of Payson swim team members has earned statewide honors.

Golden anniversary

Keith and Betty Van Slyke will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary June 25.

Mark Krauss

Mark Kevin Krauss, 45, of Payson, died June 15, 2001. He was born April 23, 1956, in Pompton Plains, N.J. and had lived in Arizona for the past 26 years.

Duane Faulkner

Duane Nathan Faulkner, 58, of Payson, formerly of Jamestown, N.Y., died June 7, 2001. He was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Deposit, N.Y. to George Nathan and Ruberta Utter Faulkner.

Master gardeners go au natural

Organic gardening growing plants and vegetables without chemicals is alive and well in the Payson area. And help and advice about this time-honored practice are available to longtime gardeners and those just getting started.

Murder trial postponed

The trial of murder suspect Paul Roosen has been postponed until Aug. 28. Roosen will be tried in Gila County Superior Court, and will be prosecuted by Pinal County attorneys.

Pastor to leave Mount Cross pulpit for Tucson

Pastor Alan Field's parishioners at Mount Cross Lutheran Church are facing the end of an era and possibly the end to one of Payson's most beloved and fastest-growing Christmas traditions.

Drive-up drug store set for 2003

Yes, Virginia, Payson is indeed getting a brand new, free-standing Walgreens drug store on the southwest corner of Highways 87 and 260 right next to the Del Taco fast-food eatery now under construction.

Library crews raising the roof

Besides books, one thing every library needs is a roof, and the brand new Payson Public Library is getting just that.


Q: The other day I stopped by McDonald's for breakfast, and when my order came up on the drive-through screen it totaled $3.23. When I got to the window, the lady told me I owed $3.24. When I asked her about the discrepancy, she merely shrugged her shoulders and said, "Oh, it always adds an extra penny." Why is that, and who's profiting from this "extra penny?"

Monday, June 18

Better Business Bureau launches Web site

Payson now has its own connection to the Better Business Bureau.

Haught sentencing date set for July 12

A sentencing hearing has been set for Star Valley businessman Roy George Haught, who last month pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for his involvement in the 1997 death of James Cooper.

New home business rules up for town council review

A new set of rules and regulations for home-based businesses will be presented to the Payson Town Council, following the Planning and Zoning Commission's fine-tuning of Town Manager Rich Underkofler's latest draft on Monday.

Lutherans help car seat program

"Several years ago, I was involved in an accident with my wife and son, who at that time was 2 years old," Payson Fire Marshal Jack Babb said. "If my son had not been in a car seat, he would have flown over the top of his mother and through the windshield."

Local moms join forces to feed their broods

And you thought your mother made enough to feed an army?

Gerardo Moceri

Michigander brings a taste of Italy to Payson

Hearing Cucina Paradiso chef Gerardo Moceri talk about his cooking philosophy brings to mind visions of the jungle not the kitchen.


Solar power the wave of the future

Solar power is getting a lot of attention these days, thanks to the California energy crisis, and the political debate that has accompanied it. And while solar power companies are pushing to get their products to market and consumers, the U.S. Department of Energy is hard at work educating the public about solar power.

Local residents take shot at surviving police work

Last night I took a blast to the solar plexus from a sawed-off shotgun and lived to tell about it. The gun was wielded by a sweet-faced, motherly, Christian-looking woman in a Baptist-camp van. Who knew?

Town out to widen search for water

Payson water officials, who've identified a promising groundwater site five miles northeast of town, have asked the Tonto National Forest for permission to drill 21 exploratory wells.

Former cemetery fund administrator indicted on theft charges

A Gila County grand jury handed down an eight count indictment Thursday against Tonto Basin real estate agent John Dryer.

Former deputy sentenced to time in jail

Former Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Marrs has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to false swearing, a class six felony.

Tonto Forest issues first round of fire restrictions

For the first time this year, the U.S. Forest Service has issued fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest.

Hood, Nelson to wed

Jolene Hood and Ryan Nelson would like to invite you to their wedding reception at Pine Ward LDS building in Pine from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 22.

Ford breaks down strokes for recreational swimmers

It's not that Kristy Ford dislikes competitive swimming. She grew up with it on the national level, in fact.

Schwind named new coach for girls volleyball

New Payson High School volleyball coach Chris Schwind is moving up in the ranks, and she wants her girls to, also.

Bear feasts on trash in Pine neighborhoods

A large adult bear has been living the good life in the Pine-Strawberry area for more than a month, frustrating the best efforts of the Arizona Department of Game and Fish to bring an end to his close encounters with people.

Diamondbacks to conduct Payson youth training center

The Arizona Diamondbacks are returning to the Rim country.

Billie Hardy

Billie Madge Hardy, 84, of Payson, died June 12, 2001. She was born March 25, 1917 in Salmon, Idaho.

A.E. Pike

A.E. "Babe" Pike, 93, died June 16, 2001, at his home in Payson. Mr. and Mrs. Pike lived in Prescott 38 years before moving to Payson.

Clara Shields

Clara France Cardani Shields, 78, of Payson, died June 13, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born March 22, 1923 in Williams, Ariz.

Council made right decision on Door Stop

With the Town Council's decision to sell a five-acre parcel of land south of Payson Municipal Airport to The Door Stop, we hope a long and contentious issue has been put to rest.

Stop using the forest as an ashtray

I am not going to tell people that they shouldn't smoke, even though it's bad for them, but I am going to tell people that they have to use their ashtrays.

Obstructionists take stand on feet of clay

In my opinion based on recent letters printed there are two political parties in this community. The first should be classified as the obstructionist, the second the functionalist.

Worst legislator title 'an honor'

Please allow me the opportunity to thank the people of District 4 for their calls of support and congratulations for our recent recognition in the Arizona Republic as the Worst Legislator of the Year.

Death penalty embodies evil it seeks to destroy

I hope that future executions in this country will get the press that McVeigh has gotten.

Special Olympics grateful for special guy

The Payson Special Olympics power lifting team would like for everyone to know how much Kevin Rush has helped our program.

Businesses must do their part for water conservation

In response to the town's ever-growing opportunities with water and the two recent articles in the newspaper, I would like to say a few words.

People in Payson are 'the greatest'

We had heard many times that the people in Payson were the greatest. Now we are convinced.


Q: Is it legal to drive an ATV or golf cart on a public highway?

Saturday, June 16

Around the Rim Country

Seeing Dad in a whole new light

While I won't see him on Father's Day, my Dad was just here for a visit that helped me put him in a new perspective.

Review Feature

The life-altering experience of fatherhood

"Well, look at that! It's turning purple!"

Thursday, June 14

Payson Parks & Recreation

Summer Recreation Center

Rediscover the beauty of Apache Lake

If you've never been to Apache Lake, now is the time. The amazing rock formations and canyon walls are enough to draw most people there. Add great bass fishing and it could be a real treat.

Former Horns' star to head up basketball program

Former Longhorn football and basketball standout Mike Loutzenheiser was appointed the Payson Longhorns' new head boys basketball coach at Monday evening's regularly scheduled meeting of the school district governing board.

Payson could host GC games wrestling for second summer

If Payson is to play host to the Grand Canyon Games state games wrestling competition for a second straight year, changes will be made, PHS head coach Dave LaMotte said.

Tonto Apaches heading to nationals meet

By virtue of top three finishes in the Arizona State Junior Olympic games, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will be sending eight athletes, and possibly four more, to the Region X championships next month in Albuquerque, N.M.

Summer rec program heats up

Parents searching for a well supervised but fun program for their children need look no further than the Town Youth Summer Recreation Program.


Q: Walking my dog around Green Valley Park every day, I notice that the beautiful lake is turning into an ugly mess. There is debris, green algae scum and dead fish floating all over. I counted 20 dead fish in just one small area. I don't understand why people fish and toss the fish back in. Don't they know they'll die?

CAC members are 'finest of the finest'

I am somewhat lazy and lethargic, and I am not a member of the Citizens Awareness Committee.

McVeigh cannot have the last word

I was intrigued by Friday's "Our View" about McVeigh.

Difference between 'Dad' and 'Daddy'

Forget the tie, the cologne and the power drill. What I want for Father's Day is a trip back in time. Back to the days before my two children stopped calling me "Daddy" and began referring to me exclusively as "Dad."

Ortlund, Paulicki to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ortlund would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Sarah Ortlund to Daniel Paulicki.

Krantz, Osteen to marry

Cort and Christie Potter would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Theresa Krantz to Michael Osteen.

Billie Hardy

Billie Madge Hardy, 84, of Payson, died June 12, 2001. She was born March 25, 1917 in Salmon, Ind.

James Cook

James Ward Cook, 89, of Payson, died June 11, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 31, 1911 in Bedford County, Tenn.

Alexander Bishop

Alexander Edward Bishop, 79, of Phoenix, (formerly of Payson) died May 30, 2001, in Phoenix.

Bush tax-cut law has varied implications

Two weeks ago, when President George W. Bush signed the biggest tax cut since a 1981 reduction pushed by Ronald Reagan, people from across the economic spectrum began to wonder what it means for them.

Dog park OK'd for Rumsey Park

Payson's pooch proponents packed Town Hall Thursday night to watch the Town Council approve an off-leash dog park where they can exercise their dogs without restraint.

Fire destroys Hunter Creek home

An unoccupied two-story home in the final stages of construction was leveled by fire early Wednesday in Hunter Creek Ranch, a gated subdivision located east of Christopher Creek and south of Highway 260.


'Trouble' comes to the Strawberry Schoolhouse

Come to the Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona for one of the oldest forms of entertainment music. Locals Chuck and Barb Casey will be performing "Trouble in Paradise" at 1:30 p.m., June 17 at the Strawberry Schoolhouse.

Community clean up Saturday

The Payson Community Clean Up will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at 411 W. Main Street. There will be hot dogs, drinks, prizes and lots of fun for participants.

Fire limits in effect

When we think of a hot time in town, we usually think of dining and dancing or an evening with friends. However, this time of year, a hot time in town is a major concern to the residents of Payson and surrounding communities.

County works on tentative budget

Mandatory budget deadlines are looming, and Gila County Finance Director John Nelson is hard at work preparing a preliminary budget for the Board of Supervisors to consider at its June 26 meeting.

Dance festival draws record crowd

A record number of dancers swirled and twirled their way through the weekend as the Zane Grey Twirlers hosted its 21st Annual Rim Country Square and Round Dance Festival at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.

Payson doctor to head state organization

Dr. David Cluff of Payson has been elected to serve as president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians for the year 2001-2003.

Del Taco to open in fall

You know that vacant lot directly north of the El Rancho restaurant on the Beeline? The one where a sign promising a new Sizzler restaurant stood to no ultimate avail for about five years in the late 80s and early 90s?

Payson Packaging launches Internet site

Payson Packaging, Payson's oldest and leading mail parcel center today announced the launch of their exciting new Internet web site. The site can be found at .

Swim team dives in to competition

The Payson Parks & Recreation swim team debuts at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Taylor Pool against the Scottsdale Melrose Makos.

Monday, June 11

Flag Day honors values imbedded in Old Glory

Every weekday morning of my life, from the age of 6 until I was 14, we fixed our eyes upon the flag of the United States of America. Our hands were placed on our hearts, "I pledge allegiance " and then extended toward the flag, "to the flag of the United States of America "

Turnout disappointing for ACA meet

Are the Arizona Coaches Association postseason all-star games losing some of their luster?

Fellers leads in May 9-holers' tournaments

For members of the Payson Women's Golf Association Nine-Hole contingent, the month of May was a furious links endeavor.

Five Longhorns return from Cornhusker land

For five Payson High School athletes, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football camp represented a Big Red opportunity to mold themselves into better players.

Grand Canyon Games kick off Friday

Since the inception of the Grand Canyon State Games nine years ago, the Rim country has been well represented in the athletic competition that has grown to now include 37 events.

Girls begin basketball skills camp

More than 40 eager youngsters turned out Monday morning in Wilson Dome for the second annual Lady Longhorn basketball camp.


Q: Are we still selling water to the casino, and will the new hotel the casino wants to build be approved? It seems to me that water consumption would be very high at a hotel, and since the casino doesn't pay sales taxes, we will once again be asked to sacrifice for the casino.

Dog parks a growing trend

Thursday, June 14, the Town Council will consider again the proposal for an off-leash recreational facility for Payson residents and their canine family members. This is a win-win idea for the town and for the dog owners. Cost for the facility and volunteer labor will be handled by "PAWS in the Park" a volunteer group of Payson residents organized to assist town park staff in creating and maintaining the facility on an on-going basis.

Vandals need to grow up

I just wanted to send a note in regard to whomever is responsible for the all the windows that were shot out Friday night.

Dog park is for the people, not the dogs

The Town's Parks and Recreation Department has perhaps the most visible impact on our quality of life in Payson. This is evidenced by the crowds of parents and children who use the baseball diamonds, the soccer fields, the swimming pool and other park facilities. We enjoy the summer concerts, the Easter egg hunts, and numerous other recreational activities throughout the year.

Payson resident will celebrate 104th birthday on the dance floor

The first American subway opened in Boston in 1897.

Granite Dells blaze signals start of fire season

A fire that scorched one-tenth of an acre in the Granite Dells area south of Monument Peak early Sunday morning is not necessarily big news, says U.S. Forest Service Fire Prevention Officer Gary Roberts.

Vandals hit more than 50 homes, businesses

Reports of more than 50 random acts of destruction lit up Payson Police Department phone lines over the weekend.

Council looks at dog park, Door Stop

Members of the PAWS in the Park will find out Thursday if they've been barking up the wrong tree in their attempt to add an off-leash dog park to the town's offerings.

Patricia Moore

Patricia Ann Moore, 70, of Payson, died June 7, 2001. She was born June 28, 1930 in Union City, Pa. and had lived in Arizona since 1960.

Lora Long

Lora Jesse Smith Long, 81, of Payson, died June 9, 2001 in Payson. She was born to Roy and Harriott Smith March 5, 1920 on a farm near Centralia, Kan. She worked in the Nickerson High School cafeteria and was a nurses' aide in Hutchison, Kan. nursing homes. She went back to school and became a licensed practical nurse. She worked in Nevada, Mo. nursing home as an LPN until her retirement.


Energy crisis is "deja vu" all over again

They say history repeats itself, and it sure has seemed that way lately. Just like back in the 1970s, energy prices are flying high, and hanging onto the jet stream for dear life are a few brave souls who are screaming, "Solar power, solar power!"


Dedication, wit are this policeman's trademarks

Don't believe Payson Police Sergeant Rod Mamero for a second when he offers his initial response to the question, "Why did you choose law enforcement as your career?"

Burglar-proof your home

Burglary is not a big problem in Payson, Payson Police Department Detective Steve Johnson said, but with changing demographics and more people moving up from Phoenix, it could be in the future.

Proposed rezoning subject of two meetings

Two meetings concerning proposed zoning changes by the Payson Main Street Program will be held Wednesday afternoon, June 13.

Last Beeline lanes open

Both northbound lanes of the newly-realigned Beeline Highway at Sunflower have been opened to traffic, finishing the 80-mile stretch of four-lane highway between Payson and the Valley.

No citation issued in motor home fire

After efforts to put out a fire in the engine compartment of his motor home failed, Lanis Owens unhooked his pickup truck and drove home to Mesa, Department of Public Safety Officer Dennis Buller said Tuesday.

Real-life 'U571' mission nothing like movie

Although the movie "Pearl Harbor" attracted huge audiences the last two weeks, it bombed with film critics and military historians. In typical Hollywood fashion, Tinsel Town's version of reality bore little resemblance to the truth.

Saturday, June 9

Around the Rim Country

Home businesses the Rim country really needs

The hottest thing down at Payson Town Hall these days is home businesses.

Review Feature

Goofy golf: a great summer pastime

On most summer days, Stampede Miniature Golf Course is swarming with 10-15 kids of all ages, practicing their putt or playing video games.

Thursday, June 7

Martinez named 'Best of the West'

Thumb through the June 2001 copy of the national magazine Student Sports and you'll come across a full-page feature highlighting one of Payson High School's greatest athletes. Reanna Martinez, who graduated this spring, was chosen by the magazine editors as a "Best of the West" Scholar Athlete.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Men's and Women's Softball

Registration for men's and women's softball leagues will be through tomorrow, June 9. Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered to both men and women as long as a minimum of four


Structure fishing in the summer

One of the keys to catching fish in the summer is locating good structure.

Stocking Stuffer golf tourney next Saturday

One of the most successful athletic events of the summer season is the Arizona Public Service Payson Stocking Stuffers golf tournament.

Swim season begins at Taylor Pool

Summer activities at Taylor Pool including lessons, adult lap swim, water aerobics, open swim and team practices were off to a successful start Monday morning.


Q: I heard the Town of Payson animal control officer is leaving June 6. Has anything been done to replace this person?

Sorry for the noise

This letter is being sent as a sincere apology to the folks who live in the vicinity of The Rim Valley Church of God and were inconvenienced by the loudness of the music at our youth outreach Friday, May 18.

Michaelis, Citizens Awareness Committee 'did not do their homework'

Citizens should look before they leap.

By all means, let's get our priorities straight

In response to comments by Al Christianer (May 18 Roundup) and James Hill, regarding the Citizens Awareness Committee:

McVeigh: not a case of an eye for an eye

Under normal circumstances, it is easy to argue the death penalty.

Earl Jacobs Jolly

Memorial Services will be held for Earl Jacobs Jolly of Cowan Ranch in Payson at 10:30 a.m Saturday, at East Verde Baptist Church in Whispering Pines.

Ray Fall

Ray Lyle Fall, 80, of Payson, died June 5, 2001. He was born June 15, 1920 in Custer, S.D.


Celebrate the taste of Strawberry

Time once again for the tiny town of Strawberry to celebrate its namesake festival, Saturday all over Strawberry.

Goodwill to open July 6

If all goes according to plan, the Goodwill store behind McDonald's at the intersection of Highway 260 and the Beeline Highway will open in the next few weeks.

Work resumes on Rim Country Mall

It is finally an absolute, definite, no-question-about it fact: The much-delayed opening of the Rim Country Mall the 75,000 square foot shopping center that's long been under construction in the old Wal-Mart building on Highway 206 will take place sometime between July 15 and Aug. 1. Maybe.

Genealogical Society opts for bigger Bonita Street site

Just when you thought the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society was locked into a location for its new research library, the organization has opted for a larger site.

Get the most out of your garden

June traditionally brings sunny hot dry days and cool nights. We'll see growth spurts on trees, perennials and in the vegetable garden.

Judge selected for Haught sentencing

A Graham County judge has been assigned to preside over the sentencing hearing for Star Valley businessman Roy George Haught, who three weeks ago pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for his involvement in the 1997 death of Strawberry mechanic James Cooper.

Investing 101:

Get your toes wet before diving into the Stock Market

These days, the volatile stock market has many people worrying about their finances. But the market isn't as bad as it may seem, Don Crowley, president and CEO of Family Financial Centers in Payson, said.

Area businesses invited to lodging, restaurant show

Payson area restaurant and hospitality industry professionals will want to attend The Great Southwest Lodging and Restaurant Show, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29, in the Phoenix Civic Plaza. The 13th annual event will feature nearly 400 hospitality industry suppliers as well as industry-related seminars and speakers.

June Bug Blues Fest blasts off Saturday

This year's June Bug Blues Festival will be a little different than years past, but one thing hasn't changed there's great music, and lots of it, producer Joe Harless said.

Blaze destroys Rye mobile

Fire fighters from three local agencies battled a mobile home blaze in Rye Thursday and were able to put it out before flames reached a 500-gallon propane tank.

Door Stop deal may finally be a go

Just when the deal between The Door Stop and the Town of Payson seemed all but dead, the two sides are once again on the verge of an agreement that would bring the cabinet door manufacturer to Payson after all.

Existing water supplies less than expected

Maintaining an adequate public water supply for the Town of Payson takes a combination of two things, according to Public Works Director Buzz Walker "the ability to bring more water to the table and the ability to reduce demand."

Monday, June 4

Billy Bob plays with the champions

Only weeks after helping the Payson High School win its first state golf championship, Billy Bob Hoyt turned his attention to the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament circuit.

Thomas Sams

Thomas "Tom" A. Sams, 75, of Payson, died May 31, 2001, in Payson. He was born April 14, 1926, in Hudson, Colo.

Wellness Forum a worthwhile investment

It's interesting to step back and see where we invest our time. We often spend many hours becoming skilled at crafts such as needlepoint or woodworking. We may pride ourselves on our beautiful gardens, or being an expert at solving the most challenging crossword puzzles. These are all worthwhile activities that feed the mind and soul.

Council should look before it leaps

In the May 18 issue of the Payson Roundup, Mr. Christianer states that "Payson's top priority is jobs."

Parents must teach children responsibility

As parents, we all want our children to grow up to be happy, successful and responsible adults. Many parents will see their children graduate from high school this spring, a major milestone toward achieving this goal. All of those graduating students will face tough choices in their future, including whether or not to drink alcohol.

Senior's parting shot was meant in jest

I would like to express my sincerest apologies regarding a comment I was quoted as saying in the graduation section the in Friday, May 18 newspaper.


Q: We've been having problems with dust and noise from a neighbor's mini-bike. Does the town have dust and noise ordinances and are they enforced?

Dvoraks celebrate Golden Anniversary

Vincent and Lillian Dvorak celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with Mass and renewed vows Sunday, June 3 at St. Philip The Apostle Church. Later that day they had a dinner and dance celebration at the Parish Hall.

Mother's memory lives on in the garden

Sharon Allen visits her garden every time she wants to visit her late mother. Her mother is buried in another state, but her spirit is in alive and well in the Allen yard, she said.

Council to give $31 million budget a second glance

The Payson Town Council will take a second look at the proposed fiscal 2001-2002 budget at 6 p.m. Thursday in a special meeting at Town Hall.

Payson Clean Up to make clean sweep next Saturday

Community pride is not just the prime moving force behind the Main Street redevelopment project; it's also what energizes the Payson Main Street Program's annual Payson Clean Up, which this year will take place Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Send your habit up in smoke

Ann Rushing smoked for 30 years, then quit for 30 years and says she'll never go back. She is one of 6 percent of people who quit smoking on their own, without therapy, nicotine gum, patches, or other products, even though counselors don't recommend attempting the feat alone.


Retiring educator won't stop learning

While the Rim country is losing one of its premier educators, it's gaining an outdoor enthusiast and perhaps, one day, a noted novelist.


'Shrek' an ogre of a movie

Animated movies for kids just dropped a notch in my estimation with the recent release of "Shrek." I wish I'd read some reviews of the much-hyped film before my 9-year-old granddaughter and I went to see it not that it would have stopped me.

Veterans teach hopefuls at girls basketball camp

Aspiring basketball players have only this week to register for the upcoming Longhorn Girls Basketball Camp. Registration for the camp is $30 per youngster and ends at 5 p.m. Friday. Sign-up may be completed at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park.

Fire destroys motor home on Beeline

Late-night travelers were delayed for about an hour Sunday night as a full-size motor home burned to the ground on the Beeline Highway.

Car, truck crash stops traffic near Wal-Mart

The driver of a brown 1989 Buick cut off a Payson Concrete and Materials semi-truck in front of Wal-Mart Saturday and was sent reeling toward traffic, Payson Police Department Lt. Don Engler said.

Dist. 2 leader shares his vision for Gila County

Back in the early '60s, Miami native Joe Sanchez was a popular guy in Payson. At least on Fridays, when as the employee of a distribution company he brought the latest shipments of A-1 and Schlitz beer to town.

Payson's vision of Main Street to be unveiled Thursday

After years of speculation and debate, Payson residents will finally get a preview Thursday of how Main Street may look following its redevelopment.

Pirches catch another win

Payson Roundup columnist Clifford Pirch and his wife Alicia fished their way to a first-place finish at the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament held last week at Lake Pleasant.

PHS soccer gets new coach

The man who helped found the Longhorn soccer program eight years ago and then left the team has returned as head coach.

Saturday, June 2

June Bug Blues Fest a musical feast


Shakey" Joe Harless is larger than life. He drives a flashy car with the top down, long hair blowing in the wind, blues music thumping on his stereo. He wears shades every time he goes outside.

Around the Rim Country

Land of the lost look-alikes

This story began a couple months ago when a friend introduced me to a young Eastern Arizona College student.