Stories for March 2001

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Saturday, March 31

Review Feature

Holiday of fools

"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." Mark Twain

Around the Rim Country

In a perfect world, they'd ban dancing

Let me say right up front that I don't like President George W. Bush all that much. I don't want to rip any scabs off healing wounds, but it seems to me the guy who got the most votes ought to be the guy sitting in the White House. Anything less smacks of banana Republicanism.

Thursday, March 29

'The Beeline showcases the best of Arizona'

So it's finally almost finished. We have watched sometimes at close hand during long delays as the Beeline Highway, tying Payson to the Valley, has been transformed. Those who think the Beeline's metamorphosis simply trims five to 10 minutes off the trip to the Valley, miss the whole point.

Payson Parks & Recreation

An Easter egg scramble for children ages 8 and under will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Green Valley Park amphitheater. Children race to collect eggs filled with candy and lots of special prizes. Age groups and times are as follows: Ages infant-2, 9 a.m.; ages 3 & 4, 9:15 a.m.; ages 5 & 6, 9:30 a.m.; ages 7 & 8, 9:45 a.m.; special needs, 10 a.m. There is no charge for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Payson Elks Club.

Boys track comes up a little short

For the Longhorn boys' track team, points at the 61st Annual Chandler Rotary Invitational meet were as rare as a 401(k) doing well on Wall Street.

Lady Horns miss out on gold at Chandler

A speedy clocking that bettered the Payson High School 4x800 girls record by more than eight seconds wasn't enough to earn the Lady Longhorn relay team a gold medal Saturday at the 61st Annual Chandler Rotary relays.

Payson takes two against Pinnacle

While the Lady Longhorns were cruising through a 10-0 laugher Wednesday afternoon on the PHS softball diamond, their baseball counterparts on the upper Payson High field were struggling to salvage a 13-12 come-from-behind victory.

WHAT'S UP

Traveling north into Payson just past the light at the casino, motorists used to be able to make a left onto McLane Road.

County expenses, not land value, should affect tax rates

As was expressed in the Roundup a few weeks ago by a property owner in Mesa del Caballo, we also would "like to know what is going on" with the 2002 notice of value statement. Our tax statement for Graham Ranch Circle has shown a considerable property value increase.

Believers need to 'turn the tide of secularization'

I would like to add a few thoughts to those written by Richard E. Wentz for the Friday, March 2 Roundup. (In a page 5A column titled "Atheism is a lonely business" he wrote,) "This reality we call God cannot be reduced to the stipulations of private thinking. It can't even be reduced to my hope for salvation or to belief or unbelief.

Rearview mirror reflects mileposts for road ahead

Most of us over the age of 30 carry a scar on our shoulder that serves as a testament to the miracle of progress.

Harold Roberson

Harold L. Roberson, 73, of Payson, died March 27, 2001. He was born on July 17, 1927, in Kensett, Iowa.

Margaret Bordogna

Margaret Bordogna, 95, of Payson, died March 19, 2001, in Payson. She was born Oct. 13, 1905, in Province Avellino, Italy.

EDC hires full-time development coordinator

After leaving his family behind in Payson to take a job in the Valley in January, Scott Flake was offered the job of economic development facilitator with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Beeline takes residents down memory lane

For the past 133 years, there has only been one way to trek from the Rim country to the Valley the road now known as the Beeline Highway.

Deadly Sunflower stretch bypassed to save lives

Stacy Porter was driving home to Payson late one night in 1995, when the Beeline Highway changed her life.

SHELF LIFE

Piecing together origins of puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles first were made by 18th century mapmakers as an aid to teaching geography.

Leaders divided over Beeline

When the last four-lane stretch of the Beeline Highway fully opens in May, it will increase motorist safety and reduce the driving time between Payson and the Valley.

Shelter to build brand new dog house

The Payson Humane Society has taken a big step toward building a new animal shelter at an all-new location.

Officials to patrol area forests

Forest Service, Game and Fish team up to make forests safer

With off-highway vehicles gaining in popularity throughout the Rim country, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is teaming up with the Tonto National Forest to stage OHV patrols the next two weekends.

Hot Shots score silver at Grand Canyon Winter Games

Local youth basketball coach Grant Kepp and his Hot Shots girls team played their way to a silver medal at the Grand Canyon State Winter games held in Mesa.

Blazing the new Beeline

Last stretch of Beeline set to open soon

Payson historian Stan Brown once spent the better part of a day traveling from Phoenix to Payson by car.

The stage is alive with 'The Sound of Music'

Next weekend, Lisa Jackson will discover what's so fearsome about a captain with seven children, when she tackles the role of Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, "The Sound of Music."

Monday, March 26

Kudos to the staff at the Payson post office

The purpose of this letter is to compliment the staff at the Payson post office. I have never enjoyed the experience of going to the post office anywhere else.

Town plans hazardous household cleanup day

The Town of Payson will hold its first-ever household hazardous products collection day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in the southeast corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot.

APS: Summer drain could leave state in dark

Although Arizona Public Service has taken steps to prevent power shortages like those in California, blackouts in Arizona are still a real threat, an APS official said.

Lady Horns roll toward 3A title

With a 4-2 East record (10-5 overall) and several crucial regional showdowns on the horizon, the Lady Longhorn softball express is steaming toward what coach Will Dunman predicts will be a 3A state tournament bid.

Wildcats won't find fans at ASU

Before the first shot was launched in the NCAA basketball tournament, a big city newspaper sports reporter was penning a column in which he called for the entire state to get behind the University of Arizona Wildcats. His ponderings were specifically directed toward Arizona State University fans and alumni.

LaMotte boys earn honors at father's alma mater

His chest swelled with pride as Payson High School teacher and coach Dave LaMotte watched his two sons wrestle their way to All-American honors.

Hoyt leads Horns on the course

If the results of early season matches are any indication, the Longhorn golf team is the class act of the East region.

PHS baseball even in East standings

The past week wasn't one the Longhorn baseball players are going to want to relive at the family dinner table.

WHAT'S UP

Q: Can something be done to get the JB's restaurant sign taken down or labeled as closed?

Check the statistics before blaming guns

Stan Brown advances the claim in his Tuesday, March 13 letter that "no pleasure, power or recreation is worth one child's life." He asks: "Can we not end the availability of guns?" ostensibly so that the children will be safer.

When it comes to taxing cigarettes, enough is enough

I wasn't going to write, but the more I think about it, the letter to the editor in the March 16 edition about taxing restaurants with smoking sections, is just wrong.

Quit expecting free tax ride from smokers

In a recent letter to Mail Call, a three-point plan was published. I would like to respond to the plan and to others who share similar viewpoints. I am addressing selected taxation. The right to smoke or not is another issue.

Problems could be overcome with personal responsibility

What has happened to our neighborhood and our town?

Gateway to Payson needs higher standards

No matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise, most of us still judge a book by its cover.

Lorraine Vance

Lorraine Cornwell Vance, 70, of Youngtown, Ariz., died Feb. 28, 2001. She was born June 24, 1930, in Vaders, Mont.

Eulah Thompson

Eulah Lorene Thompson, 74, of Payson, died March 20, 2001, in Payson. She was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Springfield, Mo.

Helen Mayer

Helen Hines Mayer, 72, of Payson, died March 8, 2001. She was born May 14, 1928, in Yazoo City, Miss. and had lived in Arizona for the past eight years.

Gerald Link

Gerald "Jerry" Melvin Link, 79, of Mesa del Caballo, died March 23, 2001, in Mesa del Caballo. He was born May 25, 1921, in Alto, Mich.

Commission puts brakes on car lot

Fred Lashley, who owns a used-car lot in Strawberry and wants to open one in south Payson, hit a roadblock Monday at the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission's regular meeting.

LIVE & LEARN

Finding form and order in 'scrambled eggs 'n' brains'

There's a movie just out that I have to see. It's about the life of Jackson Pollock, an artist perhaps unfamiliar to the average person.

Court officer plans for life on the road

Payson Police officer David Paul just can't seem to get the hang of retirement. But, in 27 months he's already counting he's going to give it a second try.

Charging Hell's Gate

Man battling Lou Gehrig's disease, ready to conquer Hell's Gate trails

Hell's Gate. Even the name conjures up images of danger and daring. Only the toughest hikers even take on the challenges of this wilderness area with its steep trails, rocky ridges and deep emerald pools. Roger Ballard is one of those hikers brave or crazy enough to tackle this wild and dangerous terrain rated as "most difficult" in the Arizona Trails Guide.

Debate team talks way into top three at state tourney

The Payson High School Debate team is indisputably on a roll.

Saturday, March 24

Around the Rim Country

Rim residents: What are you afraid of?

What do you think is the greatest fear people have? Death? An IRS audit? Country western music?

Review Feature

Nothing but the tooth

It's a paradox. You try to instill in your child a deep, abiding respect for truth and honesty.

Thursday, March 22

Tonto Apaches fare well at Phoenix meet

Tonto Apache Track and Field team members are focusing their sights on a strong showing at the upcoming Phoenix Invitational competition.

New number to call for MSA banquet tickets

Hold the phone.

If you've been trying to buy tickets for the Mogollon Sporting Association's annual banquet in May, and you called the phone numbers printed in this column, then you've probably been disconnected.

Payson Parks & Recreation

An Easter egg scramble for children 8 years old and younger will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Green Valley Park amphitheater. Children race to collect eggs filled with candy and lots of special prizes. Age groups and times are as follows: Ages infant-2, 9 a.m.; ages 3 & 4, 9:15 a.m.; ages 5 & 6, 9:30 a.m.; ages 7 & 8, 9:45 a.m.; Special needs, 10 a.m. There is no charge for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Payson Elks Club.

Merkels catch third place at couple's bass tournament

A pair of Gila County fishing teams pocketed prize money at the AllStar Bass Couple Team Tournament held Saturday at Alamo Lake.

Chandler meet an uphill battle

Because it is one of the most prestigious meets in the state, the Chandler Invitational annually draws the best track and field teams regardless of school size classification from Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Castaneda sentenced, no jail time

Former probation chief Robert "Rocky" Castaneda was sentenced last week in Gila County Superior Court, and despite the recommendation of Gila County Attorney Jim Hazel, won't be spending any time in jail.

Town applies for affordable housing grant

A new affordable housing project in the Green Valley Redevelopment Area received a major boost Thursday night when the Town Council agreed to apply to the Arizona Department of Commerce for funding.

Tonto Natural Bridge celebration spotlights birds of Rim country

When Tonto Natural Bridge Park Ranger Cathe Descheemaker makes her presentation on great horned owls at the park's Appreciation of the Rim Country's Beautiful Birds event Saturday, she'll have her sidekick Lefty with her.

Elvis fans missed out on a great show

First off, I must admit that I am a longtime Elvis fan. In my collection of 45s, 33s, cassettes and CDs, I have almost every song he ever recorded. We have seen him perform, and numerous "Elvis imitators," both in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Government shouldn't be subsidizing private enterprise

Regardless of all the jobs promised, some of us are philosophically opposed to governments giving public assets which belong to all their citizens to selected and favored private interests as urged by Robert E. Liebhart in his recent letter.

Clinton's treaty must be reversed

Former President Clinton signed the World Court Treaty against the advice of the Pentagon and without consulting with his Chiefs of Staff. This leaves our military service personnel vulnerable to absolute punitive laws that make up some Third World powers. To name a few, Cambodia, Haiti, Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria And Yemen.

Effects of radio waves uncharted territory

We represent a group of concerned health care practitioners, researchers and area residents who have spent considerable time researching the issue of electromagnetic radiation and radio wave technology relative to cellular phone towers.

Esther Sand

Esther Evelyn Sand, 93, of Payson, died March 21, 2001, in Payson. She was born July 1, 1907, in Cherokee, Iowa.

Irene Furlong

Irene May Furlong, 78, of Payson, died at her home March 17, 2001. She was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Kansas.

Charles Evans

Charles Edwin Evans, 90, of Payson, died March 21, 2001, in Payson. He was born July 25, 1910, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

PINE-STRAWBERRY

Quilters comfort trauma victims

The Strawberry Patchers, the local chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, is completing its annual quiltathon today (Friday).

National TV show to feature Hope ranch

Diane Reid's Whispering Hope Ranch near Christopher Creek is a unique place where children and adults with special needs can spend time interacting with extraordinary animals.

Business Showcase back in the big top

Several booths are still available for Payson's annual Business Showcase April 21. This year's event will be back under the big top in the parking lot of the soon-to-open Rim Country Mall.

Quizno's coming to Sawmill

While workers were installing the signs for Stockman's Bank and Mountain Respiratory Care on the south side of Sawmill Theatres, a new banner was hung on the northside, announcing Sawmill Crossing's newest business.

Horns hang in for 3-2 victory over Holbrook

It wasn't an overwhelming mound performance, but senior Tyler Pettet's pitching was enough to lift the Longhorn baseball squad to a crucial 3-2 East region victory. With the win over the homestanding Holbrook Roadrunners Tuesday afternoon, the Horns upped its overall record to 7-3. More importantly, the team remained undefeated (2-0) in East region play.

Phone scam promises thousands, for a price

When a Payson woman received a phone call last week informing her she had won $250,000 in a sweepstakes, her reaction was predictable.

Parents deserve straight scoop on school issues

Monday afternoon, parents were worried.

Monday, March 19

'Big week' for baseball

Longhorns up against three East rivals

With spring break at an end and prep athletes returning to the playing field, the Longhorn baseball team (7-3 overall, 1-0 in the East) is primed to slide cleats first into the meat of the 2001 campaign.

Inspired by sister, teen wins national essay contest

Sara Leuthy, a 2000 graduate of Payson High School, has learned an important lesson in life that everybody has strengths and weaknesses.

Myrth Jones

Myrth Dena Ion Jones, 99, of Pine, died March 16, 2001, in Pine. She was born Myrth Pyle July 17, 1901, on Bonita Creek north of Payson under the Rim.

Young cancer patient loses 17-month battle

It was a moment of unexpected joy and wrenching heartache. I made Ashley Allen smile. Granted, it wasn't the trademarked ear-to-ear grin Roundup readers have become used to seeing. It was more of a half-smile.

Council plotting strategic course

The Payson Town Council has a tripleheader scheduled for Thursday evening with three consecutive meetings beginning at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Missing mountain biker found uninjured

More than two dozen searchers from Rim country rescue teams combed the forest late Monday night for a 65-year-old man who was reported missing.

'Automobiles not worth a child's life'

(Re: The March 13 letter, "No pleasure, power or recreation is worth one child's life): Why should gun owners be penalized because of your children and your irresponsibility as a parent.

Deputies investigating alleged kidnapping

A Payson teenager who was taking care of her grandparents' home in Round Valley Saturday was reportedly kidnapped and forced to drive to Phoenix.

LIVING ON THE WILD SIDE

Encounters with wildlife increase with dry weather

Because of our proximity to national forest lands and recent drought conditions in the area, residents of the Rim country are likely to have more opportunities for encounters with wildlife.

Ashley Allen

Ashley Karin Marie Allen, 5, of Payson, died March 17, 2001, at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She was born Sept. 26, 1995 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Man kills teen, self at Childs campout

A St. Patrick's Day party at Childs Campground turned deadly Saturday, when two Phoenix residents were fatally shot while surrounded by 200 campers.

Bullet grazes deputy's cruiser

That's how close a stray bullet came to striking Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Cronk last week, while he was responding to a report that shots were being fired in the forest.

LIVE & LEARN

They did it in God's name, they said. Islamic Taliban soldiers exploded two towering statues of Buddha carved in the limestone cliffs in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. One, at 175 feet, was thought to be the world's tallest standing Buddha; the other was 120 feet. They were more than 1,400 years old.

Children and teacher are worth higher taxes

What kind of reputation does the Payson area want to project to outsiders? Do we want to be known as an area that deeply cares about rodeos and wrestling? Or do we also want to be known as a place that puts a priority on community and kids?

Theater should cater to different tastes

I agree with your Feb. 23 editorial, "Theater should cater a variety of tastes," because elderly people and adults wouldn't want to come to the movies to see, "Dude, Where's My Car?" or "Sugar and Spice."

Be cautious when giving county tax information

Your editorial advising readers to call the assessor's office with addresses of comparable properties and to protest if your property is not valued fairly is good and in accordance with the instructions included with the "Residential Petition for Review of Valuation."

Violent movies and videos should be banned

Recently, we went to see the movie "3000 Miles to Graceland," mainly because a friend of ours was in it. Well, we sat through the whole picture and never saw him. What a waste.

Bomb threat is nothing to joke about

flared, one of the students shouted that there was a bomb in the other child's backpack.

Transfer rule is a good one, when enforced

Coaches, Arizona Interscholastic Association officials and school administrators were sweating bullets last Thursday when the Arizona Senate heard a bill that would have snuffed out a year-old rule restricting student-athlete's transfers between schools.

PAYSON PEOPLE

Payson nurse comes full circle

New beginnings are nothing new to Lucinda Campbell. She's been making them all her life. Saturday afternoon, she rolled into town in her Ford Explorer, pulling a U-Haul trailer full of belongings ready to once again call Payson home.

White scores spot on All-East hoop squad

Senior Sterling White dominated the Longhorn boys basketball postseason honors award

Lady Horns face crucial stretch

Like their counterparts on the PHS baseball diamond, the Lady Longhorn softball nine is facing a crucial stretch of East regional clashes.

Sunday, March 18

Sewer tax may be money down the drain

When Payson resident Maggi Parks learned she was paying a big chunk of her taxes for an 11-year-old sewer improvement assessment, she said she knew she was flushing money down the drain.

The Rim Review, Kay's Korner are great

Lionel, Winnie and Alan Charle arrived in Payson with their mobile home and stayed with longtime friends, Laurie and Bill Thomas while hooking up our home. Alan graduated from Payson High School in 1975. There was one grocery store and post office across Main Street.

Taking away freedom is never a solution

As we've seen so many times in the past years, Stan Brown (March 13th Roundup) never seems to tire of writing to the Roundup and pleading for the end to the "availability of guns" as a means of achieving his version of utopia in America.

Residents to protest property valuations

Two Strawberry residents think northern Gila County property owners are being asked to shoulder the lion's share of the tax burden, and they are asking other concerned residents to help them do something about it.

Give the Door Stop land

To the Payson Town Council and Town Manager Rich Underkofler:

'Raising taxes is not an option'

The recent restaurant tax fiasco is a perfect illustration of what happens when the elected become complacent and insensitive to the pulse of the electorate.

School health insurance hike up for board consideration

A hefty increase in health insurance premiums tops the agenda of the Payson Unified School District Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Little League spring training begins

With more than 300 enthusiastic youngsters eager to take to the diamond, Payson Little League officials are scrambling to ensure the spring and summer season is a banner one.

Winchester receives Governor's 'Outstanding Leadership' award

The laurels continue to roll in for the Tonto Apache Track and Field team.

Golfers swing a win at River Valley Invitational

Battling 14 teams from the tri-state area of California, Nevada and Arizona, the Longhorn golf squad played its way to a runner-up finish at the River Valley Invitational Tournament.

Annual Pinewood Derby slated for March 24

The annual Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 24 in the Rim Country Middle School gym. Race schedule is as follows:

Payson Parks & Recreation

Last call to save your seat on our bus trip to Laughlin March 26, 27 & 28. Just a few seats left!

Weather could delay track completion

Mother Nature may hold the answer to whether the Payson High School track will be ready for competition April 21, when the local cinder squad hosts the Rotary Freshman-Sophomore Invitational.

Saturday, March 17

Review Feature

Cold War: Surviving the sneezin' season

I do not handle illness well. Give me a mild case of the sniffles or up my body temperature to 98.7 and I immediately slip into my impersonation of Ali McGraw in "Love Story."

Around the Rim Country

Chipping away at taxes

In the tourism biz, they call it a "bed, board and booze" or a "BBB" tax. But when the restaurant folks got wind of what the Payson Town Council wanted to do, they responded with an 8-letter "B" word of their own. Roughly translated it means, "We really don't think so."

Thursday, March 15

Local curbside recycling service delayed again

On March 2, Ty Taber, who heads the company that began providing curbside recycling services for the Rim country five months ago, announced that service would be suspended for two weeks while the company reorganized. Service, he said, would resume March 14 or 15.

EAC hosts financial-aid workshop

The Payson Campus of Eastern Arizona College is holding a free financial aid workshop for students planning to attend any college next year.

Lillie L. Slebir

Lillie L. Slebir, 89, of Payson, died March 15, 2001. She was born March 19,1912 in Damar, Kan.

Mary Stork

Mary Ellen Stork, 78, of Star Valley died March 10, 2001, in Payson. She was born Nov. 6, 1922, in Ignacio, Colo.

How and when to behave yourself

I will confess to you: the scholar and the academic sells his soul to the obsessive pursuit of ideas. He can never retire.

Take charge of your own local tax bill

Two stories about Rim country residents who are determined to lower their tax bills appear on the front page of today's Roundup.

Mayor, cohorts should learn civility

Thanks for publishing the informative story March 9 on the activities of the Citizens Awareness Committee.

Taxing smokers could benefit all

Rather than taxing restaurants at 2 percent, let's tax smoking so we can clean up indoor air. Here's a three-part approach that benefits everyone:

Payson bypass needed now

The subject of my letter is the urgent need for a bypass around town.

Dot Avis Wallander

Dot Avis Wallander, 94, of Payson, died March 15, 2001 in Payson. She was born March 17, 1906 in Beacon, Iowa.

Ivan Thomas Wade

Co-workers of Kristin Wade at High Country Denistry welcome the newest member to their family, Ivan Thomas Wade.

Monday, March 12

PHS girls track favorite for third state championship

With track and field standout Reanna Martinez limited to just one event due to an injury, the Lady Longhorns weren't expected to make much of a scoring impact in the prestigious North Canyon Invitational.

LeBlanc new head coach at Queen Creek

Former Payson High School teacher and coach Curt LeBlanc has been appointed head football coach at Queen Creek High School.

Spotted a rabid coyote, who you gonna call?

While driving up Easy Street shortly before 11 a.m. Feb. 21, I saw a coyote running in a frenzied manner toward me.

PAYSON PEOPLE

Motherhood ends biology career, inspires true calling

Having children changes most peoples' lives. But when Tina Crabdree and her husband, Scott, had their first child, it changed her career and her life ... not to mention the lives of many Rim country students.

LIVE & LEARN

School violence flies in face of universal moral law

The latest school shooting, this time at a high school in California, was fresh on my mind last week when I attended an unusual event in Phoenix a program put together by the InterFaith Action Coalition of Arizona to promote understanding and acceptance of world religions.

Elusive coatimundi a Rim regular

It was the kind of true-life adventure that would make a National Geographic photographer drool with envy.

Traffic delays expected along Highway 260

Beginning this week, the transportation of large equipment on Highway 260 may cause 15- to 20-minute traffic delays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Teens take on fashion world

Ask the students in Devon Wells' fashion merchandising class at Payson High School what they think of the local fashion scene and you'll likely get a collective and derisive snort.

Cinch Hook sled area again open to public

Grab your inner tube the Cinch Hook snowplay area north of Strawberry is once again open to the public.

P&Z Commission tables tower plan

The Payson Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a request to endorse a telecommunications tower at the water tank site off Airport Road Monday. The commission may reconsider the issue during its March 26 meeting.

Sylvia Freeman

Sylvia K. Freeman, 65, of Payson, died March 7, 2001, in Payson. She was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Goshen, Ind.

Quality films need patrons

Perhaps you recall the observations made a few weeks ago in this space concerning the shortage of quality films typically on view at the Sawmill Theatres.

Council seems to be 'legacy building'

Three cheers for Dave Engleman and his letter to the editor of March 6. He really nailed the issues down solidly.

Miss Kitty gives fun, fund-raisers and much more to community

The story that your reporter Mike Burkett wrote (about Miss Kitty Lucek, Feb. 27 Roundup) was quite humorous.

Gun freedoms not worth a child's life

There is something terribly bizarre about the endless discussion as to why children are shooting their schoolmates. Forgive me for being simplistic, but it seems the answer is threefold.

Flights of fancy

Local pilot flies Payson's 'friendly skies'

Ask Gordon Holm what it is, exactly, that he loves about taking to the Rim country skies, the normally eloquent pilot and flying instructor goes silent.

Coach Wheelis bids adieu to Payson

The ranks of Payson High School coaches who have recently resigned has claimed yet another member.

Lady Horns now 2-0 in East region

With a 2-0 East region record (7-3 overall), the Lady Longhorn softball express is steaming toward what could be a berth in the season-ending state tournament.

Payson teacher spins award-winning Web

If it is possible to get tired of winning awards, Payson High School English teacher Joe Pauley must be downright exhausted.

Donald Berry

An open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday March 17 at 416 E. Forest in memory of Donald Lewis Berry, who died March 1, 2001, in Payson.

Hospice hosts charity tourney

The Rim Country Hospice Foundation is hosting its first-ever charity golf tournament at The Rim Club course Monday, April 16. All proceeds will be used to build a hospice facility for patients in need of 24-hour skilled care.

Saturday, March 10

Review Feature

The luck of the Irish ... and other such malarky

Believe me. There is no better way to prepare for St. Patrick's Day than to spend time with the young and beautiful Kathleen Kelly, the most Irish female in all of Rim country.

Around the Rim Country

Welcome to Camo Country

In our ongoing effort to keep you apprised of important worldwide happenings that might otherwise go unnoticed, we take you to downtown Beijing where a dramatic facelift is unfolding.

Thursday, March 8

Minimal tax increase would provide maximum benefits

We have found the recent letters to the editor opposing the proposed restaurant and bar tax disturbing. As relative newcomers to Payson, we are pleased to find the mayor and town council working hard to address the needs of this growing community.

Kudos to the quiet heroes among us

It was sad to read about the horror of Kathleen Kelly's day (When she was attacked by three free-roaming dogs on Main Street last month). Francis of Assisi was God's gifted saint of the 13th century. One of his great gifts was his love for animals, birds and other creatures of the earth.

'Privilege' to build in Payson too high

After living in Payson for the past 11 years, I am finally in the position to buy land here and build a nice home. One thing prevents me from doing so.

Award-winning success: It's all in the details

Last week, the Roundup was named the "Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper" by the Inland Press Association for the second year running.

Velma DeWitt

Velma Irene DeWitt, 95, of Payson, died March 1, 2001, at her assisted living home. She was born Aug. 11, 1905, in Burnettsville, Ind.

Ward Beman

Ward W. Beman, 87, of Payson, died March 7, 2001. He was born June 20, 1913, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Wesley Backes

Wesley G. Backes, 76, of Payson, died March 6, 2001, in Payson. He was born May 18, 1924, in Aurora, Ill.

Pine-Strawberry

Fishermen square off at town watering hole

Anglers packed the Sportsman's Chalet Sunday for the local watering hole's second annual Fish-off.

Roundup named 'Nation's Best'

The Payson Roundup has been named the "Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper" by the Inland Press Association for the second time in two years.

Taking Town Hall to task

Reorganized political action committee keeps council on its toes

At its best, democracy is an exercise in citizen participation, and for a quarter of a century, Rim country politicians have had to deal with a group that plays that role to the hilt.

Trial date set for Star Valley murder suspect

Pinal County attorneys, who took over the prosecution's case against Star Valley murder suspect Paul Roosen from the Gila County attorney's office, are ready to go to court.

Cowboy Hall of Fame close to reality

While many wait an entire lifetime for a dream to come true, it has happened twice to the director of the Payson Public Library in the span of just a few months.

Abigail Pendleton

Abigail Pendleton was born Nov. 6, 2000, to Frank and Mary Pendleton, a 1997 graduate of Payson High School.

Thunderbird Classic a learning experience

Although his Longhorn baseball team finished with a mediocre 3-2 record, the three-day Thunderbird Classic Baseball Tournament provided some valuable experience, Payson High coach Teddy Pettet said.

White leading the pack for boys track team

The fate of the boys Longhorn track team could rest on the shoulders of senior strongman Sterling White. In two early season meets Feb. 28 at Chandler Hamilton and two days later at the Canyon State Cactus Classic White has been about the only scoring force the Horns can call upon.

'Don't gouge me; I live here'

It's trying to happen here. Widen the highway and squeeze the residents.

Lady Horns finish first at Canyon State meet

Flexing their collective track and field muscle to the tune of 174 points, the Lady Longhorns easily captured the championship of the Canyon State Invitational.

Two more Horns sign up for trip Down Under

If all goes as planned, the Rim country will be well represented when the Novotel Beachcomber Down Under Bowl is played this summer on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Auto dealership suspected target in hot check scam

Rim country investigators think Phil White Ford may have been the latest victim in a series of business-check thefts.

Little League needs umps

Local Little League officials including president Ron Miller and vice president Don Engler have issued a plea for help. They are asking local residents to consider taking on part-time employment this spring and summer as Little League umpires and game officials.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Time is running out to save your seat on our bus trip to Laughlin, March 26, 27 & 28. Just a few seats left! Choose between a single room for $80 or a double room for just $65 per person. Price includes transportation by deluxe motor coach, three days/two nights at the Edgewater Hotel & Casino, one buffet meal and one "fun book." Guests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your spot, stop by the Parks & Rec office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or call 474-5242, ext. 7.

Tonto Apaches champs of Grand Canyon State games

Despite having only 12 athletes entered, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team ran, jumped and threw its way to the championship of the Grand Canyon State Winter Games Saturday at Tolleson High School.

Former deputy faces trial for perjury

A former Gila County Sheriff's deputy who resigned amid allegations that he lied during several trials and falsified his job application has been indicted on two charges of perjury and one charge of making a false sworn statement.

Council kills tax proposal

Payson Mayor Ray Schum pronounced a proposed 2-percent bed, board and booze tax "dead on arrival" at the outset of the Payson Town Council meeting Thursday, but tax opponents filed up to the microphone to protest anyway.

Door Stop land deal in works

The Payson Town Council hired an attorney who specializes in land deals to negotiate a tentative agreement with The Door Stop for the purchase of land south of Payson Municipal Airport.

Schools switch to modified calendar

After much penciling-in and erasing, the Payson School District's modified calendar for the 2001-2002 school year has finally been carved in stone. It's set to begin Aug. 6, the first day of the next school year.

Monday, March 5

Allergies don't have to be forever

People who have severe allergies, characterized by symptoms that last most of the year and aren't effectively relieved by antihistamines, have another option desensitization.

Co-coaches bring their own piece to the program

The success of Payson High School track and field teams which includes back-to-back state championship for the Lady Longhorns might be due in part to a highly dedicated coaching staff. At least that's the point of view of many athletes, students, fans, parents and coach Chuck Hardt.

Beery, Miller tapped to ACA's Red vs. Blue All-Star match

At the conclusion of each prep wrestling season, coaches gather to nominate and select the athletes they believe deserve to participate in the Arizona Coaches Association Red vs. Blue All-Star clash. Being chosen is a highlight of any high school senior's career.

LaHaye ends season as Republic's Small School Wrestler of the Year

In the rich and storied 28-year history of the nationally ranked Payson High School wrestling program, there have been rosters of athletes who've grappled their way to prep mat fame.

Lady Horns kick it up at Canyon State Classic meet

A rookie new to the high school sports scene and an award-winning veteran joined forces to help the Lady Longhorn track and field team win the championship of the Canyon State Cactus Classic Track and Field Invitational.

LaMottes head to Colorado for sons' national tournament

For Dave and Vickie LaMotte, a trip late this week to Greenlee, Colo. will be the thrill of a lifetime. That's because the jaunt will afford the husband and wife their first opportunity to see their sons compete on the major college wrestling level.

Pleasant postal clerks earn resident's stamp of approval

Now that the holiday season is a couple of months behind us, I would like to take a moment to extend a few best wishes to all of the people who work at our Payson post office.

Town needs to readopt 'pay-as-you-go' policy

I would like to comment about the proposed change in the "bed, board and booze" tax structure.

'Progressives' should reconsider tax

The tax-and-spend closet liberals they'd probably prefer that I call them progressives are coming out of the closet. I waited to write this letter to see if any other residents of Payson felt as I do. Sure enough, some of the local restaurant businesses do, (see the) Roundup, March 2.

Senior frustrated by county management of tax-freeze program

A big thank you to the Payson Roundup and Roundup staff reporter Jim Keyworth, for the front page article in the Feb. 23 edition titled "Seniors still have time to request property tax freeze."

Payson needs less traffic, not more taxation

There is no need to go to California to see Fantasyland. Just turn to Payson Town Hall.

Compassion could diffuse school violence

On Monday morning at a high school near San Diego, another young man who reportedly was bullied and picked on, chose to strike out against his fellow classmates with a gun.

James Swinghammer

James H. Swinghammer, 69, died Feb. 26, 2001, in Scottsdale. He was born to Thomas and Florence Swinghammer Dec. 4, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio.

Kenneth Nash

Kenneth J. Nash, 67, of Guymon, Okla., died Feb. 27, 2001, in Amarillo, Texas. He was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Helena, Mont. to Byron George and Faith Elizabeth (Stecker) Nash.

Velma DeWitt

Velma Irene DeWitt, 95, of Payson, died March 1, 2001, at her assisted living home. She was born Aug. 11, 1905, in Burnettsville, Ind.

Howard Evans

Howard Evans, 71, of Payson, died Feb. 18, 2001, while on vacation in Riverside, Calif. He was born March 12, 1929.

Donald Berry

Donald Lewis Berry, 79, of Payson, died March 1, 2001. He was born May 6, 1921, in Denver, Colo. and had been a resident of Arizona for the past 57 years.

LIVE & LEARN

Don't believe in astrology? What's your sign?

Did you check your horoscope today? If so, you had lots of company. Horoscopes are so universally popular that all newspapers carry them daily. Many magazines offer readers a monthly horoscope, and some are devoted exclusively to astrology. Internet sites offer a huge array of horoscope-related fun from stockscopes to petscopes.

Show Low resident convicted of stalking

An eight-member jury found a Show Low man guilty last week of stalking a Payson woman.

Semi-truck accident sends man to hospital

A Phoenix man was sent to the hospital Friday when his car collided with an 18-wheel semi-truck. According to Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Tony McDaniel, 48-year-old Kevin Kueny was turning on to Highway 260 from the parking lot of the Lazy D Motel in Star Valley at 6:15 a.m. Friday, when he ran into the eastbound semi.

Kung fu teacher reaches into past for new ideas

Seeing the movie "Shanghai Noon" inspired Payson resident and Sifu Rick Clark to pick up another form of Wushu, better known to us Americans as martial arts.

Two AIMS tests turn up missing

Two test booklets for the AIMS writing test are missing from Payson High School.

Light bulb entry a bright idea for science fair

"It's cool," said seventh-grader Dustin Ammann when he found out he won Best of Show at the 2001 Rim Country Middle School Science Fair last weekend.

Coleman Bailey

Coleman Donald Bailey, 86, of Payson, died Feb. 27, 2001, in Payson. He was born May 12, 1914, in Lanett, Ala.

Door Stop bid falls short, but options still open

Whether The Door Stop is moving to Payson could be decided during an executive session to consider its bid for property in the Sky Park Industrial Park when the Payson Town Council convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Town tax opposition gathering momentum

Local restaurateurs who had gathered Monday to refine their opposition to a proposed bed, board and booze tax were joined by town councilmembers and concerned customers in the Manzanita Apartments community room.

WITNESS TO FITNESS

The secret to losing fat is gaining lean muscle

Ever since I've been involved in fitness, I've noticed that many people who exercise are hesitant to include weight training in their exercise program. This seems especially true of those trying to lose weight. This week, I would like to introduce you to a few reasons why you should always include weight training in any program.

Gila County cancer victims may be eligible for payments

Gila County Recorder Linda Haught Ortega's father died of lung cancer in 1979.

Police shooter gets 30 years

Lenny Kizzar, who was convicted last year of the attempted murder of Payson Police Officer Alan Dyer, was sentenced last week to 30 years in the Arizona State Prison.

PAYSON PEOPLE

Upon moving to Payson almost five years ago, Marcy Rogers says she promptly bemoaned the fact that there weren't that many children to help, because "Payson was a rich little town."

Saturday, March 3

Around the Rim Country

Cynic's guide to the Rim country

Every time the Best of Payson comes out, the thought crosses my mind that it would be fun to do a Worst of Payson.

Review Feature

The joys of the family vacation

It's incredible, but true. As spring break approaches, many American families are compelled to gather in the living room to discuss how to best spend the upcoming week of freedom.

Thursday, March 1

New Breed as good as any Valley band

I would like to congratulate Clay Sopeland and his New Breed band for being picked as one of this area's top bands.

MSA's contributions are far reaching

Since its inception in 1983, the Mogollon Sporting Association has provided struggling youth programs with much of their financial support.

PINE-STRAWBERRY

Quilters help a stitch at a time

Later this month, the Strawberry Patchers Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild will hold its annual Quiltathon to make quilts for children who have been involved in accidents and other traumatizing events. The club makes quilts and gives them to the Arizona Department of Public Safety to be distributed to the officers. Officers carry the quilts in their patrol cars and give them to children who need comforting.

Recycling curbed for 2 weeks

Arizona Recycling Curbside Specialists, the Valley-based company that operates Payson's five-month-old curbside recycling program, has shut down for two weeks for what the firm's president calls "routing reorganization."

Festival organizers prep summer shows

Festivals are an important part of Payson's tourism industry, and with warm weather just around the corner the Rim country's festival organizers are beginning to finalize plans for this year's offerings.

Miniature golf back on course

Bob Ellis and his wife, Alice, lived in Payson for a full year without knowing about the existence of the defunct Southard's Stampede Miniature Golf Course. And they live directly behind the place.

Boys, girls teams breeze through season openers

Tuesday's baseball and softball clashes against Alchesay quickly turned into golden opportunities for the Longhorns to pad their early season statistics.

Beall new coach of Valley school

The man who led Payson High School to three consecutive playoff appearances and to the state championship in 1998 has been appointed the inaugural football coach at soon-to-be-completed Higley High School.

Mavericks chalk up 7-1 record

After watching his basketball squad dwindle to only seven players after once numbering 14, Ross Carpenter was concerned his crew might not again know the thrill of victory.

Payson Parks & Recreation

Laughlin or Bust!

Orange-belt teen wins first place in Phoenix competition

He's only 13 years old, but Victor Diaz has already realized several accomplishments in the sport of self defense.

Illegals stopped at gunpoint

With lights flashing and guns drawn, nearly a dozen police officers blocked the northbound lane of Highway 87 Wednesday afternoon and slowly emptied a white passenger van of its occupants 13 undocumented Mexican nationals. The van was reported stolen out of Phoenix Feb. 20 during an alleged home invasion.

Business owners out to stop tax levy

Some 40 local restaurant owners and managers gathered at The Small Cafednesday afternoon to map out a protest strategy to a proposed 2-percent increase in the local sales tax on food and alcohol.

Modified school year is a good idea

My name is P.J. Larby and I am writing in regard to the modified school year.

Softball players rejoin ranks of pro athletes

I'd like to respond to the (letter) submitted by Cady O'Donnell Friday, (Feb. 23).

Tell council to stop raising our taxes

On Tuesday evening Feb. 27, our president spoke to us about a tax cut. Both parties agree there is a need for a tax cut.

Atheism is a lonely business

"When the load gets too heavy for you, just pick up your feet and keep moving." That's what my grandfather used to say.

BBB tax could make our cup runneth over

New taxes are always hard to swallow, and the council's proposed 2-percent bed, board and booze tax is no exception.

Edward Stewart

Edward "Ted" K. Stewart, 90, of Payson, died Feb. 27, 2001 in Payson. He was born Jan. 11, 1911 in Columbus, Ohio.

Kathleen Crow

Kathleen "Kathy" Mary Crow, 69, of Payson, died Feb. 23, 2001, in Payson. She was born April 8, 1931, in Greer, Idaho.

Leo Gross

Leo G. Gross, 80, of Longmont, Colo. died Jan. 3, 2001 in Longmont, Colo. He was born April 15, 1920 in Waldo, Kan., the son of George and Mary (Luder) Gross.

Rubie Billerbeck

Rubie B. Billerbeck, 84, of Payson, died Feb. 27, 2001, in Payson. She was born Jan. 31, 1917, in Sioux City, Iowa.