Stories for May 2001


Thursday, May 31

Council needs to speed up street repairs

Why is the (Payson Town) Council crying about never having enough money for street repair? (According to the 2000 census), Payson has (5,243) more residents (than 10 years ago). All of them pay taxes and buy food, gas, lumber, hardware, etc.

Summer recreation activities

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department provides athletic and entertainment programs for residents year-round, but things really start hoppin' during the summer. The following is a list of the activities lined up for the summer months.

Graduation attendee saddened that God wasn't invited

No recognition, no blessing.

Payson crew jumps into Valley-based summer league

A group of high school baseball players will represent the Rim country in the Valley-based Arizona Prep Summer League.

Calderwood clubs closest to pin

Payson Women's Golf Association member Alesha Calderwood has turned in a day on the links that would make any golfer proud.

Former Payson coach joins legendary Kush in coach clinic

An ex-Payson High School coach will soon be reunited with his former collegiate coach.

Coach LaMotte begins new regime with summer wrestling camp

More than 30 eager youngsters spent the past three days learning wrestling skills from four top-notch coaches.

Heinecke, Clower to wed

Janelle Lynn Heinecke, the daughter of Cyndi and Ed Heinecke of Payson, and Scott Lewis Clower, the son of Michael and Gerrie Clower of Mesa, will be married June 23 in Scottsdale.

Poe, Hernandez to wed

Former Kohl's Ranch Lodge wedding planner Rebecca L. Poe and Kevin A. Hernandez will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at the Village of Christopher Creek.

What's up?

Q: Last week, I was at my son's awards program for the Longhorn baseball season and noticed once again that Coach (Ted) Pettet showed up driving a town vehicle. Since then, I've seen him show up at other private functions, and am curious why the town allows its employees to attend private functions in town vehicles?

Wake up and speak up Payson

The guest comment in the May 22 Payson Roundup was a letter to Vice-Mayor Dick Wolfe from James Hill, president of Western Cabinet Doors, Inc.

I hope Payson will again have opportunity to recycle'

I would like to comment on the failed ARCS recycling that came to Payson last fall. (I think) that Ty Tabor and his recycling plan were a scam to begin with, as there was no plan on how the recyclables would be transported to the Valley. If he didn't have a plan for that, did he even have a plan for the actual recycling?

Chamber should promote from within

The many years I have spent in the United States Army have convinced me that civilians just love to do things the hard way.

Remember the people who must pay for improvements'

(Regarding the May 15 editorial) "Economic pills can be hard to swallow:"That much of this particular (opinion) is certainly true, especially if this prescription for economic ills is followed.

Summer car temperatures spell disaster for pets, kids

Every day, human beings are faced with the choice of being kind or being "right." Too often we choose to be "right."

Ruth Moore

Ruth Sechler Moore, 83, of Payson, died May 27, 2001, in Payson. She was born Dec. 3, 1917, in St. Joe, Ind.

G. McCracken

G. Vernon McCracken, 81, of Payson, died May 29, 2001, in Payson. He was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Cisne, Ill.

Josephine Klein

Josephine E. Klein, 67, of Payson, died May 25, 2001, in Payson. She was born Oct. 22, 1933, in Chicago, Ill.

Clarence Hawker

Clarence R. Hawker, 88, of Tempe, Ariz., died May 12, 2001, in Payson. He was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Denver, Colo.

Alt-fuel harassment subsiding

State costs much lower than once expected

It's been awhile since the alternative-fuel rebate program slipped from the front pages, but those sky blue and white license plates are still out there.

'Memento' puts a new spin on detective thriller

"John G raped and murdered my wife."

Miami mayor picked to fill District 2 supervisor seat

The mayor of Miami, Ariz. was selected from a field of 10 candidates Thursday to fill the Gila County District 2 Supervisor seat.

Become a happy camper

One of the most popular and least expensive ways Arizona desert dwellars have of escaping the searing summer heat is a visit to the Rim country.

Visit a rare natural wonder

Explore the largest travertine bridge in the world

It's a story that's over a century old, but when Susannah Cernojevich tells it, it seems to take on new life.

Get ready to go rodeo

It's the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, and since it began 117 years ago it has been a big deal in the Rim country.

Shop around for a piece of history

You've watched a good number of "Antique Roadshow episodes." Now you're thinking, "Hey, I want to collect antiques, too!"

Drop the fish a line

During the heat of the summer, Arizona's fishing hot spots are beneath the cool pines of the Rim country.

Find a treasure

... a guide to antiques & collectibles in the Rim country

Take in a concert

The amphitheater at Green Valley Park comes alive on Saturday nights throughout the summer, with performers from all over the Southwest headlining the Town of Payson's Concert Under The Stars series.

Four-wheel the outback

To a real adventurer, there aren't many experiences more thrilling than going places and seeing things few other people know exist.

Camp levels playground for challenged children

Disabled children who go to Camp Tatiyee in Pinetop-Lakeside don't cry when they get there, they cry when they leave, said executive director Pam Swanson.

Werner, Cline to wed

John Wesley Cline and Kimberli Jean Werner will be married at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Mountain Bible Church on Rancho Road in Payson.

Stop up north and stay a spell

The Rim country's charming twin sisters, Pine and Strawberry, are all set to lure visitors to taste the delights of village life in the cool pines at the annual Strawberry Festival June 9.

Change your point of view

To the native people of North America, the number four has been the symbol of perfection from time immemorial. The four directions, each with its sacred meaning and spirit power, inscribe their symmetry on many Indian designs. Christians see holiness in the number three, representing a Trinitarian understanding of the Godhead.

Check out some chicks

... right outside your window

It's summer. The back yard is full of sweet-smelling flowers and the air is filled with birdsong.

Walk the edge

From nearly any vantage point in the Rim country, one can see the Mogollon Rim. Residents on hilltops can enjoy a panoramic view of the many distinctive landmarks along the escarpment. There are few vantage points where one cannot see at least part of the Rim.

Garduno an All-State shortstop

More than 30 eager youngsters spent the past three days learning wrestling skills from four top-notch coaches.

Join the festivities

Enjoy a toe-tappin', swingin' good time this summer in the cool pines of the Rim country. From rodeos to golf tournaments, blues festivals to fiddle contests, there's action around just about every corner. Here's the summer schedule:

Places to go

Explore natural wonders and historic landmarks

Welcome to Rim country!

During the dog days of summer, Arizona has a reputation for being a sweltering desert or, less politely, a dusty, cacti-riddled hell.

Shrinking sales tax collections put squeeze on town budget

At $31.17 million, the proposed 2001-2002 town budget presented to the Payson Town Council Thursday reflects a slowing in town sales tax collections.

Former CABR exec pleads guilty to theft

In the Gila County Superior Courthouse in Payson Wednesday surrounded by the real estate professionals she once served former Payson resident Raven Burlando pleaded guilty to charges of theft and fraud.

Changing face of Payson growing younger, diverse

Payson residents have gotten younger at least as a group.

Enjoy a slice of small-town life

Festivals, events among the pines

5th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pine Community Center in the cultural hall. Contact Nancy Bollard, (520) 476-2305.

Monday, May 28

War memorial a reminder of high price of freedom

Sometimes it's hard to make young Americans understand the true value of our freedom and the price that has been paid to protect and secure our liberties.

Landra leads new PWGA season

In Payson Womens Golf Association tournament action, longtime association member Marge Landra played her way to a first-place finish and closest-to-the-pin honors.

Lady Horns named to All-East team

The naming of six Lady Longhorns to All-East region honors was a deserving tribute to an exceptional group of young athletes, Payson High coach Will Dunman said.

Gartner, Kerbo marry

Benjamin Gartner and Melissa Kerbo were married March 17 in a back yard ceremony at the home of the bride's parents in Mesa.

Diane Koetting

Diane Grace Koetting, 61, of Pine, died May 24, 2001, in Pine.

Lady Horns enter summer softball league


A meeting today of mostly East regional softball coaches and others could result in a summer league for high school players.

Payson man risking 'jail' for Muscular Dystrophy

Local office supplier Gary Reed is a wanted man.

Enforcement, not signs, key to protecting forest

Kudos to Chuck Jacobs for his April 17 Mail Call letter. The proposed Forest Service policy to post only the roads that are open, is flawed.

Loan speeds up Highway 260 project

The Arizona Department of Transportation has approved a $41.9-million loan that will allow crews to widen Highway 260 to a four-lane divided highway near Christopher Creek nine months ahead of schedule.

Honoring the fallen

Payson's Veterans War Memorial is as fine as any other in all the world, Dist. 4 state representative Jake Flake told the more than 700 people who gathered Monday at Green Valley Park for the memorial's dedication.

Weekend marred by holiday accidents

A fatal one-vehicle accident on the Beeline Highway Monday evening was just one of several accidents Memorial Day weekend.

Town gearing up for budget talks

The first public hearing on Payson's proposed budget for the 2001-2002 fiscal year will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

Residents in 'affordable' areas deserve safe roads

Mike Burkett's glowing story (May 11) about the affordable housing project opening in Star Valley leaves out some vital points that are of grave concern to those of us who already live in the area.

Residents deserve to enjoy pets without menace of dogs at large

The official term "dogs at large" accords way too much status to the loose, uncontrolled, unpredictable hounds plaguing our neighborhoods. They seldom wear collars, rarely display rabies tags and never seem good-natured. Their owners remain adamantly indifferent to the damage their dogs can inflict.

Relay for Life teams rallying help for cancer research Friday

Payson resident Al Ayers beat cancer in 1985. He gained health, and debt the treatments cost him $56,000.

After 18 years, senior center director ready for retirement


The Payson Senior Center is having a party June 1. After that, there will be tears. Lenice Lee, who has been the director of the Payson Senior Center for 18 years, is retiring Friday, and her friends and colleagues say she will be missed.

Wrestling USA taps LaHaye as honorable mention

Accolades continue to pour in for former Payson High School wrestling star R.C. LaHaye. The most recent to be bestowed was Honorable Mention High School All-American plaudits from Wrestling USA Magazine.

Residents out to save historic mail trail

Ask Lufkin Hunt what it's like to be married to the same woman for 57 years and he says, "It's almost long enough to get acquainted."

Abandoned pets find sanctuary with Best Friends


It was all Lynn's fault that I spent three days on my knees and up to my elbows in bleach water, scrubbing out dog kennels, which is not usually my idea of fun.

Saturday, May 26

Review Feature

A moving experience

Moving is a process that usually takes anywhere from 90 to 120 days. If you and your family become involved in the process, you will find it can be a well organized and efficient experience.

Around The Rim Country

Advice for the graduating senior

Since commencement speakers are usually ex-presidents or other semi-notorious has-beens, I'm hopeful one of these Mays they'll work their way down to me a battered and beaten newspaper columnist who, like most commencement speakers I've heard, has learned absolutely nothing about life that is worth sharing.

Thursday, May 24

Summer camps build stronger Longhorns

Now that school has shut down for the summer months, most teenagers will have plenty of free hours to kick back and enjoy time off.

Dog park tabled, task force dropped

At a joint meeting between the Payson Town Council and the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, Mary Jo Waits of Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy gave a detailed presentation on the new economy businesses struggling to survive in the Internet age.

Horns trio selected for North/South All-Star clash

Class 3A high school coaches have tapped a trio of recent Payson High School graduates to play in one of the state's most prestigious postseason all-star baseball clashes.

State must better tend to students

There once was a farmer who planted seeds each year in hopes of a bountiful harvest.

Parks & Recreation

Tennis Lessons

Youth and adults of all abilities are invited to register for summer tennis lessons.


At the end of a day of fishing, I often talk to the other fishermen who are getting off the water.

Horns gear up for wrestling summer camp

Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte has brought in a pair of top-notch coaches to assist at the Longhorn Wrestling Camp, May 29, 30 and 31 in Wilson Dome.

Tonto Apaches head to track Jr. Olympics

The Tonto Apache Track and Field team the Grand Canyon Games Male and Female Athletes of the Year tuned up for upcoming Junior Olympic competition at the USA Track and Field Arizona state championships May 18 and 19 at Glendale Community College.

Learn a new racquet with lessons from a tennis pro

Local tennis teaching pro Diane Jackson is gearing up for summer lessons she hopes will be a popular draw among local court buffs.

What's up?

Q: As a non-parent, I will have a great deal of trouble knowing when school is in session next school year when the year-round calendar takes effect. Has the town given any consideration to installing the yellow caution lights that flash when school is in session like they have in the Valley?

Chamber needs new guidelines for picking a manager

To the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and anyone else interested in the economic development of Payson:

Betty Clarke

Betty McIntyre Clarke, 79, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Monday, May 21, 2001, in Scottsdale. She was an Arizona native, born July 27, 1921, in Phoenix.

Last lanes of Beeline open for holiday

The final phase of the Beeline Highway expansion two southbound lanes near Sunflower opened Thursday just in time for Memorial Day traffic.

June 1st marks sales tax increase

Starting next Friday, Arizona consumers will have to pay a little more for clothes, books, toys and other goods to pick up the tab for statewide education improvements.

Former CABR exec charged with theft

Former Payson resident Raven Burlando charged with fraudulent schemes and theft for allegedly stealing more than $250,000 from the Central Arizona Board of Realtors is scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday in Gila County Superior Court in Payson.

Repealing 'sex laws' was long overdue

In his (May 5) letter bemoaning the passage of HB2016 "Sex bill will have devastating effects" Mr. Leonard focuses solely on homosexual behavior. As the editor notes, this was only one of many different types of conduct proscribed by the laws that HB2016 repealed. The repealed "sex laws" have already had devastating effects.


Holiday weekend packed with activities

Memorial Day weekend when the communities of Pine and Strawberry traditionally welcome summer residents and visitors to town has arrived.


The Library Friends of Payson have contributed more than $45,000 to the library this fiscal year, which ends June 30. In addition, the group has approved the expenditure of $8,000 to buy large-print and core-collection books. The group raises the money through donations and gifts, fund-raising activities and membership dues. New members are always welcome. For information, call membership chairman Carol Lease at 474-8719.

Mulch works magic in Arizona gardens

Editor's note: This is the last in a seven-part series on water-wise gardening techniques for the Rim country. Today's installment, written by local author and garden expert Barbara Bourscheidt, explores the magic of mulch.

Seniors take scholarships to the bank

The scholarship winners among Payson High School's graduating class split more than $93,000 last Saturday. Following is a complete list of the scholarships, recipients and scholarship values where calculable.

County looking for recycling customers

Since Ty Tabar officially trashed his recycling business in March, the Gila County Attorney's office has been working on damage control and trying to find as many dissatisfied customers as possible.

Forest Service cuts free seedling program

Payson resident Elaine Drorbaugh, who has handed out free pine tree seedlings for the past 13 years for the U.S. Forest Service, has been bombarded with phone calls from people awaiting this year's batch.

Highly decorated vet a reluctant hero

It's only four pieces of paper. A fifth is known to be missing, and more could have been lost to time.

Rim country business brief wrap up

Radio personality returns to air following stroke

Dining landmark re-opens for business

If it flies in Seattle will it fly in Payson?

Silent majority in Payson silent too long

It is time for the silent majority in Payson to speak up. For too long, we have sat quiet while a small group of people attempts to run the community by intimidation and irresponsible claims.

Edward Schimer

Edward August Schimer, 96, of Payson, died, May 19, 2001, in Payson. He was born Aug. 28, 1904, in Winona, Minn.

Monday, May 21

Couple celebrates 70th

Seventy years ago, Frances and Webster Willeford, former long-time residents of Pine, were married March 15, 1931, in a simple ceremony at his parents' home in Downey, Calif. A celebration with family and friends was held in their honor March 17 at the caregiver's home in Mesa where Frances now resides.

Louis Spear

Louis J. Spear Jr., 97, of Strawberry died May 10, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 15. 1903, in Los Angeles, Calif. and had lived as a part of a pioneer family in Arizona for the past 92 years and in Strawberry for the past 10 years.

Coleman Savage

Coleman E. Savage, 86, of Payson died May 12, 2001. He was born Jan. 26, 1915 in Winslow, Ariz.

Johnny Phillips

Johnny Lee Phillips, 65, of Payson, died, May 18, 2001, in Payson. He was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Pineville, W.Va.

Paul Imel

Paul Albert Imel, 80, of Payson, died May 20, 2001, in Payson. He was born Dec. 8, 1920, in Piatt County, Ill. Mr. Imel and his wife, Patricia, were married for 60 years.

What's up?

Q: How come the Roundup does not print the list of scholarships awarded to Payson High School graduates?

Pine-bark beetle infestation threatens town's trees

What is our council doing to combat the pine-bark beetle infestation? I know there is an ordinance that states removal must be made of these infected trees.

Rim Civic Orchestra needs players, public relations person

As a member of the Rim Civic Orchestra, I would like to say "thank you" to all who attended our last concert. Also, as one who just took part in the last concert, there are a few comments I would like to make.

Cemetery is awash in color

Spring rains came at the right time this year to encourage luxuriant wildflower bloom, in the Valley and also up here. The showplace in Payson this Mother's Day weekend has been the Pioneer Cemetery.

Alexander Brown

Alexander Gilmour Brown, 77, of Payson, died May 14, 2001 in Payson. He was born July 19, 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

"Farewell Payson, as we used to know it"

May I comment at some length on two guest comment columns that appeared in the Payson Roundup.

Glenn Grootegoed

Glenn Allen Grootegoed, 68, of Christopher Creek, died May 18, 2001, in Phoenix. He was born June 29, 1932, in Lyndhurst, Ohio

Day, Tutay wed

Erin Day, daughter of Bill and Brenda Day of Payson, and Daniel Tutay, son of Vicky Tutay of Pine and the late Rick Tutay, were married April 21 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church.

Brooks, Hageman to marry

Gabriel Brooks and Gina Hageman, both graduates of Payson High School, will be married June 30 in Payson.

Event organizers looking for others to do fair share

Walt and Willene Smith pulled the Northern Gila County Fair in Pine out of debt more than a decade ago, and now it rakes in more than $30,000 for local schools each year. It was quite a feat, but the Smiths were up to it.

Massage: Aye, there's the rub!

Oh, I know I shouldn't complain. There are harder ways to earn a living than journalism. I could be a coal miner, for example. Or an air-traffic controller. Or Elizabeth Taylor's divorce lawyer. Or President Dubya's English teacher.

Door Stop CEO outlines trouble with bringing business to Payson

Some members of town government have long recognized the urgent need to bring decent-paying jobs to our community and stop the exodus of working-class families from our community.

Wedding to fulfill fiance's dying wish

Cliff Armer's body has been ravaged by diabetes all his life. He has lost part of one leg, is legally blind and requires kidney dialysis three days a week.

Town puts home-based businesses back on hold

The Payson Town Council won't be taking any action to accommodate home-based businesses at its Thursday meeting after all.

Making that post-diploma leap into employment

According to the results of the Roundup's recent survey of Payson High School's graduating seniors, a full 29 percent are for the moment foregoing continuing education in favor of leaping directly into the work force.

Track winner's gesture is a mark of true sportsmanship

Often in prep sports, we witness acts of genuine good sportsmanship that remind us what athletic competition is all about.

GC Games come to Payson for wrestling

The competition is tagged the Tucson edition of the Grand Canyon State Games, but its wrestling events will be staged in Payson.

Payson grads soak up spirit

Despite heavy rain Saturday morning, Mother Nature did not rain on the parades of Payson High School's 156 graduating seniors.

Zumbro tapped to All-Star team

Thanks to the Arizona State Games Committee and a stellar showing in postseason play, Payson High School freshman pitcher Brenna Zumbro is mingling in good company.

Pair of Lady Horns tapped to state

Two of the most accomplished track and field athletes to ever don Payson High School uniforms have earned invitations to one of the country's most prestigious meets.

Qwest raises price of pay phone calls

Qwest phone services upped the price of pay-phone calls from 35 cents to 50 cents last week, a change they attribute to cell phone competition and rising phone maintenance costs.

Seat belt violators in the hot seat

If you get pulled over for any reason this weekend, and are not wearing your seat belt, be prepared for a citation.


A presidential commission has come up with an ingenious way to protect the public from the evils of tobacco and at the same time give tobacco growers an economic incentive to switch crops.


"I want to do four festivals a year in Payson," says "Shakey" Joe Harless, creator of the annual June Bug Blues Festival, owner of Shaker Music, harmonica and guitar player and perhaps the Rim country's most energetic cultural dreamer and doer.

Roundup intern delighted by kindness of strangers

Michelle Beaver, a senior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, says she enjoys attending ASU and living in Tempe but is happy to be interning at the Roundup for six weeks this summer.

Mesa del Day set for June 2

The community of Mesa del Caballo is gearing up for its annual Mesa del Day Celebration Saturday, June 2 an all-day event that includes a pancake breakfast, community-wide yard sale, games and prizes for children and a raffle.

Students invited to theater workshop

Rim country children in grades two through eight can spend three weeks in June participating in a musical theater workshop that will culminate in a production of "The Wizard of Oz."

Festival returns country music to Payson

Acoustic country fans have spoken, and they're getting what they want.

Saturday, May 19

Around the Rim Country

The high price of dancing

Now that a representative sampling of the Rim country has anointed President Bush the winner of the presidential election, we turn to the other issue those 21 folks considered in that same poll whether to ban dancing in the Rim country outright.

Review Feature

Call of the wild should be put on hold

There are certain father-son rituals you've got to observe every two years or so, simply to remind yourself why you only observe them every two years or so. Like overnight camping trips.

Thursday, May 17

P&Z OKs two new developments

Two proposed subdivisions off Tyler Parkway were unanimously moved along by the town Planning and Zoning Commission Monday.


Once again, it appears that our town officials and the Citizens Awareness Committee have decided to play hardball and discourage a small manufacturing business from relocating to Payson.


As a tournament angler, I'm pressed with determining a game plan every time I show up at a new lake. A shortcut to finding a good bite is in knowing seasonal patterns of fish. This can help a fisherman predict a handful of baits and a general migration route that should locate fish quickly.

SAME radios warn of disasters

Most people have seen a message from the U.S. Emergency Alert System, which replaced the Emergency Broadcast System in 1997, scroll across the bottom of a television screen alerting people about an emergency or natural disaster.

Ross Harris

Ross Lee Harris, 75, of Payson, died May 13, 2001 in Payson. He was born Oct. 21, 1925 in Columbus, Ohio.

Tonto Street explosion tied to gas leak

The explosion that rocked a Payson neighborhood, started a major fire and destroyed a two-story home on South Tonto Street was fueled by a gas leak, fire investigators say.

Exhibit to commemorate Childs plant

The Pine-Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society (AHS) will preserve the 100-year history of the Arizona Public Service Childs-Irving hydroelectric system with an exhibit starting May 26, before the APS system is likely closed forever.

'Low care, no care grasses' a water-wise alternative

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a seven-part series on water-wise gardening techniques for the Rim country. Each installment, written by local author and garden expert Barbara Borscheidt, wraps up in next Friday's issue of the Roundup.


Things to do in Pine-Strawberry

The Pine Artisans Gallery is hosting a Gallery Artist Talk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday night (May 19). Three of the more than 40 artists who are represented in the gallery will speak.

Haught pleads guilty

Star Valley businessman Roy George Haught pleaded guilty to negligent homicide yesterday (Thursday) for his involvement in the 1997 death of Strawberry mechanic James Cooper.

Head-on claims first life on new Beeline stretch

The new stretch of Beeline Highway claimed its first traffic fatality, and its first head-on collision, Tuesday evening.

Former fiduciary pleads not guilty

Appearing before Superior Court Judge Robert Duber Monday, former Gila County public fiduciary Rita Riell-Corbin pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, theft, misuse of public funds, conflict of interest and perjury.

Residents to weigh in on 'new economy'

Town residents will have two opportunities next week to provide input on zoning changes designed to encourage economic development by relaxing regulations on home-based businesses.

Stumped detectives close case on murder/suicide

John Puckett shot and killed fellow camper Jessica Ramirez at Child's Campground on St. Patrick's Day, then turned the gun on himself, and investigators are as clueless now about the motive as they were two months ago.

Leonardo Garcia

Leonardo V. Garcia, 76, of Payson, died May 12, 2001 in Payson. He was born Nov. 6, 1924 in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Robert Hoppenrath

Robert G. Hoppenrath, 52, of Gisela, died, May 15, 2001 in Gisela. He was born to Glenn W. and Beatrice J. Hoppenrath Aug. 27, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minn.

George Katje

George William Katje, 84, of Payson, died May 12, 2001 in Payson. He was born Aug. 23, 1916 in Ierton, Iowa.

Whetten soars 6.5 feet high jump

Young and inexperienced, Horns end season in 9th place

The Longhorn boys track and field team young, untested and undermanned all season rode the exploits of a trio of athletes to a commendable state ninth-place finish.

Garduno, Pettet tapped to All-East first team

With Fountain Hills clinging to the 3A state championship trophy and the prep baseball season at an end, it's time for individual honors to be doled out.

Diamondbacks return for baseball camp

The Arizona Diamondbacks are returning to the Rim country.

Meyocks, Landra begin 2001 golf rivalry

In early season Payson Women's Golf Association action, Laura Meyocks and Marge Landra are waging one-on-one links warfare.

Parks and Recreation

Tennis Lessons

Trio of Payson grapplers compete in freestyle meet

Payson High School's new wrestling coach, Dave LaMotte, is making sure his charges have a well-rounded off-season program to help them prepare for the next season.


Not dying can change your life

In my youth, I drove my very first car off a cliff after the brakes went kablooey. I sailed 30 feet in the air, landing nose-down. I could easily have died.


Tim is his name. He's tall, slender, he has blond hair closely cropped. He's cool! He works on weekends in this place where I usually take my noontime daily bread.

Conservationists shouldn't subsidize water guzzlers

I was delighted to see some serious discussion about our water issue during (the last) council meeting. I think that the town hydrologist made a good presentation.

Drug ads should be booted off TV

Is anyone else sick of seeing television ads for prescription medicines every 15 minutes?

ATV damage makes for rough landings

This letter is in reference to the issue of the riders of the 4-wheelers and other ATV vehicles in the Star Valley area. I am not writing regarding the pros or cons as I have a 4-wheeler and also have horses that I enjoy using in the outdoors.

What's up?

Q: Who do you call for pickup of dead wild animals in a greenbelt area? The police told me Game and Fish. At first, they said they'd come, but then they called back and said it's not their job.

Monday, May 14


Students strike up band; strike pride in parents' hearts

Band music may be the ultimate proof that humans are a unique species. Chimpanzees can create abstract paintings to rival Kandinsky. Dolphins can wow the crowds at Marine Land with their syncopated leaps. Whales can "sing" to each other. Parrots can talk. But I'll bet money that no other creature on Earth can play a clarinet without making it squeak.

'Teens are part of the community,' too

This is a response to Dennis Bellemore's rebuttal to my previous letter, "Give Teens A Chance."

Gun show legislation would trample our rights

The following is an open letter to Senator John McCain:

Remember the fallen who worked to keep us all safe

Today, (Tuesday) is National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Day. Many people have never even heard of this day.

Economic pills can be hard to swallow

The right medicine is not always easy to swallow. But it's time for Payson to take two economic development aspirin and call for a morning of change.

Jerry Ledin

Jerry W. Ledin, 67, of Paradise, Calif., died April 16, 2000, in Paradise. He was born to Douglas and Doris Ledin Dec. 4, 1933, in Harris, Minn.

Clarence Hawker

Clarence R. Hawker, 88, of Tempe, Ariz. died May 12, 2001, in Payson. He was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Denver, Colo.

Leonardo Garcia

Leonardo V. Garcia, 76, of Payson, died May 12, 2001, in Payson. He was born Nov. 6, 1924, in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Daisy Eyler

Daisy Eyler, 80, of Payson died May 13, 2001. She was born in Cornwall, England Dec. 1, 1920, and immigrated with her family to Globe, Ariz. at the age of 2. She graduated from Globe High School and married Carl F. Eyler on Oct 11, 1940.

School board considering elementary redistricting

Administrators of Frontier Elementary School asked the Payson Unified School District's board of supervisors at its Monday meeting to consider re-drawing district lines by August in order to ease the classroom load at FES, the most populated of the district's three elementary schools.

Supervisors to pick county redistricting committee

With the 2000 census numbers now in, Gila County is gearing up to redistrict as required by federal law.

Door Stop adds Pine to property search list

While The Door Stop may still end up relocating to a site south of Payson Municipal Airport, a location in Pine also is under serious consideration by James Hill, owner of the cabinet door manufacturing company in Chandler.

What's Up?

Q: What's up at the old Wal-Mart building? Nothing seems to be going on. What about the big hole that's been punched in the front wall?

Bob Oswald

Pilot lands in Payson revving to wing it

Even though Bob Oswald had a potentially great pick-up line when he first met his new bride, Stephanie, there were two reasons why he didn't use it.

Rodeo contestants ride out the rain

Despite a soaking rain during Saturday night's performance, cowboys and cowgirls representing several Western states pocketed more than $17,500 in prize money last weekend during the Gary Hardt Memorial Pro Rodeo.

Hiker finishes trek a day early

A week ago today, Roger Ballard set out to hike from Payson to Scottsdale.

Bringing honor home

Local veterans prepare to salute new memorial

You don't have to try very hard to find out what Payson's soon-to-be-unveiled Arizona Veteran's Memorial means to the many men and women in town who served in the United States' armed forces.

PAHH's first Home Run 5K a success

Kudos to all those who helped sponsor the successful "Home Run" 5K benefit race held Saturday morning at Green Valley Park.

Four people hurt in trio of weekend accidents

One hard-luck Rim country motorcyclist received a goodly share of woe last weekend including a lengthy hospital stay which he'll end in the custody of law enforcement officers.

Sex bill will have devastating effects

HB2016 is a bad bill! And now that Governor Hull has signed it into law we will all have the chance to see its devastating effects. In (her) May 8 editorial supporting the bill, the Roundup editor stated that HB2016 "tosses out a piece of legal mumbo jumbo that never did anything to protect the health and welfare of Americans." The truth is that while these 100-year-old laws against homosexuality were not widely enforced, their very existence provided a significant barricade in stifling the progress of the homosexual agenda.

Hot-rodder gets his kicks on Route 66

For classic car buffs, the May 5 race in Kingman was a chance to return to the world of yesteryear to a time when quarter-mile drag races produced hometown legends.

Scores of runners turn out for PAHH 5K

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's Home Run 5K fitness walk/run at Green Valley Park Saturday morning drew 180 participants, who ran, walked and pushed baby carriages along the 3.1-mile course.

Golf team dedicates win to McKee

Silky Sullivan was the thoroughbred that fell far behind the pack in the early stages of a horse race, only to turn on his blistering speed and overtake the front runners.

Lady Horns win third state title

By becoming the first female athlete in Arizona to win four individual state championships in back-to-back seasons, Reanna Martinez fueled the Lady Longhorns to their third consecutive Class 3A state title.

Fumusa, Beams wed

Sarah Suzanne Fumusa and Christian Curie McLaughlin Beams were married March 17 at the Pointe Tapatio in Phoenix.

Keep forests open and country free

I do not want to see any more off roads or trails closed off. We already have too many wilderness areas that can't be enjoyed by people such as myself.

Saturday, May 12

Around the Rim Country

Pollsters decide who the president really is

A few columns ago, I suggested maybe the Payson Town Council could consider enacting a ban on dancing in the Rim country.

Review Feature

Skydiving: A life-affirming adventure

We are who we choose to be. If we consider ourselves the type of folks who just don't jump out of airplanes at 13,500 feet, for example, then that's who we choose to be.

Thursday, May 10

Shot-put record holder leads boys track team

Saturday, at Blue Ridge High School, Payson Longhorn Sterling White finally broke the Payson High School shot-put record by uncorking a gold-medal throw of 53 feet, 5.75 inches.

PHS golfers win first state championship

A fire engine escort from town limits to Green Valley Park was among the rewards that awaited the Longhorn golf team after it won the school's first-ever state golf championship.

What's up?

Q: I read in the April 27 Roundup that our per capita water use is 98 gallons per day, but that the household usage is only 51.7 gallons per day. That doesn't add up.

Council should approve FBO lease

A travesty is occurring right here, in "Tinseltown," aka Payson, where the "stars" come out on council nights. (We're) referring to the persecution and unfairness being heaped upon Payson Aviation and Jim and Charolette Garner.

Support water conservation proposal

I support the water conservation recommendations of Town Manager Rich Underkofler to the Town Council at its April 26 meeting.


'Nuclear' families shouldn't shoulder sins of our society

We live in an age of polls, statistics, and surveys. Sociologists want to console their frequent lack of philosophical, historical, and theological perspective by calling attention to the latest trends revealed by census reports and population samplings.

Payson should become a town with an advantage

In response to the May 1 commentary by Philip Orme Miller titled "Payson should become a town with a vintage,"

Mom's the word

Mom's the word

Maxine Phinney

Maxine Phinney, 72, of Payson, died May 5, 2001, in Phoenix. She was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Altoona, Pa.

John Boggs

John Sherman Boggs, 84, of Payson, died May 8, 2001. He was born Oct. 9, 1916, in Vera, Okla. and had lived in Arizona for the past seven years. Mr. Boggs was retired from Arco Oil Company, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Tulsa, Okla.

Affordable housing goes on sale this weekend

If the American dream among the Rim country's median-income families is to own a home they can afford even if it's manufactured and located in Star Valley then that dream is coming within reach for 91 area clans.

Rodeo parade, action this weekend

A special grand marshall and junior grand marshall will oversee the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo parade Saturday as it wends down Main Street.

Payson's crime rate increases 22 percent

Despite a 120-percent increase in burglaries and a 22-percent increase in the overall crime rate in 2000, Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner insists that Payson residents have little to fear.

Longhorns' track heads to state

Armed with a roster full of qualifiers, the Lady Longhorn track and field team begins pursuit this weekend of a state championship three-peat.

Dramatic shift in feeding behavior this time of year

Late spring on Arizona's desert lakes is one of my favorite times of the year to catch fish. Not only do I get to feel the fish take the bait, I get to watch the explosion of a fish breaking the surface to grab the bait. Even the wariest of fish can be fooled by a bait twitched on the surface of the water.

Good students become great champions

Some of the good news in the Longhorns winning the school's first state golf championship early this week is that the teenagers on the team are really good kids.

Clarice Pieper

Clarice Marcine Pieper, 68, of Globe, died May 6, 2001, in Globe. She was born in Tacoma, Wash. Mrs. Pieper worked as a secretary for 17 years at IBEW.

Former fiduciary charged with taking $1.177 million

Rita Riell-Corbin, who as the Gila County fiduciary was entrusted with the finances of 100 elderly or incapacitated county residents, was indicted Monday on charges of embezzling more than $1.177 million.

Dry-climate plants are best picks

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a seven-part series on water-wise gardening techniques for the Rim country. Each installment, written by local author and garden expert Barbara Bourscheidt, will appear in the Friday issue of the Roundup.

Pine water all clear

The single water line in south Pine that tested positive for total coliforms several weeks ago is now free of the bacteria, according to Tim Rowe, environmental health engineer for the Payson office of the Gila County Health Department.

Parks and recreation

Swimming Lessons

Registration for Session A only begins Friday, May 11. Registration is $15 per child, per session; or $20 if after the deadline. Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

College coaches to hold soccer camp in Payson

A pair of the finest soccer coaches in the state will visit the Rim country this summer to help fledgling players prepare for the demands of the next prep season.

Girls volleyball, basketball camps offered

Girls who completed fifth through eighth grades in 2001 are invited to attend this camp from 8 a.m. to noon, June 18-21 in the Wilson Dome at Payson High School.

Casino adds smoke-free room

At 2,000 square feet, smoke-free zone is biggest in Arizona

Starting next weekend, non-smoking visitors to the Mazatzal Casino will be able to rake in their winnings or dole out their losings in a tobacco-free environment.

Monday, May 7

Respectable collectibles

Ordinary people, extraordinary collections

Go ahead. Think of some object. Any object. The only qualification is that it must actually exist. And don't be afraid to use your imagination.

What's Up?

Q: Why is the Payson Police Department so short staffed. My neighbor's husband, who is a police officer, needs to work all three of his days off. His family is very stressed. Why don't they hire more people?

Off-road proposal gives Forest Service too much authority

This letter is in response to Victoria Borrell's letter published in the Roundup April 24, urging Payson residents to support the Forest Service in a plan that has yet to be defined in its entirety by the Forest Service.

Character speakers left lasting impression

As a senior at Payson High School, I will be graduating May 19. Throughout my years of high school, I have met some wonderful people, some interesting people and some people that have left

Next superintendent should have state's students at heart

Now that Lisa Graham Keegan has suddenly, but not unexpectedly, resigned the position we taxpayers voted her into until the year 2002, now might be a good time to examine the merits of her previous job.

Government doesn't belong in bedrooms

It's been sitting there, on the nightstand, for a century now, and you probably never even knew it existed.

Billy Bob's attitude a rare sign of good sportsmanship

Some of today's pampered, overpaid professional athletes could take lessons in humility from Payson High School freshman Billy Bob Hoyt.

Horns denied their field of dreams

Teddy Pettet finally has the free time to kick back and enjoy his favorite rites of spring fishing trips to Roosevelt Lake.

50-mile run Rim country's best-kept secret

The Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-mile run might be the best kept secret in the Rim country.

Lady Longhorns fall short of state championship

The quest to hang Payson High School's first state softball championship banner in Wilson Dome is over.

B. Jack Vollborn

B. Jack Vollborn, 73, of Gisela, died May 1, 2001, at the home of his sister in Gisela. He was born in Loma Linda, Calif.

Lois Purnell

Lois G. Purnell, 80, of Payson, died April 29, 2001. She was born Jan. 6, 1921, in Bangor, Maine and had lived in Arizona for the past 49 years.

Maureen Howe

Maureen E. Howe, 83, of Payson, died May 3, 2001, in Payson. She was born June 7, 1917, in Central City, Neb. She was the daughter of Waldo and Bessie Troutman.

Naomi Fleming

Naomi D. Fleming, 84, of Payson, died May 6, 2001, in Payson. She was born April 18, 1917, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Channel 12 to broadcast from Payson

Phoenix newscaster Jineane Ford and the Channel 12 News crew are hitting the road this week, reporting live from five different locations for its "Cruisin' Arizona" series on 12 News Today.

Foresters fighting fire with fire

As the Rim country enters another forest fire season, prescribed burns remain the U.S. Forest Service's first line of defense.


Underappreciation running teachers out of classrooms

I heard that tired, familiar slur against teachers again the other day. Those who can't do, teach.

John Boeck

Ranger's job just a walk in the park

"There are drawbacks. I'm always at work, whether it's my day off or not. Sometimes that takes a toll on you."

Town council to tackle teen voting issue

Vice Mayor Dick Wolfe, who wants to amend the town code so he can nominate Payson High School student Rose Galhotra to the Debt Financing Committee as a full voting member, has his work cut out for him.

Art students produce first show

"I swear to God these kids are good," says Catherine Feer Basakinci, the twice-a-week volunteer art teacher at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School. "I really do have some budding Monets, Rockwells and Warhols."

Wilda Bayne

Wilda Frances Bayne, 94, of Payson, died May 1, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born June 14, 1906, in Macomb, Ill. to Judd and Bertha McCammon Blevins.

Steaks high for shopping spree winner

"Run fast and grab things quickly."

Airplanes swooping into town for Aerofair

Rim country residents will be able to walk right out on the tarmac to view vintage and experimental aircraft at the annual Payson Aerofair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Payson Municipal Airport.

Johns, Fitzhugh to wed

Marsha Johns and Delson Fitzhugh of Phoenix will be married June 16, 2001, in Payson.

NAU degrees available on Web

Remember the old sing-song summertime phrase "No more homework, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks"?

Saturday, May 5

Welcome to the PRCA Spring Rodeo

I had been forewarned about longtime Payson Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong. One member of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, who preferred not to be identified, put it this way: "You better rope and hogtie that old boy, because Bill don't stand still for long."

Ropin' calves and surfin' the Web


Most of us are fascinated with the Wild West milieu. Senior citizens, as children, read comic books such as "Red Rider" and "Bobby Benson of the B bar B."

Review's irreverent rodeo survey


What began as a simple, honest way to measure cowboy tactics and skills has gradually evolved into a spectator sport with professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for some rather significant prize money.

Cookin' on the range


The old-time Arizona cowboys spent most of their time pursuing and rounding up cattle that roamed over hundreds of acres of mesquite, catclaw and palo verde trees searching for sparse vegetation for food.

Queen for a day

Rodeo queens, you may have noticed, always seem so bubbly and sweet and vivacious and happy and ... well, perky.

Friday, May 4

Thursday, May 3

Artist challenges public to puzzle over her creations

When people look at Pam Webb's work this weekend at the Payson Art League's Spring 2001 Show and Sale, a typical reaction might be, "What a puzzle."

Work together to solve community problems

I would like to offer a different perspective on the discovery of coliform bacteria in the water supply at a restaurant in Pine. The April 27 newspaper story indicated a lack of response and cooperation on the part of Brooke Utilities, aka Pine Water Company. My perception differs from the one represented in that story.

Rim country fire danger expected to climb

Fire danger is expected to climb into the high to very high range in the next few days as the Payson Ranger Station and local fire departments gear up for the summer forest fire season.

Johns, Fitzhugh to marry

Marsha Johns and Delson Fitzhugh of Phoenix will be married June 16, 2001, in Payson.

Lois Purnell

Lois G. Purnell, 80, of Payson, died April 29, 2001.

Kailey Adele Carnes

Brett and Kamae Carnes announce the birth of their daughter, Kailey Adele Carnes. Kailey was born Feb. 28, 2001, at 3:44 a.m. in Scottsdale.

Many native shrubs adapted for conserving water

The Roundup had an editorial on April 24 entitled "Xeriscape a water-wise alternative." The editorial stated that "outdoor watering accounts for about 40 percent of all water use." Then on Saturday, April 28 I went to the Water-Wise Landscape and Garden Festival at Julia Randall Elementary School parking lot. It was informative, although mostly commercial.

What's up?

Q: I understand Palmer's Furniture has been sold to a liquidator and that almost all the inventory was shipped out and replaced with lower quality furniture. How can they advertise as Palmer's when the store has been sold?


Local history buff wins award

Mary Hunt was recently awarded the Al Merito Award by the Arizona Historical Society for her dedication and devotion to the Pine-Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society.

Composting: Taking out the trash

Composting is Mother Nature's way of taking out the trash. Given half a chance, she will help us get rid of all of our weeds, vegetable and fruit scraps, shrub prunings, garden refuse and even old newspapers.

It's time for a little father-and-son talk

Being a father is a tremendous responsibility.

Eighty-mile walk to raise money for research

It's not every hiker who gets a gala personal sendoff from the mayor of Payson. But that's what will happen Tuesday morning as 65-year-old Roger Ballard hits the road on foot to begin his 80-or-so-mile trek from Town Hall to Scottsdale.

District 2 Gila County supervisor dies at 68

Edward G. "Bunch" Guerrero, in his fifth term as Gila County supervisor, died Saturday in Globe.

Horns third seed for state playoffs

After a see-saw baseball season in which the Longhorns could never put together a succession of wins, the team has earned the right to participate in the Class 3A state tournament as the East region's third seed.

Horns a gold-medal favorite for state title

If the Longhorn golf team emerges victorious in the Class 3A state tournament Monday and Tuesday, it will earn the school's first links championship.

Chamber members look for new direction

In light of the recent resignation of Tom Kaleta, former CEO of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, many local business owners and managers seem to agree on two points: The leadership style they think the chamber needs and the direction the organization should take under the new leader's administration.

Car wash to benefit Nebraska-bound football players

A benefit car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bud Plumbing and Electrical Supply at 606 W. Main Street.

New coach announces plans for summer wrestling program

New Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte is wasting no time in putting his mark on the Longhorn program.

'Blondy and Boys' grab bronze at Rocky Point

Hoping to test their competitive skills in Rocky Point's rugged triathlon, a foursome of Rim country residents traveled April 21 to Puerto Peo, Mexico.

Hoyt ties for second at Junior golf meet

Fresh from winning East Region Golf of the Year prep honors, 15-year-old Billy Bob Hoyt traveled to Apache Junction to compete in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona State Tournament.

Roundup wins eight Press Club awards

The Payson Roundup garnered eight Arizona Press Club awards at the organization's recent annual banquet, and pulled off a near-sweep in general reporting for newspapers with circulations of less than 25,000.