Stories for November 2001


Thursday, November 29

Cherry Treat

Memorial services will be held for Cherry Conger Treat, 48, of Pine at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Best Funeral Home in Peoria.

trusty tree trimmers

"Here's a spot where we need something, Frontier Elementary School teacher Jennifer Baker tells fourth grader Trae Dunman.

Time Out was invited to attend memorial

It has come to our attention, from people speaking with our staff members, that some in the community feel that Time Out, Inc. in some way took advantage of the public memorial for Susan Birchak, held at Green Valley Park.

Escape clause was for protection

Recent articles in the Payson Roundup have pointed to "an escape clause" in the contract between The Door Stop and The Town of Payson regarding The Door Stop's future building site.

Horns start off on wrong foot

Only a few hours before tip off Tuesday evening in Wilson Dome against Fountain Hills, Payson High boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser fretted over his team's health.

Buy early for best tree selection

After supplies ran out last year, the Christmas tree picture looks considerably brighter in the Rim country this holiday season.

Kris Kringle Kraft Korner Saturday

Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance Saturday at the Payson Youth Organization's Third Annual Kris Kringle Kristmas Kraft Korner at Rim Country Middle School.

What's good for the goose ...

Open letter to Mayor Schum:

Lady Longhorns clip Falcons' wings

A well-balanced scoring attack in which four players finished in double digits lifted the Lady Longhorns to a 52-38 win over the Fountain Hills Falcons.

It wasn't just the music

"A generation, including myself, grew up with the Beatles," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said this morning upon hearing of the death of George Harrison.


Q: The last broadcast of the Payson Town Council meeting on Channel 7 was not too good. One microphone didn't seem to be working. What's going on?

Packaging, timing keys to holiday shipping success

If Santa Claus were to get the travel-jitters like so many folks this holiday season, he could easily rely on Payson's very own shipping and mailing professionals to get his cards and parcels delivered to their proper destinations before Christmas Day.

Commission tables Indian Trails Estates

As a large contingent of concerned neighbors looked on, a rezoning request for Indian Trails Estates, a proposed 20-lot gated subdivision on North Chaparral Pines Drive, was tabled by the Planning and Zoning Commission because of a legal technicality.

Pine burglary suspect caught

A 15-year-old Strawberry juvenile has been arrested and charged with the burglary of the Black Bear Restaurant.

Harry Potter misrepresents witchcraft

To the Christian it is no mystery why Harry Potter is such a huge success.

Future of Little League in jeopardy

A streak that began in the late '60s might come to a screeching halt next spring.

Coach honors girls soccer stars

Members of the Lady Longhorns soccer team gathered last week for the transitional awards ceremony, following a banner season in which the Lady Longhorn soccer team advanced to the Class 3A Arizona State Tournament quarterfinals before being eliminated 3-0 by Camp Verde.

Monday, November 26

Start planning for this year's Credit for Kids tax credit

Rim country residents have until the end of the year to divert a portion of their Arizona state income taxes to support local schools through the Credit for Kids program.

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William Crozier, 74, of Payson, died Nov. 22, 2001, in Payson. He was born April 15, 1927, in El Paso, Texas.

Lenora Parker

Lenora Parker, 92, of Payson, died Nov. 25, 2001, in Payson. She was born Oct. 9, 1909, in Noble, Okla.

Former Horn wrestlers take act to next level

With six former Rim country wrestlers now shining on the collegiate level, Payson might be tapped a proving ground for big-time athletes.

BRANDING Payson into a household name

You've eaten "Wheaties, the breakfast of champions."

Colby eyes judge's seat for the good of Payson

David Colby, Gila County's commissioner/judge pro tempore, calls himself a "rabble-rouser."

Disgusted with council's action

I, like Ken Murphy, Hoby Herron and Bryan Siverson, am very disgusted with the action taken by the Town Council, which moves public comments to the end of the council meetings.

It's official, Jackets are state's best

Payson Longhorn football players can take solace in the fact it took the most dominating team in Arizona football history to eliminate them from the 2001 state tournament.

Horn staff looks to plug holes in mat lineup

Rebuilding was never an option during the 28-year hey-day of Longhorn wrestling.

Gordon Brownell

Gordon Lee Brownell, 74, of Payson, died Nov. 23, 2001, in Payson. He was born May 9, 1927 in Spokane, Wash.

Ride-along program offers closer look at sheriff's office

On Nov. 16, I responded to an article in the Payson Roundup regarding riding with a Sheriff's Deputy.

Contenders declare intentions for council, mayor's race

Seven candidates have filed statements of organization with Payson Town Clerk Silvia Smith, indicating their intention to run for either mayor or town council in the primary election on March 12.

Town manager accepts job offer in Illinois

Payson Town Manager Rich Underkofler is leaving to take a similar post with the city of Mattoon, Ill.

Glen Warner

Glen H. Warner, 81, of Payson, died Nov. 20, 2001, in Payson. He was born in Branson, Colo.

Little League still needs volunteers

Despite numerous public appeals, local Little League President Don Bell is having difficulty finding volunteers to fill the vacancies on the league's board of directors.

school vacation fun

With school classes in recess for the Thanksgiving holidays, teenagers went looking for activities to while away the leisure hours.

districtwide fall strings concert

String students from the entire Payson School District presented their annual fall concert Tuesday evening in the high school auditorium.

Gila County shopping for new superior court judge

The decision on who will fill the shoes of retiring Superior Court Judge Edd Dawson will be made by the governor later this month.

Police say: 'Drive hammered, get nailed'

From one border to the other in Arizona, police will be out in force searching for impaired drivers between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Don't let holiday spirits land you in jail

'Tis the season to be jolly. It's the season to spread the joy and spirit of the holiday to everyone we meet.


Q: Why, with so many people getting sick eating food here in Payson, doesn't the health department require all those who handle food to wear gloves like they do at Del Taco and Subway? It would sure make it a lot safer for us.

War on drugs just another prohibition

Sure Les Barr is for the War on Drugs. Police departments love this "war."

Airport expansion everybody's concern

I became aware of some future plans for the airport that are alarming to me and should be alarming to other citizens of the town.

Saturday, November 24


I've got a holiday shopping gripe, but it has nothing to do with Fran Yates or her store, Rim Country Kids, the premiere Payson place to shop for toys.

Thursday, November 22

Tobacco prevention funds must be saved

In 1994, Arizona voters passed a landmark initiative to raise the tobacco excise tax to fund a comprehensive program to combat the devastating effects tobacco use has on our health care system.

Murphy's move the right one

Thanks go to Councilman Ken Murphy for his guest comment.

Mayor keeps public in the dark

Well, (Mayor Ray) Schum finally found a way to keep the public verbal views out of the council meetings and the taxpayers watching on TV at home.

Kodiak wins silver at state

Kodiak, the Payson Police Department's police dog, demonstrated not only his prowess in narcotics detection, he also shined in the tactical obedience competition last weekend in Tucson, taking a second-place trophy in both divisions.

Mayor unhappy with redistricting decision

Payson Mayor Ray Schum is not happy with the redistricting plan they chose or with the Gila County Board of Supervisors for choosing it.

Adopt-a-Duck dead in the water

The adopt-a-duck program initiated by local duck activist Amy von Somogyi is dead in the water, thanks to an edict from the U.S. Department of the Interior not to lay a hand on the waterfowl until the migratory season ends April 15.

Armer named to state ethics committee

Eddie Armer, Gila County Constable, has been named to the newly formed Constable Ethics Committee.

Easy Street accident claims life of 44-year-old Payson man

Frank Doran, 44, of Payson was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with the hitch of a fifth-wheel trailer.

APS Electric Light Parade to brighten Main Street

A 30-foot blue spruce donated by a local couple will become the town's official Christmas tree and the centerpiece for the first annual Main Street holiday celebration Saturday, Dec. 8.

What's Up?

What's going on with the improvements to McLane Road?

WACS, WAVES deserve recognition, too

I too thought the Veterans Day Ceremony at Green Valley Park's Veterans Memorial was great. However ...

Councilmember's outrage misleading

As I read the commentary by Ken Murphy in the Nov. 20 issue of the Payson Roundup, I wonder why he is so upset or making such a fuss about changing the public comments to the end of the council meeting.

A lesson from the Taliban

The hardest and best lessons we can learn about ourselves arrive when we can look at others and see the ways in which we are the same, rather than the ways in which we are different.

Hoover, Rada wed

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hoover of Payson are pleased to announce the uniting of their son Keith Hoover in matrimony to Rachel Rada.

Hensons to renew vows

On Nov. 15, 1986 in Cedar Key, Fla. Annelle and Hal Henson pledged their "friendship, love, loyalty and total commitment to each other."

Wilcox has shot at PP&K national contest

Payson High School sophomore Amy Wilcox kicked and threw her way to the Punt, Pass and Kick's grand finale.

3 Lady Longhorns net All-East honors

A trio of senior members of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team have been tapped for postseason All-East regional honors.

Coach primed to lead Horns

With first-year coach Mike Loutzenheiser now calling the shots, the Payson High School boys basketball team is expected to couple a run-and-gun offensive style with hard-nosed man-to-man defensive techniques.

Paul Prokuda

Paul Prokuda, 77, of Payson, died Nov. 18, 2001 in Payson.

Lady Horns to march in Parade of Champions

Along with all the other Class 3A state champions crowned this past year, the Lady Longhorn cross country team will participate in a Parade of Champions at halftime of the state championship football game.

Arizona's high school dropout rate highest in nation

High school students in Arizona are more likely to drop out than virtually anywhere else in the country, a new survey released last week suggests.

Monday, November 19

Council crashes airport board

After an extended debate of more than 30 minutes, the Payson Town Council voted 5-2 to abolish the Airport Advisory Board at its meeting Thursday evening.

a smashing time

Twelve-year-old Croy Lashley of Strawberry was in such a charitable mood Saturday that he took nine sledge-hammer swings at a 1990 Ford Festiva at $1 a pop to benefit local fire departments.

Chaplain hopes town gets blues for holidays

Gary Knighton has served as chaplain for the Payson Police Department for several years and has now taken on the duties as chaplain for RTA Hospice.


Few would argue that the Rim country is a rocky place.

Intangibles characterize new Lady Horn hardwood team

Coach Shawn Hardt finds a lot to like about the current edition of the Lady Longhorn basketball team.

Peer counselors provide 'Special Friends'

For some 15 years, when young people in our community have needed someone besides an adult to talk to, Payson High School's peer counseling class has provided that outlet.

MOPH driving force behind memorial

Either it was due to lack of knowledge, or perhaps research, that (APS manager Jim Spencer's) letter of thanks to the various contributors for the veterans memorial neglected to mention the MOPH.


Q: When will the town ever repave Manzanita Drive south of Timber Drive? It must be the worst street in town and it was scheduled to be paved three or four years back. Is Airport Road eating the streets budget?

golden anniversary

Edwin F and Charlotte Hoff Andersen of Payson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 16.

Council needs to hear all comments

I am deeply concerned when the Mayor or members of the town council resort to name calling, referring to those who attend council meetings to express their point of view and that point of view is at variance with the view of the council members.

Citizens have not been stripped of their rights

The recent Town Council action changing public comments that are not on the agenda from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting was a move in the right direction. I voted for it.

We need more openness, candor in government

I am completely disgusted with the action taken by Barbara Brewer, Dick Wolfe, Ray Schum and Jim Spencer at the Nov. 15 council meeting.

Choose to see life's blessings

Among the countless gifts humans are given the moment they are born and blink into consciousness is the choice of viewing the world as filled with blessings ... or larded with shortcomings.

'Tis the season for Swiss Village lights

Forget those woefully premature decorations you started seeing in October.

Project Blue Light honors fallen officers

"To protect and serve" has taken its toll on law enforcement. The 70 New York police officers killed Sept. 11 represent the deadliest day in law enforcement history.

Potter fans get sneak peek at new movie

The Harry Potter books have proven to young people all over the globe that reading can be a rewarding experience.

Sports writer welcomes new Max Foster

One of life's most humbling honors that can be bestowed upon a man is to have a child named after him.

Coach, players earn postseason honors

After a see-saw season in which the Payson Longhorns finished 6-5, East region coaches honored first-year coach Steven Saban and nine of his charges.

Thursday, November 15

Six Longhorns earn East region honors

Longhorn boys soccer was well represented when coaches announced early this week the members of the All-Rim region team.

Teen kicks way to state crown

For the first time in the history of the Payson Elks Soccer Shoot Out program, a Rim country youngster has won an age/sex group Arizona state championship.

Esther Smith

Esther Z. Smith, 81, of Tucson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born Jan. 23, 1920 in Fostoria, Ohio.

Laura Mehterian

Laura Mehterian, 69, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born July 21, 1932 in Chicago, Ill.

Wilber Gray

Wilber Eugene Gray, 76, of Gisela died, Nov. 9, 2001 in Gisela. He was born May 14, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Douglas Grubbs

Douglas L. Grubbs, 43, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2001. He was born Nov. 18, 1957 in Elkhart, Kan.

Eleanor Clow

Eleanor Mary Clow, 84, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born March 1, 1917 in Tottenville, N.Y.

Honesty greatly appreciated

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, I stopped in Payson about 8:30 a.m. for a cup of coffee at McDonald's.

Storytellers share tall tales in Pine Saturday

The Rim country will join with communities worldwide in celebrating the art and power of storytelling at 7 p.m. Saturday as the third annual Tellabration! takes place at Pine Cultural Hall.

Turkey Day dinner for everyone

The Payson Ministerial Association representing 40 area churches is throwing the Rim country's largest Thanksgiving dinner, and the entire community is invited,

Thanks for the loyalty

We would like to thank all of you, our devoted customers and friends, for your patronage for the past 29 years of being in business.

Kajun Kove koming soon

Long-time friends Jason Keith and Greig Perrin wanted to find their own little business niche in Payson.

Payson students 'intelligent, thoughtful'

I just moved to Payson from Fargo (not the movie), N.D. (not South Dakota)

Veterans celebration a moving tribute

The Veterans Day Ceremony at Green Valley Park's Veterans Memorial was awesome.

Connolly's message inspiring

What an outstanding guest comment in the Nov. 9 issue of your paper.


Q: What happened with the Sonic Drive-In that the Tonto Apaches were supposed to open over by the casino?

50 wonderful years

Richard and Margene Yakaitis of Payson, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 26.

golden couple

Nov. 24, 2001, Harry and Ginny Fike will celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Explorer finds treasures from space

Marvin Killgore has never seen an "Indiana Jones" movie.

Mayor's proposal not surprising

How very fitting that Payson's mayor wants to put the people last.

One nation under God, again

This week, U.S.-backed Northern Alliance guerrillas took control of Kabul, the Afghan capital, and for the first time in five years, the people of that region were no longer under Taliban rule.

Burglars prey on churchgoers

While you spend time in church on Sunday worshiping, thieves are busy burglarizing cars in the parking lot.

Board members needed for Payson Little League

Behind the success of any Little League baseball team is a crew of dedicated volunteers who work to ensure each young player receives the best athletic experience possible

Veteran Rim roper lassos national title

Mention the sport of rodeo around the Rim country, and one of the first persons who comes to mind is Penny Conway.

Monday, November 12

remembrance, rededication, resolve

The Luke Air Force Base Color Guard posted the colors Monday in front of the Arizona Veteran's Memorial in Green Valley Park to open Payson's 2001 Veterans Day service, "A Tribute of Remembrance, Rededication, Resolve."

Door Stop downsizes plans for Payson plant

A downturn in the country's economy has caused The Door Stop to scale back its new Payson facility but the move is still on track, owner Jim Hill said.

Enjoying your freedom? Thank a vet

You'd be hard put to find any adult nowadays who would disagree with the contention that we all need to do a better job of recognizing and appreciating the men and women who fought to preserve the freedoms we too often take for granted.

Helena Pauling

Helena Mae Pauling, 81, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Chicago, Ill.

Dale Smith

Dale E. Smith, 64, of Mesa, died Nov. 10, 2001, in Mesa.

Koon earns Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam

Make no mistake. Jack Koon would never claim to represent all American military veterans. Or, for that matter, any veterans other than himself.


Meteor shower expected to provide show of a lifetime

If predictions by the world's top meteor experts hold up, early on the morning of Nov. 18th, skywatchers across the country can expect to see their most dramatic meteor shower in 35 years.


Q: We live at Rim Trail north of Payson, and the leaves are at their glory right now the prettiest we have seen in years. We have maples, oaks and sycamores to grace our landscape. But now the Forest Service has hired a contractor to clear around the private properties as a fire break. My point is that in areas that have so few maples as this one, shouldn't they be more selective in what they remove?

Young writers visit vets

Several Payson High School writing classes got a strong dose of reality Friday when they met with a group of Veterans who live at Ponderosa Manor/Veterans Helping Veterans.

meadows, paulson to wed

Wendy Suzanne Paulson of Costa Mesa, Calif. and Travis Lee Meadows of Prescott announce their engagement.

Airport board may be thing of the past

Proposals to abolish the Airport Advisory Board and to move public comments to the end of the agenda headline Thursday's Town Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Solid effort at state comes up short

Trailing Blue Ridge 8-6 late in the third quarter and in possession of the ball at the Yellow Jacket 34-yard line, the Payson Longhorns were primed to pull off the biggest upset of the prep football campaign.

Buffaloes grab silver in Sedona

After finishing the regular season with a 10-2 record and in second place of the Tri-Valley Small School league final standings, the Pine Buffalo volleyball team advanced to the season-ending tournament Oct. 26 and 27 in Sedona looking for a championship title.

Top honors go to Hardt and Hardt

A Payson High School coach and athlete have been named the best the East region has to offer.

Hard-hittin' Longhorns deserve pat on the back

Although the Longhorn football team's 29-6 state tournament loss Thursday evening to Blue Ridge was disappointing, the players can take solace in the fact that most played their hearts out.

Man arrested following threats against Bush

Raymond Boelens, 26, currently being held in a Los Angeles County jail, has been named as the suspect in the Nov. 1 threat on President Bush's life as well as bomb threats made to local law enforcement agencies.

Task force arrests man with meth

Agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task force arrested Howard Vail, 51, Friday following a search warrant for drugs at his residence in the 700 block of E. Granite Dells.

Russian jet makes Payson appearance

A low-flying jet fighter aircraft that startled Rim country residents Thursday morning about 7:50 a.m. was actually an L39 Russian trainer jet, according to Payson Municipal Airport Manager Ted Anderson.

harozynski, mollett wed

Andrew J. Harozynski and Teresa Mollett were married

The fox is in charge of the henhouse

The Payson United Municipal Airport Alliance (PUMAA) has been formed to allow the nonflying Payson taxpayer to have a voice in Town airport operations, finance, and policies. We believe the airport belongs to the entire community, not just a select few airplane owners.

I'll buy all my gas in the Valley

Shame on you, Payson! You deserve to pay the higher gas prices! Almost everyone to whom I talked about the high gas prices in Payson agreed that the prices are way too high and that something should be done about.

Gas prices still dropping, except in Payson

More regarding the prices of gasoline in Payson. One does not need to go out of Arizona to find a significant difference in prices.

Payson prices preposterous

Check these prices out with Payson. Someone needs to get to the bottom of our high prices in Payson.

Thanks to all veterans

This thank-you was recently presented to longtime Payson resident Karl Knotts by a member of the USO.

Americans are our own worst enemy

We are our own worst enemy, the media with an astonishing audacity for digging, scrambling, and mentioning everything in the news or television newscast.

Thursday, November 8

PAL's artful appreciation

The Board of Directors and participating artists of Payson Art League would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who helped to make our recent Autumn 2001 Show and Sale so successful.


Q: What's up with the fenced school property on the southwest corner of Meadow and Wade? It's a real fire hazard with trash and weeds and brush. It doesn't look like it's been touched in years.

Every generation should join the fight for freedom

Today I read an e-mail article that affected me more than any article ever has.

These Americans said it best ...

In honor of all the men and women who have protected the liberties of their fellow countrymen, we dedicate these quotes on the very ideals with which you fought: courage, valor and a sense of pride in country.

StepsHouse offers help on road to recovery

Cindy Thompson can relate to the men who come to StepsHouse to deal with their alcohol and drug addictions.

Celebration a 'Tribute of Remembrance'

Payson's 2001 Veterans Day service, subtitled "A Tribute of Remembrance, Rededication, Resolve," will be held Monday morning at the new Arizona Veteran's Memorial in Green Valley Park.

Free health checks, info offered at Health Fair

If you've been using a low-income level as your primary reason for not getting a health check-up, that excuse will officially expire with Saturday's Community Health Fair 2001 wherein a dozen medical tests and screenings will be offered to attendees free of charge.

nothin' but the tooth

This puppet, designed to help children learn to brush their teeth, is given a mind of its own by 4-year-old Michael Foster during class at Payson Head Start.

County sorts through best laid plans

Updated copies of the three redistricting plans recently submitted to the Gila County Board of Supervisors are now available.

4 teens advance to state contests

Four Rim country youngsters Nicole Geavaras, Ciara Wholly, Amy Wilcox and Keith Shelton have qualified for Arizona state championship finals in soccer and football.

In Mesa, Horns have second chance at state championship

It's a huge challenge, but armed with a new and deadly weapon, the Longhorn football team might be primed to pull off the upset of the prep season.

New resort caters to man and horse

People retire in Payson for a variety of reasons. For some, it's the climate and small-town atmosphere with a close proximity to a major metropolitan area.

Friends made event special

We would like to thank the following for their contributions to the benefit dinner held Oct. 26 at St. Philip's Church for cancer patient Judy Nichols:

Businesses' donation was appreciated

Re: Sunstate Equipment Company and Crew:

Soccer players await postseason honors

With the 2000 prep soccer campaign officially at an end, all that remains for the Longhorn players is to await coaches voting to select the all-region team.

Kelley shoots double eagle

As a varsity starter on last year's Longhorn golf team that won the Class 3A Arizona state championship, sophomore Brandan Kelley has had more than his share of links excitement.

Survivors share tales of their addictions

Andrew and Sarajane (not their real names) have a couple of things in common.

Monday, November 5

Main Street gets healthy new look

Several new projects are contributing to the rapidly changing face of Main Street and giving the town's historic district a "healthier" look in the process.

Youth sentenced for assault of elder

Judge Ronnie McDaniel sent a clear message to teenagers last week when he sentenced a 19-year-old male to six days in jail for harassing an elderly customer at McDonald's.

close inspection

Fine Art

Local man learns it's a small world after all

Anthony J. Alfano felt helpless, like he was trapped on an island, apart from the rest of the world.

Honor student learns the ropes at summer camp

Lauren Bartoli will be the first to admit she's not everyone's version of an accomplished athlete.

18-holers put clubs in storage

For members of the Payson Womens Golf Association, the 2001 campaign is at an end.

Drama dept. takes show on the road

"The Phantom of the Soap Opera" is hitting the road.

Library quilt no patchwork effort

It may or may not be the very first work of art to depict frogs in bathing suits cavorting with all manner of ladybugs and bumblebees.

Teen's prank results in end of Halloween

To welcome trick or treaters to my house, I put a fresh pumpkin on the outside table and lit my porch light.

Security's disguise

The security of man is not worth much.

Question (gasoline) authority

In reference to Mr. Harold Snyder's letter in the Payson Roundup Nov. 2 issue, I also question the gas prices here.

Time to picket stations

Letter writer Harold Snyder (Roundup Nov. 2) is right on when it comes to gasoline prices in Payson.

Humorous letter achieved opposite effect

This letter is an apology to all those people I offended, or may have irritated with my stupid letter called "Pasonians and Pasonites" (Oct. 23 Roundup).


Q: Many of us up here in the Rim country are on Medicare, and we would like to know if the new ambulance service is going to honor Medicare. The previous company did not.

World Series was more than a game

The World Series. Baseball's finest hour. Seven games that led to a final pitch, that last base hit that scored the winning run, the fat lady's concluding aria.

Lady Horns win state title

Girls cross country steals

By pulling off one of the biggest upsets in small-school sports history, the Lady Longhorns ran their way to the 2001 Arizona State cross country championship.

Speedster dazzles Devils,

"The Waylon Pettet Show" is how Payson High School assistant coach Jack Morris summed up the Longhorns 62-41 state tournament opening round win over Eloy Santa Cruz.

A. Rogers II

A. Carter Rogers II, 57, former Camp Verde mayor, died Oct. 31, 2001. He was born April 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Witness discovers importance of child seats

As he held 18-month-old Bodie Mully next to his mother's overturned vehicle on the Beeline Highway Friday morning, Jack Miller told anybody who would listen, "Child seats do work."

Police arrest armed man upset over speeders

Payson Police officers arrested a Payson man early Saturday morning after he wielded a shotgun in frustration over speeding vehicles in front of his residence.

Eva Metcalf

Eva Mae Metcalf, 69 of Payson, died, Nov. 4, 2001, in Payson. She was born Dec. 16, 1931, in San Bernardino, Calif.

Elizabeth Froemming

Elizabeth K. Froemming, 86, of Payson, died, Nov. 4, 2001, in Payson. She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Milwaukee, Wis.

Estelle Blumer

Estelle Delia Blumer, 94, of Young, died, Nov. 3, 2001. She was born Aug. 21, 1907, in Deming, N.M.

Anatomy of a movie-goer

Is it possible?

Thursday, November 1

Elise Sjursen

Elise Crom Sjursen, 88, of Payson, died Oct. 31, 2001, in Payson. She was born March 17, 1913, in Russell, Kan.

Young artists in spotlight

Children will have a special place at the Payson Art League's Autumn 2001 Show and Sale this weekend at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.

Rim country airline pilots speak out on flight safety

Developing a failsafe system of airline security an urgent priority after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on America will be a tall order, pilot Dan Anderson says.

Man threatens town buildings, president

Local police officers and federal agents are investigating a series of threatening telephone calls that were made to Rim country dispatchers early Thursday morning.

Longhorn winter crews

Although the football, cross country and girls soccer seasons are not yet at an end, practices in the winter sports of basketball and wrestling began Monday.

Rivals meet in Old Pueblo

When the final four of the state tournament is played today (Friday) at Udall Park in Tucson, one of showdowns will pit a pair of small-town neighbors against one another.

Diminutive runner is all heart

At 4 foot, 8 inches and 65 pounds, 13-year-old Kari Hardt doesn't look to be the prototype of a standout athlete.

State showdown kicks off; Horns draw Devils

State tournament seedings are in and 16 Arizona high school football teams are primed to begin pursuit of a Class 3A gridiron championship.

Time to picket gasoline stations again

That low rumbling and grumbling sound you hear around town is the automobile driving portion of the populace reacting to the prices charged for gasoline here.

Tatoo-A-Pet: Marking

named Mamus and Simis bear tattoos. But even though they're mother and son, Simis' tattoo is not a heart with "Mom" inscribed inside.

Blanche Reeves

Blanche Evelyn Burroughs Reeves, 80, of Phoenix and Pine, died Oct. 30, 2001. She was born May 23, 1921, in Golden, Colo., and graduated from Golden High School, class of 1939.

Margaret Coyle

Margaret "Maggie" Coyle, 90, of Denver, died Oct. 28, 2001, in Lakewood, Colo. She was born Nov, 4, 1910, in Lyons, Colo. She moved to Longmont in 1929.

Q: Did Pine Country Communications go out of business when Canyon State took over dispatching emergency vehicles?

Q: Did Pine Country Communications go out of business when Canyon State took over dispatching emergency vehicles?

Drug addiction is a medical problem

In Officer Les Barr's recent guest comment in support of the war on drugs, he uses terms such as "deeply disturbed" and "mindboggling" when describing the letter he so vehemently criticizes.

Smashing pumpkins not victimless act

On Halloween night, I opened my front door to take the trash out when I encountered a startled young teenage girl who was bending down to take one of my children's jack o'lanterns.

Christensen appointed to

Gila County District 1 Supervisor Ron Christensen appeared on C-Span last week to field questions on domestic terrorism from a rural perspective.