Stories for October 2001


Monday, October 29

animal antics

Cows and lions were among the number of non-humans in attendance

72-year-old pastor embarks on 4th career

When Father Jim Stewart's archbishop told him, "You have my condolences," the average passer-by might have thought some awful tragedy had occurred in the life of the pastor of Payson's Anglo-Catholic parish, the Church of the Holy Nativity.

Anna Parks

Anna Barbara Parks, 87, of Payson, died, Oct. 25, 2001 in Payson. She was born Nov. 22, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Sedona is known as an artist's community. Prescott, Jerome, Cottonwood and even Pine are gaining quickly reputations as artists communities.

State tests reveal powder is not anthrax

The suspicious white powdery substance found on two phone booths in Payson Oct. 15 is not anthrax. What it is has not been determined, but the Arizona Department of Health Services has ruled out anthrax.

New machine will help local medics save lives

Your husband is in the garage doing what he loves best, tinkering. You take him a glass of cold water because it is a hot summer day. He takes a sip and says he is not feeling too good and is obviously sweating, he complains of indigestion and suddenly has a difficult time breathing.

Guests report strange noises at Tonto Natural Bridge Lodge

A small portion of the historic old lodge at the Tonto Natural Bridge is open to the public. Visitors to the largest travertine bridge in the world usually pick up a postcard or T-shirt at the gift shop there and go on their way.

bentz, jewell marry

Dr. Suzanne Bentz and Daniel Jewell were joined in marriage Oct. 6 in Sedona.

Nan Ferguson

Nan Lee Ferguson, 98, a resident of Powell House, died Oct. 28, 2001 in Payson. She was born June 28, 1903 in Murdock, Kan. and had lived in El Dorado and Wichita, Kan. until her move to Payson in 1998.

hea MacFarlane

Rhea B. MacFarlane, 87, of Payson, died Oct. 27, 2001 in Payson. She was born Dec. 3, 1913 in North Olmsted, Ohio.

Phoenix man arrested in stolen travel trailer

Bryan Dillon was arrested by the Gila County Narcotics Task Force Oct. 15 for an outstanding felony drug warrant from Scottsdale. Dillon was wanted on charges of possession of dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia.

Legalizing drugs is not the answer

Over the weekend, the Roundup received dozens of letters via e-mail criticizing Payson Police Officer Les Barr for his published guest comment supporting America's war on drugs.

Englemans celebrate 50th anniversary

David and Phyllis (Morgan) Engleman of Payson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 6.

cosby, zumach wed

Eric Joseph Zumach and Nicole Laynne Cosby were married Sept. 20 in Moon Valley.

PAWS sale going to the dogs

This Saturday, the volunteers of PAWS will hold a fund-raising yard sale that could have been called Doggy Relief.

Organizers were superb

We would like to express our gratitude to the Care Fair Committee and the LDS Church for their superb organization and handling of Care Fair 2001 on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Thanks from Care Fair

As a Committee for the Rim Country Care Fair, we wish to extend our thanks to the following individuals and organizations who were involved in making the fair a success:

November is National Home Care month

Next month, the members of the home health care community across the country will celebrate National Home Care month. This is an opportunity for all Americans to take a moment and appreciate the contributions of those "quiet heroes" in our communities, who enter the homes of the sick and the dying each day and bring treatment, education and hope.

PHS hurler hooks up with Outlaws

For Payson High School sophomore Brenna Zumbro, the burdens of playing off-season fastpitch softball in Phoenix are well worth the effort.

The Beeline runs north and south

All citizens of Payson should feel insulted by Steve Bingham's letter Oct. 23.

Honor freedom at USMC's birthday

Veteran's Day isn't the only celebration of America's military that's coming up for observation. One day prior, Saturday, Nov. 10, the country and Payson will participate in the 226th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Understanding the power point system

Since the Arizona Interscholastic Association adopted the power point ranking system last spring, Class 3A football coaches have wondered how it would affect the state tournament.

Horns hook Cougars in regular season finale

A 27-7 whipping dished out by the Payson Longhorns left the Show Low Cougars licking their wounds and wondering what happened to a once promising season.

Hardt's running dynasty growing

There could be a Rim country running dynasty in the making.


Q: What's up with the Arizona Public Service electrical lines coming up McLane and going across Rim View? They're putting in big, fat metal poles and adding lines that are coming closer to residences. Over on Rim View they even have these things that look like electrical connectors that loop down and hold onto a couple lines and they look real sloppy.

Falcons nip Horns for East crown

There was no disappointment in veteran coach Chuck Hardt after he watched his Payson High boys cross country team fall five points short of winning the East regional championship.

Thursday, October 25

A good night's sleep

When it comes to their love of the great outdoors, most folks can generally be divided into three distinct groups.

Anthem: you can get there from here

With the Class 3A state cross country championships slated to be held, for the first time ever, at Anthem, parents coaches, fans and athletes are wondering where the heck the newly built community is and how do we get there?

Explore nature's wonders

As the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park becomes an increasingly popular tourist attraction, and off-season visitors to the Rim country need to remember one thing now is the perfect time of year to visit the bridge. locals

M. Charlotte Wolf

M. Charlotte Wolf, 85, of Strawberry, died, Oct. 23, 2001, in Payson. She was born Feb. 11, 1916 in Penrose, Ill.

Learn value of volunteers at Care Fair

"Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that voluntary efforts can make in people's lives," President Jimmy Carter once said. "I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer."

Lone Pine Hotel a Main Street tradition

The words "porch sittin'" remind me of the few times I had the pleasure of doing just that with Dallas Wilbanks on the covered porch of the Lone Pine Hotel.

An idiot's guide to the World Series

There is no end to the humiliation I am made to suffer at the hands of my colleagues. Just because I don't know anything about sports. Or baseball. Or specifically, this week the World Series.

'All the hues of fire...'

With its reputation as a summer vacation paradise, many travelers and locals alike can easily overlook the multi-dimensional opportunities that the fall and winter seasons afford in the Rim country and it all begins with an explosion of autumn color.

Powder puffs

Cinch Hook snowplay, one of the most popular sledding spots on the Mogollon Rim, has had an open-again, closed-again relationship with the public.

Hit the ski trails

If the snow is falling, Tim Grier is smiling. He owns the Forest Lakes Touring Center, a 45-minute drive east of Payson on Highway 260.

The lure of the lake

Clifford Pirch is a man who sports many monikers fishing guide, professional angler and Payson Roundup fishing columnist.

Sleeping in the great outdoors

If you're thick-blooded and have a sense of adventure, opportunities abound in the Rim country for cold-weather camping.

Dress for success

Winter recreation in Payson is somewhat limited, if you equate the thought with snow on the slopes or ice on the pond.

Rim country's top 10 wonders

After a long week of work, most people don't need a good reason to get out of town. But for those looking for further motivation, the Rim country offers a good many great excuses to head up the mountain.


October 27 Trunk or Treat - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Payson Event Center.

The heart of Arizona

The Valley of the Sun. Home of traffic jams. Crowded malls. That mysterious brown cloud that never seems to dissipate.

Pine bookseller offers diversity for all seasons

The Rim country doesn't have a full-blown, franchised book store carrying all of the latest literary releases.

Helene Siegel

Helene Ester Siegel, 88, of Payson, died, Oct. 24, 2001, in Payson. She was born June 2, 1913, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

James Babcock

James H. Babcock, 66, of Tonto Basin, died, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001. He was born June 11, 1935 in Newberry, Mich.

Payson gardeners an asset to the community

The weekend of Oct. 12 to 13 was a good one for the Arizona-New Mexico Region of the Gardeners of America.

I know a totally different Payson

I am writing in response to what I perceive as an onslaught of negative letters to your paper. I just finished reading five letters to the editor in the Oct. 23 issue of the Payson Roundup and felt the need to add my voice to change the tone, should anyone be forming their opinion of our town by reading the editorials.


Q: What was Steve Bingham's point in the letter that appeared in the Roundup Tuesday? Did some incident precipitate it?

Police officer finds reader's opinion 'mindboggling'

I am truly disturbed by the letter to the editor that was printed in the Oct. 16 issue. A woman states that she is saddened by the funds spent in fighting the war on drugs that the confiscation of over 250 pounds of marijuana saddens her.

Anthrax concerns hit home

Payson police and fire departments have responded to four separate situations involving reports of a suspicious white powder substance since Sept. 15.

Mysterious wound has officials stumped

Deputies and investigators responded to a report of shooting at the C-Bar trailer park in Star Valley at 3:48 p.m. Thursday. There, they found Corbin Deckert, 46, laying on the ground with blood coming from his forehead.

War on terrorists may last forever

As I sat in my home here in Payson and watched the airliner smash into our symbols of freedom, a sad sick feeling developed in the pit of my stomach. And it has yet to go away.

Horns rebound from loss, head to finals

After having their best and most-seasoned runner, Cole Newbold, quit the boys cross country team early in the season, the Longhorns were not expected to be a regional title contender.

State title chase begins in Lobo land

The pursuit of Payson High School's first state cross country championship begins today in Snowflake.

Boys, girls soccer teams dream of state

Both Payson High School soccer teams are bound today (Friday) for Tucson with visions of state championships dancing in the heads.

State seed hinges on White Mountain clash

More than pride and gridiron bragging rights will be at stake when Payson locks horns with Show Low at 7 p.m. Friday evening in Cougar stadium.

Monday, October 22

Paysonites vs. Paysonians

It has been my observation that all the people in Payson can be divided into two groups, Paysonites and Pasonians:

Show Low clash to determine Horn fate

The outcome of today's season-ending clash against the Show Low Cougars will not play a significant role in playoff future of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team.

Battle of D-Backs and Braves fans

The battle for the National League championship between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves heated up the atmosphere in the editorial offices of the Payson Roundup.

Curtis tapped for Heisman scholarship

One of Payson High School's most accomplished student athletes has been nominated for the Eighth Annual Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship Program.

Concert series is simply amazing

The Tonto Community Concert Association began its 23rd season Monday evening by presenting the spectacular Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats in the Payson High School auditorium.

A donation with horsepower

Jackie Zumach claims she would not run into a burning building to save anyone. In fact she heralds herself as a coward.

Is anybody warning the newcomers?

The town council voted six to one to hold a hearing on a 15-percent increase for users of more than 5,000 gallons of water per month.

Learn how you can help at Care Fair

"We've had wellness fairs, we've had business showcases, we've had many different types of fairs," Bob Dalby said, "but I'd never heard of a spotlight being put on the organizations which make Payson such a caring community."

What happened to common courtesy?

I am appalled and embarrassed by the uncivil, nasty and disrespectful behavior that some citizens demonstrate at the town council meetings.

James Babcock

James H. Babcock, 66, of Tonto Basin, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001. He was born June 11, 1935 in Newberry, Mich.

Mistrial declared in Roosen case

After two days of deliberation, the jury in the Paul Roosen murder trial informed Judge Edd Dawson they were divided on a verdict. Dawson declared a mistrial.

Saving the ducks

With all the controversy over the ducks and geese at Green Valley Park, here's the perfect solution to resolve the problem.

Reader's opinion was all wet

A voter should have a firm grasp of the facts.


Q: In the Oct. 5 issue of the Roundup there was a "What's Up" question about building some kind of facility for dirt bikes and ATVs off Paiute Draw. I Iive in Wonder Valley. I've heard that 300 acres are being given to a motocross club here in Payson that they've gotten a grant for it with the help of the Forest Service.

On the right track

Cathe Descheemaker learned how to identify the prints of local wild animals the hard way by living with them.

Payson man's career was no accident

In one form or another Charlie Smith a former policeman, fireman, emergency medical technician, and now ambulance company owner has always been helping people, almost always at extremely critical times in their lives.

Longhorns suffer attack by BR Yellow Jackets

The Payson Longhorns now know why the Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket football factory is unbeaten, top-ranked and a huge favorite to win its second successive state championship.

Horns soccer heads to state

It's official, the Longhorn boys now know where and when they will begin pursuit of the school's first state soccer championship.

Buckshot Dot takes on a serious note

While local cowboy poet Dee Strickland Johnson sings lighthearted fare about "Old Spice Girls" and boots that were made for ridin' instead of walkin,' she has also produced a body of historic work that is increasingly getting noticed.

Betty White

Betty C. White, 84, of Payson, died Oct. 18, 2001 in Payson. She was born May 16, 1917 in Warren, Ohio.

Plague of thistles works way into Rim country

This won't be the first time in recent weeks that Old Glory has been used to unite U.S. citizens against a common enemy.

Alice Cooper

Alice Laura Cooper, 90, of Payson, died Oct. 20, 2001 in Payson. She was born Nov. 20, 1910 in Cupids, Newfoundland.

Students show compassion through pizza

When her fourth-grade class took first place in the big cookie dough sale at Frontier Elementary School, Cynthia Chovich's students were excited about the pizza party that would be their reward.

Thursday, October 18

Quail hunters can expect good season

Quail season opened Oct. 12 and many hunters are reporting good success.

Tournament berth at stake in Lakeside

The future of the Lady Longhorn volleyball teams in the state race will be decided Oct. 27 in Lakeside. There, a regular season-ending tournament will be contested to determine the East region's four seeds into the state tournament. That tournament begins one week later.

Horns to be shorthanded against Yellow Jackets

The Longhorn football team will probably be without the services of at least two starters when it travels today to Lakeside to take on unbeaten and state top-ranked Blue Ridge.

Meyocks claims PWGA title

Laura Meyocks played her way to the A flight championship of one of the most uniquely formatted tournaments to ever grace the Payson Women's Golf Association weekly agenda.

Hoop shoot to benefit cancer, disaster relief

Rim country hardwood hopefuls will have the opportunity to tune up their shooting skills at a special benefit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Friday).

flyin' high

Matt Cluff, 15, takes a break from aerial action Thursday at Green Valley Park.

Kuhlman indicted for murder

Kevan Deon Kuhlman, 37, was indicted for one count of first degree murder by a Gila County grand jury Oct. 17.

Council moves on water rate hike

In an attempt to provide more incentive to conserve water, the town council voted 6-1 Thursday evening to hold a public hearing on a 15-percent rate increase for users of more than 5,000 gallons per month.

Final hearing Tuesday for new county districts

The Gila County redistricting plan submitted by Payson Mayor Ray Schum one of three selected as finalists by the redistricting committee has been designated the least preferred.

Anthrax hoax could land you in jail

It's not a prank. It's not a joke. It's a federal offense with a penalty that ranges from five years to life in prison.

Candidates should have firm grasp of reality

I consider Payson to be one of the best places to live in the United States. We are so fortunate to live here the people are friendly, we have perfect weather, and our surroundings are beautiful. I have lived here two years and believe you can understand why I moved here, and why I remain and plan to remain.

Helen Lofland

Helen Louise Lofland, 92, died Oct. 18, 2001. She was born April 10, 1909 to John and Mary Schoffra in Madison, Ill.

EAC opens small business help line

Eastern Arizona College's Small Business Development Center has announced the creation of a free emergency phone service to help small businesses cope with the impact of Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

Recognize the signs of domestic abuse

Gloria Martinez of Phoenix was killed 12 years ago, her remains were hidden by her husband. They were discovered in Dec. 1998 and he was arrested for her death in March 1999. She was shot to death.

Students' responses show real maturity

After the terrible events of that terrible day, Sept. 11, I have found myself in a very confused mood.

Flag thieves won't steal patriotism

Since day one of the Sept. 11 tragedy, I have wanted an American flag for my car, but there were not flags to be bought in Payson.


Q: The dirt portion of Evergreen between Manzanita and Easy streets is a disgrace. The town is open to potential lawsuits. Doesn't the town have any rights to the right of way? If not, that portion should be barricaded.

Sometimes recognizing you are in an abusive relationship can be the first step to getting out of it.

The bobcat that tangled with Ivan McLaws' dog on Oct. 9, and was ultimately destroyed by McLaws, was rabid, according to Ty Goodman of Gila County Animal Control.

Local woman overcomes domestic violence, builds new life

Sometimes recognizing you are in an abusive relationship can be the first step to getting out of it.

Family Dollar a haven for bargain hunters

"We'll have almost everything Wal-Mart has, only at much lower prices."

Monday, October 15

Hardt leads pack at Dorrer meet

Lady Longhorn sophomore speedster Whitney Hardt bested a field of 108 runners to win the individual girls championship of the Dave Dorrer Invitational Cross Country meet held Saturday at Phoenix Thunderbird park.

Longhorns set for biggest clash of season

The table is set for the Longhorn football team's biggest clash of the year.

Boys in running for East region title

By winning the Alchesay Invitational championship, the Longhorn boys' cross country team has become a legitimate contender to claim the East regional championship.

Eleanor Kamp

Eleanor O. Kamp, 85, of Star Valley, died, Sept. 21, 2001 in San Diego. She was born May 20, 1916 in New York.

Duck taco, anyone?

I'm in agreement with Amy Von Somogyi. We must at all cost definitely save our future food supply.

The times, they are a changing

While sorting through some family belongings, Chuck Hardt came across a basketball program given him by his father Jiggs Hardt.

Boys soccer heads to state

A state tournament berth is definitely in the future of the Longhorn boys soccer team.

Commission shoots down proposed APS tower

The latest attempt to raise a tower against the Payson skyline a 150-foot microwave communications tower Arizona Public Service wants to erect was rejected by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its regular meeting last week.

Electric parade to light up Main this Christmas

A new Rim country holiday tradition "Christmas in Payson, a Traditional Hometown Celebration" will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with an electric light parade down Main Street, culminating in Santa's arrival, caroling and a tree-lighting ceremony at Green Valley Park.

Candlelight vigil Thursday for domestic violence victims

Time Out Inc., a nonprofit organization in Payson which offers shelter and services for victims of domestic violence, will hold its candlelight vigil Thursday, Oct. 18.

Kenneth Hatheway

Kenneth "Ken" Hatheway, 75, of Mesa, died Oct. 7, 2001. He was born to Charles and Lola Stevens Hatheway July 21, 1926 in Seattle, Washington.

Wendell Bond

Wendell K. Bond, 77, of Payson, died Oct. 12, 2001. He was the first baby born July 22, 1924 in the refinery town of Sinclair, Wyo.

Councilmember's decision was made on facts

This is my response to the absolutely unclear and misleading reporting in your paper regarding the ducks at Green Valley Lake.

Education, not incarceration

As I picked up my Payson Roundup Tuesday (Oct. 9 issue) and looked at the front page photo showing a narcotics dog surrounded by confiscated marijuana, I had one overwhelming emotion sadness.

Stop and smell the roses

When my wife Eva Mae and I first visited Payson, we were very impressed with the friendly people in the community who greeted strangers with a smile, and made strangers feel welcome.

Town cleanup should begin with water department

I commend you for at last running a story on the contamination found at the Rumsey Park well site. However, I thought your story was "watered down". These points are so pertinent:

Let me tell you about my friend, Susan

Because I don't want the grisly way in which she died to overshadow the important person she was in life, I'd like to tell you about my dear friend, Susan.

Birchak was always ready with a hug

I learned the news of (Susan Birchak's) untimely death five minutes before I went on the air Wednesday morning.


Q: We've been having problems in the Pine area with utility companies digging up holes in the road and leaving them for months. They usually say, "We don't think that's our hole." Who has oversight over the utility companies in this kind of situation?

Diminutive woman made huge impact

I knew Susan Birchak.

Payson is prepared for any conceivable disaster

Payson Mayor Ray Schum is rarely stumped for an answer to any question except the one thrown at him earlier this week, when he was a guest of a radio talk-show program.

Banker's advice: use a vault for your money

Patricia Myers loves banks. She trusts them. That's where she keeps all of her money. That's even where she works as a customer service representative for the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Payson.

Moving Day

At long last, Payson's famous boxcars are on the move again.

Thursday, October 11

Stockmen's Bank opens

Farrel Holyoak, President/ CEO of the Stockmen's Bank, announced the opening of the bank's newly-constructed branch building located in the Sawmill Crossing shopping plaza in Payson.

Longhorn football fights for playoff survival

A victory this evening (Friday) in Whiteriver would nail down a playoff berth for the Payson Longhorn football team.

gaskill christensen, mcclanahan wed

Heather Gaskill Christensen and Craig McClanahan were married Sept. 25, 2001 in a ceremony at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.

Donald Wilkerson

Donald W. "Don" Wilkerson, 69, of Star Valley, died Oct. 8, 2001, in Star Valley. He was born June 24, 1932, in Battle Mountain, Nev.

Citizens have right to express opinions

I found one of the articles in the Oct. 5 issue of your paper to be very disturbing. Namely, "Town manager defends 'duck' call to activist."

Lady Horns eat dust at Conley

The Lady Longhorns 16th-place showing at the prestigious Doug Conley Invitational in Tempe was not what coach Chuck Hardt was hoping for from his state fifth-ranked team.

Chitwood, Marshall hook ninth place at bass tourney

The Rim country fishing team of Gary Chitwood and Brian Marshall hooked up for a ninth-place finish at the AllStar Bass season-opening tournament held Saturday at Roosevelt Lake. The pair weighed in 10.17 pounds of bass.

Ducks Unlimited banquet, auction Saturday night

A bevy of lucky ticket holders will be in for big surprises tomorrow night when the Payson Chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosts it annual benefit banquet at Mazatzal Casino.

Local woman killed in domestic attack

Payson Police received a 911 call at 10:09 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, from Kevan Kuhlman, 37, reporting that his roommate, Susan Birchack, 52, was not breathing.

Constable gets two assistants

Gila County Constable Eddie Armer can now take a vacation, and it won't cost taxpayers a penny.

Oregon resident weighs in on anti-duck crusade

When Jim Estess talks of ducks and geese, he knows whereof he speaks. Estess, who moved to Pine two years ago, lived in Oregon for 25 years the past 17 near Eugene, home of the University of Oregon Ducks.

Council leaves contingency fund alone

The Payson Town Council decided the best action was no action at a special meeting Thursday evening to address the impact of a slumping economy on the town's spending.

It's time to fight terrorism at home

As the United States faces the threat of terrorists, it also must address the terror men and women face daily when it comes to domestic violence.


Q: Why does the Pop Warner League charge parents $6 for player of the week? Why doesn't the Roundup do it as a community service like they do for high school students? And we 400 parents would appreciate an occasional article written about our games.

Media are becoming second-tier terrorists

I fully recognize the frustration of the national media in not being able to put reporters in the theater of war. After covering years of conflict with "on the scene" actions for the nightly newscasts, this new war on terrorism must be a bitter pill for you.

Democratic process was missing from council meeting

Sept. 27, I attended a town council meeting along with many other local citizens. In fact, it was pretty much a packed house, which speaks well of the community.

Greenspoon made Main Street program viable in Show Low

It has been brought to my attention that people from the City of Payson are inquiring about the Main Street program in Show Low.

May all the world remember

May all the world remember

New Beginnings banquet a wonderful evening

From the opening songs of "Holy, Holy, Holy" and a flag-waving "God Bless America" to the closing prayer, those attending the New Beginnings Pregnancy Center banquet had a wonderful evening.

Pamela McNabb

Pamela Ann McNabb, 41, of Pine, died Oct. 6, 2001, in Pine. She was born April 20, 1960, in Phoenix.


Dear President Bush:

Wal-Mart, other businesses offer new check system

Payson's Wal-Mart Supercenter is participating in an experimental check cashing program that gives the check back to the customers once it has been scanned and approved.

Susan Birchak

Susan Anne Birchak, 52, of Payson died Oct. 9, 2001 in Payson. She was born March 18, 1949 in Butler, Pa.

Rita Clark

Rita Marie Shnowske Clark, 76, of Payson, died Oct. 8, 2001, in Glendale. She was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Wausau, Wis.

Jimmie Stands

Jimmie Harlan Stands, 56, of Star Valley, died Oct. 10, 2001, in Payson. He was born June 7, 1945, in Wellington, Kan.



It's easy to understand why the old baby-delivery-by-stork story was invented. If the unvarnished truth had gotten out, the human race would have come to a dead stop millions of years ago.

10 tips for a healthy pregnancy

1. Learn as much as possible about the wonderful ways that your body is changing and about how your baby is growing. Talk to your mother, your friends, and other women about pregnancy, labor, and birth. Attend an early pregnancy childbirth class, read books and watch videos about normal pregnancy and childbirth.

More than one way to SPLIT A DISTRICT

In my home state of Michigan, those of us from the southern part of the state joke that in the upper peninsula even the trees get to vote.

Monday, October 8

America to see a "transformation"

About three years ago, Dr. Charles Stanley made a talk titled, "America gone astray," and it is documented on tape. It was done with love and no condemnation ...

In tragedy, America has turned to God

On Sept. 11, when America watched the terrorist strike at the World Trade Center, America turned to God in prayer like they never did before.


Q: When will the repair and resurfacing of Highway 87 be completed? They've chewed up the road and it's been that way for a long time.

Main Street program vital to town's success

I have recently learned that, in an attempt to eliminate the Payson Main Street Program by one of your citizens, comments were made regarding the City of Show Low's Main Street Program. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you and your council members the many benefits we have received from the Main Street Program here in Show Low.

Join the fight against terror: become a sidewalk soldier

As America wades deeper into the waters of war, we are training ourselves to be more careful and more alert to what surely are imminent terrorist attacks on our homeland.

Doctors expect Graziano to make full recovery

Steve Graziano, who was literally buried alive under a pile of cinders Sept. 28, is recuperating at Scottsdale Healthcare hospital.

Council to discuss effects of slowing ecnonomy

A slumping economy is sending the Payson Town Council into special session at 6 p.m. Thursday to consider putting a halt to expenditures from the council's contingency account.

Walter Baker

Walter Baker, 79, of Payson, died Oct. 5, 2001, in Payson. He was born June 3, 1922, in Glasgow, Mont.

Bobcat claws dog near Star Valley

Ivan McLaws had no idea what he was facing when he went outside his home Sunday night around 8 p.m. to find out why his dog was barking.

Police confiscate $250,000 in marijuana

The keen nose of a highly trained police dog led to the seizure of more than $250,000 worth of marijuana by the Payson Police Department.

Battle brews over new zoo

Due to a land-lease dispute, the Payson Exotic Zoo has died again before it had the chance to be reborn.

Test your home sprinkler system

Honor firefighters by doing your part to practice fire prevention

Residential fire sprinkler systems are life and property saving devices. Because they are becoming more commonplace around the country, as well as Payson, following is information pertinent to their maintenance.

Lady Horns net squad 'ready to play'

Today (Tuesday) in Wilson Dome, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team will try to put an end to the season-long hex the Snowflake Lobos have had over the Rim netters.

Olympians practice for fall championships

The best advice from Special Olympics Arizona is "don't put your swimsuits away yet, our athletes are ready to make a splash at the Arizona 2001 Fall Championships."

Reassuring to live in such a caring community

I wish to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support following my recent accident.

Water Dept.: Keep up the good work

Judy Buettner's recent letter did an excellent job of clarifying just exactly what kind of a moving target the "safe yield" number is for Payson's water supply. Bottom line is on any given day of drought rainfall, snowfall or variations in consumer use the "safe yield" value changes.

Chances still good for playoffs

There could be a state tournament berth in the Payson Longhorns' future.

Lady Horns ranked sixth in state

The latest rankings from the Arizona High School Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association have the Lady Longhorns rated the sixth best team in the state.

Pettet finds 'quality of life' in his profession

Like father, like son?

Sheriff's deputies invite citizens to 'ride along'

The Gila County Sheriff's Department has developed a civilian observer program for those interested in riding along with one of the on-duty deputies.

Thursday, October 4

Siblings invited to martial arts competition

Two Payson teenagers are hoping to participate in the World Martial Arts Championships next year in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ladies travel to Conley meet

The Lady Longhorn soccer team takes its act today (Friday) to Camp Verde where it will participate in the Cowboy Invitational Tournament.

Roundup wins three-peat for 'Newspaper of Year'

The Payson Roundup was named Arizona Newspaper of the Year for non-dailies the third consecutive year the local newspaper has been awarded the state's highest honor.

Payson girl dies in rollover accident

Alicia Steiner, 19, of Payson died Wednesday after being ejected from a vehicle in a rollover accident south of Payson.

Wells near Rumsey Park under close inspection

It has been 11 years since Buzz Walker first detected a contaminant in the new wells the Payson Water Department had drilled on West Aero Drive.

Pupils, parents pamper PES's Panther Park

Project "Weed & Feed" might sound like a covert operation to some, but for Roger Rohrbach's fourth-grade class at Payson Elementary, it meant pulling weeds, followed by a hot dog barbecue lunch.

van Shelley

Evan Shelley, 25, died Sept. 25, 2001. He was born Sept. 6, 1976.

John Thompson

John A. Thompson, 87, died Sept. 30, 2001, at Manzanita Manor.

Howard Ray

Howard E. Ray, 75, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2001 in Tucson. He was born to Beatty and Laura Ray Aug. 15, 1926 in Iola, Kan.

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Chester Joseph Krutcik, 74, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2001, in Payson. He was born Dec. 8, 1926, in Westfield, Mass.

Marion Deal

Marion Andrew Deal, 81, of Payson, died Oct. 3, 2001, in Payson. He was born Dec. 25, 1919 in Hayti, Mo.

Idris Davies

Morgan Davies, 82, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2001, in Payson. He was born Jan. 13, 1919, in Tredegar, Gwent, Wales, U.K.

Bummer a low-priced Humvee clone

"Is it a Ford? Is it a Chevy? No, it's a Bummer!"

A poem for peace

As our flag stands tall and high, you look at all the color and notice all the people who died.

Tolerance sought in time of turmoil

Recently, my son was at the skate park. He parked his car in a handicapped parking space, which he should not have done, and was working on his stereo system.

All pilots should be armed

Several years ago one highjacker was overcome by the pilot of an airliner as they landed in Japan.

Council should cough up private funds

I'd like to think that most Payson residents are socially responsible, and along that line, contribute to causes they feel merit their funds. Altruistic paternalism is not a mission of the Town Council, nor should it ever be.

Rear-view mirror is a valuable tool

In the rear-view mirror, you should be able to see the past in order to recognize mistakes and make corrections to provide for a better present and future. There is nothing negative about doing that, and if it can be done with a small group of dedicated people, it will be better for all.

what's up?

Q: What caused the power outage last Sunday night for four hours in Pine?

Common sense needed in this time of healing

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, a few malcontents have reportedly tested security measures at various airports by smuggling banned items onboard.

FH lone competition for Horns' Sludge meet

A disappointing turnout put a damper on what has traditionally been one of the most anticipated cross country runs of the fall sports season.

National magazine 'Tys' one on

The October 2001 edition of Rocky Mountain Game & Fish magazine featured a nice article entitled "Giant Bull Elks of Arizona."

Town manager defends 'duck' call to activist

A police report filed yesterday (Thursday) by Payson resident Amy von Somogyi the woman leading the fight to protect the ducks and geese at Green Valley Park accuses Town Manager Rich Underkofler of making a "mildly threatening and very inappropriate" phone call to her Wednesday evening.

Longhorns fight for playoff survival

Round Valley High School football coach John Dryden might be eagerly anticipating today's trip to Payson. That's because the jaunt will put miles between the coach and a band of Eagar/Springerville malcontents who choose to express their dissatisfaction from the stands, on their computers and in the community's watering holes.

Archaeologist discovers 'bunheads'

Local archaeologist Penny Minturn is about to blow the lid off one of the best-kept secrets in the Rim country.

Wednesday, October 3

2nd Annual POW WOW

part of Tribal Recognition Days

Rim country residents and visitors can experience the color and excitement of a grand Native American tradition at the second annual Tonto Apache Tribal Pow Wow, a component of Tonto Apache Tribal Recognition Days taking place this weekend in and around the Mazatzal Casino and Payson Event Center.

Tribe recognition days fun for young and old

There is plenty for children to enjoy at Tonto Apache Tribal Recognition Days this weekend, including a gala carnival that brings together four different carnival companies and a fireworks extravaganza Saturday evening.

TONTO APACHES' Rim country history

Long before anyone thought to start recording the history of the Rim country, the ancestral territory of the Tonto Apaches ranged from the Mogollon Rim to the Tonto Basin area.

Monday, October 1

Car wash nets $655 for relief fund

Friday, Sept. 21, the students of Payson Center for Success High School, held a Benefit for America Car Wash.

'Positive' readers need to face facts

So many letter writers on the water crisis are forgetting the math, massaging the figures, and ignoring the facts.

Ancient poem resonates here and now

Saturday evening, I married the woman of my dreams. Those dreams are hardly new. They've been stirring my heart and warming my soul since the moment I met her nearly three decades ago.

Early detection key to battling prostate cancer

Off the top of his head, Dr. David King can't think of a single one of his patients whose life would have been saved by the early detection of prostate cancer.

Redistricting debate continues Friday

The debate over supervisor redistricting plans continues Friday in Globe with a redistricting committee workshop that is open to the public.

Man rescued from pile of cinders

Firefighters worked feverishly Friday to uncover Steve Graziano who was pinned under an end-dump trailer, trapped by a tarp and covered by three feet of cinders.

Hunt takes school board presidency seriously

If the only way you know Albert Hunt is through the meetings of the Payson Unified School District's board of supervisors of which he serves as president then you have probably never seen him laugh. Or grin. Or display any facial expression that could be remotely termed a smile.

A lesson from the "Hoosiers"

The topic of "hate crimes" discussed in the media for the last couple of weeks is one of great concern.

Gila County tax nurtures at work

Many of us property owners in Gila County don't get any benefit at all from our Federal Tax rebate checks except the greedy tax collectors.

Stephen Holt

Stephen Edgar Holt, 39, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2001, in Payson.

Leonard Farmer

Leonard Leroy Farmer, 90, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2001 in Payson.

Lady Longhorns face crucial stretch

The upcoming East region schedule looms large in the Lady Longhorns' dreams and aspirations of earning a berth into the season-ending state volleyball tournament.

PMGA remembers tragedy

With American flags waving on the poles that mark each of the Payson Golf Association cups, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association competed somewhat somberly in their annual two-day President's Cup.

PWGA heats up local links

Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group gathered last week at the Payson course for a "blind partners" formatted tournament in which participants were paired in a drawing.

Stolen APS truck recovered

The Arizona Public Service line truck that was stolen last week from the APS yard was recovered Sunday morning.

Payson, Eloy to duel over Hall of Fame

"This place ain't big enough for the both of us." A variation of that classic western movie line might be heard emanating from the Rim Country Museum if a showdown develops over rights to the Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Former PHS coach wins at new school

Former Payson High School football coach Jim Beall picked up a big win Friday evening. Now the head coach at newly built Higley High School, Beall led his first-year team to a 22-19 victory over Chino Valley.

Lobo air game stymies Horns' homecoming

As expected, the Snowflake Lobos came out throwing Friday evening against the Payson Longhorns.

Joe named Wal-Mart 'teacher of the year'

For a teacher who taught science to O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito, you'd think being named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year might be anticlimactic.

The duck stops here

How to get your issues on the council's agenda

Taking on town hall is an imposing challenge for most of us, but those who have dared to do so, say it shouldn't be.

What's up?

In last Tuesday's Roundup, a story said the town council was going to consider lowering the speed limit to 15 mph on all streets around Green Valley Park at its meeting Thursday night. Friday's story on that meeting didn't mention whether they did or not. What happened?

Payson a beautiful place to live

We recently returned from a trip where we saw many beautiful buildings and historical sites.