Stories for September 2001


Thursday, September 27

Thanks from the horse's mouth

I would like to thank all the following people who donated their time, equipment, and services to the Northern Gila County Fair's Horse Show.

Roundup reporter to marry long, lost love

A love that has endured decades will be consummated in marriage Saturday evening at Green Valley Park.

Horns don Queen Creek consolation crown

After finishing 1-1-1 in pool play of the Third Annual Queen Creek Invitational Boys Soccer Tournament, the Payson Longhorns rebounded to win three consecutive games and the championship of the event's consolation bracket.

Seven gridders qualify for PPK's second round

By virtue of winning their age/sex group division at the Payson edition of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition, seven local youths have qualified to participate in the Sectional Championships to be held Nov. 3 in Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.

Harold Recard

Harold Eugene "Bud" Recard, 70, of Forest Lakes, died Sept. 25, 2001. He was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Hamiltonban, Pa. and had been a part-time resident of Forest Lakes since 1980 and full-time since 1996.

Water customers thanked for patience

Thank you to all the Christopher Creek Water Company customers for their patience, understanding and cooperation during the recent outages. Offers of help were also much appreciated.

Love and kindness appreciated

To all of my wonderful friends and neighbors who were so caring and loving during my recent illness.

Winning tears

Sept. 15, my husband, Andrew, won the Judge's Choice ribbon at the Northern Gila County Fair in Pine for the cactus he grew.

PAHH gives thanks for help, support

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity wishes to thank the following for their assistance with the Sunday, Sept. 16 dedication of the seventh Payson Habitat house:

Town took a tip from Gillette?

The founder of the Gillette Corporation, Kin Gillette, built his empire using pretty much the same device that the Town

Water petition calls for rational discussion

May I comment at some length about the hue and cry raised by a goodly number of letters-to-the-Editor readers railing against the water petition being circulated by a multitude of private citizens?

Dorothy Jackson

Dorothy Jackson, 76, of Tonto Basin, died, Sept. 26, 2001, in Tonto Basin. She was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Door Stop a "step in the right direction"

I was pleased to see the Door Stop Job Fair was such an overwhelming success with over 200 locals applying for the 60 good jobs Jim Hill is bringing to Payson.


Q: We just received our sewer bill and wonder how it can be raised 3.5 percent, from $45 to $46.50? Do they have to go into session to do this? Can they just do it any time they want?

Town council declares war on ducks

While it may not go down in the annals of Payson Town Council history as one of the bigger issues that body has faced, the matter of what to do about the ducks and geese in Green Valley Park was an interesting study in participatory democracy.

MHA 'pink ladies' look for more volunteers

The "pink ladies" from the Mogollon Health Alliance are in need of donations of furniture, appliances, household items and clothing for their Almost New Shop at 304 E. Aero.

Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, free patriotic concert this weekend

The Arizona State Fiddlers' Contest will be held in Payson this weekend at the Payson Event Center.

Council warns: 'Caution, duck crossing'

The ducks won one and lost one Thursday evening at the Payson Town Council meeting.

County's proposed dog ordinance all bark, no bite

Ask Gila County residents how they feel about barking dogs and you'll get plenty of feedback more than 100 minutes worth, to be precise.

Horns' homecoming

Payson High will climax its homecoming week celebration tonight by hosting the Snowflake Lobos on the gridiron.

Patsy Ittner

Patsy R. Ittner, 74, of Payson, died, Sept. 23, 2001. She was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Phoenix.

'Stugo' steak dinner Friday

Student government at Payson High School also know as "Stugo" will be sponsoring a benefit steak dinner as part of this evening's homecoming activities. The meal will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

Deming wins weather service award

Anna Mae Deming is not a contemporary of American colonist John Campanius Holm, the man for whom the award bestowed on her by the National Weather Service was named.

Shorthanded Horns second in Phoenix

Competing without senior Cole Newbold, who has quit the team, the Longhorn boys cross country team had to settle for a second-place finish at a four-way meet held Sept. 19 at Phoenix Mountain View Park.

Hopi the team to beat in 3A

The Lady Longhorn cross country team now knows who its chief competition will be for the Class 3A Arizona State championship.

Patriotic tattoos on the rise

Flush with a freshly invigorated sense of patriotism, millions of Americans are marching into tattoo parlors, plunking down anywhere from $75 to $150, and having their bodies emblazoned with star-spangled banners, eagles, patriotic slogans and other permanent reminders of the events of Sept. 11.

APS truck stolen from yard

A line truck was stolen from the Arizona Public Service yard on West Longhorn Road sometime Tuesday night.

Focusing on positive best way to heal America

After the shock of the unimaginable started to wear off and the reality set in, I think many of us certainly myself were feeling great sorrow, massive confusion and overwhelming fear.

Monday, September 24

Action, reflection will make tragedy more meaningful

In light of the horrendous tragedy that occurred Sept. 11, I would like to pass on some thoughts.


Q: Around the first of the year, some Payson High School students had the idea to open the gym for recreational purposes a couple nights a week. What is the status of that project?

Strong freshman crew leads to stronger Horns

After watching the Longhorn freshman football team wreak havoc on its foes by scores to 33-6 (St. Johns), 61-0 (Wickenburg), 44-0 (Queen Creek) and 35-0 (Phoenix Christian), veteran observers are wondering if this might be the best freshman team in the history of Payson High.

Win sets stage for homecoming

A 62-0 lambasting of Tuba City Friday evening in Longhorn stadium might have been just the remedy the PHS football team needed before it takes on longtime arch rival Snowflake in a homecoming showdown.

Ace trumped, but Horns win

It's not often that Payson High School's running phenom Whitney Hardt takes a back seat to an opponent.

putting around

The Payson Youth Organization's Third Annual "Tee Hee" Golf Tournament was a big success again this year.

Bird lover planning to ruffle council's feathers

The ducks and geese of Green Valley Park waddle to the fore at 6 p.m. Thursday evening as the woman who revealed their plight takes her case before the Payson Town Council.

Volunteers needed to help develop general plan

The precise direction Payson will take in the future could well depend on the input of 60 people and one of them could be you.

Local firefighters form Rim country union

Tuesday, Sept. 11, while many New York firefighters lost their lives in the rubble of the World Trade Center, 17 Payson area firefighters cast a vote to unite with their "brothers and sisters" across the nation.

Things change in the face of disaster

It's stunning how quickly life can change the moment a handful of fanatics choose to act on their warped beliefs.

McCain recall effort dropped

On Monday, Sept. 17, due to the tragic events at the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon, the Recall Sen. John McCain Committee decided to halt our petition campaign. The chairman's statement can be read at

Payson could get "short end of the stick"

While the Town Council voted 7-0 to endorse Mayor Schum's county supervisor redistricting plan, it is doubtful our proposal will ever be approved by the existing Gila County supervisors.

Dragons put heads together to help victims

When Rim country residents Tauna Despain and Deana Barr heard a New York City rescue worker on TV saying some relief items were still in short supply, they sprang into action.

Stabbing suspect caught

Frankie Marie Stiner, 36, was taken into custody Sunday morning on charges of attempted murder. Stiner was wanted in connection with the Sept. 18 stabbing of Star Valley resident Anita Lee.

In OT, Cougars claw Horns

The Lady Longhorn soccer team is doing more than its fair share to make the campaign an exciting one for Rim country fans.

Mighty Longhorn doubles as student body president

If you follow Payson High School's Longhorn varsity football games, you are certainly familiar with Jeremy Greenberg. At 6-feet tall and 190 pounds, this young man promises to be a major force for the Longhorns this year.

Blind man is 'handi-capable'

"Why don't you turn on a few lights in here?"

New library president's retirement full-time job

"When I gave my little farewell speech, I said, 'I turn this gavel over with a certain amount of regret, because I really have enjoyed the position," said Judy Buettner, the now-exited, three-and-a-half-year president of the Library Friends of Payson. Buettner has resigned the position to run for a seat on the town council.

Friday, September 21

FIDDLIN' to the oldies

Vertielee Floyd has been the director of Payson's 31-year-old Old Time Fiddlers' Contest since the very first festival in 1976 except, the septuagenarian said, "when I took some time out so I could have a heart valve replaced 16 years ago. It's still ticking away!"

Thursday, September 20

Water situation should be left to the water department

A few people in Payson are using their own interpretation of the words "safe yield," as it is stated in the "Town of Payson Ground Water Management 2001 Status Report," dated April 12, 2001, prepared by Michael Ploughe of the Town of Payson Water Department, for their own agenda.

Fish tourney to benefit Payson Christian school

A benefit trout tournament that should be fun for all will be held Oct. 6 at Woods Canyon Lake, 30 miles east of Payson off Highway 260.

FACING YOUR FEARS in the Rim country

In a recent "Strange But True" column in this publication, several weird phobias were mentioned.

Lady Horns invited back to Conley

When preseason drills began in early August, the Lady Longhorns were projected to have the athletes necessary to carry the team to its first state cross country championship.

Horns have chance to even the score

The opportunity to regain respectability on the state's prep football scene awaits the Longhorns tonight in PHS Stadium.

Schwind's netters take 4th at Blue Ridge

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team's performance in the 3A East regional tournament wasn't the stuff first-year coach Chris Schwind had her sights set on.

Display Old Glory properly

The American Flag can be seen flying in Payson everywhere you look, from car antennas to rooftops.

Floyd Bellows

Floyd Franklin Bellows, 90, of Payson, died Sept. 19, 2001 in Payson. He was born Jan. 7, 1911 in Cresco, Iowa.

New bistro opens in 'uptown' Gisela

"This place is really gonna be uptown," James Kennedy said, as he renovates his new restaurant and bar.

Payson students unite for national day of prayer

These Payson students could have slept in for an extra hour Wednesday morning. They could have spent those 60 minutes watching television, chatting with friends or just goofing off.

ringwald, martin to wed

Renee Ringwald and Joseph Martin, both of Payson, announce their engagement.

Abortion is a horror we can stop

In our sorrow and anger, as we pray for the victims and their families, let us not forget that as a nation we tolerate the killing of approximately 4,700 innocent pre-born American children every day by the violence of abortion.

Vandals prevent museum from flying flag at half-staff

The Northern Gila County Historical Society would like to address an issue that has come to our attention. The question being, why are we not flying our flag at half-staff during these tragic times in American history?

CAC meetings open to everyone

The only truly Town Hall gathering in Payson is open to all comers. I am speaking, of course of the Citizen's Awareness Committee (CAC).

what's up?

Q: To whom or where do the proceeds go from the new Goodwill store? I hear they're just split between employees. Is that true?

Bush calls for united effort to fight evil

President Bush delivered a firm, powerful message Thursday as he spoke to a joint session of Congress and the nation.

'Phantom' steals actress from high school stage

An unknown person is causing havoc in the TV studio that is home to the hit soap opera "As the Heart Burns."

Movie madness affects Longhorns' homecoming

"Movie Madness" is the theme for this year's Payson High School's homecoming celebration which kicks off Monday.

Police find two meth labs in one day

The Payson Fire Department responded to a house fire at the 400 block of South Bassett Street Wednesday night. The first alarm was called in at 8:05 p.m., and when fire units arrived, they found a singlewide, manufactured home ablaze.

Local woman in D.C. during attacks

For most Rim country residents, the terrible events that unfolded Tuesday, Sept. 11, were tempered by distance and by the fact that acts of terrorism are much more likely to occur in major population centers.

Dunman's dynasty ups record 5-1

If you want to build a dynasty, you start from the ground up.

Monday, September 17

Thank you, mayor, for positive leadership

Mayor Ray Schum's recent decision to not seek re-election was a recent topic in the Roundup's guest commentary.

Horns hammer Holbrook, 46-0

Shaking off the sobering effects of watching their country under attack, the Payson Longhorn football team took out its frustrations Friday evening on the Holbrook Roadrunners.

Police officer's duties cut by

Payson's three elementary schools have been removed from the beat of the district's sole School Resource Officer due to the "double-edged" nature of a grant administered by the Payson Unified School District, Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department said.

Taliban told to give up bin Laden

As President Bush led a moment of silence at the White House Tuesday morning exactly one week to the minute after the first terrorist strike at the World Trade Center U.S. officials awaited word from Afghanistan's Islamic spiritual leaders on the future of prime suspect Osama bin Laden.

Fall fashion, beauty show to benefit food, toy drives

Don't tell Kristy Sauder that the Rim country is hopelessly unfashionable.

Seems town never met a development it didn't like

Reading your latest article on The Great Payson Tonto National Forest Water Exploration Saga, you quote Buzz Walker as stating: "This isn't about agriculture anymore," and "Agriculture has been replaced by development."

Hardt's Horns place second at Four Corners Invitational

Payson High School's sophomore running sensation, Whitney Hardt, sprinted her way to a first-place finish at the 3.2-mile Four Corners Invitational meet Saturday at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park.

Girls win over Snowflake a tasty treat

Victories over longtime rival and traditional prep powerhouse Snowflake are the sweetest triumphs in Rim country sports outings.

Payson resident

President Bush's admonition last week to those who would commit hate crimes came too late to stop Payson resident Richard Paul Hughes II from being arrested for just such an incident only hours after Tuesday's attack on New York and Washington by suspected Arab terrorists.

James Wilson

James Wilson, 83, of Payson died Sept. 5, 2001, in Phoenix. He was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Middlesboro, Ky., to John and Rose Wilson. He was one of four children.

Arthur Wetzler

Arthur William Wetzler, 86, of Jake's Corner died Sept. 15, 2001, at Jake's Corner. He was born Nov. 8, 1914, in Buckeye, Ariz.

Fern Huff

Fern Joan Huff, 65, of Payson, died Sept. 16, 2001 in Payson. She was born May 30, 1936 in Jackson, Mich.

gartner, eaton to wed

Jason Gartner and Amy Eaton will be married Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Mesa Temple.

Everything's ducky with student's petition drive

Christopher Fraga has this thing about animals.


Q: Why is the road department trying to put the Mandarin House out of business by building that ridiculous entryway that they have?

Ukrainians remember who came to their aid

Thanks for the information you provide on the Internet.

An English note of sympathy

It is very difficult to express the horror with which we saw and heard the dreadful news about the terrorist's attack on the United States yesterday.

Spay program gets unexpected boost

We at the Payson Humane Society wanted to thank you for running the article about the Payson Humane Society's new Spay and Neutering Program.

Australians 'close to tears'

I know that you are personally, physically many miles from New York and the other places of devastation, but felt compelled to send my sympathy to you and your fellow countrymen following this most horrible day in history.

Hunt for new reporter ends with ... Hunt

When I first joined the staff of the Payson Roundup 11 years ago, I knew I was in over my head. I knew I had many of the qualities of a good reporter instinct, an inquiring mind, strong work ethic and a love of writing but had never actually been a reporter before.

Green Valley Park wins best public improvement

Payson's Green Valley Park was recently named Best Public Improvement Project for Arizona Main Streets at the Governor's Rural Development Conference in Nogales.

Police search for missing man suffering from Alzheimer's

It has been over a week since neighbors last saw 85-year-old Ernest Gaither. He was reported missing to the Payson Police Department Sept. 11. A neighbor of his near Green Valley Park last saw Gaither at about noon Sunday, Sept. 9.

Boys soccer falls to Snowflake

When the Longhorn boys soccer team takes to the Rumsey Park field tomorrow against Show Low, the players will be battling for their playoff life.

Saturday, September 15

A quick fix for WATER WORRIES Rim country's

The answer to the Rim country's water problem is so disarmingly simple, it's amazing we didn't think of it years ago.

Best laid wedding plans lead to


Patti Christensen and Karen McClanahan have a whole lot in common.

Thursday, September 13

'Let's get the water first' that's all petition asks

As a bona fide and proud member of Citizens Awareness Committee, I take great exception to many of the misstatements your letters to the editor have contained lately. I believe these are maliciously intended to mislead Payson residents.

State switches to power-ranking system

For the first time in the history of 3A conference football, teams will be seeded into the season-ending state tournament by power rankings based on the strength of their schedules.

Mavs on winning streak

By stringing together eight consecutive lopsided wins over the course of two seasons, the Rim Country Middle School Mavericks eighth-grade football team has become the bad boy of the White Mountain League.

Garcia's tie-breaker leads Horns to a win

It doesn't get much closer than that.

Hardt's girls place first on home course

In their home debut Sept. 5 at Payson Golf Course, the Lady Horns shook off a 10th-place finish at the season-opening Flagstaff Peaks Invitational by running their way to a first-place finish.

Attacks will test our children's values

About nine years ago, I occupied a nice corner office on the 85th floor of World Trade Center No. 2 now a heap of rubble.

Tribe's donation proof of their 'good neighbor' policy

I would like to comment on Max Foster's story of July 31 concerning the Tonto Apache's surprising and generous contribution of money towards an all-weather track for high school and middle school.

Raymond Sabatelli, Sr.

Raymond Francis Sabatelli, Sr., 85, of Payson, died Sept. 12, 2001 in Payson. He was born March 19, 1916, in Schenectady, N.Y.

what's up?

Q: Why did Town of Payson employees recently pave Graham Ranch Road in front of Jack Jasper's house? That's the only section they paved. What's the deal? Is he paying for it, or is it because he makes such a fuss?

Sleeping giant is wide awake

It is a pity the terrorists of the world are under the impression the people of the United States of America will fall apart and our country crumble because buildings are blown up and an immeasurable number of our citizens murdered.

Payson, Diamond Point should work together

In response to Chuck Heron's rambling tirade of misinformation, groundless charges and almost humorous threat to "clean up Payson's Town Government" I have the following response:

It's time to straighten out Gila County politics

Ginger Jeffers' assessment that politics in Gila County are disgusting is right on the mark.

hanafords celebrate 65th anniversary

Polly and Woodie Hanaford of Payson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sept. 8, 2001.

Magdalene Welter

Magdalene (Maggie) Welter, 83, died, Sept. 5, 2001, in Payson. She was born in Park Falls, Wisc.

Single-issue candidates should not run for office

After reading via Internet some of the letters you recently received, it seems the obstructionist (negatives) are still barking.

Payson can be proud of its former students

As I placed scholarship checks in the mail today, I thought about how we as a society are too often critical of today's youth and only focus on the negative few that make the headlines.

Tonto National Forest offers reward to help catch Roosevelt vandals

A $500 reward is being offered by the Tonto National Forest for information regarding the vandalism and damage at the Diversion Dam Recreation Site located at the eastern end of Roosevelt Lake, commonly known as the Salt River Arm.

Constitution signing event at library

Citizens of Payson can sign the Constitution and mark their place in history.

Harry D. Burton

Harry D. Burton, 91, of Payson, died Sept. 4, 2001, at his home with very close friends at his bedside. He was born Jan. 27, 1910 in El Paso, Texas.

Vernon Cockrum Sr.

Vernon Jackson "Jack" Cockrum Sr., 63, of Payson, died Sept. 8, 2001, in Payson. He was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Los Angeles, Calif.

'Sophisticated' plan was pure barbarism

It's odd how the mind works under the crushing weight of a trillion questions which may never be answered, or for which no answers may exist.

A nation mourns

Between the actual victims and those whose lives were caught in the ripples of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., a million human stories or more unfolded around the world. And at least two of them unfolded here in Payson. Most of these stories had tragic endings. Don Crowley's did. Jackie Larson's did not.

Candlelight vigil tonight at Green Valley Park

Rim country residents can join their fellow Americans in expressing their sorrow and patriotism at "An Evening of Solidarity and Prayer" at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Green Valley Park.

Town council endorses mayor's plan

The county redistricting plan proposed by Payson Mayor Ray Schum is the only one that gives northern Gila County the chance to gain a second supervisor, the Town Council was told Thursday evening.

Gas price hikes, shortage fears unfounded, industry experts say

As Rim country motorists lined up at gasoline-station pumps Wednesday, expecting a Y2K-style gas shortage in the wake of Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, local fuel prices actually dropped or remained steady and national experts proclaimed that the nation's current gasoline supplies are healthy.

Sports take back seat to terrorist attacks

Too often in our daily lives, we get wrapped up in the successes of our favorite teams whether it's ASU, Arizona Diamondbacks, Payson Longhorns or some other team.

157 turn out for Door Stop job fair

They came early. They came late. They came all day.

Monday, September 10

Star Valley coalition not a 'no growth' organization

There has been much printed regarding the request to the U.S. Forest Service by the Town of Payson for permission to drill some forty plus wells in the Mayfield Canyon area just east of the Town limits.

Look for light in unspeakable darkness

What do you say? Thousands dead at the hands of a mad few.

Wrestle up a steak at Friday benefit

The Payson High School wrestlerettes will host a benefit steak dinner Friday just prior to the Longhorn football team's home game against the Holbrook Roadrunners.

Assistant coach cut from Longhorns line-up

Details are hazy, but what is known is that assistant coach Bret Morse is no longer a member of the Payson High School football coaching staff.

Longhorn soccer opens season with two wins

Under first-year coach Roger Wholly, the Longhorn boys soccer team is off to a rousing start.

911 gets day of recognition

Donna Chapla doesn't remember the day last November when her life was saved by three telephone buttons.

Girls net squad wins 11, loses 12 at invitational

After playing 23 games in the recently completed Payson Invitational Tournament, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team can now look forward to a week off. The Rim country netters don't return to action until Friday and Saturday in the East Regional tournament in Lakeside.

Holbrook could bring end to Horns losing streak

They won the statistical battle, but lost the gridiron war.

Mayor seeks council OK of redistricting proposal

Payson Mayor Ray Schum will take his plan to have the Gila County supervisor districts redrawn before the town council Thursday evening at 6 p.m.

Terrorists destroy World Trade Center

The loss of life was already catastrophic when two hijacked jetliners crashed into the twin towers of Manhattan's World Trade Center at the peak of this morning's rush-hour traffic, according to reports from CNN and Reuters News Agency.

Fiddle maker has the world on a string

Every year, without fail, Arvid Thompson of Strawberry can be found at Payson's Annual State Championship Old Time Fiddlers' Contest, showing folks the art of fiddle making. Every year. Without fail. Except this year.

A stitch in time ... saves sanity

Everybody knows the old foot-powered treadle models are considered antiques, but unless you've sat down at a sewing machine lately, you might not realize how far they've come since your high school class in home economics.

'Character Counts!' will make you a star

You're not going to find yourself on "Candid Camera." And this isn't your big chance to earn a fortune on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire."

Freshmen sole survivors against Winslow

An early season trip north in the railroad pioneering community of Winslow turned into rough jaunt for the Lady Longhorn volleyball team.

Fair animals go to market Saturday

"Inky" the pig named for the blue ink spots that decorate her otherwise pink complexion has spent six months getting ready for the fair.

Walker and Buchanan marry

Margaret (Peggy) Walker, longtime Payson resident, and Lyle Buchanan of Tacoma, Wash. were married at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church Friday, Aug. 24.

Upton and Padia to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Upton of Tonto Village joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Francesca Upton, to Manny Padia.

Arnold Stalzer

Arnold Stalzer, 93, of Payson, died Sept. 9, 2001.

Olga Granquist

Olga Darlene Granquist, 88, of Payson, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001.

Vernon Cockrum Sr.

Vernon Jackson "Jack" Cockrum Sr., 63, of Payson, died Sept. 8, 2001 in Payson.

Sherman Choate

Sherman Frederick Choate, 84, of Payson, died Sept. 10, 2001.

What's up?

Q: I read about the leash law that Gila County is trying to extend to Districts 2 and 3. Does Payson have a leash law and how does it work?

Metcalf's response was right on target

Hurrah for Gordon Metcalf. His response to Dave Engleman, Jack Jasper and Jim Matych of the Citizens Unawareness Committee was a laser-guided missile that hit the bull's eye.

Move forward; ignore the petitions

Why in the world would the Payson Town Council give any credence to the illegal and misleading petitions that the Citizens Awareness Committee are collecting?

Town needs an animal control officer now

I have been tempted to write this letter for quite awhile. The article in Friday Sept. 7 paper about the county leash laws made up my mind.

How Main Street will look

These out-of-towners want to make Main Street look like it did in "Pioneer" days.

Pyle was another Payson visionary

Stan Brown's Guest Comment "Visionaries deserve our support" in your Aug. 28 edition caused me to remember my favorite Payson old timer, Gene Pyle.

Thursday, September 6

Why is Gila County so interested in the success of one developer?

As Barbara Johnson says regarding Supervisor Christensen, "He's done a great deal for this community. We have more paved roads, more police protection."

Punt, Pass & Kick set for Sept. 17

The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition allows boys and girls ages 8-15 to show their football skills in punting, passing and place-kicking.

Longhorns suffer 26-6 loss to St. Johns

The Payson High varsity football team will be on the road today for a gridiron match at Wickenburg with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Payson queen shoots for Turquoise title

Brandyce Engler, Payson Rodeo Queen, continued her role as ambassador for Payson last weekend at the Williams parade and rodeo.

Gibson's girls playing better than last year

Three first-half goals gave the Payson High girls varsity soccer team an early lead in their season-opening match against St. Johns, Aug. 29.

Dunman, Ritter to lead middle school softball

special to the roundup The summer softball season may be over, but the Rim Country Middle School team's season is just beginning.

Thomas Carr

Thomas "Tom" Ray Carr, 72, of Gisela, died, Sept. 2, 2001, in Gisela. He was born Dec. 11, 1928, in Kansas.

what's up?

Q: Several years ago Payson sold its CAP water rights to a Scottsdale developer. How much money did they realize and is there any left in the account?

It's clear: CAC out to 'stop all growth'

Recently I was asked to sign a petition being circulated by the Citizens Awareness Committee.

Credit for Kids? Let's do it.

Now is not the normal time for most people to think about taxes, but like they say, "Death and Taxes are inevitable."

bennett, mercer to wed

Kelsey Bennett and Preston Mercer will be married Sept. 29, 2001 in Flagstaff.

Payson's early visionaries reflected volunteer spirit

I was out of town last week and upon returning found Mr. Brown's guest comment: "Visionaries deserve our support" interesting. If we stop right there, I agree.

Community Kids to honor the elderly

"My grandpa's name was Ezra," Marcy Rogers said. "I loved him more than anyone in the world. He had five sons and no girls, so his granddaughters were the joy of his life.

Leash law considered for rest of county

With resources stretched to the breaking point, Ty Goodman, the Rim country's lone remaining animal control officer, is hoping there is help on the horizon.

Redrawing district lines 'a political decision'

With only a few months left to decide the new boundaries of Gila County's supervisor districts, about 35 Rim country residents met Thursday night at the Inn of Payson to provide input on three alternative plans.

wood, lewis marry

Norman Wood and Michele Lewis were joined in marriage on Aug. 30 in Payson.

Sears opens at Rim Country Mall

In early June, shoppers were promised by developer George Harrison that the long-awaited, much-delayed Rim Country Mall would finally open absolutely, definitely and without question before Aug. 1.

sweethearts of the rodeo

Living on the family owned Cup & Saucer ranch in Strawberry has given sisters Lindi and Shelbi Parker a leg up in the high school rodeo circuit.

Goose Valley Park? Goose Valley Park? Goose Valley Park?

Green Valley Goose Park?

Celebrating grandparents

Springfield, Minn. home of about 2,500 residents back when I was growing up. Among those counted in the 1970 census were my mom and dad, my three sisters, my brother, assorted cousins ...

Monday, September 3

Illegal dumping could spell end for recycling

As a Payson resident, I like a clean town.

'Sven' offers look at Viking history

Parry Morton is not sure he believes in reincarnation, but he does know that he feels real comfortable when he slips into the character of Sven, the Viking King.

Collector is king of 8-track tapes

"I'm eccentric, not crazy," Paul Dorris said.

Labor Day Classic a late-night affair

The ballfield lights were burning well past midnight over Labor Day weekend during Payson's biggest softball tournament of the summer.

Water controversy is now a crisis

Payson property owners need to take action before their water supply goes down the drain and their home values sink to bedrock.

Mayor Schum decides against re-election

As we approach another election year in Payson, various groups have already begun to recruit potential candidates, analyze campaign strategies and develop platforms for the race to come.

Public's 'right to know' must be protected

This week, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold hearings to consider adding a provision to the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2002 that criminalizes the unauthorized disclosure of any classified information.

Citizens Police Academy graduates its first class

For the men and women enrolled in the Citizens Police Academy, sponsored by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Payson Police Department, the last class was a bittersweet affair.

Door Stop tests the waters for local job market

The cabinet door manufacturing company that is planning a move to Payson is holding an open house this Saturday, Sept. 8, for locals interested in applying for a job.

Young rock climber falls at Box Canyon

An 11-year-old Valley boy suffered fractures of the skull and cheekbone Saturday when he slipped and fell while rock climbing at the bottom of Box Canyon on Christopher Creek.

Payson's most visible resident no 'regular Joe'

At the Roundup, we call him "Joe in the Alley," because whenever anyone steps into the alley behind the newspaper's palatial offices for a nicotine break, there he is, always, without fail.

Christmas for Kids golf match Oct. 21 at Payson Golf Course

Local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the 16th Annual Christmas for Kids Golf Tournament to be held Oct. 21 at the Payson Golf Course.

Husband finds peace at the hospital

I would like to thank the paramedics of Pine and Strawberry for the kindness and friendliness in taking my husband to the hospital.


Q: Are there any posted speed limit signs in Mesa del Caballo? If there are, it needs to be enforced. There are way too many people speeding out here, and a child is going to get hit.

after 54 years of marriage, gerards head to disneyland

Rose and Dan Gerard will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary Sept. 7.

Mildred Williams

Mildred "Toni" Noble Williams, 81, of Payson, died Aug. 31, 2001 in Mesa. She was born Dec. 31 1919, in Riverton, Utah.

Longhorns make good showing at Flagstaff's Peaks Invitational

Flagstaff was the site for the first meet of the season for the Payson High School's boys and girls cross country teams.

Water war accelerates in Pine

In 1935, Arizona called out the National Guard and militia units to its California border to protest the construction of Parker Dam and diversions from the Colorado River.

ASU tickets still available

Doug Brackin and friends have purchased a block of 500 tickets for an upcoming Arizona State University football game that will be given away to Rim country residents.

Saturday, September 1

Columnist calls a truce with Radio Ranch

This is about KMOG, our one and only local radio station.

Hitting the trails on two wheels

Remember your very first bicycle? Dumb question. Of course you do. Who could forget an event which, perhaps for the first time in your childhood, opened up a whole new and seemingly grown-up dimension to life.