Monday, April 29
If the Rim Country sports scenario unfolds as expected, the Payson Rotary Invitational Track and Field meet has been held for the final time in Apache Junction.
Infant transplant patient doing better than expected
Eight-month-old Geoffrey Byrne just woke up from his nap and he needs to be changed.
Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte is looking for volunteers to help him host a USA Wrestling Arizona tournament Saturday in Wilson Dome.
Anyone who runs for a public office is to be appreciated by those of us claiming to be too busy for such activities.
Armed with the best overall record in the history of Payson High School baseball (21-6-1), the Longhorns are headed to the Arizona State championships.
Junior Rachel Ray suffered a season-ending injury to her right shoulder April 23 in the Lady Horns game against Blue Ridge.
You'd better have some free time on your hands if you ask Bing Brown a question. Any question. Because he won't give you an answer; he'll give you a story.
Dan Young is not afraid to call himself an old guy, but that's probably not what you would call him.
Raymond P. Rolfs, 87, of Payson, died April 26, 2002, in Payson.
Ada Lucretia (Gould) Hosler, 84, died April 28, 2002 at her home in Strawberry.
Orville James (Jim) Halsey Jr., 57, died April 26, 2002 in Phoenix.
Messages about the six pillars of character are posted everywhere in Jennifer Baker's fifth-grade classroom at Frontier Elementary School.
Now that the yard sale season is upon us, I would like to ask people to please not staple or tack their yard sale signs to the power poles.
Saturday, we attended the 6th Annual Benefit Wheelchair basketball game at the Wilson Dome and it was great.
A hint for the skateboard advisory board have skateboards on even numbered days and bicycles on odd numbered days.
We would like to thank all of the young adults and adults who attended the parks and recreation meeting in regards to the skate park.
Your opinion ("Dog's bite more costly than its bark," April 23 Roundup), while right on the money when it comes to owner responsibility, may have painted a negative picture of the off-leash dog park.
As a longtime resident of Payson, I know a goodly number of people, including Ruth Craig and Jim Chase, both ex-councilmembers.
The voters of Payson have an opportunity to put the frosting on the cake by voting for Jim White for mayor and Robert Henley for town council.
I am writing to confirm my strong support for Jim White as candidate for mayor of Payson.
Although the Tonto Apache reservation sits within Payson's town-limit signs, it sometimes seems to be in another galaxy.
"The word is out: If you don't know what season it is, go to Sherwood," Alpine Village resident Su Connell said.
Payson's Business Showcase 2002 once again proved itself to be one of the Rim country's most popular traditions by pulling in about 6,000 visitors, according to Bob Ware, executive director of the co-sponsoring Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
There was no applause after the town council voted 6-1 Thursday evening to approve a new set of meeting procedural rules that allow the mayor to curtail "unauthorized" acts if they are deemed disruptive.
A 22-year-old Payson mother was arrested Wednesday after her 8-year-old son confided to a school resource officer that she had smoked marijuana in front of him and that he had smoked it, too.
If there's a local business that doesn't stand to benefit from the first Rotary Club district conference to be held this weekend in Payson, Bob Ware can't think of it.
Former Tempe High School basketball coach turned Tonto Basin rancher Troy Neal put away his playbook and branding iron long enough to swing his way to the low-gross championship of an four-way golf tournament April 24 at Quailwood near Dewey.
Saturday, April 27
"Beloved" will probably never be written on my tombstone.
As most everyone knows, the American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating the world's deadliest disease.
Thursday, April 25
Legal counsel planning appeal to higher court
During the seven months between May and November of 1999, Tonto Apache councilmember Jeri Johnson-DeCola showed up for work every day and cashed every paycheck she was given in return for her labor.
Donna Laurel Slaughter, 54, of Payson, died April 21, 2002.
Coaches face difficult decisions every time they devise a starting lineup. Seldom do two high school head coaches have the same dilemma. However, such was the case for Payson High baseball coach Teddy Pettet and softball coach Will Dunman Tuesday.
Q: I'm wondering if you know what happened to all the ducks and geese that used to be at Green Valley Park? There are so few left. I'm hoping something humane was done with them.
Annie Lootans and Keith Andersen will marry at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson.
Coach Pettet picks up his 200th career win
Payson High baseball coach Teddy Pettet celebrated his 200th victory Tuesday, April 23, when his team defeated Blue Ridge, 9-4. The win was sweet in more ways than one: Pettet will now have a chance to share the 3A East Region title with Show Low.
One game stands between the Lady Longhorns and their first 3A East region softball championship. The deciding game is at 4 p.m. today (Friday, April 26) against Show Low on the Show Low junior high field.
As the Rim country's best-kept secret, tomorrow's (Saturday's) 12th Annual Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-mile run will attract little local attention.
I live on Vista Road and every day cars speed down my road.
Although I agree with most of the outrage expressed in the April 19 editorial on pedophile priests, I have to disagree with the basic premise, i.e., that the priests who have abused children are all pedophiles.
Councilman Spencer is going out like a shock of electricity. The "factual information" from Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker was full of assumptions.
In support of Carol Zebb's letter regarding the Senior Center Thrift Store, and in response to Laurie Thomas of Goodwill, the local thrift stores in the Rim country each support specific causes.
As a Payson resident for 13 years and past president for St. Vincent DePaul Payson Food Bank and active in many functions in Payson, I'd like to say and compare a few things about both candidates.
After attending the meeting regarding the skateboard park, I came away with a great respect for the youth who chose to stand up for what they care about.
With its forbidding title and 14-page length, the "Town of Payson Groundwater Management 2002 Status Short Report" is hardly a light read.
Spring fishing can be extremely challenging, as was evident when only seven teams weighed in more than one bass at the AllStar Bass Couples tournament April 21 at San Carlos Lake.
If you want your "baby-back, baby-back, baby-back ribs," your wish has been granted.
Living in one of the oldest cabins in Pine, blacksmith Tony Roberson says he's right where he wants to be.
The restaurants, music, and people may be very familiar.
Buck saws, branding irons, and hot pancakes. These are just a few amusements set out for the Payson Boy Scout's Scout-O-Rama Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Starr Brothers Circus is coming to Payson this weekend.
The Town of Payson's water supply is holding its own, and coming off the driest winter recharge season on record, that's about all you can ask for, according to town water officials.
When it comes to the Tonto National Forest and the rest of Arizona facing the worst fire-danger season in the 100 years such things have been monitored, Ken Palmrose, a fire prevention officer for the U.S. Forest Service, doesn't mince words.
Helen Nation McLaughlin, 90, of Salome, Ariz. and Opheim, Mont., died April 23, 2002, in Payson.
Tonto Basin's half-completed medical and community center got a big boost recently in the form of a $5,000 planning grant from the Gila County Board of Supervisors.
Monday, April 22
You get to spend the day on a golf course, win fabulous prizes, eat fabulous food, have a whole lot of fun ... and help to build a future Hospice House for area residents in need of 24-hour skilled care.
The Payson Town Council will consider adoption of the Year 2002 Payson Corporate Strategic Plan when it convenes Thursday at 6 p.m. Interim Town Manager Kelly Udall introduced a new approach to the document that establishes town priorities, objectives and benchmarks for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1.
Two Payson High School students took state debate titles at the 1, 2 and 3A state championship tournament recently in Bullhead City.
Q: I watched a man in an older model brown truck stop across from my home and stick one of those "I lost 40 pounds" lose weight signs next to the road. Are there any rules or regulations concerning this blight?
I read with interest the letter sent by Diane Sexton supporting Ken Murphy and then the follow-up letter sent by three of Ms. Sexton's former supporters. I have never met any of them.
I would like to express my appreciation for the board members and staff at the Parks and Recreation.
Lester R. Burton, 79, died April 17, 2002, in Payson.
Only a few years ago, Eloy's Levi Jones was playing football and basketball against the Payson Longhorns.
The Town of Payson needs and deserves the highest quality of decision-makers. Therefore, I am voting for Robert Henley for town council, and urge other residents to support this candidate.
Having had the honor and privilege of working with Ken Murphy while I was on the town council, I found him to be honest, dedicated and a true champion of the citizens of Payson.
What's in a name? Abject confusion, if the name belongs to the street upon which the St. Philip Catholic Church sits.
This (recent house fire in Tonto Village) would certainly have been catastrophic without the professional and immediate reaction of our volunteer fire department.
Every volunteer in America has been deeply touched and changed forever by recent events in our country. With a strong bond of patriotism, we have all united as one nation to show our respect, love and support for our precious land and its values. In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27) we proudly recognize the volunteers of RTA Hospice and Palliative Care.
It was more than a whistle. It was a timepiece whose call set fond memories into Rim country hearts for more than four decades and now it calls again.
Next weekend, Dr. Mark Ivey will defend his title as the "people's choice," at the Tonto Basin. That's where Ivey known for his medical skills with a stethoscope and his musical skills with a microphone will put his culinary prowess against all comers at the 8th Annual All-American Beanoff.
I don't usually, publicly, endorse a candidate for office because I feel people are intelligent enough to do their own research; but our upcoming election for mayor and one more council member is so very important this year, that I fell I must speak out for Ken Murphy.
In a town where the residents are sufficiently pet-conscious to put a full year's effort into the creation of an off-leash dog park, it's surprising to learn that there is at least one local canine booster who is unfamiliar with the No. 1 responsibility of pet ownership.
For the first time this season, the Payson Men's Golf Association was able to conduct its weekly tournament on all 18 holes at Payson Golf Course.
By turning in the fifth fastest 1,600-meter time in the nation this season, Whitney Hardt has captured the attention of college recruiters from around the country.
Veteran Rim country angler John Browning hooked up with Flagstaff fisherman Jeff Allen to win first place at the AllStar Bass Team Invitational April 14 at San Carlos Lake.
The Payson Youth Football Association is gearing up for what officials hope will be a banner season.
Fire restrictions have been placed on the Payson area and much of the Tonto National Forest in response to extreme fire danger caused by drought conditions and above-normal temperatures.
The quest to earn the money for 17 Rim country youth to attend a University of Nebraska football camp is picking up steam.
Veteran Roundup readers must have thought they were caught in a time warp when they picked up their April 16 issue of the newspaper.
"I'm not disabled, so my arthritis isn't terribly severe," said 80-year-old Gene Peck of Payson, offering the most positive assessment he can of the near-constant pain that now makes it difficult for him to walk or pursue his favorite pastime, gardening.
All Rim country residents are invited to participate in a humanitarian workday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Mormon church at 913 S. Ponderosa Street just south of the hospital.
Saturday, April 20
To correctly gauge the anticipation of "Star Wars: Episode II The Attack of the Clones," here's the guy you want to talk to.
You can take the boy out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the boy. Just when I thought I had this small-town lifestyle all figured out, along comes a healthy dose of reminders that I still have some way to go.
Thursday, April 18
Laser welding has come to jewelry repair, announces Robert Higginbotham of Payson Jewelers.
What will likely be the most exciting element of the upcoming Business Showcase 2002 is a secret, according to Judy Smith, administrative assistant of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In response to the What's Up? answer from Joe Kane of Goodwill (April 12, Roundup), we wish to respond to the statement quoted by Laurie Thomas, director of marketing for Goodwill of Central Arizona.
David Herring, 14, has been missing from his Payson home since December 13, 2001.
Unlike most mothers, Kim Jim doesn't mind it when you say that her new baby looks a little squirrely.
It looks like the two-month Summer Recreation Center program held in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium will go on as planned this summer after all.
Payson Police Lt. Don Engler ranks the stories of "meth kids" those born with methamphetamine in their systems, and those raised by meth-addicted parents as the most tragic he has ever witnessed.
No one in the teen-packed house disagreed that Payson's skate park is often the scene of noise, vandalism, loud and "offensive" boom-box music, vulgarities and users who consistently defy the no-bicycles rule.
Saturday's Second Annual Walk for Juvenile Diabetes raised $3,600, and donations are still coming in for diabetes research and the purchase of computer programs which help monitor the disease.
It's stunning how often you hear even from otherwise intelligent folks that the Roman Catholic church's monstrous and ever-expanding pedophilia scandal would be instantly solved if its priests were allowed to marry.
According to (the town water) department's upcoming water status report, Payson has sufficient water in its aquifers to meet all the demands until the year 2021, predicated on long-term average natural recharge.
It was painfully embarrassing to watch Councilman Heron and his supporters struggle at the last council meeting. Hoping to perpetuate the myth that Payson has a water crisis, they ran into an unexpected brick wall in the form of some factual information from Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker and Town Hydrologist Michael Ploughe.
I have heard that there is not going to be a summer recreational program in the Rim Country Middle School gym this year.
Q: What age do you have to be to deliver papers for the Roundup?
The Wells Fargo Bank in Payson has joined its 240 sister branches in Arizona by installing new counterfeit- and fraud-detection devices making Wells Fargo the only major financial services company in the state to employ ultraviolet technology for fraud detection.
Lester R. Brown, 79, died April 17, 2002, in Payson.
Billy Roads Triphahn, 69, died March 13, 2002, in Payson.
If Pahrump, Nev. has a claim to fame other than it once was the site of above-ground atomic bomb testing, it's the fact the town annually plays host to the Terrible's Town 250 Off-Road Race.
Payson High School's Lucas Schmidt and Blake Whetten might just be two of the most accomplished track and field athletes in the 3A conference.
Even without the efforts of sophomore running sensation Whitney Hardt, the Lady Longhorns were able to chalk up another gold medal in the 4x800 relay Saturday. Hardt was in California participating in an invitational meet.
Although the Longhorns turned in a two-day total that was better than the score that won Payson the state championship last season, the squad had to settle for a fourth-place finish.
The Lady Longhorns have two softball teams that remain in their way as they try to reach their goal of becoming East region champs. They will travel to Blue Ridge Tuesday, April 23, and Show Low Friday, April 26.
Payson's Little Leaguers take to the diamond this Saturday when the 2002 season opens at the Rumsey I ballfield.
Monday, April 15
"It's not often you'll hear a politician say this, but you were right and I was wrong," quipped Vice-Mayor Dick Wolfe at the grand opening of the Payson Off-Leash Park a year-long project Wolfe stopped fighting Saturday morning, as the town's newest facility went to the dogs.
A Payson eighth-grader hopes to take advantage of "the chance of a lifetime" but she needs help to do it.
Before Terrie Clark died last July of a bacterial infection caused by a methamphetamine injection, she didn't blame drugs for her impending death.
The Payson High School Drama and Music Departments must be given a "well done" for their recent excellent performance of "Fiddler on the Roof."
Q: In a recent Town of Payson water quality report it says the radon levels of our drinking water range from 315 to 7710 pCi/liter. If the maximum Environmental Protection Agency level for the state is 4000 pCi/liter, why is the town exposing its residents to levels twice as high when proper treatment devices could be installed on some of the well sites?
Payson High School junior varsity baseball player Ryan Wilcox churned out more than his share of heroics in the Longhorns' 9-7 win over Show Low last week.
The first car stopped for Marcelina Perez as she attempted to cross the Beeline Highway in front of Wendy's restaurant Saturday evening. The second car did not.
After two-and-a-half months of hard work, the Julia Randall Elementary School student council finally received their payoff: The grin on Dustin Stroud's face.
"It's all about choices," Dan Rogers said, of his decision to leave his $55,000 a year job to walk across the country. "I don't know how much time I have. If there are things I want to do, I'd better go do them."
Rim Repertory Community Theater is back after a hiatus of nearly two years with a pair of one-act plays that open April 19 and continue April 20, 26 and 27.
In 1991 Congress formally proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Take the Mensa test and find out for sure
Right off the bat, Brooke Carey proves just how smart she is. "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb?," she is asked.
Linda Antonides is an alcoholic, and her ability to admit that probably saved her life.
Brooke McRae and Britney Boyes were the standout power hitters for the Lady Longhorns in their 4-1 win over Snowflake Friday, April 12.
In one of the most amazing comebacks ever witnessed on Payson High School diamond, the Longhorns rallied Friday from a 10-0 deficit to whip the Snowflake Lobos 13-12.
Less than two months after chalking up a hole-in-one, Payson Men's Golf Association member Ken Althoff almost duplicated the rare feat.
Anglers who register early for the Payson Community Christian School benefit trout tournament can save themselves some pocket money.
If there's one thing most everybody can agree on, it's that water isn't a simple issue.
After reading the guest comment by Diane Sexton stating she supports Ken Murphy for mayor (April 12, Roundup), we felt we had to speak up.
Kudos to the cast and crew of PHS.
I had a heartbreaking experience today, right here in Payson. There is a dog walking along Beeline, he has been there about a week.
Sunday, April 14
Creating a new vision for old Payson
Main Street has taken major strides in the past 15 months, a period that coincides with Karen Greenspoon's tenure as project manager.
Historic corner comes alive as new retail center
During the past 50 years, Payson residents have been able to monitor their town's progress by checking out the activity on the corner of Highway 87 and Main Street.
Leaders offer their view of Payson's strengths and weaknesses
The Roundup selected a handful of people "in the know" on subjects of primary interest to Rim country residents and/or who represent major segments of our population.
Teacher raises, new schedule mark year of changes for Payson schools
Considering the belt tightening going on around the state, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Herb Weissenfels is pleased with the progress of his district over the past 12 months.
Students, teachers get accustomed to a new modified school calendar
When students reported to school Aug. 6, 2001, the Payson Unified School District officially began operating on what educators called a modified school calendar.
Rim country school officials give their 'state of the school' reports for the year
As Rim country schools deal with changes in the educational system, more focus is being placed on accountability to the students, the parents and the school districts in which they operate.
The Rim country currently has three charter schools: The Shelby School, Payson Head Start, and the Payson Center for Success.
Keeping pace with challenges and changes in Longhorn land
Another year is coming to an end very quickly. As in any school year, there have been many rewards, as well as some disconcerting situations.
Financial independence through free enterprise
The Tonto Apache Reservation has become the gateway to Payson. A once poverty stricken tribe of 111 members it has grown into a prosperous community that now shares its wealth with others who are less fortunate. The newfound wealth is a direct result of statewide legalized gambling on Indian reservations.
Residents find paradise among the pines
Some 22 miles east of Payson on Highway 260 is the small, lushly-wooded resort community of Christopher Creek.
Judy Buettner is described by her husband, Jim, as a "dynamo." But that may be an understatement. Although Judy has been a Rim country resident for just five years, she has made a greater impact than most lifetime residents.
Keeping the past alive
With a series of bold moves over the past two years, the Northern Gila County Historical Society has turned the typical role of such organizations on end.
Information regarding services and progress made by local businesses.
Quiet commerce meets lakeside living
The average passer-through might have a hard time believing it, but it's true. There is, indeed, a Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce.
Charting a year of change in a growing community
"In the final analysis," Clare Booth Luce wrote, "there is no solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterances and the day's good deed."
Caring for a growing community
Perhaps the easiest way to capsulize progress in the Rim country is to simply cast an appreciative eye toward Payson Regional Medical Center.
Tenants take aim at increased traffic inside Payson's newest shopping center
Rick Hill waited through 11 months of delays. Bruce Griffin waited for nine months. Keven Rush checked off calendar days for almost two years.
Expanding to meet the growing needs of Payson residents
In the eight years that Bill Schwind has headed the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, he's overseen remarkable growth.
Living the good life under the Mogollon Rim
"Between the Payson Senior Center and the Senior Circle, this area's seniors have all the services and activities they could possible need," gushes retiree Rosalind Schuerer, who was among the very first members of both organizations.
Sleepy little communities that are bustling with business
Driving into Pine or Strawberry is much like stepping back in time a twist of old and new mixed together. The two towns work hard at retaining the best parts of the past while progressing toward the future.
The events of Sept. 11 have forever changed the world.
More than a decade of planning finally takes shape at Payson's new public library
"Life is good," says Terry Morris, director of the brand-spanking new Payson Public Library.
The comments and quips that made news in 2001
"This shows how susceptible we are to the influx of drugs ... all it takes is money and knowing the right person." Payson Police Department's special enforcement officer John
Payson's Man of the Year was not selected for his politics or his opinions. He was selected for the astonishing amount of energy, time and caring he has invested in making his community a better place to live and work.
The search continues for Rim country's most precious resources
Make out a list in the Rim country any list and water is likely to be at the top.
Forest management, limited water supplies and unemployment spell year of challenges for leaders
One of the hottest issues of discussion in Payson and Gila County centers around water, or lack thereof whether it's drinking water or the dwindling water levels in the lakes and streams due to insufficient winter rain and snow.
Saturday, April 13
I have been accused of a lot of things in my lifetime, and I truly believe it's best to ignore people with nothing better to do than worry about the lives other people lead.
The morning coffee had yet to complete the perk cycle when my 3-year-old son hollered, "Daddy! Come look!"
Thursday, April 11
If you've always wanted to go big-game hunting in Africa, this is your chance.
It usually takes a combination of two circumstances to create a bear problem in the Rim country.
Dennis Wayne Hill, 47, of Gold Canyon, Ariz., died April 7, 2002, in Mesa.
Jack M. Buonarati, 68, of Payson, died March 17, 2002, in Phoenix.
Irene Mattie Locker, 88, of Payson, died April 10, 2002, in Payson.
Howard Glenn Osteen Sr., 88, died April 7, 2002, in Payson.
Ever have one of those months where your bills seem to show up a little faster than your paychecks?
As adults, it's all too easy to forget what it was like to be young. We get bogged down with the business of living and turn life into a series of tasks.
Hey, Payson, our election is not over yet. Wakee, Wakee, Payson. We, the people of Payson must take the next step and elect the next mayor of our town.
Re: "Skaters on thin ice" (March 29, Roundup) There is something very wrong with this picture ... The town spends $88,000 on a state-of-the-art skate park, then just a few years later, they want to do away with it.
On behalf of the Whispering Pines Fire District, I would like to thank the Mesa del Fire Department, Gila County Sheriff's Office, LifeStar Ambulance, Medical Air Transport and Carl's Towing for their assistance during the incident involving our water tender last Saturday morning.
Lead-off hitter Waylon Pettet's yeoman-like offensive effort wasn't enough to lift the Payson Longhorns to a win over the Show Low Cougars.
The Payson High School softball team lost a close one, 4-3, to Show Low Tuesday.
If the scenario unfolds as anticipated, Payson's St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank will soon reap the rewards of an inaugural golf tournament. The benefit, which will be overseen by tournament director Dick Roy, will tee of at 9 a.m. May 4 at Payson Golf Course. The format will be "four-person shotgun scramble."
Fresh off a 72-50 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the title game of Division II National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, the Banner Wheelchair Suns are set to visit the Rim country.
This letter pertains to the Our View, "It could have been you." (April 9, Roundup)
If you're thinking of joining the cell-phone generation, get ready to be bewildered by the array of phones, features and service plans available to you.
Q: As the parent of a child with special needs, I was devastated to hear the Payson Unified School District will not be having its community-wide Child Find this year. It's much appreciated and looked forward to by a great number of families, yet the superintendent and director of special services have decided not to continue it. Why?
Travis and Wendy Meadows were married Dec. 28, 2001 at Word of Life Assembly in Prescott.
One of the biggest golf tournaments of the regular season the White Mountain Invitational tees off today (Friday) at Silver Creek Course near Show Low.
Councilmember calls inaction 'improper'
Mayor Ray Schum gaveled the town council meeting to a close Thursday evening with no action taken on a petition asking for a subdivision and land division moratorium.
Howard Vail, 52, was arrested by the Payson Police Department following a search of his home in Star Valley Wednesday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
"This disease puts so many restrictions on your life," Irma Bramlet said. "It can affect and damage just about all of your organs. I don't know of any other disease that puts you at risk of so many different complications."
The tell-tale rumble of Harley Davidson motorcycles stirred up dust in the Rim country as more than 500 riders rode into Strawberry for the third stop on their poker run.
When Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, completes it's move into Payson next Monday, all of the area's CellularOne customers will suddenly find themselves with a brand-new cellular-phone service provider.
Next week, 72-year-old Payson actor Jim Stewart will take to the stage in a play titled "Keyboard Love," a comedy which casts him as a fellow who meets and romances a woman on the Internet.
Monday, April 8
I'm not able to attend the meeting of April 16 regarding the solution about "Skaters on thin ice."
It's only spring, but the smell of pigskin is in the air.
Paul Allen Swenson, 87, of Jerome, Idaho, died Friday, April 5, 2002 in Sun City West, Ariz.
As a relative unknown sophomore last season, Chris Donaldson surprised almost everyone with his success in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
The two-time defending state champion Lady Longhorn 4x800 relay team of Leighanne Haynes, Autumn Herrera, Whitney Hardt and Michelle Closs continue to dominate the 3A prep track and field scene.
A select group of Payson High School student-athletes was honored Thursday for accomplishments on and off the playing field.
Don Castleman and Tony Mularski hooked up to win top honors in the first flight of a Payson Men's Golf Association tournament held April 3 at the Payson course.
"Fanatic passionate spark plug consuming and bundle of energy," are just some of the adjectives that Will Dunman's closest friends use to describe him.
Brenna Zumbro threw a 6-0 shut-out for the Lady Longhorns in Friday's game against Blue Ridge.
With all the worries about forest fires, the impact of current drought conditions on the Rim country's gardeners has been overlooked.
Last August, I sat on a porch swing with my nephew and listened as he talked about what he wanted out of life.
A four-ton water tender carrying a 10-ton load rolled over twice Saturday morning after the driver Rim Trail Domestic Water Improvement District manager Joseph Knoell "overcorrected" after veering onto the shoulder of Houston Mesa Road.
Senior Randy Perham is Tevye in the Payson High School production of "Fiddler on the Roof," which runs Thursday through Saturday in the PHS Auditorium.
Investigators from the Payson Police Department arrested two people after a search warrant was served at their home in Tonto Creek Shores shortly after midnight, Sunday, April 7.
Water is once again on the table as the town council takes up a petition circulated by the Citizens Awareness Committee and signed by 1,476 residents requesting a moratorium on new subdivisions and land divisions.
The following will be served at local schools:
Climbing on the rocks underneath the Tonto Natural Bridge Sunday afternoon, 13-year-old Kyle Hopkins caught his foot in a wedge and broke his leg just above his ankle, Capt. Harris Scott of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department said.
The rain the Rim country received over the weekend amounted to little more than a drop in the bucket, but it was sufficient to delay planned fire restrictions for at least a week.
Hang around high school sports long enough and sooner or later you'll hear a coach utter the well-worn rallying cry of, "That's why we play the game."
The Mogollon Health Alliance's free CPR Lifesaver classes have been such an unexpected hit that three more have been scheduled with the first, geared toward friends and family, set for 9 a.m. Saturday in the community room of the Payson Public Library.
As Payson's canine population prepares to mark new territory, their owners are preparing to mark the grand opening of the new Payson Off-Leash Park.
Q: I was told a certain amount of processed waste water is being injected into Payson's drinking water. Is that true?
It could have been you who strolled into a Phoenix lounge in 1991 and into a death sentence for a heinous crime you did not commit.
Saturday, April 6
Those of us who write humor columns worship at the altar of columnist Dave Barry.
One morning, my son told me that he and his preschool pal Brian were going to build a time machine so they could zap themselves back to prehistory and cavort with the dinosaurs.
Thursday, April 4
Well, here it is once more. I'm submitting my property valuation "appeal," although in the old days, it used to be called a "protest." How times have changed, when we have to grovel and wheedle and use your terms to describe highway robbery.
The tabulations are in and it's official $2,071.00 was earned during the eight hours of the benefit car wash, bake sale and barbecue held Saturday at Bud's Plumbing.
A trio of local athletes Kevin Scully, Reuben Wallace and Steve Mollohan have set Natural Athletic Strength Association weight lifting age/weight division records.
Rachel Ray pitched a no-hitter shutout Tuesday against Alchesay. The only Alchesay batter to reach base did so on a walk issued by Ray in the first inning.
She loved to play golf, but longtime Payson Women's Golf Association member Alesha Calderwood had resigned herself to the fact that she'd never experience the thrill of a hole-in-one.
The burden of winning a fourth consecutive 3A state girls track and field state championship might fall squarely on the shoulders of two distance runners, a sprinter and a trio of relay teams.
Elmer Everett Magargal Jr., 67, of Payson, died April 1, 2002 in Payson.
Donald Walter Konzak, 80, of Payson, died March 31, 2002, in Payson.
Barry Keith Carlton, 48, of Payson, died April 2, 2002 in Payson.
Donald Raymond Affeldt, 70, of Strawberry, died March 31, 2002.
Q: What's the story behind the five acres of bicycles right in the middle of Rye?
I think that the modified school year has improved the school year. It gives students and teachers a break from 18 weeks of straight school during the fall semester.
The use of "confidential reliable informants" is a common practice in law enforcement.
Jason Amon is a young cowboy making his mark in the high school and junior rodeo circuit.
Beatrice "Bea" Pike, 88, of Payson, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, in Payson.
Lydia Freida Necker, 90, a 27-year resident of Payson, died March 18, 2002, in Payson.
Undercover agents, assisted by Gila County Sheriff's deputies, surprised a young mother in south Payson Wednesday afternoon when they entered her home and ordered her onto the floor at gun point.
About 30 curious Rim country residents attended a rare meeting in the northern part of the county of the Gila County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.
Gov. Jane Dee Hull flew over the Rim country's parched forests Tuesday morning and then attended a briefing at Payson Town Hall on local plans to combat what could be a long and dangerous forest fire season.
I just finished reading a Town of Payson Water Department brochure which showed up in my mailbox. I am a chemical engineer with experience in the specification, construction, management and operational monitoring of a number of water facilities.
If enthusiasm counts, taxidermist Jim Boerst will be a huge success in Rim country.
Monday, April 1
A late-night noise disturbance call to the Payson Police Department shortly before midnight Saturday, March 30, led to the arrest of seven juveniles (five females and two males) and four adults, under the age of 21, for illegal consumption of alcohol.
A need for expansion and the opportunity to save some taxpayer dollars prompted a unanimous vote by the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department governing board to purchase two lots east of Station 42 the fire station in Strawberry and has been open for business full-time since May 25, 2001.
Thomas Begay will be one of many dignitaries present when local war veterans and the Tonto Apache Tribe dedicate and raise the American flag at the Mazatzal Casino at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 4.
It may be brand new to Payson, but for years it's been a common sight in trendy places like Seattle and Los Angeles: baby boomers dressed in business attire, sitting at a bar, unwinding after a long day's work, sipping their cocktails.
Whitney Hardt's twin wins over 5A state cross country champ Sally Myerhoff in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters were highlights of the Chandler Rotary Invitational meet.
The team of Don Castleman, Bud Drummond, Jim Jones and Dan Nicholas played their way to the championship of the Payson Men's Golf Association select drive tournament.
We didn't mean to offend Payson Mayor Ray Schum when we reported last week that the proposed 22-page document setting forth the "Rules of Procedure" for town council meetings gives the mayor broad powers related to public comments.
This is a rebuttal to Don Castleman's letter (March 26 Roundup).
Q: I heard that a police officer's dog got out of its yard last week and bit a child, then later, at the humane society, bit a worker.
Ole G. Lundquist, 86, of Payson, died March 28, 2002, in Payson.
When the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association weekly rankings came out recently, the Longhorns found themselves rated among the state's best.
Mark Hochstettler, Todd Reid, Darren Reid, Reanna Martinez, Nicole Engstrom, Bo Althoff and Cori Winchester.
The annual poetry contest sponsored by the Payson Unified School District is now history, and many of the entries reflect thoughtfulness and sensitivity.
Camping by plane is Payson Pilots president Paul Pitkin's preferred passion.
Jean Clarke's award-winning photo of Main Street during the 1918 rodeo is a family heirloom.
"Service Above Self." That is Rotary International's motto, and it accurately describes the activities of our local Rotarians.
The following meals will be served at local schools from April 3 through April 9.
After council members and others raised a host of questions, the town council tabled a proposed document setting forth guidelines for conducting future meetings.
Valentine's Day wasn't all hearts and flowers for Gila County property owners.