Stories for April 2002

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Monday, April 29

Former coach claims PMGA crown

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.

Geoffrey's home early

Infant transplant patient doing better than expected

Eight-month-old Geoffrey Byrne just woke up from his nap and he needs to be changed.

Coach recruiting volunteers for wrestling meet

Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte is looking for volunteers to help him host a USA Wrestling Arizona tournament Saturday in Wilson Dome.

Rotary meet returns to Rim country in 2003

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.

Pettet's crew sets sights on second state title

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.

Dunman's girls prepare for state championship

Junior Rachel Ray suffered a season-ending injury to her right shoulder April 23 in the Lady Horns game against Blue Ridge.

Bing Brown: a man with a million stories

PAYSON PEOPLE

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.

Training for a 5K starts with a single step

Dan Young is not afraid to call himself an old guy, but that's probably not what you would call him.

Raymond Rolfs

Raymond P. Rolfs, 87, of Payson, died April 26, 2002, in Payson.

Ada Lucretia (Gould) Hosler

Ada Lucretia (Gould) Hosler, 84, died April 28, 2002 at her home in Strawberry.

Orville James (Jim) Halsey Jr.

Orville James (Jim) Halsey Jr., 57, died April 26, 2002 in Phoenix.

Teacher named to Hull's committee

Messages about the six pillars of character are posted everywhere in Jennifer Baker's fifth-grade classroom at Frontier Elementary School.

Don't tack poster on power poles

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.

Suns game was a great family event

Saturday, we attended the 6th Annual Benefit Wheelchair basketball game at the Wilson Dome and it was great.

Another skateboard alternative

A hint for the skateboard advisory board have skateboards on even numbered days and bicycles on odd numbered days.

Respect it, or lose it

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.

Dog park a wonderful addition

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.

Mayo says Murphy for mayor

As a longtime resident of Payson, I know a goodly number of people, including Ruth Craig and Jim Chase, both ex-councilmembers.

White, Henley the men to elect

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.

White represents strength, leadership

I am writing to confirm my strong support for Jim White as candidate for mayor of Payson.

Tonto Apache 'justice' widens cultural chasm

Although the Tonto Apache reservation sits within Payson's town-limit signs, it sometimes seems to be in another galaxy.

Neighbors brighten up Sherwood

"The word is out: If you don't know what season it is, go to Sherwood," Alpine Village resident Su Connell said.

Business Showcase wows the crowds

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.

Council approves new rules and procedures

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.

Mom jailed when child admits use of marijuana

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.

Payson Rotarians host district conference

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.

Murphy a public servant, not a politician

Anyone who runs for a public office is to be appreciated by those of us claiming to be too busy for such activities.

Saturday, April 27

The ludicrous, the laughable, the lovable

"Beloved" will probably never be written on my tombstone.

Keeping up with Arizona's happy campers

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

Payson teens dance through a 'Starry Night'

The restaurants, music, and people may be very familiar.

Donna Slaughter

Donna Laurel Slaughter, 54, of Payson, died April 21, 2002.

Learning life's tough lessons from the dugout

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.

What's up?

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.

Lootans, Andersen to wed

Annie Lootans and Keith Andersen will marry at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson.

Horns advance to region's big show

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.

Lady Horns in 3A showdown

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.

Highline Trail Run a Rim country secret

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.

Vista Road residents need help with speeders

I live on Vista Road and every day cars speed down my road.

Majority of our priests are good, honest men

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.

You know what happens when you assume?

Councilman Spencer is going out like a shock of electricity. The "factual information" from Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker was full of assumptions.

Time Out shop also benefits locals

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.

Straight talk about mayoral candidates

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.

Let's support our teenagers

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.

Making every drop count

With its forbidding title and 14-page length, the "Town of Payson Groundwater Management 2002 Status Short Report" is hardly a light read.

Angling has been tough at San Carlos Lake

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.

Chili's to spice up Sawmill Crossing

If you want your "baby-back, baby-back, baby-back ribs," your wish has been granted.

Artist forges Rim country career

Living in one of the oldest cabins in Pine, blacksmith Tony Roberson says he's right where he wants to be.

Scout-O-Rama this weekend

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.

Starr Brothers Circus makes Rim country stop

The Starr Brothers Circus is coming to Payson this weekend.

Water supply holding its own

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.

Fire danger this year at all-time high

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 McLaughlin

Helen Nation McLaughlin, 90, of Salome, Ariz. and Opheim, Mont., died April 23, 2002, in Payson.

Former tribe leader sentenced on fraud charges

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.

Grant gives Tonto Basin medical center needed boost

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

Ivey to defend his 'king of beans' title at Beanoff

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.

Campfires, ATVs, guns restricted in forest

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.

Debaters win state titles

Two Payson High School students took state debate titles at the 1, 2 and 3A state championship tournament recently in Bullhead City.

What's up?

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?

It took courage to change her mind

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.

Skate park meeting was impressive

I would like to express my appreciation for the board members and staff at the Parks and Recreation.

Lester R. Burton

Lester R. Burton, 79, died April 17, 2002, in Payson.

Eloy player picked in NFL draft

Only a few years ago, Eloy's Levi Jones was playing football and basketball against the Payson Longhorns.

Payson deserves Robert Henley

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.

St. Phillips? St. Philip's? Street mystery finally solved

What's in a name? Abject confusion, if the name belongs to the street upon which the St. Philip Catholic Church sits.

Quick response saved community

This (recent house fire in Tonto Village) would certainly have been catastrophic without the professional and immediate reaction of our volunteer fire department.

RTA Hospice honors its volunteers

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.

Former councilmember says 'vote for Murphy'

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.

Historic sawmill whistle blows again

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.

Hospice tees up for Rim Club benefit

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.

Dog's bite more costly than its bark

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.

Back 9 open at Payson Golf Course

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.

In California, Hardt sets the standard

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.

Browning fishes to first place

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.

PYFA kicks off with benefit, sign-up

The Payson Youth Football Association is gearing up for what officials hope will be a banner season.

Council to consider final plan

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.

Fund-raisers continue for Big Red camp

The quest to earn the money for 17 Rim country youth to attend a University of Nebraska football camp is picking up steam.

Counseller comes full circle

Veteran Roundup readers must have thought they were caught in a time warp when they picked up their April 16 issue of the newspaper.

Arthritis sufferers told ... Get physical

"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.

Humanitarian workday scheduled

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.

Murphy's the man for mayor

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.

Saturday, April 20

Movie Wars: The cinema summer of 2002

To correctly gauge the anticipation of "Star Wars: Episode II The Attack of the Clones," here's the guy you want to talk to.

'Steering' one's way through small-town life

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

Payson Jewelers offers laser repairs

Laser welding has come to jewelry repair, announces Robert Higginbotham of Payson Jewelers.

Business Showcase full of surprises

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.

Senior Thrift Store profits stay here

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.

Police search for missing teenager

David Herring, 14, has been missing from his Payson home since December 13, 2001.

Precious takes a flying leap into woman's heart

Unlike most mothers, Kim Jim doesn't mind it when you say that her new baby looks a little squirrely.

Fire crew yields to recreation program

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.

Forum to shed light on local meth problem

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.

Schwind: Skate park debate 'a positive meeting'

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.

Diabetes walk raises $3,600

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.

No easy answers in Catholic church scandal

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.

Water report conclusion a fallacy

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.

Water arguments derailed by facts

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.

Summer rec program should stay

I have heard that there is not going to be a summer recreational program in the Rim Country Middle School gym this year.

What's up?

Q: What age do you have to be to deliver papers for the Roundup?

Wells Fargo fights fraud with high-tech device

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

Lester R. Brown, 79, died April 17, 2002, in Payson.

Billy R. Triphahn

Billy Roads Triphahn, 69, died March 13, 2002, in Payson.

Rim team 4th in 'Terrible' race

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.

Schmidt and Whetten: the Horns' top guns

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.

Lady Horns relay claims gold again

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.

Golfers play well, but don't crack top 3

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.

Blue Ridge, Show Low girls' remaining obstacles

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.

Little League opens this weekend

Payson's Little Leaguers take to the diamond this Saturday when the 2002 season opens at the Rumsey I ballfield.

Monday, April 15

Wilcox swats winning homer

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.

Student raises money for Ambassador trip

A Payson eighth-grader hopes to take advantage of "the chance of a lifetime" but she needs help to do it.

Local woman arrested on charge of manslaughter

Before Terrie Clark died last July of a bacterial infection caused by a methamphetamine injection, she didn't blame drugs for her impending death.

Image of abandoned dog haunting

I had a heartbreaking experience today, right here in Payson. There is a dog walking along Beeline, he has been there about a week.

What's up?

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?

'Fiddler' an enjoyable performance

The Payson High School Drama and Music Departments must be given a "well done" for their recent excellent performance of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Payson's new bark park opens in grand style

"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.

Pedestrian hit on Beeline Highway Saturday night

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.

Dustin gets new wheels

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.

Hiker on cross-country trek calls Mogollon Rim end of trail

"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 Rep returns with one-act plays

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.

PD celebrates telecommunicator week

In 1991 Congress formally proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Think you're smart?

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.

Local group helps change woman's life

Linda Antonides is an alcoholic, and her ability to admit that probably saved her life.

Lady Horns wrap up homestand on a win

Brooke McRae and Britney Boyes were the standout power hitters for the Lady Longhorns in their 4-1 win over Snowflake Friday, April 12.

Longhorns beat Lobos in come-from-behind win

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.

Althoff just misses another ace

Less than two months after chalking up a hole-in-one, Payson Men's Golf Association member Ken Althoff almost duplicated the rare feat.

Sign up early for trout tournament

Anglers who register early for the Payson Community Christian School benefit trout tournament can save themselves some pocket money.

Muddying the water

If there's one thing most everybody can agree on, it's that water isn't a simple issue.

Sexton's past supporters say 'Vote for White'

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.

Talented students will go far

Kudos to the cast and crew of PHS.

Sunday, April 14

Tonto Apaches

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.

Christopher Creek/Kohl's Ranch

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.

Tonto Basin

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.

Schum named 'Man of the Year'

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 effects of Sept. 11 on small-town America

The events of Sept. 11 have forever changed the world.

Pine-Strawberry

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.

New book nook

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.

Rim Country Museum

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.

Notable quotes

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

Buettner selected 'Woman of the Year'

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.

Business Profiles

Information regarding services and progress made by local businesses.

Progressive minds

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."

Water worries

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.

Parks and Recreation

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.

Senior moments

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.

Gila County

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.

Payson Regional Medical Center

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.

Main Street Redevelopment

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.

Rim Country Mall

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.

Sawmill Crossing Shopping Center

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.

People of influence

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.

Rim country learning

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.

A new school year

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.

Report card

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.

Charter schools

The Rim country currently has three charter schools: The Shelby School, Payson Head Start, and the Payson Center for Success.

Payson High School

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.

Saturday, April 13

Nothing beats a royal flush

The morning coffee had yet to complete the perk cycle when my 3-year-old son hollered, "Daddy! Come look!"

Speciesism bigot strikes back

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.

Thursday, April 11

Dennis Hill

Dennis Wayne Hill, 47, of Gold Canyon, Ariz., died April 7, 2002, in Mesa.

Irene Locker

Irene Mattie Locker, 88, of Payson, died April 10, 2002, in Payson.

Howard Osteen Sr.

Howard Glenn Osteen Sr., 88, died April 7, 2002, in Payson.

Meadows wedding

Travis and Wendy Meadows were married Dec. 28, 2001 at Word of Life Assembly in Prescott.

Payday loans available in Payson

Ever have one of those months where your bills seem to show up a little faster than your paychecks?

Skate park users give their views

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.

Sexton says 'Vote for Murphy'

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.

Closing skate park is not the answer

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.

Knoell an unselfish volunteer

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.

Horns fall to Cougars

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.

Last chance to see Ladies at home

The Payson High School softball team lost a close one, 4-3, to Show Low Tuesday.

Links showdown benefits food bank

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."

Wheelchair Suns roll into town

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.

White Mountain courses beckon Horns

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.

Injustice can happen anywhere

This letter pertains to the Our View, "It could have been you." (April 9, Roundup)

Selecting the right cell-phone plan

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.

What's up?

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?

Council says 'no' to moratorium

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.

Star Valley resident charged with selling meth

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.

5K walk to benefit juvenile diabetes

"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."

500 Harley Davidson riders turn Rim country into hog heaven

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.

Verizon takes over CellularOne customers

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.

Safari Club banquet features big-game hunts

If you've always wanted to go big-game hunting in Africa, this is your chance.

Father Stewart becomes bishop

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.

Bears sighted in local neighborhoods

It usually takes a combination of two circumstances to create a bear problem in the Rim country.

Jack Buonarati

Jack M. Buonarati, 68, of Payson, died March 17, 2002, in Phoenix.

Monday, April 8

Dynamic Dunman coaches his field of dreams

"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.

Grand opening is a mutts-see event

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.

Zumbro throws a shutout

Brenna Zumbro threw a 6-0 shut-out for the Lady Longhorns in Friday's game against Blue Ridge.

Paul Swenson

Paul Allen Swenson, 87, of Jerome, Idaho, died Friday, April 5, 2002 in Sun City West, Ariz.

On the menu

The following will be served at local schools:

What's up?

Q: I was told a certain amount of processed waste water is being injected into Payson's drinking water. Is that true?

Heavy fines might make the difference

I'm not able to attend the meeting of April 16 regarding the solution about "Skaters on thin ice."

It could have been you

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.

Horn gridders get ready for spring training

It's only spring, but the smell of pigskin is in the air.

Topnotch hurdler leads Longhorns' track effort

As a relative unknown sophomore last season, Chris Donaldson surprised almost everyone with his success in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

Laws should change for high-speed chase

Last August, I sat on a porch swing with my nephew and listened as he talked about what he wanted out of life.

Relay team paces Lady Horns' triumph

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.

Payson High celebrates student-athlete day

A select group of Payson High School student-athletes was honored Thursday for accomplishments on and off the playing field.

Horns host Cats in crucial East showdown

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."

Water truck rolls over on Houston Mesa Road

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.

Free CPR classes at library Saturday

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.

How do you get May flowers without April showers?

With all the worries about forest fires, the impact of current drought conditions on the Rim country's gardeners has been overlooked.

Duo wins best-ball PMGA title

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.

Rain doesn't delay scheduled control burns

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.

Three arrested in Gisela on drug charges

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.

Drama, music students join forces to present musical 'Fiddler on the Roof'

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.

Council considers petition to halt building

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.

Teen rescued from fall at Tonto bridge

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.

Saturday, April 6

Hollywood doesn't have boorish market cornered

Those of us who write humor columns worship at the altar of columnist Dave Barry.

Welcome to the time machine. Next stop: childhood

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

Barry Carlton

Barry Keith Carlton, 48, of Payson, died April 2, 2002 in Payson.

Car wash nets $2,071 for football camp

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.

Local lifters set national records

A trio of local athletes Kevin Scully, Reuben Wallace and Steve Mollohan have set Natural Athletic Strength Association weight lifting age/weight division records.

Girls remain No. 1 in 3A conference

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.

Calderwood finally gets her ace

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.

Beatrice Pike

Beatrice "Bea" Pike, 88, of Payson, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, in Payson.

Lydia F. Necker

Lydia Freida Necker, 90, a 27-year resident of Payson, died March 18, 2002, in Payson.

Elmer Magargal Jr.

Elmer Everett Magargal Jr., 67, of Payson, died April 1, 2002 in Payson.

Donald Konzak

Donald Walter Konzak, 80, of Payson, died March 31, 2002, in Payson.

Donald Affeldt

Donald Raymond Affeldt, 70, of Strawberry, died March 31, 2002.

What's up?

Q: What's the story behind the five acres of bicycles right in the middle of Rye?

Modified calendar is a good schedule

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.

Tax revolt may be on the horizon

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.

More battles are won, than lost

The use of "confidential reliable informants" is a common practice in law enforcement.

Teen ranks No. 1 in junior rodeo circuit

Jason Amon is a young cowboy making his mark in the high school and junior rodeo circuit.

Informant leads county task force to wrong house

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.

County leaders make rare trip to Payson

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.

Hull visits parched Rim forests

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.

Payson girls among 3A's best athletes

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.

Taxidermist makes time stand still

If enthusiasm counts, taxidermist Jim Boerst will be a huge success in Rim country.

Propaganda sheet doesn't tell whole story

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.

Monday, April 1

P-S fire department expanding

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.

Tribe dedicates U.S. flag at casino

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.

Getting juiced up

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.

Horns set personal records at Valley meet

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.

Foursome drives to tournament win

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.

Media's duty is to read fine print

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.

We need unity, not disunity

This is a rebuttal to Don Castleman's letter (March 26 Roundup).

What's up?

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 Lundquist

Ole G. Lundquist, 86, of Payson, died March 28, 2002, in Payson.

Have airplane, will camp, pilot says

Camping by plane is Payson Pilots president Paul Pitkin's preferred passion.

Photo contest captures visions of Payson's past

Jean Clarke's award-winning photo of Main Street during the 1918 rodeo is a family heirloom.

On the menu

The following meals will be served at local schools from April 3 through April 9.

Young poets write about variety of topics

The annual poetry contest sponsored by the Payson Unified School District is now history, and many of the entries reflect thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

Rotary honors best of public safety personnel

"Service Above Self." That is Rotary International's motto, and it accurately describes the activities of our local Rotarians.

Horns rank third in 3A conference

When the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association weekly rankings came out recently, the Longhorns found themselves rated among the state's best.

Record book features Longhorn exploits

Mark Hochstettler, Todd Reid, Darren Reid, Reanna Martinez, Nicole Engstrom, Bo Althoff and Cori Winchester.

Council trips on new rules

After council members and others raised a host of questions, the town council tabled a proposed document setting forth guidelines for conducting future meetings.

Deadline draws near for property value appeals

Valentine's Day wasn't all hearts and flowers for Gila County property owners.

11 arrested at underage drinking party

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.