Thursday, August 29
Heavy rain Wednesday night helped firefighters get the upper hand on the Five Mile Fire that burned one mile north of Strawberry.
Thomas J. Agnel, 74, of Payson, died Aug. 28, 2002.
U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth announced last week Tonto Basin Fire District will receive $36,874 in federal funds.
The management of the Manzanita Manor senior care center has been taken over by the property's landlord, and the facility's former administrator, Payson Mayor Ken Murphy, has been hired to oversee the transition and turn the business around financially with no interruption of service.
First they were on. Then they were called off due to fire. Then they were called back on due to rain.
Arizona Antique Shows, which was to have taken up residence in the Tonto-Apache tribal gymnasium over Labor Day weekend, has been canceled.
The countdown is on, only hours left to wait for our Labor Day Bash, Saturday, Aug. 31. It will start off with a pit barbecue dinner at noon, followed by a Kids N Kritter parade, along with a decorated quad parade and the fire chief will be showing off our fire equipment and our EMT director, Darlane Leonard will be demonstrating the equipment used in medical rescue.
Firefighters got a break Wednesday evening when an unexpected monsoon storm dumped significant precipitation on both the Pack Rat and Five Mile fires.
With incumbent Governor Jane Hull reaching the end of her term, the field for Arizona's head of state is wide open.
FISH & TIPS
With nighttime temperatures starting to cool off, anglers can start looking forward to some great shallow-water fishing. The temperature in shallow water tends to fluctuate more rapidly than in deep water, so fish are really drawn to the shallows during the cooler part of the day.
After serving as host of several local tournaments that drew participants from around Central Arizona, the Payson Mens Golf Association finally played the role of invited guest.
Ducks Unlimited chairperson Sandi Gunderson is looking forward to her first year at the helm of staging the annual banquet and auction. "I wanted to do this because I've always been a hunter and I'm interested in conservation," she said.
The most intriguing query in Class 3A football this fall might center around whether there's a prep team that has the horses to corral defending state champion Blue Ridge.
Lee Loyd Brice, 93, of Payson, died Aug. 29, 2002.
Gilbert D. Long, 77, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2002.
It's Labor Day weekend and the Christopher Creek Fire Belles and Beaus along with the Fire Cadets will be hosting a Huge Labor Day Fest all day Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Christopher Creek Fire Department.
Virginia Youmans Martin, 86, of Payson, died Aug. 26, 2002.
Dr. Alan Hallman and Dr. Nicole Demetre along with the staff at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic welcome their new veterinary associate, Dr. Danielle Hettler.
Monday morning, my wife and I were driving north on the Beeline Highway and, like everyone else, we were concerned about the smoke plume rising above the Mogollon Rim.
As in almost all prior examples of the letters you've published from Dan Adams, the fiscal data in his "Letter to Sen. Jon Kyl" (Roundup, Aug. 27) appears thoughtful, accurate and helpful.
Shouldn't Main Street be attractive not only in appearance but also in business that will attract visitors as well as locals?
Last Sunday afternoon, Gerry and Judith Reynolds, in association with JazzinAZ, presented the third of monthly jazz concerts at the Senior Circle. Singer Delphine from the Valley was the highlight of the program, and played to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100.
Q: Who owns the horse that Payson Mayor Ken Murphy rode in the rodeo parade? It sure was pretty.
Famed thoroughbred Silky Sullivan would have been proud of the come-from-behind charge that Sharper Image put on in local mens softball tournament play.
Tuesday, August 27
This is a big year for the Northern Gila County Fair, which will unfold Sept. 20 through Sept. 22 in Pine.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It's a message that's hard to miss. If it wasn't instilled by our parents, we see it repeatedly on those cheap plaques in souvenir shops: "Don't judge another until you've walked a mile in his moccasins."
I first met Pecos Higgins under the Prayer Tree. If I had known his background I would have thought that an odd place to find him.
IN THE KITCHEN
A generous neighbor recently shared fresh green beans and tomatoes with my sister. So, I went in search of ideas on ways to prepare them and came across the following recipes:
Monday, August 26
Barbara Ellen Shaw, 50, of Payson, died Aug. 9, 2002.
Richard A. Lockwood, 81, of Hattiesburg, Miss., died Aug. 24, 2002.
When the dust settled from the August Doin's rodeo parade, the float that took top honors was manned by a group of young dancers ranging in age from 5 to 20.
When the Scott Darnell family gathers for a few hours of pleasure and adventure, it's most often on the archery range.
Pack Rat blaze consumes 1,210 acres beneath Rim
The Pack Rat Fire burst through containment lines Saturday night, prompting a precautionary evacuation alert for the communities of Washington Park, Rim Trail, Verde Glen and Cowan Ranch.
As gray-black smoke plumes of the Pack Rat Fire loom over Washington Park, residents are hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst.
Russell Judd, CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center for four years, has been transferred by PRMC's owner, Community Health Systems, to manage a larger facility in Berwick, Pa.
An ex-employee of a Young ranch, suspected of numerous thefts, burglary and forgery was apprehended in Barstow, Calif. last week.
Here we go again. But this time, it's a whole lot closer to home.
With yet another fire burning so close to home, I can't help but wonder if the town is taking any steps to clean up some of the land here in town of brush, dead trees, etc.
It would be a great disservice to the community if the children in elementary school are denied instrumental music.
Q: How are things going at the new archaeology museum? I haven't heard much about it since it opened a few weeks ago.
Ms. Gayle Blunk is pleased to announce the engagement of her son James Blunk to Christina Jones.
Jess G. Courter, 86, of Payson, died Aug. 21, 2002.
Joyce D. Denham, 69, of Payson, died Aug. 22, 2002.
Dear Jon, I am sorry that we didn't have more time to discuss the Payson water situation when I saw you in Washington in May.
The long-awaited completion of the new track at Payson High School appears to have finally come to fruition.
For members of the Payson Women's Golf Association, drawing circles on their scorecards turned into the highlight of last week's tournament.
The toughest part of a fall sports season for players and coaches is August practices.
Randy Wilcox has known his share of sporting challenges. In Payson, he's served a two-year stint at the helm Longhorn boys basketball program, was a junior varsity assistant and has coached numerous Rim Country Middle School teams.
Newcomers to Arizona are often naive about the power of water to bring disaster to our normally dry land. For example, this Saturday marks the 32nd anniversary of the great Labor Day Flood, when the lives of some were lost because they could not believe what was happening.
Roy Sandoval says Payson chose him instead of him making any actual choice to make it his home.
When the women of the East Verde Park chapter of the Red Hat Society hold their meetings, according to founder Claire Wall, the only item on the agenda is to have a rip-roaring good time.
The Republican incumbents representing District Five in the Arizona House, Debra Brimhall and Jake Flake, have both served for eight years. They are being challenged by Bill Jeffers and Claudia Maestas, Democrats, along with Republican Bill Konopnicki. The incumbent State Senator, Jack Brown, a Democrat, has no challengers.
The first annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake was a rousing success Saturday at Rim Country Lanes, as 18 teams raised $7,400 to support the local agency.
James Edward Pongratz, 66, of Payson, died Aug. 20, 2002 in Payson.
Thursday, August 22
Coach Roger Wholly, in his second year at the helm of the Payson High boys soccer team, knows what it will take for the Longhorns to play much deeper into the state tournament than the first round it reached last season.
FISH & TIPS
Throughout any given day, a number of conditions can exist that play a role in fish behavior. As angles of the sun change or cloud cover moves through, conditions change. If wind directions shift or water discharge is turned on or off, conditions change.
Two weekends until Labor Day weekend, where masses of people drive up to the Rim country to escape the heat from the Valley, and we have to wait 45 minutes to cross Highway 260.
Rodeo contractor Roy Honeycutt's corral of roughstock provided plenty of spills and thrills for cowboys hoping to pocket Payson Rodeo prize money.
Q: I heard there were several cases of food poisoning and all the people ate at the same restaurant. How come there was nothing about it in the paper?
The death of Elvis Presley 25 years ago just passed. I have an album of Christian songs by him.
Turn on the TV open the paper yet another child abducted, raped, beaten, murdered, vanished forever.
I own the building at 407 W. Main (referred to as the Kaiser Garage) which was the target of a recent negative letter to the editor. Please let me set the record straight.
The exciting new partnership that Gila County recently has negotiated with Pima Community College District is just the first step in improving our post-secondary educational opportunities in Gila County.
Do you ever look at your parents and wonder who they are?
Myrtle Van Meter Stephens, 80, of Tonto Basin, died Aug. 9, 2002.
Rhea N. Getling, 84, of Phoenix, died Aug. 20, 2002.
The successful candidate for the office of Arizona Secretary of State will be acting governor when the elected governor is out of state. And, as recent history has shown, takes over the office in the event of the governor's resignation or ouster.
A collision between a van and a bike sent an 8-year-old boy to the hospital Thursday.
Gila County Sheriff John Armer was in an especially generous mood on a visit to Payson Tuesday.
At a cost of $5,000 each, two new signs will soon mark the entrance to "Historic Main Street" at its intersection with Highway 87.
Just as Pine residents began to breathe easier, water conservation signs took a turn for the worse.
As the Pack Rat Fire continues to grow, yet another lightning-caused blaze the National Fire has tripled in size.
Talking with 12-year-old Sara De Witt, you can't believe that only eight months and 18 days ago, no one thought she would live.
It's almost impossible for common wage earners to understand why men who make millions of dollars playing a boys game would want to strike.
Chuck and Linda Stailey certainly have every reason to be proud of their son, Charles Eric Stailey. He recently completed Naval Reserve Officer Training in San Diego at San Diego State University. He now holds the rank of ensign.
Remember the last time you sifted through a Hallmark display and finally came upon the absolutely perfect, laughter-inducing greeting card?
Jenny Lynn Harris was born at 4:20 p.m. July 19, 2002.
Jason Pollack and his family didn't require a whole lot of savvy business acumen to make the decision to move their five-year-old gun and gunsmith shop, Pollack Custom Works, from the tiny Arizona town of St. Johns to a brand-new log cabin storefront on Payson's Main Street.
Doubleheaders and tripleheaders are not uncommon in sports. But a football quadruple-header is nearly unheard of.
Tuesday, August 20
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
By the time you read this, the Payson Campus of Whozit College should be gearing up to reopen its doors.
IN THE KITCHEN
Zucchini is a prolific plant to hear people talk. With my personal experience as a failed gardener, I cannot attest to that fact. But I take people's word for it.
How many times do we Arizonans exclaim, "So much to see, and so little time?"
If you think the Rim country is gorgeous on the ground, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Monday, August 19
The community of Mesa del Caballo, whose name is Spanish for "Mesa of the Horse," was developed in the 1950s as a horse community and a sizable portion of the people who live there still have an affinity for horses.
Raphael "Ray" A. McCoy, 90, of Payson, died Aug. 17, 2002.
If you had plans to participate in the 6th Annual Payson Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament, the best you can hope for is a slot on the waiting list.
During past seasons, only members of the local Elks lodge were permitted to participate in the weekly Elks' bowling league.
The monsoon that sent folks running for cover Thursday didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who visited the APS Power Play Tour.
Winning the Payson Men's Golf Association's prestigious club championship is becoming old hat for Jon Pauley.
"It was the experience of a lifetime, something I'll never forget," Payson High School junior Shea Hatch, said upon her return from Australia.
Before there was Payson there was Marysville, the mining camp that would have become a town if there had been more gold in them thar hills.
If you've always thought that the job title "secretary" sounded pretty dull, then you've never chatted with Peggy Arbaugh about her life.
A Payson man's flight from a pursuing law enforcement officer netted him a Class 5 felony.
A suspect in the June 30 attempted murder of a Payson teen has been arrested.
Five men are vying for the job as Arizona's top lawyer. One Democrat, Terry Goddard; one Libertarian, Ed Kahn; and three Republicans, John Greene, Foster Robberson and Andrew Thomas.
The Payson Town Council has an important partner in the Central Arizona Association of Governments.
Q: I wanted to report a telephone scam, but when I finally contacted the FBI office in Phoenix that handles telephone fraud, I was told I had to submit my suspicions in writing. I think that's ridiculous. Telephone rip-off artists will be long gone by the time someone writes a letter and mails it to the FBI. This discourages people from even reporting possible fraud. Isn't there some faster, easier way to alert the authorities about telephone scam artists?
I have recently signed a petition being promoted by Webpledge.com in support of a constitutional amendment to protect the Pledge of Allegiance and our national motto.
I must respond to your What's Up? column and the Sawmill Crossing whistle. When the Kaibab Mill was up and working in Payson, that whistle was a symbol of our town.
Even in retrospect, it sounds like fodder for one of those "Nostradamus Predicts!" stories that regularly appear in the supermarket tabloids.
Thanks to a pair of retirees, the sounds of music will still emanate from two of Payson's three elementary schools.
The town program to rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents is being put in position to get extra funds.
The fire burning on the Mogollon Rim near Kehl Springs Campground now dubbed the Pack Rat Fire has grown to 170 acres in size.
The town is taking its continuing search for water resources to the Doll Baby Ranch.
Dozens of singing stars have recorded songs about Sept. 11. Now Arizona's Official State Balladeer has recorded one about a disaster that's a bit closer to home: the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
The fun and excitement of the parade was felt by an estimated 5,000 parade-goers who lined the Beeline Highway Saturday to watch the annual rodeo parade.
With the purchase of $10,000 worth of new playground equipment, the facelift of the Julia Randall Elementary School grounds has begun.
Phyllis Mary Robey, 64, of Payson, died Aug. 15, 2002.
Climith (Bill) Wilson Rogers, 83, of Payson, died Aug. 14, 2002.
Michael Ray Rusnak, 64, of Winslow, died July 27, 2002.
Thursday, August 15
FISH & TIPS
Everywhere I've been this week I've been met with the big question, "Can you still launch at Roosevelt?" Yes you can launch a boat, but the key is knowing the right spot because it changes often.
Rim country residents who want to attend the new Gila County Community College can begin registering for classes Monday.
To paraphrase the old Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer tag line, there will be more stars than there are in heaven headlining this weekend's 118th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
The Labor Day Weekend barbecue and parade is just around the corner on Saturday, Aug. 31. This event is the most important happening for the auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire District, and is the biggest fund-raiser for the year.
The mountain lion has not left the area. He has been heard in Hunter Creek and seen on Apple Lane.
As 19 supporters and three detractors looked on, John Dryer walked out of the Payson courthouse a happy man Tuesday morning, his legal woes behind him at last.
Nellie L. Williams DeLockroy, 91, of Payson, died Aug. 13, 2002.
The Rim Country Kiwanis hosts a weekly game of bingo at 6:30 p.m. each and every Saturday in the meeting room at the community center.
History will repeat itself Saturday when the Swiss Village Cafe closes yet again.
The membership of the Arizona Corporation Commission is expanding from three to five this year.
Pine water users are beginning to see the light at the end of the drought. As of July 30, Pine Water Company moved out of the mandatory water conservation measures of Stage 5, moving incrementally to Stage 4.
As Suzane Bishop was laying in a hammock in the yard of her north Payson home Wednesday night, the last thing she expected was to get the show of a lifetime.
A forest fire believed to be started by lightning northeast of Payson Thursday night had reached 25 acres by 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The Arizona State University Sun Devil football team's two practice sessions on the new multipurpose field at Rumsey Park created quite a stir in our community.
The sale of Manzanita Manor's assets has been pushed back two weeks, but the assets of four other Mark Yampol-owned businesses including Peppertree Apartments in Payson were picked up from the Tucson auction block as scheduled Tuesday.
A contingent of seven Payson Pikes swim team members swam to a fifth-place finish at the 22nd Annual Verde Valley Invitational.
Q: Did Arizona State University pay the town for the use of the synthetic field at Rumsey park for the two football practices they had there? Isn't that a lot of wear and tear on our new field?
The saga continues. I see Kaiser Garage (one of the great downtown redevelopment projects that's supposed to be a huge destination point drawing visitors to Payson) has used their redevelopment money to redo their building.
By letting the juries decisions stand and allowing them to decide if the death penalty is warranted is the way the system should be.
A rodeo doesn't just happen. It takes a whole year to bring all the elements together to put on the pageantry, production and dust-boiling, heart-stopping, high speed events.
Bill and Carla Shreeve of Payson announce the birth of Tyler James.
Michael and Mary Grubbs were married Aug. 16, 1952 in South Bend, Ind.
If any of the players are lucky enough to shoot a hole in one on No. 2 during the 6th Annual Payson Area Habitat for Humanity golf tournament, he or she would walk away $25,000 richer.
For Payson Hot Shots girls soccer team coach Grant Kepp, last summer's eight Saturday trips to Flagstaff and twice-a-week practice sessions were well worth the effort.
Monday's onset of Payson High School preseason fall sports practices had most coaches and athletes setting their sights on improving last year's performances.
Tuesday, August 13
IN THE KITCHEN
Start any morning during rodeo week with a down-home breakfast of biscuits and gravy.
Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, cowboys, cowgirls and rodeo fans flock to the Rim country each August for the annual edition of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
There are five living components to a rodeo: flies, queens, cowboys/cowgirls, cows and horses.
Royalty will be riding in to town for the 2002 Payson Pro Rodeo.
118th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo - August 15-18, 2002 - Payson Event Center
"Everybody loves a parade," but it wasn't always that way in the Rim country.
The Honeycutt Rodeo company is once again primed and ready to help Payson host another outstanding edition of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
When the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo tips off Aug. 15, the competition will feature top notch bullfighters and clowns whose goals are to both protect the cowboys and entertain the fans.
Fund-raisers to support the August Doin's, that traditional name for Payson's summer rodeo, are more peaceful today than they were early on.
It's a mystery as old as the 118th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo itself.
Monday, August 12
Hunter Jakobe Plante (right) was born July 1, 2002.
At a time when Arizona's high dropout rate is making headlines, the staff at Payson High School believes it has a formula that will keep the school's rate well below the state and county averages.
The local, state and national chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are making a huge commitment of time and money to Arizona's wildlife.
With the start of the collegiate football season on the horizon, it's time to crank up the old competitive juices that makes cheering for your alma mater so much fun.
Schedule of Events for the 118th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, August 15, 16, 17 & 18 at the Payson Multi-Event Center.
Horses are always a big part of the annual August Doin's rodeo parade.
A study proposed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will mark the first time the town of Payson and Gila County have worked together to find an answer to the Rim country's water woes.
Citing rising costs and a sluggish shared state sales tax, the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved a 3.2 percent primary property tax increase of $452,513 at its Aug. 6 meeting giving the county the third highest tax rate in the state and raising the total to $28,840,251.
Exactly one year following the attack on America, residents of the Rim country will join the country by coming together in a commemoration ceremony to honor the victims of Sept. 11.
A request to start charging Payson High School students to park on campus next semester will go before the Payson Unified School District board in September.
There is a common link between Payson's greatest political adversaries: those who want growth at any cost, and those who do not want growth at any cost.
Letter to Rep. Jake Flake Re: Your recent confrontation with the Arizona State Parks Administration, I urge that you seriously and aggressively pursue the sale of certain state parks to the private sector. This is particularly the case with the Tonto Natural Bridge north of Payson.
Recent letters to the editor suggest that "radical environmentalists" are to blame for the Rodeo-Chediski forest fire, and that if the professionals had been allowed to "do their job," the catastrophe somehow could have been prevented.
Some Arizona voters might be interested to know that Congressman Ed Pastor is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3469 the "Family Life Education Act" which would appropriate $500 million for states to implement comprehensive sex education over the next five years. (Pity the poor teachers.)
I find it necessary to write this letter as a second to Mr. Crowell's letter of Aug. 9.
Q: The Sawmill Crossing whistle was reinstated recently by private citizens. It was never put to a vote of the town. Now surrounding neighborhoods have to put up with it and it's extremely loud. It disturbs sleep and businesses. Why was it not put to a vote?
Artists Jay and Carol Kemp
The word religion comes from the Latin re, which means "to do again," and ligare, "to bind or tie." In its literal meaning, religion is that which continually binds together. We see this in rites of passage, weddings, baptisms, at times of crisis, in natural disasters, and at funerals.
Darlene H. Jackson, 77, of Payson, died Aug. 11, 2002.
Irvin Swenson, 79, of Payson, died Aug. 11, 2002.
Money matters dominate this week's council meeting.
This month, for the first time ever, an Arizonan will lead the Women's fencing team at the World Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. But that's not the only history being made.
The Rim Country Optimist Club is coming before the town council this week to ask for support.
Because incumbents Robert Duber, Daisy Flores and Ronnie McDaniel are running unopposed for their offices Superior Court Judge Division II, Gila County Attorney and Payson Regional Justice of the Peace, respectively their names will appear on both the Sept. 10 primary and Nov. 5 general election ballots.
The new, $1.6 million magnetic resonance imaging system that Payson Regional Medical Center has added to its radiology department a piece of equipment so complex it comes with its own 10-by-50-foot building has instantly increased the array of diagnostic capabilities available in the Rim country.
More often than not, Brenda Straw is the voice on the end of the line when people call the Payson Ranger Station of the Tonto National Forest.
One year, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Yearbook said it best, "Rodeo's beginning is hidden in a haze from countless cattle drives and campfire smoke on the open ranges of the West for over 100 years."
Zumbro sets sights on Air Force flight school
Former Payson High School football and baseball star Bryan Zumbro has traded in his bats and shoulder pads for rides in United States Air Force F-16 jets.
Fishing alone in a two-person team tournament, local angling guide, professional fisherman and Roundup columnist Clifford Pirch finished without a partner in third place overall.
By a single stroke, Laura Meyocks edged past Marge Landra for the gold medal in a Payson Women's Golf Association tournament held Aug. 6 at Payson Golf Course.
Thursday, August 8
A federal judge's ruling that would have banned 20 percent of Arizona's voters from participating in the state's primary election was put on hold Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Rim country lawyer Steve Rensch, founder of the Copper State Jam boys basketball tournament and the Shelby School hoop team, coached the Copper State All-Stars to a 6-3 record in the Adidas Big Time tournament.
The pool will be open until Aug. 18 with the following schedule: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (water aerobics), 10 a.m. to noon (open swim), and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (water aerobics); Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (open swim).
Just when it looked as if there would be no Rim Country Middle School cross country program due to the lack of a qualified coach, a former Longhorn three-sport star stepped up to assume the coaching duties.
When members of three small-town men's golf associations gathered July 10 at Payson course, rain and lightening sent the frustrated players scurrying into the club house.
For 13-year-old Drew Currie, his stay in the beginner's 80 cc motorcycle racing class is about to end.
The highlight of Arizona State University's 10-day football stay at Camp Tontozona will be the annual fan scrimmage at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The controlled scrimmage, which is to the public, will last about two hours.
Nelson Turner, 89, of Young died Aug. 5, 2002.
Raymond Eugene Norton, Jr., 39, of Payson, Arizona, died Aug. 4, 2002 in Payson.
John William Baker, 64, died July 23, 2002 in Helman, Mich.
All around Arizona Rim Country are hundreds of local heroes. They are short and tall, old and young, and longtime and new residents. These men and women and youth, too made a collective statement that was heard by Gov. Jane Hull, our statewide representatives in the Senate and the House, and in the offices of the Arizona State Parks.
Chances are, even the most frugal shoppers among us would not travel too far out of our way for a savings of three cents.
Q: How do I get a banner for my business to hang across the Beeline? The Ox Bow Saloon is flying a banner at the south end of town.
An incident that occurred recently has motivated me to encourage and re-enforce the absolute need to have infants and small children properly secured in "car seats" whenever they are traveling in a motor vehicle.
An article in the July 18 Arizona Republic by Jon Kamman showed that the residents of the most prestigious communities in the Valley not only had a higher yearly income, but a larger percentage of them had additional schooling beyond high school.
Supporters of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park:
Last week, Gov. Jane Hull signed a bill into law that will require juries to determine not only a suspect's guilt or innocence, but also if the death penalty is warranted.
In the wake of the successful campaign to keep the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park open, local leaders will sit down with parks officials early next week to exchange ideas and develop plans to attract more visitors and better utilize volunteers.
Because incumbents Eddie Armer and Margaret Toot are running unopposed for their offices Payson Precinct Constable and Clerk of the Superior Court, respectively their names will appear on both the Sept. 10 primary and Nov. 5 general election ballots.
Lacy Donovan is the bubble-blowing champion of the Rim country. The Rim Country Middle School student recently blew the competition away with a 12.5-inch bubble at the preliminaries of the third annual Dubble Bubble National Bubble Blowing Contest at the Payson Wal-Mart Supercenter.
John B. Thompson retired in Payson more than 22 years ago.
A 14-lot gated community is proposed for the property at the south end of Green Valley Parkway.
We all know there are a few bears in the area, and many of us have elk eating in our back yards, but when we hear about a mountain lion that's a little scary.
The assets of the Manzanita Manor senior care center and the Peppertree Apartments complex, all the way down to the fixtures, are slated to be put on the public-auction block Tuesday as a creditor of the properties' owner, Mark Yampol of Tucson, seeks to raise the $940,000 he owes.
Congratulations, Payson you're No. 1.
I was deeply saddened to read the current (about 25) employees of Ponderosa Steakhouse will lose their jobs only so Mr.(Jeff) Sievert can sell used cars from that property. The "already committed water" from the restaurant is no excuse for any zoning change.
FISH & TIPS
This week I received an e-mail from a new Payson resident, Brian, with a question concerning the Green Valley Lakes.
As a participant on the town of Payson and Northern Gila County evacuation planning committee, I would like to especially thank all those who worked so hard the first three days at the evacuation center to get the job done.
Truly it is amazing what individuals and organizations can accomplish when there is a common goal. July 27, the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology formally opened its doors to the public. This new facility at 510 W. Main Street is unique to the state of Arizona and in large part, to the southwest.
Condolences to the Doug Johnson family.
Dressed as Western dance hall girls, these members of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee display the commemorative 2002 rodeo button on sale for $2 as part of the group's annual scholarship fund-raiser and raffle.
Everyone in Tonto Village is gearing up for our big Labor Day Weekend fund-raiser Aug. 31.
The Senior Center Thrift Store and Marsha Hampshire would like to pass along a huge thank-you to the community members who baked goodies and for those who bought goodies at the bake sale held Saturday.
Tuesday, August 6
All of us who live in Arizona Rim Country benefit from our state's international reputation as nothing more than a sweltering, dusty, cacti-ridden sandbox.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Funny how seemingly unrelated events provide unusual insights when juxtaposed. Take these dissimilar incidents that happened in close proximity to one another:
IN THE KITCHEN
I have this great little cookbook in my collection called "The Little Book of Big Sandwiches," by Michael McLaughlin.
It was 120 years ago this summer when a horse rider came racing to Payson with a warning that the Apache were coming this way on a bloody raid. It was only a few decades later that a lengthy poem was set to music and sung throughout the Rim country about that rider, Billy Vanero, and how he tried to save the love of his life, Bessie Lee, before the raiders could get to her.
Monday, August 5
The teams of Larry Baker/Harvey Baker and John Calderwood/Armand Werle played their way to first-place laurels in the Payson Men's Golf Association's two-man scramble tournament July 31 at Payson Golf Course.
When former Payson Junior High School physical education teacher Ruth Ann Scott urged eighth-grader Monica Beeler (now Savage) to run a marathon, little did the instructor know she was igniting a passion that would last a lifetime.
Henry Irving remains a figurehead in the history of the Payson Tonto Apache tribe, and his story tells us much about the people who bridged the generations between the pre-reservation and post-reservation Apaches.
Local poet Susan Chamberlain doesn't write for fame or fortune. In fact, even though she's been versifying since she was nine, her first book of poetry "Emergence Poems" was just published two months ago by Linear Arts.
A Payson woman was injured by a percussion grenade as Payson Police Department officers served a search warrant on a Frontier Street apartment Friday evening.
The recent efforts of Boy Scouts to clean the algae from the small lakes at Green Valley Park helped what is an ongoing effort.
The Ponderosa Steakhouse is heading toward its last roundup.
Preliminary results from the medical examiner suggest that Payson Police Sgt. Doug Johnson, 37, died of substantial blockage in one of his coronary arteries.
The town's $34 million budget won council approval last week.
Volunteers from the Whispering Pines Fire Department take advantage of the water at Green Valley Lake Saturday to practice using both the hand line hose and the water cannon.
As Bud Basham sipped a cup of coffee on the porch of his new Strawberry home Sunday morning, he noticed a neighbor's dog walking down the road carrying what appeared to be a rabbit in its mouth.
Valinda Jo Elliott shows her true colors in her Sunday Aug. 4, 2002, letter to the Arizona Republic. She's the perfect poster-child of the "victim-mentality" society. Her "apology" is both surly and hollow.
Payson has more than its share of everyday heroes.
Pending approval by the Payson Unified School District Governing Board, PHS Athletic Director Dave Bradley has found a coach to head the Lady Longhorn soccer program.
A man who spent his childhood rounding up the family's herd of horses while on foot has won six gold medals at the inaugural Grand Canyon State Native American Games.
Porter Ruddell Flake was born at 9:08 a.m. July 1, 2002.
Helen Standish Pittman, died June 27, 2002.
No one can ever claim that those in charge of the Longhorn football program went looking for a homecoming patsy this season.
James Edward Fenical, Jr., 19, of Payson, died July 27, 2002, in Gallup, N.M.
The Arizona Department of Health Services predicts that the deadly, mosquito-transmitted West Nile Virus will make its way to Arizona and Gila County within the next 12 to 24 months.
Janet Jean Gallegos, 57, of Payson, died July 31, 2002.
The Payson woman was shocked and not a little afraid when she looked in the mirror.
"It's rodeo time," Norris Dodd said, as he moved down a gentle slope in the forest near Little Green Valley to where an elk had been trapped the night before.
In a state where teachers don't make much money in the first place, Teresa Purtee just may be the lowest paid of all.
Q: It's pretty obvious that forest fires are named according to the area the fire is in, but who decides what the name will be?
Just think, maybe we could have gotten TEN times the results ...
Re: Random comments about "The Fire."
Thursday, August 1
I read a very troubling answer to the question, "Has any written notice been sent out to Payson residents about the water situation and the restrictions that are in place?" (What's Up? Roundup, July 30)
I have been taken aback by your recent editorials in opposition of the town of Payson's decision to attempt to stimulate the town's sluggish economy by advertising Payson's attributes in the primary market that can provide new revenue to the town's businesses.
It never did make sense to close the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. In a state dependent on tourism, you just don't balance the budget by taking away reasons for tourists to want to come here. But as the saga unfolded, all involved parties seemed to become less and less willing to find a solution.
A little more than $200,000 of taxpayer money will be spent on water exploration in the Pine-Strawberry area in the coming fiscal year. The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District passed the fiscal 2002-2003 budget of $230,417 at its July 13 meeting.
Victor Sarytchoff, 44, Payson, was killed this week in a one-vehicle rollover.
The new Gila County Community College is inching closer to an agreement with another community college district. Such an agreement will re-open the doors of the Payson and Globe campuses and the Hayden/Winkelman and San Carlos education centers.
The state legislature, meeting in special session, approved a bill late Thursday afternoon that will apparently allow the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to remain open.
Family and friends of Payson Police Sgt. Doug Johnson are struggling this week to understand the sudden, unexplained death of the 37-year-old father of four.
When Gila County Superior Court Judge Edd Dawson announced last year that his retirement would be effective in January, 2002, he had three years remaining in his term.
The contract for the new town manager was approved at a special meeting of the council Thursday night.
Last week, my husband and I were so excited about getting back to fishing ... that I fell in.
Shining young faces wearing spiffy new school clothes and toting brand new backpacks filled with colored pencils, clean new notebooks and binders have once again turned up at the elementary school to scout the territory.
There are two things you can do with those heirloom recipes your family has been enjoying for generation upon generation.
Monsoon rains and higher humidity levels have at last allowed the leafing out of most native oaks and shrubs. Roadsides are greening up, and weeds abound in our gardens. One man's weed can be another man's wildflower, and it takes keen observation of nature and knowledge of seedlings to distinguish plants as they emerge from underground.
If the wisdom of Payson High School coaches and athletic director Dave Bradley is accurate, the next two weeks could prove crucial to the success of local athletes.
Last week was the 8th Annual Vacation Bible School at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church in Christopher Creek.
With the start of the fall sports season just over the horizon, it's time to gear up mentally for demands of life on the playing field.
FISH & TIPS
If you're looking to get out of the heat and get some great fishing in at the same time, then Willow Springs is the spot. Anglers have been reporting good action for both trout and bass since the forest has been reopened. Extra trout stockings and light fishing pressure has turned the lake into one of the best fishing holes around.
Fierce and frequent competition has highlighted the July agenda of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team.
There has been a change in the Longhorn football schedules now available in Payson High School offices.
The fate of the Rim Country Middle School cross country team hinges on first-year Maverick Athletic Director Tim Fruth finding a qualified coach. At press time, Fruth was scouring the school and community to find a coach, but the position remained unfilled.
The recent efforts of Boy Scouts to clean the algae from the small lakes at Green Valley Park helped what is an on-going effort.
Residents with a fondness for the sport of kings have a new place to put down their money.
Steve and Lynne Golliglee are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary
The Gila County District Two Supervisor's seat became vacant in April of last year upon the sudden death of Supervisor Edward G. "Bunch" Guerrero.
Q: I got a tax extension back in April and my return is due Aug. 15. Can I still donate $5 to Clean Elections?
For many, many years I have been trying to persuade the town to find a way to eliminate the "dust bowl" conditions that people have had to live with for so long. Some of those roads are in the most attractive and desirable areas in town.
Warren E. Buffett wrote an article in the New York Times about the crisis of confidence in the stock market today.
I'm no financial expert, but a quick glimpse of the budget pie shows 46 percent of Gila County's budget goes for law enforcement and judicial services. Do we really need so much law enforcement for a county of 45,000 people?
May I submit a rebuttal to the comments (made in the editorial, Roundup, July 23) "It takes a village(*) ... and money ..."
Melvin M. Stratmeyer, 56, of Payson, died July 27, 2002 in Sun City.