Thursday, February 28
In honor of Dr. Seuss Day, Austen Perona, Kylie Ridley and Addie Becker sported the traditional Cat-in-the-Hat headwear Thursday at Raggedy Ann's Preschool on West Sherwood.
Water remains the top priority of the Payson Town Council, the only issue receiving unanimous support among 28 under consideration for inclusion in the town's corporate strategic plan.
Rim Country Middle School sixth-grader Levi Neal knows his way around a basketball court.
Roster depth could be one of the keys to the Longhorn golf team repeating as state champions, coach Brett Morse said.
For four consecutive days, the Payson High School baseball team will call Mohave Valley home.
Dr. Larry George's latest building project is hardly your average log home.
Gerrie Thomas, former Payson resident, died Feb. 22, 2002.
Ann M. Leahy Crain, 80, of Payson, died Feb. 27, 2002, in Payson. She was born Sept. 14, 1921, in Ewing, Neb.
Ruth Eileen Cowell, 56, of Star Valley, died Feb. 21, 2002, in Phoenix. She was born June 25, 1945, in Ishpeming, Mich.
I may be old-fashioned, but I was taught that what was said in a private meeting was to remain private.
Methamphetamine is the latest dangerous drug to be making headlines, but it won't be the last until policymakers acknowledge the drug war's inherent failure.
It is with great honor that I write this letter on behalf of Judy Buettner, candidate for town council. I have known and worked with Judy for more than 25 years, starting here in local politics and civic efforts.
It's a mantra heard most every spring, when winter chill gives way to spring fever.
Payson police officers had their hands full when they responded to a disturbance at Famous Sam's Sunday night.
The student council members at Julia Randall Elementary School wanted to help somebody, somewhere. They just didn't know who.
Dorothy Sue Carr, 65, of Payson, died Feb. 27, 2002. She was born April 17, 1936, in Martin, Tenn., and had lived in Arizona since 1981.
Residents of East Verde Estates have some new neighbors, and some of them aren't too happy about the addition. After a weekend meeting of the residents, a squabble over the newcomers is no closer to resolution than before.
Darlene Martin had just begun her Monday morning shift at Jack-in-the-Box when she learned that her world was in the process of going up in smoke.
Monday, February 25
The arrest of 26-year-old Andrew R. Snoeberger Saturday, Feb. 23 may wrap up a number of cases under investigation by local law enforcement agencies.
Payson High Lady Longhorns opened their softball season with a scrimmage against Winslow Thursday, Feb. 21.
Call most women Squirrel Mama and they'd probably take offense.
In a thank-you letter penned over a year ago, former Longhorn wrestling coach Dennis Pirch spouted praise for the Mogollon Sporting Association.
Months ago, coach Shaun Hardt and his Lady Longhorns knew all too well that the Tuba City Warrior basketball express was steaming toward a three-peat.
Payson police intercepted a load of cocaine and marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $125,000, Friday, Feb. 22, at a local motel.
The vast majority of people need a bare minimum of eight hours of sleep a night, yet Americans average only 6.7 hours.
Dorothy Hilda Zimmermann, 88, of Payson, died Feb. 21, 2002, in Mesa. She was born Dec. 26, 1913, in Sheboygan, Wis.
In the interest of the quadratic formula, Pythagorean theorem and logarithms, a nationally known comedy basketball team will soon tickle the funny bone of Rim country hoop fans. Proceeds from the basketball circus benefit the high school math club.
If you love great drama, you just had to love the Salt Lake City Winter Olynpic Games.
Valona Jo Varnum, 55, of Payson, died Feb. 23, 2002, in Phoenix. She was born Nov. 13, 1946, in Enid, Okla.
Eugene M. "Tex" Taylor, 75, of Payson, died Feb. 24, 2002, in Payson. He was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Bokchito, Okla.
Marguerite Edna Henry, 84, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 20, 2002, in Cottonwood. She was born May 19, 1917, in Pioche, Nev
Juanita Fern Bibb, 74, of Overgaard, died Feb. 24, 2002, in Payson. She was born May 15, 1927, in Paducah, Texas.
Payson Community Kids, the group of young people sponsored by the town's Community Development Department, is making it easier for Rim country residents to lend their support.
There are no words to adequately express our gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy for the loss of our oldest son, Antony.
As we rapidly approach the close of election year 2002, there have been rumors circulating that I may be seeking reelection to the office of mayor as a "write-in" candidate.
It was clearly evident that good professional journalism flew right out the window when the Roundup published the (no byline) article on the mayoral candidates in its Friday, Feb. 8 edition.
When Payson voters go to the polls on March 12, one of the issues they'll decide is whether the town should sell $3.8 million in bonds to pay for specific street improvement projects.
The Payson Town Council will convene at 5 p.m. Thursday in special session to hold preliminary discussions on the annual update to the town's corporate strategic plan.
Thursday, February 21
Yet another national discount merchandiser is coming to Payson.
The chain link fencing began going up this week at Payson's new off-leash dog park. When it's finished in about two weeks, the 1.5-acre facility just north of the new library at Rumsey Park will be open for business. A formal, day-long grand opening festival will be held later.
A 911 call from an alert neighbor in the 600 block of E. Wade at 2:23 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, led to the arrest of two female burglary suspects who were in the process of removing items from a home.
Victims of fraud and forgery are just now surfacing as a result of the theft of mail from 10 separate community mailboxes in January.
Preston Barnett, an 8-year-old Strawberry resident, is on the fast track and scooping up the awards.
Over the past several weeks, 12 community mailboxes and two mail collection boxes have been broken into and raided for their contents .... your personal and business mail.
Doris Sturgis Harger, 90, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, in Payson. She was born Oct. 23, 1911, in Montpelier, Ohio.
We are into our 10th year in Payson as an architectural drafting service, and I take exception to the words of Jim White regarding Town of Payson employee Jon Cadd.
Q: Why was Ken Murphy singled out in such a terrible, nasty, unconscionable way by your paper? Why wasn't the same investigative reporting done on Jim White and Diane Sexton?
Patricia Bahr and Curt Gwilliam announce their engagement.
Marguerite Edna Henry, 84, of Cottonwood, died Feb. 20, 2002, in Cottonwood. She was born May 19, 1917, in Pioche, Nev.
Mary "Maxine" Hykes, 90, of Payson, died, Feb. 19, 2002, in Payson. She was born Feb. 5, 1912 in Mt. Sterling, Iowa.
Mary Eileen Krueger, 82, of Payson, died, Feb. 16, 2002, in Payson. She was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Ashland, Ohio.
Payson High School graduate Mary Pendleton, now a married mother of one and living in Mesa, would like to help women acquire time-tested outdoor skills in, what she calls, "a fun, nonthreatening manner."
With respect to the Street Talk comments, which appeared in the Jan. 11 Roundup, I believe I can shed some light on the accomplishments, direction and general health of the chamber.
The night of Jan. 11, 2002, "Ann" lost her identity. That's the night her purse was stolen out of her vehicle in Star Valley, and fell into the hands of an identity thief
The Library Friends' annual Mayor's Cup Chefs' Competition which will cook up its much-anticipated 2002 edition Saturday evening has accomplished a lot over its four-year existence.
I applaud Jim White keeping his campaign at a high level by sticking to the issues and avoiding a mugslinging contest.
Charles W. Robinson, 82, died Feb. 19, 2002, in Payson. He was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Sharpsburg, Tenn.
Leo Harold Shaffer, 82, of Pine, died Feb. 16, 2002, in Pine. He was born Sept. 20, 1919, in Cope, Colo.
For the more than 100 anglers who entered the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament held Saturday at Bartlett Lake, fishing was about as much fun as a Mike Tyson weigh-in.
Little League players, coaches and officials are anxiously gearing up the spring campaign.
Turn out the lights, the Lady Longhorns state tournament party is over.
So many thoughts have been running through my head since I began getting responses to my call to Rim Country Forum Monday, Feb. 18. Have many of us lost the ability to be objective? Isn't truth important any more, or at least more important than image?
There was an article in the Payson Roundup dated March 16, 2001 entitled "Residents to protest property valuations."
"We're excited about it," enthused Vivian Burdette, chairperson of the Tonto Apache Tribal Council. "This has been in the works for such a long time. We kept saying, 'It's coming, it's coming,' and now all of a sudden, it's here."
Because both Longhorn boys and girls basketball teams qualified for the state tournament, spring coaches were forced to conduct pre-season practices without a full contingent of athletes.
For 77-year-old Tonto Creek Shores resident Dorothy Dixon, competing against a field of 29 men in the Senior Olympic trap shooting was a bit unnerving.
I have a book which lists the 1950 population of Payson by Census as 342. Historical "Old Payson" is only a fantasy.
Monday, February 18
Having recently been in Payson, I had the opportunity to pick up a copy of The Rim Review. The first article I read was by Stan Brown.
Three Payson residents are behind bars, following the search of their Star Valley home by special enforcement officers from the Payson Police Department.
First, full disclosure.
Much of the Lady Longhorns' state championship hopes will rest squarely on the shoulders of senior forward Brandi Waugh and sophomore guard Whitney Hardt.
The body of 85-year-old Paul Gaither was discovered in a wash near East Verde River about seven miles west of Payson by three hikers Friday afternoon.
Among the 20 merit badges earned last summer by members of Payson Boy Scout Troop 354 were rifle shooting, small boat sailing, wilderness survival, sports, emergency preparedness and oceanography.
If you enjoy four-wheeling or a cruise through the countryside on an all-terrain vehicle, you might want to read, and possibly respond, to a Forest Service proposal soon to be published in the Federal Register.
To Payson High School boys soccer coach Roger Wholly's way of thinking, being voted to the 1A-3A All-State Soccer team was a huge accomplishment.
Harry R. Carrillo, 81, of Payson, died, Feb. 12, 2002 in Mesa. He was born Dec. 19, 1920 in San Diego, Calif.
Payson resident Tiffany Vernon, 24, has been arrested and charged in connection with the burglary and theft of mail from nearly a dozen community mailboxes last month.
Four years ago, Brenda Burrows was deep into the methamphetamine habit she developed in 1985. So deep that she was selling the drug to pay for her own daily fixes.
A proposed water study will look at a wide variety of options for addressing the future needs of the Rim country, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation told the Payson Town Council Thursday night.
February is National Heart Month and that's got children throughout the Rim country hopping.
Yesterday I attended the Gila County Supervisors meeting in Globe. After the normal business was completed there was a presentation by John Main, president of Kennecott Exploration Company.
After recently taking first place in the regional spelling bee, it's onto the state tournament for Frontier Elementary School fifth-grader Ben Paric.
When it was revealed last week that a French judge had been "pressured" to award a gold medal to a lesser-level figure-skating pair, there wasn't a Winter Games watcher alive who didn't recoil as if poked with a cattle prod.
Gertrude E. (Hayden) Baker, 85 of Payson, died, Feb. 15, 2002 in Payson. She was born June 7, 1916 in Omaha, Neb. She visited Rim Resort in Forest Lakes every summer.
Louise Deak Baumgartner, 88, died Feb. 14, 2002 in Payson. She was born Aug. 19, 1913 in Woodbridge, N.J. to Elizabeth and Stephen Deak.
It may not slice or dice, but Norvall Hillmer's invention is one that cowboys and cowgals will find just about as handy as a Veg-O-Matic.
Edward Arnold "Jack" Meador, 86, of Payson, died, Feb. 17, 2002. He was born one of 11 children July 13, 1915 in Joplin, Texas and had lived in Arizona since 1929.
Richard Dixon, 71, of St Louis Park, Minn., died, Feb. 2. 2002. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. and moved to Phoenix with his family in 1943. He attended Phoenix Union High School.
Antony Joseph Shiya, 24, of Denver, Colo. died Feb. 17, 2002 in Denver. He was born June 17, 1977 in Payson.
Benjamin Aaron Miller, 18, of Payson, died Feb. 15, 2002 in Phoenix. He was born July 21, 1983 in Mesa.
Wow! In less than a month, we're going to have a very important election right here in Payson. No, not the Mayor's race, although that certainly is important enough. No, not the race for three empty town council seats, which is also very important, but I mean the vote on Proposition 300.
Thursday, February 14
A well rested, but inexperienced, Payson High School boys basketball team begins pursuit of the class 3A state championship Tuesday in Flagstaff.
The one-two punch of brothers Zack and Nathan Lee wrestled their way to the pinnacle of prep success at the Arizona State Championship tournament held last weekend in Phoenix.
As promised, the Fourth Annual Copper State Jam youth basketball tournament was bigger and better than ever.
I feel I must answer the uninformed description of the street bond election by Beverly Van Ast in the Feb. 8 "Mail Call" section of the Roundup.
Following is Part Two of the Roundup's interviews with Payson's three mayoral candidates.
Payson, Star Valley and Diamond Point residents are reaping the rewards of closer working relationships between their fire departments.
In order to try to fill the barbecue void in the restaurant scene of Payson, Mogollon Grille owners Sue and Larry McIntyre and Dr. Bob and Debbie Thomas have altered the appearance of their bistro, and have added "Honey Bear barbecue" to their menu.
Residents and visitors can see Main Street from a new perspective this Saturday by participating in a brand new walking tour that features vivid descriptions of historic sites written by town historian Stan Brown.
In a recent letter to the editor, a reader said his "litmus test" for mayoral and council candidates is their opposition to the town's participation in the revitalization of Main Street. "I will not vote for any candidate who wants to spend more money on this project," he wrote.
Ron and Pat Randall celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Feb. 9 at a dinner party and dance hosted by their children.
George and Grace Mootsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 23.
Gaynell Dorothy Staley, 64, of Payson, died, Feb. 11, 2002 in Payson. She was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Warren, Ohio
John Thomas Stanin, 86, of Brownwood, Texas, formerly of Payson, died, Feb. 10, 2002 in Brownwood. He was born May 30, 1915 in Utica, N.Y.
When Payson voters cast their ballots in the March 12 primary election, one of the more complicated issues they'll face is a ballot referendum regarding fire sprinkler requirements.
Hydroponics, growing plants without soil, is just one of the FFA projects under way in the Payson High School greenhouse.
Mayoral candidate Jim White swears he never said it.
The Primary Election pamphlet shows that the estimated budgets for the coming four years include one very substantial item major capital projects which range from a low of 27.5 percent to a high of 48.9 percent of total expenditures.
Monday, February 11
Richard V. Richards III, 68, of Payson, died Feb. 2, 2002, in Phoenix. He was born June 20, 1933, in Washington, Ga.
Posting 134 points, the Longhorn wrestling team grappled its way to a third-place finish at the Class 3A state championship tournament Feb. 8 and 9 at Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Payson Unified School District gained 113 students this year, according to the recently completed 100-day count, a slight increase of .5 percent over last year.
Since the inception of the Grand Canyon State Games six years ago, the Rim country has been well represented in the multisport Olympic festival.
Payson Little League officials' decision last week to host a last-ditch player registration period has paid dividends.
Brothers Travis and Nick Sanders receive congratulations from their parents, Robert and Jo Sanders, after earning Class 1A-3A All-Star high school soccer honors.
At a young 30 years of age, newly appointed Gila County Attorney Daisy Gilker exhibits the confidence of a prosecuting attorney with 50 years experience instead of five.
Take a nonscientific poll of local hiking enthusiasts, and you'll find that they only agree on one thing:
Appearances are not everything, as demonstrated by a counterfeit $100 bill that floated through a local business and ended its circulation at Bank of America where its true identity was discovered.
The moratorium on new water hookups in Pine that has been in effect since 1989 has been modified by the Arizona Corporation Commission to allow 25 new hookups per month over the next three years.
The Bureau of Reclamation will propose an areawide water resources study to the Payson Town Council at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Burglary, theft, assault, DUI, child abuse, domestic violence these are just a few of the crimes related to drug use.
I do not think that it is right that the Payson School District has a Tonto Basin bus, but it's only for the high schoolers.
A reply please to councilman Wolfe's remarks (Roundup, Feb. 8), regarding my letter published in the Roundup, Feb. 5.
In reading the Friday Feb. 8 edition of the Roundup, I found three articles very disturbing.
Richard Joseph Flack, 80, of Payson, died, Feb. 9, 2002, in Payson. He was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Phoenix.
Frederick J. (Mac) McCauley, 78, of Payson, died Feb. 8, 2002, in Payson. He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Albany, N.Y.
Thursday, February 7
Paul Leneberg was giving his two-year-old son a bath when he got the phone call.
As president of Rim Country Middle School's Builders Club, eighth-grader Calvin LeGassie recently became involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. He is the event's youth chairperson this year.
Calling it "the most fun game I've played in," senior guard Ky Bradley reveled in the Longhorns' 71-52 victory over the Alchesay Falcons.
Evelyn Ritz, of Pine, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002.
Doris Sturges Harger, 89, died Tuesday in a Payson rest home.
My comments are in regard to the PM10 maintenance plan for Payson and the questions that are associated with it.
Sandy Strothmann's near-lifelong relationship with the national Cousins Subs franchise was meant to be.
Rick and Karyn Nelsen announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica to Eric Yocom.
Why has it become seemingly impossible for the members of our species to accept responsibility for their own actions? Why do they continually place the blame for what they do on others, or on circumstances outside of themselves?
Just a short letter to respond to Dave Engleman's latest attack on the Town government, laced with false facts and statements.
Attention, young lovers wherever you are.
Although odds are stacked against them, Longhorn wrestlers are battling this weekend for Payson High School's 11th state championship.
The bond issue that will be on the ballot, beware people of Payson.
Greenlee County prosecutor Derek Rapier filed a complaint in the Payson Justice Court Jan. 28 charging Raymond Boelens, 26, with five counts of use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.
Three Rim country residents were arrested early Friday morning and booked into jail after a search of a 24-foot travel trailer in Ox Bow Estates turned up a methamphetamine lab.
Monday, February 4
Are you looking for some unique "sweets for your sweetie" as Valentine's Day approaches?
There is humor.
Jack Sheahan wears the title of resident curmudgeon most comfortably.
Carrie E. Schmitt, 85, of Payson and formerly of Apache Junction, died Jan. 28, 2002, in Payson. She was born May 16, 1916, in Romney, W. Va.
Danny Lee Jantzen, 57, of Payson, died Feb. 3, 2002, in Payson. He was born May 5, 1944, in San Francisco.
Robert and Opal Lea Williams celebrated their 62nd wedding Anniversary
Regarding the recent President's State of the Union Address, I thought President Bush did an extremely good job, was very professional, personable, convincing and persuasive and made many good points, most of which I (and probably most of the country) support.
Ted and Betty Negri celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
All of us who call Payson home have a most important issue that is on the ballot for the primary election March 12. It is far more important than choosing a new mayor and three councilmembers; it is the "Home Rule Option."
James Henry Hines, Jr., 52, of Payson, died Jan. 29, 2002. He was born Dec. 18, 1949, in Pawtucket, R.I. and had lived in Arizona for the past 35 years.
Sharon S. Brown-Tabor, 38, of Houston, Texas, where she had lived since 1980. She was born Sept. 7, 1963, in Denver, Colo.
It's been not only a busy but also a controversial time for the Payson High School Drama Department.
I am writing this in response to Carla Bennett's letter about "Horrific animal abuse" that occurs in rodeos.
It appears that the outgoing administration has driven one more stake into the heart of Payson's quality of life.
At this moment, wherever mayoral and town council elections are unfolding, editorial writers are pounding out their keen observations on how one vote does make a big difference.
When Geoffrey Daniel Byrne was born Aug. 10, 2001, says his grandmother, Mary Byrne, he was "the most perfect baby you ever saw."
Concerns of a group of local businessmen upset over the wording of a ballot referendum regarding sprinkler requirements are so much smoke, according to Payson Fire Chief John Ross.
An extension cord used to power a television and VCR is being blamed for starting a fire in the home of Dan and Jackie Scott in the 2500 block of West Bulla Friday night, Feb. 1.
Jason Crary watches a lot of television. And nobody is happier about that than Tom Gallatin.
When public education is involved, the Arizona Legislature has come up with more than its fair share of hair-brained schemes.
A first girls' bracket will highlight this weekend's Fourth Annual Copper State Jam youth basketball tournament.
The East runner-up Longhorn wrestling team travels to Veterans' Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix Thursday for the 3A state championships scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on eight mats.
It's crunch time for the Payson High basketball teams.