Tuesday, July 30
The Rim country has its dark side, as every community does, and it sometimes interrupted the fun of rodeos and dances, or the hard work of cattle roundups. The dark side showed its face in 1892.
Shirley Billingsley doesn't have to spend a whole lot of time mulling over an answer when she's asked what she likes most about line dancing.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
I hate to bring up the battle of the sexes, but a recent harmonic convergence seems to me a sign that it is time to once again visit the subject.
IN THE KITCHEN
Fall is far from in the air, but its time to go back to the books in the Rim country. Conventional wisdom tells us a hearty breakfast is the best way for young, growing bodies to get their day started.
Monday, July 29
Celebrate harvest time in the Rim country at the Rim Country Hospice Foundation's annual dinner, auction and dance, Saturday, Sept. 28 at 511 South Mud Springs Road.
Two Payson High School juniors, Holly Lane and Melanie McLaws, were among nine Gila County high school students selected to spend last week at AnyTown USA.
Marie Walls was given three to four months to live.
Kokopelli is the Kilroy of the Southwest. Most of us remember the little bald-head and eyes peering over the edge of just about anything. His droop snoot hangs down between two sets of fingers gripping the line. Scribbled with or without the cartoon are the words "Kilroy Was Here."
Proud parents Chris and Tammy Turner announce the arrival of their son, Travis William Glenn Turner.
Ethan Parker Price was born to Niki and Dave Price, formerly of Payson, at 6:50 a.m. June 28, 2002 in Corvallis, Ore., and weighed 8 pounds.
Naaman "Paul" Midyett, a 12-year resident of Tonto Basin and former mayor of Sierra Vista, died July 24, 2002.
Q: How long is the Payson Community Kids school drive going to run, and what do they need most?
Our congratulations to Mayor Ken Murphy, council, parks and recreation department and all the town employees who had a part in the planning of the barbecue and show at Green Valley Park last Saturday evening.
The Payson Humane Society is above all else a humane society. We do not turn away strays at any time.
The Arizona Corporation Commission is concerned about the state's current drought and its effect on several state water companies. Some specific information included in a letter from Pam Milhon of Christopher Creek Haven Water Company to the editor of the Roundup requires clarification.
I read in a recent Roundup that the town of Payson could not afford to put a sidewalk in between the golf course and the lakes along Country Club Drive.
Marie Walls wasn't a local celebrity. She wasn't a mover or a shaker. She worked in the drive-up window at Burger King.
For the first time in the 21-year history of the Payson ASA Labor Day Classic Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, a seniors' division will be included in the holiday diamond festivities.
Each summer, the Payson Women's Golf Association sponsors its highly popular Memorial Tournament.
Because much of the Taylor Pool staff is made up of students, the local swim facility will lose a good portion of its lifeguards when Payson High School classes begin Thursday.
Fishing for the first time as an angling team, Clifford Pirch and Ty Goodman relied on beginner's luck and a nine-pound lunker to win the Tuesday Night Roosevelt Bass Tournament.
Please don't mess with the track.
Re your editorial Friday, June 12, "Mayor, put our money where your mouth is" I agree that "spending $75,000 on Valley advertising to draw folks to Payson seems ludicrous at best." However, I do disagree that the proper place to spend the money is on covering the bleachers at the event center.
Only one school-lunch horror story sticks out in Alan Ammann's memory. But it's a scary one.
It is an old-fashioned tradition: the men of a congregation literally building their church.
A hospital wildfire-evacuation drill staged Thursday afternoon by Payson Regional Medical Center was an unqualified success, according to Jim Heskett, the hospital's base station coordinator and drill organizer.
It is an unusual name. It sounds as if it should belong to someone with a bubbly, bouncy personality.
A preliminary assessment of the area scorched by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire indicates that wildlife loss may be minimal.
The Payson Town Council gave the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce $75,000 for an emergency advertising campaign. The goal of the campaign is to bring tourists back to town. Informal surveys show tourists are staying away because of the drought, the forest closures and the Rodeo-Chediski Fires.
This week, Payson schools are back in session, and police will be patrolling the streets to make sure students are safe from speedy drivers.
A new solution that would allow Tonto Natural Bridge and 10 other state parks to stay open has emerged from the governor's office.
Matthew Gartner saw a problem in his neighborhood and figured out a way to fix it.
Thursday, July 25
"Lack of money." With those three words, Gila County Finance Director John Nelson summed up the greatest challenge of hammering together the county's tentative $57,373,234 budget for fiscal year 2002-2003.
The Arizona Cardinals have released their practice schedule for the team's preseason stay from July 26 to Aug. 14 on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
FISH & TIPS
Color can be very important when you are selecting a lure to use. This point has really caught my attention while fishing at Roosevelt over the last couple of weeks. Bass have been extremely finicky when it comes to color lately.
For more than 30 years, Barry Sollenberger has been writing and publishing sports magazines and record books including his annual edition of Phoenix Metro Football.
A Payson women's softball team will advance to the Amateur Softball Association Western National Championships as the Arizona state champions.
The Payson Unified School District governing board has selected a Phoenix company to complete the long awaited construction of the all-weather track surface at the high school.
For a foursome of Rim country anglers, a jaunt to near Juneau, Alaska turned out to be the stuff from which celebrated fishing fables are spun.
Aug. 1 First Day of School
If PUSD Superintendent Herb Weissenfels could tell parents just one thing it would be to stay involved in their children's education and in their lives.
While Payson Unified School Superintendent Herb Weissenfels is satisfied with the district's accomplishments, he remains focused on the future.
The Payson chapter of the American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam celebrated the organization's 55th anniversary Tuesday, July 23.
Lucas Matthew Kelly was born July 9, 2002 in Mesa.
The field of congressional hopefuls is packed with 15 men and women who want to represent central and eastern Arizona in Congressional District 1 the newly formed district that is the largest single congressional district in the nation, that is not a separate state.
Caroline Jane Markey died July 23, 2002, in Payson.
Clara Jearlene "Jerri" Boggs, 62, of Payson, died July 20, 2002, in Phoenix.
Gallery artist and writer, Amie Claire Doggett recently joined the community of Pine.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us," said Oliver Wendell Holmes, "are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
The good news this week is that my husband and his buddy, Rick Meeker, were drawn for elk for this season.
As always, Bob and Sam Conklin held the 13th Annual Dude Fire Survivor Party at their house this year.
The Strawberry Elite is hosting a luau from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 28, in the newly reopened Black Bear Lounge.
Q: I am fortunate enough to have a Rodeo-Chediski Fire T-shirt and I'm appalled that Jim Paxon's name is not on it along with the others. I consider him a true American hero. Where can I write to him to see if he'll autograph my shirt?
This is in response to the "What's Up" question in the Friday July 19 issue. The question asked was "What do you do with a stray cat when the Payson Humane Society says they won't take it and that you should take it out in the forest?"
To the residents of Payson: We would like to thank all of the individuals, organizations, and businesses who helped us to take care of the refugee animals during the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
We wanted to express our appreciation to the businesses, organizations and people of Payson and Christopher Creek for all of their efforts to make our "evacuation time" in their communities as pleasant as possible.
The brown bear that lumbered up to the rear of Tony and Kathy Salvaggio's home in Chaparral Pines last week
In regards to "Chediski fire-starter won't be charged," I believe it is a travesty and miscarriage of justice.
Regarding the decision not to charge the woman who started the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, I believe there are always consequences we should have to pay for making poor decisions.
This weekend, hordes of motorists will be making a beeline from the Valley of the Heatstroke to the cool pines of Payson.
The construction of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's house No. 9, in partnership with the Cindy Campbell family, will be launched with a groundbreaking ceremony at the building site tomorrow morning.
Fred Carpenter of Wickenburg has accepted the Payson Town Council's offer to become the new town manager.
Tuesday, July 23
IN THE KITCHEN
To accompany the feature on trail riding in the Rim country, I was going to share a recipe for trail mix.
I half expected to see elk and bear coming into our Payson yard as evacuees from the big forest fire, but had not counted on rattlesnakes. There it was moving about our little subdivision and creating a dither among some neighbors.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Leave it to those fun-loving Japanese, the folks who invented the kamikaze attack. Now they're taking that basic concept and putting it to work on Japanese game shows.
There I was, sitting atop my trusty stallion, high above a carpet of ponderosa pine trees, in one of the very few reopened sections of the Tonto National Forest, taking in an eyeball-popping view of the Mogollon Rim that likely hasn't changed in 200 years.
Monday, July 22
The Rim country's prehistoric past comes alive Saturday with the public grand opening of the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology.
It's been a waiting game as a committee headed by new Gila County Provost Barbara Ganz meets with several community college districts in hopes of finding a new partner in time to offer a fall semester.
When U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton put ink to paper last week, Gila County District One Supervisor Ron Christensen said, a "major step forward" was taken in defining the roles that local, state and federal governments have in the management and protection of the nation's public lands.
The 21-year-old Camp Geronimo employee accused of lighting two small forest fires near the Control Road remains in custody pending trial, Mike Johns of the United States Attorney's Office said.
Lisa Harmon, the woman in Mesa del Caballo who was charged with animal abuse, has undergone a psychiatric evaluation and has been found competent to stand trial.
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against C.K. Family Restaurants of Globe, Inc., owned by Payson businessman Jeff Seivert, for $75,000 and other terms.
Thursday, the Payson Town Council will consider approval of a request to have off-track betting at Famous Sam's.
The new traffic enforcement program by the Payson Police Department is more successful than officials hoped.
Nobody minds that Payson's various disaster-preparedness teams didn't get to test their respective hometown strategies during the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
Don Earl Waterson, 76, of Payson, died July 18, 2002 in Payson.
Pearl M. Schatzer of Payson, died July 17, 2002, in Payson.
Barbara Norsen, 79, died July 17, 2002 in Payson.
William Neal Hopper, 81, of Round Valley, died July 21, 2002 in Payson.
David Jesse Buckwalter, 88, of Peoria, died July 22, 2002 in Payson.
Q: Why can't some of the water from Fossil Springs be harnessed to be used in Strawberry and Pine?
Just 10 fledging players turned out for the town of Payson sponsored-Longhorn football camp when it opened Monday on Rumsey Park's south multipurpose field.
Payson Men's Golf Association member Rick Korth swung his way to top honors in the dual match July 17 on the Payson Golf Course.
Local soccer coaches will soon have a great opportunity to pick up some new skills from highly acclaimed Yavapai College coach Hugh Bell.
Bruce Haught and Mike Loutzenheiser could be leading the Rim country charge to Flagstaff, where the Arizona Cardinals will soon begin preseason practices.
The report of the gaming initiative, which will become Proposition 202, was most interesting as reported in Friday's Roundup.
What do we have to do to keep people from trashing our highways?
I was extremely disappointed by Paul Charlton's decision not to prosecute Valinda Jo Elliott for starting the Chediski Fire. I agree that there was no criminal intent in her actions, but adults must be responsible for their actions nevertheless.
The recent unanimous decision by our town council to fund a special advertising campaign with $75,000 from their contingency fund needs public applause and a thank-you.
Children in Arizona are being lost at an alarming rate. Not to abductors or kidnappers, but to an educational system that is being forced to take the place of parents.
Town officials want the event center managed by either a private or non-profit entity.
The Payson Town Council will have a special meeting tonight, Tuesday, July 23, for the selection of a new town manager.
The wounds on the land from the Rodeo-Chediski Fire are still open and raw.
The discovery of two "full-blown" methamphetamine laboratories on the Tonto-Apache Reservation Friday led to the arrest of three non-Native American suspects.
Nine-year-old Stephanie Namuth (left) and 8-year-old Hanna Keller discuss deep subjects with their scuba instructor, Mike Wicks, during the Payson Parks and Recreation Department's wettest summer program, "Bubble Makers."
As one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of the Payson High School baseball program, 18-year-old Ky Bradley will soon take his diamond act to the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott. His rookie stint with the Roughriders begins Aug. 26 when fall practices and classes begin.
Anybody talking about forest fires these days?
Watch 13-year-old Payson Humane Society volunteer Kyle Jensen playing with a group of puppies inside their cage and it's hard to tell who's getting the most out of it.
Thursday, July 18
Two people were arrested on drug charges July 12 following a month-long investigation.
Valinda Jo Elliott will face no criminal charges for setting the signal fire that raged into the Chediski half of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
John Michael Cahalan, 46, of Phoenix, died July 14, 2002.
The Rim country made a forceful, reasoned and at times eloquent case for keeping the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park open at a meeting of the Arizona State Parks Board held Thursday at the bridge.
Arllie Elma Ezell, 90, of Star Valley, died July 16, 2002, in Globe.
It was almost as if the Village was holding its breath this past week, waiting for the monsoon to bring us the rain. We were not disappointed.
The bears are showing up everywhere. There is a very large black one that has taken over the transfer station for his territory.
Donnie Wayne Randall, 25, got his bell rung, but good, by a horse during a roping session in Pine Saturday.
The Payson Little League 13- to 14-year-old all-star team came up a tad short in its bid to reach the district tournament.
Looking to improve on last year's dismal 4-7 record, Arizona State University second-year coach Dirk Koetter will soon bring his Sun Devil football team to Camp Tontozona.
Rim country splash action will be fast and furious tomorrow (Saturday) at Taylor Pool, when the town of Payson youth swim team hosts Cottonwood in a dual meet, at 8 a.m.
Challenging California's big school powers proved to be a break-even task for the Payson boys summer basketball team.
Q: What do you do with a stray cat when the Payson Humane Society says they won't take it and that you should take it out in the forest?
The community of Forest Lakes wishes to express our wholehearted gratitude to the citizens and businesses of the Payson area for your welcoming of our evacuees with open arms.
It seems to be the popular thing to blame "environmentalists" for supposedly preventing the forest thinning that could have prevented the Rodeo-Chediski disaster.
Christopher Creek Haven Water Company last week downgraded the water system to a Level 3 (water production less than 50% - No outside watering regulation).
Valinda Jo Elliott may be the most despised woman in the White Mountains.
Andrew Paul Rossborough, 81, of Payson, died July 14, 2002.
Marjorie Jean Hoover, 66, died July 16, 2002, at Payson Care Center.
When Becca Jones says, "I've never been happier in my life," it really means something especially when you consider the challenges she and her infant son, Geoffrey, have faced over the past 11 months.
A total of 16 men and women are vying for election to Congressional District One the newly formed district that is the largest single congressional district in the nation, that is not a separate state.
All six Republican candidates for the new Congressional district will be at the Gila County Republican Committee's debate Friday. The debate is at 7 p.m., July 19 in the Payson High School auditorium. Former Payson Mayor Ray Schum will serve as moderator.
About a dozen residents in Pine mounted a protest Wednesday against the fourth explosion of the year near their homes.
KRIM FM will be back on the air in about a week, broadcasting from a new location.
At 8 a.m. this morning, the U.S. Forest Service reopened the majority of the Tonto National Forest areas that had been closed some for almost two months due to extreme fire hazards.
Tuesday, July 16
As soon as white settlers entered the Rim country, Apache attacks on them began. In the ten years from 1867 through 1876 sixty skirmishes were fought in and about Payson and the Tonto Basin.
The Tonto-Apache tribe is so young, says member Jeri Johnson-DeCola, that they do not have any traditional rain dances or rain-inducing ceremonies.
IN THE KITCHEN
For this edition I was going in search of a recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie ... In honor of the return of the monsoon.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Just when it seems like I'm getting my life in order, along comes a postal rate increase. Effective July 1, in case you didn't notice, first class postage jumped from 34 cents to 37 cents.
Monday, July 15
The story of young Kristina Hendley and her seven-month-old baby, Rayne Marie, looks like it is headed toward something few could have anticipated: a happy ending.
A suspected pipe bomb found in a Payson neighborhood was destroyed Monday afternoon with the help of a high-tech robot imported from the Valley.
When the Arizona State Parks Board convenes at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park this week, Bob Ware wants them to get an earful from Rim country residents regarding their decision to close the bridge indefinitely Nov. 1.
Two new fires are burning in the Tonto National Forest, but officials are fairly confident they don't pose a serious threat.
A local engineer who put Payson's newest radio station KRIM FM on the air, pulled the plug on the fledgling station at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning.
The Payson Town Council adopted a $34 million tentative budget at its Thursday meeting.
The fire is out. The evacuees have gone home. It even rained hard Monday night, and officials are talking about reopening the forest in a week or so.
Throughout the crisis of the Rodeo/Chediski Fire and the evacuation of Forest Lakes the citizens of Payson were wonderful.
My family and I were evacuated during the fire here in White Mountains. Upon returning we immediately witnessed; the local dregs on society (many people twice!) and groups of illegal aliens from Mexico and just about all of the people up here that exist on government assistance and welfare at the Red Cross facility in our old Safeway in the heart of town.
ere is a lot of discussion going on around Payson about the town giving the chamber $75,000 for advertising in the Phoenix newspapers and on their radio stations promoting Payson.
Monday night, July 8, our town council met in a special open session to consider the need for one-on-one interviews with the applicants who would like to become our new, full-time town manager. They agreed the need existed and they voted to do just that. I thoroughly agree. This is a major step and the right decision requires all information that can be made available to our councilmembers.
I would like to clarify a few points regarding the article printed in the July 9 issue entitled, "Town council accused of open meeting law violation." I did not allege that the council members (whether it was three or four) met and held an illegal meeting.
Arizona State Rep. Jeff Flake was asked in the July 1 issue of Human Events (a national conservative weekly newspaper) whether he thought Congress should overturn the 2001 Clinton approval of the "Roadless Area Conservation Rule" which restricted the building of roads on 58.5 million acres of national forest land.
A local restaurant displays a card explaining why a glass of water is served only on request. It emphasizes that it takes the equivalent of three glasses of water to wash one used glass.
Q: What's up with the 25 mph speed limit on Tyler Parkway? I've driven it in both directions and you practically have to ride your brakes to keep it at 25. If you go down an incline, you're already going 30 or 35. It's an open, clear road with no passing, so what's the possibility of raising the speed limit?
Ben D'Addabbo and Falicia Klemstine will be married 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Updates on the Payson PCE (perchloroethylene a dry cleaning solvent) contamination are planned for next week.
Payson is facing an economic crisis. Tourism has ground to a halt. That is the contention of Councilor Dick Wolfe, following a chamber-led summit on Payson's economy.
The sentencing and restitution hearing for former Tonto Basin Cemetery Fund administrator John Dryer, which was expected to take place last week in Globe, has been moved again this time to 9:30 a.m., Aug. 13, at the Payson courthouse.
It was generally a quiet Fourth of July weekend in the Rim Country. Except at the Mazatzal Casino. Business was brisk as ever, plus there was a little added excitement.
For a while there, it looked like Marie Walls was going to make it to her son's wedding in North Carolina, after all.
Getting ready to move and starting a new job is hard enough. Getting evacuated because of the largest fire in Arizona history is hard too. Dealing with all three at the same time would have been enough for most people to consider R&R in a padded room.
My wife answered the phone, and the voice on the other end said, "Hello, is Stan Brown there? This is Shirley Temple Black." Now my wife is seldom at a loss for words, but she stammered on that one.
Not many dentist offices feature both indoor and outdoor archery ranges.
There will be no Rim country representatives in the Little League District playoffs. All three of the Payson All-Star teams 9-10-years, 11-12-years and 13-14-years were eliminated in Area One Little League tournaments in Flagstaff and Payson last week.
The Payson Youth Soccer camp has added a new feature.
When Lucy Maish of the Payson Women's Golf Association invited Dean Buckley to be her tournament partner, she was picking a winner.
The 22-member Payson High School spirit line needs more than $5,000 to attend a four-day cheer camp on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Thursday, July 11
Q: Ask Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker if the residents and businesses of Payson are allowed to wash down driveways, sidewalks and parking lots with the water restrictions that are in place?
I wanted to write a quick letter thanking Steve Bingham and John Carpino for their great work in putting together the new area radio station KRIM-96.3FM.
I hope that the residents of Payson have paid attention to what has happened in the Heber to Show Low area. I feel that it is not "if" but "when" we in Payson will be exposed to the same type of a disaster fire.
Laura and I wish to thank so many people for their great kindness and compassion at the loss of my mother, Laura's grandmother and Sagean's great-grandmother, Digger Joyce.
Every drop counts and we certainly can put it into perspective just by doing something very simple.
I read with interest "Attempted murder charges possible in assault," by Teresa McQuerrey.
In a June roundtable discussion between Mayor Ken Murphy, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce director Bob Ware and June Bug Blues Festival organizer "Shakey" Joe Harless, it was conceded that Payson's former reputation as the "Festival Capital of Arizona" would not likely be reclaimed.
The Payson High School weight room is undergoing a much-needed facelift.
For the past week, Arizona Diamondback Training Center coaches have been putting 35 aspiring Rim country baseball players through their world championship paces.
Wiley coyotes will soon be prowling the grounds of Green Valley Park.
Payson teenager Nathan Lee wrestled his way to a United States weight-class championship at the National High School Open Wrestling Championships Tournament July 1 through 3 in Norfolk, Va.
Sylvia Mae "Teresa" Weaver, 48, of Payson, died July 9, 2002.
Digger Joan Joyce, 85, of Payson, died July 7, 2002.
David Lee Jones, 59, died July 8, 2002, in Queen Creek.
Carroll Calvin Gulliver, 74, of Sun City, died July 9, 2002.
The new owners of Mario's Restaurant are the old owners of Mario's Restaurant.
The biggest topic of conversation all around the village this week was the weather.
Since the Chediski Fire there have been a lot of animals coming down off the Rim.
The Payson Fire Department, Wal-Mart, Bashas' and others have donated case loads of water for the residents of Pine who are without. Stop in at the Pine Fire Station on Hardscrabble Road and pick up what is needed.
The field of congressional hopefuls is packed with 16 men and women who want to represent central and eastern Arizona.
The death penalty case against Kevan Deon Kuhlman, the Payson resident arrested Oct. 9 for the murder Susan Birchak, has been clouded by a pair of recent Supreme Court and Arizona Appellate Court rulings, according to Gila County Attorney Daisy Gilker Flores.
The new owner of the Ox Bow Inn complex is hardly your typical old-west saloon operator.
Petitions with more than 200,000 signatures supporting the Arizonans for Fair Gaming and Indian Self-Reliance initiative were filed last week. The initiative is expected to be titled Proposition 202.
The three members of the Arizona Corporation Commission were among the more than 1,000 people who packed the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Gym Tuesday morning to discuss the water crisis in Pine.
When the Payson Town Council ratified an action from early 2002 last night, it was following instructions from the Attorney General's office. Still, some residents said they could not ratify something so long after the fact.
Mom can't look, but knows it's important that all four of her children stay current on their immunizations.
Rumor has it the Ox Bow may reopen what an absolutely great thing to happen to Main Street.
Tuesday, July 9
IN THE KITCHEN
Summer is a great time for breaking out all your favorite salad recipes and giving refreshing, new taste combinations a try.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Anybody can be negative about the water situation here in the Rim country this summer and, for the most part, we are.
If you look hard enough, you can always find something brand new to do in Payson that doesn't involve the forest and that takes your mind off wildfires.
Monday, July 8
Having two all-weather playing surfaces for the Men's 35-years-and-over Independence Day Soccer Invitational was a big boost for the tournament.
One of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's most successful benefits, the Pioneer Title Golf Tournament, will tee off at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 at Payson Golf Course.
The Payson Men's 35-years-and-older soccer team turned in its best effort ever on the holiday tournament circuit finishing third in the six-team Rim Country Independence Day Invitational.
While the Payson Women's Golf Association was competing in an unusually formatted tournament on the Payson course, its PMGA links counterparts were in Williams for a four-way interclub meet.
The Payson Major League (11-12-years) Little League All-Stars are on the verge of advancing to the District One championships.
The story of the Rim country is a story of alternating flood and drought.
Even before they responded to the challenge of providing for 800 evacuees streaming into town from the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, Jane Bonn knew Payson people were special.
The forest is closed. The Rodeo-Chediski fire has left a scar the size of Los Angeles on northern Arizona's most valued resource. The Tonto Natural Bridge will be closing.
We are not alone. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 24,421 fires burned 442,575 acres of wildlands this year, from January to early May before Rodeo-Chediski and the Colorado blazes.
When the need to evacuate Show Low was declared three weeks ago, a local cellular telephone company had a very generous idea. They distributed hundreds of free cell phones, complete with free usage minutes, to evacuees.
The Payson Town Council and its staff took swift action to help the evacuees of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. Now it has moved in to help another victim of the fire: the local economy.
Information about regional economic development and the Rodeo-Chediski Fire will lead the Thursday night agenda of the Payson Town Council.
Wilma Frances Taylor, 71, of Payson, died July 8, 2002.
Herschel Theron Smith, Jr., 71, of Payson, died July 4, 2002.
Myrtle Fish, 94, of Payson, died July 6, 2002.
Q: I was at the first concert under the stars. It was a beautiful night with great music. It was a wonderful evening except for one thing the grass was absolutely sopping wet. Why?
I am writing regarding the volunteer services Payson citizens have performed for the evacuees and the removal of the volunteers by the Red Cross when the Red Cross assumed command of the operation at the Rim Country Middle School.
It has been a long few weeks as we watched the fires burning thousands of acres just a little east of us destroying not only much timber, but causing misery and uprooting of thousands of persons living in the area.
Well, it didn't take long for the enviro-loonies to step out of the (blackened) woodwork and blame President Bush for everything from the condition of the forests to their junk-science kingpin, global warming.
As evacuated homeowners of Forest Lakes, we are amazed with people of your community.
It's pleasant, isn't it, to no longer be part of the No. 1 news story in the nation.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has released a report on perchloroethylene (PCE) contamination in Payson.
With the Rodeo-Chediski Fire declared 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Sunday, residents returning to their homes from the Payson evacuation center began the difficult task of putting their lives together.
Pat Randall has filed a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General against the town council.
When Jim Dancho goes to get a glass of water, it's hit or miss.
The Rim Country Rotary Club's 5th Annual Firequacker 2002 Mountain Duck Race was held Thursday at Green Valley Park.
Thursday, July 4
Eight community all-star teams from around northern Arizona are set to compete in the Little League Area One Tournament that begins today (Friday) in Payson.
Gibson, Hardt resignations approved by school board
The Payson Unified School District has accepted the resignations of two veteran varsity coaches.
While every job in Arizona Rim Country is exceedingly important, the backbone of our economy is tourism.
Lorraine Alice Ward, RN, 78, died June 17, 2002, in Cottonwood.
Georgiana Louise Kogan, 88, of Payson, died July 3, 2002, in Payson.
Richard Augustine Camou, 63, of Tonto Creek, died July 1, 2002.
Pastor Steve Cook just calls it "stuff."
State and federal officials announce the opening of a new help center in Heber. The help center opened Wednesday at Capps Middle School, 3375 Buckskin Canyon Road. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The field of congressional hopefuls is packed with 16 men and women who want to represent central and eastern Arizona.
Attention Heber-Overgaard evacuees: If your dog is being cared for at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park, it must be picked up by 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6.
Judge Robert Duber, who recently dismissed Gila County's three temporary judges in the wake of a ruling by Arizona's chief justice, is now working on a plan to replace the trio with hearing officers, Gila County District One Supervisor Ron Christensen said.
Over the past two weeks, Ray Webb has been one of Heber's luckiest residents.
Fire 90 percent contained; evacuees return home
When the long anticipated announcement finally came Wednesday morning for evacuees to return home, forest officials tapped volunteer information specialist Tim Grier to do the honors.
Q: Now that the Rodeo-Chediski Fire appears to be under control, was there ever a time when it looked like it could move into the Payson area?
The Board of Directors of the Pine-Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society regrets to announce that they have made a decision to cancel or postpone all of the events that they have scheduled for July and August.
The intergovernmental agreement with Eastern Arizona College (EAC) for post-secondary educational services in Gila County for the 2002/2003 school year has become not only a very emotional issue, but a very complex issue as well.
The responsibility for the overwhelming tragedy of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire is squarely on the shoulders of the Southwest Forest Alliance, the Forest Guardians, the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, the Grand Canyon Trust and the Sierra Club.
The Rodeo-Chediski Fire is nearly 100 percent contained, and the residents of those affected communities on the east side of Rim country are attempting to put their lives back in order.
Over in Sedona, a Red Rock High School senior has received a $7,500 scholarship for sporting a milk mustache.
A monster fish that local archery guru Scott Darnell and angling friends thought could be a state record big mouth buffalo has been identified as a black buffalo that eclipses the previous Arizona mark by more than nine pounds.
An open letter to Sen. Jon Kyl: Dear Jon, I assume, that by now, except for the most far out followers of Earth First, the majority of your peers realize that something must be done about the state of stasis governing our national forests.
To the residents of Payson and surrounding communities: A community that was prepared for an emergency and performed like an efficient well-oiled machine with a huge heart thank you.
Tuesday, July 2
Even if the Rodeo-Chediski fire does not roar through this neck of the Arizona forest, the Rim country will not be out of the woods. Every person, every monsoon lightning bolt, every metallic spark from every automobile will be capable of bringing disaster to our front door.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Oprah Winfrey can shut down her book club if she wants, but Jim's Book Club isn't going anywhere.
IN THE KITCHEN
This Fourth of July holiday, start the celebrating first thing with a special dish for breakfast or brunch.
Monday, July 1
For the second time in little more than a month, the neighborhood of North Mazatzal Circle was rattled by explosions.
Jeni Ozemok and Dallas Randall, joined by close friends and family, will be married Aug. 3, 2002.
Eastern Arizona College's 34-year relationship with Gila County was severed by a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors meeting in special session Monday afternoon.
Gila County's entire slate of part-time, temporary judges along with 10 others across the state have lost their jobs as the result of a reorganization effort by Arizona's chief justice.
A Payson boy is in Scottsdale Osborne Hospital with skull fractures following an attack with a ball-peen hammer.
Part-time firefighter Leonard Gregg, 29, was hauled into a federal court in Flagstaff Sunday and charged with starting the first of the two wildfires that merged into the massive Rodeo-Chediski fire and scorched a chunk of northern Arizona twice the size of New York City.
Heber-Overgaard evacuees could be home soon
Many of them have endured 10 days of mostly bad news about the Rodeo-Chediski Fire that ravaged their communities, but the 800-plus evacuees at the Rim Country Middle School got some good news Monday morning they'll be going home soon, perhaps in the next few days.
John Patricia, the owner of Ace Hardware, had a generous idea: Call the local Pizza Hut and order as many pies as the place could bake for the Rodeo-Chediski evacuees who are holed up all over the Payson countryside.
Diamond action for the Payson entry into Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League wraps up at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Payson High School baseball field.
Since their selection to the Payson Little League All-Star teams two weeks ago, local baseball players have been preparing for postseason tournaments that will begin July 5 in Flagstaff and Payson.
A foursome of Phoenix-area 35-years-and-over men's soccer teams will soon lock horns with the Payson Football Club in the Rim Country Independence Day tournament.
The Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations are heating up the fairways and the greens of the Payson Golf Course.
The spirits of more than 800 displaced residents of Heber, Overgaard and Forest Lakes were lifted Thursday by a visit from a pair of professional football players and the Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders.
The address for sending donations to the Tonto National Bridge State Park was printed incorrectly in the June 25 issue of the Roundup.
The Fourth of July was celebrated by Payson's early settlers without the help of pyrotechnics. Perhaps that was because so many of them or their fathers had fought in the Civil War. They had enough "bombs bursting in air."
He is one of the guys in green charged with keeping the residents of the Rim country safe this summer.
"What arthritis sufferers tend to do is get on their pain medication and sit still" observed Senior Circle Advisor Cory Houghton.
Q: What is that structure that was just built on the northeast corner of Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway? It looks like a bus stop.
Today I am asking everyone in the state of Arizona and especially in Gila County for your strong input toward preventing the closure of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Nov. 1, 2002.
I have enclosed this passage from the "Our Daily Bread." I thought it would affect all of us in one way or another.
Re: "Blasting shakes up quiet neighborhood in Pine." Payson Roundup, June 25.
We arrived in Payson Thursday, June 19 along with many others who were evacuated from the Heber Overgaard area.
Three trips in as many days to the fire-ravaged northeastern area of the Sixth Congressional District last week left me with an indelible memory of more than just the horrific wildfires burning there.
Eastern Arizona College is reading, writing, arithmetic ... and history.
Nancy Louise Wandel, 66, of Payson, died June 27, 2002.
Marshall William Sandhurst, 55, of Payson, died June 24, 2002.
Louann C. Hannaford, 71, of Payson, died June 26, 2002.
Francis J. "Frank" Blatterspiel, 83, of Union Township, died June 22, 2002.
A field of 137 applications for the job of Payson Town Manager has been narrowed to six candidates.
The town's current rules about noise are imperfect.
Last week, the town council heard about gathering public information and planning how to best use it to enhance Payson's economy.
Through a cooperative arrangement between the Regional Payson Area Project (RPAP) and Gila County, the temporary residential brush dropoff location will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Buckhead Mesa Landfill.