Thursday, June 27
The fund-raising efforts of 17 teenagers paid huge dividends last week when the money earned paid for travel to Lincoln, Neb. where the young players attended the Big Red Football School.
Maybe it's because we're in the process of escaping the worst wildfire in the history of the western United States and have yet to lose a single life.
Refugee livestock from the communities evacuated by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire has found shelter in Payson.
It is now official: the Parks and Recreation Department's upcoming Fourth of July celebration will not feature fireworks of any sort, or an in-the-air light show, or any other off-the-ground attraction.
The Payson Town Council was briefed on the Rodeo-Chediski Fire Thursday night.
Extremely cautious optimism is the mood at Rim Country Middle School among emergency workers and evacuees of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire still raging in northeastern Arizona.
Dave Neff's emotions were, to say the least, mixed.
The Take Pride Project in the Pine-Strawberry Community is an effort by local residents and business owners who are interested in maintaining the quaint image that drew them to the tiny villages under Mogollon Rim.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Monday to determine the fate of Eastern Arizona College in Gila County.
I am an environmentalist.
Three Arizona police officers have died because of apparent fuel tank problems in the Ford Crown Victorias, favored as patrol vehicles.
In the field of topnotch athletes who participated in the Amateur Athletic Union Grand National Freestyle Wrestling tournament held last weekend in Shreveport, La. were six grapplers representing the town of Payson.
For the third consecutive year, the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers will be in Payson to teach the fundamentals of baseball to aspiring young players.
The Payson Football Club will host an Independence Day soccer tournament for players 35 years of age and older.
Q: Run those stage two water conservation requirements by us one more time. I still say it makes no sense to leave Saturday out and short half the residents of Payson one day.
Janice Corrine Rakestraw, 74, of Show Low, died June 11, 2002, in Payson.
Frank S. Styles Jr., 83, of Capitola, Calif., died June 21, 2002.
Monty and Mary Gene Mueller will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary July 5, 6 and 7.
Tuesday, June 25
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
The hottest word in Arizona is all together now "genomics." If you stumbled over that, just try saying $98.2 million or even imagining it. That's how much the state is trying to raise $30.4 million of it from your tax dollars to bring the International Genomics Consortium to Phoenix.
"I'll go fishing, but I'm not gonna touch a fish."
IN THE KITCHEN
I am going out on a limb with these two offerings. I haven't tried them, but at some point they sounded good, so I cut the recipes out of some magazine and dutifully taped them to recipe cards.
Monday, June 24
The highly popular summer youth recreation program is now without a home.
10 towns evacuated; President Bush declares Arizona major disaster area
As the Rodeo and Chediski fires join forces to create even more havoc in northeastern Arizona, most of the 30,000-plus people who have already been evacuated from the area can only sit and wait to learn the fate of their homes and communities.
A half-acre blaze eight miles north of Strawberry was spotted by motorists on Highway 260 Monday night, including Josh McDaniel, a wildland firefighter from the Camp Verde District.
The United States Attorney's Office has issued a criminal complaint against a 21-year-old year Camp Geronimo resident accused of setting two fires in the Tonto National Forest.
The State Parks Board voted 4-3 to close indefinitely the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Nov. 1, despite the protests of a large contingent of Rim country leaders.
Payson residents and officials have welcomed hundreds of fire refugees into the community. They also have welcomed the furry members of the refugees' families.
Lady Longhorn basketball coach Shaun Hardt will soon resign his position to become head football coach at Round Valley High School in Springerville/Eagar.
Driving east from Payson yesterday afternoon, it looked like the same huge thundercloud that's been sitting on the horizon for a week.
The harvesting of granite with dynamite and large trucks at the south end of Pine has neighbors all shook up.
Total private investment in Main Street reached $1.75 million during the past fiscal year, a figure outgoing Mayor Ray Schum calls "amazing."
Sue Myers is a well-known face to the hundreds of people whose lives she has touched over the years.
Watching the television coverage of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire as it threatened Show Low was a gut-wrenching experience for all of Arizona.
Completion of the long-awaited state-of-the-art all-weather track at Payson High School is just around the corner.
Among residents of Arizona, the collective desire to exercise in the great outdoors during the dog days of summer usually plummets in direct proportion to the rise in temperatures.
A cast of 70 young people will take the Payson High School auditorium stage Thursday and Friday evenings to perform "The Hobbit: A Musical" the culmination of this year's 18-day Children's Musical Theater workshop.
Carter "Bud" Lee Williams, 77, of Payson, died June 22, 2002.
Charlotte Lewis McNeilis, 82, died June 18, 2002 in Tucson.
Edward T. Glascock, Jr., 85, died June 15, 2002.
Sarah Kathleen Friestad, daughter of Greg and Sherry Friestad, and Gregory David Conti, son of Sam and Linda Conti, will marry July 13 at Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tempe.
Q: With APS power lines in the path of the fire, is Payson's power supply in jeopardy?
The first fire truck ever owned by the Payson Fire Department is about to come home to its original owners. At its April meeting, the Northern Gila County Historical Society Board of Directors voted to sell the historic truck to the Town of Payson for $1.
This is an open letter to the vandals who struck my home Tuesday night June 18.
This past week, our son, Danny, 13, had the opportunity to participate in the Longhorn Summer Basketball Camp, sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, while our family vacationed in Payson.
I have (had?) a beautiful home in Linden. It is more than just an address. It is a part of Arizona's heart. It is Arizona's people, its families, its courage, its strength and its simple appreciation for nature's beauty.
Let me express my sympathy and my sorrows for all the very unfortunate families, individuals and all who may be affected by this total disastrous forest fire that our country is fighting.
Users of Taylor Pool may rest assured that 15-year-old lifeguard Tina Jackson is well prepared to lend aquatic assistance when needed.
As of Monday, water storage levels in Pine have dropped to 160,000 gallons.
Mayor Ken Murphy is proud of how Payson residents and businesses have responded to help the victims of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
For one family of evacuees from the Rodeo Fire, the wait is over and the news is good their two Pinedale homes survived the inferno.
Thursday, June 20
As the Payson Town Council turned to a new chapter last week, members took time to look back and forward.
It took seven years, but the father-and-son golfing team of Kevin and Brandan Kelley finally won Arizona's Father and Son Golf Tournament.
Q: What's the deal with the town's water restrictions? By letting even numbered households water on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and odd numbered on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, half the citizens of Payson are getting cheated out of a day. And what happened to Saturday, anyway?
Norva J. Simpson, 75, of Scottsdale and Payson, died June 17, 2002.
Ralph H. McVey, 85, died at his home in Payson June 19, 2002.
"Location, location, location" has long been the mantra of the real estate business. But as it turns out, it applies to the J.C. Penney's Catalog Store, too.
Martha Hemphill came to Payson just to open her Curves for Women franchise. She came here from Washington in January after having made a tour of the Southwest to search for a site for her business.
I do not wish to defame the scholarship of Stan Brown. I know Stan, and I know he is an excellent historian. However, he slipped up in the article concerning the name of the mountain range just west of Rye. Let me present the facts:
I noticed with some interest the discrepancy between two pictures in your June 18, 2002 issue.
I have a challenge for our new mayor if he is willing. The challenge is to address the problem I brought in front of the city council meeting two years ago.
It's odd, looking around your house, trying to figure out what you absolutely must take with you in the event of an emergency evacuation ... or worse.
Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Paul Coe banned all gas-powered engines in the area as of Thursday afternoon.
The Payson Town Council has set aside the entire capital budget for an emergency.
Through a cooperative arrangement between the Regional Payson Area Project (RPAP) and Gila County, a new temporary residential brush dropoff location will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday (June 23) at Buckhead Mesa Landfill until sufficient rains fall to allow the re-opening of RPAP's other brush dropoff locations.
Dig out that stash of pennies, postage rates are going up June 30.
The Tonto Apache Tribe is the smallest tribe in Arizona, with only 110 members. It also has the smallest land base, Nathaniel Campbell, tribal spokesman said.
The summer swim season is turning into a banner one at Taylor Pool.
Edna Woodworth, 89, of Payson, died June 17, 2002.
Anna Charlotte (Bloomquist) (Long) Stephen, 87, of Tonto Village, died June 16, 2002.
Pie eating and art are two things not normally associated with one another.
Gila County and Eastern Arizona College have reached a stalemate in their attempt to negotiate a new contract for the coming school year.
As Lisa Harmon sits in jail, awaiting a court date which will not be set until she has undergone a psychiatric evaluation, Gila County Health Department officials have proclaimed Harmon's Mesa del Caballo home a potential health hazard.
The nightmare prospect of a wildfire in the Tonto National Forest has finally hit so close to home that everyone in the Rim country must be armed with knowledge of what to do in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Rodeo Fire burns 90K acres near Show Low
With the Rodeo Fire near Show Low exploding to over three times the size of the Dude Fire, another human-caused blaze burning out of control near Forest Lakes has sent evacuees from Heber and Overgaard to Payson for refuge.
Payson Men's Golf Association members John Pauley, John Peel and Jim Furmisky played their way to low-gross championships at an interclub tournament June 12 at Verde Santa Fe Country Club.
Payson High School sophomore Jason Amon has qualified for the 54th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo July 22 to 28 in Farmington, N.M.
Shooting, passing, rebounding and defense were the focus of more than 20 youngsters who participated in the first session of the Longhorn boys basketball camp this week in Wilson Dome.
Payson Youth Football is having sign-ups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at the football equipment room, which is near the north multipurpose field at Rumsey Park.
Tuesday, June 18
The term "back by popular demand" would certainly apply to musician Paul McDermand's fourth-time return engagement to the Parks and Recreation Department's Concert Under the Stars series, which he'll launch Saturday at 7 p.m. in Green Valley Park.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
What is it about counties, anyway?
IN THE KITCHEN
Here are a couple of recipes that, when combined with a salad, would make a simple, filling meal.
Monday, June 17
The first settlers to come to the Rim country were looking for gold. The California rush had run its course and prospectors were looking for new veins of precious metal in other western states.
As you might expect, those who fill this newspaper with words twice a week are absolutely committed to protecting the right of free speech. Without it, the space you are now perusing might be filled with advertising. Or nothing at all.
The town of Payson has started Level 2 Water Conservation Restrictions. The restrictions are, no person shall:
Joy Dutton and Gayle Lacau-Benz have just had their first book published by Writers Club Press and iUniverse.
The Phoenix edition of the Grand Canyon State Games formally kicks off at 7 p.m. June 20 at America West Arena.
Young people can learn all about their pets during the library's annual summer reading program.
For Heather Waterman, the heartbreak of defeat is a feeling she's known all to well.
More than 20 aspiring athletes, ages 10 to 14 years old, participated in the Lady Longhorn volleyball camp last week in Wilson Dome.
It was not exactly Payson Budget 101, but budget basics were the topic at a recent special meeting.
Melanie Christie and Joshua Brice happily announce their engagement.
A.C. Ruebush, 91, of Payson, died June 17, 2002, in Payson.
Sara Lou Nichols Pyatt, 69, died June 14, 2002, in Tonto Basin.
Q: We are blessed with a beautiful new library and we live in a small town where most people live a 10-minute bicycle ride to everything. So why doesn't the library have a quality bicycle rack by the entrance for parking and locking our quiet, non-polluting bicycles? The town of Payson should promote bicycling.
The St. Vincent de Paul food bank was robbed June 8, and during that robbery, the thieves took our truck, copy machine and printer.
Teresa Ann Mercer, 50, of Payson, died June 16, 2002, in Payson.
Joy McLachlan Gordon, 83, died June 13, 2002, in Payson.
Carolee L. Galladora, 69, of Payson, died June 17, 2002.
I believe I share the same point of view of many local Paysonites at the passing memories of the June Bug Blues Festival.
I wanted to let you know that your article about closing down the Tonto National Forest was an inspiration.
The new structure on the Tonto Apache Reservation is called an administration building, but it will really be Service Central.
A rollover accident on the north Beeline Highway sent a Payson resident to Scottsdale-Healthcare hospital with serious injuries Sunday morning.
The Tonto Apaches have re-elected two sitting council members to new two-year terms.
Payson's beautiful Green Valley Park is a pit stop. Really.
A $6,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is enabling the Payson Police Department to begin a more intense traffic enforcement program.
Call your elected officials with concerns about the proposed Nov. 1 closure of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Bob Ware says.
I would like to express a big thank-you to Vernon Randall of Payson.
Brooke Utilities water customers in Pine, on official conservation levels since May 20, were downgraded from Stage 3 to Stage 4 June 17.
Buoyed by his team's improved play in the Longhorn Invitational Summer Basketball Tournament, Payson High School basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser is spewing optimism.
Nichole Cherie Nelson and Neil Anthony Weisbrod were married May 18 at the trailhead in Chaparral Pines.
Almost every Little Leaguer has had dreams of pounding out a base hit or gloving a fly ball in a big league ballpark. Not many ever realize those aspirations.
Hazel Mertie Ford, 90, died June 13, 2002, in Payson.
Planning the town's gala Independence Day celebration in Green Valley Park is never an easy task for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
Thursday, June 13
What are state leaders thinking?
Mike Stewart of Strawberry considers his greatest feat to be working for the Lord.
Some time back I attended the Rim Civic Orchestra presentation and was disappointed in the turnout.
Clifford and Alicia Pirch's angling expertise has enriched the family coffers by $1,885, including bonsuses.
Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Bentley McCoy, 78, died June 8, 2002, in Mesa.
Jack Clifford Schroeder, 77, of Tonto Basin, died June 11, 2002.
With the closure of the forest, local astronomy enthusiasts and curious onlookers gathered at Green Valley Park Monday to witness a 72-percent solar eclipse.
A recommendation by the Arizona State Parks Department to close the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park indefinitely Nov. 1 has local leaders outraged.
A provisional community college district is slated for the Gila County ballot.
Compliance with the Tonto National Forest closure is improving, but extra law enforcement officers are being added nonetheless.
Payson residents must now comply with Level 2 water conservation measures.
In a perfect world, Marie Walls would be preparing to travel to North Carolina for her son's July 6 wedding. Instead, she's sitting in her tiny Shady Pines trailer home, waiting to die.
Saturday night, then-Mayor Ray Schum square-danced with the Zane Grey Twirlers at their annual festival.
I was reading in the paper that Payson was known as the festival capital.
Is it possible someone would smoke a cigarette on top of Rumsey Park hill in these dry conditions?
I am a Payson resident who does not like the Payson Multi-event Center as a venue for concerts.
This letter is in response to Ms. Rosedale's letter regarding the Take Pride in Pine/ Strawberry project.
Q: How many young people signed up for the Children's Musical Theater summer program and how is it coming along?
G & J's Kajun Kove Seafood was supposed to open in the south end of the Swiss Village shopping center last December, and the New China Buffet was slated to turn the old JB's Restaurant building at the Beeline-Highway 260 intersection into an all-you-can-eatery in April.
The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has announced that a new company will be opening an office in Payson.
Carl Maze Ashing, 68, of Tonto Creek Shores, died June 8, 2002.
Blanche Hazel Eddleston, 103, died June 11, 2002, in Payson.
Walter Hamilton Loup88, of Payson, died June 10, 2002.
An invitation to participate in the annual Golden West Track and Field Classic held on the campus of the University of California at Sacramento is something only a select few athletes ever receive.
If the predictions of veteran coach Chuck Hardt come true, the all-weather artificial running surface on the Payson High School track will pay huge dividends.
The June 1 edition of the Lawrence Journal-World of Kansas listed the results of the NCAA track and field championships held at Louisiana State University's Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Monday, June 10
More than 30 members of the Payson Men's Golf Association traveled May 5 to Prescott where they competed in a three-way meet against Beaver Creek and host Prescott Country Club.
Under the tutelage of first-year coach Gloria Olsson, more than 80 members of the Payson Parks and Recreation swim team made their 2002 debut Saturday in an intrasquad match at Taylor Pool.
The Payson Hot Shots girls soccer team will not have to pay the $230 entry fee to participate in the Grand Canyon State games.
The Mazatzal Mountains (every "a" is pronounced "ah") hold many stories and mysteries for us in the Rim country, but none is so puzzling as the origin of that name. It is pure Nahuatl (long "a" again), the Aztec language of Mexico.
Paul Silver is one of those rare young people who knows where he's going and believes in his ability to get there.
They're used to hearing nothing but complaints.
Arthur W. Gaddis, 66, of Forest Lakes, died June 5, 2002.
Ernest Warren Chilson, 86, died June 2, 2002 in Flagstaff.
C. Lois Anderson, 94, a resident of Payson Care Center, died June 10, 2002.
Debora Freeman and Dean Shaffer, both of Payson, will be married in a ceremony to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22 in Middle Round Valley.
Q: The Arizona Department of Game and Fish has stocked all the other 16 urban lakes in the state with hybrid sunfish. Why was Green Valley Lake excluded?
I am responding to the article on the downtown redevelopment. While Karen Greenspoon may be patting herself on the back for her efforts, I would like to know what kind of return the town expects on the money spent (including her salary and office space which has a budget of over $100,000 for 2003).
Local tennis teach pro Diane Jackson will hook up with two professionals representing Head/Penn Racquet Sports to host free court play and instruction. The session is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., July 20, on the Rumsey Parks Courts.
Following a full month of links play, members of the Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole group are gearing up for their annual four-week state Medallion tournament.
On June 2, as I stood in Payson's event center with my small army of volunteers Scott, Dan, Larry, Anthony, my wife, mother and sons I had this feeling of big empty loss.
Unbelievable! I think that word sums up my response to the letter by John Depert of Pine "Who benefits from the 'Take Pride' campaign?" in Tuesday's June 4 letters column.
William and Beverly Flower will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 12.
It's one thing to love and respect your father. It's another to want to grow up to be just like him. And it's yet another to enter adulthood actually working at his side in one of the most dangerous professions there is.
Despite how it may appear at first glance, this is not a happy-faced editorial.
"The poor dog, in life the firmest friend, The first to welcome, foremost to defend, Whose honest heart is still his master's own, Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone."
If the agenda and packet of information for the June 13 council meeting is any indication, it is going to be a long night at Town Hall.
The Arizona Legislature buried 30 months of work by 17 of the state's Native American tribes and the governor when it failed to pass the gaming compact law.
The keen eyes and fast action of neighbors saved a Payson home and possibly its entire neighborhood from destruction early Sunday morning, according to Payson Fire Chief John Ross.
Fred Leslie Bishop, 90, of Phoenix died Saturday, June 1 at Veterans Hospital in Phoenix.
The new rubberized, all-weather track at Payson High School scheduled for completion around mid-July headlines a host of construction projects throughout the Payson Unified School District this summer and into the fall.
The arrests of three Payson men, along with a former resident this weekend have broken up a possible burglary ring.
For whatever reason, the turnout for the Grand Canyon State Games' wrestling Saturday in Wilson Dome was very disappointing.
The local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Mogollon Sporting Association are joining with several other conservation organizations and the Arizona Department of Game and Fish to provide water for elk and other wildlife during the drought that is gripping the state.
Saturday, June 8
IN THE KITCHEN
Okay. The hot weather has settled in around the Rim country and cooking is not a fun prospect.
On the surface, the closing of the Tonto National Forest due to record-breaking fire-hazard conditions may seem to pose a Rim country recreation conundrum something akin to Disneyland staying open and selling tickets but shutting down all the rides.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
We live in a world of political incorrectness and speciesism bigotry. You have probably heard the talk about renaming things with Indian names. Like Squaw Peak, for example, squaw apparently being a derogatory name for a female Indian.
Thursday, June 6
Q: I stopped by the parks office at Green Valley Park and was told they are suspending the loaner fishing poles. If that's true, what's up? When did they suspend it, and when are they planning to start it back up?
The Rim country will soon turn into a hot bed of high school off-season basketball. That's because teams from 16 schools have committed to participate in the Longhorn Summer Basketball Tournament June 14 and 15 in Wilson Dome, the old PHS gym and at Rim Country Middle School.
As one of the premier archers in the state, 13-year-old Brady Ellison has qualified to participate in the International Bowhunters Organization Championships next fall in Snowshoe, W.V.
Payson Youth Football officials are gearing up for what they anticipate will be a banner season.
Under the tutelage of Payson High School coach Dave LaMotte, Rim country wrestlers from 7 to 17 years of age spent the past week preparing for the Grand Canyon State Games.
Most letters I've seen have not been serious, but comments on the "talk show" and letters to you the past couple of weeks have prompted a change in my attitude.
An open letter to "CORAF": Dear anonymous person(s) claiming to be Citizens Opposing Residential Aircraft Flyovers.
I had quite an experience last week that I hope will give encouragement to anyone needing care at PRMC. (As Mr.. Portoff's letter encouraged me.)
There are a lot of great events taking place in the Rim country this weekend, but we'd especially like to recommend one that will not only provide you and your family with fun, prizes and excitement, but that can also help stop a killer.
Stephen R. Piller, 82, of Payson, died June 3, 2002 in Payson.
Bertha and Rueben Meisner will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 18.
The face of Main Street is changing, and project manager Karen Greenspoon is making sure you notice.
Teams of local teens squared off against each other in a fun competition Saturday evening at Mazatzal Casino Activity Center as part of a new program designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and other social issues.
Whispering Pines is still a quiet hamlet nestled in the folds of the Mogollon Rim, caressed by the East Verde River.
Back in the salad days of Payson's summertime tourism, when the town actually earned and lived up to the title "Festival Capital of Arizona," one could barely traverse the Beeline Highway without encountering one major crowd-pulling event or another.
Payson police found 36 cats abandoned at a local motel room Wednesday, with plenty more neglected animals to be discovered.
Imagine. Today and Saturday, folks from all over the country will travel to Payson to stand in a parking lot and gawk at some 200 parked cars.
Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Buddy Rice of Rim Trail Ranch announce the marriage of their daughter, Betsy Rose, to Anthony John Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Miller of Brandon, Fla.
Tracy daVinci, 46, of San Diego, died May 25, 2002, in San Diego.
This is in response to the letter from John Depert regarding the Take Pride Project for Pine/Strawberry.
Mike Stewart loves history. His wife, Nancy, says he devours it and would be a great teacher.
Monday, June 3
Buoyed by the pitching of a foursome of small-town diamond stars, the North team defeated the South 5-1 in the annual Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game played June 1 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
Lois Lillian Charette, 66, of Payson, died June 1, 2002, in Payson.
Laura Perham and Robbie Ritter will marry July 4 at the First Assembly of God Church in Payson.
Vicky Tutay and Henry Jandayan were married May 25 at the LIttle White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
On the front page of the Tuesday, May 28 issue of the Payson Roundup, you printed the following quotation: "I would urge ... any water customer in Arizona to think twice about how you are using ... water." (Heather Murphy, Arizona Corporation Commission)
What a simple solution, yet most powerful. Everyone can benefit if responsibility is not ignored.
The Roundup editorial of May 28 is true: "America's biggest killer isn't terrorism."
I picked up a flier at a local restaurant the other day addressing the residents of Pine/Strawberry.
There are no secrets to PHS sophomore Brenna Zumbro's pitching success that recently led to her being named a member of the 3A All-state softball team.
Frances A. Ulshoffer, 63, died May 31, 2002, in Scottsdale.
I live on Sherwood Drive in the Woodhill subdivision, where, in the week of May 19 to 25, a port-a-potty was burned to the ground by some type of aerosol can.
The town's water department is hunkering down for a long, hot, dry summer.
A Texas woman is in a coma at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, following a two-car collision June 1.
A Payson man is facing a murder charge in the death of another Payson resident.
Diffusing a Star Valley hostage situation required both county and town officers Monday morning.
"Buz" William Illingworth, 91, died May 28, 2002, in Colcord, Okla.
For the first time in the history of the Payson High School cross country program, the Lady Longhorns will have representatives in the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star meet.
Only weeks after leading the Payson High School team to a state runner-up showing, Billy Bob Hoyt returned to the links to finish third at the Phoenix Metro Tournament.
The Strawberry Festival features new events this year on Friday and Sunday but the main event is still Saturday.
Mike Stewart has been a traveling man since 1953.
The significant discussion about whether Payson should promote further growth needs to be seen against the backdrop of history.
Payson's water tanks are staying full so far this summer, but town officials say it's time for residents to start conserving like many of their Rim country neighbors.
Q: Why do certain churches and banks in town run their sprinkler systems during hottest part of the day, while people who have small vegetable and flower gardens are admonished for using the water? And why, at a time when water is scarce, are there so many fund-raising car washes going on?
Despite the somber tone of its name and purpose, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will hardly be without joy, fun and high spirits.
Leadership going for gold in nursing care
If dedicated, compassionate administrators who work together as a team is the key to high-quality nursing home care, then a whole bunch of new doors are about to be unlocked at Payson Care Center.
Saturday, June 1
The birth site of the blues is generally thought to be in the vicinity of New Orleans, at least by some.
"In just nine years, the June Bug Blues Festival has become a tradition in the southwest," said "Shakey" Joe Harless, the event's mastermind, designer, director and prime moving force. "It provides a level of entertainment, education and culture that no other blues festival in Arizona comes close to."