Stories for June 2002


Thursday, June 27

Rim gridders get their kicks at Nebraska camp

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.

We are one nation, under God

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.

Displaced animals bask in Rim country hospitality

Refugee livestock from the communities evacuated by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire has found shelter in Payson.

Town's July 4 plans finalized

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.

Town council gets update on wildfire

The Payson Town Council was briefed on the Rodeo-Chediski Fire Thursday night.

Fire burns more than 400K acres, 10 percent contained

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.

Heber chamber president returns home: 'Oh, it hurts'

Dave Neff's emotions were, to say the least, mixed.

'Take Pride' project gaining steam in Pine-Strawberry

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.

EAC's fate decided Monday

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.

Forest Service is real environmental expert

I am an environmentalist.

Police phasing out Crown Vics

Three Arizona police officers have died because of apparent fuel tank problems in the Ford Crown Victorias, favored as patrol vehicles.

Longhorns compete at AAU Grand Nationals

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.

World champ camp returns to 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.

Independence Day soccer match planned

The Payson Football Club will host an Independence Day soccer tournament for players 35 years of age and older.

What's up?

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 Rakestraw

Janice Corrine Rakestraw, 74, of Show Low, died June 11, 2002, in Payson.

Frank S. Styles Jr.

Frank S. Styles Jr., 83, of Capitola, Calif., died June 21, 2002.

Muellers celebrate 60 years

Monty and Mary Gene Mueller will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary July 5, 6 and 7.

Tuesday, June 25

Drug could give us more bang for our buck


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.

No-fuss fishin' at Catch-a-Trout

"I'll go fishing, but I'm not gonna touch a fish."

How about fish for supper?


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

Rec center closes to house evacuees from area wildfires

The highly popular summer youth recreation program is now without a home.

Show Low still stands

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.

Crews battle tiny forest fire north of Strawberry

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.

Alleged arsonist pleads guilty to Rim country fires

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.

Leaders lose fight to save Tonto bridge

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.

Rim country's generosity extends to furry refugees

Payson residents and officials have welcomed hundreds of fire refugees into the community. They also have welcomed the furry members of the refugees' families.

Hardt ready to coach at Round Valley

Lady Longhorn basketball coach Shaun Hardt will soon resign his position to become head football coach at Round Valley High School in Springerville/Eagar.

Under the angry cloud, 41 miles away

Driving east from Payson yesterday afternoon, it looked like the same huge thundercloud that's been sitting on the horizon for a week.

Blasting shakes up quiet neighborhood in Pine

The harvesting of granite with dynamite and large trucks at the south end of Pine has neighbors all shook up.

Investment on Main Street 'amazing,' Schum says

Total private investment in Main Street reached $1.75 million during the past fiscal year, a figure outgoing Mayor Ray Schum calls "amazing."

Myers ends education career ... for now


Sue Myers is a well-known face to the hundreds of people whose lives she has touched over the years.

Show Low a special place for the Foster family

Watching the television coverage of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire as it threatened Show Low was a gut-wrenching experience for all of Arizona.

New all-weather track in by mid-July

Completion of the long-awaited state-of-the-art all-weather track at Payson High School is just around the corner.

Instant exercise: Just add water


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.

'The Hobbit' premieres this Thursday

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 Lee Williams

Carter "Bud" Lee Williams, 77, of Payson, died June 22, 2002.

Charlotte Lewis McNeilis

Charlotte Lewis McNeilis, 82, died June 18, 2002 in Tucson.

Edward T. Glascock, Jr.

Edward T. Glascock, Jr., 85, died June 15, 2002.

Friestad, Conti to wed

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.

What's up?

Q: With APS power lines in the path of the fire, is Payson's power supply in jeopardy?

Payson enters the firefighting business


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.

Vandals need to learn respect for others

This is an open letter to the vandals who struck my home Tuesday night June 18.

Basketball camp was best ever

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.

At our best when we face the worst

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.

Experts predicted this fire was coming

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.

Jackson prefers heavy medal

Users of Taylor Pool may rest assured that 15-year-old lifeguard Tina Jackson is well prepared to lend aquatic assistance when needed.

Pine, Strawberry water levels drop

As of Monday, water storage levels in Pine have dropped to 160,000 gallons.

Murphy proud of town's response

Mayor Ken Murphy is proud of how Payson residents and businesses have responded to help the victims of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.

Family learns fate of their Pinedale home

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

New council sworn into office

As the Payson Town Council turned to a new chapter last week, members took time to look back and forward.

Kelleys finally shoot gold at father-son tournament

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.

What's up?

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

Norva J. Simpson, 75, of Scottsdale and Payson, died June 17, 2002.

Ralph H. McVey

Ralph H. McVey, 85, died at his home in Payson June 19, 2002.

Penney's catalog store is back in business

"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.

Curves offers 30-minute workout

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.

Mountain name means 'mad as hell'

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:

Something missing from 'Oath' photo

I noticed with some interest the discrepancy between two pictures in your June 18, 2002 issue.

Town should get tough on illegal parking

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.

Discovering priorities

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.

Local news briefs

Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Paul Coe banned all gas-powered engines in the area as of Thursday afternoon.

$600K set aside for emergency

The Payson Town Council has set aside the entire capital budget for an emergency.

Brush pit open to area residents

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.

Postage increase coming soon

Dig out that stash of pennies, postage rates are going up June 30.

Tribe land exchange near the end

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.

Record numbers flood pool

The summer swim season is turning into a banner one at Taylor Pool.

Edna Woodworth

Edna Woodworth, 89, of Payson, died June 17, 2002.

Anna Charlotte Stephen

Anna Charlotte (Bloomquist) (Long) Stephen, 87, of Tonto Village, died June 16, 2002.

Pie and art main attractions at Green Valley this weekend

Pie eating and art are two things not normally associated with one another.

County, EAC may be ready to part company

Gila County and Eastern Arizona College have reached a stalemate in their attempt to negotiate a new contract for the coming school year.

Animal house deemed potential health hazard

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.

What to do if it happens in Payson

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.

Rim's worst nightmare

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.

Golfers play well at Verde Santa Fe

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.

Amon heads to High School's NFR

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.

Second hoop camp begins Monday

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.

Youth football registration until July 13

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

Popular performer kicks off concert series


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.

New departments for Gila County


What is it about counties, anyway?

Simple and filling food is always a favorite


Here are a couple of recipes that, when combined with a salad, would make a simple, filling meal.

Monday, June 17

The Rim country had its very own gold rush


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.

The chasm between free speech and home invasion

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.

Level 2 water restrictions

The town of Payson has started Level 2 Water Conservation Restrictions. The restrictions are, no person shall:

New author, artist share their work


Joy Dutton and Gayle Lacau-Benz have just had their first book published by Writers Club Press and iUniverse.

Rim country represented well at Grand Canyon games

The Phoenix edition of the Grand Canyon State Games formally kicks off at 7 p.m. June 20 at America West Arena.

Summer program all about pets

Young people can learn all about their pets during the library's annual summer reading program.

After many attempts, teen earns region bid

For Heather Waterman, the heartbreak of defeat is a feeling she's known all to well.

Coach Schwind, town host net camp

More than 20 aspiring athletes, ages 10 to 14 years old, participated in the Lady Longhorn volleyball camp last week in Wilson Dome.

Council introduced to budget basics

It was not exactly Payson Budget 101, but budget basics were the topic at a recent special meeting.

Christie, Brice to wed

Melanie Christie and Joshua Brice happily announce their engagement.

A.C. Ruebush

A.C. Ruebush, 91, of Payson, died June 17, 2002, in Payson.

Sara Lou Nichols Pyatt

Sara Lou Nichols Pyatt, 69, died June 14, 2002, in Tonto Basin.

What's up?

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.

Quick action saved assets

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 Mercer

Teresa Ann Mercer, 50, of Payson, died June 16, 2002, in Payson.

Joy McLachlan Gordon

Joy McLachlan Gordon, 83, died June 13, 2002, in Payson.

Carolee Galladora

Carolee L. Galladora, 69, of Payson, died June 17, 2002.

Venue is not the only thing that should change

I believe I share the same point of view of many local Paysonites at the passing memories of the June Bug Blues Festival.

Tonto closure an inspiration to Colorado

I wanted to let you know that your article about closing down the Tonto National Forest was an inspiration.

New Tribal building is Service Central

The new structure on the Tonto Apache Reservation is called an administration building, but it will really be Service Central.

Beeline rollover injures local woman

A rollover accident on the north Beeline Highway sent a Payson resident to Scottsdale-Healthcare hospital with serious injuries Sunday morning.

Tonto Apaches re-elect 2 members to council

The Tonto Apaches have re-elected two sitting council members to new two-year terms.

Great Race rolls into Payson Thursday

Payson's beautiful Green Valley Park is a pit stop. Really.

New traffic enforcement effort begins

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.

Leaders urge protest on bridge closure

Call your elected officials with concerns about the proposed Nov. 1 closure of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Bob Ware says.

Proof of Greenspoon's work can be found in Show Low

I would like to express a big thank-you to Vernon Randall of Payson.

Water users in Pine now at Stage 4

Brooke Utilities water customers in Pine, on official conservation levels since May 20, were downgraded from Stage 3 to Stage 4 June 17.

Summer action returns to Payson courts

Buoyed by his team's improved play in the Longhorn Invitational Summer Basketball Tournament, Payson High School basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser is spewing optimism.

Nelson, Weisbrod wed

Nichole Cherie Nelson and Neil Anthony Weisbrod were married May 18 at the trailhead in Chaparral Pines.

Payson pair premiere at Bank One Ballpark

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 Ford

Hazel Mertie Ford, 90, died June 13, 2002, in Payson.

Town's July 4th planning all wet

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

Closing bridge just doesn't make sense

What are state leaders thinking?

Malaria didn't stop this missionary

Mike Stewart of Strawberry considers his greatest feat to be working for the Lord.

Group orchestrates a fine performance

Some time back I attended the Rim Civic Orchestra presentation and was disappointed in the turnout.

Bass a boon for family budget

Clifford and Alicia Pirch's angling expertise has enriched the family coffers by $1,885, including bonsuses.

Donald McCoy

Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Bentley McCoy, 78, died June 8, 2002, in Mesa.

Jack Schroeder

Jack Clifford Schroeder, 77, of Tonto Basin, died June 11, 2002.

A rare sighting

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.

State to close Natural Bridge

A recommendation by the Arizona State Parks Department to close the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park indefinitely Nov. 1 has local leaders outraged.

County, EAC face contract deadline

A provisional community college district is slated for the Gila County ballot.

Forest patrols increased

Compliance with the Tonto National Forest closure is improving, but extra law enforcement officers are being added nonetheless.

Tougher water restrictions now in place

Payson residents must now comply with Level 2 water conservation measures.

Friends throw benefit for cancer victim

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.

Schum kicks up heels with new pacemaker

Saturday night, then-Mayor Ray Schum square-danced with the Zane Grey Twirlers at their annual festival.

Zane Grey Square Dance Fest the best

I was reading in the paper that Payson was known as the festival capital.

Discarded cigarettes could spell disaster

Is it possible someone would smoke a cigarette on top of Rumsey Park hill in these dry conditions?

Event center a dusty alternative

I am a Payson resident who does not like the Payson Multi-event Center as a venue for concerts.

Let's agree to disagree

This letter is in response to Ms. Rosedale's letter regarding the Take Pride in Pine/ Strawberry project.

What's up?

Q: How many young people signed up for the Children's Musical Theater summer program and how is it coming along?

New China Buffet, Kajun Kove spice up Payson restaurant scene

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.

Publishing company to open ad sales department in Rim country

The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has announced that a new company will be opening an office in Payson.

Carl Ashing

Carl Maze Ashing, 68, of Tonto Creek Shores, died June 8, 2002.

Blanche Eddleston

Blanche Hazel Eddleston, 103, died June 11, 2002, in Payson.

Walter Loup

Walter Hamilton Loup88, of Payson, died June 10, 2002.

Hardt competes against some of the best at Golden West meet

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.

New all-weather track a huge plus for Rim country

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.

Former Lady Horn at NCAA finals in Louisiana

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

Neal swings to Prescott title

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.

Splash campaign gets under way at Taylor

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.

Payson Hot Shots kick it up a notch in Tucson

The Payson Hot Shots girls soccer team will not have to pay the $230 entry fee to participate in the Grand Canyon State games.

How the mountains were named


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.

Local actor wows them in the Valley


Paul Silver is one of those rare young people who knows where he's going and believes in his ability to get there.

County employees get an I'MAGE makeover

They're used to hearing nothing but complaints.

Arthur Gaddis

Arthur W. Gaddis, 66, of Forest Lakes, died June 5, 2002.

Ernest Chilson

Ernest Warren Chilson, 86, died June 2, 2002 in Flagstaff.

C. Lois Anderson

C. Lois Anderson, 94, a resident of Payson Care Center, died June 10, 2002.

Freeman, Shaffer to wed

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.

What's up?

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?

Free trade and fairness should apply to all

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).

Jackson, pros slate tennis day

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.

PWGA season in full swing

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.

Two ways to be blue

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.

Response to 'Take Pride' campaign irrational

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.

Flowers' golden anniversary

William and Beverly Flower will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 12.

Firefighting in father's footsteps

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.

Experts say Valley is hot

Despite how it may appear at first glance, this is not a happy-faced editorial.

Love your dog? Then 'show' it

"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."

New mayor, council sworn in Thursday

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.

Tonto Apaches offer free food, with a little education

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.

House saved from fire, thanks to alert neighbors

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

Fred Leslie Bishop, 90, of Phoenix died Saturday, June 1 at Veterans Hospital in Phoenix.

Projects in the works for school district

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.

Burglary suspects nabbed

The arrests of three Payson men, along with a former resident this weekend have broken up a possible burglary ring.

Disappointing turnout for GC games' wrestling

For whatever reason, the turnout for the Grand Canyon State Games' wrestling Saturday in Wilson Dome was very disappointing.

Local clubs bring water to wildlife

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

Forget the cooking ... it's too hot outside


Okay. The hot weather has settled in around the Rim country and cooking is not a fun prospect.

What to do in case of fire (season)

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.

Time for a new PHS mascot


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

What's up?

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?

Tough summer basketball action returns to Payson

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.

Rim country teen set for national shoot

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.

Registration for youth football continues

Payson Youth Football officials are gearing up for what they anticipate will be a banner season.

Grapplers set for GC mat games

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.

'Why doesn't someone take care of me?'

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.

Local pilot responds to anonymous attack

An open letter to "CORAF": Dear anonymous person(s) claiming to be Citizens Opposing Residential Aircraft Flyovers.

Nothing but praise for PRMC

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.)

Relay for Life something special

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

Stephen R. Piller, 82, of Payson, died June 3, 2002 in Payson.

Meisners' 60th

Bertha and Rueben Meisner will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 18.

The changing face of Main Street

The face of Main Street is changing, and project manager Karen Greenspoon is making sure you notice.

Program uses pop culture to teach values

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 department grows with times, community

Whispering Pines is still a quiet hamlet nestled in the folds of the Mogollon Rim, caressed by the East Verde River.

Are local festivals an endangered species?

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.

36 cats abandoned at motel, pet owner charged

Payson police found 36 cats abandoned at a local motel room Wednesday, with plenty more neglected animals to be discovered.

Classic cars visit Lady Luck at Beeline Cruise-In Car Show

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.

Rice, Miller wed

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

Tracy daVinci, 46, of San Diego, died May 25, 2002, in San Diego.

How about some constructive ideas?

This is in response to the letter from John Depert regarding the Take Pride Project for Pine/Strawberry.

Local man's encounter with history

Mike Stewart loves history. His wife, Nancy, says he devours it and would be a great teacher.

Monday, June 3

North beats South at All-Star game

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 Charette

Lois Lillian Charette, 66, of Payson, died June 1, 2002, in Payson.

Perham, Ritter to wed

Laura Perham and Robbie Ritter will marry July 4 at the First Assembly of God Church in Payson.

Jandayan, Tutay wed

Vicky Tutay and Henry Jandayan were married May 25 at the LIttle White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

Is it worth keeping the golf courses green?

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)

Extinguish fire with prevention

What a simple solution, yet most powerful. Everyone can benefit if responsibility is not ignored.

America's biggest killer is abortion

The Roundup editorial of May 28 is true: "America's biggest killer isn't terrorism."

Who benefits from 'Take Pride' campaign?

I picked up a flier at a local restaurant the other day addressing the residents of Pine/Strawberry.

Zumbro to follow in brother's footsteps

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 Ulshoffer

Frances A. Ulshoffer, 63, died May 31, 2002, in Scottsdale.

What will it take to get better street lighting?

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.

Parched Payson hunkers down, awaits monsoons

The town's water department is hunkering down for a long, hot, dry summer.

Saturday crash leaves woman in coma

A Texas woman is in a coma at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, following a two-car collision June 1.

Murder suspect indicted by grand jury

A Payson man is facing a murder charge in the death of another Payson resident.

Officers respond to hostage situation

Diffusing a Star Valley hostage situation required both county and town officers Monday morning.

"Buz" William Illingworth

"Buz" William Illingworth, 91, died May 28, 2002, in Colcord, Okla.

Four Ladies invited to North-South All-Star clash

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.

Young Billy Bob still swinging away

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.

Strawberry Festival a 'jam'-packed weekend

The Strawberry Festival features new events this year on Friday and Sunday but the main event is still Saturday.

He's seen the world, but Rim country is his home


Mike Stewart has been a traveling man since 1953.

The early days of Payson's growth (part 2)


The significant discussion about whether Payson should promote further growth needs to be seen against the backdrop of history.

Town looks at stepping up water restrictions

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.

What's up?

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?

Relay for Life a memorial for victims; celebration for survivors

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.

New team, new page

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

Give your dinner a taste of the blues

The birth site of the blues is generally thought to be in the vicinity of New Orleans, at least by some.

June Bug Blues Fest a family affair

"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."