Stories for May 2002


Thursday, May 30

Are we prepared for controlled growth?

During the recent town elections, I heard a lot of rhetoric regarding the future growth rate of Payson. I heard values of 3 percent and 4 percent being acceptable growth levels.

What's up?

Q: What happened to E&J Florist?

Newly elected mayor makes plans for Payson's future

Ken Murphy becomes Payson's mayor June 13 when he is formally sworn into office. But he is already thinking like the man in charge, and right now he is developing plans for the next two years.

Secrets of longevity elude 100-year-old

"I just don't know how I did it," Dena Haney admits. "I don't have any secrets. It just happened that I got to be 100 years old. You know, Bob Hope is just 99!"

How dry is dry? Find out at wildfire meeting

How dry are Northern Arizona forests? Just ask Payson Fire Chief John Ross.

Fergusons' 50 years

Lyle and Helen Ferguson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 1.

Benjamin E. Scott

Benjamin E. Scott, 67, of Tonto Basin, died May 19, 2002.

Eleanor Pearman

Eleanor E. Pearman, 77, of Heber, died May 28, 2002, at Manzanita Manor in Payson.

Raymond Madron

Raymond K. Madron, 74, of Payson, died May 27, 2002, in Payson.

Benny Harmon

Benny W. Harmon, 61, of Payson, died May 26, 2002, in Payson.

Summer rec center opens for local youth

When the town of Payson Summer Recreation Center opens June 10, it will be under the direction of a new set of leaders.

Coach, PHS trio set for All-Star appearances

The finest players in the state's 3A conference gather tomorrow (Saturday) to participate in the annual Arizona Baseball Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game. Game time is 7 p.m. at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Payson hosts two visitors in wrestling tune-up

Although it's the off-season, local high school wrestlers will soon have the opportunity to test their mat skills against some of the best young athletes from a pair of neighboring states.

Angels fall in two season openers

The Payson Angels fast-pitch girls softball team is primed and ready to show its diamond skills in Amateur Softball Association 14-years-and-under play.

'Simple idea' becomes Women's Expo

It was just a few weeks ago that Nancy Campbell had what she thought was a "nice, simple idea" to raise money for Payson Community Kids.

Get a peek at some great gardens

The Rim Area Gardeners are giving residents and visitors an opportunity to get a peek at some great gardens this weekend. The 2002 Mogollon Garden Tour is Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 2, from noon to 4 p.m.

Meth program is working, police say

Only half-way through its six-month trial period, the Payson Police Department's new Methamphetamine Enforcement Program is being deemed a success.

July 4th fireworks may still be a go

A recent report about Payson's Fourth of July fireworks being canceled may have been a little premature.

Rippys celebrate 30 years

Jeffrey Kriss Rippy and Deborah Jean Carr, were married June 10, 1972, in Ottawa, Illinois.

Council awards insurance contracts

Insurance coverage is a costly issue for most people these days. The town of Payson is no different.

Herb Stop specializes in natural remedies

When Natalie Hajdu's mother, Laila Breitler, was 16 years old and living in Switzerland, she was diagnosed with leukemia and given six months to live.

Monday, May 27

Owens, Waugh sign with EAC

Eastern Arizona College softball coach Kate McCluskey traveled to Payson from Thatcher May 23 to accept National Letters of Intent from Payson High seniors LeeAnn Owens and Brandi Waugh.

Arizona Charlie's wedding party


These are days in which "growth or no growth" is one of the biggest topics of discussion in the town of Payson. It is interesting to note that the earliest settlers of the town eagerly sought growth and did all they could to promote Payson as a place to live and work.

June Bug festival will rough up the blues


You can play 'em nice and easy, and you can play 'em rough.

Transplanted gardener adds green thumb to garden tour


Going on the Rim Area Gardeners' Mogollon Garden Tour this weekend, you will be seeing the result of almost a year of work by Barry Peiffer and his team.

On the menu

Planned meals from May 29 through May 31 at area schools are:

Town sponsors wildfire meeting

With drought conditions and an unhealthy forest creating the perfect combination for a wildland fire disaster, the Payson Ranger District, Payson Fire Department and other area fire departments are holding a public wildland fire meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Payson High School auditorium.

Evans reaches Girl Scout milestone

The Girl Scouts annual Bridging Ceremony, held recently in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria, was an extra-special event this year.

New museum opens on Main Street

The Museum of Rim Country Archaeology was an idea without a home as recently as January, but celebrates its grand opening on Main Street June 1.

Pine steps up water conservation

As the drought draws on, it's not just fire that Rim country residents are worried about. It's the lack of moisture, as well.

Council confirms election results

The Payson Town Council will formally accept the ballots from the May 21 election at a special meeting tonight (Tuesday).

Rim country leaders are singing the blues

Since it's likely there is no musical form that's hipper than "the blues," and since Payson has for nine years hosted the June Bug Blues Festival which unspools Saturday at the Payson Event Center it seems safe to conclude that Payson is one exceptionally hip town. But how hip is it, exactly?

'All's well' with Wonder Valley wells

Faced with a well that Wonder Valley Land Owners Association president Jimmy James called "critically low," that community's residents have been requested to curtail all outside water use.

Local painter takes art classes on the road

This summer, Payson watercolor artist and nationally-known teacher Claudette Barker will hold painting workshops in the Arizona town of Greer.

Forest Service pleased, relieved after Memorial Day weekend

The fire officers of the Payson Ranger District are feeling a lot of relief this week. There were no fires anywhere in the half-million acres of the Tonto National Forest monitored by the Payson Ranger District over the holiday weekend.

Lloyd Doxey

Lloyd Starr Doxey, 98, of Payson, died May 23, 2002, in Payson.

America's biggest killer isn't terrorism

Let's compare a few numbers. Osama bin Laden and his madmen killed less than 3,000 people with their hijacked jetliners.

Do the right thing

On Monday, May 13, between 11:30 a.m. and noon at Arizona Internal Medicine Clinic in Payson, my mother lost three rings.

PRMC a first-class operation

May 7, on our way from Carefree to our home in Wisconsin, we stopped in Payson to visit our son, Dr. Charles Beier, and his family.

What's up?

Q: I drive along in front of the high school several times a day, and I wonder about the logic of having a 15 mph speed limit in force from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There's little congestion during the day and even less pedestrian traffic. Now that summer break is upon us, maybe it's time to rethink that situation. In my opinion, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. would be more sensible and meet the safety requirements for these particular conditions.


Initial information from the Payson Police Department resulted in incorrectly identifying a woman arrested on drug charges May 14.

Pat Tillman a real hero for today's youth

Pat Tillman's decision to turn down a million-dollar contract from the Arizona Cardinals in order to join the Army rocked the sports world.

Sports camps highlight summer season

A trio of the Payson High School varsity coaches Shaun Hardt, Chris Schwind and Mike Loutzenheiser are prepping to host youth sports training camps.

Holes-in-one easy to come by at golf course

The par 3, 123-yard hole No. 14 at Payson Golf Course is becoming a good-luck charm for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

Golden West beckons Whitney

Because Whitney Hardt is considered among the top-8 long distance runners in the nation, she's received an invitation to compete in the Golden West Track and Field Classic.

Saturday, May 25

Try a little Orange Stuff at your next outing

One of my family's favorites, and a popular contribution at company potlucks, is something we call "Orange Stuff."

Ancient method can lead to better health

Stepping into Nada Moe's Star Valley home is like stepping into another time and place.

On the 8th day, God created bowling

The Elks and Friends bowling league has mercifully come to an end, and none too soon.

Thursday, May 23

Robert D. Benner

Robert D. Benner, 78, died May 19, in Phoenix.

Comedian, impressionist performs at casino

"When I first moved to Phoenix," T.A. Burrows said, "they told me it was known as the Valley of the Sun. I think they're right, because when I first moved here I was white."

Suspects arrested on drug charges released on bonds

The two Payson residents arrested May 14 on a variety of drug charges will have their cases heard in Superior Court.

Yavapai coaches return for local soccer camp

For the second year, Yavapai College men's soccer coaches Hugh Bell and Mike Pantaloine will return to the Rim country to conduct a training camp designed to help local players prepare for the rigors of prep soccer.

Federal authorities nab alleged tax dodger

A Payson businessman has run afoul of federal authorities.

Murder suspect moved to Gila County

The Payson man charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Mitchell Allen Gingry, 36, has been moved from Maricopa County to the Gila County Jail in Globe.

Tonto faces most severe restrictions in history

Payson Ranger District officials are doing all they can to keep people out of the Tonto National Forest over the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Murphy, Henley win in close runoff election

The chads have barely settled to the ground, but newly elected Payson Mayor Ken Murphy is already looking ahead to the challenges facing the town in the coming months.

Payson observes two Memorial Day services

Payson's mayor elect, Ken Murphy, will make his first public appearance since the election at one of two local Memorial Day services planned for Monday, May 27 both of which are open to the public.

Wrestling foursome wins at state meet

Four Rim country athletes wrestled to their way to age/weight division championships at the USA Arizona State Freestyle Championships May 18 at Tempe Desert Vista High School.

Hospice tournament raises more than $20k

The annual Hospice Tournament in the Pines lets people have a good time in order to help others through a bad time.

Hardt named Coach of Year

There's another "Coach of the Year" plaque to hang on the family room wall in the Hardt home.

Bealls Outlet brings discounts to Payson

Payson loves discounts. Hence the continuing popularity of the Amazing 99 Cent Store, Family Dollar, Sav-Mor Foods and the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Payson linked to national contest

McKenzie Lewis of Fountain Hills Middle School will represent Arizona at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. next month.

What's up?

Q: What's up with KMOG? Since the fires began last Tuesday, it's surprising how little information they have provided. They need to get their act together and keep the local population updated.

Fire danger comes as no surprise

That Tonto National Forest is now subject to the most severe fire restrictions in the forest's history" as forest officials stated in Jim Keyworth's May 21 article is not a matter of coincidental timing.

What's more important than our forest?

From a concerned resident of Payson, I'm addressing this letter to the Forest Service and the business community.

Payson has greatly benefited from these women

This letter is being written to acknowledge two women who have greatly contributed to our community. These women are Terri Legassie and Becky Derwort, who are both employees of Payson School District.

'Town challenges are important to me'

I want to thank all my supporters and volunteers for their efforts over the past seven months of this campaign for town council.

Enjoy your stay, despite restrictions

Welcome, visitors, to the Rim country. We're sorry your arrival has coincided with the closing of the Tonto National Forest.

Mitchell Gingry

Mitchell Allen Gingry, 36, of Payson, died May 19, 2002 in Payson.

Monday, May 20

Forest closes, now let's save our water

Local politicians love to argue the water issue. Throw in a developer or two and a couple of retirees and you've got the makings of a real brouhaha.

West's ace leads to win

Ed West's hole-in-one on the par 3 No. 14 highlighted the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man, best-ball tournament that wrapped up May 15 at Payson Golf Course. The tournament's first round was played May 8.

More bucks needed for California trek

Fund-raisers will continue until team reaches $2,000

If the Payson High School boys basketball team is to participate in a summer tournament and camp in California, coach Mike Loutzenheiser and the players will have to earn about another $1,500.

We endured the angry Dude Fire


As the Indian Fire engulfed Prescott homes, and hundreds of families were evacuated to the local middle school, Rim country residents were cruelly reminded of their own trauma during the huge Dude Fire.

Man and dog make days brighter for local seniors


Retired Payson resident Jim Ritchey saw the impact animals can have on nursing home residents when his mother was confined to one for the last 20 years of her life.

Early detection vital for osteoporosis

No wonder Dr. Charles Calkins refers to osteoporosis as "the silent disease." Many of its victims don't know they have it until it's too late, when they have suffered a tell-tale and often disabling, and sometimes fatal bone fracture.

Ceremony marks start of clubhouse construction

The Friday groundbreaking ceremony for the clubhouse at The Rim Golf Club was the start of a project that will take a year of work.

Ione Kirkland

Ione Kirkland, 91, of Payson, died May 19, 2002, in Payson.

Kids College teaches students about art

For selected students 6-12 years old, it's an opportunity to spend part of their summer vacation in a quality fine arts enrichment program taught by artists and college instructors.

What's up?

Q: Why is police officer Reed Watson quitting? I heard a rumor he is going down to Mesa to be an officer. Are we losing him because of money?

Fly the flag for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming this weekend, so is another body bag, and the government has advised that they no longer will provide a military member to render taps when a veteran is laid to rest.

Close now, or there may be nothing left to close

Bill House's recent guest comment was right on target.

Bush administration robs local budgets

The Bush Administration has turned its back on Gila County and decided that local homeowners should pickup the tab for federal land within our borders.

The other side of the Tribe trial story

The Payson Roundup reporting of events in the Tonto Apache Tribe leaves much to be desired.

Kuhlman awaits trial for murder

It has been more than seven months since Kevan Kuhlman, 37, was arrested for the murder of Susan Birchack, 52.

Tram Fire burns 190 acres north of Pine-Strawberry

Just as crews were finishing the mop up of the Springer Fire, they were called to fight a new blaze in the Coconino National Forest.

Wonder Valley wells run dry

Wonder Valley, a community of 16 homes east of Mesa del Caballo on Houston Mesa Road, ran out of water Friday when the community's two wells, drilled to a depth of 300 feet, went completely dry.

Local man killed, suspect in custody

A body found off Highway 87 in Maricopa County led to a murder scene in Payson this weekend.

Most of forest closed

The Tonto National Forest will be almost entirely closed Wednesday at 8 a.m. a measure forest officials are calling "the most severe fire restrictions in the forest's history."

Johnson-DeCola wins a round in tribal court

As Jeri Johnson-DeCola prepares to appeal the 59 fraud convictions which resulted from the Tonto Apache's first-ever jury trial, the once-influential, former tribal councilmember has been cleared by the tribal court of a more recent charge: contempt of court.

Getting settled takes a plan, time

I have always enjoyed the challenge of organizing my time and the tasks I needed to accomplish.

Running star gets Olympic invitation

If track and field experts' predictions hold true, Payson might soon produce the town's first Olympic athlete.

Morse is 'Coach of Year'

More than a year after leading the Payson High School Longhorns to the school's first state championship in golf, Bret Morse has been recognized as the state's "Coach of the Year."

Grappler fans the envy of most coaches

The support that Payson provides its young wrestlers has coaches from around the state shaking their heads in envy.

Saturday, May 18

Chicken & pasta: A tasty improvisation

Welcome to The Rim Review's new recipe column. We will be sharing old family favorites, new ventures and off-the-cuff concoctions here each week.

No common cure for the common snorer

Even to those with the most exacting standards, I probably seem like the perfect guy.

Rim country's own version of the Barbie doll

Barbie's mother is dead.

Thursday, May 16

Whetten wins Horns' lone gold

Blake Whetten's gold medal jump of 6 feet, 5 inches paced the Longhorn boys track team to a tie for ninth place at the 3A Boys State Track and Field Meet May 10 and 11 at Mesa Mountain View High School.

Distraction devices rattle neighbors in drug arrest

What sounded like two explosions to neighbors Tuesday night were actually distraction devices used in the execution of a search warrant.

Two arrested for sexual assault

Details about a weekend sexual assault incident remain sketchy.

Solveig Zack

Solveig "Sue" Bergliot Zack, 69, of Payson, died May 15, 2002 in Payson.

White supporters' theory is flawed

Supporters of (Jim) White in the Payson town election have recently contended that the position of mayor is a full-time job.

Town needs a bike track

I think that there should be a bike track that should be made like the last one that was at Rumsey Park.

Close the forest now!

There but for the grace of God go we.

New travel agency represents evolution

Two months ago, the six largest U.S. airlines decided to stop paying most commissions to travel agents who sell their tickets. Airline industry analysts said the commissions were an unnecessary expense at a time when carriers are struggling to restore their financial health following Sept. 11.

What's up?

Q: With all this talk about a full-time mayor versus a part-time mayor, how much does the mayor make anyway?

Early voting would have been a mistake

After attending the debate on Friday evening, we have come to the inescapable conclusion that we must vote for Ken Murphy. During the course of the debate it became obvious that:

Garcia's effort was an inspiration

Congratulations to the organizers of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity 5K run at Green Valley Park on Saturday, an event well worth supporting.

Tennis lessons at Rumsey Park begin June 4

Rim Country tennis teaching pro Diana Jackson has hooked up with the Payson Parks and Recreation Department to expand the summer athletic options for local court buffs.

Floyds grand marshals of rodeo parade

The 2002 Gary Hardt Memorial PRCA Spring Rodeo Parade is a tribute to a woman who gave years of service to the community.

Bid for four-peat comes up short

The clichall good things must end" certainly applies to the Lady Longhorn track and field team.

Pettet, trio of seniors named all stars

When the Longhorn baseball team's season came to screeching halt May 3 in a 7-1 state tournament loss to Chino Valley, the PHS seniors thought they'd play their final game for coach Teddy Pettet.

Concerned about the future? Vote Henley

I'm urging my friends and the voters in Payson to vote for Robert Henley for Payson's town council May 21.

Where's the water?

"I know where the water is, and I know how to get it." That quote from Jim White at the mayoral debate is scary.

Fires scorch Arizona forests

With a partial forest closure now in effect, firefighters continue to mop up three human-caused wildland fires in northern Arizona including an 840-acre blaze northeast of Pine and Strawberry near Blue Ridge on the Mogollon Rim.

Debate continues over Murphy's resignation

When mayoral candidate Ken Murphy stood on stage during last Friday's debate and swore he was not fired, his boss and other corporate administrators took exception to his vow.

Early voting ends tonight

Early voting for the May 21 town election ends tonight.

Read between the lines

If you want a part-time mayor, be sure to vote for Ken Murphy.

White a successful employee, teacher, legislator, leader

What a blessing it is when we have qualified and dedicated people running for our town offices. I am always pleased when the candidates address the priority issues facing our residents, and those dedicated to serving the community.

Why should Payson support White?

During the debate, Jim White admitted to spending money, for signs, out of state. He stated he did so, so as it would only cost him $1.56 each.

Resignation by request

If Ken Murphy gave 30 days notice on April 30 as he claims, why was I told on May 3 (three days later) that he was no longer working at, or affiliated with, Manzanita Manor in any way. Does this equal resignation by request?

Monday, May 13

Beeline should make a more pleasant impression

I am writing in complaint of the visual pollution along the Beeline Highway. The number of fast-food restaurants and gas stations are out of hand.

Parts of Tonto forest now closed

Due to extreme fire danger caused by drought conditions and above-normal temperatures, a partial closure of the Tonto National Forest will take effect Thursday, according to a Forest Service spokesperson.

Council OKs bed-and-breakfast resolution

Outgoing councilors Jim Spencer and Hoby Herron sit on opposite sides of the dais, and their political views are even further apart. But at Thursday's council meeting the last they will both attend the two finally found something they could agree on.

Candidates' track records draw sparks

Mayoral candidates Jim White and Ken Murphy took different approaches in answering key questions about their honesty and ability to lead at the debate Friday evening in the Payson High School auditorium

Queen contest kicks off May rodeo Thursday

Competitions for rodeo queen titles have many things in common: a horsemanship contest; modeling and interview segments; and the big coronation. The contest to be selected queen of the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo has one other element: stamina.

Missing hiker found after intensive search

A diabetic who went hiking Saturday without his medications and then became the subject of an intensive air and ground search was found Sunday.

Rodeo parade Saturday

It's parade time in the Rim country.

Door Stop still moving to Payson

Despite rumors to the contrary, Jim Hill, owner of The Door Stop, says his company is still moving to Payson.

1,500 people visit PAL Show

Fine arts and fine crafts were a big draw in Payson this weekend. About 600 people attended the Friday night preview of the annual Spring Fine Art and Fine Craft Show and Sale hosted by the Payson Art League.

Four officers promoted to sergeant

The Payson Police Department recently got four new sergeants more than doubling the number of officers who previously held that rank, and bringing the total to seven.

Election is now in your hands

Judging by concerns voiced by our readers, and the response we've received to Friday's debate, it's clear that many voters still have questions regarding the character and effectiveness of both mayoral candidates.

Councilmember enjoyed being part of the 'team'

As the general election looms before us and my days on the town council wind down to just one more meeting, I feel compelled to express my feelings to the great citizens of Payson.

Mayor shouldn't 'just hold court'

Full-time mayor? Get real. If we have a full-time mayor, we wouldn't need a professional town manager. That's what we have in the council-manager form of government.

'Join us in voting for Henley'

We have been friends with Robert and Ann Henley for over three years. We have watched Robert participate in meetings and discuss issues, and we know he does his homework. We have found him to be honest, sincere, energetic and a very good listener.

White's signs: actions speak louder than words

Everyone that knows how to read knows that actions speak louder than words.

Skate park should remain open

I read the article about the skate park meeting and was glad to hear that it was a positive meeting.

Leaky toilet, leaky pond

I found it ironic that I read an article in The Arizona Republic that the Steele Park Lake in Phoenix is leaking 77,000 gallons of water a day, which is filled with Salt River Project canal water. It also irrigates their green areas.

What's up?

Q: As the town council election campaign winds down, it seems as though everybody is complaining about vandalized and stolen signs. Is there a penalty for this, and are the police doing anything about it?

'Kokonut High' takes audience back to the beach

The Payson High School Drama Department wraps up the current season this week with Tim Kelly's "Kokonut High," a wild and crazy beach comedy with something for everyone.

Marlin Avery

Marlin Eugene Avery, 83, of Payson, died May 13, 2002 in Payson.

Nancy Palmer

Nancy Miller Andrus Palmer of Payson died May 9, 2002.

Lady Horns denied state title

Seton Catholic's softball team not only eliminated the Lady Longhorns, from the state tournament Friday, May 10, they captured the Arizona 3A Championship the following night by defeating Sahuarita, 6-2. Seton scored five runs while shutting out the Lady Horns.

Golfers second at state

There will be no state title repeat for the Payson High School golf team.

Hatch earns invitation to play volleyball in Down Under games

As one of Payson High School's most accomplished student-athletes, sophomore Shea Hatch has been invited to compete in this summer's Parkroyal Down Under International Games in Australia and New Zealand.

Veteran runner, Pine athlete win PAHH Home Run 5K

Pine resident David Hellwig and longtime local runner Monica Savage ran their way to first-place finishes in the Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K held Saturday morning at Green Valley Park.

Tournaments benefit local organizations

The Payson Youth Football Association will host its 5th Annual Four-Man Scramble Golf Tournament Saturday at Payson Golf Course.

Everyone has a story to tell

Scrapbooking an exercise in preserving memories

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then pictures and words together must be priceless.

Naturopathic physician opens Payson practice


We live in a time of space age and nuclear medicine, mapping genes and other modern marvels.

When real men wore neckerchiefs


The mayor has proclaimed this Western Wear Week, May 13 to 19. Now when it comes to neckwear, Arizona's official tie, the Bola, might keep you out of jail but that remains to be seen.

Saturday, May 11

Spring Rodeo Schedule of Events

May 17-19, 2002 Payson Event Center

Welcome to the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo

May 17-19, 2002 - Payson Event Center

Send in the clowns rodeo clowns, that is, along with the bronc-riding cowboys, barrel racing cowgirls, the beauty queens and brute bulls, the wild-eyed livestock and the cheering crowd.

Thursday, May 9

Lady Horns well armed for title quest

The Lady Longhorns advance to the Class 3A state track and field championships today (Friday) and tomorrow at Mesa Mountain View High School as favorites to win their fourth consecutive Arizona title.

'Home Run' 5K May 11

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will host its second annual 5K Walk/Run "Home Run" at Green Valley Park tomorrow (Saturday, May 11).

Zonis enter California benefit walk

Unable to convince any of her family to join her in a three-day walk along California's Pacific Coast Highway, Marty Gauthier turned to seven of her friends and colleagues in the Payson Unified School District.

Senior softball returns to Rim

Following a year-long respite in which there were no active senior softball teams in the Rim country, a trio of local players have joined forces to form the Payson Mavericks.

Yavapai coaches to head soccer camp

Payson High School's boys soccer coach Roger Wholly says one of the reasons for the team's on-the-field success last year was the expert training the players receive at the Payson Longhorn Soccer Camp.

Walgreens goes up, up and away for charity

One-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-nine. That's how many $1 Miracle Network balloons the Payson Walgreens sold during the month of April.

Murphy knows Payson

Having your picture taken with Ronald Regan no more makes you a leader than having your picture taken with Randy Johnson makes you a professional baseball player.

White's the right man

With Kenny Murphy at the helm, (quoting Roundup, May 3) "medical insurance for Manzanita Manor employees had somehow lapsed."

Murphy has paid his dues

Before we take seriously Jim White as a Town of Payson mayoral candidate, he needs to follow the example of Judy Buettner and Dick Wolfe, two of his strongest supporters.

Seafood cafe no longer fishing for opening date

"We're waiting for the plumber to finish his work, and then we'll have final inspections, and then we'll be open in a week to a week-and-a-half," says Greig Perrin, who with his partner, Jason Keith, has been trying to launch G & J's Cajun Seafood Cove since early December.

Murphy resigned, was not fired from nursing home

The rumor mill is alive and well in Payson.

Close the forest now

I'm writing in serious concern for our precious forests, and safety of those of us who live in the woods. We all realize the extreme fire danger we are in at this moment. And it will only get worse as this summer is not predicted to be as wet as usual.

New China Buffet to open in two weeks

There are only two weeks to go before the New China Buffet finally opens for business, according to owner Zhou Xiang Ni.

Sailing safely through the dark side of politics

There are two misconceptions slithering in the gossip garden that need to be removed.

Clarks celebrate a silver and white Mother's Day

Mother's Day weekend for the Clark family will be a silver and white occasion.

Small-town Saturday night gets a big city blues twist

Last Saturday night, Strawberry was jammin' to the sweet sounds of Big Nick and the Gila Monsters. It was a traditional small town Saturday night at the Sportsman's Chalet with a big city blues twist.

MHA hosts antiques show

Judy Baker is going, going, gone on antiques. And she is about to turn that passion into the Mogollon Health Alliance's newest fund-raising event: the First Annual Charity Old Tyme Auction and Appraisal Fair, to be held Saturday in a circus tent on the MHA parking lot.

Is Murphy capable?

When the administrator of a nursing home cannot manage the small departments of finance, insurance and payroll ...

RCMS needs baseball team

I think that Rim Country Middle School should have a baseball team because baseball, to a lot of kids, is just as fun as football and basketball and we have those sports. At RCMS we have a girls softball team.

Wyer to show fused glass at PAL show

The Payson Art League's Spring 2002 Show and Sale makes its return appearance this weekend, and among the local artists to be showcased will be Pia K. Wyer, M.A..

The trials and tribulation of moving

Finally, this weekend, I will be finished moving back to Payson from Camp Verde.

Fair will be crawling and swimming with wildlife

Imagine a world where you don't need a fishing license, bait and tackle are supplied for free, and there are three lakes at your feet all freshly stocked with fish.

Motorcycle show to benefit Big Brothers

Run to the High Country, a motorcycle show and benefit for Gila County Big Brothers Big Sisters takes place this weekend at Mazatzal Casino. The event, co-hosted by the casino and the Modified Motorcycle Association (MMA), begins Friday evening with a performance by the band Rocket 88s.

What's up?

Q: Some trees along Manzanita Road are tagged with green ribbons. Does that mean they're staying or going?

Council opponents face off tonight

It all comes down to a final face-to-face encounter tonight and then a precious few days to the May 21 finish line.

Don't forget to leave food for your letter carrier tomorrow

Arizona letter carriers will hold their annual food drive this Saturday, May 11.

Whetten, Cassuto lead Horns to state

Although the Longhorn boys track and field team didn't qualify enough athletes at the East championships to be a state title threat, Payson will take several standouts to the 3A finals.

Kelley earns golf medal at Apache Creek

When he's not showcasing his considerable golf skills on the high school circuit, Brandan Kelley is usually competing on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tour.

Paint your own pottery

Looking for a great way to spend a couple of hours burning off some creative energy? Tired of the crayons, markers and pens? Worried that you don't have an artistic bone in your body? Want some one else to clean up the mess? There is a place for you in Pine.

Monday, May 6

For Kruse, it's title for two

For longtime Payson Men's Golf Association member Roland Kruse, the four-man best ball tournament May 1 at the Payson Golf Course was the opportunity to shine.

We could use more mothers like Grandmother Belluzzi


Mrs. Bartolomeo Belluzzi was a pioneer mother, born Dec. 24, 1854 in the Altar Valley of Sonora, Mexico, south of Sasabe, Ariz. She blessed the Rim country with five daughters and two sons, all but one of whom married into other pioneer families.

Police officer is enjoying new school assignment


Jason Hazelo, Payson's newest school resource officer, admits that he didn't always practice what he preaches when he was a child.

Creative couples

Payson pairs add depth, flair to Art League's Spring Show

As conventional wisdom dictates, it does indeed take two to tango, play tennis, or get a backrub.

Summer basketball fray brings back old rivals

Payson High School boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser has put together a summer tournament that might be the toast of small-town Arizona.

Horns' run for state ends after first round

The most successful season in Payson High School baseball history (21-7-1) came to a disappointing end Friday afternoon in the Peoria Sports Complex.

Lady Horns advance to final four

The Lady Longhorn softball team advanced to the final four of the state softball tournament Friday, May 10, following wins over Camp Verde, 10-0, and Winslow, 9-3, last weekend in Phoenix.

Girls' track tries for 4th state title

The Payson High School track and field teams ran, jumped and threw their way to first- and third-place finishes in the East regional championships Saturday in Lakeside.

Tillie Epley

Tillie Louise Bridges Parkhill Epley, 89, of Payson, died May 3, 2002, in Payson.

Clean-up day with Payson Community Kids

Bring together two groups that are known for helping others and you have the makings of a productive work force.

What's up?

Q: After the last school break, more students were added to the bus that comes from Julia Randall Elementary School and goes up by the cemetery and around that area. They are stacking three and four children in a seat and telling them they have to sit on each other's lap. Isn't that over the seating capacity and illegal, not to mention dangerous?

Murphy is sensitive to community needs

It is easy for a political candidate to make attractive statements about what he will accomplish when elected. In the absence of a record of action on community issues, it is difficult to evaluate such statements.

Knapp represents balance, stability

Payson needs a true conservative on the new town council. Someone to take the place of Hoby Herron, and who is not afraid to stand up for his convictions, whether they be on water, streets or economics.

Where there's a will, there's a way

The article Vivian Taylor wrote about "kids have nothing to do in this town" was excellent. (Roundup, April 16)

Secure additional water first

Contradictory statements in the Roundup's lead story of April 26, 2002 (Water supply holding its own) lead to the conclusion that Payson expects future development to allow water consumption to exceed safe yield.

The role of "the mayor"

I view, with interest, the recent commentary on radio and in letters to the editor concerning the idea of a "full-time mayor" versus a "part-time mayor."

Remaining faithful, despite church scandal

There has never been a more difficult time to be Catholic.

Mayoral, council candidates answer some final questions

On May 21, voters will elect Ken Murphy or Jim White mayor, and will seat either Robert Henley or Kenny Knapp on the town council. The Roundup asked the four candidates to answer a set of issue-oriented questions. Here are their responses.

Council looks at McLane improvements

Improvements to one stretch of McLane Road could begin within six weeks. To get the work done the Payson Town Council must authorize an intergovernmental agreement with the state. The agreement is one of the items before the council when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday at Payson Town Hall.

Crime rate drops, response times rise

Payson's crime rate has dropped slightly in the past year, but burglaries are up.

Group forms block watch program

The people of Payson are taking a stand. Harold J. Guzzardo is organizing "We The People" Neighborhood Watch. He is taking on the task with the help of Councilman Ken Murphy, the Payson Town Council, the police department and other concerned citizens.

Gun-theft arrest tops busy week for police

It's been a hectic week of crime-fighting for both the Gila County Sheriff's Department and the Payson Police Department.

Angelyn Weible

Angelyn "Angie" G. Weible, 82, of Payson, died May 4, 2002, in Payson.

Letha Rau

Letha Mae Rau, 75, of Payson, died May 1, 2002, in Payson.

Utah man runs to Zane Grey trail win

A 34-year-old Salt Lake City resident ran his way to a first-place finish in one of the most grueling, but least recognized, sporting events held annually in the Rim country.

Direct your votes to Murphy

What prompted the lengthy front-page story on water? (April 26 Roundup) Must be one of two things.

Saturday, May 4

Railroad Tunnel, an urban legend?

It's a tragic tale. Man and dog go for a hike. Man and dog get lost. Man smokes too many cigarettes, gets winded easily, doesn't bring enough water for the trip. Man stumbles, dog whimpers. Man and dog finally find their way back to the car, head back home after a miserable day in the woods.

260: a highway by any other name

The time has come. We all knew that sooner or later it would. I mean, how long can you have two major highways running through town that are treated so inequitably by locals and visitors alike.

Thursday, May 2

Airport training may save a life

On March 30, as a public service, the Payson Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 810 staged a training exercise for the local fire departments.

Murphy supports both young and old

Four years ago, when Payson Youth Organization was founded, we looked to Ken Murphy to help lend credibility to our fund-raising efforts and to assist us in achieving our goal that no child who wanted to participate in a sporting activity would be denied access because of lack of funding.

Henley is the man for the job

We believe that Robert Henley is the most qualified candidate for Payson's Town Council and we urge other citizens to vote for him at the May 21 election.

Lady Horns favorite for region title

Clutching a bevy of Class 3A top-10 event rankings, the Lady Longhorns enter today's (Friday) East championships in Lakeside as solid favorites to win their fifth consecutive regional title.

Murphy's abilities should not be lost

The contest for mayor in the primary election was a surprising reflection upon the voters of Payson, namely a desire for change at any cost.

Payson does need a full-time mayor

"I really don't think we need a full-time mayor?" That was the statement of Kenneth Murphy's April 26 KMOG radio address.

White needs to meet challenge of debate

An Open Letter to Jim White: Your willingness to serve and go through the process to serve the town of Payson as its mayor is commendable.

Question the candidates

It seems like forever since you could drive down a street uncluttered by White, Murphy, Henley or Knapp signs sprouting in yards and medians.

McQuerrey returns to Roundup roots

Teresa McQuerrey is a new name to most of our more recent readers, but it is one with which some of our longtime subscribers may be familiar.

Illegals catch ride to Payson in motor home

It happens hundreds of times every day. Mexico's poor and impoverished, lured by visions of glamour, money and the good life, sneak across the border to see what fortune might await them in the United States.

Wellness forum Payson's 'premier event for women'

In its fourth edition, the annual Women's Wellness Forum will once again unite Rim country females for a day of information, fellowship and fun and allow them to live up to this year's theme, "Take a Day Just for You."

Fire crews prepare for challenging summer

With the first major wildland fire of the season raging in southern Arizona, Payson Fire Chief John Ross announced new emergency procedures for the Rim country.

Murphy exits job at nursing facility

Town of Payson mayoral candidate Ken Murphy is no longer executive director of the Manzanita Manor senior-care facility.

Mayor, council hopefuls to debate

There will be a debate after all. The four candidates left standing after the town's primary election have agreed to participate in a debate at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Pettet's crew dreams of second state championship

Because the Arizona Interscholastic Association finalized the 1A through 5A state tournament bracketings early this week, the Payson Longhorn baseball team now knows the route to the school's second state championship.

Special Olympians head to Summer Games

For more than 30 Rim country competitors and another 2,000 from around the state, year-round Special Olympics competition wraps up this weekend at Arizona's 34th Annual Summer Games.

Lee named Grand Canyon Games' Top Male Athlete

Payson High School's Zack Lee one of most accomplished wrestlers in the Longhorn program has been named the Grand Canyon State Games' Top Male Athlete.

Longhorn golfers finish second in East region

Battling wind gusts of up to 45 mph, the defending state champion Longhorn golf team had to settle for a second-place finish at the East regional championships April 26 and 27 on the par-70 Snowflake Municipal Course.

Town needs a recreation center

I feel that Payson needs a recreation center for the youth. I think this would decrease the number of kids getting into trouble.

Betty Jean Ruttum

Betty Jean Ruttum, 67, of Payson, died April 29, 2002 in Phoenix.

Richard "Elzey" "Moe" "Dick" Ellsworth James

Richard Ellsworth James, 73, of Strawberry and Scottsdale, died April 26, 2002.

Brunsons celebrate golden anniversary

Charles and Sherry Brunson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a potluck luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

What's up?

Q: Regarding the What's Up question in the April 30 Roundup about new house numbers in Mesa del Caballo, it's a fallacy that the people in that community think they are protected by the new system. The numbers were supposed to be distributed by the end of January and they weren't.

4 Seasons relocates to Rye

Mark Svir is one savvy Rim businessman, and he can prove it.

Murphy is the man for Payson

We haven't written a letter to the Payson Roundup in some years, but the upcoming election is so important, we feel the need to express our opinion about a choice for the next mayor.