Thursday, May 30
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.
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.
Only half-way through its six-month trial period, the Payson Police Department's new Methamphetamine Enforcement Program is being deemed a success.
A recent report about Payson's Fourth of July fireworks being canceled may have been a little premature.
Jeffrey Kriss Rippy and Deborah Jean Carr, were married June 10, 1972, in Ottawa, Illinois.
Lyle and Helen Ferguson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 1.
Benjamin E. Scott, 67, of Tonto Basin, died May 19, 2002.
Eleanor E. Pearman, 77, of Heber, died May 28, 2002, at Manzanita Manor in Payson.
How dry are Northern Arizona forests? Just ask Payson Fire Chief John Ross.
Raymond K. Madron, 74, of Payson, died May 27, 2002, in Payson.
Benny W. Harmon, 61, of Payson, died May 26, 2002, in Payson.
When the town of Payson Summer Recreation Center opens June 10, it will be under the direction of a new set of leaders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q: What happened to E&J Florist?
Insurance coverage is a costly issue for most people these days. The town of Payson is no different.
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.
"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!"
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.
Monday, May 27
The Payson Town Council will formally accept the ballots from the May 21 election at a special meeting tonight (Tuesday).
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.
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.
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?
Planned meals from May 29 through May 31 at area schools are:
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.
A trio of the Payson High School varsity coaches Shaun Hardt, Chris Schwind and Mike Loutzenheiser are prepping to host youth sports training camps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can play 'em nice and easy, and you can play 'em rough.
Initial information from the Payson Police Department resulted in incorrectly identifying a woman arrested on drug charges May 14.
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.
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.
On Monday, May 13, between 11:30 a.m. and noon at Arizona Internal Medicine Clinic in Payson, my mother lost three rings.
Let's compare a few numbers. Osama bin Laden and his madmen killed less than 3,000 people with their hijacked jetliners.
The Girl Scouts annual Bridging Ceremony, held recently in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria, was an extra-special event this year.
Lloyd Starr Doxey, 98, of Payson, died May 23, 2002, in Payson.
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.
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.
This summer, Payson watercolor artist and nationally-known teacher Claudette Barker will hold painting workshops in the Arizona town of Greer.
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.
Saturday, May 25
Stepping into Nada Moe's Star Valley home is like stepping into another time and place.
The Elks and Friends bowling league has mercifully come to an end, and none too soon.
One of my family's favorites, and a popular contribution at company potlucks, is something we call "Orange Stuff."
Thursday, May 23
"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."
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.
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.
The annual Hospice Tournament in the Pines lets people have a good time in order to help others through a bad time.
There's another "Coach of the Year" plaque to hang on the family room wall in the Hardt home.
Payson loves discounts. Hence the continuing popularity of the Amazing 99 Cent Store, Family Dollar, Sav-Mor Foods and the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
McKenzie Lewis of Fountain Hills Middle School will represent Arizona at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. next month.
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.
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.
From a concerned resident of Payson, I'm addressing this letter to the Forest Service and the business community.
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.
I want to thank all my supporters and volunteers for their efforts over the past seven months of this campaign for town council.
Welcome, visitors, to the Rim country. We're sorry your arrival has coincided with the closing of the Tonto National Forest.
Mitchell Allen Gingry, 36, of Payson, died May 19, 2002 in Payson.
Robert D. Benner, 78, died May 19, in Phoenix.
The two Payson residents arrested May 14 on a variety of drug charges will have their cases heard in Superior Court.
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.
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.
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.
A Payson businessman has run afoul of federal authorities.
Payson Ranger District officials are doing all they can to keep people out of the Tonto National Forest over the busy Memorial Day weekend.
Monday, May 20
The support that Payson provides its young wrestlers has coaches from around the state shaking their heads in envy.
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 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."
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.
If track and field experts' predictions hold true, Payson might soon produce the town's first Olympic athlete.
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.
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.
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.
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, 91, of Payson, died May 19, 2002, in Payson.
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.
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?
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.
Bill House's recent guest comment was right on target.
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 Payson Roundup reporting of events in the Tonto Apache Tribe leaves much to be desired.
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.
I have always enjoyed the challenge of organizing my time and the tasks I needed to accomplish.
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.
It has been more than seven months since Kevan Kuhlman, 37, was arrested for the murder of Susan Birchack, 52.
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, 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.
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."
A body found off Highway 87 in Maricopa County led to a murder scene in Payson this weekend.
Saturday, May 18
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.
Barbie's mother is dead.
Even to those with the most exacting standards, I probably seem like the perfect guy.
Thursday, May 16
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.
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.
The clichall good things must end" certainly applies to the Lady Longhorn track and field team.
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.
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.
Solveig "Sue" Bergliot Zack, 69, of Payson, died May 15, 2002 in Payson.
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.
What sounded like two explosions to neighbors Tuesday night were actually distraction devices used in the execution of a search warrant.
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.
Details about a weekend sexual assault incident remain sketchy.
The 2002 Gary Hardt Memorial PRCA Spring Rodeo Parade is a tribute to a woman who gave years of service to the community.
Early voting for the May 21 town election ends tonight.
There but for the grace of God go we.
If you want a part-time mayor, be sure to vote for Ken Murphy.
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?
I'm urging my friends and the voters in Payson to vote for Robert Henley for Payson's town council May 21.
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.
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.
I think that there should be a bike track that should be made like the last one that was at Rumsey Park.
"I know where the water is, and I know how to get it." That quote from Jim White at the mayoral debate is scary.
Supporters of (Jim) White in the Payson town election have recently contended that the position of mayor is a full-time job.
Congratulations to the organizers of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity 5K run at Green Valley Park on Saturday, an event well worth supporting.
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:
Q: With all this talk about a full-time mayor versus a part-time mayor, how much does the mayor make anyway?
Monday, May 13
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.
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.
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.
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.
We live in a time of space age and nuclear medicine, mapping genes and other modern marvels.
Scrapbooking an exercise in preserving memories
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then pictures and words together must be priceless.
The Payson Youth Football Association will host its 5th Annual Four-Man Scramble Golf Tournament Saturday at Payson Golf Course.
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.
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.
There will be no state title repeat for the Payson High School golf team.
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.
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.
Nancy Miller Andrus Palmer of Payson died May 9, 2002.
Marlin Eugene Avery, 83, of Payson, died May 13, 2002 in Payson.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I read the article about the skate park meeting and was glad to hear that it was a positive meeting.
Everyone that knows how to read knows that actions speak louder than words.
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.
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.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Jim Hill, owner of The Door Stop, says his company is still moving to Payson.
It's parade time in the Rim country.
A diabetic who went hiking Saturday without his medications and then became the subject of an intensive air and ground search was found Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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
Saturday, May 11
May 17-19, 2002 Payson Event Center
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
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.
Arizona letter carriers will hold their annual food drive this Saturday, May 11.
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.
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.
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.
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will host its second annual 5K Walk/Run "Home Run" at Green Valley Park tomorrow (Saturday, May 11).
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.
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.
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.
One-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-nine. That's how many $1 Miracle Network balloons the Payson Walgreens sold during the month of April.
"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.
There are only two weeks to go before the New China Buffet finally opens for business, according to owner Zhou Xiang Ni.
Q: Some trees along Manzanita Road are tagged with green ribbons. Does that mean they're staying or going?
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.
When the administrator of a nursing home cannot manage the small departments of finance, insurance and payroll ...
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.
With Kenny Murphy at the helm, (quoting Roundup, May 3) "medical insurance for Manzanita Manor employees had somehow lapsed."
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.
The rumor mill is alive and well in Payson.
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.
There are two misconceptions slithering in the gossip garden that need to be removed.
Mother's Day weekend for the Clark family will be a silver and white occasion.
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.
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..
Finally, this weekend, I will be finished moving back to Payson from Camp Verde.
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.
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.
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.
It all comes down to a final face-to-face encounter tonight and then a precious few days to the May 21 finish line.
Monday, May 6
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.
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.
Jason Hazelo, Payson's newest school resource officer, admits that he didn't always practice what he preaches when he was a child.
Payson High School boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser has put together a summer tournament that might be the toast of small-town Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angelyn "Angie" G. Weible, 82, of Payson, died May 4, 2002, in Payson.
Letha Mae Rau, 75, of Payson, died May 1, 2002, in Payson.
Tillie Louise Bridges Parkhill Epley, 89, of Payson, died May 3, 2002, in Payson.
Bring together two groups that are known for helping others and you have the makings of a productive work force.
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?
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.
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.
The article Vivian Taylor wrote about "kids have nothing to do in this town" was excellent. (Roundup, April 16)
What prompted the lengthy front-page story on water? (April 26 Roundup) Must be one of two things.
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.
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."
There has never been a more difficult time to be Catholic.
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.
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.
Payson's crime rate has dropped slightly in the past year, but burglaries are up.
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.
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.
It's been a hectic week of crime-fighting for both the Gila County Sheriff's Department and the Payson Police Department.
Saturday, May 4
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.
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
Mark Svir is one savvy Rim businessman, and he can prove it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Town of Payson mayoral candidate Ken Murphy is no longer executive director of the Manzanita Manor senior-care facility.
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.
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."
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.
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.
It seems like forever since you could drive down a street uncluttered by White, Murphy, Henley or Knapp signs sprouting in yards and medians.
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.
"I really don't think we need a full-time mayor?" That was the statement of Kenneth Murphy's April 26 KMOG radio address.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I feel that Payson needs a recreation center for the youth. I think this would decrease the number of kids getting into trouble.
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.
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.
Betty Jean Ruttum, 67, of Payson, died April 29, 2002 in Phoenix.
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.
Richard Ellsworth James, 73, of Strawberry and Scottsdale, died April 26, 2002.
Charles and Sherry Brunson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a potluck luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.