Thursday, November 28
Mary Larson isn’t sure, but she thinks she was born in Hubbard, Ariz.
Since there is no more personal gift than one made by hand, the Pine-Strawberry Art and Craft Guild’s annual holiday season show and sale which wraps up Sunday afternoon may well provide one of the most personal shopping experiences to be found anywhere in the Rim country.
Bertha G. Chapman, 71, of Prescott Valley, died Nov. 22, 2002.
The Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade girls volleyball team played its way to a third-place finish in the Maverick Invitational Tournament Nov. 23 in Wilson Dome.
Officially, no score was recorded when Payson and Chino Valley high schools collided Nov. 21 in a preseason scrimmage. Because the scrimmages are for exhibition purposes only, Arizona Interscholastic Association regulations prohibit keeping score.
A new trial for accused murderer Paul Roosen will begin next month.
Chris Wolf’s father has been a physician for 44 years. His uncle also is a doctor.
Testing has revealed that Brooke Utilities’ Tonto Creek Shores water system which serves Gisela violated the drinking-water maximum contaminant level for total and fecal coliform bacteria for the month of November.
At this time of year I am especially thankful for my wonderful loving husband, Payson Police Officer Allen Dyer. A lot of folks here in Payson have already forgotten that Allen put himself between a very bad terrorist (Lenny Kizzar) and was shot twice in the torso with 44 Magnum bullets.
A reader recently called in to question why Thanksgiving seemed later than usual this year, believing that the holiday fell on the third Thursday of November.
The Lady Longhorns fell 14 points short of their goal to tip off the 2002-03 hardwood campaign with a victory.
Billy Walter Jackson, 78, of Payson, died Nov. 24, 2002.
Students and teachers have been very busy deciding themes and decorating their donated trees for this year’s auction.
Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to move on to the next holiday.
Dorothy Josephine Fechner, 91, of Payson, died Nov. 21, 2002.
Among the most popular summer youth sports events are the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers that have been held the past three years at Payson High School.
The co-defending state champion Longhorn soccer team, along with their Lady Longhorn counterparts, might not be moving to the Class 4A Grand Canyon region.
Depending on whom you ask, Santa will be either be dropping lumps of coal or chunks of treasure into retailers’ Christmas stockings this holiday season.
Have you had your fill of that Thanksgiving turkey yet? Have you looked up new recipes for leftover turkey and dressing? I hope that the day was a gobbling success for all the residents of Tonto Village and the surrounding area.
Q: Does the Payson water department test for the meningitis amoeba that is causing such a stir down in the Valley? Also, is Payson water chlorinated?
It’s November, and the trees are losing their leaves, the wind is kicking up its heels, and the weather is getting cooler. The harvest has been collected and we take time to rest a while and give special thanks and reflect on the past year.
Regarding the article about the benefit for John Dryer; in my opinion, friends helping friends is wonderful.
When I moved to Payson, I was shocked to see people publicly humiliated (in the court record) for crimes they have yet to be found guilty of. I would venture into Pete’s Place for a soda and “Vi” would allow me to read everyone’s horoscope. Naturally, I would add some fun to them. I would also read aloud the court record. With the numerous domestic violence cases, this information became quite useful when it came time to choose a partner, date, etc.
The High Steppers, the Payson Senior Center’s resident line-dancing crew, celebrated Thanksgiving by shaking a leg just as they’ve been doing at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for the past 10 years.
James Collins, 76, of Mesa del Caballo, convicted of child molestation, was sentenced to 17 years without parole in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Commission to discuss options Monday
Pine and Strawberry residents who want input on the water hookup moratorium and other recommendations regarding the two water systems need to attend an open meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in Phoenix.
Tuesday, November 26
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap,” a Chinese proverb goes. “If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
IN THE KITCHEN
Lots of leftover turkey? It is usually not a problem for my family. Still, when you have had about all the turkey sandwiches you can stand, there are plenty of disguises for the remains of the feast.
This week, many Rim country families will have relatives or friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
This Friday is Black Friday, kickoff to another harried Christmas season and the most frenzied shopping day of the year.
Monday, November 25
They are young men and women from the smallest Native American tribe in Arizona, but their prowess in track and field has won the state’s top honor: the Jim Thorpe Award.
It was an e-mail sent to the Roundup. Short, sad and worthy of a response.
Julia Randall Elementary School first-grader Jessica Letrich takes a ride on the Zipliner, the school’s newest piece of playground equipment.
Mike Walter Bozick, 88, of Prescott, died Nov. 21, 2002.
I received a phone call Tuesday evening from high school sports guru and Arizona Interscholastic Association Sports Information Director Barry Sollenberger, who told me something I didn’t know.
Having just read about the terrible tragedy at the Payson Humane Society as reported in the Nov. 22 Payson Roundup and reading Pat Boettcher’s urging for compassion and understanding from the public, I am sad. She said, “This is the hardest thing any of us have ever had to do. This could have been caused by one infected cat.” She is begging all of us to go easy on these people who have killed 100 cats.
The school district boardroom on West Wade Street was a beehive of activity last week as volunteers from all the district’s six schools joined parents and other adult volunteers to get out the annual Credit for Kids mailing.
Last week, we were considering that the approach of Thanksgiving in America makes us mindful of the American Indians. They played a significant role in helping the Pilgrims survive in the New World. But the European immigrants who came to a new world seeking religious freedom lost, somewhere along the line, basic teachings of their faith.
When saddlemaker and former justice of the peace Jim Weeks brings up a name like Shorty Yarberry, you know you’re in the presence of a genuine cowboy.
As the Rim country’s water concerns increase with each passing drought, some homeowners might consider drilling a private water well right on their own yard.
“’Tis the season,” Captain Bobby Lashua said Thursday morning. He and fellow P-S firefighter Mark Boys were dispatched to rescue an injured deer laying in a ditch just north of Pine on Highway 87.
For the first time in the past 21 years, the East region will not have a representative in the Class 3A state championship football game.
If you see Payson High School boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser around town, offer him a little sympathy.
It has only taken Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte about two weeks of preseason training to assess his matmen.
Vernon Daniel Walker, 82, of Payson, died Nov. 21, 2002.
Howard Porter Walker, 89, died Nov. 15, 2002.
Lois Jeanne Johnson, 62, of Payson, died Nov. 22, 2002.
Madge Arlene Hambleton, 71, of Payson, died Nov. 24, 2002.
A 50-year-old Payson man is charged with furnishing marijuana and alcohol to minors.
Forget those woefully premature decorations you started seeing in September. It is now officially the season to be jolly. And to celebrate the occasion, some of the area’s most holiday-spirited merchants, organizations and civil servants are banding together to light up your life.
The town of Payson now has its own live Christmas tree safely ensconced in the ground at Green Valley Park.
Scott Holden’s 10-year-old daughter, Nacelle, should be composing her Christmas list right now.
The annual Tonto Apache Thanksgiving community dinner started in the 1960s with just a handful of people.
The annual community Thanksgiving dinner at Rim Country Middle School heads a list of holiday events sponsored by local churches and civic organizations.
Q: Why can’t the Payson Police Department crack down on cars and motorcycles that have no mufflers? Every morning I’m awakened by this motorcycle with straight pipes. Certainly Payson has more than enough cruisers roaming the town to catch them.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, I attended the Gila County Supervisors’ meeting in Globe.
How many apologies are we supposed to swallow from Mayor Ken Murphy? They are obviously words used only to “make things better” when he behaves outrageously, not based on sincere emotions and he has yet to show true remorse, in my opinion.
Mayor Ken Murphy stated that he would, “make significant and permanent changes in my personal life. I promise that I will”, in a Nov. 15, 2002 front page article in the Payson Roundup. Shortly after that statement, Mayor Murphy was observed indulging in a local bar.
I take issue with two letters to the editor that appeared in the Nov. 22 Roundup Mr. Roberson’s and Ms. Von Somogyi’s.
I am writing in regard to Ken Murphy and his latest public news story.
In regards to the letter from Constance Swanson:
Christmas is coming earlier this year. At least, that’s what the retailers would have us believe.
Calling the water situation in Pine “critical” and “dire,” the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Utilities Division staff wants the commission to impose a total moratorium on new hookups and link Strawberry’s conservation stages to Pine’s.
A new, informal organization of concerned residents is calling for the resignation of Ken Murphy as Payson mayor.
Thursday, November 21
With the days dwindling down to a precious few for Governor Hull’s administration, the 2001-02 version of the state Legislature, the remainder of the long-departed Lisa Graham-Keegan Department of Education’s regime, and some members of the state board of education, it seems only appropriate and fair that their efforts be “labeled” in a similar fashion commensurate with the labels they perpetrated upon our schools, students and educators.
Dr. Stephen Michael Zang, 61, of Scottsdale, died Nov. 17, 2002.
This is the second time I’ve written to the editor about the beautiful Polly Marston poem entitled “I Remember” published in the Roundup on Oct. 16, 2002. The first letter was not used, so I ask that the poem be repeated in the Roundup with this letter.
The wind that blew through Tonto Village last Thursday night was a destructive wind.
omorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23, thousands of people around the world will gather in small towns and big cities to enjoy an evening of storytelling.
Several changes have taken place in the Lady Longhorn basketball program.
The relentless march of the bark beetle continues, but two new agencies have joined the forces arrayed against the tiny pests that threaten to destroy as many as 80 percent of the Rim country’s ponderosa and piñon pine trees.
More than 100 destroyed due to feline herpes
It was their worst nightmare come true: This past week, employees of the Payson Humane Society had to euthanize the entire cat population at the animal shelter due to an insidious disease.
The Payson Fire Department is going to take a chance that it is not cursed when it comes to getting more vehicles.
A Wednesday morning collision on Highway 87, south of the Tonto Natural Bridge turn, was free of injuries, according to Officer Tony McDaniel of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The assault in Mesa del Caballo earlier this week was related to an ongoing family dispute, officials said.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity group is looking for applicants.
The staff, management and volunteers at the Payson Humane Society had to make a most painful decision this week to put to sleep more than 100 cats and kittens. It was discovered that many of the cats were infected with a highly contagious strain of feline herpes.
If Mike Burkett’s article of Oct. 29, 2002 is correct, then all of us have a lot to do starting right away in this holiday season.
Nov. 5, the voters of Gila County expressed support for a provisional community college district as well as a joint technological education district in Payson. This was a strong message about our hopes for the future of this community and the people who reside here.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association is looking for wrestling and basketball officials.
FISH & TIPS
With Roosevelt Lake slowly starting to rise from the recent rain we’ve received, water conditions have changed once again. As is typical with normal runoff, the lake has been churned up so that the visibility in the water is minimal.
The governing body of Arizona high school sports is considering a rule that would prohibit the amount of time coaches can work with their teams in the off season during the school year.
Thanks to their stellar performances in the Longhorns’ run to the state boys soccer co-championship, a foursome of Payson High players has been named to the All-State Tournament team.
Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley has wrapped up the final revisions in the winter sports schedule.
Myrtle Anspaugh, 84, died Nov. 19, 2002 in Payson.
David and Ann Colbertson were married May 18, 1952 in Zearing, Iowa.
Keely and Ryan Suess of Chandler are the proud parents of a daughter.
Deborah and Brian McMinimy celebrated the arrival of their son, Matthew Ryan, at 7:43 a.m. Nov. 9, 2002.
Payson customers have a new place to shop for cars, trucks and SUVs. The Arizona Rim Country Auto Center is now open at 404 E. Highway 260, in the old Ponderosa Steakhouse building.
The big turkeys around here must not know that next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Do you think someone should tell them?
: There’s a five-foot section of sidewalk missing on the northwest corner of Highway 87 and Bonita. If someone stole it, I’m sure no charges would be pressed if it’s returned. Can you solve this mystery?
Reading Richard Haddad’s “My View” of Friday, Nov. 15, I was saddened to see that the Roundup’s publisher could write and print such judgment-laden and, yes, “unchristian” sentiments.
that he does need to deal with, but I am disgusted by the comments recently heard from fellow Christians. While many have been busy passing judgment, it seemed to me there might be other points which should be considered.
As the fallout continues from Rim country’s mayoral embarrassments of late, one question seems to be the right one to ask in light of all the political developments and unflattering events that have transpired so far this year:
We moved our family to Payson just over two years ago.
Steve Zang, MD, JD passed away last Saturday. I knew Steve, Jody and their kids from the time they arrived in Payson.
Tuesday, November 19
Yes, fellow parents, I know. They have short attention spans, they think they know everything, and they hate learning new things.
Just think of it! People come from all over the world to see the Grand Canyon, and it is only 180 miles from Payson.
IN THE KITCHEN
There are probably two holidays that traditionally star pies on the dessert table: Washington’s Birthday with cherry pie and Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Some things never change.
Monday, November 18
Former Payson High School cross country star Leighanne Haynes has run her way to collegiate All-American honors.
I am the parent of a police officer. I am wondering how many parents, brothers, sisters and children of police officers and firemen live in Payson, a town where the mayor has shown terrible disrespect to both professions. I am horrified that anyone in this town still wants Murphy for mayor after what he said to Officer Dyer.
I was out of town at the time that Jack Sheahan passed away. Please print the following poem as a tribute to him. The author of this poem is unknown.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Payson detachment of the Marine Corps League hosted a gala celebration in honor of the 227th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps.
I would like to thank you for all your coverage of the fall sports.
The following menus will be served during the period of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26:
The highlight of the Longhorns’ annual awards program will be coach Steve Saban’s announcement of the players who were named to the All-East region team. The banquet is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Mazatzal Casino.
It takes a great deal of integrity to get up in front of the entire town and admit that you have issues in your personal life.
This past weekend, something magical happened at the high school auditorium. More than 30 Rim Country Middle School students took two evening audiences on a journey back to the 1960s in a musical play called “Groovy.”
Friends helping friends, says 32-year Tonto Basin businessman John Dryer, is not anything unusual in his community.
One of Don Doyle’s more memorable experiences during a long acting and teaching career was when the retired Arizona State University professor had his Irish brogue critiqued by the late actor Dennis Day’s mother.
A Valley man is missing, and the Gila County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team has joined the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department and a Department of Public Safety helicopter search crew in order to find him.
As the season of Thanksgiving comes to us once again, we think of Pilgrims escaping persecution in Europe for their faith and establishing colonies in the New World.
Former Lady Longhorn Leighanne Haynes and PHS junior Tanner Morgan took top honors at the town’s Turkey Trot 5K Run-Walk Saturday at Green Valley Park.
People who don’t want their personal life made public, or to be subject to judgment should not seek public office.
For the first time in about as long as a football fan can recall, the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets will not be participating in the Arizona State football tournament final four.
Barbara Alice Apfel, 73, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2002.
When Ramona Coppelli became a diabetes educator in Payson three years ago, people told her there wasn’t much of a need.
So Payson is a “football town.” I’ve heard this from many. Can’t fight that, but what’s wrong with giving credit where credit’s due for the other sports played during the same season?
In regards to the article in Friday’s paper about everyone whose house was built before 1991 having to replace their toilets to conserve water really upset me.
At the first Thanksgiving, the Indians shared the bounty of the land with weary pilgrims.
Obesity is of epidemic proportions for both people and pets. Obesity is a key factor in most health problems seen by veterinarians today. Besides causing tremendous stress on the hips, carrying excess weight burdens the heart and other organs.
Randy Alan Zimmer Jr. and Randy Alan Zimmer Sr. were arrested and charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence Monday.
“We just had an incredible day,” Cathy Otto said.
Q: What length of time does the Rim country need an average amount of rain and snow to withstand the bark beetles? Will an average winter do it, or do we need an average year, or maybe two or three years?
Lora J. Van Nortwick, 77, of Payson, died Nov. 15, 2002.
Harold (Hal) Mayo, 92, a longtime Payson resident, died Nov. 15, 2002.
Some of the stories Payson residents have to share about “Indian Mud” seem fairly benign.
A preliminary autopsy report has confirmed that former Roundup columnist Calnis Dowlearn died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Have no unreasonable anger, but be not without righteous anger.” ld Chinese Proverb
David Clayton French Sr., 76, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2002 in Scottsdale.
If Rim Country Middle School wrestling coach David Daniels can find the athletes to fill a couple of vacant weight classes, the Mavericks could sport the clout to make a run at the White Mountain League championship.
Thursday, November 14
I am so deeply sorry for the recent events concerning Kenny. I want to apologize to all of you for what happened. But, I also want you to know something about him. He is the nicest, most caring man I have ever known. I have never known someone more patriotic about his country or Arizona. He loves Payson. We went through a campaign since last September that was brutal. He won. I know we went through tougher times then, than even now.
There are angry Payson residents calling the town council about Mayor Ken Murphy’s recent run-in with the law.
Payson and the other communities impacted by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire need to diversify their economies, according to a recent study.
Buzz Walker and Jeff Durbin are flush with excitement about the town’s new toilet replacement program.
Roy George Haught will not be released from probation eight months early as he had hoped.
John Scott Lovelady, 75, of Deer Creek, died Nov. 12, 2002.
The party that’s planned for Saturday evening, Nov. 23, at the Strawberry Lodge is not just a farewell gathering for Jean Turner.
Last week, I said that the election was over, well, maybe not.
Supporters vow to stand behind embattled mayor
“I do not intend to resign,” Mayor Ken Murphy told the Payson Town Council and residents gathered at town hall Thursday night.
Kevan Deon Kuhlman, the admitted killer of Susan Birchak, entered a Globe courtroom Wednesday and changed his plea from first- to second-degree murder Wednesday a switch that will likely translate into a 16-to-22-year prison term, according to Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.
Once again, the inappropriate actions of Mayor Ken Murphy have raised concerns among residents about the example he is setting for our community. His arrest for disorderly conduct and threatening and intimidating related to domestic violence is not something the community can easily excuse, especially on the heels of a similar incident just three months ago at a bar, and a charge of disorderly conduct toward his ex-wife in August 2000.
The bypass issue still remains the same. No one has done the economic impact study that ADOT recommended be done first as the actual impact on local businesses has never been determined.
I am a new resident (six months) to the community and chose this town based on a number of positive factors.
As a relatively new resident of Payson I have to wonder, how did Ken Murphy get elected as mayor?
It’s way past time for all of you to take action regarding the deplorable situation the town of Payson has gotten itself into by electing our current mayor. We fully recognize this may not have been your individual selection for mayor; however, unless you take action in this regard, you all will be guilty by association.
I just finished reading the article on barking dogs.
Q: What was the outcome on Proposition 400 to establish a provisional community college district? The Roundup didn’t print that last Friday.
James Howell Jones, 70, of Payson, died Nov. 11, 2002.
Frank E. Seriani, 72, of Mesa, died Nov. 11, 2002.
Manning “Jack” Tripp, 55, of Pine, died Nov. 9, 2002.
Wayne McMillen and Roxane Taylor were married Nov. 3, 2002 aboard the Fiesta Queen on the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nev.
For Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Chris Schwind, the recently concluded net campaign was an opportunity to lay a solid foundation for future teams.
Payson Youth football hosts the Central Arizona Youth Football Championships tomorrow (Saturday) at Payson High School field and Rumsey Park.
The Arizona Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association has posted the official results of the Class 3A competition and both Longhorn teams fared well.
Coach David Daniels’ Rim Country Middle School Maverick wrestling team grappled its way to a successful White Mountain League debut.
The husband-and-wife fishing team of Clifford and Alicia Pirch is one of the most accomplished on the AllStar Bass Couples Circuit.
This week, Trent Hubbard of Payson asks, “Does the temperature affect bass fishing?”
If Chuck Hardt continues to win “Coach of the Year” honors at his current pace, his family might want to consider adding a trophy room to their house.
Saturday was not a very good day to get in the Christmas spirit it rained like cats and dogs all day, but that didn’t stop the group of people that showed up to help decorate the highway for the holidays.
Jack, the chain saw artist who had become a fixture at the Strawberry market over the years, died Saturday, Nov 9. and our community will miss him.
Tuesday, November 12
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Ask most people to list the world’s monumental inventions and you’re likely to get answers like the printing press, electricity, the telephone, the internal combustion engine and the airplane.
"When I was about 5 years old, my father walked into the room one day and said, ‘You don’t have an option in whether or not you will play a musical instrument, but you can choose the instrument you will play,’” Arvid Thompson recalls.
With much local discussion about the town of Payson buying the “Pieper property,” currently called the Garcia property, for parks and flood control, it might be of interest to know about the family that originally owned that acreage. They were August and Wilhelmina Pieper.
IN THE KITCHEN
Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Are you ready?
Monday, November 11
I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Payson Town Council for their collective courage and investment of $75,000 taxpayer dollars last July to promote tourism in Payson and the Rim country.
This week’s solid voter approval for Payson Unified School District to join Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology is a win for our students, our schools, our citizens and our community.
After a hard-fought, scoreless game that went into two 10-minute overtimes, Payson and Sedona were crowned Class 1A-3A Arizona state boys soccer co-champions.
Let’s start getting some articles out in the Roundup concerning light pollution, and what both business and individuals can do to help eliminate it.
The Payson Town Council is about to take up the subject of a new water conservation ordinance proposed by Public Works Director Buzz Walker.
Ardell M. Scott, 71, died Nov. 7, 2002 in Payson.
Billy Ray Harden, 66, of Pine, died Nov. 10, 2002.
Virginia Lee Gregg, 81, died Nov. 8, 2002.
Allen G. Fishbaugh, Cdr. USN Retired, 79, died Oct. 31, 2002 in Batavia, N.Y.
Yesterday was Veterans Day, and the Rim country remembered those who served in the armed forces to protect America’s freedoms.
“I don’t know if God is going to let me into heaven,” Mary Gibson said at the end of an interview with the Roundup.
All Calnis Dowlearn wanted to do was stay warm.
FOCUS ON PETS
Dogs bark for a variety of their very own important reasons. We may think they bark primarily to annoy us, or get us in trouble with our neighbors, but that is rarely the case.
Katie Ford of Payson will star as Clara in the Mesa production of The Nutcracker next month.
One juvenile died and eight others were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Highway 260 yesterday.
Two different searches for three men had happy conclusions last week.
The Rim Country Optimist Club has started the annual Community Christmas Food Drive, formerly operated by the Payson Lioness Club.
In an attempt to slow increasing consumption, the town water department has developed a new water conservation ordinance.
You can’t score if you don’t have the ball.
In the White Mountains, which is home to one Class 2A and five 3A high schools, there is quite a stir going on about the small-school state championship football games not being played in Sun Devil Stadium.
The plan to improve drainage problems into the American Gulch is up for a hearing this week.
The planned referendum against the town’s purchase of the 12-acre Garcia property has been put to rest.
Murphy arrested on domestic violence charges
Payson Mayor Ken Murphy spent Sunday night in jail, booked on charges of disorderly conduct/domestic violence and threatening and intimidating/domestic violence.
Art students at Rim Country Middle School have caught an early case of Christmas spirit.
By turning in the best state finish in the history of Payson High cross country, the Longhorns have etched their names into school record books.
Frontier Elementary School students are proving their versatility.
There will be no repeat for the defending state champion Lady Longhorn cross country team.
Q: Is there any benefit to cutting down trees affected by the bark beetle to prevent their spreading to surrounding healthy trees?
Regarding the letter on the bypass by Robert Elliott (Nov. 5 Roundup):
Over 3,000 applications for sports funding assistance have been sent home with the students of all schools in Payson, Pine and surrounding areas.
Thursday, November 7
Thomas Soutar, 72, died Nov. 5, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Prescott.
Lady Longhorn softball coach Will Dunman is adamantly urging all aspiring middle and high school players to take advantage of a skills camp that will be held during the Payson school district’s Christmas holiday vacation.
FISH & TIPS
Fisherman John Powers from Payson High School asks, “What kind of river or lake bottoms are preferred by bass?”
Aspiring Rim country pitchers 10- to 16-years-of-age had the opportunity Nov. 3 to learn from one of the best fast pitch hurlers in the nation.
The loss of the Lady Longhorns number-two runner to an injury probably cost the team the East regional championships.
Payson High School’s cross country team advances today (Friday) to the Class 3A state championships. The team is the East regional runner-up and a long shot to win the school’s first boys state championship.
In a rematch of two longtime East region rivals, the Longhorns travel to Lakeside this evening (Friday) to challenge the Yellow Jackets in a first round state football tournament game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Blue Ridge High School stadium.
A pair of familiar foes, the Lady Longhorns and Camp Verde Cowgirls, clash tomorrow (Saturday) in the semifinal round of the state soccer tournament.
Timothy “Tim” Bryan Watson, 38, of Tempe, died Nov. 6, 2002 in Phoenix.
Gerald “Jerry” Oates, 73, died Oct. 10, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Prescott.
Gurdon Holcomb, 74, a former resident of Payson, died Nov. 6, 2002 in Phoenix.
Edward Charles Evans, 70, of Payson, died Nov. 1, 2002.
Anna Mae (Basket) Dunton, 80, of Pine, died Nov. 4, 2002.
Another year has rolled around, marked once again by the annual Time Out Shelter candlelight walk and vigil recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Time once more to listen to poems, the recitation of victims’ names, and prayers offered for justice for victims and perpetrators alike.
Over the last 10 days the Internet service from Cablevision has been worse than usual.
Our Merchant Marine of World War II suffered a greater percentage of war-related deaths than all U.S. Armed Forces combined. Most don’t know we were the only all-volunteer service. We were what the battle of the Atlantic was all about.
We live in a place where the men and women who made this country the safe, privileged place it is surround us.
In Arizona, as in most of the country, the campaigns that were cliffhangers leading up to Election Day 2002 remained cliffhangers well into and beyond Election Night 2002.
According to Robert Fowler, last Saturday was “just another day” for his five children, aged nine to 17.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the killing of an adult black bear and a cub.
“Sabrina, would you get Bubba some orange juice.”
At its best, Gila County’s voter turnout has reached 80 percent of all registered voters.
Star Valley resident Calnis Dowlearn, who for a number of years in the mid-1990s wrote the Roundup feature “Eye on the Sky,” died last week of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ruby Sheldon, still an active pilot at the age of 85, helps paint a giant “compass rose” at Payson Municipal Airport.
Seems to me that a progressive town like Payson should have a “little Known Facts” column in the newspaper.
Everett Wallace Brown, 58, of Payson, died Nov. 1, 2002.
The election is over, let the counting of votes continue.
Mad Dawg’s and Mel’s, a 1950s-themed diner and “garage emporium” on Main Street, hopes to open its doors to the public in less than a month.
We have been approved for a burn pit. It is located at the Ponderosa Gravel Pit at Mile Post 265 on Highway 260 across from the Ponderosa Campground on the north side of 260.
Q: I just got the Payson Humane Society newsletter in the mail and it says that with the sale of the current shelter to the town we now must pay them $500 a month in rent. Can we get that waived? We citizens save aluminum cans so we can keep the shelter open, and that’s a heck of a lot of cans.
Monday, Oct. 28 was a tragic day. With the senseless shootings at the University of Arizona in Tucson, my profession lost three of its finest, and I lost a true friend.
Republican Congressman-elect Rick Renzi is the latest featured attraction to be lined up for Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Green Valley Park.
Tis the season for prescribed burns, and the Payson Ranger District is taking full advantage of optimal conditions to avoid a repeat of the catastrophic wildfires that ravaged the Rim country last summer.
The big noise in this year’s election came from the Congressional and state contests. Gila County races were mostly quiet.
Tuesday, November 5
IN THE KITCHEN
Look at the dates of World War II and the Korean War.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
The news out of Kansas is bad and then it gets worse and worse yet before turning disastrous.
This is not just a Veterans Day story about an ex-Marine who needed help and got it.
In this season of honoring the veterans of America's armed forces, we recall that Payson itself was once the center of a war.
Election returns as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002:
Monday, November 4
In the wake of the Mogollon Grille's demise, Shakey Joe Harless' Songwriter's Cafe and Open Mike Night has found a new home.
The town netted more than $24,000 with its surplus equipment auction last week.
The Payson Police Department has seen more added benefits to their ongoing neighborhood traffic detail.
Q: What's up with the Giant commercial on KMOG where they punch a man in the stomach and then call it an act of random violence? Doesn't KMOG have any standards when it comes to accepting commercials? It doesn't set a very good example for our young people.
Regarding the letter on the by-pass (10/29/02 issue)
Another proposed bright idea for Payson, a recreation center, yahoo! Another property tax hike if this comes about, I am sure.
I recently reread an article titled "Old West town in the works for Main Street" from your Oct. 15 issue. Quite a few questions came to mind that maybe someone could clear up.
The recent comments in the Roundup questioning the need for a traffic light at Tyler Parkway and Hwy. 260 suggest that this light is unnecessary, that it will impede the "smooth" flow of traffic, and that it is being installed to satisfy the whim of affluent golfers residing at the Rim Golf Club.
John M. Swenson, Lt. Col. (Ret.), 55, of Peoria, died Oct. 29, 2002.
The family of Earl and Edythe Finley will honor their parents at a 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, Nov. 9.
Robert and Kally Flibotte of Payson announce the marriage of their daughter, Amy Kathryn, to Andrew William Kissling, son of William and Ann Kissling of Beech Grove, Ind.
For the first time, I went down the streets used by parents and school buses during delivery and pickup of students at Frontier Elementary School and was amazed at the amount of traffic.
I had no idea, three years ago this month, what a huge difference a tiny little community newspaper could make. No idea at all.
With the holiday season approaching, the Annual Payson Canned Food Drive was launched at the Rim Country Rotary Club's breakfast meeting Thursday.
Last month, if Old Mother Hubbard had gone to the St. Vincents de Paul Food Bank's cupboard, she would not have found her poor dog a bone. Nor would she have found anything but some canned spaghetti sauce, fruit juice, turkey stuffing, and sugar.
The Mesa del Caballo Fire Department, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is now the Houston Mesa Fire Department.
The Town of Payson has finally lifted stage two water restrictions in place since June 13, but the water department has also prepared a new water conservation ordinance for the town council's consideration.
A rabies-infected fox bit a Tonto Basin hunter four times Saturday morning before the man strangled the animal with his bare hands.
Standing in a trailer packed with canned food, Kim Turney (right) of Payson Concrete helps load donations with Darlene Curlee (left) and Gina Elliott of the Time Out Shelter.
For many people who grew up in the Rim country, a visit to Payson Head Start is a nostalgic experience.
As October's Breast Cancer Awareness month draws to a close, women need to be told the truth about the link between breast cancer and abortion, and that abortion has contributed to the steep rise in breast cancer since legalized in 1973.
Julia Randall Elementary School physical education teacher Tracey Herbert has received the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's most prestigious award.
When the opportunities to showcase their considerable gridiron skills arose, Jake Sleeper and Erin Satterfield took full advantage.
The 2002 golf campaign has wrapped up for the 100-plus members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
A highly promising gridiron season, with a 4-0 start, is now on the edge of disaster.
Only days after saying Payson High placement into the Class 4A Grand Canyon region would be appealed, school officials have reversed their decision and will not protest the move.
A soccer fan's dream awaits Longhorn faithful Friday afternoon in Tucson.
Here's a way to get acquainted with a new neighbor before they move to town: read the book about their life.
As we come to another Veterans Day we recall that Rim country residents have served in every war and conflict since settlement.
It is not a topic that anyone likes to dwell on.
A three-and-a-half-month investigation by the Payson Police Department culminated Monday morning with the methamphetamine-related arrests of three people in a Star Valley mobile home park.
Steve Joseph Chapla, 86, died Oct. 17, 2002 in Kalispell, Mont.
Everyone knows that the Library Friends of Payson is a successful organization.