Stories for November 2002


Thursday, November 28

102-year-old woman living the good life

Mary Larson isn’t sure, but she thinks she was born in Hubbard, Ariz.

Art Guild show makes shopping a snap

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

Bertha G. Chapman, 71, of Prescott Valley, died Nov. 22, 2002.

Lady Mavs settle for bronze

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.

Hobbled Horns open with scrimmage

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.

Roosen retrial set for Dec. 10

A new trial for accused murderer Paul Roosen will begin next month.

Hospital’s new CEO wants to ‘make a difference’

Chris Wolf’s father has been a physician for 44 years. His uncle also is a doctor.

Gisela water treated for contamination

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.

A policeman’s job is never done

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 reminder of what the feast is all about

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.

CV spoils Lady Horns’ season debut

The Lady Longhorns fell 14 points short of their goal to tip off the 2002-03 hardwood campaign with a victory.

Billy Walter Jackson

Billy Walter Jackson, 78, of Payson, died Nov. 24, 2002.

Lots of activities planned for holidays


Students and teachers have been very busy deciding themes and decorating their donated trees for this year’s auction.

Cleaning up Christopher Creek for Christmas


Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to move on to the next holiday.

Dorothy Josephine Fechner

Dorothy Josephine Fechner, 91, of Payson, died Nov. 21, 2002.

Sharpen your skills at D-backs camp

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.

Soccer wants to stay in 1A-3A fall league

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.

Retailers can win despite shaky economy

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.

Christmas shopping in Payson is a treat


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.

What's up?

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?

Now is the time for Thanksgiving all year long

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.

Dryer’s predicament was his own doing

Regarding the article about the benefit for John Dryer; in my opinion, friends helping friends is wonderful.

We shouldn’t have been surprised

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.

Fleet of feet

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.

Collins gets 17 years for child molestation

James Collins, 76, of Mesa del Caballo, convicted of child molestation, was sentenced to 17 years without parole in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Pine water situation bleak, says Brooke

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

’Tis the season to be giving


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.”

What to do with that leftover turkey


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.

A tour of the Rim country


This week, many Rim country families will have relatives or friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Christmas gifts guys crave


This Friday is Black Friday, kickoff to another harried Christmas season and the most frenzied shopping day of the year.

Monday, November 25

Tonto Apache team honored with Jim Thorpe Award

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.

Literacy program loses ‘heart and soul’

It was an e-mail sent to the Roundup. Short, sad and worthy of a response.

Flight school

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

Mike Walter Bozick, 88, of Prescott, died Nov. 21, 2002.

Have you ever heard of Pine High School?

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.

Diseased cats had to go

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.

Time to pony up for Credit for Kids

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.

Euro-Americans learned from Amerinds, Part 2


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.

Local cowboy handcrafts saddles


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.

Private water wells: Drilling for answers


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.

Wildlife poses threat to motorists, and vice versa

“’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.

East title hopes at an end

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.

Payson’s hoop hopes take big hit

If you see Payson High School boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser around town, offer him a little sympathy.

Six to lead Horn mat charge

It has only taken Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte about two weeks of preseason training to assess his matmen.

Vernon Daniel Walker

Vernon Daniel Walker, 82, of Payson, died Nov. 21, 2002.

Howard Porter Walker

Howard Porter Walker, 89, died Nov. 15, 2002.

Lois Jeanne Johnson

Lois Jeanne Johnson, 62, of Payson, died Nov. 22, 2002.

Madge Arlene Hambleton

Madge Arlene Hambleton, 71, of Payson, died Nov. 24, 2002.

Man charged with giving drugs, alcohol to minors

A 50-year-old Payson man is charged with furnishing marijuana and alcohol to minors.

Swiss Village to light up Friday

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.

Town plants new Christmas tree at GVP

The town of Payson now has its own live Christmas tree safely ensconced in the ground at Green Valley Park.

Deadly viral encephalitis strikes ‘incredible child’

Scott Holden’s 10-year-old daughter, Nacelle, should be composing her Christmas list right now.

Tribe’s Thanksgiving dinner is growing

The annual Tonto Apache Thanksgiving community dinner started in the 1960s with just a handful of people.

Thanksgiving feast brings community together

The annual community Thanksgiving dinner at Rim Country Middle School heads a list of holiday events sponsored by local churches and civic organizations.

What's up?

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.

Health care claims should be compared

Tuesday, Nov. 19, I attended the Gila County Supervisors’ meeting in Globe.

Stand up and sign the recall petition

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.

Honorable thing would be to resign

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.

Murphy is accountable to the voters

I take issue with two letters to the editor that appeared in the Nov. 22 Roundup Mr. Roberson’s and Ms. Von Somogyi’s.

Murphy needs to act like everyone else

I am writing in regard to Ken Murphy and his latest public news story.

A lesson in economic reality

In regards to the letter from Constance Swanson:

Shop hometown to find unique Rim country gifts

Christmas is coming earlier this year. At least, that’s what the retailers would have us believe.

Agency wants to link P-S water systems

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.

Citizens group calls for mayor’s resignation

A new, informal organization of concerned residents is calling for the resignation of Ken Murphy as Payson mayor.

Thursday, November 21

Resources needed to improve our schools

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

Dr. Stephen Michael Zang, 61, of Scottsdale, died Nov. 17, 2002.

Poet is a true believer

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.

Gone with the Mogollon wind


The wind that blew through Tonto Village last Thursday night was a destructive wind.

Pine’s Tellabration 2002 this weekend


omorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23, thousands of people around the world will gather in small towns and big cities to enjoy an evening of storytelling.

Lady hoopsters set for title run

Several changes have taken place in the Lady Longhorn basketball program.

Local residents urged to battle bark beetles

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.

Disease infects shelter’s cat population

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.

Fire dept. to obtain three new trucks

The Payson Fire Department is going to take a chance that it is not cursed when it comes to getting more vehicles.

Highway 87 accident free of injuries

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.

Assault related to ongoing family feud

The assault in Mesa del Caballo earlier this week was related to an ongoing family dispute, officials said.

Applicants sought for new Habitat house

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity group is looking for applicants.

At times, the right choice is the hardest

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.

Time to stop bark beetle dead in its tracks

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.

Residents have assured growth in education

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.

AIA needs officials for winter sports

The Arizona Interscholastic Association is looking for wrestling and basketball officials.

Murky water good for fishing


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.

AIA rule could mean less practice for Longhorns

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.

Coaches tap four Horns all-state

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.

Athletic director releases winter slates

Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley has wrapped up the final revisions in the winter sports schedule.

Myrtle Anspaugh

Myrtle Anspaugh, 84, died Nov. 19, 2002 in Payson.

Colbertsons celebrate 50th

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.

Arizona Rim Country Auto Center opens

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.

Neighborhood birds can’t read calendars


The big turkeys around here must not know that next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Do you think someone should tell them?

What's up?

: 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?

Don’t judge others before court or God can get around to it

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.

Thank God for Ken Murphy

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.

Not proud to be a Paysonite these days

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:

What kind of lessons does this teach our children?

We moved our family to Payson just over two years ago.

Goodbye to an old friend

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

Thanks for tiny blessings


Yes, fellow parents, I know. They have short attention spans, they think they know everything, and they hate learning new things.

The Grand Canyon wasn’t crowded


Just think of it! People come from all over the world to see the Grand Canyon, and it is only 180 miles from Payson.

It isn’t Thanksgiving without the pies


There are probably two holidays that traditionally star pies on the dessert table: Washington’s Birthday with cherry pie and Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie.

Russian to judgement


Some things never change.

Monday, November 18

Former Lady Horn stakes claim to All-American title

Former Payson High School cross country star Leighanne Haynes has run her way to collegiate All-American honors.

How ashamed must we become?

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.

Poetic tribute to Sheahan

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.

Semper fidelis, Roger Ballard

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.

Wonderful job of sports coverage

I would like to thank you for all your coverage of the fall sports.

School menus

The following menus will be served during the period of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26:

East stars to be named at gridiron ceremony

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.

Murphy a man of good personal character

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.

Support the magic in our public schools

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.”

Tonto Basin benefit to help local businessman

Friends helping friends, says 32-year Tonto Basin businessman John Dryer, is not anything unusual in his community.

Arizona storytellers gather in Pine

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.

Avondale man missing; van found east of Payson

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.

Euro-American learned from Amerinds - Part 1


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.

Turkey trotters

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.

Murphy should keep a lower profile

People who don’t want their personal life made public, or to be subject to judgment should not seek public office.

Winslow bumps Blue Ridge from state tournament

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

Barbara Alice Apfel, 73, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2002.

Coppelli has passion for her patients


When Ramona Coppelli became a diabetes educator in Payson three years ago, people told her there wasn’t much of a need.

Football is great, but so is soccer

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?

Time to stop huge developments

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.

Tonto Apaches save Thanksgiving

At the first Thanksgiving, the Indians shared the bounty of the land with weary pilgrims.

Obesity in pets key to many health problems

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.

Teen assaulted in Mesa del Caballo

Randy Alan Zimmer Jr. and Randy Alan Zimmer Sr. were arrested and charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence Monday.

Literacy program aimed at entire family

“We just had an incredible day,” Cathy Otto said.

What's up?

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

Lora J. Van Nortwick, 77, of Payson, died Nov. 15, 2002.

Harold (Hal) Mayo

Harold (Hal) Mayo, 92, a longtime Payson resident, died Nov. 15, 2002.

Indian Mud: skin-cancer ‘cure’ no better than a branding iron


Some of the stories Payson residents have to share about “Indian Mud” seem fairly benign.

Dowlearn killed by carbon monoxide

A preliminary autopsy report has confirmed that former Roundup columnist Calnis Dowlearn died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mr. Mayor, do the right thing

“Have no unreasonable anger, but be not without righteous anger.” ld Chinese Proverb

David Clayton French Sr.

David Clayton French Sr., 76, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2002 in Scottsdale.

Lobos nip outmanned Mavs

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

Fiancee apologizes for mayor’s trouble

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.

Angry residents talk of recall

There are angry Payson residents calling the town council about Mayor Ken Murphy’s recent run-in with the law.

Retirees key to region’s economic stability

Payson and the other communities impacted by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire need to diversify their economies, according to a recent study.

Town gets into toilet business

Buzz Walker and Jeff Durbin are flush with excitement about the town’s new toilet replacement program.

Haught denied early probation release

Roy George Haught will not be released from probation eight months early as he had hoped.

John Scott Lovelady

John Scott Lovelady, 75, of Deer Creek, died Nov. 12, 2002.

35-year era ends for Strawberry Lodge

The party that’s planned for Saturday evening, Nov. 23, at the Strawberry Lodge is not just a farewell gathering for Jean Turner.

No winner yet in fire board race


Last week, I said that the election was over, well, maybe not.

Murphy promises change

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.

Murder suspect changes plea

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.

Mayor’s actions can be forgiven, but hard to excuse

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.

Proposed bypass’ effects unknown

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.

Honorable thing would be to step down

I am a new resident (six months) to the community and chose this town based on a number of positive factors.

Town should oust mayor

As a relatively new resident of Payson I have to wonder, how did Ken Murphy get elected as mayor?

Council may be guilty by association

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.

Who is smarter, the dog or the owner?

I just finished reading the article on barking dogs.

What's up?

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

James Howell Jones, 70, of Payson, died Nov. 11, 2002.

Frank E. Seriani

Frank E. Seriani, 72, of Mesa, died Nov. 11, 2002.

Manning “Jack” Tripp

Manning “Jack” Tripp, 55, of Pine, died Nov. 9, 2002.

McMillen, Taylor wed

Wayne McMillen and Roxane Taylor were married Nov. 3, 2002 aboard the Fiesta Queen on the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nev.

Schwind continues to build her team

For Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Chris Schwind, the recently concluded net campaign was an opportunity to lay a solid foundation for future teams.

Payson to host youth football playoffs

Payson Youth football hosts the Central Arizona Youth Football Championships tomorrow (Saturday) at Payson High School field and Rumsey Park.

Rim runners turn in strong state effort

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.

Mavericks matmen nip Winslow Bullpups

Coach David Daniels’ Rim Country Middle School Maverick wrestling team grappled its way to a successful White Mountain League debut.

Pirches are AllStar Bass champs

The husband-and-wife fishing team of Clifford and Alicia Pirch is one of the most accomplished on the AllStar Bass Couples Circuit.

It’s fishing weather

This week, Trent Hubbard of Payson asks, “Does the temperature affect bass fishing?”

Hardt named Coach of Year for 11th time

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.

Community gets spruced up for holiday season


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.

Pine-Strawberry lost beloved artist


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

Microwave changed the world forever


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 fiddlers jam in Pine, everyone has a fine time


"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.

The Piepers built a mansion


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.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner


Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Are you ready?

Monday, November 11

Advertising campaign helped avert economic disaster

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.

Voters chose wisely for our children

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.

Horns, Sedona share state soccer crown

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 darken up, Payson

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.

Water rules should be equitable to all residents

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

Ardell M. Scott, 71, died Nov. 7, 2002 in Payson.

Billy Ray Harden

Billy Ray Harden, 66, of Pine, died Nov. 10, 2002.

Virginia Lee Gregg

Virginia Lee Gregg, 81, died Nov. 8, 2002.

Allen G. Fishbaugh

Allen G. Fishbaugh, Cdr. USN Retired, 79, died Oct. 31, 2002 in Batavia, N.Y.

Entertaining the troops, Rim country style


Yesterday was Veterans Day, and the Rim country remembered those who served in the armed forces to protect America’s freedoms.

Brit recalls America’s war veterans


“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.

Carbon monoxide: ‘The silent killer’


All Calnis Dowlearn wanted to do was stay warm.

What to do with barking dogs


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.

Payson dancer stars in ‘Nutcracker’

Katie Ford of Payson will star as Clara in the Mesa production of The Nutcracker next month.

1 dies, 8 injured in 260 head-on collision

One juvenile died and eight others were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Highway 260 yesterday.

Posse in two brief searches

Two different searches for three men had happy conclusions last week.

Optimists need help with holiday food drive

The Rim Country Optimist Club has started the annual Community Christmas Food Drive, formerly operated by the Payson Lioness Club.

Town looks at strict water conservation ordinance

In an attempt to slow increasing consumption, the town water department has developed a new water conservation ordinance.

Yellow Jackets eliminate Horns in state opener

You can’t score if you don’t have the ball.

What a difference a conference can make

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.

American Gulch hearing tops council’s agenda

The plan to improve drainage problems into the American Gulch is up for a hearing this week.

Town withdraws property purchase

The planned referendum against the town’s purchase of the 12-acre Garcia property has been put to rest.

Mayor jailed

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.

Fresh coat of Christmas

Art students at Rim Country Middle School have caught an early case of Christmas spirit.

Payson runs to state fifth-place honors

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.

FES students mentally, physically fit

Frontier Elementary School students are proving their versatility.

Lady Longhorns say goodbye to second crown

There will be no repeat for the defending state champion Lady Longhorn cross country team.

What's up?

Q: Is there any benefit to cutting down trees affected by the bark beetle to prevent their spreading to surrounding healthy trees?

Need for bypass is obvious

Regarding the letter on the bypass by Robert Elliott (Nov. 5 Roundup):

PYO has scholarships available, thanks to sponsors

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

Thomas Soutar, 72, died Nov. 5, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Prescott.

What Dunman wants for Christmas

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.

Another look at bass habits


Fisherman John Powers from Payson High School asks, “What kind of river or lake bottoms are preferred by bass?”

Ex-ASU star tutors Rim hurlers

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.

Depleted girls cross country squad runs to East bronze

The loss of the Lady Longhorns number-two runner to an injury probably cost the team the East regional championships.

Longhorns primed for state challenge

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.

Longhorns face Jackets in state first round

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.

Championship berth on the line for Lady Horns

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 B. Watson

Timothy “Tim” Bryan Watson, 38, of Tempe, died Nov. 6, 2002 in Phoenix.

Gerald Oates

Gerald “Jerry” Oates, 73, died Oct. 10, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Prescott.

Gurdon Holcomb

Gurdon Holcomb, 74, a former resident of Payson, died Nov. 6, 2002 in Phoenix.

Edward C. Evans

Edward Charles Evans, 70, of Payson, died Nov. 1, 2002.

Anna Mae Dunton

Anna Mae (Basket) Dunton, 80, of Pine, died Nov. 4, 2002.

Public, victims underserved by justice system

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.

Internet cable service short on service side

Over the last 10 days the Internet service from Cablevision has been worse than usual.

Let us remember the U.S. Merchant Marine veterans of WWII

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.

Roundup thankful for our veterans

We live in a place where the men and women who made this country the safe, privileged place it is surround us.

Election cliffhangers could continue

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.

‘Just another day’ for rabid fox victim

According to Robert Fowler, last Saturday was “just another day” for his five children, aged nine to 17.

Black bear and cub killed by poachers, reward offered

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the killing of an adult black bear and a cub.

Community Kids get new home

“Sabrina, would you get Bubba some orange juice.”

Gila County turnout not the best, not the worst

At its best, Gila County’s voter turnout has reached 80 percent of all registered voters.

Star Valley woman found dead

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.

History in action

Ruby Sheldon, still an active pilot at the age of 85, helps paint a giant “compass rose” at Payson Municipal Airport.

School kids walk streets

Seems to me that a progressive town like Payson should have a “little Known Facts” column in the newspaper.

Everett Wallace Brown

Everett Wallace Brown, 58, of Payson, died Nov. 1, 2002.

Volunteers help make election run smoothly


The election is over, let the counting of votes continue.

Mad Dawg’s part of new Main Street

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.

Burning approved at gravel pit


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.

What's up?

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.

To honor a lost friend and leader

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.

Payson Veterans Day activities scheduled for this Saturday

Republican Congressman-elect Rick Renzi is the latest featured attraction to be lined up for Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Green Valley Park.

Rim smoke from yearly forest burns

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.

County races mostly quiet

The big noise in this year’s election came from the Congressional and state contests. Gila County races were mostly quiet.

Tuesday, November 5

Hard times at home hardened vets for war


Look at the dates of World War II and the Korean War.

Don't count Arizona out yet


The news out of Kansas is bad and then it gets worse and worse yet before turning disastrous.

A time to honor veterans


This is not just a Veterans Day story about an ex-Marine who needed help and got it.

Payson almost became an Army post


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 results

Election returns as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002:

Monday, November 4

'Songwriter's Cafe' returns to Mario's on Saturday

In the wake of the Mogollon Grille's demise, Shakey Joe Harless' Songwriter's Cafe and Open Mike Night has found a new home.

Auction raises $24,000 plus

The town netted more than $24,000 with its surplus equipment auction last week.

Police traffic detail nets arrests

The Payson Police Department has seen more added benefits to their ongoing neighborhood traffic detail.

What's up?

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.

By-pass would spell disaster for businesses

Regarding the letter on the by-pass (10/29/02 issue)

Another bright idea to raise our taxes again

Another proposed bright idea for Payson, a recreation center, yahoo! Another property tax hike if this comes about, I am sure.

A few questions about planned Old West town

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.

Tyler Parkway light needed for traffic

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

John M. Swenson, Lt. Col. (Ret.), 55, of Peoria, died Oct. 29, 2002.

Finleys celebrate 50th

The family of Earl and Edythe Finley will honor their parents at a 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, Nov. 9.

Flibotte, Kissling marry in Las Vegas

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.

Streets around FES a hazard

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.

Neighbors step up and change lives every day

I had no idea, three years ago this month, what a huge difference a tiny little community newspaper could make. No idea at all.

Rim Country Rotary Club food drive now in action

With the holiday season approaching, the Annual Payson Canned Food Drive was launched at the Rim Country Rotary Club's breakfast meeting Thursday.

Food bank in dire need of holiday items

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.

Re-christened department reflects wider fire services

The Mesa del Caballo Fire Department, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is now the Houston Mesa Fire Department.

Town lifts water use restrictions

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.

Rabid fox attacks hunter

A rabies-infected fox bit a Tonto Basin hunter four times Saturday morning before the man strangled the animal with his bare hands.

Together we can

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.

Head Start has a place in many Payson hearts

For many people who grew up in the Rim country, a visit to Payson Head Start is a nostalgic experience.

Link between breast cancer and abortion

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.

Herbert awarded top honors by state

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.

Rim duo shines in gridiron showdown

When the opportunities to showcase their considerable gridiron skills arose, Jake Sleeper and Erin Satterfield took full advantage.

Links season over for PMGA

The 2002 golf campaign has wrapped up for the 100-plus members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

Cougars claw Horns in season finale

A highly promising gridiron season, with a 4-0 start, is now on the edge of disaster.

In an about face, Payson will not appeal

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.

Soccer teams in dream tourney

A soccer fan's dream awaits Longhorn faithful Friday afternoon in Tucson.

Celebrating a well-lived life in writing


Here's a way to get acquainted with a new neighbor before they move to town: read the book about their life.

Rim country cowboys returned as vets


As we come to another Veterans Day we recall that Rim country residents have served in every war and conflict since settlement.

Volunteers reach out in comfort and care for hospice


It is not a topic that anyone likes to dwell on.

Trio busted for drugs in mobile home park

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

Steve Joseph Chapla, 86, died Oct. 17, 2002 in Kalispell, Mont.

Library Friends hosts statewide conference

Everyone knows that the Library Friends of Payson is a successful organization.