Stories for October 2002


Thursday, October 31

Horns lose two for East championships

Without the services of two runners, the defending East region and 3A state champion Lady Longhorn cross country team opens defense of its title at 1 p.m. today in Whiteriver.

Jack Sheahan

Jack Sheahan, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002.

Rain didn't dampen spooks' spirits


Jessie Florez, Cory Holmes, Hanna Cowan, and Frankie Jo Marazza had a good time at the Halloween Party at the Landmark Saturday night, patiently waiting for the judges to start the contest.

MADD organizing in Payson

Tammy Davidson did not know who to turn to when three members of her family were injured in a hit-and-run crash.

If the Roundup could vote...

Traditionally, the Roundup makes recommendations regarding key propositions. Here are our suggestions for selected issues on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Four vie for two seats in new district

Two house seats are available in newly formed Legislative District Five. The new district was born via the state's independent redistricting commission. New legislative and congressional district lines were drawn following the 2000 U.S. Census.

Longhorns prepare to battle Cougars

Did a homecoming hex lead to the demise of the Longhorns during the team's 35-28 loss Oct. 25 to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets?

Symington tests cooking skills in Payson

Former Gov. Fife Symington is feeling a new kind of heat with some help from Payson's Cucina Paradiso Italian Restaurant.

Hilgendorf gets 95.5 years for assault

Convicted murderer Luke Hilgendorf has 95.5 more years to serve with his 25-year sentence.

Vote 'No' on Prop. 203

As a citizen of this county, and as the Gila County Attorney, I want to urge voters to vote NO on Prop. 203. This proposition declares itself to be a "Drug Medicalization, Prevention and Control Act."

Gila County Sheriff Armer recovering from surgery

Sheriff John R. Armer is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer.

A vote for reason 'Yes' on Prop. 203

One of the most important propositions on the ballot, Prop. 203, is least understood and maligned by well-meaning people who haven't studied the facts.

How do we find the truth through the lies?

There ought to be a law!

What's up?

Q: What's the timetable for finishing the repaving project on Houston Mesa Road where they're straightening out that hair-pin curve just past the town limits?

A time for turkeys?


It is time to think of turkey, family gatherings and making your favorite dishes for the Thanksgiving table and dressing up your home.

Reduction of fire fuels to continue

A State Land Department grant of nearly $100,000 will help continue the ongoing project to reduce the area's fire fuels.

Firefighters volunteer to prevent fires

The Rim country is blessed with very dedicated firefighters.

Scented lures could mean more strikes

Local outdoorsman Tyler Goodman sent in this week's question about the scent of a lure. Tyler asked, "Is the smell of a new lure better than an old one?"

Only 2 weeks left before Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot 5K will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Green Valley Park, with day-of-race registration taking place from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

A word from Game and Fish experts

Conservation issues especially those focusing on hunting, fishing and the use of public lands are often controversial and emotional subjects.

Steve Joseph Chapla

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

Benefit BBQ for local resident


Family and friends of Judy Herning are inviting all of Pine and Strawberry to a barbecue to help Judy through a difficult time in her life.

Sixth-generation pioneer

Hanna Ray Peters was born Aug. 26, 2002 to Chad and Holly Peters of Star Valley.

Edmund C. Garthe

Edmund C. Garthe, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at Friendship Village in Tempe, where he resided since moving from Payson in 1995.

Local woman leads fight against sex offenders

You won't find much opposition to Proposition 103, but Rim country resident Pepper Porter isn't taking any chances.

Proud 'flag waver' Sheahan dies

Jack Sheahan, decorated World War II veteran and local advocate for patriotic causes and the disabled, died Tuesday at the age of 78.

Two senators duke it out for treasurer

Vying for the office of state treasurer are David Petersen, Republican, and Ruth Solomon, Democrat.

Marjorie Heston

Marjorie Bertha Yeager Cantzlaar Heston, 93, of Payson, died Oct. 27, 2002.

Behrens wins 'Sludge' trophy

A race that was only 14 seconds off the course record earned Payson High School junior Joe Behrens the Sludge to the Judge boys championship trophy and congratulations from Justice of the Peace Ronnie McDaniel.

Today's State Farm: More than just insurance

When you think State Farm, you think insurance, right?

Hopes for soccer titles lie in Tucson

The best 24 boys and girls soccer teams in Arizona gather at Tucson Udall Park today (Friday) and Saturday to begin pursuit of every high school athletes dream a state championship.

Proposed realignment

Wells Fargo - Bradshaw Mountain, Cactus, Centennial, Desert Ridge, Pinnacle, Prescott, Shadow Mountain.

Tuesday, October 29

Art fare: The blend of appetizers and art


I have been in the newspaper business a long time about 25 years. But it is not the only work I have done. For a time, from June 1988 to October 1992, I worked for a community art center.

Living a three-dog night


"The one, absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

Ghosts of the Rim country


Halloween is the season for ghost stories, but the Rim country comes up short in that department.

An art league of their own


Most artists believe it's flat-out impossible to explain the creative muse. Ask them why they are drawn to their medium of choice, or why they are inspired to create the art they create, and they're almost guaranteed to look at you with good reason as if you'd asked, "What does a cloud feel like?"

Monday, October 28

Brigg, Payson's first police dog, dies

Another one of Payson's finest has fallen.

Sun Devils could bring national attention to Payson

Imagine this gridiron scenario:

Vote 'yes' for learning on Proposition 400

Proposition 400 is one of those emotional issues that takes on a life larger than it deserves. Simply put, the ballot measure would create a provisional community college district in Gila County.

Coffins were homemade


In spite of America's economic woes, a recent article from the Associated Press indicated the casket business continues to be strong. Of course, it has a built-in success quotient.

Horns appeal 4A region choice

A controversial decision by Class 4A athletic directors to place Payson High School in the North region will be appealed.

Ex-librarian a rabid fan of hockey


The first clue that Irene Schwartzbauer is not your stereotypical librarian is that she places hockey legend Wayne Gretzky alongside Thomas Jefferson as a person in history she'd like to meet.

Horns bound for state with history's best record in tow

Payson High School's boys soccer team is walking tall on the campus. That's mostly because the team has strung together a 16-3-1 record that represents the best mark ever posted by a PHS soccer team.

Skins, Lady Longhorns to share region crown

First-year Lady Longhorn soccer coach Randy Wilcox's decision to alter a defensive strategy that had worked most of the season paid dividends in the team's 2-2 tie against top-ranked St. Johns.

Yellow Jackets spoil Payson's homecoming

Just when small-town high school football fans, players and coaches were thinking the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets were not the gridiron juggernaut they once were, Blue Ridge rose up Friday night in PHS stadium to defeat the state fourth-ranked Longhorns 35-28.

First-round win would send net squad to state

The Lady Longhorns' hopes of earning a berth into the 16-team 3A state volleyball finals hinge on a regional first-round game tournament game.

Local artist scratches her way to top of show scene


It's not every artist who, mere days from their next art showing, utter things like, "I don't care what the judges say."

Blanchard, Horne, Zajac vie for chief of public education

With the defeat of incumbent Jaime Molera in the primary, the race for superintendent of public instruction is between Jay Blanchard, who won the Democratic primary; Tom Horne, the Republican who ousted Molera; and Libertarian John C. Zajac.

Corporation Commission race offers most choices

The race for the Arizona Corporation Commission offers voters the largest choice of candidates.

2 go head-to-head in county race for Dist. 2

The Gila County District Two Supervisor's seat became vacant in April, 2001, upon the sudden death of Supervisor Edward G. "Bunch" Guerrero.

Town council approves road project deal

Start planning your alternate routes now. Road work at the intersections of highways 87 and 260 is headed our way.

Eleanor T. Smith

Eleanor T. Smith, "Suzy," 86, of Payson, died Oct. 24, 2002.

Norma Jean Siegenthaler

Norma Jean Siegenthaler, 70, of Payson, died Oct. 25, 2002.

Pearl S. Mandery

Pearl S. Mandery, of Payson, died Oct. 5, 2002 in Mesa.

Roberta A. Hensley

Roberta A. Hensley, 72, of Payson, died Oct. 23, 2002.

Wayne R. Dimmitt

Wayne R. Dimmitt, 73, of Payson, died Oct. 25, 2002.

Business, education form coalition

A new partnership between business and education could change the way schools are funded in Arizona. And Herb Weissenfels, Payson Unified School District superintendent, is excited about the possibilities.

What's up?

Q: Is there any limit on how many dogs and cats a private homeowner can keep?

Payson bypass would benefit all

There has been a rumor about a bypass around the Highway 87 and 260 bottleneck junction to relieve the sharp turns that the trucks have to make. It is a disaster ready to happen, and truckers hate this town for that reason.

Stoplights are robbing us of our small-town charm

Re: the article "Tyler Parkway/260 stoplight privately funded" in your Oct. 22 issue...

Facts about Prop. 400 Provisional Community College

Some people seem to be confused about the property tax aspects of Proposition 400 Provisional Community College. I would like to address the questions I am hearing the most often:

Volunteers pitch in to 'Make a Difference'

If you're going to help somebody on Make a Difference Day, why not choose somebody who in turn helps others.

Petitions circulating to stop property purchase

More than 200 people are formally protesting the town's purchase of the 12-acre Garcia property.

Beetles could destroy 80 percent of forest

The bark beetle has claimed another victim but this time, it wasn't a tree.

Goblin gatherings

The following events are scheduled for Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31:

Thursday, October 24

Jury agrees: doctor's needle gave Payson man meningitis

A Payson resident says he developed meningitis four years ago after receiving an injection with an infected needle by a Valley doctor in a Valley medical center.

Commune with nature in the great outdoors

In the fall and until winter snow closes forest roads, camping will remain a popular Rim country outdoor adventure.

Arizona huts offer lodging alternative

You've been hiking for miles through some of the most breathtaking wilderness you've ever seen.

Forest communities offer relaxing getaways

The scenic areas along Highway 260 east of Payson offer a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in the fall and winter.

White powder the draw of Cinch Hook snow play area

Whether Cinch Hook Snow Play Area opens this winter depends on the weather.

Get a different perspective on horseback

To enjoy the cooler weather from a different perspective, there is always horseback riding and off-roading.

The slower pace of Tonto Basin

Tonto Basin is located 35 miles south of Payson on State Route 188.

Drought could dry up bird hunters' hopes

If bird hunting is your game of choice, you probably had that 12-gauge shotgun cleaned and ready for the Oct. 11 opening of quail season.

Hit the trails

Now that Gerri Wager's mission is complete, she has retired as president of the Gila County Trails Alliance.

Haven for the antique collectors

Hunt for treasure in these Rim country antique shops:

Prop. 203 decriminalizes marijuana

Proposition 203 on the Nov. 5 general election ballot is referred to as the medical marijuana proposition.

New 'Friends' get behind rec center

There is a new group of "Friends" in town and everyone is invited to join them.

Fire destroys everything ... but the kindness of neighbors

Terry Smith has her birth certificate and her marriage license.

Horns, Blue Ridge battle for second in homecoming clash

The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets don't sport with the swagger they once had, but that doesn't mean the Longhorns won't be looking to put a big hurt on the defending state football champions tonight.

Homecoming features annual Sludge to Judge run

The annual Sludge to the Judge cross country run, along with a football game against Blue Ridge, will highlight today's (Friday) Payson High School homecoming festivities.

Lady Longhorns set for state run

A pair of Rim region victories over Round Valley and Snowflake have propelled the Lady Longhorn soccer team ever closer to its goal of a top-two seed in the state tournament.

Dorothy B. Burge

Dorothy B. Burge, 73, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died Oct. 16, 2002.

Joy Carle Barbour

Joy Carle Barbour, 81, of Bullhead City, died Oct. 17, 2002.

Grand Lodge to change community's landscape

No matter how the area's residents feel about it, they have to agree with developer Aaron Warren when he says, "This one event will forever change the character of Christopher Creek."

What's up?

Q: What's going on with all the construction at the airport?

Opinion was born of fact, not fiction

I would like to call attention to the fact that it was not only the article in the Sept. 27 issue nor your so-called self-serving editorial, nor your alleged "anti-Murphy" campaign that has given me my perception of Ken Murphy.

The fleecing of Payson residents

Millions of Americans have over-extended their credit buying. Now the town of Payson has followed suit. They are going in debt for $2.5 million.

Daniel Alexander Reid

Daniel Alexander Reid, 41, of Payson, died Oct. 21, 2002.

Small gesture for a priceless gift, be in the veterans parade

The month of November is Veterans Recognition and American Patriotism Awareness Month in Payson. In honor of that, a special proclamation by Mayor Ken Murphy was read into the record at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Payson Town Council.

Welcome to Arizona's Rim country

There are plenty of places in northern Arizona where folks can escape the Valley of the Sun's hectic pace.

Jury convicts child molester

For the first time in history, testimony by closed circuit television was allowed in a Gila County jury trial and the result was the conviction of a 75-year-old Mesa del man accused of child molestation.

Top 25 things to do in Rim country

If you're looking for some special things to do in the Rim country during the fall and winter seasons, you can stop at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and let executive director Bob Ware bend your ear for a few hours.

Rim country lakes teeming with fish

Last summer, the biggest worry among local fishermen was whether runoff from the Rodeo-Chediski fires would permanently damage the waters of Roosevelt Lake.

Wild hair day

With her hair wired straight up like an alien antenna, 5-year-old Cori Barnett was surrounded by other unusual hairstyles and colors crowning her classmates from Wendy Waggoner's kindergarten class at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Health Fair 2002 offers free tests, screenings, info

It is the medical equivalent of one-stop shopping; the health-care version of a bumper-to-bumper auto diagnosis and tune-up.

Quaint villages of northern Gila County

Fall brings cooler temps and changing leaves both reminders that Pine-Strawberry gets the very best of all four seasons.

Cross country trek

Tim Grier is predicting a great winter for cross country skiing.

Zane Grey country steeped in tradition

This place called the "Rim country" embraces a 50-mile radius around the town of Payson. The area is named after the Mogollon Rim.

Prop. 303 food for thought

Prop. 303 proposes doubling the state tax on tobacco products. The proceeds would apparently fund various medical programs.

Rim Fall Classic a learning experience

The Payson Panthers, a club basketball team for boys 14 years old and under, played break-even basketball in the Rim Fall Classic tournament Oct. 19 and 20 in Tonto Apache gymnasium.

Tungsten heavier, better than lead weights for fishing


It's rare that new tools or techniques rock the whole fishing world. Lures featured in television ads that are supposed to elicit some "genetic response" usually end up in the bargain bin before the season is over.

Busy weekend ahead for community


From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, those clowns down at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department on Hardscrabble Road, you know, Fizzles and Flambwill host a community open house.

Autumn splendor is another shade of our paradise


Isn't it just downright beautiful here in Christopher Creek? The leaves have changed colors, many are starting to fall off the trees and others are blowing around from street to street.

Elk oblivious to hunting season


Well, all the planning and preparation have paid off for my husband Bill. He bagged his first elk the other day.

Grab your Minolta for a little fall hunting

If your idea of eye-popping fall fun is to see trees in their autumn dress of golds, yellows and reds, you don't have to travel all the way to New England to do it. You can get all of the craning your neck can handle right here in the Rim country.

New fungus study says PES air OK

School officials deny allegations of a cover-up and cite the latest of six air quality studies conducted at Payson Elementary School to back their claim.

Council continues to wrestle with affordable housing

For the third time in as many weeks the town council held a special meeting to wrestle with questions about affordable housing.

Secretary candidates want voting reform

The successful candidate for the office of Arizona Secretary of State will be acting governor when the elected governor is out of state. And, as recent history has shown, the secretary of state takes over the office in the event of the governor's resignation or removal from office.

Grab a steak dinner for homecoming

Student government at Payson High School, known as STUGO, will host a benefit steak dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

Robert Lynn Gleason

Robert Lynn Gleason, 35, of Star Valley, died Oct. 20, 2002.

An array of offerings

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has lined up a collection of activities for residents during the fall and winter seasons.

Tuesday, October 22

The ins and outs of Trunk-or-Treat


I'm a curious guy. So when I was assigned to write about the Payson Parks and Recreation's annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween celebration, I telephoned that department's activities director, Michelle Beach, to find out everything I could possibly learn about the event.

My eight-legged roommate


In the spirit of such children's books as "The Monster Under My Bed" and "The Stained Blue Dress in My Closet," I hereby proclaim to the world that there's a wolf spider living happily ever after in my medicine cabinet.

The Main Street cattle drive


In the first half of this century there were few fences, and the cattle all ran together from the Tonto Basin to the Mogollon Rim. At roundup time, each rancher would send "reps" to join in a community roundup.

Halloween goodies get treats off to tasty start


Want some special treats for your tricksters? Try this toasty ghost from Rhodes or something sticky-licious like a cinnamon streusel bundt or gooey caramel roll.

Monday, October 21

JTED: Look what $5 a year will get us

Education is an election issue for Payson voters this year.

Attend forum to learn more about Prop. 400

The voters of Gila County are facing an all-important issue this election concerning Proposition 400.

High-spirited homecoming

Pajama Day at Payson High School is just one of many activities scheduled to celebrate the Longhorns' homecoming spirit week.

Recreation center plan taking shape

The people of Payson are getting their say about a proposed recreation center.

Gisela fire gets $25,000 FEMA grant

The Gisela Valley Fire Department is $25,749 richer.

Penn is mightier than the sword

Ninety nine times out of a hundred, nothing is accomplished except a waste of air when celebrities espouse their political views.

Move on Iraq is a war on democracy

President Bush named the war on terrorism "Operation Enduring Freedom." (An earlier name, "Operation Infinite Justice," was hastily withdrawn.)

What's up?

Q: I'm a letter carrier in Payson and recently we delivered absentee ballots. Why did some people receive two and three ballots on the same day?

Students build new church benches

The 17 members of Richard Alvarez's building trades class at Payson High School were incredulous when they read in the newspaper that somebody had stolen two concrete park benches from the prayer garden of a local church.

A real win-win proposition for Payson

I thought it would be useful to share my view on the importance of quality education resources for our future: our children and grandchildren.

Reader urges support for Konopnicki

Dr. Bill Konopnicki will receive my vote for Arizona State Representative of District #5. I would like to encourage Payson area voters to support Bill with their votes, also.

Prop. 400 provides $1 million savings

Tuesday's Roundup included a letter from Anthony J. Rakoczy of Globe, claiming that Proposition 400, which calls for creating a provisional community college district for Gila County, would raise taxes. This is not true.

Prop. 400 will not raise taxes

It is disheartening at best to hear so much inaccurate information circulating in our community about Proposition 400.

Bryant Randall

Bryant Randall, 61, of Rye, died Oct. 19, 2002.

A perfect outdoor adventure

A day-long fishing outing with local guide Clifford Pirch turned into an outdoor adventure my two sons and I will cherish for a long time to come.

Something's fishy at Green Valley lakes

Twelve-year-old Ryan Mortenson picked the perfect minute in an already perfect day to bring his fishing pole to Green Valley Park Lake.

Links season to wrap up Oct. 27

The Payson Women's Golf Association will wrap up a highly competitive summer and fall season at 10 a.m., Oct. 27 with a fun day and luncheon.

PMGA butts heads in annual hats scuffle

About three years ago, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association decided to host a unique "Black Hat vs. White Hat" showdown.

Almendarez is state's top postmaster


Kathy Almendarez, Payson's postmaster since 1993, is the National League of Postmasters' Postmaster of the Year for Arizona.

'Nothing truer sounding than vinyl'


About 10 years ago, when CDs were first developing global music-buyer appreciation, the death knell of vinyl records was sounded.

Three vie for attorney general

In a three-way race for attorney general, veteran politician Terry Goddard is squaring off against Andrew Thomas and Ed Kahn in the general election.

Ganz urges passage of Proposition 400

If you run into Barbara Ganz, provost of Gila County Community College Programs, chances are good you'll get an earful about the advantages of Proposition 400.

Alleged assault case inactive

The report of a sexual assault in the vicinity of West Graff has turned into an inactive investigation of a simple assault.

McReynolds, Barrett to wed

Stacy Lynn McReynolds and Cody Barrett announce their engagement to be married.

Doris M. Wheeler

Doris M. Wheeler, 82, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2002.

Pearl S. Mandery

Pearl S. Mandery, of Payson, died Oct. 5, 2002 in Mesa.

John Leroy Hardman

John Leroy Hardman, 82, of Payson, died Oct. 19, 2002.

Patricia Eggers

Patricia Eggers, 87, died Oct. 12, 2002 in Kohl's Ranch.

Classes compete for ugly longhorn

Area businesses are getting a respite from the Ugly Longhorn, as the metal sculpture of Payson High School's bovine mascot returns to campus for a Homecoming Week class competition.

Tyler Parkway/260 stoplight privately funded

The new stoplight at the intersection of Highway 260 and Tyler Parkway hasn't even been turned on yet and already it's generating controversy.

Gila County names Tom Behl Day, Oct. 24

For eight-and-a-half years, Tom Behl has dedicated his days to Gila County's children.

The legend of Fred Pranty's bones


The bones of Fred Pranty were hidden in a gunny sack on a shelf in the old jail, forgotten for many years. When the newly elected judge cleaned house, he made the strange discovery. But who was this prospector who kept to himself during his years in the Rim country, and was he really murdered as rumor had it?

Horns clip Falcons in showdown

Payson has shot at runner-up slot in state tournament

Payson's 55-14 romp over the visiting Alchesay Falcons quickly turned into an evening in which many junior varsity players could showcase their gridiron skills.

Tie for region crown on the horizon

A dilemma could be brewing in the Class 3A Rim region boys' soccer standings.

Thursday, October 17

Volunteers needed for Trunk-or-Treat


Mark your calendars for this year's Trunk-or-Treat.

Public invited to update on community center

If Ann Riehle has her way, Payson's proposed community center will feature a swimming pool among the amenities offered Rim country citizens.

Power lifter rebuilding heart of iron

When Jim Eskew was named Mr. Florida's 1960 body building champion, little did he know he was suffering from a life-threatening heart defect that wouldn't be discovered until more than 40 years later.

Mayor's Cup regains luster for 12th annual bike race

The Payson Mayor's Cup Mountain Bike Race once one of the premier sporting events in the Rim country might be regaining some of its old luster.

Violet L. Thompson

Violet Lena Thompson, 91, of Payson, died Oct. 10, 2002.

Bernice M. O'Malley

Bernice Mary O'Malley, 80, of Payson, died Oct. 9, 2002.

Robert P. Caperton

Robert P. Caperton, 83, a longtime Payson resident, died Oct. 13, 2002 in Phoenix.

Five vie for state's top spot

Arizona voters will choose a new governor from a field of four declared candidates and a college student who is waging a write-in campaign.

Bradley to attend AIA meeting

Payson High students, coaches and administrative officials should soon know more about the school's possible move to Class 4A next year.

An alternative to putting up your pooch

There is, somewhere in the Payson area, one family with a menagerie that includes two goats, several peacocks and chickens, three dogs, and a variety of birds.

Cox can be found in Snowflake Pioneer

Once upon a time, there was published in Payson a very unusual newspaper called the Backbone.

Investigations lead to three drug busts

A pair of lengthy investigations led to a trio of drug-related arrests earlier this week, according Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department.

Terrific Teddy Bear Tuesday

Marisa Bates and Shannon Bielke helped unload 500 stuffed animals and dolls collected during Teddy Bear Tuesday. The toy drive is part of ongoing holiday preparations for the local group, Santa's List.

Fall tough time for predictions


As we start into the fall season, I am often asked about water temperature and the location of bass.

Making the best deal for the town

Town hall is gearing up for a referendum on the proposed purchase of the Garcia property.

Voters to decide which gaming initiative is best bet

Voters have three choices on Indian gaming in the Nov. 5 general election.

Three candidates face off in race for Congressional District One

The balance of power in Congress could possibly rest with the man elected to represent Arizona's new District One.

County slaps EAC with $5.9 million demand

Almost $6 million is at stake in a war of words which is threatening to turn into a legal battle between Gila County and Eastern Arizona College.

Town OKs $3 million finance package

The 12 acres on the southeast corner of Main and McLane, known as the Garcia property, will belong to the town next month. That is, unless a referendum is filed against the proposal.

Power outage hits entire Payson area

All of Payson was without power for 10 minutes starting at 5:55 a.m. Thursday when one electrical-line cross arm broke and fell on top of another near the U.S. Forest Service heliport.

HOA meetings on the horizon


The 4th Annual Women's Retreat was Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church in Christopher Creek.

Free open house kicks off museum campaign

As a kickoff for its 2002-2003 membership drive, the Northern Gila County Historical Society will open the doors to The Rim Country Museum and The Museum of Rim Country Archaeology (MRCA) to all visitors at no charge. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Village hunters off to track elk in Unit 22


The Snyder and Meeker households are a hubbub of activity this week because the guys are going elk hunting in Unit 22 starting Thursday.

Failed trip a victory for terminally ill Payson man

A few weeks ago, Roger Ballard embarked on a road trip from Payson to Seattle. He wanted to see his children and meet his new granddaughter.

Animal shelter needs financial, emotional support

I would like to expand on the article concerning overpopulation at the Humane Society (Roundup, Oct. 11).

Baby Fitzhugh arrives Aug. 10

Jacob Monroe Fitzhugh was born Aug. 10, 2002 in Scottsdale.

Zahnter, Mitchell wed

Stacie Ann Zahnter and George Anthony Mitchell Jr. were married Sept. 14, 2002 in an outdoor ceremony at the Payson home of the bride's father and stepmother.

PREDC endorses JTED initiative

On Nov. 5, voters living in the Payson School District will be asked to approve a plan to allow the district to join the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) and thus become part of a Joint Technological Education District (JTED).

Haught shouldn't be treated as 'special case'

It was with disgust that I read the article in (the Oct. 15 Roundup) regarding Roy Haught's recent attempt to slide out from under any punishment for his act of murder (manslaughter, if you wish).

Medical personnel were wonderful

My husband and I enjoyed visiting Payson for about the past six years and are looking to retire in your area.

JTED good for our children

On Nov. 5 you will be asked to vote for our future. Payson Schools has the opportunity to join Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT), which is an established Joint Technological Education District (JTED).

Reader disputes facts of 'Ox Bow incident'

I was torn between anger and praise when I read your Friday (Oct. 11) newspaper. Anger at the letter from Amber Schuyler and your self-serving editorials, and praise that you printed Jack Lundeen's letter.

Do the math for yourself

Campaign ads shout "Do the Math" ... Greed, ad nauseam all shouted by the White Man.

Tuesday, October 15

The longest yard sale


On the surface of it, the host-your-own-yard-sale concept looks pretty nifty. How else can you get total strangers to pay you for the privilege of hauling off your junk?

Local historians knew it all


Sarah Jones and Biddie Holder came by the museum to increase our knowledge about the article that I wrote on Julian Journigan and the Mogollon Grille building at 202 W. Main Street in Payson.

A modest water proposal


That pesky water issue is back.

Mixes help make meals in a hurry


Rush here. Rush there. Get organized and make more time.

Monday, October 14

Dorothy "Genny" Virginia Jones

Dorothy "Genny" Virginia Jones, 73, of Payson, died Oct. 13, 2002 in Phoenix.

Mudslinging can be a useful tool

The voting booth process of deciding which man or woman is best qualified to lead one's city, state or country can be a mind-bending ordeal.

Let council know what you think about town purchases

I find it impossible to believe the council is even considering the purchase of the Garcia and the Humane Society property.

ADOC meeting goes flat in Payson

Officials from the Arizona Department of Commerce came to Payson last Wednesday for the first round of public outreach meetings on its Statewide Economic Study a partnership project among Arizona's universities, major utilities, and key state agencies to determine the status of the state economy and recommendations for its future direction.

Wendelboe, McIntosh to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Wendelboe of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Leslie to Robert Thomas McIntosh, both of Chandler.

Old West town in the works for Main Street

A proposed Old West town-themed shopping and entertainment complex on Main Street will feature a wedding chapel, restaurant, saloon and 19 smaller shops.

A couple of cutups

Twelve-year-old Kathy Kolisek and 11-year-old Ashley White were visiting from Phoenix over the weekend when they found themselves in the thick of things at the Strawberry Market's Fossil Creek Days.

Property purchase to help reclaim flood water

Garcia deal part of $3 million project

The town may finally move forward on the Garcia property purchase. The Payson Town Council has a special meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. to again discuss the purchase of the 12-acre site.

Haught seeks early release from probation

Roy George Haught wants to end his probation eight months early. And his victim's stepdaughter is outraged.

Police searching for suspect in credit card theft

The Gila County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the identity and whereabouts of a woman in connection with stolen credit card use.

Vote no on Prop. 303

If Proposition 303 passes, more unjust taxation will be paid by just a few for proposed various public health and healthcare programs which this proposition wants.

Rumors may be killing local business

I have lived in Payson almost 20 years and have always felt fortunate to live in this beautiful place. Today, sadly, I am almost embarrassed to admit I live here.

Proposition 400 would raise taxes

By now, if you're a registered voter, you have received information on Proposition 400.

First blood drive was huge success

Oct. 7, in our first blood drive, we netted 91 pints of blood out of 104 donors who came to the site at First Southern Baptist Church in Payson.

What's up?

Q: Taxpayers were promised access to the new track at the high school. Since no school events were planned for Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m., I expected the gates to be open. Instead, every one was locked. What gives? Is it open to the public or not? If it's only open during limited hours, it would be nice if those hours were posted.

Gerald "Jerry" Dale Bradley

Gerald "Jerry" Dale Bradley, 76, died July 7, 2002 at his home in Thompson Falls, Mont.

Wanda Joyce LeClair

Wanda Joyce LeClair, 65, died Oct. 13, 2002.

Larry Don Tobin

Harold Ray Wiley

Harold Ray Wiley, 65, of Payson, died Oct. 14, 2002.

Opal June Cline Winters

Opal June Cline Winters, 80, of Tonto Basin, died Oct. 13, 2002.

Murphy inquest could take another month

The investigation into the actions of Mayor Ken Murphy during rodeo weekend will take about another month.

Proposed apartments an affordable housing solution

There is a $3 million plan to address affordable housing needs in Payson.

The propositions that could affect your life

This is the first in a series of capsulated looks at candidates and propositions Arizona voters will have to wrestle with in the state's Nov. 5 general election.

Don't get burned by bogus furnace repairmen


A bitter chill isn't the only thing that winter brings to the Rim country. It also drags along the absolute need to have your furnace inspected and serviced.

Senior Circle a dream job for Seattle transplant


Cory Houghton, director of Senior Circle, doesn't understand the stigma attached to growing old.

Payson almost had a railroad, Part 3


It was a wild and wonderful dream. A rail line called the Mineral Belt would come from Flagstaff, over the Mogollon Rim, down the East Verde River, through Payson, the Tonto Basin and on to Globe.

Fifth-place Lady Horns could face Alchesay

If the postseason scenario unfolds similar to the regular season, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team will open regional tournament action as the fifth-place East finisher against No. 6 Alchesay.

Horns cause homecoming nightmare for Round Valley

The state fifth-ranked Longhorn football team built a 28-0 halftime lead over Round Valley Friday night in Eagar, then coasted to a 55-0 victory. With the triumph, the Longhorns improved their record to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the region.

Soccer crew set for run at state

Sporting a 13-2-1 record (5-1 in the region), the Longhorn boys soccer team is almost a lock to earn a berth in the state tournament when it begins Nov. 1 in Tucson.

Girls soccer players 'not clicking'

Randy Wilcox is not a happy Lady Longhorn soccer coach.

Rockow to enter California Walk-a-thon

Heather Rockow's mother has good reason to be proud of her daughter. After all, Heather, at the tender age of 26, is already managing the Payson branch of Wells Fargo Bank.

Fall Classic Oct. 19, 20 in Tonto Apache gym

Payson attorney Steve Rensch will host the On the Rim Fall Classic youth basketball tournament Oct. 19 and 20 in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.

Thursday, October 10

Presence rodeo weekend a 'ridiculous show of authority'

I recently became aware of some controversy in the Payson community regarding Mayor Ken Murphy. It is apparently common knowledge that the mayor is taking some heat for some "supposed" comments and/or actions at the Ox Bow bar during the big rodeo weekend.

Those who conserve shouldn't be penalized

Re: Tuesday's article on continued increased water use Jim Keyworth reported the town is looking at rate increases for all classes of water users.

Fay D. Jamison

Fay D. Jamison, 70, of Payson, died Oct. 7, 2002.

Attempted murder case makes its way through court system

An alleged case of attempted murder is making its way through the Payson court system.

Shell donates $30,000 to fire recovery effort

The reach of the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire continues to expand and bring back good things to the Rim country.

Visitor amazed by three golf courses

I visited your community in the month of September for about two weeks. My goal was to check the town out for possible relocation. I was amazed to see a town of 13,000 people having three golf courses.

Guardian Angel program created for Payson's elderly

You're elderly or ill, you live alone, there is an emergency, and you can't get to the telephone. What do you do?

Casino manager returns after 4-month suspension

James Gannarelli is expected to return as general manager of the Mazatzal Casino today following a 120-day suspension.

Mold, health concerns persist at Payson Elementary

School district officials are still looking for a solution to a mystery plaguing Payson Elementary School.

All-Indian event draws rodeo's top athletes

Last weekend's edition of the Tonto Apache Champion of Champions All-Indian Rodeo didn't give anyone a bum steer as far as slam-bang rodeo-action fans were concerned.

Only two seats left for Kartchner Caverns trip


Experience one of Arizona's most unusual state parks. Tour a living limestone cave featuring dynamic structures such as stalactites, stalagmites and other unusual formations.

Andrea Lee Smith

Andrea Lee Smith, 49, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2002.

October a good time for topwater lures


This week Kyle Fogarty asks, "What is the best time to try a topwater lure?"

Loss hits Horns in state polls

Payson's gut-wrenching 31-24 loss Oct. 4 to Snowflake was soundly reflected in two statewide football polls compiled Tuesday.

Men's and women's golf fast, furious through September

The Payson Women's Golf Association, Payson Men's Golf Association and Women's Niners Club have all hosted tournaments over the past week.

Since it's tax money, spend it wisely

A recent Roundup editorial indicates that the Roundup and Karen Greenspoon have accepted the fact that government grants are funded with taxpayers' money.

What's up?

Q: The word on the street is that the water department is now accepting old medicines. What's up with that?

Sometimes it takes an unconventional approach

With all the disparaging comments about Mayor Ken Murphy's conduct at the Ox Bow during rodeo weekend, including my statements, I believe it is vital to ascertain why Murphy would be willing to "put himself in harm's way."

Disgusted by the mayor's actions

Ken Murphy is an embarrassment to Payson. I was appalled, if not surprised, when I read Friday's (Sept. 27) paper.

Learn rules of the hunt before you head out

With small-game season opening today (Friday), Arizona Game and Fish officials are urging hunters to pick up a copy of the 2002-2003 hunting regulations that are available locally at several retail outlets.

Animal shelter suffers overpopulation

The long, hot summer is finally behind us, but a glut of abandoned canines at the Payson Humane Society has led to a succession of dog days that has the staff worried.

Young's Farm produce available in Rim country

Halloween revelers have a new option for pumpkins this year.

Parton's designs are 'Specially for You'

It's not at all unusual that, on Oct. 9, a full 22 days before Halloween, Debra Parton's home is fully decorated and ready for trick-or-treaters. Decorating, after all, is what Parton does for a living through her business, Specially for You.

Donald D. Unangst

Donald D. Unangst, 78, of Payson, died Oct. 8, 2002.

The fine line between fact and fiction

Deciding whether to address a rumor is a difficult decision for any business or individual. Most of us try to live by a philosophy that the majority of rumors are false until proven otherwise. This makes for a much happier and healthier course in life.

Jam adds Fall Classic

The Copper State Jam youth basketball tournament has added a new wrinkle.

Alchesay classic to feature East runners

The Alchesay Invitational cross country meet which highlights today's (Friday) sports scene in Whiteriver will afford the Longhorns the opportunity to preview the teams they must beat to win East regional championships.

RV holds key to Horns' state bid

Hoping to sew up a berth in the state tournament, the Longhorn boys soccer hosts Round Valley Oct. 16 at Rumsey Park.

Veterans parade set for Nov. 9

Payson's tribute to veterans will be bigger and better in its sophomore year.

Deputies fingerprint tiny tykes

Sheriff John Armer is encouraging parents to let their children get their fingers dirty. In fact, his officers will help.

Any green tomato ideas?


Autumn is here. I can tell because we had our first frost last week, which wiped out our tomato plants. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do with a bunch of green tomatoes? Call me with some good ideas.

Christopher Creek is changing


The new four-lane highway is in the process of bypassing this small community, and many residents thought it would become very quiet here. I think they may be wrong.

Antique hunters, get ready to shop


The Antique Fair is here.

Thanks for the laugh

I'm writing in response to the letter in the Oct. 4 issue of the Roundup from John Depert.

Former mayor urges "Yes' on NAVIT

Payson has an opportunity to join the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology, aka NAVIT. Most of our neighboring towns are already members and highly pleased by their entry. Joining NAVIT will be on the ballot in the coming election.

After wild goose chase, visitors finally found fiddlers

My husband, mother-in-law and I really enjoyed the Championship Fiddlers Contest Sept. 29, but I have one major complaint: we drove up from Phoenix that day and we spent about 45 minutes to an hour trying to find the location of the event.

Tuesday, October 8

A sucker born every minute


There is good news for all you fans of love.

The dough's on ice


Smells are powerful things. Just a whiff of a familiar scent can trigger a flood of memories.

Annual antique show opens this weekend in Pine


The Pine-Strawberry Historical and Archeological Society is hosting a Pine festival to beat all Pine festivals: The 2nd Annual Southwest Guild Rim Country Antique Show.

Christopher Columbus was a late-comer


The annual commemoration of Columbus Day is a time to recall, among other things, that Europeans thought they had discovered a New World.

Monday, October 7

Mountain home a longtime goal for Tanner


Don Tanner and his family looked for a home in the mountains for 12 years before settling in Payson.

Season ends for Mavericks

The Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth-grade football team wrapped up the 2002 campaign with a 24-6 White Mountain League win over the Round Valley Elks.

Horns' soccer in hunt for state honors

If prep soccer rankings were compiled as they are in some other high school sports, the Longhorns might be listed among the elite.

Top-ranked Lobos defeat Horns

Snowflake's 31-24 homecoming win over Payson Friday evening has lifted the Lobos into sole possession of first place in the East region standings.

Payson almost had a railroad, Part 2


One day in 1963, while driving to Flagstaff over the as yet unpaved Lake Mary Road, my family and I encountered a steam locomotive pulling cars loaded with logs and moving though the forest.

Rockhounding for fun and profit


Lynne Wheeler, retired school teacher and president of the Payson Rimstones Rock Club, plans to return from a trip in plenty of time for the club's big Rock & Gem Show this weekend at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center.

Local teen named Miss Northern Gila County

Tianna Golliglee, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, has been named Miss Northern Gila County Teen USA 2003.

Medieval madness hits Rim country

They gathered in Green Valley Park Sunday for their biweekly celebration of all things medieval up to and including the joys of bashing each other with very authentic-looking 600-year-old weapons.

Rim country educator inducted into hall of fame

Educator Sue Myers is retired, but certainly not forgotten.

$3 million bond meeting tonight

The Payson Town Council has a special meeting tonight on the possible purchase of the Garcia property and the Humane Society property.

William Myers

William "Bill" Joseph Myers, 70, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2002.

Dog day celebrates the rest of the family

Isn't it a shame that there always has to be one person who's out to turn a good, fun time into a complicated form of analytical garbage?

What about Smokey Bear?

Letter writer John Depert's Roundup letter of Oct. 4 indicates that he appears upset with the idea of dressing up pet dogs or cats in little dresses, hats and suits and calling such action "anthropomorphism." He may well be correct.

Spread the word about the availability of health coverage

You and your family may be eligible for health care coverage through Medicaid (AHCCCS) or KidsCare.

Learn all advantages of Prop. 400

I am writing to urge voter support of Proposition 400 which represents an important opportunity for the future of post-secondary school education in Gila County.

Howard Christy

Howard Chandler Christy, 92, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2002.

Think of benefits versus return

In this time of downturns in the market, diminishing returns on investments, and huge state budget deficits, there is one very bright spot on the horizon the Joint Technological Educational District.

If we don't use grant money, we lose it

Main Street project manager Karen Greenspoon says she doesn't get it.

Mogollon Grille closes

The Mogollon Grille closed its doors Friday morning and laid off all its employees, but the owners say they plan to be operating again soon.

What's up?

Q: Why has the town reduced the number of recycling bins at Wal-Mart and Green Valley Park to one per location?

Head-on collision leads to DUI arrest

A Payson man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following the head-on collision he caused. The accident was Friday night on Highway 260 in Payson.

Battling bark beetles on the home front

It wasn't good news for the 300-plus capacity crowd in the Pine Community Center Saturday or for anyone else in the Rim country.

Payson's relocation to 4A seems inevitable

It's looking more like Payson High School will move up to the Class 4A ranks from 3A where the Longhorns have resided since the early 1980s.

Health Safari visits Rim country schools

The No. 1 health issue for children today is obesity, according to Alex Arredondo, program coordinator for BlueCross BlueShield's Health Safari program.

Posse gets insight to ongoing terrorism

Gila County is not as remote and isolated as residents might think. It could be targeted for terrorist activities.

'Tunnel of smoke' lures men to burning house on Palmer

"We were going up the hill and saw a big black tunnel of smoke," Travis McNeely said Tuesday morning, recalling the house fire he and Chris Simmons spotted on Palmer Drive Saturday morning.

Thursday, October 3

Gear up for fall festivities


Fall is my favorite time of the year, but this is a little too cold, too soon.

Water problem response: punish existing users

Following up on Dave Engleman's letter of Tuesday's Oct. 1 in the Payson Roundup, some time back a moratorium on building signed by many registered voters was presented to the then town council, but rejected by the same.

Angry residents refuse to restrict their water use

Are the golf courses still green at the gated communities?

Pet costume contest insulting to reader

Just finished the article about the upcoming "Dog Day in the Park" event at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park.

Character counts, and it should be demanded of leaders

Like Payson Roundup publisher Richard Haddad, I'm saddened to once again read of alleged public misbehavior by Mayor Ken Murphy that reflects badly on Payson.

Find your escape in the newspaper

I've been around newspapers all my life.

Volunteers flock to bridge

Rim country residents answered the call for more volunteers at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in force.

You can fight beetle infestation


This time of year seems to bring out the lumberjack in all of us, and as we look for woody shrubs that need a little trimming, we also inspect our trees for the stress damage of a long hot summer.

2 Main Street projects win awards

Two Payson Main Street projects the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade and Payson Auto Classics earned top honors Wednesday evening in the 2002 Main Street Awards competition.

Police organize benefit for late officer's children

When Sgt. Doug Johnson died from a blocked coronary artery Aug. 1, his greatest dream for his children came close to dying too.

Breast cancer is becoming all too common

The news will shatter the world of one woman in every eight.

Elections canceled for water, fire districts

Twenty-two political nominees from Northern Gila County won't have to wait until the Nov. 5 general election to find out how they fared. They've been handed the water- and fire-district seats they were seeking by the county's board of supervisors.

Beeline drivers collide

There are two versions of what happened, exactly, when two cars collided on Highway 87 near milepost 261 Wednesday afternoon. But the evidence supported only one of those stories, according to Department of Public Safety Officer Tony McDaniel.

Lady Horns won't be heading to Conley meet

There will be no Conley Invitational berth for the defending state champion Lady Longhorn cross country team.

State's best clash in Snowflake

First place in the East region, a No. 1 state ranking, and an unbeaten record are on the line tonight (Friday) when the Payson Longhorns and the Snowflake Lobos collide.

Luella Irene Hirni

Luella Irene Hirni, 81, of Payson, died Oct. 3, 2002.

Enterprise zones can stimulate job creation, provide incentives

Action by the board of supervisors Tuesday may save Gila County's status as one of Arizona's 22 Enterprise Zones in a program designed by the Arizona Department of Commerce to encourage job creation and provide an incentive for new and expanding businesses.

Horns hope to tame Bulldogs at invitational

The Longhorn cross country team will not be traveling to Snowflake today (Friday, Oct. 4) as originally scheduled. Instead, coach Chuck Hardt will be taking his charges north to Winslow where the Bulldog Invitational is being contested.

Chino Valley next up for soccer squads

The Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams will take impressive credentials to their battles tomorrow (Saturday) against Chino Valley.

What's up?

Q: All the publicity and efforts on behalf of the elk in Arizona are gratifying. The elk is truly one of the most majestic of God's creatures. But does anybody have a credible number of how many elk there are in Arizona? And since elk are known to migrate, is there any estimate of how many of them are part-time residents of the state?

Tomorrow is bark beetle education day


From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 5 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine, speakers from the Arizona State Land Department, Pine-Strawberry Fire District, Regional Payson Area Project, United States Forest Service and the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Office will be on hand to educate, dispel rumors and answer your questions about the bark beetle infestation in our forests.

One year of Tonto Village news


This week's column marks the first anniversary of the Tonto Village News written by yours truly.

Elk winners advance to Kingman

More than 70 youngsters flocked to Green Valley Park Sept. 28 to show off their skills in the annual Elks Soccer Shoot.

Mallett nails President's Cup

Posting a net tally of 131, Tom Mallett staked claim to the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup.

Small lures your best bet


This week I received a fall fishing question by John Powers from Payson High School. John asks, "What presentation and lure would produce the most fish during the fall, a large flashy lure or a small lifelike one?"

Fall Crafty Kids registration deadline today


Parentssign your children up for the Fall Crafty Kids program, which will take place during the upcoming fall break.

Drought could be tough on quail hunters

Only the most dedicated of small-game hunters will turn out for the quail season when it begins Oct. 11. That's because Arizona Game and Fish biologists are predicting a grim hunting year.

Drug dog gives demonstration at school

Payson Center for Success students got a firsthand look at how the school's new Drug Free School Enforcement Policy will be administered Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, October 1

The Tontos found a home


It was 30 years ago this week that President Richard Nixon signed a bill allocating 85 acres of government land to be set aside for the newly recognized Tonto Apache Tribe.

Homemade bread a comfort on cold days


For the past few days, there has been a change in the weather. Saturday night, it actually felt like a fall evening. There was even some talk of snow in the high country by mid-week.

Water myth down the drain


There are some things in life it's best to ignore. Just stick your head in the sand and pretend they're not even there. For example:

Pet llamas are just 'like big puppy dogs'


There's one thing you can say for sure about Richard Falkenberg. He is, without question, the only retired-accountant-turned-llama-rancher in all of Mesa del Caballo.