Thursday, October 31
Jack Sheahan, decorated World War II veteran and local advocate for patriotic causes and the disabled, died Tuesday at the age of 78.
Hanna Ray Peters was born Aug. 26, 2002 to Chad and Holly Peters of Star Valley.
Sheriff John R. Armer is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer.
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.
Vying for the office of state treasurer are David Petersen, Republican, and Ruth Solomon, Democrat.
The Rim country is blessed with very dedicated firefighters.
A State Land Department grant of nearly $100,000 will help continue the ongoing project to reduce the area's fire fuels.
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?
There ought to be a law!
Edmund C. Garthe, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at Friendship Village in Tempe, where he resided since moving from Payson in 1995.
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.
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."
Traditionally, the Roundup makes recommendations regarding key propositions. Here are our suggestions for selected issues on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Tammy Davidson did not know who to turn to when three members of her family were injured in a hit-and-run crash.
You won't find much opposition to Proposition 103, but Rim country resident Pepper Porter isn't taking any chances.
Convicted murderer Luke Hilgendorf has 95.5 more years to serve with his 25-year sentence.
Former Gov. Fife Symington is feeling a new kind of heat with some help from Payson's Cucina Paradiso Italian Restaurant.
Marjorie Bertha Yeager Cantzlaar Heston, 93, of Payson, died Oct. 27, 2002.
Jack Sheahan, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002.
When you think State Farm, you think insurance, right?
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.
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.
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?
Wells Fargo - Bradshaw Mountain, Cactus, Centennial, Desert Ridge, Pinnacle, Prescott, Shadow Mountain.
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.
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?"
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.
Conservation issues especially those focusing on hunting, fishing and the use of public lands are often controversial and emotional subjects.
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.
It is time to think of turkey, family gatherings and making your favorite dishes for the Thanksgiving table and dressing up your home.
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.
Steve Joseph Chapla, 86, died Oct. 17, 2002 in Kalispell, Mont.
Tuesday, October 29
Halloween is the season for ghost stories, but the Rim country comes up short in that department.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
"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."
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
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.
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.
A controversial decision by Class 4A athletic directors to place Payson High School in the North region will be appealed.
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.
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.
It's not every artist who, mere days from their next art showing, utter things like, "I don't care what the judges say."
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.
The race for the Arizona Corporation Commission offers voters the largest choice of candidates.
The Gila County District Two Supervisor's seat became vacant in April, 2001, upon the sudden death of Supervisor Edward G. "Bunch" Guerrero.
The following events are scheduled for Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31:
Start planning your alternate routes now. Road work at the intersections of highways 87 and 260 is headed our way.
Eleanor T. Smith, "Suzy," 86, of Payson, died Oct. 24, 2002.
Norma Jean Siegenthaler, 70, of Payson, died Oct. 25, 2002.
Pearl S. Mandery, of Payson, died Oct. 5, 2002 in Mesa.
Roberta A. Hensley, 72, of Payson, died Oct. 23, 2002.
Wayne R. Dimmitt, 73, of Payson, died Oct. 25, 2002.
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.
Q: Is there any limit on how many dogs and cats a private homeowner can keep?
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.
Re: the article "Tyler Parkway/260 stoplight privately funded" in your Oct. 22 issue...
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:
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.
If you're going to help somebody on Make a Difference Day, why not choose somebody who in turn helps others.
Another one of Payson's finest has fallen.
The bark beetle has claimed another victim but this time, it wasn't a tree.
More than 200 people are formally protesting the town's purchase of the 12-acre Garcia property.
Imagine this gridiron scenario:
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.
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.
Thursday, October 24
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.
Well, all the planning and preparation have paid off for my husband Bill. He bagged his first elk the other day.
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.
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.
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.
FISH & TIPS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Alexander Reid, 41, of Payson, died Oct. 21, 2002.
Robert Lynn Gleason, 35, of Star Valley, died Oct. 20, 2002.
Dorothy B. Burge, 73, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died Oct. 16, 2002.
Joy Carle Barbour, 81, of Bullhead City, died Oct. 17, 2002.
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."
Q: What's going on with all the construction at the airport?
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.
Prop. 303 proposes doubling the state tax on tobacco products. The proceeds would apparently fund various medical programs.
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.
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.
For the third time in as many weeks the town council held a special meeting to wrestle with questions about affordable housing.
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.
It is the medical equivalent of one-stop shopping; the health-care version of a bumper-to-bumper auto diagnosis and tune-up.
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.
Proposition 203 on the Nov. 5 general election ballot is referred to as the medical marijuana proposition.
There is a new group of "Friends" in town and everyone is invited to join them.
Terry Smith has her birth certificate and her marriage license.
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.
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.
Hunt for treasure in these Rim country antique shops:
Now that Gerri Wager's mission is complete, she has retired as president of the Gila County Trails Alliance.
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.
This place called the "Rim country" embraces a 50-mile radius around the town of Payson. The area is named after the Mogollon Rim.
Tim Grier is predicting a great winter for cross country skiing.
Fall brings cooler temps and changing leaves both reminders that Pine-Strawberry gets the very best of all four seasons.
Tonto Basin is located 35 miles south of Payson on State Route 188.
To enjoy the cooler weather from a different perspective, there is always horseback riding and off-roading.
Whether Cinch Hook Snow Play Area opens this winter depends on the weather.
The scenic areas along Highway 260 east of Payson offer a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in the fall and winter.
You've been hiking for miles through some of the most breathtaking wilderness you've ever seen.
In the fall and until winter snow closes forest roads, camping will remain a popular Rim country outdoor adventure.
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.
Last summer, the biggest worry among local fishermen was whether runoff from the Rodeo-Chediski fires would permanently damage the waters of Roosevelt Lake.
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.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has lined up a collection of activities for residents during the fall and winter seasons.
There are plenty of places in northern Arizona where folks can escape the Valley of the Sun's hectic pace.
Tuesday, October 22
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
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.
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.
Monday, October 21
A dilemma could be brewing in the Class 3A Rim region boys' soccer standings.
About three years ago, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association decided to host a unique "Black Hat vs. White Hat" 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.
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?
Kathy Almendarez, Payson's postmaster since 1993, is the National League of Postmasters' Postmaster of the Year for Arizona.
About 10 years ago, when CDs were first developing global music-buyer appreciation, the death knell of vinyl records was sounded.
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.
Education is an election issue for Payson voters this year.
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.
The report of a sexual assault in the vicinity of West Graff has turned into an inactive investigation of a simple assault.
Stacy Lynn McReynolds and Cody Barrett announce their engagement to be married.
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.
Doris M. Wheeler, 82, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2002.
Bryant Randall, 61, of Rye, died Oct. 19, 2002.
Pearl S. Mandery, of Payson, died Oct. 5, 2002 in Mesa.
John Leroy Hardman, 82, of Payson, died Oct. 19, 2002.
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.
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?
The voters of Gila County are facing an all-important issue this election concerning Proposition 400.
It is disheartening at best to hear so much inaccurate information circulating in our community about Proposition 400.
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.
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.
I thought it would be useful to share my view on the importance of quality education resources for our future: our children and grandchildren.
President Bush named the war on terrorism "Operation Enduring Freedom." (An earlier name, "Operation Infinite Justice," was hastily withdrawn.)
Ninety nine times out of a hundred, nothing is accomplished except a waste of air when celebrities espouse their political views.
For eight-and-a-half years, Tom Behl has dedicated his days to Gila County's children.
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.
The Gisela Valley Fire Department is $25,749 richer.
The people of Payson are getting their say about a proposed recreation center.
Patricia Eggers, 87, died Oct. 12, 2002 in Kohl's Ranch.
Pajama Day at Payson High School is just one of many activities scheduled to celebrate the Longhorns' homecoming spirit week.
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.
Twelve-year-old Ryan Mortenson picked the perfect minute in an already perfect day to bring his fishing pole to Green Valley Park Lake.
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.
Thursday, October 17
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Town hall is gearing up for a referendum on the proposed purchase of the Garcia property.
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).
I would like to expand on the article concerning overpopulation at the Humane Society (Roundup, Oct. 11).
Campaign ads shout "Do the Math" ... Greed, ad nauseam all shouted by the White Man.
Once upon a time, there was published in Payson a very unusual newspaper called the Backbone.
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.
My husband and I enjoyed visiting Payson for about the past six years and are looking to retire in your area.
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).
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).
Voters have three choices on Indian gaming in the Nov. 5 general election.
The balance of power in Congress could possibly rest with the man elected to represent Arizona's new District One.
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.
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.
Jacob Monroe Fitzhugh was born Aug. 10, 2002 in Scottsdale.
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.
Robert P. Caperton, 83, a longtime Payson resident, died Oct. 13, 2002 in Phoenix.
Bernice Mary O'Malley, 80, of Payson, died Oct. 9, 2002.
Violet Lena Thompson, 91, of Payson, died Oct. 10, 2002.
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.
If Ann Riehle has her way, Payson's proposed community center will feature a swimming pool among the amenities offered Rim country citizens.
FISH & TIPS
As we start into the fall season, I am often asked about water temperature and the location of bass.
PARKS & RECREATION
Mark your calendars for this year's Trunk-or-Treat.
Payson High students, coaches and administrative officials should soon know more about the school's possible move to Class 4A next year.
The 4th Annual Women's Retreat was Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church in Christopher Creek.
The Snyder and Meeker households are a hubbub of activity this week because the guys are going elk hunting in Unit 22 starting Thursday.
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.
Tuesday, October 15
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?
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
Rush here. Rush there. Get organized and make more time.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
That pesky water issue is back.
Monday, October 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cory Houghton, director of Senior Circle, doesn't understand the stigma attached to growing old.
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.
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.
There is a $3 million plan to address affordable housing needs in Payson.
The investigation into the actions of Mayor Ken Murphy during rodeo weekend will take about another month.
Opal June Cline Winters, 80, of Tonto Basin, died Oct. 13, 2002.
Harold Ray Wiley, 65, of Payson, died Oct. 14, 2002.
Wanda Joyce LeClair, 65, died Oct. 13, 2002.
Dorothy "Genny" Virginia Jones, 73, of Payson, died Oct. 13, 2002 in Phoenix.
Gerald "Jerry" Dale Bradley, 76, died July 7, 2002 at his home in Thompson Falls, Mont.
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Wendelboe of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Leslie to Robert Thomas McIntosh, both of Chandler.
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.
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.
By now, if you're a registered voter, you have received information on Proposition 400.
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.
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.
I find it impossible to believe the council is even considering the purchase of the Garcia and the Humane Society property.
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.
The Gila County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the identity and whereabouts of a woman in connection with stolen credit card use.
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.
A proposed Old West town-themed shopping and entertainment complex on Main Street will feature a wedding chapel, restaurant, saloon and 19 smaller shops.
Roy George Haught wants to end his probation eight months early. And his victim's stepdaughter is outraged.
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.
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.
Payson attorney Steve Rensch will host the On the Rim Fall Classic youth basketball tournament Oct. 19 and 20 in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.
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.
Randy Wilcox is not a happy Lady Longhorn soccer coach.
Thursday, October 10
Fay D. Jamison, 70, of Payson, died Oct. 7, 2002.
Q: The word on the street is that the water department is now accepting old medicines. What's up with that?
I'm writing in response to the letter in the Oct. 4 issue of the Roundup from John Depert.
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.
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.
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.
A recent Roundup editorial indicates that the Roundup and Karen Greenspoon have accepted the fact that government grants are funded with taxpayers' money.
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."
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.
Ken Murphy is an embarrassment to Payson. I was appalled, if not surprised, when I read Friday's (Sept. 27) paper.
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.
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.
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, 78, of Payson, died Oct. 8, 2002.
Andrea Lee Smith, 49, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2002.
An alleged case of attempted murder is making its way through the Payson court system.
Halloween revelers have a new option for pumpkins this year.
The reach of the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire continues to expand and bring back good things to the Rim country.
You're elderly or ill, you live alone, there is an emergency, and you can't get to the telephone. What do you do?
Payson's tribute to veterans will be bigger and better in its sophomore year.
Sheriff John Armer is encouraging parents to let their children get their fingers dirty. In fact, his officers will help.
James Gannarelli is expected to return as general manager of the Mazatzal Casino today following a 120-day suspension.
School district officials are still looking for a solution to a mystery plaguing Payson Elementary School.
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.
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.
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.
PARKS & RECREATION
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.
FISH & TIPS
This week Kyle Fogarty asks, "What is the best time to try a topwater lure?"
Payson's gut-wrenching 31-24 loss Oct. 4 to Snowflake was soundly reflected in two statewide football polls compiled Tuesday.
The Payson Women's Golf Association, Payson Men's Golf Association and Women's Niners Club have all hosted tournaments over the past week.
The Copper State Jam youth basketball tournament has added a new wrinkle.
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.
Hoping to sew up a berth in the state tournament, the Longhorn boys soccer hosts Round Valley Oct. 16 at Rumsey Park.
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.
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.
The Antique Fair is here.
Tuesday, October 8
IN THE KITCHEN
Smells are powerful things. Just a whiff of a familiar scent can trigger a flood of memories.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
There is good news for all you fans of love.
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.
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
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.
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.
Don Tanner and his family looked for a home in the mountains for 12 years before settling in Payson.
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.
Tianna Golliglee, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, has been named Miss Northern Gila County Teen USA 2003.
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.
Educator Sue Myers is retired, but certainly not forgotten.
The Payson Town Council has a special meeting tonight on the possible purchase of the Garcia property and the Humane Society property.
William "Bill" Joseph Myers, 70, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2002.
Howard Chandler Christy, 92, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2002.
The No. 1 health issue for children today is obesity, according to Alex Arredondo, program coordinator for BlueCross BlueShield's Health Safari program.
Q: Why has the town reduced the number of recycling bins at Wal-Mart and Green Valley Park to one per location?
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?
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.
You and your family may be eligible for health care coverage through Medicaid (AHCCCS) or KidsCare.
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.
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.
Main Street project manager Karen Greenspoon says she doesn't get it.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Gila County is not as remote and isolated as residents might think. It could be targeted for terrorist activities.
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.
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.
If prep soccer rankings were compiled as they are in some other high school sports, the Longhorns might be listed among the elite.
Thursday, October 3
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.
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.
PARKS & RECREATION
Parentssign your children up for the Fall Crafty Kids program, which will take place during the upcoming fall break.
FISH & TIPS
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?"
Posting a net tally of 131, Tom Mallett staked claim to the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup.
More than 70 youngsters flocked to Green Valley Park Sept. 28 to show off their skills in the annual Elks Soccer Shoot.
The Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams will take impressive credentials to their battles tomorrow (Saturday) against Chino Valley.
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.
There will be no Conley Invitational berth for the defending state champion Lady Longhorn cross country team.
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, 81, of Payson, died Oct. 3, 2002.
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.
The news will shatter the world of one woman in every eight.
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.
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.
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.
Fall is my favorite time of the year, but this is a little too cold, too soon.
This week's column marks the first anniversary of the Tonto Village News written by yours truly.
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.
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?
Are the golf courses still green at the gated communities?
Just finished the article about the upcoming "Dog Day in the Park" event at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park.
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.
I've been around newspapers all my life.
Rim country residents answered the call for more volunteers at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in force.
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.
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.
When Sgt. Doug Johnson died from a blocked coronary artery Aug. 1, his greatest dream for his children came close to dying too.
Tuesday, October 1
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.
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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: