Stories for September 2002


Monday, September 30

Give your computer a tune-up

Got a computer problem?

Jacob Perry Ingram

Jacob Perry Ingram was born to John and Missy Ingram on Aug. 28, 2002 in Englewood, Colo.

What's up?

Q: Can the Forest Service place trash dumpsters near campsites so when people leave they can dispose of their trash properly instead of dumping it on a forest road?

James Giles

James "Jim" Giles, 63, died Sept. 28, 2002.

October is domestic violence awareness month

It happens too often. It shatters children who see it happening in the place they are supposed to be safe. Often it is like an infection, cursing generation after generation.

Mayor can be a good leader but first needs to be a better example

In Friday's Roundup, we published an article about an investigation into the actions of an allegedly intoxicated Mayor Ken Murphy during rodeo weekend.

JTED good for our children

Tuesday, Nov. 5, a question will appear on the ballot. This question is very important to the Payson Unified School District and to our community college, the Rim Country Learning Center.

King of strings

18-year-old is state's top fiddler

Fiddlers from 17 towns and cities across Arizona participated in last weekend's 32nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers' Contest. But the hands-down standout fiddler was 18-year-old Patrick Clark, a six-time competitor who walked away with his first Arizona State Championship.

Fire marshal due more than an apology

It seems apparent to me that Mayor Ken Murphy's priorities are skewed at best. He states that his primary concern is the losses businesses have suffered due to all the events of the past year.

Athletic club deserves continued support

As a business owner and longtime resident of Payson, I am very livid that another health club is being built especially after Payson Athletic Club just a few months ago opened its doors.

Want more water? Stop issuing building permits

The Roundup, Sept. 24, once again reveals to the Payson residents the tap dancing going on at the town hall over water.

Net squad wraps up roller-coaster road trip

An 11-10 triumph over highly regarded Ganado highlighted the Lady Longhorns three-day stay in East Region Volleyball Tournament.

Diving a passion for Payson teen

It's a daunting task to learn competitive diving in the Rim country. There is no diving team; the public pool is only open a couple of months each year; and the Rim country is studded with pine trees, not swimming holes.

Harley Marie Clemonds

Harley Marie Clemonds was born at 9:02 p.m. Sept. 16, 2002 to John and Leslie Clemonds.

Electa Judd Robinette

Electa Judd Robinette, 88, of Payson, died Sept. 27, 2002.

Rev. Gary Van Boening

Rev. Gary Van Boening, 68, of Gilbert, died Sept. 27, 2002 in Gilbert.

Despite conservation efforts, water use continues to rise

With Payson residents using more and more water despite Stage 2 conservation measures in effect for most of the summer, the town is looking for new ways to reduce consumption.

Genealogy key to DAR membership

Payson's connection to the creation of the United States of America rests with a group of a dozen women. And, last month, they reminded the community of that creation with the commemoration of Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23.

Vote yes on joint technology district

Payson voters will soon be able to give our young people and interested adults greatly expanded vocational opportunities. We will be asked to vote Nov. 5 to allow Payson Schools to become a member of the Joint Technological District, which now serves Show Low, Holbrook, Winslow and four other northern Arizona towns.

Health Fair 2002 offers free tests, screenings, medical information

Although Community Health Fair 2002 won't roll out its annual array of free medical screenings, tests and checkups until Saturday, Nov. 2., those who want to take advantage of them are advised to register as soon as possible starting today.

Greenspoon deserves respect, not resentment

Letters to the editor are as much a part of the newspaper industry as the editorials, headlines and the classified ads. For that reason, there is no question that they should continue, in fact, be encouraged as long as they represent content of redeeming value.

Rim country dogs have their day


"Every dog must have his day," wrote Jonathan Swift.

Assistant principal Fruth has dream job


The decision to become a principal came to Tim Fruth in a most unusual way.

Payson almost had a railroad


Here is the story not of "The Little Engine that Could," but of "The Little Railroad that Could Not."

Lady Horns bound for state


A 3-0 victory over the Show Low Cougars has propelled the Lady Longhorn soccer team into the postseason playoffs.

School menus

The following menus are planned for Oct. 2 through Oct. 4:

Jessie David Morgan Jr.

Jessie David "Dave" Morgan Jr., 59, of Payson, died Sept. 26, 2002.

Ellen McHenry

Ellen Janet McHenry, 73, of Payson, died Sept. 29, 2002, at Payson Care Center.

Scheduling change for community concert

The Tonto Community Concert Association has been bringing outstanding music to Payson for 24 years.

Alfred Knutsen

Alfred Knutsen, 88, of Payson, died Sept. 27, 2002.

Horns blank Warriors, 66-0


Thanks to a solid defensive showing, the Tuba City Warriors were on the receiving end of a rear-end kicking Friday night in Longhorn stadium.

Escapee nabbed in San Diego

An arrest in San Diego of a man driving a vehicle stolen from Payson resulted in the capture of an escaped inmate.

Ann Marie Hall

Ann Marie Lamb Hall, 98, died Sept. 27, 2002, in Payson.

Woman dies in motorcycle accident on Highway 260

The Payson office of the Arizona Department of Public Safety had an unfortunately busy weekend.

Roundup nets fourth 'Newspaper of the Year' victory

The Payson Roundup was named Arizona Newspaper of the Year for non-dailies the fourth consecutive year the local newspaper has been awarded the state's highest honor.

Pirch, Randall net $33,000 bass boat

Reese Randall and Clifford Pirch are on an angling roll that most fishermen can only dream about.

Thursday, September 26

Boys soccer tournament this weekend


High school teams from around the state converge on Rumsey Park today (Friday) to participate in the Pioneer Title Agency Invitational boys soccer tournament.

Cucina Paradiso honored

Payson's Cucina Paradiso Italian Restaurant was honored in Washington, D.C. Tuesday for its efforts during the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.

Church searching for its stolen benches

Thieves took the three benches from the Methodist Church prayer garden.

Fishing can be humbling experience


Fishing can be one of the most humbling sports as conditions and fish behavior change daily or even hourly. One day you can be catching fish everywhere you go and the next day you might wonder if there's a bass left in the lake.

Tonight's game should be a blow out

If you are one of the many readers taking part in the Roundup's Pigskin Payoff football contest, you might want to think lopsided scores when you tally up tonight's (Friday) Payson vs. Tuba City football clash.

Fiddle Fest returns in Floyd's shadow

This weekend, for the first time in 32 years, the Old Time Fiddlers' Contest will take place without its beloved leader.

Mayor under investigation

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit has been asked to look into the possible criminal behavior of Mayor Ken Murphy during rodeo weekend.

Calvert Taylor

Calvert "Cal" Richard Taylor, 53, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2002.

50th Pine fair is now a memory


The 50th Annual Northern Gila County Fair has come and gone.

It's the most wonderful time of the year


This has got to be my most favorite time of year. The mornings are crisp with the smell of the pine trees and wood stoves puffing their smoke around the village.

Creek gets ready for a fun-filled fall


Fall is the busiest time of the year for the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association.

Lady Horns in hunt for Conley ticket


Entering the Four Corners Invitational Sept. 21 in Flagstaff, coach Chuck Hardt and his defending state champion Lady Longhorns were hoping to put on a strong showing that would earn the team an invitation to the prestigious Tempe Conley Invitational later this season.

Four Corners brings out best for Horns


Competing against some of the best cross country teams in the state, the Longhorn boys ran their way to an eighth-place finish in a 20-school field Sept. 21 in the Four-Corners Invitational.

Give the gift of life

Blood drives scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8

Donating blood received a huge boost in popularity during the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.

Mary Jensen

Mary Jensen, 88, of Payson, died Sept. 23, 2002.

Pro Office Equipment fills the niche

There is only one question regarding office equipment and supplies that Dale Henderson can't answer: What heretofore empty niche does his brand-new business, Pro Office Equipment, fill?

What's up?

Q: What is the law on political signs? How long after an election do candidates have to get them down?

Wolfe howls at the CAVE people

I read Mr. Kreutzer's (aka our Johnny) complaints about the result of the last two town elections. When Mr. Kreutzer (aka our Johnny) insults the duly elected town officials, he is insulting the citizens who voted them into office maybe his friends and neighbors.

Creative solution needed to save other species

Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, a murder was committed on the corner of Forest and North Colcord.

Main Street program not a 'hand out'

I have been silent too long! There are many, many things I'd love to say about our Main Street Program and our program manager, Karen Greenspoon.

Greenspoon is an effective coach of Main Street team

To say that Karen Greenspoon has had nothing to do with the revitalization of Main Street is like saying that Coach Bob Brenly has had nothing to do with the success of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

United Way out to raise $30,000 for local groups

Rim Country United Way is kicking off its annual campaign to raise money for 11 local agencies the organization helps to support.

Winners from Northern Gila County Fair

The following are results from the 2002 Northern Gila County Fair:

Art Trek allows personal visit with Rim country artists

Going by its name alone, the Payson Art League's Art Trek open studio tour might lead you to believe that all that will be on the menu is art. The Saturday and Sunday event offers much more than that starting with a journey into creativity itself.

Former Payson woman missing from Prescott home

Arleen Ruth Cilione, 60, formerly of Payson, is missing. She was last seen Sept. 19 at a Prescott tavern, Donna's Hut, at about 9:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.

Golden day

Shirley and Charles Havey of Payson celebrate 50 years of marriage today (Sept. 27).

Tuesday, September 24

Lots of choices in chicken sandwiches


This week's history story by Stan Brown talks about the heritage of the Heritage House (aka the Mogollon Grille and the Journigan House). One small slice of its life is missing. My family had the house at one time, or at least the use of it, when my stepfather, Clay Thorne, had his real estate office in it.

The Cadillac Express


Old houses have many stories to tell and the Mogollon Grille on Payson's Main Street is no exception. It was the home of the first mechanized mail carrier between Payson and Globe.

32nd Annual State Championship Fiddlers Contest


It's difficult to imagine this weekend's 32nd edition of Payson's Old Time Fiddlers Contest without Vertielee Floyd the longtime organizer of the event who died last March, two days before her 73rd birthday.

A political party of one


The primary election is finally behind us, and now it's time for the big show the general election.

Monday, September 23

Horn runners set for showdown in Lakeside


The Payson High Longhorns will have the opportunity to test their running prowess against most of the East region powers when Blue Ridge Invitational cross country action begins to unfold at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in Lakeside.

Main Street folks to be congratulated

The fact that four Main Street projects have been selected as finalists in the 2002 National Main Street Awards competition is a tremendous accomplishment.

Shoot Out this Saturday at Green Valley Park

Soccer fans from 7 to 13 years of age will have the opportunity to showcase their skills Saturday when the local Elks club hosts its annual Shoot Out at Green Valley Park. Registration, which is free, begins at 8 a.m. and the competition at 9 a.m.

PWGA preps for finals

The Payson Women's Golf Association will host its annual club championship tournament Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Mavericks, Cougars split four-game set

White Mountain League action against Show Low turned into a break-even proposition for the Rim Country Middle School Maverick football and softball teams.

Horns crush Roadrunners, 67-6


The Holbrook Roadrunners now know it was a great move for the school to opt out of the rugged East region two years ago for an easier gridiron life in the North.

Lobos fall to aggressive Lady Longhorns


It took a Herculean effort from the Lady Longhorn soccer team to edge past longtime rival Snowflake 3-2.

Senior speedster paces Lady Horns to win


After giving up volleyball to participate in cross country this season, Rachelle Jones has become one of the most inspirational runners on the Lady Longhorn roster.

A range war simmered with murder


The Booth brothers of Gisela were bad hombres. John, Zechariah and Nick had all served time in the Yuma Territorial Prison for robbery and perjury.

It was love at first sight


Peggy Gray and her husband, Jim, moved to Payson 15 years ago in August.

Seniors sharpen driving skills


Remember the feel of taking the steering wheel for the first time? Who forgets the power and freedom that came with having four wheels under your control?

'Pop-Top Lady' dies, tradition lives on

Mary Jensen, the 87-year-old Payson Care Center resident who collected countless thousands of pop-top tabs for charity, died Monday afternoon.

William Zubrod, Jr.

William Loyd Zubrod, Jr., 80, of Payson, died Sept. 23, 2002.

Eldron Wason

Eldron Martin Wason, 89, of Pine, died Sept. 20, 2002, in Paradise Valley.

James E. Seifried

James E. Seifried, 77, of Payson, died Sept. 20, 2002, in Phoenix.

Richard A. Fentzlaff

Richard A. "Dick" Fentzlaff, 62, of Payson, died Sept. 18, 2002.

Donna J. Coyer

Donna J. Coyer (Hein) nee Ryan, 65, of Payson, died Sept. 20, 2002.

What's up?

Q: What's up with the Pack Rat Fire? They just let it set there and burn for a week before calling in the big guys. It seems extremely irresponsible of the person who made the decision to let it burn.

Man found dead in van near casino Wednesday

A Rim country man was found dead in his vehicle in a vacant field south of the Mazatzal Casino Wednesday.

Labeling schools ludicrous

Having spent over 30 years in Arizona as a resident and as an educator, the State Board of Education's plan to 'label' schools as excelling, maintaining, improving, under performing, or failing conjures up feelings of disbelief, disappointment and disgust.

Politics and Peace

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." Albert Einstein

Main Street continues to draw controversy

Re: Main Street projects nominated for awards (Payson Roundup, Sept. 20)

18-wheeler flips on Highway 260

An 18-wheeler flatbed truck loaded with bags of asphalt material rolled over on Highway 260 between Christopher Creek and Kohl's Ranch Lodge Monday morning, slowing down but not stopping traffic for several hours.

Tonto Apaches celebrate 30 years

The Tonto Apache Tribe is planning to close September and open October with a bang.

Town studying new conservation guidelines

With another disappointing monsoon season winding down, the town of Payson plans to look at a new mandatory conservation program and water rate increases now being developed by water department officials.

Stabbing, fistfights lead to arrests

Road rage evolved into a stabbing, two fistfights and a pair of arrests, including one for possession of methamphetamine, Sunday afternoon.

FES Fall Festival a huge success

The Fall Festival fund-raising event at Frontier Elementary School Friday afternoon featured several activities offered by the Payson Fire Department, including the relay race to quickly don firefighter helmet, hood, coat and boots.

Electric Light Parade just around corner

With just the faintest hint of fall in the air, thoughts down on Main Street are already turning to the holiday season and to making the second annual electric light parade and Christmas celebration bigger and better than last year's inaugural event.

Daniel Toma

Daniel Toma, 86, of Payson, died Sept. 12, 2002.

'Robin of Sherwood' opens

Payson High School drama teacher John Siler is going out with a clang. Retiring at the end of this school year after 30 years teaching in Arizona classrooms 19 of them right here at PHS Siler's first play of his final season is "Robin of Sherwood," a new take on the Robin Hood legend that features a whole lot of raucous swordfighting.

Court should show mother the same mercy she showed her child

Madelyne Gorman Toogood, the Indiana woman filmed beating her 4-year-old daughter in a parking lot, has turned herself in and her attorneys say she will probably plead guilty and "throw herself on the mercy of the court."

Thursday, September 19

If not Mother Nature, then who?

Regarding the rain that was mentioned in the Sept. 13 letter to the editor.

Thieves target Old Glory

Zoe Merkle is proud of her country, proud to be an American and proud to fly the U.S. flag.

Girls soccer 5th at Camp Verde


Posting a 2-1 record, the Lady Longhorn soccer team galloped to a fifth-place finish at the 12-team Camp Verde Cowboy Invitational Tournament.

Gila County cracks down on illegal dumping

Complaints to Gila County officials about "wildcat dumping" are on the rise.

Payson's uncertain future

I read Mr. Ware's comments in Tuesday's edition and his conclusions that "we are getting traffic back" for the $75,000 spent on tourist advertising.

Fair fun in Pine this weekend


The 50th Annual Northern Gila County Fair in all of its glory is waiting for you at the Pine Community Center, starting today (Friday).

Walgreens breaks ground on new store in November

The Payson Walgreens drugstore, which opened in November 1987, is about to see construction launched on its new, long-awaited, freestanding home complete with double drive-through pharmacy windows on the southwest corner of the Beeline/Highway 260 intersection.

Input sought on live entertainment at theater complex

The Payson Sawmill Theatre is considering presenting live entertainment at its complex in addition to first run films.

Mildred L. Wade

Mildred L. Wade, 77, of Payson, died Sept. 12, 2002.

Edward P. Schmidt

Edward P. Schmidt, 80, died Sept. 16, 2002.

Lupe Amavisca Gil

Lupe Amavisca Gil, 67, of Payson, died Sept. 16, 2002.

Bark beetle population at all-time high

Pine and the entire Rim country is experiencing an extreme level of bark beetle activity.

Marjorie Blanchard

Marjorie "Gay" Blanchard, 62, of Phoenix, died Sept. 17, in Phoenix.

Elmond Barker

Elmond Oklahoma Barker, 95, of Strawberry, died Sept. 13, 2002.

Woman suffers internal injuries in rollover

Blinded by the setting sun, a motorist was involved in a rollover accident on westbound Highway 260 Saturday.

Payson man bounces back from bobcat attack

Five days after he was attacked by a rabid bobcat, and five days after he started the treatment for human exposure to rabies, 80-year-old Tom Garner said he feels healthy.

Rodeo queen contestants wanted

The Payson Rodeo Committee and its royalty board are looking for young women interested in representing the community and the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo as Queen.

What's up?

Q: It looks like they're repaving the parking lot at Payson Elementary School. Why, when they had the entire summer to do the job, did they wait until after school started? It's very inconvenient for parents dropping off their children for school?

One bear caught


The bear has been caught!

Tonto Village gathering a great neighborhood affair


It was a busy week for us in Tonto Village.

Search warrant results in four arrests

Four arrests were made this week when a search warrant was served at a residence on West Alpine Circle.

Corporation commission tackles Pine moratorium

The Arizona Corporation Commission directed Brooke Utilities to sit down with commission staff and interested parties to resolve the hookup moratorium issue for property owners who are "caught in the middle."

A kitty's cry for help

These newborns are just a few of the more than 100 homeless cats and kittens currently held at the Payson Humane Society's Animal Shelter.

Main Street projects nominated for awards

Four Payson Main Street projects have been selected as finalists in the 2002 Main Street Awards competition twice the number in last year's competition.

William Bagley

William Cash Bagley died Sept. 17, 2002, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

New fitness club will test health of Payson market

"How many health clubs can Payson support?" John Cheney asks rhetorically. "I don't know. I think we'll probably find out fairly shortly."

Track gets dedicated next Friday

The new all-weather, artificial surface track at Payson High School was to be officially dedicated Sept. 6 during halftime ceremonies of a football game against St. Johns.

Old Time Fiddlers Contest


Arizona fiddlers and musicians will set your toes tapping and your hands clapping on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Payson Event Center as young and old compete for the Arizona championship titles.

New baby, new boat all in same week

It was a week that Clifford Pirch will most likely never forget.

Payson travels to Holbrook for Roadrunner clash


A pair of 2-0 longtime rivals the Payson Longhorns and Holbrook Roadrunners tee up the pigskin at 7 p.m. this evening (Friday) in Holbrook.

Lady Horns struggle in invitational


Chris Schwind is trying to ensure the disappointing win-loss record the Lady Longhorns posted in last weekend's Payson Invitational Volleyball Tournament doesn't damage the confidence of her players.

Fishing is fine at Roosevelt Lake


Fishing at Roosevelt has been so good lately it's hard to find lures that aren't working during the early morning and evening hours.

Goodbye to one long, hot summer

The long, hot, eventful summer of 2002 has finally come to an end at least on the calendar.

Tuesday, September 17

Northern Gila County Fair celebrates its golden anniversary


Now I know why I've never seen a 350-pound market hog on the cover of National Geographic.

A columnist by any other name ...


At the risk of inviting a whole lot of input, both good-natured and dead-serious, I have come to the conclusion that I need a nickname.

Welcome the return of soup weather


With the blessed rainy weather last we had last week, I pulled out my soup cookbooks. I was in search of a fast, simple potato soup recipe. Nothing I came across fit the bill, but I did find some recipes that sounded pretty good.

Why were they called 'Tonto'?


The bronze index finger of the youthful student paused over a topographic map of Arizona, as his grandfather urged him to point to the geographical center of the state. The boy's finger slowly descended until it came to rest on the town of Payson.

Monday, September 16

Trash at parks is a local problem

Green Valley Park is one of the beautiful spots of Payson, but when I walked around the lake Tuesday (Sept. 10), the shoreline was anything but beautiful.

Stolen ATV found at body shop in Payson

The Gila County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of a $7,000 racing grade all-terrain vehicle.

Claude Frank Garner

Claude Frank Garner, 63, of Payson, died Sept. 12, 2002 in Phoenix.

Dorothy Feltz

Dorothy Sophie Feltz, 66, of Payson, died Sept. 14, 2002.

Blue Ridge clash postponed, Lobos on deck


After compiling a 3-1 record and finishing as runners-up in the Third Annual Cool Mountain Soccer Tournament in Round Valley, the Longhorns were eager to flex their newfound muscle Sept. 11. Mother Nature, however, dampened those aspirations.

Coach gets first win


Randy Wilcox is celebrating his first win as the Lady Longhorn soccer coach.

Harvey E. Dunn

Harvey E. Dunn, 76, of Payson, died Sept. 10, 2002 in Payson.

Blue Ridge pounds Maverick title hopes

The Rim Country Middle School teams' aspirations to earn White Mountain League championships have taken a thumping from Blue Ridge.

Wranglers corralled in clash of state's best


Shrewd coaching and a bit of luck propelled the Longhorns to what might be the team's biggest win since Payson defeating Blue Ridge in the 1998 state championship.

It is nut-gathering time in Payson


Newcomers to Payson may wonder why the late summer brings Apache Indians into their yards who pick up the fallen acorns.

Gorry loves her life in Payson


Gail Gorry loves Payson. She has made a full life here since 1985. She met and married her husband, Wayne here in 1992, and in 1994, they had a son, Cypress.

10 million Americans have PVD ... and you may be one of them


An estimated 10 million Americans, many of them over 50, have peripheral vascular disease, or PVD clogged arteries in the legs that trigger numbness or intense pain during even minimal activity.

Lucy Bell

Lucy Mildred Bell, 93, of Payson, died Sept. 14, 2002.

Spencer retires from electric company

After nearly three and a half decades of service, Arizona Public Service Payson District Manager Jim Spencer will retire from the electric company in October. Spencer has headed APS's Payson operations for the past 14 years.

Pine students study in the woods

Field biology actually studying plants and animals up close and personal is something your average middle school student doesn't normally get to experience.

What's up?

Q: Has the town ever considered fencing off that area where the boys do their jumps and tricks on the culvert near Bashas'? I saw one go right into the street the other day.

Quorum should be present before vote

Though I'm neutral on the measure adopted by a 3-1 vote, it appears there is a far more glaring need a council quorum should not be attained unless at least six members are in attendance.

Lowering speed limit will not help enforcement

The town council vote to raise the speed limits is the latest action to swat at flies while the elephants are stomping in the living room.

Don't forget to brush

I hear by the grapevine that the city is planning on installing Eljer water saving closet combinations in some of the homes.

Speed limits highly subjective

Did anybody else notice the irony?

Local angler hooks record marlin off Maui coast

The blue marlin is the ultimate challenge in big game fishing.

Crunching numbers can lead to home ownership

Affordable housing in Payson may not be easy to come by, at least at first glance or even at the second and third looks.

Pima's fall semester now in session

The numbers are way down, but Pima Community College opened its doors on a new era Monday morning.

Attempted abduction foiled at school

A 12-year-old Rim Country Middle School student narrowly escaped a potential abduction Wednesday in the school parking lot.

Discovery zone

Bryce Romanowski (7) and his sister Emily (3) learned how to recognize bear footprints at the Third Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival last weekend at Green Valley Park.

Longhorns' No. 15 still the player to watch

While coaching the 1998 Rim Country Middle School Maverick eighth-grade football team, I pulled No. 15 from a box of new, first-class uniform jerseys that had been purchased by the Mogollon Sporting Association.

Thursday, September 12

Speed limit raised in two school zones

The speed limit around Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School will increase to 25 miles per hour.

County's tax rate in middle

Not all of the lingering questions about Gila County's proposed $11.89 million tax rate for fiscal year 2002-2003 have easy answers. But Gila County District One Supervisor Ron Christensen says he is determined to answer as many as he can.

Bowling alley gets new owner, new name

Six weeks ago, Bob Baker had never owned his own business.

Parks and rec offers dog agility training

These classes will teach your dog how to traverse a maze of obstacles, zip through tunnels, traverse a dog walk, and much more.

Prayers for rain answered

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Roundup published, "Pray for Our Neighbors."

Life in a fragrance-free world?

I sympathize with Melinda Honn's problem with allergies from a variety of fragrances, but not enough to give up my cologne.

Reaching past the pain

In an expression of emotion that embodied the spirit of the day, 7-year-old Kelsey Burba runs to her grandmother after singing "God Bless America" during the Sept. 11 ceremony at Green Valley Park.

New ripple in Pine water woes

A new interpretation by the Arizona Corporation Commission staff has added yet another element of discord to the water situation in Pine.

Cordova, Porr, Renzi face off for seat in congress

The field of 15 candidates wanting to represent Payson and the rest of Congressional District One has been narrowed to three.

Teen rodeo draws contestants from all over Arizona

The Payson High School Rodeo Team will play host to more than 250 aspiring cowboys and cowgirls from around the state this weekend.

Celebrate Western heritage this weekend

Marshall Trimble headlines an all-star cast of cowboy poets and musicians at the Third Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival this weekend at Green Valley Park and Julia Randall Elementary School.

Learn to preserve memories at scrapbooking retreat

A Rim country retreat for fans of the scrapbooking phenomenon is planned for early October.

Ballot mix-up raises red flags

A ballot mix-up in Payson Precinct 7 raised red flags for a pair of voters.

Get Western this weekend

You hear people talk about culture from two perspectives in the Rim country.

A day of pride

One year ago today, one year ago this very minute, you were glued to the television.

Closed campus is the way to go

I am writing because of the recent death and terrible injuries to high school students in Phoenix during lunch break.

Candidates' calls are annoying

As we go to our voting precinct today and vote for the candidate of our choice, we are troubled by the process some of the committees are using to campaign for their candidates.

Sept. 11 tributes moving expressions

(The Payson residents) have every right to be and must be proud of all the people of Rim Country Middle School.

What's up?

Q: I did not know Margaret Murphy had died. Would you give us the date when she died?

Lady Horns host invitational this weekend

Fountain Hills, Ganado are the teams to beat

The two teams that met in the championship game of the 2001 Payson Invitational Volleyball Tournament, and months later in the Class 3A state championship, will return this weekend to the Rim country.

Carol Kemp

Carol Marie Kemp, 75, of Payson, died Sept. 10, 2002 in Payson.

East vs. West clash tonight on PHS field

Bragging rights, power points and state rankings will be on the line when the Payson Longhorns and Wickenburg Wranglers butt heads at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday) on PHS field.

Special Olympian wins in Phoenix

Rim country Special Olympian LeAnn Gillies swam her way to a pair of medals at the Phoenix Special Olympics held Sept. 6 and 7.

Strumpfer stumps competition

Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association 9-hole group spent the past two months locking horns in a variety of weekly tournaments held at Payson Golf Course.

Grab a steak, help wrestlers, drama club

Rim country sports fans have a golden opportunity today (Friday) to enjoy an excellent barbecued steak dinner and also take in what is expected to be an exciting prep gridiron clash.

Community says goodbye to a beloved resident


Today, at 2 p.m. in the Strawberry Chapel, we will remember a member of our community. Lt. Don Chester, a paramedic for the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, died Sunday.

Bears still inhabit neighborhoods


Christopher Creek is being taken over by bears. These cute, but dangerous beasts are showing up everywhere.

Election work full of excitement


I mentioned in last week's column that my husband Bill and I would be acting as clerks for the Zane Grey precinct at the R Bar C Boy Scout camp for the Sept. 10 primary election. It was quite an experience, one that we had not had before.

Tuesday, September 10

These recipes amount to a hill of beans


It's time for the Western Heritage Festival celebrating the American cowboy. Tradition tells us or maybe it is the Hollywood myth that cowboy cooking was fairly limited to beans.

Cowboy heritage comes alive


It doesn't matter if you've never ridden a horse. Or worn a pair of cowboy boots. Or if you prefer your coffee with the grounds filtered out.

'Arizona Charlie' gets his day in the sun


Arizona Charlie" Meadows is finally getting his due.

Facts, fiction often get confused


I had an elderly friend whose index finger was quite crooked with arthritis, and it amused us when he would shake that finger while saying, "Now, let's get this straight!" Sometimes the facts about an event in local history are as impossible to "get straight" as that fellow's finger.

Monday, September 9

Police, firefighters discover newfound respect following attacks


The shock waves from the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. still reverberate.

Is airline travel any safer in America today?


One year ago, three commercial airline employees who reside in the Rim country agreed that developing a failsafe system of airline security would be a tall order.

Sept. 11's impact on today's students


Payson High School teacher Wendell Stevens was duly impressed when a group of students came to him with an idea for commemorating Sept. 11.

How should we mark the day?


I almost feel sorry for anyone whose birthday is Sept. 11. That date will forever live in the hearts and minds of Americans as the day we lost our innocence, the date we discovered how vulnerable we are, the moment we learned with unglaring certainty that evil is alive and well and living in Afghanistan.

A look back at the Class of 1927


A peek into Payson's school seventy-five years ago can be fun. The Risser family donated a 1927 school yearbook to the Rim Country Museum, in which Christian Risser IV is listed in the 3rd grade.

Powell House a perfect match


Because she's always had an affinity for the elderly, Tami McKay says she is right where she wants to be.

Prescription prices: A hard pill to swallow


They don't want their names used, as if they were engaging in some illegal or unsavory business.

Racer trades rubber for gold

Usually, as soon as Bob Lowery finishes an auto race, his wife, Debbie, grabs his helmet so he can't throw it in frustration.

Green Valley Park event commemorates Sept. 11

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the attack on America.

Council looks at request to change speed limit

The Payson Town Council has a full plate of public hearings slated for its Sept. 12 meeting.

Lessons learned on the football field

In 1971, after completing requirements for two degrees at Arizona State University, I decided to finally take a college class I wanted to enroll in. Up to that point, I had been taking classes that were requirements for graduation. Enough of statistics, psychology, anthropology and philosophy 101.

Higley bumps netters in opener


The Lady Longhorn volleyball team's season-opening loss to Higley did little to dampen the enthusiasm of junior setter Shea Hatch.

Hard-charging Behrens wins title


A determined late charge by Joe Behrens earned the Payson High junior a gold-medal finish at the Longhorn Invitational cross country meet held Sept. 5.

Lady Horns scratching for first win


After absorbing a season-opening 4-2 loss from defending state champion St. Johns, the Lady Longhorns will have the opportunity tomorrow (Wednesday) to chalk up their first victory of the campaign.

Hardt-less Lady Horns find a way to win


As the drama of the season-opening Payson Invitational cross country meet unfolded, Rim country fans were left to gaze upon the proceedings and wonder: What if the Shaun Hardt family hadn't moved from Payson to Eagar/Springerville, taking along two of the state's finest cross country runners?

Mavs flex muscle with trio of wins

The Rim Country Middle School Mavericks are producing some of the White Mountain League's most successful football and softball teams.

Pettet's play stymies Redskins


Coach Mike Morgan's St. Johns Redskins dominated gridiron action most of the evening, but it was the home-standing Longhorns that earned the victory.

Local poets put their thoughts in verse


A collection of poems regarding Sept. 11, 2001.

Rabid bobcat attacks man in north Payson

A bobcat that attacked an 80-year-old man in a Payson neighborhood Saturday morning was infected with rabies, county health officials determined Monday.

Inmate escapes from jail

An inmate escaped from the Gila County jail in Payson this weekend. Tucson resident Lance Dean Neilson, 32, escaped from the jail the morning of Sept. 8.

Geneva Robinson

Geneva Ellois Robinson, 95, of Payson, died Sept. 8, 2002.

Donald Chester

Donald Wayne Chester, 47, of Strawberry, died Sept. 8, 2002.

Ugly Longhorn new tradition

You won't find it immortalized in poster form at Payson High School as one of the six pillars of the Character Counts program, but the PHS Student Council is working very hard to make "extortion" as valuable a tool as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

New addition to the Parks department

Jacob Daniel Parks was born at 8:02 a.m. July 9, 2002.

What's up?

Q: I was told that the in-school suspension building that Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School use was condemned at the end of last year. It's still being used. What's up?

A question of integrity

I must respond to the recent letter to the editor written by Jerry Daugherty concerning the upcoming election for Gila County Superior Court judge.

Driving is not a God-given right

This is an open letter to a number of Payson drivers who feel that it is "their God-given right" to drive any way they wish ...

Is your child's life worth 30 seconds?

Which is more valuable, your time or a child's life?

Special team leads forest rehabilitation effort

Even before the Pack Rat and Five Mile fires were contained, rehabilitation work was under way.

New town manager on the job

Payson's new town manager, Fred Carpenter, reported for duty last Tuesday.

Rim country impressions

On Sept. 11, 2001, and in the days and weeks following, when the avalanche of news threatened to overwhelm me, I fled, as I always do, to music.

Dorothy May Cox

Dorothy May Cox, 86, of Snowflake, died Sept. 7, 2002.

Americans turn to church for answers


Right after Sept. 11, the country saw an unprecedented rise in attendance at Sunday services.

Flower power

Sunday was Grandparents Day and Payson Community Kids, a community services group made up of children from disabled families, commemorated the day by giving flowers to grandparents at two local churches.

Local investor remembers fallen colleagues


From 1990 to 1992, Payson's Donald Crowley worked on the 85th floor of the World Trade Center's second tower, along with about 70 out of 172 former colleagues from the banking securities firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., who appeared to have died in the monolith's destruction.

Stranded by the attacks, local woman still not afraid to fly


September 11, 2001: Jackie Larson, now 45, lives in Payson with her mother, Barbara Bubnis, the owner of Barbara's Boutique. She is a special needs adult who has been determined to function at the level of a 10 or 12 year old. Still, Jackie travels by air quite a bit normally alone on direct flights, using the airlines' "meet and assist" policy.

Thursday, September 5

Mavericks triumph in season opener

The Rim Country School Mavericks' eighth-grade football team opened the season in impressive fashion, romping the Holbrook Roadrunners 28-0.

Labor Day bash was a blast in Village


Did anyone venture on to Highway 260 Monday? Did it remind you of the Valley traffic?

Neighbors say goodbye to old friends


Tuesday night, the folks at the Landmark held a going away party for Jake and Peggy Livingston. About 50 people showed up to wish them the best on their move to Oregon.

Fire restrictions lifted, but be careful


Because of the rain that helped stop the Five Mile Fire, the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department has once again lifted the special hazard restrictions.

No payday for PAHH players

Wells Fargo Mortgage will not have to fork over the $25,000 it had offered to anyone who sunk a hole in one on Payson Golf Course's No. 2 while playing in the Habitat for Humanity benefit tournament Aug. 24.

Horns outplay MV in Eagar scrimmage

Arizona Interscholastic Association regulations prevent official scores from being kept at pre-season scrimmages in all prep sports.

Enter your business in Christmas for Kids golf

The 17th Annual Christmas for Kids Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 20 and 21 at the Payson Golf Course. The event is sponsored by the Payson Police Department, the Gila County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety as a fund-raiser to purchase clothing and toys for needy children in northern Gila County at Christmastime.

Cabin Keepers will keep your cabin clean

If you don't have time to clean like you used to, or if you just hate cleaning, you're not alone. More and more, today's busy families need help with their housework.

What's up?

Q: Why is Rim Country Middle School investing so much money to put in a basketball court when they already have a gym? The money could be better spent on other improvements the school needs like remodeling the bathrooms and replacing ceiling tiles. They have desks and tables there that are wired together.

Play Springer to put odds in our favor

Diamondbacks Manager Bob Brenly wins games by playing the odds. He is well known for making the switches required to put the odds in favor of the Diamondbacks. We can and should do no less in the race for the next Arizona Governor.

A compassionate candidate

I am a 74-year-old widow. I have known Lewis Tenney for 24 years. I have always found him to be a compassionate, understanding person who reaches out to people with a strong shoulder of support.

Tenney a person of integrity

In the upcoming Republican primary in the 1st Congressional District the new rural district we are supporting Mr. Lewis Tenney of Heber.

Manage the forests for its best health

I am encouraged by recent government proposals to lower fire risks in our forests, but the proposals to cut only small trees is a concern.

Drugs throw decency out the window

Sunday around 5:30 a.m. two women stopped to help a man who hit an elk on Highway 260, but after giving him a ride to a pay phone, they went back and looted the contents of his car.

Primary election is Tuesday; Are you ready to vote?

Are you ready to vote? The primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Mabel Wessels

Mabel Velma Wessels, 95, of Tonto Basin, died Sept. 3, 2002.

Portable 'city' caters to firefighters

It took 662 people working shifts of up to 16 hours a day for 10 days to bring the Pack Rat and Five Mile fires under control.

Payson to remember Sept. 11 at commemorative event

"We Remember," the Sept. 11 commemorative event organized by Payson's American Legion Post 69, will begin Wednesday morning when every Payson patrol car and fire engine will sound their sirens at 5:45, 6:03, 6:43 and 7:00 to commemorate the crashes of the four hijacked jetliners.

Four boys charged in burglary

Four juvenile males, one 12 and three 8, were arrested for burglary, theft and criminal damage Sept. 1.

Fire neither good, nor bad, Paxon says

If the Pack Rat and Five Mile fires made you a little nervous, just wait until the next one.

Overloaded rescue boat nearly sinks at Roosevelt

While trying to keep an accident victim stable on a backboard during a water transport Monday, a sheriff's boat took on water at Roosevelt Lake.

Gun lock giveaway Saturday

Project HomeSafe, the largest gun lock giveaway program in America's history, is coming to Payson's Wal-Mart Supercenter tomorrow (Saturday).

Lee Loyd Brice

Lee Loyd Brice, 93, of Payson, died Aug. 29, 2002 in Payson.

Labor Day accident snarls traffic for hours

A five-vehicle injury collision tied up Labor Day traffic on Highway 260 for six hours Friday.

Tribal tradition

A proud symbol of tribal tradition was unfurled Wednesday on a new flag that will wave above the Tonto Apache Indian Reservation.

Gridiron season kicks off tonight

While stadium lines shine brightly on Payson High School field tonight (Friday), fans, parents and PHS faculty will have a first-hand opportunity to learn just how good the current edition of the Longhorn football team is.

Parks & Recreation offers Dog agility training

These classes will teach your dog how to traverse a maze of obstacles, zip through tunnels, traverse a dog walk, and much more.

Schwind plans to reload Lady Horns' arsenal

In her second year as a varsity head coach, Chris Schwind faces the task of rebuilding nearly her entire Lady Longhorn volleyball team.

Baby Williams arrives

Nathaniel Jayce Williams was born at 2:39 a.m. Aug. 13, 2002 at Desert Samaritan Hospital.

Discover tranquility of water

Ponds and water gardens are becoming increasingly popular and can add a feeling of peace and tranquility to any landscape.

Door Stop ceremony makes it official

The Door Stop is finally on its way to Payson.

Tuesday, September 3

Flying Club ruled the sky


The first pilot to land an airplane in Payson was Texas-born Cliff Edwards. They called him "Tuffie" from the time he was a youngster and already a capable cowboy. By 1910, at the age of 12, he was riding with the best of them, and soon hired on at ranches in New Mexico and Arizona.

Attack of the giant bugs


In the Rim country, we're kind of the polar opposite of India.

Recipes that are the apple of your eye


Driving through my neighborhood, I can't help but see apple season appears to be coming on strong. In at least every other yard there is an apple tree, sometimes two or three, with branches bent under the burden of an ample crop.

Sept. 11: the day America changed


It has always seemed to me that the English language needs another word for "anniversary" when the event being recognized is not a happy one.

Monday, September 2

Alice Elaine Hickey

Alice Elaine Hickey, 91, of Payson, died Aug. 30, 2002, in Payson.

Richard Burton Dudley

Richard Burton Dudley, 68, of Payson, died Aug. 28, 2002, in Payson.

Wilburn O. Dodge, Sr.

Wilburn O. Dodge, Sr., 81, died Aug. 28, 2002, in Portales, N.M.

Gary Lee Beard

Gary Lee Beard, 72, of Payson, died Aug. 25 in Payson.

Weichels' love is golden

Joan and Ed Weichel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 6, 2002.

What's up?

Q: The Payson Town Council should get a dial-a-ride program going for senior citizens. A lot of us have lost our licenses or our old cars don't run. There are also many minimum wage workers who have no transportation. Is anything being done?

Be courteous with your cologne

When exposed to fragranced products like perfume, cologne or fabric softener, I get severe asthma, hives, migraine headaches and nausea. I am not alone.

A question of liability

Because of the vulnerability in Payson to wildfires from the surrounding Tonto National Forest, I have been pondering many things.

Loyalty to the candidate from the north

As many of us north of Roosevelt Bridge are aware, there exists a smoldering sense of resentment towards the county seat in Globe.

Fetch your favorite photos for the fair

The shutter is closing on photographic entries for the annual Northern Gila County Fair.

Pack Rat, Five Mile fires 100 percent contained

The Five Mile Fire was 100 percent contained at 376 acres Friday, and officials announced the complete containment of the Pack Rat Fire Monday at 6 p.m. well ahead of previous projections.

Rainfall to date at record 3.7-inch low

The annual average for rainfall in Payson is 22 inches.

Elk wreck leads to robbery

Some days you just can't win.

Faces of the fair

The Pine-Strawberry Labor Day Craft Fair brought in all ages over the weekend.

A reminder of responsibility

Re: Aug. 27, 2002 article on fire prevention

Feeling dry? It could be much worse

"I knew it was awful, but I didn't know it was this awful," says Anna Mae Deming, a 54-year veteran of weather-watching in Payson.

Girls cross country starting from scratch

Among the best Rim country sports memories of less than a year ago are those of the Lady Longhorns running their way to the school's first state cross country championship.

Veterans return, Horns open tomorrow

Unlike the Lady Longhorn cross country team that was depleted by graduation, the boys squad returns a solid nucleus of battle-tested veterans.

Affordable housing in Payson: fact or fiction?

Is affordable housing in Payson a myth?

Become a master gardener

Even your average gardening course has been impacted by the drought and the extended wildfire season in the Payson area.

Golden days coming in Pine

The Mogollon Rim country may not yet be golden Sept. 20-22, but those three dates will be golden days in Pine. The Northern Gila County Fair will open for the 50th year.

Pima Community College offers Payson opportunities, new beginnings


Class, at last, is almost in session.

Baseball Academy will open in Glendale

Aspiring Rim country baseball players will soon have a golden opportunity to improve their diamond skills for next spring's Little League play.

Korth, Szakal win low net match

The links team of Frank Szakal and Rick Korth will represent the Payson Men's Golf Association at the Arizona state two-man tournament next month in Phoenix.

Pirch, Randall team up to catch first place in bass championship

Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall teamed up to win the top cash prize of $2,000 in the AllStar Bass Summer Nights Team Championship Aug. 24 and 25 at Apache Lake.

How Baby Doll/Doll Baby Ranch got its name


As the Payson Town Council currently focuses its search for new water sources on the historic Doll Baby Ranch, it seems to be a good time for newcomers to learn how much this ranch was part of Payson's early days.

Fate, clean air lure newest physician


If you believe in fate, you won't have a difficult time believing that Peter Zonakes was fated at birth to be a doctor.

Write-in candidate files for Dist. 2 supervisor

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

Senator Brown runs unopposed in his bid for a fourth term

Jack A. Brown is currently the Senator who represents District Five comprised of South Navajo, Apache, Gila, Graham and Greenlee counties, and part of northeast Pinal County in the Arizona State Senate.

Molera, 5 others race for education chief

Education in Arizona has been under a microscope for several years now. So, whoever takes the reins as State Superintendent of Public Instruction will have an inordinate amount of attention placed on the effectiveness of their policies and actions.

Ox Bow theater debuts Friday

Direct from the Rockin' R Ranch in Mesa, Jim and Mary Robson and family headline the Ox Bow Saloon's first dinner theater performance Friday, Sept. 6.

Robin A. Johnson

Robin A. Johnson, 40, of Midlothian, Texas, died Aug. 25, 2002.