Stories for April 2003


Tuesday, April 29

Skeeter -- the little roper


Picture the typical all-American boy in the Old West: blonde, buzz-cut hair; clear blue eyes; a dusty pair of blue jeans tucked into his cowhide boots; sitting atop his trusty mount like he was born there.

The truth about the Farmer's Almanac


There are those who swear by the Farmer's Almanac. I have never been one of them.

All Americans should celebrate Cinco de Mayo


As the population of our beloved United States of America continues to expand by the arrival of citizens from other countries, (and let us never forget, all of our families were once immigrants,) so expands the attention we pay to ethnic celebrations such as St. Patrick's Day, Kwanza, and Cinco de Mayo.

Crazy for coconut


Mother's Day is just around the corner. So, if you are lucky enough to have your mom around, you might want to start thinking of including her favorite things in a special meal for her.

Monday, April 28

Council raises speed on Tyler Parkway

The town council voted 6-1 in favor of increasing the speed limit on Tyler Parkway from 25 mph to 40 mph. Councilor Bryan Siverson was the lone dissenting vote.

Brice, Christie wed

Joshua Keith Brice and Melanie Lynn Christie were married March 8, 2003 at Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix.

Crate training provides security and comfort


Some dog owners are as strongly opposed to crates and kennels as others are in favor of them.

Payson takes bite out of New York visitors

It's not often a small-town Arizona team plays hosts to a prep squad from New York.

Hoyt tees off on prestige tour

A tie for seventh at the prestigious American Junior Golf Association Heather Farr Classic might be the ticket Billy Bob Hoyt needs to realize his goal of earning a college scholarship.

Little League opens in grand style

The 2003 Payson-Pine Little League season got off to a rousing start Saturday on the Rumsey Park ball field.

Horn diamond crews host barbecue, Cougars

Barbecue, baseball, softball and community camaraderie -- life is good.

McCombs, Moore wed

Robert McCombs and Lisa Moore were married at Plant Fair Nursery on Easter Sunday, April 20.

William Edward Clark

William Edward Clark, 85, of Star Valley, died April 24, 2003, at the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix.

Nadine Enlund

Nadine Enlund, 71, died April 22, 2003 in her Payson home.

Lawrence Iverson

Lawrence Iverson, 85, of Payson died April 17, 2003.

Bobby Johnathan Waterman

Bobby Johnathan Waterman, 19, of the Tonto Apache Reservation, died April 28, 2003 on the reservation.

Verla Morgan Woolery

Verla Morgan Woolery, 83, of Payson, died April 25, 2003 in Scottsdale.

Ox Bow owners make donation to TAT

Beverly and Roy Nethken, owners of the Ox Box Saloon, have donated a fully outfitted pool table to the Tonto Apache Tribe for its Youth Center.

Scanning for clues: Technology can give tips to health


Nutritional supplements are big business. The shelves in the "vitamin aisles" are packed with all kinds of things to help people feel better, live healthier and longer, and so on and so forth.

Missionaries to India retire to Payson


Going from a place where cows are sacred to a place where they're roped, hog-tied and devoured would be a major leap for most, but not for Lillian Mayer.

Back when goats grazed along the East Verde, Part 2


Last week we followed the lives of the pioneer family John and Sarah Holder, and John's brother Sydney and his family, as they settled the East Verde River between today's Beaver Valley and the East Verde Estates.

Help send Wilcox to Australia

Amy Wilcox is one of the many local young athletes who has her sights set on traveling to Australia this summer for a look at culture and sports in the land Down Under.

The power of imagination

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses," President John F. Kennedy once said.

What's up?

Q: Brooke Utilities water bills have all kinds of valuable information on them to help people keep track of how much water they use. They tell you how much water you used per day compared to last month and the same month last year. The town's water bills don't have any of that kind of information. If the town wants people to cut down on water consumption, why don't they give people more information about what they are using?

Mayor's attitude seems backwards

I was listening to the morning talk show on KMOG this morning; it was Tuesday Town Day, and Mayor Ken Murphy and Town Manager Fred Carpenter were the guests. A caller, who said he relocated from an area with "real" shopping, asked if we were cultivating retail companies to come into town to compete against Wal-Mart, say, Target or J C Penneys.

Who's watching our borders?

If anyone read the Arizona Republic on Sunday, 4/27, and saw the graphic pictures of the tons of horrid trash being dumped by illegals down at the border, plus the terribly increased fire and security danger being posed by our open borders, this story from will make you as angry as it did us.

We only have ourselves to blame

Who is to blame for the proposed cutbacks, the malaise, and the disenchantment in our local (Payson Unified School District), and Arizona state educational systems?

Let them know you support tax relief package

Certainly with the television, newspaper and radio coverage starting to spend less time on the war, we can now get some information about what bills are being passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. We've been in the dark for the past month, and that is a scary thing.

Council must do the right thing for future

The Payson Town Council will convene at 5 p.m. this evening to take another look at the issue of safe yield.

Humane society observes national animal month

The Payson Humane Society is holding a spay and neuter clinic and separate dog and cat adoption events in May in observance of National Animal Month.

Regional road group needed, Potts says

The Rim country needs to make a radical change in the way it deals with transportation issues, according to Cliff Potts, chairperson of the Northern Gila County Highways Committee.

New fire station likely for bond election

If the 15-member committee has its way, Payson may become home to a new fire station and a covered arena at the Payson Event Center.

Meth lab found at Jake's Corner

Timothy Zimmer, 40, of Payson, is facing multiple charges related to the operation of a methamphetamine lab in Jake's Corner.

Scouting out new skills

The theme of this year's Zane Grey District Scout-o-Rama was "Scouting Innovations."

Whistle is nothing compared to traffic noise

This is my comment to the person who was complaining about the whistle blowing. Well, to me it sounds great, and reminds me of when I was little and my mom told me to come home. And, that was in Germany. No, it was not the Sawmill whistle, but the one from the factory where my dad was working.

Thursday, April 24

What's up?

On Sunday, April 13, there was a procession of all kinds of cars going through town with American flags.

Give credit where credit is due

First, I wanted to thank you for your undaunted support of our public school system over the years.

Let's conserve the environment, while we're at it

In your sobering article on April 22 about the water situation in Payson, the term "safe yield" was frequently used.

Recycling is everyone's responsibility

The earth's resources are diminishing as man's trash heaps send toxic scents into Payson's beautiful clean air.

Sedona, Las Vegas teams nip Horn golfers

The Payson Longhorn golf team travels today (Friday) to Mount Graham near Safford, where the links crew will participate in the 16-team Bulldog Invitational Tournament.

Compassion critical to animal control

Driving around the residential neighborhoods of Rim country, you can almost always see someone walking their dog.

Hospital takes precautions against SARS

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, has made its way to the U.S. where there are currently 208 suspected cases.

Jim White honored as Businessman of the Year

Former mayoral candidate and State Legislator Jim White has been honored by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Responsibility Day aimed at teen pregnancy

"Responsibility Day," an interactive carnival that will take place next week at the Payson High School's Wilson Dome, is designed to address a sobering statistic -- that Payson has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Gila County.

Turn your business dreams into reality

One of the wonders of the free enterprise system is the ability of you, or me, and everyone to open a business. All it takes is an idea, money, a location and "stuff."

Next weekend's Career Expo offers tools to open job market doors

Creating economic development in their own back yards, a group of Payson business leaders are putting together a job fair next weekend, 2003 Career Expo.

Billy Joe Williams

Billy Joe Williams, 79, of Payson, died April 21, 2003.

Edward Shumaker "Ole" Olsson

Edward Shumaker "Ole" Olsson, 81, a lifelong educator, died April 19, 2003.

Murphy pre-trial conference postponed again

The pretrial conference of Mayor Ken Murphy, scheduled for April 22, had to be rescheduled when the prosecuting attorney failed to show up.

County investigates dog's death

Since the death of a Great Dane in the noose of a county animal control officer, an incident report has been released and the county has taken action to address the issues brought to light by the dog's death.

County moves to improve Fossil Creek

"If all goes reasonably well, Phase One (of Fossil Creek Road) will be completed by fall," Ron Christensen, District One Supervisor, and chairman of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, said in an interview this week.

Local man dies in ATV wreck

The Gila County Sheriff's Department had to deal with two fatalities in the last week related to recreational activities.

Council approves ‘emergency' senior apartments, tables noise issue

Both emergency ordinances on the agenda resulted in the most controversy at Thursday night's meeting of the Town Council.

Brown Jr., William "Bill"

Staff Sgt. William "Bill" Brown Jr., is with the 366th Civil Engineers, currently stationed at Mt. Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

Village bids farewell to Montbleau


Tonto Village will be losing a resident of our little community May 1. Michele Montbleau will be leaving us to move to Nashville, Tenn.

Tidwell has best bonnet in Easter parade


Sunday's Easter egg hunt brought out the young and the old and it was head-to-head so to speak in the Easter bonnet contest, but older is better, or should I say mature.

When it comes to Vegemite, just say 'no'

For about a decade, this scribe has been inking stories about local athletes -- usually teenagers -- traveling to Australia to participate in a variety of sports and cultural events.

Horn softball, baseball teams sweep RV

Victories over the homestanding Round Valley Elks have kept the Payson High School baseball and softball teams in the hunt for East region championships.

Snowflake denied win by 1/2 point

A win, is a win, is a win.

PAC hosts martial arts champ

A talented World Mixed Martial Arts Association fighter is scheduled to showcase his skills from noon to 3 p.m., May 3 at the Payson Athletic Club.

Baseball Down Under beckons coach, Rim players

Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet and a squad of small-town Arizona players, including nine from Payson, are gearing up for the G'Day International Sports Down Under tour.

Tuesday, April 22

Getting back to the garden


It's spring and Rim country residents are getting out the gardening implements in anticipation of the warming months.

The ranch at Washington Park


A person traveling to the headwaters of the East Verde River for hiking, fishing or picnicking encounters a sign pointing to the Washington Park Trailhead. This is as far as you can go north with an automobile along the river, and is the jumping off place for hiking the Devin Trail to the top of the Rim or visiting the old Railroad Tunnel.

Spring recipes for salad, strawberries


Looking in one of my cookbooks for "spring" recipes, I found only one that included the word "spring" in the name of the dish, Spring Salad. But on the same page in the index was a list of recipes for strawberries and because they are now showing up in the grocery store, I thought it would be a good time to explore a few.

Life in a backwater town


The major cities of the Valley -- Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Glendale -- are rating themselves according to six new benchmarks to see how they measure up as attractive places to live.

Monday, April 21

Tollefson, Angela

Airman 1st Class Angela Tollefson is with the U.S. Air Force and is currently stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Report paints parched picture

Payson has reached 99 percent of safe yield, according to the 2003 Water Status Report released by the town Friday.

Paul, David Ryan

PFC. David Ryan Paul is in the U.S. Army. He attended basic training at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas and Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.

Committee narrows field, puts cap on projects

The deadline is fast approaching for the Capital Improvements Committee to select which high-dollar projects they will recommend to the town council for bond initiatives during the next election.

Mathews, Michael

First Sgt. Michael Mathews is with the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Riley, Manhattan, Kan.

Cline, Nahshon

Nahshon Cline graduated from Army boot camp Aug. 28, 2002 in Ft. Sill, Okla.

Ashley, Devin S.

Devin S. Ashley, the daughter of Laurie Ashley, Payson, and Calvin Ashley, Camp Verde, is currently stationed in Pensacola, Fla., training in the mechanical field with the U.S. Air Force.

Armstrong, Justin

Justin Armstrong, 19, of Payson, is in the 404 Infantry, the "Buffalo Soldiers." he is currently in the Iraqi area.

What's up?

Q: Why are there no baby swings at Green Valley Park and so few at Rumsey Park?

When should rules be set aside?

Although I am in complete agreement in the renaming of Squaw Peak in honor of the fallen soldier, I take great exception to the article's author when she stated " The five-year "cooling off" rule is idiotic, bureaucratic red tape."

Is there a new stop sign on your street?

There's a new show in Payson, and I've got a front-row seat.

Pine Water makes case for rate increase

The judge is out on Pine Water Company's request for an interim rate increase to cover the additional cost of hauling water during the summer and other times of shortage.

Renzi, RPMs, refrigerated trucks on town agenda

A variety of items are on tap for this Thursday's town council meeting, including a presentation by Congressman Rick Renzi.

Learning at the drop of an egg

Fifth-grade teacher Alan Ammann energizes a crowd of students using a toy airplane with a raw egg strapped in the cockpit.

Head Start threatened by department switch

As Payson Head Start begins enrolling for the 2003-04 school year, the agency has learned that some of its most important services could be in jeopardy.

Kids College: Immersing Rim country youth in fine arts


There were few opportunities to study the fine arts when local artist and college instructor B.J. Sherrill was growing up.

Rim country boys become newest Eagle Scouts

A Court of Honor was convened Friday, March 28 to honor Payson's newest Eagle Scouts: David Cluff, David Hill and Michael Winterholler.

Court date set for Mayor Murphy

Mayor Ken Murphy's two cases will be discussed in a pre-trial conference this week.

Virginia Viola Whaley

Virginia Viola Whaley, 58, died April 2, 2003.

Flora Francis Haught

Flora Francis Haught, 99, of Payson, died in Payson April 18, 2003.

Acting chief long-timer with PFD


Acting chief Marty deMasi knows the Payson Fire Department almost from the ground up. He has been with the PFD for 24 years, first as a volunteer, starting in 1978. He was then one of the first full-time firefighters hired by the Town of Payson in 1983.

Back when ... Goats grazed along the East Verde, Part 1


This is the story of John Francis Holder, one of the Rim country's early settlers, who is credited with starting more post offices in Territorial Arizona than any other person.

Horns survive on coach's gaffe

If assists were awarded in baseball as they are in basketball, Snowflake coach Kevin Standerfer would be receiving one for the Payson Longhorn's 10-4 win over Lobos.

How do they live with themselves?

Mr John G Wakelin is right on.

Rim country fisherman featured on ESPN

Anyone watching ESPN Saturday morning saw Rim country bass fishing pro Mark Kile become one of the Super Six qualifiers on the prestigious Citgo Bass Master's Tournament Trail.

Flora Francis Haught, Rim country pioneer, dead at 99

Only a few months short of seeing a century of life, Flora Francis Hunt Haught died April 18.

PMGA locks horns in net-gross tournament

the Payson Men's Golf Association low-gross/low-net formatted tournament April 15 at the Payson Golf Course.

Chute, Robert

Sgt. Robert Chute is with the U.S. Marines, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Halenar nets sixth Pepsi crown

It didn't take Ridge Halenar's best effort to win the championship of the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition.

LaMotte resigns as wrestling coach

After two successful years at the helm of the Payson High School wrestling program, coach Dave LaMotte is stepping down.

Friday, April 18

Combs-Small, Raymond E.

Specialist Raymond E. Combs-Small is the son of Mary Jo and Dave Combs-Small. He was born and raised in Payson, graduating from Payson High School in 1997.

Watson, Bryan C.

Bryan C. Watson is a Gunners Mate Third Class with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Ritterbusch, Andrew

Andrew Ritterbusch is with the U.S. Navy, stationed aboard the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear aircraft carrier.

McKeller, Chris

Chris McKeller is with the U.S. Marines serving in Kuwait.

Ritterbusch, Ethan

Ethan Ritterbusch joined the Navy in June 2002 and is currently stationed at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va.

Dwyer, Russell

Russell Dwyer is in the U.S. Army with the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment on duty somewhere in Iraq.

Ritterbusch, Ken

Lieutenant Junior Grade Ken Ritterbusch is currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Navy pilot.

McKeller, Kevin

Kevin McKeller is with U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea.

Thursday, April 17

Robert Jennings Quinn

Robert Jennings Quinn, 78, of Payson, died April 15, 2003 in Scottsdale.

Lance R. Diller

Lance R. Diller, 51, of Flowing Springs, died April 14, 2003.

Habitat 5K set for May 10

Those who participate in the annual Payson Area Habitat for Humanity 5K Walk/Run usually do so knowing they are in for a special treat.

Curtis, Sprinkle engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Don Curtis of Payson, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sprinkle of Pine, are pleased to announce the engagement of Brandalyn Curtis and Michael Sprinkle.

Bransford, Goble engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Bransford of Tampa, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Goble of Payson, are pleased to announce the engagement of Whitney Erin Bransford of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jacob Alan Goble of Payson.

Goble, Shreiner to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Goble of Payson, Kathy Shreiner of Phoenix, and Doug Shreiner of Scottsdale, are pleased to announce the engagement of Jamie Lucille Goble and Derek Matthew Shreiner, both currently of Tucson.

Enroll your pre-schooler now for next year


Early educational exposure encourages success in future school years. The nationally accredited Pine-Strawberry Preschool is working on enrollment and screening for the 2003-2004 school year.

Full moon makes for good crappie fishing


If you're headed to Roosevelt this weekend, be sure to take some gear for crappie fishing. The full moon this week should mark the peak of the spawn and provide some pretty good fishing.

Colceri finishes top of his flight

Jim Colceri's gold-medal first-flight finish and closest-to-the-pin tee shot on No. 2 earned him top honors in the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man scramble played last week at Payson Golf Course.

Horns pursue state champs in Sedona

The Sedona Scorpion Invitational, which wraps up today (Friday) at Oak Creek Country Club, will provide the Longhorn golf team with one of its biggest tests of the regular season.

Pettet's crew improves record, 15-4

An East region 15-2 win over Alchesay coupled with a 12-8 victory over Class 2A Heber Mogollon improved the state second-ranked Longhorn baseball team record to an impressive 15-4 (4-0 in the East).

Longhorn tracksters battle to make state

With the state championship meet less than a month away, Longhorn track and field team members are scrambling to post qualifying marks.

What's up?

Q: How are those new signs powered at the intersection of Highway 87 and Main Street?

Military Salute an unexpected surprise

Thanks for the Salutes.

Council takes step toward making this town something special

I would like to commend the town council of Payson for being open-minded, flexible and progressive.

New water rates: The aftermath

As fate would have it, on the Thursday morning of the Payson Town Council meeting, my water heater burst and flooded our basement and left me unable to attend the meeting. However, I was able to view the town council proceedings via cable TV on Friday.

Browns' 50th anniversary

William (Ty) and June Brown recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at home with their family and friends.

Say goodbye to the United Nations

Why do many Americans buy the lie that an international government body, such as the United Nations, could really be the best answer in rebuilding Iraq?

Pettiness pitiful over Piestewa Peak

Miles of bureaucratic red tape was cut Thursday when state leaders decided to forgo the five-year "cooling off" period required before renaming a geographic feature after a deceased person.

Symbolism of the cross

These days known to Christians as Holy Week lead to a commemoration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The meaning of the Christian Cross is a particular focus of attention.

Charles William Persely

Charles William Persely, 56, died at home in Arlington, Texas Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

Marion Elizabeth Parker

Marion Elizabeth Parker, 85, of Payson, died April 14, 2003.

Griffins and Star Valley Storage have room for you

If you have an RV, trailer, boat, spare vehicle, personal or commercial belongings taking up too much space around your place, Cherie and Bruce Griffin have room for you.

Women's Wellness Forum returns for fifth year

On May 17, the Rim country's women will once again come together for a day of information, fellowship and fun at the fifth annual Women's Wellness Forum. The theme of this year's forum is "Transitions: A Woman's Journey ... a Lifetime of Good Health."

Choral society rehearsing for May 10 concert

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 10, and plan to attend the Payson Choral Society's spring concert, entitled "Tying Apples on the Lilac Tree." Musical direction is by Mary Ann Irvine, accompanied by Sarah Nordstrom Nelson. Performances will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the high school.

The Easter Bunny is coming to Christopher Creek


The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday.

Winter makes brief return to Tonto Village


Snow fell on Tonto Village Monday night and into the next morning, making the village look like a picture postcard. Most of the snow melted as soon as it hit the ground, but enough of the snow stayed to make a pretty sight.

What do you do with your Easter leftovers?


If your answer to the question "What comes after Easter?" is "pea soup," you undoubtedly are planning ham for Easter dinner. Or, perhaps, United States Senate Bean Soup will be the fitting end for that hambone. Either way, nothing is more delicious than a pot of homemade soup.

Never a dull moment for police dispatchers

A dispatcher's life on the job is never dull. Jill Van Camp, an eight-year veteran with the Payson Police Department's communications staff can attest to that.

Former Marines aid needy veteran

Bob Maupin, a former Marine and owner of a trailer in Pineview Trailer Park in Star Valley, decided to relocate to another home in a nearby park. Having no need for two residences, Maupin decided to donate his trailer to a veteran in need.

Marcy's Kids savor Easter

Easter is a special time for Payson Community Kids -- so special that director Marcy Rogers held a dress rehearsal last Sunday.

Body identified as missing Macky's employee

Dental records and fingerprints enabled scientists at the Forensic Science Center in Tucson to identify the body found last week by hikers as that of James Munro, 42, of Payson.

Dog saved from burning home

As Kathy James and her daughter crested the hill near West McKamey Street, they saw an army of firefighters working to save their home.

Jay Harmon Gould

Jay Harmon Gould, 91, died April 16, 2003 in Prescott.

Bikers raise money for Make-A-Wish

Cowboys and their pickup trucks were squeezed out of the Sportsman's Chalet parking lot Wednesday by more than 500 bikers.

Tuesday, April 15

Easter fun ready to roll at Green Valley Park


Kids, grab your Easter basket and running shoes and get over to Green Valley Park -- it's time for the Big Easter Egg Scramble.

What, 'eggsactly,' do we do with all these eggs?


Easter is this weekend. In most households with youngsters, there will be an abundance of hard-cooked eggs to deal with following the holiday.

Baseball is life's mirror


There's nothing like a new baseball season to help you forget life's little irritations -- like the war with Iraq.

Back when diseases in the Rim country had no cure


We have become aware of danger to Americans from terrorists using biological weapons. Rim country residents tends to feel secure because of our isolation from metropolitan areas, but such security may be more felt than real.

Monday, April 14

Tonto Apache team battles with select few

Tonto Apache Track and Field coach Billy Joe Winchester's greatest wish is for a complete roster.

Lady Longhorns roll east to confront Cougars, Lobos

A Lady Longhorn team that is off to the best start in PHS softball history (17-4-1 overall and 4-0 in the East) will set in motion today (Tuesday) an assault that could nail down the squad's first-ever East region championship.

Youth Soccer kickoff

Children weren't the only ones running this weekend as parents throughout the Rim country were transformed into soccer moms and dads.

Woman shot by ex-husband in Star Valley

Manuel M. Diaz, 53, of Payson is sitting in the Globe jail on a $1 million bond for attempting to kill his former wife.

Keith Joseph Pappas

Keith Joseph Pappas, 52, of Pine, died April 10, 2003.

The pride of San Antonio

Last week's stay in San Antonio, Texas, where I attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics convention, has me convinced the people of that beautiful city are a proud bunch.

Storyteller is one funny lady


Mariya Nelson is a storyteller, and a very funny person.

Concert series conceived, continues for the love of jazz


Gerry Reynolds calls jazz America's only original art form. He also says it is endangered.

Seniors finish as Las Vegas runners-up

A band of seven Rim country senior softball players joined forces with six Valley athletes to finish second at last weekend's Las Vegas Senior Softball Spring Classic tournament.

Kelley ties for second at Johnson Ranch Golf Club

Payson High School golf standout Brandan Kelley took a brief break from the prep circuit to test his skills in the Desert Junior Golf Tour.

Lavina "Vi" Mae Beck

Lavina "Vi" Mae Beck, 81, of Payson, died April 9, 2003, in Scottsdale. She was born March 5, 1922, in Phoenix.

Roundup wins three Press Club awards

Three awards from the Arizona Press Club went to Roundup current and former staff members this weekend.

D. J. Smock

D. J. Smock, 91, of Payson, died April 11, 2003, in Payson.

Back when history was being made


One of Payson's most legendary and historic properties is currently the subject of some controversy, so it seems timely to review its significance.

Stidham, David

Sergeant David Stidham is with the Army National Guard 2220th Transportation Company, stationed in Iraq.

Scott, Daniel Steven

Daniel Steven Scott, 22, proudly serves the country as a specialist in the 2220th 1st Truck Platoon Transportation Company from Flagstaff.

Freye, Greg

Sgt. Greg Freye has been in the Army Reserve for four years. He was deployed to full-time service 18 months ago. He is now helping with the war effort at his current station.

Bernice Millard

Bernice Millard, 84, of Payson, died March 26, 2003.

William T. (Bill) Hagood

William T. (Bill) Hagood, 76, of Payson, died Dec. 20, 2002.

College graduates first class of CNAs

Gila Community College students Diane Christensen and Donna Henslee just spent three intense weeks together, and, in the process, discovered they have a lot more in common than just their passion for nursing.

What's up?

Q: What are those canoes in the two small lakes at Green Valley Park?

Dog's death could have been avoided

I am writing this in response to your front page article (Friday, April 4) about the death of "Tonto."

Myrl Pyle Evans

Myrl Pyle Evans, 101, was Payson's oldest native. She died at her daughter's home in New River April 11, 2003.

Try sleeping when the whistle blows

This is in response to the recent article on the Sawmill whistle. In the article, Anna Mae Deming called the people who put the petition together to lower the volume and have it blow one time a day, "whiners and no-gooders."

Strohm, Nicholas

Nicholas Strohm is with the U.S. Navy, currently stationed at George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland.

Saddam's government can't be allowed to exist

I was a patriotic teenager during the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan on Dec. 7, 1941. It made me very angry, and I could hardly wait for my 17th birthday so I could join the Navy and serve my country.

Dispatchers can mean difference between life, death

They work in a cave-like atmosphere, surrounded by high-tech equipment, ringing telephones, radio calls, and during the day, people moving in and out of their space. They must remain calm and focused on a multitude of communications.

Preserve the past for future of Rim country

Like so many things in life, there are two ways of looking at history.

Pine water hearing Friday

The Arizona Corporation Commission has scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. Friday on Pine Water Company's request for an interim-rate increase to cover the additional cost of hauling water during the summer and other times of shortage.

Covered bleachers, community center on wish list

Town department heads continue their presentations before the Citizen's Ad Hoc Capital Improvements Project Committee in the hopes of securing funds for high-dollar projects.

When pet owners need a helping hand


During the fires last summer, many people stepped forward to take care of the pets of total strangers.

Thursday, April 10

Marvin B. Smith

Marvin B. Smith, 86, of Payson died April 8, 2003.

Council approves water rate increase

A water rate increase and the fate of the June Bug Blues Festival were two of the issues that lay in the hands of the town council Thursday night.

Pine school struggles with budget cuts, declining enrollment

Pine Strawberry School has been in an enrollment decline since 1996.

While you're at it, picket abortion clinics

If the hordes of anti-war protesters were honest with themselves, they'd be rioting outside America's abortion clinics, where over 4,000 innocent and defenseless unborn children are killed every single day under the cover of law.

Wal-Mart has new manager

Danny Bell brings solid customer service skills and proven retail experience to job.

Brown/Miller wed

Cindi Brown and Bill and Lori Brown announce the wedding of their daughter Riley Ann Brown and Jessie Eugene Miller Jan. 10, 2003 in Gilbert.

Arnett should not be defended for his behavior

Imagine my surprise when I read your editorial column in last Friday's Roundup (April 4). I understand your concern regarding the extension of the Bill of Rights to Mr. Arnett, though I question as you did, whether these rights apply to a citizen of New Zealand operating in the capital city of a country we are at war with.

Locals seek donations for U.S. soldiers

With Operation Iraqi Freedom going well, many local efforts to support American troops are winding down.

Body found off Granite Dells Road

An afternoon hike turned into a nightmare when three Payson teenagers stumbled on the body of a dead mountain biker.

Mold attacks middle school

Rim Country Middle School is the latest district facility to be visited by mold.

Man pulled over for speeding caught with drugs

A routine traffic stop for speeding led to the arrest of a Payson man, who was found with about $1,000 of illegal drugs.

Bowling benefit to help Richardson

Another benefit is scheduled to help the family of Justin Richardson, the 11-year-old Payson boy battling a recurrence of leukemia.

Who's minding Child Protective Services?

After the death of yet another child due to the inaction of Child Protective Services, Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is leading the charge to change the way the agency is handling its cases. Romley has been more overtly vocal than Governor Janet Napolitano, who made a pledge during her campaign to overhaul CPS.

Strings program must be allowed to continue

This letter is in response to the What's Up article regarding the strings program at the Payson High School in the April 8 issue.

Faust, Mark

Army National Guard Specialist 4 Mark Faust is in the Finance Division, currently deployed at Fort Jackson Army Base in South Carolina.

Let the whistle blow

I agree with Anna Mae, let the whistle blow.

What's up?

Q: When Herb Weissenfels announced that elementary school physical education was being dropped and some teachers were being laid off, he said other school districts are facing the same problem. Is this true and to what extent?

Creekside owners' grandson in Kuwait


While many of us go on with everyday life, we don't really know what it's like to have a son or daughter in the war. We don't know what it's like to worry if they will come home alive or injured or maybe not come home at all. I cannot imagine living with that thought everyday.

Fishing season has arrived at Tonto Creek


My husband Bill and I went fishing at Tonto Creek this past week. The creek is moving very fast so the fish are harder to catch, let alone find them.

Support our students, attend the spring concert


Welcome spring with the musical students of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School.

Parsons named APS area supervisor

Jan Parsons has been named APS area supervisor, replacing Jim Spencer who retired in October.

Leslie H. Green

Leslie H. Green, 80, of Payson, died April 6, 2003.

Charles William Persely

Charles William Persely, 56, died at home in Arlington, Texas Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

James H. "Skid" Henley

James H. "Skid" Henley, 87, of McAlester, Okla., died April 2, 2003, at his home in McAlester.

Florence Christine Simon

Florence Christine Simon, 88, of Payson, died April 5, 2003.

Wilbur R. Wells

Wilbur R. Wells, 86, died April 7, 2003 in Payson.

Longhorn hurdler nips Lobo foe

Senior Chris Donaldson's two first-place finishes paved the way for Longhorn track and field victories over East rivals Snowflake, Round Valley and Blue Ridge.

Lady Horns struggle

Hillary Hardt's first-place finish in the discus event was the lone gold medal the Lady Longhorns earned in a four-way meet April 2 on the PHS track.

Former Longhorn tapped Big Sky's best

Former Payson High School three-sport star Jeremy Hoff, now a member of the Northern Arizona University Lumberjack track and field team, has been named the Big Sky Conference's Athlete of the Week.

Lions Den martial arts on tap at Payson Athletic Club

Payson Athletic Club will play host tomorrow (Saturday) to one of the most unusual self-defense and martial arts demonstrations to appear in the Rim country.

Longhorns honored at awards ceremony

East region boys basketball Coach of the Year Mike Loutzenheiser gathered his team last week for a season-ending awards ceremony.

Cronk, Rodney Jay

Rodney Jay Cronk, a deputy with the Payson office of the Gila County Sheriff's Office, is with the 1404th TC Company. His company flew out Thursday, April 10 to the Middle East.

Davis, Matthew "Shane"

Matthew "Shane" Davis, son of Matt and Renee Davis, is a member of the 1404 Transportation Company from the Arizona Army National Guard Reserves. He graduated from Payson High School in 1998.

Foss, Lacy

Senior Airman Lacy Foss of the U.S. Air Force is a maintenance chief, normally working on B1-B bombers on Dyes Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas.

Foster, Joe

Corporal Joe Foster is proudly serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently deployed to Kuwait.

Martin, Evan

PFC Evan Martin, 18, is the son of Brenda and Heath Williams of Payson. He is in the 4-42 field artillery with the 4th ID in Kuwait and will be going to Iraq. He was deployed from Fort Hood, TX.

Worthen, Carolyn Ann

Airman First Class Carolyn Ann Worthen is stationed at the Defense Language Institution Presidio of Monterey, Calif. She is in Chinese cryptology linguist training.

Worthen, Katie L.

Staff Sergeant Katie L. Worthen is stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii with the 324th Intelligence Squadron as a cryptology analyst.

Tuesday, April 8

Huckey, Lester L.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Lester L. Huckey is stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif.

Lauderdale, Jeffery A.

Jeffery A. Lauderdale, 19, the grandson of Mindy Joslin of Payson, is with Charlie Company of 1/293 Infantry at Al Jaber Base, Kuwait.

Robinson, Joseph R.

Joseph R. Robinson is a non-commissioned petty officer in the U.S. Navy.

Pfarr, Andrew

Andrew Pfarr is with U.S. Air Force, stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla.

Clark, Jacquelyn M.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jacquelyn M. Clark is stationed at Monterey, Calif.

Voakes, PFC Charles F. Voakes and SPC Christina

PFC Charles F. Voakes and SPC Christina Voakes are the son and daughter-in-law of B.J. and Don Voakes of Strawberry.

Williams, Myrtle

Specialist Myrtle Williams is with the 15th Transportation Company of the 6th Transportation Battalion at Camp Arifjan.

Sullivan, Kevin Michael

Lt., J.G., Kevin Michael Sullivan is stationed on the USS John C. Stennis in San Diego, Calif.

Richardson, Frank M.

Frank M. Richardson is in his second tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, stationed aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Va.

Pitterle, Elise K.

Lt. Colonel Elise K. Pitterle is in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, after 12 years of active duty.

Owens, Robert W.

Senior Airman Robert W. Owens, is a C-5 Crew Chief stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, Calif.

Kreie Jr., Douglas E.

Douglas E. Kreie Jr. is a Fire Control Seaman Apprentice with the U.S. Navy, stationed in Great Lakes, Ill.

Heinecke, Joel

Joel Heinecke is with the U.S. Coast Guard on 4 Sand Island in Hawaii.

Heath, Adrian

Second Lieutenant Adrian Heath, U.S. Marine Corps, son of Mary and Russ Goddard of Payson, is with the 1st Division, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines on the front line of the war in Iraq.

Easter is just around the corner


Easter at our house is a ham dinner: ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, hot rolls, orange ambrosia and assorted desserts.

The worst of the story


The Roundup's annual Best of Payson competition recently determined the best places to shop, eat, drink and play, which is all well and good.

A power trio playing rockin' blues


The sound of the John Scott Band bears an uncanny resemblance to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's not just because their style of blues entices you to dance rather than flounder in self-pity and drown your sorrows -- it's because if you heard the band while blindfolded, you'd wonder if you were experiencing a divine visitation from the deceased performer.

Wells, Jeff

Jeff Wells, 23, is a Navy Seabee deployed in the Middle East.

Altman, Matt

PFC Matt Altman is with the 4th Infantry Division 1st Brigade in Kuwait.

Licavoli, Vincent

Vincent Licavoli, 24, is a hospital corpsman with U.S. Navy.

Chitwood, Gary Wayne

Gary Wayne Chitwood is the son of Gary L. Chitwood, fleet manager at Chapman Auto Center of Payson.

Kuwitzky, Nathan

Marine Cpl. Nathan Kuwitzky is in Kuwait, assigned to maintenance for a squadron of F/A-18 Hornets.

Blose, Ryan E.

Ryan E. Blose, 22, is in the Navy, stationed aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is currently in the Persian Gulf.

Randall, Ryan A.

Anastasia Randall's husband, Ryan A. Randall, of Pine and Payson is a soldier in the U.S Army and is currently serving in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in Kuwait.

Gurney, William C.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. William C. Gurney, the son of Charles Gurney of Pine, is the Senior Enlisted Advisor with the Special United States Liaison Advisor-Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea.

Garrett, Andrew

Sgt. Andrew Garrett serves with the U.S. Marines as a Recon Ranger in the Commander Task Unit CTU-55.4.3.

Cory, Colin John

Colin John Cory, 21, proudly serves with the U.S. Air Force.

Greenback Valley got its name


The Tonto Basin is one of the Rim country's dominant features, flanked by two beautiful mountain ranges, the Mazatzals and the Sierra Ancha (Broad Mountain).

Buckner, Brian

Brian Buckner, the son of Carol and Tom Buckner, is a 22-year-old Specialist 4 with the U.S. Army.

Monday, April 7

Althoff's shot stirs debate

Payson Women's Golf Association member Joyce Karnes called Nancy Althoff's chip-in on No. 12, the "shot of the day."

PMGA is feeling the big chill

Cold, windy weather didn't slow the charge of Payson Men's Golf Association members in a low-gross, low-net tournament April 2 at Payson Golf Course.

Dog park can be enjoyable for dogs, owners


The Payson Off-Leash Dog Park is celebrating its first anniversary. Improvements and amenities are constantly being added. For the growing number of "regulars," dogs and their people look forward to gathering with their friends.

Wortman's work devoted to Payson


Patti Wortman was in law school in Tucson before coming to Payson. So, she has devoted her life's work to the community and the Rim country.

Chediski was once a farm, not a fire


The Apache word "Chediski" has been added to our household conversations during the past year.

Willene Smith sews up some serious numbers for DPS


To meet Willene Smith is to meet a quilter with a passion. One of the founding members and past president of the Arizona Quilter's Guild and the Strawberry Patchers chapter of the state guild, Willene has been sewing up some serious numbers.

Police volunteers give gift of time

Three men have put in more than 1,000 hours working for the Payson Payson Police Department --nd it didn't cost the taxpayers a dime.

Payson's historic timepiece faces opposition

One person's history can be another's living hell -- at least when that history involves the recently rejuvenated sawmill whistle that Rim country residents set their watches by for many years.

Local student invited to tour Europe

Brent Ruttle, a junior at Payson High School, is headed overseas this summer, but he's leaving his weapons behind.

LaMotte thanks Payson for support

A portion of today's Sportstalk will be turned over to the Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte who recently returned from the National High School Coaches Association Senior Wrestling Championships.

Main Street formula tried and tested

In the past half century, downtowns have changed drastically.

Council to discuss water rate hike

Payson water customers could soon be paying more for their water, if the council's plans for a rate increase are approved Thursday night.

Myers, Frantzman elope

Tina Myers, formerly of Pine, Strawberry, Payson and KMOG Radio, eloped with Hal Frantzman of Phoenix.

Brown, Miller wed

Cindi Brown and Bill and Lori Brown are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Riley Ann Brown to Jessie Eugene Miller.

Donald Cameron Macrorie

Donald Cameron Macrorie, 63, until recently a resident of Payson, died April 2, 2003 in Tucson.

Lillian Marie Goebel

Lillian Marie Goebel, 88, of Payson, died April 6, 2003.

What's up?

Q: In a recent "What's Up" column, a question was asked about water use at Chaparral Pines' golf course. I understand they use effluent, but what about The Rim Club across the street?

Let your voice be heard this September

Payson, September is right around the corner. That is the time we get to have our voice counted. We will be voting on parks-recreation, police, fire department, roads and our water. All the department heads must have their wish list in, and the ad-hoc committee to accept or reject. Then, by the first of May for the September bond election.

A solution for dead trees, wildlife

I certainly understand and sympathize with those who are primarily concerned with harvesting the dead timber in the national forests before it deteriorates to the point where it no longer has any economic value.

Is VFW closing a sign of the times?

Last night I witnessed, and took part in, something that should have never happened in this community, this state or country. Payson Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9829 will be history after 20 years as of June 2003.

Constant vigilance needed while Legislature is in session

Lately, there's been a lot in the news about the budget crisis affecting the state.

Post-war Iraq recovery dangerous

Recent world news reports would lead us to believe the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom is in sight -- at least the military fighting.

Old equipment could lead to public safety nightmare

Improving public safety communication is a top funding priority for both the Payson Fire and Police Departments.

Arson on tribal land goes to FBI

A vehicle fire on the Tonto Apache Reservation March 21 was an arson-for-hire, according to a report from the Payson Police Department.

History park halted

Progress on the Rim Country Heritage Park has been stopped by a move to put the project before the voters.

Marketing Main Street

Efren Arguello of Deco Stone puts the finishing touches on one of the two new Main Street gateway signs at Highway 87.

Hospital faces progress with new technology, equipment, staff

Payson Regional Medical Center is using new technology to provide patients with topnotch care, as well as access to premier specialists in the state. This is just one of the improvements the hospital added during the past year.

Tonto Apaches make great strides in economic development

Surprisingly, it is not the passage of Proposition 202, allowing gaming to continue that Tonto Apache Tribal Chairperson Vivian Burdette points to as the best example of progress for her people.

Falcons on tap for Lady Horns

Sporting a 13-4-1 record and unblemished East credentials (2-0), the Lady Longhorns return to region action at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday) on the PHS softball field.

Horns scramble to second in 3A state poll

A trio of recent wins coupled with a 13-4 record (3-0 in the East) has boosted the Payson Longhorn baseball team to state runner-up ranking.

Prepare now for spring planting


"April showers bring May flowers" is perhaps the most memorable of all the historical mottoes about the Month of April.

Payson initiates tougher water conservation policy

In a year when precipitation only reached about one-third of normal, the town of Payson took significant steps to protect its most precious resource.

Quality of life a good measure for progress

Progress, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Saturday, April 5

Rye: more than a wide spot in the road

Rye -- with the blink of the eye you might miss it, but there's more to it than meets the eye.

Business Profiles 2

From Internet to Waste Disposal: A list of local businesses offering a variety a services.

Business Profiles

From Automotive to Hospice: A list of local businesses offering a variety a services.

Rim Country Mall becomes place to work out, shop, snack

The Rim Country Mall, located at the site of the former Wal-Mart, is taking shape with increasing tenancy.

Sawmill Crossing proceeds as planned

Sawmill Crossing has as many tenants and as much rent revenue as its owner, Kaibab Industries, projected for this point in its life. And its pad sales have met or exceeded expectations.

10 of Payson's more influential residents

The Roundup selected 10 people "in the know" on subjects of primary interest to Rim country residents and/or who represent major segments of our population.

Literacy founder posthumously named ‘Woman of the Year'

Last November, Payson lost a woman described as the "heart and soul" of the Rim Country Literacy Program. It is with tremendous sorrow that the Roundup posthumously honors Lois Johnson as Payson's Woman of the Year.

Philanthropic restaurateurs named ‘Men of the Year'

Gerardo Moceri and John Posteraro, co-owners of Cucina Paradiso restaurant, have been in Payson a mere two and a half years, yet have a lengthy list of philanthropic contributions. They share the award for Payson's Man of the Year.

Payson High School offers something for everyone

In a year when Arizona's high dropout rate made headlines, the staff at Payson High School believes it has a formula that will keep the school's rate well below the state and county averages.

Technology, character focus for Rim Country Middle School

Frank Larby, principal of the Rim Country Middle School, has no delusions about the impact of Arizona's budget on school funding, but he continues the fight to improve his school.

Pine-Strawberry Elementary School

Enrollment is declining at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School, so the progress made in the last year has been a matter of quality over quantity.

Tonto Basin Elementary School

Progress at Tonto Basin Elementary School is just about everywhere you look.

Payson Elementary works to meet students' needs

"A good school's progress is not flashy. Schools announcing all these big things probably don't follow up," Roy Sandoval, principal of Payson Elementary School, said when asked to talk about his school's progress.

Julia Randall makes sure ‘no child is left behind'

The biggest change at Julia Randall Elementary School is related to the passage of the No Child Left Behind law, Principal Ardyth Potter said.

New principal gets settled at Frontier Elementary School

A new principal and building projects are among the biggest changes at Frontier Elementary for 2002.

Modified calendar achieving mixed results

The modified school calendar, widely praised when it was implemented by the Payson Unified School District for the 2001-2002 school year, is now receiving some criticism -- especially at Payson High School.

Rim country Young Man and Woman of the Year

The Young Man and Young Woman of the year were selected by a committee of Payson High School teachers based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement and volunteer work.

Deep budget cuts impact Rim country schools

The Rim country's schools reflect the community they serve -- the values, struggles, hopes and aspirations of the people who live here.

Tonto Basin: Spirits remain high as lake level falls

Every community has suffered the consequences of Arizona's on-going drought, but residents of Tonto Basin need only to look out their windows and glimpse the shrinking waters of Roosevelt Lake to see the impact.

Pine-Strawberry maintains its small-town charm

Progress in a town the size of Pine-Strawberry can mean many things to many people, depending on your perspective.

Life in Gisela wasn't always this quiet

There are anywhere from 500 to 550 people living in the Gisela and Tonto Creek Shores area, according to one of the few people who actually work at the one business in the community.

Hospital program keeps Payson's seniors active

This April, the Senior Circle program will celebrate its fourth anniversary of encouraging health and wellness among Payson's mature population. The program, affiliated with Payson Regional Medical Center, has much to celebrate considering a 700-member increase in the past two years, as well as an expanded range of services.

Museums: Your gateway to Rim country's past

Payson, Pine, Strawberry and the other communities in the Rim country are steeped in the legend and lore of the Old West.

Main Street's main attractions

The face of Main Street continues to evolve, with 11 new businesses taking up residence since the beginning of 2002.

Payson's finest draw nominations for Man, Woman of the Year

This year, as an acknowledgment of all the fine men and women nominated for Payson's Man and Woman of the Year, the runners-up are featured as the town's most notable citizens.

Charter schools offer alternative to traditional education

In addition to public schools, the Rim country's educational offerings include a small group of charter and private schools.

Christopher Creek reaches a crossroad

The lushly wooded resort community of Christopher Creek, located 22 miles east of Payson on Highway 260, finds itself in a state of transition.

‘Festival Capital': Name still resonates off Rim

Payson may no longer be known as "The Festival Capital of Arizona," but when you add up all the special events in a calendar year, the nickname still resonates off the Rim.

Parks and Recreation lays groundwork for tomorrow

A feasibility study compiled by the firm of Ballard King and Associates revealed what most Rim country residents already knew -- our community is in dire need of a new indoor community recreation center.

Library's first year outstanding at new location

The big story for the Payson Public Library in 2002 was settling into its new building at Rumsey Park.

Thursday, April 3

Aren't we free to disagree?

who question the decision to preemptively attack Iraq "leftist liberal Democrats." I can live with that; a democratic republic needs opposing views.

Quilter's Outpost a social center

The Quilters Outpost is far more than a quilting supply store, it's a social scene.

JRE students need gym class

I am 10 years old. I am in the fourth grade at Julia Randall Elementary School. I heard we will not have physical education any more.

College strives to serve all students in a fair, equitable way

It is important that I clear up some misinformation found in the Opinion section of March 21 and March 25.

Where was Arnett's freedom of speech?

Last week, a high-profile broadcast journalist, Peter Arnett, was fired for expressing his opinion about the war on state-run Iraqi television.

Koko's Kloset holds clothing sale at Mario's

Koko's Kloset, a "quality resale clothing boutique," is having its first sale at Mario's Restaurant Saturday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Military Salute

We salute: Lester Huckey, Jeffery Lauderdale, Charles & Christina Voakes and Jeff Wells.

Give blood to support U.S. troops

United Blood Services of Arizona has been asked to provide blood to help support the military blood needs during the war in Iraq.

Payson residents take awards at state quilt show

Payson residents Gina Perkes and her grandmother, Arleen Logan won a number of awards at the Arizona Quilters Guild "Silver Jubilee" annual quilt show in Phoenix recently, including two of the top honors.

Birgam retires, Cory promoted at Gila County Sheriff's Office

The Gila County Sheriff's Office is seeing some personnel changes.

William Fletcher Wilson

William Fletcher Wilson, 78, died in Payson, March 31, 2003.

Community fire drill largely successful


The Community Fire Drill went off without much of a hitch.

Two officers seek $100,000 from town

Gila County Narcotics Task Force Officers Ken Wortman and Jimmy Oestmann, along with their wives, have filed a claim against the town and its police department.

Pine Water asks ACC for rate increase

Pine Water Company has asked the Arizona Corporation Commission for an interim rate increase to cover the extra costs incurred trucking water to customers during the summer months.

Middle school chorus saved

The chorus program at Rim Country Middle School will be offered next year after all, Principal Frank Larby said.

Fire engulfs shed, vehicle; spares house

A fire engulfed a shed and two vehicles in a dense neighborhood in north Payson Tuesday afternoon, but was put out before spreading to the main residence, trees or neighboring homes.

Former Horn named All-American

Former Payson High School wrestling star Collin Robertson has attained his childhood goal of becoming a collegiate All-American.

Golfers outshoot Fountain Hills, Snowflake

Troy Marrs' late charge has propelled the Longhorn golf team to victories over Fountain Hills and Snowflake.

Goodman plays guide to NFL great

Local hunting guide and outfitter Ty Goodman experienced the thrill of a lifetime two weeks ago when the clients he was to take on an outdoor excursion turned out to be former professional football great Frank Gifford and his 12-year-old son, Cody.

Lee bows out in Cleveland gold games

Zack Lee's highly acclaimed prep wrestling career culminated last week in Cleveland, Ohio with an All-American finish in the National Senior High School Championships.

Try shallow water for spawning fish


On a recent trip to the lake, I heard several different fishermen talking about how good the fishing was last week. They were fishing around some secondary points just outside of a small cut, but they were no longer catching many fish.

Longhorn sweatshirts available

Want to be the owner of a spiffy new Payson High softball or baseball sweatshirt?

Bark beetle battle continues


A very informative workshop on bark beetle and wildfires was held last Friday at the Christopher/Kohl's fire station, with about 30 local residents in attendance.

Spring has sprung in Tonto Village


According to the Farmers' Almanac, April will have some rainfall, but it won't be as much as Tonto Village had in March. The buds are popping on our apple trees, the iris are showing their leaves, along with the tulips and the daffodils. The village will be in full bloom soon.

We should be thankful for what we do have

I would like to respond to the "Young Minds need to be well rounded" letter printed on March 25, 2003.

Dog dies on noose of animal control officer

A 6-year-old Great Dane characterized by those who knew him as a gentle giant, died while constrained by the noose of a Gila County Animal Control officer Wednesday, March 26.

Expo, barbecue taught us plenty

The Archaeological Expo, held last weekend in Green Valley Park, taught us all more about archaeology than we had known before.

What's up?

Q: I heard that Rim Country Middle School is eliminating girls physical education, but not boys. What's up with that?

Tuesday, April 1

Make it a muffin morning


There is sunlight greeting our mornings these days, so how about opening up the drapes and enjoying it along with a nice, warm homemade muffin.

Firefighters test their endurance


It was a cool morning in March when 17 folks gathered to test their endurance at the Houston Mesa Horse Camp.

Ending war with words


War is not funny, but the people who wage it are all too human and sometimes are.

How April Fools got their start


Yesterday was April Fool's Day, a day that has no formal recognition as a holiday anywhere in the world and yet every schoolchild knows about it. I confess it is not my favorite mark on the calendar. But the day does have a history.