Tuesday, December 30
IN THE KITCHEN
My mother was a home economics teacher, with emphasis on the economics. Not so much financial economics; but she shared many lessons in the economics of time.
Ellen did not look forward to making a traveling wagon her home again, for she was again with child, but Will promised her if they liked Gisela and were able to buy some good farm and ranch land, he would build her a permanent home.
Ah, the new year.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It's time once again to review the past year in the Rim country and anoint it with the condition, object or beast which best symbolizes the kind of year it was.
Monday, December 29
Q: How does the newspaper cover meetings that it doesn't attend?
I think that all traces of Communism could vanish into thin air, but a much greater (threat) would remain. Namely, that more and more Americans are losing sight of the fact that their liberties are rooted in the divine origin.
Hats off to Barbara Brenke of the Payson Humane Society -- I loved your poem ("The Night Before Christmas, A Shelter Dream.")
Jim Spencer's letter makes reference to Bill Clinton's and rich presidential candidate Howard Dean's efforts to avoid military service during the Vietnam War. Spencer ends his letter stating candidates should have a sense of honor and be patriotic with proven courage to serve our nation in time of war.
Payson resident John Moody retired in 1999, but his love for Disney memorabilia keeps him young.
I read the article regarding Murphy's sentiments about the DUI patrol and I must say that his comments serve only to reinforce my opinion that he is a fool.
It may be party time around the world, but that is no excuse for abandoning common sense.
Ercil Best Miller, 89, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2003.
Louise Martin, 75, died Dec. 19, 2003 in Cottonwood.
The Payson Roundup is home to one of the most loyal Green Bay Packer fans in the Rim country.
For 16-year-old Ashley Riehm, a recent bull elk in Unit 23 near Young turned into the experience of a lifetime.
Longhorn wrestlers Nate Lee and Larry Wilbanks are among the Payson High athletes who will benefit most from the school's move to the 4A conference from the 3A ranks. That's because life in the big-school conference will afford the duo new opportunities to showcase the mat skills that helped them dominate 3A competition.
The 16-team Payson Holiday Hoops Basketball Invitational Tournament tipped off yesterday (Monday) in both Wilson Dome and the old PHS gymnasium.
Except for his world travels in the Navy and a few years in California, John Wisner has spent most of his life in the Payson area. His current job is protecting the area and its residents as a paramedic and captain on the Diamond Star Fire District and Fire Marshal of Star Valley.
Payson police officers served an early morning search warrant Sunday that resulted in an arrest and the recovery of five grams of methamphetamine.
To reduce the risk of DUI-related accidents, the Payson police department's volunteer force will be providing rides home for partygoers.
The Longhorn boys basketball team faced one of its toughest tests of the season yesterday (Monday) in the opening round of the Bradshaw Mountain Invitational Tournament.
When Gila Community College ended its 34-year relationship with Eastern Arizona College in the summer of 2002, more doors were closed than anyone imagined.
FOCUS ON PETS
With the New Year comes the opportunity for making, and hopefully keeping, New Year's resolutions. Resolutions can be rather threatening if we allow them to have an iron hold on us. But if we make them with the idea of trying harder to attain our goals, it is time well spent.
William P. Walker, 74, a longtime Payson resident, died Dec. 18.
Re: The taking over of the Pine and Strawberry Water Company by the PSWID
Lew Levenson's fight appears to be an uphill battle.
Payson police arrested an alleged drunken driver after he attempted to navigate his car over some large boulders at the end of a road, Saturday night.
Anyone interested in Payson's reserve police academy has until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to turn in an application.
A fire Tuesday night damaged a trailer in the Star Valley Motel RV Park, according to Star Valley Fire Marshal John Wisner.
The civil case against Valinda Jo Elliott can proceed, according to a ruling issued by White Mountain Apache Tribal Judge Durango Fall last week.
"The delinquent taxes paid by Asarco won't make a change in the budget," Gila County's Chief Deputy Treasurer Debora Savage said. "But we'll just have to wait and see if they pay the second half of their 2003 taxes in March."
Gila County enjoyed a number of successes in its relationships with the federal and state governments, but many of the same battles will have to be fought in the coming year.
Qwest customers in the Rim country can breathe a sigh of relief. Their missing payments from November have been found, and no late fees will be charged to their accounts.
Steak dinners and live music. Champagne and noisemakers. Bowling and gambling. As Payson-area businesses gear up to ring in the new year tomorrow night, their reservation books are filling up with anxious patrons.
Re: Organ donors -- I agree with Mr. Landers on the organ donations needed ...
Thursday, December 25
A petition being circulated asks the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) to acquire the Pine and Strawberry water companies, both owned by Brooke Utilities.
I can't believe this is the last column for 2003. It doesn't seem possible that the year has passed by so quickly.
Little League officials are setting the stage for what they hope will be a very successful 2004 youth baseball season.
Town Water Resources Geologist Mike Ploughe is a big picture guy.
Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen journeyed to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to witness President Bush sign the much-anticipated Healthy Forest Bill.
Two local organizations made sure as many children as possible got something for the holidays.
Wrestling and basketball are not always a good mix.
Payson High School senior Mike Barr has received two of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a prep football player.
The Longhorn boys freshman team has taken a holiday vacation posting one of the finest records ever turned in by a first-year PHS hoop squad.
There is no holiday rest for members of the Lady Longhorn soccer team.
Lady Longhorn soccer team members Lori Wing and Amy Wilcox have been selected to the Higley High School All-Tournament first team.
Kenneth I. Stickles, 73, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2003.
Aaron Haught, 79, of Star Valley, died Dec. 21, 2003.
Mitzi Diane Gibson, 52, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2003 in Flagstaff.
Eugene William Briss, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 23, 2003.
National Bank of Arizona Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John J. Gisi recently announced the opening of the bank's new Payson commercial lending office. Gisi also announced that Brent Cannon has joined National Bank as Eastern Arizona community banking president.
By now, you are picking up all the wrapping paper off the living room floor and trying to decide were to put all the stuff you got for Christmas. If you are like me you want to take the tree down immediately and not wait till after New Year's. At least all the hustle and bustle of shopping is over with.
Christmas has passed us by once again. Hopefully it was a joyous one for all.
Re: Mayor's comments on DUI patrols -- In the time that Ken Murphy has been mayor, we as citizens of Payson have been witness to some very disappointing behavior and comments from him, but the statements attributed to Mr. Murphy in the article of Dec. 19 regarding the DUI Task Force really takes the cake.
Q: We live on West Palmer Drive and want to know what's up with plans to change the air traffic pattern so planes won't be buzzing our property at all hours.
Jim Spencer writes, "Isn't it time that the American people elect heroes instead of politicians?"
Democrats, listen up. If George W. is re-elected, we will see further erosion of the middle class, the most stabilizing force in this country for over 100 years.
In the What's Up column Dec. 19 a reader asked what was being built on the corner of Main Street and McLane. Town Manager Fred Carpenter answered that it is a history park that is being paid for "by a combination of funds donated from the community, primarily the two Rotary Clubs and money from the town." This is a little misleading.
Now I've seen it all. I am no longer living in Payson, but I read the paper online. I have known Ken Murphy for a good many years, and yes, a lot of what he stands for has not been what I agree with, but I thought deep down he was a good person, and at one time I respected him.
I have been a member of this community since 1987. Since that time I do not believe I have written a letter to the editor. But, some things need to be addressed and, at this point, my blood boils at the remarks made by Mayor Murphy regarding this "concern" of the DUI patrols in our community.
Contrary to the Roundup's published opinion about the "Wolf Pack," I believe that their activities are a clear violation of our constitutional rights. The fourth amendment clearly states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons ... against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."
Regarding the article: "Mayor calls DUI patrols a ‘damper' on nightlife", Mayor Murphy you have got to be kidding us here. As a past resident of Payson, I am totally appalled at your apparent lack of common sense and blatant disregard for public safety.
My Payson roots are five generations deep. I was born there in 1967, but moved away a few years ago to pursue a legal education.
I read the column about the police "wolf packs" getting ready to pounce on the drivers that may have had only one glass of wine, for if they are unlucky enough to get pulled over for no matter the reason (they will make one up ... I happen to be one of those individuals), they are still subjected to the normal tests.
There is an important need during the holidays that may not be as obvious as collecting toys for children or food for local families. And students from the Payson High School Key Club are asking Rim country residents to roll up their sleeves to help.
Matthew "Shane" Davis was born in a part of the Payson Hospital that is now his mother's office. He was raised on fishing and football, and was a conference champion wrestler at Payson High School, graduating in 1998. Davis is a true, born and bred Paysonite, and he's also a specialist in the Army Reserves.
Tuesday, December 23
While on the trail west to Arizona Territory, everyone was expected to do their share of the work -- a lot of hard work -- but at the end of the day, the families spent quiet time together.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It's Christmas, the season of giving, and what better way for your favorite columnist to express his heartfelt thanks to his legions of loyal readers than to give a thoughtful and most appropriate gift to each and every one of you out there in the Rim country -- plus some extra special gifts to a few of our community's more illustrious members.
In a warm burrow under the red clay soil in Payson, Ariz. lived a young jack rabbit named Jack.
Monday, December 22
Every winter the dreaded influenza virus makes its way through Rim country.
Dora M. Neal, 93, of Payson, died Dec. 21, 2003.
Re: Mayor's comments on DUI patrols -- Thanks for the warning, Mayor Murphy. My family and I will keep your comments in mind and proceed with caution, possibly apprehension, while traveling through your town.
Q: The town has the Uniform Development Code. Doesn't it have any restrictions on the color commercial buildings can be painted?
In 2001, more than 6,000 people here in the U.S. died while waiting for an organ transplant. The shortfall of organs compared with patient demand is growing as the population ages and more people experience organ failure.
In Mr. Wilson's letter of Nov. 25, he stated that the community center was not presented to the bonding committee. Wrong. I was there. The center was to be 40-50,000 square feet with a price tag of $6.5 million.
Payson, it is time for another election. After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to run for mayor.
For what it's worth, I totally agree with the editorial offering an opinion regarding the DUI Task force and Safety as stated in the Dec. 19 of the Roundup.
Hooray for Our View on Dec. 19, 2003. It is a shame that you have to explain to our mayor that police officers are trained to spot drunk drivers before pulling them over.
Ken Murphy, You've finally come up with a brilliant idea. I can't believe that no one else figured out that the DUI Task Force was bad for business.
The recent article in the Roundup unfairly characterized my comments and makes it appear as though I am opposed to DUI enforcement. I was not critical of the task force per se --imply we should address this problem using all available options.
One of the joys of small-town life is experiencing the good cheer of the holiday season, and once again the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the Rim country.
Is it possible to politely say "I told you so?"
Sporting a 3-6 record, the Longhorns boys basketball team travels Dec. 28 to the Prescott area where the squad is entered in the Bradshaw Mountain Invitational tournament.
In the Lady Longhorns final tune-up before the Holiday Hoops tournament tips off Dec. 29, the Payson squad (8-3) fell 57-51 to the homestanding Apache Junction Prospectors.
About all Lady Longhorn soccer coach Randy Wilcox could do Dec. 16 near Cave Creek was watch in awe as state No. 5 ranked Pinnacle dismantled Payson 7-0.
A depleted roster spelled the demise of the Payson Longhorns in the championship round of the Rim Country Duals wrestling tournament.
FOCUS ON PETS
The verse on a Christmas card I received from a dear, life-long friend has caused me to read it over and over and consider what it is trying to say to me, to us, during this busy holiday season.
We all strive to live our dreams, but few succeed as well as Anne James.
Temporary power outages interrupted Sunday night TV for residents of the Payson area.
Payson's public safety officials want to remind residents of a few tips to avoid injury and property loss during this holiday season.
With no access to kitchen equipment, the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry has had to temporarily close.
One dime at a time, Rim Country Middle School students donated more than $700 to buy gifts for 11 children on the Angel Tree at Wal-Mart.
The Time Out shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence is full to capacity, Director Darlene Curlee said.
Sheriff's deputies have found a couple they say is responsible for at least five burglaries in the Pine/Strawberry area.
The Payson Unified School District board recanted its decision to shorten the fall break and start school a week later next year.
A 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old girl suffered head injuries when their vehicle hit a retaining wall on South McLane Road early this morning. Police say alcohol was a factor.
Thursday, December 18
The Payson High School boys and girls basketball teams hosted a highly successful benefit fish fry meal Dec. 17 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.
Recently I spent a few days at our hospital, and I was very impressed with the caring attitude of the nurses and staff.
Fish & Tips
Christmas is just around the corner and if the fishermen in your family are hard to shop for here are a few ideas:
After finishing 0-3 at the Glendale Skyhawk Classic tournament, the Longhorns boys soccer team (1-3-1) suffered a 3-3 sister-kisser against newly built Chandler Basha High School.
"Drink responsibly." "Have a designated driver." -- These catch phrases are important reminders to anyone who goes out with the expectation that they will be drinking an alcoholic beverage.
Vonda Lux may be a familiar face to longtime Roundup customers.
The Lady Longhorn soccer team improved its early season record to 4-1 with a 3-0 victory over Chandler Basha.
The 2003 edition of the Payson Girls Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament has drawn 16 of Arizona's finest high school teams.
Elvira "Andie" Andreta Stewart, 69, of Payson, died Dec. 14, 2003.
A trio of Rim Country Middle School athletes have wrestled their way to White Mountain League weight class championships.
Lawyers for Valinda Jo Elliott and the White Mountain Apache Tribe are squaring off over jurisdiction on tribal lands. At issue is the civil case filed by the tribe against the woman who started the Chediski portion of the Rodeo-Chediski fire.
Harold Anton Bowen, 87, of Payson, died Dec. 15, 2003.
Q: What are they building on the corner of Main Street and McLane Road? They have been working on it a long time.
In Friday's edition (12/12/03) of the Payson Roundup, under the editorial section, "Our View" ... our coined slogan and part of our mission statement was repeated "in print."
I rarely have a beef with the Payson Roundup...
On your Tuesday, Dec. 9 Opinion Page, you had an article titled "Accomplishments in the Name of Freedom." When I started reading this, it seemed to me that President Bush is laying the ground work to run as president of Iraq.
Wake up Democrats of Northern Gila County and come to the meetings of the Democratic Party held in the Payson Public Library.
The Democratic Party's current front-running candidate for president, Howard Dean, opposes the war in Iraq, as he opposed the war in Vietnam when he was a draft-age young man.
On behalf of the family and friends of SSG Scott G. Alexander, we would like to thank the Payson community for their response to our "Adopt a Soldier" holiday campaign.
I wanted to suggest that you put a public notice in the Roundup that Qwest has misplaced payments that were dropped into the payment box at Town Hall in November.
Payson Community Kids and the Payson Senior Center -- organizations that serve people at the opposite ends of their lives -- plan to expand their offerings using grant money from the Wallace Foundation, a private foundation established by the founders of "Reader's Digest" magazine.
Although supplies of the standard flu vaccine have run out in the Rim country, the intranasal vaccine is still available.
As town dignitaries walked into a new manufacturing facility near the airport Thursday, it quickly became obvious that this company wasn't just building cabinet doors -- it was hard at work creating jobs.
Oswald "O.J." John Tobias Keiper died Dec. 17, 2003 in Strawberry.
Last Saturday night was the second multi-agency DUI Saturation Detail -- also known as Wolf Pack.
After five years as a renter and sharing office space, the men and women at High Desert Dentistry now have a new, custom designed office of their very own.
Saturday afternoon Santa visited at the Christopher/Kohl's fire hall.
The holiday season is upon us. Are we ready?
Josh Glen Oakland, 24, of Mesa, died Dec. 13, 2003 in an auto accident.
Tuesday, December 16
This week's issue of The Rim Review contains reproductions of local children's letters to Santa Claus.
Monday, December 15
Norman Ellsworth Hanscom, Jr., 66, of Strawberry, died in a vehicle fire in Pine Dec. 8, 2003.
The following menus are planned to be served at Payson area schools from Dec. 17 through Dec. 19.
Sending her 19-year-old son off to war was frightening, but learning that his division helped capture the most sought-after fugitive in recent history was amazing for Brenda Williams.
Rim country residents can give the gift of life this holiday season by taking part in a bone marrow drive for Amy von Somogyi on Saturday.
Forensic scientists in Tucson have identified the man killed when his truck caught fire last week as Norman Hanscom, 66, of Strawberry.
A routine traffic stop near Round Valley resulted in the recovery of 50 pounds of marijuana Saturday.
Dec. 11 Payson Town Council Meeting -- The issue: The town council unanimously approved a resolution to execute an agreement for construction of subdivision utility improvements for Timber Ridge Estates.
Seventy firefighters from 10 area fire departments recently participated in a liquid propane gas seminar and live fire exercise hosted by the Houston Mesa Fire Department.
Members of the Payson town council didn't hesitate to unanimously approve a public transportation feasibility study at their Dec. 11 meeting.
Change is afoot in the Payson Community Development Department. The planning and zoning staff has met twice with members of the building industry and public to see how they can provide better customer service.
When Mexican families gather on Christmas Eve, the celebration often includes breaking open a piñata filled with candy, small toys and other goodies.
If you enjoy listening to live music, no doubt you have witnessed the talented Billy Ichida playing in at least two of Payson's local bands.
FOCUS ON PETS
It is the Christmas season when we advocate good will toward our fellow man. Thus it seems a perfect time to address the issue of barking dogs.
At only 10, Amber Owings has already set an ambitious goal for herself.
The Longhorn boys basketball team will have renewed confidence when it returns to action Dec. 29 and 30 in the Prescott Bradshaw Mountain Invitational Tournament.
In Rory Huff's first year at the helm of the Lady Longhorn basketball program, he has the team off to an impressive 8-2 start.
A three-way meet Dec. 10 in Wilson dome turned into a nostalgic step back into the days when Payson, Blue Ridge and Show Low were fierce competitors in the Class 3A conference's East region.
There is a minority of coaches out there, and I stress a very small minority, who fancy press coverage for their teams only when they are victorious or win a championship.
The deadline to make a contribution to the Credit for Kids program is Dec. 31, 2003.
I would like to respond to the letter from Mary Ann Kotelnicki (published) on Dec. 9. When you dropped off your computer without an appointment on the afternoon of Nov. 25, you were told we would try to get it back to you as soon as possible.
It was interesting to see the expenses incurred by Payson's town council members in the Dec. 5 issue of the Payson Roundup. While the article didn't make any effort to quantify the amount of time our councilors spend on our behalf, it was apparent that it must be quite substantial. I wish that had been mentioned, then we could see what a bargain we have in being served by these good people.
This is in response to the letter submitted by Don Castleman -- I have some relevant questions:
Don Castleman's list of accomplishments in Iraq is quite impressive. Sounds like we'll be bringing our troops home any day now.
Q: An emergency services worker lives on Palmer Drive and has a young man at the residence driving a small, gray or silver color, chopped down pick up. The young man never stops at the intersection of Whitehouse and Airport and he and his friends speed on Palmer on ATVs. The other day, a police car was following this young man and when he went through the intersection without stopping again, the police did nothing. Are our emergency services workers and their families allowed to disregard the traffic laws?
Re: George Bush: I just want to say that George Bush is a real leader -- something we have not had for the last eight years!
Margaret Sell Hart, 89, died Dec. 6, 2003 at Manzanita Manor, surrounded by family and friends.
Jeffrey Lamarr Patterson, 43, of Strawberry, died Dec. 11, 2003 in Payson.
Mary C. Randolph, 94, of Payson, died Dec. 12, 2003.
Carl Francis Savage, 84, of Payson, died Dec. 11, 2003.
Myles Randall, along with his parents, Dallas and Jeni, would like to announce the birth of his new brother, Ezra Campbell Randall.
There was a time when being a student leader meant great sacrifices in terms of personal time -- often including giving up your lunch hour -- but a new student leadership class at Payson High School has changed all that.
"The beast of Baghdad is in custody and Iraq is a giant step closer to stability and reconstruction," said Congressman J.D. Hayworth about this weekend's major news event.
This is in response to Don Castleman's letter on Dec. 9, 2003.
Thursday, December 11
I have been working with the youth for many years, and I was excited when my son came home and told me about the new sport he was enjoying.
Hot new toys come and go, but the gift most often requested by children hasn't changed in decades.
Q: Instead of building a new community center why doesn't the town look into buying an existing building? The church on the corner of Bonita and Colcord is for sale, it would save a lot of money.
In response to Don Castleman's letter (Dec. 9 Roundup), I would like to comment on just three of his paragraphs: jobs, education and health care.
I am sorry that Diana Sexton had trouble getting into one of the meetings of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
I am one of the seasonal elves who lives on Sherwood Drive in Alpine Village. Many of my fellow elves and I get together each holiday to decorate our neighborhood to reflect the current season.
I would like to send a message to the person, or persons, who took our Christmas decorations from our lawn.
"... Spending too much?", or are they spending enough?
The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center now provides health care services to eligible veterans in the Payson area.
Detectives from the Gila County Sheriff's Office are trying to figure out how a man was burned to death when his 1999 Dodge truck caught on fire in Pine Monday evening.
When they are not fighting crime, Gila County Sheriff's Lt. Adam Shepherd and Sgt. Craig Smith are cruising the highways on their Harleys -- and raising money for charity.
Payson police are questioning possible suspects in the torture and slaying of a 14-year-old cocker spaniel.
Longhorn boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser is taking a philosophical approach toward his team's four-game skid in the Marana Invitational Tournament.
Try to forgive Lady Longhorn coach Randy Wilcox if he showed up for school a little frazzled Monday morning.
Charles "Chuck" Arthur Sigars, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 11, 2003.
Alice Elizabeth Miller, 85, of Globe, died Dec. 6, 2003.
Kenneth Earl Keller, 83, died Dec. 4. 2003 in Mesa.
George J. Hoenshell, 65, died Dec. 9, 2003 in Scottsdale.
The annual Tonto Village and surrounding area will be celebrating the Yuletide season with the annual potluck dinner at the Double D Restaurant at 1 p.m., Dec. 21.
The Payson High School boys and girls basketball teams will host a benefit fish-fry meal from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 17 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.
Unusually high absentee rates at two schools in the Payson Unified School District are an indicator that the worst flu in years is beginning to spread in the Rim country.
This Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 8 a.m., the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association is sponsoring another community wide cleanup. This will be the last one before spring.
The Christmas Tree Auction and Community Christmas Party was enjoyed by all who attended. Santa and his helper stepped off the fire truck into an enthusiastic group of children.
I concluded after reading your recent article on reimbursed expenses for our mayor and town council that there is a lack of strong internal control procedures.
Stuart and Helen Bates were married Dec. 15, 1942 in the chapel at Fort Scott in San Francisco, Calif.
The 13-year-old champion of the Payson Buckle summer series of barrel racing and pole bending has taken her gold medal act to the Gilbert Rodeo Park.
Listen to KRIM, Payson's public radio station, for any length of time and you're sure to hear one of a series of station identification spots done by local notables, all using the expression, "Community radio for a community that cares."
A couple of years ago, Toni Vernetti and Dawn McAtee put their heads and skills together and created To A "T" Cleaning Service.
A 51-50 loss to Class 5A Yuma Cibola put the dampers on the Lady Longhorn basketball team's hopes of winning the River Valley Invitational tournament Dec. 5 and 6 in Laughlin, Nev.
Tuesday, December 9
Eleanor Josephine Jackson, known as "Ellen," was born Aug. 7, 1864, along the Brazos River in Johnson County, Texas,. She was the first child born to Cornelius Rufus "Neely" Jackson and Parmelia Jane Pitts Jackson.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
As a person who has been married for 33 years, I think I have the longevity part all figured out. It's how to do it with the same woman that I don't get.
IN THE KITCHEN
Holiday cooking is a combination of traditional favorites and experimentation. Readers and staff members contributed some of their favorites with which others can experiment.
Have holiday stress? A fix might be doing just a little more for those who have a lot less.
Monday, December 8
The Payson High School Drama Department's production of "Addict" -- a powerful play with a serious message about drugs -- unfolds this week in the Studio Theatre on the PHS campus.
Robert Eugene Davis, 80, died Dec. 7, 2003.
First Lt. Willis "Bill" Buchheit died Nov. 26, 2003 at the V.A. Medical Center in Tucson after a long illness.
Re: Dogs at large: It is very unfortunate this 78-year-old lady has to die because of a dog owner's negligence.
I am writing this letter in regard to the recent remarks of Mr. Wilson, pertaining to the fact that I did not have the "facts" straight in a letter I submitted to the editor.
For all the members of the American Socialist Party (Democratic Party) who prefer to distort the facts, I wish to present the following partial list of American/Iraqi accomplishments.
Further to Tina Terry's well-taken Guest Comment: "Wilderness advocates are anti-human." She is right on.
I was delighted to read the "Good Guy" in Tuesday's (Dec. 2) paper.
I am sorry that Vernon Randall does not have all of the facts concerning the proposed community center.
Do you like being manipulated, lied to and deceived? Unless you're a masochist, it's unlikely.
Hail! Hail to the Payson Roundup for your article on the town council spending! It may not have been liked by all the council members, but I'm sure it was well-appreciated by your readers. We hope to read more about how our tax money is spent.
I work in a very nice retail store, and an employee from "The Town of Payson" came in and asked for a donation, or a door prize, for their employee Christmas party. (They, of course, told me that we didn't have to.)
High participation in the jayvee program is crucial to the success of the Longhorn varsity wrestling team. As such, assistant coach Don Heizer has gone to great lengths to ensure the younger athletes have plenty of opportunities to flourish.
Senior Mike Barr's team-high 17-points weren't enough firepower to lift the homestanding Longhorns to a victory Dec. 2 over the Coronado Dons.
For 14-year-old David Randall of Pine, a Nov. 16 trophy elk hunt in Unit 7 north of Flagstaff produced the stuff of which dreams are made.
First-year Lady Longhorn coach Rory Huff kept his varsity record unblemished (2-0) with a hard-fought 43-40 victory over the Coronado Dons.
About 190 young and mostly untested wrestlers representing 14 Arizona high schools gathered Saturday in Wilson dome to battle for what they hoped will eventually lead to starting varsity positions.
FOCUS ON PETS
A fenced yard makes a great playground for dogs and children. Two or more dogs can entertain themselves for hours running, playing tag and wrestling. They have fun and get exercise while building strong, healthy bodies.
Some people only know her as the Dumpster Diver, and that's just fine with Lisa Boyle.
When Payson singer/songwriter John Carpino answered the telephone that November day, the last person he was expecting to hear from was country western singer Gary Eubanks.
Rim Country Middle School Music Director Michael Buskirk and Pine-Strawberry Music director Daria Mason joined forces the past several years to participate in the White Mountain Music Teachers' Junior High Honor festival.
A confrontation between a law enforcement officer and a speeding motorist led to a high-speed pursuit through Payson and down Highway 87 Wednesday afternoon. The suspect remains at large.
Residents who want to clear the air with Payson's building officials are invited to a meeting at the Inn of Payson at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11.
Payson may be on the road to securing a regular means of public transportation.
Two men riding ATVs on Bloody Basin Road Saturday found the man search and rescue crews spent most of last week looking for.
A late-afternoon drug sweep netted more than a pound of marijuana, 17 grams of meth, and resulted in the arrest of five people Friday.
Jeremy and Nicole Kosier of Gilbert, welcome their daughter Brennah Danielle, born Oct. 1, 2003 in Scottsdale.
A bill that will be introduced in the state legislature next month would deny local school districts the right to choose their own textbooks. Instead, a 10-member task force would draw up a list of textbooks that would be used by all students throughout the state.
A proposed town ordinance will regulate where people can ride their "motorized play vehicles," such as skateboards.
Thursday, December 4
I think that if all traces of Communism could vanish into thin air, a much greater problem would remain. Namely, that more and more Americans are losing sight of the fact that their liberties are rooted in divine origin.
Jack Jasper's recent guest comment in your paper about the street bond failure was very well written and I agree wholeheartedly with all that he said in his commentary.
No matter who we are, or what we have been called to do, i.e., housewife, teacher, waitress, or congressman. As simple as others may think you are, you are called for a purpose and to such a time as this.
In response to your article concerning the fight club, I have a few comments to add. My husband and I attended a few of these ‘fights'. Actually, my husband acted as a ref during a few of the matches.
While stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, we were alerted by Post Headquarters, and loaded up on deuce-and-half-ton trucks.
On Nov. 28, I was at Wal-Mart for their annual Thanksgiving sale, just like most Payson residents. As the clock started to tick down to 6 a.m., more and more people began to flock towards electronics. The big thing this year was a $30 DVD player.
It was only a matter of time before someone got seriously injured or killed by a dog at large in Payson.
Pine Water Company customers and other interested parties will have two opportunities to voice their views on the company's proposed rate increase to the Arizona Corporation Commission in December.
Few Christmas gifts are capable of giving back like a pet from the Payson Humane Society.
A Payson woman who suffered head injuries when two loose dogs knocked her to the ground was taken off life support Monday.
All of the councilors told the Roundup they think some kind of policy on travel, food, and entertainment expenditures is a good idea, although there was disagreement about when it's appropriate to buy meals at the town's expense.
City council members in Surprise recently voted to de-activate their own town credit cards. The action was prompted by one council member under investigation for using his card for personal expenditures.
I was a lucky winner in the recent holiday turkey raffle.
The thing that catches your attention when you walk into Buster Kittwhistle's Santa Fe Furnishings & Gifts is you don't know what to look at first.
Lights are shining brightly from businesses both in Pine and Strawberry. It is looking very festive and should get us all in the Christmas spirit.
The thing that comes to mind when Paul Townsend remembers Pearl Harbor is not the attack by the Japanese 62 years ago, but the human toll it took.
I would just like to recognize Mrs. Sparks for her efforts for the eighth-graders of Rim Country Middle School.
Trimming trees and clearing brush now, gives home gardeners a special opportunity for holiday decorating.
As you look at the blow-up Santa on top of Debbie Aschbrenner's Tall Pines Market, you can get perspective in how much further up you will need to go to get to the top of the very large Ponderosa pine right before the highway.
Look for another pizza company to be part of Payson's dining landscape by the end of the year.
Roger and Ardith (Ardie) Poole were married Dec. 5, 1953 in Mesa.
After almost a month of evaluating players in preseason training, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Randy Wilcox named his starting lineup.
Veteran coach Chuck Hardt has returned to the hardwood scene after an absence of almost two decades.
Lyric King DeBoo, 56, died Dec. 2, 2003.
The 2003-2004 wrestling season will be off to a roaring start Saturday (tomorrow) when more than 200 aspiring young wrestlers from around the state converge on Wilson Dome to test their skills in a junior varsity meet.
A trio of Payson Longhorn football players learned Wednesday evening at the team's season-ending awards ceremony that they had been named to the Class 4A conference Grand Canyon All-region team.
Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley has been forced to make several last-minute changes in the Longhorn winter sports schedules. The changes were due to a number of circumstances beyond the control of school officials.
Deputies and search and rescue crews are searching for a Forest Lakes man believed to be stranded or injured, lost in the Mazatzal Wilderness Area.
Roy Ellsworth Ruder, 70, of Gisela, died Nov. 28, 2003 in Payson.
Re: New town banners -- I love the look of the new banners along the Beeline.
Q: Why were the wishes of the people responding to the survey from the school on its calendar ignored?
Tuesday, December 2
Double up on those vitamins, plan a long winter's nap Friday night. Then hit the ground running Saturday.
Jayne Peace or Jinx Pyle will be writing this weekly history column. Both are authors and publishers in Payson, and are descendants of the pioneer families who settled the Rim country area.
IN THE KITCHEN
The most traditional of all Christmas cookies are gingerbread with holiday icing.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
OK, listen up ladies. Don't let this Christmas be the latest in a long series of blown opportunities to get that special guy in your life something he really wants for Christmas.
Monday, December 1
The man accused of stabbing a patron in the parking lot of a Payson bar may not be competent to stand trial according to his lawyer, John Brisson.
A new pastime for Payson teens has been drawing them to Rumsey Park on Saturday nights -- watching boxing matches, something similar to the movie "Fight Club," but with gloves and no blood.
A Payson man faces multiple charges, including two counts of assaulting a police officer.
The Payson Ranger District wants to use goats to reduce fuel levels on 1,400 to 1,600 acres of forest land south and southeast of Payson.
If a several-year trend continues, cut Christmas trees are going the way of the dinosaurs.
This is in response to column entitled "Bush agenda is assault on Arizona Wilderness," by Donald Hoffman, executive director of Arizona Wilderness Coalition (http://www.azwild.org/) in the Nov. 24 edition of The Arizona Republic newspaper:
Owners of homes and business with frequent false alarms will soon begin paying the price.
Roy Ellsworth Ruder, 70, of Gisela, died Nov. 28, 2003 in Payson.
Ray Edward Lish, 43 of Payson died in Nov. 30, 2003.
Local reaction to the Arizona State Board of Education's recent decision to combine the AIMS and Stanford 9 tests is cautious.
Re: Garbage service: Once again, I am declining the latest offer from the corporate garbage service.
Q: If the Department of Corrections tree cutters are clearing lots in Portal 3 isn't that illegal competition for the businesses that do that same work?
As you know, Payson Community Kids is a 501(c)3 corporation serving children in Payson.All of our money stays here in Payson and we appreciate so much the excellent coverage you give to Marcy and the kids.
I'm a big city girl who loves to come to Payson to relax and enjoy the climate and the slower pace of a small town.
After 46 years of teaching high school students, a recent classroom experience was one of the best and most rewarding ever.
Re: John Wilson's letter setting Diana Sexton straight about Community Center (Payson Roundup, Nov. 25)
Look for the issue of school district consolidation to be a hot topic in the coming months.
What was all that talk coming out of Tucson last week?
The pipeline of players that flows from the Payson Raiders youth football team to the Payson High School Longhorns continues to surge strong and steady.
The Longhorn boys soccer team's debut in 4A conference play was a roaring success.
A strong showing against one of the 4A conference's premier teams has apparently convinced Longhorn boy's basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser his mostly young and untested players can compete against the state's best.
FOCUS ON PETS
Should dogs be allowed on the furniture? Some pet owners do not even allow their pets in the house while others let them sleep under the covers with them.
The elimination of physical education in Payson elementary schools doesn't mean physical fitness has been left out of the curriculum in Wayne Gorry's Julia Randall Elementary fourth grade class.
Sara Schmidt, part of Payson High School's class of 2000, is determined to make a difference in the world.
A new town banner will soon hang from every light pole along the Beeline Highway.
Two truckloads of red and green shoeboxes left Payson this week bound for the hands of small children far away.