Stories for December 2003


Tuesday, December 30

Resolve to plan your work and work your plan


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.

The story of Ellen Neal -- Part 3


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.

Resolutions from around the Rim


Ah, the new year.

Year of the monkey says it all


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

College's noncredit program catching on


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.

Packer backer becomes Cardinals' biggest fan

The Payson Roundup is home to one of the most loyal Green Bay Packer fans in the Rim country.

Disney collection keeps ‘world's oldest kid' young

Payson resident John Moody retired in 1999, but his love for Disney memorabilia keeps him young.

Resolutions for pet owners


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.

Council ducks drought emergency extension

Lew Levenson's fight appears to be an uphill battle.

Driver overestimates his four-wheel drive

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.

Site feedback

Re: Organ donors -- I agree with Mr. Landers on the organ donations needed ...

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

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.

What's up?

Q: How does the newspaper cover meetings that it doesn't attend?

Still ‘one nation, under God'

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.

Poem was an excellent reminder for homeless animals

Hats off to Barbara Brenke of the Payson Humane Society -- I loved your poem ("The Night Before Christmas, A Shelter Dream.")

Two choices for president

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.

Don't care if you drink, just don't drink and drive

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.

Resolve to use common sense in your celebration

It may be party time around the world, but that is no excuse for abandoning common sense.

Ercil B. Miller

Ercil Best Miller, 89, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2003.

Louise Martin

Louise Martin, 75, died Dec. 19, 2003 in Cottonwood.

Teen tags bull on first elk hunt

For 16-year-old Ashley Riehm, a recent bull elk in Unit 23 near Young turned into the experience of a lifetime.

Phone bills delayed by postal office

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.

County to receive overdue property taxes

"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."

County's successes short-lived, same battles await in new year

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.

Judge upholds charges in Chediski Fire case

The civil case against Valinda Jo Elliott can proceed, according to a ruling issued by White Mountain Apache Tribal Judge Durango Fall last week.

Two pets killed in Star Valley house fire

A fire Tuesday night damaged a trailer in the Star Valley Motel RV Park, according to Star Valley Fire Marshal John Wisner.

Improvement district should be returned to voters

Re: The taking over of the Pine and Strawberry Water Company by the PSWID

Horn pair set for big school battles

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.

Holiday Hoops heats up Lady Horns' hardwood

The 16-team Payson Holiday Hoops Basketball Invitational Tournament tipped off yesterday (Monday) in both Wilson Dome and the old PHS gymnasium.

From serving country to serving Rim


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.

PD offers rides home on New Year's Eve

To reduce the risk of DUI-related accidents, the Payson police department's volunteer force will be providing rides home for partygoers.

Search warrant nets five grams meth

Payson police officers served an early morning search warrant Sunday that resulted in an arrest and the recovery of five grams of methamphetamine.

Deadline approaches for reserve police academy applicants

Anyone interested in Payson's reserve police academy has until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to turn in an application.

William P. Walker

William P. Walker, 74, a longtime Payson resident, died Dec. 18.

Horns draw No. 1 Seton in first round

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.

Thursday, December 25

Registration begins for summer ball

Little League officials are setting the stage for what they hope will be a very successful 2004 youth baseball season.

Village general store opens for business


I can't believe this is the last column for 2003. It doesn't seem possible that the year has passed by so quickly.

Wrestling coach preps hoop team

Wrestling and basketball are not always a good mix.

Barr earns all-star, all-state honors in football

Payson High School senior Mike Barr has received two of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a prep football player.

Freshman boys hoop team unbeaten in '03

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.

Varsity girls soccer team preps for Rocket Invitational

There is no holiday rest for members of the Lady Longhorn soccer team.

Lady Horn duo tapped all-tourney

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

Kenneth I. Stickles, 73, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2003.

Aaron Haught

Aaron Haught, 79, of Star Valley, died Dec. 21, 2003.

Mitzi D. Gibson

Mitzi Diane Gibson, 52, of Payson, died Dec. 22, 2003 in Flagstaff.

Eugene W. Briss

Eugene William Briss, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 23, 2003.

National Bank opens commercial lending office

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.

Make your New Year's Eve plans now


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.

A new year, new opportunities await


Christmas has passed us by once again. Hopefully it was a joyous one for all.

Site feedback

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.

What's up?

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.

Bush is no hero

Jim Spencer writes, "Isn't it time that the American people elect heroes instead of politicians?"

Desperate people will try anything

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.

History park will cost taxpayers plenty

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.

Proud of the job police are doing

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.

Police shouldn't be micromanaged

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.

Wolf Pack violates constitutional rights

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."

Town should be behind DUI enforcement

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.

Drunken driver nearly killed mother

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.

How about a reward for complying with the law?

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.

A different kind of Christmas red

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.

Groups celebrate season of giving

Two local organizations made sure as many children as possible got something for the holidays.

Forest bill a positive step, official says

Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen journeyed to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to witness President Bush sign the much-anticipated Healthy Forest Bill.

Petitioners seek to oust water company

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.

Hometown hero spends Christmas with family

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.

Town hydrologist sees holistic solution to area water problems


Town Water Resources Geologist Mike Ploughe is a big picture guy.

Tuesday, December 23

A Christmas tale: Jack Rabbit's Grand Adventure


In a warm burrow under the red clay soil in Payson, Ariz. lived a young jack rabbit named Jack.

Something for every Rim country stocking


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.

The story of Ellen Neal - Part 2


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.

Monday, December 22

What's up?

Q: The town has the Uniform Development Code. Doesn't it have any restrictions on the color commercial buildings can be painted?

Organ donors needed

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.

Flu FAQs


Every winter the dreaded influenza virus makes its way through Rim country.

Mr. Wilson needs to stick with one story

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.

Sexton announces bid for mayor

Payson, it is time for another election. After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to run for mayor.

Shelter makes best out of a difficult holiday

The Time Out shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence is full to capacity, Director Darlene Curlee said.

Two jailed for Pine burglaries

Sheriff's deputies have found a couple they say is responsible for at least five burglaries in the Pine/Strawberry area.

Board recants school calendar decision

The Payson Unified School District board recanted its decision to shorten the fall break and start school a week later next year.

An invitation for disaster

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.

Alcohol a factor in early morning accident

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.

Sober drivers aren't afraid of wolf pack

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.

Tell it to my friend, Jean

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.

Mayor's goal is to have safe holiday

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.

Rim country residents make holidays special

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.

Who will the Bidwells blame now?

Is it possible to politely say "I told you so?"

Horns prep for Bradshaw showdown

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.

Prospectors slip past Lady Horns

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.

Powerhouse Pinnacle schools Lady Horns

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.

Horns come up short at Rim Duals

A depleted roster spelled the demise of the Payson Longhorns in the championship round of the Rim Country Duals wrestling tournament.

Finding the truest gifts


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.

Musician is living her dream


We all strive to live our dreams, but few succeed as well as Anne James.

Brief power outage caused by semi-truck

Temporary power outages interrupted Sunday night TV for residents of the Payson area.

Safety tips for a healthy, happy holiday

Payson's public safety officials want to remind residents of a few tips to avoid injury and property loss during this holiday season.

Middle school Spirit Chain supports 11 ‘angels'

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.

Black Bear closes temporarily

With no access to kitchen equipment, the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry has had to temporarily close.

Dora M. Neal

Dora M. Neal, 93, of Payson, died Dec. 21, 2003.

Site feedback

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.

Thursday, December 18

Bush lied to American people

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.

Elect heroes instead of politicians

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.

New neighbors have true spirit of holidays

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.

Check your phone bills

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.

DUI task force goal is safety, not harassment

"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.

New circulation manager at Roundup

Vonda Lux may be a familiar face to longtime Roundup customers.

Lawyers square off in Chediski Fire case

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.

Community Kids program, Senior Center get grants

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.

Intranasal flu vaccine still available

Although supplies of the standard flu vaccine have run out in the Rim country, the intranasal vaccine is still available.

Door Stop opens doors, job opportunities

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.

Mayor calls DUI patrols a ‘damper' on nightlife

Last Saturday night was the second multi-agency DUI Saturation Detail -- also known as Wolf Pack.

Here's to Christmas fun and prayers


Saturday afternoon Santa visited at the Christopher/Kohl's fire hall.

Still more holiday events planned


The holiday season is upon us. Are we ready?

PRMC staff shows caring attitude

Recently I spent a few days at our hospital, and I was very impressed with the caring attitude of the nurses and staff.

Oswald Keiper

Oswald "O.J." John Tobias Keiper died Dec. 17, 2003 in Strawberry.

Josh G. Oakland

Josh Glen Oakland, 24, of Mesa, died Dec. 13, 2003 in an auto accident.

Gift ideas for the fishermen in your family

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:

Horns struggle in early season

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.

Lady Horns hog-tie Basha's offense

The Lady Longhorn soccer team improved its early season record to 4-1 with a 3-0 victory over Chandler Basha.

Holiday Hoops to showcase 16 of state's finest teams

The 2003 edition of the Payson Girls Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament has drawn 16 of Arizona's finest high school teams.

Junior high wrestlers medal at tourney

A trio of Rim Country Middle School athletes have wrestled their way to White Mountain League weight class championships.

High Desert Dentistry expands, follows trends

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.

Harold A. Bowen

Harold Anton Bowen, 87, of Payson, died Dec. 15, 2003.

Elvira A. Stewart

Elvira "Andie" Andreta Stewart, 69, of Payson, died Dec. 14, 2003.

What's up?

Q: What are they building on the corner of Main Street and McLane Road? They have been working on it a long time.

Saluting those who care

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."

Benefit fish fry highly successful

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.

Democrats need to get involved

Wake up Democrats of Northern Gila County and come to the meetings of the Democratic Party held in the Payson Public Library.

Cartoon was in poor taste

I rarely have a beef with the Payson Roundup...

Tuesday, December 16

Dear Santa

This week's issue of The Rim Review contains reproductions of local children's letters to Santa Claus.

Monday, December 15

News from Iraq plagued by flaw

Don Castleman's list of accomplishments in Iraq is quite impressive. Sounds like we'll be bringing our troops home any day now.

School menus

The following menus are planned to be served at Payson area schools from Dec. 17 through Dec. 19.

Master music man opens recording studio


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.

Discipline is solution to barking dogs


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.

4th-grader jockeys cycle to racing renown

At only 10, Amber Owings has already set an ambitious goal for herself.

Horns end skid with twin wins

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.

Red hot Lady Horns gear up for holiday row

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.

Horns pin Jackets, Cats in retro meet

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.

Athletes sacrifice free time

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.

Local soldier's division part of Saddam capture

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.

Search on for marrow match to save life

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.

Man burned in truck fire identified

Forensic scientists in Tucson have identified the man killed when his truck caught fire last week as Norman Hanscom, 66, of Strawberry.

Payson's police dog helps recover 50 pounds of pot

A routine traffic stop near Round Valley resulted in the recovery of 50 pounds of marijuana Saturday.

Your town council at a glance

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.

Area fire departments train for LPG fire

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.

Study on public transportation approved

Members of the Payson town council didn't hesitate to unanimously approve a public transportation feasibility study at their Dec. 11 meeting.

P&Z staff aim for better customer service

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.

All things Mexican now available on Main


When Mexican families gather on Christmas Eve, the celebration often includes breaking open a piñata filled with candy, small toys and other goodies.

Lend a hand to schools with Credit for Kids

The deadline to make a contribution to the Credit for Kids program is Dec. 31, 2003.

Responding to a customer complaint

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.

Show how much of own money council spends

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.

More information please

This is in response to the letter submitted by Don Castleman -- I have some relevant questions:

What's up?

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?

Site feedback

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!

Norman E. Hanscom, Jr.

Norman Ellsworth Hanscom, Jr., 66, of Strawberry, died in a vehicle fire in Pine Dec. 8, 2003.

Margaret Sell Hart

Margaret Sell Hart, 89, died Dec. 6, 2003 at Manzanita Manor, surrounded by family and friends.

Jeffrey L. Patterson

Jeffrey Lamarr Patterson, 43, of Strawberry, died Dec. 11, 2003 in Payson.

Mary C. Randolph

Mary C. Randolph, 94, of Payson, died Dec. 12, 2003.

Carl F. Savage

Carl Francis Savage, 84, of Payson, died Dec. 11, 2003.

Ezra Campbell Randall

Myles Randall, along with his parents, Dallas and Jeni, would like to announce the birth of his new brother, Ezra Campbell Randall.

Leadership class takes on campus projects

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.

Congressman calls capture ‘giant step'

"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.

We must get out of Iraq

This is in response to Don Castleman's letter on Dec. 9, 2003.

Thursday, December 11

Adults should help keep youth program going

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.

Thieves should learn true meaning of Christmas

I would like to send a message to the person, or persons, who took our Christmas decorations from our lawn.

Issue of town council spending is trust

"... Spending too much?", or are they spending enough?

VA Extention Clinic now open

The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center now provides health care services to eligible veterans in the Payson area.

Man killed when truck catches fire

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.

Tribe, cycle club help families of fallen cops

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.

Intruder slays family pet

Payson police are questioning possible suspects in the torture and slaying of a 14-year-old cocker spaniel.

Horns drop four at Marana Invitational

Longhorn boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser is taking a philosophical approach toward his team's four-game skid in the Marana Invitational Tournament.

Lady Horns nipped at Higley

Try to forgive Lady Longhorn coach Randy Wilcox if he showed up for school a little frazzled Monday morning.

Charles A. Sigars

Charles "Chuck" Arthur Sigars, 67, of Payson, died Dec. 11, 2003.

Celebrate Village's holiday hot dish hoedown


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.

Fish fry to benefit hoop programs

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.

Parks board encourages public input

I am sorry that Diana Sexton had trouble getting into one of the meetings of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Alice E. Miller

Alice Elizabeth Miller, 85, of Globe, died Dec. 6, 2003.

What's up?

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.

Wouldn't it be nice if Americans had the same benefits?

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.

Giving the gift of fur for Christmas

Hot new toys come and go, but the gift most often requested by children hasn't changed in decades.

Grungy, groping grinches spoil holidays

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.

Flu hits schools as vaccine runs out

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.

Last community cleanup of the year Saturday


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.

Kenneth E. Keller

Kenneth Earl Keller, 83, died Dec. 4. 2003 in Mesa.

Santa, community made tree auction sensational


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.

Yuma Cibola stings Lady Horns in Laughlin

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.

Formal spending policy must be approved

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.

8th-grader finishes as reserve champion

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.

‘Community that cares' is more than a slogan

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."

George J. Hoenshell

George J. Hoenshell, 65, died Dec. 9, 2003 in Scottsdale.

Bateses celebrate 61 years

Stuart and Helen Bates were married Dec. 15, 1942 in the chapel at Fort Scott in San Francisco, Calif.

Women keep personal touch in cleaning

A couple of years ago, Toni Vernetti and Dawn McAtee put their heads and skills together and created To A "T" Cleaning Service.

Tuesday, December 9

Holidays in Rim country a season for giving


Have holiday stress? A fix might be doing just a little more for those who have a lot less.

Men can't help the way they are


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.

Ellen Neal was born on the Brazos


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.

A collection of Christmas recipes


Holiday cooking is a combination of traditional favorites and experimentation. Readers and staff members contributed some of their favorites with which others can experiment.

Monday, December 8

Town to crack down on motorized skateboards

A proposed town ordinance will regulate where people can ride their "motorized play vehicles," such as skateboards.

Robert E. Davis

Robert Eugene Davis, 80, died Dec. 7, 2003.

Willis "Bill" Buchheit

First Lt. Willis "Bill" Buchheit died Nov. 26, 2003 at the V.A. Medical Center in Tucson after a long illness.

Site feedback

Re: Dogs at large: It is very unfortunate this 78-year-old lady has to die because of a dog owner's negligence.

Not against community center, just the way things get done

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.

Accomplishments in the name of freedom

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.

Lies and deception from the top

Do you like being manipulated, lied to and deceived? Unless you're a masochist, it's unlikely.

Time to say ‘no' to overspending

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.

Town's donation drive appalling

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.)

Novices benefit from expert advice

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.

Dons' late rally overtakes Longhorns

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.

14-year-old hunter bags his first bull elk

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.

Lady Horns beat Coronado Dons, 43-40

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.

Rookies spar in jayvee scuffle

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.

Fences, kennels provide safety, security -- usually


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.

‘Dumpster diver' does it for dogs


Some people only know her as the Dumpster Diver, and that's just fine with Lisa Boyle.

Local songwriter's work climbs to top of the charts


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.

Local music students participate in honor festival

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.

Motorist assaults officer, flees

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.

Building department to improve PR

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.

Public transit study planned

Payson may be on the road to securing a regular means of public transportation.

Police seize marijuana, meth at local motel

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.

Missing man found by quad riders

Two men riding ATVs on Bloody Basin Road Saturday found the man search and rescue crews spent most of last week looking for.

Help prevent further encroachment

Further to Tina Terry's well-taken Guest Comment: "Wilderness advocates are anti-human." She is right on.

Brennah Danielle Kosier

Jeremy and Nicole Kosier of Gilbert, welcome their daughter Brennah Danielle, born Oct. 1, 2003 in Scottsdale.

‘Good Guy' renews faith in humanity

I was delighted to read the "Good Guy" in Tuesday's (Dec. 2) paper.

More information needed on community center

I am sorry that Vernon Randall does not have all of the facts concerning the proposed community center.

Drug-themed drama opens Wednesday

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.

Local control of textbooks threatened

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.

Thursday, December 4

Teens weren't fighting just to fight

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.

Thanksgiving sale turns to feeding frenzy

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.

Dogs at large are a danger

It was only a matter of time before someone got seriously injured or killed by a dog at large in Payson.

Public comment sought on water rate increase

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.

Shelter launches holiday food drive

Few Christmas gifts are capable of giving back like a pet from the Payson Humane Society.

Woman near death after encounter with dogs

A Payson woman who suffered head injuries when two loose dogs knocked her to the ground was taken off life support Monday.

The council's views on spending

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.

Are town councilors spending too much?

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.

Town needs to work on better street maintenance

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.

Roy E. Ruder

Roy Ellsworth Ruder, 70, of Gisela, died Nov. 28, 2003 in Payson.

Winter schedules to change

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.

Thanks for ‘down home' Thanksgiving

I was a lucky winner in the recent holiday turkey raffle.

Site feedback

Re: New town banners -- I love the look of the new banners along the Beeline.

Christmas tree auction Saturday


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.

Decorations can be seen from miles away


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.

Pearl Harbor survivor remembers lives lost

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.

Teacher cares about our futures

I would just like to recognize Mrs. Sparks for her efforts for the eighth-graders of Rim Country Middle School.

Consider a living Christmas tree this year


Trimming trees and clearing brush now, gives home gardeners a special opportunity for holiday decorating.

Shop offers pirate's plunder in home decor

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.

Dominoes comes to Payson

Look for another pizza company to be part of Payson's dining landscape by the end of the year.

Pooles celebrate 50th anniversary

Roger and Ardith (Ardie) Poole were married Dec. 5, 1953 in Mesa.

Lady Horns bound for Higley tourney

After almost a month of evaluating players in preseason training, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Randy Wilcox named his starting lineup.

Lyric King DeBoo

Lyric King DeBoo, 56, died Dec. 2, 2003.

Hardt returns as freshman basketball coach

Veteran coach Chuck Hardt has returned to the hardwood scene after an absence of almost two decades.

Wrestling campaign begins at jayvee showdown

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.

Horn threesome chosen first team all-region

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.

Search for missing man continues

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.

What's up?

Q: Why were the wishes of the people responding to the survey from the school on its calendar ignored?

The country's true corner stone

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.

We are not called to judge another man's walk

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.

‘God is my point man'

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.

Tuesday, December 2

Holiday season hits high gear this weekend


Double up on those vitamins, plan a long winter's nap Friday night. Then hit the ground running Saturday.

Lovelady saw a century of history


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.

Festive holiday cookies are a Christmas tradition


The most traditional of all Christmas cookies are gingerbread with holiday icing.

Gifts guys will want for Christmas


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

What's the first rule of Fight Club? -- It's against the law

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.

Officers assaulted responding to domestic disturbance

A Payson man faces multiple charges, including two counts of assaulting a police officer.

Goats part of Tonto fire prevention plan

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.

Roy E. Ruder

Roy Ellsworth Ruder, 70, of Gisela, died Nov. 28, 2003 in Payson.

Ray E. Lish

Ray Edward Lish, 43 of Payson died in Nov. 30, 2003.

Superintendent wary of combining tests

Local reaction to the Arizona State Board of Education's recent decision to combine the AIMS and Stanford 9 tests is cautious.

Site feedback

Re: Garbage service: Once again, I am declining the latest offer from the corporate garbage service.

What's up?

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?

New fund to help children

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.

Fines set for false alarm responses

Owners of homes and business with frequent false alarms will soon begin paying the price.

Fellow Elks go above and beyond

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.

Our students are a joy

After 46 years of teaching high school students, a recent classroom experience was one of the best and most rewarding ever.

Sexton was right

Re: John Wilson's letter setting Diana Sexton straight about Community Center (Payson Roundup, Nov. 25)

Consolidation debate on the horizon

Look for the issue of school district consolidation to be a hot topic in the coming months.

Churches unite to send Christmas worldwide

Two truckloads of red and green shoeboxes left Payson this week bound for the hands of small children far away.

Trash talk from Tucson

What was all that talk coming out of Tucson last week?

Raiders prep Payson High School team

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.

Horns open 4A play with Scottsdale win

The Longhorn boys soccer team's debut in 4A conference play was a roaring success.

Horns push rugged Prospectors to edge

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.

The changing face of Christmas trees


If a several-year trend continues, cut Christmas trees are going the way of the dinosaurs.

Turkey Trot charms fourth-graders

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.

Homegrown student dedicated to helping others


Sara Schmidt, part of Payson High School's class of 2000, is determined to make a difference in the world.

Pets on furniture


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.

Visitors welcomed by new banners

A new town banner will soon hang from every light pole along the Beeline Highway.

Wilderness advocates are anti-human

This is in response to column entitled "Bush agenda is assault on Arizona Wilderness," by Donald Hoffman, executive director of Arizona Wilderness Coalition ( in the Nov. 24 edition of The Arizona Republic newspaper:

Accused stabber may be tested for competency

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.