Thursday, February 27
In case you haven't noticed, it's been a soggy February -- better than three times as wet as normal.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for what is projected to be the Rim country's biggest and best 5th and 6th grade youth basketball tournament.
FISH & TIPS
This week, Ben Leininger asks, "What is the best equipment for a first time, beginner bass fisherman?" Good question, Ben, because most beginning fishermen probably look at a fishing report and don't know one thing from another.
Barry Sollenberger's Phoenix Metro Football Magazine has chosen Mike Barr a member of Arizona's Class 3A All-State football team.
After leading the Longhorn basketball team to its best record in 23 seasons, coach Mike Loutzenheiser recently took time off the court to praise the seven seniors who formed the nucleus of the team.
The performance of the Tonto Apache Track and Field Team at the Flagstaff Indoor Classic Feb. 15 at Northern Arizona University was slowed by the absence of 11 of 16 squad members. But the absences didn't dampen the spirits of coach Billy Joe Winchester.
Clara E. Swisher, 94, of Payson, died Feb. 27, 2003.
Shirley Dana Leavitt Hunsaker, 77, died Feb. 24, 2003 in Mesa.
Harry F. Conner, 78, died Feb. 23, 2003.
Lenore H. (Patterson) Champ, 95, of Payson, died Feb. 22, 2003.
Bruce Carl, 53, died Feb. 15, 2003.
Tonto Village was in the dark most of the day Wednesday, figuratively and then literally.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Hair stylist Jack Mecham has been beautifying the men and women of Rim country for the last 22 years at his shop, Wild About Hair.
The latest addition to Main Street literally helps you organize your life -- at least your life as depicted in photos.
Q: Is there any connection or has there ever been any relationship between the parks and recreation department and the supplier of the artificial turf we have in the parks?
The tragedy of the two nightclub infernos in Rhode Island and Chicago during the past two weeks should provide a wake-up call for Mayor Ken Murphy, regarding his confrontations with Payson's Fire Marshal Jack Babb at the Ox Bow Saloon during Rodeo last August.
In an article in the Feb. 21 issue of the Payson Roundup local realtor Ray Pugel argues that it would be in the best interest of Pine and Strawberry for the PSWID to purchase and operate the local water company.
I was very disappointed in Mr. Keyworth's reporting in the Feb. 21 issue concerning the Pine water issue. However, it is probably not his fault, as the group wanting Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District to approve the feasibility study has not completely done its homework.
foster/adoptive parent. Cheri Greenwade's foster child "John" has the opportunity to be adopted by one of her family members. They are already licensed with years of experience. He has the chance to transition within what he already has come to know as his family system. Do you realize how rarely that occurs for a foster child?
Being foster parents here in Payson has been a trying experience during this past year.
I am so angry with you as an editor of a supposed fair newspaper.
The people in Beaver Valley and G.W. Bush have a message for you "enough is enough." Please stop your slanted news reporting about our fire department.
If your 13-year-old daughter wants to have her ears pierced or even get an aspirin from the school nurse, the chances are she will need parental consent. But if she walked into a clinic and had an abortion last week, you may never have known about it.
When you enter the Northern Gila County Historical Society's Museum of Rim Country Archaeology, you'll be amazed at the talent represented by the artists in the gallery.
Seniors Randy Perham and Heather Williams are Horace Vandergelder and Dolly Levi in the Payson High School Drama Department's production of "The Matchmaker" -- the original "Hello Dolly" before it was turned into a smash Broadway musical.
A Saturday afternoon rollover between Rye and Payson led to two drug arrests.
Proposed changes in the ordinance on town officers were aired last night at the town council meeting.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has found the gasoline additive MTBE in tests of a contaminated area in Payson.
Tuesday, February 25
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
I don't understand the current popularity of cruises.
When you live in a place as majestic and mysterious as the Rim country, there are bound to be small events that spawn gigantic myths. The mountains around the Payson basin have their share of just such mythology.
IN THE KITCHEN
A great deal of the information you read on healthy eating, suggests having fish at least twice a week.
The drought and bark beetle plague have the potential of leaving a bleak landscape in their wake. Rim country property owners are spending thousands of dollars to remove the majestic ponderosa pines that are the hallmark of Rim country which now stand dead and diseased.
Monday, February 24
The so-called confidential report from the Gila County Sheriff's Department on a compromised search warrant exposes a rift between area law enforcement agencies that must be addressed.
Last fall's highly successful bass and crappie fishing trip with Clifford Pirch has my two sons, Gerry and Ryan, and I eager for another. Clifford says the crappie spawn is about to get under way, so we've scheduled a trip with him in mid-March.
A youth soccer league is forming for youth who will be ages 8 to 15 as of May 18, 2003.
The Rim country was well represented in the final standings of the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament Feb. 15 at Bartlett Lake.
Payson High School girls softball coach Will Dunman said he hopes this is the year the Lady Longhorns win a state title.
Last week we were reviewing the life of Tonto Apache matriarch Ola Smith, who lived with her family both on lower Rye Creek and Indian Hill in Payson.
She is a typical soldier in the army of modern day women -- a super mom: working full time and raising three, small, active children on her own. Still, Tracy Snyder is upbeat and energetic.
Spraying pesticide may be one way to save the pine trees of Rim country, but a recent gathering of concerned residents in Pine explored another possibility. Brooke Medicine Eagle, renowned spiritual teacher and author, led a prayer dance workshop at the Pine community center, encouraging the use of spiritual means to heal the mountain.
The people of Payson and the surrounding area are once again showing the size of the hearts in Rim country.
If you liked "Hello Dolly," chances are you'll love "The Matchmaker" -- the Payson High School Drama Department's latest theatrical production.
A bomb threat at Rim Country Middle School put students outdoors for a large part of Monday morning.
The $4.7 million American Gulch Plan will bring members of the town council, planning and zoning commission and Green Valley Redevelopment Committee together Wednesday.
Property owners cautioned the council about rushing to discontinue town maintenance of private roads.
Iber Burge Wyckoff, 81, died Feb. 23, 2003, in Payson.
John Robert Ryan, 56, died Feb. 13, 2003 in Payson.
William D. (Rudy) Rudisill, 54, of Payson, died Feb. 21, 2003 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
Patricia Lee Purkins, 62, of Payson, died Feb. 17, 2003.
Richard Clifton (Jack) Powell, 70, died Feb. 20, 2003 in Yackutat, Alaska.
Frieda Peterson, 69, died Feb. 22, 2003 in Payson.
David W. Fredenburg, 53, of Payson, died Feb. 23, 2003, in Payson.
Judy Kathryn Herning, 56, of Pine, died Feb. 24, 2003.
Payson High School senior Holly Lane has a passion for politics. And based on that and her participation in student government in Payson, she has been nominated by one of the school counselors to attend the Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Q: It looks like another round of welfare payments is coming up for some of the businesses on Main Street. It's been kept kind of quiet. Could that be because the businesses that got $10,000 grants last year can now turn around and ask for $20,000 more? Maybe I could go sell pencils on Main Street and put in for a grant.
The Forest Service is claiming that environmental studies should be set aside on the Rodeo-Chediski logging sale because that burned forest might catch fire once its trees fall. Since it may take some ten years for ponderosa trees to fall, that certainly allows time for those studies, whether or not one believes that "re-burn" hokum!
I have had the pleasure of living in northern Gila County for 34 years. I have held my silence long enough. The trash that continues to grow through the carelessness and neglect of our citizens is a crime. It is time our local, county, and state governments put a law on the books that has teeth in it.
Asinine, appalling, arrogant, acrimonious, and annoying are just some of the adjectives I'd use to describe the recent proposal by the Republican majority in the Arizona Legislature to slash some 119 million dollars from the budgets of our school.
If you have ever watched a younger sibling, babysat the neighbor's kids, driven the Girl Scout troop to a campout, raised children of your own or taken your grandchildren to Disneyland, you know how daunting it is to be responsible for the care and safety of a child.
Gila County School Superintendent Armida Bittner has been named to the Arizona State Board of Education by Gov. Janet Napolitano.
With time running out on service from Houston Mesa Volunteer Fire Department, the Beaver Valley fire board voted to cease negotiations. The board rejected a proposed contract, not yet in their possession, that would continue fire and paramedic coverage for the next fiscal quarter.
A battle over personnel rules is looming at this week's council meeting.
A pursuit of a stolen vehicle by the Arizona Department of Public Safety led to an arrest in a Round Valley home.
It's called Pups on Parade, but since the participating canines will be turned loose at Rumsey Park, it might be more appropriately called Puppy Pandemonium.
Thursday, February 20
Payson Town Council members faced-off over a proposed executive session this week.
When Cody Gibson was 6 years old, he thought all kids his age could sit down at the drums or piano and play like he could.
FISH & TIPS
Now that most of our desert lakes have gone into an early prespawn period, the fish are moving into areas where they are easier to locate.
A trio of Payson High School seniors have attained the pinnacle of prep wrestling success.
It could be late in the spring before a new Payson High School football coach is selected.
Aspiring Rim country baseball players will soon have the opportunity to put their diamond skills to the test.
Errant free-throw shooting put the crimps on the Longhorns hopes of being the first Payson High School basketball team to play in America West Arena.
The prediction Lady Longhorn coach Krystal Garvin made more than two weeks ago turned into a prophecy Wednesday morning on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Keith D. Webster, 72, of Payson, Ariz., died Feb. 19, 2003 in Scottsdale.
Keith Elwyn "Smitty" Smith, 84, died Feb. 13, 2003 in Phoenix.
Joan Gates Simson, died Jan. 27, 2003, in San Diego, Calif.
Gladys Phelan Rook died Feb. 14, 2003 in Medford, Ore.
Leonard Morgan Nunham, 94, of Mesa, Ariz., died Feb. 18, 2003.
Alphonse Arthur Mouraux, 71, died Feb. 15, 2003.
The Pine Library Friends meet at 1 p.m. Monday Feb. 24 at the Library. Guest speaker Sharesse von Strauss, director of the Northern Gila County Historical Society will present an overview of the new exhibit, "Women of the Rim -- the Spirit of Tenacity."
The drought continues with almost no rain or snow to speak of so far this winter.
Saturday night in Tonto Village was jumping. There were a lot of vehicles parked along the side of the road and inside the Double D Restaurant it was standing room only.
Q: I read that Northern Arizona University wants to increase tuition by $1,000 next year. Will that affect any of the local programs?
Remember the Berlin Wall, remember Mid-East oil? There is a connection with both of the preceding sentences' subjects.
The recent problems of the Mesa del and Beaver Valley fire districts are not new to fire districts in Arizona. The problem of money and qualified people has been successfully solved by mergers.
As journalists, we realize the importance of confidentiality to protect sources who may experience grave consequences for telling the truth -- yet the truth is still told.
Karl Siderits, Forest Supervisor of Tonto National Forest, and Ed Armenta, District Ranger, will be the featured speakers at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The one-stop shopping concept at Wal-Mart will soon include real estate.
Are you ready if the Rim country has a fire season like the one in 2002? What will happen if area residents are evacuated or called upon to host evacuees?
A new code compliance enforcement initiative should still the voices of those who accuse the town of coddling Main Street and Green Valley Redevelopment Area property owners.
Two local organizations have begun preliminary talks that could lead to an attempt to purchase the Pine and Strawberry water companies from Brooke Utilities.
The Longhorn boys basketball team has had an exceptional year. In fact, the season ranks among the best in the history of the program at Payson High School.
Tuesday, February 18
IN THE KITCHEN
Recently, I fixed turkey with every intention of using the leftovers for a number of creative dishes. The problem was, the recipes I planned to use did not seem all that appealing when it came right down to it: Turkey Caesar Salad and Turkey Tetrazzini. So, I went in search of others.
Whispering Hope Ranch is still just a whisper, a name we all seem to know from somewhere. Yet, what it is, rings loud and clear to those who have walked the path and connected with a furry or feathered friend.
While most of our country suffers from natural disasters in one form or another, the Rim country remains relatively safe. We have our droughts and our fires, of course, and last week we considered the possibility of earthquakes. But what about lightning, wind and floods? Do we need to fear them in this secluded center of our wonderful state of Arizona?
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Gary Kasparov is tilting at windmills again.
Monday, February 17
War. War with Iraq, war with the bark beetle and environmental extremists, war with the state budget.
Mary Kay Cosmetics sales director Michelle Goodman and senior beauty consultant Nancy Althoff recently provided makeup pointers to students in the Fashion Plus class at Payson High School.
Problems with the Mount Ord communication towers put Payson's 911 service out of commission Sunday.
The Department of Public Safety made no charges against Payson Mayor Ken Murphy following its five-month investigation. The investigation stemmed from allegations of a confrontation between Murphy and Fire Marshal Jack Babb.
A group of 15 people will serve on the town's newest committee, the Ad Hoc Capital Improvement Projects Committee.
It seemed like the right thing to do for Arizona's children.
As a semi-educated citizen of our world, I am deeply concerned about the environment we all reside in.
I disagree with Bill Michaels and Mayor Murphy.
We've heard enough blaming our councilwoman Judy Buettner for the Sutton/East Cedar Road fiasco. Before her election, she listened to our complaints about our miserable, dusty dirt road. Not long after her election, we awoke one day to find the entire road to have a chip seal coating, with no expense to us.
Waterless urinals in public places indeed. This certainly confirms my opinion of politicians generally and of Payson's politicians in particular.
Q: What was the result of the town's water exploration at Doll Baby Ranch? Has that been completed?
Payson High School junior Elizabeth Goodale would like to shoot pictures for National Geographic one day.
Kalina Lynn Casper was born Feb. 7, 2003.
Mark Anthony Petefish, Jr. was born Nov. 20, 2002.
Harlan Charles Hughes, III, 18, of Payson, died Feb. 12, 2003.
Naomi "Myra" Monroe, 75,of Payson, died Feb.15, 2003.
The county reorganization of its employees has opened a wound over salary structure.
A year of triumph at the Time Out Shelter was celebrated last week.
It was front-page news in The Arizona Republic last week: "Survival supplies ... going fast."
The on-going burglary problem at the Fossil Creek Trailhead may be nearing a solution.
Frank Larby has been named middle school principal of the year by the Arizona School Administrators Association.
The regular season has wrapped up, the regional tournament is history and the Lady Longhorns are primed for a run at the Class 3A state tournament.
If coach Rory Huff's assessment is on target, the Lady Longhorn varsity basketball team will be reinforced next season by an infusion of new talent.
A 73-71 loss to Snowflake in the championship round of the Class 3A East regional tournament has relegated the Payson Longhorns to a second seed in the state tournament.
The Longhorn wrestling team's bid to win its 11th state championship in the past 23 years has come up just short.
Receiving a bid to participate in the prestigious JGAA Thunderbird Invitational was a sweet treat for young golfer Billy Bob Hoyt.
He's only an eighth-grader, but Miles Huff's performance in Rim Country Middle School's stunning upset of Tucson Tortolita was about as gutsy a performance as I've witnessed in 30-plus years of coaching and covering sports.
A new program at Payson Regional Medical Center will now allow rural residents with movement disorders to have access to medical specialists from Good Samaritan Hospital without driving to the Valley.
It's redheads, not blondes, who are having more fun these days, according to Back Street Salon hairdresser Tanner MacRae.
She was called "grandma Ola" by the Tonto Apache Tribe and also by many of the townsfolk when she died Oct. 13, 1998.
FOCUS ON PETS
The 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is over for another year.
Thursday, February 13
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has pledged to overhaul the state's Child Protective Services division.
Lady Longhorn basketball coach Krystal Garvin is convinced that the key to reaching the state tournament final four is to advance to the opening round as a No. 1 or 2 seed. To do so, the Lady Horns must defeat Snowflake in a regional semifinal game at 1 p.m. today in Eagar/Springerville.
FISH & TIPS
Early spring is a time for feast in fishing.
Clutching only the third regional championship in the history of Payson High School boys basketball, the Longhorns open postseason tournament play today (Friday) eager to reap more honors.
With the regular season at an end, the Lady Longhorns open pursuit of an East Region Tournament championship at 1 p.m. today (Friday) in Eagar/Springerville.
Refusing to be swayed by the Show Low Cougars No. 1 state ranking, the Payson Longhorns wrestled their way to East regular season and tournament championships.
Lyle D. Wood, 79, of Payson, died Feb. 10, 2003.
Flossie Marie Thomas, 82, of Payson died Feb. 8, 2003.
Many who have fished lake Roosevelt are familiar with Punkin Center Marine. For the past 12 years, Barbara Gallimore and Gary Blanchard have been in the boat repair business in the Tonto Basin area, but low water levels in the lake have forced them into a new line of work.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to go to one location and talk to just about every business in Arizona Rim Country? It would save time, lots of gas and those jangled nerves.
Tonto Village was a winter wonderland this past week and it looked great. We are guessing that about four to five inches of heavy, wet, snow fell.
A wider Fossil Creek Road is becoming a reality.
The community remembers this week a very special lady, Christopher Creek's own sweetheart Gertrude Kuntz died last Wednesday.
Q: What a debacle on South 87 last Sunday morning. Didn't anyone check the north slope that is obviously very susceptible to icing and ice retention? It was over three hours before a sander appeared on the scene.
I was contacted Friday night by someone from the Gila County Public Defender's office in response to my first ever letter to an editor (you). His office is attempting to defend Paul Roosen for the murder of my sister-in-law Calista Wright.
I am trying to re-locate to Arizona from California.
I think what the community is doing for Justin is wonderful.
As a vocal critic of the internet and cable service from Cablevision (including a letter printed on this page November 8, 2002), I would like to now give them credit for the upgrades in internet service they are now finishing.
With another fire season just around the corner, I would just like to ask all landowners to please prepare your home and land using the "firewise" landscaping guidelines.
Ms. Elise Lauster's (Phoenix) letter in Feb. 7 Roundup ("Fire is Logger's Best Friend") states that salvage logging of the Rodeo-Chediski burn is "dangerous, shortsighted" and "demands citizen oversight afforded by environmental law." She also claims that "wildfire is the logging industry's best friend here."
I was very impressed with your article "Freedom of Press Gives Us All a Voice" on the Opinion Page Feb. 7, 2003.
In response to a letter from Robert Elliott in the paper (Feb. 11 Roundup). I would like to once again come to the defense of Payson Humane Society.
In a year when the Payson Unified School District has had to deal with some contentious personnel issues, it has so far been refreshing to watch the debate unfold over closing the Payson High School campus.
To jump-start its fund-raising drive to build a new library, the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society is selling engraved bricks that will be incorporated into the new facility.
The Gila County Sheriff's Department in Payson is going to be short a deputy for the foreseeable future.
Payson High School administrators are considering a regulated campus rather than a closed campus, they reported to the school board Monday evening.
The Payson Police Department has received the special investigation report on the Rodeo weekend incident between Mayor Ken Murphy and Fire Marshal Jack Babb.
A tough new water conservation ordinance based on the previous year's rainfall will take effect March 1, 30 days after its approval by the Payson Town Council.
Tuesday, February 11
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a new book by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead purports to explain "Why There Are No Good Men Left" (Broadway Books, $22.95).
Rim country residents tend to feel smug about natural disasters, we have so few of them here in Arizona central mountains. While earthquakes, tornadoes, avalanches, mudslides, tidal waves and hurricanes batter nearly every part of our nation at one time or another, we seem free from such fearsome events.
IN THE KITCHEN
More often than not, vegetables in my house consist of opening a can or tearing open a frozen bag of something and putting the contents in a pan on the stove.
Clowning around in the name of education, Fire Marshal McCloud and his deputies Fizzles and Flambé are a traveling troupe of jesters who spread the word about fire safety.
Monday, February 10
Local officials are trying to organize a grassroots campaign to deter possible raids on the Heritage Fund by the state Legislature.
The artificial playing surface installed last spring on the new multi-purpose field at Rumsey Park is drawing rave reviews.
In a matter of days, members of the Payson High School spirit line should know the results of a statewide competition the squad participated in Feb. 1 at Phoenix Memorial Coliseum.
In her first year coaching the Lady Longhorn basketball program, Krystal Garvin has guided the team to an East region second-place finish and a berth in the regional and state tournaments.
When the rock group Queen belted out "We Are the Champions," they weren't directing it at the Payson High School boys basketball team. But they might as well have been -- the Longhorns are now the champs.
FOCUS ON PETS
A recent column discussed ways of altering the behavior of your own dog when he shows aggression toward people and other dogs.
When the old triangle rang out up and down Payson's Main Street, folks knew it was time for one of Margaret Stewart's delicious meals.
Rosalind Schuerer is the Payson Senior Circle's Volunteer of the Year.
Justice McNeeley is taking riding lessons, and while that may not sound all that extraordinary, take a closer look and you will find a special instructor, a generous saddle maker, a patient horse with a gracious owner and very courageous parents.
After months of work by planning experts, the town's planning group, staff and community members, the new general plan is ready for review.
Residents traveling on the eight-plus miles of unpaved roads in town may find a rocky path in their future, if the Payson Town Council passes a measure to discontinue courtesy maintenance on private roads.
The Gila County Attorney has asked that the case against Paul Roosen be dismissed.
"Aging -- if it's not your issue, it will be."
Gertrude Mae Kuntz, 87, of Christopher Creek, died Feb. 5, 2003 in Payson.
Omer Cleveland Gilliland, 92, died Feb. 7, 2003, in Payson.
Ross Davidson, 57, died Feb. 5, 2003 in Payson.
Martha I. Barr, 84, of Florida, died Feb. 1, 2003 in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Aaron Weide, son of Pastor Carl and Louanne Weide of Strawberry, and Christina Baugh, daughter of Pastor Jim and Teri Baugh of Chandler, were married Dec. 27, 2002, at Mesa Baptist Church.
B.J. Welsh is 13. Robert Tarallo is 70.
Q: What is the problem with the sound in nearly every theater at Sawmill Crossing, especially the two smaller ones at the end? Surely I can't be the only one who has noticed that the sound is awful. Do they plan to do anything about it?
I am very concerned about the developing situation at the Senior Center, where I attend an exercise class and visit with many of the employees and volunteers. Based on what I read and hear from the volunteers, something dramatic needs to be done.
I recently sent you a letter via e-mail that was a plea to the Gila County Attorney, who at the time was considering dismissing the charges against Paul Roosen for the murder of my sister Calista Wright.
I read with considerable interest Christy Wrather's article, "Aggressive behavior is not OK," in the Payson Roundup dated Jan. 28, 2003.
As the past owner of a Phoenix security firm, I would like to counsel against planting the seed of "dumpster diving" as an honest way to help in charity or recycling causes.
The town council and town staff should forgo the issuance of revenue bonds for construction of hangars at the airport for the following reasons:
I want to thank the reporter from the Payson Roundup for her attendance and factual account of the events regarding the dispute between the Beaver Valley Fire Department Board and the Houston Mesa Fire Department.
The three-hour departmental review of the Payson Police Department went quite smoothly Wednesday evening. Police Chief Gordon Gartner and his key staff people were well prepared.
At a recent meeting of the Payson Town Council, a question was raised regarding an article that appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of the Payson Roundup about 12-year-old Adam Davis.
Garrett Quotskuyva, Waylon Quotskuyva and Jameson Davis are all facing multiple charges in the attempted murder of a Payson teen last summer.
What some residents thought would be a grilling of the Payson Police Department by the town council, turned out to be a genial session of give-and-take.
Inge DeVeaux is passionate about Memory Lane, the activities program she manages for people suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other disabling diseases. This is why she is so troubled by the ominous fact that unless she finds more participants, her program could be just a memory.
Thursday, February 6
There is a young boy in need of help and a call is going out for the people of the Rim country to help the child.
Rim Country Middle School wrestling coach David Daniels was pretty happy with his team's performance at the Arizona State Junior High School tournament.
The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets know the feeling of a good old-fashioned rear end kicking after being on the receiving end of a pair of thumpings Feb. 4 in Lakeside.
FISH & TIPS
Ever since Arizona quit having winter, the fishing has really been turned upside down.
Payson Little League officials are urging local youth to put up their video games, turn off the TV and try out for baseball.
Athletic directors representing the six East region high schools have finalized the season-ending boys and girls basketball tournament schedules.
It's showtime for the Payson Longhorn wrestling team.
Father-daughter team Tom and Danielle Piazza took first, second and third place in the Butcher Hook Big Bass Tournament for January.
I have some sad news to report this week; I have lost a part of my menagerie of critters.
Residents of Christopher Creek are proud of Leo Zanotto who lives here in Hunter Creek.
John and Fran Hoffman, residents of Payson for the past 21 years, are giving the community a little comfort with a new store called Bedrooms & More.
Liz Wilson, 54, of Payson, died Feb. 5, 2003.
James "Red" Newkirk, 80, of Strawberry, died Feb. 5, 2003.
William "Lee" DeLeone, 56, died Jan. 16, 2003 in Prescott.
Q: Here we are again at the time of the year when the best movies are released and Payson is showing none of them. Where is "Adaptation," "The Hours," "Chicago"? Out of six movie screens, couldn't we dedicate at least two to movies adults love and quit catering to 16-year-olds?
According to Mayor Ken Murphy, the newspaper and the media are the cause of his problems. That is incredible.
In her very intemperate (guest comment) in the Feb. 4 issue of the Roundup, Shirley Snyder charges that the people of Payson are "effectively giving the council carte blanche to do whatever they please and wield unprecedented power over the running of this town."
What happened to our priorities? We face shutting down our senior center for lack of funds, yet Mr. Bob Ware and his chamber of commerce gang ask for $75,000 of taxpayers' money to advertise the Rim country.
Bark beetles are apparently still attacking trees during our warm weather. On a large lot on the west side of Tyler Parkway, I have watched one brown tree become many in the last two months. Can the town of Payson notify the owners that they have infested trees on their property?
This is in response to last Friday's letter insinuating that certain elected town officials are a mouthpiece for People for Payson.
I am all for an open campus. Schools are to teach young people responsibility and you can't do this with a closed campus. There will be a few who will abuse the privilege, but the majority should not be punished for the few.
Why is the Forest Service pushing the exemption of the Rodeo-Chediski salvage sale from environmental law? They claim it prevents the forest from re-igniting. In reality, once a forest burns, it is about as fireproof as it can get.
As the budget crisis in the state unfolds, AARP continues to monitor how proposed cuts in funding levels impact seniors.
When Secretary of State Colin Powell made his presentation to the U.N. Security Council, news media from around the world covered the event. But the people of Iraq were not allowed the privilege to see or hear what transpired.
Garden catalogs are full of pictures of wonderful plants that lure the gardener into visual fantasies of this year's growing season. Determining if a plant will be suitable for a Rim country garden depends on information the gardener needs to decipher before placing the order.
Fresh from a Florida vacation, East Verde Estates residents Irene and Virgil Orth settled down Saturday morning to watch the shuttle Columbia return to earth on television.
The Payson Humane Society's annual aluminum can drive -- the shelter's primary source of income -- is under way.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the program that gives adults the privilege of changing the life of a child forever, is holding a Sock Hop and Open House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rim Country Mall.
Rim country resident Michael Meidroth was at work in his Payson home office Saturday morning when his wife's mother called to tell them the space shuttle Columbia had crashed.
The Jan. 10 issue of the Roundup featured an article on a disabled Payson child and his family's struggle to maintain adequate care for their son, following a decision by AHCCCS to take away 30 hours of care each week by their certified nursing assistant.
Another round of contract negotiations between the Houston Mesa and Beaver Valley fire boards yielded an agreement with the help of County Manager John Nelson, acting as mediator.
Keven Deon Kuhlman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the October 2001 murder of Susan Birchak.
Tuesday, February 4
IN THE KITCHEN
Did you know at one time the concept of casserole cooking was a novelty?
There were too few women to match up with the many men on the Rim country frontier. When cowboys and prospectors did get married, it usually was because they wooed a teacher or sent for a mail order bride.
Sending your child to another country can be a scary proposition. Sending one into a country about to wage war to stay with strangers you have never met in a town you have never seen takes a leap of faith -- faith that by sharing your children with another family, you will take a small step toward world peace.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It's hard to find much humor in the water situation in the Rim country. Droughts just aren't very funny.
Monday, February 3
Congratulations to the town council: You really put one over on us last Thursday night.
To the person/persons who took/stole the bicycle from in front of the Goodwill Store in Payson on Jan. 30:
As a regular reader of your publication, I am dismayed that an article regarding Beaver Valley's fire chief's medicinal use of marijuana seemed to warrant bigger headlines than some of the methamphetamine rings that have been dismantled in our town. Also, it is quite coincidental that the article runs at the same time as an article regarding Beaver Valley's attempt to work toward being a mutual aid fire district.
Q: Is there or isn't there a leash law? I've seen a large number of people walking their dogs without leashes lately.
The total was down slightly from the previous year, but officials from the Payson Unified School District are pleased with the final tally for the 2002 Credit for Kids campaign.
Max Charles Richards, of Young, died Feb. 1, 2003.
Douglas B. Sheridan, 85, of Tonopah, Ariz., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 in Phoenix.
Brett and Kamae Carnes announce the birth of their third child, Kylee Mae Carnes.
There were a few raised eyebrows among skeptics last year when the old cowboy bar at Kohl's Ranch was torn down to make room for a two-unit residential time share on the site.
Payson police, assisted by the Gila County Sheriff's Office, made two arrests in Star Valley Friday.
Those who frequent Payson's music scene are probably familiar with the sights and sounds of Jimi Harris.
Jinx Pyle is the genuine article -- a real cowboy -- and the point was driven home to him after his family had sold their ranch in the Rim country and bought one in Oregon.
Belle Russell had married Walter Lovelady at Globe in 1919, and come with him to live on Webber Creek.
FOCUS ON PETS
Most dogs and cats spend far too much time alone with the family off at work or school. It is important to spend some quality time with our pets when we are home.
The East's regular season championship banner will be hoisted by the state second-ranked Longhorn wrestling team when the region tournament kicks off Feb. 8 in Show Low.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Longhorns basketball team is racing toward the regional tournament clutching a 7-1 record (15-6 overall).
A pair of season-ending victories -- today (Tuesday) at Blue Ridge and Feb. 7 in Wilson Dome vs. Show Low --ill send the Lady Longhorns (5-3 in the East) into the regional tournament with a highly advantageous No. 2 seed.
An Arizona Interscholastic Association proposal that would severely put crimps in how high school coaches conduct their off-season programs could soon become reality.
Gazing into a crystal ball, it's not at all difficult to envision Longhorn teams reaching the state tournament's final four to be played in America West Arena.
Six thousand gallons of spilled gasoline creates an explosive situation for Mark Fisk and his hazardous materials emergency response team. Fisk is the project manager for MP Environmental Services, the Phoenix-based company hired to clean up the toxic fuel spill on the Beeline Highway south of Payson.
The top priority of Payson's Fire Department is getting more dispatchers at the police department.
Voting 6-1, the Payson Town Council has obligated sales tax revenues to pay a $1.5 million, 15-year bond for a new maintenance building and hangars.
The mediation session between Rim Country Middle School Principal Frank Larby and his teachers, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3, was cancelled Friday.
Following the Roundup's story on the timber cutters stranded at the Payson campground by Dobson Logging's false promises of work, citizens and businesses around Rim country came to their aid.
Every issue of the Roundup has a special little feature on the front page paying tribute to the Good Guys of Payson and the Rim country.