Thursday, July 31
Three young women took home six winning buckles at the conclusion of the first town-sponsored pole bending and barrel racing buckle series.
Ken Murphy and Manzanita Manor have parted company -- again.
Part 2 of 4
Voters will soon decide the fate of three bond initiatives -- public works, public safety and parks and recreation -- in September's special election.
Q: The Roundup story on the county budget said property taxes are not going up. But they are going up -- they're just going up through the back door with increases in valuation. My property taxes are going up $125 a year because of increased valuation. Why don't you expose the lie?
Bill and Jean Chappell, of Payson, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Richard and Marilyn Ippolito celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 25, at a party at the Sunspree Resort in Scottsdale, hosted by their nine children.
Tonto Village is gearing up for its big Labor Day celebration.
Internet surfers will soon be blazing through the World Wide Web at lightning speeds, if efforts are successful to bring broadband service to the Rim country.
Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship just completed another week of Vacation Bible School. The programs have been so popular that the children return every year and bring siblings and friends along with them, increasing the attendance every year.
Voters will soon decide the fate of the three bond initiatives on the ballot. We feel each of the capital improvement projects for public works, public safety and parks and recreation will have immense benefits for our town at a minimal cost to residents.
Will the voters be ignored again?
Payson area residents may be rummaging underneath sofa cushions and turning their pockets inside out to stay warm this winter.
Your recent editorial regarding the upcoming bond referendum and the council's inaction regarding the water situation in Payson "hit the nail on the head." It just did not hit it hard enough.
Beware the MVD.
The first day of school was almost flawless, according to school district officials, with only minor problems reported.
All closures and campfire and smoking restrictions on Tonto National Forest lands within the Payson Ranger District were lifted as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The public's chance to comment on the closing of four Rim country mines and the Ellison Creek land exchange is winding down.
Our Governor, Janet Napolitano, deserves hearty congratulations for her perceptive Forest Health testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Rim Country Middle School Athletic Director Tim Fruth is scouring Payson for a few good football coaches.
This seems to be a quiet week in Pine and Strawberry. The children are back in school and parents are taking a breather, or breathing a sigh of relief.
Recently, the Roundup published a story about a Christian accountability group regularly attended by some public officials.
The number of responses to Amanda Lee Myers' opinions about providing social services to illegal immigrants is a clear indication of how sensitive the issue is, and how deeply people feel about it.
Players representing the Antelope Hills, Prescott Country Club, Beaver Creek, Quailwoood and Payson Women's Golf Associations locked horns Thursday, July 24 at Payson Golf Course.
Battling in the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man scramble formatted tournament, John Pauley and Jim Colceri played their way to first place with a card of 60.5.
It has come to my attention that there is a lot of debate as of late about the illegal immigration problem that this state has.
More than 40 aspiring players turned out Monday afternoon for the week-long Learn in the Longhorn Way preseason football camp.
Arizona State University's annual preseason gridiron stay at scenic Camp Tontozona tips off Aug. 15. The camp is located 17 miles east of Payson near Kohl's Ranch.
I have been a resident of Christopher Creek since 1987 and have served on the board and was a certified EMT with the Fire Department for more than 10 years. I do know a little about how the department is run.
Fall sports players are on the threshold of yet another season. Only this year, something is different.
FOCUS ON PETS
A reader is dismayed with the number of dogs allowed to run loose in Payson and asked that it be addressed in a column. The situation is particularly crucial in Payson where the results are often tragic. Cats too are allowed to be running loose. The life span of both dogs and cats are greatly reduced with this freedom.
The Time Out Shelter for victims of domestic violence is having a one of a kind fashion show and luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Mad Dawg's & Mel's.
Tuesday, July 29
The Payson Senior Center at 514 W. Main St. is going on its 25th year of existence, serving the needs of the adult community in Payson.
Slow-pitch softball, bowling and golf are the sports of choice for many active Rim country seniors.
Good health and exercise are not particularly relished subjects among the populace, old and young alike.
The Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out) is looking for new members.
There is a considerable amount of myth surrounding Rural Teams of Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care.
In April, the Payson Regional Senior Circle Association celebrated its fourth anniversary of promoting health and wellness among Payson's mature population.
In this special edition of the Rim Review, we bring you our Senior Review -- guide designed specifically for the Rim country's senior population.
Monday, July 28
Q: I have a question about Sawmill Theaters. I was always under the impression -- from reading the advertisement in the newspaper --hat the theater was only open on Friday and Saturday. Two days ago, I heard from a friend that it is open seven days a week. Can you get to the bottom of this?
The federal government is one-half trillion dollars in debt. Our state is looking at a billion dollar deficit. Gila County is short of money because of lost copper mining. Payson has a decline in sales tax revenue. The stock market has broke many residents. There is an increase of low-income residents coming to Payson.
I am writing to encourage Amanda Lee Myers. Hooray for you. I want all of my neighbors to have groceries and health care. I cannot tell by the color of their skin or by their language if they are "legal" or "illegal" and I don't care. I hate those terms. They are my neighbors.
In response to the article about the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Board: I was the fire chief there for five years from 1995 until 2000.
I read (the editorial) regarding SRP (July 22 Roundup). It was very good as far as it went. Almost 100 percent of elected officials and public employees will not publicly advocate breaking "laws." However, the water laws that SRP uses to steal our water have nothing to do with ethics or morality.
Coach, players happy to have made it to state tournament
The highest hopes of the Payson Little League Majors All-Star Team were dashed Saturday when it barely missed qualifying for the final four.
The men and women of Payson's Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church have been very successful in "growing" their church since they started meeting in member homes in 1985.
There heeere ... School days are back. Or should that be school daze? Are you and your students ready?
A plumber looking for a place to run pipes under Julia Randall Elementary School recently stumbled upon human skeletal remains.
You could be excused for thinking that Deer Creek Village resident Lanae Laurias lives in a fantasy world.
Millions of men in and out of uniform felt a connection to Bob Hope unlike that with any other performer of his time.
Riders will round the final turn Wednesday night in a tight race that has spanned nearly two months.
Police are searching for the suspect in a random stabbing that took place Friday night just outside the Buffalo Bar and Grill on South Beeline Highway.
This week we continue to look at the history of Sunflower Valley.
A car fire left one Payson resident stumped and a little heartbroken Monday morning.
Monsoon rains may have cooled the Rim country, but the recall drive against the Christopher Kohl's Fire Board is heating up.
Payson Community Kids' annual back-to-school clothing and supplies drive is under way.
Teeing off and teasing each other are golfers Brandon Kelley's and Billy Bob Hoyt's favorite sports.
Evelyn Fitzgerald Waldrip, 89, of Young, Arizona, died July 23, 2003.
The 3.1-mile Monsoon 5K begins at 9 a.m, this Saturday at Green Valley Park. Registration takes place prior to the race, or you can pre-register at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Pre-registration ends this Friday, Aug. 1; however, entrants can sign up the day of the race for $20. All pre-registered racers receive a free souvenir T-shirt.
Mae Foutz Peterson, 85 of Mesa, and a native Arizonan, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003.
Warren E. (Jack) Meadows, 79, of Payson, Ariz., died in Payson on July 25, 2003.
Lorena Janet Boyd Beecroft, 91, of Payson, Ariz., died July 24, 2003.
Thursday, July 24
FISH & TIPS
A trip to the lake in July can offer a plethora of changing fishing conditions. If you adapt your fishing strategy to fit each condition, you can catch fish no matter what the weather is doing. This was my experience on a recent trip to Roosevelt.
Football coaches at Payson High School are stressing the importance of prospective players turning out for the first day of practice when they begin Monday evening.
The Northern Gila County Sanitary District will be conducting "smoke-testing" of the sewer system in various locations around town during the next few weeks.
Roy and Valerie Hunt of Mesa, and Patrice B. Trimble of Payson, and Dr. Dale Trimble of Holbrook, announce the engagement of Jessica Hunt of Mesa, and Cassidy Trimble of Gilbert.
Heather Nicole Renee Schneider, daughter of Ken and Renee Schneider of Payson, will marry Ryan Alan Hilgendorf, son of Tim and Sondi Hilgendorf, also of Payson, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Payson First Church of the Nazarene.
John S. Tobino, 94, of Payson, died July 21, 2003.
Jefferson "Jack" Z. Rogers, 88, a prominent Gila County cattle rancher, died July 19, 2003 in Phoenix.
"The room spins out of control every time I lay down or get up," was the complaint of a recent patient at Payson Physical Therapy.
Next Saturday, folks will have a chance to own a new home in the exclusive Chaparral Pines subdivision.
The name of the Pine shop operated by Becky and Gary Judnason is officially "Ghostown Knives" and while knives are the best things in the shop, they are far from the only thing.
The Christopher/Kohl's Fire Cadets had their car wash this Saturday and Sunday and although we did get a lot of rain this weekend the residents showed their support.
As I looked out my living room window this past Tuesday at about 6 a.m., I was startled to see a gigantic and majestic bull elk with about 12 points looking almost straight at me!
Q: What's going on with Payson Community Kids? I haven't seen any stories about them lately.
I'm still not sure why some people in Rim country still cannot honestly deal with the circumstance that the root problem most people have with the illegal alien problem is that it's "illegal."
Re: White Mountain Tribe/ Valinda Jo Elliott (July 8, Roundup)
I do not wish to comment on most of the statements of Mr. Greg Bounds in his interview in the July 22, 2003 edition of the Payson Roundup. I don't believe that this is the proper forum. I do feel I must clarify two points he made.
Mr. Ted Bollier at 412 W. Blackberry Lane in Whispering Pines, and his granddaughter, Lannie Elliott, 12), Payson, have won several blue ribbons at the Gila County Fair for their gardening efforts without any municipal water being used for irrigation.
Next week -- July 31 -- the new school year starts for Rim country young people.
After winning two consecutive state tournament games, the Payson Little League Major Division all-star team met its match Tuesday evening at Gilbert Crossroads Park.
The Shelby School has much to look forward to in its fourth year as a public charter school.
Star Valley Middle School is a vibrant place. At this stage, students have the ability to make impressive academic progress while learning what it means to contribute to the life of the school.
Tonto Basin School has always had combined classrooms, where two or more grade levels shared a common classroom and teacher. The big change this year is the realignment of grade levels to aid in the achievement of the benchmark goals set forth in the Arizona State Standards.
Pine Strawberry staff is excited about the beginning of another school year and have been working all summer in readiness for the new year.
Payson Community Christian School (PCCS) is an established school of 16 years and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.
Payson Head Start is looking forward to beginning the school year of 2003-2004. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for lower income families and children with disabilities.
Gila Community College is set to begin its second year of operation. After a major reorganization during 2002, a number of new and exciting innovations and procedures are about to take place.
Students can look forward to another busy school year at Payson High School. We're anticipating an enrollment of 930 students.
Payson Center for Success High School, Payson Unified School District's only charter school, will begin its eighth year of operation July 31.
Achievement. Character. Community. These three words sum up the areas of emphasis for Rim Country Middle School in the coming school year.
At Payson Elementary, we always celebrate past successes while planning for the future. Here are just a few:
We are excited to start the new school year with "Back To School Night," from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. We hope that all our parents and students will come and meet their teachers and find out what is happening in their classroom this year.
Even though there is still a week to go before school begins, our teachers have been very busy preparing for our students' return. Due to last year's success with the Accelerated Math program, we began our school year with training for teachers in grades third through fifth.
On the eve of the 2003-04 school year, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Herb Weissenfels provided these updates and highlights:
One of 21 lightning fires ignited in the Payson Ranger District Tuesday almost got away from firefighters.
A site in the extreme northwest corner of Strawberry is the best place to drill a test well that could tap into a new source of water for the thirsty Pine-Strawberry area.
With purse strings in knots last year, the Gila County Board of Supervisors adopted a $57.3 million budget.
Part 1 of 4
When Payson residents receive their mail-in ballot for the Sept. 9 special election, they will have four issues before them, three capital improvement bond issues and approval of the town's general plan.
Rim country senior track and field stalwart Tom Cooka ran and threw his way to three gold medals and a silver at the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games July 17 to 20 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
One of the shortest swim seasons in the 20-year history of Taylor Pool will begin to wind down next week.
Local hunting guide Brian Marshall will be among four seminar presenters at the inaugural Hunting Camp to be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Don's Sport Shop, 7803 E. McDowell Road in Scottsdale.
Amanda Lee Myers says she felt a responsibility to respond with accuracy to the barrage of opposition to her July 11 opinion. I would like to know what is "accurate" about her response?
The Pine Strawberry Improvement Association (PSIA) has ceased to operate as of June 26, 2003.
Christine Catherine McBride-Freel, 89, of Payson, died July 23, 2003.
Tuesday, July 22
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
This edition of Jim's Book Club I approach with some trepidation. I do so for a couple of reasons, most notably that the book, "Brag: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It" by Peggy Klaus (Warner Business Books, $24.95), is geared primarily to the corporate world. Not only is that not our world, but a good many of us here in the Rim country came to escape the games people play in that world.
While you are driving along the Rim Road (Forest Road 300) this summer, you might like to think about the different ways local folks can tell the same story.
The shape of a head stock, the shimmering colors in fret markers and the sounds produced by a pickup humbucker are not among the first images that come to mind when contemplating beauty.
IN THE KITCHEN
While the on-going drought has resulted in fairly slim pickings from area gardens, there are still good deals to be found in the produce aisles at the grocery stores and at the fruit and vegetable stand across from Mazatzal Casino.
Monday, July 21
John Paul Foster, 83, of Phoenix and Strawberry, died July 15, 2003 in Sun City.
A group of residents in the Christopher-Kohls Fire District is campaigning to recall the district's three board members.
FOCUS ON PETS
There are 45 cats and 15 dogs for every one person born. Only one out of every 10 dogs ever finds a permanent home. Only one out of every 12 cats finds a permanent home. Seven million dogs and cats are destroyed each year in the United States because there are not enough homes. (These statistics are taken from Petco Foundation, which provides funding for spay and neuter surgeries).
It must be a sign of the times --robably due in part to the well documented problems created by some Little League parents and fans.
Janice Burns and Laura Meyocks hooked up to win top honors in the Payson Women's Golf Association "Blind Partners" tournament July 15 at Payson Golf Course.
Marvin Nitso, 70, died at his home in Tonto Basin July 18, 2003.
It's not historic, but it is history in the making.
Janet Mathis grew up in a family where creativity flourished. Her mother is an oil painter, her father makes furniture as a hobby, and she has two sisters who are also artists.
As the Indian War in the Rim country developed, the Army planned access to the Tonto Apache heartland by building a road over the Mazatzal Mountains from Fort McDowell.
Payson Town Clerk Silvia Smith is well on her way to being a master of her profession.
Tammy Lynn Marie Hebert, 35, of Payson, died July 20, 2003 in Phoenix.
The only thing hotter than Payson Little League pitcher Ridge Halenar was the searing desert heat that reached 100-plus degrees by 10 a.m. Saturday.
With two events remaining in the inaugural buckle series of barrel racing and pole bending, equestrians are locked in a nip-and-tuck battle for top honors.
Hazel Gaffney Mitchell, 79, died July 15, 2003.
Geraldine McGillycuddy, 74, of Payson, died July 14, 2003.
Payson played host to officials from all over the state at a meeting of the state transportation board. Since the board convened in Payson, it was an opportunity for town and county officials as well as members of the public to lobby for high-dollar transportation projects.
Tammy Hebert, the 35-year-old pregnant Round Valley resident who fell headfirst off her horse June 27, died Sunday morning.
Many Rim country residents know of Richard Falkenberg and his llamas.
A Tempe man jumped to his death from a bridge on Highway 87 last week.
At long last there was good news about the water situation in Pine and Strawberry.
When Rim country fans last enjoyed an APS Power Play tour, monsoon downpours sent people running for cover. The rain, however, didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those who visited the event last summer at Green Valley Park. On hand for autographs at that tour were Phoenix Coyotes players Drake Berehowsky and Brian Savage.
After months of relentlessly dry heat, the parched Rim country may finally be seeing the start of the monsoon season.
Dorothy Lucille Ewin, 91, of Scottsdale, died July 20, 2003.
Eugene (Weiner) Lester Baker, 78, died July 17, 2003 at his home in Payson.
Q: I was wondering why last year the Fourth of July fireworks were canceled because it was so dry, but this year we still have no rain and we had the fireworks? What's the difference? Is this just a gimmick to get the Valley people up here to spend their money?
Shortly, Payson voters will be receiving a mail ballot to vote on a major capital improvement project for the town. I had the privilege of serving on the committee that developed the plan to present to the voters.
I moved from Payson to Cottonwood for two-and-a-half years and enjoyed the streets there, as they devote so much to their streets -- even to the outlying areas.
Thank you for Mr. Keyworth's recent article which addressed in part the disturbingly large class sizes in our school district, particularly in the sixth grade.
In the "What's Up?" column of the July 11 issue of the Roundup, a reader asked the question of why such a large number of semis was appearing in front of the Best Western Payson Inn. And, Corky Barker, the manager of the BW Payson Inn, provided a precise, excellent answer. Kudos to Corky.
Re: Starbucks -- Those business owners accusing people of preferring chains to Mom & Pop operations are wrong.
I read the letters to the editor regarding "Illegal immigrants deserve services." It made me feel ashamed to live in Payson, and to be in any way associated with people that have so much hatred against the illegal immigrants.
Re: Illegal Immigrants Deserve Services (Payson Roundup, July 18) -- Ms. Myers' guest comments on the illegal "alien" initiative are both insulting and naive.
Thursday, July 17
A recent study by three researchers at Arizona State University found that senior centers play a vital role in the health and happiness of senior citizens.
As the first Rim country baseball team to qualify for the Arizona State Little League Tournament, the Payson Major Division (11-12-years-old) All-Stars have etched their names in the record books.
Source of water may be hiding under Rim
There's a mother lode of water in Pine and Strawberry, according to a new hydrogeologic study --ore than enough to serve the twin communities well into the future.
All the teachers who were told last March that their positions were being eliminated have been offered employment by the Payson Unified School District.
A lawsuit attempting to quash forest thinning was thwarted recently when a federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service's plans to salvage millions of trees destroyed in last summer's Rodeo-Chediski fire.
The lack of moisture in monsoon storms is wreaking havoc on the Kinishba Fire, which has now consumed 20,128 acres on the Fort Apache Reservation.
Thomas Lee Cain, 65, of Payson, died July 14, 2003.
Charles Evertt Price, 43, died July 12, 2003.
July is the month gardeners look to the skies for relief from the dry heat of June. Even though the Rim country can suffer the hottest temperatures of the year in July, there is also relief in the form of monsoon rains.
My husband, Bill, and I, and our fishing buddies, Rick and Theresa Meeker, took off for Colorado just before the July 4 holiday weekend. We fished for trout and salmon on the Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, and did some trolling in a pontoon boat.
Last Saturday, I was delighted to be asked to judge a 4-H event in Pine. Children from 8 to 15 presented demonstrations based on their own projects.
When I read the article "Colemon says ‘Don't Laugh at Me,'" it touched my heart.
Joey Klein and Katie Watson were married June 7, 2003 at Mountain Bible Church in Payson.
Newest franchise has Payson business owners questioning future
As yet another big name company prepares to swoop into Payson, many local business owners are questioning if they will stay afloat. Others have no doubt they will.
There will be bluegrass featuring The Back Porch Bandits from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Landmark Restaurant in Christopher Creek.
Coach Jerry Rhoades and his Payson High School football staff will host the "Football the Longhorn Way" clinic for youth, middle school and freshman football coaches from 2 to 5 p.m. July 26 at Rim Country Middle School.
FISH & TIPS
Apache: Fishing is excellent. Westy Worms and Texas rigged plastics are catching lots of bass. Crankbaits are also fooling bass with an occasional walleye mixed in. Catfishing is also very good after dark. Flatheads in the 5-15 pound range have been the most common catch. Live bait and plastic worms fished shallow have been good cat producers.
Payson Men's Golf Association member John Pauley, a retired Tempe High School football coach, put his athletic expertise to good use in a three-way interclub meet July 9 at Beaver Creek.
Season changes are the name of the game at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
Postseason play turned into a case of two-and-out for the Payson Little League Junior Division (13-14-years) All-Star team.
Superb pitching, the home run power of Cody York and a gutsy, never-say-die attitude propelled the Payson Little League Major Division All-Stars to the District 1 championship and a berth in the state tournament.
Q: Has the town or county or both considered seeding the clouds to make it rain? I know it just takes the rain from other areas, but this is an emergency.
In an opinion piece that appeared in the July 11 edition of the Roundup titled "Illegal immigrants deserve services," I expressed my opposition to a new initiative that could be on the state ballot in November of 2004.
It is a little known fact that Mogollon Rim was named by the Lone Ranger and Tonto.
Where's the marquee?
I just read the opinion written by Roundup intern Amanda Myers called "Illegal immigrants deserve services" (July 11, 2003). I am so sick of us giving illegal immigrants constant services when I watch Vietnam vets and the elderly in this country lose their benefits and have so much taken from them. Yet, many legislators and the media continue to support them.
Tuesday, July 15
What goes around comes around. The Forest Service seems to have made an amazing discovery -- goats eat the thick brush of chaparral and reduce the danger of fires reaching the tops of the pine trees.
IN THE KITCHEN
How about trying a few special dishes for your next backyard cookout?
Todd and Tina Myers ---- who both grew up in Toledo, Ohio ---- are the epitome of middle America.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
The word out of Chicago is that trust is taking a beating in America today. According to a University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center poll, pessimism has replaced optimism as the bulwark of the American psyche. In fact, the poll revealed a steady decline in trust over the last four decades.
Monday, July 14
Under first-year coach Jerry Rhoades, the 2003 Payson High School football campaign will kickoff at a preseason camp July 28 and continue each weekday until Aug. 1.
A lightning-caused fire near the area ravaged just a year ago by the Rodeo-Chediski Fire has triggered the evacuation of 5,000 residents of the Fort Apache Reservation.
Payson Unified School District officials estimate that nearly 2,800 students will start back to school Thursday, July 31.
Regarding the (opinion piece) "Illegal Immigrants deserve services" (Roundup, July 11).
Summer fun with the family does not always mean heading for the great outdoors. How about packing up the family and making a visit to Rim Country Lanes for some bowling?
Suzanne Michelle Morris, 27, of Payson, died July 11, 2003.
The proposed initiative, Protect Arizona Now, which is hoped to be on the November 2004 ballot, is long overdue. How long must a state who is in financial jeopardy continue to finance illegal people who do not care to become citizens of our country, or even enter on a legal admittance.
Illegal aliens and mass immigration have destroyed California.
A Payson man was sent to the Maricopa County Medical Center burn unit after his living room was destroyed by fire last week.
Grace and George Mootsey have proof that living in the Rim country means encountering uninvited guests.
They haven't actually hung decorations, but pet food supplies are running so low that the Payson Humane Society has launched a Christmas in July food drive to re-stock their shelves.
We expect too much from children.
I take exception with Ms. Myers position as stated in the opinion section of the Roundup (July 11).
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry after reading Amanda Lee Myers' opinion piece, "Illegal immigrants deserve services."
The completely absurd, naive and gullible, such as Ms. Myers, are given a forum to expose their egregious ignorance regarding this nation's immigration debacle.
Jimmy and Billy were playing in Jimmy's back yard. They had a disagreement and began pushing and shoving and yelling at each other. Jimmy's mother heard the argument and went to see what was amiss. Jimmy told her, "He said ..." Billy burst out "But you said ..."
Last Thursday, July 10, at the non-agenda portion of the council meeting, Mayor Ken Murphy introduced Sharon Jackson and myself as "members of his fan club." To set the record straight, neither one of us are members of Mayor Murphy's diminishing fan club. Also, to set the record straight, I want to review some of the facts that I stated to Mayor Murphy and the town council at that time.
He said ... She said ... What is this all about?
Q: I've been trying to access the Payson Unified School District website and can't. What's going on?
The operator of a Payson day care center was arrested Saturday for the alleged sexual assault of a developmentally disabled person.
A Payson man was killed in a motorcycle accident this weekend.
Several transportation officials as well as town employees will be in attendance as the state board of transportation holds its monthly meeting in Payson this Friday.
Macky's Grill, a local favorite, is a legend in its own location according to co-owner Cari Day.
One of my neighbors said, "We'd better do a rain dance."
Minors finish Winslow match with 2-2 record
The Payson Little League Minor Division (9-10-years) All-Stars played their way to a 2-2 record and a fourth-place finish in the Area 1 tournament July 7 to 12 in Winslow.
Three Payson teenagers wrestled their way to All-American honors at the National High School Coaches Association National Championship tournament June 28 to July 3 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Veteran golfer Marge Landra, who last week turned in a fourth-place finish in the prestigious President's Cup, continues to heat up play on the Payson Women's Golf Association tour.
Armed with a new signal caller and all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith, the Arizona Cardinals report July 25 to Flagstaff where the team will hold its 16th annual preseason training camp.
Judith Muhl Drury, 63, died July 3, 2003, at her home in Payson.
Henry Kortman, 88, of Phoenix, died July 9, 2003.
Ty and Sharleen Jones announce the birth of their daughter Savanna Uilani Jones.
Thursday, July 10
The council chambers resembled a courtroom Thursday as attorneys duked it out on the definition, semantics and nuances of the town's Unified Development Code and what owners can and cannot do on commercial property.
The July 5 Independence Day celebration at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School was a wonderful success.
Officers from local law enforcement agencies were dispatched to what was believed to be a hostage situation on Apache Drive in Mesa del Caballo Wednesday afternoon.
Q: On the front page of last Tuesday's Roundup, a chart showed the salary ranges of various town employees. I'm wondering why teachers aren't on there? I would guess they're somewhere around street mechanic.
Linko Fukunaga, 80, of Payson, died July 5, 2003 in St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix.
Public comment requests and a last-minute addition to the agenda made for an overflowing council chambers at Thursday night's meeting of the town council.
A new Gila County-approved program provides local residents with tax deductions for dead or dying ponderosa pines that can be turned into lumber products.
The highlight of the Rim country sports scene the past week has been the presence of Arizona Diamondbacks.
Rim country resident Tom Cooka, 73, will be among the local athletes scheduled to compete in the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games July 17 and 20 in Flagstaff.
Rim country soccer fans have the chance tomorrow (Saturday) to cheer the Payson Hot Shots in action on the team's home field.
Payson High School softball coach Will Dunman will hook up with Mesa Community College coach DeWight Byron to host the Play Ball Girls Fast-pitch camp.
If there's such a thing as a bonding event to anchor a newcomer to his community, the Green Valley Park July 4th fireworks display was it for me.
Density and the current drought conditions have caused the forest to be inundated by the horrible bark beetle. Christopher Jones, an extension agent for Arizona, says that the bark beetle epidemic is going to run its course.
A new initiative drive for a proposed state law that would stop illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits is dividing Arizonans.
Una iniciativa nueva para una ley estatal propuesta que prohibir-a inmigrantes ilegales de recibir beneficios públicos, está dividiendo oficiales y ciudadanos de Arizona.
I have come to the conclusion that if the Payson Roundup did not have our mayor to write about, they would not have anything to write about.
The Yavapai College Soccer Camp will return to Payson July 21 for a four-day camp.
What a great letter by T. J. Smith on the Annie Friesen murder.
I am opposed to the three proposed Payson bond issues.
Vote yes for streets, safety, parks.
Summer is great, but the heat can be a little staggering, so finding a nice, cool place to while away the hottest part of the day is a real treat.
As Deborah Coleman and her 14-year-old son Jonothan waited to be seated in a local Payson restaurant, children ran around them, laughing loudly and lightheartedly.
FISH & TIPS
With so many mixed reports coming from Roosevelt, it's hard to know what kind of bass fishing to expect on your next trip.
Tuesday, July 8
One would assume jockeying for the top spot in the first ever barrel and pole bending buckle series in Payson would be a cutthroat battle to the finish line.
While making new explorations in the Rim country, one is often taken by surprise to find another hidden pocket of beauty. I remember gasping with awe the first time I stood on the mesa overlooking the junction of Pine Creek with the East Verde River, about 10 miles west of Payson.
Dogs can't be trusted.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
If Oprah can drop and then revive her book club so can I, and in this episode of Jim's New Improved Book Club we discuss "The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love and Family" by Jon Katz (Villard, $19.95).
Monday, July 7
"Terry gets first dibs."
Annie Laura Friesen, 73, died June 30, 2003 in Beaver Valley.
Watching the news reports of the Picture Fire in the Sierra Ancha, my attention was suddenly focused on the evacuation of the Spring Creek ranch.
Nearly 100 people turned out Sunday afternoon to honor Annie Friesen, who died last week at her home in Beaver Valley.
The Payson Police Department is working to build its reserve corps.
Mayor Ken Murphy has two court dates scheduled this summer, according to Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.
Round Valley resident Tammy Trella is in a coma after falling off her horse on Outlaw Trail behind Payson's Sonic Drive-In June 27.
In a modern day version of the water feuds once common in the wild West, longtime Tonto Basin rancher Clarence "Fred" Conway shot at a firefighting helicopter as it sucked water from his stock pond to battle the nearby Picture Fire.
Michelle Elizabeth Finlay, 29, of Apache Junction, died July 5, 2003 in Mesa.
Q: I heard that skylights are the Achilles heel of many homes in the path of wildfires. Is that true and if so is there anything that can be done short of taking them out?
In Thursday's Arizona Republic (July 3) there was a cartoon on the comics page. "That's Life" depicted a woman watching TV and calling to her husband, who had his head in the refrigerator, "Honey, come quick - Somebody else is about to get kicked off something."
After reading a number of letters to the editor written by well-meaning folks regarding public officials participation in a spiritually-based accountability group it seemed that there was a lack of understanding so I have written the following letter to the editor to promote compassion and tolerance.
It was paradoxical -- one major Roundup article about the preparations being made by the town of Payson to evacuate because of potential for devastating wildfires; the other being a map of a flawed forest closure which could easily cause this devastation.
I noticed that the issue of forest health reared its ugly head again in the Friday, July 4 edition.
I have known Ken Murphy and Julie Foster for several years. I know Ken to be fun, caring, loving father, good Rotarian, senior army officer, and hardworking. He is dedicated to serving this community.
Originally from NYC, I thought I would spend the twilight of my life in a smaller, wholesome, community.
I would also like to clear up a couple of facts about the Payson Community Christian School.
In response to Right School, Wrong Place, this sums up the attitude of many. We want to show support for programs to better our community as long as it is not in our own back yard. As long as we are not inconvenienced in anyway then we will agree with the process and even claim some of the glory of the results.
The list of Gila County's most wanted is three shorted since its June 20 publication.
The man who killed Annie Friesen, 73, of Beaver Valley, and was then killed by her husband, Ray, has been identified as Mitchel D. Bell, 46, a transient.
FOCUS ON PETS
Fireworks, thunder and other loud noises can be very upsetting to dogs.
Chris Harold has been in Payson most of his life. He graduated from Payson High School in 1994.
On Sunday, 18-year-old Matthew Lovett was arrested along with two other teen-agers who allegedly plotted to kill three teens and then go on a random killing spree.
As the town's budget nears preliminary approval by the council, it appears that town employees will get their 3-percent merit raise, but for the third year in a row, no market raise.
The fact that Valinda Jo Elliott may yet be held accountable is good news for Tim Grier and others whose lives were forever impacted when the Rodeo-Chediski Fire roared through their world a year ago.
Youngsters struggle in a tug-of-war match Friday afternoon as part of the town's Fourth of July celebration, which included family games, live music, and fireworks.
Athens Thompson Price, 96, a six-year resident of the Payson area, died July 3, 2003.
H. Robert Renning, 85, of Payson, died June 27, 2003.
Doris Emily Woodbridge, 83, of Payson, died July 2, 2003.
Fueled by the scoring of Efren Arguello and heady play from the entire lineup, Payson played its way to a second place finish in the Independence Day Men's 35-years-and-over Soccer Tournament.
Do you believe in deja vu?
The largest turnout in a decade showed up July 5 and 6 at Rumsey Park to participate in the ASA Firecracker Slow Pitch Softball Tournament.
Gerry Quisenberry swung her way to the championship of one of the most prestigious tournaments on Payson Women's Golf Association summer agenda.
The Payson Youth Football Association will host a final player and cheerleader registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 12 at Payson Putt and Play located on Highway 260.
Thursday, July 3
A recent article in The Arizona Republic blamed our devastating bark beetle attack on the drought. This, no doubt, did contribute, but it is not the primary reason for the epidemic.
There's been a last-minute change in tomorrow's (Saturday) Independence Day Men's 35-years-and-over Soccer Tournament schedule.
FISH & TIPS
Fishing for bass at Roosevelt has finally started to heat up. After experiencing an unusually slow spring and early summer, anglers are starting to get excited about fishing again.
Red-hot action in the Payson Men's Golf Association's first major tournament of the season wrapped up with Don Nicholas and Tom Mallett staking claim to the overall two-day championship.
Laura Meyocks out-dueled runner-up Shirley McLean for A flight first-place honors in the Payson Women's Golf Association weekly tournament showdown.
Payson High School's realignment next school year from the 3A East to the 4A Grand Canyon Region will result in numerous changes for prep athletes, coaches, fans and parents.
Lots of activity here in Pine and Strawberry this 4th of July weekend.
July will probably turn out to be the one of the busiest months of the year for Tonto Village and the surrounding community.
Want tax deductions for your dead pine tree?
Groundbreaking recently took place for a new fine art gallery in Pine.
Q: What happened to all the Canada geese that used to remain here during the migration of the rest of the ducks and geese? Did somebody eradicate them because some of our illustrious citizens couldn't get along with the wildlife once they got here?
There were no annual forest conflagrations before the days of the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity and other such groups that cry ‘Wolf!' at the loggers and other responsible resource providers. Why is that, do you think?
Concerning an article written by Publisher Mr. Richard Haddad, on front page June 27, 2003, about introducing algae-eating carp in the Green Valley Lakes -- I hope that the folks responsible for keeping the lakes clean will do some research and find a better way to control the algae than bringing in carp.
Regarding the tragic home invasion and murder of Annie Friesen, I find myself asking this question:
We would greatly appreciate if you could publish the following in your paper. The loss of Ann Friesen, the tragic way it happened, was devastating to all Beaver Valley residents. -- Thank you.
One of the best parts of volunteering at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is that Foster Vincent gets to do something he truly enjoys -- gardening.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved last week the placement of a 30,000 gallon propane tank adjacent to the Payson Airport.
The Rim country outback is being pulled into the space age.
Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Two senior citizens were arrested Sunday in the most serious road rage incident the Payson area has ever seen, according to Gila County Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff.
Visitors to Pine and Strawberry are being asked to bring their own water this holiday weekend.
My mail is being returned to my family, friends, business checks, etc.
Hiking, fishing and camping are not novel activities for Boy Scouts.
Payson is preparing for the worst as the threat of a devastating wildfire continues to loom over the Rim country.
William S. Brummund, 87, died June 19, 2003 in Payson.
Hazel C. Barton, 87, of Payson, died June 30, 2003.
The final report from the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board clears all parties of any wrongdoing in the incident of a failed search warrant attempt.
Firefighters quickly suppressed a fast-moving blaze that police and fire officials say was intentionally started in a discarded mattress.
BedRooms and More, the Furniture Store started life at the end of January as just a mattress store.
When I was a young boy, I was playing with a magnifying glass in a vacant lot next to my home. Using the concentrated power of the sun, I ignited the dry blades of grass and enjoyed watching them burn. I was completely oblivious to any danger I might have been creating.
More forest areas in the Rim country have been closed by Tonto National Forest officials effective Wednesday, July 2.
Tuesday, July 1
Mercy me, the barbecue was going when we came here."
Children cherish the Fourth of July as if it were a Christmas tree surrounded by shiny presents.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It's already the Fourth of July, as another dry summer flies by. The town plans to go ahead with the annual fireworks display, ignoring my alternate idea -- to borrow a page from Sammy Sosa and shoot corks into the air. They may not be as colorful as fireworks, but they sure say "festive" on New Year's Eve.
IN THE KITCHEN
Payson's Green Valley Park is the place to be for the Fourth of July. Family fun and games start at 3 p.m. Friday, July 4, followed by a country and variety concert by the Darkhorse Band at 7 p.m., with fireworks on the lake after 9 p.m.