Monday, June 30
I told Payson long ago about this -- now there is to be at least one water-cop.
For more than four hours in rising Rim country heat, aspiring football players from Tempe, Chandler and Payson exchanged passing league blows.
Meran C. Shannon, 25, of Star Valley, died June 25, 2003.
Ray Hill, 45, of Payson, died June 27, 2003 in Phoenix.
Q: Why doesn't the town put crosswalks across the Beeline in certain places so cars have to stop because you take your life into your own hands when you cross that highway?
We are aware that Payson Area Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its 10th home, and we would like to applaud you with our most heartfelt and sincere congratulations!
J.D. Hayworth, Jon Kyl and their pals in Congress are playing politics with your home, your family, perhaps even your lives.
A group of Payson residents calling themselves Right School, Wrong Place wants the planned Community Christian School moved from its proposed location in their neighborhood to what they deem a more "suitable location."
Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer filed a court order prohibiting harassment by Mayor Ken Murphy.
Over the past three centuries, Payson resident Montana McKean has been living every day as if it were her last.
A small-town teenage baseball team is primed and ready for its sport and cultural adventure to the land of kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles.
Ray Keithley Foster died on June 2, 2003.
Like a moth to a flame, some people just seem to attract trouble.
The Payson summer league basketball team finished as bronze medalists with a 3-1 record in the Matador Invitational Tournament held June 25 and 26 in Mohave.
FOCUS ON PETS
The rolled up newspaper is an effective tool in disciplining a dog.
Due to an increase in popularity and participation, the 2004 edition of the Copper State Jam All Schools basketball tournament will not be held in Payson as it has been since its inception in 1999.
The Payson youth swim team played host to the Cottonwood Clippers June 28 at Taylor Pool.
Clinton Sinanovic, 45, of Glendale, died June 25, 2003 in Tempe.
The Arizona State Guide, published by the WPA Writer's Program and first published in 1940, says, "RYE and the Rye Creek region is a scattered population that formerly constituted an important Gila County election precinct known as "Wild Rye."
Amanda Alexander and Scott Kelley will be married Jan. 11, 2004.
Her name is Ann Campbell, but you can just call her the Dog Lady.
Cutter Brent Holt was born June 10, 2003. He weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and measured 21 inches.
When Kristi Kisler first learned about scrapbooking, she was expecting her first child and had just lost her husband to cancer. Creative Memories -- a home-based business selling albums and supplies for scrapbooking -- was one of the gifts she received at a baby shower.
William S. Scott is off the Gila County Sheriff's "Most Wanted" list.
If the Payson Humane Society's half-price kitten sale didn't tempt you, now you can take one home for free courtesy of Mazatzal Casino.
The town's general plan, a growth framework for the next 10 years, emphasizes infill rather than expansion. This effort at prudent land use has led to some zoning conflicts, one of which has been ongoing for the past year.
Travelers from Phoenix ended an expedition in flames Sunday night.
Two dead in home invasion
Two people in Beaver Valley are dead following a home invasion.
We have had numerous comments about the theatre staff acting as the "Candy Cops" or "Candy Nazi" regarding taking outside candy away from customers inside the movie theatre. We would like to comment on this.
Thursday, June 26
Many have asked me to write a letter to rebut all the recent comments regarding our accountability group of which the mayor is a member.hey have also expressed concern over the repeated negative press coverage provided by the local newspaper. have decided my response could really be wrapped up in one single word: "Thanks!"hanks for helping prove the need for accountability.
The championship of the Rocky Mountain Classic Baseball Tournament June 19 to 23 in Grand Junction, Colo., was garnered by a Flagstaff team that features a trio of former Longhorns on its roster.
First-year head coach Jerry Rhoades will debut his Longhorn football team in passing league play tomorrow (Saturday) on the Payson High School football field.
Former Longhorn football standout Bryce River is on his way to a 13-day trip to Australia. The gridiron trip kicked off Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport where River and his Arizona football teammates boarded Qantas Airlines for the 30-plus hour trip.
Thanks to a day-long joint effort of Arizona Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest Service, the Mogollon Sporting Association and 10 Payson High School wrestlers, a pristine area near Black Canyon Lake has been renovated.
A new hand is navigating the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation into the future.
A 16-year-old female resident of Payson was injured in a single vehicle accident last week.
Ray Hill, 45, a longtime Rim country resident and businessman, died early Friday morning.
This weekend the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance, will have a new home with expanded opportunities for the participants.
The Picture Fire was officially 100-percent contained at 6 p.m. Thursday night and rehabilitation has already begun.
Gila Community College needs money. It also needs bricks, mortar, scholarships, more academic programs and classroom furniture.
A scaly creature that can eat four times its body weight in green slime every day sounds like the subject of a bad horror film. But for town employees responsible for keeping the Green Valley lakes healthy, it would be a welcome guest.
William Llamas, 53, of Colorado Springs, died June 8, 2003.
Last June 27, with the Rodeo-Chediski Fire still raging out of control, about 800 evacuees huddled in the Rim Country Middle School gym were told there was finally reason for "extremely cautious optimism."
Fourteen-year-old Stephanie Miller is always looking for something to do.
Dr. David Olson Lloyd, 80, a longtime resident of Strawberry and Mesa, died June 24, 2003 in Mesa.
Jeffrey Alan Chapman, 48, died June 22, 2003 while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
It's hard to believe that just one year ago, all our thoughts, energy and prayers were focused on the victims of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire burning out of control to the east of us.
Q: I read the letter in the Roundup from the man who lives in Overgaard who couldn't buy grass seed at Wal-Mart because the town of Payson asked them not to stock it anymore. Is that true?
How well do you know your flag? We have recently observed Flag Day, and will soon celebrate Independence Day. How many flags will be posted that are not the true (National) American Flag?
Despite fire restrictions, the town plans to stage a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.
E. P. "Skip" Sawyers, 48, of Payson, died June 14, 2003.
One of the most positive new developments in Rim Country has been the formation of Gila Foundation for Higher Education. Those who have helped to launch this tax-exempt foundation, including Dr. Barbara Ganz (her title at Gila County Community College), Chairman Pat Willis and the sixteen other members of the Foundation board deserve our thanks and our support.
The fashion show at Pine Artisans Gallery sponsored by Take Pride of Pine and Strawberry was a resounding success. More than 100 people enjoyed visiting, munching and buying raffle tickets.
Everyone is concerned about the smoke that we are seeing from the Picture Fire. Let me assure you that we are quite safe.
The town of Payson and Longhorn football club-sponsored youth football camp will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 7 to 10 at the Rumsey Park south field. The camp is open to youngsters entering second through eighth grades. Instructors will include Payson High School coach Jerry Rhoades, his staff and several of the varsity players.
The Tonto Village parade will starts at 1 p.m., July 5, after a delicious barbecue beef, beans and coleslaw dinner by Ethel and Danny Cain of the Double D Restaurant. Serving will start at noon.
The angling team of Rim country resident Brian Marshall and Tim Tanner of Avondale has proven to be a highly successful one.
Tuesday, June 24
IN THE KITCHEN
Salads are good any time, but in the summertime, they just hit a special spot. Two of my favorites are a pseudo Caesar and the garden salad mix they serve at Pizza Hut, using the salad bar's creamy Italian dressing topped with bacon bits and sunflower seeds.
Half a century ago life seemed much less complicated here in the Rim country. At least in retrospect, when today we feel anxious over terrorism, drought, loss of water, the demise of cattle ranching, shrinking government budgets and the like.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
An old friend I had lost touch with from my Valley days just discovered I had moved to Payson. The following exchange of e-mails took place over the course of several days:
Karen Campbell is about as modest as a lead singer in a band can get.
Monday, June 23
Ah! Payson ... listed as third in the world in the Chamber of Commerce brochure for its clean air quality. How could anyone balk at spending our money on a recycling program?
The Payson Town Council voted unanimously to restore funding for the recycling program at its budget meeting last Thursday.
After growing exponentially Friday and Saturday, the Picture Fire was more subdued Sunday and Monday, leading fire officials to predict containment by 6 p.m. Thursday.
Town staff and members of the council met Thursday to examine the preliminary budget numbers and make suggestions to Chief Financial Officer Glenn Smith and Town Manager Fred Carpenter.
It was a far-different forest a century ago, a forest that looked more like a park.
Seth Meeske grew up in the world of the Department of Public Safety, and he did a lot of that growing up in Payson.
It's too bad the phrase "separation of church and state" ever got started.
This evening (Tuesday), Taylor Pool will host the second in a series of six inaugural "Teen Nights" to be held throughout the summer.
Three members of the Payson High School Rodeo Team qualified for the national high school finals last weekend at the state high school rodeo finals in Globe.
Teams from around the state visit the Rim country Independence Day to compete in the Payson July 4th Men's 35-Years-And-Over Soccer Tournament.
An Arizona State University football team that is projected to be a PAC-10 title contender will prep for the season during an eight-day preseason stay at Camp Tontozona.
Aspiring Rim country fast-pitch softball players have had the opportunity to hone their skills under the tutelage of the United States Olympic coach.
A teenager who once starred for the Payson Pikes swim team as a 4-year-old has taken over as head coach.
FOCUS ON PETS
If you are heading out on a cross-country car trip this summer, why not take the dog? Most dogs love to travel and all dogs love to be with the family, no matter where it goes. With a few extra preparations, traveling with the dog is a great experience.
Raymond G. Rigney, 83, of Payson, died June 21, 2003.
Rick Lupe died June 19, 2003 after being hospitalized for five weeks in the Maricopa County Medical Center Burn Unit.
Clifford Walter Kimball, 79, of Payson, died June 23, 2003.
Clarence Luther Fought, 75, of Payson, died June 22, 2003.
Oscar L. "Red" Blackman, 79, died June 21, 2003, at his home in Tonto Basin, where he was a resident for nine years.
Q: On the northwest corner of Oak and Main Street, I recently saw a person spreading top soil. Apparently he's going to plant a lawn. It's an older house that looks like it's been fixed up some under the Main Street project. What's going on? Is this going to be paid for by the taxpayers and what about the water shortage? Does Buzz Walker know about this?
Driving into Heber tonight the town was filled with smoke. My stomach turned as the memories of last summer came to my mind.
Tragic misinformation concerning my husband Bob Brill has been relayed throughout Payson, and I want to let our friends know that Bob is alive.
Regarding Ricki Aiken's letter to the editor, I did not say "there were no decent servers in the Rim country." I did say there was a severe lack of good servers in Payson.
As a resident of Overgaard, I am eternally grateful for the shelter provided by your city during the dark days of Rodeo/Chediski and as many here are unforgiving of Show Low and the decision to let Overgaard burn while not even a chicken coop had fallen by fire in Show Low. That is why Jane Hull was not warmly received on her visit to Payson fire victim shelter due to the suspicion that her family's interests and home took priority.
With financial assistance from the town of Payson, help from Gila County and an expanding board of directors, the future looks brighter for the Payson Senior Center.
Representatives of the Payson Pines subdivision will make their case before the council for a zoning change during Thursday's meeting of the town council.
When 17 cats and kittens were brought to the Payson Humane Society on a recent Saturday, shelter employees decided it was time to take action.
In response to the article regarding the private accountability meetings being held by town councilmen, I would like to question the ‘naysayers' that have problems with their meetings.
Regarding "The Accountability Group":
Thank you for providing another opportunity for Payson area residents to learn more about some of the basics of the Christian faith through the article entitled "Group seeks to remind leaders of Christian values."
During last Thursday's budget meeting, Mayor Ken Murphy and Councilman Robert Henley asserted that funding for the street department is woefully inadequate.
Anyone coming to the Rim country from the south must come through Rye, a settlement today marked by highway advertisements, a perpetual yard sale, the world's largest assemblage of bicycles, and a steak house. But there is more to Rye than meets the eye.
Jeffrey Alan Chapman, 48, died June 22, 2003 while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
Thursday, June 19
"There's nothing for teenagers to do in Payson."
Longtime Rim country resident and businessman Ray Hill remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Scottsdale Healthcare hospital.
Thank you, Mr. Spud Henry for your sage advice to the Vatican on how to run the Church (Payson Roundup, June 13).
After receiving some complaints about a phrase, the town is reprinting an information pamphlet with brief descriptions of what issues will be on the ballot in September's election.
The Grand Canyon State Games, which kickoff today (Friday) at 100 sports venues in the Valley, are expected to draw more than 10,000 athletes.
FISH & TIPS
Apache: Fishing is good. Westy Worms, dropshots and Texas rigs are all working well for bass. There also quite a few fish being caught on crankbaits in off-colored water or after dark.
The lack of a head coach is not slowing the Lady Longhorn basketball express as it steams towards participation in the 4A conference.
More than 100 players from around the state are expected to participate in the Seventh Annual Pioneer Title Agency Benefit Golf Tournament Aug. 23 at Payson Golf Course.
The town has named Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind as its recipient of the inaugural statewide Mayor's Physical Activity Leadership Award.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office has released the following photos and information about individuals with outstanding warrants.
There will be a 4th of July celebration this year. The big event will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at the Pine-Strawberry School playground.
Hectic and busy times are coming to Tonto Village.
Sunday was a very special Father's Day for the guests at Wooden Nickel Cabins.
After 30 years with Motorola's legal and financial department, Bruce Davidson found himself drawn down a different path.
A gathering will be held honoring John Willet Kuhn ...
Aided by the lingering drought and driven by hot, windy conditions, the Picture Fire burning south of Payson has doubled in size to 2,000 acres in the past 24 hours.
Roger W. Woods, 88, died June 14, 2003 in Tempe.
William George Miller, 72, died June 18, 2003 at his home in Pine, with his family by his side.
Corrinne Mae Haedt, 73, died June 14, 2003 in Phoenix.
The Tonto Apache Track and Field team will be well represented at the Junior Olympic Region 10 championships to be held July 9 to 11 at Glendale Community College.
Lota Lois Chase, 60, of Payson, died June 17, 2003 in Phoenix.
Devon James Hendley was born April 3, 2003.
Neveah Lynn Nichols was born May 19, 2003 and weighed 6 lb. 14 oz.
Strawberry residents held their breath Wednesday as a house fire on Mary's Way sent flames sky high.
The June 17 article "Group seeks to remind leaders of Christian values" the title belies the content.
If Arizona residents care about their homes, they will stop fueling land tottering on the brink of becoming an uncontainable, irrepressible wildfire.
In regards to the political accountability group mentioned in Tuesday's edition, the separation of church and state is totally misinterpreted. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Leaking underground storage tanks are frequently the cause of groundwater contamination, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) wants to help rural communities reduce this risk.
Q: Eleven people recently graduated from the Northern Arizona University-Payson Campus. Why weren't they featured in the graduation section of the newspaper?
To Ms. Chlupsa, soon to move to Payson, who complained about the lack of good waitresses. Please, please do not move to Payson.
I can't stand it; I read every edition of the Roundup, and every edition prints letter after letter, and article after article, attacking Ken Murphy, (written basically by the same individuals again and again), but the article in the June 17 edition regarding the accountability group was the last straw for me. So, this is my response to the "anti-Murphy clan."
As if the devastation of ponderosa and piñon pines by Ips bark beetles isn't bad enough, the Rim country's ongoing drought is allowing new pests to move in.
A new county ordinance is designed to assure food prepared outside the home is handled safely.
Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth has introduced a bill on U.S. dues to the U.N. that he hopes will prompt serious discussions about U.N. reforms.
I wonder why it is that the folks wanting to close up Payson always seem to be those who are already there.
Sign-up begins next Tuesday, June 24, for "Lights, Camera, Read!" -- the Payson Public Library's free summer reading program.
After a visit to my cardiologist, I was told to blow off some steam and relieve stress, so here goes:
Tuesday, June 17
IN THE KITCHEN
Pictures of big, beautiful, juicy-looking fresh fruit was splashed all over the grocery ads last week. Raw fresh fruit is a tasty treat in the summer heat, but the season's bounty can also be the foundation of some interesting desserts.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Remember those halcyon days of the Cold War, when air-raid shelters were the order of the day and it was just a matter of time before the Russkies dropped THE BOMB, probably in your back yard?
For centuries, men and women have been adorning their bodies with jewelry and tattoos as a means of self-expression.
"Where do you get your information?"
Monday, June 16
Darla and Steven McDowell will never forget this year's Father's Day.
Mark Kile of Rye Creek is one of only two Arizona tournament anglers to earn a berth in the $700,000 Citgo BASS Masters Classic.
Steven Doyle McDowell, 18, of Pine, died June 15, 2003 in Pine.
A better turnout of male competitors is all it would take for the Parks and Recreation-sponsored Buckle Series of pole bending and barrel racing to turn into an overwhelming success.
How fortunate Payson has a very professional school administrator to come out of retirement and assume the role of interim high school principal.
I commend the Planning and Zoning Commission for their recent refusal to grant the rezoning requested by Payson Pines developers.
When the Payson Town Council takes another look at the proposed budget at 6 p.m. Thursday, one of the items that won't be included in the latest draft is the cost of the newspaper recycling program.
An exciting demonstration of the fast-growing sport "flyball" will take place 4 p.m. Sunday at Rumsey Park.
Marty deMasi will officially become Payson's new fire chief June 21.
Ray Hill, 45, a longtime Rim country resident and owner of Hill and Sons Construction, is in critical condition following an accident on Four Peaks Road.
When Payson Councilman Dick Wolfe was asked to join the accountability group last year, he barely blinked before declining. To him, the separation between church and state is sacred.
Congressman Rick Renzi made a visit to Tonto Basin to explore options for a safe crossing of Tonto Creek.
FOCUS ON PETS
Flyball is the fastest growing dog sport in the world today. There just might be more dog-sporting events than you ever imagined.
The Payson Senior Center has been forced to throw out the results of last Thursday's Board of Directors election. The center is experiencing some tumultuous times with a hefty budget shortfall and a reported friction between some board members.
At a lot on West Jones Drive, there is a foundation and temporary framework for a window.
Kathy Hinton has worked at the Mazatzal Casino since it opened its doors Sept. 3, 1993.
If you're going to live in the middle of the forest, you have a responsibility to that forest.
Tom C. Cooka is no stranger to publicity. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Cooka has competed in five National Senior Olympics. The honors he has accumulated in that time have brought him into the public eye quite a few times.
In June of 1864 rancher King Woolsey was leading the first White invasion into the Rim country, seeking to kill Apache Indians, locate stolen livestock, and find outcroppings of gold. In the process he named many of the landmarks we know today, and his paramilitary band of White settlers had the Tontos on high alert.
The greatest all-star thrill for former Longhorn pitching standout Rachel Ray was the opportunity to be a battery mate of Show Low catcher Courtney Nix.
Q: I just got the bill for my mail box rental. Last year it was $100. This year it's $136. I'm just wondering how expenses could go up 36 percent for putting my mail in my box?
It's not often that tournament anglers boat only three fish and win a major tournament.
The powerful Mesa Mountain View Toros, a perennial Class 5A state champion contender, played their way to a 4-0 record and the championship of the Payson Summer Boys Basketball Tournament.
Payson youth football and cheerleading registration is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Manny's Batting Cages at 1207 N. Beeline Highway.
About a year ago, I wrote in an editorial that there has never been a tougher time to be a Catholic.
Re: "Where Have all the Good Waitresses Gone?"
Many people evidently want to see Mayor Murphy recalled. Sounds straightforward, but nobody is taking out papers. Why? Hint: The process was set by elected politicians who are not particularly fond of the recall process.
John Willet Kuhn, 91, died June 12, 2003 in Payson.
Kenneth S. Mich, Sr., 81, died June 15, 2003.
Paul Ritz of Pine, and Marlene E. Rosky, of Payson, were married May 24, 2003 at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Payson.
Dena and John Ferraro announce the birth of their son, Haidon born Oct. 9, 2002.
Xander Cade Howell was born at 3:30 p.m. on May 15, 2003, weighing 9 lbs 3 oz.
Thursday, June 12
The coach who, in her first year at the helm of the Payson High girls basketball program led the team into the second round of the state tournament, has resigned.
With the Payson Men's Golf Association's four most prestigious tournaments on the horizon, members are tuning up in a series of low-gross/low-net, mixed and select drive showdowns.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity recently received a $5,000 grant from the Thomas P. Waters Foundation.
Sue Myers is back in the saddle.
In only his second year at the helm of a varsity program, Payson High boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser enjoyed the thrill of an athletic career.
More than 60 solo competitors in a 2,930-mile bicycle race will pedal their way through Payson during the afternoon hours of June 16.
There will be two big events this weekend. One is Flag Day on Saturday, June 14th and the next day is Father's Day.
Q: The problem of dogs barking at night has gotten really bad in a number of areas in town. Last night, I was blessed with an entire choral group of about six dogs in the area doing a 1 a.m. barkathon. Is there any solution to this issue?
The Rim Country Kiwanis has awarded $1,000 scholarships to two outstanding Pine students.
This Sunday is Fathers Day, and that is a very special day. Don't forget your father; tell him just how much he means to you.
Last Saturday, Lisa and Tina Jackson received their Girl Scout Gold Award pins at a ceremony in Phoenix.
Jean Ann Schwark wasn't nervous on her first day of work at Payson's Primary Care Specialists last month. The nurse practitioner said she has faith in her abilities and feels she understands the medical needs of Payson's residents.
As a property owner in Payson, I have followed with considerable interest the activities and statements of the mayor, Ken Murphy. My reaction to his performances has turned from surprise and dismay to downright disgust.
Those now ‘belly aching' about "Weapons of Mass Destruction" should keep an eye out for our troops' morale, and should consider rotating our troops as soon as possible. We should consider international cooperation, by being conciliatory with the United Nations, and request the United Nations and NATO allies to assist in the pacification and reconstruction of Iraq. We definitely cannot, and should not, try to carry the load.
Since I have been involved in town government, I have heard that our Main Street Fire Department and Senior Center have been in the way of progress. There has been a lot of talk about wanting some of our high paying tax businesses to relocate also. That is neither here nor there. At this time, I want to focus on our Senior Center.
Men's team fishes to yacht club win, women disqualified
The Rim country might be best known for producing topnotch bass anglers, but it was an ocean fishing team that captured the championship of the San Carlos, Mexico Yacht Club Marlin Tournament.
Penelope (Penni) Ann Blackmon Metz, 57, of Payson, died June 10, 2003.
Harry Curtis, 69, of the Tonto Apache Reservation, Payson, died June 7, 2003 in Phoenix.
Eleanor "Duffy" (Robnick) Coppersmith, formerly of Sun City, Ariz., died June 10, 2003 --er 89th birthday.
William Lewis Annan, 77, died June 2, 2003, in Payson.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has completed the feasibility study on the area that was contaminated with the dry cleaning solvent, tetrachlorethlene (PCE). PCE is described as a probable human carcinogen.
Town hall was packed for the meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night. Two items on the agenda that enticed the public were a conditional-use permit for a new, private school on Mud Springs Road and a zoning change that would allow Payson Pines subdivision to expand by 32 new homesites.
Three patients involved with the Mogollon Health Alliance's MHAX III program sent letters to the editor recently because the program was changing. The program is for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, especially for those individuals who have been released from formal supervision, but still need a specialized exercise program.
The fabric was flying earlier this week at the American Legion hall.
I am not in favor of our State representatives interfering with Bishop O'Brien, as it comes close to violating church and state.
Re: Part-time residents pay full prices.
In a recent "Payson People" column in the Roundup, Pastor Elaine Watskey of Mount Cross Lutheran Church expressed mild surprise that the vast majority of her fellow pastors had not yet called to welcome her to the community. At the time she had been here five weeks.
Main Street Project Manager Karen Greenspoon's last day on the job will be June 27.
Tuesday, June 10
This weekend the town of Payson will not only be recognized on Flag Day as the "flag capital," with coverage by Phoenix Channel 3, but the TV media will also record the 23rd annual festival of the Zane Grey Twirlers.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
More and more the idea is gaining strength -- even among those with hot dog breath. Baseball is being relentlessly outstripped as our national pastime by other sports -- most notably football and basketball.
Payson has hosted the Zane Grey Twirlers Square Dance Festival for the past 22 years.
Monday, June 9
As a former prosecutor who has prosecuted dozens of Cruelty to Animals cases, I have been waiting to see when charges would be filed against Mike Spaulding for the killing of the Great Dane, Tonto.
There are few bigger thrills in prep sports than to be chosen to participate in the annual Arizona Coaches Association All-Star games. Coaches and athletes look forward to school year ending competition as a reward for a regular season job well done.
Former Payson High School three-sports star Waylon Pettet enjoyed a weekend most young athletes only dream of.
Three former Payson High School soccer standouts showcased their skills at the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star Soccer match May 31 at Casa Grande High School.
If the track and field summer scenario unfolds as Tonto Apache coach Billy Joe Winchester predicts, the tribe team will have ample representation at the Junior Olympic National Championships, July 29 to Aug. 3, in Miami, Fla.
Payson resident Isabella Sockrider is a serious athlete.
We are indebted to at least two eyewitness accounts for the details of King Woolsey's expedition into the Rim country in the spring of 1864.
The inaugural buckle series barrel racing and pole bending competition June 4 at Payson Event Center drew an enthusiastic group of equestrians from around the Rim country.
Michele Lyn Shero, 31, of Strawberry, died June 6, 2003 in Little Springs, Ariz.
Some see them as jailers, but the work of detention officers is really to help inmates begin to rehabilitate themselves.
FOCUS ON PETS
Old age for a dog or cat depends on the breed. The bigger the dog, generally, the shorter the lifespan. A Great Dane or St. Bernard is considered to have reached old age almost twice as early as a miniature poodle or chihuahua.
After a long day on your feet, it is natural to experience some fatigue in those trusty appendages at the bottom of your legs. But did you know foot pain could be associated with problems elsewhere in the body?
Although the town council is absorbed in budget issues, they are scheduled to have a regular council meeting Thursday. Most of the agenda is consent, meaning that with one vote, those particular items will be approved unless someone asks that an item be pulled.
Muriel Fay Miller, 73, died June 6, 2003 at her home in Payson.
Q: We have a tremendous mosquito problem with the West Nile Virus. What do Payson officials have in mind to handle it and what is our local college doing to prevent mosquito breeding in their three water retention basins?
First let me congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to protect our natural resources by supporting the Healthy Forests Restoration Act 2003.
Payson seems to have a problem, a big problem. Decent waiters and waitresses.
Honesty and truth are the most valued of all personal qualities. We expect it in our personal dealings, and expect it from those we've elected. Unless something changes dramatically, all U.S. citizens and ‘seekers of truth' around the world will find out they've been tragically deceived.
"Actions speak louder than words" is such a common saying that almost everybody has heard it and used it. The mayor, council, town manager, public works director and others have all said we are facing a water "crisis" (shortage). They have raised the water rates. Was this to decrease consumption, or to raise revenue?
Blues fans who came in numbers to enjoy the June Bug festival were grateful to be back in the shade and cool grass of Rumsey Park.
Two different single-vehicle accidents kept emergency crews busy this weekend.
Michele Shero, the mother of two, was killed in a single-vehicle rollover late Friday morning.
Former mayor recounts his days in Payson
With a move to Palm Springs looming on the horizon, Ray Schum expressed pride in his accomplishments during six years on the Payson Town Council, the last two as mayor.
Thursday, June 5
His ambition is to someday become a jet fighter pilot. But for now, he's excited about being the captain of the United States Air Force Academy baseball team.
The long-awaited lights were erected this week on the new south Rumsey Park artificial surface, multipurpose field. With the lighting system in place, the field may now be used after sundown.
FISH & TIPS
As the daytime temperatures start to rise to uncomfortable highs, many of Arizona's fishermen turn to night fishing. If you plan to do some night fishing, there a few things that can make your trip much more enjoyable. Having the right equipment can make all the difference.
The youth summer recreation program begins June 9.
Diamond action will soon heat up the Payson recreation scene.
An array of teams competing for the first time will highlight the upcoming Longhorn summer boys basketball tournament.
Betty-Mae Siniaho, 81, of Payson, died June 4, 2003 in Payson.
Teri Linn Forste, 37, died May 17, 2003.
William Lewis Annan, 77, died June 2, 2003, in Payson.
The weeks have been flying by at the Snyder household with enough projects going to cut into my fishing time.
I cannot remember it being this hot this early in the year, and because it is extremely warm and there is not a lot of moisture to speak of the Christopher/ Kohl's Fire District is under current fire restrictions. All burn permits are suspended. There is to be no open burning.
You cannot run out of things to do in Pine and Strawberry this weekend. The activities are endless and there is something for everyone. Come join the fun.
Q: I just finished reading last Tuesday's Roundup. How in the world does the Beaver Valley Fire Department justify letting kids squirt their hoses all over the place at a time when the Rim country is facing an extreme water shortage? How about an open house that provides water conservation and fire prevention tips instead of encouraging wasting water?
I would like to respond to your article in last Friday's edition, "Pine Water imposes Stage 2 restrictions":
AARP Members to Congress: "Keep Promise on Rx Drugs."
Those of us who recall the severe drought in California in the 1970s have some understanding of the necessity for water conservation. We still recall phrases about when to flush our toilets, like "If it's yellow let it mellow ..." and "shower with a friend."
Water has become a major concern for many Rim country gardeners, and a new demonstration garden is opening this weekend to address those concerns.
It's that time of year when town staff and the council crunches the numbers for the fiscal year's budget.
Area forest closures effective beginning at 8 a.m. today (Friday) include the forests around Pine and Strawberry under the Mogollon Rim.
Logger Ken Strong of Colorado has been cited by the Gila County Sheriff's Office for criminal damage, criminal trespass and criminal littering.
A Payson firefighter was injured in an early morning fire, which also destroyed a home last week.
When Russ Hustead is flying, he loves it when his engine stops at 16,000 feet. In just a few weeks, he hopes to stay in the air with no engine for more than 2,000 miles.
When was the last time you had a eureka moment? You may not be able to put it into words, but once you have one you'll remember it for a long time.
It's not too late to register for Payson Regional Senior Circle's Men's Health Fair.
I am in agreement with Ken Murphy's co-workers and friends, about the fact that one's personal life does not always affect one's ability to lead.
Tuesday, June 3
It's that time again. When the days get longer and warmer, residents know the blues are coming to town.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Been to Wal-Mart lately?
Now that summer is almost upon us, the thoughts of Rim country folk turn to cool, forest glades on top of that great escarpment that beckons us throughout the year.
Monday, June 2
Anna Irene Bloomquist, 77, of Gilbert, Ariz., died June 1, 2003.
Jerry and Bill Broce are proud to announce the engagement of their son, Shawn Harris to Carolina Delgado, daughter of Rudolpho and Maria Delgado of Phoenix.
On May 24, the 50th wedding anniversary of Bob and Gloria Scott was celebrated with 44 friends and family.
Q: I was at the Payson High School graduation. It was hot and yet the boys were wearing black caps and gowns. That seems like cruel and unusual punishment and gender discrimination. Why don't all the students wear purple like the girls do?
I would like to encourage the Rim area residents to come out and support the June Bug Blues Festival this Saturday and Sunday.
The "Geritol Gentry" in Payson had better put their La-Z-Boy recliners in mothballs and vote the next time around, or we can change the name of the city council to the Bob Ware Warriors.
What characteristics should a good man possess? Members of Rim Country Men's Ministries, an organization made up of local men's ministry leaders, recently pondered this question. What began as a moment captured in a photograph, resulted in the creation of "The Real Man Award."
This letter (like many you will be receiving) is in regard, and protest, to the firing of Diane Riddle from the rehab group she ran for the Health Alliance at PRMC.
Last winter, gas prices in the Valley were over $2/gallon, and that was not the special mix they have to use in the summer.
With the state high school rodeo finals on the near horizon, Jason Amon and John Ewing have been named to the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team.
A weekend drug bust that led police to the Tonto Apache reservation, back to town, and back out to the reservation, yielded more than five grams of methamphetamine and resulted in the arrest of three individuals.
Lush greens at Chaparral Pines not abuse of town water
Psychiatrist Ronald Peterson is not the only Payson resident to pass the lush golf course at Chaparral Pines and wonder, "Where the heck do they get all that water?"
"Reiki (pronounced ‘ray-key') is a healing modality using hands-on," said Annelle` Henson, owner of the Eagles Nest Art Gallery and Healing Center on Main Street.
We'd like to thank the Beaver Valley Fire Department Auxiliary for a wonderful recognition ceremony Saturday, May 24. They put together a wonderful open house and ceremony to honor all of the B.V. volunteer firefighters and first responders.
The average Pine Water Company customer will pay at least $25 per month more under a permanent rate increase proposed by the Brooke Utilities subsidiary.
At the age of 22, Augustus "Gus" Harless has already performed in several different venues and has had plenty of exposure in the music world. Son of local musician "Shakey" Joe Harless, it is little wonder where Gus gets his talent.
Under the leadership of Arizona's first territorial governor, John Goodwin, a party of 15 civilians and about 50 soldiers set out for an exploration of the Verde Valley on Feb. 21, 1864.
FOCUS ON PETS
The Humane Society of the United States and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have declared June as National Disaster Preparedness Month. Although we do not want to think about the need to evacuate, we know that the threat of fire is very real.
In one of the oddest selections in recent all-star voting, Payson High School junior Brenna Zumbro was named as an outfielder to the All-State Softball Small Schools second team.
Longtime Payson High School coach Chuck Hardt has earned his 12th Coach of the Year regional honor.
Having battled Payson Women's Golf Association veteran Marge Landra for more than two decades, Joyce Goff is all to familiar with her longtime adversary.
In Rim country angling circles, Dean Pederson is known as a bass fishing purist. The former Payson High School counselor usually has his fishing sights set on lunker-sized large and small mouth species.
Two Payson sisters, Lisa Jackson, 18 and Tina Jackson, 16, will be presented the top honors young women in Girl Scouts can earn this week.
Stars shined at the Payson High School Drama Department awards ceremony.
Robert (Bob) Calvin Lincoln, 85, died May 31, 2003 at home, surrounded by his family.
Rachel Lounet Russell, 86, died May 27, 2003 in Scottsdale.
Oscar E. Ewin, 86, of Scottsdale, died May 29, 2003.
A flurry of honors has marked the culmination of Waylon Pettet's remarkable four-year high school baseball career.