Stories for March 2003


Monday, March 31

Johnson-DeCola back in court

Jeri Johnson-DeCola and her legal team returned to court to attempt to get her April 2002 conviction on 59 counts of fraud dismissed. They also want a new trial.

Meth use curse of abuser, families

Methamphetamine abuse is everywhere. Even young men and women brought up with strong Christian values are not immune from its allure and its far-reaching damage.

Girls track struggles against Sinagua

Shay McGee's two gold medals highlighted the Lady Longhorns frustrating track and field performance in a 79-58 loss to Flagstaff Sinagua March 26 on the PHS track.

Easy rider

Don "D.J." Johnson, owner of DJ's Beds, Baths & More, shows off his Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 2000 outside the Ox Bow Saloon Saturday.

Mayor charged

The Gila County Attorney's Office has charged Mayor Ken Murphy with disorderly conduct for an incident during Rodeo weekend 2002.

County loses one round over water hookups

A Greenlee County Superior Court judge has ruled that the Strawberry Hollow Water Company cannot make any additional service connections.

Key Club, tech class fix and donate computers

A collaboration of the Payson High School Key Club and the A+ Computer Tech class has resulted in the donation of several computers to local charities.

Ernest P. Ward

Ernest P. Ward, 81, died March 28, 2003.

Military Salute

We salute Brian Buckner, Colin Cory, Andrew Garrett and William Gurney.

‘Footloose' comes to Payson

When Chicago transplant Ren McCormack finds out dancing is illegal in his new hometown, he takes on town hall and an iron-fisted minister -- and winds up falling in love with the preacher's daughter.

With freedom comes responsibility

Local Rim country student Carolyn Converti, 17, recently won third place in the district essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The district includes 10 towns.

What's up?

Q: Is it true that the new stop signs on Alpine Heights Drive and Sunshine Lane can't be enforced because there are no white lines on the street? And when will the police start enforcing them?

Can't win for losin'

I was reading one of the letters to the editor in the Tuesday, March 25 paper and was pleased to see the article about the Payson Rodeo Committee helping out with the wrestling fund raiser, for some of the high school athletes. Then, about half way through the letter, M. Milan, a parent of a Payson High School student, started belittling the Payson Rodeo Committee because Milan claims they never have been given a penny to help put on the high school rodeo.

Dental care tips for dogs and cats


February was Pet Dental Care month. We missed it by a month, but it is not too late to begin.

Some silly trivia for April fools


Because today is April Fool's Day it seems like a good time to fool the readers by diverting from local history long enough to look at some silly trivia.

Touching lives is a blessing


Whispering Pines resident Gina Elliott likes to relate the story of how she learned the circumstances that led to her adoption.

Former coach claims title

When ex-Tempe High School basketball coach Troy Neal hung up his whistle years ago, he turned to life as a motivational speaker and cattle rancher.

Fees for using town parks on the rise

It's April and your summer wedding is suddenly too big for any facility in town to handle. You're having an old-fashioned, cowboy wedding, so you decide to rent the event center for the festivities.

Henry J. Opsahl

Henry J. Opsahl, 97, died March 26, 2003.

Will P&Z appointment slow process?

It is easy to see both sides of the debate on Ray Jones' appointment to the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission.

Cutting fine arts program the wrong decision

Every year, school administrators are faced with tough decisions. One of the hardest is balancing the rising cost of educating children with the declining budget. I disagree with the decisions being made at Rim Country Middle school affecting the Chorus and Art classes.

Trust Bush, Not Saddam

war in Iraq but, please, don't call it "Bush's War" (or "Bush Goes to War" in Roundup March 28 letter, "Was evidence planted?"). Congress has united behind the troops with both the House and the Senate supporting resolutions in favor of the military and the President for the war in Iraq. Most recent polls show that America supports this war effort by 70 percent. That sounds more like, "America Goes to War."

Some of America's greatest heroes were anti-war

A large number of very thoughtful and deeply religious Americans have publically expressed their misgivings about this country's going to war with Iraq. In doing so, they are exercising their right of free speech, one of the glories of the American system of government, and that right is certainly not lost when one is elected to public office.

Street testing results positive

We are pleased to find that the Gila County Pothole Testing Program is successful, and work can now begin on the Pothole Relocation and Rehabilitation Program.

Maybe it's time to sue the environmentalists

A thought: I read in the Republic a couple of weeks ago an article about our Governor Napalitano meeting with the Forest Service on ideas to help with our forest situation. A quote of hers was "We need to preserve the rights of people to sue."

Early intervention critical for children


Increasing research shows that the early years in a child's life are a critical period for healthy development.

Garvin's girls look back on season

The members of the Lady Longhorn basketball team gathered one final time March 24 at Payson Elementary school. There, coach Krystal Garvin and the players celebrated the past season in which the team finished as the East region runner-up and state tournament quarter-finalists.

Mustangs corralled on new PHS track

What a difference a new track can make.

Lady Horns nab 3-2 record at Kingman

After a weekend on the road, the Payson High School softball and baseball teams returned to the Rim country with mixed results.

Thursday, March 27

Zumbro, Shewey hurl Payson wins

A pair of solid pitching performances has lifted the Payson High School softball and baseball teams to early season victories.

Was the evidence planted?

Just a simple thought about the Iraqi "war."

Lone girl thrives on baseball team

Candice Johnson, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Rim Country Middle School, is not the least bit intimidated about being the only girl on the Maverick baseball team.

New cover means anglers need to pay attention


With an abundance of new, flooded vegetation in most of our desert lakes, it can be hard to pinpoint the prime targets where fish are holding.

River's goal is football Down Under

Payson High School senior Bryce River's goal is to join the contingent of former Longhorn football players who have participated in Australia's Down Under Bowl.

Soccer coach, three players advance to ACA all-stars

A trio of seniors and the Longhorn boys soccer coach have been selected to participate in the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star Soccer match.

Garvin wins East's Coach of the Year honor

In her first year at the helm of the Lady Longhorn basketball program, Krystal Garvin has earned East region "Coach of the Year" honors.

It's deja vu all over again for golfers

A rematch of the run for the 2002 Class 3A state high school golf championship unfolded Monday afternoon at Chaparral Pines.

Shirley H. S. Holcombe Fouts

Shirley H. S. Holcombe Fouts died March 26, 2003 in Dunedin, Fla.

Packards celebrate Golden Anniversary

Fifty years ago, March 14, 1953, Betty Tallant and Don Packard were united in marriage.

See what's in store at Wood Floors & More

Looking to upgrade from shag carpet and linoleum? Wood Floors & More may be the store for you.

Spring slips into the Rim country


I can tell that winter is just about over, my hands are getting itchy to dig in the dirt and plant flowers and vegetables, and of course, go fishing.

Resident competes in Special Olympics


Leo Zanatto from Hunter Creek went with his team to the finals for the Special Olympics 2003 Winter Classic, held at the Gateway Ice arena in Tucson this year.

Residents asked to take community drill seriously


The Community Fire Drill is tomorrow -- Saturday, March 29. Have you thought about what you will do? The first thing you should do is turn on the radio and tune in 1420 AM KMOG -- our local AM station. All agencies will be feeding information to the public via KMOG.

What's up?

Q: What's up with the sledding area north of Strawberry being closed during spring break when the sledding weather was perfect?

Coming Expo due to major effort of many

In 1999 the Historical Society participated for the first time in the statewide Archaeology Expo in Deer Valley near Phoenix. Serious note was taken of the large crowds that attended the Expo and their genuine interest in archaeology.

Time to change our governmental system

In response to the Wade Harris letter "Speech is example of insane thinking." The gentleman is like most Americans who think they must support those in power, no matter what they are doing. This is not true. We can support our country and troops fighting for us without agreeing that it is necessary for them to do what they are told.

Don't let the music end

I am writing this letter to clarify a few points about an important issue that is currently being debated throughout the Payson school district.

Your children's futures are at stake

The people of Arizona must wake up to what they are doing to their state. It is at the point of not having to worry about terrorist attacks -- they are killing the state from within.

Men, woman of the year a gift to Payson

It's not always easy to recognize the accomplishments of Rim country's everyday heroes.

Military Salute

We salute Matt Altman, Ryan E. Blose, Gary W. Chitwood, Jacquelyn M. Clark, Nathan Kuwitzky, Vincent Licavoli, Andrew Pfarr, Ryan A. Randall, Joseph R. Robinson and Charles Voakes.

Main Street office moves

Main Street has moved -- or at least the Main Street office has moved -- to a new location at Green Valley Park.

Dealing with war in local schools

Operation Iraqi Freedom has spilled over into many aspects of our lives, including the classrooms of the Rim country's schools.

Mom, grandma share pride in military family

Dawn Hess of Payson does not know why her three children were drawn to military service. But she is very proud of the choices they have made.

Board of Supervisors meet in Rim country

The Gila County Board of Supervisors held its weekly meeting in Payson, Tuesday, providing an opportunity for residents in the northern portion of the county to participate and watch the proceedings.

Jones approved for P&Z

Despite concerns about a lawsuit between resident Ray Jones and the town regarding zoning issues, the council voted 4-3 Thursday night to appoint him to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Jones' appointment had originally been presented by Mayor Ken Murphy at the March 13 council meeting. Jones was nominated to fill the unexpired term of resigning Commissioner Don Wolfe. Wolfe's term ends December 2003.

Sondra Lynn Owens

Sondra Lynn Owens, 61, of Pine, died March 18, 2003.

How to solve the district budget crisis

Let me see if I can throw some light on the present school district budget crisis, and the most expedient way to solve the problem.

Tuesday, March 25

Lean, mean Rim country machines


If I offered you $137.5 million to name the three people who earn the most money endorsing products, you'd probably whip off Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan without having to think twice.

Rock hound sees the light


Ray Schum has spent the past 30 years lighting up life. Discovering his hobby around age around age 50, Schum found a new way to look at a very old thing.

Fort Apache protected the Rim country


The first time we visited Fort Apache on the White Mountain Indian Reservation, we took each other's picture standing in front of a log cabin that announced itself as "General Crook's Headquarters."

Fair weather great for fruit salads


Spring is here and fair weather will soon be the dominant feature of our climate again. So, how about some fruit salad ideas for the coming days?

Monday, March 24

Beetle, fire seminars scheduled

Bark beetle and fire awareness seminars will be held the next two weekends in opposite ends of the Rim country.

Fire chief resigns

John Ross is giving up small-town firefighting for the big time. The Payson fire chief has taken a job as the assistant chief of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District in California, on the east side of San Francisco Bay.

Literacy program generates better citizens

Of the next four people you will meet in the Rim country, chances are one will be illiterate.

Herrea, Morgan wed

Parents and family announce the marriage of MacKenzie Herrea and Joe Morgan in a private ceremony Jan. 14, 2003.

Council to hold hearing on water rate hike

A public hearing on a proposed water rate increase aimed at controlling spiraling consumption is planned for next month.

Sign up early for trout contest

Only the first 100 who register will be able to participate in the 20th Annual Payson Community Christian School Trout Tournament, 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3, at Woods Canyon Lake.

Spiritual revival is at risk in the world's quagmire

According to the headline in Tuesday's Roundup, it was indicated there seemed to be a spiritual boom taking place in Payson. I certainly hope that may be true. With the threat of war looming, it is beginning to give people the spirit of fear.

Churches provide comfort during war

With the country fully engaged in war in the Middle East, local houses of worship are tailoring their sermons to bring some comfort to parishioners during a time of uncertainty.

‘Senior' Prom King and Queen

Minnie Jepson, 98, and Perry Epley, 87, were crowned king and queen of the Spring Fling Senior Prom held Saturday afternoon at the Payson Senior Center.

Spring clean your dog's coat


Spring and warmer temperatures bring shedding. It is important at this time of year to do a deep, thorough brushing on both dogs and cats. Dead hair is hiding under all that coat and it needs to be removed. A good brushing prevents matting.

Indian forts show defenses against marauding tribes


It is the most exciting prehistoric ruin I have yet seen in the Rim country.

Morris wants to share our living history


William P. "Bill" Morris is a font of living history, and he has the pictures to prove it.

Off-leash dog park great spot to find new friends


As the off-leash dog park at Rumsey Park turns one year old, it has taken on an entirely new function -- the hot new place to meet people.

Sign-up begins for charity golf tournament

St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is preparing for its second annual golf tournament to raise funds to help those in need.

Fugitive taken into custody

The Gila County Sheriff's Office helped the Maricopa County Probation Office bring in one of its fugitives last week.

Tonto Apaches find new talent in Johnson

If Tonto Apache Track and Field coach Billy Joe Winchester can ever muster a full roster, his team could be a championship contender as it has been in the past.

Arkansas squad derails Payson express

After two days of rain delay, the Payson and Benton, Arkansas teams finally locked horns March 20 at Peoria Sunrise Mountain High School.

Randalls catch prize money at bass meet

Buddy and Jake Randall were the only Rim country anglers to finish in the top 10 at the AllStar Bass Team Tournament March 16 at Bartlett Lake.

Payson turns tables on Lobos, Cougars

Victories over Snowflake and Show Low might have bumped the proverbial monkey off the Lady Longhorns' backs.

Patrick Lawrence Grant

Patrick Lawrence Grant, 73, of Payson, died March 22, 2003.

Daniel Preston Armer

Daniel Preston Armer, 70, of Payson, died March 15, 2003.

What's up?

Q: The pump at the well at the high school has been in need of repair since early last summer. Who's responsible for that -- the high school or the town water company?

Fighting men deserve complete support

I cannot understand why our good old patriots continue to demonstrate against this war. Maybe before, but not now.

"Stars Shine" On Our Troops As Well

What an appropriate place for the Concerned Citizens of Payson to gather at the local Veterans War Memorial. It is because of those so honored there that this group is able to conduct their vigil. Mr. Cummins theme of "Winning without war" is a bit utopian. (Oxford American dictionary. 1. an imaginary place or state of things where everything is perfect. 2. an impractical scheme for achieving such a state.)

Harold C. Hayes

Harold C. Hayes, 83, of Payson, died March 23, 2003.

Proposed water rates: "Do the math"

Hi, there, I'm "Joe from Arizona". Well, not really. I'm John, and my wife and I own a home in Payson. It seems to me the Payson Town Council needs to "do the math" with respect to proposed new water rates.

TCCA brings excellence in music

The Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) appreciates the recent Roundup article highlighting the changes in the administration of the association.

Anti-war rant insults award and freedoms

As journalists, we obviously believe in freedom of speech. We prove it day in and day out by giving our readers a forum to express their concerns, their frustrations, their hopes and dreams for a future without terror.

Young minds need to be well rounded

I could not agree more with your Our View editorial "Eliminating fine arts is a bad idea." I cannot speak directly to the issue in the middle and high schools. I do, however, question the mentality of those who wish to stifle the creativity and self-expression of our young people by denying them the Arts. Also, statistics have shown that youths involved with the Arts are not involved with drugs and crime.

Military Salute: Honor your soldier

Send us a photo of your family member or loved one currently serving in the United States military. It will be our privilege to publish a Roundup Military Salute to recognize their service to our country and their family and loved ones supporting them on the homefront.

Nine-holers plan luncheon

The Ladies Nine-Hole group will be holding their kick-off luncheon at noon Thursday, March 27 at Mario's Restaurant on Highway 260.

Archaeology Expo comes to Rim country

The Arizona Archaeology Expo 2003 comes to Payson this weekend -- complete with booths, presentations and a cowboy-culture barbecue as a grand finale.

Thursday, March 20

Veteran takes issue with peace vigil

How wrong I was!

Carelessness leads to death of beautiful cat

When will people learn to spay and neuter their pets and not let them roam the countryside?

New rates for water not logical

According to the proposed water rate schedule, the first 10,000 gallons will cost $25.80, and if you happen to use 20,000 gallons, the second 10,000 gallons will cost $4.00.

Without history we would have and be nothing

I would like to thank Stan Brown for the endless hours he devotes to researching our Rim country history, and the Payson Roundup for providing a place for Stan's articles.

Busy weekend afoot for community


It is very important that all residents of Pine-Strawberry be notified that the community fire drill will happen on Saturday, March 29. This is a serious test of our community alert system. The rain and snow have been wonderful, but with so many dead trees and a forest still choked with brush and overgrowth, a dangerous fire season looms on the horizon.On the morning of Saturday, March 29 the community alert siren system will be used in a community fire drill. Residents are asked to help notify all Pine-Strawberry citizens that this is a drill.

Leaders fail to show any common sense

Re: "Arizona braces for tough fire season," Arizona Republic, Sunday, March 16, 2003.

A different opinion does not make an anti-American

I did not know whether to laugh or cry reading Ross Skinners' vitriolic letter to the editor this last week. He began with "My love for and faith in this country and its people has no bounds". He then continued to demonize the Democrats and anyone who supported Bill Clinton with words like, "leftist liberal", "leftist political prostitutes", self-serving leftists", and "cowardly anti-Americans". I would suggest that his love and faith in American people has very stringent bounds, i.e. only to those who hold his opinion, or Republican supporters, which eliminates a majority of the population of this fine country.

Archaeology Expo topped off with cowboy BBQ

The Archaeology Expo, "Rim Country: Celebrating Cultural Crossroads," will be in Green Valley Park on March 28-29.

Noted jazz artist comes to Payson

Judy Roberts, a Grammy-nominated jazz artist, performs in Payson next week.

Rural rally scheduled for state capitol

Rim country residents are urged to attend a rally for rural Arizona at the state capitol in Phoenix from 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

Street projects ranked in order of priority

A list of 30 road improvements were reviewed and ranked by the town's Capital Improvements Project Committee this week.

Pettet's crew wins Copper title

After a so-so 2-3 showing in the season-opening Mohave Thunderbird Invitational, the Longhorn baseball team rebounded to finish 5-0 at the Miami Copper Classic High School Tournament.

Supervisors declare emergency in Tonto Basin

Gila County Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to declare a state of emergency in portions of Gila County due to recent flooding.

Roosevelt Lake boat ramps open for use

With the recent moisture from several storms, the runoff from the Salt River watershed has increased the amount of water in Roosevelt Lake dramatically. The lake is currently at 22 percent capacity and water levels continue to rise.

America goes to war

Mayor, veteran recalls Desert Storm, discusses Iraqi Freedom

Mayor Ken Murphy has seen at least two members of his Army National Guard unit deployed to the Middle East and wouldn't hesitate to join the 1,500 troops from Arizona assisting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

PHS boys first at Phoenix showdown

On the road to the Phoenix Christian Invitational Track and Field championship, the Longhorn boys team shook off the ill-effects of having limited pre-season practice sessions to prepare for the 14-team clash.

Depth saves Lady Longhorns at Phoenix Christian

Autumn Herrera just might be the shining light for the Lady Longhorn track and field team.

Little League needs umpires

Payson Little League is in dire need of baseball umpires and officials.

Hit the books to learn best bass methods


Beginning tournament fishermen often ask me what's the best way to learn about bass fishing. There are so many ways to get fishing information now that you hardly have to leave your house.

Eliminating fine arts is a bad idea

A disturbing trend is unfolding in the Rim country -- a de-emphasis of the fine arts.

Chorus may be budget casualty

Yet more programs are on the school district chopping block, including a highly popular and successful chorus program at Rim Country Middle School.

Edward Francis Monet

Edward Francis Monet, 83, died March 14, 2003 in Payson.

Top quality paintings at MRCA gallery


Four artists, recipients of many awards, with a variety of media and styles, are now displayed in the gallery at the Northern Gila County Historical Society's Museum of Rim Country Archaeology.

Abortion issue has plagued us for too long

In response to "My View" Feb. 28 by Richard Haddad. I want to thank him for addressing issues affecting the family. The "Parental Consent Law" is vitally important to the family unit here in America.

Keepers of living history offer to share

The ranks of Veterans of World War II and Korea are rapidly shrinking. Many of us have stories which are historically significant, and should not be lost to posterity. In other words, we are living history.

DJ's Beds, Baths & More selling comfort, quality and color

DJ's Beds, Baths & More offers shoppers a variety of items ranging from towels and pillows, to aromatherapy oils and lotions.

‘Speech' is example of insane thinking

I have read the text of the subject speech which you apparently posted on your website. This kind of insane thinking is so dangerous to our nation and the world that I feel compelled to reply.

Horns snubbed in All-State selections

In selecting the All-State Small School basketball teams, the Arizona Republic sports staff apparently wasn't impressed by Rim country players.

Soggy is soooo beautiful on the Rim


Tonto Village has been pretty soggy this past week. Slushy snow fell most of the week, leaving my house and the walkways a bit on the muddy side.

Wine tasting a big success


Debbie Aschbrenner owner of Tall Pines Market in Christopher Creek hosted her 2nd Annual Wine Tasting event.

What's up?

Q: For some reason Payson uses the benchmark of 22 inches of moisture per year as being normal. In the last 25 years how many times have we reached that benchmark?

There is no single, right way of thinking

I am saddened to see the American people fighting among themselves thinking their way is the only way. This country was founded upon the freedom to express one's belief. I will not go into a history lesson on Vietnam, I also will not degrade anyone for how they feel about the Iraqi situation. The media has the job of showing all sides to an event and the freedom to do so.

Tuesday, March 18

Terror at 35,000 feet


The airlines will be making money again soon.

Swing into spring at Manny's


Lost souls looking for fun in Payson are getting more and more choices thanks to entrepreneurs like Manuel Arguello who opened Manny's Batting Cages on North Highway 87. Always up for a challenge, my daughter Kelsey and I stopped in on a Friday evening to try out the newest version of entertainment in Payson.

Quick fixes for springtime


Spring officially arrives this week. What does that mean in terms of cooking? Well, with spring cleaning and wanting to get outside, it's time to start looking at some quick fixes.

Remember when this was one nation, under God?


I am sorry, but today we must think. Please put on your reasoning cap. It is time for a lesson in American history, and the meaning of the words "under God" in the pledge to the flag.

Monday, March 17

Murphy appointment thwarted

Mayor Ken Murphy's appointment of Raymond L. Jones to the planning and zoning commission was thwarted following an extended discussion.

Standing up for what's right -- another view

A week ago a letter to the editor appeared in this space with the same title. The writer used terms like "leftist political prostitutes" and "self-serving leftists" to describe people who, in good conscience, don't share his political beliefs. He even calls them "cowardly anti-Americans".

Local geographer finds his way to mapmaking


Bob Rhoades could be called a "closet cartographer."

Payson poet finds acclaim invigorating


It's not easy being a poet in an era when many consider it an irrelevant art form.

Jake says goodbye AZ, hello Colorado

Former Arizona Cardinal quarterback Jake Plummer's full-page thank-you in the Sunday editions of two metropolitan Phoenix newspapers was both classy and sincere.

Stars shine on candlelight vigil

The clouds parted and the stars came out Sunday night just in time to shine down on a small group of Rim country residents holding a candlelight vigil at Green Valley Park to protest going to war against Iraq.

Sandra Dee Thompson

Sandra Dee Thompson, 42, of Strawberry, died March 7, 2003 in Scottsdale.

Spiritual boom in Rim country

Times may be tough for some, but area churches are thriving and growing by leaps and bounds.

Chief Ross wary of coming fire season

After attending Gov. Janet Napolitano's Forest Health Summit, Payson Fire Chief John Ross is even more wary of the coming fire season.

Counting down the days to war

Deadlines. Lines in the sand.

American Gulch project should stand in line

Re: Stan Brown's Guest Comment, "Council needs to step up and do the right thing."

Protesters the enemy within

I find it unfortunate that the television news media so strongly supports anti-war demonstrators by doing exactly what they want; being seen on TV by millions of viewers.

Abortion link supported by evidence

Reporter Kelly Crowley says in her editorial, Breast Cancer Claim Not Supported by Evidence -- Payson Roundup 3/11/03, "it is important to refrain from misinformation."

Couple are an inspiration

I would like for Payson to acknowledge and congratulate Fred and Ercil Miller on March 18 for their 69th wedding anniversary.

Reporter stands by facts

The referenced 1994 study done by Daling and Rosenberg involved 845 women in Washington state who were diagnosed with breast cancer. Although the study did conclude a positive correlation between abortion and breast cancer, its authors, themselves, concluded that the study's "limitations argue against a firm conclusion at this time" and called for further research.

When the profits go, so does your water

A few remarks regarding the acquisition of the Pine/Strawberry water system. Before moving here over five years ago, I researched the area prior to making the final decision. I knew of the water problems that existed at the time.

Education is our hope for the future

When we voted in the Arizona Lottery years ago, it was promised to us that these funds would go to support the schools. I suppose now I'm going to have to get a copy of all the laws relating to the lottery funds and see all their financials until I am satisfied that this money is not being sifted elsewhere.

Make our "river walk" Arizona style

Concerning the bike and walking paths proposed for the river walk along the American Gulch:

Woman killed Monday on Highway 260

A Fountain Hills woman died in a collision about six miles east of Christopher Creek Monday.

Merchants not taking advantage

Gasoline prices outrageous in Payson?

What's up?

Q: I saw no mention in the town's new water restrictions about the private golf course in Chaparral Pines. It is my understanding the golf course uses the same water supply the town uses. Please correct me if I'm wrong. The point is, golf courses guzzle enormous amounts of water. I'd be in favor of including the golf course in the restriction process to some extent. How about sand putting greens? They do exist elsewhere. The big question is this: Is town government pandering to the wealthy with this water-guzzling golf course at the expense of everyone else's lifestyle?

Smith, Payne engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Smith of Payson and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Payne of Mesa are pleased to announce the engagement of Shaya Marie Smith and Jimmy Payne, both of Mesa.

Harriett W. Churchill

Harriett W. Churchill, 90, died March 11, 2003 in Payson.

Fred Hoedl

Fred Hoedl, 90, died March 14, 2003.

Main Street businesses receive facade grants

Main Street is getting another facelift with the award of four new facade grants. Body Elegance Day Spa, the Ox Bow Saloon, Rim Country Printery, and Wicks Automotive were recently awarded the $20,000 grants.

Senior citizens get to shake a leg at senior prom

All Payson seniors are invited to turn back the clock and kick up their heels at the Spring Fling Senior Prom scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22.

Rabid fox found in Gisela

Animal Control Officer for Gila County, Mike Spaulding reports that a fox found in Gisela tested positive for rabies Friday, March 14.

Clans determined loyalties in the Rim country


When I hear talk of the United States occupying Iraq and establishing an American-type democracy, I think of how many world cultures live by the clan system rather than by majority vote.

Keep health in mind when picking pet treats


Choose pet treats carefully and combine generously with love.

Lobos crimp Horns' debut

The Payson High School Longhorn track and field teams now know the road to East and 3A state honors travels through the Snowflake Lobos.

Rim hosts rugged 50-mile race

One of the most fabled races in ultramarathon running is the Rim Country's best kept secret. The Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-Mile Race draws runners from around the country and a handful of foreign competitors. But in Rim country sports circles, about the only person who knows of the event is Martin Szekeresh.

Longhorn golfers heat up Rim course

Turning in a nine-hole course record of 155, the Longhorn golf team flexed its collective muscle to convincing East region victories over Snowflake, Show Low and Blue Ridge.

Gymnastics team shines at Winter Classic

Hours of practice has paid dividends for the eight-person Payson Special Olympic gymnastics team coached by Jane Medlock.

Payson Rodeo Committee helps wrestlers

The Payson Rodeo Committee has always been a big booster of Payson wrestlers. The tradition is continuing this year, according to Duke Wilbanks.

Thursday, March 13

Committee considers 24 street projects

Two dozen street projects, estimated to cost $13 million, were presented to the town's Capital Improvement Project Committee this week.

Residents stranded by Tonto Creek

Time and again, the residents on the east side of Tonto Creek have been stranded by the creek's rising waters.

Drill set to test community before fire season


Looking ahead as fire season nears and looking behind at the fire season that consumed thousands of acres, officials are gearing up and getting prepared. Saturday, March 29, those officials will ask you to do the same.

Payson duo named ACA stars

The 2003 Arizona Coaches Association 1A-3A North vs. South All-Star basketball game will showcase the talents of Payson High School senior Nicky Cassuto and boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser. The pair were chosen to participate in the annual clash at a meeting of ACA members March 9 at Mesa Dobson High School.

Cougars caged in Buckeye showdown

What a difference a year can make.

Mav hoops end, baseball on tap

Young athletes at Rim Country Middle School have hung up their sneakers and are donning cleats in preparation for the opening of the school's first baseball season.

Johnie "Barbara" Augusta Upton

Johnie "Barbara" Augusta Upton, 68, of Payson, died March 5, 2003.

Hitting slump stalls Horn attack

A break-even (3-3) showing in early season play has Longhorn baseball coach Teddy Pettet searching for a healthy dose of instant offense.

Blue Marble can lower your drug bill

Headquartered in Fountain Hills, Blue Marble Meds has teamed up with a Canadian pharmacy to make many prescription drugs cheaper.

Tickets still left for MSA banquet

Members of the Mogollon Sporting Association are gearing up for what they predict will be the biggest and best banquet and auction in the 11-year history of the organization.

Shallow-water techniques good for muddy waters


One of the first things that I look for when I get to the lake is what zone to target. The recent runoff on our desert lakes has made that decision much easier than normal.

Visitors take advantage of snow


Tonto Village is fairly quiet this week.

Rebecca "Becky" Jean Waterman

Rebecca "Becky" Jean Waterman, 54, of Payson, died March 6, 2003.

Frances June Andrews

Frances June Andrews, 89, of Mesa, died March 10, 2003.

Moore wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Keller of Payson, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Moore wish to announce the marriage of their children Ausha Marie and Timothy Michael on February 21, 2003, in a private ceremony in Phoenix.

Johnsons mark 50 years

Chuck and Pat Johnson, summer residents of Payson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 27, 2002. The couple married Dec. 27, 1952 in San Gabriel, Calif.

Collettes celebrate Golden Anniversary

Bud and Jean Collette celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by going on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii.

What's up?

Q: This morning there's a lake across from the Payson Humane Society where they're planning to build those low-cost housing units. Are they going to build them on stilts like they do in the Philippines?

‘Do you support our policy?'

Thoughtful Americans who take seriously their Constitutional obligations should strenuously disregard the puerile declamations of simpletons claiming that, for the sake of our troops, we are obliged to shut our mouths once the bombing begins.

Pine trees, fresh air no insulation from temptation

Richard Haddad is to be congratulated for his "My View" column of Feb. 28. ("Abortion: Parental rights should equal parental responsibility").

District can save money by keeping campus open

The news last week was that eight teaching positions would be cut and that the elementary schools would be doing away with PE classes. As I read the article, I started thinking about what "we" can do to prevent both the loss of the teaching positions and the loss of the PE classes.

Cutting PE should not be an option

The process of physically educating our children starts at birth by alternating the end of the crib at which you lay your baby's head, so as to allow the light and sound stimuli to balance out from the right side to the left.

Safety should be every public official's first priority

Cut the red tape and take down the barriers to getting a safe, flood-proof crossing for the residents of Tonto Basin.

Town to co-sponsor Blues festival

"Shakey" Joe Harless has struggled year after year to keep the June Bug Blues Festival going in the face of limited funds, attendees and conducive venues.

Valley juveniles arrested for crime spree

Juveniles from the Valley decided Payson was the place for a mini crime spree last week.

Bareback duo scores on high school rodeo circuit

Garrett Riggins and his buddy, Klayton Haught, got into bareback riding on a whim.

Town manager now in charge of hiring, firing

Only Town Manager Fred Carpenter, Town Clerk Silvia Smith, Town Attorney Sam Streichman, and Police Chief Gordon Gartner remain as officers of the town.

Tuesday, March 11

Not everything Irish is green


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are some "Irish" recipes: Irish coffee; Irish cured trout; Irish minted peas (well, this might be green); and Irish-style chicken soup.

Snow and rain provided by your chamber of commerce


It rained. Then it snowed. Then it rained and snowed again, again, and yet again.

Horses run barefoot in the park


Trimming a horse's foot is traditionally the job of a farrier who then customizes iron shoes for the horse's hooves. Today, there is a new move afoot, the idea that maintaining a barefoot hoof may make for a healthier horse.

Primitive health care of Rim country's past


In the years before hospitals, EMTs and air-evacs, the Rim country had to make do when sickness or injury occurred.

Monday, March 10

Littlest barrel racer comes up big

Watch Pine resident Lara Baker barrel race at the Payson High School Rodeo this weekend and you'll be amazed at the fearlessness of a girl who can't weigh more than 95 pounds. Baker, a senior at Payson High School, was practically born in the saddle.

What's up?

Q: Monday morning, on KMOG, Dan Haapala read something called "A speech we need to hear ... and soon," the speech we wish President Bush would give. He said he'd pass that on to the newspaper. Are you going to print it?

Standing up for what's right

My love for and faith in this country and its people has no bounds.

School productions a real bargain

We hear so much about how our youth are in trouble or lacking in commitment to achieve all that they can be. Recently we attended the play, Matchmaker, at Payson High. What a delightful experience.

Take steps now to prevent further drought

Your March 3 article "Storms soak Rim country" brought welcome news to all who are concerned about the drought in the Southwest.

Antique apples blossomed in Rim country


Soon the fruit trees will be in blossom in the Rim country, and we hope another frost does not end our visions of a summer harvest.

Military skills help juggling job


The organizational skills needed as an Air Force officer are helping Payson's new planning specialist Gary Butkus juggle the many aspects of his job.

Abandoned dogs look for a place to call home


It was a warm and sunny Saturday morning, perfect for adopting a canine companion from the Humane Society at "Paws in the Park". About 18 very happy dogs spent four hours in the smaller enclosure at the off-leash park playing and meeting their prospective adoptive parents.

Eldon Hageman

Eldon Hageman, 80, of Payson, died March 7, 2003.

Still think agreement could be reached

(March 4th), I attended an open forum/town meeting in Beaver Valley. This meeting was to discuss the Beaver Valley citizen's concerns regarding implementing their own fire department. I would like to thank Bing Brown for keeping the discussions going and heading off arguments. Frank Hansen also did his best to answer our concerns.

New records for Payson athletes?

A point to ponder: Will all event winners at tomorrow's Payson High vs. Snowflake track meet emerge as school record holders?

Payson doesn't need a river walk

Re: Council needs to step up and do right thing, guest comment -- Payson Roundup, March 4.

Share the musical spotlight

I am a regular reader of the Payson Roundup. I have read your numerous articles bashing our mayor, Ken Murphy. Whether any of it was justified or not never seemed to matter to the editorial staff.

Breast cancer claim not supported by evidence

As do many people, I have deeply held feelings about the issue of abortion. And while I can respectfully disagree with some pro-life notions, I take issue with the assertion that one of the consequences of abortion is an "increased risk of breast cancer." This statement is not only designed to play on the worst fear of women, but more disturbing is that it is factually incorrect.

Beaver Valley meeting addresses fledgling fire district

It was "bring your own chair and dress warm" at the Beaver Valley town hall meeting last week.

Personnel rule changes on agenda

Changes in the town code regarding personnel are up for another discussion this week.

Concert association breaks ties with national organization

The Tonto Community Concert Association is on the eve of its silver anniversary and is making big changes.

Edible landscapes in low-water environments


Victory gardens have always provided a way for gardeners to keep their minds and hands busy while making a productive contribution to the war effort. Since mid-1999, Americans have been under emotional, economic, terrorist and environmental bombardment.

Horns to host long-awaited track meet

Senior members of the Longhorn boys and girls track teams vaguely remember competing on the Payson High School track.

Mildred Irene Smith

Mildred Irene Smith, 91, of Sun Lakes, Ariz. died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the home of her daughter Jackie (Earl) Dicks of Payson.

Ronald A. Durbin

Ronald A. Durbin, 62, of Phoenix, died March 3, 2003.

Rebecca "Becky" Jean Waterman

Rebecca "Becky" Jean Waterman, 54, of Payson, died March 6, 2003.

Kenneth Young

Kenneth Young, 87, of Payson, died March 8, 2003.

Local girl dies from mystery ailment

Haleigh Glick turned 9 March 1 in the intensive care unit at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Six days later she died -- losing a long struggle against an unknown disease that not only took her life but also consumed her family.

Officer finds cocaine in diaper bag

Approximately 1.75 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $70,000, was confiscated in a traffic stop Thursday.

Haleigh Danielle Glick

Haleigh Danielle Glick, 9, died March 7, 2003 in Phoenix.

Small school stars feature Rim six

Rim country soccer was well represented on The Arizona Republic's All-Arizona Small School team when it was chosen Sunday morning.

State champ tagged All-Arizona

Payson High School mat star Zach Lee has been named to the All-Arizona Wrestling first team.

AIA dumps controversial proposal

Coaches from around the state are breathing a sigh of relief.

Alfons Boelens

Alfons Boelens, 76, died Feb. 28, 2003.

Ethel S. Ashburn

Ethel S. Ashburn, 76, of Payson, died March 7, 2003.

Thursday, March 6

Arizona may follow California's lead in phasing out dangerous chemical

A gasoline additive found in two of Payson's production wells has brought a contamination issue that California has struggled with to the Rim country.

Ending PE does not end opportunities

The budget crisis faced by the Payson Unified School District has led to the drastic decision to eliminate teaching positions and the entire elementary physical education program.

Police group plans friendship meeting

People in police work have a special camaraderie, one that follows them through their careers and well into retirement. The proof is in the success of the International Police Association (IPA), formed in 1950 by Sgt. Arthur Troop in England.

Violence escalating, police chief says

Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner is concerned about the rising violence among those involved with drugs. Feeding that concern is an arrest this week for possession of an illegal weapon, and a recent home invasion.

The sweet taste of victory

The ear-to-ear grin on former Lady Longhorn basketball Coach Tim Fruth's face is not because he's holding the winning lottery ticket.

Retired coach still earning honors

Even in retirement, the accolades continue to flow for former Payson High School wrestling coach, Dennis Pirch.

Garvin says goodbye to her veteran players

Saying goodbye to senior athletes after having coached them through prep sports is one of the toughest chores a high school coach faces.

Carlton Dee Weible

Carlton Dee Weible, 78, died Feb. 26, 2003 in Payson.

MaryJane Scott

MaryJane Scott, 62, of Payson, died March 5, 2003.

Kip Eugene Evans

Kip Eugene Evans, 57, of Payson, died March 3, 2003 in Phoenix.

Alice "Kaye" Barnes

Alice "Kaye" Barnes, 65, of Payson, died March 4, 2003.

East Verde Trading Company teaches art of cabin living

Janell Holzwarth was tired of brutal South Dakota winters when she moved to Phoenix. She was equally tired of sitting in big city traffic when she moved to Payson. Now she lives in a cabin in the woods and owns a store to furnish it.

Christopher Creek is digging out


Christopher Creek is starting to thaw out after getting nearly 4 feet of snow. This was definitely one of the heaviest snows we have ever seen.

What's up?

Q: What's up with the number of teachers being fired in the school district while administrators, supervisors, secretaries, the curriculum developer, and other non teaching staffers still have their jobs?

Water company purchase will only benefit developers

I attended the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) in February when the request for funds to conduct a study of the purchase of Brooke Utilities' Pine Water Company was discussed. It would be a gross misstatement to characterize that request as a proposal.

Thanks for the new toilets

Because of the well-written article by Jim Keyworth, my family has four new, free toilets from the Town of Payson's low-flow toilet replacement program! (This program is funded 60-40 with water department operating funds, and money from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.)

Neighbors help save Pike

Saturday the first day of March was truly a miracle day for our family.

Parents' rights must be upheld

It is truly good news when the publisher of a newspaper (the Payson Roundup, 2/28/03) comes out in support of parents' rights to be informed when a minor daughter is seeking an abortion. This is a right which has been opposed tooth and nail by Planned Parenthood for far too long.

Will separation of church and state hold up?

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just held that the words "under God" in a public school pledge of allegiance to the American flag violates the separation of church and state requirement of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Rim country woman arrested on 43 counts of forgery

Working as secretary and bookkeeper for Daryl's Precision of Payson, Brenda K. Shicky allegedly forged the owner's name to 43 checks to herself, costing the company more than $37,000.

Casino begins dealing blackjack

Blackjack is already booming at the Mazatzal Casino and it is only in its first week of operation.

District cuts teachers, elementary PE classes

Eight Payson teachers will not be returning to their classrooms next year and elementary school physical education will be eliminated, unless a projected budget shortfall turns out to be less severe than anticipated.

Mardi Gras rescheduled


Even though Fat Tuesday has come and gone, the Strawberry Elite's version of Mardi Gras had to be rescheduled because of the snow.

With lineup depleted, coach scrambles to fill void

Coach Teddy Pettet could be going eye-to-eye against some of the greatest obstacles he's had to overcome in his 15 years at the helm of the Payson High School baseball program.

Tonto Village takes on a ‘Swiss' look


Tonto Village looks very much like a Swiss village since the start of the storm this past weekend. The snow has melted a bit, but there is quite a bit still left on the ground.

Tuesday, March 4

How about a pie for supper?


A nice chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods. You can find some really tasty ones in the frozen food aisle and certain fast food chains specializing in chicken also make a good one, from what I have heard.

Health care in the Rim country was primitive


It is difficult to imagine what it would be like in the Rim country without a modern hospital in Payson with emergency medical people standing by night and day, and the ability to airlift people with serious illness or trauma.

Keeping tradition alive with Ukrainian Eggs


Mitzy Paul is keeping tradition. A cultural tradition that goes back thousands of years, weaving its way through different religions and being kept alive as mothers pass the skills, tools and techniques to their children.

What the heck is 'deck' in the Rim country


With what's in and fashionable changing faster than you can say, "August Doin's? What's August Doin's?," it's not surprising to find yet another new book on the latest trends and fads.

Monday, March 3

American Gulch proposal called a ‘win-win' idea

The proposed American Gulch Plan -- a 200-foot-wide channel running from Sawmill Crossing to Green Valley Park -- would mean much more to the town than just a way to control flooding in the area.

ADEQ studies removal of MTBE from water supply

With the discovery of a gas additive in two production wells in Payson, the town water department and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, are examining different strategies to remove the contaminant before it gets into the drinking water.

Glenn "Red" Baum

Glenn "Red" Baum died Feb. 28, 2003.

Clock ticking for project selection committee

The newly appointed group of residents selecting bond projects for the town is already racing the clock.

Lone holdout opposed to land exchange

A lone holdout is opposing a proposed land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and the Ellison Creek Homeowners Association.

Templeton G. "T.G." Neely

Templeton G. "T.G." Neely, 70, of Payson, died Feb. 22, 2003 in Tucson.

Yoga your way to better health


Tony Alfano believes in the benefits of yoga. Even on a snowy day, turnout for his classes at Payson Athletic Club is good.

The pitfalls of economic development in Payson

Since our last administration became so heavily involved with economic development and business activity, our town has continued to wander away from providing the basic needs of our existing citizens.

Teacher of the Year a visionary


Don't tell Michelle Gibbar, Rim Country Middle School English teacher, that eighth-graders are the worst age to teach.

How the Payson Clinic got its start


The history of medicine in the Rim country is filled with drama and the heroics of many citizens.

Walking with your dog: pleasure or pain?


Dogs love a walk. They love to get out of the yard and see and sniff and smell and do those things that dogs do.

Payson teens go to Grand Canyon Games

A pair of Rim country sports teams showcased their high-flying athletic acts at the 2003 edition of the Grand Canyon State Winter Games.

Longhorn golfers prepare for links season

The Payson High School golf team could be a little rusty when the 2003 campaign tees off tomorrow (Wednesday) in Snowflake.

Rim angler hooks Roosevelt lunker

It took only seconds for Rim country angler Jon Elliott to realize he had hooked a trophy sized large mouth bass.

Wrestlers earn All-Star honors

Payson High School's sterling mat reputation was further enhanced when a trio of Longhorn seniors wrestled their way to postseason all-star victories.

Buying water company not in community's best interest

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.

Council needs to step up and do the right thing

We, citizens of Payson, all of us immigrants from other places, live in what I dare say is the most beautiful and exciting place in the state of Arizona.

What's up?

Q: How long is it safe to keep tap water for drinking in five gallon plastic containers?

Logging for wood products and forest health

When criticizing others, one should use factual information so the public is not misinformed. I'm referring to Bob Rhodes' letter, "Environmental Laws, Forest Go Hand in Hand" (Payson Roundup, Feb. 25).

Libraries: A valuable tool for parents

If there is one gift we can give our children that will guide them in every aspect of their lives, it's to help them discover the joy of reading. Reading opens doors of imagination, education and realization. It provides an escape for our minds, food for our intellect and helps us better understand this wondrous world in which we live.

Homecoming queen vying for state title

After traversing the obstacle course to Payson High School homecoming queen, senior Katie Whelan has decided to continue her quest by competing for the title of Arizona's Homecoming Queen.

Payson hears a Who

Gail Gorry, principal at Frontier Elementary School, dressed as the famous Cat-in-the-Hat character to read Dr. Seuss books to FES students Monday.