Stories for May 2003


Thursday, May 29

Realtors make Memorial Day donation to soldiers' families

Longtime residents of Rim country are familiar with one of its first real estate companies, Bishop Realty in Pine, which has since become Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty.

Pine goes to Stage 5 water measures

Pine Water Company imposed Stage 5 restrictions over the Memorial Day weekend when water storage levels plunged to 40 percent of capacity.

Students re-create Carnival Village

People at Green Valley Park Friday afternoon witnessed angels and eagles walking among fairies, dancing flames and skipping musical notes.

Mary Ann (Conway) McCarn

Mary Ann (Conway) McCarn died May 20, 2003.

Glenn Donald Smith

Glenn Donald Smith, 77, died May 25, 2003, in Payson.

Highline joins with Tucson firm

Highline Civil Engineering, a consulting engineering firm based in Payson, joined forces in March with Tucson-based Castro Engineering Corp. to expand its services and operating region.

Town to hold special election in September

The town of Payson will hold a special election Sept. 9, 2003.

Rebekah René Rice

Rebekah René Rice was born at 1:27 a.m. May 8, 2003.

Please obey forest restrictions


The weather is great and everyone is outside having fun.

Let's pray for early monsoon season


This week is the last week in May, and time has flown past so fast, I don't remember springtime. Most of the lilacs in Tonto Village did not bloom this year, and we are keeping our fingers crossed about the apple blossoms. The light frost that we had the first week in May could have spelled disaster to the blooms.

Pool opens this weekend, without Quinlan

Due to a lack of qualified lifeguards and the resignation of longtime Taylor Pool manager Jim Quinlan, the popular local swimming spot did not open May 24 as originally scheduled.

Spring ball ends; summer program on tap

Aspiring Longhorn junior varsity and varsity football players wrapped up spring football practices yesterday (Thursday) afternoon with a scrimmage on the Rumsey Park south field.

Summer season kicks off in grand style


The somewhat quiet weekend after the very busy Memorial Day weekend allows both full-time residents and visitors time to relax, wander through the shops and galleries in Pine and Strawberry, enjoy a good meal at one of the restaurants and visit the museum and Strawberry schoolhouse.

Koenemans celebrate 60th anniversary

Gene and Alice (Schwager) Koeneman were married on May 29, 1943 at Christ Church in Oak Park, Ill. They honeymooned at Deep Lake, Ill.

Jason Matthew Gutierrez

Jason "J Bird" Matthew Gutierrez, 29, of Payson, died May 26, 2003.

Mad Dawg's moving to Mogollon Grille

It's about to get a lot easier to partake of "the hot dogs and sandwiches that people have come to love."

Walden joins list of All Stars

Add 18-year-old Taylor Walden to the roster of Payson High School baseball players who have been invited to participate in the 2003 Arizona Baseball Coaches Association 1A through 3A All-Star game.

Town barrel racing, pole bending series begins next week

In founding the Buckle Series of barrel racing and pole bending, Charlene Hunt hopes to fill a void in the Rim country recreation scene.

Little League season under way

Rim country Little League action has been fast and furious since the 2003 campaign began during opening day ceremonies April 26.

What's up?

Q: Is it true that the new video store going in next door to Arby's is going to be carrying pornographic stuff?

Grandmothers speak out against abortion

Rebuttal to Ms. Pappas of Pine, of May 6, 2003:

Thanks for reminding us about Memorial Day

The Roundup is certainly the written wind under our wings in Payson. I would have to go back to the Milwaukee Journal of the 1950s to remember a newspaper with such enjoyable and newsworthy content. Well, keep it up, and thanks for the editorial on Memorial Day.

Don't water vending machines benefit us all?

I am concerned about Payson removing pure water vending machines. Its been noted that each machine wastes 3-10 gallons of water per gallon purified. Certainly a lot of water, but is it really wasted?

Help the schools, get involved

As this school year comes to an end, I wanted to take the opportunity to let the community know what an eye-opening opportunity I had in working for Payson High School this year.

Council, chief, town manager take steps to move forward

The statement I read at the May 22 council meeting was crafted during a lengthy meeting with Town Manager Fred Carpenter and Police Chief Gordy Gartner, and there are action items for each of us.

Council goes to bat for people, animals in need

Although the town is experiencing a tough budget year, it was reassuring to see that the town council continues to see the value of Payson's nonprofit organizations.

Open house draws support for control of OHVs

Better management of off-highway vehicles is a concept that seems to have overwhelming support among Rim country residents -- and around the state.

Committee anguishes over funding requests

A three-member nonprofit ad hoc committee of the Payson Town Council met Tuesday afternoon to make final budget recommendations for local nonprofit organizations.

Grace O. Ingamells

Grace O. Ingamells, 82, of Payson, died May 26, 2003.

Tuesday, May 27

Natural Bridge one of Rim country's treasures

The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is a little off the beaten path, but this 160-acre jewel under the Rim is well worth the side trip.

Sleepy towns offer plenty of fun

Pine and Strawberry are small mountain hamlets nestled beneath the Mogollon Rim.

Where to go for information

Visitors and residents alike will find it worth their time to stop by both the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Ranger District Office of the Tonto National Forest, two places packed with information.

Festivals, fun events abound

The claim of "Payson -- Festival Capital of Arizona" passed from popular use in the 21st century, but a look at the jam-packed calendar of summer events shows there is still a firm grasp on the concept of offering a wide array of entertainment and activities to the Rim country's summer visitors.

Take an historical tour of the Mogollon Rim

The Rim country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.

Take a drive in the country

The highway east of Payson winds through pine-studded mountains where pioneers made history, treasure hunters discovered Arizona diamonds, and visionaries carved out unique and interesting communities. This scenic two-hour drive is a relaxing way to get acquainted with the Rim country.

Main Street: Where it all began

For many years, Main Street was the social center for much of the Rim country, according to town historian Stan Brown. Once a dusty thoroughfare, it featured mercantile stores, saloons, hotels, boarding houses, livery stables, a blacksmith shop and a sawmill.

Antiquing through the Rim country

Rim country has many quaint shops for the antique hound. Those who have a particular fondness for cowboy artifacts and Western treasures will enjoy what the area has to offer. Yet some stores carry the kind of antiques you'd think were only available on the East Coast or Europe, not northern Arizona.

Tonto forest a place of endless surprises

Residents and visitors to the Rim country enjoy one of America's truly magnificent natural settings. In fact the Mogollon Rim ranks with the Grand Canyon as the state's two most spectacular landforms.

Local villages offer plenty to see, do

Small, yet vibrant communities are sprinkled throughout Rim country and provide visitors with a host of things to do and varied scenery to enjoy.

Learn life's cycle at fish hatchery

A popular bumper sticker proclaims, "A bad day fishing is better than a good day in the office."

Explore the forest on your own two feet

Mention hiking in the Rim country and the first trails that come to mind are the General Crook on top of the Rim and the Highline below it. Both run east to west, and are relatively level in comparison to others that can change hundreds of feet in elevation in less than a few miles.

How to get to the trail less traveled

The Mogollon Rim country for decades has been a favorite destination of hikers and horsemen from all over the Southwest.

Family entertainment

Payson's best place to practice your swing -- Manny's Batting Cages -- features seven batting cages, arcades and pool tables. Manny's is at 1207 N. Beeline Highway, and is open during the summer from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week (hours may vary).

Kick up your heels at August Doin's

Often the most important participant in a watershed activity doesn't truly appreciate that he or she will be remembered in history for having a vision.

Teenage guitar prodigy strums his stuff


At the age of 15, Austin Edgar is fast becoming known as a guitar prodigy.

Is Payson ready for a poet laureate?


The sun came up over Payson that Friday -- as it is wont to do.

Recipes to welcome summer


Summer recipes should be fast, easy and require little or no cooking -- in my opinion.

The history of the Apache Trail


Leaving the Valley and heading home on the Beeline Highway, we saw the big, lighted sign informing everyone, "Route 87 closed at Bush Highway." We kept going, as did everyone else, only to be diverted to Globe when we reached the turnoff to Saguaro Lake. The road was closed in both directions due to the frightful crash of a gasoline tanker.

Glimpse the past at local ruins

Archeologists say there's evidence of nearby settlements dating to 9500 B.C., though the most visible sites were occupied from about 1000 to 1150 A.D.

Welcome to Rim country

On a Sunday afternoon in May, I sat at my favorite spot on the East Verde River, looking for inspiration to write this introduction.

Pitch a tent, stay a while

Eager to escape the searing desert heat, Valley residents flock each summer to the cool respite of the Mogollon Rim.

Roosevelt Lake campgrounds

The Windy Hill Recreation Site includes 347 camp units, drinking water, fire rings with grills, picnic tables, shade ramadas, a fish cleaning station, amphitheater, playgrounds, showers, toilets, phone, tent and camp units.

Rim Country Calendar

The summer months in Arizona Rim Country are filled with a variety of activities.

Don't fight the lure of the fish

The Rim country offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities during the summer months.

Monday, May 26

Payson police make Star Valley bust

A former Payson resident, already arrested on drug charges once this year, was arrested in Star Valley Friday.

Man dies in Memorial Day rollover

An early morning accident on west-bound Highway 260 claimed the life of a 29-year-old Payson resident.

Officials consider limiting OHV use in forests

Better management of off-highway vehicles in national forests is the focus of a new proposal that will be discussed at an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Rim Country Middle School gym.

School menus

The following menus are planned for May 28 through May 30:

OHV meeting in Flagstaff Thursday

Owners of ATVs might want to travel to Flagstaff Thursday to submit their comments regarding a proposal to limit off-highway vehicles to existing roads and trails in five Arizona national forests including Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Prescott.

Four clubs play doesn't stall PMGA

Armed with only three clubs and a putter, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association played a spirited "low net by flights" tournament May 21 at Payson Golf Course.

Former Horn heads to NCAA Western Regional

Former Payson High School three-sport star Jeremy Hoff will lead the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks into the inaugural NCAA Western Regional track and field championships May 30 and 31 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Hoyt earns ducat to Greensboro

Rim country golfing phenom Billy Bob Hoyt has received an invitation to compete in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the American Junior Golf Association tour.

Ray invited to ACA Red/Blue game

Payson High School senior Rachel Ray has been invited to compete in the Arizona Coaches Association Red vs. Blue All-Star Fast Pitch Softball Game when it is played at 6:30 p.m. June 5 in Casa Grande.

Waters, Richard

Master Sergeant Richard Waters, the son of Diane and Tom Waters of Pine, is a career man with the U.S. Air Force.

Salazar, John Paul

Sgt. John Paul Salazar is with the Army National Guard.

Meyer, Kirk and Doug

Technical Sgt. Kirk Meyer, with the U.S. Army, and Staff Sgt. Doug Meyer, with the U.S. Air Force, both entered the military in 1987.

Marsha Maurine Hopson

Marsha Maurine Hopson, 61, of Payson, died May 21, 2003.

Rivas honored for community service

James Rivas, a 19-year-old graduate of Payson Center for Success high school, has received the Prudential Spirit of Community award for his exemplary volunteer service.

Local art teacher retires after 22 years

For hundreds of Rim country residents, the news that Alberta Cook is retiring conjures reminiscences of her beginning oil and water color classes.

What's up?

Q: With the water restrictions recently imposed on Payson residents, when is the town council going to exercise some kind of leadership in putting a moratorium on building subdivisions?

Personal problems should not become town problems

The (advertisement) in the Payson Roundup entitled Citizens for Better Payson Government was not written by a group that speaks for the majority of Payson.

Are police doing a good job? You be the judge

One of the most desired measurements of good "Quality of Life" is a safe community, a place where we can move about at will and not feel threatened. This safe feeling can only come about as a result of good enforcement of laws by police and fire personnel.

Responsible newspapers foster debate

Lately, the Roundup has taken some heat for its expressed opinions on the issue of a police department audit and the Tyler Parkway speed limit brouhaha.

Lessons of freedom, and children who listen

Monday was an amazing Memorial Day in the Rim country.

Provide protection for your pet from the hot summer sun


Each summer, dogs are hospitalized and even die due to hypothermia or heatstroke.

Hunt retires after 25 years of service

Last Tuesday, longtime resident and founding family matriarch Mary Hunt retired from the Pine Library Board and the Pine Strawberry Historical Society Board after 25 years of continuous volunteer service.

Back when the war began in the Rim country, Part 1


Abraham Lincoln had declared Arizona a Territory, separate from New Mexico, in February of 1863.

Female pastor takes reins of Mount Cross


Elaine Watskey, new pastor at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, is not the first female pastor in the Rim country -- but she is currently the only one.

Snore no more: Cutting-edge surgery ends sleepless nights


Snoring is annoying, but it is not a bad habit. Dr. Peter Zonakis explained it is due to the formation of the palate and base of the tongue. When there is too little space between the two -- because of the thickness of the base of the tongue -- air flow is restricted and snoring results.

Nonprofits make their case for town money

Local organizations went before the town council requesting financial help at a special meeting last Tuesday night. Although the town may not be able to be as generous as in previous years.

Travel business moves to keep up with the times

A majority of financial reports you hear these days have some mention of how tough things are in the travel business, especially for the airlines.

Voice of Rodeo fire returns to Rim country

Jim Paxon, the man most associated with reports about the Rodeo-Chediski Fire last summer, will return to the Rim country as a guest speaker next month.

Tyler speed limit controversy ends in compromise

A handful of vocal residents living off Tyler Parkway attended Thursday's town council meeting to urge councilors to reconsider the new 40 mph speed limit that was approved 6-1 two weeks earlier.

Remembering ...

Rim country residents paused to honor fallen veterans at several organized Memorial Day events Monday.

Thursday, May 22

Three students receive Rusty Cooper scholarships


Payson High School students, John Ewing, John Charles Jackman and Lauri Leafty each received a $2,200 college scholarship Saturday from the 7th Annual Rusty Cooper Memorial Starship Golf Tournament at Pine Meadows Country Club in Overgaard.

Long shot Rio Rico outduels Globe, Payson at state

Rio Rico -- the South region's fourth-place finisher -- tallied 81 points to propel the school's track and field team to the Class 3A state boys championship over runner-up Globe (76) and bronze medalist Payson (69.5).

Tonto Apaches take all at Vegas meet

Fueled by the efforts of Josh Quotskuyva and Mike Waterman, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team posted a meet-leading 204 points to win the championship of the Flyers Invitational meet May 10 and 11 at Cimarron High School in Las Vegas, Nev.

Time to take a hard line on conservation

In a recent article in the US News and World Report, there was a discussion of the problems resulting from the drought in the Western U.S. Many towns are outgrowing their water supply.

Help make new animal shelter a reality

The surge of interest in local politics has inspired me to pay more attention to an issue dear to my heart: the state-of-the-art animal shelter that has been discussed for two years, and which Payson and the dedicated Humane Society staff deserve.

Politics, police shouldn't mix

Payson is fortunate in having Gordy Gartner as their Police Chief. I have known him for many years and I speak as a person of a police executive background.

Bravo "Little Women" production!

Congratulations to the cast and everyone involved in the Payson High School production of "Little Women". What an enjoyable evening my friend and I had last night at the Payson High School theater.

June Marie Flesher

June Marie Flesher, 80, of Tonto Basin, died May 20, 2003.

PHS well represented on All-Star team

The coaches' ballots have been counted and the Payson Longhorns are well represented on the All-East, All-State, Arizona Baseball Coaches Association and Arizona Coaches Association All-Star teams.

What's up?

Q: I recently spoke to the Payson Water Department and they said they have no intention of notifying people that the town is at Level 2 water restrictions. Why can't they just send a mailing out to notify everybody?

AHCCCS failing Gila County patients

If Jennifer Cotney's 5-month-old son gets sick, she knows where to take him.

Governor declares bark beetle emergency

Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a proclamation Thursday declaring a state of emergency in Arizona as a result of the devastation caused by the growing pine bark beetle infestation and the simultaneous threat of fire in the areas affected by the beetle.

Four area forests under fire restrictions

Campfire and smoking restrictions were implemented this week in four national forests.

Henley changes sides on controversial police audit

Town hall was packed for what was predicted to be a contentious session as the issue of an external audit of the police department was embedded in the meeting's agenda.

Rim country Memorial Day ceremonies will honor war dead

Payson Womans Club and Rim Country Museum proudly present Payson Pioneer Cemetery Annual Memorial Day service, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, May 26, at the south gate of the cemetery.

Where do these people get their licenses?

Regarding the column by Christy Wrather for Pine/ Strawberry, (May 15 Roundup). The request being made for speeders in Pine/Strawberry to slow down and observe the 35 mph speed?

Clarkes celebrate 60th

Mr. and Mrs. Carrol Clarke will celebrate their 60th Anniversary on May 26, 2003.

Pine Water imposes Stage 2 restrictions

With the holiday weekend expected to bring extra visitors to Pine, Stage 2 conservation restrictions have been imposed by Pine Water Company effective immediately.

OHV limits topic of FS meeting

A proposal to limit off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to existing roads and trails will be the topic of a Tonto National Forest open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the Rim Country Middle School gym.

Hill, Frank wed

Ed and Allene Hill announce the marriage of their son, Timothy Ike Hill to Toni Lyn Frank, daughter of James and Chrysanne Henry of Hyrum, Utah.

Depleted Lady Horns fall to 10th at state

Lady Longhorn fans could only wonder "what if" as they watched the Round Valley girls, buoyed by the efforts of four former PHS athletes, run away with the Class 3A state championship May 17 at Queen Creek High School.

James Martindale

James Martindale, 72, of Payson, died May 8, 2003.

Pamper yourself at Payson Day Spa and Salon

The new, 5,100-square-foot Payson Day Spa and Salon on Highway 260 started five years ago as Payson Therapeutic Massage Center at 616 S. Beeline.

Local business briefs

Movies, movies and more movies. The Rim country will soon be home to the Movie Gallery at 300 E. Highway 260, Payson.

Busy Memorial Day weekend on tap in P-S


The Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one in Pine and Strawberry.

Memorial Day not meant to start summer

This weekend, Americans will be heading to the beach, the forests, the mountains. They'll be attending baseball games, shopping fantastic Memorial Day sales, and consuming countless hot dogs at backyard barbecues.

Summit prints only official PHS sports calendar

Spring and summer is the time of the year when out-of-town advertising firms begin their efforts to hawk Payson High School sports schedules and calendars.

Personal life does not affect one's ability to lead

A little information from Ken Murphy's co-workers and friends:

Siler tribute Sunday at PHS auditorium

Past students, parents and friends are invited to "Siler and His Kids," a special surprise retirement gala for John Siler, long-time Payson High School drama teacher.

Temperatures rising in Rim country


Whew! The temperatures shot up when I was not ready. I haven't gotten all of my summer clothes out yet, I was still using sweat pants and long-sleeve shirts. I had errands in Payson today and the temperature was 91 degrees.

Tuesday, May 20

Senior survey

The Roundup asked Payson High School's graduating class of 2003 to respond to a survey before they graduate and make their way in the post high school world.

PHS graduates the class of 2003

Payson High School seniors will graduate during a commencement exercise to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at the PHS football field.

Monday, May 19

Fruth family sets sports aside for night of music, inspiration

Former Lady Longhorn basketball coach, ex-PHS assistant football coach, and longtime high school sports official Tim Fruth has returned to his rocker roots -- Well, sort of ...

John Charles Ryan

John Charles Ryan, 52, of Phoenix, died May 9, 2003 in Strawberry.

Mayor creating ‘hostility,' chief says

Mayor Ken Murphy's latest statements about the Payson Police Department on KMOG radio have prompted Police Chief Gordon Gartner to write a memo to Town Manager Fred Carpenter declaring a hostile work environment at town hall.

Campfires, smoking banned in forest

A combination of continuing drought and thousands of acres of dead trees from bark beetle infestation have resulted in campfire and smoking restrictions beginning today (Tuesday) in a large portion of the Rim country's forests.

Council encountering rough water Thursday

Continuing controversies over speed limits and an outside audit of the police department are on the agenda for Thursday's council meeting.

Piestewa, Schum honors highlight Memorial Day

Honors for deceased U.S. Army PFC Lori Piestewa and former Payson Mayor Ray Schum will be among the highlights of Memorial Day services.

Can residents' clout color council votes on parkway?

Ever since Tyler Parkway was created several years ago, it has been an agonizing experience for even the sanest of motorists.

Gartner's accusations about mayor shocking

We find the accusations leveled by Police Chief Gordon Gartner against Mayor Murphy to be shocking. If the statements and actions attributed to Mayor Ken Murphy are true and supportable, they are clear evidence of the demoralizing impact the mayor has had on the people who work for our town.

An open letter to Ken Murphy:

I support honest, effective town governing.

When did Henley get insight into police work?

It would seem from Mr. Henley's comments in the article printed in the Payson Roundup on May 13, 2003 that he believes the Payson Town Manager and the Payson Chief of Police are absolutely incapable of doing their jobs of managing the Payson Police Department without his oversight.

Playground work progresses with help from many

Julia Randall Elementary (J.R.E.) school is moving forward on the finishing stages of the playground renovation for grades 1-3.

Mildred E. de Szendeffy

Mildred E. de Szendeffy, 82, of Payson, died May 16, 2003.

Payson's taxes already too high, new projects will cost $13 million

The citizens of Payson need to wake up and realize that we will be voting in September on more than $9-million in bond issues for items including road projects, improvements to the multi-event center, public safety, etc.

Thanks for educating this new educator

I would like to thank R.C.M.S. for allowing me to do my student-teaching there. I arrived with much trepidation, but everyone helped me to feel right at home. The staff is a wonderful group of people.

Winners take home loot from Rodeo drawings

The winners lined up at the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee booth this weekend to take home their prizes from the 50/50 drawing.

What's up?

Q: Is it true that airplanes are not allowed to fly over Chaparral Pines or The Rim Club?

Colleen Jane Ashurst

Colleen Jane Ashurst, 78, died May 14, 2003.

Thomas Earl Gesen

Thomas Earl Gesen, 73, of Payson, died May 14, 2003.

Two killed in Highway 260 accident

A Michigan couple were killed when a load of shoring material came loose from a westbound truck and crashed into their vehicle.

Residents called to action for Flag Day

Payson has an opportunity to solidify its reputation as the flag capital of Arizona.

Jam-packed sports agenda wipes away summer doldrums

A series of Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored sports camps will eliminate any excuses youngsters might have for choosing a couch-potato lifestyle this summer.

Marjorie Mae Jeannerett

Marjorie Mae Jeannerett, 84, resident of Payson, died May 15, 2003.

Horn state express derailed by Sedona's record pace

The two-day Class 3A state score card of 618 turned in by the Longhorn golf team May 13 and 14 would have been good enough in past years to win a championship.

17th annual Stocking Stuffer Golf Tourney tees up

Early birds for the 17th Annual Payson Stocking Stuffer Benefit Golf Tournament will be entered in a drawing if they register for the June contest by May 23.

Wife leads couples fishing team to victory

Much of the credit for the Pirch family budget increase of more than $3,000 must go to Clifford Pirch's wife, Alicia.

Diamondbacks return kids camps to Rim

Diamond Training Centers have been a highlight of the Rim country summer sports season since the professional club first began hosting the camps three years ago.

All survive two aircraft emergencies at aerofair

With his son and two young granddaughters in the plane, the Glendale pilot decided to abort the landing and come around for a second try, but something went wrong that would set the stage for two aircraft emergencies.

PHS principal retires to teach college math

Payson High School Principal Phil Gille is retiring at the age of 55 -- so he can take a full-time job.

Billy Ray Black

Billy Ray Black, 72, resident of Payson, died May 14, 2003.

Local gardener cites Rim country challenges


The first thing most diehard gardeners do when they show you around is to apologize for something that isn't quite growing like it should.

Pound wants to be nation's fairest sheriff


Expect to hear the name Kim Pound a lot in the coming months. If all goes according to plan, he will be a candidate for Gila County Sheriff.

Back when Forest Lakes was a mining camp


As Memorial Day weekend comes upon us, our fancy turns to thoughts of vacations.

Thursday, May 15

Branstetter, Brown to wed

Barney and Shannon Branstetter would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan to William (Willie) Brown, son of Cindy Brown, and Bill and Lori Brown.

No Arizona force more responsible than Payson Police Department

There isn't a finer, more responsible police force in Arizona than the one in Payson.

Tax cuts mean job growth

Right on, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt of Payson.

Rhoades to build individuals as well as a team

The Payson High School Longhorn football coaching baton has been passed from Steve Saben to first-year head coach Jerry Rhoades.

Horns can only watch baseball season end

After having been eliminated in the second round of the Class 3A Arizona State baseball tournament, the Payson Longhorns are now relegated to watching the final four from the bleachers of Maryvale Baseball Park.

Murphy is full of sour grapes

Someone had better take Murphy out of the wine-making business. He's eaten too much of the fruit in his stomping vat. It turned bad in him, and he's full of his own sour grapes!

Keep Planned Parenthood out of town

Planned parenthood is not the solution.

What's up?

Q: I'm concerned. I just found out that there is a drug rehab home at 307 South Bassett Lane called Stepshouse. This is right in a residential area where many families with children and elderly people live. Are the residents being given drugs like methadone to get them off hard drugs, and what security measures are being taken to protect residents in this neighborhood?

Carriage rides newest Main Street attraction

Carriage rides around Green Valley Park is the latest attraction on Main Street.

Curtis, Jerimy

Jerimy "Bo" Curtis, a 1998 graduate of Payson High School, is an Airman with the U.S. Air Force. He is currently stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Jacksonville, Ark.

Soetekouw, Jenifer

First Lt. Jenifer A. Soetekouw is a clinical nurse at 56th Medical Operations at Luke Air Force Base.

Our young people doing great things


Dallas Rensch has been awarded an athletic scholarship to Southern Utah, famous for its excellent basketball program. He is finishing out his senior year at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

Marissa Anne Ormand

Marissa Anne Ormand was born at Payson Regional Medical Center March 23, 2003 to Karen and Richard Ormand of Payson.

Now's the time to take care when outside


It's starting to warm up and we all need to be careful when we are outside.

Luau fun slated for Sunday


Plan to attend the Luau sponsored by Strawberry's Elite on Sunday, May 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry.

Parks to bring back tennis and scuba classes

Tennis buffs will soon have the opportunity to fine-tune their skills under the supervision of an accredited teaching pro.

Lure tricks will get lazy bass to bite


Many anglers have been wondering where the bass have gone in Roosevelt. It's been pretty slim pickin's if you've tried your luck lately.

Lady Horns hook bronze at track regionals

A score sheet of 112.5 points earned the Lady Longhorns a third place finish at the East regional track and field championships meet May 9 and 10 at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside.

Lobbying efforts for bypass study need to start now

If Payson wants a bypass merely to relieve local traffic congestion, improve access to businesses located on 87 and 260, avoid future bond issues to relieve growing traffic congestion, and to sort out through traffic needing Payson services from other through traffic, then it should immediately initiate action to obtain feasibility and other required studies necessary for the bypass project.

Track team takes region's top honors, heads to state this weekend

The powerful Payson Longhorn boys track and field team has left little doubt it is the premier crew in Class 3A East region.

Joel Radtke

Joel "Whitey" Radtke, 54 of Dobbins, Calif., died May 5, 2003 in Marysville, Calif.

Oestmann, Ferrara engaged

Dr. and Mrs. Alfonso Muñoz of Payson and Mr. & Mrs. Dale Oestmann of Pine are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Dawne Oestmann to Mr. Christopher Ferrara, son of Carmela Ferrara of Phoenix and the late Frank Ferrara.

Will all reverse osmosis systems be forced out?

In Tuesday, May 6 Roundup ‘What's Up' -- the question concerning the disconnecting the water vending machines. Buzz Walker states that we have a new town ordinance that bans the use of reverse osmosis water. This should be listed with an ordinance number.

Civility sadly lacking toward one another

I would like to address what I believe is a serious problem in our community and our country: the lack of mutual respect and civility. The cartoon on the editorial page May 13 is what prompted this letter.

Muller, Carnes to marry

Joe Muller and Brenda Carnes will be married June 7, 2003. A dinner-dance reception will be held at Happy Jack Lodge at 5 p.m.

Ready to rumble

Dick Garn, a member of Payson's Pro Rodeo Committee, gets a good look at a bull named "Wild Thing," part of the stock brought into Payson Thursday for this weekend's 2003 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo.

Tainted water improves

Efforts to reduce a dry cleaning chemical in town water appear to be working. The announcement was made at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) meeting to update residents on the cleanup of Payson's contaminated groundwater Tuesday night.

Mayor clarifies allegations about police made on radio

During an interview program on local radio station KMOG Tuesday, Mayor Ken Murphy made a statement about the Payson Police Department that has increased tensions at Town Hall.

P/S water board looks at utility purchase

Pine Water Company customers will soon be paying more for water, but the day may come when they make their payments to another company.

JRE students sing out at Utah music fest

Youngsters in the after-school choir at Julia Randall Elementary School started their last month of the school year with a trip to Utah.

Get involved ... serve your community

Looking for something to do that tasks your free time and talents? Many of our citizens, particularly those within the retired community, have expressed a desire to "become involved" in community affairs, or to "make a difference" in the community.

Tree Pro owner helps library

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Shane Owens, a young man who grew up in Payson and is the owner of Tree Pro.

Clarifying ‘Our View' vs. ‘My View'

Most people know that in every edition of a newspaper a reader can expect to find a written editorial expressing the opinion of the management staff or the editorial board of that particular paper. This is true for most traditional news publications throughout the country.

Community responds to library vandalism

Ashley Allen's bench is back in its customary place in front of the Payson Public Library, and a second bench built by a high school student has been presented to the library.

Helen R. Dixon

Helen R. Dixon, 88, of Payson, died May 9, 2003.

Officer Mike Spaulding is a true animal lover

I was stuck in Phoenix due to the explosion on Highway 87, and could not get home to my animals for the night.

Tuesday, May 13

Cloning around with rodeo roughstock


This is about an exciting new application for cloning, and whatever your religious, moral and ethical values, I ask that you hear me out -- the future of rodeo could depend on it.

Real roundup grub for Spring Rodeo fans


Rodeo's roots stem from competition between real cowboys determined to show who had the best skills around.

Mammy Haught: a Rim country matriarch


They called her "Mammy." She was born in England Dec. 22, 1869, the youngest of six children in the Bell family. As was the custom, none of the children had middle names. She was Sarah Bell.

Welcome to the annual Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo

Rodeos are marvels of efficiency.

Monday, May 12

Living with the threat of fire


The wildfire season started this week. There was an acre fire near the Whispering Pines area Monday, plus two others during the weekend, one about a tenth of an acre and the other two-tenths of an acre, according to a spokesperson at the Payson District office of the Tonto National Forest. All were the result of campfires abandoned before they were dead.

Creighton, Crabdree named teachers of the year

Two more Payson Unified School District teachers have received teacher of the year honors.

Orozco's heroics no surprise

Listening to Payson High School junior Mike Orozco relive the harrowing details of his near-death experience on the Beeline Highway sent chills tingling down my spine.

Actions of Murphy, Henley are absurd and a waste

Regarding your editorial "Murphy and Henley should let it go."

PHS stars shine

Accompanied by her father Roy, freshman Rebekah Sandoval sings an emotional rendition of the Martina McBride song "Concrete Angel" at the Payson High School Spring Concert Thursday.

Town water restrictions instituted

Level II water conservation restrictions are now in place for town of Payson water customers as mandated by the new water conservation ordinance that took effect March 1.

New courses, new boards strengthen Gila college

A series of recent developments and initiatives by the Gila Community College District suggests that the fledgling district is moving forward.

Contestants vie for Silver Crown Showdown honors

The young women who seek the title of Miss Rodeo Arizona wish to promote the sport of rodeo and the Western way of life.

From life in a commune to college contributor


With two sons named Lars and Nels, it isn't hard to figure out where Sarah Nelson's roots lie.

Back when Clint Wingfield was murdered


The family name of Wingfield conjures up many Rim country stories, none more famous than the murder of Clint Wingfield.

WQARF sites updated at town meeting

The Payson Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF) Site Community Advisory Board is meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Manzanita Manor Nursing Home dining room at 807 W. Longhorn Road.

Dogs and cats can suffer from allergies


With these windy days, many of us are complaining about the annoying effects of allergies. Allergies have also been found in dogs, cats, horses, sheep and cows. It is estimated that 15 percent of dogs in the United States suffer from allergies or hypersensitivities, according to Center Laboratories in Port Washington NY.

Murphy needs to grow up and take responsibility

It's time that Mayor Murphy stopped using the power of his office to further his personal vendetta against the Payson Police Department and Police Chief Gartner.

Resource conservation is everyone's responsibility

Nobody really needs to be reminded that another summer is upon us. Or that the drought we were hoping might be minimized by a wet winter wasn't.

Police review would be enhancement

There were several misrepresentations in the Friday, May 9, 2003 editorial in the Payson Roundup that I would like to address. I have spent many hours over the past several months on town issues, including water and community development, as well as the police department. I have done this because, as an elected councilmember, I am one of seven that has responsibility and authority for setting policy and approving budgets for the town of Payson.

Proud of publisher who spoke up

I said it before, and I'll say it again, Payson Roundup readers should be glad they have Richard Haddad for a publisher. His stand on social issues, reflected in his op-ed pieces, is consistently refreshing and reassuring -- especially in light of the lockstep, one-dimensional mindset of most newspapers and their publishers, who seem to have diluted journalistic standards and thrown ethics and moral ideals out the window for the sake of increased circulation and lucrative advertising revenue.

There are other ways to solve our water problem

A positive approach to solving our water problem.

County must train its animal control officers

The news has traveled to our office about the Gila County animal control officer who committed a terrible injustice to a Great Dane and its owners, Mary Hansen and family.

Allen family battling cancer yet again

I stopped by the library to return some books last Sunday evening. I could not believe what I saw. It was worse than heartbreaking to see little Ashley Frank's memorial bench smashed by someone who was devastatingly oblivious to the impact that could have on the family.

What's up?

Q: In the outlying areas like Mesa del Caballo and Beaver Valley, they're cleaning up around the perimeters (to reduce the fire danger). My understanding is that the fire departments are getting paid to do that, but then they're asking for volunteers. Which is it -- a volunteer situation or are they getting paid?

Johnsons celebrate 50th anniversary

Loren and Vanessa Johnson were married May 23, 1953 in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Anne M. Churley

Anne M. Churley, 84, died May 8, 2003 in Payson.

Mary G. Kaczmarcyk

Mary G. Kaczmarcyk, 95, died May 8, 2003 in Payson.

Roland J. Robinson

Roland J. Robinson, 90, of Payson, died May 12, 2003.

2003 wildfire season starts

It is only mid-May and the Mogollon Rim wildfire season has already started.

WML final heats up PHS track

More than 300 middle school and junior high school qualifiers gathered May 8 on the new Payson High School all-weather track to participate in the White Mountain League track and field finals.

Payson teen tapped for New Zealand hunt

For 17-year-old Micah Crabdree, hunting has always been a way of life.

Hunt pitches for barrels, poles

If Charlene Hunt of the town Parks and Recreation Department has her druthers, barrel racing and pole bending will soon become a big part of the Payson summer recreation scene.

Chase to state glory ends in first round

The Lady Longhorns' quest to earn Payson High School's first state softball championship came to a screeching halt Friday morning at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix.

Pro to host court lessons

Rim country tennis teaching pro and Payson Tennis School owner Diane Jackson has issued a personal invitation for court buffs to hone their skills at a series of summer lessons.

PMGA set for Dewey

The Payson Mens Golf Association tuned up for tomorrow's (Wednesday) trip to Quailwood Country Club in Dewey with a low gross/low net tournament held May 7 at Payson Golf Course.

Batting tourney raises funds

A batting tournament at Manny's Batting Cages will help raise funds to send Rim Country Middle School student Kourtney Pearce to New York for a modeling and acting contest with International Modeling and Talent.

Thursday, May 8

Peggy J. Taylor

Peggy Joyce Taylor, 67, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003 in Payson.

Aerofair excitement returns for 2003

Scenic flights for the public will return to the 2003 Payson Aerofair.

PHS drama presents 'Little Women'

The Payson High School Drama Department's rendition of "Little Women" opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the Black Box Theatre.

What's Up?

Q: People who donated $85 were promised an inscription on the Founders' Wall at the off-leash dog park. When does PAWS expect to have the Founders' Wall completed?

Let leaders know what we want

In recent papers, you have printed letters about the need to pay attention to what our senators and congressmen are doing now that the war coverage is not the only thing in the news.

We hope tax cuts are on way

For the first time in many months, the news on television, and in the paper, is about something other than the war.

Club, public supported special cruise

I belong to one of the greatest clubs in Payson. The name is Rim Country Classic Auto Club. We have our monthly meeting at the Mazatzal Casino.

Murphy, Henley should let it go

How many creative ways can a mayor and a councilman try to get rid of a police chief? In Payson, there are more avenues than one thought possible.

Wildlife Fair, Fishing Fest Saturday

The focus is on fishing at the Ninth Annual Payson Wildlife Fair & Fishing Fest this Saturday at Green Valley Park.

$9 million in bonds on September ballot issue

September's municipal election was the major focus of Thursday's meeting of the town council. Through a series of "emergency" ordinances, the council approved the issues that will come before the voters.

Judge OKs Pine Water rate increase

The Pine Water Company moved one step closer to an interim rate increase with the release of the administrative law judge's recommendations.

Teen saves two from fireball

A 38-year-old Peoria man was killed Tuesday when the tanker truck he was driving on Highway 87 overturned and exploded, sending a fireball into an oncoming car.

Residents pitch in to clean community


Saturday was clean-up day in Christopher Creek and the volunteers filled the dumpster to overflowing with hundreds of bags of garbage.

Barker, Lisha

Airman 1st Class Lisha Barker is with the U.S. Air Force and is currently stationed at Hill's Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah.

Investment counselor takes risks, works to make clients money

Scott Goodrick said a friend said he looks like an accountant. This is not a bad thing for a man who handles investments for people with portfolios of at least $100,000.

Lydia Cobb

Lydia Cobb, 48, died May 6, 2003, in Payson.

Wildlife fair this Saturday

For the past nine years, a highlight of the spring season for young and old alike has been the Payson Wildlife Fair. It's a festive event that draws onlookers from around Northern Gila County.

Softball begins pursuit of school's first state title

Armed with a pair of the Class 3A conference's finest pitchers, the Lady Longhorns begin pursuit of the school's first state championship at 3 p.m. today on field No. 4 of the Rose Mofford Sports Complex.

Pettet's crew in thick of state championship

A field made up of the 16 best Class 3A baseball teams in Arizona began pursuit of the 2003 state championship this morning (Friday) at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Golf team advances to state

Payson High School's heralded golf team will advance to the Class 3A Arizona State Tournament as East region champions and one of the favorites to win the state title.

Sunday is a great time for all the best sentiments


Is there ever a "right time" for anything? Would yesterday have been better to accomplish a specific task or should we wait until tomorrow? Who knows?

Letters to leaders, water issues on tap


Help save the towns of Pine and Strawberry by participating in the letter campaign from 10 a.m. to 2.p.m. on Saturday (tomorrow), May 10 at the Pine Community Center.

PMGA veterans swing to win title

John Peel and Dick Harding hooked up to win the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man best ball tournament played April 30 at Payson Golf Course.

Budget plan will decimate education

We are certainly appreciative that the revised 2004 budget presented by the legislative leadership has restored basic state aid and funding for educational programs that directly impact learning.

Holiday trash at park disheartening

I've never tried anything like this before, but it's something that people need to be well aware of for a better future.

Firefighters go all out to protect neighborhood


Personnel from the Tonto Village Fire Department and its sister station 62 at Collins and Meads Ranch was called to a structure fire on Saturday about 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, May 6

'Mammy' Haught was a Rim country mother


They called her "Mammy." She was born in England on Dec. 22, 1869, the youngest of six children in the Bell family. As was the custom, none of the children had middle names. She was Sarah Bell.

Warming weather invites brown bagging at businesses


The days are pleasantly warmer now. Perfect for a brown-bag picnic during the work-day lunch break. Though in truth, it is really rare to see an actual brown paper bag to carry lunch these days. Instead we have a rainbow of colors in both hard- and soft-plastic containers, specialized for carrying a mid-day sandwich meal.

Something for adults to believe in


Those who say nothing good ever comes from war are wrong. The war with Iraq is a case in point.

Businesses shine at star-spangled spectacular


Payson's 11th annual Business Showcase brought more than 80 businesses and community organizations under one roof for a day of star-spangled public relations.

Monday, May 5

Dogs love having their very own toy box


We have all had dogs that chewed up something very important, like a library book, a shoe, our tax forms or the remote control for the TV.

Pitkin, Blaine

Ensign Blaine Pitkin, the son of Paul Pitkin of Payson and brother of Wendy Julian of Phoenix, has been in the U.S. Navy for 14 years.

Bradford Jr., David

David Bradford Jr. serves as a sergeant in the United States Army.

Pettet's crew readies for state race

The Payson Longhorns (19-9 overall, 7-3 in the East) begin pursuit of the school's second state baseball title at 9 a.m. May 9 on Field 4 of the Maryvale Baseball Park.

Utah, Colorado men tie for 50-mile run

For the first time in the 13-year history of the Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile Run, a pair of athletes tied for first place.

Banner home season wraps up for track

An ambitious track and field schedule that featured seven meets on the new Payson High School all-weather track wrapped up April 29 with a three-way clash involving Flagstaff, Mogollon and the Longhorns.

Payson Roundup earns 13 top advertising awards

The Payson Roundup is one of five state newspapers receiving general excellence awards in the Arizona Newspapers Foundation 2003 Advertising contest.

Learn about police academy this week

Residents of the Rim country interested in learning about law enforcement work or getting the training to join the reserves or become a full-time officer should attend a special meeting at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

Bedraggled Hubcap returns to shelter

When Hubcap last made the news, the husky mix pooch was gracing the front page of the Roundup, posing with Payson Humane Society assistant manager Kim Garza and a litter of kittens to promote National Animal Month.

Allen family needs help

The family of Ashley Allen, the little girl who died of brain cancer two years ago, needs the community's help once again.

Paul retires after 37 years behind the badge

This is the last week people at the Gila County Courthouse in Payson will see the familiar face of Officer David Paul.

Council to consider bond initiatives

The time-consuming process of narrowing $40 million worth of capital improvement projects down to just over $9 million has been completed.

Vandals destroy child's memorial bench, damage library

As Library Director Terry Morris drove up to the Payson library Monday morning her heart sank to see that vandals had smashed the stone-cut memorial bench placed in honor of little Ashley Allen, a Payson girl who died of cancer March 17, 2001.

Virgil Rex Williams

Virgil Rex Williams, 79, died May 4, 2003 in Payson.

Hilbert L. Hoffman

Hilbert L. "Dutch" Hoffman, 79, a former resident of Payson, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.

Wynter Pagano

Wynter Pagano, 31, formerly of Payson, died April 25, 2003 in Bullhead City.

Cora P. Dudley

Cora P. Dudley, 93, died April 10, 2003 in Marysville, Wash.

Carol Jean Ball

Carol Jean Ball, 63, of Collins Ranch, died May 3, 2003.

What's up?

Q: Why did the town make all the stores disconnect their water vending machines where people can fill up their own jugs?

Teen pregnancy rate not surprising

I recently received a letter from Payson High School informing parents that we have the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Gila County.

Drought will not impact growth

Re: "Impact of safe yield explored" May 2 Roundup.

Take a lesson on flag etiquette

I was glad to see the article April 25 on flag etiquette and wonder how many people really read the answers concerning flag etiquette.

No easy task in reporting on vandalism

Reporting cases of vandalism in the newspaper presents a dilemma for most newsrooms.

Schums trade in cool pines for Palm Springs

Lee and Ray Schum are leaving Payson for Palm Springs, Calif.

Council to vote on Payson's 10-year plan

A final draft of the town's General Plan update goes before the town council Thursday for approval.

DPS report finds officer at fault

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has advised Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner that Jim Oestmann, a DPS officer assigned to the Gila County Narcotics Task Force, has been reprimanded for actions that led to compromising a search warrant in a drug manufacturing case.

Woman, dog die in Collins Ranch house fire

Carol Jean Ball, 63, died in a weekend fire that destroyed the Collins Ranch home of her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Sam Warren.

Vehicle strikes mobile home; one dead, four injured

At 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, a minivan carrying five local residents went off the northbound highway entering Payson, rolled down an embankment, and crashed into a mobile home. The impact knocked the home off its foundation and ejected two passengers, killing one who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lady Longhorns end season with win over Show Low

In front of a spirited and festive crowd of Lady Longhorn fans who had earlier enjoyed a deep-pit barbecue beef dinner, Payson chalked up a crucial 5-2 victory over rival Show Low.

Back when goats grazed along the East Verde, Part 3


In 1903 the John Holder family was moving their large herd of Angora goats from the East Verde River to Gisela to take advantage of a new range and a milder winter.

PAHH 5K -- great fun, great cause


The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's Home Run 5K Walk/Run has been a fixture in the community for several years, and Marc Kaplan and his dog, Cee Cee have been a part of it.

Cardinals owners goof again

Just when it looked like the Cardinals had fallen to all-time lows on the playing field and in the draft room, the Arizona team has committed a reprehensible gaffe.

Shape up: Improving the quality of life


If you think there's no such thing as a fountain of youth, think again.

Visiting Barnyard provides close encounters

Payson's rural roots are eroding -- to the point where some elementary school students didn't recognize a turkey when they had the opportunity to meet one in person.

‘Tying apples' brings back happy memories

I take full responsibility for the inclusion of the old song, "Tying Apples on the Lilac Tree" that will be on the program of the Payson Choral Society's Spring Concert May 10.

Thursday, May 1

34 artists featured in PAL spring show

The Payson Art League's spring show and sale opens tonight (Friday) and runs through the weekend at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.

Dahir, Aaron J.

Aaron J. Dahir is currently serving on the USS Santa Fe, a fast attack nuclear submarine.

Binney, Matthew

Sergeant Matthew Binney is a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Alexander, Scott G.

Army Staff Sergeant Scott G. Alexander, the son of Judy and Tom Alexander of Payson, is currently deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

What's up?

Q: Why isn't there a sign on McLane Road telling people where the new library is?

Building staff a great group of professionals

As Superintendent for K.C.S. General Contractors of Sherman Texas, I would like to say a few things about the Payson Building Department, and the people who work there.

Danes not known to be aggressive

I found out about this case from a link from one of the online communities that I subscribe to.

Community center misquotes challenged

This letter is to reinforce my position regarding the development and construction of a new community center in Payson. Furthermore, it is to clarify certain remarks attributed to me by others regarding funding sources for proposed community center.

Now is time to push for tax cut

You recently printed a letter from Randy Jackson of Payson that suggested paying more attention to what our elected representatives are about to do.

Proud of the grandmother who spoke up

Recently, a woman was shopping at Wal-Mart with her granddaughter when she heard a volley of four-letter words spew from the mouths of two teenagers sharing the aisle.

Edward A. Parker

Edward A. Parker, 87, died April 28, 2003 at Payson Care Center.

Day of Prayer in Payson

"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." This scripture from the book of Proverbs was quoted by local Pastor Steve Cook to set the focus of a ceremony outside town hall Thursday.

Pine Water, Strawberry Hollow make deal

An agreement has been reached between Pine Water Company and Strawberry Hollow Water Improvement District to end all litigation between the two parties.

May is rushing into the Rim country


Winter has come and gone so quickly, it is hard to believe that the month of May is already upon us.

Proposed audit of PD gets cool reception

Tuesday night's review of the corporate strategic plan by the town council took a surprising turn when Councilor Robert Henley proposed an amendment calling for an external audit of the police department.

Impact of safe yield explored

The Payson Town Council is struggling with perhaps the most important challenge it faces -- how to manage the town's water supply to ride out a drought that could go on for another decade or longer.

Hungry for attention

Payson High School student Laci Riggins, 14, and her dog-like pet goat, April, take a lunch break during the Visiting Barnyard program, an annual event staged at Payson Elementary School by Wendell Stevens' agriculture education students.

Lola Francis Clevenger White

Lola Francis Clevenger White, 87, died April 30, 2003 in Payson.

Communities prepare for a busy summer


The "Don't Let Pine and Strawberry Burn" letter signing is Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Pine. The letters are written to our governor, senators and representative. Your signature is needed. Stop by and sign a letter.

Horns, Cougars face off in crucial finale

The Payson Longhorns will be looking to reverse their fortunes when the Rim country baseball crew plays host to the Show Low Cougars at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday).

Lady Horns', Lady Cougars' rivalry heats up

If there is a certainty in Class 3A softball, it's that sparks fly when the Payson Lady Longhorns clash with nemesis Show Low Cougars. That longtime precept of diamond life in small town Arizona is what makes this evening's (Friday) regular-season-ending meeting between the two adversaries a game fans won't want to miss.

Star Valley couple lives in harmony with nature


Gardening in general can be a challenge, and in the Rim country, gardeners face obstacles unknown in other places.

Rotary track meet draws 17 teams

The 2003 edition of the Payson Rotary Freshman/Sophomore Invitational Track and Field Meet might go down as one of the finest in the 30-plus year history of the competition.

Adjusting your game plan to match the spawn


One of the toughest fishing decisions I've had to make lately is whether to target bass that are involved in the spawn or those that are outside the spawn.

Bike riders ‘Answer the Challenge'

There were no rooms at the inns of Strawberry last Friday night, when 125 bicyclists stopped for the night as part of the 20th Annual 320-mile Answer the Challenge endurance ride.

Body art is serious business for Valhalla Modifications

Body art -- tattoos, piercing, permanent make-up, etc. -- is more mainstream now than it was even as recently as five years ago.

Golfers select drive at PGC

An ABCD select drive best ball tournament highlighted the week for the members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

Mixed martial arts champ at PAC Saturday

A talented World Mixed Martial Arts Association fighter is scheduled to showcase his skills from noon to 3 p.m., May 3 at the Payson Athletic Club.

Frost, Gerald R.

Gerald R. (Jerry) Frost died April 25, 2003, after a long illness.

Daun Michael Battersby

Daun Michael Battersby, 69, of Payson, died April 28, 2003.

Edna A. Artery

Edna A. Artery, 88, died April 28, 2003.

Waylon James Ralston

Waylon James Ralston was born March 3, 2003.

Cooking class at Bashas' features top chef

Customers of Payson's Bashas' supermarket will learn to prepare fresh seafood Saturday, May 10 as local chef Gerado Moceri of Cucina Paradiso shares his favorite recipes and techniques as part of Payson's neighborhood Bashas' Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Fest weekend.

Career Expo one stop for job information

This Saturday's 2003 Career Expo will be a one-stop shop for area residents interested in learning about job opportunities in the Rim country.

Clair Milton Johns

Clair Milton Johns, 87, died April 29, 2003 in Payson.