Thursday, May 29
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 Water Company imposed Stage 5 restrictions over the Memorial Day weekend when water storage levels plunged to 40 percent of capacity.
People at Green Valley Park Friday afternoon witnessed angels and eagles walking among fairies, dancing flames and skipping musical notes.
Mary Ann (Conway) McCarn died May 20, 2003.
Glenn Donald Smith, 77, died May 25, 2003, in Payson.
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.
The town of Payson will hold a special election Sept. 9, 2003.
Rebekah René Rice was born at 1:27 a.m. May 8, 2003.
The weather is great and everyone is outside having fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 "J Bird" Matthew Gutierrez, 29, of Payson, died May 26, 2003.
It's about to get a lot easier to partake of "the hot dogs and sandwiches that people have come to love."
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.
In founding the Buckle Series of barrel racing and pole bending, Charlene Hunt hopes to fill a void in the Rim country recreation scene.
Rim country Little League action has been fast and furious since the 2003 campaign began during opening day ceremonies April 26.
Q: Is it true that the new video store going in next door to Arby's is going to be carrying pornographic stuff?
Rebuttal to Ms. Pappas of Pine, of May 6, 2003:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Better management of off-highway vehicles is a concept that seems to have overwhelming support among Rim country residents -- and around the state.
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, 82, of Payson, died May 26, 2003.
Tuesday, May 27
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.
Pine and Strawberry are small mountain hamlets nestled beneath the Mogollon Rim.
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.
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.
The Rim country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Small, yet vibrant communities are sprinkled throughout Rim country and provide visitors with a host of things to do and varied scenery to enjoy.
A popular bumper sticker proclaims, "A bad day fishing is better than a good day in the office."
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.
The Mogollon Rim country for decades has been a favorite destination of hikers and horsemen from all over the Southwest.
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).
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.
At the age of 15, Austin Edgar is fast becoming known as a guitar prodigy.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
The sun came up over Payson that Friday -- as it is wont to do.
IN THE KITCHEN
Summer recipes should be fast, easy and require little or no cooking -- in my opinion.
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.
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.
On a Sunday afternoon in May, I sat at my favorite spot on the East Verde River, looking for inspiration to write this introduction.
Eager to escape the searing desert heat, Valley residents flock each summer to the cool respite of the Mogollon Rim.
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.
The summer months in Arizona Rim Country are filled with a variety of activities.
The Rim country offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities during the summer months.
Monday, May 26
A former Payson resident, already arrested on drug charges once this year, was arrested in Star Valley Friday.
An early morning accident on west-bound Highway 260 claimed the life of a 29-year-old Payson resident.
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.
The following menus are planned for May 28 through May 30:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Master Sergeant Richard Waters, the son of Diane and Tom Waters of Pine, is a career man with the U.S. Air Force.
Sgt. John Paul Salazar is with the Army National Guard.
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, 61, of Payson, died May 21, 2003.
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.
For hundreds of Rim country residents, the news that Alberta Cook is retiring conjures reminiscences of her beginning oil and water color classes.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Monday was an amazing Memorial Day in the Rim country.
FOCUS ON PETS
Each summer, dogs are hospitalized and even die due to hypothermia or heatstroke.
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.
Abraham Lincoln had declared Arizona a Territory, separate from New Mexico, in February of 1863.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rim country residents paused to honor fallen veterans at several organized Memorial Day events Monday.
Thursday, May 22
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 80, of Tonto Basin, died May 20, 2003.
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.
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?
If Jennifer Cotney's 5-month-old son gets sick, she knows where to take him.
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.
Campfire and smoking restrictions were implemented this week in four national forests.
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.
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.
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?
Mr. and Mrs. Carrol Clarke will celebrate their 60th Anniversary on May 26, 2003.
With the holiday weekend expected to bring extra visitors to Pine, Stage 2 conservation restrictions have been imposed by Pine Water Company effective immediately.
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.
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.
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, 72, of Payson, died May 8, 2003.
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.
Movies, movies and more movies. The Rim country will soon be home to the Movie Gallery at 300 E. Highway 260, Payson.
The Memorial Day weekend will be a busy one in Pine and Strawberry.
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.
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.
A little information from Ken Murphy's co-workers and friends:
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.
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
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.
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
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, 52, of Phoenix, died May 9, 2003 in Strawberry.
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.
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.
Continuing controversies over speed limits and an outside audit of the police department are on the agenda for Thursday's council meeting.
Honors for deceased U.S. Army PFC Lori Piestewa and former Payson Mayor Ray Schum will be among the highlights of Memorial Day services.
Ever since Tyler Parkway was created several years ago, it has been an agonizing experience for even the sanest of motorists.
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.
I support honest, effective town governing.
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.
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, 82, of Payson, died May 16, 2003.
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.
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.
The winners lined up at the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee booth this weekend to take home their prizes from the 50/50 drawing.
Q: Is it true that airplanes are not allowed to fly over Chaparral Pines or The Rim Club?
Colleen Jane Ashurst, 78, died May 14, 2003.
Thomas Earl Gesen, 73, of Payson, died May 14, 2003.
A Michigan couple were killed when a load of shoring material came loose from a westbound truck and crashed into their vehicle.
Payson has an opportunity to solidify its reputation as the flag capital of Arizona.
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, 84, resident of Payson, died May 15, 2003.
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.
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.
Much of the credit for the Pirch family budget increase of more than $3,000 must go to Clifford Pirch's wife, Alicia.
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.
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.
Payson High School Principal Phil Gille is retiring at the age of 55 -- so he can take a full-time job.
Billy Ray Black, 72, resident of Payson, died May 14, 2003.
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.
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.
As Memorial Day weekend comes upon us, our fancy turns to thoughts of vacations.
Thursday, May 15
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.
There isn't a finer, more responsible police force in Arizona than the one in Payson.
Right on, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt of Payson.
The Payson High School Longhorn football coaching baton has been passed from Steve Saben to first-year head coach Jerry Rhoades.
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.
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!
Planned parenthood is not the solution.
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 around Green Valley Park is the latest attraction on Main Street.
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.
First Lt. Jenifer A. Soetekouw is a clinical nurse at 56th Medical Operations at Luke Air Force Base.
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 was born at Payson Regional Medical Center March 23, 2003 to Karen and Richard Ormand of Payson.
It's starting to warm up and we all need to be careful when we are outside.
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.
Tennis buffs will soon have the opportunity to fine-tune their skills under the supervision of an accredited teaching pro.
FISH & TIPS
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.
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.
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.
The powerful Payson Longhorn boys track and field team has left little doubt it is the premier crew in Class 3A East region.
Joel "Whitey" Radtke, 54 of Dobbins, Calif., died May 5, 2003 in Marysville, Calif.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pine Water Company customers will soon be paying more for water, but the day may come when they make their payments to another company.
Youngsters in the after-school choir at Julia Randall Elementary School started their last month of the school year with a trip to Utah.
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.
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.
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.
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, 88, of Payson, died May 9, 2003.
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
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
Rodeo's roots stem from competition between real cowboys determined to show who had the best skills around.
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.
Rodeos are marvels of efficiency.
Monday, May 12
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.
Two more Payson Unified School District teachers have received teacher of the year honors.
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.
Regarding your editorial "Murphy and Henley should let it go."
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.
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.
A series of recent developments and initiatives by the Gila Community College District suggests that the fledgling district is moving forward.
The young women who seek the title of Miss Rodeo Arizona wish to promote the sport of rodeo and the Western way of life.
With two sons named Lars and Nels, it isn't hard to figure out where Sarah Nelson's roots lie.
The family name of Wingfield conjures up many Rim country stories, none more famous than the murder of Clint Wingfield.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A positive approach to solving our water problem.
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.
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.
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?
Loren and Vanessa Johnson were married May 23, 1953 in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Anne M. Churley, 84, died May 8, 2003 in Payson.
Mary G. Kaczmarcyk, 95, died May 8, 2003 in Payson.
Roland J. Robinson, 90, of Payson, died May 12, 2003.
It is only mid-May and the Mogollon Rim wildfire season has already started.
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.
For 17-year-old Micah Crabdree, hunting has always been a way of life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Joyce Taylor, 67, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003 in Payson.
Scenic flights for the public will return to the 2003 Payson Aerofair.
The Payson High School Drama Department's rendition of "Little Women" opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday at the Black Box Theatre.
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?
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.
For the first time in many months, the news on television, and in the paper, is about something other than the war.
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.
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.
The focus is on fishing at the Ninth Annual Payson Wildlife Fair & Fishing Fest this Saturday at Green Valley Park.
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.
The Pine Water Company moved one step closer to an interim rate increase with the release of the administrative law judge's recommendations.
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.
Saturday was clean-up day in Christopher Creek and the volunteers filled the dumpster to overflowing with hundreds of bags of garbage.
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.
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, 48, died May 6, 2003, in Payson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I've never tried anything like this before, but it's something that people need to be well aware of for a better future.
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
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Those who say nothing good ever comes from war are wrong. The war with Iraq is a case in point.
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
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
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.
David Bradford Jr. serves as a sergeant in the United States Army.
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.
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.
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.
The Payson Roundup is one of five state newspapers receiving general excellence awards in the Arizona Newspapers Foundation 2003 Advertising contest.
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.
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.
The family of Ashley Allen, the little girl who died of brain cancer two years ago, needs the community's help once again.
This is the last week people at the Gila County Courthouse in Payson will see the familiar face of Officer David Paul.
The time-consuming process of narrowing $40 million worth of capital improvement projects down to just over $9 million has been completed.
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, 79, died May 4, 2003 in Payson.
Hilbert L. "Dutch" Hoffman, 79, a former resident of Payson, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
Wynter Pagano, 31, formerly of Payson, died April 25, 2003 in Bullhead City.
Cora P. Dudley, 93, died April 10, 2003 in Marysville, Wash.
Carol Jean Ball, 63, of Collins Ranch, died May 3, 2003.
Q: Why did the town make all the stores disconnect their water vending machines where people can fill up their own jugs?
I recently received a letter from Payson High School informing parents that we have the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Gila County.
Re: "Impact of safe yield explored" May 2 Roundup.
I was glad to see the article April 25 on flag etiquette and wonder how many people really read the answers concerning flag etiquette.
Reporting cases of vandalism in the newspaper presents a dilemma for most newsrooms.
Lee and Ray Schum are leaving Payson for Palm Springs, Calif.
A final draft of the town's General Plan update goes before the town council Thursday for approval.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you think there's no such thing as a fountain of youth, think again.
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.
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
The Payson Art League's spring show and sale opens tonight (Friday) and runs through the weekend at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.
Aaron J. Dahir is currently serving on the USS Santa Fe, a fast attack nuclear submarine.
Sergeant Matthew Binney is a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.
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.
Q: Why isn't there a sign on McLane Road telling people where the new library is?
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.
I found out about this case from a link from one of the online communities that I subscribe to.
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.
You recently printed a letter from Randy Jackson of Payson that suggested paying more attention to what our elected representatives are about to do.
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, 87, died April 28, 2003 at Payson Care Center.
"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.
An agreement has been reached between Pine Water Company and Strawberry Hollow Water Improvement District to end all litigation between the two parties.
Winter has come and gone so quickly, it is hard to believe that the month of May is already upon us.
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.
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.
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, 87, died April 30, 2003 in Payson.
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.
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).
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.
Gardening in general can be a challenge, and in the Rim country, gardeners face obstacles unknown in other places.
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.
FISH & TIPS
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.
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 -- tattoos, piercing, permanent make-up, etc. -- is more mainstream now than it was even as recently as five years ago.
An ABCD select drive best ball tournament highlighted the week for the members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
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.
Gerald R. (Jerry) Frost died April 25, 2003, after a long illness.
Daun Michael Battersby, 69, of Payson, died April 28, 2003.
Edna A. Artery, 88, died April 28, 2003.
Waylon James Ralston was born March 3, 2003.
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.
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, 87, died April 29, 2003 in Payson.