Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving is over. The refrigerator is probably full of leftovers that you really don't want to look at -- so why not go shopping?
Tellabration is over for another year. It was a wonderful evening and the audience loved it. These storytellers and musicians put so much into their presentations and they do it just for the love of telling stories.
The recall petitions circulated to recall the Christopher-Kohls Fire District's governing board were rejected by Gila County earlier this month.
Q: Is a Long John Silvers coming to Payson? If so, when and where will it be?
FISH & TIPS
Locating a good school of bass is important for regular success in the fall. Conditions will change from day to day so lure choice and timing will vary just as often. But if you find where the school lives you can adjust until you find something that works.
Former Lady Longhorn cross country star LeighAnn Haynes has earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors.
Years ago, when the now-defunct Arizona Outdoor News was published by the Payson Roundup, one of the magazine's most popular writers was G.J. Sagi.
Thanksgiving is over and now we move on to the next big holiday, Christmas. How many of you went shopping today and fought the crowds? I thought of doing it, but that is as far as I got.
One of the more encouraging developments in the Rim country's ongoing search for solutions to its water shortage is the fact that Gila County and the town of Payson are finally working on the problem together.
Hospice is not a place, but a concept of care. The concept -- focus on caring, not curing.
Using wheelbarrows, volunteers from St. Vincent De Paul food bank load more than 200 Thanksgiving dinners to help local families this week.
Ken Murphy, mayor of Payson, has announced plans to seek re-election.
We are losing our individuality -- our personality. First our old street names, and now our highway.
Local law enforcement is looking for 19-year-old Garrett Quotskuyva in connection with several crimes on the Tonto Apache Reservation.
Payson police have now identified the unruly patron at Alfonso's restaurant who claimed he was a border patrol agent Monday evening.
The day after Thanksgiving --he busiest shopping day of the year.
I'd like to write about residents' various feelings about bond issues for streets.
Frederik Vilhelm Zachariae, 80, died Nov. 25, 2003. He was born June 27, 1923 in Young, Ariz.
As you might expect of a place called Garden of Eden, women are predominant at this new Main Street business which incorporates reflexology, acupressure, massage, aromatherapy and more.
Local authors Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle will share their vast knowledge of the history of the Rim country in a new column in The Rim Review starting next week.
The current discussion about a name for the newly designated scenic highway to Payson calls up centuries of history, and many potential names.
On Monday, Dec. 8, every resident of Pine and Strawberry should make the effort to attend the 6 p.m. meeting at the Pine Community Center.
The Eggs 'n Issues breakfast meeting met Tuesday at Famous Sams.
Stifling full-court pressure defense that was never solved by Notre Dame lifted the Lady Longhorns to a season-opening 58-20 victory Monday evening in Phoenix.
After a slow start in which the team's offense never clicked, the Longhorn boys rallied in the second half to run past Notre Dame, 66-51.
In only its second year of existence, the Payson Sidewinders youth baseball team played its way to the championship of the 35-team Valley Youth league.
Tuesday, November 25
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Every job seems to come with at least one hateful task that has to be performed on a regular basis.
IN THE KITCHEN
While turkey sandwiches are the leftover of choice at this time of year, there are quite a few different ways to use what remains of the holiday bird.
To help finish off your Thanksgiving holiday weekend in high style, the Tonto Community Concert Association has just the thing -- a performance by the Phoenix Boys Choir, featuring both holiday tunes and classics.
Monday, November 24
Jason Schleizer and Lindsay Prater are to be married at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston, S.C. on Nov. 29, 2003.
As teachers and coaches, we are questioned almost daily about why we chose our professions. We are told they are thankless jobs that offer few financial rewards. Outsiders wonder why we chose careers in which disparagement and vilification are commonplace.
Coach Randy Wilcox is taking a thought-provoking attitude toward the Lady Longhorn soccer team's first year of play in the 4A Grand Canyon Region.
Cooking 50 dozen tamales takes a lot of space and a big, willing crew of good-hearted people.
Connie Carlin and Mark Boys were married on Oct. 4, at Bench Ranch in Mayer.
Dan Bailey and Tracie Butler were married on Nov. 5, 2003, in Payson.
Re: Harry Potter protest: Religious people are like a swimming pool in summer. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.
Q: Does Gila County have any rules against building a house in a known flood plain?
$50,000 to re-do Bonita Street?
I want to thank Diana Sexton for bringing up the subject so we can set the record straight.
The writer from Scottsdale (11/11/03) thinks Payson should let Planned Parenthood educate our children about sex.
To my friends in Payson, I would like to give you all thanks for supporting me and my troop while we are deployed in Iraq.
I am a student at RCMS and I'm in the band program.
Last week, I read in the news that U.S. forces in Iraq had launched a massive operation with helicopter gunships and jets and 500-pound bombs. The story said, "Explosions rocked western Baghdad as U.S. troops mounted fresh attacks against insurgents."
This is an open letter to the Payson Unified School District School Board.
I feel it is time to use my extensive experience in a new way and serve the community of Payson as mayor.
The announcement by the Tonto Apaches that a new casino complex will soon be a reality is good news for all the Rim country.
The Central Arizona Youth Football Association league champion Payson Raiders football team capped its undefeated (10-0) season with a 20-0 victory over the Chino Valley Trojans.
One of the country's most popular youth sports program is set to return to the Rim country.
It would perhapse helpful to those affected by the Board decision to publish the names of who voted, and what their vote was.
This is a question for the Town Manager:
In Whitney Hardt's finest hour, she didn't forget her Rim country roots.
FOCUS ON PETS
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Higgins and Chipper and their encounters with javelina. I am delighted to report that both dogs are doing very well. Chipper has had the drain tube and staples removed and is using the injured rear leg a little. It was quite an experience.
Phyllis Engleman not only wants you to buy local when you do your Christmas shopping this holiday season, she recommends the Rim Country Museum gift shop for a great selection of hometown treasures.
A snowstorm that knocks out power, a propane tanker that explodes making the turn at Highways 87 and East 260, a radioactive cloud from Palo Verde, a raging forest fire -- all potential disasters that could affect Payson.
A 14-year-old boy allegedly sexually assaulted a 5-year-old boy in Mesa del last week. The suspect is the son of the victim's mother's boyfriend.
Gila County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a second victim of a 17-year-old boy for the possible sexual assault of two girls at a local camp during the summer.
Three girls, a 9-year-old and two 11-year-olds, have been charged with reckless burning after starting a brush fire near Payson homes and businesses on Veterans Day.
About a month ago, Justin Taylor, 23, started having seizures and blacking out.
Interested in becoming a certified reserve police officer? Pending enough qualified candidates, Payson's reserve police academy will begin in March at Gila Community College.
Re: Water, water everywhere ...
Thanks to Credit for Kids, Payson Elementary School students were able to take field trips to places like the Challenger Space Center and the Desert Botanical Garden.
Jill Morris knows she has a lot to be thankful for this week -- and every week.
The Tonto Apache Tribe unveiled plans to build a new casino and a 40-guestroom hotel Monday morning.
Thursday, November 20
Last week I reported that a bull elk had been tearing up our fence and shed, well, it is still at it.
Delaine Brooks didn't think her quick stop into Wal-Mart would involve saving a man's life.
Congressman Rick Renzi had some encouraging news last week for the people of Tonto Basin who have tried for 15 years to get a water crossing on the creek that traps 600 residents every year.
A 42-mile stretch of Highway 87 south of Payson has been designated an Arizona Scenic Road.
Hazel V. McLeod Zakariasen died Nov. 8, 2003 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa.
The first saloon has opened its swinging doors to the residents of Pine and all of the Rim country.
Heather Slater's lifelong commitment to physical fitness is paying huge dividends.
Coaches in the 5A conference are mulling over whether to increase the state tournament format from 16 to 32 teams. According to Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley, the 4A conference does not have such a consideration on the table.
Rodney Lee Burback and Karen Denise Siegfried were united in marriage on Nov. 8, 2003, at Canyon Lake, Ariz.
The holidays are just ahead and lots of activities are on the schedule. Hopefully, this column will include them all, but only if I know about them.
Re: School Board ignores survey results.
It's a huge understatement when Longhorn boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser deadpans, "we lost a lot last year."
Payson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fundraising activity.
Author Jayne Peace will be signing copies of her book, "History of Gisela, Arizona" this weekend at the Gisela Community Center.
Julie Wantland has been named to a newly created post at the Payson Roundup.
Re: Harry Potter protest: The Bible says we are to be discerning; so that we can judge what is right or wrong.
Q: Why doesn't the town cite people with junk cars in their yard?
I am so pleased with the Medicare Reform bill that I have chosen to write to you in the hopes that the word will quickly spread about this great measure.
Anyone who regularly reads the Payson Roundup knows that our current town council, when denied a bond purchase issue through voters' ballots, declared "an emergency," and spent $150,000 of taxpayer monies to build an airport hangar!
Beatrice Pearl Pusa, 86, of Buckeye, died in Nov. 17, 2003 in Payson.
I feel obliged to respond to Diana Sexton's (who appears to be posturing for a run for mayor again) letter of 11/14/03.
Christopher Creek Homeowners Association will sponsor a communitywide cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a county dumpster parked along Columbine Road.
I find it disturbing that former mayoral candidate Diana Sexton characterizes people who want to improve our community as being "special interest groups."
Maxine Annabelle McClenny/Rasmussen died Oct. 18, 2003 in Payson.
Lest we forget --
I have been thinking a lot lately about the shape of our country and what have we done with it. Have we sought to maintain and increase it?
Mary E. Horcsik, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2003.
Some coaches might shy away from the challenge of following in the footsteps of legends.
I'd like to take a moment to point out this article, printed in the Nov. 7, 2003 edition of the Payson Roundup.
Cody Plante of Pine and Crystal Price of Payson were united in marriage Sept. 20, 2003 in Phoenix.
Dessa Leora Gifford, 83, of Payson, died Nov. 16, 2003.
The third annual Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade will bear little resemblance to parades past when it motors down Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 6.
As one of the 1,594 who responded to the parent survey regarding the modified school year, I have to wonder why I was asked to do so. 72.5 percent of those responding were happy. Obviously, there are those on the school board who were not. Is Ms. Daniels one of those?
Michael Winters has been selected as Payson's new fire marshal.
The Beeline Highway has been awarded the designation of an Arizona Scenic Road. It's a wonderful thing from the perspective of the people who have worked for the honor for more than two years. It is also believed to be a great boon to tourism, according to Scott Flake, director of the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Tuesday, November 18
IN THE KITCHEN
While the traditional family Thanksgiving meal may not be the place to be adventurous, it might be worth it to try a few different ways of preparing the usual side dishes.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It shouldn't surprise anybody that the names people give their kids continue to evolve.
When he accidentally ended up in charge of a kindergarten class, local storyteller Don Doyle picked up more than enough material for the yarn he plans to spin for a local audience at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Pine Cultural Hall.
Monday, November 17
Jamie and Larry McNeeley were happily married Saturday, Nov. 1 at Mountain Bible Church in Payson.
Tempe Firefighter Earl Randleman died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at his family cabin in Mead's Ranch near Payson.
Ervin Chester Ladewski, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 14, 2003.
Earl H. Guthauser, 78, of Tonto Basin, died Nov. 14, 2003 in Phoenix.
Donna B. Bayo, 72, of Pine, died in Phoenix Nov. 12, 2003.
Re: Phoenix Suns TV coverage: I read your great article about the Phoenix Suns TV coverage ...
Q: Did the outdoor watering restrictions result in a significant reduction in consumption and are the restrictions continuing through the winter? If so, are the hours going to be changed, it is already dark at 6 p.m.?
Thank you for running the article on the School Calendar for 2004-05. I found it very interesting. It seems to me that committees are formed, work is put in, recommendations made, and it really does not matter.
I read in the online version of the Roundup that the PUSD officials are being blasted for changing the two-week fall break to a one-week break.
To all those who didn't see the RCMS's production of "Flapper," you missed a fabulous night of fun and entertainment.
Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter and his staff want to know why the street bond issue failed in September's special election.
To bring home the power of storytelling, Don Doyle tells about the time he was telling "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" to a group of kindergartners.
Turmoil is plaguing the Forest Lakes Fire District. Three members of its five-person board of directors are targeted for recall, and earlier this month, one of those and the recently hired fire chief resigned.
A discussion of loosening fire code requirements for businesses not open 24 hours a day.
I, like many other Payson High School students, agreed with the modified school schedule and disagreed with the decision to move a week of the fall break into the summer.
For the most part, Anatoliy Vyshnyakov and Maren Siedentop are having a wonderful time as exchange students at Payson High School.
I would like to praise the middle school's presentation "Flapper." They did such a wonderful job.
My friend, Dawn, and I attended the middle school musical, "Flapper," on Saturday evening. Hats off to the talent and enthusiasm of the young middle school thespians and their drama staff.
This letter is to the parents of the second, third and fourth graders who enjoy playing basketball.
I have written the Roundup several times about how we in the arid Southwest can dramatically reduce our water needs by 90 to 95 percent. These methods apply not only to Payson, but to Phoenix Metro as well -- but later on. They have got the water -- for now, and only for now.
I would like to make a few comments pertaining to the article in Friday's Roundup regarding the proposed rate increase requested by Brooke Utilities.
For 15 years, Town Clerk Silvia Smith and her husband, Don, cooked dozens of tamales and exchanged them for new toys that were then donated to the Law Enforcement Christmas for Kids program.
The path to a county-wide enhanced 911 system is a long and winding one.
A quick response by an alert resident and law enforcement recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen tools early Tuesday morning.
Payson Police officer Chad Deschaaf is recovering from injuries he suffered in a car accident that demolished his police vehicle Friday night.
In his letter (Plenty of Judgment to Go Around, Nov. 11), Jason Burton asks "Have we raised children that are so fragile that viewing such a protest (against Harry Potter) will damage them?"
Saturday's Town Hall meeting on the topic of streets brought members of the community to council chambers to give input and ask questions of town staff and council members about what we are going to do about our deteriorating roadways.
How would you like to be served by the local wrestlers?
Several Payson High School football players are expected to soon become members of the 4A Conference Grand Canyon all-region teams.
With first-year head coach Rory Huff now calling the shots, Lady Longhorn basketball players are primed for a run at a first-ever appearance in the state tournament's final four.
If there is any certainty in the upcoming boys soccer season, it's that the campaign will be filled with uncertainty.
After reading a few letters about CableVision's lack of sensitivity toward Payson's subscriber base, I feel I have to comment on my experiences with them.
Katherine Davis was born about 100 years too late. All her life she has been fascinated by all things Victorian. About six months ago she turned that fascination into a business, M'Lady's Millinery.
Dorothy Tatsch wants you to know she doesn't go dumpster diving on a regular basis, but the one time she did, she struck pay dirt, so to speak.
FOCUS ON PETS
The cold season is here once again. It is time to make certain that our pets have proper accommodations that will keep them warm and dry.
Ronald and Darlene George married 50 years ago on Nov. 21, 1953 in Kenosha, Wis.
Thursday, November 13
There have been so many opinions submitted to the Payson Roundup on Mayor Ken Murphy's alleged disorderly conduct at the Ox Bow Saloon during August Doin's 2002. One would think Mayor Murphy committed the "crime of the century," when, in actuality, all Mayor Murphy requested was an explanation of why the Ox Bow Saloon was half full on what should have been the busiest day of the year.
This letter is in response to a letter from a lady who grew up in Payson who now resides in Scottsdale. A lot of things have developed here in Payson that she is unaware of.
"You hear about businesses expanding into Payson, but it's not often you hear of businesses-based in Payson expanding into other communities," said Steve Rogers, vice president of The Rock Yard.
As I write this column, it is raining. It is a great day to stay at home, make a big pot of soup, sit in front of the fireplace and read a good book. I have to get this column turned in first though.
We noticed that the elk are still roaming around the neighborhood. In fact, one of them did a bit of damage to one of our metal sheds and to our fence.
Q: Why did Christopher Creek get a loop/bypass before Payson?
Loretta Bowen was the first woman roofer in Arizona, so when her health started to decline she was not happy about having people help her. But the people at the Payson Regional Medical Center Home Health Agency stuck with her.
Don Castleman's well-taken letter, "Property owners put Bush in office," intrigued me, particularly some of Professor Olson's analysis.
Re: Harry Potter protest: Have you read "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens?
Billy Bob Hoyt will soon join the ranks of a select group of PHS graduates who have earned Division I athletic scholarships.
While most of the Rim country's water wizards are focused on finding additional sources of water, Karen Probert's job is to make sure you get the highest quality water every time you turn on your tap.
Police are looking for the man who hog-tied a clerk at the Whiting gas station and made off with an undisclosed amount of money Sunday night.
School year to start one week later
Students will start school a week later in exchange for losing a week of fall break, according to the 2004-05 school year calendar approved Monday night by the Payson Unified School District Board of Education.
Vandals robbed the students of Pine-Strawberry of one day in class and the basketball season's opening game.
The community center is back in full swing.
Payson resident Amy von Somogyi has spent her entire life helping others in need. Now, she's the one who needs help.
Payson police are looking for someone who may have come home with white paint on his or her hands Tuesday evening.
One of the basic tenets of those in the education business ought to be "Information is our friend."
We miss Stan Brown's columns in the Payson Roundup/The Rim Review.
Members of the 2003 edition of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team gathered one final time Nov. 13 at Payson Elementary School.
Rim country professional fisherman Clifford Pirch drew plenty of national air time on television Sunday.
As the lone Payson High School representatives in the Class 4A state cross country championships, Jenny Cohen and Tanner Morgan had the prestige of the program resting on their shoulders.
Funding for the Fitness Factor program at Payson High School has dried up.
Shaylen Putz and Julia Johnson were married Sept. 27, 2003 in Pine.
Alfred Truelson Best, 87, Payson, Ariz. resident, died in Payson Nov. 9, 2003.
Larry Richard Schaul, 78, of Roosevelt, Ariz., died in Mesa, Ariz. Nov. 7, 2003.
Jane Tripodi, 70, died in Payson, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2003.
The Celebration of Life for Dr. Larry Ward will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 at Mountain Bible Church.
The last week of November, the long-awaited Door Stop operation starts in Payson.
Aurelio Sanchez, the general manager of the Payson Burger King, knows how to turn around a fast-food restaurant.
At least a dozen people showed up to help put holiday decorations along the highway Saturday.
Tuesday, November 11
Keith Watson encourages the young people in his church to take a flying leap -- in a manner of speaking, and only if he is certain they know what they're doing.
IN THE KITCHEN
You're on your own, or it's just the two of you, and making a real, home-cooked meal is too much trouble.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
I first met Amy von Somogyi two years ago outside a local restaurant. She and a friend were enjoying a cup of coffee as fellow Roundup employee Dave Rawsthorne and I approached in desperate need of another person to appear in the Roundup's "Street Talk" column.
Monday, November 10
While we were appalled by the hateful actions of the few supposed adults who thought that attempting to terrify children is an acceptable expression of religion, we are vastly heartened by the response of the many as represented by the letters in the Nov. 7 issue of the Roundup.
I am not surprised that the Roundup wins awards. Our newspaper calls it the way it is.
I am always amazed by people taking action based on (and sometimes proud of) their ignorance. Your story: Church protests Harry Potter event, by Richard Haddad, publisher, Friday, Oct. 31 illustrates this very well.
I was appalled to read the article concerning the protesters at the "Harry Potter Night Out."
Every day, we hear about another soldier being killed. With Veterans Day coming around the corner, I can't help but think of the Vietnam war, and what my friends went through in that war.
An 8-2 record wasn't enough to earn the Payson Longhorns a berth into the Class 4A state tournament.
A 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 remaining in the game lifted the Longhorns to a 26-22 regular season-ending victory over Grand Canyon regional rival Flagstaff Sinagua.
The 2003 season is winding down for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
Payson Community Development Director Bob Gould hopes to get $320,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to continue the town's housing rehabilitation program and complete the Wade Lane sidewalk project.
The town of Payson needs to put a much greater emphasis on forest health than it currently does, city council members were told at a special meeting on Thursday.
A drug and suicide prevention assembly at Payson High School turned sour Friday when the presenter made remarks a teacher described as inappropriate and sexist.
FOCUS ON PETS
My buddy Higgins had an unpleasant encounter with a couple of javelina the other day which shortened both our lives by about 20 years.
Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer, and former Town Councilor Jim Chase have turned in their packets to run for mayor.
Payson Mayor Ken Murphy thinks part of the town's fire code is unnecessarily costly for some businesses.
A phone call to the Payson police foiled plans and profits for two alleged drug dealers Friday night.
Stacey Borchers gives free haircuts to residents of the Time Out Shelter, for which she was recently recognized with that organization's Angel Award.
Amelia "Millie" Aleccia is a spirited woman who lives with her two cats in an immaculate little home in Star Valley. It should be mentioned that Aleccia is also 92 years old and blind.
Vernon C. Godbehere, Jr., 67, of Payson died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003.
When a horse showed up recently in the Frontier Elementary School parking lot, Cindy Chovich's fourth-graders left their classroom for yet another adventure in learning.
Re: Harry Potter protest: I think it strange that a pastor would judge other's (especially children's) behavior when the Bible specifically teaches everyone not to judge.
Q: What's up with the high school charging students to park? As a public entity isn't it legal for students to drive and park there? Is it legal for them to charge the students for parking at the school?
Congratulations to the really outstanding effort of our Pine/Strawberry volleyball team. They displayed extraordinary talent and teamwork at the Arizona State Small School Championship Tournament where they ultimately finished fourth after a tough, uphill battle. Great work, girls and Coach Arnold Stonebrink.
The Rim country business community has scored a major coup. The resources of SCORE, a business counseling program, are now available in Payson.
Had Payson High remained in the 3A conference rather than being moved to 4A last spring, the Longhorn golf team might today be celebrating a state championship.
Almost anyone who watched the Payson Raiders overwhelm Camp Verde Saturday morning on PHS field had to be impressed by the sheer talent on the local Central Arizona Youth Association team.
Thirty-seven years of civilian life haven't fundamentally changed Robert Peña. He still defines himself as a Marine.
For the month of October, which was also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and throughout the year, Time Out has many residents and businesses from all over the Rim country who are so supportive of our programs and services.
Kudos to reporter Jim Keyworth for his excellent investigative article concerning Cable Vision and their not televising Phoenix Suns basketball games.
While I do not agree with everything Planned Parenthood offers, I do think education is the answer. Many kids do not feel they can talk to their parents or their parents will not talk to them. They get their "misinformation" from their peers.
Kudos to the Payson Roundup for publishing the articles on the water supply issue for Payson and Northern Gila County. With the usage of water in Payson now estimated at only "safe yield" by the Payson Water Department, population at 15,000 and rapidly growing with 200-250 annual residential building permits, the question of the availability of a secure future source of water to support this growth for the citizenry of Payson becomes even more severe.
I am amused by the overreaction to the protest at the library. It seems many who have written to the editor have committed the same offense of which they accuse another, and are sure that speaking out against such an "abuse" is a righteous act.
Thursday, November 6
Home health care keeps millions of patients out of hospitals and nursing homes around the country.
Although records indicate the average first date of frost in the Rim country is about Oct. 15, that date does seem to get a little later each year.
the Class 4A state championship tournament?
The onset of fall and its cooler temperatures hasn't slowed play for members of three local golf associations.
The Pine seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball team surprised almost everyone by playing to fourth place at the Arizona State Small School championships.
Former Payson High School wrestling and football star R.C. LaHaye is now plying his wares for the NCAA Division II nationally seventh-ranked Western State College of Colorado.
The Payson Raiders (8-0) have won the regular season championship of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association major league division.
Only two runners -- Tanner Morgan and Jenny Cohen -- will represent Payson High School when the Class 4A state cross country championships are contested Nov. 8 in Anthem.
Jeffery Lee Meyers and Misty Jeanne Petroff of Show Low were married Oct. 18, 2003 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Payson.
Lula Mae Maxim, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 5, 2003.
Rachelle "Missy" Spencer is leaving her post at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
His teachers urged him to teach, so Chris Bailey opened his Karate-Kung Fu Center in Payson this summer.
For Sally Culwell, owner and administrator of Rim Country Audiology, Payson stood out, even before she considered starting a business here.
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 10th home this weekend.
BRRRR! Frost is definitely on the pumpkin in Tonto Village. Most of this week, we have recorded the temperature in the mid-20s. That is downright chilly.
I have lived in Christopher Creek for 13 years and have seen a lot of cars drive through the "car wash" on Ford Lane, but I have never seen one drive in it.
New feature: In Site Feedback, we publish interesting or relevant comments submitted through our website, from readers across the country, or around the world.
Q: Do the employees at the library do their own janitorial work, while other town departments are served by a janitorial service?
I am a weekend resident/ homeowner who has no say in the polls because I am registered to vote in Maricopa County. I want to be heard. I have concern every time my family leaves on a call.
In the wake of recent fears expressed by residents and local churches over the celebration of Halloween and the witches who appear in Harry Potter, I think the following thoughts should be considered.
A letter to Pastor Gary Basham: I am the parent of one of the children you chose to try and force your own personal opinion upon at the Payson Public Library last Wednesday evening.
I am appalled by the (Harry Potter event) protesters.
The Roundup's recent front-page story about the church protest against Harry Potter at our library is, most unfortunately, yet another example of judgment and religious intolerance.
I was saddened to hear of the incident last week regarding the Harry Potter program at the library. The last impression that religious people should give to children is that God is a god of condemnation and fear.
I believe the issue at hand is not one of religious freedom and its expression. Nor is it an issue of theological belief or the freedom of individuals to choose what they will read.
To the Victory Chapel protesters of the Harry Potter library event:
Compared to things like drought, water shortages and verbally abusing children outside the library, whether the Phoenix Suns home games are carried on Cable Vision seems trivial.
It was big news for Phoenix Suns fans in the Rim country when the team recently announced that all 41 home games would be televised this season on Fox Sports Net Arizona.
As journeys go, the trip to build the Green Valley Apartments was relatively short.
Three interveners have emerged in the Pine Water Company rate increase request, causing the Arizona Corporation Commission to push back some hearing dates.
As one man ran from the Payson Justice Courthouse to avoid jail, another darted from his probation officer trying to avoid the same fate Tuesday afternoon. One of the two escapees remains at large.
"Flapper!", a madcap, musical-comedy tribute to the 1920s, opens at 6:30 tonight (Friday) in the Payson High School auditorium.
Regarding the recent incident at the library and their Harry Potter night:
It is a wonderful time to walk and hear the gentle, peaceful sound of falling leaves.
Tuesday, November 4
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Everybody remembers the famous photo of President-elect Harry Truman holding aloft a newspaper proclaiming "Dewey defeats Truman" the day after the 1948 presidential election.
The Payson Veterans Memorial stands in silent testament to many different men and women.
The men and women who have served and continue to serve in the military are being honored this month.
IN THE KITCHEN
OK. I think fall has arrived. This is a great time of year to make soup. Not the open-a-can-and-dump-it-in-a-pan soup, but real, built from the bottom up soup.
Monday, November 3
Payson High School athletes and coaches can now thumb their noses at the cynics who predicted a small-town Arizona team couldn't be competitive in the 4A conference.
Q: Several weeks ago, a cut was made across Airport Road by the Crosswinds Restaurant. It has been filled and refilled with dirt, but has not yet been repaired. When is the town going to permanently repair it?
I truly enjoy the 5K Walk/Runs that are held throughout the year at Green Valley Park. The next one is the "Turkey Trot" starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 22.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my awe and respect for the thief's courage, audacity, and gumption at the theft of my green and yellow windmill. It probably took some planning and creativity to manage such a high profile undertaking.
There is an untrue, persistent rumor circulating through our area that Gila Community College is going to close. I am writing this to put the record straight. The college is not going to close.
In response to Mr. Castelman (letter to editor Roundup Oct. 28, 2003): A study of history will show that Alexander Tyler correctly explains the rise and fall of any socio-economic structure. However, look a little deeper into his quote "the majority always votes for candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury."
First of all, I'd like to start off by saying thank you to the Payson Public Library and all the wonderful volunteers for hosting the "Harry Potter Kids Night Out." Thank you.
Two qualified teachers are needed on a part-time basis to teach evening programs at the Payson Center for Success and Rim Country Middle School.
Most of us can remember hearing about the 10 inches of rain that fell near Roosevelt Lake at the beginning of September. What we didn't know was that the subdivision of Roosevelt Estates was hit by a wall of water up to 12 feet deep that demolished some homes and damaged others.
After almost three years of work, Rim country veterans now have a local address to visit for outpatient care.
Six new artists will be among at least 33 others exhibiting this weekend at the Payson Art League's Fall 2003 Fine Art and Fine Craft Show at the Tonto Apache Activity Center.
In an attempt to let parents know what's happening at the middle and high schools, administrators and counselors will be making visits to outlying communities during November.
It was a frustrating day for the family of murdered Payson resident Mitch Gingry, as Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Charles Johnson to 20 years in prison for stabbing Gingry more than 30 times.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 9, while most of Rim country was asleep, Gloria and Lawrence Elchlepp were clinging to a piece of rebar as flood waters up to 12 feet deep raged around them, sweeping nearly everything they owned into the once docile Campaign Creek.
Roy Thomas Connally, 72, died Oct. 30, 2003 in Durant, Okla.
Payson's (7-2) hopes of a state playoff berth brightened considerably after Friday evening's 19-7 victory over the home-standing Page Dust Devils.
Rim Country Middle School has been ranked among the state's 165 "highly performing" schools by the Arizona Board of Education.
Twilight Dawn Yates was born July 8, 2003.
Matthew Thomas Van Camp was born Oct. 27, 2003 to proud parents, Matt and Jill Van Camp.
Shelbi Lanae Miller was born July 30, 2003 to Riley (Brown) Miller and Jesse Miller.
As part of building an image, Gila Community College is staging a logo design competition open to all Gila County residents.
Charles "Charlie" W. Swoboda, 83, of Payson, died at his home Oct. 27, 2003.
Elizabeth Yvonne (May) Tiffany died Nov. 2, 2003 at her home in Fountain Hills.
Arlene Knop Wilson, 71 of Pine, died Oct. 31, 2003.
FOCUS ON PETS
Rita and LaLa are a team. LaLa is Rita's security blanket, a service dog with an important job to do, a job she takes very seriously. Their partnership began when LaLa was a pup and Rita was using a cane.
Sports fans will probably soon learn, if they don't already know, two PHS athletes -- Ashton Shewey and J.R. Szabo --ere seriously injured in an ATV accident Saturday morning.
Fried green tomatoes are a delicacy that many have never experienced, but those who have are passionate about them.
Whoever said "brains and brawn don't mix" never met Mark McCarty.
Rim country cowboy Homer Sanders has lassoed top honors in the North American Calf Roping Association National Championships.
Fleeing the heat and traffic is a familiar story among the reasons Valley of the Sun residents become refugees in the Rim country.