Stories for November 2003


Thursday, November 27

'Tis the season to start shopping


Thanksgiving is over. The refrigerator is probably full of leftovers that you really don't want to look at -- so why not go shopping?

Thanksgiving marks start of busy holiday season


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.

Christopher-Kohl's recall petitions rejected

The recall petitions circulated to recall the Christopher-Kohls Fire District's governing board were rejected by Gila County earlier this month.

What's up?

Q: Is a Long John Silvers coming to Payson? If so, when and where will it be?

Strategy for fall fishing


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.

Haynes runs to JC All-American honors

Former Lady Longhorn cross country star LeighAnn Haynes has earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors.

Former Payson writer publishes new book

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.

Holiday lights popping up all over


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.

Joint effort in search for water encouraging


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 ready to meet needs of ill and aging

Hospice is not a place, but a concept of care. The concept -- focus on caring, not curing.

Food bank wheels in motion

Using wheelbarrows, volunteers from St. Vincent De Paul food bank load more than 200 Thanksgiving dinners to help local families this week.

Mayor seeks re-election

Ken Murphy, mayor of Payson, has announced plans to seek re-election.

Make it ‘Scenic Beeline Highway'

We are losing our individuality -- our personality. First our old street names, and now our highway.

Suspect in reservation crimes now a fugitive

Local law enforcement is looking for 19-year-old Garrett Quotskuyva in connection with several crimes on the Tonto Apache Reservation.

Man poses as border patrol agent

Payson police have now identified the unruly patron at Alfonso's restaurant who claimed he was a border patrol agent Monday evening.

Shop locally, put money to work at home

The day after Thanksgiving --he busiest shopping day of the year.

Street bond failure has multiple factors

I'd like to write about residents' various feelings about bond issues for streets.

Frederik V. Zachariae

Frederik Vilhelm Zachariae, 80, died Nov. 25, 2003. He was born June 27, 1923 in Young, Ariz.

Healing arts find home on Main Street

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 contribute history column

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.

Renaming the Beeline

The current discussion about a name for the newly designated scenic highway to Payson calls up centuries of history, and many potential names.

Water meeting critical for residents

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.

Attend Eggs 'n Issues

The Eggs 'n Issues breakfast meeting met Tuesday at Famous Sams.

Lady Horns roll over Notre Dame

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.

Strong finish lifts Horns to victory

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.

Sidewinders strike gold in fall play

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

11th Commandment mandates brevity


Every job seems to come with at least one hateful task that has to be performed on a regular basis.

Variations on a leftover turkey theme


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.

Let music be the frosting on your holiday weekend


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

Prater, Schleizer to wed Nov. 29

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.

The true meaning of friendship

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 preps Lady Longhorns for 4A debut

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.

Tamales for Toys Dec. 6

Cooking 50 dozen tamales takes a lot of space and a big, willing crew of good-hearted people.

Carlin, Boys wed

Connie Carlin and Mark Boys were married on Oct. 4, at Bench Ranch in Mayer.

Bailey, Butler marry

Dan Bailey and Tracie Butler were married on Nov. 5, 2003, in Payson.

Site feedback

Re: Harry Potter protest: Religious people are like a swimming pool in summer. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.

What's up?

Q: Does Gila County have any rules against building a house in a known flood plain?

What's wrong with this picture?

$50,000 to re-do Bonita Street?

Community Center proposal not ready for funding

I want to thank Diana Sexton for bringing up the subject so we can set the record straight.

Keep Planned Parenthood out

The writer from Scottsdale (11/11/03) thinks Payson should let Planned Parenthood educate our children about sex.

While I was in Iraq

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.

Support Credit for Kids

I am a student at RCMS and I'm in the band program.

Too many soldiers dying for Bush

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."

School board should reverse its decision

This is an open letter to the Payson Unified School District School Board.

Brewer seeks mayoral post

I feel it is time to use my extensive experience in a new way and serve the community of Payson as mayor.

New casino is good news for the town

The announcement by the Tonto Apaches that a new casino complex will soon be a reality is good news for all the Rim country.

CAYFA crown to don Raiders

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.

Elks hoop shoot set for Dec. 13

One of the country's most popular youth sports program is set to return to the Rim country.

Name the names

It would perhapse helpful to those affected by the Board decision to publish the names of who voted, and what their vote was.

Road funds might still be available

This is a question for the Town Manager:

ASU has Hardt

In Whitney Hardt's finest hour, she didn't forget her Rim country roots.

Rabies -- A real worry in Rim country


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.

Hometown treasures are great gifts


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.

Disaster preparedness group ready to roll


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.

5-year-old boy sexually assaulted in Mesa del

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.

Possible sexual assaults of cancer victims under investigation

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.

Grade school girls charged in brush fire

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.

Friends seek help for family facing cancer

About a month ago, Justin Taylor, 23, started having seizures and blacking out.

Police look for reserve candidates

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.

Technology is answer to water woes

Re: Water, water everywhere ...

Tax dollars can save after-school activities

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.

Town grant helps single mom make a home

Jill Morris knows she has a lot to be thankful for this week -- and every week.

Tribe adding new casino, hotel

The Tonto Apache Tribe unveiled plans to build a new casino and a 40-guestroom hotel Monday morning.

Thursday, November 20

Elk making more visits to Village homes


Last week I reported that a bull elk had been tearing up our fence and shed, well, it is still at it.

CNA student honored for saving life

Delaine Brooks didn't think her quick stop into Wal-Mart would involve saving a man's life.

Renzi gets funds to start Tonto Creek bridge

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.

‘Scenic Road' designation could increase tourist traffic

A 42-mile stretch of Highway 87 south of Payson has been designated an Arizona Scenic Road.

Hazel V. Zakariasen

Hazel V. McLeod Zakariasen died Nov. 8, 2003 at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa.

Sidewinders open for business

The first saloon has opened its swinging doors to the residents of Pine and all of the Rim country.

Trainer captures judges' attention

Heather Slater's lifelong commitment to physical fitness is paying huge dividends.

5A considers change, 4A remains the same

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.

Holidays mean tons of fun


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.

More to board story than told

Re: School Board ignores survey results.

Basketball team is rebuilding

It's a huge understatement when Longhorn boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser deadpans, "we lost a lot last year."

SADD taking orders for Krispy Kremes

Payson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fundraising activity.

Local author signing Gisela book

Author Jayne Peace will be signing copies of her book, "History of Gisela, Arizona" this weekend at the Gisela Community Center.

Roundup has new operations manager

Julie Wantland has been named to a newly created post at the Payson Roundup.

Site feedback

Re: Harry Potter protest: The Bible says we are to be discerning; so that we can judge what is right or wrong.

What's up?

Q: Why doesn't the town cite people with junk cars in their yard?

Get behind the Medicare Reform bill

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.

When voters say ‘no' council calls an emergency

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 P. Pusa

Beatrice Pearl Pusa, 86, of Buckeye, died in Nov. 17, 2003 in Payson.

Base claims on fact and reality

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.

Community cleanup planned Saturday


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.

Empty rhetoric, patent nonsense

I find it disturbing that former mayoral candidate Diana Sexton characterizes people who want to improve our community as being "special interest groups."

Maxine A. McClenny/Rasmussen

Maxine Annabelle McClenny/Rasmussen died Oct. 18, 2003 in Payson.

Veterans were forgotten

Lest we forget --

The cornerstone of America

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

Mary E. Horcsik, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2003.

New coach takes over storied program

Some coaches might shy away from the challenge of following in the footsteps of legends.

Audiologist article appreciated

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 L. Gifford

Dessa Leora Gifford, 83, of Payson, died Nov. 16, 2003.

Electric Light Parade biggest yet

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.

Board ignores survey results

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?

Town hires new fire marshal

Michael Winters has been selected as Payson's new fire marshal.

Scenic road designation has drawback

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

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner has room for a little adventure


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.

What's in a name? Plenty.


It shouldn't surprise anybody that the names people give their kids continue to evolve.

Rim country joins in worldwide Tellabration!


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

McNeely wedding

Jamie and Larry McNeeley were happily married Saturday, Nov. 1 at Mountain Bible Church in Payson.

Earl Randleman

Tempe Firefighter Earl Randleman died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at his family cabin in Mead's Ranch near Payson.

Ervin C. Ladewski

Ervin Chester Ladewski, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 14, 2003.

Earl H. Guthauser

Earl H. Guthauser, 78, of Tonto Basin, died Nov. 14, 2003 in Phoenix.

Donna B. Bayo

Donna B. Bayo, 72, of Pine, died in Phoenix Nov. 12, 2003.

Site feedback

Re: Phoenix Suns TV coverage: I read your great article about the Phoenix Suns TV coverage ...

What's up?

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.?

More to calendar issue

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.

Board's decision applauded

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.

We can't lose this gift

To all those who didn't see the RCMS's production of "Flapper," you missed a fabulous night of fun and entertainment.

Questions outweigh answers at Town Hall

Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter and his staff want to know why the street bond issue failed in September's special election.

Rim country joins in worldwide Tellabration!

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 in Forest Lakes over fire board

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.

Your Town Council at a Glance

A discussion of loosening fire code requirements for businesses not open 24 hours a day.

Board coverage disappointing

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.

Foreign exchange students enjoying Payson

For the most part, Anatoliy Vyshnyakov and Maren Siedentop are having a wonderful time as exchange students at Payson High School.

Students were outstanding

I would like to praise the middle school's presentation "Flapper." They did such a wonderful job.

Hats off to a great show

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.

Youngsters invited to play basketball

This letter is to the parents of the second, third and fourth graders who enjoy playing basketball.

Water shortage is an illusion caused by waste

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.

Clearing up some misconceptions

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.

Firefighters save tamale charity event

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.

On the road to enhanced 911 in county

The path to a county-wide enhanced 911 system is a long and winding one.

Stolen tools recovered, suspects at large

A quick response by an alert resident and law enforcement recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen tools early Tuesday morning.

‘Alcohol-involved' accident injures officer on DUI detail

Payson Police officer Chad Deschaaf is recovering from injuries he suffered in a car accident that demolished his police vehicle Friday night.

Children are fragile

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?"

Meeting on streets proved a good idea

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.

Wrestlers to serve at spaghetti benefit

How would you like to be served by the local wrestlers?

Longhorn stars line up for all-region honors

Several Payson High School football players are expected to soon become members of the 4A Conference Grand Canyon all-region teams.

New coach, veterans set sights on state

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.

Soccer prepares for chilly season

If there is any certainty in the upcoming boys soccer season, it's that the campaign will be filled with uncertainty.

Buying local is not always possible

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.

Women share a touch of Victoriana


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.

Quilting evolves into an American art form


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.

Keeping our four-legged friends warm


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.

A golden moment

Ronald and Darlene George married 50 years ago on Nov. 21, 1953 in Kenosha, Wis.

Thursday, November 13

The rest of the story

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.

New Beginnings proof of Payson's compassion

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.

Payson's Rock Yard grows into the Valley

"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.

Holiday happenings keep locals hopping


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.

Where the elk roam, damage follows


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.

What's up?

Q: Why did Christopher Creek get a loop/bypass before Payson?

Home health -- ‘They're not only your nurse, they're also your friend'

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.

Are lower income residents more likely to vote?

Don Castleman's well-taken letter, "Property owners put Bush in office," intrigued me, particularly some of Professor Olson's analysis.

Site feedback

Re: Harry Potter protest: Have you read "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens?

Hoyt hits links, Hawaiian style

Billy Bob Hoyt will soon join the ranks of a select group of PHS graduates who have earned Division I athletic scholarships.

Payson water ‘excellent,' expert says


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 seek clues in convenience store robbery

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.

Board ignores survey results

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 strike computers at Pine school

Vandals robbed the students of Pine-Strawberry of one day in class and the basketball season's opening game.

Stop Payson from becoming another Sedona

The community center is back in full swing.

Friends organize to help ‘Duck Lady'

Payson resident Amy von Somogyi has spent her entire life helping others in need. Now, she's the one who needs help.

Flame starters could be caught white handed

Payson police are looking for someone who may have come home with white paint on his or her hands Tuesday evening.

Board needs to believe in its own product

One of the basic tenets of those in the education business ought to be "Information is our friend."

Happy retirement, Mr. Brown

We miss Stan Brown's columns in the Payson Roundup/The Rim Review.

Owens voted Grand Canyon all-region

Members of the 2003 edition of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team gathered one final time Nov. 13 at Payson Elementary School.

Pirch snags TV spot at national tournament

Rim country professional fisherman Clifford Pirch drew plenty of national air time on television Sunday.

Horn duo medal at 4A state run

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.

Fitness Factor out of funds

Funding for the Fitness Factor program at Payson High School has dried up.

Putz, Johnson marry

Shaylen Putz and Julia Johnson were married Sept. 27, 2003 in Pine.

Alfred T. Best

Alfred Truelson Best, 87, Payson, Ariz. resident, died in Payson Nov. 9, 2003.

Larry R. Schaul

Larry Richard Schaul, 78, of Roosevelt, Ariz., died in Mesa, Ariz. Nov. 7, 2003.

Jane Tripodi

Jane Tripodi, 70, died in Payson, Ariz., Oct. 7, 2003.

Celebration of Life for Dr. Larry Ward

The Celebration of Life for Dr. Larry Ward will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 at Mountain Bible Church.

Door Stop ready to hire, expansion planned

The last week of November, the long-awaited Door Stop operation starts in Payson.

Payson Burger King general manager excels

Aurelio Sanchez, the general manager of the Payson Burger King, knows how to turn around a fast-food restaurant.

Christmas decorating turns wacky


At least a dozen people showed up to help put holiday decorations along the highway Saturday.

Tuesday, November 11

Cliffhanger: Pastor masters the mountains


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.

Good things come in small batches


You're on your own, or it's just the two of you, and making a real, home-cooked meal is too much trouble.

Special lady needs our help


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

Heartened by readers' responses

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.

Protesters abused their rights

I am not surprised that the Roundup wins awards. Our newspaper calls it the way it is.

Harry Potter teaches loyalty, teamwork, unselfish love

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.

Harry Potter does not ‘turn kids against God'

I was appalled to read the article concerning the protesters at the "Harry Potter Night Out."

Thank you, veterans, for our freedom

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.

Horns miss out on state race

An 8-2 record wasn't enough to earn the Payson Longhorns a berth into the Class 4A state tournament.

Longhorns corral gutsy Sinagua Mustangs

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.

Men's golf wraps up successful season

The 2003 season is winding down for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

Council considers housing rehab grant

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.

Forest health needs to be town's top priority

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.

School assembly called ‘sexist'

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.

Javelina attacks a response to pursuit


My buddy Higgins had an unpleasant encounter with a couple of javelina the other day which shortened both our lives by about 20 years.

Candidates wanted for council race

Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer, and former Town Councilor Jim Chase have turned in their packets to run for mayor.

Mayor wants to change fire alarm requirements

Payson Mayor Ken Murphy thinks part of the town's fire code is unnecessarily costly for some businesses.

All-night bust nets 5 ounces of meth

A phone call to the Payson police foiled plans and profits for two alleged drug dealers Friday night.

Designer earns Time Out's Angel Award


Stacey Borchers gives free haircuts to residents of the Time Out Shelter, for which she was recently recognized with that organization's Angel Award.

Elderbuilders helps seniors stay independent


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.

Vernon C. Godbehere, Jr., 67, of Payson died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003.

Teacher wants students to remember her

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.

Site feedback

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.

What's up?

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?

P/S volleyball program deserves a hand

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.

SCORE one for local businesses

The Rim country business community has scored a major coup. The resources of SCORE, a business counseling program, are now available in Payson.

Rugged 4A teams take toll on Longhorns

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.

Raiders finish an impressive season

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.

High marks let Marine write own ticket

Thirty-seven years of civilian life haven't fundamentally changed Robert Peña. He still defines himself as a Marine.

Thrift Shop needs help

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.

Cable's response offensive to Suns' fans

Kudos to reporter Jim Keyworth for his excellent investigative article concerning Cable Vision and their not televising Phoenix Suns basketball games.

Someone needs to provide reliable information

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.

Water, water everywhere, nor a drop to drink!

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.

Plenty of judgment to go around

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

Agency's goal is to provide in-home patient care

Home health care keeps millions of patients out of hospitals and nursing homes around the country.

November is a good time to plant spring bulbs


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.

Playoffs are anybody's guess

the Class 4A state championship tournament?

Fall links action heats up PGC

The onset of fall and its cooler temperatures hasn't slowed play for members of three local golf associations.

Buffaloes fourth at state net tussle

The Pine seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball team surprised almost everyone by playing to fourth place at the Arizona State Small School championships.

LaHaye set to lead nationally-ranked Western State

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.

Raiders romp past Chino Valley Trojans

The Payson Raiders (8-0) have won the regular season championship of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association major league division.

Horns come up short in state bid

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.

Petroff, Meyers wed

Jeffery Lee Meyers and Misty Jeanne Petroff of Show Low were married Oct. 18, 2003 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Payson.

Lula M. Maxim

Lula Mae Maxim, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 5, 2003.

Spencer leaving PRMC

Rachelle "Missy" Spencer is leaving her post at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Training minds and bodies goal of martial arts school

His teachers urged him to teach, so Chris Bailey opened his Karate-Kung Fu Center in Payson this summer.

You have to hear what you're missing

For Sally Culwell, owner and administrator of Rim Country Audiology, Payson stood out, even before she considered starting a business here.

Community invited for dedication of 10th PAHH home

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 10th home this weekend.

Temperatures hit mid-20s


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.

Going for a ride in Christopher Creek


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.

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What's up?

Q: Do the employees at the library do their own janitorial work, while other town departments are served by a janitorial service?

Why would a select few destroy a community?

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.

Halloween celebrates triumph of light over darkness

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.

Protesters waited ‘like a pack of wolves'

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.

Give them a Bible, don't beat them with it

I am appalled by the (Harry Potter event) protesters.

The danger of judgment

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.

Children don't learn from fearful situations

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.

An incident of child abuse

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.

Leave my children to me

To the Victory Chapel protesters of the Harry Potter library event:

Cable Vision must adapt to change

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.

Rim country Suns fans lose half a season

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.

Low-income apartments now open

As journeys go, the trip to build the Green Valley Apartments was relatively short.

Pine Water rate increase hearings set

Three interveners have emerged in the Pine Water Company rate increase request, causing the Arizona Corporation Commission to push back some hearing dates.

Fugitive on the loose

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.

Musical recaptures Roaring 20s

"Flapper!", a madcap, musical-comedy tribute to the 1920s, opens at 6:30 tonight (Friday) in the Payson High School auditorium.

Harry Potter teaches lessons in friendship, courage

Regarding the recent incident at the library and their Harry Potter night:

It might be quiet, but there's still plenty to do


It is a wonderful time to walk and hear the gentle, peaceful sound of falling leaves.

Tuesday, November 4

Headlines we'd like to see


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.

Payson Veterans Memorial a silent testament


The Payson Veterans Memorial stands in silent testament to many different men and women.

Military to be honored with several ceremonies


The men and women who have served and continue to serve in the military are being honored this month.

Fall weather calls for warm soups


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

Golf wins trip to state

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.

What's up?

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?

Turkey Trot promises great time

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.

Thief needed windmill more than me

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.

College is not closing

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.

Lack of integrity, greed widen gap

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."

Protesters should be ashamed

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.

Part-time teachers needed

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.

A flood-ravaged community needs our help

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.

Veterans outpatient clinic opens

After almost three years of work, Rim country veterans now have a local address to visit for outpatient care.

PAL Fall Show features six new artists

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.

Local school leaders make house calls

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.

Convicted murderer sentenced to 23.5 years

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.

Flood survivors left high and dry

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 T. Connally

Roy Thomas Connally, 72, died Oct. 30, 2003 in Durant, Okla.

Horns nip Dust Devils; only Sinagua awaits

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.

RCMS ranked among state's elite

Rim Country Middle School has been ranked among the state's 165 "highly performing" schools by the Arizona Board of Education.

Twilight Dawn Yates

Twilight Dawn Yates was born July 8, 2003.

Matthew Thomas Van Camp

Matthew Thomas Van Camp was born Oct. 27, 2003 to proud parents, Matt and Jill Van Camp.

Shelbi Lanae Miller

Shelbi Lanae Miller was born July 30, 2003 to Riley (Brown) Miller and Jesse Miller.

College holding logo design contest

As part of building an image, Gila Community College is staging a logo design competition open to all Gila County residents.

Charles W. Swoboda

Charles "Charlie" W. Swoboda, 83, of Payson, died at his home Oct. 27, 2003.

Elizabeth Y. Tiffany

Elizabeth Yvonne (May) Tiffany died Nov. 2, 2003 at her home in Fountain Hills.

Arlene Knop Wilson

Arlene Knop Wilson, 71 of Pine, died Oct. 31, 2003.

Rita and LaLa, partners and pals


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.

Shewey sets sights on Majors

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.

Tomato man has bounty of green gold


Fried green tomatoes are a delicacy that many have never experienced, but those who have are passionate about them.

Wrestling, Algebra no sweat for eighth-grader

Whoever said "brains and brawn don't mix" never met Mark McCarty.

Payson roper wins national crown

Rim country cowboy Homer Sanders has lassoed top honors in the North American Calf Roping Association National Championships.

Phoenix refugee brings talents to Rim country


Fleeing the heat and traffic is a familiar story among the reasons Valley of the Sun residents become refugees in the Rim country.