Thursday, October 30
Two teenagers caught fleeing the scene
A blaze ignited an abandoned house located up a steep dirt road off Pine Street late Tuesday morning.
The Pine/Strawberry Buffaloes' seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball team has qualified for the Arizona State Small School Championship tournament.
A Herculean effort that left Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Chris Schwind beaming with pride came up three points short of earning Payson a berth in the 4A Grand Canyon regional final four.
Elaine Marie Houghton-Parsons, 48, died Sept. 20, 2003.
Gloria May Klemp, 67, of Tonto Basin, died Oct. 19, 2003.
Joseph David Kane, 81, of Payson, died Oct. 26, 2003.
Harold Ritchey Beauchamp, 73, longtime resident of Strawberry, died Oct. 25, 2003 in Mesa.
A life of selfless service and acclaim came to an end last weekend. Larry Ward, 78, of Payson, who made numerous charitable organizations and disaster relief his life's work, died Oct. 25, 2003.
"Morale is excellent here, everyone's attitude is good and it's business as usual," said Dan Dillon, manager of the Safeway store in Payson.
The five owners of Gallery 87 have a combined 120 years in the arts to share with customers at their new shop in Pine.
Q: Why are there hand-lettered signs for Moonlight Drive and Rainbow in Star Valley? Are the roads in Star Valley being renamed?
The Class 4A Grand Canyon regional showdown action kicks off tomorrow in Flagstaff for the Payson High School cross country teams.
While the situation is somewhat different in California as opposed to Payson ...
I would like to inform the public that several of us in Pine have talked at length about possible solutions to our water problems and we are now ready to form a legal committee to deal with our issues.
To: Native Air, Payson Fire Department, Arizona Public Safety, Life Star Ambulance, and Diamond Star Fire Department:
Last night I witnessed a miracle.
Letter to Ken Murphy: What is your definition of "embarrassment"?
One of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to public protest. But with that right comes an expected level of appropriate behavior.
From the Ehrenberg Cemetery to Jerome's Haunted Hamburger, ghosts abound in Arizona, and the Rim country, contrary to a new book on the subject, is no exception.
The town of Payson enters the high-tech era with its new digital recording system and improved acoustics in the council chambers.
After successfully passing a certified hunter safety course and being drawn for cow elk tags, brothers Jake and Clint Hacker were about as excited as two young hunters can be.
This is the third in a series featuring in-depth interviews with the people who impact the Rim country's water situation.
The Payson Police Department netted about $5,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested 11 people in the course of two different raids Tuesday.
As children walked into the library Wednesday, a group outside shouted through bullhorns, telling the youngsters that they were going to hell.
It's looking more and more like Payson High School senior Billy Bob Hoyt will be spending the next four years of his life on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.
About 60 little goblins showed up for the annual Halloween Hayride sponsored by the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association Saturday night. Costumes from Scooby Doo to a little bumblebee were on display.
Happy Halloween to all my readers! October is now history. Where has all the time gone? The older I get, the faster the time goes by.
Residents of Pine and Strawberry, grab your children and get up to Pine tonight for the annual Halloween costume contest and party sponsored by ERA Young Realty of Strawberry/Pine and Strawberry Market.
Could the Longhorn football team wrap up the season with an impressive 8-2 record and not be awarded a berth into the Class 4A state tournament?
Tuesday, October 28
We have followed the East Verde River from its headwaters on the Rim past homesteads, ranches and natural wonders, each with its story to tell, over the last several weeks in the Tuesday editions of the Payson Roundup.
Ready to have your skin really crawl? Want a spine-tingling evening that you'll feel all the way to the soles of your feet? Are you brave enough to handle a first-class scare?
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
This is a game everybody can play.
IN THE KITCHEN
Treat your fright night guests to this quick trick -- hot and hearty party pleasers so frightfully easy it's almost scary.
Monday, October 27
If you thought only bumpkins chose to live in Payson, chances are you don't know Mike Macfarlane, world traveler and raconteur.
Local Little League official Chuck Barton has a stern warning to Payson Little League players and parents:
Thirteen-year-old Nick Goodman has already enjoyed more success than much older, seasoned hunters.
For former Payson High School pitching standout Jeremy Heairet, the road to a professional baseball career passes through Toowoomba, Australia.
Thanks to the generosity of the Tonto Apaches, the Longhorn football team will be traveling Friday to Page in first-class style.
A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns erased a 3-0 deficit and earned the Longhorns a 15-3 Class 4A Grand Canyon regional victory over the Flagstaff Eagles.
"Time To Say Goodbye" is the name of a beautiful song, and that is a phrase we all have used at various times in our lives. Saying "goodbye" is usually a bittersweet time.
Since the early 1980s, a community center has been part of the town's master plan. Now, the Parks and Recreation Department has a feasibility study that is a tangible representation of the vision.
FOCUS ON PETS
After discussing breeds and behavior of dogs, it is interesting to examine their history.
Officer Allen Dyer has been selected to be the Payson Police Department's traffic enforcement officer.
The move to recall the board of the Christopher-Kohl's Fire District is winding down.
Wallace "Wally" J. Simerly, 80, died in Payson Oct. 22, 2003.
Ed Lydic, 60, of Payson, Ariz., died in Payson Oct. 22, 2003 after a heart attack.
Francis Albert Cline, Sr., 83, of Young, Ariz., died at his residence Oct. 23, 2003.
Danny and Kathleen McQuain announce the engagement of their son, Zachary Owen, to Annette Christine Small, daughter of Lorie Small of Phoenix, and Richard Small of Atlanta, Ga.
Jayden Marie Conway was born Aug. 10, 2003 to proud parents Chris and Becky Conway.
It used to be kind of a laid-back club for students with a high grade point average, but the National Honor Society has changed at Payson High School.
Q: There have been coyotes around Rumsey Park, Trailwood and Woodhill lately. What can be done to get rid of them and are they a danger to small pets and small children?
The following information recently came to my attention:
You probably get letters extolling the virtues of your newspaper on a regular basis, but I would like to nominate a particular employee for the "Good Guy" award.
Our elected Representative Bill Konopnicki has told our college leaders, and in essence all Gila County residents, "over and over and over again" that Gila Community College will never be a full-fledged college because we won't have the population or assessed valuation that previous legislation requires.
There is a rumor that Planned Parenthood is trying again to penetrate our community.
One of the first lessons we learn as children is that life isn't always fair.
The U.S. Marine Corps' 228th anniversary celebration is next month.
It was a banner day at the Payson Humane Society -- especially for Jacob, the Great Dane/Lab mix featured on the front page of Friday's Roundup.
Men who batter come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, religions, and walks of life.
A routine traffic stop near Rye on Highway 87 led to the discovery of a pound of methamphetamine Monday morning.
Just when it seemed like the forest fire season was over, yet another blaze erupted Saturday.
Heeding a call for help, 11 firefighters from the Rim country are on their way to help battle the blazes consuming Southern California.
Payson Fire Department personnel tested the hose on Payson's new 1990 Grumman Aerial-Cat ladder platform truck Friday at Green Valley Park.
Thursday, October 23
America -- land of the free. Where it seems anyone is free to sue for anything under the sun.
The Phoenix College Bears vs. Mesa College Thunderbirds football game Oct. 18 took on a decidedly Rim country flair.
After successfully passing a certified hunter safety course and being drawn for cow elk tags, brothers Jake and Clint Hatcher were about as excited as two young hunters can be.
The postseason fate of the Longhorn football team could rest on the outcome of tonight's game against the Flagstaff Eagles.
Laura Meyocks has staked claim to one of the most prestigious titles that can be earned by a Payson Women's Golf Association member.
The scenic areas along Highway 260 east of Payson offer a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in the fall and winter.
For many years, Main Street was the social center for much of the Rim country, town historian Stan Brown said. Once a dusty thoroughfare, it featured mercantile stores, saloons, hotels, boarding houses, livery stables, a blacksmith shop and a sawmill.
Roosevelt Lake is one of the state's favorite water playgrounds.
In 1890, when the Mormon families of Rial Allen, Marion Allen, Alexander Allen, Price Nelson, Lee Heward and William Hunt requested permission from the church president to abandon the settlement of Pine, the survival of the small, mountain community was threatened.
Autumn has arrived, so fall color cannot be far away.
If you're looking for something to do this winter, stop by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and let the volunteers there fill your head with suggestions.mong the suggestions will no doubt be the following 15 activities:
Winter is a special time in the Rim country.
As you top the rise on the hill above Rye, you'll catch your first glimpse of the Mogollon Rim, the breathtaking escarpment that borders the Rim country to the north. At the base of this wonder is Payson, Arizona, the "Gateway to the Rim."
The Rim country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.
From the Mogollon Rim down to Roosevelt Lake, Rim country offers some good fishing for local and visiting anglers.
In a normal year, about 110,000 people visit Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Tonto Community Concert Association has four more performances planned in the coming months.
The road to a team berth into the 4A state cross country tournament will be a rocky one for the Payson Longhorn boys.
Fall is beautiful and busy in Pine and Strawberry. What a wonderful place to live. There is always plenty to do both on the weekends and during the week.
The Celebrate the Silence Street Party and Fall Festival was last weekend in Christopher Creek. Residents celebrated the renovation of Highway 260 and the traffic switch to the new bypass around our mountain community.
John W. Toot, 87, of Pine, died Oct. 21, 2003.
Dorothy Irene Cochran Smith, 84, died Oct. 19, 2003 in Joseph City.
Richard Shelton Inman, 59, of Pine, died Oct. 17, 2003 in Glendale, Ariz.
Slade David Gibson, 18 months old, of Payson, died Oct. 19, 2003 in Phoenix.
Both management and staff at the Payson Safeway are saying little about a possible strike by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99.
Western Village is a vision -- part of plans for the future to look back on the past.
Q: Why did the school district cut physical education at the elementary schools, then turn around and give both the superintendent and business manager raises?
Should have closed our borders 9-11.
Regarding Marvin Joachim's letter (Oct. 14 Roundup): It got a lot of patriot adrenaline flowing.
We have just returned from a most delightful week in Williamsburg, Virginia, cradle of our nation's birth.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation may "help women beat (some) of the odds", but there is one of the odds they refuse to even mention -- the increased risk of breast cancer after abortion.
Deputy Gila County Manager Steve Besich stood before the supervisors in Payson Tuesday to discuss renaming roads in unincorporated communities in northern Gila County.
County officials met Tuesday afternoon to consider suing the state over funding for Gila County's community colleges and to express their displeasure over the level of support the county is receiving from its state legislators on the issue.
Payson police and Gila County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call Sept. 15 from a clerk at Circle K in Star Valley where it was reported that an armed 11-year-old boy was preparing to rob the store.
It's not quite a fire sale -- but close.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office honored the 30 volunteer members of the Payson Sheriff's Posse this past Tuesday for their assistance to the department.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors learned a lesson Tuesday: Don't mess with Diamond Point zoning.
So far this year, 46 Arizonans have lost their lives to domestic violence. It remains the leading cause of homicide for women, according to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Tuesday, October 21
One of the really cool things about living in the Rim country is our cowboy and Indian heritage.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
"Find a Husband After 35 (Using What I Learned at Harvard Business School): A Simple 15-Step Action Program" is not only the year's longest book title, but yet another in a seemingly endless series of books designed to help people find mates and, in the process, learn to understand and interact with the opposite sex.
Recently the tribe of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation celebrated the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt signing their 24,680-acre reservation into existence. It was established on the old Fort McDowell military post, which had been abandoned in 1890.
IN THE KITCHEN
Recently I came across a cookbook devoted to taking commercial cake mixes, adding assorted ingredients and special touches and coming out with a show piece.
Monday, October 20
After winning five consecutive games to open Payson High School's inaugural year in the 4A conference, the Longhorn football team has dropped two narrow decisions to Grand Canyon regional rivals.
Come along as we continue our flight down the winding course of the East Verde River. We begin to understand why the native peoples called it "The Crooked Water."
Cindy Shafe thought she was living in a safe community in Thousand Oaks, Calif., until a drive-by shooting prompted her and longtime boyfriend, Les Brown, get out of Dodge.
Everything is relative.
FOCUS ON PETS
As mentioned last week, October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month and ASPCA's theme for the year is "Meet Your Match."
The renaming of roads around the county may not be the heated issue it has been in recent weeks.
Most of the issues on Thursday's agenda of the Payson Town Council meeting involve amending the Unified Development Code for growth-related purposes.
After spending the day at the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday, 78-year-old Terry Snidecor called his wife, Bev, telling her he was going to stop for dinner in Payson before heading home to Pine.
In 2001, 25 Rim country residents went through a 12-week seminar called the Citizens Police Academy.
Kevan Kuhlman, serving a 20-year sentence for the murder of TV 7 Station Manager Susan Birchak, wants his plea overturned.
Rim country residents and visitors alike are invited to step back into the area's storied past at the Fourth Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival unfolding this Saturday, Oct. 25, in and around the Rim Country Museum and Green Valley Park.
Annabelle Olivia Mae Arendell was born May 4, 2003.
A cleaning crew working at Chapman Auto Center called police when they noticed that one of the vehicles parked in the back lot had been broken into, Sunday night.
Levi Garrett Windle, 24, died Oct. 18, 2003.
Joan D. Vick, 63, of Payson, died Oct. 17, 2003.
Eric Theodore Lunden, 81, of Sun City, died Oct. 17, 2003.
Harvey Kaufman, 86, died Oct. 14, 2003.
Richard Shelton Inman, 59, of Pine, died Oct. 17, 2003 in Glendale, Ariz.
Roger Dean Hendrickson, 88, died Oct. 14, 2003.
A reception in memory of Frank W. Fruitman will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the First Church of the Nazarene on Tyler Parkway in Payson.
At last, the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society is opening the doors of its own facility.
Payson High School teacher Teri McKee retired at the end of the last school year.
Q: The Department of Corrections' tree cutting program is now taking down trees on private property for money. Who gets the money?
If you've been looking for an organization to get involved with, this is your one-stop chance to learn more about more than 40 of the Rim country's finest groups.
Oh, that Payson business people would have the same forward vision that the Christopher Creek business people have as they celebrated the silence on Oct. 17 because of the bypass.
I feel compelled to write a letter after reading Jake Flake's editorial (Oct. 10 Roundup).
For most of us, wireless communications have meant a whole new world of freedom. Just this morning, I accessed the World Wide Web from my kitchen table, made a few calls on my ride to work and mailed a picture of my granddaughter's ballet recital over the phone.
Thank you for your help. Through your column, information was passed along to the citizens of Pine regarding our problems with Brooke Utilities, and as a result of the efforts made by many of these citizens to contact the ACC in response to our situation, we have been granted a public comment meeting to air our grievances and ask questions before the ACC holds a formal hearing which will decide any rate increase requested by Brooke
Imagine you are stranded in a broken car on an abandoned road with your two young children. The three of you have no food or blankets and you grow colder in what seems like an endless snowstorm.
Joshua Frewin, 12, a sixth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School, has won his second consecutive Payson Elks Soccer Shoot Out title.
For unknown reasons, the Lady Longhorns' final team score was not included in the standings when the results of the Coconino Invitational were tabulated.
The Payson Raiders remained the only undefeated Rim country youth football team with a 28-0 victory over the Wickenburg Wranglers.
The Coconino Invitational 5K cross country race Oct. 11 at Fort Tuthill near Flagstaff provided the Longhorns with an opportunity to preview most of the teams Payson will battle at the regional championships.
With the Grand Canyon regional tournament set to begin Oct. 28 at Flagstaff Coconino High School, the Lady Longhorns are positioning themselves for solid showing in the postseason.
Thursday, October 16
It's a huge stretch to think Dr. Alan Hallman might have any high school athletic eligibility left.
So far this year, 46 Arizonans have lost their lives to domestic violence. It remains the leading cause of homicide for women, according to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The suspect charged in a July stabbing who fled after his release from jail, was apprehended by Los Angeles police Monday.
Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker approaches his job with a sense of humor. He says it's the only way to survive.
After 11 years of bringing blues to Payson, "Shakey" Joe Harless is heading east.
Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill denied a "gag order" motion in the case of a man accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman in July.
At 7 a.m. Tuesday, Christopher Creek changed forever.
Late last month the board of the Pine-Strawberry Fire District voted to end its contract with Chief Paul Coe, but Coe continues to work for the district.
Ready to have your skin really crawl? Want a spine-tingling evening that you'll feel all the way to the soles of your feet? Are you brave enough to handle a first class scare and waking nightmare?
Payson is losing someone very valuable this month. "Shakey" Joe Harless has been the bedrock of a small, but thriving, musical community in Rim country.
I was a Marine during World War II.
Regarding the article in the Friday, Oct. 10 edition of the Payson Roundup highlighting the Main Street Project awards, I would like to make a few comments.
Payson Helping Payson wants to thank the Rim Country United Way for its generous donation.
In response to the comments made by Otis Wells (regarding the marijuana grove found near Young), should we not be congratulating our law enforcement personnel in getting drugs off our streets?
Q: Why isn't anything being done to stop underage drivers on unlicensed all-terrain vehicles on the roads in Tonto Village?
With only the Mingus Invitational Tournament separating the Longhorn golf team from its first appearance in the 4A Grand Canyon regional showdown, the Longhorn fall campaign is reaching its climax.
Julia Randall Elementary School third-grader Blake Cannon is not allowing youth and inexperience to stand in the way of a promising golf career.
In a "two-best balls" formatted Payson Women's Golf Association tournament that was cut short by rain, the team of Janice Burns, Joyce Goff and Laura Meyocks claimed top honors with a 120.
FISH & TIPS
The nice thing about fall fishing is that you don't have to show up at the lake at the crack of dawn to be successful.
The Tour of Hope Team will climb mountains, cross rivers and reach communities across America to inspire millions and share the importance of cancer research.
It's not often that really good books about high school football are penned.
The Ladies 5th Annual retreat was held last Wednesday at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel.
If you haven't been to Tonto Village in the past few weeks, you are in for a surprise.
The Rim Country Antiques and Craft Festival is over. Harry Rinker, the Collector Inspector, made some people very happy and annoyed others with his appraisals.
Mayor Kenneth P. Murphy and Julie Foster were married on Sept. 20, 2003 in Payson.
The families of Jennifer Marie Mullaly and Travis Lloyd Highstreet are proud to announce their wedding on Oct. 7, 2003.
One man, with one name, is taking the recording industry in Payson to the next level.
Elmer E. Beers, 83, died Oct. 10, 2003.
Delbert Newton Martin, 95, died Oct. 11, 2003 in Payson.
Tuesday, October 14
A low water-use demonstration garden is now open to the public in the center courtyard of the Gila Community College campus.
There is a change occurring in the thinking of gardeners all over the country regarding the type and style of plants chosen for the home and business garden.
IN THE KITCHEN
According to my calendar the "Sweetest Day" is this weekend, Oct. 18.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
"Got milk? Uncle Sam sure does." So wrote Tom Webb in an article for Knight Ridder Newspapers. He was referring to the fact that your friendly and free-spending U.S. government -- yes, the very government that wants 87 billion more of your dollars to secure whatever the heck it is we want to secure in Iraq -- has been stockpiling powdered milk to the tune of 1.28 billion pounds.
The moon is growing larger these days, and will become The Hunter's Moon on Oct. 25.
Monday, October 13
Winning streak ends at 5-1
A 12-7 loss to Flagstaff Coconino Friday evening in Longhorn stadium put the skids on the Payson Longhorns five-game winning streak.
In their first tournament as a bass fishing team, Clifford Pirch and Andy Pederson hooked up to win first place at the AllStar Bass Team Tournament Oct. 5 at Roosevelt Lake.
Wilbur Alvin Wright, 72, of Payson, died Oct. 10 in Phoenix.
Dorothy Jonker, 92, died Oct. 8, 2003 at Palm Valley in Goodyear, Ariz.
Sybil Hayes, 85, of Payson, died Oct. 12, 2003.
Roy Lawrence Crosier, 79, died Oct. 12, 2003.
Dorothy K. Behl, 89, of Payson, died Oct. 8, 2003 in Payson.
Jory Woolwine and Christina Vore were united in marriage on Sept. 27, 2003 at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson.
Faith Bonnie Neal was born Sept. 14, 2003 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Mary Maclovia Hill was born Aug. 9, 2003 to Rose and Dan Hill of Payson.
Q: With the lower Tonto Campground being closed, are the park benches, fire rings and barbecues going to be dispersed to other campgrounds for use or are they going to be destroyed?
Great guidelines and rules on water conservation published by our water department. But, how about the fire station washing down their driveway at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8.
We always enjoy your articles about the Rim country history. Of special interest to us was the photo in your recent addition of "CLUE" showing "Sherlock's"-- a restaurant that is now the Knotty Pine.
Our family has lost two loved ones this year -- a mother and her son. To honor these two wonderful people, the family had a beautiful stone with a plaque made.
Re: Immigrant entrance.
With the ever-increasing traffic congestion on the highways in Payson, an alternate east route for those vehicles that don't have any intention to stop in Payson will prevent many problems for businesses in this town.
In response to: If it's exclusive it's not mail.
Payson Mayor Ken Murphy's latest trial lasted a mind-numbing two days.
FOCUS ON PETS
October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month, sponsored by the ASPCA.
We continue our travels down that East Verde River, having already come over 13 miles from the headwaters at General Springs on the Mogollon Rim.
If you've ever had teenagers, you know how hard you have to work to pick up after them.
Jo Johnson had no interest in mortality statistics when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer five years ago. All she knew was that she intended to fight hard and defeat it, regardless of the odds.
Dogs and their people enjoyed the fun and games at the second annual Dog Day in the Park Oct. 4, sponsored by PAWS in the Park and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is locking up nearly 100 Rim country residents at Cucina Paradiso.
Gila County has filed its long-awaited lawsuit against Eastern Arizona College.
The midtown Texaco -- a longtime fixture in Payson -- is not long for this world. And the Texaco name is disappearing from the station on the south end of town.
The Payson Town Council unanimously approved a bid to construct the Main Street History Park building Thursday evening.
What began as a domestic dispute at a residence on the 300 block of Heritage Lane evolved into a standoff between police and a heavily armed man who barricaded himself inside his home Saturday night.
A 16-year-old Phoenix boy fell more than 300 feet to his death off the side of the Mogollon Rim Saturday morning.
After two days of testimony, it took Judge Pro Tem John Perlman just a few minutes to pronounce Payson Mayor Ken Murphy guilty of disorderly conduct-fighting, a class one misdemeanor.
The 4th Annual Fall Classic Trout Tournament Oct. 18 at Woods Canyon Lake will feature fishing for a good cause. All of the proceeds from the annual angling skirmish benefit the Payson Community Christian School.
A "Yellow Ball Scramble" tournament highlighted last week's play for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
Competing with a Payson cross country roster that was missing three of its best runners, the state 20th-ranked Longhorns boys finished fourth at the five-team Notre Dame Prep Invitational Oct. 8 at El Dorado Park in Scottsdale.
A wrong turn on the Scottsdale El Dorado Park cross country course cost Lady Longhorn Jenny Cohen a chance at winning the championship of the Notre Dame Prep Invitational championship.
Thursday, October 9
Michelle C. Long, 59, of Tonto Village, died Oct. 2, 2003.
World champion cyclist Lance Armstrong is partnering with Bristol-Meyers Squibb to create the Tour of Hope, a week-long cycling journey across America.
Apache: Fishing is excellent. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished on mainlake points are working well. Soft plastics are also catching some bass. The topwater action should be taking off any time.
Angling hopefuls will have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the Fourth Annual Fall Classic Trout Tournament Oct. 18 at Woods Canyon Lake.
The Rim country will be represented in the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick Sectional Competition by six youngsters who captured Payson age/sex group championships. The sectional showdown will be Nov. 8 in Flagstaff.
Statewide prep team rankings are often misleading and inaccurate.
For the Lady Longhorn volleyball team to earn a berth to the state tournament, the team must win at least a top-two finish at the 4A Grand Canyon regional tournament Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 at Flagstaff Coconino.
A victory this evening over Flagstaff Coconino might yield the power points the Longhorns need for a berth in the season-ending state tournament.
Shirley F. Templeton, 91, died Oct. 5, 2003.
Frances Kathryn Mularski, 76, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2003.
Jean "Brooke" Marie Martinez, 55, of Payson, died Oct. 9, 2003.
John Walter Ferguson, 68, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2003.
Fall is in the air and it is a great weekend to celebrate this wonderful new season.
The village residents are sprucing up their homes with decorations for Halloween.
Friday, Oct. 3 a school bus filled with 28 seventh-grade students from Pinetop Blue Ridge School showed up in Christopher Creek at the gates to Hunter Creek eager to meet with Game and Fish and watch as they tagged and put a GPS collar on an elk.
No wonder there are so many illegal Mexicans in this country. One hundred law enforcement officers can't catch two Mexican pot growers, even with helicopters.
Like the person who phoned in and asked about the West Nile Virus (What's Up, Tuesday, Oct. 7 Roundup), I am very much concerned about the spread of the virus.
Payson's loss is Peoria's gain.
I'm writing on behalf of the concerned residents of Gisela, who've received letters with demands and implied threats from SRP, to thank you for Water Wizards and its interview of John Breninger, which started in Friday's Roundup.
As the father of 13 children, I am horrified by the seemingly endless reports detailing the neglect, abuse, and even murder of innocent young children. There is no excuse for these heinous criminal acts.
Oct. 9, 1871. That date has great meaning to residents of the Windy City, and to firefighters across the country.
Almost everywhere I turn, I see young mothers struggling to raise their children alone. Too many of them are bearing the full weight of a broken home because of a man who stepped out of the picture and away from his responsibilities.
They grew up in the Rim country, watching and helping their parents provide service to their friends, neighbors and newcomers. So, it is no surprise Danielle and Chris O'Connor decided to carry on their families' traditions by opening their own business this year, C&D Heating & Cooling Service & Repair.
The West Nile has made its way into Gila County.
They've moved on to college, but former Payson High School rodeoers Garret Riggins, Klayton Haught and Lara Baker are still bringing home the buckles.
In just its second year of existence, the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology (MRCA) has undergone a complete makeover.
The Tonto Community Concert Association presents the second concert of its 25th season this weekend.
Mayor Ken Murphy is facing yet another trial in the Payson Justice Court.
Children who witness physical, verbal and emotional abuse between their parents are the silent victims of domestic violence.
Three Payson Main Street projects -- Pine Country Animal Clinic and Homespun Memories, Mad Dawg's and Mel's restaurant, and the Main Street entry monuments -- earned top honors last week in the 2003 Main Street Awards competition.
It began as just another routine traffic stop for Payson Department of Public Safety Officers Brett Rye and Doc Dimbat, but ended with the discovery of more than a quarter pound of methamphetamine, with a street value of between $4,000 to $6,000.
Payson Mayor Ken Murphy's trial for disorderly conduct-fighting began Thursday with a parade of prosecution witnesses recounting the events of Friday, Aug. 16, 2002 at the Ox Bow Saloon.
Making sure the youngsters at Payson's Community Child Learning Center stay safe while they have fun, Messinger Payson Funeral Home purchased helmets for 17 children who participated in a trike-a-thon last Friday at the center.
Tuesday, October 7
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Just when you thought everything that could possibly be written about dogs had been written, along comes yet another new book on man's most trusty companion.
Informative and entertaining, the Rim Country Antique and Craft Festival is this weekend, Oct. 11 and 12 at the Pine Community Center.
Bring on the apple-crisp autumn season with these red-delicious dishes. Tart, sweet and snappy, these recipes are also easy-as-pie with few ingredients and ready-made frozen dough from the grocery store.
Since the town of Payson is very serious about tapping into water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir on the Rim, this is a good time to review the history of that water source.
Monday, October 6
Gerry Ann Reed, 61, of Strawberry, died Oct. 2, 2003.
Dr. Max L. Partch, 86, died Oct. 1, 2003.
Ted C. Morris, 69, of Payson, died Sept. 25, 2003 in Tucson.
Margaret "Maggie" E. Baird, 73, of Payson, died Oct. 6, 2003.
Q: Are those motorized skateboards street legal?
In regards to your What's Up column of Sept. 30: Freedom of the press? I think the Roundup has reached a new low when you start printing the personal financial affairs of business owners and private citizens.
I'm writing to you today to tell you how much your newspaper excites me. Whenever I see the dogs or cats who need homes, I always say, "If only I could keep them."
Dana Lindsey Hatch and Kenneth Leon Hutchings were married at Rumsey Park Saturday.
Halee Sandoval was born March 22, 2003.
Hayden Leigh Hamman was born July 8, 2003.
Why can't there be a direct road from the area around Bulla, Hogan, and Bobby Jones roads to Trailwood?
President Bush's claim of "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq is just the "tip of the iceberg" in the antics and disinformation employed by our government.
I would like to thank the Payson Fiddlers committee for presenting my wife Irene and myself with the J.W. & Vertielee Floyd Memorial Award for "years of devoted and volunteer services to the Payson Fiddle Contest."
We were coordinators for the piano concert by Sam Rotman in Payson last August. There were many people who worked behind the scenes to make it such a wonderful success, and we would like to recognize some of them.
Just about everyone and everything has a day, a week or a month dedicated to it. This week it is National Newspaper Week.
FOCUS ON PETS
Obesity in dogs and cats is of epidemic proportions, according to a new study just released and reported in the Sept. 9 issue of the Wall Street Journal.
Payson High School junior Tyler Williams joined me Friday for a mid-morning jog around the Payson High School track.
Tom Castas has played his way to the championship of the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup tournament.
Senior Jenny Cohen, competing in her first year of cross country, etched her name into the Payson High School record book by running to the girls championship of the Sludge to the Judge run.
It was a good day in the White Mountain League neighborhood for the Rim Country Middle School football and softball teams.
Rhoades' crew remains undefeated
The hard-charging Payson Longhorns capped off homecoming week Friday evening on PHS field with an emotional 10-7 victory over Pinnacle.
Several miles north of Payson, one turns right, off State Highway 87,on to Flowing Springs Road. It follows the river several miles past two homesteads and one squatter's right that was never "proved up." All three locations are steeped in pioneer history.
Stephanie Turlukis is one of a growing number of Rim country residents that share a special passion. That passion is to make a difference in the lives of children, who through no fault of their own, have become wards of the state.
When Mary Ferguson, a photographer from Canada, met a rescued fawn at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum while wintering in the Tucson area earlier this year, she was mesmerized.
When the Payson Town Council chose to table the proposed changes to the unified development code regarding placement of telecommunications towers, the Community Development Department made a few changes. The revised version will be presented to the council at its Thursday night meeting for consideration.
The feasibility study on the proposed community center is completed, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind said.
If you are used to getting a cup of coffee or maybe doing your nails while you wait to get connected to the Internet, there is a new, faster choice available.
Last year's most honored newspapers repeated the feat in 2003 and were named Arizona Newspapers of the Year for 2003 by the Arizona Newspaper Association Saturday.
Mountain Lion Loop, space 21, at the Houston Mesa Campground, was the scene of what police are calling a sexual assault early Sunday morning.
One person was killed and two others injured in a crash that involved four vehicles around 8 p.m., Sunday night, on the southbound lanes of Highway 87 near Sunflower.
More than 19,000 marijuana plants were seized Friday, 15 miles south of Young in a remote canyon. Officials estimated the final count of plants seized would amount to 4,800 pounds with a street value of between $23 and $46 million.
Thursday, October 2
Although the majority of victims of domestic violence are women, seven percent are men. Since a desire for power and control is at the heart of domestic violence, according to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the behaviors cut across gender lines.
The new by-pass around Christopher Creek should be open shortly, and Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 will be the first Block Party through Christopher Creek. The organizers are still looking for vendors and crafters. Call Nancy Olson at (928) 478-4392 or Debbie Aschbrenner at (928) 478-4550 if you are interested in selling your wares.
Pine/Strawberry School will be on fall break from Oct. 6 through Oct. 17. The office will be open the first week but closed Oct. 13th through the Oct.17.
Is it really fall? The calendar tells us that it is, but the weather tells us otherwise.
Pine water guru John Breninger believes Salt River Project has designs on all the water in Arizona.
Former Payson resident William Webb was arrested in Snowflake for impersonating a gynecologist and performing examinations on unsuspecting women.
The Payson Choral Society and the Friends of Metropolitan Auditions are sponsoring a Salon Concert on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at a private home in Pine.
Seventeen Rim country art studios opened this past weekend for the ‘neath the Rim Open Studio Tour.
Mark Frantzke opened his business because of his interest in four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Samuel George Swisher, 84, of Pine, died Sept. 27, 2003.
Myrtle Lee (Cookie) Cunningham, 72, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2003.
Payson High School guidance counselor and coach Don Heizer is at it again.
The Rim Country Middle School Mavericks played their way last week to a trio of White Mountain League victories over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
The Longhorn boys varsity cross country team will not compete in today's 10th Annual Sludge to the Judge homecoming road race.
The Longhorns' fate in tonight's annual homecoming clash could hinge on the return of two injured starters.
Winning the top two individual honors wasn't enough to lift the Longhorn boys cross country team to the championship of the 12-team Blue Ridge Invitational.
A local woman was injured Wednesday when her car plunged 100 feet into a ravine off Highway 87 near Ox Bow Hill.
Bruce Whiting of Payson received the Lowell Benson Lifetime Service Award at the annual international leadership conference of the Management Society of the Marriott School of Management.
Q: What is the average day of the first killing frost in Payson?
At a time such as this, three of the Northern Republican women met with our high school principal, Sue Myers, to talk about the negative condition of our high school grounds. Many things were discussed during this brainstorm session.
It has come to my attention that the most recent voting in Payson did not consist of Kids' Voting.
Regarding your Sept. 26 front-page story and editorial about the dangers of kids on bikes: I drive for the casino on Friday and Saturday nights. I drive all night long. I see kids out there at all hours of the night, riding their bikes with no lights and wearing dark clothes.
Well, I'm glad to see you've got yourself all riled up about all the water used by Valley folks, with their 300 or so golf courses and all their lakes and all their not conserving and such, and how their wasteful ways are going to drain groundwater from our area.
There is an abundance of water -- we just must learn how to use it less wastefully. We will learn this voluntarily, or we will be made to learn it painfully -- but learn it we will or die trying.
There is a delicate balance within our county justice system. The county attorney's office must assure that the constitutional rights of a defendant are respected. When a suspect is in custody, they cannot be held without cause. Reports and documents must be provided by investigating law enforcement within 48 hours and, within that time, the county attorney's office must examine the evidence and make a decision whether there is justification to hold the suspect.
Take first prize in Rim Country Literacy Program's first Book Raffle and you'll be the proud owner of the rare Zane Grey novel "Camp Robber."