Stories for September 2003


Tuesday, September 30

Cooking wild game requires special touch

You got the license. You trekked around the back country. You made your kill.

The guided hunt can give an upper hand

For hunters who are vacationing in the Rim country or who are new to the area, a guided hunt often offers the best chance to get a kill and learn the lay of the land.

Arizona 2003-04 fall hunt calendar

Sept. 1-Oct. 10: Falconry-only quail season

There's more than one way to bag a buck


Let me confess right up front that I have never been hunting in my entire life.

Javelina tag reductions and turkey tag increases recommended

Hunters might see javelina permit levels decreased and turkey permits increased for the spring 2004 season.

Quail outlook is much better than last year

The outlook for Gambel's quail hunting is better this year, compared to last year. The season is Oct. 10, 2003 to Feb. 9, 2004 statewide.

Elk in the Rim country: How do we measure up?

The tradition of hunting in Rim country extends back to the beginning of mankind. Native Americans relied on harvesting of animals as an important food source. As Spanish explorers and eventually Anglos began settling in the region, hunting became critical to sustain life. As years passed, the written hunting exploits of Zane Grey, Jack O'Connor and other authors captured the imagination of the sport hunter worldwide.

Archery means hunting with patience, stealth

With a little practice with a bow and arrow, anyone can hit a bull's-eye from 40 yards away, says archery expert Nick Moore, of Steamboat Guns & Archery in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Monday, September 29

Local reserve police academy hits roadblock

The local reserve police academy scheduled to begin in October has run into a few roadblocks, Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said.

What's up?

Q: Is Pat Randall a part owner of the Ox Bow?

Valley can't keep wasting state's water

Feeding the voracious thirst of the Valley of the Sun during a time of drought is a daunting task -- even for a giant of an outfit like Salt River Project.

Training gives more time with your pet


The subject of behavior has been addressed before in this column but it continues to pop up in discussions and observations of people and their pets.

Myrna Lynn Ronan

Myrna Lynn Ronan, 49, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2003.

Ombudsmen work to improve life, care for seniors

Three Payson residents have devoted at least 10 years of their lives to serving senior citizens in long-term care facilities.

Star Valley riders compete in dressage meet

A grueling 13-hour drive while pulling a twin-horse trailer would have most looking for a few minutes of refreshing shut eye.

Arthur Jack Rollinson

Arthur Jack Rollinson, 71, of Payson, died Sept. 25, 2003.

Veronica Judith Lynn Liebzeit

Veronica "Judy" Judith Lynn Liebzeit, 58, died Sept. 24, 2003 in Payson.

Feisty jayvees cage Badgers

Pitted against what coach Mike Loutzenheiser called "the biggest junior varsity team I have ever seen," the Payson jayvees ran past the Prescott Badgers 48-28.

D-backs say good-bye to Amazing Grace

For those of us who enjoy cheering an old-school, hard-nosed throwback type of player, the retirement of Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace has created a huge void that might not soon be filled.

Grant Parnell Anderson

Grant Parnell Anderson, 83, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2003.

Spirited week at PHS for homecoming

Payson High School homecoming festivities run all week with daily Spirit Week activities leading up to the big homecoming game and dance Friday night.

Many made Fall Festival possible

All of the children and teachers at Frontier Elementary School would like to give a big hug and thank you to the following businesses and people who made our Fall Festival possible:

Studio tour was wonderful

The 'neath the Rim -- Open Studio Tour was the highlight of our weekend. We made it to 16 studios.

See what commercials are really selling

Have you watched the commercial about the man stranded on an island? He is dressed in shabby clothes and wears a shaggy beard. Suddenly a bottle of Budweiser beer floats up to the island, and he joyfully grabs it out of the water. He takes the cap off, tips it up to his mouth for a big swig of ‘good old Bud'. Only, instead of being full of beer, it has a note in it.

Elsie Marie Hutchison

Elsie Marie Hutchison, 76, of Payson, died Sept. 25, 2003.

Sale of ranch is sickening

I moved to Deer Creek five years ago from the Valley. I had lived in north Scottsdale since 1974. I have always loved Payson and the history behind it.

Courtney proud to be controversial

Controversy -- the Roundup front page article dated Sept. 26 said I was "controversial."

Fabulous fiddling: Youngest-ever state champion crowned

The 2003 Arizona Fiddle Champion is younger than ever before. Crowned at the 33rd Annual Payson Old Time Fiddlers' Contest Sunday, Emily Nebel of Mesa is only 12.

School menus

Area schools plan to serve the following menus between Oct. 1 and Oct. 6:

Neighbor saves lamb from slaughter

Andrew Riddle's lamb ultimately escaped the dinner table, but for a while things got pretty tense when a bidding war erupted at the annual Northern Gila County Livestock Show and Auction in Pine.

Tales from the East Verde River, Part 6


We are hovering over the East Verde River, following its course from the headwaters on the Mogollon Rim to where it joins the Verde River.

Payson is paradise to new president


You probably won't find too many people in the Rim country who plan to visit Chinle, Tuba City and Eagar in a single month.

The abuse is all about control


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Roundup will feature a series of articles on the problem and issues relating to domestic violence. Our series will focus on the causes, consequences and victims of domestic violence and the impact on our community.

5th Annual Community Health Fair slated for Nov. 1

Through the volunteer efforts of the medical community in Payson, residents have an opportunity to have a series of critical health tests completed in less than an hour. Most of the screenings are free and require no pre-registration.

Foundation breaks ground on hospice house

After eight years of planning, the Rim Country Hospice Foundation broke ground for the construction of a hospice house during the 8th Annual Community Care Auction.

Administrators see challenges, opportunities ahead for PRMC

There are a couple of new faces in the leadership ranks at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Forged check leads to arrest of two local women

Two Payson women were arrested after one allegedly tried to cash a forged check at a local credit union, Monday afternoon.

Valley teams sport clout to be title contenders

As the prep golf season approaches its halfway point, coach Bret Morse has pinpointed the teams that he feels will give his Longhorns the stiffest competition in their run for the 4A state championship.

Blocked kick nails down Longhorn win

The Longhorns dominated the game, but it took a blocked extra point in the final seconds to preserve Payson's 20-19 win over the Prescott Badgers.

Humane society loses half its board

In a major shakeup at the Payson Humane Society, manager Diane Fitzpatrick, board president Pat Boettcher and three other board members have resigned.

Stabbing suspect on the lam

The man police believe is responsible for a July stabbing incident, who was apprehended last week, is now a fugitive from justice after being released from the Globe jail.

Doggone good show

Nearly 60 dogs were registered to compete in the Soroptimist's 12th Annual "I Love My Dog" Show, held Saturday at Green Valley Park.

Ocie S. Frazier

Ocie S. Frazier, 88, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2003.

Thursday, September 25

Prescott up next for unbeaten Horns

The Longhorns unblemished slate (3-0) will be on the line when the team travels to Prescott this evening to take on a Badger team that PHS football coach Jerry Rhoades anticipates will be a solid test for his young charges.

Korth, Thompson go to state

Rick Korth and Ron Thompson will represent the Payson Men's Golf Association at the first round of the state tournament when it tees off Nov. 1 in Phoenix.

Autumn arriving quietly for communities


We are beginning to see, feel and smell the approach of fall. It is wonderful. The invasion of wild flowers is amazing. I wish they could stay forever.

Residents rage over road names

Jim and June Swann are fighting mad, and so are a lot of their neighbors.

Rim rumbles with motorcycle gathering


After Labor Day, residents of Christopher Creek were getting ready for things to slow down and the highway to become a little quieter.

Lady Longhorns clip seventh-ranked Eagles

With key 4A Grand Canyon region matches just on the horizon, Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Chris Schwind is working to build confidence in her players.

Town staff gives thoughts on elections

The voting public of Payson approved the town's 10-year General Plan and just narrowly passed one of the three bond issues on the ballot.

Bette E. Parker

Bette E. (Jakobi) Parker, 85, died Sept. 10, 2003 in Payson.

Two close calls are two too many

As school children, most of us were taught to look both ways before crossing the street, whether on a bicycle or on foot. It was sound, safety advice. We were also taught to use designated crosswalks, and even walk our bikes through particularly busy intersections to avoid being injured.

Football clash pits neighbor against neighbor

Last week's gridiron play was mostly anticlimactic for Central Arizona Youth Football Association players and coaches.

Residents should make use of resources

We would like to publicly thank some individuals and organizations that have helped make our area a safer and better place to live.

Fate of stadium hinges on Credit for Kids

The solution to finding about $160,000 it would take to finally complete the Payson High School Stadium Project probably rests with the Credit for Kids tax program.

If it's exclusive it's not news

I am both confused and offended by Ms. Marazza's Kreek Kapers dated Sept. 5, with particular reference to her annual announcement of the Flatlanders Party in Christopher Creek. Each year this announcement is made, but then she adds that the locals say, "If you don't know where it is, you don't belong."

Rim couples fish to top 10

Rim country angling teams turned in a pair of top-10 finishes at the AllStar Bass SuperCouples Championship Bass Tournament Sept 12 and 13 at Apache Lake.

Snyder family moves on, but not far


A new beginning is happening this week for the Snyder family.

Fall is prime time for fishing in Rim country


Fall fishing is really starting to heat up around Arizona. The cooler temperatures have sent the signal for bass to strap on the feedbag. Fast-moving baits and aggressive fishing techniques, which are my favorite, are quickly becoming the best way to target these active fish.

Health care community reaches out with service

Residents in Payson have an opportunity to have a series of critical health tests completed in less than an hour. Most of the screenings are free and require no pre-registration.

What's up?

Q: Compared to safe yield, what did the town produce this summer and how much of it did the top 10 users use?

Student injured at busy intersection

A 13-year-old boy on a bicycle was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign after colliding with a car and suffering a broken collarbone Thursday morning.

Deborah S. Shannon

Deborah Susan Shannon, 51, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2003 in Glendale.

Gag order requested in sexual assault trial

The attorney for a Payson man charged with the sexual assault of a developmentally disabled woman has asked Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill to prohibit attorneys, law enforcement officers and witnesses from talking to the press.

Fiddle contest returns to Rim

Fiddle music is the sound of fall in the Rim country. For the past 32 years, traditional fiddle music has been celebrated at Payson's Old Time Fiddlers' Contest, where the Arizona State Champion is selected.

Family literacy project resumes next week

The Rim Country Family Literacy Program is now accepting applicants for a new series of classes scheduled to begin Oct. 3.

Harold E. Lance

Harold E. Lance, 72, of Pine, died Sept. 24, 2003 at his home.

Community drafts future development plans

Approval of the town's new general plan is only weeks old, and now community members are drafting a guide for future economic development.

Controversial Christopher-Kohl's fire chief dismissed

The board of directors of the Christopher-Kohl's Fire District has dismissed controversial Fire Chief Kent Courtney.

Owner brings 35 years of welding experience to business

Payson Welding Supply opened its doors almost three years ago.

Tuesday, September 23

Fiddling is the sound of fall in Rim country


Fall in the Rim country has a distinct, age-old sound -- fiddle music.

Egg salad syndrome in our schools


"From the mouths of babes ..." expresses the idea that wisdom can come from the most unlikely sources, even today's youth.

The 30-minute meal is not a new invention


Lately I have been making an effort to catch a program on the Food Network, "Meals in 30 Minutes" with Rachael Ray.

Hunting was a way of life in Rim country


The hunting season is fast approaching in Rim country, and eager sports enthusiasts will be fanning out through the forests and canyons hoping to catch their quarry.

Monday, September 22

Tonto Basin Fire Department gets grant

The Tonto Basin Fire Department has federal money coming to buy some much-needed equipment.

Preschool closure leaves few options

After 20 years Frontier Preschool is closing its doors effective Sept. 30, leaving the parents of about 80 children scrambling to find childcare alternatives.

PHS drama presents ‘Jerry the Katler'

"It's a once upon a time, once in a lifetime show," according to Payson High School Drama Department press agent Elizabeth Goodale.

Dog events and other news


Several months ago, this column mentioned the need for foster homes for the pets of women who are in the Time Out Shelter, victims of domestic abuse. The shelter cannot accept pets, and, therefore, a person might stay in a bad situation longer than she should because she will not leave her pet in what might be a dangerous home.

Event center subject of executive session

The scheduled executive session following this Thursday's meeting of the Payson Town Council may have more impact on residents than the regular meeting agenda.

Blinded by bond issues?

Someone said the reason for the defeat of the bond election was because the retirees voted against it.

Local mom celebrates daughter's return from Iraq

Dawn Hess said she is glad she will not be getting any more mail from the Mideast. Her daughter, Michele -- featured in this March's story "Letters from Kuwait" -- has returned from her tour with the Army Medical Corps in Iraq.

Persistence pays off for Mavericks

The Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade football team's first-ever victory Thursday over Holbrook represented more than just a tally mark in the "W" column.

Mavs sweep Runners, celebrate first ‘W'

On a day in which all four of the Rim Country Middle School teams pounded out victories over Holbrook, the greatest White Mountain League laurels were reaped by the eighth-grade football team.

Desert Ridge no problem for 4A's newest team

The Longhorns have yet to play a top-10 ranked 4A school, but the team's 3-0 record is evidence that Payson has the manpower to compete successfully in the big school conference.

Freshmen break even in early season

After spanking Flagstaff Sinagua 44-28 in the regular season opener, the Longhorn freshman football team was jolted back to reality by a 21-6 loss to Desert Ridge.

June L. Thomas

June L. Thomas, 77, of Apache Junction, died Sept. 19, 2003 in Mesa.

Roy E. Sterzer

Roy E. Sterzer, 83, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2003 in Phoenix.

Wadena Burns Spitzer

Wadena Burns Spitzer, 89, died Sept. 18, 2003 in Payson.

Harold E. Rudi

Harold Earnest Rudi, 81, of Payson, died Sept. 15, 2003.

Mary F. Larson

Mary Francis Larson, 102, of Payson, died Sept. 21, 2003.

Mary C. King

Mary (Tina) C. King, 80, of Payson, died Sept. 20, 2003.

A golden time

William S. and Maureen Dickson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 12 with a special dinner hosted by their children, Richard, Ken and Steve Dickson and Susan Rudder.

Toaspern, Swartwood engaged

Craig and Linda Swartwood, of Payson, and John and Mary Toaspern, of Scottsdale, are pleased to announce the engagement of Sidney Swartwood and Justin Toaspern.

What's up?

Q: What's happening with the Doorstop?

New traffic control system effective

At about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, I came up to the Highway 260-87 intersection and was surprised and delighted to see a new signal program being used for traffic control.

Cheating veterans from their retirement pay

Regarding Veterans Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2003:

County attorney bound by rules of criminal procedure

I have received numerous inquiries from the public in regard to the recent articles "Flagstaff man caught with stolen goods, including artifacts" and "Car thief nabbed in sting," wherein it was reported that the suspects were released as the county attorney's office did not file a complaint.

Our combined efforts can improve lives

Most of us are far removed from the days of putting up a harvest from the backyard garden. Still, autumn has arrived, winter is on the horizon and the instinct for stocking up is kicking in.

Stories from the East Verde River, Part 5


We have been descending the East Verde River, and listening to the many pioneer stories that took shape along its banks.

Hospice leader loves life


What you don't know about Vicki Dietz probably won't hurt you -- unless you're a cow.

The Last Call: A son, brother honors family, inspires readers


Last year, in a matter of months, Payson lost two of its finest individuals, Rim Country Literacy Program founder Lois Johnson and her son, Payson Police Officer Doug Johnson.

Celebration of life in memory of Bob Lloyd

Friends and family of the late Bob Lloyd will have a memorial ride from Payson to Punkin Center Saturday.

Police investigate Foxworth burglary

The Payson Police continue their search for a suspect or suspects in the burglary of the Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Company Sept. 14.

Zane Grey cabin replica rising at Rim Country Museum

Zane Grey's historic cabin, destroyed in 1990 by the Dude Fire, will be rebuilt on the grounds of the Rim Country Museum at Green Valley Park.

Body identified as missing Avondale resident

The Gila County Sheriff's Office has identified the skeletal remains found a mile east of Colcord Road Sept. 13 as those of a man who was reported missing in the area this past November.

Collins, Schegel wed Aug. 30

Michael Thomas Collins and Nichol Schegel were married Aug. 30, 2003 in Zurich, Switzerland in Greifensee Castle Church.

Thursday, September 18

Roy E. Stepzer

Roy E. Stepzer, 82, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2003 in Phoenix.

Pros welcome Pirch to big time

By out-performing some of the biggest names in the world of professional bass fishing, Clifford Pirch netted fifth place at the prestigious WON Bass Miller High Life U.S. Open tournament Sept. 8 to 10 at Lake Mead.

Town looks at water from Blue Ridge

The town of Payson expanded its search for new water sources on two fronts this week, taking a closer look at Blue Ridge Reservoir and authorizing the use of sophisticated, non-invasive technology to further evaluate the groundwater potential of the Diamond Rim area.

Hands-on experience

Cindy Chovich's fourth-grade class at Frontier Elementary School met Wally the horse Thursday.

Different drag settings for different situations


Today's fishing equipment is more advanced than ever. One high point in particular is the drag set on your reel. The drag set allows a fish to pull line off your reel just before it reaches its breaking point. However, it can only work properly when you set it correctly.

Here's an idea for the paper

I'm doing a report for school, and we have to write to the editor; and, I have an idea.

Visitors enjoy the call of the wild


People have been coming to Christopher Creek for many years now. The sunsets are just a few of the reasons they come. Walter Dix and his family stayed at my place and took this exceptional photograph of the sunset after the storm behind the cabins.

Let's get out of the U.N.

Colin Powell keeps preaching the United Nations to us and the best I can remember, they never go along with any of our recommendations. In fact, they vote against everything that the U.S. proposes.

A Touch from Heaven brings relaxation to Pine

Operating their business only on weekends since July has proved so successful for Lauri and Arden Edgell, they will now have the Pine business operating Tuesday through Saturday.

Ware resigns as chamber's executive director

Robert Ware has resigned as executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Reese's participation appreciated

On behalf of the eighth-grade class at the Rim Country Middle School and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Councilman Dick Reese for participating in speaking to our class.

Looking forward to feeling Payson's history on Main Street

Re: Carey McCauley article: I agree with her 100 percent. I would enjoy seeing our Main Street have the Western ambiance.

Don't trivialize work of police, others

Regarding the editorial about the trial of our mayor:

Road projects were in conflict with law

I realize that the bond committee worked long hours in trying to craft several bond proposals that they felt would benefit the town. I want to comment on one issue that I did not support.

Community pays price for drug addicts

A recent letter to the editor made the case that people arrested for drug convictions should not be sent to prison, but a separate facility where they are not mixed in with murderers and thieves -- that addiction, being an illness, is a victimless crime.

Police officer uses tazer to subdue violent suspect

Rather than using firepower, a Payson Police officer was able to subdue a violent suspect with the 50,000 volts of electricity from a tazer Saturday night.

Diaz attempted murder trial postponed

Manuel Diaz, charged with the attempted murder of his ex-wife in April, will undergo a hearing to see if he is competent to stand trial, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.

Recipes from the zucchini patch


The village is quiet this week, so the column will be a bit different. I promised a few zucchini recipes last week, since everyone's garden seems to be overflowing with this vegetable.

‘Wildfire' season begins in Phoenix

The foundation of Lady Longhorn softball coach Will Dunman's program was shored up recently by the addition of a newly formed girls fast-pitch team.

Golfers shoot to become rookie 4A champs

The coach who helped mold the Payson High School golf team into one of the 3A conferences most powerful programs knows what he wants from his crew, now that they are a first-year 4A team.

Harold Earnest Paul

Harold Earnest Paul, 81, of Payson, died Sept. 15, 2003.

James E. (Jim) Kerns

James E. (Jim) Kerns, 61, of Payson, a native of Colorado and former resident of Arvada, Colo., died Sept. 8, 2003.

Frank Cassella

Frank Cassella, 44, died Aug. 30, 2003.

What's up?

Q: Are there any birds in the area that eat Russian sunflower seeds?

Hooliganism not part of LaHaye's makeup

During the nine years I lived and worked in Payson I came to know Ray LaHaye, not as a close friend or crony, but as a member of the community with whom I worked on civic and other events.

Margarete Meta Bauer

Margarete Meta Bauer, 98, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2003.

Stop by Pine for some great arts and crafts


The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts guild is having its first ever Arts and Crafts clearance sale starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be a wonderful selection, all under the ramada, at the Pine Community Center. Do not miss it.

Benefit steak dinner tonight

Tonight promises to be a rewarding one for fans who enjoy nothing better than a great meal coupled with an exciting sports event.

Council OKs $300,000 for hydrology study

Wednesday's special meeting of the Payson Town Council was held primarily to accept the results of the Sept. 9 election, yet a few other expense items made their way onto the agenda.

Lady Horns lose trio, struggle at Coconino

The loss of three players has slowed the Lady Longhorn volleyball express to a crawl.

Tuesday, September 16

At least nobody burned us down


In some places you can tell that summer is winding down when flocks of birds start migrating south.

Fall colors are just around the corner


Autumn arrives next Tuesday, according to the calendar. The weather forecasts are showing sunny days and cooling nights, so fall color cannot be far away.

Sept. 22 -- A day to enjoy a family dinner


Times have really changed. We have come to a place in life where it was deemed necessary to set aside a special day to encourage families to have dinner together. This year it is Monday, Sept. 22.

The pioneers who settled along Ellison Creek


A news article in the Roundup, reporting a land exchange on Ellison Creek, and the closing of a couple of local mines brought to mind some rich history in the Payson area.

Monday, September 15

Flyin' high

Lindi Parker, the daughter of Margaret and Wade Parker of Strawberry, was among the young women and men of the Payson area competing in the Arizona High School Rodeo competition at the Payson Event Center this weekend.

Tonto Apaches remember ‘Chief'

Melton Campbell -- known by family, friends and the community as "Chief" Campbell, a nickname given him in childhood -- died 10 years ago Sept. 13. To honor the memory of the man and his contributions to his people, the Tonto Apaches had commemoration events Saturday.

Forest official surveys bark beetle damage

When Regional Forester Harv Forsgren surveyed the bark beetle damage in the Pine area on his first visit to the Rim country recently, he was taken aback.

Legislators, college officials meet

Both sides expressed cautious optimism that some additional funding will be found after a meeting last week between area legislators and the board of the Gila County Community College District.

Music program produces intangible values

In the Living section of today's Roundup, Ron Sadlier, part-time orchestra director for the Payson Unified School District, makes an effective case for the creation of a "full-blown high school orchestra commensurate with other fine PUSD programs."

County monitors mosquitoes for West Nile

The Gila County Health Department is monitoring mosquitoes in both Payson and Globe, on the look out for West Nile virus.

In a perfect world: Bringing music to the Rim country


In Ron Sadlier's perfect world, the Payson Unified School District would offer orchestra classes at every grade level during the regular school day.

New score format may lead to longer matches

The new volleyball scoring format that was passed last season from the National High School Athletic Association has resulted in much longer matches for most prep teams.

Myers, PHS off to fast start

A shadowy figure edges stealthily up to the Payson High School office in the dead of night.

Smith, Payne wed

Shaya Marie Smith and Lieut. Jimmy Allen Payne of Dayton, Ohio were married July 12, 2003.

Christopher Allen Dwyer

Proud grandparents, Merle and LaDonna Dwyer of Payson, along with parents, Russell and Colleen of Colorado Springs, Colo., want to share the arrival of Christopher Allen.

Drug abusers need different prisons

Drug users need help. A very high percentage of inmates in prisons are in for drug use only. They aren't getting any help being incarcerated with murderers, thieves, etc.

Clayton Lee William Dozier

Clayton Lee William Dozier was born March 3, 2003 to Elizabeth and Daniel Dozier.

Bette E. Parker

Bette E. Parker (Jakobi), native of Phoenix, died Sept. 10, 2003 in Payson.

Diana Lenzen

Diana Lenzen, 70, of Edmond, Okla., died Sept 11, 2003.

Rested Horns set for Buffalo stampede

A two-week break from competition has both the boys and girls Payson High cross country team's eager to return to the athletic arena.

Freshman net squad an aggressive crew

The Lady Longhorn freshman volleyball team has become one the elite first-year teams in the 4A conference thanks to a husband-and-wife three-year coaching effort.

Jayvees corral Mustangs to stay unbeaten

A hard-fought 14-0 victory over Flagstaff Sinagua Thursday evening on Payson High School field improved the jayvee football team's record to 2-0.

Stories from the East Verde River, Part 4


As we continue our helicopter ride south along the East Verde we listen for the stories that its many places have to tell.

Deming honored for 55 years of reports


Rim country residents have relied on Anna Mae Deming's weather forecasting for many years. The National Weather Service honored Deming Friday for more than 55 years of service, providing them with readings from her gauges and observations.

What's up?

Q: The Goodyear Tire building is now for sale, does that mean we aren't going to get Goodyear here?

Putting a stop to the Shriners/parade rumors

All El Zaribah Shriners, and myself, wish to thank the city of Payson, and all of our neighbors for extending the warm welcome that we always receive when we join in your Rodeo parade.

Camp to prep players for 4A campaign

Payson High School boys soccer coach Roger Wholly would like his jayvee and varsity players to get a jump start on the new season by enrolling in a training camp Oct. 6 to 10 at Rumsey Park.

Election turnout was sad

How sad -- only 35 percent turnout for the bond election! And we didn't even have to go to the polling places to vote -- we were too lazy to drop the ballot in the mail.

The small businessman is there

Stand behind the small businessman.

Parents, spend more time with children

Parents, if you truly love your kids, don't just buy them the latest Play Station, cable, or dish TV with all the channels, or give them an allowance with which they can buy drugs. Show them your love by spending quality time with them, and teaching them what your parents taught you.

Story should have waited for facts

Charity Softball Game Ends in a Brawl: Sept. 9, 2003.

Rain dance made no miracle

In a recent edition of the Payson Roundup, there was an article about a new bookstore in Pine and some of the people associated with it. While I am a lover of good books, and do quite a bit of reading myself, I could not help but see that the bookstore is tied to some of the "New Age" religions.

Campers discover skeletal remains

Campers in the area of Colcord Road east of Christopher Creek stumbled on a gruesome discovery Saturday night --he skeletal remains of a human body.

Flagstaff man caught with stolen goods, including artifacts

The Gila County Sheriff's Office believes someone in Tonto Village got a great deal on a TV, VCR and DVD player. What they may not know is that these items were stolen from a home in Geronimo estates two weeks ago.

Thursday, September 11

Phyllis Kathryn Gascoigne

Phyllis Kathryn Gascoigne, 83, of Gisela, died Sept. 9, 2003 in Payson.

Rested Horns primed for Prospectors

A convincing season-opening win over Glendale Cortez followed by a bye week should have the Longhorn football team (1-0) chomping at the bit when it arrives in Apache Junction tonight (Friday).

All 6 youth teams win season openers

The Payson entries in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association turned in an unbeaten opening day that some involved in the organization acknowledge might be a first.

4H animal auction tomorrow


These beautiful rains will go a long way toward keeping our surviving trees healthy. Wildflowers are blooming everywhere and the weeds are thriving.

Teen injured in fall at East Verde

A 13-year-old Star Valley boy was injured Wednesday during a school field trip after falling from a rock ledge into the East Verde River.

Shop local for low rates, good service

I agree with the Pozorskis and Susan Kovacic concerning the underhanded tactics of the "out of state" trash company.

Task force nets 231 pounds of marijuana

A drug interdiction officer with the Gila County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) recovered 231 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop last week.

Autistic boy found after 24-hour search

This story is told through the eyes of Julie Eckhardt, mother of 8-year-old Younger Eckhardt who wandered into the wilderness and got lost near his Gibson Ranch home Tuesday.

Public safety bond approved; others fail

Only one of the three bond initiatives in Tuesdays municipal election passed, and by a narrow margin.

Arizona gets grand finale of monsoon season

Residents of the Roosevelt Lake area got the brunt of Tuesday's storms that moved through the state.

Car thief nabbed in sting

Gila County Sheriff's officers arranged a sting operation Wednesday that led to the arrest of an Apache Junction man attempting to sell a stolen car in Payson.

County manager to oversee water improvement district

Gila County Manager John Nelson now has the administrative duties of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District on his "to do" list.

County gets $823,000 grant through Homeland Security

A $823,000 Homeland Security grant will help emergency communications in Gila County.

Flores honors Doug Johnson

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores honored the late Sgt. Doug Johnson with her quarterly Officer Recognition Award at the most recent meeting of the board of supervisors.

Oceanside council member tabbed for Main Street

Payson's new Main Street Project Manager plans to use her experience to get off to a fast start when she assumes her duties Sept. 29.

Thanks to committee ... one bond issue squeaks by

Thanks to only 42 votes, one bond issue -- Public Safety, was approved by registered Payson voters who chose to participate in the election.

School food story not complete

As a concerned parent of one of the seventh-grade students who protested the lunches at the middle school, I feel there was a lot left out of the story.

Respect key to peace on the trails

After reading Corinne Leslie's letter to the editor regarding an unsettling encounter with a man on horseback, I felt compelled to write you.

What's up?

Q: Doesn't signing your mail-in ballot compromise anonymous voting?

Touchdown Sales brings new idea to Rim building

It's a new concept in home building for Arizona. Only a little more than two years ago, Bob Evans brought a different kind of factory constructed home to the state from West Virginia. His business, Touchdown Sales, was started in Mesa.

Mildred Bruchez

Mildred Bruchez, 84, died Sept. 11, 2003.

Karl Russell Knotts

Karl Russell Knotts, 87, of Payson died Sept. 9, 2003.

Mary J. Hilgendorf

Mary J. Hilgendorf, 67, of Vicksburg, Mich., formerly of Durand, Mich., died Sept. 4, 2003 at her winter home in Payson.

Valerie Cecilia Peck

Valerie Cecilia Peck, 84, of Payson, died Sept. 9, 2003.

Wilford Smith

Wilford Smith, 87, died Sept. 7, 2003 in Joseph City.

Roxie Diane Sturgis

Roxie Diane Sturgis, 53, of Payson, died Sept. 9, 2003.

Wilfred "Bill" Monte Young

Wilfred "Bill" Monte Young, 73, of Strawberry, died Sept. 8, 2003.

Mustangs dump Sahaurita in gold-medal finale

Following two days of almost non-stop volleyball action in Wilson dome and the Payson High School gym, Flagstaff Sinagua edged Sahaurita for the championship of the 18-team Payson Invitational Tournament.

Mavericks wallop Bullpups in league opener

If the Rim Country Middle School Maverick seventh-grade football team continues to play with the fervor it showed in its opener, the squad could be steaming toward a banner season.

Untested senior paces Lady Longhorns at Peaks

It didn't take Jennie Cohen long to become one of the more accomplished runners in high school cross country competition.

Grand Canyon shines in Peaks meet

The Longhorn cross country team's appearance in the prestigious Peaks Invitational wrapped up with the proverbial "good news, bad news" scenario.

It's harvest time, let the canning begin


There are a number of people around the village who have gardens and are canning their harvest.

Residents celebrate end of summer


Tuesday was the 24th Annual Flatlanders Party here in Christopher Creek, although it rained and stormed all day and many should have stayed inside.

Jackson Jay Lloyd

Proud parents Jack and Amy Lloyd, along with grandparents Sam and Barbara Brewer of Payson and John and Ann Lloyd of Hot Springs, Ark., wish to share the arrival of Jackson Jay with everyone

Shyann Saunders

Shyann Saunders was born July 14, 2003 into the loving family of Randy and Michelle Saunders.

Tuesday, September 9

Neighbor says 'Baaa Humbug' to eating lamb


If Andrew Riddle were a girl named Mary, and his lamb actually followed him all the way to school, we'd have a near-literal re-enactment of the legendary children's nursery rhyme right here in the Rim country.

Elam Boles settled Roberts Mesa


Elam Boles is the name of an early settler in the Rim country whose story has had me searching for years.

A terrific time for new taste sensations


While summer-type temperatures may linger, many of us are making a seasonal shift in our thinking and, when the thermometer permits, trying out some autumn flavors in the kitchen.

Great recipes from the Green Gourmet


I've always wanted to try my hand at a food/recipe column. Fortunately, several food-related incidents have recently occurred in my life. Because two of them involved green food, I can only assume that these incidents came together in harmonic convergence to give me the opportunity to fulfill my food column fantasy.

Monday, September 8

The race is on

Several Rim country entrants raced their way to top finishes in both motorcycle and ATV events Sept. 6 at the Payson Event Center.

Field goal contest returns as halftime feature

The halftime promotion that provided plenty of fun at the Longhorns' Aug. 29 football game against Cortez will be repeated at each home contest this season.

Mav runners sting Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets

The Rim Country Middle School Maverick cross country teams might have set the stage for future encounters with narrow victories over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

What's up?

Q: With Tuesday being the deadline to vote on the bond initiatives, I went back and reread the series you published on the three ballot questions. I found the Aug. 15 article in which members of the council expressed their opinions on the ballot issues, but I didn't see a clear response from councilor Dick Reese.

It's sad some are blinded to beauty

As residents of Alpine Village for over nine years, we have admired the planters in the entry of this neighborhood.

Rim country needs better court facilities

Earlier this year I had the distinct pleasure of observing Gila County Superior Court proceedings under the very able judgeship of his honor, Peter J. Cahill.

Bureaucracy hasn't been able to manage anything

We common citizens are thought to be stupid by the environmentalists, and the letter by Mr. Witzeman of the Audubon Society is a prime example.

Johnson should not see the light of day

Regarding the Sept. 2 story, "Johnson Pleads Guilty to Murder."

Emergency crews test skills in disaster drill

As the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks nears, Rim country emergency crews flexed their muscles last week during a disaster drill -- a plan that evolved in response to the terrorists' attacks.

Roy William Ryden

Roy William Ryden, 90, died Sept. 2, 2003 in Payson.

Remember your lost pets Sunday


National Pet Memorial Day is Sunday, Sept. 14. This day of remembrance is for us to pay tribute to a treasured lost pet.

PRMC is excellent facility

Yesterday I had a medical emergency while vacationing in the area.

Creating community through the Looking Glass


A community hub is what five women in Pine want to create with their bookstore, the Looking Glass.

Hometown girl returns to her roots


Jaime Ashby-Maw is a hometown girl who bucked the trend and came back home -- and she couldn't be happier.

Stories from the East Verde River


Part 3: We are taking a helicopter ride south over the East Verde River, looking down on storied places and listening for the local lore.

O'Connor express derailed by fearless jayvee effort

Running classic Wing-T sweeps to the short side of the field and bootlegs to the wide side, the Longhorn junior varsity football team thoroughly demoralized Class 5A Sandra Day O'Connor's varsity 39-7.

Heat bakes Lady Horns during visit to the Valley

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Chris Schwind found out firsthand last week that Payson's move to the 4A conference from 3A does indeed create travel problems as most PHS coaches had anticipated.

Payson residents should try buffalo grass

The combined lawn areas at Bank of America and Bank One create a verdant oasis in mid-town Payson, from which I, and others, derive great psychic nourishment -- food for the soul, that is.

Pine residents need to speak up

Thank You for printing my letter regarding Brooke Utilities and the Public Hearing scheduled for December.

Is shaming water wasters real solution?

A modern scarlet letter?

Rookie paces Lady Horns to victory

Jenny Cohen's cross country debut turned into everything it was expected to be, as she helped the Lady Longhorns win their season opener.

Horns frisky in 4A opening romp

Payson High School's first taste of Class 4A Grand Canyon region cross country competition was a savory bite that has the athletes pleading for more.

We were victims, not petty complainers

Recently friends and I were riding our ATVs on the Houston Loop trails. We were enjoying the trails when we ran into a man on horseback, blocking the trail. He refused to let us by, stating that it was for horses only. Which, in fact, is not true.

Lawyers show class during mayor's trial

The courtroom was surprisingly empty, but the domestic violence trial of Payson Mayor Ken Murphy last week proved a most interesting way to spend two days.

Statewide high school rodeo in Payson this weekend

Rodeo athletes from around the state will be in Payson this weekend for the Arizona High School Rodeo Association's annual event.

Woman resists arrest, assaults officer

Kimberly Ziemer, 33, of Oxbow Estates was arrested Monday for assaulting a Gila County Sheriff's deputy and resisting arrest.

Local students ace AIMS

The latest round of AIMS testing reveals that Payson and Pine-Strawberry students continue to out-perform the state average, but also that serious questions about the test remain.

Charity softball game ends in a brawl

Community Development Building Official Ray LaHaye and Mesa resident James Ketterling were charged with disorderly conduct after the two got into a fight during a charity softball tournament over Labor Day weekend.

Flooding rains in the forecast

Meteorologists are forecasting heavy rains for the entire state today through early Wednesday. A flash flood watch has been issued for several counties, including Gila.

Mayor cleared of domestic violence charges

The presiding judge dismissed all charges in Payson Mayor Ken Murphy's domestic violence trial Friday.

Thursday, September 4

All politicians would rather spend than save

For voters with short memories I would like to point out that in 1997 the Payson electorate voted against funding for a library, a police station, and a fire station.

Strunks celebrate golden anniversary

Al and Rae Strunk were married Sept. 11, 1953 in Phoenix.

Riddles celebrate 50 years

Marvin and Doris (Hutton) Riddle were married Sept. 12, 1953.

Rain no problem for weekend fair


Although we would never dare complain about rain, it did stay dry just long enough for our busy Labor Day weekend festivities. The rain came as visitors were heading down the road.

Bypass block party in the works


The Business Owners of Christopher Creek along with the community are getting ready for the Large Christopher Creek Block Party. This will be a party to celebrate the Highway 260 Bypass.

Labor Day Bash a big success


The Labor Day Bash put on by the Tonto Village Fire Department and its auxiliary was a rousing success Saturday. The barbecue dinner was delicious along with all the desserts that were donated.

Tourney inaugurates new floor in old gym

For those who spent much time around the Payson High School campus last spring and summer, it appeared the installation of the floor in old Longhorn gym was a laborious process that had no end in sight.

Fishing report

Apache: Fishing is fair to good. Crankbaits and topwaters are working well early and late in the day. Wired worms and Texas-rigged plastics have been catching quite a few bass after dark.

Ex-prep coach claims PMGA club crown

Former Tempe High School football and golf coach John Pauley has swung his way to the Payson Men's Golf Association Club championship. The tournament, which is one of the three most prestigious on the PMGA trail, was last week at Payson Golf Course.

Junior golf proves to be a Rim country hit

The newly organized junior golf program is being declared an overwhelming success.

Standout players aplenty in Longhorn opener

Standout performances were the rule rather than the exception in the Payson Longhorns' 39-12 season opening clubbing of the Glendale Cortez Colts.

State's best turn out for invitational

The Lady Longhorn Volleyball Invitational has attracted some of the finest class 2A, 3A and 4A teams in the state.

Payson Harley pilgrim killed in Yellowstone accident

Bob Lloyd, 68, one of the Payson pilgrims to the Harley Davidson 100th Birthday Party, was killed Thursday in an accident in Yellowstone National Park on the group's return trip.

Donn Alan Thompson

Donn Alan Thompson, 54, of Scottsdale, died Aug. 31, 2003 in Bear Flat, Ariz.

Virginia Alene Rachner

Virginia Alene Rachner of Deer Creek Village, died Aug. 31, 2003, just two days short of her 71st birthday.

Life in Rim country a blessing

After visiting this beautiful area for the past seven years, we finally moved up here approximately two months ago.

Do the math before bond vote

Let's do some different math. Voting "Yes" on all items on the bond issue election -- about $9.4 million including underwriting costs, divided by Payson's population of 13,500 equals $ 686.67 worth of debt for each man, woman and child.

Support local companies

Beware of non-local trash companies. We have relatives and friends in other states who fell into so-called incentives promoted by these companies.

Elk tangles with swing, branch

Early Wednesday morning wandering through Don Holt's back yard in Pine, an elk encountered a yellow object swinging in the morning breeze.

PRMC sets free peripheral vascular disease screening

Thousands of people suffer from leg pain, often chalking it up to advancing age and unaware they may have a dangerous, yet treatable, condition called Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).

Quartet brings unique talents to TCCA program

Wood's Tea Company, the first featured artist in the Tonto Community Concert Association's silver season, is a musical group that defies categorization.

Memorabilia auction benefits ailing child

Hearts in Payson are as big as all outdoors in the Rim country, and to prove it, a group of people have put together a special effort to help the family of leukemia victim Justin Richardson.

Payson fire marshal takes job in Show Low

Today is Jack Babb's last day as Payson Fire Marshal.

Supervisors gather in Payson

The Gila County Board of Supervisors will be in Payson this week.

Sales, property tax rates influence voters

Tuesday is the last day for registered voters in Payson to cast their ballots on the General Plan and the three bond issues.

Key witness recants in Murphy trial

Payson Mayor Ken Murphy's domestic violence trial took a surprise turn on the first day when his fiance's oldest daughter recanted her statement to police about the incident.

Suspect claims he was raped by victim

A former owner and operator of the Samarripas Center, which provides day care for the developmentally disabled, had his first case management conference in Superior Court since being indicted for sexually assaulting a 36-year-old client in his care.

Staying loyal to local businesses

I was appalled and saddened to see our local garbage company felt they had to take out a full page ad to justify their being in business.

Attendance, teaching to standards are important

The data of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Test show a statewide across-the-board increase in mathematics proficiency at all grade levels, and indicate mixed results for reading and writing.

A test in terror response

A mock terrorist attack held Thursday at Gila Community college involved a device that simulated the release of deadly sarin gas.

Everyone deserves at least a chair in court

The first time I walked into the town's Superior Court while covering a story, I was confused.

Strawberry man teaches concealed weapons class

Carrying a gun in plain sight is legal in Arizona, but if you want to carry a concealed weapon, you need a permit.

PD has strong lead in high school bomb threat

Police received a call at 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, advising them that school administrators had received a bomb threat at the high school.

Quotskuyva gets 5 years probation

Supporters of Garrett Quotskuyva, as well as his victims and their family, packed the courtroom Tuesday to hear Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill pronounce his sentence.

Main Street spa offers history and elegance

Body Elegance Day Spa, the latest business to open on Main Street, is holding a grand opening/open house tomorrow (Saturday) from 1-3:30 p.m.

What's up?

Q: Is it appropriate for female police officers to wear jewelry while in uniform?

Kick up your heels to help PAHH

Dig out the dancing shoes, dust off your fancy footwork and head out to the Mazatzal Casino to help the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.

Tuesday, September 2

Stocking up on scapegoats


Things haven't been going exceptionally well of late when it comes to natural resources and basic necessities.

Self-improvement touches your mind, body and soul


September is Self-Improvement Month. It says so on a "Creative Calendar" from the American Dietetic Association.

Health eating is a matter of choices


So, your plan for self-improvement means eating in a healthier way. One of the best places to start is the new Food Pyramid developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rim country had a connection with Meteor Crater


Celebrating our 54th wedding anniversary, my wife and I did not go in the direction of sophisticated parties or cross-country tours. Rather, we enjoyed exploring some Arizona places along "the highline," such as the refurbished Harvey House in Winslow called La Posada, and a trip to Flagstaff that took in Meteor Crater.

Monday, September 1

PAHH construction contributions on sale

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is cleaning house. Its construction storage areas are overflowing and because of changes in plans, many of the items can no longer be used, so a parking lot sale will be held.

A remedy for skunk spray


The odor of skunk in the neighborhood brings the fear of having your dog sprayed. Outdoor cats also run the risk of getting sprayed.

Gordon A. Sabine, Ph.D

Former Payson resident Gordon A. Sabine, Ph.D, died Aug. 28, 2003 in Tempe, just five days after his 86th birthday.

Retired jet mechanic becomes a model citizen


Charles "Bud" Hyer, a retired jet airplane mechanic who will turn 80 this year, has been building models all his life.

Retiree contributes to Payson


Steve Solcz recalls little about his early childhood when he and his mother escaped the Iron Curtain of Hungary.

Stories from the East Verde River


We are taking a helicopter ride south from the Mogollon Rim, following the East Verde River, and listening to the many tales it has to tell. Last week we had come to the Phelps-Dodge pumping station at the end of their pipe line, bringing water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir into the East Verde River.

Cynics wrong, Horns are 4A gridiron threat

Proof the Payson Longhorns can compete successfully in the 4A conference might lie in Friday evening's 39-12 season opening drubbing of Glendale Cortez.

Parent liaisons reach out to help

Parents with questions about the Payson Unified School District have a connection just for them.

Lady Horns debut today at Independence

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team's starting lineup for today's (Tuesday) season opener against Glendale Independence probably won't be decided until just before game time. Tipoff is 6 p.m. at Independence High School.

Cross country season starts Wednesday at PGC

A talented Longhorn boys cross country team that could make considerable noise in the 4A Grand Canyon Region title chase debuts tomorrow against Alchesay, Blue Ridge, Mingus, Seton and Snowflake. Start time is 3:15 p.m. at Payson Golf Course.

GC trio to test Horn mettle

The Longhorn golf team's opening tee shot at links life in the 4A conference begins at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) on the greens and fairways of the Rim Golf Club.

Johnson pleads guilty to murder

Charles Homer Johnson, 54, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Mitch Gingry, 36, of Payson, in Superior Court, Friday.

Problem dogs or problem owners?

A recent rash of aggressive dog attacks has brought to light questions about how the town deals with vicious dogs and what responsibility owners have.

National restoration of faith needed

If Madalyn Murray O'Hair were alive today, she would rejoice in her copycat federal (court) judges that are trying to do away with the Ten Commandments, and anything that has to do with Christianity.

Will all greenery go the way of ponderosas?

Re: Aug. 8 Roundup's "Water Dept. releases list ..." and "My View."

Fire is vital to forest health

During Bush's Arizona visit he said logging companies should be allowed to take some big trees deep in the forest in order to pay for the huge thinning costs. Senator Lieberman replied to Bush: "Arizonans should make no mistake: This is logging industry greed masquerading as environmental need."

September vacation in Gisela

Twenty five years ago, in September 1979 or 1980, I visited Gisela and it has become the most remarkable trip I had ever taken in my life. At that time I was living in Germany. During my six-week vacation, I rented a green Toyota in Phoenix.

Education is not limited to the classroom

Today's Arizona Republic had a front page piece on school districts teaching via the Internet. While net education has its place, it lacks one of the most important things young people learn in school -- real interaction with other humans.

New youth soccer league organizing

Fledgling soccer players born between August of 1990 and July of 1991 will soon have the opportunity to compete on a Rim country year-round club soccer team.

Main Street program garners 10 nominations from state

Payson's Main Street project garnered 10 nominations for the 2003 Main Street Awards competition.