Stories for April 2004


Thursday, April 29

Umbenhauer, Young to wed

The rumors are true! Scott Umbenhauer, son of Dick and Betsy Umbenhauer of Payson, and Tammy Young, daughter of Helen Young of Payson, are finally making it official.

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Why can't council help animal shelter?

I think it's time to build a soundproof wall to block out the whining of theazatzal Airark residents. The constant moaning is grating on my nerves.

Rookies take turn in spotlight

Almost 600 aspiring athletes representing 18 high schools swarmed onto Longhorn track April 24 to showcase their skills in the Freshman-Sophomore Rotary Invitational.

Horns look for life in postseason

If the Grand Canyon regional playoff picture unfolds as PHS coach Teddy Pettet hopes, the Longhorn baseball team could be opening the Grand Canyon tournament tomorrow in Payson.

Sampsell, Pierce marry

Kristen Kelly Sampsell and William Keating Pierce, both of New York City, were married April 24, 2004 at Kohl's Ranch Lodge. Pastor Ed Blair officiated the creekside ceremony.

Americans should show more respect for the flag

Hoorah for Thomas Cundieff for taking the flag down at Powell House. There are many more tattered flags in Payson that should come down. Just look around.

The curse of meth addiction

'The drug becomes more important'

The items found in 29-year-old Angel McGrew's pickup truck tell a bigger story than the small amount of methamphetamine hidden in a Kleenex box.

Airport homeowners try to block new shelter

The sale of the eight Sky Park Industrial complex lots owned by Payson is now in the hands of Town Manager Fred Carpenter, and may eventually land the town in court.

Man gets five years in hammer beating

Jamison Davis will spend five years in jail for his role in the June 2002 beating of a Payson teen.

Arizona's drug card for seniors one of best

Senior citizens in Arizona don't have to wait for Medicare changes to start saving money on their prescriptions.

Letter carrier food drive planned for Saturday, May 8

Mail carriers in Payson are preparing to deliver more than two tons of food in one day.

Thanks for dealing with tattered flag

Thank you, Mr. Cundieff, for your service to our country and rescuing our flag.

Supervisors hear proposal for 27-lot development

A zoning change is being requested from the Gila County Board of Supervisors in order to develop a 27-lot subdivision west of Payson in the Summit Spring Mine area.

The ultimate price of meth addiction

Yesterday, a 25-year-old Globe woman, coming down from a methamphetamine binge, forgot her 5-month-old baby was in her minivan.

An open letter to Tim Fruth

Please accept our apology for tampering with your political signs during your campaign for city council.

Congressman sends new flag to local veteran

I read with great interest your story of April 23, 2004, entitled "Veteran steals unfit American flag."

Although still early, open fire restrictions are now in effect


Where has the winter gone? There was no big snowfall or big rainfall, and it seems as if the weather has gone straight to summer.

Bicyclists test their strength in 320-mile endurance ride


Today, Friday, is the first day of the 320-mile Challenge endurance ride. More than 100 bicyclists will be peddling their way up Highway 87 from Scottsdale through Pine and into Strawberry this afternoon where they will spend the night.

Do you know where your cookie money is going?

Who could resist the bright and energetic young girls selling Girl Scout cookies outside the grocery stores last week?

Will traffic get out of control in Payson?

On my trip to the South in America, the freeway traffic was terrible. I could not get into the lane that was to take me to my destination. I was bumped off into a mile high pile of dirt, and no signs -- only big caterpillar trucks -- another looked like an ivory tower glass cage.

Local children enjoy ride on fire truck


Chief Ray Larsen of Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department made some children very happy this last weekend. He promised them a ride in the fire truck and Sunday afternoon, he kept his promise.

Relay carnival goes on as scheduled

Although four teams have dropped out of the inaugural Payson Co-ed Relay Carnival, the competition will go on as scheduled.

Lady Horn ace bound for Spokane college

When 18-year-old Brenna Zumbro first stepped onto the pitching mound as a fifth-grader, it was only because she wanted to emulate her older brother.

Special Olympians tune up for state meet

The Payson Special Olympics team that captured almost 40 medals at a track and field meet April 16 at Mesa High School is primed and ready for Arizona state finals.

Share hair for 'Locks of Love' drive

The stylists at the Smart Style Family Hair Salon in the Payson Wal-Mart are taking part in a special campaign to help children who have lost their hair.

Wellness a priority at women's forum

Women of the Rim country seeking low-cost medical exams can find just that at the Sixth Annual Women's Wellness Forum, Saturday, May 8.

Whiting Brothers Gasoline business comes full circle

Whiting Brothers Gasoline has returned. After more than 50 years in the gasoline business, the company, which is now Kaibab Industries, moved out of the industry in 1998 -- except for a single service station at the corner of Main Street and Highway 87 in Payson.

Salon deepens roots in Rim country

The Kutting Edge Hair Salon is one of the newer shops in the large field of companies catering to the beauty of Rim country residents.

Richies' 50th anniversary

Lynn and Goldie (Harris) Richie of Payson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 2.

Morrisons celebrate 50 years

Jack and Carol Morrison will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 2.

Tuesday, April 27

Born in California. Raised in Nebraska. Retired in Arizona!

We purchased our 1965 Chevelle Super Sport in 1988, drove the car on a daily basis and by 1995 it was in desperate need of a face lift.


Ron Corrente and Clem McGraw have been friends since high school and they both had 1957 Pontiacs as teens.

My husband said, "We need to talk. ..."

I had just walked in the door from work and was caught completely off-guard. We had just moved into a new home with a 3-car garage, which should have been a clue as to what was coming.

One Sweet Ride

This '23 T Bucket is a sweet ride, it moved to Arizona about a year ago.

Classics are Forever!

George Bennett is the proud owner of the '57 Pontiac 2 door Station Wagon you see pictured here.

Larry's 1968 Cougar

Larry's Blue 1968 Cougar sat under a carport in Hillsboro, Ore. for about 6 years and was so covered with dust that you could not tell what color it was or what the interior was like.

"Cruisin' Arizona"

We purchased our '69 Chevy stepside truck at our car club picnic in September, 2002.

RCCAC's Car-B-Que

Members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club built the Car-B-Que over a period of about three months.

Auto Show Schedule

The following is the schedule of events for the 11th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show:

Car Show Sponsors

The following is a list of sponsors for the 11th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show:

1973 El Camino SS 454

I bought it new in 1973. There were a number choices and I really agonized over the decision.

11th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show


The Rim Country Classic Auto Club, as we know it today, had its beginnings back in 1993 when a few people had a common interest in restoring and driving classic cars.

Monday, April 26

Maybe it's time to change the party system

For several decades now, I have watched the evolution of the American political parties, and maybe a change is needed. Since the advent of the Great Society, the Democratic Party has become more socialist, and the Republican Party has become conservative.

Facts and mistakes

The last question in the press conference President Bush held recently pretty much answers Don Castleman's letter to the editor.

Reactive defense too expensive

Democrat supporters argue we unnecessarily lost the lives of 500 Americans in Iraq. Viewing that claim in the historical perspective, the 500 lives lost in Iraq are less than 1/1,000 of military deaths in our four major wars of the last century. Each one began in a Democrat's administration. Democrats consistently favor popular social programs over defense preparedness.

Mayoral candidate promises dedication

I have been a resident of Payson for nearly 33 years, and am more than aware of the community's needs. I have been diligently working to solve those needs as vice mayor and a member of the city council. A vote for me is a vote for current experience in the governmental matters of this area.

'Almost heaven' no more

When I moved to Payson, a friend made a sign for my house that states "Almost Heaven." And that's how I felt. It was a joy to be close to nature again. I could start each day with a walk in the woods with my dogs, and ended it on my back porch marveling at the closeness of the stars.

Flag damage was due to high winds

Concerning your recent story about the damaged flag that was stolen from Powell House, I would like to offer a few additional pieces of information that were not included in the original article:

Drill not the only way to prepare for fire season

This weekend residents in the Country Club Vista area of Payson will be participating in an evacuation drill.

Remembering Pat Tillman

One of the most moving stories in American history is unfolding in our country.

Ex-Horn hangs up cleats for USAF joy stick

The teenager who pitched the Longhorn baseball team to the 1999 state championship, snapped the ball for the 1998 state football champs and graduated from PHS with high honors, will soon be jockeying United States Air Force jets.

Rim Country Middle School student living her dream


Beth Ann Hoyt, 13, is no teenage drama queen. The seventh-grade student at Rim Country Middle School is a working actress and model, a career she has pursued for six years.

Getting a feel for emergency dispatch

They are known as the "First, First Responders." They are Gila County Sheriff's emergency dispatchers and students in the GCSO Citizen Academy were given a taste of their daily responsibilities Wednesday night.

Dean Cody

Dean Cody, 70, of Sun City, died April 22, 2004 in Strawberry.

Wildfire evacuation drill Saturday

The Payson Police Department is conducting an emergency evacuation drill at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 1 in the Country Club Vista neighborhood.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Honoring a tradition with festivities

The Payson Public Library's celebration of Cinco de Mayo will include a variety of festivities and fun.

Teachers make the difference

No one would argue the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize is a highly recognized award given to individuals whose works have touched the lives of many people throughout the world. If you were asked to name five winners, could you? A difficult task, although the award is most highly regarded.

Hotshot's wife quilts for dogs


Everything truly is relative.

Catherine E. Knapp

Catherine Elisabeth Knapp, 95, died April 24, 2004 at Payson Care Center.

Star Valley school builds 'field of dreams'

"If you build it, they will come."

Recording error costs RCMS girls top slot

Only days after the Longhorn track and field team suffered through an official's scoring error in Apache Junction, the Rim Country Middle School Lady Mavericks had a snafu of their own unfold.

Fans in for barbecue, ball and good times

The Payson High School softball and baseball teams' April 29 Grand Canyon regional battles against Flagstaff Coconino will take on a festive atmosphere.

Therapy dogs make a difference


Cleo loves to visit the folks at Manzanita Manor. Every week for the past two years, accompanied by her owner Jim Ritchey, she walks through the door and immediately word spreads down the halls, "Cleo is here". Many want to be up and ready to visit with her. For others, Cleo appears at their bedside.

What's up?

Q: I thought the article on the stolen flag was a very good reminder that we all need to be respectful of our country's flag. There are many of us that would like to know who to call if we have a tattered flag that needs to be retired. Is there a group in town that does this as a service?

What will you do?

A few moments ago, I heard about former Arizona Cardinal, Pat Tillman, losing his life in Afghanistan.

Part-time residents have right to voice opinion

Follow-up to "Planes drowned out Door Stop noise."

99 years of an interesting, well-lived life

Mary Mitchell celebrates her 99th birthday today. If there is music at the Powell House, where she resides, she may even dance a little, but don't expect her to raise a glass of anything alcoholic to toast life. Not drinking is one of the things to which she attributes her long life.

Pine water rate raise settled

A settlement agreement among all but one of the concerned parties in the Pine Water Company rate increase application has been filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Answering the override questions

Before voters cast their ballots in the Payson Unified School District's budget override election, veteran school board member Kristi Ford wants to make sure all their questions are answered.

Many made piano possible

The Gila Foundation for Higher Education, an organization whose sole purpose is to support Gila Community College, Payson Campus, sponsored a piano fund-raiser recently on the college campus.

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Carpinos built a great station

I would like to thank John and Lu Carpino for the wonderful, amazing ride they gave us on KRIM.

Thursday, April 22

Birders gather at local park

Enjoy an extra touch of beauty at Green Valley Park by joining the Payson Birding Club for a guided bird walk.

Lady Horns strike gold at Lost Dutchman

In one of the Lady Longhorns' most hotly contested meets of the season, the team slipped past Glendale Cortez 95-85 to win the championship of the Lost Dutchman Invitational Track and Field meet April 16 in Apache Junction.

Parking Lot Sale takes over Pine-Strawberry


This Saturday, April 24 is the fifth annual Pine Merchants Parking Lot Sale.

Copperstate 1000 Rallye was a car buff's dream

The sight of 60 pre-1970 sports, racing and Grand Touring cars negotiating the twists and turns of the road that leads to Tonto Natural Bridge was a racing car buff's delight.

Teen team profits on horseback

A love of horses is the bond that binds the friendship of two Tonto Basin teens.

Horns on road for twin bill

The Longhorn baseball team's aspirations to finish the regular season among the top-four teams in the Grand Canyon Region could hinge on the outcome of a doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday) in Chinle. Game times are noon and 2 p.m.

Longhorns survive tally gaffe

A scoring snafu wasn't enough to derail the Longhorn boys track and field team's effort to bring home the championship of the inaugural Lost Dutchman Invitational.

Goins, D'Addabbo marry

Jonathan M. D'Addabbo, a 1999 Payson High School graduate, was married to Notiosha T. Goins, of California, in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 20, 2004.

Carter, Lowe wed

Cassandra June Carter and Whitney Richard Lowe were married April 16, 2004 in the Oakland, Calif. LDS temple.

50-mile Zane Grey run this Saturday

The 14th Annual Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-mile run will begin at 5 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the Pine Trailhead located a mile south of Pine.

William S. Gregg

William Spencer Gregg, 77, of Payson, died April 20, 2004.

Better site, bigger space prompt Herb Stop move

Sharon Bowes recently purchased The Herb Stop from Natalie Haidu, and moved the business to the Payson Village Shopping Center, 130 E. Highway 260, next to Subway.

New owners take over PAC

Louise and Kent Echols, longtime residents of the area, and early members of the Payson Athletic Club, took over ownership of the facility March 1.

High winds knock out power


The residents of Collins and Mead Ranch were without power or phone service on Saturday.

What's up?

What's up with the high school requiring its seniors to have their senior portraits done by Prestige Portraits?

Not a Bush supporter, simply a Kerry opponent

For the benefit of Mr. Reza, my Crayolas are working just fine. The insult is water off my back, but it is an interesting observation that when someone disagrees with a liberal, the liberal labels him stupid.

When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail

To the individual who created the Kerry flag as described in the Opinion page of the April 13 issue of the Roundup, I would just like to say that he displays the same arrogance as the present administration.

Vote yes for our children

We write this letter to urge voters to vote YES in the Payson Unified School District Override election on May 18th. Your YES vote will help to ensure that our local children receive the same educational opportunities as those in many school districts throughout Arizona.

Cast your vote for Brewer

As I wind up my four-year term as a Payson town council member, there are many memories that will stay with me. One of them is the opportunity I've had to work with Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer.

Reese endorsement out of line

Before the runoff for mayor began, Jim Chase and Barbara Brewer agreed to run a clean campaign, and leave the mud in the closet. So far, they have both adhered to that wise decision.

Door Stop noise is continuous, loud and annoying

It matters not how much "revenue is brought to the city coffers."No one wants to close down the Door Stop.Neighboring communities are merely asking that the Door Stop abide by the common sense dictate not to disturb the peace of an established neighborhood. anguage similar to that is contained in the Payson noise standards, an ordinance that the City will not even enforce.

Will traffic get out of control in Payson?

On my trip to the South in America, the freeway traffic was terrible. I could not get into the lane that was to take me to my destination. I was bumped off into a mile high pile of dirt, and no signs -- only big caterpillar trucks -- another looked like an ivory tower glass cage.

Vote YES on schools override

It's unfortunate that the Arizona Legislature places such a low priority on education that the state ranks 49th in the nation in education funding.

Humane Society teams up with Valley PETCO

The Payson Humane Society has found a new and very successful location for mobile adoption events.

Victims' rights honored by law

Defendants are not the only ones afforded rights within the justice system. The Gila County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed April 18 through April 25 as National Victim's Rights Week.

Man calls police after losing meth

When the Payson police were called to Famous Sam's restaurant Saturday night, Damon Flores, 24, of Safford, told them he had been robbed.

Veteran steals unfit American flag

Tattered flag tears at vet's heart

Buddy Cundieff didn't like the condition of the flag flying outside a local business, so he stole it.

Mystery of the jelly bean bonnet solved


The mystery is over concerning the man who won the Easter Bonnet Contest. Peggy Milburn called to report that the man in the jelly bean bonnet was her son-in-law, Steve Ketelhut. He did a great job on it and it looked good enough to eat.

Tuesday, April 20

Anytime is barbecue time


Warm spring days are perfect for a good old-fashioned barbecue. It's a fun, sure-"fire" way to get the gang together. And admit it, you're dying to don that questionably clever "Kiss the Cook" apron, arm yourself with two-foot-long grilling utensils and ceremoniously fire up the BBQ.

Native American and music program comes to Payson


To say thank you to the Rim country residents who have supported it for the past 25 years, the Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting a free concert and Native American dance and music Sunday.

E.C. Conway remembers Florence Packard


This is the third column Jayne and I have written based on the interview we had with E.C. Conway on March 28, 2004. Lorraine Cline was with us and was very helpful.

Questions that have no answers


A couple of weeks ago, we answered the great philosophical questions asked by Socrates, and by golly we did it Payson-style.

Monday, April 19

Woman falls to her death south of Young

A 25-year-old Phoenix woman fell to her death at Workman Creek Falls about 10 miles south of Young Sunday, according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Horn coach beckons players to Prescott

If Longhorn basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser has his druthers, the June 14 to 18 session of Arizona Sports Camp will be a training ground for Rim country players to develop their abilities.

Panthers a hurdle Lady Horns must leap

If the Class 4A Grand Canyon region softball title chase unfolds as expected, the Payson vs. Coconino skirmish could develop into a heated rivalry. The two first met April 13 in Flagstaff where the Lady Horns posted a 10-0 victory. The game, which was never called off on the 10-run rule, was contested a bit closer than the final score indicated.

50-foot tree falls on moving car

High winds wreak havoc on Main Street

Wind gusts in excess of 40 mph Saturday blew down a large, dead tree on Main Street, which fell on the car of a passing motorist. The driver and two passengers escaped injury.

JRE principal promoted to district office

After 21 years as director of special services for the Payson Unified School District, Kenneth Macnab is stepping aside to allow the transition to a successor to begin.

Early voting now under way for override election

With early voting now under way and requests for mail-in ballots being processed by Gila County officials, activities related to the school override election are increasing.

Officers help keep forest safe

Just like Payson and Gila County, the Tonto National Forest has its own team of law enforcement officers.

Noise, event center top council's agenda

Revamped noise ordinances will be among the items to be discussed at the April 22 regular meeting of the Payson Town Council.

Elk Ridge hosts firewise workshop

Residents from four Payson subdivisions -- Elk Ridge, Golden Frontier, Piñon Ridge and Rimview -- are invited to a firewise workshop at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24.

Friends of a feather

An invitation to go birding at the Tonto Natural Bridge

Avid bird watchers and amateurs who want to learn more about birdwatching are invited to spend a day "Enjoying Birds of the Rim Country" at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park this Saturday, April 24.

Counselor helps deal with grief


She was hired to be the social worker for the first hospice service in Payson about 10 years ago, but it was such a small operation at the time, Jo Sanders was called on to do bereavement counseling as well, and even some of the clerical work.

Accustom pet to crate or kennel


Before we are too far into the fear of fire season, it's a good time to discuss the use of crates for both dogs and cats. Some view crates or indoor kennels as prisons. Those who have raised dogs with kennels know how much the dog loves escaping into his kennel for a rest or some quiet.

Horns, Devils split twin bill

A split of an April 17 Grand Canyon double-header with Page evened the Longhorns' region record to 3-3 (12-10 overall) and kept Payson and the Sand Devils tied for third place in the regional standings.

Benefit barbecue set for April 29

The Longhorn softball and baseball teams' annual benefit barbecue will be held 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 --ot April 30, as originally planned.

Mavs outrun White Mountain foes

The Rim Country Middle School boys track and field team posted 150.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Canyon Day (141) and Joseph City (44.50).

Classic musicals featured at senior center


Put on your thinking cap and see how many of the following you remember (answers on the bottom of the column).

It takes more than metal detectors

Five years ago today, our world changed forever.

May is ‘Remember to Support Our Troops' Month

Emotions ran high and actions of support were readily visible when the United States went to war against terrorism in general and Iraq specifically. Flags flew from many poles and porches around town, and prayers were frequent in churches, meetings, and at dinner tables.

Please use caution in our forests

As we are nearing summer and our forests are still as dry as ever, I would like to remind the entire Payson area residents to exercise safe fire use.

CAWS backs citizen control

It is too bad that Mr. Estess feels that being well prepared for our community meeting is a negative thing, but we are not surprised.

Where's the money and water?

An answer to the PEP boys.

Carpinos departure a big loss

In response to the loss of John and Luann Carpino at KRIM ...

Support the override, build the future

Craig Swartwood and Payson Kids Count hit the nail on the head. Schools are built to educate children.

Brewer best choice for mayor

In my view, Barbara Brewer has the up-to-date experience, the commitment and the work ethic that, along with her integrity and cooperative attitude, makes her the best choice for Payson's next mayor.

Councilor endorses Chase for mayor

During the past four years, I have had the privilege of getting to know Jim Chase. Concurrently, over the last two years, I have had the opportunity to work with his mayoral opponent. After much thought about who can better serve all of Payson's citizens, and examination of Jim Chase's record of service to our community, I am writing this letter to endorse Mr. Chase.

What's up?

What's up with the Payson School District not drug testing the people who work there and why do they have to pay $29 for their fingerprints?

Bringing the real world into the classroom

The Webber Fire that consumed more than 4,000 acres east of Pine earlier this month was an in-your-face reminder for all Rim country residents.

Alice M. Alfano

Alice M. Alfano, 95, of Payson, died April 14, 2004.

Loraine Courtemash

Loraine Courtemash, 85, of Phoenix, died April 10, 2004 in Phoenix.

Robert W. Johnston

Robert W. "Bob" Johnston, 73, of Payson, died March 24, 2004.

Ruth Joan Tolsma

Ruth Joan (Brumage) Tolsma, 62 of Payson, died April 17, 2004 at St. Luke's Hospital in Phoenix.

Alicia E. Coppelli Villarroel

Alicia Elena Coppelli Villarroel, 88, of Payson, died April 15, 2004 in Payson.

Dashneys celebrate 50th anniversary

Gary and JoAnn (Robinette) Dashney of Payson have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The couple were married on April 14, 1954 in Phoenix.

Lee, River wed

Mr. and Mrs. Ted and Jane Lee, of Taylor, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Zonnie Denise Lee to Robert Blair River, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Kathy River, of Payson.

Sports Camp builds future leaders, champions

As a former junior high and high school basketball coach who sent many players, including two sons and a daughter to Arizona Sports Camp in Prescott, I'm excited Mike Loutzenheiser has joined the camp staff.

Thursday, April 15

Mayme Erkkila (1915-2004)

Mayme Erkkila of Payson, died April 15, 2004 in Peoria, Ariz.

Winfred L. Bird (1935-2004)

Winfred Lafe Bird, 68, died April 13, 2004 at his home in Payson. He was born May 1, 1935 in Abilene, Texas where he was raised by his mother and father, Jewel and William.

William J. Hill (1919-2004)

William J. Hill, 84, of Payson, died April 8, 2004. He was born Dec. 17, 1919 in Ellisville, Miss.

Clifton A. Peacock (1921-2004)

Clifton Accy Peacock, 83, of Payson, died April 13, 2004 in Payson. He was born Feb. 7, 1921 in Parks, Texas.

Glen D. Sturges (1912-2004)

Glen Dodson Sturges, 91, of Tucson, died April 2, in Tucson.

Welker also deserves a little ink

Former Payson High School athletic director, coach and principal Tom Meck is of the opinion I should have devoted a bit more attention to former Longhorn sports star Steve Welker when I penned a March 26 edition of Sports Talk.

New Arrival

Anthony Burlando

Matt and Lauri Burlando are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Anthony James Burlando.

Help grandson smile again

I live in one of the Pine Crest Apartments. I also take care of my 6-year-old grandson, Justin, from Monday through Friday while the parents are at work.

Leonard, Draves engaged

Ted and Linda Leonard, of Payson, announce the engagement of their son, Jase Leonard to Stacy Draves, daughter of Henry and Judy Draves of Belvidere, Ill.

Time to fix college funding issue

If you're having trouble understanding all the nuances involved in the fight to get state funding for Gila Community College, don't feel bad. It's one of the more complex issues we've seen in a long time.

Something must be done to end the lunacy

In response to two recent letters which appeared in your periodical on April 13, 2004, entitled "Preparing for a Kerry America" and "Bush is taking care of business" just let me observe that if anyone knows the writer of the first letter, I would suggest that they have the mercy to take away his crayolas. As to the latter author, I would agree, Bush has, indeed, taken care of business; namely, Halliburton, Bechtel and its subsidiaries. Perhaps it would be better to have letters discussing substance rather than these childish and ridiculous observations.

Sara E. Cahill (2004)

Sara Elaine Cahill, 49, of Payson, died April 9, 2004.

PHS track outdistances competition

By administering a good old-fashioned rear-end kicking to a pair of old foes from the 3A East, the Longhorn track and field teams proved they're ready for life among the 4A big schools.

Support the override; support our children

I strongly support the override. The Payson School District is in a crucial state. With Legislative cuts and budget restraints, our backs are against the wall.

Trout tourney to benefit Christian school

A day of trout fishing in the pines of northern Arizona could eventually help build a new Payson Community Christian School.

Longhorn diamonds sport fresh looks

The Payson High School softball and baseball diamonds have undergone dramatic facelifts thanks to the volunteer efforts of sports booster clubs, parents, athletes and volunteers.

ERA young realty honored

A number of agents with ERA Young Realty were recently acknowledged at an annual awards breakfast. Top producers were honored for their production for 2003 with the ERA Beyond Excellence Award.

Points match highlights early season play

Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association abandoned the usual stroke scoring format in favor of a points tournament that was played April 7 at Payson Golf Course.

Vote yes on the override election

Doesn't everyone in this country want great leaders who know how to govern the people? Who will be running the town, the state, and the country in thirty years? Children who are trying to get a good education now are our future leaders. What does any good leader need? - A well-rounded education. Payson schools need more funding to help these kids gain the knowledge that they need to be successful.

Lu and John Carpino were KRIM

Lu and John Carpino were KRIM. Without them, it might as well remain nameless.

Planes drowned out Door Stop noise

Da Plane, Boss, Da Plane! Fantasy Island comes to Payson. When "da plane" came to the island it brought food, sustenance, revenue and a cast of characters.

If it's a jungle out there, join the Business Safari

Some say it is a jungle out there in the business world. Owners and operators of Rim country businesses are prepared to guide you through that jungle at the Business Safari, the 12th annual Business Showcase, next weekend.

New shop lets mom dress baby for less

Keeping the baby in clothes that fit is no easy task. Clothes for that bundle of joy are expensive and they are outgrown almost before the last snap comes out of the second or third wash.

Help your plants get the most out of water conservation

April showers have brought another inch or so of rain, calmed allergies and given rise to a thick, lush carpet of weeds and grass. Removing weeds as soon as they are large enough to pull and while the ground is soft will prevent them from setting seed, but be selective, for among the "weeds" may be precious, high country wildflowers.

Door Stop open house opens eyes, ears

More than 1,000 area residents took advantage of open doors this weekend at The Door Stop cabinet-making company in Payson's Sky Park industrial complex.

Candelaria, Williams to wed May 1

The marriage of Marisa Lyneé Candelaria and Jason Zachary Williams, both of Mesa, will be at 3 p.m. May 1, 2004.

Gulch plan could bring more life to Main Street

The proposed American Gulch project, a 200-foot-wide channel running from Sawmill Crossing to Green Valley Park, received a boost at an April 8 public hearing when the council agreed to begin the process to rezone about five acres of land in the project area.

Posse, rescue squad make life easier for deputies

County taxpayers are spared thousands of dollars a year courtesy of volunteers who assist the sheriff's office, Gila County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Craig Smith said.

Sky Park lots going to the dogs?

Humane society makes pitch for town property

The disposition of the eight Sky Park industrial complex lots owned by the town is still up in the air following a special meeting held by the town council last week.

Governor's office stalls local college funding

Despite being turned away by Governor Janet Napolitano's office, Gila County officials vow to continue the fight for a share of the money Arizona allocates to community colleges.

Volunteers essential to regional medical center

Volunteers are vital to the quality of life in any community. Payson is no different. The legacy of volunteer services is etched all around town.

Assimilate, instead of change

I see where someone wants the Roundup to be more "balanced" politically. I suspect that what the writer really means is that the Roundup should reflect the same political slant as those papers had where that person came from before re-locating to the Rim country. When one moves into a rural area where many of the residents, old and new, retain and share traditional rural western values, they should expect the local paper to reflect those same values.

So much garden work, so little time


These days are beautiful. It is wonderful to be outside and there are endless tasks to attend to in the yard and garden. Too much to do, too little time. And naturally, there are many activities in Pine and Strawberry to keep us running.

Village visitors arrive; be patient


The Village was busy this weekend with many of our part-time residents coming up for the Easter Holiday. There also was clearing of pine needles and getting their cabins ready for another summer season.

Who was that man in the jelly bean bonnet?


The annual Christopher Creek Easter Egg Hunt was a success. About 20 children showed up Easter Sunday with their baskets in hand ready to hunt for eggs.

Friends make nightmare a little easier

This is a long overdue thank you to so many individuals and businesses for going out of your way in so many ways. I'm talking of the generosity and caring of so many that helped with the fund-raising event for the family of Ira Eastman. So many helped; so many cared.

Tuesday, April 13

Christopher Creek more peaceful with bypass

When Christopher Creek staged a festival last October to celebrate the new bypass that takes Highway 260 around this scenic community instead of through it, expectations were high.

Cover art by local painter

Local artist Donn C. Morris created the Western art featured on the front covers of the 2004 Progress edition.

Tonto Apaches: another piece of the mosaic

On the southern edge of Payson lies the 85-acre Tonto Apache Reservation, best known for the Mazatzal Casino which fronts the community.

The dead, the dying and the resurrected


In a rare harmonic convergence, two interrelated articles crossed paths on my desk today.

Tales from a visit to Greenback Ranch


In last week's column Jinx wrote of the day we visited 86-year-old E. C. Conway at his Greenback Ranch. Now I'm going to tell the rest of the story.

For entertaining with ease, try these brunch ideas


Who doesn't love brunch? It's how great weekends begin. Besides, as warmer weather beckons us outdoors, it's a perfect way to draw loved ones together. And if you're celebrating something, a brunch for family and friends is guaranteed to create a comfy-cozy gathering.

Water restrictions safeguard supply

In March 2003, the town implemented a tough new water conservation ordinance -- one that Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker thinks is a major step.

Main Street remakes history

Payson's historic Main Street district underwent some dramatic changes in 2003 -- both on the street and behind the scenes.

PRMC opens imaging center, expands services

The new imaging center for Payson Regional Medical Center opened its doors March 15.

Middle school dubbed 'highly performing'

Rim Country Middle School has the distinction of being Gila County's only "highly performing" school for 2003, according to Principal Frank Larby.

Elementary schools offer quality education

The challenge to be met in all Payson elementary schools, at Tonto Basin and in Pine is to uncover the funding to continue the successful programs that have helped make Rim country schools some of the finest in the state.

Flyers following footsteps of Wright Brothers


A group of Payson pilots are following in the footsteps of Orville and Wilbur Wright and building their own planes. The homebuilt flying machines are hard to tell from their manufactured counterparts when all is said and done. The difference is in how the builders reach the sum of all the parts -- so to speak.

Alternatives available to public education

Students best suited for nontraditional learning will find five unconventional schools in the Rim country. They include three charter schools, one Christian school and one preschool, and they cater to a wide range of ages.

Tonto Apaches enjoy many changes

Expansion planned at the Mazatzal Casino, including a new hotel, along with creation of a more complete youth recreation center, were among the many advances made by the Tonto Apaches in 2003.

Tonto Apaches honor Chief Campbell

Melton Campbell -- known by family, friends and the community as "Chief" Campbell, a nickname given him in childhood -- died 10 years ago Sept. 13. The Tonto Apaches commemorated the life of Chief Campbell in September.

Festivals of the Rim country

There was a time when there were more than 40 festivals held throughout the year in the Rim country.

The struggles for progress

"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." --rederick Douglass, abolitionist/editor.

Sluggish economy is picking up, experts say

Business in Payson, which was laboring under the lingering effects of a sagging national economy and the state's 2002 wildfire scare, was sluggish last year. But early indicators, said Scott Flake, director of the Payson Economic Development Corporation, suggest that business is picking up.

New restaurants, businesses call Payson home

During a year of steady but not spectacular progress, the Rim country has become the new home of a variety of businesses. Among the newcomers are a Mexican food restaurant, a Chinese buffet, FM radio station, Pine's first saloon, Starbucks coffee, 4x4 repair and accessories shop and a new veterinarian.

Sawmill Crossing changes reflect growth

The Sawmill Crossing gained a couple of new tenants in 2003 and several existing renters expanded their businesses.

Merchants thrive on historic Main Street

The following businesses opened on Main Street during the past year:

Community helps schools survive

The foundation of every community is the education of its youth, the Greek biographer Diogenes said.

PHS spends the year 'getting it done'

2003-04 has been a year of "getting it done!"

Get your degree at your community college

Gila Community College is now completing its second year serving the residents of Gila County. It has been two years of steady growth and two years of challenges.

NAU offers 14 graduate, undergraduate degrees

Northern Arizona University's Payson campus continues this spring semester with a 57-percent growth in student enrollment from last spring.

Charm of Pine-Strawberry remains unchanged

Forces of change have been at work in the woodland communities of Pine and Strawberry. They've transformed views of the forest and reshaped local points of view, but the area's friendly, small-town charm remains inviting and intact.

Housing market is booming in Tonto Basin

Standing just west of the Tonto Basin Inn at the highest point in the area -- site where local dentist Philip Fausett is building a home --ongtime resident John Dryer scanned the plateaus below.

Parks and Rec has something for everyone

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department employees are kept busy year round providing programs and opportunities in a primary service area that by 2006 will include almost 28,000 people.

Library called 'greatest asset in town'

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the success story that is the Payson Public Library is the fact that preliminary expansion plans are already under way.

Senior resources fill many needs

Joining Payson Regional Senior Circle guarantees anyone age 50 and older access to an array of benefits, including exercise classes, support groups and seminars on health and wellness.

Payson's Woman of the Year

Marcy Rogers' dedication and commitment to needy and neglected Rim country children has earned her several nominations as Payson's Woman of the Year.

Payson's Man of the Year

As 13-year-old Boy Scout Issac Cluff works toward earning his Eagle rank, he knows who's ready to lend him a hand.

Top 10 people of influence

The Roundup selected 10 people 'in the know' -- Rim country residents who have shaped the lives of their fellow man

Best of Payson

Meet your friends and neighbors who were voted the best in their categories in the Roundup's annual Best of Payson readers' poll

Monday, April 12

To our KRIM listeners

First of all, we'd like to thank you for your overwhelming support while we were at KRIM Radio. You, our listeners, were our greatest joy. We extend heartfelt and sincere thanks to the many sponsors and businesses who believed in us and supported us so genuinely in our efforts to bring something special to the Payson area -- multi-format public radio.

Farewell, John and Lu

Goodbye to a great team.

Town, county have taken leadership roles in forest health

A recent editorial asked the Payson Town Council and the county supervisors to "take a leadership role" with respect to issues of forest health. I take issue with the implication there has not been leadership.

Off-road park needed

I am 14 years old and am very concerned about an important issue dealing with dirt bikes and ATVs.

Do we want more of the same?

This is a test for the voters of Payson, how good is your memory?

Keep swim team in mind

As a member of Swim Team for three to four years, I think that the town of Payson should consider the possibility of having a Community Center, which may include a covered pool.

Virgil Bell

Virgil Bell, 92, of Payson, died April 5, 2004 in Payson.

Grandmother guns for gold

Competing against men is nothing new for 80-year-old trap and skeet shooter Dorothy Dixon.

Preparing for a Kerry America

Let's redesign the flag of the United States for a John Kerry America.

Bush is taking care of business

These facts are food for thought:

We are all "tired"

In rebuttal to Ginger Jeffers, we wish to respond as follows:

Former mayor leads fight for override

Former Payson mayor Craig Swartwood says the community has no choice but to pass the Payson Unified School District's budget override on May 18.

Council considers transfer of fueling operation

A decision by the town council could allow transfer of the fixed-base operation fueling lease at Payson Municipal Airport from ACD owners Jim and Charlotte Garner to CAVU owners Bob and Stephanie Oswald.

Von Somogyi on the mend

Amy von Somogyi is half-way home -- literally.

Use of force explored at citizens academy

When can police officers use force to protect themselves or the community? This was the topic of discussion during last week's Citizens Police Academy class.

Rodeo dance for education

If spring fever has hit, you might be ready to kick up your heels. The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is riding to your rescue with a dance this Friday at the Mazatzal Casino.

Couple gives back to Payson for 55 years


From a university physics class in Madison, Wis., to 55 years in Payson, Phyllis and Don Manthe have traveled a lot of miles together.

Dogs and gardens


Spring is here and it seems a perfect time to discuss dogs and gardens.

Charles W. Barr

Charles Wallace "Wally" Barr, 78, of Payson, died April 8, 2004 in Phoenix.

Lady Horns' April 22 game should be a barn-burner

Just four games into the 4A Grand Canyon regional softball season, it's obvious the road to the championship passes through Flagstaff. The Eagles have won six consecutive regional championships by relying mostly on timely hitting and exceptional pitching.

Local poet writes for 17 grandkids


At first glance, Paul T. Schulz is one of the last people you would suspect of writing poetry for children.

‘Music Man' coming to town

"The Music Man, this year's Payson High School musical production, is the perfect family show. It's because of the story line," director Kathy Siler said.

Horns tame Mustangs, bury Prospectors

Longhorn fans won back-to-back victories that symbolize opposite ends of the baseball gamut.

Lady Horns aim to whip Panthers

A victory over the Coconino Panthers today will keep the hopes alive for the Lady Longhorns (2-1 and 10-7 overall) for a regional championship and a berth in the state tournament.

James T. Sparks

James "Jimmy" Tandy Sparks, 85, of Young, died April 11, 2004.

Ruby Keyrouse

Ruby Keyrouse, 81, of Payson, died April 9, 2004 in Payson.

Tonto Apaches grab silver in Phoenix

Among the 63 amateur track and field teams and about 4,000 youngsters who participated April 3 and 4 in the Phoenix Invitational was a posse of accomplished athletes representing the Tonto Apache tribe.

Mozelle P. Davis

Mozelle Pride Davis, 85, of Payson, died April 11, 2004 in Payson.

Supreme Court Judge violates Constitution

The United States Supreme Court is the ultimate authority in upholding the Constitution. We entrust these judges with keeping this country a democracy in which the people are allowed basic freedoms-- speech, expression and freedom of the press.

Thursday, April 8

Town imposes new water restrictions

You can forget filling your pool, spa or wading pool this summer, and washing your car at home also is restricted under level 3 water conservation measures imposed by the Payson Town Council last night.

Easter egg hunt this Saturday


Easter greetings to all. Let's hope it is a beautiful day, although we must welcome rain whenever it comes our way.

Important driving tips for senior citizens


My husband Bill and I attended the AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers who are 55 years of age or older last week.

Mark your calendar for special events


I said that last week's Duck Race down Christopher Creek was won by Chuck Schmitt. I was wrong.

MSA an invaluable asset to coaches

As a former coach of a football team that reaped the benefits of the Mogollon Sporting Association's generosity, it was a pleasure to write today's story about the association earning a state award.

Soccer duo tapped all-region

The woes of the Longhorn boys soccer team didn't stop Grand Canyon region coaches from naming a pair of PHS players to the all-region team.

Morris memorial golf tourney to benefit football, scholarship

The friends of the late Jack Morris are continuing his lifelong goal of helping make the Payson High School football program the best in the state.

Church team battles to win soccer championship

A band of five teens who learned their soccer skills in their native homeland of Mexico, helped lead the First Church of the Nazarene youth team to the championship of the Extravaganza church tournament March 21 in Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Lee W. Ware

Lee Wilson Ware, 85, died March 15, 2004, in Phoenix.

Allen Taylor

Allen "Dick" Taylor, 72, of Tonto Basin, died April 3, 2004.

Gordon D. Hayes

Gordon David Hayes, 83, of Payson, died April 4, 2004.

Open house this Saturday at The Door Stop

Jim Hill, owner of The Door Stop, is inviting the residents of the Rim country to visit the cabinet manufacturing business this weekend.

'No Child' rules not based in reality

I've been reading with great interest the various education articles that have been printed the last week or so. As a "former" educator in the Rim country, I have the ability to state my opinions without having to worry about being placed on administrative leave.

Freedom is not free

The American soldiers differ from numerous other people and nations, where troops are used as pawns to be moved about without consideration.

From the fat into the fire

Is anyone else as tired of this whole back-and-forth water discussion as I am?

Communities' support was invaluable

The firefighters and the members of the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the communities of Payson, Pine and Strawberry. It is only because of the support of the public, local agencies and area businesses in these communities that we were able to successfully perform our job of suppressing the Webber Fire.

Council has taken leadership role in fire prevention

I read with interest the Payson Roundup editorial "Clear Lesson Emerges from Fire's Smoke." I have attended three versions of the presentation given by Ms. Vosick, including one given by her boss, Dr. Wally Covington. One very important point in these presentations is that it has taken us 100 plus years to get to this current state of forest "health". It will take us decades to totally return our forests to the health level Ms. Vosick suggests and only if the funding, commitment and consensus is achieved.

Spring, a time for renewal and reflection

We often read of a jump in attendance at church services at this time of year. A church is as good a place as any to look within ourselves and forgive past transgressions and promise to renew our efforts to be good and loving, contributing members of society. But it's not the only place.

Doctor's license suspended after indictment

Dr. Mark Mouritsen was ordered by the Arizona Medical Board not to practice medicine until further notice.

Block Watch promotes safe neighborhoods

Looking out for one another is the concept behind the Block Watch program. The Payson Police Department is encouraging neighborhoods to get a program started or become active again if they have lapsed.

What's up?

Q: What is the last day to register to vote in the May 18 general election in Payson? How does someone get registered to vote?

Man recovers after antler impalement

Bill Ryan is home and recuperating from a freak accident, but the family needs help with medical and other expenses.

Mayoral candidates answer pointed questions

Because no mayoral candidate received enough votes in the March 9 primary for a clear victory, Barbara Brewer and Jim Chase will face one another in a run off election May 18.

Zane Grey's Rim country legacy

Part 5

The expectation of replicating the famous Zane Grey hunting lodge in Payson reminds us of the thousands who visited the renowned author's Tonto Creek ranch.

Sporting association earns state honors

An organization that began over coffee 12 years ago has been awarded a prestigious state honor.

Site feedback

Re: Student badges -- I appreciate what administrators are trying to do with the student ID badges at Payson High School ...

Champion Glass offers high quality and personalized service

The glass business is like a magnet for Tina and Ken Shepherd, owners of Champion Glass of Payson.

Tuesday, April 6

Churches join to bring musical Easter celebration to Rim country


Celebrate Easter this Saturday with a free concert, food, games and fellowship.

Splurge with your Easter celebration


Springtime calls for fresh flavors and bright colors, guaranteed antidotes to the winter blahs.

Socking it to Socrates


A guy by the name of Christopher Phillips writes a book called "Six Questions of Socrates" (W.W. Norton, $23.95, but just $16.77 at It recounts how he and his wife put their stuff in storage and hit the road in search of (what else) truth.

E.C. Conway shares some cowboy tales


While gathering information about the history of the Payson Rodeo for a book we are writing, Jayne and I have covered a lot of country, talked to a lot of old-timers, and done some extensive research.

Monday, April 5

Horns nipped in Scottsdale

Coach Teddy Pettet's Longhorn baseball team managed to sneak in a pair of skirmishes before statewide downpours put the dampers on prep play.

Economic development or infrastructure?

It seems that the new Corporate Strategic Plan has been again structured to benefit economic development and cosmetic projects promoted by special interest groups, while the true needs of the people get lip service.

Lobos nip Lady Longhorns track at home opener

A pair of gifted relay teams paced the Lady Longhorns to a silver-medal finish at Payson's home-opening five-way track and field meet.

Wellness forum to focus on women

Rim country women are invited to take a day for themselves to help their health and well-being.

Reduce food for overweight pets


In keeping with the discussion about overweight dogs, we all know that eating less and exercising more is the solution. But in feeding fewer calories, there are many options. There are diet foods for dogs and cats. Is this the way to go?

Dog, deputy find 571 pounds of marijuana

When Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Newman stopped a pickup truck pulling an empty flat bed trailer that was traveling north on Highway 87 toward Payson, he said he intended to give the driver a warning for a minor traffic violation.

Student badges under fire on campus

The photo identification badges worn by Payson High School students have come under fire and will be re-evaluated at the end of the school year, Principal Sue Myers said.

Deming family dedicates history park

Calling it "the highlight of her life," Anna Mae Deming cut the ribbon, officially opening Deming Pioneer Park Saturday morning.

Secretary's remark an insult to all teachers

Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige's recent reference to the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization" is ethically disgusting to the 2.7 million teachers, including more than 70 in Payson, who belong to the NEA.

The right plans for arid climates


Record high temperatures and the Webber Fire, coupled with the worst allergy season in history, make gardeners wonder whether it is time to find another hobby.

TCCA plans free concert

To say thank you to the Rim country residents that have supported it for the past 25 years, the Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting a free concert and Native American dance and music later this month.

PHS grad makes spot with PPD


Jesse Davies is one of those rare and fortunate individuals who knew what he wanted to do with his life early on and was able to get a start on his career while still in high school.

Shell Game: Easter comes every day at Round Valley ranch


In some respects, every day is Easter at the Round Valley ranch of Amy and Jim Vickers.

Crews' efforts in Webber Fire appreciated

I just have to say a great big thank-you to all the firefighters, pilots, ground crews and all those who did such a brilliant job of putting out the Webber Fire.

Education needs better advisers

The "My View" article in your paper from Max Foster -- "Fix funding problems in bill or forget it" -- is just to too much of the same to be left without comment.

Chase, former councilman share goals

If I was in Payson I would be voting for Jim Chase as our next mayor. However, I'm not there, but I can urge all of you to support Jim on his run for mayor.

What's up?

Q: Because of the design of some street corners in the community, there are stop signs set 30 to 40 feet from the intersection -- what can be done about these?

Rain douses Grand Prix mountain bike race

Rainy weather, worries of environmental damage and concerns for rider safety forced cancellation of the inaugural Payson Grand Prix mountain bike race.

Longhorns claim silver in home opener

The Longhorn boys track team made its 2004 home debut March 30 against a trio of new foes representing the 4A Grand Canyon region and a longtime rival from the 3A East.

Teen trades ponderosa play for beach action

Payson High School senior Brandan Kelley will soon realize his dreams of playing collegiate golf.

Dream Team tops in town tournament

Many basketball fans think of the Dream Team as the collection of legendary professional players -- including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird -- that won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Deborah Kay Lubbs

Deborah Kay Lubbs, 53, of Scottsdale, died April 4, 2004.

Dr. Charles W. Meister

Dr. Charles W. Meister, 87, of Pine, died April 2, 2004.

Larry Pier

Larry Pier, 75, of Payson, died April 1, 2004 in Mesa.

'Flat Stanley' circles the globe

For those who haven't been in elementary school for awhile, Flat Stanley is the main character in the book of the same name.

Thursday, April 1

Are small firms and credit cards compatible?

Question: Why should a small business accept credit cards?

New liquor store enjoys big welcome

An advertisement about a beer sale that aired at noon one Saturday filled the parking lot at Rim Liquor. Coupled with newspaper ads about the sale, the store was kept so busy it sold 240 cases of beer in two days.

Forest health presentation prophetic

When Diane Vosick made her pitch to the Payson Town Council to get serious about forest health, she had no idea how soon the point would be dramatically brought home.

Which raced first, the duck or the egg?


The Duck Race down Christopher Creek to the Landmark went pretty well Saturday. They only had one major problem: the ducks kept sinking, so they decided to change to plastic eggs. They stayed afloat and the race was on.

Firefighters, rain douse Webber Fire

Just five days after it was discovered, the Webber Fire is history.

Police may have break in murder investigation

Payson police arrested a man Thursday who may be able to provide some information about the March kidnapping and murder of 56-year-old Ira Eastman.

Traffic stops can be risky business for police

Traffic stops are routine for law enforcement, but can be the most dangerous part of the job, Gila County Sheriff's Sgt. Craig Smith said.

Too many questions left unanswered

The town meeting last Saturday to discuss the Pine/Strawberry water issue sponsored by CAWS was well orchestrated. A carefully controlled agenda was maintained, and no point of view other than that of the sponsor was allowed to be expressed. Many questions were asked, but not always answered accurately.

Relay team grabs silver at Chandler

The Longhorn boys 4x800 relay team continues to shine on the statewide track and field stage.

Spencer elected to national Methodist board

When Chris Spencer went to Oakland, Calif. March 12, she was one of 23 nominees at the three-day Western Jurisdiction Quadrennial meeting for the position ofirector of the women's division of the general board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.

Flagstaff sidelines Lady Horns

The Kingman Pepsi/Albertson Invitational Fast-Pitch Tournament afforded the Lady Longhorns a sneak peek at one of the teams expected to battle Payson for the Grand Canyon Region regular season title.

Senior center dedicates memorial flag and staff

The Payson Senior Center held a special ceremony March 31 to dedicate a new flagpole and flag in memory of its former board president, Bill Overton.

News crews, residents flock for fire information


It is hard to believe that it is barely April and we are worrying about fire. So many people from the Valley who have cabins up here are calling for information.

Fire restrictions imminent in this neck of the woods


It is hard to believe that spring is here without so much as a good hardy snowfall. The signs of that are pretty well evident when you look to the north and see smoke billowing from the forest.

What's up?

Q: I'd like to help the school district with its School Beautification Day Saturday. Do I need to call the school or can I just show up to help?

Let's turn negative into positive

As a parent and Payson resident, I would like to see (letters) that have been written to the newspaper regarding our schools written with factual information, written without gossip and rumors -- written to support our children.

Bethel G. Loofbourrow

Bethel Grace Loofbourrow, 98, formerly of Payson, died March 22, 2004 at her home in Tempe.

Payson hospitality wins strangers' hearts

On March 11, 2004, we became stranded in your town due to car problems. We were guided to Chapman Auto Center, which informed us that the part had to be ordered from Michigan. Come to find out, it would not be in until Monday. This meant five days in your town, knowing no one and wondering what to do.

Legendary coach now a college tour guide

Tales are swirling on the Arizona State University campus about a South Dakota family that was visiting the school during spring break. While sightseeing, they came across a man -- seemingly in the know --ho offered to take them on a tour of the facilities.

Give the animal shelter some of your time

I have noticed a lot of stray animals around town --ore cats than anything -- and I see nobody trying to help the shelter.

Illegal immigrants get too much

You are supporting their existence!

Clear lesson emerges from fire's smoke

It was a nerve-wracking week in the Rim country.

Chamber director appreciates fast pace

Tina Bruess said she hit the ground running when she took the reins as executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in January.

Council to consider sale of Skypark lots

The Payson Town Council will have a special meeting an hour before its regular meeting Thursday to decide what to do with the seven-and-a-half lots in the Skypark subdivision.

Rim pro pockets $41,000 at Carolina showdown

Mark Kile's silver-medal finish at the CITGO Bassmaster Pro Tour finale earned him $41,000.

Wildfire heats up in Phoenix tussle

While basketball fans from around the country celebrated the March Madness of the NCAA tournament, a 14-years-and-under girls fast-pitch team was reveling in a spring folly of its own.