News for Monday, April 5, 2004



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.

Wellness forum to focus on women

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.