Tuesday, August 31
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
A recent Payson Roundup front page featured a picture of a giant tarantula striding across the Rim country.
IN THE KITCHEN
Labor Day weekend is usually the last hurrah for summer fun and food, so, to help plan a perfect farewell picnic, here are some recipes to try:
It's September and the 2004-2005 Tonto Community Concert Season will soon be under way.
Fall and the sometimes extended Indian summers of the Rim country have long been my favorite time of year. This is the time when the wood vine and maple leaves turned red in the high-up canyons under the Rim (before the Dude Fire) and the aspen leaves twinkle yellow in the sun on top of the Mountain (Mogollon Rim).
Monday, August 30
The future of Gila County is in the hands of the voters. That is why I am supporting Tommie Cline Martin.
I'm supporting Tommie Martin for Gila County District One Supervisor.
Look Back. Whether you did or did not reside here in the late '80s or the early '90s, the Dude fire still roared. It was the devoted and consistent newscasting of Dan Haapala which kept everyone informed
Gila County needs a fresh new outlook, not just a replacement for Supervisor District One.
I have had the pleasure to hear Dan Haapala address a group about the varied issues we face in Gila County, and especially in northern Gila County. I listened as he answered a myriad of questions, and he responded with an in-depth knowledge of the issues and solutions that he will institute.
Church and state should not be separate.
Picnics, barbecues, and end-of-summer parties are a Labor Day holiday tradition here in Arizona. We at Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. want to remind everyone to practice personal responsibility this holiday weekend to keep the celebrations safe.
For a small town, we sure have a lot of strategic plans. Besides the town of Payson's corporate strategic plan, the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has a plan, as do the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street program.
Floyd E. Wilson, 85, of Christopher Creek, died Aug. 27, 2004.
Martin L. (M.L.) Kumpe Sr., 80, died Aug. 24, 2004.
Larry M. Hamman, 87, died Aug. 27, 2004, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
FOCUS ON PETS
More households have cats than dogs and most have multiple cats. Cats and dogs are the most common of household pets and yet they are so very different. Cats are carnivores, dogs are omnivores. Cats primarily need meat in their diet. Dogs do well on a diet of meat and grains.
Terry Winans has been painting since he was 14, joining his father shortly after his family moved from Minnesota to Mesa.
What can you do to help the community in a time of crisis? To help answer that question, Gila Community College, the Payson Police Department and the Gila County Sheriff's Office are hosting an Intergenerational Dialogue next week.
Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle were named the official historians for the town of Payson at the July 22 town council meeting.
If elected, Gila County District One Supervisor candidate Gene Mawby says he will make good on four pledges he has made to voters.
Tommie Cline Martin knows what separates her from the other two candidates in the race for Gila County District One Supervisor.
Gila County District One County Supervisor candidate Dan Haapala claims there are four reasons he'll make a strong public servant.
Two Republicans and one Democrat are vying for the position of Payson constable.
Monica Kyle Phillipy, formerly of Payson, is recovering from injuries she suffered earlier this month after being struck by lightning at a soccer game in Washington state.
A non-injury car accident led to the discovery of 66 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of a 37-year-old Mesa man, a drug task force detective said.
More than 200 Rim country residents and Zane Grey fans turned out on a sunny Saturday morning to witness the first step in the rebuilding of the famous western novelist's cabin at Green Valley Park.
Weekend warriors should be breaking down the doors of the parks and recreation office wanting to participate in a trio of upcoming events. The only trouble is, they aren't.
The fourth annual Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade will end in spectacular fashion this year, with the fireworks show that was canceled due to the Willow Fire. At the time that the traditional July 4 fireworks display was canceled, Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer said she hoped to move it to Labor Day weekend. That isn't going to happen.
Pine kindergartner Justice McNeeley knew at the first sight of his Go-Bot, the state-of-the art wheelchair was going to give him newfound mobility. "You people better watch out, here I come," the 5-year-old shouted to the crowd that surrounded him Saturday evening in front of Sidewinders Saloon.
The half-cent sales tax you pay to Gila County will be used as it was intended in the future. The tax was approved for road improvements in 1994, but some of it may have been used for other purposes in the past.
A favorite getaway for Tucson Amphitheater basketball coach Pat Derksen is a visit to Payson and an angling outingith his two children to Green Valley Park.
High school and youth soccer fans and parents will have a place to sit on the sidelines of the Rumsey south multipurpose field this year.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association Legislative Council and school athletic directors have voted overwhelmingly to return high school volleyball to the old best-of-three match formats.
Payson School District students in grades two through nine are no longer required to take the dreaded Stanford 9 test.
A win is a win. Longhorn football coach Jerry Rhoades is reminding himself of that after the 26-6 season-opening win over the Cortez Colts.
A small airplane crashed in a remote area 13 miles west of Payson Saturday afternoon. The pilot and passenger survived and did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office.
Q: Why are streets that are in good condition, like Pioneer Trail, being repaved, while McLane, which is in desperate need of work, neglected? How are these decisions made and who makes them?
This letter is in response to Lawrence D. Okendo's letter to the editor of Aug. 24 concerning the extensive use of chemical weed-killers and insecticides.
Friday, August 27
Rim country residents can expect to see large amounts of smoke to the south through the weekend due to a prescribed burn near Mt. Ord.
Thursday, August 26
Republican Rick Renzi is asking voters in the Arizona 1st District to return him to Congress.
The Firebelles raised more than $275 for the emergency medical service fund at last week's bake sale. They had a sellout.
Labor Day weekend is just ahead. In years past, this meant the end of the summer holidays and the beginning of the school year. It does generally mark the transition to fall and cooler weather, but no longer starts the school year, at least locally.
This season has gone by too fast but thankfully, because of the rainy season, the danger of forest fires has diminished for the time being.
The Justice McNeeley benefit on tap for Saturday at Sidewinders Saloon in Pine promises to be a day of fun and enjoyment for all.
After winning three of six AllStar Bass Summer Nights qualifying tournaments and finishing third in another, the Rim country team of Clifford Pirch and Ty Goodman tied for sixth in the championship finale Aug. 21-22 at Apache Lake.
The final of seven Arizona Game and Fish public meetings to study ways to protect resident hunting opportunities is Aug. 27 in Kingman. The meetings began Aug. 18 in Pinetop.
Had Kato Cly sunk his ace 12 holes earlier in the 8th Annual Pioneer Title Golf Tournament, he'd now be $25,000 richer.
The 2004 volleyball season begins at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 27, in Wilson Dome where the Lady Longhorns take on the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets in a controlled scrimmage.
With only one returning letter-winner on the roster, Payson High School golf coach Bret Morse faces the challenge of building on the team's winning tradition with mostly untested players.
Kimberly Rocca has room for a dozen students at Kimberly's Studio. The piano teacher is now accepting clients who are either new to the instrument or have intermediate-level skills.
Tiger Cleaning Service opened in the Rim country in June, right in the middle of the Willow Fire.
Re: Handicapped parking -- In response to "Senior parking signs at Wal-Mart," I am a senior citizen who uses the handicapped parking wherever available ...
Q: With this rodeo and others, there is a truck that travels around town towing a jail-like trailer with people inside -- isn't that against the law?
During a recent visit to San Diego, I had the opportunity to read a copy of the MP Military Press Newspaper , Volume 27, Issue 10, Aug. 15, 2004. One brief article in particular caught my attention, and I would like to share it with the Payson Roundup readers.
Here is a ‘Top 10' list of political flip-flopping --With all of the rhetoric flying about, it's amazing that the press hasn't kept track of the flip-flops on issues that George W Bush has made since he was became president.
Why is it so difficult for the dog lovers of Payson to accept the fact that if Grant Kuenzli had not broken the law in the first place his dogs would have been leashed.
In response to Mr. Otis Trimble's comments about the "lynch mob" that is after Harold Fish:
First, I must say what an extreme pleasure it is to write this letter in support of Dan Haapala.
Subject: Your ad "Testicle Festival" from the casino.
This is an open letter to the community: The white crosses on "Memorial Hill" (facing Beeline Highway) have raised community interest and inquiry. Here is some requested information:
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which trains volunteers in disaster preparedness and response, is a gift to our community.
LeRoy Dee Horton, 73, of Pine, died Aug. 22, 2004.
Carrie E. Cook, 91, of Payson, died Aug. 23, 2004.
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
Members of the Payson Town Council are faced with a big dilemma that's not of their making. How do you balance a shrinking, known available groundwater supply during a long-term period of drought against the economic realities of a growth economy with a very strong and active home-building element? The question is complex and so is the answer. To really understand the issues we need to take a closer look.
Everyone participating in the parade for the 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo deserves the community's thanks for making the festivities all the more fun.
A former educator and school administrator, Linda O'Dell is seeking the office of Gila County School Superintendent.
Armida Bittner has served as Gila County's Superintendent of Schools since 1988. She was first appointed to the post in March 1988, then elected to it in November. She would like to keep the job.
Bob Donahue of Cornville in the Verde Valley, is one of two Democrats vying to challenge District 1 Congressman Rick Renzi. Paul Babbitt of Flagstaff is the other Democrat courting the voters for a shot at Washington, D.C.
John Crockett grew up spending half of his time in Flagstaff, and says that he is "very aware" of District 1 issues.
Paul Babbitt came to Flagstaff when he was 3 years old. Now he wants to be one of Arizona's congressman.
Roger Kreimeyer looks at the recent hurricane devastation in Florida and thinks of Payson. Disaster can strike anywhere.
Former "NYPD Blue" star Rick Schroder and the Tonto Apache Tribe are teaming up to bring the movie "Black Cloud" to audiences around the nation.
A $21 million proposal to develop the Payson Event Center could bring the town a new amphitheatre, conference center, hotel and a cover for the current rodeo facility.
Watch six of the bull rides from the Saturday afternoon performance of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson, Arizona. Can you spot the hometown cowboy?
Payson's water quality specialist says the average Rim country resident can double the amount of rainwater that percolates into the ground through rainwater harvesting -- and she's helping develop a program that encourages residents to do just that.
The Payson Roundup presents a collection of photographs and memories from the 2004 August rodeo and parade in Payson, Arizona.
The sight of a young bull stumbling and breaking a leg sent shrieks and gasps through the crowd of onlookers at the Aug. 21 performance of the 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. As bad as the freak accident first appeared, the bull is now on the mend in a pen in Alamosa, Colo.
Tuesday, August 24
IN THE KITCHEN
Planning and preparing things in advance can lighten the load and make tailgating at the home game fun and relaxing.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
With a subdivision moratorium looming just over the horizon, the town of Payson will soon have to find a new way or two to raise more revenue.
The August Doin's are over for this year, but planning for next year has already started. That's how it's been for the past 120 years.
When the twilight air is very still you can sometimes hear it: the crack of colliding shoulder pads as the young warriors of the purple and gold crash into one another preparing for battle. It's football season, so that means it's tailgating time.
Monday, August 23
The U.S. Olympic basketball team might be young and talented, but it's painfully obvious after two losses in the preliminary round that the players haven't learned the team principles it takes to be successful.
It wasn't the game-like conditions Longhorn football coaches were hoping for, but the Aug. 20 intrasquad scrimmage at Payson High School gave coaches an opportunity to preview their players.
Golfer John Waring will be clearing a place on his mantel for the trophy he won as the Payson Men's Golf Association Club champion.
The trio of Alesha Huddlestun, Sarah Agnes and Shanna Coleman are being counted on to lead the Lady Longhorn cross country team into the fall campaign.
Arizona State University signal caller Andrew Walter has fired up the hopes of Sun Devil fans that he's the player who can lead the team to new PAC-10 heights.
The monumental task facing cross country coach Chuck Hardt is finding replacements for "The Four Amigos" who graduated with the class of 2004.
Dorthella Randall Toot, 92, died Aug. 18, 2004 in Payson.
William Steward Sr., 76, of Ravena, N.Y., died Aug. 19, 2004.
Cecelia Shimer, 85, of Payson, died Aug. 19, 2004.
Q: What's happening with the proposal to bring water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir to Payson? What is the plan for delivery? Pump it down the East Verde and pipe it out close to town or build a whole new pipeline from the reservoir?
Re: The unlawful use of so-called weed-killers and insecticides. The continued use of these poisons are creating a hazard for children and wildlife, especially the birds and small rodents like chipmunks, squirrels, and others.
I would hope that as the voters look at the candidates for Supervisor of District I, that they check closely for the qualities that Dan Haapala would bring to the office.
I want to express my support for Dan Haapala for Gila County Supervisor District 1.
Your editorial was "right on." My wife and I attended the "water" meeting about two weeks or so ago.
Please, a comment about Roundup's Aug. 17 mail call. Letter writer Otis M. Trimble and I are almost always in agreement. Not this time, Otis.
Re: Otis Trimble's letter to the editor concerning Grant Kuenzli's tragic death.
In response to, Mr. Otis M. Trimble's letter of Aug. 17. -- Yes, Mr. Trimble, I am a "newcomer"; Grant Kuenzli was a newcomer and I suppose at one time you too, were a newcomer. That sir does not take away our rights to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Following a high-profile and dramatic roundup of some of Payson's suspected drug pushers Thursday morning, some attributed the effort to the upcoming sheriff's election.
Five people suspected of dealing drugs were arrested Thursday when teams of officers served arrest warrants in an operation dubbed Payson Street Sweeper.
Don't expect your typical gilded-shovel ceremony when the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation breaks ground for a full-scale replica of the cabin where the legendary western novelist wrote many of his stories of the Old West.
Pine may have a new 60-space RV park within the next couple of years.
Only seconds after calculating the total pay-off late Sunday afternoon of the 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, arena secretary Karen Kissel knew the event had been a success.
The Payson Town Council will provide its input on the proposed final draft of the Focused Future II plan at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday evening.
FOCUS ON PETS
Nicky is one lucky little girl. She was picked up as a stray and brought to the Payson Humane Society at the tender age of four months. An eye wound required surgery and she needed to be spayed, so she was not available for adoption for several weeks.
When Kathy Morgan joined the staff of the Payson Public Library on July 1 she fulfilled a dream she has had since she was in high school.
You don't have to be around them very long to see that big brother David and little brother Daniel enjoy one another's company.
Cameron Udall, a 33-year-old Democrat running for the District 5 State Senate seat, has little trouble identifying the issues that trouble her.
If there is a patriarch of rural, small-town Arizona politics, it's Jake Flake, R-Snowflake.
Karessa Armstrong competes in a Yu-Gi-Oh card tournament at Green Valley Park.
Congressman Rick Renzi joined Republicans at Rumsey Park for a mini-rally after the rodeo parade Saturday.
Name: Bruce Haught
Students interested in participating in a nine-day tour of Ireland in June are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) in the community room at Gila Community College.
A red maple tree has been planted at Frontier Elementary School in honor of teacher Cindy Chovich.
Thursday, August 19
As lawyers in the trail-side shooting of a Payson man gear up for trial, the relevance of victim's personal life is coming before the court. Attorneys told the judge Monday what motions they expect to put before the court, including those seeking to include and exclude personal information about the man shot to death by defendant Harold Fish of Glendale.
Defending PRCA World Bareback Riding Champion Will Lowe will be among the nationally recognized cowboys competing in the 120th annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Lowe, of Canyon, Texas, wrapped up the 2003 season with a PRCA record $188,247.
Rodeos are for cows, horses and an occasional monkey. For other animals, there's Payson's "People & Their Amazing Animals & Talent Show." The competition, sponsored by Purina Mills, takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Payson Feed & Pet Supply, 101 W. Aero Dr
Quinn Cremer has been named the new manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Payson. Cremer, who has more than 15 years of experience, began his duties on July 24.
Question: How can I use the Internet in my business? Answer: Last time we discussed setting up the website. Here are some guidelines for designing your site.
John Bittner has raised goats for years, but only last year did he begin to fulfill one of his life-long dreams -- making and selling goat's milk fudge at a commercial level.
A lot of earth has been moved on the grounds of the Tonto Apache Tribe's reservation near the Mazatzal Casino.
The new Payson Town Council has been seated for over two months now -- long enough to form some preliminary judgments about its effectiveness and direction.
Q: Awhile back there was talk about putting flashing lights at the school zones and using them only while school was in session to caution drivers. Will those still be installed and who will be responsible for them?
Our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who has been so kind and thoughtful since the death of our beloved husband and father, Nick Oliver.
As I predicted earlier, the new water rules make for bad neighbor relations. A cardinal rule for peace is that neighbors do not spy on one another except for serious, life-threatening matters, like domestic disturbances or fire in their roofs.
The ad you accepted on page 11A of Friday's paper is full of untruth and there should be a full retraction of that ad.
I'm writing to the residents of the Christopher Kohl's Fire District so that they may be better informed concerning the proposed recall of our fire board.
I am a volunteer for the Christopher Kohl's Fire Department and have attended board meeting for many years. I was outraged by an advertisement in the Roundup on Aug. 6 placed by Greg Bownds.
It seems as of late there has been much discussion on the subject of Fahrenheit 9/11 and what to call it -- propaganda or documentary?
I would not pay one penny nor give one minute of my time to see "Fahrenheit 9/11." This film was produced by a talented man who used his considerable skills to produce a propaganda movie slandering America at home and abroad.
An article in a recent edition of the Roundup said research indicates Payson needs public transportation. May I offer a suggestion:
How pleasant it has been being at Pine Strawberry School as a visitor, as a volunteer and as a substitute teacher in the Junior High.
I stayed two years at the Rye Trailer Park. I have macular degeneration and can barely see my feet. To eat my evening meal, I had to walk up to the steak house. The entrance was full of broken boards. Invariably, I would trip. I had some bad falls.
I would like to speak up in support of Mr. Walker and his attempt to enforce the water conservation rules. I spent several years as the wife of a director of public works in other cities and Mr. Haggit's letter brought back stressful memories, quite clearly.
In the Friday, Aug. 13 Roundup, Payson Boy Scout leader Dan Hill detailed the first four days of an 11-day patriotic pilgrimage back east with eight Eagle Scouts and two Boy Scouts. The following is the rest of the scouts' adventures.
Florence W. Reim, 93, of Payson, died July 28, 2004 in Gold Canyon, Ariz. She was born Sept. 14, 1910.
Hansel Paul Pyatt, 78, of Tonto Basin, died Aug. 17, 2004 in Phoenix. He was born Jan. 22, 1926 in Boss, Mo. and moved to Arizona in 1957.
Dorothy Peacock, 83, of Payson, died Aug. 15, 2004. She was born March 7, 1921 in Atoka, Okla.
Paul and Beverly Bastow celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this summer with a tour of Australia and New Zealand. They were married Aug. 20, 1944.
TONTO VILLAGE NEWS
If anyone was driving along Highway 260 near milepost 263 last Friday about 2:30 p.m., you were most likely stopped because of a fire along the roadside.
Discover Scuba is a course offered through Payson Parks and Recreation, is designed to introduce the basics of scuba diving to children and adults. Mike Wicks of Rim Country Divers is a master scuba diver trainer and offers certification instruction and organized dives.
It is impossible to believe that August and summer are about over. But my wood is all stacked and I guess I am ready. There are lots of activities planned for the Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned for more information about them. The shops and restaurants will be open and waiting for your visit.
CHRISTOPHER CREEK NEWS
For years now, I have been writing about how charming the wildlife are in Christopher Creek. We are so fortunate to live in an area that has an abundance of different kinds of wildlife.
Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer was on hand to encourage participants at the third annual Bowl For Kids Sake bowl-a-thon for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gila County. Meet Cory, Nick and Jessica, three children looking for a Big Brother/Big Sister.
See what's new from Payson Parks and Recreation. Acivities include: Barrel and pole bending, a visit to Kartchner Caverns, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol,Flag Football,3-on-3 Hoop Tournament, 4-on-4 Co-ed Volleyball Tournament, Home Run Derby and Drop-In Tennis Doubles.
Prospective boys and girls soccer players are invited to participate in free weight training 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the boys weight room in old Payson High School gymnasium. Longhorns boys soccer coach Roger Wholly will supervise the sessions.
Rim Country Middle School athletic director Yvette Harpe has released fall schedules for the seventh- and eighth-grade football and softball teams.
The Tonto Apaches and the Mazatzal Casino will honor one of the tribe's most accomplished members at the Second Annual Melton "Chief" Campbell Memorial Golf Shoot-out.
There are a couple of other items on tap this weekend, besides the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo-n Arizona State University football intrasquad scrimmage and a Payson High School scrimmage.
The race for Gila County's District 3 supervisor is wide open. With no incumbent seeking re-election, six contenders are vying for voter favor.
Terry Wheeler's business experience has taken him around the world and introduced him to many diverse cultures, but he's most comfortable when he's working with rural people, he said.
Ted Thayer asks himself a daily question: What have you done today to make a difference? Thayer is hoping to answer that question by winning the election for the District 3 Gila County Board of Supervisors.
Bob Mounce believes that all citizens have a right to present their concerns about county government and offer suggestions. Thus, if he wins his campaign for the District 3 Gila County Board of Supervisors, he will maintain an open-door policy for all citizens.
As one of many candidates vying for the District 3 seat on the Gila County Board of Supervisors, Bill Fogle stands out
Shirley Dawson believes her history of service makes her a prime candidate to be one of the next Gila County supervisors.
A flash flood roared through Jake's Corner about 4 p.m. Wednesday, washing a 24-foot mobile home and four storage sheds down Hardt Creek. Brian Marshall, a Jake's Corner resident, was at home when heavy monsoon rains triggered the flooding.
The driver of a cement truck lost control and overturned seven miles north of Payson on Highway 87 Friday morning. The cement company, not taxpayers, is required to pay for clean up efforts and provide traffic control.
Overloaded fourth-grade classrooms at Julia Randall Elementary School have parents, teachers and administrators at Julia Randall Elementary scrambling to find answers.
Wednesday, August 18
Stake your claim to 120 years of Western heritage and take part in the festivities of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. The big event is Aug. 20-22, but Rodeo Week in the Rim country starts Saturday, Aug. 14 when the Rodeo Jail Committee and friends start selling rodeo buttons.
The 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo comes to the Payson Event Center Thursday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 22. Each performance will include a special appearance by the 2003 PRCA Entertainer of the Year, Tommy Lucia, featuring Whiplash, the Cowboy Monkey and In His Glory, the Super Horse.
Tuesday, August 17
When a lot of cowboys get injured, they try to "Cowboy Up" -- they try to tough it out.
Cooks in the Rim country, like most of our mothers and grandmothers, rarely used a recipe to fix a meal. They had been taught the steps by their mothers, and years of practice made measuring and mixing and timing almost second nature.
There was a time when horses knew their place -- when man's best hooved friend and loyal rodeo partner was more than happy to play the sidekick and straight man.
Ashley McClellan, 23, has been in bullfighting for nine years. He knows what it takes to be a successful bullfighter.
Thanks to five national sponsors and seven local partnerships, the Payson Rodeo is able to produce one of the finest small-town rodeos in America.
When the Honeycutt Rodeo Company arrives in the Rim country to stage the Payson Rodeo --s it's done for more than two decades --ans can be assured the Colorado stock contractor will have in tow some of the finest roughstock in the sport.
If you get rounded up by a "purty gal" in flashy fashions, just grin and bear it and haul out your wallet: You're on your way to the Rodeo Jail.
"How the West was fun" is the theme of this year's August Doin's rodeo parade on Saturday, Aug. 21.
Strap on your boots. It's rodeo time.
A WORD FROM THE MAYOR
Rodeo fans, As you may know, Payson is where rodeo began. We have the distinction of hosting the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo and this year, we will be hosting the 120th rodeo Aug. 20-22 at the Payson Event Center.
Two rodeo queens will be in town for the 120th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo: Miss Rodeo Arizona and the Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Queen.
Monday, August 16
Rodney and Gail Dahlman of Payson are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Erin Dahlman to Jimmy Fitt, son of Gary Fitt from Flagstaff, on July 10, 2004.
With fingers etched by a lifetime of labor, two Apache women sat under an oak tree on Main Street and patiently gathered tiny bits of tribal tradition.
A Tempe woman was injured at Roosevelt Lake Friday trying to exit her boat at the Cholla Bay boat ramp.
The concrete block foundations being constructed at several locations along Highway 87 are not bus stops, both Payson and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials insist.
Maggie, Sheba and Hank -- the three dogs who were with Grant Kuenzli when he was shot and killed -- have been released by the Coconino County Attorney's Office and have been placed in new homes, according to a reliable source.
Another Tyler Parkway subdivision was denied Thursday evening, falling 7-0 at the hands of a town council that has suddenly turned feisty as town growth catches up with known water supplies.
David Glen Maxwell, 65, of Mesa, was killed Aug. 7 when his motorcycle went off an embankment east of Star Valley.
It's Rodeo Week in Payson. The competition is fierce, but there's fun to match -- and good works.
In this land of mostly Republicans, Connie Bullock is the consummate Republican.
FOCUS ON PETS
This column will be made up of tidbits of information gathered from a variety of sources. Some fun dog events are coming up that you certainly will not want to miss.
The senior members of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team are opening their final prep campaign with the determination and confidence that can only be found in a veteran group of seasoned athletes.
It was the ace that no one saw.
Payson High School sophomore Margaret Hargett and former Rim Country Middle School student Brady Ellison now know the responsibilities that go along with being a member of a team representing the U.S.A.
The town-sponsored fall coed softball program could fall by the wayside if more teams do not register by the 5 p.m. Aug. 20 deadline.
Payson High School football coach Jerry Rhoades has been suspended from both his teaching and coaching responsibilities for five days.
It took a good deal of community support for Margaret Hargett to make the trip to the Junior World Outdoor Championships in Lilleshall, England.
The heart of this old teacher and coach, like those of many others, skipped more than a few beats Thursday afternoon at the funeral of Garrett Quotskuyva.
According to Dr. Lorraine Day, MD, 50 years ago the U.S. was 18th in health (in a list of 79 nations). Today, among 79 nations, the U.S. is 79th!
As progress proceeds on what I consider to be the legalized lynching of "trail rage" shooter Harold Fish, I think it is important for at least one resident to make it clear that not everyone in the Rim country has been infected by the modern-day lynch mob virus spread by newcomer John McCauley and others.
Re: the Payson People article about Mark Reza (Aug. 3 Roundup). There are some stirring comments in this article that I think warrant a response. Most disturbing is the following characterization by Reza, "Democrats look at rural Arizona for its majesty and beauty ... Republicans look at the Grand Canyon and think, landfill."
If an outsider is permitted to voice an opinion, I would like to respond to the "How do your political candidates stack up?" of Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, and Ms. Freeman's questions Aug. 8, 2004.
I have an album of Christian songs by Elvis Presley (CDs). What a joy just to sit and listen to his mellow voice and absorb the messages that are in these songs.
Q: Where did the name "Rumsey Park" come from? How was it decided to name the town park "Rumsey Park"?
The Time Out Shelter is preparing for the big fund-raiser of the year -- "Jamaica me crazy!" -- a banquet and auction at Chaparral Pines clubhouse. The fun begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12.
Republican John McCain was first elected to Congress in 1982, representing the first congressional district of Arizona. In 1986 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, taking the place of Sen. Barry Goldwater. McCain is currently the senior senator from Arizona.
Ernest Hancock has been a Libertarian activist since the early 1990s. He has run for the state legislature, the secretary of state and the U.S. Congress. This year will mark his first race for the U.S. Senate, but that doesn't mean he cares about winning.
Democrat Stuart Starky is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent John McCain. He said he hopes voters will look for someone who wants the job.
Jose "Joe" Sanchez said Gila County needs experience on its board of supervisors, and he's just the man for the job.
Danny Michaels wants to be the public official that brings partnerships to life within Gila County.
Ernest Valdez has several qualities that make him a good elected official, but one that stands out is his life experience.
What ever happened to whistling? I seldom hear anyone whistling any more. Way back when I was a child, my best friend and I had our own whistle by which we signaled each other, and to this day I remember and can still whistle it. I wonder if she can, too?
Richard Thomas Freeman, 78, died Aug. 14, 2004 at the hospice house in Payson.
Walter Johansen, 83, died Aug. 7, 2004.
Carl R. Lundblad, Sr., 86, of Payson, died Aug. 12, 2004 in Payson.
C. R. "Bob" Stephenson, 75, of Payson, died Aug. 14, 2004 in Payson.
Harriet Westby, 46, of Payson, died Aug. 12, 2004 in Payson.
Five Teacher Education Grant Awards valued at $500 each were doled out by the Payson Rotary Club at its annual Teachers and Staff recognition dinner Aug. 11 at Rumsey Park.
There are a variety of alternatives for teenagers who find it almost impossible to succeed in the traditional high school classroom.
Name: Nicole Ward
Thursday, August 12
The Payson Water Department received a call on a Tuesday from a customer in Payson Ranchos subdivision that the people at 500 W. Arabian Way routinely watered their yard on the wrong day and at the wrong times.
On a Monday, my timer for the watering system went bad. I replaced it and on Tuesday reprogrammed it. It has a two-minute test to make sure everything is programmed right. I ran this test for two minutes and it turned off. I went to my shop and then back to my front porch, and in that period of time Buzz Walker came to our home and spoke to my wife about me using water on a day I was not supposed to.
What I would like to know is why the Town of Payson put up a sign that says "Historical Main Street" and then they change Main Street by rebuilding buildings.
Councilman Robert Henley's letter of Aug. 6, in a style that characterizes so much political discourse today, is long on allegations of "inaccuracies", "mischaracterization", "bias", "misrepresentations", etc., but is singularly lacking in specifics. If blowing smoke were the measure of a man, Henley's diatribe ranks right up there with the Marlboro Man. Let me respond to his key points, such as they are:
Stake your claim to 120 years of Western heritage and take part in the festivities of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
A surge of telephone scams is hitting Rim country, according to Gila County Sheriff's Det. George Ratliff.
John Armer, the Democratic incumbent for Gila County sheriff, said he has kept the promises he made to residents four years ago.
Ballots for the recall election are being mailed to voters in the Christopher-Kohl's Fire District Friday, but the word "recall" is not part of the ballot question, according to Dixie Mundy, elections director for Gila County.
Gila Community College will soon receive about one-half of the $1 million-plus that was erroneously withheld by the state for out-of-county tuition reimbursements.
A group of hardy history buffs is out looking for the places Zane Grey wrote about in his famous Western novels. The dentist-turned-novelist penned 56 Westerns, setting 24 in Arizona and 12 in the Rim country. In them he either provides specific information about various settings or leaves enough clues for Don Wolfe and the rest of his group to try and follow.
On June 30, 10 young men from Payson joined Dan and Rose Hill on a patriotic pilgrimage to Washington D.C., Valley Forge and Gettysburg, Pa., and New York.
Pine Water Company customers will pay more for water beginning Sept. 1 following approval of a rate increase by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC).
Two women have been arrested in connection with the November 2003 theft at the old Whiting gas station.
The Willow Fire is fast becoming just another summer memory, but the planes and crews of firefighters are still at work.
Payson and the Rim country recently hosted a total of 42 crew members from a Japanese film company for the production of a commercial, according to the latest edition of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce newsletter.
As a young mother with her hands full taking care of a new baby and a toddler, Cheryl Asuhbrenner said she couldn't drag her children to the Valley to shop.
It's the 50th Anniversary of John and Rosemary Tharp.
Charles "Charley" Oren Grover, Jr., 72, died Aug. 8, 2004.
Evan Aaron Griffith, 23, died Aug. 4, 2004 in Phoenix.
Willa Grace (Blackburn) Baxter died July 3, 2004 at Salem Township Hospital.
Roosevelt Lake Marina officials announced today that recent media reports expressing low water levels at the lake are misinforming the public into thinking the lake is barren.
Pine and Strawberry are getting promising clouds and thunder daily but then only sprinkles. Payson must be getting all the showers. We need a lot more rain. A whole rainy day would be wonderful, a day to stay home, read a good book and clean out a closet. What could be better than sitting on a covered deck and watching it rain?
Tonto Village is gearing up for the last big celebration of summer with the organizing of the Labor Day Bash by the Tonto Village Fire Sirens Auxiliary.
Some Valley visitors to our area expressed concerns about mosquitoes. They were concerned about being outside in the evenings.
The new NFL flag football youth program to be sponsored by the parks and recreation department will now play games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays.
Visitors to Camp Tontozona will notice the Arizona State University retreat has received a facelift.
The Rim Country Middle School Mavericks are gearing up for what they hope will be highly successful football, softball and cross country seasons.
As the smallest school in the 4A conference, Longhorn teams sometimes find themselves battling opponents with student bodies twice the size of PHS.
It could be out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Payson High School football team.
Q: Some time ago the paper said a traffic light was to be installed at the corner of Beeline Highway and Airport Road and the Goodyear store would have to pay for it -- granted Goodyear did not open, but Fletcher's did -- what happened?
I was amused Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., in the rain, trying to make a left-hand turn at the Wal-Mart intersection.
I have a few questions about the gun-toting vigilante who tried to make the citizen's arrest last week.
This is America and anyone has the right to walk into a newspaper and place an advertisement. However, it is a sad day when a person feels the need to be deceitful, play on words, and by false pretense try to influence people.
There is currently under way an important election in the Christopher-Kohls Fire District. A member of the current Fire Board is facing a recall election.
In answer to Larry Brophy's letter about "Fahrenheit 9/11" being a "must see" -- he needs to apply some caution before he follows this great leader, Michael Moore, off the cliff.
I was somewhat amused by the letter to the editor encouraging voters to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" before they vote.
Mark Reza sounds like a really fine gentleman. Anyone whoseream vacation spot is Lugano, Switzerland, has to have some things right.
Tuesday, August 10
Join 300 of your friends at Rim Country Lanes Sunday, Aug. 15 and help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gila County raise money for fun.
During my growing up years and beyond there was some trash talk every summer between Payson and Prescott as to who had the oldest rodeo. One summer, I asked my dad about it and he told me that I should talk to my Aunt Rose Childers.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Some time ago I lamented the difficulty of belonging to several Rim country minorities, specifically being a non-spitting, left-handed Democrat.
IN THE KITCHEN
Ground beef really is a winner. It's perfect for family meals, beloved both by kids and adults alike.
Monday, August 9
As regards Russ Krieger's letter to editor in your issue of July 20, his thoughts on the federal government's bad management of public lands is quite correct. I disagree with him on the solution of having the feds auction off the land.
Re: Handicapped parking -- I cannot believe someone has a vendetta against our senior citizens. My mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, people I do work for, waitresses and people my kids look up to are seniors ...
Levi Lomeland, one of the finest high school cross country runners in the state, and Cynthia Pool, a triathlete who just moved to Tonto Basin from Pennsylvania, won the men's and women's championships of the Monsoon 5K.
Arizona is now one of the few states to have a high school football hall of fame, thanks to sponsors Phoenix Metro Football Magazine and JK Communications and Construction.
Nationally recognized horse trainer Steve Sikora could be returning to the Rim country.
Joyce Karnes posted a 26.5 card to win the flight A championship of a Payson Women's Golf Association tournament Aug. 3 at Payson Golf Course. Laura Meyocks took second in the flight with a 27.5.
Rim country football fans hoping for a sneak peak at the Arizona Cardinals have about two more weeks before the team breaks camp in Flagstaff.
In 1994, I coached the first eighth-grade football team at Rim Country Middle School.
Faith Ann Buchholz, 54, of Strawberry, died Aug. 3, 2004.
Garrett Leon Quotskuyva, 20, of the Tonto Apache Reservation, died Aug. 2, 2004 in Payson.
Brooklyn Marie Lamb was born at 7:07 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2004 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
The study of pre-history and archaeology assumed a hands-on approach Aug. 6 in the classrooms of Payson High School teachers Kathleen Alexander-Young and Kenny Hayes.
Name: Michelle S. Gibbar
It amazes me that some folks don't seem to care what happens to either the earth or its inhabitants. We're living in a very important time. It's critical that we step back, look at what's happening today and think for a moment what kind of a world we want to live in tomorrow.
I read with interest the article about the Hevelone's grandson, Adam Tyler, being a member of the U.S. Navy Band -- performing at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. It was in the column Military Brief.
I am writing to clarify misinformation included in previous Payson Roundup articles. These quoted misunderstandings on the part of Mr. Lionel Martinez do not lend themselves toward a resolution for Gila County Community College.
The Payson Public Library Summer Reading Program was outstanding again this year. The theme was "Plant a Seed ... Read!"
In the Roundup issue of Nov. 15, 2002, a very interesting article appeared, entitled "Retirees key to region's economic stability." This article was based on an economic study of rural Arizona. Quoting a few pertinent facts from this study as follows:
Don Castleman's July 30 Roundup letter describes America's problem of moral decay. This letter concerns the problem of fire hazard in the West. Both of these problems have a common thread. The American Constitution describes the powers of government, its organization and limitations on the described powers. The preamble of the Constitution states one of its purposes is the promotion of the general welfare.
Wildlife biologist Mary Gilbert is amazed at how many people intentionally run over tarantulas and lizards crossing Rim country roads. "Please don't try to run over them," said Gilbert, wildlife specialist for the Payson Ranger District. "I can't tell you how many times I've seen this."
There will be no weekly in-services in the Payson Unified School District. At least not this year.
Robert Samarippas, former co-owner and operator of the Samarippas Center, which provides day care for developmentally disabled children and adults, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison as a result of an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault of a woman in his care.
While several communities smaller than Payson offer public transportation, Payson does not -- despite the fact that Payson has more seniors, one of the groups most likely to utilize public transit.
Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 13 minutes the disease claims another life.
Yet another Tyler Parkway subdivision issue has landed before the Payson Town Council.
The political season is heating up in the Rim country, as evidenced by an advertisement that appeared on page 11A in the Aug. 6 Roundup. That ad has generated much confusion among residents of the Christopher/Kohl's Fire District. The ad suggests that voters in the fire district recall the present board and vote in two candidates, Don Weesner and Brian Crandall. One of the candidates, however, won't be on the ballot.
After a month-long wait, political activists and curious moviegoers alike can finally see Michael Moore's controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" in Payson.
Northern Gila County Republicans have several choices to make in the primary election. They also have an opportunity to create a strong presence for the Rim country in Globe since most of the GOP candidates for county office are from this area.
Minnie Jepson claims that the secret to long life is garlic. Garlic sandwiches.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has extended its deadline for applications for the 13th home it will build in the Rim country.
A trio of local businessmenhose companies rely heavily on trucking are doing more than their fair share to ensure highways remain safe.
As Arizonans work to protect their families from the West Nile virus, veterinarians hope you don't forget to vaccinate your horse.
The parishioners of St. Philip's Catholic Church are welcoming the arrival of John F. Emanuel, who comes from Wilcox, Ariz. Emanuel replaces Father Joe Krause who retired due to health reasons.
FOCUS ON PETS
With school back in session and cooler weather ahead, it seems like a good time to talk about doggie or kitty doors.
It came as little surprise to most of us when Mark Hacking confessed to murdering his wife last week. Most Americans believe Scott Peterson killed Laci and O.J. killed Nicole.
I am writing in response to the ad in last Friday's Payson Roundup on page 11A from the Christopher/Kohl's Volunteer Fire Fighter's Association. This group of people was formally known as The Christopher Creek Coalition.
I wish ADOT would install a No U-turn sign at the intersection of Manzanita and 260 before someone is seriously injured, or killed, in an accident. In addition to the possibility of that happening, this can be a real pain for drivers using the left-turn arrow.
Have you seen "Fahrenheit 9/11" yet? Although this movie shows only one side of the story of Presidents Bush No. 41 and No. 43, it's a side that very few people have ever seen.
I am writing to provide information on the town's airport hangar project.
Sunday, August 8
Officials from the Payson Water Department painted a bleak picture for the town council Thursday, reporting that within the next five years, the department will not be able to meet peak water demands in the summer months if development and drought continue.
Friday, August 6
In order to bring people and pets together, PAWS in the Park and the Payson Humane Society will sponsor Pups on Parade from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 7 in the Off-Leash Dog Park on North McLane Rd. across from the library.
Thursday, August 5
The PWGA Nine Hole group held their monthly meeting July 29 at Crosswinds restaurant to announce the month's tournament winners.
Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association hooked up with their PWGA counterparts to lock horns in a mixer tournament July 30 at Payson Golf course.
If Hunter Hardt's shooting heats up during the basketball season, it will be due to former NBA star Eddie Johnson.
Monsoons and the Willow Fire took its toll on the 2004 Summer Barrel Race and Pole Bending Series.
August is a mellow fellow -- laid back and leisurely, made for sitting and taking it easy, waiting for the cooler days of fall to arrive. It's a time to savor the harvest from our fields and gardens -- watermelon, sweet corn, tomatoes just off the vine, and, of course, that most prolific of vegetables, zucchini.
SSG Scott G. Alexander, son of Payson residents Tom and Judy Alexander, returned from a 15-month deployment in Iraq.
Tya and Cade DeSpain and Mikey Moody of Payson are proud to announce the blending of their families with the marriage of their parents Tauna DeSpain and Scott Moody.
The children of Dean Pederson and Laura Elliott are pleased to announce their parents were united in marriage on July 10, 2004.
TONTO VILLAGE NEWS
Have you noticed that the berry bushes are starting to have ripe berries on them? On my walks around the village, there is a huge bush with wonderful blackberries just starting to ripen.
CHRISTOPHER CREEK NEWS
Christopher Creek residents need to be careful: There is a bear in the area.
It is August. Is that possible? It means that falling leaves, cool weather and firing up the woodstove cannot be far off. Two cords of wood for the winter were recently dumped in my driveway. The stacking is the tough part, but when that wood is all neatly stacked, it is truly a beautiful sight. I look forward to that first cool night.
Prudential Arrowhead Realty is in the national top 10 for contributions to The Sunshine Kids Foundation.
Cradled on the banks of Christopher Creek is a paradise of forest and meadow. The Village at Christopher Creek is a destination resort with seven fully furnished cabins on 28 private acres.
Friends and family of Mark Kile watched in anguish as the Rim country fishing professional narrowly missed making the second-day cut at the 34th Annual Citgo Bassmaster Classic in Charlotte, N.C.
After having a proposal for weekly teacher in-services tabled at the July 11 governing board meeting, Payson school administrators are gearing up to reintroduce it at the Aug. 9 meeting.
Payson residents will see a slight increase in property taxes to help fund a $34.7 million budget for 2004-2005. The final budget was approved at a special meeting of the Payson Town Council Thursday evening. When adjusted for expenditures approved by the voters and grants, the total is $30.2 million -- roughly the same as last year's budget.
The 2004 fire season is already the most devastating ever for the Payson Ranger District, officials say. While the total number of fires through Aug. 2 of this year is nine fewer than a year ago, the current season has exacted an exponentially larger toll in acres burned, Fire Prevention Officer Gary Roberts said.
The body found in Lower Round Valley Tuesday morning has been identified as 20-year-old Garrett Quotskuyva of the Tonto Apache Reservation.
A retired Valley police officer who thought he was witnessing fleeing bank robbers followed and detained a young couple at gunpoint, creating a chaotic situation on Mariposa Street Tuesday afternoon.
A goal of every good school district should be to provide its teachers time during the week throughout the school year for research, study, reflection and collaboration with fellow educators.
Thank you for a wonderful section on the Willow Fire. You and your staff did a marvelous job covering the fire from start to finish.
The family of Leon Carpenter would like to express their deep gratitude to everyone who gave their time and hard work that made saying goodbye to Leon forever memorable:
Jaden Brunson and Dale and Megan Struemke thank all the family and businesses that made the "American Coed Pageant" a reality for Jaden. The pageant was held July 31 at the Radisson Resort in Scottsdale.
I am responding to a letter of 8/3 questioning Senator Kerry's war record. The Republicans say his service was too short, then they say he exaggerated his exploits to get medals.hen they say he shouldn't have helped stop an unwinable war in Vietnam that was tearing the country apart.
The chairman of the Gila County Republican Party's recent submission to the Roundup's readers bemoaning the "Moral decaying of America" is most interesting. Interesting because his party's standard bearer, George W. Bush, has been out on the hustings this past weekend proclaiming that "results count."
I apologize for your being maligned by the letter to the editor labeling you "un-American." It was my close encounter of the worst kind that precipitated their scapegoating of the Payson Roundup and yourself.
"The moral decaying of America" (Don Castleman, July 31), by any measure, has to be the most pessimistic, fatalistic treatise I have encountered in some time. It suggests that we might as well find a corner, sit down, insert thumbs in mouths, whimper a lot, and just plain throw in the towel.
Many types of covert funding have been, and are being, used to try and attract business and industry to Payson using the long over-used philosophy that it will create more sales tax money to attend to the needs of the people.
When the Interfaith Alliance sent these five questions, to submit to the candidates, I was suddenly aware of our political climate of today.
The co-chair of the local lobby group again has chosen to use inaccuracies and mischaracterizations of events to criticize my actions. He also states I should have recused myself from a council vote. I am not sure which vote he thinks I should have recused myself from.
David William "Bill" Ogilvie Sr., 80, died Aug. 4, 2004, at his home on the U-Ranch in Cliff, N.M. An Arizona native, he was born Aug. 7, 1923 in Star Valley.
Opal J. Collins, 75, of Globe, died July 31, 2004 in Mesa. She was born Sept. 8, 1928 in Payson.
July 11, 2004, Chase Reed took second place in the nation in Speed Climbing (age category 14-15), at USA Climbing's National Difficulty & Speed Climbing Competition in Sacramento, Calif.
Upcoming events from Payson Parks and Recreation Department 1000 W. Country Club Drive at Green Valley Park • 928-474-5242 ext. 7
The sale of Longhorn sports posters by Summit Screen Print the past six years has generated more than $50,000 for the Payson High School sports program.
Wednesday, August 4
The Payson Town Council will attempt to come to grips with perhaps the most difficult issue it faces - how to reconcile growth and water supply - at the 5:30 p.m. council meeting tonight (Thursday) at Payson Town Hall.
It's called the Tuesday Night Ride, but it happens on Thursdays, and anyone is welcome to come.
Tuesday, August 3
Monsoon moisture has reduced the risk of fires, so the Rim country forests are once again open for recreation.
The Apaches living in the Tonto Basin area from about 1900 to 1930 were called "renegades" by the U.S. government because they would not live on the reservation at San Carlos. Most of them had been forced to the reservation starting in 1871 and had escaped, but a few had hidden from the Army and had never left their homeland which extended from the Mazatzals on the west, the Sierra Anchas on the east, the Mogollon Rim to the north, and what is now Roosevelt Lake to the south.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
As many of you know, new Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer also owns the Swiss Beauty Connection, which happens to be right next door to the Payson Roundup. For you conspiracy theorists, that can only mean one thing.
IN THE KITCHEN
School has resumed in the Rim country, but summer is still in full swing. While our monsoon weather cools things off some, the temperatures outside are still on the high side and simple tasks like preparing meals feel as monumental as climbing Mount Everest. A warm kitchen, with a hot stove, is the last place anyone wants to be.
Monday, August 2
Q: The fourth grade at Julia Randall Elementary School has 28 students in a class, while the lower grades have smaller classes. Are the teachers going to have enough time with the children or is another teacher going to be hired?
The new Rumsey Park basketball and sand volleyball courts will be christened Sept. 11 during the inaugural 3-on-3 Hoop and 4-on-4 Co-Ed Beach Volleyball tournaments.
Joyce Karnes played her way to the A flight championship of the Payson Women's Golf Association low-net tournament July 27 at Payson Golf Course. Karnes finished at 73.
Longhorn football practices began Monday for members of the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Mazatzal Casino for the inaugural Home Run Derby, Sept.12 on the Rumsey I ball field.
You'll save $5 if you hustle down this week to the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at Green Valley Park and register for the Monsoon 5K. The fee will be $15. For those who wait until the Aug. 7 race day, the fee is $20.
Ella Eloise (Lois) Jordan Hamlett, 64, died July 30, 2004.
Nicholas Charles "Nick" Oliver, 78, died July 29, 2004, at his home in Payson.
Catherine Wilma Williams, 88, of Payson, died July 30, 2004.
Friends, fellow teachers and family of Gloria Joe gathered Saturday evening Pine to honor one of Payson's most celebrated teachers.
Paysonsaking part in the launch of the new educational game, Diploma Dogs, offered for the first time from the Vision Center at the local Wal-Mart Super Center.
Michael Licavoli, of Pine, is the recipient of a prestigious scholarship providing him the opportunity to live and study in Japan.
In regard to Dick Wolfe's letter of July 23, opposing Bill Michales letter of July 20, I believe that some economic stability is needed to give jobs to the young people that live here. Payson had the lumber mill and that served the community well. That industry has been replaced by several light industries. These also serve the community well.
This letter is in response to Kim Resser regarding the "defiant" kids in Payson.
Rather than providing negative criticism about our youth today and their ability to perform well on state-mandated testing, we in Payson should volunteer our knowledge and services in our field of expertise with the schools.
Dear Mr. Fruth: I'm writing this letter to apologize to you for the trouble I caused you and your campaign members.
In a recent letter to the editor, the claim was made by an apparent representative of the Northern Gila County Democrats that the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas had done a 180-degree turn in the Linda Ronstadt flap and had invited her back.
"Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of naval operations in Vietnam, prophesied that John Kerry's career (in Vietnam) would come back to haunt him" (Investor's Business Daily, 5/24/04).
I read with interest your editorial Friday July 23 concerning a council member that you thought should recuse himself because of special interest.
It's unfortunate that Payson Councilman Robert Henley, an intelligent contributor to council proceedings in many respects, is ethically tone-deaf when it comes to the airport and his evident conflicts of interest.
A construction worker called Payson police early Thursday morning to report a car on fire down an embankment at the end of Rim Club Parkway. Police officers arrived to find an empty 1993 Oldsmobile fully engulfed. Payson firefighters put out the fire without incident.
Hollywood is coming to Payson, and locals have the opportunity to play extras in a film short that will be shot here later this week.
Property owners can expect to be paying higher county taxes next year.
Horseback riders discovered a badly decomposed body in lower Round Valley Monday morning. The nude body of a male was in a densely vegetated area about three miles down Gibson Ranch Road.
Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) touted his accomplishments to an audience of veterans Friday evening at the Best Western Inn of Payson.
The Payson Town Council will attempt to come to grips with perhaps the most difficult issue it faces - how to reconcile growth and water supply - at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Payson Town Hall.
Harold Fish, the 57-year-old retired teacher indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a local humane society volunteer, was arraigned Friday morning in Flagstaff.
After rocky greeting, half-day Thursdays back on board agenda
School administrators are doing their homework before representing a proposed weekly one-half day student release time to the Payson Unified School District governing board at its Aug. 9 meeting.
Just weeks after the last wisps of smoke have gone out, the U.S. Forest Service is beginning to rebuild in the Willow Fire area.
A new lifesaving device was recently installed at the Payson Athletic Club, and it could be coming to a store near you.
A June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has affected the sentencing of a local drug dealer, as well as many other criminal cases statewide.
Drive through just about any neighborhood in Payson and you will see it -- fruit trees so loaded with ripening fruit their branches are touching the ground.
This year's Democratic National Convention is the first Mark Reza has missed since 1968.
FOCUS ON PETS
Nutrition: 1, the act or process of nourishing or being nourished. 2. the process by which animals and plants take in and utilize food material. (Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary). Nutrients are the fuels in foods that provide energy, drive growth and repair damage. Dogs and cats have daily nutrient requirements which are necessary for sustaining life. To provide those essential nutrients, appropriate ingredients are selected according to their composition and the availability of the nutrients.
Payson's new hospice house was a busy place Saturday afternoon as hundreds of people attended an open house and ice cream social to get a closer look at the striking facility located at 511 S. Mud Springs Road next to Frontier Elementary School.
There has been a very significant shift in the way we communicate these days. Wireless, broadband, and others have changed the way we think about reaching out and communicating with someone. It's a very exciting time.
Sunday, August 1
The Payson Town Council will attempt to come to grips with perhaps the most difficult issue it faces - how to reconcile growth and water supply - at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Payson Town Hall.
The Gila County Republicans are sponsoring a forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, August 5 for the following candidates: