Stories for February 2004


Thursday, February 26

Quotskuyva sentenced to 7 years in prison

Waylon Quotskuyva, 19, was sentenced to seven years in the Arizona Department of Corrections Monday for his part in the beating of a man with a balpeen hammer and a separate incident involving sexual misconduct with a minor.

Evans triplets

Kye and Karen Evans are excited to announce three new additions to the family. Isabella Nicole, Olivia Paige and Emma Ryan were born Oct. 21, 2003 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

Yes, Breanne, there is a need for character

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, the Roundup published a short but poignant letter to the editor by eighth-grade student Breanne Standifird.

Neighbors should get involved in town cleanup

The people of the town of Payson should be very appreciative of Payson Town Council Vice Mayor Barbara Brewer, Judy Buettner, Dick Reese and Robert Henley.

Bonds may not be necessary for all projects

Last December, I wrote about an article that I read pertaining to Bonita Street East, that could have been done for $50,000 cost to the town. Another article that stated the council approved $70,000 for a study of American Gulch.

Town should resolve Doorstop noise issue

I was listening to KMOG's forum on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The guests were town manager Fred Carpenter and town councilman Bryan Siverson.

Sportsman's Expo a must for outdoors adventurers


It was another busy weekend for the Snyder family this past weekend.

More in store for PHS stars

All-region honors continue to flow for members of the Payson High School winter sports teams.

All eyes on Wilbanks vs. Pavelenko

A pair of Arizona's finest wrestlers -- Larry Wilbanks of Payson and Alex Pavelenko of Marcos de Niza -- will clash in the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star match tomorrow (Saturday) at Casa Grande High School.

Joy Lynn Pearce

Joy Lynn Pearce, 56, of Chandler, died Feb. 22, 2004.

Annabelle's has something for everyone

Annabelle's Antiques Accents and Accessories has wonderful combination of antique and modern pieces to make decorating a delight.

Payson restaurant chosen top small business in state

Mad Dawg's and Mel's restaurant and bar was chosen as a 2004 Success Award recipient by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network, after showing a tremendous increase in business last year.

Happy customer becomes distributor

Designing his home in Payson, Mike Meidroth wanted to incorporate the latest in technology. That included installing a tankless water heater from Japan, costing several thousand dollars.

Site feedback

Re: Artificial turf at town hall -- Some of your readers have made the excellent point that opinions should be backed by (verifiable) facts ...

True facts support buyout

After all the rhetoric is considered and the vote is in, this community will have made a choice, and the only difference is in who will benefit from the choice we make.

School volunteer exhibits true character

I am writing this letter to you in hope of recognizing a very important and special person in my personal life, and many others, mostly at Rim Country Middle School. Her name is Tawnya Allaire, and she is also like a second mother to me.

No one took Jesus' life

There's a lot of controversy over the Passion movie now showing. I think Spud Henry did a good job explaining that the Romans, not the Jews, actually crucified Jesus. This is not an "anti-Jew" movie.

Jesus died of a broken heart

After viewing "The Passion" with the vivid depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, it became apparent that questions would arise as to "Who killed Christ."

Wilson is truly ‘a reasonable voice'

Can we read one more letter of support in this March town election? We hope so, as we would like very much to recommend John Wilson for town councilman!

What's up?

Q: With the town assisting homeowners who want to retrofit their bathrooms with low flow toilets, is there a plan to help those who want to install constant on-demand water systems as well?

Dog killer still at large

John and Victoria Stataro are frustrated that the person who murdered their 14-year-old cocker spaniel, Lady Bug, has not been brought to justice.

Greetings, from Buzzards Bay


While this edition of the Roundup is being distributed onto driveways across the Rim country, I will be winging my way, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, back to Arizona from Massachusetts.

Ceremony planned for new Habitat home

Brush and weeds are falling under the blade to make way for Habitat for Humanity's 11th home in Payson.

Wilson: experience, character and leadership

We are pleased to endorse John Wilson for Payson Town Council.

Refreshing to hear children's views

I look forward to the opinions that are expressed in the letters to the editor in the Payson Roundup. I especially appreciate the opinions that are expressed from the middle school students.

Phyllis J. Hall

Phyllis June Hall, 74, of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2004.

Pettet's crew reports for duty

Veteran Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet and his players are staring at two huge obstacles.

Zumbro considers diamond options

Payson High School senior Brenna Zumbro is undecided on where she will take her softball-pitching act next season. She's been offered a full-ride scholarship to Southern New Hampshire University but declined.

Hashknife Pony Express rides again


The Hashknife Pony Express riders showed up in Christopher Creek Feb. 21 for an appreciation barbecue in their honor at Creekside.

'Long Rider' takes path less traveled

He calls himself a Long Rider, a nomad who treads the earth on a solitary equestrian journey of exploration and discovery.

Teachers placed on leave at RCMS

Three veteran teachers at Rim Country Middle School have been placed on administrative leave by Principal Frank Larby.

New town well shows promise

A promising new well the town is drilling on Northern Gila County Sanitary District property is proving troublesome, but town water resources geologist Mike Ploughe remains confident.

Tuesday, February 24

Lenten traditions in the kitchen


Lent, the period of fasting in preparation for Easter, has been on the church calendar since the first or second century. These days were spread out in various ways by different churches before settling into the Ash Wednesday-to-Holy Saturday, minus Sundays, pattern in the seventh century.

Meeting the challenge of Rim country gardening


The challenges of gardening in the high desert of Arizona's Rim country can try the patience of even the most ardent and experienced gardener.

Tales of Gila County's pioneer women


The book, "A Cultural History of the Pioneer Women of Gila County, Arizona and Their Descendants, Volume 1" is available from the Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers for $25. Call Lois Bissett at (928) 474-2949. This book contains many interesting stories of the early families of Gila County. Following are excerpts from a few of the stories:

Of wet hens and boiling pots


"Heavens to Betsy!" Of the more than 400 colorful and familiar expressions explained in the book "Heavens to Betsy & Other Curious Sayings" (HarperPerennial $12), that's the one author Charles Earle Funk couldn't track down.

Monday, February 23

Character must count in elections

I have been taught that we have a government of the people, and when our leaders pattern their lives after the inspired patriots who gave us this government, all goes well.

Missing teenager found

Eighteen-year-old Jody Cline, missing since Feb.14, has returned home, his mother, Becky Weaver, said.

Truck fire closes Beeline for six hours

An 18-wheeler hauling straw rolled, caught fire and closed the northbound lanes of Highway 87 for six hours Saturday.

Couple killed in Strawberry house fire

A house fire early Friday morning in Strawberry claimed the lives of Mike and Janet Carter.

Wanted man may be armed, dangerous

Law enforcement agencies in three states are looking for a 30-year-old Colorado man considered to be armed and dangerous.

Police promote safety gun lock giveaway

Preventing gun accidents is the reason why Payson police handed out free gun locks Monday at Wal-Mart and will continue to give out the locks until they are gone.

'Hunchback' comes to PHS

Don't expect the Walt Disney version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" when the Payson High School Drama Department's production opens Thursday in the school auditorium.

‘Slingshot' is a cowboy sharpshooter


Malcolm Cathcart has won so many shooting competitions he doesn't even bother to hang up his buckles, medals and plaques anymore.

Base decisions on what's best for majority

One of the town's goals for economic development is convincing low-water-use industry to relocate to Payson -- businesses that will bring decent-paying jobs to town so more residents can afford to live here.

Payson library a well-operated facility

Concerning the What's Up article in the Feb. 17 edition of the Roundup, concerning the Payson Public Library, I feel that I must respond.

A problem with Pete's Place

I do not live in Payson. I have been looking into moving to your town.

About 'The Passion of Christ'

I'm not sure how to read Spud Henry's piece regarding the "Truth of the crucifixion."

Checking the facts

Apparently quite a few of us are part of Bill Fork's "societal fringe" because we don't move lockstep with him and our governmental handlers. He asked Mr. Engleman or other "Bush haters" to offer proof, not opinion about our current Iraq muddle.

What is the truth?

David Engleman (Feb. 3, 2004 Roundup) has no need to wait for history to "reveal the truth." He already knows that President Bush is "a liar," has committed "crimes against humanity," has "disgraced America by starting a war," and should be tried by the international "Criminal Court." How prescient!

Residents need bypass for tourists

Needed, a 260 eastbound bypass!

What's up?

Q: What's up with the county manager offering public money to the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, a private, nonprofit with a budget that is not a public record?

Mike and Janet Carter

Mike and Janet Carter of Strawberry, died Feb. 20, 2004.

Chad Elmer Henderson

Chad Elmer Henderson, 22, died Feb. 15, 2004 in Phoenix.

Fred Carl Miller

Fred Carl Miller, 90, of Payson, died Feb. 21, 2004.

Horn threesome tapped all-region

A trio of Longhorn hardwood standouts has been named to 4A conference Grand Canyon all-region teams.

AIA to honor '79 state champions

All but two of the 16 players, coaches and managers on Payson High School's 1979 state basketball championship team are expected to be on hand when the squad is honored Feb. 28.

Tonto Apaches off and running to new season

Among the 11 new athletes who have turned out for the Tonto Apache track and field team is a nationally acclaimed 73-year-old long distance runner.

Middle school Mavs pan Oak Creek gold

The Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team compiled a 3-0 record to win the Oak Creek Invitational Tournament championship. In rolling to the triumph Feb. 14 in Cornville, the Mavericks blasted Mayer 52-31 and thumped Beaver Creek twice, 43-37 and 52-21.

Match dog's traits to lifestyle when picking a pet


Last week's column talked about the best of the best, the winning dogs from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. All breeds and varieties were represented at this show of shows. Much can be learned about the specific characteristics of the various breeds by watching and listening.

Special Olympians really not that different

Have you ever thought that you were different than someone else? Or that every time you walk into a room, everyone is staring at you?

New PHS cafeteria goes green

The staff of the brand new Payson High School cafeteria is looking for a few hungry teens.

Friends say goodbye to Coach Morris

Payson High School football assistant coach Jack Morris died early Monday morning from a stroke suffered days earlier.

Amelia Jane Scholl

Amelia Jane Scholl, 79, of Payson, died Feb. 10, 2004.

Site feedback

Re: Noise at library -- On the issue of noise at the Payson Public Library -- That was not an isolated incident ...

Does Murphy think voters have amnesia?

Marc Kaplan's letter (Feb. 20 Mail Call) characterizing "We The People's" earlier ad concerning Ken Murphy's record as "a negative advertising campaign" deserves comment on three counts:

Discussion group provides neutral ground for unusual topics


The topics are so unusual most people would most likely scoff at their slightest mention -- extraterrestrial visits; canola oil as a toxic substance; oxygen as a food supplement; an undetected planet coming between the Earth and Moon every 3,600 years.

Groups continue to spar over Pine water

With the evidentiary hearing on the Pine Water Company rate increase less than two weeks away, involved parties continue to jockey for position.

Public comments sought on Corporate Strategic Plan

The Corporate Strategic Plan and the proposed airport committee are two of the items on tap for Thursday's meeting of the Payson Town Council.

Thursday, February 19

Pete's Place goes topless

Star Valley wasn't named for its magnificent nighttime sky, but for a squatter named Starr who was most unpopular with the local Apaches.

County supervisors approve funds for PREDC

The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation is getting $19,000 from Gila County's Property Tax Stabilization Fund.

Shooting determined to be self-defense

Following a thorough investigation, Payson Police detectives believe the fatal shooting of Richard Pattay, 63, was most likely, a case of self-defense.

Barbara Margaret Mouraux

Barbara Margaret Mouraux, 67, of Payson, died in Payson Feb. 15, 2004.

Pet doctor comes out of retirement to provide low-cost animal care

Jacque Rosholm retired from the Phoenix area veterinary business in 1999 and moved to the Rim country.

Police search for missing teen

Payson police have joined the search for an 18-year-old boy missing since about 7 p.m., Saturday night.

Death of Star Valley child ruled an accident

The death of 3-year-old Gracie Lee Haught has been ruled an accident by the Gila County Attorney's office.

Payson students place at county spelling bee

A dangerous homonym almost eliminated 10-year-old Jennifer Chatfield from the county spelling bee Friday. But in the end, the fifth-grader from Julia Randall Elementary School spelled her way to third best in Gila County.

4-wheelin' fun at Dupont cabin


February tends to be quiet around the Tonto Village area, except when it snows, and then the ATVs come out with boogie boards or sleds and they come tearing down the streets.

Esther Roberta Abel

Esther Roberta Abel, 86, of Phoenix, died Feb. 16 in Mesa.

There's still a chance to win a car at Chapman

Rim country residents still have a shot at winning a new car at Chapman Auto Center through the General Motors-OnStar promotion.

Mildred Burtcher

Mildred Burtcher, 91, died Feb. 16, 2004.

It ain't easy being a Panther

Coach Pat Derksen, his coaching assistants, the basketball players and their parents have grown accustomed to the long road trip from southern Arizona to Payson and Pine.

Crappie getting fat around Rim country


If the last month and a half is any indication of what kind of fishing we'll see this spring, then we should be in for a good season. The average crappie has been about one and a half pounds with lots of them getting close to two pounds.

Ceremony caps Lady Horn campaign

For Lady Longhorn soccer team members, last night's (Thursday) awards ceremony marked the culmination of a season (8-10-1) that ended with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Page.

Precious freedoms extend to all

It's difficult to see much that's socially redeeming in a group of young women baring their bodies before a roomful of beer-guzzling patrons, but it was just a matter of time before a place like the Juniper Lounge at Pete's Place came to the Rim country.

Murphy's contributions kept quiet

I'm glad the advertisement "It's Time For A Change -- Highlights of Mayor Ken Murphy's Term In Office" came out in the Feb. 10 edition of the Roundup.

Offender's release a crime

Regarding the sex offender of the week: When is the electorate in this politically correct country of ours going to finally have had enough of children and women being raped and killed? What will it take for us to vote out, from the town council to the White House, all of the liberal lawmakers and the judges they appoint?

Bush at helm for first job loss

In a recent "Letter to Editor"ublished by the Payson Roundup newspaper, the writer had several concerns: one, she had lost her job and her unemployment benefits were expiring; and, two, she was not eligible for medical assistance from social services.

Casino, community have big hearts

Wow! The people of Payson have once again shown that our town is indeed, "The Little Town With A Big Heart."

Two PHS wrestlers take top honors at state

Payson's small contingent of six Class 4A state tournament wrestlers posted a combined 20-7 record that was the envy of big school teams with many more qualifiers.

Councilor accused of playing traffic cop

A town employee said town councilor Dick Reese flashed a badge and told him to turn off his blinker while the two were stopped in their vehicles at the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 on the afternoon of Jan. 28.

Household cleaner may be cure for psoriasis


My mother, who lives in Pennsylvania, sent me an article from Dr. Peter Gott, M.D. I wanted to pass this information on to my readers.

Judge OKs remedy for botched ballots

When candidate names were not rotated on the primary election ballot as mandated by state law, town attorneys hustled to remedy the mistake.

Schum likes Brewer for mayor

Barbara Brewer has been deeply involved in community affairs for more than 20 years. Voters should carefully review her contributions and accomplishments which are many and varied.

Boy Scouts learn survival skills

It sounds like a chapter from the Worst Case Scenario handbook, but for children living in Rim country, knowing how to survive the night in a snow-covered forest could mean the difference between life and death.

What's up?

Q: Ever since 9/11, and the lack of information sharing between the CIA and the FBI, I thought law enforcement in communities were committed to share information with each other ...

Site feedback

Re: Library -- I was disappointed to see someone complaining about the library in the Feb. 17 issue of the newspaper ...

Pine clinic becomes a medical clearing house


The Pine Medical Clinic is open once again and busy taking care of all sorts of medical needs for the people of Pine and Strawberry. I was just there for my once-every-half-century tetanus shot. It is a wonderful clinic.

Lucille (Lou) Chadick

Lucille (Lou) Chadick, 86, died Feb. 14, 2004.

The truth of the crucifixion

There has been quite a lot said lately about the crucifixion of Christ and the Jews are getting the blame.

Water-wise gardening in the Rim country


Water-wise gardeners can learn how to maintain a beautiful landscape and save water too.

Coach, players set sights on 2005 title

Lady Longhorn basketball coach Rory Huff knows what it will take for his team to mold itself into a regional championship contender next season. "Athletes are made in the off season," he said. "How good our team is will depend on what the girls do in the off season."

Tuesday, February 17

Water conservation working


As I write this, snow is falling gently in the Rim country, covering all of our flaws and creating the false illusion that all is well.

Fabulous food is part of Mardi Gras magic


If you do nothing else to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Rim country, you should at least make a King Cake or a reasonable facsimile.

Mardi Gras madness


Mardi Gras 2004 is Feb. 24. This is a traditional holiday celebrated in many of the southern states of the USA. The most famous celebration takes place in New Orleans, La. The people there enjoy this celebration by going to parades where they catch "beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets" that are all thrown from floats.

Thinking outside the box


"You ranch-raised kids are just different."

Monday, February 16

Donnays celebrate Golden Anniversary

Wayne and Carole Donnay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 3.

Bethel L. Purcell

Bethel Louise (Dobrinski) Purcell, 86, of Payson, died Feb. 14, 2004.

Russel Sparks

A memorial service for Russel Sparks will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Your town council at a glance

The council unanimously passed a series of emergency ordinances to correct a mistake with the primary election ballots mailed out. Names were not properly rotated in accordance with state law requirements, according to Tom Irvine, the attorney the town retained to remedy the situation.

Forest living: Rim residents can learn to protect homes from devastating fire


Rim country residents can learn firsthand how to create a healthy forest neighborhood through two forest stewardship programs beginning soon at Gila Community College.

Unexpectedly, job has become something loved


She hesitates to say it, but when Jo Johnson first started working as Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen's administrative assistant, she said she thought the job would be boring.

Local boy makes good


Champion J Luvs Schoolhouse Doodle Bug, otherwise known as Doodle, has made all of us in the Rim country very proud by winning best of variety at Westminster Dog Show in New York City last week.

Lee, Wilbanks lead Horns to fifth at state

Led by weight-class champions Larry Wilbanks (160) and Nate Lee (171), the Grand Canyon region champion Payson Longhorns wrestled their way to fifth place at the Class 4A state championships Feb. 12 to 14 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

Jayvee squad prepares for varsity roles

After coaching the junior varsity Lady Longhorns to an 8-9 record, first-year coach Carol Hayes is convinced the players took good-sized steps toward eventually becoming solid varsity performers.

Loss to Coconino a replay of tough season

The Longhorns' season-ending 57-55 loss to Flagstaff Coconino capped a frustrating campaign in which the basketball squad often came up just a few points short of victory.

Eighth-grader rides to barrel fame

Amber Marshall is developing into one of the Rim country's most promising young barrel racers.

Lion hunt yields Rim hunter a lifelong thrill

For 12-year-old Rim Country Middle School sixth-grader Chandler Sylvester, hunting is a way of life.

Barrel race clinic set for June 6

Aspiring barrel racers will have an opportunity this summer to improve their skills at a Payson Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored clinic.

Town clock goes up

With the installation of a cast-iron clock at the Deming Pioneer Park, the town of Payson has an official timepiece once again.

Candidates face tough questions at forum

Candidates vying for the office of mayor and a seat on the town council lobbied voters at a forum sponsored by the Mogollon Republican Women's organization last week.

PREDC faces budget shortfall

The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has fallen on tough economic times. Executive Director Scott Flake said the PREDC is looking at a budget shortfall and has asked Gila County for help.

Rabid fox killed in Tonto Basin

The first rabid animal of the year in Gila County was shot and killed last week in Tonto Basin.

Historic Zane Grey cabin rises from ashes

A historic replica of Zane Grey's cabin -- lost in 1990 during the Dude Fire -- will be built in Green Valley Park through the efforts of the non-profit Zane Grey Cabin Foundation.

Legal Notice: Sexually Oriented Businesses

The following legal notice was published in the Feb. 17 issue of the Payson Roundup:

Arrogance breeds recrimination

Isn't it a shame, Mr. Sandheger, that a state statute can determine the outcome of a U.S. presidential election? To me, that is the same as cheating the American people out of their constitutional right to elect a president.

Parents, not schools, should teach children right from wrong

Eight young people were arrested Feb. 3 for stealing or destroying political signs belonging to local council candidate Tim Fruth.

Students unaware of serious nature of offense

The article in Friday's paper makes it sound like all eight people that were arrested, were in one big group.

Barriger will benefit council

"A good thing to remember and a better thing to do, is to work with the construction gang and not the wrecking crew." (Author unknown)

Wilson's life full of community service

I would like to endorse John Wilson as candidate for Payson Town Council.

Candidate generous with time

This is not a requested endorsement, but because John Wilson finds it very hard to toot his own horn, I thought I would do some tooting for him.

Wilson will make this a better place to live

I have lived in Payson for more than 24 years, so I have seen a lot of changes in our town government, and have personally known many who have served us well.

Fruth will bring enthusiasm to council

This letter is written in support of Tim Fruth for town council.

We have obligation to the future

In response to "Help Protect Locals from Higher Taxes" Mail Call letter in the Friday, Jan. 30 edition of the Payson Roundup, I would like to say I am deeply concerned with the opinion that "so many folks around the town" have on the budget override request for Payson Unified School District.

Don't be fooled

An open letter to the taxpayers of Pine and Strawberry: You may have received a small green card in your mailbox stating that Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District has made application to have Brooke's Certificate of Convenience canceled.

Elected officials need to come clean

It is high time that our elected officials level with the residents of Pine and Strawberry concerning the finances, and the future agenda of the PSWID (Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District).

Supporting the arts is a 'civilized' pastime

Thank you, Mr. Keyworth, for your editorial reminding, and challenging, the community at large to "measure up" by keeping fine arts alive in Rim country.

What's up?

Q: I visited the beautiful Payson library on Feb. 9, around 1 p.m. I live in Pine and had several appointments in Payson with some free time between appointments ...

Teachers, students want to keep middle school

A group of Rim Country Middle School teachers, students and local residents opposed to the Payson Unified School District's decision to return that school to a traditional junior high format took their case to the school board last week.

Bradley James Webb

Bradley James Webb was born at Payson Regional Medical Center on Feb. 8, 2004.

Ruby Fraley

Ruby Jewell Morrow Fraley, 79, died Feb. 13, 2004 in Mesa.

Thursday, February 12

First round upset ends Horn hopes

The state tournament goals and dreams of the Lady Longhorns came crashing down in a 48-37 loss to Coconino Feb. 10 in Wilson Dome.

Sutters celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Arnie and Dotty Sutter are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Doodle takes Westminster

A wirehaired dachshund from Pine took best of breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday.

Town goes to court over ballot mixup

The town of Payson is seeking court approval to mail new ballots for the March 9 primary election after a mistake was discovered on ballots already mailed to registered voters.

Red-light runners on the rise

Payson Police Lt. Don Engler estimates close to 50 motorists a day are running red lights at the intersection of Highway 87 and Highway 260.

Shooting range permit renewal process starts

The process to renew the Forest Service permit for the Northern Gila County Shooting Range has been started.

Sheriff's citizens academy starts in March

The Gila County Sheriff's Office will begin its citizens academy March 10 at Gila Community College.

Leroy L. Miller

Leroy "Roy" Lewis Miller, 84, of Payson, died Feb. 11, 2004.

Wyatt James West

Wyatt James West was welcomed to his home in Payson by his proud parents Ambi and Jeffrey West on Jan. 27, 2004.

Wodka twins

Twin boys were born on Feb. 7, 2004.

Gille, Weigl to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gille of Eufaula, Ala., formerly of Payson, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Ann Gille, to Mr. Nathan Andrew Weigl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Weigl of Bel Air, Maryland.

Shop for your Wants and Wishes on Main Street

Wants often become passions. When you can parlay that passion in to a living, you have hit pay dirt.

Democracy's most important tool easy to use

If you can read, you can vote -- provided you took the time to register. You don't have to go out of your way, stand in line at a school or church or other polling place.

Pine resident announces candidacy for Gila County School Superintendent

I wish to announce that I am a candidate for the position of Gila County School Superintendent in the 2004 fall elections.

Voters left searching for polling places

I was upset with the elections held Tuesday. I live in Star Valley and had to travel to Payson to vote in the Democratic Primary. I am able to travel, but a lot of folks, some Vets and elderly who are very patriotic, were not able to drive to Mount Cross Lutheran Church to vote.

Bypass would lower street improvement costs

A compelling argument for a completed Payson bypass as soon as possible is that Payson's largest capital expense until the bypass is completed will be street improvements to accommodate our constantly growing traffic congestion.

Pine water a bipolar situation

The constant controversy in the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) amazes me, a 3-year resident, while longtime residents say it's been going on for 25 years and will continue.

School zone speeders must be stopped

I am writing with hopes of making your readers aware of a problem I have seen daily, speeding through the school zone.

Payson is blessed with generous people

Recently, several Payson residents got together and formed the Payson Baseball Boosters. Many hours, supplies and ideas have been donated by local businesses, parents, athletes, and people who love the game of baseball.

Off-highway park would decrease fire hazard

It has come to my attention that the ever-growing town of Payson is becoming home to more and more off-highway vehicle riders throughout the years. The forests are sometimes dry, so the off-highway riders are restricted from riding their vehicles.

What's up?

For more than a month the portable "School Zone" signs for Payson Elementary School on Rancho Road have been missing, what happened to them and are they going to be returned?

Payson takes gold at Maverick Invitational

A gold medal showing at the Maverick Invitational Tournament is the highlight of the Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team's 8-0 early season record.

Benefit for medical bills successful


The potluck dinner benefit last Sunday in Strawberry was a huge success. The Black Bear was crowded, as many people stopped by to show their support.

Community Notification on Sex Offender

The Payson Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the town of Payson.

State hopes dampened in region triumph

The proverbial "good news, bad news" scenario capped the Class 4A Grand Canyon regional wrestling tournament Feb. 7 in Flagstaff.

RCMS coach preps players for varsity

In her first year at the helm of the Rim Country Middle School seventh grade girls basketball program, Carol Hayes has the young players performing with a great deal of enthusiasm and vigor.

Jeepers trek to Dupont cabin


The Snyder household was a busy place this past weekend. On Saturday, I trekked on down to the valley to go to the hugely popular VNSA Book Fair at the Arizona Coliseum.

Creek offers treats for Valentine's Day


Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I hope everyone remembers that special someone in your life.

Valentine's Day celebrates the ideal of love

Saturday is Valentine's Day and love is in the air.

Amy finds a bone marrow donor

It will be a memorable Valentine's Day for Amy von Somogyi.

Denise L. Sipe

Denise L. Sipe, 54, of Dunbar, Iowa, formerly of Payson, died Feb. 1, 2004.

Gallery makes move for customer convenience

Longtime customers of The Wild Brush Art Galley might be met with a few surprises.

Thanks for carrying on

Re: Letters from Ken & Anne Emes, Elizabeth D. Kelly, Wes Suhr, Toni Sorel, et al

Too much traffic

I just wanted to say that during the summer weekends there is too much traffic on the road. Also, the traffic lights take a long time to turn green.

Tuesday, February 10

Cutting time in the kitchen


Ways to cut time in the kitchen during the week are prized by all 9-to-5ers who also must put a meal on the table for dinner at a reasonable hour in the early evening.

Of dead rovers and live cabarets


Ho, ho, ho. Happy Valentine's Day. Hopefully you haven't taken down that mistletoe yet.

The story of Henry Farrell


Henry Farrell was an old-time cowboy and a true pioneer whose company I was privileged to experience.

Romance runs rampant in Rim country


Every February, across the country, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

Monday, February 9

Payson man killed during argument

Payson Police responded to a fatal shooting Sunday night on Chalet Circle.

VFW honors top essay winners

Two Payson High School students, junior Tina Jackson and sophomore Samantha Anderson, took first and second place respectively in the local Veterans of Foreign War Voice of Democracy essay competition.

Forest Service to burn 800 acres near Gibson Ranch

A major prescribed burn will produce plenty of smoke in the Payson area, but it should be over in two days.

Deputy constable appointed to fill vacancy

Service in the Payson constable's office for two years and the recommendation of the man vacating the post helped Gail Palmateer come out ahead of the more than two dozen candidates interested in taking over Eddie Armer's job.

Valentine's troubadours serenade Rim country lovers

If a dozen red roses or a box of candy or a romantic candlelight dinner just don't have the pop they once did, this may be just the Valentine's Day gift you're looking for.

PRMC enjoys year of growth, improvements

Payson's hospital is not the one most longtime Rim country residents remember -- in fact, it probably is not even the same place people who visited it last year recall.

Star Valley child killed in tragic accident

Friday evening, as Daniel and Debbie Haught were driving near their home in Star Valley, a tragedy occurred that took the life of their 3-year-old granddaughter, Gracie Lee Haught.

Arizona Mentor: Program enables disabled to develop abilities, contribute to community


A nationwide organization has opened a door of opportunity for the ever-growing population of Rim country's developmentally disabled.

Genuine Arizona cowgirl


Jimmie Jean Cooley is an Arizona original -- an authentic cowgirl who started punching cattle when she was just 6 years old.

Give voiceless a voice for Valentine's


Watching my dogs run through the beautiful new snow, it is easy to see they do not have a care in the world.

Critter court teaches children about jury trials and law

The Big Bad Wolf was proven innocent during a jury trial held at Frontier Elementary School.

Readers should check facts before writing

A little more objectivity in the selection of which letters to the editor you choose to print would be greatly appreciated by your readers.

Fighting for freedom is an honorable goal

We are amazed that Dave Engleman can attack our president so vehemently and has nothing to say about the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein.

Public has been kept in the dark about PSWID

I left a meeting of the Gila County Supervisors held in Payson in early September 2003, with the impression that the Pine Strawberry community would be kept informed about Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) business.

County water meetings should be held in Rim country

As I am paying taxes to Gila County for the PSWID, I feel it only fair that I have a right to attend the meetings of the PSWID. These meetings should be held within our district so that all citizens, young and old, can observe how, or where, Mr. Christensen and Mr. Nelson are spending our tax dollars.

‘Renegade processes' are taking over

As a citizen of Pine, Arizona, I am astounded at the direction our PSWID (Pine, Strawberry Water Improvement District) has taken. Since the PSWID board has been shut down and Mr. (Ron) Christensen (County Supervisor) has appointed new members to an advisory board, the PSWID rate payers of Pine and Strawberry have been left out of all decision meetings.

Residency issue is a personal vendetta

Diana Sexton has every right to run for public office in our town. She has lived in Payson, owns businesses, her children have attended public schools, she has paid taxes on her businesses, shopping, school fees and taxes for many, many years.

Payson needs an off-highway park

I am a concerned young ATV rider who wants a place where I can ride without confrontation.

What's up?

Q: What is the cost of replacing the town's landscaped areas with artificial turf? Is it really cheaper than leaving them natural?

Undefeated! Tenacious freshmen wrap up 17-0 campaign

It's now in the books: Payson High School has what is believed to the Longhorns' first undefeated basketball team.

State bid begins tonight in dome

The Lady Longhorn basketball team takes a 17-10 record and a regional fourth-place finish into the Grand Canyon tournament when it opens at 7 p.m. this evening (Tuesday) in Wilson Dome.

Shewey to answer Wildcats' call

When preseason baseball practices began yesterday (Monday) at Payson High School, senior Ashton Shewey was celebrating his scholarship signing with the University of Arizona Wildcats.

Rough road to state winds to Flagstaff

With the regular season at an end, the Herculean task now facing the Longhorns boys' basketball team is to muster a pair of victories in Grand Canyon regional tournament play.

Coach says thanks for the uniforms

About 17 years ago, Cheryl (Gouker) Chance -- then a senior at Payson High -- was helping the Lady Longhorn basketball team win the Class 3A West Region championship and earn a berth in the state tournament.

Job shadow experience confirms student's love

One of my father's favorite remarks is, "Honey, you have no idea what it's like in the real world."

Earle Lee Gates

Earle Lee Gates, 72, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died Feb. 2, 2004 at Biloxi Veterans Administration Hospital in Biloxi, Miss.

Gracie Lee Haught

Gracie Lee Haught, 3, of Star Valley, died Feb. 6, 2004.

Donald Ray VanSant

Donald Ray VanSant, 77, of Strawberry, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004.

Fine arts revival in the Rim country

Three years ago a friend of mine left Payson to return to northern California. His reason -- Payson was a town without culture.

Hiram Cecil Coats

Hiram Cecil Coats, 90, died Feb. 7, 2004 in Payson.

Thursday, February 5

Season is here for bare-root planting


Gazing outdoors at wonderful, white, wet snow, the avid gardener's thoughts drift to the start of the gardening year. Although February can be the coldest month in the Rim country, it can also be one of the most productive and rewarding.

Crucial match against Mustangs postponed due to weather

The Longhorns quest for an advantageous berth into the Grand Canyon regional tournament was put on hold Tuesday evening.

State hoop slates feature five rounds

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has released the 4A conference boys and girls Arizona State Basketball Tournament brackets.

McCarty leads Mavs to state fourth place

The Rim Country Mavericks battled to a fourth-place finish at the Arizona State Junior High/Middle School wrestling tournament Jan. 31 at Mesa Dobson High School.

Freshmen trounce Chinle, remain unbeaten

The Payson High School freshmen took another step toward an unbeaten season with a 59-36 win over Chinle.

Longhorn wrestlers debut at 4A state

Several changes are in store for members of the Longhorn wrestling team at the 2004 Arizona State Wrestling Tournament.

Marvin Lee Rozell

Marvin Lee Rozell, 74, of Tonto Basin, died Feb. 3, 2004.

Kenneth Roy Richey

Kenneth Roy Richey, 68, of Gisela, died Feb. 4, 2004.

Sylvia Anita Hilbert

Sylvia Anita Hilbert, 79, died Jan. 10, 2004.

Susan M. Francis

Susan M. Francis, 46, died Feb. 3, 2004 surrounded by the love of her family at home.

Knife, frying pan weapons in domestic disturbance

Payson Police broke up a domestic disturbance that had turned violent Monday night.

Hook visits with folks in Christopher Creek


Christopher Creek is nestled beneath the Mogollon Rim at an elevation of 5,900 feet.

Charles E. Fletcher II

Charles E. Fletcher II, attorney-at-law and longtime resident of Greenlee County, died Nov. 12, 2003 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson.

Peace, Pyle marry

Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle, owners of Git A Rope! Publishing, Inc., were married Jan. 23, 2004 in Payson.

Nystuen, Benedict wed

Linda Nystuen and Brett Benedict were married Jan. 18 in the Chapel of the Norwegian Star, docked in Honolulu. Following the ceremony, the couple embarked on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands.

Sheriff's office to sponsor Citizens Academy

If there is enough interest, the Gila County Sheriff's Office will be putting on a Citizens Academy slated to begin in March, GCSO Lt. Adam Shepherd said.

Fischer, Hemesath engaged

Mr. and Mrs. David Fischer are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn Denette Fischer, to Shane Michael Hemesath.

Education is a community investment

White's Interior and Design was one of the many businesses in Rim country that hosted a local student for the annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day Thursday.

Horns' gesture is not a gang sign

Those "hand signs" you see some Payson High School student athletes performing in Roundup sports pictures have no gang significance whatsoever.

Library gears up for expansion

With an expansion of the 2-year-old Payson Public Library already on the horizon, the Library Friends of Payson are looking for new members.

What's up?

Q: I heard there was a new business going in on the southeast corner of Beeline and Forest Drive. What is it going to be?

Site feedback

Re: Meet the Candidates: I want to thank the Roundup for the Meet the Candidates section you had in the paper last week ...

Wilson a ‘reasonable voice for Payson'

Payson is such a wonderful place to live. We need to keep this wonderful community as viable as possible. We can only do that by electing public officials who care about preserving what we have, while at the same time carefully planning for the inevitable growth.

If you're happy with Brooke, then don't sign petition

True, PSWID was not formed to buy out a water company, but it can be authorized to do so by a consensus of the property owners in the district, and the purpose of the petitions is make it possible for the property owners to decide who will supply our water.

A very expensive pig in a poke

In reference to the petition being circulated to buy the local water companies, consider the following facts.

How would you like to be chained?

I am writing about the Jan. 27 article on Valentines being sent to remind dog owners to be responsible.

There are responsible ways to tether a pet

This letter is in response to miss Nelson's letter about her chained-up dog Dakota, which she adopted from Payson Humane Society.

Preference elections are party elections

Payson Roundup reporter Teresa McQuerrey apparently doesn't get it.

Country needs educated voters

I feel a response is in order regarding Teresa McQuerrey's column (My View, Jan. 20).

Bush didn't ‘steal' the presidency

I don't agree with about half of the actions of the Bush Administration; however, some critics are becoming hysterical.

Eight arrests made in sign vandalism

Eight people were arrested Tuesday for stealing and destroying political signs belonging to council candidate Tim Fruth.

Rogue online pharmacies prey on vulnerable buyers

"Get a prescription for oxycodone here --no prescription required-- free online consultation."

Democratic election worth every penny

A reporter should be acquainted with the facts. For reporter Teresa McQuerrey -- who argued in the Jan. 30 Roundup that Arizona's presidential preference election is a waste of money and should be held in September rather than February -- an introduction to the facts is in order.

Sexton's residency status in question

Former mayoral candidate Jim White wants to know why candidate Diana Sexton is allowed to run for office, despite lingering questions about her residency.

Water chief answers his ‘maverick' opponents

Next to Salt River Project, which owns all the Rim country's surface water, the entity most maligned for the area's water woes is probably Brooke Utilities.

Americans are vulnerable to online drug scams

The United States is the only developed country without some form of nationalized health care. While millions go without health insurance, the cost of prescription medications is steadily increasing. Many who need medications and cannot afford them are looking to the Internet for alternatives.

FES students create giant snow caterpillar

Tuesday's storm, lasting the entire day, left the town of Payson painted with snow. There was one area, however, where by mid-afternoon, not a snowflake could be found.

Mayor, councilors settle out of court

Payson Mayor Ken Murphy and town councilors Barbara Brewer and Judy Buettner have settled their differences over alleged telephone harassment by the mayor.

CO detector saved our lives

We would like to express our thanks to the Payson Firemen who helped save our lives.

Meet the council candidates

Payson voters will head to the polls March 9 to choose three town councilors and their candidate for mayor.

Meet the mayoral candidates

Payson voters will head to the polls March 9 to choose three town councilors and their candidate for mayor.

Potluck dinner Sunday to benefit local family


The potluck benefit for Jody Johnson is from 2:30 p.m. until the food runs out, at the Black Bear Restaurant this Sunday, Feb. 8.

Election season begins with Democratic primary


The Democratic Presidential Primary was held Tuesday in Arizona. I hope everyone is happy with the choice that Arizona made.

Tuesday, February 3

Mending broken hearts may soon be a reality


People with broken hearts -- truly broken hearts, those damaged by heart attacks and other injuries -- may soon see a way to have them healed.

Uncle Sarge defends country music


I expected to offend Lawrence Welk fans -- both of them -- but instead I stirred up a Rim country original who goes by the nom de plume "Uncle Sarge."

The Apache in Rim country history


Any history of the Rim country, including the Tonto Basin, would be incomplete without first speaking of the Apache. They were here -- and in a big way -- long before the white eyes arrived on the scene. And yet they were not the first to call this country home.

Monday, February 2

Paul M. Westlake

Paul Marion Westlake, 86, of Payson, died Jan. 29, 2004.

Ray J. Stewart

Ray James Stewart, 79, a summertime resident of Payson, died Feb. 1, 2004 in Chandler.

Joseph Schrader

Joseph Schrader, 86, died Jan. 29, 2004 at the Payson Care Center, after a two-month illness.

Edna M. Giese

Edna M. Todd Giese, 88, died Jan. 16, 2004 in Payson.

Will Rim country schools follow national trend against junk food?

It has been rumored that the ban of junk food and soft drinks is soon to be expected on all school campuses nationwide.

Nutrition emphasized in schools

Encouraging children to eat healthier should be elementary, and an elementary school program sponsored by the Gila County Health Department that does just that has finally made it to Payson.

Site feedback

Re: Airport Advisory Board: In regards to your article on the Airport Advisory Board reinstatement at last Thursday's town council meeting (Payson Roundup, Friday 1/23/04). I think you might have missed an important part of the discussion as it relates to the moving of the flight pattern in Payson to the north ...

History will reveal the truth

Could and should George Bush be brought before the World Court, at or at least an Iraqi court, to face charges of crimes against humanity and the use of weapons of mass destruction? (Certainly a bomb that can blow up a couple of city blocks is no firecracker.)

More water first

I'll take Jim Estess' statements by the number (Letters, Jan. 27, 2004 Roundup).

Let's keep the highways clean

I am concerned about the litter along Highway 87 between the casino and Oxbow Estates.

Who will protect water customers?

Mr. Estess, it is the developers that want control of the Pine Water District. If the developers succeed in taking over the water companies, we will no longer be under the protection of the ACC.

Happy with Brooke Utilities

Since the formation of PSWID, we have been paying taxes to support the PSWID, not knowing where or how our money is being used.

There may be a reason for a chained dog

Re: Break the chain of bad ownership.

America should raise the bar on entertainment

There is a parable I once heard about a Native American boy who was walking one day high in the mountains. He came upon a snake shivering in the cold of the mountaintop who spoke to him and said, "Young boy, I am so cold in this high place. Will you carry me down into the valley where it is warm so that I may live?"

Payson High loses a good friend

Many former Payson students and athletes lost a good friend when 86-year-old Paul Westlake died last week.

Women's health care goes high tech at PRMC

Payson Regional Medical Center continues to expand and improve its services. Its new imaging center at 127 East Main Street is nearing completion.

Man caught beating his dog faces felony charges

A 23-year-old man was arrested for animal cruelty and assault after an incident in the parking lot near Country Kitchen on the evening of Jan. 29.

Mix-up stalls Barr's all-tournament award

At 6-foot, 7-inches, 235 pounds and a full growth of beard, it's tough to mistake Mike Barr for a girl.

Payson eyes home court advantage

With only two games remaining on the Lady Longhorns regular season schedule, first-year coach Rory Huff is prepping his players for postseason play set to begin Feb. 10 and 11.

Grand Canyon title beckons Horns

The Longhorn wrestling team will take a Class 4A Grand Canyon region regular season first-place finish into all-important postseason play.

Lady Horns wrap up 4A campaign

After coaching the Lady Longhorns to an 8-10-1 record, coach Randy Wilcox is taking a philosophical approach to summing up the soccer campaign.

Winter grooming can save your dog a painful spring


It is time for some winter grooming. Our dogs and cats are looking a little shabby right now. Depending on the breed and type of coat, they could be doing a lot of shedding. It seems a strange time for shedding since it is still cold, but it happens. The more we brush our pets, the less shedding in the house and the better condition of the coat come spring.

Town sets water conservation pace

With several new initiatives in progress, the town water department's award-winning water conservation program isn't resting on its laurels.

Small-town charm lured her home


Growing up at Camp Shadow Rim -- the Rim country Girl Scout Camp -- Tomi Huddlestun was able to enjoy the best of mountain life.

Bottled vs. Tap: Do you know what you're drinking?


Bottled water is everywhere these days, from convenience stores to fine restaurants.

Pony Express gallops to new record

The Hashknife Pony Express riders shattered their old record set just last year by 11 minutes.

Police look into theft, destruction of signs

Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said whoever stole and damaged a town council candidate's signs over the weekend could face a number of charges.