Stories for January 2004


Thursday, January 29

Hot chocolate to warm those cold winter days


For those of you who are reading this column from somewhere other than the Rim country, the weather has been downright chilly and snowy.

Pony Express makes Christopher Creek stop


The 46th Annual Hashknife Pony Express rode down from Holbrook through Christopher Creek Wednesday.

Nichols wedding

Joseph and Carol Nichols would like to announce their wedding of Jan. 17, 2004.

Dayton Graham Morris

Nathan and Bree Morris announce the birth of their son, Dayton Graham Morris, born Nov. 6, 2003.

A sweet business comes to Strawberry

Just in time for Valentine's Day, John Bittner announced that he has opened the Strawberry Fudge Factory in the hamlet of Strawberry, located just under the Rim in North Central Arizona.

Groomer boasts 25 years of service

Rosemary Chubinski has been providing pet grooming services to Rim country residents' four-legged friends for 25 years.

A tale of forgiveness

Anyone who has coached any sport on any skill level should read John Grisham's novel "Bleachers."

AGF seeks information on elk poaching

Arizona Game and Fish officers are investigating the illegal poaching of a cow elk that occurred about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in Freedom Acres.

'79 state champs to be honored

The Arizona Interscholastic Association will soon honor Payson High School's only state basketball championship team.

No stopping these freshmen

The Longhorn boys freshman basketball team took a step closer to recording an unbeaten season with a 53-30 victory over Flagstaff Coconino.

Van Horn action turns fans' delight

The mat melee for The Tim Van Horn Memorial championship team trophy turned into a furious scrap that would have made a junk-yard dog proud.

Gutsy rookie leads Longhorn charge

The individual surprise of the Tim Van Horn Memorial Tournament was the yeoman-like performance of 14-year-old, 105-pound freshman Porter Wilbanks.

What's up?

Q: I'm an eighth grade student at RCMS. I'd like to find out what it would cost to stop building new stuff, and just fix the old stuff? The street signs in some parts of town are barely legible, and some aren't legible at all.

Let a trial decide their fate

I will attempt to address the front page article printed on Jan. 23, 2004, regarding the trial of Dr. Mark Mouritsen and his wife Carolyn.

Benefit at Black Bear to help Strawberry woman


It is hard to believe that January is all but over. I am still behind but I think I am making some progress. The cold weather has brought high heating bills and our wood piles are shrinking. But the days are noticeably longer and that is wonderful. It lets us know that spring is not too far away.

Stop the wholesale export of our children

I am writing this letter as a longtime member of this community and not as an employee of the Payson Unified School District.

Chase is the friendliest person, and a good son

You do not know me. My permanent residence is not in Payson but I am a resident at Manzanita Manor in Payson at this time.

Help protect locals from higher taxes

As a local citizen here in Payson, I feel greatly offended by some new ideas of monetary ramifications.

Lack of empathy is puzzling

This is addressed to all those good folks that happened to be traveling up or down Highway 260 on the night of Jan. 24, Saturday. Somewhere around 8 or 9 p.m., west of Heber. One heck of a snowstorm, slow traffic, road like glass.

Alcohol test draws positive response

On New Year's Eve, officers of the Tonto Apache Tribal Police Department conducted alcohol tests for patrons of Mazatzal Casino.

Arizona's presidential preference ballot wastes money

Democrats are on the sparse side in Northern Gila County, so there has not been a lot of noise up here about the Feb. 3 Arizona Presidential Preference Election.

Man charged with child molestation

Payson police officers arrested a man on two counts of child molestation Tuesday.

Medical Board says it can't help Mouritsen's patients

Patients of Dr. Mark Mouritsen will have to obtain their medical records from him or a staff person from his office, according to a spokesperson from the Arizona Medical Board.

Internet can help trace your family tree

Expanded hours and two Internet classes at Gila Community College are among several new developments announced by the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society.

Body found off Forest Service road

A man who was four-wheeling on Forest Service Road 201 discovered the body of a man laying beside his vehicle Monday morning.

Police nab suspected bank robber

Payson police nabbed a man wanted in Apache Junction for robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in the Valley.

Group wants to force sale of water companies

The petition drive to authorize the purchase of the Pine and Strawberry water companies is gaining momentum.

Frank D. Higginbotham

Frank Donald Higginbotham, 83, of Cottonwood, died Jan. 26, 2004.

Edward E. Gallagher

Edward E. Gallagher, 83, died Jan. 25, 2004.

Tuesday, January 27

Getting the best of Ol' BB


When the Wilbanks property, located just south of the golf course, was sold in 1949, Payson's rodeo arena was moved to a location just, north of Highway 260 and east of Highway 87.

Soup's On! Make it hearty and homemade


Snow might be scarce around the Rim country, but the temperatures are low enough to make the thought of a bowl of soup mouth-watering.

Horsin' around in the Rim country


Some people just don't seem to understand why anybody would bother with a horse in this day of horseless carriages, jet airplanes and ATVs -- especially somebody like me who lives alone and works at least full-time and often then some.

Cole Porter concert comes to Rim country


An orchestra and singing actors bring the memorable music of Cole Porter to life in Payson next week. The Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting "I Get a Kick Out of Cole" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Monday, January 26

‘What's next' is up to us

It all happened so fast, a water district was established, a board of directors was elected, and seven people could not agree on anything.

Sexton, Wiley to marry

John Sexton and Christine Wiley would like to announce their engagement.

Heinecke, Alvtorn engaged

Cyndi and Ed Heinecke are proud to announce the engagement of their son, Joel Robert Heinecke to Jonna Alvtorn.

Ostermeiers celebrate 55 years

Bob and Betty were married in Mattoon, Ill. Jan. 28, 1949. They relocated in Phoenix in 1952.

Building 'Bridges' to learning

As much as some people have difficulty talking on a cell phone and driving, some children need help getting the various parts of their brains working together.

Wilbert Ost

Wilbert Ost, 81, of Payson, died Jan. 23, 2004.

McCarty becoming one of Payson's best wrestlers

Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Mark McCarty is well on his way to someday becoming Payson's most celebrated wrestler.

GC region home to state's best

Lady Longhorn basketball players won't have to wait until the Feb. 16 state tournament to find out how they fare against some of Arizona's finest hoop squads.

Longhorns battle for berth in playoffs

The Longhorn boys basketball team (2-7 in the region) will try to escape the ravages of a Grand Canyon second division finish with a victory today over the Flagstaff Eagles. Game time is 7 p.m. in Wilson Dome.

Victory over Mingus Lady Horns' first of the season

The Lady Longhorn soccer team (1-4; 7-9-1) finally picked up the elusive Grand Canyon regional victory it so desperately needed.

Marana wrestles to Van Horn title

Wilbanks, Lee continue winning streak

The Payson Longhorns came up 30 points shy of staking claim to the Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament championship crown.

Freshmen remain unbeaten

At the beginning of the basketball season, the Longhorn freshmen boys predicted that a Jan. 20 game at Mingus would probably prove to be the highlight of the year.

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What's up?

Q: Is the town moving forward with plans to stock the Green Valley Lakes with algae-eating fish?

Best propaganda money can buy

Unless preparations are made for its eventuality, the announcement of Bin Laden's capture will be the death-knell for the 2004 Democratic campaign. And, like the "heroic rescue" of Jessica Lynch or the toppling of Hussein's statue by "jubilant throngs" of Iraqis, it needn't even be real:

Legend of the Pony Express

The saga of past Pony Express riders is the inspiration of today's modern version. Leaving the years of 1860 and 1861 of the rough and rugged times that riders had to bear alone with their horses.

Common sense can't compete with greed

Having read Ned Weatherby's scapegoating letter, I thought the Roundup must have been short of letters to print it. It was very long and very ridiculous.

Fox is watching the hen house

Ned Weatherby's letter to the editor makes reference to Democratic presidential candidates who know nothing about forest issues other than press releases given to them by radical "greens," all Democrats want to restore the rights of radical greens, and rural Arizonans should contact these Democrats and let them know the truth about their ignorant forest proposals.

Advisory committee doesn't impugn manager's performance

Kudos to the Payson town council for directing town staff to prepare an ordinance for the creation of a new Airport Advisory Committee. The committee will provide a useful and needed forum for Payson citizens -- both pilots and non-pilots alike -- to discuss airport policy matters.

Sanctity of marriage must be protected

During his state of the union address, President Bush stood firm on an issue that struck a chord with many Americans -- that of protecting the sanctity of marriage.

Responsible pet owners not above stooping


A woman wrote this week asking that I address the subject of irresponsible pet owners who do not clean up after their pets. Some time back, someone requested that I cover this subject in reference to people who use Green Valley Park and leave large or small deposits. For those of us who try to be responsible, or those who do not own a dog, it is annoying to have to face and walk around the irresponsibility of others.

Man of God on the go


Payson resident Hector Torres is a man on a mission -- quite literally.

Medical center wants to give newborns their best start


The birthing center is one of the most recently renovated units at Payson Regional Medical Center. The staff obstetrician, Dr. Cynthia Booth, considers it comparable to facilities available in Paradise Valley.

Your town council at a glance

The issue: The council unanimously approved the final draft of an ordinance that would regulate motorized play vehicles. The ordinance states that electric scooters shall fall under bicycle regulations, while combustion engine vehicles are required to follow more rigid regulations.

Toastmasters helps speakers break the ice

There is a day for everything under the sun, or so it seems. For instance, today, Jan. 27, is National Speak Up and Succeed Day.

Doctor's patients must seek help from state to retrieve records

Since Dr. Mark Mouritsen's office closed suddenly following his arrest and that of his wife for obtaining narcotics illegally, his patients have been unable to get their medical records.

Reward for dog slayer increases

A reward for the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the impaling death of a 14-year-old cocker spaniel continues to grow as outraged residents learn of the crime.

Cole Porter's music to be celebrated in Saturday concert

An orchestra and singing actors bring the memorable music of Cole Porter to life in Payson next week.

Valentines remind dog owners to be responsible

The Payson Humane Society is encouraging Rim country residents to participate in a program that sends Valentines to chained and penned dogs.

Woman attacked by dogs to make full recovery

When 78-year-old Naomi Walton was knocked to the ground by two loose dogs in November, her prognosis was grim. Yet, after being taken off life support and nearly dying several times, Walton survived.

County services expand in Rim country

Gila County is expanding the services it offers in Northern Gila County.

Second arrest made in murder of Heber man

Navajo County Sheriff's Office deputies have made another arrest in the murder of an elderly Heber man.

Four arrested in home invasion

Payson police have arrested four people in connection with a home invasion and assault that occurred over the weekend at a Frontier Street apartment complex.

A colorful history

The Payson post office received more than 700 entries in this year's Hashknife Pony Express coloring contest. Children in grades 1 through 3 were invited to submit pictures depicting the Pony Express riders.

Thursday, January 22

10-year-old wins district spelling bee

As 10-year-old Jennifer Chatfield stepped up to the microphone, the entire auditorium fell silent.

Byrnes celebrate Golden Anniversary


Come out and celebrate 50 years of wedding bliss at Creekside with Charles and Wilene Byrne Saturday, Jan. 24.

Local family loses home to fire


Tonto Village Fire Department, along with Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department and the Whispering Pines Fire Department, responded to a structure firethis past Saturday night at the Long Ranch in the Mead Ranch area.

Christmas Angels' work highlights a season of sharing


The tremendous success of the Christmas Angels Benefit Auction resulted in many wonderful acts of kindness. This is the fourth year for the event and each year it has grown tremendously.

Options expand for Rim country car buyers

Rim country residents in the market for a used or new vehicle now have another shopping option.

Finishing Touch Flowers grows into new site

Finishing Touch Flowers and Gifts was "bursting at the seams" after 10 years in Mario's Borgata.

Action heats up for 4A finals

This is an exciting part of year in high school sports.

AGF seeks information on elk poaching

Arizona Game and Fish officers are investigating the illegal poaching of a cow elk that occurred about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in Freedom Acres.

EverStart opener lures Rim pro

Rim country fishing pro Clifford Pirch has his sights set on winning as much as $60,000 that will be awarded the first-place finisher in the EverStart Western Division series tournament opener.

Van Horn draws 12 teams from around Arizona

The Tim Van Horn Memorial Tournament is contested each year to honor one of the Longhorn wrestling program's most dedicated supporters.

Freshmen remain unbeaten on the hardwood

The Payson High School freshman boys basketball team improved its record to 11-0 with four consecutive victories over Grand Canyon opponents.

Soggy Dogs make home in Payson

After a hiatus of about 10 years, competitive mountain biking has returned to the Rim country.

What's up?

Q: This town has hundreds of houses that have junk in the front yard or stacked up in the carports. Over the last two years I have reported several addresses to the town that need cleaning up, but not one of them have been cleaned up. Is the town incapable of making the property owners clean up their property, or do we need tougher ordinances?

Contributions should be honored

President Bush's recent visit to Atlanta to honor Martin Luther King was met with boos and protests from a host of pundits who don't seem to understand the contributions that the African Americans, and other nationalists, have made to our country.

Making the forest an economic partner

Re. The announcement in the Roundup's Jan. 20 edition regarding the Jan. 26 Citizens Awareness meeting, some further information might encourage a larger audience.

Democrats don't know forests

It's painfully obvious that none of the Democrat candidates for president knows anything about national forests beyond some politically correct press release handed them by some radical "green" organization run by city-dwellers who want to control every twig and stick in every national forest, and utterly destroy the economies of forest communities.

School budget override must pass

Sooner or later, it had to happen.

Leroy Wilson

Leroy Wilson, 73, of Payson, died Jan. 7, 2004.

Tom A. Baxter

Tom A. Baxter, 84, of Payson, died Jan. 21, 2004.

Mary Jo Atchley

Mary Jo "Jody" Atchley, 77, of Payson, died Jan. 20, 2004.

Democrats, Republicans put on push for primaries

Rim country Democrats are gearing up for the 2004 Democratic primary election in just a couple of weeks -- and their Republican opposition is lying in wait.

Feds want to save native fish

A draft environmental assessment prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the U.S. Forest Service calls for native fish restoration in Fossil Creek.

Land zoned in advance of swap

Residents of the Diamond Point Summer Homes Association are working with Gila County to lock in zoning to keep their community from drastic changes once the land leaves Forest Service control.

Town council revives airport advisory board

The Payson town council narrowly approved directing the town attorney to create an ordinance that would resurrect the Airport Advisory Board.

Hashknife preserves spirit of Pony Express

One of the grand traditions of the West returns to Payson when the Hashknife Pony Express gallops into town Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Local doctor arrested for illegal prescriptions

Dr. Mark Mouritsen was arrested yesterday and charged with 17 counts of obtaining narcotic prescriptions by fraud. Mouritsen's wife, Carolyn, was charged with 17 counts of obtaining prescriptions by fraud, 11 counts of forgery and an unspecified amount of charges of attempting to obtain prescriptions by fraud.

Local man involved in first Mars mission

Rim country resident Chuck Heron, who worked on the world's first mission to Mars, is watching the Spirit rover project with more than a passing interest.

Tuesday, January 20

Demise of 99 cent store leaves a void


It has fallen to me to eulogize a Rim country institution that is no more. We who report the news in Payson write about the town council and water and Main Street and a host of other issues on a daily basis. We cover the police, the schools and the forest ad infinitum.

The Goswick Incident


My grandfather, Floyd Pyle, was a good friend of Giles Goswick. They were both government lion hunters in the early 1940s -- and before, as I have records of my granddad hunting for the government in 1929.

Cooking out of your cupboards


How well are your cupboards stocked? If the Rim country became snowbound and you could not get to the grocery store, the fast food and regular restaurants, or call for a pizza delivery, could you still put a meal on the table?

Star search: Are these alter egos or just big kids having fun?


Payson paparazzi alert! Celebrities are congregating at Fargo's Steakhouse this week.

Monday, January 19

Tax credits available for dead pine trees

Rim country residents with dead ponderosa pines on their property need to move fast to salvage any value the trees have.

Credit for Kids total tops $190,000

The Payson Unified School District got a Christmas present from the community in the form of an 8.5-percent increase in Credit for Kids donations for the 2003 tax year.

Jonah J. Clifton

Jonah J. Clifton was born Dec. 29, 2003.

Gartner, Macias wed

Gordon and Nancy Gartner are pleased to announce that their daughter, Rebecca Christine Gartner and Julio Cesar Macias were married for all time and eternity in the Mesa, Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Dec. 26, 2003.

Stanley Gnader

Stanley Gnader, 92, of Payson, died Jan. 17, 2004.

Bonds with pets increasing


Last week I mentioned that according to the American Animal Hospital Association, Americans own 69 million cats and 62 million dogs.

Love of animals led to career in pet grooming


When Rosemary Chubinski was young, she loved animals so much she wanted to become a veterinarian. But when she found out how long it would take to get a degree she decided that was not the path in life she wanted to take.

When relationships don't work


In today's throwaway society, divorce is a reality that most people will sooner or later face.

Registration continues for Little League

The first two Little League registrations held Jan. 10 and 14 were not as successful as officials had hoped.

Ski trip leads to Lady Horn forfeit

In one of the most unusual occurrences to ever sideline a prep sporting event, the Lady Longhorn soccer team forfeited their Jan. 17 Grand Canyon Region game in Page.

Horns nip Mustangs in thriller

In one of the most exciting soccer games since the Longhorn boys tied for the Class 1A-3A state championship last fall, Payson edged the Flagstaff Sinagua Mustangs 4-3.

$2,600 reward offered in dog slaying

A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed a 14-year-old cocker spaniel has been increased by $2,500, thanks to the Humane Society of the United States.

'Greatest number of points' settles Longhorn tie

It took the seldom-used criteria of "greatest number of points on falls" to solve a 36-36 tie involving the Payson and Greenway High School wrestling teams.

Rim runners rock 'n' roll in Phoenix

Twelve Rim country runners were among the nearly 30,000 runners who participated in P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n' Roll Arizona marathon and half-marathon last week.

What's up?

Q: Bashas' has been very generous in 2003 with a program that allowed customers to purchase dated fruit and vegetables at very reduced prices, helping tight budgets. Now this program has been discontinued. Why was the program ended?

Space program brought tremendous pride to Americans

President Bush flipped America's space energy with his remarks that we should continue our space efforts; the public responded for and against.

Town needs a girls volleyball league

My name is Aubrey Laird, I am eighth grader at Rim Country Middle School. I was on the RCMS volleyball team, and it was really fun, but our season just ended.

Governor's foresight will save seniors money

Governor Janet Napolitano's successful new Copper Card prescription drug discount plan will help low-income seniors because financial status determining eligibility is not a factor. Napolitano's program fills the gap in the new Medicare prescription drug benefit program while seniors are waiting to meet the deductible under when the new federal plan.

Governor's kindergarten plan aimed at impoverished areas

After reading the Payson Roundup editorial regarding the governor's full-day kindergarten plan, I wanted to let you know that it is in error.

What's next For PSWID?

It all happened so fast last summer -- the resignation and dismantling of the board of directors of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID).

Find water first, before going into debt

I take issue with many of the statements presented by Dan Jackson at a Pine/Strawberry general meeting last week.

Longhorn fans have class

I just wanted to say a big thanks to the Longhorn soccer fans, after your teams hosted our girls and boys from Sinagua (Flagstaff) yesterday (Jan. 14).

Justice must be served in dog slaying

The horrifying torture and slaying of a 14-year-old Cocker Spaniel in Payson has commanded the attention of the national humane society.

Man leaves explicit note; later arrested

A local woman returned to her car after shopping at Safeway last weekend to find a sexually graphic note on her car windshield.

Testing now required for food service workers

Most food service workers throughout Gila County should be prepared to take a test before the end of March.

Guess who's serving dinner

Rim country residents, get out those cameras and autograph books. Once again a collection of celebrities -- so to speak -- are congregating at Fargo's Steakhouse.

Council discusses BB guns, play vehicles

Regulating recreation tops the agenda as the town council will take action on an ordinance regarding motorized play vehicles and consider an ordinance prohibiting the "reckless use of BB guns and paintball guns within the town limits."

Council may resurrect Airport Advisory Board

A highly contentious issue from the past will be revisited at Thursday's town council meeting:hether the Airport Advisory Board should be resurrected.

Payson honored for water conservation

The town of Payson earned a major award for its water conservation efforts, besting communities large and small in a three-state region.

Teenager charged in murder of 80-year-old

The body of the Heber man, whose bloody truck was found in the Payson Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday, has been found 15 miles from his home.

Thursday, January 15

What's up?

Q: A couple of years ago a story ran about a development in the Christopher Creek area, who was the person in charge and where does the project stand?

Missing man's bloody truck found

A truck belonging to a missing Heber man was found parked along the south side of Wal-Mart Tuesday. Ample amounts of blood in the truck bed may indicate foul play, Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero said.

Houston Mesa fire chief under investigation

Houston Mesa Volunteer Fire District Chief Frank Hansen was replaced by former Payson Fire Chief Chuck Jacobs Wednesday night, following allegations of improper use of fire district funds.

Budget override a tough choice for school board

The decision to ask Rim country residents to approve a budget override was not an easy one for the Payson Unified School District board.

Low-income seniors get help with prescriptions

Working with Eli Lilly & Co., Arizona has a new program to help low income seniors with the cost of prescriptions.

Public input sought for wildfire mitigation

Rim country residents can air their views and ask questions about a proposal to treat forest fuels on 35,000 acres within and adjacent to Payson at an open house scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Julia Randall Elementary School cafeteria.

Star Valley man recovering from stab wound

A Star Valley man is recovering from a stab wound he suffered in an attack Saturday night.

Payson man seeks county sheriff's post

Payson resident Kim Jeffrey Pound officially became a candidate for Gila County Sheriff last week.

A brother's journey interrupted

Earl Hindman's journey began on Oct. 20, 1942, in the Copper Queen Hospital in the mining town of Bisbee, Arizona.

Family pleads for information on missing Tonto Basin teen

Kelsey Green's family wants her to come home. The 17-year-old from Tonto Basin has not been home in more than a week. Although Green left on her own, her family is very concerned about her.

Kindergarten plan comes with big holes

Much has been made of Gov. Janet Napolitano's plans to make early childhood a priority this year.

Petition initiated without representation

Property owners of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) are being asked to sign a petition to "incur expenses" for:

Let the Bushes be first on Mars

Mars Bound!

Override an investment in future

I have been paying taxes to support Payson Unified School District (PUSD) activities for more than 25 years, even though I've never had any children in the PUSD.

Occupancy not approved, making it illegal

Regarding the Jan. 6 edition of the Roundup and the response from Diana Sexton about questions of her legal residence -- according to a town official, one of the requirements to run for mayor is "one year residency within the town."

We must work hard to defeat Bush

It is difficult to respect a president who has so little understanding of his own country, let alone the world.

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Horns take Flowing Wells to the mat

The Payson Longhorn wrestling team chalked up its most impressive win of the campaign, whipping Class 5A eighth-ranked Tucson Flowing Wells 47-25.

Flagstaff Eagles soar to Grand Canyon triumph

A 61-47 loss to the Flagstaff Eagles might eventually become the blow that crippled the Lady Longhorns' hopes of winning the Grand Canyon regional title.

Horns hobbled by loss of vets

After leading the Longhorns to the East regional championship and a state quarterfinal berth last season, coach Mike Loutzenheiser is struggling to find ways to recover the magic of old.

Mav duo pins Sun Kids crowns

A pair of Rim Country Middle School athletes wrestled their way to weight division championships at the 2004 Sun Kids Classic Jan. 10 at Mingus High School in Cottonwood.

High-tech bats may be making a comeback

Those high-dollar bats some senior softball players have purchased and then not been able to use might now be legal.

James A. Sarytchoff

James Allen Sarytchoff, Jr., 2-1/2 months old, died Jan. 11, 2004.

James W. Vickers

James W. Vickers, 42, died Jan. 14, 2004.

Byrnes celebrate golden anniversary at Creekside

Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern in Christopher Creek will be honoring Charles and Willene Byrne at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, for their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

New Chinese restaurant opens

The Rim country can add another Chinese restaurant to its list of dining opportunities.

Get away from it all in your own back yard

Winter in Arizona may not be hard to take, but it's still winter. Maybe the short days, long nights and nippy temperatures have you thinking of vacation plans.

Winter has settled into the Village


Temperatures at dawn have hovered around 18 degrees and a heavy frost lays on the ground until mid-morning.

How quickly we fall behind


It is amazing how fast the holidays get behind us and almost forgotten as we so quickly get caught up in the activities of the New Year. I like to hang on to that freshness and newness of the New Year and get my resolutions in order and my finances organized. But already I am behind. Fortunately it is still January.

Community's melodrama needs a leader


Wanted: Director for this year's community melodrama, "Pleasant Sally War." Must be someone who can coordinate the play and direct on stage.

Tuesday, January 13

Secrets of professional organizers


It is one of the top resolutions we make every year -- "This year I'm going to get organized."

Black Jack's gold


Black Jack had a difficulty. He had left two dead men behind him, a posse was hot on his trail, and the gold made a heavy and awkward load. Black Jack was a big man and even a good horse would soon tire under that weight. He would like to have stashed the gold, but pursuit was close upon him.

Stumbling on undiscovered treasures


I have this green box of pre-printed recipe cards. I have carried it around longer than I can remember, always giving it a prominent spot in my collection of recipe books -- mostly because it makes a really good bookend.

The curse of being a lefty


As a general rule I like being in the minority. I'm one of only seven registered Democrats in Gila County, for example, and one of only two who are also card-carrying members of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Monday, January 12

Longhorn freshmen on a victory roll

Relying on a recipe that includes solid half-court defense, good rebounding and ball security, the Longhorn freshmen boys have cooked up an 8-0 record.

College coach tutors Lady Horns

The Lady Longhorn soccer practice Jan. 8 included a special guest: Paradise Valley Community College coach Amy Gerelick.

Orville Stufflebeam

Orville Stufflebeam, 84, of Payson, died Jan. 6, 2004.

Duane G. Kinnunen

Duane G. Kinnunen, 71, of Pine, died Jan. 10, 2004.

Marvel E. Hakomaki

Marvel E. Hakomaki, 90, of Strawberry, died Dec. 30, 2003.

Mike Barva

Mike Barva, 97, of Payson, died Dec. 30, 2003.

Turlukis, Keeney marry

Peter and Marguerite Turlukis and Linda Keeney are proud to announce the marriage of their children.

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What's up?

Q: Will the landfill accept an old chair with a lot of metal in it?

Probably a last hurrah

Thank you so much for letting Jim Keyworth use the Payson People space for my story, Jan. 6, 2004.

What wonderful holiday music

What a musical feast we were able to enjoy this holiday season in Payson.

Leave weekend shopping to workers

Years ago, when I was a working person, I used to get real perturbed when I went shopping on Saturday and there were all these older people -- who had the rest of the week to shop -- clogging up the aisles and jamming the checkout stands.

When drunks live it up, others die

I don't hate myself for doing this, I must respond to the letter from the Paulks (1-6-04).

Personal responsibility eroded by system

I was reading Friday's Letters to the Editor and felt the need to address one of America's most severe problems: Lack of personal responsibility.

Forest health funding needs study

I take exception to your editorial of Jan. 9, that the council is ducking the issue of forest health.

Parents' job is to keep their children safe

The issue that stands out with the recent action on motorized play vehicles is that parents must take responsibility for what their children are doing.

Senior Center's new cook's focus is flavor

"Lunch is an important part of the day to our seniors," says Mishelle Wharton, new chef at the Payson Senior Center. "They come for the sociability as well as the food."

The most lavish gift for a pet is love


It has been more than a year since I have been writing this column. The first appeared Nov. 5, 2002. That's a lot of columns.

Work-a-holic going strong, growing business


Byron Simmons is a self-proclaimed "work-a-holic."

Good relationships are hard work


When it comes to relationships, Lee Kennedy and William Houdek have been there and done that.

Clark is choice in mock primary

The Roundup asked area Democrats to cast ballots over a three-day period in a mock Democratic primary election.

Mayor, councilors will try to settle out of court

A pre-trial settlement conference has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 regarding the phone harassment charges pending against Payson Mayor Ken Murphy.

Quotskuyva to plead guilty to assault in hammer beating

Waylon Quotskuyva, 19, is scheduled to plead guilty to a charge of aggravated assault in the incident in which he, his brother, Garrett, 19, and Jamison Davis, 22, entered a home in Oxbow Estates and assaulted three people, sending one victim to the hospital with serious head injuries.

Legislators preview 2004 session

"You seldom get so much legislative leadership out of rural Arizona," House Majority Leader Jake Flake said.

Casino changes among top events for Tonto Apaches

Big changes at the Mazatzal Casino were among the top events for the Tonto Apaches in 2003, according to Tribal Chairperson Vivian Burdette.

Naming history park on council's agenda

Issues before the Payson town council Thursday include two liquor license applications -- one filed by the new Mexican restaurant, Fiesta Mexicana, and the other by the Majestic Mountain Inn.

Other winners from Patriot's Pen contest

Joseph is a homeless man whose home is not the greatest but it is the only home he has ...

Essay winner writes from her heart

Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Amy Leafty, district winner of the Patriot's Pen Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, employed a simple strategy in writing her winning essay.

Consultant details water company buyout

About 150 Pine and Strawberry residents gathered at the Pine Community Center last Wednesday evening for a presentation on the feasibility and cost of acquiring the Pine and Strawberry water companies.

Town moves closer to imposing scooter rules

Payson is moving closer to regulating the use of motorized play vehicles, targeting those that are gasoline powered for greater restrictions.

Voters asked to OK $1.2M override for schools

When Rim country residents go to the polls May 18, they'll have the opportunity to vote for the future of Payson's young people.

Leaders discuss security, state parks

While more than 70 people went to hear the state legislators at Eggs and Issues, only about a dozen went to hear the three men speak at town hall Friday.

Local athletes gear up for Grand Canyon Games

The Rim country has a long and storied record of successes in the Grand Canyon State Games.

Horns look to rebound against Eagles

After suffering three consecutive Grand Canyon regional losses to Page, 44-24, Coconino, 51-40, and Chinle, 62-58, the Longhorn basketball team is struggling to stay on track.

Lady Horns corral Coconino, Chinle

A pair of victories over Grand Canyon rivals Flagstaff Coconino Panthers and Chinle Wildcats have catapulted the Lady Longhorns back into the regional title chase.

Thursday, January 8

Join the Mexican party at Fiesta Mexicana

A former Mexican restaurant turned pub is back to its old self again, but this time, with the building completely revamped, it's not "the small house" anymore, it's a "Mexican party."

Joseph Timothy Skeens, Jr.

Thea Ree Ann Adkins, of Payson, announces the birth of her baby brother, Joseph Timothy Skeens, Jr., born Oct. 7, 2003 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Golden Anniversary

Tom and JoAnn Fisher celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 2, 2004.

Beach, Saurage marry

Michelle Beach and Brad Saurage were lassoed in marriage Dec. 6, 2003, at Circle Bar Ranch in Rio Verde, Ariz.

Juanita Wagener

Juanita Inez "Mugs" Wagener, of Pine, died Jan. 5, 2004.

Florence May LeBaron Tanner Clay

Florence May LeBaron Tanner Clay, died Jan. 1, 2004 with her family at her bedside.

Slip, sliding your way into the New Year


On New Year's Day, Bill and I took a short four-wheeling trip on the Control Road toward Mead Ranch and the back road to the Tonto Fish Hatchery. What a great ride.

Time to tackle ‘weighty' goals


It's January and everyone has made their resolutions. Mine is to lose some weight and get back in shape. I figure if three guys from Christopher Creek can lose weight, I can try.

Kiwanis among communities' Christmas angels


Last week, I mentioned that I would report on some of the generosity shown by our communities during the holidays.

Payson girls prove they're Canyon tough

The results of two recent Class 4A girls basketball polls are proof the Lady Longhorns have been playing in the toughest region in the conference.

Crappie fishing heats up at Roosevelt


Anglers have been targeting the main lake east of Windy Hill for crappie by slow trolling jigs and minnows. If you're not sure what to look for on your electronics, then this is the time to go.

Lady Horns scramble for jayvee help

As if he were watching a 1950s era western movie, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Randy Wilcox is anticipating the Cavalry will soon charge to the rescue.

Devils, long ride hobble Horns

A humbling 44-24 defeat is not the ideal way to cap off a six-hour school bus ride through a blinding snowstorm.

Mingus invitational draws state's best mat crews

Lee, Wilbanks still undefeated

The 10th annual Dave Work Memorial Wrestling Tournament provided the Payson Longhorns with some tough competition as the team heads into the season-ending 4A state tournament.

Lady Horns host Chinle in regional clash

The Lady Longhorn basketball team continues its pursuit of a Grand Canyon regional championship and a berth in postseason play at 5:30 p.m. this evening (Friday) in Wilson Dome.

What's up?

Q: Don't the regulations on blasting require notice be given beforehand. The other day, out in Star Valley, they blasted near both the Spur Bar and Phil White Ford, there was no notice and it scared a lot of people.

Proud to be a member of arts and crafts guild

I have been a working member of the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild for many years. This year, due to illness in my family, I was unable to participate in all of the craft shows.

Student seeks help with Arizona project

I am a fifth-grade student, and my class is studying America and American history. We have been asked to write research reports on one of our favorite states in America. I have chosen to do Arizona.

Our neighbors are meeting needs

During the past year we have seen a growing increase of need in Pine and Strawberry and the rolls of the food bank have grown through the year.

Expand PATH program

We would like to commend Sarah Muench for the fine article on the PATH (Police Access to the Homebound) program she wrote about in the Jan. 6 issue of the Payson Roundup.

Senior Center a wonderful asset to community

We were recently privileged to participate in the first annual fund-raiser for the Senior Center at the Ox-Bow Inn, a great event led by Patricia Frisbie and her committee.

Son's life was changed by a drunken driver

This is in response to the letter from Deb and Ted Paulk's letter in the Jan. 6 edition of the Roundup.

Drunken driving penalty should be severe

In reply to the letter from Deb and Ted Paulk commenting on my remarks regarding Ken Murphy's interview pertaining to the enhanced enforcement of drunken driving laws during the holiday period I wish to say the following:

Renzi's reply

Dear Mrs. Terry: Thank you for contacting me about the future of Social Security. I appreciate learning your views.

Sending Social Security to Mexico

I am writing to alert readers to an issue of grave importance to all Americans:

Defensive space nothing to get defensive about

What is it about the word "duck" that makes our town leaders come unglued?

Knee-deep in seed catalogs


Most gardeners cherish the chilly, dark days of January. Those days bring with them the chance to sit by the fire and devour the delicious pictures and descriptions contained within the pages of seed catalogs arriving daily by mail.

Applicant reviews stall constable appointment

More than two dozen Rim country residents responded to Gila County's call for letters of interest in the job of Payson area constable.

New manager takes helm at chamber

Tina Bruess brings a decade of experience and resources from all over Arizona, California, Oregon, Nevada and New Mexico to the job of executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Bruess started her new job this week.

Local woman buys winning lottery ticket

A Christopher Creek woman won a million dollars in the Arizona lottery from a ticket she bought at Circle K in Star Valley.

Public education's image improving in Arizona

While somewhat critical of its political nature, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Herb Weissenfels felt Arizona Superintendent Tom Horne's state of education address was a positive statement.

Bush's immigration policy draws mixed local reactions

President Bush's plan for granting undocumented immigrants three-year work visas and opening the gates for foreign workers to the U.S. job market brought an array of reactions in Payson Thursday.

Displaced seniors find refuge in Payson

When a flood from frozen pipes forced an evacuation from Show Low last month, Manzanita Manor came to the rescue, giving safe harbor to 36 displaced nursing home patients.

Tuesday, January 6

Paintballers looking for field of fun


Just a few hours after working to save souls in his congregation, Pastor Ken Schroth can be found blowing them away every other Sunday on a paintball battlefield.

The story of Ellen Neal -- Part 4


In 1905, tragedy struck the Neal family again.

Make plans to try some different recipes this year


It's still early in the new year, so it is not too late to make resolutions. One that might be fun -- try some different recipes this year.

You can't get there from Payson


The holidays are behind us, at long last. Hopefully you've taken down the tree and outdoor lights, deflated the giant blow-up Santa, and chucked those fake luminarias.

Monday, January 5

Registration location for Little League to change

Scratch the Payson Police Department as the site for upcoming Payson Little League player registrations.

Apaches to host youth hoop tussle

A Tonto Apache whose passion was for basketball and coaching will soon have a youth basketball tournament played in his memory.

11-year-old bags first whitetail buck

It took eight days of hunting for 11-year-old Clint Godac to bag his first-ever big-game animal.

Longhorns post 3-2 slate at Bradshaw

The Longhorn boys basketball team's 3-2 showing in the Bradshaw Mountain Invitational Tournament set the slate for the new year and the upcoming 4A Grand Canyon region season.

Holiday Hoops sets stage for Lady Horns to flex their muscle

The Lady Longhorns' (11-4) greatest accomplishment during the 16-team Holiday Hoops Invitational Basketball Tournament wasn't their 3-1 record and runner-up finish.

Correct use of choke chains a must for safety


The New Year is well under way. I wish time would stand still for just a little while so that I could catch up. My house is full of Christmas stuff. My list of resolutions grows.

‘Ricochet' Faye still packs a punch


It's easy to get caught up in the glamour of all the famous people who are related to Payson resident Alyce Faye Hicks.

Resolute support: Help available to make 2004 resolutions a success


Rim country residents who joined the masses making the resolution to lose weight and get in shape don't have to struggle alone.

New year, new baby

Jason Thomas Andersen is Payson's 2004 New Year's baby.

Kayden Thomas Morgan

Tylor and Tanya Morgan would like to welcome their son, Kayden Thomas, born Dec. 5, 2003.

R. Blaine "Mac" McCoy

R. Blaine "Mac" McCoy, 86, died Dec. 31, 2003 in Tucson.

Earl Hindman

Earl Hindman, a native of Arizona, died at his home in Stamford, Conn., at the age of 61.

Naomi Appleton

Naomi Johnson Lauderdale Appleton, 94, of Payson, died Dec. 30, 2003.

GCC holds first graduation

At the end of its third semester of operation, Gila Community College reached a significant milestone -- the graduation of its first class.

What's up?

Q: I have heard that mayoral candidate Diana Sexton does not actually reside in town limits. Should she be able to run for mayor if she doesn't live in town?

What makes a great man great?

Re: Symbol of Greatness Down the Drain

Paper is fair, staff is great

This is a letter of appreciation of the Payson Roundup. My husband and I have lived in Payson for five years. In the beginning, we bought the Roundup to obtain the grocery ads.

We are being invaded daily

Is it any wonder any sane person is totally cynical about the Department of Homeland Security and those in charge of it?

Live and let live

I hate myself for doing this, but I must respond to the letter from Jim Estess calling Ken Murphy a fool. Mayor Murphy has already stated that he was taken out of context and all he wants is some common sense used in enforcing the law.

Health issues make it necessary to replace constable

Dear People of the Payson Regional Constable area: No doubt you have been reading the ad in the paper to replace the Payson Regional Constable. I felt that you need to be informed why there is a need for replacement.

Who will win Democratic primary?

Watching the Democratic primary debates unfold in front of the nation's eyes has been like having a root canal.

Blood drive shoots for 165 pints

Payson area residents opened their veins Monday when they donated more than 80 pints of blood to save lives.

Chamber board welcomes new members

Four Payson area residents have joined the board of directors of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Recovery slow but progressing for flood victims

When they discovered no federal aid was coming their way, the victims of Roosevelt's September floods formed a recovery team that has struggled to get the worst affected some kind of help.

State leaders visit Payson

Rim country residents have an opportunity to meet with their District 1 state legislators this week.

PATH helps care for area elderly

"How are you doing?"

Show Low law may catch on in Payson

Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside have passed new ordinances requiring residents to clean up their property, and a Gila County official thinks the Rim country should take action too.

Council wants input on scooter rules

The Payson town council will meet Thursday evening to iron out the details for an ordinance restricting use of motorized play vehicles.

Thursday, January 1

Local Navy reservist to spend 2004 in Kuwait

Payson resident Candace Conte received a different kind of gift this holiday season: word that her Navy reservist battalion would ship off to Kuwait just three days after New Year's.

Can crusher helps smash shelter record

The Payson Humane Society closed its doors on 2003 on a high note -- it's highest payoff ever for aluminum cans.

Paintball group forming

If you are into paintballing, but never have enough people or a place to play, the Payson Paintballers club is for you.

Year in Review -- What shaped our community

A glance back as we step forward

A look at the events and people that shaped our community in 2003.

PHS grad to complete boot camp


Former Lady Longhorn softball and basketball player Laura Crabtree is about to complete boot camp training in the United States Marine Corps.

2003 sports year in review

The buzz in the Rim country sports scene most of 2003 was Payson High School's move to the 4A conference from 3A where the school had resided since 1982. Coaches, students, teachers and fans questioned whether a small town school like Payson could be successful competing in the 4A conference that housed powerhouses like Scottsdale Chaparral and Tucson Sunnyside.

Friends to the rescue in time of need

I would like to thank all of our friends, neighbors and the Payson Rodeo Committee for all of their cards, calls and letters during my recent illness.

Friends are a blessing

We want to express our sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all for your support and prayers during the difficult loss of our dad, Aaron Haught.

Isn't town's job to protect its citizens?

While reading the Dec. 19 paper, I was very disappointed to find that Mayor Ken Murphy did not approve of Payson's DUI patrol. He stated that this was a "damper" on nightlife.

Addressing problem involves many players

In response to the article "Council ducks drought emergency extension," speaking for myself on behalf of the Arizona Partnership for Forest Health, I do not believe there is a "fight." That brings to mind a notion of combatants slugging it out. That simply is not happening.

Don't confuse fact with opinion

Bob O'Brien may be right in his claim about the failure of DUI law enforcement to make any "appreciable statistical difference" in the situation -- but I challenge him to produce verifiable statistics (not opinions, however learned they may be) which support his claim, his "fact".

Collaboration between senior programs is wonderful

I wish to correct misinformation about the Senor Circle contained within a story about the Wallace Foundation Grants that were funded to Payson Community Kids and The Payson Multipurpose Senior Center (Dec. 19 Roundup).

What's up question

Q: What's up with the Payson Police in The Knolls, looking for speeders? Isn't The Knolls out of the town limits?

Resolutions for the new year

Lose weight. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Eat healthy. These are the most common resolutions made by people who want to improve their lives in the new year. Even though 2004 is now two days old, it's not too late to make some resolutions for the town, and its residents.

Community bids farewell to old friends


As we look back on 2003, the community of Christopher Creek lost a lot of wonderful people who are all sadly missed: Betty Palmquest, Gertrude Kuntz, Mike and Peggy Milburn's daughter, Victoria Lee Zingales, Ed Lydic, Tony and Ronny daughter Rhonda.

Get your heart pumping in 2004


Has everyone made their New Year's resolutions yet? The only resolution that I will consider is to make sure that I and mine stay healthy by eating right and exercising enough to get that old heart pumping.

Looking for acts of kindness


The holidays are over and hopefully we all survived. This brand new year is here but it will take a while before writing 2004 will come naturally.

Polly Rosenbaum dead at 104

Until her death Sunday, 104-year-old Edwynn Cutler "Polly" Rosenbaum was Gila County's former legislative superwoman.

Shaw, Reisdorf to wed jan. 3

Timothy Alan Shaw Jr. and Raguel Ruth Reisdorf will be married Jan. 3 at Mountain Bible Church in Payson.

Adventure sports getting boost in Rim country

Manzanita Cyclery is on the path to expanding Rim country residents' and visitors' options in adventure sports.

Workshop teaches growth through divorce

Guidance professionals consider dealing with divorce one of life's most difficult adjustments, but until a local church introduced a divorce recovery workshop, Rim country residents had nowhere to turn.

Fire sprinkler systems react to drop in temperature

Something mysterious is happening around Payson -- indoor fire sprinklers are going off all over town and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Answering the call

As we reflect on the events of 2003, we feel it most fitting to honor the men and women with Rim country roots who answered the call to war and who defend our freedom every day as members of the United States armed forces.