Stories for May 2004


Monday, May 31

Hyatt James Barrett

Hyatt James Barrett, son of Cody and Stacy Barrett, was born at 11:05 p.m. Friday, May 21 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Heath D. Rexstrew

Heath Dustin Rexstrew, 27, of Payson, died May 22, 2004 in Phoenix.

Lillian A. Mayer

Lillian Anna Mayer, 81, of Payson, died May 28, 2004.

Matthew W. Hughey

Matthew William Hughey, 24, of Pine, died May 27, 2004 in Strawberry.

Pitching pair earn all-state mention

A pair of Payson High School graduates have reaped Class 4A all-state honorable mention laurels.

Davis on a roll in women's golf association

Kay Davis has won her second successive Payson Women's Golf Association Memorial Tournament championship played May 26 at Payson Golf Course.

Tonto Apaches tune up for Junior Olympics

The Tonto Apache Track and Field team's pursuit of Junior Olympic honors begins June 12 and 13 at Tolleson High School.

Son brings home MIA father's remains

This Memorial Day was unlike any other for Tommy Holmes of Payson --t was the first to honor his father as a fallen soldier.

Tribe, SMCC honors grad with grants

Staci Scholl has earned an all-expense paid ticket to college thanks to her athletic and academic excellence.

Solemn moment

Wearing the faded uniform of an Airborne Ranger, this veteran stood behind the fence in reverence during the Memorial Day ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery Sunday morning.

When will the hypocrisy end?

How can it be that airplane rides, motorcycles, helicopters, food and vendors all arrive at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning and not a peep from the Mazatzal Mountain Air Park residents?

Input sought on forest wells

Concerned that U.S. Forest Service officials might get the wrong reading of community sentiment regarding drilling exploratory wells near Diamond Point, a political action group is calling on Payson residents to make their views known.

Shooting claims life of 7-year-old Valley boy

A 7-year-old Scottsdale boy was accidentally shot to death Sunday morning in Strawberry.

Grateful for friends like these

My wife Kay and I will always be extremely grateful to the many friends, former students and fellow teachers who turned out for my retirement celebration Friday afternoon.

Local dog lovers fight to save silent victims

A group of local dog lovers have organized to try and save the three dogs who were with Grant Kuenzli when he was shot and killed by a Valley hiker in the Coconino National Forest May 11.

Baker, Johnson to wed

Friends and family are invited to the wedding of Aricka A. Baker (Benkert) and Joey R. Johnson, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5 at Mountain Bible Church on East Rancho Road in Payson.

Suspected meth dealer arrested

Payson police officers raided the home of a man they say was manufacturing methamphetamine Thursday evening.

Grant Kuenzli was an exceptional person

The killing of Grant Kuenzli by Harold Fish is an inexplicable tragedy.

Suspected drug dealer convicted

Anthony Deck, who police say is one of Payson's major drug dealers, was found guilty last week in a jury trial.

Council OKs hiring of fire, police consultants

The Payson Town Council, at its May 27 meeting, approved the hiring of a New Jersey firm to assist in the development of up-dated fire and police computer-aided dispatch, record management and mobile data computing systems.

County races to reduce forest fuels


The latest long-range weather forecast calls for a hot, dry summer in the West, causing the region's drought to grow even worse.

Patriotism common denominator


Bill Sahno has a mission in life. A career military man for 30 years, the retired Marine wants to see patriotism as the foundation and the binding element of the community's political and economic systems.

Adapting a new pet to your life takes patience


Two weeks ago, some tips were outlined in this column on selecting a dog, particularly one from the humane society.

Special financial program set at Senior Circle


What a gentle, romantic month June is! A month for lovers and weddings, gentle breezes, sunshine, and if we're lucky, maybe even showers.

'Lynch-mob mentality' threatens dogs

You don't have to be an animal lover to sympathize with the plight of the three Payson dogs currently imprisoned in 4-by-6-foot concrete kennels at a Flagstaff animal shelter.

Chase is no good sport

I am writing in response to Jim Chase's "Open Letter to the Mayor-Elect."

Due process must run its course

I was very disappointed to read Dave Engleman's letter as a response to your story of the Kuenzli/Fish shooting. I hope that the story isn't over yet, and that your newspaper won't let it slip through the cracks. I don't think that Mr. Engleman is in any place to act as a judge or jury before the due process of law has run its full course.

Killing was cowardly act

When Grant Kuenzli camped a few miles east of the Safeway store on Granite Dells, I took my two dogs to his campsite in afternoons.

Double standards are showing

You published an editorial sharply criticizing those people who live outside the Payson town limits who are objecting to drilling in the forest to find more water for the town of Payson. Your editorial said that water belongs to all of us, and implied that these people are selfish, unfair and mean-spirited for not wanting to share with the town of Payson.

Reader's reasoning doesn't hold up

I am writing in response to Connie Swanson's recent (letter to the editor).She suggested that "35 families" who live near The Door Stop had no right to complain about noise pollution because they had chosen to live near the Payson airport.

What's up?

Q: I'd like to hear an assessment of the Spring Rodeo from the chief of police ...

Site feedback

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Mya Renea Rackley

Bryon Rackley and Christina Evans celebrated the birth of their daughter, Mya Renea Rackley, at 8:38 p.m., May 23, 2004.

Thursday, May 27

Marion Kovak

Marion Kovak, 70, of Pine, died May 17, 2004.

Override saves PE programs

Payson voters deserve a colossal pat on the back for passing the budget override. With the passage, all of the teaching positions that were to be eliminated are now being staffed. That means, no teacher was laid off.

Life as 4A rookie had its ups and downs

Longhorn sports teams have wrapped up their first year in the 4A conference with mixed results.

Payson's future hangs in the balance

You have only until June 15 to let the U.S. Forest Service know whether or not you favor the proposed "Payson Diamond Rim Water Exploration Project" -- a program for approximately 28 test well sites to determine the availability of groundwater on Forest Service lands for possible future use by the town of Payson.

Shooting case reveals Wild West mentality

It looks like Grant Kuenzli was not the homeless loner investigators believed when they arrived at the scene where he was shot to death by a hiker.

Decibels rise over noise feud

Gordon Holm is a retired teacher. Ernie Pritchard retired from ADOT.

Remembering the liberators

Pilot joined Army at 15

Jet Jetter was only 15 when he ran away from home to join the service. The U.S. was not even at war at the time, it was 1936, still he left home in Minnesota and enlisted.

Cooper scholarship awarded to 3 seniors


Three Payson High School seniors received a $2,200 Scholarship from the 8th Annual Rusty Cooper Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. To date, this tournament has awarded $27, 600 to 12 students.

School's out, watch out for children at play in the Village


This weekend is the Memorial Day holiday, which means the kick-off of the start of the summer for most people including no more school for a few months for most of the children in Tonto Village. That means more children on the streets, so motorists are advised to be aware of them and slow down.

Load up on pancakes, then shop 'til you drop


Even though the forest is closed, activities are in full swing in Pine and Strawberry. A terrible thing happens when too much is going on up here.

Rim economic development efforts honored

Economic development efforts for the Rim country, under the direction of Scott Flake, were recently honored by the Arizona Association for Economic Development.

Vehicle detailer's business booming

What started out as a part-time venture for a few acquaintances bloomed into a booming business for Duane Olson in just a matter of months. Olson opened Payson Quality Detailing in November, leaving his work at Chaparral Pines where he was equipment manager and club mechanic.

Devotion bonds teen and her horse

Brittany Normand has a special fondness for a 16-year-old gelding Holsteiner she calls "Artist."

Roper lassos top prize at Hardt Memorial Rodeo

Tucson cowboy Gordy Alderson roped his way to top individual money winning honors at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo May 21 and 22 at the Payson Event Center.

Lobo camp draws Longhorn gridders

The Payson High School football team is taking its act to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

What's up?

Q: Regarding your May 21 story, "Voters elect town's first woman mayor," wasn't there a woman named Ellen Dudley who served as mayor of Payson in the early 1980s?

Most are in favor of southeast bypass

A Payson issue that is becoming a progressively more expensive problem is the need to increase street capacity to compensate for the lack of a southeast bypass. An overwhelming majority of Payson residents probably support a southeast bypass.

Let us not dwell on the negatives

In a couple of weeks, Mayor Ken Murphy will be handing the reins over to Barbara Brewer. Kenny has served Payson for 10 years, as a council member for two terms and mayor for one term.

Let's get our priorities straight

With all that is being said and written about the noise at The Door Stop and the Payson Humane Society finding it difficult to relocate near the airport, I decided to investigate the situation myself.

Drugs destroy dreams

I have something important I‘d like to tell your readers. I hope they listen. While visiting Gila County with my boyfriend, I made a terrible decision and chose to use drugs. I want your readers to know that if you choose to use methamphetamine it will ruin your life as it has mine. Not only will it give you a criminal history, but it can also destroy your body and your health.

Candidate refutes opponent's claims

My opponent's article in the Roundup on May 11, 2004, requires a response. He states that the officers of the Gila County Sheriff's Office are not up to his standards and that he will get up at 2 a.m. to assist deputies. This office has some of the best public servants that I have had the privilege to lead in my thirty plus years in law enforcement. They do not deserve that criticism.

Joyce E. Williams

Joyce Eileen Williams, 75, of Payson, died May 25, 2004 in Scottsdale.

Marjorie W. Reyburn

Marjorie Wilbur Reyburn, 84, died May 24, 2004 in Payson.

Task force sets up DUI stop at Roosevelt

The Gila County DUI Task Force is setting up a checkpoint Saturday night on Highway 188 by Roosevelt Lake.

Gunman 'overreacted,' says dead man's sister

Relatives of the humane society volunteer shot and killed by a hiker on a remote trailhead May 11 are asking how Coconino County Sheriff's detectives have concluded self-defense.

Two die in Fossil Creek car crash

Two people were killed yesterday when their car plunged 150 feet down a ravine off Fossil Creek Road west of Strawberry.

Memorial Day events to honor ‘America at War'

Veterans and active duty personnel of the U.S. military will be honored in ceremonies both Sunday and Monday, May 30 and 31.

Monday, May 24

School's loss is our gain

Max Foster went to work for the Payson Unified School District for the 1985-1986 school year. Friday will be his last day; after 37 years as an educator, Foster is retiring.

Summer barrel racing returns

Town recreation leader Charlene Hunt will host for the second consecutive summer a series of barrel racing and pole-bending practices and competitions.

Burns heats up the links

Jan Burns had a day on Payson Golf Course to write home about.

Ace erased on golf course

Sometimes a hole in one is not a hole in one.

Friendship holds hip-hop group together


This is a three-headed Payson People.

Korean War veteran returns to the high seas


Today, in Mobile, Ala., Korean War veteran Darwin Bacon returned to the high seas as one of a select group of volunteers aboard the USS LST-325 Museum Ship. It is one of only two World War II LSTs to be preserved in the U.S.

Habitat soon accepting applications for another home

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's 11th house is about half-way to its completion date and next month the open application period for House 13 is planned.

Globe officer joins race for sheriff

Richard Shaw has dreamed of being the sheriff of Gila County his whole life.

Habitat gets ready to raise the roof

The ground was broken for Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's 11th house on the first day of spring and by the time the first day of summer arrives, the house in Payson Ranchos will have a roof.

Create story time for children, pets


Animals help us in endless ways. Researchers and educators are always discovering new ways that the animal-people bond is beneficial, primarily to the humans. New studies show the help that dogs can provide for children learning to read, particularly those with some reading problems.

School menus

The following menus are planned for area schools from Wednesday, May 26 through Friday, May 28.

Dorothy M. Cox

Dorothy May Cox, 77, of Payson, died May 16, 2004 in Payson.

Coach's prophecy comes true

A fact of life among old coaches is that they cherish telling stories about their athletic careers.

Teen rides to trio of buckles

Payson High School junior Seth Barkley has chalked up his third saddle bronc victory of the high school rodeo campaign.

Multiple services planned to honor veterans

The Payson Womans Club and the Rim Country Museum present the annual Payson Pioneer Cemetery Memorial Day Service this weekend.

Town's official historian moving to Prescott

Longtime resident Stan Brown, Payson's official historian and former columnist for the Payson Roundup and The Rim Review, and his wife, Ruth, are moving to Prescott next week.

All of Tonto now under restrictions

Restrictions on campfires, smoking and related activities will be extended tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 a.m. to include all of Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino and Prescott national forests.

Moving on

Payson High School graduate Elizabeth Olson receives an enthusiastic hug from classmate Stephen Cotton following the PHS graduation ceremony Saturday.

All-region squad buoyed by Lady Horns

Grand Canyon coaches have named five Lady Longhorn softball players to all-region teams.

Local scholarships

The following students received local scholarships:

State and national scholarships

The following students received state and national scholarships:

Seniors set course

Candid survey responses reveal the lighter side of their journey

The Payson High School Class of 2004 is, as you might expect, diverse -- one might even call them "motley."

Yoder wedding

Jeremy and Cherilynn Yoder would like to announce their marriage on April 17, 2004 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Wyatt James Gunzel

Wyatt James Gunzel was born May 8, 2004 at Payson Regional Medical Center to the proud parents Jon and Trina Gunzel of Payson.

Site feedback

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An open letter to the mayor-elect

First I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your triumphant run for the office of mayor.

Override vote was a vote for strong future

As superintendent, I want to thank the Payson Unified School District community for their vote of confidence in our school system. The Payson district, although not perfect, was one of the highest performing districts in the state in both academics and extracurricular comparisons. This standard of excellence was in jeopardy.

Kindergarten teacher will be sorely missed

Another school year is almost over and I would like to thank all the teachers for a job well done, especially Mr. Michael Stern.

Center for Success students a tribute to education system

I am on the Rotary Club of Payson's Scholarship Committee. Being on that committee, we have the privilege to interview the students who applied for our scholarships.

Quality costs; it's time to pay up

Congratulations are in order to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board and to the PUSD Superintendent, as well as to the PUSD taxpayers for their wisdom in calling for the school override vote and for passing the override respectively.

Outraged by killing of hiker

As a Payson resident who has been leading hikes, under the name "Payson Packers," in this state for more than 13 years (without a gun), I am outraged about the story of Humane Society volunteer Grant Kuenzli being shot and killed by an "armed" hiker at the Pine Trailhead on May 11.

County to adopt water conservation guidelines

Both Gila County and the Arizona Corporation Commission are taking steps to bring smaller Rim country communities in line with the water conservation measures imposed by the town of Payson.

Thursday, May 20

Water belongs to all of us

As it was in the early days of the West, water remains our most precious commodity and our greatest challenge. Those simple realities were brought home once again by two recent stories in the Roundup.

Communities get more fire protection


Mead and Collins Ranches reached a long-sought-after milestone on Friday, May 7. The dedication of a fire plug took place with plenty of fanfare to commemorate the long hard struggle to accomplish this very needed addition to Station 62, a part of the Tonto Village Fire Department.

Rod and custom car show was fantastic


Saturday and Sunday were beautiful in Christopher Creek. It was a great weekend for the first Christopher Creek Invitational Rod and Custom Car Show. George Billings who put this wonderful event together had 60 of his very best friends roll into town early Saturday morning with their street rods, classic cars, trucks, campers and more. What a great bunch of people!

Man shot by hiker a local volunteer

The man shot and killed by a hiker on a remote trail last week, has been identified as 43-year-old Grant Edward Kuenzli, a volunteer at the Payson Humane Society.

Override wins with 2:1 margin

Voters overwhelmingly approved a budget override for the Payson Unified School District on Tuesday.

Supervisor not seeking re-election

Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen has announced he will not be seeking re-election -- at least not to the commission. Instead, Christensen plans to run for a seat on the governing board of Gila Community College in November.

Voters elect town's first woman mayor

Payson voters have chosen the town's first woman mayor.

Signs of a dangerous season

Forests around Pine-Strawberry closed

A forest closure in the Pine-Strawberry area took effect at 8 a.m. yesterday (Thursday), the same day Tonto National Forest officials announced the Diamond Fire is 100 percent contained.

Willingness to help led to business

Mike Amundson was introduced to the ServiceMaster business more than 30 years ago when he offered to help a member of his congregation.

New firm expands financial horizons

Chris Smith was an Infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division, a veteran of Desert Storm, when Edward Jones came around recruiting officers.

Growth impacts town postal delivery routes

As the town of Payson grows, more homes mean more addresses. And more addresses mean more mail for the local post office to deliver.

Longtime duffer on hot streak

Long-time Payson Women's Golf Association member, Marge Landra is on a roll. In early season play, Landra was able to out play her frequent competitor, Laura Meyocks.

Four Payson champs bound for Pepsi finals

Payson will send champions from four age groups to the Pepsi Hit, Pitch and Run competition to be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Thorpe Park in Flagstaff.

D-backs bring youth training to Rim country

The Diamondbacks are coming to Payson for the fourth consecutive summer.

What's up?

Q: There is a sign on Easy Street, just south of Evergreen, that says roads are not maintained by the town of Payson. However, it appears that the town does in fact grade the section of Easy Street that runs between Malibu and Evergreen. Is that because of the police department?

White, McQuade to marry

Daniel P. and Susie McQuade are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Sarah Ann to Weston Wilder White, the son of Robert L. and Pam White on Friday, June 11, 2004.

So much to live for

Each of us has a "Back Home." I visited my home town, which I have been away from since 1933.

Pep Boys at it again

The Pep Boys are about to spring forth with another ingenious plan.

Citizens Academy a great benefit

We are the graduating members of the Sheriff John Armer's "2004 Citizens Police Academy" administered by the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Complainers should do their part

To those 35 families who are still complaining about the noise from The Door Stop -- what about the noise abatement of the planes flying very, very low over my house, and my neighbors', at 7 a.m.

Norma McCauley

Norma Nadine Kysar McCauley, 84, of Payson, died May 16, 2004.

Mayor proclaims May as Small Business month

Acknowledging the contribution of the SCORE program to economic vitality of the community, the month of May has been proclaimed Small Business Month by Payson Mayor Ken Murphy.

Diamond Rim residents go on attack

The open house on the proposed Diamond Rim Water Exploration Project nearly degenerated into chaos Tuesday evening as some 300 opponents attempted to harass Forest Service officials and consultants off the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium floor.

Coach of the year lauds assistants, volunteers

Upon learning he had been named the 4A conference Grand Canyon Region track and field "Coach of the Year," Chuck Hardt was quick to praise his six assistants.

‘Home Run' 5K draws crowd to help PAHH

Only one local runner finishes in overall top 3

Only one Rim country runner managed a top-three overall finish at the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity 5K run held May 15 at Green Valley Park.

Two, real role models

Payson High School math teacher Halli Kinnick values greatly Pat Tillman's heroic sacrifice of giving up fame and fortune to join the military.

Althoff, Rockow to wed

Dennis and Kathleen Rockow of Almena, Wis. and Nancy Althoff of Payson, are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their children, Heather Rockow and Bo Althoff.

Kendal Marie Bunting

Kendal Marie Bunting was born to her proud parents, Lauren and Daniel Bunting on Dec. 12, 2003.

Activities abound around town


The pace is not slowing here in Pine and Strawberry. Residents and weekenders will certainly find plenty to do.

Gilbert C. Houser

Gilbert C. Houser, 73, of Payson, died May 19, 2004.

Russell Bemler

Russell Bemler, 84, of Tonto Basin, died May 11, 2004.

Valley teacher drowns near Young

A Valley high school teacher taking some students backpacking drowned in a trout pond south of Young May 8.

Tuesday, May 18

Override passes: unofficial results show 67 percent in favor

In what looks like a decisive decision, voters approved the Payson Unified School District's budget override. While results are still unofficial, the preliminary count indicates 67 percent of ballots cast were in favor of the override. The measure will cost the average taxpayer $48 a year for education funding.

Pageant to celebrate Women of the West

Miss Rodeo Arizona is celebrating "Women of the West" at its 2004 scholarship pageant which will be held May 21 through May 23 in conjunction with the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo in Payson.

Spring rodeo parade is a "Main Event"

Old Main in Payson will ring with fun and the sound of a herd of horse hooves this weekend when the annual Spring Rodeo Gary Hardt Memorial Parade runs its course.

Spring rodeo attracts nearly 300 cowboys

The 2004 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo in Payson will have almost 300 cowboys competing, according to information from Bill Armstrong, chairman of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, which presents the event each May, as well as the big rodeo in August.

Election results: 2004 general mayoral election

In a close race Tuesday, May 18, Vice-mayor Barbara Brewer edged out candidate Jim Chase to win Payson's mayoral seat. With 100 percent of the votes counted, the unofficial results show Brewer with a win by 297 votes.

State royalty to represent town

Katie Hill was crowned Miss Turquoise Circuit Jan. 16 at the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo in Lake Havasu City.

Women riders, ropers show their stuff Thursday

Rodeoing is most often thought of as a man's sport, but don't tell that to the more than 100 women expected to compete in the Cactus Series event during the Payson Spring Rodeo Gary Hardt Memorial.

Brewer wins mayor's race by 297 votes

In a close race Tuesday, May 18, Vice-mayor Barbara Brewer edged out candidate Jim Chase to win Payson's mayoral seat.

Payson voters elect town's first female mayor

Vice-mayor Barbara Brewer became a pioneer in the history of Payson leadership Tuesday night when voters elected her as the town's first female mayor.

State's reigning rodeo royalty serve Rim

The reigning rodeo royalty of Arizona and the Turquoise Circuit will share the duties that would normally fall to Payson's Rodeo Queen for the 2004 Payson Spring Rodeo Gary Hardt Memorial.

Monday, May 17

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Talk and plan before getting a pet


Spring is here. School is almost out and conversations about adopting a pet might be running through your household. This tendency increases when boxes of puppies and kittens appear in front of local stores.

Meals for homebound offered in Pine


With continued dry and windy conditions, the danger of wildfire grows daily. One would think everyone in Rim country would have a healthy concern about the situation, but apparently, that is not so.

Diamond Fire erupts near Sunflower

Nearby rancher's pond gives firefighters saving edge

Firefighters successfully protected the community of Sunflower from the Diamond Fire by constructing a 30-foot wide fire line Sunday afternoon.

Water conservation lacking in small communities

While Payson residents labor through the summer under Stage 3 water restrictions, residents of surrounding communities -- including even Pine -- have the green light to use all the water they want.

Both mayoral candidates claim experience for office

Payson voters go to the polls today (Tuesday) to select the mayor who will lead town government for the next two years.

A winning month for Roundup

May was a winning month for the Payson Roundup.

Community leader moves to state ranks


Janice Chilton has been a community leader in the Rim country for many years. She started getting involved in making things in Northern Gila County better when she worked to get a turnaround for the school buses in Gisela.

Volunteers come to the rescue in many ways

I was at a Tonto Rim Search and Rescue meeting last week when a man named Bill Hutchinson stood up and thanked the people who had rescued him after he became lost on a hiking trail.

Commentary was belittling

I was disappointed in your "Our View" column of May 14. Your condescending tone, as well as using the phrase "... pull their heads out of their wells ...," belittles the efforts of the Diamond Star Citizens Action Coalition, a group of earnest individuals who have labored countless hours to protect the rights of the people in their community.

A wall would be great

Jim Keyworth's article on The Door Stop in your May 7 edition was poorly researched and factually wanting.

Senior volunteers enrich community

On May 6, I had the privilege of listening to a number of nonprofit organizations address the town council concerning funding available to assist these folks who help so many of our community's citizens. All of these organizations are very worthy and deserve our consideration.

What a concept

"Here's the best-case scenario: the town is allowed to drill the test wells, and a new source of water is found that will, once and for all, end our water woes -- not just Payson's, but Star Valley's and Diamond Point Shadows as well."

CPS needs to be held accountable

Recently, I wrote about Pat Tillman. I was impressed at the sacrifice he made willingly for freedom.

Truth, justice and the American way

Remember when "truth, justice and the American way" were all synonymous? It might have been the Superman theme, but it made me proud to be an American every time I heard it.

Student musicians top flight

On Mother's Day I was invited to the very enjoyable afternoon performance of the middle school and the high school Jazz Band at the Community Presbyterian Church as part of the Jazz in Arizona monthly concerts.

Jazz concert a treat

For those who missed the monthly Jazz in AZ gathering at the Presbyterian Church this last Sunday afternoon, you missed a very special treat.

Horn track teams find 4A competition rugged

The Longhorn track and field teams found life doubly tough in the 4A conference championship finals.

ACA taps Hoyt for scholar-athlete award

University of Hawaii-bound Billy Bob Hoyt will soon add another scholarship to his bounty of offers.

Trio of PHS ball players tapped for all-region

Grand Canyon baseball coaches have voted a trio of Longhorn players to all-region teams.

Russell Bemler

Russell Bemler, 84, of Tonto Basin, died May 11, 2004.

Katherine I. Gound

Katherine Irene Gound, 79, of Payson, died May 12, 2004, after a long illness.

Payson's young poets' work powerful

On a day when Rim country voters are deciding their future, the winners of the Payson Unified School District's annual poetry contest remind us of how much is at stake for our children.

Goats protect Payson's southern flank


It's about 8:30 a.m. when we arrive at the goat camp, located in extremely dense brush in the Tonto National Forest between Oxbow Estates and Payson.

Sheriff John Armer seeks another term

Sheriff John Armer said he kept the promises he made to Gila County residents four years ago and intends to do the same through his next term at the helm of county law enforcement.

What's up?

Q: Rainfall has been rather limited this year, how much below normal are we at this time?

Putting the bases behind him, coach resigns

The most successful coach in the history of Payson High School baseball is stepping down.

Non-coaching tasks take their toll

After turning in his resignation as Payson High School's baseball coach, Teddy Pettet cited family reasons for stepping away.

Thursday, May 13

Club action heats up Rim links

Club battles have been profuse and frenzied on the fairways and greens of Payson Golf Course.

Course designer, 92, gets hole-in-one

How many golfers do you know who can shoot their age?

Rowdy flames turn up the heat on Valley competition

The Wildfire 14-years-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team continues to improve with each tournament outing.

Habitat for Humanity 5K this Saturday

Grease the wheels of that baby stroller, accelerate your personal training, replace those tired shoe laces -- Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (PAHH) will host its fourth annual 5K Walk/Run "Home Run" this Saturday, May 15 at Green Valley Park.

Bass man becomes firefighter

Professional fisherman Clifford Pirch returned early this week from a California bass tournament with a side-splitting story.

Share some very rarefied air at auction this weekend

The Rim country is noted for many things -- the exceptionally clear, clean air is one of them. This weekend residents and visitors can get a whiff of some very rarefied Rim country air at the Arrowhead Canyon Ranch Estate auction.

Medical community needs good schools

As May 18 approaches, we will likely hear many opinions on the Payson Unified School District's budget override. As CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center, I would like to offer a different perspective on this issue, which I believe is one of the most important our community will face.

White Mountain gold eludes Maverick track team

Rim Country Middle School track and field athletes were shut-out in their bids to earn White Mountain League gold medals.

Smoking, campfires banned in forest

Campers in the Rim country will have to do without campfires and a wide range of other amenities beginning this weekend.

People, service key for insurance society

After living in Payson for almost 10 years, Tina Terry saw an advertisement in the Roundup a little less than a year ago and was intrigued.

Longhorns make tracks to state championship

The Longhorn track team advances to the 4A state championship sporting a lineup bolstered by the presence of three regional champions, a top-rated relay team and a coach that was just named Grand Canyon "Coach of the Year."

Well plan prompts protest

Opponents plan to turn out in force on Tuesday, May 18, for a public open house/scoping meeting on the proposed Payson Diamond Rim Water Exploration Project.

Classic cars crowding into Christopher Creek


Get ready for this weekend in Christopher Creek the first Run to Christopher Creek Car Show is Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Fire restrictions now in place


Tonto National Forest began fire restrictions today, May 15 at 8 a.m.

Get out your track shoes to keep up this month


You can certainly tell that summer is on its way. The activities seem to be non-stop in Pine and Strawberry. There is always something to do.

What's up?

Q: Recently a dead tree fell on a vehicle on Main Street, no one was injured, but it could have been a real tragedy. Does the town have a person or department responsible for monitoring hazardous trees like this one?

School district tax base and The Door Stop

Attention, Payson Unified School District voters -- It is not about noise, it is about money. Your money. A school district needs a good tax base which consists of a mix of property owners and businesses. The more businesses the less of the tax burden is shouldered by the property owners.

It's a fight to get medical care

Since I moved to Payson only six months ago, my judgment about the medical establishment may be premature.

Rim country duo shines in California bass skirmish

California anglers were no match for a pair of Rim country fishermen during the four days of the Delta Western EverStart Bass Tournament.

Schools need our support

What a privilege it is to own property in the Rim country. I feel truly blessed and proud to be able to have the all-inclusive responsibilities, including the taxes that go with it.

Sheriff John Armer announces candidacy for re-election

On Jan. 2, 2004, I filed my campaign committee papers, as a Democratic candidate, to seek a second term as your Gila County Sheriff.

Let the town drill in forest

Next Tuesday at 6 p.m. the latest round in the War of the Wells will unfold in the Rim Country Middle School Cafeteria.

Spring might promise good monsoon


"April showers bring May flowers" and by looking around our Rim communities that seems to be true, at least for this year.

Funeral mass for Payson couple scheduled

A funeral mass for Jerome and Carolyn Kurtz, the Payson couple killed when their plane crashed in North Carolina, is scheduled for May 29.

Payson officer honored by county attorney

Payson Police Officer Steve Sachak was recognized by the Gila County Attorney's Office for his superior service in public safety and prosecution of criminals.

Columnist wins state awards

Christy Wrather, a columnist and correspondent for the Payson Roundup recently won several awards from the Arizona Press Women.

Impound yard vandals steal toys for needy

The Payson Police Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the people who broke into their impound yard, vandalized vehicles and stole and destroyed a shed full of toys designated for families in need at Christmas time.

Hiker shoots alleged attacker on remote trail

A confrontation between a hiker and another man at a trailhead off Highway 87 near the Highway 260 turn off, left one man dead Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, May 11

Chilled pies will bring thrills to your table


Fabulous desserts can be easy to prepare if you have the right ingredients on hand.

Droning on


One of the things I admire most about my hero, humor columnist Dave Barry, is how his legions of loyal readers send in funny newspaper articles and other material that practically write his columns for him.

John and Sarah Holder built Rim legacy


John Holder instituted more post offices in Arizona than any other person; while Sarah Holder created a bond with Apaches.

Wine, cheese, beer & brats help keep history alive


Want a nice night out to enjoy the beauty of Green Valley Park? Then the board of directors of the Northern Gila County Historical Society has just the thing.

Monday, May 10

Young author focuses on people not war


Spend a little time with Barbara Zachariae and it's not hard to understand why Pleasant Valley old-timers felt so comfortable sitting on the front porch of the Zachariae ranch telling deep, sometimes dark, family secrets into her reel-to-reel tape recorder.

Women's Wellness Forum tackles timely issues


The sixth annual Women's Wellness Forum's primary focus was to help women take the time to take care of themselves, but there was also a session designed to answer questions about taking care of others.

Teen werewolf play closes PHS season

The Payson High School Drama Department is ending the year with a laugher-- a fun-filled spinoff of the popular teenage werewolf stories.

Town on $70,000 road to transit study

The Payson Town Council has authorized a Phoenix firm to begin a public transit feasibility study.

Site feedback

Re: The Door Stop -- In reading the article about The Door Stop wanting to add 35 jobs and making a substantial investment in Payson, I wonder what the problem really is ...

'It's how you play the game'

Thank you for the positive story about your "ill fated" sporting event. Most would have thrown in the towel, but not you wonderfully creative people of Payson.

Bring your pooch to the park

The goal this year is 50. Last year, we broke 30. I'm talking about people bringing their dogs (with leash and plastic bags) to be part of the PAHH 5K Walk/ Run May 15 at Green Valley Park.

Spring brings us an elegant display

We Rimaroos (as Rim Review columnist Jim Keyworth calls us) may not agree on everything, but one thing we can agree on is that this spring we had the best crop of iris ever. Despite the ongoing drought and our tendency to ignore them to the point of outright neglect, this year's iris went all out to give us a great show.

Payson could benefit from proper bike planning

On May 8, the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA) held its Third Annual Payson Ride.Each year, GABA enjoys the support of your fine Manzanita Cyclery Shop and some of your local road bike enthusiasts who lead the way.

Students ask for support of override

We think it is very important that the school budget override passes. We are only seventh-graders, but we are really concerned about it.

‘Tazed and confused' -- police zap drunk driver

A drunk driver was hit with 50,000 volts of electricity from a Taser after he began fighting with Payson police officers Friday afternoon.

Arthur Romey

Arthur "Ralph" Romey, 82, of Strawberry, died May 8, 2004. He was born March 23, 1922 in Torrington, Wyo. to the late Loy and Cora Romey, and was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Override votes will all count

Gila County Recorder Linda Haught-Ortega wants you to know that your school district override ballot will count, despite the fact that the pieces don't fit together perfectly.

Wildlife ambassadors enlighten and educate

After being hit by a car in November 2000, Cheyenne -- a Golden eagle -- was left with only one good eye and an injured wing. She would never hunt again. Fortunately, she found a home at the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center.

Tennis pro offers lessons

Local teaching pro Diane Jackson is offering tennis buffs the opportunity to tune up their game. For a registration fee of $20 per person, youth and adults of all playing abilities can receive tips from the pros in a series of classes next month.

Wellness forum encourages women to make health a priority

It was a day full of education, activities and refreshing ideas for women of all ages in the community -- it was the annual Women's Wellness Forum.

Tillman's character lives on

The highly emotional ceremony began Saturday morning in Sun Devil Stadium with a flyover of F-16 fighters. The tribute wrapped up an hour later with the singing of God Bless America and the releasing of 27 white doves, one for each year of Pat Tillman's life.

Portable bowling lanes allow students to learn lifelong skill

If you're old enough, you may remember a time when bowling pins were set manually, usually by a child they called a pinsetter.

Richard A. Taylor

Richard Allen Taylor, last of a pioneer ranching family in Payson, died May 7 at age 97.

Horns baseball derailed; softball express on track

While the curtain has fallen on the Longhorn baseball team, the stage continues to be set for the PHS softball squad.

Longhorns win GC regional championship

The Longhorn boys track team has earned the school's third Grand Canyon region championship of the 2003-04 season.

Pound has big plans for sheriff's office

Lt. Kim Pound said that when he is elected Sheriff of Gila County, it won't be beneath him crawl out of bed at 2 a.m. to assist his deputies.

Override vital to Payson

I support the school budget override, as I feel it is vital to Payson. As the father of four school-aged daughters, I would like to respond to some of the arguments against the school override.

Someone paid for your education

We note, with interest, Otis and J.D. Wells letter to the editor. hey pose a very significant question that should be on all our minds as we go to the polls to vote on the school override.

Wanda McNew

Wanda McNew, 72, a wonderful wife and loving mother, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

Payson cowboy poet honored

Payson author Dee Strickland Johnson, also known as "Buckshot Dot" is a recipient of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for outstanding achievement in the publishing of cowboy poetry.

Medicare drug cards a raw deal for seniors

What do you think about the new Medicare Drug Card program now available? You've probably heard a lot said about it lately.

Clean campaign appreciated

The mayoral race between Jim Chase and Barbara Brewer has shown that a campaign can be run without a lot of mud-slinging and smear tactics.

One firecracker could be as lethal as a bomb

Summers in Minnesota were hot and muggy --he humidity often meeting or beating the temperature.

Cancer never sleeps

Everyone knows someone who has suffered from cancer --hether it is a friend, a family member, a neighbor, or just someone in the community. The truth is, cancer affects everybody.

Summer activities for children


The Payson Humane Society is sponsoring the Fur-Ever Friends Club this summer for children, 12 and over.

Thursday, May 6

PAHH draws support from JRE students

Wayne Gorry's students at Julia Randall Elementary School are adding a nice touch to the Habitat Home Run 5K May 15 at Green Valley Park.

Rim country chess champion advancing

Shelby School graduate, Daniel Rensch, recently took first place at the National High School Chess Tournament.

Red flag warnings mean no open fires anywhere


Red flag warnings mean no open fires anywhere. The red flag is flying in the Tonto Village Fire District. For those of you who don't know what this signifies -- it means that there will be no open fires anywhere within the district without prior notification and permission from the fire chief. The red flag is on the flag poles at the Double D Restaurant and the fire station and all the other stations within the district.

One of our elk is too neighborly


Most people today have a pet. We have a golden retriever named Buddy, but we also have an elk that keeps coming around so often that you would think it was a pet.

D. L. Williams

D. L. "Corky" Williams, 73, died Saturday, May 1, 2004 at his home in Tonto Basin.

LeRoy L. Lambert

LeRoy L. Lambert, 85, of Payson, died May 3, 2004.

Jerome F. Kurtz and Carolyn C. Kurtz

Jerome (Jerry) Forrest Kurtz, 66, and Carolyn L. (Craig) Kurtz, 67, both of Payson, died together May 3 in a small plane crash in Cary, N.C.

Tour de Payson offers 45-mile adventure

Manzanita Cyclery of Payson has joined forces with the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club to host the Tour de Payson bike rally.

4A state action tips off at PHS

Payson High School baseball and softball teams open 4A state tournament action at 11 a.m. tomorrow on the Longhorn fields.

RCMS hosts track and field finals

The finest track and field athletes from 11 small schools gathered yesterday (Thursday) at Rim Country Middle School to battle for bragging rights as White Mountain League champions. (Results not available at press time).

Taylor now open for adult swimming

Taylor Pool opened for business May 3 -- the earliest date in the 20-plus year history of the aquatic facility.

Colorado college pulls in another Horn

Another Payson High School wrestler has decided to continue his career at Western State College of Colorado.

Relays run in spite of dropouts

After being dealt a bushel of lemons this season, Payson High track coaches and their charges made lemonade.

What's up?

Q: Years ago, the town had a sign ordinance that regulated the size and number of signs a business may use. Now, it seems that ordinance has been tossed. Driving down the highway now, just about every business has their main sign, banners, sandwich boards, and in some cases, trailers parked on the other side of town advertising their business. What's up with that?

Seniors Circle affiliates say vote ‘yes' on override

As retirees many people are surprised to learn we support the Payson Unified School District's budget override.

Create a school tax that everyone pays

I received an early Ballot Registration Form from the Payson United School District Override Election Committee, it says election laws make it possible for all citizens to vote at home. They want my wife and me to vote "Yes" on the override budget so we can pay more taxes than we pay now.

Our defining moment awaits

There comes a time in almost every town when there is a ‘defining moment' that tells of the character, caring, and concern of that community. When a city has an opportunity to speak for those that have little or no voice of their own, such as the sick, the elderly, the homeless, and the children.

Labels say nothing

It is fun to talk in labels -- one can use up a lot of type, imply all sorts of things and actually say absolutely nothing -- for each of us tend to have our own private meanings or concepts attached to those labels.

Get along with your neighbors

The people living in, or close to, the industrial park at the airport should have considered the possibility of noise from industries before they bought their homes. Now that The Door Stop is there, there are homeowners causing a lot of problems for them.

Humane Society needs help

I have been to the state-of-the-art animal shelter in Phoenix that Carol Stubbs referenced in your Friday article regarding finding an acceptable spot for the Humane Society of Payson.

Missing teen sought

The family of Rachel Gibson is desperate for her to come home.

Junior Archaeology Club takes off

Last year, an idea came about to initiate a Junior Archaeology Club through the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society. The club is now firmly established, with Zane Wiles as its first president. The membership includes approximately 15 students interested in understanding early cultures.

Car hits semi in Star Valley

A car struck a semi-truck at the intersection of Moonlight Drive and Highway 260 in Star Valley yesterday (Thursday), according to Diamond Star Fire Department Captain Rick Heron.

Wal-Mart warns of phone scam

Rim country residents are receiving phone calls soliciting Wal-Mart and Sam's Club gift certificates and credit cards.

Local couple killed in plane crash

Payson couple, Jerome and Carolyn Kurtz, were killed Monday when their plane crashed in a small pond near Cary, N.C.

Identity theft case expanding

Gila County Sheriff's Detectives George Ratliff and Brian Havey continued to find more evidence in the identity theft operation discovered in Strawberry.

Fireworks ignite Wednesday blaze

Fire danger forcing restrictions

As Tonto National Forest officials prepared to impose campfire and smoking restrictions, firefighters managed to snuff out four fires at less than two acres apiece earlier this week.

Proposed noise ordinance threatens 35 jobs

A total of 35 new jobs created by the expansion of The Door Stop could go to Chandler instead of Payson if the town doesn't provide assurances that it will not pass an overly restrictive noise ordinance.

Time to resolve Door Stop and shelter conflicts

If image is important to you, this is not a good time to live in Mazatzal Mountain Air Park subdivision.

Company adds beauty to Rim for quarter century

Iris Garden Service has been contributing to the beauty of the Rim country for more than a quarter century.

Pine-Strawberry museum needs volunteers


Is it spring or summer with these hot temperatures? The weeds love it. So much work. So little time.

Evan Henson

Evan Henson, 52, of Payson, died May 4, 2004.

Tuesday, May 4

Who you callin' a simile?


Among the more effective tools available to creative writers is the simile.

Rim country life with Zane Grey


My parents instilled in me a love of reading at a very early age. This was not a major chore, as we had no "boob tube." My Christmas and birthday presents were often Zane Grey books and by the time I was 11 years old, I was reading them for the second or third time.

Take a tour of Rim country treasures


Explore the man-made treasures of the Rim country this weekend. Join the third annual 'Neath the Rim Open Art Studio Tour.

Monday, May 3

Be kind, spend time with your pet


This is "Be Kind to Animals Week." It includes both wild and domestic animals. There are countless ways that we can be kind to our wild neighbors: feeding and providing water for birds and squirrels, setting out salt blocks and water for deer if you live near their pathway, leaving nests alone, not feeding wild animals on your property so that they lose their fear of humans, not hunting unless you will use the meat and hunt humanely, teaching children respect for all animals and leaving all wild animals, including insects, in their natural homes.

What's up?

Q: What's up when the water restrictions don't allow residents to wash their cars in their driveways, but car dealerships in town are still washing the cars on their lots?

Richard M. Gutenberg

Richard "Rick" Michael Gutenberg, 72, of Payson, died April 29, 2004.

PHS newspaper rolls off the presses

Payson High School has a new student newspaper, put together by 15 students who are giving up their lunch hour for their love of the printed word.

Tillman died for all our freedoms

The death of Pat Tillman is an indisputable tragedy, not just for Tillman's young bride and his family, not just for football fans, but for all Americans.

Experience, objectivity offered

I would like to reply to the letter by Gordon Metcalf regarding Councilman Reese's endorsement of my campaign.

Brewer will bring harmony

Ten years ago, I moved to Rim country. A gentleman from one of the old families, who first settled here, shared an interesting memory with me. He said the men came here first and cleared the way, but living really began when the women arrived.

Award was an honor

My sincerest thanks to the Rim Country Toastmasters Club No. 6532 of Toastmasters International for selecting me as the recipient of their Community Leadership 2004 award. What an extraordinary and unexpected honor!

Just the place for Fields

W. C. Fields is known for saying "Anyone who hates children and animals can't be all bad." Well, he would surely love Payson these days, or at least the letters to the editor. Girl Scouts and the planned Humane Society got it this time. Of course, the ducks at the park were a bad thing, too, a while back!

A hope for future students

She has had the privilege of going to a school where the classes are smaller in size, which allows the teacher to spend more individual time with each student.

Production good example for override

On April 24 my husband, myself, and daughter, along with her Little Sister (Big Brother, Big Sister Program) attended "The Music Man" at Payson High School. This delightful performance prompted me to react, and, in turn, to write for several reasons.

Opposing the override

I want to encourage Payson residents to vote "no" on the budget override.

Horns ready for postseason challenges

Opening round victories in the Grand Canyon regional tournament have propelled the PHS baseball and softball team into second round games at 12:30 p.m. today in Mingus.

Winchester fires new discus mark

After learning their coach's masters age-division (50-years-plus) discus record had been broken, members of the Tonto Apache track and field team encouraged Billy Joe Winchester to try and regain the marks.

Marrs to pursue college golf career

A third senior member of the Payson High School golf team will continue his career on the collegiate level.

Rim musicians make CD for charity

Rim country musicians are carrying on a tradition of charity with the upcoming release of a locally recorded compact disk to benefit a food distribution program for the needy. The CD, "All the Kings Horses," is a compilation of works by area artists.

Man makes false claims in murder case

The Payson Police Department arrested a man for aggravated assault last week who claimed to have information about the March murder of Ira Eastman.

Children experience Cinco de Mayo at Payson library

Artist Rosemeri Barabe unfurled a 10-inch leaf over a slab of pottery as wide-eyed children gathered around to watch and touch.

Local officers carry torch for Special Olympics

Officers from Rim country law enforcement agencies will be running down the Beeline Highway Thursday ... literally, according to Department of Public Safety Officer Bernadette Koren.

Detectives discover ID theft ring

While assisting federal marshals serve a warrant in Strawberry, the Gila County Sheriff's Office stumbled upon what appears be part of an extensive identity theft operation, Wednesday.

Override ballots don't fit

Rim country residents voting by mail in the Payson Unified School District budget override election will find it impossible to fit the ballot and other pieces together.

What is a fair tax?

This one is not in haste.

No compassion shown when dog was killed

To the insensitive person who did not stop after running over the brown dog on April 27, 2004, Tuesday night at around 8:30 -- We would appreciate a little compassion.

Welcome home

Just a short note to welcome homeational Guard Unit404 Transportation Company based in Show Low.

Site feedback

Re: Barking dogs -- This is in response to the citizen, who as an act of protest was taking down her sign which read "Almost Heaven" ...

Course record set at 50-mile Rim run

A 34-year-old Colorado athlete ran a new course record April 25 in the Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-mile race.

Banner Wheelchair Suns outscore Payson Hotwheels 109 to 105

"Shooting a basketball from a wheelchair is like trying to throw a large rock up into the middle of the air," said Russell Youngcourt, assistant manager of the Payson Safeway.

Wildlife Fair set for Saturday, May 8

Green Valley Park will undergo an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 8, when its sprawling grassy expanses will turn into a carnival full of wildlife and outdoor activities.

Reporter's column was a cheap shot

College students are not known for common sense, including myself when I was attending Arizona State University during the same years dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Zane Grey Cabin on fast track

The rebuilding of Zane Grey's historic cabin on the grounds of the Rim Country Museum at Green Valley Park is gaining momentum.

May is jam-packed with senior events


Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Did you ever wonder how Mayday came to be the oral radio signal for requesting aid? From the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase origins comes this explanation: It is derived from the French "m'aidez," meaning "help me."

Local weaver creates ‘wearable art'


Georgianne Smolenski used to watch little old ladies weaving rag rugs at craft shows, never dreaming she would one day become one.

Teacher's touch reaches beyond students


Students in classes like home economics learn skills that stay with them all their lives.