Stories for November 2004


Tuesday, November 30

Thrift stores offer holiday gifts at budget prices


A holiday shopping option that many people don't think about is the Rim country's thrift stores. But just stop by and you'll find the same festive atmosphere as Wal-Mart or any of the area's other retail establishments -- holiday music, colorful displays, and, most important, great bargains.

Walter Lovelady Part 4: The Constable

Walter and Belle Lovelady took their baby son, Lawrence, and daughter, Dorothy to live at the house Walter built on the Lovelady Place. The home was located about a quarter-mile northeast of what today is the junction of Highways 87 and 260. They spent the next 12 years, 1927 through 1939, at this home. Like the Hammonds Ranch, it had a big porch with beds to accommodate the many relatives that stopped in for a few days -- or weeks.

Holiday parade has more entries, more fun


The Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade will be twice as long this year as it was last year.

Phone scams skim money from locals

The Payson Police Department wants to caution residents about an increase in telephone scams.

Festive fudge for the holiday season


Hop on the Candyland Express this holiday season with festive fudge that's as easy as it is delicious. Using sweetened condensed milk, you can prepare this classic homemade treat in just 10 minutes in varieties your friends and family will love. Rich and creamy, fudge is great to serve at holiday gatherings or wrapped up as a "tasteful" gift from your kitchen.

How goofy can one game get?


Golf has always seemed to me to be a strange way to spend your time.

Monday, November 29

Holiday fun can spark fire

The holidays are a time of feasting, decorating and sharing a hearth's warmth with friends and family. Unfortunately, these are also times of house fires and accidents, Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi said.

Unique scratch art wins awards


Angela Cockle works in the unique medium of scratchboard art. Her focus is on wild animals and family pets and the people at the 2004 Payson Art League Fall Show and Sale loved it. They named her recipient of the first place People's Choice Award.

Get pets ready for holiday


My dog, Higgins, celebrates his fourth birthday today. He came into my life after I lost my beloved Derby. Higgins came to fill that huge, gaping hole in my heart. He has done his job well.

Horns scramble for 'W' in Scottsdale

The Longhorn basketball team travels to Scottsdale Coronado Tuesday looking for its first win of the season.

Defense key to beating Scottsdale Dons

Sporting a season-opening 51-33 win over Notre Dame, the Lady Longhorns return to Wilson Dome at 7 p.m. Tuesday to host the Scottsdale Coronado Dons.

Celebrate religious diversity

Joanne Chilcoat ofayson wrote Tuesday about the postage stamp honoring the Muslim holidays, "To buy this stamp would indeed be a slap in the face ... All Americans should boycott this stamp."

Don't be a religious bigot

A recent letter to the editor suggested that we boycott a new stamp commemorating the Muslim holiday season. This suggestion was based on the fact that Muslims were involved in several attacks on the U.S. at home and abroad over the last few years.

Friends take on Turkey Trot challenge

For Julia Randall Elementary School fifth-graders Jordan Fruth and Rachel Creighton, the Turkey Trot 5K run was a chance for the friends to showcase their running prowess. At the Nov. 20 event at Green Valley Park, the two were credited with identical times of 29:32. Creighton, however, crossed the finished line one-half step ahead of Fruth.

Phone scams skim money from locals

The Payson Police Department wants to caution residents about an increase in telephone scams.

Bill could give $500K to county schools

Rural Arizona and Gila County schools could receive financial help if the U.S. Senate passes and President Bush signs an appropriations bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Kolbe.

Concerts spice up season

It's the week after Thanksgiving and "Jingle Bells" and "Jolly Old Saint Nick" have already worn out their welcome. A musical program sponsored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship Sunday night, puts the vim and vigor back into those tired, old Christmas carols during two performances.

Payson couple injured in Oxbow accident

A husband and wife were injured in a two-car accident Monday on Highway 87, near Oxbow Estates, police said.

What's up?

Q: Why wasn't the girl who caused the accident that forced the truck into the Mount Cross Lutheran Church tested for drugs or alcohol? Q: For several years Payson has not had any Christmas decorations. Why can't we have the town put up something for the holiday?

Kenneth Wayne Kowaliski

Kenneth Wayne Kowaliski, 67, of Payson, died Nov. 26, 2004 following a long illness.

Verda Rumble

Verda Rumble, 93, of Payson, Ariz., died Nov. 29, 2004.

Waikiki Warrior makes run for varsity

Former Longhorn golf star Billy Bob Hoyt, now a freshman at the University of Hawaii, has his sights set on soon making the Warriors' starting five.

Coaches needed for youth teams

Payson Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt continues to scour the community in search of volunteer youth coaches for third- and fourth-grade boys and girls basketball teams.

Ivey Rose Saunders

Ivey Rose Saunders was born Oct. 11, 2004 to Michelle and Randy Saunders.

Ayden Michael Taylor

Former Payson resident Amy Dawn (Creach) Taylor and husband Scott welcomed Ayden Michael Taylor Oct. 21, 2004.

Bishops celebrate 60th anniversary

Chuck and Dottie Bishop celebrated their 60th anniversary with a barbecue at the Verde Groves Clubhouse in Mesa.

RCMS fund-raiser nets $12,000

Proceeds benefit extracurricular activities fund

Extracurricular activities at Rim Country Middle School received a financial boost from a student council holiday fund-raiser that sold more than $27,000 in merchandise.

Trio of students earn AP Scholar Award

A trio of Payson High School students have received The College Board's prestigious AP Scholar Award for their efforts on the college-level Advanced Placement Program tests.

Lois (Larance) Wilson

Lois (Larance) Wilson, 71, of Christopher Creek, Ariz., died Nov. 24, 2004 in Phoenix.

Payson's patriarchs remembered in calendar

Treat yourself to 12 months of Payson history with the 2005 Daughters of Gila County Pioneers calendar. This year the organization pays tribute to Rim country grandfathers and grandsons.

Angel auction benefits area families

The Christmas Angels Auction has aided families in the Pine and Strawberry areas for the past four years. "Everyone needs to come, it's lots of fun," said Sharon Allen, who has coordinated the auction and angel project since its inception with her husband, Frank.

New board should shore up leaky budget

The newly elected Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Board could build a legacy as the group that did all the right things for children.

Thrift stores offer holiday gifts at budget prices


A holiday shopping option that many people don't think about is the Rim country's thrift stores.

Adult, pediatric flu vaccines available

The Gila County Department of Health has received a limited supply of flu vaccine for adults and children 6 months through 18 years of age.

Sunday, November 28

Send troops in Iraq a Christmas card

Operation Christmas Card is a way for the Rim country to show support for our troops serving in Iraq by sending a one-time Christmas card.

Saturday, November 27

Albatross sighting

Payson residents looking into the sky Saturday morning, Nov. 20, may have caught a glimpse of two Czech-designed L39C Albatross trainer/fighter jets.

Friday, November 26

Authors to sign Old West recipe book

Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle officially released their latest book, "Calf Fries and Cow Pies" -- a cultural recipe book -- Friday, Nov. 26.

Thursday, November 25

Mary (Bradley) Newman

Mary (Bradley) Newman, 81, died Nov. 21, 2004, surrounded by her family, in the rambling ranch home she established 47 years ago at the base of Mummy Mountain.

Holiday happenings for your Christmas calendar

Nov. 26: Dusk - Swiss Village Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Swiss Village Shops, Payson.

Plenty of shopping in Rim villages


I hope you all had a pleasant and restful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Now we are heading full speed into Christmas. Will we have a white Christmas?

Tired of corporate commercialization

On a recent trip to our local movie theater, we were confronted with television-style commercials, and then the usual movie trailers before the movie.

Conklins celebrate 50th

Douglas and Shirley Conklin will celebrate their golden anniversary at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pine with family and friends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 2004.

Local mine yields one of world's best amethyst lodes

When your local jeweler tells you he goes the extra mile to bring you a world class gem -- at least here in Payson -- that statement is far more than marketing hype, and that extra mile is no walk in the park.

People prevail at Second Crossing

Tonto National Forest officials have canceled planned improvements at Second Crossing.

Back to basics; customer's needs must come first

Respect for and from customers is critical for successful businesses. Think of it as follow-up and follow-through strategies.

Bruggeman earns prestigious certification

Brian Bruggeman, M.D., of Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, 1020 N. San Francisco St. in Flagstaff, was recently certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Heaven Bound Plumbing promises divine service

A call for service from A Heaven Bound Plumbing Co. will bring 22 years of experience to your door.

Had your fill of turkey yet?


The abundance of food is overwhelming, isn't it? I love this time of year: the crispness of the days, drinking hot chocolate by the fire, having a warm and cozy feeling, and smelling the turkey roasting and the pumpkin pies baking. The smell of the spices are wonderful. I hope that feeling and those great smells lasts until after New Years.

Communing with nature


The holiday is over and if you are like me, you will have to go on a diet after all that turkey and desserts. Now it's time for the next holiday.

The final statistic of the World Series

Health authorities in New England have been alarmed that nearly 40 percent of the people -- mainly men over 75 years old -- have died in the last month, or are in the final stages.

Giving hunters a bad name

My daughter and I photographed this elk Nov. 22, about one-half mile off Colcord Road and Highway 260.

Difference between criticism and complaining

In response to Laura Smith's cry for help,et me just say that no, I don't live in Payson, so therefore I wasn't present at the Trunk or Treat. You havevery right to question the parks and recreation department'sgesture" of the aforementioned activity.

Article was shocking and informative

As a taxpayer, I found reporter Kelly Crowley's article (Roundup, Nov. 19) on the antics of Rim Country Middle School Principal Frank Larby to be shocking, but also very informative. Thank you for bringing this story to our attention. I believe that Crowley's article should be read by everyone in Payson.

Help support Pine community center

What is CERCA? Community Educational, Recreational and Civic Association of Pine and Strawberry.

Borrowing against our future

Re: Debt -- Quietly, insidiously, faster and faster our national debt grows far beyond our ability to repay. Congress is in the process of raising the debt ceiling another 800 billion dollars. Our total national debt is growing toward 8 trillion dollars. It must seem like "Monopoly" money, but it is not.

Role models live next door, not on TV

As I sat down on Thanksgiving Day to write this editorial, I was originally going to express my disappointment in the behavior of men in the news recently who allowed their tempers to get the best of them. This past week there have been numerous examples of men who are role models to our children, but who placed rage before reason and acted out of control.

Robert Dowell

Robert Dowell, 54, of Payson, died Nov. 16, 2004.

Lawrence F. Dircks

Lawrence F. Dircks, 79, died Nov. 23, 2004.

Comedy contest wraps up at casino Saturday

The year's best stand-up comedians will compete for the honor of "Funniest Person of the Year" and a $500 cash prize at 8 p.m Saturday at Mazatzal Casino.

Deputy court clerk seeks appointment

Anita Escobedo, chief deputy for the Gila County clerk of the superior court, has announced that she is seeking the appointment to complete Margaret Toot's term. Toot retires from her position as clerk of the superior court, Dec. 31, 2004.

Task force agents foil murder plot

Detectives with the Gila County Narcotics Task Force arrested two Payson brothers Tuesday, foiling their alleged plans to murder at least one Payson resident.

Manhunt continues

Police search for armed assailants

The Payson Police Department is on the hunt for three fugitives, considered armed and dangerous, who were involved in the assault of a Payson man at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

Arizona Mentor brings caring closer to home

Anthony Saba, Arizona Mentor participant, recently attended a two-day conference at Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix entitled, "Making Natural Supports Work for People with Disabilities," sponsored by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

ASU, UA rivalry can't be downplayed

It's being written around the state that Arizona State University football coach Dirk Koetter and his University of Arizona counterpart Mike Stoops are close friends and have decided to downplay the rivalry between their two schools.

Holiday spirit burns bright in PHS seniors

A needy Payson family has reaped the rewards of an idea hatched at a Longhorn football senior retreat.

Horns move on without star player

Longhorn basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser and his players spent preseason struggling to adjust to the loss of one of school's finest all-around athletes.

Lady Horns dominate Notre Dame

Snatch open the closet door and haul out the brooms -- they'll be needed for the celebration of the Lady Horns clean sweep of Notre Dame Nov. 22 in Wilson Dome.

Raider nation cages Camp Verde Bulldogs

For longtime Payson Raiders youth football coach Billy Hardt, the past season was highlighted by crucial clashes against their Camp Verde nemesis.

Swiss Village Christmas Lighting festival tonight

The annual Swiss Village Christmas Lighting festival will take place Friday, Nov. 26 at the Swiss Village Shops on North Beeline Highway.

Principal's actions a poor example

We commend Karen Burback, of the MVD, for not compromising the standards set to obtain an Arizona driver's license.

Tuesday, November 23

Walter Lee Lovelady -- Part 3: Walter marries Belle Russell


With the horror of World War I behind him, Walter was anxious to get back to Arizona and his ranch on Webber Creek. He was even more anxious to see Belle Russell.

Ministerial fellowship brings


Christmas in the Rim country starts this weekend with the traditional Swiss Village Christmas Lighting program, then the holiday moves into high gear next weekend with both the annual Pine Community Christmas Party, Dec. 3, and the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade on Saturday. This will be followed on Sunday, Dec. 5 with the return of the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship's Christmas program, it has been three years since the last presentation, according to director Eric Santana.

Annual guide simplifies holiday shopping


Ho, ho, ho! That can only mean one thing, fellow townsfolk -- the holiday shopping season is upon us once again. But I bring great cheer and good tidings, because Wal-Mart is not your only option.

Turkey leftovers can be a seasonal safety net


This week most of us will have more leftover turkey than we know what to do with. But cooked turkey stashed in the freezer can be a safety net for planning meals during the hectic weeks after Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22

Former Horns shine at Colorado meet

A foursome of former Longhorn wrestling stars, now members of the Western State College of Colorado team, shined at the University of Wyoming Cowboy Open tournament last week in Laramie.

Herculean effort needed to win GC region crown

Longhorn wrestling coach Rich Ormand is predicting the road to a second successive Grand Canyon Region championship could be rougher than last season.

Cluff, Jones take Turkey Trot titles

A pair of long-distance runners with Payson High School cross country and track ties ran to first place at the Turkey Trot 5K run Saturday at Green Valley Park.

Questions about Pine school

Is Pine School really making the grade?

Boycott stamp

Recently, I received an e-mail regarding a new stamp the United States Postal Service is offering. This stamp is honoring the Muslim holiday season and, yes, during our Christmas season. I really had my doubts about this e-mail being authentic, so I went to the post office for verification. I was told that yes, it is true and that they cannot discriminate.

Allan Dean Sheridan

Allan Dean Sheridan, 75, died Nov. 21, 2004 after a long bout with Parkinson's disease.

Coaches, AIA could clash over all-star games

The long-standing friendly relationship between the Arizona Interscholastic Association and the Arizona Coaches Association could be tested by a recent AIA Executive Board decision.

Loss of Hardt was a blow to the Longhorns

Payson High School cross country and track coach Chuck Hardt might be wondering "what if?"

Arafat, the poisoner

The editorial in the Nov.16 edition of the Roundup extols Yasser Arafat, who "spent his whole life sacrificing and fighting for the rights of his people."

Arafat made no sacrifice

This missal is a tongue-in-cheek response to reporter Kelly Crowley's blatantly biased portrayal of Yasser Arafat, hidden in just enough facts embellished by some gross numerical exaggerations to exonerate an otherwise abominable terrorist personality whose departure from this planet is a blessing to the Palestinian population at large.

What's up?

Q: Between 1996 and 2004, the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has built 11 houses, how many are still owned and occupied by the families selected as partners for the homes?

Community dinner part of the heart of Payson Elks


When Bob Troutman, chairman of the Payson Elks house committee, heard that the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hadn't found a home, he volunteered the club.

Parks programs are great

It is amazing how wonderful it is to reminisce. I was just remembering the first week that we moved to Payson some years ago.

Council moves ahead on public transit

The Payson Town Council moved a step closer to a public transit system Thursday evening, authorizing the development of an implementation plan and cost estimates.

Maggie, Marty fill fine art niche


It's arguably the most unique art gallery in Payson, but its doorbell takes the prize.

Wardell memorial service

There will be a memorial service for Dale "Woody" Wardell at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004 at Moose Lodge No. 852 in Star Valley.

Credit for Kids helps schools stretch services

Students, teachers and parents representing Payson and Pine School districts are united in their efforts to ensure all taxpayers have the opportunity to participate in Credit for Kids.

Phoenix golf courses benefit from Payson weather station

In a town where water use can be a controversial subject, it might surprise Rim country residents to learn that Phoenix golf courses and homeowners use information collected by high-tech monitoring systems here in Payson to manage their turf.

Water bill quenches local thirst

Relief may take years

The water act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week cleared the way for Payson to receive water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir, but don't expect to be showering in it any time soon.

Recent storm great for numbers, bad for motorists

The storm Sunday and Monday produced more than 1.5 inches of rain for Payson.

Entry at Julia Randall School recognized

The efforts to create an improved entry to Julia Randall Elementary School have been recognized by the Design Review Committee of the Payson Main Street organization.

'Tip-a-Cop' a success

Some big tippers at Macky's Grill Saturday helped local families have a Christmas this year.

James "Jim" Murphy

James "Jim" Murphy, 75, of Payson, died Nov. 22, 2004.

Local Salvation Army unit needs holiday volunteers

The Salvation Army Unit of Payson is seeking volunteers to participate in the Holiday Kettle Bell Ringing.

Time Out, Inc. wins Mary Kay grant

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation awarded a grant to Time Out, Inc. in Payson to support the shelter's ongoing efforts to help women and children affected by family violence.

Gila County's superior court clerk retires

Margaret Toot, the longtime clerk of the Gila County Superior Court is retiring at the end of the year.

Top dogs compete, entertain


A couple of weeks ago in this column, I mentioned the huge dog sporting event which would be taking place at West World in Scottsdale. Now I have been there and been a part of it. It was amazing.

SRP deserves praise for Blue Ridge

Nobody has been harder on the Salt River Project than the Roundup -- especially in recent years when drought made water even more precious in the Rim country.

Sunday, November 21

Teens ride road to racing success

Fledgling barrel racers Amber Marshall and Candace Bullard are molding themselves into competitors who could someday make their mark on the professional women's rodeo circuit.

Saturday, November 20

Jazz vocalist Peterson performs today

Jazz in Arizona and The Payson Friends of Jazz will present well-known piano vocalist Shirley Peterson in a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Surprises await in every nook and cranny

Stepping into the Pine Creek Collection is something like a visit to the home of a storied, distant relative. The surprises to see in every nook and cranny almost have you holding your breath in excitement.

Friday, November 19

Shelter, town meet to resolve differences

Representatives of the town and Payson Humane Society met Thursday morning to try and resolve their differences over a site for a new shelter.

Surprises await in every nook and cranny

Stepping into the Pine Creek Collection is something like a visit to the home of a storied, distant relative. The surprises to see in every nook and cranny almost have you holding your breath in excitement.

Thursday, November 18

A haunting on Staten Island

I read Jim Keyworth's article on the Payson haunting with interest.

Masons donate shopping spree

The Payson Masonic Lodge will have its annual Clothe-a-Child Program on Dec. 18.

Connolly, Barney engaged

Jimmy and Lauree Lee Connolly of Payson announce the engagement of their son, Craig Connolly, to Catherine Barney, daughter of Russ and Carol Barney of Safford, Ariz.

Give a furry friend a home

Payson Humane Society is sniffing out good owners for homeless pets.

'Tip-a-cop' helps families at Christmas

Though their job is normally to protect and serve, local law enforcement will seat and serve at Macky's Grill Saturday.

Last call for Operation Christmas Child donations

This weekend is the last chance for Rim country residents to contribute to the Christmas Box campaign for Operation Christmas Child.

Ranger district still has tree permits

Although the Arizona National Forests' Sale-by-Mail Christmas Tree Program has completely sold out of permits for all seven cutting areas, the Payson Ranger District still has about 200 permits for sale over-the-counter, according to spokeswoman Gloria Alliger.

Village has building boom


The days in the village have been ideal. The mornings are crisp and the afternoons are warm.

Reisdorf, Pederson to wed

David and Leslie Reisdorf of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter, Abigail Reisdorf, to Andy Pederson, son of Dean Pederson of Pine and Martha Troutman of Flagstaff.

Very absentee voting

We would like to publicly thank Linda Haught Ortega, Gila County recorder, and Sadie Tomerlin-Dalton, voter registration supervisor, for their efforts in assisting us to vote in the recent election.

Giving the perception of secret meetings

On Nov. 4, the Payson Town Council held a non-televised special meeting to consider the acceptance of a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Payson Municipal Airport, totaling $10.5 million.

Father finds closure after 25 years

Marble bench in memoriam of son's death

A Fountain Hills father whose son fell to his death at the Tonto Natural Bridge over a quarter-of-a-century ago has finally found some closure.

Bluegrass family strums awards in national contests

When the Payson bluegrass band, Mazatzal, belts out its authentic American Folk tunes, listeners are treated to music from a bygone era in which family and friends shared hardships, sorrows, pains, joys and affairs of the heart.

Judge slams gavel on legal career

Ronnie McDaniel doubted he could carry out all his duties as Payson's new justice of the peace when he was first asked to perform a "bikini wedding."

No charges filed against principal in MVD incident

Rim Country Middle School Principal Frank Larby will not face criminal charges for an incident at the Motor Vehicle Department on Nov. 1, according to Payson Deputy Town Attorney Tim Wright.

Shelter, town meet to resolve differences

Representatives of the town and Payson Humane Society met Thursday morning to try and resolve their differences over a site for a new shelter.

What's up?

Q: The No. 1 problem in Payson is extending Mud Springs Road to Highway 260 to relieve the traffic congestion in southeast Payson. Why isn't the town using its impact fees to address this problem? Q: Are Home Depot's higher paying jobs being filled by employees from the company's Phoenix area stores?

Create your own tradition of giving

Next Thursday most of us will sit down to a sumptuous feast made possible by good fortune and loving families.

Haley Nycole Keely

Haley Nycole Keely, 4, of Kingman, Ariz., died at Phoenix Children's Hospital Nov. 14, 2004 after a nine-month battle with cancer.

John Salvador Gutierrez

John Salvador Gutierrez, 51, of Payson, died Nov. 15, 2004.

Remember a loved one at Celebration of Life

Honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Church members dedicate new addition

The congregation of the Payson United Methodist Church was chartered with a little more than 100 people meeting at Julia Randall Elementary School in April 1987.

He will be sorely missed

Ironically, Lyle Ferguson's recent passing coincided with Tonto Community Concert Association's 25th concert season anniversary earlier this year.

Pediatric flu clinics next week

The Gila County Health Department will hold two pediatric flu vaccine clinics next week. All children between the ages of 6 months through 18 years old who reside in the county are eligible for the vaccine while the supply lasts.

Anniversaries promote business, chamber says

As 2004 comes to a close, many area businesses are making plans for 2005. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce recommends an anniversary celebration in those plans.

New discount store under construction

The Dollar General Store, the latest addition to Rim country businesses for bargain hunters, is going up fast between Ace Hardware and Blockbuster Video on North Beeline Highway.

Help deck our highway this weekend


The annual fall cleanup for the Christopher Creek Home-owners Association begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 20. Have your leaves and pine needles bagged. A dumpster will be provided for disposing of them. No garbage is allowed and volunteers are needed. Call (928) 478-5066 if you can help.

Tellabration celebration Nov. 20


It is impossible to believe that next week is Thanksgiving. And then it is December. I wish time could just slow down for a little while. There is so much going on around our communities and so little time.

Tips for a safe Thanksgiving holiday


Many residents are busy preparing for their annual Thanksgiving feast. Many of you will have friends and family at your home to celebrate and to give thanks.

Book lists Arizona's best trails

An interesting book crossed my desk early this week entitled "50 Hikes in Arizona."

Sportsmen improve shooting range, push for lease renewal

Area sportsmen are making a concerted effort to win renewal of a lease from the U.S. Forest Service for the shooting range south of Payson.

Winter sports campaigns under way

The Longhorn boys preseason basketball scrimmage slated for tonight against Blue Ridge was played yesterday in Pinetop-Lakeside (results not available at press time).

Local teams dominate CAYFA play

It's been a banner year for Payson teams in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association.

Broncos sign PHS mat sensation

One of the most accomplished wrestlers in the storied history of the Payson High School wrestling program has inked a scholarship offer from Boise State University.

Soccer besieged by nagging obstacles

The Longhorn soccer team will open the 2004 campaign handcuffed by the lack of a practice field, no junior varsity, and membership in the rugged 4A Grand Canyon Region.

Site feedback

Re: No charges for ex-officer and Barb Brenke article ...

Wednesday, November 17

Homebound program delivers the world


Averaging almost a book a day, Jimmie Cooley just might be the most prolific reader in Payson.

Tuesday, November 16

Mass transit in Payson by 2006

Buses could be running on two routes by 2006, if the Payson Town Council accepts the recommendations contained in the newly completed public transit study.

Homebound program delivers the world


Averaging almost a book a day, Jimmie Cooley just might be the most prolific reader in Payson. But when you're on a fixed income, reading can be an expensive pastime. Fortunately for Cooley, the Library Friends of Payson offers a special homebound program for people just like her.

My family's Thanksgiving favorites


My family, like most I would imagine, does not vary much from the menu that has become our Thanksgiving tradition. These recipes are from my grandmothers and my mother and from my own collection.

Obscenity in eye of beholder


Remember a while back when Wal-Mart was in the news for refusing to carry certain rock and rap CDs they judged to be of questionable taste?

Walter Lee Lovelady: Part 2, A cowboy goes to war


From 1910 through 1913 Walter punched cows and broke horses for his good friend, Jess Chilson. It was during Walter's stay with the Chilsons that he roped Henry Farrell and pulled him from the flooded waters of Tonto Creek, saving his life. That story appeared in an earlier edition of this paper.

Turkey feast: The good, the bad and the ugly


Thanksgiving is next week. I love it. This is absolutely my most favorite time of year.

Monday, November 15

ASU tribute honors American hero

A man who honed his gridiron skills at Camp Tontozona east of Payson was honored Saturday in Sun Devil Stadium as a scholar, All-American football player and a patriot who gave his life for his country.

Crowell is rookie of the year

Senior softball was fun for Dave Crowell, but it didn't provide all the thrills and spills he was itching for.

Schmidt takes over Lady Horn coaching reins

First-year Lady Longhorn softball coach Joe Schmidt accepted his new position knowing he would head a sport that is unique in its make up.

Greer Alan Sayers

Dionne and Greg Sayers are very happy to announce the arrival of their son, Greer Alan Sayers.

Veterans Day reminds us to honor all heroes

From what we know of Pat Tillman, he was an intensely private man who shied away from public attention when he chose to join the military after 9/11.

Lexus Amber Rexstrew

Lexus Amber Rexstrew was born Oct. 31, 2004 to her proud parents Ashlee Mulkey and Heath Rexstrew.

Hailey Lynn Petterson

Keith and Sherry Weller are excited to announce the arrival of their granddaughter Hailey Lynn Petterson, on Sept. 18, 2004.

Tellabration celebrates America's storytellers

If it weren't for Don Doyle's Aunt Louise, there might not be a Tellabration 2004 this weekend in Pine. But then Doyle, who organizes the event, would probably have a more stable digestive system.

Students experience meaning of Veterans Day

It all started with a boy who wanted his classmates to know why Veterans Day was more than a day off from school. Students at Frontier Elementary School gathered for a special Veterans Day program Friday.

Rim country firefighters win FEMA funds

Fire departments around the Rim country are benefiting from Homeland Security appropriations.

Whispering Hope Ranch expands services

Whispering Hope Ranch, a Rim country retreat for children with special needs and their families, is continuing to expand through the generosity of its supporters.

Self-taught mural artist planning to travel world


Miles Gaehler, a self-taught artist, moved to Payson a year ago to recover from a serious illness -- a blood clot in his lung. Throughout his recovery, Gaehler has been involved in Rim country's arts community, and works locally painting commercial and residential murals. Gaehler's recent projects include paintings for Rim Country Lanes.

Bits and pieces


The Payson Humane Society Chili Supper was bigger and better than ever. People poured in throughout the evening and lent their support to this great cause. The financial results are not yet available as I write this, but judging by the turnout, the event was a success.

Remembering all for which we are thankful


Thanksgiving -- that peculiarly American holiday, a mix of gratitude and gluttony, feast and football. Although harvest festivals have been observed for eons, having a national day set aside to give thanks is unique to the United States and Canada, which observes the holiday in October.

Arafat's death a reminder of Palestinian struggle

The Arab world is enormous and complex. In today's world of terrorism and radical groups, it's important not to lump all Arabs or all Muslims into one mound of extremism.

Treatment hard to 'get over'

This letter is in response to Fred Carpenter's statement that the people from Payson Humane Society are going to have to "get over" our reluctance to build on leased land. My first question to Mr. Carpenter is: "Are you leasing the land you built your home on? How about the rest of the council? Have any of them built their homes on leased land?"

Give us a ride

I first became interested in transportation seven years ago during extended hospital stays. Minimum wage employees and shift workers often had to wait for hours for spouses. These young people are already struggling with rent and child care. It's difficult to keep a car running, let alone buy a new one. Ultimately, it hurts the employers because their workers, through no fault of their own, need to get around this spread-out town. We encourage businesses to move to Payson.

Suffering from a loss

On Nov. 5, my 2-1/2-month-old Rottweiler puppies were taken from my home. In my endeavor to find them, I've learned of others who have had their pets taken from them.

About that nightmare

Re: Nightmare on Main Street and the Recreation Department -- you seemed to have either missed my point, or actually made it for me.

Few bad apples spoil Halloween for all

It is very hard to hand out more than $500 worth of candy to trick-or-treaters who are not from our neighborhood or community. They are driven in from other areas to the "rich peoples' homes." We are mostly retired families on fixed incomes. We have been (sworn at) for running out of candy, told we should have bought more after we'd passed out 8-11 bags, vandalized, egged, paint-balled, decorations stolen or destroyed -- so we just said "No", no more.

A rainbow lit the way

On the ninth day of November, during the late morning, I was driving to my property in Upper Round Valley when I noticed numerous cars parked at the cemetery. I had no idea who had passed away had so many adoring friends.

What's up?

Q: Why is the town spending $2,500 on fireworks that will probably last 20 minutes when the money could be spent to fill some potholes and do some resealing on roads around town?

Horns back home in 3A East region

It's official -- a homecoming of sorts is in store next year for Payson High School sports teams.

Norman Leroy Barnes

Norman Leroy Barnes, 75, died Nov. 11, 2004. He was born Dec. 27, 1928 in Norfolk, Va.

Charles Ellison Cale

Charles Ellison Cale, 74, died Nov. 14, 2004, after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease.

Melvin Martin

Melvin Martin, 78, of Pine, died Nov. 14, 2004.

Conards celebrate 60 years

Married 60 years! Harold "Bud" and Merna Conard, who currently reside in Gisela, AZ, were married in Burlington, Iowa on December 2, 1944.

Pine school makes the grade

Principal Kathe Ketchem knows the reason Pine Elementary was recently honored as one of the state's "highly performing" schools.

Students honor veterans, soldiers

Eighth-grade students in Michelle Gibbar's language arts classes at Rim Country Middle School spent the week before Veterans Day honoring military personnel, past and present.

Mass transit in Payson by 2006

Buses could be running on two routes by 2006, if the Payson Town Council accepts the recommendations contained in the newly completed public transit study.

Sunday, November 14

Gloria Loring in concert Tuesday

Vocalist and songwriter, Gloria Loring, will be the featured artist in the Tonto Community Concert Association's next program. Loring brings her, "Evening for Friends and Lovers" to the Payson High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Saturday, November 13

'First Lady of Country Fiddle' performs free concert

The First Lady of Country Fiddle, Jana Jae, will perform in a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Wal-Mart. Jana is a whirlwind on stage and, with her band, Hotwire, puts on a show that's better than Branson! Jana Jae, Hee Haw fiddle player, has toured in Japan, Australia and the Philippines.

Friday, November 12

Humane Society hosts open house Saturday

In conjunction with National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, the Payson Humane Society is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. We have lots of wonderful dogs, cats, kittens and puppies just waiting for new homes. And, our puppies are now on sale! Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, November 11

Dorothy J. Hansen

Dorothy J. Hansen, 87, died Nov. 1, 2004 in Crowley, Texas.

Mildred Walton (Tillie) Christy

Mildred Walton (Tillie) Christy, 74, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2004.

Deadly rollover claims life of Payson man

A vehicle rollover on Highway 260 near Little Green Valley killed a local man and left another in serious condition Saturday evening. William D. Wardell, 66, Payson, died at the scene as a result of blunt force trauma, Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Whetten said.

Witnesses stop driver from fleeing accident scene

A 17-year-old male with no driver's license hit and injured a motorcyclist on Highway 260 west of Star Valley Tuesday morning. Witnesses said the motorcyclist, Tony Shields, 28, Payson, was slowing down to turn into Payson Concrete and Materials, where he is employed.

Negative campaigning was more than enough

In the recent political campaign, there seemed to be no end of campaigning against a candidate, rather than campaigning for a candidate.

Blue Ridge to the rescue?

Legislation could answer Rim country water woes

Water problems in Payson and much of the Rim country could be alleviated as soon as 2008 with water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir near Clint's Well atop the Mogollon Rim. Legislation has already been passed in the U.S. Senate, and is pending in the House of Representatives that would allow the transfer of reservoir ownership from Phelps Dodge Mining Company to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

We need residents to get involved

Howard Matthews, shame on you. You should and do know better. The smoke and mirrors of "control your own destiny" is not fooling the residents of Pine into allowing anyone to send them into a deficit they can't afford. To add a veiled threat to Strawberry shows just how desperate the tactics of a small, but vocal minority have become.

Campaign was a great experience

I would like to congratulate and thank Sam Brewer for my introduction to small-town politics.

PEA plays crucial role in education

Less than 20 years ago, the Payson Education Association was a growing, vibrant organization that played a role in making the crucial decisions affecting our children.

Hearing the voice of freedom

Thursday, I attended the community Veterans Day event called "America's Veterans: Past, Present and Future."

Raiders defend perfect record in postseason

The postseason gridiron action kicks off Saturday with the opening of Central Arizona Youth Football Association playoffs. The season wraps up Nov. 20 with the championship finals.

Two clashes mark end of golf season

The Payson Men's Golf Association 2004 campaign wrapped up last week with a pair of tournaments.

Former Lady Longhorn becomes an Artichoke

Former Lady Longhorn cross country and track running star Jenny Cohen is making her mark on the college scene.

Marines celebrate in grand fashion

Once again, the Payson Marines celebrated the anniversary of the Marine Corps in grand fashion.

Art-felt appreciation

The Payson Art League wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to the many people who made this past weekend's Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show the huge success it was.

Ferguson was an example to all Lions

The Payson Lions/Lioness Club were saddened by the passing of former member Lyle Ferguson.

Does Castleman realize his side won?

Someone should tell Don Castleman that his message (mostly misrepresentations about Kerry)id get through, in spite of the omission of a letter in October to the Roundup. He apparently doesn't realize his side won.

Christopher Creek loses Hart to Buffalo


Don't forget the going away party for Candy Hart who is moving back to Buffalo, N.Y. to be with her family. The party starts at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 13, at Creekside.

Inform fire officials before burning yard debris


I get the feeling that this time on the calendar is the "calm before the storm" as far as news goes around the village. It seems as if everyone is lying low until the whirlwind of holiday activities begins.

Dick named to board of historical society

Kevin Dick of the financial-services firm Edward Jones promised when he opened his business in 1997 that he would become an active member of the community. Dick is keeping that promise and recently accepted the position to the board of directors of the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

Campbell receives certified director of nursing recognition

Lucinda Campbell, director of nursing for Payson Care Center, has been certified through the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care.

Low-cost rental furnishings make houses homes

Rent-A-Center opened its doors in September to help Rim country residents make their houses more homey.

Huff, Marshall earn postseason honors

In a postseason voting of Grand Canyon Region coaches, Payson High School seniors Haylee Huff and Retosha Marshall have been tapped for honors.

Handmade holiday gifts by Library Friends


As I was walking this morning, I thought of all those weekenders and summer folks who miss this most beautiful time of the year. It may get a little chilly, but that gives us the beautiful colors and the invigorating air.

Fun and games with parks and recreation

Popular items on the town parks and recreation agenda include the middle school basketball league, the Turkey Trot 5K, fishing at GVP and ongoing registration for men's and women's volleyball.

Coach happy with return to 3A play

Golfers won't return until March 2006

Longhorn golf coach Bret Morse is among those on the PHS athletic staff welcoming the school's return to the 3A conference.

Our soldiers and why they serve

JOHN HOWARD: Veterans Day, 2004 -- Christina L.Turner of Pine makes no secret of her pride in the military. Her letterhead says it all "Proud American -- Former Army -- Wife of Former Marine -- Loving Sister of a Marine."

Council, shelter square off over new facility

Payson Humane Society officials said the town council needs to focus its efforts on helping them find a site to build a new shelter, and not on citing them for noise ordinance violations.

School board nixes policy revisions

The Payson Unified School District governing board voted 5-0 Nov. 8 not to approve proposed revisions to the current grievance policies. The changes have been a controversial topic since they were first introduced in mid-September.

Tuesday, November 9

Photo Gallery: Final Home Football Game 2004

One of the most emotional evenings in Payson High School football history wrapped up Nov. 5, 2004 with a failed two-point conversion attempt that would have sent the Longhorns and visiting Flagstaff Sinagua into overtime. See this community photo gallery of the season-ending game.

Photo Gallery: Fiddler's Jam session in Pine

Whether it's a Jew's harp, bottle, harmonica or washboard, anyone is welcome to play, sing or just enjoy watching the monthly Fiddler's Jam in Pine, Arizona. Jam sessions are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Pine Cultural Hall. For more information about the Fiddler's Jam, call Arvid Thompson at 928-476-2352.

A collection of cranberry recipes


Counting down to Thanksgiving, yam and sweet potato recipes were featured in the last edition of the Rim Review -- now here are some tasty treats using cranberries, another holiday favorite with surprising versatility.

Tonto Community Concerts hosts Gloria Loring


Vocalist and songwriter, Gloria Loring, will be the featured artist in the Tonto Community Concert Association's next program.

November in the Rim country garden


Moist soil and brisk days call gardeners out of doors to finish clean-up chores before winter sets in. Those who take the time to pull weeds, shred vegetable garden refuse, and spread mulch now, will be rewarded by having a head start on gardening in the spring.

Cardinal sins of Payson


As I write it is election day, and I feel a tremendous burden has been lifted. After today, there will be no more television debates, no more disputes over Pell Grants (whatever they are), and no more messages on my answering machine from Rick Renzi's father, bragging on his own military service and shilling for his carpetbagging son who actually lives in Virginia.

Walter Lee Lovelady: Part 1, From Texas to Arizona


Walter Lee Lovelady was the oldest of six children born to James Pleasant Lovelady and Eunice Hale Lovelady. Walter was born Sept. 10, 1891 in Dickens County, Texas where his father was a wagon boss for the renowned Matador Ranch. Raised on horseback, Walter was slated to be a cowboy from his life's inception.

Monday, November 8

Governor's water plan visionary

Remember the New Deal, the Great Society and the New Frontier? There was a time when we could expect our elected officials to act with vision -- or, at the very least, on a carefully thought out plan of action.

Book fair raises money for school projects

A host of exciting events will be occurring at the Julia Randall Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 15 to 18. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Adan Tzi-Hao Chen

Adan Tzi-Hao Chen was welcomed into this world by his parents, Ruth Jimenez and Yi-Hsin Chen at 12:27 p.m. Oct. 13, 2004.

William David (Woody) Wardell

William David (Woody) Wardell, 66, of Payson died Nov. 6, 2004.

Donald O. Walker

Donald O. Walker, of Payson, died Nov. 6, 2004, after a short illness.

Cat article was wonderful

I am writing in response to an article recently printed in the Roundup. This is concerning the two ladies and the 100-plus cats.

Be the best we can be

I've got a date with an Angel. An old song title from the 1940s. Gee, I'm glad I'm over 40 and had that date. We're married now 40 years. Well, it's great to remember those days and those attitudes ... but the world goes on.

Letter choices attempt to slant news

As you know, for the last seven or eight months, I have been submitting letters to you displaying facts about John Kerry and the Democratic Party that the citizens of this community needed to know prior to election.

How hard is it to hand out candy?

On Halloween night I had a nice time handing out candy to some adorable kids.Thank goodness I did, since the biggest majority of my neighbors did not.

Lend a hand to help

In response to Laura Smith's letter about the "Nightmare on Main Street," I would like toose a few questions, suggestions and thoughts.

PWGA Niners name season-ending bests

One of the most prestigious accomplishments a Payson Women's Golf Association Nine Hole member can attain is to become a "Ringer Board" champion.

Fourth-grader tags first whitetail

Julia Randall Elementary School fourth-grader Rhett Bishop has long played a role in the excitement that goes along with big game hunts.

Lady Horns projected to be gold medal contender

When the 2004 basketball season wrapped up in February, Lady Longhorn coach Rory Huff spewed a bold predication.

Youngster makes rabbits her business


Pine Mountain Rabbits is owned and operated by Ashley James of Pine. Ashley just turned 14, but she began her business at age 9 while looking for a 4-H project. Her very first rabbit, named "Juliet," was a Mini Lop. Juliet was a pet and lived in Ashley's bedroom. Rabbits seemed like a doable 4-H project, not requiring a lot of money or space.

Pine elects school board, water district

The results of the two elections in Pine, for the school board and the water improvement district, were inadvertently omitted from earlier published reports.

Salvation Army tradition needs volunteers

The Salvation Army Unit of Payson is seeking volunteers to participate in the Holiday Kettle Bell Ringing.

Regarding Trunk or Treat

Here are the facts: 1. There was less candy to go around this year due to a budget cut.

Package project serving soldiers

Soldiers serving overseas have been receiving expressions of love, appreciation and reminders of home.

Youth program wins grant

Payson Community Kids was recently awarded a $4,000 grant by the Arizona Women's Partnership. The Central Arizona Board of Realtors provided a 50 percent match of $2,000.

Governor says town's water plan good model

Gov. Janet Napolitano unveiled a comprehensive new water management plan last week that includes an immediate and permanent 5 percent reduction by all state agencies.

No charges for ex-officer who pulled gun

The Gila County Attorney's Office will not prosecute the retired police officer who held an innocent couple at gunpoint in August.

Community embraces PHS senior

During James Gibson's darkest days, friends, family, teammates and fellow students rallied around the Payson High School senior in a loving show of support.

Bounty of apples used for benefit


The Rim country is enjoying one of the biggest harvests of apples seen in years. A mild spring and no late frost resulted in bumper crops.

Edie Lynn Hardy

Edie Lynn Hardy, 33, died Oct. 10, 2004.

Michael Earl Campbell

Michael Earl Campbell, 61, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2004.

Community's heart is big, generous

The week-long effort --ed by Lori Purtill and Kristi Ford --o earn burial expenses for Payson High School senior James Gibson's mother, Darlene Gibson-Morales, has received generous support from around the Rim country.

Robert L. Owen

Robert L. Owen, 88, of Payson, died Nov. 7, 2004.

Elks' efforts due recognition

One of the best-kept secrets in Payson is that the Payson Elks are now serving lunch Monday through Thursday. They serve sandwiches, hamburgers and fries, chef salad, etc., and there are daily specials. Thursday's special is always taco salad and believe me, it's a hit -- come early.

Community Health Fair a blessing

I moved to Payson this summer from Staten Island, N.Y., and am becoming more and more impressed with "our" wonderful town.

Two celebrations mark Veterans Day

Rim country residents are invited to share in a special tribute to members of the armed forces at Payson's Veterans Day ceremonies.

Jimmy Baker

Jimmy Baker, 39, of Payson, died Nov. 2, 2004.

David Gay

David Gay, 49, of Payson, died Nov. 4, 2004.

James Hugh (Jim) Jones

James Hugh (Jim) Jones, 80, died Nov. 6, 2004, after a long illness.

What's up?

Q: I have heard a round-about turning system is going to be built at Houston Mesa Road and Highway 87. Is this true and how will that make that stretch of road safer?

Give us a ride!

I first became interested in transportation seven years ago during extended hospital stays. Many employees often had to wait hours for spouses. These young people are struggling to pay high rent, and often child care costs. Subsequently, it's difficult to even keep a car running, let alone buy a new one. Ultimately, it hurts the employers scheduling help, who, through no fault of their own, need to get around this spread-out town. We encourage businesses to move to Payson.

Support of voters appreciated

To the voters of northern Gila County: "Thank you" to everyone who supported me during my campaign for constable.

Seniors' farewell very emotional

One of the most emotional evenings in Payson High School football history wrapped up Friday evening with a failed two-point conversion attempt that would have sent the Longhorns and visiting Flagstaff Sinagua into overtime.

Her passion is helping homeless dogs


Try as you might, it's difficult to get Ox Bow Estates resident Barbara Brenke off the related subjects of dogs and the Payson Humane Society.

Sunday, November 7

Emotional night for PHS football players

One of the most emotional nights in Payson High School football history wrapped up Friday evening with a failed two-point conversion attempt that would have sent the Longhorns, and visiting Flagstaff Sinagua Mustangs, into overtime. The misfire on the extra point pass attempt, which occurred with 50 seconds remaining on the game clock, allowed Sinagua to survive a 14-12 victory.

Saturday, November 6

Sunday Poetry Corner

The day is breaking nice and trim The sun is waking up the Rim The bass is jumping in the lake A leaf falls in; the fish awake.

Friday, November 5

Friends raise funds for funeral expenses

Coaches, teachers and friends of Payson High School senior James Gibson are united in their effort to help raise burial funds for his mother, Darlene Gibson Morales.

Thursday, November 4

What's Up: Where is the water coming from for hotel?

Q: Where is the water coming from for the hotel planned at the event center? I know it has been allocated, but where is it coming from -- an existing system, a new well?

What's Up: How come arrest and court reports not on website?

Q: How come the Roundup doesn't list arrests and the court report on its website?

Tractor-trailer careens into Payson church

Georgene Neel, 72, was certain Mount Cross Lutheran Church on Highway 260 was being rocked by a natural disaster when she felt the building rumble and shake.

Seniors rally behind grief-stricken teammate

Three years ago, the Payson Longhorns football team played only days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on America. Friday night, 10 of those remaining Longhorns will play mourning yet another tragedy.

Young Horns stumble at GCR finals

The Longhorn one-year reign as the 4A Grand Canyon Region champions ended Oct. 30 in windy conditions on the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in Cornville.

PHS young guns off target at GCR finals

The Longhorns were shut out in their bid to send either a team or an individual to the Class 4A state cross country championship meet.

Teams prep for winter campaign

The Payson High School basketball teams will have only three weeks to practice before they take to the hardwood to compete.

What's Up: Does do-not-call list apply to politicians?

Q: We signed up to be placed on the do-not-call list last year. Why doesn't that apply to all these politicians who called during the campaign

Payson grad lassos rodeo scholarship

While a student at Payson High School from 1996 to 2000, Tim Baker was known to spend most of his free time honing his roping skills.

Halloween party big fun


Oct. 30 was the Halloween Party for the children of Christopher Creek. It turned out to be a really nice night. The wind was calm and it was almost a full moon.

The election's over -- let's go shopping


The election is over and we know who will be our leader for the next four years, and now that it is November, the hectic holiday season is about to start.

No time to rest in busy Rim country


The election is finally over. Now we can go back to life as usual, or kind of. The weeks ahead will be busy with holiday activities. It seems there is no time to just relax and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Darlene S. Gibson-Morales

Darlene S. Gibson-Morales, 46, of Payson, died Nov. 2, 2004.

Marie Lynette (Ruckdashel) Shepherd

Marie Lynette (Ruckdashel) Shepherd, 48, of Payson, died Oct. 21, 2004.

Marilyn M. Van Antwerp

Marilyn M. Van Antwerp, 65, died Oct. 25, 2004.

Drug sweep suspect has three charges vacated

Tobias "Toby" Zertuche, one of 16 suspects arrested in a mid-September drug sweep, has had three of the four charges made against him vacated, according to documents from the Gila County Superior Court.

New owners of storage facility seeing boom in business

Rim Country Self-Storage is one of the few storage facilities in the area that still has space for rent, according to new owner Paul Bates.

Hankering for homemade soup? Visit Rimside Grill

Pine has a place specializing in homemade soup -- the Rimside Grill.

Payson Concrete and Materials continue community service program

Through the efforts of Payson Concrete & Materials, four nonprofit organizations and the local food drive have once again benefited.

After 100 years, Fossil Creek returning to natural beauty

Ian Reid left home in Ashland, Ore. weeks ago to help return one of the country's most pristine riparian areas to what it was more than 100 years ago.

Tonto Basin man killed in head-on collision

One man was killed, and another woman injured in a head-on collision Thursday night, police said. Calvin Pyle, 68, of Tonto Basin, died at the accident scene.

Paranormal investigators confirm restaurant is haunted

Paranormal investigators from Missouri claim they contacted two spirits, and detected the presence of others, at Payson's Mad Dawg's & Mel's Restaurant Monday evening.

Council approves new airport plan

A permanent U.S. Forest Service helitack base, adjacent to Payson Municipal Airport, moved closer to completion Thursday night at a special meeting of the town council.

Arizona Mentors provide work experience ad life skills

For Chris Phillips, it's not every day that she gets to sit behind the wheel of a fire engine.

Share your holiday recipes with our readers

With the holidays fast approaching, cooking enthusiasts are bringing out their favorite recipes for festive fare.

In the water business, who needs enemies

The ruling by the Arizona Corporation Commission in the rate case brought by Pine Water Company, granted an 11.8 percent increase in revenue.

Voters elect first women to board of supervisors

"I am honored and humbled and thrilled to have picked up 71 percent," Martin said. "I am so pleased with the support I was given and the voter confidence, and I take the responsibility it represents very seriously."

Nightmare on Main Street

What a nice thing for the town of Payson and the local organizations to offer -- a safe and worry-free Halloween. Yeah right. Many residents would say at least there was a place to go.

Melodrama was a hit

We want to commend all those who worked on the Western Heritage Festival. It was truly a great time and a learning experience for our family.

A fashionable thanks

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Mazatzal Casino for their donations of bottled water, plates and other items for the Payson Lioness/ Lions Club, "Fall into Fashion" style show held on Oct. 9, 2004.

Emergency response a lifesaver

Last night my father went into a diabetic coma. I want to thank the Payson emergency response team (fire department/paramedics) who came to help him.

Tuesday, November 2

This year, try a different holiday yam


The first explorers to the Americas found many foods they didn't have in Europe -- sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers and corn for instance.

Holding our own in the weird department


I am not an entrepreneurial person by nature, but a recent item in the "Strange But True" column that appears regularly in The Rim Review got my tourism revenue juices flowing.

Halloween sources cited

Due to an oversight, the Internet sources used for the Oct. 27 Rim Review feature on homemade Halloween costumes and makeup were not cited. The sources were: and

The legendary Miss Julia


My cousin, Taylor Hale of Gisela, called me the other day and asked when the rock school in Payson -- the one we now call Julia Randall Elementary School -- was built, and he asked when it was named after Miss Julia. I knew the rock school was built in the early 1930s, but I wasn't sure who built it, although I knew it was some government program designed to help people during the Great Depression.

Election Results: Renzi returning to Washington

Congressman Rick Renzi (R) will continue to represent Arizona's first district in Washington, D.C.

Election Results: Voters put first women on board of supervisors

Tommie Cline Martin and Shirley Dawson are the first women voters have ever elected to the Board of Supervisors for Gila County. Martin, a Republican, received 4,508 or 71 percent of the votes in District One to Democrat Jim Whitely's 1,813, or 29 percent.

Local show solitary gem for jewelry maker


Patricia Allebrand has a master's degree in sculpting from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned it in the late 60s when the campus was the epicenter of changing social mores. Later, she worked as a sculptor and jewelry artist in the trend-setting Soho area of New York City in the 1970s.

Semi truck slams into Payson church

As the organist practiced in the sanctuary, she thought it was an earthquake when a semi truck crashed into the side of the church.

Monday, November 1

PHS cross country knocked out of state meet

The Payson Longhorns will not be represented in the Class 4A state cross country championships Saturday at Anthem.

Horns stumble down the stretch

A disastrous second half performance in which the Longhorn defense gave up 34 points to Page, ended any hopes the Payson Longhorns had of putting the clamps on their five game skid.

Raiders unbeaten in youth football

The Payson Raiders (8-0) nipped the Camp Verde Bulldogs 16-14 to remain unbeaten and atop the Central Arizona Youth Football Association Majors East division standings.

What's up?

Q: Are there any veterinarians in the Rim country who will make house calls to provide rabies shots to the pets of the elderly and disabled?

The times are changing

Strawberry's Rudy Ehrenreich's contention that the Roundup has become an ultra-liberal publication has about as much validity as someone charging that I am a beetle-browed, slack-jawed, knuckle-dragging, drooling, Neanderthal Republican activist!

Democrats denounce racist flier

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the following letter was dropped throughout the neighborhoods of Payson.

Kerry supports same laws police do

In case you are not a gun nut like a couple of the recent letter writers, let me enlighten you on what kind of gun control Sen. Kerry supports: the same gun control that virtually all police departments and organizations do.

Research reveals truth about candidates' positions on guns

After reading a couple of letters regarding Kerry and gun control my curiosity prompted me to do a little research on the subject.

Best commander in chief, the choice is obvious

Being the commander in chief of our nation is one of the most solemn and important duties of our president. If you want to know what John Kerry is really about when discussing and leading our military troops, just go to the website See how Kerry disparaged and gave comfort and aid to our enemy during a time of war.

Pound for sheriff

Before you cast your vote for sheriff, we urge you to look closely at the background and accomplishments of both candidates. If you do, we believe you will agree with us and vote for Kim Pound.

Kerry doesn't understand role of government

Kerry's challenging Bush on the performance of the economy is based on the mythology that the president has control of the economy because of his control of government. Many factors affect the performance of the economy. Government functions are only one of those factors.

Foys celebrate 55 years

Jack and Bert Foy celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary a few months early by taking a 42-day journey to Homer, Alaska on their Honda Goldwing motorcycle.

Fogle is the man for the job

The voters in District Three have a clear choice for Supervisor in Bill Fogle.Mr. Fogle is a former Marine, Phoenix police officer, Department of Public Safety Lieutenant, and was Chief Deputy for Gila County.He is also a contractor and small businessman who has had to make payrolls and meet deadlines.

Election vital to improving rural education

As voters go to the polls today, it would behoove them to do so with a complete understanding of each candidate's stand on one of the greatest problems facing our state -- ensuring an excellent education for our children.

Police volunteers save taxpayers money


Taxpayers have saved $250,000 since the Payson Police Department implemented its Police Volunteers program in October 2001. Even in today's inflated economy, that's a nice piece of change.

Marking 104 weeks of columns


I have just completed two full years, 104 weeks, of writing this column for the Payson Roundup. The very first Focus on Pets appeared Nov. 5, 2002. It is my hope that I have answered some questions and addressed some issues that have helped a few pet owners and some dogs and cats.

Governor makes last-minute push for Democratic candidates

Rim country residents turned out for coffee and doughnuts, and a visit with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano Sunday morning. The governor, accompanied by State Attorney General Terry Goddard, made a flying trip through rural Arizona to garner support for Democratic candidates seeking election.

Local talent showcased at fall show, sale this weekend


As you might expect, local artist Ruth Overton is a strong advocate for original art as an element of home decor.

School leader rebuffs critics of proposed policy change

Payson Unified School District Superintendent, Herb Weissenfels, has issued a rebuttal to the Payson Education Association's written opposition to proposed changes in the district's grievance policy.

Proposed change in ordinance more bite than bark

A dog's life is going to get a lot tougher if the Payson Town Council approves proposed changes to the barking dog ordinance.

Animal glut prompts shelter action

With a glut of puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats, the Payson Humane Society is pulling out all the stops to keep from having to euthanize any of them.

Literacy program presents 4th Annual used book sale Nov. 6

Rim Country Literacy Program presents their 4th Annual "Used Book Sale" - a Rim Country Literacy Fundraising Event - from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 6th in the Wal-Mart parking lot on north Beeline Hwy. Browsing is free!

Janet Sue (Dale) Davidson

Janet Sue (Dale) Davidson, 52, of Payson, died Oct. 30, 2004.

Health Fair offers free or low-cost services / La Feria de Salud ofrece servicios baratos o gratuitos

The sixth annual Community Health Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 6. This event gives local residents access to free or low-cost tests and screenings. Due to the important health services offered during the health fair, this notice is published in both Spanish and English. Este noticia de la feria de salud para la comunidad está publicado aqui en ambos español e inglés.

Samantha Autumn Lehman

Al and Christy Lehman are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Autumn, born Oct. 15, 2004.

SADD members pledge to stay drug-free

A group of Payson High School students made the promise last week to live a drug-free life.

Marie Lynette (Ruckdashel) Shepherd

Marie Lynette (Ruckdashel) Shepherd, 48, of Payson, died Oct. 21, 2004.

LaHaye to grace cover of college sports schedule

Former Longhorn wrestling star R.C. LaHaye was chosen by Western State College of Colorado head coach Miles Van Hee to be the wrestler to grace the front of the Mountaineer's 2004-2005 schedule.

Local woman gives comfort to soldiers injured in Iraq war

It has been a hard year for Phyllis Schmidt of Payson. First, her husband, Ed, passed away, then she took care of her best friend, Bonnie Kennaly, who was dying of cancer.

Move to Rim relaxes artist's style


Jim and Mary Strong have owned property in Rim country, the WD Ranch in Lower Round Valley, since 1978. But they have only been able to make it their permanent home for five years.

Put up or shut up

For the past 16 months since I became a resident of the Pine -- Payson area I've had the pleasure of reading the thoughts of readers who sent their opinions to the editor of this publication.

Mugglis' 50th anniversary

Dr. Robert and Mrs. Frances (nee Neussendorfer) Muggli recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in St. Philip's Church, Payson with family and friends.

Pepsi, NFL shoot out draws big numbers

One of the largest fields in the history of the Payson NFL Pepsi Punt Pass & Kick competitions turned out Oct. 26 at Rumsey Park for the annual gridiron showdown.

Visible smoke

Smoke from burning debris piles will be visible around the Rim country for "a number of weeks," according to the Payson Ranger District.

Toddler is youngest ever in Willow Springs fish tourney

A determined field of 35 hearty anglers, including 3-year-old Sonny Gardner, braved cold and windy conditions at the Fifth Annual Fall Classic Trout Tournament at Willow Springs Lake.