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.

"I'm proud to live here," Purtill said. "There has been an outpouring of support for this kid and his family."

Since Gibson-Morales' death, a bevy of donors stepped up to help. Among those contributing were Coldwell Banker, Ray Pugle, Hospice, Russ and Debbie Skinner, Payson Eye Care, Sally Randall, Roy Haught, Barbie McRae, Payson Concrete & Materials, Lumbermen's, Richard Calta, RAJO Corp., the PHS Football Club, PHS Booster Club, Mazatzal Casino and PHS student government. All made nice-sized monetary contributions. A host of other businesses including Big O Tire, Planet Video, Uncle Tom's, Pine Verde Restaurant, Pine Service Station, Sawmill Theaters and Chili's Restaurant donated gift items for a raffle held at Friday night's football game. Mark and Penny DeGroot, who won the 50-50 raffle sponsored by the cheer and spirit line, donated their winnings back to the Gibson benefit.

There are also countless other individuals who also donated to the cause.

Volleyball to begin

Registration for men's and women's volleyball will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 24. Games begin the week of Dec. 6. The registration fee is $175 per team. Competitive and recreational divisions will be offered if a minimum of four teams sign up for each.

For more information, call Recreation Special Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Fossil Creek warning

Arizona Game and Fish officer Rory Aikens has issued a notice of closures planned for segments of Fossil Creek.

Aikens says anglers and outdoor recreationalists should avoid contact with the water in certain stretches of the creek during some periods of November, due to stream renovations.

From Nov. 7 to 15, no contact with creek water will be allowed downstream from the Irving Power Plant to the Verde River.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, no contact with creek water will be allowed downstream from Sally Mae Wash.

According to Aikens, the closures are necessary because of work to renovate segments of Fossil Creek in anticipation of the stream being restored to its historic streambed during the de-commissioning process for the Irving and Childs power plants. A short-lived chemical -- Antimycin -- will be added to stretches of the stream to remove any exotic fish remaining after efforts to capture and remove them. Efforts are under way to restore native fishing populations in the creek, Aikens said.

Run turkey!

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the Turkey Trot 5K run Saturday, Nov. 20 at Green Valley Park. The start time is 10 a.m.

The entry fee is $15 if registered by Nov. 11. On race day, the registration is $20. Entrants will compete in one of 16 age/sex division for a variety of prizes and awards. T-shirts will be given to all who pre-register.

Call Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

GVP lake now stocked

Arizona Game and Fish officers began stocking Green Valley Park with trout during the week of Oct. 11. Its most recent stocking occurred Nov. 5. The lakes will continue to be stocked every three weeks through mid-May. AG&F officials do not reveal the exact date of the stockings, but they are usually at the end of the week.

Fore more information on fishing at GVP, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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