Stories for September 2004


Thursday, September 30

Michael Larry Hanich

Michael Larry Hanich, 40, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2004 in Chula Vista, Calif.

Mini-Photo Gallery: PHS Homecoming 2004

Images of the Payson High School homecoming ceremony and parade Friday, Sept. 24, 2004.

Roll out your antiques this weekend


The big Antique and Craft Festival is at the Pine Community Center this weekend, Oct. 2 and 3. Sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society, the event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be antique and craft booths, a silent auction, the appraisal clinic as well as lots of good food and fun.

Ladies, start your ovens -- pie fest is Oct. 16


The Firebelles are planning a pie fest and they need your help to bake. For those of you who can't bake, support the group by purchasing the homemade pies.

Fresh fall scent is filling the air


Fall is in the air. This is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. I love the colors of the trees turning, the crisp air and the anxious anticipation of the holiday season.

School board shelves grievance policy talks

The band of teachers who showed up Sept. 27 at the Payson school board meeting to air their concerns about proposed changes in the district's grievance policy never had the opportunity to speak. The teachers' group, which included retired Rim Country Middle School teacher Gloria Joe, was told that because it was a special meeting, the board would not receive public input.

Gann receives President's Award

LifeCare Centers of America honored James Gann, executive director for Payson Care Center, during the company's annual management meeting awards dinner.

Showroom features factory-direct furniture

It's wood that can weather the high seas, so have no fear about decorating an outdoor room in the Rim country with it.

Bush flapping

Flip the Flapper G. W. Bush

Pound is exceedingly qualified for sheriff's job

I support Kim Pound for the office of Gila County Sheriff. Kim has made no deals with anyone. He owes no one.

Mountain View wins race on Main

The Longhorn cross country teams' seven-year reign as coed champions of the Sludge to the Judge race ended Sept. 25 on Main Street.

Light show

The Rim country was treated to a spectacular light show courtesy of Hurricane Jeanne Tuesday night. Moisture moving north from the Gulf of Mexico ignited thunderstorms which lit up the sky and rumbled through Payson overnight.

Boy Scouts meet Civil Air Patrol Cadets

Cadets and their leaders teamed up with local Boy Scouts Tuesday night to demonstrate Civil Air Patrol drills and color guard procedures.

Picking up pieces of Bush administration

I confess that I am an independent. My first choice for president in 2000 was John McCain, and not even because I agreed with all of his positions. It was a vote for integrity, which is even more important than positions. At least, that's my view.

Americans stand on the abyss

On Friday, Sept. 24, the Roundup printed a letter from Dave Ricker of Payson where he stated that "The choice in the November elections is clear --ote Republican for democracy or vote Democrat for socialism."

School district ordered to repay county's $425,000 mistake

Repaying Gila County the $425,000 it overpaid the Payson Unified School District should not be a problem. According to PUSD business manager Bobette Sylvester, the money the county mistakenly gave the district was never spent and not included in the budget.

Rim Club fund-raiser for Arizona Opera today

More than 100 flatlanders are escaping the desert heat today by participating in a benefit golf tournament at The Rim Club east of Payson.

Panthers prevail, Lady Horns fall to fourth

The Lady Longhorns volleyball team has the opportunity tomorrow (Saturday) in Page to rebound from a pair of 25-21 losses to Coconino.

What's up?

Q: Did the town of Payson charge for every bucket of water taken from the town lakes to fight the Willow Fire?

JRE teacher cycles to national title

Julia Randall Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Wayne Gorry has won the United States Mountain Bike Marathon National Championship for the 50-plus age group.

We need President Bush for four more years

We cannot afford not having Bush for four more years.

Celebrate your hometown newspaper

(Editor's note: Oct. 3 through 9 is National Newspaper Week. The following poem was written by Charles F. Wadsworth in 1920)

Ross M. Miller

Ross M. Miller, 83, of Payson, died Sept. 28, 2004.

John Marlowe Leafty

John Marlowe Leafty, 74, died Sept. 24, 2004 in Shelley, Idaho.

Site feedback

Re: Town street crew -- A town crew just finished the installation of a new culvert at the intersection of Payson Parkway and Trailwood ...

How fast could you escape a home fire?


Suppose it's 3 a.m. and you're in a sound sleep. Someone in the family has forgotten food cooking on the stove and a fire starts. As the flames spread and smoke begins to fill your home, will you wake up and escape safely?

Community helps PAHH house become home

Julie Hill and her two children are moving into a brand new house today, with the help of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. Hill's family, friends, neighbors and local residents held a dedication ceremony Sunday.

Last chance to register before election

Gila County Recorder Linda Haught Ortega urges residents to register and vote for the 2004 presidential election.

Fiddle champion carries on family tradition

When Matthew Rolland, 17, of Mesa, was named 2004's Arizona championship fiddler, he carried on a family tradition. Matthew is the son of noted fiddle teacher Peter Rolland, who took top honors in the 34-year-old contest in 1996.

Officer-involved shooting still under investigation

Investigators from the Department of Public Safety have not released any further information on what led to the fatal shooting of 47-year-old James Moreland by a DPS officer on Sept. 25.

Willow Fire could pose problems for area hunters

Just a month after the Willow Fire area was re-opened to the public, new restrictions have been placed on motorized vehicles. Hunters will be most inconvenienced by the latest measures, according to Vincent Picard, public information officer for the Tonto National Forest.

Road closure raises hackles of Houston Mesa residents

Residents of Whispering Pines and other communities east of Second Crossing are angry about a plan to close Houston Mesa Road at the crossing for six weeks beginning Oct. 18.

Bicycle adventure pedals through Payson

More than 140 entrants in the 24th Annual Great Arizona Bicycle Adventure will make an overnight stop in Payson Oct. 5. Some riders will stay in the Payson Inn and others camp out in tents and sleeping bags.

Yellow Jackets sting Mavs at Sawmill Mile contest

The Rim Country Middle School cross country teams found themselves taking a back seat to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets as they cruised down Main Street in the annual Sawmill Mile.

Tuesday, September 28

"Izzy a cowboy?"


Growing up in the Mountain Cowboy ranching culture around Payson, I developed some pretty stiff criteria regarding that question. One of my usual answers used to be: "He wouldn't make a pimple on a cowboy's neck." On some occasions, I championed a lower opinion.

Celebrate autumn at the Antique & Crafts Festival


There is a touch of autumn in the air of early morning and evening. On the way to Pine from Payson you can see the first hints of fall color in the trees along the highway near East Verde Park Estates.

Asian-inspired cooking made easy


It's light, healthy and delicious and we can't get enough of it. Asian food is one of the most popular choices right now for eating out or eating in. With the right cookbook, even the novice chef can prepare great-tasting Asian meals.

Enough proclamations already


One of the markers that gives an early indication of what we're in for at town council meetings is the number and nature of the proclamations at the beginning of each meeting.

Monday, September 27

Time and training benefits everyone


October is "Adopt A Shelter Dog" Month. Ken Desch trains for a major pet store chain and also runs his own program, Ken Cares for K9s.

Local writer's second movie airs in October


Just like in the movies, it was a grisly crime that turned Sue Dolan to writing.

Trio hits streets to help fight breast cancer


A trio of Rim country women have been hitting the streets of Payson and Pine in the fight against breast cancer.

Who benefits from manufactured war?

Who are the true liberals and reckless spenders in our U.S. government?

Local doctor sentenced for illegal prescribing

Payson physician Mark Mouritsen was sentenced Monday to six years probation and 720 hours of community service for illegally obtaining narcotic pain killers. The sentence is what County Attorney Daisy Flores recommended in a plea agreement with Mouritsen.

Quotskuyva autopsy provides no answers

What caused the death of 20-year-old Garrett Quotskuyva may never be known. An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Center in Texas ruled the death undetermined, according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Qwest agrees to Main Street facade

Qwest has agreed to work with the Main Street Program to erect an Old West storefront facade to mask its service facility at 300 W. Main Street.

Police, fire shopping for new equipment

Money from the public safety bond initiative voters passed a year ago is now in the hands of the town, ready to be spent on public safety improvements. Those improvements including an overhaul of police and fire computer systems at a cost of $1.3 million.

Who is the real flip-flopper in this year's presidential election?

When Don Castleman, the chairman of the Republican Party in Gila County, asked for comments to his recent letter to the editor, we decided to take him up on his challenge.

Remarks by CEO of Valley chamber don't wash

Just when you think the Valley can't possibly get any more obtuse about the realities of the state's dwindling water resources, along comes Valerie Manning, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

So now I am an ‘ilk'

In reference to the letter by Mark Ernest Reza (Payson Roundup Sept. 21) concerning Mr. Castleman's letter of the previous week, Mr. Reza refers to "Mr. Castleman and his Ilk". I taught public high school for 30 years and have been called a lot of names, many unprintable, but never before an "ilk." Quite refreshing.

Roundup named Newspaper of the Year for sixth year

The Payson Roundup has been honored by the Arizona Newspaper Association as non-daily Newspaper of the Year for the sixth consecutive year. This award is based on the points awarded the paper for both its editorial and advertising content.

Payson falls to Badgers, 29-24

The Payson Longhorns dominated the Prescott Badgers in every aspect of the Sept. 24 homecoming match except where it counted most -- on the scoreboard.

Forest Service to burn debris piles

Rim country residents can expect to see a lot of smoke in the coming months as the Payson Ranger District burns 30,000 piles of forest debris created when fuel breaks were put in to protect communities.

Stars stroll red carpet at 'Black Cloud' premiere

An invited audience of more than 100 people --ncluding Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer, Vice Mayor Judy Buettner and Judge Ronnie McDaniel -- previewed the big-screen movie "Black Cloud" Sunday evening at Sawmill Theatres.

Gille, Weigl wed

Elizabeth Ann Gille and Nathan Andrew Weigl were married June 26, 2004 at Catalina Foothills Presbyterian Church in Tucson with The Reverend Timothy Meendering, uncle of the bride, performing the ceremony.

Golf tournament helps put presents under the tree

Thanks to the Tonto Apache Tribe and all who participated in the charity golf tournament, the Christmas for Kids program now has more than $8,000 to buy clothes and toys for families in need during the holidays.

Alice Marian Dutton

Alice Marian Dutton, 74, died Sept. 25, 2004 in Mesa.

Pontious wins first Sludge to Judge race

Tucson runner wins girls division

Sludge to the Judge cross country boys race winner, Carlan Pontious of Payson, could have posted a much better time than the 13:01 clocking with which he was credited.

Rasmussen, Smith engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rasmussen of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Rasmussen, to Scott Smith, son of Mr. Ellis Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ms. Shirley Smith of Broomall, Pa.

Martha Joy "Joey" Des Jardin

Martha Joy "Joey" Des Jardin, 63, of Jasper, Ark., died Sept. 24, 2004 in Payson.

Stuart E. Bates

Stuart E. Bates, 86, died Sept. 21, 2004 in Payson.

Education course a bonus for area hunters

Participation in an Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Education course can pay big dividends.

What's up?

Q: Who do people call about missing dogs?

Plenty doubts in Kuenzli killing

For those who steadfastly maintain that Harold Fish's life could not have been in any danger from an unarmed Grant Kuenzli, I wish to cite two very recent news items.

Payson's lost cause?

Each day we worry about fires and low water. Now once again Payson is selling us out for more tax money. A gas station, market and car wash are to be built on Forest Drive and north Beeline Highway.

America can do better

Don Castleman, in his recent letter to the editor, said he wanted the John Kerry supporters to identify themselves so people would know who they are.

Kerry's voting record deliberately distorted

Don Castleman in a letter in last Friday's paper, accuses Sen. John Kerry of voting against all defense and intelligence spending since 1988. Here is what my research turned up:

AIMS could end golfers' playoff streak

Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing and a scheduling quirk could put an end to the Payson High School golf team's 10-year string of state playoff appearances.

Students to practice AIMS before big test

Passing the state-mandated Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test is among the challenges students must conquer to earn a high school graduation certificate.

Many hands helped make homecoming happen

Because homecoming is a special week for alumni, students, teachers and local residents, those who helped stage Payson High School's festivities should be proud of their accomplishments.

DPS officer shoots, kills Valley man during stop

A Valley man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon by a Department of Public Safety officer during a traffic stop two miles south of Rye. Officer Jarom Lewis stopped a blue, Pontiac passenger car for speeding northbound on Highway 87 shortly before 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 23

Look beyond petty party policies

The November elections are fast approaching and, to date, the media has focused our attention on some of the shallower issues of both campaigns, while ignoring the most important issue in our nation's history --hether to perpetuate the world's greatest democracy or to join the ranks of socialism. We must soon make a choice. Here are some things to consider as you ponder.

High school drama students perform in 'Squad Room'

"Squad Room," Payson High School's first dramatic offering of the school year, is "a cross between ‘Barney Miller' and the Keystone Kops," according to John Siler, drama assistant.

Rodeo bull on the mend

The bull that suffered a broken leg above the hock during the August rodeo is on the mend in Alamosa, Colo.

Wanda E. Heser

Wanda Evelyn Heser, 78, of Pine, died Sept. 19, 2004.

Donald C. McComb

Donald C. McComb, 81, of Portage, Wis., formerly of Payson, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004 at Divine Savior Hospital.

Hazel L. West

Hazel LaNita West, 72, died Aug. 2, 2004 in Phoenix.

Bring your antiques to Pine, Oct. 2,3


There are some important and fun events coming up in Pine and Strawberry. Don't miss them.

Help Landmark put time in a capsule


Kevin Mystrom, owner of the Landmark, has put together a time capsule. It will be buried behind the Landmark next week. If you have something you would like to put in it, you will need to get it to him this week.

Trip to Iowa returns with a bump


They say, "No news is good news," so there must have been good news in the Village last week; I didn't write a column.

Handmade gifts, decor offered year-round

To find that special, handmade gift or home decor item visit Pick It Fence Handcrafted Gifts & Home Decor in Pine.

Sorting through party propaganda

Although I'm a registered independent, I must join those who take issue with Don Castleman's portrayal of Senator John Kerry's voting record on various military weapon systems. Indeed, variants on that propaganda have been floating around the Internet at least since last February, when this disinformation was reportedly dispensed in a Republican National Committee research briefing.

We can't afford four more years with Bush

I have a real problem with the media, George W. Bush and all who do not understand that Kerry's vote "to authorize war" is not a "flip-flop" to Kerry opposing how Bush went to war.

Local liberal says ‘Kerry for president'

In response to Mr. Castleman's comments directed at "local liberals," may I be the first to say I support Kerry for President.

What's up?

Q: What is the ratio of female to male letter carriers hired by the Payson Post Office?

Town's enhancement grant put to use

Visitors to Payson are now being greeted by a large welcome sign that was recently installed along Highway 87 in front of Mazatzal Casino.

Payson stars set to shine on Main

For sophomore Carlos Lopez and his Longhorn cross country teammates, Friday's Sludge to the Judge run is one of only two opportunities they'll have to showcase their skills in front of hometown fans.

Caging the Badgers could be state key

A homecoming victory Friday night over the Prescott Badgers could pay huge dividends when the state playoff pairings are announced Nov. 6.

Women in spat; men find state golf reps

While members of the Payson Women's Golf Association were locked in a "Hate-Em" face-off, their male counterparts in the PMGA scrambled to find representatives for the Arizona Golf Association Two-Man championships.

P&R to host first-ever Fall Stampede

The inaugural Fall Stampede, a gymkhana-style event for horseback riders of all ages, is expected to draw entrants from around the state.

Horns retire No. 70

The Payson High School football team will honor one of its former coaches and players just moments prior to 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night in Longhorn stadium against the Prescott Badgers.

Chamber helping businesses with customer service

"You can never have too much customer service training," said Tina Bruess, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

County recommends OK for Pine liquor licenses

Two Pine restaurants will see changes with liquor sales in coming weeks.

Tragedy waiting to happen

Recently three teenage boys on two quads and a two-wheeler were speeding north on Moonlight Drive past our property, when one of the quads went sailing thru the air, hit the top of our fence and landed in our pasture.

End of an era

It is indeed, an end of an era in Payson with the recent news of Suzanne Michaels leaving KMOG Radio.

KMOG did it again

Once again, KMOG radio has driven away talent. This time, not just talent, but a great talent.

Radio station's big mistake

Whatever the details of Suzanne Michaels' departure from KMOG, we may never know. However, KMOG is foolish for not doing everything in their power to keep her on.

Candidate challenges election outcome

Dan Haapala filed a complaint Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court challenging the results of the Gila County Dist. 1 Supervisor's primary race.

Theater hosts Payson's first big-screen premiere

The movie "Black Cloud" -- produced and directed by former "NYPD Blue" star Rick Schroder -- will premiere Sunday afternoon at Sawmill Theater in front of an audience of invited guests and cast members.

Proposal stiffens teacher grievance process

The Payson school board will hear a first reading of a policy revision that will change the way teachers and staff can file grievances against administrators.

Museum puts finishing touches on Zane Grey exhibit

Unless you're a voracious Zane Grey fan, you'll most likely learn some very interesting new things about the famous western novelist's life at the exhibit opening Saturday at the Rim Country Museum.

Man's ear bitten off during fight

A man had an ear bitten off during a fight outside the bowling alley last week.

Movie premiere serves as backdrop for injured man's fund-raiser

Those in attendance of the private showing of the movie "Black Cloud" Sunday at Sawmill Theatres will have the opportunity help a Gisela man seriously injured in an accident.

Bicycle Rodeo to teach rules of the road

Kids! Come join the Payson Fire Department for its second annual Bicycle Rodeo from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Town Hall parking lot, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

Raider nation floods Bagdad

The defending youth league champion Payson Raiders beat the Bagdad Razorbacks 24-0 Sept. 18 in Walkup Sky Dome in Flagstaff.

Don't miss 34th annual fiddlers fest

The annual Old-Time Fiddlers' State Championship is returning to Rumsey Park -- its home for many of its 34 years.

Fiddle championship this weekend

Listen to the air this weekend and you could hear the old-time sounds of fiddle music on the wind. It's the 34th annual Old-Time Fiddlers' State Championship at Rumsey Park I.

Tuesday, September 21

Water and the tunnel


When I was a kid my family lived on the Cross V Ranch, headquartered in Star Valley. Our cattle allotments ran from Star Valley north to East Clear Creek, eight miles over the top of the Mogollon Rim. The East Verde River watered the northwest quarter of the ranch year-round.

Recent history most revealing


The Payson Event Center is about to get a makeover, or at least the town is looking at a proposal to add a hotel, conference center, amphitheater, and steakhouse, as well as covering the rodeo arena.

The Rim country rocks with old-time music


Listen to the air this weekend and you could hear the old-time sounds of fiddle music on the wind. It's the 34th annual Old-Time Fiddlers' State Championship at Rumsey Park I.

Quick fixes for family time at dinner


Families are busy. Between work, school and extracurricular activities, parents and kids are usually running in two different directions.

Monday, September 20

18-year-old killed in Beeline accident

An 18-year-old Snowflake woman was killed Sunday night as drivers tried to pull her from her vehicle after she hydroplaned at the bottom of Slate Creek on Highway 87.

Photo Gallery: FES Fall Festival 2004

Firefighters, teachers, parents, students, business owners and volunteers help make the Fall Festival at Frontier Elementary School one of the most successful fundraisers in Payson. The festival is the school's largest fundraiser to raise money for technology and beautification. The Roundup salutes all those who make it happen.

Love of books led to work at library


Julie Eckman was still commuting to a job in Phoenix when she moved to the Payson area earlier this year.

Hurricane's rain in Rim country closes Beeline

The remnants of Hurricane Javier brought more than three inches of rain to Payson -- and forced another closure on Highway 87. Southbound Highway 87 was closed most of Sunday morning, said Ron Woolwine, maintenance supervisor for the Arizona Department of Transportation road department in Payson.

Genevieve J. Waskiewicz

Genevieve J. Waskiewicz, 91, of Glendale, Ariz. died in Payson, Sept. 16, 2004.

Arlene M. Thompson

Arlene Marie Thompson, 96, of Strawberry, died Sept. 17, 2004 in Payson.

We need continuity of leadership

A substantial possibility is that terrorists will, by use of spies, bribery, purchase or research, acquire weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons could be used against major American cities. A way to minimize this possibility is to press current campaigns against terrorists so effectively that they never have the opportunity to use such weapons.

A challenge to debate

Recently the Roundup published a letter from Don Castleman, the Chairman of the Gila County Republican Party entitled "Kerry's voting record speaks volumes." In Castleman's letter, he recites parts of Senator Kerry's voting record that he has downloaded from "various internet sources."

Council meetings could play live on 'net

Payson Town Council meetings and other town events will be available live on the Internet, if the council approves the purchase of streaming software and authorizes a service agreement with the company that developed the system, Granicus Streaming Media Solutions, at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall.

Lady Horns take over first in region

The Lady Longhorns kicked off the 2004 volleyball campaign with a pair of 2-1 victories over Flagstaff and Mingus. With a 2-0 regional record, Payson is currently tied with Flagstaff Sinagua for the league lead.

Era in Rim country radio comes to end with retirement

An era in Rim country radio is coming to an end. After five years of waking up KMOG listeners, Suzanne Michaels is retiring.

Autumnal equinox signals cooler nights


Tomorrow marks the first day of fall, the autumnal equinox. On this date, day and night at the equator are of equal time. The sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west.

Put out camp fires

Please make sure your camp fires are out, out, out!

Bats, bats and more bats


Rabies was the subject of last week's column. Bats always come up in conversations about rabies even though they are not big carriers and Mike Spaulding, Rabies Control Officer, provided some useful information and resources. Bats are incredible and fascinating creatures and we need to think about them in a more kindly fashion because we would be in a heap of bugs without them.

History plaques placed on Main Street

With the recent installation of the first of 23 plaques on or at the site of some of Main Street's oldest structures, locals and visitors alike can gain a better understanding of Payson's colorful history. The cast bronze plaques are being paid for with an $8,800 grant from the Arizona Main Street Program.

Letter writer misinformed on Kerry

How very fortunate we, the voters of Payson, are to have Don Castleman, a misinformed Internet voter keep us misinformed on John Kerry's voting record.

Payson's nursing homes emphasize caring


In a world full of tough decisions, one of the very toughest is whether and when to enter a nursing home.

NASA telescope floats over Payson

Curious onlookers watched as a large, unidentified object floated over Payson Friday.

Homecoming week heats up

A homecoming week filled with pep assemblies, bonfires, spirit days and games wraps up Friday with a cross country run and a crucial gridiron showdown against the Prescott Badgers.

Have another election

Regarding the letter in the Payson Roundup, Sept. 14, 2004 issue, written by Jim and Ruth Ryden: I applaud them both for their candid opinion concerning our recent questionable election. You have hopefully planted a seed in the minds of honest citizens that will grow and, hopefully, bring about change in our questionable county government.

Blind spots hazardous

Drivers! Properly adjust your car's mirrors to eliminate "blind spots." Your doing so can prevent auto accident injuries, damage and expense.

Bush knew about 9/11 attacks in advance

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said "Nothing in government happens by accident." Yet, he had the gall to say that he did not know about Japan's navy approaching Hawaii. He did admit that he wanted us in World War II.

Apfel runs wild in Horn romp

The state 11th-ranked Payson Longhorns (4-0) ran roughshod over homestanding Mesa Desert Ridge 40-0.

Mav gridders on WML tear

The Rim Country Middle School Maverick seventh- and eighth-grade football teams are becoming the juggernauts of the White Mountain League.

Tae Kwon Do is a family affair

A Payson family has punched, kicked, thrown and wrestled its way to seven medals at the World Tae Kwon Do Federation World Championships held Sept. 5 in Reno, Nev.

AIA considers move to fall soccer

If the Arizona Interscholastic Association adheres to a recommendation it received from its club committee, the Longhorns might return to playing soccer during the fall season.

Joyce G. Ceyler

Joyce Grove Ceyler, 69, of Payson, died Sept. 19, 2004 at the RTA Hospice House, Payson.

Leon V. O'Dell

Leon V. O'Dell, 78, of Payson, died Sept. 17, 2004.

Rigel B. Q. Tiffany

Rigel Blue Quick Tiffany, 23, son of Davidson "Moody" Tiffany, died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Tucson Aug. 21, 2004.

Students tackle school beautification

Barbara Harrison is among those raving about the campus beautification projects recently undertaken by Richard Alvarez and about 20 students in his Payson High School building trades class.

Resource center to be parent-friendly

More than 100 parents, teachers and community agency representatives toured the Payson Unified School District's new Parent Resource Center during its open house last week.

What's up?

Q: Does an electric motorcycle fall under the same restrictions as mini motorcycles?

Residents should help out

Responding to the "What's Up" question about the weeds in Payson North and why the town hasn't done anything about it. Why can't the residents help out? It's our property, too.

Sunday, September 19

Frost warning issued

The 3.25 inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Javier is going to be followed by the first frost of season, according to the National Weather Service. Anna Mae Deming, weather observer, is recommended people plan on bringing in their plants.

Saturday, September 18

Highway 87 reopened, weather still a concern

According to Highway Patrol officials, Highway 87 southbound from Payson has been reopened, but rockslides and debris are still a threat and drivers are urged to use caution. The highway was closed Sunday morning with 2 feet of debris in some areas of the southbound lanes, especially in areas affected by the Willow Fire. More road closures may be announced.

What was spotted in the skies over Rim Country Friday?

What was the unidentified flying object spotted in the skies over Rim country Friday afternoon?

Friday, September 17

Garden Variety: Tour highlights talents of local green thumbs


How do the gardens of the Rim Area Gardeners grow? With splendid, dizzying variety. The public can see for themselves at the annual Mogollon Garden Tour this Saturday. There will be six gardens opened for visiting on the self-guided tour. Tickets are $5 and are available at Ace Hardware, Plant Fair Nursery, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Public Library, and at each of the gardens during the tour. Among the six tour gardens is that of Dean and Vee Gooding. The couple have worked on their garden for five years. Their home in Alpine Heights sits on a corner lot that is about one-third of an acre and just about every inch that isn't house and driveway is garden.

Thursday, September 16

Pound is a consummate law enforcement professional

I have known Kim Pound for about four years. I interact with him frequently in his capacity as a police lieutenant with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Annual report shows drug arrests down, DUIs up

The Payson Police Department's recently released 2003 annual report has mixed news for residents on the town's crime rates. While major crimes have remained fairly steady, there is an increasing demand for police services. "Every year, we have seen an increase not only in people moving here, but people visiting from places like the Valley," Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said. "So we have more calls for service now than in previous years."

Freshen up on first aid basics at local college

If an accident happens at your work or home, would anyone there know what to do to properly care for the injured victim?

Pauline B. Ingram

Pauline B. Ingram, 72, died Sept. 14, 2004.

George E. Mayer

George Edward Mayer, 76, of Payson, died Sept. 15, 2004.

Police chase runaway pig

Police were called to McLane Road Tuesday after a driver reported there was a road hog in the area -- an escaped pig ignoring traffic rules.

Help keep our college students in Rim country

The greatest gift a generation can give those who follow is education -- kindergarten-through-college education.

Please take each child welfare case seriously

My heart goes out to the family in the Valley who lost their baby and recently won a settlement against CPS.

Re-elect Armer for sheriff

I have known John Armer on both a professional level and a personal level for nearly 28 years. I was employed by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for more than 23 years and John served as lieutenant, captain and major of the division in which I was employed.

Return to a happier time

So much has changed since I lived in Arizona.

What's up?

Q: There are a lot of tall weeds on empty lots in Payson North. It looks bad. Is the town going to do anything about them?

Women's financial seminar slated

Women in all stages of life need the knowledge and tools to take care of financial questions and concerns.

Students celebrate Longhorn pride

During a Payson High School homecoming kickoff Thursday morning, senior Andy Hansen and his fellow students were told upcoming spirit festivities would include a costume theme for each day.

Passion for collecting becomes business

ruce and Barbara Kroeger's passion for collecting quality antique furniture reached a level where they had to open a store 10 years ago in the Phoenix area.

Horns lack vets for Prescott meet

Staring at a boys team roster that included only a sprinkling of upperclassmen, Longhorn cross country coach Chuck Hardt bemused his lack of seasoned runners.

School board leaves class size up to the schools

There will be no additional fourth-grade teacher hired at Julia Randall Elementary School to eliminate an overcrowding situation that has existed since school opened in late July.

Move over Bonds, Payson sluggers on deck

The inaugural Home Run Derby, sponsored by the Mazatzal Casino, afforded Rim country weekend warriors the opportunity to flex their collective hitting muscles.

Kerry's voting record speaks volumes

These facts are presented to the citizens of our community. Who said John Kerry hasn't been around to cast very many votes?

New law makes successful archers register their harvest

If Jerome Gallard gets a white tail or mule deer with his bow and arrow this season as he's done in the past, a new law mandates he report the kill to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Banquet helps historical society stay afloat

As the Northern Gila County Historical Society struggles to stay in the black, the non-profit organization's 14th annual banquet and fund-raiser is even more important this year.

Second rout of Desert Ridge could be on tap

The Class 4A No. 10 ranked Payson Longhorns' non-regional clash Friday night at Desert Ridge could turn into a replay of last year's game.

Tillman's is a story that must be told

At least one reader has expressed his opinion that too much has been written about the death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. He reasons that if Pat had been a plumber or an auto mechanic and died fighting for his country, not much would be written.

Suspected drug dealers taken off streets

In a joint operation with assistance from the Gila County Sheriff's Office, Payson police officers served arrest warrants on suspected local drug dealers Wednesday. Four teams of officers, including the Payson Police Department's Special Response Team, began the sweep in the afternoon and worked well into the night, rounding up people suspected of trafficking in methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as controlled substances like hydrocodone.

Lady Horns preview foes at invitational

The Flagstaff Coconino Volleyball Invitational Tournament gave Lady Horn coach Arnold Stonebrink an opportunity to evaluate his players against two of the schools Payson will battle for the Grand Canyon region title. The 12-team fray, which also drew several Class 3A schools, was contested Sept. 11 at Coconino High School.

Seeing through Bush propaganda

Pollyanna politics is what we have seen at the Republican Convention, and in television ads and stories lately. This deceitful propaganda by the Bushes and camp followers must be considered necessary in order to dazzle the remaining gullible electorate still out there.

Tuesday, September 14

A party is waiting for the willing


The Primary is behind us and the General election is six weeks away. If you want to do more than listen to political ads and note the candidate signs alongside the road, the Democrats and Republicans both have jobs waiting for you.

It's all in The Farmer's Almanac


It's Christmas in September. After an inexplicable absence last year, the Roundup's review copy of the 2005 edition of the "The Old Farmer's Almanac" has arrived, "containing, besides the large number of Astrological Calculations and the Farmer's Calendar for every month in the year, a variety of New, Useful & Entertaining Matter."

Eight Morgan mares and a silver dollar


John Russell came from England to Georgia and then to North Carolina. He served as a captain from Quilford County, N.C. in the Revolutionary War. His records are in the War Department Archives. In Virginia, John met and married Rachel Hobbs, born in Virginia in 1867. Rachel's parents, Vincent and Mary, had migrated to Virginia from Scotland.

Good food that's good for you


You don't have to be a superhero to create scrumptious, heart-healthy meals. During National Cholesterol Month (September), the American Heart Association is making it easier for you and your family to eat low-fat, low-cholesterol meals.

Monday, September 13

Town seeking grant for Zane Grey cabin

The Zane Grey Cabin Foundation fund-raising effort could get a major boost if the organization receives a $50,000 grant from the Gila River Indian Community.

Valley fiddles as Southwest dries up

Salt River Project's board of governors voted yesterday to continue reduced deliveries for water consumers in its 248,000-acre water service territory for calendar year 2005 -- the first time in SRP's history that the allocation has been reduced three years in a row.

Seidel wins saddle bronc title

Seth Seidel and Laci Riggins were the only two local competitors among more than 100 teenagers who participated in the Payson High School Rodeo Sept. 11 at the Payson Event Center.

Low-cost rabies clinic


We all should know how vitally important it is to keep our dogs current on rabies shots. Living close to the forest, we are aware of the many varieties of wild animals around our property. Those who allow their dogs to run loose while hiking through the forest do not always know what these inquisitive noses are discovering along the way.

Nurse loves Shakespeare, elderly


Carla Carter is an original -- a nurse with a passion for Shakespeare.

Habitat dedicating new home

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is hosting dedication ceremonies for its latest home.

Supervisor candidate injured in fall

Two days before winning a slot on the general election ballot, Republican write-in candidate for Gila County Dist. 3 Supervisor Bill Fogle was involved in a fall that put him in the hospital in Scottsdale.

William P. Matthews

William P. Matthews, 88, died Aug. 14, 2004.

Brooke Utilities responds to rate case

With higher water rates taking effect this month, Pine Water Company President Robert Hardcastle agreed to answer a set of questions submitted by the Roundup.

Public servants share thoughts of 9/11

On Sept. 11, 2004, Payson Police Lt. Don Engler and Fire Chief Marty deMasi were among those asked to share their thoughts during the Patriot Day ceremony at Green Valley Park. Their words offer a unique perspective to the families, seniors and veterans of this community -- a community that each of these men have served for more than 20 years.

GCC to become a ‘first-choice' college

Gila Community College President Barbara Ganz has an ambitious vision for her school.

Photo Gallery: Patriot Day 9/11 memorial event

On Sept. 11, Payson area residents gathered at Green Valley Park to recognize Patriot Day 2004. The ceremony honored the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001. This photo gallery has been posted to share some of the special moments of that day. The Roundup thanks all who worked to bring about this community event.

Design your own fire plan

Local residents can use interactive computer technology to create their own wildfire protection plan at a series of meetings throughout the Rim country through the end of the month.

CKFD board stays seated

Recall efforts against the Christopher/Kohl's Fire District board of directors fizzled in Tuesday's primary election.

Man barricaded in apartment, threatens police

Residents of the Maurnez apartment complex on Airport Road were evacuated Thursday night while police surrounded an apartment where a man was threatening to kill anyone who entered.

Shooting range to be named after former supervisor

Jim Jones served the residents of Northern Gila County on the board of supervisors for eight years. He continues his service to area residents today with work on the board of directors of the Northern Gila County Sanitary District.

Horns in hunt for 4A power points

PHS blanks AJ, 47-0

Payson's 47-0 drubbing of the Apache Junction Prospectors Friday evening in Longhorn stadium probably didn't do much to earn the team the valuable power points it needs to advance to the season-ending state tournament.

Four Corners face-off draws Arizona's finest

Just over the Longhorn horizon awaits one of the most competitive cross country events in the state.

Host Lady Horns second at PGC

Veteran Alesha Huddlestun hooked up with freshman Lana Cluff to lead the Lady Longhorn cross country team to a second-place finish at the four-way Payson Invitational cross country meet Sept. 8 at Payson Golf Course.

PWGA draws pair of aces

It's deja vu all over again in Payson Women's Golf Association action.

Support Mavericks football team

The Payson eighth-graders have a very talented and awesome football team. These fine boys are surely Payson High School future contenders for the state championship.

Education briefs

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day inservice day Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Democrats welcome your views

I would like to say to all the moderates out there in the Republican party who feel they have no choice come November in their party, the Democrats welcome moderate viewpoints.

New helitack base a noisy neighbor?

I read with interest the Helitack Base was moved from the Ranger Station on Highway 260 to the Tonto Basin because of noise and other complaints.

Voters robbed in primary

Did it not occur to you that by only having two valid candidates for the office of Gila County Supervisor on the Republican Ballot, and one write-in candidate not shown on the Democratic Ballot, you effectively robbed half the citizens of Gila County of their right to choose a new Supervisor, because in the recent primary election, Democrats could not vote for their choice? This cannot be ethical in any way, not to say illegal, if it is.

Kerry's Impossible Dream?

Thoroughly enjoyingthe Sept 11 Tonto Community Concert, I wasmpressed by the energy of the fantastic singer belting out, "The Impossible Dream" from the "Man of La Mancha."hisnspiring song seemedelated to the "Kerry For President" button I was wearing.

Someone has a grudge against handicaps

Someone said that crime was being reduced in Payson. Not so, as far as handicaps are concerned.

What's up?

Q: How much income is generated in a year by the police department with its traffic citations and how is that money spent?

George Copp, Jr.

George Copp, Jr., 85, died Sept. 9, 2004 in Payson. Mr. Copp was born July 6, 1919 in San Antonio, Texas.

Beatrice Mae Hall

Beatrice Mae Hall died Sept. 12, 2004 after a long illness.

Glenda Hatheway

Glenda Hatheway, 76, of Mesa, died Sept. 9, 2004 in Scottsdale.

This is so long, not goodbye

Current events decree that I relocate in the Valley at this time. It is hard for me to come to see all of you personally at this time.

Edna Davis Lane

Edna Davis Lane, 82, died Aug. 30, 2004 after a lengthy illness.

Benefit was a win-win event

I wanted to publicly thank your newspaper, as well as the Friends of the Library, for their help in selling my parents personal property last weekend.

Little League gears up early

It's fall and the smell of pigskin permeates the Rim country air. But the gridiron aura hasn't slowed a group of Payson volunteer Little League officials from focusing their attention on next spring's baseball season.

Thursday, September 9

Dorothy Ann Phillips (1931-2004)

Dorothy (Dottie) Ann Phillips, 73, of Payson, died Sept. 4, 2004. She was born March 3, 1931 in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Horners celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Francis E. Horner of Payson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 22 with the help of their family and friends, at Tiny's Family Restaurant in Payson

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic coming to town

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis by the Arizona Humane Society's mobile clinic beginning at 7 a.m. Sept. 14-16 at the Bashas' parking lot, 142 E. Highway 260.

Author discusses her book with Library Friends Sept. 13

Carol Osman-Brown will speak to the Library Friends of Payson, at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 13.

R & R Pizza has become a family affair

Keith and Debbie Brown have a new child, but he's not cute, cuddly, and green-eyed like their other five sons. Their new addition is R & R Pizza in the Sawmill Crossing next to Marble Slab Creamery. And, it's taking the whole family to help raise this new and energetic child.

West's leading real estate firm adds Rim to its territory

The largest regional real estate brand in the western U.S. is now part of the Rim country's booming home and land sales industry. Butch Joyner opened Windermere Real Estate's Windermere Majestic Rim Properties July 1.

Local investment representative receives designation

Kevin Dick of the financial services firm Edward Jones has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

Site Feedback: Vehicle registration violation

Regarding the individual wishing to report a vehicle registration violation: I hope you will soon find a hobby or maybe volunteer work or some meaningful way to occupy your time, rather than worrying so about what your neighbors are up to.

Casino may be ideal solution to event center

The editorial and article from the Sept. 3 Roundup regarding the event center both indicate the Tonto Apaches are key to the project. Most people are not aware, but the casino presented, on numerous occasions, a viable solution to town officials over the past three years.

The treasure behind the frame

It has to be the secret dream of every fan of antiquing and yard sales -- finding a hidden treasure in a purchase. Elaine Fort of Mesa hit the jackpot not long ago while visiting one of the antique shops in Pine.

Coach-son relationship ‘a balancing act'

At times, the relationship between an athlete and a coach can get a little strained. Especially if the coach is your dad. In small towns like Payson, it's typical for parents to step in and volunteer their time as coaches, and many young athletes end up in a unique situation.

Local golfer aces interclub showdown

Troy Neal has turned in a bang-up Payson Men's Golf Association tournament finish that includes a gold medal and closest-to-the-pin prize money. The interclub showdown was Sept. 1 at Payson Golf Course and drew players from Quailwood Greens and Verde Santa Fe. Quailwood is in Dewey and Verde is located near Cottonwood.

Huff, the Lady Longhorns' ‘sparkplug' at the net

For senior Haylee Huff, this year is full of promise. She is taking some of her last classes at Payson High School, competing in volleyball and basketball, gearing up to contend for homecoming queen and preparing for college.

Attention: all hunters, shooters

The Tonto Rim Sports Club shooting range will have personnel available to sight-in hunters' personal targets and sporting scopes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. The cost is $5 each and the public is welcome.

Broken bones won't slow this Longhorn

In a lot of ways, Tyler Williams is your typical high school senior. He dips french fries in his milk shake. Freshman boys follow him around and jump to his beck and call. He loves scoring touchdowns. But in other ways, Williams is very different than most seniors.

Arizona educators gather in the White Mountains

Payson Area Educators are invited to attend the annual conference of the Arizona Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), October 15-17, 2004, in the White Mountains for a discounted registration fee.

Mounted shooters compete in Payson

Equestrians from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico spent the weekend at the Payson Event Center for a Mounted Shooters of American competition.

Parks and Recreation Roundup

The following events and activities are available from the Payson Parks and Recreation Department:

Firebelles enjoy successful benefit


The Labor Day celebration by the Christopher Kohls Firebelles was a complete success. The ladies raised $492.50 with the silent auction and $56 from cookbook sales.

Labor Day weekend was a blast


The busy holiday weekend is over and things are quieting down once again. Traffic was amazing, especially in Payson. It tended to be a long trip for those coming and going from the Valley. I sure am glad that I live here all year around. Business was good for the shops this weekend. And the craft fair did well. That is great for everyone.

Sirens have sell-out at big bash


The big Labor Day Bash in Tonto Village this past Saturday was the most successful ever. The auxiliary of the Tonto Village Fire District, also know as the "Fire Sirens," had their most successful event ever as well.

Recovery from post-surgery stroke slow

Stephanie Ryder, a well-known Payson nurse, is now at Payson Care Center recovering from a post-surgery stroke she suffered in mid-July.

Speaker details ills of prehistoric man

Rim Country Chapter Arizona Archaeological Society fall meetings start at 9 a.m. Sept. 11. A well-known lecturer and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at ASU Dr. Merbs will discuss his specialty ... the pathology, diseases, and ills of prehistoric people.

Christmas is coming too fast for some charities

Christmas Eve is 15 weeks from today. It's not too soon to make plans to help the less fortunate. In fact, in light of recent developments, it is imperative if the season is to be a success.

What's up: With Home Depot and their water use?

Home Depot is coming, that's great, but they'll bring a lot more toilet flushing, plus they will have garden center that uses a lot of water. They can water, but we can't

Are traditionalists being outnumbered

I was reading the letters to the editor and recognized a couple of symptoms of these "progressive" times. First was Ms. Haught's thoughts on the rodeo vs. growth. I fear she has her finger on the pulse of change and is most likely correct in her observations. There were two other letters very critical of the sport of rodeo.

Clarifying the event center project

I would like to make two "corrections" to last Friday's editorial (regarding the development of the Payson Event Center). Grace Development is the owner and developer of the Prescott Resort and Bucky's Casino.

Labor Day proved it's time for bypass

Labor Day, 2004, undoubtedly set a record for the number of vehicles passing through Payson on their way to various places in the high country. I have been traveling to the heart of Arizona for more than 40 years though all kinds of conditions, but I have never witnessed the volume of traffic I did this past weekend.

USA team hard to watch

I'm not much of a basketball fan having devoted most of my efforts to coaching wrestling for 37 years, but I appreciated Max Foster's column on the "Dream" team aka "Scream" team.

Treat terrorists like locusts -liminate them

We, in this great country of ours, and we as citizens of this planet called Earth, are not in a war against terrorists, but a war against cowards. Plain and simple -- cowards, in the name of some imagined or real religion.

Less partisan politics please

I have always considered Payson a community of kind, compassionate people, but now I know there is a group of mean-spirited people here, too.

Two reactions to the Republican convention

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Public invited to help formulate town plan

Citizens are invited to provide input on the town's 2005 Corporate Strategic Plan at a special meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Payson Town Hall.

Benefit was a win-win event

I wanted to publicly thank your newspaper, as well as the Friends of the Library, for their help in selling my parents personal property last weekend. I had the benefit of a very efficient team coming to my parents' home and selling their belongings, rather than me remembering times and events that were associated with each item.

See high school rodeo action this weekend

The Payson High School Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Event Center rodeo grounds south of town.

Forest Service planning helitack base for airport

The U.S. Forest Service is considering establishing a permanent helitack base and possibly other firefighting and training facilities on a site adjacent to and north of Payson Municipal Airport.

Former resident charged with embezzling nearly $140,000

Spent four years living high life in New York City

The man charged with embezzling nearly $140,000 from a local title company four years ago has until Monday to decide whether to accept a plea agreement.

Teen caught burglarizing gas station

A 17-year-old boy was caught burglarizing the Star Valley Shell station early Monday morning."Our officers saw someone in the building ... we called out (GCSO Deputy) Dennis Newman with his police dog."

Candidate considering contesting election results

Candidates emerging successfully from Tuesday's primary election are ready to go to work on winning the general election and are praising their opponents. But one candidate, Dan Haapala, is considering contesting the results. Haapala ran against Tommie Cline Martin and Gene Mawby for the Republican nomination for Dist. 1 Gila County Supervisor.

Extra traffic patrols in the works

Watch out speeders and red-light runners. For the next six weeks, the Payson Police Department is beefing up traffic enforcement efforts. Thanks to a grant from the Governor's Office additional officers will be focused on traffic violations.

Wednesday, September 8

Election results: Martin, Whitely in runoff for supervisor

Tommie Cline Martin pulled out ahead in the Republican race for the Gila County Supervisor seat for District 1. And while earlier reports indicated she may have secured the supervisor's seat, a Democrat seeking a write-in nomination, Sydney "Jim" Whitely, received 60 votes, giving him a spot on the General Election ballot, forcing a runoff with Martin.

Tuesday, September 7

Take a tour of Rim country gardens


The gardens of the Rim country are ready for their close-up. The Rim Area Gardeners of Payson are presenting their annual Mogollon Garden Tour next week.

What's in a name?


The other day someone asked Jinx and I how the Oxbow Inn got its name, so I dug into our files and found this information from Marguerite Noble: "The Oxbow Inn was named after Oxbow Hill, a well-known landmark south of Payson. It was the ‘hump' in the road in the old days that meant one had left the desert foothills to climb into the pine-juniper mountains -- that is, if one could get up the hill.

Time is ripe for odor ordinance


Things have been mighty quiet ever since Jim Hill and Ernie Pritchard cut a deal. Too quiet, if you ask me.

Tasty lunches you can make-and-take


Packing the same lunch for both school bags and briefcases can save on time, but it doesn't necessarily make everybody happy. Say goodbye to plain old peanut butter and jelly and hello to easy-to-make, big-flavor, healthy sandwiches with adult and kid appeal that both will enjoy.

Monday, September 6

Beecrofts to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Dale and June Beecroft of Payson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, September 9.

Jason H. Kaufman

Jason H. Kaufman, 27, died in a construction accident on Aug. 25, 2004 in Sacramento, Calif.

Eleanor Bostrom

Eleanor Bostrom, 87, died Aug. 9, 2004.

Black Stallion project comes to Payson

The Payson Horseman's Association has a goal of bringing The Black Stallion Literacy Project to Payson classrooms.

The gifts our dogs give


Every so often, I read something or someone gives me a clipping that inspires a column. A friend sent an article from the September issue of "Science of Mind" magazine, written by Diane Morgan. It talks about the wonderful value dogs contribute to our lives, either by what they give to us, or by what they require from us that keeps us active, feeling needed and loved.

What's up?

Q: When Mesa del Caballo residents paid to have their streets paved, Gila County promised to maintain them. Every summer we are told our streets will be chip sealed, but it never happens. Considering how much is collected out here in property taxes, when can we expect to see some of it returned to us in the form of street maintenance?

Former Horn leads Jacket ambush

As a former Longhorn quarterback, Jimmy Oestmann knows the thrill that goes with whipping the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Shuman paces Longhorns to runner-up finish

The off-season practice put in by Payson High School golfer Justin Shuman is paying dividends.

Payson quilter earns national recognition


Gina Perkes learned to quilt in a beginners class at a Payson store six years ago. Now her work is earning national recognition.

Beaver Valley to get new fire truck

Beaver Valley and its neighboring communities will soon have an added measure of safety. The Beaver Valley Fire District will soon be buying a new fire truck, with the capacity to haul 3,000 gallons of water to a fire.

FES students are climbing the walls

A rock climbing wall that guarantees to challenge, motivate and improve the physical well being of students is now in place at Frontier Elementary School.

Transfer, veterans lead Horn runners

Longhorn cross country runner Carlan Pontious will be battling butterflies Sept. 7. The Wisconsin transfer will be facing about a three mile circuit at Payson Golf Course that afternoon in a season-opening cross country meet.

Do your civic duty

Regarding the comments from Judge Robert Duber, I would like to suggest that he would have no need to round people up and force them to report for jury duty if our criminal justice system were an effective tool for social order, which it is not.

Two possibilities in Kuenzli killing

In response to Lisa Boyle's letter concerning Grant Kuenzli's death, I think it would be appropriate for all those who desire Harold Fish's conviction to get together and agree upon a single scenario describing their collective view as to what happened when that fateful forest trail meeting took place.

Leave Fish case up to the courts

Maybe there are some other things to ponder regarding the Fish/Kuenzli occurrence. The words executioner and murder are being thrown about and some people have already convicted Harold Fish before he has been tried.

The astronomical costs of health care

Last year, I had the misfortune of having kidney stones and I went through the anguish of passing a stone. We were well received at the Payson Regional Medical Center and the staff were attentive and courteous.

Pound well qualified to be sheriff

I would like to join with all the other highly professional and good citizens in endorsing Kim Pound for sheriff of Gila County. Kim is well-qualified and a proven leader who can handle all areas of law enforcement. He was an excellent officer while working for the Apache Junction Police Department.

Martin's roots are locked into Rim country

The flatlanders are coming. If you value your vote, don't let the history and traditions of Gila County be blown away by the hot winds of an election year.

Martin the common sense candidate

Tommie Martin, in my opinion, possesses the one trait that every elected official should have: common sense.

Remembering Sept. 11 and Beslan, Russia

There are some people who believe the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks should no longer be marked by memorial ceremonies.

Burglars hit local food bank

Several large boxes of food were stolen from the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank over the weekend. Food bank operations manager Richard Krause said the burglary occurred sometime Friday night or early Sunday morning.

Mudslides close highway 87, aggravates holiday traffic congestion

Highway 87 was shut down completely for four hours on Saturday morning due to flooding and mudslides following some heavy rain south of Payson. The closed highway further aggravated traffic congestion through Payson as holiday travelers made their way north.

Fish was cool enough to make three shots

I was under the impression that this shooting took place in the national forest or Coconino County. Payson's laws do not apply in either.

Kuenzli wasn't breaking the law

On behalf of all dog lovers, I would like to respond to letter writer Ed Taves of Payson (Aug. 27 Roundup) who wrote "If Grant Kuenzli had not broken the law."

Photo Gallery: First 2004 season varsity home football game

The Payson Roundup presents a collection of photographs from the first varsity home football game of the 2004 season. The Longhorns defeated the Notre Dame Saints 55-14. This gallery includes photos of players, cheerleaders and members of the Longhorn marching band.

Horns knock halos off Saints

In one of the finest performances ever turned in by a Payson High football team, the Horns sent the Notre Dame Saints marching out of Longhorn stadium with their halos hanging low.

Mud, rocks, water make holiday traffic a nightmare

Highway 87 was shut down completely for four hours on Saturday morning due to flooding and mudslides following some heavy rain south of Payson.

Lawyers duke it out over forest drilling

The forest's lawyer disagrees with the town's lawyer, but the town may get to drill exploratory wells under the Diamond Rim yet. The proposal by the town of Payson -- to drill up to 15 exploratory wells and 13 secondary test wells to determine the presence or absence of a significant aquifer system -- was put on hold in June while the Tonto National Forest's lawyer issued an opinion regarding an opinion by the town's lawyer. At issue is whether the U.S. Forest Service has the legal right to consider the impact the project might have on the wells of nearby residents.

Nature's Weedeaters: Keeping goats for fun and thinning


If you happened by the dog park at Rumsey Park last Wednesday, you probably did a double take. Instead of the usual array of dogs, the park was full of goats happily munching away on just about anything growing there, but especially a pesky, prickly weed called, appropriately enough, goatheads.

Council tackles water, growth

New subdivisions and whether there's enough water to build them will again dominate the agenda of the Payson Town Council at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Christmas for Kids golf tournament Sept. 17

During the week before Christmas, Payson residents can watch a convoy of police squad cars and fire engines going to homes to deliver toys and clothes to families in need.

September sneaks into Rim country


September is deceiving in Rim country. So easily does August become September that one could forget to turn the calendar page. In harsher climates, September is emphatic, bringing autumn leaves in reckless abundance of color before they fall to the ground, and the first frosts of the season.

Tillman Tunnel a tribute to fallen hero

There's been yet another tribute to Pat Tillman erected on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Thursday, September 2

Red-ink Republicans and credit card conservatives

Recently, the Roundup ran an interview of me that they had requested. I was forthright with my responses. As a result of that article, there have been two letters written to the editor by Republicans that claimed that I wanted whatever they had accumulated in life. First, I wish to congratulate them that they have accumulated much wealth and possessions but, in reply, I can assure them that I don't covet anything that they might possess.

Much to like about event center offer

If you've ever tried to sit through a rodeo, pow wow or other daytime function at the Payson Event Center, you don't have to be told that the ultimate success of that facility rides on putting a roof over it.

How about Lions vs. Realtors?

Re: Jim Keyworth's suggestion that the town raise money by sponsoring a mud-wrestling contest among various clubs, organization, etc.

Rodeos are barbaric and cruel

We don't ride stage coaches anymore. It's outdated and unnecessary.

Hot Ice set to melt long-ball foes

Members of the Hot Ice women's slow-pitch softball team have their sights set on top three finishes in the inaugural Home Run Derby, sponsored by the Mazatzal Casino.

Patriot Day ceremonies planned for Sept. 11

Payson Remembers

Patriot Day ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 in Green Valley Park at the large gazebo adjacent to the Veterans Memorial. "Payson Remembers" is a community patriotic sunset vigil to remember the tragedy of 9/11 and pledge our resolve to protect and defend our democratic freedoms.

Pair of queens not enough to win poker run

While the poker run that kicked off the Justice McNeeley Foundation fund-raiser Aug. 28 at Sidewinders Saloon wasn't a race, it did draw an enthusiastic group of ATV riders. They brought just about every type of quad available, including small ATVs with less than 100 cc motors and the huge new 700 cc Polaris Sportsman twins.

Community loses a peach of a man


The community of Christopher Creek lost a sweetheart of a man last Friday.

Be on the lookout for Justice


Justice McNeeley is one fortunate little boy to live in such a caring community. But then, we are so very fortunate to have Justice. He is a breath of fresh air, a spirited chap who does not let anything get him down.

Plenty of Labor Day fun in the Village


By the time you read this column, it will be either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. That will give you plenty of time to head on out to Tonto Village by Saturday afternoon for all the fun that will be happening with the celebration of the Labor Day weekend put on by the Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary and the Christopher Creek Fire District Auxiliary.

Local golf pro an NFL record holder

Most every golf pro can spin tales about hole-in-ones, sub-par rounds, 300-yard drives and tournament victories.

New line scheme could pay dividends

The flip-flopping of Longhorn offensive linemen this past week could crank up a ground game that never hit on all cylinders in a 26-6 season-opening win over Glendale Cortez.

Residents, visitors spending a little more this year

Residents and visitors seem to be spending a little more in Payson this year than they did last year.

If change is necessary, vote accordingly

I, along with many others, enjoyed watching the rodeo parade. I must say that I was very concerned to see our current District One county supervisor riding on the same float with one of the candidates currently running for the District One supervisor's position. This brings to mind an old saying that "birds of a feather flock together."

New store has eclectic mix for bargain hunters

The new One Dollar Superstore opened its doors Aug. 11, bringing shoppers an opportunity to find everything from hardware to greeting cards for only a dollar, and sometimes less.

Haapala a chivalrous man

Regarding the article written by Mary Gibson in the Aug. 27 issue.

Haapala's vision is mature, sensible

I have never written to recommend a political candidate before, but my wife and I and three other families had an opportunity to discuss the future of Gila County with one of the candidates running for county supervisor.

Martin is the real deal for supervisor

I sure hope folks around here can "look through the smoke" and recognize that Tommie Cline Martin is the real deal. If anything, she's over-qualified and should be in Washington, D.C., but, lucky for us, she wants to be our county supervisor.

Santa's List is rushing Christmas

Rim country children could be faced with a blue Christmas this year.

Library computers get improvements

The dreaded phrase, "I'm sorry, our system is down" will soon be a thing of the past at the Payson Public Library.

Make the thoughtful choice for supervisor

I want to share with you what I learned while attending a recent "Meet Your Candidates" night. Of specific interest to me were the expressed positions of the candidates for District 1 Supervisor.

Dorothy F. Horner Davis

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Rodeo vs. Progress

I realize this is all in the preliminary stages, but has anyone really thought about this?

Local traffic, tribe key to event center project success

Calling the project a "destination," the co-president of the company that wants to develop the Payson Event Center outlined the concept to a mostly receptive audience Monday evening.

Jury duty ditchers get day in court

A dozen people sat nervously in Payson's superior courtroom Thursday afternoon wondering what was going to happen to them. The reason -- they skipped out on jury duty.

Community Kids get into housing rehab

Payson Community Kids, the group of young people led by Marcy Rogers, is branching out from neighborhood and street clean-ups into housing rehabilitation.

Police beef up patrols for Labor Day weekend

The Payson Police Department is bolstering patrols this holiday weekend to handle the extra traffic and get drunken drivers off the road.

Benjamin Wilson Johnson, II

Benjamin Wilson Johnson, II, 30, of Peoria, died in Peoria.

Dorothy Louise (Dottie Lou) Luke

Dorothy Louise (Dottie Lou) Luke, 72, died Sept. 2, 2004.

Petry, Parker wed

Les and Karen Petry of Payson announced the marriage of their son, Brad Petry to Margaret Parker, daughter of Douglas and Martha Parker of Camarillo, Calif.

Mitchells celebrate 50 years

Richard C. and Frances M. Mitchell of Payson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 4.

Lady Horns trounce Glendale

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team tipped off the 2004 successfully pounding out-manned Glendale Independence 25-12 and 25-13.

Baker team wins Joker's Wild

The foursome of Brenda Baker, Jan Burns, Ethel Hull and Laura Meyocks captured the championship of a Joker's Wild tournament of the Payson Women's Golf Association.

Rodeos are thinly disguised entertainment

Rodeo is not wholesome family entertainment, but flagrant animal abuse. ("Bull survives injury during Payson rodeo," Aug. 26 Roundup). The events are nothing more than violent displays of human domination over animals, thinly disguised as entertainment.

What's up?

Q: Who do we contact to report a vehicle registration violation? There are people who have lived here for years and are still registering vehicles in another state.

Company's name change part of a plan

In July, longtime Payson Realtor Tudy Martin took the first steps of a four-year journey.

Corporation commission races offer voters variety of choices

The Arizona Corporation Commission has four seats to be filled in the 2004 elections. One seat is for a two-year term, expiring Jan. 1, 2007. Three seats are for four-year terms which conclude Jan. 1, 2009.

2005/2006 Corporate Strategic Plan


Yes, it's that time again. The Payson Town Council is putting together the annual Corporate Strategic Plan as we begin planning for next year's budget. The first CSP meeting has been set for Oct. 12.

Meet the candidates: Election 2004 stories and profiles

A collection of stories and profiles about the 2004 political candidates for our area.

Governor's forum to address affordable housing

Arizona's housing market has been red-hot for the past several years.ecord-setting residential building permits and sale prices for new and resale homes have been common stories.

Wednesday, September 1

Arts and crafts fair this weekend in Pine

Labor Day weekend marks the last Arts and Crafts Fair of the season, sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Art and Craft Guild. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.