Stories for April 2005


Thursday, April 28

Thomas Lee Malone

Thomas Lee Malone, 68, of Young, died April 26, 2005.

Emma June Pryor

Emma June Pryor, of Payson, died April 21, 2005.

A contract for life, starting on prom night

Have you ever looked back and recognized a critical moment when a decision was made that changed the course of your life, or the life of a loved one?

Very few escape the chains of meth addiction

Your April 19 story on methamphetamine was a good article. I really don't think the public understands how pervasive this drug has become.

Grandparents need support too

Grandparents raising grandchildren seems to be a common occurrence in Payson, so I am told, but I wish more of them would attend the grandparent support group that Christi Walton puts on at the PUSD Parent Resource Center.

No law requires Social Security be repaid

It may come as a shock, no current law requires the government to repay the Social Security trust funds out of general federal revenues.

Courtesy isn't common

I've been in Payson six months now and people have been very friendly. I love my new house and neighborhood.

Globe jury duty a hardship

Being chosen for jury duty is a hardship on those who live in Payson and have to drive to Globe. Transportation should be provided. (Phoenix residents get free bus tickets).

Everyone has chance to do the right thing

I grieve when I read headlines reporting little children being murdered, humans dying of starvation, disease and war, to hear debates over the worth of human lives, to see families being destroyed by violence, abuse, drugs and perversion.

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Octogenarians 'too lazy to retire'

Driving south on McLane Road, the sweet, little garden spot travelers see at the entrance of Alpine Heights shows an example of the work of Iris Garden Services.

Library's children's story hour honors mothers


The "Not To Be Missed" Senior Thrift Shop Spring Fashion Show is at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 30.

Young actors perform in Shelby School's first play


Bill and I needed to go to Payson this past Friday and we were taken aback by the amount of traffic that greeted us as we made our way through town to take care of our errands. If the cars and RVs are any indication, I would venture to guess that our tourist season is in full swing.

Youngster winning titles in basketball, baseball

Zach Blazer is not letting his youth stand in the way of building a reputation as one of the Rim country's finest athletes.

Time will tell if this group is golden

After watching the Rim Country Middle School eighth-graders win championships in football, basketball and baseball, it's obvious they are a talented group of all-around athletes.

GCR silver up for grabs in season finales

A hard-earned 8-4 victory Tuesday over the visiting Sinagua Mustangs kept the Lady Longhorn express on track and steaming toward a runner-up finish in the Grand Canyon region.

Family History Center makes the most of technology

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' genealogical library, in operation since 1894, is the largest and most comprehensive collection of family histories of its kind in the world.

Dozens of runners tackle Highline Trail

The best-kept secret in the Rim country is probably the Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-mile race. It's been contested for years on the Highline hiking trail north and east of Payson, but because ultra running is not a highly popular sport and no Payson athletes enter, the run is relatively unknown locally.

Vice mayor rotation rejected by council

The Payson Town Council rejected a recommendation to rotate the position of vice mayor at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

Town water officials absent from Star Valley meeting

Tommie Martin's attempt to bring both sides of the Star Valley water dispute together failed when town water officials declined to participate.

Roosevelt under fire restrictions

The Tonto National Forest has prohibited most types of fire or fire-causing activities across the south and western portions of the forest effective Thursday, April 28, at 8 a.m.

Ride, ceremony to honor fallen officers

The sound of thunder will come to Payson Sunday. Between 400 and 1,000 motorcyclists will ride into town to honor fallen police officers, including the 154 officers killed in the line of duty in 2004 -- six of them in Arizona.

Sandy Hanger

Sandy Hanger, 61, of Tonto Basin, died April 27, 2005 in Scottsdale.

District fails to report positive drug test

Bus driver will appeal termination

The Payson Unified School District could face citation after failing to report the positive results of a drug test of one of its employees.

Mildred S. Knudsen

Mildred S. Knudsen, 82, of Young, died April 26, 2005.

College is town's concern too, says council

Supervisor votes with constituents

Payson's town council met in a closed session with attorneys last night to consider legal action against the Gila County Community College Board of Governors.

Mary Nourse

Mary Nourse, longtime resident of Bonita Creek and Tonto Village, died April 1, 2005.

Creek residents get a lesson in wild fire safety


The Christopher/Kohl's Firewise Community meeting was held on Saturday, April 23 at the fire hall. During the meeting, homeowners asked questions about the upcoming fire season.

Horns win squeaker on way to season's end

The Longhorn baseball team stayed alive in the chase for a top four Grand Canyon region finish and a home seed in the opening round of the postseason tournament with a come-from-behind 11-10 win over the Sinagua Mustangs.

Pianist performs classic favorites at weekend concert

Pianist Victoria B. Harris will play the music of Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Balakirev, Debussy and Chopin at a special concert at Gila Community College.

Wednesday, April 27

Mother searching for missing son

Kara Frost of Payson requests the help of the public to locate her 16-year-old son. Scott Frost of Payson was last seen on Saturday, April 23 at the Wal-Mart store in Mesa, Arizona on the corner of Southern and Power Road.

Tuesday, April 26

12th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show


The Rim Country Classic Auto Club, as we know it today, had its beginnings back in 1993 when a few people had a common interest in restoring and driving classic cars.

Auto Show Schedule

12th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show schedule of events:

Monday, April 25

Benefits abound around Rim country

The Payson Youth Football Association will host its annual benefit golf tournament May 14 at Payson Golf Course. Check-in is 7 a.m. and tee time is 8 a.m.

Death caused by tobacco addiction gets renewed attention

The recent announcements of Peter Jennings' lung cancer and Johnny Carson's emphysema have brought renewed attention to the 400,000-plus U.S. deaths caused each year by tobacco addiction.

Safe, sober prom veers students away from becoming a statistic

Prom night happens once in a lifetime. To keep the last big party before graduation safe and memorable, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Payson schools prevention program are hosting two chaperoned after-prom activities.

Shelby School performers learn teamwork

Alice is going to Rodeoland in the first play students of the Shelby Charter School are presenting to the public.

Town manager says mayor's two-year term too short

Payson voters will have the opportunity to change the term of the mayor from two years to four years if the town council approves putting it on the ballot for the 2006 primary election at its regular 6 p.m. meeting Thursday.

Counterfeit ring busted

Alert shop owners tip police to bogus bills

Amid the crowds and chaos of the Business Showcase Saturday, two alert retailers and the Payson Police Department nabbed a trio of Valley residents trying to pass counterfeit bills at nearby shops.

Middle school principal resigns

Rim Country Middle School principal Frank Larby announced yesterday in an e-mail to teachers that he has turned in a letter of resignation to school district superintendent Herb Weissenfels.

Beeline Cruise-In car show Saturday

The 12th Annual Beeline Cruise-In Charity Auto Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 on Main Street.

Citizen leads officers to $2.5 million in marijuana

Five Payson-area Gila County Narcotics Task Force undercover officers were called April 20 to north of Globe to assist in the investigation of an illegal marijuana growing operation of more than 7,000 plants.

Festival to revive town's fun factor

The Payson Stampede Street Festival is the newest in a series of festivals and events that Main Street Project Manager Carol McCauley hopes will revitalize the town's reputation as the festival capital of Arizona.

County audit two years behind

Gila County is past due on its 2003 and its 2004 state audit, and Shirley Dawson wants to hire an outside auditor to go over the books.

Travel professionals can create trouble-free trip


What is a savvy consumer to do when the travel bug bites? For those who do not wish to navigate the World Wide Web to plan their special vacation, the travel agents of Cruise Port and Travel Network are ready to serve.

Pharmacist soothes menopause symptoms


If the hot flashes are cutting into your sleep, and your emotional outbursts have your family running for cover, perhaps it's time to visit Raenel Mathews, the menopause maven of Payson.

Get pets ready for warm weather


It is that time again for some in-depth grooming for our dogs and cats. Some take their pets to the groomer once a year, some take them monthly and many never take them, but one way or the other, deep spring cleaning is in order.

Rim a great place to live, if you can afford it

Call it a tree tax, the pine cone effect, whatever you want, but the economic shortcomings with a funny name are hurting lots of people in the Rim country.

Bird watchers can delight in species' return

The white-throated swifts have returned to help announce Tonto Natural Bridge State Park's third annual Birds of the Bridge day.

Benefit concert for soldiers Friday

A special benefit concert, Bluegrass in the Park, is planned this Friday at Green Valley Park.

Jeanne E. Thebado

Jeanne Elizabeth Sward Thebado, of Woodstock, Conn., died April 22, 2005 after a brief illness.

Residents the first line of defense in reporting and solving crimes

It's easy to take living in Payson for granted. You don't have to worry about being mugged on your way to Wal-Mart or putting up steel bars on your windows. In fact, it's quite easy to become lax and oblivious to crime when your chances of being a victim are negligible.

How not to be a victim of vehicle theft

The age and location of your vehicle have little bearing on whether or not your vehicle will be stolen. The 10 most stolen vehicles are at least four years old and are taken from personal driveways, neighborhood streets, and shopping malls and city parking lots.

Dog owners be part of the 'Home Run'

This letter is to urge dog owners to join my dog Cee Cee and me May 7 for the "Home Run" 5K Walk/Run held this year at Rumsey Park.

Isolate drug dealers

I am relieved to see the repudiation of the ideas of a former officer of the law against the prohibition of seriously addictive drugs which were published in the previous issue of the Payson Roundup.

What's more addictive: llamas' blood, cocaine or sarcasm?

Recently, while reading the Payson Roundup I came across some startling information.

Threatening the Constitution

The truth about judicial filibusters.

Site feedback

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Payson cyclists vie for state championships

A pair of veteran Rim country cyclists will be battling for Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state championship honors May 21 at the Fort Valley Finale near Flagstaff.

Crappie fishing strategies need rethinking

Although game and fish officials are projecting Roosevelt Lake will soon be one of the best bass and crappie fisheries in the country, veteran anglers have found catching crappie tough at Roosevelt Lake this spring.

Tourney kicks off trout season for Rim lakes

Students at Payson Community Christian School will once again reap the benefits of the Annual Woods Canyon Lake Trout Tournament. Now in its 22nd year, it will be May 7.

It's crunch time for baseball regional placements

The Payson Longhorn baseball team chalked up two of the easiest wins the players and coach Jerry Daniels will ever enjoy.

Tonto closes some campgrounds

Officials with the Tonto National Forest's Pleasant Valley Ranger District have had to close or limit use in a few of our more popular campgrounds.

Love of mud leads to creative outlet for couple

Remember when you were a kid? Playing in the mud was a lot of fun, and there was just something soothing about it, too. The neat feeling you got from squishing the stuff through your hands or toes.

Trail of art tour leads to Christopher Creek


The annual 'Neath the Rim Open Art Studio Tour will take participants up the Rim to Christopher Creek this year, with invitations to the home work spaces of Jim Hagen and Marilyn Salomon.

Thursday, April 21

Urge senator to maintain checks, balances

Soon the U.S. Senate is likely to vote whether or not to destroy more than 200 years of checks and balances.

Payson will host middle school track stars

White Mountain League athletic directors have voted to have Rim Country Middle School serve as host for the 2005 track and field finals.

Golfers will help build new food bank

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Payson needs a new building to house food surpluses.

Family heritage gives jeweler access to top quality

Chad Overman might look like a kid, but he holds a degree as a gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif.

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PSWID resumes regular meetings

John Nelson, acting administrator of the PSWID (Pine - Strawberry Water Improvement District) for Gila County, resigned his position as acting administrator Jan. 18, 2005. A special meeting is set for the next week to transition in the new board.

Dolores Charlton

Dolores Charlton, 80, of Payson, died April 18, 2005.

Lucille Elaine Eshe

Lucille Elaine Eshe, 89, of Pine, died April 18, 2005.

Robert Ellsworth Fox

Robert Ellsworth Fox, 84, of Payson, died April 17, 2005.

Ronald E. Graham

Ronald E. Graham, 70, of Payson, died April 3, 2005.

Clara June Heckman

Clara June Heckman, 85, of Payson, died April 16, 2005.

Dorice V. Hrinda

Dorice V. Hrinda, 86, of Young, died April 15, 2005 in Payson.

Darrell D. "John" Robinette

Darrell D. "John" Robinette, of Payson, died April 16, 2005.

Charles William Rutledge

Charles William Rutledge, 86, of Payson, died April 19, 2005.

Darlene Jean Trumbell

Darlene Jean Trumbell, 73, of Payson, died April 19, 2005.

Longhorns' GCR bid takes a hit

Any hopes the Payson High School baseball team harbored of a top-four Grand Canyon Region finish and an advantageous home seed into the postseason tournament were doused by an 18-3 loss Tuesday to the visiting Mingus Marauders.

Tonto Apache youth shine at Mesa meet

For Tonto Apache Track and Field team member Cassie Johnson, her shot put heave in an April 16 USA Track and Field youth meet at Mesa Community College earned her first place honors and some spending money.

Young Rim golfers gaining reputations

A trio of young Rim country golfers, Dean Harpe, Jeffrey Kelley and Tyler Apps, continue to build solid reputations as outstanding young linksters.

Young PHS tracksters to enjoy level field

Payson High School will play host tomorrow to the annual Rotary Freshman and Sophomore Invitational track and field meet.

Work for veterans hits snag


I met Ron Strong last week when I went over to Creekside Mobile Home Park to see what was going on. Ron and Greg DeClaire were cleaning up the park.

Trees being toppled along the Control Road


It has been a bit noisy in Tonto Village this week along the Control Road.

Celebrate Earth Day every day


Today, April 22, is Earth Day. We should all be able to think of at least a few ways we can help our earth, not just for today, but every day. Planting a tree, eliminating the amount of disposable items we put in our landfills and recycling are great for starters.

Thriller keeps fans, players on edge

There is no admission to Lady Longhorn softball games, but if there was, fans would have received more than their money's worth in Payson's pulsating 5-4 win Tuesday over Mingus.

Holy Nativity's new pastor first served church as educator

Between his service in the Air Force and attending college the Rev. Lowell E. Andrews of the Parish Church of the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity thought that being a monk might be his true vocation.

Hatters whoop it up

There was a time when a woman reached a certain age, she picked up her knitting needles, found a comfortable rocking chair and gently glided into her golden years.

Boys playing with lighter cause fire

Two young boys playing with a lighter caused a fire in an apartment on Longhorn Road Sunday night, Payson Fire Marshal Mike Winters said.

Parents again: Grandparents raising grandchildren

Darlene Kometh and her husband Bob, live a quiet life in their small, but airy Star Valley home garnished with Kokopellis and muted Southwest décor.

Trailhead shooting back in court

Coconino County prosecutors have refiled second-degree murder charges against the man accused of shooting to death 43-year-old Grant Kuenzli during a confrontation near the Pine Creek Trailhead.

Dentist takes leave of Rim

I would like to notify the Payson people that I will no longer be at my dental office in Payson. I will still be at my office in Phoenix at 1515 N. Osborn Road, Phoenix, 85015.

Officer inspires others in law enforcement

I am a SRO/DARE Officer in Ossining, N.Y. (Westchester County). I have had the opportunity to spend some time in Payson and I am proud and pleased to see a fellow officer being complimented for a great job by the kids themselves, the people he is serving.

War on drugs a failure

Re: Your editorial "War on drugs must be fought with fervor." Every negative about drugs that you predicted in your editorial is exactly what is going on today.

Years of work for higher education destroyed

It is unfortunate, and sad, to see 20 years' of work and persistence from Doyle Coffey to bring higher education to the Rim country through Gila County Community Provisional College, being dismissed by the Board of Governors in their actions to return control to Graham County/Eastern Arizona College.

Wake up and pay attention

In the Site Feedback column Re: Gila Community College District (Roundup, April 19) the writer makes a statement that is very telling about the outcome of the recent giveaway of our college to EAC but it likely went unnoticed to the casual reader.

Disappointed with supervisor's college vote

As a 12-year resident of northern Gila County, and a recently retired 10.5-year Gila County employee, I have stood by and watched as the southern county and Globe continually dump on Payson and the communities that surround it.

Control barking dogs

I would like to suggest to all my neighbors, who seem to have arrived from mobile residences in Apache Junction and Mesa, that they get together and let all their dogs howl for two or three half-hour sessions a day. It is bad enough that all my neighbors have barking dogs, but it is much worse that they bark all day and part of the night in sequence.

Wisdom of roundabout questioned

Re: Here we go 'round in circles? I'm just wondering how long it's going to take before the advertising company who handles Home Depot's account realizes that the store here is located on the west side of Highway 87 and not on the east.

Eighth-grader surveys 100 people re: roundabout

It's me, the eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, again talking about the same issue.

Informative program appreciated

On April 16, Officer Mike Varga moderated a program to inform the public about drugs, identity theft, domestic violence and DUI.

Parenthood is accomplished moment by moment

Twenty years ago I was the only kid I knew of being raised by grandparents. Now, I need both hands to count the number of children I know whose biological parents have relinquished care to the grandparents.

Developer's rezone request hits snag

Worries over parking and the potential for misuse hampered the efforts of a Pine-Strawberry businessman's request to rezone his property.

Police look for new leads in Eastman murder case

It's been more than a year since 54-year-old Ira Eastman was kidnapped from his Payson home and murdered. Payson Police say that despite a lack of forensic evidence from tests at the crime lab in Phoenix, they are continuing to actively work the case.

Tonto bridge trail update

Wet weather was one of the contributing factors in the rock slide on the original Gowan Loop Trail at Tonto Natural Bridge in February. The slide forced the park to close that part of the trail.

Wild mice blamed for Hantavirus

The Arizona Department of Health is warning rural Arizonans about an increased possibility of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome or HPS after the winter's heavy rains.

Tuesday, April 19

Putting more punch in the park


It's not easy to admit it, but the cynics were right. About the history park, that is.

Wild west contest -- Arizona Charlie Meadows, Part 3


As Charlie Meadows and Frank Prothero rode north up the trail, then called the Moqui Trail, they tallied the dead cattle and horses and started the live animals back down the trail toward the ranch. When they hit what is now the High Line Trail, they began to find animals bearing the Tewksbury and Sigsby brands as well as their own.

Trail of art tour leads to Christopher Creek


The annual 'Neath the Rim Open Art Studio Tour will take participants up the Rim to Christopher Creek this year, with invitations to the home work spaces of Jim Hagen and Marilyn Salomon.

Monday, April 18

Gene Dempsey Phillips

Gene Dempsey Phillips died April 11, 2005, surrounded by his family.

Restoring respect for law enforcement

Your article, "Legalize Drugs, Former Cop Says" (April 15, 2005), helps restore respect to law enforcement people, since lately we hear some police agencies are lobbying to expand the war on drugs and cannabis for their own benefit.

Meth thrashes the body, kills the soul

The Payson Police Department's aggressive pursuit of methamphetamine peddlers has helped control Rim country's drug problem.

Pine Water's fate with state

An administrative law judge with the Arizona Corporation Commission is recommending major limitations on the number of connections made to the Pine Water Company system.

New camera could save lives

The Diamond Star Fire Department has a new, high-tech camera courtesy of its 17-member auxiliary and department employees who paid for the $10,000 piece of equipment by holding fund-raisers.

Roundabout construction closes Tyler Parkway

If you're heading over to the north end of town, you might want to add a few minutes to your commute time.

War on drugs must be fought with fervor

Last week a retired police officer rode through Payson on a cross-country equestrian crusade to spread his message of legalizing dangerous drugs.

No ads for 'Mexicans only'

We just saw your front page story on the gentleman who blamed Mexicans for the fact that he walks the streets of Payson with a ‘work wanted' sign. Your reporter never thought to ask him about the page-plus of help wanted ads you carry in every issue. Not one of them says ‘Mexicans only.'

Maybe it's time to clean house

I have noticed that when there is an issue that we are passionate about here in Payson, we voice our opinions in paper, on the radio and to our elected officials. That is why I am so surprised at how little has been said about the loss of our community college.

Time to unpack northern Gila County's baggage

Well, I guess anyone who has been following the Gila Community College versus Eastern Arizona College debacle has to be wondering just where are the voices of northern Gila County residents heard.

Kidney patients lacking treatment options

Payson, a growing town of 15,000 plus, is sorely lacking in medical facilities.

Humane society board member responds to critic

First, I want to thank everybody who donated items for our sale, McLane Self Storage and Dudley Self Storage for donating units to store the goods in, all of our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to help make this a success, the Payson Roundup for their continued support and publicity, and finally all of the people who attended the sale. It was a huge success, netting nearly $6,000 for the shelter.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Certainly, many Payson residents care how our town looks. And, it depends on where you stand.

Now is a great time to volunteer

April 17-23 is National Volunteer Week. There is no better time to show appreciation for the more than 2,000 volunteers who make it possible for your local American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter to serve 10 of the 15 counties in Arizona.

War on drugs a waste

Major kudos to Howard Wooldridge, the former cop who says: "Legalize drugs." (April 15, 2005). Our so-called war on drugs has been counterproductive and a complete waste of money. No matter how much money we throw down the drug war rat hole, we will never be able to nullify or break the law of supply and demand.

Changes all around Rim country


Who is it that said "Change is Inevitable"? So it seems around Payson lately -- a new Home Depot, new gardening center at Wal-Mart, new Senior Apartments going up on Tyler Parkway. Not to be left behind, the Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway, and the Senior Citizens' Center thrift store at 512 W. Main St., are undergoing changes as well.

Could retired Americans save the day?

I have a challenge for the retired people of Payson and all across the nation. I have to work at a job every day to support my family and I don't have the time to devote to this idea.

What's up?

Q: Our son just returned home from military service in Iraq. Can we send in a notice for the newspaper to tell people he's home?

Site feedback

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'Honk!' new spin on ugly duckling tale

The hit Broadway musical "Honk!" is coming to Payson High School auditorium, courtesy of the music and drama departments.

Students, DSFD beat brush at FES

The Frontier Elementary campus is a bit safer thanks to joint efforts of the Diamond Star Fire Department and members of the school's student council.

Persistence in training pays off for Dick and Nicki


Since this column has been addressing the importance of training in order for a dog to become a welcome member of the family, I thought it might be interesting to check back with Dick Kindig and Nicki. In August, I wrote about these two and the commitment required when bringing a new pet into the household.

Payson mom runs to Tillman bronze

Mother of two and former Payson High School student-athlete Carolyn Fruth ran to a third-place finish in the 40-42 years age division at the inaugural Pat's Run April 16 in Tempe.

Payson connection links T-birds, Horns

Mesa Community College will kick off the 2005 season next fall with a pair of ex-Longhorns on the Thunderbird roster.

PMGA members tee off in three competitions

Ralph Lindo led the Payson Men's Golf Association charge at an intra-club tournament held April 13 at Pine Meadows Golf Club in Heber-Overgaard.

Ace earns local pro a berth in Buick title tournament

Chaparral Pines golf pro Shawn McCarthy, a former NFL punter, is bound for the Buick Scramble Sectional Championships with an eye on earning a trip to Florida and a handshake from Tiger Woods.

Pat's Run brightens dark days at ASU

Just as he did during his Sun Devil football playing days, Pat Tillman was there to save the day for ASU.

Barrister prefers blue jeans


Lawyer Doris Robinson-Wait's green eyes sparkle with mirth as she explains why no one would want to live next door to herself and husband Bill.

Christina Lyn Cowan

Christina Lyn Cowan died April 9, 2005.

Clara June Heckman

Clara June Heckman, 85, of Payson, died April 16, 2005.

James Frederick Kienitz

James Frederick Kienitz, who had residences in Pine and Mesa, Ariz., died at his home in Mesa April 11, 2005.

Violet Betheen Wharton

Violet Betheen Wharton, a longtime resident of Payson, died April 14, 2005.

Take steps now to harvest future rainfall


Swale, berm, retention basin and gabion are all words which are becoming commonplace in the vocabularies of gardeners in the Rim country. Gardeners are learning new methods of water management in home and commercial landscapes through harvesting rainfall and runoff, and conserving water that comes out of the tap.

Tonto Community Concert Association hosts one-man show


The Tonto Community Concert Association will present the one-man theater of Robert Post, "POSTman Delivers" this weekend.

Showcase puts Rim businesses front and center

It's about education and fun. The 13th Annual Business Showcase provides an opportunity for businesses to learn about each other, introduce themselves to potential customers and employees, plus it gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to see what's available in the Rim country and where their product or service might fit in.

Thursday, April 14

Recharge up, water usage down

The numbers are in, and for the first time in several years the news, if not good, is not all that bad.

All aboard the GCC express

Well, the railroad came to Payson. It came last Friday and left with our community college and all the administration. When was the meeting to vote announced? When were any public hearings held? Does Arizona have a Sunshine law that allows the people to know? All happened so fast.

Buyer beware

In response to the "feedback" about a local dealer pricing and buying before the public at the Humane Society Yard Sale, it's no different than what other dealers are doing to the public.

Husband-wife give picture-perfect results

Rim residents wanting the perfect setting for a spectacular family portrait can get the help they need from Jon and Trina Gunzel at Arizona Photo Solutions.

Lightning-caused fire contained

A lightning-caused forest fire that broke out east of Payson Sunday night was contained at 5 acres Tuesday.

No blue jays here

I have heard people talk about blue jays here in Arizona. There are no blue jays here.

Consumers suffer from gas indigestion

Charlie Hall is no stranger to leaks. As a self-employed plumber, he plugs them all the time. But there's one leak Hall, owner of Wrangler Plumbing, can't seem to fix -- it's the one flowing out of his wallet.

Gymkhana season now under way

For Mogollon Montoneras president Megan Ward, gymkhanas have always been a way of life. "I've been competing in them for about the past 20 years, since I was 5 years old," she said. "My mother was a Montonera."

Wallace (Wally) O. Lyons

Wallace (Wally) O. Lyons, 79, of Mesa, died April 8, 2005.

Firewise meeting next Saturday


A Firewise Community/USA meeting will be held at the CKFD Fire Hall at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m.

Springtime and taxes don't mix


Income Tax Day once again. I have to admit I filed an extension. Now I can put it off for a few more months.

April can be a very taxing time of year


April 15. I hope that everyone has filed their taxes by this time and can now relax. I understand the stress of finding the right paperwork and getting those nasty 1040 forms filled out. Thank goodness our taxes bill have been sent out for another year.

LaHaye makes BCU Dean's List

Former Payson High School soccer star Trevor LaHaye is excelling academically and athletically at Blair Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

Final crappie contest at Roosevelt begins today

The final crappie contest in a series of four two-week showdowns hosted by the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin begins today and wraps up April 29 at Roosevelt Lake.

Wrestlers wrap season at awards banquet

Undaunted by the challenge of competing in the 4A ranks against schools boasting student bodies twice the size of PHS, the Longhorn wrestling team was the most successful Horn squad during Payson's short stay in the "big school" conference.

School officer wraps up tour of duty on campus

Teenage banter Thursday in the Payson High School parking lot centered on the special affinity students have for school resource officer Steve Montgomery.

Legalize drugs, former cop says

Howard Wooldridge is on a horseback crusade across the country, preaching about the failure of the war on drugs and the benefits of legalizing them.

Ray shines on mound for SLU Lions

After one semester at Southeastern Louisiana University, former Lady Longhorn softball pitching star Rachel Ray wasn't sure she wanted to remain at a school thousands of miles from home.

Aquifers bounce back, but not enough

The official word from the town of Payson Water Department is cautious optimism following a record wet winter and the promise of water from Blue Ridge Reservoir in a decade or so.

Randall cousins boat BestBet win

Cousins Paul and Jake Randall of Pine hooked a six-fish limit in an April 9 Bartlett Lake tournament that swelled the pair's bank accounts by $3,200.

James M. Skoda

James M. Skoda died April 2, 2005.

June Napier

June Napier, 84, of Payson, died April 12, 2005.

Three resign over EAC decision

It's been five days since the Gila Community College Board of Governors decided to join forces once again with Eastern Arizona College, and spurned leaders are taking the hint.

Donald R. Miller

Donald R. Miller, 91, died April 9, 2005 in Payson.

Jean E. Knox

Jean E. Knox, 84, of Payson, died April 13, 2005.

Focus groups planned for Gila County

Gila County Community Development Division, Building Safety Department, wants to provide the highest level of service to its customers.

Kaley Alicia Steinke

Kaley Alicia Steinke was born at Payson Regional Medical Center, March 2, 2005, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

Blake Allen Roxberry-Beecroft

Blake Allen Roxberry-Beecroft was born Feb. 23, 2005, weighing 8 pounds and was 20 inches long.

New bank opens Monday

The southwest corner of Main Street and Beeline Highway is going to be busier starting next week.

Call the specialist for computer problems

Computers are terrific tools. But when there's a problem with one, it can be tremendously trying. That's when to call Computer Problem Specialists, LLC.

First Baptist Church a Pine tradition

The First Baptist Church of Pine has grown from the original small sanctuary and baptistery. The white church sits on the east side of the Beeline Highway as it winds its way through Pine. Its quaint appearance draws in locals, part-time residents and even summer campers.

What's up?

Q: Why would it cost more money to establish an MLK day than pay for a floating birthday holiday for employees? and Q: What's up with the blinking lights in front of some schools like Payson Elementary and Rim Country Middle School? Does it mean we can go faster than 15 mph when they're not on?

Grazing is the answer

We have been having a lot of rain in the Rim country. This could turn out to be disaster. However, our government could keep this from happening by letting the ranchers graze animals on the range.

Why not a stoplight?

I do not think they should put a roundabout by Home Depot. It might cause too many accidents, and I sure don't want that.

New Hampshire girl studying Arizona

My name is Erinn Quinn and I'm in the fifth-grade at Inter-Lakes elementary school. I am studying your marvelous state of Arizona for a school project.

Tuesday, April 12

Just duck the issue


(Preface: The following column would not be possible if we didn't place athletes on pedestals instead of those who excel at something that matters. I mean, the whole jock mentality is so anti-heroic. It's all about brawn over brain, matter over mind. Having said that, I have to work with what I'm given -- a world whose role models are too often dumb jocks. Therefore...)

Diamond Valley Battle with Nantiotish and followers


Last week, we left the Meadows family at their Diamond Valley Ranch where they had just returned from Green Valley (later called Payson). The date was July 14, 1882 and the family was unaware that Nantiotish and his Apache followers were moving west under the Mogollon Rim. Their route of travel would bring the Apache band to the head of the East Verde River just two miles above the Diamond Valley Headquarters. They found everything at the ranch just as they had left it, except that a bear had visited their food storage room and left it in a mess. Soon after their return home, a visitor showed up.

Celebrate spring: Easy tips for freshening up your décor


The dark, dreary days of winter are coming to an end, and the promise of spring is in the air. As you look around your home, is it filled with dark, heavy fabrics, dated colors and drab accessories? Spring is the perfect time to update your decorating scheme, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

Today's dinnertime reality is fresh food fast


With today's more sophisticated palates, and the desire to savor more healthy and well-balanced meals, standard take-out fare just won't cut it anymore for speedy weeknight meals. There's a world of difference between "just okay" and "outstanding!" at-home menus.

Monday, April 11

Despite weather, Hershey meet a success

After braving frigid temperatures and cold, gusting winds through two standing long jump attempts, 10-year-old Angela Mitchell learned from meet judges she was tied for first and must participate in a single tie-breaking jump off.

Gibson's memorial homer

Little Leaguer dedicates season in memory of his brother

The highlight of Payson Little League opening day play Saturday was a pair of booming home runs and two innings of no-hit baseball turned by Cubs player Westin Gibson.

Aiming for eclectic home decorating


If you haven't yet visited The Comforts of Home, the consignment furnishings and decor store tucked in the back of Bonanza Square behind the post office, you're in for an experience.

Operation Game Thief nets cheaters

You're hunting or fishing -- or just hiking in the forest -- and come across somebody who is in clear violation of wildlife regulations.

New contract guarantees college serfdom

For those who couldn't attend the Gila Community College board of governors special meeting Friday, it's important to know who's running the show because chances are, these will be the same people who will be in charge of teaching your college students.

College board steps back to EAC

Chairman threatens to quit over contract

Between the character attacks, two hours of impassioned public testimony, and ongoing snide remarks by county and Globe officials, the college's governing board voted three to two to hand Gila Community College back to Eastern Arizona College.

Police hold townwide Block Watch meeting

Payson police officers want to keep residents informed on local crime trends, which is the reason for a townwide block watch meeting Saturday, April 16, at town hall.

Roosevelt Lake reaches record levels

Game and Fish hosts media day to help spread the word

Rapidly rising water levels at Roosevelt Lake, which last week reached record heights -- just six feet shy of maximum -- attracted the combined attention of biologists, hydrologists, forest rangers, boat dealers, fishing guides and a professional football coach April 1 and 2.

Police, volunteers capture escaped emu on Bonita

Payson police dispatchers received a host of calls when an emu was spotted on East Bonita Street Friday. "Someone called in and said an ostrich was loose," Payson Police Animal Control Officer Don Tanner said.

Wayne F. Cooper

Wayne F. Cooper, 84, of Payson, died April 6, 2005.

Encourage diversity

Recently George Spears wrote and commented about his surprise that no one else had criticized the poisonous letter penned previously by Russ Kruger. I had intended to write at the time I saw Mr. Kruger's letter, and have intended to do so ever since reading Mr. Spears' letter. Better late than never.

Let's look at splitting county

I think it is time to look at the possibility of splitting Gila County.

Bill presents threat

An ill-advised bill being considered by the Arizona legislature would make it easier for unlicensed construction companies or workers to perform jobs without being properly licensed by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC).

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Good news in water report, but caution urged

Whether you can wash your car or fill the kids' wading pool this summer will be determined at the regular Payson Town Council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Dispatchers honored during National Telecommunicators Week

They are the first contact for anyone facing an emergency.

Lowe named medical director of year

Michael Lowe, M.D., was recently named Life Care Centers of America's Southwest Division Medical Director of the Year for his outstanding work as medical director at Payson Care Center.

George Buchanan McGregor Jr.

George Buchanan McGregor Jr., 74, of Strawberry, died April 7, 2005 in Payson.

Horns begin region play against Flagstaff

The Longhorn baseball team will be looking for its first Grand Canyon Region win of the season today at Flagstaff Coconino. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Lady Horns in final run for state race

The all-important region stretch run has begun for the Lady Longhorn softball team.

Test your skills at Pepsi contest

The Major League Baseball Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run contest is Wednesday, April 20 starting at 5 p.m. at the Rumsey 1 ball field.

Town's tech guy not typical computer geek


Steve DeHaan went to college on a football scholarship. His favorite leisure activity is going to the Payson Athletic Club and working out.

Time together important for pets


Training is the key to successful pet ownership. People who spend time with their dogs, training, walking and playing, have a much closer relationship with them and the dog is part of the family.

Nathan Ernest King

Nathan Ernest King, 56, of Payson, died April 8, 2005.

Schoolyard Jesters offer lunchtime laughs

The class clowns of Payson High School have found their niche. A group of student comedians, under the tutelage of the high school drama department, has formed an improvisational group.

Thursday, April 7

Tonto soldiers leave for Middle East tours of duty


Attention all gals in the Tonto Village Dominoes group: Besides playing dominoes this week, we'll be discussing participating in the Habitat for Humanity 5K walk in Payson.

Rick McDonald

Rick McDonald, 38, of Pine, died April 6, 2005.

Jeannine Yvonne Tarassoff-Wise

Jeannine Yvonne Tarassoff-Wise, 78, died April 2, 2005 in Payson.

Claudine Thurman

Claudine Thurman, 82, of Payson died April 6, 2005 in Peoria, Ariz.

Rim country residents remember Pope John Paul II

Three Payson women were among those who had an opportunity to see Pope John Paul II in person before his health started its final decline. Barbara Ganz, Judy Miller and Jan Parsons were on a Mediterranean cruise this past fall and participated in an excursion to Rome and Vatican City.

America's thirst for gas

I've been watching the news about how gas prices are going up; how truckers cannot make a living because of high fuel costs; and how higher fuel costs affect the price we pay for food, products and services.

AIMS testing begins next week

Which of these is closest to the height of a classroom door?

PHS fashion show Friday and Saturday

Monday, students in Devon Wells' Fashion Plus class at Payson High school went shopping. This was not a waste of school time or was it an ordinary trip to the mall. The girls in Fashion Plus are in the last stages of preparing for their annual fashion show.

Rubber duck race floats cash for benefit


The annual floating of the rubber ducks down Christopher Creek was a total success. They ran out of ducks before I even got there, and to top it off it was a gorgeous day for the race.

New trophy cases spotlight Longhorn history

Students, visitors and alumni now have a main spot on the Payson High School campus they can visit for a glimpse of school culture and history.

Rim couples bank bucks from Bartlett

Three Rim country couples won a total of $1,555 in the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament, April 2 on Bartlett Lake.

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What's up?

Q: What's going on with the Zane Grey Cabin construction at Green Valley Park? I drive by there every day and it looks like nothing has been done for about three weeks.

Be more aware when hiking

Just to comment on the shooting of Grant Kuenzli.

Students lose in college battle

Just what is going on with our Gila County Community College? What are the real issues? I am a student at Pima CC/Gila CC/EAC CC and concerned about the future of my education in Payson.

Let's get what we're paying for

A decisions likely to be made Friday by the Gila Community College Board of Governors (split three to two)o basically give away control over our college, itsurriculum and our taxes to Eastern Arizona Community College in Thatcher. The contract is ridiculously one-sided, even in the guarded opinion of the outside lawyers for Gila County.

Roundabout not winning any popularity contests

The roundabout is another name for major nightmare. I am from New England where they have these traffic circles. It is not easy driving through the maze -- very confusing.

Give roundabout a chance

Pearl S. Buck once said "You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea."

Looking past religion to see goodness

What does it take to be a good man? We live in a world in need of more good men -- men who strive to be better fathers, husbands and citizens.

Pilar ("Pearl") Auseré Skillman

Pilar ("Pearl") Auseré Skillman, 91, died April 4, 2005 in Payson.

Myrtle Rakowski

Myrtle Rakowski, of Payson, died April 6, 2005 at the home of her daughter, Betty Davis.

Sophina Cowan

Sophina Cowan, 96, died April 6, 2005 in Payson.

Ginny Baer

Ginny Baer, 77, of Pine, died April 1, 2005.

Horns swat Apache Junction

The Payson High School baseball team broke out of a prolonged slump in a big way, pounding Apache Junction 10-5 in a home contest Wednesday afternoon.

Mountain Bible's mission not impossible

Many churches pass around the collection basket, but at Mountain Bible, it's the other way around. The church offers a special series of classes that teach personal finance based on the Bible because people are raised with different concepts of money, said church member and secretary Kim Lower.

New bookstore provides reading options

If you recently came across a review of a book you'd just love to read but can't find it, stop by The Book Store & More.

Consultant can help see big picture in business

International experts in work systems design and business enhancement have brought their skills to the Rim country.

Local contractor wins national building awards

Amon Builders garnered Star Building System's 2004 Master Builder Award for their outstanding work with pre-engineered steel buildings.

Tracksters host Coed Carnival

Payson High School runners, jumpers and throwers took five silver medals and five bronze medals in the Coed Relay Carnival, an unscored, mixed track meet on Longhorn Field Wednesday.

Moores marry in Colorado

Todd and Wendy Moores were married March 18 2005 in Green Mountain Falls, Colo.

Studio art tour returns

The Payson Art League, sponsors of the annual open studio tour known as ‘Neath the Rim, are expecting a significant increase in attendance this year.

Builder killed in car accident

The owner of a Rim country construction company was killed early Wednesday morning when his truck rolled off Highway 87 into a canyon 5 miles north of Payson.

Bridge to span Tonto Creek

A bridge for Tonto Creek will require persistence and patience from residents in the Tonto Basin area. That is what more than 200 residents learned when they met with a representative from Rep. Rick Renzi's office March 16.

Residents escape fire unharmed

A home in the 400-block of South Ash Street caught on fire Tuesday morning when a pipe from a pellet stove came detached, Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi said. The occupants escaped unharmed.

Roll up your sleeves for community blood drive


United Blood Services is having a blood drive in Pine from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 12 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87. Your blood is desperately needed as there are drastic shortages at the hospitals. If you cannot give blood, maybe you could bake some cookies or bars for those who are able to donate.

Tonto Apaches field top track team

The athletes who participate on the Tonto Apache track team bested 90 other groups of athletes to finish in fourth place at the 41st Annual Phoenix Invitational Track Meet April 2 and 3 at Glendale Community College.

Wednesday, April 6

College board to hold public meeting Friday morning

The Gila Community College Board of Governors will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m., Friday, April 8 in room 301 at Gila Community College, Payson campus to discuss the lawsuit settlement among GCC, Gila County and Eastern Arizona College.

Tuesday, April 5

Giving kid-friendly foods a healthier edge


Feeding children healthy, balanced meals can be a major challenge at times. But your efforts in overcoming this challenge can pay off when it comes to the health of their hearts. What you do today can set their future health status as adults on the right track.

50 ways to waste your water


There are distinct advantages to living fairly close to the Valley.

Tragedy and Triumph: Charlie Meadows


Charlie Meadows was born Abraham Henson Meadows on March 10, 1860 near what is now Visalia, Calif. The event took place in his family's Conestoga wagon which stood at rest under a great, valley oak.

‘Good stuff only' at humane society yard sale


Just like the animals at the Payson Humane Society, the items in the Second Annual PHS Good-Stuff-Only Yard Sale come in all shapes and sizes, with the emphasis on quality.

Monday, April 4

Dean Wilson Henderson

Dean Wilson Henderson died Sunday, April 3, 2005 after a long battle with numerous illnesses.

Mary L. Snider

Mary L. Snider, 89, a 49-year Arizona resident, died March 31, 2005 in Phoenix.

Critter getter: New service removes nuisance animals


It seemed like a good idea at the time. And besides, it sort of dropped into Rim country resident Pete Hold's lap:

Pine woman's life inspired by grandfather


It has to be something in the blood -- a hospitality gene. Jill Randall inherited it from her grandfather, Gale Wingfield.

Good manners a must


I created some real problems in last week's column for anyone wanting to respond to the poll regarding dog training or to get information about the hiking group. My e-mail address was not included at the end of the column as it usually is and Lori's was incorrect. My apologies are extended to all. In spite of that, we have received some encouraging response.

April puts a spring in your step


April is a ballet, wafting in on zephyr breezes,o the music of birdsong and the gentle patter of raindrops. The scent of lilac surrounds her and she wears the soft green of unfurling leaves, gold of sunshine and pastels of spring flowers, punctuated by the impetuous purple of iris beds. Welcome, sweet April! You've been a long time coming.

Town could be setting bad precedent

C-2 zoned property is for inside sales; C-3 zoned is for outside. A "conditional use permit" changes C-2 so it can be used for outside sales with restrictions.

Competing with illegal workers

The fight for American jobs

Standing on the sidewalk alongside Highway 87 in Payson, Gary Papineau holds a cardboard sign that reads, "I need work."

College civil war rages

Ron Christensen, sat alone at the head of an empty conference table. Four other members of the college's board of governors were scheduled to join him the following Monday to hammer out the details of a lawsuit settlement that has been simmering for two years.

'Miracle baby' is doing well

Jennifer Estess' miracle baby is normal weight for a baby who is just a couple days shy of 5 months old.

Business development show hits airwaves

Providing education about and insight to successful business practices, the Gila Community College Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a new program on TV4.

Town moves ahead on architectural guidelines

The impression most visitors get when they drive through Payson for the first time is of a series of strip malls punctuated only by fast food restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations.

Lawrence De Lano

Lawrence De Lano, 84, of Clarion, Iowa, died March 27, 2005 in Clarion.

James E. "Butter" Embree

James E. "Butter" Embree, 62, of Phoenix, died April 2, 2005.

Escrow embezzler gets 3 years

The former escrow officer who embezzled nearly $140,000 from a local title company in 2000 was sentenced Wednesday to three years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

College board chairman outraged by peers, process

Just when it seems Gila Community College is in remission from the legislative cancer that almost removed its provisional community college district status last month, new complications have set in.

Rock hoppers vie for tough-guy distinction

Mountain bikers put on their brain buckets, put the peddle to the metal and burned rubber over death cookies Saturday during the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona's Payson Pounder race.

Doubleheader loss features triple play

In the final analysis, they're just two more games in the loss column, but the Payson High School baseball team gave Shadow Mountain High School all it could handle in a doubleheader loss on Saturday in north Phoenix.

Wonder Dog recovers in time for 5K

Some 5Ks are a drag -- run around a course, drink some Gatorade and go home.

Eagles bring end to Lady Horns' streak

The Lady Longhorns' winning streak was broken Thursday when they lost to the Flagstaff Eagles, 9-6.

Outraged at cat condo conundrum

I am outraged that Bill Winn and his "cat condo" business has been rejected for a permit to sell in front of the Best Western Inn of Payson based on one complaint.

Cat Condo vendor isn't harming anyone

on vacation. I met him at your humane society. Bill was there donating the most beautiful pieces of cat furniture that I have ever seen. Not just one piece, but three of them.

Information was pertinent

This letter is in response to the What's Up? question (March 29 Roundup). The question was "There's an ad in your paper from Quality Plus that talks about how to rip people off with their checks. Why is this allowed?"

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Sunday, April 3

Readers' heaven

Payson Public Library expands services to young and old

Faster Internet access and more state-of-the art computers have card holders flocking to the Payson Public Library.

Year-round entertainment

Payson Parks and Recreation has activities to suit any lifestyle

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for more than 120 acres of park land in Payson.

Gila Community College 'first choice' for area students

2004 and early 2005 have proven to be an exciting and interesting time in the history of Gila County Community College District. As we go to print, we have had some legislative challenges. But, we also have accomplished many positive things over the past year.


Visitors who take a brief drive up Highway 87 to the top of the Mogollon Rim and look back on Strawberry Valley are in for a stunning view.

Tonto Apaches

One of the biggest advances for the Tonto Apaches in 2004 is the final phase of a 10-year journey. The tribe expects its bid for 272 acres in a land exchange to be completed in 2005.

Tonto Basin

Three years after Roosevelt Lake nearly dried up, water levels are at 83-percent capacity. Due to runoff from the series of storms in January and February, the water is lapping the walls of the dam at 1.32 million acre feet and will probably fill to capacity by spring.

Christopher Creek

While a handful of residents in the lushly wooded mountain hamlet of Christopher Creek bemoan the new bypass that takes Highway 260 around the village, Nanci Olson of Grey Hackle Lodge is singing its praises.

County advancements

Women make history in elections; focus shifts to trees, economy, education

Gila County is a diverse, wide ranging county with a rich, storied history that includes a feud between cattle ranchers and sheep herders.

Tonto Apaches

Tribe makes great strides in 2004

The Tonto Apaches took giant strides in 2004. The tribe expanded its judicial services to include the only appeals court among tribes in the Southwest.

Effective force

Police encouraged by drop in crime rate, traffic accidents

"2004 was a good year," Payson Police Department Commander Don Engler said as he ran down a list of the town's most recent crime and accident statistics.

Economy booms, housing soars

The Rim country is growing -- economically and socially.

Main attractions

Zane Grey Cabin, pioneer park buoy Main Street

The Zane Grey Cabin replica nearing completion at Green Valley Park and the opening of Deming Pioneer Park were the two most visible accomplishments for the Main Street Program in 2004.

Business Profiles (P-Z)

The Payson Athletic Club offers a huge array of strength and cardio equipment, aerobic classes, tanning, personal training, child care and our phenomenal MHAX III Health Plus program offered in partnership with Mogollon Health Alliance.

Payson's top employers

Below is a list of the top employers in Rim country according to the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Modern medicine

Payson Regional Medical Center expands its services

Progress for 2004 at Payson Regional Medical Center has been multifaceted. PRMC continues to expand its services to residents of the Rim country by recruiting more doctors to the area; helping provide nurse's training for staff members; and bringing in one of Arizona's five state-of-the-art imaging systems.

Payson Care Center becoming regional facility of choice

The quality of service offered residents and patients at Payson Care Center is giving the facility a far-reaching reputation.

Payson School District

A year of budget constraints and educational initiatives

Every year, schools go through exciting times and 2004 was no exception.

The measure of progress

The big wheel keeps on turning in the Rim country.

Rim country elementary schools

Building foundations for lifelong learners

The challenge to be met in all Rim country elementary schools is to cover the basics of education with the limitations of each districts' budgets.

Rim Country Middle School

Getting students 'ready for success'

The vision of Rim Country Middle School is that all students will be ready for success.

Payson High School

Achieving the highest educational standards

2004-2005 has been another exciting year at Payson High School where our mission is learning. Every class, every activity, every interaction is designed for maximum student learning.

Dozens of new businesses set up shop in 2004

During 2004, dozens of new businesses opened in the Rim country. Most were in the Payson area, but a few hung out their shingles in Pine and Star Valley.

Alternatives in education

Rim country charter, private schools offer students choices

In addition to public schools, the Rim country's educational offerings include a diverse selection of charter and private schools.

Everyday heroes continued

His is the name and face Rim country residents are most familiar with when there is a wildfire in our national forest.

Everyday heroes

Meet the folks who earned nominations for the Roundup's Man, Woman of the Year award

Each year for the Roundup's annual "Progress" edition, residents from throughout the Rim country nominate outstanding citizens for the Man and Woman of the Year honors. While only one man and one woman can earn these designations, their selection does not lessen the value of the contributions made by the other residents nominated.

People of influence reflect on 2004

The Roundup selected a half a dozen people in the know to reflect on Rim country's progress in 2004:

Young Man, Woman of the Year

Payson High School senior Stephanie Hilliard continues to reap the rewards of a life well lived.

Payson's Man of the Year

Melvin Van Vorst is not a stereotypical bean-counter accountant type. He has done far more for the Rim country community than just sit on a board or two. He is a man, according to his coworkers and associates, who gets the job done.

Payson's Woman of the Year

If the measure of true class is being a person who helps others who can't do a thing in return, then this year's Woman of the Year, Diane T. Reid exemplifies that class.

Change of name, philosophy mark 2004 for nursing home

Rim Country Health and Retirement Community may be the newest name in the area's health care industry, but that doesn't mean it is the proverbial "new kid on the block."

When it rains, it pours

Wet year, Blue Ridge make headlines

For years, water has topped almost every list of most important topics in the Rim country, and two major developments in 2004 -- a very wet year and federal legislation that will eventually bring water from Blue Ridge Reservoir -- made it even more so.

Business Profiles (A-O)

Amon Builders, Inc. is a general building contractor firm whose commercial experience includes churches, Star Building Systems pre-engineered metal buildings, retail shops, schools, senior care centers, restaurants, medical facilities, apartment complexes and warehouses.

Golden years

Services abound for Rim country retirees

While the gain in U.S. life expectancy during the 20th century was a major victory for public health, the challenge of the 21st century will be to make those added years quality years.

Powell House offers first-class assisted-living option

Payson's Powell House, a licensed assisted-living facility, offers senior citizens and disabled adults an option that combines both care and independence.

Focus on quality of life

So often people think that hospice is a place where people go to die. This is not true, according to Lorna Hansen, patient care administrator for RTA Hospice and Palliative Care.

Healing faster at home

Home health care keeps millions of patients out of hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities around the country. Through the efforts of the medical personnel employed in home health care, patients can recover from illness or surgery, learn to cope with chronic health problems or get special guidance for the care of newborns in their own homes.