Stories for August 2005


Tuesday, August 30

A town by any other name ...


Remember the 1950s TV game show "Name That Tune"? It's time to bring that sleeping dog out of its kennel for an update called "Name That Town."

A bountiful time in Rim Country gardens


It's that time of year again. The bounty from Rim Country gardens is beginning to show itself.

Arts and crafts event has long, popular history


The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Craft Fairs, held the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, have been a popular Rim Country destination for more than 20 years.

Successful reunion rounds up impressive rodeo roster


Our expectations were high. We hoped the rodeo cowboys and cowgirls who participated in Payson's rodeos from the 1950s through the 1970s would gather to visit and tell tales of the past. We hoped that the people who watched them back then would come to meet them again and get their "Rodeo 101" books signed. Our expectations were met -- and then some.

Monday, August 29

2001 murder case returns to county grand jury

The Gila County grand jury again has the task of deciding whether Kevan Kuhlman, 41, should be charged with first-degree murder in the 2001 death of Payson resident, Susan Birchak.

Driver in hit-and-run released

The driver who hit and seriously injured a Department of Public Safety officer and then fled the scene, was let out of jail last week.

Diamond Star water polarizes Rim Country

The town council's decision to pay George Randall and Roy Haught $750,000 for excess water from a Star Valley well was preceded by more than two hours of debate Thursday evening.

Second fire in two years at mobile home park

After turning on his stove to heat a pot of water, Martin Galindo left his 1969 vintage travel-trailer home for a few minutes to visit his son across the street. When he returned, his home was in flames.

James Hubert Hiner

James Hubert Hiner, 83, of Payson, died Aug. 26, 2005. He was born Sept. 25, 1921 in Oklahoma and lived most of his life in Phoenix and Pinetop.

State yanks keys from unlicensed drivers

Motorists who drive with revoked or suspended licenses will be without a vehicle for a month under new impound laws that took effect Aug. 12.

Robert Edward Lashua, Sr.

Robert Edward Lashua, Sr., 70, of Pine, died Aug. 27, 2005. He was born Nov. 19, 1934 in Laconia, N.H.

Loraine C. Lovett

Loraine C. Lovett died Aug. 24, 2005. She was born in Hardin, Mo., and reared in Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma. She and her late husband, Jack Lovett, first moved to Arizona in 1948 and moved to Payson in 1981.

Folks who work with kids must be more thoughtful

As I read the letter from Ruth Mitchell regarding her son being denied the opportunity to graduate with his classmates, I was reminded of a night nearly 60 years ago when I was pulled out of line five minutes before the junior high graduation ceremony began. I remember the shame and sadness as I stood there in my new suit trying not to cry because I was supposed to be a big boy.

Writer calls for votealution, not revolution

I read Tom Garrett's article on the use of humans in place of mules when the going got rough. It reminded me of another one I read where slave owners hired Irish immigrants to do dangerous work because if a slave was injured or killed it was a financial loss to them.

No leash-law for dogs in forest

Whoops! The heading leading to Ned Weatherby's letter of Aug. 10 that says, "Securing dogs in forest is the law" is not true.

What's up?

Q: Thursday at about 2 a.m. a water pipe broke on Stirrup. At 6:30 a.m. the water was still gushing. Who should be called for this type of emergency? and Q: What is the phone number for White Mountain Bus Lines? Is it still in operation? and Q: Is there going to be a fee charged for parking at the event center for the Northern Gila County Fair?

Class notes

Gila Community College and Eastern Arizona College have teamed to offer several online criminal justice courses for the 2005-06 school year.

Benefit golf tournament raises $11,500

Payson firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies teamed up with local residents Aug. 27 for the Department of Public Safety's Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament at the Payson Golf Course.

Volleyball team builds new power core

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink might have shed a tear or two when he waved goodbye to seven seniors at graduation ceremonies last spring.

Golfers take team, individual honors

After a week's delay, championship and first-flight winners of the Payson Men's Golf Association's month-long club championships were determined Aug. 24 at the Payson Golf Course.

Share fair, fun and loyalty with your pets


Paw Prints, the newsletter of Paws in the Park, has a photo and story that so well expresses the love and loyalty of dogs. A fireman found this Doberman pinscher in a burning home. He was quite afraid of Dobermans, but picked her up and carried her outside to safety and then continued to fight the fire.

James Delton Starks

James Delton Starks died Aug. 25, 2005 in Mesa. He was born March 23, 1927 in Gilmer, Texas. He was a resident of Payson from 1991-2001.

New dentist sinks teeth into Rim Country life


Jon Lindsay grew up in Utah, but went to college in the Midwest.

Horns stomp Parker 34-0

A rock-solid defense mixed with the rushing efforts of senior tailback Luke Apfel, led the Longhorns to a season-opening 34-0 win over the Parker Broncos.

Tea supports literacy program

The Rim Country Literacy Program held its Summer Cool-Off Tea fund-raiser Saturday at St. Philip's Catholic Church.

Police briefs

Dolores Buenrostro, 31, of Mesa, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 25 by Gila County Sheriff's Office officers following a routine traffic stop. Buenrostro was also charged with misconduct involving weapons and possession of a dangerous drug. Lt. Adam Shepherd said a .380 automatic weapon was found in the vehicle.

It's time for Payson to clean house

I have a suggestion for the Payson Planning and Zoning Department. Why not consider a plan called "Beautify Payson?"

Franklyn C. Boggs

Franklyn C. Boggs died Aug. 22, 2005. He was born May 31, 1922 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Maxie and Ethel Boggs. The family moved to South Bend, Ind., in 1940.

Priorities are off base

While President Bush and Mexico's President Fox continue to let us pay the tab for illegal immigrants, now they keep us out of our own forests. The warning in your paper to beware while going into the forests makes me sick. It is our playground.

Nursing program starts at GCC in spring

Fulfilling prerequisites may prove challenging

Gila Community College has some good news and some bad news for students wanting to earn an associate of applied science degree in nursing.

Sponsors make tourney possible

Payson Police Detective Matt Van Camp -- who also serves as the director of the annual Christmas for Kids Golf Tournament -- attributes the success of the annual benefit to its many sponsors.

Mail teaches students about their world

A group of kindergartners from Payson Community Christian School have made friends all over the United States and the world through the mail.

Ranger District closes forest to OHVs

What was once a pristine natural setting is now scarred and crisscrossed with ugly dirt trails, but Payson Ranger District officials hope they've put an end to the destruction.

Paul (Bob) Mullins

Paul (Bob) Mullins, 67, of Jakes Corner, Ariz., died Aug. 24, 2005 in Jakes Corner. He was born Sept. 2, 1937 in Harrison, Ark.

Houston Creek closure first step to control OHV damage

With the closure of the lower Houston Creek area off Moonlight Drive in Star Valley to all motor vehicles, the Payson Ranger District has taken a major first step in confronting a growing problem.

Advocacy volunteers sought for developmentally disabled

When instructor Janie Wright stepped out of the Arizona Mentor's van on Wednesday morning she twisted her ankle.

Thursday, August 25

Cowboy shanked by bull's horn alive and well

Michael Brinkerhoff nearly died eight years ago when a bristling bovine named Boss Hog impaled the soft flesh underneath his chin during an eight-second bull ride at the spring rodeo in Payson.

Concert featured fantastic singing

I went to a concert Aug. 21 and heard some of the most fantastic singing.

Martha Mary Black

Martha Mary Black, 84, died Aug. 22, 2005, in Payson. She was born Aug. 23, 1920, to Alfred and Martha Davis in Ohio.

Work deemed too hard for donkeys given to men


Every once in a while something happens that boggles the mind so completely it not only leaves us speechless, it even leaves us wondering what we are supposed to think about it.

Ag program needs attention too

I am thoroughly disappointed in our school system. If the agriculture room would have been any other facility, for example a gym or a locker room or some such, it would have already had a new and improved facility.

Neighbor seeks peace and quiet

I hate to be thought of as an old and crotchety type. I'm really not. But I have a pet peeve and would like some space to air it.

Bigger picture transcends religion

I take issue with a few of the points that Mr. Krueger tried to make. George Washington may or may not have been a Christian. He may have been a Deist, as were many of the prominent founders of the United States of America.

Think long, hard about weapons

This will be my last letter with reference to the murder of my friend Grant Kuenzli.

Driving is a right -- not a privilege

I would like to respond to Detective John Girolamo's letter of Aug. 23 regarding whether or not driving a car is a right.

Reader asks, ‘What water shortage?'

There is no looming shortage of water, here, elsewhere in the arid West, or for that matter, anywhere -- rather, there is simply a prevailing or looming shortage of cheap, throw-away water.One can always obtain any amount of water for which he is willing to pay the cost of production and transportation.

Money could be spent on more worthy causes

The good ol' boys are at it again. The situation in Star Valley is getting worse every day. The Good Ol' Boys are creeping out of the woodwork to get their share of $1 million (loot) at the expense of taxpayers.

Priorities not aligned with Payson's needs

It has come to my attention recently that Eastern Arizona College, which has taken over our community college, "has withdrawn from participation in" the Federally Insured Student Loan Program. (See

No attempt to sell water ever made

In March 2004 I met with Buzz Walker to discuss the pump testing being performed by a developer on a property, which was for sale, adjacent to my home and business.

Car drivers start looking for motorcyclists

Regarding your story, "Driver Fails to Yield," published Aug. 5, how sad that V. Kay Kendall cannot take responsibility for the accident that Kendall caused. Instead, Kendall blames motorcycles. Motorcycles are not the problem. People who do not look for motorcycles are the problem.

Children deserve better treatment

My son, Dallas, attended Rim Country Middle School and was supposed to graduate May 26, 2005. We received all the notices about what he was supposed to do and wear. He even attended graduation practice. But the night of graduation, the former principal of the school pulled him out of the lineup and said he could not walk or receive his diploma because his paperwork was not in order.

Community is about helping each other

Just as we know it. A good part of society complains about the drug problem in this small town of Payson. We believe that the judicial system should be looked at from our point of view.

Question not how she died, but ask how she lived

In today's Roundup, you'll see an obituary notice for a little girl who died Aug. 23, just one day before her second birthday.

Theresa Elaine Garnand

Theresa Elaine Garnand, 87, of Phoenix and Payson died Aug. 22. She was born March 4, 1918, to Josephine and James O'Donnell in Havre, Mont.

Cassandra Carolyn Ward

Cassandra Carolyn Ward died Aug. 23, 2005, in Payson of Trisomy 18. She was born Aug. 24, 2003, to Curtis and Wendy Ward.

Teenager hits police vehicle

A 17-year-old male driving a Ford truck collided with Payson police officer Ben Moss' patrol car on Aug. 20 at the intersection of state Highway 87 and Malibu Drive.

Camera gives new eyes to firefighters

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department will soon have its first thermal-imaging camera thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the hard work of a firefighter.

Roundabout elk rises from the dead

The bronze roundabout elk, left for dead on the side of Highway 87 at Tyler Parkway, has been resurrected.

House cleaning reduces voter numbers

Gila County had 158 fewer registered voters in July than it did in April, reflecting a statewide trend. Earlier this month Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer reported a decrease of 12,855 voter registrations during the same period.

Ranger District targets mines for closure

The Payson Ranger District wants public input regarding its proposal to close and rehabilitate 11 mines in the Rim Country.

Video Tour: Tonto Natural Bridge

View this 3-minute video tour of the Tonto Natural Bridge.

360-degree view from inside Tonto Natural Bridge

Click and drag your mouse to navigate within the video frame.

This 360-degree view was taken from inside of the Tonto Natural Bridge. From this vantage point , standing in the center under the bridge, you can see the front and back openings and the travertine formations on the cave walls.

Payson woman honored for consumer efforts

Judy Miller, director of the Small Business Development Center in Payson, is one of the winners of the Arizona Small Business Development Center (AZSBDC) Network's 2005 Star Performer Awards.

Framing business packs up, moves home

After owning and operating custom framing shops for 27 years, Greg Allerton decided it was time to pack up and come home.

Lower rate vs. higher value means more property taxes

The nationwide housing boom is going to make many Gila County homeowners dig a little deeper into their bank accounts to pay taxes.

10 suspects at large, weapons recovered in pot fields

Ten or more Mexican nationals escaped into the forest during an Aug. 15 raid on a series of nine marijuana gardens in Calf Pen Canyon in the Fossil Creek Wilderness area, Gila County Narcotics Task Force agents said.

Officer cleared in Taser incident

A Payson Police Department inquiry has determined that officer Joni Varga was justified in using a Taser stun gun on a handcuffed suspect, in spite of three eye witnesses who said the officer used excessive force.

Make plans for Labor Day Bash


I have noticed this past week that the bird population has diminished, particularly the hummingbirds. One of my neighbors has also noticed a reduction of the amount of food left in the feeders. I venture to guess that fall is not too far away.

Organizations need dedicated volunteers


Fall is a great time to get involved in new activities. There are wonderful volunteer opportunities available in Pine/Strawberry. Whether it be flipping pancakes or checking people in at the blood drives, check out this column for a list of volunteer needs.

Elk enjoy snacking on bird feed


This big guy got a little upset with Bob Quay when he forgot to fill the bird feeder. Although these elk are very large, you wouldn't think they would eat the bird feed, but I have seen many elk do some serious damage to bird feeders in the area. Several of them get their antlers hung up around the feeders and they end up on the ground with the birds being a little unhappy with the elk.

Gov. Napolitano presents award to Wants and Wishes Antiques and Gifts

Gov. Janet Napolitano presented Wants and Wishes Antiques and Gifts with the first place award for Best Medium Scale Renovation Project at the Governor's Rural Development Conference (RDC) in Oro Valley last Friday.

Main Street formula tried and tested

In the past half century, downtowns have changed drastically.

Tenor, vocal students present first recital

Fourteen Rim Country vocalists, training with professional tenor Ken Goodenberger, will present their first public recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Diamond Star water to cost town $750K

Resolution 2098, which allows the town to pay $750,000 for water it plans to take from Star Valley, came within one vote of failing at a five-hour, standing-room-only town council meeting Thursday night.

Dreyfuss, Montoya marry

Barney ‘Terry' Dreyfuss, 43, andnna Montoya, 42,ere married Aug. 9, 2005 in a small ceremony in the company of some of theirmmediate family members.

Randall, Kinzer to wed

Don and Donna Randall and Russ and Clarice Kinzer announce the engagement of Autumn Mae Randall and Samuel Rawlin Kinzer, both of Pine.

Cardinals battle Raiders tonight

The Arizona Cardinals game against the Oakland Raiders at 6:30 this evening will be televised on ABC.

Young horsemen heading to state show

The results of two Gila County 4-H horse shows have been tabulated and the three top point holders from each event will move on to the state finals in October at Westworld in Scottsdale.

Outdoor Hall of Fame beckons MSA

The Mogollon Sporting Association MSA has reached the pinnacle of success for a volunteer foundation -- induction into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Soccer coach bids adieu to 4A, embraces 3A return

Payson High School's return to the Class 3A East region after spending two years in the 4A Grand Canyon ranks has Longhorn boys soccer coach Roger Wholly turning cartwheels.

Donation eases Special Olympics' woes

Northern Gila County Special Olympics Director Becky Derwort will no longer be forced to pinch pennies and solicit donations for her teams to travel the state representing the Rim Country in games and meets.

Tuesday, August 23

Rim Country to echo with beautiful sounds


A group of Rim Country vocalists, training with professional tenor Ken Goodenberger, will present their first public recital this week.

Whole grains offer many nutritional benefits


The recently revised 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines and new food guidance system, MyPyramid, advises us to get at least three or more ounce-equivalents of whole grains per day. Why? Whole grains offer many nutritional benefits, including protection from various forms of cancer and prevention of heart disease.

Keeping out the riff-raff


In the 1997 science fiction movie "Gattaca," society has reached a point where "natural" babies have been replaced by genetically-enhanced test tube babies, and DNA is used to determine one's station in life.

A guide to preserving family history


While visiting relatives recently in Wisconsin, I received a reminder of how challenging preserving family history can be.

Monday, August 22

State volleyball matches move to pro venue

Glendale Arena is the site for this year's high school volleyball girls state tournament, rather than Chandler Hamilton High School as in previous years.

Who is watching the store?

On Monday, Aug. 8, a meeting of the town of Payson Planning and Zoning Commission was held to hear, among other things, a proposal to re-zone a parcel of land at the end of Fawn Drive in the Manzanita Hills subdivision. I must say this was a very enlightening event.

Driving is a privilege

I am the letter writer who wrote "Sorry lady I don't feel sorry for you" that was mentioned in your opinion column. I still don't feel sorry for her because:

Downhill slide began once Washington left office

As I have watched our once powerful and Christian nation decline during the last 60 years, I am appalled, heartbroken and even astonished. Yet, it could have been predicted if I had observed the warning signs of immorality, drugs, divorce, lawlessness, corruption in low and high places, etc.

What's up?

Q: "At the end of Phoenix Street, where it is supposed to be a cul-de-sac. A community or a property is going in called Forest Ridge (being developed) by a man named (Michael) Horton. There have been no zoning changes, no public hearings or anything regarding that. I am wondering why this town is allowing him to do what he's doing when there's been no meetings ... at least that the public is aware of."

Apology offered by cashier

Let me introduce myself. My name is Arlene Hilliard and I moved here to Payson in February of this year.

Ban tobacco ads

That the Payson Rodeo Board would allow a scoreboard advertising smokeless tobacco is quite distressing. The effects of tobacco are well-documented; it will kill you.

Return of fair promises fun, plus a view of our very best

County fairs are a hallmark of old-fashioned fun. They are also a cornerstone in the creation of a community.

Faulty headlights lead to drug arrests

Three men from New Mexico were collared early Sunday morning on drug charges after officers stopped their vehicle for nonworking headlights.

60th wedding anniversary

Bill Young and Lucele Hamilton will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Hailey Marie Weinland

Jessica and Joshua Wienland, formerly of Payson, welcomed the arrival of Hailey Marie Weinland on July 30.

Photo Gallery: 2005 August rodeo and parade

The Payson Roundup presents a collection of photographs from the 121st Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Aug 18-21, 2005.

DPS officer in coma following accident

A Department of Public Safety officer injured in an alcohol-related hit-and-run accident Aug. 18 underwent surgery this weekend and is in a drug-induced coma.

Rodeo closes successful 121st year

The big winners in the 121st Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, held Aug. 19-22 at the Payson Event Center, were the local economy and the high school graduates who receive annual rodeo committee scholarships.

Hikers urged to stay aware, be cautious

While drug agents continue to harvest and burn about 20,000 marijuana plants discovered Aug. 15 in the Calf Pen Canyon raid north of Strawberry, Gila County Sheriff John Armer warns hikers of the dangers they could encounter coming across an illegal pot-growing operation.

Citizens groups to protest at town council meeting

Two citizens groups opposed to piping water from the Diamond Star area to Payson say they'll show up in force at the town council meeting Thursday at 6 p.m.

Water company fails to monitor 15 systems

While state and federal laws continue to improve drinking-water purity, utility companies scramble to keep abreast of ever-tightening environmental laws.

Rodeo specialty act draws standing ovations

When Payson Pro Rodeo event staff members Haylee Huff and Tracy Fitzpatrick managed a short break from their harried duties, they used the moments to take in the specialty acts that highlighted the weekends activities.

Town's future tied to its past, says retiring director

If retiring town Community Development Director Bob Gould could complete one last initiative with the wave of a wand, it would be Main Street.

Library friends nominate board members


Remember when you turned off the lights, got in bed, and the house was dark? Not any more. The average home these days is filled with eyes in the night -- LCDs shine and blinkverywhere.

Star Valley residents should also consider this

Recently there has been much discussion regarding Star Valley residents either forming their own town of Diamondstar, annexing with Payson, or doing nothing. Water has been the primary issue discussed. Another issue to consider is fire department costs.

Woman's volunteer work honored by president

The Rim Country has benefited from Rosalind Schuerer's volunteer efforts for more than two decades. Those efforts have now been recognized by President George W. Bush.

Dorothy Carrick Alexander

Dorothy Carrick Alexander, 81, of Tempe, died Aug.19, 2005. Mrs. Alexander was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Phoenix.

Teach silly tricks using clicker


Dogs are much smarter than we even dare to imagine. We think they are lazy because they seem content to sleep all day. But give them the opportunity to learn something fun and new and you will quickly have their complete attention.

Gila Community College briefs

Invitations have gone out to people in Gila County who have expressed an interest in serving on a Fire Science Advisory Committee said Harry Swanson, dean for the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

Men's golf association top spots still open

John Waring's expertise with a putter earned the Payson Men's Golf Association veteran a pair of seats to an upcoming Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.

President's battle brings out best in Niners

Each year when the President's Cup tournament rolls around, members of the Payson Women's Golf Association Nine Hole group manage to churn out some of their finest links efforts.

Robert Lange Holcombe

Robert Lange Holcombe died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, in Flagstaff.

Susie Hooper

Susie Hooper, of Payson, died Aug. 18, 2005, at the RTA Hospice House in Payson. She was born Oct. 17, 1954, in Phoenix to Roark and Marye Wagoner.

Mhyretta Louise Lawson

Mhyretta Louise Lawson, 72, of Payson, died Aug. 17, 2005. She was born April 25, 1933, in Dewey, Okla.

Homegrown fair returns to Rim Country


After a two-year absence, the Northern Gila County Fair is returning to Rim Country. The 51st annual fair is set for Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Payson multi-event center and the Tonto Apache Tribe Gymnasium. Wendell Stevens has assumed the role of chairman, taking the reins from Walt and Wilene Smith.

Pioneer Title tourney has historic close finish

It took a chip-off shoot-out to decide the championship team of the Ninth Annual Pioneer Title Agency Benefit Golf Tournament.

New blood fills out Lady Horns soccer team

Second-year Lady Longhorn soccer coach Joe Schmidt faces the herculean task of finding replacements for 10 standouts who led last season's squad to the Class 4A state tournament.

CT scanner makes exams more definitive


Payson Regional Medical Center has added a 40-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) Brilliance scanner to their facility. The scanner enables doctors to see a patient's heart between beats.

Edgar Eugene Lassins

Edgar Eugene Lassins of Payson died Aug. 13, 2005. He was born Jan. 16, 1920, in Flushing, N.Y., son of George M. and Matilda McKerty Lassins.

Radical retiree still stirring it up in Payson


Payson resident Charlotte Levine is anything but a typical retiree.

Garretsons celebrate 40 years

Vern (Bud) and Betty Garretson were married 40 years ago, Aug. 20, 1965, in Kansas City, Kan.

Longhorn Culinary Arts serves up tasty food

Payson's newest restaurant is Longhorn Culinary Arts. Culinary arts students at Payson High School chose the name and the uniforms. They will create the menus, prepare the food and serve it to their guests.

Thursday, August 18

What's up?

Q: Why are two soccer teams being asked to practice on the same multipurpose field so Arizona State University football players can use the soccer field? I thought use of the fields was for our local kids, not out-of-town college students.

Hit-and-run driver injures DPS cadet

A Department of Public Safety cadet was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident Thursday night near the Mazatzal Casino on Highway 87.

Tips for living in mountain lion country

With more and more people enjoying the abundant outdoor activities available in parks and other areas around northern Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to ensure your safety in the unlikely event that you encounter a mountain lion.

Photo Gallery: Marijuana groves

The Roundup presents a collection of exclusive photographs taken by reporter Max Foster after law enforcement officials raided a network of marijuana groves in the forests near Strawberry, Arizona on Aug. 15, 2005.

Diamond Star rallies behind coalition

The Diamond Star Water Coalition made its case for incorporation before an estimated 200 residents of Star Valley and Diamond Point Shadows Monday evening.

TCCA starts new series Sunday

The Tonto Community Concert Association's 27th season begins Aug. 21 with a performance by the acclaimed men's chorus Spirit of Phoenix.

New editor at helm of Roundup

Ann Haver-Allen has joined the Payson Roundup as its new editor.

Queen visits community kids

Amanda Jenkins, Miss Rodeo Arizona 2005, took time to visit with Payson Community Kids Wednesday.

Good food in Pine-Strawberry


At least now we are getting into the national news for something other than a major fire. However, I am not sure we want a reputation for being the marijuana capital.

Plan now to attend Labor Day Bash


Activities are picking up in this small community. The Labor Day Bash on Sept. 3, 2005, is only a few weeks away.

Hometown rodeo legends gather for reunion

Rodeo legends and fans from several of the Western states will gather in Payson for the first Payson Rodeo Reunion, sponsored by Git A Rope Publishing.

Fund-raising event to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Light the Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's fastest-growing national signature fund-raising event. This 2- to 3-mile evening walk commemorates those whose lives have been touched by blood cancers; survivors carry illuminated white balloons, while friends and family carry red ones as a symbol of hope for a cure.

Crowes celebrate 50th anniversary

Charles M. Crowe Jr. and N. Colleen Tyeere honored by family and friends earlier this month to mark their 50th wedding anniversary.

Cannon Katherine "Boomer" Hawley

Cannon Katherine "Boomer" Hawley was born July 28, 2005, at Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa.

FAN Club wants to make difference

A group of about two dozen adults has organized to make a difference for all students in the Payson Unified School District.

Devils finish foray on Rim

For the Sun Devils, it's goodbye pine trees and hello asphalt.

Longhorns shorthanded as season kicks off

A dwindling roster could force Longhorn football coach Jerry Rhoades to cancel the junior varsity football program.

Realignment improves runners' state chances

Payson High School's realignment last spring to the 3A East region from the 4A Grand Canyon group, where the school spent the past two seasons, means the cross country team will no longer have to face the powerful defending state champion Page Dust Devils and their running sensation Levi Lomeland.

Veterans keep Lady Horns in cross country

Veteran cross country coach Chuck Hardt must be experiencing a sense of deja vu.

Orlet Rose Cole

Orlet Rose Cole was born Nov. 8, 1919 to Walter and Lillian (Busiahn) Just at Wood Lake, Minn. She attended St. John's Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1938.

Patricia Ann Bott

Patricia Ann Bott, 73, of Payson, died Aug. 12, 2005. She was born May 17, 1932, in Lincoln, Neb.

New dean plans to focus on students not politics

Harry Swanson inherited a difficult situation when he came on board with Gila County Community College (GCCC) in mid-July as Payson Campus dean.

Tribal K-9 team makes heroin bust

The six officers of the Tonto Apache Tribal Police Department have a variety of duties. One of those is patrolling the large parking area used by guests of the tribe's Mazatzal Casino.

Writer agrees everyone has right to be different

In regard to Larry Kluth's letter on Aug. 12 (the right to be different), the only fact Kluth seemed to get right was that we all have "The right to be different."

No white knights riding to rescue

I have lived in Payson for more than three years. Reading the Roundup regularly, I have learned that Paysonites pride themselves on their caring community. However, lately I have learned that not everyone in Payson exemplifies this quality.

Kluth should get facts straight

Your letter about the lack of world peace implies that the core of the problem is the gap between religion and science. Not entirely. If you remove religion from the debate, you are still left with the fact that more and more nonreligious scientists are abandoning evolution in favor of Intelligent Design. Why?

Engineering firm invested in property

This is in response to the article posted in the Aug. 16, 2005, Payson Roundup on page 7A. "Payson nominated for five Main Street awards." Apparently the reporter (Jim Keyworth) didn't do thorough enough interviews to find the truth about the historical Chilson house located at 501 W. Main St.

Reader ruminates summer memories

Those crazy, hazy lazy days of summer are quickly coming to a close, which causes me to ruminate on what a great place we are privileged to live in. Here are a few of our fun summertime memories.

Town council should get priorities straight

I completely agree with D. Schultz's letter. Why should G. Michael Horton be allowed to get away with building more streets for a project of his that has not even been approved by the town, much less the required zoning changes.

World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo schedule of events

The 121st World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is on the horizon.

Don't count on wet future

Mr. Walker: Everything you had to say at the meeting sounds great in theory. What if you're wrong?

Freedom isn't free

Please rerun this letter from the Oct. 26, 1999 Payson Roundup. The original writer said it much better than I could.

Thanks for loving support from Payson friends, neighbors

I'm writing to thank each and every one of you who showed your love and support in a million different ways, from fund-raising to cards, letters, phone calls, visits and, most importantly, your prayers.

Have fun, support fire department at the same time


Don't miss out on the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21. The weather should be great for this fun event.

Hometown girls compete in women's rodeo

Hats blew off while feet flew out of stirrups during the August Doin's opener as cowgirls -- some world champions -- competed in the Women's Professional Rodeo Thursday evening

Forest raids net 100,000 pot plants

Network of marijuana fields raided near Strawberry

Multi-agency task force officers -- including Gila County Violent Crime, Narcotic and Gang Task Force undercover agents -- continue to harvest and burn thousands of marijuana plants found during an Aug. 15 raid in Calf Pen Canyon near the Fossil Springs Wilderness 4 miles north of Strawberry.

TCCA concert series: affordable cultural experience

Sunday, Aug. 21, the Tonto Community Concert Association kicks of its 27th season with a performance by the Spirit of Phoenix, a 95-member-strong barbershop chorus.

Anger may be deep well

In his "Guest Comment" dated Aug. 9, 2005, Benjamin referenced a meeting in May 2004 between himself, Mike Horton and me. I recall the meeting well.

Tuesday, August 16

Rodeo livestock lead the good life

Local veterinarian Drew Justice, the man responsible for the health and well-being of the animals who will participate in August Doin's, says nobody should feel sorry for them.

A word from the mayor

As you may know, Payson is where rodeo began. We have the distinction of hosting the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, and this year we will be hosting the 121st rodeo Aug. 19-21 at the Payson Event Center.

Get ready for rip-roarin' rodeo fun under the Rim

Pull on those favorite jeans, grab your Stetson and dust off your boots -- it's rodeo time in the Rim Country.

Woolly ridin' provides fun for all

A child hanging onto a fleecy sheep with bare hands is an event, albeit a short one, called mutton bustin'. At the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, 40 lucky children get to try it.

The chute boss and the beer baroness

Payson's World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo wouldn't be possible without the commitment of volunteers, many of whom have given their time over quite a few years. The Schmidts are a couple who exemplify this generous commitment.

Rodeo a way of life for lead volunteer

Rex Hinshaw pretty much learned to ride a horse at the same time he was learning to walk.

Rodeo parade salutes the American cowboy

Cowgirls, hang on to your cowboys. Calendar Cowgirls, Wild Women of the West and the lovely, young women who are rodeo royalty will be on parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

Bull riding isn't just for cowboys

If Tammy Kelly walks into a western clothing store anywhere in Wyoming, Oklahoma or even in Las Vegas, Nev., people know who she is. They are proud to meet her, happy for a chance to talk with her, and perhaps get a chance to have her sign a particular piece of rodeo memorabilia.

Rodeo cowboys talented, versatile athletes

Rodeo cowboys are widely considered to be among the most talented and versatile athletes in professional sports.

Women open rodeo action Thursday night

Women riders in the barrel racing, team, breakaway and tie-down roping events are tough, rough and ready competitors. It's not a game, it's a sport with money, recognition and big, flashy buckles at stake.

Honeycutt breeds animals with wild spirits

The buckin' broncs and bulls are once again coming to the August Doin's courtesy of family-owned Honeycutt Stock Contracting, Inc.

Officials make largest marijuana crop bust in Arizona history

State, county and federal law enforcement officers seized a network of marijuana crop fields containing an estimated 10,000 plants Monday in one of the largest growing operations ever found in Arizona.

Payson hosts top specialty act at rodeo

Rodeo is about non-stop action, and this year's specialty act is known for keeping people on the edge of their seats.

Monday, August 15

Payson man honored by Arizona Supreme Court

Tom Behl, of Payson, was honored earlier this summer by the Arizona Supreme Court for his volunteer work as a child advocate. He was the only volunteer to earn the recognition.

Honer, Hoover to wed

Paul and Nancy Honer along with Pastor Mike and Cathy Hoover would like to announce the engagement of their children, Kaleb Hoover and Alesia Honer.

Peggy Schlotthauer

Peggy Schlotthauer, 73, of Pine, Ariz., was born Peggy Garner in Austin, Texas Jan. 14, 1932. She died June 21, 2005.

Doctor gets OK to practice

A former Payson doctor who last year pleaded guilty to two felony counts of illegally obtaining prescription narcotics has received the Arizona Medical Board's OK to open a private practice in Springerville.

Master Gardener training course offered

The University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension Office is offering a special Master Gardener Training Course this fall at the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

Presence of mold closes FFA classroom

With the return of the Northern Gila County Fair and the addition of committed 4-H specialist, Lani Hall, Wendell Stevens was looking forward to another year teaching students in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Payson High School.

Animal science and horticulture explored by FFA

Future Farmers of America students learn that the ability to raise animals and crops are not just part of our local heritage, they are part of our country's future.

Payson nominated for five Main Street awards

One of Payson's oldest landmarks -- and one of its newest -- are among five nominees in the 2005 Main Street Awards competition.

Margaret T. Murphy

Margaret T. Murphy, 97, of Glendale, Ariz. died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005.

Moral absolutes necessary

In "The right to be different" (8/12/05), I agree with Mr. Kluth's statement that a "willingness to accept, or at least understand, different attitudes and values can be realized only when we grant one another the right to be different." Diversity in humanity has been and always will be a wonderful way that we are forced to think and grow.

Thrift Shop Day celebrations Wednesday

Wednesday is National Thrift Shop Day and the Payson Senior Thrift Store is celebrating in style. Special clothing sales on Wednesday include five selected women's garments for $2, and, in honor of August Doin's, men's and women's Western wear will be half price.

Shame on all of you

Shame! Shame! Shame! -- on Developer G. Michael Horton's Terra Capital Group of Scottsdale.

West Nile virus serious health threat, but preventable

Monday, the Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed that two squirrels captured in Payson tested positive for West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne disease that was first detected in the United States in 1999 and in Arizona in 2003.

Securing dogs in forest is the law

In the Friday, July 22 edition of the Payson Roundup, Dave Engleman's "Checking in on the Kuenzli matter" lambastes Otis Trimble for writing a letter that Engleman labels "outrageous."

Davis, Hoover to marry

Michael and Karen Davis and Pastor Mike and Cathy Hoover would like to announce the engagement of their children, Kyle Hoover and Katie Davis.

Despite reports, Woods Canyon a hot spot

Someone didn't tell Valley angler Matt Harding that fishing was rated just fair to good last week at Woods Canyon Lake.

Payson Bucs scrimmage Sun Devils

About 1,500 fans turned out Aug. 13 at Camp Tontozona for an Arizona State University football team scrimmage.

Stephen Peter Horbachuk

Stephen Peter Horbachuk, 54, of Waterbury, Conn., died Thursday, Aug. 11.

Pasting up creativity and self-esteem


Scrapbooking frees children's creativity and reinforces self-esteem said Brenda Martell, co-owner of Paper and Metal Scrappers.

More than 200 cowboys in Payson rodeo

Get ready -- it's rodeo time in the Rim Country. Payson is celebrating its 121st continuous rodeo beginning Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Payson Event Center.

Two squirrels in Payson test positive for West Nile

Two squirrels found at 1214 N. Matterhorn Road in Payson tested positive for the West Nile virus last week.

Buy a button, support education

Commemorative buttons are one of the more recent traditions of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Suspected DUI driver pleads not guilty

The driver accused of killing three members of a Payson family in a July 24 accident on Beeline Highway has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault charges.

Don't believe everything you see on TV

Just thought I would respond to the letter to the editor from Mr. Larry J. Kluth of Mesa. In his letter Mr. Kluth said, "We have astronomical evidence to support the big bang and DNA evidence to prove evolution."

Women's rodeo kicks in donations to local food banks

Women riders in the barrel racing, team, breakaway and tie-down roping events are tough, rough and ready competitors. It's not a game; it's a sport with money, recognition and big, flashy buckles at stake.

Norma Ruth Gylfe Alexander

Norma Ruth Gylfe Alexander died Aug. 9, 2005. She was born Aug. 7, 1921 in Jamestown, N.Y.

Bowling for kids

Susan Williams, director of Big Brother Big Sisters of Gila County, says the fourth annual Bowl for Kids Sake a success.

Debunking medical myths


The public wants a recipe for a simple way to find health, said Lynda Bergsma of the University of Arizona health office.

Setting goals for better behavior


Recently, this column addressed goal-setting and the need to make a plan to change a behavior.

Art is a spiritual journey


After 18 years as a photographer and a lifetime as an artist, Bernadette Heath finally feels like she's happy with her accomplishments.

Teens take top honors in race

Longhorn cross-country team members dominated the town of Payson-sponsored Monsoon 5K, sweeping the first three places in the 96-runner field.

Payson men's golf club crown up for grabs

John Pauley and Frank Szakal will battle toe-to-toe Aug. 17 for Payson Men's Golf Association Club Championship flight.

Fall sports schedules finalized

It has taken Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley and his staff most of the summer months to build fall sports schedules for five Longhorn varsity teams.

Thursday, August 11

Pastor takes wisdom from life experiences

The night before Jeff Green found his salvation 18 years ago, he was at a Pink Floyd concert on acid.

Discovering some people never learn


My mother, God rest her soul, used to say that some people just never learned. I didn't agree. I believed that sooner or later everyone learned. Until one day Houston, Texas ...

Moms with strollers stride into fitness

Regaining one's shape after giving birth can be a challenge. Roxanne Lyons wants to make getting into shape easier by bringing Stroller Strides to Payson.

Rollover east of Payson

Department of Public Safety officers say a single-vehicle rollover 7 miles east of Payson on Highway 260 Aug. 10 was alcohol related.

Charlene Henrietta Fluet

Charlene Henrietta Fluet, 57, of Payson, died Aug. 8, 2005. She was born June 25, 1948 in Fairmont, Minn.

Rim Country teens go extra mile

The campuses of Payson High and Rim Country Middle School School were hubs of activity the past week.

Boy rescued from Pine Creek floodwaters

Pine-Strawberry firefighters staged a dramatic rescue Monday afternoon, saving a 13-year-old Phoenix boy who was trapped by rising floodwaters at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

Rabid bat discovered in Payson

A Payson woman contacted Don Tanner, the town's animal control officer, after discovering a bat on her West Aero Drive property. "Berniece Gaskill was on the back side of her property when she noticed a bat flying around," Tanner said. It was approximately 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Diamond Star says, 'no deal, they still want our water'

They're not saying much about what was discussed, but members of the Diamond Star Water Coalition said their Monday meeting with town of Payson officials yielded few results.

Two months later, college budget still a mystery

Tuition revenues are being deposited and teachers are being paid at Gila County Community College. Yet board of governors members, Dick Wolfe and Larry Stephenson, have seen just a single-page summary of the approved $3.4-million budget for 2006.

Western live-ammo single-shot competition this weekend

Mosey on down to the Tonto Rim Gun Range this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, the Arizona Cowboy Shooters Association will stage its monthly match in Payson.

Rumsey Park's high-tech turf first of its kind, among best in country

Green Bay, Indianapolis, Payson. Sportsmen may visit the Rim Country for its scenic hunting and fishing opportunities, but before long, the sporting world will know us for our world-class artificial-turf fields made of recycled sneakers.

Facility fees: more groups, more money

The Payson school board, at its Aug. 8 meeting, tabled a motion that would charge user fees to almost every outside organization that uses school facilities.

Dorothy Delores Ashby

Dorothy Delores Ashby, 87, of Prescott Valley, died Aug. 5, 2005. She was born April 23, 1918 in Ereckson, Neb.

Dorothy Marie Rorabaugh

Dorothy Marie Rorabaugh, 90, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2005. She was born July 31, 1915 in Missouri.

Constance McElroy Wade

Constance McElroy Wade, 84, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2005. She was born March 31, 1921 in Montgomery, Ala.

Resident's 90th birthday celebrated

Perry Epley, Payson resident, celebrated his 90th birthday and people began arriving on Friday, July 29, 2005.

Coaches on campus

Student-athletes the winners when coaches teach

Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley and District Superintendent Sue Myers are beaming with the knowledge that almost the entire fall sports staff is made up of coaches who also teach on campus.

Trainer a welcome addition to campus

New Payson High School athletic trainer Jerod Torrey scrambled from the taping room to the athletic fields trying to warn coaches that lightning strikes were occurring in the distance and players should be indoors.

New region, new rules for Horns

Payson High School's return to the Class 3A East region from the 4A Grand Canyon has resulted in ticket price and scheduling changes.

Rain sends Devils to Rumsey

Arizona State University's season opening practice originally scheduled for Camp Tontozona was held Aug. 10 at Rumsey Park due to heavy rain at the camp a day earlier. The downpours also canceled a walk-through practice that was to be held Aug. 9 at Tontozona.

Mentors big and small bowl for change

Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its annual Bowl for Kids' Sake this weekend at the Rim Country Lanes.

Grasers celebrate 60th anniversary

Chuck and Pat Graser will celebrate their 60th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 13.

Wildlife roaming in Village


This past Sunday, Bill and I, and our fishing buddies, Rick and Theresa Meeker, decided to hike down Box Canyon. If there are people out there who have done this, you know that going down is the easy part.

Monsoon rains fall on Christopher Creek


When it rains it pours, and Christopher Creek has had its share of torrential downpours.

Steak fry: good deal, lots of food


The rain continues. Are we complaining yet? I do wonder what this winter will be like. The squirrels have been so busy storing massive amounts of seeds from the pine cones and leaving piles of residue on the ground. I have never seen them in such quantity. Is it a sign of a cold winter? My two cords of wood were delivered yesterday so I will be ready.

Horsley, Flanagan to wed

Dan and Kristi Horsley of Payson, and Laura Lee of Terrell, Texas, and Rickey Flanagan of Flagstaff, are pleased to announce the pending marriage of Stacy Lynn Horsley and Jeremy Sean Flanagan of Pine.

Ban intolerance, ban incivility, not sobriety checkpoints

A recent letter in the Roundup about the manner in which a sobriety checkpoint was conducted by several local law enforcement agencies has generated an onslaught of response.

Common sense says culvert is problem

We, the people, already know that Payson has one of the worst drainage problems in the state.

Mother of DUI fatality speaks out

After reading some of the articles and letters to the editor in your paper, and giving it some thought, I'd like to put my two cents in about sobriety checkpoints.

'Liberal' is not a dirty word

I keep reading the word "liberal" that the Republicans have batted around as an obscene word.

Wait in Iraq ... for what?

The Bush/McCain/Rumsfeld/Renzi team seemso want us Americans to wait for Iraq to pass milestones of constitution, more elections and so on before our troops can come home.

Smoking is a choice, breathing secondhand smoke is not

I recently read that the citizens of Payson will soon consider a smoking ban. I hope you will consider a total ban in all "enclosed indoor workplaces" to protect not only your health; but the health of the typically young service workers who work in the bars and restaurants who are your sons, daughters and grandchildren.

The right to be different

We may find peace in this world when, not if, the political and religious leaders accept the fact that the big bang and evolution are real.

Safety worth the wait

This is in response to the letter written by Ms. Patricia Sheehan in Friday's paper regarding the sobriety checkpoint.

Invest in safer roads

I have lived in this area for only a few months, but have already had to call in and report three drunk drivers driving in front of me in Payson in broad daylight, one of whom they handcuffed immediately. After reading your last paper, I think those who are against the checkpoints should be ashamed.

Drink and let someone else drive

I think it's a great thing for your (and my) safety. I would never drink and drive. I'm smart enough to call our local taxi service when I go out to party. That's why he's here.

Drunken drivers frightening

I read in disbelief the letter written regarding the sobriety checkpoint titled "a frightening experience." Since the writer does not know the meaning of "sheer terror" I would like to enlighten her:

Sobriety checkpoints violate presumption of innocence

The point behind Patricia Sheehan's letter is that we, as a nation, increasingly allow our elected officials and their police forces to control our lives and violate the basic freedoms upon which this country was founded -- all because we cower at the actions of a miniscule minority, whether they be terrorists or drivers under the influence.

An eye for an eye

Skip Boldt was very lucky to get a heart transplant. More than half of the people who need an organ transplant in the United States will die before they get one. Most of these deaths are needless.

Good business sense flies the coop

After listening to the Airport Advisory Committee meetings, we see where the town wants to reduce their contribution to our airport by 20 percent. The goal set by the FAA is to make the airport as "self-sustaining as possible."

Elks, roundabouts, Main Street, oh my

The elk statue seems like a worthwhile endeavor. Why not put it at the south entrance into town?

What's up?

Q: Why does Head Start keep putting an ad in the paper for daycare when they are not accepting any more children? Isn't that a waste of taxpayer dollars?

Tuesday, August 9

Bad water, bad music, bad women


I think we live in an over-hydrated country, and I'm getting really tired of all this talk about needing to drink 90-some glasses of water a day.

Woman made impact on Rim Country education


Ethel Shaw was born in Kirksville, Mo., of English heritage. Her father came to America to get away from the steel industry in England. In the U.S. he became a builder and was the builder of the Nurses Dormitory in Kirksville, the home of osteopathy.

Supplying support to American troops


Lud Kaftan and Butch Klein are both veterans and know how much it means to soldiers in war zones to get something from home.

Silver anniversary recipes from the Roundup cookbook


Recipes have always held a place in the hearts of the folks at the Roundup and Rim Review. In fact, 25 years ago, in 1980, the Roundup compiled a collection of recipes from Rim Country residents and published the Payson Roundup 1980 Cookbook.

Monday, August 8

Developers want real water; Star Valley can rest easy

Citizens of Star Valley can rest easy knowing that Terra Capital only wants the "real water."

ADOT did disservice to travelers

Please make this to the attention of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Licavolis mark 30 years of marriage

Peter and Mary Jo Licavoli were married Aug. 7, 1975 in Flint, Mich. They moved to Pine in July of 1976.

We need a plan

I would appreciate the opportunity to clarify my original remarks in this section.

Don't accuse anonymously

An anonymous letter is hurtful. Recently, I received such a letter accusing me of not cleaning up after my dog on our morning walks in the neighborhood. If that writer and I could talk face-to-face, we would both have a better understanding of dogs and of people.


I wanted to commend you for running a story that makes a difference. The article on CASA workers that ran on Tuesday, Aug. 2 is accurate, well-written and helpful.

Payson loses an old friend

I thought it would be at least two to three years before I'd be writing a letter like this.

Bad drivers are the hazard, not motorcycles

I read about the accident that was caused by a Mr. V. Kay Kendall when he failed to yield to a motorcyclist at the intersection of Highway 87 and Forest Drive. What really bothers me is the comment Mr. Kendall made when he said, "Those motorcycles are death machines."

Learn spelling, grammar before casting the first stone

It appears that motivated individualsave forgotten (or never learned) the value of the dictionarys areative writing tool.

Letter sets poor example for youth

In regard to the letter written by Patricia Sheehan about the recent sobriety checkpoint, I am deeply disappointed by the poor example it sets.

Grateful for sobriety checkpoints

In my 40 years of driving, I have been stopped in three sobriety checkpoints and instead of being a frightening experience they were ones of exuberance. Just knowing that there are officers out there looking out for my safety makes me very happy.

Drunk driving death ruins more than an evening

It is too bad that Patricia Sheehan of Star Valley had her evening plans ruined by being stopped at the sobriety checkpoint on Highway 260, July 30, and that she was frightened by the whole experience.

Keeping minds busy after school

Forget about the Tom and Jerry cartoons you watched over and over again after school while your parents, still at work, worried about the house burning down.

Grassroots efforts make difference in many lives

One person can make a difference in the lives of many.

Youngster donates lemonade stand proceeds to food bank

For most children, peanut butter is just a snack food or sandwich ingredient. But Frankie "Chico" Mendoza, 6, sees it as a way to help needy Rim Country families.

Vandalism to ancient ruins may limit access to Tonto National Monument

Acts of vandalism and other destructive behavior could bring an end to the "intimate access" visitors to the Tonto National Monument near Roosevelt currently enjoy.

Supervisor votes no, says numbers don't add up

A split vote, 2-1, gave Gila County a $66.21 million budget for 2005-2006. District 3 Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson voted against the budget. She said she dissented primarily over her concerns of funding the Industrial Development Authority. She said its corporate papers filed with the state show it has $450,000 in assets and the county shows only $130,000 on the books.

Rainy August follows dry July

After a late start and a slow beginning, the monsoon season has produced some August gully washers.

County sees bridge as new revenue source

The money to build a bridge over Tonto Creek may not yet be in hand, but, "We're a lot closer than ever before," said Bryon Lake of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Five minutes can save a life

For those of you that find yourself "violated" the next time you come upon a sobriety checkpoint in Payson, why don't you think of the lives that might be saved if law enforcement comes across a drunk driver?

Don't forget to gloss your lip service

This town has gone on for many, many years without really paying attention to its crumbling infrastructure, except for lip service.

Cool idea to ice heat

I have a great idea to beat the heat.I think we should build an indoor ice skating rink.

Lorraine Joyce Wyckoff

Lorraine Joyce Wyckoff, 87, of Gisela, died Aug. 4, 2005 in Payson. She was born March 18, 1918 in Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Coffee shop gives woman roots in Rim Country


Betty Cockrell and her husband, Pat, started living in the Rim Country part time about a year ago.

Who is the pack leader at your house?


A question from a dog owner brought to mind a situation that pertains to a lot of people, particularly retirees whose children are grown, who keep their dog with them most of the time and just possibly spoil him a little.

Tax rate decreases, budget soars

The town's primary property tax rate will decrease slightly if the Payson Town Council approves Chief Fiscal Officer Glenn Smith's recommendation at the regular town council meeting Thursday evening.

Fighting fire with 90 percent less water

To extinguish a home fully engulfed in flames, Payson firefighters could use 10,000 gallons of water -- even more. That's nearly a third of the 31,390 gallons of water the average Payson resident uses in a year.

Grand jury drops murder charges

A Maricopa County grand jury dropped second-degree murder charges against a driver Monday who killed three Payson residents July 24.

Devils tackle Tontozona

The Arizona State University football team will arrive at Camp Tontozona Aug. 9 and begin preseason practices the following day.

No quit in this Rim Country angler

Julie Wantland's angling quest was to allow no one to question her ability to successfully land a 9.5-foot, 140-pound striped marlin.

College offers class in Arizona geology

Gila Community College, in association with Eastern Arizona College, is offering a class in Geology of Arizona. Included is a mini-course in basic geology, and a VCR presentation on the eruption of Mount St. Helens, earthquakes and plate techtonics.

Summer golf season winds down

The first of four rounds of the Payson Men's Golf Association Club Championship tournament have been made, and four players from each flight are advancing. The second, 18 holes of the gold medal showdown will be played Aug. 10 at Payson Golf Course.

Pumas prowl home to Rumsey

It was old home week for a pair of Paradise Valley Community College soccer players. Jessica Coleman and Amy Wilcox, both former Lady Longhorn soccer stars, escaped the searing desert heat to return last week to Rumsey Park where they participated -- along with about 20 teammates --in the Lady Puma preseason training camp.

Horns have 75 hopefuls in the field

About 50 aspiring Longhorn jayvee and varsity football players will now don the pads and begin hitting in earnest -- the opening week mandatory conditioning practices are over.

Retired teacher seeks credit score reform


Gerry Bessler will tell you right up front that his mission to change the criteria used to determine FICO credit scores is not a vendetta.

Program keeps seniors safe

Dorothy Keller is 85 and has lived in Strawberry for 20 years. Her husband, Ralph, died seven years ago so she is now alone.

Gary H. Reeves

Gary H. Reeves, 58, former resident of Strawberry, died July 21, 2005 at his home in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was born Dec. 12, 1946 in Phoenix.

Town streets slated for improvements

The town of Payson has developed a seven-year resurfacing cycle for town streets.

Judy Darlene Goodwin

Judy Darlene Goodwin, 61, of Tonto Basin, died Aug. 3, 2005 in Payson. She was born June 15, 1944 in Salinas, Calif.

Site feedback

Re: Sobriety checkpoint -- I wonder how badly Ms. Sheehan's night would have been ruined if she was in a motor vehicle accident and killed by a drunk driver ...

Jack Cupp

Jack Cupp, 82, of Tonto Basin died in Payson, Aug. 3, 2005. He was born April 8, 1923 in Knoxville, Tenn.

What's up?

Q: What are the gruesome green coverings ADOT is putting on the hillsides between Payson and Phoenix? Will the green stuff come off in winter?

Working together yields best results

Arizona and water: an intrinsic, symbiotic relationship -- Next time you turn on the tap, take a minute to think about how many people helped move the water from its source to your glass.

Developers drown facts in debate

Regarding the misinformation quoted from developer Michael Horton in the Tuesday, Aug. 2 edition of the Roundup

Thursday, August 4

Horse science short course offered next week

The University of Arizona College of Agriculture is offering a noncredit horse science short course in Payson on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13.

Landmark owner has malodorous meeting with skunk


Christopher Creek has been known for its charming wildlife in the past, but this is one animal with which most people don't want to tangle.

Karaoke contest packs Pine hang out, winner takes $500


Wow, we have finally had some wonderful rain. The trees and plants are soaking it up. My garage is full of water again. Oh well.

Villagers bid farewell to longtime resident


Tonto Village has received just a drizzle of rain this past week. The sky has looked ominous, but the clouds seem to pass right over our tiny community.

Coach says 2006 team should be finest

Payson Little League all-star coach Ty Goodman is predicting great things for next year's team. "They'll have most of their ace pitching back and should be better than this year's team," he said.

Sun Devils kick off PAC-10 chase at Tontozona

An Arizona State University football team picked to finish fourth in the PAC-10 will soon spend 10 days at Camp Tontozona east of Payson tuning up for the coming season.

Golf with the Devils

Arizona State University and Sun Angel Foundation officials have issued an invitation for Rim Country linksters to join in on the fun Aug. 15 and 16 at the Camp Tontozona Invitational Golf Tournament.

Open Ranch Horse events wrap up

If the status quo prevails, Prescott cowboy Ben Balow will soon be boot scootin' into a new custom trophy saddle.

Prep softball reaps home run derby rewards

The Gracie Haught Classic was the big winner at the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby.

'Gift to kids' to be honored at memorial

Memorial services for Arizona Interscholastic Association media relations director Barry Sollenberger will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at McClintock High School in Tempe.

Photos sought for trivia edition

In preparation of our annual trivia edition, the Payson Roundup is gathering copies of fun, old photos.

Memorial reminder

A memorial service for Paul M. Batty is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St. in Payson.

Ellen Waltz

Ellen Waltz, 86, died July 25, 2005. She was born in 1919.

Donald Duane Tyree

Donald Duane Tyree, 73, formerly of Payson, died July 25, 2005, in Chadron, Neb. He was born Oct. 3, 1931, in Chadron, to Fritz and Susan Tyree.

Jewell M. Smith

Jewell M. Smith, 96, died July 28, 2005. She was born Sept. 12, 1908, in Birmingham, Ala.

Michael Ray Huffman

Michael Ray Huffman, 49, of Chandler, died July 26, 2005. Mr. Huffman, a precision machinist, was born Nov. 17, 1955, in Denver, Colo. to Tommie and Marilyn (Cusic) Huffman.

Billy U. Hasty

Billy U. Hasty died Aug. 1, 2005, in Phoenix.

Thomas Steven Dawson

Thomas Steven Dawson, 70, of Payson, died July 30, 2005, in Payson. He was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Norwalk, Ohio.

Beckmans celebrate Silver Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beckman celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Payson Care Center.

Crook scams money on chamber's reputation

At least six area businesses have been scammed into purchasing advertising space on the "Chamber's Street Map."

Couple brings Northwest trend south

Kenneth and Rachael Lenzi love coffee and loved hanging out in coffee shops in their native Seattle. So, when it came time to make a living, they opened a coffee shop.

What's up?

Q: Country Kitchen on Highway 260 looks trashy with all of their signs. Does Payson have any laws about advertising outside of businesses? AND Q: What is happening with the Christmas tree at Green Valley Park? It is dried out, looks like it is dying and needs some tender loving care. AND Q: What were all the police officers, wearing protective gloves, doing at Payson Regional Medical Center late in the afternoon, Aug. 2?

The good ol' boys again

I would like to comment on the recent article about "Defense offered by developer on water plan."

'Heart, soul' obvious

As a newcomer to Payson, going on some seven-plus years, I felt a need to respond to Noble Collins' letter to (the editor) on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Event center project should go to public vote

Last year when I talked to Town Manager Fred Carpenter about the Payson Event Center, he told me a few things needed to be ironed out and everything would appear in the paper.

A little inconvenience is well worth saving lives

Department took special measures to curtail drunken driving in the Rim Country. DPS had a sobriety checkpoint in the Star Valley area while the Payson P.D. added extra officers to patrol the community.

Driver fails to yield, collides with motorcycle

A Phoenix man was injured Tuesday morning when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 87 and Forest Drive.

Town officials, Diamond Star representatives agree to talk

The Payson Town Council opted out of a decision on annexation Thursday evening in hopes an Aug. 8 meeting with the Diamond Star Water Coalition will produce a compromise.

Tonto forest restrictions, closures lifted

The Tonto National Forest has lifted all fire restrictions and closures, however access to areas burned by the Cave Creek and Edge Complex fires is limited.

Meteor shower to light up summer sky Aug. 12

Look up at the eastern sky between 2 a.m. and dawn next Friday -- it's the best time in 2005 to view the Perseid Meteor Shower.

New heart pumping for Payson plumber

Skip Boldt knew finding a donor heart matching his tissue type was a long shot -- one in 30,000. "Without the sacrifice of someone else, I wouldn't have this opportunity," Skip said. "It's not a walk in the park. I don't take anything for granted."

Seven arrested at sobriety checkpoint

Marcia Daniels lost her brother over Memorial Day weekend in 1999. He was killed by a drunken driver.

Driver who killed three Payson residents charged with murder

The driver who killed three members of a Payson family will appear at a preliminary hearing Aug. 8 in the Phoenix Regional Court Center. Rigoberto C. Arrazola, 31, of Phoenix, faces three charges of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of endangerment and three counts of second-degree murder.

Byron Francis Miller

Byron Francis Miller, 70, of Pine, died July 31, 2005. He was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Fairbank, Iowa.

See the difference

Mr. Horton, because you don't see the difference between ...

Sobriety checkpoint a frightening experience

Last Saturday night, I headed up Highway 260 from my house in Star Valley to my boyfriend's house in Payson. I saw bright lights ahead. At first I thought I was approaching a very bad accident. Spotlights lit up the scene, and there were at least 10 police cars. Policemen were everywhere.

Once again, the guilt trip

In your July 29 opinion article, I could not help but sense that, once again, those whooint to the continuing failuresithin the public education system want to put the primary cause on insufficient funding.

Duo works to keep district drug-free

When Officer Les Barr volunteered for the student resource officer position left vacant by outgoing officer Steve Montgomery, Payson High School Principal Roy Sandoval welcomed Barr and his partner with open arms.

Tuesday, August 2

FAN Club wants to make difference for students


A group of about two dozen adults has organized to make a difference for all students in the Payson Unified School District.

Fall sports fans need food fast


School resumed in the Rim Country last week and that means the fall sports season will soon be upon us. In fact the first "fall" event is the Payson Monsoon 5K, Aug. 13, in which the Payson High School Cross Country team will compete -- along with their neighbors and visitors.

Going in circles


Those of us for whom The Home Depot roundabout is a multiple daily experience sometimes forget that a lot of you Rimaroos have little reason to head up Highway 87 on a regular basis unless you have a leaky faucet or are feeling suicidal.

Come share our heritage at the Rodeo Reunion


One year ago, Jayne and I were working on our book, "Rodeo 101, History of the Payson Rodeo," so named because it is the history of the first 101 years of that event -- 1884 through 1984. Jayne spent 30 years gathering the information and had planned to have the book written more than two decades ago, in time for Payson's Centennial Rodeo, but time and obligations prevented it from reaching fruition.

Monday, August 1

Children in crises need volunteers with strong hearts to see them through

Children caught in the red tape and bureaucracy that accompanies a protective services investigation need a lifeline.

Signal light cost will equal that of roundabout

The town council has approved a request for the Arizona Department of Transportation to explore the possibility of putting in another roundabout at the intersection of Highway 87 and Airport Road/Airline Lane.

Nearly $3 million allocated for Tonto Creek bridge

Arizona District 1 Congressman Rick Renzi has announced that the House of Representatives approved legislation which contains almost $3 million for the Tonto Creek Bridge project.

Developer says taking water 'not a moral issue'

The developers who are trying to bring Star Valley water into Payson say they want to replace fear with facts.

Keeping forest clean helps health of environment

Jeremy Plain doesn't just work in the forest, he invests his time, sweat and muscle in it. So it's a real killjoy for him to see the forest roads around Payson littered with junk.

Prosecutors accused of misconduct; appeals delay trial

Coconino County can continue to prosecute a 58-year-old retired school teacher accused of killing a hiker, a judge ruled July 27 in Flagstaff.

Shots fired in road-rage incident

A 21-year-old man was arrested after firing multiple rounds from a handgun during a road-rage incident Monday. After the shooting, the suspect, Attilla P. Waseta of Chandler, tried to elude police and continued to pursue his victim.

Community development director retires

After 17 years as a town employee and 15 years as community development director, Bob Gould is retiring.

'Do what you can, while you can' is key to good life


Mary Lange, 78, will tell you she's lazy and doesn't do much anymore. But a recent Alaskan cruise, weekly church engagements, plans to go to Hawaii and a standing Friday night poker game with some longtime friends make it clear Lange still loves the outdoors, people and trying new things just as much as she ever did.

Able brothers fritter their time away


Kirk Pfeifle and his brother Eric Pfeifle are men who don't give up, even though they are disabled. They are men who get up in the wee hours of the morning to make the donuts they will serve customers of their new business venture, Wayne's Donuts & Deli.

Many make 4-H show a success

Gila County 4-H Youth Development Agent Lani Hall has a big "thank-you" for all those who helped stage the highly successful horse show Friday and Saturday at the Payson Event Center.

Payson Kid Care: Program helps with homework, morals

When Kim Reed saw her son struggling with his grades and acting out, she knew she had to seek help.

Corn on the cob -- food fit for the gods


How sweet it is! August meansorn on the cob -- food fit for the gods. Yes, I know, corn on the cob is available just about year-round nowadays, but to this child of the Midwest, late summer has always beenrue sweet corn time.

CASAs make a difference one child at a time

When Child Protective Services intervenes in a family's life often a child is taken away from his parents and siblings. Placed in foster care, under the wing of a system that is trying to protect him, life can seem a dark and hopeless. The volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate -- or CASA -- can be that child's ray of hope.

MSA set for hall of fame induction

A grassroots organization that has its origins in a Payson coffee shop 15 years ago will soon be inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Fall sports on tap at PHS

Sports action is heating up the Payson High School playing fields and courts.

Goal setting for fun and bonding


An article in the recent AKC Gazette talked about setting goals to achieve successes in the dog show world. Few of us aim to show a dog through to a breed championship, but it reminded me about the importance of goals.

It's not about the elk

My wife and I moved here from Atlanta to retire. We had considered the move for years, and decided that Arizona was definitely the best state -- but which town? Many scouting trips later, after visiting and evaluating every city, town and community, we knew for sure that Payson was "The Place."

Renewed interest a 4-H goal

Lani Hall's goal is for Payson 4-H to become the popular youth group it was when she was a member from 1979 to 1986.

Walter Lyle "Skip" Randall

Walter Lyle "Skip" Randall, 66, died Saturday, July 30, 2005 in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, where he had lived for almost 17 years. He was born March 21, 1939 in Phoenix to Melvin and Evva Grant Randall.

Goddard remembrance service

David Goddard and his daughter, Alexandrea Goddard, invite friends to join them in a remembrance service to honor the passing of William Goddard, 13; Simon Berglund, 14; and Pernilla Goddard, 39.

Victor G. Calvano

Victor G. Calvano, of Payson, died July 21, 2005. He was born Feb. 8, 1923 in Salida, Colo.

Neff, O'Connor to wed

Terry and Denise Neff and David and Donna Crowell are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Nicole Lee Neff to Benjamin James O'Connor, son of Robert and Rebecca O'Connor.

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Re: Poacher AND Re: Online restaurant guide ...

What's up?

Q: What's the plan to deal with the algae at Green Valley Park lakes? Seems kind of dangerous ... if a child fell in there, you wouldn't be able to see him. AND Q: Who paid for the full page "Open Letter to Gila County" that ran in the July 12 Roundup?

No free lunch

Heads up, Seniors: "There's No Free Lunch!"

This just 'ain't' right

About the time I thought I had just about heard every sugar-coated excuse for higher density, the Roundup, Friday, July 29, reported that the proposed new development "Forest Edge" will have narrower streets to discourage traffic.

We resent this treatment

The taxpaying, electoral public should resent mandatory water-use restrictions as currently enforced.

Let's make more use of historical park

At a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting on Wednesday, Carol McCauley, the Main Street program director, talked about the Payson Historical Park on the corner of Main and McLane. She said that you both were members of a committee to look into the park.

Ponderosa pines more Payson-esque than elk

On my first visit to Payson in 1948, there were no traffic signals, and no roundabout either. There was a quaint little mountain town surrounding a lumber mill. Payson's unique charm flowed from the majestic ponderosas that flanked the Beeline Highway. A few died at nature's whim, but most, to that unrelenting need for more asphalt ... just one more car in the parking lot.

Roundabout already compromises vision

On Thursday evening I saw this intelligent, attractive woman addressing the town council on displaying an elk in the center of the Home Depot Roundabout. She kept emphasizing her vision.