Tuesday, August 30
RIM REVIEW FEATURE
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.
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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."
IN THE KITCHEN
It's that time of year again. The bounty from Rim Country gardens is beginning to show itself.
Monday, August 29
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gila Community College and Eastern Arizona College have teamed to offer several online criminal justice courses for the 2005-06 school year.
A group of kindergartners from Payson Community Christian School have made friends all over the United States and the world through the mail.
Paul (Bob) Mullins, 67, of Jakes Corner, Ariz., died Aug. 24, 2005 in Jakes Corner. He was born Sept. 2, 1937 in Harrison, Ark.
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?
Whoops! The heading leading to Ned Weatherby's letter of Aug. 10 that says, "Securing dogs in forest is the law" is not true.
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.
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.
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.
I have a suggestion for the Payson Planning and Zoning Department. Why not consider a plan called "Beautify Payson?"
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.
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.
The Rim Country Literacy Program held its Summer Cool-Off Tea fund-raiser Saturday at St. Philip's Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Lindsay grew up in Utah, but went to college in the Midwest.
FOCUS ON 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.
Robert Edward Lashua, Sr., 70, of Pine, died Aug. 27, 2005. He was born Nov. 19, 1934 in Laconia, N.H.
When instructor Janie Wright stepped out of the Arizona Mentor's van on Wednesday morning she twisted her ankle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 25
View this 3-minute video tour of the Tonto Natural Bridge.
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.
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.
I went to a concert Aug. 21 and heard some of the most fantastic singing.
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.
This will be my last letter with reference to the murder of my friend Grant Kuenzli.
I would like to respond to Detective John Girolamo's letter of Aug. 23 regarding whether or not driving a car is a right.
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.
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.
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 www.gilaccc.org.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martha Mary Black, 84, died Aug. 22, 2005, in Payson. She was born Aug. 23, 1920, to Alfred and Martha Davis in Ohio.
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 died Aug. 23, 2005, in Payson of Trisomy 18. She was born Aug. 24, 2003, to Curtis and Wendy Ward.
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.
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.
The bronze roundabout elk, left for dead on the side of Highway 87 at Tyler Parkway, has been resurrected.
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.
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.
The Payson Ranger District wants public input regarding its proposal to close and rehabilitate 11 mines in the Rim Country.
The nationwide housing boom is going to make many Gila County homeowners dig a little deeper into their bank accounts to pay taxes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mogollon Sporting Association MSA has reached the pinnacle of success for a volunteer foundation -- induction into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
After owning and operating custom framing shops for 27 years, Greg Allerton decided it was time to pack up and come home.
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.
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.
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. 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.
In the past half century, downtowns have changed drastically.
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.
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.
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.
Don and Donna Randall and Russ and Clarice Kinzer announce the engagement of Autumn Mae Randall and Samuel Rawlin Kinzer, both of Pine.
The Arizona Cardinals game against the Oakland Raiders at 6:30 this evening will be televised on ABC.
Tuesday, August 23
A group of Rim Country vocalists, training with professional tenor Ken Goodenberger, will present their first public recital this week.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
While visiting relatives recently in Wisconsin, I received a reminder of how challenging preserving family history can be.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
Monday, August 22
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.
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.
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.
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.
It took a chip-off shoot-out to decide the championship team of the Ninth Annual Pioneer Title Agency Benefit Golf Tournament.
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.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
Payson resident Charlotte Levine is anything but a typical retiree.
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.
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.
Mhyretta Louise Lawson, 72, of Payson, died Aug. 17, 2005. She was born April 25, 1933, in Dewey, Okla.
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.
Robert Lange Holcombe died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, in Flagstaff.
Dorothy Carrick Alexander, 81, of Tempe, died Aug.19, 2005. Mrs. Alexander was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Phoenix.
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.
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.
If retiring town Community Development Director Bob Gould could complete one last initiative with the wave of a wand, it would be Main Street.
Jessica and Joshua Wienland, formerly of Payson, welcomed the arrival of Hailey Marie Weinland on July 30.
Bill Young and Lucele Hamilton will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Vern (Bud) and Betty Garretson were married 40 years ago, Aug. 20, 1965, in Kansas City, Kan.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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:
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.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Arlene Hilliard and I moved here to Payson in February of this year.
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.
County fairs are a hallmark of old-fashioned fun. They are also a cornerstone in the creation of a community.
Three men from New Mexico were collared early Sunday morning on drug charges after officers stopped their vehicle for nonworking headlights.
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.
While state and federal laws continue to improve drinking-water purity, utility companies scramble to keep abreast of ever-tightening environmental laws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Payson Roundup presents a collection of photographs from the 121st Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Aug 18-21, 2005.
Thursday, August 18
A dwindling roster could force Longhorn football coach Jerry Rhoades to cancel the junior varsity football program.
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.
Please rerun this letter from the Oct. 26, 1999 Payson Roundup. The original writer said it much better than I could.
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.
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.
Amanda Jenkins, Miss Rodeo Arizona 2005, took time to visit with Payson Community Kids Wednesday.
Ann Haver-Allen has joined the Payson Roundup as its new editor.
The Tonto Community Concert Association's 27th season begins Aug. 21 with a performance by the acclaimed men's chorus Spirit of Phoenix.
The Diamond Star Water Coalition made its case for incorporation before an estimated 200 residents of Star Valley and Diamond Point Shadows Monday evening.
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.
A Department of Public Safety cadet was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident Thursday night near the Mazatzal Casino on Highway 87.
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.
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
The 121st World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is on the horizon.
Cannon Katherine "Boomer" Hawley was born July 28, 2005, at Banner Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa.
Charles M. Crowe Jr. and N. Colleen Tyeere honored by family and friends earlier this month to mark their 50th wedding anniversary.
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.
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.
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.
Activities are picking up in this small community. The Labor Day Bash on Sept. 3, 2005, is only a few weeks away.
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.
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.
A group of about two dozen adults has organized to make a difference for all students in the Payson Unified School District.
For the Sun Devils, it's goodbye pine trees and hello asphalt.
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.
Veteran cross country coach Chuck Hardt must be experiencing a sense of deja vu.
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, 73, of Payson, died Aug. 12, 2005. She was born May 17, 1932, in Lincoln, Neb.
Harry Swanson inherited a difficult situation when he came on board with Gila County Community College (GCCC) in mid-July as Payson Campus dean.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Walker: Everything you had to say at the meeting sounds great in theory. What if you're wrong?
Tuesday, August 16
Rodeo cowboys are widely considered to be among the most talented and versatile athletes in professional sports.
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.
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.
Rex Hinshaw pretty much learned to ride a horse at the same time he was learning to walk.
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.
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.
Pull on those favorite jeans, grab your Stetson and dust off your boots -- it's rodeo time in the Rim Country.
Rodeo is about non-stop action, and this year's specialty act is known for keeping people on the edge of their seats.
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.
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.
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.
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 buckin' broncs and bulls are once again coming to the August Doin's courtesy of family-owned Honeycutt Stock Contracting, Inc.
Monday, August 15
Someone didn't tell Valley angler Matt Harding that fishing was rated just fair to good last week at Woods Canyon Lake.
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.
Commemorative buttons are one of the more recent traditions of the World's Oldest Continuous 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 found at 1214 N. Matterhorn Road in Payson tested positive for the West Nile virus last week.
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.
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.
One of Payson's oldest landmarks -- and one of its newest -- are among five nominees in the 2005 Main Street Awards competition.
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.
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.
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."
Shame! Shame! Shame! -- on Developer G. Michael Horton's Terra Capital Group of Scottsdale.
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.
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."
Norma Ruth Gylfe Alexander died Aug. 9, 2005. She was born Aug. 7, 1921 in Jamestown, N.Y.
Stephen Peter Horbachuk, 54, of Waterbury, Conn., died Thursday, Aug. 11.
Margaret T. Murphy, 97, of Glendale, Ariz. died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005.
Peggy Schlotthauer, 73, of Pine, Ariz., was born Peggy Garner in Austin, Texas Jan. 14, 1932. She died June 21, 2005.
Michael and Karen Davis and Pastor Mike and Cathy Hoover would like to announce the engagement of their children, Kyle Hoover and Katie Davis.
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.
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.
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.
John Pauley and Frank Szakal will battle toe-to-toe Aug. 17 for Payson Men's Golf Association Club Championship flight.
About 1,500 fans turned out Aug. 13 at Camp Tontozona for an Arizona State University football team scrimmage.
Longhorn cross-country team members dominated the town of Payson-sponsored Monsoon 5K, sweeping the first three places in the 96-runner field.
Scrapbooking frees children's creativity and reinforces self-esteem said Brenda Martell, co-owner of Paper and Metal Scrappers.
After 18 years as a photographer and a lifetime as an artist, Bernadette Heath finally feels like she's happy with her accomplishments.
FOCUS ON PETS
Recently, this column addressed goal-setting and the need to make a plan to change a behavior.
The public wants a recipe for a simple way to find health, said Lynda Bergsma of the University of Arizona health office.
Susan Williams, director of Big Brother Big Sisters of Gila County, says the fourth annual Bowl for Kids Sake a success.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 11
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.
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?
Perry Epley, Payson resident, celebrated his 90th birthday and people began arriving on Friday, July 29, 2005.
The elk statue seems like a worthwhile endeavor. Why not put it at the south entrance into town?
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."
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
This is in response to the letter written by Ms. Patricia Sheehan in Friday's paper regarding the sobriety checkpoint.
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.
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 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.
I keep reading the word "liberal" that the Republicans have batted around as an obscene word.
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.
We, the people, already know that Payson has one of the worst drainage problems in the state.
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.
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.
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.
When it rains it pours, and Christopher Creek has had its share of torrential downpours.
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.
Chuck and Pat Graser will celebrate their 60th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 13.
The night before Jeff Green found his salvation 18 years ago, he was at a Pink Floyd concert on acid.
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 ...
Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its annual Bowl for Kids' Sake this weekend at the Rim Country Lanes.
The campuses of Payson High and Rim Country Middle School School were hubs of activity the past week.
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.
Payson High School's return to the Class 3A East region from the 4A Grand Canyon has resulted in ticket price and scheduling changes.
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.
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.
Constance McElroy Wade, 84, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2005. She was born March 31, 1921 in Montgomery, Ala.
Dorothy Marie Rorabaugh, 90, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2005. She was born July 31, 1915 in Missouri.
Charlene Henrietta Fluet, 57, of Payson, died Aug. 8, 2005. She was born June 25, 1948 in Fairmont, Minn.
Dorothy Delores Ashby, 87, of Prescott Valley, died Aug. 5, 2005. She was born April 23, 1918 in Ereckson, Neb.
Department of Public Safety officers say a single-vehicle rollover 7 miles east of Payson on Highway 260 Aug. 10 was alcohol related.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 9
Lud Kaftan and Butch Klein are both veterans and know how much it means to soldiers in war zones to get something from home.
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
Monday, August 8
Regarding the misinformation quoted from developer Michael Horton in the Tuesday, Aug. 2 edition of the Roundup
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.
Dorothy Keller is 85 and has lived in Strawberry for 20 years. Her husband, Ralph, died seven years ago so she is now alone.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
Betty Cockrell and her husband, Pat, started living in the Rim Country part time about a year ago.
Peter and Mary Jo Licavoli were married Aug. 7, 1975 in Flint, Mich. They moved to Pine in July of 1976.
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.
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.
Lorraine Joyce Wyckoff, 87, of Gisela, died Aug. 4, 2005 in Payson. She was born March 18, 1918 in Sleepy Eye, Minn.
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.
Judy Darlene Goodwin, 61, of Tonto Basin, died Aug. 3, 2005 in Payson. She was born June 15, 1944 in Salinas, Calif.
Jack Cupp, 82, of Tonto Basin died in Payson, Aug. 3, 2005. He was born April 8, 1923 in Knoxville, Tenn.
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 ...
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?
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.
Citizens of Star Valley can rest easy knowing that Terra Capital only wants the "real water."
Please make this to the attention of the Arizona Department of Transportation.
I would appreciate the opportunity to clarify my original remarks in this section.
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.
I have a great idea to beat the heat.I think we should build an indoor ice skating rink.
I thought it would be at least two to three years before I'd be writing a letter like this.
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."
This town has gone on for many, many years without really paying attention to its crumbling infrastructure, except for lip service.
It appears that motivated individualsave forgotten (or never learned) the value of the dictionarys areative writing tool.
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?
In regard to the letter written by Patricia Sheehan about the recent sobriety checkpoint, I am deeply disappointed by the poor example it sets.
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.
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.
One person can make a difference in the lives of many.
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.
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.
The town of Payson has developed a seven-year resurfacing cycle for town streets.
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.
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.
After a late start and a slow beginning, the monsoon season has produced some August gully washers.
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.
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.
A Maricopa County grand jury dropped second-degree murder charges against a driver Monday who killed three Payson residents July 24.
The Arizona State University football team will arrive at Camp Tontozona Aug. 9 and begin preseason practices the following day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 4
Billy U. Hasty died Aug. 1, 2005, in Phoenix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture is offering a noncredit horse science short course in Payson on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13.
If the status quo prevails, Prescott cowboy Ben Balow will soon be boot scootin' into a new custom trophy saddle.
The Gracie Haught Classic was the big winner at the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby.
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.
In preparation of our annual trivia edition, the Payson Roundup is gathering copies of fun, old photos.
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, 86, died July 25, 2005. She was born in 1919.
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, 96, died July 28, 2005. She was born Sept. 12, 1908, in Birmingham, Ala.
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.
Byron Francis Miller, 70, of Pine, died July 31, 2005. He was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Fairbank, Iowa.
Thomas Steven Dawson, 70, of Payson, died July 30, 2005, in Payson. He was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Norwalk, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beckman celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Payson Care Center.
At least six area businesses have been scammed into purchasing advertising space on the "Chamber's Street Map."
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.
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?
Mr. Horton, because you don't see the difference between ...
I would like to comment on the recent article about "Defense offered by developer on water plan."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Phoenix man was injured Tuesday morning when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 87 and Forest Drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Marcia Daniels lost her brother over Memorial Day weekend in 1999. He was killed by a drunken driver.
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.
Tuesday, August 2
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.
A group of about two dozen adults has organized to make a difference for all students in the Payson Unified School District.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
Monday, August 1
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.
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.
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.
Sports action is heating up the Payson High School playing fields and courts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Kim Reed saw her son struggling with his grades and acting out, she knew she had to seek help.
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.
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, of Payson, died July 21, 2005. He was born Feb. 8, 1923 in Salida, Colo.
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.
Re: Poacher AND Re: Online restaurant guide ...
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?
Heads up, Seniors: "There's No Free Lunch!"
The taxpaying, electoral public should resent mandatory water-use restrictions as currently enforced.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Children caught in the red tape and bureaucracy that accompanies a protective services investigation need a lifeline.
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.
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.
After 17 years as a town employee and 15 years as community development director, Bob Gould is retiring.
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.
The developers who are trying to bring Star Valley water into Payson say they want to replace fear with facts.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
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.
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.