Rim Country Briefs


Tyler Parkway townhouses withdrawn

KDS Construction withdrew its zoning change request to allow a 40-unit townhouse and 26 single-family homes subdivision at 400 N. Tyler Parkway at a special Payson Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Thursday.

Commissioner Barbara Underwood said no reason was given.

The only other item on the agenda, a proposed zoning change to allow 14 industrial condominium storage units in the 1000 block of N. Chennault Parkway, was approved by a 3-2 vote after a protracted debate that approached two hours.

"We heard a lot of comments from people in the audience," Underwood said. "Their biggest concern was that they didn't want it to be hangars where people could work on airplanes or whatever. They wanted it to strictly be a storage facility.

"The people that were there were in favor of it being used as a buffer zone, but they were concerned that it would have a negative impact if it wasn't rezoned properly."

Logo contest seeks artists

The Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum board has announced that a statewide contest will be held to select a logo for the newly established entity.

All Arizona residents are welcome to participate. The deadline to enter the logo contest is Feb. 1, 2006. Submit entries to Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum, P. O. Box 2940, Payson, AZ 85547.

"Although this hall of fame has had a few rough starts in the past, the present board is determined to see this through," said Jinx Pyle, president of the board of directors of the Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum. "This hall of fame will be a great tribute to the cowboys and cowgirls of Arizona. It will help preserve our heritage and culture."

The present board consists of Payson Town Historian and author Jinx Pyle, president; Diamond Star (Valley) Mayor Ronnie McDaniel, first vice president; Bill Conway, second vice president; Velma Tucker, secretary; and John Peel, treasurer. An advisory board is also being established.

"The purpose of this organization is to raise funds to build and operate the Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum within a ten (10) mile radius of the state's oldest rodeo, Payson, Ariz.," said Pyle. "This hall of fame will serve as a venue to inform the public of Arizona's great cowboy heritage. The mission is to embrace and present the heritage and the true culture of ranching and the cowboy throughout the state and to house it in the heart of Arizona."

Interested artists and others should submit logo entries by Feb. 1. The winner will receive a 26-ounce candle with the approved logo on it and a membership in the Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum.

Pine, Strawberry must now use 9-1-1

As of Jan. 3, 2006, the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department emergency phone line will no longer be in service. The 476-3267 line will be disconnected. The department administration urges everyone to report any and all emergencies, by calling 9-1-1.

The 9-1-1 number connects directly to the Gila County Sheriff's Office, which in turn dispatches the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department.

Area residents may contact the fire department about nonemergency matters and for other business on its (928) 476-4272.

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