Stories for February 2005

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Monday, February 28

J.P. "Jack" Kelley

J.P. "Jack" Kelley, died Jan. 28, 2005 in Sturgis, S.D.

A student's view on AIMS

I do not think passing the AIMS test should be the determining factor of whether a student graduates from high school or not.

‘Newcomer' just a word

This is a belated first response to John McCauley's two letters criticizing my stance regarding the Kuenzli-Fish affair.

Watch for wrinkles in rebate programs

probably found that most higher priced consumer products have price tags that include some form of a money back or rebate program.

Because we care for each other

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 174.02 points, Nasdaq was down 28.30 and Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 17.37. But Jim Winter in his letter to the Roundup entitled "Social Security reform naysayers, look at the bright side" thinks that we should scuttle Social Security as we know it and surrender to the "greed and avarice" that the New Republicans -- you know, the credit card, red ink kind, that have taken this country from a surplus to an unprecedented deficit -- advocate. After all, it is your money.

Legislation adds outrage to insult

If you can figure out why some members of the state legislature want to take home rule away from the residents of Gila County, you're a better person than our community college officials and members of the governing board.

What's up?

Q: Duthie Martin Memorial Highway is the new name for the Highway 87...who were they?

Legislation could raise tuition fees

Gila Community College President Barbara Ganz tomorrow will ask the Arizona House of Representatives Appropriations Committee to vote against two house bills that could take away Gila Community College's autonomy while increasing tuition costs.

Forum focuses on services for Hispanics

As the Spanish-speaking population of Gila County continues to grow, increasing numbers of Rim country residents live in an unfamiliar world where even checking out a library book is intimidating.

Donations to benefit soldiers

Nine 30-pound boxes of goods have been sent to soldiers by the Payson Supply Line since its inception eight weeks ago said coordinator, Lud Kaftan.

Residents rally 'round Renzi

Congressman Rick Renzi, (R-Dist. 1) had residents of the Rim country packed into the chamber of commerce office during a brief visit Feb. 22.

PHS production of 'Cyrano' debuts Thursday

When Payson High School junior Chris Bott takes the stage this week as the legendary Cyrano de Bergerac, he'll get to perform one of the most famous monologues in all of theater.

Woodworking, building students share skills with public

Two of the students in Richard Alvarez's Woodworking and Building Trades classes are making a lodgepole-style California king-size bed out of indigenous red heart cedar.

Book Fair at FES

The Scholastic Book Fair will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the week of Feb. 24 through March 2 in the Music Room at Frontier Elementary School. Tuesday, March 1, the Book Fair will have extended hours from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Family Night of the Art Extravaganza.

Hillegas, Harris to wed

Mary and Roy Fontinel and Tom Hillegas wish to announce the marriage of their daughter Kira Alyssa Hillegas to Loyd Q. "Jimmy" Harris IV, Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the Best Western Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Balmer, Oldland engaged

Lynn and Mark Gardner and Glen Balmer of Pine have announced the engagement of their daughter Lacey Andrea Balmer to Gerald Allen Oldland of Meeker, Colo.

Events keep money in Rim sports

Sheri Kovar of Tonto Basin was the lucky winner of the 2004 Kawasaki four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle the Payson Youth Football Association raffled off.

Mav hoop teams among the school's best

The Rim Country Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams are putting together a pair of the most successful seasons in the history of the school.

Ex-Maverick bound for West Point

What might have been. That's probably the feeling Longhorn football coach Jerry Rhoades has when mulling over the fact that one of the state's finest high school football players came within an eye lash of playing at Payson High.

Senior, coach reap mat all-star honors

Countless seasons of hard work and dedication to wrestling paid off Sunday for a Payson High School senior mat star and a longtime coach.

Rain ends, track team picks up steam

Payson High School track and field coaches breathed a huge sigh of relief Monday when the weather finally cleared enough to allow the team to go through a complete outdoor workout.

Keeping tabs on your pet

FOCUS ON PETS

A family pet is lost every two seconds. More than 10 million pets become lost each year. One out of every three pets is lost during its lifetime, and only one in 10 lost pets is found. These statistics are from the National Humane Society and the National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy.

Parrot Head finds paradise among pines

PAYSON PEOPLE

Aside from the lingering smells of cigarette smoke and stale beer from the night before, the sounds of Jimmy Buffet's tropical ditty, "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitude," unbefitting the sleet falling outside, and the chatter of Kevin Mystrom on the phone, the Landmark Restaurant & Saloon is empty.

Domestic violence victims have options

LIVING

Mary was three months pregnant the first time Roger physically hurt her.

Students confused, concerned over house bills

After battling cancer, 54-year-old Suzi Brzovskis stepped through the doors of Gila Community College with newly grown hair and a new dream of higher education. But her dream is threatened as the Payson campus faces a battle of its own.

Dortha E. "Dot" Bosley

Dortha E. "Dot" Bosley, 90, of Phoenix and Christopher Creek, died Dec. 7, 2004, after a brief illness.

Study says Main Street acreage a money pit

The American Gulch Plan -- what many consider a key component of Main Street -- suffered a setback at the town council meeting Thursday evening.

Leo Reisdorf

Leo Reisdorf, 85, of Payson, died Feb. 26, 2005.

Sydney Suzanne Scott Michaud

Sydney Suzanne Scott Michaud, 55, of Phoenix, died Feb. 23, 2005, after fighting cancer for a year.

William Malloy Sr.

William Malloy Sr., 60, of Tonto Basin, died Feb. 24, 2005 in Payson.

Thursday, February 24

Pine resident needs help covering costs of cancer treatment

PINE/STRAWBERRY

Is it almost time to say we have had enough rain? I think we are all afraid to say "no more," but a nice, sunny day would be welcome so that everything, including ourselves, can dry out.

Holiday Hoops unforgettable, players say

For two of the three Lady Longhorns chosen to the Grand Canyon All-Region basketball team, winning the Holiday Hoops Invitational Tournament was the highlight of the season.

Eagle ace may be thorn in Lady Horns' side

Lady Longhorn softball fans breathed a sigh of relief when Flagstaff pitching ace Rhiannon Baca graduated last spring.

Student wants more non-sport activities

I am an eighth-grade student who is not involved in team sports. I think Payson needs more non-sport activities, especially during the summer.

Clairvoyant uses her calling to help others

Dyanne Yellowlight's office, with its sunny yellow walls, and the music of Ireland's Enya in the air, is a soothing place.

Ponderosa Baptist gets permanent home

Through interim pastors and the building of two churches, parishioners of the Ponderosa Baptist Church never gave up hope of a permanent sanctuary over the years, drawing strength in worship and fellowship.

AIA gets tough on school brawls

The Show Low High School wrestling program has received a warning and an advisement from the Arizona Interscholastic Association for its role in a Jan. 15 brawl at the Coolidge Invitational.

Adults will play in 'open' division basketball league

The Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored adult basketball league, which began play Feb. 22, is missing two of the divisions it's featured in previous years.

Tonto Apaches place third at Flagstaff meet

The Tonto Apache Track and Field team is not about to let rain and inclement weather slow its quest for honors.

What's up?

Q: What exactly is in the mixture of the town is attempting to patch roads with? Crews were in my area last week, filling potholes, and this week, the holes are bigger than ever! and Q: We wonder what's up with the sheriff's posse? What do they do?

Deja vu all over again

After almost three years in Oregon I attended my first council meeting here in Bend. The approval of a new super Wal-Mart was on the agenda. It is like living Payson all over again as it will be approved though many are speaking out against allowing it.

Town accused of manhandling water

The denial by the Payson mayor that the town be called a "bully" (Roundup Feb. 18) for stealing Star Valley water, directed me to a dictionary and the meaning of the word "bully." Depending on how the word is used, as a noun, verb or adjective, my dictionary says this:

Town's definition of fun questioned

I spent 15 years as a volunteer coach for youth sports in Payson. Over the years I have coached a lot of awesome children and had fun and a lot of disappointments. The disappointments are in the Parks and Recreation Department.

YMCA study needs to be studied

The Payson Town Council recently rejected a public transit system that came gift wrapped in a guarantee from the Arizona Department of Transportation that it would not be allowed to fail.

Eleanor S. Meidroth

Eleanor S. Meidroth, 85, of Payson, died Feb. 12, 2005.

Margaret Irene Jackowski

Margaret Irene Jackowski, 92, died Feb. 23, 2005 in Payson.

Maryann H. Cosgrave

Maryann H. Cosgrave, 72, of Payson, died Feb. 20, 2005.

Patty Perron Bergey

Patty Perron Bergey, 87, of Payson, died Feb. 20, 2005 in Payson.

Council told YMCA will succeed

The Payson Town Council heard an expert recommend that the town proceed with plans to build a YMCA.

Rim country resident earns securities license

Payson resident Tina Terry, a district representative with Modern Woodmen of America, has become a registered representative with MWA Financial Services of Rockville, Ill., a member of NASD and SIPC.

Creek women plan pajama party

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

Is this weather crazy or what?

Ladies decorate mailboxes for Valentines

TONTO VILLAGE

Tonto Village has not been swept away by flood waters. The waters rose dangerously close at times, but the village has prevailed. I cannot say the same for our streets, however. There are major potholes on just about every street through the village, so that you have to navigate around the very large ones.

Future of AIMS mandate questioned

There were no free passes at Payson High School for sophomores, special education students and students who had not passed the AIMS test.

500-ton generator brings traffic to a crawl

A 500-ton mass of steel and tires gnarled Highway 87 northbound for hours Wednesday morning as the tractor-trailer carrying a piece of Springerville's new power plant chugged into Payson.

County may crack down on shoddy property

The county is slowing down the momentum over a proposed ordinance to force residents and business owners to clean up their properties.

Rain, quake combine to batter Tonto Bridge

A combination of the recent earthquake and heavy rains has wreaked havoc at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park north of Payson.

Bracelets help locate lost loved ones

Richard and Martha Roy have enjoyed 51 years together. Now Martha suffers from dementia and their joy has been replaced by anxiety. "Right now I have to keep an eye on her constantly," Richard said. "It's like they say -- ‘it's a 36-hour-a-day job.'"

Photo Gallery: All-Region High School Festival of Performance

Students from throughout northeastern Arizona participated in the All-Region High School Festival of Performance Saturday, February 19, 2005 at the Payson High School auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Arizona Music Educators Association.

Fred Bernard Chilson

Fred Bernard Chilson, 81, died Feb. 21, 2005 in Rye at home on the ranch he loved.

Humane society launches new fund-raising program

The Friends of Payson Humane Society have discovered a great new fund-raising program that doesn't cost anything, and it's even good for our environment -- a real win-win situation for everybody.

Tuesday, February 22

The Peaces come to Arizona

BACKTRACKIN'

When Norma Jean Haught, daughter of Boy and Flora Haught, announced that she was going to marry Ezra Peace, son of Will and Myrtle, her Aunt Babe Haught said, "Will Peace? I danced a million miles with Will Peace."

Find family fun between the lines

REVIEW FEATURE

Gather up the family and head out to the Payson Public Library.

Look at seafood to lighten Lenten meals

IN THE KITCHEN

Does lightening up dishes for Lent mean you have to sacrifice big flavor?

Almanac blows January forecast

AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY

Every year for some time now, we've amused ourselves making sport of "The Old Farmer's Almanac."

Monday, February 21

Site feedback

Re: Jehovah's Witnesses -- I am one of the over 6 million Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide ...

Wide variety of talent at FES show

The talent show at Frontier Elementary School was by audition only. Teachers and administrators asked for a wide variety of talent, and the students obliged. There were dancers and tumblers and jokers. Two magicians, many musicians, and a Tae Kwon Do performer rounded out the line up.

Sneezin's greetings: Allergy season arrives early

Going to sleep without showering could be making your allergies worse. In fact, Dr. Pete Zonakis, a local allergist, recommended showering before turning the lights out.

County says tax increase was only for county roads

Roads throughout Gila County have been improving over the past 10 years since Gila County voters elected to increase sales tax by a half cent in November 1994.

Teens learn to teach tots at high school

When preschool children attend high school, their hour or so goes fast and furious according to Payson High School teacher Ruby Lane.

Haught, Law to wed

Joe Haught of Gisela and Mimi Haught of Star Valley have announced the engagement of their daughter, Brittnee "Bug" Haught of Payson, Ariz. to Robert "Bobby" Law of Fort Stockton, Texas.

Mayor makes plans for second term

Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer will seek re-election next year, but Vice Mayor Judy Buettner will not.

Social Security reform naysayers, look at the bright side

Recent letters to the editor have criticized President Bush's proposed Social Security changes. These letters have, on the basis of pessimistic speculation and conclusions, rejected the proposed changes.

Payson youngster makes a buzz in butterfly play

Four-year-old Gunner Nanty just went along for the ride when his parents took his baby brother to an audition with The Young Talent Agency. He is the son of Hubert Jr. and Laura Nanty of Payson; his younger brother, Tristan is 1.

Residents' gratitude not dampened by creek

Tonto Basin residents put aside worries about the creek rising during yet another storm and took the time to say thank-you for the safe crossings of the past and those to come.

Cards and pizza a lunchtime delight

A visiting Arizona Cardinals entourage received an enthusiastic welcome from Rim country fans during a lunch time visit Feb. 17 to the Pizza Factory restaurant.

More precipitation predicted for rain-soaked Rim country

Anna Mae Deming's phone has been ringing off the hook.

Task Force K-9 puts bite on fugitive

Gila County Sheriff's Office K-9, Rusty, is being credited with apprehending a fugitive wanted on numerous counts of probation violations and possession of dangerous drugs.

Spay Day USA -- Feb. 22

FOCUS ON PETS

We claim to love cats and dogs. We spend billions each year on pet food and supplies. Why then are millions of animals turned into shelters each year because they are not wanted? Most every pet that dies as a result of pet overpopulation, whether humanely in a shelter or by injury, disease or neglect, is one that would have made a wonderful companion if given the chance.

Chance meetings resulted in best life experiences

PAYSON PEOPLE

In the 1960s women working as newspaper reporters were relegated to the society department. In her position at the Phoenix Gazette Carol Osman Brown was no different, yet hard work paid off and she started writing some columns.

Growing Trend: Merchandise and cash are available, but they'll cost you

LIVING

Rent-to-own and payday loan businesses are cropping up in Payson. Depending on your needs, they can serve as quick financial salves, or they can dig you into deeper financial holes.

Little League tryouts postponed

Payson Little League tryouts slated for Feb. 19 at Rumsey Park were postponed due to rain, snow and poor field conditions.

Fifth-, sixth-grade leagues get under way

The town of Payson fifth- and sixth-grade basketball league attracted enough girl players to field two divisions.

Council to hear reports on YMCA, American Gulch

Plans for moving ahead on a new YMCA will be presented at the regular meeting of the Payson Town Council at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Race car driver turns down Golden opportunity

Dave Crowell's dream since he took up playing senior softball a decade ago has been to become an Arizona Diamondbacks "Golden Glover." Those are the seniors who, donned in full Diamondback uniforms and with a glove, patrol the sidelines and out-of-bounds areas at Bank One Ballpark retrieving foul balls.

Rain marks beginning of baseball season

After almost a decade of coaching Payson High School baseball, Teddy Pettet came up with a description of the beginning of baseball season.

William F. Ramsey

William F. Ramsey, 74, of Payson, died Feb. 15, 2005.

Stanley Ellis Thomas

Stanley Ellis Thomas, 75, of Scottsdale, died Feb. 12, 2005.

Police arrest two in alleged crime spree

A Tempe man and his 17-year-old accomplice are under investigation for a string of felony crimes possibly committed in Payson, and in the Valley on the evening of Feb. 8 and in the early morning hours of Feb. 9, police said.

Zachary Paul Clark

Big sister Abigail Clark is proud to announce the birth of her baby brother Zachary Paul, born Jan. 9, 2005.

Supervisor overstepped her authority

There are plenty of problems Gila County District 3 Supervisor Shirley Dawson should be working to solve.

Thursday, February 17

All-region music festival Saturday

Arizona Music Education Association's all-region music festival will be held in Payson this year.

Pine students make music with their Mexican counterparts

PINE-STRAWBERRY

The Hands Across the Border program at the Pine Strawberry School was a huge success.

Tonto Apaches, casino make creek crossing safer

Crossing the flooded Tonto Creek is going to be easier for Tonto Basin residents thanks to the generosity of the Mazatzal Casino and Tonto Apache Tribe.

Educators question NAU's future

Dr. Thomas Stultz was just the messenger. As an employee of IBM for 30 years, Stultz, now a math teacher at Payson Center for Success, had the computer savvy and resources to act as the local education community's informal liaison. He kept in frequent contact, via e-mail, with many of Payson's educators.

Bill banning provisional college districts returns Feb. 23

A bill that would repeal the state's provisional community college districts will be heard Feb. 23 by the Arizona House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

Elizabeth "Flores" Hudson

Elizabeth "Flores" Hudson, 50, of Jake's Corner, Ariz., died Jan. 25, 2005 at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

Vivian (Vicky) Marie Woods

Vivian (Vicky) Marie Woods, 56, died Feb. 14, 2005 after a 12-year fight with cancer.

Town works on solving Payson pothole puzzle

Payson's streets are a little like the weather -- everybody complains about them, but nobody seems to be able to do anything. The complaints are overwhelmingly about the state of disrepair the town's streets are in -- especially McLane Road, Manzanita Drive and Bonita Street.

Pine school board shows rare interest in teacher feedback

The Pine School board made an extraordinary decision in the best interest of children when they chose to meet with teachers Feb. 14 to try to find ways to solve a $138,000 budget shortfall.

Horns tenure in 4A yields mixed results

Longhorn winter sports teams wrapped up their final season in the 4A conference with mixed results.

Middle school eighth-graders still undefeated

Coach Carol Hayes said the undefeated Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team is a special one.

Cards deal full house in Payson

A flock of red birds flew their Tempe coup and made a perfect Rim country landing.

Coaches name Lady Horn sweeper to first team

Relying on a rare combination of superior conditioning and God-given athletic ability, Lauren Stewart earned the most prestigious honors passed out by Grand Canyon Region coaches.

Henry Edward Stueve

Henry Edward Stueve, 76, of Payson, died Feb. 15, 2005 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Donald Wayne Urton

Donald Wayne Urton, 66, of Sun City, Ariz., died Jan. 31, 2005.

Hoodlums hack into homes, destroy lives

We are owners of one of the cabins that the juveniles broke into and vandalized in Diamond Point. Our cabin was locked, in fact, locked so tight that they had to take a crow bar and pry off the hasp locks.

Suspect broke law, officer responds

In regards to the article (Feb. 15), I believe the officer's actions were correct.nfortunate for all involved, but correct nonetheless.

Wipe the slate clean and start over again

I suggest that the Star-Valley-Water-Well-for-Payson controversy, well summarized by M. G. Moss in a Feb. 8 letter, once again confirms that the overall administrative apparatus of our town -- like many others -- is corrupt beyond any reasonable hope of repair.t simply reminds us (as if any reminder was needed) that money talks.

Payson needs a BMX track

I've been BMX biking in Payson for about two years now.

Nonbelievers not welcome

I am contacting you regarding your story, which highlighted the Jehovah's Witnesses, in the Feb. 11 edition of the Roundup.

Control your health, the natural way

In a study of 10 years ago, it was found that more than 200,000 people died each year from prescription drugs (compared to only 20,000 from illegal drug use). I am sure that these numbers have increased substantially.

What's up?

Q: Payson is an incorporated town. What is the difference between a town and a city?

Embezzler's sentencing postponed

The sentencing of former First American Title escrow officer Whang Suh, originally scheduled for Feb. 16, in Globe, has been postponed.

Payson Packaging honored by Small Business Development Center

Payson Packaging is one of 14 Arizona businesses to be honored by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network this year.

Use a home inspector to keep your house healthy

You don't have to be buying or selling a home to have a home inspection. A home inspector can assist you in giving your home an annual checkup.

Roof man, fund-raisers net about $6,500 in Shell-a-thon

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

Kevin Mystrom came down off the roof of the Landmark at noon, Feb. 12 after spending 100 very cold hours up there to raise money for the Shell-a-thon.

Locals enjoy a Village Valentine, courtesy of Christopher Creek Mormons

TONTO VILLAGE

Although the rain was coming down in buckets this past weekend, many villagers enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner and dance Feb. 12, sponsored by the Christopher Creek branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Store puts quality within reach

If that hand-me-down couch or bedroom set have seen better days, or one more trip to the Laundromat is one too many, visit Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership for Less.

Experience the warmth of Shepherd of the Pines

As a chemist, Todd Arnold tested chewing gum at the Wrigley Company in Chicago and sampled baby formula at Abbott Laboratories in Casa Grande before attending seminary in St. Louis.

Stroll back in time down Country Roads

There is a new shop for old things on West Main Street in Payson. Country Roads Antiques and Gifts opened in October.

Sides trade salvos in Star Valley water war

The Payson Town Council is scheduled to take up the Star Valley annexation issue at its regular meeting Thursday, March 10.

Legendary teams often begin with snipe hunts

The Tucson Amphitheater basketball team and coach Pat Derksen have been a huge part of the Rim country summer sports scene for the past 20 years.

Site feedback

Re: Dock at Green Valley Park -- Green Valley Park is so nice. But it would be great if the powers that be would get the contractor that installed the far west dock back and redo it ...

Tuesday, February 15

Spring's around the corner -- Get ready to garden

REVIEW FEATURE

Check the calendar, the first day of spring is a little more than a month away. Are you ready for it?

Worse than fuzzy dice

AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY

I don't know about you, but I've seen quite enough of those magnetic ribbons people stick all over their cars to last me a lifetime.

Meatless meals can be magical

IN THE KITCHEN

The day after Ash Wednesday, as the 40 days of Lent began, I had a request for recipes for dishes that don't use meat. With vegetarian dishes becoming more mainstream all the time, it is not hard to find resources that eliminate meat from the main entree. A couple that I have are an old promotion, "Betty Crocker's Step-by-Step Recipes" and one of the American Diabetes Association's cookbooks, "Month of Meals: Vegetarian Pleasures."

Al Griffin was a Texas Ranger and an Arizona lawman

BACKTRACKIN'

It was 1932 -- 73 years ago -- on a Sunday afternoon. A blue darter hawk flew over the house and lit in a tall tree at the Will Peace place in Pleasant Valley. There he perched, casting a yearning eye toward the chicken coop. Two men sat on the front porch resting after their Sunday chicken dinner. Will Peace rose from his chair, stepped into the house and returned with a 30-30 in the bend of his elbow.

Monday, February 14

PUSD offers AIMS testing to high school home-schooled students

Parents of home schooled high school students who want their students tested on the AIMS reading and/or writing test should contact Don Heizer at the Payson High School Guidance Center, (928) 474-2233. There is no charge for testing, scoring or results. Grade 10 AIMS reading and writing takes place Feb. 22 and 23.

Ryan Samuel Loucks

Ryan Samuel Loucks, 32, of Payson, died Feb. 2, 2005.

Cora Blatterspiel

Cora Blatterspiel, 88, of Union Township, N.J., died Feb. 9, 2005 in Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J.

What's up?

Q: Do the mayor and town council volunteer their time or do they get paid a salary, and if so, how much? and Q: Where do you get the questions and answers for Rim Country Trivia in every issue of the Roundup? In the last issue, you cited Arizona as being less than 1 percent true desert. That seems off. Where did you get that information?

Think it's bad here? Things are worse in England

As our left-wingers continue their fight against the Second Amendment, look what's happening in England:

Council votes against runway extension

Besides derailing public transit Thursday night, the Payson Town Council also voted down an airport runway extension by a 6-0 vote.

Doodle repeats at Westminster

Doodle, the wirehaired dachshund from Pine, took best of breed again last night at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

County keeps close watch on receding Tonto Creek

Tonto Creek is still running at about 2,000 cubic feet per second, but that's a substantial improvement from the levels of this past weekend's storm. Some reports had more than 30,000 cubic feet per second running down the creek.

Petitions turned in for Star Valley annexation

Four representatives of the Diamond Star Water Coalition delivered petitions to Payson deputy town clerk Marci Huffman Monday afternoon asking the town to annex Star Valley.

Lee pins four titles, named best at state

The Payson High School wrestling team now sports its first four-time state champion.

Fatal shooting by DPS officer in hands of county attorney

A decision on whether Department of Public Safety officer Jarom Lewis was justified in shooting 47-year-old James Moreland Sept. 25 south of Rye could soon be forthcoming.

Medieval mobs prepare for Estrella War

Like most of us, Ken Baltz sometimes feels the routine of life closing on him like a dungeon door. His escape comes when he steps out on the battlefield dressed as a medieval knight.

Upset of Sinagua stymies Lady Horn hopes

A Grand Canyon Region tournament upset turned a second-round clash in into a must-win game for the Lady Longhorn basketball team.

Rare books, poker occupy former marketeer

PAYSON PEOPLE

At first glance, it seems that what you see is what you get with Willie Prest, co-manager of the used bookstore operated by Library Friends of Payson.

‘Have a Heart' program can make a difference

FOCUS ON PETS

"Have a Heart for a Chained Dog Week" ended yesterday, Valentine's Day. Ten chained dogs were reported locally and each of them received valentines, treats and some information about responsible pet ownership for their owners. Wouldn't it be wonderful if those were the only chained dogs around here?

Pruning pointers from professionals

LIVING

While we have been blessed with wet weather this winter, when those clear, sunny 50- to 60-degree days come along and beckon us out of doors, it's time to prune fruit trees and ornamentals.

Everything's coming up roses at PHS

While Americans are making florists work overtime for Valentine's Day, students in the Vocational Agriculture program at Payson High School were adding baby's breath to rose bud vases, making certain the peppermint carnations had water and ensuring that orders for flowers matched the arrangements.

Undocumented facts should be taken with a grain of salt

The other day, your paper printed a letter entitled, "Black hero has a tainted past." It raised questions about the relevance of this section of your paper, and your policy to print letters.

After Social Security goes, nothing's sacred

President Bush isn't trying to reform Social Security. He isn't even trying to "partially privatize" it. His plan is, in essence, to dismantle the program, replacing it with a system that may be social but doesn't provide security.

Eleanor S. Meidroth

Eleanor S. Meidroth, 85, of Payson, died Feb. 12, 2005.

Couple's marriage success based on thoughtfulness

Kenneth Johnson took Carolyn on a date to watch a basketball game in Tucson. They were out near Picacho Peak, headed into Phoenix when a herd of range cows decided they had the right of way.

In the end, we'll all pay more for water

I would like to belatedly concur with your support for Buzz Walker and Mike Ploughe in your column "Conservation is a small price to pay," in the Jan. 4 issue of the Roundup.

Urge leaders to leave Star Valley alone

I am begging the Payson residents to contact their elected official to correct their deceitful and despicable deed in regard to Star Valley water supply. They can do it. What was done can be undone.

The heat's on, Fife should stay in the kitchen

A recent front page story in The Arizona Republic told of former Gov. Fife Symington's interest in rejuvenating his political career.

Everett Louis Nash

Everett Louis Nash, 70, of Payson, died Feb. 11, 2005.

Former escrow officer to be sentenced Feb. 16

A Payson man found guilty of embezzling nearly $140,000 from First American Title will be sentenced Wednesday in Globe by Gila County Superior Court Judge Robert Duber.

Program building blocks for the future

USA wrestling, an off-season amateur mat program, has long been the foundation on which highly successful Longhorn wrestling teams are built.

Horns wrap up final season in 4A conference

With a 4-24 season now in the Payson High School history books, underclassmen in the Longhorn basketball program will join coach Mike Loutzenheiser in building for the future.

NAU layoff flunks out with students

Dean Cronin's not your average undergraduate. He works full time, raises a family and attends classes at night.

Little League tryouts set for Feb. 19

Payson Little League will host tryouts Feb. 19 at Rumsey Park for all players not returning to a major division team they played on last season.

Good weather for cleaning closets

SENIOR MOMENTS

Maybe it is the longer daylight, or perhaps the time of year, but I've been on a closet cleaning campaign lately.

GED test set for Feb. 19

The first GED test of 2005 is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Payson Campus of Gila Community College. The exam will begin at 8 a.m. and persons wishing to take the test must sign up by Friday, Feb. 18 at the campus.

Krispy Kreme donuts for sale

Krispy Kreme donuts are coming to Payson courtesy of Rim Country Middle School students. Order now through Feb. 21 and for $7 per dozen, you can enjoy either glazed or chocolate iced donuts.

Thursday, February 10

Blue Ridge Reservoir turned over to SRP

Water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir inched closer to Payson and northern Gila County with the completion of a historic water rights agreement between Salt River Project and the Phelps Dodge Corp.

Creek transfer station closing

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The county is closing the local transfer station in Christopher Creek. It is no longer profitable for it to remain open.

College enriches Rim country

There is no question that the college has some challenges in the near future. During the recent Special Session of our Gila County Community College Provisional District Governing Board, it became obvious to all in attendance how the Rim country feels about our vibrant community college.

Rim country on bike racing radar

The eyes of mountain bikers from around the state will be focused on Payson during a pair of upcoming competitions.

Veteran officer trades in cuffs for commander post

Don Engler has been named Payson Police Department's first commander.

High school musicians plea for Pine music program

Pine-Strawberry School administrators and board members are meeting with teachers on Monday to discuss ways to make up a $138,000 budget shortfall. Originally, only certified, core teachers were invited to the meeting. This preliminary decision by the board would have unfairly excluded teachers of non-academic programs such as music and band.

Pine restaurants cater to lovers on Valentine's

PINE-STRAWBERRY

Several restaurants in Pine and Strawberry are having special Valentine festivities. Some are celebrating on Sunday night and others on Monday, Feb. 14. Call your favorite restaurant and find out what they are doing to celebrate this romantic occasion. Certainly one of them will be just perfect.

Ace Hardware puts 'new face' on shelter

Payson's Ace Hardware staff and about 40 volunteers are making the Time Out Shelter a new and improved place for the women and children victimized by domestic violence.

Richard Rodgers' work featured Feb. 14

Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14, Tonto Community Concert Association presents the Matt Davenport Production "One Enchanted Evening - Remembering Richard Rodgers."

Burglary rampage results in five juvenile arrests

Five juveniles were arrested Monday in connection with the burglaries of 35 homes in the Tonto Village, Mead's Ranch, Thompson Draw and Long Ranch areas, sheriff's deputies said.

Prescribed fires coming soon to Tonto Village

TONTO VILLAGE

Chief Alliger has announced that starting this week, volunteer firefighters Mike Preston, Sam Coe and Pete Koutz will be among other firefighters who will be burning and thinning out the forest from the west end of Tonto Village III to the end of Fitch Lane. There will be sporadic brush burning, so do not be alarmed if you see smoke coming from that area.

Swartwood, Toaspern wed

Sidney Lynn Swartwood and Justin Christian Toaspern were married Oct. 23, 2004 in La Jolla, Calif.

First Outdoor Rendezvous a big success

The inaugural Outdoor Rendezvous, held Feb. 5 at The Tackle Box in Punkin Center, was a huge success.

Fate of Lady Horns rests in GCR finals

Lady Longhorn hopes for a berth in the Class 4A state tournament hinge on winning one of two Grand Canyon Region tournament games.

Adopt a homeless animal, send a message

I read the article with great sadness about the humane society shelter being overloaded with dogs. It is such a shame that these poor animals may die simply because there's no more room for them. And then, to make matters worse, we're constantly hearing from people giving away or selling their pets, or even worse, looking for other pets to breed to theirs.

Celebrate love every day

Hearts, roses and poetry surround us in stores just weeks after New Year's Day -- as merchants gear up for Valentine's Day.

Politicians work for citizens; education is important

It was interesting to read your thoughts on Rep. Allen's bill, House Bill 2105 to end provisional colleges districts. Where the idea that his bill has anything to do with Eastern Arizona College and Gila Community College is, to say the least, very misguided.

Music brings meaning to life

This is the letter which I sent to the Pine School Board members: I have heard that you are cutting music from your school district. I do not think that you should cut music in your school district because most people's fondest memories are in music.

Five Cs for better education

The five C's that Arizona used to identify itself with in the last half of the 20th century were cattle, citrus, climate, copper, and cotton.

Council derails public transit

The Payson Town Council voted against moving forward on public transit last night. By a 5-1 vote, the council declined to proceed with a grant application that had to be submitted to the Arizona Department of Transportation by Feb. 25. Had the council approved moving forward there still would have been two opportunities to back away from public transit before the buses started rolling.

Pine cash crunch could cut music

The Pine-Strawberry School District is $138,000 short on its budget, and on Monday, teachers and staff will join with school board members to figure out ways to cover the deficit.

Robert Barney Boardman

Robert Barney Boardman, 46, died Feb. 8, 2005 in Payson.

Robert Lee Garner

Robert Lee Garner, 80, of Payson died Feb. 6, 2005.

Halle Joy Garrisi

Halle Joy Garrisi died Feb. 7, 2005 in Payson. She was 13 days old, born Jan. 25, 2005.

Patricia L. Henry

Patricia L. Henry of Star Valley died Feb. 5, 2005.

Rains prompt road closures along Beeline Highway

Heavy rains, bringing with them the possibility of flash flooding, have prompted Tonto National Forest officials to close public access to forest road systems located along Highway 87 -- the Beeline Highway leading from Phoenix to Payson.

Wrestlers bring home regional gold

Rising to the challenge, much like a Phoenix reborn from its own ashes, the Longhorn wrestling team put together one of its finest all-around efforts in recent years to win the Grand Canyon Region championship.

Jehovah's Witnesses call all members family

Jehovah's Witnesses embrace everyone. In their church, all members are family, all members are equal, and all members, after being baptized, are ordained ministers.

Payson mechanic named state's Tech of the Year

Sean Meares, owner of Payson Driveline & Auto Service, Inc., is Arizona's NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year.

Bashas' adding pharmacy, Cub House

Bashas' supermarket in Payson, 142 E. Highway 260, will have a pharmacy and Cub House Play Center when remodeling is completed Feb. 21.

Tuesday, February 8

Teddy Sparks was a cowboy and a Cat-skinner

BACKTRACKIN'

Edward Thomas "Teddy" Sparks was the youngest child of David Carson Sparks (1877-1965) and Jessie Corine (Wilhoyt) Sparks (1883-1979), who traveled from Texas to Arizona in two Newton wagons.

A sweet way to the heart for Valentine's Day

IN THE KITCHEN

Sharing cookies and cupcakes with those special people can be simple to do. Stocking the pantry with ready-made mixes and a Cupid's mix of chocolate candies will allow you to create tokens of love in no time at all. Or, bake ahead and freeze to decorate at a moment's notice.

Why celery is essential to your diet

AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY

A couple weeks ago, Roundup Marge came by and waved an issue of Glamour magazine at me.

Highway 260 takes a turn for safety

New turn lanes going into the county yard are the newest improvements planned for Highway 260 east of Star Valley.

Richard Rodgers' work is feature of TCCA program

REVIEW FEATURE

Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14, Tonto Community Concert Association presents the Matt Davenport Production "One Enchanted Evening -- Remembering Richard Rodgers."

Monday, February 7

Betty Lynn Ernst

Betty Lynn Ernst, 60, died Jan. 30, 2005 in Renton, Wash.

Council may axe runway extension

Regular passenger service to Payson Municipal Airport won't happen if the town council goes along with a recommendation not to construct a 596-foot runway extension when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall.

PHS senior a National Merit Scholarship finalist

Payson High School senior Stephanie Hilliard's four-year commitment to academic excellence is reaping huge dividends -- she has been accepted to Stanford University, and has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist.

Committee urged to kill bill

State Rep. John Allen's (R-Dist. 11) motives for introducing House Bill 2105, which would repeal a law establishing provisional community college districts, are cloudy, suspicious and misguided.

What's up?

Q: Who would I have to call to file a complaint against the Payson Humane Society? and Q: What is Wal-Mart doing on the north end of their building where the garden center used to be?

Officials hear from Pine residents on moratorium

A moratorium on water hookups could deal a mortal blow to the livelihoods of Pine residents in the building industry.

Officer nabs hit-and-run driver

Following a two-car accident Saturday evening near Denny's restaurant, Payson Police Sgt. Dean Faust pursued and caught a 40-year-old Colorado resident involved in the collision.

An adoption a day could keep grim reaper at bay

The Payson Humane Society has more dogs than it can handle, and unless they are adopted, they'll be put to sleep.

Star Valley well not good for long term

I find it hard to believe that Payson would think of accepting a water well in Star Valley as an acceptable long term source.

Ryan Samuel Loucks

Ryan Samuel Loucks, 32, of Payson, died Feb. 2, 2005.

Court holds open house for new judge

Rim country residents are invited to an open house at the Payson courthouse Feb. 18 to welcome Judge Dorothy Little to the bench in her new role as justice of the peace.

'Lion King' leaves lasting impression on Center for Success students

One could still hear the excitement in their voices as Center for Success students Anita Meggitt and Jerika Zimmerman spoke of how a human being could act out grass in Disney's "The Lion King." Zimmerman stood to demonstrate with her hands just above her head, the grass headpiece worn by an actor in the Lion King. Then she swayed, showing how the actor moved to make the grass sway in the wind.

Hospice workers make a difference

With the tenet of, "If a patient needs it, they get it," the staff of RTA Hospice and Palliative Care provide their patients with more than just quality and dignity of life in a home setting. They take time to listen to not only their patients' physical needs, but to the desires of their hearts.

Chaining dogs is inhumane

FOCUS ON PETS

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela.

Rainwater harvesting emerges from closet

LIVING

There was a time in the Rim country when rainwater harvesting was something you didn't talk about in polite company.

Bush's blank check to Iraq

The State of the Union message delivered Wednesday night shows that Karl, Condi and Rummy prevailed on W to give an open-ended blank check to Iraq -- Cheney's suspect buddies at Halliburton and KBR.

Girls plant home seed in postseason play

A stellar regular-season showing by the Lady Longhorns has earned the team the right to open postseason play in the friendly confines of Wilson Dome.

Cards deal Horns state setback

It took a soccer team, the Glendale Cardinals, that had won two of the past three Class 4A state championships to put an end to the Longhorns' aspirations of an Arizona title.

Realtor says Payson was her destiny

PAYSON PEOPLE

Lana Ostankovich came to the U.S. just as the Soviet Union was collapsing. It wasn't because she wanted to escape.

Tribe, casino give Horns a smooth ride

Thanks to the generosity of the Tonto Apaches and the Mazatzal Casino, the Payson High School boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed a rare and very welcome treat during their Feb. 5 journey to Page.

Town should stop lip service

I've been wanting to let you know how much I appreciate your recent coverage of the Star Valley water situation and your courageous editorials.

The Bill of Rights draws the line

This is in response to Wes Suhr's letter to the editor in the Tuesday, Feb. 1 edition of the Payson Roundup.

Don't confuse philosophy and politics

The editorial bashing the U.S. Supreme Court (‘4th Amendment Shuffle' by the Supremes, Jan. 28), has been rejected by other readers on good, specific grounds.However, as a person who has briefed and argued a case before the Court, I must also defend the Court and its decisionor broader reasons.

Zane Grey's talent continues to bring joy

I live in South Carolina but have always loved the western states.

Sporting goods store is needed

With the opening of the new store, Dollar General, I'm confronted with the issue that Payson is getting yet another dollar store. Payson already has Family Dollar and The Dollar Super Store. The Amazing 99 Cents Store just went out of business last year, so I am wondering if Payson needs three dollar stores.

Horns inch closer to state tournament

The goal of the Longhorns all season has been to reach postseason play where the team would compete in the granddaddy of prep basketball -- the state tournament.

Amy Wilcox now a Puma powerhouse

Former Lady Longhorn soccer star Amy Wilcox hasn't let a severe case of asthma slow her development as a collegiate player.

Richard Tad Armstrong

Richard Tad Armstrong, 65, of Payson, died Feb. 4, 2005.

Wallace Hartwell Duncan

Wallace Hartwell Duncan, 70, of Tonto Basin, died Feb. 5, 2005.

Thursday, February 3

Polly Ann Davis

Polly Ann Davis, 59, of Payson, died Feb. 1, 2005 in Phoenix.

Lady Longhorn hopes hinge on Page victory

With the seven Grand Canyon Region girls basketball teams scrambling for postseason playoff seeding, the results of a Saturday game pitting Payson against Page could play a huge role in the Lady Horns' hardwood future.

Students from Mexico live it up in Pine

PINE-STRAWBERRY

It is amazing how quickly the days get longer, a sure sign that warmer weather and spring are just around the corner. How far around the corner is yet to be determined, but with all this moisture in the ground, it should be a beautiful, colorful spring.

Riders brave elements during historic trek

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Hashknife Pony Express galloped into Christopher Creek for their 47th ride. It doesn't matter how many times you watch this; it is always exciting.

Village delights in dominoes, delectables

TONTO VILLAGE

The weather is the main topic of conversation in the village this week. In my 65 years of living, I have neither heard thunder nor witnessed lightning during a snowstorm. This phenomenon happened this past Saturday, Jan. 29. Before the snow came down there was some rain, or rather a mixture called sleet, and altogether, 4 inches of snow fell on Tonto Village.

Rock Yard is growing by leaps and bounds

One might say Steve Rogers' business is rock solid.

Forcing flowers between winter and spring

GOOD GARDENING

By now any amaryllis that was potted and received as a gift for the holidays should be close to full bloom. If the bulb kit is still unopened, it is time to discover the magic within.

Rim country teen is state champion

Also earns tournament's Outstanding Wrestler title

Steel Armstrong's performance at the Arizona State Junior High/Middle School Wrestling Tournament showed who was the best wrestler in the mat skirmish.

Horns gear up for run at GCR championship

Armed with a 4A conference No. 10 team ranking and a pair of wrestlers who could be awarded top weight-class seeds, the Payson High School Longhorns will begin pursuit of the Grand Canyon Region championship.

What's up?

Q: Last Friday night a red flashing light and a loud bell alarm came from a small fenced area near Checker Auto Parts and Ace Hardware on Zurich Street. What does that alarm mean?

Arizona a ‘free' state

I would like to make a simple statement to Scott Edward Skinner of Westchester, N.Y. Being a native of the Northeast myself, I can tell you one thing for absolute certain Mr. Skinner, instead of preaching to us, you should first spend a great deal more effort worrying about the problems in your own neighborhood. Problems, which are most often the direct result of the same liberal policies, of which you claim to subscribe.

Student needs help learning about Arizona

I want to learn all I can about your state. I also am curious about your state. I like your state.

Don't let Bush cut benefits

President Bush is not endangering my retirement. However, Bush and his wealthy buddies are severely restricting the retirements of millions of Americans by taking the first step in his plan to dismantle Social Security.

Airport fuel concession needs another look

Airport fuel concessionaire Robert Oswald's recent tirade against Mayor Brewer, the Roundup and my daughter, who wrote a story entitled "Fuel conflict chokes rescue efforts," appears to be an exercise in obfuscation. Anyone reading the original article and then his acerbic letter must puzzle at the way he shucks responsibility and dumps it on his employees.

Payson could become another Mesa Verde

I see where the inevitable is about to become reality, per your Jan. 18 edition, "Town Wants to Take Our Water."

Bellyaching worse than barking

Letter writer Ken Cohen's letter about aggressive dogs and careless owners (Jan. 28, 2005) sounded like the Payson North Matterhorn neighborhood was a jungle with wild animals running about devouring citizens.

2005 could be a year without Santa

The unthinkable may actually happen this year: hundreds of Rim country children might be waking up on Christmas morning to an empty void under their trees.

William A. Nordberg

William A. Nordberg, 71, of Payson, died Feb. 2, 2005, with his family at his side, after a short battle with lung cancer.

Marion V. Kranker

Marion V. Kranker, 77, of Overgaard, died Jan. 31, 2005 in Payson.

Tribe's appellate panel sworn in

Combining the importance of kinship and culture with progress, the Tonto Apache Tribe installed the tribe's first appellate court.

Council faces decision on public transit system

It won't be the final commitment, but the Payson Town Council will make a decision to move forward on a public transit system at its regular meeting Feb. 10.

After 19 years, postmaster retires to visit other zip codes

Mike McManus likes his toys: motorcycles, boats and cars.

Board taps trio to head negotiations

The Gila Community College District governing board took its first steps Thursday morning toward parleying a two-year lawsuit with Eastern Arizona College by appointing GCC president Barbara Ganz to a committee that will work on settling the litigation.

Firefighters save home, but warn of unseen danger

As Anne Schulte sat near the fireplace watching television, she didn't know a fire had ignited inside the walls of her home.

Celebrate Sabbath with the Adventists

The Seventh-day Adventists started holding meetings in Payson in 1964 out of the Payson Womans Club.

Physical therapist joins with national firm

When Cindy Kamphaus opened the doors of her new clinic, Physiotherapy Associates of Rim Country in January, she brought area residents the latest in physical therapy equipment.

Senior Center enjoys magic of generosity

Rim country residents were treated to music, good food and magic when they came out to support the Payson Senior Citizens Center.

Football booster club forming

Kristi Ford, Farrell Hoosava and a band of ardent football supporters are making plans to form a booster club that could rival the potent and highly active organization of the late 1980s when they were headed by Pat Velasco.

Horns tack on ‘parents' night' win

The Longhorn boys basketball team kept its four-year parents' night win streak alive with a 62-53 victory over the Chinle Wildcats.

Petition drive begins to annex Star Valley

A group of Star Valley residents has initiated a petition drive to have their community annexed by the town of Payson.

Tuesday, February 1

State's balladeer helps rebuild Zane Grey cabin

More than a few Rim country residents are familiar with the name Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer. Knowing the name, they know the talent and that talent is coming to town to help rebuild the Zane Grey Cabin.

The Colcords

BACKTRACKIN'

Even if you are a newcomer, you've heard the name Colcord: Colcord Road, Colcord Estates, Colcord Mountain, etc. All of these places were named after the pioneering Colcord family.

Beware the ire of Flatlanders

AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY

This is an open letter to Christopher D., a 30-year resident of Arizona who recently spent "a large part of my savings building a retirement home in the Rim country."

Soup may be magic elixir for flavorful weight control

IN THE KITCHEN

If you're looking to add flavor and variety to your weight control plan -- think soup. Recent research shows that soup can be a "secret weapon" for safe and healthful weight loss because it helps to fill you up with fewer calories.