Monday, January 31
If the earth moved for you early Sunday morning, it wasn't your imagination. According to the Arizona Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) there was a magnitude 3.9 earthquake in Arizona at 4:37 a.m. Sunday.
Imagine not knowing, from day-to-day, whether you'll have a home for yourself and your family. This is how Tom and Sumer Chambers and their three children have been living.
My name is Donovan Swanson and I really like to ride my bike, but there's nowhere to ride it.
Gar and Eleanor Baybrook have done everything together during their 66 years of marriage. There is a twinkle in Gar's eye when he jokes that the marriage probably won't last.
FOCUS ON PETS
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, Have a Heart for A Chained Dog Month, and then there is Spay Day USA on Feb. 22.
Payson School District teachers and students will soon receive some well-deserved recognition for their academic efforts.
Julia Randall Elementary School teacher Trina Gunzel is using the Hashknife Pony Express riders as a tool to teach her English Language Learner students.
"Giving compliments will strengthen your relationships, boost your self esteem and increase your confidence." -- complimentday.com
Joshua and Jennifer Parks of Gisela celebrated the birth of their son, Caleb Israel, Jan. 11, 2005.
Devin Thomas Richardson was born Dec. 20, 2004 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.
Baseball fans flocked to Mad Dawg's and Mel's restaurant Friday afternoon eager to rub elbows with Arizona Diamondback team representatives in town for autograph sessions.
Bobby Jones is a computer programmer/repairman who suffered a disabling stroke in March.ut the disability has not slowed him down much.
Rim country residents will have an entertaining history lesson at a special benefit concert this Saturday. Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer, is coming to town to help rebuild the Zane Grey Cabin.
I'm writing in response to Jerry Thebado's editorial (Jan. 28). If the purpose of his (commentary) was to create controversy, it did.
I was perusing the Roundup online from Tempe like I do every Tuesday and Friday, when I discovered the article about having one trophy case for everything.
By all appearances, Derek Pratt is an honorable man -- a true gentleman from an era when the word meant something.
The Longhorn soccer teams could become the only Payson High School soccer squads to ever participate in a 4A state tournament.
Since my "Third Worlder" letter to the editor that was printed July 9, 2004 in the Payson Roundup, I've been receiving some flak -- phone calls from as far away as Colorado and Quebec, Canada.
As a resident and landowner in Star Valley, I am concerned about G. Michael Horton's plan to pump thousands of gallons of water per hour from his wells to the town's water lines. He states that this will not affect any wells in the area. Did he really say that?
As a native New Yorker living in New York and wondering what's going on in all those "red" states, it's nice to read (Jerry Thebado's) editorial (Jan. 28) and see that common sense still prevails in the shadows.
The Payson man charged with embezzling nearly $140,000 from a local title company in 2000, was found guilty of theft and fraud by a Gila County jury last week.
In response to (editor Jerry Thebado's commentary, ‘4th Amendment Shuffle,' by the Supremes, Jan. 28 Roundup) concerning police and drug sniffing dogs: The liberal people of this country have no problem calling 911 for the smallest infraction against them. But when the United States Supreme Court tells the police it is OK to do their job, then the bleeding hearts come out in force.
Re: ‘Youngster bags trophy game' -- While this youngster and his father are proud of the hunt and the kill, it should be noted that the elk that was shot was one that frequented our neighborhood.
Olive Winnefred Lantagne, 83, of Payson, died Jan. 28, 2005.
The inaugural Gracie Haught Memorial High School Softball Tournament will feature eight topnotch teams from the 2A, 3A and 4A conferences.
I just recently moved to Whispering Pines.
Gov. Janet Napolitano is waging a campaign to get the air tankers that were grounded last year airborne in time to help during Arizona's early fire season.
A Star Valley resident who has assumed a leadership role in opposition to the town's decision to accept water from a developer's well in his community, tried to ask the town council to reconsider Thursday evening.
Sharing the road with teen drivers
At the sound of the bell, hundreds of Payson High School students jump into cars filled with friends. They may not know it, but as soon as a third passenger climbs into a car driven by a teenage driver, the risk of fatal injury nearly triples.
This week could be a great time for camp cooks to begin brewing up a pot of their best chili.
Thursday, January 27
The Payson Town Council took another step toward solving the town's water problem Thursday evening by hiring a company to devise a plan to recharge wells with excess water from Blue Ridge Reservoir.
Don't forget to make your way up to Christopher Creek on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The Hashknife Pony Express will be riding through with the mail for their 47th Pony Express ride.
Members of the Arizona Corporation Commission will be at the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Monday for a public comment hearing on a moratorium on new water hookups recommended by commission staff.
After severing administrative ties, years of feuding over money and a lawsuit, Gila Community College and Eastern Arizona College could be reunited.
Locals make best of living along flooded waterways
When Ron Ethington took off for work in his white van before dawn Thursday morning, he rolled across the culvert that connects Highway 87 to East Verde Estates Road without delay.
You can tell that this is not the height of the tourist season. I am getting almost no information about events in and around Pine and Strawberry.
Dayton Michael DeFranco was born Jan. 10, 2005.
Members of the Tonto Apache Tribal Youth Council were present to witness Gov. Janet Napolitano appoint Jack Jackson Jr. as the new Arizona State Commission Director for Indian Affairs on Dec. 29 at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.
I am writing to restore the reputations of two fine and very dedicated men who have been defamed by Kelly Crowley's article. The upshot was that Payson Aviation's after-hours fueling operation is deficient, causing rescue delays.
Irresponsible dog owners obstruct life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's a very basic right to be able to walk down a public street free of fear and harassment.
The Payson High School basketball teams will host the Third Annual Longhorn Fish Fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
The movers and shakers of Payson's education, business and government communities met midweek to lay the groundwork for an academic program that could better prepare students for life after high school.
For the past few years, on a balmy Friday night in June, cancer survivors, their friends and families have gathered at one of the local parks, staying up all night to commemorate loved ones lost to cancer, and to celebrate the lives of survivors at the American Cancer Society's signature activity: The Relay for Life.
Pastor Joe Hittle and his church, Calvary Chapel, are different from other religious organizations. For one, they welcome everyone, especially those living on the outskirts of society. In fact, Pastor Hittle hasn't always been pious man.
When Debby Rusovick applied for advanced training at work, upper management told her they preferred someone with a bachelor's degree.
Q: My brother-in-law is on social security disability. He's 56. If someone's on disability, shouldn't they have medical insurance? and Q: What's up with the rumor about a Sears store going in by Home Depot and the existing store closing?
The month of January 2005 is history. It is time to look forward to the "love month" -- the color red, flowers, candy, Cupid and his arrows, and celebrating St. Valentine's Day.
Kenneth L. and Caroline S. Johnson were married 60 years ago, Feb. 8, 1945.
Rylie Anne Pelto was born Jan. 6, 2005.
Send your children to the toy section, while you deposit a check. Take cash out of the ATM and walk a few feet to stock up on household items.
To frame the spectacular vistas of the Rim country with beauty, give Brenda's Drapery Designs a call.
Beverly Lois Yoes, 66, of Payson, died Jan. 17, 2005.
Ronald D. Bingamon, 77, of Payson, died Jan. 26, 2005.
Brenda Martell, a founder of Santa's List, a charitable organization serving the needs of low-income children and seniors, said the group is ready for new blood.
I would like to clarify comments that were made to your reporter during a recent phone interview about the Payson Airport fueling operation.
With regard to your Tuesday, Nov. 11 article on "Blue Ridge Water Posing a Challenge for (Gila) County," I wouldn't hold my breath in waiting for a fair and equitable distribution of that water to Gila County and Payson.
Evidently the person who wrote the letter about Martin Luther King, Jr. knew nothing about his early life.
Warning: The next time you are stopped for a routine traffic violation, you might also be visited by man's best friend.
Rim country angler Tom Brown and Phil Krisher of Glendale shared $1,005 in prize money thanks to their team's runner-up finish at the BestBet Aluminum Boat bass tournament Jan. 22 at Lake Pleasant.
Rumsey Park could become the recreational envy of sports enthusiasts from around the state.
A disappointing 47-46 loss to the Flagstaff Eagles brought the Lady Longhorns' three-game winning streak to a screeching halt and temporarily stalled the team's run to Grand Canyon Region honors.
A new Little League ruling passed down from organizational headquarters in Williamsport, Pa. will allow 6-year-olds to play in the "coach-pitch" AAA division if they have completed a full season of T-ball as a 5-year-old.
The inaugural Basketball Bonanza will provide young players with a stage to showcase the skills they've learned in pickup games, physical education classes, at camps and on the back yard hoop.
Wednesday, January 26
Guests of the fourth annual celebrity dinner were rolling in the aisles at the antics of Payson's own version of the "Saturday Night Live" cast. "It's always a little nerve racking to put on a fund-raising event," said Judy Baker, executive director of the Mogollon Health Alliance.
Tuesday, January 25
While we are writing about the early ranches and brands in the Rim country, we wanted to include the Q. Col. Jesse W. Ellison brought the Q brand with him to Arizona Territory from Texas. It had been in his family for years, having been founded in Alabama by the colonel's father before Jesse took it to Texas, according to Slim Ellison (grandson of the colonel). Other sources say it belonged to the colonel's wife before they married.
Ask them why they do it, and the 39 Hashknife Pony Express riders are likely to shrug and change the subject.
IN THE KITCHEN
One of my favorite dishes is chili with cornbread. I keep it simple though.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Right up front, you need to know that I am a dog junkie, and that my three dogs came from the Payson Humane Society.
Monday, January 24
Tiffany Harold is a woman no one could accuse of being lazy. She is a wife, mother of three children and now an officer with the Department of Public Safety.
A man was robbed at knife-point and injured as he walked his dog in the South Ponderosa Street neighborhood Friday night, police said.
Fuel shortages and a lack of communication stalled an early-morning rescue operation to find three victims lost after their backhoe overturned in the roiling waters of Tonto Creek on Jan. 4.
Two Payson men were honored with one of the highest awards available to leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. John Wilson and Roger Kreimeyer both received the distinguished Silver Beaver award during the annual Zane Grey District Scout Banquet Wednesday, Jan. 19
It's Tuesday night in the middle of nowhere and the muddy parking lot is packed with pick-up trucks -- Fords, Chevys. So many walk, carrying pool cues, to the wooden bar with a wagon wheel out front, underneath a goldenrod yellow-lighted sign advertising good food and cold drinks.
As we mingled in the Flagstaff High School gymnasium Friday evening prior to the start of basketball games there, several Paysonites remarked how fitting it is that the school has most of their trophies and memorabilia located in one single place -- a gym lobby trophy case.
The energy and enthusiasm that was Dennis Pirch's trademark as one of the most successful prep wrestling coaches in small-town America is now being thrown into the inaugural Outdoor Rendezvous.
FOCUS ON PETS
I always encourage folks to take their dogs for rides in the car. I just mention the word car and my three are waiting at the garage door. Those who know my car and my dogs know that we often go for rides to the post office, or just around.
Dep. John France of the Gila County Sheriff's Office loves a lot of things -- working with his canine partner, Alee, water activities, and staying up with what's going on in the streets.
A Longhorn boys soccer team that once struggled for lack of players is now at full strength and geared up for a Grand Canyon Region tournament victory.
The McDowell Mountain Meltdown mountain bike race provided a foursome of Rim country cyclists the opportunity to showcase their skills.
Longhorn wrestler David Cluff has quietly gone about his job this season deferring public attention to some of his more visible teammates.
John and Marlene Mitchell of Tonto Basin recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Am I to believe that the town council's rewording of the dog barking ordinance was to simplify and facilitate enforcement? I am about as convinced as I am of the statement, "Officers must sit and dog watch for a continuous hour."
This is just to remind the generous people of Payson that there is a family that recently lost everything in a mobile home fire on Jan 6.
We have supported the town's request to look for new water in the Mayfield Canyon area of the Tonto National Forest over the objections of Star Valley and Diamond Point Shadows residents.
The huge grin that spread across young Taylor Goss' face was a sure hint that he could spell "ostentation."
The Payson Town Council is expected to authorize the first services agreement preparatory to bringing water from Blue Ridge Reservoir to the town at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Wilford "Ray" Sevy, 73, of Payson, died Jan. 21, 2005 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Throughout Rim country history, horses have been used as a means of transportation, to herd cattle, plow earth, deliver mail and pull wagons.
Dick Wolfe and Jim Buettner say they aren't the type to believe in ghosts, but last Thursday they witnessed something they said was "bizarre."
Q: Why does the high school not have waterless toilets? All businesses are supposed to have them. and Q: How can you continually do the Best of Payson when rule No. 4, which states, "Ballots should not be distributed by businesses or friends to solicit votes," cannot be enforced?
As a resident of Payson, and a business owner in Star Valley, I am alarmed by the proposed acquisition of water wells in Star Valley. Why is the Payson Town Council issuing a letter of assurance that water from a well site in Star Valley will be accepted for "development of a 37-acre parcel" and "other properties within town limits." As a Payson resident I wonder why "new" water isn't going towards alleviating "old" water problems.
In my judgment, the council got it right.
I couldn't believe Christy Wrather's Focus on Pets column in the Tuesday, Jan. 11 paper. She says pets need to be crate trained. I agree. She says the crate needs to be a safe, cozy, comfortable place. I agree. I see a crate for a pet as similar to a baby's crib.
Thursday, January 20
Re: Brave sheriff's deputy -- During the recent rain/snow storm my telephone lost service in Whispering Pines. A concerned family member from another city called 911 asking someone to check on my welfare.
The Longhorn boys basketball team will enter the regular season-ending Grand Canyon Region tournament Feb. 8 with confidence.
The Longhorn wrestling team competes Friday and Saturday with high hopes of ousting Gilbert Highland as the defending champion of the Tim Van Horn Memorial Invitational.
As tough as fund-raising is for most high school coaches to find time for, it has become a big part of their job description.
As you drive through Christopher Creek, it is starting to look a little different. The property across from the Christopher Creek Lodge is changing. Trees are coming out by the ton.
Sarah Louise Nichols, 83, of Payson, died Jan. 13, 2005 at her home in Payson.
The recently released Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS practice tests combined with extensive tutoring, are the tools Payson High School teachers are using to ensure every student has the knowledge and ability to pass the mandatory test when it is administered April 11 to 22.
Rim country residents can relive one of the most romantic aspects of the Wild West when the Hashknife Pony Express gallops into town on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Women and veterans interested in learning how to start and operate a small business are invited to a free seminar.
Businesses and organizations interested in educating the public about their services should start making plans for the 13th Annual Business Showcase.
Marble Slab Creamery, in the Sawmill Crossing shopping center, closed Dec. 30.
It was feast or famine for Payson Quizno's franchise owner, Jim Brady, who closed his sandwich shop in December.
When you put your face in the hands of Pualani Burns, you will benefit from 27 years of experience.
The first part of the first month of 2005 is just about over. It is amazing that the time flies by so fast. I just packed away the last of my Christmas decorations in the garage and now my husband tells me there is no more room for anything else. I think I need a good organizer.
After watching his Lady Longhorns drop a 5-0 decision to state third-ranked Flagstaff, coach Joe Schmidt lauded the Eagles as a top-notch high school squad.
Q: Can Rim Country Health, formerly Manzanita Manor, provide extended care following a surgery or hospital visit? What about patients' rights? and Q: What's the deal with water in the gasoline?
A Valley woman suffered severe head injuries after her truck collided with another truck, closing Highway 260 Tuesday afternoon, police said.
I am writing this letter in response to Lt. Don Engler's concern (heard on KRIM 1/18/05) regarding the increasingly high rate of crime among the youths in Payson. It is not too hard to understand inasmuch as there is little for teenagers to do here in Payson unless they are involved in sports. Unfortunately, not every teen has the talent or commitment.
Regarding your story of the town council's approval of a letter assuring them that the town will accept water from a well in Star Valley so that Terra-Payson 40 L.L.C. can develop a 37-acre property behind Payson Town Hall and Rim Country Mall.
I'm an 82-year-old woman with all the aches and pains that come with old age. Three mornings a week, I wake up and think, "Oh good, this is my day to volunteer at the Senior Thrift Store," so I get up, get dressed, pop two aspirins in my mouth and away I go.
Re: Barking dog ordinance -- Our new ordinance has redefined a "public nuisance animal" to include any animal that "soils, defecates on any property other than that of its owner."
Late last summer, a sweet older woman walked into the Roundup office and asked whether we knew where she could find information on the Northern Gila County Fair. She had been diligently working on an embroidered quilt which she was eager to enter in the 2004 homemaking arts competition.
Donald Leroy Varney, 62, of Payson, Ariz., died in Payson Jan. 17, 2005.
Michael James Kittrell, 24, died in Chandler Jan. 6, 2005.
T. J. Johnson of Mesa del Caballo and his son, Damyn found this interesting rock several years ago in a field where the 202 freeway is now. They say that it looks like the Madonna holding Baby Jesus.
Thomas Patrick Hughes, 86, died at his home in Payson.
Tomonya LeGraff-Freeland, 87, a 20-year resident of Payson, died Jan. 4, 2005.
Dr. Kelvin S. Danielson, 54, of Payson, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at his vacation home in Telluride, Colo.
The Payson Ranger District is conducting prescribed burns in two locations in the Tonto National Forest through Saturday -- southwest of Whispering Pines and between Little Green Valley and Bear Flat.
The frame of the Zane Grey cabin replica at Green Valley Park is rising, and passersby might be surprised to see how authentic it is. "Being faithful to the original cabin, we are not using any modern materials such as particle board or laminated beams," Zane Grey Cabin Foundation President Dick Wolfe said. "All the beams are big, solid, huge, heavy beams. I just love it because that's the way it was originally."
With the start of spring training only about a month away, representatives of the Arizona Diamondbacks will be touring the state to drum up support for a team that floundered on the field last year, and in the off-season lost ace hurler Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees.
Even the ladies were up on the roof helping to build Pine's Church on Randall Place.
High Country Pawn & Furniture has just about everything, including the kitchen sink -- in fact, there are currently two kitchen sinks in the shop's inventory.
Here it is already, the third week in January 2005 -- looks like this year is going just as fast, or faster than 2004 -- and didn't that one zoom by?
Mike McCleery walked into the Payson Post Office Tuesday afternoon and asked if he could mail 45 live pigeons.
Can you believe this gorgeous weather? The nights are a bit cold but the dark sky is bursting with stars. The days are unbelievable. It is hard to stay inside.
Tuesday, January 18
Another miracle herbal weight loss solution commercial appears on your television screen -- either you turn it off or you speed to the local health food store to purchase the new wonder potion.
IN THE KITCHEN
The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov), have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish and vegetables tasty without adding salt. For meat, poultry and fish, try one or more of these combinations:
I was dropping off last week's column at the Roundup and ran into Stewart Skinner. He reminded me that Jayne and I had not mentioned the 13 brand in our columns, so here goes.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Sometimes something is so obvious you look right past it.
Monday, January 17
You'll never go home with the chablis squashing the bakery fresh bread and bruising the apples you picked out with such care when Neysa Forgey packs your grocery bag.
The scene was difficult to watch, but there on the screen, Bill Holden's favorite baseball player struggled to put on prosthetic limbs and dress himself.
Payson needs architectural guidelines to live up to its image as a mountain forest community the Main Street Design Review Committee told the town council Thursday evening.
Chris Benjamin and his wife Karen just want to be left alone so they can "live their dream." But the Star Valley residents, owners of Sky Park RV Resort, are afraid the town of Payson is going to take the water they need to keep their immaculately-maintained manufactured home park open.
When Ray Baxter told his parents he was getting married, his mother told him to sit down, she had something important to tell him.
They have amazing memories. The staff of Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center remembers the personalities if not the names of the 13,000 children entrusted to their care over the past 25 years.
FOCUS ON PETS
During the winter months, inside dogs can gain weight due to inactivity. Check the waistline, theirs and yours, and cut back on food if necessary. For dogs that are outside a fair amount during this cold weather, they need more and better food with higher calories and a good protein source.
Relaxing as quickly as possible might sound contradictory, but Kris Ladau's yoga students spend up to an hour a day, three days a week attempting to do just that.
Following a four-year hiatus from his worldwide ministry endeavors, Randy Roberson will soon be providing aid to Southeast Asian victims of the tsunami.
Arizona's governor has made expanding all-day kindergarten in low-income school districts a top priority for this legislative session.
With its assault on Social Security, the Bush administration is once again creating a crisis where none needs to exist. In essence they want to "outsource" the one safety net this nation provides for the elderly, and they want to do it for one primary reason: To keep the federal government from quietly borrowing and spending the annual Social Security surpluses.
Michael Mugrage seems to want to blame everyone but Bush for the Social Security crisis, but since Bush made the whole thing up, just like Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, he might as well get the blame.
I was truly saddened by the town council's decision to allow the Payson Humane Society to be cited for barking dogs.ere is an organization that takes in stray, abused and abandoned animals and cares for them until homes can be found for them.
Q: Are the arrows in the post office parking lot going to be repainted to help direct traffic and avoid accidents? and Q: What is the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce doing to help promote the Hashknife Pony Express visit to Payson?
The fate of the Lady Longhorns state tournament bid will be decided in the next three weeks.
There never was much doubt that Jason Sweet's first love was baseball.
The strong Pacific storm system that caused flooding in California and inched its way east into Arizona in late December, wreaked havoc on Longhorn basketball schedules.
Fair warning to all the boys in Payson's little league -- there's a new girl in town.
The Payson Lions Club has selected Payson Elementary School Health Specialist Laurie Lindell their 2004 "Citizen of the Year."
Credit for Kids tax donations raised more than $50,000 in 2004 for Payson High School and its facilities improvement projects.
Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2005-2006 program year.
It takes enormous luck and superior skill to be drawn for two big game tags in a prime hunt unit and then successfully bag both animals.
Guadalupe Sandoval is a survivor. Disappointed, disillusioned, beaten down and hurt by life, she has come through it all and now writes about it in "Laughter and Tears: The Story of My Early Life."
Ring-a-ding ding lounge lizards, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and a cast of celebrity impersonators are coming to Payson to raise money for tsunami disaster relief.
Arizona State Ducks Unlimited Chairman Art Craker is throwing his support behind the Payson chapter's annual banquet scheduled for March. 5.
Thursday, January 13
Making plans for the recent swearing-in ceremony for the Gila County Board of Supervisors, county staff expected a crowd too large for the board's hearing room, so the event was moved to the fairgrounds in Globe.
When one of Michelle Paul's patients learned that she couldn't cook well, he was concerned, not just for her well-being, but for the stomach of the young man she was planning to marry.
Rim country residents now have access to martial arts training that incorporates the best practices of many different disciplines.
The fourth annual Dining with Celebrities benefit for the Mogollon Health Alliance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Fargo's Steak House. Diners will be waited on hand and foot by prominent community members dressed as their favorite Saturday Night Live cast members, said Judy Baker, executive director of the alliance.
Boys bucked from contention
The Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams opened Grand Canyon Region action two days earlier than originally anticipated.
The village has been quiet this past week after our big snow storm. There were many people from the Valley who came up to play in the snow and the evidence of that can be seen along the side of the Control Road coming into the village. There must be at least five different snowmen that were built by the kids and their parents this past weekend.
Monday night's fire board meeting was probably the shortest meeting in a long time. It lasted only about 15 minutes. There is not much going on. It is really quiet in the creek.
It's the newest retirement community that's been around for ages.
Aches, pain, stress -- April Wiebe can help. Wiebe, a licensed massage therapist since 2003, opened Travel'n Hands Massage Therapy in April 2004. She can bring her skills to you in your home, to shut-ins at assisted living and long-term care facilities, and to clients at Kutting Edge Hair Salon.
Champion J Luvs Schoolhouse Doodlebug, the Rim country's claim to canine fame, will likely compete on Animal Planet this weekend -- and viewers can vote right along with the judges.
The Payson Town Council opted to remove all exemptions from the town's revised barking dog ordinance -- now all dog-related businesses, including the Payson Humane Society -- are subject to citation.
Julia Randall Elementary School and its leadership are no longer in limbo. On Jan. 10, interim principal Peggy Miles dropped the "interim" after the Payson school board awarded her a full-appointment contract through the 2005-2006 school year.
Rim Country Middle School football coaches Jimmy Oestmann, Jon Gunzel and Pat Stone are determined to reverse the fortunes of last season when the trio could only watch in disbelief as an undefeated season was wiped out by a last game forfeit.
Richard P. Taylor, 88, died Jan. 10, 2005 in Payson.
Robert Morris Sandvick, Sr., 82, of Payson, died in Payson Jan. 10, 2005.
Donald C. Furtkamp, 74, of Payson died Jan. 11, 2005.
Re: Namesake serving in Iraq and Re: Your Jan. 11 Credit for Kids editorial ...
Let's all learn a lesson from the experience of the citizens of Washington, D.C.
Faith and truth properly defined, with a little reason and logic from the faithful, and the world may see a much higher degree of understanding of religious differences.
It appears the letter from Mr. Brophy regarding intolerance was a repeat. I had thought about responding last time I read it and could not keep from doing it this time.
What a wonderful, thunderous sound the swollen streams make as they hurry on their way. I do get annoyed hearing that even with all the rain we have had, we do not have enough to make up for several years of drought. Should we not be so very grateful for each and every drop? A few nice sunny days are most welcome, however.
A pair of Payson runners represented opposites ends of the age spectrum among those entered in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.
Barbara Ann Briggs, 67, of Payson died Jan. 10, 2005 in Scottsdale.
Mr. Brophy's comments regarding the views of Valerie Marsh present a common, yet inconsistent position.
Now we know the truth. Just as I thought, all that about saving the sanctity of marriage was a smoke screen. Now the truth comes out.
An open letter to the members of the Alpine Heights Homeowners Association: Alpine Heights residents are fortunate that they have always had a homeowners association with a strong desire to maintain their property values.
Sitting through the protracted debate over proposed changes to the town's barking dog ordinance, one simple truth seemed ever-so-apparent to me -- this never should have happened. Before the council comes unglued over this assessment, allow me to explain.
Charred commodes at Green Valley Park have the Payson police asking the public to help them catch the vandals who are responsible for the damage.
If you are among those sports fans who have Payson High School schedules hanging on the refrigerator, you've been kept busy scribbling in date changes.
The foundation was set and the walls were up the morning 20 men began the job of hoisting the first of 43 trusses that would form the roof of the Rim Valley Church of God. Using ropes and pulleys the all-volunteer work force strained their muscles joyfully in the task.
The Mingus Marauder Invitational turned into a highly competitive test for the Longhorn wrestling team.
Tuesday, January 11
Sore throats are a common occurrence, especially during the winter months. Although a sore throat is most often a sign of a cold, it can also signal strep throat. Unlike the viruses that cause sore throats affiliated with the cold and flu, the streptococcal (strep) bacteria causes strep throat. Because of this difference, strep throat is easy to treat after being tested by your physician or nurse practitioner.
IN THE KITCHEN
These cold, dark winter mornings we all need something to special to get us in gear for the day.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
We live in a world inundated with sports clichés.
When the topic of cattle brands comes up around a cowboy it is a lot like grabbing onto the foot of a kicking mule. It is hard to let it go. Jayne started writing about brands a couple of weeks ago and we did some digging. As a result, she has written two columns on that subject.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is taking a class to learn a new skill or improve yourself in an area that already interests you, Gila Community College might just have a place for you. Several personal enhancement classes are being offered at the college for the spring semester.
Monday, January 10
Jean Donelda Harris, 91, of Payson, Ariz. died Jan. 6, 2005.
Young author Morgan DiFelice has penned and published her first book. And she's only 9 years old.
Q: With all the rain we've received, how is this affecting the water levels for town wells and the aquifer?
Many of our local population are age 50 and over and quite active in this community, full time or part time. Unfortunately for this energized group, there is no AARP (formerly American Association of Retired People) chapter to serve them or utilize their volunteer talents.rom time to time, however, we are able to attract programs and resources from the state headquarters in Phoenix.
Jay Crowe and Michelle Beattie were married Dec. 26, 2004 in Laughlin, Nev.
Richard A. Orlikoski, 66, of Payson, Ariz., died Jan. 8, 2005 in Payson.
This letter is in response to the letter in Friday's Roundup, by Judy Whitehouse of Phoenix, who places the blame for the Social Security mess at the feet of President Bush, due to his ‘tax cuts' and ‘war of choice.' Judy, the election is over -- your candidate lost (quite handily) -- Get over it.
The president's outline of his private accounts proposal has become controversial. Rejecting this proposal that has the potential to save future Social Security benefits is premature.
In her letter to the Roundup sometime ago regarding Harold Fish's shooting of Grant Kuenzli, Round Valley's Shirley Reeves on the one hand portrayed Fish as a fraidy cat, a girlie-man and a cringing coward who should not have ventured into the forest alone if he was afraid of "tree shadows."
While I respect Ms. Marsh's right to her belief in her response to my letter to the editor, her letter provides living proof of the intolerance of dogma. It's precisely this attitude of "my belief is the only true way" that is at the root of much of the problems of the world.
Donna and Mike Rokoff are just about as close as their two dogs are, and together the foursome are darned near inseparable. The Rokoffs went from a traditional one-dog family to a pair because Katie, their golden retriever, was fast becoming a lazy, pampered pooch.
To some, painting is simply a mixing of colors on a blank canvas, to Lucy Rawn it is nothing less than magic.
The Community Programs Department of Gila Community College will host "Life, Love, and Broadway" at 4 p.m. Jan. 27, The one-hour program is the telling of a story of a young girl as she goes through life with all its changes.
Longhorns, Wildcats split wins in three-game series
It's printed as a road game on the Payson High School basketball schedule.
FOCUS ON PETS
I am presently fostering a little dog. Not being a little dog person, this has been a challenging assignment. The little guys always manage to grow on me, and this one is no exception. I would like him a lot better, however, if he had a few manners.
It can land you in prison, it can set you free and it's why you have Uncle Jim's nose. It's DNA and now genealogists are using it to grow missing branches on family trees.
Only in small-town America -- in communities like Payson -- would residents band together to wholeheartedly back such a worthwhile cause as the Credit for Kids tax credit program.
There is no excuse for three Coolidge basketball players going into the stands after heckling fans Friday evening at Goodyear Estrella Foothills High School.
The snowstorm that blanketed northern Arizona last week wreaked havoc on sports schedules.
The clock is winding down on the time amateur athletes have to prepare for the 2005 Grand Canyon State Winter Games.
For the first time in 51 years, the Northern Gila County Fair moves from Pine to Payson.
Rim country residents are encouraged to continue their support through the Payson Supply Line.
One man was hospitalized when he was ejected from a vehicle after rolling down a 90-foot embankment off Highway 87 Friday afternoon, police said.
A multi-million dollar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, which could bring in much-needed government subsidies, has some southern Gila County communities bidding for its construction in their back yards.
Last week, the people of the communities north of Roosevelt Lake were hit hard when pouring rains flooded some homes and left more than 600 residents on the east side of Tonto Creek stranded.
Although water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir could one day alleviate shortages in northern Gila County, new District One Supervisor Tommie Martin called on residents to develop "a different relationship with water."
Payson Humane Society officials and their friends plan to protest proposed changes to the barking dog ordinance at the Payson Town Council meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday.
Amelia Emma Aleccia, 93, died Jan. 6, 2005.
Thursday, January 6
Chris Cooper thought he was just giving somebody a shot, but the town of Payson saw it as something more.
A week before the Christmas break, elementary students admired the coveted raffle prizes when they entered the cafeteria of Julia Randall Elementary School, making wide-eyed wishes and drooling in anticipation, not of sugar plums, but of bicycles.
The snowstorm that struck the Rim country Tuesday forced the postponement of Payson High School boys and girls basketball games that were to be played Jan. 4 in Wilson Dome and the old PHS gymnasium.
The Payson Little League has scheduled a series of five upcoming player registrations.
Payson's Burger King is under new management.
Shane Monahan, manager of the Home Depot store opening in Payson in March, is looking for about 100 employees from around the Rim country.
They built their business around bikers and their insatiable appetite for leather goods.
Winter has arrived in Tonto Village in a blast of white. The blast was so furious that the weight of the snow took out our power in the village from early Wednesday morning until late Wednesday afternoon.
We got so much snow you can barely see Andy and Kristi Cowan's home. All you can see is snow. I would venture to say we got about 12 inches of snow after getting at least 2 inches of rain Tuesday.
What a gorgeous day. As I write this on Wednesday, I look out the window and see nothing but pure white snow against a clear blue sky. The trees are white and leaning under the weight of the heavy snow. The warm sun causes huge chunks to drop from the trees and then the branches stand straight again.
Re: Proctor family -- People of the Rim country should be proud of their support for the Proctor family ...
Q: Who is the president of the American Red Cross and what is their annual salary?
Please be aware that we already have private retirement investment accounts. They are called IRAs and 401K's.
President Bush is endangering my retirement and the retirements of millions of Americans by taking the first step in his plan to dismantle Social Security.
My son and I have lived in Payson for more than 10 years now. I can think of no better place to raise my son because of the wonderful people we have encountered, but I am still amazed at the thoughtlessness of a few.
It was 1973, and Arizona Gov. Jack Williams was riding in an old GI transport truck. His road? Under the raging waters of Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the board members of the Alpine Heights Homeowners Association for their dedication and hard work in trying to maintain and improve the quality of life and property in our development.
There is no shortage of self-less volunteers in the Rim country --edicated residents who give freely of their time and money to help better the lives of their friends and neighbors.
Bree Elizabeth Hall was born Dec. 20, 2004 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.
Helene Julliette Todd, 93, died Jan. 4, 2005 after almost 12 years with leukemia.
Tomonya LeGraff-Freeland, 87, a 30-year resident of Payson, died Jan. 7, 2005.
Jean Rose DuBois, 84, died Jan. 5, 2005.
Paul ordyceAshby, 90,ied Dec. 26, 2004, in Spring Valley, Ariz.
Among the 221 students in the Payson High School junior class there are 49 who have not yet passed any of the three sections of the test.
One-fourth of Payson High School juniors join thousands of other Arizona high school students who have failed Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS test.
A man shot himself in the leg after flashing his gun to another driver Monday morning, police said.
A flash flood watch for northern Gila County, including Payson, was issued by the National Weather Service in Flagstaff Friday morning.
Two days late, but Payson has its official New Year's baby.
With one storm down, weather forecasters predict more to come.
Some Star Valley residents were outraged over what they perceived as the Town of Payson's latest attempt to take their water.
The body of a second man who fell into the swollen waters of Tonto Creek and disappeared late Monday night has been recovered. A Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter spotted the body of Michael Nowlan, 54, late Thursday afternoon, Gila County Sheriff's Lt. Adam Shepherd said.
When Misti Isley saw a pillar of fire coming from the house across the street from her own home, she feared the worst.
Ruth Ann Hyatt, 81, of Payson, died Jan. 5, 2005.
Congratulations to Amon Builders on their 15th anniversary in Payson.
A communion turned into visions of acceptance and togetherness for Father John Emanuel; he was inspired to bring the Anglo and Hispanic communities together.
Tuesday, January 4
The second half of 2004-2005 Tonto Community Concert Season starts this month with a performance by The Montana Mandolin Society.
I've had a request for more information on cattle brands in this area, so I will continue. For those of you who didn't read my column two weeks ago, I wrote about cattle branding and cattle brands in the Rim Country/Tonto Basin area.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Some years, you just can't win. Last year -- 2004 -- was such a year.
IN THE KITCHEN
The holiday season is behind us. Now most of us are determined to buckle down and start making changes in the way we eat in an effort to lose weight and get healthy.
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has closed the shelter located at Tonto Basin School in Punkin Center, Ariz. At this point, the Red Cross will not open another shelter in the area unless advised by officials.
A press release from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs State Emergency Operations Center, regarding Tonto Creek flood area.
Following an executive session Tuesday evening, the Payson Town Council gave a Scottsdale developer a letter of assurance that water obtained from a well site in Star Valley will be accepted for the development of a 37-acre parcel.
Monday, January 3
Just when the Longhorns seemed to be back on track, the team ran into trouble, which has coach Mike Loutzenheiser searching for answers.
Among the most popular gifts for the holidays are indoor seasonal plants. Poinsettias add bright natural colors and scents to holiday décor. Making the colors last, and keeping the plant alive for enjoyment during seasons to come can challenge even those with the greenest of thumbs.
The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has opened a shelter today in response to recent flooding that has affected residents in Punkin Center. Those people directly affected by the floods are encouraged to report to the shelter located at the Tonto Basin School. When school opens tomorrow, January 5th, shelter operations will move to the Punkin Center Chamber of Commerce.
The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park off Highway 87 between Payson and Pine is closed until the entrance road can be cleared of mud and rocks caused by the storm currently moving through the Rim country.
Arizona's demographics are changing; the state is aging.
Relaxation is lost on Joann Moore. Despite having retired, she works six days a week with her husband Chance Nappier, hoping to give back to a community she describes as "just right."
FOCUS ON PETS
The New Year brings new opportunities to try something new and eliminate old habits that have been getting in the way.
By winning Payson High School's first ever Holiday Hoops Invitational basketball championship, the 2004-2005 Lady Longhorns raised the bar for all teams that follow.
The last time the Longhorn boys soccer team took to the playing field, Dec. 14 at Pinnacle, they pushed the highly regarded Pioneers to the brink before falling 3-1.
There are some big changes on the horizon for the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
Payson High School football coach Jerry Rhoades has started a program that rewards athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field.
William Allen Brunson, 82, of Payson, died Dec. 28, 2004 in Payson.
Betty Jean Meadows, 77, of Payson, Ariz., died Jan. 3, 2005 in Payson. She was born Oct. 18, 1927 in Newton, Kan.
Mary Louise Dierker Morris, 75, of Payson, died Dec. 31, 2004.
The Lil' Longhorn program at Payson High School is now a fully licensed and accredited preschool.
I just finished reading all the underscored victories of our former supervisor in 2004.
I wish to talk about four youths who worked side-by-side with members of the Optimist Club and other community volunteers for the Christmas Food Drive.
Clara Ryan, 93, of Payson, died Dec. 30, 2004.
Several new academic classes will be offered at Gila Community College this semester.
Payson High school teacher Devon Wells and the students in her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America class recently donated $747.45 to the United Cerebral Palsy association.
Payson schools will be closed Wednesday for a snow day.
Only twice in the past 10 years has precipitation in the Rim country been normal or above.
The bus route times for middle and high school students on the new late-start school schedule are as follows:
The Payson Town Council is meeting in executive session at 5 p.m. Tuesday to consider legal issues related to a memo of understanding on the proposed development of a prime piece of Payson real estate.
As yet another storm system moves through the Rim country this week, Payson Water Department officials caution that recent precipitation might have little impact on the drought, which has gripped the area since 1989.
One man has been found dead and a second is still missing after being swept away by the raging waters of Tonto Creek Tuesday morning, police said.
Rim country residents interested in applying for work at the Home Depot store can go online now, according to store manager Shane Monahan.
School pianos get a hard workout from chorus accompanists, aspiring students and youngsters just playing around.
The ghost hunt at Mad Dawg's & Mel's Restaurant, conducted the evening of Nov. 1, 2004 is detailed in a final report posted on the Missouri Ghost Hunters Society's website.
January -- not only a new page, but a whole new year.What a variety of calendars there are -- wall, desk, daily planners, weekly engagement calendars, promotional, cartoon,rt, photographic -- you name a subject, odds are there is calendar art for it.hat is your favorite kind?
Re: Barking dogs at Rumsey Park -- In Tuesday's (Dec. 28) Roundup in the ‘What's Up?' section, a question was brought forth about why the dogs at the residence across from the tennis courts are allowed to bark continually ...
Q: What is being built between Cucina Paradiso and the Swiss Village shops?
The killing of Humane Society volunteer Grant Kuenzli by Mr. Harold Fish is in the news again. (Roundup Dec. 31)
In reply to the letter by Lon Thomas regarding his dim view of MLK Day.
For the past couple of years I always walk my dogs on a wooded path just off East Verde Estates Road. A while ago I came upon tworosses that were lovingly placed near the river where Highway 87 crosses over. There were colorful plastic flowers and stones carefully marking this very special memorial.
Blood donors are in short supply between Dec. 27 and Jan. 8, according to Sue Thew of Arizona's United Blood Services. To shore up flagging donations, a series of blood drives are being held.