Stories for January 2005


Monday, January 31

Restrictions a necessary step

I'm writing in response to Jerry Thebado's editorial (Jan. 28). If the purpose of his (commentary) was to create controversy, it did.

PHS soccer earns first 4A state seeds

The Longhorn soccer teams could become the only Payson High School soccer squads to ever participate in a 4A state tournament.

Houston Mesa crossings dangerous

I just recently moved to Whispering Pines.

Recognizing the slippery slope

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.

Driven to distraction

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.

3.9 quake shakes up Rim area

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.

Partners for Habitat for Humanity's lucky 13 selected

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.

One less activity for Payson youth

My name is Donovan Swanson and I really like to ride my bike, but there's nowhere to ride it.

Stroke victim's clients kidnap him from care center

Bobby Jones is a computer programmer/repairman who suffered a disabling stroke in March.ut the disability has not slowed him down much.

Arizona's balladeer helps rebuild Zane Grey cabin


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.

Olive Winnefred Lantagne

Olive Winnefred Lantagne, 83, of Payson, died Jan. 28, 2005.

Ex-title company employee guilty of theft, fraud

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.

Gov. Napolitano wants grounded tankers ready for fire season

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.

Star Valley man says council acted immorally

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.

Council should welcome debate, not stifle it

By all appearances, Derek Pratt is an honorable man -- a true gentleman from an era when the word meant something.

Council should say 'no'

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?

Softball memorial to heat up spring sports

The inaugural Gracie Haught Memorial High School Softball Tournament will feature eight topnotch teams from the 2A, 3A and 4A conferences.

Are you ready for a rendezvous?

This week could be a great time for camp cooks to begin brewing up a pot of their best chili.

Togetherness is key to long marriage


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.

Maybe there is something to worry about

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.

Diamondbacks visit Rim country fans

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.

Devin Thomas Richardson

Devin Thomas Richardson was born Dec. 20, 2004 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.

Caleb Israel Parks

Joshua and Jennifer Parks of Gisela celebrated the birth of their son, Caleb Israel, Jan. 11, 2005.

Compliments brighten an otherwise dreary day


"Giving compliments will strengthen your relationships, boost your self esteem and increase your confidence." --

Hashknife ride inspires JRE language class

Julia Randall Elementary School teacher Trina Gunzel is using the Hashknife Pony Express riders as a tool to teach her English Language Learner students.

Local business rewards Payson students, teachers with pizzas

Payson School District teachers and students will soon receive some well-deserved recognition for their academic efforts.

Return that unconditional love with good health care


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.

Site feedback

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.

Reader gets flak for son's racial pride

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.

Trophy case a walk down memory lane

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.

Thursday, January 27

Rylie Anne Pelto

Rylie Anne Pelto was born Jan. 6, 2005.

Villagers celebrate the ‘love month'


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.

Church embraces saints and sinners

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.

Aggressive dog, careless owner vex neighbors

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.

Brooke claims county wants to circumvent ACC

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.

Saloon owner perches on roof for charity


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.

Relay for Life event scheduled for June 17

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.

Fund-raiser offers fish, fellowship

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.

Dayton Michael DeFranco

Dayton Michael DeFranco was born Jan. 10, 2005.

What's up?

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?

Rent movies to stave off winter doldrums


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.

Payson Aviation owner defends after-hours fueling operation

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.

Feud ends between EAC, Gila college

After severing administrative ties, years of feuding over money and a lawsuit, Gila Community College and Eastern Arizona College could be reunited.

Rim country students face scholars' challenge

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.

Tonto Apache youngsters witness government in action

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.

Johnsons celebrate 60th anniversary

Kenneth L. and Caroline S. Johnson were married 60 years ago, Feb. 8, 1945.

Basketball Bonanza comes to town

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.

Six-year-olds now eligible for LL play

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.

Eagles reverse fortunes on Lady Horns

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.

Heritage grant could lead to new ball fields

Rumsey Park could become the recreational envy of sports enthusiasts from around the state.

Beverly Lois Yoes

Beverly Lois Yoes, 66, of Payson, died Jan. 17, 2005.

Local teams up with Glendale angler to win $1,005

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.

Council OKs first Blue Ridge contract

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.

'4th Amendment Shuffle,' by the Supremes

Warning: The next time you are stopped for a routine traffic violation, you might also be visited by man's best friend.

Black hero has a tainted past

Evidently the person who wrote the letter about Martin Luther King, Jr. knew nothing about his early life.

Conservation is the only solution

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.

Running on empty

I would like to clarify comments that were made to your reporter during a recent phone interview about the Payson Airport fueling operation.

Santa's List seeks new leaders

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.

Ronald D. Bingamon

Ronald D. Bingamon, 77, of Payson, died Jan. 26, 2005.

Stranded in Rim country

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.

Frame Rim views with fabric

To frame the spectacular vistas of the Rim country with beauty, give Brenda's Drapery Designs a call.

Desert Schools credit union opens branch at Wal-Mart

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.

Online education makes dream come true

When Debby Rusovick applied for advanced training at work, upper management told her they preferred someone with a bachelor's degree.

Wednesday, January 26

'Saturday Night' celebrity dinner a success

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

Pony Express ride re-creates Western heritage


Ask them why they do it, and the 39 Hashknife Pony Express riders are likely to shrug and change the subject.

Chilly nights are just right for chili


One of my favorite dishes is chili with cornbread. I keep it simple though.

Putting the bite on barking dogs


Right up front, you need to know that I am a dog junkie, and that my three dogs came from the Payson Humane Society.

The Q Ranch produced Arizona's first First Lady


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.

Monday, January 24

Town should stay out of Star Valley's water

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.

Ghost returns to scene of haunting

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."

Give up the bone

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."

Family needs our help

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.

Sixth-grader wins top prize in Rim country spelling bee

The huge grin that spread across young Taylor Goss' face was a sure hint that he could spell "ostentation."

Area Boy Scout leaders honored

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

Tackle Box to host first Outdoor Rendezvous

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.

Rim country ladies crack shots with pool cues


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.

Vehicle safety for 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.

Canine officer doing what he loves


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.

Horns upset Mingus, set for Page

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.

MBAA Meltdown tests Rim riders

The McDowell Mountain Meltdown mountain bike race provided a foursome of Rim country cyclists the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Cluff's performance earns gold

Longhorn wrestler David Cluff has quietly gone about his job this season deferring public attention to some of his more visible teammates.

Mitchells celebrate golden anniversary

John and Marlene Mitchell of Tonto Basin recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Wilford "Ray" Sevy

Wilford "Ray" Sevy, 73, of Payson, died Jan. 21, 2005 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Horses lead first-graders to reading

Throughout Rim country history, horses have been used as a means of transportation, to herd cattle, plow earth, deliver mail and pull wagons.

What's up?

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?

Hands off Star Valley water

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.

Barking dog alarm clock

In my judgment, the council got it right.

Spare the rod, spoil the dog

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.

DPS officer living her childhood dream

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.

Detectives searching for armed suspect

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 conflict chokes rescue efforts

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.

Blue Ridge water inches closer to your faucets

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.

Trophy case tracks Eagles' sports history

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.

Thursday, January 20

Thomas Patrick Hughes

Thomas Patrick Hughes, 86, died at his home in Payson.

Never a dull moment for Rim country seniors


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?

Sarah Louise Nichols

Sarah Louise Nichols, 83, of Payson, died Jan. 13, 2005 at her home in Payson.

Site feedback

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.

Page dodges Wilson Dome ambush

The Longhorn boys basketball team will enter the regular season-ending Grand Canyon Region tournament Feb. 8 with confidence.

Horns hope to reclaim Van Horn title

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.

Fish fry hooks much-needed funds

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.

What's up?

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?

Activities keep bored teens out of trouble

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.

Rooftop camper raising funds for local woman


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.

Another black eye for our town council

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.

Volunteer your time, you'll be happier

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.

The Poop Patrol is watching

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."

Help save the Northern Gila County Fair

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

Donald Leroy Varney, 62, of Payson, Ariz., died in Payson Jan. 17, 2005.

Michael James Kittrell

Michael James Kittrell, 24, died in Chandler Jan. 6, 2005.

Prescribed burns smoke up Rim country skies

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.

Framing begins on Zane Grey cabin replica

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."

Revelation in the rock

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.

Woman injured attempting U-turn on Highway 260

A Valley woman suffered severe head injuries after her truck collided with another truck, closing Highway 260 Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Horsemen gallop into postal service history

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.

Students cram for new AIMS math test

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.

Post office handles mail that chirps, clucks and coos

Mike McCleery walked into the Payson Post Office Tuesday afternoon and asked if he could mail 45 live pigeons.

Dr. Kelvin S. Danielson

Dr. Kelvin S. Danielson, 54, of Payson, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at his vacation home in Telluride, Colo.

Diamondbacks tour bound for Payson

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.

Music cornerstone of Southern Baptist worship

Even the ladies were up on the roof helping to build Pine's Church on Randall Place.

Pawn shop has a little of everything

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.

Business seminar set for veterans, women

Women and veterans interested in learning how to start and operate a small business are invited to a free seminar.

Business showcase organizers in need of sponsors

Businesses and organizations interested in educating the public about their services should start making plans for the 13th Annual Business Showcase.

Economics force closure of Marble Slab

Marble Slab Creamery, in the Sawmill Crossing shopping center, closed Dec. 30.

Payson Quizno's closes

It was feast or famine for Payson Quizno's franchise owner, Jim Brady, who closed his sandwich shop in December.

Facials for health, not extravagance

When you put your face in the hands of Pualani Burns, you will benefit from 27 years of experience.

Bring ORDER to your cluttered life


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.

Eagles drop haymaker on Lady Horns

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.

Get to know your local Kiwanians


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.

Tomonya LeGraff-Freeland

Tomonya LeGraff-Freeland, 87, a 20-year resident of Payson, died Jan. 4, 2005.

Tuesday, January 18

Herbal remedies abound in local health food stores


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.

The conduit connection


Sometimes something is so obvious you look right past it.

Cooking with herbs and spices


The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (, 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:

The 13 Ranch and brand full of Rim history, memories


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.

Monday, January 17

Youngster bags trophy game

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.

Head Start enrolling for 2005-2006 year

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2005-2006 program year.

Credit for Kids raises record-setting donations

Credit for Kids tax donations raised more than $50,000 in 2004 for Payson High School and its facilities improvement projects.

Lindell honored for commitment to students' health

The Payson Lions Club has selected Payson Elementary School Health Specialist Laurie Lindell their 2004 "Citizen of the Year."

Little girl packs big punch


Fair warning to all the boys in Payson's little league -- there's a new girl in town.

Walking for another man's shoes

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.

Architectural guidelines proposed for business corridors

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.

Town wants to take our water, couple says

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.

Adopted man finds love, family and history

When Ray Baxter told his parents he was getting married, his mother told him to sit down, she had something important to tell him.

Let's not go to war over Social Security

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.

Council is pet lover's dirty dog

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.

What's up?

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?

Dog eats Christmas, gives family gifts


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.

Yoga helps concentration, improves health


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.

Horn hoop schedule revamped by storm

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.

Teen plans to play in the pros

There never was much doubt that Jason Sweet's first love was baseball.

Stretch run crucial for Lady Horns' region bid

The fate of the Lady Longhorns state tournament bid will be decided in the next three weeks.

Rim residents invited to DU banquet

Arizona State Ducks Unlimited Chairman Art Craker is throwing his support behind the Payson chapter's annual banquet scheduled for March. 5.

Radio man helps tsunami victims firsthand

Following a four-year hiatus from his worldwide ministry endeavors, Randy Roberson will soon be providing aid to Southeast Asian victims of the tsunami.

Grocery worker looking to bag prize

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.

Author's first book intense, insightful

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."

Support push for all-day kindergarten

Arizona's governor has made expanding all-day kindergarten in low-income school districts a top priority for this legislative session.

Frank, Dean croon for tsunami relief

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.

Learning legacy invites town to celebrate silver anniversary

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.

Social Security reform: the rich win, the masses lose

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.

Thursday, January 13

Blessings abounded in building church

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.

Elementary school hires principal

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.

New law muzzles all dog-related ventures

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.

Canine champ needs area support

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.

Dinner with a side of comedy

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.

Sisters answer to a higher calling: Hospice

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.

Martial arts school combines best practices

Rim country residents now have access to martial arts training that incorporates the best practices of many different disciplines.

Councilors should have let sleeping dogs lie

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.

Park toilets vandalized

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.

Homeowners dissent: too little, too late

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.

Sanctity of marriage is about hate

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.

Uniters can't win

Mr. Brophy's comments regarding the views of Valerie Marsh present a common, yet inconsistent position.

Dueling Bibles

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.

We have different perspectives

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.

Gun control is bad for crime

Let's all learn a lesson from the experience of the citizens of Washington, D.C.

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Donald C. Furtkamp

Donald C. Furtkamp, 74, of Payson died Jan. 11, 2005.

Robert Morris Sandvick, Sr.

Robert Morris Sandvick, Sr., 82, of Payson, died in Payson Jan. 10, 2005.

Richard P. Taylor

Richard P. Taylor, 88, died Jan. 10, 2005 in Payson.

Coaches plan to erase 2004 heartbreak

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.

Longhorn schedules go through many changes

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.

Mobile massage brings healing hands to you

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.

Officials sworn in at county fairgrounds

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.

New name, fresh philosophy for Payson nursing home

It's the newest retirement community that's been around for ages.

Pony Express riding through Christopher Creek


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.

Tonto Village getting back to normal after storms


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.

Lady Longhorns corral Mustangs

Boys bucked from contention

The Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams opened Grand Canyon Region action two days earlier than originally anticipated.

Marauder skirmish a preview of GCR battles

The Mingus Marauder Invitational turned into a highly competitive test for the Longhorn wrestling team.

Barbara Ann Briggs

Barbara Ann Briggs, 67, of Payson died Jan. 10, 2005 in Scottsdale.

12-year-old cops 3rd in rock 'n' roll marathon

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.

Pine students read their ways to new bicycles


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.

Tuesday, January 11

Cinch ring artist


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.

Recognizing the signs of strep throat


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.

Gear up for winter days with a good breakfast


These cold, dark winter mornings we all need something to special to get us in gear for the day.

Stop with the clichés already


We live in a world inundated with sports clichés.

Expand horizons at Gila Community College


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

Richard A. Orlikoski

Richard A. Orlikoski, 66, of Payson, Ariz., died Jan. 8, 2005 in Payson.

Social Security: massive 'Ponzi Scheme'

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.

Rejection of proposal premature

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.

Something smells Fishy

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."

Putting the free in free will

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.

Local students benefit from record-setting donations

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.

For good or bad, players emulate their heroes

There is no excuse for three Coolidge basketball players going into the stands after heckling fans Friday evening at Goodyear Estrella Foothills High School.

PHS games rescheduled due to snow

The snowstorm that blanketed northern Arizona last week wreaked havoc on sports schedules.

Olympic-style atmosphere attracts amateurs to Grand Canyon games

The clock is winding down on the time amateur athletes have to prepare for the 2005 Grand Canyon State Winter Games.

Fair moves to Payson

For the first time in 51 years, the Northern Gila County Fair moves from Pine to Payson.

Supply Line helps support troops

Rim country residents are encouraged to continue their support through the Payson Supply Line.

Man injured in Beeline rollover

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.

Globe, Miami make bid for immigrant holding facility

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.

Amelia Emma Aleccia

Amelia Emma Aleccia, 93, died Jan. 6, 2005.

Young author publishes first book

Young author Morgan DiFelice has penned and published her first book. And she's only 9 years old.

What's up?

Q: With all the rain we've received, how is this affecting the water levels for town wells and the aquifer?

AARP presenting Social Security program

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.

Crowe, Beattie wed

Jay Crowe and Michelle Beattie were married Dec. 26, 2004 in Laughlin, Nev.

Tonto residents run to higher ground

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.

Blue Ridge water poses challenge for county

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."

Council puts bite on barking dog ordinance

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.

DNA testing can solve family history mysteries

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.

Little dogs need training too


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.

The long road to Chinle

Longhorns, Wildcats split wins in three-game series

It's printed as a road game on the Payson High School basketball schedule.

'Life, Love and Broadway' at college Jan. 27

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.

Painting is magic for Payson artist


To some, painting is simply a mixing of colors on a blank canvas, to Lucy Rawn it is nothing less than magic.

Canine companions -- the more the merrier


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.

Jean Donelda Harris

Jean Donelda Harris, 91, of Payson, Ariz. died Jan. 6, 2005.

Thursday, January 6

Vandalism not cool

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.

No one should have to die

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.

If you can't say anything nice ...

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.

Who will be this year's Man, Woman of the Year?

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

Bree Elizabeth Hall was born Dec. 20, 2004 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

Helene Julliette Todd

Helene Julliette Todd, 93, died Jan. 4, 2005 after almost 12 years with leukemia.

Tomonya LeGraff-Freeland

Tomonya LeGraff-Freeland, 87, a 30-year resident of Payson, died Jan. 7, 2005.

Jean Rose DuBois

Jean Rose DuBois, 84, died Jan. 5, 2005.

Paul ordyceAshby

Paul ordyceAshby, 90,ied Dec. 26, 2004, in Spring Valley, Ariz.

Students struggle to pass AIMS math

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.

State approves AIMS tutoring funds

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.

Man shoots self in road-rage incident

A man shot himself in the leg after flashing his gun to another driver Monday morning, police said.

Flood watch issued by National Weather Service

A flash flood watch for northern Gila County, including Payson, was issued by the National Weather Service in Flagstaff Friday morning.

Rim country family lives on New Year's Faith

Two days late, but Payson has its official New Year's baby.

Forecasters predict more precipitation

With one storm down, weather forecasters predict more to come.

Business honored for disability awareness

Chris Cooper thought he was just giving somebody a shot, but the town of Payson saw it as something more.

Fire destroys South Colcord home

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

Ruth Ann Hyatt, 81, of Payson, died Jan. 5, 2005.

Amon celebrates 15 years

Congratulations to Amon Builders on their 15th anniversary in Payson.

Anglos, Hispanics share communion at St. Philip

A communion turned into visions of acceptance and togetherness for Father John Emanuel; he was inspired to bring the Anglo and Hispanic communities together.

Second body found in creek drowning

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.

Early registrations should prevent last-minute problems

The Payson Little League has scheduled a series of five upcoming player registrations.

Home Depot looking for 100 workers

Shane Monahan, manager of the Home Depot store opening in Payson in March, is looking for about 100 employees from around the Rim country.

Burger King gets new manager

Payson's Burger King is under new management.

Chinle games are standing-room-only

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.

Young readers vie for new bicycles

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.

Too old, too sick, too bad

Please be aware that we already have private retirement investment accounts. They are called IRAs and 401K's.

Store fills niche for leather clothing

They built their business around bikers and their insatiable appetite for leather goods.

Village gets up to 18 inches of snow


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.

Slow moving in Christopher Creek


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.

Snow gives columnist post-holiday break


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.

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What's up?

Q: Who is the president of the American Red Cross and what is their annual salary?

Social insecurity

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.

Council decision outrages Star Valley residents

Some Star Valley residents were outraged over what they perceived as the Town of Payson's latest attempt to take their water.

Tuesday, January 4

Brands: An important part of Western history, Part II


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.

Start the new year with a community concert


The second half of 2004-2005 Tonto Community Concert Season starts this month with a performance by The Montana Mandolin Society.

State Emergency Operations Press Release: Tonto Creek

A press release from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs State Emergency Operations Center, regarding Tonto Creek flood area.

Water source OK'd for 37-acre parcel behind Town Hall

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.

Red Cross closes shelter in Punkin Center

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.

Feast for health


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.

Some years you just can't win


Some years, you just can't win. Last year -- 2004 -- was such a year.

Monday, January 3

After winning Bradshaw opener, Horns drop four

Just when the Longhorns seemed to be back on track, the team ran into trouble, which has coach Mike Loutzenheiser searching for answers.

Keeping poinsettias alive past Christmas


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.

What's up?

Q: What is being built between Cucina Paradiso and the Swiss Village shops?

Fish defense has no defense

The killing of Humane Society volunteer Grant Kuenzli by Mr. Harold Fish is in the news again. (Roundup Dec. 31)

Former supervisor's lackluster career

I just finished reading all the underscored victories of our former supervisor in 2004.

Young volunteers get praises

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.

New late-start bus schedules

The bus route times for middle and high school students on the new late-start school schedule are as follows:

Council meeting on proposed development

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.

Clara Ryan

Clara Ryan, 93, of Payson, died Dec. 30, 2004.

Conservation is a small price to pay

Only twice in the past 10 years has precipitation in the Rim country been normal or above.

Wet weather doesn't mean end of drought

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 dead, another missing on Tonto Creek

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.

Mudslides close Tonto Natural Bridge

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.

Red Cross opens shelter for residents affected by flooding in Punkin Center

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.

TCCA makes plea for new piano

School pianos get a hard workout from chorus accompanists, aspiring students and youngsters just playing around.

New Year brings abundance of activities


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?

Report details spirit encounters at Main Street restaurant

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.

Snow day for Payson schools Wednesday

Payson schools will be closed Wednesday for a snow day.

Students earn sweet rewards for donations

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.

Variety of classes offered at Gila Community College

Several new academic classes will be offered at Gila Community College this semester.

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Mary Louise Dierker Morris

Mary Louise Dierker Morris, 75, of Payson, died Dec. 31, 2004.

Betty Jean Meadows

Betty Jean Meadows, 77, of Payson, Ariz., died Jan. 3, 2005 in Payson. She was born Oct. 18, 1927 in Newton, Kan.

William A. Brunson

William Allen Brunson, 82, of Payson, died Dec. 28, 2004 in Payson.

Coach forms his own 'fellowship of the ring'

Payson High School football coach Jerry Rhoades has started a program that rewards athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field.

Town sports programs get facelift

There are some big changes on the horizon for the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Horns ready to blast Moon Valley

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.

Lil' Longhorn preschool gets state approval

The Lil' Longhorn program at Payson High School is now a fully licensed and accredited preschool.

New Year's resolutions for people and their pets


The New Year brings new opportunities to try something new and eliminate old habits that have been getting in the way.

Lady Horns win first Hoops title

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.

Thrift store volunteer likes giving back to the community


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."

Governor to address aging population

Arizona's demographics are changing; the state is aging.

Home Depot taking applications online

Rim country residents interested in applying for work at the Home Depot store can go online now, according to store manager Shane Monahan.

Black leader deserves recognition

In reply to the letter by Lon Thomas regarding his dim view of MLK Day.

Woman needs help replacing shrine

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.

Rim country blood drives critical to state's supply


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.