Thursday, July 28
This letter is to thank you for publishing the articles of Max Foster and Jim Keyworth in your July 12 editorial entitled "Hard working Americans are true heroes."
After spending three days in the Valley with lots of necessary running around, I am delightfully happy to be back in Strawberry. How fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful place.
Tonto Village got a good soaking of rainfall this past Saturday evening. The amount of this precious moisture was widespread throughout the surrounding area.
If you've noticed a sweet, fruity smell wafting through the Rim Country lately, it can only mean one thing -- Gollipops is back.
I was one of those who got caught up in the closure of Highway 87 on Friday, July 22, 2005. Closing the highway for safety reasons is understandable and responsible. But, there are some issues in how this was done.
In response to the question that appeared in the Payson Roundup, July 22, page 4A, under "What's Up?" "Why does Barbara Brewer have handicapped plates on her car?"
My heart breaks for the Goddard family which was shattered by the suspected DUI driver. know from living through this type of nightmare what the family is going through.
I am writing this letter in response to "Your View" found on page 4 of the Payson Roundup regarding the bike versus vehicle accident that took place on Highway 260 in front of Jiffy Lube last Monday.
Q: The Payson water department ... mandated changing of the toilets to waterless urinals. I was appalled that the town had threatened the business owners with large fines. But the double standard is alive and well at Chaparral Pines. To my knowledge, it's the only part of town that seems to be exempt. AND Q: Why isn't the Taylor Pool going to have open swimming on weekends after school is back in session?
Mud, 3 to 4 feet of it, washed across Highway 188 a few miles south of Tonto Basin Monday afternoon closing both lanes of traffic.
Through Phoenix Suns Charities, Time Out, Inc. has been awarded $2,000 for basketball equipment and play structures for the shelter.
When Sheila Wiggins decided Boca Raton, Fla. was too hectic and crowded, she knew she wanted to either return to her home state of Tennessee or come West.
Payson High School senior Sherah Cline was selected the top cheer line member from among the more than 200 who attended the United Spirit Association Summer Camp held on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Longhorn football kicks off preseason practices Aug. 1 -- about one week earlier than the other fall sports of volleyball, cross country and soccer.
A pair of Tonto Apache Track and Field team members have qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships. The event is this week (July 26 to 30) in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Pioneer Title Agency Golf Tournament is one of the most anticipated sports events of the summer season.
For a day Payson was in the running to host the Arizona Cardinals preseason training camp.
Youngsters from around the Rim Country are gearing up for a 4-H horse show to be held July 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center.
Thanks for the "Red Cross shows mettle" article of July 26.athy Tisdale, chief executive officer, of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross had made a brief visit as we were closing the shelter Friday afternoon. A few of her remarks, although correctly recorded, were unfortunately misleading.
Last week I went to Payson High School to shoot photographs of students registering for the 2005-2006 school year.
Donna P. Willcutt, 92, died July 26, 2005 in Phoenix. She was born Aug. 30, 1912 in Minneapolis, Minn.
William H. Pratt, 49, of Strawberry, died July 15, 2005 of heart failure. He was born Oct. 29, 1955.
What started as a simple effort to bring comfort to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan earlier this year has taken off and is now drawing support from around the state.
The Payson Town Council voted Thursday evening to revive the effort that includes a bronze-elk statue as part of the Tyler Parkway roundabout, but opted not to pay for adding decorative boulders to the site.
More than 60 people turned out for an informational meeting last week on the first of three projects proposed by the developers who want to bring water from Star Valley to Payson.
Claudia DiMenna walks her dog Coco, an 11-month-old Maltese/Yorkie mix around the lakes at Green Valley Park. "I take Coco for a walk as often as she wants -- at least twice a day unless it's too hot," DiMenna said. DiMenna carries a portable bag dispenser (Bags on Board, around $10) on Coco's leash at all times. For the dog walker, it's handy, compact, lightweight and easy to use.
The residents of Gila County will feel the country's real estate boom when they receive their tax bills next year. The county board of supervisors approved a tentative budget of $66.2 million at a special meeting July 18.
The town of Payson can say it's home to the state's most-ticketed poacher. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is calling 37-year-old Payson resident Wesley Frost the agency's "most-revoked" individual. Frost's hunting, fishing and trapping licenses have been shot down more times than any other sportsman in the state's history.
Last week, 40 eager children showed up at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel for the 11th year of Vacation Bible School. The children who attended were between the ages of 2 to 17. It's so exciting to watch these children grow every year.
Tuesday, July 26
RIM REVIEW FEATURE
The storms of the monsoon season in the Rim country are frightening and dangerous. But they also bring a wonderful perfume to the air and spectacular light shows to the night skies.
A copy of this letter from Walter L. Haught, dated July 14, 1956, was saved by his granddaughter, Tommie Cline Martin. The letter was written to Bert Slater, then editor of the Payson Roundup.
IN THE KITCHEN
Schools in the Rim country resume next week, but there is still time to make some plans that could help create classroom success.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
At a recent meeting of the Payson Town Council, the agenda was heavily laden with what the town calls "Ceremonial; Announcements; Presentations; Introductions."
Monday, July 25
Three members of a Payson family returning from a shopping trip to the Valley were killed, while two others were injured, in a collision at the intersection of the Bush and Beeline highways at 7:30 p.m. July 24 Department of Public Safety Officer Frank Valenzuela said.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to A.R.S. Section 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law.
Paul M. Batty, 89, died Thursday, July 21, 2005 in Payson. Mr. Batty was born July 23, 1915 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Miles Marquis Batty and Permelia Emily Bigelow.
Janet Martin was born Aug. 17, 1937 in Mesa, the daughter of Douglas and Elwina B. Martin. She died July 21, 2005 at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.
In the past year, the Federal Reserve Board has used its authority to raise those interest rates it is authorized to change. Under the current chairman of the board, this has been done in order to avoid inflation.
May I suggest that Ms. Suhr (and everyone else) read the National Geographic for July of this year for a more thorough discussion on stem cells: embryonic versus adult.
Monday afternoon a vehicle and bicycle collided on East Highway 260 in front of Jiffy Lube.
Traffic accidents and the Edge Complex Fire tested the resources of Rim Country emergency personnel over the weekend, said Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi.
Fees for use of the Payson Municipal Airport could be increased to comply with the Payson town council's directive to reduce use of town general fund money by 20 percent.
Payson could get another roundabout if the town staff has its way at the regular town council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
School supplies needed
Children love backpacks. "... All kinds of backpacks, because we have boys, girls; little ones and big ones," said Jean Oliver, education coordinator for Time Out.
Lena Woloszyn and Scott Mikl will wed Saturday, July 30, 2005 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.
During a march around the hot parking lot at Payson High School, Larry Potvin corrected the postures of students as they tried to step in synch with one another.
Services for Lois L. Lewis, formerly Lois Lee York, were held in Woodland, Calif. Tuesday, July 26, 2005.
Friday morning, July 22, from the traffic on the scanner, the world sounded like it was coming apart at the seams.
Newly appointed Payson Schools Superintendent Sue Myers called upon rank-and-file employees to provide inspiration at the new school year's orientation assembly Friday.
Michelle Linn and Joseph William Paul of Payson are celebrating their first wedding anniversary. They were married July 31, 2004.
From the menu, you'd think it's a gourmet cafe, but it's just the Payson High School cafeteria.
Q: Why isn't there a runaway truck escape ramp on the Beeline from the Valley to Payson or vice versa? and Q: I'd like to use the Qwest drop box, located near the town hall, to pay my bill but I've heard people have had trouble with it in the past. Is there anything I should know before I use it?
Now that Payson and surrounding environs are being restricted more and more in their water usage, perhaps it is time for the residents and electors to react and demand that their town and county leaderships consider a no growth policy, or at least strictly limit development to conserve our water supplies.
I must have read at least three letters by Mr. Dave Engleman which you have published regarding the shooting of Grant Kuenzli by Harold Fish. In his last letter, which you published on July 22, it was said to let the court system do its job, but then you virtually let Mr. Engleman try this case in your otherwise fine newspaper once again. The clincher was where Mr. Engleman says that Mr. Kuenzli did what any dog lover would have done, to rush Mr. Fish to disarm him.
The players called it Hell Week, but coaches use it as an opportunity to prepare their team mentally and physically for the rigors of tough, grid-iron battles against teams like Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake.
The emergency shelter set up by local Red Cross volunteers, their first real test under fire, went much smoother than they expected.
The Roundup presents a collection of photos from the 71,635-acre Edge Complex Fire that started Friday, July 15, 2005 from a lightning strike 23 miles south of Payson, Arizona.
It was monsoon lightning that ignited the Edge Complex Fire 10 days ago, and it was a monsoon rain that finished it off.
Rim Country football fans will soon have the opportunity to golf with the Sun Devils in their back yard on one of the most pristine and highly rated golf courses in the state.
A few weeks ago under the caption of "Food For Tabs," you printed a letter from Pat Cline saying how much she, and Nansi Conrad, appreciated receiving the tabs from cans donated to the Payson Humane Society.
Rim Country residents have a new option for fending off the summer doldrums -- sipping a cool Italian soda while enjoying the scenic waterways and colorful houses of Burano, Italy.
FOCUS ON PETS
Larry and Eloise Kontz met me at the dog park to continue our conversation about life with a guide dog. Lou was busy running with his buddies and chasing tennis balls. He is delighted to be able to hold three balls in his mouth at one time or a ball and a Frisbee.
Camp Tontozona, Arizona State University's scenic mountain retreat nestled in the ponderosa pines 17 miles east of Payson, has been toted by sports officials as one of the most unique university football training camps in the country.
The Longhorn Skills and Drills Soccer Camp for high-school aged boys and girls will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 to 5 on the Rumsey Park north field.
A visit to the Pine Meadows Country Club in Heber-Overgaard for an individual low-net tournament highlighted the Payson Men's Golf Association schedule.
Friday, July 22
"The news is all good today," Fire Information Officer Sandi Ault said Saturday morning. The Edge Complex Fire, which threatened Tonto Basin, Punkin Center, Sunflower and the communications center on Mt. Ord, is no longer considered a serious threat.
Erratic winds and extremely dry fuels continue to hamper containment efforts on the Edge Complex Fire. As of late Friday, the fire had consumed more than 65,000 acres between Tonto Basin and Sunflower.
Thursday, July 21
It seems that many people keep to themselves. Neighbors drive into their garages, slip inside their homes and make little contact with the people next door.
Highway 87 was closed at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning after the Edge Complex Fire jumped the road and turned west toward Sunflower.
A Tonto Basin man was pronounced dead at his employer's home early Monday morning after what detectives are calling a justifiable shooting.
Payson High School wrestling coach Rich Ormand says a busy off season program, which has just wrapped up, bodes well for the Longhorns, once the team returns to the mat in early winter.
The Second Annual Mazatzal Casino Payson Parks and Recreation Charity Home Run Derby has been rescheduled and expanded.
Following a highly successful season in which two teams won area championships and advanced to district finals, the Little League Board of Directors is beginning preparations for next season.
This heat just cannot continue. I need to be ordering wood for the winter, but the thought of having to stack it is just too much for now. There are times when central heat sounds awfully nice. But I love my wood stove.
Jobie Shelvin Murphy, 81, died July 17, 2005. He was born Sept. 14, 1923 in Chester, Miss.
A few more days and school will be starting. It is 103 degrees outside and the clothing stores are clearing out their summer stock. Next week there will be winter coats on the racks. Time seems to be flying by. And we have so many books and you have so little time. What shall we do?
The following schedules include Gisela-Round Valley-Oxbow Routes 6 and 7, Town Route 8, Town Route 9, Christopher Creek 10, Town Route 13, Town Route 15, Tonto Basin, Christopher Creek and Route 22.
The Star Valley School Class of 2005 had graduation ceremonies June 16 at Green Valley Park.
Charles Herman Shoemaker died July 11, 2005.
Barbecue season is now in full swing since the weather has really heated up around Tonto Village. Temperatures have hovered around the 100-degree mark and above for about three weeks and, naturally, who wants to cook inside to heat up the house any more than it already is?
The Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department will be making a special community presentation at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at the Latter-day Saints Christopher Creek Chapel on Apple Lane. Learn what you can do in the area of fire prevention and fire safety. Mackenzie Helmandollars from the University of Arizona Agricultural Department will speak.
A Jack and Jill shoot-out and a Two-Man Best Ball Championship provided plenty of links action for members of the Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations.
After winning two consecutive Arizona State Tournament Little League clashes, the Payson All Stars suffered the heartbreak of defeat in a 19-6 loss to Ahwatukee.
A man who grew up rounding up the family horses on foot, ran and threw his way to six gold medals at the Lori Piestewa Native American Games.
Gennette Ellen Stewart, 80, died June 3, 2005 in Payson. She was born Nov. 4, 1924.
John J. Baker Jr., 57, of Payson, formerly of Vincennes, Ind., died July 19, 2005 at the Veterans Administration hospital in North Chicago, Ill. He was born in Indianapolis, Ind. July 23, 1947, and grew up in Vincennes, Ind.
Patricia M. Arnold, 76, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005. She was born July 19, 1929 in Arkansas, and she moved to the Phoenix area in her teens.
Pine Creek Collection is now at the Bondurant House in Pine.
Kevin Dick, with Edward Jones financial services, recently won the firm's Century Award for outstanding performance as a broker.
René Waggoner isn't new to the Rim country, but she is a new business owner. She has lived in the area about 20 years and has worked in the pet grooming business around town for 15 years. In mid-June she opened her own shop, Payson Pet Salon on Main Street.
A certified arborist is now available to help Rim residents improve the health of their trees and shrubs. Lee Brown, who holds an arborist's certification for the Western region of the U.S. (Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii), has opened New Leaf Tree & Shrub Care.
Q: Why does Barbara Brewer have handicapped plates on her car?
I recently took my grandchildren to the movie "Fantastic 4," a PG13 rating. It was a pretty good movie, with a lot of fantasy and action.
I mourn for the parents who recently lost their beautiful daughter, Kayla. I rejoice in the news that she is still living in the bodies of children and people, who might not be alive today but for her.
We cannot express enough praise and gratitude to Chris and Jerry Floyd for their valiant and generous donation of their daughter Kayla's organs in the midst of their grief.
Of course hindsight is 20/20 vision, but it seems to me if an officer is investigating a burglary/burglary in progress any person he comes in contact with is a potential burglar and needs to stand down until the officer does his job.
Otis M. Trimble's Roundup letter of July 15, rambling on about the killing of an unarmed man and dog lover named Grant Kuenzli in 2004 by a gunman named Harold Fish is outrageous.
To Otis Trimble's letter of July 15, I, John McCauley, have acted as an individual in my efforts to defend Grant Kuenzli's character, reputation and his right to life. If there are supporters of this position, they act on their own. I can only assume they subscribe to the same beliefs as I.
I lived in Payson 10 years before leaving in 2000. Now I am moving back.
Parents, if you believe your teenager is 100 percent exempt from engaging in sex because of the way you raised them, you are wrong.
Representatives of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) are coming to Payson the week of July 25, 2005, as part of their Clean Energy Now Campaign.
Kathy Kay is being hailed as the perfect fit for her job as the Payson Unified School District's new curriculum coordinator.
It has taken sophomore Jamie Flake just one school year to learn the secret of a no-hassle Payson High School registration.
The brass elk that a group of volunteers wants to put in the roundabout at The Home Depot is dead, at least for now, brought down by the Arizona Department of Transportation which sees it as a distraction.
Fire threatens emergency communications tower
The area of Sunflower is being evacuated and Highway 87 is closed in both directions this morning as the Edge Fire moves west toward the community and has jumped the highway in several places.
The following schedules include Town Route 1, Town Route 2, Mesa del and Star Valley.
Wednesday, July 20
About 100 Tonto Basin residents were evacuated Thursday as the northeast corner of the Edge Complex Fire approached.
Tuesday, July 19
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
This just in from PRNewswire, the service that provides journalists with press releases from those in search of free publicity for really weird things:
Editor's note -- Last year, 2004, Jayne Peace Pyle and Jinx Pyle published a book that was 20 years late, "Rodeo 101 - History of the Payson, Arizona Rodeo 1884-1984." The two are now working on a book about Zane Grey to be published as a complement to the opening of the replica of the famous author's cabin at Green Valley Park. Because of this obligation we are visiting their book on the Payson Rodeo in this edition of the "Back Trackin'" column.
Payson's annual summer Concert Under the Stars series ends this week on a swinging note with a performance by a 19-piece orchestra and two vocalists known as Sonoran Swing.
IN THE KITCHEN
South-of-the-border flavors are a vibrant addition to our American culinary melting pot.
Monday, July 18
On June 29, 2005, Gary Hyde was discovered murdered at his residence west of Snowflake. The Navajo County Sheriff's Office is looking for Marco A. Perea-Gayosso in connection with the crime.
Shannon Carr and Douglas Skelton were married on June 4, 2005, at the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa.
Kayla Diane Floyd, 17, of Payson, died July 13, 2005. She was born May 6, 1988.
One person died and another was injured Saturday, July 16 when their motorcycle collided with a guardrail near milepost 230.9 on Highway 87.
Books! Don't you just love ‘em? As a volunteer, I have the pleasant task of taking care of donated books at the Senior Thrift Store. It's fun to find books that I have not yet read by my favorite authors, or to make the acquaintance of new ones.
Denise Rose Hill was born to Rose and Dan Hill June 24, 2005.
Q: (Recently) at Rumsey Park on ball diamonds 2 and 3, play has ended at approximately 9 p.m., yet the lights have remained on until 10 .p.m. This is one hour of lights on two diamonds each night with no activity going on. How much is this costing us and who is responsible for this extravagant waste of energy?
I say three cheers for morally licit stem cell research (SCR). And I hope and pray that cures will continue to be found for Denise Barker and the thousands like her (Roundup, 7/15/05).
Two years ago, 187 women in Payson experienced a life-altering event: giving birth.
FOCUS ON PETS
I first met Larry and Eloise Kontz at the Strawberry Festival next to the ice cream truck. Their Labrador, Lou, was wearing a guide-dog harness -- so I asked if I could do a story. At that moment, Lou stuck his head into the nearby garbage container and came out with a face full of fudge sauce, which he immediately wiped all over Eloise.
Allen Fisher was bitten by the bug as a boy -- thanks to his mother.
Russ Krueger of Goodyear writes, among other things, that some experts agree that the World Trade Towers were not felled from the collisions of two passenger airplanes, but rather were deliberately destroyed by explosives placed within the buildings prior to the attack.
A 12-0 loss to Blue Ridge in the Little League Major Division District 1 championship didn't dampen Payson coach Eddie Duran's enthusiasm for his players.
Payson Little League all-star coach Eddie Duran is thankful to the many fans and supporters who helped make the recent Area 1 tournament an overwhelming success.
The Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament will get off to a tasty start at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at Payson Golf Course with a no-host cocktail hour and barbecue steak dinner cooked up by Albert and Charlene Hunt.
The National Reining Horse World Championship, held Sunday, July 17 at the Payson Event Center, featured the best equestrians in the Open Ranch Horse Competition.
The one-two links punch of Tyler Apps and Jeffrey Kelley is heating up the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.
Nearly 40 aspiring baseball and softball players turned out for the Sixth Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center held July 11-15 at Rumsey Park.
Marion Smith, 80, of Payson died June 14, 2005 in Salinas, Calif.
John Richard Kundla, 61, of Payson, died July 17, 2005. He was born Sept. 11, 1943 in Aliquippa, Penn.
In Friday's Roundup (July 15) appeared a heart-felt compassionate editorial by publisher Richard Haddad regarding the sudden, tragic death of young Kayla Floyd, a promising teenager filled with dreams and aspirations for the future.
I am writing to express my sadness at hearing about Kayla Floyd. She was in the very first class in which I was privileged to be a teacher's aide.
If more people were as generous as Kayla Floyd and her parents, we wouldn't have more than 6,000 Americans dying every year waiting for organ transplants. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year.
This letter is to the person, or persons, who entered my van while parked in my driveway early in the morning of Wednesday, June 29 and stole my backpack.
It sometimes seems as though we Americans have lost our way as a society, caught up in a glut of consumerism and over-consumption. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the oversized automobiles we continue to insist on driving.
To quench the thirst of the communities to the north, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District had hoped to investigate whether one of the Pine Water Company's existing test sites could produce more water.
Lowell Observatory and Discovery Communications broke ground on the Discovery Channel's Telescope (DCT), July 12, after nearly a decade of work on the design and the search for an appropriate site.
Payson will soon have another place to buy liquor, but with a difference -- when it opens, the Beverage House will feature fine wines and offer wine tastings.
The Houston Mesa Fire Department was on the scene of a lightning-caused house fire in Mesa del Caballo four minutes after it was reported Friday evening, according to Houston Mesa Fire Chief Chuck Jacobs.
A four-year-old lawsuit charging Payson Police officers with six complaints, including trespassing, federal civil rights violations, and assault and battery has been settled by the Payson Town Council for $75,000.
The Longhorn football camp, which kicked off Monday, July 18 on Payson High School football field, will provide aspiring players the opportunity for a jump-start on the 2005 season.
Irene B. Gildemeister, of Payson, died July 14, 2005. She was born Sept. 17, 1914 in Germany.
The onset of the monsoon season over the weekend triggered a new round of forest fires and a house fire, all ignited by lightning strikes. The Payson Ranger District experienced a total of 19 fires Friday and Saturday, according to Gary Roberts, district fire prevention officer.
The petition drive to incorporate Diamond Star kicked off Monday evening, and organizers said they hope to wrap it up quickly -- maybe as soon as the end of the week.
Thursday, July 14
Junior Girl Scout Troop #655 earned the Bronze award, the highest honor a troop at this level can receive, for a play the girls produced recently called "The Rainbow People."
The Cave Creek Complex fire's threat to the Rim country was the last straw for Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin.
No timepiece ever made can tell a parent when a child's journey through life will end. In the blink of an eye, the trip may be over.
Martin A. "Marty" Ward died peacefully at his home Monday, July 11, 2005.
Don't forget the Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this Saturday, July 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a no-host happy hour. The dinner -- filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian, will be served at 6 p.m. Auctions and raffles will be held later in the evening.
AIMS and Terra Nova spring test results revealed most Payson students scored above county and state averages, however, some serious concerns remain about academic performance.
Scott Reger likes his work during the summer -- whether it's trimming hedges or moving desks, he's always doing something different.
If customers don't comply with state-ordered water conservation measures, residents could have their water disconnected and be charged a substantial fee for reconnection.
A runaway trailer towed by a truck driven by Payson Police Commander Don Engler struck a Phoenix man riding a motorcycle in Scottsdale Saturday.
Dozens of law enforcement officers and their canine partners from all over Arizona made the pilgrimage to Payson for the 13th annual Canine Survival Seminar.
Rim country residents have responded to pleas by the Payson Humane Society to adopt dogs to reduce overcrowding, but the problem hasn't gone away.
A few years ago, I received a phone call from a reader who wanted to publish a letter complaining about his neighbor's yard.
Just as APS enjoys taking credit for every little thing that has to do with allowing Fossil Creek to go back to its natural state, I would imagine the photographer that took the exceptional photographs for the historical display at APS would like some credit, too.
The view of the Roundup intern published in the July 8, 2005 edition demands a response. Defending New York Times reporter Judith Miller as a journalistic hero, as the Roundup intern did, is laughable.
Re: Carol Suhr's July 8 editorial on stem cell research -- I read your letter to the editor regarding stem cell research and although everyone has a right to their own opinion, I would just ask you to be open minded enough to consider doing some research as I have.
Here are some numbers for our local U.S.-national-debt aficionados:
Two thousand Americans were killed at Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, we entered World War II.
My recollection of the Ox Bow Inn is a little different. A Jimmy Cox bought the hotel and property from the Wades.
What kind of celebration was that on Independence Day anyway? There was no prayer to God, no thanks for our freedom, our veterans, those who have given their lives for our country, no prayer for or honor given to our servicemen who are currently fighting a war for our freedom, no thoughts for our police or firemen.
It is likely that the hapless Harold Fish faces another year or so in the tunnel of terror, primarily engineered for him by John McCauley. I assume McCauley and his supporters continue to be merciless, relentless and implacable in their desire to have Fish as totally annihilated as if he were stomped into bloody mush by a rampaging rogue bull elephant.
After more than a year of "reading, studying and praying," Tina Terry, an insurance and financial services representative with the Modern Woodmen of America, has achieved the Fraternal Insurance Counselors (FIC) designation.
Gordon R. Larson, 86, died July 5, 2005 in Tucson. He was born May 17, 1919 in Portage, Wisc.
Charles Sheridan Lockwood, III, 80, of Payson died July 2, 2005. He was born Aug. 24, 1924 in Boston, Mass.
James Emery Partridge, 78, of Payson, died July 11, 2005. He was born Nov. 14, 1926 in Parkland, Wash.
Walter J. "Sonny" Sarnel, 65, of Payson, died July 13, 2005. He was born Sept. 7, 1939 in Jersey City, N.J.
Bad calls and a lack of sleep made for a couple of rough games against Mohave High School last weekend when Payson High School basketball took part in the Runnin' on the River Classic in Bullhead City, Ariz.
Don Gyde and Bill McKenna shot a 113 to take the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man best ball championship Wednesday morning at Payson Golf Course.
As six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong slept somewhere in Courchavel, France, resting for stage 11 of cycling's most popular and grueling event, seven cyclists halfway around the world in Payson mounted their bikes Tuesday evening for a ride of their own.
Registration times for the 2005-06 school year are as follows:
I hope that all of my readers are handling the overly excessive heat that we are having this week. When we moved from Yuma, I thought that we would not have to have air conditioning. We thought that fans would work out just fine.
I am back in town and it is wonderful to be here. There is no place like home, particularly when that home is in Strawberry. It is a little warm however. Hopefully the rains will come soon.
Members of Central Christian Church recently changed the name of their house of worship.
Despite a seemingly empty parking lot, and construction delays that postponed the opening of the maligned roundabout intersection, The Home Depot is doing better than expected, said store manager, Shane Monahan.
When Sarah Derksen was 11, her pet basset hound came down with Valley Fever. She would go to the vet with him every chance she had.
Donald Brooks Curtis has been named a private banker for Wells Fargo's Payson branch. The appointment was announced by Michael Kinnison, manager of Wells Fargo Community Banking in Central Arizona.
The passing of bad checks continues to be a serious problem in Gila County, according to the Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.
Tuesday, July 12
When I first looked at this photo of the Payson School Band of the late 1950s, I thought of Miss Julia Randall. Although Irving Whitehouse was the band leader (as pictured), most of the kids in this photo got their start in music from Miss Randall.
An equestrian competition unique to the Rim country provides an opportunity for cowboys and cowgirls to showcase their in-the-saddle skills.
IN THE KITCHEN
You're having one of those days. In the morning, it was breakfast on the run. It's been busy at work, you've rushed from activity to activity and the thought of having to plan dinner for the family is another job that you just don't need right now. You want real food and you want it now.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
The American Film Institute just celebrated its 100th birthday by releasing its "Top 100 Movie Quotes -- America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases."
Monday, July 11
Four teams are in a neck-and-neck battle for the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man best ball championship to be decided July 13 at a second and final round of play.
Ronald Craig Tuttle, of Arizona City, Ariz., died July 8, 2005. He was born Dec. 20, 1954 in Webster City, Iowa.
Sonicio G. "Manuel" Perez, 81, of Payson died July 6, 2005. He was born Oct. 9, 1923 in Ajo, Ariz.
Aspiring members of the next edition of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team spent the week learning to do it the Lumberjack way.
In loving memory of our parents Royce R. Cox and Peggy J. Cox.
It took the stag nearly three years to find our haystack. Recently we started buying alfalfa hay for the goats on days when the vegetation is too wet for them to eat the native brush.
As I follow the newspaper descriptions of deliberations and decisions by the town council, I am becoming more and more disenchanted with its performance. As an editorial in the Roundup noted, it gets curiouser and curiouser.
Manzanita Hills Phase Six? Friday of the Independence Day weekend at 3 p.m., a meeting initiated by private developers was held with about 13 property owners to discuss a proposed new development, Manzanita Hills Phase Six.
In regard to the forest treatment plans: You have my 100 percent support. We have been living in Pine at the end of Pine Canyon Road and have witnessed the Pack Fire to the north, the Rodeo-Chediski fire to the northeast, the Webber fire to the east, the Willow Fire to the south, and now the Cave Creek Complex fire to the southwest.
Social Security and the new court judge: One of the great American values is we take our laws seriously. We debate, we question, we listen ... and then, after they are passed, we support them.
I was reading in the Roundup about part of our council wanting to bring salaries up to market. I think a few years ago we voted on that and the people voted it down. I am pretty sure that our cost of living is not up to market, but it is of my opinion we need to put our town's infrastructure on top priority.
Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill made no decision at Monday's hearing on whether the case against Kevan Kuhlman would be sent directly to trial or reexamined by a grand jury.
The dog days of summer haven't been especially kind to the Rim country's canine population.
Registration schedules for Payson High School and Julia Randall Elementary School are as follows:
Lindsay Rochelle Hughes and Matthew Bliss Carter, both 21, will wed 4:30 p.m., Nov. 25, 2005, at the Wright House in Mesa.
Bob and Margaret (Wright) Walberg are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary July 13.
Doug and Marti Meadows of Payson and Dave Smith of New River, Ariz., and Melonie Latimer of Phoenix are pleased to announce the marriage of Alicia Anne Meadows of Scottsdale and Thor Smith of New River, Ariz., March 19, 2005 in New River.
Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter is expected to recommend that the town annex Diamond Star at a special council meeting on July 21.
In light of some disparaging remarks we've heard around town lately, we'd like to remind everyone who the real heroes are in today's society. They're neither the overpaid, pampered sports stars, nor are they the pop culture musicians and movie stars whose antics and lifestyles teenagers and young adults strive to emulate.
In response to the July 7, 2005 Guest Comment written by Robert Henley, it is important to note that the Council decision last year to bring about 60 percent of our employees to market at that time, with the remaining employees to receive their market increases this fiscal year, was based on Robert Henley's suggestion and it was a good one.
Softball players planning on participating in the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby must register and pay their entry fee of $45 per team by July 15.
The Payson 9-10-year-old all-star team advanced to the state tournament Saturday with a 10-4 win over Show Low in Flagstaff.
Disney is right, "It's a small world after all." Ask Teri Nanty, she has firsthand experience.
Lost pensions, economy altering golden years
George Nusshart, the congenial man who greets customers at Safeway, got his start at 14 working in the local Polish meat market in his neighborhood in Indiana.
When the vote came, Councilor Dick Reese's lone voice was raised against Town Manager Fred Carpenter's proposed compromise on town staff raises.
FOCUS ON PETS
"Before there were purebred dogs specifically fashioned to chase after game birds or herd sheep, there were mutts," said Steve Dale, contributing writer for USA Weekend.
The public has an opportunity to help improve Payson's health care services, said Rural Health Office Director Alison Hughes.
The records of Doncaster Prison in England give her Christian name as Brenda Eileen Sims and brand her the illegitimate child of Kathleen Mary Sims. She was born March 10, 1938, and her skin was yellow with jaundice.
A photographic history of the Childs and Irving hydroelectric power plants is on display at the Payson office of Arizona Public Service.
Farrell Hoosava was sworn into office of the Tonto Apache Tribal Council on June 6 by Chief Judge Tao Etpison.
The Longhorn boys soccer team has begun gearing up for the schools' return to 3A East after spending two years in the 4A Grand Canyon region.
Thursday, July 7
The heated issue of staff "market" raises was resolved Thursday night when the town council voted unanimously to accept a compromise proposed by Town Manager Fred Carpenter.
The Roundup presents a collection of photos from community Independence Day celebrations in Payson, Ariz., July 2005.
The Independence Day holiday is now behind us. I hope that many of you from the Village attended the fireworks display at Green Valley Park in Payson. They were absolutely amazing. Just the display alone lasted a good half hour.
The Independence Day weekend is behind us once again. I am writing this from Massachusetts, but from what I hear, we did not burn down or even seriously face evacuation. We are most grateful for that.
If you missed the melodrama at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church this last weekend, you missed a night of great entertainment and lots of laughs. This year's title was "Cheerio, Y'All or Miss Keyes, in the Conservatory, with the Feather Boa."
A luncheon was held July 2 in the fellowship hall at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church to celebrate Frank and Susan Rysan's 50th wedding anniversary.
John and Susan Sherwood of Tooele, Utah and Robert and Tracy Turner of Payson are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of Keri Christine Sherwood and Jared Anthony Turner, both of Tooele, Utah.
Nansi Conrad, The Ronald McDonald House and the Payson Womans Club wish to say a big thank you to the Payson Humane Society and the folks who drop off their drink can tabs at the humane society.
The Citizens Awareness Committee (CAC) would like to go on record strongly supporting the three town councilors who have asked to reconsider the astronomical raises to the department heads.
I don't suppose one can expect a lot of honesty in a politically driven cartoon, but since the Roundup recently ran one denigrating President Bush's stance on protecting human embryos (Roundup July 1, 2005) here are a few facts to set the record straight:
By William S. Rappaport, President, Diamond Star Water Coalition, Inc. For weeks, the Payson Town Council has attacked the Diamond Star Water Coalition for not having accurate facts. They have failed to identify what facts the coalition has incorrect.
Reporter Judith Miller deserves to go to jail not because she has refused to divulge a confidential source to a grand jury, but because it will demonstrate to the American people that there is still some principle left in journalism today.
Convicted killer, Kevan Kuhlman, will learn at a July 11 hearing whether the case against him will be remanded to a grand jury or go directly to trial.
Continual sunny, sweltering days have Rim country residents wondering when the windy, rainy relief of the monsoon will make an appearance. Meteorologist Mike Staudenmaier of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the summer monsoon is late this year.
The Strawberry School and Pine Community Center were among the first buildings erected by settlers in the Rim country. As they join the National Register of Historic Places these structures will forever preserve a time and place steeped in Arizona's pioneer history.
Edward Jones investment representative Ross Hage of Payson recently received the firm's exclusive Field Trainer Award for his efforts in voluntarily training new brokers.
Robert Edward McNeil, 75, of Payson, died July 2, 2005 in Sun City, Ariz. He was born Aug. 22, 1929 in Midland, Texas.
Norma Dean "Nordie" LaForge, 64, of Tonto Basin, Ariz., died Friday, July 1, 2005 in Globe. She was born Nov. 22, 1940 in McLean, Texas, the daughter of William and Maiedna Rhodes.
Woodrow Hanaford, 89, of Payson, died July 2, 2005. He was born Aug. 31, 1915 in Detroit, Mich.
Carol Ann Duber, 52, of Globe, Ariz., died July 5, 2005. She was born in Yuma, Feb. 4, 1953, the daughter of Barbara Ann (Fuller) and Lyle Jerome Erstad.
Pastor Bill Cain of Rim Country Bible Church of Payson preaches from the Bible in an expository style made famous by the apostle Paul's teachings in an ancient Mediterranean culture in a small Greek town called Berea.
A former Payson High School student is getting a firsthand look at cardiology and the medical field this summer.
From free concerts to flag football, Payson Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone this summer.
Blake Cannon shouldered the pitching load July 7 for the Payson Minor Division (9-10 year olds) All-Stars in a district tournament showdown against Blue Ridge. (Results not available at press time).
With one loss against them in a double elimination tournament, the Payson Little League All-Stars had to be at their best when district play opened July 7 in Eagar-Springerville (results not available at press time).
Coaches Jimmy Oestmann, Jon Gunzel, Mike Loutzenheiser, Kenny Hayes and Pat Stone deserve a pat on the back for volunteering their time to conduct the Maverick Football Camp last week at Rim Country Middle Schoo
Excitement reigned as Payson's Independence Day Men's Soccer Tournament had to be decided July 4 in a dramatic do-or-die shoot-out.
There will be no husband-and-wife teams entered in the Payson Women's Golf Association annual Jack ‘n' Jill tournament July 12 at Payson Golf Course. "It makes (the tournament) kind of interesting when one spouse is playing against another," PWGA member Joyce Karnes said.
Weeks of early morning practice should pay dividends for Payson Pikes swim team members July 9 when they host Camp Verde at Taylor Pool. Start time is 8 a.m.
Ed and Irene Blose became high school sweethearts after they met at a school dance. They were married July 9, 1955, in Ford Cliff, Penn.
Schoolhouse makes history
Two Rim country landmarks will take their place on the National Register of Historic Places in separate dedication ceremonies Saturday afternoon. The Strawberry School and the Pine Community Center have been named to the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. T
The $21 million Payson Event Center project took a major step forward when the developer paid the town $30,000 required under a memo of understanding. Key elements of the project included a 150-room hotel with an indoor pool, 1,000-seat amphitheater, and a 7,000-square-foot conference center.
Your home may look perfect, but when it comes to perfection home buyers need to look beyond the surface. That is where Current Conditions Real Estate Inspection comes in.
Chevelon Canyon: This is a hike-in fishery open to artificial lure and fly only. The bag limit is six fish with a slot limit. Trout between 10-14 inches may not be possessed. Trout taken from Chevelon Canyon Lake shall be immediately killed and retained as part of the bag limit or immediately released.
Tuesday, July 5
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Everybody reads the Payson Roundup's popular "What's Up" column, on the editorial page of each issue.
Don't pass up a chance to catch the blues this weekend. The blues are returning to the Rim country with another Concert Under the Stars with Common Ground Blues band at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 9 in the Green Valley Park amphitheater.
In the column preceding this one, I told of the Cibeque Apache medicine man and Chief Nock-ay-det-klinne. His attempts to raise two Apache chiefs from the dead, along with the related dances and ceremonies on the Fort Apache Reservation, whipped his followers into a state of turmoil and ultimate rebellion against the soldiers at Fort Apache.
IN THE KITCHEN
As lazy summer afternoons drift into starry evenings, the casual summer entertaining bug bites.
Monday, July 4
At Thursday night's special council meeting Tim Fruth, George Barriger and I tried to reconsider the decision to use the current market survey to raise salaries for 63 town staff positions.
Drug agents are seeking the public's help in stemming what they call alarming increases in local and statewide illegal manufacturing of methamphetamines.
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an internationally renowned biomedical research facility, has chosen the Rim country for its annual retreat next May.
Evolving from cow chips to computer chips, from snakebites to gigabytes, from blue jeans to human genes, the rural community of Payson is working to position itself to support businesses that deal with tomorrow's technologies.
Two Payson police officers, and a 16-year-old male were injured early Tuesday morning after the teenage suspect attempted to flee an arrest, Police Commander Don Engler said.
Law enforcement services in northern Gila County were stretched thin over the Independence Day holiday.
A soldier's love
Sgt. David Stidham, of Payson, was stationed in Iraq when he met his sweetheart, Louise Rene, online. Her profile in the personals section of yahoo.com piqued his interest because she was from Brazil, so he e-mailed her.
Firefighters have delivered on the promise made to Pine and Strawberry residents by the area's fire commander -- that their homes would be saved from the Cave Creek Complex fire.
The Payson Town Council will vote on a tentative budget of nearly $40 million -- 14.8 percent larger than last year's budget -- during its regular meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway
Robert Barela, unlike most artists who buy commercially produced supplies, takes his medium and inspiration from the geologic formations of the Rim country.
Attending an Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center just got a little easier on the wallet. Last week, the Diamondbacks announced that a 20-percent All-Star Special would be good on all five-day camp registrations made before July 12.
Fireballing right-hander Westin Gibson hurled the Payson Major Division All-Stars to a 5-1 victory over Winslow and a berth in the District 1 Tournament.
More than 30 aspiring gridders sweated their way through four days of the Maverick Football Camp in hopes of earning a roster spot on the Rim Country Middle School teams later this summer.
On behalf of the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, I am taking this opportunity to thank the generous populace of Payson for the most welcome and vital cooperation we received during the suppression of the Three Fire Complex west of Roosevelt Lake this past week.
Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association are scrambling to prepare themselves for a pair of much-anticipated summer tournaments.
Lady Longhorn basketball players should now have the moxie and expertise it takes to salvage victories in the wanning moments of close, hard-fought games.
Thank you to the many committed and loyal donors in Payson, and the surrounding areas, who braved the new roundabout to support the June 27 Payson Community Blood Drive.
Lindsay Rochelle Hughes and Matthew Bliss Carter, both 21 will wed 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25, 2005 at the Wright House in Mesa. A garden reception will follow.
John Daniel (Jack) Connell, 67, of Payson died June 30, 2005. He was born in Chippewa Falls, Wis. on July 8, 1937.
Vernon Ray Keffer, 72, of Payson died June 28, 2005. He was born April 3, 1933 in Hartford, Ark.
July --idsummer, the sizzling month that kicks off withhe bang and dazzle of Independence Day celebrations, andften ends up with the bang of thunder and flash of lightning as our monsoon season gets into full swing.
It is true that the majority rules in our great country, but it is not the American way to use power to squash discussion. The mayor and council members were elected to represent us. Listen to all sides of an issue, and make informed decisions
Seniors, heads up! Because I enjoyed taking several substantive classes at the Gila Community College over the last couple of years, and had paid for them, I became interested in all the hullabaloo that has been going on at the college lately and decided to go to some of the board meetings.
Friday's paper carried an article "County Employees traveling to Hawaii on ‘taxpayer's dime." Having dealt with each of these employees, I can say I am truly impressed with both their knowledge and professionalism.
The West is all about water. Always has been. Probably always will be -- until there isn't any more. If you think that notion is far-fetched and alarmist, get a copy of the July issue of "National Geographic."
On Wednesday, June 22, very early in the morning, I had the opportunity to watch our police department at work.
As a resident of the Payson area for the last nine and a half years, I wanted to send a thank you to Pat at the library, who is retiring this week.
There is nothing so wonderful as a dream come true. But behind the dream there have to be dream makers. Wednesday June 29 at Rumsey Park a ceremony was held to honor some of these dream makers.
Here I am in Massachusetts while all three of my dogs are spending the time in a boarding facility. It is a new experience for all of them.
When Beryl Jones pulls on her white lab coat, she transforms almost instantly. No longer a high school student from the pioneer village of Gisela, Jones becomes a scientist, talking quickly and effortlessly about the breast cancer and diabetes research being done in her lab.
Time is quickly winding down for teams to register for the Second Annual Payson Parks and Recreation and Mazatzal Casino Home Run Derby. Entry fees of $45 per team must be paid by by Friday, July 15th.
We would like to thank the entire community for their participation in shopping and renting stalls to sell their goods at the Community-Wide Flea market on May 21, 2005 at Community Presbyterian Church
To all our friends and family who gave their time and effort into our benefit, also to all that donated money or auction items -- they truly showed how much love is in this town.
Sunday, July 3
An "at-a-glance" look at statistics for the Cave Creek Complex Fire as of Monday, July 4, 2005. Includes links to other fire information sites and Forest Service update notes.
Saturday, July 2
This year's Independence Day celebration in Payson will feature a large fireworks show and entertainment. This is a free event the family is sure to enjoy.
Friday, July 1
The Forest Service would like to clarify that the Tonto campgrounds are open for the holiday weekend. See a complete list of open Tonto campgrounds here.