Stories for June 2005


Thursday, June 30

New Pine school leader announced

Mike Clark had little difficulty solving one of the first challenges he faced as the new superintendent-principal of the Pine-Strawberry School District -- to provide for firefighters protecting the close-knit mountain communities from wildfires.

Christopher Creek area saved by local firefighters


Lightning ignited a fire in the Tonto National Forest near the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 23. This fire started as a one acre fire. The fire department fought it vigorously without any breaks against some 36 mph winds well into the night, continuously asking for help.

Music events liven summer entertainment


Good news for music lovers. The Arizona Army National Guard 108th Army Band will be in Pine for a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

Tontos serve former casino VIP with lawsuit

The Tonto Apache Tribe has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against former Mazatzal Casino Chief Executive Officer Jim Gannarelli.

Musical celebrations add sparkle to holiday

If nature cooperates, the men and women fighting the forest fires get the upper hand, and no more blazes start in the Rim country, there will be plenty of activities to enjoy over the Independence Day weekend.

Three Fire contained

The Three Fire is now 100 percent contained, and all recreation facilities within the Roosevelt Lake and Apache Lake recreation areas will be open to the public for the 4th of July weekend.

Pine-Strawberry residents hang tough in face of fire

The communities of Pine and Strawberry were under a pre-evacuation alert, but amid the pall of smoke, many fire-hardened residents went about their business undaunted Wednesday afternoon.

July 4 soccer tournament attracts statewide interest

The Payson Independence Day Men's Soccer Tournament has attracted some of the Valley's finest teams of players over 35 years old.

New coach leads hardwood Horns

The new look of the Payson Longhorns could be the run-and-gun offense of the Phoenix Suns coupled with the hard-nosed man-to-man defense of the Detroit Pistons.

Award-winning swimmer gets better with age

Ed Lassins didn't need to fret about having to move up an age bracket at the Grand Canyon State Games.

Little Leaguers bid to become best

Ridge Halenar knows from experience what it takes to be part of a successful Little League team.

Cluff takes gold at GC Games

Searing desert heat and three long-distance events in the course of less than three hours didn't slow the Grand Canyon Games efforts of Lana Cluff.

Randy Joe Haven

Randy Joe Haven, 45, died Monday, June 27, 2005 in Tucson.e was born Jan. 13, 1960 in Whiteriver and attended school in Cibecue.

Nancy Fay Marsh

Nancy Fay Marsh, 63, of Payson died June 26, 2005 in Phoenix. She was born March 11, 1942 in Vinco, Penn.

Advanced imaging clinic offers latest screening technology

Focused Imaging of Arizona brings the latest imaging technology -- MRIs, CT scans and digital X-rays -- to Payson when it opens this fall.

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Breeding more hatred than democracy

President Bush reassured us like President Lyndon Johnson reassured us when his predecessor got us into the Vietnam War.

Zane Grey was here

I noted with great interest the recent article suggesting the erection of a statue of a bronze elk in the new roundabout on the highway just north of Payson. Such a statue would be very attractive; however, elk are not really unique to Payson. Elk are common in Pine, Strawberry, Prescott, Heber, Pinetop, Flagstaff and numerous other Arizona cities and towns.

Senior citizens should stick together

I read the Senior Review. I was thinking -- wouldn't it be wonderful if every individual 55 and older would join the Senior Center on Main Street? Everyone knows how easy it is to lose $10.

Teacher salaries thrown under the bus

The top 10 highest paid salaries for town employees is quite impressive. With an average of $102,000 -- that is considerably more than the top 10 teachers are paid in the Payson Unified School District.

It's time for me to say goodbye

I received my education in Payson. I didn't go to high school or college here. In fact, I moved here when I was 25 years old.

DPS to enhance patrols throughout holiday weekend

During this upcoming three-day Fourth of July holiday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety plans to implement a variety of highway safety activities designed to make travel safer for motorists driving Arizona's highways.

Zoe Elle Lee

Zoe Elle Lee was born May 26, 2005, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Town salary increases approved

Sixty town employees will receive their market salary increases on July 1.

Taking Star Valley water 'immoral'

If the Council and the developers are so sure that they can pump all the water they want from Star Valley and no one will be hurt, then you must be stalling while your lawyers write up clauses that will restore us if you're wrong, right?

Local retailer elected to Ace board of directors

John Patricia, owner of Payson's Ace Hardware store, was elected to the corporation's board of directors at the retailer-owned cooperative's annual shareholders meeting June 6 at the company's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

Last chance to sign up for youth football

Youngsters hoping to participate in Payson Youth Football Association play have one final opportunity to sign up.

Village fire district asks neighbors for tool donations


A monthly board meeting has been called for Saturday, July 9, at the fire station. The meeting will be called to order by board member Bill Tonstad at 10 a.m. This meeting is open to the public and your comments are welcome.

Rural health services provide big impact on local economy

Rural health care providers make a big impact in Arizona's small, remote communities.

Firefighters urge residents to use common sense

As hotshot crews battle wind-billowed fires on the Tonto National Forest, Payson firefighters stay busy with preventable human-caused fires.

Cave Creek Complex fire holding at Rim country's doorstep

Beleaguered residents of Pine and Strawberry received good news Wednesday night -- the progression of the Cave Creek Complex fire has stopped on its northern flank, at least for the time being.

Roundup will update regularly during fires

As hotshot crews battle lightning-caused fires throughout the Tonto National Forest, the Roundup staff will endeavor to keep our readers updated. If you have photographs of fire crews, aircraft, or other fire related activities, we would welcome submissions to be considered for publication.

Everett, Campbell wed

Rich and Davera Everett of Payson, and Willis and April Campbell of Mesa are pleased to announce the marriage of Milissa LeeAnn Everett and Johnathon David Campbell of Payson.

Thomas Fredrick Goff

Joyel and Robert Goff of Payson welcomed Thomas Fredrick (Tommy) Goff on May 13, 2005.

Wednesday, June 29

Cave Creek Complex Fire grows to 167,000 acres

As the Cave Creek Complex Fire creeps to within 12 miles of the Pine and Strawberry communities, fire crews continue to work to strengthen fire lines along the East Verde River. As of this update, fire lines are still holding west of the Verde River and there are no evacuations in place on private lands near the fire.

Pine/Strawberry craft fair still on

Gail Jones, coordinator of the Pine Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild arts and crafts fair, said the event scheduled for July 2 and 3 is still taking place. The only difference is there will be no Kiwanis breakfast as the group has disbanded.

Three Fire Complex near full containment

With the size holding steady and containment efforts proving successful, night operations of the Three Fire Complex have been suspended.

Cave Creek Complex fire reaches 173,000 acres

At 173,000 acres, the Cave Creek Complex fire has grown to the second largest in Arizona history, but Pine and Strawberry residents got some good news about the threat it poses to their homes.

Tuesday, June 28

4th of July events abound around Rim country


If nature cooperates and lets the men and women fighting the forest fires get the upper hand and no more blazes start in the Rim country, there will be lots of wonderful activities to enjoy over the Independence Day weekend.

Quilters' rage rattles Rim country


Let me say right up front that I have been to hell and back. I'm not talking about war or divorce, although I made up for missing the former with several of the latter.

Nock-ay-det-klinne and the 'Apache Uprising'


Some weeks ago I wrote about Natiatish and his band of Apaches with regards to the attack on the Meadows family at their Diamond Valley Ranch in 1882. I am now going to backtrack to a time some six years before the fight at Diamond Valley.

Multi-faceted strawberries are the perfect summer treat


Summer and strawberries were meant for one another. The best treat of the many my grandmother prepared when we visited, was her version of strawberry short cake. There was no cake. Instead, there were light, flaky strips of pie crust soaking in the juice and berries, topped with whipped cream.

Monday, June 27

Homeland Security tightens restrictions

A family of five traveling to Puerto Penasco, Mexico (Rocky Point) will have to add more than $400 to their traveling budgets.

Cave Creek Complex fire blazes north

With the Zane Fire 100 percent contained, fire officials expressed new concern about the Cave Creek Complex Fire, which is moving north unchecked.

Police, firefighters perform quiet community service

This photo was taken last week on a quiet street in Payson.

Frances Alma Osborn

Frances Alma Osborn, 83, of Payson, died June 22, 2005. She was born April 24, 1922 in Kansas City, Mo.

Arizona loses one of athletes' biggest fans

Barry Sollenberger -- a man who has been called "a gift to kids" --as found dead from an apparent heart attack June 23 at his apartment near Papago Park in Scottsdale.

Christmas benefits begin July 4

Payson's Public Safety Christmas for Kids organization will be shouldering a much bigger burden than it has it past holiday season.

Tips on training tricks from experts


Spending the day at Sea World recently, it was most interesting to observe the animals and consider all that goes into their training.

Old-time Payson Rodeo Reunion planned by Git A Rope!, Inc.

Want to hear the history of the Payson Rodeo from the cowboys who were part of it? Then plan to attend the Old-time Payson Rodeo Reunion Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tonto Apache gym south east of the Mazatzal Casino in Payson.

Teacher of Year nominee shares gift


Longtime Payson resident and teacher Sandy Mays has been nominated to be Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Northern Gila Republican Women. Mays was also given a special recognition award at the group's recent meeting.

Fire proof your house as you go


It's all about developing a firewise mindset, according to Mackenzie Helmandollar of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Waring foursome win PMGA tournament

John Waring, a veteran member of the Payson Men's Golf Association, turned in a day on the links to write home about.

No rest for local net squads

Lady Longhorn volleyball coaches Arnold Stonebrink and Judy Perham have been putting their charges through the paces in open gym sessions, summer tournaments and soon at a team camp.

New coach leads Horns through summer hoops

Under newly appointed head coach Scott Dean, the Longhorn basketball express is steaming toward a successful summer of hoops.

Sixth-grader earns invitation to Ping meet

Ten-year-old Tyler Apps has been invited to play in the prestigious Ping Arizona Junior Masters. The aspiring young linkster says he will play in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona event July 26 and 27 at Talking Stick Golf Club in the Valley.

Gabriel Martin Sandoval

Gabriel Martin Sandoval was born April 18, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Agnew "Buzz" Stanford

Agnew "Buzz" Stanford, 84, died June 15, 2005.

Nancy Mae Barkley

Nancy Mae Barkley was born April 26, 1939 in Prescott. She was the first child, and only daughter, of Sidney J. Wells and Eva Dee Everett Wells.

Diploma mills, online universities are not the same

Capella University and University of Phoenix are in no way diploma mills. Take just a quick second to sincerely ask any one who has gone to either.

No problem with EAC

My husband taught at our Gila Community College Payson for two and a half years, the time equally divided under the authority first, of Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, and secondly, Pima Community College, Tucson.

Hunting in Arizona, the new elitism

On the bottom of page two in the Arizona Game and Fish hunting regulations, there is a paragraph proclaiming that (the game department) will not, in any way, allow discrimination. They then propose a two-tier hunting system for Arizona resident hunters starting with deer and elk.

Throw your butt away

This is in regard to the "Our View" article in the Tuesday, June 21 Tuesday edition of the Roundup.

Don't rain on county trip to Hawaii

NACO is the National Association of Counties and is a powerful lobbying organization that carries a lot of weight in Washington.

Officers raid home, bust four suspects

Four people were arrested Friday night in the 1000 block of West Saddle Lane on charges of drug possession, drug paraphernalia and use of dangerous drugs.

Town salaries correction

In our Friday, June 24 story about town salaries, we incorrectly reported Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter's current pay.

Pending miner strike taxes law enforcement

Law enforcement resources in the Rim country could feel the impact of a labor dispute in the southern tip of Gila County.

Anonymous donation renews fund-raising vigor

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

Council steps away from Diamond Star incorporation

The Payson Town Council took action on the Diamond Star incorporation issue, voting to inform area residents of its position not to take a position. The decision was made following an executive session Thursday evening, with the council choosing the information option over four others presented to them by Town Attorney Sam Streichman.

College board braces for legal showdown

Don Crowley and Gordon Metcalf, chairmen of the Citizens for Better Payson Government, have produced thousands of e-mails and other documents that they say punctuates a quiet mutiny led by a handful of county and Eastern Arizona College officials.

Crews mopping up Three Fire

With the weather cooperating, firefighters spent Monday patrolling the perimeter of the fires of the Three Fire Complex. They mopped up along the north sides of the fires, finding a few smoke and hot spots near the line.

What's up?

Q: Is there going to be another area-wide clean up, where people can bring trash, including large appliances, tires, etc. to the Payson Event Center to be hauled away for free? I have half of my garage filled with stuff I've been waiting to get rid of.

Raise clarified from the source

This letter is in response to an article that appeared in the June 24, 2005, edition of the Payson Roundup.

Sunday, June 26

Cave Creek Complex Fire reaches 111,000 acres

The Cave Creek Complex Fire has now grown to 111,000 acres. The Bartlett Lake Road has been reopened, and the public can now access the lake at all of its recreational facilities. Horseshoe Lake and Horseshoe Lake Road remain closed.

Three Fire containment lines hold, highway 188 open

The established lines on the north flank of the Three Fire Complex held yesterday in spite of strong winds and high temperatures. Firefighters will continue to build control line and mop-up along that flank today to ensure the safety of communities to the north. Helicopters were used extensively to extinguish interior flare-ups and will continue today.

Saturday, June 25

Cave Creek Complex Fire moves away from populated areas

While residents of Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale breathe a collective sigh of relief, firefighters continue their struggle against the persistent northern push of the Cave Creek Complex wildfire.

Update on 'Three Fire' near Tonto Basin and Punkin Center

With the arrival of more crews and other resources, firefighters were able to make progress on the Three Fire despite the strong winds that had been predicted. Crews are continuing to prepare for possible burnout operations along El Oso Road and other key points in the complex.

Full containment of Zane Fire

Firefighters battling the Zane Fire burning 12 miles northeast of Payson have announced full containment of the Zane Fire, which had threatened both nearby homes and the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery.

Friday, June 24

Zane Fire 'boxed in,' cooperating

The Zane Fire, which currently stands at 144 acres, is "boxed in" and cooperating with the efforts of firefighters to keep it under control.

Dude Fire remembered: 15 years after the blaze

Congressional record reveals little-known tribute to Payson

Not too long ago the community of Payson, Ariz. was faced with a serious challenge by the tremendous forces of nature. That challenge was to become known as the Dude Fire, a forest fire of tremendous proportions never before experienced by the citizens inhabiting the Mogollon Rim Region. It was to be the largest fire in Arizona history, threatening the very existence of the town of Payson and surrounding communities.

Thursday, June 23

Church worships simply in God's glory

The Church of Christ worships as a community, without organizational hierarchy. Members take on varying multigenerational roles in this grassroots congregation, said Elder Tim Miles.

Charles Heber Hill

Charles Heber Hill, 74, of Payson died June 20, 2005. He was born June 2, 1931 in Phoenix.

Robert Dieryck

Robert Dieryck, 72 of Payson died Sunday June 19, 2005. He was born March 13, 1933 in Duluth Minn. to Pearl and Alphonse Dieryck.

Trailblazing Rim country restaurateur dies

Anthony Perna, 90, of Payson died June 21, 2005. He was born June 30, 1914 in Rhode Island.

Public comment sought on forest treatment project

A severe drought and an unnatural buildup of brush and small trees has led to four consecutive fire seasons that rank as the most challenging on record.

Pine board allocates money to solve water shortages

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District is on the road to recovery after its board walked out last year, and the county stepped in.

County pays to send staff to Hawaii

In the midst of audit problems and reported financial misrepresentations, three Gila County employees will travel to Hawaii next month on the taxpayer's dime.

Barking dogs, a new protected class

It's simply unbelievable the complaints that some people in this town make.

Youth program changes format

The town-sponsored summer youth recreation program has undergone a facelift.

Zane Fire threatens Rim country

The Zane Fire, which started at 5 p.m. yesterday from a lightning strike, has prompted evacuation of the Zane Grey Cabins, the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery, Mead's Ranch and the Baptist Camp.

What's up?

Q: What's up with the snack bar at Wal-Mart closing? It was a very popular place with senior citizens and a great place to catch up on gossip. and Q: What's up with the Wal-Mart parking lot? It isn't kept very clean.

Help for the Rim Country Animal Sanctuary

This is a response to a person named Kathie. First, people may try to paint a glowing picture of the local humane society, and I'm sure they do some good, but they are not without problems. Some of us in town have had our own experiences with them and we have our own opinions, which will stand firm

Loony Tunes debuts at town hall

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's water.

Hiding behind executive sessions

As a resident of Payson, it is more than troubling to read the three articles in the June 17 Payson Roundup regarding Diamond Point Shadows and Star Valley. These communities have every right to protect and defend their homes, their lands and certainly their water rights.

Taser bridges gap between officer vulnerability and lethal force

I would like to respond to the article on Tuesday's front page regarding the police using a taser on a handcuffed suspect.

H. Jeanette Graves

H. Jeanette Graves of Payson died June 21, 2005. She was born June 25, 1923 in Akron, Ohio.

Christian novelties abound for faithful

The little shop on the corner at the Twin Pines Center, Oasis Christian Books & Gifts will have a new owner a week from today, and she's no stranger to this specialized business.

Fire danger hot item in forest community


Tuesday evening it actually clouded up and rained a little here in Christopher Creek.

Wildland project presents improvement program


I am writing this from sunny Huntington Beach, Calif. where we are having a bit of a family reunion. We have rented a house that is two blocks from the beach. What a different way of life.

Officers urged to avoid relying on taser

Law enforcement officers around the country are lauding taser stun guns as their less-than-lethal weapons of choice to restrain noncompliant suspects.

Firearm training device tests lethal decisions

You are a patrol officer. You are called to a scene where a man, holding a gun to his head, is threatening suicide.

Blood drive to boost waning supplies

Arizona's blood supply is dangerously in the red. That's why United Blood Service's upcoming blood drive is crucial to stay abreast of need, especially going into the Independence Day holiday.

Blame the village idiot

This is too good to pass up.

Award-winning officer values prevention, empathy

Steve Montgomery never hesitated to put warning notes on the cars of students he suspected of speeding.

Hot weather slows villagers, revs fire danger


The hot weather has slowed the activities in this quiet little community almost to a crawl.

Town salaries rival big city pay

Taxpayers will foot the bill for town employee pay raises comparable to those found in larger, wealthier communities, when the new budget takes effect July 1. The salary increases are part of a two-phase budget process that brings wages up to "market" level.

Resource management new commissioner's priority

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will host its monthly meetings at 8 a.m. June 24 and 25 at the Payson Inn. The meetings are open to the public.

Holiday softball tournament a dud

Hopes of rejuvenating interest in the Payson Amateur Softball Association Firecracker slow-pitch softball tournament are fading.

All-star ballplayers primed for tournament play

Payson Little League baseball players dream of following in the record-setting footsteps of the 2003 major division all-star team that advanced to the Arizona state tournament after winning area and district championships.

Foot doctor ankles through first marathon

Dr. Ivan McLaws' children offered up a running challenge that has become a life-changing event.

Tuesday, June 21

Athletic club, health group keep seniors fit

She's a soft-spoken, yet articulate 71-year-old woman who, like many people, has diabetes.

Arizona home to unique eye ills for older residents

If you're over 50 and live in Arizona, you may have trouble with your eyes that folks in other parts of the United States don't have.

Cost-saving dishes for limited budgets


Cost-saving recipes help just about everyone these days. Many can take advantage of products that are often on sale: eggs and tuna for example.

Burma-Shave signs stage comeback


If you're reading this special senior issue, you no doubt remember the old Burma Shave signs.

Senior Circle helps maintain members' health

Don't complain that there's nothing to do in Payson without first calling one of the town's senior programs.

Get guidance to grab senior benefits

Did you know there are a lot of Payson seniors who qualify for utility and other discounts and they don't even know it? Maybe you're one of them.

Start planning now to cut expenses later

Anyone who says they don't like to save a buck is probably lying. If you're like many seniors, you're living on a fixed income, so saving cash is a big thing.

Center's variety keeps area seniors active

Gene Wojcik, 86, has been coming to line dance classes at the Payson Senior Center for a long time. She loves moving to the music and realizes the class is keeping her healthy.

Monday, June 20

Trio fights fire from above, and below

A trio of former Longhorn sports standouts discovers fun in rappelling 250 feet directly underneath whirling helicopter blades to a raging fire.

Butt tossers put us all at risk

Valinda Jo Elliott is a name that will live forever in Rim country infamy.

Ranch horse contest in Payson

An equestrian competition unique to the Rim country provides cowboys and cowgirls a stage to showcase their in-the-saddle skills.

Tough times for observant Jew


Jared Caros, also known by his Hebrew name, Yared, isn't exactly living in the promised land.

Preparation makes travel with pets a pleasure


Vacation plans are certainly well under way and hopefully they include the family dog or cat. Traveling with your pet is pleasurable if you are prepared.

Planning, positive attitude limits stress level of family gatherings


Family reunions aren't just an afternoon picnic anymore. Now they are organized events, carefully planned a good year in advance that typically last over a long weekend according to Reunions magazine.

Soccer star to play on college level

If Jessica Coleman's aspirations unfold as she plans, her dedication to excellence in soccer could lead to a lucrative career as a dental hygienist.

Brewers celebrate 25 years

June 9, 1980, Sam and Barbara Brewer flew in Sam's plane to Las Vegas, Nev., to be married. They sold the plane, but still have each other.

Police taser handcuffed suspect

A man who fired three shots was pursued by town officers and sheriff's deputies, and subdued with a taser gun Sunday afternoon. An eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the use of force on 31-year-old Roy McMillen of Payson seemed excessive.

Patient records found in dumpster

Medical records from Dr. Mark Mouritsen's office were discovered by Payson Police in a dumpster near his former residence on North Granite Drive.

Creek returned to natural beauty

The restoration of Fossil Creek, a project almost 10 years in the making, came to fruition Saturday. The waters of Fossil Creek were set free when Arizona Public Service officially closed the Irving and Childs power plants.

Diesel truck ignites blaze south of town

A fire that burned 4 acres in Oxbow Estates this weekend gave firefighters all they could handle.

County hammers out budgets for coming year

The process of divvying up Gila County's revenue pie starts this week.

Payson girl missing since May 11

Nneka Hollingsworth, a Payson High School student who disappeared from school during lunch hour May 11, has been missing for more than a month.

Ox Bow's history runs deep in Rim country

It was nice to see the story on the Ox Bow Inn recently.

Amateurs breed amateurs

Your recent editorial about the glut of ‘doctors' in the newly reorganized Gila Community College is an excellent illustration of the difference between the academically sound, professionally run college under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Ganz, and the current arrangement under the direction of Eastern Arizona College.

Doctor fraud

Re: is there a doctor in the house: As the co-author (along with the FBI's fake degree expert) of the definitive book on fake degrees, I'm always glad when this vile practice is noticed by the press.

Animal foster parents deserve admiration

support." Ms. O'Neil is "barking up the wrong tree" in attacking the Payson Humane Society.

Bring troops home

Now that Saddam has been overthrown and the insurgency has taken over in Iraq, it seems that President Bush would bring all of our troops home, and turn that government over to Iraq.

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Council seeks legal advice on excessive force lawsuit

The Payson Town Council has scheduled an executive session to discuss town business including an excessive force lawsuit, Star Valley water issues and the town's design review guidelines at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Quilters vie for top honors

More than 100 quilts were on display at the Ninth Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, held June 10 to12 at the Pine Cultural Hall.

Memorial tournament attracts record donations

With more than 50 golf carts roaring away early Saturday morning from the Payson Golf Course, the Second Annual Jack Morris Memorial Tournament was more like the Indy 500 than a benefit game.

Men's golf play heats up the fairways

Links action turned fast and furious for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association during an individual low-gross and low-net formatted tournament held June 16 at Payson Golf Course.

Man arrested for solicitation

A 56-year-old male was arrested early on the morning of June 7 for enticing a woman for prostitution and disrupting customers at a restaurant in the 300 block of south Beeline Highway, Payson Police Commander Don Engler said.

Robert M. Ely

Robert M. Ely, 93, died Thursday, June 16, 2005. Mr. Ely was born April 19, 1912 in Detroit, Mich.

Robert L. Froehling

Robert L. Froehling, 76, of Payson, died June 15, 2005 at the Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix. He was born July 30, 1928 in St. James, Minn.

Lois Mildred Hayhurst

Lois Mildred Hayhurst died June 19, 2005. She was born Nov. 26, 1919 in Fargo, Texas, and was the daughter of Claude Cleveland Jones and Bessie Mae Jones.

Carlos "Al" Alfred Robinson

Carlos "Al" Alfred Robinson, 71, of Payson died June 16, 2005 in Payson. He was born August 27, 1933 in Dennison, Ill.

Franklin, Jacobs to wed

Amber Lee Franklin and Derek Anthony Jacobs of Payson will marry at 4:30 p.m. Saturday July 9, 2005, in the courtyard of Best Western Payson Inn in Payson.

Makayla Hokulani Jones

Makayla Hokulani Jones, daughter of Ty and Sharleen, was born May 30, 2005, at Payson Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Ayden Patrick Ormand

Ayden Patrick Ormand was born May 25, 2005.

Thursday, June 16

Historic power plant switches off

Fossil Creek, which originates from a deep crack in the Mogollon Rim, is at the geographic heart of Arizona.

Youngster advances to national finals

A strong arm, sharp batting eye and blazing speed earned 10-year-old Blake Cannon a first-place finish at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Team Championship June 12 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.

Barkley hopes to compete in national high school rodeo

Seth Barkley will be among the about 1,500 young cowboys and cowgirls taking a part in the 57th Annual National High School Rodeo Association Championships July 18 to 24 in Gillette, Wyo.

Law enforcement relies on anonymous tips to bust remote drug operations

The public's vigilance and cooperation continue to support the efforts of local law enforcement agencies to corral illegal drug activity in Rim country.

Jesus TV hits Rim country's airwaves

It's called Jesus Television Network (JTVN), and the Full Gospel Family Church wants to bring its message -- through television and the Internet -- to the world.

Coffee shop brews Rim country's local flavor

Not only will the owners of Fireside Espresso remember your name, they'll keep it on file.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Attending a Gila County Community College Board of Governors meeting anymore is like watching the Three Stooges' comedy short, "Men in Black."

Action heating up for women's golf groups

Action is heating up in both the Payson Women's Golf Association 9- and 18-hole groups.

Kenneth Knapp

Kenneth Knapp, 68, of Phoenix and formerly of Payson, died Monday, June 13, 2005 with his family by his side. He was born June 27, 1936 in Midland Park, N.J.

Six injured in Highway 87/Houston Mesa Road accident

Six people were injured in a crash at East Houston Mesa Road and Highway 87 late Thursday afternoon.

A Poem for Father's Day: The Race

Quit! Give up! You're beaten, they shout at me and plead.

Blame irresponsible people, not animal shelter

This letter is in response to Lara Megan O'Neil's letter "Animal sanctuary needs our support" (June 14 Roundup).

Humane society critic could make a difference by volunteering

This letter is in response to Ms. O'Neil's comments about the way a litter of kittens were recently handled at Payson Humane Society.

Spaying, neutering pets will save lives

Ms. O'Neil is putting the blame in the wrong place when she accuses the Payson Humane Society for not having compassion.

Animal foster parent speaks out

This is in response to the (letter) entitled "Animal sanctuary needs our support." This (letter) upset me very much, due to the negativity that the writer portrayed toward the humane society.

Second developer circles around Star Valley water

The Payson Town Council held an executive session last night to discuss and seek legal counsel on Star Valley water issues.

Send the memories abroad with free soldier portraits

Frank Mulkern of Mulkern Photography is offering a special service for military personnel and their families.

Former Payson man tapped to game and fish commission

A man with Rim country ties and a fresh outlook on wildlife management is the newest member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Bow hunter supply depot prepares sportsmen for summer chase

Rim country archery hunters have a new source for equipment and supplies. Award-winning archer Dan Frost has opened Bootleg Archery Pro Shop.

Latin group adds spice to concert series

Barrio Latino has been the guiding force of traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latin music in Arizona.

Coalition moves forward, defies town

Fed up with the Payson Town Council's refusal to take action after promising otherwise, the Diamond Star Water Coalition has decided to move ahead with its plans to incorporate.

Father learns, to love is to let go

Curtis Ward is a dedicated dad -- and you can hear it in the memories his eight children will treasure this Father's Day.

A matter of common decency toward neighbors

The editorial in Friday's Roundup, "Town Council's Inaction Lacks Foresight," is a great article.

Goal is to ‘keep community as it is'

I address this to all the residents of Payson who are of good conscience, and have a respect for the rights of their neighbors. We, of the communities of Diamond Point Shadows and Star Valley (Diamond Star), are asking for nothing more than the right of self-determination.

Changing of the garden guard


It is not easy following Barb Bourscheidt, for years she's been a great source of information as to what you could be doing in your gardens.

Grant money available for fire hazard cleanup


Sam Seay, fire department liaison, said that the fire district is moving forward with the fuel reduction grant.

Free brush drop-off locations open

The Regional Payson Area Project ... for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations:

Parks and Recreation Briefs

If you feel the need to "fine tune" your barrel horse, Tuesday nights during the months of June and July are designated for time-only runs.

Arlene F. Lindquist

Arlene F. Lindquist, 81, of Pine, died June 10, 2005 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born March 10, 1924 in Superior, Wis.

Don't forget Dad this Sunday


This Sunday is Father's Day. There are a variety of things that you can do for the dads in your family from just giving him the day off from "honey dos" to taking him out to dinner. Giving dads flowers is now an accepted practice.

Fruity fest a huge success


The Strawberry Festival is behind us once again. It is such a lot of work and so few people get involved and help out. It is too easy to say -- no more Strawberry Festivals, but then you see the visitors and the vendors having such a good time, enjoying our communities of Pine and Strawberry, spending money and planning to return.

Longhorn golfers find new outlets

Due to Payson High School's realignment to the 3A conference from 4A, Longhorn golfers will go almost two years without prep competition. That's because in 4A, golf is played in the fall, and in 3A it is contested in the spring.

Tonto Apache nearly misses chance at regional

One of the most bizarre stories in youth prep sports unfolded at a Junior Olympics state track and field meet June 4 and 5 at Mesa Community College.

Tuesday, June 14

See family tragedy revisited


It may be difficult to understand this column without first reading my last two columns, both on the See family tragedy. The first story I wrote was on information given to me by Marguerite Noble, who proved to be right. The second version was by Ira Murphy who apparently got the See murder mixed up with another tragic murder in Gila County. But both versions of the See story lent some light to the facts. We learned about the stolen silver bullion from Murphy. This explains how John M. See could move to Mexico and become an "aristocrat."

Big rack ... bad attitude


Now that the roundabout is up and running, a group of volunteers calling themselves the Payson Gateway Project is trying to raise money so they can turn the island in the center into the northern gateway to Payson.

Eat and live well the Italian way


Anyone who has traveled in Italy knows that the Italian lifestyle is defined by a love of good food, a passion for flavor, and a vibrant lifestyle. But you don't have to vacation in Rome to live "la dolce vita" -- eating and living Italian style is a way of life that can be enjoyed anywhere, all year around.

Cyclists making tracks in Rim country


If a 24-hour mountain bike race is not an extreme sport, it probably should be. An estimated 400 men and women will descend on Payson this weekend for the first Payson Stampede 24-Hour Mountain Bike Challenge.

Stampede street festival rumbles into town


The Payson Stampede Street Festival is the newest in a series of festivals and events that Main Street Project Manager Carol McCauley hopes will revitalize the town's reputation as the festival capital of Arizona.

Monday, June 13

Sex education, communication clinic's top priorities

If you are a single young woman or a single young man and are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active, The New Beginning Pregnancy Center wants you to know know that what today decides what tomorrow will look like.

Future leaders impress judges at state competition

The Rim Country Middle School's Family, Community and Career Leaders of America Chapter won the following awards during its state competition in the Valley, April 26 and 27:

Honoring our flag today and every day

Today Americans celebrate a little-known patriotic holiday called, Flag Day.

Cyclists burn the midnight rubber at Payson's inaugural 24-hour race

Clip in, grease up, and get ready for Payson's first 24-hour mountain bike race this weekend.

Field of dope goes up in smoke

A tip from hikers led narcotic agents to a 5,000-plant marijuana garden with a street value of $480,000 on June 10.

Forest fouler nabbed by anonymous caller

A man accused of abandoning a 15-foot travel trailer in the Tonto National Forest has been caught by Forest Service officials. Dan Smith, a law enforcement officer for the Tonto National Forest said a recent article in the Payson Roundup heightened the community's awareness of illegal dumping.

Landmark lands on historic register

The Ox Bow Inn will unveil the bronze plaque designating its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places at 6 p.m. Friday in a ceremony open to the public.

Reading program staves off summer lull, sharpens skills

Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds is the theme of this year's free summer reading program at the Payson Public Library.

What's up?

Q: Can you find out what's up at the Payson post office? Their east entrance door has been blocked off for months. This presents an inconvenience for those of us who would like to limit our walking. It could also be a potential fire hazard due to one way in and out.

Pine board wrings out water-saving alternatives

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District will meet Thursday to discuss seven possible solutions to alleviate the short-term water problems in Pine and Strawberry.

Tickets going fast for Rocky Mt. Elk banquet

The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation invites Rim country residents to join the festivities at the annual RMEF Big Game Banquet 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.

Kenneth R. Hodges

Kenneth R. Hodges, 72, of Payson, died June 11, 2005. He was born April 28, 1933 in Florence, Kan.

Town council says tidy not tacky

The Payson Town Council heard the first reading of a design review ordinance designed to enhance the street appeal of the town's commercial areas at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

Diamond Star uncovers town's greed

After the Town Council meeting on June 9, I wanted to comment on the incorporation efforts of the Diamond Star area. A lot has been said about the water issues, but the action of the town council to block our own incorporation was based solely on greed. The council wants us to stay as we are without local representation. With no local political voice, they can continue to dictate our lifestyle, take our natural resources, collect our sales tax when we shop in Payson, and still have no say in their politics.

Cooling down at the town's hot spot

Taylor Pool is proving to be the cooling break Rim country residents need when summertime temperatures reach 90-plus degrees.

Animal sanctuary needs our support

I'm tattle-telling. Recently, someone took five newborn kittens, put them in a bag, and dropped them off at the Humane Society when they were closed. That's a cruel act in itself.

Town tennis wraps up

Tennis buffs of all ages are tuning up their game under the tutelage of veteran Rim country teaching professional Diane Jackson.

Payson four swing clubs at junior championship

It was billed the Phoenix City Junior Championships, but the geographic title didn't exclude a foursome of Rim country golfers from participating.

Prepare for hikes with pet


The "Hiking With Your Dog" group has moved their hikes farther north to enjoy the cooler temperatures. Last week the group explored trails up on Milk Ranch Point Road and further exploration of that picturesque area is planned.

Family history inspired eye surgeon


Dr. Christian Risser followed in his grandfather's footsteps when he brought his ophthalmology practice to Payson more than two decades ago. The year was 1980. Following a career in the military, Risser had a medical practice with his father in Sunnyslope, Ariz.

William Joseph Scott

William Joseph Scott, 78, of Payson, died June 11, 2005. He was born April 9, 1927 in Baltimore, Md.

Maverick football camp teaches rookies the basics

The upcoming Maverick football training camp will provide an opportunity for young players to improve their gridiron skills and conditioning before the White Mountain League season in August.

Unique gift store gives to community


Sweet Charity is the new wind beneath the wings of the Christmas Angel program in the Pine and Strawberry area.

Payson family reaches new heights

Al Valdini's dream vacation is not lying on Waikiki's pristine beaches, sunbathing on the fun-filled deck of a cruise ship, or gazing out the windows of a luxury tour bus as it winds through a European countryside.

Gynecologist eases discomfort, educates

Recent innovative surgical procedures and bioidentical hormone therapies have given females more options for the care and well-being of their bodies.

Counterfeit money seminar led by the experts

Corky Barker, general manager of the Best Western Payson Inn, isn't about to fall for the fake money gag.

Balmy tropical night sizzles with dinner, raffle

Tropical Nights is the theme of the ninth annual Kiwanis dinner and auction on Saturday, June 18 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Thursday, June 9

Ted Thal

Ted Thal, 81, of Payson, died June 6, 2005 in Payson. He was born June 19, 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Trailer available for forest refuse


The Christopher/Kohl's Fire District has acquired a 10,000-pound dump trailer for the cleanup effort in conjunction with the Urban Interface Grant.

Contest could earn bucks for charity

Manzanita Adventure Sports will host the inaugural 2005 Charity Picture Box Competition that could earn a local charity more than $300.

Loan company lets car be used to get money

A car can be a source of money through Evergreen Finance Auto Title Loans -- provided the person seeking the loan owns the vehicle.

Invest in life, or lose it

There have been quite a few letters to the editor lately about smoking. Time is all we have, and brevity of life is all we have, and brevity of life is a concern.

Educators need to understand students with learning disabilities

The revenue surplus should be used to instruct principals, teachers and the new superintendent on teaching and guiding students with learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD and other development needs. They should be certified by qualified instructors.

Roundabout inspires lack of etiquette

I'm sure the powers to be at the Arizona Department of Transportation believe the Highway 87 roundabout is the best highway transportation development to come along since guard rails; however, the key element they failed to take into consideration was the mental attitude of the Arizona driver.

Stiffer fines for littering

With all the news lately about dumping trash in the forest, something interesting hasome to my attention.

Town council's inaction lacks foresight

The behavior of the town of Payson over the issue of Diamond Star incorporation just gets more curious.

Rim country now under fire restrictions

Campfire and smoking restrictions were imposed throughout the entire Payson Ranger District at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Waves of lake eroding part of shoreline

Mother Nature is playing a slowly developing trick on Green Valley Park -- the main lake is growing larger and the land area is shrinking. "Someday (GVP) could be one big lake," town of Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind said.

Net squad sharpens skills at summer camp

Aspiring middle and high school volleyball players will have the opportunity to improve their court skills at the upcoming Lady Longhorn summer camp.

No rest for Longhorn wrestlers

There will be no off-season lull for members of the Longhorn wrestling team.

25th annual square dance festival this weekend

Couples in bright matching outfits and music that defies toe tapping is returning to the Rim country for the 25th year.

Business helps people smile

Lone Tooth owner Jeff Johnston is in the business of helping people smile.

Police kicked out of park

Payson Police Sgt. Donny Garvin thought he was following the town's rules in selling his house in Rumsey Park, but the 12-year law enforcement veteran ended up getting evicted by his own employer.

Parks-sponsored race series kicks off

The Payson Parks and Recreation summer barrel and pole bending series kicked off June 2 at the Payson Event Center.

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Ripped off by big business

In March, I received a phone call from an MCI agent. He explained their services, and I was made to believe that I could save $4 per month for the same service I was getting from Qwest Communications. I agreed to change my phone service to MCI.

Contestants throughout the state turn out for ranch horse competition

The inaugural Open Ranch Horse Competition held June 4 and 5 in the Payson Event Center provided a stage for cowboys and cowgirls from around Arizona to showcase their skills.

Student indicted for attempts to sell cocaine

An 18-year-old Payson High School student has been indicted by a grand jury for his attempts to sell cocaine to other students, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.

Council bails on request by Diamond Star

After all but assuring them otherwise, the Payson Town Council opted to do nothing on the Diamond Star Water Coalition's request to incorporate at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

Longtime Pine Realtor dies in crash

Carol Lee, a longtime Realtor in Pine, died in a rollover south of the small community Tuesday afternoon.

The little brown church in the vale

When Cody Barret was about 4 years old, he found some matches; he was curious. Around the same time, Cody's sister, Tallie said Pastor Rick Reynolds was officiating services for Star Valley Southern Baptist Church inside the Diamond Star Fire Station.

Jaelynn Chenelle Bunting

The Bunting family was blessed with the birth of Jaelynn Chenelle, born April 14, 2005.

Roths mark 50 years

Spencer and Arlynne Roth of Payson celebrated their 50th anniversary last month with friends and family at the Payson Elks Lodge.

Edward Ernest Brewer

Edward Ernest Brewer, 60, of Payson, died June 7, 2005. He was born April 6, 1945 in Phoenix.

Carol Olsen Lee

Carol Olsen Lee of Strawberry died Tuesday, June 7. She was born March 9, 1936 to Victor and Grace Olsen in Chicago, Ill.

The right to breathe smoke-free air

We now have been told that those who support a change in rules regarding smoking in public share-air facilities are "tyrannical health nannies," "smoking police," who "want to rule." These are somewhat interesting points of view, though I question their truths.

PUSD promotes business manager

The demands of running a growing school district and changes in state laws have prompted the Payson School board to name an assistant superintendent for business services.

Dorothy E. Qualtire

Dorothy E. Qualtire, 85, died June 5, 2005 in Phoenix, after a long illness.he was born July 28, 1920, the third of five children born to John and Elizabeth Takach in Mingo Junction, Ohio.

Cougars on the prowl in senior softball league

Years of playing sports hasn't lessened the enthusiasm of the Payson Cougars Senior Softball team members. The seniors' passion for the game was on display Wednesday morning at Rumsey II, where the cats hosted the Fountain Hills Desert Dwellers.

Festival of fruit fills Strawberry this weekend


The Strawberry Festival and the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will keep everyone entertained this weekend in Pine and Strawberry. The Strawberry Festival has all things strawberry as well as many booths with one-of-a-kind crafts and art. There will be food to suit all tastes. You can sit in the shade of the old oak tree and enjoy your meal and then wander around visiting all the booths while you work up an appetite once again.

Elks plan special Flag Day

The members of the Payson Elks Lodge, No. 2154, will have a special Flag Day celebration Tuesday, June 14.

Summertime in the pines at Tonto Village


Tonto Village is in full summer mode. You can tell that because there are so many activities in our part of the world.

Tuesday, June 7

Dishonorable mention


Whatever you're into, you probably believe that you're under-respected. It's human nature.

Ira Murphy's version of the John See story


After writing last week's column on John See killing his wife, Annie See, and leaving his infant son Charlie See with her, another version of the story has surfaced, although the names change. The following story was written by Ira Murphy and printed in the Mogollon Advisor:

Silver twirling: Square dance festival turns 25


Couples in bright matching outfits and music that defies toe tapping is returning to the Rim country for the 25th year.

Monday, June 6

Top dogs emerge at Soroptimists' show

Captain, Trout, Macaroni, Missy and Roxy were the big winners at the annual "I Love My Dog" show sponsored by Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country.

Lawson swats a hole-in-one

Some of the luster of Bill Lawson's first hole-in-one was lost while relaying the good news to his brother, Mike.

Freshman coach heads summer hoop program

The lack of a Longhorn boys basketball team head coach hasn't slowed the summer program.

Trout fishing in the high country

Although Woods Canyon is by far the most popular of the Rim country lakes, a weekend visit to the angling hot spot might be just the fix local anglers yearn for.

Phyllis Jean Loehr

Phyllis Jean Loehr (P.J.), 64, of Payson died May 21, 2005. She was born March 26, 1941 in Ohio.

Celebrate June 8 with a dish of ice cream


What does June make you think of? Blue skies, warm, sunny days, starry nights, weddings? Did you know that October now rivals June as the most popular wedding month?

Bradys mark 60 years

George and Rosemarie Brady will celebrate 60 years of marriage June 9, 2005.

Spring concert rescheduled

Payson Choral Society's Spring Concert, American Musical Quilt, had to be postponed because of the sudden illness of pianist Sarah Nelson.

Rotary club brings taste of the islands to Rim country

The Rotary Club of Payson's Tips for Rotarians Luau at Mad Dawg's and Mel's Saturday brought in nearly $3,000 and 180 diners.

Zane Grey Twirlers host 25th festival

About 300 people, coupled up in bright matching outfits, will be whirling and twirling this weekend at the Rim country's 25th annual Payson Square Dance Festival, hosted by the Zane Grey Twirlers.

Teacher to serve as editorial adviser

Teacher Terri Legassie thought the call from Scholastic Books' magazine division asking her to serve on an advisory board was phony.

PMGA, BCMGA to lock horns at Montezuma

Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association tuned up for a June 8 interclub battle against Beaver Creek Lake Montezuma with an "Orange Ball" shootout.

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What's up?

Q: I noticed the new telephone books have been dumped, en masse, by community mailboxes in several neighborhoods. Can't that telephone book company be charged with littering?

War and the silent media curse of Memorial Day

Another Memorial Day comes and goes with all the trappings of media rituals.

No smoking in bars takes ban too far

It seems that we are in for a bit of a fight over the smoking ban here in Payson. I would hope you print this in the paper since it could raise another view. I am a smoker, and as most smokers may feel, we wish nonsmokers or even worse, former smokers would just lighten up.

Discarding junk expensive, inconvenient

Regarding the article about illegal dumping in the forest, it would seem to me that the best way to stop this problem is to make legal dumping easier.

Quilting illustrates history, warms the soul

re: Jim Keyworth quilt comments. Quilts provide a history of family.

New administrator a breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air has finally descended on the Payson Unified School District.

Defiling our forest is unacceptable

Mark Twain once said, "Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."

Town, Star Valley to haggle over incorporation

The Payson Town Council will decide whether it will allow neighboring Star Valley and Diamond Point to incorporate when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

History lives in 'bicycle graveyard'


Ron Adler embraces an idea most Americans don't -- even if it's not new it's still valuable.

Group envisions roundabout island as gateway to north Payson

They call themselves the Payson Gateway Project and they're leading an effort to turn the roundabout at Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway into the northern gateway to Payson.

Education veteran tapped to lead charter school

The Payson school board -- at its Monday evening board meeting --amed veteran Payson and Pine educator Kathe Ketchem as the new principal of the Payson Center for Success.

Community activist appointed to college board

Linda O'Dell, Gila County superintendent of schools, selected Dick Wolfe to fill the vacancy left by Gila County Community College Board of Governors chairman Ron Christensen who resigned in April.

Teachers miss out on cash bonuses

Revenue surpluses generated by record home sales and a booming economy are providing many Valley educators with cash bonuses. But like water, the money isn't flowing uphill.

Fire restrictions engulf Tonto forest

Campfire and smoking restrictions will be imposed throughout the entire Payson Ranger District beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday.

A quilt is more than a blanket

re: Jim Keyworth's comment, "I mean, really what are we going to do with a quilt?" The Rim Review, June 1, 2005, page 5. I couldn't say it better than the introduction from "Quilts, A Living Tradition," by Robert Shaw.

Jilted quilter balks at patchwork mockery

re: Jim Keyworth and his comments in The Rim Review about what we can do with quilts. Personally, I think quilts are more priceless than any gem from the jewelers and they can tell more stories than most diamonds.

Winnie Mae Plunkett

Winnie Mae Plunkett, 82, died June 2, 2005, at RTA Hospice in Casa Grande. She was born Oct. 7, 1922 in Oak Hill, Okla.

Junior Stith

Junior (Red) Stith, 78, of Payson, died June 3, 2005. He was born Sept. 26, 1926 in Okmulgee, Okla.

165 drivers stopped, one arrested at DUI checkpoint

From 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., May 28, 10 officers from the Department of Public Safety, two DPS sergeants, one DPS lieutenant, along with two deputies from the Gila County DUI Task Force, conducted a sobriety checkpoint on State Route 188 milepost 251 by Roosevelt Lake.

D-back to host diamond camp

The Arizona Diamondbacks will return to the Rim country July 11 to July 15 for the Diamondback Training Centers -- a big part of the Payson summer sports scene for the past six years.

Trained, dedicated crew watches the action at Taylor Pool

While lifeguarding is a fun occupation, it is also very important.

Big forest has more appeal than Big Apple


Walt Thole is probably the consummate outdoorsman. The Payson Ranger District's recreational staff officer is happiest when he's hiking in the forest or cruising around the Rim country on his mountain bike.

Quality food needed for good pet health


Dog and cat owners are often overwhelmed by the number of pet foods on the market today. The rows of bags and their labels all seem to tell the same story. There are 260 manufacturers in North America producing 4000 pet food labels. Are they all good for your pet? The answer is "No," according to Dr Danielle Hettler of Star Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Sunday, June 5

Look down while taking in the scenery

My wife does not walk around the neighborhood with our puppy Annie and me anymore. I asked her why. She said, "You always walk with your head down. You never look up. Are you depressed?"

See the best of Tonto forest on four wheels

The Tonto National Forest is filled with off-road courses, routes and washes for riders of all experience levels.

Calendar a feast for the senses

Visitors to the Rim country are treated to beautiful views, wonderful weather and the great smells of pine and juniper. And every summer, the residents of the Rim country welcome visitors with a vast array of events for their entertainment.

Find peace and quiet in tiny forest hamlets

Novelist Zane Grey wrote in many of his Westerns about the wild forests of central Arizona. The charming communities located east of Payson on Highway 260 and southbound on Highway 87 offer remarkable weekend get-a-aways for adventurers of many persuasions.

Rim country's terrain ideal for mountain biking

Look around, the Rim country is full of rocks, trails and dirt roads just waiting for a two-wheel attack. And while you're at it, don't forget to catch the view.

Experience the wonder of Tonto Natural Bridge

Of the four trails leading into Tonto Natural Bridge, the Pine Creek Trail can be the most intimidating. But along with the challenge of hiking the trail are the rewards of taking in one of Arizona's true natural wonders.

121st annual rodeo rounds up fun

Round 'em up --t's rodeo time again! The 121st World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is Aug. 19, 20 and 21.

Take an historical tour of the Mogollon Rim

The Rim country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.

Search for 'oddities' in local antique shops

In a place like the Rim country -- with a rich and storied past -- you'd expect the antiquing to be outstanding, and you won't be disappointed.

Plenty to do in the Rim country

Payson isn't exactly a bustling metropolis. Most people come here to hide from urban sprawl and relax in the Rim country's bucolic charm.

Cool off at Taylor Pool

When looking for a place to cool off, Rim country residents and visitors alike usually turn to Taylor Pool at Rumsey Park.

Main Street regaining its vitality

The highlight this summer on Payson's historic Main Street will be the June opening of the replica of Zane Grey's Cabin next door to the Rim Country Museum at Green Valley Park.

Welcome to a Rim country summer

With gasoline prices soaring to all-time highs, Arizona residents are staying a little closer to home this summer.

Sleep beneath a canopy of spectacular stars

There are few better ways to beat summer's heat than camping in the cool forests of the Rim country. Visitors to any of the area's popular campgrounds will awaken to the trill of birds, the crisp scent of pine trees and fall asleep beneath a canopy of stars.

Pine-Strawberry are great places to relax

Pine and Strawberry, two quaint communities which lay just below the Mogollon Rim, are the perfect stop for travelers on Highway 87.

Where to go for information

Visitors and residents alike will find it worth their time to stop by both the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Ranger District Office of the Tonto National Forest, two places packed with information.

Fire ring is not a proper garbage dump

With summer just around the corner, campers are gearing up for weekend getaways and long summer-break vacations. For many, this means packing up the car, reserving a favorite campsite and breaking out the s'mores. For others, summer is the time to stuff a pack and trek out into the wilderness with their favorite freeze-dried foods.

Drown some worms in Rim country lakes

Clifford Pirch makes his living as a professional bass angler on the Southeast coast, but his roots are fishing for trout in Rim country streams and lakes.

Thursday, June 2

Beeline roundabout confusing for some motorists

It's been jokingly referred to as the "runaround," but the way some drivers are negotiating the newly opened roundabout at Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway is no laughing matter.

Project Lifesaver helps save wandering patients

Twice in the past two months, Project Lifesaver has helped track down a mentally ill area resident who is prone to wandering off in the forest.

Loan to fund school improvements

While students recharge their attention spans over summer vacation, three Payson schools will undergo extensive and much-needed improvements thanks to a $2 million interest-free loan.

District zeroes in on new PCS principal

The Payson Center for Success could have a new principal as early as Monday evening.

Tonto forest is getting trashed

There's a collection of washers, dryers, refrigerators, patio furniture, roofing shingles and paint.

Ted Owen Meredith

Ted Owen Meredith, 65, of Young, died May 31, 2005. He was born July 9, 1939 to Herman and Mae Meredith in Tulsa, Okla.

Lady Maverick quintet dribbles to Hawaii tourney

The commitment of five student athletes to basketball and academic excellence has led them to an adventure of a lifetime.

Holiday weekend busy, residents prepare for Strawberry Festival


Suddenly, there is lots of activity in Pine and Strawberry. Along with the fun, we must be very careful about fire. We are now paying the price for all that wonderful rain we had last winter. The grass is growing and drying out and is an extreme fire hazard. Be particularly watchful for anyone smoking outside. Please encourage everyone to use an ashtray and be especially careful.

Mobile groomer pampers pooches

Spa Dog owner Judy Johannsson has groomed canines for celebrities like Danny DeVito and Candice Bergen.

Small congregation encourages community, tradition

The members of Rim Christian Church of Mesa del Caballo pride their congregation on its small size and big heart.

Off-roaders turn hobby into a living

Turning a hobby into a career isn't always easy, but opening Rim Country Powersports has allowed two Payson residents to do just that.

Holiday traffic snarls the Creek


On Monday, Memorial Day late in the afternoon, traffic was backed up to Christopher Creek, and it was at a standstill.

Shoot 'em up: Old West style

A scene straight out of a 1920s Tom Mix shoot 'em up Western movie unfolded Memorial Day weekend at the Payson Event Center.

Bake sale, pancakes to benefit fire a success


The long Memorial Day weekend ended on a fiery note. A small fire was taken care of by the U.S. Forest Service Tuesday afternoon south of the 405 A Road near Bear Flat. Helicopters were flying in with water to prevent danger to homes. The Tonto Village Fire Department was on standby with extra water trucks if they were needed.

Former baseball coach works wonders

A recent e-mail from Teddy Pettet and a quick online check of the Argus Observer newspaper in Idaho revealed the former Payson High School baseball coach is weaving his old magic at his new Weiser High School digs.

Payson to host Little League tourney

Payson Little League President Chuck Barton and his staff have wrapped up plans for hosting the Area I major division (11-12-years) postseason tournament.

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Excuse me while I hack and cough

I applaud those who took the time to voice their opinions in regards to smoking, public and private. We are blessed to be able to express our feelings in a forum such as the Roundup.

Smoking debate in Payson

Recent survey information indicates that 20 to 22 percent of the United States population are smokers (source: Doral & Company -- a part of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.), or about 45 million people. Given this, it would seem that we smokers should have some say in government (federal, state and local) rulings which affect us. We may be a minority, but a very significant one.

Passing generations must keep memories alive

To Richard Haddad, Roundup publisher -- our May 27 editorial ("A bugle, a bus and a boy who thought he knew") was thoughtful, timely and touching. As a fellow veteran (4.5 years United States Navy Reserve, World War II era), I was glad to know you had a sensitive and wise noncommissioned officer to teach you.

Animal rescue organizations need help

Coping with the death of an animal friend can be one of life's most painful experiences.

Kay Tobin

Kay Tobin, 66, of Pine, died May 22, 2005, in Mesa. She was born Aug. 8, 1938 in Amsterdam, Mo.

Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross, 61, of Payson, died May 29, 2005. He was born March 20, 1944 and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio.

James William Querns

James "Jimmy" William Querns, 58, of Pine died Saturday, May 28, 2005. He was was born March 16, 1947 at Ft. Benning, Ga. When his biological father died, he was adopted by United States Air Force Lt. Col. James John Querns.

Local athletes tune up at Prescott camp

Since its founding 44 years ago, the Arizona Sports Camp (ASC) has developed strong ties to the Rim country.

Phyllis Jean Loehr

Phyllis Jean Loehr (P.J.), 64, of Payson, died May 21, 2005. She was born March 26, 1941 in Ohio.

Edward Earl Condit

Edward Earl Condit, 77, of Payson, died May 29, 2005. He was born May 26, 1928 in Indianola, Okla.

A night at the Oscars

Anita Meggitt and Chris Bott were named best actors as Payson High School drama students celebrated the 2004-2005 season at the Seventh Annual Oscars Thursday, May 26.

Shepherd becomes new undersheriff

An Arizona native, and graduate of Payson High School who worked his way up the ranks of the Gila County Sheriff's Office has been named undersheriff of Gila County.

Arlan Lee Neal

Arlan Lee Neal, died May 18, 2005, following surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Bear Fire burns near Bear Flat

While it appeared that the Payson Ranger District escaped the Memorial Day weekend without a single fire, that turned out not to be the case, according to Gary Roberts, district fire prevention officer.