Thursday, June 30
Sixty town employees will receive their market salary increases on July 1.
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.
Zoe Elle Lee was born May 26, 2005, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.
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.
Randy Joe Haven, 45, died Monday, June 27, 2005 in Tucson.e was born Jan. 13, 1960 in Whiteriver and attended school in Cibecue.
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.
Ridge Halenar knows from experience what it takes to be part of a successful Little League team.
Ed Lassins didn't need to fret about having to move up an age bracket at the Grand Canyon State Games.
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.
The Payson Independence Day Men's Soccer Tournament has attracted some of the Valley's finest teams of players over 35 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tonto Apache Tribe has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against former Mazatzal Casino Chief Executive Officer Jim Gannarelli.
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.
As hotshot crews battle wind-billowed fires on the Tonto National Forest, Payson firefighters stay busy with preventable human-caused fires.
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.
Rural health care providers make a big impact in Arizona's small, remote communities.
Joyel and Robert Goff of Payson welcomed Thomas Fredrick (Tommy) Goff on May 13, 2005.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Bush reassured us like President Lyndon Johnson reassured us when his predecessor got us into the Vietnam War.
Re: Love the Rim country -- I remember the first time I came to Payson ...
Focused Imaging of Arizona brings the latest imaging technology -- MRIs, CT scans and digital X-rays -- to Payson when it opens this fall.
Nancy Fay Marsh, 63, of Payson died June 26, 2005 in Phoenix. She was born March 11, 1942 in Vinco, Penn.
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.
Youngsters hoping to participate in Payson Youth Football Association play have one final opportunity to sign up.
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.
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?
Wednesday, June 29
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.
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.
With the size holding steady and containment efforts proving successful, night operations of the Three Fire Complex have been suspended.
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.
Tuesday, June 28
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.
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE 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.
Monday, June 27
Under newly appointed head coach Scott Dean, the Longhorn basketball express is steaming toward a successful summer of hoops.
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.
Frances Alma Osborn, 83, of Payson, died June 22, 2005. She was born April 24, 1922 in Kansas City, Mo.
This photo was taken last week on a quiet street in Payson.
A family of five traveling to Puerto Penasco, Mexico (Rocky Point) will have to add more than $400 to their traveling budgets.
With the Zane Fire 100 percent contained, fire officials expressed new concern about the Cave Creek Complex Fire, which is moving north unchecked.
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.
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.
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.
This is in regard to the "Our View" article in the Tuesday, June 21 Tuesday edition of the Roundup.
NACO is the National Association of Counties and is a powerful lobbying organization that carries a lot of weight in Washington.
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.
In our Friday, June 24 story about town salaries, we incorrectly reported Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter's current pay.
Law enforcement resources in the Rim country could feel the impact of a labor dispute in the southern tip of Gila County.
School pianos get a hard workout from chorus accompanists, aspiring students and youngsters just playing around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This letter is in response to an article that appeared in the June 24, 2005, edition of the Payson Roundup.
John Waring, a veteran member of the Payson Men's Golf Association, turned in a day on the links to write home about.
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.
It's all about developing a firewise mindset, according to Mackenzie Helmandollar of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
Spending the day at Sea World recently, it was most interesting to observe the animals and consider all that goes into their training.
Payson's Public Safety Christmas for Kids organization will be shouldering a much bigger burden than it has it past holiday season.
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.
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.
Agnew "Buzz" Stanford, 84, died June 15, 2005.
Gabriel Martin Sandoval was born April 18, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
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.
Sunday, June 26
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.
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.
Saturday, June 25
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.
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.
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.
Friday, June 24
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.
The Zane Fire, which currently stands at 144 acres, is "boxed in" and cooperating with the efforts of firefighters to keep it under control.
Thursday, June 23
This is too good to pass up.
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.
Law enforcement officers around the country are lauding taser stun guns as their less-than-lethal weapons of choice to restrain noncompliant suspects.
You are a patrol officer. You are called to a scene where a man, holding a gun to his head, is threatening suicide.
Steve Montgomery never hesitated to put warning notes on the cars of students he suspected of speeding.
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.
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 of Payson died June 21, 2005. She was born June 25, 1923 in Akron, Ohio.
Robert Dieryck, 72 of Payson died Sunday June 19, 2005. He was born March 13, 1933 in Duluth Minn. to Pearl and Alphonse Dieryck.
Anthony Perna, 90, of Payson died June 21, 2005. He was born June 30, 1914 in Rhode Island.
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.
Dr. Ivan McLaws' children offered up a running challenge that has become a life-changing event.
The town-sponsored summer youth recreation program has undergone a facelift.
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District is on the road to recovery after its board walked out last year, and the county stepped in.
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.
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
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's water.
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.
Charles Heber Hill, 74, of Payson died June 20, 2005. He was born June 2, 1931 in Phoenix.
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.
It's simply unbelievable the complaints that some people in this town make.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday evening it actually clouded up and rained a little here in Christopher Creek.
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.
The hot weather has slowed the activities in this quiet little community almost to a crawl.
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.
Hopes of rejuvenating interest in the Payson Amateur Softball Association Firecracker slow-pitch softball tournament are fading.
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.
Tuesday, June 21
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
If you're reading this special senior issue, you no doubt remember the old Burma Shave signs.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
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.
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.
She's a soft-spoken, yet articulate 71-year-old woman who, like many people, has diabetes.
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.
Don't complain that there's nothing to do in Payson without first calling one of the town's senior programs.
Monday, June 20
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
Jared Caros, also known by his Hebrew name, Yared, isn't exactly living in the promised land.
A trio of former Longhorn sports standouts discovers fun in rappelling 250 feet directly underneath whirling helicopter blades to a raging fire.
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.
Ayden Patrick Ormand was born May 25, 2005.
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.
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.
Carlos "Al" Alfred Robinson, 71, of Payson died June 16, 2005 in Payson. He was born August 27, 1933 in Dennison, Ill.
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.
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.
Robert M. Ely, 93, died Thursday, June 16, 2005. Mr. Ely was born April 19, 1912 in Detroit, Mich.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 quilts were on display at the Ninth Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, held June 10 to12 at the Pine Cultural Hall.
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.
Re: Ox Bow Inn -- We lived in Payson briefly from 1975 to 1978 ...
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.
support." Ms. O'Neil is "barking up the wrong tree" in attacking the Payson Humane Society.
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.
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.
It was nice to see the story on the Ox Bow Inn recently.
Nneka Hollingsworth, a Payson High School student who disappeared from school during lunch hour May 11, has been missing for more than a month.
The process of divvying up Gila County's revenue pie starts this week.
A fire that burned 4 acres in Oxbow Estates this weekend gave firefighters all they could handle.
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.
Medical records from Dr. Mark Mouritsen's office were discovered by Payson Police in a dumpster near his former residence on North Granite Drive.
Valinda Jo Elliott is a name that will live forever in Rim country infamy.
An equestrian competition unique to the Rim country provides cowboys and cowgirls a stage to showcase their in-the-saddle skills.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 16
Not only will the owners of Fireside Espresso remember your name, they'll keep it on file.
Fossil Creek, which originates from a deep crack in the Mogollon Rim, is at the geographic heart of Arizona.
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.
Action is heating up in both the Payson Women's Golf Association 9- and 18-hole groups.
Attending a Gila County Community College Board of Governors meeting anymore is like watching the Three Stooges' comedy short, "Men in Black."
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.
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.
Rim country archery hunters have a new source for equipment and supplies. Award-winning archer Dan Frost has opened Bootleg Archery Pro Shop.
Frank Mulkern of Mulkern Photography is offering a special service for military personnel and their families.
The Regional Payson Area Project ... for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations:
The public's vigilance and cooperation continue to support the efforts of local law enforcement agencies to corral illegal drug activity in Rim country.
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.
Curtis Ward is a dedicated dad -- and you can hear it in the memories his eight children will treasure this Father's Day.
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.
Barrio Latino has been the guiding force of traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latin music in Arizona.
The editorial in Friday's Roundup, "Town Council's Inaction Lacks Foresight," is a great article.
A man with Rim country ties and a fresh outlook on wildlife management is the newest member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
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.
The Payson Town Council held an executive session last night to discuss and seek legal counsel on Star Valley water issues.
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.
Ms. O'Neil is putting the blame in the wrong place when she accuses the Payson Humane Society for not having compassion.
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.
This letter is in response to Lara Megan O'Neil's letter "Animal sanctuary needs our support" (June 14 Roundup).
Quit! Give up! You're beaten, they shout at me and plead.
Six people were injured in a crash at East Houston Mesa Road and Highway 87 late Thursday afternoon.
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.
Sam Seay, fire department liaison, said that the fire district is moving forward with the fuel reduction grant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
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
Taylor Pool is proving to be the cooling break Rim country residents need when summertime temperatures reach 90-plus degrees.
Sweet Charity is the new wind beneath the wings of the Christmas Angel program in the Pine and Strawberry area.
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.
Recent innovative surgical procedures and bioidentical hormone therapies have given females more options for the care and well-being of their bodies.
Kenneth R. Hodges, 72, of Payson, died June 11, 2005. He was born April 28, 1933 in Florence, Kan.
William Joseph Scott, 78, of Payson, died June 11, 2005. He was born April 9, 1927 in Baltimore, Md.
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.
Corky Barker, general manager of the Best Western Payson Inn, isn't about to fall for the fake money gag.
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.
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.
A tip from hikers led narcotic agents to a 5,000-plant marijuana garden with a street value of $480,000 on June 10.
Clip in, grease up, and get ready for Payson's first 24-hour mountain bike race this weekend.
Today Americans celebrate a little-known patriotic holiday called, Flag Day.
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.
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.
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.
Tropical Nights is the theme of the ninth annual Kiwanis dinner and auction on Saturday, June 18 at the Mazatzal Casino.
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.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
It was billed the Phoenix City Junior Championships, but the geographic title didn't exclude a foursome of Rim country golfers from participating.
Tennis buffs of all ages are tuning up their game under the tutelage of veteran Rim country teaching professional Diane Jackson.
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.
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.
Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds is the theme of this year's free summer reading program at the Payson Public Library.
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:
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.
Thursday, June 9
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.
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.
Ted Thal, 81, of Payson, died June 6, 2005 in Payson. He was born June 19, 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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.
Carol Olsen Lee of Strawberry died Tuesday, June 7. She was born March 9, 1936 to Victor and Grace Olsen in Chicago, Ill.
Edward Ernest Brewer, 60, of Payson, died June 7, 2005. He was born April 6, 1945 in Phoenix.
Spencer and Arlynne Roth of Payson celebrated their 50th anniversary last month with friends and family at the Payson Elks Lodge.
The Bunting family was blessed with the birth of Jaelynn Chenelle, born April 14, 2005.
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.
Lone Tooth owner Jeff Johnston is in the business of helping people smile.
A car can be a source of money through Evergreen Finance Auto Title Loans -- provided the person seeking the loan owns the vehicle.
Re: Smoking and Re: Disrespecting the flag
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With all the news lately about dumping trash in the forest, something interesting hasome to my attention.
The behavior of the town of Payson over the issue of Diamond Star incorporation just gets more curious.
Campfire and smoking restrictions were imposed throughout the entire Payson Ranger District at 8 a.m. Thursday.
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.
Aspiring middle and high school volleyball players will have the opportunity to improve their court skills at the upcoming Lady Longhorn summer camp.
There will be no off-season lull for members of the Longhorn wrestling team.
Couples in bright matching outfits and music that defies toe tapping is returning to the Rim country for the 25th year.
Manzanita Adventure Sports will host the inaugural 2005 Charity Picture Box Competition that could earn a local charity more than $300.
The Payson Parks and Recreation summer barrel and pole bending series kicked off June 2 at the Payson Event Center.
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.
Carol Lee, a longtime Realtor in Pine, died in a rollover south of the small community Tuesday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
The members of the Payson Elks Lodge, No. 2154, will have a special Flag Day celebration Tuesday, June 14.
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.
Tonto Village is in full summer mode. You can tell that because there are so many activities in our part of the world.
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.
Tuesday, June 7
Couples in bright matching outfits and music that defies toe tapping is returning to the Rim country for the 25th year.
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:
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Whatever you're into, you probably believe that you're under-respected. It's human nature.
Monday, June 6
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
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.
While lifeguarding is a fun occupation, it is also very important.
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.
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.
Junior (Red) Stith, 78, of Payson, died June 3, 2005. He was born Sept. 26, 1926 in Okmulgee, Okla.
Winnie Mae Plunkett, 82, died June 2, 2005, at RTA Hospice in Casa Grande. She was born Oct. 7, 1922 in Oak Hill, Okla.
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.
George and Rosemarie Brady will celebrate 60 years of marriage June 9, 2005.
Payson Choral Society's Spring Concert, American Musical Quilt, had to be postponed because of the sudden illness of pianist Sarah Nelson.
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.
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 Terri Legassie thought the call from Scholastic Books' magazine division asking her to serve on an advisory board was phony.
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.
Re: Smokers' rights -- It is true that nonsmokers have a right to not take in secondhand smoke ...
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?
Another Memorial Day comes and goes with all the trappings of media rituals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
re: Jim Keyworth quilt comments. Quilts provide a history of family.
A breath of fresh air has finally descended on the Payson Unified School District.
Mark Twain once said, "Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."
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.
Ron Adler embraces an idea most Americans don't -- even if it's not new it's still valuable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Campfire and smoking restrictions will be imposed throughout the entire Payson Ranger District beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Some of the luster of Bill Lawson's first hole-in-one was lost while relaying the good news to his brother, Mike.
The lack of a Longhorn boys basketball team head coach hasn't slowed the summer program.
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 (P.J.), 64, of Payson died May 21, 2005. She was born March 26, 1941 in Ohio.
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?
Sunday, June 5
Round 'em up --t's rodeo time again! The 121st World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is Aug. 19, 20 and 21.
The Rim country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.
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 and Strawberry, two quaint communities which lay just below the Mogollon Rim, are the perfect stop for travelers on Highway 87.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When looking for a place to cool off, Rim country residents and visitors alike usually turn to Taylor Pool at Rumsey Park.
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.
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.
With gasoline prices soaring to all-time highs, Arizona residents are staying a little closer to home this summer.
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.
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.
The Tonto National Forest is filled with off-road courses, routes and washes for riders of all experience levels.
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?"
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
Arlan Lee Neal, died May 18, 2005, following surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Ted Owen Meredith, 65, of Young, died May 31, 2005. He was born July 9, 1939 to Herman and Mae Meredith in Tulsa, Okla.
Phyllis Jean Loehr (P.J.), 64, of Payson, died May 21, 2005. She was born March 26, 1941 in Ohio.
Edward Earl Condit, 77, of Payson, died May 29, 2005. He was born May 26, 1928 in Indianola, Okla.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Payson Center for Success could have a new principal as early as Monday evening.
There's a collection of washers, dryers, refrigerators, patio furniture, roofing shingles and paint.
The commitment of five student athletes to basketball and academic excellence has led them to an adventure of a lifetime.
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.
The members of Rim Christian Church of Mesa del Caballo pride their congregation on its small size and big heart.
Spa Dog owner Judy Johannsson has groomed canines for celebrities like Danny DeVito and Candice Bergen.
Turning a hobby into a career isn't always easy, but opening Rim Country Powersports has allowed two Payson residents to do just that.
On Monday, Memorial Day late in the afternoon, traffic was backed up to Christopher Creek, and it was at a standstill.
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.
A scene straight out of a 1920s Tom Mix shoot 'em up Western movie unfolded Memorial Day weekend at the Payson Event Center.
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 Little League President Chuck Barton and his staff have wrapped up plans for hosting the Area I major division (11-12-years) postseason tournament.
Since its founding 44 years ago, the Arizona Sports Camp (ASC) has developed strong ties to the Rim country.
Re: Smoking ban -- In regard to Steve Colbert's (letter to the editor) on smoking ...
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.
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.
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.
Coping with the death of an animal friend can be one of life's most painful experiences.
Kay Tobin, 66, of Pine, died May 22, 2005, in Mesa. She was born Aug. 8, 1938 in Amsterdam, Mo.
Jeff Ross, 61, of Payson, died May 29, 2005. He was born March 20, 1944 and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
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.