Thursday, March 31
Larry Leroy Sprang, 69, of Payson, died March 29, 2005.
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot lunch every weekday at noon in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for members; $4.50 for nonmembers and those younger than 60.
Q: Where did J.C. Penney store move to? and Q: Why can't you make left turn out of Dollar General, Del Taco, National Bank and Nugget Street?
By restoring the number of votes needed to confirm a nominee to a simple majority, not the super-majority required to end a filibuster, conservatives hope to stop the madness that has prevented 10 qualified judges from even getting an up-or-down vote over the past two years.
Recently I wrotebout thepath that I would hike off East Verde Estates Road.
President Bush wants to swap your Social Security insurance plan for a lottery ticket. Social Security has a stabilizing effect on people's incomes in a very positive way. Without this guaranteed benefit, more than 50 percent of seniors would live in poverty.
Courts and judges have been in the news now for several weeks. Many citizens have not been happy with them. Certainly many of the residents of Payson are not happy with Flagstaff Judge Mark Moran for throwing out the case against Harold Fish, the man accused of the 2nd degree murder of Payson citizen Grant Kuenzli.
The news story in Tuesday's Roundup about the killing of llamas has left me baffled and concerned.
Although Gila Community College Governing Board's upcoming selection of a college to contract academic services with is not a geographical issue; the proverbial lines have been drawn in the sand.
Gordon Hauptman, pastor of the Crossroads Payson Foursquare Church, said his congregation is unique in the community because of the way they emphasize relationships.
Gila Community College Board Chairman Ron Christensen had nothing good to say about the revised contract from Eastern Arizona College. The document was modified earlier this week during a phone conference between Gila County Manager John Nelson, Eastern Arizona College, and attorneys in Phoenix.
If you don't yield to emergency vehicles, you could get a ticket. The Payson Police Department is cracking down on drivers who don't pull over and allow emergency vehicles to pass.
The Gila County Community College District Board of Governors Special Session scheduled for Monday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m. in Payson has been cancelled due to the lack of a quorum.
Despite concerns about traffic congestion at Highway 87 and Houston Mesa Road, the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional-use permit for a new Giant convenience store at that intersection on Monday.
Re: Roundabout -- I thought the editorial on the unfinished roundabout was excellent ...
The cat condo vendor who has been a fixture in front of the Best Western Inn of Payson for three years has filed an appeal after being rebuffed by the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Longhorn track and field teams travel to the Higley Invitational tomorrow without the services of one of their finest sprinters.
While the Maverik Country Store at 715 N. Beeline Highway in Payson seems well on its way to opening, it will actually be late May or early June before the gas is flowing and goodies are available.
Chris Lander can recite, by heart, the daily breakfast specials at the casino's Cedar Ridge Restaurant.
Don E. Stephenson, of Payson, died March 30, 2005 at his home in Payson.
Vera J. (Armour) Fuller, 73, died March 18, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.
Ruben M. Meisner, 87, of Payson, died March 29, 2005.
Looking back over the past two years, Larry Martin of Beaver Valley can see thousands of hours of work, gallons of sweat and plenty of blisters. But his investment has paid off with a dream that has become reality: The Beaver Valley Fire Department is a reality that is counted on by the community's residents and neighboring fire departments alike.
Rim country residents have a unique opportunity to enjoy a collection of familiar folk, opera and broadway music 7 p.m. Saturday at Gila Community College.
Kaiser Clay is getting his first tattoo at 12 weeks old. With a fine-point Sharpie felt pen, tattoo artist Visa Norman sketches a butterfly, no larger than a quarter, along with the words "My Butterfly" inside Kaiser Clay's ear.
Traci Bishop, who coordinated the Girl Scout pancake breakfast to benefit the Skip Boldt family Saturday, is still reeling from the event's success.
The next time you visit your optometrist for a new pair of glasses or decide your old frames are outdated, donate your used spectacles to the Lions Club.
If you just need an adjustment, you can go to any chiropractor; but if you're looking for variety -- say a good bone-moving experience or modern, non-forced methods like activator or wedge-blocking techniques -- Dr. Robert Sanders is your man.
Two-year-old Eric Hofmann, grandson of Sam and Karen Seay, was determined to fill his little basket with as many eggs as he could find.
Another month is behind us, and the first quarter of 2005 is complete. Wow. Time passes far too quickly. But good weather is ahead and the spring bulbs are beautiful.
I am happy to report that Connie Weldon is doing very well after brain tumor surgery last week. Connie is now in rehabilitation at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, and she will be there for about a month.
When registering online for Pat's Run, I was aligned in the ancient person Clydesdale division. Being in that group, I'll probably be timed with a calendar rather than a stop watch.
Armed with many athletes that play year-round "club" baseball, the Coronado Dons' experience and talent was too much for the struggling Payson Longhorns.
Chalking up the Lady Longhorns' first 4A Grand Canyon Region win of the year was a tall order yesterday against the seven-time defending GCR champion Flagstaff Eagles. (Results not available at press time).
Town officials are urging participants in the inaugural Hershey Track and Field program April 9 to sign up early.
Gustavo Dantas, a two-time world jiujitsu champion and accomplished judo and submissive wrestling instructor, will host a training seminar, from noon to 3 p.m., April 30 at Club USA.
Tuesday, March 29
On Feb. 21, 2005, the Rim country lost another good cowboy, another descendant of the pioneering families who settled this area in the 1880s. Frederick Bernard Chilson, known as "Fred" crossed the Great Divide. He left behind a loving family who will remember him and will carry on the Chilson family traditions.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
It could only happen in the land of excess that we lovingly refer to as the Valley of (your expletive here) -- home of excess water consumption, excess golf courses, and a newspaper becoming increasingly known for its excessive cover-ups of reality.
IN THE KITCHEN
Another holiday has come and gone and the refrigerator is looking a little crowded with all those hard-boiled, colored eggs and the remains of the ham baked for Easter dinner.
Enjoy an evening of beautiful music and help further the educational opportunities of students at Gila Community College.
Monday, March 28
The first wine Don Manthe ever made was a red. He poured it down the drain.
Working into the nights on the kitchen table in a dingy room, Zane Grey penned and rewrote his first book "Betty Zane."
Payson police captured two dogs Thursday suspected of killing four llamas and wounding eight others in two separate incidents at the Goose Valley Llama Ranch off Longhorn Road.
On April 1 and April 2, by permit from the United States Forest Service, there will be a Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state championship point series competition.
Motorists headed for The Home Depot or any place else that takes them past the new home improvement store can expect major traffic problems once the store opens Thursday morning.
Manzanita Adventure Sports team members Ken Shepherd and Brian Gobel said the lure of mountain biking is not always the thrill of victory.
It's time to gear up for one of the Rim country's most-anticipated spring athletic events.
Gary Bedsworth's not the kind of guy who chokes down a bag of Doritos while swilling a Super Big Gulp of Mountain Dew.
FOCUS ON PETS
A professional dog trainer visited Payson recently, leaving us with valuable information and inspiration for establishing more and varied dog training programs.
Mother Nature may have blessed the Rim country with 16 inches of rainfall so far this year, but wildland fires remain a credible threat.
Doug Waldrop, the Advanced Funeral Planner for Messinger Payson Funeral Home, is inviting residents of Payson to come see the new columbarium at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park.
Jim "Doc" Morse, 83, of Chandler, formerly of Payson, died March 23, 2005 in Mesa.
Dennis "Denny" Jordan, of Payson, died March 21, 2005 in Phoenix.
Q: I read your article in the living section March 22 about Charles Goodson and it scared me. Why would you write an article about someone like this? and Q: There's an ad in your paper from Quality Plus that talks about how to rip people off with their checks. Why is this allowed?
March 21, 2005 will mark another passing. One that will not likely cause a ripple in the town of Payson except for the organizations or people helped by our monetary donations.
Regarding the traffic roundabout being built on the north end of town, it seems to me that there is no positive response from anyone in this community concerning the decision to build it.
The fishing team of Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall caught only two fish, but the combined weight of the bass was enough for a third-place finish in the Allstar Bass Tournament March 19 at Apache Lake.
Last night I received a call from Peter Corbett of The Arizona Republic, informing me that Judge Mark Moran reversed the grand jury's decision in the Grant Kuenzli murder, and has ordered the matter be heard again by a new grand jury.
My family and I attended an air show during the 1995 grand opening of Denver International Airport. It was an amazing event, but it also was a long, exhausting day.
When Duane Tyree gets a haircut he is liable to run into somebody who knows his wife Marie. They will tell Duane how wonderful Marie is and how much she helped make the death of their spouse easier.
Rain, hail and snow caused at least 12 accidents and traffic jams Friday on Highways 87 and 260. In spite of the bad weather, motorists avoided fatalities and life-threatening injuries said Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Whetten.
The Gila Community College Governing Board has decided further study and legal review are needed before signing a 10-year agreement with Eastern Arizona College for college services.
Julia Randall fifth-grader Blake Cannon is rapidly building a reputation as a promising young athlete on the Arizona Junior Golf Association playing circuit.
Thursday, March 24
Rain and wet fields made for tough playing conditions on the second day of the inaugural Gracie Haught Classic high school softball tournament.
Dorothy Irene Bowers died March 10, 2005 in Payson.
Singing is an integral part of the worship services at the Church of Christ. When members of the congregation raise their voices to sing praises to God, they sing in the style they believe God has commanded them to.
Hershey Foods is joining forces with the Payson Parks and Recreation Department to introduce fledgling athletes, 9 to 14 years old, to the thrills of track and field.
Like the Energizer Bunny, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team keeps going and going and going.
Q: Why did they have the Girl Scouts at the March 10 council meeting? I thought it was for important business? I think that was a big waste of time.
The Terri Schiavo case raises a fundamental question in everyone who hears about it, whether they are aware of it or not.
I've heard some negative comments regarding the issue of pay increases for council members and the mayor. Just some thoughts to consider:
Last year, the town of Payson determined to make a concerted effort to sell the remaining lots we own in the Sky Park Industrial subdivision. During the past month, we have completed sales on all but two of the lots, both of which are due to sell in July.
Nate Lee's wrestling prowess demonstrated that he was indeed a credit to his work ethic, his family, his coaches and his community.
I'm writing this in reference to my neighbor who had a car accident on March 16, 2005.
Nobody is saying the Payson Town Council doesn't deserve a raise, and nobody is saying they had anything but the best of intentions in voting themselves a hefty one last night.
Her fair skin -- more smooth than wrinkled -- belies her age: Mary Mitchell will turn 100 on Easter Sunday.
The Boldts have shed lots of tears over the past few years, especially in the last month. Four weeks ago, Skip Boldt received a call from the transplant center in San Diego. The doctors told him he was next in line to receive a heart transplant and had to move to Southern California immediately.
Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer asked for an injunction against the Gila Community College Governing Board Friday to block a March 28 meeting to discuss a proposal from Eastern Arizona College that would settle lawsuits between the two schools.
The grand jury indictment against Harold Fish, the man accused of shooting hiker Grant Kuenzli last May, was thrown out yesterday in Coconino County Superior Court.
Sports fans around the state chuckled when the Arizona Interscholastic Association decided to move the high school state basketball championships from America West Arena to Glendale Arena.
A nine-day break from play and a lineup that includes five .300-plus sluggers is exactly what first-year coach Jerry Daniels was hoping for as the team enters Grand Canyon region play.
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children this year after all. The Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry invite all Pine and Strawberry families to join the fun. Bring a picnic lunch along with a blanket or chairs to the Pine Trailhead at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26.
Following a successful spay/neuter clinic Tuesday, the Payson Humane Society and the Northern Arizona Humane Society have scheduled another for Tuesday, April 12 at Mazatzal Casino.
The following is from an article given to the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department.
Author's note: In an effort to look at spirituality and briefly examine why people believe or not, we spoke with people representing various viewpoints.
The Payson Town Council tabled a request for a zone change from the developer who is bringing water to the town from Star Valley as part of the consent agenda last night.
Booths for the 2005 Business Showcase, sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, are filling up fast, as are sponsorship opportunities.
Sharon Pebley retired from Life Care Centers of America administration last year, leaving Colorado for the warmer climate of Phoenix.
The old-fashioned charm of shabby chic and country decor spills out into the parking lot at Abigail's Antiques on Main Street, inviting customers to come in and browse away an entire afternoon.
Hi! I am a fifth-grader from Hoover Elementary School in Medford, Ore.
Recently our Take Pride Project refinished one of the school bus shelters along Highway 87 in Pine. We made the mistake of leaving two empty barrels.
After many months of driving past a roadside mess, I find it necessary to draw attention to this eyesore along our beautiful highway.
Nora Ruth Waer, 92, of Payson, died March 15, 2005.
Shushana Dean Nunley, 31, of Phoenix, Ariz. died in Payson March 16, 2005.
Annie Semple McCown, 97, of Fort Collins, Colo., died March 20, 2005 at a local nursing home.
Robert "Bob" Lee died March 23, 2005 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Tuesday, March 22
At the Gila County Daughters of the Pioneers meeting on March 16, 2005, three granddaughters of Nellie May Pyle Beard presented her history. Fern Taylor Spears, Lois Taylor Bissett, and Patty Taylor Rhoades spoke of their maternal grandmother with loving words and Patty brought a plate of sugar cookies she had made using her grandmother's recipe. Anna Mae Deming also added what she remembered of "Grandma Beard."
Easter in the Rim country this year will be marked by music, good food, fun and religious celebrations.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Rim country residents are less than excited about the prospect of having to navigate a roundabout every time they head north out of Payson on the Beeline -- or to their new home improvement emporium for a 2-by-4.
IN THE KITCHEN
So, you're out grocery shopping for, say, the ingredients to this delicious and heart-healthy pizza. But do you take the time to read the nutrition information on the food labels? Fewer than half of Americans do, according to a recent survey by the American Heart Association. That's a discouraging figure, considering the tremendous effect the food we eat has on our health -- particularly our heart-health.
Monday, March 21
Your "Opinion" article was right on the button. We moved to Payson, November 2000, from La Mesa, Calif., and returned to Redlands, Calif.July 2004.
The Payson Humane Society has cobbled together its existing shelter facilities for years. Doing things bit by bit through the generosity of animal lovers willing to step up for the lost, abandoned and abused dogs and cats cared for by the shelter's staff and volunteers.
Hubert Keith VanSlyke, 71, died March 17, 2005.
Janice K. Bonds, 68, of Payson, died Monday, March 7, 2005.
The sounds of people shouting as a man was being beaten on the dock next to Green Valley Lake caught the attention of Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner Sunday night.
District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin wants to see Gila County become a more unified entity, with stronger ties between its northern and southern communities.
The Payson Town Council is expected to "adopt" one strategic plan and "accept" another at its 6 p.m. meeting Thursday evening.
The onset of the spring season has Gila County Drug Task Force officers on the alert for increased illegal drug activity. According to a local veteran undercover agent, spring is usually the time of year drug dealers scatter in the surrounding forests to plant marijuana fields.
After an exhaustive and sometimes frustrating search, the Payson Humane Society has finally secured a site for a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office Roosevelt Lake Patrol Unit has teamed up with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to host a series of Boating Safety Education classes in Payson.
With former Rim country youth golf stars like Brandan Kelley, Billy Bob Hoyt and Troy Marrs now plying their wares on the collegiate scene, the doors are open to a new group of aspiring linksters.
Payson High senior Krystal McRae legged out a commendable clocking of 17.25 to best 16 competitors and win the 100 meter hurdles at the Round Valley Invitational track and field meet.
For the first time in about as long as anyone can remember, Payson Little League might not field a senior division team this season.
Silver medal finishes by Carlan Pontious and Wellington Cassuto helped earn the Longhorns boys track and field team fourth place honors at the 17-team Round Valley Invitational held March 18 in Eagar.
Back when Charles "Chuck" Williams, D.C. was footloose and fancy free, his favorite place to travel was south of the border. The exotic archeological ruins in Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru drew the young Midwesterner to the "gringo trail."
FOCUS ON PETS
Frequently, the value of crate or kennel training for dogs and cats has been discussed in this column.
Don't be shocked to see a confederate flag flying outside Charles Goodson's new home in Payson. It's not what you think.
Authors note: With Easter quickly approaching, many people are mindful of the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. Yet there are those who aren't so sure about his/her existence and religion in general. There are those who question the basic premise of God's existence and what it all means. Many long for a sense of purpose and some hope to find it in religion.
Q: Why exactly did the dialysis center in Payson close down? and Q: What's up with KRIM radio calling itself a public radio station? Are they affiliated with a college or hold pledge drives?
When members of a wedding party needed quality, faith-based daycare during the ceremony, Payson Christian Childcare came to the rescue.
Rim country golf tournament activities should be plentiful during the upcoming links season.
It's a student's dream -- instead of homework, teachers dish out ice cream in abundance. This dream will become a reality on Saturday, April 9 at Macky's Grill in Payson as teachers and administrators donate their time to raise funds to beautify area schools.
Payson Elementary student James Lloyd hypothesized that soda pop would rust a nail faster than lemon juice, tap water or salt water. He placed a nail in different cups of liquid and then observed which nail corroded fastest.
Mary Lou Wigg, 75, of Payson, died March 16, 2005.
Thanks must be given again and again to those morally superior, more honest, much more intelligent, and, above all, those who are so vastly more perceptive than you or I.
Today I belatedly read Mr. Gushard's letter regarding the proposed "junk ordinance."
What next are they going to take? Having read the "Comments sought on mine closures" in Tuesday, March 15, 2005 issue of the Payson Roundup, I felt some more input was needed.
Thursday, March 17
Last year when The Door Stop and CANIT (Citizens Against Noise and Industrial Travesties) were waging war over the decibel level of the cabinet door company's manufacturing operation, Jim Hill and Ernie Pritchard loomed larger than life.
The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is again planning a special Easter celebration at Rumsey Park.
Payson has another reason to be proud of its patriotism. Recently, the youngsters in Robin Johnson's class at the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center gathered 150 pounds of goods to be sent to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan by the Payson Supply Line program.
Warm days and sunny skies rekindle the urge to put spade or trowel to earth and plant something.
A potentially volatile situation ended without injury Wednesday after an 81-year-old Payson man suddenly found his van pinned against a loaded fuel tanker truck.
The sight of the anhydrous ammonia methamphetamine lab lodged in a cave northeast of Payson sent chills down the spines of the three Gila County Drug Task Force agents sent to investigate it.
Two men were arrested after Gila County Drug Task Force agents investigated possible drug activity in Star Valley, deputies said.
Su Connell has a wish list two pages long of expenses ranging from supplies to staffing.
The Rim Country Rotary Club selected the following Payson public servants of the year.
Walter Jerald Allen died Feb. 13, 2005.
Marvin H. Allred, 79, of Makaha Valley Oahu, Hawaii, formerly of Payson, founder of Pool Water Products, died March 5, 2005 of heart disease.
Sally Causley died Feb. 26, 2005, in San Diego, Calif.
Webster D. Willeford, 94, former longtime resident of Pine, died March 1, 2005.
Methamphetamine is being cooked every day in illegal labs across Arizona -- destroying lives, feeding other crimes, endangering children and costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Rim Country Literacy Program is a 501 3c nonprofit organization that provides free adult education to the entire Rim country area.
I read with considerable dismay that ADOT is putting a traffic circle on the intersection of Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway. There is nothing "relatively new" about them -- they had many of them in New Jersey 60 years ago when I was growing up, and everyone hated them. They were a source of numerous accidents and "incidents."
Having just returned from two weeks in New Zealand where traffic circles are prolific, I just have to ask "What is ADOT thinking?" Figuring out how to drive on the left side of the road was nothing compared to trying to negotiate traffic circles, especially the two-lane kind, which I believe is the same as what is being built here. I consider myself an excellent driver, experienced in driving in all conditions -- snow, ice, off road -- but I found traffic circles to be scary.
One wonders exactly when Gila County became a threat to the Phoenix metropolitan area. The seriousness of this threat was realized when state legislators from the Phoenix area introduced legislation to abolish the recently established Gila County Provisional Community College District.
Your "My View" opinions in the March 15, 2005 Roundup were clear, concise and correct. The financial problems of the Pine-Strawberry School District can be mitigated to a degree by the taxpayers approving a budget override and by seriously considering consolidation. A K-12 unified school district in northern Gila County would be positive for the students, parents, taxpayers and teachers in the Payson/Pine/Strawberry areas.
Q: Re March 1, article on front page -- How can Terry Morris and Judy Buettner launch an Hispanic educational program involving the fire department, the library and other local facilities and services that are locally tax supported. Who is going to finance this? Shouldn't this be a project that the taxpayers can vote on since they are going to have to pay for it?
Justin Randall of Tonto Basin won a new Dodge Dakota at the Superstition Springs Center Mall as part of a Dodge and EB Games search for the "Best Pick-Up Spots" in the Phoenix area.
The Arizona Department of Commerce has presented a Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant (REDI) in the amount of $8,000 to the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Thousands of generous Bashas', Food City and AJ's Fine Foods customers throughout Arizona donated $167,794 to support American Red Cross disaster relief during a month-long fund-raiser.
The Landmark's second running of the rubber duckies is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26. This is always a fun event. Especially since the water in Christopher Creek is really running.
Many honors have been bestowed upon Nate Lee, but none more prestigious than the one recently awarded by the Arizona Wrestling Coaches Association.
Kyle Fogarty's two trophy bucks in three years of archery hunting is enough to make most hunters proud.
About 13 years ago, a handful of movers and shakers on the Rim country sports, cultural and business scene huddled over cups of coffee. The five --raig Swartwood, Gary Barcom, Mike DeWees, Ted Pettet and Jim Spencer --ere there to lay the foundation for an association they hoped could lend support to Payson schools, local youth programs, the town economy and outdoor conservation projects.
The Roosevelt Lake Patrol Unit of the Gila County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to host a series of Boating Safety Education classes in Payson.
It is the day after St. Patrick's Day, one of my husband's favorite holidays. He is a first generation Irishman, his mom was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and his middle name is Patrick. He also loves corned beef and cabbage, even though we know that this type of meal does not originate in Ireland.
Payson High School track and field coach Chuck Hardt is praising junior multi-event standout Tracy Fitzpatrick as the team's most hardy athlete.
If every church's biblical commission is to reach out and into the community, and to touch the lives of people, a congregation must be united and whole.
A flare-up of The Door Stop noise issue has resulted in a possible resolution. There is a new, but tentative agreement between owner Jim Hill and Ernie Pritchard, leader of Citizens Against Noise and Industrial Travesties (CANIT), which both hope will finally end the discord.
James Francis Whalen, 67, died March 3, 2005.
Last week, we were enjoying spring weather. Now we have to worry about the tender buds on the fruit trees freezing. That's life on the mountain.
Tuesday, March 15
IN THE KITCHEN
Ah, spring is here, and it's time to think about garden parties and colorful ways to bring joy to your next gathering of family and friends. Keeping it simple by using shortcuts with ready-made mixes and springtime candy favorites will create just the right "pizzazz" for your next party.
The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is again planning a special Easter celebration at Rumsey Park.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Having trouble keeping up with the latest altercations involving Gila Community College?
A. T. "Al" Vaughn married Luella Moores in Corona Del Mar, Calif. in 1921. The couple came to the Rim country to live and ranch and made their home at Cold Springs.
Monday, March 14
I was disappointed at the public turnout at the Pine-Strawberry school board meeting Tuesday, March 8.
I am disappointed that the report and editorial in Friday's paper, "Council Sends Star Valley Home Empty," were so negative. I didn't feel that was the case at all.
While standing in line at Wal-Mart last week my wife and I ran into a local teacher purchasing supplies for her students.
Walking around Rumsey Park a week or so ago, I heard a sound that took me back to my childhood -- a metallic "chunk - chunk." Sure enough, a little further on, there were two men pitching horseshoes in a improvised horseshoe pit.
Payson Police Commander Don Engler is praising detective Matt Van Camp for his efforts in solving a Feb. 11 burglary of Wicks Auto Service on Main Street.
The town council voted itself a 100 percent pay raise, while increasing the mayor's salary 80 percent at its regular meeting Thursday evening.
A zoning change proposed for about 10 acres on the north side of "old" Highway 260 in Christopher Creek could alter the face of the little community substantially.
The Pine-Strawberry School Board has agreed on the cuts needed to correct a 2005-2006 budget shortfall expected to reach more than $60,000.
For students who didn't pass the math portion of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards, or AIMS, last fall, it's time to buckle down and prepare for the upcoming test April 12.
Two former Payson residents were named to the Class 4A All-State basketball team Sunday.
At the Buckeye Invitational, Lady Longhorn three-sport star Krystal McRae proved herself to be one of the conference's up-and-coming 100-meter hurdlers.
The Gila Community College Small Business Development Center is offering an extensive series of workshops on the computer accounting program Quick Books. These classes will be offered on April 2, 9, 16 and 30.
Julia Randall Elementary School Principal Peggy Miles was admitted to Payson Regional Medical Center the week before spring break.
Rim Country Middle School football coaches are calling it an "Hour of Power," but it's actually two hours in length -- 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 4.
The people who have the most trouble have the least amount of support. So said Rim Guidance counselor Lee Kennedy.
Roundabout better way to go, ADOT says
When The Home Depot opens at the end of the month, it will usher in a new way of driving to Rim country motorists.
FOCUS ON PETS
Easter is right around the corner. All sorts of soft, cuddly creatures come to mind when we think of Easter, including live bunnies and baby chicks.
Carlan Pontious, the Longhorns' finest cross country runner last season, picked up where he left off in the fall by winning both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the Buckeye Invitational.
Jim Clark has seen a lot of the world and plenty of different people in his 83 years. Looking back, he said there has not been much that has impressed him.
Local softball player and coach Charlene Hunt is passionate about the Gracie Haught Classic Softball Tournament -- so much so that she's trying to make it one of the finest high school competitions in Arizona.
Arizona Public Service (APS) had a special use permit that has expired and would like to have the permit reissued to authorize the existing Preacher Canyon substation and aerial 69kV utility line that runs from the town of Payson to Preacher Canyon, Ariz.
Francisco "Frank" Reyes, Sr., 82, died March 11, 2005.
I'm concerned about the elk sculpture that LaRon Garrett says will be at the north end of Payson at the roundabout.
Millions of years ago, Star Valley was a lake created during the ice age by glaciers. During a flood the natural dams broke and the water flowed to lower levels and levels were diminished by evaporation. The aquifer is contained in porous stone and has been there for millions of years.
When Rep. Rick Renzi met with a group of citizens at the offices of Rim Country Chamber of Commerce in Payson two weeks ago, much of the conversation focused on Social Security reform. One of the areas that intrigued some attendees was the notion that the proposed private accounts could be either used by retirees or passed on to their heirs.
Thursday, March 10
Federal funding to build a bridge over Tonto Creek has been secured by Rep. Rick Renzi.
The Diamond Star Water Coalition presented the Payson Town Council with three options for resolving the annexation issue last night, but the council opted to reject the annexation petition on legal technicalities.
Wherever SB is, he has to be smiling a big Weimaraner smile. SB, who died last month, was Payson resident Diana Parks' loyal service dog. But for all the wonderful things he did, SB had one quirk -- he refused to sleep on the floor.
Warren and Beverly Disbrow, of Payson celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Feb. 19, 2005, with a reception given for them by their three children, Douglas, Karleen and Margaret.
Suddenly it is spring -- or at least it feels like it is. I walked this morning without a jacket. It was gorgeous.
Spring has sprung in Tonto Village. The crocus and the daffodils are popping up everywhere, and the trees and bushes are budding out their new green leaves. I wonder if this great weather is here to stay or if we'll get another cold snap with frost or another snowstorm before the weather turns better permanently?
Last Friday was the Ladies Annual Jammie Party. Nineteen women showed up at Karen Thorton's house on Columbine Road. They all wore their favorite pajamas, fuzzy slippers and they brought enough food and drink for an army.
Payson's First Baptist is an independent fundamentalist church whose members believe that Jesus Christ is the way to Heaven. According to Mike Hoover, the church's pastor, the main focus for the local assembly is to instruct the saints; don't just listen, teach.
For Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Bailey Randall and her classmates, the school's inaugural "Power Day" was filled with lessons she's sure she'll call upon later in her young life.
Payson Florist has been a fixture in Payson for more than 30 years. Now new owners Shayne and Marilyn Dedman are giving the place new growth. They have renamed the business Payson Florist and Gifts and are expanding the inventory to include many unique gift and card lines, and even food and furniture.
Nate Lee, one of Payson High School's finest wrestlers, will graduate in the spring. During his middle school and high school years, Nate compiled a remarkable career that included winning three White Mountain League titles, four weight-class state championships and untold most valuable wrestler awards.
By winning the Great Senior Softball tournament, the Payson Cougars slow-pitch softball team pulled off the upset of the state's 60-years-plus sports scene.
When 17-year-old Patrick Karlowski hooked up with the United 88's Mesa Soccer Club last fall, he correctly predicted the off-season experience would help him during the winter high school campaign.
A band of 11 members of the Payson Wrestling Club have their sights set on rubbing elbows with Olympic champion wrestler Rulon Gardner, gold medalist and Olympic wrestling coach Steve Fraser and members of the Denver Broncos.
Fresh off a 2-3 showing in the Mohave Invitational, the Longhorn baseball team has returned to the tournament stage in Miami.
Pearl Fleischmann died March 6, 2005 in Payson.
As the hoards of illegal immigrants pour across our southern border, we are quickly being conquered -- not by arms, yet, but by ideology, language, morés, different customs and diseases. Also, the costs of welfare, heath care, crime, imprisonment, etc. are skyrocketing.
Thank you, Mr. Adams, for bringing up the "Chilean" Plan again.
As Commander of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad, I would like to express my profound appreciation to you for the outstanding article and photograph regarding Project Lifesaver, which appeared in the Roundup on Feb. 25, 2005.
This is in answer to "Facts, Not Smoke and Mirrors" written by Mr. Bob Hibbert, Star Valley.
Tuesday's front page article "Church Accuses Town of Discrimination" greatly disturbed me and not for thebvious reasons.
The American Gulch plan includes the Chilson property, just south of West Main Street, which is being promoted for a very expensive development of commercial and residential condos.
The Payson Town Council denied the Diamond Star annexation petition on legal technicalities Thursday night, rejecting a pro-active alternative on an issue that continues to give the council a collective black eye.
If conditions remain favorable, Payson Ranger District fire personnel are scheduled to conduct two aerial ignitions and one conventional prescribed burn beginning this morning.
Carolyn Mouritsen, 51, of Payson has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation for her role in illegally obtaining narcotic pain killers.
Educators and community members are sighing with relief all over the county -- Gila Community College is here to stay. The Arizona House of Representatives voted 32-24 against House Bill 2105, the measure that would have repealed Gila County's provisional community college district, yesterday afternoon.
Photos from the Rim Country Middle School spring band concert at the Payson High School auditorium Tuesday, March, 8, 2005. This concert included a performance by the combined middle school/high school jazz band.
Q: I submitted a letter to the editor three weeks ago, how long does it take to get published? and Q: When is the rest of the Payson Unified School District going to have home pickup from the school busses? We, in Star Valley and Diamond Point, have to send our children out to the road, while in Tonto Village the busses come through the neighborhood to pick up children.
On March 26, 2005, I will be 81 years of age. The most shrill, wild cry I ever heard during my life, was on Nov. 22, 1963, when our president of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The whole world was in turmoil. Across America there was sadness, rage and outcry.
Tuesday, March 8
The year was 1947 and the place was Starr Valley. Mrs. Drain had simply walked away from her home one July evening. She was a victim of dementia. Her husband had gone to Phoenix that day and had made arrangements for two local boys to watch the old lady. Jack Vaughn was to stay with her the first half of the day and then Oscar Ezell would relieve him and stay until about dark when Mr. Drain was due to return home from Phoenix. Fourteen-year-old Oscar was picked up about dark by his father, Harden Ezell. They both believed Mr. Drain would soon return home, as he had many times before.
IN THE KITCHEN
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AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Guys are clearly the least romantic of the genders, and the extra pressure of Valentine's Day -- a day devoted entirely to romancing women -- puts a lot of pressure on us.
Spring is less than two weeks away and with it will come warmer weather and the lure of all kinds of activities -- from spring cleaning and yard work, to getting out and about walking or running, hiking and having fun.
Monday, March 7
Janiece Carter, 64, died March 3, 2005, after a 13-year fight with cancer.
Gasps of disbelief sputtered from the two-dozen Payson community members who filled the left side of House Hearing Room 1 as the 14 members of the House Appropriations Committee decided the fate of Gila Community College Monday afternoon.
Bob and Barbara Fraher of Payson will be celebrating their 50th anniversary; family and friends will be gathering for a luncheon in their honor on Saturday, March 12.
Wayne and Wilma Monty will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, March 11, 2005.
After a three-year engagement, Samantha Schulz and Jeff Perry married at a private ceremony, March 3, 2005 in Payson.
He is the second most recognizable icon in the United States, topped only by Santa Claus according to a Payson Ranger District handout. Well-loved since the 1950s, he is Smokey Bear.
Through a generous and cooperative partnership with Rim Country Literacy, Gila Community College is offering an orientation for GED OnLine at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, in lab 104 at the college.
As part of Gila Community College Community Noncredit Program a number of performances and discussions have been scheduled this spring.
Rev. Ernest "Skip" P. Ward II, of Huntington, W.Va., and a former resident of Payson, died March 4, 2005 in St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., following a long illness.
Doil Edison Storie, 73, of Payson, died March 5, 2005.
Mary Louise (Hein) Smith, 83, died peacefully at her Payson home on March 6, 2005. She was surrounded by her family, hospice nurse and doctor.
Carl Cameron Jackson, of Payson, died March 5, 2005, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Q: As a business owner in town, it angers me when other businesses put fliers under the windshield wipers of cars in my parking lot. The fliers end up all over the ground and become litter. Is it even legal to do this?
I am fairly new to the area. After reading the article and editorial concerning the need for a new concert piano for the community and the performing arts students at Payson High School, I am curious. The article states that the old Kimball grand is "failing."
I was appalled to read the letter to the editor (March 4 Roundup) stating that a junk ordinance is bad for private property. There were many misconceptions that need to be cleared up right away. First comparing this law to communism is a far cry from reality.
I'm writing in response to Mr. Mark Ernest Reza's letter of Tuesday, March 1, 2005, regarding his opposition to privatizing Social Security.
Last week's editorial discussion of President Bush's "Hydrogen Economy" and that it is a myth displays dangerous submission to a lost cause.
The business of House Bills 2079 and 2105 is complicated stuff. As I sat listening to the reading of the amendments and the amendments to the amendments, I thought I was missing something. I wasn't. I found that others were also baffled by the cryptic language of the legislation.
There is good news concerning Roosevelt Lake from the U.S. Forest Service office in Tonto Basin: For the first time ever, the Schoolhouse boat ramp at Roosevelt Lake is open and available for use.
The strength of the Longhorn track and field team is the one-two punches in the distance runs and sprints. That became evident at the season-opening Class 3A North Duals meet March 2 in the Northern Arizona University Skydome in Flagstaff.
Payson champions of the inaugural Basketball Bonanza have earned the opportunity to test their hardwood skills against the best young players in the state. That chance is tentatively scheduled for April 14 at America West Arena in Phoenix.
A month after hosting the Outdoor Rendezvous, The Tackle Box is getting a jump start on the spring sports scene with the inaugural Roosevelt Lake Crappie Contest.
FOCUS ON PETS
Pets are lost every day. Some escape because the owners did not adequately secure their yard while others are very skilled escape artists. Dogs jump out of cars and trucks or run if frightened or a good opportunity arises.
While the Potter's House Christian Fellowship Church is new in town, it is affiliated with Victory Chapel, a church that left town after generating a major controversy. On October 31, 2003, a group of protesters from Victory Chapel accosted children as they entered the Payson Public Library to attend an event called "Harry Potter, a Kid's Night Out."
The Payson Police Department and American Legion are issuing interested teenagers invitations to participate in an upcoming career academy.
The town's corporate strategic plan will be presented to the public for a two-week review Thursday evening. It will then come back to the council for final approval on March 24.
When Dan Green attended the Payson Town Council meeting last Thursday, he found it ironic that it began with a prayer by a local pastor and that a presentation by the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) was on the agenda.
There were hugs galore and more than a few tears shed as 20 students and their chaperones departed Payson High School Friday morning to return to their homes in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.
Local people have been helping one another in Payson for years and a goal of the Red Cross is to support and partner with the community resources responsible for that help.
As a counselor at Rim Guidance, Lee Kennedy is in a position to learn a lot about how societal trends affect human behavior.
Hotel room rates skyrocket, waiting lines at swank restaurants double and the battle is fierce for room at watering holes during happy hour. It's Major League Baseball's spring training at the seven ballparks in the Valley of the Sun.
The annexation of Star Valley will be weighed by the Payson Town Council at its regular 6 p.m. meeting Thursday, but petitioners were surprised that water might not be part of the deal.
Thursday, March 3
An 11-7 victory over the homestanding Apache Junction Prospectors has the Lady Longhorns off and running toward a winning campaign.
Dennis Lee Dixon, 71, of Payson, died March 2, 2005.
After more than one full decade of drought conditions, Roosevelt Lake is 82 percent full.
John Schreur has accepted the position of branch manager of the Wells Fargo Bank in Payson.e will begin his new job Monday, March 7.
Re: Water conservation laws -- I wonder how serious the town of Payson is about its own water conservation laws ...
How does one argue with greedy pockets and uncaring elected officials? am a graduate of Gila Community College. am now fighting another battle with NAU and their decision to provideayson with minimal services for maximum fees.
Mark Reza, "Because we care for each other," Roundup, March 1, apparently is confused between investing and speculating.
I've had the pleasure of working at the State College, Penn. Area YMCA for the last two semesters while I've been at school. I am a lifeguard there and would like to take a moment to describe some of the beneficial activities and programs a YMCA can bring to a community from what I know, to those who may be unaware.
It was refreshing to learn Payson High School sophomore Austin Slapnicka recently earned his Boy Scouts of America Eagle rank.
The sun is shining again and everything is getting a chance to dry out. It has been great to watch the water running furiously through the streams. People who have been inconvenienced by this are probably delighted to see the current slow. The buds on my fruit trees seem about ready to explode. The days are long and beautiful. Spring is definitely in the air.
Christopher Creek Landmark is back to doing its Sunday afternoon Pool Tournament. They are open to everyone and start at 2 p.m. Last week's winner was Terry Diehl. If you are not into pool you can come out and play horseshoes in their newly refurbished horseshoe pit.
Two couples, who were witnesses at each other's weddings, renewed their marriage vows in Waikiki, Hawaii recently.
Ronald and Pamela Doss, of Payson, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Bobbi Ann Doss, to Christopher Heath Fuller also of Payson.
Imagine playing 18 holes of golf with two of your buddies on the exclusive green ranked 21 out of the 100 top courses in the United States: The Rim Golf Club in Payson.
My husband was born and raised under the Communist rule. No one had private property. All properties were confiscated by the government. All people were to be the same. Folks were afraid to give an opinion under the penalty of prison.
While rummaging around in some old dusty files, I found a piece from the Feb. 21, 2003 issue of the Roundup from Robert Elliot, "Hydrogen Car in the Works?"
Despite the media hullabaloo about meager supplies of influenza vaccine compounded by rampant strains of sickness afflicting the masses, this flu season has actually been, well, uneventful.
One unique thing about Payson Christian Church is that interim Pastor Jerry Peyton uses three-minute video clips from contemporary movies in his allegorical sermons on Sundays.
Payson police officers are seeking the public's help in solving a robbery that occurred just before 5 p.m. Feb. 25 behind Quick Cash at 251 E. Highway 260.
The hearing was perhaps anticlimactic if not frustrating for the local educators, community leaders and residents who showed up in Phoenix Wednesday to oppose two pieces of legislation that would cripple higher education in the Rim country.
It's not a germ or a virus, but it might make you sick it you get one. That's because you could be cheated out of $100. Counterfeit $100 bills have been circulating in Payson. They're hard to spot, and you may have held one in your hand without knowing it.
The shaking woke Pam Wiebe from a deep sleep; her heavy, king-sized log bed rocked as the earth rumbled underneath. An earthquake, registering 4.6 on the Richter scale, shimmied through parts of the Rim country early Wednesday morning.
When I was 11 years old, I remember my mother asking me in to sit with her at the dinner table to look through a catalog filled with musical instruments.
Do you remember the songMy Favorite Things" from "Sound of Music?" I was reminded of it a few days ago, when I received an e-mail from an old school chum, with a list of things that are nice to think about.
A pair of Longhorn basketball players have been named to all-region teams in voting by seven Grand Canyon head coaches.
I am writing in response to a letter published in the Feb. 18 Roundup written by Mr. and Mrs. Dupke of Diamond Point Summer homes.
With only five letter winners returning from last year's baseball team and a first-year varsity coach at the helm, it would appear the Longhorns might struggle this season.
Laura L. Wilcox, 67, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.
Justin and Desirée Flores are proud to announce the birth of their son, Paeden Gabriel Flores on Feb. 9, 2005.
In 1973 when Greg Larkins was first hired to be the band director for the Payson middle and high schools, he hoped the district would have a piano for his students, but what he found was a PSO.
The Small Cafe has been a part of the Payson restaurant scene for nearly two decades. It was started almost 20 years ago by Chuck and Evelyn Evans, and then passed into the care of Todd and Sharon Zelinski.
Criminal charges will not be filed against Department of Public Safety officer Jarom Lewis for the Sept. 25, 2004 fatal shooting of James Moreland on Beeline Highway south of Payson.
Did you feel the earthquake on Wednesday morning about 4 a.m.? I suddenly became awake at that time, my body must have felt it, but my mind was still on sleep.
Hang on Payson High School basketball and football coaches, reinforcements are on the way.
Tuesday, March 1
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Enough is enough. It's time for the Payson Town Council to stop worrying about potholes, yapping dogs and sources of "new water."
This is part two of the Peace Family history. First, I need to make three corrections from last week's column: Ezra Peace was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II, not England; Edwin Peace worked for Sears for 41 years, not 35; and Lyman was stationed in France while he was in the U. S. military service. He was a Korean Era Veteran.
If you haven't seen the original play by Edmond Rostand, you've no doubt seen the Steve Martin movie adaptation, "Roxanne."
IN THE KITCHEN
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