News for Thursday, March 3, 2005

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Young people took more than possessions

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.

Earthquake wakes residents

TONTO VILLAGE

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.

DPS officer cleared in shooting

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.

Wanted: One grand community piano

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.

College advocates slighted

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.

Public asked to help in robbery case

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.

End flu season with a vaccination

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.

Bush is all smoke and mirrors

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?"

Junk ordinance bad for private property

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.

YMCA is more than just a gym

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.

Investing is not the same as speculating

Mark Reza, "Because we care for each other," Roundup, March 1, apparently is confused between investing and speculating.

Save our community college

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.

Site feedback

Re: Water conservation laws -- I wonder how serious the town of Payson is about its own water conservation laws ...

New branch manager at Wells Fargo

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.

Roosevelt Lake fills up, promises new recreation

After more than one full decade of drought conditions, Roosevelt Lake is 82 percent full.

Dennis Lee Dixon

Dennis Lee Dixon, 71, of Payson, died March 2, 2005.

Laura L. Wilcox

Laura L. Wilcox, 67, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.

Prospectors wilt under Lady Horn wrath

An 11-7 victory over the homestanding Apache Junction Prospectors has the Lady Longhorns off and running toward a winning campaign.

Horns can compete for region crown, coach says

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.

Hoop duo chosen all-Grand Canyon Region

A pair of Longhorn basketball players have been named to all-region teams in voting by seven Grand Canyon head coaches.

Mavericks roll to WML crown

Hang on Payson High School basketball and football coaches, reinforcements are on the way.

Honor for hard work deserved by sophomore

It was refreshing to learn Payson High School sophomore Austin Slapnicka recently earned his Boy Scouts of America Eagle rank.

Thrift store needs fashion show models

PINE/STRAWBERRY

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.

Pool tourney returns to Landmark

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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.

107 years of marriage and renewing

Two couples, who were witnesses at each other's weddings, renewed their marriage vows in Waikiki, Hawaii recently.

Doss, Fuller to marry

Ronald and Pamela Doss, of Payson, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Bobbi Ann Doss, to Christopher Heath Fuller also of Payson.

Big Brothers Big Sisters plan Golfer's Choice Raffle

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.

Small church strives to meet need for connectedness

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.

It really is 'just a nice little place to eat'

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.

Counterfeit $100 bills circulating in Payson

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.

Quake shakes residents, but causes no damage

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.

Music holds wonder, power, beauty

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.

Seniors invited to share ‘favorite things'

SENIOR MOMENTS

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.

Paeden Gabriel Flores

Justin and Desirée Flores are proud to announce the birth of their son, Paeden Gabriel Flores on Feb. 9, 2005.