Tuesday, May 31
Bring your lawn chair and picnic baskets and enjoy live entertainment for free. A variety of musical entertainment is planned for the summer's Concert Under the Stars series.
IN THE KITCHEN
Take along these fast and easy tasty treats when you attend the free Concert Under the Stars Series at Green Valley Park this summer.
On May 18, 1892, Annie See sat on a small stool in the corral milking her cow. Her infant son Charlie was nearby. A shot rang out -- a shot she probably never heard because the bullet struck and killed her.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Your Arizona Diamondbacks, the team that seems pretty decent one day and can't hit the next, has come up with a way to keep our attention off their play, while turning a buck in the process.
Monday, May 30
The Payson Special Olympics team wrapped up one of its most successful seasons in two decades by winning 25 medals at the Arizona state championships in Tempe.
At 31, Bo Althoff has returned to the sport that once drew him nationwide attention.
The focus of Tonto Apache Track and Field team members has long been to earn berths in the USA Junior Olympic National Championships.
Carl and Louanne Weide of Strawberry announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Anna, to Pete Leonard, the son of Joseph and Phyllis Leonard of Roanoke, Va.
Walter McClellan Smith, 83, died May 7, 2005 in Payson after a long battle with lung disease. He was born Oct. 22, 1922 in Geneva, N.Y. to Walter Donaldson Smith and Eva Alice Waltzer.
Irene Reisdorf, 84, of Payson, was born in 1921 on a wheat farm in Oklahoma. She graduated from Okeene High School and attended Tabor College before serving in the U.S. Army Corp during World War II.
Re: Trashy forests and Re: Roundup bulletin board
I would like to thank you for the story by publisher Richard Haddad, and the poem/essay by A. Lawrence Vaincourt.
Will you tyrannical health nannies of Payson please cease and desist. You are violating the fundamental principles of freedom and free markets with your selfish crusade to tailor every establishment to your personal taste.
Diana Sexton has written that she fears that that thing called "government" is embarked on depriving her of her freedom, and cites as an example the ongoing tightening of laws regarding public smoking.
I am a smoker. Yes, I know it is bad for your health, makes your clothes smell, stains your fingers and generally makes you a leper in today's society.
Well here we go again, government trying to tell business people what they can do and can't do.
FOCUS ON PETS
Auscultating the heart (listening to the heart with a stethoscope) is part of the procedure for a nose-to-tail examination of your pet, which should be done annually for animal 6 years and younger, and biannually for older pets.
When the Zane Grey cabin opens this summer in Green Valley Park, one thing should be obvious to visitors: life has changed dramatically in the Rim country since those rough and tumble days of cattle drives and mule trains.
A decade ago, the Firecracker Independence Day Softball Tournament was one of the most popular holiday sports events in small-town Arizona.
Former Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School long-distance running sensation Kari Hardt continues to set the prep sports world on its ear.
The silly, good-natured "Madagascar" is a significant improvement over DreamWorks' previous animated effort, "Shark Tale."
Jack Waer has seen four wars, speaks five languages, has been to 108 countries and there's a judge in New Jersey he'd like to thank for all of it.
The atmosphere at Rumsey Park field number two will be one of celebration at this year's Relay for Life, beginning Friday June 17.
Smoking, like obesity, is one of those personal-choice pandemic social health issues for which, as a society, we pay.
While the Payson Ranger District survived the Memorial Day weekend unscathed, two fires to the south caused brief closures of Highway 87 Monday.
A 58-year-old man was found dead in a van brought to the Payson Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon.
The early years of the 20th Century were exciting ones for the fledgling aviation industry, and by accident the Rim country became part of that colorful era.
Payson High School will not offer summer school in June and July as it has in the past because of a lack of certified instructors.
Airport Road is far from the worst street in town, but the Payson Town Council decided a $1.7-million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to realign it was an offer too good to pass up Thursday evening during its regular meeting.
Sunday, May 29
While the lower elevations are experiencing triple-digit heat, there are still snow drifts near Big Lake. The Woods Canyon Lake store is doing a big business selling jackets to fishermen and other mountain visitors.
Saturday, May 28
Two memorial events are schedued for Sunday, May 29 in the Payson area. These moving ceremonies provide an opportunity to share the principles of patriotism with friends and loved ones. The official town program is Monday, May 30.
Thursday, May 26
Lady Longhorn softball coach Will Dunman is among those who believe earning all-region honors is one of the most prestigious laurels a high school player can reap.
Star Valley Storage is different than the other storage facilities in the Rim country, according to owner Beverley Ward.
David Engelman walks his dog twice a day. And twice a day, he's astounded by the asking prices for some of the aging manufactured homes in his north Payson neighborhood.
Time seems to be flying by. Summer is just around the corner and hot weathers here. Children will be out of school, families going on vacation, gathering wonderful memories to be cherished in the years to come. The library will become busier with children and the influx of part-time residents.
Q: Why aren't passes accepted for "Star Wars: Episode III" at Sawmill Theatre?
The Roundup called me at the Beeline Cafe about smoking in the cafe. I told her she would have to talk to Ray because he did the change at that time.
The staff of PCS was stunned, needless to say, about the loss of our principal, Monica Nitzsche. We want all of you to know how extremely fortunate you are to be able to have someone of her caliber lead you into the future.
I would like to thank the Roundup and staff reporter Felicia Megdal for the recent coverage regarding grandparents raising grandchildren.
Chris Benjamin's using the delightful allegory about Custer's Last Stand is a continuation of the Save Our Wells themes which predictably alarm all residents who depend on their own wells for their residential uses. But, like all allegories, it is rather hard to be certain which side has the heroes and which the scalpers.
When I was a young man, I joined the military shortly after high school. Like most 19-year-olds, I thought I knew plenty about life as I got off the bus at boot camp.
Since the unexpected resignation of Payson schools superintendent Herb Weissenfels May 5, the district has been playing musical chairs --n all, job changes are in store for four administrators at four schools and the district office.
Download the latest forest restrictions map here. While restrictions and closures are in place for much of the Tonto National Forest over Memorial Day weekend, they do not apply to the Payson area and much of the Rim country.
For Korean War veteran Don Kitchen, bringing home his dead comrades was a grim duty of war. "I was in the Air Force. We were flying back and forth to Korea, and many times on the return flights our cargo was body bags," Kitchen said. On this Memorial Day weekend, Kitchen and area veterans hope Rim country residents will take time to remember and respect our country's fallen soldiers.
Area law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the heavy influx of visitors Memorial Day weekend.
On four separate incidents Saturday, Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero had to field calls of dogs left alone in locked cars. "Would you lock your child inside a car in 95-degree heat?" Mamero asked. Animal Control Officer Don Tanner has responded to calls of dogs locked in cars amidst the summer heat and even carries a temperature gauge with him.
A trio of special ceremonies to honor members of the military who died in defense of our country will color the Memorial Day weekend in the Rim country.
He was getting old and paunchy, and his hair was falling fast As he sat around the legion telling stories of the past. Of a war he had fought and the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
There is no fear in the voices of Bill and Kathryn Lee when they talk about their son Sanford's new assignment in Afghanistan. There is only pride there.
The official town Memorial Day program "Payson Remembers" is at 9 a.m., Monday, May 30 at the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial. The event includes presentations by John Carpino, Marc Kaplan, Bishop Jim Stewart, Mayor Barbara Brewer and several guest speakers.
A list of upcoming summer classes and activities provided by the Payson Parks and recreation Department. These include swim lessons, tennis lessons, summer recreation camp, acrobat and dance classes, swim team,adult lap swim, aqua aerobics, and men's and women's softball leagues.
James Wilson Lee, 78, of Payson, died May 23, 2005. He was born May 13, 1927 in Yuma.
Minnie Jepson, 100, of Payson, died May 16, 2005 in Mesa. She was born Aug. 29, 1904 in Osier, Colo.
Bobby Lee Haithcock, 75, died May 23, 2005, at his home in Payson. He was born Feb. 1, 1930 in Burlington, N.C.
Warren Lavern Green, 83, of Payson, died May 13, 2005. He was born Feb. 25, 1922 in Lansing, Mich.
rchie and Betty George of Payson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary May 19.
The Ninth Annual Rusty Cooper Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament was a total success. According to Karen Thorton it was the most profitable tournament they ever had. They had a great turnout along with some wonderful weather and a profitable raffle, and because of all that they were able to present three $2,400 scholarships to Payson seniors Casey Christensen, Karis Blalock, and Retosha Marshall.
The big holiday weekend is here. This weekend kicks off the summer season, and in our part of the universe, all activities go into high gear, starting with a big, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast sponsored by the Christopher Creek Fire Belles and the Tonto Village Fire Sirens this Saturday at the Christopher Creek Fire Station.
This Memorial Day weekend starts off the busy summer season with activities for all. The Art and Craft Festival, sponsored by the Pine/Strawberry Arts and Craft Guild is Saturday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a juried show and all booth spaces are filled with creative, handmade, interesting and fun items in all media. There will be food booths and the famous Navajo tacos. This event is at the Pine Community Center.
Longhorn three-sport star Donnie Wilbanks has penned a heartfelt thank you for two of the scholarships he received last week at Payson High School graduation ceremonies- the $1,000 Gary Hardt Memorial and the $1,500 Jack Morris Memorial.
The Old West comes alive Memorial Day weekend with the arrival in Payson of the Mounted Shooters of America.
A former Phoenix Suns cheerleader will soon share her expertise in hip hop dance and gymnastics with Rim country youngsters.
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona Team Spring Scramble brought on the best in four fledgling Rim country golfers.
For Payson Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong, the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial PRCA Spring Rodeo was a labor of love.
Tuesday, May 24
A trio of special ceremonies to honor members of the military who died in defense of our country will color the Memorial Day weekend in the Rim country.
Among the Rim country soldiers who most recently have served their fellow Americans is Candace Conte of Payson.
In the last edition of "Back Trackin'" we began the story of the Cline family of Pleasant Valley, as told by the three remaining children of Milton and Mary Cline: Raymond Cline of Star Valley, Bessie Cline Turner and Lucille Cline Breeden, both of Pleasant Valley. Now we continue.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
So now, with its takeover of Channel 4, the town of Payson is going into the TV business.
"Steak" your claim to the best backyard barbecue ever! Go beyond basic hamburgers and hot dogs or traditional steak and potatoes, and venture into the mouthwatering world of garden-fresh asparagus and zucchini, tender and juicy filet mignon or well-marbled ribeye, even succulent peaches or pineapple on the grill.
Monday, May 23
Add a new complaint about the roundabout to the ever-growing list -- the construction will force the closure of the North Beeline Wednesday.
Jo Ann Winter, 73, of Payson died May 19, 2005. She was born Aug. 20, 1931 in Sibley, Iowa.
Ellsworth Oscar Schaldach, 84, died May 21, 2005 at Navajo Apache Hospital. He was born in Chaseburg, Wisconsin to Fritz and Ida Schaldach Jan. 24, 1922.
Lawrence "Bud" Menter, 89, of Payson died May 19, 2005. He was born Nov. 1, 1915 in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
FOCUS ON PETS
It is good to be home after a week in Massachusetts. An e-mail message just arrived from a woman who recently took back her maiden name after 50 years. Another note came from one who had a friend who wanted to take her maiden name back, but had heard it is difficult, expensive and you need a lawyer. At least in Arizona, it is simple, inexpensive and worth the trouble. People everywhere are stopping me and calling me Ms. Powers. They must be reading this column. Many thanks.
Bill Van Zanten sits outside his Payson home looking back on his life.
Can you hear me now? Or are you thinking of a particular cellular phone service ad? "When you are truly listening to another person you are not thinking of what you are going to say or do next," said retired counselor Vivian Mattaliano.
An equestrian competition unique to the Rim country will soon provide an opportunity for cowboys and cowgirls to showcase their in-the-saddle skills.
Local outdoorsman Ken Gouker will host an antique fishing lure sale and show 9 a.m. to noon June 4 at Tiny's Restaurant.
The team of John Pauley, John Peel, Ross Robertson and Russ Morris battled its way to a first place finish in the Payson Men's Golf Association Four-Man ABCD Scramble.
There will be no Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state champion from Payson this season.
Payson's graduates were honored with more than pomp and circumstance at graduation Saturday, May 21 at Longhorn Field.
Re: Movie review
This a special request to all of the good people who save aluminum cans for the Payson Humane Society:
An item was discussed at the May 3 county supervisors' meeting in Globe that deserves the full attention of all rural citizens of Gila County. That is, all the people who live in unincorporated areas.
A few years ago, the Payson Town Council became concerned about freedom of speech and how to control it at various public venues in town.
Volunteers from the Mogollon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution have started attending funerals of veterans in Payson. The volunteer program "shadows" the Arlington Ladies, a volunteer group of military wives and lady veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
The Gila County DUI Task Force will conduct a DUI enforcement checkpoint or roadblock from about 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 28. The location of the detail will be State Route 188 at milepost 251, by Roosevelt Lake.
The principal who built the Payson Center for Success into one of the most successful alternative schools in the state will take over the leadership reigns at Rim Country Middle School.
The Payson Town Council will consider increasing the fees for many water department services when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Dan Green, the preacher denied the use of Rumsey Park by the town council for youth movie nights in March, staged his first event at Ramada 5 last Friday after the town reversed its position.
Ray Sexton, owner of the Beeline Cafe, remembers the day he banned smoking from his diner six years ago.
The county junk ordinance is on its way to being thrown in the trash. County supervisors proposed the ordinance, which falls under zoning laws, to clean up private properties in unincorporated areas of the county back in February.
The Roundup presents a collection of photos from the Payson High School 2005 graduation commencement exercises. The ceremony was held May 21, 2005 at Longhorn Field. Large and small formats available for download or printing.
The following menus are planned at area schools May 25 through May 27:
Thursday, May 19
Proud parents Michell Gingry and David Marinelli welcomed their twins, Brianna and Caleb Marinelli April 14, 2005.
Janet Lynn Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Gage of Pine, and Daniel Jay Warter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Warter of Claypool, were married April 23, 2005 by Judge Lusk at the Elks Lodge in Apache Junction.
Kristi Anne Lombardo and Nicholas Harris were married March 12, 2005 in Mesa.
Lynne and Terry Winans of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Winans to Donnie Stewart, the son of Corie Allen of Scottsdale and Steven Stewart of Kearny.
The vision of Payson Living Word Bible Church is to build strong families.
Stephanie Ann Mueller, of Payson, died May 11, 2005. She was born May 26, 1958 in Phoenix.
Richard Edward Jumper died May 13, 2005 at his home in Payson with his family at his side. He was born April 14, 1931 in Aurora, Ill.
Donald Richard First, 73, of Payson, died May 17, 2005. He was born March 31, 1932 in Greenville, Pa.
Mary Jane (Chester) Bradley, 80, of Moscow Mills, Mo., formerly of Payson, died May 17, 2005 in Lincoln County Medical Center, Troy, Mo. She was born Jan. 30, 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa.
Evelyn Mae Jean Boyer, 58, of Payson, died May 15, 2005. She was born Dec. 7, 1946 in Phoenix.
Pastor Ken Schroth of the Tonto Village Chapel regretfully announced that he would be leaving our small chapel. Pastor Ken's last sermon will be Sunday, May 29. Pastor Ken has felt the call to evangelism to spread the good Word and he will be traveling around the state.
Gila County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Linda O'Dell has announced the timeline and process to appoint a replacement for Ron Christensen, who resigned his position as the District 1 representative on the Gila Community College (GCC) Governing Board in April. The person appointed to replace Mr. Christensen must stand for election in November, 2005.
Cindy Lawson was diagnosed with breast cancer and not given a very good prognosis.
The Christopher/Kohl's Fire District held its first organizational Firewise meeting May 13.
The latest addition to the coffee culture of the Rim country has had a slow start, but things are starting to perk now.
Peggy Miles relaxes outside her Deer Creek Village home, staring out at the great, big desert around her. And it's possible that no one feels more grateful to be alive today than she does.
Q: What happened to the Alltell kiosk that was in Wal-Mart? I have asked people at the store and nobody seems to know.
I'd just like to take a moment to thank all those hard-working people who spend their free time cleaning up other people's trash along the side of the road. We also do this thankless and nonremunerative job throughout the year.
God bless and comfort the Uribe family.
I have watched the processes and decisions of town council and, for the most part, think that it is representing me well. In the oversight of one department manager, however, I think the council is manifestly derelict.
The stories trickled in (on the back pages of most newspapers) that the latest "school shooter," Jeff Weise, had been taking an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressant. His dose of Prozac had just been increased to 60 milligrams a day.
Golf Club of Chaparral Pines pro Shawn McCarthy, a former NFL punter, led a team May 19 to the Buick Scramble Sectional Championships at Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear. As of press time, results were not available.
The future success of Rim Country Middle School will be determined by a decision the Payson school board makes at its May 23 meeting -- choosing a new middle school principal.
While members of the Payson Women's Golf Association were locking horns in a Mutt 'n' Jeff formatted shootout, their PMGA counterparts were in Cornville taking on the Verde Santa Fe men's club.
One of the smallest contingents to ever represent the Tonto Apache Track and Field team turned out for the Las Vegas Invitational.
District 1 County Supervisor Tommie Martin said Gila County's stance on the incorporation of Diamond Star is neutral, but she said she believes other alternatives need to be considered.
The Lady Longhorns performance in the 4A state championships was far different from the spectacles of yesteryear when the likes of Stephanie Robertson, Rheanna Martinez and Whitney Hardt were leading Payson High to Arizona crowns.
Firefighters contained the Bart Fire Thursday, a day earlier than anticipated.
The Longhorn football team is gearing up for Payson High School's return next school year to the 3A conference East Region where gridiron play reigns supreme.
The high profile deaths of Terry Schiavo and Pope John Paul II have forced many people to ponder how they will face the end of their lives.
If all goes as planned, Payson could have a neighboring town to the east by the end of the year.
The Roundup salutes students from the following area schools:
Grand Canyon Region coaches apparently weren't impressed last season by the efforts of the Longhorn baseball players.
A Payson High School student was arrested Wednesday for selling cocaine to other students, Payson Police Commander Don Engler said.
Send a personal message to U.S. troops
Looking up at a Clydesdale draft horse standing 19 hands tall, you can feel a sense of the breed's pride, strength and honor.
Tuesday, May 17
It takes many hours, lots of people, and a great deal of money to put on a terrific rodeo like the one the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, the town of Payson, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Payson Horsemen's Association are bringing to the residents and visitors of the Rim country this weekend.
The action at a rodeo is in split-second increments. It takes a special talent with a camera to capture that action and bring it to life in a still photo.
The following events are planned for Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 in conjunction with the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo:
Jeff "Slim" Garner returns with his wild, wacky specialty act for the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo.
The glitz and glitter of the annual Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant -- "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" -- is not all there is to this year's contestants. Both young women vying for the crown are championship horsewomen.
Payson's beautiful Green Valley Park will host staging activities for the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo parade, the sixth annual Main Event.
Wow! Here it is another rodeo season beginning and we are all excited about welcoming everyone to our Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo.
The thunder and rumbling around town this week won't be a spring storm or another earthquake -- the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales are coming to the Rim country for the Spring Rodeo.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, the Town of Payson, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Horsemen's Association and Mazatzal Casino are working together to bring the community the best rodeo ever.
Monday, May 16
Apparently some people still don't get it.
If you're like many people, high school graduation is just a musty old year book packed away in the attic -- your biggest fears and dreams covered with years of dust. But give those memories a shot ...
Former Rim Country Middle School principal Frank Larby's job is up for grabs. The newly appointed Payson Unified School District Administrator Sue Myers' goal is to have Frank Larby's replacement selected by May 23.
Yet another fire is raging between Horseshoe and Bartlett Lakes in the Tonto National Forest.
A Payson woman recently lost nearly $70,000 in what has come to be known as the Canadian lottery scam. She and numerous Arizonans have been bilked out of an estimated $200 million a year, according to Attorney General Terry Goddard.
Suzanne Allen Forsythe, 58, died May 12, 2005 in Payson. She was born June 4, 1946.
Elizabeth "Bette" Schimer, 88, died May 4, 2005 at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood. She had lived in Sedona with her son since moving from Payson in 2001.
Irma Mae (Strobbe) Lynn of Payson, died May 14, 2005. She was born Aug. 17, 1935 in Parkville, Mo.
The Payson Town Council has asked Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard to review the decision to transfer authority from the Gila County Community College District to Eastern Arizona College.
This 1990 Ford pickup truck swerved off northbound Highway 87, traveled through the Dollar General Store parking lot, and then became airborne before slamming into the side of the Payson Ace Hardware building Tuesday morning.
Two Rim country writers recently received first place awards for stories in the Payson Roundup during the Arizona Press Women's annual awards presentations in Phoenix. The winners were Christine Powers Wrather and Carol Osman Brown.
On a hot, cloudless June day in 1876, on a small knoll overlooking the Little Big Horn River Valley, Mitch and Curley, two experts hired by the government, gave their reports to their boss.
I would like to address this to a cyberspace felon that placed a virus in my Pentium 11, just one day after I hooked up to the Internet here in Payson.
The time has come for every resident of Payson to come forward and protest to the Town of Payson stealing water from Star Valley.
Q: Who gave the town council authority to give themselves a raise? Aren't their expenses paid for 100 percent? and Q: I've seen surveyors working along Highway 87 near the Swiss Village Shops. What does this mean? Is ADOT looking at widening the street?
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sunley announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara Marie Sunley to Justin Lane Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Jones.
It was an unusually busy afternoon at the Pine post office as Cindy Hand was formally sworn in as the new postmaster.
Former Lady Longhorn pitching star Rachel Ray has been named to the 2005 All-Southland Conference Softball team.
Brian Schwind didn't have to clear his personal record 6 feet, 4 inches to win the Arizona State Class 4A state high jump championship.
For us old teachers and coaches it's always exciting to hear a former student or athlete is doing well.
Have you ever been so passionate about a project that you just can't stop doing it? Not even to eat or sleep? That's what happens a lot to local painter, Peggy Gould.
The warm weather brings many things with it, both wanted and unwanted. Among the unwanted are the various infections that flare up this time of year such as West Nile Virus, Vesicular Stomatitis and Pertussis (whooping cough). All are already making their presence known around the state, according to health officials.
Peter Michael Zonakis noticed that more patients have commented about the pictures of his father and grandfather in the waiting room than have asked him about his medical training.
FOCUS ON PETS
Every so often, it is fun to write this column about something that has almost nothing to do with pets. This is one of those occasions. After 25 years of carrying a name that no longer belonged to me, I went to court last week and legally changed that name back to the original. I am Christy Powers, or Christina Powers, once again.
A teenager who had to wait in the wings for four years to become the Lady Longhorn softball team's No. 1 starter has received a collegiate athletic scholarship.
This is the second year fifth-graders at Frontier Elementary School have gone on an overnight field trip to the Phoenix Zoo.
Thursday, May 12
Nadine Hightower's daughter, Tomacina, of Strawberry, is disabled, but she has a passion for gardening.
Doris Berg a longtime resident of Christopher Creek died Friday, May 6. She was staying with her son in Phoenix after feeling ill.
Some of our summer people have returned and the weekenders will be appearing soon. Activities are being planned in Pine and Strawberry to keep us all busy during the months ahead. Be sure to let me know what your group is doing.
Organizers are predicting more success than last year for the Second Annual Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament.
The old-timers always warn against putting in the vegetable garden before Memorial Day -- killer frosts are possible as late as the second week of June.
A stringer of 10 bass that tipped the scales at 19 pounds, 15 ounces earned professional angler Clifford Pirch $40,000 in prize money.
Tim Ernst paced all Payson Men's Golf Association members in an "individual point par" formatted tournament May 5 at Payson Golf Course.
Mary Cain and Jinny Barnes paced members of the Payson Women's Golf Association in a low-gross and flighted-low-net tournament held May 10 at Payson Golf Course.
Longtime track and field coach Dan Reid knows all too well that life in the "big school" 4A conference can be rough on small-town athletes.
Lynn Haage has always loved languages. She studied them in college and speaks several.
Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is a nondenominational, spiritually based center honoring all spiritual paths.
Lowell Brown's family has been in the Rim country for generations. His great-great-grandmother was well-known Payson entrepreneur Polly Brown. His father, Pedo, and both his grandfathers, Jim Brown and Charles Hood, are mechanics. Hood died about a year ago.
Edward J. Slebir died May 9, 2005. He was born Oct. 20, 1928.
Re: Legalizing drugs -- I don't like the term "legalize it." It implies that the problem with the drug war is not being able to get drugs ...
Q: Are there any restaurants in the Rim country with inside seating that are 100-percent smoke-free? and Q: I have heard the Zane Grey cabin will cost us about $300,000. If volunteers are doing all the work, why is it costing so much? What is Dick Wolfe's salary?
Reading the Roundup's Mail Call, you would believe that when the new roundabout opens it would behoove the fire department, ER, ambulance chasers, and Payson police to open up facilities adjacent to the intersection. The pileups will be so horrendous and frequent that McLane will have to replace 87 as the main highway through town.
After reading several negative letters about the new roundabout, I must add my own comment.
This is in response to the sinister and threatening letter from Bill Campbell regarding his neighbor's barking dogs (April 22).
Re: Water Czar interview (May 3). Mr. Buzz Walker claims to be educated with an understanding and technical knowledge of the water issue in Star Valley. His opponents, on the other hand, have only fear. Fear of not having water to flush the toilet or take a shower.
I just read Buzz Walker's comments regarding the Star Valley Coalition (May 3).
Wednesday morning, the Payson Ranger District hosted a special awards program to present plaques of gratitude to Payson media for assistance during the Willow and other wildfires in 2004.
The Payson Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law.
If knowing your God-given purpose in life really made a difference, the First Church of the Nazarene may have the answer.
The Payson Roundup earned top honors at the Excellence in Advertising Awards presented May 6 in Tucson by the Arizona Newspapers Association.
This past week has been a very hectic week for the Snyder family. Last Thursday we left the Village to head for Sky Harbor Airport to pick up my youngest daughter. She was flying in from Denison, Iowa to attend with us, the wedding of one of my granddaughters in Yuma.
The Payson police and fire departments are having the first-ever public safety fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
When you attend the Northern Gila County Historical Society's "Wine & Cheese/Beer & Brats Tasting" you get to hobnob with history.
A veteran administrator and a newcomer have been selected to fill top school district positions vacated by the shifting of job titles following superintendent Herb Weissenfels' resignation last week.
The performance of freshman Panda Stackhouse in the 400-meter dash was a real surprise at the Grand Canyon Region track and field championships.
Score one for the Rim country's cats. When Bill Winn began selling his handcrafted cat condos in front of the Best Western Inn of Payson on Highway 87 three years ago, the retired carpenter thought he had found the perfect way to supplement his Social Security.
Harold Fish, the 58-year-old retired school teacher accused of shooting a Payson man to death, has waived his rights to a preliminary hearing.
Payson has more than 30 registered sex offenders living within town limits, according to police records. But only five will show up under a Payson zip code search on the state's official sex offender notification website.
Tuesday, May 10
IN THE KITCHEN
Majestic Mountain Inn now has a signature cookie for its guests.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
We live in a world of acronyms and idiocy, and when the two meet it's "Katy, bar the door."
Two old Cline families helped settle Gila County -- the Clines of Tonto Basin, who arrived in 1876, and the Clines of Pleasant Valley, who arrived 50 years later, in 1926.
It's always one of Payson's signature social events, but this year's "Wine & Cheese/Beer & Brats Tasting" at the Rim Country Museum is even more special.
Monday, May 9
Parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. The volunteers at Rim Country Family Literacy (RCFL) emphasize this belief.
FOCUS ON PETS
It is spring and the Payson Humane Society is once again full to overflowing with unwanted dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. Isn't it unfortunate that people allow their pets to continually have litters when there are far too many pets to go around already? If you have a neighbor or friend with an un-neutered pet, you might mention that spaying and neutering provides for a more healthy life for their pet, and that healthy, adorable dogs and cats are being euthanized every day due to the overabundance of pets.
Recovered from a back injury that caused two cancellations of his Payson performance for the Tonto Community Concert Association, Robert Post brings his one-man theater show, "The POSTman Delivers," to town this weekend.
Two things quickly stand out about Payson resident Bob Dieryck -- his love for cars and his disdain for local government.
A Payson High School assistant coach's unwavering loyalty to three head coaches over 18 seasons is now paying huge dividends.
It's understandable why Jim Rhoades shied from the camera's eye Saturday near the Habitat for Humanity 5K finish line in Rumsey Park.
A teenager who says he wasn't much of a cross country runner on the Alchesay Falcon team has won his second successive Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K overall championship.
Longtime Rim country hunter Bob Hill has bagged a wild Tom turkey he hopes will soon land him in the record books.
A 9-0 loss to Tucson Catalina Foothills dashed any hopes the Lady Longhorns had of earning Payson High School's first softball state championship.
Jane C. Waszak, 71, of Payson died May 6, 2005 in Payson. She was born May 6, 1934 in Flint, Mich.
J. W. Talley, 80, of Payson, died May 5, 2005. He was born Oct. 13, 2005 in Hagansport, Texas.
Corwin Hayes Seeley, 31, died May 4, 2005 in Show Low, Ariz.
Local educator, Wayne Gorry received "Teacher of the Year" at the 10th annual recognition program sponsored by Wal-Mart May 3.
Re: History columnists and Re: A fence around Payson ...
Erik Monty certainly has the right idea, a fence around Payson.
I have heard various rumors regarding a statue to be placed in the middle of the roundabout being constructed at the entrance to Home Depot and I would like to know if there is any truth to these rumors or not.
With the movie soon to hit Payson, it is with extreme disappointment to learn "Star Wars Episode III" is rated PG-13 and not PG as the other Star Wars films have been rated.
Our days get filled with more activities and things to take care of, so when we start feeling bad we are inclined to think we are just rundown and rest is all we need.
Gov. Janet Napolitano honored 34 Payson High School senior honor students at the inaugural "Scholars Day at the Capitol." The teens were among 150 from around the state.
"Tales of the Lamp," the final production of the school year by the Payson High School Drama Department, promises to be unique in several respects.
The Payson Town Council will take up the case of the cat condo vendor when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Two classic automobiles in Payson for the classic car show were vandalized over the event's weekend.
Ladies, you may think car repair is just for the guys -- it isn't. Learn the cause of your car's grinding and smoking at the seventh annual Women's Wellness Forum Saturday May 14 at the Payson High School auditorium. This year's theme is "Planting Seeds for Health."
Gi Gi, Granny, Taco and Bingo are all former residents of the Los Angeles area looking for loving homes in Payson.
The Pine Water Company has been given a year of grace before a full moratorium on new hookups is imposed.
Veteran teacher and administrator Sue Myers was appointed Monday evening to replace Herb Weissenfels as the superintendent of the Payson Unified School District. Myers will serve as district administrator until Weissenfels' contract expires June 30, 2005.
When Payson letter carriers come to your neighborhood Saturday, they hope to pick up more than 4 tons of unusual mail.
Thursday, May 5
Jack and PJ Hidde celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church with about 80 friend and relatives.
Each of Ann Hunter's sculptures carries pieces of her soul. The self-taught artist came to Pine about two years ago and only started sculpting last year.
The Beeline Cruise-in and Charity Auto Show has become so popular, classic, vintage and antique cars had to be turned away this year.
Dale Lewallen of Payson Christian Fellowship uses illustrated preaching during his services.
Jeremy Schulz and Gina Labattaglia, along with their parents Harold and JoAnne Schulz of Payson, Ariz. and Jeanne Deliberis of Wilmington, Del. and Leonard Labattaglia of Washington Township, N.J., announce their engagement to be married.
Doris Dean (Fridley) Taylor died May 2, 2005 with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 7, 1918 in Oak Park, Ill. to Guy and Juanita Fridley.
John C. Smith, of Payson, died April 20, 2005. He was born July 8, 1929 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Jimmie Jean Cooley, 79, of Payson, died May 1, 2005. She was born April 22, 1926 in Holbrook.
James Charles Connell, 87, of Scottsdale and Payson, died April 20, 2005. He was born March 16, 1918 in Valdez, Colo.
Shirley Bunger, 73, of Young, died April 30, 2005 in Payson. She was born Aug. 16, 1931 in Pine.
Dani Rosenteel, owner of Blinds & Designs for You, has been awarded an outstanding dealer award by her Graber Brand Supplier, Blynco Manufacturing and Distributing.
Q: On Veterans Day 1982, a time capsule was buried at the base of a community flagpole and a commemorative plaque mounted to the base. The flagpole is gone, what happened to the time capsule and plaque? and Q: Is it true that a roundabout was constructed in Prescott similar to the one being built in Payson,nd now it is being taken out and replaced with a signal system?
Tim Hulbert would like to thank the Payson Police Department on behalf of Ricor Inc., Double A Builders, and Home Depot for their help and expertise in traffic control on the roundabout we are trying to get completed.
It was a doubleheader for the local shelter for victims of domestic violence of Time Out, Inc.
I am writing in regards to the growth issue in Payson. Too many people in this town have tiptoed around this issue.
Veterans with asbestos-related illnesses are prevented by law from seeking compensation from the U.S. government through the courts.Since most of the companies that supplied the U.S. military with asbestos have disappeared, seeking relief from the suppliers is also a dead end.
Almost one year ago, a friend of the humane society checked out two dogs to accompany his dog "Maggie" for a day of fun out in the forest, much like many of us do to exercise our beloved canine friends.
Jeanne Sward Thebado was a teacher. And, even though she gave up the classroom to raise her family, she never gave up her love of teaching. From the day we were born, until the day she died, she never stopped teaching.
Superintendent Herb Weissenfels and Rim Country Middle School Principal Frank Larby have resigned from the Payson Unified School District. Larby announced his resignation April 25 and Weissenfels' resignation was reported by the school's governing board at a special meeting May 5.
It's heating up, water levels on Arizona lakes are the highest they've been in a decade, and boaters are out in full force. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all boaters to take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing on the water.
Supervisors representing opposite ends of Gila County disagreed openly over personnel shifts, power struggles and growing pains during the newly seated board's monthly meeting Thursday.
An injured Peregrine falcon, once an endangered species, was rescued Wednesday morning from the side of Highway 260.
Lisa Boyle estimates there are "thousands" of feral cats in the Rim country, but Payson Friends of Ferals (PFF), a new organization affiliated with the Payson Humane Society (PHS), hopes to reduce this number through nonlethal methods.
Herb Weissenfels was noticeably absent when his resignation as superintendent of the Payson Unified School District was announced at a special school board meeting Thursday. The day before the meeting, Weissenfels cleared his office of all his personal belongings and vacated the building.
The Pine Strawberry Fire Department is using a record $214,000 in grant money to carry out a four-pronged fuels reduction program.
Those who missed the Senior Thrift Shop Spring Fashion Show missed a great event. I was unable to attend due to a conflict with an event in the Valley, but I hear it was great fun and the models had the most fun of all.
Tonto Village is looking so pretty these days. The spring flowers, especially the different-colored irises, and the lilac bushes, are popping up everywhere, and the trees are beginning to bud out. The apple blossoms have already come out, so now we will be watching to see whether we will have another great year of apples.
Runners and walkers from around the Rim country are gearing up for tomorrow's Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K.
The format of the Payson Men's Golf Association weekly tournament was highlighted by team members hitting alternate shots throughout the 18 holes.
A lack of sprinters and jumpers put the clamps on any hopes the Lady Longhorn track team had of winning the Chino Valley Invitational.
By winning the 4x800 relay at the Chino Valley Invitational, the Payson High School foursome of Carlos Lopez, David Cluff, Eric Monty and Carlan Pontious became legitimate region title contenders.
Both the nine- and 18-hole groups of the Payson Women's Golf Association have wrapped up a successful first month of play.
It's on to state for the Lady Longhorn softball team. Payson will open the 4A state tournament at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow on Lady Horn diamond as the second seed from the Grand Canyon Region. Payson will be pitted against the Kino region's No. 3 seed. At press time, the Lady Horn's opponent had not been determined, but the region comprises Tucson-area schools, the largest of which is Sabino.
Tuesday, May 3
Where do all those little roads off Highways 87 and 260 lead? Take a hike and find out.
IN THE KITCHEN
More than 20 years ago, Elaine Drorbaugh collected all her family's favorite candy recipes and compiled them in a little book, "Drorbaugh's Candy Counter." She had a local printer make three copies, one for herself and the other two as Christmas gifts for her daughter and daughter-in-law.
What is it about the sports media that compels them to exaggerate everything to the point of absurdity?
It was back in 1961 when someone, whose name I can no longer recall, gave us a big pup about 4 months old. I was a sophomore at Payson High School and was living with my mom and dad, Dorothy and Gene Pyle.
Monday, May 2
The ill effects of prom and homecoming have been known to cause throbbing headaches in high school football and baseball coaches.
The Third Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament is expected to be a banner event that will provide hours of fun for linksters and also supplement the strained budget of the local organization.
Eighty-year-old Ray Kinsman has set lofty goals for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K May 7 at Rumsey Park.
The largest contingent ever, 41 youngsters, to participate in a Payson Pepsi Pitch Hit & Run competition April 20 walked away with a bounty of Arizona Diamondback souvenirs.
A 13-4 win over Chinle has propelled the Lady Longhorn softball team into the second round of the Grand Canyon Region tournament and a step closer to the 4A state shoot-out.
"Our little community came together in a really big way," said Tom Carlson in praise of his friends and neighbors in Geronimo Estates, where a new fire station was dedicated April 10.
If you've never met a real police dog, now's your chance.
Oh Jin Suh, 60, of Payson, died May 1, 2005.
Cecile Catherine Storer, 94, died Saturday, April 30, 2005 in Payson.
Joe Douglas Modlin, 53, of Payson, died April 28, 2005 in Phoenix.
C. James Kocka, 90, of Payson, died April 29, 2005.
Eastern Arizona College presented its transition plan and budget to the truncated Gila County Community Board of Governors Monday during a special session.
Rim country school children were recently given a Mother's Day assignment to write an essay entitled: Why my mother deserves a diamond.
Patricia Ann Adams, 60, died April 27, 2005.
Melvin VanVorst of Strawberry has been awarded the Al Merito Award, the Arizona Historical Society's highest honor.
Julia Randall Elementary School will be holding preregistration in the cafeteria for kindergarten and new students to our area the following dates:
Payson School District announces its final Parenting Workshop for the 2004/2005 school year.
Payson Unified School District No. 10 will observe a "no snow" recess day on Monday, May 9, 2005.
Rim Country Middle School offers its sixth-grade students an opportunity to explore music with both hands.
Q: What is the Hispanic student population in Payson schools? and Q: What happened to the Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum that was planned a few years ago -- what's being done about it and where's the money that was donated?
Recently the Citizens Awareness Council heard from Dr. Barbara Ganz.
We speak so often of domestic abuse. I would like to address the issue of cruelty to animals in correlation with the abuse of people.
Thanks to town councilors George Barriger and Tim Fruth for being watchdogs of our town finances.
Although Payson teachers will receive a 2.78 percent salary raise next school year, they won't likely notice an increase in their take-home pay. The raise recently approved by the school board, $840 per teacher, will be offset by increased contributions teachers are required to make to the Arizona State Retirement System.
I've taken some time to browse through the just-released Final Draft Economic Analysis of the Critical Habitat Designation for theouthwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFC).
Citizens should be aware that, when it comes to party politics, integrity appears to be on paid administrative leave. A couple of cases in point -- on local and one national:
I am not sure what Allen Wollscheidt magined he read that reputed the ideas of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, but I have followed these articles in the Payson Roundup and I see nothing that challenges the idea that the illegal nature of drugs creates black markets that are controlled by criminals that charge highly inflated prices that indirectly cause drug users to resort to crime to fund their habit.
I'm opening myself up for a bashing but here goes. Problems in government, where do you start?Take the border crossings. Up until the Minutemen Project, everyone knew it was a problem, but there it stopped. As soon as they came in, all eyes opened and the for and against began being heard.
When I read the article about the resignation of the middle school principal, I was quite surprised by a couple of statements by Mr. Larby.
Moms are always tough to buy for. Flowers die, candy is fattening, and a new vacuum cleaner just might be misinterpreted.
The new Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board is off to a fast start.
The Payson National Day of Prayer begins at noon, May 5 at Green Valley Park.
Students and staff from Payson High School were evacuated shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning after administrators received a call that there was a bomb on the high school campus.
Here is the complete text of Roundup Reporter Jim Keyworth's interview with Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker. Keyworth's questions and comments are in caps, Walker's responses in upper and lower case.
Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker accuses the Diamond Star Water Coalition of operating from fear, and claims to be working on regional solutions that could solve everybody's water problems.
It's impossible not to like May --uch a sweet, amiable month. Plenty of sunshine and gentle breezes -- temperature still not reaching the heat of summer -- seldom a violent storm.
Payson's canine police officer, Kodiak, and his handler, officer Les Barr, beat more than 50 dogs from around the country at a competition in Scottsdale April 17.
Tracey Adams is convinced her life is nothing anyone would want to read about. But that is more about being self-effacing than having an ordinary life.
FOCUS ON PETS
With warm weather comes more outdoor activities and travel for the family and hopefully, our pets. With this increased activity, there is a greater chance of injury or exposure to something harmful. That does not mean that we should leave our pets at home, protected from everything harmful any more than we should keep our children sealed in a bubble. It does mean that we should be prepared.
Most of us wish we could turn back the clock. Ruling out the mythical time machine, cosmetic surgery is one of our few options. But since health insurance rarely covers cosmetic procedures, the cost is often prohibitive.