Stories for May 2005


Tuesday, May 31

The See family tragedy


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.

Picnic perfect: Dressed up deli delights the whole family


Take along these fast and easy tasty treats when you attend the free Concert Under the Stars Series at Green Valley Park this summer.

Ultimate Payson experiences don't come cheap


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.

Concert series brings music back to the park


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.

Monday, May 30

Putting memory back in Memorial Day

I would like to thank you for the story by publisher Richard Haddad, and the poem/essay by A. Lawrence Vaincourt.

Firecracker tourney makes a rebound

A decade ago, the Firecracker Independence Day Softball Tournament was one of the most popular holiday sports events in small-town Arizona.

Cabin fever: Replica of author's Rim country home reflects rustic lifestyle


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.

Animated tale takes wild look at zoo creatures

The silly, good-natured "Madagascar" is a significant improvement over DreamWorks' previous animated effort, "Shark Tale."

Prevent heart disease with regular checkups


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.

Veteran learns about life in service


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.

Former PHS standout has Hardt of a lion

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.

Rim country olympians rake in medals

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.

Airport Road realignment approved by town council

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.

Rim country's moment in aviation history

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.

Smoking ban isn't a government decision

Well here we go again, government trying to tell business people what they can do and can't do.

Former champ returns to pole vaulting action

At 31, Bo Althoff has returned to the sport that once drew him nationwide attention.

Weide, Leonard to wed

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.

Sheriff's Office investigating mysterious death

A 58-year-old man was found dead in a van brought to the Payson Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon.

Memorial Fire briefly closes Beeline

While the Payson Ranger District survived the Memorial Day weekend unscathed, two fires to the south caused brief closures of Highway 87 Monday.

Proposed ban isn't about quitting smoking

Smoking, like obesity, is one of those personal-choice pandemic social health issues for which, as a society, we pay.

Just one smoker's opinion

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.

Walter McClellan Smith

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.

You want things changed, then help change them

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.

Free market will smoke out nonsmokers

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.

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Irene Reisdorf

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.

Tonto Apache goal is Indianapolis finals

The focus of Tonto Apache Track and Field team members has long been to earn berths in the USA Junior Olympic National Championships.

Fun, competition at Relay for Life

The atmosphere at Rumsey Park field number two will be one of celebration at this year's Relay for Life, beginning Friday June 17.

Online courses to replace summer school

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.

Sunday, May 29

Power Bait is top pick of high-country anglers

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 Sunday memorial events planned

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

Incorporation should be on its own merits

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.

A bugle, a bus and a boy who thought he knew

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.

Veterans speak up about memorial holiday

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.

Cooper tournament funds three scholarships


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.

Former Suns cheerleader to head P&R classes

A former Phoenix Suns cheerleader will soon share her expertise in hip hop dance and gymnastics with Rim country youngsters.

Area Forests mostly free of closures, restrictions

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.

Leadership shuffle ends at school district

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.

Star Valley Storage offers one-stop shopping

Star Valley Storage is different than the other storage facilities in the Rim country, according to owner Beverley Ward.

Housing costs outpace local middle class

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.

Cool off with a hot read from the library

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.

What's Up with Star Wars tickets?

Q: Why aren't passes accepted for "Star Wars: Episode III" at Sawmill Theatre?

Government should stay out of smoking business

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.

An open letter to the Rim Country Middle School staff

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.

Officers prepare for busy holiday weekend

Area law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the heavy influx of visitors Memorial Day weekend.

Police boiling over hot dogs

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.

‘Payson Remembers' for Memorial Day

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.

Just a Simple Soldier

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.

Pride in son's service lights parents' faces

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.

Town Memorial Day event Monday at Green Valley Park

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.

Grandparent support group a popular offering

I would like to thank the Roundup and staff reporter Felicia Megdal for the recent coverage regarding grandparents raising grandchildren.

Payson Parks and Recreation offers summer classes and activities

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 W. Lee (1927-2005)

James Wilson Lee, 78, of Payson, died May 23, 2005. He was born May 13, 1927 in Yuma.

Minnie Jepson (1904-2005)

Minnie Jepson, 100, of Payson, died May 16, 2005 in Mesa. She was born Aug. 29, 1904 in Osier, Colo.

Bobby L. Haithcock (1930-2005)

Bobby Lee Haithcock, 75, died May 23, 2005, at his home in Payson. He was born Feb. 1, 1930 in Burlington, N.C.

Warren L. Green (1922-2005)

Warren Lavern Green, 83, of Payson, died May 13, 2005. He was born Feb. 25, 1922 in Lansing, Mich.

Georges celebrate 65 years

rchie and Betty George of Payson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary May 19.

Pancake breakfast benefits fire auxiliaries


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.

Summer kicks off with crafts fest


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.

Scholarship winner says 'thanks'

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.

Fab four reap GCR honors

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.

Blast from the past heats up holiday

The Old West comes alive Memorial Day weekend with the arrival in Payson of the Mounted Shooters of America.

Rim country rookies shine in junior golf play

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona Team Spring Scramble brought on the best in four fledgling Rim country golfers.

Rodeo draws more than 200 cowboys

For Payson Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong, the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial PRCA Spring Rodeo was a labor of love.

Tuesday, May 24

'Payson Remembers' for Memorial Day


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.

Town takes over Channel 4


So now, with its takeover of Channel 4, the town of Payson is going into the TV business.

Summer meals on the grill in minutes

"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.

The Cline family of Pleasant Valley -- Part 2


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.

Mideast service not yet over for Navy reservist


Among the Rim country soldiers who most recently have served their fellow Americans is Candace Conte of Payson.

Monday, May 23

Know traits of your breed -- pure or mixed


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.

Photo Gallery: Payson High School Graduation 2005

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.

School menus

The following menus are planned at area schools May 25 through May 27:

Ranch horse competition debuts

An equestrian competition unique to the Rim country will soon provide an opportunity for cowboys and cowgirls to showcase their in-the-saddle skills.

Now hear this: The art of listening


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.

Local author shares story of Vietnam


Bill Van Zanten sits outside his Payson home looking back on his life.

Payson smoking debate lights up

Ray Sexton, owner of the Beeline Cafe, remembers the day he banned smoking from his diner six years ago.

Jo Ann Winter

Jo Ann Winter, 73, of Payson died May 19, 2005. She was born Aug. 20, 1931 in Sibley, Iowa.

Ellsworth Oscar Schaldach

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.

Local teaches the lure of collecting

Local outdoorsman Ken Gouker will host an antique fishing lure sale and show 9 a.m. to noon June 4 at Tiny's Restaurant.

Quartet captures Payson scramble

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.

Payson duo settles for MBAA state silver

There will be no Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state champion from Payson this season.

Honors abound for Payson's graduates

Payson's graduates were honored with more than pomp and circumstance at graduation Saturday, May 21 at Longhorn Field.

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Separate tabs from cans

This a special request to all of the good people who save aluminum cans for the Payson Humane Society:

County considers making junk ordinance a civil matter

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.

Losing sight of why we came

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.

Honoring our veterans at their ‘Last Tribute'

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.

Lawrence "Bud" Menter

Lawrence "Bud" Menter, 89, of Payson died May 19, 2005. He was born Nov. 1, 1915 in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

PCS principal new leader for middle school

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.

Sobriety enforcement checkpoint scheduled for Saturday night

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.

Fees may increase for water dept. services

The Payson Town Council will consider increasing the fees for many water department services when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Town agrees to let preacher use park

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.

Roundabout causes reroute Wednesday

Add a new complaint about the roundabout to the ever-growing list -- the construction will force the closure of the North Beeline Wednesday.

County to trash 'junk ordinance'

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.

Thursday, May 19

Tonto Apache tracksters set slough of personal records

One of the smallest contingents to ever represent the Tonto Apache Track and Field team turned out for the Las Vegas Invitational.

Lady Horns struggle at state

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.

Bart Fire contained

Firefighters contained the Bart Fire Thursday, a day earlier than anticipated.

Pigskin players dig in for 2005 season training

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.

Hospice panel prepares the living for dying

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.

Student busted for peddling cocaine

A Payson High School student was arrested Wednesday for selling cocaine to other students, Payson Police Commander Don Engler said.

Here's to the Heroes

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.

Donald Richard First

Donald Richard First, 73, of Payson, died May 17, 2005. He was born March 31, 1932 in Greenville, Pa.

State's hoops hinder Java Jo'z progress

The latest addition to the coffee culture of the Rim country has had a slow start, but things are starting to perk now.

What's up?

Q: What happened to the Alltell kiosk that was in Wal-Mart? I have asked people at the store and nobody seems to know.

Wonder twins

Proud parents Michell Gingry and David Marinelli welcomed their twins, Brianna and Caleb Marinelli April 14, 2005.

Gage, Warter marry

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.

Lombardo, Harris wed

Kristi Anne Lombardo and Nicholas Harris were married March 12, 2005 in Mesa.

Winans, Stewart to marry

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.

Church strengthens families through respect, love of God

The vision of Payson Living Word Bible Church is to build strong families.

Stephanie Ann Mueller

Stephanie Ann Mueller, of Payson, died May 11, 2005. She was born May 26, 1958 in Phoenix.

Richard Edward Jumper

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.

Mary Jane (Chester) Bradley

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

Evelyn Mae Jean Boyer, 58, of Payson, died May 15, 2005. She was born Dec. 7, 1946 in Phoenix.

Pastor embarks on a new journey


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.

Applications sought for District 1 Gila County Community College Board

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.

Bout with cancer behind special service

Cindy Lawson was diagnosed with breast cancer and not given a very good prognosis.

Don't throw cigarettes out the car window

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.

Express condolences to officer's family

God bless and comfort the Uribe family.

Decisions should be made by elected officials

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.

Industry's control of media is appalling

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.

League golfers slice it up on fairway

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.

County encourages Payson, Diamond Star collaboration

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.

Luau brings Hawaii to Strawberry


Love, support revive stricken principal

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.

Chaparral golf team advances to sectionals

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.

New RCMS leader must build trust, collaboration

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.

'Give us our own town,' Star Valley, Diamond Point residents say

If all goes as planned, Payson could have a neighboring town to the east by the end of the year.

Graduation 2005

The Roundup salutes students from the following area schools:

Longhorn ballplayers slighted at all-regionals

Grand Canyon Region coaches apparently weren't impressed last season by the efforts of the Longhorn baseball players.

Fire fuel grant received


The Christopher/Kohl's Fire District held its first organizational Firewise meeting May 13.

Tuesday, May 17

Rodeo hosts 200-plus professionals

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.

Mayor says ‘Howdy, rodeo fans!'

Wow! Here it is another rodeo season beginning and we are all excited about welcoming everyone to our Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo.

Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo sponsors

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.

Photos capture split-second action

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.

Rim gets honor of rodeo royalty coronation

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.

Famous Clydesdales in town for Spring 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.

Parade brings part of rodeo back to Main Street

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.

Specialty act offers top family fun

Jeff "Slim" Garner returns with his wild, wacky specialty act for the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo.

Spring PRCA Rodeo Schedule of Events

The following events are planned for Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 in conjunction with the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo:

Monday, May 16

Former softball star burns up college ranks

Former Lady Longhorn pitching star Rachel Ray has been named to the 2005 All-Southland Conference Softball team.

Graduates ponder life beyond pomp and circumstance

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 ...

Prevention is best bet for the bugs of summer

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.

Doctor keeps heritage, hard work in mind


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.

Softball whiz signs athletic scholarship

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.

What's up?

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?

Sunley, Jones engagement

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.

Search for fair, experienced middle school principal

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.

Lottery phone scam swindles 70k from Payson woman

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

Suzanne Allen Forsythe, 58, died May 12, 2005 in Payson. She was born June 4, 1946.

Elizabeth "Bette" Schimer

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

Irma Mae (Strobbe) Lynn of Payson, died May 14, 2005. She was born Aug. 17, 1935 in Parkville, Mo.

Mayor calls college debacle 'unbelievable'

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.

Truck takes flight

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.

Local women pen high press honors

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.

Council needs to embrace Main Street

Apparently some people still don't get it.

Residents seek to create town of Diamond Star

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.

The worm will turn

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.

Protest Star Valley water plan

The time has come for every resident of Payson to come forward and protest to the Town of Payson stealing water from Star Valley.

Experienced postal worker sworn in as Pine's postmaster

It was an unusually busy afternoon at the Pine post office as Cindy Hand was formally sworn in as the new postmaster.

Despite school size disadvantage, tracksters shine

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.

Former student shines in Air Force

For us old teachers and coaches it's always exciting to hear a former student or athlete is doing well.

Artist's work fueled by drive, devotion to craft


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.

What's in a name?


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.

An up close encounter at Phoenix Zoo

This is the second year fifth-graders at Frontier Elementary School have gone on an overnight field trip to the Phoenix Zoo.

Fire season begins, restrictions enforced

Yet another fire is raging between Horseshoe and Bartlett Lakes in the Tonto National Forest.

Thursday, May 12

Shooting defendant waives right to trial

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.

Why wasn't a study made first?

I just read Buzz Walker's comments regarding the Star Valley Coalition (May 3).

Cat Condo maker back in business

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.

Hawaiian Luau benefits Pine-Strawberry families


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.

Javelinas are no match for Strawberry woman

Nadine Hightower's daughter, Tomacina, of Strawberry, is disabled, but she has a passion for gardening.

Group needs help writing fuel reduction grant


Doris Berg a longtime resident of Christopher Creek died Friday, May 6. She was staying with her son in Phoenix after feeling ill.

Visitors asked to supervise children in Tonto Village


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.

Freshman finishes strong at track finals

The performance of freshman Panda Stackhouse in the 400-meter dash was a real surprise at the Grand Canyon Region track and field championships.

Beware of late frost; unseasonably cold weather can ruin gardens


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.

Men heat up fairways

Tim Ernst paced all Payson Men's Golf Association members in an "individual point par" formatted tournament May 5 at Payson Golf Course.

Lady golfers score big in tournament play

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.

Local school administrators step into vacancies

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.

Boys travel to state for hefty competition

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.

Computer guru cures viruses, builds systems

Lynn Haage has always loved languages. She studied them in college and speaks several.

Church honors freedom to worship

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is a nondenominational, spiritually based center honoring all spiritual paths.

Pioneer son brings family skills to business

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.

Sex offender notifications

The Payson Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law.

Local angler lands big payday

A stringer of 10 bass that tipped the scales at 19 pounds, 15 ounces earned professional angler Clifford Pirch $40,000 in prize money.

Tournament honors late coach

Organizers are predicting more success than last year for the Second Annual Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament.

Edward J. Slebir

Edward J. Slebir died May 9, 2005. He was born Oct. 20, 1928.

Site feedback

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 ...

What's up?

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?

Making mountain out of roundabout

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.

Don't knock roundabout until you try it

After reading several negative letters about the new roundabout, I must add my own comment.

Letter re: barking dogs had an ‘ugly nature'

This is in response to the sinister and threatening letter from Bill Campbell regarding his neighbor's barking dogs (April 22).

Easing public's fear part of Walker's job

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.

Beer, Brats, Jazz: an historical affair

When you attend the Northern Gila County Historical Society's "Wine & Cheese/Beer & Brats Tasting" you get to hobnob with history.

Forest Service personnel are real heroes

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.

Book defines life's purpose

If knowing your God-given purpose in life really made a difference, the First Church of the Nazarene may have the answer.

Roundup wins top advertising award

The Payson Roundup earned top honors at the Excellence in Advertising Awards presented May 6 in Tucson by the Arizona Newspapers Association.

Police, fire departments' message: safety first

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.

Sex offender awareness: Notices meant to inform, not frighten

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

Annual museum fund-raiser adds jazz


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.

Land of yard sales and convenience stores


We live in a world of acronyms and idiocy, and when the two meet it's "Katy, bar the door."

The Cline family of Pleasant Valley


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.

PHS students share kitchen talents


Majestic Mountain Inn now has a signature cookie for its guests.

Monday, May 9

Tucson upends PHS in state opener

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

Jane C. Waszak, 71, of Payson died May 6, 2005 in Payson. She was born May 6, 1934 in Flint, Mich.

Innovative educator wins teacher of the year

Local educator, Wayne Gorry received "Teacher of the Year" at the 10th annual recognition program sponsored by Wal-Mart May 3.

Site feedback

Re: History columnists and Re: A fence around Payson ...

Fence a selfish idea

Erik Monty certainly has the right idea, a fence around Payson.

Statue will only add to roundabout mess

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.

Movie's rating creates dilemma

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.

Wellness forum contributes to quality of life

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.

Governor congratulates local student scholars

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.

Pine Water has year to avoid full moratorium

The Pine Water Company has been given a year of grace before a full moratorium on new hookups is imposed.

High school principal steps in as district leader

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.

Letter carriers stamp out hunger

When Payson letter carriers come to your neighborhood Saturday, they hope to pick up more than 4 tons of unusual mail.

Teenager sweeps benefit 5K

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.

Corwin Hayes Seeley

Corwin Hayes Seeley, 31, died May 4, 2005 in Show Low, Ariz.

Dedication, zeal earn coach national recognition

A Payson High School assistant coach's unwavering loyalty to three head coaches over 18 seasons is now paying huge dividends.

Graduating seniors bid adieu to drama program

"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.

Vandals target classic cars

Two classic automobiles in Payson for the classic car show were vandalized over the event's weekend.

Love of cars keeps retiree alive


Two things quickly stand out about Payson resident Bob Dieryck -- his love for cars and his disdain for local government.

One-man show rescheduled for May 15


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.

Cat condos, college on council's agenda

The Payson Town Council will take up the case of the cat condo vendor when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Warm weather tips for pet care


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.

Toddlers build early reading foundation

Parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. The volunteers at Rim Country Family Literacy (RCFL) emphasize this belief.

New booster club seeks members

It's understandable why Jim Rhoades shied from the camera's eye Saturday near the Habitat for Humanity 5K finish line in Rumsey Park.

Small dogs find solace in a place of their own

Gi Gi, Granny, Taco and Bingo are all former residents of the Los Angeles area looking for loving homes in Payson.

Forum stresses good health, fellowship

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."

J. W. Talley

J. W. Talley, 80, of Payson, died May 5, 2005. He was born Oct. 13, 2005 in Hagansport, Texas.

Record Tom turkey taken near Young

Longtime Rim country hunter Bob Hill has bagged a wild Tom turkey he hopes will soon land him in the record books.

Thursday, May 5

For always, Mom, I love you

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.

School district changes create opportunities

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.

Game department encourages boater safety

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.

Residents, officer rescue injured Peregrine falcon

An injured Peregrine falcon, once an endangered species, was rescued Wednesday morning from the side of Highway 260.

Lady Horns advance to state show

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.

Group tackles feral cat dilemma

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.

School chief resigns

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.

Inmate crews help with fuels reduction

The Pine Strawberry Fire Department is using a record $214,000 in grant money to carry out a four-pronged fuels reduction program.

Creek couple celebrates 50 years of marriage


Jack and PJ Hidde celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church with about 80 friend and relatives.

Pine library offers fun reading events for Rim country children


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.

Spring flora blooms in Tonto Village


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.

Habitat jaunt supports housing

Runners and walkers from around the Rim country are gearing up for tomorrow's Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K.

Linksters Mularski, Lindsey team up for first place

The format of the Payson Men's Golf Association weekly tournament was highlighted by team members hitting alternate shots throughout the 18 holes.

Lady Horns struggle at Chino skirmish

A lack of sprinters and jumpers put the clamps on any hopes the Lady Longhorn track team had of winning the Chino Valley Invitational.

Horns finish fourth in 12-team field

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.

Lady linksters off and running with season play

Both the nine- and 18-hole groups of the Payson Women's Golf Association have wrapped up a successful first month of play.

Time Out Shelter gets Diamondbacks grant

It was a doubleheader for the local shelter for victims of domestic violence of Time Out, Inc.

Labattaglia, Schulz to wed

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.

Artist pours soul into sculptures

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.

Classic car show a big success

The Beeline Cruise-in and Charity Auto Show has become so popular, classic, vintage and antique cars had to be turned away this year.

Puppets serve God through illustrated worship

Dale Lewallen of Payson Christian Fellowship uses illustrated preaching during his services.

Doris Dean (Fridley) Taylor

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

John C. Smith, of Payson, died April 20, 2005. He was born July 8, 1929 in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Jimmie Jean Cooley

Jimmie Jean Cooley, 79, of Payson, died May 1, 2005. She was born April 22, 1926 in Holbrook.

James Charles Connell

James Charles Connell, 87, of Scottsdale and Payson, died April 20, 2005. He was born March 16, 1918 in Valdez, Colo.

Shirley Bunger

Shirley Bunger, 73, of Young, died April 30, 2005 in Payson. She was born Aug. 16, 1931 in Pine.

Rim country decorator awarded

Dani Rosenteel, owner of Blinds & Designs for You, has been awarded an outstanding dealer award by her Graber Brand Supplier, Blynco Manufacturing and Distributing.

What's up?

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?

Round of thanks for roundabout responders

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.

Fence me in

I am writing in regards to the growth issue in Payson. Too many people in this town have tiptoed around this issue.

Veterans need FAIR Act

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.

Shooter will have his day in court

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.

County role shuffle ruffles supervisor

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.

Tuesday, May 3

Jock Crock

What is it about the sports media that compels them to exaggerate everything to the point of absurdity?

Doc Holliday and friends were companions, good workers


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.

Spring is prime hiking time in Rim country


Where do all those little roads off Highways 87 and 260 lead? Take a hike and find out.

Collection of candy recipes a real treat


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.

Monday, May 2

Preservation whiz recognized for saving historical treasures

Melvin VanVorst of Strawberry has been awarded the Al Merito Award, the Arizona Historical Society's highest honor.

Preregister kindergarten, new students at JRE

Julia Randall Elementary School will be holding preregistration in the cafeteria for kindergarten and new students to our area the following dates:

Parenting workshop focuses on adolescents

Payson School District announces its final Parenting Workshop for the 2004/2005 school year.

'Snow Day' May 9

Payson Unified School District No. 10 will observe a "no snow" recess day on Monday, May 9, 2005.

Music class rings true with students

Rim Country Middle School offers its sixth-grade students an opportunity to explore music with both hands.

What's up?

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?

Keep close eye on college

Recently the Citizens Awareness Council heard from Dr. Barbara Ganz.

Teachers' pay raises won't affect bottom line

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.

Abuse of animals an overlooked crime

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.

Species protection an absurdity

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).

Politics: Business as usual

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:

Larby a fair-weathered friend to the arts

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.

Kodiak wins award at police canine competition

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.

Reader voices concerns with government

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.

Make it a furry Mother's Day

Moms are always tough to buy for. Flowers die, candy is fattening, and a new vacuum cleaner just might be misinterpreted.

PS water district off to fast start

The new Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board is off to a fast start.

Locals celebrate national prayer day

The Payson National Day of Prayer begins at noon, May 5 at Green Valley Park.

Taxpayers foot the War on Drugs tab

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.

High school bomb threat a hoax

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.

Mothers sparkle in children's eyes

Rim country school children were recently given a Mother's Day assignment to write an essay entitled: Why my mother deserves a diamond.

EAC's proposed budget flunks Payson test

Eastern Arizona College presented its transition plan and budget to the truncated Gila County Community Board of Governors Monday during a special session.

Thrift Store reopens with celebration


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.

Kudos for councilors' clear thinking

Thanks to town councilors George Barriger and Tim Fruth for being watchdogs of our town finances.

Hygienist horsewoman part of Reserves


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.

First aid for our 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.

Cosmetic surgery costs less locally


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.

Horns' season ends in loss to Sinagua

The ill effects of prom and homecoming have been known to cause throbbing headaches in high school football and baseball coaches.

Tourney benefits Special Olympics

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.

Pepsi baseball event draws record crowd

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.

Regional skirmish to feature Lady Horns vs. Sand Devils

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.

Buzz Walker interview on Star Valley wells

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.

Water czar fires back at Star Valley coalition

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.

80-year-old to lead the pack at PAHH 5K run

Eighty-year-old Ray Kinsman has set lofty goals for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K May 7 at Rumsey Park.

Residents unite to make community safe

"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.

Public Safety Fair May 14 at Wal-Mart

If you've never met a real police dog, now's your chance.

Cecile Catherine Storer

Cecile Catherine Storer, 94, died Saturday, April 30, 2005 in Payson.

Oh Jin Suh

Oh Jin Suh, 60, of Payson, died May 1, 2005.

Joe Douglas Modlin

Joe Douglas Modlin, 53, of Payson, died April 28, 2005 in Phoenix.

C. James Kocka

C. James Kocka, 90, of Payson, died April 29, 2005.

Patricia Ann Adams

Patricia Ann Adams, 60, died April 27, 2005.