Stories for November 2005


Tuesday, November 29

When things get remote


They say men have a special relationship with their remote controls.

Being Santa


Parade-goers can expect a most professional Santa this year. Roger Freeman, who retired to Payson almost three years ago, has been doing Santa for over 30 years. And the robust, 62-year-old gives every indication that he's got a lot of Santa left in the tank.

Fireworks will cap Electric Light Parade


There is one thing you can count on when the fifth annual Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade pulls out of Sawmill Crossing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 -- it will be cold.

Angels we have heard on high tell us to go out and buy


Music is my second favorite thing about Christmas (my first is choosing gifts for friends and family).

Frozen rolls, loaves can take many forms


I had two assignments for the family dinner this Thanksgiving: orange stuff (a Jell-O salad with whipped topping, cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, pecans and sugar-free orange-flavored Jell-O powder -- drain the fruit and throw it all together, chill and serve - simple, delicious and almost nutritious) and dinner rolls.

Monday, November 28

Generosity warms hearts and homes

Doug Mann, manager of Energy West in Payson, is amazed by all the generous people in the Rim Country.

Tonto Village man dies following ATV accident

A part-time resident of Tonto Village III died following an ATV accident north of Tonto Village.

Schools briefs

Julia Randall Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Organization is having another family movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 in the JRE cafeteria.

Keepsake ornament part of Celebration of Life event

Messinger Payson Funeral Home, RTA Hospice and Palliative Care and Rim Country Hospice Foundation invite the public to a "Celebration of Life" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Nicole Marie Proctor

Nicole Marie Proctor was born Oct. 13, 2005 to Christopher and Christina Proctor.

Holiday concert Dec. 1

The Rim Country Middle School is hosting a performance by the RCMS Choir and Handbells at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Payson High School auditorium.

Art projects based on history

"The more they draw, the better they get," said George Conley, Payson High School's instructor responsible for teaching art to about 140 students. Last week most students in Conley's beginning art class were busy creating a children's book from a storyboard.

Fast tracking new teachers not the solution

On today's front page is a story about the Payson Unified School District governing board's decision to enforce a policy that makes teachers honor their contracts to serve a full academic year.

Remember God's fifth commandment

A comment on Otis M. Trimble's Roundup letter of Nov. 22.

Yankees are hypocrites

Well once again the Yankees have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt, they are hypocrites. They preach tolerance, but don't show it.

We need a plan

Where is the plan?

'Warming trend' forecast for Electric Light Parade

The long-range forecast for Saturday's fifth running of the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade indicates a warming trend. But it's important to remember that the National Weather Service's prognostication is relative -- because the starting point was a forecast low of 21 degrees Monday night. And in fact, a predicted high for Saturday of 54-62 degrees, with a low of 25-31 degrees should still make it plenty "Christmassy" for the big crowd expected to take up positions on Main Street for the parade's 6 p.m. start.

Nursing manager gets closer to patients

Rim Country Health and Retirement Community has a new director of nursing.

Accounting firm helps business owners

Certified Public Accountant William Schultz and Alisa Eschliman have formed Professional Accounting Resources (PAR) to offer full-service bookkeeping to business owners and managers.

Longhorn players reach out to community

Holiday spirit glowed in a band of Payson High School football players as they delivered a Thanksgiving feast to a Star Valley family. Seniors Luke Apfel, Joe Blackburn, Rand Hallman and Kevin Allen accompanied coach Jerry Rhoades Nov. 23 to the home where they unloaded $200 worth of groceries to an obviously grateful mom and her three children.

Veterans to be honored by Longhorns

The Payson High School boys basketball team has issued an invitation to all military veterans, and those currently serving, to attend a Dec. 7 game vs. Fountain Hills in old PHS gymnasium.

Two boys hit by cars within four days

Both accidents in same location

"I absolutely did not see the boy," said the driver of a Chevy Suburban who struck a 16-year-old boy riding his bike on the sidewalk along Highway 87 Sunday afternoon. "In this case, sun glare definitely played a factor," said Commander Don Engler of the Payson Police Department.

Margaret Probst

Margaret Probst, a resident of Payson from 1962 to 1999, died Nov. 23, 2005. She was born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1910.

Hunts celebrate 70 years with potluck event Sunday

December 1, 2005, Bill and Ruby Hunt celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They will be honored with a potluck noon, Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Church of Christ, located at 401 E. Tyler Parkway in Payson.

Information on shooting right

I apologize if I offended you, Mr. Marquardt and I stand corrected for referring to a 10mm pistol as a cannon. What makes me refer to it, as a cannon is the hollow point bullets it was loaded with. In my humble opinion they both are designed to blow a hole through their target.

State title team too tough for Horns

A Northwestern University-bound basketball player, who for the past two seasons has led Scottsdale Christian Academy to a 64-3 record and back-to-back state titles, proved too much for the Longhorns to handle.

Strawberry man killed in rollover

A 20-year-old Strawberry man was killed when his vehicle rolled in the southbound lane of the Beeline Highway Friday night.

Emmerson Paige Taylor

Emmerson Paige Taylor was born Nov. 9, 2005 to Scott and Amy Dawn (Creach) Taylor of Clearfield, Utah.

Elks host annual Rim Country hoop shoot Dec. 3

Bouts of spirited hardwood competition have traditionally highlighted the Rim Country Elks Hoop Shoot.

Imogene Stanfield Krasky

Imogene Stanfield Krasky, 86, of Strawberry, died Nov. 22, 2005. She was born June 28, 1919.

School board holding teachers to contract commitments

For the second time this year, the school district governing board has denied a resignation request from a teacher.

Water issue lawsuits likely

When I read about the latest plans of the Payson council and the town manager in the taking of water from the Randall/Haught well in Star Valley and delivering it to the town's water lines for use in several various ways, including subdivider Horton's subdivisions and "cushion" for the town's water commitments, I was appalled at the audacity in their even thinking for a moment that the actions were honorable, fair and morally right.

Season opener shows need for settling time

Youthful mistakes and miscues cost the Lady Longhorns the opportunity to post a season opening win Nov. 23 at Fountain Hills.

Council looks at $21 million event center agreement

The Payson Town Council will convene a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to consider a "potential agreement" and discuss "deal points" related to the $21 million Payson Event Center project.

Thursday, November 24

Poole, Denney marry

Tony Denney of Payson, son of Corey Barker, and Toni Poole of St. George, Utah, daughter of Tammy and Charlie Childers, were married Oct. 1, 2005 in a garden wedding at the Best Western Payson Inn.

What's up?

Q: What happened to chip sealing and smoothing out McLane southbound from Airport Road to Longhorn? Also, I thought Bonita was also slated for 2005?

Drinking water problem corrected

The operators of the Whispering Pines Water System, Payson Water Co. (Brooke Utilities), have reported the problem with the water system has been corrected.

Register to vote

To you my dear fellow Payson residents, I offer you my deepest sympathies. You are being governed by one individual who feeds and delights on fear and intimidation.

About the smoke

Regarding "Smoke a Health Hazard" Roundup Nov. 22. The writer states "... the U.S. Forest Service has ruined our forests ...."

Protecting your identity during holidays

The holiday season is upon us, full of busy schedules and distractions. One distraction the Arizona Department of Public Safety would like to help you avoid is identity theft.

German teen discovers America

Selke (pronounced Zelka) Tombraegel, 16, arrived in Payson from Germany three days after the school year started.

Laura E. Pirtle

Laura E. Pirtle, 83, died Nov. 19, 2005 in Payson. She was born Aug. 8, 1922 to John J. and Ethel Gage in Blodget, Mo.

PHS game sites, time change

A scheduling conflict involving boys basketball and wrestling has resulted in a change of playing sites for the hoop team.

Winterizing your vehicle keeps trips safe

"Arizona is hard on engines and hard on transmissions because of the temperature extremes," said Steve Ellis, a mechanic with 25 years of experience, and owner of Steve's AC Delco Pro Lube in Payson.

Life of adventure started in China


Polly Marston has lived a long and adventurous life. Her adventures began in childhood.

Tellabration was terrific

Kudos to Don Doyle, the storytellers and all who helped with the great entertainment of the Tellabration in Pine on Nov. 19.

The change of wealth and power -- a Western story

A recent contribution by Tom Garrett to the Payson Roundup (Nov. 11, 2005) "Wealthy is as wealthy does: it's more than things" got me thinking. It brought to mind a picture of our Western culture -- originally drawn by futurist Alvin Toffler in "Power Shift."

Freedom, faith and nation - Part 2


The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees us the freedom to worship as we please ...

Many are working hard to put out fire


Helicopters and the crews operating them have been working very hard to put out the fire that is burning on Promontory Point.

Tellabration was better than ever


I am home, sitting in my sunny window. It is gorgeous. It is good to be home.

Free bilingual parenting classes offered

The All*Star Families Parent Enrichment Program is offering two, free parenting classes in December at the Parent Resource Center, 514 W. Wade Ln.

Service dogs help people in a variety of ways


Dogs are so eager to help us in any way they can. They only need to be taught.

Winter bass fishing aided by electronics savvy


Late fall has many outdoorsmen hunting big game or chasing those little, feathered desert rockets -- the gambels quail. With the emphasis being hunting, the desert lakes have far less boat traffic than normal, which creates a very serene atmosphere for the fisherman.

Payson-area teams earn praise for sportsmanship

Central Arizona Youth League Football action wrapped up Nov. 19 in Camp Verde for a trio of Payson teams.

Payson riders pedal in Tucson race

A trio of Payson riders were among more than 8,000 cyclists drawn to a Tucson-area charity ride that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Soccer teams draw honors from region coaches

Region coaches have doled out prestigious All-East postseason recognition to eight members of the Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams.

Longhorn wrestlers looking at tough season

Rich Ormand is among the handful of Payson High School coaches who didn't welcome with open arms the Longhorn return to the 3A conference after spending two years in the 4A ranks.

Medicare drug coverage meetings set

AARP Arizona will help bring eligible seniors up to date with the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.

Fire station going up

Workers are making progress on the expansion of the Payson Fire Department's Main Station.

Juanita R. Hand

Juanita R. Hand, 96, of Payson, died Nov. 23, 2005. She was born June 1, 1909 in Green Ridge, Mo.

James Raymond Barber

James Raymond (Ray) Barber, 71, of Phoenix, and formerly of the Pine area, died as the result of a truck accident Nov. 17, 2005. He was born Jan. 9, 1934 in Centerville, Utah, the son of John Raymond and Mildred Rogers Barber.

Three-truck pile-up free of injuries

Payson Police Officer Henry Thomason prepared himself for the worst as he approached the three-truck wreck near the intersection of BIA 101 and the Beeline Highway.

Re: Freedom Wall

The Defenders of Freedom Wall, is a continuing tribute to all services and veterans, with recognition to all the Payson residents now serving in the cause of freedom ...

D'Addabbos celebrate Silver Anniversary

Michelle and Stephen D'Addabbo of Payson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Nov. 14.

Council candidate Connell has my support

I think that most Payson voters agree that we need changes on our town council.

Need to hear from helpers

I am writing this letter in regard to all the wonderful and caring people in Payson.

Do right by the people of Payson

It is time for the town council to stop, think and reflect upon the reasons why the people of Payson voted for them.

Information wanted

My name is Robin Raymer. I lived in Payson about 35 years ago. It was at that time, when I was about 9, that I was introduced by my father to a very old man who lived alone in a small house in town.

Shopping at home is a good deal for everyone

The power of your shopping dollar is strong. A dollar spent locally is spent again and again in the Rim Country.

Escalating heating costs force difficult choices

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is putting the pressure on Congress to pass legislation to put more money into energy programs offering discounts to seniors and others on low incomes.

Community holiday lighting contest returns

After a five-year hiatus, the Christmas Lighting Contest is back. Home and business owners are invited to string lights on their rooftops and decorate their yards for the holiday season and enter to win.

Promontory Fire containment expected today

Payson Ranger District officials predict the Promontory Fire will be fully contained by today (Friday).

Man suspected of selling drugs to juveniles now in custody

Payson police officers apprehended a suspected longtime drug dealer during a routine traffic stop late Tuesday night.

Holiday sales bring shoppers out early

Lori Standifird arrived at the Payson Wal-Mart Supercenter at 4:45 a.m. Friday. Like hundreds of other area residents, Standifird braved the darkness and frosty air to take advantage of early bird discounts -- also known as "doorbuster sales" -- which were available from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.

Use heating equipment safely


The following article is from the International Fire Marshals Association. With fuel price increases, it is expected alternatives for heating homes will be sought. It is important to understand the rules of safe heating from Day One.

Tuesday, November 22

Taking our humans to work

Dogs taking their humans to work is a remarkably common event in Payson. "We are well behaved canines who love to interact with people and would not consider insulting our humans by leaving them at home," said Misty, a miniature schnauzer.

Tricks for all those turkey leftovers


The great folks at Kraft Foods have always had wonderful recipes.

Warning to God: Watch your meatloaf


If there is such a thing as an average dog, it wasn't Rex. I still remember that first afternoon when he arrived home from the Payson Humane Society, bounded into the house where I was writing, and almost knocked me off my chair.

Rim Country Thanksgiving traditions


My people -- the Neals, Hales, Griffins, and Peaces -- were also ranchers, cowboys and hunters, among other things. They all came from Texas and settled in Gisela and Pleasant Valley. Great-Granddad Will Neal and Great-Granddad Al Griffin had been Texas Rangers.

Thanksgiving in the Rim Country's early days


My earliest recollections of Thanksgiving are from the Ranch at Bonita Creek and are synonymous with hunting turkey. The Pyles were cowboys and ranchers, but living high up under the Mogollon Rim, we were also woodsmen.

Revenge of the turkeys


This is the time of year when turkeys eat it. More accurately, it's the time of year when people eat turkeys. But you get our drift. It's not a good time to be a turkey.

Monday, November 21

Wood floor refinishing and more

William Bailey started in the carpet cleaning business shortly after he became the father of twins. "You can guess what twins do to carpets," Bailey said.

Regional honors ignored in all-state designations

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink's assessment of a trio of his best players is much more glowing than the one doled out by the Arizona Republic sports staff.

Another take on the hiker shooting

The tragic Kuenzli-Fish incident is back in the news. Regarding my last letter to which John McCauley and David Engleman took great umbrage, out of compassion for them and their allies I omitted the most horrific portion of my vision.

Water, growth dominate four-hour council meeting

Weighted down by the controversial issues of water and growth, the Payson Town Council struggled through a four-hour marathon meeting Thursday night.

Edwards declares for mayoral race

Bob Edwards, chairman of the Committee for Community-Based Growth, declared for mayor Monday morning.

Keeping your cool during Thanksgiving

Are you one of those people who fly off the handle around the holidays? Can you feel your nerves exploding this time of year? Before you slug somebody, breathe deeply. Also, remember, there are things you can do to feel better and to keep the peace.

Where have all the angels gone?

We've received a number of inquiries asking what happened to the traditional Angel Tree program in Rim Country. Readers have expressed concern because, for many residents, the Angel Tree program was a simple, effective way for seniors and children alike to help others during the holiday season.

Poison pen poor defense

Smoke a health hazard

I read the article about the prescribed burns being performed in the Rim Country. I think it is a shame the U.S. Forest service has ruined our forests and our air.

Students test Zane Grey curriculum

Last week a new curriculum for fourth-grade social studies was delivered by the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation to Payson Unified School District superintendent Sue Myers and Frontier Elementary School principal Gail Gorry.

Gila County judge seeks appeals court job

Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Cahill of Globe is seeking a position on the Arizona Court of Appeals. He is currently one of five candidates who have applied for the job.

Youth basketball going strong

A town-sponsored seventh- and eighth-grade recreation basketball program that once was floundering for lack of interest is now hitting on all cylinders.

Lorna K. McCrary

Lorna K. McCrary, 84, died Nov. 21, 2005. She was born Aug. 8, 1921.

Stylist makes a Swiss beauty connection

When Sharon Rubash retired from salon ownership and moved with her husband to Payson she thought she was going to retire. But the hairdresser with 34 years of experience as a stylist and manager just couldn't lay down her shears.

Offseason struggles could cast shadow on Horns

The biggest challenge facing the 2005-2006 edition of the Payson High School boys basketball team might be rebounding from a topsy-turvy summer.

Remodel of high school 'old main' to start in December

The remodeling of the 40-year-old Payson High "old main" building is expected to disrupt the every-day workings of the school for more than a semester.

Council will use new well water for current residents


The Payson Town Council, at its meeting Nov. 17, renewed its commitment to the citizens of the town when it directed that the excess capacity from the RH wells be designated as a cushion for the people the town is already committed to serving.

Teens take top Turkey Trot honors

Much like a finely tuned racecar accelerates down a speedway, 18-year-old David Cluff kicked into high gear about one-mile into the Turkey Trot 5K to win the event going away.

Whispering Pines water contaminated

‘Boil water' says water company

A problem with the safety of the drinking water in Whispering Pines, which is provided by the Payson Water Company (Brooke Utilities), is forcing residents to either boil the water or use bottled water.

What's up?

Q: What part of the budget is Gila Community College's math tutor, BJ Welsh, paid out of? --AND-- Q: Who is responsible for the festival signs that hang across the road at the south end of town?There are still event signs up there from two months ago.Perhaps now would be the time to put up signs for Christmas events, such as the electric parade or the Spirit of Christmas concert?

Human-caused fire sparks concern

The Promontory Fire, which started early Sunday morning north of Christopher Creek and spread to the top of the Mogollon Rim by Sunday evening, was human caused. The blaze is currently about 230-250 acres and is expected to burn through the week.

Time running out for adult volleyball

Town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt is fretting that with just one day remaining in the registration period for men's and women's volleyball, many local players have yet to sign up.

Thursday, November 17

TCCA hosts renowned classical pianist Tuesday

The Tonto Community Concert Association's 27th season is well under way, with its fourth concert planned for Tuesday night. Classical pianist Cristiana Pegoraro performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 22 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Mysterious light draws attention, questions

A strange, powerful beam of light was seen shooting up from a vacant lot on West Frontier Street Wednesday night causing a stir of speculation among residents. Responding to calls of curiosity, Payson police and town officials arrived on the scene around 9 p.m. to find a large, cylindrical-shaped metal device that looked like something from a military surplus store.

Payson Elks provide free community Thanksgiving dinner

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings is at the fingertips of Rim Country residents.

Diamond Star asks for name change to Star Valley

To applause from another packed house, the Diamond Star Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to ask the Gila County Board of Supervisors to grant the name change. The resolution passed by the council read, in part:

Students prepare much-needed Credit for Kids campaign

Folding, sealing and mailing Credit for Kids brochures to Payson taxpayers was a labor of love for four Payson Elementary School fifth-graders.

A hare-raising experience

Childhood Easter gifts become lifelong love for Payson woman

Angela Lyons loves bunnies. Holding a not-yet 3-week-old lilac (think soft gray), mini rex bunny about the size of her fist, Lyons asks, "If you could keep them this small, could you imagine? Everybody would want one.

Former Payson athlete making mark at West Point

An athlete who once starred on Payson youth football and Little League teams played a prominent role in Army's 27-24 upset of Air Force.

Payson part of book on cross-country bike trip

Erik Schlimmer's 2,720-mile bike trip across America, from Canada to Mexico, took him over the scenic Arizona Trail and through the heart of the Rim Country.

Still time to register for race

Rim Country weekend warriors can get a jump-start on ridding themselves of those Thanksgiving feast calories by entering the Turkey Trot 5K walk and run.

Get fit and enjoy your big game hunt


If you are a big game enthusiast, July is that month when we all wait anxiously to see if we were fortunate enough to draw a permit.

Molding men means more than winning

Arizona State University basketball coach Rob Evans is taking a lot of heat in Tempe for not producing winning teams.

Rezoning approved on minority vote

Attorney questions vote on new McLane Road subdivision

With two of the seven members of the Planning and Zoning Commission absent and another two claiming a conflict of interest, the rezoning of G. Michael Horton's Mogollon Ridge Subdivision was approved by a 2-1 vote.

Teen math tutor assists potential nurses

B.J. Welsh took college algebra at Gila Community College when he was just 14.

Man hits two people with car following argument

Following an argument, a Phoenix man was arrested after hitting two Payson residents with his car outside their home Sunday.

Stepping out of the ruts of gripe and discontent

In the pages of today's Roundup we've tried to provide a collection of stories that reflect some of the events and happenings taking place in Rim Country.

'Hep-C' article refreshing

I read the article and was happy to see someone wanted to make a difference in the awareness of Hepatitis C and the risks involved.

Voting equipment lawsuit not frivolous

On Nov. 5, The Arizona Republic published an op-ed column by Tucson voting-machine expert Tom Ryan explaining his lawsuit against Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer as asking the court "to require Brewer to produce election equipment decertification standards that are required by state law, and which her office admits it has not produced."

The Good Ol' Boys are at it again

I couldn't believe the decision that the zoning commissioners made at their Monday night meeting when they rezoned Horton's 12 acres along 2009 N. McLane Road.

Look at what we've lost

This is in response to Bob Foster's letter concerning Payson's growth. I agree with Bob. I moved here in Feb 2003 and loved this small town's feel. Coming from a city of more than 400,000 back east, this was a dramatic and welcomed change for me. The closeness of everyone knowing everyone and all are friendly.

A wasted supreme opportunity

Virtually each time a vacancy in the Supreme Court occurs, the nation gets another opportunity to see just how pervasive a role serious political corruption has assumed in our thinking and so in our system. It is all the worse because the opportunity is invariably completely ignored.

Tent City puts communities in touch with homeless

For the past three months, a homeless shelter called Tent City has occupied the parking lot at the church my children attend in Seattle. This week, the residents must move on, so the Sunday service revolved around the plight of the homeless and the impact that tent cities have on communities.

Veterans, community celebrate together


My husband and I were fortunate enough to watch the Veterans Day Parade held in Punkin Center Nov. 11. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many entries -- about 25.

It's time to give to Credit for Kids

Our opportunity to contribute to "Credit for Kids" is fast approaching. This program allows citizens of Arizona to contribute money to schools for extracurricular activities, thus enriching the lives of our students. Not all states offer this.

About the weeds again

If you can stand it, just one more letter of clarification re weeds, E. Malone letter of Nov. 15 -- we promise.

What's up?

Q: Why aren't all accidents reported in the paper? --AND-- Q: I heard the city would not get rid of weeds on city-owned property because it did not have enough money. What's up with that?

Wyatt R. Carter

Wyatt R. Carter, 75, died Nov. 3, 2005 at his home in Camp Verde. He was born Feb. 16, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.

Danny Joe Pennington

Danny Joe Pennington, 34, of Payson, died Nov. 15, 2005 in Chicago, Ill. He was born Dec. 21, 1970 in Phoenix.

Pastor brings alternative approach to ministry


Do you have a picture in your mind about what you believe a minister is supposed to look like? Do you visualize a gray-haired man, wearing long robes? Some ministers convey that image, but today, many different types of people, of both genders and different races, are serving their neighbors in the ministry.

Community filled with Christmas parties


Volunteers are needed at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 to help decorate Christopher Creek Loop for the holidays. Volunteers will meet at the fire station.

Rim Country ready for holiday fun, shopping


The sun has finally appeared in northern Washington -- just as I am heading home. Hopefully, this means I will have decent weather for the long drive. For next week's column, I will be sitting at my very own sunny window.

Experts offer alternatives for flu prevention

Alternatives to traditional medical approaches, like vaccinations, for the prevention and treatment of the flu are available to Rim Country consumers.

A very special Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day 1955, M. Priscilla Marston married Reinhard J. Buss, then serving in the Army in Bradenton, Fla.

Barkers celebrate 60th anniversary

James M. Barker and Bernita J. VanCamp were joined in wedded bliss Nov. 22, 1945 in Phoenix. Jim was drafted three weeks later and served in the U.S. Army for seven years.

Freedom, faith and nation


Early one Monday morning, filled with thoughts of a fine Sunday sermon, the principal of a school got on the public address system. After a cheerful welcome back for students and faculty, he read the daily bulletin. Then, with his finger still on the microphone button, he felt a sudden urge come over him. He opened his heart and said a prayer for all present.

Antenna tree: 'Don't look too close'

'Tis the season for fake trees, and the town of Payson is no exception. This "pine" tree located behind the water department building at Town Hall was installed by Verizon Wireless.

Quilt Roundup a crazy success

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup was a huge success for a first-time show, according to Nancy Volz, a member of the committee that presented the event.

Four PHS grads earn academic recognition

A foursome of Payson High School's 2005 graduates relied on rigid course work and exceptional scores on college-level Advanced Placement Program exams as springboards to university scholarships.

Control and money

Since power, control and money issues are usually at the root of public controversy, I was curious about the Gila Community College controversy that has been in the papers.

Information on shooting wrong

This is in reply to John McCauley's recent letter: I won't debate Mr. Fish's guilt or innocence with you. That's properly done by a jury in a courtroom.

Veterans, newcomers set to tip off in 3A

After spending two seasons battling big school programs in the Class 4A conference, Lady Longhorn basketball coach Rory Huff and his charges now turn their collective attention to heated, small-town basketball.

Tuesday, November 15

Storytellers descend on Pine for Tellabration!


Don Doyle has appeared before a lot of audiences during his long theater and storytelling career, but the toughest critic of them all had to be the mother of the late actor Dennis Day.

The way our forest was


Soon folks will be pulling their Christmas trees out of storage or buying imports out of Oregon. Boy, have things changed in Payson since I was a kid.

Machine Shed recipes to try in your own kitchen


Several years ago I Googled the words "recipe," "pork," "apples" and "pecans" and some weird thing called "The Machine Shed" popped up among the listings.

Cultural exchange with Globe, Part 2


Last week in this column a contingent from Globe took a "virtual" bus tour of the Rim Country as part of a cultural exchange suggested by Gila County Recorder Linda Haught-Ortega.

Monday, November 14

'Make stories, not war'

Says storyteller about worldwide festival in Pine Saturday

"Make stories, not war." The concept is not as far-fetched as it may seem at first. Especially when master storyteller Don Doyle explains it.

Elected officials speak as private citizens

Fallout continued over letters written by a group known as "WakeUp Call" that were critical of Eastern Arizona College at Thursday's meeting of the Gila Community College Board of Governors.

Children learn about Pilgrim life for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving offers teacher Linda Ansick the opportunity to teach her kindergartners how they might have lived as Pilgrims and how Thanksgiving began as a harvest celebration of sharing.

Hometown graduate realizes dream, opens salon

Cheryl Chance started her career as a hair stylist in 1987 when she worked as a colorist for the Framesi product line. She is now the owner of her own studio -- Colorz Salon.

Heart recipient shares lessons on life's unexpected gifts

If Skip Boldt sanitizes his hands after shaking yours, he is not being rude, just cautious. On July 21 he survived heart transplant surgery, and he just came back to his family and Payson a couple weeks ago.

Council could modify stand on importing private water

Resolution 2098 regarding the Randall-Haught well in Star Valley is back on the Payson Town Council agenda for Thursday night's regular meeting. In fact, three items on the agenda relate to the controversial resolution, which authorizes the town to pay George Randall and Roy Haught $750,000 for water over and above that which developer G. Michael Horton plans to pipe to Payson for three new subdivisions.

Dentist takes extra time to provide more detailed care for patients

Steven Booth is a general dentist who offers his patients longer appointment times, so if it is necessary he can take care of more than one tooth in a single visit.

Frank H. Thompson

Frank H. Thompson, 70, of Jakes Corner, died Oct. 29, 2005. He was born Sept. 12, 1935 in Sacramento, Calif.

Margaret Ruth Hintze

Margaret Ruth Hintze, 78, died Nov. 12, 2005. She was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Morgan County, Ala. to Marvin and Flossie Freeman. She grew up on cotton farms in Andrew Chapel and Mount Vernon, Ala.

Soldier son honored after 35 years

After 35 years, the mother of a Payson soldier killed in action has finally received a Gold Star Flag to recognize her sacrifice and honor her son's memory.

Youthful golfers earning notice

A trio of young, Rim Country golfers continue to show their wares on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.

Commitment to love and country vital

As I looked around the high school auditorium during the community Veterans Day program Friday, I was awakened to something powerful that surged quietly below the fanfare of a patriotic event.

A hard lesson to learn

About a year ago, my husband and I decided to buy our 10-year-old son a brand new dirt bike for working hard, being a great kid and getting straight A's on his report card.

Express opinion, but keep facts straight

Re: "Sweep the council clean," Tuesday, Nov. 8, Roundup.

Post-secondary education is indispensable

I had the great opportunity to substitute teach at Payson High School this past summer. I have considered becoming a teacher at the high school level and was looking forward to actually gaining some in-classroom teaching experience.

Banish criminals from Payson

I'm tired of our precious tax money being spent to hunt down and house felons, child molesters, repeat offenders and meth freaks.

Teens need more to do

I think there should be more things to do in Payson for teens. If there were more things for the younger youth to do, there would be less alcohol and drug abuse and teen pregnancy.

Rim Country teens need resources

Recently in a letter to the editor, Margie J. Weaver of Strawberry wrote about schools in regard to teaching evolution versus creation and she said the following after arguing the origins of man:

Payson is a patsy for power hungry

In the mid-90s, a group of 100 citizens gathered for a two-day workshop to plan for the future of Payson. Among topics considered were: industrial sites, retail areas, transportation, water resources, supportable population projections, affordable housing and infrastructure needs.

Another word on the weeds

I would like to respond to Nancy Volz's letter to the editor, published Nov. 1, 2005. (Town won't clear weeds.)

Get legal questions answered first

I am writing in regard to Mr. Horton's request for rezoning of the land in the area behind Home Depot. It would be wise for the town to table all of Mr. Horton's requests until all legal challenges, and there will be some, are complete.

What's up?

Q: I was wondering what high definition TV options Payson viewers have? Does Cablevision or NPG Cable offer HD programming, including Phoenix local channels in HD? What about satellite?

Lady Longhorns net postseason honors

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team might have pulled off the upset of the season when it had three members earn All-East first team honors.

Youth football still hot as season draws to close

Gridiron action in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association continues to heat up as a trio of Payson teams battle for postseason honors in Nov. 19 wrap ups.

Watch for smoke along highway

A major control burn is planned for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Pine. The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department will begin burning on the vacant land just south of Pine on Highway 87.

Center offering foot care by registered nurse


Here's a staggering statistic for you -- approximately 675 million pounds of turkey are served each Thanksgiving! Oddly enough, though, the most turkey per capita is not eaten in the United States.

Ernest Arthur Francisco, Jr.

Ernest Arthur Francisco, Jr., 82, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2005. He was born Oct. 14, 1923 in Franklin, Penn.

Living history comes to Rim Country

The smell of wood smoke and the sight of teepees, buck skinners, powder horns and muzzleloaders took visitors back to simpler times.

New times announced for basketball games

Start times for region boys and girls basketball games have been changed.

Thursday, November 10

10th place no dishonor for newly formed team

Lady Longhorn cross country fortunes received a huge boost when it finally picked up the mandatory five runners needed for a team.

A not-so-idle question

What would the response of the Payson Town Council be if SRP bought five or six lots in town, drilled wells 500 to 1,000 feet deeper ...

Longtime Payson emergency room director dies

Nicholas "Nick" Michael Cardis, M.D., 44, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.

A response to 'weed' problem

In response to "Weeds are homeowner responsibility" -- The Board of Directors of Phase 1 of Woodland Meadows does indeed have a letter on file from the town, as stated in my previous letter.

Man's past has nothing to do with shooting

It infuriates me to read that Grant Kuenzli's past has anything to do with a man armed with a brown belt in karate, a 5-foot aluminum hiking stick and a 10 mm cannon, loaded with hollow point bullets, designed to blow a hole right through a person, and chooses to use the cannon as a first line of defense.

Buckshot Dot performs Monday

Payson's own Dee Strickland Johnson, also known as Buckshot Dot, will perform in the Payson Public Library meeting room at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

Honor guard service now available for veteran funerals

November is set aside to honor our veterans. Some veterans or their relatives may not know that veterans deserve special honors when they die.

Make every day Veterans Day

Every Veterans Day flags are put out, programs are held, declarations and proclamations are made. Then it's Nov. 12 and we go about our lives, working, playing, and planning for the coming holidays. In all the rushing about, not enough thought is given the veterans and active duty personnel and the sacrifices they and their families have made for us.

Kindergartners blanket soldier with love

Learning the alphabet turned into a lesson in patriotism and friendship for two kindergarten classes at Payson Elementary School.

Victory at Heartbreak Ridge came at high price

On Hill 931 in South Korea, a young man eager to stop communism met the horrors of war. This is Staff Sergeant Chuck Bartlett's story, as told to his wife, Ginna.

Medical team helps women, children


Some people call them the dynamic duo. Dr. Judith Hunt and Lynne Vigil, CNP (certified nurse practitioner), have been serving Rim Country residents for several years. The two work together at Banner Health Center.

Flu shot supply varies

While the Gila County Health Department says it has plenty of vaccine, many people in the Rim Country are finding it hard to get a flu shot.

Developer wants to rezone for more homes

Mogollon Ridge -- one of the three subdivisions developer G. Michael Horton plans to use Star Valley water to build -- goes before the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission at 4 p.m. Monday.

Diamond Star could become Star Valley

Most of the 60 people who packed the training room of the Diamond Star Fire Department Tuesday evening were there to express their support for changing the new town's name.

Just hang up

All Rim Country residents should be alert to scams by phone:

What if senior volunteers went on strike?

I am sorry Ms. Brandenburg had a negative experience at the museum. The admission fees are set by the board of directors and no provision has been made for any volunteer to waive or to reduce the fees.

God or evolution?

"Know this, that every soul is free to choose his life and what he'll be ...

Mayoral candidate shares reasons for entering race

Last week I filed the necessary documents to become an official candidate for mayor of Payson in the 2006 election. I would like to tell the citizens of Payson why I decided to enter the mayoral race.

Holiday shopping time in Rim Country


Being far away in Corvallis, Ore., where it always rains, I think back to those days in Strawberry when I wished just a few drops would fall.

Whispering Pines Fire District growing

What a great year our fire district has had. So much has been accomplished.

A good candidate for town council

I would like to let the people of Payson know Susan Connell as I know her.

Preserve Payson now

I am a very concerned resident about what I am seeing and hearing on the streets of Payson. We need to get a grip on a severe crime problem. Undesirables are flowing in here from Phoenix.

Band deserves congratulations

Congratulations are due to the Payson High School Longhorns Marching Band. This year, the Longhorns have qualified for the State Marching Festival, this Saturday, Nov. 12, at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.

What's up?

Q: Why does the Oxbow Saloon allow performers under the age of 21 when, according to their sign out front, they won't allow anyone else under the age of 21 come into the saloon? -- AND-- Q: What is the actual cost in gas, mileage and maintenance of taking one bus load of students on, for example, a field trip from Payson to say the historic Strawberry School House and from Payson to the Arizona Science Center?

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Rim Country's top artists honored

The winners at the 2005 Payson Art League Fall Show include:

Ivan M. Long

Ivan M. Long, 85, died Nov. 8, 2005 in Sun City, after a long illness. A former resident of Payson, he was born Dec. 21, 1919 in Mankato, Kan., the son of Everett and Martha Long.

Genevieve Shepherd

Genevieve Shepherd, 91, a part-time resident of Payson, died Nov. 7, 2005.

Helyn Virginia Steininger

Helyn Virginia Steininger, 69, of Payson, died Nov. 3, 2005. She was born Jan. 24, 1936 in Detroit, Mich.

Preaching about the iron horse


"God bless my sweet wife, she's stuck with a railroading nut," reads a sign in the train room Norman Burke has spent the past few months putting together.

New treatment for varicose and spider veins

Veins in the human body carry blood back to the heart, acting as one-way valves to prevent blood from flowing backward. If veins become weakened, the blood that leaks backward may congest and clot.

Children, dogs need time to adjust


Higgins and I competed in our first-ever Canine Musical Freestyle contest in Corvallis, Ore. last weekend. Higgins gets a bit carried away, but in spite of his exuberance, we qualified both days and earned a title at the beginning level and now move up. It was great fun. It was wonderful to be around so many people who love spending time working with and having fun with their dogs.

Ministers honored by congregation


The congregation of the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel honored past Pastor Olin Adams and his wife, Donna, and present Pastor Ed Hepworth and his wife, Susan, for their dedication Sunday, Nov. 6. The members of the church presented them with a cake and expressed thanks for all the two couples have done for everyone over the years.

Students taking orders for Krispy Kremes

The Krispy Kreme for Kids Fund-raiser sponsored by Payson High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (PHS SADD) and Key Club is taking place.

Heber-Overgaard hosts tourism program

Heber-Overgaard will be the host site for an Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) workshop Nov. 17 at the Bison Ranch Retreat Center.

Myers, Wacker wed

Amy Myers and Heath Wacker were joined in marriage Sept. 17, 2005 ...

Shepherd, Willis engaged

Ken and Tina Shepherd of Payson are very pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kira Leann to Preston Jay Willis of Mesa.

Pine man alerts Rim Country residents about hepatitis C

Jan Alley and David Halchishick are on a mission. They want to get a message out to the community about the seriousness of hepatitis C. They should know -- Dave has been diagnosed terminal with the disease.

Association golf comes to a close

Links action has wound down for members of two local golf clubs.

Payson fishing team takes fourth

The fishing team of Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall know the nuances of tournament fishing well enough to not always depend on first place finish for big paydays.

Mule deer hunting a family activity


The perennial opening of the rifle deer season in Arizona has been late October and early November. This was often a family event where three, four or even more members of the family would all have mule deer tags in the same unit. Well, a lot has happened to the diminishing deer herd of Arizona since those glory days.

10-year-old bags buck

Justin Schlosser, 10, enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime while deer hunting Oct. 21 in Unit 23 near Young.

Running for fun, food and festivities

Payson Town Councilor Tim Fruth and daughter Jordyn will be among those Rim Country runners tuning up for the Payson Turkey Trot at the New Times 5K and 10K runs.

Wealthy is as wealthy does; it's more than things


This column is an open forum published every other week in the Payson Roundup. Write in and join in the current discussion or start a discussion of your own. Address your letters to: Your Turn, the Payson Roundup, P.O. Box 2520, Payson, AZ 85547.

Payson senior is Wendy's High School Heisman honoree

A Payson teen, who aspires to becoming a medical doctor, has been named an Arizona Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist. Brian Schwind, a senior at Payson High School, was one of 18 students from around the state to receive the honor.

Club volleyball organizing for teen girls

Hopeful volleyball players will have the opportunity Nov. 12 to try out for Payson's first-ever club volleyball team. The tryouts, open to all high school aged girls, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wilson dome.

Tuesday, November 8

Renowned jazz vocalist here Sunday

If you've never attended one of the monthly Sunday afternoon jazz concerts at Community Presbyterian Church, this may be the time to start. That's because Margo Reed is coming to Payson this weekend.

From parking lot to marketplace


If you haven't had a chance to check out the Fine Arts, Farmers and Craft Market in the Bashas' parking lot, the next two Saturdays are your last chance for the current season.

Humane Society chili fund-raiser Nov. 15

The Payson Humane Society Chili Supper is -- like the Payson Art League Fall Show opening night -- one of the Rim Country's premier social events.

Horse tradin' for ‘fun' and profit


Near as I can remember, my uncle Malcolm "Malc" Pyle took the job of livestock inspector for the Tonto Basin, which includes Payson, about the same year as my dad, Gene Pyle, became foreman on the R-C Ranch -- 1952. I might be a couple of years off because I was 8 years old and didn't care much about dates unless it was my birthday, the Payson Rodeo, or something important like that.

Cultural exchange with Globe


It's no secret that the northern end of Gila County doesn't have much use for the southern end. And it's equally obvious that the southern end doesn't have much use for the northern end.

Monday, November 7

Volleyball team's visit to state a short trip

Lady Longhorn hopes for Payson High School's first state volleyball title came to a screeching halt in the first round of the Class 3A tournament.

Cross country season closes with 5th place showing

Paced by probably the best running feat of David Cluff's career, the Longhorn cross country team raced to a fifth place Class 3A state finish.

Horns lose in first round heartbreaker

A state tournament opening round football game pitting Payson against Safford might go down in Longhorn annals with the title of a 1967 Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western -- "The Good, Bad and the Ugly."

Baby Jazmyn celebrates 1st birthday

It was a year of struggles, but Jazmyn Estess is doing great. That's according to her mother, Jennifer, who happily reports on the baby's progress.

Mary Katherine Rock

Mary Katherine Rock, 91, of Payson, died Oct. 31, 2005. She was born April 14, 1914 in Brazil, Ind.

Man charged with six counts of sexual conduct with minor

Frank talk protects children from sexual predators

A 21-year-old Payson man was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with six counts of sexual conduct with a minor after a Payson High School student reported the alleged abuse to a guidance counselor.

Commemorative pavers to benefit Julia Randall school

The staff and students of Julia Randall Elementary School are excited to announce a "personalized engraved brick" fund-raiser.

What's up?

Q: Which of the council candidates have turned in their packets so far for the March election? --AND-- Q: While hiking the Houston Mesa Loop trail, I came upon a bunker-like building (deserted). Can someone tell me what it was used for in the past? Is it a safe building for anyone to be around?

New town gets cordial start

I attended the Gila County Supervisor's meeting held in Payson Tuesday. The truth is, I went expecting to see fireworks. In reality, the meeting turned out to be completely cordial. It was entirely bloodless. No fun at all.

More water insanity

I very much agree with Ed Blair's recent letter to the editor (Nov. 1, 2005 Payson Roundup).

Sweep the council clean

Payson, how does it feel to be sold down the river?

Strawberry dreaming becomes reality for brothers

Rick Finkler and Jason Finkler have loved outdoor recreation all their lives. The question that plagued them was how to make a living in the mountains they love.

Big Oil versus the environment

Raping the environment for the benefit of "Big Oil" is something that only the most stalwart of Republicans can stomach. Attaching a provision to the current budget bill allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) is indeed a sneaky way of subverting the will of the American public.

Full fee should not be charged for one attraction

I had some extra time on my hands recently and stopped by the new Zane Grey Cabin. I had not had time to visit it yet.

Diamond Star council hits ground running

Due to some pressing issues, most notably stopping the town of Payson from using their water to build subdivisions, the new Diamond Star Town Council agreed to meet weekly for the time being.

Council says plan for tribe's water inadequate

The Payson Town Council approved a draft of a response to the U.S. Forest Service's environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Tonto Apache land exchange with two modifications:

Interim director selected for PREDC

The board of directors for the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has announced the appointment of Barbara Ganz as interim director of the organization.

Historic saloon sets stage for stardom

17-year-old showcased in Payson for Nashville record contract

Country music star Collin Raye and Nashville record producers were at the Ox Bow Saloon Friday night paving the way for a young musician's road to stardom. Rickiejoleen (all one word), who sings, plays guitar and writes her own music, has been performing for several years at the historic saloon on Main Street in Payson.

Community invited to honor veterans

Payson's observance of Veterans Day will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the event, at which John and Luann Carpino will act jointly as master of ceremonies.

Never so divided

Another huge disappointment from the Bush Administration.

Longtime Rim café has new owners

The red and white café on the highway going east out of Payson has been a place for regulars to gather for several decades. In May, The 260 Café found new owners and a manager who melded healthy choices with the home-style menu.

Sascha Denise River

Sascha Denise River was born at 1:49 a.m. Sept. 26, 2005.

Payson Care Center honored

Life Care Centers of America's Southwest Division recently recognized outstanding associates from its Mesquite Region, which includes eight facilities across Arizona.

Rim Country fire department goes high tech

The Heber-Overgaard Fire Department has equipped its rescue truck with a Zoll Autopulse, a new tool to help fire department and emergency medical service personnel treat sudden cardiac arrest patients more effectively.

DUI deaths no joking matter

Anonymous phone message: "I'm just calling to thank you guys for the heads-up tip that you put on the front page of your paper because I'm one of them individuals who don't have a license and I do drink and drive every day. ...

Land purchase out of airport plan

The Airport Capital Improvement Program (ACIP) for the Payson Municipal Airport, presented to the town council in October, included the purchase of two parcels of land -- an eight- and a 39-acre parcel.

The ultimate gift for the ultimate fan

Well-heeled and searching for that just-right Christmas gift for the athlete in your life?

Catch of the day

W.A. Scott caught approximately 40 fish at Roosevelt Lake recently, releasing the small ones. He landed a few that weighed about 2 pounds.

Weeds are homeowner responsibility

I would appreciate this correction re "The Town Cutting Weeds" in the next issue of the Roundup.

Pilot survives crash, plane destroyed

Investigators say a Prescott man miraculously escaped death, and even serious injury, when his single-engine aircraft crashed northeast of Payson into the Tonto National Forest.

Greenhouse gasses found in Tonto Basin School

What do four teaspoons of baking soda combined with three ounces of vinegar have in common with a running car?

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Smoky skies continue over Rim Country

Smoke-filled skies from a series of prescribed burns have plagued the Rim Country for several weeks, and residents can expect more of the same through November, weather permitting.

Thursday, November 3

No trick, hot tub treat awarded Oct. 31

Susan Everhart is the lucky winner of the luxurious, high-tech hot tub raffled off by the Mogollon Sporting Association in its Great Summertime Giveaway.

What's up?

Q: Why are all the people who live in trailer parks in Star Valley allowed to sign petitions? They can move away anytime they want, so they're not really residents.

Many more questions

I'm writing about Allen N. Wollscheidt's thoughtful letter: "More questions to answers" (11-01-05). It seems to me that there are a lot more questions than answers.

‘Greeting' disappointing

For many years, I lived in Payson North and never had a problem with children on Halloween -- no property damage or minor pranks.

Heed the words of the young

A couple of issues or so ago a young person, in the eighth grade, wrote a letter to the editor stating that he could see a definite need for a trade school in Payson.

Payson man arrested in Globe

Officers with the Globe Police Department arrested a Payson man on drug charges and theft of transportation Thursday morning.

Delve more deeply into college issue

Re: Editorial "Supply, demand should dictate college courses." I believe your editorial misses two important points.

EAC needs to consider realistic policies that serve everyone

We view your recent editorial ("Supply, demand should dictate college courses") as misguided. Here's why:

Time to leave Diamond Star alone

If you were one of the 300 in attendance at the Gila County Board of Supervisors meeting at the Best Western Inn of Payson Tuesday morning, you had to come away impressed with the proceedings.

Trial in deaths of Payson woman and two sons is Dec. 12

The driver who killed three members of a Payson family is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 12 in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.

Lady Horns need to show best stuff at state

An arena designed for professional hockey will be home to the 2005 high school state volleyball tournament.

Drive drunk, lose your car

Payson Police hope a new law will drastically help cut down on drunken driving and other criminal behavior. Your vehicle can be taken away from you on the spot and impounded for 30 days, if police or any law enforcement agent catches you and cites you for:

Horns' drive to state starts tonight

Around Arizona, the high school football scene is best described as "let the fun begin." The gridiron jocularity is brought on by the annual state tournament that pits the best 16 Class 3A teams against one another in a win-or-go-home scenario.

Woman wakens to find burglar in window

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and seeing someone pushing through a window screen in your home. You would undoubtedly be filled with fear and surprise.

Adults enjoy Village fun as much as youth

On Saturday evening, Oct. 29, the Tonto Village Fire District put on its second annual Haunted House at the fire station. The event turned out to be a howling success, but would not have been possible without the help of the volunteer firemen and the auxiliary, the Fire Sirens.

Get ready to clean and decorate


The Annual Halloween Party in Christopher Creek was a big success.

Niners finish season with a 'Fun Day'

Although members of the Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole group have wrapped up play, their male counterparts continue to battle in a three-week turkey shoot.

Minnich, Carter engaged

Paul Carter, a Payson resident of 13-1/2 years, and Tammy Minnich, a Payson resident of 4-1/2 years, were engaged Oct. 8, 2005.

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Jeffery Robert Lindsey

Jeffery Robert Lindsey ("Jeff Bob") died Oct. 31, 2005. He was born May 10, 1955 in Wichita, Kan.

'Bear' Bryant's wisdom still relevant

With the state high school football tournament and Central Arizona Youth Football Association playoffs about to kick off, it's time to check in on the thoughts of one of America's finest coaches.

Group questions college standards

Two letters sent by Wakeup Call, a local group seeking Gila County political reform, has angered County Supervisor Shirley Dawson.

Supervisors approve Diamond Star incorporation

They cheered, applauded, and a few even cried. After a 10-month battle, that for some was all consuming, the town of Diamond Star was born Tuesday morning when the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved its incorporation by a 3-0 vote.

Photo Gallery: JRE Character Book Parade 2005

The Payson Roundup presents a collection of photographs from the Julia Randall Elementary School Character Book Parade at Green Valley Park Oct. 31, 2005. A total of 394 students dressed in costume for the school's annual event.

Officer hit by suspected DUI driver released from hospital

Critically injured in a hit-and-run accident, Charlie Hopkins has made remarkable progress. He was released from the hospital Oct. 24.

School achievement rankings spell good news for Payson students

Students, teachers and administrators in the Payson School district are celebrating the topnotch achievement profiles recently awarded by the Arizona Department of Education.

Pine's annual Holiday Open House is Saturday


As I said, I am out of town, so those who sent information to me via the Internet will be in print. I am in Corvallis, Ore. and it is cold and damp. It is also beautiful.

Rogue rods let fishermen ‘feel the bite'


I have been around fishing all of my life, both in Iowa, along the Mississippi River, and in the mountains of the West. Well, when I was going fishing I grabbed my "fishing pole" and some bait and headed off to the water.

Humane Society organizing chili supper

The ninth annual Payson Humane Society Chili Supper -- the shelter's biggest fund-raiser of the year -- will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Elks Lodge. "The money we raise at this event is generally used for the care and feeding of the homeless animals of the Rim Country," PHS board president Barbara Brenke said. "It will not go to the building fund."

Don't let autumn's yard debris go to waste


By now you have probably raked up all the fallen leaves of autumn, twigs, annual weeds and pine needles, and wonder what to do with them. With the exception of pine needles, most organic surplus will decompose reasonably quickly. Pine needles take many years to break down.

Support, training offered to Alzheimer's caregivers


A new support group has started in Payson. It is a group that provides a place where individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers, family members and friends can get together and share feelings, concerns and information.

Katrina dogs offered for fostering Sunday

There will be a Katrina dog fostering day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Whispering Hope Ranch.

Rock man leaving Payson


Clearl "Don" Killgore has been a prospector -- searching for minerals -- since he was 5 years old.

Prepare pets for cold weather


Nov. 4 marks three full years that I have been writing this column, "Focus on Pets." Some wondered what I would find to write about, week after week. After 156 weeks, there are still topics I have not covered.

Tuesday, November 1

Pure and simple holiday pies


Celebrate the season with the fresh baked aroma and delicious flavor of a homemade pie. When made from scratch, a pie is a simple way to make any holiday meal special.

If I were a betting man ...


If I were a betting man, I'd bet that the Valley of the Sun is going to collapse under the weight of its own profligacy.

Fort McDonald: a refuge from Apaches

A number of folks have asked me about Fort McDonald recently. I have been able to find little written information on the old fort, so most of what I write here is oral history handed down through the old Payson families.

Quilt Roundup debuts this weekend

The first Rim Country Quilt Roundup, which takes place Nov. 3 through Nov. 5, is an event that organizer John Stanton believes will become a Rim Country fixture.

Debbie Stanton has a passion for quilting


Quilters, as a group, can take on some of the characteristics of a mob -- especially when they feel slighted by a certain reporter who innocently wondered in print why all the raffles in town are for quilts instead of power tools.