Tuesday, November 29
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
They say men have a special relationship with their remote controls.
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.
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.
CAROLING WITH CAROL
Music is my second favorite thing about Christmas (my first is choosing gifts for friends and family).
IN THE KITCHEN
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
Doug Mann, manager of Energy West in Payson, is amazed by all the generous people in the Rim Country.
A part-time resident of Tonto Village III died following an ATV accident north of Tonto Village.
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.
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 was born Oct. 13, 2005 to Christopher and Christina Proctor.
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.
"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.
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.
A comment on Otis M. Trimble's Roundup letter of Nov. 22.
Well once again the Yankees have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt, they are hypocrites. They preach tolerance, but don't show it.
Where is the plan?
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.
Rim Country Health and Retirement Community has a new director of nursing.
Certified Public Accountant William Schultz and Alisa Eschliman have formed Professional Accounting Resources (PAR) to offer full-service bookkeeping to business owners and managers.
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.
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.
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, a resident of Payson from 1962 to 1999, died Nov. 23, 2005. She was born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1910.
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.
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.
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.
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 was born Nov. 9, 2005 to Scott and Amy Dawn (Creach) Taylor of Clearfield, Utah.
Bouts of spirited hardwood competition have traditionally highlighted the Rim Country Elks Hoop Shoot.
Imogene Stanfield Krasky, 86, of Strawberry, died Nov. 22, 2005. She was born June 28, 1919.
For the second time this year, the school district governing board has denied a resignation request from a teacher.
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.
Youthful mistakes and miscues cost the Lady Longhorns the opportunity to post a season opening win Nov. 23 at Fountain Hills.
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
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.
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?
The operators of the Whispering Pines Water System, Payson Water Co. (Brooke Utilities), have reported the problem with the water system has been corrected.
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.
Regarding "Smoke a Health Hazard" Roundup Nov. 22. The writer states "... the U.S. Forest Service has ruined our forests ...."
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.
Selke (pronounced Zelka) Tombraegel, 16, arrived in Payson from Germany three days after the school year started.
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.
A scheduling conflict involving boys basketball and wrestling has resulted in a change of playing sites for the hoop team.
"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.
Polly Marston has lived a long and adventurous life. Her adventures began in childhood.
Kudos to Don Doyle, the storytellers and all who helped with the great entertainment of the Tellabration in Pine on Nov. 19.
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."
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees us the freedom to worship as we please ...
Helicopters and the crews operating them have been working very hard to put out the fire that is burning on Promontory Point.
I am home, sitting in my sunny window. It is gorgeous. It is good to be home.
The All*Star Families Parent Enrichment Program is offering two, free parenting classes in December at the Parent Resource Center, 514 W. Wade Ln.
FOCUS ON PETS
Dogs are so eager to help us in any way they can. They only need to be taught.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
Central Arizona Youth League Football action wrapped up Nov. 19 in Camp Verde for a trio of Payson teams.
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.
Region coaches have doled out prestigious All-East postseason recognition to eight members of the Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams.
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.
AARP Arizona will help bring eligible seniors up to date with the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.
Workers are making progress on the expansion of the Payson Fire Department's Main Station.
Juanita R. Hand, 96, of Payson, died Nov. 23, 2005. She was born June 1, 1909 in Green Ridge, Mo.
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.
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.
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 ...
Michelle and Stephen D'Addabbo of Payson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Nov. 14.
I think that most Payson voters agree that we need changes on our town council.
I am writing this letter in regard to all the wonderful and caring people in Payson.
It is time for the town council to stop, think and reflect upon the reasons why the people of Payson voted for them.
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.
The power of your shopping dollar is strong. A dollar spent locally is spent again and again in the Rim Country.
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.
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.
Payson Ranger District officials predict the Promontory Fire will be fully contained by today (Friday).
Payson police officers apprehended a suspected longtime drug dealer during a routine traffic stop late Tuesday night.
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.
FIRED UP FOR PAYSON
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
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
The great folks at Kraft Foods have always had wonderful recipes.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Weighted down by the controversial issues of water and growth, the Payson Town Council struggled through a four-hour marathon meeting Thursday night.
Bob Edwards, chairman of the Committee for Community-Based Growth, declared for mayor Monday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 84, died Nov. 21, 2005. She was born Aug. 8, 1921.
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.
The biggest challenge facing the 2005-2006 edition of the Payson High School boys basketball team might be rebounding from a topsy-turvy summer.
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.
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
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.
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.
‘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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings is at the fingertips of Rim Country residents.
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:
Folding, sealing and mailing Credit for Kids brochures to Payson taxpayers was a labor of love for four Payson Elementary School fifth-graders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
Arizona State University basketball coach Rob Evans is taking a lot of heat in Tempe for not producing winning teams.
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.
B.J. Welsh took college algebra at Gila Community College when he was just 14.
Following an argument, a Phoenix man was arrested after hitting two Payson residents with his car outside their home Sunday.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you can stand it, just one more letter of clarification re weeds, E. Malone letter of Nov. 15 -- we promise.
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, 75, died Nov. 3, 2005 at his home in Camp Verde. He was born Feb. 16, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.
Danny Joe Pennington, 34, of Payson, died Nov. 15, 2005 in Chicago, Ill. He was born Dec. 21, 1970 in Phoenix.
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.
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.
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.
Alternatives to traditional medical approaches, like vaccinations, for the prevention and treatment of the flu are available to Rim Country consumers.
On Thanksgiving Day 1955, M. Priscilla Marston married Reinhard J. Buss, then serving in the Army in Bradenton, Fla.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
IN THE 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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 70, of Jakes Corner, died Oct. 29, 2005. He was born Sept. 12, 1935 in Sacramento, Calif.
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.
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.
A trio of young, Rim Country golfers continue to show their wares on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.
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.
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.
Re: "Sweep the council clean," Tuesday, Nov. 8, Roundup.
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.
I'm tired of our precious tax money being spent to hunt down and house felons, child molesters, repeat offenders and meth freaks.
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.
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:
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.
I would like to respond to Nancy Volz's letter to the editor, published Nov. 1, 2005. (Town won't clear weeds.)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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., 82, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2005. He was born Oct. 14, 1923 in Franklin, Penn.
The smell of wood smoke and the sight of teepees, buck skinners, powder horns and muzzleloaders took visitors back to simpler times.
Start times for region boys and girls basketball games have been changed.
Thursday, November 10
Lady Longhorn cross country fortunes received a huge boost when it finally picked up the mandatory five runners needed for a team.
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 ...
Nicholas "Nick" Michael Cardis, M.D., 44, of Payson, died Nov. 8, 2005 after a long battle with cancer.
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.
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.
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.
November is set aside to honor our veterans. Some veterans or their relatives may not know that veterans deserve special honors when they die.
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.
Learning the alphabet turned into a lesson in patriotism and friendship for two kindergarten classes at Payson Elementary School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All Rim Country residents should be alert to scams by phone:
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.
"Know this, that every soul is free to choose his life and what he'll be ...
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.
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.
What a great year our fire district has had. So much has been accomplished.
I would like to let the people of Payson know Susan Connell as I know her.
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.
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.
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?
Re: DUI deaths -- Considering there are four times more sober drivers who kill and injure, I would imagine you have more than a few stories about sober drivers who displayed a lack of self-control ...
The winners at the 2005 Payson Art League Fall Show include:
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, 91, a part-time resident of Payson, died Nov. 7, 2005.
Helyn Virginia Steininger, 69, of Payson, died Nov. 3, 2005. She was born Jan. 24, 1936 in Detroit, Mich.
"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.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
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.
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.
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 will be the host site for an Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) workshop Nov. 17 at the Bison Ranch Retreat Center.
Amy Myers and Heath Wacker were joined in marriage Sept. 17, 2005 ...
Ken and Tina Shepherd of Payson are very pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kira Leann to Preston Jay Willis of Mesa.
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.
Links action has wound down for members of two local golf clubs.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
Justin Schlosser, 10, enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime while deer hunting Oct. 21 in Unit 23 near Young.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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
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.
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.
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."
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, 91, of Payson, died Oct. 31, 2005. She was born April 14, 1914 in Brazil, Ind.
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.
The staff and students of Julia Randall Elementary School are excited to announce a "personalized engraved brick" fund-raiser.
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?
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.
I very much agree with Ed Blair's recent letter to the editor (Nov. 1, 2005 Payson Roundup).
Payson, how does it feel to be sold down the river?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The board of directors for the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has announced the appointment of Barbara Ganz as interim director of the organization.
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.
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.
Another huge disappointment from the Bush Administration.
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 was born at 1:49 a.m. Sept. 26, 2005.
Life Care Centers of America's Southwest Division recently recognized outstanding associates from its Mesquite Region, which includes eight facilities across Arizona.
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.
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. ...
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.
Well-heeled and searching for that just-right Christmas gift for the athlete in your life?
W.A. Scott caught approximately 40 fish at Roosevelt Lake recently, releasing the small ones. He landed a few that weighed about 2 pounds.
I would appreciate this correction re "The Town Cutting Weeds" in the next issue of the Roundup.
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.
What do four teaspoons of baking soda combined with three ounces of vinegar have in common with a running car?
Re: Don't ruin Payson -- The once great little town of Prescott, Ariz. has been completely ruined ...
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
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.
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.
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.
For many years, I lived in Payson North and never had a problem with children on Halloween -- no property damage or minor pranks.
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.
Officers with the Globe Police Department arrested a Payson man on drug charges and theft of transportation Thursday morning.
Re: Editorial "Supply, demand should dictate college courses." I believe your editorial misses two important points.
We view your recent editorial ("Supply, demand should dictate college courses") as misguided. Here's why:
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.
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.
An arena designed for professional hockey will be home to the 2005 high school state volleyball tournament.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Annual Halloween Party in Christopher Creek was a big success.
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.
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.
Re: Enjoying history column -- AND-- Re: New town
Jeffery Robert Lindsey ("Jeff Bob") died Oct. 31, 2005. He was born May 10, 1955 in Wichita, Kan.
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.
Two letters sent by Wakeup Call, a local group seeking Gila County political reform, has angered County Supervisor Shirley Dawson.
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.
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.
Critically injured in a hit-and-run accident, Charlie Hopkins has made remarkable progress. He was released from the hospital Oct. 24.
Students, teachers and administrators in the Payson School district are celebrating the topnotch achievement profiles recently awarded by the Arizona Department of Education.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
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."
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.
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.
There will be a Katrina dog fostering day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Whispering Hope Ranch.
Clearl "Don" Killgore has been a prospector -- searching for minerals -- since he was 5 years old.
FOCUS ON PETS
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
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
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.
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.
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.
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.