Stories for October 2005


Monday, October 31

Fed up with insanity

Several of us from Payson Pines attended the Planning and Zoning meeting on Oct. 10 to consider re-zoning the eight acres between Home Depot and the Ponderosa Baptist church for 30 condos. The commission was told by town staff, which recommended the rezoning, to not consider water.

Hospital staff tested at skills fair

Halloween was the theme for this year's skill recertification fair at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Payson man plunges to success

It is a new way to cover up a bathroom necessity, it's a "Toilet Tree."

RCMS Parent-Teacher Forum Nov. 8

Rim Country Middle School is holding an informative Parent-Teacher Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the RCMS library.

Longhorns' road to state starts in Safford

A 28-26 regular season-ending victory over the Show Low Cougars has earned the Payson Longhorns a share of the East region championship and a third place seed to state.

TCCA hosts acclaimed guitarist

Tonto Community Concert Association's next concert will feature guitarist Edgar Cruz at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Payson High School auditorium.

See quilts from throughout the country at Quilt Roundup

Pine resident John Stanton realized quilts were going to be a prominent part of his life when he was relegated from the living room to the family room by a 14-foot-long quilting machine his wife dubbed ‘The Monster.'

Economic development director resigns

Scott Flake, executive director of the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, has announced his resignation. "Recently, I have accepted a position with Edward Jones to train to work as an investment representative," Flake said.

KFC helps with hurricane relief

Arizona KFC franchises donated a total $1,700 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

What's donated in Payson stays in Payson

Safeway grocery stores statewide kick off their Holiday Food and Diaper Drive on Nov. 1, but collecting food for those in need is something Payson Safeway has done for years.

Remote Deposits offered by National Bank

The daily trip to the bank to make deposits may be a thing of the past for Arizona businesses thanks to Remote Deposits, a new check-clearing system from National Bank of Arizona that allows customers to make business check deposits electronically from their place of business.

Log home builder offers variety

Several years ago, Wes Carlock obtained a marketing degree from Arizona State University and decided that entering the family's import-export business was not the direction he wanted to take.

Pine Country Antiques and Vintage has new owners

If you hail from Bucks County, Penn., apparently a love of antiques is in the blood.

Lady Horns get fifth runner

Brianna Quinlan turned out to be the long awaited fifth runner the Lady Longhorn cross country team needed to be eligible for a team score.

Boys take silver in cross country

For the Longhorn cross country team, a single point meant the difference between an East regional championship and a silver medal finish.

‘Invisible Children' documentary Wednesday

"The Invisible Children," a documentary film, will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Cycling through the solar system

With no countdown to blast-off, or in this case, "cycling through space," Wayne Gorry's fifth graders headed out Oct. 27 to bicycle a scale model of the solar system. At 8:30 a.m., after bike and helmet safety checks, they put feet to pedals for the first lap around the big lake at Green Valley Park.

What's up?

Q: If the incorporation for Star Valley goes through and is successful, will it stop Mike Horton's water line going from Payson to Star Valley? --AND-- Q: A recent trivia question in the Roundup identified Zane Grey as the man who invented the curve ball, but "Candy" Cummings is credited with that distinction by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. What's up with that?

Town won't clear weeds

I just got off the phone with a town engineer. To make a very long story short, I have been trying to get weeds cleared behind my home and four others in Woodland Meadows Phase 1. It hasn't been done in two years.

Goseyuns welcome daughter

Quincy and Yvette Goseyun announce the birth of their daughter, Teyha Danae' Goseyun.

Hyrum Roland Park

Hyrum Roland Park was born Sept. 14, 2005

Bebouts celebrate golden anniversary

The children and grandchildren of John and Edna Bebout are pleased to announce a golden anniversary celebration in their honor, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5. Refreshments will be served.

November full of fun celebrations


November seems to hold the record for the number of wacky days in it, beginning with Plan Your Epitaph Day today, the first. Add to that Waiting for the Barbarians Day on the 4th; Gunpowder Day on the 5th; Marooned Without a Compass Day, the 6th; Dunce Day, November 8; Chaos Never Dies, the 9th; and Have a Bad Day Day, on the 19th.

Local artist has new CD

Local singer/songwriter John Carpino will celebrate the release of his latest CD "Evolution" by hosting an acoustic benefit performance Friday evening, Nov. 4 at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway.

Court may consider psychiatric autopsy of shooting victim

Coconino County prosecutors are fighting to keep the psychiatric state of the victim of a fatal shooting out of court. Prosecutors filed motions that would preclude attorneys for Harold Fish, charged with second degree murder, from introducing a psychiatric autopsy and character records of Grant Kuenzli.

Learn about Medicare prescription plan

Medicare Part D will provide prescription drug insurance to seniors beginning January 1, 2006 -- to everyone who signs up and pays his or her monthly premium, that is.

Diamond Star reaches out to make peace with Payson

On the eve of what he hopes will be the birth of a new town, the leader of the coalition that made it all possible offered the town of Payson an olive branch.

Payson Art League Fall Show Nov. 4-6

Local artist Delores Hartless has put away her brushes and is awaiting the opening of the Payson Art League's Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show & Sale Friday evening.

Health, care fair a chance to help self, others

If you can, take advantage of health screenings or find an organization to volunteer with at the Community Health and Care Fair.

Dateline to be contacted directly

I would like to respond on behalf of Dateline NBC to John McCauley's letter to the editor of Oct. 18, 2005

More questions to answer

I agree with much of what Larry Kluth says in his letter about truth and science, but there are still a quite a few questions to answer.

Actions against former PHS coach hard to understand

Those of us in the Rim Country who know Curt LeBlanc find it difficult to believe the Queen Creek High School football coach could ever be involved in any type of unethical tactics.

Aiden Scott Bolton

Aiden Scott Bolton, 8 months old, was born Feb. 20, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital and died Oct. 25, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Something stinks at Arizona Public Service

Recently, several articles were published in The Arizona Republic about the shutdown of all Palo Verde units due to concerns about the Emergency Core Cooling Systems (ECCS). Then in the Republic we find that APS wants to recover $40 million in rate increases due to the shutdowns.

'The call' gives Lady Horns win

If Arizona State University's John Jefferson's spectacular 1975 touchdown grab is now known simply as "The Catch," an official's out-of-bounds ruling in the East region volleyball tournament might best be remembered as "The Call."

Thursday, October 27

Rim myths are just right for a fright

The Mogollon Rim has no shortage of hauntings and tales of old bones -- perhaps best told on a Halloween night under a waning hunter's moon.

Free screenings available at health, care fair

Want to take advantage of free health screenings? Feel like it is the right time in your life to become a community volunteer, but not certain which opportunity might fit you best?

4-H participants bring home honors

In September, the Northern Gila County Fair resumed after a two-year hiatus. The 4-H award winners in the horse show were Jr. All-Around Noelle Gordon, and Novice All-Around Michaela Perry.

Students raise awareness of choices, consequences

Students Against Destructive Decisions encouraged children and teens to be drug free by sponsoring Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24-28.

Payson coach honored for lifetime of service

The man who turned Payson into the "Small Town Wrestling Capital of America" will be among five retired coaches inducted into the Arizona State Chapter Hall of Fame for Lifetime Service to Wrestling.

Celebrations abound around the community


The gorgeous weather continues. The trees are beautiful but the leaves are falling fast. That rain last week is putting everything to bed for the winter in good shape. We should have a beautiful spring. But for now, the holiday season is just ahead. Seems impossible.

Cars showcased by fall colors


The second annual Christopher Creek International Car Show last weekend was a success. About 100 awesome vehicles lined the streets of Christopher Creek.

Fire station hosting haunted house


Tonto Village is geared up for Halloween. Most of the homes have some type of spooky decorations and the fire station will be decked out for a haunted house Saturday, Oct. 29. The goblins will be on hand to scare you starting at 5 p.m. There will be a big chicken handing out candy to the little ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses.

Parents pulling it together

Parenting has gotten tougher. So have children.

Generosity for evacuated dogs terrific


It has been a busy week in our dog world. An awful lot of people, each in their own way, are doing wonderful things for the Katrina dogs being cared for at the Buddhist Sanctuary.

After 20 years Scout leader still enthusiastic


Payson resident Marcia Olsen has touched the lives of hundreds of Payson girls. That's because for the past 20 years, she has been a Girl Scout leader.

Fall fishing forecast is fantastic


We are already one month into the fall season and as the daylight hours shorten, the water temperatures are backing off from their summer highs. To the fisherman, this is good news, because the fish are getting more active, whether in the trout impoundments at the 7,000-foot elevation or the desert lakes of Roosevelt and Apache.

Horn runners head to state

Lady Horn soccer stars hope to upset East's top team

The Payson High School cross country and girls soccer teams are primed and ready for postseason play. Both squads will be in action Oct. 28.

Toss of coin turns bad for Horns

In the next coin flip Dave Bradley is involved in, his call won't be "heads."

AIMS testing continues as educators and parents question validity

At Payson High School last week, students took "make or break" competency tests, knowing they must pass them to graduate.

Daryl Rhett Whetten

Daryl Rhett Whetten died Oct. 20, 2005. He was born July 21, 1975 in Mesa.

Phyllis Geneva Ashing

Phyllis Geneva Ashing, 68, of Tempe, died Oct. 24, 2005. She was born April 2, 1937 in Holdenville, Okla.

Man critical after being crushed by mobile home

A 19-year-old Payson man is in critical condition at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with internal injuries suffered when a mobile home fell on him Oct. 27 during construction set-up.

Places at state set Saturday

Lady Longhorn hopes of attaining a season-long goal of a berth in the 3A state tournament hinge on whipping the Round Valley Elks.

What's up?

Q: It looked like First Assembly of God Church sprinklers or Green Valley Park sprinklers are watering the sidewalk and street today. What's up?

Candlelight walk, vigil successful

Rim Country citizens joined with staff and residents of Time Out, Inc. -- the local shelter for victims of domestic violence -- for the annual Candlelight Walk and Vigil.

Western Heritage Festival was fantastic

What a memorable day it was for many children in the Payson Community Kids group at the Western Heritage Festival in Green Valley Park Oct. 15.

New hunting costs unfair

This is in response to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission's proposed price increases on licenses and tags, and the unfairness of proposed hunts that will be awarded only to those more able to afford application to "Premium Hunts" set aside for the richer folks.

'Dewatering' is a fact

Having been a longtime area resident, I have heard many times over the years -- and we're all hearing it again now -- that the town of Payson won't impact neighboring wells. I can tell you, first hand, that is not true, because they dewatered my well when I lived in Payson.

Doing the right thing is a matter of choice

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Someone who has integrity and puts doing what's right over all else? Someone who is quick to recognize others' problems and help them? Or do you see someone who used to care, but now has bills to pay, kids to take to school and a boss to please?

Century celebrated with wedding

Mary Idola Tout Niell will celebrate her 100th birthday Sunday, Oct. 30 at Payson Care Center. Mrs. Niell's son, Allen Darr, will make the celebration even more special with a marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Lois Kay.

Payson's first fire station expands

If you're wondering how they're using your money from a bond election two years ago, Marty deMasi will tell you. He is the Payson Fire Chief and he has been holding his breath, waiting a long time to expand the fire station on Main Street.

Stolen vehicle recovered

Payson Community Kids director Marcy Rogers noticed her church's bumper sticker on the back end of a red Honda Civic parked across from the Carpenter's Wife about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Citizens groups will run slate of candidates

At a strategy session Monday evening, the two groups opposing the Payson Town Council's decision to take water from Star Valley opted to field a slate of candidates to oppose the incumbents running for re-election rather than recall the entire council.

Goats, inmates a potent fuel reduction team

An ambitious fuels reduction program that utilizes goats, inmate crews, and a mascot name Billy Brushwacker is beginning the long process of making Pine and Strawberry safe from wildfire.

Payson man finds $1,700 on busy roadway

Imagine you're driving down the street and you see cars running over something. It looks like a black bag, but you don't know for sure. Something makes you stop your car and take a look. Then, you discover it's a bag full of money.

Police on high alert following burglaries

Tuesday night it appeared as if Payson Police were going to get lucky and catch those responsible for the burglary of five area businesses early Monday morning. But that break didn't happen.

Photo Gallery: 2005 Roundup Halloween costume contest

The Payson Roundup is proud to present these community costume contest entries from area children. The winners are featured at the beginning of each gallery. We thank all the children who participated in the fun.

The philosophy of the coin toss

Before writing the Oct. 25 Sports Talk, I e-mailed former Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet to warn him I would be taking a few shots, in print, about his unlucky streak in calling coin flips.

Tuesday, October 25

Pizza plus salad equals healthy eating


What's the most popular made-at-home family dinner today? According to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive, it's pizza.

Valley of the Clueless


Among my favorite words is "diatribe."

Artist evolves from horses to landscapes


Jack Greenshield, one of the artists whose work will be on display at the Payson Art League's Fall Show, began painting in 1970 as a way to relieve the stress of a high-powered job.

Fall roundup was a young boy's school


As the first breezes of fall bring light rain to Payson, I know that they have been working even longer and with more intensity on top of the Mountain (Mogollon Rim).

Monday, October 24

A citizen's concerns

These are some of the concerns of one citizen/voter/taxpayer:

Watch enhanced surveillance video from Oct. 24 shopping complex burglaries

Watch this two-minute video clip from a surveillance camera during a burglary inside the Payson Village Shopping Center. It shows one of the suspects crawling along the floor to avoid motion-detection alarm sensors.

Robert Eugene Morrill, Jr.

Robert Eugene Morrill, Jr., of Strawberry, died Oct. 15, 2005. He was born Sept. 26, 1918 in Rochester, N.Y.

It's time for championship competitions

A coin flip will probably be needed to decide the East region's top three seeds into the state football championship.

Horns dazzle crowd, opponent in last home game

A jazzed-up Parents' Night crowd found itself watching the "Luke Apfel Show" highlight the Longhorns' 3A East regional 35-3 upset of the Round Valley Elks.

Having fun selling real estate

Tom Wadington's West USA Realty office is barely a year old, but it's growing.

We have to take a stand

First, let me apologize for any negative comments made in an article in the Oct. 18 issue of the Roundup. It was not my intent to inflame or publicly point the blame in any one direction -- certainly, not toward Buzz Walker, Fred Carpenter or the Town Council, all of whom I have a great deal of respect for.

Friday afternoon wreck claims life, stalls traffic

Late Friday afternoon a one-vehicle accident took the life of one individual and stalled traffic on Highway 87 for about two hours.

What's up?

Q: What's up with all the water standing at Green Valley Park in the playground area and in the grass near the picnic tables? Standing water is not healthy for children to play in and hard to have a picnic when the grass is all wet. --AND-- Q: Are there building codes regarding how many buildings can be on a one-dwelling property? There used to be in the 1980s, but now when I drive through town I see all these old trailers and campers that have been hooked up to homes with electricity. Don't we have an ordinance against this? It really is beginning to look trashy around town. It even looks like some people are renting out their sheds. I pass by one house every day with about 10 vehicles, and I know several families are living there.

Register now for Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a 3.1-mile fitness run beginning and finishing at Green Valley Park amphitheater. The race starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 19.

Thanks for the lessons

As a former Payson Raider, I would like to commend the Payson Raiders coaching staff for the great letter they wrote to the editor. I have to agree that when your coach shows respect for the athletes, you want to give them more than a 150 percent.

‘Kids' victim of crime

The Payson Community Kids' car was stolen Thursday or Friday night from our center, located at 300 West Wade. I donated this vehicle to the children's program last year.

Ag students still in dome

Agriculture students at Payson High School are still attending classes in the dome rather than in the agriculture building, due to the discovery of mold several months ago.

Oust arrogant leaders

Arrogance! Arrogance is what we get from our elected (anointed) officials. I have always thought that elected officials' jobs are to represent the wishes of the people.

How can someone say there is no God?

God, up close and personal.

Rosa Parks taught a lesson we all should learn

Can one person make a difference? Rosa Parks proved the answer is ‘yes.'

Mystery elk sends anonymous message

As fund-raising efforts continue to place a larger-than-life bronze elk in the center of the roundabout at The Home Depot, an impatient Rim Country resident apparently took matters into his or her own hands last week.

Blue Ridge study on council agenda

The town council will be asked to approve another Blue Ridge Reservoir water study when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday at Payson Town Hall.

Town park to receive $700,000 facelift

More than $700,000 in Rumsey Park improvements will render the facility one of the finest public recreational sites in Arizona. The project includes a new children's playground, two all-weather playing fields, and resurfacing Rumsey III with artificial turf.

County may grant Diamond Star town status Nov. 1

The Gila County Board of Supervisors has decided to hold its Nov. 1 meeting -- at which time it will consider the incorporation of Diamond Star -- in Payson.

Burglars hit five stores in one night

Melissa Higginbotham nervously huddled with friends in the Payson Village Shopping Center parking lot wondering what burglars had stolen from her Payson Jewelers business.

Vehicle stolen from children's charity organization

The Payson Community Kids' car, a red 1990 Honda Civic, was stolen Thursday or Friday evening from in front of the group's center at 300 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Payson Art League show has holiday theme

It's a time to see and be seen. The Payson Art League's Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show & Sale is the Rim Country's version of the Easter Parade, except maybe without the fancy hats. But with any luck, you'll even see a fancy hat or two.

Evans, Wheeler wed

Rhond Evans of Payson, and Michael Evans of California, announce the marriage of their daughter Allie Evans to Jake Wheeler, son of Cindy Shortt of California, and Kevin Wheeler of Payson.

Brody Dean King

Brannon and Jenny King are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Brody Dean King.

Hardings celebrate 50th anniversary

Tom and Lil Harding celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend with their children.

Tonto Basin goes global in classroom

The large white board in Annetta Carpenter's room at Tonto Basin School might look like a dry erase board at first glance, but it's not.

Earlene Beth Wisdom

Earlene Beth Wisdom, 63, of Young, died Oct. 21, 2005. She was born Dec. 24, 1941 in Globe.

Charles DeForest Packard

Charles DeForest Packard, 91, of Payson, died Sept. 27, 2005. He was born Oct. 27, 1913 in Burbank, Ohio to Clarence and Nellie Packard.

Clarence Nathan Moore, Jr.

Clarence Nathan Moore, Jr., 79, of Payson, died Oct. 22, 2005. He was born Jan. 28, 1926 in Kenesaw, Neb. to Clarence Nathan Moore and Iva Pearl (Stover) Moore.

Robert W. Adrian

Robert W. Adrian, 78, of Payson, died Oct. 20, 2005. He was born Sept. 14, 1927 at Bay City, Mich.

New home for food bank

Carlos Villanueva of American Modular assisted in setting up the new building for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank at 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Jam Home Inspections tells the story of a house

The roof looks solid and the house appears well cared for, but there may be problems. Building standards vary by locale and construction standards change.

Time to curl up with a good book


With cooler weather just around the corner, we can look forward to curling up on the couch with a warm drink and a good book. What better place to find that really good read than your local library?

Youngsters invited to sign up for town basketball leagues

Participation fee for youth basketball is $20 per child. Registration information is as follows:

Coin toss will set stage for state play

A coin flip will decide all-important state seeding if the East region football title chase ends in a three-way tie.

Sunday, October 23

Learn history at museums

To learn more about the Rim Country's ancient past, visit the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology, on West Main, next to the Payson Senior Center and Payson Womans Club. The facility houses artifacts primarily from two prehistoric sites -- Risser Ranch Ruins and Q Ranch.

In the air, our views unlimited

Driving through the Rim Country, one sees the trees but may not appreciate the vastness of the forest or the majesty of the rugged volcanic rim called the Mogollon.

East Verde River a good day trip

You don't have to go too far outside Payson to find a running creek. Head north on Highway 87 to the East Verde River. It's about four miles north of Payson. Turn off the highway, to your left toward East Verde Estates, and immediately on your right is a dirt road that heads to the river.

Rim adventure -- on top of world

If you want to see views that will knock your socks off, I know just the place. For this highly suggested excursion, however, you'll need to set aside about six hours if you want the entire experience. (Otherwise, if you only have an hour, just drive in on FS 300 about 15 minutes, take pictures and turn around and come back out the way you came in.)

Explore the Rim Country by ATV

Exploring Arizona atop an ATV is a trendy outdoor recreational opportunity for young and old alike.

Woods Canyon hike has variety

I accompanied a group of about a dozen hikers from the Payson Packers on a beautiful hike along Woods Canyon Lake. With my new Global Positioning System (GPS) in hand, a camera, and plenty of water and snacks, I was set for a morning hike in the woods.

Mountain biking gives new view

Rocks and ruts, roots and grass lead mountain bikers to scenic views and challenging trails in and around Payson and the Rim Country.

Barnhardt Trail easy at first

If you'd like to take a nice hike where your trail will lead you to a beautiful waterfall, the Barnhart Trail is a great one. In fact, this is one of the Payson Packers' (our local hiking club) favorite hikes.

Houston Mesa camping close

Lonna and Roger Wick just moved to Payson from central Oregon, and they're glad to be here.

The Rim Country welcomes you to the wonders of fall

Autumn in Arizona's Rim Country beckons with bright, clear days and cool nights, just right for a cozy fire.

Pine Trail loop is easy hike

At the Pine Trailhead, you'll see many hiking options (and a bathroom to visit before you get started). The trailhead is one of the entry points to the Highline Trail, which is a total of about 50 miles in length.

Horton Creek Trail takes skill

If you have about four hours to hike and are leading a group of moderate hikers, they'll love seeing the Horton Creek Trail.

Sailing around Rim Country

Who in their right mind would buy a sailboat in Arizona? Where can you go to sail in the desert? Or the mountains? There are places to sail around here. No, sailor/songwriter Jimmy Buffett wouldn't necessarily come here to sail, but you can fly a hull on one of our lakes if you want to.

Shoofly Village gives glimpse into area's past

More than 800 years ago, a group of people made the Shoofly Village their home. Located just 5 miles northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road, the village contains 87 rooms and many courtyards. A wall surrounds all of these. The entire village consists of about four acres.

Treat your guests to spectacular views

If you have only one day to drag around out-of-town relatives to see the beauty of Rim Country, I know just the spot.

Rim Country boasts trails for all levels of hikers

Surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and neighboring both the Coconino and Apache-Sitgreaves forests, the Rim Country has a trail for just about every hiking skill level.

Tonto Creek has it all

If the family is coming to visit and you want to take them out for a picnic in the woods and a short stroll along a creek, there are many options. One I really like is along Tonto Creek.

Autumn camping at Rim lakes

There are several developed campgrounds around the Rim lakes. The entire area is gorgeous and worth the trip.

Author's cabin rebuilt from the ashes

Fifteen years after being destroyed by the Dude Fire, the Zane Grey Cabin will once again provide visitors a look at how "the father of the Western novel" lived during his frequent visits to the Rim Country.

Camping along Rim road free

If you're looking for a nice place to camp with a tent or RV and you don't want to pay, you can try this relatively unknown spot off Highway 260.

Friday, October 21

Grand opening for high-end electronics store

Televisions with digital light processors (dlp), engine performance readers, depth finders and custom vehicle speaker enclosures are just some of the electronic products available at Rim Sight and Sound.

Thursday, October 20

Fast-acting friends save heart attack victim on golf course

Speedy CPR treatment from four friends meant the difference between life and death for Frank Szakal. "What can I say to my friends except, ‘Thank you. I'm glad you were there,'" Szakal said.

These problems have been faced before

The people were lined up all the way to the parking lot. There was standing room only in the council chambers. Emotions were running high, and the town council was being accused of not understanding the needs of the community.

Cold and flu season descends

The children are back in school, the weather is becoming colder, the holidays will soon be here, and along comes cold and flu season.

Payson hosts regional volleyball tourney

Winning the 3A East region volleyball championship will be much easier for a team that garners a one or two seed. Both seeds, which will go to the top two teams in regular season play, will receive first round byes in the East regional tournament when it is played Oct. 29 in Wilson dome.

Shooting events planned

The Mesa-based black powder shooting club, Mazatzal Mountain Muzzleloaders, will host its 18th Annual Rendezvous Nov. 9 to 13 at the trap shooting site south of Rye.

Crystals and cosmetics


A willowy woman with dark brown hair and an easy smile stands ready to assist customers behind the Walgreens cosmetics counter.

Help 'hurricane' dogs at pet fair


The Katrina dogs living at the Buddhist sanctuary are getting cold and wet. If you have an extra doghouse, it would be put to good use.

Africanized bees attack near Kayler Springs

Bee experts at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson believe Africanized honeybees are in Arizona to stay. Early in the afternoon on Oct. 8, Robert Rupe found out about the bees the hard way while quail hunting in Kayler Butte near Tonto Basin.

Councilor explains switch in opinion

When the Payson Town Council approved Resolution 2098 on Aug. 25, it set in motion a chain reaction of events that continues to this day, including a citizens' referendum that will probably end in court.

Fall meeting of library friends features garden tips


What a gorgeous time of year. We are surrounded by beautiful fall colors. My gauge showed a full inch of rain these last two days, just when we so desperately needed it. That certainly helps settle the fine red dust that gets into everything. We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful place.

Celebrate autumn in Christopher Creek


Christopher Creek's Second Annual Invitational Car Show is this Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct 22 in Christopher Creek. The event is limited to 100 classic, hot rod and custom vehicles. All proceeds will benefit the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department. There will be vendors along the road selling their wares.

Forest cleanup continues with burns


Tuesday was a very busy day in Tonto Village. The U.S. Forest Service had prescribed burns along the Control Road. They were burning slash that had accumulated and piled up along the road. At times, the wind blew the smoke over the village, and visibility was down to zero.

Packets for mayor, council draw 11

Packets for Payson town council and mayoral candidates have only been available for a few days, but a total of 11 Payson residents have already tossed their hats into the ring.

Smoke signals road replacement

Thick, black clouds of smoke billowed high into the air near the Payson Airport Wednesday morning causing some concern among nearby residents. While alarming at first glance, the smoke and flames were actually a welcome sight for town staff, marking a significant step in a long-awaited project to build a new Airport Road.

Children's Costume Contest

Between now and Oct. 26, children 10 and under are invited to have a photo taken in their Halloween costume at the Payson Roundup office in the Swiss Village, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Supply, demand should dictate college courses

With all the controversy surrounding Gila Community College the last few years, the current debate over lifelong learning courses vs. academic classes is almost refreshing.

An apology to the county

I regret that in frustration I made a comment about the county supervisors already having made up their minds on the incorporation of Diamond Star. I have every reason to believe the supervisors will make their decision at their upcoming meeting on Nov. 1.

Middle school runner wins first place

Rim Country Middle School sixth-grader Jordyn Fruth ran her way to a first-place finish in the 8-11-year-old division at the 14th Annual Frank Kush 5K Family Fun Run.

Support the community college

I am an 85-year-old widow. I attended school in my youth.

Goats aren't gone

This is in regard to Mayor Brewer's comment that "the Forest Service has taken away the goats." As the person who owns and operates the goats on the American Gulch Allotment, I want to make it clear that this is a fallacy and I would like to correct this statement.

Taking water is wrong

To support continued growth and because current water supplies may not be adequate for that purpose, the Payson Town Council is now proceeding with arrangements to take water from Star Valley. People of Star Valley, Diamond Point, and probably a majority from Payson, oppose this action of the town council.

Roundabout creates dangerous roadway

A word about the "roundabout" on north Highway 87 adjacent to The Home Depot.

Crappie fishing on the new Roosevelt


When most outdoorsmen are in pursuit of big game in the fall, Curt Rambo of Tonto Basin is hunting for the elusive crappie. This past spring and summer was anything but productive for more crappie fishermen at Roosevelt Lake.

Rockhounds find treasures in Rim Country


Are you one of those people who love snatching up rocks you see along a hiking trail? Do you see rocks on the ground and wonder what's inside them? There's a name for folks like you -- it's "rockhound."

What's up?

Q: I want to find out about the lights at the rodeo grounds. I have driven by there several times and they are on. When I have stopped, it has been town employees out there exercising their horses. I wonder who pays to keep those lights on. Is it just a benefit of working for the town?

Saving money on gas bills

Payson resident Bob Schwenke takes conserving energy seriously. He had to -- it was his job for 40 years to design heating and air conditioning systems for commercial enterprises, including hospitals and universities, and some homes.

Lobbyist to benefit community college district

An open job posting has gone out for an executive assistant to the governing board of the Gila County Provisional Community College District.

Pay for college instructors questioned

There was a conversation between Don Crowley of the local organization WakeUpCall, Payson Campus Dean Harry Swanson and board members Dick Wolfe and Larry Stephenson prior to the start of the Oct. 13 board of governors meeting. The men discussed the pay scale for GCC teachers who taught classes with low student enrollment.


A headline on the front page of the Tuesday, Oct. 18 edition of the Roundup read, "Town Council cancels water referendum."

Vivian Maye Bourgeois

Vivian Maye Bourgeois, 59, of Strawberry, died Oct. 18, 2005 at RTA Hospice. She was born Dec. 8, 1945 in Winslow.

Esther Louise Nagy

Esther Louise Nagy, 81, died Oct. 16, 2005 in Greeley, Colo. She was born July 15, 1924 in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

Payson athlete featured on national cover

Payson High School's most accomplished wrestler is featured on the cover of the Sept. 15 edition of Wrestling USA magazine.

Cross country championship next Saturday

With the 3A East regional championships just over the horizon, the Longhorns' thundering three -- Carlan Pontious, Carlos Lopez and David Cluff -- have their sights set on dueling one of the finest runners in the state -- Blue Ridge's Matt Rowell.

Naglich, Shannon wed

Sandra Naglich and Monty Shannon, both of Payson, were married Oct. 15 at the Sled Dog Inn in Flagstaff.

Hunsingers celebrating golden anniversary

Sheldon Hunsinger married Billy Jo Stevens Oct. 21, 1955 in Phoenix.

Tuesday, October 18

Your four-legged friends will love homemade pet treats


The number of commercial pet treats available will stagger you when you visit the pet store or even the pet aisle at your local supermarket.

A dog for everybody at the humane society


"There is a dog for everybody," Payson Humane Society Animal Supervisor Cristy Maldonado said. "It's just a matter of finding the right one."

Cat lovers attack feral people


I am a dog lover. As such, I have an obsession for my three Labs that results in behavior some consider less than normal:

Saturday is Dog Day


Not only is there a dog for every person, but there is also a day for every dog -- and that day is Saturday, Oct. 22.

Dorothy Eunice Lovelady Pyle: A woman for all seasons


Dorothy Eunice Lovelady traces her ancestry through four generations of Gila County pioneers to her great-great-grandparents, David and Josephine Harer.

Monday, October 17

Cabin a legacy for community

It's a very rare event when one or two private citizens -- by virtue of their vision, commitment and drive -- can give birth to a landmark and a lasting legacy for their community.

Forget the bed tax, tax the weeds

We have recently moved to Payson and just love it here. When we were looking for a home, we were looking up at the views and not down at the easements (our mistake).

Didn't mean to offend

I wrote a letter to you a couple of weeks ago that seems to have offended a "retiree." My point was simply that a person who works in the Valley, or who is retired, does not help our community grow. Yes, they are spending their money here in Payson, but they don't work here. How can a community grow without a work force?

County gets Diamond Star petitions

Members of the Diamond Star Water Coalition are confident their community will become the first in Arizona to become incorporated without having to hold an election.

Share reason for water decisions

Why are we so concerned about our water supply, when the town council is siding with the developers who want to make money by building in Payson at the expense of the longtime citizens?

Extra charge unfair

I just spoke with a representative of the Payson Water Department, and I thought I should alert you to an issue that will be of interest to your readers.

Get a second opinion

At the Friday special council meeting regarding the referendum on water from Star Valley to Payson, it seems that the town council members are determined to thwart the will of the voters by relying on the opinion of an outside attorney.

Don't cover the arena

I am concerned about what is about to happen to the Payson Event Center. It is under discussion about making it an indoor arena. It sounds great, but only one problem. The local barrel races can't afford it -- such as the Mogollon Montoneras, and Payson Parks and Rec.

What's up?

Q: When is the town going to complete Rumsey Drive, the road that goes behind Wal-Mart and is supposed to connect with McLane. When Wal-Mart was first built, I thought the road was supposed to be finished fairly quickly, and it's been years now. -- Q: When are the lines and arrows going to be painted on Frontier Street in front of the post office?

Oktoberfest at Sidewinders benefits soldiers

Sidewinders Saloon in Pine hosted an Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 15 to benefit the Payson Supply Line Troop Support program.

Robert Eugene Morrill, Jr.

Robert Eugene Morrill, Jr., of Strawberry, died Oct. 15, 2005 in Payson. He was born Sept. 26, 1918 in Rochester, N.Y.

Sharesse A. Von Strauss

Sharesse A. Von Strauss died Oct. 13 in Payson. She was born Sept. 24, 1955, in Macon, Ga.

Carolyn Collins Young

Carolyn Collins Young died Oct. 13, 2005.


The article in Friday's Roundup on the death of Sharesse Von Strauss did not mention a cause of death.

Teen takes first in barrel contest

A trio of sub 18-second rounds earned 16-year-old Sami Novak a first-place finish in a National Barrel Horse Association event held Oct. 8 and 9 at Apache Gold arena in San Carlos.

Jackets sting Horns in first quarter

For three full quarters, the Payson Longhorns played the state top-ranked Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets to a standoff. During the other quarter, however, the Jackets outscored Payson 13-0 to salvage a 35-21 East region victory.

Olympians bring home gold

A $23,000 donation from the Tonto Apache Tribe allowed the Payson Special Olympic swim team to travel to the Arizona State Fall games in style.

Shooting range free to public at end of month

The Tonto Rim Sports Club will host a Sportsman Awareness Day at the Jim Jones Shooting Range Oct. 30. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there is no admission and no fees.

Senior groups offer support programs


Golden and green squash, bright orange pumpkins and apples in shades of red, yellow and green -- a visit to the produce department of our local grocery stores is like looking at a still life painting.

Professional plaza breaks ground

Developers Jeff Eells and Kevin Heinonen thought that Payson needed high quality professional medical office space.

New owner takes over, improves Payson Center

Payson Center, the property on the southeast corner of the intersection of Beeline Highway and Highway 260 has been sold for $4.9 million dollars to BP Properties of Prospect Heights, Ill.

Soroptimists raise $20K at telethon

Soroptimists of Zane Grey Country met their fund-raising goal of $15,000 at 1:30 p.m. and exceeded it by $5,143 at their second annual radio-a-thon Friday.

Applicants sought for awards

The local Soroptimist club is sponsoring their financial awards, to be given out in 2006. Women's Opportunity Award is for a woman who is head of household and is attending or has been accepted into school.

Stabbing sends Payson man to Valley hospital

A Hispanic male was airlifted from Payson Regional Medical Center Friday night after coming in with stab wounds.

Cabin fever strikes Rim Country

Tour Zane Grey's restored retreat at Green Valley Park

The Zane Grey cabin, which is now open for business, is a must-see Rim Country experience. In fact, it was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday when a long line formed following the official dedication ceremony for a long-awaited first glimpse inside.

Zane Grey Cabin's rich history worth building on

The response to the dedication ceremony for the Zane Grey Cabin at Green Valley Park Saturday shows Rim Country's rich history is worth building on. The park was packed with well-wishers and history buffs.

Studying the science of the mind

Once a person wakes up in the morning there is no getting away from the science that deals with mental processes, emotional processes and human behavior.

Heartbreakers on the volleyball court

A pair of Lady Longhorn standout efforts against state top-ranked teams yielded no winning results.

Pine Creek Cabins nestled in center of Pine

Folks coming to visit Pine have a new choice in lodging with the opening of Pine Creek Cabins.

Edith Cunningham

Edith Cunningham, 90, died Oct. 12, 2005. She was born Sept. 16, 1915 in Charbonneau, N.D.

Old high school getting new look

The 40-year-old "old main" building on the campus of Payson High School will soon get a much-needed face-lift.

Speak up America

Will we still be the country of choice, and still be America, if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries who came to live in America because it is the country of choice?

Town Council cancels water referendum

Payson residents will not be able to vote on the town council's decision to pay George Randall and Roy Haught $750,000 for water the town intends to take from Star Valley and re-sell to developers.

Thursday, October 13

Look at permit before leaping into building

Ray LaHaye is adamant that obtaining a building permit is a very viable process that needs not turn into a brouhaha with town officials. "Before beginning construction to add or alter any building, come in and sit down with us," the town building inspector said. "We are customer-service oriented and very willing to help.

Community ready for Halloween


The Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel hosted 23 women Wednesday for the 7th Annual Ladies Retreat.

Rim runners, dogs make dash to Tempe

A band of Rim Country weekend warriors -- possibly accompanied by their pets -- are expected to participate in the 14th annual Frank Kush 5K Family and Dog run when it is held Oct. 15 in downtown Tempe.

Practice pays off for antelope hunter


For big game hunters, an Arizona antelope tag may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

New home coming into the area


There was a lot of activity down at the end of Johnson Boulevard this week. Jake and Kendra Garrett will put in a new Cavco manufactured home on lot 165 next week.

Mountain lion tracking goes high tech

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting a new study using satellite technology to track mountain lions on edges of cities. Payson is one of the two test communities where the project will be held.

Emmalea Nicole McMinimy

Brian and Debbie McMinimy of Payson are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Emmalea Nicole McMinimy.

Lady Horns make Lobos fight for win

Riding the crest of an East region three-match winning streak, the Lady Longhorns gave the powerful Snowflake Lobos all the fight they could handle before falling 2-1.

Club has sights on being a big bang for sportsmen

The Tonto Rim Sports Club might be the best kept secret in the Rim Country.

Reserve seats now for evening of storytelling


I enjoyed my first fire of the season in my wood stove the other night, and it felt wonderful.

PAWS learns about hurricane evacuations of pets


Members of the Vajrayana Buddhist organization presented a firsthand account of the pet rescue work that is being done as a result of Hurricane Katrina at a recent PAWS meeting. The group received 130 dogs at their facility last week and is struggling to provide food, shelter, medical care and attention to the needy victims of the horrible disaster.

New food bank building opens in November

Cramped quarters at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Payson will soon be just a memory. Volunteers who have kept surplus foods in their home garages will be able to reclaim that space.

Work on Highway 260 nearing close

In the fall of 2003, the Arizona Department of Transportation and its contractor, Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc., began improving State Route 260 from Payson to Heber.

Payson's Habitat for Humanity celebrates 10 years

A dinner honoring members of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors was held at the Mazatzal Casino Sept. 30. Approximately 52 current and past board members and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by casino chefs, as DJ Craig provided background and dance music.

Call of the wild: Follow the bugle to see Rim Country elk


Meander through the high country during the fall, usually September and October, and you'll probably catch a glimpse of a herd of elk. Really fortunate observers will also get a gander at a magnificent 700-pound bull strutting through the trees.

Former museum director dies

Sharesse von Strauss, who served for seven years as the Northern Gila County Historical Society's one and only director, died Thursday morning in Payson at the age of 50.

Hydrology report disputes town's claims

A new hydrology report commissioned by the Diamond Star Water Coalition sees a potential danger of "dewatering" the area if overpumping exceeds aquifer recharge. The report is adding to critics' contention that Payson is putting Star Valley at risk.

Foster parenting a worthwhile challenge and a learning experience

Penny and Arnold Stonebrink became foster parents after their son befriended a boy in his class who was a foster child. When his friend was adopted by a family in the Valley and moved away, their son was sad.

Rim Country needs volunteers to foster children

There are a mere 14 foster parents in the Rim Country to serve the approximately 75 to 100 cases in out-of-home foster placement at any given time, according to Child Protective Services. Arizona placed 9,536 children in foster homes from April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2005.

AKA Karen -- one child's story

Karen was just three weeks past her 13th birthday when Child Protective Services in Payson placed her in foster care because her stepfather was molesting her.

TCCA hosts ‘The Belle of Broadway'

The Tonto Community Concert Association's 27th season's second performance is by singer Susan Egan, known as The Belle of Broadway.

Payson pair injured in ATV accident still hospitalized

The two young adults injured in an ATV accident on Granite Dells Road last week remain hospitalized in the Valley.

James R. Speer

James R. Speer, 81, died Oct. 8, 2005 at his home in Payson. He was born Sept. 4, 1924 in Lansing, Mich.

Avoid tragedy by making home fire safe

The last day of Fire Prevention Week is tomorrow, Oct. 15. It is not too late to do your part to prevent fires in the coming months.

Belittling coaches = No athletes

To quote Confucius, "A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions," this being his definition of humility.

Put all water matters on ballot

Why not adopt a city ordinance requiring that any matters pertaining to water development, water restrictions or water commitments be submitted to the voice of the people?

Council doesn't get it

It would appear, from the signed petitions objecting to the Star Valley/Diamond Point water issue, that the Payson Town Council just doesn't get it.

'Psychiatrist' example misleading

Your article on funding for senior scholars contains the lead statement, "Courses offered in Arizona's community college system may be taken to pursue a career, such as becoming a psychiatrist ...."

Payson's growth wrong

It is all right for a town to grow as long as it has everything it needs for the newcomers, and as long as it does not hurt any person or any living being.

Pedestrians need to use caution

Recently I was driving in the area of Sherwood Drive and Manzanita at night, when a car coming from the opposite direction blinded me with its high beam lights.

The truth and 21st century science

When people around the world accept the fact that evolution is a fact, and the big bang is the real beginning of the universe, we may see something resembling peace in this world.

What's up?

Q: What is up with this $5 regeneration fee that the Town of Payson Water Department wants to charge if you use online banking to pay one's water bill? It seems to me that with all the computer equipment and software available nowadays that the town could be better served by joining the 21st century and accepting online bill pay without any additional fees, like most other places. Wouldn't it save them money to take direct deposit from a bank?

Payson anglers bring home trout tourney honors

Payson angler Pam Bumbalow weighed in a 21.2-ounce lunker to easily win first place in the Willow Springs Fall Classic Trout Tournament. The fish was huge in comparison to previous winners. Last year's big fish champ, Sam Grasso of Phoenix, caught a 13.7-ounce rainbow.

Payson men headed to state tourney

A pair of Payson Men's Golf Association two-man teams has qualified to participate in the upcoming Arizona Golf Association state tournament.

Tuesday, October 11

Cabin rebuilt from the ashes

When the Zane Grey Cabin is dedicated Saturday at 10 a.m., it will be the culmination of a dream for local artist and former town councilor Dick Wolfe.

Easy Old World dinners


When you take advantage of a variety of easy-to-prepare or fully-cooked ingredients, you can easily treat your family to a hot, hearty and welcoming Old World meal in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Zane Grey's books defined the West


This Saturday, Oct. 15, will be a day that will bring back memories to a few and commemorate for all the renowned Western author whose legacy is so closely associated with that of our own.

Western Heritage Festival celebrates Payson's past


The official dedication and opening of the Zane Grey Cabin is the highlight of the Sixth Annual Rim Country Western Heritage Festival unfolding Saturday, Oct. 15, in and around the Rim Country Museum and Green Valley Park.

Losing it in the Rim Country


Over the course of my lifetime, I have lost 27 pairs of sunglasses. During that same time frame, I have found two pairs of sunglasses. I was never very good at math, but it seems to me there is a major discrepancy here.

Zane Grey character reborn

Most Rim Country school children know him as Sven the Viking King, but local photographer and actor Parry Morton has created a new character based on a Zane Grey novel.

Monday, October 10

An open letter to Councilman Robert Henley

In Friday's Roundup, you tried to tell us why 1,900 Payson citizens who signed petitions against bringing water from Star Valley to develop Payson properties are wrong.

Rim Country residents can do great things

Rim Country residents need to take a few moments in the next few days and do a couple of things: applaud yourself and pat your neighbor on the back.

Roundup named best newspaper Web site in nation

The Payson Roundup won best newspaper Web site from the National Newspaper Association during its annual conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Sept. 30.

Funding for senior scholars questioned

Courses offered in Arizona's community college system may be taken to pursue a career, such as becoming a psychiatrist, or simply for lifelong learning.

Dogs, mice, cats get boat ride to safety

When the first team from the Arizona Humane Society went to Louisiana several weeks ago, they caught approximately 150 animals in eight days.

Buddhist sanctuary takes in Katrina dogs

The Buddhist sanctuary near Young has taken in 130 dogs (some pregnant), left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. The monks and volunteers have built temporary pens to house the dogs on their property but they are in desperate need of help.

Town, tribe reach new water deal

Instead of the usual water disagreements, the Payson Town Council will consider a water agreement when it convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

Festival celebrates Payson's past

Dick Wolfe is a man of lofty expectations, but even he has to search for words to describe the Zane Grey cabin replica that will open Saturday morning.

Hands-on healing with chiropractic

Steven Lowe answered his heart's desire to serve mankind and his longing to live in Arizona by becoming a chiropractor and moving to Pine.

Payson girl's hitch with U.S. Marine Corps taking her to Iraq

An impending tour of duty in war-torn Iraq hasn't lessened Laura Crabtree's enthusiasm for her decision to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Volleyball team revels in victories

The smile on Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink's face is there for good reason.

Neighborhood bar offers food, fun

When Tony Gianndrea moved to Pine, he thought the corner of the Beeline and Hardcastle would be a good place for a neighborhood bar.

Social studies students probe community

Eighth-graders at Rim Country Middle School don't learn about civics and government by sitting quietly in their seats reading a textbook. They have debates.

March to state berth is on for soccer teams

Both the boys and girls Payson High School soccer teams will be out to improve their state playoff hopes in upcoming crucial region showdowns against the St. Johns Redskins.

Taking sting out of Yellow Jackets could give Horns boost in seeding

A 32-8 win over the Alchesay Falcons has set the stage for what could be a battle for the 3A East football championship.

Quail hunt delivers bounty and great family camaraderie

A quail hunt south of Payson yielded about the results the Arizona Game and Fish Department had predicted -- quail numbers might be the best they've been in years.

Youth football teams have mixed results

Payson's two Central Arizona Youth Football Association Mighty Might East region teams suffered the heartbreak of defeat Oct. 8 on Longhorn field. The Cottonwood Marauders nipped the Cowboys 14-12 and the Bears fell 22-14 to the Cottonwood Seahawks.

Kim Trent Reeser

Kim Trent Reeser died Oct. 7, 2005 in Payson. He was born Jan. 31, 1949 in Davenport, Iowa.

Catherine L. Potts

Catherine L. Potts, 81, of Payson, died Oct 8, 2005. She was born Sept.15, 1924 in Flint, Mich.

Smith, Moore to wed Saturday

Brandon James Moore and Felicia Dawn Smith will begin their life together as husband and wife Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005.

Lopez, Watson wed

Bryan Watson and Felicia Lopez were married Sept. 18, 2005 in Whitehall, Ill.

Gullett, Schmidt marry

Robert Schmidt and Laurie Gullett were married Sept. 24, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nev.

What's up?

Q: There was an abandoned car at the post office for at least five weeks. It has a ticket on it. Why wasn't it hauled away? It was an eyesore. -- Q: Are APS employees entitled to take their huge trucks home? -- Q: Can Payson Regional Medical Center give "clot buster" or TPA (tissue plasmenigen activate) injections?

Teens a new breed

America has bred a new variety of human. This new variety is uncaring, mean-spirited, and, worst of all, ignorant. They are turning this country into a third-world slum. They are supposed to be the future? I'm specifically talking about teenagers.

Trade school needed in Payson

I think we should try to establish a trade school in Payson. There are many young adults who do not make the grades to get a scholarship or do not have the financial means to further their education.

Money should go to streets, emergency personnel

What's cooking here?

Council should reverse water decision

What is the quickest and best way for the Star Valley water problem to be finalized?

Slow growth now

We Payson citizens certainly haven't lacked for issues lately. It's a great town with a whole bunch of involved people. And, surely, there is more than one good decision with regard to our water issues.

Thursday, October 6

Talk openly to your neighbor when offended

Every now and then the Roundup receives a letter from someone complaining about a neighbor. It's our policy to return the letter unpublished and respectfully inform the writer that such private matters between two parties are best resolved one-on-one. Such disputes need not be aired in the pages of the community newspaper.

A grand idea becomes reality

TCCA purchases new $35,000 community piano

A large truck arrived at the backstage door of the Payson High School auditorium Thursday morning. It contained a special delivery from members of the Tonto Community Concert Association.

Unmasking the evil of domestic violence


Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed in October throughout the United States. The month is designated as a time for educating the public about the effects of domestic violence on families and finding ways to work together to promote safety and eliminate domestic violence.

Brazil, Arizona exchange sons as student ambassadors


Anthony Incardona and Augusto Marino have swapped countries and seasons for a school year as part of Payson Rotary's exchange student program.

Benefits of rainwater harvesting in Rim Country

Water is essential for life and, in the town of Payson, essential for growth.

Transcript of legislators forum - Part II

Tommie Martin: "You've hit on everything. You hit on the water, you hit on the forest health, retiree and the curb funds. So far you've hit on everything that I have concerns on right now."

Fred Van Lane

Fred Van Lane, 88, died Oct. 1, 2005 in Payson. He was born Nov. 26, 1916 in Walden, Colo.

Donald Ray Lanphear

Donald Ray Lanphear, 77 of Payson, died Sept. 29, 2005.

Transcript of legislators forum - Part III

White: "First of all each one of these e-mails that I'm talking about is marked confidential, whether from Bob Ashford, or from you. It doesn't matter to me. We were able to get over 200 e-mails from (unintelligible) and Cullen and (unintelligible) this has been going on for two years.

Transcript of legislators forum - Part IV

Local Citizen No. 3: "I'd like to make a comment to that--"

What's up?

Q: What is the population of Payson itself, not counting outlying areas? and Q: I had my window knocked out when a non-licensed contractor was using their weed cutter on the side of the road. He refused to pay. Is it legal for that person to be hired? Can he refuse to pay?

Leave wild cats alone and they'll leave you alone

I have feral cats living behind my house. These are wild cats but they are just like any other cats except they won't let you pet them. For the most part, they won't let anyone touch them.

Transcript of legislators forum - Part I

Transcription of town hall-style forum that took place on Oct. 3, 2005 at Gila Community College, Payson, Arizona.

Rim Country quiets as season changes


There is not much news to report. My sources are quiet. I guess we are in the transition stage, preparing for cold weather. The flatlanders have either left or are preparing to leave.

PFF efforts commended

We commend Payson Friends of Ferals for seeking humane means of coping with the area's feral cat problem, but we hope they will consider that while trapping, sterilizing and releasing feral cats will prevent future generations of cats from suffering, it does nothing to prevent the miserable fates cats currently living on the streets all too often endure ("Humans are at root of feral cat problem" -- Sept. 30 Roundup).

Wildlife more important than stray cats

Regarding the article "Friends of Ferals attacking problem humanely" (Sept. 30 Roundup). This has to be the most asinine approach to solving the problem of free-roaming, unwanted cats one's imagination could conceive.

Defining feral

Here is the definition of "feral," taken from The World Book Encyclopedia & Dictionary:

'Engine' has failed several businesses

According to some town officials, Main Street is the economic engine for the town of Payson. The following businesses were once located on Main Street, but they apparently did not fully grasp the "economic engine" concept:

Technology makes strides in knee replacement

Unicondylar is the latest orthopedic knee replacement technique to arrive in the United States from Europe.

Late-night ATV accident injures two teens

Two young people had to be airlifted to Valley hospitals Wednesday night after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding went over an embankment at the end of Granite Dells Road.

Prescribed burns abound

The Rim Country has been inundated by smoke from prescribed burns this week.

Payson's jewel -- Green Valley Park


The mornings are crisp and the rest of the days very comfortable. What can you do in the outdoors in Rim Country in the fall to enjoy this near-perfect climate? I am sure many of you, as newcomers to the area want to get familiar with your new community. Well, here is an opportunity in the outdoors for the month of October.

Teen hoop enthusiasm lagging

The town of Payson-sponsored seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league is floundering, possibly due to a lack of interest.

Youth football having stellar season

The Payson Raiders made quick work of one of their long-time adversaries, whipping the Camp Verde Bulldogs 26-0.

Payson loses great athlete

For almost 20 years, I've had the pleasure of showing up at Payson Women's Golf Association 19th hole celebrations to photograph champions for the Payson Roundup sports pages.

Lady Horns play marathon volleyball at invitational

Playing games to a whopping 60 points more resembles a marathon than high school volleyball.

Champ dedicates win to cancer victim

Laura Meyocks was on a mission to win the Payson Women's Golf Association Club Championship.

Payson takes aim at state

The race for East region championship -- which has been dominated by Blue Ridge for the past two decades -- turned interesting Sept. 30 when Round Valley pulled off the upset of the season, whipping the Yellow Jackets 15-7.

Video: Marilyn Wolfe plays "Ashokan Farewell" on new TCCA concert grand piano

This video was taken Oct. 6, 2005 on the bare stage of the Payson High School auditorium just minutes after delivery of a brand new Yamaha 7.5-foot concert grand piano purchased by the Tonto Community Concert Association. It features TCCA president Marilyn Wolfe playing "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar, a song featured in the Ken Burns civil war television series.

Chilly mornings greet Village residents


We are already in the first week of October -- the stocking of Tonto Creek has ended; the first wave of frost has hit my tomatoes; and the leaves are starting to put on their best show of colors in Tonto Village. The early morning and the evenings are a bit chilly, but just great for walking.

Health and safety tips for traveling with your pets


Higgins and I have just returned from our first trek in my new/used mini-motor home. We drove to Albuquerque for the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. Balloonists were there from 40 countries. It was spectacular.

Facing our state's No. 1 violent crime

As we mark Domestic Violence Awareness month, we are reminded that this crime hits especially hard in Arizona. Domestic violence is still the most common violent crime in our state, and the statistics are staggering:

Students get golden chance on AIMS

Help has arrived for Payson High School juniors and seniors who haven't passed the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

More room for our Payson Community Kids

With the purchase of a house immediately behind their facility on West Wade Lane, Payson Community Kids has gained some much-needed growing room.

Rural voice not heard by urban lawmakers

The need to work together was a major theme of the day from the perspective of Arizona's District 5 legislators at a town hall-style forum this week.

Legislators decline to join local water fight

The water war between Payson and the Diamond Star area spilled over into the legislators' forum at Gila Community College Monday.

Community turns out for birthday surprise


About 65 friends and family members showed up in Mimi Tidwell's back yard Oct. 1 to surprise her on her 85th birthday.

Tuesday, October 4

Simple suppers made super with turkey


Fast, easy fall meals are also healthy with turkey, the only meat that is a "superfood."

Babe Haught Trail


The Babe Haught Trail, also known as Tonto National Forest Trail #143, snakes up the Mogollon Rim near the Tonto Fish Hatchery. While this trail is great because of the scenic views and healthy workout it provides, there is also another important aspect to it -- its history.

Holding earth's beauty in your hand


To see the beauty of the earth in your hand doesn't take any special skill -- just look at a gemstone or piece of metal jewelry. However, it does take a special skill to see that beauty in the rocks on the ground.

Round and round we grow


Your favorite roundabout is back in the news again.

Monday, October 3

Family appreciates rider, those who helped keep children safe

I hope this letter is not too late in coming. I want to express my appreciation to Debra Speakes for her comments in the Aug. 23, 2005 Payson Roundup.

Juanita K. Callahan

Juanita K. Callahan, 67, died Saturday, Oct 1, 2005.

Miller, Hermann wed

Michelle Miller and Chuck Hermann were married Sept. 3, 2005, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Pahrump, Nev.

Funeral home receives national award

Messinger Payson Funeral Home is a recipient of the 2005 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Pursuit of Excellence Eagle award.

From dead wood to works of art

Down and dead wood from the Tonto National Forest becomes stunning, artistic furniture at the hands of Ron Barnes.

Payson woman joins AARP executive council

The AARP Arizona State Office is pleased to announce that Payson resident Virginia "Ginny" Correa Creager, Ph.D. has been appointed to the AARP Arizona Executive Council, a volunteer leadership committee that helps set the strategic direction for the national nonprofit organization in Arizona.

Blood sugar, pressure tests planned


Here in Rim Country, we are feeling the effects of Katrina and Rita, mainly in higher gasoline and grocery prices. However, I had a more visible reminder while grocery shopping.

Italian restaurant to help hurricane victims

Cucina Paradiso, 512 N. Beeline Highway, is participating in a special national event to assist the victims of the recent hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast.

What's up?

Q: Has anyone started a petition to recall the town council members?

Growth, water. Greed, ignorance.

Reading Tuesday's letters, I am inclined to sputter: "What is going on here?"

Town already out of water

There has been much to-do in the state and local newspapers about Payson's water situation (development vs. growth).

Payson Care Center does it right

As a resident of the Rim Country since 1977 when my husband retired and we moved to Pine, I have watched the town of Payson and the communities of Pine and Strawberry grow -- Payson from 4,000 to more than 15,000.

Getting rid of 600 cats makes a difference

Is Payson Friends of Ferals' math flawed? If you take 600 cats (feral or stray) trap, neuter or spay them and then return them to the community you still have 600 "free roaming predators."

Stray cat or feral cat?

We were very sorry to hear about Mr. Larry Lantagne's nasty run-in with a stray or feral cat.

Feral plan presents problems

As a local veterinarian, I have another perspective on the local feral cat problem and the trap-neuter-return program.

Attack on rural Arizona unwarranted

Excuse us, but the editorial that appeared in the Monday, Oct. 3 edition of The Arizona Republic scolding rural Arizona for its "misguided" water policies cannot go unanswered.

Sporting group raising funds with raffle

Mogollon Sporting Association President Judy Baker lauded the people of Payson when the MSA was inducted Aug. 19 into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Golfer comes from behind to win President's Cup

Tim Ernst rallied from third place after the first round of play to win the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup.

Payson takes race honors

It took a Herculean, record-breaking effort from Carlos Lopez to edge Longhorn cross country teammate Carlan Pontious for the Sludge to the Judge homecoming race championship.

Lady Horns get boost with ambush of Elks

A clean sweep of defending 3A East region champion Round Valley might be just the boost the Lady Longhorns need as the volleyball team approaches the second half of the season.

Horns clip Falcons in homecoming upset

Nate Doyle's toe and Luke Apfel's running lifted the Longhorns to a pulsating 17-14 homecoming victory over the state third-ranked Fountain Hills Falcons.

Community health and care fair set

The Care Fair and the Community Health Fair are combining their events into one this year, from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the old Payson High School gym.

Wrong-way driver forces 10-passenger van off SR87

A van driver's quick thinking prevented what could have been another deadly accident on the Beeline Highway.

Photo Gallery: Payson High School Homecoming 2005

The Roundup presents this photo gallery of Payson High School homecoming events, including images from the nail-biting game against the state third-ranked Fountain Hills Falcons.

Radio station withstands FCC probe

KRIM, the low-power FM radio station with the eclectic mix of music, has apparently withstood yet another investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

New community development director brings fresh approach, perspective

Jerry Owen -- the town's new community development director -- brings a big-picture perspective to the job.

Legible writing, sensory integration help students

As an occupational therapy provider, Kay Miles works with a variety of students in the Payson Unified School District. She helps students improve their motor skills and socialization.