Thursday, September 29
Re your editorial "Study raises sobering water questions" in the Sept. 27 edition of the Roundup, I think that your readers are entitled to some additional facts.
RTA Hospice learns from drill
A mock disaster drill to test its emergency patient evacuation plan was staged at RTA Hospice and Palliative Care the evening of Sept. 22. The drill scenario was a fully involved, first-alarm fire with Payson, Diamond Star and Houston Mesa fire departments responding, according to Lorna Hansen, patient care administrator for RTA.
In so many ways 9-11 changed everything, including Payson's emergency operations plan.
The devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is hundreds of miles away. But seeing the stark images of destruction makes most of us wonder -- Could I survive a disaster? What could I do to help my family ... my neighbors ... my community?
Three people were sent to Payson Regional Medical Center around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 following a collision just east of the intersection of Highways 87 and 260.
A collision between a logging truck and a Volkswagen passenger vehicle closed the westbound lane of Highway 260 in Star Valley for about 25 minutes Sept. 28.
I am home again. It is great to be here. Some parts of the country are flooded and here we are in desperate need of rain.
Tonto Village was buzzing with clean-up activities this past weekend. Thanks to Wally and Dean of Buckhead Mesa Landfill, three roll-off dumpsters were put on the back lot of the fire station. Nick and Gayle Fitch, who headed up this project, handed out fliers to everyone in the Village the day before.
The Christopher/Kohl's Firebelles have elected a new president, Phyllis Agnew. The residents are happy to see that the auxiliary remains active.
The Payson High School Drama Department kicks off its 2005-2006 season with the romantic comedy "Maxwell P.I."
FOCUS ON PETS
We have all worried about the pets after Katrina, and then there was Rita.undreds of dogs and other pets have been rescued. The monumental task ahead is reuniting these pets with their people. The key -- proper identification.
For restless leg syndrome sufferers, the urge to move their legs when they sit or lie down can prove impossible to resist.
Several different calling systems are in place in Payson to check on seniors, the homebound and people on oxygen or other medical devices.
John Maxim, 86, died Sept. 27, 2005. As a resident of Payson for 19 years, he volunteered his time planting flowers in various places to help make the town beautiful.
Kathy N. Black, 50, of Star Valley, died Sept. 25, 2005.
When you tune into TV Channel 4 Saturday, Oct. 1, you will notice that the programming is different. That's because at 12:01 a.m. the town of Payson takes over the broadcast operations of TV4.
Child Protective Services investigated 37,674 cases of child abuse or neglect in the state of Arizona from April 1, 2004 through March 31, 2005. Of those, 514 were in Gila County. CPS often gets a bad rap, said local unit supervisor Mary Meyers.
Q: Why was the skateboard park closed Saturday and Sunday for the fiddle contest? I brought my son to skate, like I do every weekend. It doesn't make any sense to me. They aren't using the skate park. It seems to me like it was a little biased. Did they think there would be too many wild kids out there, so they closed the park?
My name is Stormy, and I am a nine-year employee of the Mazatzal Casino. Many of you may know me from my name or all the costumes that I wear on holidays to make you laugh or smile. I have so much fun working there, but I have a story to tell you that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.
This letter is in response to a letter published in the Friday, Sept. 23 Roundup titled "Where's the money to fix Payson's Streets?"
CBS/AP reported President Bush said Thursday, Sept. 22, that withdrawing American forces from Iraq would make the world more dangerous and allow terrorists "to claim an historic victory over the United States."
I have watched the deviation, stalling and many other tactics of the Payson town council and town manager come into play in this great and important battle of Payson attempting to get Star Valley water. I thought I must write again to "Mail Call" and be sure that the voting residents of Payson understand what a "rotten" deal has been made to get water from a well in Star Valley, on property owned by Roy Haught and George Randall.
This is a rebuttal to two letters on development by Ralph Bossert (Sept. 20) and by Laura Groess (Sept. 23). Both letters have some malarkey in them. Citations (noted with an *) are from the book "Better, Not Bigger" by Community Planning Consultant Eben Fodor.
No matter who you are, where you are, or what your circumstances are, you can build for good. Joined together, the minds, hearts and hands of all of us united in beneficence can gently build good into whatever it focuses upon.
A recent attack by a stray cat on a senior citizen in Payson North provides an opportunity to re-emphasize an obvious fact: Irresponsible humans are at the root of the area's stray and feral cat problem.
Steve Sikora, a John Lyons-certified horse trainer, has added a free demonstration to his two clinics to be held Oct. 8 and 9 at the Payson Event Center.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Springtime is considered the traditional time to catch crappies at Roosevelt Lake prior to and during the spawn. What about the other nine months of the year?
Frank Devaney's first attempt at archery hunting turned successful when he downed a 3x3 mule from about 30 yards away.
Roster depth has long been a huge factor in deciding the outcome of prep sporting events. But never was it more important than at the Blue Ridge Invitational Sept. 24 in Lakeside.
Get out the brooms -- Payson youth football has polished off a clean sweep.
The Rim Country Middle School Maverick cross country team is gearing up in after-school practice sessions for the Sawmill Mile.
Comparative scores can be misleading, but often they are the only way to measure a pair of prep football teams representing different regions.
Helicopter and airplane scenic flights are among the highlights of the 2005 Payson Aero Fair, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Payson school board's decision not to accept Scott Dean's resignation won't keep the Payson High School teacher and head basketball coach on campus.
Reed Hatch, 22, Payson, was indicted by the Gila County grand jury on five charges in a pedestrian-vehicle accident the evening of Aug. 18 in which Department of Public Safety Officer Charlie Hopkins, 22, was seriously injured.
The attack on a local resident by a stray cat comes at a time when Payson Friends of Ferals is launching a major effort to reduce the number of feral cats through nonlethal methods.
Feral cat concerns
When 84-year-old Larry Lantagne went outside to rake his yard Monday, it would be the second time in four months a stray cat attacked him without warning.
Wednesday, September 28
This is Homecoming Week at Payson High School, and the week's theme is "Music Makes You Lose Control."
The Payson Roundup presents this mini-photo gallery of the Rim Country Middle School football game against Holbrook Junior High School on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005 in Payson. The RCMS Mavericks defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners 38-16. As of this gallery post, the Mavericks are undefeated.
Tuesday, September 27
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
We interrupt this column for a special warning to all parents: Do not let your children out this Halloween wearing an adult male bear costume.
Fabric, thread, yarn, silk flowers, beads and netting are combined with a unique technique to create dazzling works of fiber art.
Celebrating the art of quilting, the first-ever Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to Payson in November. Now is the time to register for classes and enter quilts in the show's exhibit.
IN THE KITCHEN
Pumpkin tastes great in just about anything you make with it -- from deliciously moist muffins to colorful curries, rich and mellow brownies to savory casseroles.
Monday, September 26
The Longhorns have etched their name in the gridiron records books as the only Payson High School varsity football team to win a game in Snowflake.
A four-team Pioneer Title Agency Soccer Invitational came up one squad short when St. Paul's Academy failed to show up. "They said they thought it was next weekend," Longhorn coach Roger Wholly said.
There could be a changing of the guard on the Longhorn cross country team.
Ben Leigh Vance died Sept. 23, 2005. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, in Plumtree, N.C. He was a teenager when his mother signed a waiver so he could join the Navy (to help support his family) during World War II.
Hayden Junior Pierson, 61, of Payson, died Sept. 22, 2005. He was born May 29, 1944 in Kansas City, Mo.
'Bullying Statute' increases penalties for harassment
Payson High School teachers and coaches were quick on the scene to stop a fist fight that broke out after school between two teenage boys. It was a typical incident -- one boy claimed he was tripped and the other teen denied doing it. Words were exchanged, then blows.
George T. "Spud" Henry, 89, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2005. He was born Nov. 27, 1915 in Clarksville, Texas. Mr. Henry formerly lived in Vernon, Texas; Globe/Miami; Scottsdale; and Cottonwood.
Robert E. Gardner, 71, died in East Verde Park Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005.
It's a whimsical quilt comprised of individual blocks, each featuring a dog or cat dressed in costume, and when the Tuesday Needlers finished it, they knew it had to go to the Payson Humane Society.
Gail Hodge and Craig Eckstein, both of Payson, and Greg and Sherrie Friestad, announce the engagement of their children Jeremy Scott Friestad and Ashley Ann Eckstein.
Eric Hilgendorf's family of seven is moving this week into the 12th house built by the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.
Rim Country Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, Sept. 29. The conferences will be held in the cafeteria from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
"Lights, Camera, Action!" introduced eight elementary school students to acting basics during one of Frontier Elementary School's Wolf Impressions classes.
I am a student at Rim Country Middle School. Recently when I went to Wal-Mart to buy some last minute school supplies, I was yelled at for just picking up a bottle of White Out.
We have loved living and working in Payson for 26 years. We naively thought that opening our own hairdressing salon would be welcomed by both M'liss's many loyal clients, and the town of Payson.
The price of gasoline and other combustible fuels has risen sharply. Recently, at least three of our representatives in Washington have mentioned by name ExxonMobil, saying that in 2004 the corporation made more than $20 billion (amounting to $3.89 per share) and was guilty of price gouging on gasoline.
Shame on Star Valley Coalition? Shame on you, Ralph Bossert. I am a fourth generation in Star Valley, and I can tell you who started the dividing of Payson and Star Valley -- the Payson Town Council did the minute they started dealing with Mike Horton.
OK, I admit I am thoroughly confused as to the true water situation in the town of Payson. For 12 years, I have heard the town tell me how I must conserve our precious water resources. I have also heard for 12 years from a variety of area groups that we are running out of water at any moment. Yet, the water continues to flow.
In response to the article outlining the new stiffer penalties for driving without insurance and driving under the influence, I am compelled to offer an observation and ask a couple of questions.
I just finished reading a letter to you titled "Shame on coalition for dividing community." The comment I would like to make is to the gentleman who wrote that.
As charges and countercharges swirl around the issue of bringing water from the Diamond Star area to Payson to build three new subdivisions, a study just released by ThinkAZ and summarized on the front page of last Friday's Payson Roundup offers a rare opportunity to inject an element of objectivity.
While the rest of the state burned, a wet winter helped keep the number of wildfires originating in the Payson Ranger District at a four-year low.
The new town of Diamond Star -- or whatever it ends up being called -- now has a face, and a reassuring one at that.
Matthew Rolland successfully defended his 2004 Arizona State Fiddle Championship this weekend. Rolland, 18, Mesa, won the state title at the 35th Annual State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest held Sept. 24 to 25 in Rumsey Park. He will represent the state at the nationals in Weiser, Idaho.
Most vehicles manufactured today use fuel injection to regulate the flow of gasoline into the engine, but not too long ago that flow of gas was regulated by a butterfly valve in the throat of a carburetor.
Tanner Morgan, a 2004 graduate of Payson High School, is heading to Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C. for Combat Control School.
Paysonost favoriteon last week when Anthony Incardona left for a year as a foreign exchange student to Votuporanga, Sao Paolo, Brazil. But the population at Payson High School stayed the same.
The Payson High School spirit line needs your help to purchase new warm-up uniforms.
Roger Poole and Warren Mulcahy are locked in a dead heat race for the Payson Mens Golf Association President's Cup.
Thursday, September 22
To the young woman who was molested: The only way you can survive this without being scathed is through forgiveness. In the past, I have worked with many who have suffered your experience. One was the victim of both her father and her grandfather. I told her she would have to forgive them.
FOCUS ON PETS
Once again, I am in Massachusetts, but this time it is for the memorial service for my dear brother-in-law, Peter.
This last week, about 50 residents of Christopher Creek headed for the woods to celebrate the 26th Annual Flatlanders Party. After Labor Day, it's a time to kick back and relax.
Fall has arrived, so the calendar tells us. The season arrived this past Thursday. The telltale signs are in Tonto Village and in my own garden. My petunias have already "bit the dust."
I sit here looking out over Buzzard's Bay in Massachusetts. A sailboat is making its way through the endless water like a floating feather. It is beautiful, peaceful and mesmerizing. You never tire of looking at the water.
In my last column (Sept. 6 Roundup), I mentioned some poisonous plants and, as it can be disastrous if young children ingest some parts of these plants, it would be good to mention some other plants that are toxic to children, animals, or even adults.
Payson Regional Medical Center's Home Health Services (HHS) agency has entered into a partnership with Rim Country Health and Retirement Community.
Daryl Oft, owner of Diversified Solutions, left Sept. 7 to help provide relief efforts for the Gulf Coast area devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Terri Morris saves a bundle using coupons when she shops for her family of five. A recent Bashas' receipt was 44 inches long. Her bill was $36.10. She combined coupons with frequent shopper values and saved herself $74.51, or 67 percent.
The Blue Ridge High School football team has been awarded a victory in a game that never featured a second half.
As I reported last week, fall means great fishing in Arizona. Luckily for Rim Country residents, one of our best warm water lakes is only 45 minutes away.
Winners of the Payson Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition have been crowned and will advance to sectional competition in October.
David Cluff paced the Longhorn cross country team's effort at the Four Corners Invitational running to a 13th place finish in 16:56.
The Lady Longhorns' recent venture outside the ranks of the 3A East region turned into an exercise in futility.
Aspiring cowboys and cowgirls from around the state will gather Sept. 24 and 25 at the Payson Event Center to showcase their skills in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association season opener.
Imagine the sensation of walking on a cloud. That's how Jill Morris says her students feel after taking one of her yoga classes.
Nathan T. Ellis, former longtime Payson resident and brother of Samantha Perry, will marry Jennifer Raeoone at 2 p.m. Oct. 8, 2005 at the Manna in the Desert Church in Hesperia, Calif.
Debra Elease Burback was born Jan. 23, 1953 to Ruben James and Marge Christensen in Pocatello, Idaho. She died Sept. 13, 2005.
Merle William Roland, 79, of Payson, died Sept. 20, 2005, after a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Velva (Wadley) and William Roland.
Jeanette Houser, of Payson, died Sept. 20, 2005 in Payson. She was born Jan. 28, 1940 in Bridgeport, Conn.
Ellen Cook, 86, died Sept. 18, 2005. She was born Dec. 29, 1918 in Sistersville, W.Va. She moved with her family to Gnadenhutten, Ohio at the age of 3. It was there that she began raising a family of her own, later moving to Thompson, Ohio.
Russell Walton Blair of Bend, Ore. died Sept. 19, 2005 of complications from diabetes. He was 54. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend.
Q: Will the brush disposal pit just north of town on the west side of the 87 be available again for public use? If so, when; if not, why not?
Football season is here again. That is, "political football." And the politicians have picked FEMA as their football. They have kicked it every way possible in an effort to score politically. One of the casualties is FEMA director Brown who has been carried off the playing field.
The proposed discriminatory bed tax to fund a police academy is probably the worst tax increase ever proposed by the town of Payson.
Payson, and Rim Country, lost a living treasure this past week. On Sunday, Sept. 11, a dear friend of mine, Mrs. Margery Brewster Bloomfield, age 85, passed away after a sudden bout with liver and pancreatic cancer. My heart is heavy at the loss of a good friend, who will be irreplaceable not only to me but to others who knew her and loved her.
Every minute is precious in the classroom and should be treated accordingly. Over the past 45 years, there has been a growing erosion in regard to the sanctity of classroom time, with the interchange between students and the instructor.
The spirit of the traditions of the greatest generation is alive and well. You have only to look as far as a former neighbor of yours, who today is a soldier at Fort Campbell, Ky. -- Sergeant Joshua M. Weinland.
This whole water situation raises some puzzling questions for me:
I am writing to you as part of an assignment in social studies civics class. We are required to learn about government, politics and how to be a responsible citizen.
Why is it that when Payson elected officials run for office ...
In response to the open letter from Sydney Whitley published in the Roundup on Sept. 9, 2005, I think Ms. Whitley is greatly misinformed on several important issues to our nation and rural Arizona. I would like to set the record straight.
I am absolutely appalled by the article re David Wilcox. I am outraged that an article in the newspaper in the town that I, and several other parents, have chosen to raise our children in would patronize and try to justify the acts of a convicted pedophile.
In the Sept. 20 edition of the Roundup, there was a letter to the editor from Fred Carpenter that has resulted in a bit of stir around town and on website blogs. Fred concluded his letter with an apology on behalf of the mayor or town council suggesting that citizens were led to unnecessarily waste their time at a special town council meeting on the evening of Sept. 13, due partly to Roundup misinformation.
For high schools around the nation, Homecoming is more than just a Friday night football game. It is a welcoming back to alumni and a merging of the past and present: a week-long celebration of high school. Payson High School is once again preparing to participate in this tradition, beginning today.
There will be a special meeting of the Board of the Payson Unified School District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at 514 W. Wade Lane.
A bilingual organizational skills class is being hosted at the Parent Resource Center, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Local developer G. Michael Horton has taken delivery of a large quantity of pipe, enough to get started on the water line he intends to run from Star Valley down Highway 260 to Payson.
The Tonto Apache Tribe has a rich heritage in the Rim Country, and it is building a legacy just as valuable through its economic impact today. "The Tonto Apache Tribe might be small in terms of both population and land area, but its contributions to the greater Payson area economy are enormous," Lay James Gibson, University of Arizona, said in an economic assessment prepared for the tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A study released yesterday by ThinkAZ, a nonpartisan think tank based in Phoenix, warns both rural Arizonans and political leaders to balance growth with water availability.The report presents case studies of the towns of Payson, Buckeye, and Prescott Valley, and their respective ability to meet their citizens' water needs now and in the future.
Teacher earns ride in Fiesta Bowl parade
Payson High now boasts the top teacher in Arizona's rural schools. Anna Van Zile, an English and literature teacher, received the prestigious honor Sept. 17 at the Arizona Rural School Association convention in Prescott.
Tuesday, September 20
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
One of my greatest weaknesses as a human being is a propensity to get into fights I can't win.
On Oct. 14, 1872, Chief Cochise of the Chiricahua Apaches and General Oliver O. Howard of the United States Army signed a peace treaty. This was to end the fighting between the Chiricahua and the white man.
It's fiddle time in the pines. The 35th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers Championship is this weekend.
IN THE KITCHEN
Drive around the side streets of Payson and the evidence is clear -- there are plenty of flat-padded, grey-green cactus topped in scarlet. It is a bumper year for prickly pears.
Monday, September 19
"Homes for Arizonans" is a program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Housing that makes money available for families to purchase a home.
"... The days grow short, when you reach September ..." Those words from the classic "September Song" sure are appropriate these days, aren't they?
Four prep teams are set to participate in the Pioneer Title Agency Soccer Invitational Sept. 23 and 24 on both multipurpose fields at Rumsey Park.
Challenging any Snowflake sports team is a tough undertaking, but playing the Lobos on their home court without the services of two starters is a confrontation almost impossible to win.
The first time a Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade football team donned spanking new uniforms was 1997 when players included Waylon Pettet, Taylor Walden, Jake Swartwood and Bryce River.
Just as the Woods Canyon Lake Trout Tournament marks the unofficial beginning of the trout season in May, the Willow Springs Fall Classic Trout Tournament signals the end of the summer season.
The Longhorn football team (2-2 overall, 1-0 in the East), reeling from last week's 56-6 loss to Chandler Seton, rebounded to thump the Holbrook Roadrunners 40-0.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Captain Alan Ross and Stormi Ewing left to aid in relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Both are firefighters and emergency medical technicians for the Tonto Basin Fire District.
Watching two children from a family fleeing the ravages of Hurricane Katrina unwrap toys donated by Payson youngsters was the highlight of a relief trip to New Orleans for a pair of Payson Good Samaritans.
Marjorie Marie Landra died Sept. 16, 2005. She was born June 30, 1934 in Michigan, and moved to the Phoenix area in the mid-1950s.
Elsie Ruth Gale died Aug. 22, 2005 of lung cancer. She was born March 23, 1946 in Flagstaff to Rolly and Olive Gale.
Phillip Dale Fausett, 66, of Tonto Basin, died Sept. 14, 2005 in Phoenix. He was born Aug. 15, 1939 in Price, Utah.
Debra Elease Burback was born Jan. 23, 1953 to Ruben James and Marge Christensen in Pocatello, Idaho. She died Sept. 14, 2005.
Marcus Charles Bohlman, Jr., 41, of Payson died in Payson Sept. 17, 2005. He was born July 9, 1964 in Phoenix.
Donald H. Bagwell of Payson, died Sept. 13, 2005 of congestive heart failure. He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Nov. 25, 1923, the son of John Murray Bagwell and Anna Shenk Bagwell.
The Shrine Circus is coming to Payson Wednesday night. The circus starts at 6 p.m, Sept. 21 for one performance only at the Payson Event Center.
It's fiddle time in the pines. The 35th Annual Old-Time Fiddlers Championship is this weekend at Rumsey Park.
The following menus are planned for the Payson Community Christian School for Sept. 21 through Sept. 27:
Q: Why is there a West Tyler Parkway?
Last Monday, (Labor Day, Sept. 5), I drove past a gas station on the Beeline Highway at 10 a.m. and noticed the regular gas was priced at $3.05 a gallon. At 11:15 the same morning, I drove past the same spot and noticed the regular gas was $3.27 a gallon -- just in time to catch the Valley traffic returning from the high country.
I am 15-year-old Elena Runion. I attend Payson High School, and am involved in Payson First Church of the Nazarene. I have a passion for Uganda, the child soldiers and the horrible crisis going on there.
It's five o'clock in the morning and I am reading the Payson Roundup, Tuesday edition, Sept. 13. Under council agenda item one is the notation that Arizona Department of Transportation will study the possibility of a roundabout at Airport Road and Highway 87.
In a town council meeting on Aug. 25, 2005, the Payson Town Council voted for Resolution 2098. This resolution allows Payson to pay $750,000 dollars to take water from Star Valley.
On Sept. 13, the town council discussed a possible referendum to put the water resolution on the ballot. Unless they plan to rescind the resolution, it would be inappropriate to even discuss the referendum at this time. The reason is that the petitions have not yet been submitted. If the council wants to oppose the referendum, then that would be even more inappropriate.
After reading letters published by your paper disparaging the Payson town council, Staff, Mike Horton and the development community in general, I am compelled to respond. Having lived and worked in the Payson area for 20 years, I believe I am somewhat familiar with water issues and their impact on our community.
This letter addresses the concerns of Mr. Poskanzer. Your sentence, "Take this input to heart and appoint a citizens' commission to study the future of Payson, and you will be a hero" has been done. We started our general plan update process in 2001, and it was voter approved in September 2003.
I am concerned about an article that appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of the Payson Roundup concerning a town council meeting scheduled for that evening.
I just finished reading the very disturbing content on the cover page of the Tuesday, Sept. 13 Payson Roundup. I want to tell David Wilcox that no sex offender will ever be able to "pay the price" for what they have done.
Libraries and cultural attractions are the focus of a comprehensive brochure being prepared by Gila County.
The Committee for Community-Based Growth submitted petitions Monday morning bearing the signatures of more than 1,900 Payson voters requesting that the council decision to buy Star Valley water be put to a town-wide vote.
The Payson Roundup was named nondaily Arizona Newspaper of the Year by the Arizona Newspapers Association for the seventh consecutive year. The paper was selected from among 85 nondaily state newspapers.
Hope was not whispered on Saturday. Hope was shouted at a place where children and adults with challenges can experience the outdoors and bond with animals who also have special needs.
The Payson High School Drama Department kicks off its 2005-2006 season with a rollicking romantic comedy -- "Maxwell, P.I."
The Roundup presents a collection of photos from the first varsity high school football home opener. The Payson Longhorns humbled the Holbrook Roadrunners 40-0, Friday, Sept 16, 2005. This gallery also includes photos from the half time show.
Town council and staff engaged in a lively but civil debate with representatives of the Payson hotel industry Thursday evening over raising the bed tax from 3 to 5 percent to fund a police academy.
Payson High School Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, in the AC building.
"The Star Spangled Banner" is a difficult song to sing because of the octave and a half range of the music. The Rim Country Middle School chorus has been practicing since the beginning of the school year to learn the words and sing them to the standards of the national anthem code.
Daniel Brooks is in the business of providing peace of mind. He owns and operates C.A.L.M. Management Residential Inspections, an acronym created from the first initials of his children's middle names -- Charles, Allen, Lynn and Michael.
Thursday, September 15
I am replying to the letter that Peter Dygert wrote in the Roundup Sept 9. I am Sergeant Joshua M. Weinland, and I lived in Payson for 10 years and graduated from Payson High School in 2001. I joined the United States Army in September 2002. I am now a soldier at Ft. Campbell, Ky.
Brandy Cline thought a $1,900 check to help pay taxes on a Canadian lottery prize seemed fishy. So, instead of rushing to the bank, she did some research.
The Arizona Attorney General's office has turned down the Citizens for a Better Payson Government's request to investigate the April 8, 2005 contract between Eastern Arizona College and the Gila County Provisional Community College Board of Governors.
Three animal protection groups have joined forces to stop the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest from auctioning 400 "wild" horses, fearing the animals will be purchased for slaughter.
A $100,000 fund has been created to assist Star Valley homeowners in converting from private wells to Brooke Utilities if their wells are adversely impacted by the pumping of water to Payson by local developer G. Michael Horton.
State schools chief Tom Horne's announcement that all of Arizona's new teachers beginning in the 2006-2007 school year must pass a performance test has received a lukewarm reception in Payson.
Convictions for driving without insurance, driving under the influence and underage consumption now cost more. Legislation creating stiffer fines and penalties -- including revoking driving privileges -- took effect Aug. 12.
State governments and school districts are joining forces with the National Education Association to file lawsuits against the federal government for not funding the No Child Left Behind law.
Margery Genette Brewster Bloomfield, 85, died Sept. 11, 2005 in Payson after a short illness.
Lionel "Babe" Cecil Charle, 89, died Aug. 31, 2005.
Scott Robert Lucchesi, 57, of Payson, died Sept. 12, 2005. He was born July 14, 1948 in East Lansing, Mich.
Robin T. McCoy, 44, of Mesa, died Sept. 9, 2005. He was born in Prescott and worked as a radio frequency engineer for Sprint/Nextel.
Harold Elburn Wilson, 96, of Payson, died Sept. 11, 2005. He was born June 25, 1909 in Moville, Iowa.
The town of Payson is about to experience what I have termed as a convergence of circumstances regarding the employment of police officers. This convergence is going to happen; there is no stopping it. Here is how it will happen:
Thank you for your kindness and patience since our rollover accident on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Members of the community of Payson and the Payson Unified School District have been working very hard this past year to improve the appearance of all our schools. Their hard work is already evident at all campuses.
After reading the "More than a Cheerleader" letter in Mail Call (Sept. 6), I felt that some folks need to look for factual information and not respond simply on emotion as is often the case. Some facts:
Labor Day -- another long weekend and another long, long backup of traffic through Payson. It really is time for the city to seriously consider a by-pass, as much for its own residents as for travelers.
Amid all the posturing and finger pointing in Louisiana at the moment, Rep. John Shadegg has made the one concrete proposal that will start to rectify things.
My first letter to the editor in my life was published last month in the Payson Roundup recounting the beauty and blessing of living in our community. This, my second letter, is written in outrage at corporate greed.
In regard to some of the critical comments about our president, may I say, simply, "Hogwash!"
On behalf of my husband, William Seibert, I wish to thank everyone at PRMC, from the doctors, assistants, techs, nurses, and emergency room and registration people, for the excellent care and treatment he received.
Q: What is being built across from the senior apartments on South McLane. AND Q: Earlier this summer several juveniles were cited for a series of burglaries in Tonto Village. What is happening with that case?
From outside the shop, When Cowboys Dream looks small, but interesting. Step inside and your senses will get a thrilling punch -- there is something spectacular to see everywhere you look.
FOCUS ON PETS
Responsible Dog Ownership Day, sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC), is tomorrow -- Saturday, Sept. 17. Events are being held around the country this month to promote the responsibilities of dog ownership.
Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink says his goal is to boost his charges' mental toughness before crucial 3A East region competition tips off in earnest Sept. 20 at Alchesay.
For the first time in the history of the Payson High cross country program, runners ventured south to Sierra Vista where they competed against Tucson-area teams entered in the Sue Fletcher Invitational.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Living in Payson gives us the best of two fishing worlds. In less than an hour you can enjoy high-mountain trout in numerous Rim lakes and streams, or conceivably the best bass fishing in the West at Roosevelt Lake.
After posting a 4-1 record in season-opening games Sept. 10 at Payson High School, Payson's Central Arizona Youth Football Association teams go on the road for Sept. 17 clashes.
There is a nip in the air that indicates that fall is not far away. I listened to the weather report this morning on the radio and the announcer reported that there is a good probability of frost above the Rim. Brrrr!
If you want someone to help you raise money, Jeremy Chester is your man. Last weekend in Christopher Creek Jeremy organized an event called the Mohawk-a-Thon. For every $50 donated, someone in Christopher Creek would get a Mohawk. In three hours, donors contributed $1,600.
It was terrific to see all the Pine and Strawberry kids at the fair last weekend. They had rabbits, goats, pigs, poultry, horses and more. Many of them won ribbons.
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
Based on what I've been hearing and reading a lot about lately, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding the process that new subdivisions must complete to receive approval. Let's take a look at the outline -- and remember it's just an outline -- from start to finish.
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 12th house at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The four-bedroom house, located at 2502 W. Bulla Dr., was built in partnership with the seven-member Eric Hilgendorf family. PAHH President Charles Proudfoot will emcee the dedication ceremony.
Peggy and Mike Milburn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends Sept. 10.
At 73 years of age, widowed and with two hip replacements, Bob McGregor is determined to make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis by cycling over 150 miles in two days.
Winning 3A East region road games have traditionally been tough tasks for small-town Arizona sports teams.
Fabric, thread, yarn, silk flowers, beads and netting are combined with a unique technique to create dazzling works of fiber art.
Celebrating the art of quilting, the first-ever Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to Payson Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Now is the time to register for classes and enter quilts in the show's exhibit.
Tuesday, September 13
With the opening of the Zane Grey cabin just a month away, the annual fund-raising banquet of the Northern Gila County Historical Society takes on added importance.
IN THE KITCHEN
Official town historian and author Jayne Peace-Pyle, recently named as one of the states "Culture Keepers" with her husband Jinx Pyle, is releasing a new book, "Cooking for Zane Grey Under the Tonto Rim" as part of the celebration marking the opening of the replica of Zane Grey's cabin in Green Valley Park.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
Amazing how our lives have revolved around the Beeline/Tyler Parkway roundabout this year.
Myrtle Pyle Warter was honored as the Gila County Pioneer Woman of the Year Aug. 17 at the Payson Elks Lodge. The honor was bestowed upon her by the Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers. She was given a plaque, a corsage, and a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Monday, September 12
A quick glance at game statistics is all it takes to explain the Longhorn football team's 56-6 loss Sept. 9 to homestanding Chandler Seton Catholic.
Bradley Pickering, 48, of Phoenix, was arrested for driving under the influence, assault and four counts of endangerment after wrecking an all-terrain vehicle.
As part of its "Watch Your Car" program, the Payson Police Department is offering to etch VIN numbers into the window of your vehicle.
Learn about how the average citizen can help the Payson Police Department at an orientation meeting for the Police Volunteer program tonight.
A single shot was fired in a suspected road-rage incident off Houston Mesa Road late Monday afternoon. The Gila County Sheriff's Office investigation is ongoing, but a few details were available at press time.
Wanda Fay Besey, 71, of Payson, died Sept. 9, 2005 in Mesa.
Hospice volunteers say they have the special privilege of witnessing the end of a person's life -- they echo similar sentiments of reverence when they speak of the lives they touch.
At Payson Head Start children ages 3 to 5 learned more about healthy habits last Tuesday.
Q: In the Tuesday Sept. 6 Roundup Town Manager Fred Carpenter published a column telling your readers that water used at Chaparral Pines is not Payson Water, but water from outside Payson. Why didn't he mention that the water they use actually comes from Star Valley? AND Q: I heard Pat Johnson has resigned from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. Is that true?
I would like to thank all of Trucker John's friends, and mine, for helping me through a very tough time in my life.
Thanks for a great men's meeting. Special thanks to Pastor Gordon Hauptman and Promise Keepers speaker Bob Blue for their great messages at the Rim Country Men's Ministry meeting at Crossroads Foursquare Church.
I have just finished watching a segment on television re: Stranded firefighters who traveled from Illinois to help the victims of Katrina. They are playing football while waiting to be assigned a place to help.
As a former resident of Payson, I wish to register my disgust with the destruction of the bear that wandered into a residential neighborhood.
It seems that Ms. Bohlmeyer needs, as do so many others, a short lesson in civics.
In spite of popular belief, the best antidote (remedy or other agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison) against drug abuse is NOT "a loving parent who is involved in a child's life and sets the example by living drug-free." Parents are fooling themselves with this myth.
I am getting very tired of people, without knowledge or facts but who have a political agenda, bashing our president for events that are beyond his control.
I want to say thank you to the mystery bicycle rider. On Aug. 31, my dog was hit by a vehicle and left on FS Road 428. Someone riding by on a bicycle noticed her and stopped at the Pine/Strawberry Fire Station to report it.
As many readers know, legal actions were filed by Citizens for Better Payson Government with the Attorney General for the state of Arizona in May and early June 2005. Two issues are involved:
Smokey Bear is an American legend. Since 1944, the lovable black bear has effectively delivered one of the most recognized advertising phrases in the world -- "Only you can prevent forest fires."
Besides increasing the bed tax to fund a police academy, a long town council agenda includes two rezoning requests for new subdivisions.
David Wilcox looks just like any other cowboy in Payson. He wears a Stetson hat, a goatee -- he stuffs his legs into painted-on Wranglers and snaps on long-sleeved cowboy shirts.
The Payson Town Council is holding an executive session at 6 p.m. Tuesday on its decision to pay George Randall and Roy Haught $750,000 for Star Valley water, but there is disagreement over why.
About 50 people turned out Sunday evening to witness a flag retirement ceremony conducted by Boy Scout Troop 354 to commemorate 9/11 and those who showed valor on that infamous day.
Seven emergency service workers have left the Rim Country to help in the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.
Hotel managers are infuriated that the town wants to raise the bed tax from 3 percent to 5 percent to fund a police academy.
If the price of gas continues to rise, Payson and Pine-Strawberry School Districts will be forced to make budget cuts and curtail extracurricular programs to keep those yellow school buses rolling.
What is a libero anyway?
Mogollon Health Alliance held its fourth Annual Charity Olde Tyme Auction and Appraisal Fair Saturday, Sept. 10. The event raised $7,744.70, said Judy Baker, executive director of MHA.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m to noon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located on Ponderosa Street and Aero Drive, will host a community "Hearts and Hands Humanitarian Day."
Ah, the golden age of radio! Who could ever forget listening to shows such as "Little Theater Off Times Square," "Fibber McGee and Molly," "The Shadow" and the "Jack Benny Show?"
A successful season-opening day has Payson Youth Football Association President Scott Geske forgetting about the troublesome burdens he sometimes must shoulder.
When people make claims we doubt, we sometimes ask them to either prove what they're saying or stop saying it. Most of the time they just quit, but every once in a while something quite different happens.
A 2-1 loss to the Holbrook Roadrunners wasn't the way Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink wanted to tip off the 3A East season.
The thundering three of Carlan Pontious, David Cluff and Carlos Lopez paced the Longhorn cross country team to a nail-biting two-point victory over Flagstaff Sinagua.
Veteran coach Chuck Hardt can only be wondering "what if" after watching his Lady Longhorn cross country team post a no-score in a Sept. 7 season opening four-way meet.
Thursday, September 8
The Beaver Valley Fire Department has added another important piece of fire protection equipment to the complement serving Rim Country. It's the department's new 3,000 gallon tender/pumper truck.
The Big Labor Day weekend is over once again. There certainly were a lot of people milling around Pine and Strawberry. The traffic was unbelievable. It seems that not too many people worried about the price of gas. The businesses in Pine and Strawberry must have done very well.
Longhorn soccer player Justin Shuman (No. 3) injured his ankle on a muddy field during a 5-0 loss to Round Valley in the Elks Invitational Tournament held Sept. 3 in Eagar-Springerville.
Having coach Dennis Pirch on board at the Payson Roundup as an outdoor columnist will be a huge treat for our readers.
Title 9 gives golfer a chance for greatness
Sixty-year-old Joanne Travis is just now realizing the dream of a lifetime -- to participate in the United States Golf Association Senior Women's Amateur Championship.
Fresh off a runner-up showing in the consolation bracket of the Payson Invitational Volleyball Tournament, the Lady Longhorns returned to the court Sept. 6 to dump homestanding Estrella Foothills 2-1.
Amber Marshall is a teen on the move. Her family has relocated from Jake's Corner to the Tilting H Ranch near Young, where she's home-schooled and she's riding a new horse that has her scooting along to some impressive barrel racing times.
Aspiring football players 8 to 15 years old will have the opportunity Sept. 16 to showcase their gridiron skills in a national competition and watch the Longhorns' home opener against the Holbrook Roadrunners.
Archery deer season is in full swing and it's a great opportunity to spend time in the woods if you didn't draw a rifle tag. You can purchase an over-the-counter archery deer or turkey tag and be hunting big game.
Mogollon Health Alliance is hosting its fourth annual Charity Olde Tyme Auction and Appraisal Fair Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Northern Gila County Fair will be held Sept. 9, 10 and 11 at the Payson Event Center and the Tonto Apache Gym, located on opposite sides of Highway 87, 1/2 mile south of town.
The rising cost of gas in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is just the beginning of the fallout consumers are likely to see in coming months. Katrina will impact the building industry, insurance rates and some grocery supplies.
$200 million worth of marijuana plants eradicated in local forests this year
Bear hunters and at least three Mexican nationals overseeing a marijuana garden exchanged gunfire after the hunters accidentally stumbled upon the illegal pot fields.
Local Arizona Game and Fish personnel were following department policy when they destroyed the 200-pound black bear captured near Rumsey Park last Friday.
Restaurant closing for three months
One of Payson's fast food icons is taking a break for the next three months. The town's McDonald's will close at 1 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11 for demolition so that a new, larger restaurant can be built.
‘Katrina changed all of us'
Sisters Rachel and Rikki Ray sat four agonizing days in their sweltering Hammond, La. condominium wondering whether Hurricane Katrina's wrath had finally ended.
Boy Scout Troop 354 will honor those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks by holding a flag retirement ceremony Sunday evening. The Payson Patriotic Events Committee is also planning a two-phase Sept. 11 commemoration, said organizer Bill Sahno, retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel.
Students in Michelle Gibbar's classes at Rim Country Middle School held a school-wide fund-raiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Students earned more than $700 for the Salvation Army and Food for the Hungry.
The famous Western novelist's cabin was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and by the 1980s it was attracting 20,000 visitors a year. Grey, who penned more than 60 Westerns, spent each fall at the cabin during the 1920s. He set 24 of his books in Arizona and half of those in the Rim Country.
Alternative and ancient practices to improve health and well-being are becoming more available in Payson.
I try and think not,of old days. As when we fought, and yelled.
Dick and Pat Watson celebrate 50 years of marriage
Dick and Pat Watson have been in the Rim Country about 35 years. Men and women who attended Julia Randall Elementary School in the 1970s, when it was Payson's only elementary school, will remember Dick Watson as one of their teachers.
Lester W. Oltersdorf, 82, of Pine died Sept. 6, 2005 in Scottsdale. He was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Detroit, Mich.
Robert E. Gardner, 71, died in East Verde Park Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005.
Agnes (Aggie) Elizabeth Graves of Tonto Basin, died Sept. 6, 2005. She was born Dec. 29, 1927 in Denver, Colo. to Joseph M. and Margaret G. Cassidy.
LaVerne Ruby Cheek, 88, of Payson, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005. She was born in Joplin, Mo., the youngest child of Harry and Bessie Wisor.
Working together with the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Time Out Thrift Shop will hold a "bag sale plus" next week.
After a two-year absence, the Northern Gila County Fair is returning to the Rim Country this weekend. The fair is a place where people can gather to compete in agricultural, homemaking and leisure-time hobbies, to recognize and encourage excellence, and to visit friends and enjoy themselves in a family atmosphere.
Q: Does the town have an ordinance regarding homeowners cutting down large ponderosa pines that are alive and well? Are there any consequences?
When Jamie Ludtke saw Locks of Love featured on "The Montel Williams Show," her heart went out to children who had lost their hair due to disease.
I am a student at Rim Country Middle School. I am concerned about the dress code. There are a lot of students that don't obey the dress code.
William Gray, the foremost well-known and respected atmospheric scientific researcher, in an interview published in September 2005 Discover Magazine, comments in his article that he does not assume the politically correct position of the supposedly well-educated, mainstream media and some scientists.
This is an open letter to Congressman Rick Renzi. This week the Gulf area of our country was hit by Hurricane Katrina. This is not a surprise. It is hurricane season.
I was present at the tranquilizing of the bear on Bronco Circle last Friday morning. I helped carry the bear from where it fell to the Game and Fish trailer, because the trailer was parked in my driveway.
A flash for Mayor Barbara Brewer and council members who have similar vision. Payson is a hot bed of old, crotchety, hard-of-hearing, absent-minded, toothless, half-blind, senile, shortsighted, has beens.
This is in reference to Dave Engleman's letter in the Aug. 30 issue of the Payson Roundup. Mr. Kuenzli was not shot for "playing" with his dogs in the forest; he was shot for threatening the life of Mr. Fish, who was acting in self-defense, a right granted by Arizona statutes, among others.
What makes me upset is that President Bush could care less about the people of the USA and cares more for getting money to other countries and the war. We have a tragedy that has occurred from the hurricane and Bush doesn't care.
Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans said it all and I quote, "I am pissed!" The response to Katrina has not matched the scope of this disaster. I am an emergency registered nurse signed up for disaster mobilization with the Red Cross.
I admit that your story on the dangers and effects of meth was extremely heartbreaking. The before and after pictures will forever haunt me. I know firsthand the effects this drug has on a person and their family. The pictures do not lie.
While camped outside his Texas ranch, Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, has been a real thorn in President Bush's political side. She's now left Camp Casey and taken her anti-war campaign on the road. There are rallies planned in major U.S. cities culminating with a march on Washington, D.C.
While newcomers Jay and Kasandra LeBow are stirring up the art scene, noted local artist Conrad Okerwall has been creating Western masterpieces in Payson since retiring here in 1988.
The Payson art scene has taken on a new dimension with the recent arrival of Jay and Kasandra LeBow. The LeBows are longtime gallery owners, art collectors and dealers who relocated from the Valley, bringing with them several concepts for integrating the Rim Country's business and art communities.
The 20-member Longhorn cross country team will travel Sept. 9 to Sierra Vista where the boys will participate, for the first time, in the Sue Fletcher Classic.
Summer highlight for young and old is ‘homegrown, homemade, old-fashioned'
The Northern Gila County Fair is returning to the Rim Country this weekend. After many years at the helm, Walt and Willene Smith decided that they could no longer do it and for two years, there was no fair.
If you meet Terri Luke, you might not suspect that she earns half her living selling authentic Chicago hot dogs.
Can you feel it? There is a cool wind blowing through the air. Can the fall season be far away? I listened to the weather report this morning and it sounded promising for cool weather by the end of this week. Pretty soon the leaves will be turning their beautiful reds, gold and orange colors. Fall is a favorite time of year for me. Tonto Village looks so festive during the fall.
I could not resist this picture of Chief J.R. Alliger of Tonto Village. Jack Kalmar took this great shot of him during the "Sweeten the Chief Pie Throwing Contest."
Tuesday, September 6
IN THE KITCHEN with Family Features
Having a couple of fast and tasty dishes in your personal recipe file is the perfect solution for dinner on a day that didn't go too well and you have tried every takeout dish in town -- two or three times.
County fairs are a hallmark of old-fashioned fun. They are also a cornerstone in the creation of a community.
AROUND THE RIM COUNTRY
This writer named Jim Green has penned an article on writing your own book. He begins thus: "There is an age-old adage that is as true today as when it was first mooted: ‘Everyone has at least one good book in them.'"
I was about 6 years old when I asked my dad, Gene Pyle, to tell me about my great-grandad Childers.
Monday, September 5
Gila County Community College and Eastern Arizona College have teamed to offer several online criminal justice courses for the 2005-06 school year.
Sixth-grade science students in Pine know that without a skeleton they would be like the blob or a single-celled organism. "If I didn't have a skeleton I'd be all wobbly," teacher Stacy Horsley said as she suddenly slumped on the floor.
Ernest Eric Papenhausen, 56, died at the Payson Care Center Aug. 31, 2005. He was born in Long Branch, N.J., July 28, 1949.
Leonard L. Couch, 85, died Aug. 31, 2005 in Payson. Couch was born June 19, 1920 in Twin Hills, Okla.
Low-cost spay and neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson by the Arizona Humane Society's mobile clinic. The clinic will be held for three days-Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Bashas' parking lot.
Pair honored for contributions to preserving state's culture, history and tradition
Payson residents Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle are among 10 Arizonans named Culturekeepers for 2005 in recognition of their contributions to the preservation of the state's culture, history and tradition.
How the weeds have grown after all this wonderful rain. We were promised a relatively dry monsoon this year, but luckily, those forecasts have been proven wrong.
Lots of lovely gardens dot the Rim Country, but not everyone has a green thumb. For those would-be gardeners who have brown thumbs, attempts at gardening are pots of dirt with dead stems.
High gas prices don't stop Valley visitors
Gas prices soaring past $3 a gallon didn't deter Valley visitors from making their annual holiday trek to the Pine-Strawberry Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival.
Payson Special Olympic athletes, families, coaches and volunteers have issued a huge thank you to The Tonto Apache Tribe for its recent donation of more than $23,000.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will not host barrel racing or pole bending Sept. 7, but instead will use the time to set up the Payson Event Center for the Northern Gila County Fair.
Longhorn track and field teams will make their much-anticipated season debut Sept. 7 at Payson Golf Course with a boys' roster heavy with talented veterans, and a girls' team with just three members.
Defending state runner-up Ganado High School proved to be a thorn in the Lady Longhorns' side during the two days of the Payson Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
A second-place finish in the second flight of the Round Valley Invitational might have been the Longhorn boys soccer team's immediate reward, but it was the experience of four games in two days that could pay big dividends later in the season.
Q: The week of Aug. 22 the north end of McLane was paved where it meets Houston Mesa Road, stopping two houses short of Johnson. I drive on the north end of McLane daily. It was all ready smooth. Why was it paved? AND Q: Tim Fruth said he had a conflict of interest at (a recent) council meeting, what is it? AND Q: I heard there was a new taxi company in town. I would love to have that phone number but I can't locate it.
Your online photos of the Payson rodeo were excellent. Really top quality.
There continues to be confusion regarding the sources of water for the golf courses at Chaparral Pines and the Rim Club.
To paraphrase an old Neil Diamond song money doesn't sing or dance, but it does talk loudly in our society. Almost all measures of influence, prestige and power in our culture are measured in dollars, whether fairly or not, whether beneficial or not.
As mobile creatures, humans must go places. Our mobility is dear to us. But, what happens when we lose our ability to roam the earth? Believe it or not, this is happening to us as we speak. Not because we are genetically changing and unable to walk, but because of avarice.
All day on Aug. 29, the day before Katrina struck land, I kept expecting President Bush to put some emergency evacuation procedures in place for New Orleans and other cities that might be affected by this hurricane.
I hate to keep reliving this roundabout thing, but the last two times I was driving from the south and following the correct signs to turn west into The Home Depot the drivers from the north breezed right through the yield sign and almost picked me off.
Prior to the start of the infamous Aug. 26 town council meeting, I completed a "sign in" sheet -- a request to address the council -- at 4:15 p.m. I handed the request to an assistant town clerk, who promised to give it to the mayor prior to the meeting. I did not leave the building at any time from then until after 8 p.m. I was not recognized, or allowed to speak in spite of the fact that my written request was submitted, plus the fact that I raised my hand repeatedly but was ignored by the mayor.
I have pondered about using "Mail Call" to express my opinions concerning the Star Valley-Diamond Point water issues, but as someone has already said, "Enough is enough." Yes, it is about water. And, yes, it is truly a moral issue.
Anyone who has held the hand of a loved one struggling to overcome drug abuse knows the toughest battles take place outside the courtroom.
Greg and Wendy Pruett of Phoenix, who own property in the Payson area, won a 2005 Jeep that was raffled by Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty as a fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity.
A refurbished memorial was dedicated Saturday, Sept. 3 to the six firefighters who lost their lives in the Dude fire of 1990.
A verbal confrontation between two men in the 1200 block of N. Ponderosa Circle turned into a knife fight Wednesday Aug. 31. Gun shots were fired in an effort to stop the brawl.
Two different rollovers on Rim Country roads during the Labor Day weekend kept the Payson office of the Department of Public Safety alert.
A Payson physician and his wife were injured when their vehicle was hit at the intersection of Beeline and Bush highways.
Gila County Juvenile Drug Court is a last chance to stop addicted youths from entering the Arizona Department of Corrections.
The heroics of senior speedster Luke Apfel weren't enough to stymie a determined Winslow Bulldog team that turned big plays into a 34-21 win over the Payson Longhorns.
Melissa L. and Chad A. Overman celebrated their first wedding anniversary Sept. 4, 2005.
Bryson James Titus-Zimmerschied was born June 21, 2005 to Tom Titus and Starla Zimmerschied.
The Northern Gila Republican Women's Club awarded a $500 scholarship to Mandy Randall, daughter of Vernon and Wanda Randall of Payson.
The lawn at 405 E. Evergreen St. looked more like a disaster relief shelter Monday than a private residence as Paysonites continue to rally and mobilize in efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Payson Police Commander Don Engler will not face charges in a fatality accident in which the trailer he was pulling broke free, killing a Valley man, if the Maricopa County Attorney accepts the recommendation of the Scottsdale Police Department.
Game and Fish decision questioned by neighbors
A 200-pound black bear that wandered into a residential area near Rumsey Park was euthanized by Arizona Game and Fish personnel Friday.
Thursday, September 1
Nina Ray called upon on a mother's love to buoy her during what she calls one of the toughest ordeals of her life. Ray's anguish began Aug. 29 after Hurricane Katrina plowed into the Gulf Coast states, sparking one of the worst disasters in the nation's history.
If you see gasoline being sold for less than $3 a gallon over the next few days -- fill 'er up. Hurricane Katrina has knocked out refineries and severed pipelines along the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, which supply about a third of the country's gas, according to a CNBC online report.
A group of Payson residents who say they're outraged at the town's hypocrisy launched a referendum petition drive to stop the town council from taking water out of Star Valley.
A child's story prompted Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin to create a plan to deal with the methamphetamine problem in northern Gila County.
Methamphetamine, either as powder or crystalline chunks, is a highly addictive stimulant that can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally.
Because so much help is needed for those crippled by the hurricane, we have to ask "Where are the National Guard and their resources?" Speaking for the Mississippi National Guard, Lt. Andy Thaggard said: "Missing the personnel is the big thing in this particular event. We need our people."
Devastation and despair flash before our eyes from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The images are almost unbelievable and many of us feel a burning desire to help. Our children and grandchildren feel it, too.
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
In the late 90s, the town of Payson commissioned a water study of the area that concluded, in part, that the town's aquifer has a safe-yield water supply of 1,826 acre-feet of water per year. This means that as long as the town's use of its groundwater annually averages 1,826 acre-feet of water or less, natural processes will replenish the underground supply.
Ryan Bowling, son of Bill and Sandy Bowling of Payson, and Alisha Bulthuis, daughter of Brian and Dianne Bulthuis of Flagstaff, were married May 27, 2005, in Kauai, Hawaii.
The biggest news in Tonto Village is our big Labor Day Bash this coming Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005. All the fun and food will begin at the Tonto Village Chapel at 11 a.m. The brats and hot dogs will be firing up on the grill and all the trimmings will be ready, along with our bake sale and the silent auction being sponsored by our good neighbors, the Christopher Creek Firebelles will be in full swing.
Want something to do this Labor Day weekend? Head over to Tonto Village for their annual Labor Day weekend celebration.
The big Labor Day weekend is here and there will be plenty to see and do in Pine and Strawberry to keep everyone entertained and full of great food.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, Payson Police Department, and Gila County Sheriff's Office are hosting a Law Enforcement Citizens Academy this fall.
Scott Crabdree, of Payson-based Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services, has been named the 70th president of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers (IIAB) of Arizona. Crabdree will serve a one-year term as president after having acted four years on the IIAB of Arizona's executive committee and board of directors.
Sprint Nextel Corp. has expanded its services in the Rim Country. AZ Spectrum Wireless, owned by Cindy and Andrew Kofile, is the Payson dealership for the corporation.
Rim Country fans of television's Biography and History channels may be surprised to see a national advertising campaign featuring Payson's Cucina Paradiso and its pizza.
A prep football visit to Winslow during the tenure of Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame coach Emil Nasser would usually have meant a bus ride home mourning an "L".
High school baseball player Jason Sweet is convinced an off season program is the key to turning around the Longhorn baseball program.
It's out of the season-opening frying pan and into tournament fire for the Lady Longhorn volleyball team.
Analysis ends, implementation phase begins
The Focused Future II program has a new vision for Payson. Residents and community leaders spent many hours this past year creating a guide for the town's future development.
Longhorn cross country coach Chuck Hardt is in need of volunteer help for a season-opening meet to be held Sept. 7 at Payson Golf Course.
The final of three Open Ranch Horse summer competitions is now a part of the Northern Gila County Fair and will be held Sept. 11 at the Payson Event Center. Competition begins at 10 a.m.
Billie Mellor, 75, of Payson, died in Phoenix Aug. 24, 2005 following a long hospitalization. She was born in Ada, Okla., on July 19, 1930, and moved to Prescott in 1991, and then to Payson in 1998 following the death of her husband, Van Mellor.
Joyce Nightingale Jones, 83, a part-time resident of Payson, died Aug. 28, 2005. She was born Jan. 10, 1922 in St. Ansgar, Iowa, to Noble Nightingale and Grace Colbertson.
Billy Junior Blue, 79, of Payson, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 of sudden cardiac arrest. He was born and reared in Protection, Kan., the youngest son of W.C. and Josephine Blue.
Q: What is the renovation activity going on at the fire station on Main Street?
Well, the town of Payson finally aroused me to question the stability of someone who apparently must be in charge of doling out funds to developers.
During the 2005 Payson Little League season, our league experienced an unprecedented level of success. The 11-12-year-old division all-stars advanced to the district championships, and the 9-10 year-old division all-stars went undefeated in area and district play and advanced to the state championship tournament.
It saddens me that the views in the Roundup were so one-sided on the off-road-vehicle issue.
Since 1976 when I moved to Arizona, I have been a fan of Payson Rodeos -- particularly the "August Doin's." I've missed a handful of fall rodeos, but my enjoyment and support have been continuous for all 29 years.
On Aug. 25, more than 300 citizens attended Payson town council meeting concerned about resolution 2098, which authorizes the town of Payson to take water out of Star Valley and pipe it to Payson's water system to support new development. They also authorized a rezoning request that is dependent on additional new water.
In the past few weeks there have been some very heated discussions and meetings regarding the town of Payson and Diamond Star Water Coalition. Having been previously involved in local city government, I have to say that I feel sorry for Payson's city council and their mayor.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
There is something about the outdoors, a fishable body of water and your favorite rod and reel in your hands that will make for an enjoyable outing.
Leonard L. Couch, 85, died Aug. 31, 2005 in Payson. Couch was born June 19, 1920 in Twin Hills, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1949, then in the Air Force Reserves from 1949 to 1952.
Everyone can contribute something to relief efforts
Payson residents are mobilizing to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama earlier this week.