News for Monday, September 12, 2005



Emergency crews aid hurricane survivors

Seven emergency service workers have left the Rim Country to help in the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

Fuel costs limit bus services

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.

Maybe people don't belong in Payson

As a former resident of Payson, I wish to register my disgust with the destruction of the bear that wandered into a residential neighborhood.

Head start teaches healthy habits to Pre-Ks

At Payson Head Start children ages 3 to 5 learned more about healthy habits last Tuesday.

Libero shores up back row

What is a libero anyway?

Re-examine those things that 'just ain't so'


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.

Arguable bed tax to fund academy

Hotel managers are infuriated that the town wants to raise the bed tax from 3 percent to 5 percent to fund a police academy.

Boy Scout troops hold flag retirement services

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.

Council's executive session includes Haught-Randall deal

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.

Convicted sex offender speaks out

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.

Additional items on the council's agenda Thursday

Besides increasing the bed tax to fund a police academy, a long town council agenda includes two rezoning requests for new subdivisions.

Smokey Bear a goner in Arizona

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."

Time to petition AG for decision on county college

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:

Bicyclist's kindness appreciated

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.

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem

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.

Parents, programs can't help

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.

Action was not the president's to take

It seems that Ms. Bohlmeyer needs, as do so many others, a short lesson in civics.

Triage is key in timely response

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.

Thank you for successful meeting

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.

Thanks to friends, paramedics and sheriff

I would like to thank all of Trucker John's friends, and mine, for helping me through a very tough time in my life.

What's up?

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?

Hospice volunteers comfort dying, support families

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.

Wanda Fay Besey

Wanda Fay Besey, 71, of Payson, died Sept. 9, 2005 in Mesa.

Sheriff's Office investigates road-rage incident

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.

Find out about volunteer police work

Learn about how the average citizen can help the Payson Police Department at an orientation meeting for the Police Volunteer program tonight.

Identification for vehicles provided

As part of its "Watch Your Car" program, the Payson Police Department is offering to etch VIN numbers into the window of your vehicle.

Children hurt in ATV wreck

Bradley Pickering, 48, of Phoenix, was arrested for driving under the influence, assault and four counts of endangerment after wrecking an all-terrain vehicle.

What happened in Chandler?

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.

Depleted roster disappointing for Lady Horns

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.

Trio nails down cross country victory

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.

Lady Horns drop game to Holbrook

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.

Opener a great success

A successful season-opening day has Payson Youth Football Association President Scott Geske forgetting about the troublesome burdens he sometimes must shoulder.

Olde tyme auction nets almost $8,000

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.

Radio quiz will spur memories


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?"

Planned Humanitarian Day to benefit Katrina victims

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."