Friday, April 28
To me, the Payson School District doesn't seem to be listening to the opinions of the people their decisions truly affect -- the students.
Thursday, April 27
In the April 25 edition of the Payson Roundup, Mayor Barbara Brewer wrote a letter accusing me of sending her an accusatory and scurrilous e-mail.
I am writing to express my support for Julia Randall Elementary Principal Peggy Miles.
Gardeners always get excited when they learn about new plants. Recently, I had the good fortune to see some of the new roses which will be available for purchase in 2007.
The Payson Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, is requesting public comment on the Final Report of the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for the Shumway Mill Site. All public comments are welcome and will be accepted until the close of business May 31.
It was amusing, if not alarming, to read Felicia Megdal's story, "Home Rule ballot issues buried under mayoral contest," in the April 11 Roundup.
This letter is in response to the recent decision of the Payson School Board to release Peggy Miles as principal. My question is why? I have not heard or seen a reason for this decision.
The Roundup presents a collection of photos from the Payson High School prom, Saturday, April 23, 2006.
Denigrating slurs have been slung about in Payson for the last couple of months. Then again, admiring accolades have nearly filled the Letter to the Editor column of the newspaper. This seems to be a case of dirty politics that has many of us in our great town of Payson slightly nauseated.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Academy announced that Fire Marshal Michael W. Winters of Payson successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program.
Don Crowley made comments at the beginning of the Town Council meeting of April 13. No speaker form was filled out, so no topic was given. He started out stating his opinion regarding the replacement of councilmember Barriger by the current sitting council. These comments were followed by his opinion regarding the Edwards/Blair campaign and how much money they collected.
Bob Edwards is still having problems with the facts.
Make this clear. There are two people running for mayor, one for beauty, and the other to solve problems and make things run smoothly.
I am puzzled when I hear that our Town is in chaos. My husband and I participated in the Citizens Leadership Academy and have knowledge of how the town government and departments function.
This letter is written regarding Our View on "The Golden Rule still applies in immigration debate."
The issue in this election is the responsiveness of the current mayor and a majority of the town council to the will of the people of Payson.
Upon hearing the news that my beloved Michael had passed away, a local venue in Star Valley immediately put up a donation bowl to help me with final expenses and taking care of Michael's affairs.
In recent weeks, if you've picked up the Payson Roundup, listened to local radio or turned on cable television, you've been bombarded by negative campaigning in our local mayoral race.
Residents of the Rim Country will be treated to "An Afternoon of Broadway and Opera" next Sunday.
Knots of scrub oak snap like uncooked pasta underfoot and manzanita grows all around in lumps amid crispy, dry grass. It's the perfect fuel for wildfire to burn hot and fast, and it surrounds Star Valley.
Josephine (Jody) Ann Zang (Balestrere), 57, of Scottsdale, died April 25, 2006. She was born Nov. 12, 1948 in Kansas City, Mo. to Buster V. and Rose (Marchese) Balestrere.
David Paul Halchishick, 53, of Pine, died April 12, 2006 from Hepatitis C that he contracted 30 years ago. He was born June 2, 1952 in Bridgeport, Conn.
Phyllis Rae Miller Allen, 70, died April 22 of cancer.
This letter is a rebuttal to Carpenter's comment that property taxes are going down.
Payson Development Group's request for the rezoning of 8.2 acres for Mogollon Ridge subdivision at 2009 N. McLane Road, behind The Home Depot. The rezoning increases density from from one house per 4 acres to one house per 6,000 square feet.
Suddenly the real estate market in Pine and Strawberry is alive and active. You hear about a house going on the market and the next thing, it is sold. It is nice to know that property values are going up along with our property taxes.
John Breninger was removed as chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board meeting April 20.
Theron "Gayle" Manning, 82, of Payson, died April 22, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 28, 1923 in Cross Plains, Texas.
Star Valley resident and town councilor Art Lloyd addressed an audience, overflowing into the corridors of town hall, at the Payson Town Council meeting Thursday evening. He quoted Benjamin Franklin's plea for unity, uttered during the signing of the Declaration of Independence: "We had better hang together or surely we will hang separately."
The trial of Harold Fish took a bizarre twist Thursday morning when one of the 11-member jury visiting the scene of the alleged crime found a spent .10 mm cartridge on the ground not far from where Grant Kuenzli's body was found.
Time to dust off the clubs, fine tune the swing and get ready for the fun, frolic and competition of Payson Youth Football Benefit Tournament.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
It is approaching late spring and Roosevelt is a busy place with numerous bass tournaments going on almost every weekend.
Benjamin J. Wright, known as "Gentle Ben," died April 23, 2006 at University Medical Center in Tucson, after battling for three years with leukemia.
Superstars Basketball, a nationwide youth hoop organization, is coming for the first time to Payson.
Some of the finest young athletes in the Rim Country have qualified for the Pepsi Pitch Hit and Run Sectional Championships to be held May 13 at Rhodes Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Todd Kreimeyer turned in a track and field performance most prep athletes only dream about.
As a concerned Payson citizen and pilot, it is my opinion the Town of Payson has done a complete turn about in their thinking regarding the airport expense issues.
Gila County is conducting a Small Area Transportation Study, using the firm of Lima and Associates. The purpose of the plan is to look at the county's existing roads and determine possible alternatives for routes in and out of growing communities, according to Tommie Martin, Gila County supervisor for District One.
Rim Country Classic Auto Club hosts the 13th annual Beeline Cruise-In and Charity Car Show this weekend.
NEWS FROM STAR VALLEY TOWN HALL
When I heard of the job as the first Town Manager for the Town of Star Valley I was excited about the challenge of starting a brand new town. However, I was also concerned about being overwhelmed by all the work and small details involved. Boy, was I surprised.
FOCUS ON PETS
Always on the lookout for column ideas, I ran across several situations in my recent travels worthy of mention. In California, I saw a man exercising his dog using a golf cart. He was going a little too fast, I thought, but his little poodle obviously loved it and was accustomed to it. The dog knew to stay out of the way of the wheels.
I was talking with Leonardo da Vinci the other day. No, not the one who lived in Italy during the Renaissance, the present-day Leonardo da Vinci who lives right across the street from me in Pine.
Join the Landmark on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 for the Third Annual Salsa Challenge and Cinco De Mayo Festival. Who will make the best Salsa? The Salsa Challenge begins at 2 p.m.
In 1998, Rory and Donna Hansen unloaded the parts for an RV6 kit plane. The sheer number of parts was overwhelming.
As I told Bob Edwards in February when he stopped at my door, even though I prefer Mayor Brewer to him for reasons we discussed, I thought well of him as a human being, and -- so far as I knew at that time -- as someone who comports himself with intelligence and dignity.
Gifts, prizes, cakes and clowns were abundant at the annual Tiny Toes birthday party at Payson Regional Medical Center hosted for babies born at the hospital in the past year.
Lady Longhorn track and field team members breathed a huge sigh of relief when the final scores of an April 25 four-way meet were posted.
A trip to Kenya in 2005 changed the lives of Daryl and Mary Jo Oft, owners of Diversified Solutions of Payson and Globe.
If you have ever been to the Payson Humane Society animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, you can't help but marvel at what an excellent job staff and volunteers are doing, considering the facility.
The spring cleaning bug has hit Tonto Village with full force. Not only was there a huge yard sale this past weekend, but also a huge cleaning effort on lot #151 by the Tonto Village volunteer firemen.
As many seniors may already know, this year Medicare began offering new prescription drug plans to help seniors pay for the prescriptions they need. Seniors now have the opportunity to enroll in the new Part D Prescription Drug Assistance Program.
Vote for value. Be sure you make the vote count to your advantage.
Week 1: The economics of affordable housing
Like dominos knocking each other over from one side of the country to the other, the housing market has changed.
March 2 started out like any other day. Teri Peterson, a medical biller, worked in her home office submitting insurance claims while her husband, Larry, tinkered with his remote-controlled model airplanes.
Members of the Senior Center brought their complaints to the board of directors over the past several months -- not making repairs to the facilities, board members not listening to complaints and personnel records being removed.
Tuesday, April 25
Rocco Walker reported to Pensacola, Fla. for Navy flight training in October 1965. After primary training in Pensacola and basic jet training in Meridian, Miss. I returned to Pensacola for Carrier Qualification and Air to air gunnery in July of 1966.
The Blue 1968 Cougar sat under a carport in Hillsboro, Ore. for about six years and was so covered with dust that you couldn't tell what color it was or what the interior was like. The hood latch was rusted so bad I couldn't get the hood open.
Early in April 2004 my wife and I, along with other RCCAC club members, went on a delightful, scenic cruise to Hurricane, Utah to enter and attend their annual car show with a 1936 Chevy Sedan street rod.
I ordered this car in June of 1980 from RAB Motors in San Francisco and took delivery in February of 1981.
The Rim Country Classic Car Club's show on Main Street is considered the "Best Little Car Show in Arizona." There will be vehicles from five surrounding states and from almost every town or city in Arizona.
What's wrapped up / In this bright truck / Is more than eyes can see. ...
Having a vintage race car for a hobby is really different than having an old road car, hot rod or cruiser.
Monday, April 24
Payson Hot Shots are among those fighting the Sand Fire burning eight miles northwest of Chevlon Canyon Lake in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Rim Country shoppers will soon have a new venue for clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as home gifts.
Making health insurance accessible and affordable for employers and employees of small businesses affiliated with national associations is a commendable goal, but not if it means some small businesses, especially those employing older workers, will be priced out of the market.
Arizona sports fans suffered the heartbreak of defeat in two of three showdowns Sunday against Los Angeles.
Freshman Nick Goodman pole-vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches to tie the Payson Rotarian Invitational Track and Field record.
Whipping highly favored and league-leading Blue Ridge 14-4 might have been the thrill of Jason Sweet's baseball life.
As the Longhorn baseball express steams toward postseason play, it's fueled by a potent offense that features one .400-plus hitter and five others hitting over the magical .300 mark.
Payson High School senior Brian Schwind has added another honor to his long list of accomplishments.
Nearly one year ago, Arizona experienced its first West Nile Virus case in a horse for the 2005 season. It never need happen again, as a vaccine is available to protect horses.
Pathologists, laboratory technologists and technicians are among the unsung heroes of medical health care.
Have you ever witnessed or experienced unconditional love and understanding? Well you did if you ever met Stella.
The two unidentified crafts hovering low over the soccer field on the way to Taylor Pool last week were hovercrafts.
Bob Edwards has once again sent me an accusatory and scurrilous e-mail. I have no doubt that he intends to use this in a desperate effort to advance his flagging and "truth-challenged" campaign.
Elly Stumpp, 74, of Payson, died April 19, 2006, after a short illness.
Herman (Hank) Smith, 81, died April 21, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 14, 1924 in Kansas.
Pauline Mildred Rische, 90, of Payson, died April 18, 2006 in Payson. She was born March 1, 1916 in Uniontown, Ky.
Diana Lynn Parks, 60, of Payson died April 19, 2006 following a brief illness. She was born in Chicago, Ill. to John R. and Audrey Parks.
Alice Jane Mahar, 89, of Payson, died April 18, 2006. She was born Dec. 7, 1916 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
David James Christensen, 60, of Payson, died April 22, 2006 in Pine. He was born Oct. 8, 1945 in Laconia, N.H.
Child-care providers have help available if they are preparing meals for their young charges.
After years with their needles working fabric into art, The Threadplayers unveil a patchwork of talent during their "Expressions in Fiber" art show.
Young men who are in trouble with the law, or face a difficult home situation, may, at the discretion of the courts, have an alternative to juvenile hall or foster care.
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
The Town of Payson is pleased to announce our third annual Payson Citizens Leadership Academy. This year's program, which we might also call Payson Local Government 101, kicks off in August and is co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service Company.
It takes grease, of the elbow variety, to put musical theater in motion. After two months, high school students and their adult directors are now in dress rehearsals for "Grease," the stage version.
Julia Randall Elementary School students and parents gathered April 14 at a before-school rally to show their support for embattled principal Peggy Miles.
As this election continues to heat up, even as it draws to a close, voter logic has taken a strange turn.
I'm not sure I understand why anyone, especially those on a fixed income, would vote for Edwards or Blair.
David Christensen died Saturday morning after falling 35 feet while hiking the rugged terrain of Pine Creek Narrows Canyon alone. He suffered a broken leg, broken arm and internal injuries in the fall.
As a veteran college composition teacher, I am compelled to offer my services to the community in hopes of refining the level of discourse that I am reading and hearing daily, particularly with regard to the election. I will focus on a letter and some very large display ads currently running.
Regarding the Mogollon Ridge development Horton and associates want between Home Depot and McLane, it is not just a water issue, or a growth vs. no-growth issue. It's a quality of life issue.
Grant money is being sought to make the county offices in Payson more accessible to people with disabilities.
Lexis Grace Griffin was born Jan. 29, 2006.
Michael Horton has the water he needs to develop a proposed 35-unit, 8-acre subdivision on North McLane Road. On Thursday night, Public Works Director Buzz Walker will accept Horton's water and well construction, bringing Resolution 2098 to its conclusion.
The May 16 General Election will be the Town of Payson's fifth all-mail ballot election. As Americans, our right to vote is a precious privilege and I'd like to take this opportunity to share some details about how the process works.
The Payson Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, is requesting public comment on the Final Report of the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for the Shumway Mill Site.
As my wife and I began to look at the perfect place to retire a few years ago, Payson fit the bill. It was represented by real estate agents, the visitor's bureau, the people we met, and the brochures that are available to be a well run, stable and charming little town that had no plans for explosive growth.
We would like to thank all the participants, presenters, and donors for our "Start Talking Before They Start Drinking: Fool's Day Fun" event on April 1.
Landon Charles Johnson was born April 12, 2006 to Charles Johnson II and Jessica Williams.
I'm wondering how many principals my daughter will have during her six years at Julia Randall Elementary.
Coldwell Banker residential brokerage recently acquired Jim Burton Realty in Overgaard.
"Te voy a extranar." Translated from Spanish, the phrase means, "I will miss you," and it was heard dozens of times on the morning of Thursday, March 30, as a group of 21 students from Payson High School rolled out of Guaymas, Mexico.
Your editorial of Tuesday, April 11 titled "Golden Rule still applies during immigration debate" is way off base. These illegal aliens march in our streets demanding rights they do not have, nor have they earned. You glorify their lawlessness. You condone their illegal entry into our country. Does not the Golden Rule apply to them?
Congressman Rick Renzi will host a Medicare Workshop at 11 a.m. Friday, April 28 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 Main St. to help seniors understand the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Staff members from Renzi's office will assist seniors with sign up for the program.
When the name of a CIA operative was leaked to the press, President Bush took the podium and stated that he was going to find out who in his administration leaked this sensitive "classified" information, and he promised that he would "deal" with this "leaker."
I just finished looking over the mayor's recent propaganda spread which was handed out door-to-door. I was very, very much amused with it.
We are writing in support of Barbara Underwood in the upcoming City Council election.
Another wheelchair bound friend and I recently cruised up Airport Road. We were pleasantly surprised to see a new sidewalk addition from Airport Road to the look out area.
I have just learned about the despicable performance of the Payson board of education, which voted to remove Mrs. Peggy Miles from her position as principal of Payson's Julia Randall Elementary School.
Anyone who has come to Payson Regional Medical Center for inpatient or outpatient care in the past year now has a chance to thank a nurse who went the extra mile.
I am distressed with the people who insist on slandering others in the coming election. I feel the same about our presidential elections.
The guests who frequent the Majestic Mountain Inn are always given special treatment. Now, they will enjoy that care in refreshed and remodeled surroundings.
Ms. Michele Lewis and Mr. Tim del Villar announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber del Villar, to Mr. Kameron Eghtesadi of Tucson.
The Curtis Johnson Insurance Agency, which handles policies for the Farmers Insurance Group, is moving into the past.
Thursday, April 20
I am writing this letter after witnessing one of the worst cases of injustice I have ever witnessed by an elected board of school board members.
The air was hot with the built-up frustration of the 47 members and staff of Payson Senior Center Thursday morning.
Author's Note: This letter was written to the Town Council almost nine years ago (Aug. 7, 1997) as a "controlled growth" mayor took office. He did some minor damage, but Payson recovered quite well, and will do so again. Remember to vote, from a positive and informed perspective, as we move without fear into the future.
Serenity Saffire Stroud-Crago died on April 17, 2006 after only five months of life.
Raymon "Dutch" Parsons, 90, of Payson, died April 19, 2006 in Payson. He was born Nov. 4, 1915 in Bethlehem, Texas.
Georgianne Smolenski used to go to Old Salem Village where weavers demonstrated their craft on century-old looms. For years, she thought it was "boring."
Carl Arthur Glenn died April 16, 2006 in Phoenix.
Harold "Bud" Conard, of Gisela, died on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006. He was born in Newport, Neb. on Feb. 1, 1925.
Derek Arthur Arger, 77, of Payson, died April 15, 2006 in Payson.
It's got a name, it's got a mayor and it's got a town council. Soon, Star Valley could have its own zip code.
A routine traffic stop turned into an arrest for marijuana possession Monday, April 17.
Spring is definitely here. Daffodils and hyacinths (I hope that is the right name) are appearing everywhere and finally, the buds on the trees are bursting to life. It is a wonderful time of the year. The nights are still cool but the days are glorious.
Derron DeRouin is stepping out from behind his desk and is in training for the 2006 Zane Grey Highline Trail Race.
My family and I were citizens of Payson and surrounds. For 14 years, Payson was a rural enjoyment. I met life-long friends, began to realize the wonderful caring and neighborliness of what a Western town should be.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is looking for area clubs, organizations, churches, businesses and individuals to participate in its 2006 Spring Rodeo Parade, the "Main Event."
Longtime friend Rory Aikens, a former editor of the Pinetop-Lakeside News turned Arizona Game and Fish officer, e-mailed to say Lower Lake Mary is the trout fishing hot spot in Arizona.
The Star Valley Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to spend a $50,000 grant from Gila County to begin a fire break 300 feet deep and nearly 6,000 feet long.
At least the prosecution and the defense agree on a few things. Harold A. Fish, 59, a retired school teacher, was exiting a rugged trailhead north of Payson late in the afternoon of May 11, 2004, when he encountered Grant Kuenzli and two of the three dogs in his care.
When it comes to employee compensation and benefits, the Town of Payson scores an A- among municipalities of similar size and structure. Personnel matters dominated a special meeting of the Payson Town Council Thursday evening when town leaders pondered salaries, staff additions and nonprofit donations.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Well, I spent the afternoon on the water fishing and discussing springtime crappie fishing with longtime friend Curt Rambo. In all honesty, we were confident we were going to find those fish in 2 to 10 feet of water near or on the spawning beds.
Parents usually wait up the night of prom with their head full of worries. This year, parents feel they have been given extra reason for concern.
The Moose Lodge in Star Valley, tucked away among a gentlemen's club, the fire department and a storage place, is more than your grandfather's watering hole.
Payson's replica of Zane Grey's cabin hits the airwaves Saturday, April 29, when Arizona Highways television broadcasts a segment on the Rim Country's historic landmark.
When kidneys fail, the human body begins to poison itself. Toxic waste products can no longer be filtered from the patient's blood and -- as in any poison emergency -- time becomes an enemy.
There are two nights in a child's life when parents wait up anxiously for their children to return home.
Dirk Maarten Leeuwrik, 72, died on April 16, 2006, at RTA Hospice House in Payson.
The Edwards/Blair advertisements are claiming, "Primary Results Are Clear."
FOCUS ON PETS
This is the time of year when wild animal babies of all kinds and sizes are being born in the surrounding forest and on vacant land around us.
In his early 50s, after a career in commercial property management, David Roberson went back to school to begin a savory new life.
Highway 87 closed down Thursday morning after a car, driving in the wrong lane, collided with a Safeway semi-truck.
Q: How many police officers are employed by the Payson Police Department and how many are associates of the Latter-day Saint/Mormon religion? --AND-- Q: I saw an ad in the Roundup for Mallorca hot tubs sold by a local store. Don't hot tubs use a lot of water? How much does a 7'x7'x3' hot tub use?
I am delighted that six generals stepped forward to voice their opinion against Rumsfeld.
What is going on in Payson?
Hello, my name is Della Elliott. I am an 18-year-old senior at Payson High School. You know, I am always listening to older people and they say that high school is supposed to be the best four years of your life.
I felt hurt and shocked by the front page story in last week's Payson Roundup.
Recent campaign ads in the Payson Roundup and on the local radio station have voiced personal attacks and scare tactics.
We need less acrimony in this upcoming election. We don't need all this negative help to decide what's wrong with the candidates.
Are you kidding? If I had written that half-page ad, I would have been so proud to have signed my name and not have hidden behind the "Committee."
The facelift for the historic Green Valley Park Ranger Station is days from completion.
People who keep animals receive many benefits from them. Dogs get us up off of the couch to go for walks or play games, lifting our spirits.
I had a nice job my last six years in the Air Force. Among other things, I spent a lot of time teaching others how to teach.
The spring cleaning bug has struck me this week. I hit the stores for all types of cleaners and I was determined to clean the house from top to bottom.
Whispering Pines Fire District received a grant that provided funds to install vehicle repeaters in five of their apparatus recently.
The Basin Clovers 4-H Group in Tonto Basin decided to start building for the future -- literally. With the help several businesses and individuals the 24 4-H members, ages 5 to 12, constructed a building for the Tonto Basin School to store journals and activity project supplies.
The Easter egg hunt in Christopher Creek was a big success. The kids showed up with their baskets and bonnets, ready to find the 400 eggs hidden by the Easter bunny.
With lip-smackin' barbecue, exciting prep softball and small town camaraderie in one place on one night, life is good in Payson.
Baseball fans were treated to a duel of perhaps the finest pair of Payson Little League pitchers when the major division Cubs and Pirates locked horns at Rumsey Park.
Although Longhorn schedules indicated the track teams were to be competing April 13 in Queen Creek, the Horns actually traveled a day earlier to a four-way meet in Fountain Hills.
The Rotary Invitational Freshman and Sophomore Track and Field Meet are an aspiring athlete's dream competition.
I would like to point out a few things about Diana Sexton and her campaign that I think a lot of people may have overlooked.
An error filled 8-6 win over the Alchesay Falcons coupled with a Show Low loss has stamped the Longhorns a solid favorite to finish third in the final region standings.
Just what is it that bugs me about Bob Edwards and Ed Blair anyway? I think it's their arrogance and hypersensitivity. Even the slightest criticism of the Edwards/Blair platform brings on a panacea of excuses from them, and charges of mudslinging.
As a resident and property owner in the Payson area since 1975, I feel compelled to offer some insight into the current election rhetoric. Although I own several properties in Payson, I cannot vote on issues that directly affect me there, as I live in Pine.
During the past several months, I have read with great interest the many Letters to the Editor concerning the various candidates running for town council and mayor of our fine town.
Mud-slinging character assassins can hide behind a PAC or spew venom "anonymously," but the voters of Payson are not stupid.
What an interesting paid political ad published in the Payson Roundup April 11, supporting Barbara Brewer, and supposedly written by the owner of The Door Stop company in Payson.
This upcoming election campaign seems to be getting out of hand with all the mud slinging and innuendoes. It is my personal opinion that the so-called issues of water and streets, which have been issues in most all past elections, are a smoke screen.
In her Payson Roundup Mayoral Candidate ad for April 7, Barbara Brewer gives e-mail and phone contact information. When people need to talk officially to the mayor, that's as it should be.
Some recent Letters to the Editor must have been written with poison pens, or maybe poisoned minds.
Concerning the forthcoming town election, I am very disappointed in the incumbents and/or their supporters for the tactics they have used against their opposition.
Wednesday, April 19
Members of a newly formed Christian organization called CrossWalk America could be seen walking with purpose along the highways of Payson Thursday on their way to Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, April 18
Straddling Tonto Creek, just downstream from State Route 260, is a widely known resort called Kohl's Ranch. A fellow named Claude Delbridge and his family came from Texas and settled here in the mid-1880s.
IN THE KITCHEN
This Friday's edition of the Roundup (April 21) will included a special section, a cookbook featuring the recipes submitted for the 2006 Payson Roundup Cooking Contest. The special section will also include the recipes of the top winners in the 1992 version of the contest.
Rim Country student actors have set out to prove that "Grease" is still the word.
Monday, April 17
Unhealthy forests and long-term drought, coupled with the desire to reside among the trees in the high-country of Arizona, have fostered concerns of safety in fire-prone communities like Payson.
The Payson Roundup presents a collection of photos from the 12th Annual Easter Egg Scramble for children held Saturday, April 15 at Rumsey Park in Payson. The event, organized by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, attracted an estimated 1,100 area children.
Payson teen confesses for most graffiti appearing in recent months
Payson Police officer David Blaylock arrested a 15-year-old local juvenile who took responsibility for much of the graffiti that has appeared on walls of buildings in Payson. The graffiti began months ago and, with each new tagging, residents called police and the Payson Roundup with questions about possible gang activity in the area.
Go ahead. Run that red light. See what happens next. If you've gotten away with it before, now is not the time to try. The Payson Police Department recently received $8,160 from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to fund overtime for traffic enforcement.
On Saturday, April 15, Tonto Basin Fire District units responded to a residential trailer fire at 198 W. Double 8 Road. Several structures were engulfed in flames when the firefighters arrived.
Dave Goddard stared straight ahead with head in hands, showing no emotion as the drunk driver who killed his wife, son and stepson sobbingly apologized for causing the July 24 auto accident that claimed their lives.
In spite of a multitude of problems that plagued her early on, Phillice Kinman of Payson has had an enviable life. She traveled widely and has been well acquainted with people of renown.
We looked for a long time at the photographs of the graffiti that has been spreading noticeably across town in recent months.
I cannot believe my eyes. You had the audacity to print who did and didn't vote in the recent election.
Please read the following information and assist us to make changes to the existing status quo.
After attending the Payson school board meeting on April 10, I left feeling disgusted with our current school board. The board has decided to dump JRE's principal, Peggy Miles. Principal Miles has been an exemplary leader for the children, teachers and parents.
The dictionary defines a friend as, "A person whom one knows, likes and trusts." Susan Connell exemplifies these qualities, both on a professional and personal level.
If you know Barbara Underwood, you don't need to read this letter, you already know what I'm going to say. This is a letter for anyone who doesn't know her.
Recently, we have seen massive rallies in support of illegal aliens here to work in this country. These people are here because of the economic situation in Mexico, not because of the economic situation here in the U.S.
I regret George Barriger's resignation. He was a good listener, and gave valuable input.
As a concerned parent of a Payson High School student attending the prom this year, I am writing with regard to the safety of our children attending this year's prom. I recently discovered the location of the prom, the R-BAR-C Boy Scout Ranch, located approximately 17 miles east of Payson, on Highway 260. As a concerned parent, who is also an EMS provider, I found this to be a potentially dangerous location for this event.
Marjorie H. Jackson, 75, died April 14, 2006 in Mesa.
Just as Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned, our Arizona Legislature is continuing to turn a neglectful eye toward educational funding in our state.
The issue of immigration has been spun this way and that, dissected and analyzed, ad nauseum. However, I find it extremely disturbing that not once has anyone pointed out the uncontestable fact that it is wrong to take advantage of, much less profit from, another person's plight or desperation. Our Mexican neighbors endure a dangerous journey to feed their families and just maybe to get a taste of a more prosperous life.
Q: What can I do about the tinder box on the west side of Manzanita, north of 260 behind the old Wal-Mart? Now that the weeds have been watered with two feet of snow, it is deadly.
The Rim Country Middle School Academic Team swept other middle and junior high schools in Gila County recently, winning seven of seven competitions.
The Payson Town Council convenes for a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the town hall council chambers.
Star Valley will use a $50,000 grant from Gila County for an 82-acre fire fuel clearing project surrounding the town's perimeter.
Don Crowley was sworn in Saturday, April 15 as a member of the Gila County Community College Governing Board, District 1.
Helped through the loss of loved ones by RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, Pat Lindsey and Bob Miller both offered their time and compassion to help others.
Chris Joan Bishop, of Payson, died April 12, 2006 in Payson. She was born Sept. 3, 1937 in Phoenix.
Vivian Mae Gregg, 83, of Payson, died April 17, 2006 in Payson. She was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Poolsville, Md.
Mary Elizabeth Newman, 95, of Payson, died April 12, 2006 in Payson. She was born April 27, 1910 in Benton County, Iowa.
Jack Fritz Schranz, 66, of Payson, died April 11, 2006 at Hospice House in Payson after an 11-month battle with cancer.
Ready for some real Western fun? Then put the Payson Pro Rodeo Annual Scholarship Fund Dance on your calendar.
Martin Szekeresh knows the rigors, and the lack of recognition, that go along with being an ultra runner. For years, he competed in the grueling runs that are traditionally identified as ones longer than the 26.2-mile marathons.
The golf season is in full swing in the Rim Country with both the Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations now participating in traditional weekly tournaments.
Trailing by four runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, the Longhorn baseball team rallied for five runs to edge season-long nemesis Globe 7-6.
The Chatterbox is now next door to Corral West.
The Star Valley Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to spend a $50,000 grant from Gila County to begin a fire break 300 feet deep and nearly 6,000 feet long. The council also voted to create a Planning and Zoning Committee. The committee, headed by Councilor Art Lloyd, including other councilors, residents and a general contractor, will begin discussing town codes and ordinances.
Your honor and distinguished members of the court. My name is David Goddard and I stand before you at the occasion of the sentencing of Rigoberto Arrazola to give my opinion of how the court should dispense justice in this matter.
The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship presented the annual Resurrection Celebration at Rumsey Park Saturday, April 15, 2006.
The older I get, the more I appreciate the little pleasures in life. Used to be, I lived for gala events, the next trip to a faraway place, or getting something new. Nowadays, waking to birdsong brings a smile to my face. A pair of doves must be nesting somewhere near. Their soft coo-coo-coo gets my day off to a good start. Then, there's that wonderful first cup of coffee. Nothing smells or tastes so good as that first sip.
Recent headlines from reputable national newspapers such as the Washington Post and the New Yorker and the New York Times proclaim a frightening government penchant.
Observing the marches and the rhetoric surrounding the issue of immigration, some thoughts come to mind. We have, with our founding principles to guide us, the ability to find a solution to this problem that adequately recognizes and reflects the concerns of all people, but it will not be a perfect solution.
The election is near. So, town officials are saying we have more water than in years past. They tell us, on the one hand, we have nothing to fear. There is plenty of water for now and the future. Then, on the other hand, we are told we must carefully conserve and live with imposed water restrictions.
As online education proliferates and the ability of charter schools to open their doors, actual and virtual, increases, home schooling is gaining popularity.
Thirty-eight residents of a subdivision -- adjacent to an industrial area -- at the end of the Payson Municipal Airport, have filed a lawsuit against a nearby cabinet door manufacturing facility.
The highlight of Pat's Run for the 10,000-plus who entered might have been the final few grueling yards. After a four-plus-mile run on the outskirts of the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, runners huffed and puffed through an uphill run into the north end of Sun Devil stadium.
The Pepsi Pitch Hit and Run competition, to be held April 19 at Rumsey II field, will provide a stage where Rim Country baseball players can put their diamond skills to the test against other athletes the same age and gender.
For the record, I have never written anything for Mr. Edwards, nor do I support his candidacy. I say this only because the rumor mill in Payson has spread this information across town and it has gotten back to me.
Saturday, April 15
A list of Easter Sunday worship services or church events in Rim Country.
Friday, April 14
The annual Business Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at the Tonto Apache Gym, located off Highway 87 southeast of the Mazatzal Casino. Enjoy a day of prizes, fun and food while learning about the latest products, services and technology available in Rim Country. Admission is free.
The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship wants to invite the community to Rumsey Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15 for Saturday Easter in the Park Celebration.
Thursday, April 13
Longtime Willow Springs Lake Trout Tournament director Tracy Purtee reluctantly shares some of the fishing secrets that have helped him become one of the most accomplished Rim Country anglers.
Twelve of the Payson High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members participated in the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Northern Arizona University over spring break.
As you drive down highway 87 from Strawberry to Pine, you have certainly noticed a difference. Little elves are coming out in the night and cutting away all the fuels that have been growing along the roadway.
Glenn "Deno" Pickett of Star Valley and Phoenix passed away at his home in Phoenix on Sunday, April 9, 2006.
Springtime on Roosevelt Lake is synonymous with crappie fishing for Arizona anglers. It is that time of the year when these fish head to the shallows and spawn, and can be caught by fishermen using the correct techniques. Having fished Roosevelt Lake for the last 30 years, I have learned a lot by trial and error as well as paying attention to other anglers who consistently catch crappies.
A five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt with the Longhorns 4-2 loss to arch rival Snowflake.
Joyce Erickson of Mesa, formerly of Payson, died Saturday, April 8, 2006.
Alexander Thomas Wright was born at 5:12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 to Patrick and Wendy Wright at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Michael and I would like to thank The Carpenter's Wife and Red Elephant Bakery for the awesome fund-raiser.
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and Brooke Utilities, Inc. may link up to help solve the water shortage problems frequently experienced by residents in the communities north of Payson.
The 12th Annual Easter Egg Scramble for children ages 12 and under will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at Rumsey Park II Ballfield, north of the swimming pool. See other area activities and a link to Sunday worship services.
A list of Easter worship services in the Payson area.
Centuries before Christianity and the Easter egg tradition, Ukrainian people used to color eggs after the day's chores were done and the children had gone to bed.
The driver who killed three members of a Payson family will be sentenced today, Friday, in Maricopa County Superior Court by Judge Michael Gordon.
A pair of Rim Country angling teams pocketed prize money for their efforts on the AllStar Bass Team Tournament circuit.
Anyone 15 years and older who would like to become a lifeguard may attend the Ellis Lifeguard Training Course. Class dates and times are as follows: Class 1 will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 21 and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Tonto Apache Tribe Pool. Class 2 will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 and from 8 a.m. t 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Taylor Pool.
Anyone 15 years and older who would like to become an Ellis Swim Lesson Instructor may attend this class. The dates and times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14 at Taylor Pool. The fee for the class is $60.
A trio of crucial East showdowns next week will go a long way toward deciding the postseason fate of the Lady Longhorn softball team.
Young athletes who enter the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run competition on April 19 at Rumsey II will be eligible to receive professional baseball surprises.
Irene M. Caraker, 94, died in Payson, April 9, 2006.
United Blood Services is holding three separate blood drives in the Rim Country next week, and residents are needed to make the programs a success.
There is no rhyme or reason as to why some dogs get adopted immediately and others languish for months at our shelter. Sometimes it is like a beauty contest with the best looking getting the most attention.
A community meeting was held on Saturday morning at the Tonto Village Chapel. About 30 people attended this early morning meeting to hear discussions on a possible merger of fire districts.
The community had a farewell party for Ken and Patty Lampkin Saturday afternoon at the Landmark. They will be moving to Texas to be with Ken's son. Ken and Patty were managers of the Christopher Creek Mobile Home Park.
Easter baskets and the accompanying goodies do provide some temptations and health risks for our pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers some tips for keeping our critters safe.
I didn't tie the loops that hold down the cover of our barbecue when I last used it, so when last week's storm blew in, the cover flew off. I didn't get around to putting it back on until Saturday, but my tardiness turned out to be a good thing.
Payson residents whose jobs or lives were somehow dependent on the Internet, got a five and a half hour lesson in what it would be like to live without it.
Darren Indelicato and Donald Larson went looking for antlers in the forest about two miles from Beaver Valley. The two men split up with plans to rendezvous at a check out point later, but Indelicato did not show.
Anne Rosebud Zimmer died in the privacy of her family home on April 8, 2006.
Everyone is welcome at the All Tribes Revival in the Tonto Apache Gym April 16 through 20. There will be music and evangelistic preachers to relate to all ages, according to organizer Mary Glaze, but reaching community youth is her real passion.
Lanny Sloan, Star Valley's new town manager, said his job involves a lot of guesswork. It's the most challenging aspect of overseeing local government, especially of a town that only recently came into being.
The price of buying and building homes in Payson will increase in as few as 60 days when the town adopts higher impact fees for new developments. With a unanimous vote, the town council agreed to raise -- in some cases by 40 percent -- the costs builders pay for the expansion of town services, such as public safety, parks and streets, to accommodate their developments.
Any pet owner who read the story on the front page of today's newspaper probably had their heart sink when they saw that a woman had to put five of her dogs to sleep.
Q: I have heard rumors of a dialysis center. What's up?
Recently the town council, which was elected to represent the citizens of Payson, ignored the signed petition of nearly 2,000 residents concerning the water issue in Star Valley.
In light of some rumors and letters that have been circulating, I feel I need to make some clarifications. There have been some letters sent out that, at first glance, seem to give the impression that I have endorsed Bob Edwards for mayor. There have also been rumors that I would endorse Bob in exchange for a position at Town Hall if he succeeds in his campaign.
Issue 1: The LDS and Gartner/ Edwards letters. Personally, I was aware of the LDS/Payson police hiring and promotion rumor long before the run for mayor began and assume many people in town had also heard it.
What looks like nothing more than a large tub of water, actually represents the difference between a raging wildfire that destroys acres and a couple of flames snuffed out before they can make headlines. The first of ten such bladders was installed Thursday in Pine, making Rim Country a safer place to live.
Here I am, living in this small Arizona town and everywhere I turn I smell the stench of dirty politics. Payson, what have we come to?
To the families of Thompson Draw 2, Lots 71, 72, 73 and 74: I have omitted your names here not because I don't know them, but out of respect for your privacy. You have been through enough in public.
They know food in the Bedsworth house. Diane Bedsworth is the director of food and nutrition services at Payson Regional Medical Center. Gary Bedsworth is an award-winning chef, retiring after more than 40 years in the hospitality industry.
Thank you to the Payson Roundup for your coverage on the election, and congratulations to the candidates who won.
I have lived in Payson since 1994, and I am supporting Diana Sexton for Town Council in the upcoming election.
In response to the editorial titled "Shift in housing prices steers Payson in wrong direction," I would like to say that I completely agree with Mr. Swartwood's comments. However, I think that he is only skimming the surface of the problems Payson is facing.
Who is Mike Vogel? The citizens of Payson should know why Mike Vogel is their best choice for town council. Since filing for candidacy, Mike has been hard at work to better understand not only the issues, but to also obtain firsthand information on how the town functions.
I urge the citizens of Payson to vote for Susan Connell for town council. Allow me to present several reasons for my strong support of Susan.
As co-workers and employees of Mayor Brewer, we have first-hand, daily experience with how Barbara interacts with both her clients and the general public. Her love for the Town of Payson is evident in all her achievements.
My husband, Jim and I have owned property in Pine since 1998, and we finally built our future retirement home last year in Portal III. We carefully weighed this decision, considering the water and fire issues, but in our minds, the natural beauty of the area, the warm and friendly people, and the small town charm greatly outweighed the other issues.
I have heard from many people who visit Payson that it is wonderful to see kids and adults riding bikes all over town. I would like to see the paper write an article on safe bike riding in Payson. This should include the proper direction to ride in traffic and safe crossovers.
Stan Brown puts his biased emotional agenda way ahead of actual history.
I moved to Payson, a beautiful town, just eight months ago to be with my sister, as well as enjoy the great weather. I have read all about the water problem with Payson and Star Valley. It's hard to believe a small town can be so political.
I would like to thank anyone and everyone who had an input seeing the Canal Street Apartments built, especially the Payson Regional Housing Development and the Village Management Co.
George Spears, on behalf of the residents of Rim View Road, nominate Ed and Patty Niebch for the Good Guy award.
Q: I heard mayoral candidate Bob Edwards has a 128 square foot indoor pool. Is this true?
Five dogs euthanized, one quarantined for rabies
A mountain lion found and killed near Payson has tested positive for rabies. "This is the first mountain lion to return positive (for rabies) in the last three-and-a-half years I've been here," said Don Tanner, animal control officer with the Payson Police Department.
Tuesday, April 11
A leisurely hike along the sparkling waters of Tonto Creek belies its latent power for destruction. Newcomers to Arizona are often naive about the power of water to bring disaster upon this normally dry land.
Pastor Joe Hittle, president of the Christian Ministerial Fellowship, joins with other churches to offer Payson's annual Easter resurrection celebration.
Reminders of the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal are tucked away in the Rim Country -- the Civilian Conservation Corps worker campsites near Kohl's Ranch.
CAROLING WITH CAROL
Easters I recall are fraught with brightly decorated eggs. I think hiding them is better than looking for them, and in some cases, finding them.
Monday, April 10
The faces of the Christopher Kohl's Fire District board are changing.
OUT & ABOUT IN THE COUNTY
I need your help. If a pollster calls you in the next few weeks and asks your opinion on county issues, I'm asking you to please give them the 15 minutes it will take to thoughtfully answer the questions posed.
The Payson Coed Relays might have been the most unusually formatted clash the young athletes have ever been involved in.
A core of Rim Country runners, joggers and walkers are gearing up for Pat's Run to be held April 15 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.
A foursome of Rim Country cyclists remain undefeated in the race for Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state championships.
Progress comes with effort and effort comes with progress, according to local yoga teacher and Reiki master Anthony Alfano.
At the end of each month, first-grade students in Laura Hacker's class at Frontier Elementary School bring their journals home to their parents.
Beryl Jones will soon reap the rewards of the most lucrative and prestigious academic scholarship that can be awarded an Arizona high school senior.
Applications for Rim Country Rotary Vocational Scholarships can be picked up at the counselors' office at the high school.
Meet the candidates for town council
Paul Matthew Slenk, born Aug. 23, 1985, passed away on March 23, 2006.
Something fishy is going on.
A room full of staunch supporters wasn't enough to convince the Payson school board to renew Julia Randall Elementary School principal Peggy Miles' contract for the 2006-2007 school year.
Rodney Bice has been bedridden for the last six years after a severe stroke. His only interaction with the world outside his bed occurs when he turns on the television.
An ordinance that gives the Town of Payson autonomy in determining its budget, sits on the general election ballot, overshadowed by the mayoral and town council races. It's called Home Rule and gives municipalities, including counties and special districts, the ability to set budget limitation -- the maximum amount that entity can spend on town services each year.
Plan to visit the April 15 celebration commemorating the valuable contributions of America's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Payson's Julia Randall Elementary School multipurpose room, 902 W. Main St.
The progress of Payson's fire fuel-reduction project will be discussed Thursday evening at the Payson Town Council's regular meeting.
It took almost an hour for Payson police officers to simulate a neighborhood wildfire evacuation Saturday.
Rita Jorgensen started the crafters club, Women Helping Women, to assist women who are rebuilding their lives after domestic violence, addictions or life altering experiences -- not specifically women who are part of the Time Out Shelter, as previously reported.
On Thursday morning a law enforcement officer was sent to a local elementary school to pick up a 9-year-old boy who was in this country illegally. He and his family were to be deported to Mexico.
On April 4, the Payson Roundup ran a Letter to the Editor that indicated the writer believes the Payson Town Council has recently raised property taxes and perhaps recently issued bonds that are being repaid by increases in property tax.
In the last five years, our real estate taxes have gone up 37.85 percent, and you want us to vote yes on another bond issue?
Nothing's lower than a liar, especially from a position of trust.
He who ignores history repeats it and that couldn't be more true than at the present time. President Reagan gave amnesty to some three million, or so, illegal aliens, now we have 11 million, or so, illegal aliens.
Think about it. Imagine it.
This letter is written to thank Nick Randall for brightening my day. His wonderful Letter to the Editor about the fact it is not the Town's responsibility to entertain the children lifted my spirits.
This letter is written in response to Stan Brown's letter headed, "We need to stop giving guns to crazy people."
Recently, I wrote a Letter to the Editor to the Payson Roundup regarding Bob Edwards' comments about the Mormon church. I indicated that the issue should not be dropped.
Regarding the letter written by Chief Gartner about the supposed actions of mayoral candidate Bob Edwards, there is unfortunately no way for us to sort out the absolute truth of the matter, as it is Chief Gartner's word against Mr. Edwards' about what exactly was said and done.
Henry and Lucy have already found their forever home, but the Payson Humane Society animal shelter is currently overcrowded with great dogs who desperately need to find new homes.
Two years ago, Barbara Brewer managed to defeat a town embarrassment, and then went on to a narrow win over Jim Chase in the election.
Anti-growth is a bad stand. It's a great eye-catcher though, particularly for people who react with their guts and don't think it through.
The letter Stan Brown sent to the Payson Roundup titled, "We need to stop giving guns to crazy people" did get me to finally write a response. This letter is titled, "We need to stop letting crazy people talk about guns."
Payson police said a group of juveniles started this brush fire behind Walgreens Tuesday morning, April 11.
Q: What is the status of the roundabout at Houston Mesa and Highway 87? --AND-- Q: Do forest rangers, firemen or police look for campfires at night, when campers or partyers would be more likely to burn them?
In a recent Letter to the Editor, author Fredrick Franz mentioned the financial obstacles that might force someone to dump their garbage in the forest.
Payson High School golf coach Bret Morse might be wondering which team will show up when his Longhorns take to course.
The Tonto Apache Track and Field team tuned up for one of the highlights of the season, the Las Vegas Invitational, at the Phoenix championships.
Crossline Systems is an old name with a new location. The company has been serving the area for about three years, but only recently opened an office in the area.
To explain what Lenders for Life Home Mortgage Corporation is, owner and certified mortgage planner Tara Keeney first tells people what it is not.
Gila Community College announced that scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year are now available.
Early educational exposure encourages success in later school years. Pine Strawberry Preschool, which is completing its fifteenth year, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as a quality early education program.
The Business Frontier Roundup, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce's 14th Annual Business Showcase, will have more than 50 businesses and services featured.
Since joining the Marines in May 2005, Kyle Dowler prefers to go by his new name, PFC Dowler.
With the Arizona Virtual Academy, students work at home with a parent or a responsible adult and receive instruction and guidance from certified public school teachers who operate remotely.
Several town residents have contacted Payson Fire Department Chief Martin deMasi regarding what they described as "rude" telemarketers fund-raising for Associated Fire Fighters of Arizona.
Twenty-five students from Claudette Barker's watercolor classes at Gila Community College will display their watercolor paintings on the walls of Fireside Espresso through April.
Thursday, April 6
A four-game winning streak was cause for celebration in the Lady Longhorn dugout, but it was the team's 4-3 thriller over arch rival Show Low that had first-year coach Curtis Johnson gasping for words.
Waiting in the wings for the Longhorn baseball team is an opportunity to take a giant stride toward a top-four East region finish and a berth in the state tournament.
If you see police and fire vehicles swarming the area around Pinon Ridge and Elk Ridge Saturday, don't panic.
James Rappe, 88, of Pine, died April 3, 2006 in Payson. He was born Oct. 12, 1917 in Taylorville, Ill.
Thomas W. Bader, 80, died April 4, 2006, in Phoenix, of leukemia.
Norman John Pancheri, 91, of Payson, died April 1, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 7, 1914 in Norway, Mich.
Paul Lewis Landrum, 79, of Payson, died April 5, 2006 in Payson. He was born March 14, 1927 in Mesa.
Clarence F. Johnson, 87, of Payson, passed away on April 3, 2006 in Phoenix, after a short illness.
The first time cake decorator Terri Steely made a volcano cake the lava almost didn't erupt.
There are approximately 50 ROMEOs living in the Rim Country. Men in the club meet for lunch each Wednesday at 11 a.m. Juliets are allowed to attend only three times a year -- by invitation.
Rim Country families have new friends waiting for them at the Payson Humane Society's animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.
April is probably going to be Damian Chavez's favorite month for a long time to come.
Among Payson's newest residents is retired aviator Paul Rakisits, who made his home in various countries of the world, including Saudi Arabia where he spent 18 years. A native of La Crescenta, Calif., Rakisits' sojourn in Saudi Arabia began in the early 1960s when he began flying for Saudi Arabia Airlines.
I have been in Tonto Basin since 1987. The Forest Service ran the dump at that time. Later, the county took over at a cost.
If the mayor and current council choose to fill the vacant council seat before the general election, this could send a message to the voters that they are seeking political advantage.
I would like to say something about a recent article in the Payson Roundup about Rosalind Jeannette. Although I realize the sorrow of the family whose loved one was killed in the accident, and I do know that our laws require that punishment must be meted in these matters, I would like to offer a few words for Rosalind.
During Duke Haley's illness and passing, many people sent cards and flowers, and many attended his service and social gathering at the Oxbow. We would like to thank those people.
My name is Jonas Clark. I just wanted to write in and tell anyone who reads this that Sheryl McKeen was a true figure of my heart and mind and I will miss her.
I'm writing in regard to your article on March 31 about trash being dumped in the forest areas. Perhaps there are some reasons people dump in the forest.
The candidates have campaigned for five plus months to convince the citizens to vote for them. Selection of a two-year member of the next council (to replace Barriger) should be done with equal care.
As Jon Barber wrote in his Letter to the Editor, the party's over. I also agree with Jon that this was an experience from which I learned many things.
The recently announced resignation by Councilman Barriger, in the midst of a hotly contested election race for seats on the town council, presents some interesting, if not controversial, questions as to how his position should be replaced.
Max Foster's article, "Police Chief asks mayoral candidate to watch his words" (March 28, 2006), is a reminder of the rich heritage religious groups make up for the fabric of the Town of Payson and its surrounding areas.
Until mayoral candidate Bob Edwards came to town, we never knew how unhappy and mistreated we were.
We live in Payson Pines, which has 300 feet of land adjacent to the proposed Horton development known as Mogollon Ridge. At a recent meeting in Payson Pines, 60 residents indicated they were opposed to the zoning change (from one home per acre to six homes per acre) being requested by the developer.
Payson Parks and Recreation Department, through the good offices of Director William Schwind, granted me permission to place two bird boxes each in Green Valley and Rumsey parks, with the help of Mr. Nelson Beck.
On Sunday morning, March 12, during our "big snow" in Payson, I received some much needed help while trying to dig my truck out of my driveway.
Some of the most invested citizens in the town of Payson didn't bother to send in their ballots during the March primary election.
Two local seniors, Rachelle Wood and Bonnie Clayton, are celebrating personal victories after competing in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.
The chefs of Payson High School are hosting their first annual International Culinary Chef Event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Rim Country Middle School Cafeteria.
The new town of Star Valley is taking shape, one decision at a time. At Tuesday's meeting, the Star Valley Town Council hired Lanny Sloan as town manager.
For a small rural town in the middle of the state, Payson's conservation policies and water system are among the most successful in the state.
The C.C. Cragin Reservoir, formerly known as Blue Ridge, continues to go forward, said Public Works Director Buzz Walker.
For some Payson High School seniors, hopes of graduating with the class of 2006 hinge on the results of the AIMS math test they took April 4.
We would like to thank the entire Forest Service crew who came out to Round Valley on March 30 and worked so hard, led by the head ranger, Ed Armenta, and Walt Thole.
The annual Duck Race was held Saturday at the Christopher Creek Landmark, and it was a gorgeous day to be sailing rubber ducks down the creek.
It is raining in Tonto Village today and it is a welcome sight. The buds have started to make their appearance on the bushes and trees. The greenery will make the upcoming holy week extra special.
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St.
FOCUS ON PETS
Walking is the best way to begin a "get healthy" program.
Payson Humane Society is truly a beacon of hope for the homeless animals of the Rim Country.
When Shirley Haggard woke up from an afternoon nap Tuesday, she immediately had a feeling she needed to visit an apartment she was scheduled to move into the next morning. That gut feeling saved the belongings, and possibly the lives, of her soon-to-be neighbors.
Arizona anglers itching for more competition now have another bass tournament circuit where they can test their skills.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Two weeks ago I was invited on a day of skiing at the Snow Bowl with my friend and fellow outdoor enthusiast, Lud Kaftan. I hadn't been on skis in a long time and I know, being on the other side of fifty, I had some second thoughts when I said yes. But I was game if Lud was, so off we went. We were fortunate in that Vince Lane, a ski patrol member, accompanied us to the slopes.
The six-team Payson High School Coed Relays were delayed a day and reduced to four teams by rain showers that drenched the Rim Country during midweek.
Like the largemouths he passionately bird-dogs, Jon Gunzel is hooked on tournament bass fishing.
As a boy, growing up in New London, Conn., a major whaling port in the 19th century, I read several books of whaling that came alive for me, including "Moby Dick." And with all the historic places around me, the same thing happened when I read books of the American Revolution, including "The Last of the Mohicans," "Drums Along the Mohawk," and many more.
Stage one of the Fuel Break Project is about completed. The crew quickly chain-sawed its way around Pine and Strawberry. Along each edge of this fuel break should be a nice walking path.
Obviously, Bob Edwards, Ed Blair, Diana Sexton and Rick Croy are exposing facts and making some developers and cohorts uncomfortable.
The following is a list of Holy Week services submitted by area churches:
Tuesday, April 4
IN THE KITCHEN
Chicken is a staple for dinner in most homes so having different ways to prepare it is always helpful.
On Roberts Mesa there was a spring that fed a shallow well, and it had never run dry. That is until the Henry Haught family occupied the old Boles' place.
Ah to posses the quality of charm. That combination of put-togetheredness, genuine friendly smile, and total focus on not only the person one is speaking with, but what they are saying.
Have you ever found anything? It's the question just about everyone asks when they find out I'm an archeologists. It doesn't matter what their interests are or their background, it's still the no. 1 question. And I can't really help but laugh when I say yes all the time.
Monday, April 3
No Child Left Behind's mandates make hiring and keeping teachers harder for small, rural schools
The No Child Left Behind act is making itself felt within the walls of Payson High School. The blow was delivered at the March 27 governing board meeting when members authorized "Notices of Non-reemployment" be delivered to six PHS Special Education teachers.
April is a landscape painted from a pastel palette. After the (little seen, this year) whites of winter and drab browns and grays of dried vegetation, April tiptoes in and coaxes the flowering plums into rosy hue.
Go to the annual business showcase, Business Frontier Roundup, next weekend, and there will be something to see everywhere you look.
A Rim Country Middle School sixth grader continues to star on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.
Former Payson High School three-sport star, Waylon Pettet, has taken his high-flying athletic act to Oklahoma.
Carlan Pontious sped his way to two gold medals, a silver medal and most valuable runner honors at the Veterans Memorial Track and Field Invitational.
As a concerned citizen, there is a lot one can do in the fight against methamphetamines.
At a meeting held Monday, APS officials explained the company is asking for a series of rate increases that could add an average of $20 per month to residential bills.
Elizabeth Louise Sprague, 65, of Payson, passed away in Scottsdale.
John R. (Jack) Sloan, 84, died March 13, 2006 in Phoenix following a long illness.
Stephanie Ryder, 58, of Payson, died March 28, 2006 in Payson. She was born Sept. 19, 1947 in Atlanta, Ga.
Irene Frances Lee died March 31, 2006 at the Hospice Care Clinic in Payson, following an eight-month battle with cancer.
VIEWS FROM THE TOP
Payson is blessed with many opportunities to satisfy your desires to be a volunteer. You can get further information about the nonprofit organizations that can use your help by going on the Internet by visiting inpayson.com. But there is another, lesser-known avenue available to those seeking a volunteer experience.
In one sense, being late for class is a minor offense compared to fighting or vandalism, but missed time from class adds up.
The Rim Country Middle School Advanced Band received a "superior" rating at the Northeast Region Large Group Music Festival.
Gary Hardt memorial scholarship applications, sponsored by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, are now available in the Guidance Center at Payson High School and Payson Center for Success.
Q: I have heard rumors of a bypass out of Rye, going to Star Valley and/or Show Low. What's up?
The Payson Roundup is a fantastic newspaper and so many people here enjoy it more than the larger newspapers such as the Arizona Republic or USA Today. There is something missing that I was hoping we could add. A prayer for the day similar to the Arizona Republic's would make our newspaper better.
Character matters. Payson needs to learn the truth about Bob Edwards.
The deadline to register is fast approaching for anyone interested in learning to lifeguard to become a swim instructor.
To the residents of the Town of Payson who care about their community:
I felt compelled to write you regarding the current cost of housing in Payson and the crisis that it will soon become. Some may be familiar with my situation.
Warning! Watch out for speed zone changes and unmarked police cars giving tickets on the new Airport Road.
Property taxes: Wreak what you wrought.
As I sit here on this beautiful spring morning and watch the dogs in my yard -- some playing, some stretched out in the sun -- I can't help but think of the many animals out there who can't even enjoy these simple pleasures.
I am 24 years old. The first president I can remember is Ronald Reagan. The second, George Bush the father, Bill Clinton, and now, George Bush the son. I have been in the presence of one Democrat president.
We have known Rick Croy for 15 years.
I am well aware of the accidents due to wildlife crossing our highways, having seen a number since 1977. I happened to run into an article in the Wyoming Wildlife magazine with tips about defensive driving, written by Mark Gocke, titled "Defensive driving, keep yourself and our wildlife safe on the highways."
Politics in its honorable/best form is the science of government. When the mayoral and council campaigns for office in Payson government began, we were well aware of First Baron Acton's words, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
The deterioration of civilization in the world and in this country manifests itself clearly, as in a falling barometer, in a spirit of confusion, dissatisfaction, insecurity and indifference.
This regards the March 28 article by Max Foster regarding Police Chief Gartner's attack against mayoral candidate Robert Edwards, and his so-called attack against Mormons.
Thank You. Thank You. My daughter and I were in a horrible accident last Saturday and so many awesome people helped us.
Few of us can imagine the nightmare of watching a lifelong career disappear in an instant with the passage of sweeping federal legislation.
Almost every evaluation of the Eighth Annual Women's Wellness Forum asked for the same thing -- more time with the presenters.
On Wednesday, March 29 around 9 p.m., Payson police obtained a search warrant for a room at the Budget Inn, 302 S. Beeline Highway.
Upcoming water projects fill the agenda during the Payson Town Council's special meeting Thursday, April 6.
Ruthy Louise Hodges was born Dec. 3, 2005 at Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Stephanie Ryder, a longtime member of the Rim Country and Arizona medical communities, died Tuesday, March 28 at her home in Payson.
When Barbara Blalock saw her 15-year-old daughter, Amber, slumped over and barely breathing, she thought the worst.
Participants in Hands Across the Border got a nasty surprise when they returned to the Payson High School parking lot after their trip to Mexico around midnight on Thursday, March 30. The cars they left behind days before were sinking in their parking spots with slashed tires.
The Payson Humane Society would like to say "thank you" to all the people who made the latest visit of the Arizona Humane Society's Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic a success.
I am truly sorry to read about George Barriger's resignation.
The BMWx5 is the biggest car exchange student Anne Szabo sees on the road in her hometown, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.
As secretary of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association and director of the organization's annual benefit golf tournament, Dale Gonzalez serves double duty.
Move over Boys of Summer, Payson Little Leaguers have stormed the diamond. The rush of aspiring players hit the field for the first time April 1 at Rumsey Park during opening day festivities that included several rounds of games, sage advise from volunteer coaches and plenty of cheering from the proud moms and dads who filled the stands to overflowing.
Gary James Skerritt, 69, of Payson, died in Cleveland, Ohio on March 18, 2006. He was born Sept. 29, 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Payson High School teacher Richard Meyer aims to teach his students in Business Management and Administrative Service proper techniques for handling day-to-day financial matters.
In response to Stan Brown's letter, "Giving Guns to Crazy People," Stan, I'm glad you no longer live in Payson.
Sunday, April 2
From most outward appearances it would seem the Pine and Strawberry area remains the sleepy back reaches of the Rim Country.
The seasons follow their cycles in the sleepy mountain hamlet of Christopher Creek.
Progress for the Tonto Apache Tribe has far-reaching benefits for all of the Rim Country.
One of the highlights of 2005 at Payson Elementary School started with the kindergarten's lesson on the letter "Q," according to principal Will Dunman.
When a client of the Payson Regional Economic Development was shown the area's schools, he said they looked like third-world countries, said Payson High School principal Roy Sandoval.
Students at Tonto Basin's sixth- and seventh-grade class with Annetta Carpenter can reach out and touch the world through new technology.
The Payson Unified School District went through some big changes in 2005. There were multiple shifts in administrative assignments, improvements to the Rim Country Middle School facility and work on a major remodeling project at Payson High School was started.
Payson Head Start is an early childhood program that is governmentally funded and provides services to lower income families and children with disabilities.
Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors provides installation, sanding and finishing, repairs and refinishing of hardwood floors.
New Life Church and Literary Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization founded in the 1970s by inner-development and self-help author and teacher Vernon Howard.
Amon Builders, Inc. is a full-service contracting company.
The new McDonald's at the corner of Beeline Highway and East State Route 260 in the center of Payson has to be the most noticeable change on the Rim Country's business scene.
The progress made in 2005 by the Tonto Apache Tribe of Payson is evident to anyone who has ventured to the far south side of town.
Gila County Deputy Manager John Nelson has been seeing to the county's business for a number of years. When asked to share what he thought were the highlights of 2005, he cited three things: fire safety, getting help on the cost of indigent health care, and a Tonto Creek bridge.
They cheered, applauded, and a few even cried.
Besides the overriding issue of Star Valley incorporation and the water pipeline that triggered it, the Payson Town Council recorded what it considers some notable achievements in the past year.
Welcome to the Payson Roundup's annual Progress Edition. Every year at this time, we offer a venue for the Rim Country to take the stage and blow its own horn. We shine a spotlight on local people, businesses, education, government and neighbors to illuminate the triumphs, achievements and advances of the past year.
Pine Strawberry School has plenty to be proud of, and principal Mike Clark is happy to share the news.
Payson's Powell House, a licensed assisted-living facility, offers senior citizens and disabled adults an option that combines both care and independence.
Rankings of excellence and performing plus are part of the progress made at Frontier Elementary School in 2005.
Principal Peggy Miles thinks the biggest news for Julia Randall Elementary School in 2005 was earning a ‘highly performing' ranking. It previously was ranked as "performing."
Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has enjoyed a year of positive growth.
At RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, the three biggest areas of progress over the last year, according to Director Lorna Hansen, are:
As the Payson Roundup's Young Man of the Year, Patrick Walker shoulders a myriad of responsibilities that render him one of the most unique teens to ever attend Payson High School.
Hilary Armenta's accomplishments on the softball diamond have earned her the praise of high school and club coaches and players from around the state.
The Rim Country is blessed with good-hearted, generous residents who make a difference in many lives. A number of these men and women were recognized for their efforts and received nominations to be named Man and Woman of the Year.
Barbara Brenke, Payson's 2006 Woman of the Year, is an individual who puts in countless volunteer hours a year at Friends of the Library, Paws in the Park and the Tonto Natural Bridge.
Lew Levenson, Payson's Man of the Year for 2006, can be found doing everything from fund-raising and interviews on the radio to recruiting volunteers and hosting monthly Red Cross meetings.
Payson Care Center celebrated two decades of service in 2005.
The Mogollon Health Alliance kicked off 2005 with a fund-raising dinner featuring Payson's version of Saturday Night Live. In September, its fourth annual Olde Tyme Auction netted nearly $8,000.
Health care in the Rim Country for 2005 saw the arrival of new physicians and new technology.
Majestic Rim, A Samaritan Community, is a 76,000-square-foot facility on East Tyler Parkway. Construction began in the spring of 2005.
Making concrete plans for the future was the biggest news at the Payson Public Library in 2005.
The Payson High School is getting a $1.65 million facelift and that's great. The school will be made more comfortable, more contemporary and have several improved classrooms for science. But in the meantime, maintaining a routine for students and staff is a real challenge for Roy Sandoval, principal.
Tonto Basin had a rough year in 2005. Residents had to contend with flooding, fires and mudslides.
Payson residents interested in welcoming visitors to the community created a group, the Payson Gateway Project, to develop an inviting landscape at the north end of town.