Stories for April 2006


Friday, April 28

Schools should survey students about changes

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

Edwards responds to Brewer's letter

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.

JRE principal dismissal should be reconsidered

I am writing to express my support for Julia Randall Elementary Principal Peggy Miles.

Lots of new varieties to get excited about


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.

Public comment requested for Shumway Mill Site

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.

Paysonites should add ‘recall' to vocabulary

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.

School board should reconsider Peggy Miles' contract

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.

Photo Gallery: PHS Prom 2006

The Roundup presents a collection of photos from the Payson High School prom, Saturday, April 23, 2006.

Now, for something positive

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.

Payson fire marshal completes FEMA course

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.

Crowley's numbers way off base

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 wrong again

Bob Edwards is still having problems with the facts.

Vote for Bob Edwards

Make this clear. There are two people running for mayor, one for beauty, and the other to solve problems and make things run smoothly.

We need Brewer for two more years

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.

‘Illegals' should be arrested, deported

This letter is written regarding Our View on "The Golden Rule still applies in immigration debate."

Don't believe ‘towns grow or die' myth

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.

Donated money seems to have disappeared

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.

Still time to change direction of political wind

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.

Benefit concert brings opera to Payson May 7 at Rim Club

Residents of the Rim Country will be treated to "An Afternoon of Broadway and Opera" next Sunday.

Clearing the tinderbox around Star Valley

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)

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

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

Phyllis Rae Miller Allen, 70, died April 22 of cancer.

Property taxes getting harder to pay for seniors on fixed income

This letter is a rebuttal to Carpenter's comment that property taxes are going down.

Payson Town Council action from April 27, 2006

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.

Strawberry Festival will be held in Pine this year and volunteers are needed


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.

Pine water removes chairman

John Breninger was removed as chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board meeting April 20.

Theron "Gayle" Manning

Theron "Gayle" Manning, 82, of Payson, died April 22, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 28, 1923 in Cross Plains, Texas.

Star Valley councilor calls truce with Payson

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."

Fish trial takes strange twist

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.

Play golf for football

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.

Good news for bass fishermen


It is approaching late spring and Roosevelt is a busy place with numerous bass tournaments going on almost every weekend.

Benjamin J. Wright

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 coming to Payson for first time

Superstars Basketball, a nationwide youth hoop organization, is coming for the first time to Payson.

Pitch, Hit and Run champs bound for Mesa

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.

Sprints turn golden for PHS speedster

Todd Kreimeyer turned in a track and field performance most prep athletes only dream about.

Town needs to examine airport spending

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.

Concern over Young roads premature, Martin says

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.

Classic car show Saturday on Main Street

Rim Country Classic Auto Club hosts the 13th annual Beeline Cruise-In and Charity Car Show this weekend.

Creating the Town of Star Valley: It's in the details


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.

Dogs won't tell you when they've had enough


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.

Looking backward like looking forward


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.

May means Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day


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.

Building a cockpit for two


In 1998, Rory and Donna Hansen unloaded the parts for an RV6 kit plane. The sheer number of parts was overwhelming.

Edwards guilty of every charge he raises against opponent

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.

Celebrating the first year of life

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 Horns take meet by one point

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.

Payson men help Kenyans get first fresh water


A trip to Kenya in 2005 changed the lives of Daryl and Mary Jo Oft, owners of Diversified Solutions of Payson and Globe.

Heartbroken cat needs new start


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.

Community pitches in to clean up lot


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.

Deadline to sign up for new Medicare prescription drug program is May 15

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 Diana Sexton

Vote for value. Be sure you make the vote count to your advantage.

Work force being priced out of Payson

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.

After fatal motorcycle accident, widow slowly heals

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.

Wrath continues for Senior Center president

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

1967 SS396 Super Sport Chevelle

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.

1968 Mercury Cougar

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.

1984 Chevy Truck

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.

1981 Ferrari and 1959 Rolls Royce

I ordered this car in June of 1980 from RAB Motors in San Francisco and took delivery in February of 1981.

13th Annual Cruise-In and Charity Car Show

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.

Built to Last

What's wrapped up / In this bright truck / Is more than eyes can see. ...

1949 BMW Veritas Formula 1

Having a vintage race car for a hobby is really different than having an old road car, hot rod or cruiser.

Monday, April 24

Sitgreaves' Sand Fire shouldn't affect Payson

Payson Hot Shots are among those fighting the Sand Fire burning eight miles northwest of Chevlon Canyon Lake in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Stage store to open May 4

Rim Country shoppers will soon have a new venue for clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as home gifts.

Older workers at risk under U.S. Senate Bill 1955

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 fans reeling from weekend losses

Arizona sports fans suffered the heartbreak of defeat in two of three showdowns Sunday against Los Angeles.

High-flying freshman vaults to meet record

Freshman Nick Goodman pole-vaulted 10 feet, 6 inches to tie the Payson Rotarian Invitational Track and Field record.

Junior fireballer hurls upset in Lakeside

Whipping highly favored and league-leading Blue Ridge 14-4 might have been the thrill of Jason Sweet's baseball life.

Potent offense key to Horn state hopes

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.

PHS senior honored for academic, athletic success

Payson High School senior Brian Schwind has added another honor to his long list of accomplishments.

Horse owners need to vaccinate for West Nile Virus

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.

Hospital salutes unsung medical heroes

Pathologists, laboratory technologists and technicians are among the unsung heroes of medical health care.

Memorial for Stella Marie Porter

Have you ever witnessed or experienced unconditional love and understanding? Well you did if you ever met Stella.

PHS students build hovercraft from leaf blower, propeller, plywood

The two unidentified crafts hovering low over the soccer field on the way to Taylor Pool last week were hovercrafts.

Brewer responds to Edwards' accusations

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

Elly Stumpp, 74, of Payson, died April 19, 2006, after a short illness.

Herman (Hank) Smith

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

Pauline Mildred Rische, 90, of Payson, died April 18, 2006 in Payson. She was born March 1, 1916 in Uniontown, Ky.

Diana Lynn Parks

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

Alice Jane Mahar, 89, of Payson, died April 18, 2006. She was born Dec. 7, 1916 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

David James Christensen

David James Christensen, 60, of Payson, died April 22, 2006 in Pine. He was born Oct. 8, 1945 in Laconia, N.H.

Food for child-care providers offered

Child-care providers have help available if they are preparing meals for their young charges.

Artists weave talent into textile

After years with their needles working fabric into art, The Threadplayers unveil a patchwork of talent during their "Expressions in Fiber" art show.

Teen boys change through VisionQuest

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.

Payson government course has 25 openings


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.

'Grease': Poodle skirts, leather jackets and 1950s attitude

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.

Students gather to protest Principal Peggy Miles' dismissal

Julia Randall Elementary School students and parents gathered April 14 at a before-school rally to show their support for embattled principal Peggy Miles.

Vote 'yes' on Home Rule

As this election continues to heat up, even as it draws to a close, voter logic has taken a strange turn.

Payson doesn't need another headline making mayor

I'm not sure I understand why anyone, especially those on a fixed income, would vote for Edwards or Blair.

Local man falls to death on hike

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.

Election logic gets poor grade from composition teacher

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.

Horton rezoning raises quality of life issues

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.

Elevator to make county complex accessible

Grant money is being sought to make the county offices in Payson more accessible to people with disabilities.

Lexis Grace Griffin

Lexis Grace Griffin was born Jan. 29, 2006.

Resolution 2098 reaches end

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.

Town clerk addresses concerns over mail-in ballots

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.

What happened to Payson?

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.

Thank you to all who helped with alcohol education event

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

Landon Charles Johnson was born April 12, 2006 to Charles Johnson II and Jessica Williams.

How many principals will pass through Julia Randall?

I'm wondering how many principals my daughter will have during her six years at Julia Randall Elementary.

Coldwell Banker expands to realty in Overgaard

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage recently acquired Jim Burton Realty in Overgaard.

Students learn Mexican language, culture first hand

"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.

Editorial on Golden Rule and immigration way off base

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?

Renzi offers Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Workshop in Payson Friday

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.

People do nothing as Bush becomes threat to free world

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."

Brewer's campaign makes reader laugh

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.

A vote for Barbara Underwood

We are writing in support of Barbara Underwood in the upcoming City Council election.

Airport Road now pleasant for walk or ride

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.

Peggy Miles should be reinstated

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.

Nominate nurse of the year

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.

A town with no water is a dead town

I am distressed with the people who insist on slandering others in the coming election. I feel the same about our presidential elections.

Inn begins remodel of 50 rooms

The guests who frequent the Majestic Mountain Inn are always given special treatment. Now, they will enjoy that care in refreshed and remodeled surroundings.

del Villar, Eghtesadi engaged

Ms. Michele Lewis and Mr. Tim del Villar announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber del Villar, to Mr. Kameron Eghtesadi of Tucson.

Insurance company moving to Main Street

The Curtis Johnson Insurance Agency, which handles policies for the Farmers Insurance Group, is moving into the past.

Thursday, April 20

Miles dismissal a shock and disgrace

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.

Disgruntled Senior Center staff, members demand change

The air was hot with the built-up frustration of the 47 members and staff of Payson Senior Center Thursday morning.

Controlled growth will be damaging to Payson vitality

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

Serenity Saffire Stroud-Crago died on April 17, 2006 after only five months of life.

Raymon "Dutch" Parsons

Raymon "Dutch" Parsons, 90, of Payson, died April 19, 2006 in Payson. He was born Nov. 4, 1915 in Bethlehem, Texas.

Studio tour: Peering into process


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

Carl Arthur Glenn died April 16, 2006 in Phoenix.

Harold "Bud" Conard

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

Derek Arthur Arger, 77, of Payson, died April 15, 2006 in Payson.

Town of Star Valley wants its own zip code

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.

Traffic stop leads to four arrests for drug possession

A routine traffic stop turned into an arrest for marijuana possession Monday, April 17.

Spring arrives with volunteer opportunities, art shows, books to read


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.

Man pairs personal challenge, cause

Derron DeRouin is stepping out from behind his desk and is in training for the 2006 Zane Grey Highline Trail Race.

Watching this election from afar, we don't miss Payson

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.

Rodeo parade sign up now

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."

Man reels in albino trout

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.

Star Valley ready to begin fire break around town boundary

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.

As trial begins Fish maintains self-defense

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.

Town salaries competitive in Arizona labor market

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.

Bait, technique for springtime crappies


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' minds race 17 miles to prom location

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.

Moose Lodge offers fish fries, fund-raising and friendship

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.

Retaking a snapshot from the past

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.

Dialysis center in works for Payson

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.

Agreement could save grad's life

There are two nights in a child's life when parents wait up anxiously for their children to return home.

Dirk Maarten Leeuwrik

Dirk Maarten Leeuwrik, 72, died on April 16, 2006, at RTA Hospice House in Payson.

Edwards has criticized everyone who is part of Town Hall

The Edwards/Blair advertisements are claiming, "Primary Results Are Clear."

Wild animal babies rarely need us to rescue them


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.

Bringing fresh, intelligent food to Rim Country


In his early 50s, after a career in commercial property management, David Roberson went back to school to begin a savory new life.

Driver in wrong lane collides with semi-truck

Highway 87 closed down Thursday morning after a car, driving in the wrong lane, collided with a Safeway semi-truck.

What's up?

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?

Give me Bill Clinton any day

I am delighted that six generals stepped forward to voice their opinion against Rumsfeld.

How did Payson become so nasty?

What is going on in Payson?

Student wants older boyfriend at prom

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.

Newspaper coverage of Peggy Miles contract questioned

I felt hurt and shocked by the front page story in last week's Payson Roundup.

A vote for Ed Blair

Recent campaign ads in the Payson Roundup and on the local radio station have voiced personal attacks and scare tactics.

Former mayor endorses council, mayoral candidates

We need less acrimony in this upcoming election. We don't need all this negative help to decide what's wrong with the candidates.

Negative campaigning a shame to see in Payson

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."

Green Valley Park Ranger Station gets facelift

The facelift for the historic Green Valley Park Ranger Station is days from completion.

Pet owners reap many benefits


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.

What we see filtered through who we are


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.

Spring cleaning foiled by puppy love as smitten dog digs under fence


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 first with new vehicle repeaters


Whispering Pines Fire District received a grant that provided funds to install vehicle repeaters in five of their apparatus recently.

Building for the future

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.

Easter big success in Christopher Creek


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.

Come for the food, stay for the game

With lip-smackin' barbecue, exciting prep softball and small town camaraderie in one place on one night, life is good in Payson.

Pirate ace trumps Cubs

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.

Unscheduled track meet brings win for boys

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.

Field levels at Rotary Invitation track meet

The Rotary Invitational Freshman and Sophomore Track and Field Meet are an aspiring athlete's dream competition.

Vote for my mother, Diana Sexton

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.

Horns could be fated for East bronze

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.

A few problems with Edwards and Blair

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.

The last settlers are here to close the gates

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.

Reasons to vote for Su Connell

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.

Don't be fooled by smear campaigns

Mud-slinging character assassins can hide behind a PAC or spew venom "anonymously," but the voters of Payson are not stupid.

Former council fell over itself for Door Stop

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.

Incumbent records leave much to be desired

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.

Brewer the candidate should not use her privilege as mayor

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.

Poison pens used in recent letters to editor

Some recent Letters to the Editor must have been written with poison pens, or maybe poisoned minds.

Voter sick of the mud slinging

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

Christian group passes through Payson on 4-month walk across America

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

The fiddling pioneers of Kohl's Ranch


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.

Winning recipes from past cooking contests


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.

Grease is still the word


Rim Country student actors have set out to prove that "Grease" is still the word.

Monday, April 17

Firewise workshop offered free to Payson

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.

Photo Gallery: Community Easter Egg Scramble 2006

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.

Caught ... paint on his hands

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.

Police stepping up traffic patrol

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.

Blaze burns two trailers, shed

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.

Drunk driver gets 18 years in prison

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.

An interesting life from the start

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.

A different look at a graffiti artist

We looked for a long time at the photographs of the graffiti that has been spreading noticeably across town in recent months.

Newspaper shouldn't have printed who didn't vote

I cannot believe my eyes. You had the audacity to print who did and didn't vote in the recent election.

Arizona will face water crisis if nothing is done

Please read the following information and assist us to make changes to the existing status quo.

Where and why is Principal Peggy Miles going?

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.

Su Connell is a true friend to Payson

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.

Barb Underwood will work hard for Payson

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.

Illegal aliens need to be protesting against their own government

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.

Bad timing for Barriger's resignation

I regret George Barriger's resignation. He was a good listener, and gave valuable input.

Prom location has parent concerned

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

Marjorie H. Jackson, 75, died April 14, 2006 in Mesa.

An empire will fall with lack of education funding

Just as Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned, our Arizona Legislature is continuing to turn a neglectful eye toward educational funding in our state.

Greed the unspoken factor in immigration debate

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.

What's up?

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.

RCMS Academic Team sweeps competition

The Rim Country Middle School Academic Team swept other middle and junior high schools in Gila County recently, winning seven of seven competitions.

Salaries, staff on Payson council agenda

The Payson Town Council convenes for a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the town hall council chambers.

Star Valley Council to discuss logo, fuel break, planning and zoning

Star Valley will use a $50,000 grant from Gila County for an 82-acre fire fuel clearing project surrounding the town's perimeter.

Crowley appointed to college board

Don Crowley was sworn in Saturday, April 15 as a member of the Gila County Community College Governing Board, District 1.

Hospice volunteers' gift is compassion when needed most

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

Chris Joan Bishop, of Payson, died April 12, 2006 in Payson. She was born Sept. 3, 1937 in Phoenix.

Vivian Mae Gregg

Vivian Mae Gregg, 83, of Payson, died April 17, 2006 in Payson. She was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Poolsville, Md.

Mary Elizabeth Newman

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

Jack Fritz Schranz, 66, of Payson, died April 11, 2006 at Hospice House in Payson after an 11-month battle with cancer.

Dance raises scholarship funds, hints at rodeos ahead

Ready for some real Western fun? Then put the Payson Pro Rodeo Annual Scholarship Fund Dance on your calendar.

50-mile race fixture on Payson sports scene

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.

Golf season in full swing

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.

Baseball team beats season nemesis 7-6

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.

Cellular business opens in new location

The Chatterbox is now next door to Corral West.

Star Valley Council meeting update - April 18

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.

Complete text of David Goddard's speech at Arrazola sentencing

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.

Photo Gallery: Resurrection Celebration 2006

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship presented the annual Resurrection Celebration at Rumsey Park Saturday, April 15, 2006.

The older you get, the more you enjoy the little things


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.

We cannot afford to fight in Iran

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.

Honorable solution should be found in immigration debate

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.

While residents conserve, council gives away more water

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.

Learning at a different pace at home

As online education proliferates and the ability of charter schools to open their doors, actual and virtual, increases, home schooling is gaining popularity.

Lawsuit filed against The Door Stop

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.

Payson runners join Pat's Run party

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.

Young athletes get chance at bat

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.

Rumor mill in Payson out of control

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

Sunday Easter services in Rim Country

A list of Easter Sunday worship services or church events in Rim Country.

Friday, April 14

Business showcase Saturday: Food prizes and fun

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.

Saturday Easter in the Park presented by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship

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

Tournament unofficial kick off to fishing season

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 Payson High School students win at FBLA state competition

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.

Fire break making difference in Pine/Strawberry

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 (2006)

Glenn "Deno" Pickett of Star Valley and Phoenix passed away at his home in Phoenix on Sunday, April 9, 2006.

Tips for springtime crappies

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.

Baseball team ends winning streak

A five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt with the Longhorns 4-2 loss to arch rival Snowflake.

Joyce Erickson (1932-2006)

Joyce Erickson of Mesa, formerly of Payson, died Saturday, April 8, 2006.

Alexander Wright

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.

Thank you for the fund-raiser

Michael and I would like to thank The Carpenter's Wife and Red Elephant Bakery for the awesome fund-raiser.

Pine hunt for water picks up

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.

Rim Country hoppin' with Easter events

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.

Easter worship services

A list of Easter worship services in the Payson area.

Ukrainian eggs in the tradition of her ancestors

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.

Driver in fatal accident to be sentenced Friday

The driver who killed three members of a Payson family will be sentenced today, Friday, in Maricopa County Superior Court by Judge Michael Gordon.

Big fish, big wins for locals

A pair of Rim Country angling teams pocketed prize money for their efforts on the AllStar Bass Team Tournament circuit.

Lifeguard training classes

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.

Swim Lesson Instructor Course

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.

Postseason fate of Horns softball in balance

A trio of crucial East showdowns next week will go a long way toward deciding the postseason fate of the Lady Longhorn softball team.

Chance to test baseball skills at Pepsi pitch

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 (1911-2006)

Irene M. Caraker, 94, died in Payson, April 9, 2006.

Blood drives need donors

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.

Pet adoption options: Take a look at the beauty within

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.

Merger of smaller fire districts discussed

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.

Easter full of food, festivities

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.

Happy Easter with warnings for pets

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.

Listen closely to the silence

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.

Internet down five hours Wednesday afternoon

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.

Missing hiker rescued near Beaver Valley

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 (1926-2006)

Anne Rosebud Zimmer died in the privacy of her family home on April 8, 2006.

Tribe revival offers music, message

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.

Star Valley's town manager ready for the task ahead

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.

Impact fees going up for developers

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.

Rabies vaccines a matter of life and death

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.

What's up: I have heard rumors of a dialysis center

Q: I have heard rumors of a dialysis center. What's up?

Put power back in the hands of the voters

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.

Jon Barber interested in open council seat

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.

Wondering about police hiring practices and Star Valley water

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.

First of ten wildfire water bladders installed

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.

Smelling the stench of dirty politics

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?

Mother apologizes for daughter's vandalism

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.

A lifelong passion for cooking

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.

Campaign signs starting to look like litter

Thank you to the Payson Roundup for your coverage on the election, and congratulations to the candidates who won.

A vote for Sexton

I have lived in Payson since 1994, and I am supporting Diana Sexton for Town Council in the upcoming election.

Affordable housing about more than real estate prices

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.

Vote for Mike Vogel

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.

A vote for Susan Connell

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.

A vote for Brewer from her employees

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.

Pine has strong art culture

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.

Community needs to know more about bike safety

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.

Brown doesn't understand concept of militia

Stan Brown puts his biased emotional agenda way ahead of actual history.

Looking forward to a new council

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.

Thank you to creators of Canal Street Apartments

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.

GOOD GUY: On behalf of Rim View Road

George Spears, on behalf of the residents of Rim View Road, nominate Ed and Patty Niebch for the Good Guy award.

What's Up: I heard mayoral candidate Bob Edwards has a 128 square foot indoor pool

Q: I heard mayoral candidate Bob Edwards has a 128 square foot indoor pool. Is this true?

Rabid mountain lion killed by 6 ranch dogs

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

Death on Tonto Creek


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.

Ebullient Easter: Celebration brings community together

Pastor Joe Hittle, president of the Christian Ministerial Fellowship, joins with other churches to offer Payson's annual Easter resurrection celebration.

Remembering the Great Depression: Indian Gardens

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.

Mayonnaise is good for the hare


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

Health matters change face of fire board

The faces of the Christopher Kohl's Fire District board are changing.

County ready to hear your two cents


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.

Unusual format produces good results

The Payson Coed Relays might have been the most unusually formatted clash the young athletes have ever been involved in.

Pat's Run weekend days away

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.

Riders ready for Payson Pounder

A foursome of Rim Country cyclists remain undefeated in the race for Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state championships.

Yoga a doorway to more peaceful mindset

Progress comes with effort and effort comes with progress, according to local yoga teacher and Reiki master Anthony Alfano.

Better reading through writing

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.

Great things expected from PHS student, Flinn Scholar

Beryl Jones will soon reap the rewards of the most lucrative and prestigious academic scholarship that can be awarded an Arizona high school senior.

Vocational scholarships

Applications for Rim Country Rotary Vocational Scholarships can be picked up at the counselors' office at the high school.

Meet the candidates

Meet the candidates for town council

Paul Matthew Slenk

Paul Matthew Slenk, born Aug. 23, 1985, passed away on March 23, 2006.

Something fishy is going on

Something fishy is going on.

Emotions run high as principal dismissed

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.

Man leaves house for first time in 6 years

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.

Home Rule ballot issue buried under mayoral contest

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.

Payson to honor 1930s CCC that helped build Arizona

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.

Fire break awaiting final approval

The progress of Payson's fire fuel-reduction project will be discussed Thursday evening at the Payson Town Council's regular meeting.

Evacuation drill prepares fire, police

It took almost an hour for Payson police officers to simulate a neighborhood wildfire evacuation Saturday.

Crafts relieve financial stress for battered women

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.

Golden Rule still applies during immigration debate

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.

Payson property taxes actually going down

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.

Not voting for another bond issue

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?

Time to deal with Bush's legacy of lies

Nothing's lower than a liar, especially from a position of trust.

Decisions regarding illegal aliens like bad rerun

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.

What we could have done with resources spent in Iraq

Think about it. Imagine it.

If only we had the common sense of an eighth-grader

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.

Fear of guns sign of immaturity

This letter is written in response to Stan Brown's letter headed, "We need to stop giving guns to crazy people."

Someone is lying about the Mormon comment

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.

Police chief used position to influence voters

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.

Adoption event

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.

Payson needs a few new ideas

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.

Payson needs balanced, positive growth

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.

We need to stop letting crazy people talk about guns

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."

Teen arson

Payson police said a group of juveniles started this brush fire behind Walgreens Tuesday morning, April 11.

What's up?

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?

Letter clarification

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.

Golfers pull season Jekyll and Hyde

Payson High School golf coach Bret Morse might be wondering which team will show up when his Longhorns take to course.

Tonto tuned up for Vegas Invitational

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.

Systems management company opens in Star Valley

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.

Mortgage company lives up to its name

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 announces scholarship availability

Gila Community College announced that scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year are now available.

Pine Strawberry School holding preschool screening

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.

Business showcase features more than 50 businesses

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.

Military briefs

Since joining the Marines in May 2005, Kyle Dowler prefers to go by his new name, PFC Dowler.

Arizona Virtual Academy to host parent information sessions

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.

Telemarketers falsely claim to raise money for Payson Fire Department

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.

Student artwork on display at coffee shop

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

Lady Horns in race for regional crown

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.

Horns in pivotal game with Holbrook

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.

Wildfire evacuation drill scheduled Saturday

If you see police and fire vehicles swarming the area around Pinon Ridge and Elk Ridge Saturday, don't panic.

James Rappe

James Rappe, 88, of Pine, died April 3, 2006 in Payson. He was born Oct. 12, 1917 in Taylorville, Ill.

Thomas W. Bader

Thomas W. Bader, 80, died April 4, 2006, in Phoenix, of leukemia.

Norman John Pancheri

Norman John Pancheri, 91, of Payson, died April 1, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 7, 1914 in Norway, Mich.

Paul Lewis Landrum

Paul Lewis Landrum, 79, of Payson, died April 5, 2006 in Payson. He was born March 14, 1927 in Mesa.

Clarence F. Johnson

Clarence F. Johnson, 87, of Payson, passed away on April 3, 2006 in Phoenix, after a short illness.

Let them eat cake


The first time cake decorator Terri Steely made a volcano cake the lava almost didn't erupt.

Romeos without rules


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.

Animal shelter crowded with dogs

Rim Country families have new friends waiting for them at the Payson Humane Society's animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.

Man wins more than $275,000 at casino

April is probably going to be Damian Chavez's favorite month for a long time to come.

Payson pilot flew for the Bin Laden family

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.

Trash dumped in forest part of endless cycle

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.

Barriger vacancy should not be used for political advantage

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.

A word in defense of Rosalind Jeannette

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.

Man's passing made easier by friends

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.

Still feel connected to Sheryl McKeen

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.

Maybe there's a reason people dump in the forest

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.

Concerned about how Barriger's seat will be filled

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.

Charlie Smith thanks voters, endorses candidates

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.

Barriger's empty seat should be filled fairly

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.

Different religious groups make up fabric of Payson

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.

Edwards fanning the flames of controversy

Until mayoral candidate Bob Edwards came to town, we never knew how unhappy and mistreated we were.

Neighbors against increased density rezoning

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.

Nest sites for blue birds at a premium

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.

Kindness runs in the family

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.

Key town leaders didn't vote in primary

Some of the most invested citizens in the town of Payson didn't bother to send in their ballots during the March primary election.

Student wins $38,000 scholarship to culinary school

Two local seniors, Rachelle Wood and Bonnie Clayton, are celebrating personal victories after competing in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.

Students throw fund-raiser to better PHS 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.

Star Valley hires manager

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.

Payson's water system among best in Arizona

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.

Reservoir in bureaucratic holding pattern

The C.C. Cragin Reservoir, formerly known as Blue Ridge, continues to go forward, said Public Works Director Buzz Walker.

AIMS math last hurdle to graduation for students taking test for fifth time

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.

Neighborhood watch formed to stop forest dumpers

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.

Easter activities planned in Christopher Creek


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.

Fire district consolidation to be discussed Saturday


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.

April menus from area senior centers

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St.

Steps to creating an enjoyable walk


Walking is the best way to begin a "get healthy" program.

Chocolate lovers: meet Mocha


Payson Humane Society is truly a beacon of hope for the homeless animals of the Rim Country.

Woman's impulse saves apartments from burning

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.

Fishing for profit adds to fun

Arizona anglers itching for more competition now have another bass tournament circuit where they can test their skills.

Still learning lessons in the great outdoors


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.

Track, field teams in unique competition

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.

Gunzel takes the bait on tournament fishing

Like the largemouths he passionately bird-dogs, Jon Gunzel is hooked on tournament bass fishing.

Location can make reading exciting


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.

Fire safety project nearing completion


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.

Elected officials out of touch with taxpayers

Obviously, Bob Edwards, Ed Blair, Diana Sexton and Rick Croy are exposing facts and making some developers and cohorts uncomfortable.

Holy Week services

The following is a list of Holy Week services submitted by area churches:

Tuesday, April 4

Chicken's versatility means a variety of taste treats


Chicken is a staple for dinner in most homes so having different ways to prepare it is always helpful.

Adventures of the Haught family


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.

A lesson in tact for Rim Country: Charm school


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.

Just what is out there?


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

6 PHS teachers could lose jobs

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 so lyrical, no wonder it's Poetry Month


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.

Showcase offers one-stop shop for businesses

Go to the annual business showcase, Business Frontier Roundup, next weekend, and there will be something to see everywhere you look.

Maverick linkster swings to silver

A Rim Country Middle School sixth grader continues to star on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.

Former PHS athlete making Payson proud in Oklahoma

Former Payson High School three-sport star, Waylon Pettet, has taken his high-flying athletic act to Oklahoma.

Medals pile up at Fountain Hills track meet

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.

Meth awareness training available for groups, concerned citizens

As a concerned citizen, there is a lot one can do in the fight against methamphetamines.

Electric bills could see $20 rate increase by 2007

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

Elizabeth Louise Sprague, 65, of Payson, passed away in Scottsdale.

John R. (Jack) Sloan

John R. (Jack) Sloan, 84, died March 13, 2006 in Phoenix following a long illness.

Stephanie Ryder

Stephanie Ryder, 58, of Payson, died March 28, 2006 in Payson. She was born Sept. 19, 1947 in Atlanta, Ga.

Irene Frances Lee

Irene Frances Lee died March 31, 2006 at the Hospice Care Clinic in Payson, following an eight-month battle with cancer.

Town offers many avenues for volunteers


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 But there is another, lesser-known avenue available to those seeking a volunteer experience.

Payson students struggle to get to class before the bell

In one sense, being late for class is a minor offense compared to fighting or vandalism, but missed time from class adds up.

Superior performance

The Rim Country Middle School Advanced Band received a "superior" rating at the Northeast Region Large Group Music Festival.

Rodeo scholarship applications available

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.

What's up?

Q: I have heard rumors of a bypass out of Rye, going to Star Valley and/or Show Low. What's up?

Newspaper should include a daily prayer

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.

Someone is not telling the truth

Character matters. Payson needs to learn the truth about Bob Edwards.

Classes beginning for summer lifeguards, swim instructors

The deadline to register is fast approaching for anyone interested in learning to lifeguard to become a swim instructor.

Vote for Diane Sexton

To the residents of the Town of Payson who care about their community:

Payson police officers struggle to live in town

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.

Watch your speed on the new Airport Road

Warning! Watch out for speed zone changes and unmarked police cars giving tickets on the new Airport Road.

Rising property taxes a struggle for those on fixed income

Property taxes: Wreak what you wrought.

Open your eyes during Animal Cruelty Week

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.

Bush is a failure as a president

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.

Vote for Rick Croy

We have known Rick Croy for 15 years.

A few tips to avoid wildlife on the road

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."

This election has revealed arrogance, contempt for people

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."

Society's illness can be healed through prayer

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.

Mormons have been known to play favorites

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 for everyone who helped find Sweetie

Thank You. Thank You. My daughter and I were in a horrible accident last Saturday and so many awesome people helped us.

No Child Left Behind leaves rural schools behind

Few of us can imagine the nightmare of watching a lifelong career disappear in an instant with the passage of sweeping federal legislation.

What do women really want? More time

Almost every evaluation of the Eighth Annual Women's Wellness Forum asked for the same thing -- more time with the presenters.

Hotel room site of meth bust

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.

Water projects top Thursday's council agenda

Upcoming water projects fill the agenda during the Payson Town Council's special meeting Thursday, April 6.

Ruthy Louise Hodges

Ruthy Louise Hodges was born Dec. 3, 2005 at Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Nurse knew laughter, music, knowledge healed

Stephanie Ryder, a longtime member of the Rim Country and Arizona medical communities, died Tuesday, March 28 at her home in Payson.

Our children are drowning in the bottle

When Barbara Blalock saw her 15-year-old daughter, Amber, slumped over and barely breathing, she thought the worst.

Vandals leave trail of slashed tires, 17 vehicles hit

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.

Spay and neuter clinic was a success

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.

Sorry to see Barriger go

I am truly sorry to read about George Barriger's resignation.

Open mind key to exchange experience

The BMWx5 is the biggest car exchange student Anne Szabo sees on the road in her hometown, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.

Golf season in full swing

As secretary of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association and director of the organization's annual benefit golf tournament, Dale Gonzalez serves double duty.

Stands full for Little League opener

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

Gary James Skerritt, 69, of Payson, died in Cleveland, Ohio on March 18, 2006. He was born Sept. 29, 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Students learn to manage money, win an argument in business class

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.

Stan Brown should read Second Amendment again

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

Pine, Strawberry see growing business community

From most outward appearances it would seem the Pine and Strawberry area remains the sleepy back reaches of the Rim Country.

Christopher Creek finds new uses for land

The seasons follow their cycles in the sleepy mountain hamlet of Christopher Creek.

Tonto Apache Tribe makes several advancements

Progress for the Tonto Apache Tribe has far-reaching benefits for all of the Rim Country.

Quilt for U.S. Marine a highlight for Payson Elementary students

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.

Bringing beauty to our schools

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.

Little Tonto Basin School has far reach

Students at Tonto Basin's sixth- and seventh-grade class with Annetta Carpenter can reach out and touch the world through new technology.

Administrative changes, building programs mark 2005 for Payson schools

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.

Head Start prepares children for progress, success

Payson Head Start is an early childhood program that is governmentally funded and provides services to lower income families and children with disabilities.

Business profiles (S through Z)

Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors provides installation, sanding and finishing, repairs and refinishing of hardwood floors.

Business profiles (N through R)

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.

Business profiles (A through M)

Amon Builders, Inc. is a full-service contracting company.

Rim Country business scene freshens up, expands

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.

New casino a monument to tribe's progress

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.

Fire safety, financial help and a bridge point to county's progress

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.

A town is born in Rim Country

They cheered, applauded, and a few even cried.

Payson's progress detailed in town's annual report

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.

Rim Country sees year of growth, service and honors

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.

Community helps Pine Strawberry School succeed

Pine Strawberry School has plenty to be proud of, and principal Mike Clark is happy to share the news.

Powell House offers assisted living in a home-like setting

Payson's Powell House, a licensed assisted-living facility, offers senior citizens and disabled adults an option that combines both care and independence.

Frontier reaps benefits as a 'learning community'

Rankings of excellence and performing plus are part of the progress made at Frontier Elementary School in 2005.

'Highly performing' ranking at top of list for JRE

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."

Improvements on-going at Rim Country Health

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has enjoyed a year of positive growth.

Hospice expands role in Rim Country

At RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, the three biggest areas of progress over the last year, according to Director Lorna Hansen, are:

Multi-talented Walker is Young Man of the Year

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.

Young Woman of the Year sparkles on the diamond

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.

Rim Country blessed with many residents of note

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.

Love of community puts Woman of Year above rest

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.

Man of Year driving force for Red Cross

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.

Whatever it takes to provide the best care

Payson Care Center celebrated two decades of service in 2005.

Mogollon Health Alliance gives back to community

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.

Payson's health care industry a major employer

Health care in the Rim Country for 2005 saw the arrival of new physicians and new technology.

Samaritan's Majestic Rim on the rise

Majestic Rim, A Samaritan Community, is a 76,000-square-foot facility on East Tyler Parkway. Construction began in the spring of 2005.

Library makes progress toward expansion

Making concrete plans for the future was the biggest news at the Payson Public Library in 2005.

Payson High School's progress complicates routine

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 area hit by flood, fire and mudslides in 2005

Tonto Basin had a rough year in 2005. Residents had to contend with flooding, fires and mudslides.

Residents work to welcome visitors

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.