Stories for August 2006


Thursday, August 31

Wishing Crim the best

I remember the first time Susan Crim came into my classroom in sixth-grade. She had such a big smile and sweet face, and I knew she was going to be someone special that year.

Crim deserves best care

Susan Crim was a NAVIT student in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. I believe Susan would have been an excellent CNA.

80 volunteers clean Payson Elementary's Panther Park

The fourth-grade classes at Payson Elementary School and their families, along with teachers Carol-Lyn Ryden and Roger Rohrbach, rolled up their sleeves and gave Panther Park, the school's environmental study site, a good cleaning.

Food bank celebrates new space

Manager Wayne Parent and the rest of the board and volunteers at the Rim Country Food Bank at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church will have a celebration for the grand opening of the new facility at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

What's up?

Q: When can we expect the approved, promised traffic signal at Beeline Highway and Airport/Airline? --AND-- Q: There is a rumor going around about an urgent care facility opening in Payson, possibly in the space that was used by Planet Video. What's up?

Stop giving arms money

This letter was submitted to the Budgeteer prior to the last presidential election, but it didn't get published for some unknown reason.

Keep your smoke to yourself

As new residents of Payson, (six months), we moved here partly because of the clean air as advertised. It's great to be on one of three places in the world with such pure, breathable air. Why muck it up?

To really retire, work hard at investing


With Labor Day at hand, it's a good time to reflect on your work -- specifically, how long do you plan to keep working?

End-of-summer fun set in Pine


Labor Day weekend is here. Isn't it time for cooler weather? There will be lots of activities at the Pine Community Center and all the businesses will be open and delighted to welcome residents and visitors with great food, great antiques and great gift ideas. Make the rounds of the many shops and restaurants, including Pine's only MiniMall. You will be amazed at the changes at the Old Settler's Shops.

Learn about watersheds, water resources

Now is the chance for Rim Country residents to participate in a short course led by the Arizona Master Watershed Steward Program.

Heyl, Smith married

Lindsey Heyl and William Smith were married in Middleburg, Va. on July 22, 2006.

Conflict resolution: needs and values vs. strategies


In my first column I noticed an omission. I mentioned mediator and author, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg ( and his finding that any conflict can be resolved within 20 minutes.

Student artwork comes alive

More than 100 pieces of art created by students of Frontier Elementary School and the Shelby School will grace the walls of Fireside Espresso for the visual enjoyment of parents, children and the public.

Rim Country Orchestra looking for musicians

At the tender age of 13, violinist Rebecca Knauer is part of a musical revival in Payson.

County attorney says some recall petitions invalid

Chief Deputy Gila County Attorney Bryan Chambers has rendered an opinion that some signatures on Payson School Board recall petitions are not valid.

Gibson an asset

I was pleased to see the Payson Roundup's recent profile of DJ Ron Gibson.

New fast-food restaurant slates grand opening

Trying to get the word out about a new restaurant is what one owner is planning on doing this weekend. Chester's Chicken opened in Star Valley a few months ago.

Pierces celebrate Golden Anniversary

Marjorie and Dennis Pierce will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2, 2006. They were married Sept. 2, 1956 in Phoenix.

Make a difference at the Payson Humane Society


Eager to see the dogs at the Payson Humane Society enjoying their new play yard, I was warned to wear old clothes.

Ministers' group says thanks

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship would like to thank everyone who helped with the Day of Reckoning park outreach for the youth in our town.

Boy's story saddens me

As I read your article regarding Brian Langeliers, I feel the need to express my deep sadness and concern as we watch another young, courageous soldier depart to risk their life for a cause that more and more Americans are beginning to question.

Don't dial and drive

I grow more and more concerned and frustrated watching people weave all over the road while trying to dial their cell phones.

Saved by two off-duty heroes

Portable defibrillator, fast action saves woman

Bernice Loflin was an extremely lucky woman Aug. 25 at the Mazatzal Casino, but it had nothing to do with winning money. The 64-year-old Deer Creek resident came within minutes of death after going into cardiac arrest while gambling at the casino.

Miscommunication creates tension between county, towns

Supervisor Tommie Martin said the county's absence from a joint council meeting earlier this week wasn't a snub. She and fellow county officials were caught between legal liability and political inequity when they opted not to join the mayors of Payson and Star Valley, council members and the staffs of both towns Tuesday evening.

Man of music shares gift with children

Music has been in Robert Tarallo's blood his entire life.

Ronald Eugene Thomas

Ronald Eugene Thomas died Aug. 29, 2006 from stroke complications with supportive and compassionate care provided by his Hospice of the Valley -- Friendship Village caregivers.

Mo Joseph McGarry

Mo Joseph McGarry, 37, of Payson, died Aug. 30, 2006. He was born Dec. 18, 1968 in Marion, Ohio.

Best candidate is Standifird

If you were an employer reviewing resumes for the job of justice of the peace, Barry Standifird would surface as the best candidate.

Take pride in our school

I am currently an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School. In the few weeks since school has been in session, we have had two reported cases of vandalism.

Let Iraqis decide the future

It seems to me that the major political parties is missing an opportunity by not calling for a referendum in Iraq.

Let speeders pass

"Crossing Leadfoot" -- what is that? Is it the title for a new television show, slated for production this fall?

Shriners appreciate support

Zane Grey Shrine Club of Payson wishes to thank all the local businesses who supported our recent golf tournament to raise funds for Shrine Hospitals for Children.

Little is the obvious choice

It's become very obvious, after reading the articles and listening to all of the candidates, who is the right choice for justice of the peace. We need a judge who knows the job, and knows the town -- a person who is knowledgeable and fair.

Standifird has uncompromising ethics

I am writing this letter in support of Barry Standifird for justice of the peace.

Little a hit in Young

Citizens of Young had the great pleasure of hosting a lunch meeting with justice of the peace incumbent and candidate, Judge Dorothy Little.

Star Valley residents urged to participate

I was not raised in a barn. I was fortunate to have loving parents who taught me Christian values, respect for one another and most of all integrity. I have five brothers, no sisters, all treated me with respect. Since everyone is tooting their horn, I guess I will, too.

Standifird is most qualified

This past Sunday evening, after Scout Committee meeting, Cliff Potts and I spent some time on his porch, enjoying the cool weather, and engaged in the time-honored practice of "shooting the breeze."

Let local post office decide how to best serve customers

Ever since the post office in Payson removed the Take-A-Number system, the Roundup has received numerous calls, letters and e-mails about the change.

Heroes succeed with support

Just like Ms. Doughterty, I am a former Payson High School English teacher (five years tenure) who was distressed by the letter from the student criticizing the PHS teachers.

Accuracy lacking

Accuracy and fairness in reporting should be a requirement. Sometimes sensitivity also plays a role.

Police seek business emergency contact information

At 8:41 p.m. Aug. 11, the Payson Police Department received an alarm call from a business on Green Valley Parkway.

Party the pioneer way to help FFA

A band of Payson men who hail from pioneer families are determined to honor those who made the Rim Country great.

Police plan DUI enforcement patrols this weekend

Fewer people in the town limits of Payson this year are being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Time is the most valuable possession any of us have


In 1757, in "The Way to Wealth," Benjamin Franklin said, "Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of."

Fall hunting seasons here


Sept. 1 is the traditional start of the Arizona fall hunting seasons, even though there are three more weeks of summer according to the calendar.

Softball keeping RCMS students hopping

Action tipped off yesterday, Thursday, in White Mountain League softball action.

Pine's ‘Credit for Kids' helps sports return

Pine Strawberry School now has a flag football team and will soon enjoy an all-weather artificial turf field thanks to Credit for Kids donations.

Payson athletes have access to high level of care

Many times small 3A high schools, like Payson, take a backseat to larger, metropolitan 5A schools when it comes to facilities, equipment and technology available to coaches and athletes.

Teen archer aims for Olympics

Two-time Junior World Champion was former Payson resident

Mention archery in the Rim Country and the first name that usually pops up is Dr. Harold Rush.

Parks director resigns

After 12 years, Schwind takes Glendale position

Bill Schwind resigned from his position Monday as parks and recreation director to accept a similar position in the city of Glendale, Ariz., Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter said.

Parks survey needs participants

It's important for local sports enthusiasts and parents to take time to complete the parks and recreation survey that can be found on page 3C of today's Payson Roundup print edition.

A fine time at Wine in the Pines


Last week Debbie Aschbrenner, owner of Tall Pines Market in Christopher Creek presented her 2nd Annual Wine Tasting on her new patio. Around 125 residents showed up for "Wine in the Pines" and it was a beautiful night for socializing.

Labor Day fun planned in high country


Tonto Village is ready for a huge celebration with the annual Labor Day Bash. The fire department's auxiliary has been working feverishly to ensure that everyone has a good time. There will be good food and games and a raffle, plus an auction on specialty pies. A dunk tank has been added to the "Sweeten The Chief" whipped cream throwing contest.

Tuesday, August 29

Take a hike

The Payson area has so many amazing hikes, it's easy to forget the rest of Arizona. This weekend, take a trip out of your comfort zone and drive an hour to Sedona.

September is 'be kind to writers and editors month'


I am writing this column on Aug. 28, ostensibly known as Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day and Crackers Over the Keyboard Day.

Vegetables: Variety gives versatility to meals


As summer slides toward fall, Rim Country vegetable gardens are at their peak. The fresh vegetables they produce give a tasty versatility to meals and snacks.

Clay artist rarely throws pots


Clay artist Donna Rokoff's sense of humor shows in the whimsical clay creatures -- birds and javelina -- that patiently await the delicate stroke of her glaze brush then the fire of life in her kiln.

Charting your history


At some point most people become curious about their family background and begin doing the research on which genealogy work is based. Some applications -- such as those for health insurance -- require a knowledge of your family's medical history.

New Main Street gallery brings 21 local artists to one location

There are pockets of oft overlooked gold in the Rim Country -- they are local artisans who sculpt in stone, cast feathers of bronze, create objects d'art with clay, fuse glass into colors to dazzle the eye or take an ordinary gourd and give it spirit.

The end of Tonto Creek


One autumn day during the Indian War in 1871, the chief aide to General Crook was leading a detachment down the length of the Tonto Basin. Lt. John G. Bourke recounted that march in his hand-written diary as he traveled what was already called Wild Rye Creek to its junction with Tonto Creek.

Photo Gallery: Artists of the Rim Gallery

View a collection of art currently on display at "Artists of the Rim," a new co-op gallery of 21 local artists on Main Street in Payson, Arizona. The gallery is located at 408 W. Main St.

Towns propose county seat move in letter

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron sent a letter to the Gila County supervisors Wednesday addressing their intention to research a move of the county seat.

Monday, August 28

Longhorns break Broncos 29-6

The Payson Longhorns overcame 18 penalties for 119 yards to whip the Parker Broncos 29-6 in the 2006 regular season opener.

County receives minimal funding for forest projects

Earlier this month, almost half-a-million dollars was up for grabs among eastern Arizona counties occupied by the Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

A "big" thank you to Rim Country

On Sunday, Aug. 13, we had the most successful Bowl for Kids Sake event yet with over $28,000 raised. The amount of generosity that came from the people of Rim Country is truly amazing.

Parks and Recreation director deserves thank you

I think it is high time that the people of Payson call Bill Schwind at Payson Parks and Recreation Department and thank him for the great job he is doing on our behalf.

A few questions about the school board recall

Regarding the possible school board recall, I must express some concern with the possibility of having two out of five school board members residing under the same roof.

Thank you to community for support during surgery

Our mother, Judy Buettner, asked us to express her gratitude to all the caring people of Payson whose concern and prayers supported her and her family through a triple bypass surgery recently.

Advanced choir should not be canceled

I am an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, and I am in advanced choir. I have been in choir since before fourth grade. I also play piano. I have always been fascinated with the effect music has on other people.

Pressure Renzi to push for Resolution Copper

The Arizona Republic had a very important editorial, "Firm hand needed to guide mining deal," in its Aug. 24 edition.

Preserving town's historical identity preserves its soul

There is an old saying that "Man (Woman) does not live by bread alone." Similarly, a "Community does not exist on streets, sewers and garbage collection alone."

Plans renewed for Strawberry development

Gila County has accepted $572,000 in assurances from the newly organized Strawberry Ridge Estates company to begin developing the infrastructure for a multi-family project in Strawberry.

Gun, knife drawn during road rage incident

A road rage incident on the Beeline Highway in Payson Sunday evening resulted in two men being arrested for aggravated assault.

Sheriff's deputy on the move from call to call

Gila County Sheriff Deputy Jamie Garrett patrols a huge area inside the county on a daily basis.

Towns, county, tribe meet tonight to find common ground

A special meeting will be held tonight among the Payson town council, Star Valley town council, Gila County and the Tonto Apache Tribe.

FAA pulls $850,000 in airport funds; council asks why

The Payson Town Council approved a motion Monday to ask the Federal Aviation Administration why it voided $850,000 worth of airport improvement grants.

Payson has low food stamp, unemployment numbers

Payson residents are less likely to apply for food stamps or unemployment benefits than people in towns of comparable size in Arizona.

Editor's note

We are grateful to our readers for the many letters being submitted.

What's up?

Q: Is there a place or facility in or near Payson where scrap metals such as steel, aluminum and cast iron, can be taken in to be recycled? --AND-- Q: Why does Payson continue to lack a place to recycle plastic?

Neahmiah Javon Stevens

Neahmiah Javon Stevens was born at 7:06 p.m. Aug. 15 to Donavon and Shauna at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Post office customers still want to 'take a number'

When the Take-A-Number system recently disappeared from the Payson Post Office, customers got upset. Payson Postmaster Lori Shewey received a stack of petitions questioning the policy, but those who made the decision insist that it is actually more efficient and people will be served faster than they were by the old system.

Putting the final stitches in for Quilt Roundup

Quilters from around the Southwest who plan to enter their quilts in the Second Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup are putting the final stitches in their masterpieces.

Missing man possibly camping in Rim Country

Darrin William Palmer was last seen Sunday, Aug. 27.

Front page article blatant promotion of violence

Your front page article on Jared Caros and your pictures of him disturbed me deeply. It's hard for me to understand your blatant promotion of violence and hatred at a time when what we need is peace. Jared wants to go to Israel and participate in killing people and you went so far as including a method for financing him. What were you thinking?

Vote 'no' on Voter Reward Act

How you feel about the Arizona Voter Reward Act might be a good measure of your level of cynicism.

United States and Arizona flags now flying at airport

Good news: The Payson Airport now proudly flies the American and Arizona State flags just outside the Crosswinds Restaurant.

Republicans continue to care about the rich

If there was any doubt of the GOP (Republicans) favoring the rich, the obvious answer came in recent proposed congressional legislation.

Still in shock about roadside memorial comments

This letter is in reference to the roadside memorial letters that you have been receiving. Although many people have responded to the arrogance and coldheartedness of Ms. Cohen and Ms. Medley, a person can't help but be compelled to write to you, simply because I think people are absolutely in shock that those statements were made.

What was the rush to hire a search firm?

I attended the Monday, Aug. 14, school board meeting and am happy to say that I experienced two members of the school board questioning the process in choosing the search firm PUSD wanted to hire.

Blood drive today 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., is sponsoring a blood drive between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Payson shining example of water conservation

I am amazed and disheartened by our lack of respect for an element as vital as water in the Sonoran Desert ecosystem. Growing up in Australia, I was used to water restrictions, dirty cars, seeing fines for improper/wasteful use of sprinklers, and an acceptance and understanding of water conservation.

Photo Gallery: 2006 PHS Football Home Opener

The Payson Longhorns defeated the Parker Broncos during the Aug. 25, 2006 varsity football season opener. The Longhorns left the field with a 29-6 victory and many exciting plays.

School board recall unlikely

It appears highly unlikely a recall of two members of the Payson School board will appear on the November ballot.

Pieper Mansion sale example of real estate greed

Greg Turturro's purchase of the historic Pieper Mansion property for $235,000 in April 2006, and its subsequent sale with an asking price of $788,000 four months later, is just another example of real estate investors ruining Payson's real estate market with inflated prices.

A new family for a family business

When Shane Owens started Tree Pro in 1997, he had three generations of family history in the Rim Country timber business behind him. That tradition of family and a heritage linked to the land is being carried on by new owners Cameron and Gina Vaughan.

Comment about memorial signs weighs on author's mind

I just have to get this off my mind. Someone wrote that the memorial signs along the highway should be taken down. When I see one, I pray for that family that lost their loved one.

Driver won't be charged in fatal accident

The Gila County Attorney's office has decided not to charge an 84-year-old woman involved in a fatal accident earlier this year.

Vote by Mail initiative good for working people

This month, you printed a letter from Stuart Bishop regarding the local Democratic Women's group who unanimously voted to endorse the statewide Vote by Mail initiative.

Sidles house older than reported

The old mud house, known as Payson's oldest standing structure, is even older than you give it credit for in your Aug. 11 issue. By the picture of the mud house you say it was "built in 1886." I suggest you try the year 1879.

Sawmill Theatres hires new general manager

The Sawmill Theatres have a new general manager.

Photographs wanted for county fair

Rim Country photographers should begin preparing for the Northern Gila County Fair now.

Learning demolition derby rules

Because the upcoming demolition derby, to be held 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Payson Event Center, is a first in Rim Country, there are those unfamiliar with the rules of the competition.

Two of Payson's best face off on golf course

A pair of the Payson Men's Golf Association's finest players will lock horns tomorrow, Wednesday, in the annual club championship tournament. In the showdown at the PMGA's most prestigious fray, Tim Ernst will battle Chris Cumpton.

Woman almost misses seeing her hole-in-one

Alesha Calderwood never saw her tee shot go in for the second hole-in-one of her golf career.

Star player's return boosts volleyball team

Senior outside hitter and 2005 all-region selection Tori Wilbanks will return to the Lady Longhorn volleyball team in time to play Sept. 1 and 2 in the Payson Invitational Tournament.

Colin Howard Brown, Sr.

Colin Howard Brown, Sr., 46, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., died Aug. 21, 2006 in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Think before you complain about helicopter noise

Locals have been upset about the helicopters that bring people who are seriously hurt to Phoenix. They say that it's bothering them with how many times they take off and land throughout the day. Come on, people. I live within 200 feet of them, and your complaining is completely uncalled for.

Monday morning big band

Seven musicians come together once a week at the Payson Senior Center to perform for the elderly and residents from area care centers.

A vote for Dorothy Little

The author of a letter in the Aug. 11 edition of the Payson Roundup needs to get the facts straight.

Quilting is for kids

Caleb Marsh will soon be snuggling to sleep at night under his very own jungle print quilt -- unique not just because it is handmade, but because Marsh, the maker, is 8 years old.

All-night practice-a-thon

The Rim Country Middle School's annual practice-a-thon was held in the school's gym Friday night.

Marilyn Mae Seifried

Marilyn Mae Seifried, 79, of Peoria, died Aug. 23, 2006 in Sun City. She was born Jan. 13, 1927 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Michael Lawrence Schultz

Michael Lawrence Schultz, 56, of Logansport, Ind., died Aug. 23, 2006. He was born on April 22, 1950 in Lafayette, Ind. to George Schultz and Dolores Schultz (Schrader).

Vanessa Mae Saunders

Vanessa Mae Saunders, 35, who resided on the Tonto Apache Reservation, died Aug. 27, 2006 in Payson. She was born Sept. 14, 1970 in Payson.

Woman banned from forum defends herself

In the fifth paragraph of your "From the Editor" column published Friday, Aug. 12, you are assuming a lot about me, one of the posters banned from the forum, Pat Randall.

Friday, August 25

Mogollon Garden Tour takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

his self-guided tour of some of the Rim area's finest gardens reflects each individual homeowner's gift for working with nature. At each home on the tour, a member of the Rim Area Garden Club will greet visitors and guide them through the garden.

Longhorns take down Parker Broncos 29-6

The Payson Longhorns defeated the Parker Broncos 29-6 during Friday night's varsity football season opener. While the Longhorns left the field with a 29-6 victory and many exciting plays, there were numerous mistakes -- some 16 or more penalties for the Longhorns.

Thursday, August 24

What's Up: Does the newspaper pick and choose what letters to print?

Q: I am disappointed that the letters to the editor were all about Dan Hill. I know that several letters have been written about the other two justice of the peace candidates, but I have not seen them published. Does the newspaper pick and choose what letters to print?

Track and field team makes tribe proud at nationals

The pride of the Tonto Apache nation shined bright at the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships where two young tribal members threw their way to top-20 finishes in the shot put.

Too many repeat offenders come through JP court

I'm sure nobody living in Payson has missed seeing yard signs all over town. You'd think the office of justice of the peace was important, or something.

Now is time to act on highway bypass

In the Payson Roundup, there was an article on the dangerous roads that we have in and around the Town of Payson. It was called ‘A mile-by-mile look at the most dangerous spots on our roads.'

Daisy Rodriguez

Daisy Rodriguez was born at 1:47 p.m. Aug. 18 to Luis and Luz at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Payson real estate agent wanted for fraud

A Payson real estate agent is currently facing fraud charges against a Re/Max office she owned in Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada. The office is now closed.

Grant to fund design of taxiway, helipad, more parking

The Payson Town Council will decide Monday whether to accept a $30,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant to bring the Payson Municipal Airport into federal safety compliance.

Rotary announces annual Teacher of the Year award

The Rotary Club of Payson's 2006 Educational Grant Awards were officially presented to six individuals at the annual School District and Teacher Appreciation Barbecue.

Tara Elaine Ormand

Tara Elaine Ormand was born at 10:04 a.m. Aug. 18, 2006 to Richard and Karen Ormand at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

One bullet changes life of teen

Susan Crim's journey

Moments before 17-year-old Susan Crim lost consciousness, she looked up and heard a nurse say, "This girl is going to be paralyzed for the rest of her life." As a senior at Payson High School, Crim planned to be a nurse and had already been accepted to the Northern Arizona University School of Nursing. With only four months of high school to complete, her plans were abruptly halted by a bullet from a stolen handgun.

Water task force announces mission, need for volunteers

Lynn Godfrey, a retired nuclear engineer, said his goal as chairman of the Mayor's Water Task Force is threefold: Reestablish public trust, determine the amount of water underneath Payson and how much it will cost to manage and transport that water.

Sex offender notice: Jeffrey Johnson

The Gila County Sheriff's Office, under the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law, is notifying residents that Jeffrey Michael Johnson has indicated he will be living in East Verde Park.

Public comment wanted for roadless area management

Despite the fact that areas of the national forest in Gila County have been designated as "roadless," some management activity must still take place.

Kidnapping and assault of teenage girl under investigation

The Gila County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible kidnapping and rape after a woman claimed two men grabbed her from her home and sexually assaulted her on Doll Baby Ranch Road.

Learn more about your property and water rights at seminar

The citizens of Young and the Gila County Cattle Growers Association are presenting a day-long seminar on property and water rights at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Young Community Center.

Agents warn hunters to be wary of marijuana growers

A series of eight raids executed since July 11 have destroyed almost 60,000 marijuana plants with a street value of more than $50 million. The latest of the raids, a series of four, were carried out Aug. 16 to 20, in the Mazatzal Wilderness area southwest of Payson.

Samuel F. Butler (1951-2006)

Samuel Fredrick Butler died Aug. 17, 2006. He was born May 18, 1951, the second child of Edward and Dora Butler at Fort Dix U.S. Army Hospital in Trenton, N.J.

Victor E. Jones (1910-2006)

Victor E. Jones of Strawberry died Aug. 18, 2006 in Payson.

Bobby Anspaugh (1958-2006)

Bobby Anspaugh died Aug. 18, 2006. He was born March 16, 1958.

Little has earned her place on the bench

Choosing the right person at election time is an important, but often a difficult choice, when we have multiple candidates, such as the race for justice of the peace where each candidate has his or her own family members, friends and supporters who affirm that their candidate is the best person for the job.

A public thank you to Bob Edwards

I wanted to publicly thank Mayor Bob Edwards for the time and effort he has spent in bringing The Door Stop and the homeowners who are suing us, back to the negotiating table.

Little is best choice for justice of the peace

Under Judge Dorothy Little's leadership, our local justice court is recognized, statewide, as a model court. She has served on various committees, after being appointed by the Supreme Court to shape policy and procedures for all of the state justice courts.

Alexia Scott Gimlen

Alexia Scott Gimlen was born at 1:45 a.m. Aug. 20, 2006.

Al and Jean Etz married 50 years

Al and Jean Etz were married 50 years ago in Phoenix, on Aug. 24, 1956.

Concerned about future of PHS agricultural building

I am writing in response to the July 14 article regarding the $33 million bond that is proposed for the November election. I am proud to see that Payson continues to support its students in preparing for the future.

Stop printing letters by radical left winger

How you can continue to print letters from this man Mark Reza is beyond me. In my first letter, I referred to Fox News because they give both sides of a story. This went right over the man's head.

Visit to Payson helped raise money for troops

On Thursday, Aug. 3, I arrived in Payson to launch a campaign/fund-raiser for my organization, We Thank Our Troops, WTOT.

Why Highway 87 is dangerous and memorials are in the wrong place

This is addressed to the many outraged folks venting opinions about Highway 87 from Payson to Pine and roadside memorials.

Roundup staff misses point in marijuana stories

In Max Foster's Aug. 1 article, "Marijuana grower sentenced to 10 years," you and the editorial staff missed several points and issues that should have been discussed.

Thank you for sensitivity in coverage

I'm a friend of Nikki Hall's brother. I only heard of her death a few days ago, and have learned most of what I know about the story through your paper's Web site.

Memorial cross on highway comfort to family

We want to say thank you to John Whetten for his guest commentary in the July 28 Payson Roundup. We are Jerry and Chris Floyd, the parents of Kayla Floyd.

Payson should work together to preserve Sidles house

Regarding your article and your editorial about the Sidles home, I would like to offer a few comments for public consideration, but first, I will make a request that you refrain from referring to that structure as a "mud house."

Democrats are the true ‘flip-floppers'

I rarely write Letters to the Editor, but a response to the drivel recently espoused by Democrat Party Chairman Mark Reza needs to be made with real facts.

Close call with child predator a community lesson

When he was arrested, we slipped in the story on page 8A of the newspaper. We gave the story more prominence on the front page in the following edition, Tuesday's paper, when we discovered more about who he was and exactly where he had been in our community.

Passions take man far from home

Hunting to Allan Hallman of Star Valley is not just a hobby, but is a lifestyle. In pursuit of game, he has been to Africa, Alaska and Australia, where he brought down different types of animals during his hunting expeditions.

2006 August Doin's Rodeo Parade Winners Announced

The following entries were selected as winners in the Aug. 19 parade celebrating the 122nd Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson, Arizona.

Wood stacked for that first warming fire of winter


The rain continues. Rumor has it that a long, cold winter is predicted. My two cords of wood are neatly stacked and I am looking forward to that first fire, but by spring, I will be looking forward to the last. A wood stove is wonderful, but it is also a lot of work.

Teach your children early about saving and investing


I am the father of five children ranging in ages 4 to 16. Along with other important values and habits, I am trying to teach my kids the importance of saving and investing. I know these efforts will provide a lifetime of benefits and I have learned that it's almost never too early to start.

An airman's letter to his mother


I buy old books whenever I can. One I recently found was the 1943 edition of W. Somerset Maugham's "Great Modern Reading" -- 613 pages of things Maugham thought were well worth reading.

Learn to understand the meaning behind your anger


It is my pleasure to meet with you once again. Perhaps some of you will recall my previous Dr. Donna column that published in the Payson Roundup.

Who's responsible for mess at the Landmark?


Most people drive up to the Christopher Creek area to enjoy the beautiful scenery. These days, the beauty is marred by a sight we do not want in our community.

Pet Allies provides hope through spay and neuter program


A recent newsletter from Pet Allies of Show Low tells of their accomplishments in reducing pet overpopulation.

She turned insults into life lessons


Lynda Murphy, whose maiden name was Dumm, remembers the day at Eureka High School when a group of her peers presented her with another girl named Linda.

Tonto Basin's population grows as more people come in search of beauty and isolation

Tonto Basin is growing. A new grocery store is in the works. Gila Community College recently started offering courses in the town. The town has expanded to include its own school district and fire district. And new construction speaks to the increasing number of people who are searching for a combination of the year-round warmth of the Valley and the small town atmosphere of Rim Country.

Tara Keeney earns certified mortgage planning specialist designation

Tara Keeney, a mortgage broker with Lenders for Life Home Mortgage Corporation, has passed the qualifying exams to earn the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) Designation granted by the CMPS Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan, a training and certifying organization created to help mortgage professionals integrate financial planning concepts into the mortgage process.

Financial business focuses on the individual

Paul Pfeifer will have a one-year anniversary next month. He will be celebrating his Southwest Financial Solutions corporation's first birthday. With the company, Pfeifer provides financial and estate planning services, along with investment purchases.

It all started with florescent green overalls

Sweeper operator Mark Hoke gets an early start before business parking lots fill up Thursday morning. Hoke works for Signature Service Commercial Grounds Maintenance operated by longtime resident Chuck Jackman.

Is it possible to be objective in a time of war?

This has been a week of juxtaposition -- things that seem the same show their differences, or at least their true nature, when laid side by side.

Payson woman celebrates hole-in-one

Veteran Payson Women's Golf Association member, Alesha Calderwood, is celebrating a links feat few of her partners have ever enjoyed -- a hole-in-one.

Soccer coach makes debut at weekend scrimmage

Austin White makes his Payson High School boys soccer coaching debut tomorrow, Saturday, in Sedona.

Tonto Village gearing up for big Labor Day Bash


Tonto Village is another week closer to the biggest celebration of the year for the Village. The Labor Day Bash is gearing up to be another great fund-raiser for the Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary. Don't forget the date -- Sept. 2 beginning at 11 a.m. for the yummy BBQ pork sandwich dinner.

First game for PHS football team tonight, kickoff at 7 p.m.

The outcome of tonight's season opener pitting the Payson Longhorns against the Parker Broncos could be determined by the team that can make the fewest mistakes.

Quotes from the coach's notebook

Through almost three decades of coaching, I kept a notebook of thought-provoking and compelling quotes I heard at clinics, from other coaches or read in books.

Los Lonely Boys relax at Roosevelt


Recreational fishing, whether saltwater or freshwater, is a good way to unwind from the pressures of the everyday world of making a living. On Friday afternoons, there is the great migration of thousands of families from the Valley to the cool Rim Country to camp out and fish at their favorite lake or stream.

Redefining customer interaction in cyberspace

Mike Weber, the 23-year-old co-owner of Fireside Espresso, reaches out to local youth through an online community in cyberspace -- a place where membership is free and just about anything goes.

Tuesday, August 22

Take a hike: Highline Trail

This time of year, the big challenge for the outdoor enthusiast is to find a trail at a higher elevation with good shade.

Passion for paper created card crafter

Making scrapbooks and memory albums using photos, journaling, framing, a variety of paper and embellishments has been going strong for at least 10 years. While the art of card making cannot be attributed to the scrapbook craze, it certainly gave it a renewed vitality.

A passion for painting

The first thing a guest in artist Janice Hoyt's home sees is a portrait of a man, Grandpa Pete, sitting on a front porch with three children.

A day in the garden

Garden visitors learn how plants can thrive in this hot, dry climate

Impatiens, with their bright cheerful colors and sweet delicate petals were Marcy Jones' favorite flower growing in her garden just a week ago.

This week's Review

Welcome to the redesigned Rim Review.

The story of Greenback Valley


Several miles down the Tonto Creek from Punkin Center and Reno Creek, there is a stream that flows out of a lovely valley in the Sierra Ancha. It is named Greenback Creek.

Film: 'World Trade Center'

Two reviews of the movie "World Trade Center."

Food speaks for itself


Hello, Payson! Welcome to Shirley's Kitchen!

Monday, August 21

Returning seniors prime team to be best yet

Lady Longhorn hopes of becoming one of the East region's elite teams rest on the shoulders of a solid crew of returning seniors.

Scrimmage showcases 2006 PHS football team with mixed results

For first year Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson, a season opening controlled scrimmage yielded just the results the Arizona Interscholastic Association had in mind when they legalized them two decades ago.

John Dennis "Denny" Martin

John Dennis "Denny" Martin died Aug.17, 2006. He was born Dec. 30, 1954 to Donald and Lela Martin, both formerly of Payson.

Photo Gallery: 2006 August Rodeo and Parade

A Roundup photo gallery featuring photographs from the 122nd Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo and parade in Payson, Arizona. This gallery includes photos from the Payson "Turn and Burn" series competition held Thursday, August 17, 2006.

Back from Afghanistan, ready for Iraq

An arm tattooed "John 15:13" pictured with a Marine clutching a tattered American flag, provides a glimpse into Brian Langeliers' character. The Bible verse, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" is a favorite of the 20-year-old U.S. Marine Lance Corporal.

hank you for support during send-off

The family of Chuck and Janis Walters would like to offer thanks to the following people:

Affordable housing is only a catch phrase

After all the dust has cleared, what we are left with is a truly meaning-free catch phrase: "Affordable Housing."

Roadside memorials are for survivors

In recent weeks, the Payson Roundup has published a number of letters about roadside memorials, but I don't think any made the point clearly.

Alleged child pornographer was 'model employee'

Man passed all background checks; was never left alone with children, Boy Scout officials say

The 47-year-old man who had worked at a Payson Boy Scout camp for more than two months before being arrested Aug. 7 by the FBI on a California warrant involving child pornography was never alone with Scouts, according to a top-ranking Boy Scout official.

Roping event in Young a big success

The second annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping in Young proved to be a favorite among ropers this year.

As election nears: 5 questions for justice of the peace candidates

The Payson Roundup asked each justice of the peace candidate the same questions in hopes of better educating readers in time for the primary election on Sept. 12. Justice of the peace candidates serve a four-year term.

From Dan Hill's proud mother

I have known Dan Hill since the day he was born.

Speak now or forever hold your tongue

Thomas Paine's pamphlet of 1775, titled "Common Sense" has been universally accepted as one of the most seminal works in leading the United States of America towards adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Main Street condo project adds pool, community center to plans

The Payson Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a revised conceptual site plan of the 24-acre, 181-condominium Chilson Ranch residential development, sandwiched between McLane Road and Main Street, Monday evening.

Man on mission to save Payson's oldest building

When Payson's oldest building, the Sidles house, went back on the market earlier this month, Jim Estess moved into action. Estess is a 35-year masonry veteran who specializes in earthen buildings.

Recall election frivolous, bad for school district

The signatures are gathered, but it will still be days before we know whether a school board recall election will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

What's up?

Q: What is going in on the south side of East Main Street? More medical facilities? --AND-- Q: Where can I get the complete rules governing all terrain vehicles as a hard copy?

Who are we kidding about the bypass?

If, as some business owners claim, most of their business comes from people passing through Payson, what do they do to take care of local persons?

Thank you to the Payson Roundup

A heartfelt "Thank You" to Richard Haddad, Autumn Phillips, Jason Pettifield and all the staff at the Payson Roundup.

Rodeo attracts record numbers

The 122nd Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is in the history books.

Volleyball team rallies despite injured player

Lady Longhorn volleyball players are being asked to step up their court efforts.

Wolfe named governor's Main Street Individual of the Year

Dick Wolfe, president of the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation, received the Arizona Department of Commerce's 2006 Main Street Individual of the Year on Friday, Aug. 18 at the Governor's Rural Development Conference in Flagstaff. More than 600 people attended the event.

Truck hits stage meant for rodeo parade judges

A one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon that destroyed the stage meant to be used to judge entrants in the Payson Rodeo parade. The accident backed up traffic for almost an hour on the Beeline Highway.

Teens focus of weekend health fair

This Saturday, at the free Self-Care and Health Fair for Teens and Adults, health care professionals and others will give workshops and answer questions about diet, exercise and other concerns.

Tax rates announced for Gila County and school districts

On Monday, the Gila County Board of Supervisors ratified the tax rates requested by the special districts and municipalities.

Family's five living generations gather for first time

A family with five generations still living came together for the first time Saturday at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community in Payson.

Rain has helped pines, reduced fire risk


Tonto Village is green again. In fact, there has been so much rain this past week, the weeds are threatening to take over many of the gardens. I am not complaining about the rain. We need every drop that falls.

Enjoy steak dinner, the game Friday

For more than two decades, profits from benefit steak dinners have been used to fund extracurricular activities at Payson High School.

Public forum scheduled to discuss aging issues

AARP Arizona is holding a public forum "Issues Facing an Aging America" on Friday, Aug. 25 at Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Time for heritage community to get in the saddle

This past Thursday and Friday, I attended the third annual Arizona Centennial Workshop, held at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Who do you want to be?

Ask a 5-year-old child what they want to be when they grow up and you are likely to hear whatever job their parents do in response. A child can only choose from the options to which they've been exposed.

June tanker fire fuel still being cleaned from 260

A tanker fire near Kohl's Ranch in June was quickly extinguished, but the contamination it left behind is still creating work for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Parents confused by senior portrait letter; students can choose photographer

Contrary to what some Payson High School seniors and their parents believe, yearbook portraits do not have to be taking by any specific or designated studio.

Coppernoll twins

David William and Allison Maelyn Coppernoll were born Aug. 7, 2006 to Gary and Audra Coppernoll.

Gary Odle

Gary Odle, 64, of Jakes Corner, died Aug. 15, 2006 in Payson. He was born Dec.15, 1941 in Ponca City, Okla.

Marshall Arnold "Wilkins" Gurd

Longtime Rim Country resident Marshall Arnold "Wilkins" Gurd died Aug. 18, 2006 in Payson.

Sunday, August 20

Beautiful birds

Fair's small animal competition chance to preen for judges

As a former competitor, Helen Young knows the steps necessary to make a chicken look good to a fair judge. The chicken must have a bath. The spurs should be cut off. The toenails trimmed. The beak blunted and polished.

Medical advances stopped short by insurance

Payson woman lobbies for Medicare coverage of breast cancer detection device

When Diane Dodge found out she had two lumps in her left breast she didn't know it would lead her to Washington, D.C. to campaign for new technologies to be covered by Medicare.

Saturday, August 19

Videos on sale for 50 cents a piece at library

Videos galore are available at the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore, located inside the Payson Public Library. You can't beat the price at 50 cents each.

Work is play for local deejay

His grey-blonde hair twisted in a 10-inch ponytail, might indicate that "Rockin' Ron" Gibson wrangles to a different drummer.

Friday, August 18

Truck strikes rodeo parade judge's stand

Just before 5 p.m. Friday evening a pickup truck went off the road and slammed into the judge's stand that was set up for the annual August Doin's rodeo parade along Highway 87 in Payson.

Thursday, August 17

Women golfers net low to take tournament

Karen Peterson ran away with a Payson Women's Golf Association "Point-Net" formatted tournament by carding 13 tallies in the A flight competition.

Coach offers football history lesson

Hall of Fame football coach Frank Kush returned last week to Camp Tontozona where he gave a few words of inspiration to the current crop of Sun Devil football players.

Dog found near Kohl's Ranch

Has anybody seen my owner? I'm lost and would like very much to go home. I was found running down Highway 260 near Kohl's Ranch.


My sister has a new puppy and, naturally, the subject of pet food came up. She was told that it was not necessary to feed puppy food to this large breed, 5-month-old pup.

‘I know everyone here and they know me'


From the looks of it, the small town of Star Valley would seem to be supported by bars -- five bars or cocktail lounges in a town of 2,000 residents.

Cross country team has solid four, looking for fifth

The success of the Longhorn cross country team hinges on finding a solid fifth runner.

Flash floods frequent in Rim Country


WPFD Firefighters have been called out several times to block Houston Mesa Road at the second and third crossings due to flash flooding in our area caused by heavy rains around the Rim.

Carters celebrate 65 years of marriage

Roy and Betty Carter celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 23. The couple was married in San Pedro, Calif.

Updated report: Seven PHS students in rollover

Seven Payson High School students were injured when a 1993 blue Toyota pickup truck rolled Wednesday afternoon in the 800 block of Colcord Road. A 16-year-old girl, who was ejected from the pickup truck, was flown by helicopter to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, said Payson Fire Department Captain Dan Bramble.

'Cupboard is bare,' coach says of girls cross country

Lady Longhorn cross country coach Chuck Hardt glumly summed up the prospects for the 2006 season saying, "the cupboard is bare."

Friday's scrimmage first foray for new coach

First-year Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson can't hide his enthusiasm for his football players and their families.

Because a day trip can turn into long stay, pack for survival


Even though I have spent most of my adult years hiking and exploring the Arizona Rim Country, there are still so many places that I have not left a footprint. Those areas have a special intrigue for this over-the-hill outdoorsman.

What "An Airman's Letter to His Mother" means to me


Those of you who read last week's column, which quoted a letter printed in the London Times on June 18, 1940, already know what this column is about.

'Wine in the Pines' Saturday


Debbie Aschbrenner, owner of Tall Pines Market in Christopher Creek, will present Wine in the Pines this Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. outside on their new patio.

Survey to measure area need for transportation


The rain keeps coming and so do the weeds. One cannot keep up by pulling them. My weeds were waist-high, or on the way. I finally took the weed eater to them.

Bowling for kids event nets $28,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted Bowl for Kids' Sake on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13. The fund-raiser brought in $28,000 for the nonprofit mentoring organization.

Gardening is great therapy

We live in stressful times. Most people have some worries in life, be it personal, about family members, their jobs or even global concerns. To allow yourself to become totally immersed in a hobby is fine therapy for both mind and body.

Baby Boomers need to avoid the ‘Legacy Gap'


According to the last census, half of the people living in Gila County are over age 42. If you are a baby boomer --born between 1946 and 1964 -- and your parents are still alive, you may want to talk to them about an important subject: Their plans for leaving a legacy.

High school rodeo team booth will help fund season

Ropes in hand and saddles polished, the Payson High School Rodeo team is gearing up to compete in a dozen rodeos around the state this school year.

Floyd V. Auckly

Floyd V. Auckly, 79, died in Payson on Aug. 2, 2006.

Dennis Martin Friestad (1951-2006)

Dennis Martin Friestad, 54, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006. He was born Dec. 15, 1951, in Mesa to the late Clifford Martin Friestad and Lila Mae McDonald.

Gordon R. Hansen (1934-2006)

Gordon Roger Hansen, 71, of Payson, died Aug. 15, 2006 in Payson. He was born Nov. 26, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Liberty Kate Alexander

Liberty Kate Alexander was born to Christian and Kimbie at 8:17 a.m. on Aug. 9, 2006 at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Willow Mae Schultz

Willow Mae Schultz was born July 31, 2006, in Durango, Colo. to Jeremy and Gina Schultz.

Shelley Dillon was accepted to Bethel College

Shelley Dillon was accepted to Bethel College for the fall 2006 semester. She is the wife of Mark Dillon of McKenzie, Tenn., and the daughter of Mary Walters and the late David Walters of Tonto Basin.

Alleged child pornographer worked at area Scout camp

A 47-year-old man who had worked at a Payson Boy Scout camp for more than two months was arrested Aug. 7 by the FBI on a California warrant involving child pornography.

Truck causes 3-vehicle accident without driver

Shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday a 2001 Dodge pickup struck two other vehicles in the Safeway parking lot. There were no passengers in the truck at the time of the accident, and no driver.

Parents confused by senior portrait letter

Contrary to what some Payson High School seniors and their parents believe, no specific studio has been designated for senior portraits

‘I just wanted to beat the guys,' push-up winner says

Under the watchful eyes of Army recruiter Sgt. White and a crowd of her peers, Payson High School junior Janet Echols takes on the boys in an impromptu push-up competition during the annual career fair Wednesday.

Contractors making sidewalks unusable

I am writing to ask that the contractors and construction crews sweep the dirt and rocks off of the sidewalks in front of their job sites. It is a shame when you can't even take a stroller out.

What's Up: With the big, purple "Prop 204 is hogwash" signs?

A: A 1: According to it is "a voter initiative that was brought to Arizona by out-of-state animal rights activist groups, like Farm Sanctuary of New York. The proposition creates criminal penalties for raising animals as Arizona's farm and ranch families have humanely done for generations."

Discouraged by author's bashing of PHS teachers

This e-mail is from a former Payson High School teacher and directed toward the former student who wrote the letter of negative criticism of PHS teachers printed in the July 21 issue of the Payson Roundup. I taught English, reading, and writing classes there for eight years.

Thanks to the Payson Rodeo Committee

On behalf of the Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group of Payson and surrounding areas, I'd like to thank the Payson AZ Pro Rodeo Committee for their generous donation to our group.

Why the harsh punishment for growing marijuana?

I'm writing in response to the article, "Marijuana grower sentenced to 10 years.

Accusations against Roundup are not based in fact

As a regular reader of your newspaper, I appreciate the lengths to which you go to be fair and balanced in all your reporting and news articles. It is refreshing to read the different perspectives of your reporting staff.

Reporter only told one side of story

As all journalists know, and usually check out, there are two sides to every story. Michael Maresh was able to share the greedy new realtor from Cunningham & Associates' side, now I will share the Landmarks' side of the story.

Author should examine casino's contributions to community

I am responding to Tim Williams letter in the Aug. 4 edition of the Payson Roundup concerning the support our community gives Mazatzal Casino.

Dan Hill will bring compassion to justice seat

Jay and Kasandra LeBow, creators of Integrity Arts International and Artist Rock for Nonviolence, wish to personally thank Dan Hill and the staff of Legacy Home Furnishings for making a recent Friday's Art and Business Alliance one of our most successful ever.

Rim Review redesign hits newsstands next Wednesday

Unless you are in the publishing or the graphic design business, you are reading this article without a single thought to the shape of the letters on the page.

No Smoking

Locals weigh in on ballot proposals that would ban smoking

Bracing themselves against the black padding on the bowed end of the varnished bar, Payson's self-proclaimed MOB (the Miserable Ol' Bastards), perch on barstools inside the Buffalo Bar and Grill -- beers at the ready.

Flooding strands Tonto Basin

Residents in Tonto Basin trying to get to work this week were out of luck unless they had a boat or a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle.

Former PHS student asks for support for bond

I am writing in support of the upcoming $33 million bond proposal. Many of Payson High School's structures greatly need repair, including the agriculture building, as it is no longer being used because it is in such poor condition. Might there be funding for a new facility that continues to support agriculture education?

Stunned to find the Creator cut corners

As one who spends a significant amount of my time contemplating the so-called "human condition," I have taken some solace in the understanding that, as a human being, I was made in the "image" of the Creator, that I am superior to all other earthly creatures, and that I rank either at the same level or only a tad below the angels.

Cozy Corner offers a heartfelt thank you

I wanted to say "thank you" to all my new neighbors in Payson for making me feel so welcome here. Since I opened my Cozy Corner Book and Gift store, I have been visited by so many friendly, smiling faces. They have all made me feel welcome and needed here.

Rim Club members also members of Payson community

As a full time resident of the Rim Golf Club Community, I must tell you how saddened and dismayed I am by the fact that some members of the Payson and Star Valley communities feel that it is necessary to denigrate and assail the residents of The Rim Golf Club and Chaparral Pines to further their political or personal agendas.

Letter author in need of compassion

I did not read the July 21st issue of the Payson Roundup, but due to the feedback letters to Teddy Cohen, I pulled up the archive online. As I read this most insensitive letter, I became so shocked and appalled by the absolute disrespect for the victims and their families, that I felt sick to my stomach and tears began to well up.

Tomorrow is today with highway bypass

At a recent meeting of the Alternate Bypass Route Task Force, Town Manager Fred Carpenter announced that a project of the magnitude of a highway bypass wouldn't begin construction for at least 20 years.

Rodeo Weekend: Parade, reunion, rodeo

The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo will offer four performances at the Payson Event Center: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18; 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. More than 200 contestants, all members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will be in Payson to compete in the 122nd annual event.

Teachers receive raises

On Aug. 14, the Payson school board approved raises for teachers. Superintendent Sue Myers' recommended the issue of new contracts, with two-step salary schedule increases, to returning certified staff members.

Local artists co-op opens on Main Street

Artists of the Rim, a new co-op gallery of 22 local artists on Main Street, had its first customer Tuesday. Artists of the Rim, at 408 W. Main St. in Payson, officially opened for business at 10 a.m. today, Friday.

Completion of McLane, traffic light for Airport Road planned

The ride's been a little bumpy on North McLane Road since the town public works department unearthed the street in May to replace sewer lines, water mains and curbs. But if the weather cooperates, the half-mile strip of McLane, between Forest Drive and Airport Road, will be finished by the end of September, said Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett.

Tuesday, August 15

Rodeo specialty act promises unique performance


Get set, Buffalo Breath will be steaming up the arena during the August rodeo.

Star Valley mayor gets a tongue-lashing

A seemingly uncontroversial subject -- discussion of the town letterhead, seal and logo design -- sparked an unexpected barrage of criticism directed against Mayor Chuck Heron Tuesday night.

Area businesses, others make rodeo possible


The Payson Rodeo has been happening for 122 years and through all of that businesses and individuals in the area have supported the event.

Over 48 years you learn a lot about rodeo


Jim Barrett knows rodeo. He has been working the Payson rodeos since 1959 when he first came to the community from Phoenix. He was rodeo boss from 1972 to 1984 and now is the arena boss for the community's rodeos.

Family remembers 'The Rodeo' of yesterday


The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo has changed a lot in its 122 years. The family of Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Cline Martin has witnessed most of those changes.

Coping with life after a fall

Firefighters hear the call several times a week. Senior citizens dial 911 and cry, "I've fallen and I can't get up." Through July of this year, the Payson Fire Department responded to 102 falls. In 2005, there were 179 falls and another 203 in 2004.

Monday, August 14

Democrats have reason for endorsing vote by mail

Recently, you printed a letter from Fred Taylor reporting that the local Democratic Women's organization unanimously voted to endorse the statewide vote by mail initiative and encouraging the rest of us to support it.

Vote for Dan Hill

I'd like to tell you about my youngest brother, Dan Hill, and why he would be such a great choice for justice of the peace.

Justice 'appointee' is a qualified, fair judge

The article on the editorial page of the Friday, Aug. 4, Payson Roundup was a very good and informative article.

Local businesses will not get sympathy

In regard to the article, "Businesses struggle with limited work force," reading this piece was an adventure in a kind of gallows humor.

Chaparral Pines residents call Payson home

As residents of Chaparral Pines, we feel compelled to reply to some of the articles and letters that have appeared maligning Chaparral Pines and the people who live there.

Have some respect for your neighborhood

This letter is regarding H. Thomas and his problem with nosy neighbors.

How will you pay for health care when you retire?


Many Rim Country retirees may have discovered that upon retiring, some of your regular expenses went down. But others go up.

Photo of the week: Double Rainbow

This photo of a double rainbow over Payson was taken Saturday afternoon by Jack Quinn, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue member.

No Child Left Behind a national disaster

"We're from the government, and we're here to help." President Ronald Reagan said that those nine words were the most terrifying words in the English language.

County fair books now available

Fair books with entry forms for the 2006 Northern Gila County Fair are now available.

Take time to appreciate our late summer sky


How beautiful the clouds are as they gather over the Rim in monsoon season. Tall columns, huge white pillows, billowing mounds against the blue Arizona sky background. Even when they darken and grow threatening with lightning slashing through them, they are awesome.

Allaire, Masterson engaged

Philip and Michele Allaire of Pine and South Kingstown, R.I. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Desiree Monique Allaire to Nicholas Eugene Masterson of Tonto Basin.

Pine, Payson ministers offer pastor training in Honduras

When a minister in Pine or Payson wants to share ideas with other ministers face to face they have only need to hop in their cars.

How did the PUSD building get into such sad shape?


Our school year is off to a wonderful start.

Parents invited to PHS Back to School night with new schedule

Payson High School's "Back to School" night will take on a new twist this year.

Dalli Shea Aguirre

Dalli Shea Aguirre was born on Aug. 8, 2006 at 11:19 p.m. to Carlos and Jackie at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

A sneak peek at the season to come

Upcoming scrimmages will provide Longhorn fans the chance for a sneak peek at PHS fall sports teams before the action kicks off in earnest.

Toothbrush sale to help wounded troops

A special sale of a new mechanical toothbrush is taking place at Payson's Apothecary Shop, with a portion of proceeds going to wounded troops.

Water: Tips for designing drip irrigation systems

Here are a few tips for designing an efficient irrigation system that will promote overall plant health and a thriving landscape.

Reporter shouldn't have blamed manager for restaurant's closure

Regarding the Payson Roundup's recent article on the Landmark Restaurant, I think Mr. Maresh should have taken the time to contact Kevin Mystrom before writing an article relating to the Landmark and inferring that Mr. Mystrom was the reason for it being foreclosed. This was a family owned business, with Mr. Mystrom being the manager, not the owner.

17-point plan a positive step forward

When we read the agenda for the Aug. 3 special meeting of the Payson Town Council, we were unsure what to expect.

Merchants ready for National Thrift Shop Day

Plastic bins of thrift-store donations overflow beneath the table where Marjorie Morrison, assistant manager of the Senior Center Thrift Shop, sits.

TV audience interest in science makes telescope possible

The steel beams and concrete that will support the fifth largest telescope in the continental United States are being shaped by the hands of men on a hilltop in the Coconino Forest near Happy Jack.

Two marijuana fields raided

Drug agents have raided two more illegal marijuana gardens, bringing the number found in Northern Gila County since mid-July to four. The Gila County Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Forest Service and other law enforcement agencies staged both raids Aug. 11.

Town sets water, growth timeline

On Monday, the Town of Payson staff met to outline a procedure for implementing the 17-point plan for water and growth presented by Mayor Bob Edwards and passed unanimously by the Payson Town Council at its Aug. 3 meeting.

Payson man prepares move to Israel; hopes to join army

'It's never a convenient time to be Jewish.'

In less than a month, Jared Caros -- a smooth-faced 21 year old with the wise, brown eyes of a sage rabbi -- will head to the Middle East, hardly a travel destination during this time of conflict. But for Caros, one of the few observant Jews in the Rim Country, his faith means everything. Venturing to Israel is his contribution to society and an investment in himself.


Maria De Los Angeles Gonzales Rosas and Phillip Anthony Satterfield of Payson were married on Monday, Aug. 14, 2006.

Cadets named 'Best Drill Team in U.S.'

Payson Civil Air Patrol cadets put Arizona on the map, bringing credit not only to themselves, but also to their hometown of Payson.

Friday is Family Night at the August Doin's

To show appreciation for the support Rim Country residents have given the August rodeo over the years, Friday, Aug. 18 will be Family Night. Tina Bruess, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the purchase of one adult ticket will admit a second person free.

Former PHS coach returns for annual golf tourney

Longtime Longhorn sports fans will remember Dennis Hansen as a former Payson High School assistant football and track and field coach. At PHS, Dennis was also a journalism teacher.

But what color is light?

We see the sky as blue, the sun as yellow and the stars as white, but what is the color of light?

Detention officer thrives in career she loves

Michelle Daly has seen people at their worst in her four years as a detention officer for the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

School lunch prices, changes announced

The Payson Unified School District No. 10 Food Service announces the following meal prices for the 2006-2007 school year:

Finding the music in the ministry

Growing up, "Nearer My God To Thee" was Ken Curl's favorite song.

Young athletes to prove ability with one punt, pass and kick

What do Taylor Wallace, Savanah Grassel, Cade DeSpain, Tyler McMinimy, Ashton Wolf and Devin England have in common?

Father, son team headed to state championships

A pair of top-notch Rim Country golf teams have qualified to participate in the Arizona State championships played later this year at a Valley area course.

Rodeo Reunion features music, trick roping, reconnection

The Second Annual Payson Rodeo Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Recreation Center on the Tonto Apache Reservation. The party will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sun Devils attract heat-weary Valley crowd to Rim Country

An obviously heat-weary flatlander stepping out of a luxury SUV into the cool, crisp, pine-scented Rim Country air, turned and asked her husband, "Tell me again why is it we live in the Valley?"

Morgan Michelle Welsch

Morgan Michelle Welsch was born on July 9, 2006 to Branden Welsch and Casey Fogle at Navapache Regional.

Star Valley council discuss future of town center

The Star Valley Town Council tonight, Tuesday, will discuss how to attract visitors to the area, as well as setting goals on what the town would like its town center to become.

Renzi meets with mayor, county supervisor

Water, firebreaks at front of discussion

During Congressman Rick Renzi's visit to Payson Friday morning, he discussed fuel breaks and other federal issues with forest supervisors and local leaders.

Article on highway accidents misleading

As ADOT representative Tom Goodman stated, the pure number of accidents on a road "is a little misleading."

Spring rodeo breast cancer fund-raiser great success

I want to thank the citizens of Payson, and especially the members of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee and the Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support group for the generous contribution in the amount of $2,500 we received from the proceeds of the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" fund-raiser at the spring rodeo.

Thursday, August 10

Recall collects needed signatures

Petitioners meet Tuesday deadline, county recorder to validate signatures in next 10 days

Angela and David Lyons were successful in their three-week bid to collect enough signatures for a school board recall election of Charles Brown and Michael Horton.

Fencing comes before the dog


A requirement before getting a dog is secure fencing. Fences make having a dog much easier, but you also have a happier dog.

Photo Gallery: Faces of Rim Country

For months, the staff of the Payson Roundup has been working on a large-scale portrait project we titled "Faces of Rim Country." In this gallery, we offer an uninterpreted look at Payson and the surrounding towns.

Free brush drop-off locations this weekend

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project...for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations:

A lesson in philanthropy

Savannah Barr, left, Bella Barr, Josie Nation organized a lemonade stand and bake sale in front of Ace Hardware Saturday as a fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Rotary awards banquet

The Rotary Club of Payson recently had their annual Awards Banquet at Mazatzal Casino.

Cultural differences may come as a shock


I popped a circuit breaker the other day and had to go outside to reset it. If anyone had observed me while I was doing it, he might have thought I had lost my marbles. I was giggling like a fool.

Village gardeners prepare to can


Almost every property in Tonto Village this year will have an abundance of apples, pears, plums and whatever is planted in the gardens.

If the traffic is stopped, it's probably elk


Chances are if you are out driving and a bunch of cars are pulled over, you know Buddy Boy and his elk friend are out munching down some grass or trees nearby.

They're out for your blood in Pine


Some of you have been wondering why you were called and asked to donate blood at the Payson blood drive. For a while, we had no representative in Pine. We now have Sheri Earp who is coordinating these drives in Pine and there will be four a year.

$20 off all August pet adoptions


Father and daughter spend two weeks on South African hunt

A two-week trip to South Africa turned out to be much more than a hunting outing for Scott and Tamara Crabdree.

FAN calendar only one endorsed by PHS

As predictable as Old Faithful, out-of-state salesmen are showing up in Payson hawking Payson High School calendars and programs.

Athletes earn medals at National Special Olympics

A trio of Rim Country residents were among the 3,000 Special Olympians and 2,000 volunteer coaches who participated in the Special Olympics USA National Games held on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Local linkster bags elusive President's Cup

The President's Cup was the one Payson Women's Golf Association tournament championship that had eluded Laura Meyocks.

Monsoon 5K canceled for lack of participation

David Cluff will not have the opportunity to defend the Monsoon 5K run title he won last year.

David Leslie Willard

David Leslie Willard, 61, of Queen Creek, died Aug. 5, 2006.

Albert Walters Matthews

Albert Walters Matthews, 82, of Payson, died Aug. 7, 2006 in Payson. He was born March 3, 1924 in Waterbury, Conn.

James R. Heller

James R. Heller, 77, of Gisela, died Aug. 6, 2006.

Katherine Pearce Baxter

Katherine Pearce Baxter died July 30, 2006 on her 94th birthday.

School to dismiss at half-day Wednesday

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Persephone Marley Degas Lidster

Persephone Marley Degas Lidster was born at 5:25 p.m. Aug. 1, 2006 to Steven and Lydia at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Shelbelynn Morris

Shelbelynn Morris was born at 9:15 p.m. July 20, 2006 to Jerry and Brandi Morris at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Abandoned vehicles littering Payson

The Payson Police Department in the past few months has seen an increase in people abandoning their vehicles and in some instances, trailers.

Wednesday downpour floods Star Valley

Portions of Star Valley were underwater Wednesday afternoon after a brief downpour flooded ditches, washes and gutters.

Water tank planned for county landfill

The Buckhead Mesa landfill will have a 300,000-gallon water tank on site by the end of the year.

Man awarded for evacuating U.S. citizens from Lebanon

Payson and the Rim Country have a lot of proud families and friends of men and women serving in the Middle East. One of the proudest these days is Paul Pitkin.

Engagement dinner at Green Valley Park

Stanley Brewer and Samira Rhoton celebrate their engagement Wednesday afternoon at Green Valley Park.

Facilities for agriculture substandard in Payson schools

In the July 14 edition of the Payson Roundup, there was an article in regards to the $33 million bond election including listing of the agriculture building no longer being used because of its poor condition.

Begin preparing now for fall hunt


About two weeks ago, a lottery took place in Arizona that many Rim Country families were anxiously awaiting the result of: The Arizona Game and Fish Department drawing for big game permits.

We use symbols to say what words cannot

I was Chaplain for the Payson Police Department and the Arizona Highway Patrol between 1990 and 1997.

Thanks for your kindness to Skip Boldt

From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank each and every one of you who have been there for my nephew Skip Boldt through this most trying time in his life.

Gated communities not a burden on the community

This letter is written in answer to Karol Shaw's "Gated communities smell of feudalism."

A vote for Dan Hill

After reading the local press, watching television, and discussing experiences with local citizens who have had dealings with the justice system -- particularly the justice of the peace -- I have come to the firm conclusion that it is past time for repair.

Before you vote, get the facts

There have been a number of opinions on the recall of Charles Brown and Michael Horton.

Lively political debate from the comfort of your living room


Every evening, after a long day at work, I sit down at my home computer and visit Your Roundup. For anyone who has never been there, Your Roundup is an online forum for readers to post opinions, argue points and generally participate in a lively discussion about Payson, surrounding areas and the newspaper.

Where is the heritage community when we need them?

This is round 2 with the Pieper Mansion and the Sidles Mud House. This is the second time that the property at 505 S. Main has been on our front page in less than four months.

Justice of the peace candidates square off at forum

The theme of "experience" colored the second forum for the Payson Justice of the Peace candidates.

'What if he doesn't pay child support?'

Local law enforcement, private collection agencies crack down on indigent parents

When a pair of new blue jeans costs $12 and sweat pants are $3, it is an easy bet what a single parent chooses when the custodial parent does not pay child support.

Man dies in rollover near Strawberry

A resident from Clear Creek Pines near Happy Jack died Monday on Highway 87 south of Strawberry after losing control of his vehicle.

Emotions high at bypass task force meeting

Uneasy words among business owner Gerry Galarneau, Town Manager Fred Carpenter and other members of the 30-person audience underscored the emotion Payson residents feel toward the long-discussed Alternate Bypass Route.

Pieper Mansion back on market

Before Greg Turturro purchased the historic property on the corner of Main Street and McLane Road, bushy trees shrouded the aging Pieper Mansion while gnarled vines a foot thick penetrated the sod of the adjoining Sidles Mud House, the oldest building in Payson.

Additional charges added in murder case

Jody Cline, accused of killing Virginia Nicole Hall in her Tempe apartment on July 11, is now being charged with sexual assault.

Another thought about diverting traffic around Payson

Friday afternoon, July 29, a Payson Roundup reporter asked my opinion about the idea of a roadway to divert traffic around Payson. I'd like to expound on my answer.

Council halts publication of 'Payson Insight'

Following months of negotiation, the 64-acre Forest Edge subdivision drifted off the Payson Town Council agenda Thursday evening as Mark Perry, principal of Terry-Payson 65, LLC, withdrew the project's rezoning application.

Tale of two trails

Segments of the nearly completed Arizona Trail pass through the Rim Country in the vicinity of the Payson, Pine and Strawberry. One such segment overrides two earlier established trails: Oak Springs (FST#16) and Walnut (FST#251).

Tuesday, August 8

Another way to cruise


Some of us who enjoy sea travel are finding it more difficult to find a ship going where we want to go that is not as large as a football stadium carrying 2,000 to 4,000 passengers.

The Rim Country gets a military outpost, Camp Reno


Starvation was the army's primary weapon against the Indians. However, Delshay and three other Tonto chiefs with their people made camp less than a mile from the post, all asking for food.

Jazz pianist performs this weekend

Emerging world-class jazz pianist Jacob Koller will display his talent in a special Payson performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

A fall of starlight


Payson's night life could sizzle this weekend, especially Saturday between midnight and the wee hours of morning.

Monday, August 7

A belated congratulations to Little League

It may seem a little late, but we would like to take a moment to recognize our Payson Little League All-Stars who represented our town recently in a bid for state.

How to deal with a barking dog

A dog that barks at birds, noises, neighbors, passing pedestrians or other dogs is not a good watchdog.

Identity thefts linked to meth use

Authorities in Western states say that many methamphetamine users now apply the energy and focus caused by the drug to the detail-oriented crime of identity theft.

Driver causes 4-vehicle accident, flees scene

A four-vehicle collision Saturday afternoon at Manzanita Drive and Highway 260 resulted in a Payson resident being arrested as well as the highway being shut down for a short amount of time.

Wilsons celebrate 63rd wedding anniversary

Frank and Wyleese Wilson celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 3, 2006.

Ordinance on hold pending legal counsel

The Star Valley Council is waiting for a decision from its attorney on an ordinance that would make it illegal for people outside the town to take water from the Town of Star Valley.

Star Valley taking bids for new town attorney

The Town of Star Valley is looking for a new town attorney, which could turn out to be its current one.

Grants, newsletter on Payson council agenda

The Payson Town Council at its Aug. 10 meeting will discuss a resolution to obtain community block grants for the town's longtime housing rehabilitation program.

PHS sells $50 rocks

Because Payson High School rocks, they are selling man-made ‘rocks' as part of the campus' beautification program.

Gila Community College adds English instructor, Wellness facilitator to staff

Gila Community College added two members to its Payson Campus staff this year -- Peggy Miles as Wellness Facilitator and James Quinlan in the newly created position of English instructor.

Teachers' ideas published in national magazine

Last May, when Instructor magazine asked Trina Gunzel to write a feature on how teachers ease first day jitters, she knew just who to interview.

Tips to help seniors beat the heat

During the hot summer months, older adults are especially at risk for heat-related health problems such as heatstroke and heat exhaustion. "Heat can be miserable for everyone, but can also be life-threatening to seniors," said AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell.

Government funding cuts leave agency serving 171 clients with one full-time staff member

The Payson Gila Aging Services, which has been in existence for 15 years, is going through a financial crunch.

'We miss Ranger'

German Shepherd visited Pine View residents faithfully for 11 years

The routine for many of the seniors at Pine View Manor Apartments has been broken. A friend who tapped on their doors each day and spoke mostly with his big brown eyes is gone. Ranger, the mellow German Shepherd mix who was everybody's friend in the small community went to doggy heaven last month.

Charlie's Meats celebrates eighth anniversary

Custom service does not have to be expensive. Proof of that can be found at Charlie's Meats.

A reason to ride

Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Tori McDaniel is among the local teenagers reaping the benefits of participation in the American Quarter Horse Association.

A football fan's dream

This week is a Rim Country football fan's dream. A scenic 80-minute drive north will take the gridiron faithful to the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where the Arizona Cardinals are undergoing two-a-day practices open to spectators free of charge.

Volleyball team enters season with new skills from club play

Members of the first ever Club Rim volleyball team will bank on the experience acquired during the past seven-month season to buoy them in the upcoming high school campaign.

Former PHS star continues with junior year college soccer

Former Lady Longhorn three-sport star Amy Wilcox has taken her soccer act to Eastern New Mexico University.

Congressional candidate visits Payson

Ellen Simon's main message in her talk to about 25 Payson Democrats Monday night was, "it is time for a change."

What's up?

Q: Are ATVs (all terrain vehicles) legal on highways and residential streets? If not, how does one report them? --AND-- Q: Is there a parent teacher organization (PTO) at Payson Unified School District? --AND-- Q: Are there any agencies that check on home-schooled students to see if they are actually being home-schooled and not neglected or abused?

Men, women heat links with early August play

Play of the week for the Payson Men's Golf Association was an "Orange Ball Team" formatted tournament.

Roadside memorials could save lives

Regarding the letter from Jeanne Medley, published in July 26, wherein she expresses her poor attitude and her agreement with a Mr. Cohen concerning the memorials along Highway 87, I am compelled to respond with these comments.

Family uses roadside memorial to say goodbye

My letter is addressed to Officer John Whetten. I share his pain at having lost a child to a senseless accident. My son, Rick McDonald, died on April 6, 2005 on Highway 87, just outside of Payson.

Comments about memorials insensitive

I am confused as to why Mr. Cohen and Jeanne Medley are so upset about roadside memorials.

Gated community residents contribute to Payson

As a family who lives in Chaparral Pines and is building at The Rim Club, I would like to offer a rebuttal to the statements made by the Shaw family in Star Valley.

Concerns of fleeting oil supply something author has heard before

In his "Letter writer should update himself on world oil situation" (Roundup, July 18), Ed Welge makes a good point.

Many lakes recommended for fishing have high mercury levels

In The Arizona Republic's full page Spring Fishing Guide only Pena Blanca Lake south of Tucson was mentioned as containing fish contaminated with mercury.

Surprised to see letter about roadside memorials

I was so surprised to see the letters complaining about roadside memorials from Mr. Cohen and Ms. Medley that appeared in the (opinion) section recently.

Task force meeting this week to discuss bypass

As chair of the Alternate Route Taskforce (ART), I would like the people in Payson to know what we are aiming to do.

A response to the response to a response

This is written in rebuttal to Terry Putnam's July 25 letter responding to mine in response to his.

APS defends itself against misinformation in recent letter

At APS, it is important to us that our customers have the most accurate information possible.

Hailey Nicole Chester

Hailey Nicole Chester was born to William and Kristi Chester at 6:40 p.m., Aug. 2, 2006 at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

36 years of old-time fiddle

The contest began 36 years ago, put together with $80 in pocket change. It was the dream of local fiddlers D.C. Ashby, Don Stephenson and brothers, Githon and Clinton Reid in 1970. In 2006, it's still going strong.

Nancy Jean Smith

Nancy Jean Smith, 78, of Payson, died Aug. 4, 2006.

Water conservation task force releases findings

Gary Bedsworth, chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Task Force on Water Conservation, said in a report released Friday, Aug. 4, that Payson's water conservation efforts could lead to additional water-saving opportunities.

Town implementing Edwards' 17-point plan for water/growth

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said many of the 17 proposed policy changes presented by Mayor Bob Edwards at the Aug. 4 council meeting could be implemented as early as next month. Others might take up to a half-year to materialize.

Two motorcycles crash Saturday on Beeline

Two motorcycle accidents occurred Saturday within hours and miles of each other on the Beeline Highway.

Payson High School athletes begin conditioning for season ahead

Preseason practices in the fall sports of football, volleyball, cross country and soccer are now under way.

Lawmakers work to protect Fossil Creek

The final step in returning one of the Rim Country's natural wonders to its beauty of 100 years ago now rests with the U.S. Congress.

Thursday, August 3

Archer headed for world championships in Sweden

A sure indication an archer is serious about his sport is when one of his practice ranges includes shooting from the front yard of his home through two open doors into a target positioned in the back yard.

Parents should pay attention to children's interest in fire

Recently, the Payson Fire Department has experienced several fires that were caused by juveniles and their curiosity with fire. We hope the following information can be used to instruct your child or young family member in the proper use and reason for fire.

Jazz pianist moves into the spotlight

Jazz piano player Jacob Koller is returning to Payson for a performance Sunday, Aug. 13.

New pastor in pulpit at Tonto Village Chapel

Charles Wilcox knew he was meant to be a pastor as an 18 year old, but it took years of rejecting the church before he finally accepted the calling.

'Father Dan' settles into new congregation

Thursday was Daniel Tantimonaco's third day as the new vicar at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Drug-related burglaries on steady increase

Burglaries are on the rise in Payson, according to Payson Police Department statistics from 2005 and 2006.

Woman arrested for assault after 2-hour standoff

A 38-year-old Payson woman was arrested after a two-hour standoff with police Tuesday afternoon for numerous crimes she allegedly committed the day before in Pine.

Ordinance would make taking Star Valley water a crime

The Town of Star Valley is looking into an ordinance that would make it illegal for anyone outside the boundaries of the town to draw water from Star Valley.

Linda Frances Button

Linda Frances Button, 62, of Payson, died July 29, 2006 in Payson. She was born June 6, 1944 in New Boston, Texas.

Fossil Creek Road near Strawberry cleared of rockslide debris, now open

Fossil Creek Road near Strawberry has been cleared of rockslide debris by APS and is now open.

Brinna Kae Hall

Brinna Kae Hall was born at 12:25 a.m. July 22, 2006 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa to Brian and Lani Hall of Payson.

Man runs restaurant in his father's footsteps

After 45 years, a Star Valley restaurant that has always been owned and operated by one family is still going strong.

Thanks for support of summer reading program

The staff of Payson Public Library would like to thank the following people for their contributions to our Children's Summer Reading Program.

Habitat makes plans for 14 townhomes

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is extending the application deadline for its next project. Originally, the deadline was July 31. It is now Dec. 31.

Charles William (Chuck) Walters

Chuck William Walters, 58 years old, of Pine, Arizona, departed from our midst on July 27, 2006.

One call at a time

Payson dispatchers take tragic, ridiculous both in stride

It was 1992, and a dispatcher asked a caller, "What is the nature of your emergency?"

Picking up baby birds does more harm than good

You may be tempted to pick up a baby bird or other young wild animal that appears to be on its own, but this is not a good idea.

Gambling addiction rampant, don't support casinos

In response to your article on gambling addiction and The Arizona Republic's July 23 article on the same subject, the following can be concluded:

Author fell back on stereotype when referring to 'idle rich'

I was shocked by the prejudice in the letter titled "Gated communities smell of feudalism."

Looking for John Carpino

My husband and I are fans of (Payson musician) John Carpino.

What happened to minding your own business?

Why can't people just mind their own business and leave the not so wealthy alone?

How good businesses go bad


The small town where I grew up from age 11 was about half the size of Payson. It had three main stores: A Montgomery Ward, a Woolworth's and an A&P supermarket. All three thrived.

Handling the problem of feral cats and wild puppies


My "throwaway" puppies are growing and full of beans. They get into everything. I am trying to teach them a few basic manners, but they are teaching me more.

Memorable day for trout fisherman


Friday, July 28, was a banner day for Bill Snyder. The day started out as a normal fishing day for him but soon turned out to be a day for celebration.

Loss of young woman a great loss to Payson

Regarding Niki Hall's tragic demise, your headline should have been, "Beautiful young Payson woman mercilessly slain." How convenient for the killer that the voices told him to kill a gentle young woman, instead of a strong young man.

Archetypes good for fiction, not for future of our community


I returned well rested from a vacation in Colorado to a small group of angry readers responding to this past Friday's front page article, "Who's building Payson now."

Justice of peace election not to be ignored

A justice of the peace candidate recently spoke at a business lunch and after the presentation asked if there were any questions.

County budget includes salary increases for staff

To John Nelson, the most critical thing in this year's Gila County budget is what is not in the budget. "We did not address the jails," said the deputy county manager. "They are out-of-date, overcrowded and labor intensive and will need to addressed in one way or another. They're going to keep coming up."

Marijuana garden kept intact for training

Drug agents have raided one of the largest marijuana operations ever discovered in Gila County. The garden, located east of Payson and about a half mile east of the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery, contained about 30,000 plants spread out over a half-mile area.

10 years for Harold Fish

Fish calls sentence 'terrible miscarriage of justice'

Harold Fish will spend the next 10 years of his life in prison unless the Arizona Supreme Court decides a new state law more sympathetic to self-defense applies to his case.

Construction cap proposed until water picture clear

Mayor Bob Edwards presented a plan for Payson Thursday night including an in-depth look at the water situation and an examination of how it should affect future growth. "What we are dedicated to is finding out what the water (situation) is so we can plan on where we are going," Edwards said.

'Faces of Rim Country' photo exhibit tonight

"Faces of Rim Country" is a collection of photographs which visually define the spirit of the area. A free photography exhibit featuring these images will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Thomas Ricks Pickett

Thomas Ricks Pickett, "The Ice Man," 53, of Strawberry, died on July 21, 2006.

Photo Gallery: 2006 Scout-O-Rama

Scouts from throughout Rim Country gathered at Green Valley Park Saturday, July 29, 2006 for the Zane Grey District Scout-O-Rama. The annual event allowed Scouts of all ages to demonstrate the fun, skills and adventures of scouting.

Emma Marian Dwyer

Emma Marian Dwyer was born July 16, 2006 at 9:16 a.m. to Russell and Colleen Dwyer of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tribe, parents fund basketball trip to Vegas

A joint effort of the Tonto Apache Tribe and a group of parents allowed members of three local basketball teams to enjoy the thrill of a lifetime.

Payson gets preseason peek at the ASU football team

Devils' disciples from around the state will soon gather at scenic Camp Tontozona for a preseason peek at their beloved Arizona State University football team and to gear up for the regular season-ending Duel in the Desert against the archrival Wildcats.

Monsoon Sale at Payson Humane Society

It's raining cats and dogs at the Payson Humane Society, so we're having a Monsoon Sale. During the entire month of August, we will take $20 off the price of every adoption from the shelter.

Bush has diminished this country with debt, war

On Friday, June 9, the Payson Roundup chose to publish a letter from a Fox viewer from Strawberry. This beneficiary of a family trust decided to attack me and accused me of not knowing the truth "if he was up to his neck in it."

Environmentalists creating expensive bureaucracy without revenue generation

I attended the meeting Wednesday, July 11, promoted by John Koleszar in his Guest Comment "A call for roadless areas."

Don't bank on house profits to fund retirement


To enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you will need to build your net worth before you retire.

Introduction to family history offered this month


Get ready for the First Annual Christopher Creek Genealogy and Family History Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. and sponsored by the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Apple Lane.

The rain keeps coming and the weeds are growing


Are we ready to say we have had enough rain? It just keeps coming. The trees even feel damp, which is wonderful.

New machine at hospital means safer, cleaner medicine

The pharmacy at Payson Regional Medical Center has two new "isolation chambers."

Hydrogen is not an alternative fuel

I was glad to see the letter from Jeff Hopkins of Phoenix, published on July 21, pointing out that hydrogen has simply nothing whatever to do with alternative fuels.

Fisherman gets a glimpse at the world's best


Having been in athletic competition as a coach and an athlete for most of my life, this past week has been particularly enjoyable watching pro fishermen get ready for the FLW Championships.

Little dominates Lady Niners link scene

Nancy Little is heating up the Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole group tournament trail.

Sports unforgettable piece of youth

For high school athletes this is the most exciting time of the year.

Filmmaker discovers Jake's Corner

Jake's Corner will soon be going to the big screen, and people across the nation will be seeing the charm of the very small community on Gila County's Highway 188.

A life made of family, plants and a game of chess

After a day of manual labor spent among the green landscape and babbling brook that make up Rob McCombs' outdoor office, he plays chess.

Tuesday, August 1

Keep the eats cool this summer


School is back in session, but the mercury is still hovering in the uncomfortable range, add the humidity and a nice, hot supper is the last thing most of us want.

The Rim Country gets a military outpost, Camp Reno


The stream that meets Tonto Creek at Punkin Center flows from the Mazatzal range and is called Reno Creek, named for the military outpost established three miles upstream in 1868. [1]

Fall sports for participants and spectators


Fall sports abound for Rim Country residents of all ages. If participating in a game is not your cup of tea, then there are plenty of sports to watch.