Thursday, December 28
The Town of Star Valley is not giving up its fight to have its own zip code in the near future.
Services for Mark Steven Cecil will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at the Payson Christian Fellowship Church, 700 E. Wade Lane.
Jesse Warren Wynn, of Christopher Creek, Ariz., died at Payson Regional Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2006. He was 84.
Donald Fayet "Dutch" Coffman died Dec. 20, 2006. He was 77.
Arline D. Baril, 88, died at home with all of her family near her on Dec. 22, 2006.
NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice stopped to visit with Payson Ranger District wildland fire personnel prior to the 35th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade last year.
A Star Valley resident was arrested Tuesday on various domestic violence charges after he was seen holding a shotgun on a relative.
Rain, hail, snow, sleet and fog passed through Rim Country this week. National Weather Service Observer Anna Mae Deming reported almost 3 inches of snow fell.
'Tis the season. Christmas angels are all around at this time of year.
The Rim Country Marine Corps League Det. 928 congratulate the local community for the success of the Toys for Tots drive in the local area. Approximately 3,124 toys were obtained.
It has been a very rewarding experience for me to participate in AnySoldier.com.
We would like to thank everyone who helped the children listed on the foster care angel tree.
Being a recent transplant to Payson, I would like you to know what a wonderful community this is. I came here from the Valley just this summer to take the position of Branch Manager at Arizona State Credit Union.
On Dec. 7, Lynn Godfrey, chairman of the mayor's water task force, presented the task force report. In part, he said, "The town is essentially at safe yield, continued growth will lead to disaster."
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Having spent my early years in Iowa, I remember seeking permission from farmers before we would hunt pheasants or rabbits, because most land was privately owned.
After reading that Payson has a "water problem," it occurred to me that perhaps this column and the "I'm Listening" blog could offer a service by providing a place where Paysonites could discuss what they think can be, or should be, done about it.
A new ministry of gifts of the Holy Spirit will meet at 10 a.m. every Sunday at the Hand of God Fellowship Hall (formerly Full Gospel Family Church), Trail of Tears on the Tonto Apache Reservation.
I have read with continued awe at the mindless ramblings of our resident liberal, Jim Kane.
The New Year is upon us. There is not much time to finish up our list of resolutions.
Where has the year gone? It is so hard to believe that this will be the last column for 2006.
Can you believe it's almost 2007? I can't, but it may be because on New Year's Day I will be 55.
It's hard to believe that Arizona Rim Country is headed into 2007.
We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all the people who opened their hearts and pockets, to purchase and make gifts for our Compassion Never Goes Out of Fashion gift tags for seniors and the homebound.
My husband and I want to thank the three unknown angels who stopped on a recent Sunday morning on Highway 87 South to help my son.
As the editor of a small-town newspaper, you see all sides of people. It teaches you a lot about human nature -- a lesson that is, in turns, disparaging and inspiring. This week, it is the latter.
Two Payson residents were arrested Wednesday on charges of killing their infant son. Justin Philip Valencia, 19, and Nichole Ploughe, 18, are being charged with second-degree murder in the alleged killing of their 2-month-old son, Leon Valencia.
When Emily Morton woke up from a nap on Dec. 21, she thought the smoke she was seeing was the result of her blurry eyes from waking up. Morton went back to sleep, not realizing the home she shared with her parents, son and brother was on fire.
Two local media figures are asking the Arizona Superior Court to look into possible Open Meeting Law violations by the 19 task forces created by Payson Mayor Bob Edwards.
For most children, being around dogs comes naturally, especially if their parents help them understand how to relate to dogs.
We are hoping that the wonder of the season finds you and yours in good health and spirit.
FOCUS ON PETS
Once again, we have the opportunity to start anew, to turn over a new leaf and resolve to be the person we always wanted to be. Now is the time to list those New Year's resolutions.
ASK DR. DONNA
This will be my final column for now, per editorial constraints. I'd like to express my appreciation to my readers and the feedback I have received.
It was a year of change for Payson. 2006 opened with a heated election that ended with a new mayor and several new members of the town council. Mayor Bob Edwards immediately set about following his campaign promises to manage growth and examine water issues in the town.
The week before Christmas, ornamental geese decorated for the holidays were vandalized with shots from a paintball gun in front of the home of DJ Craig Miller on West Country Club Drive.
Loretta Ost weaves a fine, white thread through her fingers. Then, with a shuttle, begins to work the thread into an intricate design.
Jan and Adrian Marnell, owners of the Strawberry Lodge, came to the Rim Country like many of its residents -- to vacation.
Boot camp style intervention program turns teen's life around
Brett Tierney, and his mom, Stacy Parkerson, knew he needed help getting his life back on track.
The 2006 Rim Country sports year was highlighted by the hiring of four new Payson High School varsity coaches, the rousing accomplishments of a band of spirited Little League baseball players and the head-turning exploits of two of the Longhorns finest senior athletes.
Tuesday, December 26
"Get in shape," is perhaps the most common New Year's resolution made while looking at the face of the bathroom scale after a good month of holiday eating.
The Houston Loop is so accessible that it's often written off.
The holidays are winding down. We have been sitting around enjoying meals, talking and sharing with family and friends. Now we are in the process of getting our homes and lives back to normal.
Growing up with three younger sisters, there was little reason to ever claim being bored during school vacations. And if you happened to let that chronic childhood complaint slip within earshot of a parent, they would inevitably find something for you to do, and usually it was something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.
When the newly appointed officials for the Territory of Arizona left New York on Aug. 27, 1863 they were unsure of where they would go to establish the seat of territorial government. The logical choice would be Tucson, the more populous center of political influence.
It's that infamous time of year when some of us try to remember the resolutions we made when Father Time was not yet out of diapers a bare 12 months ago.
The salmon were running both times photographer Julie Lodge went to see the grizzly bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska.
Monday, December 25
Lester "Les" A. Holtzen died Dec. 21, 2006. He was born at home in Red Cloud, Neb. on March 8, 1920. He grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, and joined the Navy at the age of 17.
Listen up, taxpayers. From everything I have read, the county needs a new courthouse and jail.
Tonight, I felt sorry for you boys and your parents. Sorry that you've never known the compassion and intelligence of an animal.
Zachary Lee Pearson was born at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2006 to Ryan and Rhiannon at Payson Regional Medical Center.
The temperature has dropped, the first bills for heat have arrived and it is time to winterize your home.
Physical or occupational therapy is usually associated with recovery from an accident or illness. But it can also be used to combat conditions that pose special problems for women such as post-mastectomy complications, osteoporosis, incontinence and pelvic pain.
Immediately after finishing a 13th home, Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is preparing to build and sell another 13 townhomes for low-income Rim Country residents.
Shelter for veterans last chance for many who find themselves on the street
Christopher had no place to go and had been homeless for about a week when the Rim Country Food Bank mentioned the Veterans Helping Veterans shelter in Payson.
Two-year-old Mila Phillips has been sick for most of her young life. During her second year of life, she started losing weight, and she stopped eating and walking.
At just 20 years old, Anna Noe has seen much of life and death as she trains to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) at the Brooke Army Medical Center.
Mya Christine Burge was born at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2006 to Ashlee Burge at Payson Regional Medical Center.
The Arizona Wildlife Federation will sponsor its second annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) winter workshop Feb. 2 to Feb. 4 at Saguaro Lake Ranch.
The Lady Longhorns did not have the unique opportunity Dec. 23 to showcase their skills in a newly built $33 million, 6,500-seat basketball arena that is drawing raves as the finest high school facility in the state.
Longhorn boys basketball coach Chuck Hardt and his players are breathing a huge sigh of relief that they'll finally have a respite after playing 11 games in just over two weeks.
Almost every elementary school student of the past four decades has played some version of dodgeball, either on the playground or in gym classes.
Mark McCarty is a junior at Payson High School and is a true example of a student-athlete.
The thermostat is turned up to keep winter's chill away, but the same heat that keeps you toasty, dries out the air and, with it, your skin. During the winter, the best thing for your skin is to moisturize.
At this time of year, as one calendar rolls into another, it is a symbolic time to reflect, re-focus and, if need be, start again.
I recently had an accident while moving bags of steer manure from my SUV to my back yard.
In an age of increasing energy needs, what would cause Arizona's largest electric company to voluntarily remove one of its hydroelectric facilities?
The Elk Ridge subdivision is the first community in Payson to receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition from the National Firewise Communities Program.
The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation has worked to build a foundation for future growth through most of 2006.
Winter may lead to car battery trouble for some, as cold weather greatly reduces the operating efficiency of batteries.
Councilor Tim Fruth, last night at the Payson town council meeting, you were very adamant about how you learned in "school," that managed growth doesn't work -- it failed in the Soviet Union, and it will fail in Payson.
Carter James Bell was born at 12:42 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2006 to Jason and Stacy Bell at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Thursday, December 21
The Longhorn junior varsity basketball team is suffering from the agonizing heartbreak of defeat, but the freshmen are celebrating a hard-fought win.
FOCUS ON PETS
'Tis Christmas time and I always welcome a fitting subject around which to wrap a holiday column. Rocky is a very special boxer puppy who seems to fit the bill.
Cherokee Rauch is 86 and mostly housebound, dependent on neighbors to bring her mail and for other assistance. But she's not too old or too ill to enjoy a wonderful Christmas surprise.
The lights on 33 homes entered in the second annual Christmas lighting contest glittered brightly on a cold Payson night this past Friday, Dec. 15.
Since being booted from the Northern Arizona University campus in the late 1980s to make way for the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star football game has been in search of a permanent home.
Residents of Payson and Star Valley will see quicker response times thanks to a new communications system put in place by the Payson Police Department.
The Rim Country's long-considered alternate route inched forward last week when the Payson Town Council adopted a resolution Thursday, Dec. 14, to conduct a planning study of the traffic diversion that could alleviate in-town traffic.
Andrew Ashby and Jamie Sanders were married Oct. 14, 2006 in an outdoor ceremony in Christopher Creek.
Marty and Debbie Wimpee are pleased to announce the marriage of their son, Jered, to Deanna Hogue on Dec. 23, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Payson Christian Church in Payson.
Mark Steven Cecil, of Payson, died Dec. 9, 2006. He was 51.
Doris "Dodie" Gilmore Mertens died Dec. 6, 2006 in Castro Valley, Calif.
Mailboxes along the Control Road from Beaver Valley to Tonto Village were burglarized Dec. 4.
Bill Armstrong has seen Star Valley increase by leaps and bounds in the 35 years he has lived in the small town.
After more than an hour in executive session, the Star Valley Council directed its attorney to make revisions to a water agreement the Payson Town Council approved the week before.
The woman at the helm of Payson Unified School District's Special Services Department thinks "special education" has an undeserved bad rap.
Frequently dogs are relinquished to Payson Humane Society because their owners describe them as "too rambunctious, too active, or too hyper" for their lifestyle.
Many of us are inspired by great quotations. And you can find plenty of them related to investing. Let's take a look at some of these quotes to determine what they may have to offer us.
Local church leaders share thoughts on believing
Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
The following Christmas services are scheduled at area churches:
ASK DR. DONNA
I have a good friend who has a problem being on time. I like this person and do not want to lose the friendship, but I get really frustrated having to wait for her arrival.
A week ago, having read the sad little piece written by a mother whose son was on drugs, I put some questions up on my I'm Listening blog on payson.com.
Athletes Jenna Palandri, left, and Tiffany Slayman will benefit from a $400 check given to Payson Special Olympics this week.
Veterans helping veterans has been the focus of Misti Isley's life for more than a decade.
The Rim Country's top culinary notables will share their talents for a benefit to raise money for the Payson Public Library expansion project.
Whether praised or criticized, Payson's councilors find their lives spent in the spotlight.
Q: I heard the Town of Payson's employee Christmas party was canceled. If so, why? And I heard that town employees offered to pay for the party themselves. --AND-- Q: I did not purchase a gas adjuster. Why does my heating bill from Energy West say "Purchased Gas Adjuster"?
As many of you may have noticed, longtime sports writer Max Foster is currently not writing as much as usual for the Payson Roundup.
Payson Head Start would like to sincerely thank the following community organizations for their donations to our families and program within recent months:
This commentary is directed to the many Americans who are in desperate need of a wake-up call regarding their tenuous position in an uncertain world.
There is a letter going around among the real estate people that says the Star Valley Tower Well produces 1,500 GPM.
The big weather front that was supposed to dump a sizable amount of snow in the Rim Country kind of fizzled out. There was some snow, however, enough that it at least covered the ground, but not enough to satisfy my grandchildren and their snow toys.
Merry Christmas to all. Finally, we have had some cold weather and a small amount of snow. A gentle snowfall is so beautiful.
On the front page of our newspaper today, we told the story of 15 children who were given bikes for Christmas by strangers who insisted on remaining anonymous.
The Payson Town Council and town staff is asking the public to weigh in on issues that affect their daily lives. As the elected leaders formulate the upcoming Corporate Strategic Plan, they seek input from the populace to help guide the way.
In late November, Jeremy Hammer yelled at his brother, John, after a bedroom door his brother opened hit him in the groin.
A long time ago, on a very special night in northern Alaska, a group of Eskimo children built a snowman. As they built this snowman, they could not help but notice a star brighter than any they had ever seen in the eastern sky. Even the Northern Lights could not diminish its brightness.
A woman and her 3-year-old son narrowly avoided death after a fire swept through their home in north Payson Thursday afternoon.
A new bicycle was the only item on Austin's Christmas wish list.
RTA Hospice, Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Rim Country Hospice hosted "A Celebration of Life" Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Mountain Bible Sanctuary.
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Payson has received a grant of $44,270 to enable its pastor, Rev. Todd Arnold, and his family to participate in the 2006 National Clergy Renewal Program, funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
There are a fortunate few who, every year in December, head for the arid mountain ranges of Arizona in pursuit of the desert bighorn sheep.
Payson High School senior Zak Miller and coach Josh Anderson have joined the ranks of a long list of former Longhorn players and coaches who were selected to participate in the prestigious Arizona Coaches Association All-Star North vs. South game.
Junior forward Robert Walker's 35-point outburst and all-around, unselfish team play propelled the Longhorns to a 78-57 win over the Chinle Wildcats.
Santa arrived Saturday afternoon by fire engine. Lights were flashing and sirens were blaring as they drove up to the fire department in Christopher Creek to some very eager boys and girls.
Tuesday, December 19
Chris Reynolds' contemporary, surrealist paintings come to him when he dreams.
IN THE KITCHEN
Turkey is for Thanksgiving and in my book, ham is for Christmas.
Dice, a bell and a score sheet and up to 11 other people and you have the makings of a game of Bunco.
THE EDGE OF PAYSON
If one thing can be said to mark the outward manifestation of the Christmas season, it would have to be the giving of gifts.
When Dusty Miller was growing up in Luten, England, 30 miles north of London, the day after Christmas was Boxing Day and the shops were closed.
After the death of Mangas Coloradas at the hands of soldiers and the Walker party, all possibility of entering Arizona's central mountains from the east was out of the question. The only route open to the gold seekers was to proceed south where they could join the Butterfield Trail.
For those of you who moved to Payson because you "had to get out of the Valley," you might groan at this. But for the rest of you, head south to Phoenix and South Mountain Park.
Monday, December 18
Problem gambling affects tens of thousands of people and, according to experts in the field, it's a growing issue because of the proliferation of televised poker tournaments, online gambling and sports-mania throughout the United States.
The wrestling action this past Friday and Saturday in the Rim Country Duals was exciting and intense as most teams were in action for the last time prior to the Christmas break.
Eva Prychodnik was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award for 18 years as a volunteer at the Payson Senior Center Thrift Store.
The annual Payson Lioness Club's Christmas Cookie Sale had customers waiting for the doors to open at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Dec. 16.
A little more than a year ago, a young musician from Tempe was getting a break of a lifetime at the Ox Bow Saloon. Rickiejoleen was being showcased for Warner Brothers Records for a chance at a recording contract.
A line has been drawn in the sand. On one side are the people who say, "Merry Christmas" and on the other are those who prefer to say, "Happy Holidays."
With the Holiday Hoops girls basketball tournament on the calendar for Dec. 29 and 30, it's time to make plans to take in as many of the games as possible.
At a recent Payson High School in-service meeting, students taught approximately 30 Payson High School teachers that head tilts are not signs of daydreaming and chin lifts are not signs of defiance.
New Year's Eve food is best served buffet-style.
Parents John and Linda Schuerer celebrate Christmas with chocolate-covered cherries. It's a long-standing tradition of John's family, even if their children turn their noses up at the candy-coated treats.
The holiday dinner of a century ago on a typical Pennsylvania farmstead would have taken up to two weeks to prepare.
As we madly dash around trying in vain to accomplish all there is to do during this holiday season, remember to take a breath, read a good book and enjoy family and friends. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Due to reasonable fuel and vacation costs, more Americans than ever before will be persuaded to travel this Christmas-New Year's holiday. AAA estimates that 64.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a healthy 2.2 percent increase from last year's 63.5 million travelers.
Police looking for information
The Payson Police Department is looking for individuals who vandalized an outdoor Christmas display at a home Friday night.
Despite the fact that the Payson council voted to accept a drafted water agreement with Star Valley, there is no agreement officially in place between the two towns.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors today, Tuesday, will vote on whether to call for a special election to possibly recall a Pine-Strawberry Fire District board member, Ross Gooder.
During the holidays, my wife and I enjoyed one of the best musical productions either of us has heard in a long time. The Payson Choral Society performed a wonderful Christmas concert in the high school auditorium. It was superb.
It's just so nice to hear that America and its politicians care so much about the Iraqi people that, to protect the Iraqis from "worse" chaos, America's military will need to occupy Iraq indefinitely.
On behalf of the volunteers of the Pine/Strawberry Food Bank, I want to thank the Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild for their generous gift to the Food Bank to be used as necessary.
The inflatable snowman story brought to mind a caper we pulled off at Northern Arizona University in the late ‘50s.
I've been reading about the teenage boys who kill cats for sport.
I would like to preface this letter by agreeing that whoever viciously killed a family's cat should be punished.
My name is Diana McNeish and I am writing this letter about my neighbor and my best friend.
On behalf of the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department, we want to thank all the people who gave donations to the Toys for Tots program that came through the fire department.
Q: I enjoy reading The Rim Review each week. Why isn't it inserted inside the Roundup? Didn't you used to make it part of the home-delivered newspaper?
Automotive Specialists of Payson and Payson Driveline is expanding. Owners Sean and Maggie Meares have opened Tonto Motor Works in Punkin Center.
Have bumper stickers gone out of style?
A foursome of Rim Country Middle School Maverick Wrestlers grappled their way to top-four finishes at the White Mountain League championships.
Payson High School wrestling has a long tradition of sending many quality wrestlers to the next level of athletics.
On Thursday, the Payson Longhorns made the trip to Holbrook High School to wrestle two 3A East foes, the Alchesay Falcons and the Holbrook Roadrunners.
The Holiday Hoops tournament has attracted 16 of the state's finest and most diverse basketball teams to the Rim Country.
Gila County Democrats rewarded the good grades and financial need of five Gila Community College students at the Payson and Globe campuses.
John Severin Gyring, of Payson, died Dec. 17, 2006, at RTA Hospice House. He was 84.
Vance R. Hutchinson, of Payson, died Dec. 16, 2006. He was 79.
Chet Podvoiskis died Dec. 13, 2006 at the age of 55 in Sun City Ariz.
Logan J. Brent, 3, from Gaylord, Mich., left to right, grandpa James Krzysik of East Mesa. Kelli Brent (mom) from Gaylord, Mich., great-grandma Barbara Pike from Overgaard. Front row, matriarch of the family, Janina Malicki, 94, of Payson is the great-great-grandmother.
Autumn River Pelto was born at at 9:32 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2006 to Jeff and Nicole at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Kindermusik incorporates the most current research on early childhood development.
What's your New Year's resolution? Many people make it their goal to become more physically active in the upcoming year and Payson Parks and Recreation would like to help you make that dream a reality.
Thursday, December 14
According to an article on Nov. 21, Supervisor Shirley Dawson is upset because she feels that our two community college board representatives are too critical of the way the Payson campus is treated.
I am a smoker. I have been smoking cigarettes for approximately 39 years and have no intention of quitting smoking just because the government has decided to tax me for buying them.
Recently, the Gila County Democratic Party gave five scholarships to the Gila Community College. The recipients were Sarah Bontempi, Molly Scott and Amantha Nielson from northern Gila County and two students from southern Gila County.
Q: Why is the boat dock at Green Valley Park Lake missing?
Six stolen guns were recovered by Payson Police during the execution of a search warrant in a drug case Sunday.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office reported in a Dec. 13 press release that a hunter had to be airlifted to Phoenix following a fall from a blind in the trees.
The Town of Star Valley wants residents to know there is a process in place for people building homes or moving homes onto lots that must be followed.
The National Weather Service in Flagstaff predicts temperatures will drop this weekend, winds will increase and come late Saturday, there could be precipitation in the Rim Country.
When Santa is making out his naughty/nice list this year, the 50 children who hang out after school at Payson Community Kids will be on the nice side. In order for the program to function, it has to be that way.
The Payson Public Library on hosted a day for mothers and children in celebration of Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The Tonto Apache Tribe owns a mica mining claim on a picturesque property in south central Colorado, but, for years, they have only used the area as a camping spot for members.
The Payson Roundup would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community. A call for help with the Salvation Army's angel tree was published on Dec. 12.
Ask Dr. Donna
My ex-husband has been having a problem with alcohol for the past seven yrs. He is in and out of jail and was recently found to be using alcohol while still incarcerated during work release.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
I couldn't let this edition of the Roundup publish without a word of praise for the Payson High School music students who performed in the Winter Concert Monday evening.
Jo Ann Lorraine Green Gunsaulas, of Payson, died Dec. 10, 2006. She was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Altoona, Pa.
Jimmie J. Williams, of Payson, died Dec. 10, 2006. She was 91. Mrs. Williams was born July 28, 1915 in Hodgens, Okla.
Zenobia Pearl McLargin, 88, of Pine, died Nov. 26, 2006, at the RTA Hospice House in Payson.
Warren Kenneth Gay Jr. was born at 10:46 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2006 to Warren and Margarita Gay at Payson Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Cameron Sue Huffman was born at 9:32 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2006 to Victor and Raygena at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Do you ever think about Vietnam, our generation, and not going? I do. Looking back, I wish I had gone. I feel guilty for not doing my part. Never have I been made to feel like I let anyone down nor have any asked why I did not go.
Around 100 people showed up for this year's Christmas Party at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church
After spending the past three editions of the Payson Roundup exploring the breadth and depth of the meth problem in this area, we cannot deny that our community is in crisis. And it would be naïve for us to offer an easy solution.
Q: How much did the new Christmas tree planted in Green Valley Park cost the town?
A water development contract between the towns of Payson and Star Valley, intended to protect the water interests of each municipality, passed by a slim margin at the Payson Town Council meeting Thursday evening.
Amanda Blaylock stepped up to a vending machine that appeared this week in the grocery store where she works. She scanned her credit card and then pushed a few virtual buttons on the computer screen. Out popped a newly released DVD movie -- a rental that she would place in the machine's return slot the next day.
Inside the cheerful white house-turned-business at 703 W. Main St., the walls are filled with paintings and slants of sunlight pour through the windows, spotlighting sculpture and pottery, jewelry and handcarved wooden utensils.
The Payson Town Council voted to untable and approve two growth-management ordinances at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. Councilor John Wilson made a motion to separate the three ordinances and consider each item individually rather than as one piece of legislation.
It's early in the season but Payson High School freshman boys basketball coach Joe LaSalandra is already comparing his team to last year's highly successful 16-2 squad.
Zak Miller now clutches one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a prep football player.
Justin Carlen, 11, overcame illness and a slight case of the jitters to finish third in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick region championships held Dec. 10 in the Arizona Cardinals stadium in Glendale.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Sometimes good things are worth the wait, and Brad Meyocks, owner of Four Corners Concrete, has been waiting nine years to draw a mule deer tag in Unit 13-B.
The last time the Longhorn basketball teams made the long grueling trip to Chinle, it was Jan. 7, 2005, and I was along as the boys' junior varsity coach. It turned out to be a challenge and adventure I won't soon forget.
The youth basketball league is a great opportunity for both boys and girls to learn the game of basketball in a low-stress, fun instructional atmosphere. Registration is from Dec. 26 to Jan. 19.
The Northern Gila County 4-H program held a year-end party and cookie exchange on Dec. 4 in the Payson High School cafeteria.
As the Christmas and New Year's holidays approach, Waste Management encourages Payson residents and businesses to plan ahead for changes relating to trash pick-up schedules in their neighborhoods.
Christmas is almost here and where is the snow? My children and grandchildren in Yuma keep asking me, "Has it snowed yet?" They can't wait to come to Tonto Village and play in that white stuff. Hopefully, I can tell them that it snowed after this coming weekend. According to the weather reports, we are expected to get some snow.
How you invest may depend on when you were born. To understand the financial implications of belonging to a particular age group, consider the following generational characteristics:
A Show Low couple convicted of multiple violations relating to the poaching of a trophy-class elk and a mule deer became the first violators to feel the effects of a new law on the books allowing the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to employ tougher penalties, especially for repeat or gross offenders.
This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17, the children's department of the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will be presenting their Christmas musical "Stranger in the Manger."
First Baptist Church in Pine will have three services on Christmas Eve. The 11 a.m. service will look toward the coming of the Christ Child.
As the temperatures dip, we need to be sure our pets are well protected from the elements. Shelter from rain, snow and wind are essential to keep them comfortable, and the best way to do that is to keep pets indoors. A pet door allows them to go in and out while owners are away from home.
We tend to ignore pennies. They won't buy much and they're so small they easily get lost. A penny down in the corner of a man's pocket may go unnoticed until it shows up in the washer or dryer. And what woman hasn't emptied a purse and found a couple lurking in there somewhere?
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett and Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey today announced a new interagency recreation pass that will benefit visitors to national public lands.
Once again, Pine-Strawberry people have shown that they are wonderfully generous. The two benefits sponsored by the Justice McNeeley Foundation to help little Mila Phillips were resounding successes.
FOCUS ON PETS
While we are decorating our homes and wrapping gifts, we must also take time to make our pets beautiful for the holidays. Some need a bath, but all dogs and many cats benefit from a good session of grooming.
The rush of holiday preparations can make even the most organized person feel overwhelmed. Expectations of what Christmas "should be" can trigger feelings of sadness. But the holidays don't have to be that way.
Lu Carpino can predict the weather by the condition of her hair. She calls it "the frizz factor." She even saved a man's life once.
Leonie Dobbins, owner of the Red Elephant Bakery Cafe, operates the hideaway of teatime lovers throughout Rim Country. The eatery -- located in the backroom solarium of the Carpenter's Wife -- serves up much more, including homemade sandwiches, soups, salads and quiches. Dobbins said she'll serve up her special caramel-topped cookies and miniature quiches for the event.
Bowling and art go hand in hand during Holiday Pin Art Decorating Contest sponsored by Rim Country Lanes. "It benefits Bowl for Kids' Sake," Kevin Erickson, bowling alley manager said. "They will auction the pins off which helps create more funds for the program."
Because of its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire, Portal IV subdivision, in Pine, has earned Firewise Communities/USA recognition from the National Firewise Communities Program.
Tuesday, December 12
In the autumn of 1857, the United States began in earnest to develop a good road across northern Arizona.
"The Presence of Absence" a portrait of a mermaid with shoes hangs in the hall leading into Beth Rimmer's studio.
A broken-down haunted house, a woman in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and a story of homelessness. These are the subjects of three one-act plays the advanced acting students of Payson High School will perform for Rim Country audiences this week.
For several years, the Grand Canyon Railway has been operating its version of the Polar Express. We had heard so much from parents and grandparents about the wonderful experience that a few days ago we decided to take the grandchildren to the "North Pole" of Arizona.
Rudolph's popular song had Santa's other reindeer excluding him from Monopoly.
Worn out by years of working cattle and being dragged through the muck of rodeo arenas, cowboy ropes get a new life in the hands of Nancy Coughlin.
I begin with a heartfelt thank you for all the support and positive comments on my arts and crafts -- it is a validation to work harder at creating more wonderful pieces for your enjoyment.
Monday, December 11
Layla Freedome Urban was born at 3 a.m. Nov. 11, 2006 to Sherry at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
This week, a small group of young women took the first steps on a lifetime of community service. The group -- five girls from the ages of 10 through 13 -- became founders of the Juniorette Club, a youth offshoot of the Payson Womans Club.
Designed to keep animals out of the road, system first of its kind in U.S.
When Arizona Game and Fish research biologist Norris Dodd unveiled the nation's first technologically advanced wildlife crosswalk Monday, he said the system should accomplish one goal: Behavior modification.
An angel tree is waiting at the National Bank of Arizona. Its boughs are still bent with angels waiting for shopping trips from the public.
The local detachment of the Marine Corps League, along with the Payson Police Department, experienced a banner year in their collection efforts for the needy.
Sunday night, someone took the towering, inflatable snowman from the corner of highways 87 and 260 in front of Chapman Auto Center.
A water agreement between the towns of Payson and Star Valley will come before the Payson Town Council Thursday night. The document is the result of negotiations that began earlier this year to address the implementation of the Tower Well.
Payson High School drama students are bringing Rim Country audiences three senior-directed one-act plays: A serious drama about homelessness, a new take on Scrooge, and the mystery of the "Ha Ha House."
On Sept. 19, 2006, we ran an editorial about the need for new jail and court facilities in Gila County. The title of the editorial was "Another verse on courts, same as the first," which referred to the fact that we had run a very similar editorial on Sept. 5, 2003.
I have been reading stories in the Payson Roundup about meth users, and the effect it has on the family members of a substance abuse user.
Has your newspaper lost sight of the fact that each time it publishes yet another article with reference to Steel Armstrong, that it throws another stone at this 16-year-old?
I thank all of you who went to the spaghetti lunch on Sunday, and all of the businesses that donated items to the raffle.
The Third Annual Payson Community Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by Payson Elks Lodge #2154, was a great success again this year.
This letter is regarding the recent beating and killings of animals by local youth.
I believe people who use excessively strong and inflammatory language to convey their thoughts on an issue lose credibility and confuse the issue.
As you recall, I sent the letter below to you more than two years ago and you published it. My assessment as to the success of this conflict seems to be on target.
'Twas three weeks before Christmas and at the Phillips' place Their hearts were all broken It's such a disgrace.
Thank you for the article regarding the political battle that is going on and has been going on for some time with Lyme disease.
I first want to thank the Payson Roundup for publishing the article concerning the plight of those of us with Lyme disease.
Q: In a recent edition of the Roundup I noticed that you published an ad for holiday shopping in Phoenix. Right next to it was an ad to shop in Payson. I was surprised to see that the paper was pushing to shop in Phoenix when we should support our local businesses. Why do you run these ads?
On Saturday, Payson High School hosted a junior varsity and freshman multi-meet at the Wilson Dome that was attended by 12 other teams from the northland and the Valley area.
The Payson Longhorns were not ready to play Wednesday night when they took the court against the Fountain Hills Falcons -- 3A champions two years running.
If only the Holiday Hoops tournament could talk. The Grand Lady of Christmas hardwood play could tell a rich sports story that tipped off in 1997 as a series of non-region showdowns geared to help coaches evaluate players before all-important league play kicked off.
Miles Huff has waited in the wings for three seasons hoping to become a huge contributor to the varsity basketball effort. The wait is over.
Alex Bunk and the senior members of the Longhorn basketball squad were good friends and teammates through middle school and their freshman year at PHS.
Lance Stacklie was born to paint. As a boy he was always painting his wagons, bikes and go-carts.
Tracy Carmean, owner of the Rim Country Pet Salon, is branching out. She and her sister, Terri Kingrey of Phoenix, have started a business together. They now "bling" out cell phones or any other item a customer wants to sparkle.
After completing challenging college level courses, and testing on the material, six students at Payson High School have earned the designation: Advanced Placement Scholar.
The mountain of plastic in one corridor of Frontier Elementary School is not waste headed for the landfill, it is plastic grocery bags that, when recycled will earn the school money.
On Sunday afternoon, the front yard of 407 S. Tonto St. was full of people observing a traditional English housewarming ceremony for the latest Payson Habitat for Humanity house.
With thousands of penguins in attendance, Carolee and Donn Morris celebrated their 50th anniversary in Antarctica.
Barry and Lori Standifird announce their daughter Breanne has earned and received her Young Women Recognition Award.
Christian James Weaver was born at 5:37 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2006 to Matt and Tanya at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Missing from Arizona's landscape for more than 65 years, black-footed ferrets are now celebrating two major milestones: Record population numbers and the 10th anniversary since reintroduction efforts began in the state.
College roommate days could be returning for the older residents of the Rim Country.
Senior Center Activities for December:
The critical reading and writing students at Gila Community College departed from the norm in a recent English 101 class.
Paws in the Park president Bill Witte, member Ann Young and treasurer Mandy Young presented a check for $1,000 to Payson Humane Society officer Barbara Brenke, far right, to support the society's spay and neuter program.
Payson Public Library has two ways for people to say Merry Christmas to the community.
My husband was taken to the Payson Regional Medical Center on Monday, Nov. 27.
Recovery from meth addiction a difficult journey, support available
Patty Sneed knew she had a problem, but did not have the physical or mental will power to stop using methamphetamine. But, in 1997, the courts gave her two weeks to clean herself up or she would face prison time.
Thursday, December 7
Despite the bitter cold, the Electric Light Parade filled many of us with a warm glow.
"Show me the money" may be a line in the 1996 "Jerry Maguire" movie, but it is also a line repeated by two Gila County Community College Board of Governors in Payson.
The Town of Payson is proud to announce we have just completed our third annual Payson Citizens Leadership Academy.
This winter, the Town of Payson Street Department will again be following the Town's "Snow Removal Policy" when removing snow from the roadways.
The Modern and Mixed Choirs and the Longhorn Concert Band will perform their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in the Payson High School auditorium.
The Payson Choral Society performs at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Payson High School auditorium.
I would like to thank the Payson Roundup and the Gila County Sheriff's Office for their help in exposing the horrible story of the killing of my beloved Moggie.
Thank you for the very insightful editorial, "Cat killings not childhood antics; must be taken seriously," in your Nov. 28 edition.
In your Look Back section on Nov. 21, you state that Britain's last military position in the United States was ended on Nov. 25, 1783 by the Paris Peace Treaty (and ratified by Congress on Jan. 14, 1784.)
The families of Dennis "Denny" Miller, a 1996 graduate of Saguaro High School and Northern Arizona University, announce the marriage of Denny and Alli on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii.
There's a slight glimmer of hope. Voters rejected the terrible path that America has been on since Bush chose his bogus war.
This letter is written in response to retired Lt. Col. Ed Corson's letter of Nov. 21, regarding his thoughts on an inevitable world war.
The varsity Longhorn volleyball team had a tremendous season.
FROM THE EDITOR
Unless you didn't pick up the Payson Roundup on Tuesday, it was hard to miss the picture of a man smoking methamphetamine on the front page.
Ardella Lou Keith died Dec. 3, 2006, at the age of 67 in her home, with her husband of 51 years, Donald D. Keith, at her side. She lost a long battle to cancer and heart disease.
Marty Ferris of Payson and Patsy Hart of Prescott Valley will be married on Dec. 16, 2006 in Oak Creek Canyon.
The process to update town's Corporate Strategic Plan -- a document that navigates Payson's short- and long-term municipal goals -- was streamlined and tailored to incorporate more public input Tuesday.
Crime increases, employers struggle as meth usage spreads
Two months ago, the Payson Police Department responded to an incident where a man was firing a gun at numerous objects thinking people were after him. In reality, there was no one chasing him, but the methamphetamines he was using convinced him otherwise.
The leaky, cold trailer that shelters Sherrie and Sage Mathus will soon become a memory when mother and daughter move into their brand-new home provided by Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.
A former Payson man, charged with a July 11 murder in Tempe, is facing the death penalty. Jody Cline, 20, who has shaved his beard, made a brief appearance in Mesa City Court Tuesday morning.
Payson does have a water problem -- end of discussion, said water task force chairman, Lynn Godfrey, at a special Payson Town Council meeting Thursday.
The relationship between man and domestic animals has always been tenuous at best. Some of our attitudes towards animals are influenced by family and by societal history that goes back thousands of years.
Q: Why isn't The Rim Review inside Wal-Mart anymore?
Payson Drama presents senior-directed "One Act Plays" in the Studio Theater behind the high school auditorium.
During World War II, sister waited for daily mail
Irene Orth was 15 when her oldest brother, Ahman "Bud" Karr, was sent to Hawaii with the Army in August 1941. Her second oldest brother, Bill, was stationed with the Army in Europe. With two family members at war, Orth said, "My clearest memory of that time is waiting for the mail.
Charlotte Raegyn Johnson was born at 12:13 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2006 to Kyle and Ali at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Rylee Lenae Holmes was born Oct. 16, 2006 to Brandy Lee Brewer and Cury Ryan Holmes at Chandler Regional Hospital.
Brandon Joe Hanes was born at 9 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2006 to Ross and Kristi at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Dezmond Edwards was born at 3:11 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2006 to Gerald and Talisa at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Kyleah Jordan Blaich was born at 1:37 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2006 to Alvina Bahe and Josh Blaich at Chandler Regional Hospital.
Christian Aiden Stauffer was born at 5:27 a.m. on Nov. 5 to Joshua and Danielle at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Jordan Luis Leon was born at 4:12 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2006 to Francisco and Melissa at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Indra E. Lanners was born at 11:29 p.m. on Oct. 30 to Greg and Tania Lanners at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Carrie Johnson of Strawberry, a 2001 graduate of Payson High School, was recently honored with two college scholarships.
During my week's absence, I hear I missed some cold weather. It is gorgeous today, and there is no place like home.
Tonto Village is gearing up for the Christmas holidays by going all out, decorating their homes with various colored lights and the ever-popular inflatable decorations on the ground and some even on the roofs.
This is probably the hardest column I have ever had to write. A very dear friend, Shelly Hansen, passed away Sunday at Hospice in Payson.
ASK DR. DONNA
I have a 24-year-old son who is having problems getting along with his girlfriend. It seems to be affecting his mood.
If you're a Rim Country retiree and you have a traditional, SEP or SIMPLE IRA or a 401(k), eventually you'll need to start taking money out of these plans in the form of required minimum distributions (RMD).
Homes for Arizonans Initiative (Arizona Department of Housing) offers a two-day home buying class for first-time home buyers from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec 13 and 14.
I watched with interest as a string unfolded on the blog I write for the Payson Roundup, which is called "I'm Listening."
FOCUS ON PETS
Christmas is coming and so are the decorations around the house, guests, good food and busy times. Some planning is necessary to make sure that you and your pets survive the busy season harmoniously.
The Star Valley Town Council Tuesday night decided to move forward with a grading ordinance that mirrors the one already in use by Gila County.
Katie Meredith grew up in Heber. Around the age of 4, her parents enrolled her in the Sunshine Generation performing arts program.
The Payson Fire Department reminds us as the holiday season approaches, "Watch out this winter."
Jerry Oneal Covington died Dec. 1, 2006 at the age of 65. He was born Sept. 15, 1941 in Memphis, Tenn.
Longtime friends Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall, both former Payson High School wrestling standouts, have teamed up to win bass tournaments since the two first returned to the Rim Country from their years as students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
My family and I are fairly new to the Payson community. I'm not normally the type to write Letters to the Editor, but after reading one of the front page stories titled, "Pet Owners outraged after brutal cat killing spree," I felt compelled to write this letter.
Ann Prow contracted Lyme disease more than 20 years ago after walking through the forests of Door County, Wis.
Byron Wesley Branstetter died Dec. 5, 2006 at his home in Tonto Basin. He was born March 23, 1921 in Vandalia, Mo.
Howard Huddlestun of Medford, Ore., formerly of Payson, died Nov. 23, 2006. He was born May 30, 1914 to Frank and Rosa Cummins Huddlestun of Yale, Ill.
Gladys Moreno is a woman at peace with her family, her business, her boundaries and her life.
According to the saying, "Practice makes perfect." If that's the case, by the time the Payson High School freshman girls basketball team has its first game, they should be pictures of perfection on the court.
The Payson Longhorn freshman basketball teams are headed in two different directions.
A pair of the Rim Country Middle School students shined at a U.S. Kids golf tournament held Dec. 2 at Aguila Golf Course near Phoenix.
Amy Jewell Martell, daughter of Tom and Brenda Martell of Payson, will marry Jeff Anderson, son of Richard and Mary Anderson of Phoenix.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
The Christmas season should be a festive celebration where families come together, put busy lives on hold and enjoy sharing time, as well as the exchanging of gifts.
Wednesday night the Payson Longhorn wrestling team had an early season clash with 3-A East powers Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake and the hometown crowd enjoyed excellent high school wrestling.
The Payson Longhorns basketball team took control of its game against Globe Tuesday night in the second quarter by turning up their defense, running their record to 6-1 on the year with a 73-49 win.
The Lady Longhorns game plan against the Globe Tigers Tuesday night was to run, run and, when all else failed, run again.
I, Marie Petroff, made the attached presentation to the Gila Country Board of Supervisors. Joe Sanchez and Shirley Dawson were present in Globe. Tommie Cline Martin was teleconferenced in from Payson.
Tuesday, December 5
By August of 1846, Col. Stephen Watts Kearny and his army had conquered Santa Fe, N.M., and marched westward. On Oct. 6, 1846, Kit Carson arrived at Kearny's camp, 150 miles from Santa Fe, with the news that California had fallen to the Americans without a fight.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren to "It's Christmas" the Payson Choral Society's holiday concert on Dec. 9.
It's only a week into what feels like winter, and you're probably already tired of wearing a jacket.
THE EDGE OF PAYSON
There is an old European tradition you may know about. It's called "Trimming the Tree," and it refers to the process of decorating a perfectly good, formally live evergreen tree of some type after it has been amputated and brought indoors to suffer the same overheated environment as humans during the Christmas holidays.
Gourd artist Dixie Guldner credits her first career, as a concert organist, with her artistic expression.
Friends and family will probably never get a commercial greeting card from Shannon Bielke. She can't remember the last time she bought one.
IN THE KITCHEN
The holidays are a time for treats we don't see through the rest of the year. They are old favorites for family, friends who drop by or the occasional band of merry carolers who might find your door.
Monday, December 4
Payson resident Alicia Keller is drawn to the outdoors. Whether it's snowshoeing on the top of the Mogollon Rim, hiking the trail systems around Payson, or fishing on a calm Rim lake, she respects and admires nature's wonders.
Q: How much do the lights and decorations on Main Street and the two main highways cost the Town of Payson?
I would like to thank my friends and the community of Payson for the surprise retirement party that was held on Nov. 18 at the Tonto Apache Reservation gymnasium.
The Arizona foster care series by the Payson Roundup team demonstrates journalists' commitment to "put a face" on foster care.
I would like to express my thanks and sincere gratitude to the Payson Fire Department.
The article last week, "Water task force will present findings at December council meeting" was interesting.
With Mayor Edwards in office for several months now, his intentions are clear.
I am writing in regard to the article, "Heart transplant bonds two families," published in the Nov. 24 Payson Roundup.
Payson is a great place to live.
Build it and they will come. It's a line from a movie that quickly turned into a meaningless cliché from overuse. But it remains true.
David Frohme is well-known to many longtime residents of the Rim Country. He has been active in the Special Olympics program for years and is one of its global messengers. He also does work for many residents and helps at the Rim Country Middle School.
Shelly L. Hansen, 46, died Dec. 3, 2006 in Payson, Ariz. She was born May 19, 1960 in Miami, Ariz.
The mayor's water task force will release the results of the much-anticipated water study conducted over the past several months, during a special town council meeting Thursday evening.
A Payson home raided by law enforcement this past week burned to the ground Monday, and officials are calling the blaze suspicious.
Sixty-one uniformed Army National Guard soldiers stood at attention as a two-star general stepped up to address them. The Adjutant General, Major General David P. Rataczak, first apologized to the 44 area soldiers who had seen combat in Iraq, but had not yet received the deserved Combat Action Badge. Some had waited more than three years.
Peer pressure, desire to lose weight, need for energy lead people into meth addiction
Rita Regalado was so tired and needed something to pick herself up. After friends told her that methamphetamines could give her the energy she wanted, she tried it and it seemed to work.
Because of its central location, a military ceremony was held at the American Legion building in Payson, Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 to honor 44 area Army National Guard soldiers who had seen combat in Iraq, but had not yet received the Combat Action Badge.
Leona Bowman, who took top honors in last year's APS Christmas lighting contest, said holiday decorating has become a family tradition.
The paintings of Ruth Overton, the jewelry of Jim Garrity and the gourds of Dixie Guldner will be featured at the December art opening at Artists of the Rim Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Cleta Joy Wood died Nov. 17, 2006 while staying with her daughter and son-in-law in Portland, Ore.
Robin P. Carlson, age 53, of Brunswick, Ga., and formerly of Payson, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
Banner Health, in partnership with the Donor Network of Arizona and the Arizona Coalition for Transplantation, is asking Arizonans to participate in a new campaign to increase the number of organ donors in the state.
Parents, are you stressed out from the holiday season?
Fruitcake, whether you love or hate it, there's no denying it is a Christmas tradition.
The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is one of the busiest on the nation's roadways and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of drug and alcohol-related traffic crashes.
Beautiful noise escapes into the hall from teacher Julie Davies' classroom at Payson Elementary School.
The residents of the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community have a new set of wheels.
Bootleg Alley Antiques and Art is celebrating with a grand opening from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
Dr. Jaber Abawi is originally from Jordan and has traveled all over the world.
The Sooners and Broncos are matched to play in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1. There was a mention of the Broncos last week on something I was listening to that predicted that as an undefeated team, they should be invited to participate in one of the bowl games.
It's cold out tonight in the mountains between Pine and Payson, and there's someone worrying about his or her dog not being home in her warm place, where she belongs.
Jim Beall came within a whisper of being the first Arizona High School coach to win state championships at three separate schools.
The Roundup presents a collection of photos from the 2006 Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade. Parade winners are also listed here.
In 1994, the head coach of the Payson Raiders Youth Football Team, Billy Hardt, sat back to reflect on something that he and his team had accomplished -- back to back CAYFA championships.
The Lady Longhorns basketball team used the Phoenix Christian Tournament this past week as a way to gain more experience for play in the 3A East Region.
At the Winslow Tournament this past week, the Payson Longhorns basketball team started to prepare for region play with three wins in four games.
To be the best, you have to wrestle the best, and that is why the Payson wrestling team made the six-hour trip to Henderson, Nev.
The holidays are a difficult time for families who are experiencing grief. With that in mind, the "Celebration of Life" event was created eight years ago to celebrate the life of each person who has passed away.