Stories for July 2006

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Monday, July 31

Parent handbooks available in PHS office

The Payson High School parent handbooks have arrived. Parents who would like one need to pick it up from the principal's/attendance office.

Landmark Restaurant on market

A historic restaurant and saloon in Christopher Creek is back on the market.

Stolen purse leads to arrest, multiple charges

What first appeared to be a small burglary on Sunday afternoon resulted in two men from Mesa being arrested on numerous charges.

Amazed by writers' lack of compassion

I am absolutely amazed by the lack of compassion and consideration of people. My family and I, more than most, realize that Highway 87 from Payson to Pine is a dangerous section of road. The "hideous graver markers" as someone called them in a Letter to the Editor should serve as the "Dangerous Road" signs that person feels are needed.

Pattersons celebrate 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Patterson, who were united in marriage on Aug. 1, 1956, celebrate their 50th anniversary.

When familiar roads throw a curve

A mile-by-mile look at the most dangerous spots on our roads

The most troubling spot for highway accidents in the Payson area is the 10-mile southbound stretch of Highway 87 from Payson to Rye. According to statistics, there were 66 accidents on this roadway from July 2005 to July 1, 2006.

Requesting disclaimer from Geronimo Estates board

As a homeowner at Geronimo Estates, to my knowledge there is no legally recognized, or authorized Geronimo Estates HOA. Although I have donated to help maintain the volunteer fire department equipment, I have never received an income/expense accounting report.

Payson Little League bid for state halted by tiebreaker

The Payson Little League all-stars were one tie breaker away from the final four of the Arizona state tournament.

Celebrate left-handers during the month of August

SENIOR MOMENTS

August is the regal month named for Caesar Augustus. It's a laid-back kind of month, notable for Lazy Day on the 10th and National Relaxation Day on the 15th. It also has a few special days dear to my heart: Friendship Day on Aug. 6, International Left-Hander's Day on the 13th and National Thrift Store Day on Aug. 17.

Pageant winner

Lacy Donovan, 15, far right, won third place in the Junior Teen contest of the Arizona Miss American Coed Pageant July 21 to July 23 in Phoenix.

Fall sports begin

Preseason football practices kicked off this week at Payson High School. The gridiron crew was permitted to begin practices July 31, a week earlier than other fall sports, because the team is the first to play a regular season game.

Riders learn life skills on horseback

Members of 4-H from around Northern Gila County, ages 9 to 19, locked horns July 28 and 29 in a spirited horse show.

Chaparral residents volunteer, support Payson

The views of Karol Shaw of Star Valley have, finally, prompted me to respond. It is obvious Ms. Shaw needs additional enlightenment to supplement the Floyd brothers kind e-mail.

Making an easier transition from junior high to high school

The cacophony in the Payson High School gym was deafening as more than 200 freshmen told momentary partners his or her life story in one minute and four seconds.

Payson teens visit Boston for SADD conference

At the recent national Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) conference in Boston, Mass., five Payson High School teens attended workshops, toured the historic city and learned about the power of fun.

Decor store offers fresh, friendly atmosphere

It's a new shop focused on the old. Retiring to her home in Flowing Springs, Chrisy Wickstrom wanted to stay busy among the things she loves by opening Chrisy's Cottage.

College courses return to Tonto Basin

When the Kiwanis Club of Tonto Basin saw a need for trade classes in their town they did something about it.

Marijuana grower sentenced to 10 years

One of the men arrested by the Payson-based Gila County Drug Task Force during an August 2005 raid on a marijuana growing operation near Strawberry was sentenced Friday to 120 months in jail.

Leopold "Leo" Wasiak

Leopold "Leo" Wasiak, a longtime resident of Payson, died July 30, 2006 in Phoenix.

Cowgirls theme of this year's rodeo parade

If your ‘Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls,' then the 2006 August Doin's Rodeo Parade wants you.

Stay involved in sports by becoming an official

The Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley is looking for a few good men.

Thanks for support after daughter's diagnosis

Our family is so thankful for this wonderful community we live in.

APS rate increases outrageous

I have followed with interest the recent news articles regarding APS rate increases, but until I received my most recent bill, did not understand what kind of financial impact the recent rate increases would have on my household.

Comments about roadside memorials were rude

My family and I have lived in Payson for 10 years. We couldn't have picked a better place.

Water crisis not inevitable if addressed

On a daily basis, Arizona's finite, limited supply of water is being stretched between new, fast accumulating demands. With a population projected to double by 2030, this is not likely to get better anytime soon.

Gila County coordinates wildfire season preparations

The "Rim Country" of northern Gila County is at high risk for a catastrophic wildland fire every year during fire season, and, over the years, there have been several.

Read the stories in the 'Faces of Rim Country'

Working at a newspaper in the digital age, many photos never make it beyond the computer screen. In fact, outside the newspaper world, photographs have taken on a different dimension since our culture transitioned away from film.

Early voting for September primary begins next week

Registered voters in Gila County may cast ballots for the Sept. 12 primary election as early as next week.

Nonprofit ensures future through endowment

Payson Helping Payson, an organization that helps struggling families make rent or utility payments, has made some long-term changes to improve its financial stability.

New candidate joins school board recall

Dave Lyons has replaced Kim Pound as the recall candidate who will run against Payson school board member Mike Horton in a possible Nov. 7 recall election.

New trial sought for Harold Fish

With sentencing scheduled Thursday, defense claims jury misconduct

The jury did not make a hasty decision when it convicted Harold Fish of second-degree murder despite accusations from the defense, said jury foreman Michael Nelson. In fact, he said, the jury rigorously deliberated the evidence and testimony given at trial regarding the shooting death of Grant Kuenzli.

Cline pleads 'not guilty' in killing of roommate

Man will remain in custody until Sept. 5 trial management conference

A former Payson resident charged with killing his roommate, also a former Payson resident, pleaded not guilty to the charge at his brief arraignment Monday morning.

Employer identifies with place of work force in Payson economy

I read with great interest your editorial on Friday, July 21 about the Payson work force being the linchpin of our local economy.

Citizen input sessions a great success thanks to many

Thanks to the Payson Roundup for your coverage of the Mayor's Task Forces brainstorming session at Frontier Elementary School July 18.

Little Leaguers show heart, dignity

Those of us old enough to remember Dandy Don Meredith announcing Monday Night Football decades ago will remember a favorite line of his: "If candy and nuts were ifs and buts, every day would be a holiday."

Growing number of seniors stay in work force

Rather than retire, William Spangler continues working at the age of 64 because he enjoys helping out other people.

Thursday, July 27

Who's building Payson now

Bronze Star, Russian linguist breaks ground

G. Michael Horton operates Mogollon Development Group out of an unassuming brick-red trailer toward the east end of Star Valley. Vehicles stir up dust as they bump into the adjacent unpaved parking lot. Crossing the porch, the decor of Horton's ragtag building changes to a contemporary office with ash-blond wood floors and like-colored desks -- unpretentious, yet modern -- illuminated by halogen lighting.

Pellet gun fired at APS workers repairing lines

An unknown individual shot a pellet gun at two Arizona Public Service employees while they worked to repair power lines in Pine Tuesday afternoon.

Recall candidate leaves race

The move to recall Payson School board members Mike Horton and Charles Brown took a direct hit Thursday. Kim Pound, who was to oppose Horton in the proposed recall, surprisingly said he would not be a part of the effort and would discontinue seeking voters' signatures on recall petitions taken out weeks ago.

Pine man killed in puzzling accident

A Pine man was killed after he and his wife pulled their car off the road on Highway 87 just north of the traffic roundabout at Houston Mesa Road in Payson Thursday.

Memorial markers help survivors heal

I read Mrs. Cohen's comments in the July 21 Mail Call and would like to respond to her self-admitted "rant" of what she calls "the hideous grave markers" along SR 87 between Payson and Pine and other highways in Arizona.

Elizabeth Ann White

Elizabeth Ann White was born July 18, 2006 at Payson Regional Medical Center to Weston and Sarah White.

Gracy Isabella Vaughn

Gracy Isabella Vaughn was born July 22, 2006 at Payson Regional Medical Center to Cameron and Gina Vaughn of Payson.

Feezor, Gartner to wed

Kimberly Dana Feezor, daughter of Mac and Kristine Feezor, and Matthew Richard Gartner, son of Gordon and Nancy Gartner, will be married in the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Aug. 5, 2006.

Event center upgrades move forward

VIEW FROM THE TOP

The Payson Event Center is located across the Beeline from Mazatzal Casino. For the past two years, the town has been working with developer Hospitality Support Group on a project to redevelop the event center and locate a hotel/conference center at this 36-acre site.

Mildred Pirazzini

Mildred Pirazzini, 99, of Payson, died July 23, 2006, due to complications of old age.

Hayes G. Stewart

Hayes G. Stewart, 81, of Phoenix, died April 27, 2006. He was born Sept. 7, 1924 in Ft. Scott, Kan. to Hayes and Brooke (Brodbeck) Stewart.

'Little shelter that could' needs your help

You don't have to be at Payson Humane Society for very long to notice three things ...

Star Valley residents learn about police services

Residents of Star Valley Tuesday night got a glimpse of what type of law enforcement they will be receiving from the Payson Police Department.

Demolition Derby races into Payson

A motorsport event that has thrilled millions of fans for the past 50 years will debut at the Northern Gila County Fair.

Weight-loss group TOPS lifestyle changes

LIVING

Since childhood, Shirley Conklin has struggled with her weight.

Hot shot now new GCSO deputy

PAYSON PEOPLE

Don Adams has found his dream job in Payson.

Cadets represent Rim Country in drill contest

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Payson Civil Air Patrol cadets helped put Arizona on the map and bring credit not only to themselves but also to Payson.

Everyone urged to participate in fuels reduction program

PINE-STRAWBERRY

The Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction Advisory Committee met this week. A large part of the discussion focused on how to make residents, particularly those who do not live here full-time, more aware of the need for fuels reduction on their property.

In fishing, it's the fun, not the catch

TONTO VILLAGE

This past week, and my fishing buddies and I, Rick and Theresa Meeker, and another couple from the Valley, Keith and Ann Jones, made an excursion to Woods Canyon Lake.

Safety with seat belts and other pet restraints

FOCUS ON PETS

Driving through Payson recently, a disturbing situation caught my attention. A dog was riding loose in the back of a pickup. This is a common sight around here, but it is extremely dangerous.

PAHH fall race needs volunteers

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is hosting a fund-raising Half Marathon/5K and Young Athletes Fun Run Oct. 28, 2006.

Don't underestimate your ability to build retirement savings

FINANCIAL FOCUS

Many of your fellow Americans just don't think they are capable of building a reasonable amount of savings for their retirement years. Should you be equally gloomy? Not if you save and invest early and often.

Pioneer Day fun

Tug of war, sack races, baking contests, and a barbeque beef picnic were all part of the annual Pioneer Day celebration at Rumsey Park Saturday.

All-Stars lose two in tourney play

After opening Arizona State Little League championship tournament play with three consecutive wins, the Payson All-Stars have fallen on hard times, losing back-to-back clashes.

Coed slow-pitch play returns to Rumsey

The Chalos slow-pitch softball team will represent Payson in the ASA Coed State Tournament to be played July 29 and July 30 on the Rumsey II ball field.

Women tearing up Payson Golf Course with fun

"Three Blind Mice" and "Odd or Even" were the games of the day for members of the Payson Women's Golf Association.

Payson grad returns to PHS as coach, teacher

When first year Payson High School Life Science teacher and coach Austin White teaches a unit on animal husbandry this school year, he'll do so having had hands on experience.

Women, couples now part of bass circuit

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

Bass fishing trips to Roosevelt Lake have traditionally been kind of a "guy thing."

Young riders compete at Event Center July 28 and 29

An anticipated group of about 20 teenagers, from Payson, Globe and Young, will gather July 28 and 29 to participate in a regional 4-H competition to be held at the Payson Event Center.

What you don't know can hurt you

YOUR TURN

I'll bet there's one old saying that you don't agree with any more than I do, the one that says, "What he doesn't know won't hurt him."

Truth in taxation hearing -- Notice of tax increase

In compliance with Section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, Gila County is notifying its property taxpayers of the county's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.

Half-price adoptions this weekend

Beaudry RV will be sponsoring half-price adoptions on behalf of the Payson Humane Society July 28, 29 and 30.

Musicians band together to help Katrina victims

Holding a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina is personal for Mike Weber, of the family-owned and operated Fireside Espresso.

Hope and helping hands still important to Katrina victims

Put down your tools, stop working and listen is the advice Wilma Dalby received when she went to D'Iberville, Miss. to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.

Council helps employees keep up with cost of retirement

Some Town of Payson employees are going to receive a slight increase in their paychecks to offset the increase in the Arizona Retirement Service funds that they are paying.

What's up?

Q: What's up with the fast-changing left turn traffic signal at Beeline and Highway 260? Three cars can barely make it through the intersection. --AND-- Q: What kind of salaries do Dick and Marilyn Wolfe get as president and treasurer of the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation or are they volunteers?

Moratorium a legitimate proposal

Finally -- It's been several years since a legitimate proposal has been set forth (town councilor Su Connell's safe yield study), and the short-sightedness toward the people of Payson by the past mayor, council, and town staffers exposed.

Belated thanks to PHS teachers and staff

My father died during my senior year at Payson High School following a long illness. The kind expressions of sympathy from the community my family received at that time were heart touching and very comforting.

Asking for guidance

I've lived in Payson for about eight years, and I barely remember what the old Wal-Mart looked like.

Bad driving not fault of road

I would like to respond to the recent letter about Highway 87 between Payson and Pine.

Harold Fish was convicted on facts

I wasn't going to respond to this man, however, reading his analysis was very frightening. This is a man who has been in combat (as many of us have) and cannot distinguish between killing an enemy and killing a civilian, a fellow American, a firefighter who spent his lifetime protecting lives and property.

Defining a republican form of governing

In Allen Wollscheidt's July 18 letter regarding my Democracy/ Republic letter, he assigns me to "kindly and briefly define what" I "mean by these two terms." However, he fails to define what he means by "briefly."

Land at root of problem

The whole problem in the Middle East between Israel and the Arabs dates back to 1948 when England and the U.S. manufactured the transfer of 55 percent of Palestine to Israel.

Improve sight distance on road

This letter was sent to Arizona Department of Transportation on July 22, 2006.

Hasty action to halt growth can be costly

Let's not take the statement, "We the people," lightly.

Suspects flee during $2.4 million pot garden raid

More than 1,100 marijuana plants with a street value of $2,422,200 were eradicated Wednesday after drug agents raided an illegal growing operation near Horton Creek at the base of the Mogollon Rim.

Congressman secures funding for area fire breaks

U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi (AZ-01) has announced that he recently secured $100,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to help combat forest fires.

Plenty of history seen in 80 years

Pat Cline has lived the history of Star Valley, the place she has called home for almost 80 years.

Tuesday, July 25

Guess who's never coming to dinner?

CAROLING WITH CAROL

It was after 11 on Wednesday night. The little men had not yet rolled up the streets on a hot and humid night, and I, my daughter and brother were hungry.

History of Tonto stores and stopovers

BACK WHEN

Some settlers along Tonto Creek found that they could earn a better living operating a store than they could by raising cattle.

Blackjack: A game with an aristocratic history

RIM REVIEW

Blackjack players who sit down at one of the felt-covered half-moon tables at Mazatzal Casino, hoping to be dealt a face card with an ace, may not know it, but they are playing a card game with historic roots.

Monday, July 24

Positive efforts due accolades

We must congratulate our new mayor, et al, for an outstanding job, well done in his short tenure, many more positive things than the past mayor and council ever thought of doing.

Rabid fox found east of town

The Payson Police Department is asking for anyone who came in contact with a rabid fox this past week to contact them immediately.

Preventive measures paying off for firefighters

The 10 bladders installed around the Rim Country last spring are now paying huge dividends. Water from the bladders is being used almost weekly to help control, contain and eventually extinguish a rash of fires that have started the past two weeks.

Energy argument

Allen Wollscheidt's 7/04/06 letter regarding my energy and ethanol letter prompts three insights.

Physicians take to airwaves to inform

Senior citizens and other residents now have a different and easier way to ask doctors questions about any health concerns they may be facing. Through the Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson physicians are appearing monthly on a radio program called "Doc Talk."

Rodeo Reunion plans take shape

The Second Annual Payson Rodeo Reunion will have a twist or two -- literally.

Felten, Brubacher to wed Saturday

Please join Mr. and Mrs. Allan Felten as they wish Tammy Mae Felten and Royce Brubacher a lifetime of happiness at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at Best Western Payson Inn, North Garden Area.

Nahrin Adelina Roxanne Padias

Crystal Padias welcomed her daughter into the world Friday, July 21, 2006 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Payson All-Stars shine in Cottonwood

"Juggernaut" might be the best term to use in describing the efforts of the Payson Little League All-Stars during postseason play.

Sluggers hit hard for charity

The big winners in the Third Annual Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation Home Run Derby were the charities that received the $2,000 in prize money.

Town has new recreation coordinator

Mary McMullen brings a wealth of athletic and sports experience to her new job as the Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator.

Five get money from rodeo group

The Payson Rodeo Committee is pleased to announce its scholarship award winners.

Area behind on moisture, ahead on temperature

TONTO VILLAGE

The rainfall this week has been wonderful, but we need more for our ponderosa pine trees. I have read that we are far behind on moisture but far ahead on temperature all across the United States.

Lightning is beautiful but dangerous

DISTRICT CHATTER

We haven't had much rain in our district lately, but the lightning shows have been beautiful.

Donors needed for Aug. 14 blood drive

The United Blood Services will be in Payson Aug. 14 for another community blood drive.

Volunteers needed for animal shelter play yard

The Payson Humane Society has a play yard for its dogs and volunteers are needed to keep the fun and games safe.

Gallery focuses on Rim Country beauty

There's a new feature in the Comforts of Home store, a photo gallery, Living Reflections Photography by Kent.

Barrel, pole bending season ending

Stevee Hancock was among the competitors in the annual 7D Barrel and Pole Bending Series, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. The last event in the series will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, if weather permits.

Homer Thomas White

Homer Thomas White died July 20, 2006 in Payson. He was born in Hillsdale, Kan.

Harold Iverson

Harold Iverson died July 5, 2006 at his home in Star Valley. He was born in Fairfax, Minn. on May 29, 1931.

Still time to help Time Out

Boy Scouts Tyler Stern and Clayton Chlarson wash cars during an event to raise money for the Payson Time Out Shelter Saturday.

Library a treasure trove of trivia

SHELF LIFE

A library is a repository for bits and pieces of information gathered from thousands of sources. It is chock-full of "did you know" information.

Johnson is commander of Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency

Air Force Col. Kim M. Johnson, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. George and Dolores Greensfelder, have lived in Pine for 13 years, is the commander of the Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Star Valley council, residents to learn about Payson law enforcement services

The residents of Star Valley tonight (Tuesday) will be able to gather information about the type of law enforcement the new town will have for the rest of the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

College budget favors Globe, board chairman says

The governing board of Gila County Community College convened for a work-study meeting on the budget Monday in Globe.

Lunchtime mentoring program continues at elementary school

Studies by the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization have shown that when a child has a mentor who cares about them, the child's self esteem and progress in school improves.

PUSD combats unexcused tardiness, absences

Payson Unified School District has made changes to its student absentee and tardy reporting documentation to meet Arizona statutes and combat tardiness districtwide.

Marching back to school

Payson High School students participated in band camp July 17 through 21 in preparation for the new school year which started unofficially today, Tuesday, July 25, for incoming PHS freshmen.

Senior Center has benefits specialist available

SENIOR MOMENTS

Bill Spangler, Senior Benefits Specialist from Pinal Gila Council on hand at the Senior Center from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday to assist seniors with Medicare, Social Security and other benefit problems. Appointments usually are not necessary.

Site feedback

I am a newcomer having lived here 20 years. Here is a truism for what it's worth. You cannot, ever, stop progress. ...

What's up?

Q: According to the Northern Gila County Historical Society's book, "Rim Country History," how many residents made their home in Payson when the town was founded? According to current statistics, how many people now live in Payson? --AND-- Q: Are there any plans for a Social Security Administration representative to be in Payson more than once a month? --AND-- Q: I gave one candidate exclusive permission to put his election sign up on my property. Now two other candidate signs have appeared. What is the proper procedure for getting rid of the signs I do not want? --AND-- Q: I need to know how to lower the flag when there is only one person to do so. --AND-- Q: What is the current salary of the Justice of the Peace in Gila County?

Roadside memorials are offensive

I heartily agree with Mr. Cohen (Highway 87 from Payson to Pine is dangerous, July 21) when he said those highway "grave" markers are hideous.

Join a task force

In response to Mr. Bill Witte's letter expressing his option to a Payson bypass.

Two years is long enough

I am hopeful that we are successful in recalling and replacing Horton and Brown on the Payson School Board.

Support the school board recall

This letter is written to urge voters to assist the efforts of a group of concerned citizens in their effort to recall Michael Horton and Charles Brown from the Payson Unified School District's School Board.

The hypocrisy of politics

Politics today is still as corrupted as always. Both Republicans and Democrats try to convince the American people that they are sinless and would do no harm.

Questions remain about teachers

I have been trying to follow the "No child left behind" program since the initial article in the Roundup listing six teachers who might be affected (4/04/06).

Coverage of murder was disturbing

I am writing to you, because the article that was written about Niki Hall was absolutely disturbing to me.

Community's generosity outstanding

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Rim Country for the wonderful outpouring of generosity at our recent fund-raiser to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul-Payson Food Bank.

Gated communities smell of feudalism

I thank the Floyd boys for clearing up issues. I wondered how beneficial the Chaparral Pines and the Rim Golf Club are to Payson.

Fire season is never over

When the rain hit the ground, Rim Country exhaled.

Council looks at Mud Springs Road improvement project

The Payson Town Council, at its meeting this week, will authorize the town to move forward on the design plan and negotiate engineering fees for the long-awaited Mud Springs Road construction project.

Wal-Mart will no longer carry firearms

Rim Country consumers can no longer buy firearms at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Payson.

Fire closes adventure sports business

A Saturday evening fire completely destroyed a small business in Payson. Manzanita Adventure Sports, 403 S. Ash caught on fire shortly after 8 p.m. Payson Battalion Fire Chief Tom Fife said five departments responded to the two-alarm fire.

Tone of editorials concerning

I have become quite concerned over the tone of the editorials regarding our town procedures and the implementation of the task forces.

Future building hinges on council action

Developers who purchase water from a privately held source in Star Valley might experience delays if the Payson Town Council votes to halt future development until a safe yield study is completed.

Mountain lions, humans a dangerous mix

GPS units help avoid predator conflicts

Rim Country game officials are using high tech GPS devices and radio signals to learn more about North America's largest cat and most powerful predator.

Friday, July 21

Rabid fox alert

The Payson Police Department is asking for anyone who came in contact with a rabid fox this past week to contact them immediately.

Thursday, July 20

Study shows whirlpools full of bacteria

Texas A&M University microbiologist Rita Moyes recently tested 43 different whirlpool baths in homes and hotels.

Hydrogen is not an alternative fuel

I am writing in response to Rev. Maurice Simons, D.Min letter "Why the government won't fund alternative fuel research."

Standing behind Roy Sandoval's policies

Payson High School is going through a period of extreme change that will forever alter the way students are educated in Payson. This change includes setting higher standards for students and teachers, and increasing the number of classes in the day from six to seven.

Lieutenant should have obeyed orders or resigned

The biggest danger of Lt. Watada's action is that the troops and the American people may get military rules and necessity mixed up with anti-Bush war sentiments.

Work force linchpin of local economy

Earlier this week, the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation released "Building Bridges to Business: 2006 Business Retention Report." The study was conducted over the past six weeks in an attempt to determine how the area could attract and retain businesses.

PHS without physics or drafting teacher

Six months of searching, salary bonuses and visits to three job fairs did not produce the teachers Payson High School needs for advanced placement physics and drafting classes.

Tonto National Forest lifts remaining fire restrictions

All fire restrictions affecting the Tonto National Forest have now been lifted, effective Thursday, July 20.

State hopefuls play eight games in nine days

A Herculean task awaits the Payson Little League All-Stars. It includes playing eight state tournament road games over the course of nine days.

More than 150 turn out for task force citizen forum

Jan Schmalzer, a recent transplant from the Valley, said she'd never experienced a public forum -- in terms of attendance and scope -- quite like Tuesday's citizen input sessions.

Businesses struggle with limited work force

On any other weekday at 2 p.m., the Country Kitchen restaurant would be open and serving the tail end of the lunch crowd.

Star Valley paying market average salary for town manager

Some town managers in the state of Arizona make more than the Star Valley town manager while others make a little less.

Argument over steak prices lands three in jail

An argument over the price of beef landed three men in jail Tuesday night.

What's up?

Q: How many days does a person have to change a driver's license after moving to Arizona?

Say 'no' to war

One act of character is the ability to say "No" to war when everyone, or so it seems, are screaming "Yes" for war.

Our presence in Iraq hardly illegal or immoral

Several letters have appeared in the Roundup from those advocating the U.S. immediately leave Iraq.

Medicare drug plan a money saver, life saver

I wanted to make a counterpoint to recent articles about problems with Medicare.

Reaction to articles on tragedy a lot to do with expectations

Your editorial "More Than Headlines" is a very thoughtful piece of work. I appreciate knowing a little more about the process by which you make such decisions.

Thank you for support during K-9 training

The police officers of the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association would like to thank the residents and business owners of Payson for their warm reception and hospitality during our week of K-9 training.

Thank you from the El Caballo Club

El Caballo Club wishes to extend a big thank you to our donors, especially Mazatzal Casino and Houston Mesa Fire Department Auxiliary, and to the many individuals who donated items and helped to make our Mesa Del Day a success.

Payson to lease land to event center developers

Get it done or don't do it at all.

The woman who watches out for us

There are many people watching out for us here in Pine and Strawberry. I met one of them during an outing with my grandchildren. We drove up Highway 87 to Forest Road 300, took the first left off of 300 and came to a white wooden gate on the right.

Vacation Bible School brings in 53 kids

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel just completed another successful week of Vacation Bible School.

Should Arizona raise minimum wage?

Workers say 'yes,' but many employers are worried about the bottom line

Tori Wilbanks said it would be incredible if the state minimum wage was raised to $6.75 an hour. Wilbanks, a Payson High School senior, now earns less than $6 an hour in her position at Corral West Ranchwear in Payson.

Old dogs learn new tricks all the time

YOUR TURN

The old saw has it that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Sorry, folks. I'm beginning to suspect that whoever said that got it backwards. The older I get, the more I learn, and some of the things I learn are really important.

Parents hope to recall 2 school board members

Petitions are now being circulated in Payson to recall school board members Michael Horton and Charles Brown. Organizers must collect a minimum 1,078 signatures by Aug. 8. If they are successful, Kim Pound plans to run in the Nov. 7 recall election against Horton, and Angela Lyons will go on the ballot against Brown.

Stray dog finds happy ending, new home

FOCUS ON PETS

In last week's column, photos showed the trapping and loading of a stray dog into the truck of Forest Miller of Gila County Animal Control. He was taken to the Payson Humane Society.

Planning for retirement? Avoid unrealistic expectations

FINANCIAL FOCUS

Living in a community with a large number of retirees, some Payson area workers tend to have the impression that quality retirement somehow magically happens when you reach retirement age.

Authors add color to daily life of Rim Country

PAYSON PEOPLE

Legendary, bestselling author and Rim Country native, Marguerite Noble, will receive a few hours of admiration from her peers at a book signing event Saturday, July 22.

School supply lists by school

Area school teachers provided the following list of school supplies each student will need to bring to class.

Tips for back to school clothes shopping

Here are a few ideas to help you keep your wallet intact and satisfy your child with a closet full of new clothes.

Back to school

After school program needs supplies

The summer has been lean in terms of donations for Payson Community Kids, which will make the success of the program's annual back-to-school drive all that more crucial.

Former Payson coach named Mesa college athletic director

Former Payson High School football coach Dan Dunn, who has been serving as Mesa Community College's athletic director on an interim basis for the past year, was named from a pool of 40 applicants to become the school's permanent AD.

As summer heats up, fish at night

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

With summer temperatures sizzling and 110 degrees being the norm, how about an after-dark adventure on Roosevelt? Nighttime bass fishing has been growing in popularity as equipment has improved to make the after-dark excursions safe, productive, and comfortable.

Golfers preparing for prestigious tournament

Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association are tuning up for one of the most prestigious club tournaments of the season.

Lady Longhorns learn from visiting coaches

Lady Longhorn volleyball players have had the unique opportunity to learn to play the sport the Ragin' Cajun and Lumberjack way.

Longhorn players put through paces in week-long football camp

More than 50 gridiron hopefuls turned out Monday morning for the kickoff of Longhorn football camp being directed by first year Payson High head coach Josh Anderson.

Funeral turnout testament to girl who touched many lives

With tears flowing freely, more than 350 people came together Wednesday to remember the life of Virginia Nicole Hall, who died last week. Hall, 20, who went by the name, Niki as a child and teenager, died July 11, and was remembered at a funeral Mass at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson. Among those who attended were Hall's former classmates, friends and relatives.

Still asking, 'Where is the water?'

FROM TOP COUNCIL

In my first six weeks as a Payson town council member, it has been energizing to me to be involved in so many matters that I have researched for residents -- everything from the size of native trees that need a permit to be cut (six inches across), abandoned trailers, half-finished homes to the music at the Saturday night concerts.

County begins fiscal year with $17 million surplus

Gila County Supervisors gave tentative approval to a $75.2 million budget this week.

Star Valley to look for permanent town manager, Sloan in running

The interim town manager of Star Valley appears to be the front runner for the permanent position.

Highway 87 from Payson to Pine is dangerous

I certainly have enormous sympathy for the woman who called regarding the reporting of the death of her father on Highway 87. It was an awful accident, one of many that I have passed on my way from Pine to Payson. But I think both you and the caller missed an important point.

Old-timers still waiting for homes

Meet some long-time residents of the Payson Humane Society animal shelter. They are all wonderful animals, deserving of loving homes.

Kuenzli was dangerous, armed with the weapon of physical force

In an earlier article I wrote to you, I expounded on the fact that to have a relevant opinion, one must have knowledge of the subject, its substance and background. Thus far, the subject in point is this Harold Fish fiasco.

Free brush pits

The Regional Payson Area Project...for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations:

Linda Turner

Linda Turner, born Linda Sue Hunsberger in Elkhart, Ind. passed away July 14, 2006 after a battle with brain cancer. She was born to Elton and Virginia Ruth Hunsberger on July 8, 1951.

Augustus E. Stewart

Augustus Eugene Stewart, DO, 77, of Tempe and Payson, died July 15 in Phoenix.

Robert D. Manning

Robert D. Manning died July 18, 2005 in Phoenix.

Jerrald Flatt

Jerrald "Jerry" Flatt, 50, of Payson, died July 11, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 24, 1955 in Anderson, Ind.

Dale Alonzo Earl

Dale Alonzo Earl, 69, of Payson, died July 17, 2006 in Payson with Darlene, his wife of 50 years by his side. He was born Dec. 2, 1936 in Show Low.

Tuesday, July 18

Older adults key to our community

SENIOR REVIEW

Older adults in Payson are the fuel that keeps the engines of many community organizations running.

Riding a golden wave into the senior years

SENIOR REVIEW

You graduated from high school in the early 1970s. In college, the Watergate scandal and the fall of Richard Nixon changed the way you looked at public service and politicians.

Seniors on the road and at sea

SENIOR REVIEW

Older adults have a banquet of travel deals to choose from if they have an itch of wanderlust.

Senior services, helplines

SENIOR REVIEW

The following information is from the "Rim Country Community Services Directory from the Gila County Family Violence Prevention Task Force, published with a grant from the Phoenix Suns to Time Out Inc., with assistance from www.InPayson.com.

AARP educates, advocates for senior citizens

SENIOR REVIEW

The American Association of Retired Persons is generally known for its advocacy on behalf of its members. However, in Payson, it most recently helped educate senior citizens about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

Senior Circle encompasses health, education

SENIOR REVIEW

Opportunities for health education, social and creative activities and discounts on services are all part of the package at the Payson Regional Senior Circle.

Homebound meals program growing

SENIOR REVIEW

Senior citizens in the Payson area have a friend at the Senior Center. In fact, they have a lot of friends there.

Having a ball

SENIOR REVIEW

Seniors Keith and Vina Wilson stay active by enjoying bowling at Rim Country Lanes.

Don't just sit there

SENIOR REVIEW

Marilyn Wolfe feels a deep sense of satisfaction when she sits at the keys of a new grand piano on the performance stage at Payson High School.

Monday, July 17

Land exchange near completion after four years

The long-awaited exchange to bring more land to the Payson Municipal Airport must be completed by the end of 2006.

Payson seeing increase in tourists

The number of tourists visiting Payson increased 25 percent in 2005. The sharp rise in visitor numbers is part a statewide tourism boom. Last week, the Arizona Office of Tourism and Gov. Janet Napolitano announced that 31 million visitors came to the state in 2005.

Cabin wins state award

Among 39 nominations, Payson's Zane Grey Cabin Foundation earned one of seven awards for its preservation of the aesthetic legacy of the Rim Country at the Governor's Conference of Tourism.

County approves tentative budget with $1.4 million increase from past year

The county could have a budget reflecting a $1.4 million increase in its expenditure limitation over its 2005-2006 budget.

Council has two choices on Payson Event Center

The fate of the Payson Event Center -- comprised of 150 bedrooms and a 500-seat conference room -- falls upon the Payson Town Council at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 20.

Star Valley town code 400 pages of rules, regulations for town

The Star Valley Town Council tonight, Tuesday, could be taking another big step tonight toward its incorporation when it looks at possibly approving the town code.

Author, astronomer studies stars while keeping one eye on earth

The pioneer of the world's first fully robotic observatory, astronomer Russ Genet travels the world in pursuit of his celestial passion.

Teachers excluded from district decision making process

In the grand scheme of public education, the methods by which goals are reached and agreements made should be evenhanded and candid. Public education is not a business. It is a function of our society by which our future is forged.

Define 'democracy' before you begin to argue

Terry L. Putnam of Young asks, "Why democracy?"

Letter writer should update himself on world oil situation

I would like to answer Allen Wollscheidt's recent Letter to the Editor where he states there's not enough oil under the United States to make any significant dent in the fuel situation.

Thank you for supporting veterans fund-raiser

Veterans say thank you.

Thank you for paying my race fee

I would like to thank Rick Umbenhaur and his wife, Julie. They paid for my race fee for the 24-hour Payson Stampede mountain bike race.

Thank you for help with Vacation Bible School

We would like to say thank you to Roy Haught of Roy Haught Excavating, George Randall of Payson Concrete and Payson Flooring, McDonald's and Dollartree for their donations to our Son Treasure Island Vacation Bible School last week at Calvary Chapel Payson.

Not sure why woman is upset about elk in the cemetery

I am sorry Ms. Williams for your loss, but I fail to see why it upset you so that elk ate the flowers you had placed on the grave.

Inexperienced riders could be misled by recent article

In the July 4 Payson Roundup article regarding motorcycle accidents, the reporter wrote, "A third rider narrowly missed serious injury by laying his bike on the pavement." I am concerned how new and inexperienced riders might interpret this statement.

People should attend more school board meetings before pointing fingers

Reading the Letters to the Editor in the past few months concerning our Payson Unified School District Board saddens me.

Meals on Wheels program some seniors only point of contact

Every weekday morning at 9:30, a group of three meet at the Payson Senior Center kitchen to prepare a hot meal for those who are not able to buy food or cook for themselves.

Can you believe they're back in school?

SENIOR MOMENTS

Call me old-fashioned, but somehow I find it hard to believe school begins next week.

Before school starts make sure vaccines are current

With parents preparing for the start of school, students leaving for college and the flu season approaching, the Gila County Office of Health would like to remind residents to check records to assure that vaccines are up-to-date.

Pine Strawberry Elementary ready for school year

The Pine Strawberry Elementary School saw some staff reassignments and a few new hires for the 2006-07 school year.

Gila Community College nursing faculty

Gila Community College recently welcomed Susan Blazevich and Linda McLennan as full-time nursing instructors for the school's Registered Nursing (RN) Program.

Robert Patrick Price

Robert Patrick Price, 56, died on June 22, 2006 in Payson while waiting for a liver transplant. He was born on June 7, 1950 in Keokak, Iowa.

James Arnold Thorson

James Arnold Thorson, 58, of Payson, died July 14, 2006 in Payson. He was born July 5, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Little League team in position to win first-ever state championship for Payson

A 5-0 record in postseason play has earned the Payson Little League Minor Division (9-10 years) all-stars the opportunity to earn the town's first-ever state championship.

Seniors head to World Games

The Payson Cougars senior softball team is prepping for its appearance in the upcoming Huntsman Senior World Games by participating in a Fountain Hills slowpitch league.

Wrestling camp builds interest in sport

Aspiring young wrestlers had the opportunity last week to learn more about the sport from a highly respected veteran coach and four former collegiate All-Americans.

Cleaning Rim Country one baseboard at a time

Need a hand with housekeeping? Have debris to be cleaned up around a remodel or new construction? The Cheaper Sweeper is the company to call.

Study ties increase in forest fires to global warming

Thomas Swetham of the University of Arizona, member of a four-person team that just concluded a study on causes of the increase in intensity and frequency of wildfires, says that climate change in the West has become a reality.

'Penny Parade' pays $69,785 prize

The Tonto Apache Tribe's Mazatzal Casino had a big winner on its Atronic's "Penny Parade" machine this month.

New apartment complex opens for seniors

Senior residents of the Rim Country have a new place to call home.

Attorney General warns consumers of 'secret shopper' scam

Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned Arizona consumers about a new scam involving phony advertisements for employment as a "secret," "mystery" or "investigative" shopper.

Gambling addiction: The rush of winning. The crush of losing it all.

Chasing the rush and hitting that one big payday consumed Tim daily as he went time after time to play slots at the Mazatzal Casino.

Finding the line between news and religion

Two weeks ago, the Payson Roundup ran an inspiring interview with a woman who won her battle with cancer.

Star Valley law enforcement comes at high price for Payson

I have been a resident and taxpayer in the town of Payson for almost 15 years. I have friends who live in Star Valley and up until now, I have frequently spent my money at various businesses located there on a regular basis.

Don't see much difference between our actions and theirs

If North Korea's missile testing is "provocation," as it was called by American leaders, then what do you call bombing, invading and occupying a completely non-threatening oil-rich country? I'm thinking it would be called "crimes against humanity."

Artists make pins you won't knock down

Big Brothers Big Sisters has something new in the alley for the Fifth Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake fund-raiser on Sunday, Aug. 13. This year, local artists painted bowling pins for the silent auction.

Teaching writers the business

One cannot be a successful writer these days without also having a mind for business.

Virginia (Niki) Hall memorial service

Memorial services for Virginia (Niki) Hall will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Blue Ridge beats Payson in hard fought victory

A pair of the finest major division Little League teams in small town Arizona, Payson and Blue Ridge, squared off toe-to-toe in the District One championships.

Home Run Derby to be held Friday

The third annual Home Run Derby, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department and the Mazatzal Casino, will tee off at 6 p.m. July 21 on the Rumsey II ball field.

Lightning, vehicle start 15 weekend wildfires

Weekend monsoon storm lightning strikes and a disabled vehicle in tow had Forest Service fire crews scrambling to extinguish blazes.

Sunday, July 16

Woodmen host monthly pizza dinner Tuesday

Modern Woodmen of America Camp 14707 will have its monthly dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at Payson Pizza Hut on South Beeline Highway. Members and the general public are cordially invited to attend.

Saturday, July 15

Free brush dropoff Sunday

The Regional Payson Area Project...for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing a free brush drop-off point today, Sunday, July 16.

Friday, July 14

Pleasant Valley Days this weekend

Come celebrate the life and history of Young, Arizona and the Pleasant Valley War July 15 and 16 at the 17th Annual Pleasant Valley Days.

Nothing like thrill of next stream bend

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

When we talk about stream fishing for trout in Arizona it is predominantly for hatchery fish that spend a few days in the stream before being caught by the weekend fishermen.

Thursday, July 13

Fund-raiser brings over quarter-million dollars to local charities

Every year, from September through March, Bashas' runs a fund-raising program for schools, churches and nonprofits called Thanks A Million. Thanks A Million is a simple fund-raiser where families can donate money to their favorite school, church or nonprofit simply by shopping at Bashas'.

Human tragedy: More than headlines

I could tell she was upset. And even though she was on the phone and I couldn't see her face, I could tell she was using a lot of self control to keep from saying something she would regret.

121-unit subdivision makes its way through planning process

On July 27, the Payson Town Council will hear a proposal for one of the largest subdivisions in recent Payson history.

Too much easily collectible family history is lost

YOUR TURN

We had a family reunion at my house the other day. My wife's sister, Betty, and her husband drove up from the Valley with her older brother, Jim, who had recently arrived from London, and her younger brother, Trevor, who had just flown in from India. Seeing all four of them together again for the first time in several decades gave me a lot of pleasure.

Mayor tells developer to stop wasting town's time

A waste of time. That's what Payson Mayor Bob Edwards told the developer of the proposed 64-acre Forest Edge subdivision that came up for a second rezoning hearing at Thursday evening's town council meeting.

Rezoning approved for 80-acre ranch development

The Rancho Del Sol/Fox Farms property zoning has been changed to allow a residential development.

Volunteers needed for shelter's dog play yard

Payson Humane Society needs volunteers to help supervise dogs in the play yard behind the shelter at 812 S. McLane Rd. Each morning, dogs at the shelter are taken to the area for an hour of exercise.

Recreation Roundup

Registration began Monday, July 3 and continues through July 26. The league is for boys and girls ages 6 through 14. The cost is $25 per player. The league begins Monday, Aug. 28. There is no late registration for this league.

RMEF on deck for annual fund-raiser banquet

The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host its annual fund-raiser banquet, auction and raffle July 29 at Mazatzal Casino. The evening tips off at 4:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour during which attendees can browse through the many items that will later be raffled, sold and auctioned.

School Bus Schedules

Payson Unified School District • 2006-2007

Payson Unified School District 2006-2007 School Bus Schedules

Payson players leave links with Jack and Jill title in tow

Jack and Jill went up the golf course hill but it wasn't for a pail of water, it was to win a links crown. The team that returned from the hill with the Jack and Jill title in tow turned out to be Joyce Karnes and John Calderwood who carded a 55 in the annual Payson Women's Golf Association tournament.

PHS three-day football camp begins next week

That smell of pigskin in the air can only mean one thing --football season is just around the corner. The 2006 gridiron campaign kicks off July 17 to 21 on the campus of Payson High School with the annual Longhorn football camp.

Club Rim meets tough competition at Reno tournament

Part of Donna Moore's charge as coach of the Club Rim volleyball team was to chaperone six teenage girls for six days, around the bright lights, gambling and party mecca of Reno, Nev.

Test of endurance, strength, speed

First Payson Sprint Triathlon challenges athletes through swim, bike race and run

It wasn't the world famous Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, but the inaugural Payson Sprint Triathlon was an opportunity for local athletes to put their endurance, strength and speed to the test.

Little League all-stars qualify for state

Payson Little League all-star minor division manager Craig McMullen is praising wins in area and region post-season tournaments as "complete team efforts."

Elk daily visitors to Christopher Creek

KREEK KAPERS

Seeing elk in the neighborhood, like the one in this photo, is an everyday occurrence here in Christopher Creek. These big guys are out every evening at dusk and in the morning at dawn.

Vacation Bible School ends with skit for parents

THE VILLAGE

Fiesta Week has begun at the Tonto Village Chapel this week. Vacation Bible School has started with catchy music and a lot of enthusiasm. The kids of the Village have been busy each day beginning at 9 a.m. with songs, games, great crafts and Bible lessons that go along with the Fiesta theme.

We're so lucky to live away from city lights

PINE-STRAWBERRY FOCUS

There is a beautiful full moon in the sky as I write this column. How fortunate we are to live up here where the city lights do not obscure our view of the night sky. It is beautiful.

Lost dog waiting in shelter for owner, adoption

FOCUS ON PETS

Last week, I mentioned the lost dogs running free up here in Strawberry after the thunderstorms of Fourth of July weekend. Two were found right away. The third dog had been seen, somewhat like a phantom dog, appearing throughout the week.

Willow Springs Lake: Cool water on the Rim

Willow Springs Lake and its surrounding environs afford a visitor to the Mogollon Rim Country many of the outdoor sights and activities for which it is well known. This popular lake attracts not only those who enjoy fishing and other boating experiences, but also hikers, mountain bikers, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Voices told him to kill roommate

A former Payson resident is awaiting trial on charges of first-degree premeditated murder after he allegedly killed a former Payson woman Tuesday morning, claiming voices told him to murder his roommate.

Teacher raises approved

Boost ranges from 3.8 to 6.5 percent

The Payson School board, at its Thursday evening meeting, accepted the district administration's recommendation on how and where to spend new and unexpected state revenue.

$33 million bond on November ballot

The Payson School board unanimously passed a resolution ordering a $33 million bond election be held Nov. 7. The board took the action at its July 10 meeting. Two board members, Don Engler and Vicki Holmes, were absent but Engler participated by telephone.

Marijuana field raided

Plants had $7 million street value

Boy Scouts spending the week at Camp Geronimo, north of Payson, awoke Tuesday morning to see heavily armed officers and SWAT team members parading through their camp.

Marijuana linked to Mexican drug traffickers

Arizona posed ‘path of least resistance' for marijuana growers

Jim Molesa, a Flagstaff-based agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Mexican drug-trafficking organizations are behind the Arizona marijuana grows. "They were in California," Molesa said of similar operations in the past. "There's big money behind this."

Propane costs expected to rise

Think about heating costs now to save this winter

It's hard to think about heating costs during summer, but propane officials are recommending customers do just that. The area managers for Energy West Arizona, Matlock Gas and Northern Energy expect prices for propane to go up in coming months.

IN NEXT TUESDAY'S ROUNDUP: Gambling addictions in Rim Country

Rim Country residents hit rock bottom with gambling addictions. Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, July 18 Roundup.

Canine training has annual economic impact on Payson

Police canines brought a lot of money into the local economy this past week. About 100 police officers along with their canines came to Payson from across the state as well as other nearby regions this week as part of the 14th annual K-9 officer survival seminar.

Police canines train in Payson this week

Police officers had just received a call where they could hear a man screaming with gunshots being fired in the background. When officers arrived with their police canine, they saw a man had been shot and was down. Then they saw a man firing a gun toward them.

Keep task force activities transparent

Mayor Bob Edwards has taken a unique approach to town government -- unique for Payson, at least.

Please return the sign you took

Did you or someone you know, on June 13, remove my sign from Highway 87 at Gibson Ranch Road? It is 22 by 28 inches on a metal stake and says "Round Valley Equus." Please return my sign.

Payson taxpayer not happy about funding Star Valley police coverage

Let me get this straight. The new mayor and Payson town council have agreed to provide the Town of Star Valley with all law enforcement services using Payson police. As a Town of Payson taxpayer, I'm supposed to fund this, and receive less police service availability should I need them to respond in my own town.

A life realization sinks in at the Rim Country Museum

The other day, I found myself shouldered against a wall in the upstairs room of our Rim Country Museum -- our town's place where historical mementos important to our area's past are kept on exhibit.

Time to end the war in Iraq

I am responding to the letter from Larry Brophy who recounted his discussion with his stepson. I also have been amazed by the number of good, honest, educated people that have continued to believe the information fed to them by the current administration, even after that information has been proven to be incorrect and untrue.

What's Up

Q: Does the Arizona Department of Transportation have any plans to connect the Beeline Highway with Highway 101 in the Valley? It sure would make commutes easier.

Universal health care has benefited majority of Western countries

Congratulations to Bob Jacobs on his letter about universal health care and to those concerned about socialized medicine.

One local gas station should take lead by lowering gas prices

Having just returned from a trip to the Valley, I find that the price of gasoline in the Valley --$2.79 per gallon -- is once again lower than here in Payson.

Payson needs to focus on growing its tourism based economy

Congratulations to all of you who were responsible for organizing the women's fast pitch softball tournament here June 23 through June 25. The event brought 40 ball clubs to Payson with all of the players' friends and families. This is just the type of activity that we need here on a regular basis to support our businesses and our local economy.

Bypass will cost us in too much lost sales tax

See all that traffic coming through town and going down Highway 87 every weekend? Well, it's money in our pockets.

Residents don't want ‘big city' parking restrictions

As the Town of Star Valley prepares to approve its town code next week, there is a group of neighbors who are concerned what the parking ordinance in this code will state.

Star Valley budget adopted

Planning and zoning meets for first time

The town of Star Valley Tuesday night adopted its 2006-2007 fiscal-year budget. The town budget, which will be adopted for the final time on Aug. 1, can now only be decreased, not increased while waiting for final adoption.

Mayor's task forces host forum for citizen input

A July 18 workshop, "Defining Payson's Future: Citizens' Input Session," takes steps toward fulfilling the Mayor Bob Edwards' campaign slogan, "We the People" by providing an opportunity for community members to present their ideas, opinions and constructive criticism to the heads of more than a dozen mayor's task forces.

School district looks forward with new goals, high scores

Payson Unified School District has been in the news regarding the recent legislation which provided $100 million to be used for teachers' salaries in Arizona. That is a lot of money. PUSD will receive a portion -- $72.50 per weighted student. That amounts to $255,463 for Payson teachers.

Arts funding passes Payson by

Northern Gila County missed out on $3 million worth of statewide grants distributed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts for the 2006-2007 fiscal year, Chris Burawa, public information officer said.

Bulbs shouldn't be forgotten -- water, fertilize

It is easy to forget that bulbs need fertilizer if they are to perform well. When the leaves first appear they need a low nitrogen supplement and then again when starting to flower.

Diversify holdings before and after retirement

If you have been investing for even a little while, you have probably heard that it's a good idea to diversify your holdings. By spreading your investment dollars among a range of securities, you can help defend yourself against downturns that may largely affect one type of asset.

Birth: Teagan Pierce

Teagan Pierce was born May 19, 2006 at the Payson Regional Medical Center to Jeremy and Ashley Friestad. He weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Birth: Miguel Angel Ochoa Figueroa

Miguel Angel Ochoa Figueroa was born on July 10, 2006 at the Payson Regional Medical Center to Miguel and Rosolba. He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 and a quarter inches long.

Carrie Johnson receives degree

Payson High School graduate Carrie Johnson received her associate of science degree from Central Arizona College in May. Johnson was an Honor Student at CAC, as well as a Phi Theta Kappa (national two-year honor society) member.

Scholl / Gabel wedding

After more than 15 years together, Jim Scholl and Cynthia Gabel of Payson were married March 18 in the ballroom of La Posada in Winslow.

Ronald Lewis Hassler (1939-2006)

Ronald Lewis Hassler, 66, of Jakes Corner died July 11, 2006 in Payson. He was born Dec. 31, 1939 in Arbuckle, Calif.

Dorothy Lester (1919-2006)

Dorothy "Dottie" Irene Lester, 86, of Payson, died July 9, 2006. She was born July 21, 1919 in Fort Morgan, Colo. She was the daughter of the late Les and Emma Drye.

Wednesday, July 12

Area school registration and start dates

A list of area school start dates and registration information.

Art sale today at hospital lobby

Come see the wide selection of colorful paintings and beautiful prints on sale Thursday, July 13 in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.

Tuesday, July 11

Friends helping friends

"Misery Moo" by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross is a very simple story about a cow and a lamb.

Ranches at the crossroads

BACK WHEN

The Apache Chief Delshay had been dead three years and except for rumblings at the San Carlos and White Mountain reservations, what settlers called "the Indian problem" was relatively quiet.

Unforgettable rail journeys

TRAVEL TALK

There was a time in North America during the 1940s and '50s when a journey by rail featured sleek streamliners with comfortable, clean interiors, comfy private rooms, elegant dining and the finest service.

Monday, July 10

Star Valley to vote on budget, includes police services

The Star Valley Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the Star Valley Baptist Church to formally vote on its 2006-2007 fiscal-year budget.

History, politics monthly theme at library bookstore

During July, pick up interesting and affordable books at the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore.

Star Valley town manager still on temporary contract

The Town of Star Valley is being steered through the early stages of incorporation by a person who may be or may not be the town council's permanent choice to continue as town manager next October.

3 years of highway construction complete

Three years and $31 million went into the construction of a 3-mile stretch of State Route 260 by Kohl's Ranch. The project's completion will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13, with a ceremony, according to information from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Payson Art League to host pastel artist july 18

Payson Art League will host pastel artist Ruth Hampton at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 in St. Philip's Church Hall, 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Linda Brunner (1925-2006)

Linda Brunner of Payson, died July 7, 2006. Born in Saginaw, Mich. on Feb. 23, 1925, she grew up in Windsor, Colo.

A small town sports phenomenon

Players on the two Payson Little League All-Star teams are about to jump-start a memorable journey that can only be enjoyed in small town America.

Learning to play ball: Diamondbacks offer week-long baseball camp to local youth

A throng of about 40 aspiring athletes turned out yesterday, Monday, to learn how to play baseball the Luis Gonzalez way. The youths were participating in the week-long Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center Camps that have been a fixture on the Rim Country summer sports scene for the past six years.

Cardinals preseason training moved to weekdays

Football fans eager for an up-close and personal look at the Arizona Cardinals in training camp this year will need to take a day off work. That's because the pro football team will not be practicing on weekends during its July 31 to Aug. 17 stay on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Local Shetland breeders do well at district show

Dan and Barb Pruett of Rim Country Shetlands and John and Sue Handka of AZ Hot to Trot Shetlands ventured to Tacoma, Wash. to represent Arizona Shetland breeders.

Volunteers needed for 2006 County Fair

Check that garden and orchard for a perfect specimen. Finish up that special sewing or craft project. Put your prized collection in a shadow box display. It's time to get ready for the Northern Gila County Fair.

Recreation Roundup

The Third Annual Home Run Derby will be held on Friday, July 21. This event is sponsored by Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation. Also included in this week's Rec Roundup: ASA coed softball tournament, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending equestrian competition, and Concert Under the Stars,

Payson returns in pursuit of district championship

Mark Grace Field in Flagstaff has become a second home for the Payson Little League Major Division (11-12 years) all-star team. Last week, the Payson celestial crew played five games at Mark Grace Field that was serving as the site of the Little League Area One championships.

Payson enters state tournament undefeated

For the Payson Little League Minor Division all-star team, the road to a District One championship and a berth into the state tournament travels through Springerville-Eagar.

Used bookstore offers casual, social atmosphere

A cozy place to shop or just sit and socialize has opened in the Swiss Village Shops. Cozy Corner is located at 716 N. Beeline Hwy. in Payson, next to Your Silk Garden and Payson Pet Care Veterinary Clinic.

Donations wanted for library fund-raiser

The Payson Roundup is looking for donations of good condition biographies and autobiographies to be raffled off during a Payson Public Library expansion project fund-raiser.

Rim Club developers request rezoning for 45 new homes

Rezoning would subdivide 80-acre ranch

Crescent Resources, the developers of Chaparral Pines and The Rim Club, are in the process of purchasing Rancho Del Sol (formerly Fox Farms) and will go before the Gila County Board of Supervisors today, Tuesday, to ask for a zoning change.

Ruins tell story of Rim Country's distant past

Local archaeologist Penny Minturn wears red slip-on sandals as she trudges through the dirt, rock and rubble of the Risser Ranch Ruins. Her sure-footed steps suggest an intuitive familiarity with its terrain. What researchers know about the residents of the past they have learned from the ruins scattered in and around town.

What happened to $300,000? teachers ask

The question on most spectators' minds as they left the Payson school board meeting Monday evening was "What happened to the other $300,000?"

Star Valley should begin building its own police force

When the Payson Town Council voted during a June 22 meeting to offer police services to the town of Star Valley for the upcoming fiscal year, we were stunned.

What's Up: Will Air Evac (PHI) be locating medical helicopters in Gila County this year?

Q: I've heard that Air Evac (PHI) will be locating two medical helicopters in Gila County this year. Will one be at the Payson Airport?

A call for roadless areas

I may be a registered Republican, and the governor of the great state of Arizona may be a Democrat, but there are some places we share the same philosophy.

Thanks to all who made RSVP event successful

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) would like to express a special "thank you" to the many businesses, organizations, officials, and RSVP stations that made the June 22 volunteer recognition event a delight. Approximately 150 volunteers and guests attended the event.

Rim Club and Chaparral Pines have given a lot to the community

It's time people realize what the Rim Golf Club and Chaparral Pines have done for Payson and surrounding areas. Construction of Chaparral Pines started in 1995, creating 50 to 60 jobs immediately. Today, Chaparral Pines and the Rim Golf Club employ 300 people, and many more from housing construction.

Dip sites prove themselves for property owners

On Monday, June 26, we had a lightning strike fire start on Ellison Creek near the ranch we manage. We would like to thank all the parties involved with the installation of the water bladder and dip tank that was placed right outside this property.

Goddard's Payson visit sidetracked by teacher concerns

Arizona attorney general files suit against Wal-Mart, AutoZone for repeat consumer fraud

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, in a visit to the Payson Roundup Friday afternoon, was met by about 30 teachers who were concerned they may not receive salary increases passed as part of the 2006-07 state budget.

Why the government won't fund alternative fuel research

Why is our federal government not funding hydrogen research, vehicle adaption and production anywhere near that of ethanol?

‘I feel great. I feel normal.'

After 100 days of isolation, a cancer survivor

When Alice Ottero visited her oncologist in late May 2006, after a 100-day stint in sterile isolation, she knew the cancer cells could still be circulating in her slim body.

Area school registration and start dates

A list of area school start dates and registration information.

Kohl's Ranch first in Gila County to receive national Firewise award

It took more than a year, hundreds of hours and individual responsibility for Kohl's Ranch homeowners to earn USA Firewise Communities/USA recognition.

Budget, developments top Payson council agenda

Town Manager Fred Carpenter said the Payson Town Council, after more than two months of salary revisions, capital improvement reallocations and overhead tightening, will adopt a tentative budget for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

Seniors learn the Internet

Computer class for seniors has waiting list as elderly discover e-mail, online

Charlotte Todd is a senior who has discovered e-mail as a way to stay in touch with relatives and friends, and she is among a growing number of seniors who are turning to the Internet, after living almost their whole lives without computers and the World Wide Web.

Thursday, July 6

Three selected for Roundup's first editorial board

FROM THE EDITOR

This time next week, the first meeting of the Payson Roundup editorial board will have taken place and the editorial published on the far left of this page will be written by a process of consensus.

Interest in terrorism keeps it alive

Since the Payson Roundup's coverage is 100 percent local, you could read our newspaper and never know the turbulent state of the world outside of the Rim Country.

School board asked to pass bond

Aging and deteriorating Julia Randall Elementary -- which was first built in 1935 -- might soon be replaced by a modern building. The first stride toward a new facility was taken yesterday afternoon, Thursday, during a meeting of 25 members of an advisory board that has been studying a possible bond election and ways to upgrade buildings on the district's five school campuses.

State health care now requires citizenship

As of July 1, recipients of the state's low-cost health care program will be required to show proof of United States citizenship before receiving benefits.

Police canines from around state visit Payson next week

Next week, the residents of Payson will be able to watch police canines in action. For 14 years, police dog handlers and trainers from all over the U.S. and Canada have come to Payson for the annual K-9 officer survival seminar. But for the first time in all those years, the seminar will open its doors to the public for a demonstration of police dog abilities.

Senate president questions pace of teacher raise decision

Ken Bennett, president of the Arizona Senate, is among those wondering why the Payson Unified School District is reluctant to declare when and how much of the new state budget increase will go to teacher pay raises.

Tonto National Forest reopens

Steady rain reduces fire danger, closure lifted

Just as the bright yellow barrier tape strung across trails and backroads marked the closure of the Mogollon Rim on June 23, their removal early this week meant the forests had reopened.

Star Valley Council reads first town budget

The Star Valley Council Thursday night got its first glimpse of the town's 2006-2007 fiscal-year budget. The overall budget is nearly $1.43 million -- $1.18 million from the general fund and almost $250,000 from Highway Users Revenue Fund. The top budgeted item is the $100,000 contract the town has entered into with the Payson Police Department for law enforcement services. Town Manager Lanny Sloan has also tentatively budgeted several items for what the town hopes will be its new town hall.

Brown, McKim marry

Emily Jane Brown and Christopher Alan McKim were married June 14, 2006 at Pivot Rock Springs on the Mogollon Rim.

Connolly wedding

Chad and Rachel Connolly were married June 25, 2006 at The Rim Club where they were surrounded by close family and friends.

Milano anniversary

LaVon and Jim Milano celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary recently.

Kaydence Lyn Highstreet

Kaydence Lyn Highstreet was born June 22, 2006.

Water shortage becomes issue during Fourth of July holiday

TONTO VILLAGE

The big Fourth of July holiday is now behind us. The weekend did not go by without a few bumps.

Take steps to avoid investment scams

FINANCIAL FOCUS

Although we may feel Payson, Star Valley and the surrounding areas have relatively low crime rates, there are still unscrupulous people and companies that try to take advantage of unsuspecting investors. The Internet has made it even easier for these predators to reach a mass audience.

All is well in Pine and Strawberry

PINE-STRAWBERRY

Another holiday is behind us and the worry about fire has subsided a bit with the recent wonderful rain. All is quite well in Pine and Strawberry.

We are truly ourselves when we are frightened

YOUR TURN

A number of years ago, while browsing through the library on Ramstein Air Base in Germany, I chanced upon a book of quotations. It was small thing about as thick as my finger, something I sat down and read on the spot without even bothering to check it out.

If you missed the melodrama, you missed out

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek presented, for the fifth year, a community melodrama. This year's production was titled, "The Great Ice Cream Scheme" by Billy St. John. If you missed it, you missed a night of fun, laughter, and some unbelievable entertainment.

Proper identification tags help ensure a safe return of your pet

FOCUS ON PETS

During this past long holiday weekend, three non-local dogs have been seen running loose in this neighborhood. Being visitors, they were not familiar with their surroundings. Two were found by their owners within a few hours, but the third is still circling.

Breaking down stereotypes one film at a time

PAYSON PEOPLE

When 6-foot-6-inch Clinton Chatfield was shooting hoops as a center for Payson High School's varsity basketball team during the 1996-97 season he did not have an inkling a career in film was part of his future.

Growing number of Payson's work force trade long commute for better wages

LIVING

Steve Lane of Payson drives 70 miles through two counties, a trio of cities, one Indian reservation, at least three unincorporated neighborhoods - Rye, Sunflower and Jakes Corner - to get to his concrete contracting business in Mesa.

Gift offers ballplayer lifelong memory

Jeff Swanson of the Arizona Diamondbacks called last week to say he had a Training Center scholarship to donate and wanted to know if I knew of a youth who would be interested in it.

Freedom comes in form of outdoor recreation

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

Having just celebrated the Fourth of July, the birthday of the United States of America, there is a time of reflection on the freedoms we have in this great country.

All-Stars win one, lose one in first round play

The Payson Little League All-Stars stayed alive in the Area One tournament July 5 with a 13-3 victory over Mt. Elden.

State victory golfer's second major win this year

Laura Meyocks has added yet another honor to the long list of accolades she's piled up as a member of the Payson Women's Golf Association.

State taking input on roadless area management

The federal government's July 2004 repeal of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule brought outcries from concerned citizens around the country. The Oregon Natural Resources Council called the repeal "a dark day for Oregonians who value wildlands, wildlife and clean water."

Payson Futbol Club takes fifth in annual tournament

The Payson Futbol Club didn't perform as well as team members had hoped in the annual Independence Day Men's 40 Years and Older Invitational Tournament.

Terry Courtland Snidecor

Terry Courtland Snidecor, 81, of Mesa, died July 3, 2006. He was born April 25, 1925 in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Charlie Arthur Jones

Charlie Arthur Jones, 83, of Payson, died July 4, 2006 in Payson. He was born November 7, 1922 in Peek, Okla.

William V. Campbell

William V. Campbell, 76, of Payson, died July 2, 006 in Payson. He was born March 24, 1930 in White Plains, N.Y.

Water shortage an unwelcome holiday tradition

An unwelcome holiday tradition returned to Tonto Village over the Fourth of July weekend when Tonto Village I and II began suffering from a water shortage.

Eight weeks to a healthier life

Residents of the Rim Country are invited to give up 90 minutes on eight Monday nights to improve their health.

Funds from car show help 20 nonprofits

The 13th Annual Beeline Cruise-In brought in thousands of visitors this past April. Their interest in classic cars raised thousands of dollars that the Rim Country Classic Auto Club is ready to donate.

Government class primer for other local involvement

Payson Town Councilor Su Connell said the town-sponsored Leadership Academy gave her a working knowledge of local government, instruction that's often time overlooked in the schools.

Candidates sought for community college board

Non-partisan petitions become available July 10 for candidates seeking election to the Gila Community College governing board term to which Don Crowley is currently appointed.

Man on mission to change resident parking habits

Don Messmer has seen how drivers and pedestrians must maneuver in order to get around vehicles that are parked on streets and sometimes on sidewalks in the Houston Landing subdivision in Star Valley.

Duo offers free concert to benefit food bank

Musicians John and Lu Carpino will host a benefit for the St. Vincent de Paul/Payson Food Bank Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The duo will feature original material from John Carpino's three CD releases, "Come So Far," "A Heart in the Rain" and "Evolution."

What's up?

Q: Why doesn't the ADOT sign over Highway 260 in Star Valley have constant updates on forest closures, fire restrictions and other information at all times?

Hospital food service team deserves praise

Is there a five-star gourmet in Payson?

Town should not have taken risk with Fourth fireworks

I was very upset when the Payson Town Council decided to go ahead with the Fourth of July fireworks.

This is the last chance for Rancho Del Sol

I am writing regarding the zoning of Rancho Del Sol, formerly known as Fox Farms at the end of Granite Dells Road.

Forest closures, fire restrictions should be better marked

Why doesn't the ADOT sign over Highway 260 in Star Valley have constant updates on forest closures, fire restrictions and other information at all times?

Forest Service needs more people patrolling, not forest closures

The recent closing of the northern portion of the Tonto National Forest, among other areas, indicates that fire restrictions that were in place in the Tonto National Forest prior to this closure do not work.

Pettet wedding

Jared and Valerie Hulme of Weiser, Idaho are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Jean, to Tyler Herbert Pettet, son of Ted H. and Esta Pettet, on July 1, 2006 in the Boise, Idaho Temple.

Nothing fair about non-renewal of Pirch's contract

Once in awhile there comes along a person who, because of their values, goals and personality can greatly influence and mold others.

Helping Star Valley will spread Payson Police too thin

I'm concerned about the agreement our town (Payson) has made to provide Star Valley with police protection. I was surprised it passed through so quickly. I think the town should have made a better effort to let people know about it in advance.

Robert (Bob) Farrier

Robert (Bob) Farrier, 88, died July 3, 2006. He was born March 11, 1918.

Jazz pianist flies in for Sunday concert

Jazz pianist and vocalist Bill Ippolito returns to Payson Sunday, July 9. He will present a concert at 2 p.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. This performance is part of a regular monthly jazz series co-sponsored by Jazz in Arizona, Inc.

Crystal Webb-Blank

Crystal Webb-Blank, 29, of Payson, died July 4, 2006. She was born April 8, 1977 in Phoenix.

Candidate visits Payson for second time in month

Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil made a second stop in Payson in less than a month on Wednesday afternoon. This time he brought his eight children.

Seminar offered for first time homebuyers

Families and single people who dream of home ownership, and can qualify to buy a home through a lender, can apply for additional funds through the Homes for Arizonans program.

Center for violence victims in works

After experiencing something as traumatic as domestic violence, rape or child abuse, sometimes the most frightening part of the whole experience can be asking for help.

Council raises wages, gives money to streets

Nelson Beck, an 18-year veteran of the Parks Department, addressed the Payson Town Council Thursday evening among a room full of his town-employed peers -- police officers, firefighters, and street and parks workers.

Congress is stepping beyond its job description

I am concerned that for "campaign reasons" Congress is about to further overstep the boundaries of their job description in relation to Iraq. This can only make things worse for the country and especially for our troops.

Town clerk wins statewide Clerk of the Year award

Throughout the day, elected officials, town staff and passers-by stop in for a quick chat with Town Clerk Silvia Smith. The open door of Smith's office along Town Hall's main artery and her broad smile welcomes Payson insiders. She averts her eyes from the black, flat-panel computer screen to the visitor and lifts her fingers off the keyboard to return the salutation.

Tuesday, July 4

Humor troupe set to 'freeze' for Rim audiences

REVIEW FEATURE

With a few props or none at all, the Humor Me comedy troupe is just a few weeks away from being ready to entertain Payson audiences with bona fide shows fit for family viewing.

Breakfast surprise party

LIL'RIMEROOS

A breakfast surprise party can be held for no particular reason other than you want to have a party.

You might be a pirate -- in need of a hat

LIL'RIMEROOS

If you say things like, "Well, shiver me timbers." ...

How do I get over my past?

LOVE, LIFE AND LIGHT

Letting go of our past may seem impossible. How can we let go of something that is so much aart of us? And whyet the past go? Aren't we who we are because of our past? The answer to this question is the reason why we need to let go of the past.

Apache War along the Tonto

BACK WHEN

The historical events that unfolded along Tonto Creek were often closely related to the Tonto Apache Indians.

Monday, July 3

July begins with a bang

SENIOR MOMENTS

July is the month with an attitude. Any month that begins with a bang-up holiday clearly is shouting, "Hey, look me over."

Gartner earns Eagle

Jonathan Gartner received his Eagle at a Court of Honor held in his honor on Saturday, June 24.

New ECO director looks for viable uses for forest lumber

The Eastern Arizona Counties Organization and its nonprofit corporation, Environmental Economic Counties Organization have a new executive director, Larry K. Stephenson, of Payson.

Going back to school after 50

At 55, Debby Rusovick is not the typical college student. Unless you live in Payson.

What's up?

Q: Who owns the Payson Car Wash on Bonita? --AND-- Q: What are the hours for Taylor Pool over the Fourth of July holiday? --AND-- Q: What's up with the Nifty Fifties diner in Pine? Are they closed for good or building a new facility across the street?

Thanks for making quilt show successful

The Strawberry Patchers would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" to the following for their sponsorship during our recent Quilt Show. Their willingness to support our Quilt Show made it a wonderful success.

Thank you for Lyme disease article

I just wanted to say "thank you" for your article on Lyme disease in the June 2 edition of the Payson Roundup.

Stacey Lynn Mann

Stacey Lynn Mann, 46, of Payson, died June 27, 2006. She was born July 3, 1959 in Van Nuys, Calif., and was raised in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Passage of bill will save county close to $1 million

The state budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor contained some good news for Gila County finances: Relief from the rapidly growing costs of the state long-term care system, known as ALTCS.

Elk need to be kept out of Mountain Meadows cemetery

My story is about the condition of Mountain Meadows cemetery.

An endorsement for vote by mail

Under the leadership of Dee Hershberger, president, and Pat Rollins, vice president, the North Gila Democratic Women organization unanimously voted to endorse the statewide vote by mail initiative.

Teacher looking for college pennants

I'm a middle school educator in a rural community in Michie, Tenn. (pronounced Mickey). Many of our students are disadvantaged and see no future beyond high school. Our goal is to encourage the students to look past high school and into college.

Why do we impose democracy on others?

Why Democracy? "Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos." -- John Marshall, Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1801-1835.

Good read for those interested in health of Tonto Forest

There are several copies of a new book, "Gardeners of Eden" by Dan Daggett, at the Payson Public Library.

District should make teacher raises priority

In a capitalist society, how much we are willing to pay says a lot about our priorities.

Green Valley lake an 'interesting beast to manage'

This time of year, the summer heat and sun set off a cycle of algae growth in the lakes of Green Valley Park and with it a cycle of complaints to the Payson Park and Recreation Department.

Sheriff down 11 officers, coverage suffering

The Gila County Sheriff's Office is facing a shortfall of officers as more and more are leaving its department for better pay at other agencies.

Officers test driving skills during chase simulation

Gila County Deputy Rodney Cronk was put to the test last week when he went in pursuit of bank robbers he saw fleeing from a bank while on patrol.

Fatal motorcycle accidents adding up

Highway fatalities, especially those involving motorcycles, are not just another part of the demanding job of Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Whetten.

No word on teacher raises

Even though some of the state's teachers are planning family budgets around pay increases, Payson teachers do not know how much, or if, they will receive a boost in pay next school year. The mystery remains because Payson Unified School District administrators have remained tight-lipped since Governor Janet Napolitano signed into law two weeks ago a budget that gives public schools $100 million for teacher raises and to offset a mandatory increase in retirement costs.

Shelter at capacity with 45 dogs, 58 cats

The Payson Humane Society is turning away animals. It is at capacity with 45 dogs and 58 cats.

Peggy Sievers

Peggy Sievers, 83, of Payson, died June 29, 2006. She was born June 23, 1923 in Beaver City, Neb. to Fred and Blanche Strickland.

Three local businesses freshen look with remodel

Ace, Safeway and Wal-Mart have all undergone remodeling in recent months.

Ethel Blanche Nason

Ethel Blanche Nason, 94, of Pine, died June 30, 2006 at Pennington Gardens in Chandler. She was born in Stafford, N.H. She was the daughter of the late Roscoe and Jennie Bickford Brock.

Medical student spends month in Payson shadowing local family practice doctors

Ever since she was a child and watched her Navajo grandfather butcher sheep and cows, University of Arizona medical student Stephanie Gauby has been fascinated by how bodies work.

Briefs

The agreement has been renewed between the U.S. Forest Service and Gila County for the property on which the Jim Jones Shooting Range is located.

Longtime residents share memories from Payson's past

Longtime Rim Country residents Phillice Kinman and Sue Owen will be sharing stories of their early days in Payson.

This Land of Ours

Our fathers came for love of God, ...

Alyssa Renee DeMarco

Alyssa Renee DeMarco was born May 17, 2006 to Latisha and Greg DeMarco.

Fourth of July

Music, games and 30 minutes of fireworks

Ask music veterans Western Fusion and they'll tell you that country music fans are the most open minded. While the band plays everything from Merle Haggard to Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, they've also been known to throw out some rock 'n' roll.

PHS grad to play at Mesa

Sarah Donovan will be taking her considerable volleyball skills next year to Mesa Community College.

Emergency room actions save husband's life

On Monday, May 8, my husband, Don, was admitted to the emergency room of the Payson hospital.

Shooting competition offers Wild West spectacle

Unwary visitors to the Payson Event Center July 2 and 3 might have thought they had somehow been caught in a time machine that had transported them back to the Wild West.

Softball canceled, girls invited to baseball camp

Aspiring baseball players 6 to 12 years of age will have the chance to learn to play the Arizona Diamondbacks way at a training center to be held July 10 through 14 at Rumsey Park.

Letter writer fell short on alternative fuel theory

Terry L. Putnam of Young has a number of good points in his recent letter to the Roundup on the free market and alternative fuels, but he also has a number of naive points typical of our present crop of unimaginative, uninformed, dogmatic conservatives always facing squarely into the past.

Golfers advance to state championship

Karen Peterson and Doris Lemmage will represent the Payson Women's Golf Association Nine Hole Group at the women's Arizona State Championships in December.

Camp Verde, Payson compete at Taylor Pool

A popular cooling off spot turned into a Rim Country hot spot Saturday morning. Poolside was the place to be when swimmers from Camp Verde and Payson met at Taylor Pool and found themselves locked in heated competition to see who was the best.

Local named 'woman to watch'

Local artist Claudette Barker has been labeled a "woman to watch" by one of Sedona's premiere galleries.

Ezekiel Michael Yoder

Ezekiel Michael Yoder was born May 9, 2006 in Payson to Jeremy Yoder and Cherilynn Hughes-Yoder.

Saturday, July 1

Payson Independence Day celebration Tuesday

A Family Fun Fourth is planned for Tuesday, July 4 in Green Valley Park on West Main Street and Green Valley Parkway. Events begin at 2 p.m. and continue all day and into the night.

Free brush drop-off today

The Regional Payson Area Project...for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will staff free brush drop-off points at the following location: Sunday, July 2: The Buckhead Mesa Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Buckhead Mesa Pit is located at Gila County's Buckhead Mesa Landfill, milepost 263 on Highway 87 south of Pine.