Tuesday, May 30
For six weeks, the Payson Roundup news team took a close look into the faces of those who struggle to find affordable housing. We asked how this happened and we looked for solutions. Most importantly, our series endeavors to explain why affordable housing matters.
Most of us who live in Arizona are very familiar with travels to Southern California, visiting the San Diego area as well as greater Los Angeles and its many attractions.
LOVE, LIFE AND LIGHT
We probably would have natural self-esteem except that it has been rigorously trained out of us by trainers (parents,teachers,friends) who do not have self-esteem.
Downstream from the mouth of Christopher Creek we come to the last homestead before Tonto Creek flows through a large wilderness area on its way to the Tonto Basin. The homestead is known as Bear Flat, and its settlement brings to mind the life style of the area's pioneer families. Looking in on the life of one of them we capture the flavor of pioneers under the Rim.
"To gowff" is the old Scots' verb meaning to "strike hard."
Monday, May 29
Payson's Junior Thespian Troupe was started by Payson High School Drama Department director Kathy Siler and then seniors Anita Meggitt and Mick Stern. The troupe continued in subsequent years through the efforts of recent PHS graduates Calvin Legassie and Carina Peters.
Members of the Star Valley Town Council hold a town hall meeting on the last Tuesday of each month to answer questions and discuss concerns in a public forum.
Q: Why doesn't Payson offer bulk garbage pickup?
Recently, while discussing affordable housing in the Payson area, I was astonished to learn about the wages paid by one of our (local ambulance services).
I have recently moved to the Payson area and opened a 501(c)3 nonprofit business for child-care providers.
There is financial reimbursement for child-care providers who would like assistance paying for meals they serve to their charges, birth to 12 years old.
The offices of Mogollon Health Alliance are filled to overflowing with furniture, jewelry, collectibles, art and antiques for this year's Olde Tyme Charity Auction, scheduled for Saturday, June 3. So many items were donated to the auction, some had to be stored off site.
With the recent addition of six memorial trees, the beginnings of a forest is growing at Hospice House. "We call it our Forest of Angels," said site coordinator Kathleen Cavness-Hughes.
A small group of women who refer to themselves as "mature" convinced local martial arts instructor Chris Bailey to teach a weekly class designed around their needs and comfort level.
Recently, the Payson Roundup published a letter in which the writer claims that abortion causes breast cancer. As a health care professional whose clinical practice is limited entirely to Obstetrics and Gynecology, and as a member of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, I'd like to respond to this assertion.
We the people of Payson have spoken with a clear, loud message to all the "Good Ol' Boy" networks and special interest groups.
Matt LeVac's seven-year Rim Country baseball career will come to a fitting climax June 10 at the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game.
Julia Randall Elementary students (left to right) Isaac Morales, Chazz Klabbaz and Jonah Alosi played a hunter and a pair of con artists in Mrs. Creighton's class play entitled "The Chair."
With local schools now in recess, preteens and teenagers will be scrambling to find sports and activities to fill the summertime void.
Buddy Randall now has his daughter, Bailey, hooked on fishing.
Kay Davis is no stranger to the Payson Women's Golf Association Memorial Tournament victory stand.
Tyler Goodman's almost lifelong dream of wrestling at the college level has become a reality.
Payson Elks Lodge No. 2154 and Don Heizer, counselor at Payson High School, are proud to announce the Senior Students of the Month for February, March, April and May 2006.
Jeanette Illene Roush died May 23, 2006. She was born Feb. 26, 1920 in Frankfort, Ind. She was adopted by Charlie and Stella Dobson in April 1928.
Steve And Monica Williams announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Williams of Payson, to Kevin Perry, son of Jerry and Bitsy Perry of Payson.
Amanda Ruff has returned to Payson, her hometown, with a cosmetology degree from the Aveda Institute, ready to begin her career in the town where she grew up.
View photos from 2006 Memorial Day events in Rim Country including the annual memorial service at the historic Pioneer Cemetery in Payson.
A fire discovered Monday at 8 p.m. has been contained at 1.5 acres. The Gilliand Fire, located south of Pyeatt Draw in a remote part of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Payson, was human caused and is still under investigation.
A jackknifed tractor-trailer rig leaking diesel fuel snarled Memorial Day holiday traffic for more than three hours Friday. The accident, which occurred May 26 less than a mile north of Strawberry, took place after a northbound passenger car driven by 38-year-old Sandra Tomaseloo struck the rig broadside.
It took Gila County dive teams almost three days to find the body of a 26-year-old Phoenix man who drowned May 26 in Roosevelt Lake. The body of Jeremy James Turley was found about 11:30 a.m. May 28 in about 50 feet of water and nearly 280 feet from the shoreline.
A preliminary water rate analysis and long-term financial study, presented at the Tuesday, May 23 special Town Council meeting, reported that Payson's current fee structure falls short of funding needed to operate the town's municipal water system.
Councilor Mike Vogel removed his tie on camera during his first council meeting Wednesday, May 24. "I'm just Mike," he said. "If you make a mistake, just stand up and admit it, and will I make mistakes? You betcha."
The Payson Roundup would like to join the community in congratulating the Payson High School Class of 2006.
The Payson Humane Society would like to thank the Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant for holding the Fiesta Mexicana Benefit Night for the Humane Society on April 18.
Patricia Ann Baker of Payson graduated from Northern Arizona University on May 12, 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Humanities and a minor in Psychology.
This is in response to the writer who claimed "Americans are sick of media's liberal bias" in a recent Letter to the Editor. First of all, my name is not Reyes. Second, there is no newspaper called the Phoenix Republic and, finally, I was shocked to read that the Payson Roundup is a liberal rag. Quite the contrary, I would place the Payson Roundup as right of center.
Regarding the president's Address to the Nation on May 15 concerning immigration reform, I was quite pleased to hear that the government recognizes there is a problem and that it is a presidential priority to solve the problem.
Sunday, May 28
A list of Memorial Day weekend tributes inculding a flag raising ceremony at the Mazatzal Casino flagpole on the Tonto Apache Indian reservation and the annual tribute at Green Valley Park in Payson.
Saturday, May 27
Payson can now call itself the small town mountain biking capital of Arizona. Proof the community is deserving of the title can be found in the final results of the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) racing season.
Thursday, May 25
"We have lots of good books in the Library Friends' Bookstore," said Donna Hopkins, president of the Library Friends of Payson.
Some clear air and a flight over the Rim Country can reveal breath-taking vistas of cliffs, canyons, creeks, meadows and forests.
Visitors to the Rim Country have an opportunity to interact with llamas at two different ranches.
Kohl's Ranch Stables, LLC is the only place visitors to the Rim Country can rent horses for trail rides up Saddle Mountain or across the highway to Horton Springs.
The communities of the Mogollon Rim are full of outdoor escapes to suit most anyone, whether they are bound north, southeast or east from Payson.
The natural travertine bridge that arcs over Pine Creek is one of the wonders of Arizona and the Rim Country.
Visitors and residents alike will find it worth their time to stop by both the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Ranger District Office of the Tonto National Forest, two places packed with information.
The Rim Country's summer calendar is filled with something for everyone.
With gasoline prices soaring to all-time highs, Arizona residents are staying a little closer to home this summer.
Payson Humane Society is staffed 365 days a year to care for lost, abandoned and abused animals. We stay ready and willing to help the animals in any way we can.
Ed and Sue McMillian will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2006 in the northwest mountains of Montana at Glacier Haven Inn and Healthy Haven Cafe.
The start of the summer season is about to begin this weekend with three days to open up the cabins and relax in the cool ponderosa pines surrounding our little village.
I don't particularly look forward to dying, except for one thing: It will give me a chance to do some things I should have done a long time ago.
Some Arizonans may have missed the deadline for enrolling in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
Last Saturday was the Rusty Cooper Golf Tournament and it was a terrific day for golfing.
The Memorial Day Weekend is here and there are lots of activities to keep you and your guests on the go. Begin both Saturday and Sunday with breakfast served by the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. A great deal for a great cause.
Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will be offered again in Payson by the Arizona Humane Society's mobile clinic.
FOCUS ON PETS
Cats deserve a column every once in a while. Cats come to mind at this time of year when vacation plans emerge. It has long been a myth that cats do not like to travel.
The second annual Hooves and Horns Barrel Racing and Bull Riding event will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Payson Event Center.
A room full of gray-haired voters showed up Wednesday to hear U.S. Senate candidate Jim Pederson discuss Medicare reform.
Kayla Bouvier graduated from the Primavera Online High School one year early.
A collection of photos from the commencement exercises for the Payson High School class of 2006. The program, held on Longhorn Field May 25, took place on a beautiful, cool evening.
Thomas Arthur Zeisberger, 55, of Payson, died May 19, 2006 in Strawberry. He was born May 31, 1950 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Jeremy Runyon died May 20, 2006 in Pennsylvania. He was born March 9, 1978 in Tucson to Patricia Majeska and Dwite Runyon.
Virginia R. Rulli died May 20, 2006 at the Payson Hospice Center. She was 57 years old.
Byron Petersen, formerly of Payson died on May 20, 2006.
Phillip Glenn Davenport, 71, of Payson, died May 19, 2006 in Payson. He was born Dec. 14, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Jerry Lee Boegeman Sr. of Payson died May 23, 2006. He was born Nov. 10, 1940 in Kansas City, Mo.
The Gila County DUI Task Force will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint from approximately 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 27.
The defense rested Tuesday without calling the only surviving witness to a 2004 shooting, who claims he shot and killed another man in self-defense.
The 14 single-engine AT-802 firefighting aircraft stationed around Arizona are playing a huge role in delaying what could be one of the state's worst fire seasons. Last week, a pair of Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) stationed at Payson airport were called on to fight the Cane Fire in the rugged Four Peaks area, said Tonto National Forest Fire Information Officer Rick Barton. SEATS can carry up to 800 gallons of fire retardant, foam or water and have the mobility to maneuver in high altitudes and mountainous terrain. Also, the 1,200 horsepower engine allows pilots to fly 160 mph over red-hot fire zones.
Drive 7 miles out of Payson due east on Highway 260. The turnoff for Lion Springs Road approaches fast. A dusty, cobbled conduit passes a teal and white double-wide with a breezeway and a few tired dwellings to the left, and to the right, a sagging, rusted barbed wire fence that separates the structures from federal land.
Payson police are experiencing first hand the problems that go along with the lack of affordable work force housing and the town's failure to pay officers fair market wages.
America pauses one day each year to recognize veterans, those serving and those who died
For us, the effort began on Memorial Day 1990 around a kitchen table when Lee Pretsch met with Anna Mae Deming, the VFW and the American Legion. A committee was formed that included Joe and Lee Pretsch and local citizen and volunteer, George Rigby. By Labor Day 1990, Payson had American flags abounding throughout town.
Q: Can a citizen report an illegal alien they know is in their neighborhood? If so, how? --AND-- Q: What is being built on the northeast corner of Manzanita and State Highway 260?
The family of Lenny Aceves would like to express our deepest thank you for your kindness, prayers and gifts in the recent death of our husband, father, papa and son on April 27.
I was very glad to see Virginia Fowler's letter about handicap access at the library. I have MS and use a walker, and it is indeed a long, long way from handicapped parking to the building.
A recent letter from Carol Suhr related there is scientific research showing abortion is a factor causing breast cancer. I do not know where this information is coming from, but it is the second time I have heard someone say this, and I haven't been able to locate a creditable source.
First of all, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the Payson Roundup and the community for helping to save Arkie.
I am having a real problem. I would like to know why I have to put up with my neighbor's cat coming into my yard and destroying my expensive iris and daffodil gardens, using them as a litter box.
When the Payson Roundup embarked on this six-week journey to examine affordable housing in Payson, we did not know what we would find. The whole thing started after we heard a set of numbers presented at an afternoon lecture. The numbers told of skyrocketing housing prices and we couldn't help but wonder how it might be impacting our lower- to moderate-income residents.
A little more than a year ago a group of men who have defined their lives through service to our country, stepped up to serve again. The Payson Military Honor Guard was organized and in October 2005 they received their formal training and recognition.
Ed Blair couldn't get elected as an officer of the Lutheran League youth group -- an organization he'd belonged to throughout his young life -- no matter how hard he tried. "I was a nerd," Blair said. "I was loud."
The Payson median income of $33,600 is $17,000 to $18,000 higher than the number needed to qualify Payson as a U.S. Housing and Urban Development "revitalization area," nor is there a high rate of foreclosure or low homeownership.
There is assistance available for those trapped in the gap yet willing to persevere.
Week 5: Solutions
Payson citizens, town government, community organizations and developers would all have to come together and decide what they are willing to do to create affordable housing. At the same time they would need to decide what they are willing to give up. "There is no silver bullet solution to affordable housing," said Bethany Beck, housing program manager for the town.
A fire broke out at the Budget Inn around 8 p.m. Thursday night causing evacuations and traffic backups on Highways 87 and 260. The motel, located on the Beeline Highway and West Bonita Street, was heavily damaged by the fire and smoke, but no one was injured, according to Payson Fire Battalion Chief Tom Barker.
A pair of beaded moccasins her great-grandmother on her mother's side made for her great-grandfather were the extent of what Gwen Zissler knew about her Indian heritage, growing up in Montana, Arizona and Oregon.
When the five o'clock hour rolls around and other husbands are getting home from work, Katie Gnagi is feeding her two-week-old son, Kyle, alone. Across town, Jessica Weinland, is deciding what to feed herself and 10-month-old daughter, Hailey. She is also alone.
In Dennis Pirch's May 26 Outdoors Under the Rim column, he writes of attending an inaugural law enforcement officer competitive bass tournament.
The following are the winners of the Eight Divisions for the Rodeo parade, Saturday, May 20:
Matthew Cox landed a trophy-sized rainbow trout May 13 at Green Valley Park.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be a small part in a very special event for Arizona lawmen and firefighters.
A Payson-born teen making good on the collegiate and professional hockey scene seems a fable few would believe.
Club Rim team members have taken another step toward their goal of participating in the ultimate volleyball experience.
Tears flowed from the eyes of cancer survivor and Relay for Life chairperson Marque Jacobs as she accepted more than $6,000 in donations from students in Rim Country Middle School teacher Russ Graham's social studies class. "You children are wonderful," Jacobs said. "It's amazing what children can do."
Councilor Tim Fruth received unanimous approval among his colleagues to serve as vice mayor for the next two years. The action was swift and without pomp as the council, following the vote, moved on to its agenda for the evening.
The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson is more than entertainment and competition between the professional athletes that today's rodeo cowboys have become. The Payson Rodeo is a celebration of the ranching heritage of the Mogollon Rim Country.
Each year summer visitors to the Rim Country find something new and different along Payson's historic Main Street.
Just as Dave Engleman is the Roundup's favorite expert on hiking, we frequently turn to either Clifford Pirch or his father, Dennis Pirch, for information about the best fishing in the Rim Country.
Camping in the cool forests on the Mogollon Rim is one of the favorite ways people throughout the state, and visitors too, like to spend at least part of the summer. Guests in any of the area's popular campgrounds will awaken to the trill of birds, the crisp scent of pine trees and fall asleep beneath a canopy of stars.
Whether you're a newbie or an old pro, the Rim Country is an excellent place to get on your bike and go for a ride.
The Tonto National Forest may have put restrictions in place for fire season, but that does not mean "no ATVs."
Payson's municipal swimming pool, Taylor Pool, opened for business May 27 and will close July 25, prior to the school year resuming.
The music offered to residents and visitors during the summer under the Mogollon Rim is diverse -- and often unique.
Editor's note -- There are all kinds of experts making their home in the Rim Country. If there is one person who knows about almost every hike in the area, it's Dave Engleman.
The "art" season is year-round in the Rim Country. But there are two big events the Payson Art League presents each year to give the area's artists special exposure.
The Rim Country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.
Old saddles and hats, well-worn tin plates and cups, horsehair ropes -- these are the trappings of the Rim Country's western heritage -- and they can be found at a number of antique and collectible shops in the Payson and Pine areas.
Artifacts should not be taken from our national forests, but there is a special exception that allows a kind of small treasure that can be appropriate to take. That is, if you are smart enough to find its location and only if you leave a treasure of your own to replace it.
Claws and Paws, Scales and Tales and Hanging Out at the Library are the themes of this summer's free reading programs for children at area libraries.
Tuesday, May 23
IN THE KITCHEN
More often than not you can find really good deals on pasta in area grocery stores. With the warm weather here and all the activities it brings with it, a quick and easy pasta dish is just right for dinner. Make enough for extra servings and you will have a homemade lunch that's faster than drive-thru service.
We'd made a few takeoffs in dark before dawn / And we'd landed in late evening dusk / But scheduling landings at night aboard ship / Was considered a little too brusque. ...
Five Memorial Day ceremonies -- complete with buglers, bagpipes and a silent tribute -- pay respect to our veterans, May 28 and 29.
LOVE, LIFE AND LIGHT
"Think of this model as a circle that spirals inward without a beginning or an end. There is no "better" place to be on this model. Just being on it is enough.
Payson's new mayor, Bob Edwards, and councilors Mike Vogel, Su Connell and Ed Blair took the oath of office Tuesday evening during a private swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall.
Monday, May 22
Most of us have our cherished memories of Jack Morris, the former Payson High School football player and coach who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke.
There's probably a 7.5-pound lunker largemouth lurking in Green Valley Park lakes today thanks to the "catch and release" angling philosophy of 16-year-old Jessie Paul.
Postseason honors for the state semifinalist Lady Longhorn softball team continued to flow in.
Payson High School students, teachers, coaches and administrators took time out Friday to honor members of the 2006 Longhorn 3A state champion track and field team.
Small school not limited by size
The Cinderella story of Todd Kreimeyer continues to stand center stage at Payson High School.
The family of Jeffrey Ross, who died May 29, 2005, will host a celebration of his life on Monday, May 29.
William Lee Harvey, 70, died May 8, 2006. He was born in Boyleston, Ind. on Aug. 5, 1935 to Ross and Rovene Harvey.
The Payson Roundup received the state's top award for advertising excellence from the Arizona Newspapers Association during the group's annual awards presentation in Tempe May 12.
Jake and Allie Wheeler announce the birth of their daughter, Alyssa Nicole, on March 18, 2006.
A dozen years after it was envisioned by Diane Reid as a retreat for special needs children, Whispering Hope Ranch is still growing and far from completion. But a large donation could push the project through the next phase.
The residents of Christopher Creek have heard lots of talk about the plans for Creekside Mountain Homes, but very few answers to their questions and concerns.
Aspen Knickrehm, a senior at Young Public School, won the $350 grand prize for "My Freedom," the essay she wrote for the Young American Awards Program (YAAP).
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Davis and Pastor and Mrs. Michael Hoover announce the marriage of their children, Katherine Elaine and Timothy Kyle on April 29, 2006 at the Wright House in Mesa.
Shawn Morgan and Deniese O'Donnell, center, celebrate their wedding with their children, Anjelica, Kyieah, Lanie and Kayla.
A July 26 trial is set for Reed Hatch, accused of hitting Department of Public Safety Officer Charlie Hopkins last August and leaving the scene.
Q: I'm wondering where the illegals that were picked up near Payson went? Did they just let them loose around here?
Isn't it interesting that in all the letters to the Payson Roundup concerning the Payson Senior Center situation, none have addressed the welfare of the seniors and the organization as the prime concerns.
I was born and raised in the United States, but sometimes wonder if I am still living in the same country.
After all's been said and done, I am still quite concerned about the process that occurred in not rehiring Principal Peggy Miles at Julia Randall Elementary. From what I know, she was an exemplary individual and served the school system well. Her reward was losing her position.
We had a lot of help making Julia Randall Elementary's fifth annual Spring Fling carnival a success.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the citizens of Payson and employees of Wal-Mart for supporting the Lions Club of Payson during our annual White Cane Sale.
For eight months, the voters, council members, town staff and council candidates were told the newly elected council would be sworn into office June 8. And for years, the incoming council has been sworn in the first week of June. This tradition, however, does not comply with town code.
The study of Grand Canyon geology and ecology culminated in a raft trip between Glen Canyon Dam and Lee's Ferry for 90 Rim Country Middle School seventh-graders.
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COUNTY
The old prospector's cry of "Thar's gold in them thar hills" is now "Thar's water in them thar hills." So far, seven water bladders and eight culvert tanks are placed, filled and waiting to be used, and at least one more set will be up within the next week. They are strategically placed from Strawberry and Pine across the Control Road to Kohl's Ranch, Christopher Creek and Colcord, and down to Round Valley.
Cori Richman and Blue, her Labrador-Rottweiler mix, host a gallery opening Saturday, May 27 at Blue's Gallery in Pine to celebrate Year of the Dog -- 2006 on the Chinese Zodiac.
The former chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District, Barbara Hall, is back in charge of the group.
Less than a year ago, Su Connell's husband of 45 years, Jack, died of cancer. Before Jack's death, Su expressed an interest in participating in local government -- but she wanted to wait. "‘No,'" he said. "‘Do it now or I'll come back to haunt you,'" Councilor-elect Connell said. "And I thought he would."
When KCMA Cool Mountain Radio hit the air Friday morning, the sound that came over the radio was familiar to anyone who has listened to local radio in recent years.
In the past two weeks, counterfeit bills have been passed undetected to local store clerks and bank tellers.
It started as a game, but as the boys watched flames spread rapidly along the creek bed toward homes and businesses, they faced an agonizing decision -- to run away or get help.
Town attorney sent out memo with change May 22
Bob Edwards will be sworn into office tonight, Tuesday, along with three newly elected council members -- Ed Blair, Su Connell and Mike Vogel. They will take office at the next council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday night.
A collection of photos from the 2006 PRCA Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo and other rodeo weekend events held May 18-20, 2006.
When Cory "Corky" Matthews received his notice of veteran's benefits the accompanying certificate of service sparked an idea.
"It'll only take half an hour," my brother-in-law told me, trying to talk me into installing a French door in place of a sliding glass one in my house on a day when I didn't think we had enough daylight left for it. "It'll be a piece of cake."
The Payson Humane Society is in the business of caring for cast off animals. Now it is seeking a different kind of cast off -- used printer ink cartridges and old cell phones.
Thursday, May 18
Flinn Scholar and Payson High School senior honor student Beryl Jones has honored former PHS chemistry teacher Jerome Lubetz as the educator who most influenced her education.
A collection of photos from the Band Jam outdoor performance May 17, 2006. This is an annual concert featuring music students from Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School.
The little bit of rain that fell on Tuesday was welcome, but the rain was a bit of a tease. The forest needs so much more to become a healthy forest again.
JB Contracting has finished the repair on the first crossing into Geronimo Estates and the concrete will be dry enough for FSR458 to reopen on May 19. Thanks to all who have safely used the very rough detour during the repair.
This past Thursday, I was one of the lucky parents who got to chaperone Jodi Lorenz's fifth grade class from Frontier Elementary School to Canyon de Chelly. This was the neatest trip.
Memorial Day is just around the corner. That marks the beginning of our summer activities and brings lots of weekenders and visitors to our communities. Encourage your guests to check out our terrific local businesses and our museum. Do remind everyone to be especially careful about fire.
FOCUS ON PETS
Linda Dunning and I met at Woods Canyon Lake Campground, east of Payson. Her tiny Chalet A-Frame trailer and her golden retriever, Marcella, caught my attention.
The healing philosophy of chiropractor Liz Summers incorporates a holistic approach -- restoring not just the alignment of the spine, but the health of the entire body.
When M. Sue Jones and her husband, Harry, moved to Payson about 10 years ago from Ohio, they brought with them an antique carpenter's chest and a 24-foot trailer. Both were filled only with Sue's blank china to be painted, blocks of wood for Harry to work on and two kilns.
If you are among those who saw gang signs being flashed in a picture of the Payson High School boys track team that appeared in the May 12 edition of the Payson Roundup, you can relax.
Amber Marshall, of Jake's Corner, rode her horse Smokey to a first-place finish May 6 and 7 at the National Barrel Horse Association Arizona State Championship at Apache Gold Arena near San Carlos.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Most hunting seasons are now just fond memories or photos of fall and winter excursions into the Arizona wilderness. We have put away our shotguns, rifles, and bows and have limbered up those fishing rods and are throwing bait to attract bass, crappies and trout.
Shanna Coleman's second place finish in the pole vault and Kayla O'Donnell's bronze medal effort in the shot put paced the Lady Longhorns to an 11th place finish at the Class 3A state tournament.
Poker was the play of the day for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
Only a week after Mark Kile teamed with his wife, Johnna, to win an AllStar bass couples tournament at Roosevelt Lake, he hooked up with Buddy Randall to capture an AllStar team tournament, also at Roosevelt.
The Meet of Champions will provide Payson High School senior Todd Kreimeyer the opportunity to run against the best sprinters in Arizona.
If you have ever been to the Payson Humane Society animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, you can't help but marvel at what an excellent job staff and volunteers are doing, considering the facility. The shelter is located in an old house that was modified to become a kennel for homeless animals.
A fire started by two boys playing with matches threatened the mountain community of Strawberry Friday afternoon. See the full story in the Tuesday print edition of the Payson Roundup.
Q: I've noticed puffs of black smoke coming from school busses. How often are they maintained? --AND-- Q: I work nearby the Payson Post Office and walk past it nearly every day. I am sad that the wall of tagged graffiti that has been there for over 6 weeks has not been repainted.I called the post office a few weeks ago to make sure they knew it was there and the manager said they were ‘working on it.' I sure hope the police are involved and the tagger will pay restitution for defacing our public property like that...? To me, it is an eyesore for our community. Can you find out what's up with that?
Regarding the letter "Graffiti is a cancer" recently published in the Payson Roundup, I couldn't agree more.
On Sunday, May 7, "An Afternoon of Opera and Broadway" music was presented at Payson's Rim Country Club.
I'm writing this letter for a civics project. I'm an eighth grade student on the way to ninth.
It was very interesting to read about the PAC that popped up to support Mayor Brewer on page 11A of the May 9 Payson Roundup. It seems like a long shot that, despite all protests of innocence, that Michael Horton and Terra Capital are not involved with the ads and propaganda that have been released by the PAC.
In my opinion, banning smoking in the bowling alley will be a positive move for almost everyone.
We want to thank Bob Baker for making Rim Country Lanes nonsmoking. No one should have to be subjected to second hand smoke.
I am an eighth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School, and I think that illegal immigration is getting out of hand.
It has long been noted, from astute deduction, that in order to form an opinion of something, you must have knowledge of the subject, and the substance of it as well.
Every morning I feed my puppy, then take her out for her morning stroll in our yard, or on a leash so she doesn't mess up someone else's yard.
Payson is one of those special places that many of us have chosen as our homes. The overall town is a friendly and pleasant place where you can go in a store and see people you know, attend a concert and find your friends, go to church, ball games, restaurants and feel at home.
During this week's KMOG Forum with Congressman Renzi, Mr. Renzi did an excellent job of expounding on all the havoc that has been wrought by the environmental lobby and the federal courts due to ESA.
If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, try this:
There is no human right to enter another country in violation of its laws. Illegal immigration is a threat to our system of laws and an affront to the millions around the world who play by the rules in seeking to come to the United States.
For us, the most encouraging thing to come out of this election was the sheer number of people who participated in the process.
Doug and Becky Waldrop will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 1, 2006.
Mick and Val Zumbro announce the engagement of their son, Bryan, to Sara Langhals of Brentwood, Calif.
Margaret M. Lipnitz died May 18 in Magnolia, N.J. She spent much of her life in Cherry Hill, N.J., but retired in Payson with her husband, James W. Lipnitz.
Jane F. Baker, 56, of Payson, died May 16, 2006. She was born July 30, 1949 in Rochester, N.Y. to Phillip and Joy Bellomo.
State appellate court judges decided Thursday to put a stop to the murder trial of Harold Fish before it goes to the jury, which would have occurred in about 10 days.
Six Lady Longhorns who led the Payson High School softball squad into the state final four have been rewarded with all-region honors.
Chuck Heron was unanimously chosen to serve as the next mayor of Star Valley at a meeting of the Star Valley Town Council May 16.
Chuck Heron is the new mayor of Star Valley. He was chosen by fellow council members Tuesday night at the regular council meeting to lead the town through its next stage of development.
Dust off those Justin boots, spruce up the Wranglers and get that fancy Stetson off the top shelf in the closet. It's rodeo time in the Rim Country.
Seven commissioners resign Thursday
Gila County's planning and zoning commission resigned Thursday -- except for the most recently appointed member, Travis Williams of Globe.
A 44-year-old Phoenix educator and Grand Canyon University graduate has been named the new principal of Julia Randall Elementary School.
Week 4: Why does it matter if there is no affordable housing?
They call it a living wage -- the amount of money a person needs to make in order to afford a home, eat and cover other basic needs. In order for a person to afford a home costing $163,000, a living wage would be $22.69 per hour.
The final results of the general election, announced Thursday afternoon, usher in a new town leadership -- Bob Edwards as mayor, and three new council members, Mike Vogel, Ed Blair and Su Connell.
Payson avoids fiscal disaster
For nearly 30 years, the alternative expenditure limitation -- also known as Home Rule -- showed up on the ballot without much fanfare.
Thank Bob Edwards the next time you slam on your brakes. The once-General Motors engineer served on the team that developed the anti-lock brake, and though its contribution to automotive progress was substantial, the lessons -- cooperation and order -- formed the leadership skills of Payson's mayor-to-be.
Wednesday, May 17
It's official. Payson has a new mayor, Bob Edwards, and three incoming councilors - Mike Vogel, Su Connell and Ed Blair.
Tuesday, May 16
Chuck Heron was unanimously chosen to serve as the next mayor of Star Valley at a meeting of the Star Valley Town Council May 16.
Though 405 ballots are still to be counted, Bob Edwards is ahead in the race for mayor of Payson by 833 votes. According to preliminary results, released at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Edwards had received 2,896 votes (57.91 percent) and Barbara Brewer received 2,063 (41.25 percent).
One of Pro Rodeo's funniest entertainers, Timber Tuckness, a veteran rodeo personality, is the featured specialty act for the 2006 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo.
Each year hours and hours of volunteer time and energy go into bringing the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo to Rim Country residents and visitors.
No, the kids riding sheep aren't making a music video for the next version of "Wooly Bully," they are the mutton busters -- sheep-ridin', yee-hawin' youngsters.
Big Poppa and Mastermind are coming out of the chutes with cowboys atop -- but maybe not for long -- at the 2006 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo.
Mayoral candidate Bob Edwards and council candidate Ed Blair held an election night celebration at Rumsey Park ramada 5. Meanwhile other candidates waited pensively for results in the council chambers of Payson Town Hall.
A woman and her horse must truly be of one mind to win at tie-down roping, barrel racing, break-away and team roping, the four competitive events of the Women's Professional Rodeo circuit.
Miss Rodeo Arizona, Inc. has approved the final contestants who will compete for the crown of Miss Rodeo Arizona 2006 in Payson this weekend in the Silver Crown Rodeo Showdown Pageant.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is joining with Wrangler to support breast cancer. Here is how you can help and have some fun, too.
Expect the 2006 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo to be one of the best yet.
Payson Roundup reporter Felicia Megdal hit the street Wednesday morning to gauge Payson voter reaction to Tuesday's preliminary election results.
Parades and rodeos are always a package deal in Payson.
Monday, May 15
Matt LeVac and Jason Sweet have earned some of the most prestigious awards prep baseball players can receive.
Ballot processing is already under way to decide the Payson mayoral and town council races. Voters will also give a "yes" or "no" vote to Proposition 300, or Home Rule, which gives the Town of Payson control over its own budget rather than leaving it in the hands of the state of Arizona.
'Pieper Mansion' purchased, plans uncertain
In recent years the property has sat empty. A few who knew the history of the "Pieper Mansion," located at the corner of West Main Street and McLane Road, kept an eye on the place from afar.
Mark Boys, a former Pine-Strawberry firefighter, filed a civil rights lawsuit in the District Court of Arizona May 4 against the Pine-Strawberry Fire District. The litigation charges the agency with two counts of federal civil rights violations.
One of the most pristine areas in the United States, and a riparian creek considered sacred by the Yavapai-Apache Nation, was spared damage this week, thanks to the quick thinking of Arizona Public Service crews.
I wanted to tell you about a special group of people who recently helped me.
As the vitality of Payson pumps through the Beeline Highway, it seems that the circulation has been cut off to some of the town's older arteries.
Payson Elementary School would like to thank all of those people who supported our recent spaghetti dinner. All proceeds from the dinner go toward funding or subsidizing the cost of field trips for students at Payson Elementary School.
On Saturday, April 15, we attended two free Easter events at Rumsey Park. They were the Egg Scramble and the Resurrection Celebration. The Egg Scramble was so much fun for my children and their friends.
I'm writing this letter hours after filling my prescriptions for the first time since enrolling in a new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
At the end of April, the Senior Center board of directors were invited to a "group discussion" by the Center's executive director and staff, presumably to discuss facility repairs and pay increases. The director held sway over the session, which rapidly escalated into an acerbic brouhaha.
On April 21, in a Letter to the Editor Dave Engelman assumed the difficult task of defending the wisdom of the Citizens Awareness Committee (CAC). He resurrected the old CAC charge of "hanky panky" involving The Door Stop's 2001 purchase of land, and questioned whether I actually wrote a paid political ad (I did) that offended him so much.
Teenagers in Payson are always complaining about how there is nothing to do.
The American Cancer Society is soliciting donations in Payson to "help fight breast cancer" (see Walgreens ad in the Payson Roundup).
In the April 28 edition of the Payson Roundup, I read your editorial comments about the tone of the current mayoral campaign and the negativism that is being spread about the community. I want to say that your comments were well taken and timely.
I agree, in principle, with Sue Dolan in her idea (to hang a banner at the entrance of Payson announcing that illegal immigrants are not welcome here,) but it will take a bit more than a banner to be effective.
I am an eighth-grade student in Rim Country Middle School. My name is Mary Hagen, and I think we should stop trying to run illegal immigrants out of America.
I finally found out the meaning of GOP: Gas Oil Profiteers.
A county judge has ruled a new law that makes it easier for people to claim self defense will not be applied in the case of Harold Fish, accused of shooting Grant Kuenzli at a trailhead in Pine on May 11, 2004.
Time Out's Emergency Shelter Expansion Project recently received $7,500 for beds from the Arizona Republic / 12 News Season for Sharing grant fund.
Seven new members of Star Valley's town council will raise their right hand and take their seats when they are sworn in at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix has assisted parents in Payson and around the state over the years by providing them lodging while their critically ill children undergo medical care.
With Gila County Community College's 2007 budget up for discussion and possible action on the June agenda, governing board member Don Crowley, questioned the budget's format and line items at the recent May meeting.
Didi Louise Duncan was born Sept. 7, 1949 and died May 10, 2006.
Jose Manuel Gomez (Manny Gomez) was born in Yuma on Jan. 10, 1931 -- one of 13 children born to Maria Guadalupe Trujillo of Chihuahua, Mexico and Ignacio Gomez of Spain. Manny Gomez died Oct. 7, 2005.
Bonnie Marie Kraft, 62, of Forest Lakes, passed away May 11, 2006 in her home. She was born on Nov. 16, 1943 in Duluth, Minn. to Walter and Gertrude Flink.
Clinton Santoro and Trina Painter took home prize money at the 2006 Payson Area Habitat for Humanity 5K Run/Walk, but it might have been the 58 young runners who were the real winners.
Senior Brad Meyocks led the Longhorn golf team to a fifth place Class 3A state finish and a runner up showing in the North and East regional tournament.
Errors spelled the demise of the Lady Longhorns in a state tournament final four 2-1 loss to the Florence Gophers.
In an ongoing effort to provide local area students with wholesome recreational activities, Rim Country Lanes has announced it will offer the program "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling."
Tonto Village will have a special interest in this year's Special Olympics.
The smell of pigskin is in the air.
Senior sprinter puts on one-man show
Todd Kreimeyer's three-year wait in relative track and field obscurity came to a screeching halt in the Class 3A Arizona State championships.
Our old coffee maker died the other morning. So, we had to replace it with a new one. The pot had measurements on the side up to 12 cups in two-cup increments. Imagine our surprise when the six cups we made only filled our two eight-ounce cups twice.
The Journigan House, built in 1926, is the home of a new restaurant, the Main Street Grille. The business will open May 22, according to general manager Jake Guzman.
Animals, magical themes and sports are common elements in the stories written by the students at Julia Randall Elementary. They brought their stories to life with their own illustrations and showed off their work at the recent annual Young Author's Day.
On May 5, a group of two teachers and 10 students, including myself, from Payson Center for Success High School (PCS) made a trip to Phoenix to visit the U.S. Airways Flight Simulation Center.
Licensed investment representative Scott Flake hosted an open house to announce the re-opening of the Edward Jones Investment office in Payson Thursday.
On Friday, Payson High School's SADD club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, with assistance from Abigail Pederson, Prevention Specialist with Rim Guidance, held a Bump Out Tobacco volleyball tournament.
Head Start is a free preschool and family referral program for low-income families and children with disabilities.
Thursday, May 11
View a collection of photos from the Payson High School music department's annual Spring Concert held May 8, 2006. The performance featured the Sound Stream Choir, Modern Choir, combined high school/middle school jazz band and the Longhorn Concert Band.
Spring is the season when Payson Humane Society begins to see batches of adorable kittens brought in to the shelter.
The Mogollon Health Alliance awarded 21 applicants $17,300 in scholarships to begin or continue their education in a human health care related field.
The Payson Main Street Program is inviting vendors to participate in the second annual Payson Stampede Street Fair.
Jazz vocalist Renee Patrick will bring music to the Rim Country for Mother's Day.
According to the thesaurus in my word processor, there are eight synonyms for curious: Inquisitive, inquiring, investigative, nosy, probing, prying, questioning and snoopy. There probably should be a hundred and eight.
This week, May 8 through May 12, was SADD week -- SADD's spring campaign to help reduce destructive decisions and encourage positive choices.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is asking area clubs, organizations, churches, businesses and individuals to participate in its 2006 Spring Rodeo Parade -- the "Main Event."
Sunday is Mother's Day, and in honor of that day I am dedicating my column to my mother and all the mothers out there.
Hopefully, you all saw the photo of Willene Smith in the Payson Roundup receiving the Humanitarian Award for her outstanding service.
My husband Bill and I were invited to the wedding of Angela Meeker and Dylan Glass this past weekend on May 5.
FOCUS ON PETS
May 7 through 13 is National Pet Week, which is celebrated throughout the world. Originating in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and its auxiliary, its goals are to promote responsible pet ownership, to celebrate the human-animal bond and to promote awareness of veterinary medicine.
Among the most troublesome obstacles coaches and high school athletes face at the onset of each sports season is players who do not have their physical exams completed and recorded in the athletic director's office.
Payson Special Olympics gymnastics team brought home gold, silver and bronze medals from the May 4 state competition on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.
Former Payson High School rodeo star Seth Barkley is now making a name for himself on the collegiate circuit.
"Mutt and Jeff" and "A Point Par Game" formatted tournament were the names of the game for members of the Payson men's and women's golf associations.
The Lady Longhorn track and field team will take one East region champion, Sierra Sommars, to the 3A state championships.
Four individual East region champions and two gold medal winning relay teams will shoulder Longhorn hopes for a Class 3A state track and field championship.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
The 12th annual Wildlife Fair will be held tomorrow, May 13, at Green Valley Park.
Southeast of Star Valley lies a deep narrow-sided canyon identified on maps as Hole in the Wall Canyon. Although this is a common name for several of the deep canyons found at various locations in this part of Tonto National Forest, this one is unique in that it ends on its west side in what is a hole, true to its name.
Ada Tomerlin, 89, of Payson, died May 6, 2006 in Payson. She was born Jan. 4, 1917 in Duncan.
Leonard Robert Socha, 80, of Payson, died May 7, 2006. He was born April 19, 1926 in Rocky River, Ohio to parents Genevieve and Frank Socha.
Janice Hoyt, a fifth-grade teacher at Julia Randall Elementary School in Payson, was named Teacher of the Year this week by Payson Wal-Mart as part of Wal-Mart's 11th annual Teacher of the Year program.
When representatives of Star Valley and principals of Terra Capital Group met in mid-March to discuss mending the riff between the two parties, their ultimate goal was a return to healthy community.
NEWS FROM STAR VALLEY TOWN HALL
Sometimes it is the little things that seem so very important. This week it was a copy machine. Star Valley finally received its new machine and our town clerk, Sarah Luckie, is still smiling.
Q: I think the fish are being poisoned before the trout stocking time, and, of course, the trout die when the water gets warm. What's up? Also, are park employees breaking the duck eggs?
It took us a week to recover, but Payson High School's junior class would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who made this year's prom a success.
I am writing with deep concern about the decision-making capability of our school board.
Northern Gila County Firefighters Association (NGCFA) endorses the re-election of our current mayor Barbara Brewer.
Graffiti is like an infection or a cancer. If it is not attacked right away, it will continue to grow. The tagger (who was arrested weeks ago and took responsibility for much of the graffiti in Payson) is not an "urban artist."
The April 25 edition of the Payson Roundup was very disappointing when you saw fit to publish the letter submitted by Mark Reyes.
In an April 18 article in the Payson Roundup, reporter Felicia Megdal interviewed Dennis Romain while she measured noise (presumably Door Stop noise) in Romain's home.
A simple solution for this illegal alien problem is for the country of Mexico to (become annexed) to the United States. Although this sounds preposterous, think about it.
First of all, I want to say how very sad I was to hear about the tragic incident that happened at the residence of Maryann Pratt on April 6. As the owner of seven dogs who are all very much members of my family, I understand her sadness completely.
Now is the time for all good readers to come to the aid of their fellow readers.
The article on the front page, "Large scale search effort sent out for hiker not lost," is by turns funny and frustrating.
With the arrival of every spring, flowers and trees are not the only things in bloom.
The Payson Town Council voted against the zoning change of a 54-unit residential housing development proposed by Terra-Payson 65, LLC.
The Rim Country's letter carriers want to collect more than mail Saturday, May 13, during their annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.
Week 3: How do retirees fit into the Payson affordable housing equation?
As Payson's working class struggles to find affordable housing, the finger of blame is often pointed at well-heeled retirees who drive housing costs by purchasing million dollar homes in the area. While the mental image makes for a good villain, it may be a myth.
Manuel Diaz, who shot his estranged wife in the chest more than three years ago, has been convicted of attempted second degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
When Richard Lindfors, 72, pulled into his driveway around 11 p.m. Wednesday he had no idea that, with his homecoming, a 30-hour search effort on the rugged Arizona Trail near Sierra Vista would end.
Outpouring of donations covered dog's rabies quarantine costs
After Maryann Pratt wrote a column in the Payson Roundup May 2 titled "Owner of dogs who killed mountain lion tells her story," the newspaper phone lines lit up with calls from people who wanted to help.
Wednesday, May 10
Local educators, artists and community members band together to celebrate the spirit of progress during, "Shining a Light in Pine," an art show dedicated to those overcoming the challenges of dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Tuesday, May 9
"Ma, he's awful nice to me," sing the ladies of the Payson Choral Society as they practice for the May 13 spring concert. "Ma, he wants to marry me, be my honey bee," their beautiful voices sing of being twitterpated and trying to resist falling in love.
CAROLING WITH CAROL
Last Thursday, I sat on my deck after an achingly long day and gazed up in wonder at a giant eye gazing back at me.
Let us imagine that your Uncle Clem, who you haven't seen in 23 years, dies and leaves you $10 million. If you're like the folks who are lucky enough to find themselves suddenly wealthy, you just might begin to think of what you are going to do with some of it.
Monday, May 8
If you were standing near the intersection of Longhorn and McLane roads Monday morning, you may have witnessed a blinding flash of light, a black ball of smoke ascending into the air, and detected the faint smell of something like burnt chicken.
The ladies at the newest salon in town, To Massage or Knot, have more than 35 years of combined experience in nail care and massage therapy.
Baritone Jeffrey L. Jones, tenor Jeong Hoon Kim, soprano Maryann Madden, and mezzo soprano Daveda Karanas belted out a collection of opera favorites during An Afternoon of Opera and Broadway, Sunday, May 7 at the Rim Club.
"Ma, he's awful nice to me," sing the ladies of the Payson Choral Society as they practice for the May 13 spring concert. "Ma, he wants to marry me, Be my honey bee," their beautiful voices sing of being twitterpated and trying to resist falling in love.
Two of Payson High School's musicians have been chosen to perform in Europe this summer on a 19-day tour with the US Youth Chorale, String and Wind Ensembles in July.
At the annual spring meeting of the Arizona Quilters Guild April 22, Willene Smith was honored by the executive board.
For middle and high school basketball players, the recent NBA playoff series between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers yielded positive proof that basketball remains a team game.
The White Mountain League track and field boy's championships could also be dubbed the "Brandon Alexander Show."
The 69-year-old heir to one of the most successful golf equipment companies in the country was among the 81 men who finished the grueling Zane Grey 50-Mile Endurance Race.
The Rim Country Middle School Lady Mavericks ran, jumped and threw their way to a second place finish in the White Mountain League championships.
Back to back wins over Safford and Winslow have propelled the Lady Longhorns into the elite final four of the Arizona State Class 3A softball championship tournament.
Hank Dawson, 80, died May 6, 2006, at his home in Payson. He was born Oct. 4, 1925 in Akron, Ohio to Lloyd and Mary Dawson.
Ona Mae Carter, 88, of Mesa, died May 3, 2006 in Mesa. She was born Dec. 9, 1917 in Logan, W.Va.
Doris Wright announces the marriage of her daughter Linda Johnson to John Drilling on May 10, 2006.
The Beer and Brats fund-raiser to benefit the Northern Gila County Historical Society is, after five years, the monetary mainstay of this all-volunteer organization.
Add another summer event to your calendar. The Payson Main Street Program and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce are presenting the All American Qualifying Race to determine Arizona's entries into the July 22 National Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio.
Victor and Jane Mikkelson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home in Pine with a luncheon prepared by their children.
On May 6, journalists from across the state gathered for the 2005 Arizona Press Club competition for the Best Journalism in Arizona.
With McLane Road already under construction, the Payson town council at its April 27 meeting asked the public works engineer to look into speed bumps to control traffic on the road.
The short history of the political action committee, Citizens for Payson's Economic Future, has read like a suspense novel, complete with innuendo, mysterious front men, toll-free numbers and a private investigator.
An Arizona Scholar is a high school graduate who has accepted the challenge to include in his or her studies courses that are above and beyond the Arizona State basic requirements.
High school students at Payson Center for Success must go through a process, not unlike putting together a resume and sitting for a job interview, to advance to the next year of school.
For some extra fire protection following a dry winter, the U.S. Forest Service has contracted with M&M Airservice of Texas to station two 802-A Airtractors at the Payson airport.
The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held Saturday, May 13. On this day, letter carriers with the United States Postal Service in Payson collect nonperishable food items like canned foods, juice, cereal, pasta and rice to help families in need in our community.
Q: Is it true what I heard in KMOG interview with a Habitat for Humanity person that Payson Area Habitat for Humanity does not make it a requirement for someone they are giving a home to, to be a U.S. citizen? --AND-- Q: I know that it is possible to get a list (on a disk) from Town Hall of who was registered to vote and who did not vote in any particular election. For those who did vote, is it still a secret who they voted for and how they voted on a particular issue? --AND-- Q: How do I contact the Payson Education Center and Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O'Dell's office?
We are currently eighth-graders, soon to be ninth-graders.
Please, please, please keep Mrs. Miles at Julie Randall Elementary. She is an awesome principal, and even though I've been in her office for some uncomfortable reasons, I still think she is the greatest.
Recently, it has come to my attention that several clubs or groups have refused to discuss certain issues because they involved politics.
From many perspectives, Payson is the finest community in which to live in the state of Arizona. It's centrally located, has an ideal climate, nice people and is adjacent to some of the finest natural resources to be found. These things all contribute to the quality of life we enjoy in Payson, but they don't create a sense of community. The sense of community comes from the diverse array of programs offered by our town.
I disagree with your editorial concerning the negative campaigning that has permeated the mayoral race. You state that negative campaigning does not work.
I am writing this letter in support of Bob Edwards for mayor in the upcoming election for the Town of Payson. As a resident of Payson, I believe Mr. Edwards has the experience, wisdom and leadership to be an excellent mayor for the town, which is facing some major challenges during this new millennium.
It seems there is great support of Principal Peggy Miles at Julie Randall Elementary. Why aren't we hearing anything from the superintendent of our schools, Sue Meyers, or the school board in defense of their decision?
Payson's election continues to have some of us shaking our heads in disbelief. Can this really be the Payson we chose to relocate to?
In school we have a great time, and you would think that our favorite hour would be lunch, but for my friends and I, it's not.
Considering the old and unmistakable predictor, the best judge about a person's future can be based on their past. A good past translates into a good future. As for a bad past, why even consider?
The Rim Country Museum would like to thank the following people and businesses for making the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reunion at the Julia Randall School cafeteria on April 15 a real success ...
I want to thank Congressman Rick Renzi and the Medicare Education Network for making their way out to the Payson Senior Center on Thursday, April 27, to help seniors figure out the new Medicare Part D Prescription Drug program.
Someone asked me the other day why we (residents of the airpark) want The Door Stop out of business. I was truly surprised to hear this and wonder if it is a consensus of opinion in town.
I have a hunch I am not the only Payson resident who is tired of having my intelligence insulted during this election.
Since Bob Edwards and his campaign manager Leon Keddington have targeted personal attacks at me, I want to stress to the voters of Payson that I am not a candidate for mayor. And should I win on write-in votes, I will not serve.
In July 2004, I, with several other parents, attempted to convince then superintendent, Mr. Weissenfels, to establish an additional position for a fourth-grade teacher for Julia Randall Elementary.
We wish to thank everyone for their comforting words and prayers on the tragic death of our daughter, Sheryl. It is very heartwarming to know we have so many friends.
We would like to commend Bob Baker, owner of Rim Country Lanes, for what must have been a difficult decision to ban smoking in his business. We applaud him for his courage.
Years before he is old enough to have a driver's license, 13-year-old Zane Wiles is already at the controls of a glider plane.
As the Payson mayoral and council elections wind down, the county election season is getting started. The Gila County election process begins a day before ballots are due for the town council race.
Drivers are urged to take alternate routes during a planned five-month improvement project on North McLane Road between West Forest Drive and Airport Road in Payson.
Gary Chitwood always looked forward to Tuesday evening league bowling -- a chance to forget about work, hang out with the guys and roll some spares, maybe even a few strikes. But all that has changed.
Thursday, May 4
The "Answer to the Challenge" bicycle riders passed through Payson and Pine last weekend and spent the night in Strawberry after the first day of their 320-mile, three-day ride. On the first day, they rode from Scottsdale to Strawberry. On day two they rode to Prescott and then home to Scottsdale.
This week's offering of adoptable pets features five wonderful animals, all so very deserving of caring homes.
Danny Morris and Jessica Blalock announce the arrival of Triston Ray Morris, born April 2, 2006.
Bill and Holly Hveem Ryan of Payson announce the wedding of their daughter Honey Ryan to Jon Hanewinckel, son of Jerry Hanewinckel of Payson.
I'm really sick of turning on the news and seeing the illegals and their friends marching -- especially the kids who are out there instead of in school.
On behalf of the members of Chapter 44 of the National Association of Civilian Conservation Alumni, it is my pleasure to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to those people who organized the Payson C.C.C. Reunion on April 15.
As those who know me can attest, there are very few times when I am rendered speechless. However, I have since recovered from this state since reading Mayor Barbara Brewer's latest attack on Bob Edwards and his mayoral campaign (Mail Call, April 25). She alludes to an e-mail, an "accusatory and scurrilous" one
Hooray for Graves' response to the Payson Roundup's "bleeding heart" editorial on illegal immigration.
As a child and a young man, I frequently heard or read the following expression: "The pen is mightier than the sword."
I wish everyone in Payson was able to read the Associated Press article on page B6 of the Arizona Republic on April 9. The article is about the Mayor of Tombstone, Andree DeJournett, who thought it would be a good idea to cover a three block historic asphalt street with dirt and gravel so the horse drawn stage coaches would look more as they did during its gun fighting days.
I have noted with interest a few things about Mayor Brewer's campaign. Some of her campaign signs state: "Brewer is truer." Well, how about her recent TV ad where she flatly states that Payson is practicing safe yield with our water supply?
Regarding the fuss made over the roundabout at Tyler Parkway and the Beeline, Roundup readers might be interested in this article from the latest issue of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
The front page article, "Human smuggler arrested near Payson" tells a story greater than that simple incident and it reminds us here in Payson that the "immigration debate" reaches our door in many ways.
One year after Mike Clark took the lead as superintendent-principal of the Pine Strawberry School District a lot has changed -- for the better.
What do you get when you combine an egg with hot glue, wire springs and a parachute? You get a unique invention created by 10-year-old Kelsey Burba of Julia Randall Elementary School.
Donna Jean Kruse, 57, of Payson, died April 27, 2006 in Rocky Point, her winter home.
Robert Earl Beverley, Sr., 83, of Strawberry, died May 2, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 18, 1922 in Carlisle, Iowa.
The town of Star Valley continues to fortify its administrative infrastructure with pending plans to move its headquarters from the Star Valley Southern Baptist Church to a plot of Forest Service land east of town.
Continuing its tradition of generosity to neighboring communities, the Tonto Apache Tribe has given the new town of Star Valley more than $40,000.
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District approved its preliminary budget in April.
Participating in the elections this fall will require formal identification from voters.
With one nay vote, a standing room only crowd voted to remove the current board of the Payson Senior Center Tuesday, and then elected five "interim board members" to replace them.
In 12 days, the seven-month mayoral and town council election draws to its conclusion. The deadline to cast votes is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.
Week 2: How did this happen?
The history of Payson's housing market isn't unlike a game of Monopoly. Before 1973, the year of incorporation, Payson was a blank board. It had few utilities, inexpensive land and housing for the town's 2,000 or so residents, and with a two-lane highway from the Rim Country to the Valley, it was considered remote.
The Payson Town Council voted unanimously, after considering three candidates, to appoint Andy Romance to fill the seat vacated by Councilor George Barriger. Romance currently serves the town as a member of the Green Valley Redevelopment Committee.
Curtis Willis and his family escape the searing desert heat during spring and summer camping trips to the Rim Country. But the Phoenix family's enthusiasm for the cool get-aways was dampened a bit by the announcement that fire restrictions have been imposed in the Tonto National Forest.
Fifteen illegal immigrants found crammed in minivan
Fifteen Mexican nationals crowded together was not what sheriff's deputy Dennis Newman expected see when he looked in the back of a 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette van during a routine traffic stop on Highway 87 near Round Valley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Old made new: Classic car show draws record crowd. A collection of photos from the 13th Annual Cruise-In and Charity Car Show hosted by Rim Country Classic Auto Club May 6, 2006. The event was held on historic Main Street in Payson.
Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores and her staff have joined with area law enforcement and local business people to establish the Gila County Attorney's Bad Check Program. County employee Byron Cotney is coordinating the program.
Hunters will want to get copies of this year's hunting regulations. They are available online and via hunting license dealers. There are lots of changes this year to the big game hunt seasons, in large part to assist efforts to retain and recruit hunters.
Willene Smith of Strawberry was honored by the Arizona Quilters Guild with its Humanitarian Award in April.
Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone. Enjoy the day with great Mexican food and drink.
Because I write, people once in a while ask me where my ideas come from.
FOCUS ON PETS
The Focus on Pets column for April 21 focused on wildlife, particularly babies, which are abundant right now. My column stated that many wildlife babies are fairly self-sufficient and generally, we should leave them alone.
Can you believe it is already May? I am sure all of us mothers are getting ready to pull our hair out because school is almost over in about three weeks. Then what are we going to do? I know all I will hear is "Mom, I'm bored."
Things are starting to heat up. Old Sol leaps out of bed before most of us are awake, to begin the work of warming our part of the planet. Nights grow shorter as we edge toward the summer solstice -- time of numerous celebrations from ancient times to the present.
Shirley Brimm is a bundle of energy. And she makes a determined effort to keep that energy positive.
The importance of having a will
When death takes a loved one unexpectedly and the deceased has left no will or trust, the family they leave behind may suffer with unanswered inheritance questions. Mourning relatives end up having those questions settled by the courts.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Every fisherman has a great story about the one that got away. Well, longtime Payson resident Terry Wilbanks has a tale about the one that took the bait and fought the good fight before being landed by an excited fisherman.
I've never been much of a fan of the University of Southern California. In fact, like all my fellow Arizona State alumni, I'll argue that USC stands for University of Spoiled Children.
Professional angler Mark Kyle claims it was his wife, Johnna, who caught the lunkers that led to their first place finish in the AllStar Bass Couples Tournament.
The Lady Longhorns are hoping a state opening round game today, Friday, against Safford, is not a repeat of the 2003 state first-round clash that also pitted PHS against the Bulldogs.
The Longhorn baseball team begins pursuit of Payson High's second state championship today, Friday, at the spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Early morning exercise, post-race pancakes, small town camaraderie
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K has become the most popular running event on the Rim Country sports scene.
Tuesday, May 2
Local educators, artists and community members band together to celebrate the spirit of progress during, "Shining a Light in Pine," an art show dedicated to those overcoming the challenges of dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Standing in the snow in the wee hours of the morning to capture in her lens the glitter of ice sickles in the sun's first rays, is scenic-travel photographer Bernadette Heath's job.
LOVE, LIFE AND LIGHT
We are living in a time when the numbers of people who exhibit serious problems with life exceed the numbers who are living well. Perhaps it is time to turn from perceiving the individuals as the problem and refocus on their training.
IN THE KITCHEN
When you say, "Viva la vida!" you're saying "Long live life!" That's the feeling of fiesta -- seize the day, be in the moment, enjoy yourself!
In 1943 Gene and Annie Davis -- not related to the earlier John Davis -- bought the ranch from the Kohl family, but the name Kohl's Ranch with its good will continued. Soon after the new owners took over, the old lodge burned to the ground.
Monday, May 1
Ask yourself: Do you like having a medical facility and doctors that can fill your needs?
After living in Payson for over 10 years, I moved to Star Valley last September. It is a wonderful community with wonderful people, just like Payson.
Carol La Valley's article reporting on the meeting of April 20 at the Payson Senior Center was excellent. I was there and this is the reason for my writing. I understand the president of the board and the other members of the board are blaming Marsha Cauley for that meeting and she received a threatening letter.
I am a 13-year-old girl (in eighth grade) who attends Rim Country Middle School and I am disappointed in how the campaign for the Payson election went.
I am the secretary-treasurer of the Citizens Awareness Committee in Payson. We are registered with the state and the Town of Payson as a political group, and are required to prepare and submit frequent campaign finance reports -- especially during political campaigns. These reports are open to the public through the town clerks office.
Barbara Brewer spent a lot of time talking about "newcomers" and "newbies." Does that mean I should feel honored? After all I am a "newcomer."
A recent article ("Wild animal babies rarely need us to rescue them" on April 21) contained some erroneous advice that was attributed to The Humane Society of the United States.
I read with interest the flier in the Tuesday Payson Roundup. The whole thing was quite ludicrous.
The current smear campaign against Bob Edwards reminds me of the Big Lie concept.
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the Community Blood Drive on April 17.
A big thank-you to the local churches and Christian ministries that participated in the Easter in the Park Celebration. There was a huge turnout at Rumsey Park Saturday, April 15 for the free Buck Storm concert and various music ministries that shared their talent and heart for God.
The Second Annual Take Pride Pine and Strawberry Easter Egg Hunt was a rousing success. The event, held Saturday, April 15, at Pine Trailhead, attracted 75 Pine and Strawberry children.
I'm an eighth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School. The other day I was reading an article about how Payson Elementary School had made a quilt for a Marine. When I read that article I was really amazed that kindergartners would take on such a large project.
As Election Day gets closer, I am writing about one of the council candidates, Diana Sexton, and why I believe she would make a great addition to the Council.
I certainly hope it's not too late to give advice to the council concerning the renegotiation of the water and well contract they so imprudently signed with Horton.
We are senior citizens of Clark Road off Bonita, and are very concerned about the lack of sidewalks on either side of Bonita.
After the meeting on April 20 for the Payson Senior Center staff and members, we as members of the Senior Center, have great concern for our director Marsha Cauley.
Reading the mud slinging political Letters to the Editor I must address the one from Dale Oestmann.
The Payson school board and superintendent are wrong, wrong, wrong.
I would like to personally thank Carol La Valley for her article regarding the Payson Senior Center.
When the fire was raging, and Payson, Pine, and Strawberry were threatened a while back, I took pen in hand and drew up a diagram for a delivery system for fire retardant, using the "bladder" concept, recalling an experience with my Uncle Sam.
We walked into the restaurant hungry, which was our first mistake. The waitress seated us, took our order and then disappeared behind the swinging kitchen door.
Robyn Hill and Karen Randall have owned and operated Kutz Etcetera in Pine for several years, but now they are expanding beyond hair and nail services.
The victory stand at the Payson Pounder Mountain Bike Race resembled a parade of Rim Country cyclists.
There is no place in prep athletics for the unfortunate incident that occurred Saturday in the Payson High School gymnasium during the Rim Country Roundup youth basketball tournament.
Members of the Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations are heating up the links at Payson Golf Course. The men held their first local tournament of the season April 26 with a four-man, two best ball formatted fray.
A 16-member team will represent Northern Gila County in the Arizona State Special Olympics Summer Games.
Back to back wins over Round Valley and Show Low improved the Longhorn baseball team's East record to 9-3 and earned the squad a tie for second place in the final region standings.
The Superstars Rim Country Roundup basketball tournament turned into old home week for a former Payson High School player and his ex-teammates.
Tom Booth, 70, and Linda Larson, 69, both of Payson, were married Wednesday, April 19 during an intimate service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Beaver Valley residents are making excellent progress toward creating a "fire safe" community, according to Tom Zelkovich, chief of the Beaver Valley Fire Department.
Derrick Hoosava has set an admirable standard, not only for the young men and women of the Tonto Apache Tribe, but for the other teens of the community as well.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual Arizona History Teacher of the Year Award.
The Tuesday, May 2 Payson Town Council meeting to select a replacement for outgoing Councilor George Barriger has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 4 at 5 p.m. at town hall.
A survey of attendees at the recent Business Showcase showed a "strong preference" for computer training courses, business courses and fire, nursing and certified nursing assistant programs on the Payson campus of Gila Community College, Dean Harry Swanson told the Board of Governors at the meeting Thursday.
Two hundred fifty hours of drill and academic practice recently paid off for three Rim Country teens from Payson Civil Air Patrol Squadron 209.
Monday, May 1 was set aside by immigration activists as a day of protest. Immigrants were asked to withdraw from the United States economy for one day as a way to make a point about the role they played both as consumers and workers.
As Star Valley evolves into a town of its own, the municipal administration and the town council seek official headquarters.
Alta M. Slaton, 87, of Payson, died April 24, 2006. She was born Feb. 17, 1919 in Manchester, Ky.
John A. Palmer, Jr., 59, of Virden, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, after complications from cancer.
Jacqueline Klimuck died at home in Payson on March 21, 2006, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer.
Charles Farmer, Jr., 84, of Payson, died at his home on April 25, 2006. He was born in Pine Bluff, Ark. on Dec. 6, 1921.
Jessie Dale Black (nee Mann), 91, died at her home at Payson Care Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2006.
Payson residents interested in the kind of welcome visitors receive when entering the community created the Payson Gateway Project, to develop an inviting landscape at the north end of town.
I would like to tell you of a bunch of heroes. On Thursday, April 6, at around 3 p.m., I heard one of my dogs bark a predator warning bark while I was doing some work in the house.
Gila County has been given more than half a million dollars in the last two years to clean up wastewater systems.
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you if that lady preparing your hot dog looks a lot like the dental assistant who helped care for your teeth.
Funding for the defense of a retired school teacher who shot and killed a man on a remote county trail comes, at least in part, from the National Rifle Association.
Three Payson Town Council candidates vie to fill the vacancy created by outgoing council member George Barriger.
Possible stolen goods, including a collection of valuable basketball cards, were found after Payson Police officers Donald Garvin and Henry Thomason pulled over two men in a rental car.
Q: Who is responsible for controlling the ugly weeds underneath the very nice Welcome to Payson sign on the east side of the Beeline near the casino? It would look nice to have a couple of floodlights on a timer shining on it at night. Would that be possible?
As the election winds down, the Payson Roundup still has a backlog of Letters to the Editor concerning the Payson town council and mayoral race that have not yet run. To ensure that all the letters we currently have will be published, the Roundup will no longer accept letters related to this election.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Although my March vote for Payson mayor went to Bob Edwards, my May vote will not.
Most of the citizens of Payson are tired of the vindictive personal attacks on Bob Edwards made by supporters of Mayor Brewer, including some of our present city employees. This group refuses to address the main issue that is affecting us all now and will negatively affect every man, woman and child in Payson.