Stories for May 2006


Tuesday, May 30

Something different in Southern California


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.

Why don't I have self-esteem naturally?


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.

The ancient sport of golf


"To gowff" is the old Scots' verb meaning to "strike hard."

Special Report: Affordable Housing 6-part series

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.

When Columbus settled Bear Flat


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.

Monday, May 29

Mike Vogel: Regular guy

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."

Studies prove there is no link between abortion and breast cancer

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.

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day 2006

View photos from 2006 Memorial Day events in Rim Country including the annual memorial service at the historic Pioneer Cemetery in Payson.

Human-caused Gilliand Fire under control after one night

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.

Man drowns in Roosevelt Lake

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.

Thank you to Fiesta Mexicana for help with fund-raiser

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.

Golfer no stranger to winner's podium

Kay Davis is no stranger to the Payson Women's Golf Association Memorial Tournament victory stand.

PHS graduate to wrestle at Mesa State

Tyler Goodman's almost lifelong dream of wrestling at the college level has become a reality.

Jackknifed semi blocks highway

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.

Funding options proposed for Blue Ridge

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.

Spend more time reading Constitution, less time watching Fox

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.

Father-daughter team reel in fourth

Buddy Randall now has his daughter, Bailey, hooked on fishing.

PHS graduate hopes to play professional baseball

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.

Class play

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."

Plenty to do this summer

With local schools now in recess, preteens and teenagers will be scrambling to find sports and activities to fill the summertime void.

Elks Lodge recognizes achievements of several PHS students

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

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.

Williams/Perry engagement

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.

Hometown girl brings style to her roots

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.

Baker graduates from Northern Arizona University with bachelor's

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.

Assistance available 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.

Auction features unique vintage, antique items

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.

Many obstacles ahead for PHS graduates

The Payson Roundup would like to join the community in congratulating the Payson High School Class of 2006.

The peace of a forest comforts the mourning

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.

Fitness for those uncomfortable in a gym

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.

Junior Thespians enjoyed successful year

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.

Star Valley council hosts monthly meeting

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.

What's up?

Q: Why doesn't Payson offer bulk garbage pickup?

Surprised by low wages of ambulance crew

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).

Good ol' boy network not welcome in Payson

We the people of Payson have spoken with a clear, loud message to all the "Good Ol' Boy" networks and special interest groups.

New nonprofit thankful for support

I have recently moved to the Payson area and opened a 501(c)3 nonprofit business for child-care providers.

Political party affiliations keeping American from solving problems

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

Memorial Day weekend tributes

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 riders celebrate five-race dominance

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

Motel catches fire, closes Beeline

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.

Military families deal with the heartache of being apart

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.

Winners of rodeo parade divisions

The following are the winners of the Eight Divisions for the Rodeo parade, Saturday, May 20:

Landing a lunker

Matthew Cox landed a trophy-sized rainbow trout May 13 at Green Valley Park.

Firefighters, law enforcement try hand at bass fishing


A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be a small part in a very special event for Arizona lawmen and firefighters.

Thank you for kindness after family member's death

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.

Hockey star rises from the dust of Payson

A Payson-born teen making good on the collegiate and professional hockey scene seems a fable few would believe.

Club Rim volleyball team ready for Reno

Club Rim team members have taken another step toward their goal of participating in the ultimate volleyball experience.

All-night walk raises funds for fight against cancer

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."

Council elects Tim Fruth as vice mayor

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.

Towns around Rim offer visitors variety

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.

Tonto Natural Bridge astounding

The natural travertine bridge that arcs over Pine Creek is one of the wonders of Arizona and the Rim Country.

Where to go for visitor information

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.

Welcome to wondrous Rim Country

With gasoline prices soaring to all-time highs, Arizona residents are staying a little closer to home this summer.

High tech treasure hunters

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.

Calendar of events and activities

The Rim Country's summer calendar is filled with something for everyone.

Rodeo celebrates ranch heritage

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.

Historic West Main a must see

Each year summer visitors to the Rim Country find something new and different along Payson's historic Main Street.

Camping options need planning

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.

Terrain terrific for two-wheel warriors

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.

Taylor Pool open through July

Payson's municipal swimming pool, Taylor Pool, opened for business May 27 and will close July 25, prior to the school year resuming.

Tales of pet's tails inspire reading

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.

Friends keep libraries fun places for everyone

"We have lots of good books in the Library Friends' Bookstore," said Donna Hopkins, president of the Library Friends of Payson.

Air tours a terrific way to see Rim Country

Some clear air and a flight over the Rim Country can reveal breath-taking vistas of cliffs, canyons, creeks, meadows and forests.

Llamas share Rim Country range

Visitors to the Rim Country have an opportunity to interact with llamas at two different ranches.

Trail rides to panoramic views

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.

Police turn it up on sports scene

In Dennis Pirch's May 26 Outdoors Under the Rim column, he writes of attending an inaugural law enforcement officer competitive bass tournament.

Police department struggles to fill 3 openings

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.

Bouvier graduates early

Kayla Bouvier graduated from the Primavera Online High School one year early.

Hiker shares secret, special trips

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.

Rim waters a great summer lure

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.

Music under the Mogollon Rim

The music offered to residents and visitors during the summer under the Mogollon Rim is diverse -- and often unique.

Rim artists as varied as scenery

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.

Take an historical tour of

The Rim Country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.

A variety of antiques, collectibles

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.

ATVs provide special view of Rim

The Tonto National Forest may have put restrictions in place for fire season, but that does not mean "no ATVs."

Remember me

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.

Community resists Star Valley annexation

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.

Two fires offer glimpse of readiness

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.

Too poor to buy, too rich to qualify

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.

What's up?

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?

Loan programs make housing attainable for first-time homebuyers

There is assistance available for those trapped in the gap yet willing to persevere.

Solving our housing crisis

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.

Beads connect woman to past, present


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.

Nugget loves other dogs and kids


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.

McMillian 50th wedding anniversary

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.

Memorial Day kicks off the summer season


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.

What you don't say can be very important


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.

What to do if you missed Medicare Part D deadline

Some Arizonans may have missed the deadline for enrolling in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

Golf tournament raises scholarship money


Last Saturday was the Rusty Cooper Golf Tournament and it was a terrific day for golfing.

Memorial Weekend full of good food from fire department


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 program coming to Payson June 6 to 8

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will be offered again in Payson by the Arizona Humane Society's mobile clinic.

Cats make great traveling companions after careful introduction


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.

Barrel racing, bull riding event to be held June 3

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.

Pederson discusses prescription drug plan with senior voters

A room full of gray-haired voters showed up Wednesday to hear U.S. Senate candidate Jim Pederson discuss Medicare reform.

Photo Gallery: PHS Graduation 2006

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

Thomas Arthur Zeisberger, 55, of Payson, died May 19, 2006 in Strawberry. He was born May 31, 1950 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Jeremy Runyon

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

Virginia R. Rulli died May 20, 2006 at the Payson Hospice Center. She was 57 years old.

Byron Petersen

Byron Petersen, formerly of Payson died on May 20, 2006.

Phillip Glenn Davenport

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.

Jerry Lee Boegeman Sr. of Payson died May 23, 2006. He was born Nov. 10, 1940 in Kansas City, Mo.

Law enforcement watching for drunken drivers during Memorial Day weekend

The Gila County DUI Task Force will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint from approximately 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 27.

Defense rests, Fish doesn't take stand in murder trial

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.

Library needs more handicap parking spaces

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.

No research supporting abortion and cancer link claim

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.

Thank you for helping Arkie in quarantine

First of all, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the Payson Roundup and the community for helping to save Arkie.

Neighbor should keep cat under control

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.

Affordable housing series wraps up: What we learned

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.

Honor Guard offers country one more service

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.

Blair goes from rags to religion

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."

Tuesday, May 23

Rim Country remembers


Five Memorial Day ceremonies -- complete with buglers, bagpipes and a silent tribute -- pay respect to our veterans, May 28 and 29.

Our First Night Flight

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. ...

Pasta keeps things quick


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.

The ‘Model of Being' versus the 'Doing Model'


"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.

Developer threatens legal action against town

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

Whispering Hope receives large donation

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.

Starting new council early a rash decision

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.

Geology students learn importance of Grand Canyon by being there

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.

7 water bladders now in place for fire season


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.

Gallery artist says bring your dog

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.

Former chair back in charge of Pine Strawberry Water Improvement

The former chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District, Barbara Hall, is back in charge of the group.

Connell lights up local politics with personality

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."

Husband and wife team hit airwaves weekday mornings

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.

Hoping the new principal can fill Miles' shoes

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.

Counterfeit $50, $100 bills being passed

In the past two weeks, counterfeit bills have been passed undetected to local store clerks and bank tellers.

Disaster averted after two boys start fire

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.

Photo Gallery: 2006 Spring Rodeo and Parade

A collection of photos from the 2006 PRCA Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo and other rodeo weekend events held May 18-20, 2006.

New mayor, council taking seats early

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.

Thanks for the gift of sight

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.

Perhaps a Berlin Wall would protect our borders

I was born and raised in the United States, but sometimes wonder if I am still living in the same country.

Morgan, O'Donnell wed

Shawn Morgan and Deniese O'Donnell, center, celebrate their wedding with their children, Anjelica, Kyieah, Lanie and Kayla.

Neighbors wary of neglected development

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.

Military certificates created for those who served

When Cory "Corky" Matthews received his notice of veteran's benefits the accompanying certificate of service sparked an idea.

Before you say ‘yes,' take one more look at the details


"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."

Humane society wants old cell phones, printer cartridges

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.

Tourney keeps memories alive

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.

Record bass caught in Green Valley Park

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.

School assembly honors track accomplishments

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.

An underdog tale

Small school not limited by size

The Cinderella story of Todd Kreimeyer continues to stand center stage at Payson High School.

Jeffrey Ross

The family of Jeffrey Ross, who died May 29, 2005, will host a celebration of his life on Monday, May 29.

William Lee Harvey

William Lee Harvey, 70, died May 8, 2006. He was born in Boyleston, Ind. on Aug. 5, 1935 to Ross and Rovene Harvey.

Roundup named top in advertising excellence

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.

Lady Horn players named to All-Tournament team

Postseason honors for the state semifinalist Lady Longhorn softball team continued to flow in.

Student wins grand prize in Young American Awards Program

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).

Davis, Hoover marry

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.

Trial set for DPS hit-and-run

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.

What's up?

Q: I'm wondering where the illegals that were picked up near Payson went? Did they just let them loose around here?

More to the story of the Senior Center

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.

Alyssa Nicole Wheeler

Jake and Allie Wheeler announce the birth of their daughter, Alyssa Nicole, on March 18, 2006.

Thank you for making Spring Fling a success

We had a lot of help making Julia Randall Elementary's fifth annual Spring Fling carnival a success.

Thursday, May 18

When the work force can't live here ...

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.

Men's golf plays poker for day

Poker was the play of the day for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

Show of pride not gang sign

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.

Turning raw material into a colorful life

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.

County planning commission resigns

Seven commissioners resign Thursday

Gila County's planning and zoning commission resigned Thursday -- except for the most recently appointed member, Travis Williams of Globe.

It's time for Payson to heal

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.

Will support bowling alley now that it's nonsmoking

We want to thank Bob Baker for making Rim Country Lanes nonsmoking. No one should have to be subjected to second hand smoke.

Still watching the sky for more rain


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.

Bob Edwards: The man who will be mayor

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.

Home Rule passes

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.

Election engages voters in record numbers

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.

Langhals, Zumbro engaged

Mick and Val Zumbro announce the engagement of their son, Bryan, to Sara Langhals of Brentwood, Calif.

Waldrops' 50th anniversary

Doug and Becky Waldrop will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 1, 2006.

Donations needed for new shelter

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.

The Payson Roundup is a great newspaper

I'm writing this letter for a civics project. I'm an eighth grade student on the way to ninth.

New mayor wants to preserve Star Valley's rural heritage

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.

State champ

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.

Healing people's pain


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.

Life on the road with Marcella


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.

Photo Gallery: Band Jam 2006

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.

Seniors graduate to all-region honors

Six Lady Longhorns who led the Payson High School softball squad into the state final four have been rewarded with all-region honors.

Summer visitors on their way, plenty for them to do in Pine/Strawberry


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.

Parents join in on fun-filled field trip


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.

Best of state compete in final track meet

The Meet of Champions will provide Payson High School senior Todd Kreimeyer the opportunity to run against the best sprinters in Arizona.

Kile tips scales at bass tourney

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.

Lady Horn track wraps up season with state tournament

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.

Spring turkey hunt gets adrenaline flowing


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.

Arizona Corporation Commission rules on Geronimo Estates water


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.

Julia Randall gets new principal

A 44-year-old Phoenix educator and Grand Canyon University graduate has been named the new principal of Julia Randall Elementary School.

Spring rodeo festivities fill weekend

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.

Star Valley council sworn in, mayor chosen

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.

Outstanding student points to former teacher as inspiration

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.

Fish trial stalled as judges agree to hear appeal

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.

Jane F. Baker

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.

Margaret M. Lipnitz

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.

Encouraged by voter participation

For us, the most encouraging thing to come out of this election was the sheer number of people who participated in the process.

Enforce current laws on illegal immigration before making new ones

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.

Try to enter Mexico illegally and see what happens

If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, try this:

Renzi's changes to ESA only a token effort

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.

Pet owners need to take responsibility for loose dogs

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.

People should think before picking up the pen

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.

Why shouldn't we make room for these immigrants?

I am an eighth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School, and I think that illegal immigration is getting out of hand.

Bowling alley will win customers for going nonsmoking

In my opinion, banning smoking in the bowling alley will be a positive move for almost everyone.

Mayor seems to have conflict of interest

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.

Thank you for making opera event a success

On Sunday, May 7, "An Afternoon of Opera and Broadway" music was presented at Payson's Rim Country Club.

Only way to stop graffiti is punishment, restoration

Regarding the letter "Graffiti is a cancer" recently published in the Payson Roundup, I couldn't agree more.

What's up?

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?

Disaster averted in Strawberry: Fire started by two boys extinguished

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.

Wednesday, May 17

Payson has a new mayor; official count in

It's official. Payson has a new mayor, Bob Edwards, and three incoming councilors - Mike Vogel, Su Connell and Ed Blair.

Tuesday, May 16

The voters react to election results

Payson Roundup reporter Felicia Megdal hit the street Wednesday morning to gauge Payson voter reaction to Tuesday's preliminary election results.

Payson's pride in rodeo part of parade


Parades and rodeos are always a package deal in Payson.

New stock contractor freshens Spring Rodeo


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.

Wooly riders a rodeo highlight


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.

2006 Spring Rodeo will have a rosy glow


Expect the 2006 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo to be one of the best yet.

Cowgirls against the clock


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.

Election night photos

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.

Spring Rodeo features veteran specialty act


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.

Four will vie for 2006 rodeo crown, title


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.

Are you ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink'?


The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is joining with Wrangler to support breast cancer. Here is how you can help and have some fun, too.

Edwards most likely Payson's next mayor

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).

Chuck Heron appointed mayor of Star Valley

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.

Community helps make rodeo possible


Each year hours and hours of volunteer time and energy go into bringing the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo to Rim Country residents and visitors.

Monday, May 15

Habitat 5K and one-mile youth run drew crowds Saturday

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.

Golf team swings to state bronze

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.

Quit smoking

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.

Players earn the coach's vote

Matt LeVac and Jason Sweet have earned some of the most prestigious awards prep baseball players can receive.

Miscues handcuff Lady Horns' state effort

Errors spelled the demise of the Lady Longhorns in a state tournament final four 2-1 loss to the Florence Gophers.

Free bowling offered to local youth

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."

Special Olympian

Tonto Village will have a special interest in this year's Special Olympics.

State champs: Boys track team runs away with top title

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.

New restaurant promises comfort food with a twist

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.

Children learn love of books through writing

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.

Center for Success students pilot into the future

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.

Edward Jones office open

Licensed investment representative Scott Flake hosted an open house to announce the re-opening of the Edward Jones Investment office in Payson Thursday.

College budget up for discussion

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.

Pigskins start flying Friday

The smell of pigskin is in the air.

Head Start fall enrollment under way

Head Start is a free preschool and family referral program for low-income families and children with disabilities.

Today is Election Day: Preliminary results to be announced Tuesday night

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.

Past remembered, future unknown

'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.

Pine-Strawberry Fire District charged with civil rights violations

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.

Fossil Creek saved from fire

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.

Woman's land cleared by group of Boy Scouts, volunteers

I wanted to tell you about a special group of people who recently helped me.

A lesson learned from the Pieper Mansion

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.

Thanks for the help with PES spaghetti dinner

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.

Blessed by Payson at Easter

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.

New Medicare prescription drug plan works

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.

Board deserves apology for treatment during ‘kangaroo court'

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.

Teenagers should support local places of entertainment

Teenagers in Payson are always complaining about how there is nothing to do.

No hanky panky involved in real estate purchase

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.

Negative campaigning makes Payson look bad

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.

New meaning of GOP

I finally found out the meaning of GOP: Gas Oil Profiteers.

Put fines in place to punish those who employ, house illegals

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.

Illegal immigrants should be allowed in this country

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.

New self-defense law won't apply in Fish trial

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 receives money for 12 new beds

Time Out's Emergency Shelter Expansion Project recently received $7,500 for beds from the Arizona Republic / 12 News Season for Sharing grant fund.

Art show, chef cook-off raises funds for Ronald McDonald House

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.

When is a cupful not a cupful?


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.

Star Valley council to be sworn in

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.

Didi Louise Duncan

Didi Louise Duncan was born Sept. 7, 1949 and died May 10, 2006.

American Cancer Society not telling whole story

The American Cancer Society is soliciting donations in Payson to "help fight breast cancer" (see Walgreens ad in the Payson Roundup).

Jose Manuel Gomez

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

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.

Thursday, May 11

What's up?

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?

Wild West wedding offered guests unique experience


My husband Bill and I were invited to the wedding of Angela Meeker and Dylan Glass this past weekend on May 5.

Hike near Star Valley offers views, wildlife


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.

Leonard Robert Socha

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.

Lawsuit disputing Star Valley's legitimacy being dismissed

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.

Thanks for making prom a success

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.

Seniors struggle to find affordable housing

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.

Photo Gallery: PHS Spring Concert 2006

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.

Humane society never treats animals like trash

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.

Dog that killed mountain lion doing fine

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.

Jazz concert slated for Mother's Day

Jazz vocalist Renee Patrick will bring music to the Rim Country for Mother's Day.

Mail carriers collecting food for families in need

The Rim Country's letter carriers want to collect more than mail Saturday, May 13, during their annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.

Council says 'no' to Phoenix Street rezoning

The Payson Town Council voted against the zoning change of a 54-unit residential housing development proposed by Terra-Payson 65, LLC.

Wildlife rehab: The young and the nestless

With the arrival of every spring, flowers and trees are not the only things in bloom.

Hikers: Don't forget to call

The article on the front page, "Large scale search effort sent out for hiker not lost," is by turns funny and frustrating.

Library needs better handicap access

Now is the time for all good readers to come to the aid of their fellow readers.

A possible solution to the illegal immigrant issue

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.

SADD week dedicated to reducing destructive decisions

This week, May 8 through May 12, was SADD week -- SADD's spring campaign to help reduce destructive decisions and encourage positive choices.

Why The Door Stop issue won't go away

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.

Americans are sick of media's liberal bias

The April 25 edition of the Payson Roundup was very disappointing when you saw fit to publish the letter submitted by Mark Reyes.

Graffiti a cancer Payson needs to control

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."

Firefighters endorse candidates

Northern Gila County Firefighters Association (NGCFA) endorses the re-election of our current mayor Barbara Brewer.

It's the simple things that make a town


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.

First-year teacher honored as Teacher of the Year

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.

Ada Tomerlin

Ada Tomerlin, 89, of Payson, died May 6, 2006 in Payson. She was born Jan. 4, 1917 in Duncan.

Wildlife Fair great outdoor educational experience


The 12th annual Wildlife Fair will be held tomorrow, May 13, at Green Valley Park.

Boys state track finals held Friday and Saturday in Mesa

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.

Lady Horns track head to state finals

The Lady Longhorn track and field team will take one East region champion, Sierra Sommars, to the 3A state championships.

Local linksters meet in twin bill

"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.

Payson High School rodeo star makes name on college circuit

Former Payson High School rodeo star Seth Barkley is now making a name for himself on the collegiate circuit.

Special Olympics victories

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.

Physical exams offered to PHS athletes May 19

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.

Pet Week chance to appreciate furry family member


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.

Strawberry quilter receives much-deserved award


Hopefully, you all saw the photo of Willene Smith in the Payson Roundup receiving the Humanitarian Award for her outstanding service.

2006 Spring Rodeo Parade entries due May 18

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."

Vendors wanted for Stampede Street Fair

The Payson Main Street Program is inviting vendors to participate in the second annual Payson Stampede Street Fair.

Scholarships for health care students

The Mogollon Health Alliance awarded 21 applicants $17,300 in scholarships to begin or continue their education in a human health care related field.

Fostered felines now ready for you

Spring is the season when Payson Humane Society begins to see batches of adorable kittens brought in to the shelter.

Humans more curious than cats


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.

Don't forget to spoil your mom this weekend


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.

School board should be recalled

I am writing with deep concern about the decision-making capability of our school board.

Large-scale search effort sent out for hiker not lost

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.

Man convicted in 3-year-old domestic violence shooting case

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.

Wednesday, May 10

Dyslexic artists shine in Pine

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

An ocean of sky


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.

Choral society members ready to 'Sing and Celebrate'


"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.

World traveler shares his favorite places


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

Record numbers entered 50-mile race

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.

Basketball still a team sport

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.

PHS musicians invited to tour Europe

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.

Spring choral concert in time for Mother's Day

"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.

Get the knots out at newest salon

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.

Award named after Strawberry quilter

At the annual spring meeting of the Arizona Quilters Guild April 22, Willene Smith was honored by the executive board.

McLane improvements cause detours, delays

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.

Order forces PAC to disclose identities

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.

Crowley corrects Edwards/Blair math, history

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.

Assessing success at Center for Success

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.

Johnson, Drilling marry

Doris Wright announces the marriage of her daughter Linda Johnson to John Drilling on May 10, 2006.

Aria afternoon

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.

Preparing for fire season

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.

Bowling alley bans smoking

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.

Stray bird causes 20,000 to lose power

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.

Six county posts up for election, most unopposed

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.

Thirteen year old tests his wings

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.

Business applauded for smoking ban

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.

Thank you for the heartfelt words about Sheryl McKeen

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.

Quote from previous article does not represent current opinion

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.

Campaign insulting to intelligence

I have a hunch I am not the only Payson resident who is tired of having my intelligence insulted during this election.

Making a mountain out of a Hill

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.

New Medicare prescription plan well worth the time

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.

Volunteers thanked for help with CCC event

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 ...

Barbara Brewer has good record

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?

Ona Mae Carter

Ona Mae Carter, 88, of Mesa, died May 3, 2006 in Mesa. She was born Dec. 9, 1917 in Logan, W.Va.

Lunch most hectic time of day for eighth-graders

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.

Is this the Payson I moved to?

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?

Time for superintendent to speak up

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?

A vote for Bob Edwards

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.

2006 Arizona Scholars named at PHS

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.

Negative campaigning does work

I disagree with your editorial concerning the negative campaigning that has permeated the mayoral race. You state that negative campaigning does not work.

Vote ‘yes' on Home Rule

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.

Voters need to understand Home Rule

Recently, it has come to my attention that several clubs or groups have refused to discuss certain issues because they involved politics.

Fourth-grader pleads for Peggy Miles

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.

Next year's ninth-graders should be judged on own merit

We are currently eighth-graders, soon to be ninth-graders.

What's up?

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?

Food drive Saturday

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.

Payson council to discuss speed bumps, rezoning

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.

Roundup reporters place in state competition

On May 6, journalists from across the state gathered for the 2005 Arizona Press Club competition for the Best Journalism in Arizona.

Mikkelsons' 60th anniversary

Victor and Jane Mikkelson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home in Pine with a luncheon prepared by their children.

State Soapbox Derby coming to town

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.

Beer and Brats raises funds for Rim Country history

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.

Jewel E. Ward

Hank Dawson

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.

Lady Horns vs. Gophers in final four

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.

Lady Maverick track team earns silver at finals

The Rim Country Middle School Lady Mavericks ran, jumped and threw their way to a second place finish in the White Mountain League championships.

RCMS charge led by speedy Alexander

The White Mountain League track and field boy's championships could also be dubbed the "Brandon Alexander Show."

Thursday, May 4

Affordable housing: How did it get this bad?

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.

Stop talking, take action in immigration debate

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.

95 cyclists passed through Strawberry on Challenge ride


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.

County programs can help victims of check fraud

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.

Katie just wants to be included


This week's offering of adoptable pets features five wonderful animals, all so very deserving of caring homes.

A perfect answer for 'Mom, I'm bored'


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."

May the gateway to summer


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.

Taking time for herself after all these years


Shirley Brimm is a bundle of energy. And she makes a determined effort to keep that energy positive.

'til death do us part ... but then what?

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.

Fisherman catches 13-pound bass at Roosevelt


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.

If fish tale true: Wife humbled husband, pro angler

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.

Habitat for Humanity Home Run 5K

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.

Changes in place for big game hunters

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.

Strawberry quilter honored by state guild

Willene Smith of Strawberry was honored by the Arizona Quilters Guild with its Humanitarian Award in April.

Try this special recipe for Cinco de Mayo


Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone. Enjoy the day with great Mexican food and drink.

Ideas come to us when we're ready for them


Because I write, people once in a while ask me where my ideas come from.

Some wildlife need our help


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.

Photo Gallery: 13th Annual Cruise-In & Charity Car Show

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.

Human smuggler arrested near Payson

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.

Fire restrictions began Thursday

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.

Less than half of registered voters have placed ballots

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.

Senior Center ousts entire board

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.

ID rules changing for next election

Participating in the elections this fall will require formal identification from voters.

Water group proposes spending drop

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District approved its preliminary budget in April.

Star Valley coffers get tribal boost

Continuing its tradition of generosity to neighboring communities, the Tonto Apache Tribe has given the new town of Star Valley more than $40,000.

Council moves forward on codes, software

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.

Robert Earl Beverley, Sr.

Robert Earl Beverley, Sr., 83, of Strawberry, died May 2, 2006 in Payson. He was born Aug. 18, 1922 in Carlisle, Iowa.

Donna Jean Kruse

Donna Jean Kruse, 57, of Payson, died April 27, 2006 in Rocky Point, her winter home.

Egg ingenuity

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.

One year later, Pine principal happily at helm

One year after Mike Clark took the lead as superintendent-principal of the Pine Strawberry School District a lot has changed -- for the better.

Another perspective on the roundabout

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.

Vote for Bob Edwards and Ed Blair

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?

Let's not try this Michigan experiment

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.

Hanewinckel, Ryan wed

Bill and Holly Hveem Ryan of Payson announce the wedding of their daughter Honey Ryan to Jon Hanewinckel, son of Jerry Hanewinckel of Payson.

Next generation has plenty to worry about

As a child and a young man, I frequently heard or read the following expression: "The pen is mightier than the sword."

Hang a banner, 'No illegal immigrants allowed in Payson'

Hooray for Graves' response to the Payson Roundup's "bleeding heart" editorial on illegal immigration.

Brewer's smear campaign leaving me speechless

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

Thanks to all who organized CCC reunion

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.

Take back our country from illegal immigrants

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.

Triston Ray Morris

Danny Morris and Jessica Blalock announce the arrival of Triston Ray Morris, born April 2, 2006.

Baseball team at bat for state championship

The Longhorn baseball team begins pursuit of Payson High's second state championship today, Friday, at the spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lady Horns look to muzzle Bulldogs

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.

Cardinals' recent drafts hopeful

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.

Andy Romance fills empty council seat

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.

Tuesday, May 2

Feeling lost? It's not your fault


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.

Viva la vida! Have a fiesta Friday for Cinco de Mayo


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!

The history that flows along Christopher Creek

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.

Dyslexic artists shine in Pine


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.

Creating art through photography


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.

Monday, May 1

Star Valley council to discuss location of town hall

As Star Valley evolves into a town of its own, the municipal administration and the town council seek official headquarters.

Alta M. Slaton

Alta M. Slaton, 87, of Payson, died April 24, 2006. She was born Feb. 17, 1919 in Manchester, Ky.

John A. Palmer, Jr.

John A. Palmer, Jr., 59, of Virden, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, after complications from cancer.

Charles Farmer, Jr.

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

Jessie Dale Black (nee Mann), 91, died at her home at Payson Care Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

Model of roundabout elk revealed at reception

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.

Owner of dogs who killed mountain lion tells her story

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.

Human waste polluting Tonto and Christopher creeks

Gila County has been given more than half a million dollars in the last two years to clean up wastewater systems.

Woman gives up steady paycheck to become hot dog vendor

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.

NRA bankrolls Fish murder defense

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.

Stolen goods discovered in rental car

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.

Three candidates rival for Barriger's council seat

Three Payson Town Council candidates vie to fill the vacancy created by outgoing council member George Barriger.

Closures not related to immigrant protest

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.

Community comes together for blood drive

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the Community Blood Drive on April 17.

Payson Civil Air Patrol cadets heading to D.C.

Two hundred fifty hours of drill and academic practice recently paid off for three Rim Country teens from Payson Civil Air Patrol Squadron 209.

College course offering tied to interests of community

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.

Smear campaign big lie people will come to believe

The current smear campaign against Bob Edwards reminds me of the Big Lie concept.

Nominations sought for Arizona History Teacher of the Year award

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual Arizona History Teacher of the Year Award.

Tonto Apache Tribe honors PHS senior

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.

Beaver Valley Fire Department working hard to reduce fire danger

Beaver Valley residents are making excellent progress toward creating a "fire safe" community, according to Tom Zelkovich, chief of the Beaver Valley Fire Department.

Booth, Larson wed

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.

Former Longhorn hoop star returns to roots

The Superstars Rim Country Roundup basketball tournament turned into old home week for a former Payson High School player and his ex-teammates.

Special Olympic athletes hit state

A 16-member team will represent Northern Gila County in the Arizona State Special Olympics Summer Games.

Kindergartners' quilt for Marine something great

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.

School board made mistake in dismissing Miles

The Payson school board and superintendent are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Salon expands into fashion, accessories

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.

Links heating up with local golfers

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.

Payson's fab five race to Pounder crowns

The victory stand at the Payson Pounder Mountain Bike Race resembled a parade of Rim Country cyclists.

Referee assaulted at tourney

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.

Back to back wins lift Horns baseball team

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.

Hungry for better service

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.

Seniors would like sidewalks on Bonita

We are senior citizens of Clark Road off Bonita, and are very concerned about the lack of sidewalks on either side of Bonita.

No one seemed interested in bladders two years ago

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.

Senior Center issues addressed well in article

I would like to personally thank Carol La Valley for her article regarding the Payson Senior Center.

Comments about Ed Blair untrue

Reading the mud slinging political Letters to the Editor I must address the one from Dale Oestmann.

Jacqueline Klimuck

Jacqueline Klimuck died at home in Payson on March 21, 2006, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer.

Seniors concerned about Senior Center director

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.

The worse case scenario in the Horton water issue

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.

Applications for Barriger's council seat

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.

Vote for Diana Sexton

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.

Thank you for making Easter egg hunt successful

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.

Thanks to all who made Easter in the Park success

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.

What was the point of that flier anyway?

I read with interest the flier in the Tuesday Payson Roundup. The whole thing was quite ludicrous.

Wild animal babies sometimes need help

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.

How long do you have to live in Payson to not be a newcomer?

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."

Greed and property rights at issue in election

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.

Offering a look at the Citizens Awareness Committee checkbook

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.

Middle school student offers perspective on elections

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.

Story on Senior Center meeting excellent

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.

Star Valley resident supports Brewer

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.

Vote for the lifestyle you enjoy

Ask yourself: Do you like having a medical facility and doctors that can fill your needs?

Payson needs more businesses like The Door Stop

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.

Election letters

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.

What's up?

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?