Stories for November 2006


Thursday, November 30

Students learn horrors of meth addiction

"Meth is death" is the message members of the Gila County Meth Coalition brought fifth-grade students at Frontier Elementary School Thursday morning.

Football players honored at banquet

Zach Miller was the only Longhorn football player to be on the receiving end of two team awards at a season-ending ceremony held Nov. 29 on the Tonto Apache Reservation.

Keep your Christmas tree looking green

O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, I hope this year you don't burn down.

Back to school


"I couldn't wait to get out of high school," Judy Neese said.

Wrestlers head to prestigious invitational

Strap on the headgear and lace up the athletic shoes. The Longhorns are about to enter one of the Southwest's most prestigious and competitive wrestling tournaments.

Morrison anniversary

On Nov. 19, Jack and Mae Morrison celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Young Woman Recognition

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Davis announce that their daughter Breanne has earned and received her Young Woman Recognition Award.

Dock on west side of park is in bad shape

We have a beautiful little lake area in our town.

China cracks down on dog ownership with devastating results


"It is the year of the dog in China, but it's not a good year for man's best friend: An effort to stamp out rabies has prompted authorities to limit families in Beijing to only one dog," according to an article in The Oregonian on Nov. 8, written by Scott McDonald.

Grateful for the school schedule change

We want to thank the school board for changing the school calendar to lengthen the summer and shorten the fall and spring breaks.

What's up?

Q: Where do area 911 calls made on cell phones go? If outside Payson, how long does it take an agency to respond? --AND-- Q: How many years does Payson High School Principal Roy Sandoval have left on his contract?

ASU launches program to support low-income students

Arizona State University is opening wide its doors to low-income Arizonans, announcing the "Sun Devil Promise" to provide full funding to all Arizona freshmen from families with incomes under $25,000.

Caris Gracie Connolly

Caris Gracie Connolly was born to Cubb and Erin on Oct. 23, 2006 at 12:24 p.m. at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Jayre Betzabeth Ortega-Ortiz

Jayre Betzabeth Ortega-Ortiz was born to Jesus and Hilda on Oct. 30, 2006 at 1:31 p.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Local group named Conservation Organization of the Year

In its 14 years of existence, the Mogollon Sporting Association has raised more than $400,000 to benefit wildlife populations, recreation and public outreach in the Payson area.

Church offers after school program for children ages 5 to 12

Many working moms struggle to pay for child care. So, when children are old enough to walk home from school and spread peanut butter on their own sandwiches, parents leave them on their own. But that isn't to say, parents don't worry.

Star Valley begins plan for the future

Every city and town in the state of Arizona with a population of more than 2,500 is required to have a general plan. Star Valley, with a population of a little more than 2,000, is taking the first steps to develop its own.

Chef couple found love for cooking later in life

The Rim Country's top culinary notables will share their talents for a benefit to raise money for the Payson Public Library expansion project. The Library Friends of Payson and the Payson Roundup, will co-host this savory event, A Taste of Rim Country. It's scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Tonto Apache Community Center.

Computer club open to anyone, any skill level

You've got mail. But you can't open it.

Three lessons learned during my archery elk hunt


I have just finished an archery elk hunt where new lessons were learned in the wild.

Payson kicker qualifies for regional Punt, Pass, Kick

Justin Carlen's monthlong wait to see if he qualified for the regional Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick championship is over.

Lady Horns coast to victory over Scottsdale Christian

Doing their best imitation of the run-and-gun, high-flying Phoenix Suns, the Lady Horns outscored Scottsdale Christian 25-5 in the first quarter, before coasting to a 59-24 non-region victory.

Horns squash Scorpions

Defense, rebound, run and find the open man was the strategy the Longhorn varsity and jayvee teams relied on to post convincing wins over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions.

Eugene "Gene" J. Maher

Eugene "Gene" J. Maher died Nov. 27, 2006, at the age of 82. He was born Aug. 11, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fossil Creek Road closure extended

Continuing de-construction efforts on the Childs-Irving Hydroelectric facilities have prompted an extension of the closure affecting Forest Road 708 (Fossil Creek Road).

Bond ladder can lift you above interest rate ‘fog'


If you're a Rim Country fixed-income investor, you'll eventually have to answer a key question: What should you do with bonds that mature when market interest rates are low?

There are cat killers in our midst

A terrible gang of teenaged boys carrying baseball bats and guns and attacking cats is unraveling in the once-peaceful community of Pine.

Bossert anniversary

Irv and Louise Bossert from Payson recently returned from the Hawaiian Islands where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

If adoption isn't an option, consider fostering a pet


Payson Humane Society has a foster care program that enables young animals to mature, sick animals to heal, and undersocialized animals to become trusting of humans, so that in time they can be ready for adoption.

What do I say when my girlfriend hurts my feelings?


I am a 23-year-old guy. I have a girlfriend who I really love, but she did something recently that hurt my feelings.

Firewise leadership recognized

The winners of the the inaugural Firewise Leadership Awards were announced at the National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Education Conference, "Backyards and Beyond," in Denver, Colo.

Ray Pugel sincerely believes in what he is doing


Had a surprise visitor at my door Monday evening -- Ray Pugel. He introduced himself politely and asked if I had time to talk.

Get into Christmas spirit with Pine/Strawberry party


Tonight, Friday, is the Community Christmas party and the Pine Strawberry School Christmas Tree Auction. The party begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dusting of snow on Rim looks beautiful


As my husband and I were going into town this past Wednesday, I looked toward the Rim and we saw a beautiful sight. The top looked as if it had been dusted with powdered sugar. I look forward every year for the snow to fall. There are such fabulous vistas to be admired from Tonto Village.

Christopher Creek hoping for white Christmas


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. That's what we are hoping for here in Christopher Creek, and Tuesday night it did just that. It has been snowing inside my snow glow since Thanksgiving, but Tuesday night we got a dusting of the white stuff.

Happy Ending

After being passed from foster home to foster home, boy finds family to adopt him

It takes a special person to be a foster parent. You must be loving enough to believe that you can make a difference, but you must also be strong enough to face the heartache when it seems that you cannot. Foster parents must face the day with a "sense of humor," said former foster parent Kelly Torrens, even when the children are "pains in the backside."

Drug arrest made near elementary school

Three Payson residents were arrested on various drug charges Thursday afternoon after officers from the Payson Police Department and Gila County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant.

Kellen Luke Campbell

Kellen Luke Campbell was born to Clyde and Christina on Oct. 20, 2006 at 10:32 a.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center.

County considers tax for new jail

While members of the Board of Supervisors recognize the need for new jail and court facilities, the decision is not in their hands. The decision to move forward must be made by voters, because voters will ultimately be the ones footing the bill.

Find the Christmas spirit by giving back

Everything from television commercials to the lights that have begun to appear on houses and businesses are telling you that Christmas is right around the corner.

Do you have something to give away?


I am a belonging bulimic.

Gila County needs new jail, court facilities

I need to talk to you about county facilities.

Students support the troops for Christmas

Payson Elementary School's fourth-graders challenged the kindergartners to support "Operation Goodies for Soldiers," an effort to bring needed supplies to our troops in Iraq.

McGinnis best choice as next Sun Devil coach

Arizona State University Athletic Director Lisa Love has not called me to ask who Dirk Koetter's replacement as Sun Devil football coach should be. I won't hold my breath awaiting the call.

Tuesday, November 28

Take a hike

Take a trip this weekend. The Escudilla Mountain hike in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is a nice five-mile round trip that includes the summit of mountain and panoramic views.

Trappers threaten Apacheland


By the first half of the white man's 19th century, trailblazers were working around the fringe of Tonto lands.

Getting Seasonal: Choose easy to relieve holiday stress


Hello everyone: Have you noticed that right after Halloween, the rest of the year comes at you fast. With Thanksgiving celebrated, here come Christmas and New Year's.

Make your ornaments this year


Most of us probably remember making paper chains in school to decorate the classroom tree or take home.

Night Lights

Parade will twinkle with lights on Dec. 2

The employees of Central Arizona Supply have been scoping out the annual Main Street Electric Light Parade for the past several Christmases.

Jeweler crafts art in metal


Now that Jim Garrity is retired, he is free to pursue his avocation.

A pair of Christmas exchanges


The song goes, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." Since the likelihood of obtaining such a beast and it thriving in Payson is slim, I will happily settle for an elephant of the white variety.

Monday, November 27

Artist, author tells story to teenage reporter

When myself and Roundup reporter Felicia Megdal were welcomed into the home of Jay Kemp, I first noticed the immense number of paintings and sculpture that decorated his home. On the coffee table were his three books, "Critters," "My Hopscotch Life," and his latest, "Over the Back Fence."

Spirit of Christmas concert will celebrate Christ in Christmas

When someone says "Happy Holidays" to Payson resident Eric Santana, he is quick to respond, "Merry Christmas."

Councilors worry police working excessive overtime

Two council members are concerned with the amount of overtime the town's police officers are accruing.

Though attacked, I stand by my original statement

I have been taken to task about public statements I have made regarding a safe yield study having been conducted on the RH2 well (Tower Well) located in Star Valley. On two occasions that I know of, anonymous rants have been directed toward me and my public comments.

Returning coach to continue ‘tradition of excellence'

This season's Longhorn mat effort will be led by a new, but well-known, coach and four returning state placers.

Xeriscape council receives $4,500 grant for education

Payson was one of 14 communities to receive a federally funded grant to promote the High Country Xeriscape Council's efforts to provide Rim Country residents and businesses with creative, water-saving horticulture.

Garrett, Mendenhall wed

Mr. and Mrs. LaRon Garrett announce the marriage of their son, Gordon Meikle Garrett, to Kelley Ann Mendenhall. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Mendenhall.

Giving the gift of family history

Holiday gatherings are the perfect time to share stories of the family. It is a way to keep loved ones close who have passed away and how we learn about our personal heritage.

Realizing value of penny after tragic death

Amanda Brown's life ended at 21 when she was killed in a car accident in January of this year. A drunken driver hit Amanda's car on I-17. Police said he was traveling at 75 mph with a blood alcohol content triple that of the legal limit.

Strawberry resident awarded 2 scholarships

Carrie Johnson of Strawberry was recently honored with two college scholarships.

Building a better cereal box

Teacher Wayne Gorry used the common cereal box to teach his fifth-grade students at Julia Randall Elementary School mathematics with real world applications.

Kindergartners learn to care, share

Kindergartners in Mary Ann Runzo's class at Payson Elementary School pretend to be tall number 1's and do not share as they walk down the hall to recess.

Swiss Village lighting ceremony

Maggie Huddleston, 4, accepts a Christmas treat from Santa's Helper, Kayla Campbell, 15, in front of Cozy Corner during the annual Swiss Village lighting ceremony Friday night.

Bruce Gordon Ward Jr.

Bruce Gordon Ward Jr., died Nov. 20, 2006 in Payson at the age of 61. He was born Nov. 4, 1945 in Sacramento, Calif.

Wilma Fay Lynch

Wilma Fay Lynch, of Pine, died Nov. 24, 2006 at the age of 96. She was born in El Dorado, Okla. on June 17, 1910.

Henry James Burris

Henry James Burris died Nov. 19, 2006 in Payson. He was born July 13, 1920 to James Burris and Willie Katherine (McKelvey) Burris.

Cleaner brings 15 years experience to Rim Country

Alan Spitler brings more than 15 years of experience to the area with his business, Performance Carpet Care.

Here's hoping PHS retains a fine coach

There have been some promising young coaches who have slipped away from Payson High School and gone on to great success at other schools.

Buc celebration

The Payson Buccaneers of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association celebrate their third-place finish in the final four played in Camp Verde.

Churches host holiday football fun

Several Payson churches held friendly games of flag football over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend allowing members and non-members alike to enjoy fellowship and good weather.

MVP conspicuously missing from All-State list

The East region's most valuable player was conspicuously absent when the Class 1A-3A 2006 All-State Volleyball team was announced Nov. 26.

Basketball team continues Sedona rivalry

The Longhorn boys basketball team goal will be to improve to 2-0 today, Tuesday, when Sedona Red Rock coach Mike Krajnak brings his Scorpions to Wilson Dome.

Girls open season with win

Lady Horns try to stay on top during weekend tournament

The Lady Longhorn basketball team charge at the Phoenix Christian Invitational Tournament will be led by senior point guard Rhea Cosay and three sophomore starters.

Urge law enforcement to take pet killing seriously

My husband and I have always enjoyed coming to the peaceful community of Pine to visit what seemed like an idyllic small town.

Thanksgiving made possible for 296 people

Southwest Behavioral Health, Rim Guidance would like to thank the Mazatzal Casino, Bashas' and Safeway for their continued support of our Consumer Thanksgiving Day Celebration.

Thanks for returning my glasses

I lost my glasses last week near National Bank and the Almost New Shop.

AARP to blame for Medicare hardships

In response to the article, "New brochures ready for Medicare Part D" published in the Payson Roundup on Nov. 14 ...

Thank you for quick, caring response to 911 call

Many thanks to the members of the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department ambulance crew who responded to my wife's 911 call on Thursday, Nov.15, at approximately 2 a.m.

Thank you to Payson Pioneers committee for donation

On behalf of Agricultural Education, I would like to thank the Payson Pioneers Dance and Dinner Committee for their generous donation on our behalf. The proceeds will be used to benefit agricultural youth participating in 4-H, FFA and High School Rodeo.

Trash pickup company could take over recycling

It is a known fact that freedom is not free. It seems today, little is free.

Tina L. McCauley-Isabella

Tina L. McCauley-Isabella died Nov. 19, 2006 at the age of 24.

Water shortage, not limited growth, will turn Payson into ghost town

I agree ever so much with Mr. R.A. Bradford, who stated in his letter to the Payson Roundup, "Limiting growth will not turn Payson into a ghost town." However, lack of water would do the trick.

Thank you for support during election

I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for all their support and hard work in preparation for the Nov. 7 election.

Off-road vehicles threatening forest health

Being the fifth largest national forest in the United States and having nearly six million visitors annually, the Tonto National Forest is in an ongoing struggle to maintain the almost three million acres of breathtaking, beautiful country, ranging from the low elevation of our scorching desert to the post card environment of the Rim Country we call home.

Cat killings not childhood antics; must be taken seriously

On the front page of today's paper, there is a story about a group of teenagers who have been beating and shooting neighborhood cats in Pine.

Holiday shoppers buy more than expected

Retailers have a lot to be thankful for following the Thanksgiving weekend.

First step in school bond spending: Hire construction manager

Construction on area schools, using funds from the $33.8 million bond approved by voters earlier this month, will not begin until after the bond issue date in July 2007.

Annual parade lights up Main Street Saturday night

Main Street will fill with lights on Saturday night. The annual Main Street Electric Light Parade kicks off at 6 p.m. when the first of approximately 48 entries heads down the road.

Pet owners outraged after brutal cat killing spree

Cats are missing in the Rim Country, and pet owners are suspicious. Because, at the same time, at least one video depicting the killing of a cat has been shown by a high school senior on the Payson High School campus. Some of the cats have been shot with pellet guns, and others were chased and beaten with sticks and baseball bats.

Thursday, November 23

Parents were not consulted about schedule change

The school calendar change first came to our attention via the article in the Payson Roundup.

Donations needed for PEC

Credit for Kids donations are needed for Payson Education Center. Tina Terry is pictured here with Amanda Reigh, one of the students at PEC.

A possible solution to the recycling dilemma

Just read the article, "Recycling too costly for town" in the Nov. 9 Payson Roundup and feel disappointed that the recycling program will be too expensive to be practical -- no thanks to a few people who just don't get it or don't care.

Finish planting before it gets cold


The weather is wonderful right now. So, it's the perfect opportunity to finish off any more clearing or planting you still want to do. Aren't we lucky to live here? Add the trimmings and pulled weeds to your compost pile, with any leaves and pine needles you have raked up.

Treasure trove of tabbies

The most common pattern of tabby cat is the mackerel or striped tabby. This pattern is less about the stripes on the cat than about the stripes that may appear on each individual hair on the cat.

A story Bob Walberg loved to tell

Many remember Bob Walberg, who died Nov. 5, as the man who founded the drafting and industrial arts programs at Payson High School.

Football players receive postseason accolades

The Longhorn football program stood up and defied the long-held notion that players on teams that don't make the state playoffs are shunned during postseason recognition.

Thank you for returning my purse

On Nov. 15, I lost my purse in Payson.

Firefighters working on Thanksgiving still find ways to celebrate

While the majority of the Payson work force takes Thanksgiving Day off to spend with family, a handful of Payson firefighters stay at the stations in case of an emergency. They still try to celebrate.

Meth or Motherhood

When getting high is more important than feeding your children, foster care system steps in

Patricia smoked meth the night before she went into labor with her third child.

Getting better

As she recovers from leukemia, teen plans future

The day Shea Nelsen spent cleaning out a shed in a field behind the family business for her horse, Stormy, was a good day. Just seven months ago, the 15-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukemia.

Church briefs

You are invited to attend four days of spiritual revival with evangelist Normon Moore at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

How do I deal with a grumpy co-worker?


Dear Dr. Donna: I would like to know how to best approach co-workers who are just plain grumpy?

Pine/Strawberry: What water problem?


Let's take a fair and honest look at what's going on in Pine (again) by asking ourselves a few simple questions.

Students put on impressive Veterans Day ceremony


Last week, the Pine Strawberry School had a special awards ceremony and a tribute to local veterans.

Quilt pays off

Robert (pictured) and Mary Higginbotham won this quilt made of 1,080 yo-yos at the Mogollon Health Alliance craft fair.

Thankful for the caring atmosphere of Tonto Village


The news from Tonto Village will be brief this week, I just returned home from the hospital in Payson after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my colon.

Fire department party great way to get into Christmas spirit


Don't forget the Christmas Party. On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. is the fire department's Christmas Party.

In loving memory

Employees of RTA Hospice and Palliative Care wait to see what ornaments will show up first in the Forest of Angels this holiday season.

Are lifelong Payson residents to be run out?

I am writing this letter on behalf of, I'm sure, a large majority of Payson's lifelong residents.

Support group long overdue in Payson

I am writing in regards to Mr. and Mrs. Wiebe's courageous endeavor to pull together Payson's first gay support organization. I believe Payson is long overdue for an organization like this and I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks.

Community came together to pick apples for hungry

Imagine, for just a moment, this utterly impossible, crazy vision: An entire town full of thousands of professionals, laypersons, families, cowboys, seniors ... you name it.

Thank you for leaving beer cans at the airport

This "thank you" is for the young people who come up to the airpark to drink beer.

Thank you for supporting Payson Humane Society

The Payson Humane Society would like to thank Phil White Ford and Chapman Auto Center for making us a part of their "Shoot Out" event held Oct. 12-14. KMOG organized the event, a fun "Sales Competition" between the two auto dealerships, held at the Mazatzal Casino parking lot. Volunteers from the Payson Humane Society helped serve complimentary soft drinks and pizza, courtesy of Pepsi and Pizza Hut, to prospective customers.

New Fine Arts Fund can reduce dropout rate

In any relationship, having something to look forward to can be vital in keeping a partnership alive and thriving.

Three ways to help this Christmas

Tamales are on the menu, toys are collected and food baskets are delivered when three organizations get together to assist needy families for the holidays.

Plan ahead for packages to arrive by Christmas

Even though most of us are stuffed from Thanksgiving feasting, the time to mail those packages for friends and loved ones overseas is running out fast.

Three arrested for selling marijuana in convenience store parking lot

Three people were arrested at the South Circle K after police observed them selling marijuana in the convenience store's parking lot.

In-town trail system to provide exercise, restore rural feel to Payson

The old-timers like to talk about the halcyon days of Payson -- a time before Wal-Mart and street lights, when the commute to the Valley was a bumpy daylong ride on a dirt road. As land disappears to development, they say, Payson has lost the rural identity so many residents remember or came in search of.

Star Valley mayor calls water agreement 'presumptuous'

The drafted water agreement between Payson and Star Valley was criticized by one council Tuesday night, and any future discussions are now back to square one.

PHS students serve homemade Thanksgiving dinner

Residents of Pine View Manor were served Thanksgiving meal by students from Payson High School's Longhorn Culinary Arts Restaurant on Nov. 15.

Giving the elderly a Merry Christmas

A week before Thanksgiving, employees of Stockmen's Bank decorated not only the office Christmas tree but a special tree for senior citizens. "We have so many elderly customers that come in, we talked it over as a staff and decided to have an angel tree for seniors," said bank employee Lana Day.

Don't miss early deadlines for 2007 hunting lottery


If you are hoping to hunt antelope or elk in the fall of 2007, one had better pay attention to the new deadline for those lottery drawings. Feb. 13 is the deadline and it is less than three months away.

Heart transplant bonds 2 families

Ralph Perry's heart belongs to a 32-year-old woman named Suzanne. And even though they never met, an everlasting bond exists between them.

Winning recipe opens possibility of future cookbook


Barbara Hall has been told she was going to die at least three different times in her life. First in 1966 when her doctor in St. Louis told her she would die if she did not move to a drier climate.

Teamwork led RCMS volleyball team to victory

Diligence, teamwork and a stellar offense led the Rim Country Middle School Lady Maverick volleyball team to the championship of the Show Low Invitational Tournament.

Basketball team begins season with close win over Scottsdale Christian

The Longhorn boys basketball team opened the 2006 campaign on a winning note edging Scottsdale Christian 58-56, Nov. 21 in Wilson Dome.

Volleyball team ends great season with all-region honors

A banner campaign in which the Lady Longhorn volleyball team played its way to the East region regular season co-championship has ended with even more honors flowing the team's way.

Players learned valuable lessons

Members of the 2006 Longhorn football team will gather Nov. 29 to celebrate the culmination of a trying season that featured more than its fair share of bizarre twists and turns.

Pet owners must make arrangements in case of death


I learned of Payson Roundup employee Marge Hanscom's death by reading about it in the Nov. 17 edition. I was stunned and shocked. And I wondered about her dogs.

Loren Duane Rinear

Loren Duane Rinear, 82, died Nov. 18, 2006 in Payson. He was born Feb. 1, 1924 in Bakersfield, Calif. to Burton Charles Rinear and Mary Josephine Eldridge.

Harry Curtis "Tim" Neal

Harry Curtis "Tim" Neal died Nov. 20, 2006.

Windsong Burdette Duran

Windsong Burdette Duran, 25, died Nov. 18, 2006 in Phoenix. She was born Sept. 4, 1981 in Payson.

John Cenovich

John Cenovich, of Washington, D.C. and a former Payson resident, died Nov. 21, 2006.

Businesses must succeed for the rest of town to thrive

Having listened to the numerous opinions about the leadership of our town for the past year, I feel that there are some things that need to be said.

Tuesday, November 21

I saw the lights


In 1948, Hank Williams wrote a song called, "I Saw the Light." He was apparently referring to a radio beacon tower light he observed on the way back home from a concert.

Marriage and family


The wardrobe of the Tonto Apache was basic and simple. Standard dress for the male began with a breechcloth (properly called "breechclout"), made with two yards of material between his legs and pulled up over a belt.

Toe tappin', hands clappin' music makers


The audience's toes tap in time with the music when the old tyme fiddlers get together to jam at the Pine Cultural Center each month.

Take a hike

The best thing about Payson, if you love the outdoors, is the fact that you can head in any direction and find a incredible hike.

Scratching at the muse


As a little girl growing up in London's East End, Angela Cockle liked to draw sunshine, palm trees, the ocean and a beach.

Discovering recipes in the cookbooks that come across my desk


I love to see new recipes, that is why I've signed up for a number of recipe services on the Internet.

Monday, November 20

Composting: The secret to gardening in Payson

Redworms enjoy table scraps, and nail clippings make good composting material.

Volunteers made Toys for Tunes a success

The first annual Toys for Tunes was a huge success, but it wouldn't have been without the many great folks who helped make it possible.

Elks Lodge announces scholarship recipients

Payson Elks Lodge No. 2154 is proud to announce the recipients of the Students of the Year award from Payson High School and Payson Center for Success High School.

Thoughts on school bond success, superintendent search


Payson Voters, thank you. Your support of the bond election proves what we at the schools have always known: Payson kids count. Payson citizens care about the education of our children.

This Thanksgiving don't forget to thank those who make your life better


Thanksgiving. It's all about being grateful, isn't it?

Class helps family know when to take keys away

The issue of older citizens behind the wheel is a growing concern.

Telling stories

Dorothy Anderson told the tale of her "harvest baby" Johnny.

Board members accused of focusing too much on Payson

Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson lashed out at two college governing board members during Friday's Gila Community College governing board meeting.

90th birthday

Frances Mumford celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Newly married

Shaleen R. Holmes and John C. Howard were married on July 29, 2006 in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

50 years together

Phyllis and Felix Ellis, of Payson and La Mesa, Calif., will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Nov. 24, 2006.

Edward Joseph Labash

Edward Joseph Labash, 78, of Payson, died Nov. 17, 2006. He was born May 25, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. to Joseph and Katherine Labash.

Energy West bought by SemStream

A name that has been around since 1993 is leaving the Rim Country, but only the name. Energy West (in Arizona) has been purchased by SemStream Arizona Propane.

Remembering the work of a legendary coach

It would be a shame for Payson High School football players to have the opportunity to personally meet one of the greatest football coaches of all time and not know more about him.

Foursome takes title at Tempe tournament

A Rim Country foursome played its way to the championship of the Arizona State University Sun Devil Men's Thunderbird Pro-Am golf benefit tournament.

MVP honor earned through years of work

A Payson High School senior who gave up a multisport career to focus on volleyball three years ago has been named the Class 3A East Region's Most Valuable Player.

Teacher, student take Turkey Trot titles

A Payson High School teacher and a member of the graduating class of 2007 ran their way to top honors at the Turkey Trot 5K.

Thank you for making art show successful

The Payson Art League wishes to express appreciation to the many people who made our Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show successful.

Why does illegal alien have more rights than landowner?

I am writing in reference to a news item in The Arizona Republic, on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Basketball team loses one good player, gains another

The Lady Longhorn basketball team lost one ace but picked up another.

Saving archaeological ruins from ruin

The untrained eye might see a lot full of rocks strewn randomly on the ground. But to Penny Minturn, the resident archaeologist with a recently earned doctorate, the site is one of hundreds in the Rim Country that sheltered prehistoric culture known as the Central Arizona Tradition.

Autopsy complete

Alcohol possible factor in fatal collision

Alcohol may have played a role in the Sept. 19 head-on collision on Highway 87 that killed two Rim Country residents. Marni Stephenson, 61, of Star Valley, was driving northbound on the Beeline Highway when her white Chevrolet pickup collided head-on with a silver Chevrolet pickup driven by Thomas Casanova, 72, of Tonto Basin. Casanova was heading southbound, driving on the wrong side of the highway.

Support overwhelming for Gracie Haught fund-raiser

The Gracie Haught Children's Memorial Fund-raiser and Costume Party was again an unbelievable success.

Hundreds attend surprise retirement party for Dennis Pirch

Dennis Pirch's surprise retirement party might have been the best-kept secret since television moguls had millions of viewers on edge wondering, "Who shot JR?" following a March 21, 1980 TV episode of "Dallas."

Task force to provide estimate of water supply

Lynn Godfrey, chairman of the Mayor's Water Task Force, presented the focus and scope of the group's findings Monday at a special Citizens Awareness Committee meeting.

Former Payson athlete dies in car accident

A 25-year-old former Payson resident was one of three people who died this past weekend in a two-car collision in the Valley.

Payson residents fight for school safety program

Arizona Legislators recently heard public comment on the continued necessity of the committee responsible for overseeing school resource officers, known informally as SROs.

College should take leadership role in community

The recent Gila Community College Board of Governors District 1 seat race shone a spotlight on the college, creating a communitywide discussion about the future of the institution.

Congratulations to Crowley and a few thoughts about the college

Now that the election is history, I am writing this open letter to both my supporters and to my opponent, Don Crowley.

Hope new congress keeps Medicare drug plan

The next couple of months look like it will be rocky for some of the president's programs instituted in his six years.

Religious world war on horizon

I'm a retired lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force with over 26 years active service with combat in China and Pacific World War II and combat Korean War in B-29s. I was medically retired in January 1969.

Thank you for support in time of need

I would like to give a special thanks to all the friends, relatives, neighbors and strangers alike who did their part in trying to help Tiffani after Jimmy Harris' tragic accident.

Hollyberry Fair a sweet success

Dese Muller of the Payson Womans Club holds one of her popular peanut butter pies during the club's annual Hollyberry Fair Saturday.

Parenting program continues in 2007

Five free classes for parents will be offered at the Parent Resource Center, 514 W. Wade Lane.

Thursday, November 16

Teaching responsibility is everyone's job


I'd like to add to the comments to a recent Roundup editorial.

Books to make holidays less expensive, less stressful


The holidays are upon us. Where has the year gone?

Tips for tournament bass fishermen


The Arizona tournament bass trail is an opportunity for all levels of fishermen to try their skills at competitive fishing.

A moment to reflect on school sports

With the PHS football season ending awards ceremony just over the horizon (6 p.m. Nov. 29), perhaps it's time to do a bit of reflecting on school sports.

Unlikely couple forms gay, lesbian support group

Ray and Linda Wiebe seem like an unlikely couple to start Payson's chapter of PFLAG -- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Foster care series hopes to put human face on government system

If you were fortunate to have at least one parent stick around, and if that parent stayed sober and kept it together enough to feed and clothe you, you are one of the lucky ones.

Bond allocation shows athletics trump academics

While I applaud the voters of Payson for finally approving the much-needed funding for the local schools, I am absolutely and utterly appalled at the way in which the high school's portion of the funds will be spent.

What's up?

Q: What school calendar will Pine Strawberry Elementary School use in 2007-2008?

Marge Hanscom

Marge Hanscom of Strawberry died Nov. 14, 2006. She was born Feb. 20, 1926 in Effingham, Kan. to Robert and Harriet Scott.

Soccer season ends with several Payson players named to all-region

The soccer season is over and all-region selections have been made for the girls and boys Payson Longhorn soccer teams.

‘Generation X' faces its own retirement challenges


If you have children or grandchildren born in "Generation X" -- loosely defined as those people born between 1965 and 1980 -- you know they still have a long time to go before retirement. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be thinking about retirement -- and saving for it.

Food lovers prepare for annual culinary event

The Rim Country's top culinary notables are sharing their talents for a benefit to raise money for the Payson Public Library.

Millard John "Nels" Nelson Jr.

Millard John "Nels" Nelson Jr., 81, of Payson, died Nov. 11, 2006. He was born Dec. 24, 1924 in Omaha, Neb.

Big Sisters

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, "bigs" and "littles" gather at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church for the Big Event, a celebration of the adult and child friendships formed through the Payson Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Providing a voice for animals


Seven years ago when I first began volunteering at Payson Humane Society as a dog walker, the only way homeless animals were noticed was if someone came into the shelter to look at them.

Watching another council vote for special interest

After many years of council actions that are not representative of the common citizen, they said enough is enough and spoke out for changes that would put reasonable controls on growth and find ways to solve our water problem.

The foster care crossroads

Part 1 of 3: When do you take a child away?

The desks at Child Protective Services are piled high with files that tell the stories of children suffering from neglect and abuse. The files record the countless times mothers have tried to beat a drug addiction in order to be able to keep her parental rights.

Councilors refuse to untable growth ordinances

Three growth-management ordinances that were tabled at the Nov. 2 Payson Town Council meeting remained there Thursday night. Silence fell on the council when Mayor Bob Edwards asked for a motion to untable ordinances 694, 695 and 696.

Elks host community Thanksgiving dinner

Once again, the good men and women of the Payson Elks Lodge are hosting the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This third annual event will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, and is free and open to the public.

Veterans' home roof needs repair

For 15 years, the Payson Veterans Helping Veterans home at 212 W. Wade Lane has provided shelter, meals, clothing, counseling and much more to veterans who have fallen on hard times.

Wal-Mart cookbook includes Pine woman's recipe

Barbara Hall, who decorates cakes for the Payson Wal-Mart, is one of 1.3 million of the store's associates invited to enter recipes to its national search program.

60 years of service

John Wallen of Strawberry was honored for 60 years of service to the Masonic Lodge. John Dino, left, Deputy Grand Master, presented the awards with Dan McEuen, Senior Warden, looking on.

Roundup proud to provide obituaries for free


She came to work on Monday. The last time I saw her, I made a stupid joke about wearing an eye patch. And that was it.

Thank you for support during election

Words fail to express my appreciation to the voters in Payson, Pine, Strawberry and other areas in Gila Community College District #1 for your support in Tuesday's election.

A word of encouragement for Coach Anderson, Roundup

I very much agree with your editorial in the Friday, Nov. 3, edition of the Payson Roundup, "Parents blinded by Friday night lights."

Rumsfeld resignation meaningless

If the United States were to pull out of Iraq immediately, the condition in Iraq and the Middle East would be no worse, maybe a little bit better than when Bush started his war. If Bush cared about the U.S. and our troops, he would resign.

Roundup helps people connect states away

My name is Angela Crane and I am the sister of Michelle Cannon and an aunt to Brooke and Blake Cannon of Payson.

Consider accomplishments of Mayflower descendents

In this Thanksgiving season, it is good to remember the marvelous example of faith, courage and steadfastness of purpose that enabled our Mayflower ancestors, who celebrated that first Thanksgiving, to survive seemingly unendurable conditions.

School board should reconsider schedule decision

I think it is interesting that the articles and letters I have read in the paper about the school calendar change seem to focus on it being better for maintenance of the schools, college registration and administrative issues. What about academics?

Trust elected officials to make informed decisions

In recent editorials and comments there has been a tone that elected officials are expected to make decisions on what the respondents to a survey indicate is their preference.

Letter asks county to revoke Pine-Strawberry water board power

In a letter addressed to the Gila County Board of Supervisors, Ray Pugel requested they revoke the authority of the board of directors of the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District.

Fire board races settled after hand count

Regular races among the candidates for fire district board seats were settled Nov. 7.

Santa Claus survives triple bypass; ready for Christmas


Santa Claus is still coming to the town of Payson despite some recent health issues. Roger Freeman, a man who has played Santa Claus for years, last month had triple bypass heart surgery after first having a stent installed in his heart.

Contractors given Dec. 1 deadline to complete PHS building

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the school board met again for a special meeting where it voted to authorize Horton and Myers to draft a letter to general contractor BMJS Contracting, Inc., the company currently constructing the PHS administration building.

Water task force to present methodology of research

Chairman of the Mayor's Water Task Force, Lynn Godfrey, will speak during a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at the Payson Public Library.

Strange fruit has neighbors asking, ‘What is it?'

After a Star Valley man planted two Osage Orange trees on his property and decorated his front yard with the fruit, the first question he always gets is, "What is it?"

Council asks ADOT to move speed limit signs

Star Valley wants to make the stretch of Highway 260 that runs through town safer, and is talking with the Arizona Department of Transportation to accomplish that goal.

Teachers speak out against recent school calendar change

At Monday's Payson Unified School District board meeting, the newly adopted 2007-2008 school calendar was not on the agenda, but two dozen teachers and another dozen parents asked to address the board on the subject.

Generous donation

Every year, Payson Concrete and Materials conducts a campaign to collect money and canned food.

Joseph E. Ashburn

Joseph E. Ashburn, 92, of Payson died Nov. 15, 2006. He was born June 11, 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mary Ann Sanchez

Mary Ann Sanchez, 68, of Payson, died Nov. 9, 2006. She was born Aug. 14, 1938 in Florence to Antonio and Juana (Garcia) Clark and was a lifetime resident of Arizona.

Cecil H. Sceley

Cecil H. Sceley, 85, of Tonto Basin, died Nov. 11, 2006 in Scottsdale. He was born June 6, 1921 in Blaney, S.C.

Ronald Lee "Dutch" Slater

Ronald Lee "Dutch" Slater, 69, died Nov. 10, 2006 in Phoenix. He was born April 18, 1937 in Indiana.

Schedules set for PHS wrestling and basketball

Assembling home and away schedules for two basketball programs and a wrestling team has been the daunting challenge facing Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley.

Conference realignment complete

The realignment of the 3A conference, which occurs every two years, is just about complete.

Young golfer sweeping national tournaments

Rim Country Middle School seventh-grader Tyler Apps has outplayed the son of one the professional ranks' finest golfers.

Chili fund-raiser brings in more than $5,000 for humane society


The annual Chili Supper, a major fund-raiser for the Payson Humane Society, was a resounding success once again. Beyond wonderful food, there was a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and the quilt raffle.

Fond farewell to longtime fire board member


At Monday night's fire board meeting the Firebelles awarded Chairman Power Webb with a fireman's clock and a plaque for his dedicated 16 years on the fire board.

Sign of fall: Fuels pickup truck loaded with brush


The weather is gorgeous. We have no excuse for not getting out and raking up leaves and pine needles? Don't forget the roof and gutters. The fuels pickup truck and trailer just passed by loaded with brush. Some are out there working to make our communities safer.

Concerned Citizens Committee tired of dust on Control Road; petitioning Forest Service


The dust is still flying all over the Village from all the traffic on the Control Road.

Labels: tragic expressions of feelings and needs


By labels, I am referring to stereotypes, generalizations and judgments about others' behaviors or belief systems. What happens when we lump one behavior into a category?

Church briefs

Payson United Methodist church presents its 5th Annual Merry Mall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at 414 N. Easy St.

Roundup Foster Care Series

In this three-part series, the Payson Roundup news team looks at a part of the world that most of us never see -- a world where children are neglected and where parents struggle to keep it together to avoid losing their son or daughter.

Tuesday, November 14

A beautiful world in black and white


Photographer William Fuller captures the architecture of cities in black and white.

Take a hike

If you are a fool like me, you have tried the hike to Fossil Springs during the heat of the summer.

Coming to an understanding with the Christmas Cactus


It's called the Christmas Cactus or "Schlumbergera Bridgesii."

Cross-stitch crazy


One of my very first hobbies was taught to me by my paternal grandmother.

Pumpkin recipe full of color, flavor


The weather is perfect for any outdoor activity, so my friend Dee and I drove up to Kohl's Stables on east Highway 260 for a one-hour horseback ride with our guide Josh, who took us through the forest on narrow trails over rugged terrain.

War and Revenge


One reason the white-eyes did not understand the Apache's faith in God is because in American Christianity war and violence are thought of as evil. For the Apache, violence is part of life, and does not conflict with their faith in the Life Giver and the Mountain Spirits.

Tellers of Tales


Doubtless, if you have blown enough candles on your birthday to be teased about needing a fire hose to blow them out, you have heard tales of midlife crisis.

Video: PHS students present a rendition of the "Battle of the Frozen Chosen"

Payson High School drama students perform a rendition of the "Battle of the Frozen Chosen" from the Korean War, while the song "Diamond in the Sky," written by a veteran of that battle, Frank Gross, plays in the background. Gross wrote the lyrics. Local musician John Carpino wrote and performed the music. This video is 2.5 minutes long.

Monday, November 13

Sesame Inn closes; family says goodbye to Payson

The sign on the door was both brief and gracious. It read: "Sesame Inn is closed. Thank you for all your support over the last seven years. God bless. Thank you, the Coopers." For seven years, Chris Cooper owned and operated the popular Chinese restaurant in the Safeway shopping center on Highway 260 in Payson.

RCMS music honor students

Thirteen music students from Rim Country Middle School were selected to participate in the Northeast Regional Honor Festival for junior high school band, orchestra and choir students in Show Low Wednesday.

Payson hospice to be copied nationwide

RTA Hospice and Palliative Care was purchased three months ago by Cloverleaf Partners, a company based in Nashville, Tenn.

Veterans Day flag-raising canceled due to stomach illness

A special Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony and program planned for the Powell House Saturday afternoon was canceled at the last minute due to a number of residents becoming ill with a stomach illness.

East region not represented in final four

Have the Beasts of the East finally been caged?

Errors cost Lady Horns at state

The Lady Longhorns volleyball team made a quick exit in this past weekend's 3A state tournament held at Peoria High School.

Thank you to Challenge Race volunteers

The Rim Country Challenge Race Committee thanks all of the over 80 volunteers who helped to make this inaugural event a successful one by raising over $20,000 toward the construction of Payson Area Habitat's house #14.

Thousands attended Tonto Apache Halloween Blast

The Halloween Blast at the Tonto Apache Gym had a large turnout. The haunted house was filled with screams and chills. There were lots of activities, even for little ones who were too scared, or too young, to enter the haunted house.

Thank you for help with Moose Lodge halloween

I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who contributed so generously to our "Boo Moose" Halloween Party at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Free market will provide the best water service to Pine

Our thanks to the Payson Roundup for its recent series of articles on the Pine-Strawberry water situation. In addition, we would like to thank our friends and newly concerned citizens for their support in the effort to get the water situation pointed in a positive direction in Pine and Strawberry.

Local control of water resources imperative

Mr. Welge has "very relevant questions for those who are pushing for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District to take over and purchase the Pine Water Company." I cannot answer all his questions, as I am sure they were directed at those who are perceived as "special interests" by the current PSWID board.

Loss of recycling program reveals a larger problem

You can blame it on people from the Valley all you want. But in the end, it is the people of Payson who pay the price for the damage that has been done -- be it by travelers or by locals.

Propositions, school bond draw high voter turnout

Nineteen propositions and a chance to make a statement drew voters to the polls this year in much higher numbers than usual for a nonpresidential election year.

NPR now on air in Payson

National Public Radio is now available in Payson on 93.5 FM. KNAU Arizona Public Radio, broadcasting from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, has constructed a new transmitter at the Diamond Point communications site east of Payson.

Time to quit?

Faced with a smoking ban and a new cigarette tax, smokers consider their options

A smoking ban and an 80-cent cigarette tax passed by voters on Nov. 7 will affect many businesses in the Rim Country.

New brochures ready for Medicare Part D

Open enrollment for the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit begins Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 31.

Payson Care provides wellness, educational opportunities

This weekend, 17 people visited Payson Care Center for a wellness program on fall prevention.

PHS Modern Choir invited to perform in Carnegie Hall

The Payson High School Modern Choir and music instructor Larry Potvin have been invited to participate in a performance of "Schubert's Mass in G Major" in Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 11, 2007.

124-unit subdivision in works

Neighbors concerned about density, water

A proposed 124-unit, 90-acre subdivision off Tyler Parkway came before the public and the Payson Planning and Zoning Commission Monday.

Forest Edge subdivision on Thursday's council agenda

The Forest Edge subdivision, a proposed neighborhood that requires a zoning change for development, is on the agenda at the Payson Town Council meeting Thursday evening.

Rosemarie Springer

Rosemarie Springer, 80, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2006. She was born Sept. 24, 1926 in Snowflake, Ariz. to Milton and Florence Tanner.

Water tank moved to forest

In March of 2006, the Gila County Public Works Department, at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, was given the task of finding water sources to help the Forest Service fight forest fires in northern Gila County.

Engler/Hickey engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Engler and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hickey announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Brandyce Nicole Engler and Justin Cloyd Hickey.

Berlyn Rose Brown

Berlyn Rose Brown was born Oct. 23, 2006 to Robyn and Denzel Brown,of Utah.

'Chamber Chat' hits airwaves every Monday

Tina Bruess, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, said its new KCMA radio show, "Chamber Chat," captures the essence of partnership between the business community and the media.

When play is not just a game

PHS students learn to teach preschoolers to maximize child's development

Defining age-appropriate play experiences for preschoolers is one of the first semester goals of students in Donna Goble's Child Development class at Payson High School.

Agnes Marie "Dee" Lierley

Agnes Marie "Dee" Lierley, 93, of Round Valley, died Nov. 3, 2006. She was born Oct. 19, 1913 in High Lake Twp., Iowa.

Winifred Esther Cole Dewey

Winifred Esther Cole Dewey, 91, a 25-year resident of Payson, died Nov. 4, 2006. She was born June 24, 1915 in Arkwright, N.Y. and graduated from Fredonia Normal School in 1936.

Technician brings 20 years experience to job

Nora Martin has joined the staff at the Swiss Beauty Connection salon.

11 northern Gila County riders place in State 4-H Horse Show

The official results of the State 4-H Horse Show held at West World, Scottsdale Oct. 21 and 22 have finally been released.

What's up?

Q: Can people who own a home in a residential area of Payson park a travel trailer next to their house and have people living in it?

Amen to recent editorial

The editorial "Parents blinded by Friday night lights," published Friday, Nov. 3 ...

Two story homes rob neighbors of privacy

As a resident of Stone Creek Subdivision off Longhorn and McLane, I am deeply upset at the new subdivision currently being built off McLane that backs up to Stone Creek.

Adult stem cell research is OK

I don't understand why people are all hyped about embryonic stem cell research to help them with their medical problems.

Sunday, November 12

Question: What role do you think the college should play in our community?

The editorial board of the Payson Roundup plans to discuss the future of Gila Community College at its Wednesday, Nov. 14 meeting. Any thoughts or ideas your would like to share with the board for the purpose of an editorial would be appreciated. E-mail comments to, fax them, attn: Autumn Phillips, to (928)474-1893 or drop them by the Roundup office at 708 N. Beeline Hwy in the Swiss Village.

Thursday, November 9

New school calendar is great

I just want to talk about how great I think the new school year is next year.

Payson council adopts plan to answer wage, housing cost disparity

When the Payson Town Council adopted an affordable housing plan Thursday evening, it made a commitment to find answers to the income and the housing disparities of the town.

Recycling too costly for town

Mattresses, animal parts and empty colostomy bags don't constitute recyclable material, but somehow these items find a way into Payson's paper-recycling bins.

Emergency Responders card could save your life


Those beautiful leaves have been rapidly floating to the ground and the trees are looking very bare. Now, we need to remove the leaves and pine needles from our roofs and gutters and rake them all up. Such fun.

Hunt smarter: Use optics, elevation to find elk, deer


The Arizona big-game hunting seasons are in full swing with rifle elk hunts coming next in most northern units while whitetail deer hunts will be going on in most southern units.

Credit for Kids

Residents can better education while earning a tax write-off

Rim Country residents generously supported area students with nearly $300,000 in contributions to Arizona's Credit for Kids program in 2005.

Myths of the college athletic scholarship

Almost every parent of a high school sports star dreams of their child earning a major college athletic scholarship.

The Lady Longhorns' Cinderella story

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team has enjoyed a Cinderella-like ride all season long.

Junior Rodeo awards

The Queen Creek Junior Rodeo Association held its year-end awards banquet on Nov. 5 in Coolidge.

Women golfers wrap up 2006 season

Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association Nine-Hole Group wrapped up the 2006 season at a Nov. 2 luncheon and awards ceremony.

Men's golf season ends with 4-man showdown

Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association wrapped up a highly successfully eight-month season Nov. 1 with a four-man select drive showdown.

Transfer runner lives up to her billing

Rhea Cosay's arrival on the Payson High School campus last summer from Alchesay High School was a welcome relief for longtime cross country coach, Chuck Hardt.

Madeline Wetzler

Madeline Wetzler, 85, of Payson, died Nov. 4, 2006. She was born Jan. 21, 1921 in Laveen, Ariz.

A response from a slow-learning Bible enthusiast

In reference to Mr. Kane's letter, published on Oct. 20, titled "Enough is Enough," I was disheartened to see that Bush hatred and Bush bashing have bled over to include supporters of Bush and his war on terror. You see, I am one of those slow-learning Bible enthusiasts to whom he referred.

Tips to help you find your lost pet


Having a family pet disappear with no trace can be very upsetting.

Trio runs final high school meet

A trio of Payson High School seniors have run their last race in Longhorn cross country uniforms.

Edson (Eddie) Earl Williams

Edson (Eddie) Earl Williams, 65, died Nov. 5, 2006 at his home in Benson, Ariz. He was born Jan. 22, 1941 to Albert and Edna Williams.

Bob Walberg

Bob Walberg died Nov. 5, 2006 while cheering a football touchdown made on TV.

Nettie Elizabeth Shoemaker

Nettie Elizabeth Shoemaker, 94, of Pine, died Oct. 6, 2006 at RTA Hospice. She was born in Summertown, Tenn. on July 23, 1912, to Louis and Sarah Washburn, the oldest of six children.

Patricia Dorene Peters

Patricia Dorene Peters, 65, of Payson, a loving wife and mother, died Nov. 6, 2006. She was born Feb. 28, 1941 in Fresno, Calif., and has resided in Payson for the past 10 years.

Glad all the campaign advertising is behind us


The elections are over. Gone are the advertisements for candidates on television, and gone are the numerous telephone calls we all received this past month. What a nuisance all of this campaign advertising was for everyone.

Less-than-ideal conditions stall prescribed burn northwest of Whispering Pines

Payson Ranger District fire personnel suspended prescribed burning operations in an area along Forest Road 438 on Monday, Nov. 6.

Teacher of the Year makes school relevant to life

Gila County's Rural Teacher of the Year is Nancy Mullikin. She has taught English at Payson Center for Success for the past six years.

APS agreement approved

The Star Valley Council Thursday night approved entering into an agreement with Brooke Utilities for the next 25 years, though one councilor strongly opposed the license agreement.

Star Valley founders celebrate first anniversary of town

Among the 60 to 80 people that showed up for Star Valley's one-year anniversary on becoming a town Tuesday night were the residents who were instrumental in incorporating the community.

Star Valley imagines new town hall

At first glance, the Town of Star Valley's new proposed town hall location is just a remote piece of land with the only access to the site being a rough, rocky, dirt road.

Star Valley Council meetings now on the Internet

In the near future, people will be able to listen to a Star Valley Council or any other town meeting anytime by going to the town's Web site.

Construction of Tonto Basin bridge focus of meeting

For years, the residents of Tonto Basin have talked about putting in a bridge to help them make it through the flooding that sometimes completely separates the east of town from the rest of the world after a storm.

Waneta Husband

Waneta Husband, 78, of Payson, died Nov. 7, 2006, at RTA Hospice House. She was born in Oklahoma on Aug. 23, 1928 to Clarence and Willie Williams.

What's up?

Q: Thank you for your article about the Mail Trail. I am wondering if there is a map available showing the trail andoints of interest along the way. Also, will quads be allowed on this trail or is it only for horseback riders and hikers?

Thank you for being so generous on Halloween

I'd like to thank Rose Harper and Gary Rains, partners at ERA Realty in Strawberry, for putting on their annual Halloween costume contest for the children of Pine and Strawberry.

Thank you for making our fund-raiser a success

Twice a year, Community Presbyterian Church opens our church parking lot to local vendors as a way to help raise money for our Deacons Assistance Fund.

How many more will die at this rate?

The president of "Iraqnam" is calling for U.S. troops to be there for another three years.

Limiting growth will not turn Payson into a ghost town

It is amazing how many people are buying into the great myth that, "If we impose a moratorium on new construction (and growth), Payson will become a ghost town."

CPS says thank you

As the supervisor of the Payson Child Protective Services' (CPS) office, I wish to express a "thank you" from the staff and myself, the supervisors from all the offices in Gila and Pinal Counties, District Management and all the families who enter our office.

Charlene Hunt does a great job

We would like to thank Charlene Hunt of Payson Parks and Recreation for all the effort and hard work on organizing the horse activities at the Payson Event Center.

Improvements, help at Dog Park appreciated

I would like to thank Nelson Beck, Parks and Recreation Supervisor, for the excellent job he and his staff did in preparing the brand-new paved entrance and walkway at Payson's Off-Leash Dog Park.

President needs support in time of war

Today there was an "expert" who said we could not win the war in Iraq, that there was only one democracy in the Middle East ... which was Israel and that it had only been a state for 60 years.

Rodeo help appreciated

We would like to say thanks to all those who helped Payson's High School Rodeo Team and the Arizona High School Rodeo Association putting on the Payson Rodeo.

Veterans Day not a time to glorify war

It's hard to write a treatise on Veterans Day without wandering into cliché.

People who found water not a 'special interest group'

I attended the PSWID meeting in October, and at the end was in total dismay regarding the thinking of this body regarding the $300,000 of taxpayers' money that was to be given to a public utility. The District will be paid back via a rate increase to the water users.

Burglary victims need help

Our home was burglarized recently, and we are asking for help from Payson folks.

For Veterans Day in memory of my husband

I am the wife of a Vietnam veteran. I love my husband very much, and I am proud of the fact he did serve our country in time of need. The only problem is, I have to see the effect of that war on him every day of his life.

Fire board still waiting for write-in candidates to be counted

Fire districts around Northern Gila County will be filling their fire boards with quite a few write-in candidates once the count is completed next week.

How Gila County voted on propositions

Proposition 100: Bail for undocumented immigrants -- Yes (Passed statewide) Proposition 101: Government levy limits Yes (Passed)

Thank you, veterans

Veterans will be honored in special programs around the community this weekend. The main event will be the town's program Saturday afternoon, with a more intimate celebration later at Rim Country Health and Retirement Community.

Runner thanks Habitat for good race

From a participant's perspective, the Rim Country Challenge (half marathon and 5K) was a big success.

Shooter to go to trial

The Payson man accused of shooting his then-girlfriend about a year ago decided Wednesday morning to take the case to trial. Frederick Parra Ortiz, now 19, is accused of discharging a gun, which resulted in Susan Crim being shot in the neck.

Town, tribe form alliance to search for water

The Tonto Apache Tribe and the Town of Payson announced today, Wednesday, that they have formed an alliance to secure a long-term water source.

Star Valley voters agree to elect mayor, stagger council terms, accept APS franchise fee

Star Valley voters easily passed three ballot issues in Tuesday's election.

Voters approve $33.8 million school bond

As local voters filled in the affirmative black oval on their ballots Tuesday, they also started to remove what many residents consider a black mark from the face of Payson education.

Crowley wins six year term on community college governing board

In the race for the District 1 governing board seat for Gila Community College, Don Crowley easily defeated Al Poskanzer with 64.2 percent (1,696 votes) of the vote. Poskanzer received 35.8 percent or 932 votes.

Band takes highest honors

The Payson High School Longhorn marching band earned the state's highest rating of "Superior" for their performance at the annual Arizona State Marching Festival Nov. 4 in Maricopa, Arizona.

Church briefs

Payson United Methodist church presents its fifth annual Merry Mall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at 414 N. Easy St.

Dealing with people at work who explode, manipulate or whine


Today, I'd like to share my responses to a letter I recently received.

Do you have a plan to provide for family?


In Payson, you have to work hard to provide a comfortable living for your family.

Artists invited to create poster for Payson's 125th anniversary

Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, 2007 have been set as the dates Payson will celebrate its 125th Anniversary. Organizers will be coordinating this event with the Western Heritage Festival.

Elections sometimes generate more heat than light


Well, the election is over at last and I don't mind telling you, I'm glad.

Community Health and Care Fair

Dr. Matthew Harris offers skin cancer screenings at the Community Health and Care Fair Saturday afternoon.

Congratulations to the dog everyone loves


Happy recently won a whole bunch of awards at the 2006 Soroptimist "I Love My Dog" Show. He won the President's Choice trophy, first place for the weirdest bark, third place for the fastest wag, fourth place for the best trick and fourth place for the smallest dog.

Jumping through hoops for World competition


2006 Cynosport World Games was once again an incredible experience.

Artist blends spirit and place, past and present


An artist, a photographer and an equestrian, Pia Wyer combines her worldly experiences with a passion for the natural world.

Tuesday, November 7

My favorite way to spend spare time


A hobby I have had for a very long time -- longer than I can remember possibly -- is reading.

Apache power


Our human need to see God manifested in some form is expressed when Apaches impersonate the Mountain Spirits, or Gaan, in special ceremonies. Masked dancers, secretly chosen, each create their own crown headdress, copying images left by the Gaan in petroglyphs.

Threatened cocoa crop could make chocolate costly


Cocoa. We drink it hot in the winter.

Artist fills the world with color


Since the first day Solveig (she goes by Sally) Myers picked up a crayon to draw pictures to send to her grandmother who lived in Sweden she knew she loved art.

Payson to honor veterans Nov. 11

All citizens are invited to join with friends and neighbors to commemorate those who have defended, and continue to defend, the standards and values upon which our country was founded and renew our resolve in support of our American way of life.

Cook for your freezer now to save time later


With the arrival of Veterans Day Saturday, we are looking at hectic times as we move closer to the holidays.

Veteran remembers dancing at the Hollywood Canteen


World War II veteran Howard Johnson doesn't remember the song the night he heard the Harry James Orchestra play at the famous Hollywood Canteen.

Take a hike

Forest Road 300 on the Mogollon Rim doesn't always stay open year-round. Since winter is coming -- you might want to do a final sweep for fall colors in this area before turning your hiking boots south to drier, warmer winter hikes.

Monday, November 6

Secretary of the Interior visits Payson to discuss forest health

Two of the top leaders in the U.S. government were in Payson this week as the guests of Congressman Rick Renzi (R-District 1).

Inspiring children through language of music

Elementary school children and a few middle schoolers filled the auditorium to listen to the high-energy, genre-busting music of three young men from Philadelphia -- Time for Three.

Radiothon successful

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country wish to thank all those who helped us have a successful Radiothon Oct. 20.

Wisconsin man hired as parks director

Rick Manchester, who currently heads the Two Rivers, Wis. Parks and Recreation Department, said he's accepted a conditional offer as Payson's new parks and recreation director, filling the position left vacant by former director, Bill Schwind.

Remember your Christian beliefs at the polls

Within the past 50 years, there has been a dramatic decline of the moral structure of our nation and I believe the blame can be laid at the feet of many of our left-wing professors, the mainstream media, activist judges and the ACLU.

Wake up: Expect to have a good day


Wake Up: Expect to have a good day ...

Poison discovered at senior thrift store

The Payson Senior Thrift Store received an unexpected donation Saturday afternoon when volunteers discovered small containers of DDT among dropped-off items. DDT is a powerful insecticide.

Fall prevention workshop

The Payson Care Center is hosting a fall prevention workshop this weekend. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the activity room of the Payson Care Center.

Wells Fargo donates $1,000 to Payson High School scholars

Payson High School students who are participating in the Arizona Academic Scholars (AAS) program will soon be heading to Rim Country Lanes courtesy of a Wells Fargo Bank grant.

Eighth-grade science is elemental

This year, Rim Country Middle School eighth-graders studied the periodic table of the elements with models in hand.

Radiothon success

Meg Turlukis and her daughter Stephanie were among more than 80 volunteers who worked to make the annual Soroptimist Radiothon a success.

Expect smoke from prescribed burn

If ideal conditions of temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content and wind speed persist, Payson Ranger District personnel will continue a broadcast burn of approximately 310 acres in an area northwest of Whispering Pines.

Public input sought on Payson streets projects

In 2004, the Town of Payson Surface Transportation Advisory Committee identified a list of 23 streets as priority projects. The Town Council approved this list and staff began the implementation process. Mud Springs Road between Frontier Elementary School and Highway 260 was ranked number one on the priority list.

Joyce Nadine Randall

Joyce Nadine Randall, 75, of Payson, died Oct. 27, 2006. She was born Aug. 28, 1931 in Bloomington, Ill.

Marjorie June Monet

Marjorie June Monet, 81, of Payson, died Nov. 3, 2006 at RTA Hospice. She was born in Lowell, Ind. June 12, 1925 to Andrew and Nora Childers, the youngest of 12 children.

Mary Lee Barr

After a long battle with multiple sclerosis, Mary Lee Barr died Oct. 25, 2006, at age 50. She was born in Vivian, La., and had a degree in art from Louisiana College.

Firefighter pleads guilty to starting two wildfires

A firefighter who once penned a letter to the editor of the Payson Roundup thanking the towns of Pine, Strawberry and Payson for their support during the 2004 Webber fire has pleaded guilty to setting another wildfire that same year.

Star Valley town manager enjoys first day on job

Vito Tedeschi, near the end of his first day as the new town manager of Star Valley, called it "normal crazy."

Three artists, three visions of Rim Country

Dick and Sandi Crane, along with oil painter Sally Meyers, are the focus of November's "Artists of the Month" at the new co-op gallery "Artists of the Rim" at 408 W. Main St. in Payson.

Building Payson's Corporate Strategic Plan a battle

The clashing of new ideas for the town's future with differing philosophy from past administrations has defined the Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP) development process for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

New school calendar benefits everyone

I would like to present some additional information concerning the Payson Governing Board's decision on the 2007-2008 calendar.

Rim environmental group honored

I am pleased to report that for the second time in our organization's history, we have won the "Honorable Mention Award" for Environmental Leadership.

Support of festival appreciated

A big thank you to all who helped with the 7th Annual Western Heritage Festival on Oct. 14, 2006.

Councilor responds to portion of mayor's smart-growth plan

With courage and conviction, I planned to request a motion to table all three ordinances: 694, 695 and 696, as well as Resolutions 2214 and 2226. ...

Update of The Door Stop lawsuit

I often get asked about the status of the lawsuit, filed by 41 Airpark residents, against The Door Stop. Because local residents seem to be curious about the suit, I'll outline the developments.

Paranormal investigators visit ghosts of the Main Street Grille

Supernatural scouters and spook enthusiasts gathered for an evening of paranormal pursuit during a community mixer and question-and-answer session Saturday night at the Main Street Grille.

School board needs another solution

During the five years I taught English at PHS, I offered intersession courses on more than one occasion. On none of those occasions did a sufficient number of students sign up to make a class.

Residents have caring spirit

On Oct. 12, 2006 at about 9:40 a.m. we were involved in a motorcycle accident on Highway 87 southwest of Strawberry.

Obstacle course

Payson Police Cadet Matt Zimmerman scales a 6-foot wall during an obstacle course test at Rumsey Park Saturday.

A moment to breathe after a long election year

Most likely, by the time you read this, the election will be over.

Funeral home provides new video service to remember loved ones

Memories become that much more important when people lose a loved one. Messinger Payson Funeral Home now has the ability to capture those important life moments with a personalized, lasting tribute on DVD and on the funeral home's Web site.

Keeping a close eye on state football

There were no surprises in the opening round of the Arizona State Class 3A state football tournament.

Money earned

The Optimist Club, represented by Corey Kroll, presented a $1,000 check to Tori Wilbanks, her teammates, and Coach Grant Coley for the Payson High School girls basketball team.

Martial arts medals stay in the family

The Arizona Grappling Challenge held Oct. 14 in Mesa turned into a stage for three members of the Root family to showcase their martial arts skills.

Tonto National Forest waives fees on Veterans Day

The Tonto National Forest will waive recreation fees across the forest on Veterans Day, Nov. 1, to honor Americans who have served in the armed forces.

Former Payson wrestlers dominate mat in Colorado

A pair of former Longhorn wrestling stars will lead the NCAA Division II sixth-ranked Western State College of Colorado team into 2006-2007 season action.

Lady Horns head to state as East's No. 4 seed

Take the "glass is half-full" philosophy, and the Lady Longhorn volleyball team is going to state, where history proves anything can happen.

Affordable housing study before Payson council

An affordable housing study conceived by Payson's Community Development Department and the Affordable Housing Task Force is up for council adoption at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Local man pulls 4 from burning vehicles

A Payson resident played a major role in removing four people from burning vehicles Saturday morning after a three-vehicle collision occurred on Interstate 10.

Election Day: Volunteers work long day at the polls

Bob Dalby pulled himself out of bed at 4 a.m. today to do what he has been doing on Election Day for six years.

Polling places

The following polling places are available for Rim Country voters Tuesday, Nov. 7:

Thursday, November 2

Donald Lee Haworth

Donald Lee Haworth, of Heber-Overgaard, died Oct. 30, 2006.

Jimmy Harris

Jimmy Harris, 24, of Payson, died Oct. 30, 2006 as the result of a welding explosion.

Laura Mae Blake

Laura Mae Blake, 78, of Tonto Basin, died Oct. 6, 2006 in Payson. She was born April 16, 1928 in Globe, Ariz., the daughter of Nellie (Rice) and William Quarrels.

Get ready for chili fund-raiser

While our days are still warm, the nights have become cooler and are just right for a bowl of chili. And the Friends of the Payson Humane Society will have a bowl of spicy warmth ready and waiting for everyone at its 10th annual chili supper.

Payson Concrete makes a difference

Payson Concrete and Materials has once again made several major contributions to community service organizations around town.

College board race contributions

The latest campaign finance reports are in for the Gila County College Governing Board race, and the Roundup has compiled the contributions to each candidate's campaign through Oct. 26.

Updated list of doctors accepting new patients

As a follow up on "Doctor Dilemma" a story that ran in the Oct. 10 Roundup, the Payson Regional Medical Center provided the following information:

Jesson Mikel Haught

Jesson Mikel Haught was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Klayton and Jordan on Oct. 24, 2006 at 5:19 p.m.

Clearing misconceptions about Simon

As the election nears, it seems that campaign messages become more personally critical of the candidates and less concerned with issues the candidates promote.

Lee Pageau

Lee Pageau, 73, a former Payson resident, died Oct. 26, 2006 at her son's home in Palisade, Colo.

Friendly competition aids local food bank

There are not many contests where everyone who participates comes out a winner.

Identity theft a growing concern in Payson area


Let us begin with a definition of identity theft, as defined by the Arizona Revised Statutes, "A person commits the taking identity of another person if the person knowingly takes the identity of another and their intent is to cause monetary loss to the person or entity, whether or not the person actually suffers an economic loss as a result of the offense."

Create memories around a campfire


I have sat around a lot of campfires on fall hunting trips with close friends and family members.

Church briefs

Missionary and Pastor Matt Beemer will speak at the Living Word Bible Church of Payson on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Introducing Payson's Human Resource team


It is the mission of the Human Resources Department to provide quality administration in Human Resources and Risk Management to the Town of Payson, the Town Council, and Town employees through:

Dakota Maye Silcott

Dakota Maye Silcott was born Sept. 26, 2006 in the San Diego Naval Hospital to Amber and Rick Silcott.

Trail takes travelers to hidden beauty of Rim Country


Winding along and parallel to its namesake, the Horton Creek trail traverses a variety of landscapes and ecosystems as it makes its way up from the Upper Tonto Creek Campground until it meets up with the Highline Trail and the beginning of the Horton Springs Trail.

Longtime shelter dogs still waiting


Many times we wish that the dogs at Payson Humane Society could talk and tell us about their previous lives. We could understand them better if we knew how they were treated or mistreated. We would know what their favorite games were, what kind of people they lived with and what kind of food they liked to eat.

Free grant writing workshop planned Nov. 21


After a year and half as a dispatcher for the Payson Police Department, Kevin Krogulski became the Town of Payson grants coordinator in June.

Jim Pederson visit

Democrat Jim Pederson brought his bid to unseat Republican Senator Jon Kyl to Payson Tuesday.

The effect of higher inflation on your investments


Gas prices, affordable housing, health care costs -- inflation has been in the local, state and national news quite a bit lately.

Mountain communities go all out for Halloween


Halloween was a total success here in Christopher Creek. Christopher Creek residents had their hayride with 51 little goblins showing up to trick-or-treat.

Falling temps mean lots of leaves to rake


The temperatures in Tonto Village this week have been in the mid-20s with frost on the ground and defrosters working overtime to melt the ice on the windshields of the cars.

Feelings: Our built-in directional signals


I would like to devote time this week to speak about part two of the four part process of Nonviolent Communication: Feelings.

Calendar offers look at Rim musicians

The Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers are again selling a special package of Rim Country history.

Edison Talis Conser

Edison Talis Conser was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Chad and Christine on Oct. 20, 2006 at 3:10 p.m.

Three chosen for next Payson Roundup editorial board


This time five months ago, when I decided to place an ad for editorial board members, I wasn't sure what to expect.

Club says thanks

The MOMS Club of Payson would like to thank the following people and businesses for their generous donations:

Diana Martino

Diana Martino, 54, of Payson, died Oct. 31, 2006. She was born Aug. 8, 1952 in New York, N.Y.

Celebrating four years of Focus on Pets


The first ever Focus on Pets column appeared in the Payson Roundup on Nov. 5, 2002. Thus, this week's column marks four years of publication.

Puppy scam: Con artists put on innocent face

The envelope bore a British stamp, which was exactly what Payson resident Dan Frost expected. But inside was a check for $4,500 as payment for one of his yellow Labrador retriever puppies. They were good puppies, but not that good.

In-town trails network approved

Council tables 3 growth ordinances

After two hours of public testimony, the Payson Town Council voted a second time Thursday evening to table three proposed ordinances which are part of the council's 17-point smart growth plan.

Burglaries up in Star Valley, police service calls down

Calls for police service have decreased by a small amount for Star Valley in the three months since the Payson Police Department began providing services to the small community.

Town saved from FAA reimbursement

The Town of Payson will not have to reimburse the Federal Aviation Administration $1.4 million if certain safety standards are met in the next five years.

Road improvement priorities driven by money, usage

In 2004, the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee came up with 23 areas for roadway improvements in Payson.

Focusing for state

Saturday's game will seed Longhorns

The Lady Longhorns tuned up for tomorrow's (Saturday) 3A East regional championship tournament with a 3-0 regular season-ending win over one of the Valley's finest small school volleyball programs.

What's up?

Q: Are there any laws governing taking pets into places of business such as food stores and banks? --AND-- Q: Can the old weather light Anna Mae Deming used to use for weather reporting be used at the event center?

Pine man downs record book buck

Bill Cocroft downed a Coues whitetail buck he's sure will soon be included in the Boone & Crockett record book.

Lady Horns push Blue Ridge to limit

Traditionally, in prep sport state tournaments, top seeds have an easy time of it in opening round games, because they are paired against a much lower seed from another region.

Football teams prepare for state without Longhorns

The Class 3A state football tournament kicks off today, Friday, without the Longhorns.

Girl's first hunt

After attending January's hunter safety course, Aubrie Johnson went on her first hunt in unit 23.

Dinner tonight is the basketball fish fry

Longhorn boys and girls basketball fish fry fund-raisers have long been a popular dinner option for Rim Country prep sports fans.

1981 football champions honored, remembered

It's been 25 years since Payson High School set the prep sports world on its ear by defeating the Round Valley Elks 21-20 in a state semifinal game. The 1981 upset also continues to be remembered in the Rim Country as the most memorable in PHS sports history and one that united a small mountain community.

Parents blinded by Friday night lights

As the clock wound down on the 2006 Payson High School football season last Friday night, fans may have left the bleachers with a feeling of disappointment because of the team's meager 4-6 record.

Taking issue with 202 support

With 19 propositions on the Nov. 7 ballot, it is certainly understandable how a detailed attention to each might strain the resources of any publication. But Proposition 202's four-page, 2,000-word ramble should have aroused a little more curiosity from the Payson Roundup, before it made its endorsement of it.

College board candidate informed

In response to Mr. Metcalf's assertions in his letter to the editor of Oct. 24, I am offering the following response:

Crowley best advocate for Payson

For anyone who has had any interest whatsoever in issues related to Gila Community College, there has been ample opportunity to get involved.

‘Dr. Al' is the best choice for college board

The Gila Community College Board needs the experience of "Dr. Al"!

Wow! -- It's already November -- seems impossible


A frightening bunch of ghosts, goblins, witches and even the runaway bride came to the Halloween costume contest sponsored by ERA Realty in Strawberry.