Stories for October 2006


Tuesday, October 31

Video: Why pass a school bond in Payson

In this four-minute Roundup video, former Payson School Board President Kristi Ford gives viewers a first-hand look at why voters should pass the school bond Nov. 7.

Hawaii: A great place to play, relax and enjoy life


I can't remember how many times I have visited Hawaii, I guess many, but here is a place that rarely disappoints.

Artist gets ready for Payson Art League show


The Indian warrior in bronze has been carefully wrapped and placed beside the other bronzes artist Don Harmon has sculpted and cast.

Studio 309: What artist Doreen Davidson is doing next


If the walls of her first home had not been empty, Doreen Davidson might not have found the impetus to pick up a brush and start to paint landscapes in oils nearly 40 years ago.

Quick, scrumptious sandwiches for the busy holidays


The religion of the Tonto Apache


Tonto Apaches all belong to a clan, and each clan claims a distinct geographical area as its ancestral home. Over the generations clan members spread out from those areas, but somewhere in the soul of each there is a claim upon that place as "home."

Monday, October 30

Growth plan revisited

Three proposed growth-management ordinances that stirred up controversy and filled council chambers with spectators nearly a month ago are back on the agenda for council consideration Thursday evening.

Reading comprehension class offered

On Thursday morning, Nov. 2, from 9 to 11 a.m., a free parenting class called "7 Keys to Reading Comprehension" will be offered at the Parent Resource Center.

A closer look at the race for Senate

The winner of the current campaign for senator from Arizona is certain to be a very wealthy individual. The libertarian has no hope of winning, given the multimillion dollar campaigns required.

Photo gallery: 2006 Roundup Halloween Costume Contest

The Payson Roundup is proud to present our annual Halloween costume contest entries from area children. We've created a separate gallery for each age group.

Artists prepare space for December gallery opening

Payson's newest artist co-op is the culmination of something that began 15 years ago between Dan Basinski and Minette Hart-Richardson, known to the world simply as Minette.

Seven questions for state Senate candidate Jake Flake

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Seven questions for U.S. Senate candidate Jon Kyl

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Seven questions for U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mack

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Seven questions for Arizona gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Seven questions for Arizona gubernatorial candidate Barry Hess

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Seven questions for U.S. Congress candidate David Schlosser

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Seven questions for U.S. Congress candidate Ellen Simon

1. If you had to pick one thing that needs to be changed now in government, what would it be and how would it improve the lives of Arizona residents?

Star Valley: One year later

Town celebrates first anniversary

One year ago, Star Valley was on the eve of becoming an Arizona municipality after several residents collected signatures indicating their desire to become a town.

FAA wants $1.4 million reimbursement for Airport Road

The Federal Aviation Administration is asking the Town of Payson to reimburse it for the $1.4 million Airport Road improvement project completed earlier this year.

Lizbeth Reyes Dominguez

Lizbeth Reyes Dominguez was born at 12:36 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2006 to Pedro and Sandra at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Runner advances as region standard

Carlan Pontious will advance to the Class 3A state cross country championships as the East region standard bearer.

Girls cross country head to state championships

The trio of Rhea Cosay, Lana Cluff and Lucy Schouten paced the Lady Longhorns to an East Region fourth place finish and a team berth in the state championships.

Mesa del man dies in explosion

A Mesa del Caballo man died Sunday evening after an explosion at his home. Loyd "Jimmy" Harris, 24, was airlifted by helicopter to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn at about 5 p.m. Sunday, where he later died.

Payson council, staff setting town goals for 2007-2008

The Payson Town Council and town staff will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the progress made on the 2007-2008 Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP).

SADD celebrates 25 years of working with youth

For more than a quarter-century, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) has been empowering students to make a difference in the lives of their peers, saving thousands of young lives along the way.

Students react to recent schedule change

Word spread fast through the halls of Payson High School. There's been yet another schedule change.

Blogs provide shared online journal

This week on, the Roundup introduced a new blog written by columnist Tom Garrett. For many of us who sometimes feel the online world is moving faster than we can keep up, the term "blog" may still be somewhat ambiguous.

Inaugural Habitat half marathon a well run success

An uphill climb that thwarted many Payson runners proved only a mild challenge for Habitat for Humanity Rim Country Challenge half marathon champion, Steve Folkerts.

College preliminary spring schedule available

Gila Community College has preliminary spring class schedules available.

Don't give up on Blue Ridge, speaker says

Herb Guenther, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources -- the state agency that oversees surface and groundwater management -- said Payson and the Rim Country have a resource that could solve regional shortcomings: Blue Ridge water.

What's up?

Q: Is it legal or is there an ordinance against parking a very large trailer beside the road full time, especially when it blocks a driver's vision of oncoming traffic?

Football season ends with nail-biting comeback

The never-say-die Longhorns came up just short of pulling off the upset of the year Friday evening in PHS stadium.

Leon Michael Valencia

Leon Michael Valencia was born at 11:27 p.m. Oct. 23, 2006 to Justin and Nichole at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Citizen scientists wanted for bird-watching project

Payson and the Mogollon Rim with its diverse vegetation, lakes, creeks and streams is a perfect place for bird-watching.

Antler's Restaurant in Young 'an experience'

Connie and Mike Hendrick were newlyweds when they purchased Antler's Café and Bar in Young five years ago.

31 artists prepare for largest show of the year

The creative works of 30 artists will be featured at Payson Art League's (PAL) annual Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show and Sale Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

Thank you for helping us through a hard time

The Raymond Cline family thanks everyone for all the help, support, well wishes and good thoughts that were extended to us following Raymond's death.

Rosemary Harvey

Rosemary Harvey, known as "Grandma Rose" to many, died Oct. 23, 2006, at the age of 74. She was born to Francis and Jennie Layaou on April 18, 1932.

Peggy Jean Robinson

Peggy Jean Robinson's journey of life ended on Oct. 25, 2006.

We've found the water, now let's use it

In response to the comments made by Wes Suhr in the Friday edition of the Payson Roundup regarding spending $300,000 of taxpayers money to benefit "the community," I have a few additional questions that need to be answered and an observation of my own to express.

Herbal store offers healing tea tastings, consultations

Customers of Chakra Botanika Apothecary and Tea Room can taste several new herbal teas each week.

Couple offers horsemanship class for 4-H

A bit of rain one chilly October morning did not dampen the enthusiasm of 4-H Club members who took advantage of a horse clinic given by Gary and Sandra Walker.

Hospital should move its smoking area

Several weeks ago, I hand-delivered a letter to the administrator of the Payson Hospital.

Reading skills for small children taught Nov. 15

On Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a free parenting class called "On the Road to Reading" will be offered at the Parent Resource Center.

One more question about the Fish trial

This is written in reply to Scott Saul's letter published in the Payson Roundup on Oct. 17.

A vote for Don Crowley for the college board

I support the election of Don Crowley to the Gila Community College Board of Governors. Allow me to explain my reasoning for this decision.

Time to honor state champs of 1981

When old-timers gather, the conversation often turns into a debate over which of Payson High School state championship teams -- the 1981 edition or the 1998 crew -- was better.

Vote ‘yes' to protect marriage

Proposition 107 states "To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or political subdivisions and no legal status shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage."

Al Poskanzer the right candidate for the college

As a former student and supporter of the Gila Community College, I have watched the current election with interest.

Amazed at the generosity to the Payson Supply Line

The Payson Supply Line has some very special friends and supporters and wants to take a moment to thank them for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Sunday, October 29

Photo Gallery: Inaugural Habitat for Humanity half marathon

A collection of photos from the 2006 inaugural Habitat for Humanity Rim Country Challenge half marathon run Oct. 28, 2006.

Thursday, October 26

Lowell E. Romines (1925-2006)

Lowell E. Romines, 81, of Star Valley, died Oct. 21, 2006 in Payson. He was born Jan. 27, 1925 in Urich, Mo.

All students shouldn't be punished for sins of the few

He was that teacher many of us had who everyone hated. If he didn't destroy your love of learning, he sure did his best to do so. Everyone disliked Mr. T!*X# because he just didn't have a clue about how to effectively discipline his students.

Dateline's reporting biased toward Fish

In response to Mr. Scott Saul's letter of Oct. 17, I can appreciate your compassion for Harold Fish's family. They didn't kill an unarmed man.

Why Tom Garrett is a perfect blogger

Years ago, when Tom Garrett first started writing his Friday column for the Payson Roundup, he called it "Your Turn" in hopes that it would be interactive.

Couple investigated for theft from football league

Two Payson residents, one associated with the Payson Youth Football League, are under investigation on theft and forgery charges from the organization.

Roy Creach (2006)

Services were held at 11 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Payson for Roy Creach, 85, who died Oct. 22 in Clinton, Utah.

Fabulous felines need forever families


There are many reasons that cats make wonderful pets. They are fastidiously clean animals. They keep our homes rodent-free. They require less room than dogs and are pretty much self-exercising.

Parenting classes offered

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

Busy weekend of accidents, abandoned campfires


The Tonto Village Volunteer Fire Department was busy this weekend with two accidents on the Control Road on Saturday afternoon. The first incident took place near Moore Creek when a truck rolled off the road due to extreme speeding. The Fire Department responded with Engine 615 and Squad 611.

Planning begins for Payson's 125th anniversary

The 125th anniversary of Payson, coming up in Fall 2007, provides old-timers and newcomers an opportunity to collaborate on a communitywide celebration of the area's history and future.

Changes in pension law may pay off for you


Payson is a long way from Washington. However, some recently enacted legislation might just help Rim Country investors in a variety of ways.

Higher Education Needs Assessment needs community participation

The history of post-secondary and higher education services in Gila County has been quite varied, with most services designed and provided under contracts with outside community college providers. Such outsourcing has been necessary because Arizona law only permits counties to have their own community college districts if they meet certain minimums of population and assessed valuation. With some 95 percent of Gila County off-limits to private ownership, our assessed valuation has not met those minimums, despite the sizable growth in county population.

Star Valley hires new town manager

In a brief meeting Tuesday night, the Star Valley Council unanimously approved the contract for its new town manager, Vito Tedeschi.

Residents have three issues on November ballot

On Nov. 7, the residents of Star Valley will be voting on three issues, two of which will directly affect the Star Valley town council.

25 years of fighting fires

The Diamond Star Fire Department in Star Valley is preparing for its 25th year of existence.

Speak the language of the country you live in

There are many times that we disagree with your opinions, but your stand on Proposition 103 is way off.

Thank you for dog park improvements

Rosie, Shadow, Jon Luc, Brandy, Romeo, Sam, Sassy, Sammy, Boo, LaLa, Baby Huey and many other dogs wish to thank those involved for making the dog park a much safer place for their owners to enter.

Crowley working for change at community college

As many people know, I've been a strong voice for college-level education in Gila County for many years, and, with others, worked hard to secure the funding and to oversee the construction of the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

School board does not represent the community

The article in the Oct. 17 Payson Roundup reported that the Payson school board, after taking a survey, voted to change the school calendar for next year.

Some questions about the Pine water situation

I have a few, very relevant questions for those who are pushing for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District to take over and purchase the Pine Water Company, and I would like honest answers.

Thank you for making fashion show successful

The Payson Lioness and Lions clubs would like to thank the following merchants who donated door prizes, services or other goods to our annual Fall Into Fashion luncheon and style show, which was held Oct. 7.

Vote ‘yes' on School Bond

I am urging everyone to vote "yes" for the Kids Count School Bond Issue.

What's Up: Why can't we read the minutes on Gila County Web site?

Q: Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission now has seven new board members. Minutes are taken at zoning meetings in Globe. Why can't we read the minutes on Gila County Web site?

Children learn meaning of Christmas is giving

Pre-kindergartners at Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center are making cookies, frosting cupcakes, baking brownies and stirring up Rice Krispy treats to sell at their spaghetti dinner and bake sale on Nov. 3.

Power outage hits Payson, extends as far as Camp Verde

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, homes and businesses across Payson lost power when there was a trip on the 69 kv (kilovolt) line.

Public input wanted in search for new school superintendent

The search for a new Payson Unified School District Superintendent to replace the retiring Sue Myers will be carried out through a different process than what was used in the past.

Woman dies in ATV rollover accident

A Tonto Village woman died Wednesday evening after losing control of the all-terrain vehicle she was operating on a dirt trail in Star Valley.

Trick or treat: Halloween happenings in Rim Country

Tigers and fairies, mummies and cowboys can fill their trick-or-treat bags, courtesy of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, at its annual Trunk or Treat event on Halloween night.

Volleyball team going to state for first time since 1994

They made it

The high-flying Lady Longhorns have taken care of East Region volleyball business with a 3-0 victory over the Show Low Cougars. The win, Oct. 24 in Show Low, marked the culmination of 2006 East play for PHS.

Parks and recreation director candidates offer vision for Payson

As the application process winds down for the five candidates vying for the town's vacant parks and recreation director position, the decision to find the right fit for Payson falls on the selection committee.

Pine considers pipeline upgrade for new water

Existing pipelines in Pine must be upgraded if the community is to ever receive water from the newly discovered Milk Ranch well.

Frederick C. Vogel (1926-2006)

Frederick C. Vogel, 79, of Pine, died Oct. 16, 2006 while attending a family reunion in Chicago. He was born Dec. 23, 1926 in Chicago, Ill. He joined the Navy in 1944 and served on the USS Pennsylvania.

Henry G. Buchmann (1942-2006)

Henry George Buchmann, 64, of Tonto Basin, died Oct. 19, 2006 in Tonto Basin. He was born July 16, 1942 in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Serenity Meixner

Serenity Rose Mia Hope Meixner was born Oct. 5, 2006, in Phoenix to Diana and Russell Meixner of Tonto Basin. She weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and was 17 inches long.

Cohen Lander Morris

Cohen Lander Morris was born Sept. 5, 2006 to Nathan and Bree Morris at Payson Regional Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18-1/4 inches long.

Prescribed burn scheduled for Shadow Rim area

If ideal conditions of temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, wind speed, etc. are present, Payson Ranger District fire personnel will return to finish a broadcast burn of approximately 415 to 500 acres in the area near Shadow Rim Girl Scout Ranch beginning Monday, Oct. 30.

We appreciate effort from health fair volunteers

On Saturday, Nov. 4, one of the best examples of community collaboration -- the annual Community Health and Care Fair -- will fill the old gym of Payson High School.

Presentation explains history of Pine's Isabella Hunt Memorial Library

Pine Library Friends presented a most fascinating program featuring the history of our wonderful little Isabella Hunt Memorial Library. Several of the founding members, early members of Library Friends and even the librarians attended this gathering.

Teens invited to enter library's 'Design a Bookmark' contest

Middle and high school students under the age of 19 attending public, private or home school in the Payson area are invited to enter the Payson Public Library's "Design a Bookmark" contest.

Fossil Creek Road to be closed on weekdays in November

Due to continuing de-construction efforts on the Childs-Irving Hydroelectric facilities, Forest Road 708 (Fossil Creek Road) will be closed, as required by Arizona Public Service (APS), on weekdays from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30.

Monument hosts open house during first weekend in November

Tonto National Monument will host an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5.

Holidays and the events that come with them right around the corner


October is heading out the door and November is coming in full speed ahead.

Take a relaxing horseback ride through incredible scenery


Do you like horses? How about taking a horseback ride?

Come watch some of the best dog athletes in the nation


Cynosports at Westworld in Scottsdale will be held Nov. 2 through Nov. 5. This event brings together top dogs and dog folks from around the world. Beyond all the pros in these dog sporting events, there will be demonstrations and opportunities to try many of these activities with your dog. It is also an opportunity to see an amazing array of dogs and people who have a wonderful time with their dogs in every manner of dog sport.

With canvases to fill, no time to fish


A bass boat sits in artist Rock Newcomb's Payson garage.

Rim Country Singles get each other out of the house


Fun and companionship is the theme when members of Rim Country Singles gather -- whether the activity is the twice-a-month meeting at Crosswinds restaurant for dinner or a hike and a picnic at Willow Springs Lake. "We are a multigenerational group," said Ruth Hill, who joined a couple of years ago when she saw an ad in the paper. She is the current president.

Some advice on the dreaded coin toss

Last year, about the time the Longhorn football team was scheduled to participate in a three-way coin flip to decide seeding to the state tournament, I e-mailed former Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet, who is now teaching and coaching in Idaho.

A real trophy mule deer for Lanie Elliott


In the outdoor fraternity of big-game hunting, often considered a man's domain, Lanie Elliott is the exception. Being a Payson High School cheerleader, an honor roll student and very active in school affairs, Lanie made time for her youth deer hunt in unit 23.

Teenage rider continues winning streak

Teenager Amber Marshall's winning ways continued aboard her quarter horses, A.J. and Smokie, in the barrel racing and pole bending competitions.

Boy awaits word from Punt, Pass, Kick

Justin Carlen, a Payson and Sectional Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick champion, eagerly awaits word of whether he qualified to participate in regional championships to be held in the Arizona Cardinals stadium in Glendale.

Soccer teams begin pursuit of state

Pursuit of the 1A-3A state championships begins today, Friday, for the Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams.

Photo Gallery: Payson Youth Football 2006

More than 100 young football players and their team cheerleaders were hard at work Tuesday evening at Rumsey Park preparing for the NAU Dome Day event to be held in Flagstaff this weekend.

Former Payson athlete ties the knot

He coolly and calmly snapped the ball during the Longhorn football team's run to the 1998 state championship.

Health fair offers exams, immunizations

It's a full house this year at the annual Community Health and Care Fair. This is a once-a-year opportunity for residents short on cash and time to seek health screening for the whole family.

Wednesday, October 25

Widows help each other find new identity

Cancer took the life of Sandy Dircks' husband two years ago -- not long before Thanksgiving of 2004. But she didn't find her way back to everyday life right away, and that's why she formed the Merry Widows, a club dedicated to helping widows get out and get on with their lives.

Tuesday, October 24

Sharing favorite foods in friendship


I collect cookbooks and recipes, but there are only a few things I make on any sort of a regular basis. I guess they could be considered "my favorites" -- though I wouldn't call them specialties, as they're not all that difficult to make.

Serious fun: Team spirit keeps Lady Horns hooked up


Tori Wilbanks killed the ball. She slammed it over the net and the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets merely had time to see it coming.

Retired engineer discovers beauty behind the lens


Nature photography is Ted Harman's avocation. "The first hundred years of my life I was an engineer," Harman said.

Apache bands and clans


The central mountains of Arizona offered a wide variety of climates, and the Tontos migrated to warmer lowlands in winter and cooler uplands in summer.

Take a hike

This weekend, head south.

Quilt class led to creating jewels with material, thread


When Leslie Peacock retired from law enforcement in California, a friend persuaded her to take a quilt class.

Athletes endure the distance to help Habitat for Humanity


Running up the steep, curvaceous hill that is Airport Road as it leaves McLane is a challenge to seasoned runners.

Monday, October 23

Longtime Payson resident remembered by friends, family

A former Payson man whose legacy includes his patriotism, strong work ethic, loyalty to friends, love of family and stubbornness has died. Roy Creach, 85, died Oct. 22 in Clinton, Utah. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Payson.

Photo Gallery: Dog Day in the Park 2006

The annual Dog Day in the Park was held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park, located on North McLane Road across from the library.

Tubs need to be cared for like a car finish

John Wiechmann -- The Tub Guy -- came into the business in an unusual way. He worked in a body shop and his mother needed her tub fixed.

Sicilian Festival

Captivated by the tastes of Sicily, community members came out en masse to support the first-ever Sicilian Cultural Festival held to benefit the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine.

Let's all learn to speak Spanish

Let's all wake up. Wake up fast. I did. And, I'm far happier being who I am now than I've ever been in my life.

Show support for troops by wearing red

In reference to the letter written by Buck Horn in the Roundup's Sept. 22 edition of Mail Call, I'd like to state that I wholeheartedly agree with the campaign to support our troops and our American way of life.

Cow was there long before topless bar

I have live in Payson off and on for 30 years. This poor cow that is at Pete's Place has been there as long as I can remember.

Local water concerns mirror state struggle

Payson's water-growth issues reflect a microcosm of similar struggles at the state level.

Soccer season schedule changed for final games

If you're a soccer fan clutching one of the original 2006 boys' and girls' schedules, discard them now.

Vote 'no' on Proposition 107

Supporters describe this proposition as the "gay marriage ban." They're lying.

Tootsie Roll drive a record-setting success

The Knights of Columbus Council 9995 wish to thank the residents of Payson for their outstanding support during the annual Tootsie Roll drive held Oct. 7 and 8 to assist the Payson Special Olympics.

Poskanzer best candidate for college board

This letter is written to mobilize Rim Country and encourage every eligible, caring citizen to vote for Al Poskanzer for the Gila Community College Board of Governors.

ADOT should take a second look at dangerous intersections

This is my first letter to the editor, but it is long overdue.

Crowley is an advocate for northern Gila County

It is imperative that we retain Don Crowley as our representative on the Gila County College Board of Governors.

Think twice before harassing the officials

The best advice beleaguered sports officials might dole out to those fans and onlookers who fail to show them the respect they deserve is "walk a mile in my shoes."

Star Valley council to vote on town manager contract

The Star Valley Town Council will meet tonight to vote on the contract for a new town manager.

Frontier Elementary celebrates 10-year anniversary

A decade ago, the first students were bussed for the first time from Julia Randall and Payson Elementary schools to the three domes of the Frontier Elementary School.

Little League thanks company for generosity

Payson Little League players and coaches have issued a thank you and show of appreciation to Reese and Shelley Randall of Intermountain West Construction for their generous support of the 2006 Minor Division All-Star team during its run to the state tournament.

3.8-mile walk promotes anti-drug message

Home and business owners in Pine waved to students from Pine Strawberry Elementary School as they walked from the school, down the Beeline Highway and through residences to promote drug awareness.

RCMS Marching Band

The Rim Country Middle School marching band is one of the few middle school marching bands to perform at the Arizona State Fair.

What a difference the roster makes

A lack of roster depth could hurt the Longhorn cross country team's chances of winning the Class 3A East Regional championship. The finals will be held Oct. 27 at Show Low Park.

Longhorns lose playoff hopes

Longhorn hopes for a berth in the postseason playoffs died Friday inside the country's only domed high school football stadium.

What's up?

Q: Will the fire department burn firebreak-type wood at a private home if people can't get rid of it any other way?

Students prepare for life in a changing world, changing economy

Many of the jobs students graduating in the Payson High School class of 2007 will hold have yet to be created.

Shooting breaks out as officers approach marijuana field

Authorities are continuing to look for two more suspects after a hiker reported a possible marijuana field near Sunflower, about 30 miles south of Payson on the Beeline Highway.

Crowley is the best candidate for college board

Don Crowley is the most qualified candidate for the GCC District 1 seat on the governing board.

Newspaper should check its facts

It is difficult to come to sound conclusions about Pine's water problems because of the multitude of personal opinions spewed forth by people who have not determined the factual basis of their opinions.

Norman Randall

Norman Randall, 86, of Gilbert, died on Oct. 21, 2006 in Gilbert. He was born Jan. 5, 1920 in Pine.

Donovan Blaine Newell-Taylor

Donovan Blaine Newell-Taylor was born at 11:57 p.m. Sept. 23, 2006 to Andre and Tiffney at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

October good month for mysteries


October is the month of ghosts and ghoulies, Halloween and all those things that go bump in the night. What better time to review a few new mysteries?

Need for drug treatment facility growing

If you think you can beat drug and alcohol addiction on your own, it is probably safe to say that you have never reached that crossroad.

Family fights hunger by picking apples

Imagine plump loaves of fresh-baked bread falling from the sky, only to be left molding on the ground with no one to gather them. By comparison, this is what Valeri Marsh and her family observed happening throughout Rim Country when they saw un-harvested apples rotting on the ground each fall.

Habitat half marathon Saturday

Curtis James Beckel, a Frontier Elementary School student, was the winning artist in the Habitat for Humanity 5K walk/run T-shirt design contest. On Friday, Oct. 20, his class was awarded a pizza party for having the winning student.

Six fire districts discuss merging into one

Several fire districts across the Rim Country are discussing whether they should merge into one cohesive unit. The districts involved would include Houston Mesa, Beaver Valley, Whispering Pines, Christopher Creek, Tonto Village and Diamond Star.

First-time voters join 217 years of American democracy

Rim Country resident Kayla Addington, 18, will be heading to the voting booth for the first time on Nov. 7.

Best team in a decade

Tonight's match could send Lady Horns to regionals

At the conclusion of tonight's regular season ending game against Show Low, the Lady Longhorns could be celebrating their first regional volleyball championship since 1994.

Thursday, October 19

Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan of Pine died Oct. 9, 2006. He was born Dec. 20, 1968 in Phoenix.

A different view of the Rim

Enjoy the cooler weather and autumn colors of the Rim from a different perspective -- horseback, off-road touring or from the air.

Hikes show secret splendors

If getting out and about and close to nature is what you crave, a hike can take you places in the Rim Country where you can find secret splendors.

Keep hike safe

Temperatures drop, the air becomes crisp and green leaves turning gold, red and brown are sure signs that fall is here.

Encountering Rim wildlife

Welcome to one of the loveliest places in the land -- the Mogollon Rim area of the Tonto National Forest.

A road map to the night sky

One of the Rim Country's nicest traits is its dark skies.

Cool-weather camping

Camping in the Rim Country in the fall and winter means finding lots of elbow room and an opportunity to experience a certain solitude.

Take to Rim trails on ATVs

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail riding has grown in the last decade to become an immensely popular sport on the Rim Country recreational scene.

Plea agreement changed, new hearing scheduled for shooter

The proposed plea agreement for a man accused of firing a shot that paralyzed his then girlfriend has been changed after it was rejected by Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill.

Without treatment facility in Payson, drug addicts struggle to recover

"Double D" knew he had to sober up when he tried to jump in front of a train. And even though he'd realized his drug and alcohol problem was out of control, he couldn't stop -- not until it drove him to pursue his own death.

Examining the last nine propositions

In the past two editions of the Payson Roundup, the editorial board has sorted through the first 10 of 19 propositions on the Nov. 7 ballot. After debating and coming to a consensus on each ballot item, here is our take on the final nine propositions.

Why I disagree with my first mentor


My first mentor was a bitter old man.

Two party system invites corruption, indifference

Balance in life is good. Unfortunately, as a semi-astute political observer and a rabid independent voter, I see both our Arizona Legislature and our U.S. Congress as being out of balance.

Colton Brian Wiggins

Colton Brian Wiggins was born at 12:09 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2006 to Brian and Heidi Wiggins at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Tonto Village comes alive during turkey season


Tonto Village was alive with hunters, quads and residents who are part-time villagers. The hunters were on the trail of wild turkey, since this past weekend opened the season. The residents were checking their cabins and getting them ready for the winter.

Pine's Sicilian Festival sold out


Driving up to Flagstaff along Lake Mary Road over the weekend, I was eager to see if their fall colors were more spectacular than ours. I did not see the hundreds of elk I saw two weeks ago, but it was a gorgeous drive.

Adoption event Saturday at Dog Day in the Park


The Payson Humane Society is holding a pet adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the off-leash dog park next to the library on North McLane Road. The event is just part of the festivities at the annual Dog Day in the Park celebration.

Sometimes you can be too smart


If confession is good for the soul then this week's column is bound to do me a world of good.

Destini Rose Cunningham

Destini Rose Cunningham was born at 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2006 to Eden at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Welcome to Arizona's Rim Country

Looking for a slower pace? Want to experience a real fall season and maybe some winter snow? Then join us in Arizona's Rim Country.

Logan Dennis Harris

Logan Dennis Harris was born at 5:21 a.m. on July 1, 2006 to Nick and Kristi Harris in Mesa.

Observations: Just the facts, ma'am


Today, I would like to take a broader look at the first step of the four part model of Nonviolent Communication ( Observations.

Chance Christopher Komalestewa

Chance Christopher Komalestewa was born at at 8:24 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2006 to Jessica at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Brandon Dino Scott Sullivan

Brandon Dino Scott Sullivan was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to Scott and Cynthia Sullivan at 4:32 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2006.

Paysonite headed to world lifting competition

B.J. Winchester of Payson has been invited to the World Bench Press and Power Lifting Contest in Pennsylvania. The 2006 Northeastern USA World Bench Press and Power Lifting Championships will be held Nov. 18 through Nov. 22 in King of Prussia, Penn.

Volleyball team solidifies first place position with another win

The Lady Longhorns volleyball team continued its winning streak Oct. 12 after a win against Alchesay.

Blue Ridge ends Lady Horns' winning streak

The Lady Longhorns' varsity volleyball team gave up its winning streak to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets in a five-game match Oct. 17.

Pyeatt Draw

Club awarded $3,500 to care for Outstanding Trail

Located just north of Payson in the Tonto National Forest, surrounded by lush grounds of pine trees and waterfalls, the Pyeatt Draw was honored Oct. 14 by BFGoodrich Tires as one of the 2006 Outstanding Trails. As part of the program, BFGoodrich Tires presented a $3,500 grant to the Rim Country 4 Wheelers, which will be used to preserve the scenic trail and continue conservation efforts for one of America's picture-perfect areas for off-roading.

Philip G. Schroeder

Philip G. Schroeder, 74, of Geronimo Estates, died Oct. 15, 2006 at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1932 in Chicago, Ill.

Five things every investor should know


Throughout northern Gila County there are a number of "successful" retirees. Looking at them all begs the question, is there a magic formula for achieving investment success?

Traffic slow-down plan still under review

With few items on the agenda, the Payson Town Council adjourned after 45 minutes Thursday evening.

Pine water district responds to ad

Wes Suhr, chairman of the Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District's Water Development Committee has taken issue with an advertisement published in the Oct. 12 edition of the Payson Roundup.

Elk warning system first in United States

On the Town of Star Valley's logo, a picture of an elk is prominently displayed because the animal is a common sighting within the town.

Tonto Basin archer earns top honors


With growing interest in archery hunting, there is an ever-increasing group of outdoorsmen who are also getting involved with 3-D competitive target shooting.

Star Valley Council still reviewing town manager contract

The Star Valley Council tabled a decision Tuesday night to vote for a town manager contract.

Story of bloody feud still told in Young

Marie and Jim Petroff, members of the Pleasant Valley Historical Society gave a tour to Gila County Cooperative Extension agents that included a visit to Boot Hill, the old Tewksbury cabin in Young and the historic home of Ola Young, the town's first postmaster.

Payson's roundabout gets its close-up

The Town of Payson's roundabout got a compliment Thursday.

Quality school needed to attract quality professionals

As Nov. 7 approaches, we will likely hear many opinions on the Payson Unified School District's Kids Count $33-million bond issue. As CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center, I would like to offer a different perspective on this issue, which I believe is one of the most important our community faces.

In defense of the DMV staff

The letter "A change in policy at the DMV" struck a chord with me in that it's always easy to blame government, at any level, for any minor dissatisfaction that one might perceive.

Thanks for all the enchiladas

910 dozen tortillas + 420 pounds of cheese + 140 pounds of meat + 51 pounds of flour + lots of secret spices = almost 900 dozen enchiladas.

Do the math on Proposition 203

Do the math on Proposition 203. It seems Laurie Roberts wasn't confused by the eight pages of smoke screen written by the Bashas' group. I am referring to the publicity pamphlet, ballot propositions, sent to registered voters.

Another positive look at the airport

Jon Barber, in his letter on Tuesday, seems to be taking a tack on the airport issue which is a completely reasonable one, not only for the citizens and taxpayers of Payson, but for those having one or another interest in aviation in this town.

When in Arizona do as Arizonans do

I gently smiled when I read the article in Arizona Republic containing readers' comments on the early morning darkness and how it impacted their lives.

Payson council should not stay neutral during land exchange

If, in fact, the letter Payson received from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regarding the land exchange between the Forest Service and the Tonto Apaches, was an official comment letter, then Payson should be expressing its concerns and hopefully objections.

Fall colors bring out new Rim

Autumn color gives the Rim Country a different glow.

Rim Country feathered friends

The diverse ecosystems of the Rim Country provide the opportunity to view a surprising number of birds.

Enough is enough from this administration

Well, have you had enough yet? Anyone who would not vote for change in the November election is either a really, really slow learner, or a Bible enthusiast hoping to personally experience the apocalypse, or both.

Robert J. Lee

Robert J. Lee, 69, of Pine, died peacefully with his family around him Oct. 17, 2006 in Mesa. He was born to Joseph and Delphia Lee, Oct. 26, 1936 in Tropic, Utah, one of eight children.

Special spots in Rim Country

Fall and winter can bring changeable weather. So, if you want to keep warm and dry during a soggy visit to the Rim Country, you may want to go to the area's museums and libraries.

Discovering Tonto Village

The quietness and solitude are two of the primary reasons why people move to the small community of Tonto Village.

Man vs. Utility: Pine Water, Part 3

What happens now?

If Pine and Strawberry residents are to ever see water from a new well discovered in September, it might mean the formation of a domestic water improvement district. That district would then acquire a local utility that now holds a regulated monopoly on the service area. At least, that is the opinion of hydrogeologist Mike Ploughe.

Public invited to meet parks and recreation director candidates

The Town of Payson human resources department, after a nationwide search, has narrowed the choices for parks and recreation director to seven finalists out of a pool of more than 50 applicants.

Dog caught in custody battle, court date set

Back in July, a stray puppy was picked up in Ox Bow Estates and delivered to the Payson Humane Society animal shelter.

Business owners break ground for new building

Payson's PostNet store is among the franchise's highest earners in the nation.

Keep your dog warm during the cold days of winter


The American Veterinary Medical Association has proclaimed October as National Pet Wellness Month.

Visitors enjoyed seeing the Creek's tarantulas


In the past, I have written about the very charming wildlife we have here in Christopher Creek, and that's why a lot of people come up this way.

Whispering Pines Fire District to stop responding to private properties outside district


Author's note: The following letter has been provided by the Whispering Pines Fire District Board of Directors.

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith was born at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2006 to Michael and Krystal at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Church briefs

Pastor and International evangelist Dave Stephenson is coming to Payson to preach six powerful revival services.

Enjoy the Tonto National Forest

No visitors guide to the Rim Country could be complete without providing information about the proverbial elephant in the living room -- the Tonto National Forest.

Wednesday, October 18

Hunting: Enjoying the spoils of the sport


Quail hunting is in its third week of a five-month season. Last week, the small-brained quail began to get smart.

Tuesday, October 17

Loitering between letter lines


You know the joke where the woman asks the man how she looks and he says "Fine."

Drumming up a quick, delicious meal


Have you ever heard of, or participated in, a Full Moon Ceremony? Since moving to Arizona, it has been one of my things to do and experience.

A silver Wolfe


Self-taught silversmith Dick Wolfe has melded a lot of silver in the last 13 years.

Pruning: Caring for plants in fall brings beauty, health


The High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona recently held a pruning workshop in the demonstration garden at Gila Community College.

Hunting: Enjoying the spoils of the sport


Quail hunting is in its third week of a five-month season.

The stories of places


Hiking down the headwaters of the East Verde River I feel embraced by the solitude.

Take a hike

On paper, the Highline Trail is one, long 51-mile backpack trip. In reality, it's a series of connected trails.

Monday, October 16

9-year-old prepares for national tournament

When 9-year-old Dean Harpe hits the ball down the fairway, no one knows what to expect. Since he hit a drive 195 yards a few months ago, Harpe has proved he is capable of just about anything.

Horns face 40-0 loss

A game that the Payson Longhorns were counting on to make the state playoffs, turned into a disaster when the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets throttled the visiting Longhorns 40-0 Friday night.

Wakefield, Hall engaged

Chris Wakefield and Heather Hall announce their engagement.

Richard E. Brutsche

Richard E. Brutsche died Sept. 27, 2006 in Payson. He was born Dec. 30, 1930 in Coon Rapids, Iowa to Elmer and Irene (Jordan) Brutsche.

Donald Michael Brookhart

Donald Michael Brookhart died Oct. 9, 2006 in Payson. He was born in Paterson, N.J. on July 22, 1958.

Roger Boynton

Roger Boynton, 64, of Payson, died Oct. 10, 2006. He was born April 18, 1942 in Portland, Ore.

Payson leaders meet to review town goals

As the town heads into the second-quarter of this fiscal year, town staff and representatives from several of the Mayor's citizens task forces met Wednesday, Oct. 11, to share the first-quarter progress of the 2006-2007 Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP).

Parks and Rec offers busy fall

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has a good selection of sports events planned for the fall and winter.

Council to examine ways to slow down traffic in Payson

Although Thursday evening's Payson Town Council meeting could be a short one, a traffic-calming policy on the agenda could draw communitywide interest. The town's street department has been working up a draft of the plan, which has slowly expanded in scope.

Retired teachers put up personal collection for sale

Ken and Brenda Mooney spent nearly 40 years together collecting a vast array of unique items and artwork, and now they are sharing that collection.

Star Valley to vote on new town manager contract

The Star Valley Council tonight will decide whether to approve a contract for a new town manager.

Town legal department answers questions about Ordinance 696

Town Attorney Sam Streichman issued a statement this past week clarifying Ordinance 696 -- one of the three proposed growth-management town codes set for public deliberation at the Nov. 2 Payson Town Council meeting.

Roundup named Newspaper of the Year for 8th year

On Saturday afternoon, Arizona Newspapers Association executive director John Fearing looked across a room of journalists from around the state and called the name of Payson Roundup publisher Richard Haddad. "Richard," Fearing said, "how many years in a row has the Roundup won Arizona Newspapers Association's Non-Daily Newspaper of the Year?"

Nikholas Jaden Paul

Nikholas Jaden Paul was born at 8:48 a.m. Sept. 27, 2006 to James and Alma Paul at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Anthony Wyatt Browning

Anthony Wyatt Browning was born at 9:31 p.m. Oct. 4, 2006 to Jeremy and Kari at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Talon Nicholas Adams

Talon Nicholas Adams was born at 9:58 a.m. Sept. 25, 2006 to Nicholas and Nicole at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Sabrina Elizabeth Burlando

Sabrina Elizabeth Burlando was born at 4:48 p.m. Oct. 6, 2006 to Matthew and Lauri Burlando at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Managing Gila County a matter of delegation

Each of the three Gila County Board of Supervisors serves a landmass that encompasses more than 100 miles.

William Charles Anglemire

William Charles Anglemire was born at 7:38 a.m. Sept. 30, 2006 to William and Brenda Anglemire at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Location chosen for new Strawberry well

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Pine Cultural Hall.

Payson retirees focus of Cornell research project

Senior citizens in Payson and Gila County are part of a nationwide research project being conducted at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Payson Care Center hires new medical director

Payson Care Center, a 163-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, has hired a new medical director, Dr. Jaber Abawi.

Dissecting a cumbersome ballot

In the Friday, Oct. 13 edition of the Payson Roundup, the editorial board began dissecting a cumbersome state ballot with 19 propositions.

A positive look at the airport argument

I would like to say that the local aviation community and Mr. Wollscheidt do agree on at least one point.

Payson needs a United Way

Payson is a town with many needs and many resources, but sometimes they don't always get matched up.

Dateline episode made me think twice about Fish

My wife and I watched the story about Harold Fish on Dateline recently and although I am not one to normally send e-mails, I felt compelled to offer my opinion.

Writing in support of school bond

I am very supportive of approving the upcoming school bond. It is absolutely imperative that our schools are updated and provide a productive, safe learning environment for our kids.

Two men face off for seat on college board

Two candidates, Al Poskanzer and Don Crowley, are competing for the District 1 seat on the governing board of Gila Community College.

Habitat preparing for Oct. 28 Rim Country Challenge half marathon

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH), with sponsorship by Mazatzal Casino, is undertaking a new venture this fall -- the Rim Country Challenge -- a half marathon race.

TRICARE handbook released

TRICARE is making a handbook available to all beneficiaries covered under TRICARE Standard.

Class learns laws, culture of Mesopotamia

Civilization is an advanced culture based on city living, as defined by the fifth- and sixth-graders in veteran teacher Wendy Hatch's class in Young.

My first act as Supreme Empress of Payson ...


If I were appointed Supreme Empress of Payson, my first official act would be to ban all campaign signs.

When your care provider calls in sick

What happens if your personal care provider doesn't come to work?

Hoping to change town code for home-based business

The Town of Payson has asked me to remove the sign I recently placed in my front yard that designates my DJ business.

Busts raise price of marijuana

I'm writing about the article, "$52 million of marijuana confiscated this summer," published Oct. 6.

Valerie Ross Scott

Valerie Ross Scott was born at 4:22 p.m. Sept. 18, 2006 to Daniel and Kaylene at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Mayor, council should be applauded for listening

I really have to commend our mayor and council for their leadership and willingness to be open and present for one incredible meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Surprised at vehemence of criticism

Regarding my Chapter Two of the Apache history, "Apache Origins," I am a bit surprised at the vehemence of Denise Ryan's letter of criticism in the Oct. 3 Payson Roundup.

Roundabout does not belong at Airport Road intersection

I have been told conflicting reports of whether or not a traffic control light will be installed at the intersection of Highway 87 and Airport Road.

Thank you for help with Toys for Tots campaign

I would like to thank all the merchants of Payson who donated wonderful items to the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Campaign Booth at the Northern Gila County Fair this year:

Roundabout does not consider pedestrians

I wish to thank Councilor Tim Fruth for his valiant attempt to protect our children when the issue of a roundabout at Airport Road and the Beeline came up again at last night's council meeting.

School schedule changed

Back to the way it was

The board of Payson Unified School District voted to return all six schools to the one-week fall and spring break system it abandoned three years ago. The change affects the 2007-2008 school year.

Ginger Rene Pain

Ginger Rene Pain was born at 4:09 p.m. Sept. 15, 2006 to Yancy and Charity Pain at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Official statement of the Payson Unified School District Governing Board

Payson Unified School District Governing Board carefully considered the often-conflicting input of a myriad of sources before selecting the one-week break schedule for the 2007-2008 school year.

Mia Melyssa Munoz-Aguilar

Mia Melyssa Munoz-Aguilar was born at 8:06 a.m. to Adriana on Sept. 20, 2006 at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Cheyenne Rose Lynn Martin

Cheyenne Rose Lynn Martin was born at 11:49 p.m. Sept. 12, 2006 to Ben and Kelly at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Kassidy Delanie Cline

Kassidy Delanie Cline was born at 10:58 a.m. Sept. 26, 2006 to Jarrett and Brandy Cline at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Main Street building razed for development

In the grainy snapshots that captured an unpaved Main Street, the properties along the road were sometimes vacant, sometimes occupied, but not all of them, according to longtime local Jinx Pyle, were historically significant.

Connor Barrington Liddell

Connor Barrington Liddell was born at 7:51 a.m. Sept. 29, 2006 to Paul and Ginger Liddell at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Barnes twins

George Nicholas Barnes and Johnny Ray Barnes were born Friday, Oct. 6, 2006.

Runners get back on track after two-week break

Coach Chuck Hardt's goal is to get the Payson High School cross country teams ready for championship play. For a couple of the team's top runners, that won't be difficult.

Thursday, October 12

Cow fitting mascot for meat market

A cow. A cow. A cow. I find it very fitting and proper that a cow sits on top of the sign that advertises for Pete's Place in Star Valley.

Voters faced with 19 propositions, school bond, 11 candidates on Election Day

Nineteen ballot initiatives will be placed in front of the voting public when the polls open Nov. 7.

Payson/Blue Ridge face-off

Teams compete for place in playoffs

There haven't been many football seasons since Joe Girardi built Blue Ridge into a state power in the mid 1970s that the Yellow Jackets have had to scramble for a playoff berth.

Western spirit

Ninth annual festival a local reminder of area's heritage

Eddie Armer has lived and worked in the Rim Country since he was a boy. He is a man with stories to tell, poems to recite and music to play. "Aren't I the luckiest man in the world?" he said several times during the discussion of the upcoming Western Heritage Festival.

Krystal Marie Mullen

Krystal Marie Mullen was born Dec. 10, 1984 in Mesa, Ariz. She was fatally injured in an automobile accident in Tempe, Ariz. in the early morning of Monday, Oct. 9, 2006.

Verna Howard Randall

Verna Howard Randall, 93 of Mesa, Ariz. died Oct. 8, 2006. Born Dec. 14, 1912 in American Falls, Idaho, she married Bert Alfred Randall (deceased 1977) in 1932 and raised her family in Mesa.

Gordon L. Saxton

Gordon L. Saxton, 85, of Tonto Creek Shores, Ariz., died Oct. 6, 2006 in Tonto Creek Shores. He was born Nov. 19, 1920 in Traverse City, Mich.

Pollyanna Dale Spurlock

Pollyanna Dale Spurlock, 27 of Payson, died Oct. 9, 2006 at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix. She was born May 24, 1979 in Gallup, N.M.

Women refreshed from annual spiritual retreat


Last week, 32 women attended the eighth annual ladies' retreat at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel. These ladies were blessed with Bible lessons taught by Teresa Purtee. Teresa has been teaching these classes for seven years now. She only missed one year because she became sick.

Beauty and spirit of fall is the reason we moved to Tonto Village


The frost has hit the pumpkins in Tonto Village. For the past few mornings, the temperatures hovered around 32 degrees.

Fall a good time for fuels reduction


This fall season is beautiful as the trees turn, the wildflowers are everywhere and the days are glorious. What a great time to get out and work on fuels reduction on our properties.

Who really owns the water?

Now that water has been found in Pine, the battle over who can use it begins

Over the past two years, the faucets of the Rimside Grill have run dry. There is no water for toilets, coffee or cooking. And when it happens, everything else dries up -- business stops and the customers drift away. "Nothing works without water," said restaurant owner Tamara Logsdon.

Renzi awarded for voting pro-business

In front of a gathering of local chamber members, Congressman Rick Renzi received an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his pro-business voting record.

Green Valley Park celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, at the intersection of Country Club Drive and Green Valley Parkway, there was a piece of land the U.S. Forest Service was using as a pasture for mules.

Sorting through a heavy ballot

If you're like us, this November's ballot is overwhelming. There are 19 propositions that range from the obvious to the obscure. Some of them are worded in such a way that it's hard to tell exactly what they will accomplish.

Another look at the 17-point water-growth plan

There are a number of misconceptions about the 17-Point Water Growth Plan passed 7-0 by the Payson Town Council in August.

Thank you for help with event

The Senior Center would like to thank all the people who attended our dance at the Mazatzal Casino on Friday, Sept. 29.

Payson needs to support FFA program

The Payson community needs to step up and support the FFA program in its entirety. I am deeply disappointed in the Payson School District most of whom are from a Western background and yet are doing little or nothing to help, or save the FFA program in Payson.

Thanks to all who helped with the Soap Box Derby

Well, the All-American Soap Box Derby Organization held their second event in Payson recently and it was a great success. This event was a "Point Rally" and had participants from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah.

Pro-life rally spoke for those who could not

It is good news these days to see people quietly speaking out for others.

Teachers and students should use less foul language

I think that foul language is a problem in the community.

Roundup needs to respect readers' intelligence

The issues with what the Payson Roundup has chosen to run do not have to do with their journalistic rights. It has to do with their judgment in what they choose to write about and what deserves the front page.

Iraq is part of a bigger war

In writing a recent letter to the editor concerning criticism of President Bush, my objective was to stimulate some thinking on the part of his critics. I should have been more direct in that letter.

Individual honors earned on links this week

Jessie Smith and Gary Campbell swung their way to top honors at an individual low gross and low net Payson Men's Golf Association Tournament played Oct. 4 at Payson Golf Course.

Crappies will bite, even in the fall


When many of us outdoorsmen have a rifle, shotgun or bow in hand in pursuit of Arizona game, there is a guy in Tonto Basin hunting a fish called a crappie.

Pyeatt Draw one of top five trails in country

Thom Campbell of TC's Toys of Payson and the Rim Country 4 Wheelers group have successfully petitioned BFGoodrich to include Pyeatt Draw as one of its "Outstanding Trails."

Star Valley in negotiations with manager candidate

The Town of Star Valley has entered into contract negotiations with a Casa Grande man to be its next town manager to replace Lanny Sloan, whose contract expired Sept. 30.

Furniture store finds success in Star Valley

Steve Glissendorf decided several years ago he wanted to own his own business and 17 years from the date he opened his store, his business is beginning to take off.

Vigil remembers victims of domestic violence

More than 50 Payson residents turned out Thursday night at Payson Town Hall to show their solidarity and support against domestic violence. All who made the walk from Payson Town Hall to the First Southern Baptist Church quietly held lit candles, and many held signs denouncing domestic violence.

Retired firefighter spent years behind the scenes


A lot of people know that Payson resident Dean Firmin was once a Hawaii firefighter, but many do not know he was involved in the movie and television industry for more than 30 years.

Breast cancer survivor to walk three days, 60 miles

Ginger Sparks found a lump in her breast during a routine mammogram in 2002.

See you and your dog at Dog Day in the Park


The fifth annual Dog Day in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Payson man to offer tour of Snowflake historic home

Edward Jones is sponsoring a visit to the historic town of Snowflake.

What is your greatest need today?


I asked this question of a communication group that I facilitate at my office on Friday mornings.

Be careful when you give advice to young people


Despite the fact that I had a wife and two teenage children to support when I retired from the Air Force, I was determined to go to college.

165 attended property and water rights seminar in Young

People came from across Arizona to attend a recent property rights workshop. They listened to speakers who were equipped with real-world experience, and a commitment to our American way of life protected by the Founding Fathers with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Get familiar with basics of estate planning


Many retirees who move to Payson settle into a new lifestyle that is busier than ever before. Hours can be filled with crafts, volunteer services or outdoor activities.

Church briefs

Oct. 8 was a very special night in the lives of the First Southern Baptist Church. They hosted an Ordination Service where Frank Forsyth was ordained as a deacon in our church.

Jake would be lost without Snoozer


The Payson Humane Society will have a pet adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the off-leash dog park next to the Payson Library on North McLane Road. This adoption event is in conjunction with Dog Day in the Park, sponsored by PAWS in the Park.

Armers celebrate anniversary

Eddie and Doris E. Armer will celebrate their 34th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006.

Jones earns master's degree

Payson High School graduate Bonnie Jones received her Master of Science degree in animal sciences with an emphasis on reproductive physiology from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in August.

Schultzes celebrate 64 years

Earl and Virginia Schultz will celebrate 64 years of married life on Oct, 17, 2006.

'Bronco Buster' replica placed in Deming Park

Bit by bit, the little pocket park at the corner of McLane and Main in Payson, Deming Pioneer Park, is becoming a place of note. First it was created as a place to display and honor Payson's past with the construction of the facade of the J.W. Boardman Mercantile Store, which once stood on the site, and its exhibit cases feature the stories of how Payson was built.

Wednesday, October 11

Election Roundup 2006

The Payson Roundup is pleased to bring you ongoing local, county and state election news and information. Watch this link for information about candidates, local initiatives and voter information.

Tuesday, October 10

Pairing bounty of apples with pork chops can't be beat


The last two editions of The Rim Review food pages have focused on apples -- preserving them and using them in salads. They are also a great accompaniment to pork chops in a variety of ways.

Apache lifestyle


The lifestyles of the Tonto Apache and Yavapai people were so similar, anthropologists and archaeologists have found it almost impossible to distinguish between the campsites and villages they left behind.

Western spirit

Ninth annual festival a local reminder of area's heritage

Eddie Armer has lived and worked in the Rim Country since he was a boy. He is a man with stories to tell, poems to recite and music to play.

My sleeping bag is soaked


I partially owe my move to Payson to the nights spent around campfires at Yellow Post 29 in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Arboretum sale features classes, speakers

Harvest time? Well, it depends on where you are.

Magic and nature ignite artist's creativity


On the warm sands of a deep grotto a mermaid contemplates a turtle.

Lifetime gardener develops zest for new techniques


As a young girl, Eileen Lawson was introduced to gardening by her mother.

Monday, October 9

New café, deli fills lunch delivery niche

If the "to do" list at work is just too long to eat lunch out, Nothin' Fancy Cafe and Deli now offers free delivery service, available with a phone call.

Half marathon pre-registration deadline approaching

Time is growing short to receive the discounted pre-registration entry fee for those participating in the Rim Country Challenge 5K, fun run and half marathon.

Biannual conference shuffle planned this week

Region and conference alignments for Arizona Interscholastic Association member schools, including Payson High, will be decided Oct. 12 by the AIA executive board.

Wrestling camp draws 20 athletes

A pair of soft-soled shoes, shoes, T-shirt, gym shorts and a good attitude was all aspiring wrestlers needed to participate in a fall break grappling camp hosted by Payson High School coach Dave LaMotte.

Joseph Michael Clark

Joseph Michael Clark was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to Jesse and Terry Clark on Sept. 24, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.

Carter Wayne Bucker

Carter Wayne Bucker was born Sept. 9, 2006 to Michelle Slayman and Travis Buckner.

John Meredith Parry

John Meredith Parry, 71, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2006. He was born Dec. 5, 1934 in Sherman Co. Neb.

Stationery is morale booster for women in Iraq

Blank, handmade greeting cards for American soldiers serving in Iraq have been finding their way into care packages boxed by Payson Supply Line.

Star Valley to interview town manager candidate

The Star Valley Council, in an executive session, will interview a man for the vacant town manager position.

Babies become part of anti-smoking campaign

The Arizona Department of Health Services has put together a program to promote education and awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke for babies.

Renzi to be honored for pro-business voting record

On Wednesday, Dick Castner, a representative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will present Congressman Rick Renzi with the U.S. Chamber's Spirit of Enterprise Award for his strong support for a pro-economic growth legislative agenda in the first session of the 109th Congress.

What would it take to change the county seat?

Changing the county seat in Gila County from Globe to Payson is long overdue some supporters are saying, while opponents in Globe lament the impacts to their town if their largest employer were ever to leave.

Rim Country Quilt Round Up ribbon winners

"We had a very good turn-out for a rainy day quilt show," said John Stanton, business coordinator for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, about the Rim Country Quilt Round Up. "There were more than 1,350 attendees through the door."

Kindermusik class offered for children

Sarah Jane Hubbard, licensed Kindermusik educator, is offering several music classes this fall.

Scholarships available to attend private school

There are two new scholarship programs available to Arizonans.

Learning made fun during fall break

Blue whales weigh more than 250 elephants.

October is book month; pick up some soul-soothing poetry


O, suns and skies and clouds of June And flowers of June together You cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather.

Reasons seniors should vote in 2006

Think this Election Day doesn't matter? Think again. From the Iraq war to the future of Social Security, from the fate of pension plans to the complexities of long-term care, Americans have a huge stake in politics 2006.

Connolly, Atchley engaged

Thomas and Shirlene Connolly of Payson announce the engagement of their son, Colt Connolly, to Michelle Atchley, daughter of Michael and Susan Atchley of Anchorage, Alaska.

305-acre subdivision proposed on Doll Baby Road

A proposed large housing subdivision just outside Payson is in the early planning stages.

Prescription assistance program rolls into town

Seniors and others who need help buying their medication may find it through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance program.

What's up?

Q: Does the Town of Payson have an adequate amount of fluoride in the water to protect our children's teeth?

Nation that approves of torture no longer great

Several hundred years ago our forefathers revolted against King George to establish a democracy with new ideals and new freedoms -- the start of a good and great nation.

Artificial restrictions not the best way for Payson

As a resident of Payson, I have watched with great interest the first months of the new town council. Decisions they make affect the future of our town and its residents.

Thank you for your kindness during a difficult time

I wish to extend my sincere thanks to all who made life easier for me and for my son Duain during the recent illness and passing of my dear daughter-in-law, Lou Alderson.

At peace with my decision to be pro-life

Even though abortion is a legal right by the court's interpretation, it is against God's laws as he has created all of us. Our Constitution says we all have legal rights under the law, but judges have ruled against the unborn because of their so-called viability.

Edwin C. Gifford

Edwin C. Gifford of Payson died Oct. 7, 2006.

Longhorns beat Falcons 33-0

A 33-0 victory over the Alchesay Falcons has set the stage for the Payson Longhorns' run at a berth in the postseason tournament.

Letter from water task force member troubling

The letter "Task force questioning work of sore losers" from Water Task Force member Ed Welge troubles me.

A change in policy at the DMV

I am writing this in the hopes that this does not happen to anyone else's child. My nephew turned 16 on a Sunday. This alone was a day in agony for a 16-year-old waiting to get his driver's license.

Fair board has done a lot for area youth

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to the Northern Gila County Fair Board and the family of Mary Ellen Randall.

ADOT is partly responsible for highway accident

I am writing this letter in response to a recent article I read in the Friday, Sept. 22, edition of the Payson Roundup. The story covered a head-on collision, which resulted in the death of two local individuals. I can't help but think that ADOT shares some of the blame.

Thank you for making fiddle festival a success

The Payson Fiddle committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people and businesses for their help in making the 2006 Vertielee Memorial Arizona State Old Time Fiddlers Contest the success it was. We had over 800 attendees at this year's event and the new site was a hit.

Fire department says: ‘Watch what you heat'

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 8 through Oct. 14 the Payson Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to "Prevent cooking fires: Watch what you heat."

Biomass: Turning a big problem into a solution

As we watch the success of the Snowflake White Mountain Biomass Power Plant, we ask ourselves the question, why can't it be us?

Vigil to acknowledge domestic violence in our community

Wynn Wojcik lived with spousal abuse for years. She knew she'd leave for good someday -- it was just a matter of timing.

Cultural festival brings Sicily to Pine

Sicily is coming to Pine by way of a Sicilian Cultural Festival to benefit the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Oct. 21.

Man shot in parking lot near busy intersection

A verbal altercation between a man and woman Sunday night in the Pizza Hut parking lot resulted in another man being shot.

Doctor dilemma

Finding a doctor who takes new patients can be difficult

New residents wanting to see a doctor could face some challenges.

Volleyball team has best record in two decades

Lady Longhorn volleyball players are on a three-week run that ranks as the finest winning streak in the program's past two decades.

Registration closed, early ballots accepted

It is too late to register to vote in the November general election -- the last day to put your name on the voter list was Oct. 9. However, early ballots are available and can be submitted now.

School bond explained

$33 million bond to be used for school repair, renovation

It will be up to voters to decide if aging and deteriorating buildings in the Payson Unified School District receive upgrades and face-lifts.

Trimble, Decker to wed

Ms. Patrice B. Trimble of Payson, and Dr. Dale A. Trimble of Salt Lake City, Utah, announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea, to Hyrum H. Decker, son of Craig A. and Alison H. Decker of Mesa.

Sproul, Glick married

Curtis Scott Sproul and Meghan Lanae Glick were married Sept. 22, 2006 at a private ceremony held at Sandals Resort in Jamaica.

Skies will be smoky when Payson Ranger District begins burn

Beginning immediately, as soon as windows of optimum weather opportunity are present, the Payson Ranger District will initiate its annual prescribed burn program.

Biomass plant creates energy from devastation

On June 20, 2002, two massive wildfires merged into one of the worst wildfires in Arizona history.

Hospital honors Emergency Nurses Day Oct. 11

Payson Regional Medical Center is celebrating Emergency Nurses Day with an "Injury Prevention Fair" next week.

Lillian Louise Loecher

Lillian Louise Loecher, 95, died Oct. 5, 2006. She had lived in Arizona since 1970, formerly residing in Bristol, Wis.

Swiss Village shops to offer trick-or-treating

The Swiss Village merchants are planning an Octoberfest on Oct. 21.

Thursday, October 5

Slow-growth plan draws crowd

After 3 hours of public comment, council agrees to compromise

During three hours of public testimony Thursday night, the members of the Payson Town Council listened without speaking.

Monthly Payson page will replace town newsletter


After three years of producing the quarterly newsletter The Payson Insight, the Town of Payson recently discontinued publication as a cost saving measure (approximately $20,000 per year).

Town public works engineer explains street improvement projects


Street improvements are moving forward in Payson. This year's major project was the reconstruction of McLane Road between Forest Drive and Airport Road.

Learning to communicate despite your background


How important are communication skills? I think they are the foundation for success in any relationship.

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:

Curl up and cuddle with Prissy


A mobile adoption event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at Home Depot, 2000 N. Beeline Highway. Come and meet some of the great dogs available for adoption from the Payson Humane Society. All dogs are already spayed or neutered and are current on all vaccines. They are ready to go home with you.

Hike in your back yard


Located a few miles southeast of the center of Payson is an area known locally as the Granite Dells.

Milliens celebrate 20th anniversary

Dwayne and Carrie Millien celebrate their 20th anniversary on Oct. 7, 2006. Dwayne was a longtime resident of Payson and a 1983 graduate of Payson High School. The Milliens currently reside in Bakersfield, Calif.

My first visit to the Tonto Natural Bridge


A few weeks ago my daughter wanted to go to the Tonto Natural Bridge for the day. I have lived in Christopher Creek for 15 years and have never seen it. I am so glad I went.

Don't miss the weekend festivities


The fall festivities in Pine are this weekend. Don't miss them. A good time will be had by all. Lots of work and planning goes into any big event like this. Let's get out there and support them and have fun.

Leaves are changing in Tonto Village


Tonto Village is turning colors this week. The leaves on some of the trees are already in their fall outfits. The weather is ideal for hiking and just enjoying the outdoors. Many of our part-time residents were in the Village for the weekend enjoying the balmy weather.

Church briefs

The Payson First Assembly of God Church will host Dr. Gordon Anderson at its 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services, Sunday, Oct. 8.

Coach happy after tourney success

First year Longhorn soccer coach Austin White has already learned not to take himself too seriously.

Woman celebrates four consecutive wins

Laura Meyocks' domination of the Payson Women's Golf Association Club Championship tournament now extends to four consecutive victories.

Longhorns hope for momentum on their side

Ole "Mo" might be on the Longhorns sideline tonight (Friday) in a crucial 3A East region clash against Alchesay.

Transfer player proving to be team's strongest

Chuck Hardt can be excused for doing cartwheels when he learned last summer that Rhea Cosay was transferring from Alchesay to Payson High School.

Lopez finally gets the gold

Carlos Lopez finally had the break-out race he hoped for.

Man arrested for firing weapon in street, running from police

A Payson resident was arrested Monday morning on after police were informed there was a man firing a gun at vehicles and buildings.

Force celebrates 100th birthday

Mary Force of Payson will be joining family and friends on Oct. 7 to celebrate her birthday. She will be 100 on Oct. 9, 2006.

Englemans celebrate 55 years

Phyllis and David Engleman will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary today, Friday, Oct. 6, 2006.

Genevieve (Karcz) Wojcik

Genevieve (Karcz) Wojcik, 87, of Payson, died Sept. 24, 2006. She was born a first-generation American on June 10, 1919, in Detroit, Mich., to Polish immigrants Thomas and Caroline Karcz.

Dr. Francis R. Cassidy

Dr. Francis R. Cassidy, 77, of Pine, died Sept. 30, 2006 in Payson Care Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Pioneers raise $18,000

Ronnie McDaniel, Eddie Conway and Ted Pettet enjoy the gathering of old friends Saturday at the inaugural Payson Pioneers Dinner and Dance.

CASAs help children through system

The ability to positively influence the life of a child is, for court appointed special advocates or CASAs, a large responsibility.

Clue in to mystery masquerade dinner

Everyone is suspect at a murder mystery dinner.

Star Valley council happy with McDaniel's decision to return

The Town of Star Valley now has a town manager in place, but on a temporary basis.

Water department upgrade will inform future decisions

A proposed $43,000 upgrade to the town water department's data collection system will serve as the keystone of future growth and water management policies.

Is it really about the elk?

I am writing this in response to the letter, "Concerned about Chaparral Pines elk fence."

A few suggestions from California

I was talking with some friends from California who recently moved here and they had some comments I felt should be brought to everyone's attention for consideration concerning the good of the community:

If only you knew the 'idle rich'

I have sat back long enough and bitten my tongue. This letter is to any and all persons involved in throwing stones and slinging mud at people who are just like you and me, except for their good fortune and smart investments.

McDaniel returns to work to help Star Valley

Diane McDaniel is back at a job she knows well, as she was the first Star Valley resident to work for the town.

This is not the time to leave Iraq

I have read with amusement, letters to the editor regarding George Bush and the war in Iraq.

Margaret Wright Walberg

Margaret Wright Walberg, 83, of Payson, died Sept. 29, 2006 at home in Payson.

Roundup reaches across generation gap online

Two conversations. Two generations. Two completely different perspectives.

Cline's legacy foundation of Payson's water system

Since Raymond Cline passed away on Sept. 28, the stories about his life have been flowing. Everyone has a memory of Raymond.

$52 million of marijuana confiscated this summer

More than 104,000 pounds of marijuana plants with a street value of $52,307,205 went up in smoke this past summer thanks to the efforts of the Gila County Narcotics Task Force, Department of Public Safety and several other law enforcement agencies.

Celebration connects tribe members with heritage, culture

The Tonto Apache celebration of their 34th anniversary of tribal recognition will be capped by a fireworks program at 9 p.m. tonight, Friday.

Water found in Pine

The long-held notion that there is no substantial groundwater in Pine is a myth.

Roundup of winning quilts

Brightly hued and intricately designed quilts that are sure to take your breath away with their beauty and creativity will be on display Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 at the Second Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

Cool, clear water in them thar hills

On Saturday, Sept. 9, I got to witness what I feel will be a historical event for Pine and Strawberry. I was present for a pump test of a second deep well (1,045 feet) in Pine. It was wonderful to witness a well in Pine pumping 125 gallons per minute.

Patricia Ann Lockler

Patricia Ann Lockler, 51, of Mesa, died Oct. 3, 2006 in Payson. She was born March 17, 1955 in Ironwood, Mich., but she called Arizona her home.

Vote on Nov. 7 could change direction of things

Sometimes the obvious must be stated in the simplest of terms, such as "Just the facts, Ma'am, and nothing but the facts."

What do these sentences have in common?

This letter is written in response to a letter written on Sept. 26 by a Pine resident who shall remain nameless.

Be a responsible dog owner every day


Sept. 17 was Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Many activities were held throughout the United States promoting this message. Unfortunately, because of many other important events, I missed it. However, responsible pet ownership is something near and dear to my heart and therefore I will not let it pass unnoticed. It should be celebrated and observed every day of the year.

Fond memories of a pioneer rancher


When I heard that longtime Rim Country resident Raymond Cline passed away, I started to reminisce of years gone by and deer hunts in a place called "the pocket."

Several PHS soccer players among the 3A East region's best

The Pioneer Title Invitational boys soccer tournament allowed Longhorn players the opportunity to test their skills against some of the state's best small school teams.

A lesson from an injured bird: Life can be a beautiful thing if you let it


A while back I mentioned what happened when a severe storm hit the Port Arthur, Texas high school where I was teaching chemistry.

Payson bypass effort has ADOT's attention

With all the attention Payson is paying to its traffic congestion and the area's need for an alternate route, the Arizona Department of Transportation is taking notice.

Tuesday, October 3

Rock On: Collectors prepare for local gem and mineral show


The fossils of ancient horn corals can be found today a few miles outside of Payson, so can hillsides of geodes or ‘brain rocks.'

Carving the pumpkin


The pumpkins are back and that means it's time to pick one and turn it into your own personal work of art.

Take a hike

As the temperatures cool, it's time to start thinking about the hikes down south again.

Collectors prepare for local gem and mineral show

The fossils of ancient horn corals can be found today a few miles outside of Payson, so can hillsides of geodes or ‘brain rocks.'

Artist pursues the uncommon technique


Acrylic and mixed media artist Brenda Baker got her first set of paint-by-numbers from her aunt for Christmas when she was 10 or 11 years old.

Appetizing apples


How did you like the recent cold spell? I enjoy that you can dress up when it is colder. Hot weather limits how many clothes you can take off and not be accused of indecent exposure, ha, ha.

Monday, October 2

Star Valley to appoint temporary town manager

The Star Valley Town Council will be holding a quick meeting tonight, Tuesday, as there are only four items on the agenda.

Payson council to meet 3 times this week

The Payson Town Council meets three times this week to set new policy (see story on 1A), listen to a presentation on the alternate bypass route and consider data-compiling software to help Payson's water department and the mayor's water task force reach its goals.

Payson Senior Center menus

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St.

Questioning the town attorney's opinion on task forces

I'm shocked and yet happy that our cloistered town attorney has rendered an official public opinion of his own, without having to use public funds to pay an outside attorney for an opinion. Good for him.

Thank you for support during yard sale

The MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) Club of Payson would like to thank the community for their donations at our yard sale held Sept. 9.

Maybe we should wear black instead of red

This is in response to a recent letter to the editor from Buck Horn.

Airport is here to stay

The airport in Payson has been written about so many times there are almost no new items to add.

Stan Brown didn't research his article

Once again, Mr. Stan Brown has offered nothing but misinformation in his poorly researched article on Apache origins.

What's up?

Q: I'd like to know if there is a noise ordinance for neighbors who consistently rev the engines of their ‘toy show cars'?

Condemning Roundup for article goes against framer's intentions

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Last time I checked, we were "One nation under God."

Land exchange: We cannot stay neutral forever

At the Sept. 21 Payson town council meeting, our town leaders voted to stand back for the moment and stay impartial on a pending federal land exchange with the Tonto Apaches.

Fridays a time to paint, contemplate

Double ‘D' restaurant in Tonto Village becoming artists' refuge

The atmosphere has changed for Friday lunch patrons of the Tonto Village's Double "D" restaurant.

Fashion funds club's community efforts

The Lioness and Lions Clubs have been serving the Payson community for many years. Their largest fund-raiser to pay for their efforts is the annual fashion show, Fall into Fashion. This year, the show will be at noon, Saturday, Oct. 7 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

Macky's moving to Sawmill

In January, Rim Country residents can make plans for dinner and a movie and not worry about changing parking spaces.

Motorcycle rider dies in head-on collision

A Prescott Valley man was killed Sunday afternoon after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck near Strawberry on the Beeline Highway.

Rim Country loses community cornerstone

Raymond Cline wasn't a Rim Country native, but he only missed it by a couple of years. The longtime resident was only a toddler when his family moved to Pleasant Valley (Young) in 1925. He has been part of the Payson community since 1946.

Win over Fountain Hills a confidence booster for PHS football

A 21-0 win over Fountain Hills didn't help pave the way to a state tournament berth, but it was a huge confidence builder.

Seniors have multiple options for flu shots

Senior citizens and others in high-risk categories for influenza have a variety of options for getting a vaccine this year.

Airport money better used elsewhere

Dr. Crinnian, in his letter Friday, makes some good as well as some irrelevant remarks about the usefulness of the Payson Airport to the community.

Town manager search narrowed

The Town of Star Valley is waiting to hear back from the Arizona League of Cities and Towns before it moves forward in selecting a new town manager to replace Lanny Sloan, whose last day was Friday.

Ordinance changes could define Payson's future

Framing contractor Mike Scott is worried. Standing on the construction site, powdered with white dust from cutting housing siding, Scott said a series of proposed ordinances up for Payson Town Council consideration Thursday evening, could influence his livelihood.

Try this form of negative campaigning

Elect Len Munsil for governor of Arizona.

Parenting high school athletes

Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley thumbed through the September 2006 Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director magazine taking care to read the article, "Parental Issues in Youth Athletics."

Runner's strategy takes him to second

Senior Carlan Pontious led the Longhorn charge at the Winslow Invitational running to a second place finish behind overall champ John Bigwater of Ganado.

Olympic runner speaker at physical education convention

Longtime Rim Country Middle School physical education teacher and track and field coach Randy Wilcox enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime at an Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention.

Lady Horns volleyball the team to watch

The chase for the East region volleyball championship couldn't get much tighter.

Morgans celebrate 55 years

Jo and Bob Morgan will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Oct. 5.

Frank L. Satchell

Frank L. Satchell died Sept. 26, 2006 in Phoenix. He was born May 19, 1947 in Denver, Colo.

Beverly Ballard Schermerhorn

Beverly Ballard Schermerhorn, 79, of Mesa, died Oct. 1, 2006. Born July 19, 1927 in Davenport, Iowa, she moved to Arizona in 1962 from East St. Louis, Ill.

Ruth Mae Bennett

Ruth Mae Bennett, 88, of Payson, died Oct. 2, 2006. She was born July 2, 1918 in Lancaster, Pa.

Students work for trip to Washington, D.C.

A dozen middle school age children and their parents have formed the Rim Country Educational Adventure Club to raise money to go on a five day, four night trip to Washington, D.C. over spring break 2007.

Arizona Rural Education Association recently honored two Payson high school teachers


We are already a quarter of the way through the school year and the leaves on the trees have hardly changed color. When I was in school, the leaves were just starting to turn when we went back to school. Times in education have certainly changed.

Learning to read one word at a time

The six parents and preschool children who graduated from the Early Literacy Program Friday were in the field, putting the ideas they learned in the last six weeks, into practice.

Writer responds after being dragged into debate

I generally avoid writing letters to the editor, but now that Mr. Wollscheidt has dragged my "carcass" into this, I do have some thoughts on the subject of the airport.

Man flees after his dog bites Payson woman

A 56-year-old woman was walking near the Swiss Village Shopping Center on Highway 87 Friday afternoon when she was bit by an unleashed blue heeler.