Stories for September 2006


Thursday, September 28

Husband and wife team take home boat, honors

During the month of September, the Couples All-Star Bass circuit of Arizona has its final bass tournament of the season. To qualify and fish this two-day championship, a team had to score enough points to earn one of the 35 spots available.

Nurse training provided through hospital, college partnership

Gila Community College has had a nursing program for about a year. Now, the program will be enhanced through a partnership with Payson Regional Medical Center.

New town attorney ready for challenge

The new town attorney for Star Valley plans to use what he learned working under Payson Town Attorney Sam Streichman for his new job.

Boys soccer faces two days of tournament play

The Rim Country sports scene heats up this weekend with the playing of the Pioneer Title Agency Challenge.

‘Cut and run' is a worn out phrase

Jim Winter, in his criticism of those who criticize President Bush, seems intent on seeing the unrest in Iraq as solely or at least mostly the doing of outside terrorists.

A chance to clarify the massage ad

I am writing in response to Ms. Meidinger's Letter to the Editor about a certain massage therapy business, requesting that we remove our advertising. I would like to better clarify it for her. The picture in the paper was of three nail technicians.

Airport plays vital role in community

Recent letters about our Payson Airport miss the main point. They overlook the many ways our community benefits from having an airport that is safe, up-to-date, and well managed.

Thanks to the paper for partnering with us

Our Board of Directors wishes to publicly thank Richard Haddad and the Payson Roundup for their willingness to partner with 98.5 FM KCMA LP in bringing local news updates live to our community five days a week.

What makes the news depends on who is writing

What is news? There are the obvious things that happen at council meetings -- the decisions made by our elected officials. There are the stories of crime, loss and sports triumph that are the traditional fodder of newspaper.

Jazz guitarist has played with the best

Jazz guitarist Stan Sorenson has performed with jazz greats Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Smith, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Jeffrey Osborne and The Fifth Dimension.

Tonto National Forest to implement recreation pass program

On Oct. 2, the Tonto Pass Program will be implemented, replacing automated fee collection machines on the forest.

Star Valley taking bids to put town's future on paper

The Star Valley Town Council heard a presentation Tuesday night from the Central Arizona Association of Governments to develop the town's general plan during a town hall meeting.

Health fair more popular than ever

There is not enough space for all the organizations that wanted booths in this year's Community Health and Care Fair, scheduled for Nov. 4.

‘Education' governor's pro-choice stand ironic

Ironically, Gov. Janet Napolitano, who was honored in Payson on Sept. 19 for her support of teachers and education, does not support the children these educators would have been teaching had they not been aborted.

North McLane Road reopens this week

North McLane Road between West Forest Drive and Airport Road should be fully open to traffic today, Friday, said Town Manager Fred Carpenter. Road crews paved the entire northbound lane on Monday and continued the work on the southbound lane through the rest of the week.

The ‘backbone of Payson' to be honored at Pioneers barbecue

Organizers hope event will revive interest in culture of West and honor those who made Rim Country great

A western-themed cedar hope chest -- handcrafted by Richard Alvarez's Payson High School advanced woods class -- is among the items Curt Jackson will auction at the inaugural Gila County Pioneers Honorary Barbecue Dinner and Dance.

Council won't cut chamber funding

In a show of solidarity, a room full of supporters showed up at a special Payson Town Council meeting Tuesday, asking the council not to cut the town-sponsored grants of two local nonprofit agencies.

Leaders propose toll road to bypass Payson

Feeling the wait may be too long for a bypass to come to the Rim Country, some county leaders are advocating construction of a toll road bypassing Payson and Star Valley.

What's Up: When will the light be installed to illuminate the "Welcome to Payson"

Q: When will the light be installed to illuminate the "Welcome to Payson" sign at the south entrance to Payson?

Frankenstein keeps elk out of flowers


It feels like fall in the air. The mornings are crisp and cool and so are the nights. Within the next couple weeks if you want to see the leaves change you will need to make your plans now. Some of the trees are starting to change colors. The California sycamores are turning dark, and the yellows are coming out.

It's that time of year: Dos and don'ts for holiday mingling

If you're dreading the holiday office party or attending one more open house and small talk doesn't come naturally to you, consider creating your own "Dos and Don'ts" cheat sheet, suggests Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Networking Skills -- and Leave a Positive Impression.

Charitable giving gives back at tax time

Financial Focus

You've probably heard that "generosity is its own reward." This may be true, but when you make a charitable gift to a nonprofit organization, your generosity also could reward you -- especially when you file your taxes.

With pears in the pantry, it's time to can apples


September has flown by and hardly has given the residents time to can the abundance of fruit that we were blessed with this year.

This is the weekend to show off your dog


Hopefully, you are reading this in time to attend one of the two dog events Saturday. The "I Love My Dog" show is at ramada #5 at Rumsey Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the show starts at 10 a.m. There will be lots of ribbons and prizes, plus terrific door prizes and great fun for all.

Task force questioning work of sore losers

I see this big fuss about the Mayor's Water Task Force as a bunch of sore heads who lost an election and appear to be acting like a bunch of Democrats, like the Deans, Gores, Pelosio, Reids, Murthus and all those other Democratic types of sore losers who go to any and all extremes to nitpick and cry over their loss.

Hunter harassment law prohibits intentionally interfering with hunt

A new law making it illegal to intentionally interfere with a lawful hunt in Arizona became effective today.

4-H club rewarded for recycling

The Payson CloverKids 4-H Club wrapped up the 2006 year by entering their "Recycled Windchimes," group project in the Northern Gila County Fair.

Putting hopes in Star Valley's next town manager

As the Star Valley town council sifts through 41 resumes to find a town manager, a great responsibility rests on their shoulders.

Win-win negotiation: What to say after hearing a ‘no'


There is never a need to give up or give in simply because someone says "no" to a request you have made. Using the process of Nonviolent Communication, we simply listen for the "yes" behind the "no." Let me provide an example:

A lesson learned from my first library book


"Are you crazy?" I asked my two Air Force buddies. "C'mon," one of them said. "We'll be able to see it from up close." "The warning on the radio didn't say how high it was going to be," I pointed out to him. "Ah-h-h," the other one said. "We'll be OK." They went. I didn't.

Lady Horns have another chance against Blue Ridge

The Lady Longhorn soccer team has the opportunity tomorrow, Saturday, to avenge an earlier season 3-0 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Association golfers hit links in September

Low net and four man select drive was the play of the past week for members of the Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations.

Payson High Cchool rodeo results

Saturday Pole Bending Patty Goble - 22.49 Mickey Willig - 24.39 Candace Bullard - 26.49 including +5 Amanda Howard - 27.33 including +5 Ashley James - 32.69

Article included misinformation

The Sept. 19 edition of the Payson Roundup contained an article written by reporter Felicia Megdal titled "Mayor's task forces share progress." As chairperson of the Administrative Policies and Procedures Task Force, I was astounded at the gross distortion and misinformation in her article.

Iraq is a dead-end road

I'm writing about Jim Winter's not-so-thoughtful letter titled "Criticism of Bush creates hardship" published Sept. 19. Winter criticized straw man arguments, then proceeded to use them himself in his letter.

10 touchdowns by nine players

The Payson High School junior varsity team, which played host to Fountain Hills last evening (results not available at press time), had a game this past week that most only dream about.

Volleyball: Could this be it?

Five-match winning streak has fans on edge of seats

Is the 2006 Lady Longhorn volleyball team as good as the Steve Konvalin-coached group that won the 1994 East region championship?

Defense in place to battle Fountain Hills

Longhorn defensive coordinator Kenny Hayes spent the past week fine tuning a defense he hopes will contain the Fountain Hills Falcon's multifaceted offense.

Protecting your credit during divorce

When a marriage ends in divorce, the lives of those involved are changed forever. During this time of upheaval, one thing that shouldn't have to change is the credit status you've worked so hard to achieve.

Busiest brass band makes a stop in Payson

The Tonto Community Concert Association is presenting a performance by Bay Street Brassworks at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Payson High School Auditorium.

What's Up: Why are town maintenance personnel cleaning up the weeds

Q: Why are town maintenance personnel cleaning up the weeds along the roadways instead of repairing the roads?

What's Up: When will McLane Road be paved?

Q: When will McLane Road be paved?

Beeline Highway from Phoenix restricted to one lane near Sunflower

Motorists traveling on State Route 87 (Beeline Highway) between Phoenix and Payson can expect delays at times due to a pavement repair project in the Slate Creek area north of Sunflower.

Brian and Patrice Havey

Detective Brian and Patrice Havey will celebrate their 26th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, Sept, 30. They had a country wedding and were married outside in the forest.

Clean up the garden before cold weather hits


Fall is a beautiful time of year. The intense heat of summer is past and, this year, we've received a reasonable amount of rain. All is looking good and green in our gardens. But, as happens every year, it is time now to clean up the yard before the cold weather sets in.

River of understanding

Breast cancer support group helps woman make it through diagnosis, treatment, survival

A doctor tells a woman she has breast cancer. First, there is the shock and the emotion. Then come the questions: How will I survive? What will my body look like after surgery? How will I feel during chemotherapy or radiation?

Driver won't face felony charges in fatal accident

A 74-year-old woman will not face felony charges following a July 27 crash that killed one man and injured another woman.

Spending his retirement outdoors


For a guy who loves the outdoors, a day under the sun and a panoramic view of the Rim couldn't be a better retirement.

Savannah Ruth Forsman

Savannah Ruth Forsman was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to Todd and Tammy Forsman on Sept. 19, 2006 at 3:57 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long. She has two brothers, Ethan and Gavin.

Liam Michael Lidster

Liam Michael Lidster was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to Jeff and Kayla on Sept. 12, 2006 at 3:56 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches long.

James W. Lipnitz (1920-2006)

James W. Lipnitz died Sept. 27, 2006 in Voorhees, N.J. He was born Jan. 30, 1920.

Onnette Kunde (1934-2006)

Onnette "Ronnie" Kunde, 72, of Payson, died Sept. 20, 2006 in Scottsdale. She was born July 28, 1934 in Aurora, Ill.

Feeling what it is to fly, if just for a moment

The small cockpits of the planes flying over town on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 7, will carry the pilot and his very special passenger, a child, known as a "young eagle."

Tom Casanova (1934-2006)

Tom Casanova, 72, of Tonto Basin, died Sept. 19, 2006. He was born April 4, 1934 in Wheeling, W.Va.

6-year-old hit while playing on side of road

A Payson family is still in shock after their 6-year-old son was hit by the sideview mirror of a moving truck while playing on a dirt field several feet from the roadway near their home.

Strawberry hailstorm still making headlines

Pine-Strawberry Focus

A note in Sept. 22 edition of the New Bedford, Mass. newspaper, The Standard-Times, reads: "On this day in 1890, an extremely severe hailstorm struck Strawberry, Arizona. Even five days after the storm, hail was reported in 12- to 18-inch drifts."

Deadline coming for Christmas tree applications

The deadline is fast approaching for those who want to cut a Christmas tree on an Arizona national forest.

Wednesday, September 27

Garden club does yard work for those in need

Once the members of the High Country Garden Club are done beautifying their own gardens, they use their skills to help others. In recent weeks, the club began assisting elderly residents with yard work. Early Friday morning, five volunteers from the club showed up at the home of Olie and Donna Adams in Payson North with rakes, hoes, brooms, garbage bags and more.

Tuesday, September 26

Take a hike

With summer officially behind us, it's time to embrace fall. While it's still warm enough for a T-shirt in Payson, this time of year makes you want to throw on another layer and enjoy the brisk chill of the changing season.

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.

Settling the homeland


In their new surroundings of central Arizona and New Mexico, it was necessary for the Apaches to learn how to subsist in the dry, desert climate.

Make fresh meals with leftover roast


One of my favorite magazines is Real Simple -- I like the design and the quick reads.

People-watching, meditation fuel artist's creativity


Artist Quinn Michaels picked up a brush for the first time in 2002 and began painting in oil colors.

Durango days


I very much enjoy riding trains. One of the trains I have wanted to ride on for many years is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. For some reason I just never got around to it.

Novice in knots about knitting


I enjoy keeping busy while watching a television program. I will look at magazines during the commercials, sometimes be reading a book, clipping coupons, writing or doing some hand sewing.

Monday, September 25

Honoring a firefighter's retirement

Pastor Gordon Hauptman of Crossroads Foursquare Church in Payson retired Aug. 31 after 25 years of service as an EMT in the Tempe Fire Department.

Meth: Fighting the war on our doorstep

The methamphetamine epidemic in Payson is growing at rapid speeds. Men and women, young and old are introduced to this drug and participating in this method of madness more and more as days go by.

Survey asks, 'What does the community want from college?'

Opinions are being solicited in a communitywide study to assess higher education needs of Rim Country residents.

Horns lose 22-21 to Snowflake

For anyone who doubts the importance of a last minute push for extra points, Friday night's game was proof. The evidence was laid out Sept. 22 in the Longhorns' heartbreaking 22-21 loss to the visiting Snowflake Lobos.

'The biggest fish we ever caught'

A two-day camping trip to the banks of the Salt River turned into an angler's dream for a husband and wife fishing team.

Dogs need home to welcome both

Payson Humane Society is severely overcrowded with wonderful dogs and cats who desperately need loving homes where they will be welcome forever.

Pine diner serves up 1950s nostalgia

If "Grease" is the word that gets you humming the golden oldies, then you have to put the Nifty ‘50s Diner on your list of places to grab a bite.

Targets up for first-time shooters

Chickens, javelina, turkeys and rams are games of the day for members of the Tonto Rim Sports Club.

Two new members join girls cross country team

The Lady Longhorn cross country team has earned a team score for the first time this season.

Claire L. Harders

Claire L. Harders of Apache Junction died Sept. 21, 2006.

Lucille L. Alderson

Lucille L. Alderson, 74, died Sept. 23, 2006 in Payson. She was born March 22, 1932 in St. Joseph, New Brunswick, Canada to Alyre and Sarah Leger. She had eight brothers and sisters.

Star Valley council to hear general plan proposals

The Star Valley Town Council tonight will listen to a presentation from the Central Association of Governments concerning the town's general plan.

Father Dan installed

Reverend Daniel F. Tantimonaco was ceremoniously installed as vicar of the congregation of St. Paul's Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend Kirk Stevan Smith, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Arizona on Saturday morning.

Parent-teacher conferences Thursday

Parent-teacher conferences for Payson High School will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon, and 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Fifth-graders know their rights

The fifth-graders in Art Hood's class at Pine Strawberry Elementary School know the Bill of Rights better than most adults.

AARP offers tips to help older Americans in times of emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, and AARP has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, the National Organization on Disability and the National Fire Protection Association to provide some resources to help people prepare for a possible emergency.

What's up?

Q: Do night noises in the Payson and the Rim area include tree frogs?

Lack of lockers ruining student backs

I am an eighth grade student at Rim Country Middle School. We have no lockers or any place to put our books and all the other stuff we need during a school day.

Not surprised Bush doesn't understand Geneva Convention

Wonder of all wonders. George Bush is seeking clarification of Article 3 of the Geneva Convention.

Despite hardship, Mr. Stevens a great teacher

I am a senior in the Agriculture Class at the Payson High School and my high school experience has been rough, but if it weren't for Mr. Stevens I probably would have dropped out years ago.

Barking dogs not biggest nuisance in Payson

I am responding to the Letter to the Editor about the barking dogs in the Sept. 15 paper.

Payson airport saves lives

I am writing in response to the fellow who wrote, "The Payson Airport is for the rich playboys, and of no value to the Town of Payson."

Concerned about Chaparral Pines elk fence

I just received a copy of a letter sent to one of my neighbors and was shocked to learn Chaparral Pines has completed a study and is going to commence building an "Elk Guard" fence around the entire development in order to protect their area from damage and to offer their residents an "extra layer of security."

Constance Dale McEnany

Constance Dale McEnany, 62, of Cottonwood, died Sept. 22, 2006 in Cottonwood. She was born Jan. 15, 1944 in Detroit, Mich.

Iran is the winner in our war in Iraq

This just in: A victor is emerging in the Iraq war, and it's Iran.

Please return my lawn decorations

I've never done this before, but I just wanted to see if I can get an answer to a simple question. If a resident has items in their yard for lawn accent, and someone takes that item, is it the same as stealing?

Vote 'yes' for school bond

Because the slogan of the School Bond Issue campaign is "Payson Kids Count," and because we don't want the headline on Nov. 10 to read "Payson kids don't count," the Payson Roundup is endorsing this ballot item.

Obtaining a search warrant can take months

When Star Valley resident Paul Michael Jimenez refused to open his door Saturday morning, officers from the Payson Police Department, armed with a search warrant, forced the door open.

Fifth-graders reflect on Sept. 11

On Sept. 11, 2006, Carm Locke, a fifth-grade teacher at Frontier Elementary School gave her students a writing assignment.

New task force created

Joint Task Force instructed to determine county services needed

A newly created Joint Task Force is charged with the assignment of determining the county services required in northern Gila County to accommodate its growing population. Mayor Bob Edwards said he and a consortium of elected officials and civil employees will provide this committee with a list of priorities in the coming month, and expect answers sooner rather than later.

Task forces legal, says town attorney

The Payson Town Attorney's office released an official six-page opinion on whether the mayor's task forces are in violation of state statute, town code and open meeting laws.

Fighting Fires Across the West

Just as firefighters came from far away to save Payson, Payson firefighter is always on call to fight fires elsewhere

When Payson Fire Department Captain Robb Beery hears the phone ring, he knows he could be on the way to fight a wildfire states away within hours. Beery is the only Payson firefighter who is part of the nationwide emergency management program. There are three teams in the state.

Runner blazes by competition for course record

Staying true to his promise of not running on the wrong side of Main Street as he had done the past two years, Carlan Pontious captured the championship of the 2006 Sludge to the Judge homecoming run.

Sunday, September 24

Photo Gallery: 2006 PHS Homecoming pre-game activities

A gallery of photos from pre-game activities before the 2006 PHS homecoming game Friday, Sept. 22. Includes the annual bon fire, Sludge to the Judge race and the homecoming parade down Main Street.

Photo Gallery: 2006 PHS Homecoming game and royalty

A gallery of photos from the 2006 PHS homecoming game Friday, Sept. 22. Includes the homecoming royalty procession and the crowning of the queen and king.

Thursday, September 21

Town manager leaving Star Valley

Interim Star Valley Town Manager Lanny Sloan said the decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the permanent position was not a difficult one.

Teachers and students should use less foul language

I think that foul language is a big problem in the community. For me it's especially offensive because I hear it every day at school, and way too often.

Bush is protecting our country

In response to a letter written by Dan Farrell to the editor in the Friday, Sept. 8 Payson Roundup, I certainly disagree to what he said.

Church briefs

An event for the whole community is being sponsored by Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260 (between Safeway and Giant) in Payson.

Examining needs and requests vs. demands


"Needs are never in conflict -- only our strategies for meeting them are." -- M. Rosenberg, Ph.D., author, "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life"

It's good to keep up on what young people are reading


Remember when school was in full swing and going to high school football games and wondering what to wear to the dance were the most important things on your agenda? Time flies, you marry and have children and you find that they enjoy and worry about many of the things you did as a kid.

Payson 'neutral' on tribe land exchange

Neutrality builds good will. That's the message the Payson Town Council sent Thursday evening to the tribe when it voted to stay impartial in a pending federal land exchange agreement.

Judge rejects plea deal

Paralyzed woman says man 'showed no remorse' for shooting her

Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill rejected a plea deal Tuesday morning that would have given a man a year in jail with probation for firing the gun that left Susan Crim, now 18, a quadriplegic for life. Frederick Parra Ortiz, 19, is accused of discharging a gun, which resulted in his then girlfriend, Susan Crim, being shot in the neck.

Saying what I mean about Wal-Mart


I promise you that this will be the last time I mention Wal-Mart in this column, at least as far as I can see. But this time I have no choice.

Don't rush into equity-indexed annuities


Every so often, a new investment product comes along and attracts a lot of interest from investors -- but not a lot of scrutiny.

Cocker in her golden years needs special someone


Meet just a few of the wonderful pets available for adoption from the Payson Humane Society. The animal shelter is located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street, or call 474-5590 for more information. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Mayor says meeting will put pressure on county

Elected officials who represent northern Gila County say their constituents need better services and improved funding to accommodate the area's growing population.

Cahill named county presiding judge

Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill has been named as the next presiding judge of the county.

Governor's stop in Payson promotes literacy, campaign

Gov. Janet Napolitano wowed both her democratic supporters and a classroom of antsy first-graders during a Tuesday visit to Payson. In the Frontier Elementary School library, the governor read "The Seed and the Giant Saguaro" to about 30 students who all received their own personal copy of the book.

Two die in wrong-way highway collision

A head-on collision Tuesday night on Highway 87 killed two Rim Country residents. Marni Stephenson, 61, of Star Valley was driving northbound on the Beeline Highway at about 8 p.m. when her white Chevrolet pickup collided head-on with a silver Chevrolet pickup driven by Thomas Cassanova, 72, of Tonto Basin.

A nice quote for the jaded among you

For those of the Payson Roundup's most gentle and sensitive readers -- presumably essentially all females -- who have become jaded or disillusioned as the result of their slog through this terrestrial "vale of tears," I wish to present the following passage from Jack London's "Martin Eden," which suggests that at some times, in some places and on some occasions, human existence can indeed be quite beautiful.

Airport should pay for itself

I want to thank Thomas Churchman of Brownwood, Texas for his help in making my point about this issue much more eloquently than I have been able to do.

Wear red to show that you support the troops

Last week, I heard from a friend of mine in Albuquerque that a great many people who live there have started wearing a piece of red clothing every Friday.

The Roundup is now in print, on the Web and on the radio


We stood around the radio as if we were warming ourselves. There were four of us -- the head pressman, the photo technician, the publisher and I. John Carpino was on the air talking about an upcoming event.

Lessons learned more important than any football score

This past weekend, when a handful of teenagers made a bad choice to go out in the forest and drink alcohol, it started a series of events that everyone affected regrets.

'Payson Idol' contest to raise money for scholarships

The annual Dollars for Scholars program of the Payson Rotary Club is this weekend. The theme is a "Payson Idol Party," which will feature a karaoke contest by area residents.

Forest Service working to keep Village safe


Chain saws were buzzing away in the Village this past week.

Smell of woodstoves first hint of fall


Fall is definitely in the air. Some are warming their homes in the morning with a little fire and it smells wonderful.

Flatlanders Party going strong after 28 years


Just when everyone is saying stay out of the woods, what do about 60 residents of Christopher Creek do? They head for the woods with their potluck dish in one hand and their lawn chairs in the other.

Suspicious fire under investigation


The Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley fire departments were called for a mobile home blaze in Geronimo Estates at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

Dog's behavior has a lot to do with owner's behavior


Most dog owners are familiar with the "Dog Whisperer," Cesar Millan, who is seen on television transforming problem dogs into manageable and pleasant family pets.

A promise fulfilled

Family publishes woman's book years after her death

Sybil Kane (1902-1994) was a woman so fascinated with insects -- from the night gleam of a glowworm in the tall grass to the songs of katydids in summer and fall. She spent much of her adult life writing poems and drawing pictures of the six-legged creatures for a children's book.

Be a part of great wrestling program

A free wrestling clinic for students in grades three through eight will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2 through Oct. 5 in the Wilson Dome wrestling room.

Turkeys lured by careful calling, even in the fall


When you mention turkey hunting, most outdoorsmen envision calling in that long bearded gobbler in the springtime. At that time of year, birds are very vocal and can be called into close range for a shotgun or archery shot.

Women hit links in force

In a Payson Women's Golf Association partner best ball formatted fray played Sept. 19, Lois Judd and Kay Davis hooked up to win top honors with a 58.

Golfers perform well on links

Some might think of Jerry McGuire as the sports agent in the 1996 hit movie that spawned the battle cry of workers across America -- "Show me the money," but in Payson Men's Golf Association circles, Jerry McGuire is the club member who finished as runner-up in the low gross first flight tournament played Sept. 13 at Payson Golf Course.

13-year-old cyclist takes first in state race

Daniel Conley became a hit on the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona circuit last spring winning several events including the Payson Pounder, Prescott Punisher and Estrella Especial.

Enjoying life a few sizes smaller


Last June when Becky Waer boarded a crowded flight she took the only seat open next to an obese woman.

Volleyball team wins three straight

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team has wrapped up one of its most successful three-match stints of the past decade by whipping a tough Fountain Hills squad, 3-2.

PHS sharpens horns for homecoming game

Homecoming 2006 will be highlighted this evening with an East region gridiron showdown that will pit the Payson Longhorns against the Snowflake Lobos.

Hardt, Lemieux engaged

Shaun and Ellie Hardt announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Hardt, to Marc Lemieux, son of Marc and Jenatte Lemieux.

Orths celebrate 62 years

Virgil and Irene Orth will be married 62 years on Sept. 29, 2006. They were married in Seattle, Wash. on Sept. 29, 1944.

Charles W. Sylvester

Charles W. Sylvester, 79, died Aug. 28, 2006, in Payson. He was born on a farm near Cynthiana, Ohio on Nov. 25, 1926 to Ray and Iva Sylvester.

Margery A. Stephenson

Margery A. (Marni) Stephenson died Sept. 19, 2006 in Payson.

Sylvia Oliger

Sylvia Oliger died Sept. 19, 2006 in Mesa, she was 85.

Charles Cartwright

Charles Cartwright of Payson died Sept. 7, 2006.

Support group helps cancer patients, family, friends

A diagnosis of cancer has a far-reaching impact. Everyone in the patient's life -- family, friends and co-workers -- is touched by it.

Center president calls missed election ‘honest mistake'

The Payson Senior Center was scheduled to elect a new board of directors recently.

Runners ready for Sludge to Judge

Carlan Pontious is convinced he won't commit the same tactical error he did in the past two Sludge to the Judge homecoming cross country races.

Four-vehicle accident stalls traffic for hours

A four-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon between Pine and Payson closed traffic in both directions on the Beeline Highway for several hours. Traffic in both directions was backed up for more than a mile.

Star Valley council on the air

Star Valley residents who miss the council meeting for any reason have a way to talk to a few members of the Town Council without ever leaving their homes.

Star Valley receives 41 resumes for town manager position

The Town of Star Valley is looking for a new town manager.

Water task force releases names of participants

The list of water task force members -- a contentious matter among local political watchdogs -- was released to the public earlier this week.

What's up?

Q: Is it true there are teachers at the high school who are not certified to teach and one that doesn't have a college education?

There's more to the story of a topless dancer

I am writing in response to your From the Editor column where your stated intention was "to shed light on [topless dancing] ... so people could better understand it" and "to build a relationship with the community by ... being an objective eye."

Airport brings medical, fire, business and law enforcement to Payson

If the folks in Payson wish to isolate themselves and revert back to the economy of the mid-20th century, then go ahead and make the airport and its jet-capable runway an RV and boat storage facility.

Animal shelter won't be built without money

We would like to thank Mike Vogel for asking a very legitimate question about when construction of the new Payson Humane Society shelter will begin. It is a question that we, as the Board of Directors of Payson Humane Society, would like to answer. While we would love to say, "tomorrow," that is probably not realistic.

Smoking is not a civil liberty

I read with great interest the letter from the freedom-impaired smoker. He was trying to forward the notion that exposing the public to tobacco smoke was somehow a "civil liberty." I must respectfully disagree.

Tuesday, September 19

Picture perfect


The pre-dawn light was exquisite for a mere five minutes when photographer Nick Berezenko's eyes were captured by the beauty of foxtails along a remote area of Fossil Creek.

Take a hike

The hike down Forest Road 428 is a perfect day out in the woods for the family.

Peach buzz


What a beautiful day! This is my first monsoon season -- what an experience! I am learning to be aware of clouds, wind and temperature changes.

Plastic canvas needlepoint causes big buzz at the fair


It was the talk of the 52nd Northern Gila County Fair -- at least in the non-animal exhibits, according to Domestic Superintendent Gary Bedsworth and Home Making Arts Director Trudy Cory.

Apache Origins


Tonto Apache people are told in the stories of the fathers that they emerged as a people not far to the north from where they now live.

Dissing Paris


Waiting for my truck's oil to be changed I decided to read something different.

Finding peace with poison

PHS drama department presents ‘Arsenic and Old Lace'

Sisters Martha and Abby Brewster are helping lonely old men find peace -- with arsenic.

Monday, September 18

Article glorified stripper's 'profession'

I am one of the many people who were offended by the article about the topless dancer.

Lost dog found on Highway 87 finally returned to owners

My family went camping up on the Rim near Pivot Rock Canyon over Labor Day weekend. The family consisted of my son and wife and their two daughters, and husbands, and two children -- Andrea, age 5, and cousin Tyler, age 7. Andrea brought her purebred pug female dog with her. She sleeps with this gentle dog and loves it.

Love the writing of Lisa Bartoli

My compliments to young reporter Lisa Bartoli on her column of Sept. 12, "Payson High School faces a year of change."

Search is on for the Ugly Longhorn

Homecoming 2006 kicked off Friday afternoon with Payson High School freshmen and newcomers wondering, "What is the Ugly Longhorn?"

Thank you for your help in my time of need

I find it easy to say "thank you" to someone who picks up something I've dropped -- to someone who hands me my receipt at the grocery store or opens the door for me -- but saying "thank you" for something large, like saving a life, a home, a job, is a different proposition.

Owner believes dog is being neglected during quarantine

I think it's time to stop the abuse. Recently, Arkie (a ranch dog who killed a rabid mountain lion in April) reached the 150th day in his quarantine, at which time the state mandates a rabies shot. At day 154, I went to visit Arkie, and he had not yet received the shot that Gila County Rabies Control was supposed to get for him.

Criticism of Bush creates hardship

Letters to the Editor critical of President Bush and his supporters in the 2004 election have certain common characteristics.

Taking away take-a-number system is a step backward

Regarding the post office's decision to remove the Take-A-Number system, here's the issue from my point of view.

Another verse on courts same as the first

At Reed Hatch's sentencing last week, Judge Peter Cahill handed down a verdict of another kind. He looked out from his bench at the courtroom for the Superior Court and saw that half of those in attendance were standing in the cramped courtroom.

Sounds of old-time fiddle fill weekend

Children to seniors, competitors from across the state will be in Payson this Saturday and Sunday for the Vertilee Floyd Memorial 36th Annual Old Time Fiddler's Contest and Arizona State Championship.

Star Valley reviews 30 applicants for town manager

The Star Valley Town Council will determine the process for selecting a town manager, and may name its new manager at tonight's meeting.

It's homecoming week

What do you remember from high school? A touchdown scored? Your junior prom dress? A passed algebra test or a day in detention? All those thoughts will be dancing in the minds of alumni as Payson High School celebrates homecoming this week.

Raising the flag

Larry Moore, retired tech sergeant for the Air Force, raises the flag to replace a worn out one at the Payson Police Department along with retired Marine Master Sgt. Don Dorr (center) and Cheyenne Riley, retired Army first class sergeant (right).

Big Brothers names new director

Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomed Robert Henley on board Sept. 8 as its new executive director.

School spirit helps students avoid bad decisions

Members and would-be members enjoying the burgers and hot dogs offered by Payson High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club at their first activity, a picnic at Rumsey Park.

September: The perfect month


September. What's not to like about this lovely month? Gone is the oppressive heat of mid-summer, the monsoons fade into memory, winter's chill is still a long way off.

Majestic Rim residents adjust to new life

Seniors starting a new life at the newest facility for older residents, Majestic Rim, are still making adjustments.

After 14 years in Payson, Herb Stop moves to Pine

The Herb Stop has been part of the Rim Country business scene since 1992. It was originally in Payson, first at the south end of town, then later in the Payson Village shopping center. This spring, it moved to Pine.

Rainy season has many looking to cold winter


Fall is in the air. The rainy season is said to be over and depending on which source you believe, it could be a long, snowy or cold winter.

Susan Elizabeth Varnell

Susan Elizabeth Varnell, 69, of Payson, died Sept. 16, 2006 in Payson. She was born July 1, 1937 in Whittier, Calif.

5 players off team for drinking alcohol

Four full-time starters and one part-time starter were kicked off the Payson Longhorns football team after they were caught drinking alcohol at a Saturday night party.

Mayor's task forces share progress

More than two dozen chairs of the mayor's task forces met with the Town of Payson department heads Monday to discuss the progress of the committees and set goals for the future.

Soap Box Derby race returning to Payson

The Soap Box Derby Rally will be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Drivers from Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and California will participate.

One man who should never be left out

In penning a Sept. 1 sports story about a sports medicine team at Payson High School, I inadvertently left out the name of a physician who has been on the Longhorn sidelines for almost 20 years.

Lady Longhorns meet foes with confidence from Snowflake win

A sweep of longtime nemesis, Snowflake, could be the boost the Lady Longhorns need as they prepare for a crucial four-match set against East foes.

Fish and Wildlife Services name new director

Dr. Benjamin N. Tuggle has been named as the new Regional Director of the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mavericks move closer to league championship

The Rim Country Middle School eighth grade football team took a giant stride toward winning the White Mountain League championship with a 28-8 win over the visiting Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

We beat Holbrook --

Now it's Snowflake's turn

Forget those losses to Winslow and Chandler Seton. They had no bearing on Longhorn playoff hopes.

Carol Ann (Curtis) Huckfeldt

Carol Ann (Curtis) Huckfeldt died Sept. 13, 2006. She was born April 8, 1938, in Omaha, Neb. to Howard and Mildred (Jackson) Curtis.

Margaret Ruth Gier

Margaret Ruth Gier, 76, of Pine, died Sept. 15, 2006 in Pine. She was born Sept. 7, 1930 in Blawnox, Pa.

Jamie Lynne Campbell

Jamie Lynne Campbell, formerly of Payson, died Sept. 13, 2006 at St. Luke's Episcopalian Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Robert T. Barker

Robert T. Barker, 69, of Forest Lakes, Ariz., died Sept. 13, 2006 in Payson. He was born Sept. 25, 1936 in Dearborn, Mich.

Gallery ribbon cutting

Artists of the Rim Gallery celebrated its grand opening Saturday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting.

Payson council to discuss sign ordinance

Business facades townwide could benefit from a Payson Town Council agenda item Thursday evening.

Taxpayers must foot bill for improvements, county says

On Aug. 31, the towns of Star Valley and Payson sent a letter to the Gila County Board of Supervisors detailing their needs and wants, including:

What's up?

Q: Where is the rain report reported in town, because it can pour in one section of town and not the other -- ie: east and north got poured on one day last week but the weather report in the paper lists no rain for that day.

Every business should fly an American flag

I feel that every business in Payson should fly an American flag, but instead as I drove through town, I saw very few.

Massage ad sends out wrong message

I would like to voice my offense at the ad a local massage business put into the Sept. 13 issue of The Rim Review.

Thursday, September 14

Firebreak to protect Pine, Strawberry continues

The effort to protect the tiny mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry from a catastrophic wildfire before it ever starts is continuing with the construction of a firebreak project that began five years ago.

PHS drama opens season with 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

Sisters Martha and Abby Brewster are helping lonely old men find peace -- with arsenic.

Consumer fraud office opens in Payson

The new Consumer Information and Complaint Office in Payson handled its first client before officially opening its doors.

Cramped courts, jails pose safety, privacy concerns

Janie Bennett, Gila County attorney's office receptionist, said the deluge of paperwork is eating up office space.

Claude Miles Chambers

Claude Miles Chambers, 63, of Payson, died Sept. 12, 2006 in Payson. He was born Jan. 17, 1943 in Oneonita, N.Y.

A lesson learned from a topless dancer


The Payson Roundup is a community newspaper, but are there segments of the community that we should never discuss?

Sentencing brings back bad memories

On Sept. 12, I was asked to provide courtroom security for the sentencing of Reed Hatch. I thought nothing of this as I have done this many times before. It was not until the sentencing hearing began and I listened to the prosecuting attorney and family members of DPS Officer Hopkins and Hopkins himself, that I was taken back to a bad day in 1994.

It's time young voices were heard again

According to the latest census information, Payson has approximately 3,000 young people under the age of 18. That's about 22 percent of the population.

Stop finger-pointing

Time To Come Together! Enough is enough! I'm sick and tired of all the vitriolic finger pointing!

Payson's homeless

Forest is home for those trying to get back on feet

Taking a shower or using a bathroom are daily luxuries most people take for granted. But there are a few who consider those items more of a privilege. At first glance, James Finley appears to be a man who is camping for a few days in the forest near Preacher Canyon. But Finley is not camping for a few days. He is homeless and is living in the forest out of necessity.

Little wins justice of the peace election

Incumbent Dorothy Little won the Payson justice of the peace election Tuesday night, unofficially by a margin of 22.83 percent, according to the early ballots and votes that were cast on election day.

Drunken driver who struck officer, fled scene given 7 years

A Payson man was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday afternoon for seriously injuring an off-duty Department of Public Safety officer by striking him with his car and fleeing the scene while driving under the influence in August 2005.

Payson pilot helps hurricane victims

Alan Schwartz loads white trash bags full of clothing, bedding and food from the bed of a Ford pickup into his airplane parked on the Bravo runway of the Payson Airport. Schwartz, a local pilot, removed the six-passenger seating area in the rear of his gray-and-white 1969 Piper Aztec Turbo to accommodate the provisions.

Advertising helped relieve shelter overcrowding

The Payson Humane Society would like to thank the Payson Roundup and area businesses and organizations for the wonderful full-page ad which ran in the Aug. 4 edition of the newspaper.

Quiet your dogs, please

It is my guess that many residents of our lovely city have arrived here from rural settings, bringing along their dogs and their rural mind-set which allows leaving the animal outside to bark at any hour and for any length of time.

Committees should work in the light of day

From a perspective way to the south, Payson is very fortunate in the mayor it has elected. He has hit the ground running and is taking seriously your water situation and responsible growth.

Rotarians appreciate support

The Rotary Club of Payson would like to thank all that helped with and supported this years "School District & Teacher's Appreciation Barbecue."

Affordable housing not a public issue

Once again, can we not get this straight, once and for all?

Helicopter noise can be a blessing

Regarding the Sept. 5 letter by David Corrasa complaining about your hospital's helicopter noise. I'm not sure which way to go with here -- the right to defend your actions or the judgmental-sounding approach, regarding the helicopter noise.

'14 days' documentary premieres in Payson

The questions that universally people ask themselves from time to time -- What is family? What is freedom? What do you have to say to the next generation?

Owners of vacant lots beware, county warns

Gila County officials are warning owners of vacant lots to beware of a scam that appears to be targeting them.

National Bank of AZ, Stockmen's to merge

A merger between National Bank of Arizona and Stockmen's Bank was announced Monday. The process should be complete by early 2007.

County approaches Star Valley about building municipal facilities

The presiding judge of the superior court of Gila County thinks the time is right for the Town of Star Valley to build new municipal facilities.

Voter turnout higher than state average

In Tuesday's Payson primary election, 3,359 residents cast ballots, with a few provisional and early ballots still to be counted.

Tonto National Forest seeks volunteers for river cleanup

As one of the busiest recreation spots on the Tonto National Forest, the Lower Salt River Recreation Area hosts thousands of visitors every summer weekend.

Betty Jane Payson

Betty Jane Payson, 88, of Payson, whose great-uncle-in-law was the postmaster general who gave Payson its post office and name, died Sept. 11, 2006, at Rim Country Health Care where she had been a resident for more than four years.

Shirley F. Rogers

Shirley F. Rogers died Sept. 6, 2006. She was born Aug. 23, 1930 in Derry, Penn. to John and Clarene Hardie.

Elizabeth Geneva (Thompson) Smith

Elizabeth Geneva (Thompson) Smith of Payson and Phoenix, died Sept. 9, 2006. She was born in Duluth, Minn.

Lady Horns show Cougars their cage

Girls soccer team brings home early season win over Show Low

A determined and gritty Lady Longhorn soccer team has saddled the Show Low Cougars with their first loss of the 2006 campaign.

Anglers reel in championship at Roosevelt

The rewards for angling excellence included a $22,000 bass boat, $2,250 in cash and a $500 discount certificate for a new Ford.

5 qualify for finals in Punt, Pass and Kick

With goals of advancing to sectional competition on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and eventually to the state finals in Arizona Cardinals Glendale stadium, gridiron hopefuls from around the Rim Country lined up for the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick contest.

Cross country team runs way to medals

A trio of Payson cross country runners sped their way to medal-winning finishes at one of Southern Arizona's most prestigious meets.

Listen to the bugle of the king of the forest


By the middle of September in the Rim Country, the early mornings have a crispness to them that gives all a hint that fall is upon us. The early autumn mornings have another tell-tale sign and that is the shrill bugle of a bull elk as the rutting season begins.

Rim Country Challenge lives up to its name

Profits from the upcoming Rim Country Challenge will help the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity meet its goal of providing "decent, affordable and healthy housing for low-to-moderate income residents who are unable to obtain conventional financing."

Roll of the dice

Payson homes fill with the sound of laughing women as Bunco increases in popularity

A soft squishy ball flies across the dining table, over the back of the plush couch to a woman sitting with three others at a card table.

Payson's new meter reader former on-air personality


A bleak unemployment outlook in Oregon brought Ronnie Abram to Payson in March.

Show off your pet at the 'I Love my Dog' show


The "I Love My Dog" Show will be Saturday, Sept. 30. This totally fun show is sponsored by the Soroptimists of Payson.

Women to study Book of Titus at annual retreat


This year's Ladies Eighth Annual Retreat is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church. This year's theme is the Book of Titus, and it will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can fall be here already?


All summer, my hummingbird feeders were humming with many species and at least a few dozen of these tiny whirlwind birds all summer long, but just as abruptly as they arrived, most have left as of last week.

What do those economic indicators really mean?


If you follow the news regularly, you will see many different reports on the state of the economy. Government officials and economists closely watch these reports, and, as a Rim Country investor, maybe you should, too.

A story without an ending is like a night without a dawn


In high school, I knew a tall drink of water named Earl Reisel. Earl and I were part of a group of about 10 or 11 kids who were absolutely inseparable.

Self-compassion: A bridge to honesty, empathy


In last week's column, I spoke about transforming enemy images. According to Nonviolent Communication to, all labels are the tragic expression of pain and unmet needs.

Fair participants awarded for talents

Participants in the livestock portion of the 52nd Annual Northern Gila County Fair were awarded for a variety of different events.

Tuesday, September 12

Patty party


I understand that Payson has a Lois Club.

Take a hike

The Horton Springs Trail is deservedly one of the most popular in the area.

Scrapbooking grows great memories


Making scrapbooks is nothing new.

Turn and Burn

Riding horses is a way of life for Payson families

Turn and Burn sounds like a workout, and it is. It is not an aerobic dance for individuals in a gym. It is a barrel racing event for a rider and his or her horse.

An outstanding aeronautical school in our back yard


I frequently drive to our airport and have a meal at the Crosswinds restaurant. The scenery is beautiful and the activity of aircraft landing and taking off interests me.

A story of beginnings


The bronzed index finger of the youthful student was holding over a topographic map of Arizona, seeking the exact geographical center. Then, with the guidance of his grandfather, the lad's finger slowly descended and came to rest.

Early autumn brings bounty of apples


The Rim Country is going to have a big bounty of apples this fall.

Creating custom trees from manzanita


Using a trunk of manzanita wood, Conrad Chapek creates trees leaf by leaf.

Monday, September 11

Payson needs an airport like a bleeding patient needs blood

In response to Allen N. Wollscheidt's recent letter, it is only fair that all who read the Letters to the Editor know the basic facts both from a pilot and an aircraft owner's perspective.

Defendants don't need voice on bench

We all choose our professional paths. If you choose to be a defense attorney, then you actually assist in getting criminals back into society. Barry Standifird has done this for years.

It takes all kinds to make Payson

Last Saturday, I had two strange experiences. Since I am handicapped, I use an electric cart. Suddenly, after much shopping, I came to a quick stop, as I came to an eye-to-eye contact with a small boy. My basket was about two inches from his stomach.

Comment was disrespectful

Postal employee Marty Medvec was out of line when he said, "The white hairs, or should I say the blue hairs ..."

A vote for Dan Hill

I would like to tell you who Dan Hill is and what he has done for Payson since he moved here. Since Dan moved to Payson he has become one of the front runners in community involvement. Almost every organization in town knows him by name.

Payson must commit to solving affordable housing problem

Congratulations to the Payson Roundup for receiving a Housing Hero award from the Arizona Department of Housing at the Governor's 2006 Housing Forum.

Hansen, Orris engaged

Juliet Pamela Hansen and Seth Michael Orris announce plans for an October wedding in Payson.

Mayoral task forces not following the law

I understand that our town attorney believes that the various mayor-appointed task force committees and meetings are not "official" and they do not work for the Town of Payson. Therefore, they are not subject to the Open Meeting Law. Baloney.

Smoking is a civil liberty that shouldn't be taken away

This letter is to those nonsmoking voters who are so adamant about signing away our civil liberties.

What makes a terrorist?

According to the twisted logic recently espoused by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the failure to support illegal, immoral and unnecessary wars defines me as a terrorist.

Who is on the water task force?

On July 14, the Payson Roundup Editorial Board asked for one thing from the mayor's task forces: Transparency. We supported their mission and the mayor's efforts to involve the citizenry in the direction of the town of Payson.

Jimmy will not be forgotten

The Longhorn football team honored one of its own just prior to kick off Friday evening in Payson High School stadium.

Cross country team needs more young women

The 2006 cross country season could be a long one for the depleted Lady Longhorn squad.

Shift in class status good for Payson runners

The best thing that's happened to the Longhorn cross country team might be Payson High's move out of the 4A Grand Canyon region into the 3A East.

Best three-of-five games benefits players

Volleyball fans were caught a bit off guard early this season when they learned matches were lasting much longer than the past two seasons.

Lady Horns deliver win in nail-biter

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink has been involved in more than a 100 prep matches, but never one as fierce as a Sept. 5 showdown against Estrella Foothills.

Reverence and respect

More than a dozen flags were retired with reverence and respect on Sept. 11, 2006 by Troop 354 of the Boy Scouts at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

Primetime pet Prince needs a home


The Payson Humane Society animal shelter is filled with wonderful animals, all deserving of loving homes.

Technology revolutionizes music

When Kevin Bailey's fingers glide across the keyboard, he doesn't miss a beat.

Therapeutic writing workshop offered

Tapping into your own magic is the theme of a workshop taught by author, counselor and educator Sue Meyn of Scottsdale at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

APS rates have gone up no matter how you spin it

In early August, you published a Letter to the Editor that I wrote regarding outrageous APS rate increases. Until recently, I failed to see the response written by Jan Parsons, APS customer service manager for Gila County.

Surveillance nets three Payson residents on drug charges

Two separate search warrants on Friday resulted in three Payson residents being arrested on drug charges.

County courts get additional cash for salaries, expenses

The Superior and Justice Courts of Gila County are both getting an infusion of cash from the state.

Sheriff's deputies in Young get extra pay

The Gila County Sheriff's Office deputies serving in Young will now get an extra $500 a month. The additional money is to compensate the area's resident deputies for the higher expenses of living in a remote community.

New CPS mural covers four seasons

The Child Protective Service office in Payson has undergone a face-lift.

Search warrant, SRT, Taser needed to arrest suspect

A Payson resident was arrested for aggravated assault after police had to obtain a search warrant to forcibly enter his trailer and take him into custody Friday afternoon.

A new $7,005 sound system for PHS auditorium

Concert and drama audiences will very soon thrill to the clear sound traveling through the 10 speakers of the new 6,000 watt sound system in the Payson High School auditorium.

Middle school students learn social savvy

The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who are in or will pass through Greg Lanners' classroom at Rim Country Middle School do a lot of acting.

Volunteers keep food bank ready to help

The Rim Country Food Bank's grand opening ceremony Saturday to celebrate its new building and everything that came along with it, could not have been accomplished without volunteers.

Gerards celebrate 59 years

Dan and Rose Gerard met shortly after Dan was discharged from his three-year tour in the Navy. They were married on Sept. 7, 1947 after a one-year courtship in a small suburban town on Long Island -- a population of only 1,200 where you knew everyone in town.

Little wins justice of the peace election

The results are in for the Payson justice of the peace election. Dorothy Little has unofficially won by a margin of 22.83 percent, according to the tally released Wednesday morning.

Lois W. Witherington

Lois W. Witherington, 90, of Aspen Pond, Lakeside, Ariz., died Sept. 11, 2006 in Payson, Ariz. She was born May 31, 1916 in Alabama.

What's up?

Q: Will the cut branches created by the firebreak around the Country Club Estates neighborhood at the west end of Airport Road be chipped? If so, will the chips be left on the ground or removed? --AND-- Q: Why aren't programs in the elementary school unilateral? For instance, why is something, like the children's art program that was recently offered at Frontier Elementary School, offered at one school and not the other?

Barak, Turner wed

Payson resident Nofi Barak was married on Aug. 31, 2006 to Ed Turner.

Photo Gallery: Inaugural Payson Demolition Derby

An estimated 2,000-plus fans showed up Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006 at the Payson Event Center to enthusiastically cheer 10 adrenaline-crazed drivers as they crashed their cars into one another.

Top fair awards spotlight talent

The 52nd Annual Northern Gila County Fair showcased the many talents of residents of all ages. The exhibit areas at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center were a sea of blue, red, white and green ribbons. Just about every entry was presented with a ribbon. Top prizes were the Best of Show, Best of Class and Judge's Choice ribbons.

Constitution signing bolsters patriotism

Rim Country patriots will have a chance to affirm their constitutional rights during "I Signed the Constitution," day, Saturday, Sept. 16. The local chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will provide this opportunity in celebration of U.S. Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17 to 23.

Endangered frogs find home near Payson

Before the Chiricahua leopard frog earned a spot on the federal government's endangered species list in 2002, the amphibians thrived in the streams and ponds of Arizona and New Mexico. But scientists saved the species from extinction.

Derby a hit with crowd

Sport proves popular, attracts 2,000 fans

It's official -- there is plenty of room on the sports and recreation scene for one of the wackiest entertainments ever featured in the Rim Country. An estimated 2,000-plus fans showed up Sunday at the Payson Event Center to enthusiastically cheer 10 adrenaline-crazed drivers as they crashed their cars into one another.

Election day helper: Review Payson Justice of the Peace profiles and Q&A features

Election day review of recent Roundup stories profiling the three Payson Justice of the Peace candidates, Dan Hill, Dorothy Little and Barry Standifird.

Shaidenn Nicole Kosier

Shaidenn Nicole Kosier was born to Jeremy and Nicole Kosier July 24, 2006 in Scottsdale.

Amber Lynn Larson

Amber Lynn Larson joined the family of Don and Angela Larson at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 2006 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Dominic Blu Gabriel

First-time grandparents, Brian and Terri Taylor, welcome Dominic Blu Gabriel, born to Christina Taylor and Dustin Gabriel.

Destynn Leann Campbell

Destynn Leann Campbell was born to Cody and Stacy Campbell at 1:02 a.m., Aug. 29, 2006 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Hunter Joseph Bramlet

Gas is still too high

In response to Lorraine Nelson's "Gas too high" Sept. 8 letter to the Roundup, I can only say thank you for your letter of resentment at the price of gasoline in Payson.

Dog park much more accessible now

I just wanted to thank the town for filling in the gully at the gate of the dog park.

Longhorns lose error-filled game

Mistakes kill. Proof that old coaching adage is true can be found in the Longhorn football team's 45-16 loss Sept. 8 to visiting Chandler Seton Catholic.

Fire department will help change detector batteries


Life is too short to deal with: Plastic wrap that won't tear off and when it does, immediately clings to itself, aluminum foil that sticks on one end of the roll, and storage bags that take forever to zip shut ...

Network of moms get their own playdates

The last Monday of each month is a time for stay-at-home moms, moms who work part time, in or out of their homes, to get together to chat and learn something new.

Thursday, September 7

33 developments make cut; all others must wait

Thirty-three housing projects will be allowed to continue through the planning process. All other developments will have to wait until the completion of a water study sometime in 2007.

Mail Trail follows history from Camp Verde to Payson

The Mail Trail between Payson and Camp Verde is now officially recognized and open for hiking and horseback riding.

James Robert (Jim) Welker

James Robert (Jim) Welker, 37, son of Bob and Betty Welker of Payson, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 in Prescott.

Darrin William Palmer

Darrin William Palmer died Sept. 3, 2006. He was a graduate of Payson High School and Arizona State University.

Mary Etta Gay

Mary Etta Gay, 87, of Payson, died Sept. 6, 2006 in Payson.

Joyce Dolores Fenstermaker

Joyce Dolores Fenstermaker died Sept. 2, 2006 at the age of 69.

Transforming enemy images through self-compassion


What is an enemy image? It is an image in our head -- a negative picture or story we tell ourselves about another's actions and intentions.

With time truth has a way of coming out


Growing up in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, during my earliest years meant spending a lot of time playing in or around the streets.

Attend the fair this weekend


My three dogs and I just spent the weekend at the Coconino County Fair. Higgins and I were asked to do Canine Musical Freestyle demonstrations throughout the weekend. My remaining highway rescue puppy also did freestyle demonstrations and won the hearts of many.

Big bass waiting at Roosevelt


Over the years, bass fishermen have developed numerous techniques that are especially productive in specific conditions. One of these is the Carolina rig for deeper water bass, which is associated with summer and early fall patterns. Yet, this technique may be used at any time of the year and help you catch lots of bass.

Trail offers lush getaway during last hot days of summer

The Fred Haught Trail is a segment of what the Forest Service has identified as the Cabin Loop Trail system. Along with the Houston Brothers Trail, the U-Bar Trail and the Barbershop Trail, a picturesque section of the Coconino Forest along the Mogollon Rim is available for hikers and bikers to visit and enjoy.

The day after

Dr. Bob Sanders, Bill Lee, Kathryn Lee, and Kathy Almendarez of the Zane Grey Kiwanis Club participated in a trash pick up day at the Waterwheel Campground, the day after the Labor Day weekend.

Local linkster takes home Club Champion trophy

Chris Cumpton now proudly holds the Payson Men's Golf Association Club Champion trophy.

Lady Horns out shoot Snowflake 1-0

The Lady Longhorns overcame nagging injuries to whip the East Rival Snowflake Lobos 1-0.

So long, Schwind

Parks and recreation director leaves behind 12 years of lasting accomplishments

In the 12 years Bill Schwind headed the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, he oversaw remarkable growth and change.

Payson needs an airport like Phoenix needs a seaport

The Payson airport serves only the wealthy who wish to have a convenient place to play their games with their expensive little airborne toys.

Visit the Roundup's new Recipe Exchange and Cooking Tips online forum

Roundup food writer Teresa McQuerrey hosts this new online feature. Readers can share their favorite recipes and cooking tips and ask questions. Currently posted are: Teresa's family favorite no-cook gelatin and fruit dish with whipped topping and cottage cheese; Carol's Berry Cream Cheese Pie; and Kelly Watts' S.L.O.P. (some left over portions), which is actually a tasty casserole.

Gas is too high

I resent the price of gas in Payson, being $2.879.

Christmas tree cutting applications ready for national forests

Applications for a permit to cut a Christmas tree on one of four Arizona national forests are available for printing out on the Tonto National Forest Web page at and at the Forest Service office.

Don't forget to vote Tuesday

The voting polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, and remain open until 7 p.m. In northern Gila County the polls are:

Roundup wins governor's housing award

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the editorial staff of the Payson Roundup traveled to Oro Valley to accept the Housing Hero Award for Local Initiatives at the Governor's Housing Forum.

The birds have moved in from California


You know it's quiet in Christopher Creek when I have nothing to talk about but some dumb birds sitting in a tree.

Nancy Kay Burke

Nancy Kay Burke, 53, died Sept. 3, 2006 in Mesa. She was born May 5, 1953 in Lima, Ohio to William and Esther Shively.

In the investment world, gold does not always glitter


Panning for gold is a popular tourist activity here in Arizona.

Pine Strawberry brush pick up scheduled


The big Labor Day weekend is behind us. I was away, but I hear there were a lot of people in town, lots of traffic and lots of traffic jams, particularly coming up Interstate 17.

Payson needs an urgent care clinic

I was so happy when I saw your Sept. 1 "What's Up" article investigating the possibility of an urgent care facility here in Payson. That is, until I finished reading it and discovered the town will not have one and the company will try again next year.

Make this anniversary a memorial to heroes

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day never to be forgotten, but it was also a day in which innumerable heroes showed unparalleled courage and love.

Town manager doubles as building inspector

More and more people are moving into the small community of Star Valley as evidenced by the number of building permits the town has been receiving.

Councilor pushes for town center plan before market dictates area's feel

During a work session Tuesday night, the Star Valley Town Council discussed what the town could look like in the future.

New commercial development slow in Payson

While the number of housing developments soar, commercial development is slow in Payson these days.

Labor Day celebration rousing success


The Labor Day Bash held on Sept. 2 at the Tonto Village Chapel and put on by the Auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire Department was a rousing success.

Payson High School faces year of change

The bell rang unexpectedly, after what seemed like an even shorter class period than the regular 48-minute classes.

A hole-in-one, and a nauseating jab

Tony McDaniel doesn't pride himself on being an exceptional golfer.

Boys soccer team kicks off season with new coach

Austin White is a first year coach but he already understands one of the roles of prep sports.

After 23 years, food bank celebrates new home

The Rim Country has had the services of a food bank since 1983. Now, after 23 years, the food bank has a home of its own.

Door Stop owner to build sound-blocking wall

Jim Hill, owner of The Door Stop said, said he's spent more than $100,000 soundproofing his cabinet-making manufacturing business to shield his neighbors from the sound of the dust collectors on the top and sides of his building.

Mayor's task forces should follow open meeting law

This letter is written in regards to the mayor's task forces.

I suggest a bipartisan campaign slogan

At a time when we need our country to be united in its resolve, especially during the upcoming presidential election, I suggest a common slogan to be adopted by those candidates who espouse Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and any other political persuasion:

Post office should reinstitute ‘Take-A-Number' system

This letter is in regards to the U.S. Postal Service's recent decision to remove the Take-A-Number system in Arizona.

What happened to the days when you could trust people?

I think some merchants are taking advantage of people in our town, and probably all over our country. Something needs to be done about the four things I am writing about. I am sure there are other things that should be checked out as well.

Cannabis prohibition unbiblical

I have some answers for Kirk Muse's thoughtful question, "Why The Harsh Punishment For Growing Marijuana?" (Aug. 18, 2006).

Time to reinstate the draft

For as long as he is president, Bush says, we will stay the course in Iraq. We're at war against terrorism, he says, and if we cut and run now, the terrorists will follow us home.

Voting for change

In your Aug. 29 edition there was a letter referring to "A vote for Little." I've lived in Payson for 17 years. I have known of Dorothy Little within the court system. Ronnie McDaniel was the residing justice of the peace, and Ms. Little would fill in for him.

No-gate policy a waste of time

We could probably think of something more ridiculous for the Payson Town Council to waste time on than a no-gate ordinance, but it would take a while.

Noise complaint turns into drug arrest

Two Payson residents were arrested on drug charges Wednesday morning after police responded to a call that shots were being fired in the 800 block of Sherwood Drive.

Man beaten, run over by car in bar parking lot

Gary Allen Ogeda, 46, of Payson was airlifted to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with upper torso injuries after being involved in a fight with two Tempe men, as well as being run over by a vehicle.

Murder trial postponed

A former Payson man charged with first-degree murder of another former local resident made a brief appearance in Mesa City Court Tuesday morning.

Give hope, home to shelter pets

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

Payson's unemployment rate above state average

Statistics for the first five months of 2006 reveal that the Town of Payson has a lower unemployment rate than the county average but is just above the state average.

Court decision in Tucson could affect verdict in Fish case

Four days could mean the difference between prison and freedom for a 59-year-old retired schoolteacher convicted of second-degree murder.

Tuesday, September 5

Demolition Derby closes fair with a bang

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

Northern Gila County Fair this weekend

If you don't go to the fair, you don't know what you're missing

By the time Elliot the steer reaches the show and auction at the 52nd Annual Northern Gila County Fair, he will weigh between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds.

Knots from trees create unique artist's medium


After a lifetime spent as a cabinet maker with his own shop, Harry Jones is no stranger to wood. He enjoys creating art for his home with it -- faux kachina dolls, a carved bust of President Lincoln and model wooden cars decorate his home.

They would not be conquered


In May 1926, the director of the State Museum on the campus of the University of Arizona, Tucson, answered a letter of inquiry from a Mrs. Matthews in San Francisco about the Tonto Apaches. In his reply was this comment, "Regarding the Tonto Apaches, I fear I can be of very little help to you. I know of nothing that has been written upon this group. They are now mixed into the other groups in the White Mountain's tribe at Fort Apache and at San Carlos. But I know of no one who has traced their history."

Tasty Harvest


Where does time go? It has been a year this month since I moved to Payson. It is a beautiful place that grows on you.

Planning the fall garden


The end of summer is near, but that doesn't necessarily mean the end of the gardening season. In most areas of the country, late summer is the ideal time to plan for your fall garden. You can plant a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers and even vegetables now to extend the gardening season well beyond Columbus Day.

NASA and Meteor Crater team for future space exploration


Meteor Crater, near Flagstaff, is the best preserved crater in the world.

Take a hike

Most people are drawn to Dirty Neck Canyon simply by the name. It sounds like an adventure, and it is.

Monday, September 4

Fair a time for family, friends, fun and building community

The Northern Gila County Fair is a Rim Country tradition in which everyone can share. It welcomes old-timers and newcomers with equal enthusiasm, as both participants and attendees. It is a place where everyone is part of one community -- the community of Northern Gila County.

Town policy may suspend new housing projects

No-gate policy, 2nd roundabout, ballpark light shields, off-track betting also on agenda

The Payson Town Council will take one of its preliminary steps toward creating a growth management policy that includes the suspension of new housing projects until Payson's water situation is determined.

Traffic congestion hinders police patrols

Traffic around Payson was packed bumper-to-bumper this weekend as motorists from the Valley and other parts of the state made their way to and from Payson for the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Star Valley council to discuss permanent town manager position

The Star Valley Council tonight will discuss the employment of a permanent town manager in an executive session.

Make an informed vote

I worked as director of counseling in one of Arizona's prisons populated only by inmates convicted of felonies determined to be drug-related or caused. The large majority of men and women assigned there were not addicts; but, they were certainly drug abusers and threats to the physical and economic safety of their neighbors.

Winning support

Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan of the Payson Supply Line congratulate Buddy and Robyn Morris of Payson.

Lasting love

Gar and Eleanor Baybrook walk hand-in-hand most mornings along Main Street near their home. The Payson couple has been married 67 years. Both 89, they are concerned about the number of failed marriages they see.

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic coming to Payson

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

There are many ways to help shelter animals

Drop off aluminum beverage cans (only) in the Dalmatian-painted recycling bins at the Payson Humane Society or in front of the police station at Town Hall.

McNeils celebrate 50 years

George and Patricia McNeil celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2006.

Edward Jones office sets business seminar

Ross Hage, one of Payson's local Edward Jones investment representatives, will host a "Small Business Planning Strategies" professional broadcast course at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at his office, 113 W. Main St., Suite A.

The Platters open season for TCCA

The Tonto Community Concert Association presents The Platters in its first concert of the 2006-2007 season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in Payson High School auditorium.

Gila County Pioneers putting on a party

A crew of 11 men, most of whom are former standout athletes at Payson High School, have joined forces to do what the former Cowbelles once did -- honor Rim Country pioneers.

Longhorns feel Bulldogs' bite

There's a reason the Winslow Bulldogs advanced to the 2005 state championship and are now a state-ranked team.

Diamondbacks a great pitch for education

Learning to write meant a trip to an Arizona Diamondbacks game for a group of 93 elementary school pen pals from Payson and Gilbert.

Cause for celebration -- Mavericks pound Lobos

As a former Longhorn three-sport star, Chris Harold knows a win over long time rival Snowflake is a victory to savor.

‘Fly the Flag Day' Sept. 11

Refurbished flagpole a call to renew patriotism

While often unnoticed, the concrete base of a long-standing landmark bears a simple, round metal marker signifying its place in Payson history. The 80-foot flagpole on the corner of Highway 87 and West Phoenix Street was rededicated Monday during a ceremony to mark the completion of a much-needed refurbishing project.

Champion in martial arts hosts training

A two-time world jujitsu champion and accomplished submissive wrestling instructor is making a return visit to the Rim Country.

Lady Horns whip Globe

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team tipped off the 2006 campaign with a workman-like 3-0 match win over the Globe Tigers.

Payson Senior Center menu

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot lunch at noon each weekday in their dining room, 514 W. Main Street. Cost of the meal is $3 for persons 60 years and older, $5 for those under 60. You do not need to be a member to eat at the center but advance reservations are required.

Nancy Corliss Peifer

Nancy Corliss Peifer was born Jan. 17, 1936 in Seward, Alaska.

Elva Love Brase

Elva Love Brase, 90, of Payson, died on Aug. 27, 2006.

52nd local fair has something for everyone

The Northern Gila County Fair promises to have something to delight everyone. If you like to look at first class livestock, the fair will have plenty to see.

Painted rocks point the way for pilots

The history of the Rim Country includes stories of local aviation. The Payson Pilots Association (PPA) members spend time each year in preserving this history.

College series brings free concerts to Payson

Culture is alive and well in the Rim Country with the support of Gila Community College's "Edu-tainment" series -- a group of events designed to keep the community informed about local science and arts projects.

Program helps seniors with mobility, stamina

Senior citizens needing extra help to regain physical skills which have diminished over time have an option to restore mobility and stamina.

Being of good cheer is hard work

R-O-C-K Longhorns rock the house.

What's up?

Q: Where is the Houston Mesa Horse Camp where the fiddle festival is going to be held Sept. 23?

Efforts at park outstanding

Dave Crowell's letter of thanks to Bill Schwind at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department reminded me of a letter I've intended to write for awhile.

Some noise a nuisance

I live a short distance from the hospital. The only time I think badly of the helicopters is when they leave with someone in need of more medical help than the PRMC can offer.

The mind of a Bush supporter

Let's try and understand the mind of a George Bush supporter. I know it's a daunting task, but I'll try. And, please, no jokes about a "Bush supporter's mind" being an oxymoron!

Support for Supply Line appreciated

The Payson Supply Line wants to thank everyone who stopped by our tables at the 2006 World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Your donations help us to continue our mission to send supply boxes to our military personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hill will give real meaning to ‘justice'

If I still resided in Payson, I can assure you that my vote would be cast for Dan Hill for justice of the peace.

Baghdad 2006 looks like Saigon 1973

If there is anyone who believes that George W. Bush has remained true and is not an equivocating "flipflopper" then please stop reading these letters to them.

Community response tremendous

The Public Safety Christmas for Kids committee would like to thank all the local businesses, groups and individuals involved in making the 2006 Golf Tournament a huge success.

Standifird stands for what is good

Every now and then I just have to speak up about what is true and right.

Name names

I find it rather disturbing that the membership roster of the Mayor's citizen water task force has not been made public like all of the rest.

Standifird best qualified candidate

In elections, it is very difficult to focus on the real issues; it seems that the public often tends to get sidetracked by things that really have no bearing on what is at stake.

Support shading field lights

At the city council meeting on Sept. 7, the council will vote on a motion to authorize the expenditure of $11,180 to provide shades for the lights on ball fields numbers 1 and 2 at Rumsey Park.

Thankful for PYF and coaches

I am 13 years old and I'm on the Payson Raiders. The practices are hard, but that is good because if they are not hard we will get trampled by the other teams.

Rim residents are blessed

I am writing to let you know that you are blessed to have such a fine town, and especially the friendly, honest people who inhabit your area.

Vote Dan Hill for justice of the peace

On Sept. 12, we have an opportunity to elect our justice of the peace. Allow me to tell you why I am voting for Dan Hill.

Move toward love

Due to the seriousness of the Israel/Lebanese situation, I may be way out of place in approaching this subject, "The Mideast Crisis and Arab/Israel Uprising" but truth is truth and should have no deviation from it.

We all grieve differently

In response to the letter from Tom Anderson regarding the roadside memorials along Highway 87:

Payson has a safe airport

The Payson Pilots Association, Local Chapter 810 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Airport Task Force, appreciate the Roundup and reporter Felicia Megdal allowing us to clarify and correct some issues as presented in an article last Friday.