Stories for August 2007


Thursday, August 30

Donald E. Summers

Donald E. Summers, 79, died Aug. 27, 2007 in Payson, his home for the past 21 years.

Myrle Lois Martell

Myrle Lois Martell died Aug. 29, 2007 in Payson. She was born Sept. 8, 1936, in San Bernardino, Calif. to Charles and Faye Hubbard.

Discover crafts; eat pancakes at festival


It is going to be another big weekend for residents and visitors of Pine and Strawberry at the Pine Community Center. Come check it out and visit our local businesses and restaurants who look forward to seeing you.

Plenty to do in Rim Country this weekend

There are plenty of events around the Rim Country to keep visitors and residents occupied this holiday weekend.

Raccoons are on the loose in Christopher Creek


It seems raccoons are everywhere in Christopher Creek and they are causing some havoc for the residents on Columbine Road.

Village counts down to Labor Day bash


The summer is passing by us at a fast pace. The temperature this morning on my front porch read 54 degrees and the hummingbird feeders are not emptying as fast as they have been all season. Has the migration already started? My family and I have enjoyed the tiny birds all summer. I hate to see them leave.

Womans Club: Movers and shakers for 86 years

Group has raised money for hospital, library, war bonds

The Payson Womans Club has attracted women who want to make a difference in their community for the last 86 years.

Trash pickup schedule changed for Labor Day

As the Labor Day holiday approaches, Waste Management is encouraging Payson residents to plan ahead for changes relating to trash pickup schedules in their neighborhoods. The holiday schedule follows:

One big load

An extremely long load was hauled through Payson Thursday morning.

Church briefs

The "Marketplace" Rummage Sale by Mount Cross Lutheran Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church will benefit six Payson charities.

Doggone fun at the county fair


The Northern Gila County Fair is Sept. 7, 8 and 9.

Pups now 'teens' and still waiting


This has been a summer of many peaks and valleys at Payson Humane Society.

Help protect your income with disability insurance


Like many Rim Country residents, you probably do not think twice about the need for life insurance.

Cat calendar contest sponsored by library

The Payson Public Library is encouraging children ages 14 and under to enter the Baker & Taylor Cat Calendar Contest.

Charities will benefit from rummage sale

Six Payson Charities will benefit from Church Partnership Marketplace rummage sale.

Rural development meeting will help explain available programs

USDA Rural Development, will be on hand Friday, Sept. 7, in Payson, to discuss the programs that are available to the public and to the community.

PHS cross country team features new coach and players

The Longhorn cross country team featured an entirely new look when it opened the season Tuesday at Hopi High School.

Artist donates work to library building fund

Ann Hunter, local artist, sculptor and writer, is sponsoring a raffle of one of her sculptures to benefit the Payson Public Library.

Jeep winner

Greg Decaire learns from Ray Pugel, of Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty, that he is the winner of a new Jeep Wrangler.

Barbara Hafer

Barbara Hafer died Aug. 20, 2007 in Payson. She was born Nov. 21, 1930 in Goshen, Ind. to Steve and Mary Renaldi.

Drive safely this weekend

Labor Day, the last great holiday weekend of the summer, is upon us and many people will be on the road, traveling to their favorite recreational spot.

Mining scams aren't a thing of the past

It's worth remembering that all that glitters is not gold -- or platinum.

Timeframe of global warming is seriously rearranged

The media, pretty much worldwide, have accepted the pronouncements of the cohort of scientists committed to the position that "global warming" is: worldwide, of dangerous proportions, caused by excess generation of CO2 and exponentially increasing, year by year, right now.

Rave for the rodeo

I was distressed over writers complaining about how inhumane Payson's annual rodeo is perceived to be. So let's switch off "Animal Planet," and get down to the nitty gritty of the situation.

Harmon, Spatola engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Don Harmon of Payson and Nita Harmon of Fontana, Calif., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaileen Harmon to Anthony Spatola, son of Charla Powers of Valencia, Calif.

Get ready for good times at the fair

Celebrate summer and welcome fall and have a great time at the Northern Gila County Fair.

Holds celebrate 50 years

Pete and Jan Hold of Payson celebrated their 50th anniversary with a 1950s-theme garden party at their home with friends and family.

Payson will be at tax disadvantage

A few tidbits of the truth -- 1. "This is [the] way most Arizona counties are paying for their burgeoning jail needs."

Jail and courthouse issues underexposed

Make no mistake about it, new jail and court facilities in Globe and Payton could be good for both parts ofila County. Andoters expecthe Supervisorso promote thingshey believe are good fors.

Have you ever wondered what were you born to do?


After my first hitch in the Air Force, I took a discharge. It wasn't that I was unhappy with the Air Force. Not at all; I truly loved those first three years, though they were hard and demanding at times and painfully boring at others. Taking a discharge just seemed like the natural thing to do.

Scrimmages allowed fans to get up close to ASU players

In the 1970s, the Arizona State University Sun Devils football team -- then coached by Frank Kush -- wrapped up preseason practices at Camp Tontozona with a game condition scrimmage on the Payson High School football field.

Building for the future

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country Builder's Club was at Payson Elementary School, Wednesday, Aug. 29.

No one will defend us

A recent incident occurred where a small puppy was abused in the Star Valley area.

Fun at the library

Children and adults enjoyed a puppet show and book reading by Payson Library staff members Harry Kuperberg and Harryette Stanley.

Wild Women in Williams

The Wild Women of the West are regular participants in the Payson Rodeo Parade and will be part of the Labor Day PRCA Rodeo in Williams this weekend.

Tuesday's Star Valley council meeting moved to Sept. 11

The Star Valley Council meeting that would have normally fallen on Tuesday, Sept. 4, has been rescheduled in observance of Labor Day.

Eastern Arizona counties to consider rural school funding

The next meeting of the Eastern Arizona Counties Resource Advisory Committee is scheduled for Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Pinetop Regional Office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Phony $50, $100 bills could be in Payson

Police charge man with passing bad bills, using drugs

Phony $50 and $100 dollar bills may be circulating around Payson.

Wallace (Wally) Charles Helm

Wallace (Wally) Charles Helm, 75, of Payson, died Aug. 29, 2007. He was born in Middletown, Ohio.

Gene Johnson

Gene Johnson, 71, of Payson, died Aug. 30, 2007. He was born June 9, 1936 in Halstad, Minn.

Lester Harold Kraus

Lester Harold Kraus, 87, a part-time resident of Payson, died Aug. 5, 2007 at Carla's Care Center in Montrose, Colo.

Giving her all to help veterans


M.E. Misti Isley DeCaire's service in the Pacific during World War II did not satisfy her patriotic urge. At the spry age of 82, she is still serving, this time providing help to area veterans in need.

State semifinal team is next for Longhorns

The Winslow Bulldogs -- the Longhorns' foe this evening in Winslow -- have been on a run the past two years. In 2005, Winslow played in the 3A state championship and last year reached the state semifinals before losing a heartbreaker, 28-24, to eventual state champion Coolidge.

Soccer team gets easy victory

Younger classmen had the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Longhorn soccer team's 10-1 win over Monument Valley.

18 teams seek invitational title

Lady Longhorns working to win championship

Flash back to Sept. 2, 2006 -- The Lady Longhorn volleyball team, beaming with potential, has just fashioned an impressive 7-3 record in pool play of the Payson Invitational Tournament.

Gentle giants will parade through 125th

One of the West's finest equestrian teams will be here

Colonel kicks his nine-inch wide hoof at his stall in Bison Ranch and whinnies.

Payson gas prices lowest in months

At an average of $2.69 per gallon, gas prices are the lowest Payson has seen in the last five months. According to a press release from AAA Arizona, motorists across the state are enjoying the lowest gas prices in five months.

Tagger defaces Pine Elementary School

Removing paint from property is costly

The walls of Pine Elementary School have more than the ABCs written on them these days.

Tuesday, August 28

Bison Ranch is short drive to Rim paradise


Bisontown and Bison Ranch -- a mere hour's drive east of Payson -- is a quick getaway, for the day or a weekend for Rim Country residents.

Her name was Norma and she was nasty


Earlier this summer I wrote about Rim Country's deadliest fire event, the Dude Fire, which killed six firefighters in Bonita Creek on June 26, 1990. This week we look back at an even deadlier event, one that was water-related.

Add fish twice weekly for healthier you


Hello to all: I am back from traveling. Now I need a vacation to recuperate. It sure is great to be home!

A footwear fiend? If the shoe fits ...


The functional part of summer is nearing an end.

Artist revels in history of the West


The two-inch brass plaque above the easel William Ahrendt designed reads "100%."

Monday, August 27

Suggestions for relieving traffic congestion

Some of the local business community and their customers are concerned about the impact of a bypass to relieve local traffic congestion on Payson businesses.

Forum focuses on identity theft and consumer fraud

AG Terry Goddard: Everyone needs to monitor credit report

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said identity theft is the No. 1 problem in Arizona.

Lots of controversy about marijuana use

I read with interest the responses to my letter. There is still a lot of controversy about marijuana.

New Mazatzal Hotel and Casino adds to rich heritage

With the completion of the multimillion dollar Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, the Tonto Apache Tribe adds to its already rich and valuable heritage in the Rim Country.

Little bargain hunter

This rummage sale shopper knows how to pick the right accessories. Ivy Connolly found a stylish head-piece that fit her to a T.

Horse abandonment becoming a bigger problem

The old quarter horse's ribs are visible through his brick-colored coat, yet his ears are up as he trots behind Andrea Daugherty, as she leads him to pasture.

Peterson wins women's golf handicap play

While members of the Payson Women's Golf Association were locking horns in a "nine blind holes one-half handicap" formatted tournament, their PMGA counterparts were slugging it out in a "four-man orange ball" links fray.

Learn and laugh at Northern Gila County Fair

The Northern Gila County Fair will be more than exhibits this year.

Fair invites seniors to show off their stuff

Anyone 75 and older can strut their stuff at the Northern Gila County Fair. You are in a class by yourselves. There is a Golden Age division in just about every department -- in some cases entries by those 75 and older are put in the "Senior" division.

A dogs' world

Steve Knighton holds Happy, a prize-winning show dog, as he explains to Alice Wrobley the kind of picture he wants of his dog.

Western buffet and auction for Time Out

The top bidders at Time Out's annual "Fun Raiser" will get to take home some special prizes Sept. 15.

Custodian arrested for theft of school equipment

Payson Police arrested Michael John Jones, 32, a custodian at Julia Randall Elementary School, for allegedly stealing equipment and property from the school and selling it.

Hiking accidents on rise in Fossil Creek

More and more people are taking a hike and more are also getting injured.

Screenings and special services, offered for children

Do you suspect a child you know to have a disability? If so answer, these questions.

Larry W. Alley

Larry W. Alley, born Aug. 25, 1938, in Omaha, Neb., died Aug. 24, 2007.

Star Valley general plan team making progress

Star Valley's master plan is coming along nicely.

Couple featured on ‘Most Wanted' found dead

Paul and Myrtis Gauthreaux were found dead in their car Aug. 9 by Gila County Sheriff's deputies on Highway 60.

When I met Polly Brown

As close as I can recall, it must have been around 1960 when I first remember meeting my great-great Aunt Polly Brown. The conversation that we had, brief as it was, had a major impact on how I viewed life, the values I came to hold dear and a pride in the strength that was passed to me through heritage.

It is time to hold Pine fire department board accountable

RE: Fire Chief -- Do you work for the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department and would like some much needed time off? Job too stressful? We have the solution for you.

Teacher goes the extra mile to help students learn

Just about anyone who is no longer in school can remember that one teacher who made an impression. That teacher who never seemed to judge, who always seemed to be there and who knew just what to say to make it all better.

‘Safety Dance' radio program for seniors

Learn how to avoid common accidents with lessons from "Safety Dance," a new radio series, premiering at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 on Sun Sounds of Arizona.

Bowling fun

Justin Estey gets excited as his ball rolls slowly down the alley at Rim Country Lanes in Payson.

Stupid is as stupid does #2 -- another view

I heartily agree with Mr. Brophy's letter, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Start of something special

Habitat for Humanity celebrated a ground breaking Friday, Aug. 24, in honor of 14 new homes that will be built on the corner of Longhorn and McLane.

Frank Kush did not start Camp Tontozona

Contrary to recent articles in your newspaper, Frank Kush did not start Camp Tontozona.

Police charge man with passing bad bills

Phony $50 and $100 dollar bills may be circulating around Payson.

New PAC favors justice center on Main Street

One of the hottest topics on the tongues and in the minds of Gila County residents -- the proposed justice center on Main Street and Highway 87 -- has sparked the creation of another group with an opinion.

Boat safety class will be offered at Roosevelt Lake

The Gila County Sheriff's Roosevelt Lake Patrol and Arizona Game and Fish Department will present a safe boating class Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt Substation milepost 243 on SR 188.

Foster care parenting class will be offered in Payson

A foster parent training course in Payson offered by the Arizona's Children Association will take place in October.

Vacation trip to Venezuela for a visit became missionary trip

Simone and John Lake's spring vacation to Caracas, Venezuela, to visit with his sister, became a missionary trip.

Edward Jones representatives offer special financial program

The two Payson Edward Jones financial advisers will host a free broadcast titled "Keep More of What You Earn" at 8:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

A weekender's worries result in business

When Elaine Johnston was still a weekend resident of the Rim Country, every trip to and from the area she was overwhelmed with worries.

Howard Adrian Toews

Howard Adrian Toews, 84, known by most as "Howie," died Aug. 12, 2007 in Payson.

State archery field championship to take place this weekend in Payson

Harold Rush has etched a bevy of archery accomplishments into the sports record books. Most recently, his challenge has been to convince tournament directors to bring the Arizona State Archery Association Field Championships to Payson.

Local dentist gives Payson place on national archery map

Harold Rush's archery exploits have highlighted the Rim Country sports scene for the past 25 years.

PHS staff diligent in preventing violence

Anyone who has doubts about Payson High School teachers and coaches being on the alert to prevent violence from occurring should have been on the visitors' sidelines at Friday night's football game.

Lady Longhorns off to a winning start

Jenna Robertson's spirited net play ignited the Lady Longhorn volleyball express to a 3-1 road win over Estrella Foothills.

Horns hold on for season-opening win

Severe cramps and less than stellar play by Longhorn reserves turned what appeared to be a Longhorn blowout of Fountain Hills into a relatively close game.

City agrees to plan for part of Main Street

Council gives $54,000 contract to consultant for parking and pedestrian travel concept

A grant from the Arizona Department of Transportation for the renovation of parking and pedestrian travel ways along Main Street may be put to use at last.

Thursday, August 23

Payson High Back-to-School Night is Aug. 27

Payson High School will be holding a "Back-to-School Night" on Aug. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school campus.

Unforgettable characters make books memorable


Memorable books, great authors and unforgettable characters -- few authors today can lay claim to these traits.

Spike the Super Ball comes to Payson

Spike the Super Ball™ Saddled Up For Payson's 123rd Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade Saturday.

Community involvement vital to police

Chief Don Engler said the police department's open public Citizen Awareness meetings have provided police with valuable information.

Worth W. Donahue

Worth W. Donahue, died on Aug. 20, 2007. He was born in Nauvoo, Ill. June 21, 1908, to Walter and Kathleen Donahue.

Melvin T. Hochstetler

Melvin T. Hochstetler (Mel), 68, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2007 at RTA Hospice Care facility, following lengthy illness.

Glen Reed LeSueur

Glen Reed LeSueur died Aug. 22, 2007 in Glendale, Ariz. He was born Aug. 11, 1938 in Phoenix, Ariz., the son of LeRoy A. LeSueur and Ruby M. Kinsey LeSueur.

Joy Yateman

Joy Yateman died Aug. 20, 2007 in Payson at the age of 77. She was born in Utica, N.Y. on Sept. 5, 1929.

PES adds guitars to music classes

School will offer lessons to students

The music department at Payson Elementary School has gone through some changes since last year, including the purchase of 30 brand-new Yamaha Acoustic guitars.

Local young woman on education fast track

Rachel Timmer graduated from Payson High School a year early in 2005 and wasted no time starting her college education at Cottey College.

Marine Corps Leagues is now placing flags at businesses

The Rim Country Detachment 928 of the Marine Corps League is now operating the flag program -- placing U.S. flags at participating businesses on special days from Sept. 1 through Aug. 30.

Star Valley resident was born to fly

If men could grow wings, Art Rogers would've sprouted a pair years ago.

Shelter needs pet food gift cards


Don't miss out on the chance to make your pet a star in our upcoming Payson Humane Society pet calendar. For $20 per photo, you can pick a day (first come, first served) for your pet to be featured. Forms are available at the shelter or on the Web site

Parade looking for entries

Storytellers will jump off the Historical Society's float in the parade that celebrates Payson's 125th Anniversary, Oct. 6.

Optimist Club will be cooking for fair, rodeo

September is the Gila County Fair and the Rim Country Optimist Club will once again be featuring their Family Friendly food booth at the Gila County Fair, which will happen on Sept 7-9.

Clock man

Jerry Bergeron, checks the clock mechanism one more time on this wall clock, before putting it back together.

Time for fun at the Northern Gila County Fair

Check that garden and orchard for a perfect specimen. Finish up that special sewing or craft project. Put your prized collection in a shadow box display. It's time to get ready for the Northern Gila County Fair.

Free Bowling Blastoff this Saturday

If you haven't been bowling lately, you haven't been bowling.

Payson grad finishes AROTC's ‘Operation Warrior Forge'

Bryan A. Dirren has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Sokol gets University of Nebraska award

Ashley Nicole Sokol, a 2007 graduate of Payson High School, was among more than 550 students who have been awarded nonresident scholarships to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007-2008.

Anderson honored by Prudential Real Estate

Kim Anderson, a Prudential Arizona Properties Realtor, placed second in residential units among all Prudential Real Estate affiliates in the state during the second quarter of 2007.

Gone fishing -- to Alaska


Last winter a longtime friend, Ted Pettet, started to put together a fishing trip to Kodiak, Alaska.

Landmark might be alive again for New Year's Eve


The Landmark Restaurant has been sold!

Heatstroke deadly to dogs


Heatstroke is deadly! My Gibson is resting fairly comfortably in his usual place under my desk after suffering heatstroke.

Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a ground breaking ceremony at the future site of the Longhorn Village Townhomes on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. at the corners of Longhorn and McLane roads.

Church briefs

As a thank you for the community support received by the Living Waters International mission founded by Daryl and Mary Jo Oft, they are presenting a free program, "Life on Rusinga."

Program will outline how seniors can get help with prescriptions

Do you know someone who needs help with prescription drug cost?

Near death experience does not slow golfer

A man whose heart stopped beating during a golf game at Payson Golf Course is showing no signs the near-death experience has slowed him.

Fall Sports Guide provides student athlete recognition

The Payson Roundup's commitment to providing the finest Payson High School sports coverage possible reaches new heights today with the publishing of the inaugural Fall Sports Guide in our print edition.

Lady Longhorns have big shoes to fill

Mollee Lee expected to fill leadership void, move to outside hitting position

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink leaves little doubt who the leader of the 2007 team will be. "Mollee Lee will be the heart and soul of the team," he said.

It's parents' responsibility to teach behavior, not the schools

I was very concerned when I picked my son up from school one day to learn that there had been a stabbing off campus involving two PHS students during lunch period.

Supervisors need to serve the people

In a town like Payson, word of mouth can make or break a business or an elected official. Perhaps our County Supervisors need a reminder that they are elected and re-elected at the will of the people.

Teach children to be tolerant of each other

I am the mother of the student who was stabbed on Tuesday, Aug.14. My son was stabbed because someone else didn't like the way he looked, dressed or wore his hair.

Shriners thank all who helped with golf tourney

The Zane Grey Shrine Club of Payson wishes to thank all the local businesses who supported our recent golf tournament to raise funds for Shrine Hospitals for Children.

50th anniversary

Jerry and Jane Haynes were married Aug. 24, 1957 in Phoenix, Ariz. at St. Mary's Church.

When should you rebalance your 401(k) plan?


For many Rim Country workers, a 401(k) plan is an excellent retirement-savings vehicle.

County facilities -- How do we pay for them? Part 3

Now let's tackle the sales tax/jail district issue.

PHS soccer team ready to challenge longtime rivals

For a variety of reasons, the Lady Longhorn soccer team is looking forward to challenging a trio of longtime adversaries.

Cost of medicine is high

I am writing to you regarding the enormous cost of senior drugs. For one of my prescriptions, I pay $229.22 for 60 pills. For another, I pay $126.65 for 30 pills.

Taylor Elaine Stelten

A baby girl, Taylor Elaine Stelten, was born to David and Kathy Stelten of Zimmerman, Minn. on July 13, 2007.

Fountain Hills running game will change Longhorn defense

Although Fountain Hills quarterback Jason Fairfield (6 feet, 3 inches, 190 pounds) will undoubtedly be airing out the ball this evening against Payson, fans shouldn't expect an "Air Coryell"-type passing offense.

Why we remember some things so well


Ever wonder why we remember some things so well?

Belcher, Rothlisberger engaged

Tom and Susie Belcher of Payson, Ariz. and Roger and Dodie Rothlisberger of St. Johns, Ariz., are proud to announce the engagement of their children, Zack D. Belcher to Lacie Rothlisberger.

Expert help sought for event center

A lot of decisions have yet to be made regarding the renovation of the Payson Event Center. One thing is certain -- the ball is rolling and Parks and Recreation Director Rick Manchester prefers it that way.

Take Pride cleans up area near bridge in Strawberry


Lots of things to write about and not much time. Here is what I know, or think I know.

Volunteers needed at Village's Labor Day barbecue


Mother Nature has turned up the thermostat!

Is this your horse?

Lost or abandoned quarter horse slated for auction

The horse walked slowly down the dirt road toward Scott Umbenhauer's hay delivery truck Monday afternoon.

Grand place to play, stay now open

Guests spin the Wheel of Fortune in the new Mazatzal Casino

It is official. The new Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is having its official grand opening celebration this weekend.

All future commercial property to be reviewed by design commission

Star Valley town planners expect some new commercial development will be outside current limits

Those dedicating their time to the Architectural Design Review Commission for Star Valley wanted to have a say on all future commercial development in town.

Keeping school campus safe is a two-way street

No one wants to see violent acts taking place in a school, especially teachers and administrators, who are also parents.

Joneses celebrate 60 years

Vestal B. and Shirley L. Jones are celebrating 60 years of marriage with family and friends.

Tuesday, August 21

Grand opening for a grand place to play and stay


The new Ford and bass boat attached to its tow bar parked at the entrance to the Mazatzal Casino is double-parked for a reason.

Life at San Carlos


No sooner had the Tonto Apache and Yavapai bands been rounded up on the San Carlos Reservation, than white homesteaders began staking out the Indian lands for themselves.

Movie Reviews: The Bourne Ultimatum

The previous Bourne movies ("The Bourne Identity" from 2002 and "The Bourne Supremacy" from 2004) are two of my favorite spy/action thrillers; all three movies are based on the writings of Robert Ludlum. I also think Matt Damon was made to play the role of Jason Bourne -- although rumor has it, this will be his last one.

A lesson to be learned from Bermuda


So, we got the promised monsoon right on time this year. Praise be!

A beach with a foreign accent


Rocky Point, the American name for Mexico's Puerto Penasco, has become a major vacation spot for Arizonans. Located some 300 miles from Payson, the drive takes about five-and-a-half-hours.

Reader feels officers violated rights

I read what the Payson Roundup newspaper printed about "Residents beingnhappy about 911 service delays. Mr. Fiestad shoulde commended foris courage to speak out.

Monday, August 20

Pine Strawberry business community raises $8,000+

The 2007 Annual Strawberry Festival held in Hunt's Meadow on Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry had 6,000 people in attendance.

New Payson code allows for flexibility

Future developments in Payson will likely be in better concert and a bit more modernized as a result of the Planned Area Development (PAD) zoning code that was adopted by the council recently.

Mother of stabbing victim speaks out

Mother: School is not doing enough to protect PHS students

The mother of the 15-year-old Payson High School stabbing victim said she wants better answers.

Polly Brown's granddaughter honored by Daughters of Gila County Pioneers

Through honoring Lorna Lee Orsburn, the Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers paid tribute to an intrepid lady of the past, Polly Brown. Brown was a rancher, a bar owner, a storekeeper and one of Payson's Rodeo Queens.

Street safety top priority for SV commission

Residents living along Moonlight Drive in Star Valley may soon breathe a little easier.

Photographs wanted for fair

Rim Country photographers need to start preparing for the Northern Gila County Fair now.

Reflections on the Gracie Lee Haught festival

The picture of children laughing and playing caught my attention and made me wonder why a dominant color picture, that took up a quarter of the front page of the Roundup on Aug. 14, was so special.

Rotary holds teachers appreciation barbecue

Payson Center for Success High School teacher Linda Gibson was given the Rotary Club's annual teacher of the year honor during a barbecue last week.

Great supporters for bowling event

Big Brothers Big Sisters was the beneficiary of a fund-raiser hosted by Main Street Grille on Saturday night, August 11.

Charlie Smith was a big help

I would like to tell you how Charlie Smith and his wife helped me. When coming home from the store on a hot day, my power chair stopped running. The Smiths stopped to help. Charlie runs the Life Star Ambulance Company here.

Communities helped with contributions

The Payson Lions Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the following communities of Pine, Strawberry, Payson, Star Valley, and Tonto Basin for their contribution of over 2,721 pairs of glasses and 28 hearing aids from July, 2006 through June, 2007.

Senior malnutrition has common-sense fix

Seniors need to remember to eat three good, square meals every day to maintain healthy nutrition. That is the first, best thing older people can do for themselves, said Terrie Sue Townsend, the new dietary services director at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Eragon costume contest, games will be at library

Adventurers from the mountain range known as The Spine, to the Farthen Dur in the magical land of Alagaesia are invited to become dragon riders at the Payson Library.

New trail markers

Volunteer members of the Payson Area Trails System Task Force, spent the better part of their morning Wednesday, Aug. 15, digging holes to place new signs and clearing the trail for future hikers.

Allan D. Hennings

Allan D. Hennings, age 79, died Aug. 14, 2007 at the RTA Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Payson, Ariz.

Randy Perry

Randy Perry died Aug. 7, 2007 in Portland, Ore. after an accident. He was born Sept. 4, 1952 in Omaha, Neb. where he grew up and graduated from Pratt School in 1971.

William Arizona Simson

William Arizona Simson was born in Phoenix, Ariz. Aug. 19, 1927 and died at his home in Catalina, Ariz. Aug. 2, 2007. He was a second generation Arizonan. His father was one of the first volunteer firefighters and his grandfather was one of the first fire chiefs in Phoenix.

Clinton J. Wilson

Clinton J. Wilson, 71, died Aug. 14, 2007. He was a Payson resident for the past seven years.

Dutch oven cooking brings back memories

With great curiosity and a sense of nostalgia I read an e-mail from Town Parks and Recreation Department Coordinator Mary McMullen.

Free online computer consulting

Creative Communications is sponsoring a new Web site that can be viewed at for the Payson community who have computers and use the Internet and e-mail on a frequent basis.

First team offense and defense looks good

Preseason scrimmages are practice runs designed to help coaches and players prepare for the season in a game-like atmosphere.

Rodeo winners take home $52,675

Cowboys and cowgirls won more than $52,675 in prize money this weekend during fall Payson Rodeo.

50-50 Rodeo contest winners need to claim their winnings

The winners of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee 50-50 drawings at the four rodeo performances this past weekend include a number of Payson residents and visitors.

125th logo contest paintings go up for silent bids

Youth and adults submitted artwork for anniversary

Art and memorabilia lovers have the chance to silently bid on the 60 paintings submitted to the logo contest for the 125th Anniversary of Payson in February.

Concrete becomes a canvas

Concrete is a canvas for Cindy Dashney. She can turn both old and new concrete into works of art with special paints and techniques.

Half-day schedule Aug. 22

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Veteran cowboy rides away

Payson's August Doin's lost one of their own Sunday afternoon. Wayne Jennings, a hazer at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo for at least 30 years, died during the steer roping event. "We think he had a heart attack, then fell from his horse," friend Bill Armstrong said.

Rodeo weekend filled with fun

Having recently experienced my first rodeo weekend in Payson, I have no comparison handy. However, I can say how pleasantly surprised I was at the old-fashioned sense of revelry that encompassed the Rim Country this weekend.

Against Forest Service spraying with herbicides

It is bad when part of your own government (Forest Service), using your tax money, sprays you and your family and neighbors with deadly poison (Agent Orange Dow Silvex herbicides) and tells you it is OK.

Big Brothers Big Sisters was big success

Big Brothers Big Sisters had a very successful Bowl For Kids' Sake on Sunday, August 12 at Rim Country Lanes.

Truck comes at wrong time of day

Hi, my name is Jacob Crofts. I'm a student at Rim Country Middle School. For social studies, we have to write a letter to the editor.

Xeriscape garden

Glen McCombs, owner and operator of Plant Fair in Star Valley, and a regular contributor to the activities of the High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona, checks the Ed Lydic Memorial Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in the courtyard of the Gila Community College in Payson.

Honey, jam and fruit butter at Senior Circle


The music of August! With the windows open, one can hear a whole symphony -- the hoarse call of ravens flying over in early morning, looking for breakfast; kids' chatter as they wait for a school bus; the whir of hummingbirds vying for a turn at the feeder; the rumble of thunder on a monsoon afternoon and the chirp of crickets on a hot August night.

Folks enjoy parade from sidelines and within

The four little Staple sisters waited in restless anticipation for the parade to begin Saturday morning. The pink sequins in their costumes sparkled in the yellow sunshine.

Thursday, August 16

Native Americans still gathering acorns for traditional ceremony

Members of the White Mountain Apache tribe can be seen all over Payson.

Latin sensation hits Payson High

Exchange student from Brazil will spend year here

Move over J-Lo, there's a new Latin sensation in town and his name is "G-Baby!"

Reunions, birthdays and Labor Day Bash meetings keep Village hoppin'


Where is this heat coming from? We moved to Tonto Village to get away from it years ago, but the heat has come to Payson.

Don't let external events keep you from investing with strategy


In addition to the local issues and regional issues, such as water, growth, affordable housing, etc., there are a number of national and international issues that may make you hesitant to invest-- global unrest, high gas prices and so on.

1930s Coca-Cola exhibit new at the Pine Museum


The mosquitoes are dividing and conquering with great determination. This wet weather suits them well.

Wild elk do not need human handouts


Because it is getting close to that time of year again where the part-time residents will be going back to the Valley, I am running this picture of Droopy again as a reminder.

Picture your animal on the 2008 Pet Calendar


Each year, Payson Humane Society takes in hundreds of stray animals. Most of these animals are in good shape, indicating that they have had someone to care for them and have not been stray for very long.

Dutch oven cooking class set for Sept. 8

If you are one of the fortunate, you have had the tremendous pleasure of eating dutch oven biscuits with or without cowboy gravy, a stew or roast beef made in a dutch oven or possibly a fruit cobbler.

Church briefs

"Day of Reckoning 2007," a skate contest and concert will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Payson Skate Park at Rumsey Park.

123rd Payson Rodeo: Welcome to a touch of the Old West

Welcome to Payson, the wonderful Rim Country and a touch of the Old West at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Michael Wayne Armstrong Jr.

Michael Wayne Armstrong Jr. was born to Michael and Michelle Armstrong at 11:48 a.m., Aug. 8, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Alicia Victoria Mercer-Beltran

Alicia Victoria Mercer-Beltran was born to Angel and Johna at 8:12 p.m., July 30, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Rito Alberto Gastelum Flores

Rito Alberto Gastelum Flores was born to Rito and Olga at 10:13 a.m., Aug. 10, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

School policy does not restrict students to campus

Payson High School has no rules that require students to remain on campus through the school day.

Braydee Tyler Cline

Braydee Tyler Cline was born to Justin and Stacey at 4:26 a.m., July 30, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Medical exam room at advocacy center is complete

Crime victims are among the few people who will personally see the new mural on the walls or the special equipment at the Gila Family Advocacy Center.

Payson street projects slated to begin

A trio of August street projects will upgrade some well-traveled roads in Payson.

Tommie Martin: Enough talk, ‘let my people go'

"No more, ‘Yeah, buts' ... I respectfully request, as someone did before me, that you ‘let my people go,'" Supervisor Tommie Martin told the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Airport leased to regional authority

Mayor, Ed Blair vote against starting event center design phase

The day-to-day operations of the Payson Municipal Airport will no longer be in the hands of the Town of Payson.

Chalk it up

As part of a school project, Ace Burton pulls his arms into his body as Caleb Burkett outlines him with a stick of chalk on the sidewalk in Green Valley Park.

Mason Dennis Ellis

Mason Dennis Ellis was born to Jessica and Steven at 12:55 a.m., July 28, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Hearing for man charged in murder case continued

Another status conference hearing was held in the case of 35-year-old Thomas Georgatos Monday.

Growing violence among children a community issue

No one wants to see a school-age child get hurt, on or off campus. No one thinks that a stabbing, or worse, can occur in a rural community like Payson, but it has.

Flooding brought out the best

The recent flooding of the East Verde River brought out the very best in the small community of Flowing Springs.

Sad, emotional day for humane society staff

The Payson Humane Society recently experienced a very sad and emotional day. Because of the damp, wet, crumpling concrete at the shelter, a mother dog and her six puppies died of kennel cough.

Councilman objects to county jail, courthouse proposal

My smiling face was photographed in the Aug. 10 story on the Northern Gila County Jail/Courthouse story. The photo might imply I'm in agreement with the concept located on the corner of Main Street and the Beeline.

Help with elementary school beautification appreciated

The Payson Lions Club has been and is currently working on a community project of beautifying an area in the front of Frontier Elementary School.

Alexander Ryu Minnihan

Alexander Ryu Minnihan was born to Greggory and Sachie Minnihan at 12:31 p.m., July 25, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Wonderful people make roping memorial possible

We want to thank everyone who donated to the Gracie Haught Memorial Roping.Without all of you this great event would not be possible.

Take responsibility for your actions

Larry Brophy's letter, Stupid Is As Stupid Does (Tuesday, Aug. 7), really makes a lot of "horse sense."

More should be done for bicycle safety

I was pleased to see your editorial, a few weeks ago, concerning the bicyclists in our town.

Payson medical center is the best

I have lived in Payson four years and I love it here. During those four years, I have heard countless times that, should you need any halfway-serious medical attention, go to the Valley, don't be stupid and let the Payson Regional Medical Center take care of you. They have made countless blunders, incompetent, and not a place to trust with your health needs.

Local cowboy competes in Payson rodeo

Payson's very own prodigal son, Seth Barkley-Seidel, returned to town last Sunday to prepare for competition in the saddle-bronc division of the world's oldest continuous rodeo.

Wild Women will spice up Rodeo Parade

Some wild women will be whooping it up in the Payson Rodeo Parade.

No cover charge for Mazatzal Casino dances

There is no cover charge for this year's rodeo dances at the newly remodeled Mazatzal Casino.

Changing faces at parks, recreation department


The Payson Parks and Recreation Department continues to change.

Creed Scot Mac Gregor Boal

Creed Scot Mac Gregor Boal was born to Camn and Michelle at 3:05 a.m., July 21, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Longhorns have a chance to corral Cowboy star

The Longhorn defense is about to be tested by one of the state's finest running backs.

Nine-hole and 18-hole play heating up

Members of both the nine-hole and 18-hole groups of the Payson Women's Golf Association are heating up Payson Golf Course links.

Lydia Shy Johnson

Lydia Shy Johnson was born to Don and Shilo at 7:42 p.m., Aug. 10, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Fire extinguishers: Tips on selection, location and use


Armed with the right type of fire extinguisher, a small fire can often be extinguished or contained before it becomes a major blaze.

Donald Leon Howard

Donald Leon Howard was born to Donald and Amanda Howard at 6:02 p.m., July 19, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Life on Rusinga

Bringing ‘Living Waters' to a desperate people

The woman's screams pierced not only my ears but also my heart. They continued for hours coming from the small, whitewashed building they call Tom Mboya Medical Clinic.

Student dispute leads to stabbing

Injuries to victim are non-life-threatening, one student jailed

A 15-year-old male Payson High School student was stabbed while off school grounds Tuesday afternoon, Payson police said.

County facilities -- How do we pay for them? Part 2

Since last week, I have had several people visit with me about examples of privately built public facilities that do not take tax dollars, and asking why we aren't doing that in this instance.

Hard at work -- Fishing for a living

Former PHS three-sport star finishes 13th at Forrest Wood Cup

Clifford Pirch's reward for two days of good fishing was a cashier's check for $18,000.

Lady Longhorn schedule gets date changed

There has been a late date change on the Payson High School Lady Longhorn volleyball schedule.

Friendship best part of benefit barrel race

Charlene Hunt was encouraged by the unique sense of camaraderie that highlighted the inaugural Grace Haught Memorial Children's Fund barrel racing.

A wake for a Yellow Tanager bird


An interesting event happened recently and although it is not about pets, it is about birds.

Songstresses in the pines of Strawberry

The splendid voices of Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald echoed from the Stewart family stereo when Gloria (Rich) was a child.

Hauptman, Lind engaged

Gordon and Laura Hauptman of Gisela are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Aaryn Elaine Hauptman, to Joshua Mitchell Lind, son of Kevin and Julie Lind of Tempe.

Young women awarded

Perry and Karrie Schaal, of Pine, are very pleased to announce that their daughter Talia has earned and received her Young Woman Recognition Award and Medallion.

Tee off for anniversary golf scramble

One golfer with a precision swing has a chance to make Payson history next month.

Malones mark 60 years

Cliff and Etta Malone recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Bass fishing history was made


History was made in the bass fishing world last week when the top pros who qualified for the Forrest L. Wood Championships competed on Lake Ouchita near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Frontier Elementary School principal learns about community

When Paula Patterson took over as principal of Frontier Elementary School in July, she did not realize she had come to a community where both businesses and citizens are extremely generous.

Allen, Maultsby to marry

Marv and Linda Allen of Payson are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Allen to Craig Maultsby, son of Alton and Fran Maultsby of Hewitt, Texas.

Traffic fatalities rise in Arizona

Traffic fatalities in Arizona are among the highest in the nation.

Payson police chief surprised by Star Valley photo radar

The number of hours of additional work for his officers, as well as a possible contract amendment with the Town of Star Valley for services, are two topics on Payson Police Chief Don Engler's mind.

Payson host for 2007 Law Enforcement Citizens Academy

Payson will host the 2007 Northern Gila County Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy.

Tuesday, August 14

123rd World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo has it all

There will be more than 200 members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in Payson this week for the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Pope guides the action

The contests at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo will have a familiar voice guiding audiences through the action. The long-time voice of Payson rodeos, Johnny Pope, is returning to talk everyone through the events in the arena.

E.C. Conway remembers the old Payson Rodeo

At 89 (turning 90 in November), E.C. Conway is stooped and frail. His hearing is going and one eye is clouded over, still he can share a tale or two about the old Payson Rodeo.

Statewide entrants ride in 2007 parade

The official mascot of Super Bowl 42 is comin' to town.

Police presence is designed to keep rodeo safe

The Payson Police Department, along with the Gila County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety, will bolster staffing to monitor the action-packed rodeo weekend.

123rd Payson Rodeo: Welcome to a touch of the Old West

Welcome to Payson, the wonderful Rim Country and a touch of the Old West at the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Rodeoing is rough, but good life for Payson native

Hands gripped tight in his rig, legs wrapped around the horse's side, spurs waiting to rake its shoulders, sweat drips from the young cowboy's brow in anticipation of the wild ride to come.

Rodeo royalty -- more than pretty faces

To rodeo queens and their courts, rodeo represents family and just a little glamour.

Rodeo on Super Bowl bandwagon

Payson and the Rim Country are getting on the Arizona Super Bowl bandwagon.

Wearing pink helps local health program

Are you a cowboy tough enough to don pink Western wear for a rodeo?

Rodeo is a true town event for Payson employees

When cowboys and cowgirls take center stage and Payson's western heritage is on display with blue jeans, boots and ten-gallon hats abound, one thing is certain -- it's rodeo time in the Rim Country.

Monday, August 13

106 marijuana plants found in wilderness area

Mature plants valued at between $100,000 and $300,000 say police

Law enforcement officers have raided a marijuana growing operation in the pristine Mazatzal Wilderness area south of Payson, near the Gila-Yavapai county boundaries.

Bill Hyer

There will be a memorial gathering for Bill Hyer who passed away July 30.

Sarah Salwitz

Come help the Salwitz family celebrate what would have been Sarah Salwitz's 31st birthday at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at her home.

Memorial roping event raises $20,000

Bobbie Jo Haught is thankful longtime family friends faithfully turn out in force to help host the various Gracie Haught Children's Memorial Fund benefits.

Club title comes down the final hole

Brandan Kelly wins one-up over Troy Neal

A former Payson High School sports star and an ex-prep basketball coach locked horns in the final round of the Payson Men's Golf Association Club Championship.

ASU scrimmage pleasing to fans

About 4,000 devils disciples from around the state descended on Camp Tontozona Saturday for a preseason peek at the Arizona State University football team.

Globe doesn't need new facilities, Payson does

I have read the reports from the two Gila County commissioners, and the information about the tax increase, bond issue and have decided to voice my opinions, for whatever you think they are worth.

New high-tech leverage for our educators

One of the challenges for a rural area like Gila County is how to get the maximum educational benefit from limited resources. What can school administrators do if they have a great teacher in Globe, but also need her services in Young or Payson? She can't be in three places at once! Or can she?

Bowl for Kids produces record proceeds

"Spare Sisters," "Bowl Weevils," and "The Thundering Herd" were among the teams who turned out to Bowl for Kids' Sake.

Group founded to oppose county jails tax

Better options available, says group's leader

Leon Keddington and four cohorts don't agree with the half-cent sales tax that the county is asking for to build new justice facilities.

Number of elder abuse cases increasing

Susan Williams to talk with seniors at center on Aug. 20

Susan Williams looks at her e-mail at least three times a day to see if she must investigate another case of alleged elder abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Town will be bustin' its britches during rodeo week, enjoy the fun

There is much taking place in Payson this week -- school has started and the rodeo is again centerstage.

History does repeat itself

King of the Enviro-Wackos, Robert Kennedy Jr. gets the crown, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize for being a first call propagandist for promoting the most lies and misinformation concerning global warming.

PUSD classes to dismiss early Aug. 22

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day Wednesday, Aug. 22.

AG to talk with residents about crime prevention

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will be in Payson this month to talk to residents about fraud and crime prevention.

Dedicated efforts help town create master plan

In a decade, the Town of Star Valley may have more incorporated area, more residents and a need for more recreational and functional space.

Rotary's district governor to visits Payson club Wednesday

Tom Burns, Rotary's District Governor, will be visiting the Payson Rotary Club Wednesday.

Aspenization of Payson

Kudos to the mayor and town council for bringing a sense of decorum, order and a vision for the Town of Payson.

Preseason football buzz is not about the Longhorns

I find it puzzling that the gridiron buzz in the White Mountain football hot bed centers mostly on Blue Ridge, Snowflake, Round Valley, Show Low, Coolidge and Wickenburg.

Pine, Strawberry fire department is great

As a 30-year resident of Pine, I have been very interested in the letters from residents who are critical of the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department.

33 players greet new Longhorn soccer coach

The Longhorn soccer team has a new head coach in Chad Gower, but fans shouldn't expect many changes from last year when Austin White headed the program.

Doing what he loves in a place he loves

Steve Keim was in the corporate world of finance for 40 years when he took an early retirement to do something he loved -- spending his workdays surrounded by kayaks, canoes and hiking equipment.

From landmark to sawdust

Arizona Public Service contracted with Asplundh Tree Experts Co. to remove a large tree at the Payson Dermatology office.

Egg catchers?

The last two partners left standing in the Gracie Haught Children Memorial Fund egg-tossing contest were the father-and-son team of Roy and Dallas Haught.

Quilters help commemoration

A select group of quilters from around the Rim Country put their talents together to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Payson and honor the area's pioneers.

Sculptor to show at Integrity Arts

Sculptor Hal Stewart knew nothing about bronze casting when he began to mold clay seven years ago.

Pet calendar photo shoot Aug. 25

Want to prove your pet's the prettiest, cutest, ugliest, oddest or most whatever you want? Then get its picture printed on a special day of your choosing in the Payson Humane Society's 2008 Pet Calendar.

Lots of cleanup help

Tonya Wilson with her children, 3-year-old Maya and 2-year-old Tyler, in a wagon were part of the Payson Mom's Club group effort to pick up debris from Longhorn Road Saturday morning.

Helen Clara Evans

Helen Clara Evans, 93, of Payson, died Aug. 10, 2007. She was born on May 13, 1914 in Mount Pleasant, Pa.

Karen Loriane Hutchinson Parker

Karen Loriane Hutchinson Parker died Aug. 10, 2007.

Thursday, August 9

Screenings, special services offered for children, birth to age 21

Do you suspect a child you know to have a disability? If so, answer these questions:

Watch out, photo radar coming to Star Valley

Town concerned with dangers of excessive speed

Despite the fears of some community members that the town would be known only because of the "speed trap," Star Valley will soon have photo radar.

Rain causes flooding along Houston Creek

Star Valley residents along Houston Creek suffered significant flooding problems Monday night.

Tonto Apache athlete places in nation's top three

On the Tonto Apache Reservation south of Payson, a 10-year-old Frontier Elementary School fifth-grader with a knack for throwing the shot put is reaping the adulation of his family, friends and fellow tribal members.

ASU team starting preseason training

The Arizona State University Sun Devil football team arrived at Camp Tontozona Wednesday to kick off a pre-season training tradition that began 28 years ago under legendary hall of fame coach Frank Kush.

Archer busy planning next hunting experience


Being a former coach, I have some understanding of goal setting and the process of accomplishing a dream.

Gurneys renew vows

Charles W. (Bill) and Evalyn H. Gurney (nee Hartung) were married on June 22, 1957 in Orange, N.J.

Lees mark 50 years

A party will be given by the children of Roland "Rollie" and Phyllis Lee to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Memories of the Rocket

I was really saddened to hear that the Rocket is being removed from Rumsey Park.

Pets deserve pearly whites


Brushing our dog's teeth is something that most of us know we should do, but most often just do not get around to doing.

Rim Country Water group identifies objectives at meeting


We are well into August. Amazing. School is back in session so we need to be watching out for those kids.

Forest thinning

Forest health a top priority for county supervisor

Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin has been concerned with the health of Arizona forests for decades.

First school day brings many emotions

For 5-year-old Ignacio Valdez, the first day of school was a bit trying.

Ex-firefighter takes case to court

Claim of wrongful termination made

A dispute between the Pine Strawberry Fire Board and a former firefighter who was allegedly wrongfully terminated is headed to court after an attempt to reach a settlement failed last week.

Chamber, town need to work together

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the town of Payson are agreeing to go their separate ways and promote the community they serve individually.

Mayor disagrees with chamber's position

Generally I refrain from answering editorials.

Thanks for all the cards, flowers

We want to thank all of you wonderful people for the cards, flowers and the ladies of the Southern Baptist Church for the luncheon.

To Taylor Mansoor for her act of love

I would like to write a note to Taylor Mansoor, who lost her grandmother recently.

Appreciate correction

I just wanted to thank the Roundup staff for taking care of a little error in names and photos in Tuesday's Roundup.

People littering and ruining the beauty of the forest

This past weekend, a couple friends and I went camping down at Fossil Creek. We love our forests out here and take pride, most of us do. For instance, pack it in, pack it out.

Misleading misconception

The issue of "illegal residents" in this country is fogged and "spun" by misapplication of the term "immigration" to the situation.

Hospital staff commended

I am pretty sure you hear an overwhelming amount of complaints, dealing with sick people on a daily basis; but this is not one of them. I commend your fabulous staff from every department.

Student artwork donation

Diane Sexton and Judy Herbolsheimer admire the artwork of Pine and Strawberry students.

What's up?

Q: Has there ever been a case of Lyme disease reported in the Payson area? --AND-- Q: Has fish called tilapia been recalled from the shelves of American grocery stores?

Residents unhappy about 911 service delays

Residents in Payson think police are not providing adequate service to the community in some cases.

Spelling bee proceeds to make GEDs high-tech

Residents who want to get their GED will have online access, thanks to the funds raised at the community spelling bee Saturday.

Oxbow remains in familiar hands

The Oxbow Saloon is remaining in the familiar hands of Robert and Laura Herrera. The historic Main Street building was to have been auctioned at the end of July, but the Herreras filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy to hold onto the business.

Imaginative artists at Saturday's reception

A former concert organist, a Civil War buff and an avid gardener in the same gallery equal an explosion of creativity.

Metal artist will be featured at Payson Art League meeting

The diverse work of metal artist April Bowers will be featured at this month's meeting of the Payson Art League.

Madison Gwen Ferrara

Madison Gwen Ferrara was born July 2, 2007 to Chris and Dawne Ferrara of Phoenix.

Chyenne Nicole Ford

Chyenne Nicole Ford was born on July 14, 2007 at 7:22 p.m. to Jered and Deanna Ford, formerly of Payson.

See you at the rodeo parade


Along with caring for and finding homes for the homeless animals of Rim Country, Payson Humane Society is very community-minded. We participate in many community events during the year. One is coming up soon, and is one of our favorites.

Gordon Holm

Gordon Holm, 77, of Payson died Aug. 5, 2007. He was born Oct. 26, 1930 in Hutchinson, Kan. and raised on a wheat farm.

Helen B. O'Neal

Helen B. O'Neal, 81, of Payson, and more recently of Kenton, Ohio, died Aug. 8, 2007. She was born Nov. 3, 1925 in Promise City, Iowa to Floyd and Roslie (Phelps) Curtis, both deceased.

Jacqueline A. Ashby

Jacqueline A. Ashby, 83, of Payson, died Aug. 7, 2007. She was born Aug. 11, 1923 in Pine River, Minn.

Ronald Richardson Reed

Ronald Richardson Reed died Aug. 4, 2007 after enduring many years of failing health.

Ian Harvey becomes Payson's second-ever cross country coach

For the first time in the history of Payson High School cross country, the team will have a head coach other than Chuck Hardt.

Free dance and concert to cap memorial fund-raiser

A concert and dance will wrap up two days of Gracie Haught Children Memorial Fund festivities. Barrel racing, team roping and a variety of family activities will also highlight the event.

Practice runs are Saturday

Group training runs in preparation for the upcoming Rim Country Challenge Half-Marathon and 5K race are at 7 a.m. Saturdays at Rumsey Park.

Longhorn scrimmage times change from 7 to 5 p.m.

Start time for the Longhorns preseason scrimmage Aug. 17 against Camp Verde has been moved up to 5 p.m. from 7 p.m. The scrimmage will be held on Longhorn field.

Operation tests efficiency of disaster survivors' care

The operation: Golden Phoenix. The mission: How to efficiently meet the needs of survivors and manage desperate people in the aftermath of major earthquake.

Don't let wild markets give you the jitters


If you watch the financial markets, you have seen just about everything in the last several weeks.

Threatening e-mails sent to Payson residents

Payson Internet users are receiving e-mails threatening to kill them.

Mozart pursues happiness in adopted country


A Catholic relief organization sponsored Victor Mozart's immigration to the United States from Germany in 1946. He was just 21 years old.

Payson Regional gets top 100 honor

Payson Regional Medical Center is a magnet for honors this year. It recently received the "100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders Award."

Ropers claim championship buckles at memorial

There were plenty of championship buckle and money winners at the Third Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping.

Church briefs

"Day Of Reckoning 2007," a skate contest and concert will be held from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Payson Skate Park at Rumsey Park.

Fireflies plan potluck to benefit fire district


The rain this past week has truly been a blessing.

Main Street justice facilities concept unveiled

Most, not all, like jail, courthouse plans

If plans for a new jail and courthouse pan out, Gila County could be helping establish an "anchor" for Main Street in Payson.

Longtime Christopher Creek resident dies


It is very sad to see the pioneers of Christopher Creek pass on.

A question that took a long time to answer


I have some relatives down in the Valley who show up now and then for a visit.

Muellers celebrate 65 years

Mary Gene and Monty Mueller celebrated 65 years of marriage on Aug. 8, 2007.

Baker, Gay married

Larry and Antoinette Gay of Payson are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Casey Gay to Jerry Baker, son of Doug Baker of Cottonwood and Karen Benkert of Payson, on June 23, 2007 at the home of Casey's parents.

Tuesday, August 7

Salads keep summer suppers simple


The lazy days of summer officially continue until Sept. 23, but with schools in the Rim Country back in session, this week families are returning to hectic fall schedules.

Arizona State University football and Camp Tontozona


For nearly 50 years, Arizona State University has been practicing football at Camp Tontozona northeast of Payson. Numerous coaches have led their teams up the hill from the Valley to enjoy the tall pines.

Kohl's Ranch beckons locals to escape


Nestled beneath a canopy of ponderosa pines about a 20-minute drive up Highway 260 from Payson is the quiet getaway of Kohl's Ranch.

Actors should have passed on this movie, so should audience


On most occasions I find Adam Sandler's movies quite funny. While not a regular viewer of the "King of Queens," when I have watched it, I've thought Kevin James was a natural comedy talent. So my hopes were high when I went to see the new movie in which these two star.

Artist needed something for herself


The bright light of the sun shines through the north windows onto the delicate rose in progress on Ruth Overton's easel.

Rambling thoughts, observations


I am not a native of these parts, and maybe this is reflected in my naivete concerning certain local issues. Here's my take, though:

Cast is funny and talented


Who would have thought that an aerosol can of hair control solution could inspire a musical? "Hairspray," directed by Adam Shankman, uses the product for more than just style. Sixties dance moves are kept stiff with a few healthy spritz. The main character keeps in shape with a can in her hand and a song in her heart.

Monday, August 6

Stupid is as stupid does

You know a problem with the editorial page of the newspaper? Smart people and stupid people get equal ink.

State slots become a numbers game

Remember the power points system that in 2003 kept the Longhorn football team out of the Class 4A playoffs, despite the fact PHS finished the regular season with an 8-2 record?

Gordon Holm

Payson resident Gordon Holm died Aug. 5, 2007. He was born Oct. 26, 1930 in Goddard, Kan.

Low-level herbicides harmful

I have just finished reading the article on spraying weeds, I am totally against this process.

Mayor's call for accountability amounts to nothing

I read through this article (chamber accountability) three times and came to the conclusion that it said absolutely nothing.

Not with Pine water charges

I agree with Bill Daily's comments on the water situation with the Payson and surrounding areas.

Education needed about all drugs

Ira Gibel is absolutely right that we need to educate people about cannabis and all drugs. We should start by educating Ira.

Reaching for straws

I've just read Ira Gibel's letter, People Need To Be Educated About Drug Use (Tuesday, July 31) and have to respond.

Irvin Dennison

Irvin Dennison, 82, of Payson, died Aug. 4, 2007. He was born July 3, 1925 in Mancos, Colo.

Chamber of commerce responds to Mayor Edwards

After the July 31 Roundup article, "Mayor probes chamber accountability," it became obvious to the chamber board that the mayor was questioning the value received by the town under the "Contract for Services" with the chamber.

Citizen scientist called to tag monarch butterflies

Scientists once held the theory that monarch butterflies east of the Continental Divide migrated to Mexico for the winter, while those west of the Divide wintered in California. Chris Kline, citizen scientist and former Pine resident, is challenging that theory.

Road royalty

Members of the Rim Country Sports Car Club drove their hot rods to Main Street for August's First Friday Art and Antiques Walk. Most were parked by Gasoline Alley.

Get ready to rodeo

It's rodeo time in the Rim Country. Advance tickets to performances of Payson's Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo are now available.

New casino opens for business

A simple piece of paper made it official -- the new Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is open for business.

Immigration issues rest with county and state

An Arizona state statute passed and approved by Gov. Janet Napolitano July 2, in part, states that the county attorney and or state attorney general will be responsible for the enforcement of punishment for employment of illegal immigrants.

Heavy rains cause havoc in Rim Country

Heavy rains flooded some homes, closed roads and kept other residents out of their homes in Star Valley and three Payson area subdivisions Monday evening. One person was rescued from a van between Flowing Springs Road and the first crossing. Residents got to the van and pulled the man to safety. The van was removed from the river Tuesday morning, Gila County Sheriff's officer Lt. Tim Scott said.

Teams wanted for 125th Anniversary golf tourney

If you have been playing golf for any length of time, your fondest dream might be to shoot a hole-in-one.

Red bird fans flock to Flagstaff

Official attendance records are not kept, but the crowd that showed up Aug. 4 for the Cardinals' preseason practice in Flagstaff might have been the largest since the pro football team moved to Arizona from St. Louis in 1987.

Charlie's Meats moves in on ninth anniversary

If you are a cook who wants to put only the best products on your table, you need to make a visit to Charlie's Old Fashioned Sausages and Fresh Meats.

Tillman's legacy lives on

Waiting for the 2007 Machine Solutions Run, a benefit for the Children Health Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, to begin Saturday morning at Fort Tuthill, I couldn't help but notice many of the runners were wearing T-shirts from the three Pat's Runs.

Cannons roar in volleyball showdown

The town parks and recreation-sponsored sand volleyball tournament turned into a heated affair between two teams who battled tooth and nail all season long.

Rain making Payson Green Valley again


Remember the 1939 book, "How Green Was My Valley," which was made into a movie in 1940? We could adopt that name for Payson this summer. The monsoon has been kind to us so far, and aren't the growing things lovin' it?

Mutual aid

Firefighters from all over Rim Country turned out to aid the Payson Fire Department with a fire on Friday night in a back storage shed at Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company on Highway 87 in Payson.

Derby winners benefit Gracie Haught fund

The real winners of the 2007 Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation Home Run Derby were the charities that reaped the profits of the annual slugfest.

Zevla Bochansky

Zevla Bochansky, 82, of Payson, died Aug. 3, 2007, surrounded by her family.

Star Valley searching for new building official

The Town of Star Valley is in the process of accepting and reviewing applications for the town building official position after the termination last Friday of former building inspector Karl Reed.

Home invasion, assault investigated

Payson police said a Payson woman was assaulted in her home last Thursday afternoon by her ex-boyfriend.

Facilities -- How do we pay for them? Part 1

The bottom line on the financing of the proposed new Gila County Criminal Justice Centers is that it will take tax dollars to pay for them -- period. By the same token, it will be the taxpayers who will benefit from them.

Local Kiwanis club is 25 years strong

Local Kiwanis members have raised and distributed more than $700,000 to youth in the last two and half decades -- $300,000 of that has been in scholarships.

Attorney General visits Payson

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is coming to Payson this month to talk to area residents about crime and fraud prevention.

Check all bank-related e-mail for potential fraud

When an e-mail scammer goes "phishing," the sought-after trophy probably would not be displayed on the typical angler's wall.

County attorney issues identity scam alert

Gila County Attorney, Daisy Flores wants the public and area businesses to be aware of a scam being perpetrated in the area that involves a federal transportation agency.

Infections no real threat at hospital

When it comes to getting an infection at a hospital, the risk is more the thing of Old Wives Tales and Urban Legend.

Unhappy with front page story

Your front page story on Saturday, July 14, started out as a very nice way to honor 23-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Steven Stacy, but it did not end that way.

Thursday, August 2

Main bustles with First Friday events

The merchants on Main Street are hosting their fourth First Friday event. Rain or shine, the fun begins at 5 p.m. and last for three hours -- enough time to see the sights, meet an artist or two, catch up with friends, buy the perfect antique and enjoy the music and the evening air.

Chamber withdraws contract proposal with town

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce announced at last night's council meeting that it would withdraw its proposed contract for services with the Town of Payson.

State hearing on Pine water set for Monday

The powers that be are taking another crack at Pine water issues Monday.

Game and Fish removes snared bears


The biggest news in Tonto Village this week is the huge amount of rain that has fallen. It has rained just about every day since the official start of the monsoon, which was the second week of July.

Trucks needed for demolition derby

Nelson Beck has answered the clamor of Rim Country demolition derby fans to add a "local trucks only" division to the second annual event.

Linemen can make or break championship title hopes

A common thread running through all three Longhorn football teams that reached the state championship game is that all were built on strong play by both the offensive and defensive lines.

Why should you invest? Here are five good reasons


We love lists. We want to know the places for the best hamburgers in town and the worst-dressed celebrities at the Oscars.

Even the food looks good at the library


Have a hankerin' for hash browns? Need to dress up those naked noodles? Leave that cake recipe on the back of the box where you found it and head down to the Payson Public Library.

Retiree returns to teaching roots


College mathematics textbooks were given away as prizes to the top students at the conclusion of Ted Corley's second-semester math class. The students relished them.

Not your typical ag teacher

High school teacher receives two Teacher of the Year awards

When someone thinks of what an agriculture teacher might look like, the image of a farmer in blue denim overalls with a red handkerchief in the back pocket, a straw hat and a sprig of wheat in his teeth comes to mind.

Watch ASU Sun Devils, Cardinals practice

Unique gridiron opportunities abound nearby for Rim Country football fans.

Rim Country loses pioneer son

The Rim Country lost a pioneer son this week when Lufkin Hunt died July 30 at his home in Strawberry.

Preparing for school year more than just clothes, cell phones

The first day of school is just around the corner for K-12 students.

Breaking ground to grow local jobs

The Rim Country economy received a big boost Tuesday when ground was broken for a new manufacturing operation at the airport industrial park.

Adults seek Rim literacy spelling bee title

There are eight confirmed teams competing for The Rim Country Spelling Bee trophy on Saturday.

Annual Bowl for Kids is Aug. 12

The women from Compass Bank are back with a new name and renewed enthusiasm at the Sixth Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake set for Aug. 12.

Lions raffle mini-vacation to fund Camp Tatiyee visits

The Lions Camp Tatiyee in the White Mountains provides an outdoor experience for physically and developmentally challenged people from age seven through adult.

Photo radar could be watching you

Speeding through Star Valley will soon lead to two repercussions for motorists.

Payson Police to hold first public meeting

Payson Police will hold their first community public meeting to hear comments from area residents.

Gila College xeriscape garden becomes memorial

Ed Lydic died Oct. 22, 2003, but his memory is living on in multiple ways in the Rim Country.

Leadership academy offers realistic view of law enforcement careers

Four Rim Country teens voluntarily spent a week of their summer vacation getting yelled at and treated like dirt.

Scouts hike Colorado peaks

A rain-caused mudslide covering the tracks of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad did not stop the 10 Boys Scouts of Troop 354 from finishing their hikes.

Microchip makes happy ending


If you're a regular reader of this column, then you may remember the beagle brothers, Courage and Freckles. They were turned over to the Payson Humane Society by their owner because of health issues.

Pine children get a clue about pets


Higgins had a great time with the kids at the Pine library for the final week of the Summer Reading Program. The theme, Get A Clue, offered the opportunity for the kids to get a clue card and ask Higgins to do what was listed on the card.

Wild horse tribute made in Congress

Arizona residents are especially proud and honored after learning that United States Congressman Raul Grijalva read a tribute to wild horses living in Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest into the record of the United States Congress recently.

Rodeo committee awards scholarships

Six seniors received scholarships this year.

11 GCC nursing graduates pass test

Officials at Gila Community College have been notified that 11 of the recent graduates of the Nursing Program at Gila Community College have all passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in their first attempt. NCLEX is the Arizona State Board of Nursing Licensing Examination.

Church briefs

Nazarene church hosts Ladies' Luau luncheon and Bunco day

LeGault wins men's President's Cup

Superior putting, long drives and on-target course strategy were the keys to Tony LeGault winning the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup.

Rim Country lakes are full of healthy fish


Arizona trout fishermen are receiving a real bonus this summer and our Rim Country lakes are healthier than ever.

SonShine Club provides after-school program

School is almost back in session. Does that have you wondering what your child will do after school while you're at work? The SonShine Club After-School Program can ease your concerns.

John Berry Wilson

John "Jack" Wilson, of Payson, died July 29, 2007. He was born on Feb. 21, 1963 in Phoenix.

M.G. "Bill" Williams

M.G. Bill Williams, of Pine, died July 27, 2007. He was born March 31, 1928 in Vilonia, Ark.

Alice "Joan" Williams

Alice "Joan" Williams died on July 27, 2007. She was born Dec. 27, 1934 in Goodman, Mo. to Bronzie Anderson and Glen Stainbrook.

Teen among Payson's racing finest

The Rim Country has long had a statewide reputation of producing some of the finest cyclists in Arizona.

Water roars down Christopher Creek


Last Wednesday the sky opened up and it poured on us, and since then, it's been raining every day.

Volunteers make Pine blood drive successful


There is a new display at the Pine Museum titled "Arizona in the Great Depression," This is a photographic exhibit. Do stop by and take a look.

Celebration of Life: Lacey Balmer Oldland

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of the life of Lacey Balmer Oldland at the Pine Community Center at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12. A luncheon will follow the services.

William "Bill" Hyer

William "Bill" Hyer, 51, died July 30 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Albert Lufkin Hunt

Albert Lufkin Hunt, 84, died July 30, 2007 in the Strawberry, Ariz. home in which he was born, surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 3, 1923 to Frank Elroy Hunt and Donnetta Lufkin Hunt.

Mary Force

Mary Force died July 26, 2007. She was born Oct. 9, 1906 in Paducah, Ky.

What's up?

Q: Does anyone keep track of business failures? --AND-- Q: What is happening with the traffic light or roundabout supposed to be placed at the intersection of Airport Road and the Beeline Highway? --AND-- Q: Why do the precipitation figures for Payson differ from my water gauge at home?

Frustrated with no repair service

Around noon on Sunday, July 29, our tire picked up a nail and we were unable to find anyone in Paysonvailable to repair the tire.

Legal system change would not be a good one

In a recent letter to the editor of the Roundup, the writer suggested that the legal system could be substantially improved if the law provided that any attorney who knowingly defends a guilty client as innocent will be subject to the same penalty, as if he had committed the crime. The legal system has problems, but so does every system that uses people.

Pet sitter is trusted friend

I'm writing this letter in response to a letter from Diane Freshwater in the Friday July 13 Roundup. In Diane's letter she warned all of us to be careful about who we hire as a pet sitter.

Time to read between the lines

Another one bites the dust.

County facilities: Actual recommendations and conceptual design plan

I have been asked for the exact Criminal Justice Center recommendations that the Gila County Facilities Planning Citizens Advisory Committee referred to under their Consensus Agreement #8 as Option #1.

Payson scores high-quality employer

Last October, two guys traveling the back roads from Bagdad, Ariz. to Safford came around a bend and happened upon Payson. According to the way they tell it, they looked at each other and said, "This is where we need to be."

Humane society needs your help

The Payson Humane Society has a big and important project on its agenda -- a new facility that will meet its needs for years to come.

Practice, practice

Band Director Larry Potvin explains the intricacies of keeping in step while marching and playing an instrument during band camp this week at Payson High School.

That didn't hurt, did it?

Sandy Winebrenner relaxes as Lorraina Johnson, a blood tech, clips off the end of a tube that contains newly donated blood.

Woman lost in woods for three hours found

Payson resident Barbara Zirinsky was found by her husband Paul Pfeifer on the East Verde River, about four miles west of Houston-Mesa Road, after she became lost Monday.