Lady Longhorn Schedule Gets Date Changed

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

Original copies indicate the Lady Horns will play Sept. 4 in Sedona. However, that game date has been changed to Aug. 22 and the non-region clash will be played in Wilson Dome.

Also, early schedules show game times for 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Game times are now 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Horns open the season Aug. 23 at Estrella Foothills. There, game times will be 4, 5 and 6 p.m.

Calling all trucks

Town Payson Parks Manager Nelson Beck, also the director of the upcoming Second Annual Payson Demolition Derby, continues to scour the town for more entries in the trucks-only division.

At the conclusion of last year's highly successful demolition derby, drivers and fans alike clamored for a trucks-only division.

So, Beck and promoter Honeycutt Rodeo, went about scheduling a trucks only competition.

The only problem is, there haven't been many entries.

Beck hopes interest in the trucks competition heightens, so the inaugural event can be part of the derby when it is held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Payson Event Center.

"There is still time to build a truck and make it competitive," Beck said.

Also on the agenda will the main derby, open to entrants from around the state, and a Powder Puff division.

The main derby will feature $1,000 in added money but the locals-only truck division will award prize money only from entry fees and $20 per truck added money. Local drivers must live within a 40-mile radius of Payson.

There is no added money to the powder puff division and the jackpot will be paid out of entry fees. Trophies are also awarded in all three divisions.

The entry fees into the main and truck derbies is $40 until Aug. 24. After that date, it increases to $60.

The powder puff fee is $20, which can be paid on the day of the event at the gate.

Beck stressed that if a driver has a car entered in the main derby and it is drivable at the conclusion of the competition, a spouse, friend or significant other may enter it in the power puff event.

Safe boating classes

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Gila County Sheriff's Roosevelt Lake Patrol will host a safe boating class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Roosevelt substation local at milepost 243 on SR 188.

Topics include Arizona boating laws, equipment requirements, rules of the road, registration requirements, aids to navigation, trailering and anchoring.

Gila County Sheriff's Office Community Affairs Officer Lu DuBois is urging those interested to register early because last year's class was one of the largest held.

Many insurance companies offer discounts to boat owners who successfully complete the class, DuBois said. To register, call DuBois at (928) 467-2515. A donation of $5 per family is requested.

Funding PATS

A scenic and safe pathway will wind through Payson when the Payson Area Trails System becomes a reality.

Town Parks and Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen is unsure when the trails will be finished, but she's working diligently to acquire the funds needed for the ambitious project.

"Funding is the key to success," she said.

The Payson Town Council approved PATS at a March meeting and the Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting sponsor donations.

Sponsors can choose to donate any amount from $100 to $10,000.

The $10,000 donors, or Platinum Sponsors, will have their name(s) and/or company logo displayed on all signs in the quarter-mile trail sections they select. The sponsors will also receive recognition on the PATS Web site and other advertisements.

Other donor amounts are $3,500 (Gold Sponsors), $2,000 (Silver Sponsor), $1,000 (Bronze Sponsors), $250 to $1,000 (Cyclist Sponsors), $100 (Patron Brick).

Also, Trailblazer Sponsors may donate $100 in labor or equivalent in materials.

Money collected will not only be used to build the trails, but also to purchase kiosks, bike racks and benches.

The kiosks and benches will be placed at centers of interest on the trails.

Four centers have been chosen -- SawMill Crossing, Green Valley Park, Rumsey Park and Gila Community College.

The system will incorporate the Payson firebreak as the outer wheel of the network.

Trails will run through town, like spokes connecting the firebreak wheel.

Motorized vehicles will not be permitted on the trails.

According to McMullen, the trails will be pieced together over time and certain sections finished before others.

Some of the funding could come from the Arizona Parks Board after the Payson Parks and Recreation Department submits the trails plan.

The town has received support from the project from Payson District Ranger Ed Armenta.

For more about the project or to become a sponsor, call McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

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