Tuesday, February 27
A couple of issues ago, The Rim Review hobby/spare time feature focused on the plant recommendations of garden expert Glen McCombs, owner of Plant Fair Nursery.
THE EDGE OF PAYSON
Warning! The following may not be suitable for all persons: In addition, the truth of this matter cannot be verified. But, there is a pretty well-established rumor going around that the town of Payson does not actually exist.
In October 1866, a dramatic event occurred at Fort McDowell. The most formidable of the Tonto Apache chiefs presented himself. His name was Del-che-ae, and accompanying him was his band of 100 warriors, 40 women and 60 children.
Secret Canyon Trail outside of Sedona is a perfect hike for any time of year.
Bernadette Heath wanted to be a photographer from the time she was a child growing up in Minnesota.
RIM REVIEW COVER STORY
Sonny Smith looks at the two cards he's just been dealt for his umpteenth hand of Texas Hold 'Em, careful not to knock over his wall of chips.
IN THE KITCHEN
Vegetables from the cabbage family (also known as cruciferous vegetables), such as brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli, are recommended to help prevent diseases.
Monday, February 26
Mike and Maureen Pastika celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Feb. 25. They were married Feb. 25, 1967 at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
The time has arrived for our government to start the impeachment process of both George Bush and Richard Cheney and replace them with the first woman ever to live in the White House as our President, a Democrat.
Well, "W" says America needs to "support the troops" -- both financially and politically.
Gary Franklin Crisp died Feb. 22, 2007 after a long fight with emphysema. He was born Sept. 25, 1938 in Neodesha, Kansas and moved to Phoenix at an early age.
The issue of illegal immigration returns to the table Thursday evening when the Payson Town Council discusses an amendment to business license requirements.
People with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers have a place to go for information, support and fellowship -- the Parkinson's Support Group. It meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting is this Thursday, March 1 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St.
Lucy Shaw and Terry Wheeler joined the now 13-member volunteer committee formed to study the possible need for new jails in Gila County.
Now that the smoke has cleared, we are standing amid what is left. And we are perplexed.
Carroll Duain Alderson, 72, of Payson, died Feb. 20, 2007. He was born Jan. 3, 1935 in Lubbock, Texas.
The public is invited to Mount Cross Lutheran Church on Wednesday nights, beginning Feb. 28 and continuing through the month of March.
Children from the SonShine Club After-School Program cut the ribbon at a ceremony for the new facility Friday.
One of the most popular artists brought to the Rim Country by the Payson Friends of Jazz and Jazz in AZ returns in March.
I would like to take a moment to imagine, "What if?"
David Cook, vice president of the Gila County Cattle Growers, left to right, Diana Cook, Gila County Cattle Women president, Senator Jake Flake, Mary Flake and Director of Agriculture Don Butler at the Arizona Cattle Growers Association winter meeting and state legislative dinner in Tempe Feb. 21 and 22.
The State School Redistricting Commission has a difficult job.
A collection of photos of the Payson High School boys basketball team during the state final four at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale Feb. 23 and 24.
In your Jan. 12, 2007 issue of the Payson Roundup, there was an article written by Michael Maresh titled "Illegal immigrants not welcome in Payson, council says."
The Tonto Apache Tribe and Peggy Miles, Gila Community College wellness coordinator, have worked out a deal that gives students a significant discount for water aerobics classes at the tribal pool near the Mazatzal Casino.
Through 2007, local historian Tim Ehrhardt will answer questions about Payson history and keep readers updated on the plans of the 125th anniversary committee.
Payson Community Christian School fourth-graders Spencer Herrera and Marissa Mathews, and third-grader Oliver Driscoll-Lowe, placed in the top 5 percent of the Association of Christian Schools International Math by Mail regional competition.
Students in the Wolf Impressions after-school program have a tough decision to make.
In a twist on the early Shakespearean tradition of men playing women's roles, the female acting students at Payson High School are learning the lines for the male roles in this weekend's production of "Treasure Island."
Staff members at Payson Elementary School don fake teeth to announce the coming of an event to promote healthy teeth.
The notion that the Town of Star Valley has been adjusting its relationship with the U.S. Postal Service is right as the mail.
The mayor, councilors, town staff and task force members are to be commended for their work in providing for the future of Payson.
The liberal agenda is the dismantling of our military, higher taxes, gun control, disarm the citizens, make them defenseless, more handouts to those who don't pay taxes, but they vote.
Mayor Bob Edwards should be lauded for upholding the immigration laws.
I'm writing about Dan Adams' thoughtful letter, "Another solution to the crowded jail problem," published on Feb. 20.
Longhorns leave state with second-place trophy
The Payson Longhorn basketball team made it to the final round of the 3A state tournament Saturday after a Friday win against Holbrook.
The Payson Town Council Thursday night will hold a second reading for the rezoning of land for the Mogollon Ridge subdivision at 2009 N. McLane Road.
Coaching staffs have been set for the Payson High School spring sports of track and field, baseball, softball and golf.
Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Mary McMullen is celebrating the culmination of the inaugural Ruckus on the Rim adult dodgeball tournament.
If a business owner or individual is ready to go out onto the World Wide Web, then Cara Summerfield and Creative Communications can help.
Payson is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2007. Here's the place to find stories, photos and updates to keep you current with the latest news about the town's celebration.
Thursday, February 22
The Justice McNeeley Foundation was formed after the generosity of the community not only paid for the medical needs of a child with spinal muscular atrophy, but there was money left over.
PHS principal told ‘anonymous tip' came from local residents
On Wednesday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association reversed its earlier decision to disqualify Lady Longhorn point guard Rhea Cosay.
I've been writing letters in the Payson Roundup since January 2002. Some of them have generated significant, interesting dialogue. However, during that time, I've never attacked the personal character of any Payson resident.
Greg Leeds, 47, formerly of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2007 in Pomerene, Ariz.
Longhorn win today will move team to state championship
Beating a good opponent four times in a single season is a tough task to accomplish.
Velma L. Elswood, 87, of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2007.
If you happen to see Garrison Levey reading a thick tome on his lunch hour and you assume it is simply the latest best seller he could not put down, you would be wrong.
The Tonto Basin Ranger District is initiating an environmental analysis (EA) on the Greenback grazing allotment, located in the Sierra Ancha Mountains east of Punkin Center.
The Gila Community College's Payson Campus is working with the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, U.S. Forest Service, and the State Historic Preservation office to develop a plan for interpretive trail development at the Goat Camp archaeological site just north of the campus.
One of the goals of the Optimist Club is "to aid and encourage the development of youth."
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
The hunting seasons have drawn to a close. Hopefully, you have some fond memories and stories to tell of exploits in the Arizona outdoors.
Martial arts heavyweight fighter Chad "Gravedigger" Griggs rode his three days of Rim Country training to a third round TKO win Feb. 2 over John Marsh.
The Tonto Apache Track and Field team might soon have its first individual national champion.
The 2006-2007 high school wrestling season has come to a close with a third place finish at the state tournament and 24-5 dual meet record.
The Arizona Coaches Association All-Star wrestling dual meet will have a new venue at Grand Canyon University on Feb. 25.
National Bank of Arizona completed its merger with The Stockmen's Bank on Feb. 20, adding 22 Arizona branches and more than 300 employees.
Do not give out your personal credit history to strangers. That's the message Payson resident Connie Swanson wants others, especially the elderly, to know.
Isaac (Ike) J. Risenhoover, 68, died Feb. 21, 2007 in Payson.
Julia "JJ" Griffith, born Oct. 19, 1989 died Feb. 16, 2007, following a courageous fight with cancer.
Opal Marie Charters, 88, formerly of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2007 in Peoria.
Nancy Bertram, 69, of Payson, died Feb. 15, 2007 in Phoenix.
The ninth annual Women's Wellness Forum is scheduled for March 24, but the time to register is now.
Q: What happened to Doodle, the dog who won best of breed at Westminster in 2006?
I agree with the assessment in your Feb. 13 editorial, "Children punished for the sins of administrators."
Wilma Snyder writes to say that she wants to see more (political) balance in higher education.
You printed a letter from Don Adams of Payson in your Feb. 16 edition.
Consider this a counteroffer to the President's State of the Union address by me.
As you can all imagine, it has been an extremely emotional time.
I met Kay Loftfield when she came to work at the Mogollon Advisor, back when I was a news reporter. We later worked together when the Payson Roundup and Mogollon Advisor merged in 1989 and until I left in September 1994.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
For more than 10 years I have served as the publisher of the Payson Roundup and it has truly been my pleasure -- not only to work with an extremely talented team, but also to be a part of this wonderful community.
Everyone knows that if you cheat on your spouse and if you get caught, there will be a price to pay. Who knew the consequences could come with a price tag of more than $900?
Rene Morris never thought she'd spend two winter nights sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles. Then again, she didn't have a choice.
Ever since Hurricane Katrina destroyed cities on the Gulf of Mexico, Ray and Theresa Kinsman have wondered how they could put their hands to work making a difference.
Small toys, shampoo, toothpaste and other essential personal care items have been stolen from several of the Crisis Care donation boxes, located at local food and drugstores.
Soon after the merger of The Stockmen's Bank and National Bank of Arizona was announced, customers began approaching Patrick Willis. Willis was then employed by Stockmen's Bank as the manager of its Payson branch.
Rim Country husbands and wives are expected to take their marriage vows seriously. If they do not, according to an Arizona State Statute, they could be arrested and fined.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Tuesday morning car fire on Cracker Jack Mine Road where the body of a man was discovered in the trunk.
Smoke being reported south of Payson is coming from controlled burns conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Payson Longhorns basketball team advanced to the championship game that will be played Saturday night after nipping the Holbrook Roadrunners Friday afternoon 58-57.
Thirteen Payson High School students were selected to participate in the 2007 Northeast All-Region Music Festival held Feb. 20 in Snowflake. The students were selected from among the best choir and band performers in the region. The Arizona Music Educators Association sponsors the annual event.
Two Georgia men arrested for human smuggling
The Gila County Sheriff's Office arrested two Georgia men for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States.
Registration for high school freshmen for the 2007-2008 school year will continue Feb. 27 at the Rim Country Middle School Library.
As we humans settle the land around us ever more densely, everything we do impacts our neighbors in some way. Noise pollution comes from many sources including cars, ATVs, chain saws, leaf blowers, construction, firearms, loud music, children and pets.
A couple of weeks ago, while doing research for a subject we were discussing on the blog I write for the Payson Roundup Web site, I ran across something you just have to hear -- some comments made by our founding fathers while they were debating who should, and should not, be allowed to vote. I'll bet they startle you as much as they startled me.
Today is the last Friday of the month in February.
As of Feb.1, Qwest is using the Enhanced 911 (E911) system -- 100 percent.
Take Pride Project of Pine and Strawberry is accepting nominations for the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award for 2006. Candidates should live in Pine or Strawberry and have made a contribution to our communities.
The Annual Whispering Pines Fire District Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held on Feb. 16 at the home of Harry and Nancy Jones in Rim Trail.
If you are thinking of switching jobs -- especially in mid-to-late career -- you'll want to pay careful attention to the benefits offered by your new employer. At this stage of your life, you've got a lot to protect.
FOCUS ON PETS
The lives of dogs changed radically with the urbanization of the United States, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 5 by Cynthia Crossen.
Tuesday, February 20
RIM REVIEW COVER STORY
Dave Engleman likes to hoof it.
So, you want to collect antiques. Which kind? Antiques can run the gamut from buttons to behemoth pieces of furniture.
The summer of 1866 found the soldiers at Ft. McDowell plagued by bronchitis, dysentery and scurvy, resulting in several deaths.
The oil painting Minette Richardson has just begun is a self-portrait of herself and her friend Ann.
Today I will share the recipes for a complete meal, including dessert.
In the book "Day Hikes & Trail Rides in Payson's Rim Country" by Roger and Ethel Freeman, the South Fork Trail is described as a 6.7-mile trail up the South Fork of Deer Creek.
CAROLING WITH CAROL
There is an air of expectation as I wait for the Arizona Science Center usher to allow a dozen adults and me into anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens' anatomical exhibition Body Worlds 3.
Monday, February 19
The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle is kept on track by an outstanding corps of volunteers.
I am pleased the mayor and town council see the value of opening their meetings with prayer.
To the parents and supporters of the '06-'07 Lady Longhorns ...
They're not blatantly obvious, but signs of spring are appearing in Rim Country -- a huge flock of robins on the west side of town, a male bluebird flying above McLane Road, a roadrunner dashing across our front yard and the tips of bare willow branches turning gold.
Siblings Dan and Rob Shover have moved their vehicle repair business, Coyote Auto, Truck and RV from Star Valley to Payson's Main Street.
The Arizona Coaches Association all-star wrestling dual meet will have a new venue at Grand Canyon University on Feb. 25.
Between a visit to troops in Iraq and on his way to high-level meetings in Mexico, Congressman Rick Renzi made a stop in Payson to thank the community for its support in the past election. "I came here to thank Gila County for standing by me," Renzi said. "The numbers were phenomenal and helped me with re-election."
Former Lady Longhorn pitcher Rachel Ray, sidelined the entire past season by a back injury, has returned to the Southeastern Louisiana State University lineup with a vengeance.
Gila County Community College campuses, located in Globe, Payson and San Carlos, faced a role reversal when they were tested by a private higher education accrediting agency.
Was it a great Payson defense or the opponent's off night that led to the Longhorns' stunning 46-42 state semifinal upset over Seton Catholic High School?
Here is a copy of an e-mail I sent to La Voz through Gannett Newspapers. You can certainly use it as a letter to the editor if you wish.
Payson will have a kidney dialysis center this summer.
Hundreds of library supporters filled the Tonto Apache Community Center Saturday during the annual "Taste of Rim Country" chefs' extravaganza.
The Northern Gila County Historical Society's Statehood Dinner brought in more than $10,000 for preservation projects.
After a dispiriting day yesterday, planning for more of the past, at a higher cost, a ray of hope appears.
Racism has nothing to do with someone breaking the law. Illegal aliens seem to like the label, since it's one of their few weak defenses.
Last Friday night, around 6 p.m., my wife and I were heading back to our place north of town when we spotted a puppy sprinting north right down the middle of the Beeline, from about Forest Road all the way past Home Depot.
Former Rim Country Middle School track and cross country star Kari Hardt, 18, ran her way to a third-place finish at the nationally televised USATF Junior Women Cross Country Championships.
Having peers decide a person's guilt or innocence is something the Payson Magistrate Court is struggling with, for one main reason.
A 6-foot-6-inch, 325-pound professional football player, fresh from an appearance in Super Bowl XLI, tickled the gridiron fancy of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School students Friday.
Specialist Colt Thomas Connolly is currently deployed to Iraq, a post he has been assigned since October 2006. He is a 2003 graduate of Payson High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2003.
Any owner of a domestic animal is obliged to have it under control at all times. Many court cases attest to this.
Howard and Colleen Brown celebrated 50 years of marriage on Saturday, Feb. 17, with family and friends at a surprise party given for them by their children, Heath and Tina Brown of Peoria and Tracy and Robert Turner of Payson.
Veronica (Vicky) Gillaspy, of Payson, died Feb. 16, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born on April 20, 1926 in Melrose, Iowa.
The Gila Community College Governing Board endorsed a trails system that would cross through the Payson campus, if approved by the Gila County Board of Supervisors.
The Payson Fire Department will soon be extending its fire service to a nearby community.
Payson Elementary School students raised a record $14,648 to date during their annual Jump Rope for Life campaign to benefit the American Heart Association.
This space is an open mouth. A white, hungry maw that needs to be filled twice a week.
As a former resident of Payson, I just wanted to say hurray for Payson with the idea of limiting things for the illegals!
Recently I submitted my letter of resignation to the Payson Unified School District Transportation Department for a number of reasons, the least of which is pay.
High school students form friendships with Head Start preschoolers
The 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children at Head Start preschool are eager to share their projects.
When Andy Romance goes to Washington, D.C. next month, he plans to discuss two top issues with federal government officials -- water and fire protection.
Sunday, February 18
The Payson High School Longhorn boys basketball team will be going to the final four of the state tournament for the first time since 1979. The Longhorns will play Holbrook at 1:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 in Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
Thursday, February 15
Isn't it interesting that our young people attending colleges and universities in the United States are not getting a balanced education?
The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting more prescribed burns in Payson today and Saturday in an effort to prepare the forest for the upcoming fire season.
The 17-year-old boy accused of killing a pet cat in Pine is going to face charges as an adult, the Gila County Attorney's office has decided.
I was 14, a sophomore in high school, and like the rest of the kids waiting in line for a piece of iron stock, I wore a dirt-stained shop coat that covered me from shoulders to knees.
A combined church service is planned for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21. Four churches will worship together at Mount Cross Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21. Participating in the program are Community Presbyterian, Payson United Methodist, St. Paul's Episcopal, and Mount Cross Lutheran Churches. This service marks the beginning of the Lenten season.
The Gila County Facilities Planning Committee took its second guided tour of a jail and courthouse on Wednesday, this time in Globe, in an effort to gain more insight on the inadequate conditions plaguing Gila County's correctional facilities.
The Freegard property development is one step closer to being a reality after developers submitted a final version of plans for the project.
FOCUS ON PETS
This past week, the 131st annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show took place in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A new man has taken over the reins for longtime Arizona Public Service construction leader Jerry Hawkins, who has retired.
Evan Morton, a junior at Center for Success is a young man who dreams of flight.
The "Strange but True" segment in The Rim Review of Jan. 24 contained the following statement: "The plant that produces marijuana is useful for many things, including making rope and paper goods. In fact, a single acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees."
I recently visited the League of Cities and Towns where I borrowed the 2006 budgets of the five towns just larger than Payson, and the five towns just smaller.
The naming of a pet is a reflection of who we are and how we perceive our companion animals.
Most people in our community know an IRA is a great way to save money for retirement.
The new Payson Unified School District superintendent will be making more than his predecessor.
The square level and plumb of Blue Lodge tradition
The Masons are an organization with roots dating back to the Middle Ages. Masonic roots in the local community date back to 1973 when Walt Harrison and Roy Creach opened the Blue Lodge. Yet, despite a resurgence of membership worldwide, rumors of mysterious rituals still circulate.
Someday Stephanie Jones wants to buy a Harley, move to Alaska and open up a coffee shop and bookstore.
A House committee approved legislation Feb. 6 that would allow Gila County to run its provisional community college district past 2009, when a law allowing the arrangement was due to expire.
The Town of Payson made close to $1.2 million more in sales tax revenue this past fiscal year than it made in the 2004-2005 fiscal year.
Parent effort to reinstate team in tournament fails
A plea by a group of Payson parents to reinstate the Lady Longhorns in the Class 3A state girls basketball tournament was rejected Wednesday.
Foodborne illness mimics flu symptoms
Rim Country residents are being urged to check their shelves for peanut butter sold by Payson area grocery stores that may be contaminated with salmonella.
Oliver Lewinson's 6 feet, 8 inches of height and talent in the low blocks proved too much for Monument Valley to handle in the opening round of the Class 3A state tournament.
Kay Loftfield, who wrote a cooking column for the Mogollon Advisor and The Rim Review for 12 years, had a delicious little secret. She didn't like to cook.
When a 27-year-old local man was hit with a Taser gun, his muscles shut down and he went down to the ground. He said what was almost as bad was the sound the Taser made when it was deployed.
The Payson Town Council listened to residents, most of whom opposed rezoning an area of land for a proposed subdivision, at a public hearing Thursday night.
Tonto Village was literally snowy white on Wednesday morning. The snow started out as sleet Tuesday afternoon and continues as I write this column.
For the past three years, Payson High School has participated in a program promoting understanding, friendship, tolerance and learning of our neighbors south of the border.
Though we do not live in your lovely community, we have a special fondness for it and I check out your Web site nearly every day, to see what the latest news is.
Since moving to Payson in 1996, my wife, Debbie, and I have come to admire and respect how many residents take pride in their homes, landscaping and yard work.
A wonderful celebration commemorating the 95th birthday of Arizona took place in Pine last weekend.
Tomorrow, Saturday is a huge day in the baseball life of aspiring Little Leaguers.
Town Parks and Recreation coordinator Mary McMullen is looking for a few good men and women.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
The inaugural Wal-Mart Western FLW Series bass fishing tournament made history at Lake Havasu last week. Sponsored by the National Guard, the event featured 200 pros and 200 co-anglers fished the first three days in the hope of making the top 10 cut for each field of anglers.
Pine-Strawberry Elementary School students and teachers will today meet and greet Super Bowl and All-Pro football player John Tait.
Don Fishel is sometimes remembered as the local recreation coordinator who operated the town department on a shoestring budget out of a tiny, cramped trailer office.
Margaret Leona Shirley Parkinson Wilson of Gisela, died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 3, 2007 in Gisela.
Kenneth Guy Beedle died in Payson at the age of 93.
On Valentine's Day, we woke up to snow.
Tuesday, February 13
IN THE KITCHEN
Before it started feeling like spring, I was craving a good stew and fresh fruit.
Don't be fooled by the great weather we have had. A visit to the area's nurseries and garden center will give you a clue -- it is too soon to start gardening ... more or less.
"We Are Family, Do They Hear Me When I Cry and They Think They Know Who I Am" are the titles of three pictures in a series depicting African women painted by artist Myra Kraemer.
Traveling the rivers and coastal waterways of our vast nation by paddle wheel riverboats is truly a unique vacation experience.
As warmer weather becomes more the norm than the surprise, it might be time to inspect some local trails.
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The annual Chef Extravaganza benefiting the Payson Public Library, sponsored by the Payson Roundup newspaper and the Library Friends of Payson will help the library's expansion project.
Throughout 1866, the Tonto Apache War escalated, as troops from Camp Lincoln and Fort McDowell increased their forays into the Mogollon Rim, its foothills and the Tonto Basin.
"Carla" was a family acquaintance when I was a teenager. She was a nice enough woman as far as I could tell, married, pregnant and apparently in love.
Monday, February 12
Steven Bilson, of Chula Vista, Calif., wrote Friday that greywater drip irrigation systems are a "great environmental and economic solution" to water problems in Payson and elsewhere.
If you would only stop and think, the whole world is a welfare town. The original idea of welfare is to attempt to help those who are willing to be helped, and are willing to help themselves.
I find it perplexing that the two access roads from West Frontier Street to Main Street, "Meadows" and "Bootleg Alley" have now been posted with signs that say the Town of Payson does not maintain these roads.
AARP has been providing tax assistance in the Rim Country for more than 20 years. Joan Stephens has been part of that service since 1994. She started as a counselor, helping residents prepare their tax returns and is now the program coordinator, a post she has held for at least 10 years.
A new tradition is starting at Payson High School, and most students will agree that it is the perfect filler between Homecoming and Character Counts Week.
I wanted to thank all the people who came to welcome the Hashknife Pony Express Riders to Payson.
Northern Gila County Historical Society, in conjunction with Git A Rope Publishing, Inc., is looking for Payson Rodeo Queen photos for a major display in the society's museum.
Do you have a favorite teacher who deserves recognition? If so, stop by Wal-Mart now through Feb. 23 to submit a nomination form for the company's annual Teacher of the Year program.
Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Player ruled ineligible by AIA
An infraction of Arizona Interscholastic Association eligibility rules turned what should have been a crowning moment in the Lady Longhorns' quest for champion status into a bitterly sour end to a once-promising season.
A former military pilot, Casey O'Brien, was selected to be the next superintendent of the Payson Unified School District.
On Saturday, a lot of people might be skipping lunch.
The Payson Town Council, in its Thursday night meeting, will look at two new subdivisions.
Disappointment can seep into the lives of young people from many directions. In a world filled with subtle snares and pitfalls, it's more important than ever to help our children reach for their dreams and reap the rewards of hard-earned success.
Council member seeks public ideas for federal visit
Council member Andy Romance is seeking recommendations on what he should ask federal government officials while in Washington, D.C. He is seeking input from the council and town staff.
I am writing about the skate park in Payson.
If you have attended Payson basketball games lately you probably noticed a new sense of enthusiasm, coupled with huge crowds.
Kudos to the Payson Police Department and the dedicated volunteer police.
On Jan. 12, the Roundup reported "one side" of a news item on the recall of a nine-year Pine-Strawberry Fire board member, Ross Gooder. Without giving Mr. Gooder the time he needed to rebut the charges of the recall petition.
Payson Longhorn basketball players weren't breathing any sighs of relief when state tournament pairings were announced Sunday.
Two days of exciting high school wrestling at the Glendale Arena decided the 2007 3A state championships.
Casandra Stouder's love of running has its roots in her American Indian heritage.
One of the Lady Longhorns finest softball players has been selected to be a member of an elite fast-pitch softball team that will represent the USA in overseas tournaments.
Town Parks and Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen has stamped the recently completed adult volleyball leagues as ample fun and competition for all who played.
Charles "Chuck" Walker Graser died Feb. 10, 2007. He was born to George and Catherine Graser on Dec. 18, 1918 in Warsaw, Ohio.
Thomas L. "Tom" Holtzen, a frequent visitor to Strawberry, where he died Feb. 5, 2007, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Sept. 10, 1947.
George F. Klaus died Feb. 10, 2007. He was born Oct. 20, 1932 in Minnesota to Fred and Lillian Klaus.
Kathryn J. "Kay" Loftfield, a former columnist for the Payson Roundup, died Feb. 4, 2007.
Herman Meredith, 92 of Phoenix, died Feb. 3, 2007. He was born in Leonard, Texas in 1914, moving to Phoenix in 1941. He was the son of T.L. and Mary Meredith.
Learning the level of risk for heart attacks is going to become a lot quicker at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Payson Police arrested two men Friday night after being called to the Del Taco restaurant for a fight in progress.
A 44-year-old Payson man is facing numerous charges after initially being arrested Sunday night on domestic violence charges.
Boy Scout troops from Payson, Camp Verde and Prescott Valley joined together to participate in the annual Klondike winter campout Friday and Saturday on top of the Mogollon Rim.
Principal Robert Varner recently honored the student council of Julia Randall Elementary School with a special award.
There's a plaque hanging in Tony Gianndrea's bar in Pine that people are talking about. In fact, at least 14 people compete every Wednesday to earn the right to have their name etched on one of the little bronze plates on the "Champion of Champions" plaque mounted beside the bar.
The 15 special education pre-kindergartners in Terri Legassie's room at Julia Randall Elementary School know that their school day starts with a song.
Parents of eighth-grade students, Payson High School will hold registration for new freshmen for the 2007-2008 school year at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 27 at the Rim Country Middle School Library. There will be two registration sessions each evening.
Payson's Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year.
Funds are now available to grandparents of any age who are responsible for raising their grandchild or grandchildren in their home.
The Gila County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Gila County Attorney's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are hosting a Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin Feb. 28.
Payson Choral Society is now accepting applications for scholarships. Applications are available at the middle school and high school music departments and from music/voice teachers in Payson and Pine. They must be postmarked no later than Friday, Feb. 23.
The Payson Humane Society is proud to offer two spay/neuter assistance programs, in conjunction with Spay Day USA.
The February campaign to collect hygiene items for "Crisis Care Kits" is now under way. The kits, which are distributed in the U.S. and abroad, are given to disaster victims.
Thursday, February 8
Grover Cleveland Moncrief, 94, died Feb. 5, 2007 at the Payson Care Center.
The logo entries are in. Now, Payson's 125th Anniversary Committee must decide which logo is most appropriate for publicizing the October celebration, in town and around the state.
TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER
January marked the five-year anniversary of being in our current facility. My, how time flies.
TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER
A five-year plan of action for the Payson Airport has been developed to improve safety and design airport facilities to comply with federal safety standards.
February's featured artists at Artists of the Rim Gallery share a love of the landscapes of the Southwest.
Homer Bierwirth, 74, died Jan. 29, 2007 following heart failure.
The Tonto Community Concert Association will feature the music of Irving Berlin in a revue-style program Saturday night.
The Pine/Strawberry Fire District Governing Board is searching.
A new dog licensing procedure is in effect for the town of Star Valley.
Boy Scout Troop 354 is having its annual business class Pinewood Derby.
The Star Valley town council approved two programs that will benefit senior citizens of the town.
The Payson Town Council looked at more than 30 proposed objectives Thursday morning for the 2007-2008 Corporate Strategic Plan.
Congratulations to Ms. Colbertson's daughter on her two degrees, which I am sure she worked hard for.
I would like to extend a really huge thank-you to John and Lu Carpino of 98.5 KCMA and an equally huge thank-you to Linda and Michael Weber of Fireside Espresso.
The problem with Mr. Brophy's ranting about the United States and all of its hurting is that his America and our America are on the opposite ends of the universe.
On May 9, 2005, I wrote Joe Sanchez with an analysis comparing Gila County with 11 other rural counties. The gist of this was, that on the basis of expenditures per capita, Gila County was the second highest spending county at $1,033 per capita per annum.
In God we trust. That saying passes from hand to hand every time we make a purchase. It's written on our money. In another form, it's written into our national pledge. That's why it doesn't seem odd to many people that the towns of Payson and Star Valley open their meetings with a prayer.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
The local bass fishing team of Heidi D'Arcangelo of Payson and Jake Randall of Pine teamed up to win the All-Star Couples Tournament held at Lake Pleasant this past week.
Chief Ray Larsen of the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department wants all the communities of the Christopher/Kohl's Fire District to know the Board meeting on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. will be a meeting of interest for almost every person in the District.
The weather has been just about perfect this week, the sun has been shining and the temperatures have been in the upper ‘60s.
FOCUS ON PETS
Last week's column provided a brief overview of the origins of clicker training. Karen Pryor, a pioneer in working with sea animals, realized that what she learned training dolphins could be transferred to other animals.
The Rim Country's top culinary notables will share their talents for a benefit to raise money for the Payson Public Library expansion project.
Alexander Lamont Wilson died Jan. 17, 2007 in Payson. He was born Oct. 1, 1930 in Detroit, Mich. to John and Elizabeth Wilson.
Hazel A. Walker-Jones-Nicholson, 81, of Pine, died Jan. 29, 2007 in Payson.
Beth Champie Leeds died Feb 1, 2007 in Payson at the age of 71. She was born Dec. 1, 1935 in Phoenix. A second-generation Arizona native, she grew up in Glendale on her family ranch near Castle Hot Springs.
Ten members from the Gila County Facilities Planning Committee were escorted through the Gila County Courthouse and its adjoining jail in Payson on Wednesday, in a tour designed to exhibit the desperate need for larger facilities. The overcrowded courtrooms and dangerously packed jail facility were among the issues discussed by the committee.
The Payson Town Council Thursday night received an overview of the C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) from its beginning to the future.
Vandalism and criminal damage in Payson has increased by more than 40 percent in the past year. According to statistics from the Payson Police Department, criminal damage cases increased to 433 for the first 11-and-a-half months of 2006, from 287 in 2005.
Patty Jean Rinehart, of Payson, died Feb. 5, 2007. She was 88 years old.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is getting a face-lift thanks to state-funded construction improvements beginning next Monday.
After a loved one dies, you'll have to cope with grief. And yet, if you have even partial responsibility for settling an estate, you must focus on some financial matters. By handling these issues as efficiently as possible, you can help ease some of the strain on your family.
In ancient Greece stood the Oracle of Delphi. There, Apollo, the Greek god of wisdom, was said to answer questions that tried the minds of mere mortals. Chiseled into the wall of the Oracle were two words: Know thyself.
Happy Birthday, Arizona. Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, is the big celebration in Pine for the 95th birthday of the State of Arizona.
The third annual Outdoors Rendezvous turned into an overwhelming success, drawing thousands of spectators from around the state, including the Valley.
Sorting through the consequences doled out this past year to Payson High School students who violated athletic discipline policies can be thorny and difficult to understand.
Teenager Daniel Conley has returned to the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona racing series with a vengeance.
Will the return of senior point guard Rhea Cosay to the starting lineup be the boost the Lady Longhorns need to win the East region tournament and advance to state as a No. 1 seed?
Longhorn pursuit of an East region tournament championship and a highly advantageous top seed into the Class 3A state finals begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Snowflake High School gymnasium.
Rim Country Middle School student Jacqueline Oesterblad is one of 27 Arizona finalists who will compete at the state spelling bee March 31, after spelling all her words correctly this past week at the Gila County Spelling Bee.
The four finalists seeking the job of superintendent of the Payson Unified School District met with nearly 50 community members, teachers and parents at Rim Country Middle School Thursday evening, answering questions and discussing their philosophies for a successful school district.
Councils' choice to open meetings with prayer reflection of community
At the beginning of every regular Payson Town Council and Star Valley Council meeting, a clergyman delivers a prayer -- a practice that both of the towns' mayors cherish. Payson Mayor Bob Edwards said he thinks having the prayer delivered prior to the meeting is extremely important. "We are a community based on the belief of God," Edwards said.
Noble Collins has found his favorite place, Payson, to practice one of his favorite hobbies, writing.
Tyus Sarnowski, 11, of Payson, harvested his first whitetail deer on Dec. 22, 2006.
Brooklyn Marie Conti was born at 11:07 a.m. Nov. 20, 2006 to Brandon and Tiffany Conti at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Macenzie Rose Weller was born at 7:58 a.m. Jan. 22, 2007 to Justin Weller and Dannell Laursen.
Emily Hurtado Valenzuela was born at 7:28 p.m. Jan. 23, 2007 to Angel and Ana at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Maddox Aiden Whitt was born at 9:07 p.m. Jan. 22, 2007 to Heather Whitt at Payson Regional Medical Center.
The response to Payson Humane Society's plight has been almost as overwhelming as the problems with our aging facility. Rim Country people truly care about animals and have shown they do with their donations of time, materials and financial support.
Show horses can have fake tails.
Tuesday, February 6
There's nothing more satisfying than a good destination hike and the Rogers Canyon cliff dwellings is one of the best destinations in the Tonto National Forest.
After the snow melted, the Army moved Camp Lincoln in the Verde Valley three miles north to the settlement at the mouth of Beaver Creek. This location was on higher ground, and the Army hoped both the upper and lower communities could have better protection from this point.
RIM REVIEW COVER STORY
Ed and Berta Gower of Pine and Harry and Marion Schaller of Payson have something in common: Each couple has celebrated seven decades of marriage.
Growing up, my sisters and I spent quite a bit of time at our paternal grandparents' home. It was wonderful. There were rules of course, but lots of fun, too.
The sign on Delores Hartless' studio reads "Aces High," and list her as the dealer, not because she is a card shark but because she is an artist who happens to live on Dealer's Choice Road in Star Valley.
THE EDGE OF PAYSON
A writer wants to know, you know. He wants to know whether his words are just blowing in the wind or perhaps being discussed at night in the family room with the children gathered ‘round the fire.
Are you keeping warm and enjoying the snow? Watching snow fall onto the earth -- covering the land and trees is a beautiful sight -- it is Mother Earth cleansing itself. Watching the snow fall reminds me of a snow globe with a winter scene; shake it and snow comes down.
Monday, February 5
High school students who take academically rigorous curriculum are at a distinct advantage starting college over those who just take courses to get by and get out.
The name is new, but that is the only change at Java Jo'z, now Cuppy's Coffee at 100 W. Airport Road in Payson.
The 15th Annual Business Showcase, sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Tonto Apache Gym in Payson, Arizona.
Wells Fargo has named Tinah Kromoff manager for its store at 115 E. State Hwy. 260 in Payson. Julie Rother, community banking president for Wells Fargo in Central Arizona, announced the appointment.
The Tucson High School coach who integrated Rim Country summer outings and Payson tournament play into his basketball program retired Feb. 1.
The 3A East conference tournament was a real nail-biter in the Wilson Dome Saturday with the Holbrook Roadrunners slipping past the Payson Longhorns by a score of 173.5 to 172.
Fans interested in attending the upcoming East region tournament shouldn't wait until game day in Snowflake to purchase their tickets.
Back-to-back wins over East rivals Round Valley and Show Low have assured the Longhorn boys basketball team of at least a region runner-up regular season finish.
Travis Howard was looking for a small town surgery practice at the same time Payson Regional Medical Center was recruiting for a general surgeon.
Arthur "Art" C. Pullen of Payson, died Feb. 3, in Payson. He was 83 years old.
Star Valley senior citizens will have some helpful programs on the way if the town council approves them.
The Tonto Basin Ranger District is initiating an environmental analysis (EA) on the H4 grazing allotment, located in the Mazatzal Mountains northwest of Punkin Center.
Half of the students at Pine Strawberry Elementary School participated in the school's science fair in hopes of taking home the grand prize -- a telescope.
February, the second month of the year, is kind of like a small child going through that stage known as the terrible 2s.
Ask lanky 16-year-old Payson High School junior, Christoph Bruhn, what class he finds the toughest and he will admit it is calculus.
Eight Safeway employees built an all-American sandwich Saturday that was 72 feet long and consisted of 54 pounds of meat (ham, turkey and roast beef), 10 pounds of tomatoes and one case of lettuce.
The Beautification Task Force outlined four items it needs to work on for the future at a Monday afternoon meeting.
A green alligator lies in wait on Dean Shields' coffee table.
I've known Max Foster as a friend and colleague for a long time. For anyone to even imply that he has a single prejudiced molecule in his body has got to be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in 20 years.
I would like to publicly thank the anonymous gentleman who found my purse at Wal-Mart and was so kind to turn it in.
I think that the speed limits on all of the back roads in Payson should be raised. I think that the limit is way too slow on most of the streets.
I have been monitoring a feral colony established in 2003 by a rather popular feral female cat who took up residency in our community.
This letter is written in response to the letter about outdoor cats -- the person who wrote, "I would like to complain about the raccoons that get in my trash, the squirrels that eat my birdseed and the deer that get my flowers."
I am writing in response to William Clayton's letter on Jan. 23.
Hopefully, Payson will give careful consideration to how it handles illegal immigrants.
Hooray for all the Payson citizens who are finally standing up and saying "No illegals in Payson."
On Friday night, Fireside Espresso was packed to standing room only with people gathered to support the Payson Humane Society.
The ninth annual Women's Wellness Forum is a good six weeks away, but that doesn't mean it is too early to register. In fact, the first 200 women with paid registration will receive a free copy of the featured speaker Jill Fleming's book, "Thin People Don't Clean Their Plates."
The 20-year-old former Payson resident accused of killing his roommate in Tempe in July made a brief court appearance Friday morning.
Residents on West Frontier Street were without water for about four hours Friday afternoon after an eight-inch filler pipe burst, resulting in almost 1,000 gallons of water running over an embankment onto Main Street.
"More of the same" is how Mayor Bob Edwards described his interview with La Voz, a Spanish language newspaper owned by Gannett, the parent company of The Arizona Republic.
Teens knew man as 'Casey'
Neil Rodreick Haven II, a 29-year-old registered sex offender who masqueraded as a 13-year-old boy, started a skateboarding club when he lived in Payson and was well-known to teens who hung out at the Rumsey Park skate park.
A collection of photos from the Hashknife Pony Express riders' annual visit to Rim Country. Includes staff and reader-submitted photos.
Julia Randall Elementary school invites parents and guardians to come, with their children, to Family Computer Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every first Monday of the month during the school year.
Among the Payson High School wrestlerettes' goals is to support the Longhorns in their quest to win a state wrestling championship.
The Payson Lady Longhorn express continued chugging toward the season-ending regional basketball tournament, with a 58-37 derailing of the Show Low Cougars.
Jean L. Turner, dubbed "The Lady of the Lodge" in a feature article about the Strawberry Lodge in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 23, 2002, died Dec. 20, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Next Wednesday is Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day. It is a significant date on the calendar to rose farmers, and the consumer who buys the rich-hued, sweet-smelling, long-stemmed beauties.
Thursday, February 1
You can lose your gloves. You can lose your keys. But you would never lose track of your investments, would you?
It's a sad day that in 2007 some people in our country are still so narrow minded that they teach their children that people of a different race are somehow inferior than they are and need to be hated.
It occurred to me today, after reading the paper and getting too uptight, that I've been taking life too seriously lately.
EDGE OF PAYSON
Valentine's Day is the day when a huge outpouring of love and contrition comes rushing forward from men. Super Bowl is why.
The countryside is so beautiful when covered with a white blanket of snow. Take time to stand and stare.
FOCUS ON PETS
Driving home from the Clicker Expo, which was in Los Angeles, I have had lots of time to think about what I learned during this three-day seminar.
It is impossible to believe that we are now into the second month of the New Year.
The Hashknife Pony Express made their 49th ride from Holbrook to Payson Wednesday afternoon. They exchanged mailbags in front of Creekside Restaurant.
This column is being written on Wednesday morning, and, as I look out of the window in my office, it is snowing. I would guess four inches of snow has fallen since about 6 a.m. It looks like a picture postcard of our wonderful Tonto National Forest and the majestic ponderosa pine trees dressed up in white.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Bass fishing is fast becoming a very competitive sport at all levels within the United States. With television coverage on ESPN and FOX Sports, plus major corporate advertising, bass fishing in a tournament format is growing by leaps and bounds.
Crucial East region basketball games involving Payson vs. Alchesay were postponed for a second time late Wednesday afternoon after snow rendered travel on Highway 260 too dangerous for school buses.
It seems the Payson Roundup forgot to report the name of the winner of the cage fight at the Tonto Apache Gym this past month.
Poor Mr. Clayton. He must be so tired after interviewing all the people that are housed in the facility run by the two "elderly" women and all those who now have homes built by the Habitat For Humanity Organization, and just imagine the time it took to interview the people who he knows are on welfare for one reason or another.
It's time to stop the terror being spread, in this paper, by a Pine resident.
Doug Bailey will be one of Payson's most visible Kiwanians for the next two months. He and his fellow members will be asking business owners to make a commitment to the community's youth in the form of donations -- either through dollar donations or through merchandise for the 12th Annual Kiwanis Auction on March 31.
Burglaries in the Payson area have almost doubled over the past year while the number of thefts have decreased.
The west side trailhead for the 60-plus mile Jug Trail is located almost due north of the Four Peaks Mountains and high enough above Roosevelt Lake to afford a visitor excellent views of the peaks themselves.
Haley Rene Richardson was born at 7:09 p.m. Jan. 8, 2007 to Jason and Brandi at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Klayton Russell Rowland was born at 8:41 p.m. Jan. 11, 2007 to Robert and Michelle at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Buster Christian Taylor was born at 7:56 a.m. Jan. 11, 2007 to Tony and Brandi Taylor at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Tyson Bryan Plante was born at 8:06 a.m. Jan. 24, 2007 to Luke and Jessica Plante at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Johnathan Allen Pepples was born at 12:50 p.m. Jan. 9, 2007 to Lawrence and Maria Pepples at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Keven Alberto Dorame Galindo was born at 9:51 p.m. Jan. 27, 2007 to Jorge and Janin at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley recently received a letter from Snowflake High School Resource Officer Brad Brawley congratulating the Longhorn boys basketball team and its coaches for their exemplary behavior during a Jan. 23 game at Snowflake.
The Steed family meets challenges to their faith in God with love in the final film chapter of "The Work and Glory" trilogy, which opened at Sawmill Theatres on Feb. 2.
A crackling fire dances in a fireplace in the corner while Loretta Lynn softly hums "Coal Miner's Daughter" over the loud speakers. A framed painting of a smiling John Wayne oversees the dance floor.
Much like famed thoroughbred Silky Sullivan roared from lengths off the pace to win high-stakes races, the Lady Longhorns outscored Blue Ridge, 14-3, in the final eight minutes of play, to nip the Yellow Jackets, 45-43.
Senior forward Carlos Lopez's chest-to-chest defense on Blue Ridge's Keith Wilcox helped pave the way to the Longhorns' 74-48 East region win Jan. 30 in Wilson Dome.
There are a variety of programs offered by APS to help pay the electric bill during the expensive months of winter.
It has become a common sight: People with cellular phones pressed to their ears, talking to friends or closing business deals, as they drive their cars, eat their lunches or stand in line at the bank.
Heron discusses past, present and future of town in inaugural address
The Town of Star Valley has taken quite a few big steps in the past 14 months, Mayor Chuck Heron said. "We have built a community we can all be proud of."
Residents of Star Valley may have an easier time trying to contact a cable television provider or getting a business license, thanks to a directory of services that town manager Vito Tedeschi said was "very painstakingly gathered."
Nathan Randau, 14, will have his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Monday, Feb, 5, at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.
Archie R. George, 85, died Jan. 25, 2007 in Boulder City, Nev.
I'm disappointed. I'm sitting here at my desk in disbelief.
The Payson Town Council Thursday night discussed an ordinance that could lead to a design and review board for the town.
Residents invited to meet candidates Feb. 8
Parents, teachers and other community members will soon have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the five finalists selected to replace Sue Myers as superintendent of the Payson Unified School District.
The luck of the draw wasn't in Payson's cards when the Class 3A state basketball tournament brackets were dealt.
When adopting a new cat to add to an existing cat hierarchy, what is the best way to go about it?
I don't believe I've seen any mention in your newspaper about Arizona's new tax credit for privately owned greywater irrigation systems that just went into effect.
More than 100 people braved the cold, wet weather Wednesday night for the 49th annual ride of the Hashknife Pony Express that arrived at the Payson post office around 5:30 p.m.
I am writing in regards to an article written by Max Foster on the Tim Van Horn Wrestling Tournament in the Payson Roundup, dated Jan. 23, 2007.
Tooth decay begins in poverty, keeps people in poverty
It's a small piece in the puzzle of poverty, a piece as small as a tooth.
The Rim Valley Church of God, 208 S. McLane Road, Payson, is presenting Bobby Padilla's Music Ministry at the 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. services, Sunday, Feb. 4.