Stories for February 2007


Tuesday, February 27

From the ground up


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.

A new legend out of the West


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.

Chief Delshay appears


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.

Take a hike

Secret Canyon Trail outside of Sedona is a perfect hike for any time of year.

Childhood dream: Photography is in artist's soul


Bernadette Heath wanted to be a photographer from the time she was a child growing up in Minnesota.

Texas holds 'em at tables around the Rim Country


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.

Delicious, disease-fighting vegetables


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

Pastikas celebrate 40 years

Mike and Maureen Pastika celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Feb. 25. They were married Feb. 25, 1967 at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

Time to impeach the president for his lies

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.

Freedom does not mean freedom to start bogus conflicts

Well, "W" says America needs to "support the troops" -- both financially and politically.

Gary Franklin Crisp

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.

Immigration ordinance returns to council

The issue of illegal immigration returns to the table Thursday evening when the Payson Town Council discusses an amendment to business license requirements.

Support available for Parkinson's sufferers, caregivers

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.

Jails committee adds two members

Lucy Shaw and Terry Wheeler joined the now 13-member volunteer committee formed to study the possible need for new jails in Gila County.

What did our athletes learn from the recent ineligibility battle?

Now that the smoke has cleared, we are standing amid what is left. And we are perplexed.

Carroll Duain Alderson

Carroll Duain Alderson, 72, of Payson, died Feb. 20, 2007. He was born Jan. 3, 1935 in Lubbock, Texas.

Church briefs

The public is invited to Mount Cross Lutheran Church on Wednesday nights, beginning Feb. 28 and continuing through the month of March.

Community open house

Children from the SonShine Club After-School Program cut the ribbon at a ceremony for the new facility Friday.

Popular jazz vocalist returns to Rim Country

One of the most popular artists brought to the Rim Country by the Payson Friends of Jazz and Jazz in AZ returns in March.

The question of ‘What if?'

I would like to take a moment to imagine, "What if?"

Cattle concerns

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.

Bringing reality to redistricting reasoning

The State School Redistricting Commission has a difficult job.

Photo Gallery: PHS boys basketball at state

A collection of photos of the Payson High School boys basketball team during the state final four at Arena in Glendale Feb. 23 and 24.

Teen offers thoughts on illegal immigration

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."

College courses reach beyond classroom

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.

Ask Tim

Through 2007, local historian Tim Ehrhardt will answer questions about Payson history and keep readers updated on the plans of the 125th anniversary committee.

Christian school receives math honors

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.

Elementary art show opens Thursday

Students in the Wolf Impressions after-school program have a tough decision to make.

'Treasure Island' staged with female cast

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."

Dentists provide screenings for children

Staff members at Payson Elementary School don fake teeth to announce the coming of an event to promote healthy teeth.

Star Valley gains independence, one address at a time

The notion that the Town of Star Valley has been adjusting its relationship with the U.S. Postal Service is right as the mail.

Temporary impact fees will cover cost of Blue Ridge

The mayor, councilors, town staff and task force members are to be commended for their work in providing for the future of Payson.

Liberal agenda putting the United States in danger

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.

Edwards to be commended for efforts on illegal immigration

Mayor Bob Edwards should be lauded for upholding the immigration laws.

Another solution to prison overcrowding

I'm writing about Dan Adams' thoughtful letter, "Another solution to the crowded jail problem," published on Feb. 20.

Boys 'play their hearts out' at state

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.

Council to vote on Mogollon Ridge rezoning

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 staff set for spring sports

Coaching staffs have been set for the Payson High School spring sports of track and field, baseball, softball and golf.

Adult dodgeball tournament a success

Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Mary McMullen is celebrating the culmination of the inaugural Ruckus on the Rim adult dodgeball tournament.

Web-wise and ready to help

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 celebrates 125 years

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

Overflow of compassion keeps foundation going

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.

Ineligible player reinstated by AIA

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.

There have been enough personal attacks

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

Greg Leeds, 47, formerly of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2007 in Pomerene, Ariz.

How good is Holbrook?

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

Velma L. Elswood, 87, of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2007.

Falling in love with the nursing profession


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.

Forest Service looking for comments on allotment analysis

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.

Partners working to develop plan for interpretive trail

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.

Optimist Club to host Kids Fishing Festival

One of the goals of the Optimist Club is "to aid and encourage the development of youth."

Repair, replace gear before fishing season begins


The hunting seasons have drawn to a close. Hopefully, you have some fond memories and stories to tell of exploits in the Arizona outdoors.

Payson martial arts training pays off in competition

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.

Tonto track star sets shot put record

The Tonto Apache Track and Field team might soon have its first individual national champion.

Banquet will celebrate successful wrestling season

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.

Porter Wilbanks to represent Payson in All-Star meet

The Arizona Coaches Association All-Star wrestling dual meet will have a new venue at Grand Canyon University on Feb. 25.

National Bank completes Stockmen's Bank merger Tuesday

National Bank of Arizona completed its merger with The Stockmen's Bank on Feb. 20, adding 22 Arizona branches and more than 300 employees.

Local woman warns others of scam

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

Isaac (Ike) J. Risenhoover, 68, died Feb. 21, 2007 in Payson.

Julia "JJ" Griffith

Julia "JJ" Griffith, born Oct. 19, 1989 died Feb. 16, 2007, following a courageous fight with cancer.

Opal Marie Charters

Opal Marie Charters, 88, formerly of Payson, died Feb. 19, 2007 in Peoria.

Nancy Bertram

Nancy Bertram, 69, of Payson, died Feb. 15, 2007 in Phoenix.

Women's Wellness Forum registration still open

The ninth annual Women's Wellness Forum is scheduled for March 24, but the time to register is now.

What's up?

Q: What happened to Doodle, the dog who won best of breed at Westminster in 2006?

Agree with editorial

I agree with the assessment in your Feb. 13 editorial, "Children punished for the sins of administrators."

Balance in higher education not as simple as it sounds

Wilma Snyder writes to say that she wants to see more (political) balance in higher education.

Cutting taxes does not take quality of life into consideration

You printed a letter from Don Adams of Payson in your Feb. 16 edition.

Foolish to use food for fuel when people are starving

Consider this a counteroffer to the President's State of the Union address by me.

Emotional time for athletes and parents

As you can all imagine, it has been an extremely emotional time.

Fond memories of Kay Loftfield

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.

A fond farewell and the parable of the pencil


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.

Adultery law does not belong on the books

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?

What would you do to be on 'Price is Right'?

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.

Volunteers wanted to go to New Orleans

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.

Items stolen from Crisis Care donation boxes

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.

Bank merger changes financial landscape of Payson

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.

Two convicted, fined for adultery

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.

Body found in trunk still unidentified

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 south of Payson is controlled burn

Smoke being reported south of Payson is coming from controlled burns conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.

Payson boys will face Fountain Hills in state championship

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.

Photo Gallery: Northeast All-Region Music Festival

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.

26 illegal immigrants found in 2 days

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.

Education briefs

Registration for high school freshmen for the 2007-2008 school year will continue Feb. 27 at the Rim Country Middle School Library.

Owners can curb bothersome barking


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 look into the minds of our founding fathers


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.

Signs of spring a sign of this year passing by


Today is the last Friday of the month in February.

Enhanced 911 system now automatically displays address


As of Feb.1, Qwest is using the Enhanced 911 (E911) system -- 100 percent.

Nominate Pine/Strawberry Volunteer of the Year for 2006


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.

Whispering Pines Fire holds annual awards ceremony


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.

Consider benefits before changing jobs midcareer


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.

Facing continued problem of pet overpopulation


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

Hiker heaven: Walk the Rim Country for scenic beauty and health


Dave Engleman likes to hoof it.

Antique ABCs: Explore before investing in antiques


So, you want to collect antiques. Which kind? Antiques can run the gamut from buttons to behemoth pieces of furniture.

Talk of peace


The summer of 1866 found the soldiers at Ft. McDowell plagued by bronchitis, dysentery and scurvy, resulting in several deaths.

Breaking Rules: Trying taboo techniques creates amazing effects


The oil painting Minette Richardson has just begun is a self-portrait of herself and her friend Ann.

Easy menu for any time of year


Today I will share the recipes for a complete meal, including dessert.

Take a hike

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.

A reverence for the body; an achievement of spirit


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

Senior Circle names Volunteer of the Year

The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle is kept on track by an outstanding corps of volunteers.

Prayers appreciated

I am pleased the mayor and town council see the value of opening their meetings with prayer.

Coaches discuss tournament forfeit

To the parents and supporters of the '06-'07 Lady Longhorns ...

Birds, longer days first signs of spring


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.

Coyote Auto moves to Main Street

Siblings Dan and Rob Shover have moved their vehicle repair business, Coyote Auto, Truck and RV from Star Valley to Payson's Main Street.

Buy tickets for weekend All-Star wrestling dual

The Arizona Coaches Association all-star wrestling dual meet will have a new venue at Grand Canyon University on Feb. 25.

Renzi speaks about country divided

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."

Sidelined pitcher back on mound

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 Community College receives passing grade from Higher Learning Commission

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.

Boys head to final four for first time since 1979

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?

Payson's immigration ordinance will just reinforce existing laws

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.

Dialysis center to open this summer

Payson will have a kidney dialysis center this summer.

Sweet success

Hundreds of library supporters filled the Tonto Apache Community Center Saturday during the annual "Taste of Rim Country" chefs' extravaganza.

Dinner raises $10,000 for historic preservation

The Northern Gila County Historical Society's Statehood Dinner brought in more than $10,000 for preservation projects.

Another solution to the crowded jail problem

After a dispiriting day yesterday, planning for more of the past, at a higher cost, a ray of hope appears.

Immigration issue not about racism

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.

Why I love Payson

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 Payson athlete takes third in national meet

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.

Residents skipping jury duty growing problem for courts

Having peers decide a person's guilt or innocence is something the Payson Magistrate Court is struggling with, for one main reason.

Chicago Bears player visits Pine elementary school

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.

Payson man in Iraq

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.

Control cats, too

Any owner of a domestic animal is obliged to have it under control at all times. Many court cases attest to this.

Browns celebrate 50 years together

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

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.

Trails system to include college

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.

Council won't commit fire service to remote subdivision

The Payson Fire Department will soon be extending its fire service to a nearby community.

Students open hearts to American Heart Association

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.

New editorial board starts this week

This space is an open mouth. A white, hungry maw that needs to be filled twice a week.

Limits on illegals a good idea

As a former resident of Payson, I just wanted to say hurray for Payson with the idea of limiting things for the illegals!

Former district employee resigned for a reason

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.

Best buddies

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.

Councilor to discuss water, fire protection in Washington

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

Photo Gallery: Longhorn boys heading to state final four

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 Arena in Glendale.

Thursday, February 15

Universities need balance

Isn't it interesting that our young people attending colleges and universities in the United States are not getting a balanced education?

Conditions right for more prescribed burns

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.

Teen in cat case will be tried as adult

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.

The value of some things is the work that went into them


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.

Church briefs

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.

Committee sees more sub-par jail conditions

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.

Developers submit final plan for Freegard property

The Freegard property development is one step closer to being a reality after developers submitted a final version of plans for the project.

Historic dog show a treat


This past week, the 131st annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show took place in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Longtime APS man steps in as new construction leader

A new man has taken over the reins for longtime Arizona Public Service construction leader Jerry Hawkins, who has retired.

Aspiring pilot needs assistance

Evan Morton, a junior at Center for Success is a young man who dreams of flight.

Point of information

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."

Payson needs to study how to serve citizens for less

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.

What's in a name?


The naming of a pet is a reflection of who we are and how we perceive our companion animals.

How to decide on a Roth or traditional IRA


Most people in our community know an IRA is a great way to save money for retirement.

District ups salary for new superintendent

The new Payson Unified School District superintendent will be making more than his predecessor.

Masonic mystique

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.

Former Wildcat has 20-year plan


Someday Stephanie Jones wants to buy a Harley, move to Alaska and open up a coffee shop and bookstore.

Gila Community College gets reprieve

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.

Payson sales tax revenues up $1.13 million

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.

Judge says 'no' to Lady Horns

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.

Peanut butter sold in Payson linked to salmonella

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.

Horns outplay Mustangs in state opener

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.

Remembering Kay Loftfield

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.

Police see Taser as vital tool

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.

Council listens to concerns about Mogollon Ridge proposal

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.

Weather a mixed bag -- wait and it will change


Tonto Village was literally snowy white on Wednesday morning. The snow started out as sleet Tuesday afternoon and continues as I write this column.

Help of many extends reach of Hands Across the Border program

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.

Council applauded

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.

A message left in the Kachina's wake

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.

Statehood celebration was wonderful


A wonderful celebration commemorating the 95th birthday of Arizona took place in Pine last weekend.

Last call for Little League

Tomorrow, Saturday is a huge day in the baseball life of aspiring Little Leaguers.

Softball officials needed

Town Parks and Recreation coordinator Mary McMullen is looking for a few good men and women.

Payson man wins $10,000 in inaugural FLW Series


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.

Super Bowl player at Pine school

Pine-Strawberry Elementary School students and teachers will today meet and greet Super Bowl and All-Pro football player John Tait.

Payson alum heads state softball group

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

Margaret Leona Shirley Parkinson Wilson of Gisela, died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 3, 2007 in Gisela.

Kenneth Guy Beedle

Kenneth Guy Beedle died in Payson at the age of 93.

Annual PJ party on calendar


On Valentine's Day, we woke up to snow.

Tuesday, February 13

For tender and tasty, look beyond stew meat


Before it started feeling like spring, I was craving a good stew and fresh fruit.

Get set to garden


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.

Artist's work becomes a place of escape


"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.

See America from a paddle wheel riverboat


Traveling the rivers and coastal waterways of our vast nation by paddle wheel riverboats is truly a unique vacation experience.

Take a hike

As warmer weather becomes more the norm than the surprise, it might be time to inspect some local trails.

Chef Extravaganza gives sample of the sublime


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.

Natural bridge discovered


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.

'They' are not like 'Us'


"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

Letter had misinformation about greywater

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.

Before condemning disabled veterans for not working, get the facts

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.

Town needs to maintain old streets

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 tax assistance a big benefit for seniors

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.

New tradition at Payson High School

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.

Warmed by the Pony Express rider welcome

I wanted to thank all the people who came to welcome the Hashknife Pony Express Riders to Payson.

Looking for Payson Rodeo Queen photos

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.

Nominate your favorite teacher for $1,000 grant

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.

Half day for most schools Feb. 14

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Team booted from tournament

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.

Nogales man selected as new school superintendent

A former military pilot, Casey O'Brien, was selected to be the next superintendent of the Payson Unified School District.

Chefs compete for top taste honors Saturday

On Saturday, a lot of people might be skipping lunch.

Two new subdivisions, trails go before council

The Payson Town Council, in its Thursday night meeting, will look at two new subdivisions.

Children punished for the sins of administrators

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.

Mr. Romance goes to Washington

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.

Skate park needs constant supervision

I am writing about the skate park in Payson.

One man's efforts have helped Longhorns

If you have attended Payson basketball games lately you probably noticed a new sense of enthusiasm, coupled with huge crowds.

Police, volunteers a great resource

Kudos to the Payson Police Department and the dedicated volunteer police.

Fire board recall needs close study

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.

Horns face Monument Valley at state

Payson Longhorn basketball players weren't breathing any sighs of relief when state tournament pairings were announced Sunday.

Wrestlers place third at top tourney

Two days of exciting high school wrestling at the Glendale Arena decided the 2007 3A state championships.

Runners issue invitation to join new club

Casandra Stouder's love of running has its roots in her American Indian heritage.

Lady Horn hits big time

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.

One league ends, another begins

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

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

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

George F. Klaus died Feb. 10, 2007. He was born Oct. 20, 1932 in Minnesota to Fred and Lillian Klaus.

Kathryn J. "Kay" Loftfield

Kathryn J. "Kay" Loftfield, a former columnist for the Payson Roundup, died Feb. 4, 2007.

Herman Meredith

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.

Senior Circle members learn about 20-second heart test

Learning the level of risk for heart attacks is going to become a lot quicker at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Man tasered twice in confrontation

Payson Police arrested two men Friday night after being called to the Del Taco restaurant for a fight in progress.

Domestic violence call results in numerous charges

A 44-year-old Payson man is facing numerous charges after initially being arrested Sunday night on domestic violence charges.

Scout teamwork

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.

Students honored for being responsible, respectful and safe

Principal Robert Varner recently honored the student council of Julia Randall Elementary School with a special award.

Sidewinders infested with pool sharks

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.

Music, play help pre-kindergartners build skills

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.

Registration for incoming high school freshmen begins next week

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.

Head Start enrollment

Payson's Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year.

Grandparent support

Funds are now available to grandparents of any age who are responsible for raising their grandchild or grandchildren in their home.

GCSO plans Citizens Police Academy

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.

Apply now for Choral Society scholarships

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.

Spay/neuter assistance programs offered

The Payson Humane Society is proud to offer two spay/neuter assistance programs, in conjunction with Spay Day USA.

'Crisis Care Kits' campaign under way

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

Grover Cleveland Moncrief, 94, died Feb. 5, 2007 at the Payson Care Center.

125th anniversary logo winner to be announced

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.

Exciting year of events planned at Payson library


January marked the five-year anniversary of being in our current facility. My, how time flies.

5-year airport improvement plan approved


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.

Gallery turns acquaintances into friends

February's featured artists at Artists of the Rim Gallery share a love of the landscapes of the Southwest.

Homer Bierwirth

Homer Bierwirth, 74, died Jan. 29, 2007 following heart failure.

Irving Berlin's music featured in upcoming concert

The Tonto Community Concert Association will feature the music of Irving Berlin in a revue-style program Saturday night.

Applicants wanted for Pine/Strawberry district fire board

The Pine/Strawberry Fire District Governing Board is searching.

Star Valley residents now need dog licenses

A new dog licensing procedure is in effect for the town of Star Valley.

Pinewood Derby sponsors needed

Boy Scout Troop 354 is having its annual business class Pinewood Derby.

Star Valley approves two programs for senior citizens

The Star Valley town council approved two programs that will benefit senior citizens of the town.

Town wants public to vote on goals for 2007/08

The Payson Town Council looked at more than 30 proposed objectives Thursday morning for the 2007-2008 Corporate Strategic Plan.

If you need help, help yourself

Congratulations to Ms. Colbertson's daughter on her two degrees, which I am sure she worked hard for.

Thank you for coming to Humane Society's rescue

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.

Author has little knowledge of our government

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.

County spending out of control

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.

Pre-council prayers can transcend religion

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.

Two bring home big win from tournament


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.

Next fire board meeting will affect all district residents


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.

Volunteers come together for Village water


The weather has been just about perfect this week, the sun has been shining and the temperatures have been in the upper ‘60s.

How to get started with clicker training


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.

New Rim Club chef loves exotic foods

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

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

Hazel A. Walker-Jones-Nicholson, 81, of Pine, died Jan. 29, 2007 in Payson.

Beth Champie Leeds

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.

Jails committee inspects facility inadequacies

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.

Council updated on Blue Ridge progress

The Payson Town Council Thursday night received an overview of the C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) from its beginning to the future.

Vandalism on the increase in Payson

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

Patty Jean Rinehart, of Payson, died Feb. 5, 2007. She was 88 years old.

Tonto Natural Bridge park renovations begin Monday

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is getting a face-lift thanks to state-funded construction improvements beginning next Monday.

Steps to consider when a loved one dies


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.

The time to change your mind is before it's too late


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.

Saturday's fireworks, parade will celebrate Arizona's birthday


Happy Birthday, Arizona. Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, is the big celebration in Pine for the 95th birthday of the State of Arizona.

Weekend's third annual Outdoor Rendezvous best yet

The third annual Outdoors Rendezvous turned into an overwhelming success, drawing thousands of spectators from around the state, including the Valley.

Don't chase them away, teach them to make better decisions

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.

Teen wins McDowell Mountain Meltdown title

Teenager Daniel Conley has returned to the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona racing series with a vengeance.

Suspended player set to return to team

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?

Tonight decides the fate for state

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.

Local speller advances to state bee

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.

School leader candidates down to 4

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.

Leading with prayer

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.

A perfect place to write


Noble Collins has found his favorite place, Payson, to practice one of his favorite hobbies, writing.

First deer

Tyus Sarnowski, 11, of Payson, harvested his first whitetail deer on Dec. 22, 2006.

Brooklyn Marie Conti

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

Macenzie Rose Weller was born at 7:58 a.m. Jan. 22, 2007 to Justin Weller and Dannell Laursen.

Emily Hurtado Valenzuela

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

Maddox Aiden Whitt was born at 9:07 p.m. Jan. 22, 2007 to Heather Whitt at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Many answer shelter's cry for help


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.

4-H competitors learn a lot at horse show

Show horses can have fake tails.

Tuesday, February 6

Take a hike

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.

The Battle of Five Caves


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.

Together forever: Secrets of a long marriage


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.

To keep your old photos safe, take precautions


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.

What a deal


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.

Be mine: Valentines through time


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.

Asparagus can be simple treat or elegant dish


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

Eighth-graders to begin planning for high school

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.

Cuppy's Coffee takes over Java Jo'z

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.

Chamber sponsors 15th Annual Business Showcase

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 bank hires new manager

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.

Coach integrated Rim Country outings with urban basketball program

The Tucson High School coach who integrated Rim Country summer outings and Payson tournament play into his basketball program retired Feb. 1.

Wrestling team takes 10 to state

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.

Buy now: Tickets for region tournament will sell fast

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 place Payson among best in region

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.

Payson right place, right time for surgeon

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

Arthur "Art" C. Pullen of Payson, died Feb. 3, in Payson. He was 83 years old.

Star Valley council to vote on aid for elderly

Star Valley senior citizens will have some helpful programs on the way if the town council approves them.

Feedback accepted for Tonto Basin grazing allotment

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.

Student wins science fair by osmosis

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 is the month of the terrible 2s


February, the second month of the year, is kind of like a small child going through that stage known as the terrible 2s.

German exchange student glides through junior year

Ask lanky 16-year-old Payson High School junior, Christoph Bruhn, what class he finds the toughest and he will admit it is calculus.

All-American sandwich

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.

Town image begins with neighborhoods, task force says

The Beautification Task Force outlined four items it needs to work on for the future at a Monday afternoon meeting.

Community Kids try their hand at sculpture

A green alligator lies in wait on Dean Shields' coffee table.

Max Foster does not have a prejudiced bone in his body

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.

Purse returned

I would like to publicly thank the anonymous gentleman who found my purse at Wal-Mart and was so kind to turn it in.

Speed limit should be raised on back roads

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.

Group helps with feral cats

I have been monitoring a feral colony established in 2003 by a rather popular feral female cat who took up residency in our community.

If you don't like animals, move to the city

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."

Those who point finger may not know entire story

I am writing in response to William Clayton's letter on Jan. 23.

Ordinance may draw wrong kind of publicity

Hopefully, Payson will give careful consideration to how it handles illegal immigrants.

Thank you for taking stand against illegal immigrants

Hooray for all the Payson citizens who are finally standing up and saying "No illegals in Payson."

Should our local government be asked to fund nonprofits?

On Friday night, Fireside Espresso was packed to standing room only with people gathered to support the Payson Humane Society.

Register early for Women's Wellness Forum

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."

Trial date not set for man accused of killing roommate

The 20-year-old former Payson resident accused of killing his roommate in Tempe in July made a brief court appearance Friday morning.

Water line breaks, residents without water Friday

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.

La Voz picks up story on immigration ordinance

"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.

Sex offender formed local skate team

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.

Photo Gallery: Hashknife Pony Express Riders 2007

A collection of photos from the Hashknife Pony Express riders' annual visit to Rim Country. Includes staff and reader-submitted photos.

Family Computer Night first Mondays at JRE

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.

Wrestlerettes need help traveling to state

Among the Payson High School wrestlerettes' goals is to support the Longhorns in their quest to win a state wrestling championship.

Lady Horns derail Cougars, 58-37

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

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.

Plan early for Valentine's Day

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

Do you know where your investments are?


You can lose your gloves. You can lose your keys. But you would never lose track of your investments, would you?

Sorry to hear about family that experienced racism

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.

Lightening up a little makes life more amusing


It occurred to me today, after reading the paper and getting too uptight, that I've been taking life too seriously lately.

Don't fight Super Bowl Sunday, ladies


Valentine's Day is the day when a huge outpouring of love and contrition comes rushing forward from men. Super Bowl is why.

Some plants enjoy the warm blanket of snow


The countryside is so beautiful when covered with a white blanket of snow. Take time to stand and stare.

Animals learn faster through positive reinforcement


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.

February offers plenty of activities to keep you busy


It is impossible to believe that we are now into the second month of the New Year.

Hashknife hands off at Creekside in flurry of snow


The Hashknife Pony Express made their 49th ride from Holbrook to Payson Wednesday afternoon. They exchanged mailbags in front of Creekside Restaurant.

Tonto Village looks like a postcard after snowfall


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.

Competitive bass fishing gains ground


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.

Snow postpones game

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.

Announcing the winner of the recent cage fight

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.

Writer better hope he never needs help

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.

Scare tactics used in Pine cat shooting

It's time to stop the terror being spread, in this paper, by a Pine resident.

Club sets goal to raise $30,000 for area children

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.

Home burglaries on the rise

Burglaries in the Payson area have almost doubled over the past year while the number of thefts have decreased.

Warm winter hiking

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keven Alberto Dorame Galindo was born at 9:51 p.m. Jan. 27, 2007 to Jorge and Janin at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Longhorns noticed for sportsmanship

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.

Movie audiences flock to films of faith

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.

Leading man in a real-life Western

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.

Lady Horns nip Jackets 45-43

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.

Longhorns coast to victory against Blue Ridge, 74-48

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.

APS has help available for low-income residents

There are a variety of programs offered by APS to help pay the electric bill during the expensive months of winter.

Cellular 911 procedures a bit different than landline 911

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.

Star Valley mayor proud of town's progress

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."

Star Valley creates town services directory

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."

Eagle Scout

Nathan Randau, 14, will have his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Monday, Feb, 5, at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

Archie R. George

Archie R. George, 85, died Jan. 25, 2007 in Boulder City, Nev.

Sports reporter's record, past overpower rumor

I'm disappointed. I'm sitting here at my desk in disbelief.

Design committee would steer appearance of town

The Payson Town Council Thursday night discussed an ordinance that could lead to a design and review board for the town.

5 finalists chosen to replace Myers

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.

Longhorns face tough first round at state

The luck of the draw wasn't in Payson's cards when the Class 3A state basketball tournament brackets were dealt.

Feline Formalities: Introducing a new cat


When adopting a new cat to add to an existing cat hierarchy, what is the best way to go about it?

Greywater a great environmental and economic solution

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.

Despite snow, cold, crowd turns out for Hashknife

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.

Disappointed that athletes didn't get recognition

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.

The true cost when you can't pay

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.

Church briefs

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.