Stories for July 2007

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Tuesday, July 31

First art show for pen-and-ink artist

PAYSON ARTS

At age 18, Tyler Kilbourne is probably the youngest artist in any Rim Country gallery.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Fun film with great messages

I just finished reading the seventh Harry Potter book, and after the intensity the final installment of Harry Potter, I dearly welcomed the soothing embrace of Adam Sandler's comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry."

Hairspray

Travolta as Edna is worth admission

I was eager to see this remake of the 1988 John Water's classic, campy movie, which later evolved into a Broadway musical winning multiple Tony Awards in 2003 including "Best Musical." Perhaps even more so I was really anxious to see how John Travolta was going to pull off being a rather rotund, middle age housewife and the mother to a teenage girl.

The death of Delshay

BACK WHEN

In March of 1873, Crook's Army, led by the scout C. C. Cooley and his White Mountain Indian company, had captured a Tonto woman and forced her to show them where the Tonto warriors were hiding out.

Artists and patrons celebrate 15 years in Myra's Gallery

COVER STORY

Myra Kraemer has turned the key in the door to her gallery at least 3,900 mornings over the past 15 years.

Just a six-hour drive to fabulous Las Vegas

TRAVEL TALK

We all know Las Vegas as the casino capital of North America. It has also become known for many other attractions to enjoy while not playing the tables and slot machines.

Monday, July 30

Franklin Charles Woods

Franklin Charles Woods, 65, died July 7, 2007 in Tucson. He was born Aug. 25, 1941 in Syracuse, Kan.

Wanda Kay Owens

Wanda Kay Owens, 64, died July 18, 2007 in Payson. She was born on July 8, 1943 in Mexico, Auxvasse, Mo.

Jack Richard Nap

Jack Richard Nap, 86, died in Payson, July 24, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Muriel "Merle" (Shores) McCabe

Muriel "Merle" (Shores) McCabe, 93, of Payson, formerly of Tempe, died July 27, 2007.

Local sculptor participates in world's largest outdoor sculpture show

Don Harmon, of Payson, will be featured in the 16th Annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale, the largest outdoor sculpture show in the world, on Aug. 10, 11 and 12 in Loveland, Colo.

Head Start enrolling

Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2007-2008 program year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and children with disabilities. This is a government program that serves 3- to 5-year-olds and do not charge any fees for our services.

Command changes at Cruise Port Travel

There is a new command team at Cruise Port Travel. Kelly and Carol Watts have just purchased the company from Ralph Schessler.

Card shower

The children of Genevieve Watson will be honoring her on her 90th birthday, Aug. 18 with a card shower.

Locks of Love

Riley Akre, the granddaughter of Herman and Marilyn Holtz, recently donated 10 inches of hair to "Locks of Love."

Jaxon Eli Pettet

Jaxon Eli Pettet was born June 13, 2007 at 7:40 p.m. in Lawton, Okla. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Remy Suzanne Light

Remy Suzanne Light was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Byron and Sara Light on July 2, 2007 at 12:52 p.m.

Emily Marie Heron

Emily Marie Heron was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Rick and Lori on July 8, 2007 at 9:37 AM.

Lundholm, Prock to wed

The families of Kelly Carmel Lundholm and Jared Steven Prock announce their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Buddy and Robin Morris of Payson and Dick and Penny Lundholm of St. George, Utah.

College close to choosing new dean

The governing board of the Gila Community College District is close to choosing a new dean.

New low-level herbicide proposed for weed killing

Tonto National Forest is proposing to use what they call relatively low-level herbicide sprays to remove weeds.

Payson girl has Miss Teen Arizona pageant dreams

Lacy Donovan will be one of more than 70 competitors in the 2008 Miss Arizona Teen USA pageant October 2007.

Teen to represent Rim Country in pageant

Autumn Staszak didn't want to wake up someday with regrets.

New senior board sets goals

There is a fresh, new ‘buzz' of energy in the ‘old' building at 514 W. Main Street! Essential services of Meals on Wheels and Transportation are primary goals for the new board members seated on July 3.

PRMC offers pain management services

Payson Regional Medical Center now has a specialist to help area residents manage their pain.

Saving the water

I just finished reading the Roundup dated July 20. Better late than never... The lead column refers to "Conference center, hotel, to move forward." Inside I read Street Talk, "What do you do to conserve water."

Kindermusik classes offered this fall

In response to requests to increase cultural offerings for Payson residents, Payson Parks and Recreation is again offering Kindermusik classes this fall, in cooperation with Gila Community College.

People need to be educated about drug use

Response to: "Government could collect tax dollars on legalized marijuana" (Roundup -- July 24'07)

Things they don't want you to know

Let's set the record straight. Near the end of the last (pun) Little Ice Age, MTB was the miraculous solution to pollution, or so they thought, those of the same mentality are about to embark on the same stupidity once again.

Community needs water not misleading information

My name is Jim Richey and I am a new member of the Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District Board (PSWID).

Response to editorial about ethics policy

As chair of the citizens' task force on ethics, I am compelled to respond to your editorial in the July 27 issue of the Roundup.

Bicycle riders need to follow rules of the road

Summer playtime for school-aged children is winding down, but that does not mean that drivers of cars and trucks can be any less vigilant when it comes to watching out for bicycle riders -- children and adults.

Main Street art, antique walk is Friday

Phones have been ringing up and down Main Street, as folks seek information on the next First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk.

Richard B. "Jiggs" Hardt

Richard B. "Jiggs" Hardt, 87, of Payson, died July 27, 2007.

Successful, busy off-season wraps for Lady Longhorn team

A busy off-season that included tournaments, camps, open gym and practice sessions has wound down for Lady Longhorn basketball coach Grant Coley and his players.

Enjoy while you can, gas prices dropping

Prices at the pump have headed down for the ninth consecutive week, AAA Arizona reported on July 26.

Tragic accident claims two

Two Pine residents died tragically as a result of a five-car accident Thursday afternoon on Highway 87.

Mayor probes chamber accountability

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards said he is looking for accountability in regards to the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.

Laura Meyocks to defend President's Cup title

Laura Meyocks will be out to defend her title as President's Cup champion when the prestigious tournament is played Aug. 7 and 9 at Payson Golf Course.

Teen to race for Gracie Haught Memorial

Teenager Amber Marshall is among those eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Gracie Haught Children's Memorial Fund benefits, which will include barrel racing, team roping and a host of family activities.

Little League season is final one for Belcher

Tom Belcher wrapped up his stint as Payson's Little League Major Division (11-12-years) all-star coach with a second-place finish in district tournament.

Pursuit of state title started

Pursuit of Payson High School's third state championship kicked off yesterday morning on Longhorn field with two-a-day practice sessions.

New challenge grant will help humane society building fund

Animal lovers around the Rim Country are being challenged to help the Payson Humane Society qualify for another matching funds offer.

Thursday, July 26

Rotarians donate soccer scoreboard

The Rotary Club of Payson is donating a soccer scoreboard to the Town of Payson.

Isabella Diane Stewart

Isabella Diane Stewart was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Chris and Lynda on June 29, 2007 at 3:57 p.m.

Trey Santana

Trey Santana was born to Shad and Stephanie at 6:38 p.m. June 10, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Samuel Logan daCosta

Samuel Logan daCosta was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Bret and Tracy daCosta on June 25, 2007 at 10:45 p.m.

Luke Edwin Vixie

Luke Edwin Vixie was born to Matthew and Heather Vixie at 10:39 a.m. June 6, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Michael Edward Williams

Michael Edward Williams was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Michael and Stephanie on June 19, 2007 at 2:50 p.m.

Meyocks Hiller graduates

Sarah Morgan Meyocks Hiller has earned her associate of arts degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Finnman, McKee engaged

Dan and Vicki Finnman of Phoenix, formerly of Payson, announce the engagement of their daughter Kirstin, to Tyson McKee, son of Mike and Teri McKee of Payson.

Bobb, Reid to wed

Arleen and Dale Bobb of Payson, and Wendy Bowden are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Bobb, to Keith Reid of Tulsa, Okla.

Many ways to support shelter

ADOPTION OPTIONS

There are a lot of great fund-raising ideas that come from "The Friends of Payson Humane Society."

Church briefs

Pastor Terry Glaze and TEEN's from Enid, Okla. will be coming to minister to adults and youth from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 28 at Payson Living Word Bible Church, 94 Cornerstone Way (across from Lumbermens).

DaVita signs 10-year lease for dialysis center

The contract with Rim Country Health and Retirement Community and DaVita Renal Care Group has been signed on the dotted line and it looks like it is official -- Payson will have a dialysis center.

Speed along your financial independence and retirement

FINANCIAL FOCUS

A few weeks ago, we observed the Fourth of July in true Payson style.

Badly needed rain causes road damage

DISTRICT CHATTER

We all hoped and prayed for rain, and when it finally came, it caused damage to the newly rebuilt road to Camp Geronimo.

Community room gets face-lift

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

Fourteen residents showed up bright and early Tuesday morning to give the community room at the fire hall a face-lift, and they did a great job.

Fireflies meet to plan Labor Day bash

TONTO VILLAGE

The top story this week in Tonto Village is divided between the fantastic rainfall that we have had, an inch and a half, said resident Charlie Terry, and the addition of the new fire engine to the fire district.

Antique shop owner's roots reach to days before statehood

PAYSON PEOPLE

Payson antique store owner Bruce Itule's family came to Arizona before it was even a state. "The family, as far as being here in Arizona, dates back to pre-statehood days, we have been here since about 1900."

Stepping up

Count on Rim Country Red Cross volunteers

Residents and visitors of the Rim Country have someone to turn to in an emergency.

Seminar attracts trainers from all over the world

FOCUS ON PETS

The World Canine Freestyle Conference and Competition in Greeley, Colo., is now history. The seminars were amazing and enlightening, and hopefully I will be able to share some of this valuable information with others who are interested in training their dog in a way that is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding for both the dog and the trainer.

Free prostate screening this weekend

The Prostate On-site Project screening unit will be in Payson at the Rim Country Mall July 28.

Cowboy brings metaphors to music

Andy Hersey is a singer-songwriter who likes to credit his audience with intelligence.

Clay Sopeland and 20 Paces rock under Saturday's stars

The Rim Country's own Clay Sopeland and 20 Paces will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28 for the final performance of the 2007 Concert Under the Stars series in Green Valley Park.

Time to play: Tonto Forest fire restrictions lifted

As of yesterday, all fire restrictions in Tonto National Forest have been lifted.

PHS grad sentenced to nine years for robberies

Former Payson resident, 25-year-old Benjamin G. Gartner was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in three bank robberies last year, said Wyn Hornbuckle, public affairs officer with the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona.

College media class looking for students

Course offers introduction into print, video production

A class to introduce students to the basics of news and documentary production is being offered at the Payson Campus of Gila Community College this fall.

SV Council shows off new town hall to public today

Star Valley officials officially moved into and began operations out of the new town hall building last week.

Striping work completed on Moonlight Drive

One of the main drags in Star Valley has made history, as far as roads are concerned. It is striped at last.

Star Valley Council 'protects water' with ordinance

An ordinance that puts restrictions on water withdrawals from publicly or privately owned wells in Star Valley and establishes penalties for violation of the term set forth in the ordinance was passed 6-0 by the Star Valley Council at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Joseph James Pasanella

Joseph James Pasanella, of Cherry, Ariz. and formerly of Payson, died July 23, 2007. He was born Sept. 16, 1935 in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. The son of Laura and Joseph Pasanella, he was extremely proud of his Italian heritage and upbringing.

Daniel Wayne Gurd

Payson resident Daniel Wayne Gurd died July 21, 2007 after a lifelong battle with diabetes. He was born June 4, 1985 at Payson Regional Medical Center and was raised in Strawberry. He attended Pine-Strawberry School.

Doris Bell

Doris Bell, 90, of Payson, died July 22, 2007. She was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Decatur, Ill.Doris Bell, 90, of Payson, died July 22, 2007. She was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Decatur, Ill.

Lumberjack volleyball camp

The Northern Arizona Lumberjack volleyball camp wraps up today, Friday.

Fall hunt draw for deer, turkey, javelina, sheep completed

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

The draw results for the rest of the fall hunts are in for deer, turkey, javelina, and sheep.

Bill McKenna on top of men's golf leader board after first round

First-round results of the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup championships have been completed.

Storage condo construction

Russ Robertson, left, and Larry White steady the prefabricated wall as Steve Volk, up on the scaffold, nails one corner to a section of wall already in place.

Payson Leadership Academy deadline nears

Ever wanted to run for council or learn about the inner workings of the local government?

Mayor wants county money to help town

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards wants the Gila County Board of Supervisors to provide some county funds to compensate Payson for county residents' use of the Multi Event Center.

New judicial facilities to bear GVRA in mind

The Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee will play a large role in the establishment of the renovated justice facilities on the corner of Main Street and Highway 87. Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin visited with the GVRA yesterday, Thursday, answering questions of the committee concerning the new jail and courthouse project.

Archaeology museum out of building on Main Street

The Museum of Rim Country Archaeology will soon be out of commission and closing its doors. A proposed lease agreement that would have allowed the MRCA to remain on Main Street in its current location was unanimously turned down by the Payson Womans Club on Tuesday.

Young hospice patient had his two dreams fulfilled

Daniel Gurd wanted two things before he died -- to see a Diamondbacks game and meet Randy Johnson. His wishes came true.

Cooka runs to state games honor

A 77-year-old Rim Country long distance runner has won the prestigious APS Power Player Award.

Former Payson VB star off to Bridgeport

Britney Owens to play for east coast college

Coaches are singing the praises of former Lady Longhorn three-sport star Britney Owens, as she prepares to join the University of Bridgeport volleyball team.

Jack Morris tourney had full field

The Jack Morris Memorial Golf tournament was highlighted by the play of Buddy Morris, Jared Prock, Kevin Kelley and Dave Herbert, who won the fray with a card of 21 under par.

LL All-stars season ends with 2-2 tourney mark

A 12-8 win over perennial powerhouse Arrowhead capped the Payson Little League all-star team's run into the state tournament.

What's up?

Q: The Payson High School is charging students $50 for a parking pass this upcoming year. Where is the money going?

Pine fire chief not a good leader

This is concerning your article "Embattled Pine fire chief reinstated."

Thanks to all those who helped with golf tournament

CarQuest Auto Parts would like to thank all of those who helped make our 5th Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament a success:

Response to Citizens Task Force criticism

Hats off to anyone who takes the time to serve in public office, especially the Payson Town Council.

Life is too precious to think about suicide

I have been hearing about numerous people committing suicide, so I looked back to an article written on the matter and was very disturbed at how many people had taken their own lives in 2003.

Mail carrier provided extra service to patrons

I would like to respond to the opinion submitted by Dave Kelley (Bonita Creek) entitled "Whatever happened to service at the Payson Post Office?" which ran in the July 13, issue.

Pine-Strawberry water issues heat up

Approximately 150 landowners and interested parties filled the Pine Cultural Center last Sunday afternoon at the invitation of a group called Rim Country Water (RCW), a group of concerned citizens and business owners. The attendance reflected strong community support for the efforts of the group concerning water issues.

Arguments just smoke and mirrors

All this business about the K2 well and Strawberry not getting a fair share of the water and PSWID intentionally doing harm to Strawberry's residents is just gibberish.

A thank you to only you who can prevent forest fires

Every summer, across Arizona, you hear the same familiar messages. Decades ago, it was the tried and true, "Remember, only you can prevent forest fires," from a deep-voiced and rather large, imposing Smokey Bear.

Ethics policy details need to be examined

An intense and detailed ethics policy for the Town of Payson is being proposed that scripts much of a town councilor's and employee's actions.

Tuesday, July 24

Mendel gets the credit, but farmers did the work

EDGE OF PAYSON

OK class, who remembers Gregor Mendel? Here's a quick refresher:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

AT THE MOVIES

First off, I must admit I have never read any of the several Harry Potter books.

Competitive bee buzzes for Rim literacy

The Executives have come up with 10 challenging-to-spell words that have to do with the realty profession, for the Rim Country Literacy Spelling Bee Aug. 4.

Custom guitar craftsman plays music under the stars

COVER STORY

Clay Sopeland is a music man on two levels.

Rim Country's famous feuds

RIM COUNTRY HISTORY

I was talking with someone the other day about the Star Valley-Payson water issue and they were asking me about other water stories in Rim Country's history. I think there had to have been some, I know of one where I live, but when I think of Rim Country feuds, past water issues are not what come to mind.

Add a little spice to a weekend night -- host a cooking club

IN THE KITCHEN

Instead of spending another night at a noisy, crowded restaurant, why not partner with a group of friends to take turns hosting a delicious meal at home? Cooking clubs, often called supper clubs or dinner clubs, are a great way to bring people together for a night of good food and good company.

Broken hand does not stop artist

PAYSON ARTS

In the darkness of Feb. 18, artist Joy Layson looked at her left hand hanging at a 45-degree angle to her wrist. She had tripped on a concrete tire barrier and fell.

Monday, July 23

What's up?

Q: How long will it take for APS to provide a redundant power path into Gisela?

High school registration

School starts for all Payson High School students Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 8:20 a.m. and dismisses at 3:24 p.m.

Rodeo parade entries wanted

The 2007 "August Doin's" Rodeo Parade will be held Aug. 19.

Bowling teams sought for charity event

Bison Homes presents the sixth annual Bowl for Kids Sake event.

Local inventor signs contract with EMI

The millions of songs soon to be available in Kevin Bailey's musical library won't fit on an iPod. Instead, they appear as digitized sheet music.

Chrisy's Cottage celebrates a year of growth

Chrisy's Cottage has tripled in size during its first year of operation. And owner Chrisy Wickstrom is celebrating that growth with an anniversary event.

First chance to see Cardinals in preseason will be July 29

Rim Country football fans best chance for a free, up-close and personal look at the Arizona Cardinals in preseason training will be at two upcoming practices and scrimmages.

Fishing activity heating up

Rory Aikens, an old friend from the 1980s, when we both worked for the White Mountain Independent in Show Low, says Rim Country lakes should be producing good numbers of trout.

Two-a-days start July 30 for Payson

A highly successful preseason football camp has set the stage for a July 30 kick off of two-a-day practice sessions and the onset of the 2007 gridiron season.

No final four for LL stars

Payson Little League manager Eddie Duran summed up his team's postseason plight by saying "there will be no final-four this year."

Volleyball off to early start with camp

The 2007 volleyball season got off to an early start yesterday, Monday, at the Northern Arizona University Lady Lumberjack camp held in Wilson Dome.

Charles L. Weber

Charles L. Weber died July 20, 2007 after a long illness. He was born Aug. 12, 1925 in Altoona, Pa.

Norma Adele Keith

Norma Adele Keith, 80, died July 22, 2007. She was born Sept. 23, 1926 in McAllen, Texas, the daughter of the late Josephine and Colonel W.L. Rutan.

Stephen Charles Golliglee

Stephen Charles Golliglee, 65, died at his home in Payson, Ariz., Thursday, July 19, 2007.

Gladys M. Beahm

Gladys M. Beahm, 94, of Payson, died July 19, 2007.

Dee L. Anderson

Dee L. Anderson, 95, died at his home on July 5, 2007.

Briggs, Clifton-DuPont wed

Arita Jo Briggs and Dallas Lindsay Clifton-DuPont were wed April 14, 2007.

Taylor, Tsosie wed

Amber Taylor and Arnold Tsosie were married at the Garden of Love Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. on July 1, 2007.

Cautions issued for monsoon season

Gila County Division of Health and Community Services and APS have both issued cautions for the monsoon season.

Payson Senior Center activities

The following activities are offered at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Food choices, alternative techniques foster healing

Holistic health practitioner Rosemary Alden offers a comprehensive approach to wellness that incorporates mental, physical and energetic healing.

Car wash

Sierra Hatch, left, and Cherie Mallan rinse the soap off Caroline Moore's truck Saturday during a fund-raising car wash for the Living Word Bible Church at the Circle K in Star Valley.

Census figures under scrutiny

I must answer Tom Garrett's letter, in Mail Call on July 20, which was very critical of the census figures I used in my July 13 letter.

Government could collect tax dollars on legalized marijuana

I'm writing about Max Foster's story: "1,656 marijuana plants found in raid" (July 7). The marijuana destroyed will soon be replaced -- it always is. If any marijuana growers are arrested, they will also soon be replaced -- they always are.

Predicting the end of animal husbandry as we know it

In her letter, "Seeing the world from the lobster's point of view," Susan Oliver of Pine, I think, has asked a question that troubles many thoughtful people.

Family grateful for support during difficult time

The DeVaney family would like to thank everyone for their support during our most difficult time.

Thanks for the stories about young people

My hubby and I moved to Payson in '94. Of course, we loved it and wanted to know as much as we could about Payson so we started the Payson Roundup.

Aug. 4 high school reunion to be first of many

Thank you so much for advertising the Payson High School Class of 1960-69 reunion. The response has been overwhelming.

Check facts before expressing an opinion

Other than possibly an improper cite of an Arizona Revised Statute, I could find no facts by Ms. Winandy (Newspaper should check its facts,uly 17 )o dispute what the Payson Roundup had publishedoncerning the water problems in Pine, Brooke Utilities, the proposed well site in Strawberry and the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement district.

Gossip is a big problem

I am a proud member of The Strawberry Patchers Quilters Guild. There are a few businesses in Pine who have lost a lot of business, because they listened to gossip.

Common sense lacking at lakes

I've been going fishing at Woods Canyon Lake for several years. On a recent outing with my wife, I was discouraged by the amount of trash on the shoreline, carelessly discarded and left for the next person to look at, no doubt.

Together, the city, chamber and PREDC can accomplish

The town council's expansion of the Main Street program into a department level position to help promote tourism and economic vitality has promise, but it needs to work hand in hand with already established tourism and economic development programs.

Football sign up

Dave, left, and David Bullard sign up for this seasons Youth Football League at Rumsey Park Saturday, July 21.

No consolidation for small rural school districts

The consolidation of Pine, Strawberry and Tonto Basin school districts into one single Payson Unified School District will not be on November's ballot.

Pine water search plan prioritized

The search for new water in the Pine area will continue.

Lightning-caused fire destroys home

Home is complete loss, damage estimated at $700,000, says Payson Fire Department official

Home is complete loss, damage estimated at $700,000, says Payson Lightning from Saturday's strong storm ignited a house fire, causing more than $700,000 in damage to the structure.

Popular slide will be removed from Rumsey

Meeting safety standards is biggest concern

Seven-year-old Rachel Wright and her mother ReAnn Wright share a common affection for the old rocket slide at Rumsey Park.

Thursday, July 19

Mildred Maxine Furnas

Mildred Maxine Furnas died July 16, 2007, in Mesa. She was born May 30, 1932, in Tucson, to Ada Belle (Stone) and Earl Griffin Brown Sr.

Find ‘Goldilocks Solution' for managing retirement income

FINANCIAL FOCUS

To enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you need to take a hard look at reality. But that doesn't mean you can't learn something from a fairy tale.

Heritage cake is the icing on Payson's 125th

One big cake, made up of many little cakes, will be the "icing" on Payson's 125th Celebration in October. Called a "Heritage Cake," this big cake will bring back memories for some of the Old Families, and will hopefully share some culture with those who are not from the Old Families.

Save when you adopt in July

ADOPTION OPTIONS

It's a very important time at Payson Humane Society right now.

Concerned citizens to address water situation at July 22 meeting

PINE-STRAWBERRY

Driving through the mountains of Colorado, some significant differences from Arizona are easily noted. The creeks and streams have water in them and even though there has been a drought, there is lots of green.

Retrofitted fire engine is new to Station 61

TONTO VILLAGE

This week has been busy for the Snyder family, our son, Bill Snyder, his wife Shari and my grandchildren, Brian, Gatlyn and Christian, are visiting us from Yuma. We have been showing them all the sights and we plan to take them to the Zane Grey cabin at Green Valley Park and up to Strawberry to see the School House.

Creek homeowners raise $77K for firebreak

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

On Tuesday, July 24, they will be painting the inside of the fire hall. If you can help out, wear something old and show up and help give it a new face-lift.

Storytime at the library now on TV

Rachael and Jacqueline Williams and Elizabeth and Chrissy Thornton listen as Harry Kuperberg reads "Duck On A Bike" during the storytime, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Payson Public Library.

There's still a lot that we don't know

YOUR TURN

As most people do, I suppose, I used to take anything I heard in a science classroom as being the plain, unvarnished truth. But one day in college, sitting in a physics classroom, I changed my mind.

Consider the consequences of breeding for extremes

FOCUS ON PETS

A couple of weeks ago, this column discussed a documentary that appeared on Channel 8 titled "Dogs that Changed the World." The first segment was "The Rise of the Dog." The second, "Dogs by Design" is the focus on this week's column.

Preseason fitness, scouting, keys to hunting success

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

Archery deer season is right around the corner, starting on Aug. 24, in the units along the Mogollon Rim.

The Comfort of Canyons

Harding Springs Trail perfect introduction to Sedona

Located in Oak Creek Canyon northeast of Sedona, the Harding Springs Trail offers visitors excellent views of the colorful and sculptured west side of the canyon that contains the creek at its base that gave the area its name.

Harold B. Patterson

Harold B. Patterson died July 16, 2007 in Pine. The sixth child of Edwin and Celeste Patterson, he was born June 15, 1937 in Pine.

Lacey A. Oldland

Lacey A. Oldland, 26, died in a tragic horseback riding accident on the Oldland family Piceance Creek ranch near Meeker, Colo. Lacey Andrea Balmer was born Aug. 3, 1980 in Payson, the daughter of Glen Balmer and Lynn Deckard Gardner.

Letter did not address the real water issue

LFR is claiming that, as a result of running the Tower Well for nine hours a week, "the Sky Run 1 well ... will run dry in eight months."

U.S. Census bureau disagrees with Gordon Metcalf

Erin Turner's July 3 article stating that the population of Payson grew by 9.60 percent was challenged in a letter to the editor by Gordon Metcalf on July 13.

County facilities: Payson campus appraisal

I'm giving you fair warning -- this article is as dry as our forest, it is very apt to make your eyes glaze over and could go so far as to put you to sleep.

This week dedicated to recognition of probation professionals

On July 10, the Gila County Board of Supervisors proclaimed this week -- July 15-21 -- to be observed as Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week.

Pro-life activists can be proud of recent legislative session

Pro-life people can be thankful for several victories won recently in defense of the unborn.

Globe does not need a bigger, better courthouse

Wait a minute. I just re-read the guest comment article by our County Supervisor Tommie Martin in the July 10 issue of the Payson Roundup. This part jumped out at me, and I quote, "A new Criminal Justice Center is recommended to be built on the Globe campus, with a total cost estimated to be at $7.75 million. The total estimated expenditures for the Globe campus would be right at $13.65 million." (This includes the Globe jail expansion.)

Successful auction reinforces belief in people of Payson

The Payson Humane Society recently held an auction to benefit our building fund. It was very gratifying to witness the number of people who pulled together to make this event a success.

Roundup has new editor

I began my newspaper career as a photojournalist and moved into an editor's role by chance when my editor left and the publisher kept coming back to me, asking me to take the job. Finally, I did, and I have been an editor, managing editor, assistant publisher, publisher and photojournalist ever since.

AIMS test shows Payson students improve

70 percent of PHS students exceed reading, writing standards

Payson students are not only doing well, but getting better by the year at reading and writing, according to the results of the 2007 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

Man walks across Southwest for peace

Brother North Star is a one man walking campaign for peace.

Well proposal fuels possible recall

Corporation board hearing requested

The opposition to the proposed K2 well in Strawberry could lead to a recall campaign against members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board.

Swingin' to the sound

Dressed smartly in black pants and white shirts, the 23 members of the Sonoran Swing Band will fill the stage of Green Valley Park this Saturday.

Conference center, hotel to move forward

The beginning stages of a project that could increase tourism to Payson are under way.

Peggy Jean Collins

Peggy Jean Collins, 63, of Tempe, died July 11, 2007 after a short, hard fight with lung cancer. She was born in Chestera, Pa. to Eugene and Marget Bowers.

Christopher Scott Bullman

Christopher Scott "Spark Plugg" Bullman died July 4, 2007 in Lake Arrowhead, Texas. He was born Aug. 7, 1981 in Livermore, Calif.

Erma Bedell

Erma Bedell, 79, of Payson, died July 12, 2007, at the home of her daughter.

Pump prices: The rising price of safety

Along with sunshine, summer days herald increased traffic and higher prices at the pump. Inflated gas prices affect not only travelers, but also policemen who ensure the safety of Arizona's roadways.

Volunteers needed to help foster children in Gila County

The Gila County Foster Care Review Board is currently looking for volunteers to be board members.

TCCA plans eight concerts for 2007-2008

The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing back old favorites, celebrating the music of the past and introducing new acts in its 29th season.

Renovations finished: Star Valley upgrades town hall digs

Star Valley town officials have a new home. Well, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., anyway.

Apache-Sitgreaves smoking, campfire restrictions lifted by Forest officials

Smoking and campfire restrictions were lifted Friday morning at on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Three-car accident sends woman to Payson hospital

An elderly woman was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, after a three-car collision, across the Beeline from Wal-Mart.

A Christian teen in a land divided

Haylie Henning spent 12 days of her summer vacation crusading in a land divided by faith -- the Northern Irish city commonly known as "Derry" by Roman Catholics and "Londonderry" by Protestants.

Events help keep fund working for kids

Bobbie Jo Haught is hoping upcoming team roping and barrel racing events will earn enough money to keep the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund chugging on all cylinders.

Recreation Roundup

The 4th Annual Home Run Derby has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Rumsey II Ballfield.

Fish stories get better with time

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

While working in a fishing tackle store called The Tackle Box, I have heard more fish stories than most folks, on how the big fish was caught on one of the local bodies of water. When you get around fishermen, the stories just keep getting better every time they are repeated.

Former Longhorn showing stuff on Prescott links

Brandon Kelley called upon the links experience he picked up as a member of the Payson High School and Point Loma Nazarene University golf teams to shine during an interclub meet involving the Payson Men's Golf Association, Prescott Country Club and four other area clubs.

Paper is losing a good person and a friend

The Payson Roundup is losing a fine editor, a genuinely good person and a friend, when Autumn Phillips steps down this afternoon.

Smell of pigskin permeates opening of football practice

The smell of pigskin permeated the Rim Country this week, as three prep football teams tuned up for the 2007 campaign.

Rim Country all-stars fall to Mesa in first round, 3-1

Hopes for the Rim Country's first-ever Little League state championship took a hit July 18 at Shea Middle School, where the Payson all-stars fell 3-1 to Mesa.

Subdivision rezoning hot topic at council

Impassioned comments and obvious emotion filled the public hearing regarding another potential subdivision development in Payson at Wednesday night's council meeting.

Exciting to see daughter rewarded for her hard work

We are writing in regards to the article in the July 10 edition of the Payson Roundup about the drawing contest and the belt buckles won.

Future of Payson doesn't look good if growth continues

Recently, we in Payson had over three hours without electricity because of heavy use of power.

Tuesday, July 17

Surprising medical advice from a doctor

SENIOR REVIEW

Dr. Michael Lowe of RTA Hospice and Palliative Care has some surprising medical advice.

Church to help in health care

SENIOR REVIEW

The Payson United Methodist Church is working to start a program to enhance health care in the Rim Country with a parish/faith nurse program.

Plenty of Rim groups offer senior outlets

SENIOR REVIEW

To note that the Rim Country has many clubs and service organizations would be an understatement. To single out some that are just for seniors would be ridiculous. The following is simply a list of clubs whose primary purpose is social, when they meet and why.

Volunteering a heartwarming experience

SENIOR REVIEW

The Rim Country abounds with service organizations. They run by the effort of volunteers, many of them senior citizens.

State has forms to help seniors with life care plans

SENIOR REVIEW

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has an entire packet of documents to help senior citizens and others explore life care plans. These documents are those that will help make certain a variety of end-of-life wishes are fulfilled.

Know where important papers are

Throughout our lives we plan for the future. We plan for our high school graduation, college, a new job, marriage, the birth of a baby, buying a house, vacations and more. But often we don't plan for an unexpected crisis.

'Care is our middle name'

SENIOR REVIEW

Payson Care Center has been in business for more than 20 years. Its motto is "Care is our middle name."

Senior centers provide food and fun

SENIOR REVIEW

When Jerry Knight moved with his brother and wife from the Valley to Payson a year ago, he was pleased to discover the Payson Senior Center.

Active seniors win fitness rewards

SENIOR REVIEW

The type of exercise the human body requires changes with the age and health of the individual.

Dedicated staff makes great environment

SENIOR REVIEW

Rim Country Health and Retirement Community has been serving Payson and the Rim Country for 22 years.

Alliance of care taking shape

SENIOR REVIEW

There has been a kind of rift between the providers of home health care services available in the Rim Country.

Products for senior use

SENIOR REVIEW

The Guardian Angel Program is a joint effort between police and fire departments. Volunteer receptionists assist in the police department's wellness check program.

Senior Circle enhances members' lives

SENIOR REVIEW

Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle offers a wide variety of activities to enhance the lives of its members.

Monday, July 16

Solar Hydrogen Economy solves several problems

Thank you for publishing much of my letter on hydrogen. It is important, however, that I write another to complete what needs to be said.

Girl uses CPR when grandmother stops breathing

Taylor Mansoor is just 11 years old, yet she stayed calm in a tough situation when she found her grandmother was not breathing.

Teens choosing religion, early drug use, survey says

The 2006 Arizona Youth Survey, conducted and released by the Arizona Criminal Justice System, indicates that early initiation of drug use among Arizona youth has risen in the last year.

1,656 marijuana plants found in raid

The Gila County Narcotics Task Force is turning up the heat on those who illegally grow and harvest marijuana in Arizona's national forests.

Council meeting moved to Wednesday

The Payson Town Council will discuss the adoption of a code of ethics for town employees at its regular council meeting, which was moved to Wednesday this week, instead of Thursday.

100 K-9 teams descend on Payson

The Payson Police Department will host the 15th annual Canine Officer Survival Seminar this week, from July 16 to 19 at the Payson Multi Event Center.

World-class gun range

Charlie Thompson's chest swelled with pride, as he pointed out the vast array of improvements that have taken place over the past year at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Tournament success could erase 2006 disappointment

For seven players and two coaches on the Payson 10-11-year-old Little League All-Star team, the Arizona state tournament represents a chance to erase some of the disappointment of the 2006 season.

Younger players perform under pressure

The Payson Lady Longhorn summer volleyball team's pursuit of excellence continued last week at the Blue Ridge Invitational.

Volleyball opening game changed to Estrella Foothills

The Lady Longhorn volleyball schedule has undergone a change, since being compiled in mid-February.

12-year-old sets the pace at state championships

A 55-pound, 7-year-old paced Payson's Team Pankration mixed martial arts showing in the Arizona Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championships.

New owners keep tradition alive

Don't expect to see any high-flying improvements at the venerable Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern in Christopher Creek.

Get on the road to your own business

According to a survey by Yahoo! Small Business and Harris Interactive, 66 percent of American adults say they've considered starting a business. But many of them do not know how to begin or think they don't have the time.

Scholarships available at Gila Community College

Gila Community College has several scholarships available for students aspiring to begin or continue their education: Departmental Scholarships, Scholar Scholarships, Preferential Scholarships and Dean's Community Involvement Scholarships.

Heavy equipment program continues

A new program at Gila Community College includes training on heavy equipment and opportunities to train for Class B Commercial Drive License.

Raccoon visit

A mother raccoon checks out the neighborhood before signaling to her entire brood that it is safe to come out.

Payson shoppers head elsewhere

Payson residents are more likely to purchase shoes, jewelry and automobiles outside of Payson.

Repaving of Highway 260 shifts to day work

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said the project to repave 8 miles of Highway 260 through Payson and Star Valley will shift to day work, because of cooler nighttime temperatures, beginning July 18.

I can't say it was ever boring

FROM THE EDITOR

I vividly remember the day I arrived in Payson. I had driven 12 hours straight from 11 feet of snow in Steamboat Springs to the perfect 70-degree, winter weather of Payson.

Thankful for Payson hospitality

I am writing this letter to share our recent experience in Payson. We had traveled from Snowflake to Phoenix to pick up our relatives at the airport, and were on our way home when our vehicle broke down.

A few questions about the Payson water task force chair

Who is this Lynn Godfrey? Well, let's see.

Newspaper should have checked its facts

Pine has had a water problem for more years than most people can remember. This problem is exasperated by individuals who present personal opinions as fact, leaving people who are trying to make informed decisions completely mystified and creating a situation which leaves the problem unsolved.

Rumsey Park playground

Last week, the Town of Payson broke ground on a new playground at Rumsey Park.

Volunteer does whatever is needed

Darrel Elston works nights at Mazatzal Casino and hasn't slept in hours, yet he cheerfully vacuums paper shreds off of the floor of the Payson Regional Senior Circle early Tuesday morning.

When was the last time you saw a half dollar?

SENIOR MOMENTS

I love those chunky, satisfyingly heavy coins. Although the 50-cent piece has been produced nearly every year since 1794, circulation has declined significantly.

Payson man wins $10,000 at casino

Making sure 7-7-07 was lucky in the Rim Country, Mazatzal Casino held its Lucky Duck Promotion Drawing July 7.

Number of sex offenders increases in Gila County

According to Detective George Ratliff of the Gila County Sheriff's Department, there are more sex offenders living in the Payson area than in previous years.

Emotional abuse harder to recognize, just as damaging

Over the next 12 months, there is something that will be reported on more than 2 million times and result in roughly 1,500 deaths. While those figures suggest this is certainly not a silent problem, for many victims it is.

Payson High enrollment down from last year

Enrollment at Payson High School is down by 86 students (approximately 9.7 percent) compared to this same time last year, according to Payson Unified School District Associate Superintendent for Business Services Bobbette Sylvester.

Rim Country Literacy

On hand for a check presentation are, from left to right: President of the Board, Nancy Althoff, Qwest Community Relations Representative Victor Daniels, Council Member Su Connell, and Qwest Community Relations Representative Cindy Barnes.

Library to raffle all seven Harry Potter books

Amid much fanfare, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be released to the public Saturday, July 21.

Hunter James Orris

Hunter James Orris was born at 12:07 a.m. June 27, 2007 to Seth and Juliet at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Izayis Cruz Saavedra

Izayis Cruz Saavedra was born at 1:07 p.m. June 14, 2007 to Mitch and Sherrie Saavedra at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Keera Hope McKim

Keera Hope McKim was born at 12:18 a.m. July 4, 2007 to Christopher and Emily McKim at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Thursday, July 12

Seeing the world from the lobster's point of view

First of all, I'd like to thank Tom Garrett for his July 6 Payson Roundup column, "Caring, though painful at times, is part of what makes us human." It was interesting to see the world from an ant's point of view, versus human's. His article also made me finally write about something that's been troubling me for quite some time.

Main Street program replaced

Council decides to form new department with townwide focus

In a marathon special meeting on Wednesday night, the Payson Town Council finally reached a decision on the fate of the Main Street/Redevelopment Area Manager position left vacant by Carol McCauley's departure in May.

Sniper ends life of pioneer son

Steven Stacey dies in Kharma, Iraq July 5 at age 23

Stuart Jones was in Oregon visiting his daughter, Dana, when "a whole yard full of Marines showed up," he said. "I knew right then what had happened."

Unique pets hope for new homes

ADOPTION OPTIONS

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success. -- Henry David Thoreau This is a dog's motto. I'll give you an example:

Church briefs

Ponderosa Baptist Church will be hosting a concert with Joni Killian at both the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, July 15.

Payson grad awarded Wells Fargo scholarship

Seven hundred and thirteen children of Wells Fargo team members shared $895,700 in college scholarships, awarded through Wells Fargo Team Members' Dependent Children Scholarship Program, The Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Scholarship Program and the Murray Scholarship Program.

Paint outside this Saturday at Tonto Natural Bridge

A "paint out" event will be held at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Artists are called to complete a work during the event and submit the piece for judging by their fellow plein air artists. At noon, the artists will gather to judge their peers' work.

Kayden James Harris

Kayden James Harris was born at 10:12 a.m. June 27, 2007 to parents Jimmy and Tiffani at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Caitlyn Rae Hall

Caitlyn Rae Hall was born at 9:05 a.m. June 11, 2007 to Doug and Adrienne Hall at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Trinity Brook Davis

Trinity Brook Davis was born at 10:45 p.m. June 21, 2007 to parents Jeremiah and Angie at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Stone Ellis Booth

Stone Ellis Booth was born at 9:04 a.m. June 16, 2007 to Drs. Steven and Cynthia Booth at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Taryn Elizabeth Ashby

Taryn Elizabeth Ashby was born at 8:16 a.m. June 27, 2007 to Luke and Jen Ashby at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Alyssa Marie Andren

Alyssa Marie Andren was born at 8:10 a.m. July 2, 2007 to Damien and Sally at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Find "Goldilocks Solution" for managing retirement income

FINANCIAL FOCUS

To enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you need to take a hard look at reality.

Senior lunches a great opportunity to socialize

PINE-STRAWBERRY

The Senior Dining Room is trying to entice more residents to come enjoy its wonderful lunches and socialize with friends and neighbors.

Water, water everywhere ... maybe

TONTO VILLAGE

There has been extensive coverage in the local newspapers concerning water -- who owns it, who uses it, who pays for it and who maintains it.

Residents witness re-enactment of ‘anvil shoot'

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

Wolfgang and Jean Klein and Gene and Thelma Bettencourt, the new owners of Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern threw a Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday that ended in a very large boom.

Cats, cats and more cats at Payson Humane Society

FOCUS ON PETS

A recent visit to the Payson Humane Society provided proof that there is an overabundance of kittens.

Growing a garden, a business

PAYSON PEOPLE

When April Besey comes home from a day spent relieving the stress of others as a massage therapist, she finds peace amidst the columbines and lavender in her garden.

Some things are better left to the professionals

YOUR TURN

Earlier this year, I mentioned that I had played a game of shed poker with a squirrel in my back yard.

Back-to-school donation drive

Payson Community Kids has more children than ever to clothe this year.

Back to School: Trends for teens and 'tweens

Distressed jeans, Fat Babys, belts and clothing and accessories with "bling" are in style for teens returning to school in August.

Senior Division champs

The Payson Little League Giants, managed by Scott Grassel, won the championship of the Junior League Senior Division (13- and 14-year-olds).

Golfers end four-week tournament with top honors

Sharon Peterson swung her way to the low gross Arizona State Medallion championship during a four-week tournament hosted by the Payson Women's Golf Association.

Two men rally for links championship

Tom Dahl and Frank Karnes rallied during the second week of play to claim the championship of the Payson Men's Golf Association two-man best ball tournament.

Hiking will pay off when stream fishing

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

When anglers consider stream fishing for trout, Arizona is not high on the list of blue-ribbon waters. The Rockies and high Sierras get most of the notoriety for quality stream fishing, where abundant water flow creates excellent angling for rainbows, cutthroats, brookies and German browns.

Athletic directors shouldn't be charged with game scheduling

The Class 3A conference must shoulder some of the blame for East region athletic directors' inability to fill their 10 game football schedules.

ASU track star has Payson roots

The Arizona State University media guide lists her hometown as Eagar, but it's common knowledge Sun Devil track and field standout Brooke Bennett's roots are in Payson.

After realignment, East region reduced to six schools

An Arizona Interscholastic Association-mandated realignment of the 3A conference left the East region as the smallest in the state.

Diamondbacks mold young players

Armed mostly with lofty ambitions, 30 young baseball hopefuls are learning to play the sport the Arizona Diamondbacks way.

Lance Corporal Steven A. Stacey

Lance Corporal Steven A. Stacey, 23, died July 5, 2007 in Kharma, Iraq. Stacey, a Marine Rifleman, was cut down by a sniper's bullet.

Dennis O'Reilly

Dennis O'Reilly, age 84, died July 6, 2007 at his home in Tonto Basin. He was born in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 18, 1923 and came to Arizona with his parents, Pat and Hattie O'Reilly, at the age of nine. He always considered himself an Arizonan and truly loved this state.

Veneal Leoma Hunter Ellis

Veneal Leoma Hunter Ellis died July 8, 2007 in Payson. She was born Jan. 2, 1919 in Greenway, Ark.

Jacqueline L. Dana

Jacqueline L. Dana died July 5, 2007 in Payson. She was born and raised in Lawrence, Mass.

Town improves online government services

TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER

E-Government is a generic term that refers to any government functions or processes that are carried out in digital form over the Internet.

Be a part of the new trails system

TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER

In February 2007, the Payson Town Council unanimously voted to support the implementation of a townwide trails system, known as PATS.

Celebrating our community college adjunct faculty

As a relatively small community college district, Gila County Community College (GCC) must rely on a large number of adjunct faculty to teach the majority of our courses. These adjunct faculty are critical links between our students and the respective course topics.

Chambers re-elected to State Bar Board of Governors

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores announced that Chief Deputy County Attorney, Bryan B. Chambers, has been re-elected to serve another three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Arizona State Bar Association.

Roundup welcomes new staff photographer

Andy Towle's passion for photography may one day lead to his demise. The veteran photographer has already suffered through a shoulder surgery in October to repair two torn tendons caused by the constant raising of his camera to his eye.

Musicians play true to their roots

The eight members of Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns will pool their creative talents this Saturday to present what they describe as a "gimmick-free, professional performance with ‘old school' authenticity."

Speaker to discuss creation vs. evolution

Russ Miller, founder of Creation, Evolution and Science Ministries, will present a program in Pine on Sunday.

PAWS for recognition

Happily receiving their pins from the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, from left to right, are Bud Matson, "Punk" Madaras, Dan Howell, Cara Summerfield, Howard Taller and Dorothy Howell.

What's up?

Q: Is there anything the city can do about the appalling and dangerous condition of the floor of the Payson Senior Center? --AND-- Q: Why is there still no cover over the stand at the rodeo grounds? --AND-- Q: Is there any truth to the rumor that Waste Management is leaving town by year's end?

Taking a second look at the census figures

In the article, "Payson population up," written by Erin Turner in the July 3 edition of the Payson Roundup, the population figures were not accurate, and the percentage of growth was misleading.

Check references before leaving pet with sitter

When faith in our fellow man (or woman) is not only shaken, but nearly destroyed, is it not human nature to want to come to the aid of those who suffered most, by striking a blow for them? Then my blow is thus.

Mayor responds to letter from Dick Wolfe

I read with interest Dick Wolfe's opening salvo in his rumored campaign for mayor titled, "This Council wasting citizens' time and energy," published as a letter in the Payson Roundup.

What ever happened to service at the Payson post office?

Is anyone else getting tired of the total lack of service in this country? Seems you have to be 40 years old to remember what service is all about.

If zero population people get their way, we'll all be gone

The woman who thinks zero population (ZP) growth would be one solution to Pine/Strawberry water problems, according to a letter in the June 19 Roundup -- rather than drilling a new well -- might consider that as long ago as 500 B.C., Plato, Aristotle and Confucius were crying "overpopulation."

Fire season kept at bay by prevention efforts

As a chilled wind cuts through the heat in the late afternoon and that dusty smell of rain looms, monsoon season seems parked just out of reach.

Leadership academy begins Aug. 21

The Town of Payson Citizens Leadership Academy's fourth year begins on Aug. 21.

Workshop helps seniors develop drawing skills

Beginning and advanced artists alike are invited to try their hand at drawing a costumed model during a weekend workshop hosted by Helen Tennent, a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and member of the Payson Art League.

Shelby School hosting open house

The Shelby School is hosting an open house on July 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blake cabin (across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in Christopher Creek. The Shelby School bus will be parked in front of the cabin.

Trailer fire worsened by numerous explosions

On Sunday, at 10:03 p.m., Tonto Basin Fire District responded to a major structure fire in the 100 block of Piper Place in Rancho del Escondido.

Embattled Pine fire chief reinstated

After a 30-day leave from his post as chief of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department for disorderly conduct, William Dekker was reinstated, effective today, Friday.

Scrabble Fire contained Tuesday

The Scrabble Fire was one of nearly a dozen fires started by lightning over the weekend in the Tonto National Forest. While it didn't grow much in its three-day reign, the rough terrain it gobbled up posed a problem for fire crews.

Experts still unsure when monsoons will begin

Parts of the Rim Country enjoyed a sample of the monsoon season last week. Whether or not it will be officially be declared "monsoon season," is anyone's guess, according to the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Climate Science Applications Program.

Tuesday, July 10

Looking back on how Payson celebrated its 100th anniversary

RIM COUNTRY HISTORY

Twenty-five years ago this month, Payson had the main celebration of its 100th anniversary. While the week of celebrating for its 125th anniversary is still three months away, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at things from 25 years ago.

Fair urges young people to greatness

COVER STORY

The Youth Explosion Fair July 14 will be the place for Rim Country youth to showcase their talents, dance to a beat and be entertained.

Coffee a great kitchen partner

SHIRLEY'S KITCHEN

Hello coffee lovers: Coffee is not just for drinking. Whether you have a love affair with the brew or are just an acquaintance, you'll find that coffee is a friendly partner in the kitchen, giving a deep, mellow boost to a variety of recipes -- from soups to desserts.

'Sleeping artist' packs punch in paintings

PAYSON ARTS

Indian Hill Studio is home to Conrad Okerwall, a gentle man in a white cowboy hat who refers to himself as "the sleeping artist."

Monday, July 9

Residents complain of 'lack of service' from police

Payson Police Chief Don Engler met with residents of the C-Bar-Diamond RV Park in Star Valley Monday night to hear complaints of criminal activity by park residents and what they saw as a lack of service from the Payson Police Department.

Middle school registration set

The 2007-2008 registration for Rim Country Middle School will take place:

Reviews: Live Free or Die Hard

AT THE MOVIES

Bruce Willis (who plays NYPD Detective John McClane) appeared in the first "Die Hard" movie in 1988. To his credit, in this fourth "Die Hard" movie, he is up to all the mayhem and carnage you expect from this series.

Payson grad on dean's list at Eastern New Mexico University

Amy Wilcox, an Eastern New Mexico University student and a graduate of Payson High School, is among the 482 students on the 2007 spring semester Dean's Honor Roll.

Miss Arizona 2007

Nicole Turner, granddaughter of Bob and Nancy Birgam of Payson, was crowned Miss Arizona 2007 on June 24 in Gilbert. She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant this January.

Barrett and Jackson to marry on July 14

The families of T'hallalisa Cheyenne Barrett and John Randolph Jackson announce their wedding, to be held on July 14 at 4 p.m. at Star Valley Baptist Church.

Riepel, Bellah marry

Brent and Gaylene Riepel of Payson and Richard and Erin Bellah of Pine announce the marriage of their children, Samantha Riepel and Dustin Bellah on July 7, 2007 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson.

Lenders provide personalized service

Wholesale Lending LLC is a homegrown business that has operated in Payson since 2000.

Blue Ridge showdown to determine season direction

Payson's hopes for a berth in the 11-12-year-old Little League state tournament hinge on the outcome of a crucial District showdown against Blue Ridge.

Home Run Derby postponed

Mother Nature put an unexpected kink in the plans of those sluggers hoping to punch a bundle of round-trip tickets during the Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored Home Run Derby.

10-year-old golfer qualifies for world championships

No fairway, rough or green is too challenging for 10-year-old Dean Harpe.

9- and 10-year-olds show value of determination

Manager Slade Gibson is still enthusiastic about his players, even after the Payson 9-10-year-old Little League All-Star team ended the postseason with a 2-2 finish in Area 1.

Little Leaguers heading to state finals

Payson's 10-11-year-old Little League All-Star team has taken a first step towards its goal of winning the town's first Arizona State championship.

Man lived life to the fullest

Editor's note: This story about Dee Anderson originally ran in the Payson Roundup on June 16, 2006. Anderson passed away on July 6. A memorial service was held for him at 11 a.m. this morning.

Well supplied for school

The Pack to School supply drive ended last week and now leaders from the various elementary schools in the Payson area are ready to distribute the donated materials.

Larsen, Gille engaged

Lee and Cheryl Larsen of Lakeside announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheridan Lea, to Matthew Ross Gille, son of Philip and Bonita Gille of Eufaula, Ala., formerly of Payson.

Dennis O'Reilly

Dennis O'Reilly died Friday, July 6 in Tonto Basin.

Lorraine Brown Smith

Lorraine Brown Smith died July 7, 2007 in Payson. She was born in Miami, Ariz. Oct. 11, 1927. She was sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple to Melvin Rogers Smith on April 6, 1945.

Wind-blown

John Schlee of Tree Pro cuts a giant limb into a manageable size for hauling away after a microburst Thursday evening downed the century-old tree at the Plant Fair on Highway 260 in Star Valley.

Artist connects with the Earth

True to his name, artist Jeff Storey tells tales of historical and cultural significance with his mixed-media creations.

Bomb threat evacuates Globe courthouse

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Gila County Courthouse in Globe Monday at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Auditions Saturday for dinner theater

Fiction mixes with historical events in the Zane Grey Mystery Dinner Theatre script, a part of Payson's 125th Anniversary Celebration.

125th Anniversary buckles available

Barbara Zirinsky, Jordan Hill and Kelsea Arendell took home sterling silver and copper belt buckles as rewards for their artistic participation in Payson 125th Anniversary. "It is a really big surprise," said Sherry Friestad of her 6-year-old grandson Jordan Hill's win with "Cowboys."

Barrow, Alaska: Not much to look at, nothing to do, but you just might like it

Alaska has something for everyone, according to its tourism board, and so it does.

Senior Center Menu

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the Center dining room at 514 W. Main St.

Heat poses health risk to seniors

Rising temperatures in the summer months affect everyone, but can pose significant health risks to seniors.

History is repeating itself

On the third of July, an announcement was made on (two local) radio stations that informed the public of a reading of our nation's Declaration of Independence being held at Green Valley Park in honor of the Fourth of July.

Grateful to fire department for fire prevention work

The gang at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department deserves a big "thank you" for their efforts in helping local residents to clean up their properties as a means of preventive fire control.

Intersection of Beeline, Highway 188 also dangerous

I was so happy to see in the June 26 edition of the Payson Roundup that ADOT is finally going to improve the intersection of the Beeline Highway and Saguaro Lake turn-off. It is long overdue.

Don't understand author's argument against zero population growth

In response to the letter from the woman who wrote to dispute zero population growth. I wonder how many kids she has and what is her family's yearly income?

Time to talk about proposed new county facilities

Over the next several editions of the Payson Roundup, I plan to share with you the "cut-to-the-chase" information and thinking that led the Gila County Facilities Planning Citizens Advisory Committee -- hereafter just called "Committee" -- to make the recommendations to the Board of Supervisors that they did. I will explore with you what the recommendations are, what they mean, what impacts they will have and so on.

Reader misunderstands concept of zero population growth

Lorrie Buller of Forest Lakes responded to my Letter to the Editor ("Zero population growth one solution to water crisis," published June 19). Now, I would like to respond to hers ("Zero population growth proponent should rethink viewpoint," published June 29).

Let's put water claims to the test

Finally we're going to get scientific.

Hunters, anglers should make voices heard to Congress

Those of us who hunt and fish on public lands need to make our voices heard about the continuing loss of hunting and fishing opportunity on these lands. There are two bills pending in Congress that give us that chance.

Couple gave permission for hospice photo to be used

I am writing in response to the granddaughter's objection to the photos of Tom Bartlett in the Payson Roundup's article about hospice.

Lawmakers turning education into unnecessary nightmare

Education should not be political.

Will you be in this year's rodeo parade?

Spike, the official mascot of the 2008 Super Bowl, has already signed up to walk in the Rodeo Parade on Aug. 18.

Nearly 3,000 without power for 4 hours

So, your power was out for 30 minutes or so Monday afternoon? Count your blessings. Jan Parsons, manager of the Payson district APS office, said 2,945 customers in the north parts of Payson and the outlying forest communities were without power for 4 hours.

Track your complaint like you track a package

Residents of Payson interested in obtaining a business license form, being notified of upcoming meetings or submitting a complaint to a certain town department will experience added convenience through the newest capabilities of the Town of Payson Web site -- www.paysonaz.us.

Fire chief's future hangs in balance

William Dekker's future as chief of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department will be decided tomorrow, Wednesday.

Parents: Register children early for fall

The first day of school in Payson is Aug. 8. The Payson Unified School District encourages all students to register for the fall semester as early as possible for a better chance of getting the desired classes and schedules.

Lightning-caused fire uncontained

The looming monsoon season means relief is on the way for extreme fire conditions in the Rim Country. But, until the rain starts pouring, the increased storm activity brings forth a new fire danger -- lightning. Lightning ignited 10 fires in the Tonto National Forest in the last several days. One fire remains uncontained, as of Monday.

Thursday, July 5

Charter school issues invitation to open house

The Shelby Charter School will host an open house Sunday, July 15, to give area residents an opportunity to become acquainted with the school.

Virtual Academy information available

The Arizona Virtual Academy will host a Parent Information Session Thursday, July 12 at the Best Western Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway.

Former milkman to wed winery namesake

Mlle. Denise Mary Lee Chauvin of Star Valley and Mr. David Kenneth Prechtel of Pine have announced their engagement.

McDowell, McLaws to wed

Steve and Darla McDowell announce the engagement of their daughter DeAwna McDowell to Brennon McLaws, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ivan McLaws.

Heath, Martell engaged

Nick Heath and Dana Martell are engaged. Nick, son of Rick and Lynda Heath, will marry Dana, daughter of Brenda and the late Tom Martell, this summer.

Pet adoptions discounted in July

ADOPTION OPTIONS

The summer of 2007 has brought a lot of animals to the shelter. So we have decided it's a great time for a July sale.

Church briefs

Beyond Limits Disability Ministry is meeting this month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 10 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Building C, Payson.

Understanding our native wildlife

Early June is the most common time for fawns and elk calves to be born in Rim Country. As newborns they are born frail, wobbly and thin. This often gives people the misconception that they are starving orphans in need of help.

Are you prepared to help aging parents?

FINANCIAL FOCUS

If you have your parents during much of your adult life, consider yourself fortunate. As they age, however, you will need to become increasingly aware of added responsibilities you may have to assume. And by planning ahead, you can help make everyone's lives easier.

Visitors came up to beat the heat, but guess what?

TONTO VILLAGE

The weather is hot, hot, hot. My third daughter, Vicki Nelson, and her husband, Bill, from Yuma came here for a few days hoping to get away from the extreme heat.

Think it's hot? It's 140 degrees in Iraq

PINE-STRAWBERRY

A few clouds are rolling in, very few, but it is a good sign. Hopefully, soon, we will get some relief from this heat.

Military Brief: Andrew D. Sanders

Air Force Airman Andrew D. Sanders has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Audience loved production of ‘The Loathsome Lady'

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints staged its production of "The Loathsome Lady" this past weekend. It was a full audience throughout the weekend.

Overcrowded shelters symptom of our disposable society

FOCUS ON PETS

So often, my columns are inspired by something I read. Many people supply me with articles that appear in papers across the country. This column was inspired by a feature article on the front page of The Arizona Republic on June 28.

Caring, though painful at times, is part of what makes us human

YOUR TURN

I showed him the empty jelly jar -- empty, that is, except for three tiny captives hunkered down together in it. I suppose the sadness I felt showed in my voice.

If it's a holiday, 'Stormy' has a costume

PAYSON PEOPLE

In modern times, where speed and productivity matter above all else, where technology rules society and where the "me first" attitude reigns supreme, one woman places the happiness of others above anything else.

Lifelong cowboy finds new range

Standing more than 6 feet tall, with light brown hair and mustache, dirt-stained jeans and weighing about 175 pounds, Charlie Motley epitomizes the American cowboy.

Edward Ralph Smith

Edward Ralph Smith, 81, of Payson, died June 22, 2007. He was born Aug. 26, 1925 in La Junta, Colo.

Frank DeVaney

Frank DeVaney, 42, died July 2, 2007 in Payson. He was born May 30, 1965 in Mesa.

Alvin Eugene Dawson

Alvin Eugene Dawson, 79, died July 2, 2007 in Payson, Ariz. Mr. Dawson was born on July 30, 1927 in Paragon, Ind., to Ernest N. and Oval Dawson.

A dream of life in the Rim Country

Richard "Rich" Henry's story with the Rim Country started in 1938, when he was 10 years old.

Competitive bee buzzes for Rim Literacy

Rim Country Literacy is calling all wordsmiths, good spellers and adults who know how to have fun.

Star Valley street improvements approved by council

A streets improvement program was passed 6-0 by the Star Valley Town Council on Tuesday, which will result in the completion of the hard surfacing of all public roads in town.

Star Valley working to finance utility

In a work-study session prior to Tuesday's council meeting, Star Valley officials heard a presentation about financing the acquisition of a water utility.

Vandals destroying special sites

Alicia Keller usually captures the beauty of the Rim Country with her camera. That was her plan during a recent visit to the Water Wheel Campground, off Houston Mesa Road.

Want to know how to feel really important?

I've found the answer to self-assurance. If you want to be treated like you're special, if you want to be treated like you're so important, if you want every one in the room to jump straight in the air when you walk in, then be a foster parent for an animal from Payson Humane Society. Or adopt one.

New Alpine Heights CCRs clarify language of earlier covenants

I encourage all property owners in Alpine Heights to read the proposed new CCRs carefully and compare them to the existing CCRs.

Glad concert series drawing from local talent pool

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Town of Payson, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, the Payson Roundup/Rim Review and our Rim Country neighbors and friends for supporting our first-ever performance in Green Valley Park as part of Payson's Concert Under the Stars series on Saturday, June 23.

Thank you for making KRIM party successful

KRIM's Sixth Birthday Party was a night unlike any other in Rim Country, and we couldn't have done it without some very special people.

Stop issuing building permits until water shortage solved

Every week, it seems a new article is written about the Rim Country's water shortage in Payson, Strawberry, Pine and Star Valley.

Why have citizen task forces if you ignore them?

If you recall some time back, the Mayor's Law Enforcement Task Force made the recommendation that, when Chief Gartner retired, Commander Don Engler replace him.

Profile article didn't cover man's biggest accomplishments

I realize Royce O'Donnell's whole life story is an adventure. So, trying to put it into print is a daunting task. However, I have some issues I feel need to be clarified.

Pine needs to get realistic about water problem

I just drove past our water stage sign and we are in stage 5. We had been in stage 4 for over a week. But you can bet we will have a huge influx of people to during this Fourth of July weekend.

ACLU doing more than anyone to destroy our democracy

A letter writer in the June 22 Payson Roundup suggested that there are worse forces out there than the ACLU. He suggested that this is the Christian Extremist Right. I take issue with this writer.

New courthouse could be a catalyst in our town

On November's ballot, you will be asked to approve two new taxes -- one to fund the construction of a new courthouse and another to fund new jail facilities in Payson and Globe.

Traditional jazz with a hint of tropical flavor

Professional pianist Beth Lederman returns to Payson Sunday for an afternoon of traditional jazz, spiked with Brazilian flavor.

From pottery to jewelry, artists display talent

While working as an art director and graphic designer for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., artist Jim Garrity and his wife Diana drove through blizzards to reach the Tucson Gem Show.

Governor vetoes bill that might have benefited Kuenzli killer

If Harold Fish is to be a free man again, his liberty might have to come through the appeals courts, rather than by a legislative fix.

Initial AIMS results show general improvement

AIMS (Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards) results for Spring 2007 indicate that all Arizona students either approach or meet minimum standards in the subjects of reading, writing and math.

Tentative $39 million town budget approved

The Payson Town Council held a public hearing and approved a motion to adopt the tentative budget at last night's (Thursday's) council meeting.

Sculptor, painter First Friday features

While strolling Main Street for Payson's third First Friday Night Art and Antiques Walk, stop by Down the Street Art Gallery to view Gail's bronze sculptures and April Bower's watercolors and metalwork.

Recreation Roundup

Register by July 27 for the flag football season, which begins Aug. 27.

Payson kicks off play with 9-4 win over Flagstaff

Solid pitching, good defense and powerful hitting paced the Payson Major Division (11-12-years) All-Stars in the early going of the Area 1 postseason tournament.

Pine angler on a roll this fishing season

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

"When you're hot, you're hot," would be an accurate description of local angler, Buddy Randall, of Pine. In the last month, he won three major bass tournaments on Roosevelt Lake and finished second in the Bill Luke Dodge Big Bass Quest to markedly increase his tournament fishing earnings.

Men's soccer tournament continues as Fourth of July tradition

The players entered in the Payson Fourth of July 40-years and Over Men's Soccer tournament might take offense to being called the "Over the Hill Gang," because most of the players participating can still turn in a spirited game of soccer.

Cooler, closer days of summer football

Traveling to the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff to watch an Arizona Cardinals preseason practice session or scrimmage has long been a popular gridiron respite for Rim Country football fans.

Lady Horns tested on national stage

The Gonzaga University Lady Bulldog women's basketball camp provided a national stage for 11 Lady Longhorns to showcase their hardwood expertise.

Tonto track stars head to Junior Olympic finals

Next up for a foursome of Tonto Apache Track and Field members is the prestigious Region X Junior Olympic championship finals. The meet will be held July 12 through July 15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Photo Gallery: Family Fun Fourth

Throngs of people came to Green Valley Park Wednesday to take part in the Fourth of July festivities.

Tuesday, July 3

Take a hike

By this time in the summer, you should be at the peak of hiking shape.

Creative with Copper: Business evolves from barrel of copper

PAYSON ARTS

April Bower was spending her days at a jewelry bench, setting diamonds in custom-created settings, and Stu Bower was working as a mechanical engineer, when they decided to turn their defunct hot tub into a fountain.

Wine is both servant and honored guest

EDGE OF PAYSON

We were talking about wine, as I recall, and I was saying that, generally speaking, I enjoy it.

Whet your whistle: Cool and flavorful drinks for summer

IN THE KITCHEN

It's hot. It's hotter and drier than it has been in a long time. Are you staying hydrated? Summer drinks are not only refreshing; they are a necessity for beating the heat.

White anger, Apache vengeance

BACK WHEN

As the winter of 1871-1872 clutched the Rim Country in its grip, Tonto Apache chiefs began to bring their families to the several reservations.

One room of history

COVER STORY

Nestled in the trees a mile-and-a-half down Fossil Creek Road in the tiny hamlet of Strawberry is one of Rim Country's treasures -- the Strawberry Schoolhouse.

Monday, July 2

Time to solidify place on roster

An upcoming weeklong skills camp will afford aspiring Longhorn football players the opportunity to nail down a spot on the 2007 roster.

Father-son coaching team host wrestling camp

The turnout at the Payson Wrestling Camp wasn't an overflow crowd. But those who took advantage of the opportunity learned from one of the state's best father-and-son coaching teams.

Spike the Super Ball to lead rodeo parade

Spike the Super Ball, the official mascot of the 2008 Super Bowl, is scheduled to be the first entry in the 123rd Annual Oldest Continuous Rodeo parade.

11-year-old catches biggest fish of his life

Single-handedly landing a 38-pound flathead catfish is a thrill 11-year-old Chazz Klabbatz won't soon forget.

Kenneth B. Savage

Kenneth B. Savage, 85, died June 29, 2007 at Rim Country Health and Retirement Center.

Donald Gene Nicholas

Donald Gene Nicholas died June 28, 2007 in Payson. He was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Marshall, Mo.

William Roy Kollenborn

William Roy Kollenborn, 84, a resident of Star Valley for 26 years, died June 30, 2007.

Lynn Ranae Halweg-Bergeson

Lynn Ranae Halweg-Bergeson died June 26, 2007. She was born May 18, 1961.

School district to take construction company to court

The Payson Unified School District Governing Board is proceeding with legal action against BMJS Construction Company out of Winslow for not completing construction on time at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Dangerous dives costly on all counts

During the past six weeks, the Whispering Pines Fire Department has conducted three rescue operations at the swimming area near the Water Wheel campground area off Houston Mesa Road. The most dramatic took place on Saturday, June 23, and involved seven different agencies. The WPFD called on the expertise of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue to assist in extrication of a 27-year-old man who had attempted to jump off a cliff into the East Verde River, near the Water Wheel site.

Payson population up 1,500 since last census

Since the year 2000, Payson has grown by nearly 10 percent, according to new census data released last week. In July 2006, the population of Payson was 15,257 -- a jump of more than 1,500 people since July 2000, when the population was 13,690.

Goodbye Gordy

On Friday, almost 200 people gathered near Payson Town Hall to honor retiring Payson police chief, Gordon Gartner, who officially stepped down at 3 p.m. July 1.

DUI/traffic checkpoints set up across Rim Country

Drunk drivers will have a hard time making it home undetected this Fourth of July as the Arizona Department of Public Safety set up a number of DUI checkpoints.

Youth Explosion Fair set for Saturday

Rim Country youth are invited to share their talents onstage at the Youth Explosion Fair Saturday, July 14, at the Tonto Apache Reservation Gym.

New task force created to increase area tourism

A new task force was recently established to bolster Payson's attractiveness as a tourist destination.

Supporter of Humane Society hosts benefit

Kitty Lucek -- better known as Miss Kitty -- has been involved with the Payson Humane Society since it first organized.

Don't cross your fingers in Paraguay and other tips for foreign travel

SENIOR MOMENTS

Red-hot July is the heart of vacation time for many Americans. If your travels will be taking you abroad, here are a few hints on foreign (to us) behavior.

Free cards provide vital medical information

During a medical emergency, every second counts, as paramedics fight to save a life.

Outstanding writer award

Payson Roundup reporter Carol La Valley was awarded the prestigious Arizona Newspaper Association Outstanding Writing Award this weekend from the Arizona Press Women.

Main Street stays open late for First Friday Art Walk

On Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., art galleries, antique stores, the Senior Thrift Store, restaurants, galleries and local businesses will be open for the third First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk.

Archaeology museum hosts first fund-raiser

"My life is in ruins," boasts Bob Breen's baseball cap.

$3.8 million dedicated to streets in Payson's budget

The Payson Town Council will discuss and hold a public hearing about the town's tentative budget for the new fiscal year at Thursday night's meeting.

What's up?

Q: Is there a Humane Society or animal rescue group in Tonto Basin?

Who's really to blame for Strawberry water shortage?

In response to a recent letter about Strawberry water, I don't think we all have a problem with sharing the water.

Protect Payson's natural beauty with proper zoning

There is now a move on to establish a Planned Area Development (P.A.D.) district for the whole town.

What does Payson get from buying the Payson Water Company?

What did Payson get with the Tower Well? The deed makes no mention of any water. Why? Because the individual who sold the Tower Well didn't own any water.

Hydrogen cars will actually make air cleaner

In 1989, an engineer, Roy McAlister, his wife, Kathy, and a few other visionaries established the American Hydrogen Association in Tempe to demonstrate proven technologies and educate the public about viable solutions to America's energy security and pollution problems, the way to provide a peaceful and healthy transition from the fossil-dependent Industrial Revolution into the Sustainable Prosperity Revolution.

Support overwhelming for Blessing of the Bikes

I want to thank the Rim Country for support of the "First Annual Blessing of the Bikes," which occurred Saturday, June 16, at Payson United Methodist Church.

Current media coverage reminds one of McCarthy era

I recently saw a good movie about a bad time in U.S. history, "Good Night, and Good Luck." The focus was on how Senator McCarthy used the power of his office, coupled with friendly media coverage, to destroy people's lives by accusing them of being Communists.

Thank you to Brooke Utilities for helping us through water shortage

On Friday, June 22, the water level at both water tanks at Mead Ranch were observed to be very low.

Who loses if Payson archaeological museum closes?

One thousand years ago, the Payson area was beginning to grow with people building houses, hunting and farming.

Thank you for taking time to clean up Houston Mesa Road

I am writing regarding a thank you to all volunteers picking up debris on Houston Mesa Road. So many people spent time cleaning up trash, that I want them to know they are appreciated.

Two-year-old taught family valuable lessons of life

Back in December, your paper ran an article regarding our granddaughter, Mila Phillips, who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. The outpouring of love and support from the community was incredible.

Priorities skewed if museum allowed to close

As the town focuses on what it could be, we seem to be forgetting what we already are.

Fourth flavored by Hot Cappuccinos

Over the Fourth of July, everyone in the Rim Country has a free ticket to hear one of its own, John Carpino, perform live with his "band by committee" the Hot Cappuccinos. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and sometime deejay -- Carpino has been named a "Best of Payson" local musician for 13 years in the Payson Roundup reader's poll.

Road changes near post office still being discussed

After a public meeting about possible changes to Colcord Road and Frontier Street near the post office brought no positive comments from the public, the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) will have to consider other options to ease traffic congestion in that area.

Full day on Fourth of July

Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Head to Green Valley Park July 4 for a fun-filled celebration, brimming with music, games, food and fireworks. The festivities launch at 3 p.m. with a three-story rock wall. Adventurous spirits of all ages looking for a challenge will have the chance to climb the wall for $5.

Small fire contained over weekend

A small fire south of Payson along Highway 87 near Oxbow Hills was contained by fire crews on Saturday.

Hot dog contest winner

On Saturday, the Main Street Grille hosted its First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.

JCPenney to open catalog service center in Payson

JCPenney will continue to provide catalog service in Payson through the JCPenney Catalog Service Center, located in White's Interior & Design, 1014 Beeline Highway.

Drive-up coffee shop puts customers first

Robert (Bob) and Kim Guendelsberger have been part of the corporate world most of their lives, but they wanted a change.

Children shine at the Methodist Church Son Shine Club

The Son Shine Club is more than just a place to park the children in the latchkey hours, between the end of a child's school day and the end of a parent's workday.

Payson advances to quarterfinals

Miguel Mendoza came within an eyelash of duplicating what New York Yankee Don Larsen accomplished in the fifth game of the 1956 World Series -- pitching a perfect game.