Stories for June 2007


Thursday, June 28

10 prepare to eat as many hot dogs as possible

Joshua Peck lives in Maui, Hawaii, but has returned to Payson to participate in the Main Street Grille's first annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Cuba: So close, So far away

Pssst. Don't tell anyone but I've been to Cuba. Yes, there is a travel ban in effect, making it illegal for U.S. passport holders to travel to Cuba as tourists or on business. There are exceptions, however.

Church briefs

A Children's Jubilee with Rev. Mary Glaze will be held for children ages 3 to 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Payson Living Word Bible Church, 94 Cornerstone Way, Star Valley.

Sights, sounds of Old West fill weekend

Old-timers visiting the Payson Event Center July 7 and 8 might think they are watching scenes straight out of a 1920s Tom Mix, shoot-'em-up Western.

Pre-fishing key to success


The All-Star Team season was completed with the seventh bass tournament at Roosevelt Lake.

Recreation Roundup

If you would like a clearer understanding of the reasons behind your dog's undesirable behaviors and solutions for those behaviors, then this workshop is for you.

Payson player named MVP in All-Star match

Trevecca Nazarene University volleyball coach Scott Jones should be congratulated for his excellent judgment of talent.

All-Star games chance for opponents to meet for first time

This is an exciting time of year for Little Leaguers, coaches, parents and fans.

12-year-old continues rise on national golf links

Move over Tiger Woods. Tyler Apps is swinging a mean club.

Tournament showcase for next year's volleyball season

A pair of Payson High School volleyball teams offered up hints of good things to come with stellar performances in the Miami Invitational tournament.

Protect yourself from identity theft


Living in remote, rural communities, we may feel somewhat shielded from some of the crimes that occur in larger cities. One of these crimes is identity theft.

Whispering Pines Fire District growing at fast pace


The Whispering Pines Fire District has been growing at a very fast pace over the past year.

Annual Christopher Creek Bible retreat enjoyed by 32 women


This past Saturday, 32 women attended the Ladies Annual Retreat at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church.

Fire restrictions increase statewide

Hot dry weather has once again resulted in dangerous fire conditions across much of Arizona. There is an increased threat of small fires becoming major wildfires, especially this weekend, with breezy conditions predicted.

Star Valley mayor says, 'going to court' will resolve water dispute

A large number of concerned Star Valley residents and town officials attended a presentation from the town's hydrology company that seemingly contradicts a safe-yield water study completed for the Town of Payson more than three months ago.

Barbara June Thompson

Barbara June Thompson, 68, a 15-year resident of Payson, died June 6, 2007.

Community Notification -- Level 2 Sex Offender Alert

The Payson Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law.

Give illegal immigrants an option -- Mexico or military

Why can't the illegals be given a choice as they're picked up? Go back to the country they are from or go into our military.

What's up?

Q: How much longer is Easy Street going to be closed near Payson Town Hall? --AND-- Q: Why is the Windmill Village sign back up on the Freegard property in Star Valley?

Paintings tell offbeat story of the West

Cowboy artist Conrad Okerwall tells a tale in each of his Western paintings.

Rotary rummage sale to raise money for literacy

One thousand dollars can buy 100 books for Rim Country Literacy's family reading program.

Nominate Rotary Club 'Teacher of the Year'

The Rotary Club of Payson will be awarding $3,000 (six separate awards of $500) to teachers and/or administrators to pursue projects and purchase classroom materials for the benefit of the students of Payson's public schools.

Visit Mexico's Copper Canyon in style

We visit our own Grand Canyon and stand at the rim, looking down into the vast distance below and are amazed at the grandeur of nature.

Habitat to begin Longhorn Village next week

The beginning stages of construction for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's newest project, called Longhorn Village, are nearly under way.

Historian tells ropin' stories at Payson's 125th celebration

Good cowboy stories mostly involve the cowboy "ropin' some sort of critter," according to author of several books on local lore and entrepreneur, Jinx Pyle.

Fourth of July festivities begin this weekend


It remains hot and dry. One wonders how any plant or tree can survive.

The World Wide Web is even smaller than you think


Since I began the blog, or Web log, that I do for the Payson Roundup, two people have been at each other's throats.

Scientists still guessing at origins of domestic dogs


Recently, I mentioned a documentary that appeared on Channel 8 titled, "Dogs That Changed the World."

Hikers beware of rattlesnakes near Tonto Creek Hatchery


It is hard to believe that this week is the last week of June. The month has flown by so fast and the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner.

Petition out to stop Pine well deal

The residents of the Pine and Strawberry communities are trying to stop a deal between the water improvement district and Brooke Utilities to drill a well.

Locals graduate from Payson Police Academy

On Saturday, two men from Payson -- Jesse Davies, 24, and Michael Hansen, 22 -- along with six other cadets of the 2006-2007 class, will graduate from the Payson Police Academy.

Alpine Heights CCRs give board too much power

This is to all people who live in Alpine Heights. Please read your copy of the CCRs before you vote on them.

Pine business owner disappointed with Strawberry Festival

I would like to comment on the outcome of this year's Strawberry Festival.

Many missing the point on national issues

Many of the major issues facing our country today are fogged by misdirection and "spin."

Payson should have separate parking for smaller cars

I drive a lovely pearl blue Mitsubishi Eclipse. Its color, one of a kind.

Thank you to all who made Relay for Life a success

I would like to thank all the sponsors and several people for their contributions to the recent Relay for Life Walk held here in Payson on June 1 and 2.

Grandfather would not have wanted his deathbed photos in the paper

While I applaud Teresa McQuerrey for showcasing the incredible benefits of Hospice, I must question why photographs of my grandfather during his final stages of life were deemed important to publish.

Zero Population Growth proponent should rethink viewpoint

A recent letter to the editor concerning Zero Population Growth would be amusing, if the author wasn't serious.

Arizona's school buildings waste energy

By almost two to one, Americans favor adequate funding for education. We support funding for classrooms, funding for teacher salaries, funding for athletics, funding for new school construction. But we do not support wasting millions of dollars each year through energy inefficiency.

Fourth of July a high fire danger holiday

You can feel the dry air on your skin. As the sun bakes the ground, there isn't a drop of moisture in the dust around our feet.

Edwards to recommend Payson does not buy water utility

The Town of Payson Water Department staff has completed its investigation to determine if Payson should acquire the Payson Water Company from Brooke Utilities.

Payson man enters legendary sailing race

When he was 17 years old, Al Lehman's father -- Al Lehman Sr. -- took him on a journey. They sailed together across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii in a tiny 20-foot boat.

Carolyn Sue Clark

Carolyn Sue Clark died June 24, 2007 at her home in Scottsdale. She was born in 1942 in Lubbock, Texas.

'The little shelter that could'


It's 7:30 a.m. any given day of the week. The Payson Humane Society staff shows up for work and starts the task of cleaning up after 153 animals who have been locked inside for 14 hours. They are a hard-working team. Let's take this opportunity to introduce them.

There are pirates in Pine

Shiver me timbers. There will be pirates in Pine this July.

State denies more ELL funding

Teachers struggle to meet government mandates without financial backing

While a federal judge and the Arizona Legislature haggle over how to fairly fund English Language Learner (ELL) programs, school districts around Arizona, including Payson, scramble to provide the mandated English-learner services.

Grand opening to be held Saturday for Bison Cove

Bison Homes, located at 200 E. Malibu Drive (across from Payson Town Hall), will host a grand opening of its first Payson project, Bison Cove, on Saturday.

No campfires allowed over Fourth of July

Visitors to the Rim Country during the Fourth of July holiday will have to enjoy their campsites without the addition of a campfire.

Rescue on the rocks

The Whispering Pines Fire Department called on the expertise of Tonto Rim Search and Rescue to assist in extrication of a 27-year-old man, who attempted to jump off a cliff into the East Verde River near Water Wheel Campground Saturday, June 23.

Tuesday, June 26

First Friday Art, Antiques Walk July 6

The Main Street Merchants Guild and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation are hosting First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk, July 6.

A pain in the back, or why Tarzan has that yell


Last Monday I had back surgery, and I was reminded of two famous quotes from our time: "It will be a piece of cake!" and "Mission Accomplished!"

4th of July flavored with hot cappuccinos


Over the Fourth of July, everyone in the Rim Country has a free ticket to hear one of our own, John Carpino, perform live with his "band by committee," the Hot Cappuccinos.

Scene set for Crook's campaign


The decade of the 1870's was the time of devastation for the Tonto Apache bands. By the end of the decade, their land had been wrested from them and their identity as a unique people all but extinguished.

A bake and a breakfast


Greetings from Mexico: As you read this, I am enjoying the ocean view of Cancun with brother Tommy and friends, celebrating my birthday!

Husband and wife artists love a challenge


Alan Snyder, a.k.a. Mister Mud, promised his girlfriend of three days that he would teach her how to make beautiful works of art in clay, after she married him.

Monday, June 25

Hospice helps writer cope with husband's illness

Thank you for running the story on the RTA Hospice here in Payson. All the staff at the hospice should be commended for doing the great job that they all do.

Pikes swim against Cottonwood Saturday

Aquatic action returns to Taylor Pool June 30, with the Payson Pikes playing host to the Cottonwood Clippers.

Become a sponsor of the Payson Area Trails System

When completed, the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) should provide a scenic and safe pathway to enjoy our town year-round.

Man common denominator among two winning teams

Ward Johnson can now spin a tale about the day he relished the rare feat of being on both the first- and second-place finishing teams in the same golf tournament.

Little League All-Star rosters finalized for players ages 9 to 12

Payson Little League All-Star rosters for three teams have been finalized and players are prepping for upcoming appearances in the postseason.

Little League says goodbye to great coach

One of the most successful coaches in the Payson Little League program is hanging up his cleats.

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson, 56, died Saturday, June 23, 2007. Julia Roseanne Lewis was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Rapid City, S.D., the fourth child of 13 born to Joel and Ilean Pearce Lewis.

Thomas L. Crom

Thomas L. Crom, Jr. formerly of Payson, died at his home in Issaquah, Wash. Tuesday, June 19, 2007. He was 75 years old and born in Pierce, Colo. to Elsie and Thomas Crom on Nov. 29, 1931.

Oak Flat Blessing Ceremony

Tribal leaders signed a letter addressed to President George Bush of their opposition to the Southeastern Land Exchange for Oak Flat and Apache Leap on June 20 during the Oak Flat Blessing Ceremony, where Arizona tribes were united.

Buglers available in Arizona within traveling distance of Payson

I certainly appreciated Col. Sahno's June 12 letter to the editor concerning the Payson Honor Guard's participation in the EchoTaps 2007 worldwide event. The intent of this letter is to clarify, and perhaps correct some of the record, but certainly not to attack any person or organization.

Hearing postponed for man charged with first-degree murder

A case hearing was held Monday at 11:20 a.m. in Payson Superior Court for 35-year-old Thomas Georgatos, a man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 20 discovery of the body of Roger Patrick Watson, found in the trunk of a burning car on Cracker Jack Mine Road.

Commemorative quilts created for Payson's 125th anniversary

The Payson 125th Anniversary Quilt Committee is in the process of making two beautiful, identical commemorative quilts.

Spaghetti dinner benefits Walk for the Cure

In 1999, Cheryl Wedlake Saylor was in the best of health. The 38-year-old woman ate right and exercised.

Teen spends day shadowing Councilor Su Connell

Most people don't follow the budgeting of Payson or recognize the work put into it.

Bush/Beeline overpass long overdue

Dave Goddard's skid marks still mar the northbound lane of the Beeline Highway where it intersects with the Bush Highway/Saguaro Lake turnoff.

Town needs a hall for meetings and events

Zane Grey Twirlers just finished their 27th Annual Square and Round Dance Festival, which draws about 200 people from outside of Payson to some good clean fun.

New water impact fee: Is it enough?

The Payson Town Council recently raised the water impact fee for future building in Payson from $3,785 to $7,570 per residential housing unit. The question arises, is it enough?

Thank you for generous support of pregnancy center

The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center would like to thank everyone who helped with our recent special project.

Youth Football grateful for support

The Payson Youth Football League would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to the recent fund-raising golf tournament:

Tour works to publicize Chinese atrocities

Three practitioners of Falun Gong, an ancient Chinese spiritual exercise that has found its way into modern culture, are traveling through Arizona in an effort to raise awareness of atrocities happening half a world away.

Poker Run to aid motorcycle accident victim

Wheelchair-bound Mindy Valdez is determined to walk again after her April 29 motorcycle accident in Strawberry.

Enhance your job skills for the 21st century

Gila Community College is beginning to roll out a new series of classes -- called the Workforce Readiness Academy -- designed to help people of all ages enhance their skills to better meet the needs of the 21st century workplace.

Ready to eat

The Main Street Grille will host its first Hot Dog Eating Contest at 2 p.m. Saturday.

What's up?

Q: Is water hauled from Star Valley to the Rim Golf Club and construction in Payson? --AND-- Q: Does the algae in the lake at Green Valley Park get cleaned and does it harm the ducks? --AND-- Q: I've been having problems sending e-mails to certain servers with NPG Cable, Inc. What's happening?

Budget Blinds covers windows with a guarantee

John and Lindy Davis' Budget Blinds franchise allows them the buying power to give their customers the lowest prices on brand name window coverings and free installation.

Hydrology firm to present different version of water study

Star Valley officials will meet with the hydrology firm LFR tonight, Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. at town hall to discuss a new report about the status of wells in town.

Construction moves forward for school bond

Progress is being made in the renovations and additions to Julia Randall Elementary School and Rim Country Middle School, according to Henry Halikowski, project manager for the construction consulting firm Pinnacle One.

Donate school supplies to Payson Care Center drive through July 3

Lisa Kennedy, marketing director for the Payson Care Center, said there is still time for Payson and surrounding communities to donate school supplies to the "Back to School" supply drive before the July 3 deadline.

In walking, 4 'legs' better than 2

For years, professional athletes and non-athletes alike have relied upon cross country skiing to build stamina, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and improve the overall tone of the body.

Relay for Life funds help local cancer patients with looks, self-esteem

The Payson Senior Circle is providing a home and point of contact for the American Cancer Society's "Look Good ... Feel Better" program.

Healing massage relaxes, reduces pain

A healing massage could be your ticket to relaxation and better health.

Construction project could keep more lives from being lost at dangerous intersection

Dave Goddard has new hope that no father and husband will ever suffer the agony and heartbreak he did July 24, 2005.

Book attempts to make sense of Rodeo-Chediski

Just over five years ago, 4,500 wildland firefighters gritted their teeth with determination, 40,000 evacuees held their breath and the world watched, shaking its head in awed silence.

Mural proposed for walls of Sawmill Crossing

The beige walls of Sawmill Theatres may soon get a historic makeover.

Sad to see the attitude of neighbors during recent water meeting

My heart is broken. I attended the recent water meeting at the Pine Community Center regarding the K2 project.

Mark calendars for July's First Friday on Main Street

Next Friday, July 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. is the third installment of the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk.

Triple crown

Allison Slaughter of the Desert Heat 16-years-and-under fast-pitch softball team uncorks a pitch during the playing of the Triple Crown USA Payson Championships held June 23 and 24 on four Rumsey Park fields.

Nauseated man nauseates reader

Freedom of speech. We all have a right to criticize whoever we want, if we feel we are not being respected properly. That's all part of democracy.

Payson/Star Valley struggle reminds Globe resident of home

The race between Payson and Star Valley to buy a piece of Brooke Utilities reminds me of the craziness created when Globe and Miami went into an annexation frenzy to get sales tax money from the Safeway/ Wal-Mart complex.

Thursday, June 21

Frontier to become two-way street

Drivers fed up with the highly congested area near Frontier Street and Colcord Road by the post office may soon experience some relief.

RTA Hospice a godsend

"Thank you" seems so little to say to all the hospice team, the employees, volunteers, drivers, helpers and doctors.

Chief steps down after 34 years in law enforcement

After 34 years in law enforcement, including 15 years as chief of the Payson Police Department, Gordon Gartner will transfer his command on June 30 at 3 p.m.

Pizza Factory adds extra room for sports teams

The Pizza Factory has been a fixture at the Payson Village Shopping Center for 20 years. There have been only two owners, Jack Chambers, who opened it, and the Dahlman family, who operate it now. Gail Dahlman managed the restaurant for Chambers before she and her husband purchased it.

Voters will be asked to fund courts, jails in November

In November, voters will be asked to fund courthouse facilities and jails in Globe and Payson.

Zane Grey: It's all about the books

They came from all over the country and some even came from the other side of the world to enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded souls -- as members of the Zane Grey's West Society.

We should reconsider funding Social Security with private accounts

President Bush proposed funding Social Security with private accounts. This idea was summarily rejected on the grounds that it was not financially feasible.

Payson council votes to double water hookup fees

The price tag on new water hookups in Payson doubled after a 5-0 vote by the Payson Town Council at last night's meeting.

Unhappy with this year's Strawberry Festival

This is regarding the Strawberry Festival, held in Strawberry recently.

Thank you for the support during the Chief of Police selection process

I have been deeply touched by the overwhelming amount of support I received during the selection process for the Chief of Police for the Town of Payson.

There are worse forces out there than the ACLU

One letter writer suggested that the ACLU uses First Amendment to destroy our society.

First Friday coverage did not reflect reality of event

In the June 5 issue of the Payson Roundup, there was an article about Main Street open late for First Friday on page 9A by intern, Leah Duran.

Article reminded woman of her own experience with hospice

I am writing in response to the articles written by Teresa McQuerrey about hospice.

Payson only cares about what it can get at Star Valley's expense

I read the Payson Roundup article, "Payson may buy Star Valley water utility" on 12.

New legislation could help you sell your home

As we have all heard, seen or experienced for ourselves, the real estate market slowed down considerably last year, and is doing about the same this year.

Flag Day observance at Elks Lodge

Payson Elks Lodge No. 2154 held its annual Flag Day observance Thursday, June 14.

$1,000 reward for stolen music box

David Blank is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of an antique music box stolen from the Old Town Pawn Shop and reported to police by the owner of the pawn shop on May 28.

Star Valley gets its own television channel

The Star Valley town council unanimously agreed Tuesday to contract with Arizona Communication Sites for the development and production of a cable television channel. Now, it is only a matter of time before NPG Cable customers in Star Valley and Payson have a better idea of what is going on in and around the town.

Roundup hires new advertising executive

Erin McCord came to the Payson Roundup as a temporary replacement at the front desk, and then moved into the bookkeeping department. Now, a little more than a year after she first joined the company, she has joined the advertising staff.

Four teens arrested for school break-in, $6,000 in stolen/damaged equipment

On Thursday morning, Payson police began making arrests following the break-in and vandalism of Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School.

Service club welcomes new Grand Knight

"Faith in action" is the mission of the Knights of Columbus worldwide.

Payson takes stage at Carnegie Hall

Thirteen members of Payson High School's Modern Choir filled New York's Carnegie Hall with their voices on June 11, on a stage that many musicians spend a lifetime trying to reach.

18-year-old graduates from college

Alicia Baker, formerly of Payson, graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University May 11. She majored in political science, with a minor in criminal justice and is waiting to hear about acceptance into law school.

Task force begins building the ark

It sounds like a science fiction movie or a scene from the latest summer blockbuster.

Thank you to Farrell Thompson

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity would like to express our appreciation to Farrell Thompson, and his staff, for going the extra mile to ensure the success of the many fund-raising events sponsored by the Tonto Apache Tribe and the Mazatzal Casino and Hotel.

125th anniversary lapel pins for sale

Help Payson celebrate its 125th birthday by wearing a commemorative lapel pin.

Unauthorized school fund-raisers

Payson Unified School District has discovered that an unauthorized vendor is attempting to sell megaphones and calendars on behalf of the Payson High School cheerleaders. This is not an authorized school or club fund-raiser.

3rd Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup set

The 2007 Rim Country Quilt Roundup will presents a Heritage Quilt Show in partnership with the Western Heritage Festival and Payson's 125th Anniversary.

State attorney general's services offered

The Arizona Attorney General has a satellite office in Payson. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Application period opens for new PAHH project

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is opening a new application period for Phase II of the Longhorn Village Project from June 1 to Nov. 30, 2007.

GED testing dates

Dr. Linda O'Dell, Gila County superintendent of schools, has announced upcoming GED testing dates in Payson.

Remember our fire restrictions


Remember: If you see someone with a fire of any kind in their yard, or any place for that matter, you might remind them of the present restrictions.

Financial decisions important for newlyweds


June is a popular month for weddings in Arizona Rim Country. If you're getting married this month, you have a lot to think about -- a rehearsal, a ceremony, a reception and possibly, a honeymoon. But most important of all, you've got the anticipation of starting a new life together.

Children learn life lessons at Bible school


Thirty-seven eager children showed up at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church for Vacation Bible School. They learned some really good lessons that we pray will remain with them throughout their years to come.

Woman pulls in 25-inch trout on 4-pound line


Tuesday evening was a very exciting time for Tonto Village resident, Theresa Meeker. Theresa decided to try her hand at some fishing on the Tonto Creek. To her astonishment, she landed a huge trout.

Traveling the West looking for wildflowers


My last few weeks have been spent touring the American West with a wildflower expert from England named Sheila Collenette.

Busy time in animal rescue world


Another summer week at Payson Humane Society. Summer is always a very busy time in the animal rescue world. For some reason, it seems so many people abandon their dogs this time of year.

Know the rules before you buy a dog license


I bought a Gila County license for my newest dog just over a month ago. Now, I find out that this license will expire the beginning of August, when her rabies shot is due.

When you feel that a question needs to be asked, ask it


I recently watched a news story in which a doctor at the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control, asked the media to refrain from asking questions about the fact that his future son-in-law had come down with the very same tuberculosis he studies in his lab.

Royce of all trades lives life to fullest


Royce O'Donnell has battled ninjas and clones, slept with rattlesnakes and been hurled off of a speeding motorcycle.

Church briefs

A summertime Bible study for all women continues at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 28 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 East Rancho, Building C, Payson.

Local pair haul in win at All-Star tournament

The final team tournament of the season for All-Star Bass was held at Roosevelt Lake on June 8, with 65 teams competing.

Fisherman competes despite adversity


Mike Elliot has a passion for bass fishing and spends hours on Roosevelt Lake pursuing his favorite pastime. He has been fishing for over 30 years and, at the age of 43, has caught and released many big largemouth bass in the five-pound plus category.

Two horses, two great female athletes

It must have been only a curious coincidence that on the day a filly won the Belmont Stakes, the ABC television network aired a story about the most famous filly in racing history.

Two former Longhorns take All-Star mound

A 4-3 loss to the South did little to dampen Jason Sweet's enthusiasm about playing in the Arizona Coaches Association Class 3A All-Star game.

PHS grad returns from excitement of All-Star game

For Zak Miller, the Arizona Coaches Association 1A-3A North vs. South All-Star football represented the opportunity to relish a top-notch gridiron experience.

Coaches, officials meet to plan district and area tournaments

The Little League season reaches its zenith tomorrow in Winslow, where coaches and officials will gather to plan all-important area and district tournaments.

Team heads to ASU basketball camp

A contingent of eight Payson High School basketball players are heating up the nets at Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Landfill rates increase

The Gila County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved raising the fees at Buckhead Mesa and Russel Gulch landfills at its Tuesday meeting.

What's up?

Q: How much did it cost to hire a new police chief and who paid for it? --AND-- Q: June has two full moons. Isn't that unusual?

New town hall dedicated to Diane McDaniel

A choked up Chuck Heron delivered a proclamation to the McDaniel family at Tuesday night's council meeting, designating the first permanent Star Valley town hall building to be named in honor of Diane McDaniel, who passed away June 9.

New reporter joins Roundup staff

Culture shock is about the only way I can adequately describe my experience of moving from Phoenix to Payson.

McDaniels, Noe to wed

DeAnna McDaniels and Scott Noe will exchange vows on Saturday, June 30, in Rutherfordton, N.C. in a plantation wedding.

Recreation Roundup

All barbecue activities conducted in any public park in Payson are limited to propane or gas grills.

Religious Riders: 30 gather for inaugural Blessing of the Bikes

Motorcycle seats doubled as pews as more than 30 riders gathered for the First Annual Blessing of the Bikes Saturday morning at the Payson United Methodist Church.

FES accepting kindergarten enrollments

Frontier Elementary School is pre-enrolling kindergarten students, as well as new students to our area in the school office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19

Cast away your worries at Bear Canyon Lake or First Crossing


Stars of yellow columbine bloom along the path to one of the Rim Country's best-kept secrets: Bear Canyon Lake.

A culture of paranoia chokes fun in life


We live in a culture of paranoia.

Pasta picnic: Make ahead, chill and enjoy


One of my favorite magazines is "Real Simple." The July issue had a food feature on picnicking at a concert under the stars. The main recipe was "Eggplant Pasta Salad" -- but I don't eat eggplant. I tried it once, in an eggplant Parmesan dish and was so disgusted by it, I threw the whole thing out.

Notable fires in Rim Country


It's the nearing the end of June, which means one thing: the monsoons are coming soon. But it also creates a tense period of time, as the monsoons are often preceded by dry lightning, as well as some of our hottest and driest weather of the year.

Monday, June 18

Roundup should not have printed occupation in rebuttal letter

The Payson Roundup was wrong, from a privacy standpoint, to permit my occupation and the name of my employer to be disclosed in a letter to the editor, written by someone other than myself. It was unnecessary, very careless and irrelevant to anything I've ever written in a letter to the editor.

Star Valley hopes for 'astronomy-friendly' skies

At tonight's council meeting, the Star Valley Town Council will hold a second reading and public hearing regarding the adoption of an ordinance that would restrict certain types of lighting during nighttime hours.

Read new Alpine Heights contract carefully before accepting

Let me first say that we have a very wonderful, well-maintained neighborhood in Alpine Heights.

Live 'Taps' a wonderful thought but impractical

I was dismayed and disgusted to read the four letters from various officials from the Bugles Across America in the June 1 issue of the Roundup, lambasting the Payson Honor Guard for using a digital bugle. The letters from these officials were from Rhode Island, Florida, Missouri and Pennsylvania; none from the State of Arizona and certainly not from the Town of Payson.

Letters about digital bugle were out of line

As a person with more than 20 years in the military, I strongly agree with the other military members who wrote to the Payson Roundup saying that Tom Day and the other Bugles Across America people who wrote insulting letters about the bugler holding a digital bugle were way out of line, both in their language and their attitude. They insulted a volunteer who did what he did with great respect for tradition and for the dead, and did it on his own time and at his own expense.

Children moved to help other children with cancer

Smiles and excitement were plentiful at Payson Day Spa and Salon last week as six girls had their hair cut for Locks of Love.

Thin white line step toward bicycle-friendly community

The Town of Payson has taken the lead and residents should follow.

Tribute more important than form it takes

I agree with a recent letter to the editor written by Mr. Stone. To argue about the form of the tribute (bugles -- original or electronic) given to our veterans is ludicrous and mean-spirited.

Flag Day

On Thursday, Rim Country leaders, residents and veterans gathered at the Payson Elks Lodge 2154 to celebrate Flag Day 2007. Those in attendance joined in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the national anthem.

Krauss anniversary

Butch and Barbara Krauss celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Mountain Bible Church.

Playing with the big leagues

Aspiring baseball players entering grades three through 12 next school year will soon have the opportunity to learn from four former Major Leaguers -- Ron Davis, Bob Lacey, Ozzie Virgil and Lou Klimchock.

Wireless Internet now available at Rim Country libraries

Patrons of local libraries can now bring their own laptops and surf the Internet, free of charge.

You Are Who Went Before You

Desire to know first step back in time

In the seventh grade, I interviewed my grandmother for an afternoon and wrote a two-page report about her life for my social studies class. That was the extent of my knowledge of family history, until I decided to trace my genealogy this weekend, with the help of the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society.

Rents rise; archaeology museum could close

The Payson Archaeology Museum will need to unearth some funds if it is to remain on Main Street at its current location.

A helping hand

Representatives from the Payson Fire Department's B Shift lent a helping hand to raise a flag at the residence of an elderly woman on East Bonita Street.

Volunteers are 'lifeblood of community'

More than 50 volunteers enrolled in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, were honored for their service to the Rim Country Thursday at a luncheon at Payson's Rumsey Park.

Father of Taylor Pool

As the patriarch/manager of Taylor Pool for 17 years, Jim Quinlan's best memories are of the many youths who participated in the myriad of summer aquatic programs.

Nauseated man nauseates reader

The man who wrote a letter that he was nauseated by the president's display at Memorial Day, nauseates me, and should do the same to millions of other Americans for his vulgar remarks made in the Payson Roundup.

College board members withhold vote for budget 'out of good conscience'

Two members of the Gila Community College board refused to vote for or against the next fiscal year's budget during a meeting on Friday.

Rescue record 100 percent for Alzheimer's patients wearing wristband

Do you have a family member or friend that has Alzheimer's? Do you worry about this person walking away from you, either at home or a store?

Rezoning of North Tyler Parkway back on council agenda

The Payson Town Council will hold a second reading and public hearing involving two ordinances that will affect development in town at Thursday night's meeting.

Bowling alley offers free games for students

Rim Country Lanes is running the free, "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" student program in an ongoing effort to provide local area students with wholesome activities.

Galapagos: Witnessing nature's power to astonish

As a young girl in Germany, I learned with fascination about the Galapagos Islands as the birthplace of Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection, inspired by its diverse and fearless wildlife.

Business screens out summer heat

Window screens can do more than keep out the bugs this summer. Paul McConnell's Basin Sun Screens can also keep out some of the summer heat.

Payson grapplers shine

Mike Bonnette led the Payson Pankration Martial Arts charge at the Desert Quest Grappling Championships, held June 2 in the Valley.

Meeting planned to discuss hunting guidelines

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a hunting guideline meeting 6 to 8 p.m. June 21 at the Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway. Game officials have extended an invitation to the public to participate in the meeting to help the department manage the state's wildlife.

Summer begins Thursday; feels like it's already here


We are just a couple of days away from the first day of summer, but with our high temperatures it feels like the season is already here. The summer solstice occurs on June 21.

Young wrestlers invited to join Longhorn 'tradition of excellence'

Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte has extended an invitation to become a part of the Longhorns' "Tradition of Excellence."

Horse drill team to entertain at 125th anniversary

Parade goers are in for a treat on Saturday, Oct. 5, when Bonsai, a miniature horse, his driver Joanne Souza and their drill team companions prance down Main Street in Payson.

What's up?

Q: Why are the cicadas so loud this year? --AND-- Q: Is the Payson Street Department still planning to extend Mud Springs Road to Granite Dells Road?

Zero population growth one solution to water crisis

Remember when we had all the water we needed?

Thursday, June 14

Longhorn Drive repaving ends with two new bike lanes

Town Councilor Andy Romance and Vice Mayor Tim Fruth's goals would like Payson to become a more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly community.

Street crews to be busy this summer


The Payson Street Department is currently busy preparing for summer projects. The field crews are crack-sealing all the roads that are included in this years pavement maintenance program.

DUI arrest made found after resident reports erratic driving

Robert Smith, 47, and Kimberly Marker, 40, both from Payson, were arrested and booked into the Gila County jail on charges of aggravated DUI and extreme DUI Tuesday morning, according to Sgt. Donald J. Garvin of the Payson Police Department.

Triple Crown returns to Rim Country

About 300 girls softball players on 22 teams will descend June 23 and 24 on the Rim Country to participate in the Triple Crown USA Payson Summer Championships.

4-H horse show fills weekend at event center

A pair of Northern Gila County 4-H Clubs, Equine Unlimited and Horse a Go-Go, will host a weekend competition at the Payson Event Center.

Pilates the newest way to improve your golf swing

Golfers are constantly looking for ways to improve their game. They may hire instructors or pore over endless videos by golf masters. Some spend hours at the driving range, hoping practice will be what it takes. Other golfers are turning to Pilates when traditional methods don't yield the desired results.

Trail offers hiker great views of Pine, surrounding area

The Pine Canyon Trail (Forest Service #26) can be accessed from two points: Just west of the town of Pine at the Pine Trailhead, or from a short dirt road off Highway 87 at the top of the Mogollon Rim.

Korbyn Robert Cotton

Korbyn Robert Cotton was born to Robert and Anne at 5:12 p.m., May 27, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Zachary Rian Young

Zachary Rian Young was born to Brian and Kimberly at 7:36 p.m., May 21, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Grace Lynn

Grace Lynn was born to Chad and Sheila at 2:15 p.m., May 31, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Now more than ever, please adopt


At Payson Humane Society we are often asked if we are a no-kill shelter. The answer we give to that question is, we try very hard not to kill for space.

Team has ingredients for another championship

With nine of the top 10 players returning from last season's Lady Longhorn Class 3A East championship-winning basketball team, the Payson High School hardwood crew is expected to again challenge for regional honors.

Payson grad excels at Smith College

Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles and London appear on the roster of hometowns of Smith College athletes, and among those better-known, metropolitan places around the globe -- there sits one name from Payson.

Pa's words now mean more than ever

In a September 1995 edition of the Payson Roundup, I wrote a column, then called "Coach Sez," about my relationship with my father.

Payson teen rides his way to state bareback title

Staying aboard a 1,500-pound bucking bronc for eight seconds, while gripping only a simple braided rein, was not a problem for 16-year-old Trevor Haught.

Dylan Christopher Young

Dylan Christopher Young was born to Bryan and Kristen Young at 1:57 a.m., May 9, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Alexandra Rose Romo

Alexandra Rose Romo was born to Roberto and Starlene at 9:46 p.m., May 24, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Hearings rescheduled for those in first-degree murder case

Case management hearings for the three defendants in the Roger Patrick Watson murder case are continuing. Watson's body was found on Cracker Jack Mine Road Feb. 20, burned in the trunk of a car.

Facts are apparent, motives less so

Last Friday, after we attended a special Payson Town Council meeting to discuss the possibility of buying a portion of Brooke Utilities that services Star Valley, our first question was, "Why?"

Investing for kids? Keep these dates in mind


My wife Tedi and I have five children, all under the age of 18. We have helped get each of them started with their own investments.

Morgan twins

Skeet Shawn and Breeze Reine were born to Shawn and Deneise Morgan on May 27, 2007 at Desert Samaritan.

Put your pet's photo in our 2008 calendar

The Friends of the Payson Humane Society are proud to present another great fund-raiser.

Church briefs

Payson's International Aglow will be hearing about the most exciting trip that any person could take at this time.

Thomas Edison Bartlett

Thomas Edison Bartlett died June 8, 2007. He left a life of service to his country and to society.

Beverly V. Dryer

Beverly V. Dryer, 90, of Payson, died June 5, 2007.

Betty Lou Martens

Betty Lou Martens, a former resident of Payson, died June 12, 2007.

Dam of suspicion

Meeting draws crowd after weeks of water shortages in Pine, Strawberry

The board of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District and visiting geological and water specialists flooded a packed house Wednesday night with information about a planned new well.

Star Valley votes 5-0 in emergency meeting to buy water utility immediately

In an emergency meeting last night, the Star Valley Town Council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution authorizing the town to immediately acquire the portion of Brooke Utilities that services Star Valley, by any legal means possible.

Immigration ordinance in effect July 1

A business license ordinance aimed at reducing the number of illegal immigrant workers in town will take effect in two weeks, on July 1.

Pine fire chief suspended for disorderly conduct

Pine-Strawberry Fire Department Chief William Dekker was placed on paid administrative leave for 30 days, as a result of disorderly conduct charges filed against him by the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Letter writer should flush himself down the toilet

I had to answer the man who wrote a letter saying he was nauseated by the President's display on Memorial Day.

Kyl thinks you are stupid

I heard Jon Kyl on a radio program talking about "Anchor Babies" -- babies who were born in the United States from illegal immigrant mothers.

A brief history of the Payson Packers

As a Payson Packer hiker whose picture appears on Page 40 in the "Summer Visitors Guide," I would like to correct what was said in the caption: "Dave Engleman of Payson helped found the community hiking club, the Payson Packers."

Why should Arizona help California?

Why should Arizona help California out of an energy mess, which they brought on themselves by passing such stupid environmental regulations and laws, which have made it impossible for them to build any more power plants in California?

Poor planning by utility to blame for water shortage, not residents

Myndi Brogdon's Guest Comment on June 8 blamed Strawberry residents for "extreme usage" after the town ran out of water during Memorial Day weekend. She wrote that residents used more than 85 percent more water than usual.

Family appreciates kindness of community

The Martell family extends its sincerest appreciation to the friends and loved ones of Rim Country for all the cards, gifts and acts of kindness that we have received these last weeks.

Thank you for turning in my credit card

About a month ago, I had a credit card go astray at a local gas station.

Human smuggling

Illegal immigrants wait Thursday afternoon, outside the Payson Gila County Sheriff's Office, to be picked up by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials.

6,000 people attended Strawberry Festival


The Strawberry Festival is over again for another year. About 6,000 people visited Hunt's Meadow and enjoyed the wide range of activities, games and special events.

Wouldn't an early monsoon season be nice?


Do you feel the change in weather? As soon as I walked out the door Wednesday morning, I could feel the air was a bit heavier. It would be just wonderful if Mother Nature decided we would have an early monsoon season this year.

Zane Grey's West Society hosts convention in Payson

Fans of the prolific writer Zane Grey, whose romantic novels of the American West largely created a new literary genre, the Western -- have been gathering once a year for a quarter of a century.

Malcolm John Blair

Malcolm "Mac" John Blair, 80, died June 13, 2007 in Phoenix, with his family by his side, in the care of Hospice of the Valley.

The final chapter: Hospice helps survivors open new book

Tom Bartlett, 90, died last Friday.

When Hollywood crosses the line, stay home


At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin made a very enlightened comment.

Name of man who ran over fuel hose should be made public

This is my first letter to an editor of a newspaper. I am writing because a few people who pay a $15 gate fee at the west end of the airport seem to think that they own the airport.

New afternoon DJ provides laughs, music

When Farrell Thompson smiles, he really means it.

Take steps to prevent falls


Among people 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of injury and the most common cause of hospital admission for trauma.

Art reception celebrates local renderings of pop art

"Pop Art: Larger Than Life" features art created in the '60s pop art style, which emphasizes distorted or exaggerated images of popular objects or figures.

Habitat hires new executive director

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity plans to complete the 14 town homes of Longhorn Village over the next three to four years.

New principal hired for Frontier Elementary School

Paula Patterson has been hired as the principal of Frontier Elementary School.

Band plays blues that are anything but sad

As the sun sets Saturday night, the blues band Big Daddy D and the Dynamites promises to light up the stage with high-energy dance music. The band is the next in the Concert under the Stars series, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Police respond to hostage situation on Easy Street

Police responded to a call of two men holding clerks at gunpoint at the Maverik gas station in the 700 block of the Beeline Highway Saturday night.

Middle school broken into, vandalized

Rim Country Middle School was broken into and vandalized sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Payson Police Sgt. Donald J. Garvin.

Best Father's Day gift is time


A year ago, I wrote an article on the perfect Father's Day gift for a fisherman. Numerous gifts were identified with price tags from five dollars to two hundred dollars in value, to fit almost every pocketbook and style of fishing. In reality, I felt satisfied with the article having offered numerous hints for the dads who seemingly have everything.

Help your pets avoid summer bugs, pests


The bugs this year are terrible. It is unpleasant to go outside. For a while, they seemed to be better, but they are back with a vengeance and will probably be here until we get some rain. Combined with the dryness, it is hard on people and animals.

Fire department looks for part-time employee


Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department is looking for a motivated person to work part-time, to assist with the daily duties of the fire department operations.

Former cruise ship employee tells tales of a life at sea

Some years ago, during one of my periods of trying to retire, I decided that since I like passenger ships, I would see if there were a position on a cruise ship that I could fit.

Tuesday, June 12

The perfect field: A dad, his sons and a little game called baseball


The first time a child's bat makes a satisfying thunk as it cracks the baseball into orbit, stands full of Little League parents and siblings probably are not the ones cheering.

A cruise to remember


From Bermuda, we sailed northeast for four days, landing at two islands in the Azores. Located in the mid-Atlantic, 900 miles from Portugal, the Azores consist of nice islands tied together with an independent government and Portugal as the guardian.

Simple snacks


Summer is here, we are planting new gardens, flowers, veggies and herbs. Watering is very important to sustain all this beautiful new growth, so today I choose to write about this wonderful gift called water.

Artist combines wax carving, inlay work


Mike Manasseri adjusts the microscope so he can see to set 1/2 millimeter orange sapphires into the channel setting of a ring he is creating.

The call for reservations


The White Mountain Apaches had made peace with the American Army and agreed to the establishment of a post in the midst of their territory in exchange for food to feed their hungry people.

Monday, June 11

Sadee Marie Jewell

Sadee Marie Jewell was born May 4, 2007 at 11:17 p.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center to Anthony and Brittany.

Crowd expected at Pine water meeting

Gary Sherlock, president of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District, is expecting a crowd at the town meeting to be held Wednesday.

Payson grad aspires to be NASCAR driver

Payson High School graduate Karinda Oswald is not attending college to become a doctor or a teacher. Instead, she wants to be a racecar driver for NASCAR.

Who knew paper and pencils could mean so much?

On May 29, in the small village of Manandona, Madagascar, 320 students and their eight teachers gathered as the vice mayor presented them with a two-pound package of colored paper and pencils, postmarked Pine, Arizona, U.S.A.

Martell-Anderson wedding

Approximately 100 guests witnessed the joyous wedding of Amy Jewell Martell of Payson to Jeffrey Daniel Anderson of Scottsdale May 20, 2007.

Trent William Moores Jr.

Trent William Moores Jr. was born May 17, 2007 at 5:55 p.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center to Trent and Monica.

Thomas Edward Rosell

Thomas Edward Rosell was born May 13, 2007 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center to Shelli R. Grevis (Star Valley) and Edward F. Rosell (Payson).

GED testing offered

GED testing will be offered in Payson July 14 and Aug. 18.

JRE kindergarten enrollment under way

Julia Randall Elementary is currently enrolling students for kindergarten.

Star Valley cornerstone passes away

Diane McDaniel, a woman who was instrumental in the incorporation of Star Valley, passed away June 9.

Thank you to the police department and the man who returned my wallet

My son, Dan, is an avid member in good standing of San Diego's venerable Prowlers Car Club and rarely misses a noteworthy car show, wherever it may be.

Payson may buy Star Valley water utility

Star Valley mayor tells Payson to 'leave us alone'

The Payson Town Council voted 6-1 in a special meeting Friday to investigate the possible purchase of a portion of Brooke Utilities that services the town of Star Valley.

Local stores remove contaminated beef from shelves

Wal-Mart stores nationwide, including the Wal-Mart in Payson, are voluntarily recalling ground beef products possibly infected with E. coli and distributed by Tyson Foods Inc., according to Kory Lundberg, corporate communications spokesman for Wal-Mart Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark.

County examines way to repair abandoned buildings

At Tuesday's meeting, the Gila County Board of Supervisors looked at a new program that would clean up abandoned buildings around the county and then sell them for the restitution costs.

Thank you for making arts and crafts fair a success

Just a note to say thanks to the community, for its response for the Ninth Annual Mountain High Days, Arts and Crafts Bazaar, over Memorial Day weekend on the Gila County Courthouse grounds. The attendance was on a par with other years, even with the gasoline spike in prices for Valley visitors.

Taffeta dress incident a shame at middle-school graduation

We are outraged over the taffeta dress incident at Rim Country Middle School.

Isabella Cristina Weaver

Isabella Cristina Weaver was born May 3, 2007 at 1:11 p.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center to Michael and Monica Weaver.

Purpose and meaning of the event more important than means to achieve it

Rather strong comments were contained in recent letters to the editor regarding the Payson Honor Guard Bugler and the device used to play music, in this case "Taps."

Honor Guard to be commended for its service

In response to the letters to the editor in your May 29 edition of the Payson Roundup, regarding the Honor Guard bugler and their service: I personally know one of the fine gentlemen who serves with that Honor Guard and I have been present at more than one occasion where they have given of their time to give "Honor" to the friends and family of a loved one who had served his or her country.

Quilt show winners

The Strawberry Patchers would like to say "thank you very much" to the generous sponsors, vendors, show attendees and show participants for making the quilt show a big success.

I'll care more about terrorists' feelings when they care about mine

Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on Sept. 11, 2001?

Child services interested in hiring minorities, veterans

Pinal Gila Community Child Services Inc. (PGCCS) is committed to the principles of providing equal employment opportunity to qualified female, male, minority individuals and individuals with disabilities, qualified special disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era and veterans serving active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition, for which a campaign badge has been authorized. PGCCS has developed an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) to ensure the realization of this goal.

Joie June Clark

Joie June Clark was born May 18, 2007 at 2:38 a.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center to Cory and Cassandra Clark.

Front-page hospice photo robbed man of his dignity

Teresa McQuerrey is to be commended for her excellent introductory article on page 8A of the Roundup's June 1 edition. I appreciate, very much, her efforts to inform the general public of the wonderful benefits provided by hospice organizations throughout our nation and here at home.

Thoughtfulness and support appreciated

On June 1, Michael Lidster's family and friends gathered together for a celebration of life.

Perham earns master's

Judy Perham received her master's degree in human relations and counseling from the College of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University in May.

Strawberry Festival

Throngs of visitors from around the state attended the Strawberry Festival, which was held for the first time ever in Hunt's Meadow on Fossil Creek Road. A variety of food and craft vendors and a flea market captured the attention of all who attended.

Community Notification: Level 3 Sex Offender Alert

The Gila County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to A.R.S. ß 13-3825, the community notification on sex offender's law.

Layla Jo Price

Layla Jo Price was born May 12, 2007 at 8:05 a.m. at Payson Regional Medical Center to Hannah.

Merle A. (Bud) Dwyer

Merle A. (Bud) Dwyer died June 1, 2007. He was born July 29, 1933 in Sacramento, Calif. to Merle W. and Eleanor Dwyer.

Diane McDaniel

Diane McDaniel, a longtime resident of Payson, died June 9, 2007 in Star Valley.

Conrad Schneider

Conrad Schneider, 72, died May 21, 2007 in Payson, with his family by his side, in the care of the RTA Hospice staff. He was born May 26, 1934 in Pasadena, Calif.

Senior Center Menu

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required.

Making peace with Parkinson's

When Hazel Peace was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 14 years ago, her doctor said she would never get well.

Yellow pest spreads through Rim Country

The color yellow is generally reserved for all things sunny, bright and happy. But in the case of a weed crowding the landscape in many areas of Rim Country, it may help identify the villain.

Elks keep patriotic tradition alive

Thursday is Flag Day and on that morning, at 11 a.m., the Payson Elks Lodge will present a patriotic tribute to the American Flag.

Roundup welcomes new editorial board

It has officially been a year since the Payson Roundup changed its approach to editorials and formed its first editorial board.

Pikes' home opener Friday against Barracudas

Payson Pikes swim team members have the opportunity to showcase their aquatic skills June 16 at Taylor Pool against the visiting Bullhead City Barracudas.

Memorial golf tournament honors former football coach

Former friends and teammates of Jack Morris will have the opportunity to honor his memory Saturday, June 23 at a golf tournament played each year since his death in 2004.

Slow-pitch finale turns into slugfest

What was supposed to be a slow-pitch softball championship game turned into a marathon-like slugfest.

Recreation Roundup

Payson Parks and Recreation sponsors a Wednesday night barrel and pole bending series through July.

Tonto team heads to Junior Olympics

Members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team have their sights set on top-three finishes at the Arizona Junior Olympic finals and the resulting berths in the Region X championships.

Card of 115 takes top spot in 'six-six-six' fray

Most linksters only dream about the sterling golf round turned in by Jessie Smith.

Tour new Bison Cove condos this weekend

A small swirl of sawdust flew in the wind, and the whine of an electric drill shrilled Tuesday afternoon, as construction workers strove to complete more condominiums at Bison Cove in Payson.

Whisper Creek Log Homes boast quality, affordability

Wes Carlock, owner of Whisper Creek Log Homes, has partnered with Amon Builders to bring his homes to the Rim Country.

Brunson anniversary

Charles and Sherry (Terrell) Brunson recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Roosevelt Lake.

Ward recognized

Curtis and Wendy Ward are very pleased to announce that their daughter, Rachael Marie, has received her Young Woman Recognition Award and Medallion.

Turner graduates

Nicole D. Turner of Phoenix graduated from Mesa Community College May 11.

Gila Community College budget meeting

Gila County Community College District Governing Board will hold a meeting, open to the public, at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 15 via ITV at Gila Pueblo College Payson Campus Room 402, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, and Globe Campus Room 522, 8274 Six Shooter Canyon.

Thursday, June 7

Water company asks customers to conserve during Strawberry Festival

Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of a shock to every Brooke Utilities employee and customer. Running out of water in Strawberry is unheard of. Strawberry has been an example of a system that could support itself and even send excess to the more problem-prone Pine.

Gila Community College budget meeting June 15

Gila County Community College District Governing Board will hold a meeting, open to the public, at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 15 via ITV at Gila Pueblo College Payson Campus Room 402, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, and Globe Campus Room 522, 8274 Six Shooter Canyon.

Pine Library summer youth programs

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library is offering a variety of programs for young people during the month of June.

Bible school answer to 'Mom, I'm bored'


It's that time of year again when the kids are out of school, and moms begin to hear the chorus, "Mom, I am bored," well, here is something for them to do. Beginning Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, they can attend Vacation Bible School.

Prepare your pet for an evacuation


June is Emergency Preparedness Month. Here in the Rim Country, we know the danger and real fear of forced evacuation due to fire. The Humane Society of the United States offers complete guidelines for preparing for a disaster.

Former Payson athlete a collegiate success story

Another Payson High School student-athlete, Waylon Pettet, who graduated in 2003, made his mark at the collegiate level.

Food Care program

Food Care is a simple way to stretch your food dollars. It is there for everyone, young and elderly, and there are no income qualifications.

Summer boys basketball team suffers through first taste of defeat

The Payson High School boys summer league basketball team suffered its first taste of the agony of defeat.

William (Bill) Henry Pernack

William (Bill) Henry Pernack, 76, of Payson, died June 1, 2007, surrounded by loved ones.

Grad night

Bryce Danielson plays a game of pool during the 2007 Grad Night Party.

Reliving waterdog days of youth


If you have wandered the woods of the Rim Country, no doubt you have come across the numerous stock tanks, which, in previous years, watered the cattle herds of various ranchers in the area.

Diana "Chef Di" Skinner

Diana "Chef Di" Skinner, 53, of Strawberry, died May 8, 2007 in Casa Grande.

Michael Alan Rokoff

Michael Alan Rokoff, 68, died peacefully in his sleep, June 4, 2007. He was born June 20, 1939 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Solmond and Lillian Weiner Rokoff.

Preston Curtis

Preston Curtis, 84, died May 31, 2007, following a brief illness. Family and friends had gathered by his side.

Anthony J. Aritta

Anthony J. Aritta, 83, of Meriden, Conn., died June 4, 2007 at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was born May 28, 1924 in New Haven, Conn., a son of the late Joseph P. and Mary Paldo Aritta.

What's up?

Q: What happened to the noon whistle at the Sawmill Theatres?

Letter writers attacked a fine veteran who has given a lot to this community

I read with great interest the recent letters to the editor submitted by Mr. Day and Mr. Carey Jr., who represent Bugles Across America.

Sounds, smells of football in the air

The smell of pigskin is in the air.

Hot putters make the game

Putting was the name of the game for members of the Payson Women's Golf Association.

'Taps' is a tribute to all fallen and departed veterans

I have just read the letters to the editor in which Tom Day, Founder of Buglers Across America and Larry Carey Jr., Georgia State Director, Buglers Across America, call Tech Sergeant Larry Moore "a faker, which in the eyes of Bugles Across America is a disgrace to all veterans who have served."

Payson Humane Society reaches goal for matching funds

In early March, Payson Humane Society received a matching funds offer of $10,000 from an anonymous donor for the upcoming building project.

ACLU uses 1st Amendment to destroy our society

Maybe the ACLU should begin by giving itself an honest name change like American Communist Loonies United.

Appalled at the Memorial Day service attendance

I can't believe that Paysonites cannot take two hours out of one day, once a year, to honor our veterans.

Few businesses flew flags on Memorial Day

I noted while driving into Payson over Memorial Day weekend that there must be a great deal of apathy regarding the meaning and solemnity of Memorial Day.

FES kindergarten enrollment under way

Frontier Elementary School is pre-enrolling kindergarten students, as well as new students to our area, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the school office.

Reality of West stranger than fiction

For Payson artist Jack Greenshield, a picture is worth a thousand brushstrokes.

Star Valley budget triples from last year

In its second year as an incorporated town, Star Valley has a proposed budget for the next fiscal year that is three times the amount of the first year's budget.

Star Valley Council implements rental property tax

After weeks of contested discussion and two failed readings, an ordinance enacting a 2-percent sales tax on residential rental property squeaked by with a 4-3 vote of the Star Valley Town Council.

Rabid bat at Green Valley Park

A Mexican Freetail bat was found to be rabid by Payson Animal Control this week.

Angels among us

Nurses dedicated to those at end of life

The living room of the Bartletts' home is a record of the care Tom Bartlett has received since March, when RTA Hospice first came to care for him.

Maximum sentence to firefighter who set blaze

A federal judge showed little mercy in sentencing firefighter Van Bateman to two years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Rosenblatt doled out the sentence --the maximum he could impose under a plea agreement -- early this week in Phoenix.

Saying goodbye to artist through tears, laughter

Michael Rokoff, a pen-and-ink artist who brought smiles to faces of millions by designing greeting cards for Hallmark and American Greeting Cards, passed away in his Star Valley home June 4.

Southeast Asia: 3 countries, 15 days

Southeast Asia has been one of the top five destinations on my "must see" list for some time. Finally the time was here, so I signed up with Tauck World Discovery Tours.

Those with live bugle agenda need reminder of what's really important

I am sure many letters will be written relative to "EchoTaps," and the part that the Payson Military Honor Guard played.

Pine/Strawberry water issues meeting June 13

The Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center.

New matching funds offer received


In early March, Payson Humane Society received a matching funds offer of $10,000 from an anonymous donor for the upcoming building project.

Habitat in need of volunteers

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity built 13 homes since July 1995 that house 61 parents and children.

Tell me stories of Old Payson


Two weeks ago, I wrote a column that included a few comments that were made about Payson in an Arizona guide book, written in 1940 and revised in 1956. It got me thinking.

Wind advisory in effect this weekend


Hold on to your hats today. A wind advisory is in effect, along with a red flag warning for high winds and extremely dry conditions.

When buying bonds, quality is what counts


One of the reasons you invest in bonds -- perhaps the main reason -- is the interest payments you'll receive.

Get your fill of music, entertainment, strawberries


The new, exciting and totally different Strawberry Festival is this weekend with events both in Strawberry and Pine.

Jake's Corner: The Movie

Paul Sanchez, director of photography and Jan Ruona, first assistant camera operator for the movie "Jake's Corner," set up angles at Messinger Funeral Home, before the camera begins to roll.

Ham radio operators to host field day

Ham Radio Operators demonstrate modern capabilities with a public demonstration of emergency communications on June 23-24 at the annual field day event, held at Rumsey Park, Ramada #3.

Fisherman's best stories have nothing to do with bass

While putting together a story this week about Clifford Pirch's selection as a member of the National Guard's bass tournament fishing team, I couldn't help but remember a sidesplitting story he told me in 2004.

Fishing for the troops

Clifford Pirch understands the responsibility with which he's been entrusted as a standard bearer for the National Guard.

The impact of art and of one artist

If we did not have artists in our world, we would drown. We would be buried in the mundane world of work and mortgage. There would be the struggle to survive, but there would never be a moment when we would be lifted above that struggle -- to gain perspective on it, to laugh at it, to understand that we are not alone.

Recorder restores old maps of Gila County

Linda Haught-Ortega was determined to make her contribution to history-rich Gila County.

Sculpture stands up to health care crisis

Carolee Jackson's eyes felt as if they were on fire as she lay in a hospital bed in October 2001, fighting a consuming lung virus.

Engler named next Payson police chief

The Payson Police Department officially has a new police chief to replace the retiring Gordy Gartner and he couldn't have asked for a warmer welcoming.

Church briefs

Vacation Bible School, with the theme "Rescue Zone: Saved by God's Power," will be at the Pine Strawberry School from June 11 to June 15, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Tuesday, June 5

A cruise to remember


Recently I read a British publication on ocean liners and came across an article telling of a group of retired British maritime employees that get together for "Maritime Memories" on a trans-Atlantic crossing to England on my favorite ship, the Discovery.

The U.S. seeks peace


Early in March 1870, the Army introduced someone into the Arizona scene who would not only come to know the Tonto Apaches well, but play a large role in diminishing their tribe.

Strawberry Festival moves to Hunt's Meadow


On June 9 and 10 Hunt's Meadow at the end of Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry will be THE place to find luscious red delicious strawberries -- plain, chocolate-covered, on a kabob, mashed and cooked in jam and sipped as strawberry sparkle, through a straw.

Near-death experience leads woman to art


Carolee Jackson is a woman with a mind of her own, who wakes up each day with a smile.

Keep meals cool with salad combos


In our family, our pets have come to us as gifts, drop-offs, and/or from animal shelters.

Monday, June 4

Water, development key issues to Star Valley residents

The General Plan Committee for the Town of Star Valley held its first public meeting Thursday at the Lamplighter RV Park Clubhouse.

Scenic sneak peek

Preseason training camp returns to Rim Country

Among the perks of living in the Rim Country are opportunities for free, sneak peeks of a PAC-10 football team during preseason training camp.

President's Memorial Day display nauseating

Anyone else nauseated to see George Bush pretend to pay tribute to dead soldiers on Memorial Day?

Bugles Across America letters insulting

First, to respond to the letters in Mail Call on May 29, 2007, from Larry Carey Jr. and Tom Day of Bugles Across America, I was under the impression that Taps Across America was to honor deceased veterans, not to give buglers a chance to "blow your own horn."

Brutal letters about bugler did not show respect volunteer deserves

I am writing in regards to the letters concerning the Payson Military Honor Guard.

Contributions will go toward beautification of Pine, Strawberry

A special "thank you" to all the individuals and families who own homes in Pine and Strawberry who contributed to our 2007 fund-raiser.

This war is wrong and needs to end

Five minutes after reading the letter written by Jerry Bessler, I felt compelled to jump on my computer and respond.

Thanks from the Peace family

We want to thank the many people who sent cards, plants, flowers and food to us after the death of Calvin Peace.

Receivers offer reading materials for visually impaired

Sun Sounds of Arizona, a special radio station for people who find it difficult or impossible to read printed materials, is now accessible to most residents in Payson.

Hiring from within will help police morale

Employee motivation is critical to the value of their work and their work ethic. One of the most important criteria in employee motivation is upward mobility.

Thank you for hosting foreign exchange students

I would like to personally thank Michael Buskirk, Daria Mason and sons Kit and John, as well as Bill, Elise and Erin Pitterle, who have hosted exchange students Chistoph Bruhn and Marie Koesser this year through the EF Foundation for Foreign Study.

Thank you for making Aero Fair a success

The 2007 Aero Fair Committee thanks Payson. The Experimental Aircraft Association thanks you. The Payson Pilots' Association thanks you, and your airport thanks you.

Why does American Cancer Society give money to Planned Parenthood?

On June 1 and 2, the American Cancer Society (ACS) held its annual "Relay for Life" in Payson. We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer in some way. We are well aware of the need for research, care and support in fighting this dreadful disease.

If church wants to get involved in government, let them pay taxes

I read in the Payson Roundup where the Mountain Bible Church was helping illegals get passports.

Council should support Carpenter's choice for police chief

Eighty-nine applications were received for the position of Payson police chief, a job that will be vacated by the July 1 retirement of Gordon Gartner.

We got what we asked for -- leadership

During the 2006 Payson Town Council election, we wrote an editorial about the kind of leadership we wanted in office.

Doubled fees to be used in search for water

The Payson Town Council will meet Thursday and hold a first reading and public hearing to double the water development fee in town.

Engler chosen for chief of police

Payson Police Commander Don Engler was chosen from among five finalists and more than 90 initial applicants to lead the Payson Police Department after current chief, Gordon Gartner, retires July 1.

Outdoor concert series begins Saturday

Enjoy relaxing summer evenings with free live music of all genres Saturday nights at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater. All ages are welcome. Restrictions include glass containers and skateboarding, biking or rollerblading during the performances.

Little Springs Fire

The Payson area experienced smoke yesterday from the Little Springs Fire, located about 10 miles west of Heber, and 5 miles north of Forest Lake Estates.

Basketball coach strengthens team with summer of training

Kenny Hayes knows well the strengths and weaknesses of most all his senior basketball players.

Payson athletes prepare for football, baseball All-Star games

Participation in the most prestigious All-Star games of the postseason is just over the horizon for a trio of former Longhorns and a coach.

Hamm, Robinson to marry

Verne Hamm of Kemmerer, Wyo. and Cindy Schnepp of Payson announce the wedding of their son, Jason Hamm, to Marissa Robinson, daughter of Darrel and Lynn Robinson of Green River, Wyo.

Payson residents strive to be more environmentally friendly

Every day, Wayne Gorry rides to work on his silver Moots road bike.

Local talent hits big screen

Sylvia Dimas said she thought Jeff Santo was dreaming when he told her, summers ago, that he planned to set a movie at Jake's Corner.

Square dance festival features national callers

The biggest crowd in Payson Saturday night will be twirling around the floor of the Tonto Apache Gym, beginning at 8 p.m.

Jazz musician didn't discover calling until 29

Each of us finds our calling in life sooner or later.

PHS scholarship winners

This year, students at Payson High School received a total of $428,735 in scholarships -- $71,575 were from local organizations.

Low-cost mobile spay, neuter clinic in Payson June 19-21

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will be offered in Payson by the Arizona Humane Society's mobile clinic. The clinic will be held for three days --Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21, in the Bashas' parking lot.

Registration begins for youth football

The Payson Chapter of Central Arizona Youth Football Association will host the first of five registrations 9 to 11 a.m. June 9 at Pioneer Title, 421 S. Beeline Highway.

Writer teaches children to find heartbeat of poem

There is not much that could possibly be nice about an alligator in a child's bedroom at night.

Main Street Grille to host Hot Dog Eating Contest

Kobayashi, the world champion hot-dog eater may not make it to Payson this year, but there will be plenty of Kobayashi-wannabes at the first annual Main Street Grille Hot Dog Eating Contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30.

Mama Mops has a clean reputation

Having a good reputation for the work you do can be hazardous to your health. Ask Michelle LaMotte, owner and operator of Mama Mops Cleaning Service.

Big numbers

Rim Country Middle School students from Russ Graham's class were among the largest contributors to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fund-raiser, held from 6 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. Saturday morning on the Payson High School football field.

Former PHS golf star returns to Payson links

Tyson McKee's Payson High School teammates in 2000 included Tyler Perna, Keith Stevens and Dallas Rensch.

Pianist Sam Rottman to play Sunday

Pianist Sam Rottman will again be in concert at the First Southern Baptist Church, on the corner of Colcord and Bonita, at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Katherine "Kay" Janet Wright

Katherine "Kay" Janet Wright, 76, of Payson, died at her home on June 1, 2007 in Payson.

Farleys celebrate 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. Mel Farley were united in marriage on June 15, 1957 in Vienna, W.Va.

87 young people experience joy of flight

Early Saturday morning, the cars began arriving at Payson Municipal Airport and children ran down the stairs for their free Young Eagles airplane rides.

Main Street open late for First Friday

Patrons attending Payson's second First Friday Night Art and Antiques Walk on historic Main Street had the chance to enjoy live music, view classic cars and visit several art galleries and other shops that stayed open late into the evening.

Library considers installation of biomass heating system

The biomass heating system proposed for the Payson Public Library would be the first of its kind in Arizona.

Stretch, strengthen with Tai Chi

Twittering birds are the only sound Saturday morning, amidst the serenity of Green Valley Park, where several seniors silently practice fluid, graceful movements beneath a shady awning of tree branches.

How many seniors have an iPod?


How many of the following do you know how to use or even what they are: iPods, text messaging, Blackberry, cell phone, Palm Pilot, high definition or plasma TV, GPS?

Car in the lake

Debra Myers, 49, was cited Thursday for failure to control her vehicle.