Stories for March 2007


Thursday, March 29

Tonto Basin couple hooked on fishing

A Tonto Basin husband and wife team enjoys each other's company so much they spend hours at a time on a little boat in the middle of a lake.

Madea Ernestine Karst

Madea Ernestine Karst was born at 7:59 a.m. March 9, 2007 to John and Brandy at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Before it gets hot, clean up your property


We thought it was awfully hot awfully early, and now it is cool again. The clouds today were moving quickly -- black, dark gray and light surrounding a little patch of bright blue sky. It was incredible. However, I hear warm weather is on the way again.

Business Profiles (P - Z)

This section of the Progress edition is where the businesses supporting the publication get special recognition.

PAHH partners get a good deal, give time and energy

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is working on securing funds to build seven duplexes for 14 families at the intersection of McLane and Longhorn roads.

Era ends as Creekside Steakhouse changes hands


Almost 50 years ago, Olive Ashby Matus moved to the community of Christopher Creek, and it was the beginning of an era.

Optimists keep neighbors connected

The Rim Country Optimist Club's "subtitle" is Friends of Youth.

Tonto Apache Tribe augmenting casino

Construction on the Tonto Apache Tribe's big project in the Rim Country -- a huge hotel and casino addition to the Mazatzal Casino -- continued in 2006.

Residents stay busy at the Double D

The Tonto Village Fire District firehouse and the Tonto Village Chapel are the busiest places in the Village, besides the Double D Bar, Saloon and Restaurant.

Time to do spring cleanup for fire season


It is time to finish cleaning away bushes, tree limbs, pine needles and other debris from around our homes to get ready for fire season.

Consider these 'tax-smart' investment strategies for 2007


Rim Country residents are more than knee-deep into tax season again. As you review all your forms, you might notice that your investment-related taxes seem rather high.

Kids, I hate to tell you, will be kids


One day, when I was 4 years old, I listened to my older brothers talking about how beautiful the sunrise had been that morning. I wanted to see it for myself, but I knew, without asking, that none of them was going to get up early to show it to me.

Tonto Basin sees new Kiwanis Club building and RV park

In 2006 the Kiwanis Club of Tonto Basin purchased its own building in order to better provide for the community.

Church briefs

Some very special music will be presented for local residents at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Payson. The Rancher Choir from Rainbow Acres will be performing.

Jump to health

Justin Huddlestun is one of the many Julia Randall Elementary students who did his part for the school's Jump Rope For Heart event.

Helicopter rides prize for contest winners

Breann Brunson, a fifth-grade student at Frontier Elementary School, and Alexis Gautt, a fourth-grade student from Payson Elementary School, won the Grand Prize in the Gila County Meth Coalition's poster contest.

Sky Kings

Flying the friendly skies with radio-controlled airplanes

Dick Campbell likes to take the controls of his DC3 airplane and fly above the cliffs at the Rim Country Flyers' Airfield. On sunny days, the twin engines of his Eastern Airlines passenger liner whine as the plane rises into the sky from the 600-foot-long runway. "I have six or seven planes ready or nearly ready to fly and 22 kits to build," Campbell said.

Spring rites

The children in the Payson Head Start program were introduced to some of the soft and cuddly rites of spring with a visit to see the new chicks at the Payson Feed and Pet Supply Store.

Economic development summit keys into 'Cool Cities'

Everyone has a stake in the future of Payson and the surrounding Rim Country. Taking an active part in planning that future, 80 people have registered to participate in the March 31 Payson Focused Future II Summit.

Library discard sold to French gallery for $900

The staff and volunteers at the Payson Public Library are removing books from the shelves because there is no room for new purchases. The displaced books are marked for discard, generally due to lack of circulation.

Sheriff's Office to purchase three new vehicles

The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved the authorization of three new vehicles for the Gila County Sheriff's Office at a Tuesday meeting.

Time for trout fishing in Rim lakes


The Rim Country is known as an escape from Valley heat and a great destination for trout fishing among its many springtime visitors.

Former PHS coach named head football coach in N.C.

Mike Loutzenheiser was shaken, upset and disappointed when he was told in 2004 that his Payson High School varsity boys basketball coaching contract was not going to be renewed.

Horns ready to corral Cowboys

After a promising 9-3 start, the Payson High School baseball team is in the thick of conference play and learning the hard way just how good the competition is in the 3A East region.

Charitable tradition tees off

Chaparral Pines and the Rim Golf Club have united to offer a golf tournament full of fun and good intentions.

Spring changes

The one certain thing about spring weather in the Rim Country is the fact that it will change -- going from near-summerlike days with temperatures near 80 degrees back to winterlike lows of 24.

Yeah, roundabout; Nay, illegal immigration ordinance

I would like to know the accident ratio at the roundabout, compared to the highways 260 and 87 intersection.

All dogs need a taste of freedom

Those of us who grew up in the "olden days" remember when dogs pretty much roamed free in their neighborhoods, mostly causing no trouble except for an occasional tipped garbage can. They accompanied the local kids wherever they went and never had a dull day.

Baker, Herd engaged

Clark and Kathy Baker, of Pine, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lara, to Ty Herd, son of Joe and Linda Herd, of Irene, Texas.

The problem with ethanol

Ethanol receives a 51-cent per gallon blending tax credit and comes from grain that receives government price supports.

Christians protesting against the war

According to the national news, our Congressional House of Representatives passed an Afghanistan/Iraq war-spending bill. That bill requires that the troops receive proper training, proper equipment and proper resting periods. Bush is permitted to waive those provisions.

Thanks to Mogollon Health Alliance

The Mogollon Health Alliance. Has anyone ever heard of this group?

Genevieve Medigovich

Genevieve Medigovich, 89, of Payson, died March 21, 2007. She was born Jan. 21, 1918 in San Blas, Sinaloa, Mexico.

James William Barrett Jr.

James William Barrett Jr. died March 29, 2007. He was born May 7, 1934 to James and Vera Barrett in Lamesa, Texas.

KCMA program director resigns

John Carpino, of 98.5 KCMA FM, will trade his microphone for a lesson plan book when he steps down as the radio station's program director to accept a teaching position.

KMOG owner home, recovering after accident

KMOG co-owner Mike Farrell had less than a second to respond when a vehicle pulled out in front of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Highway 260 in Star Valley on March 5.

Man should never have become police officer

Reading the heading of the article, "Officer fired for Tasering Unconscious Man" from the March 18 Roundup, my first thought was, "What was he thinking?"

Payson loses piece of rodeo history

Former rodeo boss dies

Jim Barrett's passing this week drew the circle of the old-time rodeo crew closer.

Growing a government main effort in Star Valley

The newly incorporated town of Star Valley experienced many firsts and lots of growth in 2006.

Jails committee compares scenarios

The Gila County Jails Committee met yesterday, Thursday, at the Payson campus of Gila Community College to discuss various scenarios for improving correctional facilities in the county -- either by revamping existing facilities or by building entirely new ones.

I blame Lute Olson

Before I potentially get into a lot of trouble with Wildcat fans, I'd like to remind everyone that I'm a University of Arizona graduate. I'm the first to defend UA against Arizona State alums (including my parents) and will always proudly stand by my school.

Water, new market, highlights of 2006 in Pine area

Pine and Strawberry residents experienced two exciting developments in 2006.

Developmental preschool starts in Tonto Basin

State law dictates that where there are children, age three to five years old with learning and other disabilities, public schools must accommodate those children.

Building program important for charter school

The Shelby School is an Arizona charter school located in Tonto Village with an emphasis on academics and arts.

Technology, field updated in Pine

The last year brought technology changes inside the classrooms and on the ball field of Pine-Strawberry Elementary.

Community helps Head Start succeed

At Head Start, site manager Lynne Winans and teacher Melody Donaldson place emphasis on early childhood education for 20 children.

PTO is a driving force at Julia Randall school

Veteran educator, Robert Varner had three goals for Julia Randall Elementary School his first year at JRE as principal:

PCS has hands-on approach to learning

The Payson Center for Success is an alternative high school that implements a hands-on approach to education.

Student performance garners recognition

Payson High School students achieved a mark they've never reached before.

Board expects improvements

The Payson Unified School District Board is most proud of three major accomplishments last year.

Trenastys celebrate 50 years

Charlie and Mary Trenasty of Strawberry were married March 23, 1957 in Santa Ana, Calif.

Dependable, positive attitude make Young Man of the Year

Hard-working, dependable, positive are some of the words supporters of Matthew Jones offered to describe Matthew Jones, the Payson Roundup's Young Man of the Year.

Water study released

Payson mayor says it's time for two towns to come to table

Now that the Star Valley Watershed Safe Yield study has been released, Mayor Bob Edwards said he hopes Payson can now sit down with Star Valley to discuss what the report really means.

In case of bombing, natural disaster ... What would we do?

Last week, the Payson Police Department was called to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in response to a bomb threat.

Cell phone initiative deserves chance on the ballot

Hang up and drive. That phrase entered our national speech not long after cell phones entered our hands.

A few questions and comments after recent council meeting

After reading the March 16 edition of the Payson Roundup on the immigration ordinance, I felt compelled to offer a few suggestions, and more importantly, ask a few questions.

Tritium isotope can be used to track source of well water

Analytical tests just received by the Payson Water Department's hydrogeologist, Mike Ploughe, P.G., confirm that the Tower Well is drawing water from a substantially different and deeper source than all the other Star Valley wells.

Appeals court closes book on Johnson-DeCola case

The long-running case that forced the resignation of Jeri Johnson-DeCola from the Tonto Apache Tribal Council in 1999 has finally come to an end.

Mia Schma Miranda

Mia Schma Miranda was born at 7:04 a.m. Feb. 5, 2007 to Deja Jones and Salvador Miranda at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Hailey Jean Fallin

Hailey Jean Fallin was born at 8:36 a.m. Feb. 28, 2007 to Anthony and Elaine at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Professional learning community focuses on RCMS students

The biggest change this past school year at Rim Country Middle School was the formation of a professional learning community (PLC).

Frontier targets writing, behavior

Better writing, good behavior and an evolving professional learning community have been the three focuses of Frontier Elementary School students and staff over the past year.

PES proud of Panther projects

The 2006-2007 was a great school year for Payson Elementary students and staff.

Payson education center heads into second year

The Payson Education Center opened in February of 2006 under the direction of Gila County School Superintendent Linda O'Dell.

College has growth and expansion in 2006

Gila Community College in Payson expanded its reach last year, with more instructors, more classes and more programs.

Main Street growth building a foundation for the future

The pulse of Main Street in Payson is getting stronger all the time.

Woman of Year is a Gila County revolutionary

Tommie Martin has three major goals and a knack for stirring things up.

Man of year known for his positive attitude

When people talk about Cliff Potts, the first thing they say is, "Cliff is such a positive person."

Many interests, activities key to Young Woman's success

A strong work ethic, commitment, determination and compassion have been the keys to Payson High School senior Caitlin Fruth's success, both on and off campus.

Woman started life on Bootleg Alley

Patricia Haught (now Cline) was born on a cold January day in 1926 in a house on Bootleg Alley in Payson.

How one woman's life decorated a town

Ask Elaine Drorbaugh what it was like serving as Payson's Vice Mayor for six years and her first response is a smile, followed by a brief silent laugh.

Interim fire chief enjoys job in small community


Mike Weller never envisioned that one day he would be a firefighter, let alone be selected as the interim fire chief for the Houston Mesa Fire Department.

Nine decades of Rim Country memories

Anna Mae Deming's roots run deep in the Rim Country. She has made her home here almost 91 years -- she will have her 91st birthday on May 2.

Doctor instrumental in health care improvements

Dr. Mark Ivey is leaving it up to God.

Helping people kept icon serving public for 40 years

Ronnie McDaniel has done a little bit of almost everything in and around the Rim Country and has more than a hundred stories to tell.

Lifelong educator finds joy in student-teacher cooperation

Sue Myers has seen firsthand how education has changed over the last 47 years.

Pet food scare continues


The pet food scare has not gone away. On the local news, it was reported that tens of thousands of dogs could be affected. The New York State Food Laboratory identified aminopterin as the toxin present in samples from Menu Foods.

Bella Giselle Trussoni

Bella Giselle Trussoni was born at 4:20 p.m. Feb. 3, 2007 to Jennifer and Jesse at Payson Regional Medical Center.

The small town charm of a Rim Country icon

Robert Randall has breathed the crisp, clean mountain air almost his entire life. He knows just about everything about the small town where he lives. He built a business that he plans to pass down to the next generation of Randalls. He loves this place and he has no desire to leave it.

Spring has sprung in Tonto Village


The fruit trees are starting to put on their best show of the year with their beautiful blossoms.

New businesses, new buildings, improved sites

The phrase that best describes business progress for 2006 is "new and improved."

Business Profiles (A - O)

This section of the Progress edition is where the businesses supporting the publication get special recognition.

Payson school board approves new textbooks, teachers

The purchase of textbooks, "Theatre: Art in Action" by the National Textbook Company and "Biology" by Benjamin Cummings/Peason Publishing were approved by the Payson Unified School District board at a special meeting March 27.

Tuesday, March 27

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

Event combines fitness with canine companions

Walking burns between 174 and 612 calories per hour, depending on your weight and how fast you walk.

Irresistible Italian recipes for spring


Capture the essence of Italy in your spring celebrations with these signature recipes created by Chef Michael Chiarello.

Let your spirit soar through the sky with a kite


I think "Mary Poppins" may have been the first movie I saw in a theater. Before that we watched movies on television and occasionally went to the drive-in.

'This is a delicious time in my life' muralist says


The murals artist Elizabeth Silver painted on the ceiling of her Princeton University dorm room have long been painted over by a friendly janitor who kept her secret.

Visions of vortexes


The word is slowly getting out, so make sure you are prepared. Payson is the next Sedona.

Good will ending


Captain DuBois sought to make good on his promises to the bands of Tonto, Pinal, and Mescalero Apaches that had encamped near Camp Carroll.

Monday, March 26

Kyle Leroy Hochstetler

Kyle Leroy Hochstetler, 29, a former student of Payson, died March 9, 2007 in Mesa. He was born June 5, 1977 in Gallup, N.M.

Softball coach resigns, replaced

Payson High School varsity softball coach Curtis Johnson resigned March 21, effective immediately. Interim athletic director Tim Fruth appointed former varsity coach Will Dunman as his replacement for the remainder of the season.

Horns top Blue Ridge, 9-4

The Payson High School softball team got off to a promising start with its newly-appointed head coach, Will Dunman, on Thursday.

Lady Horns struggle through Gracie Haught tournament

The Lady Horns struggled mightily in the Gracie Haught Memorial Tournament over the weekend, only winning one game of six.

Initiative would make cell phone chats illegal while driving

Talking on your cellular phone while driving a vehicle could turn out to be quite expensive in the future.

Bomb threat

The Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Payson was evacuated Friday for about an hour, after a bomb threat was phoned into the store.

Funds available for health care student commute

When Margaret Peters decided to return to school in pursuit of a career that would support her family, she wondered how she would ever afford the gas it took to drive from home to the school she chose in Phoenix.

Time to talk to your child about alcohol, drugs

Parents who are looking for an easy way to talk to their elementary- and middle-school-aged children about the dangers of alcohol can ease into the subject during the April Fool's Day Fun event.

Speaker helps women 'get their groove back'

The ninth annual Women's Wellness Forum was such a success, organizers couldn't get participants to go home.

'Jimmy Harris Trail' to be beautiful, educational

Songbirds sing loudly overhead and the wind muffles the sounds of traffic along the nearby highway rattles through ponderosa pine and manzanita. "Help me with this log," Gila Community College student Ryan Carey said to Abram Timmer.

Fees proposed for Haigler Canyon

The Tonto National Forest will soon complete construction of new campgrounds and new picnic areas at Haigler Canyon, about 8 miles north of Young.

Arizona real estate commissioner to visit Payson

The commissioner of the Arizona Department of Real Estate, his staff and other agency representatives will be visiting the Payson area.

'Business is hoppin'' at showcase

Business owners and service providers plan to have some old-fashioned fun at the Sock Hop-themed 15th annual Business Showcase and the public is invited to join them.

Wrestling Boosters serve up fund-raising feast

Supporters of the Payson High School wrestling team have a tasty way to make some money.

Open letter to a sick nation

Well, you must know it by now for that for this period of time, as in others, a sick nation is causing many problems.

Fire danger high

Conditions have firefighters braced for busy fire season

Fire departments around the Rim Country are gearing up for what could be an extremely active fire season. According to the Southwest Coordination Center, the potential for significant wildland fire activity in 2007 for the Southwest is above normal for much of Arizona and the Four Corners area.

First step for man

Buzz Aldrin takes the inaugural walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk March 20, followed by members of the Hualapai Indian tribe.

Fish case should never have gone to trial

Based upon the information given in the recent "Dateline" program (which, I realize, is not always accurate), I wish to express my utter astonishment with the Arizona prosecutor who pursued the Harold Fish case, with the jurors I saw interviewed and with the judge.

Entire Public Safety Task Force resigns

The entire Mayor's Public Safety Task Force resigned after seeing an advertisement for the Payson police chief position.

Bracket debacle gives new meaning to March Madness

My NCAA Tournament bracket has once again left me questioning my knowledge of college basketball.

Impressed by Payson's immigration ordinance

First of all, I would like to praise Payson for taking the step to implement an ordinance on illegal immigrants before this country is destroyed by the growing number of them trying to get into the United States before an illegal immigration bill is passed.

Ordinance opponents resort to emotion

Those attending the March 15 Payson Council meeting heard the newest alibi for opposing penalties against employers of illegal aliens. It's being "marketed" by Chambers of Commerce nationwide, "Businesses shouldn't be penalized because we're not document experts." Chamber of Commerce lobbyists at the state capitol who opposed HB2779 used this same excuse ad nauseam.

AARP wants to form chapter in Payson

AARP Arizona wants to determine the level of interest in forming a group of volunteers in the Payson area.

Arizona not a racist place

The writer of "Hatred In The Rim Country" (site feedback) is taking an LSD trip, evidently.

Kenneth Harlan Riggs

Kenneth Harlan Riggs, 79, of Payson, died March 24, 2007 at his home. He was born April 11, 1927 in New Madrid, Mo.

Better system could be established for jury duty

I have thought about the jury duty problem for many years and the recent articles featuring the problems our courts have in obtaining jurors, as well as Mr. Clayton's letter, brought it into focus once again.

Bush makes Clinton look like a good man

News flash. Bush Administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied to Congress.

Detox facility fills great need in our area

The creation of a local detoxification facility has been stalled in the past by two hurdles -- lack of funding and "not-in-my-backyard" position from the public.

Men's golf season gets windy start

A new season of play opened up Wednesday for the Payson Men's Golf Association with a windy day for the 48 participants.

Naeatha McDaniel

Naeatha McDaniel, 87, of Payson, died March 24, 2007.

Thursday, March 22

Church briefs

Tonight is the final night to join All Tribes Revival in a joyful, exciting and contagious celebration of Jesus and his goodness with Terrell and Beverly Glaze.

Retreat another chance to speak your mind

In case you missed your chance to speak your mind on the recent Payson Goal Plan survey, here's another opportunity to get involved.

Polarized sunglasses important for successful sight fishing


As the weather warms and the water temperatures rise, bass and crappies come into the shallows to spawn. When this happens, a technique called "sight fishing" comes into play, which will last for about one month.

Phoenix Suns play might burn them

I'm a little worried. The Phoenix Suns have the best shot at winning it all since the 1992-1993 season.

The one that didn't get away

Nine-year-old Payson resident, Jacee Fosholt, holds the first catch of his life, at Green Valley Lake.

Time to groom: With spring comes shedding


The temperatures are rising and the trees are budding. It is that time of the year when our pets are shedding like mad and hair is everywhere. This is the time for a thorough grooming for both dogs and cats. The more we brush out, the less will be on the furniture and our clothes.

Poetry corner

He said he thought it was likely.

Municipal bonds offer tax benefits


If you're an investor, 2006 was a pretty good year from a tax standpoint. Tax laws have lowered tax brackets and cut the maximum rates on long-term capital gains and stock dividends to 15 percent.

You might be a closet librarian if ...


You might be a closet librarian if: 1. You own more books than six people could read in a lifetime.

Quick action keeps fire contained


My home scanner was buzzing with voices from the U.S. Forest Service and Tonto Village Fire Department last Thursday around 5:30 pm.

Be aware of wildlife while driving on Highway 260


They're back. Be careful. The elk and deer are back in Christopher Creek.

Prescott blaze a reminder of upcoming fire season


The fire near Prescott reminds us that the fire season is beginning early this year and could be very frightening unless we get some needed spring rains.

To litter or not to litter


Keeping cats indoors and safe brings with it the requisite for having a litter box, and all litter boxes are not created equal from a cat's point of view.

What I learned from a gentle sea creature


I arrived for duty in the American Embassy in Karachi, Pakistan as an unaccompanied Air Force NCO, living in a staff house with other men in the same status.

Model builder brings the ocean home


Richard Mitchell is a man who loves the water. The former Navy petty officer has, in a way, brought the ocean home by building replicas of the vessels that charge his imagination.

Couple wanders the West by wagon

Ron and Teresa Dakotah have been traveling the West with two horse-drawn wagons for about five years. In that time they have been in 13 states west of the Mississippi. This year their travels brought them to Arizona. They spent a little more than a month in the Wickenburg area and were in Payson this week, headed to Idaho, where they have family.

Charles W. Purcell

Charles W. Purcell, a resident of Payson for 26 years, died in Argyle, Texas on March 19, where he had moved recently to be close to family.

Roger B. Keys

Roger B. Keys, 92, died March 18, 2007 in Mesa. He was born March 5, 1915 in Naples, Okla. and came to Arizona in 1937.

Anita Harte

Anita Harte, born in 1940, died March 18, 2007. She was a former resident of Payson.

Harold Edward Thomas

Harold Edward Thomas died March 19, 2007. He was born Feb. 28, 1925 in Corvallis, Ore. to Alice Morford Thomas and Ishmael Thomas.

Joel Henry Mayer

Joel Henry Mayer, age 80, of Payson, died Jan. 31, 2007 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.

First javelina

Mikkella Ralston, 11, killed her first javelina while hunting in Unit 23 with her grandfather, G. Robert Ralston.

Lady Horns edge Globe, 4-3

The Payson High School softball team edged Globe Tuesday, 4-3.

Stinging loss

Ridge Halenar starts off the game against Globe Tuesday.

Former Payson wrestlers show national title promise

The college wrestling season officially came to a close last weekend with the NCAA Division I Championships in Detroit, Mich.

Special Olympians prepare for state competition

A group of Payson athletes has the chance of a lifetime to compete in one of the biggest athletic competitions in the world.

Small team wins big at Mesa track meet

On a blistering day in Mesa last Saturday, when most were probably splashing around in swimming pools, five members of the Tonto Apache Tribe were heaving shots, javelins and discs as far as they could.

Lions challenge community to help the blind

The Payson Lions Club, in conjunction with the Arizona Lions Clubs, has challenged residents of the Rim Country to help the blind.

When Kiwanis meets, good things happen

Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country sent 11 seniors off to college with $17,000 in scholarship money.

Chef to share culinary secrets

Welcome to Gerardo's Italian Bistro. No, it is not the Rim Country's newest eatery. Chef and owner Gerardo Moceri simply changed the name of Cucina Paradiso, the Italian restaurant he opened six years ago.

Restaurant to host art show

Springtime has come to the Rim Country and the Main Street Grille will hold a celebration of the season in partnership with Integrity Arts International.

Re-zoning 'banner night for Star Valley,' mayor says

Star Valley has several new developments in the works.

PRMC named in nation's 100 top hospitals

Payson Regional Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Solucient.

Justice not served in Susan Crim case

Ex-boyfriend found not guilty of firing a gun inside the city?

Roundup guilty of racial profiling

The claim in your recent editorial that, "There is a fine line between enforcing the laws and racial profiling" is baloney, pure and simple.

Payson didn't always have so many illegal immigrants

I remember the days when we didn't even have even five illegal aliens living here in Payson. It wasn't that long ago.

Immigration ordinance sets stage for long legal battle

How much money is the Town of Payson budgeting for legal fees in 2008 for this immigration ordinance?

Myrtle Point, Myrtle Lake -- Have you ever wondered, ‘Who is Myrtle?'

The majestic Myrtle Point that juts high on the Mogollon Rim was named after 16-year-old Myrtle Clara Pyle who died on Christmas Day, 1899. Although Myrtle was here only a short while, she left more than one mark in the Rim Country of Payson.

Dude Fire: What did we learn?

Firefighters from across Arizona and New Mexico gathered last week at the Best Western Payson Inn to discuss what was learned from the Dude Fire, started by a lightning strike 10 miles from Payson on June 26, 1990.

Chilson Ranch in final stretch to approval

The Chilson Ranch development, which has been on and off the drawing board since October 2004, is about to become a reality.

Assessment to determine pipeline path to C.C. Cragin

The Town of Payson last week took one more step toward bringing water from the C.C. Cragin Reservoir, formerly known as Blue Ridge, to the taps of Payson.

Seeing the need: Pastor finds fulfillment leading Spanish ministry

Alfonso Rodriguez sees his life as a series of turning points and he can remember the exact date and time of each crossroad. There is Aug. 19, 2003, the first day he arrived in the United States from Colombia. It was the first time he left his own country.

Immigration ordinance to be amended

After the immigration ordinance passed on March 15, town hall and the Payson Roundup were inundated with calls from business owners who were concerned about particular portions of the new law regulating business licenses.

Tuesday, March 20

Attempts at good will


In spite of the threat of lurking Pima Indian scouts, Chief Del-che-ae entered Camp Miller with 50 men, women and children on Nov. 22, 1867 and met with Captain DuBois.

Kiwanis club members dedicated to helping children


Armed with Payson High School diplomas and $1,500 to $2,000 scholarship checks from Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country, 11 seniors headed out into the world to further their education in 2006.

A different vacation


Recently I found a most interesting vacation that does not require going overseas or carrying a passport. It's a seven-day adventure that promises to be interesting, different and relaxing.

Pieces of silver craft creations of beauty


Tim Hummer has large gnarled hands that people might expect of a carpenter.

A penchant for pennies


I am not a particularly frugal person, but I pick up pennies -- old ones, new ones, heads or tails -- lying on the ground on in the street.

Celebrate spring with shrimp dishes


What a wonderful place we live in, a gift entrusted to us to care for and cherish, a place for us to be happy, prosperous and live in peace.

Search for perfect teapot creates collection


Recently I discovered a wonderful treat at Safeway -- bite-size scones. They come in several flavors: cranberry-orange, lemon-poppy seed and caramel toffee. I bought the caramel toffee to try first. I was hooked. I couldn't wait for a lazy morning to fix a pot of tea and have more of those delicious scones.

Read complete text of immigration ordinance

Ordinance 709 passed by a vote of 5-2 to the Thursday, March 15, Payson Town Council meeting. Read the complete text.

Take a hike

Along with your usual trail guide, you might want to bring a history book while hiking Fort Bowie Loop near Wilcox.

Monday, March 19

Rasch graduates from basic combat training

Army National Guard Pvt. Christina I. Rasch has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

‘15-minute Hamlet' planned for Pine

The pre-teen drama group for 10- to 13-year-olds meets March 23 at noon.

Little things make learning easier

Horseshoe-shaped tables focus the attention of young elementary students on the teacher seated in the middle.

Rodeo exhibit open at Rim museum

A bowlegged cowboy sits atop the fence rail in the Rim Country Museum's newest exhibit that celebrates Payson's history and the old West.

125th anniversary celebration 'takes the cake'

No celebration of Payson's 125th anniversary would be complete without a cakewalk -- a pioneer tradition. But, Rim Country cooks will be needed to make the walk for desserts a success.

This is Wildfire Awareness Week

Gov. Janet Napolitano has proclaimed next week, March 18 - 24, as Wildfire Awareness Week in Arizona.

Care in a crisis

Ray and Theresa Kinsman prepare to ship 96 care kits that were collected from the community and businesses during the month of February.

Irish for a day

A good time and a great corned beef and cabbage meal with all the trimmings was enjoyed by nearly 400 people at Shepherd of the Pines' annual St. Patrick's Day dinner.

Guiding seniors through a fear of computers

Paul Andrews starts his beginning computer classes at the Payson Senior Center by tearing a computer apart.

First day of spring brings welcome change


Wednesday is the first day of spring. After months of dressing in sweats and woolly socks, isn't it delightful to get out the T-shirts, shorts and sandals?

Lottery officials make anniversary stop in Payson

In the 25 years since the formation of the Arizona Lottery, the game has given $1.8 million to Payson and $15.4 million to Gila County.

Detox center to open this year

The Town of Payson will soon have an outpatient detox program at 803 W. Main St. The program will feature a treatment center complex of four buildings, including outpatient detox services, aftercare and recovery support.

No sympathy for illegal immigrants

I'm proud of your mayor and most of the Payson Town Council.

Verdict a ringing endorsement for Payson

Now, here's a ringing endorsement for living in Payson. This prosecutor couldn't get a conviction on discharge of a firearm when this guy admitted he shot Ms. Crim (with or without intent)?

Taking a look at the way Congress spends our money

Each session of Congress, the National Taxpayers Union rates all members of Congress on their actual votes that affect taxes, spending, debt and regulatory burdens on consumers and taxpayers.

Is the war in Iraq dooming us to financial ruin?

I'm writing in response to Joe Gasiel's letter to the Bush bashers.

Giving a new meaning to 'support our troops'

With the war in Iraq entering its fifth year, we will continue to see combat veterans returning home.

R. D'Arcy Clark

R. D'Arcy Clark, 58, of Higley, Ariz. died March 10, 2007.

After 32 years, teacher plans to retire, move

Dave Bradley has given more than 30 years of service to the Payson Unified School District. At the end of the 2006-2007 school year, he will be moving on.

Town hires chief fiscal officer

On Tuesday morning, the Payson Town Council formally approved the town manager's selection of Debra Anne Galbraith as Payson's next chief fiscal officer. She will take over for the retiring Glen Smith June 2.

Search on for new police chief

The Town of Payson has decided to disregard a recommendation by the Mayor's Public Affairs Task Force to hire a police chief from within the department, without doing an outside search for candidates.

America's spending priorities out of whack

OK, this is going to sound really naive. It's the kind of question you'd expect from an earnest, if not slightly annoying, 12-year-old.

Abeytas married 40 years

Marge and Archi Abeyta celebrated 40 years of marriage on March 18, 2007.

Mayor answers questions about immigration ordinance

As the Town of Payson prepares to enforce an ordinance aimed at employers who hire undocumented workers and landlords who rent to them, the Payson Roundup sat down with Mayor Bob Edwards to clarify the details. The immigration ordinance will be effective July 1.

Soldier says he'd go back to Iraq

After a 12-month tour in Iraq as part of the Army National Guard, E-4 Army Specialist Will Gnagi said that he wants to go into active duty to train other soldiers for war.

Martins celebrate 50 years

Larry and Trudy Martin were married on March 20, 1957 in Acton, Ind.

Jimmy (Coach) Aguilar

Jimmy (Coach) Aguilar, 68, of Payson died March 17, 2007.

Woman returns from four-year mission in Uganda

The sun's rays were baking the streets of Kampala, Uganda, when missionary Tammy Barker saw the women sitting outside a maternity clinic near her home.

Walk in Buzz Aldrin's footsteps on new Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a shiny new glass bridge protruding 70 feet into Grand Canyon West and hovering 4,000 feet over the Colorado River. It was rolled out over a bed of metal rods and was fastened to the canyon's wall on March 7.

Restaurant is lifelong dream

Many Rim Country residents may know Miguel and Norma Chapario, owners of the Las Delicias Restaurant, from their other life in Payson.

Restoring the past

Chris Wolf, right, chief executive officer of the Payson Regional Medical Center, presents Marilyn and Dick Wolfe of the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation with the last of the medical center's contributions to the foundation for the construction of the replica of the Zane Grey Cabin, lost in the Dude Fire.

Golfers ready to tee off new season

The Payson Men's Golf Association has a tee time scheduled for Wednesday morning, officially kicking off another season of play.

Former player helps coach through difficult time

More than 37 years in public education and coaching has taught me that some of the finest friendships are made on the playing field.

Lady Horn signs with Trevecca

Brooke Cannon should probably pack her cowboy boots and hat along with her volleyball uniform.

For Gracie: Lady Horns return with last year fresh on mind

Charlene Hunt is passionate about building the Gracie Haught Softball Classic into one of the finest high school competitions in Arizona.

Thursday, March 15

Be Irish for a day on St. Pat's


Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. This is one day when we celebrate "wearing of the green" or I lose my happy home.

Who you are says more than what you say


Back when I was in the U.S. Air Force, I requested and received a transfer into a new career field. I became a training and education advisor in the Air Training Command.

Americo Ruggiero

Americo Ruggiero, 82, died March 13, 2007. He was born Dec. 3, 1924 in Copiague, Long Island, N.Y.

Site feedback

Re: Hatred in Rim Country -- I moved to this part of Arizona about a year ago from Tucson. ...

Ask yourself, ‘Do I really want a dog?'


Several reminders have come my way recently of the need for more careful consideration before adopting a dog.

Immigration ordinance passes, 5-2

The Payson Town Council Thursday night delivered a strong message to employers and landlords. Hiring or renting to an undocumented worker will result in severe consequences.

Reel memories

Couple converts old home movies from film reel to DVD

Preserving their family history is what Richard and Sally Low had in mind when they had their family movies converted from film reel to DVD several months ago.

Couple sees real estate as investment in community


Michael and Deborah Hughes are associate brokers with Realty Executives Payson and the Pines.

Patience helps critters with 'culture shock'


For those who work with shelter animals, it is quite evident that homeless pets go through an entire gamut of feelings from shock to disbelief to despair when they are lost, abandoned or relinquished by their owners.

Church briefs

All Tribes Revival, Tonto Apache Reservation Gym and Mary Glaze invite you to join us in a joyful, exciting and contagious celebration of Jesus and his goodness. Terrell and Beverly Glaze will be ministering the uncompromising Word of the Living God with anointed singing, preaching and testimonies Sunday, March 18 through Friday March 23 at 7 p.m. nightly.

Nominations sought for Arizona History Teacher of the Year

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual Arizona History Teacher of the Year Award. The Institute, in partnership with Preserve America, inaugurated the award in 2004.

Examine the spirit of immigration ordinance

A line was drawn in the sand Thursday night and now the town must walk that line like the tightrope it is.

Strawberry Patchers host successful 3-day Quiltathon


This year's Strawberry Patcher's Quilt Guild Quiltathon was another great success.

Kohl's Ranch the place to be on St. Patrick's


Last week I asked, "Where the heck did all the animals go?" Well, it seems they have been spotted down at Kohl's Ranch.

Fly fishing angler's next challenge


The springtime warm weather has turned many people's thoughts to fishing for bass and crappies at Roosevelt Lake. Add to this, the traditional spring break at most schools and you'll find that the warm water impoundments of the desert have become a popular destination for many fishermen.

Mogollon Sporting Association seeks new members

The Mogollon Sporting Association is seeking new members with fresh ideas.

Payson fends off Holbrook

The Payson High School softball team squeaked out a 6-5 victory against Holbrook on Tuesday, capped off by an impressive catch by Annie Klemstine for the final out.

Why I am such a big sports fan

I'll be honest. I really wanted to write another column about March Madness.

Don't let wild markets give you the jitters


Although our Rim Country weather has been quite pleasant lately, there has been plenty of turbulence in the financial world.

Joan Donnelly Robinson

Joan Donnelly Robinson, 79, of Phoenix and Payson, died March 13, 2007.

Gladys Ellen Hopper

Gladys Ellen Hopper, 95, of Payson, died March 13, 2007.

Cory Scott Gibbons

Cory Scott Gibbons, 14, of Payson, died March 9, 2007, in a vehicular accident on Highway 87 at McDowell Road.

Officer fired for tasering unconscious man

When a Payson police officer tasered an unconscious man in November, it was the final straw that cost him his job. Christopher Harold appealed the termination to the Payson Personnel Board. On Thursday night, the board recommended to the Payson Town Council to uphold the termination.

Former mayor bids farewell to Payson

Vern Stiffler served the Town of Payson as both a councilman and mayor. He was first appointed in 1982 to complete one-and-a-half years of a term in a vacated seat.

Official Star Valley vehicle

Star Valley Building Official Karl Reed (left) and Town Manager Vito Tedeschi pose in front of one of two new official town vehicles.

Star Valley's senior transportation program to begin April 2

Attention Star Valley seniors, ages 50 and older. The Town of Star Valley has contracted with the Payson Senior Center to provide ridership services to Star Valley resident seniors.

Star Valley planning commission approves downtown rezoning

The Star Valley town council will have the final word next week on the rezoning of a piece of property that could change the face of downtown.

Two-car accident

A two-car accident at the Round Valley turnoff and Highway 87 Tuesday night sent two people to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with minor injuries.

Olympian to compete in Payson Stampede

The Payson Stampede mountain bike race is attracting some special attention in its third year of existence.

Play examines what people leave behind after death

"Show Me the Money" is a stage play about the death and life of Paul Mosley.

Impact fees increase; not as much as originally proposed

A proposal to raise impact fees was met with some opposition at Thursday's Payson Town Council meeting.

Summit a chance to brainstorm better future

Kent Burnes will be in Payson March 31 to discuss ways the town can work to make Main Street a destination.

Spend taxpayer money on more important laws than adultery

I am writing in reply to the letter written by the Jonathan Marsh and Jamie Silva families about the adultery law.

SADD looking for chores to do

Payson High School SADD is raising money again to go to the National SADD Conference. At this event, we learn valuable skills that we bring back to the community.

Thank you for being kind to my sons

I've never been to Payson, but I've recently learned what a nice and helpful community Payson is.

March 26 a chance to ask Humane Society questions

This letter is in response to Mr. Wakelin's letter in the March 13 Payson Roundup.

Legislature should work to create national ID

Having worked at one time for the Gila County Sheriff's Office, I know of the need for ways and means of identifying people and things -- not just from Arizona, but also from elsewhere.

Jury duty problem not the fault of residents

This is in reference to your article, "Residents skipping jury duty," in the Feb. 20 edition.

Hoping Susan Crim gets the justice she deserves

You wrote weeks ago, "The Payson man accused of shooting his then-girlfriend about a year ago decided Wednesday morning to take the case to trial."

Justice system failed Susan Crim

I am sure that you will print an article about the case against Frederick Ortiz. I am sorry to say that the justice system has failed once more in this ever-diminishing country we call America.

Saying goodbye after 28 years in Payson

It is with a degree of reluctance that Iona and I are leaving Payson after 28 years.

Hazleton, Pa. Illegal Immigration Relief Ordinance

Illegal Immigration Relief Ordinance Ordinance 2006-10 BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAZLETON AS FOLLOWS:

Lecture to discuss ancient 'ground paintings'

The Southwest boasts a large number of well-preserved archaeological sites, several of them in the Rim Country.

Payson receives funding for meth detox facility

Payson will soon be home to a new detox facility for meth addicts, thanks to a $666,780 grant from Arizona Department of Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health.

Students grieve death of classmate

Freshman known as 'class clown' dies in car accident

A Payson High School freshman who died in a car accident March 9 was remembered as a happy teenager who liked to make people laugh. The teen, 14-year-old Cory Gibbons, was killed in a one-car accident around 3 a.m. on Highway 87, just north of McDowell Road. Gibbons was a passenger in a car driven by Payson resident, Jonathan M. Lord, 18.

Tuesday, March 13

Photographer crafts works from multiple images


Photographer Steve Bingham claims he was the first kid on the block to have Photoshop 1.0.A for the Mac.

Information on the Ides


"The Ides of March" This has become one of the best-known phrases of all time in all languages. It carries with it a sinister and awesome connotation.

'Walk away, but not too far' secret of long marriage

Lester and Lela Jones have been in the Rim Country nearly 40 years. Four decades is quite a long time, but it is a drop in the bucket, compared to the years they have been together.

Friendship in the land of the shamrock


"May your home be too small to hold all of your friends," goes an old Irish saying. Here in the Rim Country, friends, (of Irish descent for purposes of merrymaking, if not of actual heredity) will gather this week.

Road into the Tonto heartland


The ambitious project of building a military wagon road over the Mazatzal Mountains and into the Tonto Basin was started in October 1867.

Be Irish: Enjoy corned beef and cabbage


It is time to celebrate Irish heritage, something everyone can enjoy, even if they have absolutely no connection to Ireland.

Spring cleaning jump-starts sprucing up home


I am a terrible housekeeper. The way I don't keep house is more than embarrassing -- it's practically toxic.

Take a hike

Five miles into the Loy Canyon hike near Sedona sits the camping spot by which all camping spots will be compared. It is the standard for the perfect outdoors experience.

Monday, March 12

Teens learn to navigate maze of life

Last week, Cameron Willsey held a crying baby in his arms, Trini Stackhouse graduated high school and Ashley Flynn wrote her own eulogy.

Looking for more facts on Humane Society building

My wife, our dog, Rambo, and I are in total agreement with Judy Buettner about the need for a new facility for the Payson Humane Society.

Man pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

The man charged with killing Payson resident Roger Patrick Watson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday morning in Gila County Superior Court in Payson.

Gianna Lee Miller

Gianna Lee Miller was born at 10:04 a.m. Feb. 2, 2007 to Rowald and Talina Miller at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Alicia Aerial Samarripas

Alicia Aerial Samarripas was born at 10:13 p.m. Jan. 28, 2007 to Jennifer and Miguel at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Douglas Ryan Tenney II

Douglas Ryan Tenney II was born at 5:15 a.m. Feb. 20, 2007 to Douglas and Rachel at Payson Regional Medical Center.

A word to selection committee members

I wouldn't want to be in your shoes as a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selection committee.

Payson teen riding to the top

A Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader is pedaling his way -- over hills, rocks, cacti and lots of miles -- to the top.

Unstoppable hitting leads Horns to four-win weekend

The Longhorn baseball team isn't exactly playing error-free baseball, so the fact that they won four games this weekend is cause for a closer look into how they pulled it off.

Another way to improve Payson's image

It was interesting to read your editorial about the efforts to improve Payson's image.

Prescribed burn continues this week

Wildland fire personnel are conducting a large, prescribed burn north of the Payson Airport. Residents and visitors to Rim Country can expect to see large volumes of black smoke for a brief duration of two to four hours each day and flame lengths of 40 to 50 feet.

Two questions about men waiting for work in parking lot

In regard to the story about business owners' reaction to the immigration ordinance, of the nearly 50 men waiting for work in the parking lot, I have two questions.

Youth football snack bar says ‘thank you'

The Payson youth football snack bar would like to say thanks for all the donations from the following people and businesses: Safeway/Dan Dillon, Dave and Mary Conway, Bashas', Sam's Club and Wal-Mart.

Illegal immigrants depress wages

I am writing in response to the article, "Business owners divided on council's proposed immigration ordinance."

Thank you for donations of eyeglasses and hearing aids

Payson Lions Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Payson for their help in providing eyeglasses and hearing aids to those less fortunate.

Thank you for your generosity

On behalf of the Compassionate Ministries of the Nazarene Church, I would like to thank the great people in the Town of Payson for supporting our campaign to collect personal care items for disaster relief kits.

What you might not know about the penny

I am writing in response to Noble Collins' March 2 column, "My love for an anachronism."

Bush bashers should start being constructive

Since President Bush's term in office expires in about two years, it's time for the "impeach Bush" crowd to start thinking about what they want the next president to do.

Quality of life doesn't come from the government

I am writing in regard to Mr. Atonna's letter, "Cutting taxes does not take quality of life into consideration," published Feb. 23. The author is apparently of the persuasion that the government can spend his money better than he can and he obviously is not alone in this mindset.

Were those 133 people speaking for you?

In the March 9 edition of the Payson Roundup, we published the results of a survey put out by the Town of Payson, asking residents what priorities the council and staff should focus on in the coming year.

Ex-boyfriend found not guilty of firing gun

The Payson man accused of shooting his then-girlfriend in the neck more than a year ago was convicted on possession of stolen property -- a gun -- on March 7. He was found not guilty of firing a gun in city limits.

The story behind the story at the recent forum

Thank you for your good coverage of the Gila County Supervisor Forum, which obviously had some tension running through it. I would like to clarify a point regarding the sponsorship of this event that may not have been evident.

Stop censorship through legislation, political correctness

State Senator Thayer Verschoor is pushing a bill to limit what teachers can say in the classroom. Because Verschoor is a Republican, his actions are being characterized as a conservative cause.

Immigration ordinance faces final reading

On Thursday, the Payson Town Council will discuss and possibly vote on the second reading of a business license ordinance that would require license applicants to sign an affidavit promising to confirm the immigration status of all employees.

Errand business opens for those with busy schedules

Jaime Jauregui saw a need for someone to help people with busy schedules. She is filling the niche through her new business -- Helping Hands Personal Services.

Lady Horns beat Snowflake, lose to Estrella

The weekend was filled with ups and downs, one narrow win and two close losses for the Longhorn softball team.

Payson man returns to Iraq

Soldier left one month after wedding

Since earning his GED in Payson, Evan Martin has gone a long way. "He was cooking at Macky's and we talked about whether or not it was what he was going to do for the rest of his life," said his mother, Brenda Williams. "He decided he wanted to try the military."

Warren S. Krom

Warren S. Krom, 67, of Payson, died March 9, 2007 at RTA Hospice, following a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Student lawyers make mock trial count

The Payson High School Mock Trial team placed third in its first regional competition since the team was created earlier this year.

Stoneworker builds with artist's eye

Artistry in Flagstone came to Payson in November. It was a return trip for owner Michael McClain. He lived and worked in the Rim Country in the 1980s, moving away in 1990. While here in the ‘80s he did some of the newer stonework at The Oxbow.

Community wants consistent schedule from college

While almost eight out of 10 area high school juniors and seniors plan to go on to college, only two of 10 plan to attend Gila Community College in Payson, according to data from the Northern Gila County Higher Education Needs Assessment (HENA).

Vincent Dixon

Vincent Dixon, 55, died Feb. 21, 2007 in Payson. He was born on Feb. 19, 1952 in Burbank, Calif.

John Joseph Galladora

John Joseph Galladora, 72, died March 7, 2007 in Star Valley. He was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Tickfaw, La.

Charlene Marie Taylor Clark

Charlene Marie Taylor Clark, 82, of Payson, died March 7, 2007. She was born March 10, 1924, in Flint, Mich.

Veterans have basic medical services close at hand

Veterans in the Rim Country don't have to make long trips for basic medical services with the opening of the Payson VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.

Don't let hateful few define Payson

I agree with the editorial "Payson's image vs. Payson's reality" in the March 6 Roundup. Payson needs to do more to promote itself.

Support honest business owners on immigration

Illegal immigration touches every aspect of our community. And everything touched suffers.

Our 'provisional' college district


I plead guilty. Recently, fellow Governing Board member of the Gila County Community College District Don Crowley and I were accused of only looking out for Payson's interests, rather than all of Gila County. To that charge, I plead "guilty as charged."

Community Quilt-a-thon

Diane Biersack-Larned and her daughter Rachael work on a quilt during last week's Department of Public Safety Quilt-a-thon.

Sunday, March 11

Prescribed burn filling skies with smoke

A prescribed burn north of Payson Airport will continue through this week. Residents, property owners and visitors to Rim Country can expect to see large volumes of black smoke for a brief duration of two to four hours each day and flame lengths of 40 to 50 feet.

Thursday, March 8

Enjoyed Noble Collins' column on pennies

I enjoyed Noble Collins' recent column about pennies very much.

Saddened by recent comment about jury duty

Regarding the site feedback published on March 2, the writer must be young, arrogant and totally impressed by himself or herself.

Adultery law not a joke

Last week's editorial called the law against adultery a joke, claiming the government does not belong in people's bedrooms.

Early immigrants came to country legally

With reference to Ben Lee's letter published on Feb. 27, he makes good points with one exception.

Parents need to start parenting

I live in Pine and am a business owner. Recently, two "young" girls, really just children, came into my business and proceeded to think it was OK to fill their purses with items and then leave.

Christian school thankful to donors

Payson Community Christian School (PCCS) would like to thank the residents of Rim Country for their support of the school through contributions to the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization.

Lady Horns' sportsmanship noticed at game

I was at the state basketball tournament, watching our girls play against Monument Valley and noticed a group of students being quite vocal in favor of Round Valley.

Turn recent controversy into something uplifting

Enough with the negativity. Let's hear no more commentary regarding the harm done to Payson's youth because of this simple human error surrounding one player's eligibility.

Payson taking the lead on national issue

I have been following coverage of the immigration issue in the Roundup with much disappointment.

Airport must become self-supporting, task force says

The Mayor's Airport Task Force Chairman Dick Mumma told the Payson Town Council Thursday that the airport needs a new direction so it will no longer be a drain on the town's budget.

Artists settle into best time of their lives

Although just one artist is scheduled to work each day at Artists of the Rim Gallery, the social atmosphere is such that visitors may find more than just one artist there showing off Robert Barela's latest "Spirit Stone" carving, silversmith Dick Wolfe's latest pendant of amethyst or Peggy Gould's oil paintings of the Tonto Natural Bridge.

Suspects appear before grand jury Wednesday

Three men charged in connection with the Feb. 20 death of Roger Patrick Watson will likely have their arraignment hearing on Monday. At that time, they will be asked to enter pleas.

KMOG owner injured in motorcycle accident

The majority owner of KMOG radio in Payson was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon.

Frustrated judge demands answers

Frustrated with residents who did not show up for jury duty, Payson Magistrate Dorothy Little issued 40 orders demanding the residents' reasons for not answering the jury summons.

Property valuations worry residents

Payson homeowner Paul Penning got a shock recently when he learned the assessed limited property valuation of his three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home jumped $22,000.

Trail system approved

Trails will make Payson accessible on foot, bicycle

The Payson Town Council has approved the Payson Area Trails System (PATS), formerly referred to in its planning stages as the Community Trails Network. The approved trails system will incorporate the firebreak around Payson as the outer wheel of the network. Trails will run through town like spokes connecting to the firebreak.

Task force program could be turning point in water debate

Water is the new oil. The fight over it will no doubt define the next century -- globally and locally. The battle is an emotional one -- a matter of survival.

Council taking proper step on immigration

Mayor Bob Edwards and the Town Council are to be commended for their Immigration Ordinance.

The past and future of C.C. Cragin


For more than 20 years, the Town of Payson has been working on a project to bring surface water from the C.C. Cragin Reservoir -- formerly Blue Ridge -- to Payson.

Laveta Jean Stewart

Laveta Jean Stewart, 63, of Cornville, Ariz., died March 6, 2007 in Payson.

Parks and Recreation briefs

Registration for the Spring Coed Softball League will be held through March 28.

Sharing the adventure of a mountain lion hunt


Over the past few years, I have heard many exciting stories about hunting mountain lions with dogs from a longtime friend, Steve Smith.

Walking the wilderness

Hike offers sweeping views and hint of things to come

Hellsgate Wilderness is the nearest designated wilderness to the town of Payson. In 1984, this 37,440-acre section of Tonto National Forest was brought into being by an act of Congress. It contains the deep canyons, wide valleys and mountain ridges typical of the Tonto forest. The wilderness reaches along a 30-plus mile portion of the forest, from near the town of Gisela on one side to near Christopher Creek on the other.

Many shelter animal stories have happy endings


For every sad story at Payson Humane Society, there is a glad story to tell. Many of our happy tails occur as a result of modern technology in the form of microchips and the computer.

Financial aid workshop

A workshop on how to obtain financial aid for college and general knowledge about college life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Payson Campus of Gila Community College, Room 301.

Intersession for JRE students next week

The intersession for Julia Randall Elementary School students will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 12 to 14.

Rodeo scholarship application deadline

Payson Rodeo Committee Gary Hardt Memorial Scholarship applications are available through the Payson High School guidance center.

Apply by March 15 for journalism scholarship

Arizona high school students who wish to study journalism at an Arizona college or university may be eligible for assistance from the Arizona Press Women Memorial Journalism Scholarship, sponsored by Arizona Press Women and the Arizona Newspapers Foundation.

Drama group presents play

Off the Broadway Productions presents "Show Me the Money!" for one night only, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Rim Country Middle School Gym, 304 S. Meadow.

Transportation offered to Star Valley seniors

Star Valley seniors, ages 50 and older, can now get transportation. The Town of Star Valley has contracted with the Payson Senior Center to provide transportation services to Star Valley seniors.

Free tax help and e-file

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP volunteers in Payson. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS.

Free brush disposal day

A free brush disposal day (free for green waste only) will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill, east of Highway 87 between Payson and Pine.

Church briefs

All Tribes Revival, Tonto Apache Reservation Gym and Mary Glaze invite you to join us in a joyful, exciting and contagious celebration of Jesus and his goodness.

Columnist catches up on Village after week away


There was no column last week since I was in Yuma for business and pleasure.

Where the heck are all the elk?


I have not seen an elk, deer, javelina or even a raccoon in months. I know we had a very cold winter and it was really icy, but where did all these furry guys go?

Cat reads to a full house in Pine


The "Cat in the Hat" extravaganza at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library was a great hit with a full house of delighted children.

Don't let tax day sneak up on you


In 2007, you have until April 17 to file your taxes, but don't let that "extra day" give you a false sense of security.

Five meaningful words heard 63 years ago that lasted a lifetime


I owe Zane Grey a lot. For one thing, his books got me interested in this part of the country and ultimately led me to the place where I'll plant my bones one day, becoming part of the countryside I love. For that alone, I owe him a lot.

Leash-training your dog and a few events worth mentioning


We all know that walking is great exercise for both people and dogs. Too often, we will not walk with our dogs because their on-leash behavior is awful. They pull and jerk us around, but we cannot blame the dog for that.

Sports Club re-creates Wild West during annual banquet

Members of the Tonto Rim Sports Club attempted their best imitation of the Old West at its annual meeting and banquet on March 3 at the Mazatzal Casino, although the lawlessness was kept to a minimum.

Register now for food bank golf tournament

Golfers, get ready for a good time for a good cause.

Lady Horns sail past Fountain Hills for second time

The Lady Horns softball team smoked the Fountain Hills Eagles,13-1, Tuesday after beating them 9-0 last week in the Wickenburg Tournament.

Mo Joseph McGarry

Mo Joseph McGarry was born at 9:52 a.m. Feb. 16, 2007 to Kristina at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Dominic Kaleb Karlowski

Dominic Kaleb Karlowski was born at 6:31 a.m. Feb. 2, 2007 to Amy at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Patricia M. Sanders

Patricia M. Sanders, 74, died March 3, 2007 at RTA Hospice, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jean McNeeley Phillips

Jean McNeeley Phillips, 76, of Payson, died March 5, 2007. She was born July 17, 1930 in Scottsdale, and was a longtime resident of Payson.

Dorothy (Dolly) Wilhelmina Meek French

Dorothy (Dolly) Wilhelmina Meek French died Feb. 17, 2007 at the RTA Hospice in Payson.

Smoke alarms save lives


The sound of a smoke alarm can save your life. But what happens when you can't hear it?

March best month of year for sports

If there was ever a Sports Hall of Fame award given to a month, March would be inducted first.

Food vendors needed for 125th anniversary

Food vendors are needed Oct. 6 and 7 for the 125th Anniversary of Payson and the Western Heritage Festival.

Scientists of the future

Winners from Pine-Strawberry School's Science Fair participated in the Northern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Northern Arizona University on Feb. 20 and 21.

Feathered friends

Students from Rim Country Middle School's seventh-grade class were guests at Wednesday's meeting of the Payson Birders.

Water, citizen trust should be priorities of town government, survey says

The Payson Town Council, in a Thursday afternoon meeting, discussed goals and objectives to include in the Payson Goal Plan, once called the Corporate Strategic Plan.

School should allow student ‘field trips' to important sporting events

I recently attended the boys state basketball tournament. I noticed that Payson had a large number of fans. It was awesome being a spectator cheering on our hometown team.

Christians have calling to love their neighbor

I am a Christian like many of you. We answer to a higher authority -- the audience of one -- who has reduced his commands to two: Love me, love your neighbor.

Track team holds its own in early season

The Longhorn track and field team sprinted, jumped and threw its way to a blazing beginning this season in the 3A North Skydome Classic March 1.

Tonto Village fire chief resigns

The Tonto Village Fire Board is weighing its options after longtime fire chief J.R. Alliger tendered his resignation Feb. 27.

Tuesday, March 6

The lure and lore of the bass


Bass are predator fish. "It's a good thing they don't get much bigger because they eat just about anything their size and below," Mark Kile said. As a former professional bass fisherman, Kile knows.

Lemon surprise

Shirley's Kitchen

Waking up to the beautiful sound of birds singing and warmer temperatures can only mean spring is near, another sign is the berries on Manzanita bushes.

The fight on Spring Creek


As the U.S. Army continued their inroads to the Tonto stronghold, seeking a location for a new post, it was evident to the Apaches they could no longer be safe by retreating to secluded fortresses.

The fiery personalities of redheads -- myth or fact?


The woman's T-shirt read: authentic redhead, keep out of direct sunlight.

Retired trucker turns to Web for new ride


Leaving her trucking career last year left Judy Sims at loose ends. So, she decided to occupy herself by cleaning her home in Payson from bottom to top. In the process she came across an old floppy disk.

Youthful dreams become adult reality


Peggy Gould has put her art on a shelf several times in her life, but a bout with cancer changed her thinking.

Take a hike

I sense that this would be a good weekend for you to get in your car, head south and hike a well-maintained trail where you don't need a map.

A look at modern-day cruising


This year, more than nine million Americans will choose a cruise for a vacation. It's not a new idea. In the 1920s, a vessel was built to cater to the rich; its name was Stella Polaris. This was much like a private club, holding some 170 passengers in luxury. It sailed through Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, around Africa and even the world. The idea caught on and a vacation at sea began to grow. In fact, several steamship companies sent their trans-Atlantic liners cruising during the winter months.

Monday, March 5

Woman fears murder victim is her missing nephew

Police aren't confirming identity of body found in trunk

A woman fears that the man found in the trunk of a burning car early Feb. 20 is her nephew, a 31-year-old Payson man, Roger Patrick Watson.

Healing at home

The care and concern for the Rim Country by the Payson Regional Medical Center reaches far beyond the walls of the hospital.

'Chatter' author honored

Whispering Pines Fire Chief Mark Essary presents Carol Herrick with two awards for her "District Chatter" column that runs in the Payson Roundup.

East Verde Park named Firewise community

For their efforts to improve their community's survival in the event of a wildfire, the East Verde Park Subdivision becomes the fourth community in Gila County and the 15th community statewide to receive Firewise Communities/USA recognition.

Carleton E. Palmer

Carleton E. Palmer, 82, of Tonto Basin, died Feb. 27, 2007. He was born Oct. 26, 1924 in Pasadena, Calif.

Hugh Wayne Taylor

Hugh Wayne Taylor, 91, of Pine, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Rim Country Health and Retirement. He was born April 30, 1915 in Pima, Ariz., the 10th of 13 children born to Franklin R. Taylor and Lucy Agnes McBride.

Laszlo Antal Balogh

Laszlo Antal Balogh, 72, of Payson, died Feb. 28, 2007. He was born Aug. 28, 1934 in Budapest, Hungary.

Coffee stop moving out of Payson

Jacqui Jeffrey, owner of Cuppy's Coffee (formerly Java Jo'z) is moving the business out of the area.

Payson firm merges with Phoenix company

Arizona Rim Country Investment Management, owned and operated by Don Crowley, has merged into Stellar of Phoenix.

Distributor makes Beeline run for business

Small businesses, including restaurants, church kitchens and individuals who need to order in bulk have a friend in Brown's Distributing.

Wrestlers honored for successful season

The wrestling awards dessert was held to honor the 2006-07 highly successful Longhorn team.

Hogan, Sarmiento engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hogan of Payson announce the engagement of their daughter Cristin L. Hogan to Leo E. Sarmiento, son of Pedro and Rosalba Sarmiento of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lions Club cleanup

The Payson Lions Club recently made Frontier Elementary School a community service project.

Longhorn wrestlers excel in college

The college wrestling season is drawing to a close.

Look for new byline on sports stories

A new byline will appear above future sports stories in the Payson Roundup. It will be that of Erin Turner, a recent graduate of the University of Arizona.

Former PHS wrestling star now winning coach

A former Payson High School wrestling star and honor student has realized his goal of becoming a top-notch high school coach.

Lady Horns softball team opens season with promise

The Lady Longhorn softball coach is confident after watching the team in a 9-0 blowout at the Wickenburg Tournament over the weekend.

Baseball team faces four games this week after weekend tournament success

The Payson High School baseball team is in the thick of tournament play after a six-game performance over the weekend in the Mohave Valley Tournament. The team will hope to improve on its 5-2 overall record in the Miami Tournament, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday.

Correction: Firewise recognition

The Rim Golf Club Community Association became the 16th community in Arizona and the fifth community in Gila County to achieve national recognition for being "Firewise."

It is time to fund new Humane Society building

It is time the community steps up and does something about the deplorable situation at the Payson Humane Society.

Recent tax assessment feels like a mugging

Taxation is another word for theft -- taking a person's property without that person's consent is stealing. So, in truth, taxation is simply the definition of theft.

Deciding to reveal the details of my vision

Many months ago, I had a letter printed in your paper in which I reported that I had experienced a vision relating to the tragic Kuenzli-Fish incident. At the time, I decided against sharing the details because of their horrific nature. It was a degree of consideration that subsequent events indicated was probably misplaced.

Wal-Mart should not discontinue local fabric department

I received a phone call from a "sew mate" in the Valley today. She is one of our group that sews at our church on Randall Place in Pine for the needs of others.

Anger of community punishment enough for teen

I am writing in the defense of the teenager involved in the cat case. Yes, it was a foolish and horrid act that should be punished, but I know this teenager and the articles, the letters and all the criticism from the community are already punishing him more than enough.

What's up?

Q: I thought Bonita was supposed to be repaved in 2006. Is it ever going to be smoothed out?

Jails couldn't hold all the adulterers if the law was enforced

I am writing in response to the article on the two convicted of adultery Feb. 23. What a waste of the taxpayers' money.

Closed campus a bad idea

I heard that the school board was going to make the entire high school a closed campus for students, from sophomores to seniors.

House approves bill to ease cost of classroom flag requirement

The state House on Monday approved a bill that would ease the cost of complying with a state law requiring a 2-by-3-foot flag in every Arizona classroom.

Scholarship Gala a tradition in the making

New for 2007, graduating high school seniors will receive their secondary education scholarships on stage from members of the local organizations awarding them.

Man's new role to help small businesses

Fresh off a move from Washington state, a new face in Payson is ready to offer help to small business owners.

Governor vetoes hope for Harold Fish

There was a brief moment of hope for Harold Fish last week when a bill that would affect his case crossed Gov. Janet Napolitano's desk. The bill would have made a self-defense law retroactive to his case, but it was vetoed by the governor.

4 candidates vie to replace chief financial officer

The Payson Town Council heard presentations from four candidates for the chief financial officer position that became available after Glen Smith announced his retirement.

Home lost to fire

High winds resulted in a house fire spreading to two neighboring homes in Beaver Valley Saturday morning.

House approves bill on Gila College provisional status

The state House on Monday approved and forwarded to the Senate legislation that would allow Gila County to run its provisional community college district past 2009, when a law allowing the arrangement is due to expire.

Retailer receives national award

Finishing Touch Florist recently received an Elite Retailer of the Year Award from Jim's Formal Wear.

Senior Thrift Store robbed

The Payson Senior Center Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. was robbed March 3, according to Payson Police Department Commander Don Engler.

Business owners divided on council's proposed immigration ordinance

At about 9 a.m. Monday, nearly 50 men were waiting in a parking lot along Highway 260 looking for work.

Thank you and good luck to Richard Haddad

I would like to express my appreciation to Richard Haddad for his work in Payson and the friendship he shared with our family.

March is not winter, not yet spring


March is a month with attitude. There's a chip on March's shoulder, perhaps because it has no real identity. March is no longer true winter, nor is it yet spring. There are no major holidays in its rein, unless you count St. Patrick's Day, which is grand but certainly no Christmas or Fourth of July.

Area chapter of Big Brothers hurting financially

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, a chapter that serves northern Gila County, is facing a budget shortfall of $400,000, according to chapter president Brian Hassett.

Dr. Seuss still teaching children the love of reading

The students at Frontier Elementary School spent at least part of Friday nestled on pillows, but not snoring away. They were reading books brought from home about little pink ponies and Winn-Dixie, a roaming dog.

Volunteers needed for annual quilting marathon

Thread the needles, cut the fabric and get ready for the annual Strawberry Patchers' Department of Public Safety Quilt-a-thon.

Plant native trees to conserve water

There has been so much talk recently about scarcity of water and all the problems that entails. I am currently overwhelmed with the many mistakes that I have made in my own "gardening" practices since I have lived here, all as a result of just not knowing any better.

Payson's image vs. Payson's reality

Among the 18 task forces advising the mayor, two of them were created specifically to focus on the image of Payson.

Thursday, March 1

'Cat in the Hat' to visit Pine Library Saturday


News Alert: "The Cat in the Hat" will be visiting the Pine Library at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 3.

Something should be done about illegal immigration

It has come to my attention, as an eighth-grader, that even with new laws about to be passed, there have been a lot more illegal immigrants coming to Arizona.

What no one ever told me about Paul Revere's ride


As I mentioned last week, while doing research for a subject we were discussing on the blog I do for the Payson Roundup Web site, I ran across some startling history. We talked about one slice of it last week. Here's another.

Learning to face unfairness with grace may be greatest victory

I have a friend who is a social worker and goes into some dangerous areas to assist others. One day, she came back to her car and it was painted with graffiti.

If you can read this, count your blessings

If you are reading this editorial, you are one of the lucky ones.

Mogollon Ridge rezoning rejected

The Payson Town Council Thursday night rejected the rezoning of land for the Mogollon Ridge subdivision at 2009 N. McLane Road, after about an hour of discussion.

Fire department recognized on racetrack

The Whispering Pines Fire Department received a lot of exposure last Saturday.

Thank you for article on skipping jury duty

As a student at Rim Country Middle School, I would like to thank you for the article on skipping jury duty.

Council approves first reading of immigration ordinance

The Payson Town Council Thursday night approved a first reading of an ordinance that would crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

3 arrested; body unidentified

Three Payson men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a burning car Feb. 20.

Church briefs

People of all ages are invited to a free family movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

Jillian Winter Harper

Jillian Winter Harper was born Feb. 8, 2007 to Adam Harper and Kendra L. Hall at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

Jaime Joseph Griego

Jaime Joseph Griego was born at 7:01 a.m. Jan. 31, 2007 to Joseph and Rosina at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Nathaniel Collins

Nathaniel Collins was born at 5:40 a.m. Feb. 12, 2007 to Joshua and Jinky at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Audrey Villalba Clemente

Audrey Villalba Clemente was born at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2007 to Jose and Enedina at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Desert expert to speak at Roosevelt Lake this weekend

The Roosevelt Lake Visitor's Center will host demonstrations of Sonoran Desert foods, plants and medicines this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My love for an anachronism


I am not a particularly frugal person, but I pick up pennies -- old ones, new ones, heads or tails, lying on the ground or in the street.

Few women comfortable with their retirement finances


All of us would like to think that we will enjoy a comfortable retirement. If you're a woman, however, you might be significantly more nervous than your male peers about life as a retiree.

Arizona Press Women journalism scholarship available to local student

Arizona high school students who wish to study journalism at an Arizona college or university may be eligible for assistance from the Arizona Press Women Memorial Journalism Scholarship, sponsored by Arizona Press Women and the Arizona Newspapers Foundation.

Creek gets into spirit of pajama party


This past Friday was the Annual Ladies Pajama Party in Christopher Creek. Fifteen women showed up at Karen Thorton's home dressed in their favorite pj's and wearing some very funny slippers.

Learning first aid and CPR for your pet


The pet first aid and CPR course, sponsored by Payson Parks and Recreation, provided participants with the ability to give immediate, temporary care to their pets in case of emergency. A trip to the veterinarian is the normal follow-up.

Optimist Club still in search of fishing tournament raffle items

The Payson Optimist Club has hooked up with the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Payson Community Christian School to host the inaugural Kids Fishing Festival. The event will be held 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Green Valley Park.

Relay for Life announces kickoff party

Publicity chair Kathy Igielski has issued a public invitation to attend the Relay for Life kickoff party to be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 9 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Springtime is crappie time on Roosevelt Lake


Springtime in Arizona for the warm water fisherman means crappies are moving to shallow water to spawn. This phenomenon begins sometime in March and continues into April or May.

Longhorns make Sedona ask for 'mercy'

The Payson Longhorns' quest for a berth in the postseason playoffs roared out of the starting gate Tuesday afternoon with a 21-5 victory over Sedona Red Rock.

Spring sports schedules available

Although 2007 regular season spring sports schedules are now available, school officials caution that the slates can change with little notice.

Payson should consider bus transportation

Why does Payson have bus stops but no bus transportation? Think of all the people who do not have vehicles. And what do the homeless do to get around?

Payson High School volleyball star earns college scholarship

One of the most accomplished players in the history of Payson High School volleyball is college bound.

Lady Horns recognized for outstanding season

Though the 3A East Region Champion Lady Longhorn basketball team suffered a blow that could have divided them when they were disqualified from the state tournament, the unity they still share is as obvious as the talent they displayed all season.

Thank you for coverage of Renzi's visit

Many thanks to Teresa McQuerrey and the Payson Roundup for the excellent article reporting Rick Renzi's speech printed in the Feb. 20 edition.

Jeanne Conway Halmer

Jeanne Conway Halmer, 59, died Feb. 22, 2007 after a long battle with ALS, a battle she fought with pride, patience and determination.

1,700-acre prescribed burn to create smoke Tuesday north of airport

There is be a large scale prescribed burn slated for Tuesday, March 6, north of Payson Airport.

Emily Kay Ikner

Emily Kay Ikner was born at 12:13 p.m. Jan. 31, 2007 to John and Tierra Ikner at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Ian James Harvey

Ian James Harvey was born at 10:21 p.m. Feb. 7, 2007 to Teresa at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Bennett Kolner

Bennett Kolner, 84, died Feb. 27, 2007 in Payson. He was born Sept. 27, 1922 in Bialystok, Poland.

Woods, Steven engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Woods of Payson announce the engagement of their son, Marshall Woods, to Charlotte Steven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beuning of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Supervisors discuss perceptions of north/south county divide with Chamber members

Gila County supervisors on Thursday stressed their intent to treat the county as a whole, as much as possible.

Money available for artists, art educators

The Arizona Commission on the Arts has almost $5 million each year to dole out to artists and arts educators, and executive director Robert Booker said he'd like to see some of that money in Payson.

In Laidback, Arizona ...

Inspired by 'Prairie Home Companion,' resident brings old-time radio show to town

When "Harmony Church of the Air" crackles over the radio for the first time on Sunday afternoon, it will be thanks to Mike Amundson, with a little help from his friends.

Military briefs

Army Pfc. Matthew S. Williams graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Pressing needs bring man back to Kenyan village

Daryl Oft, president of Diversified Solutions of Payson and Globe, has returned to Kenya where he and others are continuing the mission work of the Living Waters program.

55 pies stolen from 260 Café

When a thief or thieves broke into the 260 Café on Friday night, Feb. 23, they did not take a single dollar. Instead, they raided the refrigerator.

Rim Club named firewise community

The Rim Golf Club Community Association became the 16th community in Arizona and the fifth community in Gila County to achieve national recognition for being "Firewise."

Observing Lent

Deacon Jesus Castillo of the St. Philip's Catholic Church prepares for today's Lenten services being held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The church will be observing Lent every Friday through the end of the season. St. Philip's is located at 511 S. St. Phillips St.

County, college find common ground

At the end of a two-hour joint work session between Gila County Board of Supervisors and the Gila Community College Governing Board, all in attendance seemed ready to put any animosity behind them and work together for the future.

Father walks with son's ashes hoping to save lives

Barry Adkins and his family left their Gilbert home March 1 on a four-month trip.

All-night graduation party returns for second year

Sumo wrestling, munchies, pingpong games and some pretty cool prizes are coming back for a second year to Payson's Graduation Party.

The eagle returns

Regular visitors at Payson's Green Valley Park had grown accustomed to seeing this bald eagle perched in the trees, scanning the surface of the lakes.

What's up?

Q: Why have gas prices jumped 20 cents in the past week?

Payson native makes his mark in Mesa


What is the definition of a "real" Payson resident? You will get a different answer from just about everyone you ask.

Support production of 'Treasure Island'

I am a Payson High School senior and I have been involved in our excellent theater program for the past four years. Kathy and Jon Siler and Tom Walling put forth a tremendous amount of time and effort to run drama.

Thank you to the Humane Society for returning Bob

About a month ago, my dog was stolen. Needless to say, it has been hard on us.

New Beginnings asks for help

The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center is in the process of raising funds to send an individual to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

Thank you for making Taste of Rim Country a success

"A Taste of Rim Country" -- how Sweet it is.

Author has no problem with ‘personal attacks' against the president

I am writing in response to one author's letter asking for an apology for personal attacks against him.