Stories for May 2007

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Thursday, May 31

Memorial Day weekend activities raise $10,000 for fuel break

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Christopher Creek Community Fuel Break Committee and the Firebelles want to thank the entire community and the many volunteers for all their support of activities over Memorial Day weekend.

Patience Rayne Laycock

Patience Rayne Laycock was born to D.J. and Mariah at 5:36 p.m., April 6, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Cy Benner Durfee

Cy Benner Durfee was born to David and Natalie Durfee at 11:37 p.m., May 2, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Audrey Mary Sobisek

Audrey Mary Sobisek, 82, of Payson, died Saturday, May 26, 2007. She was the wife of Arthur E. Sobisek, who preceded her in death Feb. 24, 1990, in Bohemia, N.Y.

Johnny Henry Snow Jr.

Johnny Henry Snow Jr., 59, of Payson, died May 29, 2007 at his home.

James V. Price

James V. Price, 69, of Jake's Corner, formerly of the Chicago area, died May 25, 2007 in Strawberry.

Collection drive to re-stock depleted food bank

Wells Fargo Bank is holding a statewide food drive from June 1 through 15 to benefit local food banks.

The life and work of Jay Kemp

Payson author and artist Jay Kemp is a man of many talents.

Don Engler recommended as next police chief

Payson Police Commander Don Engler has been recommended by the selection committee as the next police chief. The choice has been accepted by Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter.

Star Valley Council narrowly rejects sales tax ordinance

When Star Valley officials created the town tax code, they exempted a sales tax for the rental and lease of residential lodging on commercial property.

Free flights offered for children ages 8 to 17

When you were a kid, did you ever dream of flying? Maybe you just never had that opportunity. Well, on Saturday, here at Payson Municipal Airport, young people ages 8 to 17 can follow that dream.

What's up?

Q: Who do I contact about animal control issues during the weekend? --AND-- Q: What are the steps for hiring a new teacher?

Making one girl extremely happy

Kathy Levin of Sedona and Judy Wimberley of Winslow, both Make-A-Wish volunteers, came to Payson May 20 to Shea Nelsen, with her wish of taking her horse, Stormie, to attend a workshop with John Lyons, "the most trusted horseman in America."

EchoTaps event was meant for live bugles

I surely hope that the picture that is accompanied your article on "EchoTaps" is purely staged.

Pretending to play digital bugle does not preserve tradition

I read your article about EchoTaps, but I'm sad to see you've pictured MSgt. Moore (retired) holding a digital (fake) bugle.

Digital bugle goes against spirit of EchoTaps

Your story published on May 17 is appreciated for content, but certainly not pictorially.

Digital bugles were not to be allowed

When the BAA and the Veterans Administration arranged the EchoTaps event, it was clearly stated that there will be no electronic horns allowed.

Winding up for postseason play

Payson Little League will break with tradition and send three all-star teams into the postseason, rather than two, as the Rim Country has done in past years.

It would be a shame not to use commander's experience

I have read with interest the ongoing process for hiring a new Chief of Police for the Town of Payson.

Engler best choice for police chief

I'd like to help the Payson Town Council to hire a new police chief. I believe it should be Don Engler.

Citizens should form campfire patrol

Minutemen are patrolling our border to help stop illegal crossings.

Spectator comments on flyball tournament

I was watching the North American Flyball Association's "Dog Event" in the ball field across from Payson's library recently.

Poker Run raised $1,500 for Payson Supply Line

The ALR of Post 69 in Payson held its first Charity Event May 12. It was a "Poker Run" in which the proceeds were donated to the Payson Supply Line, which provides troop support by sending 35-pound "care packages" to our brave men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saddened that spring rodeo was not opened with prayer

Our family has been attending both spring and summer rodeos since moving here three years ago.

'Clown school' not a waste of taxpayer money

This letter is in response to a letter by Wayne Terry of Payson, recently published in your paper.

English is the language that should be spoken in the United States

I have been watching the battle of the immigrants -- who is right, who is wrong.

Piano students received highest rating for performance

On Saturday, May 11, 16 of the Payson piano students of Dr. Victoria Harris participated in the Arizona State Music Teachers' Association 2007 Evaluations, held at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Roundup grateful for opportunity to write about hospice

With the creation of hospice, our society took a step forward.

Help your child prepare for kindergarten

Payson Unified School District invites parents of incoming kindergarten students to "Kickoff Kindergarten."

Hearing scheduled for man charged with death of body found in burning car

A case management hearing will be held June 11 for the man charged with allegedly killing Roger Patrick Watson.

Fire east of Payson mostly contained

Rim Country residents may have noticed smoke on the horizon to the east, beginning Tuesday. The fire causing it was, as of Wednesday evening, 80 percent contained.

Firefighting helicopter relocated at airport following dispute

The Type 1, large-tanker helicopter stationed at the Payson Airport for the peak fire season months played a pivotal role in extinguishing a small fire on Monday.

Vacation Bible schools themed for summer

Bible stories are not just for Sundays in the Rim Country.

Councilors look back at first year in office

On May 23, a little more than a year ago, Mayor Bob Edwards and three councilors, Ed Blair, Su Connell and Mike Vogel were sworn into office on the Payson Town Council. The four were elected last May, following campaigns that promised to change the way town government did business.

Off-season training translates to on-court success

To be successful in today's highly competitive prep athletic world, players in all sports must take advantage of almost every off-season training program offered.

Diamondback camp brings better baseball to Rumsey

The opportunity for young athletes to become better baseball players arrives July 8-13.

Bass team gives troops something to cheer about

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

If you have followed NASCAR or just seen a few clips from a recent race, no doubt you have seen race cars sponsored by all the armed forces of the United States. The positive publicity and advertising not only helps in public relations, but also encourages recruitment.

Golfer continues to rack up honors on Payson links

Laura Meyocks could soon be clutching her second consecutive Arizona State Medallion championship trophy.

Little League given new scoreboard

The Rumsey Park III ball field now has a state-of-the-art scoreboard, thanks to the generosity of National Bank of Arizona and others.

Payson Wal-Mart announces $1,000 scholarship winners

Wal-Mart has awarded David Hill and Alexis Hilliard of Payson High School with a Sam Walton Community Scholarship.

Delinquent taxpayer scam reported in Globe

A delinquent taxpayer scam was reported in the Globe-Miami area.

Church briefs

Come and enjoy one of the finest singing groups to visit the Rim Country. The group "Hope" from California Baptist University will be performing at the Church On Randall Place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

Police are just ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

YOUR TURN

She was young. I would guess she was under 25, short, slender, serious-faced, not bad looking, and she had her right hand on the butt of her handgun as she spoke to me.

Experience better health when you adopt a shelter cat

FOCUS ON PETS

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, sponsored by American Humane and 9Lives Morris Million Cat Rescue Campaign.

Breakfast the highlight of busy holiday weekend

TONTO VILLAGE

This past holiday weekend, breakfast was a rousing success for the Tonto Village Fire Department and its auxiliary.

The animals keep us going

ADOPTION OPTIONS

Payson Humane Society was established more than 30 years ago by a dedicated group of volunteers who believed that the lost and abandoned animals of Rim Country should have a chance at a new life.

Luck's been a lady for Sinatra impersonator

PAYSON PEOPLE

Jim Speiser has been a Frank Sinatra fan for most of his life.

Works of Art

Quilting has evolved from utility to showpiece

The 100-plus quilts on display June 8, 9 and 10 in Pine are not the utilitarian patchworks of yesteryear. They are works of art.

Preston James Moore

Preston James Moore was born to Brandon and Felicia Moore at 3:39 a.m., April 29, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Saying Goodbye

Hospice reverts to days when families cared for dying at home

Geraldine Bartlett has been involved in hospice care her entire adult life. At 94, she is an unintentional pioneer in the service that is now helping her and her husband, Tom, 90, through the last stage of his life.

Engler recommended as next police chief

Payson Police Commander Don Engler has been recommended by the selection committee as the next police chief. The choice has been accepted by Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter.

Until monsoon rains begin, Rim Country still at risk of fire

PINE-STRAWBERRY

The busy Memorial Day weekend is behind us once again. We made it through the weekend without a fire and yet lots of people passed through our communities and enjoyed our festivities.

When do you need a trust?

FINANCIAL FOCUS

None of us can predict the future. So, if you want to make sure your family and other heirs receive what you want them to have, it's never too soon to do your estate planning.

Financing for manufactured homes available

Joni Howard, a mortgage loan officer with Wholesale Lending of Payson, said in the two months she has been here, she has heard a lot of comments regarding financing for manufactured homes.

Wednesday, May 30

Fire near Heber almost entirely contained

The human-caused Vincent Fire is 80 percent contained and has burned about 250 acres 22 miles west of Heber on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Tuesday, May 29

The end of Camp Reno

BACK WHEN

In the early months of 1870, attacks on supply trains south of the Tonto territory grew fiercer. Pinal Apaches, Yavapai, and perhaps some marauding bands of Tontos, carried them out.

A happy and comforting companion

THE EDGE OF PAYSON

I admit it. I like wine. As a matter of fact, I enjoy almost all versions and colors. If it contains some bubbles, all the better.

Savvy summer strategies for healthy kids

IN THE KITCHEN

For kids, the annual exodus from school means the fun begins. But parents worry that a relaxed schedule can mean regular meals and healthy eating go the way of the textbooks during summer months.

Artist turns negative experience into color and light

PAYSON ARTS

Teri Kennedy was scolded by her teachers for doodling in the margins when she was a schoolgirl, but by age 16, Kennedy had sold her first pastel.

Chemistry lesson: Band members connect in electric performances

COVER STORY

If hot, local country band Junction 87 does not know your request in English they will sing it in Japanese. Backwards. Well, not really, but some people show surprise when tennis shoe-clad Billy Ichida draws his bow across his electric fiddle.

Monday, May 28

Donated drinking water helps fire volunteers get job done

The Beaver Valley Fire District Board and Fire Department Volunteers wish to thank Bashas', Safeway and Wal-Mart for their donations of much needed cases of drinking water.

Dollar General closing its doors in Payson

Location, location, location. It's everything in real estate, or so they say. Apparently, "they" are right. A difficult location is forcing Dollar General to close its doors in Payson.

Canyon Broadband under new management

Canyon Broadband High Speed Internet Access has new management. The company's owner, Patsy Bratter, brought Terry and Sondra Sullivan to Payson to help stabilize the business.

Recreation Roundup

Join us for the second annual Payson Sprint Triathlon Saturday, June 9. The adult division is for anyone over 15 years of age and will consist of a 500-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and 5K run. The youth division is for anyone 7 to 14 years of age and will consist of a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike ride and 1-1/2-mile run.

Tonto track team growing

A strong performance at the USA Track and Field Arizona State championships and the Arizona Junior Olympics is the goal of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team.

Golfer wins PMGA tournament, pockets closest-to-pin winnings

Jessie Smith won't soon forget the thrills of winning a Payson Men's Golf Association tournament.

Awards honor Tillman's memory

Pat Tillman's life is often celebrated through the Pat Tillman Foundation and the annual Pat's Run held in both Tempe and San Jose, Calif.

Pool opens with a splash

The Memorial Day weekend opening-day crowd at Taylor Pool wasn't the overflow masses of some past years.

PHS athletic trainer moving on

The athletic trainer, who for the past three years treated the cuts, bumps bruises and injuries of Payson High School athletes, is moving on.

Levi Allen Stevens

Levi Allen Stevens was born to Lane and Crystal at 9:45 a.m., April 18, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Talon Douglas Sopeland

Talon Douglas Sopeland was born to Clay and Laci Sopeland at 6:53 p.m., April 20, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Riley Catherine Alderson

Riley Catherine Alderson was born to Kevin and Meghan Alderson at 5:07 p.m., April 29, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Teacher sees potential in quiet, creative thinker

When Payson High School freshman Brett Goodwin's dad opened the mailbox last week, he wondered why his son was getting a letter from 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

MHA auction a walk through time

To walk into the Mogollon Health Alliance office at the end of May is to pick one's way through halls filled with antique oak chairs, beaded purses, a pair of alligator-toed cowboy boots and hat boxes set one inside the other.

False sweepstakes seek to swindle seniors

A letter arrives in the mail saying you've won more than $50,000 in a national shopping sweepstakes. The only catch: You have to pay nearly $5,000 in prize taxes, using an enclosed cashier's check, before you can receive your winnings.

Students study aquatic biology of East Verde River

Advanced placement students from Joe Schmidt's biology and Cynthia Pool's chemistry classes investigated the quality of the usually untested waters of the East Verde River in six different locations.

Roundup seeks volunteers for next editorial board

The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from June 13 to Oct. 10.

Studio tour a huge success this year

Participating artists in the recent "‘Neath the Rim" Open Studios Tour wish to thank all those in the community who helped make the event a huge success.

Local nurse reminds reader of actress

When I saw the photo of Nurse Nancy Marsh published in the May 11 Roundup, I thought to myself that I had seen that lady before.

We are fortunate to have the service of such selfless firefighters

For the past week, I have stood on my deck watching large air tanker helicopters tirelessly come and go out of Payson Airport.

Roundup fire coverage was most up to date available

I would like to congratulate the Payson Roundup for the outstanding coverage of the Promontory Fire.

Thank you for helping Center for Success students with newspaper project

On behalf of Payson Center for Success High School, I would like to express our deepest appreciation for the exceptional work of your editor, Autumn Phillips, in assisting us with the publication of our school's Historic Gazette.

We need more sympathy for these people

We need to show more sympathy for these people. They travel miles in the heat. They risk their lives crossing a border.

Americans shouldn't accept gun violence as fact of life

I have to set the record straight about Debbie Button's response to my letter regarding gun violence.

Fake bugler not a part of Echo Taps

The photo you published with a recent article about Echo Taps is a disgrace to the 24 notes and the meaning of "Taps."

Fake bugles a disgrace

Your recent article relative to the bugler with the Payson Military Honor Guard is a disgrace and a slap in the face to all real, live buglers.

Community came together during Promontory Fire evacuation

The Rim Country Service Delivery Unit, Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross, wishes to thank the Mount Cross Lutheran Church of Payson for their unselfish desire to serve our surrounding communities by donating their church facilities for the use as an evacuation shelter during the Promontory Fire.

'To whom much is given, much is required'

To the graduating class of 2007: Congratulations on completing the challenge of high school and making it to this day. We are gathered together here as the graduating class of 2007 for one last time. After today, we will all go our separate ways into the world, and we will face new challenges, as the world we live in today continues to change.

Roundup now airing daily video news

Remember the name Erin Turner. She'll be one of those people who passed through Payson on her way to bigger and better things.

Local nonprofit recognized by tech giants

Telemedicine allows people who cannot get to a specialist, to be seen by that doctor via satellite uplink.

The late night side of community spirit

Once again, residents of Payson and the Rim Country are taking part in the annual Relay for Life -- the American Cancer Society's signature fund-raiser.

125th anniversary plans lead to memorable occasion

As Payson's 125th anniversary celebration draws near, organizers are adding more features to make the occasion a memorable one.

Police chief candidates to meet with community

A round table discussion with the five finalists for the police chief position will take place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Frontier Elementary School.

Quilting captures interest of younger crowd

At 32 years old, Payson resident Gina Perkes is young for a quilter.

Thursday, May 24

Fossil Creek hike is a descent to paradise

The popular Fossil Creek trail begins at a trailhead atop Deadman Mesa, a few miles west of the town of Strawberry.

Spring Rodeo

Last weekend was full of activities surrounding the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo.

Safeway hosts fund-raiser for prostate cancer

Rim Country residents and visitors can help raise money and awareness about prostate cancer this weekend at Safeway.

Fiscal officer to pursue artist's life

Payson's chief fiscal officer for 10-and-a-half years has tabulated his last budget. Glenn Smith is retiring, effective June 1.

Star Valley residents invited to first public general plan meeting

The residents of Star Valley are invited to the first public meeting on the community's general plan next week.

Father and son

Native American dancers were featured at the grand opening of the Ponderosa Market in Pine.

Thank you for a successful Spring Fling carnival

Julia Randall Elementary School annual Spring Fling carnival was a huge success.

Rummage sale raised $6,150 for Humane Society

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who donated items for Payson Humane Society's rummage sale, as well as those who attended the sale and bought all the goods.

A response to Mr. Gary J. Bedsworth's letter

I don't know Mr. Gary Bedsworth, but in a recent letter to the editor, he singled me out from among all the Gila County Facilities Committee members, stating I was not willing to listen to various alternatives. Mr. Bedsworth should get his facts straight.

American Cancer Society giving money to wrong people

The Payson Roundup editorial on May 11 promoting American Cancer Society's Relay for Life did not mention that the ACS just gave a $5,000 grant to Planned Parenthood, and that one of Planned Parenthood's major sources of income (other than our tax dollars) is abortion.

Thank you to those who made National Day of Prayer a success

Thank you to each person who made this year's National Day of Prayer a success here in Rim Country.

Education is the best fire prevention

"To prevent fires from starting." That's the first sentence of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department mission statement and the answer to questions posed by Wayne Terry in a letter to the editor on May 11.

Give us back lunch on half-days

Due to the fact that the half-day schedule no longer requires a lunch, those who rely on school lunches are deprived of eating, all day long.

Do you know anything about stolen Cub Scout donations?

I would like to express my disappointment in an unknown thief in this town.

Thank you to The Rim Club

On behalf of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, I'd like to say "thank you" to The Rim Club for its tremendous generosity.

How many people wonder about the state of the world?

How many people think that the churches providing sanctuary to illegals trying to circumvent immigration laws should lose their tax-exempt status for helping them break the law?

Donations will keep Community Kids open all summer

I am writing to express my great appreciation for Payson Community Kids having participated in the Community Chest Chaparral Pines and Rim Club Golf Tournament held at the Rim Club on Monday, May 7, to benefit us and four other worthwhile charities.

Memorial Day more than a three-day weekend

To many, Memorial Day means one thing -- a three-day weekend.

Woman arrested in domestic violence stabbing

Margaret Clark, 40, of Payson, was arrested and charged with one count of domestic violence-aggravated assault for stabbing Kalvin Earl Watchman, 42, also of Payson.

Fate of Main Street Program still unclear

As Carol McCauley leaves her position as manager of the Payson Main Street Program, the fate of the program itself is unclear.

Promontory Fire contained; No campfires allowed

The Promontory Fire is no longer a danger to the residents it threatened just a week ago.

Pine averts Memorial Day water disaster

Broken water line repaired; customers won't be charged for water hauling

Pine Water Company went to Stage 4 conservation measures this week, after one of its larger lines broke. But, as of press time, the company was back at Stage 2.

Memorial Day events

Headstones at Pioneer Cemetery tell veterans' stories

Created in 1882, the Pioneer Cemetery encapsulates some of Payson's finest history. Members of at least four major American wars -- the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam -- share eternal rest at the peaceful site.

Sign up now for summer reading program

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Super Readers!

Third art gallery opens on Main

On May 26, when Integrity: An International Art Gallery opens its doors, Payson's Main Street will boast its third art gallery in barely 10 months.

Payson Head Start enrollment under way

Payson Head Start is currently enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year. Head Start is a preschool and family referral program for families with low income and children with disabilities.

Beware of 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.

Smoke coming from Promontory Fire

The smoke in the Payson area Friday morning is reportedly from the Promontory Fire, which is still burning, according to a spokesman for the Forest Service.

Plan in order to make camping trip perfect

Camping in the cool forests on the Mogollon Rim is one of the favorite ways people throughout the state, and visitors too, like to spend at least part of the summer. Guests in any of the area's popular campgrounds will awaken to the trill of birds, the crisp scent of pine trees and fall asleep beneath a canopy of stars.

High tech treasure hunters will find adventure

Artifacts should not be taken from our national forests, but there is a special exception that allows a kind of small treasure that can be appropriate to take. That is, if you are smart enough to find its location and only if you leave a treasure of your own to replace it.

Take a historical tour of the Mogollon Rim

The Rim Country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.

Find a variety of antiques and collectibles in Rim Country

Old saddles and hats, well-worn tin plates and cups, horsehair ropes - these are the trappings of the Rim Country's western heritage - and they can be found at a number of antique and collectible shops in the Payson and Pine areas.

Rim artists as varied as our scenery

The "art" season is year-round in the Rim Country. But there are two big events the Payson Art League presents each year to give the area's artists special exposure.

Payson's West Main Street becomes artists' haven

Artists of the Rim, a new co-op gallery of 22 local artists on Main Street, had its first customer walk through the door last August.

Rim terrain terrific for two-wheel warriors

Whether you're a newbie or an old pro, the Rim Country is an excellent place to get on your bike and go for a ride.

Tonto Natural Bridge always astounding

The natural travertine bridge that arcs over Pine Creek is one of the wonders of Arizona and the Rim Country.

ATVs provide access to special places in the Rim Country

The Tonto National Forest may put restrictions in place for fire season, but that does not mean "no ATVs."

Trail rides lead to panoramic views of Mogollon Rim

Kohl's Ranch Stables, LLC is the only place visitors to the Rim Country can rent horses for trail rides up Saddle Mountain or across the highway to Horton Springs.

Anglers can expect good fishing this summer

Lakes around the Rim Country are some of the best in the state for fishing.

Summer equestrian events keep Western spirit alive

Rim Country equestrians -- both residents and visitors -- will have plenty of recreational and competitive activities this summer, thanks to the Mogollon Montoneras and Payson Parks and Recreation specialist, Charlene Hunt.

Aquatics, tumbling, ball games keep everyone busy

Tumbling is back in the lineup and swimming promises to be better than ever at Rumsey Pool for the Payson Parks and Recreation's summer program.

Pirates have hidden hangout at Pine library

Art exhibits, movie madness, sports trivia, dramatic performances and, of course, a summer reading program will keep youth in Pine busy at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library this summer.

Where to go for information

It's worth the time to stop by both the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Ranger District Office of the Tonto National Forest, two places packed with information.

Superheroes read at Payson Public Library

Activities at the Payson Public Library are focused on "tweens" and teens all summer long.

Events all year mark 125th anniversary of Payson

Payson is having a party -- possibly the party of the century and then some -- and everyone is invited.

Dancing in the moonlight at Green Valley Park

The band Come Back Buddy kicks off Payson Parks and Recreation's 2007 Saturday night Concert Under the Stars series at 7 p.m. June 9.

Rim Country calendar packed with plenty of fun events

• May 1 through June 1: Men's and Women's Slow-Pitch Softball League registration. Games begin on June 25. Additional information, contact Parks and Rec at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Welcome to wondrous Rim Country

With gasoline prices soaring to all-time highs, Arizona residents are staying a little closer to home this summer.

Granite Dells allows you to hike in your own back yard

Located a few miles southeast of the center of Payson is an area known locally as the Granite Dells. The Stewart Pocket geological structure lies at the heart of this picturesque site. As a deep, wide ravine stretches for several miles, both north and south of the area, the pocket marks the trailhead for the loop.

Walking the wilderness

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.

Highline Trail has views of Rim Country, past and present

Whether you're new to the Payson area or just visiting, the Highline Trail offers an opportunity to explore a popular portion of the Rim Country.

Horton trail takes travelers to hidden beauty

Winding along and parallel to its namesake, the Horton Creek Trail traverses a variety of landscapes and ecosystems as it makes its way up from the Upper Tonto Creek Campground until it meets up with the Highline Trail and the beginning of the Horton Springs Trail. These two trails provide a visitor with a complete experience for which the Rim Country is well known.

A tale of two trails

Segments of the nearly completed Arizona Trail pass through the Rim Country in the vicinity of the Payson, Pine and Strawberry. One such segment overrides two earlier established trails: Oak Springs (FST#16) and Walnut (FST#251).

Willow Springs Lake: Cool water destination on the Rim

Willow Springs Lake and its surrounding environs afford a visitor to the Mogollon Rim many of the outdoor sights and activities for which it is well-known. This popular lake attracts not only those who enjoy fishing, but also hikers, mountain bikers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Pine and Strawberry have fire restrictions

The communities of Pine and Strawberry have instituted full fire restrictions.

Church briefs

Join others at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Green Valley Park to pray a special Rosary to the Lady of Fatima and the Holy Spirit.

Dog days of summer are here

ADOPTION OPTIONS

Summer is heating up and there are a few things we need to remember:

Plan your adventure at the library

SHELF LIFE

It is the season to travel and, after all, life is an adventure. It's never too late to strike out and explore the world.

The winning bunny

On May 5, in Tolleson at the 4-H Maricopa American Rabbit Breeder's Association Show, Sabrina Goodman took Reserve in Show (second) for all of the youth for her Netherland Dwarf doe and First Place in Showmanship for 4-H.

Defining partnership

Community colleges are expected to be the driving force in the nation's quest to prepare workers for a changing economy.

Thanks to Tall Pines Market for aid during fire

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Promontory Fire is completely contained and the residents want to sincerely thank everyone who worked so hard to put this fire out. Know that all of you are appreciated.

Know the difference between 'saving' and 'investing'

FINANCIAL FOCUS

For many Rim Country residents, the terms "saving" and "investing" are almost interchangeable. But there are some big differences, and you need to recognize them as you work toward achieving your financial goals.

Fly 'Old Glory' this Memorial Day weekend

TONTO VILLAGE

Tonto Village is gearing up for the first big weekend of the summer season. The biggest event will be the kickoff breakfast put on by the Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 26, at the Tonto Village Chapel. The food will be ready at 7:30 a.m.

Daughters of the American Revolution visit schoolhouse

Visiting dignitaries attending a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Convention in Phoenix, were delighted to see the DAR memorial at the old schoolhouse in Strawberry.

Holiday weekend busy in Pine

PINE-STRAWBERRY

This is a busy Memorial Day weekend in Pine. Start off with the Pancake Breakfast, prepared by the Pine Strawberry Firefighters and Strawberry's Elite.

Flyball, rally opportunities for fun with your dog

FOCUS ON PETS

Fun dog activities were happening in Payson last weekend. I wish more people would have taken advantage of the opportunity to see these amazing dogs in action. Those who saw flyball for the first time were amazed and impressed.

Great American westward migration has not yet ended

YOUR TURN

Some of the comments made on the Payson Roundup forums lately concerning the work being done to recreate Old Payson along Main Street put me in mind of what this place up here was like when I first became acquainted with it.

Three decades of design come to Rim Country

PAYSON PEOPLE

When Ed and Mary Quigley left the hustle and bustle of San Diego last fall, their friends and family thought they were crazy.

Dive in to summer fun

Taylor Pool opens Saturday, open until September

Slip on the bathing suit, blow up the orange floaties and smear on the sunblock. With temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, Payson's pools are loaded with potential fun.

Learning from the pros

Diamondback summer camp returns to Rim Country

A much-anticipated summer camp that has been a fixture on the Rim Country sports scene for the past eight years has long allowed local young baseball and softball players the opportunity to fine-tune their diamond skills.

Fishermen: Set the alarms to catch an early morning bass

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

A successful fishing trip to Roosevelt Lake in the summer means an early wake-up call and a 45-minute drive in the dark to be on the lake at first light.

56 magic number for Memorial golf tournament

This week, the Payson Women's Golf Association honored former members who died.

Area athletes head to Grand Canyon games

It's only fitting that a pair of the state's finest basketball players are serving as executive commissioners of the Grand Canyon State Summer Games.

1967 game has old-timers talking 40 years later

The onset Wednesday of the Arizona State vs. University of Arizona regular, season-ending PAC-10 baseball, three-game series marks almost exactly the 40th year anniversary of a memorable playoff game between the Devils and Cats.

State's best battle on boards in Mesa, North wins 110-98

Miles Huff, a four-year member of the Payson High School basketball program, finally had the opportunity to play alongside many of the players he had gone toe-to-toe against his entire career.

John Martin

John Martin died May 23, 2007 in Payson. He was born June 10, 1923 in Santa Ana, Calif. and raised in Laguna Beach.

Dora P. Dawes

Dora P. Dawes, a 40-year Payson resident, died May 21, 2007 at her home in Payson. She was 84.

Do you recognize these items?

The Payson Police Department is seeking information about this blanket and small, promotional football.

Man arrested for possession of child pornography

A 75-year-old Payson man has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Tuesday, May 22

A reminder of why I live here

CAROLING WITH CAROL

Whenever I forget how much I enjoy living in the Rim Country, the universe sees it as an opportunity to give me a lesson.

Payson Supply Line works to boost morale of soldiers fighting in Iraq

RIM REVIEW COVER STORY

Dew rags, with the Payson Supply Line logo on the front, help keep sweat out of the eyes of surgeons and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Camouflage fabric cool ties, made and donated by a local woman, keep soldiers' body temperatures down under the heat of the desert sun. Phyllis Harper knits hats for the soldiers to wear in winter. "I named the supply line right," said PSL co-founder Butch Klein. "There have been so many people in the community that have jumped in to help."

Conflicting views of the enemy

BACK WHEN

As word went out across Arizona about the ranching and prospecting possibilities in the central mountains and basins, pressure increased on the government to provide protection for settlers.

A varied palette

PAYSON ARTS

Geri Wood Gittings is a woman enchanted with the extensive palette of techniques gourds offer.

Frozen treats a treasure for this summer's dining

IN THE KITCHEN

One of my favorite parts of summer: the cool, refreshing frozen or chilled desserts that can be concocted.

Monday, May 21

Senior Comments 2007

Favorite moment: Nailing our competition routine after months of morning and afternoon practices and giving it my all, every time. -- Kalli Wilembrecht

It's my friends I'll remember most

As the school year draws into its final act, all of us young, restless and slightly naive graduating seniors are eagerly anticipating the exciting and uncertain days beyond May 24, 2007.

Hire Don Engler as next police chief

I, the undersigned, respectfully, yet strongly, encourage the members of the Payson Town Council to hire Payson Police Commander Don Engler to replace retiring Police Chief Gordon Gartner.

Payson should build indoor courts and recreation center for teens

Since Payson is installing new playground equipment, they should also add new sports courts.

Nice turnout at Star Valley craft boutique

Thank you for running the notices in the Community Almanac, regarding the craft boutique at the Lamplighter RV Resort in Star Valley.

Thank you to parents who teach character to their children

As a teacher at Rim Country Middle School for the past two years, I've had the privilege of working with incredible teachers and awesome students.

Humans responsible for violence, not guns

I am writing in response to the letter from Wayne Donnay published May 8 about gun violence.

Sanctuary movement for illegals un-Biblical

There are some churches that want to be refugee centers for illegal immigrants, based on Leviticus 19:34: "The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native born." This verse does not refer to illegal aliens of today, breaking our immigration laws.

Illegal immigrants have unrealistic set of expectations

My wife and I have been residents of Payson since the mid-1980s and after selling our business in 2000, have been spending several months every year in Mazatlan, Mexico.

'We don't have enough nurses' words of past

If you haven't seen the Gracie Lee Haught Education Resource Center at the Payson Regional Medical Center, stop by the hospital and ask for a tour.

Freegard property pivotal to future of Star Valley

We still remember the night in March when the Freegard property in Star Valley was rezoned for commercial development to make way for the Windmill Village development.

Former Houston Mesa fire chief to be arraigned

Former Houston Mesa Volunteer Fire Chief Frank Hansen faces an arraignment for fraud and theft charges May 29 in the Gila County Superior Court in Payson.

Davis promoted to advertising director

Bobby Davis has been promoted to advertising director of the Payson Roundup.

Worst roads in Payson to be repaired

Some of the roads in the worst shape in Payson, as concluded by the Street Inventory/ Assessment Task Force, include parts of Manzanita Drive, Bonita Street, Frontier Street and Longhorn Road.

Down to 5 finalists for police chief

The committee assisting Town Manager Fred Carpenter in the task of selecting a new police chief has released its list of five finalists for the position.

Sign represents four-year effort

The Payson Schools Beautification Committee realized a four-year goal Friday when it put up a digital LED sign for the Payson Unified School District. The completely paid-for $35,000, 8-by-5-foot sign stands just over 15 feet tall, on the corner of Meadow and Longhorn.

Fire restrictions begin Wednesday

After battling the Promontory Fire and looking ahead to the dry, peak months of fire danger, Tonto National Forest officials have put fire restrictions on forest lands. The restrictions take effect beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8 a.m.

'Fire made us safer'

Promontory Fire reduced heavy fuels, serving same purpose as controlled burn

After a precarious week filled with smoke, and flames burning in dangerous proximity to otherwise peaceful mountain communities, fire officials had the Promontory Fire 90 percent contained as of Monday afternoon.

Hospital recognized for respiratory care services

Payson Regional Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

Lady Longhorns to host girls basketball camp

Learn to play basketball the Lady Longhorn way May 29 through June 1 during the Lady Longhorn Basketball Day Camp for girls, entering grades four through eight. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Wilson Dome. Instruction will be given by PHS players and coaches.

Caelee Lynn Boyle

Caelee Lynn Boyle was born to Preston and Alyssa at 5:51 p.m., April 19, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Waiting for the call

Homebound seniors connect to outside world through police program

Every morning between 9 and 10 a.m., 89-year-old Gerald M. Stork Sr. waits for his phone to ring.

Hunt of a Lifetime

Arthur L. Pearce, II, founding member of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife and leading proponent of hunting and fishing in Arizona, provides a rare opportunity for a Payson boy to experience a Coues deer hunt.

Congratulations, graduates

Good luck, 2007 high school graduates:

How high school prepared me for my future

High school has taught me a lot about life and how to become a mature responsible person. It has developed more than my mind, but also my character and integrity.

Matthew Shane Johnson

Matthew Shane Johnson was born to Matthew and Jeana Johnson at 5:56 p.m., April 5, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Victoria Lynn Hixson

Victoria Lynn Hixson was born to Kayla at 11:40 p.m., April 14, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

In the air

Rim Country residents gathered Saturday morning at the Payson Municipal Airport for the Aero Fair.

Emergency connection

Verizon Wireless activated a mobile cell site, pictured, to boost wireless coverage for crews battling the Promontory Fire.

1,300 campsites open for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular weekends to travel in Arizona, but campers are encouraged to use only propane stoves and heaters this summer while they are camping, to prevent wildfires from escaped campfires.

Mobile home park a piece of paradise

Star Vale Mobile Home Park opened with 31 spaces on Jan. 1, 1979.

95 years old; still winning

Russ Zakariasen celebrated his 95th birthday just days after shooting a 91 and winning closest-to-the-pin honors in a Payson Men's Golf Association four-man tournament.

Recreation Roundup

Register by June 1 to play slow-pitch softball this season.

Player surprised with last-minute Pitch, Hit, Run championship title

Nate McMullen received the surprise of his young life when he was told late this week that he is the Pepsi Major League Pitch, Hit and Run 7- and 8-year-old age division sectional champion.

What generosity makes possible

Payson High School extracurricular activities received a nice final boost at the May 14 school board meeting.

Former PHS golfer making waves by Pacific Ocean

The distractions of attending a university located only a few yards from a pristine Pacific Ocean beach has not slowed the progress of Brandan Kelley's golf skills.

Payson players prepare for postseason showdown

The finest prep baseball players from the 3A conference are tuning up for the granddaddy of all postseason showdowns -- the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game.

Wegner twins

Rhiley Lynn Wegner (left) and Randon Allen Wegner (right) were born to Russell Wegner and Dani Real on Jan. 19, 2007 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo.

Cayden Brandon Self

Cayden Brandon Self was born to Mike and Kendra Self at 12:28 p.m., April 18, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Sabra May Santana-Cissell

Sabra May Santana-Cissell was born to Christopher and Renee at 10:01 p.m., April 2, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Kaine Michael McFarland

Kaine Michael McFarland was born to Michael and Jessica McFarland at 7:56 p.m., April 9, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Commission focused on affordable housing

Payson's newly established Affordable Housing Commission held its inaugural meeting Wednesday.

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn was born to Craig and Paula at 8:19 a.m., April 20, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Edith A. (Edie) Morris

Edith A. (Edie) Morris, 85, died May 16, 2007 in Everett, Wash. She was born Sept. 17, 1921 in Wenham, Mass.

Madison Rene Lowe

Madison Rene Lowe was born to Curtis and Sarah at 5:34 p.m., April 11, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Sunday, May 20

Promontory Fire 90 percent contained; smoke expected as fire interior burns

The human-caused Promontory Fire has now reached 4,044 acres and has cost more than $2 million to fight, as of 7:30 a.m. Monday. Despite the fire's growth, firefighters are calling the fire 90 percent contained. Residents can expect to see smoke today as the interior of the fire burns.

Green Fire quickly contained

With the Promontory Fire 90 percent contained and almost 700 firefighting personnel in the Rim Country to fight it, resources were immediately available to fight the Green Fire. The Green Fire, located south of Little Green Valley, started Monday afternoon and has burned 10 acres. Hotshot crews and helicopters had the fire quickly contained.

Saturday, May 19

Evacuated residents have returned home

With the Promontory Fire now 90 percent contained, fire officials feel it is safe to lift the evacuation notice for residents of See Canyon, the Brooks subdivision and the Mountain Meadows Bible Camp.

Thursday, May 17

Fire department offers public thank you

The Beaver Valley Fire Department wishes to publicly thank the following local business owners for their generous donations of our new fire communications tower and high speed Internet service:

Two baseball players honored on region first team

Prestigious All-East Region first-team honors have been doled out to a pair of Longhorn standouts who paced the PHS baseball team to a berth in the state tournament.

Classes teach women to defend themselves

Angela and Wyatt Shepherd of the Payson Pankration Martial Arts School are doing their best to ensure women can defend themselves in any type of attack.

Thanks to the Tribe

Tonto Apaches pay for luxury bus to track meet

Thanks to the generosity of the Tonto Apache Tribe, the Payson High School track and field team traveled May 12 to the searing Phoenix heat in air-conditioned luxury.

Pitchers receive highest region honor

East softball coaches have honored the Lady Longhorn one-two pitching punch of Tiffany Klemstine and Candice Johnson as all-region first team members.

Freshman invited to elite Meet of Champions

Freshman Maddie Nossek probably doesn't understand the elite company she's joined as a Payson High School athlete who's competed in the prestigious Meet of Champions -- formerly known as the Luke Greenway Meet.

Crowds leave after crappie spawn, perfect time to fish

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

Early spring is traditionally the time to catch big numbers of crappies on Roosevelt and other Arizona desert impoundments.

Payson cowboy returns to home rodeo arena

Former Payson High School and Cochise College rodeo star Seth Barkley-Seidel is taking his act onto the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) circuit.

Church briefs

The Global Day of Prayer will be held at 7 p.m. May 27 at the Payson Christian Church, 501 E. Rancho Road. The event is sponsored by the Christian Prayer Network Payson Ministerial Fellowship.

Mass in the 'Wild West'

St. Philip's grows for 50 years under guiding hands of priests, parishioners

In the mid-1950s, the Ceolin family were frequent campers in the Rim Country. On a Sunday, before they headed back to the Valley, the Ceolins stopped to observe Catholic Mass. "I remember Masses said under the trees next to the women's club on Main Street and, once, in the log building that was the original Presbyterian Church," Sante Ceolin said.

Another solution to the growing national debt or FDR was right

YOUR TURN

As I write this, the national debt is $8,820,713,599,196. Since there are 301,736,479 of us in the country at this instant, even counting those climbing over the fence, that comes to $29,233 apiece.

Massage therapist looking for roots

PAYSON PEOPLE

Carol Pearcy wants to be grounded. The problem is, the new Rim Country resident can't seem to find a permanent home.

Don't miss the Flyball tournament this weekend

FOCUS ON PETS

Don't miss the great dog events this weekend in Payson. Flyball races will be ongoing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, in the ballpark across from the Payson Public Library.

Fire on the mountain

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

What's it going to take for people to realize that one cigarette thrown out a car window and one campfire not extinguished can set a forest on fire and cause an enormous amount of devastation? Ten acres were burned this past weekend along Highway 260 near Little Green Valley. Firefighters from the Forest Service were fighting the fire for three days, so it would not destroy any homes.

Fire season here with a vengeance

TONTO VILLAGE

The fire season is here with a vengeance. We now have two fires around Tonto Village. The first one was the Ponderosa Fire west of the village and was skillfully put out by Hotshot crews from around the area, along with the help of the Forest Service, Diamond Star and Christopher/Kohl's fire departments. Tonto Village residents, along with Thompson Draw and Bear Flat residents, thank all the volunteers who helped contain the fire and put out the hot spots in short order.

Which business retirement plan should you choose?

FINANCIAL FOCUS

I understand that as a small business operator, you've got no shortage of concerns: Cash flow, marketing, the ebb and flow of the economy, to name a few.

New well in Pine may not be best option

PINE-STRAWBERRY

There are lots of activities going on in our communities over the next few weeks. Hopefully, the fires will stay away and we can enjoy all the summer fun. But before I talk about those, let me discuss a recent meeting I attended.

Community service awards

Two local groups were honored at the May meeting of the Mogollon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution for their outstanding service to the community.

Humane Society does all it can to give animals chance at new home

ADOPTION OPTIONS

Payson Humane Society is different.

Have you ever wanted to try kayaking?

Learn about kayaks and which kind is best suited for you and your pursuits.

Environmental Fair

On Saturday, 406 vehicles dropped off household hazardous products at the Payson Event Center.

Learn to be a safe babysitter

Registration is now open for the Payson Fire Department's Safe Sitter class.

5 years after Rodeo-Chediski, family looks forward

The view from Wanda and David "Doc" Clark's back patio has changed dramatically from five years ago, much like the Clarks' lives and the lives of many of their neighbors.

Control Road to see busy Scout traffic

DISTRICT CHATTER

School will be out next week and the Control Road will be extra busy with Scouts going to the two Scout camps. Be extra careful and keep to your extreme right, especially on hills and curves.

Firefighters make progress

Promontory Fire burns 2,667 acres; 40 percent contained

"All night, you could see the fires burning down the ridges," said Christopher Creek resident, Jim Hagen. "I'm much more worried about this fire than ones in the past."

Evacuation shelter set up at church

On Wednesday night, Mountain Meadows Bible Camp and the See Canyon Summer Homes were evacuated because strong winds from a storm north of the fire pushed the fire into See Canyon toward area homes.

Forest closed in areas surrounding wildfire

Bear Canyon and Woods Canyon Lake continue to be closed until further notice. All recreational activity in and around those locations is prohibited.

Evacuation drill scheduled to test preparedness

The Payson Police Department, Payson Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and Gila County Emergency Management will conduct a fire evacuation drill at 9 a.m. Saturday in the area of Rodeo Ranchos.

Burning permits suspended

Effective May 14, the Payson Fire Department has suspended the issuance of open burning permits, due to high fire danger. Until the Payson area receives more precipitation, and the fire danger subsides, open burning will not be allowed.

'Taps' to echo across country Saturday

Brass players from around the world will conduct an EchoTaps event Saturday (Armed Forces Day) at all National Cemeteries, State Veterans Cemeteries and cemeteries of the American Battle Monuments Commission overseas.

Senita wins seat in recall election

Robert Senita will replace Ross Gooder on the Pine/Strawberry Fire Board. Senita received 455 votes to Gooder's 225 during the recent recall election.

Tickets on sale for next concert season

The 2006-2007 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association comes to a close this weekend with a performance by Joe Burgstaller. Burgstaller will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Payson High School Auditorium.

California man dies in Highway 260 accident

A 77-year-old man from California died in a head-on collision Mother's Day.

Credit for Kids sends students to D.C.

Anthony Azevedo, a Payson Center for Success (PCS) junior, stood next to the Apollo 13 splashdown capsule at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. during spring break. "Standing in the presence of history was really a moving experience," he said.

Bring letters of support for firefighters to Roundup, Chamber

It is no longer time to prepare for fire season. Fire season is upon us.

Teen wonders about the future of war in Iraq

Even though it's hard to count the deaths in the war in Iraq, the 2006 estimate is 2,366 killed and 17,464 wounded. Still, we continue to sacrifice our soldiers to build up a government in Iraq.

There is no porn at Pete's Place

I am writing this letter in response to the photo printed in your paper on May 8, in which a man protesting Pete's Place in Star Valley is holding a sign that refers to the establishment as "Porno Pete's."

Offering a rebuttal to 'staying the course'

George W. Bush's decision to frighten this nation into an illegal, immoral, ill-conceived war against Iraq, which posed no real threat to us, will haunt him throughout history. Most Americans now believe the United States should never have undertaken this calamitous military misadventure and support bringing our troops home.

Here's a suggestion for Payson Council

We are in the 12th year of drought and who knows when it will end. The safe yield study is not a sustainable yield study. The problem here is that this safe yield study was based on historical rainfall figures. They are not relevant, since we have been in a drought for the past few years.

Kids Fishing Festival will become annual event

On behalf of the children, parents and young adults who participated in the Kids Fishing Festival, the Rim Country Optimist Club would like to say "thank you."

Nice to see so many out on First Friday

Congratulations, Payson.

Great place to give

In Payson, we enjoy clean air and a great environment for living. But, our people and the business community are our greatest gifts. Last week, The Rim Golf Club hosted a Community Chest golf tournament, which benefited five local charities.

Business owners should refuse to sign affidavit

I need to see some consistency in the way the feds and big business are handling the illegal immigration issue before I can sign an affidavit that seems to place an unfair burden on the business owners of Payson.

Donnay's letter was factually incorrect

Having just read Mr. Donnay's letter on gun control, I felt I should respond. I am a Proud Republican. I don't own a gun. I am not a member of the NRA. It is not a requirement to be a Republican.

Lions say thanks

To the people of Payson, Pine and Strawberry, thank you for supporting the Payson Lions Club "Walk in the Dark."

Roundup seeks volunteers for next editorial board

The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from June 13 to Oct. 10.

Star Valley now largest town in Gila County

In the time it took for seven councilors to voice their agreement at Tuesday night's town council meeting, Star Valley became the largest town in Gila County.

Wright, Short Brothers were aviation pioneers

Is it a plane? Is it a bus? What is the big, white airplane we will see at the Payson 2007 Aero Fair? It is the Short SC7 Skyvan, affectionately known as the "Short boxcar."

Carpinos play to raise money for Payson Supply Line

Local entertainers John and Lu Carpino will perform an acoustic benefit concert for Payson Supply Line at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fireside Espresso in Payson.

Enessa Shaneen Hamilton

Enessa Shaneen Hamilton, 31, died May 11, 2007 in Deer Creek, Ariz.

Al DiGiacomo

Al DiGiacomo died May 14, 2007 at his daughter's home in Payson. He was born on Sept. 28, 1935 in Denver, Colo. to Fred and Florence James.

Clearl Don Killgore

Clearl Don Killgore died April 14, 2007. The son of Artie M. and Mary Havins Killgore, he was born Sept. 21, 1925.

Annie McIntyre McKinnon

Annie McIntyre McKinnon, 99, died May 15, 2007 in Payson. She was born in Greenock, Scotland on Feb. 22, 1908 to William and Agnes Hair.

Wednesday, May 16

Evacuation shelter set up at Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Correction: Please be advised that all previous reference to the Mountain Meadows Subdivision in the previous evacuation notice for the Promontory Fire was in error. The area affected by the evacuation is the property of the Mountain Meadows Bible Camp and the community known as the Brooks. The Mountain Meadows Cabins is a separate area unaffected by the Promontory Fire.

Two-week courtship to 68-year romance

Eleanor and Gar Baybrook have been together 68 years. Gar turned 90 this year and Eleanor will celebrate that milestone in June. They became engaged only two weeks after they met and were married within three months. Their wedding was on May 13, 68 years ago Sunday. The couple has been a part of Payson since 1964 when they started the Seventh-day Adventist Church here.

Promontory Fire now burning 2,667 acres; 40 percent contained

As of late Thursday night, the Promontory Fire has grown to 2,667 acres, but firefighters are making progress, calling the fire 40 percent contained. Currently, there is no evacuation planned for Christopher Creek, but residents have been asked to be prepared to leave if the need arises. Structure protection personnel have been placed in the two communities to monitor fire behavior.

Tuesday, May 15

It's Rodeo Time!

The 2007 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo takes place May 17, 18 and 19 at the Payson Event Center off Highway 87 west of the Mazatzal Casino.

Rodeo specialty act is family business

The specialty act on board to entertain rodeo fans between all the action this weekend is the Kiesner Family Wild West Revue.

Equestrian skills exhibit

Equestrians from around the Rim Country and throughout the state will be showing off their riding skills and talent for speed in the exhibition Women's Rodeo May 17 at the Payson Event Center.

Spring Rodeo is 20

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee runs the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo each May.

Two announcers guide fans at May rodeo

The contests at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo will have two skilled announcers guiding audiences through the action. Arizona's own Reed Flake will join the long-time voice of Payson rodeos, Johnny Pope.

Payson's pride in rodeo part of parade

Parades and rodeos are always a package deal in Payson.

Rodeo royalty graces Rim Country

Payson and the Rim Country are once again hosting the contest and coronation of Miss Rodeo Arizona. Many of the pageant activities leading to the selection of Miss Rodeo Arizona 2007 are open to the public. Some of the events are free, some require an admission fee.

Salt River Rodeo Company returns to Rim

Big Poppa and Mastermind are coming out of the chutes with cowboys atop -- but maybe not for long -- at the 2007 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo.

Mutton Bustin' a rodeo highlight

No, the kids riding sheep aren't making a music video for the next version of "Wooly Bully," they are the mutton busters -- sheep-ridin', yee-hawin' youngsters.

Forests closed in area surrounding Promontory Fire

A public safety closure order was issued on Wednesday morning by Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves Forest officials for forest lands surrounding the Promontory Fire.

Protection in makeup and funny clothes

Bullfighters are a bull rider's best friend.

Monday, May 14

Robert Eugene Mastin

Robert Eugene Mastin died May 8, 2007, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born Nov. 14, 1921 in Phoenix and grew up on a dairy farm in Arizona.

Tom Martell

Tom Martell, 65, of Payson, died May 11, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

Gregg, Pressley engaged

Debbie and Steven Dugger announce the engagement of their daughter, Lt. Marie Gregg to Lt. Commander William Pressley.

Casino looking for new director of marketing

As the Tonto Apache Tribe prepares to open its new Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, it is planning for a future as a priority destination for travelers in the state.

Iceland: Sophisticated, easygoing adventure

At last, at long last, I was on my way to Iceland, Europe's "land of fire and ice."

Volunteers needed in New Orleans

Anyone can be taught to tear down a mold-infested home with a sledgehammer, but not as many people are available when it is time to rebuild that home from the rubble.

College bolsters business class offerings

Decisions about money come into play at all stages of life and a degree in business can help you understand the outcome of those decisions.

Why do 'they' always 'improve' what already works?

SENIOR MOMENTS

Is it my imagination or are twist ties not what they used to be? Lately, they seem to be shorter and the wire inside is not as strong as I remember. One of my pet peeves is "they" -- whoever "they" may be -- change things that were perfectly good the way they were.

A few thoughts on police protection for Star Valley

Before the Payson Town Council voted to offer police services to Star Valley on May 3, the issue was discussed at prior meetings in a negative light.

Star Valley should not install photo radar

Having lived in Arizona for 10 years (three of them in Payson), I have to "sound off" on Photo Radar proposed to stop speeders in Star Valley.

Your kind words were comforting

The Nottingham family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who sent cards and well wishes and for everyone who attended the joyous celebration of life.

There is a solution to Jim Hill's problem

Hats off to Scot Stevens, author of a recent letter to the editor with the same title.

This woman knows classic cars

A "playful poke" for the Roundup's editorial page ... au contraire that being female somehow equates with being "green" to the world of classic cars (From the Editor, Payson Roundup, April 27, 2007).

Look at alternatives before raising taxes to pay for jail

I had the good fortune to sit in as an interested member of the public during the Gila County Facilities Planning Citizens Advisory Committee meeting April 26 at Gila Community College.

People searching for water should investigate possible well

My father worked on the construction of the Blue Ridge Dam. The original plan was to drill the tunnel all the way through to the bottom of the Mogollon Rim.

Rodeo cowboys talented, versatile athletes

Rodeo cowboys are widely considered to be among the most talented and versatile athletes in professional sports.

Hiring police chief should be left to town leaders

Sandra Mason may think Don Engler is the man but, my question is, does she know what "the man" needs to know. It's sure not how to be a nice family man. Nor is it having integrity, intelligence and honesty. He needs much, much more than that.

All the talking isn't stopping the meth problem in Payson

During 72 hours last week, Child Protective Services in Payson took seven children from their mothers, due to the mothers' methamphetamine addiction.

Ethics Policy rightly puts expectations on the books

At Thursday night's Payson Town Council meeting, Al Poskanzer delivered the results of 10 months of research into ethics policies that could be put into place in Payson for our elected officials, town staff and political candidates.

See Rim Country from above at Aero Fair

Rim Country residents have a chance for a bird's-eye view of the surrounding areas from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday from the cockpit of a single engine or a twin engine turbo plane at the Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair.

PHS hires new athletic director

A former Higley teacher and Ganado High School athletic director has been named the new assistant principal and athletic director for Payson High School.

Main Street office park ready for tenants

Physicians, other medical providers and professionals have a new place to set up shop. The Payson Professional Plaza on the south side of East Main Street, 117 E. Main, is "at the point of delivery," said owner/agent Kevin Heinonen.

Windmill Village called off

The Windmill Village project, planned for the center of downtown Star Valley, has been called off. The development would have included a town hall, post office, retail stores, restaurants and a hotel.

Nationally ranked cowboys expected at weekend rodeo

The Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo festivities begin Thursday with the Cactus Series Ladies Barrel Racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. The performance is at 7 p.m. Admission is a can of food for the food bank. Evening performances at the Payson Event Center will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m.

1,100 Acres and Growing

Promontory Fire threatens 300 homes in Christopher Creek area

Plumes of white smoke curled over the top of the Mogollon Rim, like a menacing hand, and approached several forest communities as the Promontory Fire spread rapidly Monday.

Promontory Fire threatens Christopher Creek

Until Monday afternoon, the Promontory Fire near Christopher Creek was growing rapidly, but did not threaten any structures. But Monday, the fire entered the Christopher Creek drainage and now firefighters are working to protect 300 residences, 10 commercial buildings and 50 outbuildings. Fighting this fire is extremely difficult because of the steep slopes and dense tree cover. Look for regular updates on this site.

Do not stop on Highway 260 to watch fire

The Tonto National Forest Information Office is asking residents and visitors to keep their distance from firefighting operations at the Promontory Fire. Please do not stop along Highway 260 to watch the activity.

Wildlilfe Fair

Those who helped stage the Payson Wildlife Fair deserve a huge pat on the back for hosting a successful, educational and exciting event.

Ponderosa Market to host grand opening

The Ponderosa Market in Pine will have grand opening festivities May 19 and 20.

Bringing old Payson back to Main Street

At the first of the year, Git A Rope! Trading Company moved from its original location at the Arts & Antiques Corral at Western Village, 1104 S. Beeline, to its new home at 404 W. Main.

Maze of choices

The Teen Maze took place during school at Payson High School, May 10.

Varsity veteran leads team in state tournament

Three-year-varsity veteran Bryce Danielson shouldered the Longhorn load at the Class 3A State Golf Tournament, finishing 11th overall in a field of 80 qualifiers.

12-year-old golfs way to national stage

A passion for golf, coupled with tremendous natural ability, has propelled Rim Country Middle School sixth-grader Blake Cannon onto the national stage.

After season against older, better players, Lady Horns ready for action

Off-season volleyball play on the Club Rim team has prospective Lady Longhorn team members better prepared for fall high school action.

What's Drive, Chip and Putt?

I'm the first one to acknowledge, I know as much about golf, as Bruce Bowen does about playing clean basketball. I am the world's worst player and attempt the game only once a year, each summer at the Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament.

Longhorns take second at state

Coach considers one Longhorn runner Payson's 'best since 1980s'

Few doubts remain that the East region was the most competitive of the four housed in the 3A conference.

Freshman, senior surprise with gold medal upsets

Freshman Maddie Nossek and senior Shanna Coleman surprised onlookers with their gold medal efforts at the Class 3A state track and field championships.

Roundup gathers news, advertising awards

The Payson Roundup brought home several awards from the Arizona Press Club this weekend.

Marilyn Joan Swartwood

Marilyn Joan Swartwood, 77, died May 8, 2007 at her son's home in Payson.

Mary P. Piller

Mary P. Piller of Tucson, and formerly of Payson, died May 6, 2007.

Thursday, May 10

The Hardt of Payson athletics

The man responsible for more than three decades of hard-fought victories, tough defeats, blood, sweat and tears and the development of hundreds of young athletes at Payson High School, is finally stepping down.

Another day at the humane society

ADOPTION OPTIONS

As the sun rises on Payson Humane Society, another day begins.

Church briefs

The 2007 Payson Community Christian School Good Apple Auction and Cowboy Buffet will be held on Friday, May 11 at the Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Building C.

Animals pay when people desire exotic pets

The animals at Southwest Wildlife's sanctuary and rehabilitation center seem content enough in their spacious enclosures, sleeping on tree branches, sunning themselves on large rocks or digging in the mud.

Get the most from ‘post-retirement' earnings

FINANCIAL FOCUS

In earlier generations, "retirement" meant what it sounds like -- a cessation of working.

We teach more by our actions

YOUR TURN

It was a warm summer evening and my adult computer class was on a 15-minute break, after the first hour. We started at 5 p.m., so it was still light outside. I left my classroom door standing open and lounged in the doorway, enjoying the fresh air -- something I could never get enough of.

Communitywide yard sale set

TONTO VILLAGE

May is a glorious month in Tonto Village, since the spring blooms are showing off their colors of purple, yellow, red in the tulips, lilacs and irises. Everything seems to be new and popping up for the short life span of some of the flowers.

Homeowners association looking for new members

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association is looking for more homeowners to join the organization. It only costs $15 a year and they provide a lot of wonderful things for the community.

Be careful with flames during dry summer

PINE-STRAWBERRY

The Valley is supposed to reach 100 degrees this weekend. If I did not want to spend the day with my mother and my son, I would certainly not go down there, but at least we can come back home to this cool, quiet, peaceful place.

Constructing the future

Payson High School wants to congratulate teacher Richard Alvarez's building trades class for a spectacular performance in the Fifth Annual Arizona Skills USA Construction Championships.

Two exciting dog events coming to Payson

FOCUS ON PETS

Two exciting dog events will be taking place in Rumsey Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 -- Flyball and Rally.

Historical Highline: Trail offers views of Rim Country, past and present

Whether you're new to the Payson area or just visiting, the Highline Trail offers an opportunity to explore a popular portion of the Rim Country. Beginning on the west end at the Pine Trailhead, just south of the town of Pine, the Highline Trail continues east along the Mogollon Rim for more than 50 miles until it reaches its other terminus at the 260 Trailhead.

Robert E. Metzger

Robert E. Metzger, 64, of Payson, died May 7, 2007. He was born in Nyack, N.Y.

Shirley Bowen Reed

Shirley Bowen Reed, 86, of Phoenix and Payson, died April 28, 2007, following a stroke she suffered in August 2006.

E.D. (Elmer) Shewey

E.D. (Elmer) Shewey, 84, of Payson, died April 28, 2007. He was born Sept. 15, 1922 in Horse Cave, Ky.

Eleanor Rae Darby Garten

Eleanor Rae Darby Garten, 86, of Grand Blanc, Mich., formerly of Payson, died May 8, 2007, at Genesys Hospice Care Center, Goodrich, Mich.

Ever wanted to run for council, but were intimidated?

TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER

The Town of Payson is pleased to announce our fourth annual Payson Citizens Leadership Academy.

Climbing area, multi-age fun planned for new playground at Rumsey Park

TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER

By the end of the summer, Rumsey Park will have new playground equipment.

Middle school students say ‘thank you'

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7 to May 11 and Rim Country Middle School students decided to honor the men and women who chose to teach them.

Art Hood named Teacher of the Year

Art Hood is turning in his textbooks and grading pencils, after more than 30 years in public education -- 22 of them at Pine-Strawberry Elementary School.

‘Compassionate conservative' code word for ‘lying scoundrel'

At the very least, apologies are owed. Wolfowitz (Iraq War zealot and now World Bank thief) is revealed to be without ethics. Gonzales (Attorney General) can't recall which lie he told last.

Gooder has fire district interests at heart

According to Pine/Strawberry Fire Department Captain Robert McCormick's letter (Roundup, April 24), "Pine-Strawberry can do better than Gooder. Please vote for Robert Senita." Mr. Senita ran for a vacant position on the P/S/ Fire Board in the November 2006 election against Rose Harper and Forrest McCoy and lost.

Be a good sport, let people pass

From the air it would look like a serpent winding its way through the hills between Payson and Pine. The "head" of the serpent is a member of the dreaded "Gray Haired Road Rally Team."

The Gateway Project thanks you

We would like to thank all those who attended the Beeline Cruise In and Charity Auto Show and contributed to The Gateway Project. Your donations and purchase of raffle tickets for our desk-sized bronze elk replica of the life-sized elk for the roundabout are really appreciated.

Ballot allegations in recall election inaccurate

I read the ballot to remove Ross Gooder from the fire board. The ballot claims that Mr. Gooder has, apparently by himself, violated the "Open Meeting" law. That allegation obviously casts some doubts on the accuracy of the rest of the alleged bad acts by Mr. Gooder. "Malfeasance" is also claimed, but what was the malfeasance? Was it Mr. Gooder's unlawful private meeting with himself?

Happy Birthday to Anna Mae Deming

While in Payson, for our annual six months stay, I read in the Progress edition of the Roundup, that Anna Mae's birthday is the same day as mine -- May 2.

The devil in the details has been exorcised

The following is written in response to the Guest Comment in the May 4 issue of the Roundup, titled, "Devil in the detail" with formation of the Airport Authority, by Robert P. Oswald.

Relay for Life part party, part walking meditation

The annual Relay for Life event takes hold of participants -- of your senses, of your emotions, of your thoughts.

Nurse Nancy Marsh given Patients Choice Award

Payson Regional Medical Center honored Nancy Marsh yesterday with the "Patients Choice Award."

5 arrested for meth possession

The Payson Police Department served a warrant in the 400 block of E. Eidelweiss Circle at approximately 7 p.m. Monday.

Oxbow Saloon could be headed for auction block

The historic Oxbow Saloon in Payson is going on the auction block July 31. The auction is set for 11 a.m. July 31 at the front entrance to the Gila County Courthouse, 1400 E. Ash St. in Globe. However, one of current owners, Mike Robinson, is negotiating to buy out the other owners.

Town needs design board applicants

Payson's newly established Design Review Board has seven vacant seats to fill.

Businessman and woman of the year awarded

Cari Day, Chris Wolf and Kaibab Industries were named Payson's Businesswoman, Businessman and Business of the Year.

Man, 70, arrested for identity theft, forgery

The Payson Police Department has arrested Donald D. Schendel of Payson on nine counts of taking the identity of another, three counts of forgery, nine counts of theft and one count of harassment.

Stamps up 2 cents Monday

Mailing your 2 cents is going to cost you an additional 2 cents. Increased postage rates, including a bump up of stamp prices, from 39 cents to 41 cents, will take effect Monday.

Start getting into shape for a successful fall hunting season

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

The new deadline for drawing tags for antelope and elk in the state of Arizona has come and gone. Contrary to the rumor that fewer applications were filed because of the earlier cut-off date, requests were up for both species, which made it tougher to obtain the coveted antelope or elk tag. The drawings have concluded and if you are fortunate to have a tag in your possession, congratulations.

Shooting range open house a well-aimed success

A Payson Police SWAT team demonstration that included the explosion of a diversionary device -- sometimes called "Flash-Bang" -- alongside rapid-fire bursts from a fully automatic rifle were among the highlights of the Tonto Rim Sports Club 2007 Open House and Outdoor Expo.

50-mile trail race reverses course

Veteran runners familiar with the challenges of the Zane Grey Highline 50-Mile Trail Race found themselves more than a bit confused when the course direction was reversed from past years.

Runners pave the way to state tournament

Carlan Pontious and four members of the track team throws contingent led the Longhorns to their second successive Class 3A East region championship.

From simple beginnings to weekend extravaganza

For the past 12 years, a highlight of the spring season for young and old alike has been the Payson Wildlife Fair. It's a festive event that draws onlookers from around Gila and Coconino counties.

Record-setting pole vaulter in spotlight at state

The talents of Sarah Agnes will take center stage at the Class 3A Arizona state track and field championships this weekend.

800-meter to be hotly contested race at state

A trio of region championship teams are itching to deny the Longhorns boys track and field team its second successive Class 3A Arizona State championship.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park closure dates

The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will be closed for chip sealing May 21-23 and final striping June 13.

Search ongoing for new college dean

Gila Community College officials have begun the search for a dean of the Payson campus to replace Harry Swanson, who resigned several weeks ago.

Time to form Relay for Life team

Groups of friends, relatives, co-workers and club members, still have time to help make the Relay for Life 2007 the most successful ever.

Payson Head Start enrollment under way

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

Tuesday, May 8

Extermination an impossible goal

BACK WHEN

Major Alexander returned from his trip to San Francisco, seeking permission to establish a reservation, and immediately his enthusiasm for Del-che-ae cooled.

Mother's Day has new meaning for Payson woman

COVER STORY

When a 4-year-old is literally ripped from her mother's arms with no explanation and no chance for good-byes there is a shadow that stays on her heart for years.

Easy entertaining

IN THE KITCHEN

Seasonal celebrations -- such as Mother's Day, graduations, Memorial Day -- provide a perfect opportunity to entertain at home. Just remember, the key to a successful and stress-free celebration is to keep it simple and think "side dishes."

Treat Mom on her special day

FOOD STUFF

What special treat can family members do this year for Mom? Most moms dream of a fine meal they don't have to shop for, cook or clean up afterwards. Often going out for breakfast on Mother's Day can mean dealing with long lines and slow service. But Dad and the kids can rise to the occasion and prepare a meal themselves at home that can be a real treat.

Looking back, looking forward

THE EDGE OF PAYSON

Looking back, I had it pretty good, I guess. We had all the modern conveniences.

Bronze sculptor: Artist re-creates a renegade buffalo

PAYSON ARTS

Jim Keller spent many boyhood afternoons lounging on the leather sofa in the lobby of Buckhorn Baths, watching the tourists and staring at the owner's collection of taxidermied Arizona wildlife.

Aero Fair to be held May 19

The 2007 Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Payson Airport.

Monday, May 7

Protest in Star Valley

Members of the Potter's House Church and their minister, Dan Green, held a protest at Pete's Place in Star Valley at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

Golfing for charity

Several Rim Country charities will reap the benefits of the Community Chest Golf Tournament, held Monday at the Rim Golf Club.

'Jake's Corner' announces cast, summer filming schedule

Scottsdale writer/director Jeff Santo is shooting his next film, "Jake's Corner" from May 14 to June 10. Filming will take place in the actual high desert town of Jake's Corner and in the cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Payson.

North and south come together for economic development

The Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) and the new Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation (SGCEDC) met for the first time in Payson last month.

Assist-2-Sell opens franchise in Payson

John and Lonna Rood have opened an Assist-2-Sell franchise in Payson.

Spring in the air for 3 local golf associations

May action teed off on a spring high for members of three local golf associations.

Payson Stampede

The Payson Stampede 24-hour mountain bike race, which took place this weekend, is an annual test of mental and physical endurance.

Wildlife Fair

The 13th annual Payson Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Green Valley Park. Admission is free.

Mogollon Sporting Association seeks new members

The Mogollon Sporting Association, which held its annual banquet and festivities May 5, continues to seek new members with fresh ideas.

Freshman, sophomores omen of things to come

A time-tested senior and a freshman newcomer led the Lady Longhorn charge at the East region track-and-field championships last weekend at Snowflake High School.

Hot pitcher, cold bats stall Lady Horns at state

With their eye on a state softball title, the Lady Longhorns put their faith in the right arm of Tiffany Klemstine.

Longhorns' 9-6 loss does not represent team efforts

Statistics, as accurate as they might be, can never fully explain the determination of high school athletes when they step on the playing field.

Colleen Mae Rubke

Colleen Mae Rubke, 63, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away May 3.

Jessie McClard

Jessie McClard, of Gisela, died March 12, 2007. She was born on April 14, 1934 in Fort Thomas, Ariz.

Mae Boles

Mae Boles, 75, died April 15, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Edward Howard Laycock Jr.

Edward Howard Laycock Jr., 80, of Phoenix, died April 17, 2007.

Edna May Giacinto

Edna May Giacinto, 87, of Payson, died on May 5, 2007 at RTA Hospice in Payson.

Alexandria Laine Meekcoms

Alexandria Laine Meekcoms died April 29, 2007 in a plane crash off the coast of Carlsbad, Calif. She was born Sept. 14, 1981, in Portland, Ore.

Robert "Bob" Jerry Belk

Robert "Bob" Jerry Belk, 69, of Show Low, formerly of Payson, died April 26, 2007.

Heavy equipment class offers employable skills

The Heavy Equipment Operator I Course offered by Gila Community College helped seven out of 10 course graduates get jobs, said Payson Campus Dean Harry Swanson.

College graduation to be held Wednesday

Commencement ceremonies for graduates of the Payson Campus of Gila Community College will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Cinco de Mayo

The Payson Public Library Children's Departmentelebrated Cinco de Mayo Saturday, offering children a fun way to learn about the Mexican culture.

Pilots choose four local organizations for donation

This year, the members of the Payson Pilots Association (PPA) chose to donate $500 a piece to four organizations -- Time Out, Inc., Payson Senior Center, Veterans Helping Veterans and the Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron #209.

Casino security staff saves woman's life

The security staff at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino put emergency equipment to good use late last month, when a female guest collapsed.

Day of Prayer

A group of Payson pastors, led by Joe Hittle of Calvary Chapel, prayed for God's blessings on Mayor Bob Edwards and the Town of Payson during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

Water agreement brings promise

About 100 residents of Pine and Strawberry got some hopeful news about water at a town hall meeting last week hosted by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Timing is everything

Don't laugh at Shamus Donovan's family traditions. He doesn't have time to listen to your mockery. He must find husbands for Katherine, Bridgette, Maeve, Moira and Alana, in the order of their birth.

Celebrating Rim Country's nurses

Their voices and the touch of their hand calm patients. They are the people who talk to the patients about the care they are receiving and what they will be experiencing during a procedure and in recovery. They are the nurses of Payson Regional Medical Center and its Home Health service.

We are fortunate to have Dick Wolfe our community

This letter has come into being because of the pendant Dick Wolfe donated to the Optimist Club Kid's Fishing Festival silent auction. It absolutely took my breath away because of its beauty.

Gun violence more immediate threat than terrorism

Here are some statistics that the NRA and the Republican Party don't want you to know.

Immigration ordinance amendment doesn't make sense

I was recently looking at articles about illegal immigration, when I stumbled upon the April 3 article about the immigration ordinance.

Landlords need to pay more attention to their tenants

I have heard so many complaints from landlords who rent to tenants who do not pay the rent or who are illegals.

Why should illegal immigrants have access to free health care?

I agreed with Bob Ernst, as soon as I read the Payson Roundup and his letter to the editor.

Encouraged by opening of new nursing education center

As a nursing instructor for many years, it was very satisfying to see the new Gracie Lee Haught Education Center for nursing open here in Payson.

Mayor's 'thin blue line' remark insulting

I am writing this letter in response to the comments of Mayor Bob Edwards after his Public Safety Task Force resigned because the Mayor did not consult with them before advertising for a new police chief for the Town of Payson.

Payson should form citizen review board for police

Recent articles in the paper have prompted me to write this letter.

Nursing education example of Payson solving its own problems

In last Friday's editorial, we wrote about the holes in Payson's economic engine -- namely the need for training of skilled employees and the creation of high-paying jobs that offer opportunities for career advancement.

Star Valley General Plan begins with community inventory

Star Valley's Community Planning Team -- the group that will guide the creation of the General Plan for the young town's growth and development -- was presented with an inventory by facilitators from the Central Arizona Association of Governments at the kickoff meeting for the process on May 3.

Unveiling more artists on Main Street

J.R. Keller is the newest member of Artists of the Rim Gallery and Co-op. His bronze sculptures, alongside the work of Brenda Baker and Robert Barela, are the featured artistic endeavors for May.

In Pine, by Jove, the knights take up arms and do battle

Passersby watching knights battle one another in armed combat might have thought they were locked in a pre-17th century time warp.

Needle scale eggs have hatched

Pinyon needle scale eggs have already hatched in Payson. The immature "crawlers" have emerged from the egg state and have attached themselves to the needles on the ends of the branches.

The message is clear -- moms are special

James Vandruff and Rogelia Hernandez were the first- and second-place winners in Payson Jewelers' annual Mother's Day essay contest. The students were invited to write essays about their mothers and what makes them special.

Fire breaks next step for safety

Ranger district makes plans for protecting Christopher Creek

In the unending battle against wildfire in the Rim Country, prevention is a key strategy employed by the Payson Ranger District to reduce the risk of catastrophe for communities such as Christopher Creek.

New school chief taking the lead

Casey O'Brien has been on the job only about a week, but has no doubt about a key role he must play as superintendent of the Payson School District. "I'm (here) to provide strong leadership and I'm anxious to fulfill that challenge," he said.

Thursday, May 3

Work force shortage only half of economic circle

There is a cog missing in our economy machine.

Spring brings unwanted litters to the shelter

ADOPTION OPTIONS

As spring settles in, the Payson Humane Society struggles with the constant flow of puppies and kittens coming through the doors.

Church briefs

An unforgettable cultural music and missions event comes to Pine on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 4039 N. Highway 87 in Pine.

Payson to host town's first flyball tournament

Payson's first flyball tournament will be held on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at Rumsey Park, with racing ongoing both days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wacky hair day

Students at Frontier Elementary School participate in Wacky Hair Day on Wednesday.

Visiting the capitol

Students from six Gila County high schools, including Mandy Parker and Kayla Morgan from Payson, toured the State Capitol Museum and Senate April 26.

Pay off mortgage early or invest more for retirement?

FINANCIAL FOCUS

Like the rest of the nation, the Payson area's mortgage rates have tumbled to levels not seen in decades and millions of Americans have rushed to refinance their homes.

Payson Friends of Ferals receives $10,000 grant

Payson friends of Ferals (PFF) recently received a $10,000 PetSmart Charities grant to continue its feral car Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) efforts around Rim Country.

Mark your calendar for variety of events in May

PINE-STRAWBERRY

Finally, the oak trees are coming to life. That means it is really spring. The weather is beautiful, but we could certainly use some rain.

Wine tasting

The Payson Public Library hosted this year's Arizona Library Association (AzLA) Regional Forum on April 26 and 27. School, public, academic and special librarians from all over the state attended the two-day event.

Three days of quilting

The Shoofly Quilters met on April 18 at the American Legion to wrap up three days of sewing quilt for charity.

Snakes are out, dress accordingly

TONTO VILLAGE

The Tonto Village Fire Department was called out late Sunday afternoon to a report of a snakebite incident near Diamond Point.

Why are there webs in the trees?

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

Mr. and Mrs. Malmdorg and their family from Peoria stayed in our cabins this weekend.

Meet Lady: Therapy dog extraordinaire

FOCUS ON PETS

Recently, a small group of dogs and their people met in Rumsey Park for certification testing from Therapy Dog International.

Northwest vs. Southwest: The vessel shapes its contents

YOUR TURN

I've mentioned more than once that I originally looked into the Rim Country in 1958, while on my way across the United States to Japan. And I've also mentioned why -- because of what I read about this place in Zane Grey's books.

Tonto Natural Bridge has drawn travelers for more than a century

Over 110,000 people visit the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park each year.

Angling team tips scales at bass tournament

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

Two local anglers teamed up in the newest bass fishing circuit in Arizona, the U.S. Angler's Choice, and won the tournament on Roosevelt Lake.

Rec Roundup

The season begins June 4 for the coed sand volleyball league. This league is for anyone wanting to have some low-key fun in the sand.

Regional standings to determine who goes to state

The upcoming Class 3A East track and field championships will afford Longhorn team members the opportunity to test their skills against the region's best and also earn berths into the state finals.

Relay for Life set for June 1

Following a highly successful Relay for Life Kickoff party March 9 at the Mazatzal Casino, publicity chair Katy Igielski is busily preparing for the upcoming event.

1999 win a page in prep sports history

With the Longhorn baseball team set to begin pursuit of Payson High School's second state baseball championship, many of us fondly remember the spring of 1999 when a group of scrappy, but unheralded and unappreciated, young baseball players set the prep sports world on its ear by winning the Longhorns' first-ever Arizona title.

Hole-in-One Contest offers $100,000 grand prize

The Rim Country Rotary Club will host its second-annual Hole-in-One Contest May 19 and 20 at the Payson Golf Course.

'Once we get to state, it's anybody's game,' coach says

A lost coin flip might be the good omen the Lady Longhorn softball team is looking for as it begins play today in the Class 3A Arizona State tournament.

Longhorns hope to overcome injury, inconsistency at state tournament

Senior Jacob Willis could be shouldering the pitching load when the Longhorn baseball team opens pursuit of the Arizona Class 3A state championship at 3 p.m. today at Maryvale Baseball Park.

The whole family

Five generations recently gathered in the home of Darlene May in Payson.

Piano students head to audition

Each year, more than 100,000 piano students participate in the National Piano-Playing Auditions held in music centers across the United States and worldwide.

Cancer patients given chance to 'look good, feel better'

On Tuesday, the American Cancer Society will offer its first "Look Good, Feel Better" program to residents in Payson and surrounding communities.

Star Valley team working on general plan to shape goals, direction of town

A small group of dedicated Star Valley residents began the long journey to develop a general plan for the community Thursday night.

Star Valley council rethinking town hall plans

The Star Valley Town Council may be looking for a new site for its future town hall.

For a good cause

On Wednesday, Jesse Wallace took his turn shaving the head of Will E. Dietz at Body Elegance Spa.

Suspect in chase turned over to Coconino County

Randall Lewis, 24, of Phoenix, who was taken into custody without incident, following a police chase on Monday, has been turned over to Coconino County authorities.

Crow cuts power to Rim Country

An ill-fated crow crashed into the Tonto Basin substation that provides power to a large part of the Rim Country, bringing morning traffic to a crawl Wednesday.

Bring hazardous household products to Event Center May 12

Spring cleaning might be turning up some trash that is difficult to throw away, such as old hazardous products and/or their empty containers. The county, town and state are joining efforts to solve the problem.

Smoke coming from Heber area fire

A sign over Highway 260 heading east into Star Valley warns motorists of a brush fire and low visibility due to smoke, 44 miles ahead.

Disappointed in no-show legislators

An invitation was sent out recently to a luncheon and public forum called "Senior Action Day," hosted by the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging.

Support our troops and control your hate

I have enjoyed reading the Payson Roundup opinion section. Some of the letters were supporting our troops (thank you), others were "get legal or get out," just about, on the illegal immigration issue.

Traveling couple remembers the kindness of stranger

While traveling north on Highway 87 at milepost 282, a turbocharger sensor went out in our Dodge diesel pickup while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer. Within seconds, the pickup overheated and stopped.

Tower Well must be shut off, permanently

As a resident of Star Valley, I read with interest the "Open reply to Mr. Tom Garrett" written by Lynn Godfrey that appeared in the April 20 edition of the Roundup.

Our country is being invaded and no one has fired a shot

I am writing in response to Jim Hill's Guest Comment on April 17.

Statewide smoking ban a great idea

I think that the smoking ban in Arizona, coming into effect May 1, is a great idea -- especially for the people who have to work in bars and restaurants that have smoking sections.

'Devil in the details' with formation of Airport Authority

The Airport Task Force has recommended that operation and management of the Payson Municipal Airport be turned over to a permanent Airport Authority (AA).

Referendum dropped if council compromises on ordinance

The Payson Community Coalition has reached an understanding with several members of the Payson Town Council to consider some changes to Town Ordinance 709A regarding business licensing and illegal immigration in Payson.

Beating the odds: 11 fires extinguished in 2007

The Payson Ranger District Wildland Firefighters boast some of the best cooperation, commitment and success rates in the nation. Over the last 14 years, the incidents of successful containment of wildfires originating on the Payson Ranger District's more than 460,000 acres is remarkable.

'Historic' moment: Agreement to drill for Pine well

An effort, started more than a year ago to find new water sources for residents of Pine and Strawberry, reached a milestone Tuesday.

Baby Boom: 20 puppies, 24 kittens need temporary homes

The Payson Humane Society animal shelter is experiencing a baby boom of puppies and kittens. Shelter manager Ellie Watson is asking Rim Country residents to help provide either permanent or foster homes for the growing number of puppies and kittens coming into the humane society.

Payson votes to police Star Valley, 4-3

The Payson Town Council will provide police service to the town of Star Valley for the next two years.

Photo Gallery: Beeline Cruise-In & Charity Auto Show 2007

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club hosted its 14th Annual Beeline Cruise-in and Charity Auto Show Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

Photo Gallery: Down the Street Art Gallery

On April 20, co-founders Minette Richardson and Dan Basinski, celebrated the grand opening of the Down the Street Art Gallery at 703 W. Main St. With its 17 members presenting a variety of media, the gallery offers a unique art experience to the community.

What came first, the paint or the painter?

Of all the art that fills Gino Ater's life, jewelry came first -- in 1979. He inlays stone in geometric shapes for his pendants, rings and bracelets. Ater lives in the log home he constructed east of Payson, from the trees on his property, the old Mead Ranch homestead.

Tuesday, May 1

See the world through the eyes of 26 artists

REVIEW FEATURE

Get ready to decorate your life with art ... Or, just enjoy the journey, viewing art and learning more about the creative process from artists on the annual 'Neath the Rim Studio Tour.

Blog offers insight into the human condition

CAROLING WITH CAROL

Once you tell a secret, it is not a secret anymore unless you post it anonymously on the blogspot www.postsecret.com.

Apaches turn on each other

BACK WHEN

Lt. Chilson, the officer in charge of Camp Reno, had enough good will among the Apaches that he was able to have long conversations with Del-che-ae.

Canadian Rockies are magnificent

TRAVEL TALK

The other day, I began thinking of the more beautiful places I have visited around the world. The Canadian Rockies kept popping into my head as one of the more outstanding. The scenery is magnificent.

Artist says brain takes him in many directions

PAYSON ARTS

The wind whistles softly through the sculptures in Jay Kemp's yard. It rotates the hanging spindles he has made and the morning sun shines through the color wheels, casting patterns of colors and light in spots.

Fly tying: Fishermen get ready to track trout in Rim streams, lakes

SPARE TIME

The Forest Service has all the Rim lakes open, including the backcountry's Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lakes. So it's time to try some trout fishing.

Salads get zing, zap and more from dressings

SHIRLEY'S KITCHEN

The topic for today's recipes is salad dressing.