Thursday, May 31
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.
This past holiday weekend, breakfast was a rousing success for the Tonto Village Fire Department and its auxiliary.
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.
Your story published on May 17 is appreciated for content, but certainly not pictorially.
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.
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.
Wells Fargo Bank is holding a statewide food drive from June 1 through 15 to benefit local food banks.
James V. Price, 69, of Jake's Corner, formerly of the Chicago area, died May 25, 2007 in Strawberry.
Johnny Henry Snow Jr., 59, of Payson, died May 29, 2007 at his home.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, sponsored by American Humane and 9Lives Morris Million Cat Rescue Campaign.
I read your article about EchoTaps, but I'm sad to see you've pictured MSgt. Moore (retired) holding a digital (fake) bugle.
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.
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.
Cy Benner Durfee was born to David and Natalie Durfee at 11:37 p.m., May 2, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Patience Rayne Laycock was born to D.J. and Mariah at 5:36 p.m., April 6, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Preston James Moore was born to Brandon and Felicia Moore at 3:39 a.m., April 29, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
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.
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.
The opportunity for young athletes to become better baseball players arrives July 8-13.
Laura Meyocks could soon be clutching her second consecutive Arizona State Medallion championship trophy.
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.
Wal-Mart has awarded David Hill and Alexis Hilliard of Payson High School with a Sam Walton Community Scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A case management hearing will be held June 11 for the man charged with allegedly killing Roger Patrick Watson.
Payson Unified School District invites parents of incoming kindergarten students to "Kickoff Kindergarten."
With the creation of hospice, our society took a step forward.
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.
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."
I have been watching the battle of the immigrants -- who is right, who is wrong.
This letter is in response to a letter by Wayne Terry of Payson, recently published in your paper.
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.
I was watching the North American Flyball Association's "Dog Event" in the ball field across from Payson's library recently.
I surely hope that the picture that is accompanied your article on "EchoTaps" is purely staged.
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.
Jim Speiser has been a Frank Sinatra fan for most of his life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minutemen are patrolling our border to help stop illegal crossings.
Q: Who do I contact about animal control issues during the weekend? --AND-- Q: What are the steps for hiring a new teacher?
I'd like to help the Payson Town Council to hire a new police chief. I believe it should be Don Engler.
I have read with interest the ongoing process for hiring a new Chief of Police for the Town of Payson.
When the BAA and the Veterans Administration arranged the EchoTaps event, it was clearly stated that there will be no electronic horns allowed.
A delinquent taxpayer scam was reported in the Globe-Miami area.
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.
Bible stories are not just for Sundays in the Rim Country.
Our family has been attending both spring and summer rodeos since moving here three years ago.
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.
Payson author and artist Jay Kemp is a man of many talents.
Wednesday, May 30
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The photo you published with a recent article about Echo Taps is a disgrace to the 24 notes and the meaning of "Taps."
I have to set the record straight about Debbie Button's response to my letter regarding gun violence.
We need to show more sympathy for these people. They travel miles in the heat. They risk their lives crossing a border.
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.
I would like to congratulate the Payson Roundup for the outstanding coverage of the Promontory Fire.
For the past week, I have stood on my deck watching large air tanker helicopters tirelessly come and go out of Payson Airport.
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.
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.
The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from June 13 to Oct. 10.
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.
Riley Catherine Alderson was born to Kevin and Meghan Alderson at 5:07 p.m., April 29, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Talon Douglas Sopeland was born to Clay and Laci Sopeland at 6:53 p.m., April 20, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Levi Allen Stevens was born to Lane and Crystal at 9:45 a.m., April 18, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
The athletic trainer, who for the past three years treated the cuts, bumps bruises and injuries of Payson High School athletes, is moving on.
The Memorial Day weekend opening-day crowd at Taylor Pool wasn't the overflow masses of some past years.
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.
Jessie Smith won't soon forget the thrills of winning a Payson Men's Golf Association tournament.
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.
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.
At 32 years old, Payson resident Gina Perkes is young for a quilter.
Remember the name Erin Turner. She'll be one of those people who passed through Payson on her way to bigger and better things.
Telemedicine allows people who cannot get to a specialist, to be seen by that doctor via satellite uplink.
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.
As Payson's 125th anniversary celebration draws near, organizers are adding more features to make the occasion a memorable one.
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.
Thursday, May 24
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.
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.
To many, Memorial Day means one thing -- a three-day weekend.
Native American dancers were featured at the grand opening of the Ponderosa Market in Pine.
Payson's chief fiscal officer for 10-and-a-half years has tabulated his last budget. Glenn Smith is retiring, effective June 1.
The Payson Police Department is seeking information about this blanket and small, promotional football.
Community colleges are expected to be the driving force in the nation's quest to prepare workers for a changing economy.
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.
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.
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.
The natural travertine bridge that arcs over Pine Creek is one of the wonders of Arizona and the Rim Country.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The popular Fossil Creek trail begins at a trailhead atop Deadman Mesa, a few miles west of the town of Strawberry.
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.
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.
The Rim Country is graced with striking natural wonders, impressive ancient ruins and important historic locations.
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.
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.
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.
The Tonto National Forest may put restrictions in place for fire season, but that does not mean "no ATVs."
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.
Lakes around the Rim Country are some of the best in the state for fishing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activities at the Payson Public Library are focused on "tweens" and teens all summer long.
Payson is having a party -- possibly the party of the century and then some -- and everyone is invited.
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.
• 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.
With gasoline prices soaring to all-time highs, Arizona residents are staying a little closer to home this summer.
The communities of Pine and Strawberry have instituted full fire restrictions.
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.
Summer is heating up and there are a few things we need to remember:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Ed and Mary Quigley left the hustle and bustle of San Diego last fall, their friends and family thought they were crazy.
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.
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.
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.
This week, the Payson Women's Golf Association honored former members who died.
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, a 40-year Payson resident, died May 21, 2007 at her home in Payson. She was 84.
A 75-year-old Payson man has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Last weekend was full of activities surrounding the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo.
Rim Country residents and visitors can help raise money and awareness about prostate cancer this weekend at Safeway.
The residents of Star Valley are invited to the first public meeting on the community's general plan next week.
Julia Randall Elementary School annual Spring Fling carnival was a huge success.
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.
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.
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 each person who made this year's National Day of Prayer a success here in Rim Country.
"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.
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.
I would like to express my disappointment in an unknown thief in this town.
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 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?
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.
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.
As Carol McCauley leaves her position as manager of the Payson Main Street Program, the fate of the program itself is unclear.
The Promontory Fire is no longer a danger to the residents it threatened just a week ago.
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.
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.
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Super Readers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 22
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.
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.
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."
Geri Wood Gittings is a woman enchanted with the extensive palette of techniques gourds offer.
IN THE KITCHEN
One of my favorite parts of summer: the cool, refreshing frozen or chilled desserts that can be concocted.
Monday, May 21
Edith A. (Edie) Morris, 85, died May 16, 2007 in Everett, Wash. She was born Sept. 17, 1921 in Wenham, Mass.
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.
Verizon Wireless activated a mobile cell site, pictured, to boost wireless coverage for crews battling the Promontory Fire.
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.
Star Vale Mobile Home Park opened with 31 spaces on Jan. 1, 1979.
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.
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.
Payson High School extracurricular activities received a nice final boost at the May 14 school board meeting.
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.
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.
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 was born to Mike and Kendra Self at 12:28 p.m., April 18, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
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 was born to Michael and Jessica McFarland at 7:56 p.m., April 9, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Madison Rene Lowe was born to Curtis and Sarah at 5:34 p.m., April 11, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
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 was born to Kayla at 11:40 p.m., April 14, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Caelee Lynn Boyle was born to Preston and Alyssa at 5:51 p.m., April 19, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Jackson Blackburn was born to Craig and Paula at 8:19 a.m., April 20, 2007 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Payson's newly established Affordable Housing Commission held its inaugural meeting Wednesday.
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.
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.
Good luck, 2007 high school graduates:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since Payson is installing new playground equipment, they should also add new sports courts.
Thank you for running the notices in the Community Almanac, regarding the craft boutique at the Lamplighter RV Resort in Star Valley.
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.
Register by June 1 to play slow-pitch softball this season.
I am writing in response to the letter from Wayne Donnay published May 8 about gun violence.
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.
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.
Rim Country residents gathered Saturday morning at the Payson Municipal Airport for the Aero Fair.
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 Volunteer Fire Chief Frank Hansen faces an arraignment for fraud and theft charges May 29 in the Gila County Superior Court in Payson.
Bobby Davis has been promoted to advertising director of the Payson Roundup.
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.
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.
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.
Favorite moment: Nailing our competition routine after months of morning and afternoon practices and giving it my all, every time. -- Kalli Wilembrecht
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, May 20
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.
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.
Saturday, May 19
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
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.
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.
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.
Clearl Don Killgore died April 14, 2007. The son of Artie M. and Mary Havins Killgore, he was born Sept. 21, 1925.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from June 13 to Oct. 10.
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.
It is no longer time to prepare for fire season. Fire season is upon us.
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.
A 77-year-old man from California died in a head-on collision Mother's Day.
Enessa Shaneen Hamilton, 31, died May 11, 2007 in Deer Creek, Ariz.
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.
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."
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.
To the people of Payson, Pine and Strawberry, thank you for supporting the Payson Lions Club "Walk in the Dark."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
East softball coaches have honored the Lady Longhorn one-two pitching punch of Tiffany Klemstine and Candice Johnson as all-region first team members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Early spring is traditionally the time to catch big numbers of crappies on Roosevelt and other Arizona desert impoundments.
Former Payson High School and Cochise College rodeo star Seth Barkley-Seidel is taking his act onto the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) circuit.
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.
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.
Carol Pearcy wants to be grounded. The problem is, the new Rim Country resident can't seem to find a permanent home.
Payson Humane Society is different.
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.
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.
Learn about kayaks and which kind is best suited for you and your pursuits.
On Saturday, 406 vehicles dropped off household hazardous products at the Payson Event Center.
Registration is now open for the Payson Fire Department's Safe Sitter class.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bear Canyon and Woods Canyon Lake continue to be closed until further notice. All recreational activity in and around those locations is prohibited.
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."
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.
Wednesday, May 16
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.
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.
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
The specialty act on board to entertain rodeo fans between all the action this weekend is the Kiesner Family Wild West Revue.
Bullfighters are a bull rider's best friend.
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.
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.
Parades and rodeos are always a package deal in Payson.
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.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee runs the Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo each May.
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.
A public safety closure order was issued on Wednesday morning by Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves Forest officials for forest lands surrounding the Promontory Fire.
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.
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.
Monday, May 14
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.
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.
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.
Hats off to Scot Stevens, author of a recent letter to the editor with the same title.
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).
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.
The Teen Maze took place during school at Payson High School, May 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During 72 hours last week, Child Protective Services in Payson took seven children from their mothers, due to the mothers' methamphetamine addiction.
Mary P. Piller of Tucson, and formerly of Payson, died May 6, 2007.
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.
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.
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.
Off-season volleyball play on the Club Rim team has prospective Lady Longhorn team members better prepared for fall high school action.
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.
The Ponderosa Market in Pine will have grand opening festivities May 19 and 20.
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.
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.
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.
A former Higley teacher and Ganado High School athletic director has been named the new assistant principal and athletic director for Payson High School.
Rodeo cowboys are widely considered to be among the most talented and versatile athletes in professional sports.
Those who helped stage the Payson Wildlife Fair deserve a huge pat on the back for hosting a successful, educational and exciting event.
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.
A passion for golf, coupled with tremendous natural ability, has propelled Rim Country Middle School sixth-grader Blake Cannon onto the national stage.
Freshman Maddie Nossek and senior Shanna Coleman surprised onlookers with their gold medal efforts at the Class 3A state track and field championships.
The Payson Roundup brought home several awards from the Arizona Press Club this weekend.
Marilyn Joan Swartwood, 77, died May 8, 2007 at her son's home in Payson.
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, 65, of Payson, died May 11, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
Debbie and Steven Dugger announce the engagement of their daughter, Lt. Marie Gregg to Lt. Commander William Pressley.
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.
At last, at long last, I was on my way to Iceland, Europe's "land of fire and ice."
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 10
E.D. (Elmer) Shewey, 84, of Payson, died April 28, 2007. He was born Sept. 15, 1922 in Horse Cave, Ky.
TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER
The Town of Payson is pleased to announce our fourth annual Payson Citizens Leadership Academy.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
The annual Relay for Life event takes hold of participants -- of your senses, of your emotions, of your thoughts.
Payson Regional Medical Center honored Nancy Marsh yesterday with the "Patients Choice Award."
The Payson Police Department served a warrant in the 400 block of E. Eidelweiss Circle at approximately 7 p.m. Monday.
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.
Payson's newly established Design Review Board has seven vacant seats to fill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlan Pontious and four members of the track team throws contingent led the Longhorns to their second successive Class 3A East region championship.
Cari Day, Chris Wolf and Kaibab Industries were named Payson's Businesswoman, Businessman and Business of the Year.
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.
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.
As the sun rises on Payson Humane Society, another day begins.
The talents of Sarah Agnes will take center stage at the Class 3A Arizona state track and field championships this weekend.
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.
Gila Community College officials have begun the search for a dean of the Payson campus to replace Harry Swanson, who resigned several weeks ago.
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 is currently enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year.
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.
TOWN OF PAYSON NEWSLETTER
By the end of the summer, Rumsey Park will have new playground equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert E. Metzger, 64, of Payson, died May 7, 2007. He was born in Nyack, N.Y.
Shirley Bowen Reed, 86, of Phoenix and Payson, died April 28, 2007, following a stroke she suffered in August 2006.
Eleanor Rae Darby Garten, 86, of Grand Blanc, Mich., formerly of Payson, died May 8, 2007, at Genesys Hospice Care Center, Goodrich, Mich.
The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will be closed for chip sealing May 21-23 and final striping June 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In earlier generations, "retirement" meant what it sounds like -- a cessation of working.
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 8
The 2007 Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Payson Airport.
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."
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.
Major Alexander returned from his trip to San Francisco, seeking permission to establish a reservation, and immediately his enthusiasm for Del-che-ae cooled.
THE EDGE OF PAYSON
Looking back, I had it pretty good, I guess. We had all the modern conveniences.
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.
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.
Monday, May 7
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.
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.
John and Lonna Rood have opened an Assist-2-Sell franchise in Payson.
May action teed off on a spring high for members of three local golf associations.
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.
The Mogollon Sporting Association, which held its annual banquet and festivities May 5, continues to seek new members with fresh ideas.
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.
With their eye on a state softball title, the Lady Longhorns put their faith in the right arm of Tiffany Klemstine.
Jessie McClard, of Gisela, died March 12, 2007. She was born on April 14, 1934 in Fort Thomas, Ariz.
Edna May Giacinto, 87, of Payson, died on May 5, 2007 at RTA Hospice in Payson.
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, 69, of Show Low, formerly of Payson, died April 26, 2007.
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.
The security staff at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino put emergency equipment to good use late last month, when a female guest collapsed.
Mae Boles, 75, died April 15, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Payson Public Library Children's Departmentelebrated Cinco de Mayo Saturday, offering children a fun way to learn about the Mexican culture.
Here are some statistics that the NRA and the Republican Party don't want you to know.
Several Rim Country charities will reap the benefits of the Community Chest Golf Tournament, held Monday at the Rim Golf Club.
I was recently looking at articles about illegal immigration, when I stumbled upon the April 3 article about the immigration ordinance.
I have heard so many complaints from landlords who rent to tenants who do not pay the rent or who are illegals.
I agreed with Bob Ernst, as soon as I read the Payson Roundup and his letter to the editor.
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.
Passersby watching knights battle one another in armed combat might have thought they were locked in a pre-17th century time warp.
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.
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.
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.
Edward Howard Laycock Jr., 80, of Phoenix, died April 17, 2007.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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, 63, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away May 3.
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.
The Payson Stampede 24-hour mountain bike race, which took place this weekend, is an annual test of mental and physical endurance.
Commencement ceremonies for graduates of the Payson Campus of Gila Community College will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
Recent articles in the paper have prompted me to write this letter.
Thursday, May 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Airport Task Force has recommended that operation and management of the Payson Municipal Airport be turned over to a permanent Airport Authority (AA).
There is a cog missing in our economy machine.
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.
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.
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.
An effort, started more than a year ago to find new water sources for residents of Pine and Strawberry, reached a milestone Tuesday.
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.
The Payson Town Council will provide police service to the town of Star Valley for the next two years.
The Rim Country Classic Auto Club hosted its 14th Annual Beeline Cruise-in and Charity Auto Show Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.
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.
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.
A small group of dedicated Star Valley residents began the long journey to develop a general plan for the community Thursday night.
As spring settles in, the Payson Humane Society struggles with the constant flow of puppies and kittens coming through the doors.
The Star Valley Town Council may be looking for a new site for its future town hall.
On Wednesday, Jesse Wallace took his turn shaving the head of Will E. Dietz at Body Elegance Spa.
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.
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.
I am writing in response to Jim Hill's Guest Comment on April 17.
Students at Frontier Elementary School participate in Wacky Hair Day on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Five generations recently gathered in the home of Darlene May in Payson.
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.
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.
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.
The Rim Country Rotary Club will host its second-annual Hole-in-One Contest May 19 and 20 at the Payson Golf Course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 110,000 people visit the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park each year.
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.
FOCUS ON PETS
Recently, a small group of dogs and their people met in Rumsey Park for certification testing from Therapy Dog International.
Mr. and Mrs. Malmdorg and their family from Peoria stayed in our cabins this weekend.
The Shoofly Quilters met on April 18 at the American Legion to wrap up three days of sewing quilt for charity.
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.
Students from six Gila County high schools, including Mandy Parker and Kayla Morgan from Payson, toured the State Capitol Museum and Senate April 26.
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.
The Tonto Village Fire Department was called out late Sunday afternoon to a report of a snakebite incident near Diamond Point.
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.
On Tuesday, the American Cancer Society will offer its first "Look Good, Feel Better" program to residents in Payson and surrounding communities.
Tuesday, May 1
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.
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.
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.
The topic for today's recipes is salad dressing.
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.
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.
CAROLING WITH CAROL
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