Stories for November 2007


Thursday, November 29

Practice makes perfect

County to take over recycling program

A recycling program between the town of Payson and Gila County has now been approved by both parties.

Betty Lou Urban

Betty Lou Urban, 55, died Nov. 13, 2007.

Tapping gridiron's finest a hard choice

Selecting East All-Region players turned into a challenging and daunting task for six small-town Arizona high school football coaches.

Cycling accident sends man to Valley hospital

A Payson resident had to be flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with serious injuries on Thanksgiving.

Lady Horns still unbeaten, on the road Friday

Fountain Hills falls 60-41 to PHS girls

The Lady Longhorns put their unblemished 2-0 record on the line when the team travels today, Friday, to Class 2A Valley Christian.

PHS matmen open with 51-12 win against Fountain Hills team

Sophomore Ben Sandoval's match-opening win by a fall set the tone for the evening during the Longhorn wrestling team's season opening 51-21 win over Fountain Hills.

Quick start gives Longhorns easy win

A lightning-quick start, in which the Longhorns outscored Fountain Hills 18-6 in the first eight minutes, lifted Payson to a 69-53 win over the defending state champions.

Richard D. Harbaugh

Richard Dale Harbaugh, 80, of Mesa, Ariz., died Nov. 23, 2007.



GCC has work force readiness academy

Gila Community College Payson Campus kicked off its Work force Readiness Academy program during the month of October.

49 floats to line up for Electric Light Parade

The twinkling, sparkling, multicolored lights of the Main Street Electric Light Parade will shine Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Teen drinking leads to many consequences

It is not easy being a teenager these days.

Lifelong learning: Its rewards and costs

In addition to providing the path to a college education for the young, another main objective for community colleges is lifelong learning opportunities for all segments of the population

State to hold campaign finance seminar for candidates

Special invitation is extended to all candidates and political committees to attend a campaign finance seminar.

Sheriff's office detains nine illegal aliens

The Gila County Narcotics Task Force took nine undocumented aliens into custody on Thursday morning, Nov. 15 in the Payson area.

Juvenile recaptured after jail escape

Two male juveniles escaped from the Globe detention facility on Tuesday evening and have been caught and returned to jail.

Fires damage cabin, motor home

Five separate fires over the holiday weekend resulted in the loss of a rental cabin, a motor home and storage shed, and in Christopher Creek a downed power line left some residents without electricity for hours.

Still time to enter holiday house lights tours and contests

The Third Annual Holiday Lighting Contest is open to residents of Payson (within the city limits) and residents of Star Valley.

Plan tax-credit contributions now

Area groups can benefit from program

April 15 is 4-1/2 months away, but now is the time to plan contributions to charities, in order to qualify for credits on your 2007 tax returns.

School will reap rewards of tree auction and Bashas' cards

The holiday season is off to a fantastic start in Pine.

Star Valley to participate in holiday lighting contest

The Star Valley night sky may be lit up a little brighter this holiday season.

Crafters, artists and antiquers gather for East Verde art fair

The residents of East Verde Estates have held an annual rummage sale for many consecutive summers, but this is the first time they have hosted an art, antique and craft showcase.

Holiday tree auction

Architectural firm recommendation for Event Center goes to council

An architectural firm will soon saddle up in the process of renovating the Payson Event Center.

Cabin fire and winds keep firefighters busy

Thanksgiving weekend was a very busy weekend for the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department.


Accident closes southbound Highway 87 early Friday

An eight-vehicle pileup, coming after a semi-truck jackknifed, closed southbound lanes of Highway 87 near the Globe turnoff this morning, Friday Nov. 30.

Ready and waiting

Judy Baker of the Mogollon Health Alliance and Harvey Pelovsky of Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, take a look at the plans for the new Rim Country Dialysis Center at Rim Country Health.

Weapon charges filed against man accused of random shooting

Jack Fisher, 40, of Snowflake has been released from Payson Gila County Jail on $15,000 bond after being arrested and jailed for allegedly firing random shots from an SUV traveling west on Highway 260.

Rick Croy to run for town council, Bruce Wales will not

An increasing number of candidates for the three open seats on the Payson Council look to make the upcoming election rather competitive.

It is important to track your shot animal

There are so many important aspects of successful big-game hunting.

Domino Divas host first holiday potluck of season

Is your calendar filling up with Christmas celebration parties as much as in the Snyder household?

Match financial goals with the right investments

Over the course of your life, you'll almost certainly have many different financial goals -- and to help achieve them, you'll need to use many different investments.

Phoenix Boys Choir performs ‘Ceremony of Carols' concert Sunday

Enjoy the enchantment of the Christmas season with the Phoenix Boys Choir this weekend.

District now has $1 million bond surplus

Substituting less costly materials for more expensive ones has given the Payson Unified School District bond construction project a $1 million surplus.

Star Valley mayoral contest heats up

Vice Mayor Randy White files to challenge Mayor Chuck Heron

Two of Star Valley's leading men will likely be on the ballot for mayor this May.

Corporation commission will hold meeting in Pine

The Arizona Corporation Commission will have a special open meeting in Pine at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4.

All Region Football Honors

Corinne M. Cook

Corinne M. Cook died Nov. 23, 2007.

L. JoAnn Hawkinson

L. JoAnn Hawkinson, 81, died Nov. 25, 200

Resident sells unused electricity back to APS

Payson resident Thomas Loeffler sells electricity to APS instead of paying for it.

Support needed for Payson YMCA efforts

It's no secret there are some in town government opposed to bringing the YMCA to Payson.

Go pacin' in Payson with a pup

Church Briefs

Payson Choral Society has two concerts

The Payson Choral Society will offering two concerts in December.

Humane Society to hold Christmas open house Dec. 14

Payson Humane Society is holding a Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday jazz concert coming to town

Pete Pancrazi, award-winning jazz guitarist and vocalist, will be returning to Payson to perform in a "Jazzy Holiday" celebration at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, November 27

Ox Bow helping motorcycle club food drive

Residents and visitors wishing to help the annual food drive organized by the motorcycle group, ABATE, can drop off nonperishable food at the Ox Bow Saloon this year.

Light up the holidays with lia sophia fashion jewelry

Decorate the ones you love in fashion jewelry from lia sophia this Christmas.

de Szendeffy Homes is new name of business

Mogollon Designs and Mogollon Design Homes is now de Szendeffy Homes, Inc.

The Wild Brush has great Christmas gifts

The Wild Brush Art Gallery and Framing is a family operated business owned by Terry and Lynne Winans.

Rim Sight & Sound area's expert in entertainment

Rim Sight & Sound has reason to celebrate the holiday season. Owner Terry Oakley estimates the business has experience a 40 percent increase in sales this year -- substantially ahead of the 18 percent anticipated.

Holiday scents from Plant Fair fill a home

For the holiday season, Plant Fair Nursery has brought in a large variety of fresh living Christmas trees.

Bootleg Alley has a gift to suit every taste

Brenda and Ken Mooney are looking forward to the holidays at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

Payson Jewelers help the holiday sparkle and shine

Payson Jewelers offers the best in fine jewelry, and specializes in diamonds from Belgium at diamond-direct prices.

Get wrapped up in gift wrapping

Of all the occasions during the year, the holiday season certainly puts your gift-wrapping techniques to the test. With dozens of presents to trim, tape and tinsel, you'd best know how to wrap a gift correctly.

Rim Country Cellular has new space

Sample the quality of DISH Network or DirecTV on high definition televisions at Rim Country Cellular's new store in Ponderosa Village at 309 E Highway 260.

Hearth Shoppe helps customers warm up the holidays

Bring special warmth to the holiday season with a new heating appliance from the Hearth Shoppe at Ace Hardware.

The Beverage House has the answer to your quest

They don't sell lettuce or bread or milk, but what they do sell, they know about, and they are happy to share their knowledge.

Gently used furniture a gift for the budget

Some people wait until their furniture is falling apart to replace it, others buy new things when there is still a lot of years of use in their "old stuff."

Paddock's lifelike trees are finest on the market

With December right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you will do for Christmas.

Anderson Dental Group joined by old friend

In July, Dr. Joseph Spear joined the staff at Anderson Dental Group. Spear grew up in Payson and is an alumni of Payson High School.

Computech meets Christmas computer needs

Computech has been in its new home for almost a year. The store is at 600 E. Highway 260, across from Tiny's Family Restaurant.

Payson Wireless has your perfect phone plan

Payson Wireless is the Rim Country's exclusive dealer for Sprint. It also offers Nextel service.

Candles a warm, wonderful tradition

The air is rich with the aroma of scented candles and potpourri, and bright lights entwine the beautiful products in the Payson Candle Factory, where Carol Reed occupies eight suites in the Swiss Village to display a remarkable inventory of candles, collectibles and finer gifts.

Moose Mountain makes holiday shopping fun

If you want to have as much fun shopping for holiday treasures as the recipients will have receiving them, then plan a visit to Moose Mountain. The shop is packed to the rafters with wonderful gifts in all shapes, sizes and prices.

Shopping for toddlers

The chaotic holiday shopping season seems to approach sooner each year, and while visions of toy recalls dance in their head, consumers shopping for young children will be on their toes this season.

Tips for inexpensive holiday home decorating

Most people love the holiday season.

Find something for every home

Janell Holzwarth's East Verde Trading Company is well known for its furniture and accessories, but at Christmas it takes on a new character. For the holidays, East Verde Trading Company becomes a wonderland of both beautiful and laugh-out-loud seasonal decorations and gifts.

Payson Care Center welcomes new director

Payson Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, is welcoming a new executive director, Brian Hackerott.

Four Seasons' friendly staff makes the difference

Four Seasons Motorsports is a one-stop shopping destination for both seasoned and novice outdoor enthusiasts.

Apothecary Pharmacy has a holiday anniversary

Payson Apothecary Pharmacy will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Dec. 26. It will be celebrating a 13-month anniversary in its new site on the Beeline side, of Sawmill Crossing.

Full-service bank with small-town flavor

Chase is a full-service bank, and manager Karen McClanahan runs it with a small-town flavor.

Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery has unique work

Shoppers looking for truly unique gifts need to make one place their first stop -- Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery on Main Street, a co-op gallery featuring only local artists.

Chamber urges 'Be loyal, buy local'

It's the holiday shopping season in Rim Country. Each year Rim Country has the businesses to provide for your holiday shopping needs.

Gasoline Alley is a collector's corner

With the start of the holiday season, Mike and Debbie Stuart of Gasoline Alley said they wanted to say thanks for the overwhelming support they have received from the community.

Monday, November 26

Underage drinking targeted

Governor's office wants to raise awareness about teen drinking problem

The governor's office is working to keep Arizona youth safer this holiday season.

Shoppers yes, but no Black Friday in Payson

A tour of stores and shops in Payson on Black Friday indicated it wasn't quite the rush it was in a lot of other Arizona communities. Black Friday traditionally takes place the day after Thanksgiving when consumers inundate stores and shopping malls in search of big discounts on the season's hottest items.

Ouch: Horns spanked by Scottsdale Christian Academy in opener 60-49

The Longhorns boys basketball team might bring out the absolute best in every opponent it faces this season.

Show Low brings home state title

As a former football coach at Show Low High School, I received plenty of good-natured ribbing from friends and former students and players in the White Mountains after the Cougars defeated Coolidge 26-0 for the state championship.

Angel Tree ready

An Angel Tree -- with names of individuals to adopt for gift-giving -- is located at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway.

LOST all sense -- problems at sea

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently approved a troubling treaty called the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST. If ratified by the whole Senate, the treaty could have dangerous consequences to our economy, national security, and sovereignty.

Shop at the library bookstore

During December the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books, etc.

Bell ringers needed

Volunteer to be a holiday bell ringer. Ringing will be in two-hour shifts, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including Christmas Eve.

More eBay classes scheduled at GCC

Gila Community College Payson Campus is offering additional eBay classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Free Family Enrichment Classes offered

Payson Schools offers Family Enrichment Classes throughout the school year. The next series begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Parent Resource Center, 514 W. Wade Lane.

Celebrating a legacy of leadership in safe patient care

Payson Regional Medical Center's surgery department recently celebrated a special event: Perioperative Nurse Week Nov. 11-17.

Take steps to be safe this busy holiday season

The holidays are here; an exciting, busy time of the year

Payson residents raise more than $15,000 for orphanage

A group of Payson residents raised more than $15,000 to help orphans and widows in the Sudan.

PHS grad fixes helicopters in Afghanistan

Austin Davis joined the Army National Guard in pursuit of his dream -- to sit in the bubble cockpit of a helicopter and fly straight up into the sky.

Lady Longhorns notch first win

The Lady Longhorns opened the new season on a winning note by running roughshod, 46-37, over Scottsdale Christian Academy.

Mollee Lee named to all-state VB team

Mollee Lee was the lone Lady Longhorn to earn honors when the Class 1A-3A All-State team was announced Sunday.

Ready for the season to begin

A nucleus of five state placers will lead the Longhorn wrestling team tomorrow, Wednesday, in a season-opening mat battle against visiting Fountain Hills.

Murriel Keeton

Murriel Keeton, 90, died Nov. 22, 2007.

James C. Gilbert

James C. Gilbert, 95, died Nov. 24, 2007 in Payson.

Payson DPS officer receives award

Sgt. Vern Havens given Officer of the Quarter honor by Gila County

Payson area DPS Sgt. Vern Havens has been awarded the Officer of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of 2007, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.

Support our troops

Take part in Celtic Christmas carols at Main Street Grille

Songstress and composer Vyktoria Pratt Keating will help Main Street Grille patrons celebrate Christmas in Celtic style on Friday, Nov. 30.

The right decisions can break the cycle of violence

Violence is about power and control and it is not always physical.

The truth will come out

‘Best ice cream in country' comes to Payson Bashas'

Starting immediately, residents of Payson will be able to get their first taste of what the rest of the South and Southwest have been talking about -- Blue Bell Ice Cream from Brenham, Texas.

County, city to work together on recycling effort

When the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved a recycling program with the Town of Payson last Tuesday, it was more than just another county decision.

Beautiful sight

Workshop will focus on small business

Small businesses are the focus of a workshop coming to Payson this week. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation and Gila County Community College Small Business Development Center are co-hosting a workshop on Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Payson Public Library.

Members of the 3:21 Club learn about using a camera

Sonshine Club, an after-school experience

Luke Manning was caught doing "something good," at the SonShine Club, so he was able to choose a prize in time for an older student in the SonShine's 3:21 Club to snap his photograph.

Mayoral contest shrinks to two candidates

Bruce Van Camp will now seek council seat

The Payson mayoral race may come down to two contestants after all.

Salon growing in new location

The Kutting Edge Hair Salon, owned and operated by Valerie Bianculli, has been in Payson for more than five years. The shop opened in Ponderosa Village, but moved to East Bonita off Beeline Highway about 18 months ago.

Those caring for an older relative need care, too

If you are providing care for a parent or older family member, chances are good that you are also feeling stressed at times.

East Verde to hold arts, antiques, craft show

East Verde Park artists, crafters, photographers and antique dealers will host a showcase Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the clubhouse.

'tis the season

Sunday, November 25

Mayoral contest shrinks to two candidates

The Payson mayoral race may come down to two contestants after all.

Thursday, November 22

Library's teen book club has been renamed Spy Club

Youths ranging in age from 7 to 13 years old gathered at the Payson Public Library's first teen book club meeting, Saturday, Nov. 17.

Rim Country Chamber returning ‘to basics'

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has been hammered in recent months by many of its members for lack of performance and questionable actions.

JRE teacher honored by state education office

Donna Moore, physical education specialist from Julia Randall Elementary School, was honored by the Arizona Department of Education at this year's 76th Annual Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AzAHPERD) Convention.

Photo radar process nearing completion

The long process of getting a photo enforcement system has entered its final stages.

New three-way stop under surveillance

Attempts at vandalizing new stop signs at the intersection of Garrels and Moonlight Drive will not be tolerated, Star Valley town officials said.

Mail call

Tellabration a great event

It's time for flu vaccinations

Low-cost vaccinations coming to Payson

Low-cost flu vaccinations will be available in Payson, through the county, starting at the end of November.

Chair of water district says K2 claims misleading

Gary Sherlock, chairman of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District, says claims of questionable acts by his board are misleading.

Payson's county facilities group changing its focus

Leon Keddington can't seem to avoid chairing committees.

Small-business owners to meet Nov. 29

Small-business owners are invited to participate in a morning of discussion and exploration of issues impacting small businesses from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Payson Public Library.

Joslyn Power

Bill Church

Bill Church, 89, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Nov. 17, 2007.

7-year-old is state Pee Wee Girls All-around title holder

Bryndee Hall won barrel racing and dummy roping titles

It's not often a seven-year-old rides her way to two junior rodeo event championships, a pair of silver medals and a No. 1 overall finish.

Dani Jo Hatcher

Keira Marie Carter

YMCA could be good idea

Rim Country residents seem to favor the idea of a YMCA being established in Payson.

Turkey Day Feast

Bakery gets reprieve from strict town code

On Nov. 15, the Payson Town Council voted 6-0 to direct the legal department to work with the fire marshal to create an amendment to town code.

Don't be fooled by PHS school calendar ads

Macky's Grill owner Cari Day and other Payson business persons are predictably confused when answering calls from out-of-state sales persons hawking advertising on Payson High School calendars and programs.

Dynamite Gymnastics

Gymnastics helps build strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and gracefulness

Consider adopting a black dog or cat

Animal shelters have a universal complaint that black cats and dogs are somewhat less likely to be adopted than their lighter-colored counterparts. No one can explain this phenomenon.

High school grads can get helping hand for college

Students at Payson High School, who are graduating at least a semester early and who plan to immediately attend a community college, university, technical or vocational school, could be eligible for extra financial aid.

Dunn deal for ex-Horn coach

Former Payson High School football coach Dan Dunn, now the head coach and athletic director at Mesa Community College, has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 coach of the year.

Kids: A good book is great way to travel

Nothing to do -- bored to death -- does this sound familiar?

Retirees need regular and rising income

Church briefs

Quilts for charity

Christmas holidays are coming quickly

Thanksgiving is now a reflection in the rearview mirror and time to begin preparations for the Christmas holidays is rolling around. It slowly slips in and other times it leapfrogs out at me.

Payson schools offering free family enrichment classes

Payson Schools offers Family Enrichment Classes throughout the school year.

Discussion continues on merging fire departments

Today is the day after the ‘eatingest' day of the year, along with the biggest shopping day of the year, known as ‘Black Friday.'

Dressage is an equestrian ballet

Gaylene Riepel dances with horses.

The clock is ticking

Time is running out on year-end tax planning

Time is running out to make contributions to charities in order to qualify for credits on your 2007 tax returns.

John William Rice Jacobs

Lashbrook, Tenney to wed

Robert Samarripas

Robert "Bobby" Marcos Samarripas died Nov. 10, 2007.

A golden time

After Thanksgiving lighting ceremonies scheduled

The Rim Country lights up this weekend with holiday cheer.

Compassion never goes out of fashion

The Senior Christmas Angel Tree stands decorated with the wishes of more than 100 Rim Country seniors in the lobby of First State Bank in Payson.

Council decision gives Star Valley staff increased job security

The livelihood of Star Valley town employees is no longer in jeopardy if a relative wants to serve on the town council after a decision at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Payson DPS officer receives quarterly county award

Payson area DPS Sergeant Vern Havens has been awarded the Officer of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of 2007, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.

Bass tournament team wins back-to-back championships

When a bass tournament team wins back-to-back events, fishermen take notice.

Senior Olympian captures his 5K trot division

Although David Knauer and Lana Cluff were the overall event winners in the 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk-Run, there were others in the 64-person field who enjoyed an event filled with self-accomplishments.

It's beginning to feel like the holiday season

Let it snow, Let, it snow, Let it snow.

Tuesday, November 20



The fine art of a beer geek

Holiday Spirit

A season full of holiday Magic on the Mountain


Around town

Holiday shopping without children

Photographer doesn't blink


Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to The Rim Review.


playing in rim country

Know your server

Holly North, server Chaparral Pines Country Club

Monday, November 19

Apartment search leads to burglary suspect

Payson police have a suspect in custody in connection with the rash of recent burglaries. "We have been able to make some real progress in this case," Police Chief Don Engler said.

Fred B. Van Der Werf

Fred B. Van Der Werf, 87, died Nov. 9, 2007.

Elmer Axelson

Elmer Axelson, 97, died Oct. 2, 2007.

Highways open for holiday driving, DPS urges caution

No closures or restrictions on Highway 87 this weekend

The Arizona Department of Transportation said Highways 87 and 260 would have all lanes of traffic open for the holiday weekend rush.

Middle school will hold a two-day book fair on Nov. 26 and 30

Rim Country Middle School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair.

Recovering from Katrina, one home at a time

Judy (last name withheld to protect her privacy) and her 80-year-old mother are still living in the white Federal Emergency Management Agency provided trailer

'Tis the season for lights

Payson Thespians emote at state festival

The 23 Payson High School drama students upheld a 17-year tradition by attending the state conference, Nov. 16 and 17.

Feature teacher

Seniors reminded enrollment for Part D

Arizona AARP reminds residents that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31

Take care taking generic medications

A word of advice about generic medications.

Border security is national security

Everyone can agree that securing our nation's borders isn't simply a matter of controlling the flow of illegal immigration.

Book sale most successful ever

Thank you to those who supported the Rim Country Literacy's recent book sale.

Already looking forward to next year's storytelling event

Spellbound magic in "Paradise" was experienced by all who attended the Tellabration!

The Communities of Pine/Strawberry come through again

A special thanks goes out to the citizens of Pine/Strawberry and the surrounding communities for coming through again in a time of need.

Cookie dough fund-raiser a big success.

The Julia Randall Elementary PTO just completed their Cookie Dough Fund-raiser

Congratulations for Thanksgiving editorial

Thank you and congratulations for the wonderful editorial on November 16.

Pine evening was pure magic

A group of seven tellers shared their tales with a spellbound audience.

Our best blessings are with us all the time

Thanksgiving is not about the big meal.

Celebration of Life

The annual Celebration of Life -- a ceremony to remember loved ones who have died -- is Dec. 6.

Navajo artist presents exhibit, demonstration

Western Village presents world-renowned artist, Robert Yellowhair, with an art show and reception from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.

Fireside Espresso expands with ice cream shop

Shop will feature Dreyer's Ice Cream, computers, study tables, a boutique area

Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village Shops will have a special treat for guests at the Annual Christmas Lighting program

Wrestling showcased in college matchup

Grand Canyon University takes on Western State College of Colorado Nov. 28

A pair of the finest wrestlers to ever don Longhorn singlets will soon return to Wilson Dome.

Patriotic committee thanks couple for support

Indeed, that program was the best ever.

Hawk was a legendary Suns player

Reports out of the Valley area indicate former Phoenix Suns great, Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins, 65, is very ill.

Tiny Tots Christmas program at the library

The Tiny Tots Christmas Program at the Payson Public Library is coming to town.

Eighth-grader cherishes certain rights

The Bill of Rights guarantees certain personal freedoms to me.

Storytellers entertain

Don Doyle is master of ceremonies at the Eighth Annual Pine Tellabration.

Other views

When God whispers ...

Do you lie awake at night listening to the wind blowing through the trees?

Two questioned after shots fired from car

A shoot 'em up story straight out of the Old West unfolded yesterday afternoon, Monday, on Highway 260. Although the investigation into the incident is ongoing, officers say two individuals were traveling west on Highway 260 in a Jeep Cherokee when Jack Fisher allegedly began firing random shots from the SUV. Reports indicate no one was hit by the shots fired from a handgun. When the episode finally ended in the parking lot north of Payson Pizza Hut, Gila County Sheriff's officers arrested and jailed two Snowflake residents.

Mayor's race gets another contender

Kenny Evans is third candidate to seek job

The road to be the next mayor of Payson is getting more crowded. Kenny Evans became the third mayoral candidate to announce his plans to run in the last week. Joining Evans on the May ballot, thus far, are Mayor Bob Edwards and longtime Payson resident Bruce Van Camp.

PHS cross country runners top all at Turkey Trot 5K

Longhorn sophomore David Knauer and senior Lana Cluff come home first

A pair of Payson High School cross-country team members led the charge at the 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run.

Star Valley mayor unopposed, five seek council seats

Mayor Chuck Heron remains the sole mayoral candidate for Star Valley thus far. The council race will be a bit more contested. Five candidates have already collected council packets.

Chamber, bank at Star Valley meeting

The Star Valley council will hear two presentations tonight.

No trash pickup by Waste Management Thursday

Waste Management will not have residential garbage pickup on Thanksgiving Day, the company said.

Tonto Christmas tree tags available

Approximately 380 Christmas tree-cutting tags remain available for the Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto national forest tree-cutting areas.

Toys for Tunes made history

The second annual toys for tunes made history.

Suggestions sought for modifying Mexican wolf program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a scoping process to gather input on potential modifications to its rule that established a reintroduction program for the Mexican gray wolf.

What if Show Low and Coolidge play in 3A state title game?

Former Longhorn football coach Don Heizer bemoaned "what ifs," constantly telling his players, "If ‘ifs' and ‘buts' were candy and nuts, every day would be a holiday."

Longhorn winter sports teams on the road

Wrestlers, boys, girls basketball teams prep for season openers

The dog days of grueling preseason practice sessions are finally ending.

Thursday, November 15

Galhotra, Cox-Richard wed

Humane help

Hope Williams

Hope Osborne Williams, 18, died Nov. 11, 2007 in a car accident.

Christopher's holiday lights strung

Saturday was a busy day for some of the residents of Christopher Creek.

Payson library starts book club with spy stories

The Payson Public Library is starting a Book Club for kids and teens, ages 7 to 17 years old.

Strike a balance between saving for retirement and college for kids

If you have young children or grandchildren, you may want them to attend college someday

Popular Monument Peak Loop Trail offers easy access, variety of terrain

Soon to be included in the Payson Area Trail System (PATS) is the Monument Peak Loop hike.

Heaven Leigh-Dawn Yates

Natural Bridge beauty

Surprise is one way to express what you will find at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park a few miles from Payson.

Right choice in a tough situation

Longhorn punter Nick Herring found himself in a pickle no prep football player wants to be a part of during the Longhorns 16-14 state tournament loss to Coolidge.

Military news

Payson mayoral race has three candidates

It's official: Edwards to run again

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards announced today, Friday, he will seek re-election.

Fire guy: Forest is facing record dryness

Arizona is facing one of its driest years in recorded history.

Payson YMCA offers town opportunity

The need for a community and youth center in Payson is nothing new.

Elks keep Thanksgiving tradition alive

The first Thanksgiving was a community celebration.

Be true to the meaning of Thanksgiving

The Elks Lodge is keeping the community in Thanksgiving with their annual free feast on Nov. 22.

Remembering Dr. Kelly

Students stuff envelopes for Credit for Kids Campaign

The 2007 Credit for Kids Campaign started yesterday morning with 150 students from Payson schools stuffing 14,000 envelopes to be sent to every postal customer in the district.

Gracie bracelets benefit Christmas angel program

Gracie Lee is at it again

Supervisors reject home rezoning request

The Gila County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a rezoning request that would have allowed a manufactured home to be located in the Gisela Heights subdivision in Gisela.

Recall elections set for Pine

There will be a recall election in Pine, March 11, 2008, for Gary Sherlock and Forrest McCoy of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District.

Slow down

Star Valley mayor fights to lower speed limit

Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron is doing everything in his power to prevent another accident like the one Sunday, Nov. 11.

Back from Iraq, soldier talks to first-grade class

The 6-year-olds were excited that a soldier was coming to their class to speak.

Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin was born Sept. 4, 1917 in New York City and died Nov. 11, 2007.

Charles Boegeman

Charles Thomas Boegeman, 78 of Pine, died Nov. 5, 2007.

Donald Fortney

Donald B. Fortney died Nov. 11, 2007.

David McNulty

David McNulty died Nov. 7, 2007 in Phoenix.

Charles (Andy) Walters

Charles Andrew Walters -- Andy to his friends and family -- died Nov. 11, 2007

Rim's best golfers honored

Although Brandan Kelley was unable to attend the Payson Men's Golf Association season-ending banquet, he was the big winner during the festivities.

Longhorn pair net All-East status

Senior Chad Lammers, junior Brandon Moratti make 1st team, senior Aaron Loeffler on 2nd team

Longhorn soccer stalwarts Chad Lammers and Brandon Moratti have been named to the All-East region first team.

Former Lady Longhorn, now playing college soccer, overcomes asthma

Wilcox wants to follow in father's footsteps

Randy Wilcox summed up his daughter's love for soccer by saying, "several times she was real close to hanging up her cleats because she likes to breathe, but apparently she likes soccer more."

Isabella Sockrider wins women's nine-hole title

Starring on both the nine- and 18-hole Payson Women's Golf Association circuits is old hat for Isabella Sockrider.

Brothers work together on antelope hunt

Every year when hunting season rolls around, it is traditional in the Rim Country for families to hunt big game together.

Rebel Avery Cobb Perez

Permits for Christmas trees now available

Europeans began bringing an evergreen tree into their home, in the depth of winter, well before they crossed the oceans to settle in America.

Medicare enrollment open now

Arizona AARP reminds residents that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.

Church Briefs

More of Rim's Best golfers

Tortoiseshell cats

The colors of autumn

Tortoiseshell cats are named after the yellow-and-brown mottled shells of certain turtles and tortoises.

School's Credit for Kids drive in full swing

Even though it seems as if we just celebrated Independence Day, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Ever get the feeling you have no idea what's going on?

A few weeks back I mentioned a bike ride I made when I was just fifteen.

Free drop-off at brush pits for two days

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points on Saturday.

Donichi David Conti

Wednesday, November 14

Payson Mayor expected to announce if he is running or not on Friday

A few more potential candidates have waded into the Payson council and mayoral pool.

Tuesday, November 13

Around AZ

Rim Country EVENTS

Porcelain Passion

Artist has been fired up by medium for 26 years

The first time Sue Jones' passion for porcelain started to overwhelm the Jones' Ohio home, her husband built on an extra room.

Mark Chesnutt at event center Nov. 17

Rim Country Rotary will bring country star to Payson

The Rim Country Rotary Club will bring country star Mark Chesnutt to perform at the Payson Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 17. Gates open at 5 p.m.

A China experience

In the early 1970s, I decided to change my occupation from television production to another direction.

Pioneers seldom died of old age

Life for the early settlers in the Rim Country was seldom a picnic.

Tellabration 2007

Folklore and more in a dry place

Just as did bards in days of yore, storyteller Doug Bland has traveled far and near to collect tales.


Rotary concert

Mark Chesnutt will perform at the Payson Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 17.


Playing in Rim Country

Know your server

Around town

Magic on the Mountain

Get ready to get the holiday season in gear with Payson's Magic on the Mountain celebration.


Turkey Day is just around the corner.

One of the best family feature films

"The Martian Child" was a heart warming, comical feature film.

The Martian Child

Young actor does tremendous job

I went to see "The Martian Child" -- thinking this was perhaps going to be a science fiction flick.

Monday, November 12

Historical Society names new board, sets goals

The new board of the historical society has a good base from which to start business.

feature teacher

Nineteen students perform at honors music fest

Playing an instrument is more than proper finger placement and the ability to read music.

Renzi has Payson office hours and Medicare workshop

A representative from U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi's Show Low office will be holding office hours and sponsoring a Medicare workshop in Payson on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Payson Senior Circle honors ‘Fran, the Computer Man' as Volunteer of Month

Not everyone who takes part or volunteers with the Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle is retired.

Salutations from Tucson

Clothes, collectibles and gifts at new shop

Flolani Purvis, owner and operator, has a background in specialty shops at landmark resorts.

Senior Center activities

Think about the food bank and kids this holiday season

Tuesday, Nov. 13, is the 317th day of 2007.

Three-year-old murder case still unsolved

The 2004 homicide of 54-year-old Payson resident Ira Eastman is still unsolved.

Longhorn Loss

Firewise presentation leads off Payson council meeting

"The Fire Guy" will return to Rim Country on Thursday with a special presentation to the Payson Town Council.

Water study examines underground flow in Rim Country

A water study conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation will provide a more comprehensive look at the underground flow of water in northern Gila County.

Two die in Star Valley accident

Highway 260 closed for nearly five hours

Two accidents resulted in two fatalities and three people being sent to Valley hospitals with serious injuries.

More eBay classes

Due to overwhelming response to our first eBay shopping and selling seminars, Gila Community College Payson Campus, will be offering additional classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Payson Area Trails System meeting

The Payson Area Trails System (PATS) development plans are moving forward to construct the first significant town section of PATS on Tyler Parkway.

Happy Birthday to you!

Dorothy Morgan

Dorothy Morgan, 82, died Nov. 10, 2007.

Longhorns Support

Thanks for the story

Longhorn optimism fueled by two-point loss

As tough as the Payson Longhorns season ending 16-14 loss to the Coolidge Bears Friday evening was to absorb, the future is bright for the PHS gridders.

Humane Society employee charged with fraud

Denise Dawn Buchanan, an employee with the Payson Humane Society, was arrested on Oct. 26.

Lady Longhorns honored at ceremony

Seniors Mollee Lee, Hannah Armenta, juniors Cydney Figueroa, Jenna Robertson named to All-East region team

A pair of seniors -- who donned Lady Longhorn volleyball uniforms for the final time Nov. 2 in a state tournament 3-0 loss to Round Valley -- were honored at the team's season-ending awards ceremony.

Medicare enrollment

Arizona AARP reminds residents that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will take place from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. AARP has a new brochure: Medicare Drug Coverage: What You Need to Know that explains the Medicare drug benefit.

Reduced prices at Time Out Thrift Shop

Check out the new and reduced prices on merchandise at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway.

LFOP Bookstore has Christmas bargains

During November, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more.

Pediatric influenza vaccine now available

Pediatric influenza vaccine is now available at the Gila County Office in Payson.

AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers

Payson AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers for computer preparation of Form 1040 for tax year 2007. Requirements are:

AP field photographer lecture Nov. 29

The Payson Discussion and Lecture League will feature Jeff Robbins, a former Associated Press field photographer, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Tiny's Restaurant.

Trio earn gold medal at grappling tourney

A trio of Payson Pankration Martial Arts teams members battled their way to first place finishes Oct. 27 at the North American Grappling Associa-tions held in Las Vegas.

Youngster is a jewel for Humane Society

As unappetizing as a cupcake with an eyeball on it may look, Jewel Johnson's benevolence to the Payson Humane Society was equally strong.

Prescribed burns south of Payson this week

Residents and visitors to Rim County may see smoke south of Payson this week, due to a prescribed burn.

Students to perform one-act plays on Wednesday

Payson High School senior Jesse Carpino is excited.

Alberta Prall

Alberta Prall, 92, of Phoenix and Pine, died Nov. 12, 2007.

Turkey trot attracts fine runners

Gary Kutscher, a veteran long-distance runner who competed in the prestigious Boston Marathon, once got the bird for winning the Turkey Trot 5K run.

Ivan Kelly

Ivan Orr Kelly died Nov. 9, 2007.

Friday, November 9

Turn out the Friday night lights; the party is over

Two fumbles and a bad snap in the course of four plays ended Longhorns hopes for a state quarterfinal win over two-time defending 3A champion Coolidge.

Thursday, November 8

YMCA needed to help our youth succeed

As crucial as the proposed YMCA is to the welfare of our youth, Mayor Bob Edwards continues to publicly oppose the partnership between the town and the organization.

Star Valley riding instructor gallops to the head of the line

Kari Wegenke has been teaching novices how to ride horses since she was 16.

Church briefs

Jonathan Barak McAnerny

Supply line sends comfort items to troops

In 10 days, Army Spec. Chris Purtee will open a box full of black socks, candy, eye drops, gum, fruit snacks, a tiny Bible, knitted caps and other items.

Thanks to all who helped

Main Street vision gets a push forward

The words "lack of parking" stuck out in red ink on an aerial map of Main Street. Likewise, "historic buildings" and "memories" were etched in green marker as positive points about Payson's oldest street. The comments were just a few of many positive and negative aspects of Main Street in Payson discussed at two visioning workshops held yesterday, Thursday.

FFA offers students range of opportunities

Payson High School students attend national convention

Rising with the sun to plow a field, or feed a steer may be two things people equate with Future Farmers of America club members.

Fire board to discuss spending funds and brush pickup

Tuesday was election day in Gila County and the voters have spoken and defeated the county's courthouse and jail proposal.

Works from Morris, Gould at Artists of the Rim

"Multnomah Falls" and a man from Masaii, Africa, have something in common.

A quiz to find your retirement price tag

Your school days may be behind you, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't test yourself on various subjects from time to time.

The day my dreams did not come true

For the life of me, I cannot remember the move we made in December, 1943, from New York City to New London, Connecticut.

Parade applications sought for Electric Light Parade

It's time again for the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade. The seventh annual Electric Light Parade on historic Main Street in Payson will take place Dec. 1

Liberty Wildlife brings critters to Pine's library

In taking over for Christy Powers, this scribe has big shoes to fill

Girls cross country

Fall is championship time on bass fishing circuit

The fall months are the traditional championships of most Arizona bass fishing circuits.

Big game spring hunt draw has now been completed

The spring draw for 2008 hunt permit-tags for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear has been completed.

Four PHS girls named to All-East first team

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team gathered yesterday (Thursday) to celebrate the culmination of a banner season.

Former PHS wrestler brings college team to Wilson Dome Nov. 28

Former Payson High School wrestling and football star R.C. LaHaye will soon be returning to his roots.

Longhorns face two-time state champs

Payson, Coolidge to mix it up at Chandler Perry field at 8 p.m.

A state tournament second-round row, pitting two-time defending state champion Coolidge against the Payson Longhorns, is likely to turn into a mêlée of old-fashioned smash-mouth football.

Jean-Paul (John) Vallee

Jean-Paul (John) Vallee, 75, died Nov. 1, 2007

Coltton Orndorf

Coltton Orndorf, 29, died Nov. 4, 2007.

Darleen Mushel

Darleen Mushel, 79, died Oct. 31, 2007

John R. Kelly

John Richard Kelly, D.D.S., 79, of Phoenix, died Nov. 7, 2007

Meeting and greeting

Jazz guitarist teams with EMMY-winning pianist Sunday

Nationally recognized jazz guitarist Stan Sorenson teams up with EMMY award-winning jazz pianist Nick Manson.

Low cost spay, neuter clinic coming back to Payson

Due to the popularity of the recent low-cost spay/neuter clinic, which filled up fast, there will be another clinic held on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Two airlifted for treatment after accident

A rear-end collision involving an ADOT truck resulted in two people being airlifted to separate hospitals.

Bennett, Ross engaged


50th wedding anniversary

Community liaison police officer to help clean up

The Payson Police Department is establishing a community policing liaison officer.

Visiting Normandy American Cemetery

Payson resident Bing Brown and his wife, Carol, recently had the moving experience of visiting the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, northwest of Bayeux, France.

Mother, daughter go ‘Semper Fi'

We often hear of a son following a father into military service.

Thank you, Payson

Culture of betrayal

The American military man

The average age of the military man is 19 years.

Contractor problems give rise to board concern

School district rethinking agreement with BMJS Contracting over roof issues

Discussion and mild disagreement erupted among Payson district school board members

Courthouse, jail funding rebuffed by voters

With all the precincts in Gila County reporting, as of yesterday, Thursday morning, the bond and sales tax measures for new justice facilities failed by a considerable margin.

New chamber manager brings 35 years in business to job

Service is the priority and driving force for John Stanton, new manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Seeing the beauty of big dogs

We Americans seem to have a preference for big.

Wednesday, November 7

Bond and sales tax measures trounced at polls

With all 39 precincts in Gila County reporting, as of yesterday, Thursday morning, the bond and sales tax measures for new justice facilities failed by a considerable margin.

Tuesday, November 6

Election Summary Report

At the movies

THE COMEBACKS - Just plain stupid

I can't recall if ever I saw a movie classified as a "comedy" where I didn't laugh at least once -- but I have now.


The continuing friendship of Mrs. Lewis Pyle with the Tonto Apaches led to an effort to help them become economically independent.

Stories of my father's lore

My father is a legend, at least in the eyes of my younger brother and me.


Mother and daughter go - Semper fi!

We often hear of a son following a father into military service.

Jazz performance Nov. 11

Thanksgiving tradition: something for everyone

Thanksgiving today brings people with different tastes to the same table.

Mindless laughs

Around AZ

Rim Country EVENTS

Playing in Rim Country

Know your server

Janet Seeley, bartender

Around town

Touch the Names


First, let me wish all the veterans a Happy Veterans Day.

Monday, November 5

Does anyone really know where Town Council stands?

Yes, it would be nice if Payson had YMCA, but it would also be nice if had a Target or Costco store.

No special treatment for YMCA promoters

In response to the "thinking" of some council members' desire to donate public land to the YMCA:

Excellent care provided

There may be more to the crying child than you think

Periodically, we see children melt down and have a tantrum in a public place.

Hearing on Pine Water Company postponed until Nov. 19

The Arizona Corporation Commission hearing scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9 on the Pine Water Company has been postponed.

Payson man on movie board

Craig Triphahn, manager of Payson's Sawmill Theatres, has been elected as treasurer of the Arizona Theater Owners Association.

Hotel, conference center slated for construction

The Town of Payson is one step nearer to revamping the southern area of town.

5 generations of beauties

Ryan Parr

Keep doors, windows locked, say police

Burglaries have not been home invasions

None of the recent rash of burglaries Payson has experienced in the last month have been home invasions, police said.

Mayors weigh second terms

Council candidate packets available

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron have already picked up candidate packets

Harvest festival fun

J.R. Joslin

Jade Tangeman

Tryouts for junior volleyball team are Dec. 1

Tryouts for Club Rim Junior Volleyball will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1

Trio guns down last turkey shoot match

Keith Talley, Dick Harding and John Calderwood have holstered bragging rights

Longhorn senior finished ninth at state cross country meet

Lana Cluff saved the finest performance of her four-year career for her senior finale.

Design for West Main Street focus of workshop

The design of Main Street in Payson will once again be a topic on the minds of many residents this week.

A visible way to conserve water

Water-conscious residents will find the Payson Water Department's newest project rather delightful.

Afton Lorraine Hunsaker Kellam

Afton Lorraine Hunsaker Kellam, longtime resident of Chino Valley, died Oct. 29, 2007.

Rowland Cox VII

Prescribed burn north of Payson to start this week

Forest Rangers in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest are planning a prescribed burn about 30 miles north of Payson all this week.

Learning to function with autism

Michael Reardon loves Sponge Bob, playing with his cars and all kinds of music.

Feature teacher

November a busy month for area seniors

Say November and what comes to mind? Thanksgiving, of course.

November menu

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

Karrie Ann Jones-Hunsaker

Karrie Ann Jones-Hunsaker died Nov. 1, 2007

Angela Ann Morris

Good Health

Carol Blauser

Carol Blauser died Nov. 2, 2007.

Basic training graduate

Air Force Airman Matthew N. Thompson has graduated from basic military training

Pine missionary returns to Kenya

African trip is second for Simone Lake, first for others

As Simone Lake approached the Watuele Baptist Church in Mombasa, Kenya, Africa, she and the five missionaries with her were greeted by all ages of children saying "Jambo" or "How are you?"

More eBay classes scheduled at GCC

Due to overwhelming response to our first eBay shopping and selling seminars, Gila Community College Payson Campus, will be offering additional classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Sarah Drorbaugh Goodnow

Sarah Viola Drorbaugh Goodnow died Nov. 3, 2007

Ayden Matthew Voakes

Jaxon Wesley Haught

Rim Country Compassionate Friends joins candle lighting

Grieving the deaths of children within their families will join tens of thousands of families worldwide.

Humane Society prepares for annual chili supper

The Payson Humane Society has received wonderful donations for the silent auction.

Unofficial results indicate bond, sales tax measures defeated

According to unofficial election results as of Tuesday night, the county bond and sales tax issues were overwhelmingly defeated.

Sam Walton Community Scholarship offered

An application for the Sam Walton Community Scholarship is currently available online at This scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors who are not associates or dependents of an associate of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Skateboarding accident sends Payson man to Valley hospital

Matthew Clayton Angus, 22, from the Mesa del area, sustained significant head injuries Saturday afternoon while skateboarding with a friend, Payson Police Chief Don Engler said.

Blue Ridge teams enjoying banner year

Our neighbors at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside-Pinetop are enjoying a banner postseason of prep sports.

Parker no match for Longhorns

Longhorn freshman Payson Herring, a speedy, but diminutive, running back, took full advantage of his first varsity playing opportunity.

Round Valley ends Lady Longhorns' season

Lady Longhorn coach Arnold Stonebrink is not letting his team's lackluster showing in the opening round of the state tournament dampen his enthusiasm for his players.

Essential Therapies relax the body, clear the mind

Michele Montbleau calls her place of business the healing head, heart, hand and foot center.

Hanging art

Payson Concrete donation

Friday, November 2

Longhorns Stampede Broncos 58-26

It's not often freshmen have the opportunity to see action in a state tournament playoff game.

Thursday, November 1

Birders to meet Nov. 7 at Payson library

George Wall will be the featured speaker at the Payson Birders meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Payson Public Library community room.

Tellabration will take place Nov. 17 at Pine community center

Theighth annual Tellabration will take place on Saturday evening, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., in the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall, Pine.

Fire forces closure of roads in Tonto forest

The growing Wilkins Fire 70 miles north of Payson has forced forest officials to close some roads in Tonto National Forest.

Main Street businesses hope county facilities will bring a financial boost

It's been a hot topic for the last several years -- how to attract business and tourists to Main Street.

Smugglers linked to pot growers

A common thread running through testimony given by 17 suspects arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana in the Tonto National Forest is that they are working off smuggling debts.

Sign up now, Electric Light Parade on Dec. 1

It's time again for the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade.

Darleen Mushel

Darleen Mushel, 79, of Nisswa, Minn. died Oct. 31, 2007.

Polling places named for Nov. 6 county election

The voter information materials received for the Nov. 6 election on the justice and jail facilities include your precinct number in the mailing information.

Lady Longhorns take on Elks today

Slowing Round Valley outside hitters Cassidi Donaldson and Ashley Slade will be the keys to Lady Horn hopes of beating the Elks in the first round of the state tournament. The 3A conference match will be played at 11 a.m. today at Peoria High School. It will be one of eight matches played today in Peoria where the top 16 teams from around the state have gathered to battle for the state title. Quarterfinal matches will be contested this evening and semifinals and the championship tomorrow, Saturday.

County facilities vote is Tuesday

Storage owner at odds with county

Paul Pollock plans to live on Main Street for the rest of his life.

A YMCA is great news for Payson

It is my understanding that we are going to have a YMCA in Payson.

You need the right ‘papers' at the right time

To protect your family, you need more than the best intentions.

Physician balances family and profession.

Doctor Amalia Pineres could have been conferred as a Fellow, by the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the turn of the millennium.

A wrestling connection

Family overcomes adversity

A complex rhythm is involved in the sport of wrestling.

Beaver Valley Fire to host forest health seminar.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., at the Beaver Valley Fire Department, representatives from the United States Forest Service will conduct a seminar about the health of the forest which surrounds the Beaver Valley area.

Reading while driving is questionable.

Two things strike me each evening as I watch the news on Channel 12.

Volunteers needed for Fuels Grant Committee.

I drove around the Village this past weekend and many of the residents were busy raking up pine needles and fallen leaves.

Cats: putting on the leash.

When cats are relinquished to Payson Humane Society.

County gets more than $1 million for WIC.

The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement accepting more than a $1 million federal grant.

New stop signs

Artistic expressions 'Neath the Rim

'Neath the Rim Fine Arts show has brought together 29 artists.

Star Valley street signs for sale, council meetings postponed.

A genuine piece of Star Valley is now available for a five-dollar donation.

Thrift store supports shelter through lean times

The new manager of Time Out Thrift Shop is a domestic violence survivor.

Humane society gets up for annual chili supper.

The Payson Humane Society has received wonderful donations for the silent auction.

High Country Garden Club will be Nov. 1 at First Southern Baptist Church.

The proper care for houseplants and creating a dish garden.

June D. Fahnestock

June Delilah Fahnestock, 74, died Oct. 28, 2007.

Jules F. Nielsen Jr.

Jules F. Nielsen Jr. (Rick), died Oct. 26, 2007.

Weighing in on where the Mogollon Rim ends.

The Fall Festival was fun for those who attended, especially the children. My grandchildren had a great time although they were afraid of the gorilla. Many people put a lot of work into this event. Thanks to all of them.

Best friend to dogs says farewell after five years.

Before I get to the serious part, I want to thank those who played such an important part in "Dog Day in the Park."

Pine View Manor apartments go energy-efficient

The residents of Pine View Manor are receiving a break on their energy bills.

State schedules campaign finance workshops.

Beginning Nov. 7, Arizona political committees, candidates and committee treasurers will be able to gain valuable information on campaign finance reporting requirements.

Statistics: Deer, elk pose little road danger.

Take heart, Arizona drivers.

Bass tourney circuit keeps Bobby O'Donnell busy.

Local angler Bobby O'Donnell has had a very busy three weeks on the bass tournamentircuit.

Hoopers reap cash

Turkey Shoot winners

Larry Baker, Russ Morris and Doug Bailey were second round flight winners in the Payson Men's Golf Association annual Low Net Turkey Shoot Tournament.

Lady Longhorns take on Elks Friday.

Slowing Round Valley outside hitters Cassidi Donaldson and Ashley Slade will be the keys to Lady Horn hopes of beating the Elks in the first round of the state tournament.

Poker run, other events help McNeeley Foundation.

The 2007 Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit will highlight the weekend's Rim Country sports, recreation and social scene.

ASU success is talk of the town, now.

That posse of feisty football players that Rim Country sports fans turned out to watch during preseason training at Camp Tontozona, near Kohl's Ranch, has rounded into a national championship contending team.

Broncs will try to upset Longhorns

Throughout history, long-suffering underdogs given little chance of triumph have risen up to pull off colossal upsets.

Time to carve out our own county

Several years ago I questioned the feasibility of creating our own county north of the Salt River and Roosevelt Lake.

Is Payson being run by the mayor

I have been reading of issues at town hall.

Jeanette ‘Lorraine' Kellam

Jeanette "Lorraine" Kellam, 72, of Chino Valley, died Oct. 29.

Thanks to the Health Alliance

I want to thank Judy Baker, director of Mogollon Health Alliance, for the article in the paper explaining all about the need for a dialysis center here in Payson.

Tower Well not pumping fossil water

The Tower Well is quite obviously not pumping "fossil water or paleowater [that has] remained in an aquifer for millennia".

Thanks for supporting the arts community

Thank you, Payson Roundup for supporting the Zane Grey Mystery Theater!

Rotary Club thanks Dollars for Scholars participants

The Payson Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who came to our Dollars for Scholars fund-raiser.

Put your faith in Tommie Martin and support the county complex

I work a full time job and have a very busy lifestyle.

Every vote is important

Every election is important and needs the attention of voters.

What is real security worth?

Certified deputies and police officers are working tirelessly day and night, hand in hand, with certified detention officers.