Stories for October 2007


Tuesday, October 30

Some travel ideas

A few days ago I ran across a cruise that is priced so low it reminds one of the 1970s

Benefit Quad Run saturday

Those who have participated in previous Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad/Poker Runs know what great fun they can be.

Anticipation or realization -- Which is more stimulating?

Advertising folks can tell you that it is Anticipation without a doubt.

Globe woman tries to shoot mother

A Globe woman allegedly tried to shoot and kill her mother last week.

The abstract style of Dr. Goldman

As an internist at Mount Sinai hospital in Chicago, Albert Goldman carried a knife and a stone in his pocket.

Around town

First Friday Art and Antiques Walk Nov. 2

Friday, Nov. 2, the place to walk is Payson's Main Street.


Meet Ted Blaylock in our cover story.

The girls are back

Liberty and Akasha have returned to center stage.

Know your server

Intriguing story, excellent acting

It's not often when the sequel outdoes its predecessor, but I think we may have that here with "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."

A good depiction of times

Living his Dream

In 1969, Ted Blaylock put his journeyman's card away forever.


Chapter 48 - The History of the Tonto Apaches

It was simply called "The Camp," located in the Tonto National Forest south of Payson.

Monday, October 29

County: New tax dollars only way to pay for improvements

Two ballot measures and seven days will determine the fate of the proposed county jail and courthouse improvements.

Elna Clarice Shocklee

Elna Clarice Shocklee died Oct. 25, 2007

Donna June Chapla

Donna June Chapla, 86, died Oct. 23, 2007

Oktoberfest brings ghosts and ghouls into daylight

Legend dictates vampires cannot revel in daylight, lest they be destroyed.

Town needs YMCA-type of facility

Town councilors Andy Romance, John Wilson, Su Connell, Tim Fruth and Ed Blair are to be commended for their decision to support bringing a YMCA to Payson.

It's on to state

Upset over Snowflake propels Longhorns into state tournament

A pulsating 49-19 win over Snowflake put a screeching halt to the almost 30-year dominance the Lobos have enjoyed over Payson.

Chef serves students a palate full of flavors

Chef Jorge de la Torre brought new taste sensations to the palates of culinary art students at Payson High School.

Lady Longhorns open state title quest against Elks

It'll be déjvu all over again for the Lady Longhorns when the team opens state tournament play Friday at Peoria High School.

Winners of Silhouette Championship match named

On Oct. 13 and 14, the Tonto Rim Sports Club hosted the Payson Silhouette Championship.

Spirit Line

Super Seniors -- Rim Country Bowling results

Standings and scores, as of Oct. 18, week 7 of 33.

Tonto National Monument will hold open house Saturday, Sunday

Upper Cliff Dwelling will open for visitors at 9 a.m., Adobe wildlife center will present hawks, other birds for viewing

Tonto National Monument will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4.

More kids attending Payson schools

Julia Randall Elementary shows biggest increase

For the first time since 2005, enrollment at Payson schools is on the uptrend.

Lots of smiles

Committee to oversee event center progress

Payson's newest volunteer group has been corralled to see to it that the Payson Event Center is all that it can be.

Pine water hearing comes to residents

The Arizona Corporation Commission will bring the Pine water hearing to the residents of the community

Keep your Halloween safe, take precautions

Halloween is upon is.

Voting ‘yes' for the county jail facilities

I am outraged by all this negative nonsense running through Payson regarding the building of a new jail (a courthouse) "etc."

Solve the problem, but don't soak taxpayers

Population-growth pressure has been building on the Justice Center issue for almost a decade.

Thanks, humane society

County facilities: Why are we doing this now?

"Why are we even discussing new jails and courts at this time?"

Artists' reception on Friday

Silversmith Tim Hummer's and surrealistic painter Albert Goldman's passion for art has not faded since childhood.

Feature teacher

Haigler Fire grows to 660 acres, is contained

California-type fire not likely here

Smoke from the Haigler Fire, east of Payson, could be seen as far south as milepost marker 237.

Friday, October 26

Welcome to Rim Country

Arizona's Rim Country is a popular with Valley dwellers in the summer, but its autumn charms may be unfamiliar.

Trail offers great views of Pine

The Pine Canyon Trail (Forest Service #26) can be accessed from two points.

Trail leads hikers to secret Rim

Winding along and parallel to its namesake, the Horton Creek trail traverses a variety of landscapes.

Special spots in Rim Country

The big attraction of the Rim Country is the scenic beauty along the roadways, hiking and ATV trails.

Tonto Natural Bridge beckons

Located within three miles of Shoofly Village are 40 other sites.

Rim Country birds abundant

The diverse ecosystems of the Rim Country provide the opportunity to view a surprising number of birds.

Wildlife of Rim a thrill to spot

Welcome to one of the loveliest places in the land -- the Mogollon Rim area of the Tonto National Forest.

Horns pierce Lobos 49-19

Almost 30 years of frustration was erased Friday evening in Payson High School stadium

Rim offers great ATV trails

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail riding has grown in the last decade to become an immensely popular sport on the Rim Country recreational scene.

Keep ATV adventure fun, safe

The Boy Scout motto of "Be Prepared" is the best advice ATV riders should heed before heading out.

Tonto Pass good until 2010

October 2007 marks the one-year anniversary of the Tonto Pass and many recreationers are still having trouble using it properly.

Hike in our back yard

Located a few miles southeast of the center of Payson is an area known locally as the Granite Dells.

50 things to do

Tonto forest embraces Rim

The Tonto National Forest is one of the largest in the country.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 25

Jails committee: Who they are

Thirteen Gila County residents volunteered their time for the Gila County Facilities Planning Committee.

Jails committee: What they decided

A 13-member volunteer group composed of residents representing various entities within Gila County was appointed to research the need for improved county facilities.

Low-cost rabies vaccinations

A low-cost rabies clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St.

More Almanac

Embattled chamber to go forward with new director

Tina Bruess was relieved of her duties as director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, as of Wednesday morning.

County's justice centers on ballot

A breakdown of the facts

According to documentation from the first volunteer Jails Committee meeting, Gila County's population grew by more than 22 percent between 1990 and 2005.

If you like Halloween, get your costume ready

There are costume contests around, if not every corner, many corners in the Rim Country from now until All Hallow's Eve.

When Americans care, great things happen

"It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived." --Unknown

Adopt a pet without taking it home

Naturally at Payson Humane Society we prefer that pets be adopted and taken to a loving home.

Arts, crafts on display

Fires cause smoke in Christopher Creek, Tonto Basin

The smoke from two fires burning north and east of Payson has caused smoky conditions for residents of Christopher Creek and Tonto Basin.

Tristan Lee Johnson

Tristan Lee Johnson

Lobos are thorns in Horns' hooves

Snowflake Lobos have been thorns in Horns' hooves for the past 28 years.

Payson angler wins bass fishing's top tourney

It took Payson pro angler Clifford Pirch five attempts before he finally won the prestigious WON Bass U.S. Open.

Church briefs

Make your pet's mealtimes fun

Our lives today are rushed.

Rim Country Health's new owners represented by a familiar person

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has a new owner.

Cross country teams head to regionals

Longhorn cross country teams will test their mettle and talent today, Friday, at the East regional championships to be held at Alchesay High School in Whiteriver.

Water opponents move toward legal action

Pine and Strawberry residents who want to put the brakes on the deal to drill a deep well with tax money have moved to legal action.

County facilities should be on Main Street

The jail -- don't let the mayor or his friends make up your minds for you on this matter.

Siegfried, Nocella married

Mrs. Karen Burback and Mr. Kim Siegfried would like to announce the marriage of their son, Patrick Joseph Siegfried, to Teresa Lauren Nocella.

Payson SO makes a splash at fall games

Almost five months of grueling practice paid huge dividends for the Payson Special Olympic Team at the Arizona State Fall Games.

Fall bass fishing tips for Roosevelt Lake

The fall weather is perfect for a trip to Roosevelt, one of the best bass lakes in the West. With the cooler weather, the fish are in a transition state.

Whom do you trust?

I have given my letter the title of "whom do you trust?"

Confusion over ballot question

It seems there may be some confusion about the real issue on the upcoming ballot concerning the county jail/courthouse complexes.

Education mandates become punitive without funds

Every year, the Arizona Department of Education assigns Performance Labels to each public and charter school in the state.

Longtime resident is now returning the favor

Married to a man who did surveying work for roads around the Southwest at the turn of the last century, Sue Owen made her home in a great many places before she settled in Payson.

SRP launches

Residents of Verde and Salt Watersheds can check river flows, rainfall

Church members to perform in ‘Acorn to Oaks'

Clouds are building over the fields.

Acorn to Oaks

Tasty, nutritious did not always describe school lunches

School lunches (and breakfasts) are not what they used to be.

Investigation needed into secrecy with well reports

At least two members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District are complaining.

Many festivities as Pine heads into fall

This is a big weekend in Pine.

First Hunt Success

Great pumpkins and other tales

Where were you when the lights went out on Halloween?

Long-term financial moves in a short-term world

As a society, we have grown accustomed to instant gratification.

North American missionaries to speak

A state of emergency exists in the tiny bedroom community of Collins Ranch.

Tonto monument to hold moonlight walk

Have you ever been in a cliff dwelling at night?

High Country Garden Club to hear about care of houseplants

The proper care for houseplants and creating a dish garden are among the topics presented by Debbee McDonald

Hours before dawn I will never forget

The road curved slightly to the left and a row of trees hid the stars.

Rock building will be district office

It looks like the rock building at Julia Randall Elementary School will be used as administrative offices and a boardroom for the Payson Unified School District.

Cold weather is coming

Winterizing a home can save money and keep you warmer this winter

Remember last winter and all those sky-high utility bills?

Retired Payson town manager at Arizona Town Hall

Fred Carpenter, retired town manager of Payson, is Gila County's representative to the 91st Arizona Town Hall.

Foss family

Four generations of the Foss family.

Pictures rock in annual art show Nov. 3-4

Jackie Bond has chipped away at her art for 18 years.

Betty J. George

Betty J. George, age 85, died Oct. 19, 2007.

Kenneth Charles Hartnell

Kenneth Charles Hartnell, died in a tragic accident Friday, Oct. 19.

Leslie (Les) Stephen Reese

Leslie (Les) Stephen Reese died Sept. 28, 2007, from injuries sustained in an accident.

Chamber board faces ire, looks to improve

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Board heard complaints from its members during an open general meeting Wednesday.

Payson firefighters helping in California

The Payson Fire Department has sent a crew of firefighters to assist with the fires in southern California this week.

Lady Horns earn second-place East region tie

Led by the sterling net play of Jenna Robertson, the Lady Longhorns pulled off the ambush of the prep volleyball season whipping the homestanding Snowflake Lobos 3-1.

PMGA aims to slice, roast turkey rivals

Payson Men's Golf Association members are swinging their way into the Thanksgiving spirit by participating in a Turkey Shoot.

Boys soccer team faces Wilcox in postseason

The Longhorn soccer team springs into state tournament action at 3 p.m. today, Friday, in Tempe against Wilcox.

Payson hit by string of burglaries, four arrests made

Payson has been hit by a rash of commercial and residential burglaries lately.

Tuesday, October 23

Changes at the chamber

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Diane Enos announced that Tina Bruess was no longer director of the chamber, effective immediately.

Residents complain about smoke from fires

Smoke from two fires has combined to create smoky conditions.

Monday, October 22

County facilities site considerations -- Part 1

The first serious discussions concerning alternative county public safety facility sites involved the concept of relocating the north and south jails and courts into one criminal justice center located in Tonto Basin.

Julia Randall produces first ‘Excelling' for school district

Kudos to Julia Randall Elementary School for achieving "Excelling" status with the state department of education.

Dogs have their day

Life of a storyteller is celebrated

James Clayton Ashby, known by all as Clay, has gone on to tell his colorful stories in heaven.

Nominations sought for ‘Ageless Heroes'

Rocking chairs and retirement.

Poker run is great fun

Those who have participated in previous Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad/Poker Runs know what great fun they can be.

Time Out provides shelter for domestic violence victims

When her abusive husband left for work, "Martha" put the spare set of car keys in one plastic bag, the children's birth certificates in another and buried them in the ground.

Coach resigns just days before wrestling starts

A wrestling program that was once among the finest in small-town America could be facing a rocky future.

Longhorns' ills cured by Falcons

The Alchesay Falcons were just the remedy the gridiron doctor prescribed to cure Longhorn ills.

Lady Horns one win away from East runner-up spot

The Lady Longhorns are scratching and clawing to earn an East runner-up finish.

Super Seniors - Rim Country Bowling results

Standings and scores, as of Oct. 11, week 6 of 33.

Literacy help

Smoke caused from prescribed burns north of Payson

Payson Ranger District fire personnel will continue a two-day prescribed burn north of Payson today.

Full report changes view on well deal

PSWID board secretary says he would have voted against agreement with Pine Water

Not all members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board had complete information when deciding to use $300,000 in tax money to explore the K2 Well in Strawberry.

Two-headed wonders and more found at state fair

he Arizona State Fair opened Oct. 12 with rides, exhibits, deep-fried everything and Zack and Mack, "America's favorite two-headed wonder!"

The Good Samaritan Society celebrates 85 years of service

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society marks an important milestone this year as it celebrates 85 years of providing care and services to the elderly and other people in need.

Bed and breakfast in the pines, Victorian style

As you round a bend on Bradshaw Drive in Pine, you might notice an unusual sign

Bank account set up to help family members

A bank account has been opened for Korbyn Robert Cotton, the son of Robert E. Cotton, of Pine,ho passed away Oct. 7.

Pine red ribbon walk

Learning center holding First Friday events

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center is holding an evening full of activities from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2nd at 800 West Main Street as part of the Main Street First Friday's event.

Learn about flag etiquette at library Nov. 12

How informed are you about flag etiquette?

Payson angler takes first at Roosevelt tourney

Veteran Payson angler John Browning is rounding into one of the most accomplished fishermen on the bass tournament circuit.

Norman Penn Spittler

Anthony Sevec

Firewise campaign heats up

East Verde Park, just eight miles northwest of Payson, has a program for being fire-safe.

Artist will give illustrated talk

William Ahrendt, a nationally known artist who resides in Pine, will give an illustrated talk on his practice as a painter of American subjects.

Raising awareness

Pine students choose chess over recess

The pawns are in position to defend their queens during Monday and Thursday lunch hours at the Pine Strawberry School.

Feature teacher

Eating smart according to age

We've long heard that "you are what you eat."

Questions about county jail facilities proposal

The following issues pertain to the Gila County Proposal for an expansion of complex and jail facilities, both in Globe and here in Payson.

Jail site will take way too long

Those jail proponents who think that the county's proposed site at the corner of Main Street and the Beeline would represent the fastest way to get a new jail are out of their minds.

No vote urged on county complex

Vote "No" for the county complex on Main Street with a tax increase.

New jail facilities are much needed

We need the proposed jail facilities in Payson as soon as they can be constructed.

Outrage over county irresponsibility

I am totally disgusted and outraged to learn that our county Board of Supervisors is spending $389,000 just to hold an election.

We need a jail, but no tax increase

Yes, we need a new jail and a courthouse.

Payson police to hold third open meeting, traffic laws are the topic

Payson Police will hold its third open public meeting Wednesday Oct. 24, at 6 p.m at the Payson Town Hall.


A Phoenix resident was involved in single-vehicle rollover accident.

Chamber to hold quarterly meeting, seeks voluntary assessment

In an effort to "discuss lots of issues," including finding a funding source, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will host an informal meeting tomorrow, Wednesday.

Justice center debate rages on

The second debate regarding the proposed county justice facilities raged on

Friday, October 19

Horns rip Falcons

Three game losing streak snapped

The Payson Longhorns (6-3 overall, 1-3 in the East) snapped a three game losing streak Friday night in Whiteriver by shellacking the Alchesay Falcons 40-8.

Thursday, October 18

Free brush pits

Economic director leaving Payson

Barbara Ganz has announced her ensuing departure from Payson.

Around Rim Country

Space for Crafters still available

Safeway will sponsor a breast cancer awareness craft and art fair.

Arts, craft show just in time for holiday shopping

The arts and craft show and barbecue at the Payson Masonic Hall this weekend is the biggest they have ever organized.

Julius A. Eisenschenk

Julius A. Eisenschenk, 66, of Payson, died Oct. 15, 2007.

Mark Talbot Stabnau

Mark Talbot Stabnau, of Star Valley., died Sept. 26, 2007 in Payson.

Dan Carrell

Dan Carrell, 60, of Payson, died Oct. 11, 2007 in Phoenix.

Octoberfest at Merritt

The Second Annual October-fest at the Merritt Center is a benefit for the center's returning vets program.

School district approves performance pay plan

District will purchase three new buses, three maintenance vehicles

Payson Unified School district's governing board approved the consent agenda at their Oct. 15 meeting.

Two mailed election brochures no mistake

Voters advised to read both mailings carefully

It is no mistake that Gila County voters have received two election brochures in the mail in recent weeks.

Fishing delights:

Prime rainbow trout put into Green Valley

Rim Country anglers received a pleasant surprise Wednesday afternoon when Green Valley Park was stocked with 450 pounds of rainbow trout

Water board recall efforts proceeding

Petitioners seek to recall four members of Pine water board

Efforts to recall members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District are proceeding.

Military news

Quilt winner

Brodin Cade Johnson

Cade William Stratton

wimpee, souden engaged

Five Generations

Golden anniversary

Don a mask for a good cause

Masked, costumed adults have a chance to kick up their heels for a good cause Saturday night.

Location, half-cent

Break-in costly to Elks

Tower Well mess

Lions say thanks

Town takes step forward with new economic director

The hiring of a tourism and economic vitality director by the Town of the Payson should help push forward the goals and objectives of increasing tourism and economic activity.

Library holding bookmark contest for middle, high school students

Middle and high school age artists have a chance to win $50.

Henderson herd hooves its way through Village

A little bit of the old West was spotted in Tonto Village Tuesday afternoon.

Women retreat for spiritual discipline

Thirty-seven women attended the Ninth Annual Ladies Retreat last Wednesday at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship.

Register for basketball tourney

Register at the parks and recreation office or on site for the tournament.

Fall hunts in full swing with opening for quail, turkey

The fall hunts are in full swing and last weekend was the official opening for quail as well as turkey.

Lady Longhorns looking for top-three East region finish

Lady Longhorn hopes for a top-three East region finish and an advantageous seed into the postseason received a huge boost

Longhorns get break from top-ranked teams

After playing three consecutive games against state top-five ranked teams, the Longhorns will receive a much needed schedule break tonight, Friday, in Whiteriver.

Hunt of a lifetime

Widow donates tag to ill teen hunter

Val Nitzsche, reeling from the death of his friend Bill Wilcox, scrambled for months trying to find a way to honor his former hunting companion and fellow conservationist.

Thunderbirds happy with play of ex-Longhorn

Ex-Longhorn Kevin Allen is playing well for the Thunderbirds.

Church briefs

Sense of the season

For those who love the fall, the Rim Country is full of color.

The symmetry and agility of miniature horses

Miniature Horses are versatile.

Star Valley officials ponder best use of funds

Community block grant money gives town $136,000 for enhancing project

Town Manager Vito Tedeschi suggested the continuation of the Meals on Wheels program, on which the town has used previous CDBG funding.

Who needs adequate insurance?

Who likes to talk about insurance? Very few people.

Expect smoke on Rim from prescribed burns

Beginning this past, Tuesday, the Forest Service started conducting prescribed burns.

Lots of Fun

Take precautions before heading into desert

Hikers too often fail to consider the basics, including always having plenty of water, food and wear proper hiking shoes, not sandals or heels, officials said

For Alan Mazurek, a recent afternoon hiking trip in the Superstition Wilderness turned into an overnight misadventure when he left the trail to look for an Indian ruin.

Julia Randall earns excellence honor

Julia Randall Elementary School students and teachers are "excelling." The school has earned the top rating in the 2006-2007 Arizona Learns Achievement Profiles. This is the first time any school in the district has achieved this honor.

Council approves YMCA lease talk at Rumsey Park

Payson is one step closer to hosting a YMCA. The town council voted 5-2 at Thursday's meeting to direct staff to look into lease terms for up to five acres of land, potentially in Rumsey Park, for the YMCA.

Steve Coury acquires Phil White Ford

A Phil White auto dealership has been an institution in the Rim Country for 30 years. Come Nov. 1, that tradition will end. After almost a year of negotiations, Steve Coury is purchasing Phil White Ford. Randy White, Phil White's brother and sales manager of the dealership, made the announcement earlier this month, and then he and Steve Coury sat down with the Roundup for an interview about the sale and the future of the business.

County public safety facilities -- back to the basics

For this article, I'll revisit the basic factors of the public safety facilities issue. I once read that text without context is pretext -- so, here is the context.

County proposal needs

Regarding the upcoming vote on enlarged, modernized jail and courtroom facilities for Gila County

Column was great

Wednesday, October 17

Throw in the big ones!

Attention Fishermen!

with the cool weather...the trout are back!

Tuesday, October 16

A taste of Southwest tradition

My dearest and best friend Cynde Paveglio is here for a visit.

Bonus recipes from good housekeeping

A crisp autumn evening is the perfect time to enjoy these sweet-and-sour apple pork chops.

Mysterious, Magical, BATIK

Batik is a primitive, messy and earthy art form.


The real ‘Lucy'

The best gift

I have a teacup Chihuahua named Cally and she is a riot.

More prescribed burns taking place

Smoke north of Payson can be attributed to prescribed burns on the Payson Ranger District.

Movie review: 3:10 to Yuma

Stars' interaction make movie exceptional

With "3:10 to Yuma" we have yet another remake, this time of a classic western, first debuting a half-century ago.

Movie review - Mr. Woodcock

Find better use for your time

No animals, I was assured as the credits rolled, were harmed in the making of this film.

Trick or treating - Rim Country Style

While it might seem that in some stores, Christmas decorations are trying to edge out Halloween, Trunk or Treat does come first.

The Cold War in Rim Country

In the 1960s Payson had a role in the Cold War.

Monday, October 15

Register for seventh- and eighth-grade basketball

This program is for boys and girls, ages 6-14.

Elevation no problem for half-marathon winner

180 runners enter event that benefits Habitat for Humanity

A Leadville, Colo. runner man overcame the rigors of Airport Hill, swirling winds, a rugged course and Payson's elevation to win the Rim Country Challenge Half-Marathon.

The Snake could strike in Cards' favor

The answers to the Arizona Cardinals quarterback woes can be found in a snake

Hiking for humane society

Marlene Kay Morris

Marlene Kay Morris, longtime Phoenix resident, and part-time Payson resident, died Aug. 26, 2007.

State will hold first hearing on K2 well proposal

The state will have its first formal hearing on the K2 well next week.

Reno S. Menegon

Reno S. Menegon died Oct. 10, 2007.

Robert Cunningham

Robert Philip Cunningham Jr. died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007

Register now for 3-on-3 basketball tourney

Register at the Payson Parks and Recreation office or onsite for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which will be held Nov. 2 and 3 outdoors at Rumsey Park.

Students can read for the fun of it, earn cash

The Young Adult Library Services Association will be promoting "Reading for the Fun of it!" to middle and high school age kids this week.

Tickets on sale for Humane Society chili supper

Tickets are now available for one of the "hottest" events on the calendar.

Safety measures needed for Beeline

I am a 10-year veteran long distance over-the-road professional driver of 18-wheel trucks and a 4-year resident of Payson.

Bruce Itule to speak at press women meeting

Bruce Itule, a professor of journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson, will speak about "Avoiding Pitfalls of Plagiarism and Copyright on the Internet".

Ballerina to pirouette in ‘Nutcracker'

Commitment to art can come at any age.

Recreationers still confused about Tonto Pass

October marks the one-year anniversary of the Tonto Pass and many recreationers are still having trouble using it properly.

Romancing the language of Italy

To know the art of language is to know the art of civilization.

Feature teacher

Boosting brain power not a puzzle

No matter what your age, keeping your brain sharp and staying on top of things is a concern for many.

Plenty of events coming soon

Whatever happened to hairpins and bobby pins?

Easy ways to cut prescription costs

Whether around election time or throughout the year, health care is almost always a hot-button issue.

County should have talked with town about location

Because there has been so much discussion regarding the Gila County Board of Supervisors' proposed tax increase and their stated promise to use the tax to build and upgrade facilities, I feel it is time I address this issue.

'Boo to You'

Bring your little mermaids and pirates to the Payson Public Library on Halloween Day Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. for their "Boo to You" Trick or Treat fun.

Jackets thump Horns

Longhorn football coach Josh Anderson isn't ready to throw in the towel.

Payson Bears knock off Pinetop-Lakeside team

It's not often that 9-year-old, 60-plus pound boys are encouraged to scrap, wrestle, tackle and exchange body blows with one another.

Chamber honors volunteers

Mountain biking program is first challenge for new outdoor coordinator

Former Town of Payson recreation coordinator Mary McMullen has taken on a new challenge.

Big thanks to all

Time Out, Inc., Board of Directors would like to thank all of the people who made our Sept. 15 fund-raiser such a success.

No more white elephants needed

Has the Payson Town Council made a study or analysis of other similar rural communities in the 15,000-20,000 population bracket, which might have a YMCA. If so, did any of these communities sponsor or finance any of them?

Cleaned up

Last chance to register for youth basketball

Registration ends at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 at the Payson Parks and Recreation office for a basketball program for boys and girls, ages 6-14.

County should not dictate jail, courthouse location

I can't believe the arrogance of the County Board of Supervisors and the County manager.

County can fund jail, courthouse without tax increase

County can fund jail, courthouse without tax increase

Thanks for the donations

First of all I want to thank the Pine-Strawberry School for use of the kitchen, cafeteria and all of the staff that volunteered and worked.

Shame on runners for not using trash receptacles

I just returned from a walk around the area near my home after theim Country Challengeun was held this morning and picked up at least 7 drinking cups that had been discarded along Longhorn Road between Payson Parkway and Lakeshore Drive during the run.

Community theater would add to cultural life

We watched the Zane Grey Mystery Theater come to life during Payson's 125th Anniversary celebration

Study aims to improve business-town relations

Interim town manager to review study with Payson department managers

The relationship between local businesses and their town department counterparts is on its way to running smoother.

Vote-by-mail requests due by Oct. 26

Payson resident Rich Aprile said he has always received early ballots through the mail automatically for elections in the past.

Council to decide fate of YMCA; temporary sign code

Thursday's Payson Town Council meeting will discuss topics at the very heart of the small-town community.

Gem Hunters

Payson schools to observe half-day Oct. 24

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Workshop offers tips on real estate investing

Payson area residents interested in learning about real estate investing, or want to acquire more knowledge on the subject, now have a resource.

With beauty comes responsibility

It was getting hot again. The cool rain from an hour before and our time spent frolicking in the box canyon on Christopher Creek were all but memories.

Bowling scores

Sixth-graders win large school cross-country title

A contingent of eight dedicated sixth-grade girls stamped themselves a cross-country force to be reckoned with.

Friday, October 12

Longhorns Fall to Yellowjackets 34 to 3

Payson Longhorns move to 5 and 3 after a one-side defeat to the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets.

Thursday, October 11

Police arrest three on drug charges

Three Payson residents were arrested Sunday on various drug charges, including selling marijuana.


Prolonging, promoting the past

The life of Babe Haught is the stuff legends are made of.

Trunk or Treat

Halloween happenings, Rim-style

Trunk or Treat does come first.

Shelter needs food, toys, blankets

Payson resident flown to Valley after accident near Rye

A Payson resident had to be airlifted to the Valley after suffering chest injuries in an accident on Highway 87 near Rye.

Payson artist featured in Illinois fashion show

Leslie Peacock of Payson is one of the featured artists.

Chili Challenge a success, next up is Fall Fest

The weather is glorious. Hopefully we all have time to spend a little time outside enjoying it.

Courage for Children awarded to CASAs

We will call her "Caroline," and although she is not real, her story is a composite of many true stories.

Rockin' on the Rim with the annual gem show

Russ Stewart can read through rock.

Church briefs

True Beauty program

Learn to cook a turkey the Dutch oven way

Rim Country cooks can learn to wow their friends with an old style of cooking with a Western flavor.

Heritage Cake for town's anniversary weighed in at 200 pounds

The ingredients for the 125th anniversary cake included 39 cake mixes, 15 pounds of butter cream, 12 pounds of filling and 35 pounds of rolled fondant

Vern Randall estimated the cake he and his family made for the 125th Anniversary of Payson weighed about 200 pounds and took them 50 hours to complete.

Lutheran Good Samaritan Society marks 85 years

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society marks an important milestone this year.

It was a thrill to see the elk

Payson Roundup outdoor columnist and former PHS coaching legend Dennis Pirch penned an article Sept. 28, in which he wrote, "the older I get, the more the simple pleasures of the outdoors seem to fascinate me."

Lobo-Horn rivalry continues to sizzle

Mike Loutzenheiser might have said it best.

Peterson, Torrens win women's golf titles

Karen Peterson and Susan Torrens swung their way to gold medals during the playing of Payson Women's Golf Association Club Championship.

Longhorns face challenge against top-ranked Blue Ridge

Payson High School football players are tonight facing a challenge of power, passion and glory.

Junior hunters learn ethical, safe hunting procedures

The West is synonymous with wide open spaces and big-game hunting in the fall

Rim Country man shoots way to national record

Rim Country rifleman Pat Taylor, shot his way to a gold medal and a national record.

11 teams take part in anniversary golf tourney

Eleven teams participated in the 125th Anniversary Golf Tournament, a benefit for the Northern Gila County Historical Society on Oct. 5.

Dog Day in the Park

Dog Day in the Park is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park.

Save early, often -- and wisely -- for college

It's that time of year when college students reach for their backpacks and head back to campus.

Village celebrates lives well lived

It has been another beautiful week in Tonto Village.

Neighbors decorate for Halloween in Christopher Creek

Recently it was archery season for bull elk and Dewey Malmin of Hunter Creek and some friends headed up towards Hannagen Meadows for their Hunt.

The most forgettable charactor I ever met

He was Jewish, 50 or so, with a soft paunch, rounded shoulders, jet-black hair, and lifeless eyes the same color as his hair.

Poker tourney nets Optimists $3,500

The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino's first Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament generated $3,500 for the Rim Country Optimist Club.

Plane makes emergency landing near Strawberry

A private plane was forced to make a hard landing west of Pine last Saturday.

Show Low resident injured in rollover accident

A Show Low resident was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident Wednesday, resulting in minor injuries to the driver.

Merlin Duane Vietor

Merlin Duane Vietor, 68, died Oct. 4, 2007.







Connolly, Seymore engaged

Celebrating 50 years

Community asked to bail out volunteer for Jerry's Kids

Gila Community College's audio visual equipment staff member LQ Harris III might have to stay in "jail" for Jerry's Kids if friends, acquaintances and strangers cannot help him make bail.

Mixed-media art at reception Saturday

Cowboys and cowgirls discreetly dance across an acrylic desert in one of Brenda Baker's paintings at Artists of the Rim Gallery.

Senior Circle shred-a-thon called a big success

The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle Shred-a-thon was a big success.

Mayor answers attack on council by Gordon Gartner

In the Oct. 5 Guest Comment in the Roundup, Mr. Gordon Gartner wrongly attacked me and Councilperson Connell.

District moving forward on school projects

On Oct. 3,, the Payson Unified School District Governing Board held a special meeting to receive updated cost estimates.

Depth of water talks too shallow

It appears the towns of Payson and Star Valley are determined to fight about who's right or wrong on the Tower Well, until death do them part.


Reasons to oppose courthouse-jail plan

Tanker crash most likely driver error

The cause of a deadly and road-charring gasoline tanker crash on Highway 87 three weeks ago was the result of driver error.


Star Valley report claims water wrongdoings

A report released by the Star Valley Water Coalition claims the Town of Payson is violating its own policy by pumping the Tower Well.

Tourism director selected

Cameron Davis will start Nov. 1

Payson will soon be able to put a face with the name of its newest department head.

School project now has $1.4 million surplus

Creative design changes on school projects save construction money

After some creative adjustments to designs for improvement projects at two of its schools, Payson Unified School District now has a surplus of nearly $1.4 million in its bond construction budget.

Mayor takes aim at county jail proposal

Mayor Bob Edwards has three problems with the county's proposal for justice facilities in Payson.

Tuesday, October 9

Payson perfect for Summer Theater


By the time you read this, the play will have "gone dark" as they say in show business.

Hearty fare for cooler nights


With cooler nights, adding a blanket to our beds has made it nice and cozy. I am usually in bed by 9 p.m. with a good book to relax from the events of the day.

Rockin' on the Rim


Russ Stewart can read through rock. No, he does not have Superman's X-ray vision (although he does have a hat, because, he said, "every hunk has to have a hat.")

East Verde and Indian Hill


When the Tonto Apaches returned to their homeland in the Payson area, they made camps at locations used by their forefathers.

Movie review: The Kingdom

A worthwhile movie to see

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is where this movie gets its name and where the storyline takes place. But a substantial part of the filming was actually done in our beloved state of Arizona (the city of Gilbert is mentioned in the ending credits).

Quilt Raffle Winner feels pretty lucky

Taking a careful look at the 125th Anniversary quilt she won JoAnn Wegenke, center, admires the craftsmanship and detail of the heirloom

Movie review: The Brave One

A good movie to rent

"The Brave One" is about a woman, Erica Bane, losing her soon-to-be-wed husband by a couple of street thugs.

Vibrant colors with both paintbrush and needle, thread, fabric


When Jan Ransom is in a creative mood she might have a paintbrush poised in her hand over a choice of watercolors or she might be easing a quilting needle through fabric and batting.

Monday, October 8

Town council not solving problems

We need to congratulate our Mayor and Town Council for their forward thinking and financial planning.

Top fiddlers crowned in Payson

The Vertielee Floyd Memorial 37th Annual Arizona Old time Fiddlers Contest drew the state's best talent to the Rim Country.

Community health, care fair planned for November

A Community Health and Care Fair will be held in November for residents throughout the Rim Country.

Voter information pamphlet out of balance

It seems to me that the Gila County elections department Voter Informational Pamphlet for the upcoming election is a bit slanted, instead of being impartial.

Disaster assistance available

Small, non-farm businesses in 15 Arizona counties may now apply for low-interest disaster loans.

Young roofing contractor joins Rim contractor ranks

Ruff Roofing, Inc. joins contractor ranks of the Rim Country.

First State Bank opens branch in Payson

First State Bank is cracking open the vault doors of a new branch on Oct. 12 in the Rim Country Mall shopping center next to Sears.

Forgiveness theme of domestic violence walk

To forgive and go on with life or not to forgive and not heal?

Pine cook-off

"Yep, that's good," say Rim Country residents, as they sampled a bowl full of red-hot chili.

Shooting demos

A member of the Arizona Mounted Shooter Association demonstrated the sport during an exhibition at the Payson Event Center Sunday.

Wildings permits available

FLAGSTAFF -- Wildings permits, which authorize collecting live plants and trees from National Forest lands for personal use, are available on the Peaks Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

Lady horns run to falcon honors

At the Alchesay Invitational on Oct. 5 in Whiteriver, five Lady Longhorn cross-country runners shined.

Two Payson martial arts fighters going pro

A pair of Rim Country mixed martial arts fighters are about to test their skills on the professional fight scene.

Elks keep Longhorns winless in East region

A gut-wrenching 26-23 loss to the Round Valley Elks has put a huge dent in the Longhorns hopes to finish among the East region's top three and earn an advantageous playoff slot.

Lady Longhorns seek to keep Cougars caged

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team will be packing their brooms to Show Low today, Tuesday, hoping for a clean sweep over the region rival Cougars.

Low-cost spay, neuter clinic coming to Payson

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson, by the Plateau Land Mobile Clinic, associated with the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff.

125th celebration brought out the best for residents, visitors

"The 125th parade was the most beautiful I have ever seen in Payson," Anna Mae Deming said.

Help on the way for center that helps so many

Grant, town money, donations, businesses will make repairs possible at Payson Senior Center

More than 125 seniors rely on the Payson Senior Center for meals on a daily basis. The transportation services provide hundreds of rides to immobile seniors each month -- 719 in the month of August alone. The center hosts activities, congregate meals and provides a place for camaraderie.

Despite rain, wind and cold weather, 125th celebration was all fun

Intermittent rain did not keep attendees from having fun at the 125th's community picnic on Main Street Thursday evening.

Senior center couple finds love

In a display of gentle and unassuming affection, Margaret and Henry Henkel never stopped holding hands.

Hardman, Brogan to marry

Bob and Gail Hardman are pleased to announce the wedding of their son, Kelly Joe Hardman of Payson, to Heather Ann Brogan of Chino Valley and Payson.

Heath, Martell wed

In the presence of 200 friends and family, Dana Martell and Nick Heath were married on Aug. 26, 2007.

Robert William Geer

Robert William Geer was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents John and April Geer on Sept. 19, 2007 at 1:43 a.m.

Three die in two accidents on Beeline

Three people died in two separate accidents on Highway 87 Saturday evening, just south of Payson.

Mya Ann Lopez

Mya Ann Lopez was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Charlie and Saundra on Sept. 11, 2007 at 12:28 a.m.

Uncomfortable with mayor, town council decision

I am very uncomfortable with the way Mayor Edwards and three council members sacked our town HR director.

Madison Nicole Sylvester

Madison Nicole Sylvester was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Jason and Shelley on Sept.14, 2007 at 9:47 a.m.

Bradly Taylor Dykhuis

Bradly Taylor Dykhuis was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Robert and Melissa on Sept. 17, 2007 at 7:57 a.m.

Effort to disgrace Petraeus is beyond belief

There are some understandable reasons for opposing the war on terrorism in Iraq.

Photo Gallery: Payson Party Plays the Past

Many townsfolk were involved in celebrating the 125th anniversary of a friendly, progressive and well-situated community. Thank you -- for your efforts, for your vision, for your willingness to walk into the unknown areas and asking how should this be done to best serve the community? It takes courage, a sense of pride and commitment and a love of people to strike out into unchartered waters.

Volunteers needed for Literacy Program

Rim Country Literacy Program needs volunteers to participate in the GED, ESL, FLP programs as tutors. Training and materials are provided.

Editorial board sought

The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from October to February.

Hospice volunteer training scheduled

A Hospice volunteer is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team that contributes to the overall care and support of a terminally ill person and their family.

Three Payson residents arrested on drug charges.

Three Payson residents were arrested Sunday on various drug charges, including selling marijuana.

Charles Roland Clausen

Charles Roland Clausen, 88, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2007.

Robert E. Cotton

Robert E. Cotton died Oct. 7, 2007 at John C. Lincoln North.

Gene Autry

Gene Autry, 76, of Payson, Ariz. and formerly of Carlsbad, N.M., died Oct. 3, 2007 in Phoenix.

Lee, Annes to wed

Don and Pam McDaniel and Ron and Shari Lee announce the upcoming marriage of their son, Justin Morgan Lee to Stefanie Marie Annes, the daughter of William and Beverly Annes.

Court and jail needed

After listening to the discussion at a recent forum, I came to believe that the citizens on the Advisory Committee who studied the situation for several months did "due diligence" on the two major issues of concern, location and financing.

Power points to determine payoff for PHS

Longhorn fans, players, administrators and coaches are taking a closer look at the new power points system.

Can't compare Clinton to Petraeus

Regarding a letter of Sept. 21 and the comparison of President Clinton and General Petraeus.

Christensen, Long engaged

Steve and Karen Christensen are excited to announce the engagement of their son, Casey, to Emily Long of Snyder, Texas.

Konopnicki may seek seat in Congress

Bill Konopnicki, who represents District 5 in Arizona, said he wants to see a pipeline built to bring a reliable source of water to Payson, Pine and Strawberry.

Alarmed at elimination of Payson's HR position

I am concerned about the elimination of the HR Director position in the Town of Payson.

Humane society thanks all who helped with dance

The Board of Directors and the friends of the Payson Humane Society would like to thank all of the wonderful people who made our Sept. 14 dance such a great success.

Hike down Grand Canyon benefits orphanage

A dry place to rest, a stomach full of hot food to soothe hunger, and a warm bed to sleep in doesn't sound like too much to ask from life to most people.

From Payson to Torgau students are learning

The German students who were exchanging letters for a couple of years with students at Julia Randall Elementary School are still having fun, as they master English.

Expect smoke on Rim from Rx burns

Beginning this morning, Tuesday, the Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns on up to 400 acres northwest of Whispering Pines.

Thursday, October 4

Thanks for all the help

With another year and 670 dozen enchiladas under our belts, we want toonce again recognize the generosity ofur community.

Young women take fund-raising into their own hands


The Payson Humane Society would like to thank Sarah Fish and Alysha Johnson for providing a donation of $557 to our cause.

Keep pets away from the Halloween stash

Here are some helpful hints for dog and cat owners.

Church briefs

True Beauty is a special, free clinic for pre-teen and teenage girls. Its purpose is to introduce and/or reinforce Biblical standards about issues young girls face in their daily lives such as self-esteem, purity, modesty, relationships, and choices.

Local poet makes it in music business


A small, conservative town in rural Arizona might seem like an unlikely place to produce the inspiration for some rock 'n' roll hits.

Audrie Harrison: A man of flight and fine art

Audrie Harrison is a soft-spoken, modest man. He has also had quite an adventurous life.

Old family recipes help celebrate Payson's 125th

The following are the best four recipes submitted to the Payson Roundup in our recent call for old family recipes.

June Stewart

June Stewart, a longtime resident of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2007 in Sun City, Ariz.

Maurine "Mo" (Booher) Schiesser

Maurine "Mo" (Booher) Schiesser, 82, died Sept. 28, 2007.

Eunice Little

Eunice Little died Oct. 1, 2007 in Payson. She was born in Polk County, Ark. in 1915. She lived many years in the San Francisco Bay area and 16 years in Payson.

John Edward Eagar

John Edward Eagar, a resident of Mesa, died Oct. 3, 2007 at the age of 90. He was born Dec. 6, 1916, in St. Johns, Ariz., to John Edward Eagar and Louisa Jane Brown, and graduated from high school in St. Johns.

Eleanor Suzanne Biggs

Eleanor Suzanne Biggs died Oct. 3, 2007 in Payson. She was born Sept. 25, 1930 in Elbridge, Ill. to Hartvig and Nina Lukken.

Elmer Axelson

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

Community college enrollment on the increase

New Gila Community College dean now on campus

Pamela Butterfield told the Gila County Community College Board of Supervisors she fears the campus could run short of classroom space due to increased enrollment this year.

What you don't know WILL hurt you


If ever there was an expression which was dead wrong, it's this one: What you don't know won't hurt you.

Flooding issues top priority list for town

Task force created to study community's flood water issues

Star Valley knows the somber feeling of a rainy day.

Humane society needs donations for annual chili supper

The Friends of the Payson Humane Society are gearing up for their 11th annual Chili Supper, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4:30 -7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.

Town needs to care of runoff problems

Thank you, God, for the rain, but three inches of rain, all at one time, is just too much. When is the town going to figure out what to do about all of the water coming down Granite Dells and Bentley streets when it rains?

It is important to heed ‘check engine' light warning

For the past several years, I have been reading reports in the Roundup of auto accidents occurring in the Payson area, where the authorities are unable to resolve what caused them.

Voting information pamphlet being distributed

Hello, again. After giving you a month to think about and discuss the aim, the situation and the factors surrounding the proposed new Public Safety Facilities for Gila County, I'd like to take up where we left off.

Internet scams come in different forms -- be careful with your money

Every day there are new scams on the Internet. Many of these come right to your e-mail inbox -- all promising untold riches or easy ways to make money right from your home.

Whatzit winner

Roundup editor Tom Brossart gives a happy Lynn Green a $200 check for being the first person to identify the building in our WHATZIT contest as the old Julia Randall School Rock Building.

Scholarships available through Gila Community College

Gila Community College has several scholarships available for students

Local authors to spin yarns at 125th

Return to the days when grandma kept her wooden matchsticks in empty baking powder cans in Bettie Kohl Adams' book "The Kohl's Ranch Story."

It was a cool, crisp lovely Oktoberfest at Creekside


This last weekend was the first Oktoberfest for Creekside Steakhouse.

Deadline to register to vote is Monday

The deadline to register in the upcoming county election is Monday.

Still plenty of birthday events on the schedule

There are still at least 125 moments over the weekend to find fun at the 125th Anniversary of Payson celebration:

IRA and 401(k) is maxed out? Options:

Many Rim Country residents rely on their IRAs and 401(k) plans to help them pay for their retirement years.

Woman loses money to web scam

An unsuspecting Payson resident has fallen prey to the worldwide plague of Internet scams. The Payson woman received an e-mail from a David Smith, representing a fraudulent company calling itself Noble Textiles Ltd., out of London.

There is great fishing during the fall months


With fall in the air, the cooler daytime temperatures are a welcome event at the 5,000 to 6,000 feet elevation in the Rim Country.

PHS cross-country teams struggling

Without talented, veteran runners to buoy the team, the Longhorn cross-country squads struggled through an annual showdown in which PHS has traditionally shown well.

$1.3 million in marijuana plants seized

Raid nets two adults and one juvenile on conspiracy charge, plus 8,000 plants

A pair of illegal immigrants and a juvenile are being held in Gila County jails charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

Biggest contest fish caught by Bill Walton

Bill M. Walton fished his way to first-place showings in the "largest fish and "most weight" division of the Payson Community Christian School Fall Classic trout tournament.

Special Olympic bowling program can use some volunteers

All persons interested in participating in Payson's Special Olympic bowling program should visit Rim Country Lanes, 1109 N. Beeline, at 3 p.m. any upcoming Monday.

Longhorns' postseason fate hangs on Round Valley

The postseason fate of the Longhorn football team hinges on the outcome of today's (Friday) East region battle against the Round Valley Elks.

Teen takes up sport to help the team

If there is a feel-good story at Payson High School, its starring character is Keisha Waterman.

Tonto National Forest restricts all motorized access on Canyon Lake

The Tonto National Forest has implemented temporary restrictions on access to Canyon Lake during the SRP drawdown.

Community picnic and good pies

The main two events for the 125th Anniversary Thursday night started and ended with rain, but not too many people left after they discovered the fun being had by those who came out for the festivities.

Identification of highway worker, struck and killed on Beeline Tuesday, is released

Maria De Losangeles, 48, a contract employee for the Arizona Department of Transportation, was removing trash and debris from the highway next to the high-speed lane when she was struck and killed.

Fire department merger under discussion


A very important workshop was held at the Diamond Star Fire Department this past Tuesday.

Chili Challenge and Oktoberfest in Pine on Saturday


Don't miss a fun opportunity to taste some of the best chili in these parts. The first-ever Chili Challenge will be tomorrow, Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. under the ramada at the Pine Community Center.

Tribal recognition celebration is Saturday

Join the Tonto Apache Tribe this weekend after Payson's 125th Anniversary events on Saturday to help celebrate the 35th Annual Tonto Apache Tribal Recognition Days.

Longhorns take third place in invitational

Aaron Loeffler's sliding kick between a pair of Snowflake defenders lifted the Longhorns to a 2-1 victory over the Lobos and a third-place finish in the Pioneer Title Invitational Soccer Tournament.

Former chief says there is a breakdown in town ordinances by council members

Last Friday, Sept. 28, the Town of Payson experienced a breakdown of our ordinances committed by members of our own town council.

Wednesday, October 3

To the Citizens of Payson:

It is time to hear the truth! Are you aware of what is going on down at Town Hall?

Beer & Brats at the museum

The Northern Gila County Historical Society held the first event of the week long celebration of the Payson's 125th Anniversary.

Tuesday, October 2

The return home


As the 19th century entered its last decade, military control over the San Carlos Reservation became lax. Tonto and Yavapai families were free to return to the places they called home, and this usually meant returning to the places where their fathers had been born.

Delightful dishes for Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest celebrations are the theme of this edition of the Review (at least in regard to the feature and our recipe page).

Victories come in all sizes


Sept. 23 marked the first day of fall. The mind generally drifts to cooler temperatures and the upcoming holidays in conjunction with the new season.

Artist lets medium dictate work


"I don't count beads, I just flow," Gwen Storybead said.

Passenger aircraft in our future


You may have read about some of the new aircraft headed our way.

Movie review: Shoot 'Em Up

Not for fans of realism

While "Shoot 'Em Up" is not likely to garner any motion picture award nominations this year, it could very well win a prize for having a title that so aptly describes what you are about to see.

Movie review: Sydney White

A fun, girls' night movie

One dark and stormy night, I set out for the movie theater to see "Sydney White."

Oktoberfest: Any way you spell it = FUN


Oktoberfests may bring to mind many large, ornately decorated mugs held by a comely barmaid, filled to the brim with beer.

Monday, October 1

Queen and King

Courtney Morris was crowned Payson High School 2007 homecoming queen and B.J. Hill was named the king, during a ceremony Friday night.


Leigh DeChaine entertains the crowd with a typical German flair at Creekside Restaurant in Christopher Creek during their Oktoberfest on Saturday.

Rock building meeting produces no solution

A lack of consensus, as to who could occupy the rock building at Julia Randall Elementary School, marked a meeting between the Town of Payson, the Northern Gila County Historical Society and representatives of the Cowboy Hall of Fame board.

Outdoor movie at the park was fun

On Saturday night, Sept. 29, our family attended the outdoor movie night at Green Valley Park. What fun!

County government must live within its means

Because there has been so much discussion regarding the County Board of Supervisors' proposed tax increase and their stated promise to use the tax to build and upgrade facilities, I feel it is time I address this issue. I am doing it in three parts 1) Relationship with the County, 2) The Proposed Tax Increase and 3) Facilities and Location. This article addresses the tax increase.

The great Pine water conspiracy

I am a former resident of Pine and was one of the original board members of the PSWID, when it was first formed.

Consider any donation to carefully

In response to the letter, I find it amusing that when finally the right expresses outrage at yet another blatant attack on the left, they are the ones to whimper and cry outheir complaints.

125th events promise to be a celebration to remember

A bit less than a year ago, someone came up with an idea. Maybe it went something like this: If Payson had a birthday cake, it would have 125 candles on it in the year 2007.

Writer wants 'yes' vote on county complex

This is short and sweet. I highly encourage every voter in Payson to vote "yes" for the half percent county tax increase to build the new county complex on their property, in Payson. A half a percentage point is meaningless.

Woman feels discriminated against

After two and a half months of feeling slight discrimination, today was the final straw.

Jury finds man guilty of negligent homicide

Robert L. Slover, 68 was found guilty Thursday on one count of negligent homicide and two counts of misdemeanor DUI, in the death of William D. Wardell, 66, of Payson.

Former CFO questions practices of mayor, council

Illegal meetings, unethical replacement of town employees and questionable hiring practices are among the accusations against Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and the town council.

Mayor wants to keep cowboy factor in Payson

Keeping the "wow factor" in Payson was one of Mayor Bob Edwards' key topics when he addressed chamber members at their quarterly Eggs and Issues meeting Wednesday.

No decision on Pine water issues

After two days of hearings, they are continued until November

PHOENIX -- Residents in the Pine and Strawberry area, hoping for a quick resolution to the latest issue before the state on the Pine Water Company, should probably sit back. It might not be over until sometime in 2008.

Beeline closed at Bush Highway turnoff

Worker struck by vehicle dies, northbound lane closed

The northbound left lane of travel on Highway 87, near milepost 184, has been closed this morning, Tuesday, for an indefinite period of time.

Payson Pink Lady Bugs hosting hot dog and brats at Wal-Mart

The Payson Pink Lady Bugs will be hosting a hot dog and brats on Friday and Saturday-Oct. 6-7 beginning at 9 a.m., along with a fabulous bake salet the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Blue's Dog Walk will help Pine-Strawberry school, humane society

Calling all two-legged, 4-four-legged and kids of all ages. Come to the Pine Trailhead on Saturday Oct. 13 for the first annual Blue's Dog Walk.

Longtime chairman of Green Valley redevelopment committee resigns

Dick Wolfe, a man who was instrumental in starting the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee in 1998, resigned in September.

Firewise Day at East Verde Park to feature Jim Paxon on Oct. 13

The second annual East Verde Park Firewise Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 with Jim Paxon, the fire guy, speaking at 1 p.m. at the clubhouse.

There's no gathering like this one on Main

There is no place like Main Street on the first Friday of the month.

Kindermusik registration

Kindermusik incorporates the most current research on early childhood development. In a Kindermusik class, licensed educators lead a group of parents and their children through joyful activities, using music and movement.

Participants gear up for challenge

Finely conditioned long distance runners, 5K joggers, struggling ground pounders and elementary school students are gearing up for Rim Country Challenge.

Different slant of sun, weather changes welcome


Fall's call -- soft, subtle but insistent, autumn urges us outdoors to enjoy its splendor.

County proposal for new facilities is flawed

Since attending the presentation of the proposed Jail/Courthouse buildings, I have been doing some nonprofessional sampling of public opinion here in Payson.

October's artistic gathering at Down the Street

Beading is not just a thing Gwen Storybead does -- It is art.

Payson cowboys and cowgirls win prizes at junior rodeo

Eleven participants from Payson tore it up at the Junior Rodeo last weekend in Queen Creek.

Special Olympics athletes featured in DVD

Payson's most accomplished Special Olympics athlete, David Frohme, and several of his teammates are prominently featured on a first ever SO Arizona Promotion DVD.

Sludge to the Judge

Payson's Jimmy Behrens ran to a 20th-place finish in the annual Sludge to the Judge Homecoming run Sept. 28, covering the course in 15:49.

Recreation Roundup

Come learn the essentials of mountain biking.

Middle school student finishes 2nd in national golf tourney

When Thanksgiving rolls around, the Brent Cannon family probably won't be watching the traditional turkey day football games on television.

Two-man Rim Country golf teams off to state tourney

A pair of Rim Country two-man golf teams has qualified to represent the Payson Men's Golf Association in the upcoming Arizona State championship tournament.

Mistakes help Show Low spoil homecoming

Horns lose first game of the year

The ominous disease "homecoming-itis" has played cruel tricks on impressionable young high school football players.

A close look

Renee Stevens and her husband, Bill, check out the charm bracelets at the Arts and Crafts Bazaar held at the county building in Payson Sept. 29 and 30.

Blues artist Margo Reed to perform at church

Margo Reed will be performing at the Community Presbyterian Church on Oct. 14.

Low-cost spay, neuter clinic coming to town

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson, by the Plateau Land Mobile Clinic, associated with the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff.

Customers rank National Bank of Arizona Best in The West

National Bank of Arizona of Payson, has won top business banking awards from trusted financial consulting and research powerhouse, Greenwich Associates.

Casino joins with Cowboys for Optimist Club

The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino is again stepping up to the plate for the community.

German youth is newest PHS exchange student

Payson High School gained a musician when 16-year-old foreign exchange student Joshua Hegenauer from Germany joined its ranks at the beginning of the school year.

Bank starts elder services asset management services for clients

Wells Fargo is bringing its Elder Services program -- a unique set of financial, personal and life management services to help elderly clients -- to greater Arizona.

Senior Center Activities for October

Mondays: Music Makers 9 a.m.; Bridge Play 12:45 p.m.; Canasta 12:30 p.m.