Tuesday, October 30
Those who have participated in previous Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad/Poker Runs know what great fun they can be.
Advertising folks can tell you that it is Anticipation without a doubt.
A Globe woman allegedly tried to shoot and kill her mother last week.
Liberty and Akasha have returned to center stage.
Meet Ted Blaylock in our cover story.
First Friday Art and Antiques Walk Nov. 2
Friday, Nov. 2, the place to walk is Payson's Main Street.
In 1969, Ted Blaylock put his journeyman's card away forever.
It's not often when the sequel outdoes its predecessor, but I think we may have that here with "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."
Chapter 48 - The History of the Tonto Apaches
It was simply called "The Camp," located in the Tonto National Forest south of Payson.
As an internist at Mount Sinai hospital in Chicago, Albert Goldman carried a knife and a stone in his pocket.
A few days ago I ran across a cruise that is priced so low it reminds one of the 1970s
Monday, October 29
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.
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.
Legend dictates vampires cannot revel in daylight, lest they be destroyed.
Donna June Chapla, 86, died Oct. 23, 2007
Elna Clarice Shocklee died Oct. 25, 2007
California-type fire not likely here
Smoke from the Haigler Fire, east of Payson, could be seen as far south as milepost marker 237.
Chef Jorge de la Torre brought new taste sensations to the palates of culinary art students at Payson High School.
Silversmith Tim Hummer's and surrealistic painter Albert Goldman's passion for art has not faded since childhood.
"Why are we even discussing new jails and courts at this time?"
Population-growth pressure has been building on the Justice Center issue for almost a decade.
I am outraged by all this negative nonsense running through Payson regarding the building of a new jail (a courthouse) "etc."
Halloween is upon is.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will bring the Pine water hearing to the residents of the community
Payson's newest volunteer group has been corralled to see to it that the Payson Event Center is all that it can be.
Two ballot measures and seven days will determine the fate of the proposed county jail and courthouse improvements.
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.
Standings and scores, as of Oct. 18, week 7 of 33.
On Oct. 13 and 14, the Tonto Rim Sports Club hosted the Payson Silhouette Championship.
Julia Randall Elementary shows biggest increase
For the first time since 2005, enrollment at Payson schools is on the uptrend.
It'll be déjvu all over again for the Lady Longhorns when the team opens state tournament play Friday at Peoria High School.
Friday, October 26
Arizona's Rim Country is a popular with Valley dwellers in the summer, but its autumn charms may be unfamiliar.
Almost 30 years of frustration was erased Friday evening in Payson High School stadium
All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail riding has grown in the last decade to become an immensely popular sport on the Rim Country recreational scene.
The Boy Scout motto of "Be Prepared" is the best advice ATV riders should heed before heading out.
October 2007 marks the one-year anniversary of the Tonto Pass and many recreationers are still having trouble using it properly.
Welcome to one of the loveliest places in the land -- the Mogollon Rim area of the Tonto National Forest.
The diverse ecosystems of the Rim Country provide the opportunity to view a surprising number of birds.
Located within three miles of Shoofly Village are 40 other sites.
The big attraction of the Rim Country is the scenic beauty along the roadways, hiking and ATV trails.
Winding along and parallel to its namesake, the Horton Creek trail traverses a variety of landscapes.
The Pine Canyon Trail (Forest Service #26) can be accessed from two points.
Located a few miles southeast of the center of Payson is an area known locally as the Granite Dells.
The Tonto National Forest is one of the largest in the country.
Thursday, October 25
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.
School lunches (and breakfasts) are not what they used to be.
Clouds are building over the fields.
Residents of Verde and Salt Watersheds can check river flows, rainfall
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.
Winterizing a home can save money and keep you warmer this winter
Remember last winter and all those sky-high utility bills?
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.
The road curved slightly to the left and a row of trees hid the stars.
The proper care for houseplants and creating a dish garden are among the topics presented by Debbee McDonald
Have you ever been in a cliff dwelling at night?
A state of emergency exists in the tiny bedroom community of Collins Ranch.
As a society, we have grown accustomed to instant gratification.
This is a big weekend in Pine.
Where were you when the lights went out on Halloween?
Our lives today are rushed.
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.
Almost five months of grueling practice paid huge dividends for the Payson Special Olympic Team at the Arizona State Fall Games.
The Longhorn soccer team springs into state tournament action at 3 p.m. today, Friday, in Tempe against Wilcox.
Payson Men's Golf Association members are swinging their way into the Thanksgiving spirit by participating in a Turkey Shoot.
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.
It took Payson pro angler Clifford Pirch five attempts before he finally won the prestigious WON Bass U.S. Open.
Snowflake Lobos have been thorns in Horns' hooves for the past 28 years.
The Payson Fire Department has sent a crew of firefighters to assist with the fires in southern California this week.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Board heard complaints from its members during an open general meeting Wednesday.
Leslie (Les) Stephen Reese died Sept. 28, 2007, from injuries sustained in an accident.
Kenneth Charles Hartnell, died in a tragic accident Friday, Oct. 19.
Betty J. George, age 85, died Oct. 19, 2007.
Jackie Bond has chipped away at her art for 18 years.
Tristan Lee Johnson
Mrs. Karen Burback and Mr. Kim Siegfried would like to announce the marriage of their son, Patrick Joseph Siegfried, to Teresa Lauren Nocella.
Four generations of the Foss family.
Fred Carpenter, retired town manager of Payson, is Gila County's representative to the 91st Arizona Town Hall.
The smoke from two fires burning north and east of Payson has caused smoky conditions for residents of Christopher Creek and Tonto Basin.
Naturally at Payson Humane Society we prefer that pets be adopted and taken to a loving home.
Payson has been hit by a rash of commercial and residential burglaries lately.
Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has a new owner.
"It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived." --Unknown
The jail -- don't let the mayor or his friends make up your minds for you on this matter.
I have given my letter the title of "whom do you trust?"
It seems there may be some confusion about the real issue on the upcoming ballot concerning the county jail/courthouse complexes.
Every year, the Arizona Department of Education assigns Performance Labels to each public and charter school in the state.
At least two members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District are complaining.
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.
There are costume contests around, if not every corner, many corners in the Rim Country from now until All Hallow's Eve.
A 13-member volunteer group composed of residents representing various entities within Gila County was appointed to research the need for improved county facilities.
Thirteen Gila County residents volunteered their time for the Gila County Facilities Planning Committee.
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.
Tina Bruess was relieved of her duties as director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, as of Wednesday morning.
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.
Tuesday, October 23
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.
Smoke from two fires has combined to create smoky conditions.
Monday, October 22
A bank account has been opened for Korbyn Robert Cotton, the son of Robert E. Cotton, of Pine,ho passed away Oct. 7.
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.
How informed are you about flag etiquette?
Standings and scores, as of Oct. 11, week 6 of 33.
Veteran Payson angler John Browning is rounding into one of the most accomplished fishermen on the bass tournament circuit.
The Lady Longhorns are scratching and clawing to earn an East runner-up finish.
The Alchesay Falcons were just the remedy the gridiron doctor prescribed to cure Longhorn ills.
A wrestling program that was once among the finest in small-town America could be facing a rocky future.
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.
East Verde Park, just eight miles northwest of Payson, has a program for being fire-safe.
William Ahrendt, a nationally known artist who resides in Pine, will give an illustrated talk on his practice as a painter of American subjects.
The pawns are in position to defend their queens during Monday and Thursday lunch hours at the Pine Strawberry School.
Rocking chairs and retirement.
We've long heard that "you are what you eat."
Those who have participated in previous Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad/Poker Runs know what great fun they can be.
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.
The following issues pertain to the Gila County Proposal for an expansion of complex and jail facilities, both in Globe and here in Payson.
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.
Vote "No" for the county complex on Main Street with a tax increase.
We need the proposed jail facilities in Payson as soon as they can be constructed.
I am totally disgusted and outraged to learn that our county Board of Supervisors is spending $389,000 just to hold an election.
Yes, we need a new jail and a courthouse.
Kudos to Julia Randall Elementary School for achieving "Excelling" status with the state department of education.
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.
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.
James Clayton Ashby, known by all as Clay, has gone on to tell his colorful stories in heaven.
The second debate regarding the proposed county justice facilities raged on
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.
he Arizona State Fair opened Oct. 12 with rides, exhibits, deep-fried everything and Zack and Mack, "America's favorite two-headed wonder!"
Payson Ranger District fire personnel will continue a two-day prescribed burn north of Payson today.
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.
As you round a bend on Bradshaw Drive in Pine, you might notice an unusual sign
Friday, October 19
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
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.
Register at the parks and recreation office or on site for the tournament.
The fall hunts are in full swing and last weekend was the official opening for quail as well as turkey.
Lady Longhorn hopes for a top-three East region finish and an advantageous seed into the postseason received a huge boost
After playing three consecutive games against state top-five ranked teams, the Longhorns will receive a much needed schedule break tonight, Friday, in Whiteriver.
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.
Barbara Ganz has announced her ensuing departure from Payson.
Julius A. Eisenschenk, 66, of Payson, died Oct. 15, 2007.
Mark Talbot Stabnau, of Star Valley., died Sept. 26, 2007 in Payson.
Dan Carrell, 60, of Payson, died Oct. 11, 2007 in Phoenix.
The Second Annual October-fest at the Merritt Center is a benefit for the center's returning vets program.
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.
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.
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
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.
Masked, costumed adults have a chance to kick up their heels for a good cause Saturday night.
Regarding the upcoming vote on enlarged, modernized jail and courtroom facilities for Gila County
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.
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.
Space for Crafters still available
Safeway will sponsor a breast cancer awareness craft and art fair.
The arts and craft show and barbecue at the Payson Masonic Hall this weekend is the biggest they have ever organized.
Petitioners seek to recall four members of Pine water board
Efforts to recall members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District are proceeding.
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.
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.
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.
A little bit of the old West was spotted in Tonto Village Tuesday afternoon.
Thirty-seven women attended the Ninth Annual Ladies Retreat last Wednesday at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship.
Who likes to talk about insurance? Very few people.
Miniature Horses are versatile.
Middle and high school age artists have a chance to win $50.
Beginning this past, Tuesday, the Forest Service started conducting prescribed burns.
Ex-Longhorn Kevin Allen is playing well for the Thunderbirds.
For those who love the fall, the Rim Country is full of color.
Wednesday, October 17
Tuesday, October 16
A crisp autumn evening is the perfect time to enjoy these sweet-and-sour apple pork chops.
I have a teacup Chihuahua named Cally and she is a riot.
Batik is a primitive, messy and earthy art form.
Smoke north of Payson can be attributed to prescribed burns on the Payson Ranger District.
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.
Find better use for your time
No animals, I was assured as the credits rolled, were harmed in the making of this film.
While it might seem that in some stores, Christmas decorations are trying to edge out Halloween, Trunk or Treat does come first.
In the 1960s Payson had a role in the Cold War.
My dearest and best friend Cynde Paveglio is here for a visit.
Monday, October 15
October marks the one-year anniversary of the Tonto Pass and many recreationers are still having trouble using it properly.
The state will have its first formal hearing on the K2 well next week.
Thursday's Payson Town Council meeting will discuss topics at the very heart of the small-town community.
Payson resident Rich Aprile said he has always received early ballots through the mail automatically for elections in the past.
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.
We watched the Zane Grey Mystery Theater come to life during Payson's 125th Anniversary celebration
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.
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.
County can fund jail, courthouse without tax increase
I can't believe the arrogance of the County Board of Supervisors and the County manager.
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?
I am a 10-year veteran long distance over-the-road professional driver of 18-wheel trucks and a 4-year resident of Payson.
Time Out, Inc., Board of Directors would like to thank all of the people who made our Sept. 15 fund-raiser such a success.
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.
Whether around election time or throughout the year, health care is almost always a hot-button issue.
Whatever happened to hairpins and bobby pins?
No matter what your age, keeping your brain sharp and staying on top of things is a concern for many.
To know the art of language is to know the art of civilization.
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".
Tickets are now available for one of the "hottest" events on the calendar.
Commitment to art can come at any age.
The Young Adult Library Services Association will be promoting "Reading for the Fun of it!" to middle and high school age kids this week.
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.
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.
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.
Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Robert Philip Cunningham Jr. died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007
Reno S. Menegon died Oct. 10, 2007.
Marlene Kay Morris, longtime Phoenix resident, and part-time Payson resident, died Aug. 26, 2007.
The answers to the Arizona Cardinals quarterback woes can be found in a snake
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.
Longhorn football coach Josh Anderson isn't ready to throw in the towel.
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.
Former Town of Payson recreation coordinator Mary McMullen has taken on a new challenge.
This program is for boys and girls, ages 6-14.
A contingent of eight dedicated sixth-grade girls stamped themselves a cross-country force to be reckoned with.
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.
Payson area residents interested in learning about real estate investing, or want to acquire more knowledge on the subject, now have a resource.
Friday, October 12
Payson Longhorns move to 5 and 3 after a one-side defeat to the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets.
Thursday, October 11
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."
True Beauty program
Halloween happenings, Rim-style
Trunk or Treat does come first.
The life of Babe Haught is the stuff legends are made of.
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.
Mayor Bob Edwards has three problems with the county's proposal for justice facilities in Payson.
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.
Cameron Davis will start Nov. 1
Payson will soon be able to put a face with the name of its newest department head.
A report released by the Star Valley Water Coalition claims the Town of Payson is violating its own policy by pumping the Tower Well.
The cause of a deadly and road-charring gasoline tanker crash on Highway 87 three weeks ago was the result of driver error.
Reasons to oppose courthouse-jail plan
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.
On Oct. 3,, the Payson Unified School District Governing Board held a special meeting to receive updated cost estimates.
In the Oct. 5 Guest Comment in the Roundup, Mr. Gordon Gartner wrongly attacked me and Councilperson Connell.
The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle Shred-a-thon was a big success.
Russ Stewart can read through rock.
We will call her "Caroline," and although she is not real, her story is a composite of many true stories.
Cowboys and cowgirls discreetly dance across an acrylic desert in one of Brenda Baker's paintings at Artists of the Rim Gallery.
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.
The weather is glorious. Hopefully we all have time to spend a little time outside enjoying it.
Merlin Duane Vietor, 68, died Oct. 4, 2007.
Leslie Peacock of Payson is one of the featured artists.
A Show Low resident was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident Wednesday, resulting in minor injuries to the driver.
Rim Country cooks can learn to wow their friends with an old style of cooking with a Western flavor.
A private plane was forced to make a hard landing west of Pine last Saturday.
The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino's first Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament generated $3,500 for the Rim Country Optimist Club.
Three Payson residents were arrested Sunday on various drug charges, including selling marijuana.
A Payson resident had to be airlifted to the Valley after suffering chest injuries in an accident on Highway 87 near Rye.
He was Jewish, 50 or so, with a soft paunch, rounded shoulders, jet-black hair, and lifeless eyes the same color as his hair.
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.
It has been another beautiful week in Tonto Village.
It's that time of year when college students reach for their backpacks and head back to campus.
Dog Day in the Park is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park.
Eleven teams participated in the 125th Anniversary Golf Tournament, a benefit for the Northern Gila County Historical Society on Oct. 5.
Rim Country rifleman Pat Taylor, shot his way to a gold medal and a national record.
The West is synonymous with wide open spaces and big-game hunting in the fall
Payson High School football players are tonight facing a challenge of power, passion and glory.
Karen Peterson and Susan Torrens swung their way to gold medals during the playing of Payson Women's Golf Association Club Championship.
Mike Loutzenheiser might have said it best.
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society marks an important milestone this year.
Tuesday, October 9
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.
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.
When the Tonto Apaches returned to their homeland in the Payson area, they made camps at locations used by their forefathers.
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.
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).
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.")
Taking a careful look at the 125th Anniversary quilt she won JoAnn Wegenke, center, admires the craftsmanship and detail of the heirloom
EDGE OF PAYSON
By the time you read this, the play will have "gone dark" as they say in show business.
Monday, October 8
Madison Nicole Sylvester was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Jason and Shelley on Sept.14, 2007 at 9:47 a.m.
Three people died in two separate accidents on Highway 87 Saturday evening, just south of Payson.
Rim Country Literacy Program needs volunteers to participate in the GED, ESL, FLP programs as tutors. Training and materials are provided.
The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, from October to February.
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 were arrested Sunday on various drug charges, including selling marijuana.
Charles Roland Clausen, 88, of Payson, died Oct. 4, 2007.
Robert E. Cotton died Oct. 7, 2007 at John C. Lincoln North.
Gene Autry, 76, of Payson, Ariz. and formerly of Carlsbad, N.M., died Oct. 3, 2007 in Phoenix.
I am very uncomfortable with the way Mayor Edwards and three council members sacked our town HR director.
Regarding a letter of Sept. 21 and the comparison of President Clinton and General Petraeus.
There are some understandable reasons for opposing the war on terrorism in Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
Bradly Taylor Dykhuis was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Robert and Melissa on Sept. 17, 2007 at 7:57 a.m.
Mya Ann Lopez was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Charlie and Saundra on Sept. 11, 2007 at 12:28 a.m.
In the presence of 200 friends and family, Dana Martell and Nick Heath were married on Aug. 26, 2007.
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.
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.
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.
Steve and Karen Christensen are excited to announce the engagement of their son, Casey, to Emily Long of Snyder, Texas.
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.
I am concerned about the elimination of the HR Director position in the Town of Payson.
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.
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.
In a display of gentle and unassuming affection, Margaret and Henry Henkel never stopped holding hands.
Beginning this morning, Tuesday, the Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns on up to 400 acres northwest of Whispering Pines.
We need to congratulate our Mayor and Town Council for their forward thinking and financial planning.
Intermittent rain did not keep attendees from having fun at the 125th's community picnic on Main Street Thursday evening.
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.
"The 125th parade was the most beautiful I have ever seen in Payson," Anna Mae Deming said.
The Vertielee Floyd Memorial 37th Annual Arizona Old time Fiddlers Contest drew the state's best talent to the Rim Country.
A Community Health and Care Fair will be held in November for residents throughout the Rim Country.
Small, non-farm businesses in 15 Arizona counties may now apply for low-interest disaster loans.
Ruff Roofing, Inc. joins contractor ranks of the Rim Country.
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.
To forgive and go on with life or not to forgive and not heal?
"Yep, that's good," say Rim Country residents, as they sampled a bowl full of red-hot chili.
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.
A member of the Arizona Mounted Shooter Association demonstrated the sport during an exhibition at the Payson Event Center Sunday.
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.
At the Alchesay Invitational on Oct. 5 in Whiteriver, five Lady Longhorn cross-country runners shined.
A pair of Rim Country mixed martial arts fighters are about to test their skills on the professional fight scene.
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.
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.
Longhorn fans, players, administrators and coaches are taking a closer look at the new power points system.
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.
Thursday, October 4
Here are some helpful hints for dog and cat owners.
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.
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 is a soft-spoken, modest man. He has also had quite an adventurous life.
The following are the best four recipes submitted to the Payson Roundup in our recent call for old family recipes.
June Stewart, a longtime resident of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2007 in Sun City, Ariz.
Maurine "Mo" (Booher) Schiesser, 82, died Sept. 28, 2007.
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.
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, 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 died Oct. 3, 2007 in Payson. She was born Sept. 25, 1930 in Elbridge, Ill. to Hartvig and Nina Lukken.
Elmer Axelson, 97, died Oct. 2, 2007.
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.
If ever there was an expression which was dead wrong, it's this one: What you don't know won't hurt you.
Task force created to study community's flood water issues
Star Valley knows the somber feeling of a rainy day.
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.
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.
With another year and 670 dozen enchiladas under our belts, we want toonce again recognize the generosity ofur community.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gila Community College has several scholarships available for students
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."
This last weekend was the first Oktoberfest for Creekside Steakhouse.
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.
The deadline to register in the upcoming county election is Monday.
A very important workshop was held at the Diamond Star Fire Department this past Tuesday.
There are still at least 125 moments over the weekend to find fun at the 125th Anniversary of Payson celebration:
Many Rim Country residents rely on their IRAs and 401(k) plans to help them pay for their retirement years.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
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.
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.
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.
The postseason fate of the Longhorn football team hinges on the outcome of today's (Friday) East region battle against the Round Valley Elks.
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.
If there is a feel-good story at Payson High School, its starring character is Keisha Waterman.
The Tonto National Forest has implemented temporary restrictions on access to Canyon Lake during the SRP drawdown.
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.
Last Friday, Sept. 28, the Town of Payson experienced a breakdown of our ordinances committed by members of our own town council.
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.
The Payson Humane Society would like to thank Sarah Fish and Alysha Johnson for providing a donation of $557 to our cause.
Wednesday, October 3
It is time to hear the truth! Are you aware of what is going on down at Town Hall?
The Northern Gila County Historical Society held the first event of the week long celebration of the Payson's 125th Anniversary.
Tuesday, October 2
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.
A fun, girls' night movie
One dark and stormy night, I set out for the movie theater to see "Sydney White."
You may have read about some of the new aircraft headed our way.
"I don't count beads, I just flow," Gwen Storybead said.
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.
IN THE KITCHEN
Oktoberfest celebrations are the theme of this edition of the Review (at least in regard to the feature and our recipe page).
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.
Oktoberfests may bring to mind many large, ornately decorated mugs held by a comely barmaid, filled to the brim with beer.
Monday, October 1
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.
Dick Wolfe, a man who was instrumental in starting the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee in 1998, resigned in September.
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.
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.
Beading is not just a thing Gwen Storybead does -- It is art.
Eleven participants from Payson tore it up at the Junior Rodeo last weekend in Queen Creek.
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.
Finely conditioned long distance runners, 5K joggers, struggling ground pounders and elementary school students are gearing up for Rim Country Challenge.
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.
Come learn the essentials of mountain biking.
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.
When Thanksgiving rolls around, the Brent Cannon family probably won't be watching the traditional turkey day football games on television.
Horns lose first game of the year
The ominous disease "homecoming-itis" has played cruel tricks on impressionable young high school football players.
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.
Margo Reed will be performing at the Community Presbyterian Church on Oct. 14.
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.
National Bank of Arizona of Payson, has won top business banking awards from trusted financial consulting and research powerhouse, Greenwich Associates.
The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino is again stepping up to the plate for the community.
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.
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.
Mondays: Music Makers 9 a.m.; Bridge Play 12:45 p.m.; Canasta 12:30 p.m.
Fall's call -- soft, subtle but insistent, autumn urges us outdoors to enjoy its splendor.
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.
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.
On Saturday night, Sept. 29, our family attended the outdoor movie night at Green Valley Park. What fun!
Since attending the presentation of the proposed Jail/Courthouse buildings, I have been doing some nonprofessional sampling of public opinion here in Payson.
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.
I am a former resident of Pine and was one of the original board members of the PSWID, when it was first formed.
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.
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.
After two and a half months of feeling slight discrimination, today was the final straw.
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.
There is no place like Main Street on the first Friday of the month.
Illegal meetings, unethical replacement of town employees and questionable hiring practices are among the accusations against Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and the town council.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.