Wednesday, April 30
Dinner theatre plays again at Main Street Grille
Humor Me has had laughing starts and fits over the past three years, but Kathleen Kelly, Humor Me's leader of slapstick, finally has a group of seven dependable players.
Tuesday, April 29
Artists invite public into creative environments
A plethora of artists call the Rim Country home. Twenty-six local artists will show their work in 17 studios during the ‘Neath the Rim 2008 Open Studio Tour.
Recently I had the opportunity to go to Pleasant Valley with my friends Jinx and Jayne Pyle to research Pleasant Valley history. As much as anything, it was a fact-finding trip designed to set up future research on that area. We came away happy with what we found. What follows is my take on the trip.
Fans of cop action films will like this
It seems that in the last 20 years, most of the police saga movies use Los Angeles as the backdrop, with the story revolving around the LAPD (which I guess makes sense if you want to keep the movie's travel expenses to a minimum). But in "Street Kings," the story is more about corruption at the highest levels in the department than about a murder investigation.
The play's the thing
Mark your calendar on May 8 to attend spring play performances at the Pine Cultural Hall. The Pine Library is partnering with the Pine-Strawberry School to present two plays.
It's been one year since the formation of the popular First Friday Art & Antique Walk on Main Street, and it continues to grow each month. To help celebrate this one-year milestone, there will be lots of free music, refreshments and more.
Gino Ater's art surrounds him -- literally -- from the opal ring on his finger to his cabin. The jeweler, home-remodeler and jack-of-all trades, sits easy in his skin. "I haven't had TV for six years. When I first moved up here, I drank my morning coffee and listened to the traffic report on I-17," Ater said.
A good film to see with family
I don't feel like watching "Leatherheads" was a waste of my money or anything. Although, if I had the chance to pay 8 bucks to see it again or sit at home and play video games, I would be perfectly content playing video games.
It had been a while since I had last traveled on the Grand Canyon Railroad, so a few days ago we drove to Williams, Ariz. for the experience. Getting there is easy, with good roads all the way.
I have just returned from the funeral for my brother. He lived in Fernandina Beach, Fla., so it was not an easy journey to make on short notice, but we got there in time to share an evening with some family and a beautiful service the next day.
It is the time of year to gather an armload of irises and lilacs, bring them into your home and not only enjoy the beautiful colors, but the wonderful sweet aroma.
Coloring outside the lines is part of the creative mission of The Threadplayers.
Monday, April 28
The 70 plus guys and dolls of the Payson Choral Society will bring the Mogollon Rim alive with Broadway show tunes at their spring concert.
The Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team recognized Frontier Elementary School recently for collecting the most books of any school in Arizona during its first annual Phoenix Roadrunners student recognition and learning program.
The Payson Council will grapple once again with roundabouts at its Thursday meeting. No. Not the Mud Springs roundabout -- another one.
$500 offered to catch cat shooter
North Payson resident Skylar Adams lost his 12-year-old mix breed cat named Seamus to a pellet gun wound to the head about four months ago, and now is afraid he will lose another.
Thousands flock to Main Street for view of classic, antique cars
Oohs and aahs sighed through the crowd wandering down the line of cars parked along Old Main Street, Saturday, April 26, at the 15th Annual Charity Auto Show -- which doubled as a celebration of the Beeline Highway's 50th anniversary.
Despite a wet winter, the Rim Country forest managers are bracing for a dangerous fire season, with fuels already holding about half as much moisture as normal in many areas.
The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, beginning May 7. The board meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays to discuss the content of the newspaper's editorials.
Knowing which way is magnetic north on a compass is a good skill for burgeoning treasure seekers to have. It is also a necessary skill for an activity called Letterboxing, as students in Rich Ormand's physical education classes at Frontier Elementary School recently learned.
United Blood Services will be conducting drives in the Rim Country in May.
Look-alike moms and daughters wanted
Look-alike moms and daughters are asked to participate in the Payson Roundup's Mother/ Daughter Look-alike feature to be published in our May 9 edition.
"As outsourcing of work to other countries continues, the U.S. job market will shrink. Education will be the determining factor as to whether a person is successful in the global economy or not.
We hate to stoop to a cliché -- but there's a reason pithy bits of wisdom get that way. So when the going gets tough....The tough go to the business showcase.
How would you feel about a mortgage where you lose equity in your home every month? This is the basic premise behind a reverse mortgage.
Foreclosure is happening everywhere. People who have built equity and worked hard to obtain the American dream are on the losing side each and every day.
With a few minor exceptions, high country trout lakes are accessible and this is the time to catch those larger hold-over trout that like to tail dance. Being some of the first to fish these picturesque mountain lakes is an adventure just waiting for you.
The ladies of the Payson area's Red Hat Society chapters gathered last Friday for lunch and lots of laughter.
A nice, little neighborly project has turned into a much-anticipated monthly event: the First Friday Art & Antiques Walk on Main Street. The merchants presenting the celebration are pulling out the stops for the upcoming First Friday May 2 -- it is the first anniversary of the program.
Key access roads in the mountains are now open allowing anglers and other outdoor recreational users entry to Woods Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Rim and Big Lake in the White Mountains.
Payson, Show Low share East region title
Break out the CD player and crank up the volume on Queen's rock hit "We Are the Champions."
About 100 leading Rim Country politicians and court officials gathered on Monday night to celebrate the arrival of the state Supreme Court to hear two appeals Tuesday morning in the Payson High School auditorium.
After a long, snowy winter, people are anxious to get out and enjoy public lands for hunting, firewood gathering and general recreation.
Rim Country Middle School has a new principal who will take up residence in Payson near June 1. The Payson Unified School District has approved hiring Gary Witherspoon as the new principal at Rim Country Middle School.
An estimated 5,000 people attended the 15th Annual Beeline Cruise-In hosted by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club. Plus, more than 300 cars participated.
Last spring, Tonto Rim Sports Club members were eager to show off the vast array of improvements that had taken place at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.
A highlight of the spring season for the past 13 years has been the Payson Wildlife Fair. It's a festive event that draws onlookers from around Gila and Coconino counties.
Robert Walker is swapping his Longhorn gear in favor of Central Christian College's Tiger motif.
PHS boys gather 178 points, Camp Verde 87; PHS ladies 189 to Camp Verde's 151.5
A bit of home cookin' was all the Longhorn track and field teams need to cure their struggling ways. In one of only two varsity home meets the teams have on their 2008 schedule, the boys team outdistanced the six-team field scoring 178 points. Runner-up Camp Verde was second with 87 points.
Payson High School tenth grader Nicole Scott is the HOSA state champion in prepared speaking.
Friday, April 25
This year the car show will celebrate the "50th Anniversary of the Beeline Highway" with special graphics on all of the show materials including the car show T-shirt.
Teens at Payson High School will engage in a life-size board game where the game pieces determine their decisions. Realistic scenarios at each juncture of The Maze help teens navigate life decisions concerning sex, substance abuse and vocational and educational issues.
Spring is here. And with spring comes babies. The puppies and kittens are beginning to show up at Payson Humane Society. It starts as a trickle, and soon will be a torrent.
At the April 19 Hunter Creek Homeowners Association meeting there was a report from Chris Thiel (USFS) and Woody Cline, who is the cattle grazing permit holder, on cattle being back in the area.
Bring those plastic bags to the grocery stores' recycling bins, recycle your newspapers, magazines and cardboard, donate your aluminum cans to the Humane Society. They have a huge bin to handle the cans, crush them first, please.
National Day of Prayer
Payson is celebrating the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 1. The theme is "Prayer! America's Strength and Shield" Psalm 28:7.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is looking for community service organizations to provide concessions.
Longhorns would probably get East region second seed, 3A fifth-place ranking
A dead-knot for the region championship in the final East baseball standings appears to be a certainty. With one game remaining in the regular season, Show Low and Payson are tied atop the East standings with identical 8-1 slates.
For most of your working years, your investment strategy, by and large, has probably revolved around achieving sufficient growth to help you meet your long-term goals, such as college for your kids and a comfortable retirement.
An 11-team meet in Snowflake turned out to be the proving ground Payson High School track and field teams needed to prepare for the regional championships to be held May 2 in Pinetop-Lakeside.
Good athletes are always searching for ways to improve their performances. A Valley-based training program that claims it can help athletes attain those goals will be explained at 6:30 p.m. April 28 in Wilson Dome.
Have you ever experienced deja vu? The eerie feeling that you've been somewhere before? You enter a room you've never been in, or step out of a car in a new town, or walk around a corner onto a street you've never seen, and suddenly -- out of nowhere -- it hits you.
Toe tappin', beaming smiles and impromptu dancing highlighted the April 16 Fiddlers Jam held at the Pine Cultural Center.
'Neath the Rim 2008 Open Studio Tour
The first weekend in May is all about eye-candy. A plethora of artists call the Rim Country home. Twenty-six of those artists will show their work in 17 studios during the 'Neath the Rim 2008 Open Studio Tour. Jim Bayles is one of the newest artists on the tour. Traditional, one-dimensional stained glass pieces did not intrigue him, nor did working with ready-made patterns.
The race for the East region's state softball playoff berths is going down to the wire. The seeds won't be determined until the results of today's (April 25) final regular season games are in.
Craig McMullen is recognized around the Rim Country as a dedicated Little League coach who two years ago led the Payson all-stars to a state fifth-place finish.
Daniel Conley is quietly pedaling his way to what someday could lead to a career in professional cycling and possibly Olympic glory.
I have been asked many times which turkey call works the best in the spring to lure that gobbler within camera or shotgun range? My response is the one that you are most confident with when you are in the woods.
When Chris Smith greets people today, it is with the same warm smile and firm handshake he did in 1992. That was the first year Smith, now a financial adviser with Wachovia Securities Financial Network, began knocking on doors in Payson to build his business.
Applications are still being accepted for the 2008 Rim Country Business Awards.
Banner Health Center is relocating to a new facility at the Payson Professional Plaza, 117 E. Main St
Want to be more efficient and productive with your computer? Take a short-term computer class this summer at Gila Community College. Short-term classes are held for one to two days.
Firefighters are the experts in how to fight fires and how to evacuate people in cars and trucks. They are familiar with those vehicles. If an airplane goes down, that's a little more challenging.
The lives of Tom and Susie Belcher bear similarities to fairytales. They overcame childhood obstacles to become gracious adults. Tom rode up to Susie on a white horse. Though not all at once, their house has held 19 children -- five of their own, plus 14 they have fostered.
Thursday, April 24
Whispers, concentration and excitement ruled the day
Katie Schouten, John Buskirk, Cody Schuler and Quinn Owen can tell you what type of dance is spelled using the scientific abbreviations for: aluminum, uranium and hydrogen.
A proclamation giving kudos to community volunteers for "lighting the way" and declaring April 27 to May 3 National Volunteer Week was signed by Mayor Bob Edwards at the April 17 Payson Town Council meeting.
Wildings permits, which authorize collecting live plants and trees from National Forest lands for personal use, are available now on the Peaks and Mormon Lake Ranger Districts of the Coconino National Forest.
No trial date has yet been set for Russell Koch, indicted by the Gila County grand jury on seven drug counts.
Proud owners of classic, vintage and antique cars and their fans will again gather on West Main in Payson for the 15th annual Beeline Cruise-In Auto Show.
The 2008 Business Showcase attracted about 1,000 people, twice the number that attended in 2007.
‘A' list and ‘B' list of improvement projects approved
Payson's traffic advisory committee has come up with a tentative list of $7.7 million in top-priority street improvements all over town, with a second-tier list totaling another $4.4 million.
Supreme Court must decide whether you must legally possess a drug to sell it
Can you sell meth without possessing it? That's the question facing the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday in Payson in the case of Enis John Cheramie.
Perhaps Cody James Martinez is a brutal psychopath, who murdered a supposed friend for a CD, two bucks and a gold chain.
Antique auction to help humane society
A community auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society building fund will be held Saturday, April 26 at "Miss Kitty's," 406 E. Bonita.
On Tuesday, you can watch history in the making. Get a glimpse of what makes this country great. And maybe the antidote to lawyer jokes. Grab it.
The wall is coming and we need your help.
First-ever hearings in Gila County
The fate of a condemned murderer and a Tucson man who hid meth in a spray can will occupy the attention of the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday when it holds a historic hearing in the Payson High School Auditorium.
Round 'em up, head 'em out -- Payson is about to host its first wild horse and burro adoption.
Rye, Deer Creek, Gisela students will now attend Payson Elementary
The Payson Unified School District is planning to switch students around to lessen travel times.
Wednesday, April 23
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) completed nighttime work on State Route (SR) 87 sooner than expected and will not close the highway tonight, April 24.
Tuesday, April 22
CHARLIE & JOANNE HALM
This is our 1955 Pontiac Safari (Pontiac's equivalent to the Chevy Nomad) purchased in Ventura, Calif. nearly four years ago.
KEN AND CAROL SIGSBEE
BOYD & NANCY MILLER
This car belongs to Jim Winters of Payson. I have owned myblu39 since 1987. It took me four years to restore as I wanted it. I have put over 126,000 miles on it.
KEN & KELLY GUNDERSON
This is one of the original Mustangs! It was introduced April 17, 1964 and this car was manufactured in Detroit in June of that year.
JAKE & CAROLYN MASSEY
Our 1929 Ford Tudor started as a body with no frame, no top, no bottom, no steering, no engine, no nothing. Over the next 9 years it has blossomed into a great ride, thanks to many friends and professional help
PAT & ELAINE CARR
Pat and Elaine Carr have been members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club since 2005. Pat's hobby is buying classic cars and driving them for a while after fixing them up. He then sells them and moves on to his next project.
RON & CE CE CORRENTE
The very first car Ron had as a teenager was a Star Chief and he had been searching for many, many years to find another one.
My Grand dad thinks he's really hot stuff. You see, he entered his Mustang in last year's Rim Country Classic Auto Club "Beeline Cruise-in." And he won a trophy.
TOM & FAY HALSTEAD
I found my 1940 Ford pickup at a small air field in Imperial, Calif. It was what we call a "basket case."
WALT & PEGGY CARSON
My mother and father's first car was a 1932 Ford. In late 1941, my father won enough money in a poker game to buy the '32 Ford for $35, my mother made him sell it as she was pregnant with me.
OTIS & D.J. WELLS
I told my husband I would like a car of my own. Five years ago on my birthday, we went to California and bought my 23T Bucket.
At first it was easy. Old cars were cheap and my first attempts at restoration didn't do much damage to any real icons. Usually with some good hunting I could find something interesting, run it for a while, upgrade it, and sell it for a few bucks more than I had paid...But along the way I began to enjoy the mechanical side.
BOB & NANCY BATES
RICK & CATHARINE DOWNS
He has a need for speed -- 1964 Corvette Sting Ray. It is a red convertible and a dream come true for him. He spent many hours to revive this classic, but every minute was a labor of love. It is now ready to go.
JIM & CAROLYN WHEELER
We bought our convertible in Tucson in November 1998. The car was in primer paint and would barely run. But it had a 454 big block engine; custom-made radiator; bucket seats (from a '64 Impala); keyless remote entry; louvered hood; battery in the trunk; and a new radio. The top mechanism worked and the top frame had been powder-coated.
2008 BEELINE CRUISE-IN & CHARITY AUTO SHOW
Our 15th Annual Charity Auto Show for 2008 will, once again, be held on Old Main Street between Meadow and South McLane. This year the car show will celebrate the "50th Anniversary of the Beeline Highway" with special graphics on all of the show materials including the car show T-shirt.
Before the Beeline existed, travelers made their way from Phoenix to Payson via the Apache Trail and Route 188.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close Highway 87 for three days next week for repairs to the area near Sunflower hit by a landslide earlier this year.
Monday, April 21
A passionate crowd of about 300 children, teens, volunteers and parents turned out April 5 to participate in "Start Talking Before They Start Drinking" Fool's Day Fun Event
Richard Shaw carries the melodies of his life strapped to his torso. Expanding and closing the bellows on his accordion, he shares his songs with others.
If the upcoming Little League season is as successful as opening day, the campaign will flourish under the guidance of president Slade Gibson.
Assistant coach Kadi Tenney is sure the festive but competitive atmosphere that permeated the air at the Blue Ridge vs. Payson showdown contributed to the Lady Horns' 4-3 victory.
The Equine Unlimited 4-H Horse project club in Payson hosted the first sanctioned 4-H Horse Show for Gila County in 2008.
So, the Department of Public Safety figured they'd set up on Highway 87 over the weekend and get people to slow down -- given the demonstrably dangerous nature of the curvy little bit of highway...They pulled in some real brain surgeons.
Payson Elementary School will have a Spring Book Fair from Wednesday, April 23 to Friday, May 2 in the school library.
The girl who loves to watch sports wants to be a part of a professional sports team, behind the scenes, as a trainer.
Seniors at Payson High School had trouble walking forward two days before prom. The cause was not alcohol or drugs, but goggles that simulate a blood alcohol content of .1 during the day and at night.
The wall is coming and we need your help.
The replica of the Vietnam War Memorial will be set up in Green Valley Park on June 6, 7 and 8, to celebrate the heartbreaking sacrifice and heart mending devotion of those who served in Vietnam a generation ago. We want to hear the stories of Rim Country veterans.
Rim Country water district officials are hoping that federal grants can address problems of water hauling, water shortages and moratoriums on new hookups.
Campaign statements show spending by winners ranged from $10.47 to 2 cents per vote received
Money talks -- but sometimes it mumbles. That's one conclusion that emerges from the final campaign spending reports from Payson's most expensive council election ever.
Police clock teenage motorcycle driver at speeds up to 121 mph
A southbound motorcycle driven by an 18-year-old Payson resident was clocked at 121.29 mph as he attempted to elude a DPS officer Sunday.
Since its founding in 1939 in Williamsport, Penn., Little League has provided a venue for millions of boys and girls to live out their dreams of some day pitching a no-hitter, lifting a grand slam home run over the outfield fence or sliding safely across home plate with the winning run.
Chapman Auto Center has donated a "crate" Small Block Chevy Engine to be raffled off as part of the fund-raising activities for this year's Rim Country Classic Auto Club Beeline Cruise-in on April 26.
The National Association of Counties awarded Gila County a 2008 Acts of Caring Award for its Collaborative Community Fire Program.
Lois Dean Julius, 87, of Payson, died in Payson on April 14, 2008 from the complications of a stroke.
Show Low Cougars' baseball coach David Nikolaus knows the Payson Longhorns are a resilient, strong-willed team.
Council approves move to keep water-saving measures in effect no matter how much it rains
The Payson Town Council decided last week to leave the town's unique water conservation plan in effect all the time, not just when below-normal rainfall triggers a water alert.
For one of the few times this season, defending state long jumper Maddie Nossek had to settle for second place in the event.
Although Carolyn Fruth claims she's not in tiptop long-distance running shape, the 43-year-old mother of two sizzled over the Pat's Run course.
Thursday, April 17
When I heard the news that I was selected to be the new hire for the Payson Fire Department a few years back, I was, to say the least, excited and unknowing. I had envisioned the flashing lights, red flames and as we have all seen on television, a chance to pull the lost child from that burning building.
Budget woes haunt $94,000 bid for parks master plan
Expensive contracts with consultants to come up with a master plan for parks and a sign and landscaping ordinance on Thursday spurred council disagreements in the shadow of a $5 million budget shortfall.
Payson could realign Airport Road to allow a long strip of commercial and industrial development fronting the airport and new subdivisions south of the road
Saturday evening, the wooden floor of the Pine Cultural Center will bear the soles of many shoes as couples take to the floor to dance at the Payson High School Junior-Senior Prom.
With the East region regular season winding to a close, it's becoming more evident the Lady Longhorns might have to rely on power points for a state playoff berth.
After participating in the first two Pat's Runs, I was looking forward last spring to yet another adventure in what is one of our state's most inspirational and passionate athletic events.
The Payson Rotary Invitational annually provides a level playing field for younger track and field athletes.
An intriguing scenario is unfolding in the chase for the 3A East region baseball crown. It involves longtime rivals Show Low and Payson.
AARP and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host a 10-week walking program beginning Tuesday, April 29.
An upcoming volleyball tournament could be the key that unlocks the wonderful world of Disneyland to members of the Payson High School Class of 2008. "We are asking for all kinds of participants from the high school, middle school and community.
Manning a booth at the Optimist Fishing Festival on April 12 at Green Valley Park, longtime local angler Tracy Purtee admitted he was a bit down in the dumps.
Springerville -- The Forest Service will have to close Hoyer Campground at Greer this summer due to problems with the wastewater treatment facility. About $10,000 of campsite reservations will have to be refunded, and those campers directed elsewhere.
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials advise spring turkey hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts that the snowpack is still significant in some higher elevations, and many state highways and forest roads in prime turkey country are closed or impassable due to snow or muddy conditions.
Each year, the President proclaims a week to celebrate and recognize the country's national parks. This year, National Park week will be April 19-27.
With all of the challenges consumers are facing in today's housing market, there is some good news. The loan limits for FHA products have been temporarily increased nationwide, which will allow more borrowers to experience the benefits and protections afforded by FHA loans.
First American Title Insurance Company is announcing their Payson branch closure on Friday, May 2.
Ranching heritage important to team roper
Local rancher and roper Julie Taylor says she was born to rope and ride. Taylor is a nationally acclaimed roping champion who specializes in heading. Team roping is a two-person equestrian event where one rider throws a rope under a steer's hind legs, and the other rider throws a rope over the head, thus her title as header.
Ten years ago, crystal methamphetamine was the newest and most popular drug to hit the streets. It took hold of the youth culture in no time, despite the unknown consequences that would soon become all too apparent.
One of the things I like about springtime and April is the stocking of fish, started by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
It is getting very warm outside and with the rising temperatures come snakes. A timberland rattler was sitting next to Ralph and Dottie Christofferson's home in Hunter Creek.
The second annual Blessing of the Bikes (motorcycles) for the greater Payson area will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 3.
The Community Flea Market, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is coming again Saturday, May 17, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Want to be more efficient and productive with your computer? Take a short-term computer class this summer at Gila Community College. Short-term classes are held for one to two days.
Town council approves condemnation of facilities after water company rejects $475,000 offer
The Star Valley Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ask a judge to force Brooke Utilities to sell the town the facilities serving about 304 customers, a key step in putting the water-conscious town in the water delivery business.
Patriot's Day commemoration
The American Revolutionary War began April 19, 1775. A commemoration will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Veterans' Memorial in Green Valley Park.
At just the wrong moment, the slow motion decay of the state's economy has caught up to Payson -- like a fetid zombie lurching out of the darkness just as our hero steps in a gopher hole.
New council members appointed after secret ballot that may violate open meeting law
The Star Valley Council needed just 10 minutes and a secret ballot to fill two open council seats by appointing two longtime residents who have each played a role in town affairs already.
Councilors bury bundle of hatchets
The Payson Town Council on Thursday cancelled a controversial highway roundabout contract, sidestepped a fight about board and commission appointments and debated major budget issues in an evening marked by quiet discussions and unanimous votes on issues that have previously caused bitter divisions.
A man-eating plant has invaded the stage at Payson High School. It arrived at the auditorium as freight-on-board April 15 where it immediately made the ominous demand: "Feed me!"
At PHS, we believe in all animals -- young and old alike. We believe they all deserve a chance to live out their lives in a comfortable and loving environment -- hopefully a good home. But all of them don't get adopted. For some, this means a journey cut short. But some of them finish their journey at PHS. Silky was one of those guys.
You may or may not engage in many of the typical activities of "spring cleaning" -- uncluttering the attic, reorganizing your closets, touching up the paint, etc. -- but you can almost certainly benefit from "sprucing up" your financial situation.
Well, I did it again today. And not just once. Twice! I'm beginning to wonder about myself.
The velocity of a golf ball in the moment the driver strikes it can be as much as 148 miles per hour.
Springtime in the Rim Country is especially significant to a unique fraternity of outdoorsmen who enjoy calling in the male wild turkey called the gobbler.
Rim Country residents of all ages are breathing sighs of relief. The exhales of respite are because the dreaded April 15 tax deadline has passed and two weeks of AIMS testing at Pine Strawberry Elementary wrapped up yesterday (Thursday).
Y and Y Farms in Young is hosting a meet the candidates program for Senator Jake Flake (R-District 5) and David Cook, a candidate for Gila County Supervisor for District 3.
The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District governing board is going forward with negotiations to acquire the Brooke Utilities-owned Pine-Strawberry water systems.
Tuesday, April 15
Here are some fast-to-fix recipes for sweet coffee cakes and savory muffins you can enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen.
You'd think that by now the country-music universe would have no room left for rising stars. Fortunately, there's some clear space available for the extraordinarily talented Ashton Shepherd, whose first MCA Nashville CD, "Sounds So Good," was just released.
Don and Debbie saved their pennies and got permission to go to the store. They came back supposedly empty-handed, but on Christmas morning, their mother, Arleen Logan, opened their gift to her - a watch.
PIONEERS SELDOM DIED OF OLD AGE - Chapter 12
Throughout the Rim Country and Tonto Basin lie the remains of brave pioneers who settled this fruitful but isolated section of Arizona during its territorial and early statehood years. These solitary and sometimes family plots conjure up memories of the drama, hardship, glory and excitement that surround the settlement of Arizona's central mountains.
I was lucky. I grew up in a family where hugs were commonplace and mom was right more often than not -- she told me I should be a chiropractor or a massage therapist when I was about 14.
PHS auditorium becomes ‘Little Shop of Horrors'
Operatic vocalist Wayne Nelson, and pianist Victoria Harris will be giving a concert of Art Song at the Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road in Payson, at 2:30 p.m., Sunday April 20. Admission is free.
Winter is over. Before the high heat of summer hits, make plans to get out and about around the state to enjoy some of the special spring events.
Characters, setting make a great story
It is the tragic story of Emily, who is lost at sea during an expedition to investigate the contents of the blue whale's stomach. Her husband, Jack, continues her story as best he can as a scientist, "living in the shadow of a volcano." Mostly, however, the story is about Nim, the daughter of Emily and Jack.
A fun movie worth seeing
Leatherheads is such an appropriate title for a movie that deals with the beginning days of professional football.
The velocity of a ball in the moment the driver strikes it can be as much as 148 miles per hour.
Monday, April 14
Exclusive Allstate agent Dee Wesley received the Agency Hands in the Community award for her commitment to helping others.
Now that Payson's patience and foresight is about to pay off in the form of a deal with the Salt River Project (SRP) to acquire water from the C.C. Craigen (Blue Ridge) Reservoir, it's time for a fresh start when it comes to Rim Country water politics
General aviation emergency training
The Payson Regional Airport Authority (PRAA) urges all First Emergency Responders from the Rim Country, including firefighters, police, EMTs and paramedics, to participate in the Payson Airport General Aviation Emergency Training Day.
Brady Ellison attributes his position as America's best archer in part to the years he spent growing up in the Rim Country.
Roundabouts, appointments, water rules all lurk on town council's Thursday lineup
The Payson Town Council managed to hoard a week's worth of controversy and shoehorn it all into one of the last meetings for the existing council lineup.
A citizens committee will try to convince Gila County to move quickly to build a jail and court facility in Payson on one of three proposed sites -- and to act quickly before the land gets bought by someone else.
Sue Yale, educator Diane Bricker and businessman Roger Kortman are among the seven Gila County appointees to a council that advocates for children from birth through age five.
If April's charms are not enough to get you in planting mode, a visit to any garden shop or department certainly will. What a treat to stroll amongst the greenery promising a season of beauty.
Council can review, select new members tonight or refine the process
Turns out, plenty of people want to be on the Star Valley Town Council -- so long as they don't have to run for election.
Angela Shepherd's martial arts winning streak will soon be put on hold for the birth of her child.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have declared May 18 to be "Payson Little League Day" at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Chris Smith and Pete Smith could smell smoke from the disc brakes on their mountain bikes as they tried to hold their speed at 25 mph down the steep trail.
Roosevelt hits record
Lake Roosevelt has hit record high levels to the delight of Rim boaters and fishermen and to the relief of Valley water users, although inflows are already declining steadily.
Host of towns and communities that could get Blue Ridge water have not yet come to the table
None of the welter of towns and subdivisions that could get a taste of water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir have so far opened negotiations with either the Salt River Project (SRP), which controls the water, or Payson, which will build the pipeline.
A reluctant Payson Planning Commission on Monday approved a plan to covert 60 of the town's handful of apartments into condominiums.
Kristin Potts watches as volunteer Dick Brubacker baits her hook. About five minutes later Potts landed a fairly large trout during an outing Friday for Payson students at Green Valley Park.
Star Valley tonight will take the first step towards the forced sale of a water company owned by Brooke Utilities, after the company rejected the town's latest, $475,000 offer.
Every one of last year's 548 false alarms answered by Payson Police tied up two police officers (and sometimes a couple members of the fire department) for between 30 minutes and an hour.
There are five millionaires and six multimillionaires who regularly browse the shelves of the Payson Elementary School library in search of adventure.
Three hundred sixty five days, times 24 hours, times 60 minutes, times four years totals two million one hundred-two thousand four hundred minutes.
Esther Linkey is an Arizona native. Activities with school friends and sports comrades in Phoenix and Payson have made her sympathetic to "the human side" of the issue.
Put 15 students and a handful of teachers and alumni in four vans and send them to San Diego for four days? Sound like a good idea? Definitely.
Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools are holding kindergarten registration for the 2008-2009 school year.
This summer, Camp Tatiyee (Tah tee yea) will celebrate its 50th year session of camping for challenged kids and adults in the pines of Pinetop-Lakeside.
A semi-truck was pulled over Tuesday afternoon after a report the driver had brandished a weapon.
The Payson Regional Airport Authority (PRAA) calls all first emergency responders from the Rim Country -- firefighters, police, EMTs and paramedics -- to the Payson Airport General Aviation Emergency Training Day
Dr. Sasha Jazayeri of Payson Dermatology, along with Physician Laser Centers, is introducing the newest technology in skin rejuvenation to Payson in a grand opening next week.
The best Payson High School baseball and softball teams could muster in four weekend games against Show Low and Chino Valley was one victory.
The inaugural Town Parks and Recreation-sponsored after-school archery program is turning into an overwhelming success.
For one of the few times this season, Payson High School's talented sophomore Maddie Nossek didn't win the gold medal in the long jump.
Thursday, April 10
Payson High School junior Trevor Haught was the lone Rim Country cowboy to pocket prize money at the Bares, Bulls and Broncs United American Tour Rodeo.
The superlatives coach Trevor Creighton is spewing about his Club Rim Pink volleyball team would render celebrity sportscaster Howard Cosell proud.
A poker tournament was the name of the game April 2 for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
This morning more than 200 fifth-grade students from northern Gila County went on a field trip and had the opportunity to try their luck fishing at Green Valley Park.
Pine needle scale identified in Payson, Beaver Valley Estates
State forestry officials have issued a forest health alert because of the effect Pinyon needle scale, a native insect, has on pinyons
The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is alerting equine veterinarians, horse and cattle owners about a toxic weed that is highly prevalent this spring. It is commonly called Fiddleneck or tarweed.
If one of your goals is to boost your retirement savings this year, you can count on some extra help from your Uncle Sam. That's because you'll be able to contribute more to your IRA in 2008.
Paul Skogebo, president of Robert Crist and Company RV in Mesa, and Star Valley RV, was recently inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame, the trade industry group for the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries.
Kelly Watts, of Cruise Port Travel, has been certified as an accredited cruise counselor by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
An online health store, a Web site for virtual tours of Rim Country, an arts and crafts Web site, a traveling computer repair service and a place to order a 10,000-gallon water tank are all ideas for businesses that might soon come to Payson.
Annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival is Saturday at Green Valley Park
You don't even have to fish to come away with a great catch at the second annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival this weekend. The community has been especially generous in donating prizes for the many raffles planned during the day, plus some exceptional contributions are up for bid in a silent auction.
The Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, is requesting public comment on the Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis (EE/CA) report for the Pine Mountain Mine site. All public comments are welcome and will be accepted until the close of business June 5.
It is really warming up outside and starting to feel like spring...but I remember how it never fails that we get a frost or maybe even some snow right before May.
Pine-Strawberry Elementary School has joined the ranks of thousand of schools and millions of families who benefit from Edline.
Spring flowers lure visitors to mysterious, abandoned cliff dwellings and 8,000-year-old spear points draw researchers
Like the poppies proliferating beneath the brooding 800-year-old ruin, research into some absorbing archeological mysteries has bloomed at Tonto National Monument.
Working in partnership with Gila Community College, the Gila County attorney, along with the sheriff's office, and the Payson and Globe police departments are combining resources to offer a local law enforcement academy to the residents by the fall semester of 2008.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Douglas E. Kreie, son of Cindy L. and Douglas E. Kreie of Payson, and his fellow shipmates recently participated in two community service projects while assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins homeported at Naval Station San Diego.
I had never entered a 5K race before, and I'm pretty sure Sasha hadn't either. But, by the time we crossed the finish line, my shelter dog buddy and I had managed to come in third in my age category at Payson Park and Recreation's Walk-A-Hound, Lose-A-Pound event held last Saturday at Green Valley Park.
Trophies, raffle prizes and more make everyone a winner at the annual Beeline Cruise-In hosted by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club. This year is no exception, in fact it may be even be better than in the past. That's because this year, the car show is paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the roadway for which it is named, the Beeline Highway.
The silence of the birds and the free firewood both grow from the same root: The disastrous unhinging of the forest ecosystem as a result of more than a century of fire suppression and misguided management.
The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, beginning May 7.
Tonto Village and the Hellsgate Fire Department were busy this past weekend.
Approximately once a week an abused child or youth sits in a room at Gila Family Advocacy Center with forensic interviewer Christy Walton.
Rim Country businesses face increased costs
Record crude oil prices are keeping gasoline above the $3 per-gallon mark and experts say to expect the trend to continue.
I'm willing to bet that you have stepped out of a room and closed the door behind you several thousand times. Who hasn't? It's something we do without a second thought. But there was a moment in my life when swinging a door closed behind me was so painful I have never forgotten how it felt.
Expanding sanitary district facilities would cost $2.5 million, officials say
The price to remove septic and grease trap waste in Payson will likely double from about $270 to more than $500 after July 1, the latest increase to hit Payson businesses.
Former Longhorn football and baseball star Cade Bradley graduated from Payson High School in 2000 and from Northern Arizona University four years later.
Low-cost rabies clinic Saturday. A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. Vaccinations will be given for $10 per animal.
Norman and Robin Langeliers are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Katie Robin Langeliers to Anthony Mark Stevenson, son of Mark and Karen Stevenson and Debbie Biochin.
Even though the Lady Longhorns (10-12 overall, 2-3 in the East) have fallen to fourth in the East standings, assistant coach Kadi Tenney remains convinced the team is as good as any of its region foes.
Show Low, Payson face off in important East region game on Friday
A 13-2 victory over the Snowflake Lobos keeps the Longhorn baseball team undefeated (5-0) in East region action and sets up a crucial showdown today, Friday, against the potent Show Low Cougars.
Sales tax drops 15 percent, building permit income down 49 percent
Bracing itself for the start of budget deliberations, the Payson Town Council got some long-anticipated bad news last night -- a $5 million drop in revenue.
If all goes well, Highway 87 could be open for two lanes of travel in each direction in a little over a month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters in Payson has expanded the number of clothing donation bins in the area.
This Sunday, April 13, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free, group-led mountain bike ride on the Cypress and Boulders trails, which are part of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS).
On one hand, we have 16,000 shivering Payson residents stunned by $400 propane heating bills.On the other hand, we have endless piles of wood cut to create a firebreak around that same town.
Payson residents can now get a bachelor's degree for about a fourth of the normal cost -- all without leaving Payson.
Coming from a background as a civil engineer and world travels, Ernie Schmidt sat down about three-and-a-half years ago and started making notes.
The Arizona Public Works Association has awarded Gila County its top honor for the work it did for fire safety.
Gila County's efforts on behalf of fire safety started in 2006 with the purchase of water dip tanks, "pumpkin" tanks and military water bladders. The tanks and bladders were placed at strategic sites in the Tonto National Forest for helicopter and emergency fire truck usage.
Sheriff John R. Armer is proud to announce that Sgt. Christine Duarte has been selected as detention supervisor of the quarter, and Yvonne Alvarez has been selected as detention officer of the quarter for their outstanding performance and work ethic in the Gila County Detention Centers.
Daisy Flores, Gila County Attorney, has issued a consumer warning on the fraudulent use of the Internal Revenue Service name and logo by scamsters in a phishing, (as in "fishing for information" and "hooking" victims) scheme.
High voltage demos and more at disaster preparedness fair
APS workers will give hot dogs and fruit 27,000 volts of electricity to demonstrate what a live wire can do to the human body.
Wednesday, April 9
A semi-truck was pulled over Tuesday afternoon after a report the driver had brandished a weapon.
Monday, April 7
USDA has funding available for myriad of projects in area
USDA Rural Development in Payson April 15 to promote local applications for federal loans and grants
Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.
Those who were offended by the teenage pranks some Lady Longhorn softball team members staged last week need to lighten up.
Good food, cheer and plenty of small town camaraderie traditionally highlight Payson's annual deep pit beef dinner and softball games.
The pranks were a few days late for April Fools Day, but the stunts might have been the elixir the Lady Longhorns needed to cure the maladies of a five-game slump.
Several incidents, which required police response to school campuses this year, have taught school and law enforcement officials valuable lessons.
May 22 possible date for two lanes of travel north and south
Tonto ruins yield 8,000-year-old spear points
Many Payson residents looking for spring flowers, fishing on the revitalized Roosevelt Lake or diverted by the closed Beeline Highway have rediscovered the 1,100-acre, 100-year-old national monument about 50 miles from their doorstep.
Very well done animation of a classic
I guess it is time for me to come clean. Not only have I not read this 1950s Dr. Seuss classic, I can't seem to recall having read any of the Dr. Seuss' series of children's books when my own kids were of "being read to" age (seems Disney ruled in the ole Baxter household).
A fun movie; lots of appealing elements
"Boil that dust speck! Boil that dust speck!" It is not something you will hear in this movie, but it's one of my favorite lines from the animated short of Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who."
Enjoy mountain views along with fine art and fine crafts as you tour 17 artists' personal studios.
There will be free fishing for all children, ages 14 years and younger, as well as adults who sign up at the Game and Fish booth.
In 1905, Arizona was still just a territory, though on the path to statehood. At the time, there was discussion of it entering as part of New Mexico, something which most Arizonans strongly opposed. Work on Roosevelt Dam -- or at least things related to dam construction -- was well under way.
Recently, a couple of friends and I were treated to a five-course feast by Mario and Stephanie Belvedere of Pine.
With the U.S. dollar buying less in the world travel market, cruising becomes an even greater value today. If you are considering Europe this year, closely look at the offering from the cruise lines.
Encounter Leslie Peacock around town and she might look as though she is headed to the movies or lunch with a friend. In fact, she might also be beta-testing her latest piece of wearable art for her pattern line.
The Ox Bow Saloon & Inn has long held the potential for becoming a premier tourist attraction and a venue for local entertainment of all types. Plans to renovate the old place have been announced before, but like Charlie Brown's attempts to kick the football, plans have been yanked away.
As long noted, the problem with kids is that they don't come with instructions (which is a pretty embarrassing lapse in the manufacturing process).
Dumping controversial label key to enlisting public support say alternative route supporters
ayson's Surface Transportation Advisory Board last week found itself struggling to banish the word "bypass" from its vocabulary -- now that they're hoping to convince residents to undertake the grueling job of convincing the state to build a highway cutoff.
The big car show, the 15th Annual Beeline Cruise-in, is coming back to town this month. This year it is a special celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the highway for which it was named, the Beeline.
A dozen arrests were made at an Ash Street home in the early morning hours of March 30. All but one of those arrested was cited for underage drinking.
Bid on NASCAR tickets at Safeway
Three wet months, with 27 inches of rain, has resulted in a significant rise in Payson water well levels, to the point that some are thinking the town should modify the Stage II restrictions now in place.
There will be free fishing in the lakes at the park, with no license required for those who register at the registration booth. There will also be classes, food and festivities. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.
On Wednesday, April 30, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation will present the new "Business Buzz" program for April.
Seed money, neck of the woods, and get on your soapbox, are all English idioms -- phrases that have a different meaning than the dictionary definitions of the individual words.
The Arizona Connections Academy (ACA) is hosting a special information session for families seeking a personalized, high-quality education alternative.
Gertrude "Gertie" Cusimand says she is a late bloomer. The winking yellow daffodils in her garden are mum on the subject.
Payson tops East with 5-0 record, Lobos are 2-2
The opportunity to jump out to a 5-0 East region start awaits the Longhorns today, Tuesday, on Payson High School diamond.
A parade of about 80 high-dollar, vintage cars motored through Payson Sunday afternoon on a round trip that began in Tempe and will wrap up April 9 back in the Valley of the Sun.
The Rim Country's inaugural Bares, Bulls and Broncs Rodeo drew cowboys from around the southwest eager to pocket prize money and prove they were among the finest in the sport.
Payson Little League will host a final tryout for junior league teams at 9 a.m. April 19 at Kiwanis West field at Rumsey Park.
The Payson Police Department had many familiar faces say goodbye in 2007. Reorganization and new assignments followed.
Houston Mesa Fire District and the newly formed Hellsgate Fire District have completed negotiations and have entered into a six month Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for operational assistance.
Southwest Behavioral Health's Rim Guidance Center held an inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, March 31 for its new 42-foot covered round pen, which will be the central facility for the Elk Meadow Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program.
Charles Collins, owner of the Rim Country's Whispering Pines Log Homes Distributor, can help anyone realize their dream of having a cabin in the mountains.
Residents and visitors can find "Hidden Treasures of the Rim Country" at the 2008 Business Showcase April 18 and April 19 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino's Event Hall.
Jeff Riley, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District One will be in Payson April 16.
Thursday, April 3
Voter questions mayor-elect's lumping together of small contributions
Payson Mayor-elect Kenny Evans did not violate election laws by lumping together all the contributions from people who gave less than $25, Town Clerk Silvia Smith has concluded in response to a question from a voter.
A Gila County landfill will honor Earth with free "green" day and appliance disposal event.
Spring is here and forest visitors are eager to get outdoors and enjoy their forest, but even though heavy precipitation is behind us, most of the roads on the Coconino National Forest -- those above the Mogollon Rim -- are still too wet and will remain closed.
Spring is a wonderful time of year, except for the snakes. There was a snake sunning himself in my back yard that scared me silly.
The Landmark Restaurant and Bar has been around for a long time. This is how it stands today. It has a fence surrounding in preparation for demolition.
Identity theft is big business. In fact, each year billions of dollars -- that's billions, with a "b" -- are lost to identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Operatic vocalist Wayne Nelson, and organist Victoria Harris will be giving a concert of art song at the Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road in Payson, Sunday April 20 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Consultant would list needs, grants and study increase in impact fees
Payson needs a $95,000 study on future park facilities and how to raise the needed money, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board concluded at its April 1 meeting.
It's that time of year again: flowers blooming, temperatures warming and migratory birds returning from their winter retreats.
Riders, hard-core team penners and ranch hands will have the opportunity to improve their skills in the new sport of team sorting at an upcoming clinic and practice session.
While the members of the Payson Women's Golf Association were kicking off the 2008 season April 1 with a "Kicker's Tournament," their male counterparts in the PMGA were locking horns in the group's second fray of the young campaign.
My mom didn't have to search much of rural Barry, Ill. to find me during the sweltering hot and humid summer months.
Crappie fishing on Roosevelt Lake is usually in high gear by April 1, with numerous stories of catching big numbers of these tasty panfish.
The Lady Longhorns have the opportunity today, Friday, in Whiteriver to put an end to the miseries of a five-game losing streak.
Longhorn long jump and shot put teams took first-place honors in the Payson Coed Relays track and field meet.
Today I discovered that maybe, just maybe, "pretty much the same" isn't so bad after all.
'Tis the season to venture outside and get a whiff of the Rim Country. So, put a little Spring in your step and help our furry friends while you're at it!
A crane reaching 100 feet in the air provides a different perspective of what is happening at Green Valley Park when "Good Morning Arizona" filmed its Road Trip segment for spring Tuesday morning
The new student drop-off at Rim Country Middle School will probably be ready before the next school year starts.
Game players have the opportunity to spin the roulette wheel and help the Gila Foundation for Higher Education raise scholarship funds for local students.
Southwest Behavioral Health's Rim Guidance Center is sponsoring a community event to bring awareness to the problem of underage drinking from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium, 304 S. Meadow St. in Payson. Admission is free.
The Arizona Public Works Association has awarded Gila County its top honor for the work it did for fire safety.
Star Valley plans quick action to fill by April 15 two seats left vacant by the resignations of councilors Randy White and Mary Ann Kotelnicki.
Schools registering kindergarten pupils
Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools are conducting kindergarten registration for the 2008-2009 school year.
Most cities in Arizona are bracing for bad budget news. In Star Valley, the money's coming in faster than projected and going out much more slowly, Town Manager Vito Tedeschi reported at the Tuesday, April 1, council meeting.
Years of conservation effort and 27 inches of rain have finally balanced out Payson's water accounts -- should we tell voters?
The Pine-Strawberry Water Improve-ment District has approved the hiring of controversial Flagstaff attorney John Gliege.
Board approves $15 million Julia Randall Elementary School project
The Payson Unified School District has a $761,000 surplus for its bond construction projects, down from the roughly $1 million Tim Brand with Pinnacle One Consulting quoted in November.
The state's leading traffic engineer for the Rim Country district offered the Payson and Star Valley councils a bleak assessment of the process for getting an alternative route to divert the traffic that now gridlocks the highway during some busy summer weekends.
The IRS wants to help you. The bank is worried someone has accessed your account. The lonely African Princess saw your profile and wants to meet you. All you have to do to collect the $10,000, protect your savings and ride off into the sunset with the princess -- is send the nice people at the other end of that e-mail your Social Security number. DON'T DO IT.
Look for some changes in the landscape in Christopher Creek. Word is going around that the new owners of the Landmark are remodeling the once-popular watering hole. The remodel could even include some demolition on a fairly substantial scale.
Half a century ago, an adventurous trip to Tonto Creek shaped hatchery manager's life
Funny how life works out. Back in 1957 on the fishing trip that changed his life, John Diehl was just a tadpole -- 5 years old at the rushing headwaters of his life.
Junior Hunter Haynes overcame the rigors of playing on the road by hurling and hitting the Longhorns to a convincing 7-1 East region victory over the home standing Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
Parks and Recreation coordinator Deb Rose wants runners, joggers and walkers to know that the site for tomorrow's (Saturday) Walk-A-Hound Lose-A-Pound 5K Fun Run/Walk has changed.
A tenor and a coloratura, a dramatic and a mezzo-soprano, will bring an afternoon of arias and Broadway songs to Payson May 4.
It is easy to sing in the car or shower. However, possessing the confidence to perform comfortably in front of an audience is a learned skill.
The Northern Gila County Sanitary District has plans to discontinue the receiving of septic and grease trap wastes at its facilities on July 1. This change will result in homeowners with septic tanks and businesses with grease interceptors spending more money for their disposal needs.
Tuesday, April 1
Rim Country helpers donate more than 5,000 hours valued at more than $92,000
Irene McCann stood serenely at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce visitor's center, ready for anything.
Decades ago the Payson High School booster club, led by Pat Velasco, fueled the volunteer drive to fund extracurricular activities.
In times of crisis and need, the Red Cross is usually among the first on the scene to provide aid and comfort. Such was the case early last summer when the Promontory Fire evacuation was underway.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) become a ray of hope for children placed in foster care. While cared for outside the parental home, the child will meet many new people, including counselors, judges, attorneys, visitation supervisors and teachers.
The project closest to Mason Richard Skoglund's heart is Clothe-a-Child. "To see those little kids' smiling faces when they get new clothes and jackets is so neat. Those kids are great and they appreciate the things," Skoglund said.
Remember the thrill you felt when you first opened a book and read it all by yourself? That thrill is just one of the things volunteers at Rim Country Literacy help bestow on children and adults.
Parks give and give and give. But here's a little-known fact: Parks need friends too. Fortunately, the Friends of Parks and Recreation are on the job.
Pine and Strawberry have seen many changes over the years. For decades the little communities north of Payson hosted the Northern Gila County Fair, but now that is held here.
If you think you have never heard of the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, you would probably be mistaken. "Our love name is the Pine Strawberry Senior Center," manager Bill Thompson said.
Local Kiwanis members have raised and distributed more than $700,000 to youth in the last two and half decades -- $300,000 of that has been in scholarships.
Volunteers and bellringers raised $20,000 last year to help the needy throughout Rim Country
A lot of public service organizations volunteer time and work to improve their community in various ways. The Payson branch of the Salvation Army probably won't be seen building town homes or cleaning streets in Rim Country, but they do bring in money that stays right here in the community.
Mission of the Elks is to support community's youth and its veterans
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been serving the Rim Country since 1960. The group, simply known as the Payson Elks, was chartered on July 6, 1960. It had a whopping 183 charter members -- which in those days represented a substantial percentage of the male population in the small mountain community.
The Rim Country Optimist Club's "subtitle" is Friends of Youth. And it is because of the youth, members of the club work so tirelessly.
‘Amy' was not quite 2 years old when Child Protective Services removed her from her parents. Settling into her foster home, she wanted a tricycle.
Recent conflicts involving the U.S., including the war in Iraq, have left some veterans of U.S. military services with disabilities and the need for help. Veterans Helping Veterans is a Payson-based organization dedicated to serving in-need veterans regardless of age or where and when they served.
Twenty-two creative-minded people formed the Payson Art League in 1978. Currently there are more 100 members, proficient in a variety of media, according to the group's Web site.
Did you know that two shelves in a cupboard is called a library? Thanks to the ladies of the Payson Womans Club, the first library in Payson was established with just that, two shelves in a cupboard in one of the town's school buildings.
It was love at first sight for Ivon English when he met his future wife Lois, on campus in Georgia. Through 41 years and two children, the union proved a wonderful match.
As the sweet aroma of candy and cookies fills the air, the Lioness ladies prepare for another fund-raiser. The excitement builds as the women head off to their designated spot for the bake sale, the profits of which will "benefit the community," said Pam Padilla, president of the Lioness Club of Payson (LCOP).
Members of this group don't have rocks in their heads, but they certainly have them on their minds more often than not. Visiting their homes, you will find many have them as part of their décor, both inside and out.
Where do kids of drug-dependent parents, or adults unable to care for them go in Rim Country? One organization in Star Valley has an answer -- the Moose Heart Home for Children in Chicago, founded in 1913.
Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) had a great 2007, and it was only possible because you place your trust and confidence in our staff and providers. This trust is something each and every employee takes seriously.
The 50 dogs locked up on an average day at the Payson Humane Society's shelter in Payson can count on the kindness of strangers
The price of rescue is seldom cheap, but one organization in Rim Country provides that service at virtually no cost to the community.
The Payson Police Department is having its bi-monthly community meeting tonight, Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in council chambers at town hall at 303 N. Highway 87.
A wet winter has resulted in flames of color in the Tonto Basin this spring.
"Drillbit Taylor" has to be one of the funniest movies I have seen this year. It is like "Superbad" with morals.
The cheerful, open-air-loving volunteers who have dedicated thousands of hours to giving Payson one of the best trail systems in the region, have so far put signs, trimmed brush and set out markers on 23 miles of pathways in and around town.
Something missing in Wilson's performance
Several of Owen Wilson's movies during his dozen-or-so-year career have been top-notch comedy productions; movies like "You, Me and Dupree," "The Wedding Crashers" and "Meet the Fockers" quickly come to mind. However, "Drillbit Taylor" will not be making such a list.
The fourth voice recital for students of tenor Ken Goodenberger is at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at Gila Community College in the community room.
MUSIC AND MIRTH RETURN TO MAIN STREET
With the weather warming up, you won't want to miss April's First Friday on Main Street Art & Antiques Walk. This month's event promises to be a special evening with live music, free refreshments, classic and custom cars on display, carriage rides, on-street parking, Kiwanis hot dogs and brats as well as great store specials.
Welcome, coffee lovers everywhere. Today, I have some special coffee recipes, including some for flaming drinks like Café Brulot and Mexican Flaming Coffee.
David Larkins is 90 years old and he has been a Lion for more than half his life, both in Chandler and Payson.
When someone in the Rim Country is in need, the people who live here step up in a big way. The Payson Roundup's 2008 Progress Edition is dedicated to the men and women who give their time and talents to causes they care about.
The Pro Rodeo Committee has built a solid reputation as a generous volunteer group that is almost always ready and able to support worthwhile causes.
Club puts "service above self" motto into action for welfare of charitie
The Payson Rotary Club has been serving the Rim Country for 50 years. Throughout those five decades the men and women have lived the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self".
Group has received governor's award for pride in 2003, 2006
Often visitors can be heard commenting how beautiful it is in Rim Country, and a lot of that can be credited to an organization in Pine and Strawberry that donates its time, labor and, in many cases, its members donate money from their own pockets to keep Pine and Strawberry looking as good as it does.
When the gleaming classic, vintage and antique automobiles glide majestically through town, just about everyone turns to enjoy the show.
A bag-of-infinite-holding was a must-have when I pretended to be Oexanna, a Dungeons and Dragons character that romped through torch-lit, water-stained brick mazes and green forest paths, where there were creatures that might jump out and getcha.
Tracking down the lonely graves of pioneers in Arizona's Rim Country can take us to some really isolated places. Three graves, side by side along a trace of the old Crook Trail tell an ugly story of local history. They are the graves of Jamie Stott, Jimmy Scott and Jeff Wilson, who were hanged during what historian James McClintock called "one of bloodiest features of Arizona's history," the Pleasant Valley War.
13th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth
One lucky bidder at the 13th Annual Zane Grey Kiwanis Auction for Youth will zoom home in a 2005 PT Cruiser. "We're going to start the bidding for the PT Cruiser off at wholesale prices," said Kiwanis president Bobby Davis.
Groups create art with thread, needle
The quilters of the Rim Country spread love with the many quilts they donate and the funds raised through their events.
Jennifer Cushman is a woman comfortable with her world, in the process of getting comfortable as an artist. Cushman has merged her 23 years of experience as Greg's wife, nine years as their son Ty's mother and 18 years as a journalist, into pages of art in family albums and then some.
This section of the Helping Hands/Progress 2008 is where businesses supporting the publication get special recognition. Businesses and services who support this special section are given an opportunity to tell their story.
An uncertain economy sometimes makes it difficult for working people to meet all their needs. It is not uncommon for people to have to rob Peter to pay Paul as they try to make ends meet.
Service to the country, community and state didn't end for American Legion veterans when they wrapped up their military services.
Baseball club owners have discovered that the way to a fan's heart -- and more important, to his wallet -- is through his ever-growing stomach.
The Civil Air Patrol has a 67-year history of search and rescue missions in America. Under the auspices of the United States Air Force, Squadron 209 formed in Payson in 1976 with the charter being granted on August 23, 1977.
Sleeping without fear in a clean bed is a gift the Time Out Shelter bequeaths to battered women and their children. The non-profit, largely volunteer operation has offered women a listening ear, a place to lay a weary head and hope for a future without violence for nearly 15 years in Payson.
Once a year, bowling balls rumble down the alleys of Rim Country Lanes to strike the pins. Whether the ball takes out all 10 or, a just a couple of pins, team members scream and shout their enthusiasm at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake.
‘Volunteers in Action' is not a misnomer for the men and women who help the Payson Police Department. The 12,499 hours of service they tallied in 2007 equal more than six full-time positions.
Once the members of the High Country Garden Club are done beautifying their own gardens, they use their skills to help others. In the past, members of the club have assisted elderly residents with yard work and the children at the Payson Community Kids program with their facility's garden.
The Payson Womans Club boasts 87 years of continuous dedication to the community. The club started in 1921 and incorporated in 1922. At the first meeting, the 34 charter members began planning for a building fund and the creation of a library.
Volunteering as a scout leader pays well. "Just look into the faces of a scout," said Girl Scout volunteer Shannon Romberger, who has been active for four years in the organization.
Suzanne Bohlman was a girl of 15 when she first encountered a Soroptimist. For a year, she lived at the Girls Ranch in Northern Arizona. Soroptimist founded the ranch to provide a safe haven for girls who, through no fault of their own, were wards of the court.
The Payson Horseman's Association is dedicated to bringing equine enthusiasts together to socialize with each other, to protect trails, preserve human and animal rights and to benefit us individually with knowledge, love and enjoyment of our equine friends.
Pine library patrons get to peruse some of their favorite magazines thanks to the generosity of Pine Library Friends.
Long hours spent guarding goodness knows what on cold nights, freezing flood waters, desolate locations, little recognition, no pay and sometimes even dealing with unruly individuals bent on pushing a situation to its limit -- these are often the challenges faced by sheriff's posse volunteers in Rim Country.
In April 1999, Senior Circle Association was established in the Payson community as a non-profit, tax-paying membership organization for adults age 50 and older.
Mogollon Health Alliance stems from the 1953 Junior Woman's Club
Rim Country residents, a great many of them women, have volunteered countless hours to bring in and support local medical services for nearly 55 years.