Stories for August 2008


Friday, August 29

Donald Ray Brackin

Donald Ray Brackin, 72, of Williams, Ariz. died Aug. 18, 2008.

Theda H. Broome

Theda H. Finger Broome, 83, of Phoenix, Ariz. died Aug. 27, 2008.

Season opener a romp

With 14 seconds remaining in the first half, quarterback Ridge Halenar found wide receiver Tyler Savage on a fade route in the corner of the end zone.

Mary Elizabeth Mace

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Mace, 97, of Payson, Ariz. died Aug. 23, 2008.

Experience important

Two conservatives slug it out in Republican primary

The battle for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 1 has turned into a slugfest, as a woman with deep local roots but an international resume challenges a conservative activist who thought she had the nomination sewn up.

Plenty of job opportunities await students

Despite the rough economic times, students and employers said at Payson High School's senior Career Day Wednesday that getting a job is still possible.

Lawyer, reporter and former lawmaker all like their chances

The race for the Democratic nomination in the vast first congressional district, which includes Rim Country, pits a well-funded former state lawmaker against an environmental attorney and a former TV news reporter and publisher.

Early ballots can be voted through Tuesday

Just under half of the primary election ballots mailed out to county residents have been returned, which represents one-third of registered voters, but voters have until 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 to make them count.

Search for manager launched

At the Sept. 2 council meeting, Star Valley councilors will discuss hiring a new town manager and possibly a temporary manager.

Open Congressional seat spurs fierce fight

A bevy of candidates with bristling resumes have clashed on both sides of the primary divide in the struggle to move on to the general election in the sprawling First Congressional District, which covers most of Eastern Arizona and the Rim Country, but remains centered on the concentration of voters in Flagstaff.

Many ask when is the best time to invest

Sir John Templeton is one of the founders of Franklin Templeton Investments. When he speaks, listeners often ask, "When is the best time to invest?" He invariably replies, "Whenever you have the money." While past performance is not a guarantee of future results, history has borne him out so far.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Last chance to enter raffle for Arctic Cat

Community crime surveys due Aug. 31

How big is the drug problem in Payson? How easy is it for young people to get alcohol?

Three seats up for election on school board

Voters looking to shake up local government can aim at their school board this November.

County attorney injured

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores remains in fair condition after a bicycle accident on Aug. 22. Flores was struck by a tractor-trailer while on a bicycle ride with her husband, Dr. Tim Trent, to Roosevelt Lake on her day off. Flores and Trent were heading east on Highway 188, near milepost 228, back to the Globe area when the front of a tractor-trailer, that was also heading eastbound, hit her, said DPS spokesman Robert Bailey. Flores went off the side of the truck and not under it, he said. "She was not run over." Flores was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital with serious injuries, he said. Police are investigating whether the truck veered off the roadway onto the shoulder, or if Flores was in the roadway, Bailey said. Bailey did not know if Flores was wearing a helmet at the time. Trent was uninjured in the accident. "She is recovering, but she is still in the hospital," he said. In a press release, Flores said she expects to be in the hospital for two to three days and then return to her home in Globe. "Ms. Flores and Dr. Trent are very thankful for the responsiveness of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Gila County Sheriff's Office and Tri-City Fire/Paramedics," the press release said.

Thursday, August 28

Payson Volleyball Invitational rescheduled

If you're one of the boosters clutching a Lady Longhorn volleyball schedule that shows the Payson Invitational scheduled for Aug. 29 and 30, toss the agenda into the circular file.

Rim Country's women golfers tear up links

Golfers representing Chaparral Pines, Rim Club and the Payson Women's Golf Association met Aug. 26 for a partner best ball formatted shootout.

Tonto Village has big party planned

The Labor Day Bash, sponsored by the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary -- the Fireflies of Tonto Village -- is coming together with the help of all the auxiliary members and firemen.

Community celebrates octogenarian

Marty Bethancourt celebrated her upcoming birthday with several ladies from Christopher Creek.

Who can resist a hound dog?

We have hounds at Payson Humane Society. We have a hound of every color, size or mix.

College helps with job hunt skills

Are you looking to improve your work skills?

Jazz performance to raise piano funds

Piano jazz vocalist Judy Roberts will join popular local jazz vocalist Renee Patrick in leading an all-star group of musicians in a special performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Edward Jones retirement program

The two Payson Edward Jones financial advisers will host a free satellite broadcast titled, "Know Your Retirement Number," at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 113 W. Main, Suite A (8:30 a.m. showing) or 411 S. Beeline, Suite B (3:30 p.m. showing).

Payson faces powerful experience at Fountain Hills

The key to a Longhorn victory over Fountain Hills might be containing a senior running back/defensive back who missed most of last season due to injuries.

Athletes, cheer squad efforts appreciated

Pine Strawberry Fire District Administrative Assistant Lisa Sieracki, who also volunteers at the two towns' food bank wants to thank all those who participated in the food drive Aug. 22 at the Payson High School vs. Camp Verde football scrimmage.

Lady Horns open with victory

Payson's 3-0 season-opening win over Estrella Foothills might have brought out the best in the individual players.

Cross-country, soccer seasons start Tuesday

Although the PHS football and volleyball campaigns are in full swing, cross-country and soccer action has not yet tipped off.

Are your investments working as hard as you do?

It's Labor Day weekend -- and you probably feel that your household is laboring pretty darn hard. And you'd be right.

Catfish fanatic pulls monster out of Roosevelt Lake

Software engineer snags giant 42-pound flathead catfish -- or was it the other way around?

Put the kids to bed before you read this story -- unless you want to tell them monsters do exist.

We need a medical study to study medical studies

Unless you've decided to skip the evening news in favor of something less painless -- like say, beating your head against the wall, -- you've seen medical studies that reversed everything we were told by the 10 previous ones that investigated the same thing.

Best deal, great food at surprising spot

One of the best deals on a meal, featuring great food can be found at a very surprising spot -- the cafeteria at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Teens light up food bank spirits

The decision by Payson High School football players and spirit lines to help re-supply almost-empty shelves at the Pine Strawberry Food Bank has Lisa Sieracki spewing superlatives.

Major bass tournament comes to area

Bass fishing at Roosevelt Lake has been improving over the last three years.

Crime lab use will cost local law enforcement

The Arizona legislature's move to slash the Department of Public Safety crime budget could cost Payson more than $100,000.

Longtime church leader earns seminary degree

Simone Lake is a noted church speaker and Bible study leader in the Rim Country. Now she has a degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary to add to her impressive credentials.

ATV accident claims man's life: Fourth this year

A 23-year-old Scottsdale man was killed Saturday evening after losing control of his all terrain vehicle and striking a tree.

Opinion poll might cut YMCA knot

Legal tangle prompts discussion of ways to settle appeal, avoid special election

Here’s an idea. Just poll the voters.

Closed campus for freshmen debated

The logistics of keeping Payson High School freshman on campus during lunch have injected a jarring dilemma into an otherwise pleasant dream.

Tuesday, August 26

Movie review: Star Wars -- The Clone Wars

Movie doesn't fly with its predecessors

I try not to pick favorites, but I do hold dear an article of junk food: I like Junior Mints.

A piece of history from 1885


Recently I came across a postcard sent from Payson in 1885. This is quite a find.

Let's get out of Dodge


I'm sure there have been times at your house when you turn to your spouse or significant other and say, "Let's get out of Dodge and go somewhere."

One artist's legacy of diamonds


One could say artist Brenda Baker's career began at the kitchen table.

Warm weather is time for fresh salads


Hello, everyone. I am writing this from the small town Piney Flats, where my sister, Nancy, lives. It is outside of Johnson City, Tenn.

4-H student preps pig for fair


Every morning at 6:45 a.m., Caleb Burket, 11, struts down to his six-acre family farm and feeds his pig Bacon before heading off to school. Bacon is the pig's name, not its breakfast.

Monday, August 25

Jerry Lee Moody

Jerry Lee Moody of Springville, Ind. Died Aug 19, 2008 at his home. He was born Jan. 1, 1938.

Athletes, cheerleaders benefit food bank

Four large boxes of food collected Aug. 22 as admission to a scrimmage between Payson High and Camp Verde football teams has been delivered to the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank.

Crazy for karaoke

Giving dreams a voice and melody

Before the video game "Rock Band" existed, there was a simpler and cheaper way to get down with your friends and let your vocal cords free -- karaoke.

Alan Ensley

Alan Ensley died Aug. 8, 2008, after battling a serious illness for many months.

Alma Lorraine Cline

Alma Lorraine Cline was born in Florence, Ariz. on Nov. 12, 1935. She died Aug. 18, 2008, at her home in Tonto Basin, Ariz.

Arson charge made at RV park

A Jake's Corner man reportedly backed his van into a neighbor's awning and then threw a firebomb onto the porch last Monday night.

Science class gives life lessons

The search for berries one recent Friday afternoon during Eileen Lawson's fourth grade science nature walk was akin to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

High-flying fun

Joe Conlin (pictured) hits a ramp and flies high with maximum air Saturday at Rumsey Park during the Day of Reckoning BMX/Skate Contest.

Payson campus enrollment soars

GCC dean touts classes for high school, vocational, 4-year students

Gila Community College's 40-percent jump in enrollment could portend great things, Payson campus Dean Pam Butterfield said at a recent luncheon.

Money holds key in wide-open race

Two pile up fund-raising lead in battle for open congressional seat

Lopsided spending and fund-raising totals in the wide-open, fiercely contested primaries for Arizona's First Congressional District should provide a vivid test of the proposition that money decides most elections -- especially when relative unknowns compete in a district the size of Pennsylvania.

Water district lines up finances

Pine Strawberry board arranges loan to buy water company

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Board has lined up a low-cost loan to buy the water company serving the two communities, PSWID board President Robert Haney announced late last week.

Pioneer heritage suffers loss of anchoring pillar

The pioneer heritage of the Tonto Basin and Rim Country is without one of its anchoring pillars.

Historic Rock Building to become school's district office

Room in the Payson Unified School District's $34 million bond, approved by voters in 2006, allows for a relocated district office.

Community colleges explain American economic miracle

Here's a mystery for you: Americans constitute about 5 percent of the world's population -- but produce more than one third of the world's wealth.

Cops nab burglary suspect

After two failed attempts over the last three months, the Gila County Sheriff's Department finally arrested and booked a 37-year-old Pine woman on multiple burglary charges.

Mountain town design plan is good

It was very gratifying to read about the proposed plans to have architectural guidelines for Payson.

Bowl for Kids' Sake event very successful

Big Brothers Big Sisters had a very successful Bowl for Kids' Sake on Sunday, Aug. 10 at Rim Country Lanes.

YMCA is a big win for the town

I would like to respond to a few points raised in the article entitled "Let the voters decide the fate of the YMCA," which appeared in your paper on Aug. 19.

What the override provides

I am writing in response to Mr. David L. Tovar's recent letter to the editor against the upcoming School Override Extension Initiative. I would like to shed some facts on some of the things the override does for our students and teachers.

Olympic stories and Mother's words

I love the Olympic games! What is it about this international competition that so captivates and inspires us?

Thanks for supporting Mexican dinner

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone that supported the Mexican Dinner that was held at PES, on Aug. 19.

Scrimmage good gauge of strengths, weaknesses

Longhorn head football coach Josh Anderson and defensive coordinator Kenny Hayes reply with identical answers when asked what the preseason scrimmage against Camp Verde, held Aug. 22 on PHS field, meant to the PHS team.

Roping clinics planned through September

Payson Event Center Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt believes an upcoming team roping and breakaway clinic might be just the boost competitors of all ages and skill levels need to reach the next level.

County should keep Armer

As a clinical social worker who provides services to the medical department of the Gila County jail, I have had an opportunity to observe the professional development of that institution over the past five years.

Thanks for adding softball to Little League

I would like to say thank you to the Little League for adding softball.

Rodeo a great venue for education

Payson's 124th annual world's oldest continuous rodeo has come and gone like a thundering herd of wild mustangs.

Furniture store closing its doors

After more than six years in business, Bedrooms & More is closing its doors. Fran and John Hoffman are retiring and packing up their bags.

Thanks to our friends and neighbors

The Shrine of North America spends $1.7 Million every day for crippled and burned children from the communities of North America.

Supreme Court affirms death penalty in case argued in Payson

Justices order execution of a man allegedly sexually abused as a child who beat, bound and shot a man he said was a child molester

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who said he bound, beat, robbed, shotgunned and set on fire a Tucson man, in part because he believed the murdered man was a child molester.

Supreme Court ties off drug case loophole

Justices reverse themselves and appeals court to rule that to sell drugs you have to first possess them

So much for loopholes.

Honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps

For Gar Baybrook, joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 is a memorable experience that got him through the Great Depression. For two years, he typed love letters for fellow workers for the small fee of 25 cents.

Minor land divisions and the 'wildcats'


The purpose of a minor land division is to allow an owner of a property to divide the whole of the property into several parcels.

Little Marines call for reinforcements

Payson orders a new company of weed-eating fish after first wave suffers losses

The Little Marines hit the beach hard, suffering heavy losses.

Pride, desire to help create stellar department

The Beaver Valley Fire Department is taking its place as one of the leading volunteer fire departments in the area. Like other area departments, it responds to emergency calls throughout northern Gila County.

Mounted shooters vie for state's top slots

Scenes straight out of yesteryear and reminiscent of 1800s gunfights and Tom Mix movies will unfurl Aug. 30 and 31 in the Payson Event Center.

Booster group selling couch seats at football games

A Payson gridiron tradition is being revived this season by the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club.

Payson schools observe half-day Aug. 27

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day in service day Wednesday, Aug 27.

Community Almanac

A program on Payson people bringing pure water, vegetable gardens and a feeding center for 200 children left orphaned by the many diseases on the tiny island of Rusinga in Lake Victoria, Africa will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29 and 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30.

Comeback kids: Eagle baby boom

Desert Bald Eagles produce record 53 chicks as USFWS ponders lifting protection

Thanks to a wet year, vigilant human nannies and lots of wriggling fish, Arizona's population of Desert Bald Eagles produced a record 53 chicks this spring, according to the state Department of Game and Fish.

Clifford Pudlas

Clifford Pudlas, 84, died Aug. 22, 2008. He was born in Arkansas and his family moved to, Ajo, Ariz. when he was 14.

Peggy H. Porter

Peggy H. Porter of Payson, Ariz. died Aug. 23, 2008 at the Payson Care Center. She was born in Chicago, Ill. Sept. 30, 1922 to John and Mary Hannigan.

Friday, August 22

Archery hunting season for bear, deer, antelope, turkey starting

Believe it or not, the 2008 hunting season begins today with archery antelope, bear, deer and turkey being the first in a series of hunts.

Veteran runners offer free training for Challenge runners

A pair of veteran runners are serving up free training sessions in preparation for the upcoming Rim Country Challenge, Payson's annual half marathon and 5K.

Sheriff candidates agree on need for new jail facilities

Whoever wins the race for Gila County Sheriff will take office in an era of stifling economic woes that undercut the county's ability to expand overcrowded jail facilities.

Sometimes we ask all the wrong questions

I once met a person I was certain I knew. And he was certain he knew me. And yet for 29 months we could not figure out where we knew each other from.

Opinion poll might cut YMCA knot

Legal tangle prompts discussion of ways to settle appeal, avoid special election

Here's an idea. Just poll the voters.

PHS grad goes to Philippines

Payson native and 2003 Payson High School graduate, Layton Howell, can now be referred to as Captain Layton Howell.

Are you a believer, too?

The seams are bursting at Payson Humane Society. We have dogs and cats of every size and color.

Adult tennis tourney will take place on Sept. 6

Just about anyone set on improving his or her tennis game turns to Diane Jackson.

Top professional angler to offer fishing tips at parks and recreation program

The chance to learn from former professional angler Mark Kile is an opportunity not many fishermen would pass up.

Can of food gets you into PHS game

Admission to today's football scrimmage against Camp Verde is one can of nonperishable food. The game tips off at 5 p.m. in PHS stadium.

Forest Service to hold meetings on land management plan revisions

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be hosting several open house-style meetings in September 2008, to gather input about the desired future conditions in the forests.

Payson to honor 75th anniversary of the CCC

The Northern Gila County Historical Society will host free events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29 at the Payson Public Library.

Calling all entries for 54th Northern Gila County Fair

Fair opens Sept. 5, entries due on Thursday, Sept. 4

The recent rodeo weekend may still be on most people's minds, but there are some residents with another weekend in their thoughts.

Beaver Valley Day Celebration set for Aug. 30

Food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, Saturday, Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Beaver Valley, northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road.

No rate jump in Pine-Strawberry water buyout

Water rates will not be raised if the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District is successful in its takeover of the communities water companies

Chicago's first lady of jazz to perform at Payson event

The Chicago Tribune's acclaimed First Lady of Jazz, piano jazz vocalist Judy Roberts, will be joining popular local jazz vocalist Renee Patrick in leading an Arizona all-star group of musicians in a special performance at the Community Presbyterian Church, Sunday Sept. 21 starting at 2 p.m.

Olympic medalist formerly trained in Payson

Henry Cejudo, the former Maryvale High School wrestling champion who won the freestyle gold medal in the Beijing Olympics once trained in Payson.

Thanks for the support

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Optimists host Firemen's BBQ

Suzanne Michaels and the Rim Country Optimist Club will host a Fireman's BBQ beginning at noon Sunday, Aug. 24 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church (Highway 260 east of Safeway).

Rocket Boy

Jacob Schulte pushes the launch button with anticipation as he, his sister Mackenzie and dad, Danny, spend time together in Rumsey Park on a recent Saturday.

Teen rescued after eight-hour search

After searching for more than eight hours, rescue personnel airlifted a 16-year-old teen out of a remote section of the Barnhardt Trail with a sprained ankle Monday night.

ATV accident claims man's life: Fourth this year

A 23-year-old Scottsdale man was killed Saturday evening after losing control of his all terrain vehicle and striking a tree.

Thursday, August 21

Watering Hole is under new ownership

The Watering Hole, formerly Mogollon Steak House in Strawberry, is under new ownership.

Chapman Auto Center offers more incentives

Chapman Auto Center wants to make buying as affordable as leasing.

Rim Country Mall gets a new look

The Rim Country Mall is all spruced up.

Opportunities abound for Payson High student

When Meha Sharma's parents plucked her and her now 16-year-old brother from their home in northern India and moved with them to Payson, they wanted to give their children better opportunities, Sharma says.

New minister leads flock at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran

Payson's Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church organized almost 23 years ago.

Scrimmage to help Pine/Strawberry food bank

A band of Payson High School seniors found themselves in hot water last spring when they unwisely pulled off some pranks that resulted in them facing criminal damage charges.

Steer clear of herd mentality

As an investor, it's easy to "follow the herd" and just do what everyone else is doing. When the market is soaring, and everyone is pouring money in, it seems to make sense to be aggressive.

Closed campus for freshmen debated

The logistics of keeping Payson High School freshman on campus during lunch have injected a jarring dilemma into an otherwise pleasant dream.

Longhorns debut against Camp Verde in scrimmage Friday

Arizona Interscholastic Association rules mandate no score be kept during preseason football scrimmages.

Labor Day Bash will be Aug. 30 in Tonto Village

Countdown to the Labor Day Bash in Tonto Village is on. The date of the barbecue pork dinner is Saturday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rain and humidity getting out of hand

It is beginning to feel like we are living back in Pittsburgh again.

Winding road for beloved truck

Truck and driver are once again reunited after nearly 40 years. Retired Forest Service ranger Cecil Sims is behind the wheel of a 1925 Dodge truck that he helped rescue from the bottom of a desert canyon

Tuesday, August 19


Founded by miners, built by ranchers: The Story of Payson, Arizona

For some years I have desired to set down an orderly account of the town of Payson, Arizona, founded by gold miners and established by cattle ranchers in the late 19th century. It is a story that begins in the spring of 1868.

Building a bowl -- piece-by-piece

The wooden bowls on display at Artists of the Rim Gallery shine impeccably. Southwestern inspired lines complement simple, elegant shapes.

Let's go cruising

If you have read any of my previous travel articles you know that cruising is, in the end, the best travel value.

Fresh vegetables, easy rice nice for summer

Last year I spent my birthday in Cancun, courtesy of my brother, Tommy.

Crazy for KARAOKE

Giving dreams a voice and melody

Before the video game Rock Band existed, there was a simpler and cheaper way to get down and let your vocal cords free -- karaoke.

Lane closure will affect traffic on State Route 260

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will begin construction of a water line along State Route 260 between Preacher Canyon and Kohl's Ranch on Aug. 28. The water will be used during the project to widen the highway between Little Green Valley and Kohl's Ranch.

Political fill up: Republican pumps up her plan

GOP congressional candidate Sydney Hay would offer tax credits and expand nuclear power to cut dependence on foreign oil imports

Bowling for kids event raise $36,000

The seventh annual Bowl for Kids' Sake raised $36,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, $5,000 less than last year.

Bare, Bulls and Broncs event is Aug. 30

‘Wild and crazy' ranch bronc riding event added to upcoming Payson event

As a former bull rider and team roper who daily lives the creed "Cowboy Up," Casper Baca is a cowpuncher not easily swayed.

24-hour mountain bike challenge will be held Sept. 20-21

For the Payson Stampede 24-Hour Mountain Bike Challenge to become the national championships it's destined to be, the event date had to be changed.

Ex-PHS student wins bronc event at ‘August Doin's' rodeo

Among the highlights of the August Doin's were a hometown cowboy's victory in the saddle bronc riding, a uniquely spiritual cowboy church and the return of a stock contractor who's been a part of the Payson Rodeo for 30 years.

A can of food gains you entrance into PHS game

The Friends and Neighbor (FAN) club, Payson High School spirit line and Longhorn football players have joined forces to achieve their goal of helping the less fortunate.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

MDA Rummage Sale Aug. 22-23

School board tables question of $50 parking charges

A parent's inquiry into the $50 annual charge for parking permits at Payson High School resulted in a re-examination of the fees and what they pay for.

Paddle up a river of possibility

Quickly: Name three streams alongside which you can camp in Arizona.

Payson Men's golf club title on the line Wednesday

The Payson Men's Golf Association club championship will be decided tomorrow, Aug. 20, when Rick Korth and Brandan Kelley lock horns on Payson Golf Course.

Boundary survey is low-cost insurance

We recommend to all our buyers that a boundary survey of the property be done prior to the close of escrow.

Town says it will appeal YMCA ruling

Judge blocks vote on lease of park land, town decides to keep fighting for a vote that challenges council's position

Payson will appeal Gila County Superior Court Judge Robert Duber's decision last week to throw out more than 1,300 signatures gathered to block a proposed deal between Payson and the YMCA, Mayor Kenny Evans said Monday.

Yippee! Rodeo, parade crowds jump

Some 6,000 spectators fill rooms, restaurants and line new parade route, but cowboy count dwindles

Some 6,000 people attended weekend rodeo events, a 20 percent jump from last year, said Payson Director of Tourism and Economic Vitality Cameron Davis.

County tax increase goes to help pay state deficit

The county's falling tax rate passed Monday offers little relief for some residents whose increased property values will reflect higher property tax payments.

Expanding Star Valley's business corridor necessary, says general plan's draft

Star Valley will one day triple in size and continue commercial development along Highway 260 by adding a five-mile business corridor east of town, according to a draft of the general plan.

Candidates: Bypass would be economic disaster

Few differences emerged among the three Democratic candidates for Gila County District 2 Supervisor as they spoke at a recent candidate forum.

Signs of changing seasons

Even though summer weather lingers in Rim Country for several more weeks, there are subtle hints of autumn in the air.

Feature teacher

Cowboys, rodeo queen visit Payson Elementary

In conjunctive celebration with Payson's World's Oldest Continuing Rodeo, kindergartners from Payson Elementary School sat privy Wednesday morning to three Arizona High School Rodeo extraordinaires.

Roundup hires sales executive

Jeff Lodge has been hired as a sales executive for the Payson Roundup.

Monday, August 18

Daniela Alejandra

Torean Brilee Sprague

Mountain scrimmage last for ASU?

The playing of Taps, which concludes many funerals conducted with honors, might have been the idyllic background music for the 3,200 fans and 100 Arizona State University football players who filed out of Camp Tontozona on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Heflin and Ryan to wed

John and Ilona Swenson

Sophia Elise Moreno

Kelsey May Burton

Shaden Charlene Tenney

Kolby Rosser

Nolan Dale Keeney

Roger Patrick Snyder

Aidan Ryan Tucker

Friday, August 15

YMCA election halted

Superior Court Judge Robert Duber Friday said he will halt a scheduled November special election on whether the Town of Payson should lease park land to the YMCA for a pool and fitness center.

Doris E. Gregory

Doris E. Gregory, 71, died Aug. 4, 2008.

Glenn H. Ashby

Glenn H. Ashby died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Celebrate 124th Rodeo weekend

Wildfire season has been a fizzle, so far

Payson Ranger District reports dramatic drop in wildfires, wins $400,000 for additional thinning

Well-timed rains, the brief imposition of campfire restrictions and citizen cooperation this year have dramatically reduced wildfires so far this season, Tonto National Forest Fire Management Officer Gary Roberts said Monday.

Cowboy up Payson

Jolee Lautaret, Kingman, gets ready to throw her rope during the Women's Professional Rodeo event Thursday night at the Payson Event Center.

Students' online class offerings increased

In continuing technology's slow erosion of brick and mortar restraints, Payson students' opportunities for virtual learning expanded Monday night.

Group offers 40 pages of design rules

The 40-pages of proposed regulations for commercial buildings and apartment complexes in Payson would provide the town with "an orderly aesthetic growth pattern in keeping with the cultural and historic foundations" of the town by using natural materials, forest colors and rustic buildings to protect the "mountain, forest character and heritage" of Payson.

Wild water year for Rim fills reservoirs

Rains deliver 1.3 million acre feet and give region a four- to six-year

Half roller coaster, half water slide, the fitful winter and monsoon rains this year showed up just in time to fill nearly empty reservoirs.

Resignation of SV manager effective now

The Star Valley town council accepted the town manager's resignation effective immediately Thursday night at a special meeting.

Fireflies plan biggest fund-raiser of the year for Aug. 30 at the chapel

Good news for the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, aka, the Fireflies.

Republican headquarters opens in Payson

Charlotte Mortensen feels deeply John McCain would make an excellent president.

An appeal to help the less fortunate, donations needed

Those at the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank are very appreciative of the donations they've received, but there's more to be done.

Feature your pet on humane society calendar

All you animal lovers out there, now is your time to let your pet be in the spotlight and to help out the Humane Society. It is time for the 2009 Payson Humane Society Pet Calendar and they can use your help.

Higher authority leads couple on African odyssey

The African odyssey of Daryl and Mary Jo Oft began three years ago. The couple, who own Diversified Solutions in Payson and Globe, participated in a global evangelism effort in 2005. Their participation took them to Kaswanga, Kenya on the island of Rusinga in Lake Victoria.

Fall computer classes starting at Gila Community College

Are you a beginner with computers, or an advanced pro? Do you want to improve your business with important presentations using Power Point?

East Verde flows could change since SRP controls the spigot

Blue Ridge deal with Payson and water needs in Phoenix could combine to turn East Verde into a tourist draw

Water experts and Payson officials hope improvements in a pipeline and a deal between the town and the Salt River Project may eventually bolster flows in the East Verde River -- and thereby nurture the region's tourist business.

New subdivision centers around equine facilities

Just six miles west of Main Street in Payson sits an $8 million, 116-lot proposed subdivision ready for development on the historic Doll Baby Ranch.

Firefighters help hearing impaired with visual fire detectors

A smoke alarm can save a life. But for the hearing impaired, a traditional detector is of little use.

Photographers will have pro photo editor judge work

Rim Country photographers have a chance to have their work judged by Arizona Highways photo editor Jeff Kida at the 2008 Northern Gila County Fair.

Pet calendar spaces available

There's a lot going on this time of year at Payson Humane Society. As always, there are many animals to care for on a daily basis. This keeps us busy each and every day.

Blackberry bushes producing great fruit

Are you looking for an outdoor activity that the entire family can enjoy?

New offense befuddles defensive strategy

An innovation that has the potential to change the game of high school football could be unveiled this season.

3-D archery shoot will take place at sports club

Add competitive 3-D archery to the long list of outdoor activities available at the Tonto Rim Sports Club.

Popular demo derby coming to Event Center

Nelson Beck has never wavered in his conviction that there is plenty of room on the Rim Country recreation calendar for one of the wackiest entertainments ever held in the Payson Event Cente

Payson athletes in Special Olympics

Experienced triathletes, Special Olympic athletes -- including three from Payson -- families and volunteers will unite in the inaugural Swim, Bike, Run and Special Olympics Unified Triathlon.

Janet Crocker McQueen

Janet Crocker McQueen died Aug.13, 2008.

Jesse Clinton Kelso

Jesse Clinton Kelso, 91, died Aug. 14, 2008

How I met my brother, Charlie

To a youngster, life can be very puzzling. Things happen. Everybody else knows why they happen, but you don't. And the more they tell you, the less you understand.

Phil Dickey will present concert at Ponderosa Baptist Church

Inspirational recording artist Phil Dickey will present a concert at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 17.

Why the Y?

Book writing workshop features Betty Webb on Aug. 23

Beginning and experienced writers are invited to learn how to write and sell a book successfully at a writing workshop featuring nationally-known novelist Betty Webb, of Scottsdale.

Knocked down, stomped on, cussed out: Rodeo Boss loves his rodeo

Cowboying helped raise Bill Armstrong's joyful sprawl of a family, now he wants to make sure rodeo never dies in Payson

He's been stomped. Cussed out. Beat up. Passed over. Fussed over. Fumed at. Broke up, knocked down, bucked off, stepped on, kicked out -- called back. And in his turn, he's kicked, yelled, hollered, loved, lost, won, slugged, praised, ridden, roped, tumbled -- and always, always, always gotten up and dusted off and climbed back up into the saddle.

Thursday, August 14

Charitable giving and taxes

You've probably heard that "generosity is its own reward." This may be true, but when you make a charitable gift to a nonprofit organization, your generosity also could reward you -- especially when you file your tax

Marjorie Pauline Hill

Marjorie Pauline Hill died Aug. 4, 2008.

Wednesday, August 13

Star Valley city manager submits resignation

Star Valley's town manager has put in his resignation. Vito Tedeschi said he would not renew his contract in November, when his two-year term ends.

Tuesday, August 12

Beat the heat at the rodeo

It's August and it's hot. It's supposed to be hot. But it might rain, too. It is the monsoon season, after all.

Welcome back to the Old West

Welcome to Payson and the wonderful Rim Country. And welcome back to the Old West and the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Spirit of West still going strong after 124

The spirit of the West lives on through the sport of professional rodeo.

Payson Rodeo made a reality by work of many

The Payson Rodeo has relied upon the contributions of time and effort of thousands of people over its 124-year history.

History of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Organizers of the first Payson Rodeo were Abraham Henson Meadows -- known later as "Arizona Charlie" Meadows (1860-1932) -- who moved to the Rim Country with his parents from California in 1877, and young John Collins Chilson (1867-1924) who also moved to this area from California in 1879.

Spirit of the Old West

Are you Tough Enough To Wear Pink?

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign was first introduced at the 2004 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when breast cancer survivor, Terry Wheatley asked her son, team roper Wade Wheatley, to wear a pink shirt at one performance.

Rodeo Parade to be held on Old Main Street

The 2008 August Doin's Rodeo Parade is taking a different route this year. It will be held on Main Street, starting at Green Valley Park and traveling east to end at Sawmill Crossing shopping center.

Celebrate 124 years of true Old West fun

For 124 continuous years, Payson, Arizona has been celebrating the history and tradition of Rodeo.

Rodeo would not be possible without sponsors

Each year, the work of putting on the Payson Rodeo in August begins many months in advance of the big event.

Romping at the Rodeo

Bareback riding produces some of the wildest action

Bareback riding, developed in the rodeo arena many years ago, consistently produces some of the wildest action in the sport.

Bull riding popular and dangerous

Unlike the other roughstock contestants, bull riders are not required to spur.

Saddle bronc takes control

Rodeo's "classic" event -- saddle bronc riding -- has roots that run deep in the history of the Old West.

Steer wrestlers also known as bulldoggers

Steer wrestling can trace its roots back to ranch work in the old West.

Header and healer work together in team roping

In rodeo's only true team event, two ropers -- a "header" and a "heeler" -- work together to rope a steer in the quickest time possible.

Tie-down roping born in Old West

Tie-down roping was born on the ranches of the Old West. Sick calves had to be roped and tied down for medical treatment. Roping and tying down the calves was also used at branding time.

About the Payson Event Center

The Payson Event Center construction started in March 1997 with volunteers from around the community helping clear the six acres of town property.

A few facts about Payson and the Rim Country

No matter what the occasion -- the 124th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo or just a weekend outing -- a visit to the Rim Country is a wonderful, refreshing experience.

Not all rodeo action limited to professionals

You don't have to be a professional rodeo cowboy to get in on some of the action during the 124th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson.

Live music, other weekend events

If you're in the mood to scoot your boots after the rodeo, check out some of the live entertainment this weekend in Rim Country.

Rodeo superstitions

Some say every day is Friday the 13th when it comes to rodeo contestants.

5K run, half marathon is on Oct. 4, features relay option

Registration has kicked off for those ground pounders determined to test their speed, endurance and will power in the Rim Country Challenge, Payson's annual half marathon and 5K.

Don't turn Payson into a theme park

Picture Payson and Sedona as songs.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Barbecue for teachers Aug. 13

Lightning sparks biggest fire of the season

The biggest forest fire in a blessedly quiet season skittered sideways out of control on the whoosh of a storm cell downdraft yesterday below Milk Ranch Point, said Tonto Ranger District Fire Prevention Officer Gary Roberts.

Sweeping design changes proposed

Confusing agenda befuddles council in reviewing 39 pages of rules for landscaping, colors, building designs

A sometimes baffled Payson Town Council last week found itself debating a major change in the look of all future development in town, without knowing they were doing it.

Difficult rescue takes 4 hours

It took rescuers four hours to excavate an injured 17-year-old teen from Box Canyon Thursday afternoon.

Trio of Payson fighters win Prescott event

A trio of Payson Pankration fighters battled to victories in what is being called the biggest mixed martial arts show in Arizona history.

At-risk schools for students can co-exist

Linda O'Dell: County's alternative classes do not compete with Payson

The county's alternative schools do not compete with Payson's alternative school, County Superintendent of Schools Linda O'Dell told the Payson Unified School District Board at its Monday night board meeting.

Real estate -- interesting business

Being a real estate broker for more years than I want to admit, has created some interesting stories that, looking back, are somewhat unbelievable.

Town teams with game and fish, sports, guns club for outdoor event

Mary McMullen is passionately endorsing the first-ever "Women's Step Outside Weekend" as an exciting and rewarding program sure to pique the interest of all who participate.

Annual event combines old-fashioned ridin' and ropin' with food, music

Second Gracie Haught roping event benefits children's fund

It was the type of boot scootin' celebration small towns are famous for -- plenty of old-fashioned camaraderie, good food, toe-tapping live music and two days of furious riding and roping competition.

Merlyn Jane Short

Merlyn Jane Short died Aug. 7, 2008.

Ruby May Harrington

Ruby May Harrington died Aug. 3, 2008.

Alfred Grennan

Alfred Grennan, 77, of Payson, died July 31, 2008.

James Hughes Bradford

James Hughes Bradford died Aug. 6, 2008 at the age of 89.

Star Valley to seek control of water company

Star Valley's attorney Marvin Cohen goes before a judge at a water condemnation hearing today, Aug. 12, to petition the court for immediate possession of the Payson Water Co. (Brooke Utilities).

SemStream says bankruptcy will not affect Payson, ACC unsure

Despite SemStream Arizona's assurances that Payson and Page customers won't be adversely impacted by the bankruptcy of its parent company, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes said Monday she's hardly placated.

Celebrate 124 years of true Old West fun

Join in the 124th celebration of the rough and tumble tradition of rodeo this week as the Rim Country hosts the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Pine man launches counter strike in fish war

28.5-inch E. Verde trout dwarfs catch by Strawberry man

Let the wars begin. And the mystery endure.

Social Security is nation's No. 1 family protection plan

Aug. 14 marks 73 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today, more than 164 million workers are protected by the program.

Vision: past, present and the future

He was the illegitimate son of a single mother. His father was a high school dropout.

Students learning to think critically

Nurturing gifted children poses a challenge in a world where the politics of testing meet limited funding and -- especially in small districts like in Payson -- size limits possibilities.

Government officials meet to work out problems

Economic revitalization, national forest borders limiting growth and a lack of work-force housing arose as priority issues for county and town officials at a recent government mixer.

Arizona experiences bald eagle baby boom, record number of eaglets

With the last bald eagle nestling finally out of the nest, the numbers are in and a record number of eaglets took to Arizona's skies in 2008.

Golden anniversary

Clint and Elaine Davies celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 2.

Kyla Shea Garcia

Monday, August 11

Lightning sparks biggest fire of the season

70 firefighters labor to contain 10 acre blaze below the Rim at Milk Point

The biggest forest fire in a blessedly quiet season skittered sideways out of control on the whoosh of a storm cell downdraft yesterday below Milk Ranch Point, said Tonto Ranger District Fire Prevention Officer Gary Robert

40 years celebrated

Roger and Jo Freeman, who were married Aug. 6, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nev., celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a party attended by 40 of their closest friends and family at a Western-themed barbecue at Kohl's Ranch Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

Jalynn Shannon Moreno

Payson council straddles vexing fence issues

Seems like every time the Payson council members climb up on top of the proposed fence ordinance to look around -- they end up straddling it.

Kyre Lynn Conser

Harlie Ann Parks

Sheehan, Nielsen wed

Golfers travel to Williams for men's interclub tournament

There is no shortage of red-hot links action for members of Payson's three golf associations.

Friday, August 8

Historical find

Sandy Carson, the archivist for the Rim Country Museum, cleans up the back seat in a four-person carriage that is a new find for the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

New Visions Academy starts classes Aug. 11 in Star Valley

New Visions Academy starts classes Monday, Aug. 11. Formerly Star Valley School, the charter high school has restructured itself with a new administrator, teachers, and policies and procedures.

Report on police shooting of veterinarian released

The investigation into the police shooting of a Payson veterinary clinic owner who threatened suicide to friends and then turned her gun on officers who subsequently shot her in the head has been completed.


50 to 100 people play the game on the average day, as many as 200 people show up for special events

For bingo enthusiasts working or playing the game is a reward in itself, winning is just a bonus. Helen Ratliff and Nadine Bauer, bingo callers and clerks at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, calling out numbers to a packed hall of eager bingo-goers is the best job in the place.

Recovery plan keeps you on path to goals

Over the past couple of years, we've had a long bear market and a period of low interest rates.

Diamond brokers eliminate middleman costs at new jewelry store

He's been working behind the counter of a jewelry store since he was 8 years old.

Flow of animals never stops

Another busy week at Payson Humane Society. It seems there's no end to the flow of animals.

Trevor Haught finishes seventh in national bareback championship

Trevor Haught has taken a huge step toward his goal of some day making a living on the pro rodeo circuit.

Adult flag football heads town's fall sports program

A first-ever adult flag football league heads the parks and recreation department's fall sports programs.

Alaska fishing trip was well worth it

If you are going to make an Alaskan trip as one of your future adventures, then make sure the salmon are running. This happens in the summer from mid-June through the end of August. The time frame will vary slightly according to the rivers and their geographic location.

Old baseball home run tale has a Payson connection

There are some folktales I want to believe, but I just can't grasp them.

Youth football teams change names

Payson teams competing in 2008 Central Arizona Youth Football Association have undergone some name changes.

Evelyn Elizabeth Escobar

Evelyn Elizabeth Escobar, 57, died July 31, 2008.

Alfred Grennan

Alfred Grennan, 77, of Payson, died July 31, 2008.

George Joe Assyd

George Joe Assyd, 85, died July 24, 2008.

SemGroup gets $150 million operating loan

All company's assets, including SemStream are up for sale

A Delaware bankruptcy court on Friday approved a $150 million loan to help the embattled SemGroup fulfill its promise of business as usual.

Grant and matching donation given to Payson Humane Society

A $2,000 grant and a anonymous $100,000 match donation were given to the Payson Humane Society this week.

Ponderosa Baptist Church to hold concert by Phil Dickey on Aug. 17

Inspirational recording artist Phil Dickey will present a concert of praise and encouragement at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.

College wants to know if a pre-pharmacy program is needed?

Do we need a pre-pharmacy program in Payson?

Perhaps animal lovers are born that way

Maybe it began with Duke, the small white fox terrier my parents bought about the time I was a year old. Or maybe it began before that, when nature zipped together two sets of genes, one from Mom and one from Dad, thereby creating me.

Star Valley council says ‘no' to purchases

Amidst fear the town is moving too quickly to spend money, the Star Valley council Tuesday night halted plans to purchase two pieces of property totaling $710,000, that would have housed town facilities.

Payson AIMS scores good

The picture painted by standardized test score results released Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Education shows dramatic variations around Rim Country.

Group files suit over Y petitions

Suit seeks to block vote on YMCA

The court should overturn the planned special election on Payson's plan to lease five acres of park land to the Valley of the Sun YMCA for a $5.6-million recreational center, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

Definition of marriage

Payson puts criminal teeth in town codes

The Payson Council Thursday voted unanimously to make it a felony to repeatedly violate some town building codes, overruling the concerns of some citizens.

Rally driver calls Rim Country home

Strawberry man will drive BMW in AKA New York to Las Vegas Road Rally

Residents of the tiny mountain hamlet of Strawberry enjoy many unique and fascinating hobbies.

Thursday, August 7

Plant lover explores ancient art of healing

The often perceived but seldom proven art of life juxtaposes science with its beautiful uncertainty. The scientific process of experimenting with one's intuitions until they become predictable enough to quote as fact distinguishes man from say, an ape.

Chair-ish Auction surpasses expectations

From all indications, the Chair-ish Auction was a raging success.

Hellsgate firefighters free stuck horse

Hellsgate Fire Department was called out for a "horse in distress" Friday, July 25 at the home of Nick and Gayle Hodge in Collins Ranch.

School pranksters offered diversion

At least one parent says they will fight the charges

None of the Payson High School students involved in the senior prank will face criminal charges, providing they accept a plea bargain and complete a diversion program.

Ladies turn out for cards, lunch, dominos

Last week Bianca Malmin of Hunter Creek decided it would be nice to have a few ladies over for lunch, cards and dominos.

Wednesday, August 6

Group challenges YMCA referendum

Editor's Note: The following is from a press release by the organization. Look to Friday's Roundup for a complete story. A referendum drive assisted by Payson's two for-profit workout clubs violated state laws and should be tossed out, enabling the Payson Family YMCA to proceed says a new organization called Good for Taxpayers, Good for Families, Good for Seniors - Vote Yes for the YMCA - In Opposition to Serial # 08R-001.

Tuesday, August 5

Yes, sweat

At the movies - The Mummy: the tomb of the dragon emperor

Violence poor substitute for fun, action

"The Mummy" was a fun movie -- I still watch it from time to time on television.

At the movies - Journey to the center of the earth

An adventure safe for children

There it sits: the summer reading list.

around Town

There really was a Freddy Krueger

• Director Wes Craven reportedly named the character Freddy Krueger, from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror films, after a kid who had bullied him in school.

Code Blue beats warm beer blues

First off, I want to assure all Americans that this column gets the highest miles per gallon rating of any column, in print or on the Web.

Ready for a vacation?

The kids are back in school, perhaps your relatives and friends have left and soon the summer mood will change to a more normal lifestyle. Everyone else has had their vacation, now it's your turn!

Making our food dollars go further

It costs nearly $40 to put just 10 gallons of gas in our cars. Holidays and heating bills are just around the corner. Economizing is taking on added importance.

Sculptor hopes to honor memory of Rim Country's Marguerite Noble

The bronze sculpture of area legend Marguerite Noble began as a 1500-degree fiery gob of bronze.

The places of my childhood

I've been coming up to Rim Country ever since I was born, some 28 years.

To get a green thumb the key is focus is non-negotiable

The art of life, that which is perceived but seldom proven, juxtaposes science by its beautiful uncertainty. Science, the process of experimenting with one's intuitions until they become predictable enough to quote as fact, distinguishes man from say, an ape.

Star Valley looking for new home for city hall

Star Valley is looking for a new place to call town hall.

Reach out and touch someone

Globe Fire Marshal Joe Bracamonte, left, and his arson dog, Frank, were on hand from Globe for the National Night Out campaign Saturday, Aug. 2 at Green Valley Park.

Team roping, barrel racing is Aug. 8

Sponsors are eager to host the second annual Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Team Ropin' and Jackpot Barrel Race, mostly because the inaugural event was an overwhelming success.

Roping terms are somewhat confusing

With the Meredith Roping results and the Gracie Haught Memorial Team Ropin' filling the sports pages, many readers are probably wondering, "What is a No. 9 roper? How is a No. 8 roper different from a No. 4?" And, in team roping, "What does pick or draw mean?"

Full house turns out for alumni VB

More than 20 former Lady Longhorn volleyball standouts, about 300 hungry fans and the 2008 varsity team turned out for the inaugural alumni steak dinner and tournament held Aug. 1 in Wilson Dome.

Rural feeling, no big box stores for Star Valley

Star Valley wants to attract new business, but avoid big box operations in favor of mom and pop stores and a country feel to match the rural lifestyle, according to a draft of the general plan.

Plan details YMCA complex

Three pools, a gym, teen center, computer center, sound studio included in $5.6-million YMCA facility on town land

A boon to the community? A "give-away" of public land? A screaming deal for Payson? A sweetheart deal for a nonprofit organization? The debate about the proposed YMCA recreation center on five acres of town-owned land in Rumsey Park will turn on a vigorous debate about the contrasting answers to those questions.

County budget and taxes on the increase

Candidate challenges supervisors' spending

Before passing a $91-million budget Monday, county officials attempted to squelch accusations that they spend too much money.

County attorney given law enforcement award by U.S. attorney

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores was given the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) individual award recently by the United States Attorney's Office, District of Arizona.

East Verde flow may jump 10-fold

In about two weeks, the East Verde River should get a gush of water that will delight fishermen, sun bathers, pool swimmers -- and cliff jumpers trying to impress the girls -- or boys for that matter.

Monster trout strikes!

Tiny, little jig lures great big fish from an itty bitty East Verde pool

There's something fishy about Aaron Cox.

Tammy Lewis, Cody Pearson duo top money winners at two-day Ted Meredith Memorial Roping

Big winners among the cowpunchers lassoing in the fourth annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping held July 19 and 20 were Tammy Lewis and Cody Pearson.

New wildlife viewing Web site includes "how to's" and places to go

What better way to spend a weekend than to get out and explore Arizona's scenic beauty and natural treasures?

Arizona hunting tags available by first-come, first-served

Sportsmen and sportswomen wishing to hunt big game in Arizona this fall can start applying for leftover hunt permit-tags beginning at 8 a.m. (MST) Monday, Aug. 11.

Free movie planned at Payson Senior Center

A very wise person once said "Change is inevitable." How true that is!

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Teams forming for spelling bee

Pat Willis named rodeo parade marshal

Tom Chambers, Al McCoy and Danny White named special parade embassadors

Pat Willis is the parade marshal for the August rodeo parade and he will be accompanied by special ambassadors Al McCoy, Tom Chambers and Danny White.

Monday, August 4

Fences, criminal complaints top council agenda

Payson councilors on Thursday will consider host of issues and adopt the tax rate for next year

The Payson council will hold a special meeting on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. to set the property tax rate for the year, before taking up a pair of topics that have spurred debate about whether Town Hall has been getting too powerful: A new fence ordinance and the use of criminal charges to enforce town codes.

Former PHS golfer takes state medalist honors

Add 84th Arizona Amateur Championship low medalist honors to Brandan Kelley's long list of links accomplishments.

Friday, August 1

New appraisal sought by water district board

After hearing that an appraisal done in June by the engineering firm of Coe and Van Loo was not sufficient to begin the condemnation process of the Pine and Strawberry Water companies, the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board voted to begin a process that would satisfy legal requirements.

Danny Michels says he would bring a business-like approach to government

Danny Michels, Democratic candidate for District 2 Gila County Supervisor, brandishes himself as the quintessential conservative.

Mike Pastor wants to strengthen the Payson business community

If Rim Country economics can meander beyond tradition, Democrat Mike Pastor believes alternative energy can provide alternative sources of income.

Community college to offer digital photo class

Here is an opportunity to master the basics of digital photography and have fun doing it.

Ponderosa Baptist Church expands AWANA program in Payson

Ponderosa Baptist Church at 1800 N. Beeline Highway in Payson has partnered with AWANA international to expand the AWANA Club in Payson.

Sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing

I once bought a house that laughed at fools.

Prescription drug abuse by teens soaring

"We have met the enemy -- and he is us." Pogo The police have pinpointed the drug pushers who have infested our community -- and every day provide deadly drugs to our kids.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Don't miss First Friday fun tonight

Police hope National Night Out will bring people out

Burglaries are on the rise, but Payson Police hope the National Night Out will get people out of their homes, to meet their neighbors and become more willing to help cut down on crimes.

Effort started for new Tonto Basin preschool

When a Tonto Basin resident realized the community was not going to get a much-needed preschool, she decided to take matters into her own hands and build one anyway.

Plenty of signatures, YMCA vote looks certain

Critics of the lease of town-owned land to the YMCA for a $5.6-million pool and gym complex on Tuesday turned in more than three times as many signatures as they needed to force a November special election on the proposed deal, according to Payson Town Clerk Sylvia Smith.

County races tighten early voting starts

Mail-in voting has already begun for Gila County elections. Voters have until Aug. 4 to register, and until Aug. 22 to request an absentee ballot.

Bill Backes frustrated by federal mandates imposed on Gila County

Sitting at a kitchen table in his Payson investment advising office, Democrat Bill Backes expounds on the frustrations of the county supervisor office he seeks.

Sculpture of Marguerite Noble unveiled during First Friday

The bronze sculpture of area legend Marguerite Noble began as a 1500-degree fiery gob of bronze.

Fire breaks buffer towns

Some homeowners say thinning citations have gone too far at wide-ranging meeting on wildfire danger

Rim Country county, federal and local officials this week presented a heartening overview of work done in recent years to protect forest communities from devastating wildfires, but at least one Payson homeowner said efforts to force landowners to cut down their trees and brush has gone too far.

Students abuse of drugs on the rise

The number of middle and high school students taking prescription drugs illegally on school property is on the rise in the community, according to authorities.

Head-on crash closes Hwy. 260 for five hours

Three people and three dogs were injured Thursday afternoon in a head-on traffic collision on Highway 260, shutting down the highway for five hours.