Stories for February 2008


Thursday, February 28

New briefs expected in K2 well dispute

ACC makes no ruling

Lawyers today will file a fresh flurry of briefs on the Pine Water Company's proposal to drill a deep well with taxpayer money that already has spurred a recall election and repeated Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) hearings.

Scrub sale

Evans outspends Mayor Edwards

Challenger Kenny Evans has raised nearly three times as much money as Mayor Bob Edwards and council candidate Michael Hughes has raised nearly double his closest competitor, according to campaign spending reports filed Thursday, Feb. 28.

Propane bill hearing will be held soon

The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a town hall meeting in Payson "within weeks" to investigate citizen complaints about sharp increases in propane bills, the commission decided on Wednesday.

Rim Country loses pioneer rancher, horseman

E.C. Conway, 90, was practically born on a horse. He was born Nov. 1, 1917 in Globe to Ed and Jane Conway, and as a 10-day-old infant, traveled on horseback to the family's Greenback Valley Ranch.

March is for music lovers in Payson

March is for music lovers in the Rim Country. The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing two programs to the Payson High School auditorium this month. Plus Payson's Community Presbyterian Church is the venue for three more performances

Film made in Rim Country premieres at festival

"Jake's Corner," the film director Jeff Santo made at the little community of the same name on Highway 188, debuts at the Sedona International Film Festival on Feb. 29 and March 1.

Pine, Strawberry recall voters face vital choice

Voters in Pine and Strawberry grasping their water district recall ballots in trembling hands must be scratching their heads.

Payson district not affected by funding suspension

Payson School District coffers will not be affected by the state's decision to suspend AIMS tutoring programs for lack of funds.

Lady Longhorns on the road to Wrangler Classic in Wickenburg

The Lady Horns might want to holster a bit more experience under the sliding pads before they possibly tackle Wickenburg in the upcoming 5th Annual Wrangler Classic.

Dwight Turmo

Douglas W. Pownall

Richard Johnson

Committee examines how to slow down drivers

Mud Springs traffic counts triple in last few months

Renewed discussion on how to slow traffic on Mud Springs and speed traffic on the highway and other areas of town will headline a Surface Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting meet Friday, Feb 29 at 4 p.m. in the Payson Town Hall council chambers.

What happens in Jack's garage tools down the road

Jack Dowlearn was a boy of nine when he first felt the Gulf Coast breeze rifle through his brown hair from the seat of a Cushman Eagle motorcycle.

Auto restoration is a family tradition

Bob Willig repairs crushed fenders and auto body panels for a living, so what does he do in his free time -- he goes home and climbs under cars and trucks that he restores with his children.

Church Briefs

Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month events

For the entire month of March 2008, the Arizona State Parks State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is coordinating activities throughout the state for its annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

Fuels Reduction Committee sets lofty, worthy goals

A small but resolute group of Pine and Strawberry residents are working diligently to attain fire prevention and environmental services that should prove to be invaluable to all living and visiting in the Rim Country.

Learn from Greek version of New Testament at chapel

Can you believe it? Today is the last day of February. This is a leap year, adding another day to February. The legend is that if a female wants to marry a certain someone, she gets to do the proposing! Give it your best, gals.

Annual pajama party creekside might get do-over

Last Wednesday night was the Annual Ladies Pajama Party. But, this year only twelve ladies were healthy enough to attend the party.

James Rodgers

Robert Eugene River

School adds new dance classes

A range of new dance classes has been added to the Dynamite Gymnastics school curriculum.

Free fishing instruction at Green Valley

Fishing rods, bait will be available

Springtime mountain trout and warm water bass fishing is right around the corner.

Earl Finley

Property valuations notices in the mail

Payson and other Gila County property owners will not be seeing a reduction in taxable property values, quite the contrary, residential homes in some areas of the county have increased.

Town starting negotiation to purchase water facilities

$400,000 bid to buy water company would prepare for growth

Star Valley this week started negotiations to buy out the privately owned water company that serves about 10 percent of the town's residents, based on a just-completed appraisal that put the value of the company at $400,000.

Timely town hall meeting

Evans is a good guy

Canyon Lake will re-open on Saturday with a big splash

Grand re-opening celebration completes drawdown, dam project

After nearly five months of inactivity because of lowered lake levels and maintenance work at Mormon Flat and Horse Mesa dams, Canyon Lake will spring back to life Saturday with a grand re-opening celebration event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

Modified plan for motorized use on Apache-Sitgreaves released

Springerville -- The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have released a modified proposal for motorized use on the forests which is now available for public comment. The proposal is one of several possible alternatives that will be developed and analyzed over the next six months.

Being ignored isn't all that bad, sometimes

Billy, my oldest brother, is gone now, and from what my sister-in-law Flo told me on the phone two days ago, it may not be long before Frankie, the next oldest, follows him.

County collecting flood damage loss information

Recent flooding has caused both isolation for some residents in Tonto Basin, as well as property damage throughout Gila County.

Scholarship award

Paul Henry Rasmussen

Hospital beds fill as illness spreads

Variety of ailments cause ER standing room only throughout Arizona

Hospitals throughout Arizona are scrambling to find beds for patients needing extra care, due to an unusually widespread outbreak of the flu and other illnesses.

Blanche Rogers

Once a rookie, Kenny Hayes now coach of the year

Some know him as "The Rookie," remembering four years ago when 24-year-old Kenny Hayes, fresh off the University of Montana Western campus, showed up at Payson High School as a raw, untested first-year teacher and coach.

Longhorns to play in two tough tourneys

First East regional game is March 11 against Show Low

Veteran Payson High School baseball coach Jerry Daniels wanted his Longhorn team to have plenty of tuneup games before the all-important East region campaign tips off March 11 at Show Low.

Good music

Interact Club will help improve trails

Mary McMullen, Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Payson calls it a "really neat community project."

Wednesday, February 27

Pine-Strawberry water legal briefs

A number of lawyers have filed arguments with the Arizona Corporation Commission about whether the Pine-Water Company can drill a controversial test well with $300,000 offered by the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District.

Tuesday, February 26

March means music in rim country

March is for music lovers in the Rim Country. The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing two programs to the Payson High School auditorium this month. Plus, Payson's Community Presbyterian Church is the venue for three more performances.

Jump-Surprisingly entertaining

Senior review

As a rule, I don't enjoy the "MTV" style of movie shooting that many recent action movies have utilized, where the scenes change so rapidly you don't get a chance to focus on what is taking place.

The spiderwick chronicles

Charm, family focus from books lost

"If you take one fateful look, you barter at your life's expense or face a deadly consequence." Read at your own risk, for you may find yourself waiting in line to see "The Spiderwick Chronicles," a movie based on the set of five books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

Craving comfort -- it's all about the soup

Did you know that soup is considered to be one of the first fast foods? It's true. The history of soup is closely intertwined with the history of cooking, and among the earliest was a version that combined peas, lentils and beans for a quick and easy meal.

Bonus Recipes

Pioneers seldom died of old age

When walking through a cemetery, one cannot help feeling a sense of history, for each grave marker tells the snippet of a human life. I am tempted to wonder about the person buried there, and to imagine the precious life memorialized in stone. But not all interesting graves are in cemeteries.

Gina's fun passion

The ribbons on Gina Perkes' wall tell the story of a young mother who taught herself an art form that is gaining popularity across America.

Vacation on a dude ranch

Just imagine yourself taking one of the best vacations of your life at a dude ranch. Wide open spaces, clear air and friendly cowboys and cowgirls. You won't have to worry about looking good, just have fun and get into the spirit of an old-time ranch.

Romantic comedy

Since Jane Austin published the novel "Pride and Prejudice" in 1813, the beloved characters of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been adapted for the stage and more recently TV and movie screens.

Humane Society raffles

Payson Humane Society continues to sell raffle tickets for the Easter baskets and for a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera. The drawing for the Easter baskets will be held on March 22, at the Eggstravaganza in Rumsey Park.

Monday, February 25

Interact club collects for food bank

President's Day on Monday, Feb. 18, was a holiday for school children all over the country, but Payson High's Interact Club wasn't sleeping in. The youth rose early and hit the streets gathering food for the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank.

Affordable housing still scarce

Payson's Housing Advisory Commission this week will grapple with complicated options for helping working people buy homes, although the housing slump of recent months has apparently undercut its initial efforts.

Payson must embrace work force housing

Something's wrong. It's getting so that not even teachers and police officers can afford a home in Payson, where the average home now costs $325,000.

PHS drama students to present romantic comedy

Since Jane Austin published the novel "Pride and Prejudice" in 1813, beloved characters Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been adapted for the stage and more recently TV and movie screens.

Students may apply for scholarships

Applications are being accepted for APS-sponsored scholarships at Arizona State University and ASU West for the 2008-2009 school year.

Payson removes beef that may have been recalled

Payson Unified School District's Child Nutrition Office responded quickly and decisively to remove beef that may or may not have been included in the largest beef recall in U.S. history.

Robert Leslie Payne

Winners nonetheless

David T. Ricker

PHS coaches question power ranking changes

Adjustments the Arizona Interscholastic Association has made in the power ranking system could affect how high school coaches approach games.

Little league tryouts

Salon brings modern edge, trends to town

The crew at Studio B Salon is young, but between them they have almost 15 years of experience. They bring that experience and the benefits of ongoing education to their clients, providing a modern edge and the latest trends in styling to Payson and the Rim Country.

Edibles between the stacks a grand success

Saturday evening, people were lined up from the parking lot to the doors of the Payson Public Library.

Candidates clash on growth

Mayoral candidates disagree on how Payson will grow ‘smartly'

Contrasting views of Payson's "smart growth" limit on new building permits has emerged as a key difference in the Payson council race, marked by increasingly pointed clashes between Mayor Bob Edwards and challenger Kenny Evans.

Payson is a good town

K2 well is needed in Pine

Longhorns state bridesmaid again

Upset bid of top-ranked 3A team falls short

The state title game began auspiciously enough for Payson -- Oliver Lewinson slam dunked with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter and about a minute later, Cody York blocked a Corey Hawkins shot attempt.

Unfunded mandates problematic for PSS

I've read with interest the articles printed in the Roundup on the effects the implementation of the English Language Development (ELD) Model will have on Payson Unified School District. I thought I would provide a perspective on how implementation of this Model will affect a small, rural school -- specifically Pine Strawberry School (PSS).

Senior Circle honors volunteers

This year the annual Senior Circle volunteer recognition program was presented in a grand fashion. The volunteers were honored during the Circle of Friends Celebration Jan. 19.

Building trades students win construction medals

Armed with a set of plans for a work-bench, seven Payson High School students walked away with first-, second- and, fourth-place honors at the sixth annual Arizona Construction Skills Championships.

Students being coached

PHS school column

This past week Don Heizer and I have been going into the freshman and sophomore history classes working with each of the students on their course selections for the 2008-2009 school year.

Saturday, February 23

Horns come up short in championship game

For the second consecutive year, the Longhorns are the bridesmaids of the Class 3A Arizona State Basketball Tournament.

Longhorns 3A Runners-up

For the second consecutive year, the Longhorns are the bridesmaids of the Class 3A Arizona State Basketball Tournament.

Friday, February 22

Just practicing

Everyone is connected

Housing project advances

Mogollon Ridge gets first reading

The once-contentious 83-unit Mogollon Ridge subdivision continued its progress toward revival Thursday, Feb. 21, when the Payson Council heard the first reading of a zone change request, with expressions of support and questions about affordable housing.

Thursday, February 21

Eddie Rafael Felix

Roshanan Joy Rodriquez

Oscar Alexes Fuentes

Longhorns spring sports starting up

Think bright sunny days and warm weather.

Prepare for the fishing

Its amazing what four or five days of sunny warm weather can do to an outdoorsman who is anxious to break out the fishing gear.

Trash talk does not bode well for Cat coach

Those of us who have watched University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops spoiled, crybaby sideline antics, especially in the Wildcats 20-17 loss to ASU, are not surprised by his latest buffoonery.

Chef will temp tasters with a Devil Crab Stuffed Mushroom

Rick DePhillipis, executive chef and manager of Cedar Ridge Restaurant at the Mazatzal Casino, has participated in A Taste of Rim Country many times.

Saying it on the evening news doesn't make it true

I noticed something interesting the other night while I was watching the national news. I realized that I only believed about half of what I was hearing, and I even had some serious doubts about tha

Thanks to the honest young man who found my card case

Thanks to the honest young man who found my card case

Knife attack lands man in jail

Jonathan Robert Neumann, 42, of Star Valley, allegedly attacked two people, injuring one with a knife last week at the Circle K in Star Valley.

Academic excellence on display at Pine post office

A large bulletin board cheerfully decorated by Pine-Strawberry school students greets those who enter the local post office. Subjects vary but are always interesting, fun and educational.

Wellness forum prescribes humor to fight stress with expert E. Lundberg

A recent survey showed that 70 to 90 percent of us feel stressed at work and outside, according to an article on the Web site

Spay-neuter clinic will be March 25

The goal of Payson Humane Society is not only to treat the symptoms of the disease of pet over-population, but to eliminate the disease itself.

Steel, Kay to wed

Bob and Jamie Steel of Payson, Ariz. proudly announce the upcoming marriage of their son David Steel to Jessica Kay, the daughter of William Kay and Diane Veranda of Phoenix, Ariz.

New Veterans' Service office opens in Show Low

The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services (ADVS) is opening a new office in Show Low.

PHS raffling Easter baskets

The Payson Humane Society is selling tickets for two Easter baskets.

$85,000 federal grant willpromote wellness for rural women

The Mogollon Health Alliance has been selected to receive a major federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote Women's Wellness

Trainer's goal is to teach, motivate

Cassandra Stouder's love of physical fitness has its roots in her cultural heritage.

Longhorn wrestlers hold end-of-season ceremony

Arizona State Class 3A 152-pound state wrestling champion Mark McCarty could draw most of the attention at the Longhorn's season ending award banquet.

Longhorns in state 3A finals

Payson will have

After jumping out to a 27 to 10 lead midway through the first quarter, the Longhorn boys basketball team survived a furious Safford rally to win 56-50.

Candidates cannot affect energy bills

Candidates cannot affect energy bills

Show support for water district board

Show support for water district board

Primacy of self-interest

They're already winners

Win or lose Saturday night, the Payson High School boys team needs to be congratulated for having a successful season.

Session on slowing traffic calms debate

A long discussion of "traffic calming" strategies on Tuesday, Feb. 19, had a marked calming effect on the previously heated discussion of the extension of Mud Springs Road to a roundabout connection to Highway 260.

Officers involved in shooting ID'ed

Payson police Sgt. David Blalock and Officer Jared Meredith were the officers who responded to the call about an allegedly suicidal person in the 1900 block of E. Granite Dells Road Feb. 11, which ended in the officers firing their weapons

Class helps students pass AIMS

Intervention session pushes Rim Country juniors, seniors to graduate

Enrolling in a Payson High School AIMS intervention class appears to be the key that unlocks the door to graduation.

Family gathering

Two people saved from cold waters of creek

Two people had to be rescued from Fossil Creek earlier this week after a failed attempt to get to the hot springs near Childs.

Bids for a Valley Road low-water crossing will be sought

Valley Road in Star Valley is set for improvement.

Arizona fishing outlook is best in 25 years

It is shaping up to be the best fishing year in Arizona in 25 years.

Apache Sitgreaves revises road proposal for travel

Springerville -- The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have released a modified proposal for motorized use on the forests, which is now available for public comment.

Lois Coleman

Robert Bruce Hinds Sr.

Janie Nutting

Edward W. Rusch


Town council to bid for water system

Appraisal sets value at $400,000

The Star Valley Town Council will offer $400,000 for the Payson Water Company's facilities serving its community.

Snow was melting day after the Feb. 15 storm

Wet, slushy snow fell on Tonto Village on Friday, Feb. 15. The county maintenance crew did a very good job of removing most of the snow from the streets and the Control Road.

Residents lean about survivable space assessments

On Feb. 8, 9, and 10 the Christopher and Kohl's fire Department hosted a full house of students, fire department personal, contractors, and private citizens, all learning how to do individual property assessments for survivable space.

The benefits of spay/neuter

From a humane society point of view, spaying and neutering pets is the only realistic way to prevent an estimated 3 -- 11 million animals from being euthanized each year in the United States.

Jews for Jesus presentation

What do the Jewish Passover and Jesus' Last Supper have in common?

Jamison Alexander Gray

One defendant in Watson murder trial has date set

Thomas Georgatos will go to trial at the end of May for the murder of Roger Patrick Watson.

Raven Nevaeh Kelsay

Aryanna Steffanie Burris

Faith Ann Kifer

Wednesday, February 20

Police personnel in shooting incident named

Sgt. David Blalock and Officer Jared Meredith were the officers who responded to the call about an allegedly suicidal person in the 1900 block of E. Granite Dells Road on Feb. 11.

Horns set for title game

Payson advanced to the state championship for the second consecutive year with a 56-50 victory over the Safford Bulldogs.

Tuesday, February 19

I want the thrill of a winning home team

There is no crying in baseball.

Fool's gold-senior review

This is a fun movie

"Fool's Gold" reunites Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in romantic comedy lead roles similar to, but different from, the ones they shared in "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days."

In publishing, the devil is in the details

Earlier this month was a very happy moment for me. At last, I had sent my book, "Zane Grey's Forgotten Ranch: Tales from the Boles Homestead," to the printer.

Eat dessert first

At Payson Public Library expansion fund-raiser

In ultra-polite society, we do not often get the chance to eat dessert first. We eat appetizers first.

Artist shapes soil to her will

Linda Nannizzi has never been afraid to plunge her hands into the soil and shape it to her will.

Cook it slow for comfort

Every day is a New Beginning -- start with a thank you to the Creator for this new day for living, for the positive events in your life and for wisdom and guidance to the road of happiness.

Fools gold- youth review

A well put together movie

"Fools Gold" is not for fools, but it is for anyone looking for a good romantic comedy.

Monday, February 18

Tonto Creek residents brace for new storm

Barricades across Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin are still up and the threat of yet another storm Wednesday could keep them there indefinitely.

Propane town hall meeting requested

Arizona Corporation Commission may air high gas bill complaints

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Chris Mayes hopes to hold a meeting on huge increases in Payson propane bills sometime in the next month.

Committee considers ways to prevent de facto Mud Springs bypass

Payson's traffic committee tonight will mud wrestle what has turned into the Great Debate in town politics -- can Mud Springs connect to Highway 260 without creating a dangerous bypass nightmare for residents? The Surface Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a hearing on problems and solutions swarming around a proposed $1.1-million extension of Mud Springs to Highway 260 at Frontier Elementary School, starting at 6 p.m.

Paper receipts wanted

Legislature needs to fund its mandated programs

Legislators are good at mandating projects for local governments and schools, but the grand idea gets muddled when no funds are provided to go along with the law.

A senior breakfast

Vietnam memorial to return

Replica of wall could draw 20,000 in June

After years of effort, local veterans groups have won the return to Payson in June of an 8-foot-tall, 370-foot-long replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, which could draw 15,000 to 20,000 people.

Council ponders subdivision rezoning

A now, seemingly routine rezoning request for a once controversial housing development will headline the Thursday Payson Council meeting.

Snow-day makeup dates

Payson Schools will hold classes on April 4 and 7, previously designated as Spring Recess, to make up for the snow days taken Feb. 4 and 15.

Investment Talk

Wood chips available

There are Christmas tree wood chips available from the town's tree recycling program.

Lady Niners looking for new players

The Lady Niners are looking for a few good women to challenge the likes of defending club champion Isabella Sockrider and last year's most improved player, Ann Adams.

Four Seasons Realty honored

State honors were awarded Four Seasons Realty of Payson and Phoenix last week by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network.

Special Olympics team takes on new adventure

The Payson Special Olympics team is embarking on a new adventure.

One more chance to sign up for Little League tryouts

Inclement weather forced postponement of Payson Little League tryouts and a last-gasp registration scheduled for Feb. 16.

Longhorn Cards will benefit Payson High sports program

For the past several years "Longhorn Cards" have served a twofold purpose --they've helped support Payson High School track and baseball teams and at the same time, have allowed sports fans to receive discounts when purchasing local goods and services.

Greg Davis will be missed by family, friends

In 30-plus years of coaching football, from the Pop Warner to high school varsity level, I developed a special affinity for linemen.

Longhorns' quest for state title goes through Safford

Semifinal game is Thursday, 3:45 p.m. at Arena

The rugged and winding road to the state basketball championship travels through Safford.

Good listeners

Anthony J. Plonski

George B. Eidemiller

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Senior Circle now has a donation box for no-longer-used eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones in the Circle Building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Lions International collects these items for distribution to the needy.

33rd Annual Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Fiesta

Raffle tickets are available at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street for a drawing to be held at the Pinal-Gila Senior Fair and Fiesta.

Rim Country's Relay For Life campaign starting

The Rim Country's annual Relay For Life campaign is gearing up. The fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society is from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday and Saturday, June 6 and at the Payson High School track.

Prescribed burn to torch slash piles from Pine to Strawberry

Prescribed burns are scheduled this week for the Payson, Pine and Strawberry areas by the Tonto National Forest officials.

Tragedy and triumph mark Kenny Evans' tumultuous life

Mayoral challenger built an empire, gave it away, now returns to the fray

It's pretty hard to pick out just one turning point in the remarkable life of Kenny Evans.

Payson mayor ignores limits

Bob Edwards' outsized resume mingles ambition and controversy

Here's the thing about Bob Edwards. He has no proper sense of his own limits.

You can eat your dessert first

Taste of Rim Country gives area chefs a chance to show off

In ultrapolite society, we do not often get the chance to eat dessert first. We eat appetizers first.

Artist enjoys getting her hands in clay

Linda Nannizzi has never been afraid to plunge her hands into the soil and shape it to her will. The joy Nannizzi finds working with clay, compliments her favorite hobby, gardening.

Super seniors -- Bowling Results

Super Seniors -- Rim Country Bowling results

Thursday, February 14

Rim Country children enjoy newspaper event

Local children from Payson Community Kids, Head Start and Rim Country Literacy enjoyed learning about newspapers and reading at a program held at the Payson Public Library on Saturday.

Thousands trigger Star Valley photo tickets

In just one week, nearly 1,800 speeders triggered Star Valley's new Highway 260 photo enforcement cameras -- but so far, all that's costing them is the anxiety of tearing open a sternly worded warning.

Voters have many choices in election

Somewhere in the shuffle of bills and junk mail piled up on the kitchen table, you should have your ballot.

Practice patience

Planning, preparation needed before planting

When the Rim Country enjoys a few unusually warm days following a stretch of cold weather, more than a few people start scouting out the nurseries and garden departments.

We never miss KRIM

Italian chef will shake it up at Taste of Rim benefit

The tiramisus and cannolis chef Gerardo Moceri serves at his Italian family dining restaurant are divine.

Lopez, Santana engaged

Partners face off in Scotch Doubles pool

Well, the snow was just wonderful, the scenery was picture perfect, but do we have to have all the mud and potholes afterwards?

Denman, Kirk wed

John Wilson-Councilor critiquesmayor's tactics

Maybe other fifth-graders wanted to be astronauts and football heroes and rock stars -- but not John Wilson.

Longhorns earn all-region honors: Hayes is top coach

Winning the East region regular season and tournament championships is paying nice-sized dividends for coach Kenny Hayes and members of the Longhorn boys basketball team.

Mexico offers good game for Rim Country hunters

There are a growing number of big-game hunters that are looking south of the border in the country of Mexico for quality hunts for Coues whitetail and western mule deer.

June M. Bauer

K2 well reports, survey results will be given at PSWID meeting

Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District Chairman Gary Sherlock has requested special reports be presented at the 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 meeting at the Pine Cultural Hall.

Watch your pets, as javelina run wild in Christopher Creek

Can you believe we still have snow on the ground?

If you want to be a know-it-all, you better really know it all

One thing I noticed during my first hitch in the Air Force, was that in every group, however small, fate always provides one person for the purpose of irritating everyone else in the group.

Students get another snow day while motorists get slippery highways

Students in Payson and Pine got another day off school today, as about three inches of snow fell from around 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. and blanketed the ground.

All three Gila County supervisor districts face election this fall

County sheriff, attorney, assessor, recorder, treasurer, school superintendent to also face voters

The votes in town elections are not the only ones Rim Country residents will be asked to cast this year.

Michael Hughes-Candidate wants to give back to Payson

Michael Hughes' life wasn't really working out, when he first hit Payson 23 years ago.

Rick Croy-Housing advocate decries divide

Rick Croy spent a whole career framing the shot while running a photography studio in Tucson.

New paving in the lot

Mother nature is building spring bouquets

The Arizona State Parks department is already fielding calls about the possible flower bloom this year and are making plans for the droves of visitors those flowers might bring.

Ranchers lauded for range management

Local ranchers nominated for ranch manager of the year

While the Hollywood image of ranching as a leisurely lifestyle presents an idyllic impression of what it's like to run a working ranch, the stark reality is often much different.

Meth use and production up in Gila County

Gila County Sheriff's Officer Dennis Buller with the Gila County Meth Coalition said meth production has seen an upswing in Globe in the last couple of months, as well as a rise in drug activity in Globe schools.

Longhorns in final four

Soaring propane bills spur furor

Payson mayoral candidates turn heating costs into a campaign issue

January heating bills that topped $500 for some Payson homeowners have spurred a political furor, with homeowner protests and a flashpoint debate in the mayor's race.

Macky's is a bright spot

Officers placed on leave following shooting

The two officers involved in the Feb. 11 shooting incident have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

Bilingual costs soar for schools

District superintendents want to know who pays the bill for ELL students

District superintendents want to know who pays the bill for ELL students

Pine residents to vote in recall election

Residents in Pine and Strawberry have a decision to make in the recall election to remove four members from the seven-person Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) Governing Board.

County attorney files complaint in school drug arrest

Gila County Sheriff's Officer Dennis Buller with the Gila County Meth Coalition said meth production has seen an upswing in Globe in the last couple of months, as well as a rise in drug activity in Globe schools.

Fellowship honors ministers for long service

After more than 130 years of combined service, three ministers were honored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship. Robert Baird, Ted Leonard and Charles Wilcox were each presented with Pastor Appreciation Awards.

David Rutter-Wants a businesslike approach to town's issues

Life administers its pass-fail tests -- when you least expect it.

Hellsgate makes daring rescue

When Star Valley's newly formed Hellsgate Fire Department received a call on the morning of Dec. 28 that a man was having a heart attack and rising flood waters in Houston Creek had him cut off from help, they jumped into action and probably saved his life.

Supporting your Arizona academic scholars

As graduation approaches, Payson High School prospective graduates are bombarded with finishing their studies, applying for scholarships and preparing for college or the workplace.

Thieves are pilfering water campaign signs in Pine

Reminiscent of the Peter, Paul and Mary hit tune," Where Have All The Flowers Gone," four recall candidates for the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District are wondering where have all their campaign signs gone.

Elaine's embroidery

Considering bonds? -- be aware of ‘call risk'

When you buy a bond, it's yours until you sell it or it matures, right? Not always.

Tom Loeffler-Innovation can solve problems

Tom Loeffler still remembers the feeling of sick outrage that rose in him when he read about the agony of a father who buried the boy killed by a drunk driver with seven previous DUI arrests.

Pets-Stress factors may cause cats to catch colds

Just like humans, cats can catch colds -- "kitty colds." Fortunately the colds that cats catch are cat specific and are not contagious to humans or dogs.

Longhorns now in the final four

A 47-40 victory over Chino Valley has boosted the Longhorn boys basketball team into the final four of the 3A state tournament.

Youth, adult b-ball, plus a dodgeball

An activities-filled Saturday awaits the Rim Country's weekend warriors.

Three Lady Longhorns named to all-East region first team

A trio of Lady Longhorns -- Christina Deaton, Cydney Figueroa and Kayla Morgan -- have been named to the 12-player All-East region first team.

Richard W. Trimble

Earl Albert Kunde

Robert Paul Maglione

Wednesday, February 13

Longhorns advance to final four in state tournament

The Longhorn boys basketball team whipped Chino Valley 47-40 in the second round of the Arizona State tournament played this morning, Thursday, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

A nice opportunity to be nice

An official day dedicated completely to Love -- what a concept. While a Roman priest named Valentine might have been responsible for the original inspiration, the celebration, as we know it, might have disappeared if not for the invention of the printing press and the entrepreneurial ability of a company named Hallmark.

Homestyle staples that never go out of style

No matter what the latest taste trend or hot new celebrity-endorsed recipe, you can always count on a few classic home-style standards to make a comeback around this time every year. Typically known as "comfort foods" for their ability to soothe and warm the soul, these familiar dishes not only taste delicious, but also make us feel warm and fuzzy all over -- and are especially welcoming during the chill of the colder months.

Pioneers seldom died of old age, Chapter 7

On the Mogollon Rim at East Clear Creek, the 1882 battlefield known at "Big Dry Wash" contains the grave of Private Joseph McLernon, the only white solider killed during the conflict. At its head is an official military marker. But is his body really under this mound of stones?

The transformation of natural vessels

Geri Wood Gittings is a woman enchanted with the extensive palette of techniques gourds offer. Gourd artist Dixie Guldner credits her first career, as a concert organist, with her thirst to express her creativity in three-dimensional forms.

Broadway showstoppers

Afternoon of fine music benefits Institute of Learning

The Payson Institute of Learning is hosting a benefit concert, "Broadway Showstoppers" with The John Massaro Trio.

Some great vacation deals

It's always nice to start planning a vacation early in the year. It gives you something to look forward to. I have run across some great deals that are available for you to consider.


Delivers a chuckle or two

Before the credits have a chance to roll we have Holly (Hillary Swank) walking ever so briskly along a Lower East Side Manhattan street with hubby Gerry (Gerard Butler -- looking nothing like his King Leonidas role from "300" fame) 10 paces behind trying ever so hard to keep up.

Tuesday, February 12

Police in shooting incident

Payson police officers fired shots when an allegedly suicidal woman confronted them with a weapon Monday evening.

Horns advance to state second round

A 64-47 win over the Holbrook Roadrunners has propelled the Payson Longhorns into the second round of the 3A Arizona State Basketball Tournament.

Gregory James Davis

Gregory James Davis, 25, of Payson, died Feb. 10, 2008. He was born March 26, 1982 in Payson.

PHS adoption specials

This has been a harsh cold winter for the animals in the society's antiquated shelter. It is especially hard on the dogs because they are in the cold concrete kennels. February special may help us adopt our animals to loving homes.

Monday, February 11

Lady Longhorns Eliminated

The Lady Longhorns finally reached the state playoff berth that was denied them last season. But much to the chagrin of coach Stacy Anderson and the players, it was a one-and-out experience. PHS was ousted from the single elimination 3A tournament Monday evening at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff by 76-60 loss to Window Rock

Ice-skating rink needed

Senator Kyl's: State of our Union 2008

by U.S. Senator Jon Kyl In his final State of the Union address, the President outlined an agenda that addresses some of our nation's most pressing challenges.

Council candidates offer contrasting vision for Payson

Five Payson council candidates staged a low-key forum Monday night, marked more by genial agreement than by policy differences.

Payson woman finalist for state award

Blue Cross Blue Shield honors Ageless Heroes of Arizona this week

Payson schools face budget shortfall

The biggest problem facing the Payson school district for the coming school year is getting enough state funding for English Language Learners (ELL) - with a potential shortfall of $350,000, District Superintendent Casey O'Brien told the school board at its Monday, Feb. 11 meeting.

High seeding means PHS will not face top team until state finals

If Longhorns keep winning, they will rematch with Estrella

There is an age-old cliché among coaches that goes something like, "to win a championship, you have to beat 'em all, so it doesn't matter when you play 'em."

D'Backs tour visit delights Rim Country Middle School students

The message from the three Arizona Diamondbacks representations was the same -- make wise life decisions and don't waste the talent given you.

The sporting life of a Special Olympics athlete

Although Kelli lives in the Valley and Stefani has been a Payson resident since 2001, the sisters shared the day Jan. 30 as Stefani competed with her teammates at the new Special Olympic event, Bowl with a Champion.

Payson mayoral candidates clash

A sometimes tense debate turned confrontational in its closing moments, when Payson Mayor Bob Edwards accused challenger Kenny Evans of politicizing propane bills and manipulating emotions -- drawing a slashing response from Evans and objections from the audience, when Edwards tried to have the last word.

It was love at first sight for Jon Gunzel

No tally exists of married couples that started as teenaged sweethearts. Payson High has certainly graduated its share of couples who recall dancing in the gym, cheering at track meets and setting down roots in the nearby hills and basins. Jon Gunzel and Trina Licavoli fell in love when he was a freshman and she was a junior. Mutual friend, Katie Hood, introduced them.

A pretty girl and a wild lad fell in love

There was major flirting over the grill counter at the newly opened McDonald's restaurant in 1981. Patty Arbaugh, a senior at Payson High School, took orders and John Wisner, a five months' early graduate of PHS, cooked. The flirting led to the events flirting often leads to -- dating, a first kiss, marriage with its good times and bad, moving away, returning to one's roots and having a family.

Suicidal woman shoots at police

Payson police officers shot an alleged suicidal woman, after the woman fired at officers several times Monday morning.

Star Valley charter school official faces drug charges

A Star Valley Charter School teacher was arrested on multiple drug charges while 20 students sat and watched Payson Police take him off school grounds in handcuffs.

Charter principal arrested for drugs at school

The lone residing official at the Star Valley Charter School was arrested on school grounds outside of the view of students Monday morning, Feb. 11 at 9:30 on multiple drug charges including possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Rim generosity far-reaching

The generosity of the residents of the Rim Country never ceases to amaze.

Enforcing speed limits

Mud Springs project

Little fingers get wrapped around music

Nine-year-olds usually have few frets, but fourth-grade students in Julie Davies' music class have more frets then their peers -- guitar frets.

Game and fish to offer bald eagle workshop

Ever wonder where eagles go during the wintertime?

Attendance and student success

Did you know that student attendance from kindergarten through eighth grade is one of the critical factors in predicting whether or not a student will graduate from high school?

William E. Brown

Gregory Manz

Lawrence Abner Poteet

McCarty is lone PHS state champion

Longhorn wrestlers

A spectator watching the Class 3A 152-pound division championship match involving Payson's Mark McCarty and Kyle Pratt of Show Low might have said it best, "the monkey is finally off his back."

Longhorns earn third seed at state tournament

As the first-year varsity head coach of the Longhorn boys basketball team, Kenny Hayes must have set up connections with the divine spirits who have the power to unleash hardwood phenomenons.

Lady Longhorns' state quest ends in first round

The Lady Longhorns finally reached the state playoff berth that was denied them last season.

Canyon Lake has reopened for boaters

The Tonto National Forest reopening of Canyon Lake Feb. 9 was tempered by boater safety warnings

Longtime county recorder retiring

Linda Haught Ortega was rushed into office -- taking over the job barely six weeks after her uncontested primary run in 1992.

Humor can be the best medicine for stress

Stress is no laughing matter when it comes to health.

Pine Creek Fudge celebrating

Fudge and ice cream have been popular commodities in Pine for a few years now. Carol Herrick is celebrating that fact with an anniversary (today, Feb. 12).

New habitat for humanity homes

New habitat for humanity homes

Sunday, February 10

Longhorns wrestle into a sixth place finish

The efforts of six Payson High School state placers earned the Longhorns a sixth place finish in the 26-team field of the 3A Arizona State Wrestling Tournament.

Friday, February 8

Longhorns advance to state tournament in Flagstaff

Both the boys and girls Payson High School basketball games have qualified for the 3A state tournament.

D-backs visit school

Major crimes drop in Payson

Major crimes have fallen in Payson, but drugs remain a serious issue, Payson Police Chief Don Engler said Tuesday at a community meeting. He also touted the safety of roundabouts, although he got some argument from the audience.

Thursday, February 7

Debate long on problems, short on council solutions

A genial forum Wednesday for Star Valley Council candidates offered a tour of daunting problems, but precious few solutions, as three of the four candidates for three open seats took questions from 40 residents at a forum sponsored by the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.

Canine companionship

Since ancient times, Homo sapiens have sought out the companionship of canines.

Water wars truce looms

The mayors of Star Valley and Payson held a cordial meeting this week to talk about a potential gush of 3,500 acre-feet of new water a year, in hopes the potential doubling of the area's water supply will wash away years of conflict.

Which mutual funds are right for you?

About 96 million people own mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade organization for the mutual fund industry.

Antler hunters asked to stay on road, trails

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all shed antler hunters to stay on roads and trails this season, if hunting for antlers on an off-highway vehicle.

Water flowing into Roosevelt Lake is making anglers happy

What do fishermen in Arizona do during the dead of winter? We talk about the spring fishing which is not far away and the amount of potential runoff from winter storms

Wellness program offers eight weeks to a healthier life

Residents of the Rim Country are invited to give up 90 minutes on eight Sunday afternoons to improve their health.

Support group helps bring fans to games

Businesses donate prizes for halftime giveways

Led by the husband and wife team of Tad and Bonnie Neal, the Friends and Neighbors (FAN) boys basketball support group made the past home season one to remember.

Youth basketball bonanza is Feb. 16

Rim Country hardwood hopefuls will have the opportunity to showcase the skills they've learned on backyard hoops and in the town-sponsored youth league at the upcoming Youth Basketball Bonanza.

PHS soccer star selected to play in Australia

Payson High School soccer star Chad Lammers has been chosen to play on the Down Under International Sports team in Australia.

Tourney seeding is inexact science

Longhorns, if they win East regional, could be fourth seed at state

Predicting seeding for the upcoming boys state tournament is an inexact science at best.

Region win earns state berth

Lady Longhorns earn state tourney spot

A 51-42 regional tournament quarterfinal win over the Snowflake Lobos has earned the Lady Longhorn basketball team a berth in the state tournament.

‘Cooking With Kids' coming to library

Move over, Emeril -- "Cooking With Kids" is coming to the Library. Mark your calendar, March 12 is the big day when young Payson chefs will get to experience the "hands-on fun" of cooking. Classes will be age specific and advance sign-up is required.

Former police chief is now a PI

A background check performed by former Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner on behalf of a local client turned up multiple pending lawsuits, questionable business practices and evidence of fraud

church briefs

Not happy with gas bill

Payson wrestlers dream of winning the gold at state tournament

Standing tall on the gold medal victory stand at the state championship tournament is the dream and goal of most every teen who turns out for the storied Longhorn wrestling program.

Candidates for mayor ponder town's future and problems

Minor differences and big problems emerge as Star Valley candidates debate

Star Valley's two contending mayoral candidates offered impressive credentials for community service but few distinguishing differences, save a polite disagreement about taxes at a wide-ranging candidates' forum that drew about 50 potential voters on Wednesday night to the community hall of the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park.

Habitat ceremony for wall-raisings

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Inc. invites friends and family to attend and participate in the blessing of new homes built at 801 W. Longhorn Road.

Red Cross volunteer honored for years of service

As the Rodeo-Chediski fires of 2002 swallowed up 500 Rim Country homes, Roxey Bowers did what came naturally -- helped.

Snow much fun in Christopher Creek

It started to snow Sunday morning and it continued through Super Bowl Sunday and well into Monday evening here in Christopher Creek.

Civilians needed to help angels stitch quilts in Pine

Willene Smith and her band of DPS Quilt Angels are gearing up for their big benefit of the year -- a quiltathon.

A city is not asphalt, steel, and concrete; it's people

In this column I've often spoken of New York City, the place where I was born, and I've made it plain that I wouldn't want to go back there.

County maintenance crew make 405 road passable

Mother Nature has blanketed Tonto Village with about 10 inches of snow, as of Monday afternoon.

Council members should be able to make own appointments

Payson council members are not happy with the way appointments are made to town committees, commissions and task forces. From the phone calls we have received, neither are some of the town's residents.

Protests provoke reversal

Split council OKs Mud Springs contract

Faced with fresh citizen protests, the Payson council reversed itself on Thursday and approved a contract to design a roundabout connecting Mud Springs Road to Highway 260.

Dante Rebai

Dante Rebai, 85, of Payson, died Jan. 31, 2008.

Gordon Howard Gilbert

Gordon Howard Gilbert died Feb. 4, 2008.

Jazz vocalist and friends to perform

Performance will be Sunday at Community Presbyterian Church

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak will perform at the next Jazz in AZ concert this month.

Adopted man seeks medical history

John Raymond West is a man in search of his birth parents.

Payson forum is Monday

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the postponed "Candi-dates Forum" for the Payson candidates for mayor and town council on Monday, Feb. 11.

Beautiful music

Afternoon of fine music benefits Institute of Learning

The Payson Institute of Learning is hosting a benefit concert, "Broadway Showstoppers" with The John Massaro Trio.

Mud Springs Road extension forum set for Feb. 19

Payson's traffic advisory committee has slated a Feb. 19 public meeting to get advice on whether to connect Mud Springs Road to Highway 260, but immediately ran afoul of the increasingly complicated politics of what seems to be the hottest issue in town.

Mayor disagrees with council comments

Mayor disagrees with council comments When I ran for Mayor, I committed to the citizens of Payson I would work hard to make this town better and I have done that. I make no apologies.

Rim resident helping create Quilters Hall of Fame

Willene Smith of Strawberry is playing a key role in the formation the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.

Myrtle Lee Voyles

Myrtle Lee Voyles, of Rye, died Feb. 4, 2008

Frances "Tootie" Wood

Frances "Tootie" McIntyre Wood, 83, died Feb. 4, 2008 in Prescott.

Gregory James Ruttum

Gregory James Ruttum, 46, of Payson, died Jan. 31, 2008.

John E. Howell Sr.

John E. Howell Sr., born in Mesa Arizona, June 16, 1931, died Feb. 6 2008.

Wednesday, February 6

Star Valley candidates forum produces no surprises

Star Valley council and mayor candidates surveyed a daunting landscape of problems but sidestepped the specifics at a wide-ranging forum before about 50 politely interested voters Wednesday night at the community hall of the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park.

Missives in my mail aren't from Mick Jagger

I am guilty of making faraway friends feel guilty.

Try a new take on sandwiches

A beautiful, bright sunny day helps to elevate our mood into a positive and higher vibration; so when we have one at this time of year, enjoy it.

Florence's historic treasures featured in upcoming tour

Some of Florence's most treasured historic buildings will be featured during the 23rd Annual Tour of Historic Florence from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.

Making a difference

Noted artist helps in work of Whispering Hope Ranch

A place where special needs children and animals could find respite was Diane Reid's dream in the late 1990s.

A gift for the giving

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

Anna Mae's place amongst Payson historians

We've had a number of historians write about Payson history over time.

Tuesday, February 5

Photographer in two shows

Forget digital.

Expect delays on Highway 87 this weekend

Motorists traveling on Highway 87 this weekend will have delays as crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation repair damage to embankments outside Rye from recent rains and snow.

Monday, February 4

Rim Country Middle School teacher wins Mountain Meltdown

Rim Country Middle School teacher Scott Davidson's mountain biking debut turned into a race he won't soon forget.

Longtime Realtor closes doors

Carolyn Stanley, who has worked in the Rim Country real estate industry for 23 years, is closing the doors of her business, Rim Valley Real Estate.

Payson manager earns top honor

Desere Gonzales was among the nation's top McDonald's restaurant managers to receive the Ray Kroc Award.

First-ever Little League fastpitch

The upcoming season will mark the debut of Little League-sponsored Girls Fastpitch Softball.

Ice fishing -- this is Arizona, not Minnesota

The outdoor activity of ice-fishing is more commonly discussed among fishermen in the northern tier of states that have those long, harsh winters.

Lady Longhorns get a share of East region title

The last time a Payson High School team shared a region championship and fell to a state tournament third-place seed, as the Lady Longhorns did earlier this week, was in 2005.

Longhorns to battle Feb. 8 for East title

Armed with a 20-6 record, a 10-0 East mark, a state fourth-place ranking and a regular season region championship, the Longhorn boys basketball team will battle Feb. 8 for the regional tournament title.

Payson qualifies 10 wrestlers for state

Longhorn wrestlers came up short in their bid to win East regional team and individual championships but that shouldn't stall their bid for state honors.

Shirley J. Grantham

Shirley J. Grantham, a former Payson resident and retired Payson High School teacher, died Dec. 22, 2007 after a long illness.

Robert W. (Bob) Callahan

Robert W. (Bob) Callahan, age 72, died at his home in Tonto Basin, Ariz. on Feb. 1, 2008.

Frank T. Feeney

Frank T. Feeney, 67, of Payson, Ariz. died Feb. 3, 2008. He was born Oct. 23, 1940.

Howard E. Anderson


Payson Town Council will ponder projects

The Payson Council could face a long agenda on Thursday, Feb. 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. in town hall, with spirited debates likely about key projects

Artist gives illustrated talk to benefit ranch for disabled children

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

Community forum on methamphetamine will be at high school Feb. 7

A community forum on "Methamphetamine Use and Abuse: What the Community Needs to Know" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Payson High School Auditorium

Rim Country seventh-grader wins county bee

Payson is abuzz with spelling bee winners' names from local and county competitions this week.

Shocked at high gas bills

Around Rim Country

Free tax help, free e-filing now offered

Forest plans in limbo

National Forests in the Rim Country face dramatic changes and festering challenges -- but managers' attempts to plan for those changes remain lost in a frustrating bureaucratic limbo.

Supply Line sends 600th box to war zones

The 600th box of love and support and much-needed comforting supplies is going in the mail this week from the Payson Supply Line to Iraq.

Mayor's tactics spur debate

Appointments, alleged threats rile Payson councilors

Mayor Bob Edwards' sometimes bare-knuckle effort to block the extension of Mud Springs Road to Highway 260 has revealed fractures on the town council and raised questions about the town's appointments process. Specifically, several council members have said the mayor made heavy-handed political threats and "politicized" a key traffic advisory committee by forcing off the panel a member who opposed the extension and trying to replace him with a prominent opponent of the extension.

Highways open; most schools to start late

Highway 87 was closed from Monday night, Feb. 4 at 11 p.m. until 7:52 a.m. Tuesday morning due to slippery road conditions.

Lady Longhorns finish 7-3

After tying for first place in the East region regular season title chase with Round Valley and Alchesay, the Lady Longhorns have fallen to third on a power-points tie-breaker. All three teams wrapped up the regular season Saturday evening with identical 7-3 records.

Requirement for analog cellular expires Feb. 18

Beginning Feb. 18, 2008, cellular telephone companies will not be required to provide analog service.

A month of love and lots of activities

Ah, February - the month of love.

Tutoring helps students help themselves

Math story problems make young students stretch their brain cells to find solutions.

Snow leaves heavy blanket

Snow closes schools: kids go sledding instead

School kids in the Rim Country got an extra day off this week as school districts closed all local schools after snow blanketed the ground Monday morning.

Sunday, February 3

Snow causes temporary road closures

Snow and rain over the weekend and Monday morning forced restrictions on Highways 87 and 260 outside Payson to chains and four-wheel-drive only until 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Rollover closes northbound lanes on Highway 87

A one-vehicle rollover accident at 11:15 a.m. this morning, Monday, Feb. 4, closed Highway 87 to all northbound traffic four miles north of the Bush Highway turnoff.

Candidates forum canceled

Mounting snowfall Monday forced the postponement of a Payson mayor and council candidates forum originally slated for 6:30 Monday night, Feb. 4.

Saturday, February 2

Longhorns cage Lobos in final regular-season games

Both the Payson High School boys and girls basketball teams capped banner 2007-2008 seasons with Saturday evening victories over longtime East rival Snowflake.

Friday, February 1

PHS basketball teams soar above the Falcons

The Payson High School basketball teams swept the Alchesay Falcons in crucial 3A East showdowns Friday evening in Wilson Dome.

JRE DVD earns $2,500 NFL grant

Students at Julia Randall Elementary School bounced their way through retired quarterback Phil Simms' movement video and earned $2,500 for their school.

Old Main roof at Payson High School finally completed

The final inspection of Payson High School's Old Main building roof revealed no leaks, finally ending two years of efforts by BMJS Construction to finish the job.

Horns hoping for many state qualifiers

East Regional tourney is Saturday. 10 a.m. at Show Low High School

The reverse side of Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte's T-shirt tells it best -- 10 state championships, seven state runners-up, 27 regional titles and an AIA Scholar-Athlete team award.

Dog owners reminded to renew pet's license

Star Valley has gone to the dogs.

Home rule question before SV voters

Star Valley, in February, will ask voters to approve Proposition 300, which will allow the town to spend all the money it takes in -- even if the total exceeds a 30-year-old spending cap imposed by the Arizona legislature.

Town candidates vow to protect rural lifestyle

After two years of often-bitter feuding, a Star Valley council candidates' forum at the Payson Rotary Club brought forth polite calls for buried hatchets and new eras.

Gas bill is shocking

William M. Barth

William M. Barth, 66, died in Payson, Ariz. Jan. 21, 2008.

Quick actions, accurate information, helped community understand school incident

The Payson Unified School District faced a potentially serious situation head-on last Wednesday, and administrators' quick action and dedication to protecting our kids kept a volatile situation contained.

Four arrested on various drug charges

What began as a routine call netted Payson police no less than four arrests on numerous drug-related charges.

Elderly man threatened, forced to withdraw funds

A 28-year-old man, who allegedly kidnapped and forced an elderly Payson resident to withdraw money from his bank account, was arrested by police officers Tuesday afternoon.

SRP and Payson reach accord

Town will limit well use, Blue Ridge will supply 3,500 acre-feet of new water

Payson and Salt River Project have worked out all the major issues standing in the way of a deal to more than double Payson's water supply, making the town one of the few rural areas of the state with enough water for all planned future growth, even in the face of prolonged drought, town officials announced on Thursday, Jan 31.

Gun threat closes schools

Police locate 15-year-old student off campus after search

A little more than an hour after school officials learned a student was on the Payson High School campus with a gun, the 15-year-old suspect was located off-campus and arrested a few blocks away.

Around Rim Country

Today is last day for early voting

America's deadliest war

Park needed in Strawberry

Adult, youth town volleyball contests start

While most working men are kicking back in the recliner watching their favorite evening television programs, Joe Harris is spending the hours overseeing adult volleyball and youth basketball league games.

Will the ‘subprime' loan crunch affect you?

If you've even casually followed the news over the past several months, you've probably heard about "subprime loans."

A dime used to have buying power

A few weeks ago, I talked about the value of a dime when I was a young boy in New York City back in the 1930s.

Wellness forum offers unique opportunity

On March 15, the Rim Country's women will once again come together for a day of information, fellowship and fun at the 10th Annual Women's Wellness Forum.

Sign-up slow for Little League softball, baseball

Payson's reputation as a community where young athletes and their parents usually wait until the final moments to register for sports play is not changing soon.

Lady Longhorns perfect press-breaking offense

The book on whipping Lady Longhorns all season long has been to frustrate them with the full-court press.

Gerald D. "Jerry" Russell

Gerald D. "Jerry" Russell, 74, of Jake's Corner, Ariz. died Jan. 26, 2008

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak and friends to perform

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak will perform at the next Jazz in AZ concert this month.

Jo-Ellen Rountree

Jo-Ellen Rountree died Jan. 18, 200.

Payson photographer featured in two shows

William Fuller sees the majesty of cities in the architecture of skyscrapers and sculptures of stone.

Warfare once plagued Rim Country

Archaeologist sees long fight with flatlanders in defensive pattern of ruins

Those angry flatlanders from the Valley have bedeviled Rim residents for a long time, says Museum of Northern Arizona researcher David Wilcox.

Elementary students get ready to jump with heart

Jumping rope is more than something little girls do just for fun.

Jackson Chester McDoniel

Jackson Chester McDoniel, 81, died Jan. 28, 2008 in Clinton, Ark.