Stories for January 2008


Thursday, January 31

Chef DeWitt will serve up secret recipes at A Taste of Rim Country

Do you want to know what delectable dishes Kevin DeWitt, the chef at Zane Grey Steakhouse, will cook for A Taste of Rim Country?

Ellen Huft

Ellen Huft died Jan. 27, 2008.

Jason Troy Johnson

Kaitlyn Renee Grace

Wyatt Allen Morris

Police community meeting

The Payson Police Department is having another open to the public community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in town council chambers starting at 5:30.

Water deal near

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.

Danica Rae Peters

Iziah Lynn Burback

Hailey Rita Louise Vernon

Mustang lovers unite, bring home big prize

Car lovers are a unique breed.

Jazz pianist performing

Tonto Community Concert Association hosts rising jazz star

The Tonto Community Concert Association features the youthful musician Michael Kaeshammer in its Tuesday, Feb. 5 concert.

Cat whisperer offers tips to cure behavior problems

First there were horse whisperers, then dog whisperers and now, if you can believe it, there are cat whisperers.

A man and his dog

At 3 years old and 102 pounds, Tundra is still a puppy

Dare Harry Viezens to do something and he just might do it.

Angels get ready for marathon quiltathon

Budding Pine-Strawberry School scientists were anxiously looked forward to a flag ceremony and assembly originally scheduled for Jan. 25.

Making friends, fresh air part of exchange

Every day in Munich, Germany, 17-year-old foreign exchange student Tori Belohlawek got up and walked through three feet of snow, got into her parents' car and drove nearly an hour to the school she attended.

Flowing Springs warning

Damage to Flowing Springs Road north of Payson from recent heavy rains has restricted the road to one lane of local traffic only, said the Gila County Department of Emergency Management.

Prescribed burn

A prescribed burn east of Payson will produce smoky conditions over the weekend.

Water district puts $300,000 in escrow

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District has put $300,000 in an escrow account to drill an exploratory well in Strawberry (the K2 site). The PSWID board approved the deposit and construction escrow instructions at a special meeting Jan. 30.

Tuesday, January 29


Are you ready for some football?

Mind Debris

Once in a while, I have to ride some of the back roads in my mind and clean up the litter

Playing in rim country

Exceeding the speed limit

Five years ago, I fell in love with a little red convertible. Thus began age 45, when I'd pass a mirror and alarmingly recognize my mom in my face.

Longhorns take two in Lakeside

Both Payson High School varsity basketball teams returned to the Rim country late Tuesday evening clutching victories over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Emergency assistance at fire station

Floodwaters continue to isolate residents on the east side of Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin, so an emergency assistance center is in place at the Elms Street Tonto Basin Fire Station 2.

School lockdown

Schools locked down, teen reported with gun located off-campus

A report of a Payson student with a gun caused all district schools to be locked down beginning at 8:30 this morning. The lock down was lifted at 10:20 a.m.

Romance is in the air on Main Street

The Main Street Merchants Guild promises people a romantic evening out on the town during February's First Friday.

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Sweeney Todd

Movie version is dark, bloody

In the lobby of Sawmill Theatres, I had the chance to ask four teenage girls what they liked best about "Sweeney Todd."

27 dresses

No walk down the aisle

Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride. How about 27?

The dabblings of Dr. Bob

Robert Muggli is a man who embraces the diversity of life.

Pioneers seldom died of old age, Chapter 6

Pvt. Joseph McLernon was the only white soldier killed at the famous 1882 Battle of Big Dry Wash, north of Payson on East Clear Creek.

The Forever War

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.

Monday, January 28

Child advocacy, public policy leaders sought

The health and education of young children in the Rim Country will get a boost when Gila County gets to spend its share of Arizona's tobacco tax.

Rains cause flooding

2.5 to nearly 4 inches of rain contributes to heavy run-off

Nearly four inches of rain Sunday and Monday forced the evacuation of at least 60 people on the west side of Tonto Creek near Jake's Corner in Tonto Basin, and left residents on the east side of the creek stranded until near-capacity flow in the creek subsides.

PREDC has new director

The retention and expansion of area businesses and the task of recruiting new businesses to the area is now in the hands of a man who is no stranger to the area.

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Free classes for family enrichment

State stretch run tips off in Lakeside

A trio of East region games is all that stands between the Longhorn boy's basketball team and the East region regular season championship.

Prescription help for low-income and uninsured senior citizens

Bus will be in town Jan. 30

Nobody should have to choose between buying groceries and paying for their medications.

Affordable ‘green' homes planned for Payson

The next Styrofoam cup you toss in the trash may find its way into the walls of someone's home in the near future.

A YMCA will nurture our most valuable resource -- children

Payson has long enjoyed a reputation as a town that provides the finest possible growth opportunities for it's young people.

Outdoor Rendezvous returns to Tackle Box

Since the inception of the Outdoor Rendezvous in 2005, it has grown into a highly anticipated event that attracts thousands of participants, many from the Valley.

Lady Horns in chase for championship

The Lady Longhorns 46-30 upset of the Round Valley Elks has thrown the East region title chase up for grabs.

Allan Tomasik

Allan Tomasik died in January 2008.

William M. Barth

William M. Barth, 66, died at his Payson home Jan. 21, 2008

Romance will waft down Main Street

The Main Street Merchants Guild promises people a romantic evening out on the town during February's First Friday.

Morrison Institute for Public Policy offers $2,500

Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy is now accepting applications for the Young Steward of Public Policy scholarship program.

Course, college planning work now at PHS

The Guidance Center for any high school is a beehive of activity and now is no exception at Payson High School. The course selection process for next year is under way.

Students zoom in on photography

There are two confirmed shutterbugs in George Conley's art classes at Payson High School -- Lisa Bartoli and Jessie Carpino.

Elderly man threatened, forced to withdraw funds

An elderly Payson man was threatened and forced to withdraw funds from Chase Bank late Tuesday afternoon.

DaVita returns $150,000 to health alliance

DaVita means "he or she gives life." Now, even before the renal care group officially opens the doors of its Payson facility to its first patients, DaVita made a decision that will improve the quality of life for patients and families. DaVita is giving the money the Mogollon Health Alliance raised to get a dialysis center here, and the money MHA will continue to raise, back.

Mayor debate strikes sparks

Style, leadership critique trumps issues in two-man Payson race

The two candidates for the Payson mayor's job unleashed mutual criticism, but surprisingly few differences of substance at a forum sponsored by the Payson Citizens Awareness Committee on Monday in the Payson library.

Sunday, January 27

More than 3 inches of rain forces evacuations and strands residents

Heavy rains over the weekend forced several evacuations and has left people in Rim Country and in Tonto Basin stranded.

Estrella is the real deal

Estrella Foothills 73 - Payson 45

The top-ranked Estrella Foothills Wolves (23-1) are the real deal. The Goodyear team erased any doubt it wasn't as good as the statewide publicity it has been receiving Saturday evening in Wilson Dome with a 73-45 thrashing of 3A third-ranked Payson.

Thursday, January 24

Rim Country Water group explores service alternatives

Alternatives for service from the Pine Water Company were explored at the most recent meeting of the Rim Country Water group.

County still mulls drive-by shooting charges

Back on Nov. 20, deputies arrested 40-year-old Show Low resident Jack Fisher after he allegedly fired his 9 mm handgun out the window as he drove along Highway 260 near Star Valley.

Too much going to China

Why are the oil prices so high? Why is the dollar so low? There are too many materials and merchandise coming from China. Billions of dollars are going to China. There is no return trade. The Chinese are building military (war) equipment with U.S. money.

Vet center has services for PTSD

Are you a veteran in need of counseling services in the Payson area?

Thanks to all who helped in rollover

On Nov. 19, 2007 Jim Albritton was involved in a Jeep rollover accident at FS road 537 and pinned under the Jeep. Of the four occupants, Jim's injuries were life-threatening.

Meth for kids: Police brace for arrival of new meth drug

On the street they call it "strawberry quick." It looks like pink crystal rock candy, but nothing could be further from the truth. Chemists shape methamphetamine from lye, battery acid, lithium from batteries and acetone, to name but a few lovely ingredients.

Community forum on meth use and abuse will take place Feb. 7

The Gila County Meth Coalition will be presenting a "Community Forum on Methamphetamine Use and Abuse, What the Community Needs to Know" on Feb. 7.

Amitee Holly Hanewinckel

Amitee Holly Hanewinckel was born at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 to Jon and Honey Hanewinckel.

Gage Curtis Palace

Gage Curtis Palace was born to Dane and Kyndra at 2:12 p.m., Jan. 15, 2008 at Payson Regional Medical Center.

When choosing mutual funds, look past short-term returns


What's the most prominent thing you notice about mutual fund advertisements?

Protect your pet from thieves


It is feared there may be a pet thief ring operating in Payson. A number of dogs have gone missing and, in one case, the occupants of a white, suburban-like vehicle were observed by a neighbor luring the dog into the car.

Thanks mayor for Mud Springs extension

Thank you Mayor and Council for Hearing us on the issue of extending Mud Springs Road to Highway 260 and the associated round-a-bout in Highway 260 at your Jan 10 meeting. And thanks to the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) for withdrawing the project from the top of your priority list.

Jumping rope earns JRE teacher national award

Donna Moore jump roped her way through degrees at Pima Community College and Arizona State University because she preferred to stay out of the gym.

Cloyd Henline

Cloyd Henline died Jan. 15, 2008 at RTA Hospice in Payson. He was born Jan. 24, 1916 on a small ranch east of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon to Claude and Lulu Pearl Hazlett Henline.

Public ethics decline decried

Town employees at ethics seminar hear daunting challenge

Your kid's sick -- needs an operation. Would you embezzle $100,000 to save her? Yes? How about your spouse? If you're like 97 percent of people, you'd definitely rob your employer blind to save your baby. Not so much for your wife.

Mud Springs compromise is temporary at best

Further to your report on the Thursday, Jan. 10 council meeting and the discussion about the Mud Springs Road extension, no matter what compromise is reached on this question, it will be a temporary expedient, at best.

Prescription assistance program

A prescription assistance program, providing free medications from U.S. pharmaceutical companies to low-income and uninsured residents, is coming to Payson.

Payson grads excelling on college wrestling teams

Former Longhorn wrestling star Nate Lee turned in a trip through California he will not soon forget.

Be a fan: Big prize offered at halftime

Among the highlights of tomorrow's game pitting the Longhorns against the state's top-ranked Estrella Foothills will be a halftime raffle that has as a prize a 50-inch state-of-the-art television.

Archery hunt great for beginner


In January, there is a monthlong season for those hunters who were successful in drawing an archery javelina tag in Unit 22. Of all the hunts available for the bow and arrow enthusiasts, this tag may be the perfect introduction to big-game archery hunting for a youth or a beginner to the sport.

McRae, Barr, White claim 3-3 title

A trio of hulking weekend warriors with statures professional and college football coaches drool over, used their bulk and height to pin down the championship of the Tonto Apache 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

YMCA, Event Center are carts before the horse

There is an old saying that you should never put the cart before the horse. In other words, keep your priorities in order so you can get somewhere. It seems to me that the issues of the Payson Event Center and the YMCA are both "carts" without horses in view.

No reason for large sign

Last week a seven-foot-tall highway-type sign appeared in my front yard. If there had been a necessary message on the sign, I probably could have lived with it.

Thanks for support with dying loved one

On the night of the 14th of December my two children from California came to be with me and my husband John "Jack" Uburtis. He passed away early morning the 15th. They helped me make the arrangements for him on Monday the 17th. We flew to California that night and I was there for three weeks during the holidays.

What happens after the elections

Arrogance from public officials ... where does it come from?

New air quality standards like a mirage

Anyone who has spent any time in Arizona is familiar with a mirage. One of its characteristics is that the closer you move toward it, the farther it moves away from you. The end result is that, try as you might, you'll never succeed in catching up to it.

Learn the facts about meth

We repeat homilies to our children in the hope that our moral codes will sink in.

Dialysis center opens

Betty Liebzeit (left) chats with Doris Eiswert, while Jim Eiswert asks Melissa Cochran about the new equipment at the Rim Country Dialysis open house.

Editorial cartoonist sought

An editorial cartoon artist is being sought by the Payson Roundup.

Police investigation leads to 10 adult, juvenile drug arrests

In a cooperative effort between Payson and county law enforcement officers, 10 people from Payson have recently been arrested on drug-related charges.

Payson buys water credits

An issue that once thundered and roared, crept through Town Hall on cat paws Thursday Jan. 24 when the council agreed to buy back from a developer enough water credits to supply 97 homes.

Pine Elementary School Science Fair projects focus on environment

While scientists and environmentalists worldwide struggle with the issue of pollution and pervasive litter, a 13-year-old girl at Pine Elementary School may just have part of the answer in her science fair project.

Trial dates for murder suspects postponed

A year after Thomas Georgatos, 21, and William Sweatt, 35, allegedly murdered a Payson man and stashed the body in the trunk of a burning car, the postponed murder trial still won't commence for at least "several months," according to the Gila County Attorney's office.

Nicole Pasternak and pianist Lew Turano perform Feb. 10

Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak with pianist Lew Turano and friends will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, Payson.

Ever wish you had it all to do over again?


Many people, as they approach the end of their days, look back over their lives with a mixture of regret and anger, regret that they so often selected the wrong turn, and anger that the wisdom to recognize the right turn often came too late.

Water improvement district forms in Tonto Village


Tonto Village had another historic happening: Jan. 16 the Tonto Village Domestic Water Improve-ment District met for the first time.

Ex-resident returns to Creek to celebrate her 60th birthday


It was standing room only at Creekside Saturday evening as just about everyone came out to celebrate Candy Hart's 60th birthday.

ASU rep will speak at Pine library

Pamela D. Gaston, from Arizona State University, will speak to the Pine Library Friends during their meeting Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Library Activity Bldg.

Payson library seeks community's help with children's programming

The Payson Public Library is asking the community to help raise money for 2008 children's programming.

Alliance will provide health education scholarships

The Mogollon Health Alliance has announced plans to award scholarships to students pursuing education in the health care field.

Students learn about being a Pony Express rider


The ad read: "Wanted, young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Rider Pay -- $100 per month."

Downwinder funds available for Gila County cancer victims

Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson has announced that those interested in applying for Downwinder Funds should contact her office at 928 402-8511for assistance.

Church briefs

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, announces a special Service of Healing to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being will be the focus. For more information, contact Pastor Todd Arnold at (928) 474-5440.

Bird watchers wanted for backyard count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.

Books I wish Zane Grey had written

Don't get me wrong. I love reading Zane Grey stories, especially those about Arizona and the Rim Country. But I think he missed a wonderful opportunity to delve into a subject he was perfectly suited to explore.

Vendors wanted for Payson's 2008 Aero Fair

It's that time again. The Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair committee is soliciting vendors for the 2008 Aero Fair on Saturday, May 17.

Another gold trout caught at Green Valley

Count 72-year-old Obie Weaver among the handful of Rim Country anglers who have recently taken rare "gold trout" out of Green Valley Park.

New Lady Longhorn coach gets first win

Stacy Anderson has her first-ever high school varsity coaching victory.

Longhorns feed off struggling Cougars

There have been seasons the Show Low Cougars have put contending, top-notch basketball teams on the floor.

Sarah E. Thompson

Sarah E. Thompson, 89, died Jan. 15, 2008.

Elton Earl (Sonny) Stribling

Elton Earl (Sonny) Stribling, 78, of Payson, died Jan. 13, 2008. He was born Feb. 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Miss. to Luther Eugene Stribling and Alice Mable (Burril) Stribling.

Edythe Lola Robinson

Edythe Lola Robinson died Jan. 4, 2008. She was born May 10, 1928 to Mr. and Mrs. John Barnett of Gary, W.Va.

Paula Byrd Neal

Paula Byrd Neal died Jan. 17, 2008 at Payson Care Center. She was born Sept. 22, 1918 in Byrd, Texas.

Ruth Emlet

Ruth Emlet died Jan. 19, 2008. She was born Oct. 25, 1914 in Bolivar, Mo. to Mittie Creed Shedd and Raymond Shedd.

Middle school construction project moving forward

Rim Country Middle School will start its "face-lift" in early March, which will include new classrooms, science labs, computer technology and numerous other remodels and additions.

The dawn of running therapy for six Payson women

Adrenaline coursed through the bodies of Shellie Landers, Bessie Tucker, Denise Dynes, Felicia Moore, Christie Varner and Shelly Christian as they waited for the ‘go' signal to start running.

Exchange students bring foreign cultures to Rim Country


Driving thousands of miles every year across Arizona, Pine resident Edie Miller is a key factor in bringing a taste of exotic foreign cultures to Rim Country.

New Beginnings buffet at Gerardo's

Get your taste buds ready for wood-fired pizza, specialty baked pasta, crisp Caesar salad, Italian chicken and tiramisu.

Showdown: No.1- and No. 3-ranked teams face-off Saturday

When state third-ranked Payson squares off tomorrow, Saturday, against top-rated Estrella Foothills, the attention of Arizona's prep basketball world will be focused on Wilson Dome.

Supreme Court to hold appeals hearing in Payson

The state's Supreme Court judges are coming to Payson for a rare out-of-chamber hearing in late April.

Parkinson's group has guest speaker

The Payson Parkinson's Support Group will host Joe Rogers in February.

Unique wellness opportunity

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

Photo enforcement plan will flash Highway 260 drivers in February

Next month, Highway 260 speeders in Star Valley will find themselves sensored, photoed, queried, ticketed and summoned -- and then likely dinged for at least $185.

A Taste of Rim Country features vegetable cheesecake a la Red Elephant Bakery

Walk through the door of the Red Elephant Bakery and the scent of freshly baked tomato-onion-oregano bread, or possibly lavender cookies baking will greet you.

Tuesday, January 22

The bucket list

Strongly recommend seeing this great movie

Where did this movie get its strange title you ask?

Celebrate the dialysis center at the Black and White Ball

Dancers and diners at Mogollon Health Alliance's Second Annual Black and White Ball have reason to celebrate.

There's no trouble in paradise

If you ask Barbara Casey where her favorite vacation spot is, she will reward you with an incredulous look and a shrug of her shoulders. Then she will open her hands wide to the landscape of pine trees.

Arizona inviting for residents

The holidays are over and you might now wonder what is there to do in our state in the next few weeks.

English includes words from hundreds of languages

• If you're reading this column, you obviously speak English.

Good movie, with great lessons

In "The Bucket List" two complete strangers lie on their deathbeds, knowing they are near the end of their lives

One for every taste

I love catalogs.

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Payson carbon monoxide deaths

The year 1965 began with Payson enjoying a brand-new jail and ringing in the New Year in celebratory fashion.



The New Year is three weeks old. How are you doing with those resolutions?

Monday, January 21

Rim Country Middle School to hold open house on construction projects

The Rim Country Middle School will be holding an open house on Wednesday Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The location will be in the Payson High School auditorium.

Survey points to new Pine water source

PPine may have a new water source. A survey commissioned by the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District shows there is a good possibility of finding water on the northeast side of the community near Dripping Springs.

Quilting artist is tops in U.S.

Sewing intrigued artist Sharon Schamber from childhood, even as undiagnosed dyslexia made school problematic. The learning disorder she did not know she had never hindered her imagination. Her quilts have won many national awards, most recently the $100,000 Quilting Challenge Magazine contest. The love of quilting female relatives instilled in Schamber would see her through adverse times in an abundant life.

Top spellers to compete in Globe bee

The buzz around Payson schools Thursday morning was all about the winners of the Payson Unified School District's spelling bee and who will compete at the county level in Globe in February.

Literacy workshop

A newspaper literacy workshop encouraging children and families to read will take place Feb. 9.

Helping hand

Celebrate saving lives at the Black and White Ball

Residents of the Rim Country can celebrate life in high style at Mogollon Health Alliance's Second Annual Black and White Ball this weekend.

Headline overstated event

Free workshop on reverse mortgages

Sun Valley Financial of Sun City is hosting a free workshop on reverse mortgages tomorrow.

Prescribed fires planned through Jan. 24

Ideal weather conditions this past week, allowed Payson Ranger District fire personnel to successfully treat 532 acres southwest of Pine with prescribed fire.

Girls' former coach made commitment to the team

It's no secret that recently resigned Lady Longhorn basketball coach Grant Coley had his share of parental detractors, just as every coach in every sport at Payson High School has had.

Longhorns overwhelm Snowflake en route to win

Payson will try to keep unbeaten East region record intact tonight

Hard-nosed efforts from junior Tyler Savage have drawn the attention of Longhorn boys basketball coach, Kenny Hayes

-- Recreation Roundup --

Town of Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Joe Harris is preparing to host upcoming third- and fourth-grade basketball leagues, both an adult and youth "Basketball Bonanza," the "Ruckus on the Rim" adult dodge ball tournament and an adult basketball league.

Snowflake loss drops Lady Longhorns to fourth spot

Ladies on the road to Show Low tonight

A 57-53 loss to the Snowflake Lobos will keep the Lady Longhorns scrambling the remainder of the season to reach their goal of a berth in the postseason playoffs.

Payson girls basketball coach resigns

The coach, who last season led the Lady Longhorns to a 23-5 record and the East region championship, has stepped down.

Louise H. (Iles) Hopper

Louise Hopper died Jan. 19, 2008.

Town council and mayor candidate forums on Feb. 4, Feb. 6

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting two candidate forums

Library needs community help to fund children's programming

The Payson Public Library is asking the community to help raise money for 2008 Children's Programming.

Ribbon cuttings

Seniors warming up

Senior center fund-raiser

Prescription assistance in town Wednesday

The "Help is Here Express" bus tour from the Partnership for Prescription Assistance will be in Payson Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Literacy workshop is for children, families

Pat Oso grew up "letting the dog out and bringing the paper in" then arguing with her siblings over who was able to read the Sunday comics first.

Feature teacher

Student business: Precious Scraps Papercrafts

Class completes research, creates product to market

Seed money from a raffle and sweat equity are two components of the business model for Precious Scraps Papercrafts.

Remembering Lin Sackett

We had just been gone on our vacation about three days destined for the East Coast for Christmas, when I got the call early in the morning from my close friend, Mike Cobo.

PHS wrestlers garner two silver medals

Matt McCarty, a heady tough guy on the Longhorn wrestling roster with a 38-2 record, seldom suffers the agony of defeat.

Friday, January 18

State of the Town... January 17, 2008

To all you who are here and those who are watching on channel 4 or listening on Radio. I welcome you to the second annual State of the Town report for Payson.

Thursday, January 17

Sanders, Stoll engaged

Michael and Mary Stoll of Payson are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Joy Stoll of Payson to Andrew David Sanders of Spangdahlem, Germany.

Rachelle Chianti Signeski

Rachelle Chianti Signeski was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Richard and Darina at 2:48 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.

Chad Evan Hooper Jr.

Chad Evan Hooper Jr. was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Chad and Debra Hooper at 2:44 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11.

Shyla Rae Herbert

Shyla Rae Herbert was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Matt and Mariah at 6:43 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.

Health education scholarships offered

The Mogollon Health Alliance has announced plans to award scholarships to students pursuing education in the health care field.

Hellsgate Fire District unites two departments


Jan. 9 was an historic occasion in Tonto Village.

Rim Country hunter harvests '12th-Hour' buck


The Arizona mule deer population has been on the decline over the last generation with an extended drought, as well as low fawn survival rate, impacted by predators.

Falcons deal Lady Longhorns East region blow

The always-testy Alchesay Falcons put a dent in the Lady Longhorns East region title dreams by defeating Payson 48-42 Jan. 15 in Whiteriver.

Record-setting effort helps Longhorns win

Shane Keith's record-setting 13 assists lifted the Longhorn boy's basketball team to an 80-52 victory over the Alchesay Falcons.

All winter sports teams ranked in top five

Having three winter sports teams currently ranked among the top five in Arizona is a commendable accomplishment for Payson High School.

Tom Cooka wins bronze medal for 75-79 group

A 77-year-old Rim Country runner who grew up on a Northern Arizona Hopi-Navajo reservation rounding up the family's horses on foot legged his way to a third place age group finish at P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

Wrestlers vie for memorial trophy

Winning the Tim Van Horn Memorial trophy has been the goal of most every Longhorn wrestler since the inception of the award about two decades ago.

Money available for fuel reduction in Christopher Creek


Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Hashknife Pony Express will make their 50th Anniversary ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale, trading the mailbag off, every mile, to a different rider.

Seniors can get help with prescription

The "Help is Here Express" national bus tour will be in Payson on Wednesday, January 23rd, stopping at the Payson Regional Health Outreach Facility (215 N. Beeline Hwy.) to help uninsured Arizonans find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.

Where were you when the balloon went up?


Everyone who's old enough remembers where he was and what he was doing the day President Kennedy was assassinated. The folks in the Greatest Generation also remember where they were when the radio blared out the news that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor.

Revenue challenge for the Town of Payson

I have a potentially lucrative revenue challenge for the Town of Payson and/or the Payson Police Department.

Help with clothing program appreciated

Thank you with your help, the Payson Masonic Lodge Clothe-A-Child program was again a success.

Take a hike on a Payson trail

Trail system born from councilman's idea to utilize forest firebreaks

It all started with the firebreaks. That and the restless mental fidgeting of Payson Councilman Andy Romance.

Grand Lady of the Rim Country dies at 91

The Rim Country has lost one of the most stalwart standard-bearers of its pioneer heritage. Anna Mae Deming, one of the grand ladies of Payson, died Jan. 17, 2008. Deming reported the Rim Country's weather to the National Weather Service for 60 years and played a part in creating the community's hospital and library. Her family roots go deep into the Rim. Her mother's family settled the Pine area and her father's people homesteaded the Tonto Natural Bridge -- her uncle, David Gowan, is credited with being the first European to see the unique geologic site.

Mayor praises water progress

Payson has made great strides in promoting citizen input, funding public improvements and securing a long-term water supply, but faces a tough budget year and other ongoing challenges, Mayor Bob Edwards said Thursday, Jan. 17 in his broadcast and televised "state-of-the-town" address.

Raptors wow birders

Lance Armstrong made them duck. Maverick made them swoon. Hedwig made them laugh. Baily made them gag. And Lady Liberty just plain blew them away.

YMCA plan questioned

Citizens' group debates partnership to provide year-round pool, gym

Payson's plans to partner with the YMCA to run a town pool and help raise money to build a major new swim and gym complex drew a vigorous mix of support and skepticism this week at a meeting sponsored by the Citizens Awareness Committee.

Anna Mae Deming

Anna Mae Deming, 91, of Payson, died Jan. 17, 2008.

When owner dies, pets still need care

Payson Humane Society receives numerous pets from owners who pass away or become too frail to care for them. For many people, their pets may be the closest, most loyal and devoted friends to them in their later years of life. Too often the heirs of the estate bring their parents' or grandparents' pets to our shelter, tossing their fate to the wind.


Joanna Carroll first told the Roundup that her daughter was bullied and made the target of racial bigotry in a Dec. 14 school bus incident because of her Native-American background. Carroll has since informed the Roundup that while her daughter's great-grandmother is full-blooded Native-American, her daughter has blonde hair and blue eyes and is picked on by the Hispanic kids because she looks white.

Event Center hotel lease is good step forward

The community should have high hopes that the planned Event Center hotel becomes a reality.

Payson district outlines the facts regarding school safety

Schools are, in many respects, a refection of the larger community. As most adults in our community are well-adjusted contributing members, so too, most students are successful in our schools and behave in appropriate ways. As there are adults who have difficulty conforming to our social norms and laws, there are also some children who struggle with maintaining behaviors that are respectful, responsible and safe. I hope that in this guest column, our community will benefit from knowing the general facts regarding school safety.

Mayes speaks in Payson

Kristin Mayes, of the Arizona Corporation Commission, will speak at the Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2007 "Eggs & Issues" meeting sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation. The meeting will be held at the Payson Library from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Linette S. Johnson

Linette S. Johnson, 98, of Mesa, died Jan. 13, 2008.

Forum on meth use is Feb. 7

The Gila County Meth Coalition will be presenting a community forum on "Methamphetamine Use and Abuse, What the Community Needs to Know" on Feb. 7.

Payson High scoring mark untouched after 50 years

As a skilled, veteran athlete, Ronnie McDaniel understands the ages-old adage, "sports records are made to be broken," is true.

Grant augments tuition at Payson learning institute

The Payson Institute of Learning has grown from a thought in founder Norma Wade's head, to a place where children and adults can receive individualized tutoring.

Buffalo Bar chef cooking up soup for a winter day


Cindy McCannon knows what she likes to eat on a cold winter day:

Preston Korn will seek Congressional District One seat

Northern Arizona resident and business owner Preston Korn has announced that he will seek the opportunity to represent Arizona's Congressional District One.

County spelling bee will be Feb. 1 at Miami High auditorium

Linda O'Dell, County School Superintendent, announces that the Gila County Spelling Bee has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1.

Elementary scientists get ready for fair


In raising our children, two of the most dreaded words were "science fair."

Take advantage of employee financial education


In the old days, if you worked for a company, your retirement income would likely have been in the form of a pension, with the amount based on your income level and years of service.

Pony Express mixer will be hosted by chamber, town

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Payson will co-host a Pony Express Benefit Mixer.

SV mayor's state-of-the-town address highlights positive accomplishments

"Wow, what a ride," declared Star Valley Mayor Charles Heron at the start of his second state-of-the-town address at the Tuesday, Jan. 15 council meeting -- highlighting the balanced budget, water battles, chip-sealed streets, town hall expansions and annexations that tripled the size of he fledgling town.

Star Valley council debates well use

The Star Valley Council on Tuesday Jan. 15 gave muffled approval to a zoning revision that will enable a developer to sell ownership shares in six luxury "cabins" alongside an artificial stream and fishing ponds for about $18 million.

Payson school project progresses

Building a solid educational foundation for Payson-area school kids will soon get more comfortable for educators and students at Julia Randall Elementary School, thanks to the on-schedule bond construction project highlighted at a Wednesday night open house at the school.

'Near-riot' was bus driver's description

School officials have questioned the term ‘near-riot' that was used in a headline over a story about problems on a Payson school district bus.

Jack R. McGeathy

Jack R. McGeathy, 67, of Scottsdale and Gisela, Ariz. died Jan. 11, 2008.

Tuesday, January 15

Stepping around the ‘72 pole'

My readers have been clamoring for me to write a little piece about the events of my past year.

Drawn to the tranquility of Watercolors

In elementary and middle school, Sandra Obrecht would draw horses on the backs of books or any paper she could find.


A high five to you, loyal readers -- I am sure "high five" dates me, and I confess I do not have the coordination skill for cool handshakes, although I can fake the motions to the song, "Hand Jive."

Improvisational Skills for storytellers

The Arizona Storytelling Guild (AzSG) presents the workshop "Improvisational Skills for Storytellers and Other Presenters" at the West Valley Art Museum in Surprise, Arizona.

Aliens vs. predator

One of 2007's worst

I can recall seeing the previews for "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" (or AVPR for short) several months before the release date and thinking that Hollywood is giving itself a chance at redemption.

Thespians get ready for Musical Theatre Showcase

The Payson High School drama departments needs living, breathing, talking plants -- puppet plants, that is, for the spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors."

ALvin and the chipmunks

Chipmunks still delight

"Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang." Personally, I still want a hula-hoop.

Hear that song again with the Harry James Orchestra

Audiences who have filled the auditorium for a show produced by the Tonto Community Concert Association know they are in for musical treats.

Chapter 5: Pioneers seldom died of old age

In this series we are exploring the stories behind isolated graves that can be found along roads and trails in the Rim Country.

Easy seafood

Do you know that one to two servings of fish per week can have measurable health benefits according to many doctors and dieticians?

Monday, January 14

John "Jack" Uburtis

Jack Uburtis died Dec. 15, 2007.

It's time to leave

‘Littles' and ‘bigs' do well together

Bzzst. Bzzst.

Star Valley RV businessman wants more police patrols

Thieves tore open a hole in the back fence of Star Valley business owner Dean Ulmer's RV business last Wednesday and under blaring spotlights and using Ulmer's own shop tools, "nonchalantly" spent 90 minutes pushing open the front gate with an ATV and driving away in a sand rail without anyone seeing a thing.

Payson signs convention hotel lease

150-room Hilton hotel would anchor Event Center

After years of effort, Payson has taken a key, concrete step toward developing facilities that can handle small conventions, by this week signing a 26-year lease of town land to lure a 150-room Hilton hotel with 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

State children's group opens Payson office

The Arizona's Children Association opened its doors the day after Christmas to better meet the needs of the six families they currently serve and the 12 families now in various stages of becoming licensed foster parents.

PHS linebacker nominated for national honor

David Carlen's nomination as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year has Longhorn football coach Josh Anderson spewing superlatives about his star middle linebacker and tight end.

Police: ‘Near-riot' on school bus racially motivated

Parents complain about children's safety at school

A racially motivated "near-riot" on a Payson Unified School District bus has spurred charges of aggravated assault against the driver and prompted his resignation. Now, mothers are questioning the district's safety and discipline policies.

High school roof work woes could be ending

A glimmer of light shone Monday at the end of the long tunnel in the Payson Unified School District years-long effort to get BMJS Construction to fix the leaky roof at the Old Main Building at Payson High School.

Around Rim Country

Thanks to fire department

Thanks for the kindness

Re: A New Year's project

Thanks to all who helped

Star Valley wants 750-acre donation

An on-again, off-again, on-again six-cabin time-share project and discussion about whether the newly incorporated town can sweet-talk the U.S. Forest Service out of donating 750 acres headline the agenda for the Tuesday Jan. 15 Star Valley Town Council meeting.

Thespians get ready for Musical Theatre Showcase

The Payson High School drama department needs living, breathing, talking plants -- puppet plants, that is, for the spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors."

Book offers stories of early Rim Country families

Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, the Januarys of my childhood were snow-filled and cold.

Feature teacher

Open house heralds dialysis facility

Residents in Payson in need of dialysis treatment will soon be able to get relief right in town, instead of traveling to the Valley for a service that could spell life or death.

Celebrate the dialysis center at the Black and White Ball

The applause of 200 people was thunderous a year ago at the Black and White Ball when Mary Kay Hamilton, assistant marketing manager of DaVita Total Renal Care announced that DaVita would open a kidney dialysis center in Payson.

Rim officer honored for fight against drugs

Rim Country law enforcement officers representing five agencies will be honored Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C. for their efforts in the fight against illegal drugs.

Final vote makes Hellsgate fire district now official

In separate meetings, the Diamond Star and Tonto Village fire boards passed a resolution Jan. 10 to form a joint district -- the Hellsgate Fire District.

Adult education classes offered by county school superintendent

Adult education classes are now being offered by the Gila County Superintendent of Schools.

Raymond O. Bean

Raymond O. Bean died Jan. 9, 2008 in Tucson.

Thelma I. Manning

Thelma I. Manning, 82, died Jan. 8, 2008.

Rodney Dane Matthews

Rodney Dane Matthews, known as "Buzz Matthews," died Jan. 10, 2008.

Myrna "Lee" Carlisle

Myrna "Lee" Carlisle died at her home Dec. 6, 2007.

Julia Marie Slavik Skoda

Julia Marie Slavik Skoda died Jan. 12, 2008.

Longhorns notch two big East region wins

As much as first-year varsity head coach Kenny Hayes enjoys putting a state-ranked, winning team on the court, it is the unselfish camaraderie of the players he most respects.

Lady Longhorns get back-to-back wins

Back-to-back East region victories was just the remedy the doctor ordered for the Lady Longhorns East region woes.

Spaghetti feast expected to feed some 500 fans

The lip-smacking "All You Can Eat" spaghetti diners that have long helped fund the Longhorn wrestling program are rapidly becoming the stuff of which legends are made.

Fourth-grader captures medal at Arizona show

Brylee Hall, a fourth-grader at Frontier Elementary School, led the Rim Country medal charge at the 60th Annual Arizona National Livestock Show held last week in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Recreation Roundup

Most forest recreation passes can now be ordered at Tonto Web site

The Tonto National Forest says that forest recreation passes, as well as the national Interagency pass, can now be bought via the forest internet site.

Payson council makes committee appointments

The Payson Council last week wrestled briefly with doubts about whether to appoint well-qualified out-of-towners to town commissions and boards, before approving a long list of new appointments.

Thursday, January 10

Students learn about character traits

Brianna Moores, Michelle Mendoza, and Marcello Porcelli listen intently during the Character Education program at Frontier Elementary School conducted by Big Mouth Presentations in a partnership with APS to help children learn about character building behavior.

Resolve for life at the Payson Public Library


Recently, a friend dropped by the Payson Public Library to deliver a sealed envelope to my desk.

Residents protest Mud Springs extension

Petitions rile normally quiet committee

Irate homeowners created a stir at the normally quiet meeting of Payson's Surface Transportation Advisory Committee by presenting petitions with the names of more than 177 people "strongly opposed" to extending Mud Spring Road to a connection with Highway 260.

Editorial cartoonist sought

An editorial cartoon artist is being sought by the Payson Roundup.

Honor the spirit of the regulations

Almost four years ago, I exchanged city life for this small town and I'm interested in how Payson works.

Let's stop generalizations about Realtors

This is regarding Barbara Rasmussen's letter about fire codes.I have been a Realtor in Payson for more than 16 years.

Tragic end to good life

The community of Woodhill lost a dear friend and neighbor Dec. 14. Part of the tragedy is it was so unexpected and just days before Christmas.

Firebreaks protect Rim towns

Forest Service dodges disaster and uses windfall to buffer Payson, Pine, Strawberry

Despite an ongoing drought that turned the forest to tinder, the Payson Ranger District in 2007 not only "dodged a bullet" but actually took advantage of a federal windfall to complete a thinned firebreak around Payson, Pine and Strawberry, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

Christopher Creek loses their ‘honorary mayor,' benefactor Power Webb


On Jan. 1, the community of Christopher Creek lost a very special man, a one-of-a-kind man, a longtime resident, Power Webb.

Disc golf tourney attracts 56 players

The inaugural Rim Country Open Disc Golf Tournament was a rousing success, attracting 56 entrants many of whom hailed from the White Mountains, Flagstaff and around the Valley.

Power Webb

Power Webb died Jan. 1, 2008 in Christopher Creek. He was born June 12, 1939 in Detroit, Mich.

Haunted by final sentences of ‘The Bridge of San Luis Rey'

For many years my memory has been haunted by the final sentences of Thorton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey."

Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts died Jan. 7, 2008 in Payson. He was born May 16, 1964 in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Geraldine B. Blankenship

Geraldine B. Blankenship (Gerri) died Jan. 6, 2008. She was born Dec. 9, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paap, Woolens engaged

It is with great pleasure that Larry and Rene Paap of New Boston, Texas, former residents of Payson, announce the engagement of their son Brian Matthew Paap to Krista Joan Woolens.

Rombergers celebrate 50th anniversary

Wes and Doral Romberger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 11 at a dinner party hosted by their children at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

Jazz trumpeter, Ken Taylor Quartet to perform on Sunday

Jazz trumpeter Ken Taylor will perform in Payson with the Ken Taylor Quartet at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Community Presbyterian Church on West Main Street.

Payson chefs bring scrumptious tastes to the Payson Library

Patrons can check out appetizers, desserts and even a cookbook, at the Payson Library on Feb. 23.

One citizen shows up to help council set priorities

Payson's all-out effort to let citizens set budget and planning priorities drew the entire council and top city staffers Wednesday, Jan. 9 -- but only half a dozen written comments and one member of the public.

Little League fast-pitch softball comes to Payson

Little League girls fast-pitch softball has long been a staple on the Valley youth sports scene.

Angler pulls in albino cross fish from Green Valley

Nothing could have prepared veteran Rim Country angler Dennis Zubek for the surprise he hooked while fishing the main lake at Green Valley Park.

Gift to library keeps Old West thriving

Western author Will James was a contemporary of sorts of Zane Grey

Living in the Rim Country, many of us are most familiar with the western novel as Zane Grey wrote it. We know that several of his characters and some of his stories were based on the people he met and the tales they shared when he spent time in this neck of the woods.

No street parking in Tonto Village until May


Tonto Village had a lot of weather over this past weekend. The creek that runs through the village was the highest that I've seen in quite a few years.

Send us your photos

Got a great photo share it with us?

Lewis graduates

Bill and Joanne Jones celebrated the graduation of their grandson Logan Lewis from Arizona State University on Dec. 6.

River Dayne Perez

River Dayne Perez was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to Christina Perez on Jan. 4, 2008 at 3:09 a.m.

Aiden David Brown

Aiden David Brown was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Mark and Chandra on Dec. 13, 2007 at 4:22 p.m.

Phoebe Michelle Kesterson

Phoebe Michelle Kesterson was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Brandon and Bridgette on Dec. 30, 2007 at 12:30 p.m.

Gannon James Quinlan

Gannon James Quinlan was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Byron and April Quinlan on January 5, 2008 at 12:50 p.m.

Abigail Rae Sias

Abigail Rae Sias was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Pedro and Kimberly Sias on Dec. 31, 2007 at 12:47 p.m.

Heelers, headers and hypnotists


There are dozens of herding breeds, but this article focuses on those herding breeds that we frequently see at the Payson Humane Society.

Characteristics of the typical student meth user

In early 2007, PRIDE Surveys compiled data gathered during a national school survey among students from grades 6 thru 12. The following is a synopsis of the information gathered from 3,000 self-admitted meth users:

A job well done by all concerned

Ending the stalemate between a developer, the town and residents of West Houston Road and the surrounding area is a big step forward.

Progress made on releasing ‘approved' police reports

Steps were taken Wednesday afternoon to promote better understanding and cooperation between the Payson Police Department and the Roundup.

Payson schools to hold spelling bee

Payson Schools will hold its annual Spelling Bee from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Early voting

Early voting began Jan. 10. Registered voters may vote early at the Gila County Recorder's office, 201 W. Frontier St.

Galbraith no longer interim

Payson Interim Town Manager Debra Galbraith won promotion to a permanent $124,000 annual contract without having to compete for the job Thursday, Jan. 10, despite the objections of Vice Mayor Tim Fruth.

Assault took place out of classroom

Parents not happy about information delay

Just-released police reports about a Dec. 12 student assault at Rim Country Middle School reveal new details that parents of the assault victim said school and police officials denied them for at least a week after the incident.

Payson mayor midwifes development rebirth

Controversial 93-home subdivision wins neighbors' blessing with storm drain promise and $200,000

A once-controversial 93-home housing development on West Houston Mesa Road this week was reborn amidst neighborhood cheers, thanks to months of shuttle diplomacy by Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and the developer's agreement to spend an estimated $200,000 to solve existing drainage problems in the neighborhood.

Residents convince council to review Mud Springs

Red Elephant Bakery given variance

The Payson Town Council proved exquisitely sensitive to citizen complaints Thursday, Jan. 10 when an overflow crowd of angry homeowners prompted a divided council to back away from a decade-long plan to connect Mud Springs Road to Highway 260.

Community a big help with recycle project

I would like to send out a huge thank you to the residents of Rim Country for their participation in Payson Humane Society's aluminum can recycling project.

Pine honor students treated to breakfast at Strawberry Lodge


The Pine-Strawberry Communities Blood Drive was held Jan. 8 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87.

Pine View glad to have been turned green

It started in October, when Malissa Buzan, Program Manager of the Gila County Housing Services Department, and her amazing crews began to turn Pine View Manor GREEN.

Do you have the right beneficiaries for your IRA?


Do you invest in either a traditional or Roth IRA? If so, you're making a smart move, because an IRA offers you a tax-advantaged way to save money for retirement.

Tea brewed from a brass kettle in Abdul's palace


I've mentioned Abdul before. He was, among other things, the small, soft spoken, dark-skinned old fellow who ran into me with a forklift at the military airport in Karachi, Pakistan, and left me with a hip that's still a problem 50 years later.

'Tale of Two Rivers' by Stanley C. Brown is published

PublishAmerica has published "The Tale of Two Rivers: Pioneer Settlement in Arizona" by Stanley C. Brown of Prescott, Arizona.

Energy savings for new home is meeting topic

Terry Ford, Chief Building Official for the Town of Dewey-Humboldt, will be in Payson to conduct a free informative seminar regarding Energy Conservation techniques in the construction industry.

Volunteer DJ stint turns into second career

Former Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter now concentrates on music

Life's funny. You never know when some dumb, little moment is a turning point in disguise.

Once-in-a-lifetime hunt for 18-year-old


Arizona offers the unique opportunity of hunting a desert bighorn sheep for a select few who are drawn in the annual lottery.

Ouch, Round Valley gets revenge against Lady Longhorns

Reeling from a 42-32 loss to Round Valley, the Lady Longhorns will attempt to right their listing East region ship today, Friday, against the visiting Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets. Game time is 6 p.m. in Wilson Dome.

Longhorns tromp Elks with ease

Round Valley has been billed since early season as the East team that could give the talented and state third-ranked Payson Longhorns fits.

Tuesday, January 8

At the Movies


"Charlie Wilson's War" is a movie that deals with historical facts that most of us had no idea were taking place at the time.

Legend of the Pony Express lives on

Riding endless hours without sleep through the dangerous darkness to deliver mail for people they'd never meet, the legendary orphans of the Pony Express created one of the most enduring images of the mythic West.

Looking ahead in 2008

An eventful 2007 in Rim Country's heritage community has come and gone and it's time to look forward to what will occur in 2008.

The Mouse Mama at Cagel's cabin

In season, there were millions of ladybugs near Cagel's cabin in Young.

At the Movies

The Water Horse

"The Water Horse" is an OK movie. It is directed more to the younger age group with the rating of PG.


So, the new year is one week and a day old. Keeping those resolutions? Don't worry, we don't need the start of the new year to start new projects. Every new day is a good time to start something new.

Jazz trumpeter Ken Taylor performs in Payson

Jazz artist Ken Taylor's musical voice is an amalgamation of styles blended into a personal statement.

Two exciting cruises to plan for now

This summer, I will be hosting a Baltic cruise, which departs by air to London June 18.

Artist puts personality in wood bowls

Curt Harp is a man with a fondness for the feel of wood in his hands as he cuts and shapes it into art.

Monday, January 7

Antiques store gets face-lift, new addition

Cedar Lane Antiques has a new look and a new addition.

PHS wrestler earns gold medal

Mark McCarty's almost life-long commitment to wrestling paid huge dividends at the prestigious Dave Work Memorial Tournament.

PHS matmen to work with youngsters

Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Joe Harris has put together an ambitious list of 2008 offerings, including a Little Longhorn Wrestling Camp.

Lady Longhorns on the road for East opener

Coach Grant Coley and his Lady Longhorns are hoping an ambush is not awaiting the team Tuesday, in Eagar-Springerville.

Mildred Frances Sexton

Mildred Frances Sexton died Jan. 1, 2008.

Lee E. McClanahan

Lee E. McClanahan died Jan. 6, 2008.

Vendors wanted for Aero Fair

It's that time again. The Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair committee is soliciting vendors for the 2008 Aero Fair on Saturday, May 17.

Town to hold special meetings on goal setting, transportation issues

The Town of Payson will greet the new year with a slew of meetings seeking public input, including a hearing on the priority list for the year and meetings of committees debating transportation and recreation issues.

View documentary, hear forecast at Edward Jones offices

The two Payson area Edward Jones financial advisers will host a free satellite broadcast titled "Politics through the Lens of History" at various times on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 at their offices al 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B and 113 W. Main, Suite A.

12,499 hours of care by police volunteers

Volunteers in Action' is not a misnomer for the men and women who help the Payson Police Department.

Fund for injured animals helps Humane Society

Thanks to PAWS, the Payson Area Woofers Society, animals that arrive seriously injured at the Payson Humane Society will have a second chance without taking away subsistence from animals already in residence.

Longtime Payson dentist retires

As a sophomore at UCLA in 1978, Harold Rush set a goal of someday opening a dental practice in Payson.

Getting Help

Fire code appeal, road work on council agenda

The Payson Town Council will return from a brief holiday pause on Thursday to find that a host of simmering issues still crowd its agenda, including a controversial street extension, a plaintive fire code appeal, a new contract for the town manager and host of updates about ongoing projects.

Doll Baby Ranch up for review

Development on county supervisors' agenda

Tuesday, the Gila County Board of Supervisors will see the final plat for the proposed Canyon River Ranch, a development at the site of the Doll Baby Ranch west of Payson.

Record drought could be ending

Rim Country gets nearly 10 percent of annual rainfall in one week

This week's storm dumped 10 percent of an average annual rainfall, closed streets and sparked accidents, but it could also help end a record-length Rim Country drought.

Watercolor workshop for home schooled

On Feb. 8, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library begins its new program for home-schooled children.

Health education scholarships available

Mogollon Health Alliance is offering health education scholarships.

PUSD Half-Day

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Julia Randall, Payson and Frontier Elementary Schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served to students before they depart.

Children's theatre seeking new members

The Community Children's Theatre/Choral Group is now accepting new members to perform in "An Evening of Music," which will be presented at Ponderosa Baptist Church at 6 p.m. March 30. Children in first through fifth grades are eligible, and sixth-graders may join if they have transportation to the church.

Nick Alexander named North all-star

Payson High School's decades-long reputation as a solid contributor to the annual Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star football game remains intact.

Horns wrap up non-region play with Globe win

Riding the quest of a much-improved zone offense, the Longhorns basketball team (10-6) wrapped up 2008 non-region play with a 77-53 win over the Globe Tigers.

Students forge relationships and self-esteem through giving

Genuine care for others is an ingredient of healthy relationships

Payson birders take part in 108th annual Christmas count

The count is in -- the Payson Christmas Bird Count, that is. Since 1900 the National Audubon Society has conducted bird counts throughout North America.

Sunday, January 6

Winter storm creates travel problems

The winter storm that brought the Payson area rain Jan. 5-7 brought enough snow to higher elevations to cause travel problems.

Friday, January 4

Local Election Coverage 2008

Each of the candidates for the Payson and Star Valley town councils are being profiled by the Roundup. All candidates are given an opportunity to respond to the same 10 questions. Two or three candidates will be featured each issue until all 13 candidates in both towns are profiled.

Thursday, January 3

Beeline Highway construction stories needed

If you or someone you know worked on the paving of the Beeline Highway during the 1950s, call Lita at 472-7952.

Is it done yet?

Bakery bid falls flat

Leoni Dobbins' quixotic quest to tilt the windmill of Payson's fire code so she can cook soup at the Red Elephant Bakery took a detour through a different fairy tale Wednesday, Jan. 2 at a polite but frustrating meeting of the town's Building Advisory Board that had a definite whiff of Alice in Wonderland.

Tonto Forest facilities hard-pressed

Tonto Creek Campground leads list of forest's busiest, but neglected

The five-year recreational plan for the nation's most-visited national forest envisions no new facilities, but should allow the 3-million-acre Tonto National Forest to maintain its current, overtaxed 100 developed sites.

Rim DUI arrests double state rate

Rim Country drivers got arrested for drunk driving during the holidays at nearly twice the state rate, according to preliminary figures on a statewide DUI crackdown.

First Baby

Long drive, quick delivery

The night was dark and the stars were twinkling, when first-time mother-to-be, Kay Kempton told her husband, Cody, it was time. Despite a two-hour drive that began on forest roads that wound nearer to Winslow than Payson, Kay was relaxed when she arrived at Payson Regional Medical Center from their home at the Dutch Joe Ranch near Woods Canyon Lake.

All PHS wrestlers with winning records go into stretch run

The Christmas holiday is a two-week break from the rigors of classroom attendance, homework, and tests for the Payson High School students, but the young men and women who are student-athletes are diligently practicing in preparation for the second half of their season.

Tough schedule helps to harden Longhorn team

Kenny Hayes is certain a rugged preseason schedule that included many of the state's finest teams will buoy the Longhorns well during the upcoming second half of the season.

Coaches pick tourney's top hoop players

Coaches of teams entered in the recently completely Holiday Hoops girls basketball invitational were allowed the opportunity to vote for an all-tournament team.

An afternoon of family-friendly clay shooting

The Christmas holiday is often the time when families get together from all over Arizona or the country for a few days.

Hashknife saddles up

Rim Country resident Chuck Jackman

Nostrils flared and teeth clenched, a lone figure gallops through dust and snowdrifts to deliver the mail, the old-fashioned way.

Beeline Highway turns 50 this July

A trip from Payson to Phoenix takes about 90 minutes, depending on our destination in the Valley. Would we still make that journey if it took 8 to 12 hours? What if the drive required being covered with dust or mud while sliding down steep washes, blowing out tires on rocks and dodging flash floods?

Volunteering time doesn't cost money

During the holidays, charitable and non-profit organizations from around the state and country often ask us, usually by mail, to contribute financially.

Star Valley Town Council Candidates

Get to know your council candidates

This edition of the Roundup continues a series of features on all of the candidates running for Payson and Star Valley Council.

One jailed, one hospitalized after school assault

A classroom brawl involving at least three students on the morning of Dec. 12 landed one Rim Country Middle School student in juvenile lockup and sent a would-be peacemaker to the hospital.

Jeanne Marie Riordan

Jeanne Marie Riordan of Payson, died Dec. 16, 2007.

All quiet in Tonto Village

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that the holidays was a great time for all of you to spend time with your loved ones.

Will presidential election affect investors?

As you are no doubt aware, 2008 is a presidential election year. As a citizen, you may well have a great deal of interest in the election. But how about as an investor? How does an election year affect the investment climate?

Nature of money: What is the value of a dime?

The nature of money was something very mysterious to me when I was a four-year- old, possibly because I grew up during the Depression when there wasn't much of it around.

Hopeful wishes for creekside residents

As we look back on 2007, it is clear that the community of Christopher Creek lost a lot of wonderful people, who are very sadly missed.

Tempting Tangerine Tabbies

Orange is such an uplifting color. Is there anyone whose spirit doesn't soar when the sun at dawn or sunset lights up the sky and clouds with brilliant hues of orange?

Nancy Jane Kopp

Nancy Jane Kopp, 73, died Dec. 19, 2007.

Josephine Nies

Josephine Nies, 96, died Dec. 29, 2007

Verniece R. Southerland

Verniece R. Southerland, 84, died Dec. 28, 2007.

William Fillmore Thompson

William Fillmore Thompson died Dec. 23, 2007.

Graham Williams

Adventures of a rocket man

Few men have watched the night sky light up with atomic tests, driven by an "angel buggy" loaded with 10,000 pounds of nitroglycerin, felt the vibration of an Atlas rocket at liftoff or designed explosive bolts on the space shuttle.

Globe next for Lady Horns

Challenges abound as Payson girls set out to defend 3A East title

The scrappy Globe Tigers of the South region are all that remain for the Lady Longhorns before PHS tips off its quest for an East championship and a berth in the 3A state tournament.

Tuesday, January 1

Songs for a dance with Brooks 'n' Yoder

Brooks 'n' Yoder opened their set at the Rye Bar and Restaurant "Last Dance," a tune Floyd Cramer had a hit with in 1960, and a couple immediately took to the dance floor.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

A good, clean adventure

An ancient treasure is hidden for centuries. A capable professor frantically searches for clues before the enemy can find it.

around AZ

Fishing forecast for the Rim Country

Arizona is one of those unique locations where freshwater sport fishing exists year round.

Breakfast for Dinner

Enjoy it with your family tonight

This just in: Congressmen research Quebec beans

The FDA elevated its food warning alert to red throughout the Holidays.

playing in rim country


Welcome and thank you for picking up this copy of the the Rim Review.

Planning a stress-free winter escape

Imagine spending a crisp, clear day at a major metropolitan zoo and casually taking your time through each of the exhibits, without any of the usual crowds.

Caution is a friend to Fido when temps take a dive

For adults and children alike, preparing for the winter can be as simple as unpacking the winter coat, long underwear and sweaters and simply bundling up when heading outside.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

A movie everyone can enjoy

I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that a National Treasure sequel movie was being released this holiday season with pretty much the same cast from 2004.