Thursday, January 31
Do you want to know what delectable dishes Kevin DeWitt, the chef at Zane Grey Steakhouse, will cook for A Taste of Rim Country?
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.
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.
A prescribed burn east of Payson will produce smoky conditions over the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen Huft died Jan. 27, 2008.
Car lovers are a unique breed.
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.
First there were horse whisperers, then dog whisperers and now, if you can believe it, there are cat whisperers.
At 3 years old and 102 pounds, Tundra is still a puppy
Dare Harry Viezens to do something and he just might do it.
Budding Pine-Strawberry School scientists were anxiously looked forward to a flag ceremony and assembly originally scheduled for Jan. 25.
Tuesday, January 29
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."
Are you ready for some football?
Once in a while, I have to ride some of the back roads in my mind and clean up the litter
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.
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.
Robert Muggli is a man who embraces the diversity of life.
Both Payson High School varsity basketball teams returned to the Rim country late Tuesday evening clutching victories over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
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.
No walk down the aisle
Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride. How about 27?
The Main Street Merchants Guild promises people a romantic evening out on the town during February's First Friday.
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.
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.
Monday, January 28
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.
An elderly Payson man was threatened and forced to withdraw funds from Chase Bank late Tuesday afternoon.
Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy is now accepting applications for the Young Steward of Public Policy scholarship program.
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.
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.
Free classes for family enrichment
A trio of East region games is all that stands between the Longhorn boy's basketball team and the East region regular season championship.
The next Styrofoam cup you toss in the trash may find its way into the walls of someone's home in the near future.
Payson has long enjoyed a reputation as a town that provides the finest possible growth opportunities for it's young people.
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.
The Lady Longhorns 46-30 upset of the Round Valley Elks has thrown the East region title chase up for grabs.
Bus will be in town Jan. 30
Nobody should have to choose between buying groceries and paying for their medications.
The Main Street Merchants Guild promises people a romantic evening out on the town during February's First Friday.
William M. Barth, 66, died at his Payson home Jan. 21, 2008
Allan Tomasik died in January 2008.
There are two confirmed shutterbugs in George Conley's art classes at Payson High School -- Lisa Bartoli and Jessie Carpino.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, January 27
Heavy rains over the weekend forced several evacuations and has left people in Rim Country and in Tonto Basin stranded.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Longhorn wrestling star Nate Lee turned in a trip through California he will not soon forget.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tonto Village had another historic happening: Jan. 16 the Tonto Village Domestic Water Improve-ment District met for the first time.
It was standing room only at Creekside Saturday evening as just about everyone came out to celebrate Candy Hart's 60th birthday.
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.
The Payson Public Library is asking the community to help raise money for 2008 children's programming.
The Mogollon Health Alliance has announced plans to award scholarships to students pursuing education in the health care field.
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."
Gila County Supervisor Shirley Dawson has announced that those interested in applying for Downwinder Funds should contact her office at 928 402-8511for assistance.
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.
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.
It's that time again. The Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair committee is soliciting vendors for the 2008 Aero Fair on Saturday, May 17.
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.
Stacy Anderson has her first-ever high school varsity coaching victory.
There have been seasons the Show Low Cougars have put contending, top-notch basketball teams on the floor.
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.
Sarah E. Thompson, 89, died Jan. 15, 2008.
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 died Jan. 4, 2008. She was born May 10, 1928 to Mr. and Mrs. John Barnett of Gary, W.Va.
Paula Byrd Neal died Jan. 17, 2008 at Payson Care Center. She was born Sept. 22, 1918 in Byrd, Texas.
Ruth Emlet died Jan. 19, 2008. She was born Oct. 25, 1914 in Bolivar, Mo. to Mittie Creed Shedd and Raymond Shedd.
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.
Get your taste buds ready for wood-fired pizza, specialty baked pasta, crisp Caesar salad, Italian chicken and tiramisu.
Are you a veteran in need of counseling services in the Payson area?
The state's Supreme Court judges are coming to Payson for a rare out-of-chamber hearing in late April.
The Payson Parkinson's Support Group will host Joe Rogers in February.
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.
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.
A prescription assistance program, providing free medications from U.S. pharmaceutical companies to low-income and uninsured residents, is coming to Payson.
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.
Alternatives for service from the Pine Water Company were explored at the most recent meeting of the Rim Country Water group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An editorial cartoon artist is being sought by the Payson Roundup.
Arrogance from public officials ... where does it come from?
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.
We repeat homilies to our children in the hope that our moral codes will sink in.
Betty Liebzeit (left) chats with Doris Eiswert, while Jim Eiswert asks Melissa Cochran about the new equipment at the Rim Country Dialysis open house.
In a cooperative effort between Payson and county law enforcement officers, 10 people from Payson have recently been arrested on drug-related charges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amitee Holly Hanewinckel was born at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 to Jon and Honey Hanewinckel.
Gage Curtis Palace was born to Dane and Kyndra at 2:12 p.m., Jan. 15, 2008 at Payson Regional Medical Center.
What's the most prominent thing you notice about mutual fund advertisements?
Tuesday, January 22
Strongly recommend seeing this great movie
Where did this movie get its strange title you ask?
The holidays are over and you might now wonder what is there to do in our state in the next few weeks.
The New Year is three weeks old. How are you doing with those resolutions?
Dancers and diners at Mogollon Health Alliance's Second Annual Black and White Ball have reason to celebrate.
The year 1965 began with Payson enjoying a brand-new jail and ringing in the New Year in celebratory fashion.
In "The Bucket List" two complete strangers lie on their deathbeds, knowing they are near the end of their lives
• If you're reading this column, you obviously speak English.
I love catalogs.
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.
Monday, January 21
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Matt McCarty, a heady tough guy on the Longhorn wrestling roster with a 38-2 record, seldom suffers the agony of defeat.
The coach, who last season led the Lady Longhorns to a 23-5 record and the East region championship, has stepped down.
Louise Hopper died Jan. 19, 2008.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting two candidate forums
The Payson Public Library is asking the community to help raise money for 2008 Children's Programming.
Sun Valley Financial of Sun City is hosting a free workshop on reverse mortgages tomorrow.
The "Help is Here Express" bus tour from the Partnership for Prescription Assistance will be in Payson Wednesday, Jan. 23.
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.
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.
Residents of the Rim Country can celebrate life in high style at Mogollon Health Alliance's Second Annual Black and White Ball this weekend.
A newspaper literacy workshop encouraging children and families to read will take place Feb. 9.
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.
Ideal weather conditions this past week, allowed Payson Ranger District fire personnel to successfully treat 532 acres southwest of Pine with prescribed fire.
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.
Friday, January 18
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
In raising our children, two of the most dreaded words were "science fair."
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.
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.
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.
Jack R. McGeathy, 67, of Scottsdale and Gisela, Ariz. died Jan. 11, 2008.
Anna Mae Deming, 91, of Payson, died Jan. 17, 2008.
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.
The community should have high hopes that the planned Event Center hotel becomes a reality.
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.
Thank you with your help, the Payson Masonic Lodge Clothe-A-Child program was again a success.
I have a potentially lucrative revenue challenge for the Town of Payson and/or the Payson Police Department.
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.
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.
A TASTE OF RIM COUNTRY
Cindy McCannon knows what she likes to eat on a cold winter day:
Northern Arizona resident and business owner Preston Korn has announced that he will seek the opportunity to represent Arizona's Congressional District One.
Linda O'Dell, County School Superintendent, announces that the Gila County Spelling Bee has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1.
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.
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 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. was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Chad and Debra Hooper at 2:44 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11.
Shyla Rae Herbert was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Matt and Mariah at 6:43 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.
The Mogollon Health Alliance has announced plans to award scholarships to students pursuing education in the health care field.
Jan. 9 was an historic occasion in Tonto Village.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
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.
Shane Keith's record-setting 13 assists lifted the Longhorn boy's basketball team to an 80-52 victory over the Alchesay Falcons.
Having three winter sports teams currently ranked among the top five in Arizona is a commendable accomplishment for Payson High School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linette S. Johnson, 98, of Mesa, died Jan. 13, 2008.
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.
As a skilled, veteran athlete, Ronnie McDaniel understands the ages-old adage, "sports records are made to be broken," is true.
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.
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.
"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.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Payson will co-host a Pony Express Benefit Mixer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 15
The Arizona Storytelling Guild (AzSG) presents the workshop "Improvisational Skills for Storytellers and Other Presenters" at the West Valley Art Museum in Surprise, Arizona.
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.
Chipmunks still delight
"Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang." Personally, I still want a hula-hoop.
In elementary and middle school, Sandra Obrecht would draw horses on the backs of books or any paper she could find.
The Payson High School drama departments needs living, breathing, talking plants -- puppet plants, that is, for the spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors."
Audiences who have filled the auditorium for a show produced by the Tonto Community Concert Association know they are in for musical treats.
In this series we are exploring the stories behind isolated graves that can be found along roads and trails in the Rim Country.
Do you know that one to two servings of fish per week can have measurable health benefits according to many doctors and dieticians?
My readers have been clamoring for me to write a little piece about the events of my past year.
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."
Monday, January 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Payson High School drama department needs living, breathing, talking plants -- puppet plants, that is, for the spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors."
Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, the Januarys of my childhood were snow-filled and cold.
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.
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 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.
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 are now being offered by the Gila County Superintendent of Schools.
Raymond O. Bean died Jan. 9, 2008 in Tucson.
Thelma I. Manning, 82, died Jan. 8, 2008.
Rodney Dane Matthews, known as "Buzz Matthews," died Jan. 10, 2008.
Myrna "Lee" Carlisle died at her home Dec. 6, 2007.
Julia Marie Slavik Skoda died Jan. 12, 2008.
Jack Uburtis died Dec. 15, 2007.
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.
Back-to-back East region victories was just the remedy the doctor ordered for the Lady Longhorns East region woes.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, January 10
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.
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 died Jan. 1, 2008 in Christopher Creek. He was born June 12, 1939 in Detroit, Mich.
Steve Roberts died Jan. 7, 2008 in Payson. He was born May 16, 1964 in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Geraldine B. Blankenship (Gerri) died Jan. 6, 2008. She was born Dec. 9, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio.
There are dozens of herding breeds, but this article focuses on those herding breeds that we frequently see at the Payson Humane Society.
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.
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.
Phoebe Michelle Kesterson was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Brandon and Bridgette on Dec. 30, 2007 at 12:30 p.m.
Aiden David Brown was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to parents Mark and Chandra on Dec. 13, 2007 at 4:22 p.m.
River Dayne Perez was born at Payson Regional Medical Center to Christina Perez on Jan. 4, 2008 at 3:09 a.m.
Bill and Joanne Jones celebrated the graduation of their grandson Logan Lewis from Arizona State University on Dec. 6.
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.
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 will perform in Payson with the Ken Taylor Quartet at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Community Presbyterian Church on West Main Street.
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.
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.
On Jan. 1, the community of Christopher Creek lost a very special man, a one-of-a-kind man, a longtime resident, Power Webb.
The Pine-Strawberry Communities Blood Drive was held Jan. 8 at the First Baptist Church on Highway 87.
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.
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.
PublishAmerica has published "The Tale of Two Rivers: Pioneer Settlement in Arizona" by Stanley C. Brown of Prescott, Arizona.
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.
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
Arizona offers the unique opportunity of hunting a desert bighorn sheep for a select few who are drawn in the annual lottery.
Round Valley has been billed since early season as the East team that could give the talented and state third-ranked Payson Longhorns fits.
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 girls fast-pitch softball has long been a staple on the Valley youth sports scene.
Nothing could have prepared veteran Rim Country angler Dennis Zubek for the surprise he hooked while fishing the main lake at Green Valley Park.
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.
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.
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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.
Patrons can check out appetizers, desserts and even a cookbook, at the Payson Library on Feb. 23.
Recently, a friend dropped by the Payson Public Library to deliver a sealed envelope to my desk.
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.
An editorial cartoon artist is being sought by the Payson Roundup.
For many years my memory has been haunted by the final sentences of Thorton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey."
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.
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.
Almost four years ago, I exchanged city life for this small town and I'm interested in how Payson works.
This is regarding Barbara Rasmussen's letter about fire codes.I have been a Realtor in Payson for more than 16 years.
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.
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:
Ending the stalemate between a developer, the town and residents of West Houston Road and the surrounding area is a big step forward.
Steps were taken Wednesday afternoon to promote better understanding and cooperation between the Payson Police Department and the Roundup.
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 began Jan. 10. Registered voters may vote early at the Gila County Recorder's office, 201 W. Frontier St.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 8
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.
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.
In season, there were millions of ladybugs near Cagel's cabin in Young.
The Water Horse
"The Water Horse" is an OK movie. It is directed more to the younger age group with the rating of PG.
Jazz artist Ken Taylor's musical voice is an amalgamation of styles blended into a personal statement.
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.
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
"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.
This summer, I will be hosting a Baltic cruise, which departs by air to London June 18.
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
Mark McCarty's almost life-long commitment to wrestling paid huge dividends at the prestigious Dave Work Memorial Tournament.
Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Joe Harris has put together an ambitious list of 2008 offerings, including a Little Longhorn Wrestling Camp.
Coach Grant Coley and his Lady Longhorns are hoping an ambush is not awaiting the team Tuesday, in Eagar-Springerville.
Mildred Frances Sexton died Jan. 1, 2008.
Lee E. McClanahan died Jan. 6, 2008.
It's that time again. The Payson Municipal Airport Aero Fair committee is soliciting vendors for the 2008 Aero Fair on Saturday, May 17.
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.
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.
Cedar Lane Antiques has a new look and a new addition.
Volunteers in Action' is not a misnomer for the men and women who help the Payson Police Department.
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.
As a sophomore at UCLA in 1978, Harold Rush set a goal of someday opening a dental practice in Payson.
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.
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.
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.
On Feb. 8, the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library begins its new program for home-schooled children.
Mogollon Health Alliance is offering health education scholarships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Genuine care for others is an ingredient of healthy relationships
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
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
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
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.
During the holidays, charitable and non-profit organizations from around the state and country often ask us, usually by mail, to contribute financially.
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.
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.
If you or someone you know worked on the paving of the Beeline Highway during the 1950s, call Lita at 472-7952.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 of teams entered in the recently completely Holiday Hoops girls basketball invitational were allowed the opportunity to vote for an all-tournament team.
The Christmas holiday is often the time when families get together from all over Arizona or the country for a few days.
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.
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?
Josephine Nies, 96, died Dec. 29, 2007
Nancy Jane Kopp, 73, died Dec. 19, 2007.
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?
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.
Jeanne Marie Riordan of Payson, died Dec. 16, 2007.
Verniece R. Southerland, 84, died Dec. 28, 2007.
William Fillmore Thompson died Dec. 23, 2007.
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.
Tuesday, January 1
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.
A good, clean adventure
An ancient treasure is hidden for centuries. A capable professor frantically searches for clues before the enemy can find it.
Enjoy it with your family tonight
Welcome and thank you for picking up this copy of the the Rim Review.
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.
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.
Arizona is one of those unique locations where freshwater sport fishing exists year round.
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.
The FDA elevated its food warning alert to red throughout the Holidays.