Monday, June 30
When customers call Santa Fe Plumbing and Aire Serve, they are surprised when they learn a technician will be able to see them the same day or the next. That is the primary thing that makes the business different than others, said owner Sammy Cruz.
There are not many financial rewards in high school coaching.
Staging a motocross racing series in the Payson Event Center, where horses normally reign supreme, was a Herculean task.
Solid hitting and commendable pitching from three hurlers lifted the Payson 9-10-year-old Little League all-star team to a 14-6 win over Flagstaff Mt. Elden.
Former Star Valley Charter School administrator Russell Koch was offered and accepted a plea to a single count of possession of dangerous drugs, a Class 4 felony.
Almost everyone who lives in the Rim Country has a favorite hiking trail where wildlife is abundant and easily spotted.
Summer passing league action, often one of the keys to a successful fall season, has wrapped up for the Longhorn football team.
Sunday, June 29
It was just another afternoon at Payson Humane Society. Lots of work to do. Lots of hungry mouths to feed. Lots of laundry. Lots of bacteria, parasites and germs to kill.
Friday, June 27
Payson firefighter injured
Two separate house fires, one in Chaparral Pines and another in Young, caused major damage early this week
Single mother turned developer coaxes Chilson Ranch project through the maze
As a girl, she snuck off to get her pilot's license. As a young woman, she became the family breadwinner. As a diamond broker, she roamed the streets of New York with a couple million dollars worth of jewels in her case.
When you're working, you probably focus on how much you're putting in to your investment portfolio. But when you retire, you may be more interested in how much you take out. And that's why you have to prepare the proper withdrawal strategies.
The heat is on, which means temperatures are soaring to 110 degrees in the Valley of the Sun, and this will create the mass migration on the Beeline through Payson on the weekend.
The Rim Country man who and has long been at the forefront of state conservation efforts, including laying the foundation for the Mogollon Sporting Association, is being honored for his dedication, commitment and years of service.
Jeff Swanson, Arizona Diamond-backs business manager for Baseball Outreach and Develop-ment, is concerned about the future of the youth training camp scheduled to be in Payson July 7 to 11.
Trevor Haught will take part in National High School Finals Rodeo
Trevor Haught is primed and ready to make a second run at winning a national high school bareback riding championship.
Eva Prychodnik, 82, died June 25, 2008.
International high school exchange students are coming to study in the Payson area during the 2008-09 school year.
Gila County Community College board members unanimously agreed Tuesday to lease a modular unit for the Globe campus' new cosmetology program.
George Hansen was a tax man.
Payson medical center, police, fire departments use
It is a quiet morning at Payson Regional Medical Center. There are more than a few open parking spots. The overcast from earlier has left the pavement and concrete cool. Nothing is out of place. There is no hint of impending disaster.
Evans challenges town policies on growth, promotion and identity as a 'western' town
Less cowboy -- more Indian. Fewer regulations -- more development. Less luxury -- more apartments. Mayor Kenny Evans on Thursday challenged two years worth of town priorities, in a low-key speech full of controversial ideas before about 30 community and business leaders at a luncheon sponsored jointly by the Rim County Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Thousands of ham radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend.
We were 63 re-enlistees sent to an Air Force base in upstate New York for two weeks of "re-enlistee basic" because we had stayed in civilian life for more than two years before re-upping.
Children's program to salute veterans
Campfire and smoking restrictions across the entire Coconino National Forest will be implemented starting Tuesday, July 1 at 8 a.m.
Animal abuse is a common problem and it is rare to have an arrest made in such incidents, however, a Star Valley man was taken into custody for drowning puppies earlier this month, according to the Payson Humane Society.
A log home in Young burned to the ground Monday morning. The cause is still under investigation, according to Pleasant Valley Fire Department.
Fourth of July festivities fill the day and spill into the evening around the Rim next Friday. Some of the fun continues through the weekend.
New law would impose user fee on quads
A controversial new law that would hit people who own off-road vehicles with a $25 fee has generated debate for three years, but now appears to be gaining acceptance in the Rim Country.
While state legislators passed their budget Thursday as the June 30 deadline closed in, officials in the Payson Unified School District still had a responsibility to set their budget.
Thursday, June 26
Take Pride Project 2007 volunteers of the year honors have gone to Bill Armbruster and Dave Prechtel.
Tonto Village III got a facelift this past week. The Gila County road maintenance crew chip sealed all the streets in TV III.
Creek Bible Fellowship had their ladies annual retreat, Saturday, June 21.
June is for brides and roses, and maybe not in that order. Perhaps it is because of the sudden profusion of flora that explodes onto trellises, fences, archways and garden beds, that brides have traditionally chosen this month over all others for their special day.
Tuesday, June 24
Each year, the Payson Roundup brings the residents of the Rim Country this special publication highlighting senior living.
A Chaparral Pines home in the 2700 block of East Morning Glory Circle was lost to a fire Tuesday afternoon. When fire personnel from both the Payson and Hells Gate departments arrived at the scene the multi-story log framed home was fully engulfed in fire.
As people grow older, getting around the house is no longer a given.
By the year 2030, it is estimated that 20 percent of the population will be 65 or older, with time on their hands and potentially new interests to be satiated.
As the aging process progresses, most men begin making health a priority.
A lot of the more than 76 million Baby Boomers headed toward retirement are losing sleep at night, not because they're worried about having enough money to retire. They're wondering what they want to do with the rest of their lives, according to Joan Carter, cofounder of Life Options Institute, an organization devoted to helping people plan for life after age 50
As we get older and wiser, most of us want vacations that are a little easier than we desired in the past. We want to experience new surroundings, as well as sometimes revisit the old.
If you have money in the market, you may sometime wonder what on earth is going on in the financial world.
At Payson Humane Society, we're passionate about pets -- ours, yours and those in need of loving homes. We are also passionate about our senior citizens.
Roses can grow just about anywhere, but in Marge Sullivan's Payson garden, the heat has prematurely zapped their sprightliness.
There are dog people and there are cat people. George White, a Payson Humane Society volunteer, is a dog person.
Lois Brice was going to be a missionary. Instead, she became a wife, a mother, a seamstress, a social worker, a teacher and now, a hospice volunteer.
A large portion of the Rim Country's population is retirees.
The Payson Regional Chapter of the Senior Circle has been serving residents of the Rim Country for nine years.
The Payson Senior Citizens Center offers something for everyone.
Monday, June 23
Sylvia Bernadette Lloyd, 70, died June 19, 2008. She was born Aug. 21, 1937 in Green County, Iowa to Bernadette and Roger McElrea.
Payson Pink Lady Bugs will host a fund-raising Cowboy Dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.
Gila Community College's Small Business Development Center will be hosting computer workshops for small-business owners and managers July 12 and sometime in August. The workshops offered include:
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 18 by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce to welcome the new business, Best Travel by Reed, to the chamber membership.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome a new business to the community, Mountain's Best Cleaning Service.
Payson Regional Medical Center, in partnership with Payson Police and Fire Departments will be conducting an "Emergency Decontamina-tion Drill" between 10 a.m. and noon, Wednesday June 25.
With the cost of petroleum rising, Payson Unified School District board members and a construction manager discussed the best way to heat the Rim Country Middle School as its remodel progresses during a board meeting last week.
Some people dabble in art as a hobby. Others paint with the hope of selling their work. For Mario Belvedere, his art is his passion. He learned other things to survive.
Committee adopts moderate measures to slow Phoenix St. traffic
About 10 measures to slow down traffic on Phoenix Street and Mud Springs ought to be enough to keep residents safe and satisfied, the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee concluded on Wednesday.
The journey started in La Jolla, Calif., and will stretch to Georgia. The cast of eight is aged from 18 to 61, and will bike the 3,300 miles in 53 days.
Another AARP Driving Safety Program will be held the first Saturday in July.
In conjunction to the "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" program, Rim Country Lanes will be hosting a free Laser Bowl party, for students in the Rim Country.
Plane owner's complaint of "unjust" treatment prompts Payson Council to focus on airport
A dispute between the Payson Airport Authority and the owner of a parked glider triggered a stern warning from the feds and an executive session focused on improving communications between the town and the airport.
I would like to take this tie to say thank you to all the people who made these years Payson Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society such a huge success.
If Senator McCain expects to get elected he must change his attitude on energy 180 degrees or he's going to lose. He now has an excellent opportunity to make himself electable. Recent polls show that 47 percent or more of Americans favor drilling in ANWAR, off shore and many other areas and to promote recovery of oil and gas from the western states shale and sandstone deposits.
I would like to personally thank Michael Buskirk, Daria Mason and sons Kit and John, Don, Juline, Shauna and Katelyn Curtis and Rob and Jo Sanders who have hosted exchange students, this year through EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
Here we go again!!
Jeri DeCola, has a wonderful comeback story.
The Payson Children's Choral Theater Group is presenting "The Red, White and Blue," a patriotic musical, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 28 and at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 29 at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.
Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Leonard "Ski" Kerszykowski was awarded Thursday with a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Forest Service's Law Enforcement and Investigations division.
America must spend more money on education or the nation will find itself ousted from its cozy seat as a world power, a new group warns.
Two percent tax increase approved by Gila Community College board for 2008-09
Friction among Gila County Community College board members regarding the Globe campus' cosmetology program resulted in what the Payson campus' dean called the most contentious meeting since her arrival.
Gila County Sheriff John Armer turns over 75 bikes to Department of Corrections Deputy Warden Ron Lee. The bikes are from the sheriff's evidence storage, either found or confiscated as stolen and never claimed.
Consultant proposes design for key road based on pedestrian-friendly clusters
Payson should seek grant money and potential developers to start the transformation of Main Street by nurturing a cluster of shops, stores and perhaps restaurants right where McLane makes an offset jog where it intersects the street, a consultant told the Payson Council at its last meeting.
It was 115 degrees in the Valley and around 95-98 in the Rim Country, but at Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim it was a cool, comfortable afternoon for fishing or just floating around the lake Sunday afternoon.
The Star Valley Council has asked town staff to look into a two-year extension of its contract with Payson to provide police protection -- but its neighbor has to first decide whether the town is losing its shirt on the present arrangement.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is a profound statement that applies to the sale of your home. What we may see in our homes as the ultimate in décor and arrangement may be the antithesis of what the prospective homebuyer wants.
Blazing the Monument Trail on a Saturday morning is Dusty Miller.
The CPR efforts Patrick Walker and Joseph Harris desperately applied to the dying wood bat softball league were to no avail.
The Arizona Football Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game might have finally found a permanent home.
A scenario is unfolding in the ranks of the Mogollon Sporting Association that members have never before faced.
The foundation of the Payson gridiron program for next fall's Central Arizona Youth Football Association play was laid during a late-afternoon meeting Monday, June 23.
The big winners in the Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament were the Payson High School football program and a PHS graduate who next fall will be awarded a scholarship.
Norma Smith Hinds, a former Payson resident, died June 16, 2008 in Lewiston, Maine. She was born Nov. 4, 1928 in Madrid, Maine to Roxa Philbrick Smith and Glidden Douglass Smith.
Robert "Bob" Dale Carroll of Heber died June 20, 2008 in Phoenix.
Robert (Bob) Loyal Buchanan, of Payson, died June 17, 2008. He was born July 10, 1934 in Apollo, Pa.
Sebastien James Joseph Chasse, formerly of Payson, affectionately known as "Booter," 20, drowned June 11, 2008 in Gunlock Reservoir while on vacation in Utah.
Elsie Sophie Henriette Aronson, 89, of Payson, died June 18, 2008. She was born April 12, 1919 on a farm in Willow Township, Iowa to Fred and Marie (Topf) Kiepe.
Thursday, June 19
There is a growing concern within the fisheries division of the Arizona Game and Fish Department about the spread of an invasive mollusk called a quagga mussel.
TOPS helps mother of eight shed excess weight -- and then kept it off
Eight pregnancies gave Rose Hill eight wonderful kids, but each pregnancy also left an unwelcome gift -- more weight gain.
One of Sedona's natural wonders -- singer, songwriter and recording artist Scott Beck -- will be the featured guest speaker at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness 11 a.m. service Sunday, June 22.
Last week was Vacation Bible School at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church.
Summer officially starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, but if the temperature is any indicator, the season is already here.
All who participated June 14 in the Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit at Rimside Grill enjoyed a day of old-fashioned, small-town camaraderie.
Best jobs locked up before out-of-school students flood limited local labor market
Rim Country teens this summer face tough job prospects, if they're looking for anything better than slinging fast food.
The dreaded Black Dog Syndrome list. It sounds like something we would make up. But, sadly, it's not. It's reality in the shelter world.
Whenever you see people enjoying a comfortable retirement -- traveling, volunteering, pursuing hobbies, taking up a new career -- you can be pretty sure it didn't happen by accident.
Little League officials and coaches from around small-town central Arizona will gather tomorrow, June 21, in Winslow to iron out the details of the upcoming area and district tournament.
Times are tight. Gas prices are high; the cost of food is going up. Health care costs continue to rise.
Wild horse, burro auction Saturday
The Gila County Attorney's office has yet to make a determination on the fate of the Payson High School students involved in a year-end prank.
Sherwood Drive residents pan plan to ban parked cars to make way for bike and foot trail
Should Payson prevent people from parking cars in front of their houses to make way for a key link in the town's ambitious trail network?
The Thursday night ropings at the Payson Event Center will continue through September.
Payson adopted a still shifting tentative budget Thursday night, with the decline now set at about 9 percent to $36,093,821.
Two Payson police officers involved in the shooting of a woman in February have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Negotiations for gym/pool complex enter the home stretch
The Payson Town Council Thursday night ordered staff to continue final negotiations with the Valley of the Sun YMCA and Mayor Kenny Evans predicted the council will serve up a deal that has been cooking for years sometime in the next month.
First elected in 1986, Jeri DeCola wins 2008 Tonto tribal election
The subdued recent Tonto Apache Tribal Council election -- no campaign signs, little fanfare, and no bitter words spat back and forth -- is like a tidy comforter thrown over an unmade bed. Underneath the seeming docility lie the makings of history. First, only four members were elected, though five seats sat vacant.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for its 2008 Commission Awards to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the welfare of the state's wildlife and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
With only three clubs in their bags, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association were scrambling to keep their scorecards respectable.
Basketball camp attracts more than 60 players
The largest group of hardwood hopefuls in the history of the Longhorn youth summer basketball program wrapped up play yesterday, June 19 in Wilson Dome.
High expectations are in place for hand-picked 12-year-old team
"Let the games begin," could be the rallying cry of the Payson Little League all-stars.
Albert David Pirtle died June 17, 2008.
Janice Rebecca Ellquist died June 10, 2008.
Nearly 75 members of the Western Writers of America, Inc. (WWA) visited Payson recently to learn about our local Western heritage by touring the Zane Grey Cabin, the Rim Country Museum and the historic forest ranger station.
When pre-schoolers enter Rim Country Literacy's five-week program, they receive a free book each week as an introduction to the literary world.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) honored its Payson Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers during the annual Big Event held at the Chaparral Pines Golf Club Wednesday, May 7.
Some promising student artists from Gila County will be featured in a multi-media exhibit in the Boyce Thompson Arboretum visitor center during July and August.
Kiewit Western Company will pay $80,000 in civil penalties for water quality violations at construction sites on Highway 260 and Highway 191 in Gila and Greenlee counties.
The local chapter of Arizona Press Women (APW) is bringing four speakers to Payson on June 28 to help local folks interested in being a writer and/or illustrator of children's books.
Town manager gets 16 percent bump for handling tickets, employees get cost of living
The Star Valley council Tuesday approved a 3 percent employee cost of living raise and a 16 percent boost for the town manager.
Consultants will estimate underground water storage and use in the face of drought's effect on well levels
Star Valley this week approved a $52,500 study of its underground water, in the wake of a drought that sent well levels plunging and raised questions about how much water lies in the pockets of fractured granite underlying the town.
Several cases involving Rim Country residents or incidents are at varying stages of the Gila County justice system.
Flagstaff planner regales Payson officials with how his town dealt with its addiction to the automobile to create real neighborhoods
Payson could reinvent itself as a town where you barely needed a car, enjoy busy and social parks and public facilities and thriving businesses that could rely on neighborhood trade, a Flagstaff town planner last week told an absorbed and attentive roomful of the town's movers and shakers.
Tuesday, June 17
Young Guy was a complete misfit in his sixth grade class.
So this optimist fell off the 20th floor.
Don't mess with this movie
"You Don't Mess with the Zohan" is closer akin to a "Roadrunner" movie than anything else -- a kind of live action cartoon.
Save the world from this movie
While "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" is a very creative title, "The New Adam Sandler Movie" is probably more descriptive.
When I recently visited Mesa for Mother's Day it was a double treat.
Are you finding the gas prices staggering and are you beginning to wonder what else you might do this summer rather than drive to the Midwest to see Aunt Julie and Uncle Bob?
Betty McNary started working on a quilt three years ago; doing embroidery that gave her something to do with her hands. At the time, she was in her early 90s and living in Mesa.
A lot of people in Payson don't realize it, but in Christopher Creek they sure do.
There is something really special about music in the open air, under an open, starry sky.
Monday, June 16
Frances Lorraine Reed, 80, of Payson, died June 12, 2008.
The Republican precinct committeemen from throughout the five counties of Arizona Legislative District 5 voted to have former Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer run for the state house this weekend.
Commission report backs SemStream, but Mayor Evans
SemStream didn't communicate well with its Payson propane customers, but doesn't appear to have done anything wrong in imposing surcharges that doubled and tripled winter heating bills, concluded a staff report for the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Phased town pool and gym alternative to YMCA could handle recreation programs
Payson could build a gym that would accommodate town recreation programs and a year-round pool that would support school swim team meets for $11-$14 million, broken into three phases, a consultant told the parks and recreation commission last week.
Voters will decide this November whether Payson schools will continue to receive about $1.3 million a year over their base operating budget for the next five years.
All over Rim Country, the small talk flows down the same predictable path -- "Boy, I hope it rains. We sure could use it."
Summer - the season for T-shirts.
The saga of the Senior Center Dining Room floor has quite a history.
The concerns over the high costs and long delays associated with probate are often central to the discussions over why living trusts are far superior to wills as estate planning tools, even for relatively small estates.
The teacher who laid the foundation for the highly successful Payson High School Special Education program is stepping down.
Payson should revive its historical district committee before it becomes extinct, the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee decided on Thursday.
Harold Fish was convicted of shooting a man in the forest
A new defense team has filed an appeal of the second degree murder conviction of Harold Fish, a retired Tolleson school teacher who shot a man in the woods near Strawberry.
Forest Service allots $179,000 to maintain 1,400-acre buffer around Payson and Pine, Strawberry
The Payson Ranger District has snagged $179,000 to maintain fire buffers surrounding key Rim communities.
The National Weather Service has declared the official start and ending dates for the Arizona monsoon season are June 15 and Sept. 30.
Former PUSD student Sebastien Chasse, 20, drowned last week while swimming with friends in a reservoir in Washington County, Utah.
Elizabeth (Betty) Ida Elledge, a former Payson resident, died June 13, 2008.
Billie Lollar died Wednesday, June 4, 2008.
The largest crowd in the event's history turned out June 14 in Pine to participate in the 5th annual Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit.
A field of 80 weekend warriors showed up Saturday, June 14, at Rumsey Park to test their speed, strength and endurance in one of the most rapidly growing sports in America.
For the upcoming town-sponsored adult softball league, 10 men's teams have registered.
A band of six young equestrians, who usually can be found each Wednesday evening riding in the Turn and Burn series at Payson Event Center, showcased their skills last week at the Queen Creek Junior Rodeo.
Just as Patrick Walker pledged, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department Sand Volleyball League has grown to become an overwhelming success.
Since June 2002 when the Rodeo-Chediski Fire burned on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, dead, standing trees have been falling over as the trees have decayed.
Betty McNary started working on a quilt three years ago; doing embroidery that gave her something to do with her hands. At the time, she was in her early 90s and living in Mesa.
Maj. Tilghman Rittenhouse of the U.S. Air Force, 36, the son of Sara Rittenhouse of Pine, is among the candidates NASA is considering for mission specialist.
Property taxes fall into three categories with varying degrees of assessment: residential, vacant land and commercial. For businesses, there is also personal property tax.
Top Arizona businesses help boost our economy and create new jobs in our state.
Now that we've got that last chilly weather cell out of our systems (it happens every year and we still act surprised), it's about time to start having visions of sun tea and lounge chairs on the porch for the next 150 days of atmospheric evening bliss.
On Aug. 5, neighborhoods throughout Payson are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "25th Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.
Friday, June 13
Assembling a great community is like asking a relay team put together some monster jig saw puzzle.
Emelia (Millie) Berentz, 93, died June 10, 2008.
Are you ready to make a difference?
Visitors to the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park have a bright new bench on which to sit and enjoy the antics of their four-legged friends and the beautiful views.
Amy Scruggs returns to the Rim Country this weekend to celebrate the launch party of her first CD in the events hall at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, June 13.
I'm a scientist, trained to think logically, to stick to the facts, and to avoid such things as intuition and superstition.
The newly promoted lieutenant in the Payson Police Department is pretty much homegrown.
Annual Deep Pit Barbecue Saturday
Richard Fouts, 62, of Fountain Hills died in a motorcycle accident June 1, on Highway 87, north of Strawberry.
Family also welcomed foreign exchange students
Brady Bunch, eat your heart out. If you thought being the father to six children was plenty, try eight. Dan Hill, owner of Legacy Home Furnishings, is a proud father of eight beautiful children, ranging in age from the 2 to 21.
Brett Allen Bell, 43, of Payson, has been found guilty of two counts of attempted first degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, burglary in the first degree, and two counts of interfering with judicial proceedings.
Skeptical residents and an irate property owner clash with state traffic engineers at meeting on Airport Road and Highway 87 intersection
The smooth hard sell on a highway roundabout was going just fine Tuesday night, until the charts and graphs of the traffic engineers got swept aside in a tornado of indignation swirling around one unhappy property owner.
Long delayed $33-million project will also provide tallest artificial waterfall, help save town lakes
After five years of confusion and delay, the Payson Town Council on Thursday quietly approved plans for a $33-million luxury condo project which will also yield a 100-foot waterfall likely to define the town at the same time it cleans and refreshes the stagnating Green Valley Park lakes.
$36 million budget has slender reserve, includes 8 percent overall cutback
The Payson council on Thursday only tinkered with a proposed town budget that features an 8 percent reduction in spending and a wafer-thin reserve, but no staff layoffs.
It only took about 70 years. But Lomie Gray Heard, at 102, finally got the standing ovation that quiet service often earns -- but rarely receives.
Thursday, June 12
A pair of town parks and recreation department coed softball tournaments, which were played at the end of the regular season, turned into exciting, nail-biting showdowns.
We have a plethora of puppies! Big puppies, little puppies, brown, black, red and spotted puppies.
If you own a small business, you've got a lot to think about: attracting customers, holding down expenses, keeping up with trends and competitors -- the list goes on and on. In short, you do everything possible to make sure your business can support your family.
Payson Parks and Recreation had another great turnout for the PATS Hike on the Peach Loop portion of the Peach Orchard Trail Saturday, May 31.
Look up perseverance in the dictionary and you might see a picture of Wyatt Shepherd.
Saturday's event will be part of ‘National Get Outdoors Day'
C.C. Cragin Reservoir, formerly Blue Ridge Reservoir, will be one of the Arizona waterways that will host a Free Fishing Day on Saturday.
As the summer begins, the northern half of the Tonto National Forest has a tremendous increase in recreational activity.
The popularity of the Junior Horns Basketball Camp has prompted the sponsoring Payson Parks and Recreation Department to split the clinic into two sessions.
Aspiring players take part in round robin summer tourneys
Basketball is great stuff say the members of the Payson High School summer league program
There's no dampening the enthusiasm Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson has for the upcoming Arizona Football Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game.
Don't forget fire restrictions. Fire danger is at extreme.
Tuesday, June 10
First of all, welcome to my rambling attempt at a personal column.
Because of Homeland Security restrictions and high fuel costs, flying on your vacation is quite different than it was a few years ago.
At some point, most of us want to, or think we can, write a book
Some of graves of Rim Country pioneers are isolated enough that some good, healthy hiking is required to stand at the spot and recall the dramatic life it represents.
Twirlers dazzle with two days of dancing
If the breeze picks up and the earth rolls under your feet a bit this weekend, don't worry.
Great fun to watch with friends
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a really fun movie.
Evolving relationships at heart of movie
OK, I know this is a chick-flick, a girls' night out theme from the get-go.
What do you get when a beautiful Hollywood actress marries one of the greatest athletes in history? Well, it results in a busy household with two active young sons!
Monday, June 9
To travel or not to travel was the dilemma members of the Payson Men's Golf Association faced on June 4.
It's no deep, dark secret in high school sports that the Arizona Interscholastic Association's domicile-residence rules are often broken.
Lady Longhorn softball players were noticeably absent when the Class 1A-3A Arizona North vs. South All-Star game was contested June 7 at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.
Payson team members compete in Big Man challenges and
The off season quest to build a state championship caliber football team at Payson High continued June 4 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.
The 4th Annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping will benefit the American Cancer Society this year in memory of Marsha Marcanti.
It's the stories people brought with them that made The Wall so gripping.
Stephen Smith, who became lost on his way to Camp Geronimo last week, has been found safe.
Sen. Jake Flake, who has represented Payson and the Rim Country in the Arizona legislature for years, died at his home near Taylor on Sunday.
Fish and Wildlife Service gathering information on whether desert population merits continued protection
Slapped down by the courts and beset by environmentalists and the Tonto Apache Tribe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is once more pondering whether desert bald eagles need the extra protection of the Endangered Species Act -- even though the national bird is thriving elsewhere.
"We want to be in partnership with the community," said Reed Cox, director of the Payson Senior Center since July 2007.
Payson ponders new, slimmed down plan to use park land, town pool as foundation of a recreation center
Should Payson accommodate growing demand for recreation programs by partnering with the YMCA and saving its cash, going it alone, or just scrap the whole wonderful -- and costly -- idea?
Books for Dad 2-for-1 at LFOP Bookstore
More than $50,000 will go to the fight against cancer thanks to the hundreds of people supporting the 2008 Relay for Life.
Visitors to the Vietnam Tribute Wall exceeded even the optimistic hopes of the organizers, with estimates of the three-day crowd in Green Valley Park ranging from a low of 26,000 to a high of 40,000.
With the Tribute Wall standing in silent testimony to those Americans who died in the Vietnam War, more than 3,000 turned out June 7 at Green Valley Park to honor the fallen heroes.
Revised spending plan features smaller cut, but wide-spread pain
The tentative Payson budget that will confront the council on Thursday has eased the cutback pain for police and fire, but clobbered parks and recreation programs, human resources and spending on capital improvements.
A seminar geared to help writers and artists of all ages boost creativity and discover new publishing opportunities in the children's book field is set for June 28 at Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.
The June "Business Buzz" meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26 in the Central Arizona Board of Realtors meeting room, 600 E. Highway 260.
Gila Community College's Small Business Development Center is hosting computer workshops for small business owners and managers July 12 and sometime in August. The workshops offered follow:
Sellers of property are obligated by law to disclose all known material (important) facts about the property to the buyer.
The financial services firm Edward Jones will open another Rim Country office. This office will serve the Pine/Strawberry area.
First State Bank has announced the promotion of Amy Hill to vice president, commercial lender. Hill will have the primary responsibility of business development and retention as well as branch management.
The Town of Payson, along with APS as a co-sponsor, is offering residents the opportunity to apply for a position in the Payson Citizen's Leadership Academy.
Gila Community College, in partnership with county-wide law enforcement agencies, will be offering a law enforcement academy this fall.
Do you enjoy friendly competition? Do you want to improve your target shooting?
Friday, June 6
The road crew that hauls the Vietnam Memorial Wall from town to town, has seen it all.
More than 380 residents of the Christopher/Kohl's Fire District are extremely happy after the Tuesday, June 3 county supervisors' meeting.
Now that the Memorial holiday weekend is over, the Village can get back to normal.
Jim and Rosemary Stark have christened their Pine property Serenity Pines.
Senior Center will provide 33,800 meals this year
The Meals on Wheels program, provided by the Payson Senior Center, has expanded this year from serving 115 to 120 meals to homebound seniors to serving 133 to 140 a day, five days a week.
All of us face challenges in our efforts to achieve our long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement.
Well, the weather is warming up and the wind has blown mercilessly with almost no rain. This means fire season is here.
It's that time of year again when big game applications are due for deer, sheep and turkey for the state of Arizona.
A trio of young and talented equestrians have ridden their way to first-place finishes in the Horne Motor Company Gymkhana Series held over the course of the past six months in Globe.
Club Rim volleyball coach Peggy Miles glowingly calls her hard-charging team the "Black Attack."
As a football and basketball coach at Show Low and Payson High Schools in the 1980s, many of our games in both sports were against the Holbrook Roadrunners.
Basketball team members spending time with weights, skill camps, in tournaments
Payson's road to a third successive berth in the 3A boys state championship game winds through a summer program of weight training, open gym, skills camps and tournaments.
Longhorns take part in NAU football camp
It's completely understandable why Payson High School senior Matt Wilson dominated "the height and weight" competition at the Northern Arizona University football camp Big Man Challenge.
Douglas Leroy Koppen, 67, died May 23, 2008.
Donald Burlison, of Payson, died May 31, 2008
The Food Care program, which helps stretch food dollars is changing.
Strawberry Festival, quilt show June 6-8
The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church present the Jacob Koller Trio in concert Sunday, June 8.
When a child dies, parents mourn and begin the long process of bereavement.
Your brain on meth
Meth is known by many street names: speed, crystal, crank, tweak, go-fast, ice, uppers and black beauties, just to name a few. No matter what it's called, "Meth is Death" on your brain cells, and in fact, your entire body.
Three people involved in a fight at a Star Valley tattoo shop ended up in the hospital.
It occurred to me the other day -- the older you get the more often odd things come popping into your head -- that it's a good thing that the term for a wise old man is "graybeard."
The Gila County Sheriff's Office, assisted by search and rescue personnel and the Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter are searching the Rim Country for a missing Mesa man.
John Robert Holiday - known far and wide in the Rim Country as Doc Holiday - is a cancer survivor. He is celebrating that survival by walking in his third Payson Relay for Life.
A noted economist's summary of a bleak economy added up to this: How long can you hold your breath?
Star Valley swore in three new council members and reseated one mayor Tuesday, at a now typically brief, harmonious meeting dominated by good news on the budget.
Stalled hotel lease and land purchase dominate meeting agenda
The Payson Council on Thursday declined to officially give a hotel developer more time to develop a once-eagerly courted convention hotel next to the rodeo grounds.
Dan Haapala to challenge Tommie Martin in District 1
Gila County has 10 offices up for election this year, but only five will be contested.
Tom Weeks, a 30-year resident of the Rim Country and one of the area's most respected businessmen, has been chosen to serve on the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board.
Wall memorial keynote speaker recalls his friends, his wounds
As the chopper swooped in for a landing under fire, Pfc. Rick Romley braced himself to jump out that door, hit the disconcertingly green ground and run for cover.
Throng cheers arrival of Vietnam Tribute Wall and veterans seek solace with the touch of a name
The Vietnam Tribute Wall came roaring into Payson Thursday morning with an honor guard of Vietnam veterans on hogs and Harleys and perhaps 1,000 cheering, flag-waving residents.
Tuesday, June 3
First Friday Art and Antiques Walk June 6
The summer solstice is June 21, but the season begins June 6 in Payson with the First Friday on Main Street Art and Antiques Walk.
The recent dramatic change in weather got me wondering: just how unusual was the weather that we saw on May 22 and May 23? The answer may surprise you.
The words "There's nothing to do" should not be uttered by a single soul in the Rim Country this summer.
If you like to dream, have elaborate fantasies and like martial arts, then you will enjoy "The Forbidden Kingdom."
Indy's back and the question is: How does this film measure up to the three that came before it?
Everybody knows life keeps getting harder, but how much harder?
Prudential Arizona Properties is planning its fifth annual Sunshine Kids Fund-raiser Dance and Silent Auction on June 14 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson.
Purring along at 65 miles-an-hour, my old pick-up seems to sigh with increasing relief as we climb out of the Valley's cauldron toward cooler air at 5,000 feet.
A stirring reminder of yesteryear and just how good former Lady Longhorn track and field stars Stephanie Robertson and Nicole Engstrom once were lies within the pages of the Arizona Prep Heptathlon All-Time Records book.
Two-day Triple Crown softball tourney brings more than 1,000
There was a reason for those long waiting lines at Rim Country grocery stores, filling stations and cafes this weekend.
New council changes term to 6 months and shifts power of appointment from mayor to vice mayor
The new town council has signaled an immediate change in direction, with a major change in the role of the vice mayor.
Coconino Search and Rescue locates man at Woods Canyon
Although the Coconino County seat of Flagstaff is more than 130 miles from Woods Canyon Lake, it was that county's search and rescue unit that responded to a call for help from near the high country lake.
Bill Johnston has watched Payson grow out the front window of the Beeline Café every day for 32 years
The mounted, black and white pictures on the walls of the Beeline Café showing scenes of handsome young men roping and riding seem taken from a earlier, simpler era decades ago -- when Payson was an itty bitty mountain -- a long way from everywhere.
The replica of the Vietnam Wall will enter Payson on Thursday at 9 a.m. with an escort of an estimated 1,000 motorcycles, many of them Vietnam vets.
Heather Barnett, left, Amanda Breen, center, and Brittany Stanley throw their mortar boards in the air at the conclusion of the Payson Center for Success graduation ceremony.
Monthly team sorting events will take place at the Event Center
Calling upon their finest working cow-horse skills, the trio of Sally Willis, Reed Hunt and Mason Ridely took first place in the first of monthly team sorting events to be held this summer in the Payson Event Center.
While the Payson Men's Golf Association was going toe-to-toe in a reverse poker formatted showdown, their counterparts in the women's association locked horns in an annual memorial tournament.
Former Longhorn baseball star Jason Sweet would like to share the diamond knowledge he acquired at Payson High School and Grand Canyon University with aspiring young players.
June -- the enchanting month. Early sunshine and pleasant temperatures just made for morning walks. Long, languid golden days stretching into evening, not yet touched by the drama of the monsoon. And what could be more pleasant than a picnic lunch on the shore of one of our fabulous Rim lakes?
Order Krispy Kreme doughnuts by June 5
Thursday study session will give new council a chance to start all over on partnership with YMCA for year-round pool, gym complex
Payson's plan to team up with the YMCA to build a gym and pool complex will stumble back to square one in the course of a council work study session Thursday at 3 p.m. at Town Hall.
Kermeth (Shane) Owens died May 25, 2008.
Royce (Rocky) O'Donnell died May 27, 2008.
With summer arriving, you won't want to miss this month's First Friday on Main Street Art & Antiques Walk.
Plea for more time, possibility of second hotel on council agenda
With that new-council smell still fresh, Payson on Thursday may reconsider one of the landmark accomplishments of the Bob Edwards era.
It is hard to miss that Payson has a new mayor and council and with that comes many changes, not only in the way town government will function, but also in the philosophy of how it will do business.
Star Valley will swear in three new council members tonight, then adopt a $5.5-million budget swollen with revenue from highway traffic tickets.
Six gardens open to visitors this weekend courtesy of the Rim Area Gardeners.
Calvin Wright is offering a free 10-hour construction safety class to those in the construction industry. The class will be June 14 and June 21 for five hours each day.
Is this the time to buy, sell, or hold on to your property? Is the glass half full or half empty?