Thursday, May 29
If among your enjoyments are sweet fruits, desserts and small-town atmosphere, the Rim Country is the place to be next weekend. That's because, the 18th Annual Strawberry Festival will take place at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center on Highway 87 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8. The admission is free.
What crazy weather! Last week the temperatures were pretty hot (about 90), and then over the weekend, it was cold enough that not only did we have a measurable amount of rain, there was also hail and snow up until Saturday morning.
I think that was the wettest Memorial Weekend I have ever seen.
Engine failure is suspected in the plane crash that took the life of Payson pilot and businessman Shane Owens Sunday, May 25.
Cleo Lucille Taylor, 97, died Sunday, May 25, 2008.
Ridge Halenar hopes to play college ball
In 1998, Ridge Halenar -- then a Frontier Elementary School first-grader -- burst onto the Arizona baseball scene by finishing third in a state baseball competition.
Royce (Rocky) O'Donnell died May 27, 2008.
Pre-school children can get kit on May 31
Pre-school children ages three, four and five can go home from the Payson Public Library Saturday, May 31 with a free reading readiness kit.
Inevitably I guess, someone who read the column I did about taking spiders outside and letting them go looked at me and said, "Oh you've probably been like that all your life.
Urban flatlanders pay high dollar for it, Hollywood stars seek it out, we high country residents are surrounded by it. It is the peace, healthful benefits, and refreshing serenity that spa treatments try to provide.
Break out the running shoes, fire up your favorite tunes in the iPod Nano and jump start your training for an inaugural event that's sure to challenge all who enter.
I once heard an analogy concerning the difference between participation and commitment at the breakfast table.
It was a strange scene.
The Arizona Department of Transportation on June 10 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall will hold a hearing to get public input on a proposed $1.2 million roundabout at Highway 87 and Airport Road.
If you were among those Rim Country baseball fans watching on television, the Memorial Day game between the Arizona Diamond-backs and Atlanta Braves, you probably marveled at the pre-game flyover of four T-38 Air Force jets.
What do you plan on doing to celebrate your 81st birthday?
I read a story of a woman who had gone to visit her sister.
You may be tempted to pick up a baby bird or other young wild animal that appears to be on its own, but Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists warn this is not a good idea.
Gold has mesmerized human beings for thousands of years
Technically, Ray Law was only a full-time resident of Payson during his senior year in high school until retiring here two years ago.
One family's loss in Vietnam changes everything -- and echoes in silence
Martin deMasi hurried down the street toward home fresh out of Boy Scout camp, if anyone can really hurry when it hits 115 in Mesa. Even before he got to the house that had been the whole world for his mother and father and seven brothers and sisters, he could tell something was going on.
Tonight, I hand over the gavel.
Tuesday is ‘Kick Off to Kindergarten'
The words "There's nothing to do" should not be uttered by a single soul in the Rim Country this summer. There is plenty to do with programs planned by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department and area libraries. In addition the vacation Bible schools and churches are getting ready to present assorted concerts and other programs throughout the summer. There are many special events, as well.
Outgoing mayor mingles pride in accomplishments with warnings about the future in his final address to the council
One of the most eventful eras of Payson politics ended with applause and a graceful flourish on Tuesday, as Mayor Bob Edwards and councilors Andy Romance and Tim Fruth took a final bow.
Jan Parsons of APS in Payson is the 2008 Business person of the Year in the Rim Country. Parsons, who is area supervisor for the utility, has been in the community of Payson for nearly two dozen years, said Mayor Kenny Evans in announcing the award. She joined APS in 1985. As area supervisor, she oversees all facets of customer service for a vast geographic area.
Council balks at 15-percent budget slash, hiring freeze, projects killed and cut-off for community groups
Town Manager Debra Galbraith Tuesday recommended that the Payson Town Council slash overall spending by 15 percent, in addition to canceling most capital improvement projects, freezing salaries, banning overtime, not filling vacant positions -- and perhaps shutting down popular programs like the swimming pool and help for community groups.
Jenna Robertson shows why she is top athlete
The heptathlon -- a test of strength, speed, skill and endurance -- is a daunting challenge only a select handful of the state's most well-rounded and dedicated prep and field athletes are willing to take on.
Tuesday, May 27
"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Payson Public Library.
The cinematography in "Speed Racer" was intense and mesmerizing. The visual effects of "Speed Racer" were beyond their time.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
"Nothing ever happens the same way twice," says Aslan, the lion from "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Indeed, fans of the first movie in "The Chronicles of Narnia" will find Prince Caspian very different. It is rougher, but no less magical.
Just 60 miles outside of Payson, the dozing ruins of Tonto National Monument have lately yielded fresh clues to an ancient mystery.
The natural travertine bridge that arcs over Pine Creek is one of the wonders of Arizona and the Rim Country. The bridge, surrounding area and historic lodge create Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. "It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world," said Steve Soroka, assistant park manager.
Two dozen Rim Country Lakes and streams offer a wealth of opportunities for anglers
The words "dream" and "life" are focal points of "Green" -- a shadow box Shannon Bielke created in the room where she creates all her altered art projects.
CAROLING WITH CAROL
I knew I lived in a state with an enormous, stunningly beautiful, water-carved hole where more than 600 people had died.
There is no better place in the Southwest to spend your vacation than Arizona's Rim Country. From the moment folks arrive at the gateway to the Mogollon Rim, they'll notice that Payson is maintaining its small-town charm while enjoying the amenities of urban life.
In our search for the isolated graves of Rim Country pioneers, we take a drive down Ox Bow Hill on the Beeline Highway, and at the foot of the hill we come to the little community of Rye.
Lake is bass fishing heaven with spring's runoff
Tonto Creek offers wealth of campsites, fishing holes for anglers eagerly awaiting the stocking truck
Pine/Strawberry's Mike Clark crashed under fire in Vietnam, then faced jeers back home
Mike Clark's worst day in Vietnam started out benignly enough, as he flew along splitting the attention between the rolling, jungle-cloaked hills and the instrument panel of his Chinook chopper on a routine shuttle to deliver five passengers and assorted supplies to a forward base.
A big rig carrying a load of cantaloupe northbound on Highway 87 wrecked at about 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 28.
Monday, May 26
"Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the Payson Public Library. The summer reading program is from June 3 through June 25. Registration takes place now through June 7.
Lisa Bartoli, Northern Arizona University Dean's Scholarship.
The Town of Payson Design Review Board, commissioned by the Payson Town Council, wants to make sure local business and property owners are appreciated for their continuing efforts to make Payson a desirable place to live, work and play.
A condo conversion is generally the conversion of a multi-family dwelling such as an apartment, which is owned by one entity and divided so each dwelling unit is a single-owner property or condominium. Conversions have been a mainstay in most large cities, including Phoenix, for many years. Payson is soon to undergo one of the first conversions in the Rim Country.
Visitors asked not to disturb eagles through summer nesting time
For the first time in anyone's memory, a pair of bald eagles is nesting at Woods Canyon Lake on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The eagles are using a nest formerly occupied by ospreys on the southwest shore of the lake near the Rocky Point Picnic Area.
A trio of Rim Country cyclists capped the seven-race 2008 Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) season by winning age/experience division championships at the Flagstaff Finale.
Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association geared up for a June 4 trip to Prescott Country Club in a four-man, orange ball formatted scramble.
Taylor Pool has long been the hot spot to cool off during the warm summer months.
Because PHS football coach Josh Anderson and basketball coach Kenny Hayes are in the unique situation in which they assist one another in their sports, the two can tag-team the summer off-season program.
After spending about $160,000 to upgrade the Rumsey Park tennis courts, the town parks and recreation department is now gearing up for a banner summer youth tennis camp.
When Patrick Walker, a town recreation supervisor, left his job last summer to return to college, he vowed to make the adult sand volleyball league even more successful than it had been.
Pearl Pace Eagar, 96, died May 21, 2008 in Logan, Utah. She was born July 12, 1911 in Thatcher, Ariz. She was the daughter of Lemuel Redd Pace, who died in the flu epidemic of 1919, and Mary Isabell Layton Pace, who gave birth to their fourth child, Lemuel, just five days after her husband's death.
Due to poor weather conditions in Payson Saturday, the last free Family Movie Night has been rescheduled to May 31.
Will Dunman, the principal at Payson Elementary School, splashed into the waters of the dunk tank 47 times due to the skill of his students.
Aden Michael James Thompson was born at 12:12 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008 to parents Tony and April at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Skylar Marie Taft was born at 6:37 a.m., Monday, May 19, 2008 to parents Daniel and Tiffany Taft at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Cesar Alberto Saenz-Nevarez was born at 10:53 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2008 to parents Cesar and Diana at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Armande Enrique Ochoa was born at 2:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008 to parents Armando and Susan Ochoa at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Michael Steven Vazquez Lidster was born at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2008 to parents Luis and Lynda at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Gage Joe Hardman was born at 12:44 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2008 to parents Kelly and Heather Hardman at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Alexia Rene Alexander was born at 4:29 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2008 to parents Tyler and Sandra at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Robert and Penelope Wells will celebrate 50 years of marriage with a family cruise to Bermuda.
Loy and Vicky Cottrell are celebrating their 50-year anniversary on May 31, 2008.
Carol La Valley, a Roundup reporter, and Patricia Gail Hearne, a freelance writer, were honored at the Arizona Press Women state conference which took place May 10 at Chaparral Suites Resort, Scottsdale.
Jim Adams, a volunteer with the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, pours batter into a bear shaped pancake mold for some lucky youngster at the Memorial Day Weekend pancake breakfast.
Janet Tappan, a Red Hat Society member and rodeo parade participant, checks out some of the jewelry at the community flea market held May 17 at the Community Presbyterian Church.
The first aid class you took in high school, in summer camp or even just a few years ago is not the same class being offered at Gila Community College in Payson.
The 2008 Main Event Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo parade was the biggest to be held yet.
Payson Regional Medical Center is participating in a year-long project to educate the survivors of breast cancer on a number of different topics. The program is also open to family members of survivors and caregivers.
The High Country Xeriscape Council (HCXC) is presenting a free waterwise seminar Saturday, May 31.
The Relay for Life event is shaping up to be one of the best parties around for 2008.
I am writing in response to Tom Loeffler's trivial complaints presented in last week's edition of the Roundup. Firstly, I'd like to say that I, too, have sympathy for the high school students whose senior prank led to several unfortunate consequences; however, unlike Mr. Loeffler, I believe, in accordance with the law, that the students received a just punishment.
I would like to suggest that our chamber of commerce include in its relocation packets to prospective residents your issue detailing the felony arrests of the students involved in the senior prank incident.
We want to thank the Roundup, and KMOG for their wonderful help in advertising our recent Community Flea Market at Community Presbyterian Church.
Just a year ago Decatur, Ind. high school students while visiting the World War II memorial during their Washington, D.C. tour shook hands and gave us thanks for our service with each of our group 30 WWII Merchant Marine veterans. This was a special honor and a heartfelt emotional moment for us.
What was the writer thinking with that letter about paper ballots? We don't need any more election laws.
Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for their support of our recent annual Star Valley Spring Fling held May 3, 2008.
We were groping for a fable to stand for Payson's effort to take full advantage of the world's oldest continuous rodeo -- by just about wrecking it.
Payson agrees to throw a life ring to homeowners trapped in the undertow of a paperwork error
Payson has agreed to tilt the windmill of federal bureaucracy on behalf of about 100 homeowners facing huge flood insurance premiums as a result of a paperwork error.
At first glance, the consultant's latest plan to transform the Event Center grounds looked suspiciously like the last five master plans -- including the $12-million layout for an enclosed arena shelved eight years ago for lack of money.
Tears were shed Memorial Day at the Veterans Memorial at Green Valley Park, but it was mostly a day of remembering and paying tribute for the 500 plus people who came to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Payson lost two pilots this past week. Bradley Onion died in a plane crash in Montana May 23 and Shane Owens was killed in a crash north of Winslow Sunday.
Thursday, May 22
Wounded Iraq veteran gives his little brother one big surprise
For Steven Vandermeer, the graduation stage was set and he would walk onto it, not as a behind the scenes Payson High School drama tech, but as a graduate.
So here are the Rim Country's 10 best fishing holes, according to Dennis Pirch who has made a study of standing around doing not much of anything in beautiful place
Saddle up, buckle up and hold on. The upcoming weekend has all the makings of becoming one of the busiest of all Memorial Day holidays.
Whew! Someone turned up the heat when I wasn't looking!
If you have not signed the petition to make Mr. Jim Oliver administrator to Christopher/Kohl's Fire District please do so immediately.
This Memorial Day Ed and Pat Welge will be remembering a lot -- the couple is looking forward to celebrating 60 years of marriage and a relationship that began during World War I
Spring's bounty is in full bloom, but some of her best show-stoppers last only a moment, and then it is up to those of us that love her to clean up after the parade of colors in preparation for next year's exhibition.
Buttering up the fish guy reveals key to perfect day of East Verde fishing
Psst. Psst. You there. Rim Country resident.
The Main Street Grille will roll into summer with a new menu, a new patio dance floor, longer hours, a full entertainment schedule and only premium-brand liquors from the well.
It's the time of year when students across the country are graduating from college. It took a lot of effort to earn those degrees, but it took something else, too: money.
Well, we made it to the middle of May but, as of this week, kitten season is in full swing.
The month-long spring gobbler hunt has come to a close in the units under the Rim.
Champions of the Payson Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run competition have been crowned.
Payson's Mary McMullen joins California school hall of fame
A Rim Country mother of two entrusted with supervising the construction of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) has been inducted into her high school's athletic hall of fame.
From the Payson healthcare system, Kristi Ford, Peggy Malling, Erica Overton, Sharon Plumb, Brian Ruder, Susan Settle and Linda Swartwood volunteered.
New Little League program features twice weekly games
Payson's first-ever Little League fastpitch girls softball program is up, running and purring like a fine-tuned power block V-8.
Edward Henry Luther died May 15, 2008 in Payson.
An accident on Monday morning north of Payson was not as serious as it appeared, according to Sgt. John Whetten of the Payson office of the Department of Public Safety.
Each child's hand waved a small flag and held on tight to their balsa wood airplane at the Payson 2008 Aero Fair on Saturday in honor of our military.
The Payson High School's Child Development I class threw their very first Toddler Ball on Tuesday, May 13.
Trips to a water resort, catching the big trout in a tournament, playing laser tag or heading to a baseball game are dreams that have become reality for cancer-afflicted children the Sunshine Kids assists across the United States.
You may not be aware of it it, but I run an online BLOG, or web log, for the Roundup. It's called "I'm Listening." It's fun, it lets me meet a lot of Rim Country folks online, and it keeps me current on what's happening
Business awards luncheon is May 29
Payson remembers American veterans -- past, present, future
Rain, gas prices and fire restrictions in the national forests could thin the Rim Country crowds this Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to the booming summer travel season.
$5.5 million budget scenario stands in stark contrast to Payson
The down payment on a water company and a police department plus a million-dollar gush of speeding tickets will triple Star Valley's spending in the upcoming fiscal year -- boosting it from about $1.5 million this year to a possible $5.5 million in fiscal 2008-09.
$830,300 in scholarships awarded to PHS seniors
The Wilson Dome was filled to the rafters by the time caps sailed high Thursday night as the class of 2008 celebrated their success.
Tuesday, May 20
I don't go to movies very often, but some advertising is so good I can't resist giving the product a try.
Graduation moved to the Dome
Graduation ceremonies for Payson High School have been moved into the Dome.
Action, fun for all ages
Forget the calendar -- in the world of moviegoers summer is officially here with the first blockbuster of the season
Bob Temple's dream is to open his own art gallery in Payson.
With gas prices soaring, you might be thinking of revising your summer vacation to stay closer to home. Consider Arizona's national parks and monuments.
Summer dining calls for light meals that are easy to put together yet don't skimp on flavor or good nutrition.
The summer we moved to Payson, we were introduced to wildfires.
This week I've decided to examine an old story about a plane crash on Myrtle Point, near the Boles Homestead.
Honoring our veterans -- past, present and future
This weekend there will be numerous events paying tribute to veterans in Memorial Day services.
The main house on a ranch dating back to the 1870s burned to ashes Sunday morning, but members of the family who have owned it for 30 years and Tonto Basin fire crews prevented the fierce flames from spreading to other buildings
Good fences make good neighbors -- but ugly fences make for lively discussions
A proposed fence ordinance complete with scale drawings and color palette provoked a council revolt against "turning Payson into a giant homeowner's association."
Among those who remember him fondly is his son, Shawn, now a teacher and coach in Queen Creek. Shawn recalls his father was a star athlete, excelled in bull riding, was a seasoned outdoorsman and owned a John Wayne-like reputation, mostly due to his physical and mental toughness.
Garden tour tickets now available
Pine Strawberry Water District mulls legal dispute, report on output of well
A report on whether deep wells can supply all the water Pine and Strawberry need and a debate about whether the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District can legally buy a water company dominated the Saturday board meeting.
Monday, May 19
The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Parade and state track and field competition in Tempe stirred the emotions of the Northern Gila County team members, their coaches and fans.
Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson and basketball coach Kenny Hayes have finalized the schedules for summer programs in the two sports.
The Justice McNeeley quad run benefit has its origins in the summer of 2004 when friends of the boy, then a 5-year-old Pine Elementary School kindergartner, banded together to purchase him a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.
A Navajo Nation cowboy, who first began riding at 3 years of age in mutton bustin' events, emerged as the top money winner at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo.
Diane Furry died April 26, 2008.
Joel Brian Myers, 68, died May 14, 2008.
Fred R. Eaton Jr., 90, died May 15, 2008.
Ethel Louisa Thornton Clasen of Payson, died April 24, 2008.
Olivia Guerrero, president and chief executive officer of the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, has announced the release of the first-ever comprehensive senior and caregiver resource guide for Gila and Pinal counties.
Roses are blooming in Payson
Ann Kirkpatrick, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District One, will visit Payson on Wednesday, May 21.
Down the Street Art Gallery will hold a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 6 to benefit the Payson Humane Society.
Whitehouse Drive resident discovers sometimes all you have to do is ask
After the latest in series of close calls with cars on Whitehouse Drive near the Nicklaus Drive intersection, Leach and several other homeowners took their case to the town council.
"Volunteering is about taking part in the world -- no matter what the age -- and giving back to the community that is there for us each day," said Payson Regional Medical Center's Volunteen Director Lynn Sommars
Sharleen Jones has spent most of her career as a nurse at Payson Regional Medical Center. Now the Maui, Hawaii native is the 2008 Patient's Choice Award Winner.
A special Payson Jazz performance by guitarist Jack Wilkins will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 25 at the Community Presbyterian Church.
It's not just dogs that like fire hydrants, firefighters like them too.
If you were listening to the airport frequency on Friday you would have heard. "This is Sky Queen One over the Tonto Natural Bridge." "This is Sky Queen two."
The selection of finalists has been completed for the 2008 Rim Country Business Awards.
Can you make a profit by investing in foreclosed properties? Absolutely! Can you lose money by investing in foreclosed properties? Absolutely!
The Payson Roundup Little League Player of the Week is Zac Wolf.
The Payson Sprint Triathlon debuted in 2006 as an opportunity for local athletes to put their endurance, speed and strength to the test.
Friday, May 16
The Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness will host guest speaker Lisa Angelini
Payson Police will seek criminal charges against 20 Payson High School students in connection with a weekend incident in which students superglued pennies to sidewalks and doors, deflated tires on school buses and painted "Class of 08" on the synthetic surface of the track.
Wednesday meeting will present rodeo grounds master plan to include everything from a covered arena to space for monster trucks and busy vendors
The promised land glimmers -- way off down the road ahead.
State, county filings due June 4
Checking with election officials at the state and county, the field of contenders is sparse ... for now.
Final meeting in the Edwards era ends with businesslike calm
The final full meeting of a council that has bulldogged controversy and herded history ended quietly Thursday, with the denial of outgoing Councilor Tim Fruth's plea to double council salaries starting in 2010.
Mercedeze Campbell doesn't appear to have any difficulty stretching those leg muscles.
As work crews finalize repairs following a March landslide, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) expects to reopen all four lanes of traffic on Highway 87 north of the Saguaro Lake turnoff on Ma
The 2008 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo is this weekend at the Payson Event Center. For complete details, see the free Rodeo Guide inside this issue.
Payson's second annual flyball tournament will be held on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at Rumsey Park, with racing ongoing both days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday home tour features green home
The United Methodist Women are holding their eighth annual tour of homes from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17.
A good joke, like a good prank, can be fun and bring smiles to everyone involved.
The Chaparral Pines community was presented with a plaque on on May 10 recognizing it as the 21st community in Arizona and the sixth community in Gila County to become a part of the Firewise Communities/USA, a program started in 2002.
Payson Planning Commission wrestles with restrictions on "guest quarters" which
An effort to allow rented "granny suites" in existing homes to cushion Payson's affordable housing crunch has proven unexpectedly complicated.
Roxy Bowers of Payson has received the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter's Bill Bombeck Award, which is named after the chapter's most distinguished disaster volunteer who served in many capacities for more than 25 years.
The Payson Jazz Trio, featuring local players Bob Smolenski on piano, Jason Larson on bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums, with other guests will perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday nights starting May 16 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.
Helaina Josephine Althoff was born at 11:50 a.m
Cameron John Wagstaff was born at 2:53 p.m
Dasia Haylee Rowe was born at 5:10 p.m
Kaleb Ryan Shaffer was born at 4:24 p.m
In an ongoing effort to provide students with wholesome recreational activities, Rim Country Lanes will run a program "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling
The Payson Regional Airport Authority will present the 2008 Aero Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17.
Joseph F. Calderone was born in Toronto Canada on Jan. 27, 1925.
Eduardo "Ed" Torres died May 1, 2008
David Zehnder, 41, died May 6, 2008
Thursday, May 15
Rain! Wet, wonderful rain.
The Red Rock Ranger District has cancelled plans to implement the first level of campfire and smoking restrictions on Wednesday, May 14.
Last Saturday, with perfect springtime weather, record crowds visited Green Valley Park for the 14th annual Wildlife Fair.
Divide and conquer was the links strategy of the Payson Men's Golf Association.
With the Big Bass Challenge now heating up the overflow waters of Roosevelt Lake, it's time for some solid bass fishing tips from some of the state's finest anglers.
The British are coming, the British are coming.
There could be some big changes just over the horizon for 3A conference high schools.
54 players turn out for first day of practice
Payson High School might next year field its finest football team since the 1998 state championship team that finished the season undefeated.
You may not be familiar with it formal name -- the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 -- but you're almost certainly aware of its key outcome: a tax rebate.
As part of President Johnson's effort to boost the American fighting force I was drafted into the Army in June, 1966, and within three hours after joining my unit somewhere west of the central highland city of Pleiku, Vietnam on January 3, 1967, I saw my first dead American soldier
I happened to notice that two or three recent columns shared a common theme--home.
For heat weary desert dwellers, a summer trip to the Rim Country is not complete without a stop in Pine.
Monday, May 12
Valerie D. Bridges died May 6, 2008 in Payson. She was born June 20, 1951 in Princeton, N.J.
Thanks to advancements in medicine and an increased emphasis on physical activity and fitness, people are living longer than ever before.
There are many people who wish time travel were possible. Simply go back to a period of life that you want to redo and have the opportunity to make a change or do it completely differently.
When fifth grade students start to play in an elementary school band, some of them get hooked on the beautiful noise.
The aviation community celebrates Armed Forces Day with the theme of the Payson Aero Fair -- Honoring Our Military at the Aero Fair, Saturday, May 17.
"Only nine percent of Americans think most high schools students are being challenged by their schoolwork. Seventy-five percent feel that America's ability to compete in the world will weaken if 25 years from now, high schools have not changed, according to "Americans Speak on High School Reform, Educational Testing Service," June, 2005.
West Point confirmed Isaac Cluff's nomination, so he won't be using the $9,000 Presidential Scholarship from Arizona Sate University.
A teenage boy stands before the judge. He can feel the eyes of his parents and other courtroom observers hot on the back of his neck.
I recently received the Citizens Against Government Waste "2008 Congressional Pig Book Summary." This annual report, by CAGW, is a recap of the 11,610 "earmarked" pork projects, amounting to $17.2 billion stuffed into the 12 federal appropriations bills.
Now that we are back to heavy traffic weekends, I wonder if we've considered a short term solution. We need the business that our valley friends bring to the Rim Country, but the heavy traffic and slow movement through Payson makes it very frustrating for travelers.
Thank you for your coverage of the Tonto Basin Elementary School Field Day. The pictures published were priceless and truly captured the fun atmosphere present at the school that day.
In a letter to the editor that was published in the April 18, 2008 issue of the Payson Roundup, I addressed the reasons why it is important for the future Pine-Strawberry water district to own its own source of water and why completing the K2 well prior to purchasing the water companies makes more sense than relying on private wells as the major source of water.
Payson Elementary School would like to thank all of those people who supported our recent spaghetti dinner. All proceeds from the dinner go toward funding or subsidizing the transportation costs of field trips for students at Payson Elementary School.
This week, high school as they knew it was over for seven Payson High girls. As members of the community, you may or may not have heard of the most recent uproar centered around the seven seniors.
To Superintendent Mr. O'Brien, Principal Mr. Sandoval, Assistant Principal Mr. Fruth, Athletic Director Mr. Lobik, Governing Board: Vicki Holmes, Donald Engler, Charles Brown, Mike Horton, Rory Huff, Brittney McDaniel, Lauren Bartoli, and to all bus drivers and students who may have been affected:
Although Payson Police Department and the town parks and recreation department are continuing their investigations of a youth soccer league altercation, a team coach and a player have been suspended for their part in the incident.
The 2008 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo is this week, starting with Women's Barrel Racing Thursday night. There will be two evening rodeo shows and the annual Main Event Parade.
About 15 seniors suspended, may miss graduation, face charges
UPDATE: Late Tuesday, Payson High School Principal Ray Sandoval decided to allow some of the students who had participated in the "senior prank" involving vandalism on campus to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
In an effort to rationalize street planning, the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) last week adopted a priority list of needed street improvements -- that as one side effect knocked the extension of Mud Springs out of its top spot on the old priority list.
Donielle Miotto, daughter of Roger and Tammy Miotto, is to wed Austin Wilbanks, son of Mary Wilbanks, Duke Wilbanks and stepson of Peggy Wilbanks on May 17, 2008.
The Payson High School music department will present a concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 in the auditorium. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students; those 10 and younger will be admitted for free.
Three years ago the buzz words of real estate were "buy and flip." Today, we are down to one buzz word, "foreclosures."
The two Payson Edward Jones financial advisers will host a broadcast for CPAs, tax professionals and attorneys titled "Tax and Financial Strategies for Today's Families," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at their offices.
Winter rains and snow resulted in abundant plant growth across much of Arizona, causing an increase in fuels in many areas including around the Phoenix metro area.
A 13th-place state showing and a fourth-place East region effort weren't the lofty finishes the Longhorn golf team enjoyed only a few seasons ago.
Payson Event Center Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt is gearing up for a hectic summer.
Trawling, two-steppin' and bigtime bull bustin' is expected to draw thousands to the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Big Bass Challenge when it debuts May 16 to 19 at Roosevelt Lake and in Payson.
A pair of Payson High School standouts will soon be showcasing their diamond skills in the prestigious Arizona Baseball Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game.
Maddie Nossek finishes second in long jump, Jenna Robertson earns silver, girls 4x100 relay team finishes fourth, four others finish third at state
Junior Nick Goodman led the PHS charge at the Class 3A State Track and Field championship, winning the pole vault title with a mark of 13 feet.
Theresa A. Beasley died May 6, 2008 at the Springdale West Rehab and Nursing Home in Mesa, after a long illness.
Merriam George Kohlbacher, 90, died April 30, 2008 in Roseville, Calif. He was born Sept. 22, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Friday, May 9
As a basketball player at Arizona State University, Troy Neal developed a reputation as a sharpshooter who could sink the long ball.
I want to thank the Rim Country for support of the "Second Annual Blessing of the Bikes," which occurred Saturday, May 3rd at Payson United Methodist Church.
The deep snow drifts across back-country mountain roads have melted and now Arizona's picturesque trout lakes are not only accessible, most have filled and spilled as well, creating premium fishing conditions not seen in more than a decade.
The past couple of years in bass fishing has certainly brought swimbaits into focus with anglers throughout the country.
As a former ultra-runner, or athlete who competes in runs longer than the traditional 26.2-mile marathons, Martin Szekeresh knows the Zane Grey 50-mile race is one of the most demanding in the sport.
The Payson High School senior class' quest to fund a graduation trip to Disneyland began with last month's volleyball tournament and will continue with a car wash from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 in front of Auto Zone.
State track meet is May 9 at Mesa High
If PHS track and field athletes are going to pin prestigious state medals to their letter jackets, most will have to come up with personal best efforts.
Coach Jerry Daniels named East coach of the year
High school teams that post winning records and win championships usually reap the rewards of the success during postseason voting for all-region, all-state and all-star team members.
Fannie Corrine White, 72, died May 7, 2008.
John G. Markel died April 29, 2008
August V. Hardt, 67, died May 5, 2008.
Doris "Jeanne" Cullimore died May 6, 2008.
Payson High teens came home with gold, silver and bronze from the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Spring Conference.
Long furor over Mud Springs extension subsides into a quiet meeting focused on stop signs and speed humps
The Mud Springs Bypass battle shrank Wednesday to a handful of people listening quietly to the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee discuss a dozen "traffic calming" measures like stop signs, raised crosswalks, traffic circles, bike lanes and speed humps.
Elation spilled out of the room as the seconds counted down to Gila Community College graduation ceremonies for 47 students Wednesday afternoon.
Some negotiating and creative juggling turned a cost over run into a road repair bargain in Star Valley.
The Payson Police Department has four of its sergeants seeking promotion to lieutenant.
This Payson High School senior's resume reads like a wish list of experiences.
Susan Morton, 51, died of injuries she sustained in a head-on collision last week.
"It isn't practical or efficient," Payson Deputy Town Attorney Tim Wright explained to the anxiously listening committee members. "It doesn't always make sense. It isn't easy. It is frustrating and restrictive. but it is the law."
Russell Huntze looks into a casket to see himself as his obituary is read to him.
Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board member Barbara Hall's resignation on May 1 revolves around the new board's hiring of John Gliege as legal counsel.
Nontraditional school "saves lives"
Payson's only nontraditional public high school offering alternative education has received one of the state's top education awards.
Star Valley photo tickets running
The surprising number of traffic tickets generated by Star Valley's photo enforcement program on Highway 260 prompted the town council on Tuesday to approve a budget increase to hire someone to help process the tickets.
Historic day as town council and SRP enter into contract
With a long-delayed flourish and a last few hard questions, Payson has officially contracted with the Salt River Project to secure water rights to the Blue Ridge Reservoir, after a 30-year quest for an adequate, long-term water supply.
Thursday, May 8
Now is the time to see the beautiful Mogollon Rim Country from the air on Saturday, May 17 at the Payson Aero Fair.
More than 350 cars participated in the 2008 Beeline Cruise-In Auto Show presented by the Rim Country Classic Auto Club. More than $23,000 was raised to benefit Rim Country charities.
Ready for a big confession from someone who lives up here in the Rim Country?
The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church present a special Mother's Day performance of jazz and blues vocalist Renee Patrick with special guest "Chicago's favorite Jazz Woman" Judy Roberts.
If Rim Country Middle School students did well on recent AIMS testing, they might owe a debt of gratitude to the Payson Safeway store.
Junction 87 took the ‘devil' from Georgia to Japan
Junction 87 rode the Orange Blossom Special to Kobe, Japan April 14.
When Capt. Joey Sullivan flew support to Indonesia he participated in a more personal American military operation than he usually does from the cockpit of his C-130 Hercules.
Caring for the dignity of abused children on a daily basis is emotionally strenuous.
A plein-air Paint Out will take place tomorrow at the Tonto Natural Bridge.
Like most Vietnam veterans, Mike Clark, now the principal-superintendent of Pine-Strawberry School, has been tight-lipped about his military service during the war era.
Sunday is Mother's Day, and this is in honor of my mother and all the mothers.
Thursday, May 8, was the start of fire restrictions in the Tonto National Forest.
Winners of the annual Payson Jewelers Mother's Day Essay Contest are Bailey Newman, 8, first place and Cassie Zimmer 12, runner-up. The students were invited to write essays about their mothers and what makes them special.
Members of Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary were treated to a beautiful outdoor luncheon at Main Street Grille hosted by Payson Regional Medical Center in celebration of their annual spring luncheon.
A Fish for Bikes event at the Payson Wildlife Fair will take place at the Green Valley Park May 10.
I walk a lot of dogs -- big dogs, little dogs and everyone in between. It's something I have always enjoyed.
When you retire, it would be convenient if all your expenses were to "retire" as well. But they won't.
The Beverage Place (House) has on display a crystal decanter containing cognac made during the reign of Napoleon I. It is actually a blend of ancient cognacs, none younger than 70 years old and some as old as 200 years.
On May 12 the U.S. Postal Service will raise rates.
Green Valley Park in Payson will undergo an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 10, when its sprawling grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and fun outdoor activities.
Wednesday, May 7
Payson on Wednesday approved a contract with the Salt River Project to secure water rights to the Blue Ridge Reservoir, after a decades-long search for an adequate, long-term water supply.
Tuesday, May 6
No moral or theme, just enjoyable
After watching "Baby Mama," I thought of this quote. "Better late than -- pregnant."
A concert on the green
When fifth-grade students start to play in an elementary school band, some of them get hooked on the beautiful sound.
A cowboy stands in a reflective moment. His thoughts are in the mind of the beholder.
EDGE OF PAYSON
May is National Barbecue Month. This would be reason enough to celebrate the entire month, but, of course, May also contains Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, and a wide variety of lesser-known special days such as "No Socks Day" and "Clean up your Room Day." It's true -- check it out.
The stories of early settlers buried in isolated graves are often difficult to get straight, because so many conflicting folk stories can surround them. Never was this more true than in our attempt to decipher the story of Mr. Starr, for whom Starr Valley is named.
Suspense is riveting
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the movie "21" is that it is based on a true story.
Monday, May 5
The Arizona Attorney General's office has launched an investigation into whether the Payson Town Council broke the state's open meeting law during a lunch meeting last year where the councilors discussed how to get rid of the town manager.
Developers of a long-awaited convention hotel next door to the rodeo grounds last week asked Payson for another year to seek financing, after a major investor backed out.
Restrictions imposed early after wet winter spurs thick growth of 'fine fuels'
The Tonto National Forest has banned all fires in the Payson Ranger District starting on May 8, the price of a long drought, a short, wet winter and a bone dry spring.
Former Rim Country Middle School student Brady Ellison is going to Beijing.
Barbara Hall resigns
Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board member Barbara Hall stunned an audience of about 30 people last Thursday night, May 1, when she resigned her seat accusing the new board of "illegal and unethical" activity.
Payson fourth-graders learn about conservation, watersheds, groundwater and water cycle
All of Payson's fourth grade students were treated to a water fest on Friday -- not a play day in the water, but a multi-faceted, hands-on education about water. Presented by the conservation staff of the Payson Water Department, Viki Holmes and Brenda Huff, the students participated in four water-related programs. They learned about conservation, the water cycle, the watershed and groundwater.
Why is it that calendar makers no longer put the dates of the moon phases on the months? Used to be, first and last quarter, new and full moon were noted. We have four calendars in our house, and not one of them shows those important dates.
There were no life-threatening injuries sustained in a Thursday morning accident, May 1.
Rim Sight and Sound was burglarized sometime during the night of April 25 or in the early morning hours of April 26. The Payson Police Department responded to the business at 214 W. Main St. at approximately 6:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26.
Gila Community College's Small Business Development Center will be hosting Arizona Department of Revenue Business Tax Workshops for small business owners and managers May 12, 13 and 14. The workshops offered are:
Selling a home and buying a new one can be a difficult balancing act. We have seen several buyers and sellers "caught in between" -- they want to move, but have a home to sell.
Traveling between Laughlin, Nev. and Mesa in 1990, Joleen and Kelly Enerson discovered Payson. They spent the night here, woke up and, seeing how beautiful it was, the North Dakota couple decided this was the place they wanted to live.
The Lady Longhorns' quest for postseason honors came to a screeching halt in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.
Kayla Morgan is well known for her exploits on the basketball court, but it was her track and field expertise that earned the PHS junior some of her greatest accolades.
If that angler signing autographs 10 a.m. until noon May 10 in the Fish for Bikes booth at the Payson Wildlife Fair looks familiar, it could be because you've seen him on ESPN national television.
Although the result of the 3A state tournament opener wasn't what Longhorn fans were hoping for, the clash was one of the most hotly contested and well played games in prep baseball history.
Susan "Sue-Sue/Tex" Morton died May 1, 2008. She was born Dec. 25, 1956.
Claudia H. Downs, 78, of Eagar, died April 15, 2008 in Payson, after a long period of health problems. She was born July 17, 1929 in Midland, Mich.
Edward Wayne Bench, 57, of Strawberry, died May 4, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix after a three-year battle with cancer.
Earl "Red" Baker, 73, died April 30, 2008 in Payson.
Everyone has their secret routes.
Karina Zabe puts on her helmet before joining the rest of the children from Payson Kidcare in a trike-a-thon May 2 in the parking lot at Payson Assembly of God Church.
Parents, students and residents will soon see foundation pads poured for two of the new buildings at Rim Country Middle School, said Tim Brand with PinnacleOne Consulting at a special school board meeting.
We received some terrific news from the Arizona School Facilities Board late last week. Our district has been awarded $200,000 in the form of state grants to implement projects that will significantly improve our energy efficiency.
While many graduating high school students are grappling with career choices, a cooking competition earlier this year gave one Payson High School student a career direction he didn't have before.
They can put a self-contained breathing apparatus on in 45 seconds or less.
I am writing to thank the citizens of Payson for approving the bond election to improve our schools.
To anyone who has owned a pet, has a pet, or is considering having a pet, I would like to make a plea from my heart.
Congratulations on the editorial "What do wood piles and silence of the birds have in common?" in the April 11, 2008 Roundup. I hope that this is the beginning of a sincere interest in the National Forests of the west, and their deplorable condition.
My name is Kyle Kaecke. I am writing about Rim Country Middle School. I am in the eighth grade and I am leaving to go to high school, and I wanted to write something good about my school years here.
History has taught us that other than raising taxes, nothing can be more damaging to the United States than assuming a protectionist posture during a time of economic downturn. But that's exactly the situation after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to bar a vote on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
Step up to the table folks. Drop the dice in the cup. Put your life savings on the line -- tidy little pile of chips. Let the tension build. Rattle the dice. Rattle the dice. Now roll those bones.
Pastor David Rennick (left) blesses "Pappa Jim" Vance and his Honda Valkerie before the motorcycle brigade's police escort to the edge of Star Valley. The participants took a scenic ride on Highway 260 to a look out across the Mogollon Rim.
Payson's spreading, slow motion budget crisis hit home last week, when the Town Council rejected a plan to spend $90,000 upgrading the crew quarters on the Main Street fire station.
Thursday, May 1
Because I spent more than 20 years in the Air Force, I traveled around quite a bit. I can sit back and picture places all over the world, some of them wonderful places like the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, or our own magnificent Grand Canyon.
Payson Friends of Jazz and Community Presbyterian Church will present a special Mother's Day performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11 at 800 W. Main St.
Say goodbye to a well-known landmark that has been in Christopher Creek for almost 60 years. Tuesday at 10 a.m. the crews began the demolition of the Landmark. There was a lot of reminiscing by onlookers as we waited for the first blow. Owner Gary Weirlinger got to climb in the Bobcat and take down the first part of the building.
A Fish for Bikes event at the Payson Wildlife Fair will take place May 10 at Green Valley Park.
Tonto Village has not only put its best foot forward with all the spring flowers and trees, but the residents are gearing up for a really busy summer season.
Two years ago this month, Brendalyn Rose was told she had cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a serious disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should.
A dedicated group of Pine library volunteers were honored at the annual Appreciation Breakfast held April 25 at Randall House in Pine.
Pine/Strawberry's Mike Clark crashed under fire in Vietnam then faced jeers back home
Mike Clark's worst day in Vietnam started out benignly enough, as he flew along splitting the attention between the rolling, jungle-cloaked hills and the instrument panel of his Chinnok chopper on a routine shuttle to deliver five passengers and assorted supplies to a forward base.
Special children get help from Charlie Motley, Marie Leonard
A big part of the cowboy lifestyle and Western heritage is a genuine desire to give back to the community. In the case of two of the staff at Whispering Hope Ranch, that ethic not only involves volunteering their time, but taking money out of their own pockets.
There was great excitement on Tuesday morning at Frontier Elementary School when the helicopter from Native Air landed on the Chance Amon playground, kicking off the Safety First Program.
On any given day at the Payson Humane Society, we receive at least one and sometimes several cats in traps. A few arrive in carriers. Most of these are brought to us by someone who has seen a cat in their yard and doesn't want it there.
Just what exactly is spring fever? Encarta Dictionary's definition is "A feeling of restlessness, yearning, lust or sometimes laziness believed to be brought on by the coming of spring."
The Arizona Supreme Court wrestled with life and death -- and the limits of its own power on Tuesday, before an intent audience of about 400 in the Payson High School auditorium.
Studies show safety, traffic flow advantages
The Payson Council on Thursday approved the idea of a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Airport Road and Highway 87, after four years of waffling and 40 minutes of debate.
The Arizona Department of Transportation could start repaving the two landslide-damaged southbound lanes of Highway 87 in as little as two weeks and fully reopen the road by the projected May 22 date.
Mary Lou Morton, 56, of Tonto Basin, died after her car went into Roosevelt Lake late Monday night. The Taylors received a call from Morton's husband who told them he received a call from his wife at about 9:39 p.m. She told him she was in deep water and could not get out.
Tonto Basin School 2008 Field Day big success
The thundering sound of athletic shoes on gravel filled the air last Friday, as about 66 students competed in annual track and field events.
Patrons who take the time to visit with local artists can discover why the tactile experience of clay drives the art of Gary Houston and Alan and Carole Snyder and what glazes Carolee Jackson uses to add colors to her ceramics.
The Payson Pink Ladybugs will again join the 3-day, 60-mile "Walk For the Cure" to benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Each walker must raise $2,200 in order to participate.
Choral Society's spring concert May 3
The merchants of Main have a good reason to celebrate and so does Down the Street Art Gallery.
The Payson Roundup is looking for volunteers to serve a four-month term on the next editorial board, beginning May 7. The board meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays to discuss the content of the newspaper's editorials.
"Suppose I had someone in my car and they had methamphetamine," asked Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz, cocking his head and fixing the anxious prosecutor with a quizzical look, "and a few, unusable crystals fell on my sleeve. If the police stopped me and found those crystals, could I be charged on that?"
Coloring outside the lines is part of the creative mission of The Threadplayers.
Down the Street Art Galley at 703 W. Main, will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a free wine tasting sponsored by the Beverage Place. In addition, the KRIM Radio remote will be there along with a silent auction for the Payson Humane Society.
The stage is set for dinner theater at the Main Street Grille where Humor Me, the Rim Country's improvisational comedy troupe gave their first public performance May 1.
To say thanks to everyone who has helped make the Gila County Collaborative Fire Program an award-winning success, District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin is hosting an ice cream social.
May days mean summer is not far away, and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for a busy season. A bunch of programs are already slated for this mid-spring month.
Cool mornings and warm afternoons are perfect in the springtime for extended hikes along the numerous trails of the Rim Country.