Stories for November 2008


Sunday, November 30

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Longhorn coaches jumped for joy

Some high school football teams might fold up their tent when down by 20 points to a school that had won 13 state championships and more games than there are home foreclosures in Maricopa County. But not the Payson Longhorns.

Saturday, November 29

College faces classroom space crunch

Gila Community College now has more than 1,000 students for the first time

Space limitations will soon constrict growth at Gila Community College, officials say, but the school has no legal means to borrow money for construction.

Despite budget cuts Gila County still offering vaccines

State budget cuts have forced counties to finagle so children not fully insured can still access vaccinations.

South Korean exchange students will arrive in January

Payson Community Christian School will host roughly 30 South Korean students this January, and local organizers are seeking donations to foster a complete American experience.

Report suggests Payson downgrade certain committees

Payson’s boards, commissions and committees form an inconsistent hodgepodge of citizen involvement and ought to be overhauled, a study group reported to the town council.

Suits filed to take over Brooke Utilities water

Pine Strawberry water district files takeover suit and seeks to break company’s monopoly

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board has filed suit to condemn the water companies serving the two communities and has asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to revoke owner Brooke Utilities right to operate the two systems.

Friday, November 28

Centennial quilt on display at museum

The quilt made for the 1982 Payson Centennial is now on display in the gift shop at the Rim Country Museum.

Star Valley nearly finished with hazard mitigation plan

After cataloging nearly 33 years of disasters, Star Valley’s multi-hazard mitigation plan is nearly complete.

Rim Country garter snake labeled endangered

Feds decide Northern Mexican Garter Snake is endangered — but the Fish and Wildlife Service has no money to protect it

Oops. Turns out, the Northern Mexican Garter Snake holding out in Tonto Creek and the Verde River is endangered after all, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Homeless man gets home for the holidays

Just in time for winter storms, man moves out of car and into donated trailer

A homeless man who never asked for much, but always gave away what he had to others in need, never expected to receive so much in return from the community.

Town pressure to make ‘contribution’ could prove illegal

Can Payson pressure property owners to contribute money to provide affordable housing without actually imposing a development fee?

I once knew a man whose eyes grew four sizes overnight

What’s the most surprised you’ve ever been?

FAN Club thanks supporters

The FAN Club would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the people who bought 50/50 and couch tickets, and who helped sell 50/50 tickets at all of the Payson High School home games.

Thanks for voting

I would like to thank all of people who turned out and exercised their right to vote in this last election. I would also like to thank everyone for their support during and after my campaign.

God favors nations that honor Him

As I sit here practicing Christmas carols for the upcoming holiday season, my mind jumped to a billboard on the side of a bus. The news clip CNN showed was of a happy-go-lucky guy in a Santa suit, lifting his right hand to the words that said, “Why believe in god? Just be good for goodness sake.”

The ‘Y’

Now that the “Y” has gone away, to perhaps return another day, it’s time to see what happened, and just why.

Radiothon raises nearly $10,000

“Hip, hip, hooray!” to everyone who helped make our fifth annual radiothon, “Up, Up and Away with Domestic Violence” a success. Chapman Auto, KMOG and KRIM deserve an extra hooray for supporting us all day long in our effort to collect funds for children who have been involved in domestic and family violence.

‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’

In a letter bearing the inscrutable heading: “Votes against school override; YMCA we an aberration,” (Nov. 18 Roundup) the writer stated: “The votes against the school override and the YMCA were an aberration and cast our town as being anti-youth and against progress.”

Hospice care was exceptional

Having read Bonnie Pease’s letter I felt compelled to share the experience my family and I had recently with RTA Hospice & Palliative Care.

Longhorns are winners already

What a ride. And now it’s all on the line.

Around Rim Country

Pine, Strawberry crafters set sale

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild has a Christmas boutique at the Pine Community Center Arts and Crafts Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 and Saturday, Dec. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30.

Thanksgiving was all about giving

More turkey! More mashed potatoes!

Blue Ridge pipeline plan clears hurdle

Forest Service accepts Payson’s proposal, federal loan now possible

Payson received good news on two fronts this week in its effort to build a $30-million pipeline from the Blue Ridge Reservoir.

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Lady Longhorns open with easy win over Holbrook

Coming off a 22-8 season and all five starters returning, the Lady Longhorns basketball team was expected to be good.

New fire board members sworn in

Last week at the Christopher/Kohls Fire Department, the new board members were sworn into office by Chief Electra Van Eckhoutte. The three new members are Debbie Dawson, Margo Holmes Fish and Jim Oliver.

Everyone can help with national count programs

Bird lovers can enjoy migration events in their own back yards through a number of national programs.

Nativity scenes on display beginning next week

I hope that you all had a really nice Thanksgiving with friends and family this year.

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Bosque of the birds

Every winter morning 100,000 birds take flight from the still waters of this New Mexico refuge

It’s a cold, crisp predawn, with the temperature in the 20s in the central Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. Then the silence cracks, with a single quack from the rustling snow geese, then another and another. Soon, a cacophonous chorus of snow geese and sandhill cranes fills the morning air — the signal the fly-out is about to begin.

Lots of fun and foolishness in the village

Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone!

Thursday, November 27

Horns, Blue Ridge for all the marbles

State 3A title game pits East Region rivals for the second time this season, tough battle expected

One thing is certain about the outcome of the 3A state football championship game... The “Gold Ball” trophy will remain in the East region.

Stay current on insurance needs

You probably don’t spend a lot of time pondering insurance.

Man changes plea, pleads guilty to aggravated assault charges

A 24-year-old man who brandished a 9mm handgun and threatened five individuals on Sept. 8, 2007 changed his plea to guilty of aggravated assault Monday in the Gila County Superior Court in Payson.

Winter conditions could warrant restrictions on forest road travel

Flagstaff — With winter weather on the way, managers of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests said it may become necessary to temporarily restrict motor vehicle travel. This is a seasonal restriction, which includes all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Make the holidays harmonious for pets, too

The holidays present a host of hazards to pets. It’s important to be aware of these dangers to keep pets safe.

More pets turned over due to economy

In this week’s column we are focusing on “owner turnover animals.” The economic downturn has had a dramatic effect on the world of homeless animals. Animal shelters all around the country have received record numbers of animals from owners who have lost their homes. In most cases, these animals already have basic training such as being housebroken. Our shelter is no different, and we are filled to the brim.

Bus tickets to title game in Flagstaff available

Tickets to tomorrow’s (Nov. 29) state championship football game pitting Payson against Blue Ridge are $8 for adults and $6 for students with school identification.

Payson High School Boys Basketball 2008-2009 Schedule

Payson High School Boys Basketball 2008-2009 Schedule

Brave the cold for good fishing at Woods Canyon

Can you imagine fishing Woods Canyon Lake and being one of a handful of anglers on the entire lake!

Draw results for spring hunts are available from fish and game

Applications for first-come tags accepted by mail only beginning Dec. 1

If you haven’t yet had a chance to see if you were drawn for the spring 2009 hunts, draw results are available by visiting the Arizona game and Fish Department’s Web site at

Payson High School wrestling 2008-2009 Schedule

Payson High School wrestling 2008-2009 Schedule

Rosters filled with college prospects

When the Payson Longhorns and the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets square off Saturday in Flagstaff for the 3A state football championship, fans and boosters will have the chance to see some of the finest players in Arizona.

Arizonans likely to spend less this holiday season

Adding to the bleak outlook for holiday sales, a Cronkite/Eight Poll released Nov. 25 found that more than half of Arizonans expect to spend less than last year.

Payson High School GIRLS Basketball 2008-2009 Schedule

Payson High School GIRLS Basketball 2008-2009 Schedule

Wednesday, November 26

Pine-strawberry water district files takeover suit against Brooke Utilities

Seeks to break company’s monopoly

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Board has filed suit to condemn the water companies serving the two communities and has asked the Arizona Corporation to revoke owner Brooke Utilities right to operate the two systems.

DPS to slow drivers down at start of Thanksgiving Holiday

Operation Border to Border will utilize 42 mobile photo enforcement units

With the start of the long Thanksgiving Holiday travel period, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, in partnership with Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), will place 42 mobile photo enforcement units along Interstate 10 and Interstate 40 in Arizona. These mobile units will be placed every 20 miles along these designated interstates (from border to border) to help slow drivers down. These mobile photo enforcement units will be in operation from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

Design board would rather quit than just hear appeals

Members of Payson’s Design Review Board this week informally agreed they’d rather quit and go home than accept a demotion into a mere appeals board, as envisioned in one of two plans the town council will consider in December.

Longhorn speeders won’t slow down

Payson Police spent more than a month flashing signs, warnings and traffic tickets — hoping to scare drivers on Longhorn Road into slowing down.

Tuesday, November 25

Town lays off top employees

Finance manager, parks director, fire marshal among those being let go

The fiscal bloodletting at Payson Town Hall started Monday, with layoff slips to the parks and recreation director, finance manager, fire marshal, town manager’s assistant, grants manager and two people in the building and planning department.

College extends contract with no escape clause

Three years into a 10-year contract, Gila Community College board members on Friday approved an extended agreement with Eastern Arizona College that could save Gila County up to $300,000 this year.

Elks dinner open to whole community

Thanksgiving can be a lonely time without someone to share it with, so one Tonto Basin man, along with the Elks Lodge, has orchestrated a Thanksgiving feast so no one has to be without a warm meal and a warm smile.

Police identify driver killed in one-car rollover

A 44-year-old Strawberry woman who died Nov. 10 a mile north of Payson on Highway 87 has been identified as Janice Kaye Price.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Friday last day to get benefit wreath

Even in tough times there is much to be thankful for

It is going to be hard this Thanksgiving for a number of people here and around the country to see the good that surrounds us every day.

Group will continue to provide summaries of PSWID meetings

At the September PSWID meeting, Fred Krafczyk stood up and claimed that the November election was going to cost the PSWID $27,000 and that the only reason I was running for the board was as part of a plot with Brooke Utilities to drain the PSWID treasury of funds.

Suggestion for Goat Camp ruins

Peter Aleshire’s interesting articles regarding the Payson trail system and the Goat Camp ruins lead me to make a suggestion to the Rim archaeological group.

Is the K-2 Well a government bailout of Brooke Utilities?

Does this sound familiar? A utility company has ill performed its duties to the public for 11 years. A governmental office that is supposed to protect consumers and provide oversight of the utility has protected the company from competition by allowing them to function with no competition.

Voters did a disservice to school district

While the Payson High School Longhorns compete athletically against the likes of Blue Ridge, Round Valley, Show Low, Snowflake, etc., academically they compete against schools much closer in proximity like Fountain Hills, Scottsdale and Mesa.

Acknowledgement of dedication, effort appreciated

Last week I attended two high school sports banquets with my son, who is a senior this year.

To those who travel the Beeline

The economy is down both in the county and the state as we all know.

Tough decisions face Payson Town Council

Sometimes there is no easy way to present bad news. Being direct, honest and open is the only way.

Payson native leads Goodyear FFA team to national victory

Eric Stevens, son of Wendell and Cathy Stevens who both teach in the Payson Unified School District, led the FFA team at the Goodyear high school where he teaches to victory in a national competition.

Culinary class cooks up turkey fixings

Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches were on the lunch menu Thursday at Payson High School, but these sandwiches weren’t constructed by lunch ladies wearing hair nets in the cafeteria.

Attitude is everything

Merrelle ‘Devon’ Wells

Teacher remembered by students, co-workers

Longtime, award-winning science teacher dies after 18-year battle with cancer

The Rim Country lost a great teacher, a fine friend to many and a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother Nov. 20 when Gloria Joe, 68, succumbed to cancer after an 18-year battle with the disease.

Payson council approves granny flat law

It’s official — if granny doesn’t want to stay in the flat, you can rent it out.

What you may not know about Medicare

Almost everyone knows that Medicare is a medical insurance program run by the government for retired and disabled people. But there are probably some things you don’t know about Medicare — and should.

Remember a loved one at 13th annual Celebration of Life

Honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Some benefits are taxable

It is important to remember that some people who receive Social Security benefits will have to pay income taxes on them.

Rim Guidance serves up a feast

With an army of Rim Guidance volunteers, 300 pounds of turkey and 100 pounds of mashed potatoes, more than 300 hungry people were served a free Thanksgiving feast Nov. 20 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

Mardell (Dell) Nadine Frederick

Mardell (Dell) Nadine Frederick, 83, died Nov. 9, 2008.

Robert Herman Rhoades

Robert H. Rhoades died Nov. 19, 2008. He was born July 7, 1924 in Summit, Ill. to Roy and Beryl Rhoades.

Gloria Quan Joe

Gloria Quan Joe, 68, a longtime Payson resident and educator, died Nov. 20, 2008.

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One game away from state title

Longhorns topple Wickenburg 28-7, face Blue Ridge in championship

There’s no doubt the Beasts of the East are the kings of 3A football.

Fan bus available for 3A state championship

A fan bus will be available Nov. 29 to take Longhorn boosters to the 3A state championship game in Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

PHS boys basketball team off to slow start

If the Longhorn boys basketball team struggles through disarray in early season, it’s completely understandable.

Rare white elk taken on Christopher Mountain

The white elk Mike Hernandez of Laveen shot Thursday evening on Christopher Mountain is thought to be exceedingly rare.

Christmas tree permits available

The Forest Service offers you the opportunity to cut a Christmas tree from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. As with any forest product, a permit is required. The cost per permit is $15.

Lady Longhorns not getting any respect

Big-city pollsters were dead wrong all season long when they ranked the Wickenburg Wranglers football team ahead of the Payson Longhorns.

Outdoor adventure on the Rim more valuable than money

With Thanksgiving being only two days away, maybe a time of reflection is needed for all those trips to your favorite fishing hole or hiking areas in Rim Country.

Draw results for spring hunts available

If you haven’t had a chance to see if you were drawn for the spring 2009 hunts, draw results are available by visiting the Game and Fish Department’s Web site:

State real estate investors group to meet

The Arizona Real Estate Investors Association will meet Monday, Dec. 8 at the Herberger Theater.

New thinking works for borrowers and lenders

This week, a military officer in Virginia called for advice on his property. He was being transferred to Texas, needed to sell his home, and his loan balance was $60,000 more than what his house was worth.

Romeo Zavala named Chase branch manager

Make new friends and keep the old, the saying goes.

Frontier Village gets approval for condo conversion

Owners want to renovate 60-unit complex to sell units for $145,000 to $169,000

The conversion of the Frontier Village Apartments to $145,000 condominiums cleared another hurdle last week, with the town council’s approval of the preliminary plat plan.

Monday, November 24

Woman identified in fatal rollover

A 44-year-old Strawberry woman who died Nov. 10 a mile north of Payson on Highway 87 has been identified as Janice Kaye Price.

Bell ringers looking for help during the holidays

For more years than anyone can remember, The Salvation Army has placed its bell ringers around town during the Christmas season to raise money to care for the needy. Since 1999, Ray Kinsman, 84, has managed the program with $19,600 being raised last year.

PHS program helps students make up credits

The Gold Program at Payson High School combines teacher guidance with online courses to help students short of credits catch up and possibly graduate on time.

Sunday, November 23

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Horns thump Wickenburg 28-7

It was common knowledge all along.

Saturday, November 22

UA pharmacy student, PHS alum wins award

A team of University of Arizona pharmacy students captained by 2004 Payson High School graduate Lauren Bartoli won the prestigious National Community Pharmacists Association Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

Friday, November 21

Storytelling event will take place Nov 22 in Pine

Hear stories from across the globe and keep the tradition of storytelling alive during Pine’s eighth annual Tellebration, a celebration of storytelling, Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Pine Community Center.

Painting to be raffled to raise funds for new piano

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church/Payson Friends of Jazz is holding a piano fund-raising raffle.

Invitation to anniversary party for Scotts

The children and grandchildren of W.A. and Janet Scott of Payson invite the couple’s friends and neighbors to help them celebrate their golden anniversary at an open house reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Military news

Private James Hansen has completed his Army basic training and on Oct. 2 graduated from the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Gila Community College expands reach into Pine

Pine Strawberry senior citizens devoured the first session of a computer class at the library. It filled in seven minutes.

Serving up a slice for a good cause

With eight worthy entrants at the first annual Crabdree Insurance Bake-Off fund-raiser Wednesday, picking a winner was no easy task.

Conference offers survival guide for hard times

In light of the current economic downturn, a panel of experts recommended Wednesday that small-business owners be creative and persistent to survive. The speakers encouraged business owners try outside-the-box approaches for hanging onto the customers they have, and luring in the customers they need.

Do you recognize these dogs?

These two dogs were recently seen roaming East Phoenix Street and were picked up Nov. 18 and taken to the Payson Humane Society animal shelter.

SV council OKs water commission

In one of the quietest meetings recently, the Star Valley council passed an ordinance establishing a seven-member water and sewer commission effectively immediately Tuesday night.

County reaps windfall

Total from bailout bill hits $4 million

Gila County supervisors will likely inject an unanticipated $1.15 million in federal funds they received this month, straight into the county’s reserves.

Income drops $4.5 million, town to layoff 126 workers

Council approves layoffs, cutbacks

The Payson Town Council Thursday approved $4.5 million in sweeping budget cuts, including layoffs of about six to seven full-time workers and more than 120 seasonal and part-time workers.

Star Valley hopes to hire police officer

With a little more than half a year to iron out a new police contract with Payson, Star Valley has taken the first steps in hiring its own police officer, hoping it could sweeten a new contract with an officer-strapped Payson Police Department.

Payson council faces up to budget shortfall, bleak projections

Fall of income below estimates, other problems cause budget woes

Payson spent two years digging a budget hole. At Tuesday’s budget study session, the council pondered the cost of putting aside the shovel.

Having a nice day is a choice

The day I am writing this is a Thursday. The second from the last Thursday of October 2008.

How to make America honest

First of all, limit all Congress members’ terms, this would go along with the term limits of the presidents. Limit the Senate to two terms of six years each. Limit the House to four two-year terms each.

Be careful what you wish for

Well, we are seeing firsthand what former Mayor Edwards and his supporters were striving for. With the way the economy is now it shows us that with the no growth plan they pushed, what effects it is having on the town.

Chili supper was a success

I would like to thank all who attended the Payson Humane Society Chili Supper. We served around 500 people and raised over $8,000. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you. The Mexican Riviera Cruise was won by John Webster and the Entertainment Basket was won by Jim Hippel, both of Payson. To the volunteers, a special thank you for all your hard work to make the chili supper a successful event.

Great attendance at Veterans Day program

Congratulations to all citizens of Payson and the region for the magnificent attendance at our PHS auditorium to witness the tributes paid to our American veterans on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Families will be moving into Habitat homes in December

In mid-December, four families in the Payson area will be moving into their new homes in Longhorn Village built by Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. The homes are being built by a team of wonderful volunteers from the Payson area with the support of  a number of sponsoring companies. Two of the companies that have been there to help Payson Area Habitat for Humanity since the very beginning of the construction process are Payson Concrete and Road Runner Rubbish Removal. We would like to thank both George Randall and Chris Avakian for their ongoing support.

Education of children must be done right

A recent article reminded me about the definition of insanity. Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Game is more than the score

You can’t necessarily judge a game by the score.

Tough calls and missteps

Great, cackling, flapping blood-spattered chickens have come home to roost. All right. Maybe they’re vultures.

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Battle of the unbeatens

Payson, Wickenburg collide to see who gets to the state championship game

The 3A conference’s only two remaining unbeaten teams collide tomorrow, Nov. 22, at Paradise Valley High School for the right to play the following week in the Arizona state football championship.

Cold weather brings new challenges

It has been a very busy year for the staff of Payson Humane Society. We’ve struggled with several very serious obstacles and have managed to come out on top (most of the time).

Strategies for small-business owners

If you’re a small-business owner, you put your heart — and most of your time — into your business.

Bears win youth football championship

The Payson Bears whipped the Cottonwood Seahawks 12-6 to win the Central Arizona Youth Football Association Mighty Mite Division championship.

Coach says PHS fans should adopt a ‘Black Out’

Years ago, the Phoenix Coyotes made popular “White Outs” in which hockey fans were asked to wear white clothing to home playoff games creating a very intimidating atmosphere. The tradition was actually began in 1987 when the Coyotes were the Jets and playing out of Winnipeg

Fountain Hills wants no part of 3A East

Fountain Hills High School officials apparently don’t want to be a member of the 3A East Region.

New wrestling coach full of enthusiasm

Spend a few minutes with Travis Kopenhafer and his weight training class in old PHS gym and you’ll leave convinced he’s the coach capable of returning the Payson High School wrestling program to what it was in its glory days under Dennis Pirch.

Thursday, November 20

Books can help you share, craft, bake, decorate and celebrate

Christmas is just around the corner, but the economy is quite scary.

Firewise bin available for two weeks

This week, I am writing the column from Yuma.

DPS Quilt Angels have provided 5,500 quilts to those in need

Around this time nine years ago, I found myself far from home and family facing a medical issue with one of my children.

Cindy Fitch is new owner of Creekside Steakhouse

Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern has a new owner, and it is one of Olive’s girls.

Tamales for Toys helps everyone have happy holiday

Hold off on getting that Mexican food fix. The annual Tamales for Toys event is just down the way.

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Need for help increases

Rim Country food banks give this holiday season

With demand up and donations down, local food and clothing banks are hungry for assistance. The holiday season is always rough for charities looking to fill the need of area families with holiday food boxes and warm clothing. With the economy on a hiatus this season, people have less to give and need for more.

Wednesday, November 19

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Horns overwhelm Lobos unbeaten Wickenburg next

Payson team now among final four

A 36-19 state quarterfinal win over the Snowflake Lobos has lifted the Payson Longhorns (12-0) into the 3A final four against the only other unbeaten team in the state, the Wickenburg Wranglers.

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Christmas kicks off at Swiss Village

For the 29th year, the Swiss Village Shops are holding the annual Christmas lighting ceremony with numerous events all along the Village.

Artist follows new path to pottery

It’s quite a leap from being a database architect for Intel to being a potter, but Mary Lavan has made it successfully. The artist lived in Phoenix for 30 years before moving to Pine in 2005.

bootleggers in rim country

In the late 1910s, 1920s, and early 1930s, Rim Country became host to a number of bootleggers as prohibition took effect. Some were locals who had been born and bred here; others came from across the country. The moonshine was known as “Payson Dew” and gained a positive reputation with many. Today we look at a few producers of these goods.

Ultimate destination: Antarctica

Antarctica is the most southerly continent. It is the fifth largest of the world’s seven continents, but was not sighted until 1820.

Easy, elegant holiday brunch

Whether it’s for out-of-town holiday guests or a get together with friends, cooking for a crowd can seem like a daunting idea. A simple holiday brunch with menu items that you make ahead can minimize the hustle and bustle of the season while maximizing the time you get to spend with loved ones.

Arteries make better grafts than veins

Predictions about the longevity of grafts for clogged arteries are hazardous.

painting at the edge of the world: the watercolours of tony foster

Twenty-five years ago, British artist Tony Foster — armed with pencils, brushes and a basic paint box — began a trek that would forever change his life. He was determined to capture nature in its most pure element, and he knew that in order to do so, he’d have to travel and endure challenges that were almost unimaginable.

Tuesday, November 18

New 18-month traffic study will decide fate of Sherwood Drive

The fierce fight to block the eventual extension of Sherwood Drive will likely turn on a study taking place in the next 18 months to revise the transportation plan for the whole town — after a decade of growth and change.

We can still be thankful

Yesterday morning I awoke as usual, a little before six o’clock. I’d had a good night’s sleep and was feeling cheerful. I got up, turned the heat on, started the coffee and then crawled back into bed for a few minutes for my six o’clock news fix.

It takes a town to support a state champ

By the time I write my next column our pursuit of the football state championship will be over — win, lose or draw.

Volunteer aide auditorium manager loves the theater

Name: Thomas W. Walling

Play depicts kids destroyed by drugs

It took some time before the LSD that Jimmye took started to warp her mind. “I convinced myself the LSD wasn’t going to take,” she said, wearing footless stockings and bright pink stripes in her hair.

Payson, Star Valley councils hold weekly meetings

The Star Valley town council will meet Tuesday and Payson will hold two meetings, one on Tuesday at 5 p.m. to talk about the budget, and its regular meeting on Thursday.

Disturbance call leads to arrest on pot charges

A call regarding a disturbance and the smell of pot led to the arrest of Clayton A. Ross on five charges relating to drugs and weapons.

Methinks thou doth protest too much

I find it interesting that the individual who “bankrupted” this town is attempting to justify his (their) position. My grandfather told me, and it holds true today, beware of those who speak in this manner: “Methinks thou doth protest too much.”

Refuse to be price-gouged by Payson gas stations

I would like to expand on the recent letter regarding Payson gas prices.

Votes against school override; YMCA we an aberration

Unfortunately, Payson is starting to resemble Prescott via voting against school override elections, voiding plans for recreational opportunities for its citizens and cutting off its nose to spite its face with shortsightedness and stinginess.

Community shows up to honor veterans

Congratulations, residents of Rim Country! You showed up in droves to honor our veterans at the Payson High School. The program was wonderful thanks to the Patriotic Events Committee, and all the folks who took part from the emcees to all the children who participated, and the veterans who came to be honored.

Payson Citizens Leadership Academy was educational

I recently completed the 2008 Payson Citizens Leadership Academy.

A big thanks

We at the Payson Church of Christ would like to give our community a great big thanks.

Stop means stop or does it?

It has come to my attention, that people out west of the airport do not stop for the stop signs on their streets.

Airport plan still needs revisions

The Payson Planning Commission this week found itself juggling babies, which is to say, helpless creatures on whom the future depends.

Around Rim Country


Annual Christmas pageant planned

State official jumps rope to congratulate JRE

Julia Randall Elementary School students are now among a select group of Americans who have seen Arizona’s state schools Superintendent Tom Horne jump rope.

Crews to burn another 645 acres near golf course

The feverish effort to burn as much brush as possible during the cool, low-risk fire season could once again make for a smoky week in Rim communities.

Dawson is the winner vote problems surface

A contentious race for the District 3 Gila County supervisor seat between incumbent and Democrat Shirley Dawson and Republican challenger David Cook that included allegations of voting irregularities has ended with a victorious Dawson and a resigned but a ready-to-move on Cook.

Airport plan gains final P&Z approval

Landowners add industry, subtract apartments — road controversy goes forward

Light industry won. Apartments got clobbered. Parks got dissed.

Record flock of eaglets takes flight

Desert bald eagles nesting in Arizona produced a record number of young this year, thanks to streams full of fish and the protective efforts of nest watchers statewide.

Payson unemployment rises to 4.9 percent; still below national figures

Payson’s unemployment rate rose in September to 4.9 percent, a 2 percent increase since April, due largely to an increase in workers and a slump in the economy.

Gila Silkscreen offers a new way to advertise

The secret to any successful business is advertising. Gila Silkscreen knows this and offers custom apparel and silk screenings, at what they claim are some of the lowest prices in town.

Understand auction rules

You may have noticed advertisements in the newspapers and on the airwaves for real estate auctions that are taking place in Arizona.

Carlos Lopez wins Turkey Trot 5K

Former Payson High School three-sport star Carlos Lopez continues to build on his reputation as one of the Rim Country’s finest runners.

FAN Club seeks members; schedules change

The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club, booster organization supporting school district extracurricular activities, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Title.

Hunting interferes with baseball

The Payson Sidewinders might be the most unique youth baseball team in the country.

Six Lady Longhorn soccer players named to All-East region teams

The last time we saw the Lady Longhorn soccer team, it was turning in a gallant effort in a state tournament showdown in Tempe against Tucson Desert Christian.

Push to raise money for LL has started

Payson Little League has begun its yearly push to earn money for next season’s play.

Monday, November 17

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Too much firepower for Snowflake Lobos

Payson’s ground-oriented power option attack, led by junior tailback Brandon Alexander, contained too much firepower for the Snowflake Lobos to overcome in the Longhorns' 36-19 state quarterfinal victory.

Saturday, November 15

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Rivalry follows Horns to state

In Lobo land fans are grumbling, “Oh no, not Payson again.”

Archers brave wind, cold for shoot

A band of 35 dedicated archers braved cold and windy conditions Nov. 9 to compete in the second 3D Archery Shoot ever held at Tonto Rim Sports Club.

Payson Village Shopping Center getting spruced up

The Payson Village Shopping Center is getting a facelift in the hopes of attracting new businesses and shoppers.

New tribal chairman to focus on housing

With an expanding tribal population and area, newly elected Tonto Apache tribal chair Ivan Smith is focused on increasing the tribe’s quality of life and supply of affordable housing while staying out of casino affairs.

Remember a loved one at Celebration of Life

Honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life.

Friday, November 14

Council gives new purchasing power to town manager

Payson manager wins right to make budgeted purchases without getting council

After a vigorous debate, a budget-conscious town council last week, on a split vote, gave town staff more authority to spend money without getting every check approved by the council.

Give your tax dollars to local groups

Want to support a local school or charity instead of paying taxes?

Pianafiddle to perform in concert Nov 20 at PHS

The combination of a pianist and fiddle player in concert is not too unusual. What is unusual is the music the duo of Pianafiddle offers.

Participatory democracy denigrated on opinion pages

Never in my life have I seen participatory democracy so denigrated. Recent editorials, guest comments, articles and letters to the editor seem to imply that a core group of voters have “turn(ed) its back on its kids.”

Acorn loses Catholic support

The best news to come out of the recent election is that since ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has been exposed by the media, the Catholic Church’s upcoming Thanksgiving appeal to “fight poverty” (CCHD-Catholic Campaign for Human Development) has withdrawn its $1.13 million 2008 grant from ACORN. ($7.3 million granted to ACORN over the last 10 years!)

Children should have the best education

When I found out about the defeat of Proposition 301, I was very disappointed to say the least. It is our responsibility as voters to always do the right thing. I could not believe that 52 percent of voters voted against an increase in budget.

Reader takes issue with Nov 7 editorials

Come on now editorial writer. Friday’s editorial was uncalled for. Indeed, it was a shot in the dark. Most of the residents who voted against the YMCA were not against the “Y.”

Keep your dollars in Payson

Between now and Dec. 31 you have the opportunity to have a direct say in how some of your Arizona state tax dollars are spent and keep the benefits of those tax dollars here in the local community.

Dismayed at responses to override rejection

I was dismayed to read the responses of people who rejected the school override, especially those who feel that since they don’t have children in school, they no longer need to support PUSD.

Thanks to friends neighbors

The Tatum family would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their prayers and support in these last few weeks. First of all we want to thank the fine staff of Payson Hospice and Palliative Care for their patience and help these last few months. Your ministry and faithful support will not go unrewarded. Thanks to all of our family in Christ for their prayers these many years. Thanks to Roy Haught for his friendship and kindness in providing the beef for the memorial service.

Citizens group clarifies position

On Page 2A in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 edition of the Payson Roundup, reporter Pete Aleshire is quoted as follows:

Government bailout — rejected

Last Sunday, the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) approved an agreement between the PSWID and the owners of the Milk Ranch well.

Tough spending decisions ahead

The tightening of spending by consumers, which reduces sales tax dollars to towns, counties and the state, should give all forms of government a chance to re-examine what it spends where and on what.

Town council should control checkbook

The Payson Town Council gave up one of its most important oversight responsibilities last week when it gave the town manager and her staff a blank check to spend money without council review.

Around Rim Country

The Mogollon Health Alliance will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15 at 206 S. Tonto St. There will be a little bit of everything for just about everyone’s taste.

Phoenix Street residents give mixed review to calming ideas

The 50 people who attended an open house meeting on slowing down traffic on Phoenix Street and Mud Springs Road offered a mixed review of grins, grimaces and shrugs to a $283,000 plan to ensure the route never becomes a “defacto” highway bypass.

Burns fill Rim Country with smoke

To save the village ... they had to fill it up with smoke.

Performance pay plan for teachers OK’d

New standards for teacher bonuses recently approved by the Payson Unified School District board increased most dramatically at the elementary level, but decreased at the middle school level.

Puppies passed over still waiting for homes

The animals featured in this week’s column are some of our precious babies.

Pay attention to parents’ investments

If your parents are getting older, you may have to assist them in various aspects of daily life — one of which may be their investment strategies.

Fall turkey hunt may be only success for some

The one week fall turkey hunt came to an end about a month ago.

Fish fry benefit is Nov. 20 in Wilson Dome

For about as many seasons as fans can remember, the annual fish fry dinners have provided much-needed financial support for the PHS boys and girls basketball teams.

Soccer team members bring home honors

Ben Sandoval, Jerry Renteria named to All-East team, Shane Crisp and Derek Williams given

Although the Longhorn soccer team’s season wasn’t what coach Chad Gower was hoping for, there were four individuals who received all-region honors.

Lady Longhorns earn all-region VB honors

Jenna Robertson, Cydney Figueroa and Laughlin Potvin named to All-East Region team; two get honorable mention

Lady Longhorn volleyball players are now reaping the rewards of a successful season.

Thursday, November 13

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Edwards says council, mayor have made town a ‘plaything’ of special interests

Former Payson Mayor Bob Edwards has delivered a scathing assessment of the new town council and pointedly sidestepped a question about whether he might run again.

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Nippy weather leaves Pine with dusting of snow

We awoke Monday morning to a light dusting of snow on our lawn in Pine. Although it had completely melted by 9 a.m., it was a vivid reminder that winter is on its way.

Rain, hail and snow surprise village residents

What a surprise! Monday morning we looked out the window and the ground was white! During the night there was rain and then some hail (that was kind of loud, we have a metal roof) and after that, it was quiet, so we could finally get some sleep, and we did not expect snow. It wasn’t much, maybe a quarter inch or so, but it was a surprise.

Residents brave cool weather to hang up the Christmas lights

This last Saturday, those who braved the cooler temperatures to hang the Christmas lights along the road were Judy Toole, Karen Thornton, Laura Alvin, Nancy Olson, Morgan and Margie Alvin, Chuck Schmitt and Mark Alvin.

Supply line ready to send holiday packages to troops

Several thousand miles away in a dusty desert camp in Iraq, a soldier hears his name called out in mail call. He hasn’t received a piece of mail in several weeks and is shocked to see two 30-pound boxes with his name.

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Adventure bound

Satisfying a dream takes couple to the high seas

Luis and Ramona Coppelli both had a dream. She, 20 years younger than he, dreamt of a family and a child. He, after two divorces and a surgical decision to have no more children, led a life driven by the sea.

QUILT Roundup

Award-winning quilts on display

After only four years, the annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is gaining national attention and visitors. This year’s four-day event promises even more classes, vendors and award-winning quilts and quilters.

Former police officer creates jewelry

Dick Wolfe wasn’t always a jewelry maker. He used to conduct investigations for the attorney general in Phoenix and he said he has even had grenades thrown into his office and all of his car tires slashed.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Founded by miners, built by ranchers: the story of payson, arizona - Chapter 7: A POST OFFICE NAMED PAYSON

By the year 1884 the village of Union Park was growing along the crossroads that came from Ox Bow Hill on the south, the mines around Marysville to the west, Pine to the north, and settlers under the Rim to the east. Businesses and homes intermingled as residents claimed the tillable properties on the meadow by the springs. The wash came to be called The American Gulch, named after the American Mine at its mouth on the East Verde River.

Most everyone uses too much salt

odium, sodium, sodium! Medical people continually tell us to cut down on it. How much is too much? Many packaged meals contain 10 percent to 40 percent.

Thanksgiving travel destinations

If you are like me, Thanksgiving has flown in so fast this month I realize now that I must begin making plans for the great event that is soon to occur.

Red cabbage flavors fall feast

Certain foods remind me of fall. A tray of beautiful red cabbages with a hint of purple and blue on their ruffled leaves resembles a bouquet of flowers. Raw red cabbage is a flavorful addition to salads, or it can be slow-cooked to sweet perfection as a side dish.

ideas for leftover holiday ham

Many families make a ham in addition to turkey for the big holiday meal. Family Features and Cook’s Ham provided the following recipes to make use of leftover ham

Sheriff warns of new telephone scam

An elderly couple in Globe received a frightening call last week when a scammer, posing as their grandson, said he needed bail money.

Wednesday, November 12

Mexican wolf pair will be released in Arizona

PINETOP — In order to meet ongoing Mexican wolf reintroduction project objectives, a pair of wolves will soon be placed in a temporary holding pen in preparation for their release in eastern Arizona.

You can reel in a half-price fishing license deal

If you are looking to reel in a great deal during these tough economic times, Arizona’s 2008 general and urban fishing licenses are both on sale for half price during November and December, said Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.

No money may force vets center to close

On average, Misti Isley DeCaire, 83, takes in a new veteran every day.

Tuesday, November 11

Ivan Smith elected new Tonto Apache Tribe chair

The Tonto Apache Tribe elected a new tribal chair Saturday after its previous chair was forced out amidst questions of misconduct.

Veterans Day and every day, Social Security serves

At Social Security, we honor our nation’s veterans not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

Payson takes trails grant — hopes for turnaround

Goat Camp Ruins could become a tourist draw, if town can cobble together matching money

Take the money and pray — with one eye open.

Education center gives students something extra

Students covet a small side room with robin’s egg blue walls inside the county’s alternative school. The distraction-free room allow students to work well alone, said Payson Education Center Principal Carol Moore.

Potential of youth drives teacher

Name: Teresa Bunker

We owe great debt to America’s veterans

Although the elections have wrapped up, political news continues to dominate the headlines. We shouldn’t, however, let this flurry of activity overshadow an important day in the life of our country — Veterans Day.

Special volunteer recognized

The JRE kindergarten teachers would like to recognize a very special volunteer, Lynn Thomason (Grandma Lynn).

Fund-raising help praised

On behalf of The Safeway Foundation, I would like to thank everyone for helping us raise over $12,000 for breast cancer research, treatment and early detection programs. The generosity and support of the community made this possible.

Disappointed with no votes

Thanks to Rich Ormand for saying everything that I was thinking.

Know people by their fruit

Although I do respect Mr. Hinkie’s freedom of choice and agree that God may not be a Republican or a Democrat, there are certain laws that God has ordained which one party seems to value above the other.

Taxpayers want change in schools that will produce better results

The voters chose to end the budget override for the Payson schools.

Shop local idea

We are asked to shop locally to support our town of Payson businesses and most of us would like to do just that, but the businesses don’t seem to be on the same tract.

Affordable housing is important

In this issue of the Payson Roundup, look for a cut-out from Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. Once you find it, please read it and consider the difference you can make in the life of a family here in Payson.

Celebrate World Diabetes Day

Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day. I will have great reason to celebrate because I have been an insulin-dependent diabetic for 61 years. At age 5 (1947), I was put on insulin.

Appreciation for community pride

Having pride in one’s community is evident by how well owners maintain their property. Regardless of how much money an owner has, the property can be kept clean and free of debris and litter. There is no reason for a place to look trashy.

Clerk covers elderly lady’s shortfall

While I was standing at the Dollar Tree store checkout counter (recently), the elderly lady in front of me handed the basket containing the items she had selected to the lady at the cash register, and then also handed her what appeared to me to be a handful of crumpled bills and coins.

Photo radar for Longhorn

Let’s just solve the problems. We have too many speeders on Longhorn and the town needs more revenue. Why not borrow a remedy from Star Valley and solve both problems with one action? Install photo radar on Longhorn while at the same time also on Route 260 and at both ends of the town on the Beeline.

The soldier in the foxhole

Do you know why we celebrate Veterans Day?

Town needs space for businesses

The patient sits in your office, unhappy about a broken arm.

Around Rim Country

A night of communication in sign language — a silent night — is planned at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Famous Sam’s, 307 S. Beeline Highway. Students from Gila Community College invite the public to join them in an evening of sign and fun. Communication will be solely in sign language.

Gila County, schools granted gifts from $700 billon federal bailout legislation

’Twas the night before Christmas, and the bailout bill laden with gifts did shout — Gila County has been nice.

State shortfall, override loss puts pressure on school

The failure of Payson Unified School District’s $1.4 million budget override has left school officials and related parties to wonder just what went wrong.

Option to purchase well OK’d

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board has voted unanimously to accept a $1 option to purchase the Milk Ranch well.

Planners pan airport change

Heeding dire financial warnings and homeowner pleas, the Payson Planning Commission Monday put off voting on a proposed general plan amendment involving 220 acres near the airport.

SV hires retired Payson official for advice

With many cities and towns forced to curb spending in the rough economic times, Star Valley wants to stay ahead and afloat of its finances.

Town hopes for a calm traffic calming meeting

Wednesday public meeting will showcase measures intended to slow traffic when Mud Springs finally connects to highway

If everyone stays calm, Payson may finally wrap up nearly a year of furor and debate about a “defacto highway bypass” at a special meeting of the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at town hall.

It takes quite a bit of effort to become a good landlord

It does not take a lot of effort to change your status from a homeowner to becoming a landlord; you simply need to run an ad saying your home is for rent.

Jessie Smith wins men’s turkey shoot

Jessie Smith is probably listing starboard as he walks Payson this week.

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Purple power continues roll toward title game

The 16th-seeded Holbrook Roadrunners were no match for the Payson Longhorns in the opening round of the Class 3A state football tournament.

Football and more football

Our thanks to Jon Gunzel at Arizona Photo Solutions for allowing us to print his pictures of the four Payson High School teams that qualified for the Arizona state tournaments.

CC team takes seventh at state meet

Pitted against the finest high school cross country teams in Arizona, the Lady Longhorns ran to a seventh-place finish at the 3A state cross country meet. In the season-ending fray held Nov. 8 in Phoenix, Payson tallied 205 points.

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Lady Longhorns get taste of winning

Tuba City edges PHS out of quarterfinal game

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team pulled off the upset of the Class 3A state tournament whipping highly favored Fountain Hills 3-2.

Monday, November 10

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Longhorns on top

The Payson Longhorns played their way into the elite eight of the 3A state tournament.

Honoring America’s veterans

Veterans Day has lost its meaning for one veteran. Not because he isn’t proud of the time he served, but because it has turned into a time to vacation for most.

Council rejects land purchase after questions raised

The Payson Town Council Thursday held an executive session, then emerged to cancel a $520,000 deal to buy land near the airport, citing problems revealed by the title search.

Saturday, November 8

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Upset ended by Tuba City

Tuba City ended the upset hopes of the Lady Longhorns Friday evening in a five set heartbreaker.

Water commission causes stir at SV council

Star Valley knows it needs a water committee, but after a heated debate Wednesday night, what that committee looks like and how it is structured is still up in the air.

Rim Country quilters win international show honors

Two of the teachers at the upcoming Quilt Roundup workshops have won big at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas.

Brewer pins hopes on uncounted ballots

Former Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer is pinning her long shot hopes for a turnabout victory in the District Five State House race on 5,700 uncounted ballots.

Entries sought for electric light parade on Main Street

It’s time again for the Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade. Saturday, Dec. 6, will be the Eighth Annual Electric Light Parade on Historic Main Street in Payson.

Friday, November 7

Dist. 3 supervisor race not over

Less than 300 votes separate the frontrunning two Gila County District 3 supervisor candidates, and with some votes still uncounted, both are confident of a win.

Local Dems celebrate; GOP evaluates

Exuberant Democrats burst into song inside Payson’s Democratic Headquarters Tuesday night after Sen. Barack Obama was announced the president-elect — “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

Two free brush drop-off locations will be open this weekend

This weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project (RPAP) will staff free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Sponsors gave out 30,000 pieces of candy on Halloween

This year’s town-sponsored Trunk-or-Treat Halloween giveaway might go down as the most successful in the history of the program.

At times, too much planning is worse than too little

There’s an old story about a convict who looked back at his life and realized he had wasted more than 15 years in and out of prison and the only thing he had to show for it was another eight-year sentence, with no prospects at its end.

President-elect is missing 50 million supporters

Well, it’s done. My hat’s off to the Obama machine and its private money funding.

Thanks to those who cast votes against the YMCA

The Friends of Payson thank the 5,728 citizens who cast their vote concerning the use of Rumsey Park

Thanks for support

The family of Tony Zingales wishes to express their thanks to all the many friends who have supported the family during this time of bereavement.

Baffled over YMCA, school override vote

How can you look yourselves in the mirror knowing you have turned your back on our town’s youth? Maybe Friends of Payson either have no children, or your children are grown up.

YMCA will respect voters’ wishes

We sincerely appreciate the thoughtful consideration Payson voters gave to our desire to bring a YMCA to the community.

Essential that school staff to pull together after override defeat

The citizens, albeit by a very small margin, have chosen not to support the override. These are tough economic times for many, that is a given and well understood by all of us in the school district; however, for Payson Unified, the challenge to provide both a quality and comprehensive education just became more challenging. I’m not saying this to complain or grumble about the electorate.

Do we still care about veterans?

So first — answer this simple question.

Around Rim Country

First Friday boasts scarecrow contest

Payson Main Street Merchants Guild will host the first annual Scarecrow Contest to benefit the Payson St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank.

Voters reject YMCA

Lopsided rejection of park lease prompts town and YMCA to abandon two-year effort to bring recreation center to Payson

The decisive voter rejection of Proposition 401 has prompted Payson and the Valley of the Sun YMCA to drop further discussions of a future partnership.

Voter rebuff forces cuts

Voters defeated the budget override to fund Payson schools on Tuesday, leaving school officials and newly elected board members to deal with what could be a $400,000 budget cut next school year.

These pets are eager to please

This week’s column features a group of some of the sweetest pets we have. These are the kinds of animals that when you get to know them, you can’t help but ask, “Why would anyone not want this guy?”

Pay yourself first — and build your savings

Are you investing as much as you should? If not, what can you do about it? Here’s a suggestion: Pay yourself first.

Small-business forum to teach ‘guerrilla tactics’

Normally associated with undertaking unusual tactics to combat extraordinary circumstances, “guerrilla” is the appropriate mind-set to approach the current economic and business climate.

Fishing report

Fishing is fair to good.

Kaibab Plateau is great place for trophy mule deer

The Kaibab Plateau, north of the Grand Canyon, is still considered one of the best areas to hunt trophy mule deer in the West.

Lady Longhorns will play Fountain Hills in first round of state volleyball tourney

Pursuit of Payson High School’s first state volleyball championship begins at noon today, Nov. 7, against a team the Lady Horns know well.

Second archery shoot will be Nov. 9 at Jones shooting range

Retired law enforcement officer and avid archer Less Conner crossed his fingers last summer hoping for a banner turnout at the Tonto Rim Sports Club’s first-ever 3D archery shoot.

Former record-setting PHS basketball star fits into new role off the court

If that newly hired young lady at the front desk of the Payson Roundup looks familiar, there’s a reason.

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Girls cross country team, individual runners aim for state titles

Football, volleyball and soccer won’t be the only teams representing Payson High School in state tournaments.

Longhorns host first round playoff game

Holbrook will be first team to test attitude of East Region champion

The Longhorns bona fide opponent in the opening round of the state tournament might not be the Holbrook Roadrunners.

Thursday, November 6

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Pine-Strawberry School children vote for McCain/Palin

Congratulations to the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Pine-Strawberry School who hosted another successful Fall Festival.

Cleanup, highway decorating Saturday

The three young ladies in the photo were some of the winners in the Christopher Creek Homeowners Halloween Party.

No long lines for village voters

Even in the small Zane Grey District that we reside in, there was a record turnout of voters.

Telling the historical stories of Rim Country is woman’s mission

Jayne Peace Pyle’s strong historical imagination is likely linked to her own family’s five-generation tenure in Rim Country.

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Elk wranglers save lives

Radio collaring wandering elk helps game managers design highway wildlife crossings to reduce crashes by more than 80 percent

Jeffrey Gagnon sat in the pre-dawn chill at the base of the Mogollon Rim in a cramped travel trailer and watched as the elk on the closed circuit camera balanced hunger against caution.

Comments sought on Arizona fish stocking program

Did you know that the feisty rainbow trout dancing on the end of your fishing line was most likely hatchery raised?

Small business forum to teach ‘guerrilla tactics’

Normally associated with undertaking unusual tactics to combat extraordinary circumstances “guerrilla” is the appropriate mind-set to approach the current economic and business climate.

Wednesday, November 5

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Veterans Day has lost its meaning for one veteran. Not because he isn’t proud of the time he served, but because it has turned into a time to vacation for most.

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Wood artist’s workshop is envy of all

Tom Hewitt is a collector, perhaps a slightly obsessive one, but then many artists are vulnerable to compulsions.

Reunions have a variety of values

Recently I had my 10-year high school reunion. It was probably the first time that the magnitude of the whole “reunion” thing hit me.

Bargain-basement cruising

With the economy slowing down and your wallet perhaps shrinking you might consider a vacation that promises great value and relaxation.

American Indian Places

Almost every American lives near an Indian ruin or site.

Pierced Ears Reject Earrings

When I turned 24, my pierced ears started to reject (bleeding, itching, swelling) my earrings. I have used 14-karat gold, sterling silver and cheap metal earrings. What is the cause? Is there a solution

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Election Results

Preliminary Results as of 8 a.m. Thursday

Martin, Dawson retain supervisor seats

The District 3 Supervisor, Democrat Shirley Dawson, narrowly held onto her seat Tuesday night even as challenger and Republican David Cook periodically took the lead.

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Payson voters reject YMCA

The lease of Payson parkland for a YMCA recreation center appeared headed for a big loss in preliminary results released 8 p.m. Tuesday.

College aims to gain funding

Gila Community College began positioning its pawns in what could be a political chess game intended to win independence and equal funding.

New bill could make riding to work a joy

In a sign of the times, people are trading in their SUVs for something less glamorous but more economical, a bike.

If you thought the $700 billion federal credit bailout bill held nothing in it for you, wait — there is a shiny spot for bicyclists — $20.

Can you qualify for a mortgage?

The upheaval in the credit industry is resulting in changing qualifications in the mortgage market. While each lender has different qualifying guidelines, here is an outline of some changes we are experiencing.

NASCAR show car rolls into Walmart Nov. 11

Big Brothers Big Sisters and the #17 Arby’s Restaurant Racecar make a pit stop Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Walmart Supercenter in Payson.

New Web page explains OHV laws for the new year

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has a new Web page designed to inform off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts about new laws that will affect OHV use starting Jan. 1, 2009.

Tuesday, November 4

School override fails

Payson schools request for voters to renew a 10 percent maintenance and operations budget override failed in Tuesday’s election.

Martin retains supervisor seat, Cook projected to unseat Dawson

The District 3 supervisor race was Gila County’s most expensive, and in the end, the closest, as challenger and Republican David Cook held a razor-thin lead over incumbent, Democrat Shirley Dawson, with 35 of 40 precincts reporting.

First Friday event promises a fun evening with scarecrow contest

With autumn in the air, a walk down historic Main Street on First Friday will be a treat. As usual merchants have planned many special events.

Guldner, Wolfe featured during First Friday event

November’s First Friday at Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street in Payson features artists Dixie Guldner and Dick Wolfe.

Home Party plan day Nov. 8

Cookbooks — don’t you love ’em? Even though I don’t cook as elaborately as I did in my younger years, I still enjoy browsing through cookbooks, everything from the slick, beautifully illustrated ones like Martha Stewart’s, to the more humble, but no less interesting, ones put out by organizations as fund-raisers.

School’s musical theatre club will hold performance to raise money for event

On Thursday, Payson High School’s Musical Theatre Club will hold a musical performance extravaganza to raise money for their spring performance of “Oklahoma.”

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Loving the ‘ah-ha’ moment

I also wanted to be influential to several people all at once without being a politician.

Education, instruction can be life-changing

As we continued our discussion regarding the vision of Payson High School, I told a story of a freshman woods student, Garrett, and how his crafty shop teacher (no pun intended) was able to guide him toward a successful high school career and onward toward a medical career.

School’s paparazzi on the chase

This year’s Payson High School yearbook, with plenty of photographers on staff, promises to offer a plethora of pictures — more so than in past years, said yearbook supervisor Lindsay Smith.

School program remark was degrading

I was taken aback by the comment made by the school board president, Vicki Holmes, regarding her perception of the automotive program at Payson High. I would like to know how she came to this conclusion.

Health fair is real benefit to community

Thanks to MHA, PRMC and the other sponsors of Saturday’s most successful Community Health and Care Fair. This was the 10th annual event and they seem to get better every year.

Can we move forward

I’m writing this letter in response to a couple of recent articles, one titled “Mission: Save Rim Country forests” in the Oct 28 issue and also “Controlled burns spew smoke in Rim Country,” Oct. 31 issue of the Payson Roundup.

Keep your tax dollars at home

As we begin to prepare for the unpleasant task of paying our 2008 Arizona state taxes, we should keep in mind an alternative available to giving to the state. An alternative that keeps our dollars in Payson rather than letting the state decide where to allocate our dollars.

Trunk-or-Treat was a good event for all

As we approach that time of year when we celebrate Thanksgiving, I think we desperately need to give thanks to the youth in our community.

No conflict of interest rules in place for town appointments

The town of Payson’s Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for and has authority over zoning issues of real estate development within the town of Payson. Its recommendations are expected to ensure that zoning ordinances are enforced and that the public welfare is protected.

Outstanding contributions

The Payson Council of the Knights of Columbus wants to thank the residents of Payson for their outstanding contributions to the annual Tootsie Roll Drive to help Payson’s Special Olympics.

Thank you from Payson Community Blood Drive

Many thanks to all the people of our community who donated blood at our recent blood drive on Oct. 6. A special thanks to Pastor Steve Desanto and the members of the congregation at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their facilities.

If you don’t like the speed trap, stay in the Valley

To the person who is upset with the Star Valley “speed trap” and is telling everyone to stay away from Rim Country, I have this to say.

Thank you, Rim Country Literacy

With a grateful heart Rim Country Literacy Program wishes to thank everyone who made the annual book sale a huge success. These funds will assure that we can continue our program.

Hospice group took great care

I would like to thank everyone at RTA Hospice and Palliative Care who provided care to my mother, Verda Meyers during our affiliation with them.

Just a thought

Why can’t the big shots in Washington use some of the back-out monies that is going to bailout the Wall Street gang to replace monies that were taken from Social Security for the last 20-25 years? For whatever reason, I for one, think they should replace every penny

Payson has serious light pollution problem

The current National Geographic has an excellent article on light pollution called “The End Of Night: Why We Need Darkness.”

Pine library says thanks to Take Pride organization

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library wishes to thank the Take Pride organization for its efforts in the recent Chair-ish auction in raising funds for major repairs within the library.

Around Rim Country

$5 jewelry sale at hospital Nov. 5-6

A wonderful selection of $5 jewelry and accessories will be available at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 5 and 6. The sale is provided by Cloud Nine Fundraising and MHA’s Pink Ladies will be there to help everyone. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

It’s how you play the game

Here’s the moment that brought us to tears.

YMCA vote tally will conclude by Thursday

YMCA amasses 4-1 spending advantage in Payson ballot measure on lease of land for recreation center

After two years of struggle, more than $50,000 in legal and election costs and a campaign costing nearly $30,000, Payson residents should know by 8 p.m. Tuesday whether the YMCA really is coming to town.

Budget limits evidence tests

State charges prompt police to cut on crime scene tests and worry about impact on cases

In an effort to curb spending and slash lab fees, the Payson Police Department is holding back about 80 percent of evidence it would normally send to the Department of Public Safety for processing.

Star Valley woman’s daughter has eye on watchers of the world

The extremely tight security surrounding the remote Beale Air Force Base in northern California seems out of place for the daughter of a Star Valley woman stationed here.

Local hearing clinicians Avada Business Conference

Rob Kelley, regional director for Avada of Payson, was one of nearly 200 clinicians who attended the Avada Business Conference held Oct. 13-15 in Las Vegas.

GCC offers Workforce Readiness Program in spring

When a person has been working at the same job for years, they may consider making a change, but may be unsure how to go about it. For high school seniors or recent graduates, their career path may be uncertain.

Lady Horns volleyball team takes third at regional; earns state berth

Lady Horn volleyballers should feel comfortable and at home in third place.

Three PHS runners earn state berths

There will be no team berth in the state tournament for Longhorn boys cross country team, but three individuals are headed to the 3A finale.

Lady runners earn state berth

Fueled by a strategy PHS cross country team founder Chuck Hardt called “pack running” the Lady Longhorns wrapped up the regular season with an East Region second-place finish.

Title within grasp of Longhorns

Let the big show begin.

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One comeback short of a miracle for ladies

Underrated Longhorn girls soccer team turns playoff ‘blowout’ into cliffhanger

The Longhorns girls soccer team fell one comeback short of a miracle Friday — but in the process displayed World Cup class.

Horns finish 10-0

Snowflake falls to Longhorns, 52-15

The gridiron mystique that Snowflake spun for seasons in their torture of the Payson Longhorns is finally dead and buried.

Applications available for Soroptimist women’s award

“As a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Soroptimists believe that by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community,” said Clarice Christensen, president of Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country.

Monday, November 3

Quilt Roundup is Nov. 13-16

Annual quilters event has workshop slots available

The Fourth Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will be held Nov. 13-16. The Quilt Roundup consists of a quilt show, workshops and a merchants mall.

RTA Hospice welcomes new leader

Carol Davison found her life’s work passion by accident. A health care professional by training, Davison responded to an advertisement for a case manager for a hospice program in Houston, Texas.

Tellebration tickets go on sale Nov. 1

Hasn’t the weather been beautiful lately? If it hadn’t been for those few days when the temperature dipped below freezing, we’d still be eating fresh tomatoes and peppers! As it is, we are down to carrots, onions and radishes

District 3 supervisor race is most expensive

Campaign cash is cascading in Gila County’s District 3 supervisor race, with a Republican challenger out-raising a Democratic incumbent in a heavily Democratic area, according to post-primary campaign finance reports. However, fists are not as financially fraught in the District 1 race between incumbent and Republican Tommie Martin and Independent Dan Haapala, where the incumbent has more money and voters are more Republican.

Saturday, November 1

Won up, one down

While the Longhorn football team was steamrolling the Lobos in Snowflake 52-15, their female soccer counterparts went into overtime

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Negotiating a crisis is a wild ride

Finding the right hook can make a difference

Imagine driving down the street at top speed, weaving in and out of traffic, lights and sirens blazing — your senses are heightened and your heart beats wildly, it’s an adrenaline rush. Being a crisis negotiator is like that, except the adrenaline flows for hours as you think of anything you can say or do to diffuse a situation and prevent someone from taking their life.

Garage sale monies benefit building fund

The weather was perfect for a garage sale this past weekend and the Hellsgate Fireflies were blessed with many items to sell for the very first sale of this kind.

Escape in a good book from the library

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and many wonder with the world’s economy in upheaval, what exactly do we have to be thankful for?

Controlled burns spew smoke in Rim Country

Smoke from controlled burns on both sides of Payson will extend the misery of people with breathing problems well into next week.

Free small business forum for surviving today’s economic times

The Payson Roundup, along with Gila Community College, is sponsoring a free small business forum on surviving in today’s tough economic times.