Stories for October 2008


Friday, October 31

Flu shots on community health fair menu

It’s hard to think about flu season with temperatures hovering in the 80s as October comes to a close. It’s coming though. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of Oct. 18, sporadic flu activity has been reported in several surrounding states — California, Colorado and Utah. It has also been reported in the District of Columbia, Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

‘Secret’ event will raise funds for scholarships for PHS students

On Feb. 21, 2009 there is going to be an event taking place in the Payson High School auditorium. This will be a family night, a teen night, a date night, a senior night.

Marcy’s Kids holds fund-raiser this weekend

Payson Community Kids — better known as Marcy’s Kids — a nonprofit haven for low-income, at-risk children and families, is hosting its semi-annual fund-raiser this Saturday.

Mission to Canada a surprise for women

The Rim Country’s Simone Lake, founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries and a popular Bible study teacher involved with numerous area churches, recently took her work to Canada.

If it’s all in how you look at things, change what you look at

I met a woman the other day who said something to me that got me thinking in a way I hadn’t thought for more than a decade. Just in passing, she happened to mention the way she looks at the small mountain community where we both live — Pine.

PSWID misleads on purchase cost

At the last PSWID board meeting, the board stated that the purchase of the water companies would not require a rate increase Strawberry customers, an increase of 20 percent. In 2012, the projected increase is 15 percent for all customers.

Rumsey is ideal for YMCA

Lately, it’s been hard to open the newspaper or turn on the radio without hearing about the debate over Proposition 401, which would allow for the construction of a new family YMCA facility here in town.

Thanks for the all help

The Payson Supply Line would like to thank some wonderful people in our community for events they have recently sponsored on our behalf.

Physician team supports YMCA

The doctors of Mountain View Family Medicine, Dr. Robert Frayser, Dr. Karen Evans, Dr. Michael Lowe, Dr. Alan Michels and Dr. Jennifer Dumbolton, would like to express their enthusiasm to endorse the addition of an organization as trusted and longstanding as the YMCA.

Disagree, but respect my choice

God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Neither my side nor yours can or should make such claims or assumptions.

Y would be good for Payson

Because of the “No Y in Park” signs, I realized you can’t literally completely spell Rumsey without a “Y” and I think it’s true that a YMCA would figuratively complete some of the town offerings in recreation.

Obama will give tax refunds to people who don’t pay income tax

Did you know that Obama’s tax plan includes income tax refunds under the guise of tax credits to people who don’t pay any income tax?

Y should find land outside of park

I was a happy YMCA member for many years, (San Diego, Mission Valley branch) However, I am voting no on Proposition 401 for the following reasons: I’d like the Y to find land outside the park.

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Halloween events take place tonight

Put on your costume and come over to Trunk-or-Treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31 at the North Rumsey parking lot on North McLane Road.

When it comes to lifeboats....

No doubt, we have an emergency on our hands.

Park use soars, but so do budget worries

Participation in booming fee-charging town recreation programs projected to rise 90 percent from 2006 by the end of the year

When it comes to Payson Parks — you have your good news. And your awful news. Which would you like first?

Grant loss pinches domestic shelter funds

Waterlogged but still swimming, Payson’s non-profit resource for victims of domestic violence is grappling with $100,000 in lost grant money.

Hayride was a perfect event

Saturday was the Third Annual Halloween Hayride and Trick-or-Treat in Christopher Creek and Hunter Creek

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Apache Trail byways beckon

The scenic and historic Apache Trail can turn the trip from the Rim Country to the Valley into an adventure that perhaps helps modern travelers get at least a sense of how remote this breezy land of ponderosa pines once seemed at the end of days of hard riding on dirt roads.

Spoof made some crack a bit of a smile

I received an e-mail early this week from Payson High School alum Patrick Walker, now the NAZ Today sports director for Channel 4 in Flagstaff.

Who’s looking out for individual investors?

If you’ve been investing for a while, you know that there are few guarantees in the investment world and that, in one way or another, you’re going to be taking some risks with your money.

Foster homes play crucial role

As we head into winter, we usually see a drop in the number of animals coming into the shelter — especially puppies and kittens. But this year, it’s not working out that way. The number of animals is increasing.

Take a friend fishing this weekend

By the time October and November rolls around, most outdoor enthusiasts are thinking big-game hunting for deer and elk in Arizona. There is another group called the hikers who are looking for those canyons that have those perfect fall colors which will provide that spectacular scenery on a high mountain walk before the snow starts to fly.

Lady Horns soccer team opens state play against top seed from the west

Last season’s state tournament fate will not impede the Lady Horns in the 2008 shoot-out set to begin today, Oct. 31, at Tempe Sports Complex.

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Lobos hope to upend Horns

Longhorns travel to Snowflake as they hope to end year undefeated

Most of today’s football fans finger the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets as the rival who once owned a voodoo-like gridiron curse over the Longhorns.

Ladies have third seed at regionals

Lady Longhorns will open play Saturday at Show Low High School

The Lady Longhorns will take a three seed into the East Region volleyball tournament when it tips off tomorrow, Nov. 1, at Show Low High School.

Thursday, October 30

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Mission: Save Rim Country forests

Government leaders, ranchers and users gather to sway plan to restore used, abused national forests

“A regular person is afraid of government,” said rancher Bunny Dryden as she scanned a room crowded with government officials from every imaginable Rim Country agency.

Wednesday, October 29

Pet Project

Money raised at annual chili supper helps Humane Society care for homeless animals

Since the number of dogs and cats needing a home in the community continues to rise and the cost to house them increases while the dated facility crumbles, the Payson Humane Society needs donations now more than ever.

From fetish to fashion

Donation of out-dated clothing became one-of-a-kind wearable art

Buffie King used to have a $300 a year habit. A purse habit, that is

The Story of Payson, Arizona

In 1883, the news broke throughout Union Park that eastern financiers, including magnates of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, were sponsoring a railroad line that would come from Flagstaff down through the Tonto Basin, passing near Union Park.

Cruising by barge

A few weeks ago I was reading a travel magazine and saw an ad for RiverBarge Excursions. What was a river barge?

fall into seasonal baking

Fall has its own rhythm — it is a resting spot between busy summer activities and the holiday frenzy.

Macular degeneration can be wet or dry

Are eggs harmful?

Woman struck by semi-truck

A woman hitchhiking down to the Valley on Highway 87 Friday night, was struck by a tractor-trailer and severely injured.

‘Secret’ event to raise funds for scholarships

On Feb. 21, 2009 there is going to be an event taking place in the Payson High School auditorium.

Salon celebrates grand opening

From Head to Toe Essentials will host a grand opening ceremony from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.

Give a unique Rim Country gift

Give a gift unique to the Rim Country this holiday. Share some of the history of the Rim with friends and family far and wide with a 2009 Daughters of the Gila County Pioneers calendar.

Early balloting heavy in county

The election season is shaping up, with one-quarter of county residents having already cast early ballots in the presidential race and 45 percent of Payson residents having voted in the YMCA mail-in election.

District to seek $3.7 million in advance payments

Payson School Board members approved asking for $3.7 million in advance from the state during Monday night’s board meeting.

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Annual Community Health Fair Saturday

Getting and staying healthy has never been so much fun. Gear up for winter with healthy living information and screenings from Payson’s health and community service providers.

Man arrested on theft, forgery charges after investigation

After a four-month investigation, an assault on a police officer and a high-speed chase through the rodeo grounds, Payson Police arrested a 40-year-old fugitive Sunday.

Tuesday, October 28

School board candidate touts vocational, agricultural classes

Payson Police Detective Matt Van Camp attended the Payson school system from kindergarten to graduation.

Feature Teacher

She taught me the difference between writing a ‘b’ versus a ‘d.’

Alternative school offers 2nd chance

For students like Nicole Gonzales, who is 19 and juggling a young child and a part-time job, the Payson Center for Success allows her to finish school and feeds her dream of becoming an ultrasound technician.

Payson woman authors book on building efficient, productive community groups

No one is an island. We are all part of a community in some form or another. Our communities are the people with whom we are related; those with whom we work, play and strive toward a common goal; and where we live.

Time to check ductwork for leaks

The cooler weather brings on an ideal time to get home air conditioning ductwork checked, and if necessary, repaired for leaks.

Support the school budget override

Please join us in supporting the school budget override on the Nov. 4 ballot. The passage of this issue will not result in increased taxes for anyone, rather the continuation of an existing tax.

Dr. Linda O’Dell deserves to be re-elected

A little-known fact is that the Gila County Superintendent of Schools has some responsibilities in the area of Gila Community College. For example, someone wishing to stand for election to the college’s governing board has to file their nominating petitions in the superintendent’s office.

Most pressing issue facing county is money

In these closing days of the 2008 election cycle, a lot has been written about candidates’ campaign claims and tactics. The Gila County supervisor races in Districts II and III have been peppered with claims and counter-claims.

Stealing, destroying Obama signs gives more money to his campaign

Some friends and I have discovered a great new way to raise more money for Obama.

Letter-writer shares opinion on propositions

This year it is pretty simple — yes on the 100s, no on the 200s, yes on 300.

The Y does not buy local

The Valley of the Sun YMCA claims they will infuse money into our town. When will it start? According to their Campaign Finance Report their political committee, Good for Taxpayers, Good for Families, Good for Seniors, Vote Yes on the YMCA in Support of Proposition 401 , has spent nearly $29,000 to get their YMCA in our park.

Chuck Baldwin is moral, Godly American, presidential candidate

In a letter to the editor, Sonni Hunt wrote of how fed-up she was over the majority candidates. She was right, but left out the Constitution Party (the largest minority party) candidate is Chuck Baldwin.

Debbie Tapia-Blair perfect choice for county school superintendent

I am writing this letter as a supporter of Debbie Tapia-Blair. She is running for county school superintendent.

Is YMCA using membership dues to pay for lawyers, ads?

Where did the YMCA get all of the funds to pay their lawyers and advertise so heavily? I bet the money came from membership dues they receive at their other YMCAs.

When did faith become part of the political process?

During a recent trip to the Valley, I drove up behind a vehicle with a bumper sticker which read, “Honk if you love Jesus!” I recall when first seeing this message and responding with a joyful honk! The driver, however, greeted me with a wave that indicated something other than a “hello.” Anymore, I’m apprehensive to not respond. This poses a quandary: If I don’t honk my horn do I love Jesus?

Vote for Tommie Martin

I would like to recommend Tommie Cline Martin for county supervisor.

Taxes have gone up

For the politicians who continue to say property taxes have not gone up: I got my tax bill last week ... it was $400 more than the year before on a 1,580-square-foot house.

In down year property taxes are going up?

Interesting — A 25 percent increase in our 2008 Full Cash Value taxes over 2007, and 2009 will be only 3 percent raise. Well, that’s only an average of 14 percent per year.

Sam Schwalm is not the man for PSWID board

This letter is in response to PSWID candidate Sam Schwalm’s comments from his interview with the Roundup. Mr. Schwalm believes that Strawberry will be tied to the water problems in Pine and will pay a significant portion of the costs for the resolution of Pine’s water problem. The fact is, both communities’ water problems are already tied to each other.

Inaccurate information about Senator Obama

I have been recently reading the letters to the editor section of the Payson Roundup. I have been shocked to have read such inaccurate information about Senator Obama.

It is an honor to have Tommie Martin on our side

We are longtime residents of Strawberry. We have known Tommie Martin for many years, but actually came to know her better since she became our District 1 Supervisor. It is an honor to have her on our side. We have seen firsthand how she can bring a room full of diverse interest folks together on issues.

Drill, drill — but not for oil

Senator McCain energetically promotes more off-shore oil drilling. The United States is addicted to an energy source, oil, that is drastically changing our environment, with harm to all creatures great and small, and the senator proposes to provide us with more of the stuff.

Forest Service needs saving from itself

The Forest Service wants help saving the forest.

Budget planning panics employees

To sort of quote Mark Twain: Rumors of the budgetary death of Payson are greatly exaggerated.

Tight times dampen school board spirit

Jovial reflections by the Payson School Board were tempered by reality Monday night when the prospect of future tight times topped concerns during an annual self-evaluation.

Who would want a career in real estate?

Are you kidding me?

Dentist celebrates 25 years of service

For 25 years, Doctor William Blackmore has brushed, straightened, flossed and whitened teeth in his Payson office on South Meadow Street.

Rim Country hosts GPS rally

Cycling aficionados from around the state gathered Oct. 25 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant where plans were laid for the day’s Mogollon Motorcycle GPS rally.

Commission creates blue ribbon roundtail chub fishery

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved creating the country’s first-ever blue ribbon catch-and-release-only seasonal roundtail chub fishery along Fossil Creek in the Verde Valley starting in October of 2009.

Lady Horns host regular play finale tonight

The Lady Longhorns, clutching a ducat to the postseason volleyball playoffs, will be looking to rack up momentum and power points when Payson collides this evening, Oct. 28, with the East Region leading Snowflake Lobos.

Longhorns lose to Holbrook

A soccer season that kicked off in August with promise and potential ended Oct. 22 in the heartbreak of defeat.

Memories garner lots of e-mail

Wow! The past two “Extra Points” columns — which featured accounts of the Blue Ridge football team’s Oct. 17 appearance in Payson and incidents vs. Show Low 25 years ago — are getting plenty of feedback.

FAN Club gives thousands to Payson High School sports

riends And Neighbors (FAN) Club benefits held at Payson High School football games and throughout the year are paying big dividends both to extracurricular programs and winning ticket holders.

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Horns stay unbeaten

As choreographers and actors, the Longhorns leave much to be desired.

Monday, October 27

Bowling event will raise cash for cancer

Pin busters will soon have the two-fold opportunity of fine-tuning their lane skills while helping a worthwhile cause.

Draft road plan upsets neighborhood

Pine Ridge residents criticize general plan map suggesting extension of Union Park Drive

Don’t wreck our neighborhood — or else.

Payson welcomes back trout to park lakes

Mayor releases first trout of the stocking season

The thrashing rainbow was so large it almost filled the large stocking net as Payson Mayor Kenny Evans released the first trout of the season Oct. 17 to welcome back the trout to the Green Valley Park lakes.

Sunday, October 26

Protest prompts debate on bid process

A local garbage hauler’s plaintive protest prompted the Payson Town Council to direct town staff to double check its numbers.

Saturday, October 25

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Longhorn football rumbles on

Senior David Carlen’s two touchdowns and a pair by sophomore Westin Gibson paced the Longhorn football team to a 41-8 East region win over the Alchesay Falcons.

SV zoning law labeled as ‘unfair’

The Star Valley Council Tuesday backed off one restriction intended to get rid of businesses that don’t conform to new town codes — but that wasn’t enough for the owner of Rim Country’s only topless night club.

Friday, October 24

Pine school nearly runs out of money

Officials at the Pine Strawberry School feared the worst when the county treasurer reported that the school had not only drained its bank accounts, but also used its $50,000 line of credit

Proposition debate: Ripoffs or reforms?

Needed reform — or consumer ripoff?

Star Valley wants water commission

Star Valley needs a new commission to work on issues related to water supply and sewage treatment, the town council decided on Tuesday.

Board befuddled by design muddle

The panel of architects, builders, landscapers and citizens spent more than a year developing a set of design standards for the town, intended to ensure a high-quality, “mountain town” feel. Those standards discourage stucco and tile roofs and encourage stone, wood, colors of brown and green and landscaping featuring native plants that all create a western, mountain town feel.

Lost hiker sleeps on cliff until walking to rescuers

A stranded hiker camped out overnight on a steep ledge near the Mazatzal Peak until rescue crews could escort him down to safety Sunday morning.

The toughest nut I ever cracked

I once went through an Air Force tech school that was a whole three weeks long. In that school, in our big-time, 11-man class, I met the toughest nut I have ever had to crack

Easy to see where the problem lies

General Motors is just one among many of the biggest companies in America that is suffering from lack of sales and looking for bailouts or restructure.

Young people need information about birth control

Anti-choice folks often ask an interesting question to support their views. “Do you know there have been about a million abortions per year in the United States since Roe v. Wade?” Perhaps other questions are also relevant.

Comment was low class

As a frequent visitor to Payson from the Valley, I would like to congratulate Payson High School on a fine football season. The only problem I have is with the announcers from KMOG.

Vote yes for the YMCA

Sylvia and I are voting yes on the YMCA because we believe the YMCA, coupled with the location, will have a positive impact on the quality of life in Payson. Placement of the proposed facility in Rumsey Park surrounded by softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and the library are perfect to encourage relationships and activities for all ages.

Tired of American tax dollars being spent in Iraq

Doesn’t it bother anyone with the economic problems we are having here at home and we are throwing at least $10 billion a month down the rat hole in Iraq while the Iraqi government is stashing away $80 billion from oil profits in New York banks?

Tommie Martin is a friend to taxpayers

It’s with great interest I’ve been watching the effects of the economic downturn on our governments around the state: (1) State of Arizona $1 billion-plus deficit; (2) Sales taxes down in Payson, out of cash, and further cutbacks probable; (3) Town of Miami bankrupt; (4) Phoenix hits $200 million deficit; (5) Santa Cruz County on four-day work week; etc.

Barbara Brewer is the person for the job

We are fortunate to have a local and experienced candidate (running for) the House of Representatives. Considering the territorial counties, Barbara Brewer is acclimated and well-seasoned for the job.

Yes vote urged for Proposition 102

We just learned that Connecticut’s Supreme Court decided to “redefine” marriage without a vote of the people.

Override is needed for the students

Many critical issues will be decided on election day, Nov. 4, but none as important to Payson’s future as the budget override issue for the Payson Unified School District.

Our view on propositions

Prop. 101: Medical choice?

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Today is last day to request mail ballot

Friday, Oct. 24 is the last day that you many request that a ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election be mailed to you. Requests for ballots after that date cannot be honored.

Octoberfest tomorrow at Swiss Village

Residents of and visitors to the Rim Country are invited to have some Octoberfest fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Swiss Village.

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Medical center gets new digital imager

The Payson Regional Medical Center plans to expand its capacity by 20 percent with the extension of its Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center, located at 127 E. Main St

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Feelings flare at YMCA debate

Is rec center boondoggle or boon to kids?

Emotional, combative pleas on both sides emerged Thursday in the first public debate on the merits of Payson’s plan to lease 5 acres of land in Rumsey Park to the YMCA.

Assessment jump angers homeowners

Use of ’05 values boosts taxes despite meltdown

Many Rim Country residents this year were bewildered by property tax notices showing increased home values despite the drunk housing market’s hangover

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Be ready when cold temps return

My friend Debbie Dawson and her husband Randy went on vacation and came home to a frozen sight.

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Enjoy fall in Arizona’s Rim Country

Arizona’s Rim Country is popular with Valley dwellers in the summer, but its autumn charms may be unfamiliar. Looking for a slower pace? Want to experience a real fall season and maybe some winter snow? Then join us in the Rim Country.

Meet just a few K-9 good citizens

K-9 good citizen — it’s a term you hear from time to time in the dog world.

Two investment mistakes to avoid

Of all the potential investment mistakes — and there are a lot of them — two of the most common are taking on either too much or too little investment risk. To invest successfully, you need to avoid both of these problems.

Junior deer hunt an overwhelming success

The annual junior only deer hunt ended last week in unit 23 and was considered an overwhelming success by everyone involved. This week-long hunt was offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to 150 youngsters who were between the ages of 10 and 17 years old.

Horns hope to add Falcon feather to cap

Against Round Valley two weeks ago, Longhorn football fans geared up for an aerial circus much like the Air Coryell offensive attack that San Diego quarterback Don Fouts pulled the trigger on in the 1980s

Football banner brings back many memories

I wrote in the Oct. 21 Extra Points about the “Blue Ridge Home of Champions” banner that was so blatantly placed on the end of the field where the Longhorns were warming up prior to the Payson vs. Blue Ridge football game. The banner was also positioned to face Payson fans, rather than the Yellow Jacket stands.

Fans can help Lady Longhorns with Lobos

VB players looking to upset Snowflake

“Snowflake (11-2, 7-0) is in first and undefeated in the region. A win over them would be huge, not only because they are our big rivals, but also it would give us a boost in power points.”

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Off to state for soccer team

The Lady Longhorn soccer team is advancing to the state tournament as the East’s No. 4 seed and will most likely be pitted against West champion and No. 1 seed, Tucson Desert Christian.

Enjoy family fun for good cause Oct. 25

Cori Richman of Blue’s Gallery would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the Second Annual Blue’s Dog Walk.

Don’t miss big yard sale this Saturday

October is just about over! Just one more week to go, but what a week it will be. Halloween is fast approaching and election day is not too far behind

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A second chance

Rescuers save horses from slaughterhouse

Jean and Bob Gross don’t mind driving hundreds of miles or spending thousands of dollars each month to rescue horses, because they hate the idea of a horse ending up on expensive dinner plates in foreign countries.

Nothing beats a good story for Alice Natale

The importance of myths — those rich, allegorical tales that help humans find balance in a chaotic and often unscrupulous world — is sometimes lost in modern life.

Wednesday, October 22

Gas prices starting to drop in town

Gas prices have plunged some 42 cents in two weeks statewide, although the price of a fill up in Payson remains more than 10 percent above the state average.

Robert Barela artwork featured at fall art show

The members of the Payson Art League are honoring the late Robert Barela at the 2008 Fall Art Show and Sale.

Gunning for speeders

Just in case you’re considering zipping down Longhorn Road anytime soon — be warned: They’re gunning for you.

Rim Country plans fun for all

These are just some of the many activities presented through fall, winter and into spring in the Rim Country. Visit the Payson Roundup’s Web site, www. for current listings.

Fish Roosevelt

Rim Country visitors (and residents) have it all, when it comes to having a blast by the water.

Scenic wonders, tragic history

Forest Road 300 wanders along the Mogollon Rim all the way from near Show Low to near Pine, offering access to some of the best views, fishing lakes and best string of scenic camping spots in the state. The “ohhh and ahhhh” impact of the drive is even more vivid in the fall, when the road ambles through assorted groves of aspen, shimmering in the glory of fall.

Fish still biting in fall

Summer gets all the glory when it comes to fishing holes and trout stream riffles.

New breed of ATVs add fun

Chandler businessman Ryan Foster always wanted an ATV, but with a wife and three daughters to haul, purchasing a single seater wasn’t practical.

Historic lodge has it all

Nestled between two towns and surrounded by the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest sits the historic Kohl’s Ranch.

Apache trout make comeback

In a rare good-news conservation story, the Apache trout has not only become the first North American fish to make it off the endangered species list, it has become a major draw for fishermen nationwide.

The view to forever

The Mogollon Rim offers some of the most stirring views on the planet.

Rim Country’s special sites

Besides the numerous trails to hike and streams to fish while in Arizona’s Rim Country, there are a plethora of inexpensive places to stop. Places like the Rim Country Museum, Zane Grey Cabin, Shoofly Village Ruins and Main Street. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main Street, has free guides, maps and information to all of the area’s attractions.

Bridging the seasons

This year’s winter in Rim Country is expected to be colder than last year’s, perhaps increasing the chances for cold weather visitors to gape at icicles dangling from what is touted as the largest travertine bridge in the world.

Student seeks help with educational travel expenses

Payson High School senior Kristina Vohs has been invited to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. in January.

Scam looks like official Corporation Commission letter

A local general contractor is warning other small businesses of a mail scam that asks for money and confidential information.

Payson Humane Society gears up for chili supper

The Payson Humane Society has received wonderful donations for the silent auction which will be part of their 12th Annual Chili Supper.

New laws on off-highway vehicle use take effect Jan. 1

Thanks in large part to a joint effort between Arizona sportsmen and off-highway vehicle (OHV) user groups, new regulations to help better manage off-highway vehicle use and protect natural resources will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009.

Tuesday, October 21

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Hex is over, Longhorns sting Yellow Jackets

A Yellow Jacket gridiron curse that nauseated and dismayed Payson faithful for decades has been exorcised.

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Class works on developing future teachers

A new program at Payson High School seeks to encourage students to become teachers — particularly in Payson.

Water district votes to buy out Brooke

Pine-Strawberry board votes to borrow $5.2 million, kill K2 well

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board has officially voted to offer Brooke Utilities $2.55 million for the water company, borrow $5.2 million and cancel the K2 well agreement.

School campus to be closed

Payson board votes to close campus for freshmen next year

Payson’s school board on Monday night unanimously agreed to close campus for high school freshmen during lunch, ending months of discussion and speculation about the measure’s financial and academic implications. The rule will be implemented next school year.

Multi-million dollar PRMC imaging center opens

Payson Regional Medical Center will have an open house for its new Outpatient Imaging Center Thursday.

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Congressional candidates at GCC

Gila Community College will be hosting two of the candidates for U.S. Representative from Arizona’s first Congressional District. Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic candidate will speak at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21. Sydney Hay, the Republican candidate will speak at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Linda O’Dell helps children

The Payson and Globe Education Centers were started three years ago by Linda O’Dell, the Gila County school superintendent, in response to the excessive high school drop out rate in Gila County. The centers are in the Gila County Regional School District, an accommodation school entity, which is funded by state-aid from the Arizona Department of Education and federal and state grants.

Rim Country Challenge went great

The Third Annual Rim Country Challenge went off without a hitch on Oct.4 thanks to the work of many people dedicated to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and affordable housing in the Rim Country.

Consider these questions

A few questions to consider honestly before the November election:

Vote against Prop. 401

I encourage everyone to vote no on Proposition 401.

Star Valley speed trap turns people away from Rim Country

On Oct. 10 I sent out a letter about my outrage over the Payson/Star Valley “speed trap.” I have since been in contact with Mike Vogel of the Payson Town Council about this matter.

Motive is to raise money for YMCA

Jim Keyworth and Vicky Lucas were on KMOG forum on Oct. 9, trying to figure out a motive for the proposed donation of a $5.6 million YMCA building and indoor recreation ... and all they could come up with was that the Y is making a profit.

Easy to see where the problem lies

General Motors is just one among many of the biggest companies in America that is suffering from lack of sales and looking for bailouts or restructure.

Our view on perplexing propositions

Great goal. Bad plan.

‘We have met the enemy and they are us!’

If the comments attributed to members of the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) in a recent issue of the Payson Roundup, “Fender-bender plan?” are correct, they are disturbing and frustrating — disturbing that town committees seem to be functioning in a vacuum and frustrating because their untimely comments are counterproductive.

Feature Teacher

Mr. Gay in Flagstaff. He made me do the work!

Life-changing instruction takes place in the class

Over the last several weeks I have been expanding on the vision statement for Payson High School: All students, regardless of their circumstances, will receive the finest content, instruction and community as a school. As well, everyone will be committed to continuous improvement.

Senior Center presents variety of speakers through rest of October

I am usually an early riser but on these chilly mornings when the sun doesn’t make an appearance until after 6 a.m. it is very tempting to linger beneath the warm covers. Back when I was a kid, beds came in two sizes — single and double. And back in those days, box springs were unheard of. Instead, there was a metal coil thing that sometimes poked through the mattress.

Hot-button ballot measures, ‘sneaky’ language spur debate

Gay marriage, taxes, immigration, 400 percent loans and baffling arguments enliven Payson forum

A wide-ranging debate involving gay marriage, real estate taxes, payday loans, illegal immigration, sneaky language and a host of hot-button issues took place Wednesday during a nonpartisan ballot proposition forum held Wednesday in Payson’s Democratic Party headquarters.

Opponent with Growl Towel was an irritant to players, fans

It must have taken a huge amount of restraint and coolness for coaches, players, fans and boosters to not tear down, or at least move, that huge Blue Ridge “Tradition of Champions” banner placed so blatantly on the sideline end of the PHS football field where the Longhorns were warming up Friday night.

Lady Longhorns soccer team earns postseason berth

While it will take an unlikely scenario for the Longhorn boys soccer team to qualify for state, the Lady Horns are bound for the postseason.

Longhorns top AIA power point rankings

Payson’s hard-fought 13-7 win over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets could eventually produce the scheduling advantage the Horns need to earn the school’s first state football championship since 1998.

Lady Horns seek to improve power point ranking

With three games remaining in the season, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team is working to hang onto, or improve its 10th-place power point ranking.

One program provides true low-cost housing

A group of dedicated volunteers has assured residents that there will be affordable housing in the Rim Country.

Accusations of competition unfounded, says educator

Deflecting accusations of parasitism, the Gila County Superintendent of Schools defended the county’s alternative schools during a recent forum, saying they provide a necessary service.


Payson Weather Statistics

Monday, October 20

Tease photo

“a game for the ages.”

Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead.

New ‘granny flat’ law provides cheap housing

The Payson Planning Commission has embraced a stopgap solution to the town’s lack of affordable housing: granny flats.

Sunday, October 19

Tribe calls for election

Ousted tribal chairwoman says it’s ‘up to the people’ to nominate next chair

The Tonto Apache Tribe will hold an election Nov. 8 to replace Tonto Apache Tribe Chairwoman Jeri DeCola, who resigned Sept. 11 after the tribal council forced her out on a 3-2 vote.

Jealous ex creates four-hour standoff with police

A jealous ex-boyfriend led a four-hour standoff with Payson police, after becoming suicidal and barricading himself in his home.

Saturday, October 18

Woman hurt in weekend quad accident

Nearly every weekend, a quad rider gets injured in Rim Country. Last weekend was no exception, with a 65-year-old woman reportedly breaking several ribs when her quad landed on top of her.

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Bambo lives! Neighborhood elk rescued

Those darn elk. Always into some mischief.

General contractor warns of mail scam

A local general contractor is warning other small businesses of a mail scam that asks for money and confidential information.

Main Street scarecrow contest will benefit Payson food bank

A fireman scarecrow? A scientist scarecrow? A chef scarecrow?

Friday, October 17

Lag in taxes wipes out reserves

Payson council demands detail on slowdown; postpones spending

Bleak revenue projections and the decline of the town’s reserves to zero just three months into the year prompted the Payson Town Council Thursday night to delay almost all new spending and schedule a November budget study session.

Crime rate down

Payson police chief says drugs could be driving 84 percent increase in DUIs

Major crimes in Payson are down almost 50 percent for the year, but arrests for driving under the influence have jumped a sobering 84 percent — which could be driven by the increased use of illegal drugs.

Around Rim Country

Donate gently used winter clothes for the Payson Church of Christ’s third annual Winter Clothes Give-Away.

It’s not stupid to believe what you see with your own eyes

There’s an old story that goes like this:

Water tanks are needed for fire prevention

We have lived in Pine for 12 years and for the first 10 years, constantly dealt with the fear of a wildfire destroying our home. Two years ago, this changed.

The company you keep does matter

Years ago growing up I remember hearing the old saying, “Sometimes you’re judged by the company you keep.” I don’t believe Barack Obama heard this good advice while he was growing up.

Holding a race on local streets should not be a problem

In response to Sherwood Drive being considered a race track. Being a local runner here in Payson, I run on Sherwood Drive three to four times a week.

Found — a better place to live

While crossing a busy traffic intersection yesterday I was almost hit by an oncoming truck. Two caring individuals fortunately stopped to see if I was injured.

Fuel costs more in Payson than it does in Globe

Regarding the price of fuel in Payson versus other communities, it surely seems as though Mr. Dolde is correct and we are indeed at the mercy of the local retailers selling fuel. However, Mr. Dolde apparently has not done the math or he would not recommend that we drive to Tempe to fuel up.

Payson Education Center meets community needs

I have recently heard, and read in the local papers, comments about the county’s accommodation school, the Payson Education Center, which greatly concern me.

A YMCA is needed by Payson

A letter writer says “Your vote will reflect how we feel about being sued for the right to vote, which we should have without the town having to foot a bill for that right.”

Pool needed for swim team

I am 9 years old and I had been on a year-round swim team for three years until we moved to Payson this past summer.

Former mayor voting no on Y issue

I have been asked by many how I will vote on the YMCA land gift issue (Proposition 401) ... I will be voting no because it is just plain bad government.

Mystery lies at heart of YMCA debate

No doubt about it — the special election ballot about the YMCA pool and gym complex now in the hands of Payson voters raises a tough and puzzling question.

Prescribed burns will take place on nearly 1,000 acres this weekend

If Rim Country residents near Pine and Payson spot heavy smoke rising from the forest Oct. 17 and 18, odds are the Forest Service is just working once more on clearing a buffer around forest communities.

Pine Strawberry water board candidates answer questions

Five candidates for four seats for the first time answer questions on cost of water company buyout, new wells – and lifting the moratorium

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No splashing

Students learn about water conservation

Payson fourth-graders recently gathered for a Make a Splash Water Festival, but the goal was to avoid splashing all together.

YMCA would benefit Payson youth, adults

A “no” vote on Proposition 401 and the Payson YMCA is akin to turning your back on our town’s young people.

Casino bass tourney offers many prizes

Trawling and two-steppin’ are expected to draw thousands to the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Big Bass Challenge when it is held Oct. 17, 18 and 19 at Roosevelt Lake and in Payson.

Lady Horns overwhelm Show Low

Although Rylee Halenar is an untested sophomore, she more than filled the varsity void when called upon to fill in for Lady Longhorn starter Reghan Flake.

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Battle of the unbeatens

Longhorns, Blue Ridge looking for East Region advantage

The winner of the war for control of the line of scrimmage will be toting home the gold following tonight’s (Oct. 17) crucial gridiron bout that pits two talented and unbeaten heavyweights against one another.

Rim Country has healthy elk population

Living in the Rim Country has many advantages, and for the outdoorsman, it is the chance to see some of Arizona’s wildlife, anywhere at any time.

Payson mixed martial arts fighter signs pro contract

Mixed martial arts fighter Randy Steinke is headed for the big time.

Harpist, vocalist perform at TCCA’s next concert

In sports, often times extra effort pays dividends. That was true for Bill and Freddi Franks from Payson, who took home a silver medal in the square dancing competition at the Huntsman World Senior Games on Oct. 9.

Longhorn soccer team in a must-win situation

With only two games remaining in the season, the Longhorn boys soccer team could be out of the running for a state tournament berth.

How long should you park your money?

The stock market dropped every year from 2000 through 2002.

Music shop offers new line of guitars

After a three-year wait and with much anticipation, Fender Guitars are available at the Payson Music Center.

Payson’s Grand Ole Opry raises money for historic Anna Mae Deming home

Payson’s Grand Ole Opry produced some hand-clappin’, toe-tappin’ music for those attending its debut Friday, Oct. 10 at the Mazatzal Casino Event Center.

Residents need to take care when use space heaters

Every home should have a working smoke alarm and escape plan in case of a fire

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires in the United States, according to authorities.

Friends of Ferals milestone

Payson Friends of Ferals reached an important milestone on Oct 2. The 1,000th cat to be neutered or spayed through their efforts made it through the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program.

Q and A with the Payson Humane Society

One of the most frequently asked questions at Payson Humane Society is: “How long do you keep an animal?”

Thursday, October 16

Controlled burns this weekend could spawn smoke, but will protect Rim Country

If Rim Country residents near Pine and Payson spot heavy smoke rising from the forest Oct. 17 and 18, odds are the Forest Service is just working once more on clearing a buffer around forest communities.

New Visions has a new leader

Three directors, one on-campus drug bust and falling graduation rates have made for a rough year at New Visions Academy, formerly Star Valley Charter School. But with a new principal at the helm, Gary Hampsch, things are looking up for students and the school.

Helping wildlife

Rim author’s first book nominated for national award

Mitzi Brabb is defying all kinds of publishing conventions. She self-published her first book and it is now a nominee for a national book award.

Still time to join in Blue’s Walk

Everywhere I look, the leaves are changing. It’s that beautiful, but brief time when many of our trees seem to rally one last brilliant splash of color before winter sets in! Don’t you wish you could just capture this season and hang on to it a little longer?

First frost takes village by surprise

This past weekend, the frost hit the pumpkin in Tonto Village. The temperature on my front porch registered 19 degrees early Saturday morning.

Great turnout for fire department party

Last Saturday, around 50 residents attended a thank-you celebration at Mountain Meadows Camp to celebrate the rebirth of the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Department.

Heart and lung checks offered at Community Health and Care Fair

With heart disease as the No. 1 killer in America, it is important to know what to do to minimize risks of being attacked by this deadly disease.

Julia Randall fifth-grade students to conduct water research in Payson

Wayne Gorry, a fifth-grade teacher from Julia Randall Elementary School, has received a $5,000 grant from Northern Arizona University’s Teachers as Investigators program.

Wednesday, October 15

Fall Fine Art Show

The Payson Art League invites the public to its 2008 Fall Show, Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Mazatzal Casino Events Center located on Highway 87, just south of Payson.

Bargain Fun

Celebrating 30 years, community concerts are economical entertainment

It is not too late to get one of the best entertainment bargains around. There are still tickets available for the 30th anniversary season of the Tonto Community Concert Association.

Some favorite places

I am often asked, “What are your favorite vacation places?” Having visited 122 countries to date, that is a very difficult question to answer. There simply is not one favorite.

Art takes woman to another world

A roll of copper wire that a friend serendipitously dropped off started Dean Shields’ jewelry-making career.

surprising side dishes

Everyone loves rich and creamy side dishes to accompany their favorite dinner entrées. These classic recipes have been reinvented with a few surprising ingredients and deliciously creamy results with the help of lowfat evaporated milk.

One small change for a safer home

Every fall we’re reminded to change the batteries in household smoke detectors — but how many make that change? Forgetting the clock means you could be an hour late. Forgetting the smoke detector could put the whole family at risk.

The Story of Payson, Arizona


Early in 1882, Henry Sidles, who still maintained his ranch at Flowing Springs, was living in his poured-mud adobe house in Green Valley. Across from his “mud house” he built the community’s first mercantile store and saloon.

Roundup named top paper

The Payson Roundup brought home Newspaper of the Year honors from the 2008 Arizona Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Contest. This is the 10th year the Roundup has been named the state’s best non-daily newspaper.

Despite tough economy, lottery seen as ticket to riches

“It’s just a buck,” Todd Babel said as he left a convenience store holding a Powerball ticket giving him a chance, however small, at $20 million.

Golfers to take part in three-week turkey shoot

With less than a month remaining in the Payson Men’s Golf Association season, members used an Oct. 8 point par formatted tournament to gear up for final showdowns that will include a three-week long Turkey Shoot and an appearance in the Prescott Country Club Jamboree.

Ballot forum tackles tough questions Wednesday nite

Should the state constitution forever bar sales taxes on houses?

Traffic study indicates speeders on Longhorn Road

Nearly everyone speeds on Longhorn Road.

Meals on Wheels program needs delivery volunteers

The Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels local senior citizens who are homebound.

Tuesday, October 14

Jury finds man guilty of aggravated assault

An intoxicated Tonto Basin man who spit on a Payson police officer was found guilty of aggravated assault Oct. 8.

County finances shine light in otherwise dark times

With the stock market bouncing like a gymnast on a trampoline and the nation’s economic downturn eliciting dire predictions, Gila County’s $22 million in reserves creates an enviable situation, county officials said recently.

Both sides take to street in YMCA fight

The fierce struggle to build a YMCA swim, gym and teen center on five acres of town-owned land in Rumsey Park took to the streets of Payson this week, with both sides ringing doorbells throughout town.

Payson’s tax revenues pessimistic

Payson’s tax revenues have lagged behind even this year’s pessimistic budget assumptions and may force a fresh round of cuts, according to the town’s first quarterly financial update in years.

Around Rim Country

Payson police plan community meeting

Be careful what you ask for

Jeeze. Be careful what you wish for. Last year, we hoped Payson would start issuing regular financial updates — to avoid any more nasty budget surprises once the swayback nag of plunging revenue had kicked open the barn door and run off.

We confess to an unfair advantage

The Arizona Newspaper Association this weekend declared the Payson Roundup the best non-daily newspaper in Arizona for the 10th year in a row.

You can count on Dan Haapala

As a longtime personal friend of Dan Haapala, I want your readers to know that Dan is the real deal. He’s always been there whenever I needed him.

Vote for Dan Haapala

Although I am not in District 1, I must speak out in support of Dan Haapala for supervisor. Dan and I have not always agreed on certain issues, but, I have found that Dan is always prepared and has researched the issue to the point that he understands both sides, and is willing to compromise, if necessary.

Socialism comes to Payson?

No one asked the good citizens of Payson whether they wanted to bail out millionaire Wall Street bankers. The rich and powerful 2,500 miles away in Washington decided that in America it was acceptable that profits go only to the well heeled but that everyone else had to pay for the losses.

Socialism is purpose of one candidate

Karl Marx once said, “In order to establish socialism you must completely destroy the old one.” (Our democracy this is.)

Y is welcome, just not at Rumsey Park

For the past few months, the YMCA has been the topic of many conversations I have witnessed and in which I have participated.

Argument in support of proposition 401

In looking at what the YMCA brings to Payson, it’s easy to see why everyone should vote yes on Proposition 401.

Price fixing conspiracy from Payson gas resellers

Why can I buy regular unleaded for 3.11/gal. in Tempe, but see no less than $3.45/gal. in Payson?

County superintendent praised for helping schools

I would like to thank the Gila County School Superintendent, Linda O’Dell for support she has provided to the Hayden-Winkelman School District over the past four years. Dr. O’Dell has applied and received a number of grants totaling well over $1,000,000 over the last four years. The grants have been used to provide teachers throughout Gila County with professional development in math, science, reading and technology.

Voting change idea

Proposition 105 awakens me to the deplorable voting record of our citizens. This proposition is certainly not one that I approve of, but we do need to improve voter participation.

Y challenged our right to vote

Why do we want an organization to come to town that takes the citizens of Payson to court to challenge our right to vote?

Positives of YMCA outweigh any negatives

The positives of introducing a well-respected, value-oriented organization and facility such as the YMCA to our community greatly outweigh any arguable negatives.

World lost a good man

While I am as far removed from being a worshipper of celebrities as one can be, I am convinced that the world lost a very great source and example of pure human goodness with the death of Paul Newman.

Join in the exercise

This note is in response to a letter writer who seems to think Sherwood is being invaded by people who exercise. Get off the couch and join in on some good old-fashioned exercise. These people do not trash the neighborhood but promote health and exercise. You should try it.

Supervisors directly impact our lives

Most people know our county supervisors oversee a slew of common issues, from property taxes to permits.

YMCA is incredible opportunity for Payson

The town of Payson has an incredible opportunity in front of it. We can bring into our community one of the most respected organizations in the country, and not pay a penny to do it.

Christians, it’s time to take on the liberal left again

I recently read an article in a Christian magazine about a survey that said 40 percent of Christians polled would vote for Barack Obama. It’s hard for me to understand why Christians would vote for an extreme liberal who supports partial birth abortion and is friends with the enemies of Christianity and the Nation of Israel.

No room to park

Last weekend I was one of several who were given a tour of the town parks. When we entered Rumsey Park we immediately saw that something was going on.

No free land for the Y

Why the big push for Payson to give away our park land? 

Opposed to extension of West Sherwood Drive

We wish to voice our opposition to the possible extension of West Sherwood Drive to connect with Airport Road.

Payson Senior Center activities set

Monday: Old Time Music Makers, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.; Bingo, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.; Canasta, 12:30 p.m.; Bridge, 12:45 p.m.

Hot lunches planned at center

The Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., serves a hot meal at noon weekdays. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for persons 60 and older, $5 for those younger than 60. Meals also can be delivered to homebound individuals. Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, call (928) 474-4876. The menu for October is as follows:

Feature teacher

Greg Lanners

First what, then why, then show me

Since life skills fail to seep into children by osmosis, Greg Lanners teaches life’s basics to his middle school students.

‘Oh my gosh, I’m, like, so proud to be American’

LONDON — American pop-culture is invasive on this side of the globe — sounds of American hip-hop artists are blaring in stores and Internet cafés; movie posters promoting the latest American films are displayed on street corners and in mall corridors; shows like “The O.C.” and “Sex in the City” are commercialized boldly in the newspaper TV guide.

J. Randall teacher wins Wal-Mart award

Trevor Creighton was honored as the “Teacher of the Year” in the Wal-Mart Foundation’s Teacher of the Year program on Sept. 26 at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Five, including 12-year-old, arrested on drug charges

Five Payson residents, including a 12-year-old, were arrested on marijuana charges during a home search conducted by Payson Police and Gila County Narcotics Task Force Oct. 6.

Students to make presentation at police town hall meeting

The public is invited to the Payson Police Department’s monthly community meeting Wednesday night, at Town Hall.

5 seek 4 spots on Pine/Strawberry water board

Voters have the opportunity for a voice in the direction of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Board by adding a maverick member who has been critical of the board’s actions or keeping the incumbents.

Same old Cardinals?

Be truthful, how many of you watching the Cardinals vs. Dallas game on Sunday said “same old Cardinals” after seeing Arizona blow a 10-point lead in the last three minutes of regulation play?

Lady Horns win Fountain Hills tourney; Show Low next

Often in high school sports teenage athletes need a bit of firm guidance and counseling from their coaches.

Longhorns crush Round Valley

Win sets up showdown with Blue Ridge Friday

What was expected to be a heated junk yard dog fight turned into a one-sided ambush when the Payson Longhorns met the pass-happy Round Valley Elks Oct. 10 in PHS stadium.

1st Cowboy Tri Fall Stampede brings 33 teams

Payson Event Center coordinator Charlene Hunt’s concerns about the future of team sorting in the summer equestrian program were unnecessary.

Historic lodge has new manager

Nestled between two towns and surrounded by the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest sits the historic Kohl’s Ranch.

Technology has changed real estate

The real estate world of technology has seen huge changes in the last decade and, in the near future, even more dramatic changes will occur.

Questions and answers on YMCA

Questions abound about the proposed YMCA gym, teen and swim center on five acres of town-owned land in Rumsey Park

Monday, October 13

Roundup wins best paper

The Payson Roundup Saturday won recognition as the best non-daily newspaper in Arizona for the 10th year in a row from the Arizona Newspaper Association.

Man who spat on cop found guilty

An intoxicated Tonto Basin man who spit on a Payson police officer was found guilty of aggravated assault Oct. 8.

Annual community fair aims to keep residents fit and healthy

Getting and staying healthy has never been so much fun. Gear up for winter with healthy living information and screenings from Payson’s health and community service providers.

Fate of music, library, health programs hang on school override

The $1.4 million budget override that the Payson Unified School District is asking voters to renew on Election Day will maintain programs, not expand them, district officials say.

Payson Natural Resource Committee will meet Oct. 22

The Payson Natural Resource Committee is a group of concerned ranchers, sportsmen and others interested in wildlife who meet several times a year to address elk and other wildlife management issues.

Saturday, October 11

Longhorn football express rolls on

A rifle-armed quarterback with D-1 potential, the top offense in the 3A East, four receiver sides and a variety of screen plays wasn’t enough to derail the Longhorn football express as it steams toward region and state championships.

Friday, October 10

More than 15 percent of election ballots cast already

Just four days after early ballots hit the mail, more than 15 percent of voters had returned ballots to the recorder’s office a month before the Nov. 4 general election.

School enrollment drops again

Payson Unified School District’s enrollment is continuing to decline, despite an increase in elementary school attendance.

SV struggles to keep water issues afloat

The Star Valley Town Council dipped into all things water Tuesday night, trying to figure out if it should keep a struggling water task force, bring its water attorney up from the Valley to discuss its stalemated condemnation trial and if they should keep trying to buy the privately owned water company.

Smoky rites of fall’s prescribed burns

Controlled burns protect towns, but raise plumes of smoke

Ah — fall is in the air.

Julia Randall is most successful Rim Country school

Julia Randall Elementary School is Rim Country’s most successful, according to data released this week by the Arizona Department of Education.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Don’t miss Dog Day in the Park Saturday

Dogs and their people won’t want to miss Dog Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Gas is now cheaper in Phoenix

In the early 1980s, gasoline in Payson cost 25 cents more per gallon than in Phoenix. The experts told us that the cost of transporting gas from the Phoenix terminal tanks to Payson was three-quarters of a cent per gallon.

McLane, other roads are not a racetrack

Here we go again. What is it about Sherwood Drive that causes some people and event planners to choose the area for unwanted events?

School buses need to put their red lights on when stopped to pickup or let off children

Imagine my surprise when I received a call last week from the Payson Police Department. The officer told me he would discuss with me the subject when I returned his call. Well, I tried to call him back but he was off, so I spent the weekend a bit worried about what it was about. However, since I hadn’t broken any law I knew off, I shrugged it off.

Payson Kids Count

On Nov. 4, we will be voting on the future of our children and our community. The Payson Unified School District (PUSD) is asking the community to extend the existing budget override of 10 percent for another seven years. A yes vote to the budget increase allows the district to maintain the current school programs and class sizes. Your tax rate does not change; it stays the same as it has been for the past four years.

Homeowners need to help make Payson beautiful

I frequently drive around our local neighborhoods to see what’s new. I am so dismayed by what I have recently seen in our more moderately priced subdivisions.

Volunteers helped with vision, hearing screenings

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Payson Elementary School PTO members and those additional volunteers who recently helped in conducting vision and hearing screenings for more than 410 students.

Solving the crisis

It’s so simple a caveman can do it. I can’t believe that our congressmen are so stupid and inept when our nation is floating on enormous deposits of energy of all sorts, oil shales and sands, coal, off shore deposits, just to name a few.

YMCA is conscious of environment

My name is Bill Ensign. I am president of a group known as the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation. There have been several letters to your paper which I feel demand a response and they are as follows.

Does Payson need the Y?

Did you see the voter information packet concerning the proposed YMCA in Payson? More than six pages of information, for and against, and not a word addressing the real question here: Does Payson need another indoor recreation/fitness facility? The answer, which renders the arguments contained in those six pages moot, is no.

No to the Y

It amazes me how much money a nonprofit organization like the YMCA has spent on lawsuits, mailings and full page ads. Is this your membership dues going into the community for our own good?

Support for Haapala urged

I would like to recommend Dan Haapala for Gila County Supervisor in District 1. I have seen Dan for the last four years dedicate a lot of his time and money to our community. Dan lives in East Verde Estates where I live and I have watched him work almost every Saturday helping older residents clean lots to prevent fires in our community and haul the brush to the brush pit at no charge to the residents. He is always ready to assist in making our community safe.

Schools need override OK

Psst. You there. Payson voter.

What’s in a label? What do they mean?

The Arizona Department of Education has released the AZ LEARNS achievement profiles for all public and charter schools in Arizona.

Four seek three open Payson school board seats

Today the Roundup is featuring profiles of candidates running for the Payson Unified School District’s board. Buzz Walker, Barbara Underwood, Matthew VanCamp and Richard Meyer are running for three open seats.

Barbara Underwood: arts, music, vocational classes essential

With “eyes and ears” scattered around the Payson Unified School District, Barbara Underwood says she would be an effective school board member because she is already embedded in district politics.

Buzz Walker: supports vocational, alternative ed

Payson Unified School District board member candidate Buzz Walker knows the good, the bad, and the broke of working for elected officials.

Richard Meyer: his mantra, ‘Live within your means’

Payson Unified School District board candidate Richard Meyer decided when he got out of college that he was going to retire at 55. And he did.

Attack ads dominate congressional race

Republican in congressional race decries ‘hypocrisy’ of opponent, but says onslaught boosts name recognition

So what’s the silver lining in an avalanche of harsh attack ads?

School district under spends to create buffer

Payson Unified School District under spent last year’s budget by $400,000, officials said Thursday.

Two Payson teens arrested for possessing stolen BMX bikes

After allegedly stealing BMX bicycles, the suspects left a trail of clues all over town for police, including at a probation office and supermarket a block away from bike store.

Volunteer brings good spirits to every activity

Chris Decker is a California transplant to the Mogollon Rim via Montana.


Payson woman’s family struggle told on big screen

n 1953, Phyllis Hall married Bob Kearns. Their wedding night was anything but conventional, and set the stage for their tumultuous 27-year unconventional marriage and decades-long struggle to defeat some of the largest car manufacturers.

Final Shop Hop of the season promises fun for entire family

The all-night symphonies may have ceased, but the Pine elk population is still very active. If you are an early riser, you’ve probably been treated to a recent visit as the cows and their babies resume their heavy grazing schedule in anticipation of the cooler weather.

Fireflies plan big yard sale

Bill and I are extremely happy. We finally have the foundation poured for the addition to our cabin thanks to Isaac Morris and his crew of very competent workers. Thank you, Isaac. To come just this far has been a long and tedious process. The weather did not cooperate either. We were hoping to be in the cabin by winter, but the outlook does not look good, winter is approaching too fast. We will continue, as the circumstances will permit. Hopefully, the framing and the walls can be put up. We will keep our fingers crossed that all goes well from this point on.

Halloween fun planned in area

It is that time of year again when the tarantulas are on the loose. It seems the only time I have ever seen one of these spiders is in October. For some strange reason they are out and about during this month. The other day my daughter and I were walking down the road during the day and came across two of them. I have not been able to figure out why it is only during the month of October that we see them, but I am glad that is the only time. These things are not little spiders, some of them are about four inches across, and that is pretty big for someone who doesn’t like spiders, even the very small ones.

It’s all in how you look at it

I spent four happy years in England at RAF Upper-Heyford.

Payson couple marry in hospital

Heather and Bryan Watkins of Star Valley exchanged vows at an unusual wedding location Oct. 6, 2008.

Second wine tasting series moves to Gerardo’s

Tickets are now available for the second round of the “Wines of the World Tasting Series,” a very popular fund-raiser for the Payson Humane Society building fund.

Feed and stone businesses expand

Coming this fall is a new 5,000-square-foot feed and stone store in east Payson.

Thursday, October 9

Best investment advice for today, stay calm

When you’re in a state of panic, you can do some things really well, such as run after a bus, think up an excuse or find a last-minute gift.

Slowing Eagar key to Horn win over Elks

Eagar owns the 3A East passing record of over 3,300 yards and will probably break that mark this season.

‘Cowhands’ stampede to season’s end

An eventful summer, highlighted by riding, roping and team sorting, wraps up tomorrow, Oct. 11, at the inaugural Cowboy Tri Fall Stampede.

Young Mavericks run to league title

Rim Country Middle School is rapidly building a reputation as the home of running champions.

Peterson crowned club champion

It took three days of spirited links competition for the Payson Women’s Golf Association 18-hole group to finally crown a club champion.

Fall shop hop this weekend in Pine

For the final Shop Hop of the season, Pine and Strawberry are pulling out all the stops with a pumpkin patch, scarecrows, painting for kids and hot apple cider.

GCC small business development center hosts workshops

Gila Community College’s Small Business Development Center is hosting seminars to assist small-business owners and managers in understanding and maintaining their small-business tax requirements.

Special pets need special someone — perhaps you

This week’s Adoption Options column is focusing on a few of our “special” pets. These guys are special because they have special needs or have been with us for a long time.

Help FAN Club help local schools

Don’t forget while enjoying tonight’s football game against Round Valley to purchase both 50-50 and Longhorn couch tickets from Friends and Neighbors (FAN) Club members. Tickets to enjoy sitting on the comfy couch are $5 each or three for $10. The winner also receives spirit supplies and a food voucher. Up to three persons can join the winner on the couch.

Watch out for those snakes

October is that month of perfect weather for Arizona with daytime temperatures comfortable and the evenings starting to cool, where a sweatshirt or light jacket may be needed. Outdoor enthusiasts should be aware that rattlesnakes are still prevalent at this time of year in the Rim Country and the lower desert elevations.

Community Development Department

What’s Happening? Design Review Board Recognizes Local Achievements

The Town of Payson Design Review Board, commissioned by the Town Council one year ago 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.

October is National Community Planning Month

Celebrate How Planning Benefits Payson

How do you get to work or school? Where do you live? Where do you shop? Many citizens do not realize that these decisions are all impacted by planning.

Where is the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Today?

In the past 3 _ months since the Payson Town Council included implementation of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) in the 2007/08 budget, much has been accomplished on an administrative level in order to begin building PATS in an organized, professional manner.

Fire prevention this winter

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires in the US, according to authorities.

Tonto National Forest offers reward for recovery of solar panels

Thieves made off with $14,000 worth of solar panels from Roosevelt Lake Oct. 1 and authorities are offering a reward for their return.

Rabid bobcat is killed after jumping over woman

A 65-year-old woman and her sister shot and killed a rabid bobcat in Tonto Basin after it jumped over her, scratched her arm and ran around the house repeatedly.

Coconino Forest plans burns

Several planned prescribed fires will take place on the Coconino National Forest Thursday Oct 9.

Getaway-around rim country

Jazz pianist and vocalist Mark DeCozio will be the featured artist at the Oct. 12 Payson Friends of Jazz program.

At the movies: Nights in Rodanthe

Sappy beyond belief

The first quarter of the school year is ending and deadlines for first quarter projects are coming up. In between writing essays on three great American novels, I dropped by the movie theater to catch “Nights in Rodanthe.”


Collectors share treasures, knowledge

Russ Stewart can’t tell you the name of one of the few tall green plants peeking up on the side of his front yard.


When Dick Campbell was a boy, model airplanes were powered with wound up rubber bands, and their parts had to be cut with a razor blade.

It’s the Zane Grey time of year

We’re now in October, which brings us many things in Rim Country: cooler temperatures, changing colors, possibly the first frost. It’s also the month of the year that’s probably most associated with Zane Grey. After all, October was often the month that Grey spent time here, hunting various animals under the Rim and researching for his many novels. So I thought that this might be an appropriate time to once again discuss Zane Grey.

Family-friendly recipes

Good for you and good for your pocketbook

A recent Nielsen study found 93 percent of shoppers are worried about rising food prices. Here’s the good news: a little creativity and a few fresh ideas can make family favorites nutritious and delicious without breaking the bank or sacrificing quality.

Wednesday, October 8

Travel talk

Happenings around Arizona

There are quite a few festivals and shows taking place around our state in the next few weeks and I have outlined a few of them. With cooler temperatures, there is less traffic and the crowds have lessened some, plus — at least for the moment — gas prices are dropping a bit. So, pick an event, plan your route and get out and enjoy Arizona.

Impact fee delay: Friendly or foolish?

Despite citizen and council objections, the Payson Town Council will give the water department the ability to stretch impact fees out over 10 years.

Thanks to all who came to our anniversary

We wish to thank all of the people who attended our beautiful lunch at Tiny’s restaurant on our 60th wedding day through the people associated with the St. Vincent de Paul, The Gasiels — Joann and Joe.

Purchasing water companies is a bad deal for Strawberry

The current PSWID board wants to purchase the Pine and Strawberry Water companies.

Let the sun shine

Its time for Payson to take its rightful place in the sun … literally, in the sun.

Economic gloom – not doom

Did you hear the one about the optimist who fell off the 30-story building?

Tuesday, October 7

Two ATV incidents over weekend

Two people were involved in quad incidents this weekend, one man was turned around on a forest road and another was turned upside down in a ditch.

Fender-bender plan?

Traffic committee questions parking change on Main

A consultant’s plan to turn Main Street into a tourist draw will instead cause a rash of fender-benders, Payson’s Surface Transportation Advisory Committee has concluded.

Tease photo

Tribal chair quits

Council forces resignation, but DeCola may run in special election

Tonto Apache Tribal Chairman Jeri DeCola has resigned under pressure of a slim majority of the tribal council for allegedly “gross misconduct,” but may run to fill her own seat in the next month.

Housing collapses

Treasurer: Record backlog, deficit offset by other gains

Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin detailed the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, but still offered grounds for hope, talking to about 30 people at Payson Town Hall on Monday.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Payson’s Grand Ole Opry to perform Friday

Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF) will hold a fund-raising dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Mazatzal Casino. Money raised will go to make payments on the Deming Home, recently purchased by AHRF.

Vote for Sylvia Allen

An organization called “American for Prosperity” keeps a running record of all votes, that deal with economic issues by members of the Arizona House and Senate.

Override is important to school district

In several years of being president of the Tonto Community Concert Association and having been an active participant in the last school bond election, I have developed a close working relationship with the Payson School District.

YMCA is not for Payson

Why do we want an organization to come to town that takes the citizens of Payson to court to challenge our right to vote?

Voting for McCain is important

I am voting for John McCain for president.

Streamline planning

The adage says that a two-hump camel is just a Shetland Pony, designed by a committee. Sounds about right.

High school vision: Content counts in curriculum overhaul

“We use only the finest ingredients in our soups, including garden fresh vegetables.” “Our coffee comes from fresh Colombian beans. They’re the richest kind!” “Our meats are ‘ranchers choice’ quality.” “We use only the finest woods shaped with the loving hands of expert craftsman.”

Feature Teacher

Why do you teach? My calling and talents are in teaching.

Little Igors: Computers lure students

Frankenstein is alive at Payson High School, and he lives in Bud Evans’ computer room. In this seemingly innocuous space, surrounded by articulate and interested young gentlemen, lie the guts of computers.

Payson keeping fingers crossed

Town approves $311,000 study for 13.5-acre airport land purchase hoping FAA will cover the tab

Payson last week crawled out a little further on the limb of a hoped-for federal grant to buy land near the airport, pausing nervously as the wind picked up.

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will be celebrating October as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month to encourage Americans to turn their houses into homes by adopting a shelter dog.

Senior Circle wants gently used clothing, accessories

Remember the Jim Stafford song from the mid-70s: “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes...”? That

Supervisor candidates attack incumbent’s spending

Dawson defends county budget - Cook decries level of services -Thayer blasts rising spending

Star Valley discussing water at next meeting

Task force has not completed its work

The Star Valley Town Council will discuss this Tuesday its ongoing water issues and a water task force that has failed to complete any of the tasks it was assigned.

Couch calling Horn faithful

That comfy couch that four lucky Longhorn football fans are allowed to sit on during football games is turning into a popular attraction.

Olympic-like effort wins PAHH half marathon

Brandon Day turned in an Olympic-like running effort dominating the Third Annual Rim Country Challenge half marathon in a record time of 1:18.10.

Horns rally in second half for crucial East win

Longtime football statistician Bill Lawson, who’s probably eyeballed more Payson High showdowns than anyone, summed up the Longhorns’ 32-21 win over Show Low by saying, “it wasn’t pretty, but the best team won.”

Pine girl earns rodeo medals

Chelsie Stodghill rode and roped her way to three medals at the Queen Creek Rodeo Association junior rodeo held Sept. 27 and 28 at the Payson Event Center.

Yellow Jackets sting Lady Horns

Meeting the mental challenges of high school sports is often more important than physical talent.

GVRA board wants Payson design review board to stay

Redevelopment agency gallops to the support of design board when it comes to Main Street projects

When it comes to Main Street — don’t get too carried away with streamlining, the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Committee is warning the town council.

About the sub-prime real estate debacle

I received an email from a financially astute friend who described the sub-prime fiasco in an unusual way.

Monday, October 6

Treasurer gives economy mixed review

Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin presented an economic update Monday at the Payson Town Hall.

No online spring hunt application available, deadline is Oct. 14

Hunters, it’s time to spring into action — the deadline to apply for spring hunts is headed your way on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (the day after Columbus Day). Don’t procrastinate any longer.

Find tips for getting and staying healthy at community fair Nov. 1

Getting and staying healthy has never been so much fun. Gear up for winter with healthy living information and screenings from Payson’s health and community service providers.

Saturday, October 4


Y would the Payson Town Council give away valuable park property to private enterprise?

To close or not to close

Seems like the school board has figured out a way to offer hungry students a life lesson — after reading news of the Wall Street bailout.

Small game, big fun: 2008-09 small game hunting outlooks

This is the year. Set your calendar for a week earlier than past years. Small game season for quail, squirrel, ducks and more opens Friday, Oct. 3.

Pet product makes late night TV

Local business owners Tracy Carmean and Toni Vernetti made the big leagues recently when their pet product was featured on the Jay Leno Show.

Horns out score gritty Cougars

It took a determined second half flurry for the Payson Longhorns to throw the knock out punch that finally floored defending state champion Show Low.

Friday, October 3

Consider your viewpoints when you vote

I’ve always wanted to vote for a candidate whom I thought: would take care of what we already have and would not fix anything that didn’t need fixing.

Y should not be given town land

I am not particularly for or against the YMCA in Payson. However, I am against giving the Y over five acres of our precious park land for next to nothing in return. I don’t understand why it is okay for them but not for other non profits in our town.

Payson school district budget override needed

We are being asked by the Payson Unified School District for approval to continue the 10 percent budget override to fund needed programs within the District. I fully support this effort. This override would continue funding for programs currently serving District students. These programs include maintaining small class size and student/teacher ratios, music programs for K-8, certified librarians for K-12, physical education teachers for K-6, school nurses, elective and fine arts classes, and computer lab aides for K-6.

Area schools meet federal standards with one exception

All Rim Country’s schools met federal standards set by No Child Left Behind except for Star Valley’s New Visions Academy, according to data released Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Education.

Sherwood extension affects quality of life

The amendment to the town general plan by Montezuma Castle Land Exchange presents an opportunity to address a serious problem in the making for the neighborhoods of Woodhill, Alpine Village and Manzanita Hills. The plat maps show, and the current town traffic plan has confirmed, that Sherwood Drive is planned as a through street to the new Airport Road alignment.

Residents’ concerns about airport exchange street changes go unanswered

Property owners expecting to express their concerns about proposed changes in neighborhood streets feeding into the airport exchange land, instead had their questions redirected to the planning commission Thursday night.

Thanks to those who helped with festival

A special thank you to all who helped with the 38th annual Arizona State Championship Fiddlers Festival.

Closed campus gets tabled again

A far-reaching debate that hinged on the economics of containing potential mischief-makers prompted the Payson Unified School District on Monday to table a measure that could keep freshmen on campus during lunch.

The ACC hearing and PSWID Board

If you attended the recent ACC hearing in Phoenix, you may have been led to believe three things: the PSWID Board has accomplished little or nothing since the recall election, the purchase of the water companies was not being addressed, and that community financing was not a viable option. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Crackdown needed on killer weed

The Payson Town Council heard an impassioned plea from the U.S. Forest Service urging the town to crack down on careless property owners who are letting a noxious, horse-killing, land-wrecking weed get rooted.

Don’t fret, tax notices are coming

Despite rumors of political conspiracy, county supervisors said Tuesday that technological difficulties have delayed the delivery of Gila County’s property tax notices. Five counties, including Gila, are affected because they all operate under the same system.

A vote for McCain and Palin

Much is made of John McCain’s age. Has anyone brought up the fact that Barack Obama smokes and both of his parents died at an early age. Also, Joe Biden has had two brain aneurysms which could have killed him.

Vote yes on Proposition 100

Please vote yes on Proposition 100 — The Protect Our Homes Initiative because double taxation is wrong.

Task force, Payson police arrest six on outstanding warrants

The Gila County Narcotics Task Force along with the Payson Police Department arrested six people recently on outstanding warrants throughout Rim Country in a warrant roundup.

Your vote is a sword, the sword of choice

As I listened to the pledge of allegiance I wondered why we have a politician running for the highest office in this country that will not recite our pledge of allegiance nor will this person show reverence for our flag and turns there backside to our flag and slouches.

Parks board has no official position on YMCA

The voters of Payson recently received, by mail, the publicity pamphlet regarding the fate of the YMCA.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Oktoberfest activities slated for First Friday

There will be a Wild West Oktoberfest at Bootleg Alley for October’s First Friday Art and Antiques Walk on Main Street.

Enforce seat belt laws

Every morning when I am being taken to school at (Rim Country Middle School) I cannot help but notice that more than half of the high school students I see driving around the corner of McLane and Longhorn Road are not wearing their seat belts.

Residents decry Airport Road plan

The “appealing” plan to extend Sherwood Drive and Wagon Trail to serve recently swapped land near the Airport would “destroy” existing neighborhoods, residents insisted Wednesday at a contentious meeting of Payson’s Surface Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC).

Thieves make off with three bicycles

Thieves smashed the front door of a Payson outdoor store and made off with three BMX bicycles Thursday night.

You learn more sitting down receiving than standing up and broadcasting

One of the most great-hearted people I have ever known is a teacher named Jack Sell. Jack was teaching chemistry at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, when I arrived there, fresh out of college, to take the other chemistry position.

Alternative energy, jail gets candidates’ attention

In these economically charged times, Gila County Supervisor candidates at a recent forum related every issue from Payson’s jail facilities to a possible biomass facility back to money.

Council embraces ‘western’ to ‘Cool Mountain Town’ slogan

Out with the old. In with the cool.

Safety Awareness Day is Saturday

If a fire breaks out in your carport, or your child is missing, knowing who to call and what to do can make all the difference.

Rim Country Challenge, disc golf to take place Saturday

A pair of stirring events, a half marathon and a disc golf tournament, will highlight the weekend’s sports and recreation scene.

Fast start gives Lady Longhorns 3-game win

Payson pounds out 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 East Region win over Cougars

Getting off to a quick start is one of the keys to winning regional championships and advantageous seeds in the postseason.

PHS girls beat Round Valley Elks 5-0

A 5-0 win over Round Valley — the Lady Horns second victory against the Elks this season — has the PHS soccer express steaming toward the state playoffs.

Inaugural team roping clinic called overwhelming success

Extended clinic being planned for spring time

Charlene Hunt leaves little doubt the inaugural Team Roping and Breakaway Roping Clinic was an overwhelming success.

East Region opponents next for Longhorns

As strange as it sounds, PHS football coach Josh Anderson is anxiously looking forward to an upcoming stretch in which the Horns (5-0) play five vicious East Region opponents, three of whom are state top-five ranked.

Payson High senior gets trophy book award

After the completion of each year of big-game hunting in the state of Arizona, the Trophy Book Awards are presented by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Gymkhana series ends with buckle awards

The Mogollon Montoneras Gymkhana series wrapped up Sept. 20 with the tallying of points, the crowning of age division winners and awarding of buckles.

Mud Springs: A quiet resolution for a once furious road debate

Few residents show up to hear Payson traffic committee’s near-final list of traffic-slowing ideas for extended road

Ah, what a difference six months makes — not to mention a budget crisis and enough meetings to tranquilize a tiger.

Fun fund-raisers planned to reach $3.6 million goal

What an exciting time for Payson Humane Society. We’ve made the announcement that we will be building our new facility on the property we bought in 2005. It’s located directly behind and adjacent to our current facility.

Three steps for successful investing

You’ve probably seen plenty of magazine pictures of affluent-looking people who have “made it big’’ in investing.

Ice cream shop scoops up flavorful delights

Take an existing ice cream shop, add fresh paint, new ownership, sprinkle in some good ideas and you get Scoops Ice Cream in the Swiss Village Shops.

Thursday, October 2

Obsession brings college to Payson

An obsessive fight, hard-waged, can wear a man out. Obsession’s cause, indistinguishable and perhaps irrelevant, dissipates after accomplishment. But accomplishment can define a life.

Former Payson student, Paul Duran, had role in university’s three-act play

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), one of the leading arts conservatories in the United States, produced Shakespeare’s epic histories Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.

Teachers to attend workshops

After two postponements, the Pine-Strawberry school board held its monthly meeting Sept. 23.

Ladies get together for day of crafts

Fourteen ladies got together this week at the Christopher Creek Bible Chapel for a day of crafts. Bianca Malmin showed the ladies how to make some wonderful hats. After they had fun making their hats, the ladies headed up to Pine for a wonderful lunch at the Randall House. The Randall House has been a tradition since 1881. Some of the ladies have never been there, but were truly impressed with their lunch, and the service.

Storm causes damage in village

What a rain storm Tonto Village experienced this past weekend. Some of the residents thought that we had a micro burst come through the village. The wind whipped around the trees and one just toppled down on the Walker residence on Standage Drive. The tree broke and after it hit the end of the house and put a massive hole in the roof, it split in half and landed on a group of quads in the back yard. What a mess.

One is good, two are great

Doug Blazer has two loves in his life — three if you count his wife — Mustangs and eBay. Blazer, a battalion chief with the Hellsgate Fire Department, has two Ford Mustangs, a 1971 Mach 1 sport coupe and a 2005 Roush Stage 2, both blue and both bought off eBay.

Humane Society touts plan

The Payson Humane Society trotted out a pack of happy dogs and determined board members on Tuesday, to reaffirm its plans for a new animal shelter and its ongoing fundraising drive.

Schools meet federal standards

All of Rim Country’s schools have met federal standards set by No Child Left Behind except for Star Valley’s New Visions Academy, according to data released Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Education.

Wednesday, October 1

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Costume party Oct. 4 to help children’s fund

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund is once again having a costume party and fund-raiser at the Mazatzal Casino. The theme of the fourth annual costume party is “Breaking Records 1950s Style.”

big ideas made SMALL

Roots, branches become canvas for miniatures artist

The plants were dead in Conrad Chapek’s Chicago home when he returned from vacation.

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At the movies: Nights in Rodanthe

A chick flick for grownups

“Nights in Rodanthe” is about broken hearts and how resilient they can be.

Playing Dress Up

Costume party to benefit children’s charity

Step back in time to the roaring 1950s at the fourth annual costume party to benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Before Green Valley became a village, a mining camp almost took the honors in 1881 three miles to the west. A cluster of miners’ tents mushroomed beside the military road established more than a decade earlier by the army. The road from Tonto Basin followed Wild Rye Creek to its headwaters, and then continued to the mouth of Pine Creek.

a brush with FATE

Preacher’s wife led artist into painting

It was all because of a preacher’s wife.

Las Vegas anyone?

Las Vegas is known as: the fun city, sin city; by the phrase “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” and where the best entertainment in the West is found.

Pet expert shares tuna casserole recipe

When it comes to pets, Warren Eckstein loves yours as much as you do! He hosts a long-running nationally syndicated radio show, “The Pet Show With Warren Eckstein,” heard in more than 100 cities.

Experiment in the kitchen for health, new flavors

This collection of recipes comes from the American Institute for Cancer Research, which focuses its efforts on studying the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk.

Technical glitches delay property tax mailing

Despite rumors of political conspiracy, Gila County’s delayed mailing of property tax notices is due to technological difficulties.

Cruise Port Travel’s event night

Cruise Port Travel will join thousands of cruise-selling travel professionals in the World’s Largest Cruise Night, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traffic committee takes on hot topics

STAC will consider ways to slow traffic on an extended Mud Springs Road and get traffic up the hill to a straightened out Airport Road

Payson’s traffic advisory committee will shake off its summer somnambulism on Wednesday with a packed agenda of hot-button topics.

What’s in a slogan?

Council meeting includes plan to adopt new slogan: ‘A Cool Mountain Town’

So it’s a official: We really, really, really love ponderosa pines.