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Tuesday, September 30

Police nab pot tender

A Mexican national faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 to $4 million fine for his part in an illegal marijuana garden found south of Young.

Chilson Ranch rarin’ to go: Condo project will tame flooding

Project along American Gulch will take land out of flood plain

After enough setbacks to plot a soap opera, a sometimes-controversial developer is ready to send in the bulldozers to start work on a luxury condominium project that could play a key role in the revival of Main Street.

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Main Street snags awards

The First Friday Art and Antiques Walk on Main Street in Payson is the best special event in the state.

Animal shelter shift dropped

Mayor gives up on convincing Humane Society to move location

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has abandoned his effort to convince the Humane Society to move its proposed animal shelter from just off Main Street to town-owned land next to the rodeo grounds.

Support the PUSD override

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.

Quality customer service refreshing

Every day we are forced to deal with somebody personally or professionally who is rude, demeaning, wrong, unprofessional, etc. At least once a month I find myself saying, “Oh, that gripes me. That deserves a letter to the editor. I’ll teach them.” Then every time I choose instead to let it go and just learn from my experience.

The ‘Road to Nowhere’

Despite all the rhetoric we Americans have heard from Alaska’s Gov. Sarah Palin, Alaska now has a “Road to Nowhere” going to what would have been the “Bridge to Nowhere.” Alaska’s transportation department has completed a $25 million gravel road leading to the site of a bridge that Sarah Palin now boasts she stopped, so as to save taxpayers money.

Experience matters

Let this be a lesson to all those who will recklessly vote for someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin. We have no choice now but to rely on our experienced senators and representatives in Congress to save us from the impending financial collapse caused by their liberal mortgage schemes and lax oversight.

Support for Haapala

I support Dan Haapala for Gila County Supervisor in District 1.

Proving Pogo right

On Tuesday, Roundup reporter Alexis Bechman’s analysis of drunk driving arrests in Rim Country hit the front page.

Not a who-done-it, more a what-you-can-do

Sherlock Holmes once deduced the identity of the villain, by noticing that a dog living at the scene of the crime did not bark.

feature teacher

I teach because I love watching students make connections with what they are learning.

Council enjoys successful homecoming week

Payson High School student government’s recent reflections on the success of Homecoming Week yielded congratulatory disbelief that they organized a dance on budget and earned an overall profit.

Star Valley will consider disaster plan over the ‘cracker barrel’ on Tuesday

Star Valley’s mayor is looking for public input on a disaster mitigation plan in the works at the first-ever cracker barrel forum Tuesday night.

Walking program

Join AARP and Payson Parks and Recreation in stepping up to better health.

County schedules flu vaccinations

The Gila County Division of Health and Community Services will be having adult flu clinics this year starting Oct. 1.

Bruising battle comes to town

Candidates for open congressional seat come to Payson event

The bruising battle for the open congressional seat that includes Rim Country touched down briefly in Payson, with the Republican candidate defending her career as a mining company lobbyist as a struggle to provide jobs for rural areas.

Community invited to train for disaster

In the event of a disaster, citizens often respond before firefighters, police and ambulances can. Well arranged and trained community members can respond effectively to reduce injuries, loss of life and property damage.

Fiddle fans enjoy new festival site

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Donald defended his 2007 Arizona State Old-time Fiddlers Championship this weekend, despite a smaller crowd than last year.

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Horns lead Power Points

A convincing 55-21 win over the Bradshaw Mountain Bears catapulted the Payson Longhorns to the top of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Power Point Rankings.

Longhorn soccer players upend St. Michaels

Phil Leibundgut’s hat trick in the first 17 minutes of the second half lifted the Longhorn soccer team to 7-1 win over St. Michaels.

Little League leadership organizing

Although the Little League season wrapped up only three months ago, officials are already laying the foundation for the 2009 campaign.

Still time to participate in Rim Country Challenge

Although the Sept. 26 deadline for pre-registration into the Rim Country Challenge has passed, those interested can still sign up between 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day, Oct. 4. All races start and finish at Payson’s scenic Green Valley Park. The half marathon and relay begin at 8 a.m., the 5K begins at 8:15 a.m. and the young athletes’ fun run begins at 9 a.m.

Stampede course proves its daunting reputation

Wayne Gorry has built a reputation as the Rim Country’s finest and most accomplished mountain biker.

Payson man takes second in Arizona Mid-Amateur Championships

Scottsdale man takes title at prestigious tournament

After forging out a two-shot lead during the first round of the Arizona Mid-Amateur Championships, Payson’s David Bosley, 58, withdrew five holes into the final round with tendonitis of his elbow.

Small game season opens this weekend

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

Roundup adds two reporters to staff

Two new faces have joined the Roundup staff, Suzanne Jacobson and Alexis Bechman.

Protect your home with a yes vote

I have tried to be objective in my writings and present facts, so you can make informed judgments on your real estate decisions.

GCC offers PowerPoint classes

Make any lecture or business meeting more interesting with PowerPoint.

Monday, September 29

Election registration approaches

The Oct. 6 deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is rapidly approaching.

YMCA election Deadline looms

Payson is rushing to pull off a last-minute, $40,000 election that will determine whether the town leases parkland to the YMCA for a gym and swim center.

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Young couple brews up coffee and goodies

Getting married, having a baby and taking over a business would stress anyone, but Amy and Jeff Anderson did it all and they’re only 21.

Payson student sets her watch to boom of Big Ben’s chimes

The heart of London is a mass of roads weaving in and out of tall, commanding buildings with oddly shaped windows. Big Ben emerges from the mass with dignity and refinement, much like the people over whom he faithfully watches day after day.

Saturday, September 27

Move over “big schools” make way for the 3A East.

The Payson Longhorns totally dismantled the Class 4A Bradshaw Mountain Bears.

Friday, September 26

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Pioneer Dinner is Saturday

The residents of and visitors to Rim Country are invited to an old-fashioned Pioneer Dinner at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center (gym).

Candidates debate how county uses its money

Candidates for county commissioner spots face off

The feisty debate at a recent county supervisor candidate forum pitted incumbents who defended the steady rise of the county’s budget against challengers who attempted to debunk what they called excuses.

Water impact fees coming before council

The proposed Payson Ordinance 748 calls for giving developers 10 years to pay their $7,500 water impact fee.

Remember, coaches of recreational teams are volunteers

I was at my grandson’s flag football game last night and I saw something I think every parent should think about.

Thanks for supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Chili’s Grill and Bar would like to thank the Rim Country Classic Auto Club and Safeway for donating sodas, and everyone that came out to our car show on Sept. 20 to help raise awareness and donations for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

CCC Appreciation Day acknowledgments

To commemorate the 75th anniversary year of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Payson Town Council proclaimed Aug. 29 as Civilian Conservation Corps Appreciation Day and the Northern Gila County Historical Society sponsored a corresponding all-day educational event.

Save a little town by buying local

Remember the scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when the whole town pours into George Baily’s living room with their crumpled dollar bills, thereby saving his little savings and loan. Doesn’t it make you tear up just thinking about a town where people cared about each other that much? Well, welcome to Payson.

Rim County hangs together

Got to love Ben Franklin. Far-sighted fellow. He even understood the dynamics of the Rim County water wars – and the Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Some people are survivors, and others, well ...

A few weeks ago I mentioned a young high school student who stepped out into a raging downpour with an opened one pound can of sodium, a metal which if exposed to water explodes. In the case of that one pound can of sodium, given enough water the explosion would have been the equivalent of a stick of dynamite.

Payson council ponders impact fee changes

Council asks town staff to study $7,500-per-unit water impact fee on apartments, townhouses, extend pay time

In the wake of a slowdown that has stalled building in Payson, the Town Council wants to take a fresh look at the hefty water development fee for apartments and condos and perhaps allow developers to spread payments over 10 instead of five years.

$350,000 windfall will pay for new school furniture

A windfall of nearly $350,000 will pay for new furniture at Julia Randall Elementary, the Payson Unified School District Board decided Thursday.

Frustrations ignite at SemStream hearing

SemStream’s attempt to placate the Arizona Corporation Commission Wednesday regarding its parent company’s bankruptcy elicited frustration and many unknowns.

Getting arrested for a DUI is costly

Most people arrested last year by the Payson Police Department for driving drunk pleaded guilty, spent a night in jail, paid a fine and had a ignition interlock device installed.

Rim officials strike deal on water pipeline

‘Historic’ agreement clears way for a Payson pipeline big enough to deliver water to smaller communities and Tonto Apache Tribe

An “historic” meeting of Rim Country, tribal and federal officials on Thursday cleared away a critical hurdle blocking construction of a water pipeline from the Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Pilots group founder turns 80

In his 80 years, Rich Henry’s love of aviation has encouraged him to follow through with many ideas for the Payson community. In 1986 he began the Payson Pilots Association (PPA) and encouraged the members to raise funds to donate to local charities.

Payson to buy airport land

Council debates $520,000 down payment on a 13-acre chunk of land it hopes to lease to private businesses

Despite budget woes and council questions, Payson last week took the first step toward buying 13 acres of prime industrial land next door to the airport — in hopes of becoming a landlord.

Oktoberfest celebrates home brew

Rim Country home brew club organizing

Maybe it’s in the water. Maybe it’s the altitude and fresh air. Whatever it is, the Mogollon Rim has a unique place in the world of beverages. Historically, the area had a reputation during Prohibition of producing some of the best bootleg liquor around.

Historic ramada now just a memory

The historic ramada that stood for more than two decades at old Pine Strawberry Elementary School came down last week to make room for a new, state-of-the-art structure.

It’s a gorgeous time in Christopher Creek

It is almost October and the leaves are starting to change colors. The elk are carrying on in the forest and it is getting really cold at night. The days are beautiful and it is a gorgeous time to come up and enjoy the fall weather here in Christopher Creek.

Looking like fall in the village

The days in Tonto Village are starting to get a little crispy along with fall colors starting to emerge on some of the trees. I just love this time of year when the days are warm and the nights are chilly enough for a blanket for sleeping.

Rim Country Challenge runners start from Green Valley

Ross Hage’s best hope is that plenty of people turn out to encourage runners as they maneuver their way through the Rim Country Challenge, Payson’s annual half-marathon and 5K.

Many trophy elk being taken in early elk season

The early archery elk season has drawn to a close with a number of quality bulls being taken by local hunters.

Longhorns on the road to Bradshaw Mountain

Payson seeks to extend season record to 5-0 against 4A Bears

If the offense Bradshaw Mountain employs this evening, Sept. 26, against the Longhorns is recognizable, there’s a valid reason for the familiarity.

Farmers market this weekend

Just one week after celebrating their one-year anniversary, Vita Mart is hosting a farmers market in the Twin Pines Shopping Center parking lot this Saturday, Sept. 27.

Chaparral hosting state mid-amateur championship

While playing for the New England Patriots in 1991, Shawn McCarthy booted a 93-yard punt that stands as the third longest in NFL history and continues to be a team record.

Longhorn soccer team now 6-3-1 overall, 1-1 in East

One star player does not make a team.

Woods Canyon Lake gets one last stocking

Tonto Creek Hatchery releases the last of 146,000 fish for the season as summer yields to fall

Say it ain’t so. Summer must really be over — the hatchery trucks have all been parked.

Humane society needs support during tough time

It’s been a very difficult couple of weeks at Payson Humane Society. There are a lot of questions to answer, so let’s give it a try.

Should you work with a financial professional?

When you make investment decisions, you’ve got a lot of factors to evaluate: corporate earnings, economic climate, interest rates, oil prices and so on.

Soccer invitational taking place at Rumsey

12 teams expected to play in tourney

When we last saw the Longhorn soccer team playing in a Payson Invitational tournament, Pioneer Title sponsored the fray, Aaron Loeffler was making a late goal that lifted PHS to a 2-1 win over Snowflake, and the Horns were finishing third.

Arizona state parks seeks advisory group members

The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking motorized and nonmotorized recreation and historic preservation enthusiasts from all Arizona counties to serve in an advisory capacity. The term will begin on Jan. 1, 2009.

Thursday, September 25

Welcome

Welcome to the October edition of Rim Country Boomers, your guide to seasoned living.

North to Alaska — Part 1

“North to Alaska, north the rush is on” — so goes a lyric line from the great Johnny Horton song from 1960.

A passion for painting

Almost 40 years ago, Judy Dahl received a gift from her husband, Tom, that changed her life forever. He gave her a tole painting class for her birthday. She hasn’t stopped painting since.

Social Security answers your questions

The Social Security offices of Arizona have provided the following frequently asked questions and answers.

Harvesting for health of game herds, forest:

Freedom, relaxation are the fun of the hunt

Ask lifelong hunter Dean Pederson where the best places in the Rim Country are for hunting and he laughs and says, “We try to keep those secret.”

Good intentions pave road to fridge scour

I recently experienced what can only be described as a watershed moment. A first. An event so monumental I feel compelled to document it in this newspaper and on the World Wide Web, so it will live in perpetuity.

Making small changes add up to savings

Amid the gloomy financial news, unbelievably high gas prices, curtailed housing market, electrical rate increases, chilling propane bills and water conservation penalties, it sometimes feels as though the forces of the world are conspiring to make living in this part of paradise an implausible dream. The main thing to remember is that the economy runs in cycles and there are brighter days ahead.

Best bets: Looking for something to do?

Rim Country Boomer editors have searched high and low to find the best activities in the region. Check out these Payson and area events. You are sure find something that will fit your interest.

Get out the soup pot

Autumn arrived Sept. 22 this year. While we are blessed with some of our best weather and temperatures at this time of year in the Rim Country, the nights are just right for a great bowl of soup, stew or chili and some nice, warm bread.

Town Manager’s Memo

Welcome to the first edition of the Manager’s Memo.

More friction between SemStream and ACC

As SemStream officials attempted to placate the Arizona Corporation Commission Wednesday regarding their parent company’s bankruptcy, the few answers provided seemingly caused more friction.

Wednesday, September 24

Fiddlin’ on the Rim

Annual championship plays out this weekend

On Saturday, catch a small fry doing some trick fiddling down off Main Street.

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The Rim Review

Fiddlin' on the Rim

on the Cover

Scrappers help breast cancer

Rim Country scrapbooking enthusiasts have an opportunity to do their part for the fight against breast cancer.

This Week's Review

Welcome to the first Review for fall 2008.

Getaway-around rim country

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club will have its 11th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Oct. 11-12 at the Tonto Apache Reservation Recreation Center (gym). The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

at the movies: Lakeview Terrace

Movie furnishes simmering tension

Aside from sapphire swimming pools, there is no water in sight of “Lakeview Terrace,” a tidy cul-de-sac development in suburban L.A. Instead, just beyond the drop-off, there are canyons of tinder-dry scrub and distant, growing wildfires. Even before the story begins, a pall of menace hangs over the cliffside community.

Rim Country History

LEONA FUEL and her Payson correspondent columns of 1929

The year 1929 was the end of the Roaring ’20s and also the end of Zane Grey’s time in Rim Country. During that time the Arizona Republican (today’s Arizona Republic) ran weekly correspondent columns from around the state. Payson’s column was written by Leona Fuel, a Payson schoolteacher. This week, we look at bits and pieces of the Payson scene as written by Fuel.

Get the body politic back in shape

While some have expressed concern about Gov. Sarah Palin’s level of experience, there is one issue — perhaps the transcendent issue of our age — where her preeminence is unquestioned.

Leaky heart valve not always serious

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Six years ago, I had a heart attack that resulted in triple bypass surgery, and I had to have my mitral valve replaced. Last year, my cardiologist informed me that my new mitral valve and my original aortic valve were leaking a little. He told me not to worry about it. I do worry. If you have a leak in your pipe in your home, you have it fixed immediately. I would think that applies to the body too. What do you think? — M.G.

Solutions for the busy cook

Providing healthy meals for the family is a challenge for today’s busy cooks

Travel Talk

Let’s Take The Train

Often, I hear people say they would like to take a train trip. So would I.

profiles in art | a continuing series

ALL THAT JAZZ

Church claims drummer and his buddies spawned ‘birth place of jazz in Payson’

bonus RECIPES

COMFORT FOODS — Made Fast and Healthy!

September is National Rice Month. Whether you enjoy long-grain rice or one of the many wild rice blends, rice is a nice change of pace in your daily diet.

fave foods of the famous

Ice skater shares apple dessert recipe

Sasha Cohen is the living definition of beauty, style and grace. She’s an Olympic figure-skating medal winner and former U.S. champion who continues to thrill her fans worldwide as the headliner for the Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour.

Star Valley awaits results of new water study

A new water study could show Star Valley has enough water to support five times its current population, although the town’s general plan draft states it doesn’t want to grow anywhere near that size.

Tuesday, September 23

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Homecoming spirit

Longhorn football fans were up and cheering.

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Airport general plan debate takes off

Owners of 220-acre land swap want general plan amendment for light industry, apartments, houses, but residents already lining up to protest

The owners of the biggest undeveloped, privately-owned chunk of land in Payson want to change the town’s general plan to allow for a mix of apartments, houses and light industry, much of it on hillsides overlooking the town.

Agents find stacks of marijuana in forest

Gila County Narcotics Task Force agents expected to find another pot garden in the latest raid in the Tonto National Forest. What they didn’t expect was the stacks of marijuana dried, processed, packaged and ready for transportation and distribution.

Pine/Strawberry board seeks to hire manager

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board is continuing its march toward the goal of taking over the two towns’ private water companies.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Charity Golf Scramble set

The Payson Gateway Project will host a Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the landscaping of the roundabout at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Payson Golf Course.

Pro-life events set for Oct. 5

On Sept. 24 the 40 days for life prayer, fasting and education vigil (will begin) at three Planned Parenthood locations in the Valley and around the nation.

Base your vote on issues and beliefs

Based on belief and issues who should you support in the upcoming election?

Vote for person who will look out for our best interest

The wisdom of our founding fathers that we all admire prompted them to put into the constitution that in order to vote you should be male, free and a property owner.

Friends of Payson seeks donations

I want to thank everyone who signed the Friends of Payson petition and all those who contributed to our legal fund.

More access to Main Street needed

Some time back, there was an article that mentioned, putting a roundabout at the casino and Payson Event Center intersection.

Payson Humane Society building fund doing great

On behalf of the Payson Humane Society, we would like to thank the Rim Country community for your support of our Capital Campaign Building Fund.

How to hold a property title in Arizona

One of the important decisions made when buying a piece of property is, how you will take title.

GCC offers new eBay class

As e-commerce continues to grow, join the list of entrepreneurs making money on eBay.

Affordable cabin-style home series

Cavco Industries is debuting a new home series, the Cedar Valley Cabins in Rye.

Plenty of time ahead

Take a breath. Hold it. Hold it. Now exhale.

Both sides in ‘Y’ fight honor citizenship

So. The vote’s on after all.

State candidates agree on GCC funding

Rim Country state legislative candidates unanimously agreed at a recent forum in Payson that Gila Community College should receive funding equal to other community colleges in the state.

Payson council approves sales tax crackdown

New fees would crack down on out-of-town businesses staging highway sales

Payson will start imposing hefty permit fees on any out-of-town business selling goods on the roadside.

Feature Teacher

Wendell Stevens

Ag class teaches animal science and about life

It’s humid inside Payson High School’s greenhouse, and the pH level of the water inside a big, circular tank that will eventually hold fish is too high.

A vision for all students

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” — Yogi Berra

Help your grandparents save $3,600

Grandparents are known for their wisdom and advice.

Donations appreciated, but don’t just dump off

The Payson Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., gratefully accepts donations of clothing, household items, small appliances, furniture, books and other merchandise in good, resalable condition.

Coach is hoping for big crowd

PHS football coach Josh Anderson is hoping to take the home field advantage to Bradshaw Mountain.

Longhorns dominate Chino Valley

Results from Sept. 19 high school games leave little doubt the 3A East continues to be the most competitive and fiercely contested region in the state.

Parks and Recreation Events

Start your child early with basketball. Start

Lady Longhorns win three straight from Globe

With all-important East play set to tip off later this week in Show Low, the tendency of the Lady Longhorns could have been to look past a Sept. 20 non-region clash against the visiting Globe Tigers.

Longhorn boys soccer takes 1-0 game from Elks

Nic Creighton’s goal in the 68th minute lifted the Longhorn boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the homestanding Round Valley Elks.

Fall trout tourney will take place on Sept. 27

The spring and fall Payson Community Christian School trout tournaments have, for years, marked the unofficial onset and end of fishing season in the Rim Country.

Agencies gearing up for law enforcement academy

The Payson Police Department, along with four other state agencies, is gearing up for the second annual Northern Gila County Law Enforcement Academy on Wednesday.

Rim Country ‘scrappers’ help breast cancer fight

Rim Country scrapbooking enthusiasts have an opportunity to do their part for the fight against breast cancer.

Saturday, September 20

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Homecoming is a sweet victory

The beasts of the East reigned supreme Friday evening in non-region games played around the state.

Friday, September 19

Some people never learn, but you can if you watch them

It has been 65 years now since I first learned to duck whenever I heard four small words.

Candidate does not own property in Gila County

Editor: Dan Haapala is an Independent candidate for District 1 Gila County Supervisor, yet he does not own any property in Gila County.

Free market philosophy cause of current crisis

Editor: Voters should note that the current housing and financial institution crisis is the direct result of the so-called “free market” philosophy and deregulation mania of the Republicans starting with Ronald Reagan and continuing through the two Bush administrations.

PUSD: Fiscal discipline and accountability during challenging economic times

One method of determining how a school district is managing taxpayer dollars is to examine not only the bottom line, but some of the important details that contribute to financial health.

AIA wants to control work

Picture this. You attend a football, soccer, basketball or volleyball game at your child’s high school — which your tax dollars paid to build and operate. You take some pictures. Then this little guy with a scowl comes up and says you should hand them over — you’re officially working for him now

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Thieves pilfer ATM with stolen forklift and stolen trailer

Thieves made off with an ATM Wednesday morning after ripping it from a building and using a stolen forklift to load it onto a trailer in Tonto Basin.

New rules could interfere

As if they were two mighty heavyweights standing toe to toe in the middle of the boxing ring exchanging blows, the Arizona Interscholastic Association and the Arizona Newspaper Association are locked in a ferocious scrap.

Younger students score higher on AIMS science test

Payson elementary and middle school students scored well above state averages on the state’s first standardized science test, while high school students scored slightly lower than state averages and dramatically lower than the younger students.

‘Y’ election goes forward

Appeals Court clears way for mail-in ballot

The state Appeals Court Thursday overturned a lower court ruling and cleared the way for a November election to determine whether Payson should lease five acres of land in Rumsey Park to the Valley of the Sun YMCA

Legislative candidates square off

Forest thinning, increased access for industry is popular election theme

All five Rim Country state legislative candidates, at a forum Wednesday, said they favored forest thinning and increased access for industry, though none outlined a plan to make it happen.

Payson locks in reservoir water rights

Crowded council agenda includes the transfer from SRP of rights to 3,000 acre feet from Blue Ridge

Moments after the Payson Council on Thursday night accepted legal ownership of water in the Blue Ridge Reservoir, the handful of spectators broke into applause to celebrate the historic moment at the end of a 35-year struggle.

Humane Society site talks take another twist

Approved development and proposed lake complicate shelter negotiations

The Payson Humane Society and Mayor Kenny Evans this week continued negotiations on whether a proposed regional animal shelter should move from Main Street to a site overlooking the Payson Event Center.

School board sets parking permit at $50

Money will go toward increased security, including cameras in the Payson High School parking lots

Students will continue pay $50 each year to park their cars at Payson High School, the school board decided at a recent meeting.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Community Flea Market Saturday

The Community Flea Market, sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church, is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. This is a great, one-stop shopping experience featuring numerous vendors. To accommodate shoppers and vendors, coffee, donuts and popcorn will be sold all morning long, and barbecued brats with chips and a soda for lunch until 1 p.m.

Rollovers back up highways

Both a 71-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman lost control of their vehicles and rolled while traveling south on Highway 87.

Gila supervisor candidates will debate on Monday

The Citizens Awareness Committee will sponsor a Gila County Supervisor candidates forum for those running in Districts 1 and 3.

New information on age of Payson Water Company changes SV’s position

New information on the age of Brooke Utilities water facilities serving Star Valley undercut the council’s resolve to purchase the Payson Water Company earlier this month.

Wriggling back from extinction

Rare joint effort produces a rare conservation triumph —the recovery of the Apache trout

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.

Adventure

Jo Ann “Jinx” Wegenke saw the Women’s Step Outside Weekend as a chance to learn more about her new environment. “I’m from Wisconsin and I don’t understand Arizona outside,” she said.

Time Out holds walk to bring attention to domestic violence

Time Out is holding its annual candlelight walk/vigil Thursday, Oct 9, honoring those who have died and those who have survived the social epidemic known as domestic violence.

Shelter statistics represent real lives at our mercy

“One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter” — a book by Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer — is a mesmerizing, heartwrenching look into the operation of an American animal shelter.

Don’t get burned by ‘hot’ stocks

Summer is officially over, but that does not mean, among other things, that you don’t have to apply sunscreen when you’re in the hot sun.

Majestic Rim changes name

The Majestic Rim senior living facility has changed its name to the Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim

Payson has three finalists up for Main Street awards

Each year the Arizona Main Street Program accepts nominations in nine categories.

Horn coach will be going against his old team

Only a coach who has left a program and later returned to coach against the players he once helped mold will understand what Josh Anderson will be feeling tonight.

Elk, deer can be tough to field dress

All the preseason scouting and target practice has paid off with that trophy animal on the ground.

Spirit line is dedicated, hardworking cheer group

With homecoming set for tonight, coach Kristi Ford’s spirit line will be primed and ready to have Payson boosters rockin’ and rollin’ their support for the Longhorn football team.

New biking competition will take place at Rumsey Park

A new biking competition is riding into Rim Country.

Lady Longhorns fifth at Flagstaff tourney

An appearance in the Flagstaff Coconino Invitational tournament gave the Lady Longhorns a glimpse of what playing life will be like when the season-ending state tournament rolls around

Longhorns boys soccer

A Show Low Invitational tournament-ending “sister kisser” against archrival Snowflake propelled the Longhorn soccer team to a third-place finish in a field of eight teams.

Chino Valley will be tough for the Longhorns

Comparing scores among common opponents is not usually a valid method of evaluating football teams prior to a big game.

Annual Flatlanders Party took place at Christopher Creek

Last Tuesday was the 29th Annual Flatlanders Party here in Christopher Creek.

Hellsgate will not continue automatic renewal of IGA with Houston Mesa

Have you felt the change in the air? Can fall be far behind?

Volunteers can help variety of Pine, Strawberry organizations

Fall is fast approaching and in a few weeks the garden and yard work will be diminishing.

Firing up the Longhorns

Jed Ward rode his unicycle up to the bonfire and discovered just how hot a raging fire can get.

Pet calender photo shoot

Primp your pooch and fluff up your feline for another photo shoot for Payson Humane Society's 2009 Pet Calendar.

Adventure weekend a chance to get to know new environment

Jo Ann "Jinx" Wegenke saw the Women's Step Outside Weekend as a chance to learn more about her new environment. "I'm from Wisconsin and I don't understand Arizona outside," she said.

Some people never learn, but you can if you watch them

It has been 65 years now since I first learned to duck whenever I heard four small words.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Community Flea Market Saturday

Landslide may be a million years in the making

Geologists say the area along Highway 87 that collapsed in March, causing millions of dollars in repair, may be the site of an ancient landslide.

New rules could interfere with school sports coverage

As if they were two mighty heavyweights standing toe to toe in the middle of the boxing ring exchanging blows, the Arizona Interscholastic Association and the Arizona Newspaper Association are locked in a ferocious scrap.

‘Y' election goes forward

Appeals Court clears way for mail-in ballot

The state Appeals Court Thursday overturned a lower court ruling and cleared the way for a November election to determine whether Payson should lease five acres of land in Rumsey Park to the Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Sheriff's detective honored by Gila County Attorney

Gila County Sheriff's Detective Johnny Holmes, has been named Officer of the Quarter by Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

Hellsgate will not continue automatic renewal of IGA with Houston Mesa

Have you felt the change in the air? Can fall be far behind?

Wriggling back from extinction

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.

Gila County Cattle Growers

The Gila County Cattle Growers Association held its annual meeting and steak fry Sept. 6 at the Young Community Center. More than 100 ranchers and their families participated in the meetings and dinner.

Crystal Lotus Gallery

Crystal Lotus Gallery celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

Don't get burned by ‘hot' stocks

Summer is officially over, but that does not mean, among other things, that you don't have to apply sunscreen when you're in the hot sun.

Longhorns boys soccer finishes third at Show Low

A Show Low Invitational tournament-ending "sister kisser" against archrival Snowflake propelled the Longhorn soccer team to a third-place finish in a field of eight teams.

Payson cuts new deal with Hellsgate fire

Neighboring department will continue to back Payson crews for $130,000 annually

A cash-strapped Payson this year trimmed by $10,000 its agreement to get help fighting fires from neighboring Hellsgate Fire Department.

School board sets parking permit at $50

Money will go toward increased security, including cameras in the Payson High School parking lots

Students will continue pay $50 each year to park their cars at Payson High School, the school board decided at a recent meeting.

Legislative candidates square off

Forest thinning, increased access for industry is popular election theme

All five Rim Country state legislative candidates, at a forum Wednesday, said they favored forest thinning and increased access for industry, though none outlined a plan to make it happen.

New drainage control structure being installed at Preacher Canyon

To help control erosion, a new drainage structure is being installed at Preacher Canyon Bridge, east of Star Valley on Highway 260.

Wednesday, September 17

YMCA Appeal

A state appeals court may rule as soon as Friday on whether Payson residents will vote on a proposed lease of town-owned land to the Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Tuesday, September 16

Don't wake child who is sleepwalking

Young and sweet, only 72

As perhaps no other presidential candidate in history, Sen. John McCain has thrown down the gauntlet.

At the movies: Burn after reading

A dark and energetic film

The best movies by the Coen brothers are deadpan essays in dark comedy, with intricate plots and memorable character performances.

At the movies: The Women

Small truths found in fun

About half-way through "The Women" I realized something strange was going on.

Painting big behind opening by artist

Robert Temple likes to paint big, and he dreams big, too.

Touring major cities

With fall just around the corner you might be thinking of doing some vacationing since the summer crowds have pretty much dissipated and the climate is cooling off all over the country making it a wonderful time to get out and go.

FIRST ARRIVALS

In the 10 years from 1867 through 1876, 60 skirmishes were fought between the Indians and the army in and around Green Valley (Payson) and in the Tonto Basin.

Equine recreational therapy helps those with disabilities

Sam Feather is excited to ride Rose. He runs around the stables clapping, hugging and talking to everyone. When it is his time to ride, Feather walks up a ramp specially designed for a rider with disabilities to get on a horse, and, with the help of volunteers, gets in the saddle.

‘Celebrity Fit Club' doctor shares his best dish

On the popular VH1 TV hit "Celebrity Fit Club," Dr. Ian Smith helps stars shed pounds when almost everything else has failed them.

Activists seek independence for Gila college

Just one month after Gila Community College board member Larry Stephenson protested the college's serf-like existence, the board on Friday will vote on extending the contract with Eastern Arizona College

Town cuts nonprofit funding by 20 percent

Town funding for a handful of Payson nonprofit organizations will continue to dwindle in the face of economic hard times in the community.

SV general plan calls for open space, parks

Star Valley needs more parks and open space for residents and visitors, according to a draft of the general plan.

Heritage Festival

Bob McQueen climbed onto the seat of a vintage FarmAll tractor to examine the operating controls.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Constitution Week at Payson library

Students burn food to determine calorie numbers

It's not every day high school students get to light food on fire. But one group in Cindy Pool's Advanced Placement chemistry class in particular excelled, using two lighters to ignite a saltine.

Feature Teacher

Cynthia Pool

Garage sale, lots of speakers slated for future

Is there anything more frustrating than being deluged with junk e-mail?

Caution urged as students cross streets

It is the start of a new school year and, with that, children are crossing the streets on their way to and from school and lunch, many times improperly.

Humane Society to hold benefit dance Friday

Junction 87 headlines benefit for new shelter

Junction 87 will perform at the Payson Humane Society Benefit Dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 at Mazatzal Casino.

Christian fiction is a gentle read

Christian fiction, inspirational fiction -- just what is it?

Payson Library has full schedule of events

The Payson Public Library has scheduled the following events: September is "Library Card Sign-up" Month. Get your library card now! What do I need to get a library card? It's so easy.

Classes on jobs and business management software available from community college

Looking for the right job? Are you looking to improve your work skills?

Lady Longhorn runners finish second in Payson meet

Payson High School cross country runners made their 2008 home debut Sept. 10 in a multi-meet held at Rumsey Park.

Spring hunting regulations in stores now

Sportsmen in pursuit of turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear can now find printed copies of the 2009 spring hunting regulations at Arizona Game and Fish Department offices and license dealers statewide.

Lady Horns soccer team plays 6 games in 5 days

Lady Longhorn soccer coach Joe Schmidt and his charges can be excused for being more than a bit weary.

Longhorn boys soccer team overcomes St. Johns 3-1

Varsity, JV boys face Snowflake at Rumsey Park on Wednesday

Shane Crisp's spirited play led the Longhorn boys soccer team to a 3-1 win over the St. Johns Redskins.

Longhorns 3-0, ranked second in 3A

Stiff defense, solid special teams give PHS offense field position

Payson's 43-0 victory over the Florence Gophers has earned the Longhorns newfound state respect.

The benefit of graduation

Public school teaching and coaching does not yield many financial rewards. In truth, most teachers and coaches find themselves scrambling for second and odd jobs to supplement their meager incomes.

Redevelopment district looks to capture sales tax growth

Tax revenues may have fallen since establishment of the district to fight blight in 2000

The Green Valley Redevelopment District continued research on capturing money from any increase in business in the commercial area along and around Main Street, with a report to the board from Town Manager Debra Galbraith about the shift in businesses in the district since it was established in 2000.

Deadline nears to register for county spelling bee

Plans are currently being made for the 2009 Gila County Spelling Bee

Homecoming week has a number of spirited activities

Homecoming activities start with Spirit Week

Losing candidate will not appeal sheriff's election

Darrell Stubbs, who ran for Gila County Sheriff, will not appeal the primary election, he told the board of supervisors recently.

Rim Country's own little war

Activists seek independence for Gila college

New contract with Eastern Arizona on Friday's agenda

Just one month after Gila Community College board member Larry Stephenson protested the college's serf-like existence, the board on Friday will vote on extending the contract with Eastern Arizona College

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Constitution Week at Payson library

Lady Longhorn runners finish second at meet

Payson High School cross country runners made their 2008 home debut Sept. 10 in a multi-meet held at Rumsey Park.

Payson Weather Report

Weather courtesy of Bruce Rasch, Astro Computer Services

Roberto Romo Jr.

Roberto Romo Jr. died Sept. 7, 2008.

Monday, September 15

You can stay in control of your investment outlook

Many people throw their hands up in despair at what happens in the investment world. There seems to be many things one cannot anticipate or control: political turmoil, rising oil prices, fluctuating interest rates, the subprime mortgage crisis. As an investor, are you at the mercy of other events?

Graduation is one of those intrinsic benefits

Public school teaching and coaching does not yield many financial rewards. In truth, most teachers and coaches find themselves scrambling for second and odd jobs to supplement their meager incomes.

Lightning strikes twice or more

Wet winter, dry spring and a great monsoon deliver best flow of water in years

The gentle afternoon showers and occasional downpours of this year's monsoon season capped a drought-breaking wet year in Rim Country.

Old-time fiddlers contest is Sept. 27-28 on Main Street

Get your fiddles out, tune 'em up and get ready for the 38th annual Vertilee Floyd Memorial Old-time Fiddlers Contest Sept. 27 and 28.

Real estate can help you avoid income tax

A Canadian friend of mine started his real estate investment portfolio in 1986 by buying a home, fixing it up, renting it and then continued investing by trading up to larger real estate investments.

Arthur Elmer Gardner

Friday, September 12

Spotless Record so far for the Longhorns

The Payson Longhorns improved to 3-0 with a 43-0 spanking of the Florence Gophers Friday evening in Florence.

Labor day blast

The Burger and Brats sale and bake sale was a success.

Thursday, September 11

CAYFA teams have home debut Saturday

Payson's five entries in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association (CAYFA) make their home debut tomorrow, Sept. 13, at Longhorn field.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Meet the star of the ‘Jake's Corner' movie

Payson's design rules will get a redesign

Payson's design review needs a little, well, redesign.

Scorpions encased in plastic make me think too much

You know something that bothers me?

Design Review Fairy Tale: Council has to get it just right

Payson has a Goldilocks problem. Not too hot -- not too cold -- gotta make it just right.

County agrees to help super size water line

Supervisors barely agree to provide $4 million for Blue Ridge pipeline

Gila County, on Tuesday, barely joined Payson's efforts to build a pipeline that will carry the Rim Country's future drinking water.

Fires destroy homes in Payson, Pine

Plumes of black smoke rose on the west side of Highway 87, north of West Forest Drive Tuesday afternoon as a fire consumed a Payson home and left two people homeless.

Tennis tournament draws 26 players

Tennis teaching pro Diane Jackson's return to the local sports scene was an overwhelming success when 26 players showed up to compete Sept. 6 in a mixed doubles team tournament.

Christian school cross country team wins meet

The Payson Community Christian School cross country team's 2008 debut turned into a success when the fifth- and sixth-grade squad ran its way to a first-place finish in a four-team meet at American Indian School in Show Low.

Hunter safety course offered by fish, game

The fall hunting seasons are in full swing with a number of archery elk units opening today, while the rifle seasons will be following soon for most big-game in Arizona. Every year at this time, the Arizona Game and Fish Department offers the hunter safety course for all first-time permit holders.

Still time to train for Rim Country run

It's not too late to get in a few practice runs before the Rim Country Challenge begins Oct. 4.

Punt, pass and kick competition is Sept. 15 at Rumsey Park

The NFL/Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick program has a storied history in Payson that includes attracting some of the town's finest young athletes into its ranks.

Longhorns off to Florence

Improving Gophers are 0-2, but have talented players

Although the Florence Gophers are winless, the team presents a unique challenge for the Payson Longhorns in that it boasts talented players.

Second disc golf tourney coming to Payson Oct. 4

The success of the inaugural Rim Country Open Disc Golf Tournament, held in January 2008, had entrants clamoring for more.

Shop Hop features quilt display, textiles

Pine merchants are holding their Saturday Shop Hop from 4 to 8 p.m., Sept. 13.

Humane Society seeks details on land swap

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans met with the board of the Payson Humane Society this week to answer a host of questions about possibly moving a proposed $3.6-million animal shelter from a two-acre parcel off McLane Road to a five-acre piece of town-owned land next to the Payson Event Center.

Child imposter faces 70 years in prison after guilty plea

A 30-year-old man who started a skateboarding club at Rumsey Park and attended a Tonto Village school posing as a 13-year-old boy in 2005 on Friday pleaded guilty in Yavapai County Superior Court on six felony counts related to crimes in that county.

Humane Society to hold benefit dance

Junction 87 headlines dance for new shelter

Junction 87 will perform at the Payson Humane Society Benefit Dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 at Mazatzal Casino.

Tonto Village gearing down from Labor Day

Tonto Village is gearing down from a whirlwind Labor Day weekend.

Larger Pine library could soon become a reality

A new and larger Pine-Strawberry library could soon become a reality.

Nights are cool, skies full of stars and elk are bugling

You know it's fall when you wake up to the sound of elk bugling.

Principal works to help middle school students thrive

The thing about middle school is, when you're in it, it's hard.

It's all thumbs up

Equine recreational therapy helps those with disabilities

Sam Feather is excited to ride Rose.

Go take a hike this fall

Every Tuesday a group of people gather just south of the Sears store between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

It's time for cycle of pet overpopulation to stop

Summer is beginning to wind down, but here at Payson Humane Society it's hard to notice. The staff and volunteers are still dripping with sweat. The flies and bees are still here in swarms. And the puppies and kittens keep coming in.

Arkansas man wins quad raffle

Tonto Rim Search and Rescue raised more than $35,000 during its annual fund-raiser and awarded one lucky winner, a 2008 Arctic Cat Prowler and trailer Thursday.

Wednesday, September 10

At the movies: Swing Vote

Good points worth the time

"My vote doesn't count," the traditional response to America's voting turnout, was called on the carpet this weekend in Kevin Costner's Swing Vote.

At the movies: Swing Vote

Entertaining, but unfulfilling

Swing Vote leaves viewers unfulfilled.

Gourds ‘speak' to artist

It takes time to develop transformed image

Dixie Guldner's great gourd ideas grow gradually

House fire update

Plumes of black smoke rose on the west side of Highway 87, north of West Forest Drive Tuesday afternoon as a fire destroyed a Payson home.

The election of 1900

The primary elections and presidential conventions have come and gone and the general election draws closer. This week, I thought it might be fun to go back to the fall of 1900 and look at how the area responded to that election.

Family Fun Payson Heritage Festival offers trip into past

The basics Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 Time: 9 a.m. Location: Green Valley Park Admission: Free (tours of Rim Country Historical Society Museum and Zane Grey Cabin are not free)

Arizona's Cool Mountain Town -- in the Heart of Arizona -- is having a party this weekend and would like to invite you and your family to attend.

Solving murders not all glamour

A recent story noted that more women are choosing careers in forensic science, a result of what's called the "CSI effect," in honor of the show where the glamorous female leads solve murders while wearing high heels and low-cut blouses.

Down home dishes of love

Cookbook raises funds for charity that helps in medical emergencies

A new cookbook is available from Git A Rope! Publishing, Inc. featuring recipes from the family and friends of Gracie Lee Haught, who was killed in a tragic accident in Feb. 2004, only a few months after her third birthday.

Skipped heartbeat not usually dangerous

Side Street Strutters kick off TCCA's 30th season

The Tonto Community Concert Association launches its concert season Tuesday, Sept. 16.

At the movies: swing vote another view

Entertaining, but unfulfilling

Swing Vote leaves viewers unfulfilled.

At the movies: swing vote

Good points worth the time

“My vote doesn’t count,” the traditional response to America’s voting turnout, was called on the carpet this weekend in Kevin Costner’s Swing Vote.

Skipped heartbeat not usually dangerous

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 49, female and in good health. I do not take any medications. Several months ago, I developed an arrhythmia. My pulse would skip anywhere from once every four or five beats to once every 20 beats. I had no other symptoms.

Solving murders not all glamour

A recent story noted that more women are choosing careers in forensic science, a result of what’s called the “CSI effect,” in honor of the show where the glamorous female leads solve murders while wearing high heels and low-cut blouses

The election of 1900

The primary elections and presidential conventions have come and gone and the general election draws closer. This week, I thought it might be fun to go back to the fall of 1900 and look at how the area responded to that election

Gourds ‘speak’ to artist

It takes time to develop transformed image

Dixie Guldner’s great gourd ideas grow gradually. She sits a dirty gourd on her living room table and gets used to it.

Down home dishes of love Cookbook raises funds for charity that helps in medical emergencies

A new cookbook is available from Git A Rope! Publishing, Inc. featuring recipes from the family and friends of Gracie Lee Haught, who was killed in a tragic accident in Feb. 2004, only a few months after her third birthday.<

Family Fun Payson Heritage Festival offers trip into past

Arizona’s Cool Mountain Town — in the Heart of Arizona — is having a party this weekend and would like to invite you and your family to attend.

Side Street Strutters kick

The Tonto Community Concert Association launches its concert season Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Side Street Strutters, a vivacious, six-piece jazz band, lead out as the first of eight concerts to appear at the Payson High School Auditorium in a performance starting at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 9

One-time visual artist now draws with words

Visualize the working life of most folks and you will see a checkered pattern somewhere along the way.

Blue Ridge pipeline proposal

Gila County barely joined Payson's efforts to build a pipeline that will carry the Rim Country's future drinking water during a meeting on Tuesday.

Plea made for new ag-science building, lab

Payson school board hears former students', state officials' views on need for new facility

Payson High School agriculture students past and present pleaded in vain for the program's future at an overflowing school board meeting Monday night.

Northern Gila County Fair brings out best from Rim Country residents

She loves capturing the moment with a click of her camera and he loves collecting antique automobile air fresheners.

YMCA appeal set for Sept. 17

Legal teams representing both Payson and a citizens group will journey to Tucson next week to appeal a Superior Court ruling.

Feisty Riff Raff to host benefit, potluck

The atmosphere Sept. 7 at Sidewinders Saloon should be one of small town camaraderie, fellowship and good will.

Burger, brat sale a success

The Burger and Brats sale and bake sale was a success over the busy Labor Day Weekend.

Election day was long, despite light turnout

My husband Bill and I worked at the election polls in the Zane Grey election district again this year along with Jeff and Diane Daniels, Jake Garrett, Linda Stailey and Karen Fascz.

Mayor: Lease town property for site of new Humane Society

Payson council rejects effort to block facility on Main Street, but approves negotiations for move to Event Center site

The Payson Town Council rejected an attempt to block the construction of a new dog pound building justoff Main Street, but dropped a bombshell in a crowded meeting by suggesting the Human Society consider shifting the $3.6-million, 61-kennel facility to five acres of town-owned land next to the rodeo grounds.

Monday, September 8

Cross-country ban leaves 2,700 miles of road

Apache Sitgreaves unveils plan to curtail off-roading

Off-roaders will have to more or less stick to the 2,700 miles of existing network of open, designated roads under the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest's latest plan.

Coach gets a kick out of win over Show Low

A season-opening 4-3 win over archrival Show Low has Payson High School soccer coach Chad Gower riding an enthusiastic high that might only be matched by that shown by Mia Hamm when the United States won the Women's World Cup.

Jessie Smith earns low gross title at tourney

While members of the Payson Men's Golf Association were showcasing their links skills in the White Mountains, their PWGA nine-hole counterparts were celebrating August's play at a recognition luncheon.

No-holds barred when high school rivals play each other

There are many ferocious high school football rivalries in Arizona including Globe vs. Miami, Show Low vs. Snowflake and St. Marys vs. Brophy Prep.

Longhorns march past Winslow

Much like the U.S. Army keeps the caissons a rolling along, the Longhorn football team is spinning through its early season schedule.

Lady Longhorns win 18-team tourney

4A Eagles upset by Payson, 25-21, 25-17

A nail-biting drama that kept hyped-up boosters teetering on the edge of their seats unfolded in Wilson Dome where the Lady Longhorns met the Flagstaff Eagles in the championship finale of the Payson Invitational volleyball tournament.

Gila Citizens Academy taking applications

The Gila County Attorneys Office, Payson Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Tonto Apache Tribal Police and the Gila County Sheriff's Office have openings to attend the Northern Gila County Public Safety Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.

Students learn to build a plan for success

The towers of toothpicks with marshmallows cementing their precarious joints that Marlene Armstrong's gifted and talented eighth-graders built were meant to teach them the importance of planning.

Patriots Day ceremony to remember 9/11 Thursday

In memory of the tragic events that took place Sept. 11, 2001, a Patriots Day program will be held at the Payson American Legion Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260.

Why did the Titanic sink? Historian offers his clues

On April 10, 1912 the greatest ship of its time departed on its maiden voyage from England to New York.

Payson Heritage Festival offers great family fun

Arizona's cool mountain town -- in the heart of Arizona -- is having a party this weekend and would like to invite you and your family to attend.

Angels in Payson

An epidemic of honesty

Lions say thanks

Humane Society launches fund drive amid talks on new location with town

The Humane Society this week launched its $3.6-million fund-raising drive for a new shelter, even as a last-minute suggestion to move the animal shelter to town-owned land near the Event Center caused a flurry of discussions.

House engulfed in flames

A house at the end of Chateau Circle, just west of the Beeline Highway, was engulfed in flames at 11:30 a.m.

Feature Teacher

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Julia Randall school selling enchiladas

A brief thought

Donald Gaines Allsup

Donald Gaines Allsup died Sept. 4, 2008.

Expanding decision-making opportunities

My nephew spent a weekend with our family recently. "Little John John" as I call him, earned his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho last spring and now works for Intel in Chandler.

Mion, Reynolds wed

Nicole Mion and Patrick Reynolds are pleased to announce their marriage on Aug. 7, 2008.

Celebrating 60 years

Robert E. and June Rusch were married Sept. 11, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Marvin Wallace Shields

Marvin Wallace Shields died Aug. 28, 2008.

Kenneth James Shearer

Kenneth James Shearer, 70, of Pine, died Sept. 3, 2008.

Tom Schuknecht

Tom Schuknecht died Sept. 6, 2008.

Robert Morrison Wampler

Robert Morrison Wample died Aug. 30, 2008.

Lane Pritchard

Lane Pritchard died Sept. 6, 2008.

Garland Mognett

Payson resident Garland Mognett, 84, died Sept. 6, 2008.

Dealership sees slump in truck sales

Most businesses in Payson are suffering with the downturn in the economy; the car business is no exception.

Rim Country real estate statistics

If you are considering selling your home, or your home is on the market, these statistics are important. To have an effective pricing strategy, a seller needs to be aware of the number and the quality of homes that their home will be competing against. If a home is not priced competitively, it will languish on the market for a long period of time.

SRP opens spigot on East Verde

Last week, the Salt River Project (SRP) opened the spigots on the East Verde River, sending 30 cubic feet per second sluicing down a Rim Country lifeline that had dwindled to a trickle.

Friday, September 5

Longhorns 49 -- Bulldogs 21

Quarterback Ridge Halenar threw for three touchdowns in the first half.

Thursday, September 4

Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels died Aug. 31, 2008.

Mayor: Lease town property for site of new Humane Society

Payson council rejects effort to block facility on Main Street, but approves negotiations for move to Event Center site

The Payson Town Council rejected an attempt to block the construction of a new dog pound building just off Main Street, but dropped a bombshell in a crowded meeting.

SV backs away from water company purchase

Star Valley may go without manager for six months

The Star Valley Town Council got a double dose of bad news Wednesday night.

Armer wins, opponent will appeal election

Darrell Stubbs, who lost in Tuesday's primary to incumbent Sheriff John Armer by 468 votes, said Wednesday he plans to appeal the election.

Conner Jay Jewell

Payson postpones Bonita Street rebuilding plan

Caught by state cutbacks, the Payson Council Thursday agreed to postpone the reconstruction of Bonita Street for at least a year.

Fair Activities Start

Cayden Bowman, a friendly 5-year-old, offered to spell his name when this photographer didn't seem to get it right.

GCC class growth mirrors Rim demographics

A closer examination of Gila Community College's growth reveals that the most quickly growing subjects mirror employment opportunities and demographics in this rural county.

Parking fees on school board agenda Monday

Payson's school board could decide Monday to lower fees for parking permits at the high school.

A. Louise Bush

A. Louise Bush, 87, died Aug. 23, 2008.

Arizona Safe Haven Law

Student thanks supporters

Kids will be kids no matter how hard we try to stifle them

A while back I promised to tell you what happened one summer when some folks called the Fresh Air Fund shipped me from New York City to upstate New York.

As the world turns: education in Finland

In a guest column a few weeks back, I discussed the good news about AIMS: we continue to show improvement and continue to out-perform state averages overall, and in many subjects and grades by large margins

Kirkpatrick headed for general election showdown with Hay

As soon as the fund-raising front runners locked up their party's nominations for Congressional District 1, they launched what promises to become a bitter general election.

County attorney released from Scottsdale hospital

County Attorney Daisy Flores was released from a Scottsdale hospital Wednesday afternoon, after being injured in a bicycle accident Aug. 22.

Pugel named to governor's council on small business

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has appointed Rim Country resident and business owner, Ray Pugel to the Governor's Council on Small Business.

Vita Mart has organic meat, local produce

Have you been searching for that perfect cut of grass-fed beef or gluten-free bread? Or how about organic produce grown by local farmers?

Donald Fay Dancey

Donald Fay Dancey, 61, of Payson, died Aug. 27, 2008

Loretta A. Haggard

Loretta Haggard died Aug. 26, 2008.

David C. Hampshire

David C. Hampshire died Sept. 1, 2008.

Lady Horns skunked by Blue Ridge

A 3-0 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets wasn't the season's start coach Joe Schmidt was hoping for.

Volleyballers ready to host invitational

A 3-0 win over Florence has the Lady Longhorns (2-1) fired up for the Payson Invitational which tips off today, Sept. 5, in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium.

Fishing charges up Roundup columnist

Those who know Payson Roundup outdoor columnist and former PHS teacher and coach Dennis Pirch, realize it doesn't take much to get him fired up. He's enthusiastic and passionate about everything he does, whether it's doling out fishing hints or tutoring high school wrestlers.

Traditional early dove season has started

It is four days into the traditional early dove season for Arizona, where shotgun enthusiasts can sharpen their aim at these darting targets.

Payson man named to AZ Outdoor Hall of Fame

A Payson man, long known for his conservation efforts and civic contributions, has been inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Poet captures vivid, tragic Rim Country history

News articles and oral histories provided the grit for compelling book of poems for writer who can escape into her imagination

For years, she made the pilgrimage to Payson each February, when the Maryland winter close by Gettysburg grew too bleak to endure -- away from her life and to the place where her imagination dwelled.

our memories are burning, one by one

The Winchester Saloon, ignited, fires memories as fierce, as lively, as bright as the destroying flames.

An easy 102 years

Looking back on all 102 years of her life, Derenna Ellen Fortner, says she lived an easy life.

Rabecca Raelynn Thomas

Elijah Timothy Burge

Littzy Deyanira Millan

Ruth Killian Bowman

Ruth Lenore Katherine Killian Bowman died Aug. 28, 2008.

Abram Fuentes

Brycen James Shreiner

Solmariany Castillo Lara

Sebastian Tellez Pacheco

Ainsley Mae Meredith

How should you get income from investments?

You can invest for at least two key reasons: growth and income. If you're looking for growth, you'll need to invest in stocks that have the potential for capital appreciation. But if you also want to get income from your investments, you've got some choices to make.

Zachary Ryan Owen

Mason Layne Roady

Porsha Kenna Kay Dillman

Feisty Riff Raff to host benefit, potluck

The atmosphere Sept. 7 at Sidewinders Saloon should be one of small town camaraderie, fellowship and good will.

Payson Army captain continues his education while in Afghanistan

When our military men and women are stationed in other countries, and even in combat zones, some choose to continue their education.

Puppy season past, but no letup

Where are all the puppies coming from?

Winslow rolls into Payson for nonregional game

Snowflake's relatively easy 33-8 season-opening win over Winslow hasn't lessened Payson coach Josh Anderson's respect for the Bulldogs.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

Rummage sale fund-raisers this weekend

Wednesday, September 3

DERBY DAYS

Annual demolition derby is always a smash

Nelson Beck has never wavered in his conviction that there is plenty of room on the Rim Country recreation calendar for one of the wackiest entertainment events ever held at the Payson Event Center.

Humor: It's a Doggy Dog World

Important announcement: Studies show that the best way to get the most mileage out of this column is to make sure it is properly inflated.

An Arizona adventure -- canoeing, kayaking and rafting

With more than 30 lakes in Arizona, you are sure to find a great place to canoe, kayak or raft.

Part 1:FIRST ARRIVALS

founded by miners, built by ranchers: the story of Payson, Arizona

Green Valley was left to the Apaches for six years following the army's failure to establish a military post there.

Humor: It’s a Doggy Dog World

Important announcement: Studies show that the best way to get the most mileage out of this column is to make sure it is properly inflated.

To your good health: Roseola is common childhood infection

DEAR DR. DONOHUE:

At the movies: The best and worst of summer films

What a glorious summer of cinema it was.

At the movies: Hamlet 2

Mocks thespian attitudes with glee

“Hamlet 2” doesn’t fall “trippingly” off the tongue.

The skinny on fats

Fats that fit a healthy diet

Yes, some fats can fit into a healthy diet. Our bodies actually require them.

Cooperation, hard work make gallery a go

Like the little engine that could, Artists of the Rim has defied the naysayers and pioneered gallery space for art in Payson.

Part 1: FIRST ARRIVALS

founded by miners, built by ranchers: the story of payson, arizona

Green Valley was left to the Apaches for six years following the army’s failure to establish a military post there. In July of 1874 De-che-ae, the last Apache chief to hold out against the white invasion was killed and the remnants of his band surrendered to the Rio Verde Reservation.

DERBY DAYS delight demolition demigogs

Annual demolition derby is always a smash

Nelson Beck has never wavered in his conviction that there is plenty of room on the Rim Country recreation calendar for one of the wackiest entertainment events ever held at the Payson Event Center.

Tuesday, September 2

Armer beat Stubbs

Sheriff John Armer beat challenger Darrell Stubbs in Tuesday's primary election, retaining his position with 55 percent of the vote. Stubbs lost by 468 votes.

Beaver Valley Drug

Payson Police arrested three Beaver Valley residents Sunday morning on multiple drug charges after a six-week investigation.

Women's Step outside weekend works wonders

Downpours that drenched the Rim Country Aug. 30 and sent many scurrying indoors failed to put a kink in the inaugural Women's Step Outside Weekend.

Last chance to enter raffle for Arctic Cat

Tonto Rim Search and Rescue’s drawing for an Arctic Cat Prowler XT 650 and a Big Tex Trailer will be held Sunday, Aug. 31.

Many ask when is the best time to invest

Sir John Templeton is one of the founders of Franklin Templeton Investments. When he speaks, listeners often ask, “When is the best time to invest?” He invariably replies, “Whenever you have the money.” While past performance is not a guarantee of future results, history has borne him out so far.

Early ballots can be voted through Tuesday

Just under half of the primary election ballots mailed out to county residents have been returned, which represents one-third of registered voters, but voters have until 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 to make them count.

Three seats up for election on school board

Voters looking to shake up local government can aim at their school board this November.

Tease photo

Plenty of job opportunities await students

Despite the rough economic times, students and employers said at Payson High School’s senior Career Day Wednesday that getting a job is still possible.

Open Congressional seat spurs fierce fight

A bevy of candidates with bristling resumes have clashed on both sides of the primary divide in the struggle to move on to the general election in the sprawling First Congressional District, which covers most of Eastern Arizona and the Rim Country, but remains centered on the concentration of voters in Flagstaff.

Search for manager launched

At the Sept. 2 council meeting, Star Valley councilors will discuss hiring a new town manager and possibly a temporary manager.

Gila County attorney injured

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores remains in fair condition after a bicycle accident on Aug. 22.

Monday, September 1

Bootleg Alley celebrates second anniversary during First Friday activities this week

A lot of changes have taken place on Main Street since Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art opened two years ago, Aug. 11, 2006.

Longhorns open with 26-0 victory of Fountain Hills

Taking control of the line of scrimmage, much like Alexander the Great ruled the Persian Empire, the Longhorns' defensive front four paved the way to Payson's 26-0 season-opening victory over Fountain Hills.

Movie filmed at Jake's Corner has sports connection

A sports movie filmed at Jake's Corner and co-produced by former Phoenix Suns great Dan Majerle and Jeff Santo, the son of ex-Chicago Cubs star Ron Santo, will be released Sept. 5.

First Congressional District

Kirkpatrick headed for general election showdown with Hay

The fund-raising frontrunners on both sides of the hard-fought primary battle for Congressional District One appeared headed for victory with about two-thirds of the vote reported as of about 8:30 p.m.

Lady Horns stung by Scorpions

After handily rolling over Estrella Foothills in the 2008 season opener, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team suffered the agony of defeat Aug. 27 in Sedona.

Hollywood comes to Rim Country

‘Jake's Corner' premieres Sept. 3 where it was filmed

Sylvia Dimas has been the bartender and "bean lady" at Jake's Corner Bar for more than 15 years. Now she can add actor to her repertoire.

A boy and his pig journey to the fair

Every morning at 6:45 a.m., Caleb Burket, 11, struts down to his six-acre family farm and feeds his pig Bacon before heading off to school. Bacon is the pig's name, not its breakfast.

Alice Ottero

Alice Shepherd Ottero, 59, of Payson, died Aug. 30, 2008.

Downpour doesn't dampen outdoor spirit

Downpours that drenched the Rim Country Aug. 30 and sent many scurrying indoors failed to put a kink in the inaugural Women's Step Outside Weekend.

Design review process heads town agenda

New building restrictions and $1.2 million Bonita Street

The Payson council will end the August lull Thursday with the policy equivalent of a monsoon thunderstorm -- with design standards, sharpened teeth for code enforcement and a debate about whether to put the $1.2 million rebuild of Bonita Street on hold.

Residents can vote in primary election today

Polls in Gila County are open until 7 p.m. this evening. Results will be posted on the Roundup's Web site, www.payson.com, as soon as they become available.

New teams fill ranks at invitational

The 18-team Payson Invitational, the highlight of the Lady Longhorns' regular season schedule, has drawn five new teams.

P-S school suspends student for pointing BB gun

A fifth-grader was suspended from Pine Strawberry Elementary School Monday, Aug. 25, after finding a BB gun at the bus stop and pointing it at other students.

Slippin' and Slidin'

Makayla Heck slides as far as she can on this trip down the water slide.

Around Rim Country/Community Almanac

County Fair coming to town Sept. 4-7

Why the Payson family YMCA makes sense

Past practices

I met an angel

Hit and run disheartening

Student council is a learning experience

Every year is an election year at the Pine Strawberry School. Each spring, after a week of campaigning and speeches, students elect a new council.

Reliance on taxes makes state budget unstable

Despite the largest fiscal deficit in state history, which resulted in big payouts from the counties to save the state, lobbyists for the county say it could have been worse.

Senior Center can benefit from purchases at Bashas'

If you thought with Labor Day over, there is nothing left to celebrate this month, think again. September has a lot going for it.

Members of police order battle over endorsement

The president of Fraternal Order of Police, Gila Lodge Number Six, said its members still support Darrell Stubbs for Gila County Sheriff, despite the state lodge's decision not to endorse Stubbs or incumbent John Armer.

Woman arrested for series of burglaries

After two failed attempts over the last three months, the Gila County Sheriff's Department finally arrested and booked a 37-year-old Pine woman on multiple burglary charges.

Annual Northern Gila County Fair opens on Friday

The 54th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is this weekend and it is packed with plenty of fun for everyone.

What can I do to sell my home now?

Many sellers today are in a quandary as to how they can sell their home in this slower than normal real estate market. Sometimes the solution is right there looking at us because as they say, "We cannot see the forest for the trees".

SimonMed brings imaging services to Payson

Payson will soon welcome a leader in state-of-the-art medical technology to the community. SimonMed Imaging, Inc. is expected to open in early 2009.

Former resident, dispatcher publishes novel

Melinda Elmore, a former Payson resident and dispatcher with the Gila County Sheriff's Office, has published a book.

Accidents snarl weekend traffic

The holiday weekend brought fun, food and excitement for many travelers, but also long traffic delays and accidents throughout the Rim Country.