Stories for April 2009


Thursday, April 30

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43-acre fire near Pine 100 percent contained

No sooner had Forest Service crews on Wednesday subdued the 43-acre Dripping Springs Fire near Pine than they got a call of another brush fire starting about five miles away.

Wednesday, April 29

No cure for heartburn, but medicines can help

I have what doctors call black hairy tongue. Can you tell me about it?

Train travel today

From 1948 through the late 1960s train travel in the United States was very comfortable, convenient and safe. The major railroads were ordering lightweight, streamlined equipment from the manufacturers as well as phasing out steam locomotives for the new and more efficient diesel engines. Air travel was moving ahead, but the trains still offered the luxury of private Pullman rooms in which to relax, read and watch our great country pass by the train window.

Dog duels

They fly over hurdles and through rings, they weave back and forth in snake-like fashion, they teeter, then totter — all with dazzling speed.

The story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 18: 1910 shootout on main street

A cold January night was closing in on cowboy Jack Lane as he rode up the Tonto Basin

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic Mexican flavors

Cinco de Mayo is a fun and festive holiday that’s celebrated with music, dancing, family and delicious food. To bring great Mexican flavors to your fiesta, take a lesson from Maria Conception Jacinta Dominguez Ortega — also known as Mama Ortega.


Payson Art League’s open studio tour returns to Rim Country this weekend

Once again residents and visitors can get a close look at the personal worlds of Rim Country artists. The Payson Art League will have its annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour the first weekend of May.

Wilderness first aid certification course

An American Red Cross wilderness first aid certification course is planned from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at the Payson Fire Department.

Arizona Game and Fish Commission sets 2009 fall hunts

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved the remaining big game fall hunting seasons for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear and mountain lion at its April 18 meeting in Phoenix.

Main Street merchants celebrate anniversary of First Friday

May brings warmer weather to enjoy in Payson, and Main Street merchants are celebrating the second anniversary of First Friday’s recognition by the Arizona Main Street Program as the 2008 Arizona Main Street Award for Best Special Event.

Aero Fair offers youth chance to make a Spitfire

In preparation for the upcoming Aero Fair on May 16, children are invited to make their own Spitfire airplane free at Home Depot this Saturday, May 2 and bring it to the fair to show off.

Mazatzal Rest Area to remain closed until drier weather

After a wet winter, the Mazatzal Rest Area at the intersection of Highway 87 and 188 will not be reopened until the sewage system dries out, which could be within two weeks.

Tuesday, April 28

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100 firefighters battling Pine wildfire

Even with gusty winds throughout Tuesday, firefighters were able to keep the Pine fire under control and within a contained circle. The fire has burned around 100 acres but crews managed to keep it from spreading to homes by maintaining a perimeter.

Good Samaritan helps keep deliberately set fire in check

A dangerous fool. A breezeless morning. A good Samaritan. And four firefighters.

Party gets loud, nine juveniles, six adults arrested

More than a dozen people were arrested on alcohol charges early Saturday morning at Payson High School Principal Roy Sandoval’s home while he and his wife were out of town.

Heartbreak red ...and 45 minutes of perfectly cool

Classic car show draws thousands, plus one shambling writer following a trail of memories

I oogled along the meander of classic cars in Green Valley Park, on some vague quest — like a cheerful fellow with Alzheimer’s, leafing through a photo album.

Class Acts

Fashion show is at GCC on Thursday

Leslie Peacock began sewing as a young girl, but when she and a friend tried quilting, the class initially bored her.

Feature Teacher

Seeing what students create is rewarding to teacher

I enjoy teaching students who want to learn.

School briefs

The Daughters of Gila County Pioneers will offer a scholarship to a female student who graduates from a high school in Gila County this spring.

Business students earn state honors

Twenty-seven students in the Payson High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter won 15 trophies at the recent state leadership conference in Tucson, where the chapter also won second place overall.

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Burke getting close to magical 50-foot shot put mark

Payson High senior Bryan Burke edged closer to the magical 50-foot shot put mark throwing 48 feet, 5 inches at the Lupe Acevedo Relays held April 22 at Blue Ridge High School.

Lady Longhorns finish second at Lupe Acevedo Relays

The Lady Longhorn track and field team stamped itself a region and state championship contender with a powerful performance at the Lupe Acevedo Relays.

Sun Devil softball camp looking for participants

The golden opportunity to host a national-class girls softball camp in Payson might be falling by the wayside.

83-year-old gets 7th hole-in-one

In light of 83-year-old Tony Mularski’s string of good luck, he might want to consider a visit to the Mazatzal Casino.

Longhorns need season-ending wins

The agony of defeat, especially to an archrival, is a gut-wrenching experience that leaves prep athletes eager to redeem themselves.

State legislative bills deal with electronic copies of public records

The question, “Paper or plastic?” is usually reserved for supermarket checkout lines, but a Senate bill could have public records clerks using a similar refrain.

52 and subject to

This is the 52nd article written for the Payson Roundup, which commemorates a year’s worth of articles.

Senior Center menu, events for remainder of April

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required.

New technologies improve disability

In March, Social Security became the first government agency to use the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

In times like these, every dollar counts

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This is the line Charles Dickens used to open his novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” It

Pine blaze underscores fire danger

The huddled residents of Pine this week got a terrifying reminder of the danger that stalks all of the Rim Country.

GCC briefs

Gila Community College mailed a letter and a brochure entitled “Your Education Stimulus Plan” to parents of Gila County high school students this spring, which overstated the 2009-2010 tuition at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

New English classes approved for PHS students

Students bored by regular English classes will have two new options next year: Literature and Journalism in Athletics and English for Work.

State health official: Surging animal populations contribute to rabies record

An increase in Arizonans living near and recreating in wilderness areas has contributed to a record number of rabies cases in Arizona, a state health official told lawmakers Thursday.

Business briefs

As part of the monthly First Friday celebration on Main Street the new offices for Hinshaw & Associates and Payson Physical Therapy will have grand openings

Thousands stroll past classics

Cruise-In showcases Detroit’s glory days in breezy park fluttering with American flags, nostalgia

They should have played “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie” in the background on Saturday, as thousands of gawkers strolled memory lane past 300 gleaming internal combustion icons to America’s manufacturing glory.

A good census count has profound effects

Despite concerns that the upcoming census means unnecessary government intrusion, the once-every-decade count is imperative for representative democracy, local resident and census worker Jeff Wiles told those gathered at a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting Thursday.

New Tribal Judge Ronnie McDaniel sworn in

A little more than four years after taking over his position as Payson’s regional justice, Judge Dorothy Little swore in Ronnie O. McDaniel as the Tonto Apaches’ new tribal judge Friday.

Turkey hunter shoots partner in the side and face

On the first day of turkey season, an overzealous hunter shot his partner multiple times in the side and face.

Woman riding motorcycle trike hurt when wheel comes off

A 59-year-old woman was injured Thursday afternoon while riding her trike motorcycle through Strawberry.

Around Rim Country

New animal shelter breaks ground May 2

The public is cordially invited to the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Payson Humane Society’s new animal shelter at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Slowing transmission of swine flu virus is crucial

Swine Influenza is a respiratory disease that is found, in pigs and was first identified in 1930. Flu outbreaks in pigs are common, but this new swine flu is a horse, or shall we say a pig of a different color.

Change the status quo

I’m an angry, disgusted, and frustrated independent voter.

Thanks to all who helped clean up Payson North Unit V

Thank you, Payson North Unit V!

Monday, April 27

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Fire burns 400 yards from some homes

A wild fire that broke out around 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 27 near Dripping Springs Trail on a remote section of the western face of the Mogollon Rim is now within 400 yards of some homes.

Saturday, April 25

Studio tour returns to Rim Country

Once again residents and visitors can get a close look at the personal worlds of Rim Country artists. The Payson Art League will have its annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour the first weekend of May.

Candlelight vigil for crime victims is at Green Valley Park Monday

Honor victims of crimes and their families at a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 27 in Green Valley Park.

Sawdust Festival events open to all

Lumbermen and pro logging competitors from around the country are interested in the return of the Payson Sawdust Festival. But there will be plenty of opportunities for amateurs to take a shot at the prize money as well.

Friday, April 24

Traveling to a new country can get a little nutty

I hadn’t seen my brother-in-law since he and Betty saw us off at the airport in Karachi, eight years earlier. So I was enjoying the drive around the Midlands as Peter and I searched for a house for Lolly and me and the kids somewhere near my new duty station, RAF Upper-Heyford, which was just a few miles north of Oxford.

A bull and a bear battle in the woods

Java was an old maverick bull with nine wrinkles on his horns. He was in his prime, wise in the ways of fighting and tough as a bundle of Indian rubber.

Where’s the uproar?

This letter is in response to your “Chain saw skirmish line aids Christopher Creek” dated Friday, April 17.

Earth Day: A greener Payson Unified School District

Are we a greener school district than we were one year ago? Absolutely. Are we saving taxpayer dollars in doing so? You bet. It seems appropriate, as I write this column today: Earth Day, to share with the community how PUSD has contributed this year toward a greener Payson.

Gifted students show off projects

Whether or not the Mohawk Indians actually ate men during battle is a mystery, said Frontier Elementary School student Luke Descheemaker.

Found money offers lessons

Payson received some good budget news — finally.

Around Rim Country

GCC student art show and sale tonight

Gila Community College students of acrylic painting and pastel drawing classes are presenting a student art show and sale of gallery-quality work from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 24 at the From Head to Toe Salon, 904 N. Beeline Highway, between Back to Basics and the Laundromat. The community is encouraged to attend.

Rim pioneer families lose well-loved daughter

Another link to the Rim Country’s past was lost last week when Margaret B. “Marty” McCord McDaniel, 84, of Payson, died April 17, 2009.

Tax revenue declines, but shows signs of rebound

Retail sales slide, but real estate shows signs of life in sales tax report

Payson got a half a glass of economic news with the release of March sales tax figures — down about 8 percent from last year as the economy began its slide into recession.

Rainy day fund eyed by SV council

Star Valley’s financial advisor suggested Tuesday evening that the town drastically change next year’s budget to better prepare for a rainy day.

CASA honors those who help the helpless

Gila County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program honored volunteers with special awards this week as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month winds downs.

Group wants families, officials to recognize children

First Things First Gila Regional Partnership Council asks families and elected officials to recognize children during the Week of the Young Child, April 19-25.

Freak rock accident hurts two, kills dog

A “freak accident” ended tragically Sunday near the Paleo Lookout Site off Highway 260 with a dead dog and two people with broken ankles, fire officials said.

Elks surprise Longhorns 8-6, dropping them to third place

If there is a certainty in prep sports, it is that nothing is certain.

Role of lobbyist divides county

Whether to retain an existing lobbyist or hire a grant writer to optimally position Gila County as millions of federal dollars shower down has supervisors divided.

Town finds $1.1M in mystery fund

Money found in fiscal attic will help Payson break even for the year

Good news. While rummaging through some boxes in its fiscal attic, Payson found $1.1 million stashed in two mislabeled reserve funds, according to the town’s March fiscal report.

Fire board raises tax rate to hire full-time staff

The April 13 fire board meeting brought out a lot of opposition to the raising of the district taxes. Not many of the residents are for the proposed budget to raise the tax rate from $2.02 to $2.30.

Wireless computer network security is a must

Identity theft is bad news. Let’s be honest, we hate to see someone wearing the same new shirt we have; it lessens our individuality.

Family time is good time along Tonto Creek

This past week has been very hectic for the Snyder household. Our youngest daughter, Carolyn Peterson, visited us for the first time since she moved to Iowa.

Christopher Morley is a delightful read

“Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley, 1917, and its sequel “The Haunted Bookshop,” 1919, are two delightful books that make us glad there are books in this crazy world of ours.

‘World renowned’ real estate firm opens in Payson

A new real estate company has taken up shop in the Rim Country, and according to the man who made the move possible, it is one of the premier real estate companies in the world.

Plan for maturing CDs

Some things, like fine wines, get better with age.

It felt good to exercise First Amendment right

On April 15, my daughters and I had the privilege of exercising our First Amendment rights by joining with several Rim Country residents to participate in the Payson Tea Party.

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Ex-Payson coach goes to Hall of Fame

Dennis Pirch recognized for wrestling work

Modest, unpretentious, humble, self-effacing — all are adjectives that over the years have been used to describe former Payson High School wrestling coach and teacher Dennis Pirch.

Turn it on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO!

Three deuces, a four-speed and a 389. Turn it on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO!

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Once a gearhead always a gearhead

Lots of horsepower in these Fords

It’s been 50 years since Gordon Metcalf laid a little scratch down on the drag strips of Southern California, but today he is once again behind the wheel, this time of two classic Fords.

An explanation of animal shelter hours

We recognize the importance of our customers’ time, and with that in mind, we offer the following explanation of our shelter hours.

Tickets available for sporting association annual banquet

As a former Payson High School coach, I have very fond memories of the Mogollon Sporting Association and all the financial support and encouragement these men and women have donated to our community.

PHS golfers finish in third place

Longhorn golfers fared well at the White Mountain Invitational against many of the opponents the team will go up against in the state championship.

Sign up now for T-ball league

Youth T-ball registration is down from past years prompting town recreation coordinator Joe Harris to urge parents to get their children signed up as soon as possible or face a hit in the pocketbook.

Lady Longhorns battling for state tourney spot

If the 3A Arizona State softball tournament were to begin today, the Lady Longhorns would slip into the postseason as a 16th and final seed.

Turkey hunting is a safe outdoor activity

Turkey hunting is actually one of the safest outdoor activities whether you are talking about team sports, other types of hunting or outdoor hobbies such as mountain biking.

Wednesday, April 22

Controlled burn

Controlled burn near Young alarms some Rim residents

A 5,000-acre controlled burn south of Young sent up billows of smoke that alarmed some Payson residents – gazing skyward some 50 miles away.

Chevrolet Special Deluxe Club Coupe

Early in 1940, an elderly couple drove Rachel, a 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Club Coupe, from Massachusetts to California where she was sold because of the husband’s passing. The second owners, who were neighbors of mine in Pasadena, drove Rachel every day for the next 17 years.


1957 Corvette

Carl and Judy’s 1957 Corvette was purchased in 1985.


1964 Mustang

This is one of the original Mustangs! It was introduced April 17, 1964 and this car was manufactured in Detroit in June of that year.


1932 Ford Vicky

This 1932 Ford Vicky, is owned by Gordon Metcalf.

Raffle prizes add to fun of great event

The Beeline Cruise-In cars are the big draw — bright, shiny beautiful cars from days gone by, kept in pristine fashion or restored from faded glory by loving owners. But there will be added fun with prize drawings and raffles held throughout the April 24-25 event.


1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

We have had our 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe since 2004


1923 T Bucket

We joined the Rim Country Classic Auto Club after moving to Payson. We both enjoy cars.


1956 Ford Pickup

I had been looking for a 1956 Ford Pickup forever — every place we traveled, in the newspapers and trade papers and on the Internet


1956 Chevy Handyman

This 1956 Chevy Handyman two-door station wagon belongs to Pete and Jan Hold, who are longtime RCCAC members from Star Valley


1939 Ford

This car belongs to Jim Winters of Payson.


1940 Ford Pickup

I found my 1940 Ford pickup at a small air field in Imperial, Calif


1957 Pontiac Star Chief

Ron and Ce Ce Corrente have a 1957 Pontiac Star Chief.

Winding road for beloved truck

Truck and driver are once again reunited after nearly 40 years. Retired Forest Service ranger Cecil Sims is behind the wheel of a 1925 Dodge truck that he helped rescue from the bottom of a desert canyon.


1957 Chevrolet 1955 Big Window

Byron and Sandi Gunderson are the proud owners of this 1957 black Chevrolet 210 no post two door.

Miller’s ’68 Dodge R/T is one of a kind

This was the only Coronet R/T Convertible 440 Magnum equipped with a four-speed transmission produced in 1968.

Shelby changes hobby to passion

Cars are my hobby, not my life, just my hobby

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Car show moves to Green Valley Park

The Beeline Cruise-In will bring almost 300 automotive beauties into Payson this weekend. The 16th annual Rim Country Classic Auto Show is Saturday, April 25 at Green Valley Park.


’70 Chevelle Malibu

This is Anna’s first car, which she purchased in 1980.


1940 Ford Sedan

My car is a 1940 standard Ford two-door sedan with a ZZ-1 Chevy (345 horsepower) motor, 700R transmission, Ford 9’ rear end with 390 gears.

What is your fair housing IQ?

Real estate licensees in Arizona are required to take a minimum of 24 hours of real estate education every two years.

Tuesday, April 21

Bass fishing is an active, busy event

As a novice angler, and when I say novice, I mean someone who still considers a marshmallow and bobber a top-notch setup, I couldn’t quite figure out the hoopla behind the FLW Stren bass tournament this past weekend.

Jazz, choral concert, chamber blues performances coming soon

The next Friends of Jazz concert features the Jason Koller Quartet at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 3 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Wood chips, rolling pins to fly Memorial weekend

Watch out for flying wood chips and rolling pins Memorial Day weekend. The Sawdust Festival returns that weekend at the Payson Event Center.

Medical Center looking for patients’ choice in nursing

Payson Regional Medical Center is once again seeking to honor one of its nurses with the Patient Choice Award, which recognizes the quality care, comfort and compassion demonstrated in his or her daily work.

Car show cruises into Green Valley Park

Be watching the Beeline later this week — the Beeline Cruise-In will bring almost 300 automotive beauties into Payson this weekend. The 16th annual Rim Country Classic Auto Show is Saturday, April 25 at Green Valley Park.

Compassus, PRMC to honor volunteers

The residents of Payson and the Rim Country are invited to help honor the volunteers serving the Payson Regional Medical Center and Hospice Compassus.

Senior facilities have variety of services

April showers — we’ve had several so far this month, and aren’t they welcome? The trees sure are enjoying them; every day there is a new burst of leafy green on their branches. It sure has been a windy spring too, hasn’t it? Makes you want to go out and fly a kite!

Feature Teacher

Every day is a new experience

here is absolutely no way to get bored!

Students plant organic garden

The seeds Frontier Elementary School fifth-graders planted on a recent blustery April afternoon offered the only hint of spring amidst the chill.

Congresswoman promises veterans services

Combat veterans and a congressional freshman sat down across a long table last week, for a little strategizing.

Where is community spirit of school band

I am surprised that the community, especially the Payson school district, will not embrace the spring rodeo parade.

Hunting in Arizona is extremely safe

Hunting in Arizona is extremely safe.

Susan Boyle reminds us there is far more good than bad taking place

If you haven’t heard about Susan Boyle, you have been living in a box.

Need information for a book

I’ve been working on a book about the Ellison Ranch, east of Pleasant Valley. If anyone has any historical information about the Q Ranch, I would appreciate hearing from them.

Fake hydrants real problems

So let’s say you don’t have enough fire hydrants. What do you do? Here’s an idea: Allow some “decorative” fire hydrants to be on a street’s edge to make people feel safer. After all, main thing is we should all feel safe. Don’t need any actual water to pull that off.

Around Rim Country

Payson schools have half-day Wednesday

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, April 22.

$25M of stimulus money goes to Rim projects

With a slew of shovel-ready projects approved, the Rim Country is raking in the grants from the federal stimulus plan, and other state grants to improve highways, update the emergency call system and build a water pipeline.

Some teachers think benefit cuts should go for administrators, too

Although Payson Unified School District employees will lose their district-paid dental insurance next year, the superintendent’s and assistant superintendent’s current contracts include full payment of insurance for them and their dependents.

$45M in college pledges

Mayor Kenny Evans said Payson has acquired roughly $45 million in pledges from private donors for a four-year college in Payson.

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Big bass produce big results

For three days on Roosevelt Lake, Roy Hawk and Clifford Pirch put aside their close personal friendship to wage a ferocious battle for top spot in the inaugural FLW Stren Series bass tournament.

Hydrant comes up dry

Payson Fire douses flames, Hellsgate finds ‘decorative’ hydrant a problem

Hellsgate firefighters rushed to the scene of a trailer fire in Payson and got a surprise Monday afternoon when they tried to hook up to a “decorative” fire hydrant.

Longhorn trio garner gold at track meet

The 17 track and field prep teams that gathered April 17 in Lakeside for the Blue Ridge Invitational struggled under adverse weather conditions.

Payson Athletic Club has new owner

After managing the Payson Athletic Club for almost two years, Jerry Baker has taken over as the club’s owner.

Big-school coach talks with PHS

One of Arizona’s most successful high school football coaches, Jesse Parker, was in Payson yesterday discussing the vacant Payson High School position.

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Opening day for Little Leaguers

Little League opening day ceremonies got off to a rip roaring start April 18 on Rumsey III ball field.

GCC offering real estate renewal classes

Gila Community College will be presenting real estate license renewal classes every Saturday in April.

Longhorn golf team second at Show Low

Foreign exchange student Filip Frojd tallied a team low 39 to lead the Longhorn golf team to a second-place finish at an East Region meet held April 14 at Silver Creek golf course near Show Low.

Payson woman finishes Boston Marathon in 3:34 — 26 minutes faster than her goal

Still huffing and puffing from the rigors of a 26.2-mile run, Carolyn Fruth began the celebration of a lifetime.

Saturday, April 18

Spring is good time for stream fishing

April is here and trout fishing enthusiasts are anxious to wet a line as the ice is breaking up on the higher elevation Rim lakes. The streams under the Mogollon Rim of Tonto, Christopher, Haigler, Canyon, and the East Verde, are running high from the snowpack of this past winter but are now fishable.

Friday, April 17

Hunting with children is family time

In response to the letter submitted by Joe Miele of C.A.S.H. (Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting).

Fishing report

The road should be open this week into Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff, but it is not the place to be if the wind picks up. Try Kaibab Lake or Dogtown Lake near Williams instead if the wind is blasting across Anderson Mesa.

‘Oklahoma!’ performed by PHS theater club this weekend

Looking for something fun and entertaining to do this weekend? The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club will present “Oklahoma!” this Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

Like to hike? Join PATS on April 25

Like to hike, but not sure where to go?

A lifelong love affair with flying

Dennis Satterfield has been hooked on flying for more than 60 years. “My parents would take us to a little grass strip in Polo, Ill. used by crop dusters and small planes. I’ve been hooked since I was 5,” he said.

Around Rim Country

Neighborhood plans cleanup day April 18

Residents of Payson North Unit 5 are invited to “Tract Attack 2009” — a neighborhood cleanup day — from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18.

Economy is big concern for Congresswoman

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick says unemployment will hit double digits before recovery takes place

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said she expects unemployment numbers to hit double digits before any recovery is seen, when she addressed local leaders Thursday afternoon at The Rim Club in Payson.

Name of Hwy. 188 accident victim released

A motorcyclist killed after being thrown off his bike April 3 on Highway 188 has been identified.

Timber industry can thrive on small trees

NAU expert touts economic and forest health benefits

Talk about your irony.

Wood industry key to saving Rim forests

Call it a wake up call.

Easter egg hunt goes on despite snow, sleet and rain

Saturday, April 11 everyone woke up to snow, sleet and rain for the annual Easter egg hunt, but that didn’t stop 10 eager kids from coming out to find 500 eggs hidden by the Easter bunny.

Mother of two readies for Boston Marathon challenge

The challenge of running 26.2 twisting, hilly miles in front of 500,000 spectators doesn’t dampen Carolyn Fruth’s enthusiasm for her first try at the legendary Boston Marathon.

Spring is the time for new beginnings in nature

Spring is the time for “new beginnings” and it is shown to us by new birth of the animals and birds around us.

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New life for historic building

Spirit of Julia Randall, however, will remain in the Rock Building

I for one will miss her, As she taught me from the start, And I know she is now in heaven I know with all my heart — Poem “Julia” by former student Eddie Armer

Lobos no match for surging Longhorn nine

Former Payson High School coach and teacher, Mike Loutzenheiser, a member of the Payson High Class of 1987 once said, “a win over Snowflake is the greatest feeling in the world, I don’t care what sport it is — tiddlywinks, pingpong or anything else.”

Landfill to offer free disposal events to encourage recycling

The Gila County Board of Supervisors are pleased to announce in honor of Earth Day the Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge on Saturday, April 18 to encourage residents to clear their property of weeds and brush in preparation of wildfire season.

When I die, there’s something I plan to correct

Mothers are the most wonderful creatures on Earth. I never told my mother that because I was a typical dumb kid. But I will. Someday. As soon as I get the chance.

No measles in Payson or Gila County

Despite the rumors, nobody has measles in Gila County.

Time may be right to convert Traditional IRA to a Roth

Do you regularly contribute to a Traditional IRA?

Computer checkups bring peace of mind

Flu season has come and gone, but allergy season has reared its ugly head and most likely there will be some sort of summertime stomach virus that will have us all in a panic.

Tonto bridge bids leave parks ‘giddy’

Bids to fix the lodge come in at less than half expectations, boosting odds of reopening

The lowest bids to repair the historic lodge at the shuttered Tonto Natural Bridge State Park came in at less than half the state’s estimates, which could boost hopes for a quick reopening.

Crews work to keep Mother Nature at bay

Phase two at the landslide site on Highway 87 that will cost at least $8 million to repair is under way, the Arizona Department of Transportation reports.

Officers find lost man

It took more than five hours to locate a man involved in a rollover accident Tuesday and details remain as fuzzy as the memory of the man who called police to report the accident.

New Briefs

In honor of Earth Day, the Buckhead Mesa landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge on Saturday, April 18.

Payson couple honored by DAR

The Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded the distinguished National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award to Richard and Marilyn Wolfe at its recent meeting.

Snow, rain perks up trees, plants

One day the bees were busy pollinating the various blossoms on our fruit trees and the next day we were surrounded by a light dusting of snow.

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Tourney has lots of dollars up for grabs

Fishermen after $260,000 in three-day FLW bass tourney

More than $260,000 in prize money is up for grabs at the FLW Stren Series Bass Tournament that kicked off yesterday, April 16, at Roosevelt Lake.

Many opportunities to help humane society cause

What an exciting time. We are finally — after all these years of dreaming, planning, hoping and praying — breaking ground for the new shelter. YES!

State high school sports governing group sends coaches back to class

Arizona’s high school coaches have yet another hoop to jump through now that the Arizona Interscholastic Association has mandated all pass a “Fundamentals of Coaching” class before the start of the 2009-10 season.

Former owner takes over Granny’s Attic

After selling Granny’s Attic Antiques in 2005, Jan Curtiss is back at the helm of the new and used antique store just east of the Highways 87 and 260 intersection.

Candle Factory still open in Swiss Village

The Payson Candle Factory is celebrating its 30th year in Payson.

Blue Ridge paperwork snag snipped

Forest Service, town council reach cost-share agreement

The paperwork snags that had backed up the Blue Ridge Reservoir pipeline project gave way with a rush this week, as the Tonto National Forest gave Payson the go-ahead for the next step.

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Tea Party just a starting point

About 40 people lined Beeline Highway by the Gila County complex Wednesday at a Tea Party to protest government spending amidst cold lashing winds and a cacophony of people honking their car horns in apparent support.

Thanks to businesses that sponsored Pine Easter egg hunt

Would like to add a “thank you” to the letters page to Pine by Design and Mission Hills Mortgage Bankers for sponsoring the egg hunt and other activities on Sunday, April 12.

District to take over Pine Strawberry water

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board and Brooke Utilities have signed a stipulated agreement that could allow PSWID to take possession of the two water companies by May 22

Chain saw skirmish line aids Christopher Creek

Stimulus money funds firebreak around ‘most endangered’ community

A skirmish line of orange-helmeted, chain saw wielders this week attacked the overgrown forest threatening to engulf Christopher Creek, the most fire-menaced community in Rim Country.

Payson anglers among top 10 in first day FLW tournament standings

A pair of Payson anglers are among the top 10 fishermen at the conclusion of Day 1 of the FLW Stren Series Tournament being held at Roosevelt Lake (See page 1B). Clifford Pirch is ranked seventh among the professionals and Chris Perkes is sitting fifth among the co-anglers.

Major crimes in Payson drop 7 percent

Payson police add officers in face of serious crime drop

The shorthanded Payson police force in 2008 handled a steady rise in emergency calls — but still made fewer arrests and investigated fewer serious crimes.

A trip report from the Middle East and Central Asia

U.S. Senator Jon Kyl recently led a bipartisan, bicameral congressional delegation visit to Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey. During the trip, which included Senator Jeff Sessions and Representatives Jane Harman, Chris Carney and John Kline, Senator Kyl maintained a log of their activities. The following are excerpts from his log:

An assignment for sixth-graders

OK. Here’s the assignment, sixth-graders. Write a biography about a historical figure who has changed the world.

We can’t spend our way out of debt

Warning! If you consider yourself a socialist, if you believe in any form of totalitarian government, you should not read this column.

Wednesday, April 15

Community Flea Market

The Community Presbyterian Church’s first 2009 Community Flea Market is Saturday, May 9. In order to help families in the community, the church’s congregation has decided to offer this event the second Saturday of each month through September.

Many ways to treat enlarged prostate

I found myself in my car, stopped at a stop sign, just blocks from my home. I wasn’t quite sure where I was or how I got there, and did not remember where I was headed.

Payson, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory

Payson was part of Yavapai County? It may have been a long time ago, but it is true. Up until 1889, Payson and most of Rim Country was part of Yavapai County, with the county seat in Prescott. Here’s a look at how things were in those days and how Payson ended up being in Gila County.

Resurrection Celebration

When the threat of a spring storm arose, plans were made to take the annual Resurrection Celebration inside, but the decision was made to keep the event in the open air and beauty of Rumsey Park. The Payson Ministerial Fellowship sponsored the program, which featured contemporary Christian recording artist Buck Storm and performances by local church praise bands and groups.

New stars of the barbecue

Nothing says welcome to the warm weather quite like a barbecue. While the grill might be the main attraction, it’s deliciously simple to put a personal spin on classic barbecue dishes and desserts.

A taste of Europe while cruising the Caribbean

Just a few days ago I returned from an 11-day Caribbean cruise on a ship and cruise line that for many is not well known in America.

Artistic eggs-pression

Darlene Pierman is the featured guest artist at the Payson Art League meeting Tuesday, April 21 at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.


Corky Siegel’s band brings unique sound to Rim

The Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) will close its 2008-2009 season with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues Band wrapping up the season on May 10.

Tips for graduates entering the job market

With graduation fast approaching for many of the nation’s young people, the questionable economy is no doubt a concern for the hundreds of thousands of soon-to-be-minted grads about to enter the job market. And with many economists and other prognosticators predicting the economy won’t bounce back until 2010, such trepidation is completely understandable.

Tuesday, April 14

Gary Vaplon wins point-par golf format tourney

Normally, tournament golfers strive for the lowest scores possible.

School construction worker files suit to get paid

One of the five workers who said a subcontractor that worked on Payson Unified School District’s construction projects owes him money has filed a lawsuit with the Payson Regional Justice Court.

Around Rim Country

Soroptimists to host boutique sale April 18

A unique boutique sale featuring easy travel clothes, designer-look handbags, jewelry and accessories at affordable prices will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Help students, not bureaucrats

We’re delighted that Payson Unified School District has snagged federal stimulus money to pay more attention to why about 20 percent of elementary school students fall so far behind that they face a worrisome risk of failure in middle and high school.

The difference between lightning and a lightning bug

The president recently hailed a “new era of fiscal responsibility” and said that “the best way to bring our deficit down in the long run is ... with a budget that leads to broad economic growth by moving from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest.”

Abolish sport hunting for turkeys

Proving once again that it seeks to promote hunting at the expense of our children’s safety, the Arizona Game and Fish Department allows children as young as 10 years old to hunt turkeys in an effort to introduce youngsters to violence of hunting.

Business are a breath of fresh air

I would agree with Mr. Wakelin’s assessment of the two local businesses he mentioned in his letter.

Student wants information about Arizona

Hello! My name is Tifani S. and I am a fifth-grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa.

Students get driving instructions from racecar drivers

Teens are three times more likely to crash than drivers over 21, two times more likely to die in a crash

Fifteen Payson High School students recently received hands-on driving lessons from professional racecar drivers at a Chandler event.

Don’t be a fool when it comes to economic recovery payment

No one likes being the target of an April fool’s prank.

Senior Center menu, events for April

The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required.

Group says Arizonans worked fewer days this year to meet tax burden

There aren’t many positives to this deep recession, but here’s one: It took eight fewer days this year for Arizonans to work off their tax burden, an interest group says.

Police seek suggestions, tips on problem areas

The Payson Police Department is looking for problem areas in town and is encouraging complaints, suggestions and tips from residents.

Georgatos trial date is May 19

After more than two years, a trial date has finally been set for Thomas Georgatos who faces charges of first-degree murder in a case where a man was allegedly murdered and stashed in the trunk of a car, before the car was set on fire.

Veterans shelter wins bank reprieve

Days after a judge ordered some two dozen homeless, often disabled veterans evicted from a Payson home, the bank that owns the house suspended the eviction and agreed to renegotiate the dispute.

Pine takes back layoff notice after finding cuts less than expected

The Pine Strawberry School District board rescinded a layoff notice to one employee and reinstated pre-kindergarten Friday after new information emerged from the state about budget cuts and emergency certification.

Firewood permits available

Firewood permits go on sale for the Coconino National Forest beginning Friday, April 17. The first day for cutting firewood is Saturday, April 18. The cost of a permit is $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of $20 for four cords and a maximum purchase of 10 cords per individual or household.

Ingram earns Forest Service engineering technician award

Robert Ingram, of the Tonto National Forest, has been selected as the Forest Service Engineering Technician of the Year for fiscal year 2008. Ingram, works as the forest’s Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) forest highway liaison.

New program will ID students in need of help

Billed as an exciting embarking into a new era of Payson education reform, the Payson Unified School District Board Monday night took the first steps in starting a new system that officials say will help more students leave elementary school on grade level.

1st quarter real estate statistics

The first quarter statistics for the Rim Country real estate picture did not produce the uptick we were hoping for, although there is continued optimism that we will see a steady increase in the number of homes being sold.

Chamber seeks nominations for local biz awards

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation (NGCEDC) is seeking nominations for the 2009 Rim Country Business Awards.

Child imposter gets 70-plus years

A 31-year-old man, who started a skateboarding club at Rumsey Park and attended a Tonto Village school and other Arizona schools as a 12-year-old boy, was sentenced on Tuesday to 70-1/2 years in prison for crimes committed in Yavapai County.

Payson golfers prepping for clash with Show Low

After finishing first, second and third in a series of mid-season matches, the Longhorn varsity golf team returns to action at 3 p.m. today in a nine-hole East Region clash at Silver Creek, north of Show Low.

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Horns garner 8 first place medals, 12 silvers

The unusual opportunity to compete in a coed format presented itself to Payson High track and field team members April 8 in Longhorn stadium.

Walking for a warrior — footprints across America

Rory Fanning is convinced fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman’s contributions should never be forgotten.

Pine Strawberry students learn about recycling

The pseudo-pillow fight that preceded a joyfully discordant orchestra of sustainability offered Stacy Flanagan’s sixth-graders at the Pine Strawberry School the chance to learn a little science while shucking and jiving.

JRE’s pancake breakfast and school tour was a huge success

I want to thank everyone that attend our pancake breakfast and school tour for your continued support of our school!

Rim Country visitors increase by 15 percent

Falling gas prices and rising temperatures have created the perfect recipe for a weekend getaway to the Rim Country.

Little League opening day is this weekend

Payson Little League opening day games will be played from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18 on Rumsey II and III ball fields.

Horns tied at top of East Region

Every so often in a prep athlete’s career, a game rolls around in which every effort turns spectacular, all performances border on dazzling and a teen proudly marches off the field feeling as if the sports world has been conquered.

Saturday, April 11

Teeth put into Payson’s animal control ordinance

Payson’s animal control ordinance was recently changed to “put some teeth in the enforcement section and clarify some areas that have been easily misunderstood.”

Residents to hold ‘tea party’ protest Wednesday

Is a revolution steeping?

Forest economics discussed at next Business Buzz luncheon

The April Business Buzz luncheon will feature speakers from Northern Arizona University who will discuss a variety of current and proposed initiatives that will determine the future of forest lands.

Arizona now offering spring turkey hunt for juniors

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has added a non-permit juniors turkey hunt this spring which is an opportunity to take that youngster on one of the most exciting hunts offered in Arizona. The spring gobbler hunt, when these birds are very vocal, can add to the thrill of any newcomer trying to outsmart “old longbeard.”

New 2009-10 hunting regulations available for review

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s proposed recommendations for the 2009-10 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations are now available for review at a series of open houses at the regional offices and in PDF format on the department’s Web site at www.azgfd. gov/h_f/hunt_guidelines.shtml.

Mail scam promises quarter million

A new scam hitting Payson mailboxes and e-mails promises a quarter million dollars in winnings after a $3,250 Canadian tax is paid by the recipient.

Coconino supervisors declare rabies quarantine

Due to a substantial increase in the number of rabid wild animals found in and around the Flagstaff area, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors has declared a rabies quarantine.

Friday, April 10

A sincere thank you to the Pro Rodeo Committee

I remember arriving in Payson 17 years ago — and how thrilled I was to be living in such a great community.

Calloh! Callay! Trout stocking heralds summer

Volunteers line up with buckets to help Game and Fish slosh rainbows into Tonto Creek, East Verde

Oh, frabjous day. Oh, spring: The wafting breezes, the blooming flowers, the budding cottonwoods — the slosh of water in plastic buckets.

Pat Tillman run attracts young and old

Each year since the inception of Pat’s Run in 2005, enthusiasts from around the Rim Country have descended on Tempe to participate in the festive event.

Recreation Roundup

When and Where: April 15-18 at Roosevelt Lake. The Payson Walmart is hosting the final day weigh-in festivities from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 18 in their parking lot.

Climb over interest rate worries with bond ladder

As an investor, you need to look back no farther than last year to understand why it’s not a good idea to own only stocks.

Spouse abuse soars, shelter funds dwindle

Time Out provided 111,000 nights of shelter last year

About four times a week, someone calls the Payson police to break up a family fight.

Top court removes Globe judge

178 court cases dismissed because of ‘significant delays’ in court proceedings

The Arizona Supreme Court has temporarily ousted Judge Patty Nolan from administrating the Globe Regional Justice Court after an audit revealed “significant delays” in issuing warrants and setting trials, among other things, according to an administrative order dated April 1.

Vern Leis appointed to SV council opening

Three months after taking the helm of Star Valley’s Water and Sewer Commission, Vern Leis was appointed a council member at Tuesday night’s meeting in a 4-2 vote.

Fuelbreak cutting starts April 13

Good news was announced last Friday, April 3 to the members of the Christopher Creek Fuelbreak Committee.

Rim Country chamber to the rescue — group will finance July 4th concert

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that our wonderfully entertaining and highly attended Green Valley Park summer concert series, due to our constricted town budget, was about to take its last pure-air Payson breath and be quietly laid to rest.

Starlighters, Jazz Trio performances slated

Colleen Brown and the Starlighters will be performing at Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 18.

Mechanic keeps standards high, hauls in top shop award

For a trash service garage, Mike Frandsen keeps his shop immaculately clean. Every wrench, part and even screw is accounted for and properly stored. It may be a dirty, trashy world outside in the service yard, but inside his shop at Waste Management, you could almost eat off the floors.

The Conflicker worm isn’t finished yet

Well, April Fool’s Day came and went, and so far we haven’t seen “Cyber-Armageddon.”

Park closing having a tremendous impact

According to Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Manager John Stanton, the State Parks Board continues to drag its feet regarding the re-opening of Tonto Natural Bridge.

Easter is a time for great family memories

Easter week is here! When my children were little, it meant new clothes and new shoes, along with a new bonnet and purse. In many ways I miss those times when all the five kids would be dressed up and ready for church.

Rotary track marks up for grabs

Maddie Nossek soared 16 feet, 4 inches in the long jump in 2007 to give Payson High its first-ever Payson Rotary Freshman-Sophomore Invitational meet record.

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Horns upset Blue Ridge

The powerful three-way punch of Ridge Halenar, Weston Gibson and Hunter Haynes forged the way for the Longhorn baseball team to crank out a pulsating 5-2 upset of the favored Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets spank Lady Horns

A 10-0 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets dropped the Lady Longhorn softball team into the East Region cellar with an 0-3 record.

Invitational track meet renamed to honor longtime PHS coach

Longtime Payson High School coach Chuck Hardt isn’t a bit shy about telling the story of how he became head track and field coach in 1995.

Girls soccer team shines at Valley tourney

Kerry Rizza is bursting with pride over the performance of the 14-years-and-under girls soccer team she coached March 28 in a Phoenix-area tournament.

Shop re-merchandising to keep up with times

With shoppers favoring smaller, inexpensive items over large furniture and expensive antiques, one local shop is downsizing its merchandise and prices, but not its sense of shabby chic style.

Puppies need patience, understanding

This week’s article is once again about puppies. The puppies featured are from two different litters that were brought in from the reservation in the last month

Payson graduate earns honors at NAU

Jessalyn M. Carpino, a 2008 Payson High School graduate, has recently been invited to the Northern Arizona Hispanic Honor Society, as well as The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, with inductions to be forthcoming in both honor societies.

Military News

Army Pvt. Justin A. Krueger has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Fugitive pleads guilty in Ohio courtroom

After a 30-year search and a brief three-day trial, an Ohio murder suspect who was living in Payson under an assumed name, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Group hopes to reduce bacteria in creeks

Bacteria has been seeping into the Tonto and Christopher creeks through generations of cesspools and failed sewer systems, among other things, and a group is forming to help clean the water.

Around Rim Country

Easter Egg Scramble Saturday at Rumsey

The 16th Annual Easter Egg Scramble for children ages 12 and under begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11 at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.

Beatings rise, funding falls

So, let’s say you had a big surge in hurricanes. What would you do?

Tax increases should be last resort

Tax increases should be considered the very last, desperate alternative to solve the state’s fiscal problems.

Thanks for the birthday party

I wish to publicly express my appreciation to Ernie and his staff from Charlie’s 50’s Diner for the wonderful 60th birthday party that they put on for my husband, Don.

City, county officials were highly professional

On Wednesday, April 8, Ronald E. Stahlman, aka Jim O’Neil of Payson, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the April 29, 1979 death of Bernard Williamson.

Three million pets euthanized

Did you know that more than 3 million cats and dogs in the United States were euthanized in 2008?

An old cowboy tried to build an ark

And it came to pass that in the year of our Lord 2010, during the second year of the reign of King Osama Obama, Payson’s Main Street was revived.

It’s a small world chock-full of coincidences

A couple of weeks ago, Dave Hold of Critters Etc. looked up from where he was prodding the ground in search of a tunnel belonging to the critter that was wreaking havoc with one of my four precious apple trees by gnawing at its tender roots.

Former town manager’s suit against SV is dismissed

Nearly a month after Star Valley’s former town manager filled a lawsuit against the town for three months of lost severance, the lawsuit has been dismissed and the town won’t have to pay a cent.

Pound of pot found in home

A pound of marijuana and a half-gram of cocaine were seized from a Payson home April 3, and two men were arrested.

Rainfall and thrift produce a great water year

Rain falls down. Wells rise up. And Paysonites cut back.

Wednesday, April 8

Tease photo

Resurrection Celebration

Easter gathering in Rumsey Park

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is inviting everyone in the Rim Country to join in on the festivities at Rumsey Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the big ramada.

Battle of Payson

Saturday started out like any other first full day of a seemingly ordinary weekend — sunshine, a bit cool for April, with a mild breeze blowing off the big lake in Green Valley Park.

Some great ships of yesteryear

I have been fascinated by passenger ships since leaving the Navy several decades ago.


The Church of the Holy Nativity, an Anglican Catholic parish, will commemorate the passion of our Lord with Holy Week services.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 17: National Forests Established

In 1905 an event took place that profoundly affected the life of settlers in Payson and the surrounding Rim Country: President Theodore Roosevelt created the U.S. Forest Service.

United Steaks of America

Grilling is a great all-American tradition. For generations, family and friends have gathered around the grill to celebrate summer in the good ol’ USA.

Hepatitis C often has good prognosis

Please save my life. I was diagnosed with hepatitis C five years ago.

Easter weekend full of events

Payson’s 16th Annual Egg Scramble for children 12 and under is just around the corner and down the bunny trail.

Candidates sought for outdoor hall of fame induction

The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year’s candidates for induction into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m., May 1.

Fishing report

First I want to point out that the tentative trout stocking schedule has been posted on our Web site at Keep in mind that road conditions, especially snow drifts, may result in some of the waters not being stocked as scheduled, so check the weekly reports.

Tuesday, April 7

Yellow Jackets will try to sting Horns’ diamond prospects

Boosters can bet the family farm the Longhorns will have their hooves full today, April 7, against the visiting Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Drivers ask to be safe during work zone week

With a number of highway projects under way across the state, and more on the way this summer, the Arizona Department of Transportation is asking everyone to drive cautiously through work zones, to keep themselves and those at work safe.

Lots of talent

Wanna be a rock star?

A bridge at last for Tonto

ADOT, county agree to build safe crossing near Punkin Center

Tonto Creek floodwaters overturned Charlie Moring’s truck as he attempted to cross, killing him in 1995.

Pine enrollment decline prompts class cuts

The Pine Strawberry School District board Monday night eliminated pre-school and laid off its teacher, along with one special education teacher and a paraprofessional due to declining enrollment.

Pine Realtor with Prudential Arizona Properties earns national honor among 64

Sixty-four individual agents and teams with Prudential Arizona Properties were recognized by Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services as earning top honors among 62,000 Prudential sales associates throughout North America.

Around Rim Country

$6 jewelry sale April 7-8 at hospital lobby

A $6 jewelry sale is planned by the Mogollon Health Alliance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8.

Plenty of locals to take part in bass tourney

Professional anglers from around the country — including at least eight local fishermen and an up-and-coming California competitor — are expected to enter the inaugural FLW Stren Series bass tournament to be held April 16 to 18 at Roosevelt Lake.

Coed track meet offers Longhorn athletes an opportunity

Payson High track and field team members have a golden opportunity Wednesday, April 8, to etch their names in school record books.

Team of Baker, Talbot, Holmes, Ceylar win poker play

The great game of golf met the wildly popular game of poker April 1 at a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted tournament.

Touring Julia Randall Elementary

A group of interested Paysonites touring the new Julia Randall Elementary School facility.

It takes hard work to put on FLW tourney

The committee in charge of the scheduling, planning and hosting the upcoming FLW Stren Series Bass Tournament is a dedicated, hard-working group that simply won’t be denied in its quest to showcase Payson and Roosevelt Lake.

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Hope gleams for opening of natural bridge

State parks board orders staff to determine cost of reopening travertine arch for weekend visitors

The Arizona State Parks board Friday asked staff to investigate whether Tonto Natural Bridge could reopen during construction work on the lodge, salvaging the crucial summer travel season.

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Battle seesaws; brat-sellers win

Civil War re-enactors draw more than 3,000 to make-believe battle in Green Valley Park

The attack came suddenly on a breezy Rim Country afternoon, shattering the chatter of the crowd with the rattle of rifles, the screams of the dying, the shouted orders of the officers.

‘Dump the Drugs’ day is for unused medicine

Unbeknownst to parents, some kids raid the medicine cabinets for unused prescription pills and sell them, swallow them, or both.

School juggles budget crisis very carefully

We’ve been trying to come up with a good metaphor for preparing a school board budget these days.

Canine partner helps officer find drugs

This column is an interview with Globe Police Department K-9 Unit Brian Hudson.

Great customer service

Last Saturday, I had the very unpleasant pain of depressing my brake pedal and discovering the brakes didn’t work.

Efforts of mayor commended

Thanks to Payson Mayor Kenny Evans in his efforts to untangle the U.S. Forest Service environmental approval process required for proceeding with the Blue Ridge project to bring a permanent water supply to the citizens of Payson and the Rim Country.

Mayor has Payson going in right direction

Congratulations to Mayor Kenny Evans for his professional and speedy diplomacy (Payson Roundup, March 24) acquiring 20 percent of the water infrastructure money allotted to the entire state of Arizona from the Federal Stimulus Plan.

Motorcycle crash claims one life

Second crash on Beeline severely injures man

One motorcyclist was killed and another seriously injured over the weekend in a series of collisions on Gila County highways.

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‘Oklahoma!’ will be presented by Payson theater group

Play opens April 16 at high school

Circle skirts will swirl during Payson High School’s performance of “Oklahoma!” which opens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16.

SV council to appoint new councilor

The Star Valley council will appoint a new council member Tuesday night from a pool of three applicants.

Budget cuts into NAU distance learning offerings

Budget cuts have quickened the transition from video conferencing to internet classes for students enrolled at Northern Arizona University’s Payson distance learning campus.

Rodeo Committee offers scholarships to students

Scholarship applications are available for all Payson School District high school seniors at the Payson High School guidance office.

GCC school briefs

Evidence is a course being offered at Gila Community College in an effort to better educate students on the criminal justice system and how evidence plays a role in that system.

Don’t be fooled when it comes to payment

No one likes being the target of an April Fools’ prank.

What would a day without a Realtor look like in Rim Country?

It is interesting to read about Realtors.

The case of the missing flags

It was the curious case of missing flags Friday for Payson’s Patriotic Events Committee.

Senior Center is up and running

April is such a lyrical month, no wonder it is National Poetry Month.

Saturday, April 4

Payson crime plunges, domestic violence grows

Crime dropped in Payson in 2008 in almost every category except domestic violence —which showed an alarming 84 percent increase, according to statistics presented to the town council on Thursday.

Traffic board shuffles road plans

Forget 20. Can’t afford 10. How about seven?

Officials laud federal wilderness law preserving areas of Arizona

Fossil Creek designated a Wild and Scenic River, which will preserve its free flow

Soaring sandstone cliffs in northern Arizona, land along the San Pedro River and saguaro- and ironwood-studded expanses gained additional protection Monday under legislation signed by President Barack Obama.

Friday, April 3

Coed invite features five relay teams

The annual Payson Coed Invitational is unique in that it provides athletes the opportunity to compete in boy and girl relay events they might not encounter elsewhere during the season.

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Record 14 strikeouts help Longhorns over the Elks

Senior Hunter Haynes baffles Elks for five innings

Senior pitcher Hunter Haynes baffled, bewildered and mystified Round Valley hitters on his way to setting a school record 14 strikeouts in only five innings.

Special Olympics athletes bring home medals from skills competition

Northern Gila County Special Olympics’ already glowing reputation was enhanced even further when 16 athletes showed up March 28 at Mesa Red Mountain High School to compete in the Arizona State Individual Skills Basketball competition.

Benefit will aid skeet shooter

Only Steve Cline’s closest friends and family knew of his affection for competitive shooting.

In rodeo dust-up, both sides try to heal breach

Press conference sets record straight on failed negotiations between chamber and Pro Rodeo Committee

It comes down to this: $5,000, a wealth of miscommunications, swirls of rumor — and a few broken hearts.

Elementary students take part in fishing day

Last Friday, more than 200 area elementary school students had the opportunity to try their luck at fishing at Green Valley Lake.

Payson comes up short in last inning

Lady Longhorns are 0-1 in East, but state power rankings have them 12th

Losing always hurts, but some defeats sting more than others.

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This time, when Lincoln speaks, Lee will listen

Saturday’s Battle of Payson will feature Civil War skirmishes and the Gettysburg Address to honor nation’s war dead

General Robert E. Lee will lead the charge. Abraham Lincoln will honor the dead. And Scott Hinkle will be having one heck of a good time.

A man of many stories and successes

The series of wild vignettes David Engleman tells build an image of a life not unlike the photographs he takes or the cabinet full of slides in his hallway.

Watershed group holds first of several meetings

A very important and informative meeting took place on Saturday, March 28. This meeting was the first of many that will be held in our area. The group is called the Christopher Creek and Tonto Creek Watershed Committee.

Easter is coming quick — annual Christopher Creek egg hunt April 11

Easter is coming soon and there are a few places in the Christopher Creek area for your dining pleasure.

The saga of Silky Rose and the Buds

It was just another busy Saturday morning at the shelter, when a young couple came through the front door with an extremely pregnant dog. She was found the night before, on the side of the road up on the Rim, and it wasn’t long before she went into labor.

No layoffs proposed at schools

By eliminating 11 vacated positions, not paying for dental insurance, and making other cuts, the Payson Unified School District could manage its projected $800,000 shortfall next year without layoffs, school officials said Wednesday.

SV violated meeting law in 2006

Star Valley is currently under investigation for possibly violating the open meeting law, but this isn’t the first time the town has been accused of breaking the law.

Three Tonto Basin trailers burn to the ground

Three trailers in Tonto Basin burned to the ground Saturday morning after a 55-year-old man’s cigarette ignited several oxygen bottles in his trailer, Tonto Basin fire officials said.

Fires and bears and bureaucrats

The forest can be a scary place. Fires and bears and bureaucrats

Who has to pay off the debt?

If from the year 1 B.C. to 2009 B.C. there is less than 64 billion seconds, is there really a trillion dollars in circulation. If there isn’t, then how can you owe what does not exist?

Letter misunderstood

I think Mr. Hamric may have misunderstood the purpose of my March 24 letter when I was answering acid remarks by an individual about California’s successful environmental laws.

Myths about purchase of water company

There are many myths in the Pine/ Strawberry community concerning the purchase of the Pine Water Company and the Strawberry Water Company.

Don’t cry about the overtaxed rich

The title of the guest comment was incredulous: “President’s budget demonizes the wealthy”! Does anyone, including Sen. Jon Kyl, really believe the wealthy are overtaxed? Senator, please come into the real world.

Facts speak for themselves

First I want to congratulate the Town of Payson and Mayor Evans for their efforts in obtaining the federal stimulus funding for the Blue Ridge pipeline.

Not everyone who lives in Payson is a conservative

Seems to me that the old Roundup has taken a decided turn to the right since ownership changed a while back.

Elementary school hosts gifted, talent expo Saturday

A Gifted and Talented Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 4 at Payson Elementary School.

Rescue squad finds lost hikers

The Hells Gate Trail lived up to its name this weekend for a pair of hikers who got so lost, they stumbled around the Tonto National Forest for three days until searchers finally located them in a canyon Monday afternoon.

Annual Easter Egg Scramble is April 11 at Rumsey

Payson’s 16th Annual Egg Scramble for children ages 12 and under is just around the corner down the bunny trail.

Kiwanis dinner, auction set for April 4 at casino

The Kiwanis Club will have its annual dinner and auction from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall.

County probation office fears budget cut impact

Gila County Chief Probation Officer Frank Owens fears that state budget cuts will severely impact a drug court program he says is integral for healing addiction

Ministerial fellowship plans annual Resurrection celebration at Rumsey

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, an organization of churches in the Payson area, is planning its seventh annual Easter celebration at Rumsey Park.

Unwelcome skunk has caused a stink

I can imagine what my wife would say if I asked her to help me run down a skunk.

Blue Ridge pipe snarled in red tape

Forest Service stalls approvals but bill would put Bureau of Reclamation in charge

The congresswoman representing Rim Country hopes to cut a nasty snarl of red tape that has knotted up the Blue Ridge pipeline with a law that puts the federal Bureau of Reclamation in charge of the project.

Checklist for a financial crisis

Over the past few weeks, the news has been almost incomprehensible.

First-person drama to take place at Green Valley Park

This Saturday, we are in for a real treat at Green Valley Park. A family-oriented day of education, inspiration and highly-interactive living history will be brought to us through We Make History’s “Civil War Re-enactment — The Battle of Payson.”

Community pressure on parks continues

I know that we are all anxiously waiting to hear what takes place at the State Parks Board meeting today.

We are each the product of things we learned from others

For the first time in my life, I held a loaded weapon in my hand and pointed it at something I intended to hit.

Septic tank probe strikes gas line

A Strawberry couple probing for their septic tank came up only with gas Monday afternoon after striking their gas line.

Thursday, April 2

Payson Regional Medical Center grew from clinic to a top hospital

The Rim Country’s medical care was a gamble well into the mid-1950s.

Sleep disorders can cause high blood pressure, strokes, other problems

For the roughly 40 million Americans suffering from sleep disorders, nights spent tossing and turning can become days full of irritability and melancholy.

Urgent Care clinic available 12 hours a day in Payson

For medical situations requiring prompt attention, StatClinix Urgent Care at 101 E. Highway 260 is open seven days each week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seniors face fresh challenges in staying healthy

Community groups offer a variety of vital free and low-cost services including meals, dance classes and health screenings

Today’s seniors have learned the value of a dollar the hard way. Many either were children during the Great Depression or heard the stories from their parents who lived through it.

Rehab services can help restore a quality of life

Rehabilitation programs can help people recover from strokes, arthritis, other medical setbacks

Helping patients enjoy life again is the goal of those who work in rehabilitation services at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Dentists warn sick teeth can provoke medical problems

A healthy mouth is a healthy body. Researchers and dentists agree that good dental health is more than just cosmetic, it is overall maintenance of the body.

Rural doctors face both joys and challenges

Midnight phone calls. Lack of specialist backup. Ever-present patients. Big city wives.

A lesson in discipline from a diabetic person

We are talking about living with medical conditions — I am a diabetic.

Busy family doctor faces challenges

In one day, Dr. John Vandruff juggles 29 patients, medical crises and patient relationships while practicing

An increased patient load and decisions that can make a difference in people’s lives awaits Dr. John Vandruff as he makes the 12-minute drive from his house in Round Valley to his office on East Main Street.

Alternative medicine winning acceptance

Once upon a time, doctors, science and technology were going to fix everything

Resources available for teens who need health, drug advice

Many Payson teens are becoming addicted to drugs or are pregnant, and though not necessarily related, resources are available for prevention or help if trouble strikes.

Athletes benefit from medical center partnership

Ryan Howard’s immediate responsibility was to diagnosis and treat the football player’s injured knee. But he faced an even tougher challenge in convincing the anxious young player, only a sophomore, that he could not return to the state championship game and risk further injury.

Neglecting pet’s health needs makes for sad, shaggy dog story

Dogs and cats need shots, toothpaste and checkups to prevent small problems from having large effects

When thinking about health and wellness, don’t forget the furry members of the household.

Personal trainer can help with fitness, motivation

Say you’re hitting the gym three times a week, eating right and still not happy with the results. What do you do? Give up and turn to diet pills? You may need the advice and guidance of a personal trainer.

Chiropractors, physical therapists can help patients with chronic problems

Recovery from a sports injury, fall or car accident takes time and a lot of work. There is a host of ways to treat that kink in your neck, from stretching to acupuncture to strength training.

Juggling stress, sorrow, sickness but loving it

Nurses work 12-hour shifts, but touch lives and save patients every day of the year

Nurses, those indispensable purveyors of medicine, attention and solace, work long shifts during which the stress of managing mortality is part of the job description.

Books, Web sites groaning under weight of diet advice

Easy-to-use government Web site helps people sort through advice offered by 20,000 diet books, supplemented by local support groups

An entire bookstore could be devoted to all the books on dieting. But if you don’t have time to launch a library research project or prowl the bookstores — you can also find a host of sources on the Internet.

Mutinous mole offers lesson in life priorities

I can remember every detail of the first time a doctor told me I had cancer. I stood in my cluttered office, holding the phone and looking out the window as he explained that the mole on my back he had removed had proved malignant.

Patients urged to take active role in their medical care

Today’s patients can and should take an active role in their medical care.

Dialysis center a symbol of a caring community

The presence of the DaVita Rim Country Dialysis Center in Payson is a classic example of the care and concern the community’s residents have for one another.

Ignoring health risks bears a deadly cost

Let’s say you liked me — loved me even. But I smoked. Then you found out I had lung cancer and three months to live. Would that make you quit smoking yourself?

Patients’ Choice nominations sought

Payson Regional Medical Center is once again seeking to honor one of its nurses with the Patients’ Choice Award.

Retirement centers offer seniors, others alternative living choice

For many seniors, the thought of selling their home and moving into a nursing home or even an independent living center is a scary thought. Will they lose their independence, privacy and become isolated in a small space?

Yoga devotees seek health, balance one breath at a time

Rim Country qigong master among 15 million Americans using poses and discipline to release their grip on life’s stresses

A frazzled teacher cringes at the thought of grading more papers. A real estate agent worries about the lagging housing market. A business owner can’t sleep because he worries about his livelihood.

Got the blues? Stressed out? Depressed? Counseling available at guidance center

Dealing with feelings of despair or a serious mental illness are things no one should deal with alone, and depression is a common ailment that most people face at least once in their life.

Wednesday, April 1

Healthy, versatile salmon recipes are a delight

Salmon is one of my favorite foods.

Life at sea

Since my Navy service years I have had a love for the sea and the ships that sail the world.

Recommended reading: Bonnie and Clyde

“Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde” by Jeff Guinn Reviewed by Larry Cox

Straight up, this is the best book ever written about Bonnie and Clyde.

Small ships: Advantages and disadvantages

Many times we get requests from people who are tired of the lines, crowds, and formality of the larger cruise lines, namely those holding more than 2,000 passengers.

Be still, my racing heart

During the night and mostly early in the morning hours, my heart speeds up to 200 beats a minute. There is no pain, but it wakes me up and seems to happen if I am lying facedown.

The donkey and the cross

One of my favorite animals is the donkey. Don’t know why, but I have always had a great fondness for them.

Fly-fishing classes

The Payson Flycasters will present a program on the art of fly-fishing in a two-class series April 4 and April 11.

AMERICAN history

Civil War re-enactment visits Rim Country

Where would your loyalty lie?

Voracious insect threatens pinyons

Foresters seek help fighting renewed infestation of leaf-gobbling scale pests

Foresters are appealing to Rim Country residents to help head off an infestation of an insect that can chew all the leaves off struggling pinyon pines, leading to the eventual deaths of even large trees.

Payson postmaster charged with DUI

Payson’s postmaster was arrested and charged with DUI March 23 after cutting through a service station parking lot.

Nominate someone for the Rim Country Business Awards

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation (NGCEDC) is seeking nominations for the 2009 Rim Country Business Awards.