Stories for August 2009


Monday, August 31

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Beaver Valley residents return home

Whispering Pine residents can go home at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Saturday, August 29

Annual highlands gardening conference is Sept. 19

Gardening fans are invited to the 10th annual Arizona Highlands Garden Conference.

Friday, August 28

All Bikes and stuff

A yard full of memories

It’s hot in Rye, and the sun reflecting off two acres piled high with old bicycles, scooters, motorcycles and cars makes it even hotter. The air is still, and the bikes take the heat stoically. They are, after all, inorganic. That doesn’t mean they are immune to the effects. Most of the bikes are rusty and dusty and look as if they’ve seen better days.

Tragedy in East Verde Park

As part of a small community in Payson I am saddened to learn of the tragic motorcycle accident that recently took Ken Shelton’s life.

Town OKs agreement to run Tonto bridge

Payson can now operate state park, even if state budget meltdown closes system

The Payson Town Council has approved an innovative agreement to allow the town to take over Tonto Natural Bridge State Park in the event of a state budget meltdown.

Board: New high school years off

After spending at least $25 million to construct a new elementary school and update the middle school, it looks like it will be at least 14 years before the school district can consider building a new high school.

Cafe opens next to Re-Runs Boutique

After expanding their consignment store to a new, larger space on Main Street, Andy and Cindy Kofile decided to once again expand their business.

Mount Cross pastor brings extensive experience to post

Ken Lentz brings a German seminary education and a long history of service in the Lutheran Church to his new post as interim pastor of Mount Cross.

The tale of two pals and their pigs

4-Hers are getting projects ready for upcoming Northern Gila County Fair Sept. 11-13

Their moms refer to them as Mutt and Jeff — with much affection and not a small dose of humor. Jake Beeler and Brooks Randall are two 10-year-old, fifth-grade students at Frontier Elementary School.

Beaver Valley Day celebration set for Sept. 5

Food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, Saturday, Sept. 5 in Beaver Valley, a community about 6 miles northeast of Payson on the Houston Mesa Road.

Illness changes woman’s outlook

Carolee Morris, like many women, initially wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. She started college, essentially to find a suitably educated husband, but then she wanted to have children and raise them as was culturally expected.

Fishing derby will fund new preschool in Tonto

When small-town America sees a need, they rally behind the cause, and that’s what is happening in Tonto Basin this fall! The school district was hoping to build an addition to house the preschool program with the aid of state funding, but a moratorium was placed on all new school construction.

Shelter offers more than 3 strikes

Strike three and you’re out! That’s a pretty common phrase, but not one we use here at HSCAZ.

Printer problems produce full-color headaches

School is back in session. Term papers, book reports, and group projects will soon be due. After countless hours posting comments on Facebook, students will spend a few frazzled moments trying to complete assignments before the due date. Except for the Facebook part, it has been happening like that for a long time.

Unusual flu season coming

Swine flu no more deadly than normal, says health official

The flu season is quickly approaching and an information campaign is under way so people can protect themselves from the swine flu.

Kyl: Health care reform is huge dose of control

U.S. Senator Jon Kyl made a Rim Country appearance before a polite and mostly supportive group of business leaders this week to stump against President Barack Obama’s health care reforms.

Writer got it all wrong

To Mr. Al Poskanzer: you have it all wrong.

The Conservative’s Declaration of Independence

Obama, who campaigned as the great facilitator, and pledged to unite us all — Republican and Democrat, red and blue, black and white, conservative and liberal — has instead polarized this nation like no one before.

Rules of the road for investors

If you have money in the market, you may sometime wonder what on earth is going on in the financial world.

Don’t fear the health bill

After reading a recent “conversation” regarding what was called Obama’s health bill, I decided to read that particular section of the bill. Sorry, Sarah, no “death panel.” Sorry, Rush and others, no “euthanasia counseling sessions.”

Several scientific evidences show geologic layers deposited quickly

In response to the article about the geology of the Sedona area in which millions or billions of years were cited 10 times, I would like to show several scientific evidences that would verify that geologic layers have been deposited quickly, not over long periods of time.

Sick of promised hope and change

Do you believe in the Constitution and our Bill of Rights? Do you cherish your freedoms?

False charges merit reply

Ordinarily, if we saw someone wandering down the street with their fly open, we’d either look politely the other way or give them a discrete heads up.

Community Almanac

There will be a free Child Identification Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, east of the fire station.

Peace breaks out in water war saga

Star Valley town officials downplay importance of impact of Payson’s Tower Well on water supply

Once upon a time, a just-released report showing that Payson’s Tower Well in Star Valley caused a dramatic drop in the water level of several wells would have provoked a fresh outbreak of the water wars that triggered Star Valley’s incorporation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters event raises $21,000

Students from Payson Center for Success ham it up at the recent Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake event to help others.

SV council’s wrist slapped

County attorney’s investigation finds open meeting violation

The Star Valley Council did break the state’s open meeting law two times in two years, the Gila County attorney’s office has determined after a six-month investigation.

Mission in Ecuador

Earlier this year, Cassie Jones of Payson traveled to Ecuador with Simone Lake of Pine, a full-time minister serving as Bible teacher, international speaker, missionary and author.

We are truly blessed

As I’ve been sitting here writing this week’s music trivia column, I’ve been peering out my front window and watching our Rim Country monsoon weather finally begin to act as it should.

Come enjoy a special ice cream party Sunday

We have been blessed with a reprieve from the incessant heat with some very nice rain and cloud cover this past week. It may not be in the amount that we could use, but it certainly helped!

Rim Country Middle School Mavericks open big

The Rim Country Mavericks football and softball teams opened the 2009 season on a winning note, sweeping the Holbrook Roadrunners. The cross country team was equally successful, winning two of three races. The campaigns tipped off Aug. 21.

Flores, Lindo, Peacock take top honors Aug. 19

Ed Flores, Ralph Lindo and Steve Peacock won both tournament and closest to the pin honors during a Payson Men’s Golf Association individual low net and low gross links fray played Aug. 19 at Payson Golf Course.

‘Village’ of Payson steps up for its own

Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a New York Times best seller, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” That was 1996, but she reaffirmed that belief in her own presidential campaign in 2007.

Residents of forest communities grateful for fuel break

Eighteen ladies enjoyed playing dominos and a card game called “hand and foot” at Pat Guevara’s home in Hunter Creek. They also enjoyed some delicious snacks. The ladies will meet every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m at different homes in Christopher Creek throughout the summer months.

12-year-old’s dream becomes a reality

The dream of playing golf on the national level turned true for 12-year-old Dean Harpe when he stepped onto the 114-year-old Pinehurst course in North Carolina — one of the most historical and exclusive clubs in the country.

One of summer season’s highlights fast approaching

The countdown to the end of August and the summer season is fast approaching. The nights are cooling down to the high 40s. That’s blanket weather! My own personal indicator of the weather changing is that I wear my socks to bed. I have been wearing them for a week now. I am sorry to see the summer end, and especially to the end of stocking of the trout in the creeks. I have been lucky enough to land a few large trout, large enough to stuff with cornbread and crab stuffing and bake them on the grill. Delicious!

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Longhorns take on St. Johns tonight

If there is a given this evening in St. Johns, where the Longhorns take on the homestanding Redskins, it’s that defending 3A state champion Payson will be pitted against a well-coached team.

Napoleon may have lost Europe, but he was right about one thing

Knowing young men as we all do, you might think the first thing they would mention about a place they’d been to would be the members of the opposite sex.

Wednesday, August 26

2 Boys, 2 Pigs

Their moms refer to them as Mutt and Jeff — with much affection and not a small dose of humor. Jake Beeler and Brooks Randall are two 10-year-old, fifth-grade students at Frontier Elementary School.

Asthma can appear at any age

Asthma can make an appearance at any age. The incidence of it peaks between the ages of 4 and 10, and again in the 40s. It’s not only a childhood illness.

The 1970 Labor Day Flood

There are two weather events that old timers like to talk to historians about. The first is the big snow of 1967; the second is the flood of 1970. This week we focus on the latter, presented with some great pictures from Hazel McBrayer and family.

Make your Labor Day plans

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department personnel and members of the Strawberry Elites will present a pancake breakfast as part of the Labor Day weekend fun in Pine.

Add ‘Wow!’ to breakfast and beyond

When it comes to foods that spark passion, very few rival the emotional and mouthwatering response triggered by big, bold, flavorful strips of bacon. To help Americans express their love of bacon at the breakfast table in new and unique ways, Wright Brand Bacon has teamed up with Food Network host Aaron McCargo Jr. to serve up tantalizing tips for adding bigger, better bacon sizzle to favorite breakfast dishes.

Cruising the Baltic Part 2

If you did not have the opportunity to read last week’s article, which began the Baltic Cruise we experienced on Voyages of Discovery’s lovely classic ship, the Discovery, I’ll briefly fill you in on last week’s description of the first part of the cruise.

Tuesday, August 25

Lady Horns open away against Holbrook tonight

An old nemesis awaits the Lady Longhorn volleyball team when the regular season tips off today in Holbrook.

Coaches bring experience, passion to cross country teams

Spend a few minutes with Payson High cross country runners and you’ll leave impressed with their enthusiasm and gusto for their sport

Roadside trash dumping is quite an eyesore

Monday I went for a motorcycle ride on Highway 87 north of Strawberry and I noticed a lot of trash along the road and all of it left over from a camping trip. At the safety turnouts just past the county line, there are more than a dozen large bags scattered as far as 100 yards from the main pile, which is probably a result of animals prowling through the mess, and the stench is noticeable from about 40 yards away

PEO provides three nursing scholarships

Nancy Miller, Program for Continuing Education chairman for the Payson Chapter of PEO, is pleased to announce three awards given to nursing and pre-nursing students at Gila Community College.

Paperwork stymies final Pine water agreement

A Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board meeting set for today, Aug. 25, to discuss a final stipulation-judgment of condemnation that could soon lead to PSWID’s acquisition of Brooke Utilities two water companies was postponed late yesterday.

Heartfelt thanks

With heartfelt thanks, Rim Country Literacy program would like to thank you for the publicity given for our “Lasso for Literacy” fund-raiser held at Green Valley Park.

Real estate legislation updates

Protect yourself: consult attorney, CPA before a foreclosure or short sale

Five months ago, we published an article on Arizona’s anti-deficiency statute to explain our state’s law on the potential liability a homeowner may face if their home is sold for less than they owe.

Landlord puts lien on Legacy furniture

After eight years of business in Payson, Legacy Home Furnishings was taken over by the plaza’s property owner several weeks ago.

Frustrated homeowners beg for town’s help

Payson has spent $44,000 and 18 months but still can’t get federal bureaucrats to change flood maps for subdivision

You got your geological time — with rock layers built up over a great drift of eons.

Graphic design class being offered this fall at Gila college

Gila Community College’s new art instructor, Doug Trimble, will be offering a new Graphic Design class, along with World Art, this Fall semester.

Student theatre new season starts Nov. 4

The Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Company’s first show for the 2009-2010 theatre season is “The Three Musketeers” by Max Bush, adapted from the book by Alexander Dumas.

School volunteer enjoys the students

I enjoy the students. They are very nice to me. I get a kick out of seeing students and former students around town and watching them become mature men and women

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Retirees help student learn about life

While most high school kids are busy learning algebra and social studies in traditional classrooms, several hours a day, students from Payson Center for Success step outside the box of learning and give back to the community.

Debate on historical society money splits council

Historical society sought $6,000 in back pay from town

History’s a touchy topic in Rim Country, what with the cowboys, Indians and water wars — not to mention two-year-old contracts with the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

Fuzzy math

Anyone that is now covered under Medicare, or will be turning 65 in the next 15 years, should be paying very close attention to this current legislation for health care reform.

Edward Jones hosts charitable gifting workshop

Although times are tough for many, you may still be interested in giving.

Thanks to all who helped during time of need

My husband, Jack Bushno, went to be with the Lord July 20. I am only now able to get out these very deserved acknowledgments. Payson Care Center Alzheimer’s Unit. They were so caring yet very proficient. Their unit is just like one big family.

Birds of a feather

What do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin have in common?

Save the eagles? Save ourselves?

How long does it take to make a bald eagle?

Community Almanac

Staff members for the office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 610 E. Highway 260.

No reservation now about police backup

Insurance plan prompts Payson agreement to send officers to assist Tonto Apache police

Payson police will once again back up Tonto Apache cops when they need help.

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Woods Canyon eagles could colonize Rim

Bald eagles raise a record 67 fledglings, including first eaglet born in promising Rim lakes habitat

Rim Country became bald eagle country this spring, when a gawky fledgling hatched in a stolen osprey nest on the shores of Woods Canyon Lake, joining a record-breaking crop of baby Arizona eagles.

Main Street needs serious help

Mayor Kenny Evans recently dubbed Main Street the heart of Payson. However, with its poor visibility from the highway, stretches of empty storefronts and lack of retail shops, that heartbeat is irregular, even verging on a heart attack some say.

Breakfast will raise funds for cross country teams’ travel

Prep sports team are not immune to troubling economic times.

Solar panels will help school cut costs

New law allows private entities to get tax credit from public agencies

In an effort to curtail spiraling utility costs, Payson Unified School District could install solar panels to provide electricity at the high school, middle school and administration building. Payson Elementary School could also be included.

Mesa del residents, Hardcastle are talking

A sharp drop in well output forced water rationing in Mesa del Caballo this summer, Brooke Utilities President Robert Hardcastle told community representatives this week in a conciliatory, three-hour meeting.

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Foul weather forces delay, relocation of scrimmage

Officials move game to Rumsey Park to prevent further damage to PHS turf

It was Mother Nature playing games with the Payson Longhorns and Camp Verde Cowboys in a season-opening controlled scrimmage.

Payson hooks grant to study Green Valley erosion

When it rains, it pours — or so they say.

Saturday, August 22

Elk viewing workshop scheduled at Green Valley Park

Green Valley Park will be the site of an Arizona Game and Fish Department public wildlife-viewing workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Arizona Department of Transportation State Route 87 Safety Improvements Payson to Pine

Excavation will continue in Segment 1 the week of August 24.

Safford resident files to represent Rim in legislature

Safford resident Brenda Barton announced a bid for Rep. Bill Konopnicki’s legislative seat, which is term limited.

Artists wanted to be part of decorating Capitol Christmas tree

For the first time since the tradition began in 1970, Arizona has been chosen to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009, which will stand in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Attorney general sues to stop alleged scam

After hundreds of people, including several Payson residents, reported receiving an alleged mail scam, the attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit.

Town has two entries up for statewide Main Street honors

The man leading the charge in Main Street’s facelift and a new physical therapy space are among finalists in the 2009 Arizona Main Street competition.

Friday, August 21

Twist, turns of legislature leaves towns in limbo

Payson Town Council told to brace for financial traumas

The unbearably prolonged state budget deadlock may still unhinge the precariously balanced budgets of Payson and other towns throughout the state, said Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Director Ken Strobeck at a special Payson council session on Thursday.

New owner on the ‘Kutting Edge’

If you have driven down East Bonita Street, you’ve probably seen Kutting Edge Hair and Nail Salon with its large blow dryer shaped sign.

Payson school enrollment increases

Tenth-day average is up 100 students

A surprising increase in enrollment this year in Payson Unified School District has district officials hopeful that recent declines have temporarily abated.

Culinary arts students prep for competition

Payson High School students Brett Goodwin and Justin Richardson from teacher Devon Wells’ Culinary Arts Program are preparing for a high-level statewide culinary competition. The winner will be named the U.S. Foodservice Student Chef of the Year.

School district calendar unchanged; two weeks for fall, spring breaks

This year, the murky pot of school calendar scheduling will remain unstirred.

Accuracy of GCC budget scrutinized

Payson board members frustrated with missing numbers, county attorney now examining document

Omissions and inaccuracies marring Gila Community College’s recently passed budget are leading some board members to fear for the college’s credibility.

Highways photo editor to judge fair photos

Rim Country photographers have a chance to have their work judged by Arizona Highways photo editor Jeff Kida at the 2008 Northern Gila County Fair.

Gila County Fair to feature ‘The Wall’

This year’s Gila County Fair, celebrating its 40th year, will feature the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which stands in Washington, D.C.; three nights of great stage entertainment including Conner Cecil and his band on stage Saturday night; a bigger and more diversified carnival; and all the many exhibits entered by residents.

Flag football has added benefit; more time to register

The 120-plus young athletes who signed up to participate in the town-sponsored NFL Flag Football program this season are in for a special treat.

Shelter has August Blowout Sale

The dog days of summer have arrived. And we’re not just talking about the weather, we’re talking about dogs.

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Youth football teams in new league for 2009

Say goodbye to the Central Arizona Football Association and hello to the Northeastern Arizona Youth Football League.

School backpack ban lifted

Parent complaints convinced officials at Rim Country Middle School to reverse the controversial backpack ban for sixth-graders.

Familiar face could be seen in playoffs

Longtime coach brings years of winning experience to Goodyear

It’s more than nostalgic for longtime Longhorn football fans to glance over to the West region and see a friendly rival building Goodyear Estella Foothills into a state championship contender.

Gas prices statewide rise by less than penny at $2.64 per gallon

It may be too early to call it the end of a price climb, but for the first time in three weeks, the statewide price of fuel rose by less than a penny, signaling a possible plateau of pump prices.

Early radio and TV was sometimes unintentionally funny

The name of the program I don’t remember. The name of the actor who played the hard boiled detective I do — Richard Gargan.

A conversation with Mr. Bureaucrat

The problems with Obama’s health bill are numerous as quills on a porcupine’s tail, but the one that has finally caught the attention of the American people can be found in section 1223. This 10-page segment states that the elderly be required to submit to euthanasia counseling sessions in which a bureaucrat (I’m sure he would be a well-qualified bureaucrat with the best of intentions) would help them understand their relative and declining value to society.

Ocean fishing trip nets shark

Debbie Dawson and her family went fishing out of Oceanside, Calif. recently, and the family is still talking about the unbelievable experience they had.

Investigate the alternatives

People are asking about alternatives to Obama Care. There are lots of ideas that would help.

Live without health insurance and see what side you favor

I am not sure how many of the folks who are opposed to health insurance reform have ever lived without insurance.

SV council unhappy with tax code

Star Valley’s councilor George Binney picked up a tax stone Tuesday night and threw it at the Goliath of government. Binney expressed his dissent for the tax code and the repercussions for not following it at the town council meeting.

Lots of activities planned for bash

Labor Day weekend is only two weeks away. The summer has flown by too quickly. The nights are getting chilly enough for the windows to be open and to cuddle up with a quilt.

Fall sports open this week

The Payson High School football and volleyball teams launch the 2009 season with controlled scrimmages this week, a full seven days before the soccer and cross-country programs kick off.

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Water trickles, the earth heaves

Vivid geology of Sedona bears witness to the death of stars, the drift of continents, the power of water and the thoughts of rocks

Oak Creek swishes and sighs at my feet as the day dies, the rising moon reflected in its pensive waters. Lifting my eyes to the darkening form of Cathedral Rock, I try to imagine upheaval, catastrophe, flood and violence.

Mesa del residents organize as state investigation looms

Residents of Mesa del Caballo, plagued by water shortages and furious with their water company, have taken the first steps toward forming a water improvement district.

MSA to help with fight against noxious weeds

With the long summertime growing season, plant growth can be phenomenal and that is also the case with weeds that can choke out the healthy grasslands in the Rim Country.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

I think most would agree that there needs to be some adjustments to our current health care system.

64 entries took part in annual rodeo parade

APS and Rim Country Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade on Saturday, Aug. 15. The parade was co-chaired by Brian Tollefson and John Wakelin.

Calling all entries for 55th annual county fair

Summer is on the run toward fall and it’s time to start thinking about the 55th Annual Northern Gila County Fair. The call is out to get entries ready.

There has always been medical care rationing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just reported that life expectancy in the United States is less than at least 10 other developed countries. If we do in fact have the best health care in the world, why would this be?

Historian to speak at humanities lecture at Payson Library

Historian Reba Wells Grandrud of Phoenix will present “In Their Own Words: Diaries of 19th Century Women” at the monthly Library Friends of Payson gathering at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Payson Public Library Meeting Room.

Even with recession, we are still the land of (investment) opportunity

Over the past several months, you may have become somewhat discouraged at the prospects of investing for your future.

Buyers trading in gas guzzlers for fuel sippers

In the four weeks since the Cash for Clunkers program went into effect, the program has delivered on what the president and Congress hoped it would — drive up auto sales.

Do what’s best for Americans, not for insurance industry

We are third generation owners of a small family business and we are 100 percent behind the insurance reform that includes a public option.

Rodeo Reunion was great

This year’s Rodeo Reunion was a great get-together for these old friends, from ranching to rodeoing, all had a connection here.

Community almanac

Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will have an Indian Fry Bread Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21.

Warner a rare role model in pro sports

I haven’t had the chance to buy Arizona Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner’s new book First Things First: the Rules of Being a Warner. But a friend has and he claims it is a fascinating story about the life of the two-time NFL MVP who miraculously led the Cards last season to the Super Bowl.

Gila College faces appalling servitude

We are appalled by the chaotic, absentee, manifestly unfair indentured servitude of Gila Community College.

Sunday’s steak fry will buy Christmas gifts for needy children

Did anyone make it to the rodeo this year? I couldn’t believe the crowd that was there on Saturday night — not a spare seat to be had. From what I hear, Friday was the same. That is a great thing for the Rim Country as attendance has been falling off for the past few years.

Y0u*r p@$$w0rd: selection is key to good Internet security

It may seem like everyone is out to get you…the slowest line at the grocery store is the one you are in, the school crossing guard makes you wait after you drop your kids off, and you find your morning newspaper in the rose bushes.

Safe canning workshop set

An introduction to safe canning principles will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the University of Arizona, Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Office, 840 Rodeo Drive, in Prescott. Call (928) 445-6590 for more information.

Present-day cowboys prove times they are a-changin’

Wow, wasn’t last Friday through Sunday just another great rodeo weekend here in Payson?

Thursday, August 20

a memorable cruise of the baltic

It has been my good fortune to have cruised to many areas of the world. For me, it is the easiest vacation one can experience. Once onboard your ship, you unpack only once and leave the driving, cooking and cleaning to those who run the ship. It is sheer vacation! You select the area of the world you wish to visit, examine cruise line brochures and perhaps consult a travel professional for their advice and assistance in booking your cruise along with air reservations. It’s that easy.

Comfort Food

Library hosts cooking class featuring simple but delicious foods

My experience in a real cooking class has been limited to home economics in high school. Over the years I’ve been at a recipe demonstration by a Pampered Chef sales representative, a lesson given at the Payson Bashas’ by Gerardo Moceri of Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, and a workshop Gary Bedsworth gave as part of the Women’s Wellness Forum. None of these was a hands-on experience, just watch and learn and sample the finished product.

American classics with maple syrup

Pure maple syrup has been a part of North American life since before the continent was settled by Europeans. Pure maple syrup’s uses go beyond morning pancakes or waffles — it adds depth of flavor and complexity to everything from beverages and main dishes to salads and desserts.

Dealing with bladder infections

My teen wears flip-flops all day, every day. We live in a fairly warm climate, and he wears them even during the winter months. I don’t think this is good for his feet. Do you agree?

Humanities lecture at library

Historian Reba Wells Grandrud of Phoenix will present “In Their Own Words: Diaries of 19th Century Women” at the monthly Library Friends of Payson gathering at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Payson Library Meeting Room, 328 N. McLane Road. Everyone is invited to attend at no charge.

The Story of Payson, Arizona


On Jan. 17, 1920 Payson was on the threshold of an economic boom. That was the day the 18th Amendment to America’s Constitution went into effect, and the National Prohibition Act became law.

Tuesday, August 18

Rodeo parade results

APS and Rim Country Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade on Saturday, August 15.

Social Security answers key questions

Social Security celebrates its 74th anniversary on Aug. 14th. Since numbers were first issued in November 1936, about 442 million numbers have been assigned. Want to learn more about the history of Social Security cards and numbers? Step back in time with a visit to our history page. Visit ssn/ssncards.html.

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125th Rodeo draws big crowds

Town claims rousing success, despite change in management

The August Doin’s came roaring out of the chutes for the 125th time this weekend, drawing big crowds, filling up hotel rooms and prompting town officials to claim changing horses some place out in the middle of the stream this year worked out just fine.

Longhorns build team at camp

A week-long preseason training camp and 10 after-school practice sessions have given first-year Payson High football head coach Matt Mayo the opportunity to assess his new team.

FAN Club ready for upcoming football season

Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club member Eileen Daniels knows what awaits the support group in the coming weeks.

A cowboy who protects his own

I was heading for my monthly supply trip to Heber when I received a panicked call from a friend of mine, Ronald Wayne Knight, saying his dog needed doctoring bad and he had to kill a javelina with a rock.

PWGA prez a repeat senior champion

Payson Women’s Golf Association President Karen Peterson represented her hometown club well, winning for the second consecutive year the low-gross senior championship of the Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Association.

PMGA championship play closing

Terry Lindsey and Ralph Lindo took first flight laurels in a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted individual low-net and low-gross tournament played Aug. 12 at Payson Golf Course.

Death squads are here and have been for over 35 years

I’ve noticed that most of the media, young adults, and Democrats strongly support President Obama’s health care reform bill. On the surface, “free” health care sounds wonderful, but it is not free nor is anything from the government any good. Obama is endorsing a health care plan that is dangerously sympathetic to “cost-effective” end-of-life treatments and taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

Turning sugar into dough

Four years ago, the Daltons bought the financially melting Sugar Shack, turned it around and are now counting the chocolate coins. They hope to do it again with Cardo’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, which they bought Aug. 7 from former owner Rick Floyd.

Rodeo success shows way to the next step

Whew. Nothing blew up. Praise the Lord. In fact, the 125th running of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo went beautifully.

Realtor offering first-time homebuyers workshop Saturday

The Realtors at Four Seasons Realty don’t want to see any eligible buyers miss the opportunity to get $8,000 from Uncle Sam.

Defense authorization bill makes America safer

The U.S. Senate recently considered annual legislation that sets the policy and spending priorities for the Department of Defense. The measures in the defense authorization bill guide our domestic and foreign policy for years to come.

Year-end sales tax: hotels suffer

In the past year retail trade has carried the load as real estate, hotels falter

Retail trade remained the anchor of Payson’s economy through the end of the fiscal year, with hotels and entertainment taking a heavy hit.

All decked out: Hannah Montana, on horseback yet

As a first time rodeo-goer, I expected to see rough and tumble men spitting tobacco, decked out in 10-gallon hats, leather chaps and 10-o’clock shadows.

Parks & Recreation Department has plenty of fun for all this fall

The Women’s “Step Outside” Day planned for Aug. 22 is canceled due to insufficient interest.

Men versus women

Most of us have heard the phrase “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”

Two out of three tax dollars come from Rim Country

Mines boost assessed value in southern county, Payson value rises 6 percent

Payson’s status as the county’s breadwinner is slipping, county supervisors said Monday before they approved this year’s tax rate.

Health care system needs to be torn down and rebuilt

This is a reply to Terry L. Putnam from an “incompetent.”

Hwy. 87 roadwork delays continue

Drivers began to feel the effects of the Highway 87 improvements last week, when Arizona Department of Transportation crews closed the highway down to one lane for excavation work.

Sex offender found guilty

A former Payson resident was found guilty of eleven counts of sexual conduct with minors.

Backpacks banned

Trying to avert back problems, middle school encounters parent problems

This year’s backpack ban at Rim Country Middle School has inflamed some parents who say their sixth-graders are struggling to carry possessions minus a convenient sack.

Kids learn to ‘cowboy up’

Teacher turned world champion roper takes the wisdom of a bull rider to school

What does it mean to “cowboy up”?

Reed Cox was good for the Payson Senior Center

For those who come to the Senior Center in Payson, Reed Cox is an extraordinary man. His guidance and countless contributions to Payson seniors have earned our respect and admiration. He is always there working side by side with the staff and volunteers. I suspect he knows anyone who comes there by name and always is smiling with a welcome.

Frontier locked down

Search for ‘man with gun’ finds nothing

It was a few tense hours at Frontier Elementary School Monday after students reported seeing a man with a gun in the area.

Community Almanac

Join Penny Navis-Schmidt for a free introductory session of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Club USA in the Sawmill Crossing.

Home under water watch

My home is one of the homes being “watched” in Mesa del.

Learn about ‘the joy of volunteering’ Wednesday

In May, when the weather was still pleasantly cool, I looked forward eagerly to summer meals: salads, food cooked on the grill, sandwiches, Jell-O molds — you know, the kind of food you crave on hot, summer days.

Second Fireman’s Appreciation Barbecue was bigger and better

The second annual Fireman’s Appreciation Barbecue took place Aug. 9 and was attended heavier than last year. Over 400 folks, including firefighters from all districts, enjoyed a free barbecue generously hosted by KRIM Radio and the Optimist Club of Rim Country.

Health plan puts insurance industry profits at risk

“I don’t want the government messing with my Medicare.” This is a direct quote from one of the protesters at one of the town hall meetings last week. But as a quote it seems significant when you realize that most of the anger comes from this very clear lack of understanding and by those that believe lies like the one about “Death Panels.”

Rodeo parade should not be politicized

My husband and I just attended our first Rodeo Parade.

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125th Rodeo finale an action-packed thrill ride

Fans expecting wild and wooly action at Sunday’s performance of the 125th Annual Payson Rodeo had their expectations turn true.

Saturday, August 15

Meth coalition has poster, literary contest open to students

Using the theme of “What does a Drug Addict Look Like?” the Gila County Meth Coalition has announced the second annual poster and literary contest for this fall.

Firefighter: ‘We can’t help you if we can’t find you’

It’s the middle of the night and a medical emergency occurs at your home.

Friday, August 14

Retreat featured dynamic speaker

On Saturday, Aug. 1, 19 ladies attended an afternoon retreat at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel. These ladies got to enjoy a dynamic speaker, Nancy Sullivan, who spoke from the heart and touched all of them in a very special way.

Volunteers crucial to our success

As most everyone knows, the Humane Society of Central Arizona is currently a little bitty shelter with a great big name. We often have people tell us that they are amazed at what we are able to accomplish in our worn out little facility, and at the number of animals we handle.

Business Briefs

The Rim Country Health and Retirement community would like to recognize Marie Mennen’s accomplishment in becoming, activity director certified, which entails an individual meeting the National Certification Council for Activity Profession standards to direct an activity staff and program.

ORVs rile up SV

The Star Valley committee that spent a year working on a draft of the town’s general plan, got an earful from residents Tuesday night who demanded the town scrap plans to build ATV trails in their back yards.

Promises, politicians and ducks

So this politician walks into a bar with a duck on his head, pours you what looks just like a glass of water and hands it to you.

People want accountability, responsibility

Wednesday, Aug. 5, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick made two stops in Payson for a town hall meeting forum. While I appreciate her time to stop in Payson, what actually took place was a politician making a token appearance without a public statement or allowing for questions and answers that the people could hear or address. It appeared that most people there came to get answers from our representative, but were met with a “whisper with Ann” in a corner making it impossible for the majority to have their opinions expressed or concerns heard.

Rim women travel to Ecuador

Two Rim Country women had gratifying and life-changing experiences as missionaries in Ecuador earlier this year.

A perfect evening for cowboy poetry

It was a perfect evening in Green Valley Park and a perfect way to inaugurate the community celebration of the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Cue band for ‘Payson Idol’

It may not have been Woodstock, but the first annual Rock Band 2 competition rated right up there with a good night at the karaoke bar.

Business picks up

Sales stabilize, town ends fiscal year with $1.1 million

Payson got rare good economic news this month, with a rebound in sales taxes and a surprise, year-end surplus of more than $1.1 million.

Couple helped Payson move forward for three crucial decades

Behind every great man, is a great woman the saying goes, but in Willard and Rayoleen Taylor’s case, they stood beside each other.

Going to work for yourself? Think twice before cashing out 401(k)

Are you thinking of striking out on your own and joining the growing ranks of the self-employed?

Monsoons don’t even tease anymore

It seems as if the monsoons have given up even teasing us lately. Everyone is hoping and praying that they might still surface, but in the meantime, water is getting pretty lean in Pine.

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For the love of cooking

Making comfort foods at the Payson Public Library

My experience in a real cooking class has been limited to home economics in high school. Over the years I’ve been at a recipe demonstration by a Pampered Chef sales representative; a lesson given at the Payson Bashas’ by Gerardo Moceri of Gerardo’s Italian Bistro; and a workshop Gary Bedsworth gave as part of the Women’s Wellness Forum. None of these was a hands-on experience, just watch and learn and sample the finished product.

Crucial for visitors to put out campfires

Where, oh where is the monsoon?

It’s rodeo time!

In the title of singer Paula Cole’s 1997 hit, she asks “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”

Teaching kids about money and budgeting

Teaching children and teens how to stick to a budget not only can save you some green in the short-run, but can prove valuable in the long term.

To help students do better in math, make it fun

Math is a source of stress for many students, becoming a progressively more daunting subject as they move through their school careers. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Top heeler in four classes at team roping contest

Skeeter Hill and Tanner Lutrell rode away with the top prizes from the Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Children’s Fund team roping that drew some of the county’s finest cowpunchers to Payson Event Center on Aug. 8 and 9.

Rim rodeo youth do well on the road

Prescott and Chino Valley have turned into a stage for the Rim Country’s cowgirls and cowboys to showcase their considerable rodeo talents.

Coach must cut 10 hopefuls from volleyball squads

For the most part, Arnold Stonebrink loves his job as the head coach of the Lady Longhorn volleyball program.

Fond memories of the old arena at Rumsey Park

I’ve been covering, for the Payson Roundup, the past 23 August Doin’s. Before that, I usually found a way to be in Payson during the rodeo weekend enjoying the fun and excitement.

Lady Niners member stacking up honors

Ann Adams turned in a month’s worth of golf accomplishments that would kindle pride in the finest of linksters.

Parks department has plenty of fun set for fall

Payson Parks and Recreation Department is continuing the fun through fall. The staff has lined up plenty of activities for young people, adults and families in the coming weeks.

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Rim celebrates 125th Rodeo

Dusted off those boots and that hat yet? Polished up your biggest belt buckle? Made sure those jeans and that Western shirt are pressed crisp? Good, you’re ready for rodeo weekend in Payson!

Business Briefs

Sales stabilize, town ends fiscal year with $1.1 million

Payson got rare good economic news this month, with a rebound in sales taxes and a surprise, year-end surplus of more than $1.1 million.

Rim Fire contained at 2,500 acres

Firefighters Thursday declared the unruly Rim Fire 100 percent contained in a 2,500-acre cage between the Highline Trail and Forest Road 300.

Family seeking donations of ‘bears’

Charlie and Rhonda called their son “Bear.”

Community Almanac

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God will hold a Bake and Craft Sale in front of Safeway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. The sale will feature baked goods, hand-made quilts, throws, baby blankets and crafts. All proceeds go to missionaries and charities.

Intruders trying to control our lives

Health care was pretty simple when my folks were kids in Payson. If they had any problem that you couldn’t take care of with turpentine or baking soda, someone sent for Dr. Risser. The Doc was accommodating. He would make house calls or patients could come to him. He preferred money for his services, but if it was not available he would accept anything from grape jelly to a live pig in payment.

Thanks for the help

Thank you so much Payson community for all your support and prayers regarding the house fire from Sept 9. Cindy Barnes and of course her dog (Georjette) are very appreciative of everyone’s help.

Thanks for honoring Main Street

The Main Street Guild and all members thank you for honoring us with the proclamation declaring Main Street “The Heart of Payson.”

Night Out event was great

The National Night Out event, which took place Aug. 1 at Green Valley Park, was such fun. It was like having a community picnic with lots of extras. Besides all the good food, many fun things to do for kids and adults, there were useful hand-outs of information.

Night Out event was great

The National Night Out event, which took place Aug. 1 at Green Valley Park, was such fun. It was like having a community picnic with lots of extras. Besides all the good food, many fun things to do for kids and adults, there were useful hand-outs of information.

Lakeshore elk herds make impression of a lifetime

This past week I was heading to Flagstaff, enjoying a scenic drive through some of the finest forestland in the Southwest and noticed I did not see many elk near the highway fences. That is, until the road parallels Mormon Lake where I noticed in the distance, white spots on the rears of numerous animals.

Blue Ridge water bonds ready to sell

Payson’s payments for first $6.5-million federal loan will total $460,000 annually

Payson this week finalized arrangements to borrow $6.5 million from the federal government to begin work on the Blue Ridge pipeline.

Public has right to know position of elected representatives

My husband and I were one of the very few in line who were actually able to speak with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick — as many people left because of the extreme heat and also the lag time it took to speak with her. We were #13 and #14 in line, and it was just before 3 p.m. when we had our chance. So it was evident that many left at least disappointed, if not in disgust.

Over the lips, and past the gums, look out stomach ...

Having spent a lot of time overseas, I can tell you what’s going to happen when an American GI spots something unrecognizable floating around in a bowl in a foreign restaurant.

Gila Community College literary magazine planned

Students in writing and photography classes this fall will generate words and images to launch an online publication

Gila Community College will take the first step this semester toward launching an on-line literary magazine, using student stories and articles from several classes.

Design Review board tries to define quality of life question for Main Street

What does it mean to sustain Payson’s quality of life?

Jaywalking will be targeted by police

After two high school students were injured while jaywalking during their lunch hour last year, the Payson Police Department says they have issued a no tolerance policy for anyone caught jaywalking.

Youth hits bull’s-eye in archery shoot

Chance Randall has built a reputation as a pretty fair country ball player having starred on several Payson Little League All-Star teams, most of whom qualified for the state tournament.

Thursday, August 13

Learn the lingo of the rodeo arena

Rapid-fire announcers blaring over the loudspeaker and frenzied fans can make the average Joe feel a bit lost at the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. But with these definitions and descriptions under your oversized belt buckle, Mr. City-slicker, even you can converse like a real cowboy.

125 years of rodeo makes lots of history

The spirit of the West lives on through the sport of professional rodeo. And that spirit will descend on Payson with the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Events are planned from Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 16.

Harry Shill – official Payson Rodeo Ambassador

On July 1, 2009, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans proclaimed Harry Shill be to Payson’s official Town Rodeo Ambassador. Harry’s job is to promote the sport of rodeo in Payson. Harry plans to promote rodeo in the newspapers, on the radio, and in large and small groups of interested people. Payson organizations may want to invite him to speak.

Parties, music, added fun pack rodeo weekend

Talk to someone who remembers the Payson Rodeos held in the early 1960s or before and one of the common favorite memories are the parties and dances that were held. They were events the whole family could enjoy. The celebrations accompanying the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo will return to that fondly remembered tradition with several dances, including one just for youngsters and another for the entire family.

Campaign against cancer returns to rodeo

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign was first introduced at the 2004 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when breast cancer survivor Terry Wheatley asked her son, team roper Wade Wheatley, to wear a pink shirt at one performance. Wade convinced his fellow contestants to join him, so Wrangler quickly produced enough pink shirts for every NFR contestant.

Rodeo athletes among most talented professionals

Rodeo cowboys are widely considered to be among the most talented and versatile athletes in professional sports.

Wednesday, August 12

Bull riding most dangerous & most popular event

Unlike the other rough stock contestants, bull riders are not required to spur — it’s optional, according to the 2009 PRCA Media Guide.

Women’s rodeo events guaranteed to entertain

When the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association programs come to the Payson Event Center Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12 and 13, expect to see some world-class athletes.

Annual Rodeo Parade a party for everyone

An estimated 70 entries are expected to travel old Main from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing in the 2009 Rodeo Parade. With the theme “August Doin’s Rodeo Roundup” the parade will help Payson and the Rim Country celebrate the 125th year of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Rim’s legendary and world champion cowboys

The Rim Country and Tonto Basin may be remote, but perhaps that isolation and the best air anywhere are what provided the perfect habitat for rodeo champions and legendary cowboys. The area has produced 11 world champion rodeo competitors over the years and some of them still hold records in their fields. It is also home to some legendary cowboys.

Celebrating 125 years of rodeo in Rim Country

In the 1800s Payson was mostly a flat, grassy spot where cowboys could gather up their scattered, near-wild herds during the fall roundups, and prepare to drive them down to Phoenix or to the railroad line in Winslow. Naturally enough, the cowboys spent a lot of time boasting and then staging impromptu contests to both establish bragging rights and win enough money to have a good time during their time off. So began the August Doin’s ... 125 years later we celebrate the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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It’s rodeo time in Payson

The spirit of the West lives on through the sport of professional rodeo. And that spirit will descend on Payson with the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Events are planned from Tuesday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 16.

Tuesday, August 11

Health plan should include president and Congress

At the “Chats with Ann” at the Safeway store I was there to present Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick with a pledge to sign regarding the health care bill before Congress. It simply said that before she would vote yes on HR3200 or any other version, the bill would have a requirement that the president and Congress be on the same health care plan as the rest of America

The health care ‘crises’

“Forty-six million people in the U.S. don’t have health insurance.” Based on the U.S. Census Bureau estimate of the U.S. population for July 2008 (304,059,724), that means 85 percent of the U.S. population has health insurance. Before the best health care system in the world is destroyed to benefit the 15 percent, the following should be considered:

Response to unleashed dogs in Rumsey Park

I’m sure you are genuinely concerned about the leash law, however, I’m concerned about more important animal issues than an unleashed dog. How about dogs that are left outside day and night, chained or unchained, without enough food or water? How about cats let outside to be food for the wild animals?

Community Almanac

Select from hundreds of new books and gifts at the “Books Are Fun” Fair Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby.

Three true warriors, on and off the battlefield

This is the story of three heroes. Two soldiers who not only served years on the front lines, but bravely faced down debilitating diseases with unwavering courage. And their Sergeant, who cared for them even after they left his command, fighting to get them the care and treatment needed and offering up his family’s Flowing Springs cabin as a retreat.

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Gusty winds grow Rim Fire to 2,500 acres

Blaze is now 85 percent contained; crews battling 14 fires on Coconino forest

Plumes of smoke continued to rise over the Rim Country throughout the weekend as fire crews worked to control 14 fires in the Coconino National Forest, including the Rim Fire, which gained another 1,000 acres with extreme winds Saturday.

Payson man arrested for stabbing girlfriend

A 27-year-old man was arrested Aug. 3 after stabbing his girlfriend.

Representative’s strange session frustrates debate

We don’t mean to be cynical. We fight it. Honest we do. We pet puppies, watch children play in the park, vote every chance we get.

No arrests made in ‘suspicious’ Star Valley church fire

No arrests have been made, but authorities consider a fire that broke out in the Payson Living Word Bible Church in Star Valley suspicious.

Hellsgate gets grant to reduce fire fuels

With several wildland fires breaking out throughout the Rim Country in the last month, it may leave you wondering if your home could be protected if a fire started in your neighborhood.

Postal truck hit from behind, mail secured

For 24-year veteran U.S. Postal Service carrier Larry Lashbrook, Wednesday comes in as the most terrifying day of his career.

GCC tuition jumps by 30 percent

College eliminates some senior waivers starting this spring to help reduce deficit

Tuition has been increased 30 percent and senior citizen waivers for those 55 to 60 years of age have been eliminated at Gila Community College.

Lots and lots of little lots

Recently there were a couple of interesting stories in the Payson Roundup about the proposed downsizing of lot sizes in Payson.

Edward Jones holding back-to-school drive

The three Payson and Pine Edward Jones financial advisers are supporting the Payson Unified School District by using their branch offices as drop-off locations for a school supplies drive.

Antique store celebrates three years on Main Street

During the August Doin’s events, Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art owners Ken and Brenda Mooney will be celebrating three years of business.

Humanities Council’s series continues with Aug. 27 event

Historian Reba Wells Grandrud of Phoenix will present “In Their Own Words: Diaries of 19th Century Women,” at the monthly Library Friends of Payson gathering at 10:30 a.m. at the Payson Public Library’s meeting room.

Booklet explains new OHV laws, and places to ride

Are you confused about the new OHV laws or need the dust abatement actions clarified? Do you just want to know where to ride OHVs?

It's Rodeo Week

Team ropers kicked up a lot of dust at the Payson Event Center during the Gracie Lee Haught Barrel Racing and Team Roping event Aug. 7-9.

Tune up for golf tourney to benefit Rim Country’s children in need

Payson’s emergency first responders have long stood tall in ensuring the Rim Country’s needy children have Christmases to remember.

Arizona infiltrates South Dakota

Former Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson and his defensive coordinator Kenny Hayes are bringing a distinctive small-town Arizona look to the Dakota State University Trojan football program.

Another Rim player to play for DSU

Group of Arizona athletes follow former PHS coach to college

The former Longhorn football star who left the program three years ago after a tiff with then-football coach Josh Anderson has agreed to again play for Anderson — this time on the collegiate level.

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Youngster top racer in benefit

Chelsie Stodghill, a 12-year-old from Pine, turned in the highlight performance of the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Barrel Racing and Team Roping, finishing with the fastest racing time of the benefit.

New goalposts planted at Longhorn field by volunteers

They tore down the goalposts at Payson High School.

Youth art contest to support measles initiative

The American Red Cross is announcing a youth art contest to raise awareness about measles across the world.

Payson Senior Center director resigns

In a move that surprised the board, Reed Cox resigned as director of the Payson Senior Center last week.

Enjoy an evening of cowboy stories, poetry and western music

There probably won’t be a campfire, but you can gather ’round and hear great music and cowboy poetry and stories to kick off the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo tonight at Green Valley Park.

Campaign against cancer returns to rodeo

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign was first introduced at the 2004 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when breast cancer survivor Terry Wheatley asked her son, team roper Wade Wheatley, to wear a pink shirt at one performance.

Menu for August at the Senior Center

The Payson Senior Center provides a hot lunch Monday through Friday, except for holidays. To participate, make advance reservations at (928) 474-4876. The cost of the meal is $3 for those 60 and older, $5 for persons under the age of 60.

Spouses can apply online for benefits

You probably already know that when it comes time to apply for retirement, you can do it online at www.socialsecurity .gov/applyonline. But did you know that spouses can apply online, too?

Becoming a payee may be the best way to help those in need

If a loved one, friend or neighbor receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits but is no longer physically or mentally able to take care of his or her financial affairs, you may want to consider becoming a representative payee. Then, you’ll be able to help them with managing their money.

School briefs

Payson High School would like to invite parents to our annual Back to School Night, Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is the time parents can visit, meet their student’s teachers and take a look at their classrooms.

Interpreting cartoons helps teach analytical thinking

As the familiar saying goes: sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. For editorial cartoons, this could not be truer. Filled with visual metaphors and symbolism, political cartoons draw attention to social and political issues and events.

Impressed with Kirkpatrick’s town hall session

We just returned from Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s town hall at Safeway and were impressed with the manner of all that attended. We got to talk to many in line — most wanted to discuss what was wrong with the health care bill, but a few thought the bill was a good idea.

Kristi Kisler makes learning fun and enjoyable

Great things await those who strive to meet their personal goals.

Weekly fishing report

Fishing is fair to good, but picks up considerably right before monsoon storms.

Monday, August 10

Enjoy an evening of cowboy stories, poetry and western music

There probably won’t be a campfire, but you can gather round and hear great music and cowboy poetry and stories to kick off the 125th Annual World’s Oldest

Friday, August 7

Custom computers provide lasting benefits

Most of us love ice cream, but we all have different tastes. Most ice cream shops now allow easy customization of flavors via a wide selection of ice cream, mix-ins, and toppings. We can get exactly what we want, even if that means chocolate ice cream with gummy bears and pistachios.

Three more hikers, run out of water, saved on Hell’s Gate Trail

The Hell’s Gate Trail has fully lived up to its name this summer with eight groups of hikers rescued after either running out of water or underestimating the trail’s difficulty.

Night vision goggles help pilots see

When night falls on life-saving medical missions in Payson, pilots with Native Air helicopters will now slip on night vision goggles to help them see.

Rim fire chiefs enlist congresswoman to help battle fires, Forest Service

Firefighters laud forest thinning and front-line cooperation, but decry potentially life-threatening delays on other fronts

Imagine you’re living on credit cards and your filthy rich uncle comes to town for a sit-down: What would you talk about?

Star Valley council expects to change meeting location

It looks like the Star Valley council meetings will move to a new location, but not in the way the council initially envisioned.

Return of cattle to Fossil Creek protested

Appeal to put cows back on 42,000 acres cites statistics showing grazing land already in poor shape

Fossil Creek can handle the return of grass-munching, dirt-stomping cattle, says the U.S. Forest Service.

What do you say we talk some real trash?

I was in the grocery store the other day, pushing my cart around as a young man dressed in working clothes sauntered by with a 24-pack of beer lovingly cradled in his arms.

Enjoying Taylor Pool activities

I have just completed my 21st year of water aerobics and lap swimming at Taylor Pool, and would like to thank the Town of Payson and Parks and Recreation for a wonderful, wonderful experience!

Old-time Rim cowboys were conservative by nature

Growing up in Payson during the 1940s and 1950s I was on a first-name basis with lots of the old cowboys of that era and I wouldn’t class any one of them as a liberal. To a man they minded their own affairs, took care of their cattle or their boss’ cattle and resented interference or even uninvited help from anyone else including the government. On more than one occasion some of the ranchers told the government exactly where to go.

Health care rush makes no sense

The present administration in our nation’s capital agrees with the majority of citizens that the existing health care system is broken, and to fix it we have to rush to expand it. That way we’ll have a much bigger, more expensive, more complex problem to solve. This doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense.

No excuse for not controlling dogs, or temper

A few comments on Mr. Dave Engleman’s letter which you printed Aug. 4. Mr. Harold Fish was released from prison because our legal system requires the accused to be proven guilty, and not the burden of innocence to be upon the accused.

Editorial makes good points

Your editorial of Aug. 4 on the proposed third fire station makes many good points. The use of the words “Cut-rate fire station” in my opinion, however, serve to inflame rather than enlighten the public.

Kirkpatrick meeting disappointing

About 100 people showed up for a public meeting with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (Democrat) in front of the Safeway store Aug. 5.

Thanks to the Noon Rotary Club

The board of the Payson Multi-Purpose Senior Center and all the seniors and staff wish to thank the members of the Noon Rotary Club.

Brooke are you listening? Enough is enough

Enough already. What the heck is going on with Brooke Utilities?

Community Almanac

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will have a grand opening for its new thrift store from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 as part of the First Friday on Main Street celebration.

Pet owners — take responsibility

After giving a little thought on raising monies for the Payson animal shelter, I think that my idea would work.

Rim Fire grows to 1,500 acres

Crews have it ‘caged’

Billows of smoke rising from the now-1,500-acre Rim Fire have alarmed residents of small developments down slope, but fire crews have the blaze 55 percent contained and far from any structures.

Celebrating 125 years of rodeo in Rim Country

August Doin’s gearing up for another great event

In the 1800s, Payson was mostly a flat, grassy spot where cowboys could gather up their scattered, near-wild herds during the fall roundups, and prepare to drive them down to Phoenix or to the railroad line in Winslow.

Mixed breed animals make great pets

Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona we call ourselves a shelter — “The Little Shelter that Could.”

Attorney general: Beware of bogus property tax offer

The attorney general’s office and Gila County Sheriff’s Office are warning homeowners across the state and county of a new scam targeting homeowners.

Visit the heart of Payson for First Friday

Main Street in Payson has long been the social center of Payson with its stores, hotels, saloons, stables and, of course, the sawmill.

Time to put aside childish techniques when it comes to investments

When you were a child, you probably acted like one. But when you’re grown, you discard childish behavior. However, many otherwise mature adults still approach investing in a rather immature manner — and it costs.

Former PHS football player opens photography studio

What does an all American football player without a stitch of creativity from Payson do after high school? Open a photography studio, of course.

PMGA low-net play

Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association prepped for the upcoming club championship with a low-net tournament played July 29 at Payson Golf Course.

Get out to PEC for old-fashioned fun, contests

The Gracie Haught Children Memorial Fund benefit gets off to a roaring start at 7 p.m., today, Aug. 7 at Payson Event Center with a jackpot barrel racing hosted by Charlene Hunt. Books open at 5:30 p.m.

Elk permit donated for use by ill boy

Pat Willis’ courageous fight against cancer will prohibit him from using an Arizona hunt tag he was just drawn for this season.

Alums take the honors in annual game

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink has little doubt the Second Annual Payson High Alumni Game was fun for all.

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Community leader honored by sporting association

Some men wander aimlessly through life taking the path of least resistance.

High country ladies enjoy domino competition

The ladies from Christopher Creek and Tonto Village got together for an afternoon of dominos last week. Thirty-two ladies enjoyed a delicious potluck and a fun competition of dominos at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship.

Tickets available for Labor Day raffle

The second annual dominoes competition between the Domino Divas/Fireflies, Hellsgate Fire District of Tonto Village and the Firebelles of the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire District was held last week

Quilt auction, shop hop this weekend

There was a definite air of anticipation as more than 100 residents from Pine and Strawberry gathered at the Cultural Hall Thursday for a special meeting of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board.

Professor: Human intention can alter physical matter

During the years that William Tiller toiled in Stanford University’s department of materials science and engineering, he lived a parallel life.

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Saving the pine forest

Wally Covington has shaped the debate and befuddled critics with woodsy charm and the tenacity of a badger

Wally Covington, who has spent a quarter century reshaping the debate about forest management, leaned forward excitedly across the boundary between his biggest disappointment and his dearest hope.

On the hunt for the Rim Country blackberry

Are you looking for something to do in the outdoors during the dog days of summer? By the first of August, wild blackberries are starting to ripen in most of the canyons beneath the Rim where live water flows. Berry picking season will start about now and will last for about six weeks depending on the elevation and the amount of sunshine available to the plants.

Crooner charted 40 hits over 21-year career

Since my recent wedding engagement notice came out several weeks ago in the Roundup, quite a number of people have approached me about how their own relationships started on the Internet. Many others have asked me how to go about meeting someone online.

Parks department has plenty of fun set for fall

School may have started, but that does not mean the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is shutting down the fun. The staff has lined up plenty of activities for young people, adults and families in the coming weeks.

Pine eighth-graders test above state average on AIMS

Eighth-graders at the Pine Strawberry School aced the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards test last spring with students testing well above state averages in reading, writing, math and science, released results show.

Sharing: Motorists and bike riders

Payson cyclists put a lot of wear on their wheels.

Penny throwers cause driver to stop school bus

A one-sided penny war erupted Monday on a school bus when at least one student began throwing copper coins at the driver.

Park advocates plead for help

State Parks like Tonto Natural Bridge face renewed threat of closure or even sale as advocates rush to lobby lawmak

The Arizona State Parks will probably avoid any more closures in the short term and Payson this week renewed a backup agreement with the state to keep Tonto Natural Bridge State Park open regardless of what happens to the rest of the system.

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Congresswoman gets an earful

More than 120 mostly disgruntled voters crowd sidewalk for one-on-one chat with Rep. Kirkpatrick

A first-term Democratic congresswoman wanted some feedback.

No water irritates residents

Arizona Corporation Commission may order investigation into Stage 5 alerts, water hauling and cutoffs at Mesa del Caballo

Repeated water rationing and the cutoff of customers for using too much water in Mesa del Caballo have triggered a slew of complaints to the Arizona Corporation Commission, which has promised to investigate the actions of Brooke Utilities.

Thursday, August 6

Forest Road 504 intermittently closed to manage Durfee Fire

Forest Road 504 will be closed intermittently Thursday so firefighters can safely conduct burnout operations near the 504 and Forest Road 170 junction

Wednesday, August 5

Events at sea

In the early 1970’s we decided to take an Alaska cruise.

Cleaning out

Recently when I was out of town speaking at a conference, I called my husband to chat and see how things were. I asked him what he was doing.

The Summit Mine

Just a little bit outside of the Country Club Vista subdivision in northwest Payson lays a rather interesting spot.

First Friday Fun

Art, artists focus of Aug. 7 event on Main Street

The calendar page has been flipped on July, so can First Friday festivities be far behind?

Female facial hair can be hormone-related

I’m a 26-year-old woman with an embarrassing problem. I’m growing a mustache. What causes this?

Jazz on old Main

Jazz vocalist Delphine Cortez will be the featured artist at the Sunday, Aug. 9 concert at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson. She will perform with special guest Joel Robin on piano, Tony Vacca on saxophone and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

This is a test

We are testing the breaking news

Business briefs

oin chamber members and business owners at the Aug. 20 business buzz luncheon and learn about re-making northern Gila County’s Rim Country communities into desirable destination locations.

High Country Fishing Report

Fishing is fair.

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Students learn to think like a scientist

Atoms, molecules, matter — oh my!

Tuesday, August 4

Intense heat, flames destroy Tonto Basin modular home

Firefighters may never determine what sparked a blaze in a Tonto Basin modular home Friday morning after intense heat and flames reduced the home to a pile of ash.

Main Street upgrade back in happy limbo

Oh. Good. No decision necessary.

Third Payson fire station spells trouble for Hellsgate

The Hellsgate Fire Department may have to lay off firefighters and shift back to one-man trucks as a result of Payson’s surprise move to build a third fire station.

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Students beat state average on AIMS test

Payson students mostly outperformed others statewide in spring’s standardized AIMS tests, although many scores fell within the district as they rose elsewhere, according to recently released results.

Children’s cancer camp needs donations

For more than 25 years, the American Cancer Society Arizona Camp Sunrise has been providing a camp experience for children who have or have had cancer.

Congresswoman wants earful from Rim residents

First District Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick will set up shop at a table in front of the Payson Safeway from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, hoping for an earful.

Woodworker brings Moose name and business to Payson

Challenging times for homeowners and small-business owners mean many are cutting back on improvement projects and general upkeep. Now more than ever, residents do not want to waste their money on a faulty contractor or worker.

Volunteers to continue after-school archery program

No sooner did one youth archery program wrap up before another began.

Times were tough at Camp T

My theorem is mostly unscientific, but if Euclid can generalize “the measure of an exterior angle of a triangle is equal is the sum of the measures of the two non-adjacent interior angles,” I feel safe in postulating, “ASU football teams who leave Camp Tontozona early (or don’t go at all) go on to wallow in sub-par seasons.”

Four swimmers earn high-point trophies at invitational

The Payson Pikes summer swim season wrapped up with a rock-solid performance at the Verde Valley Invitational.

Rim fire roars, crews not worried

Fire jumps to 600 acres above Whispering Pines

After fooling around for about two weeks, a slow burning fire in the steep canyon above Whispering Pines shook itself awake over the weekend, expanding to 600 acres in steep, almost inaccessible terrain.

Children are big winners at golf tourney

The big winners in the Elks Clothe-a-Child Golf Tournament are the hundreds of needy children who will soon receive spanking new clothes and shoes.

The art of negotiation: soviet or win-win styles

We negotiate practically every day of our lives. Children learn at an early age that parents will negotiate and reward for good behavior.

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Longhorns face 2A champs, 4A Mingus in opening weeks

A new computerized scheduling system coupled with tough economic times played major roles in the Longhorn football team facing the toughest schedule in the program’s history.

Police hope Night Out event creates crime awareness

Even though the Payson Police Department lost to the fire department for the second time during the annual National Night Out kickoff event Saturday, Chief Don Engler still declared the event an outstanding success.

FBLA students finish eighth at nationals

Students on Payson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America Network Design Team took eighth place at a national competition in June in Anaheim, Calif.

Teacher hopes to make a difference in student's life

I’m not sure, but I’m teaching children of former students.

Middle school students take part in college science camp

Payson middle school students recently participated in a four-day college science camp, hosted by Eastern Arizona College’s GEAR UP project, which aims to increase the number of students who attend college.

Help with program appreciated

Children, ages 6 months to 18 years old, were able to “Be Creative” and “Express Yourself” during the 2009 summer reading program at the Payson Public Library.

Dogs must be leashed

Leashing your dog within the town of Payson is the law.

August rodeo is signature event

Here come the August Doin’s! It’s August, and the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo is back.

Kyl needs to vote against health care legislation

Jon Kyl as our elected senator has the duty to vote for or against the health care bill.

Induction ceremony was great

We would like to publicly thank Jayne and Jinx Pyle, as well as Mary and Farrell Hoosava and the Mazatzal Casino for the wonderful job you did with the first Payson Rodeo August Doin’s of Honor Induction Ceremony.

Senior Center hosts two performers this week

August is such a laid back month, perfect for enjoying these lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer.

In search of Jacobson brothers

My aunt and uncle, Alice and Tom Crawford, were longtime residents of Payson.

Releasing Harold Fish was great injustice

Has the legal system in Arizona gone to pieces? Why in heaven’s name would our courts, by way of Coconino Court Judge Mark Moran, release a man from prison? Was he harassed by some religious group?

Surviving the perfect storm — together

Payson Unified is the largest employer in our community and our bond projects have put millions of dollars back into the local economy, but as I view the district, it is concern over its fragility and vulnerability — like a small boat in threatening seas.

Community Almanac

Celebrating the 125th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, this year’s rodeo parade will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 on Main Street.

Three Payson schools earn ‘highly performing’ status

Three of Payson schools ranked “highly performing” this year in the state achievement ranking known as AZ Learns. All Payson schools and the Pine Strawberry school also made the federal Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark.

Hell’s Gate hikers run out of water, rescue needed

For the eighth time this year, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers rescued hikers on the Hell’s Gate Trail after they ran out of water.