News for Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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New goalposts planted at Longhorn field by volunteers

They tore down the goalposts at Payson High School.

Weekly fishing report

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Payson man arrested for stabbing girlfriend

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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:

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

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.

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.

Kristi Kisler makes learning fun and enjoyable

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Payson Senior Center director resigns

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