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Hashknife party slated for tonight



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Beginning and experienced writers can explore history writing at a workshop Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. Sponsored by Arizona Press Women, the program is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and features Jayne Peace-Pyle, Gail Hearne and Kay Keplinger. The public is welcome to attend. Participants will learn how to write and publish history books, historical fiction, articles and family histories. A contribution of $10 is requested, which includes light refreshments. Reserve a seat by Jan. 23 by calling Arizona Press Women at (928) 472-7132 or (928) 468-9269; reservations can also be made by e-mail to Seating is limited.

The annual Chamber Mixer for the Hashknife Pony Express riders is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 at the Buffalo Bar & Grill, at the corner of E. Bonita Street and Beeline. The fee is $3 for chamber members and $5 for nonmembers.

The 51st re-enactment of the Pony Express will be in Payson at about 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. Special Hashknife Pony Express letter/envelopes are available at the Payson Post Office for $2 until Jan. 26. Fill it out, stamp it and return it to the post office by Jan. 26 for a special 2009 Hashknife Pony Express cancellation stamp.

Formal affair filling fast

Formal dress and generous hearts are the rule for the upcoming Black & White Ball and there are only a few tickets left.

The Mogollon Health Alliance will present the formal charity event Jan. 24 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $1,200 per table or $175 per person. Proceeds allow the MHA to help patients of the DaVita Rim Country Dialysis Center with a variety of expenses.

Sonoran Swing will once again provide the music for the evening, with special vocal performances by Gary Cordell and Mary Gilbert.

For more information on donating or purchasing tickets, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Boulders Loop Trail group hike Saturday

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a free Payson Area Trails System (PATS) Group-Led Hike on the Boulders Loop Trail Saturday, Jan. 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Boulders Trailhead, which is 3.7 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road.

The Boulders Loop Trail route is a moderately difficult hike of approximately 3 miles round trip and participants should expect some elevation changes, seasonal water and loose granite.

Wear stout hiking shoes and bring extra water. Dogs need to be on a leash or under control of their owners. Participants can register in advance at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, located at 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or onsite the morning of the hike.

Brush pits open, weather permitting

The Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Jan. 24, the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Jan. 25, the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings, and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris, or other items will be accepted.

RPAP brush pits are intended for the use of private citizens who are working to clear their properties for wildfire risk reduction and to create defensible space around their homes. They are not intended for commercial use, and use by commercial haulers is prohibited.


A new benefit for the Payson Humane Society, Payson Pet-A-Palooza pet fair and adopt-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Payson Safeway. There will be music, food and fun for the whole family, including contests for pets (which must be vaccinated and well behaved). There will be demonstrations by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office K9 dogs, assistance dogs, dog training, pet grooming and 4-H.

Venture Crew 7354 is serving food and there will be a leash-less play area, crafts, art and many pet supply vendors, plus a petting zoo.

Dump the drugs

The Community Prevention Council is hosting a community event to help curb illegal drug abuse by properly helping people dispose of unwanted prescriptions.

The event, called Dump the Drugs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Sawmill Plaza by The Apothecary Shop (watch for the signs). This organized, community effort will properly dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs to minimize illegal usage. 

According to Debra Shewey of the Community Prevention Council, “This is a great time to clean out your cupboards and medicine cabinets to get rid of those old, outdated and unwanted drugs. Proper disposal keeps our water supplies cleaner and helps prevent dangerous prescriptions from falling into the hands of youths and people suffering from addictions.”

Call Debra Shewey for more information at (928) 595-1199.

GED testing

Dr. Linda O’Dell, Gila County Superintendent of Schools, announces the following GED testing dates in Payson: Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16.

Seating is limited. The cost for the complete test is $65; retakes are $10 per test. Those taking the test must be pre-registered at the County School Superintendent’s Office, 719 S. Beeline Highway in Payson. Office hours are 8 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday, other times by appointment.

For more information, call (928) 472-5373.

Learn about lung care

The Payson Regional Medical Center Health Outreach Facility and Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, presents Lunch & Learn at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27. The Senior Circle’s guest speaker, Dr. Terence Rousseau will talk about lung care.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call (928) 472-9290.

Free CPR class

Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Family & Friends CPR class Thursday, Jan. 29. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information and to register. MHA pays for the class.

Outdoor survival class for children scheduled

There is an outdoor survival class for first- through third-grade students Feb. 11. The 2-hour class will include basic orienteering, leaving signs in the woods, outdoor clothing and planning ahead.

The program will be at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. The fee is $5 per student. Participants can register at, or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for details.

Free class on tools for new economy offered

A free seminar on creating successful and financially sound life plans will be presented Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Pine Elementary School by the newly organized Sound Life Education Corporation.

For information about the time and other details, call (928) 476-6486.

Discard old TVs for free

Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management will have a free day at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill to discard television sets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. You may drop off your old TV at the bin located at the landfill for no charge on Feb. 7 and the landfill employees will collect and haul the sets to an electronics recycler in Phoenix. There is a limit of two (2) sets per person.

Computers, monitors and printers may also be dropped off for recycling.

For additional information, you may call the Buckhead Mesa scale house at (928) 476-3350.

LFOP Bookstore having January overstock sale

During the month of January, the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an overstock sale on works by Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffrey Deaver, Danielle Steele, Patricia Cornwell and Barbara Taylor Bradford. All hardback and paperback books by these authors are being offered as a 2 for 1 special. As always, the second item must be of equal or lesser value than the first.

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the LFOP Web site:


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