Stories for November 2009


Friday, November 27

Plenty of holiday activities to keep Rim Country busy

Kickoff Christmas with the annual Swiss Village Lighting Ceremony and enjoy the festivities from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27 and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28.

Roundabout welcome still in the works

There has not been much buzz about the roundabout in awhile. Apparently, the unique traffic control system has lost its chatter factor.

Giving thanks

Ashlyund Whetstone, Jackson Lloyd, Hunter Reynolds, Zacharia Messenger and Christopher Menghini offer up a choreographed Thanksgiving song at Payson Elementary School.

H1N1 vaccine available for targeted groups Dec. 11 at JRE

People in targeted groups can receive an H1N1 vaccination from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 at the Julia Randall Elementary School’s gymnasium.

Man arrested for construction site thefts

A Department of Public Safety officer’s intuition paid off Monday when a 42-year-old Payson man was arrested on charges of burglary for reportedly taking several items from a construction site.

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Tom survives one more Thanksgiving

Teacher’s pet gives children chance to talk turkey

Tom bristled, making an odd humming sound. Then he fixed Hailey with a beady stare: all wattle and beard.

Former manager in council race

Three Payson councilors running for re-election despite a bleak budget

Turns out Payson council candidates in a recession are as hard to find as a developer who wants a building permit.

Schools work to help homeless children

When Allic Bales lost her job just over a year ago, she didn’t worry about losing her home. Although financially secure, she felt traumatized nonetheless.

New positions raise questions about Pine fire

Pine-Strawberry fire chief wants to keep newly created battalion positions

When the Pine-Strawberry Fire Board approved creating three new battalion chief positions in October, it scorched a few eyebrows around town.

Compass Bank robbed

The FBI and Payson police officers are searching for one man who robbed the Compass Bank, at 613 S. Beeline Highway, at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m.

School district compensates for chaos of families

Granted, it’s the day after Thanksgiving.

Helping those who need a hand

When many us wake up on Friday morning, our bellies will be full of turkey and pie and our minds good cheer.

A lot of dough all the way around

The Julia Randall Elementary School PTO just finished up their annual Cookie Dough Fund-raiser.

More questions than answers

As a result of a letter to the editor Nov. 17, the Pine-Strawberry Fire Board chair has raised many more questions than answers. He has clouded the issue with unrelated facts and apparently seems to have been misinformed.

Jon Kyl is wrong

The Big Lie. That is what the Soviet Union based their government on. “Big Lies,” provocation and the occasional atrocity. This was true until “glasnost” a new openness and a new economy called “perestroika,” initiated by Gorbachev, brought the eventual end to the Soviet Union.

Thought for the day

The House members and the Senate members of our Congress are not even smart enough to be morons. Let’s just start all over again, maybe we could do better with a bunch of halfwits.

Still a believer

I heard on the TV news that the United States (Postal Service) was no longer going to deliver mail to Santa Claus because in one state they had sex predators send letters to kids.

Thank you for Radiothon help

Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country thanks everyone who helped make our sixth annual “Up, Up and Away with Domestic Violence” Radiothon a great success. Thank you to all of our donors, over $15,000 was pledged.

Hondo was the character to beat all characters, Part II


Last week, I left off where we were driving past some trees on a two-lane highway in Texas when Hondo, one half of a two-man DI team of which I was the sane half, suddenly yelled something, yanked up the emergency brake on his Chevy, skidded onto the soft shoulder, grabbed his loaded .270 rifle, and bailed out ...

Pirch’s first-place finish aired Sunday


Friends and family of professional angler Clifford Pirch gathered Sunday morning in his parents’ north Payson home to watch nationwide televised coverage of Clifford’s first-place finish in the Walmart FLW National Guard Western Division Tournament.

New product improves archery hunt


In the last decade, archery equipment has progressively improved, with bows that are lighter, faster and more efficient to use in the field. The engineering departments of the major archery equipment producers are constantly developing ideas that will give their company the edge in sales in the outdoor market.

Five soccer players make All-Region team

The naming of a pair of sophomore soccer standouts to the East All-Region team unveiled a bright future for the Longhorn program.

California field named after Payson retiree

While Gary Campbell now spends much of his time hitting the links with his Payson Men’s Golf Association buddies, he once spent most of his day strolling the hash marks and sidelines of high school football fields.

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Horn wrestlers have full roster

The good news coming out of Longhorn wrestling team practices is that the squad has a full roster — 103 to 275 pounds — prompting hope there will be no weight class forfeitures this season.

Pilgrims' progress

Karlie Andren adjusts her paper hat at Payson Elementary School’s Thanksgiving feast.

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Sunny day hike

Sometimes the simplest hike can reveal nature at its finest and a surprise or two. Walking through the ponderosa pines and breathing the forest air is one the benefits of living in the Rim Country. Miles of trails, which can take you through the pines, the desert or the red rocks, are close and an ultimate high for a photographer or anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Cyber-scams can ruin holiday spirit


Before we get too far along this holiday season, let’s take a few moments to go over a few things that will help us avoid holiday heartache. This “most wonderful time of the year” is also prime-time for cyber-criminals.

Memories of Mom and Elvis


I’d like to dedicate this week’s music trivia column to my mother, Betty Miller, who passed away two weeks ago. Mom was 85 years old.

Festival of Lights will take place tomorrow

The 10th annual Tellabration storytelling event was a huge success. The Cultural Hall was packed and the crowd seemed to enjoy listening to the seven tellers spin their yarns.

Village will be represented in choral society concert

How many ways can a person use leftover turkey? If you are of the Catholic faith, you will not worry about meat leftovers until Saturday, since Friday normally is a no meat day.

Deb Minter enjoys beauty of the area

Hello again, fellow Christopher Creekers. Well it is just about time for all of the holiday festivities and events to get under way. The “running of the carts” (ATV and golf cart parade), putting lights up on homes and businesses and other fun things are all right around the corner

Avoid estate planning mistakes

If you’ve been investing for a while, you probably have learned to avoid key mistakes, such as chasing after hot stocks or making frequent trades based on short-term price fluctuations.

Chamber of Commerce events for December

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a chamber mixer at Crabdree Insurance from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 11 at 111 W. Cedar Lane.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore opens

Habitat for Humanity celebrated the new location of ReStore in the McDonald’s shopping center.

East Verde artists ribbon cutting

On Nov. 3 the artists from East Verde Estates celebrated with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony.

Gift basket winner sees Cards game

Johnny Frost of Payson, was the winner of the recent HSCAZ Cardinals basket generously donated by Lewin and Associates, a Mesa marketing and public relations firm. The drawing was held Oct. 24 at the conclusion of the HSCAZ golf tournament at the Payson Golf course. The winning ticket was sold by Ace Hardware (and Humane society volunteer) Ron Tipps. Johnny was told his was the last ticket sold.

Wednesday, November 25

The wait is over, get that big screen plasma TV now

Rim Sight & Sound can help Rim Country residents celebrate the holiday season. If you have waited and debated over whether or not to get that giant screen plasma television, now might be the time to dive in.

Compass Bank robbed

Police say an armed suspect robbed the Compass Bank at 613 S. Beeline Highway Wednesday.

Committed to care, community, making dreams come true

The Payson Care Center is committed to care, community and whatever it takes to make dreams come true.

Payson Wireless adds Verizon products and services

Payson Wireless is now a retail source for Verizon products and calling plans. With the addition of Verizon, Payson Wireless has also expanded its store at 716 N. Beeline Highway, in the Swiss Village, across from Maverik.

Make Christmas roar

You can have a roaring good Christmas with a purchase from Rim Country Power Sports.

Re-Runs ready for holidays

All one has to do is drive by Re-Runs Resale Boutique and glance in the windows to see that Christmas has already arrived at this unique and exclusive consignment store.

Frontier Dental Arts caters to cowards with great service

If you’re a coward about going to the dentist, then make an appointment with Dr. William Blackmore or Dr. Travis Shepherd at Frontier Dental Arts.

Non-medical in-home care service might be the answer

“My mother lives at home, but daily activities are starting to get difficult for her. She has arthritis in her hips and knee. She’s already fallen three times. We’ve moved her upstairs bedroom to the downstairs area, but laundry, shopping and getting into the tub are still too much for her. I am so worried about her living alone. She doesn’t want to leave her house.”

Staff is greatest asset at The Club at Chaparral Pines

The Club at Chaparral Pines has been fortunate to attract and retain high-quality staff members who make the club experience appealing to members and guests. From the outside service staff who greet members and guests, to a friendly welcome in the golf shop, dining room or Trailhead facility, the staff sets the tone for a relaxed, yet professional experience.

The money merry-go-round

If you take $100 and you spend it, how much of it will circulate around Rim Country before it gets back to the Federal Shredder? If you spend it online, using an outside Web site, none — with no additional benefit to anyone in Rim Country. If you go outside our area, again, none would benefit our community. If you spend it in a national chain, the average is $43. If you spend it in a locally owned business, $68 will circulate in Rim Country.*

Art gallery offers great gifts

Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery, LLC, founded in August 2006 by 18 local artists, is a cooperative gallery encompassing a variety of two- and three-dimensional art. Currently, the three-dimensional artwork includes fine jewelry by silversmiths Dick Wolfe and Patricia Allebrand, luminous handcrafted fused glass by Sandy Pendleton, and the sculptural and functional pottery by clay architect team Alan and Carole Snyder.

Waste Management staff proud to be part of community

The men and women of Waste Management enjoy the benefits of being part of a corporation and being part of the Rim Country community. The seven people at the Payson branch of the company have a combined 105+ years of residence in the Rim Country. Many have children who have grown up here, and now have grandchildren growing up here as well.

Anderson Dental Group says Happy Holidays

The crew at Anderson Dental Group want to wish all their patients and friends a happy holiday.

Give the gift of dazzle from Payson Jewelers

Payson Jewelers offers the best in fine jewelry, and specializes in diamonds from Belgium at diamond-direct prices.

Payson Regional Senior Circle has holiday events set

Payson Regional Senior Circle is a non-profit organization sponsored by Payson Regional Medical Center. The program has over 1,700 members. It is served by a wonderful group of volunteers and has continued support from Payson Regional Medical Center for the program.

This Christmas, take a Copper Spike Train excursion

Named for the copper mining region served by the railway, the Copper Spike departs from the original two-story depot built in 1916 on historic Broad Street in Globe and travels to the Apache Gold Casino Resort. The 90-minute round-trip excursion takes you on the same route that once brought travelers to the “Land of the Apache,” nearly 100 years ago.

Bowling a great holiday break

Rim Country Lanes of Payson is the perfect place to take a break from the holiday rush and crush and just have some fun.

Realtor urges all to shop in Rim Country

When Rose Harper of Strawberry’s Happy Jack Realty, first moved to the Rim Country more than 20 years ago, she said she felt very disappointed.

Twin Pines Shopping Center has great central site

If you want to be in the center of Payson, then you need to think about leasing space at the Twin Pines Shopping Center.

It’s time for Magic in the Mountains at Mazatzal Casino

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino are bringing Rim Country residents and visitors Magic in the Mountains for the holiday season.

Gift of jewelry keeps holiday sparkle for years to come

The gift of jewelry is one of the most prized presents someone can get — or give. Jewelry given for Christmas keeps the holiday sparkle throughout the year. This year that sparkle is available in abundance at Overman Designs at 207 E. Highway 260 in Payson.

Name’s new, but great service, products still the same

It has been awhile, but some might be surprised that Rim Country Cellular in Ponderosa Village at 309 E Highway 260 is now known as Rim Country Wireless.

Tuesday, November 24

Figures show GCC has $742,842 deficit

Mystery deficit numbers finally materialize

Long-awaited budget projections for Gila Community College were released Thursday night, ending months of playing guess the deficit.

Nearly 600 expected at the Elks

Tickets for the sixth annual Elks Community Thanksgiving Dinner are limited, so those interested in attending should hurry.

Evans to seek second term as Payson mayor

Mayor reverses himself, takes out papers to push through plans to build a pipeline, a college and a pro-business reputation

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has taken out papers to seek re-election, overturning his promise two years ago to serve only one term.

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The Congresswoman did listen

In response to Jennifer Smith’s letter, I submit that Rep. Kirkpatrick did listen to her constituents who flooded her phone and e-mail with pleas to vote for the health care bill. She listened to the Democrats and Independents who voted her into office and fully expected her to help reform our broken health care system.

Quad Run was a success

The Justice McNeeley Foundation has been holding its annual Quad Run now for six years. In the years past, it has been very successful and this year has been no exception.

Thanks to those who have helped Time Out

As we approach Thanksgiving, the board of Time Out, Inc. wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation to all Time Out staff, volunteers, contributors and financial donors. Because October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it was a very busy month for Time Out. Therefore, if you participated in the Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 8; contributed auction items or attended the 13th annual banquet on Oct. 24; or called in to the Radiothon on Oct. 29; we sincerely thank you for your support! These activities assist in ensuring continued services for victims and survivors of abuse.

Musical was a great time for all

There was a great time in the old town last night.

Thanks for supporting chili supper

On behalf of The Humane Society of Central Arizona we would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to our 13th Annual Chili Supper held on Nov. 10. Our special thanks to Macky’s Grill, Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, Tiny’s Family Restaurant, El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, and Fargo’s Steakhouse. Your donations made our chili supper a success.

Vote by Kirkpatrick appreciated

If the debate over health care reform has shown us anything, it’s that the desires of the voters, no matter how strongly felt, can be distorted or drowned out by very big spenders, the extremely profitable health insurance industry. As you may remember, when discussion of health care reform began early this year, three out of every four people were in favor of it. Today, the polls show that less than 50 percent support it.

9/11 terrorists should face military commissions

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) — the self-admitted mastermind of the September 11 attacks — and four of his terrorist associates in downtown Manhattan, where the attacks they plotted killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

Let us give thanks for ice and you

You. This town. The food drive bins.

Arizona Legislature has accomplished much

It’s no secret that Arizona is in trouble. The state spends more money than it takes in — the latest estimate is that the budget is out of balance by about $2-plus billion. But despite the obvious challenges of the economy this past year, there have been some real gains in protecting liberty and preserving individual rights in the last legislative session.

One night changed life for two families

Some Payson High School student’s wiped tears from their eyes, others sat with their mouth agape, listening in shock to Kevin Brooks sobering tale Wednesday afternoon. Brooks, a vibrant, well-spoken, enthusiastic 30-year-old, sat motionless from the chest down in a wheel chair.

Exchange student finds Arizona hot, big and great shopping

What does a person who has never set foot in America notice first? Is it our melting pot culture and sense of democracy and freedom? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Driving class slated for seniors

November is kind of a somber month, a prelude to winter. November in Arizona is much different than November in my native Wisconsin where the skies are often gray and dreary, rather like pilgrims who seem to have been a cheerless lot. What would you expect though if you could dress only in black, white or gray? Wouldn’t it be depressing not to don that aquamarine sweater or dress your little girl in pink? Our world is filled with so much color — take time to enjoy those breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, the splendid rock formations, the blue of the Arizona sky. Color lifts the spirits as much as music and laughter.

Social Security has help for the homeless

Social Security administers several programs that pay benefits to qualified individuals, including those who are homeless. These programs include retirement, disability and survivors insurance, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a needs-based program for people who are blind, disabled or age 65 or older. If you know someone who is homeless, and you want to learn more about how Social Security might help, a

This Thanksgiving, pass the mouse

Thanksgiving is almost here. Families across the nation will come together to share more than a meal — to share warm memories, and to make them.

No need-based GCC scholarships for seniors

Seniors older than 55 won’t receive need-based scholarships to Gila Community College despite a board member’s proposal Thursday to provide them in the face of budget cuts.

Melissa Ann Clark

Melissa Ann Clark, born Aug. 6, 1968, died Nov. 12, 2009.

Jeanette Ann Groshelle

Jeanette Ann Groshelle, known as Jean to family and friends, died Nov. 19, 2009.

Melissa Ann Clark

Melissa Ann Clark, born Aug. 6, 1968, died Nov. 12, 2009.

Gwynnal “Gwyn” Thompson

Gwynnal “Gwyn” Thompson, born Nov. 22, 1930, died Nov. 18, 2009.

One-stop help for vets available at Web site

When soldiers return home from war, they leave behind one battlefield but often find themselves thrust onto a new battlefield — this time fighting enemies in their mind.

GCC board president postpones tax election without board approval

Was it legal? Gila Community College board member Tom Loeffler raised the question after board chairman Bob Ashford announced at a meeting Thursday that he had postponed the March tax levy election members agreed to until the following November.

Woman says she was born to run, helps others to follow their dream

How many of us have done exactly what we wanted do in this world? Whether it is through career, family or spiritual means.

Questions about ASU prove true

I would never write “I told you so,” especially when it comes to Arizona State University Sun Devil football.

Lady Longhorns tip-off on the road at Winslow

Kelly Krieg tips off her Lady Longhorn head coach varsity career today, Nov. 24, against one of Arizona’s finest small school girls basketball programs — the Winslow Bulldogs.

Lopez wins 5K trot in 16:52

One of the Rim Country’s most accomplished all-around athletes sped his way to a first-place finish in the Turkey Trot 5K.

Payson boys team a mystery with new look, players

Payson High School fans are scratching their noggins wondering what to expect from the newest edition of the Longhorn boys basketball team.

Show Low, Blue Ridge meet in 3A title game

When the 3A state football tournament kicked off on Nov. 7, there were many boosters in the White Mountains who predicted Show Low and Blue Ridge would eventually meet in the title game.

Yuma partnership steps in to preserve park

YUMA — Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park preserves everything from original buildings like the commanding officer’s quarters to covered wagons that carried supplies to Army posts around the Southwest.

Kirkpatrick raises concerns about renewable energy’s cost to rural Arizona residents

Duncan Mayor M.C. Holiday has nothing against renewable energy. But as the state and federal governments look toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, he hopes officials will keep in mind that his remote town has a high unemployment rate and many residents on fixed incomes.

Sock Room opens in former cafe’s location

Bill Reeder sits on a stool, surrounded by 5,000 pairs of socks and just smiles.

Holiday business buzz

Hear from lawyer, author, real estate developer and former elected official Grady Gammage Jr. at the next Business Buzz luncheon.

Friday, November 20

Mock accident drives home need to drive safely

The crypt creeper walked slowly around the scene of mangled cars. Two victims lay motionless in a passenger car and another in a truck. When firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene, the crypt creeper had already taken one life and another lay paralyzed.

Police charge three with burglaries

A theft ring stretching from Forest Lakes to Payson was broken up Tuesday, Nov. 10, when four people were arrested in connection with multiple burglaries in both towns.

APS offers weatherization, help with utility bills

For low-income residents struggling to pay utility bills, help is available.

Break cuts water service to Strawberry homes

A water break in an aging, 20-foot section of six-inch PVC pipe cut water service to about two-thirds of Strawberry residents for 20 hours Sunday, Nov. 14.

Club makes blankets, quilts to help children

The people most affected by domestic violence are often children. When police are called and forced to remove children from a violent home, they are placed with Child Protective Services, relatives or in foster care.

Hondo was the character to beat all characters

I’ve mentioned that the first part of the American Southwest I ever got to see was Wichita Falls, Texas. That happened because Sampson AFB, a basic training base located in frigid upstate New York, closed down and the drill instructors on the base were allowed to pick a new Air Training Command assignment.

Misunderstanding about assistant superintendent discussion

There seems to be some misunderstanding in the community regarding an item on the Payson Unified School District Governing Board agenda; specifically a discussion regarding a position of assistant superintendent. I would like to clarify the reasoning behind this request.

Political correctness kills

We all recognize the problem of political correctness and how it always starts at the top of any organization. When that happens, all “loyal” members of that organization, right down to the sweepers, must parrot the words of their superiors in their words, actions and attitudes.

Community should attend fire board meetings

Again, I am writing to you regarding the Pine-Strawberry Fire District.

Thanks for successful drive

The St. Philip Council of the Knights of Columbus would like to thank the residents of Payson and Walmart, Bashas and Safeway for the successful Tootsie Roll drive for the Payson Special Olympics and the handicapped held the weekend of Nov. 13, 14 and 15.

Where is the patriotism at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery?

During the 15 years we have lived in Payson, there have always been flags placed on the graves of the many veterans laid to rest at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery. This Veterans Day there were no flags placed on those graves. The large flag was not displayed at half-staff.

Paper went all out to help

I want to thank the Roundup for the unexpected article written by Alexis Bechman with my son’s story. I am with the volunteer group Soldier’s Angels, and when I asked the Roundup for help with a Veterans Day fund-raiser, they went all out.

Thank you to the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee

On behalf of the Payson Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group, I’d like to say “thanks a million” once again to the wonderful organization that does so much for our community.

Another trick by Obama

Well, Obama pulled another one of his sneaky tricks. Now he’s bringing the 9/11 mastermind Mohammed and four of his co-conspirators to New York for a civilian court trial. Obama knows they would be convicted in a military court, but he’s already working on getting them off and just blocks from where 3,000 of our loved ones were massacred.

GCC report is a good start

A gust of transparency has lifted the spirits of those fighting for information in the case of Gila Community College’s mysterious finances.

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The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), will hold their annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21. Entry is from the upper level parking area. All proceeds go to missionaries and charities of the church.

71% of SV crashes involve an elk

Every year hundreds of motorists strike elk in the Rim Country, the majority on Highway 260, where elk migrate to get food and mate.

Tellabration storytelling event Saturday

There were no politicians, flowery speeches, or ticker tape parades, but by all accounts the 35 people who came out to honor 10 local veterans at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library last Wednesday, made the event a huge success.

Using fire as a tool to improve forest health

Sixty-five years ago Smokey Bear was introduced to the American public as the symbol of fire prevention.

State parks funding task force recommends $14 or $15 vehicle surcharge

A task force appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer recommends adding $14 or $15 to annual vehicle registrations to help sustain Arizona State Parks.

Blue Ridge water key to college plans

Payson mayor explains link between pipeline and push to convince ASU to build a 1,500-student campus in town

Sing along now: The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bone’s connected to the shin bone.

Two-plus months left in quail season

One of the more popular hunts in Arizona has been going on for six weeks and there is still over two months left in the season.

OHV Decal compliance numbers unacceptable

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is re-enforcing earlier efforts to get all OHV owners in the state to take part in the new OHV Decal program that went into effect Jan. 1.

OHV Decal compliance numbers unacceptable

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is re-enforcing earlier efforts to get all OHV owners in the state to take part in the new OHV Decal program that went into effect Jan. 1.

Upcoming softball clinic will focus on pitching, hitting and fielding

While Payson has turned out some outstanding fastpitch softball pitchers — Rachel Ray, Brenna Zumbro, Candice Johnson and Becky Larkins to name a few — local teams and leagues have long struggled from a shortage of depth.

State auditor to look at Gila college finances

In an apparent coincidence, the Arizona auditor general’s office said this week that it will soon examine Gila Community College’s finances for fiscal year 2006.

Fish fry helps boys, girls PHS basketball

A great way to enjoy a fine meal, revel in great, small-town camaraderie and support the Payson High School boys and girls basketball teams is to take advantage of the annual fish fry when it is held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

Trio of seniors expected to lead Horns’ basketball

Because the nucleus of last season’s East Region championship boys basketball team graduated with the class of 2009, a trio of seniors must now shoulder the leadership load.

Workshop for protecting agriculture lands will be Dec. 11

Join Yavapai County Cooperative Extension and the Central Arizona Land Trust as they present Protection of Agricultural Lands: Options for Saving Family Farm and Ranches, a workshop for land and estate preservation. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 at the City of Cottonwood Public Safety Building, 199 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood.

Time to be thankful for blessings

Is Christmas here already? I have gone to many of the businesses in Payson recently and I see Christmas decorations everywhere. It is not even Thanksgiving yet.

Artist reminds us to ‘Be Thankful’

Next Thursday, for the sixth consecutive year, the good folks at the Elks Lodge in Payson will be hosting the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Host a holiday party without the hassle

Lots of good eating recipes for the holidays

Your holiday party could be just a family gathering, an open house or a whole gang of people descending on your cozy Rim Country home. Regardless of the group you have to feed, there are things to do to take the hassle out of holiday entertaining and make it just as happy for you as for your guests.

Support for health care reform

Just a note to those who wrote to Congressional Representative Ann Kirkpatrick urging her to vote no on the health care bill, there were just as many who wrote in support of health care reform. I suspect (the previous letter writer) didn’t vote for Ann Kirkpatrick in 2008 or he would know that health care reform was a prominent Democratic platform plank. Those of us who support a Christian ethic of caring for our neighbors hope that intelligent senators will also vote to support health care reform.

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Three Lady Horns on all-region team

A trio of Lady Longhorn standouts have been chosen for the 3A East All-Region team by a voting of coaches.

Payson Bears capture youth football league championship

Coach Mike Conway swells with pride as he recalls his team’s recently completed championship season.

Holiday dinner donations being collected

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department is gearing up for a holiday dinner donation event for needy families in our community.

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Rangers mollify some off-road critics

Meeting to unveil maps detailing 1,000 miles of road changes on Tonto National Forest draws big crowd, lots of questions

A heaping dose of confusion. A spicy dash of confrontation. A soothing dollop of conciliation.

More people needing help from community

Demand is up by 57 percent in Payson

Although an influx of federal stimulus money designed to help low-income residents pay monthly bills has mitigated state cuts, soaring demand has nevertheless strapped available resources, the Payson case manager for the Gila County Community Action Program said Wednesday.

Council approves Blue Ridge pipeline contracts

The Payson Town Council moved toward awarding another key contract to build the Blue Ridge pipeline at its regularly scheduled council meeting on Thursday night.

Wednesday, November 18

The pros and cons of tankless water heaters

I just moved into a manufactured home and the hot water heater is insufficient for my family’s needs. We’re considering a tankless water heater. Would this work?

Concert to benefit Lions programs

The Payson Lions Club will present an evening of country music with the tribute show, The Legends of Country Music. Proceeds benefit the Payson Lion’s Charitable Foundations. The benefit concert, by the “King of Country Legends” Larry King, will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Easy as pie

The “easiness” of pie might be debatable, especially when it comes to making the crusts. But with ready-made crusts, some now even sporting the “deep dish” label, the task is not nearly as daunting as it once was.

Where do you want to go?

Last summer our son, daughter-in-law and their two children, ages 7 and 9, along with Norma and I took a one-week cruise to Alaska.

Payson Commercial & Trust

Many say that the United States has its worst economy since the 1930s. It’s worth noting that even the little town of Payson was not immune to a key widespread problem during the 1930s: bank failures. Here’s the story of Payson’s first bank and how it collapsed during the Great Depression.

New treatments for rheumatoid arthritis

I developed rheumatoid arthritis four years ago. I am still working, lifting 70 pounds and pushing up to 150 pounds in a handcart, and I work 10 hours a day. I had been on methotrexate, but it made me sick.

TellAbration celebrating 10 years of tradition honoring past

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to gather round in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center for an old-fashioned evening of storytelling.

Tuesday, November 17

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‘Sparky’ encourages students to make good decisions

Arizona State University’s mascot, Sparky, proved he had a lot more to offer than good dance moves Friday.

P/S Fire Board chairman responds to recent letters

Two letters were printed in the paper related to the vote to create the position of battalion chief at the Oct. 26 meeting. Three board members felt that this action was in the best interest of providing better emergency service to our residents. I was one of those three-to-two “yes” votes. Because of our dreaded property taxes, let’s first look at the cost. These positions will be filled by promoting personnel from within our own fire department.

Disappointed with cemetery on Veterans Day

I was very disappointed as I drove by Payson Pioneer Cemetery on Veterans Day. It appeared that no one took the time to place flags on our veterans’ graves.

Bad septic system can poison wells

Most Star Valley residents get their water from a well, flush their toilets into to a septic system and have never tested their groundwater.

Reagan’s moral clarity helped bring down totalitarianism

On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as the Berlin Wall fell. The 20th anniversary of that historic moment provides an opportunity to reflect on the Cold War and what that period of history can teach us.

Star Valley getting real

Turns out, that whole bit about ostriches hiding their heads in the sand when danger threatens is just a myth. Ostriches may be goofy looking, but they ain’t that foolish.

Kirkpatrick is not listening

Late Saturday night Speaker Nancy Pelosi brought her trillion dollar health care “reform” bill to a vote in the U.S. House — and it passed by a mere two votes. One of the “yes” votes for this harmful legislation was cast by our own Rep. Kirkpatrick. As a small-business owner, I couldn’t be more disappointed with her vote.

Community Almanac

Space is available for GED testing on Saturday, Nov. 21. Anyone wishing to take the test must pre-register at 719 S. Beeline Highway by Wednesday, Nov. 18

Prescribed burn will be in Payson Ranger District this week

Verde Glen residents will see smoke this week as the U.S. Forest Service plans to burn 600 acres in the area starting Tuesday. Crews will also be out clearing debris piles in the Payson, Pine/Strawberry and Christopher Creek areas all month long.

Multi-hazard mitigation plan on Star Valley agenda

It could be a short Star Valley council meeting Tuesday night with only one agenda item.

Forest road plan spurs criticism

Payson site of debate Nov. 18 on Tonto Forest’s plan to ban cross country travel — but leave 4,500 miles of dirt roads open

Tonto National Forest has taken its controversial road show on the road. Next stop: Payson on Wednesday.

Severe drought still grips Rim Country

Meteorologists hold out hope for a wet winter as water in Pacific warms

Arizona has slipped back into “severe” drought — with only the dim hope of a wet “El Niño” winter on the clear, sunny horizon. Weekend clouds delivered about .15 of an inch, the first rain this month.

Quilt show draws 1,500 spectators, 128 exhibits

More than 1,500 people went through the exhibition hall at the Mazatzal Casino during the weekend’s quilt show.

Noise prompts gun fire

Drug bust ensues after man shoots at roommates

Police say a 47-year-old man who got angry with his roommates for making too much noise, was arrested Sunday after shooting a bullet through a second story floor, nearly hitting his roommates.

Annual fish fry benefits girls, boys basketball

Members of the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) booster club admit they are in “a slow down mode,” but that doesn’t mean they won’t be sponsoring two upcoming Payson High School team benefits.

Tellabration celebrating 10 years of tradition

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to gather round in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center for an old-fashioned evening of storytelling.

Stolen Big Brother, Sister items replaced by donation

Payson is filled with good-hearted citizens of all kinds. Some come forward when a family loses everything in a fire, others drop off cans at the food bank and some construct homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Upset over school bond money use

I have been a high school sports fan since 1989, when I moved to Payson.

Jail commander named to national board

From what and when an inmate eats to where they sleep, standards and guidelines regulate almost everything in Arizona’s jails.

Covering the basics of homeowners insurance

In a previous career, I owned an insurance agency.

Country music show will be benefit Lions Club efforts

Payson Lions Club presents an evening with the No. 1 Country Tribute Show, “The Legends of Country Music.” Proceeds benefit the Payson Lions Charitable Foundations.

Longhorn girls finish in top 10 at state

By finishing 47th overall in a field of 119 of the finest long distance runners in Arizona, PHS junior Jacquelyn Oesterblad led the Lady Longhorn cross country team to a ninth-place state team finish.

East Region reigns supreme in state football playoffs

With the first two rounds of the 2009 AIA 3A state football championship tournament in the record books, two gridiron particulars turn glaringly obvious.

Business Briefs

The holiday season, a time of year when many Arizonans give back to their communities is fast approaching.

Payson boys finish 15th at state CC meet

At first glance, Payson’s 15th place state team finish among 17 teams at the 3A Arizona State Cross Country Championships doesn’t seem to be much of an accomplishment.

Drawing results for spring hunts released

Remaining tags available first-come, first-served by mail or in person

The more than 35,000 hunters who applied for a tag to hunt spring turkey, javelina, buffalo or bear in 2010 can find out if they were drawn by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at or by calling (602) 942-3000 (option 2).

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Archery class scores bull’s-eye

Students learn bow shooting and safety at rec class

Hanna Osier started the National Archery in the Schools Program in late October. Daughter of a successful archery hunter, Osier pulled back her bow on the first day in the National Archery in the School Program.

New Pine fire department positions not needed

This is in response to former Pine-Strawberry board member Jessica Barnett’s Nov. 6 guest commentary. The standard of coverage by the fire department members is not an issue here rather than holding our elected officials of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Board fiscally responsible.

Trip to Japan on Payson High students’ agenda

Will they eat sushi on top of Mt. Fuji?

Has my service in the military been wasted?

Re: Barry Standifird’s letter Nov. 13 — The chains of slavery are almost forged. Once we lose all three parts of the First Amendment, along with the Second Amendment, all of the Constitution and all of the lives lost to obtain and protect it will have been for naught.

PHS has new girls, boys basketball coaches

With two rookie head coaches at the helm of the Longhorn basketball programs and a second-year coach guiding the wrestling team, it’s obvious a youth movement is under way on the Payson High School campus.

Challenge extension given to fight child porn charges

A 72-year-old man accused of downloading and scanning photos of underage children onto his computer received an extension to challenge grand jury proceedings last week.

Festival of Lights will take place in Pine, Strawberry

The Pine Strawberry Business Community will hosts its first Festival of Lights.

Celebration of Life is Dec. 3 at church

Hospice Compassus, Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Rim Country Hospice Foundation will host a “Celebration of Life” at 6 p.m., Dec. 3 by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro.

Monday, November 16

Prescribed burn in the Verde Glen area along with fuel reduction work

Verde Glen residents will see smoke this week as the U.S. Forest Service plans to burn 600 acres in the area starting Tuesday. Crews will also be out clearing debris piles in the Payson, Pine/Strawberry and Christopher Creek areas all month long.

Friday, November 13

Proud of the Bears football team

To the coaches, players and parents of the Payson Bears football team: A big congratulations to all for a great championship win! We are so proud of all of you (especially our son, Tim #88!) for bringing home another win! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

Rim Country Quilt Roundup this weekend

We have another great three-day exhibit taking place this weekend, right here in Payson. It’s an event that I know will be of special interest to us manly men.

Longtime Village resident will be missed

Tonto Village residents were saddened to learn of the passing of a longtime resident Ruby Terry on Nov. 6. Ruby had not been too well for the past few years and she fought valiantly against her illnesses.

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Hobbying goes ballistic

Beginner’s passion begets professional aspirations

It all started with a desire for raspberry wine. Cheryl Piazza was making raspberry jam and thought wine of the same flavor would be nice. Her impulse birthed her husband’s new passion. A little over a year ago, her husband, Tom, decided he would make beer.

Holiday season is fast approaching

Hello again fellow Creekers. Well the holiday season is just about here. I’ve already seen a few homes and businesses putting up their Christmas lights.

Several things happening in Pine this weekend

The Holiday Open House in Pine seemed to be quite successful, as every shop I went to had several folks milling around and taking advantage of the special prices to get some early shopping in. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. A couple of weeks ago it seemed as if winter had hit with a vengeance, but the reprieve has been so nice.

Positive review for Microsoft’s latest — Windows 7

Is Windows 7 finally the answer? Microsoft has once again taken over the computer news cycle. Its release of Windows 7 has sparked a new interest in the otherwise lackluster arena of operating systems. A new operating system definitely deserves a little attention in this column, so here is what you should know about Windows 7.

Endangered species triage way too late

Study suggests many endangered Rim Country species already past the point of no return

They hop, flutter and swim all across Rim Country. Feathered and slimy and scaled, they have one terrible quality in common. They’re endangered — down to their last few clumps of trees, miles of stream or sheltered springs.

30 years of stats keep Horns on track

Bill Lawson has been the offense statistician for the Payson Longhorn football team for 30 years. He loves the game, and has no plans to step down from the volunteer effort — so long as he is healthy and as long as his wife, Eileen, will put up with it.

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Dog trainer turns sporting breeds into champions

Down at the end of Oxbow Trail there are new residents. It’s a small family: Roger, Candra and their 18-month-old daughter, Alex, plus a few dogs they own — and a dozen more they board and train and with whom they win national championships.

Rim Country is synonymous with trout fishing

The Rim Country is synonymous as a trout fishing destination because of all the lakes and streams within a radius of 30 miles of the Payson area. The elevation of all these waters varies from 5,000 to 7,500 feet, which can create quite a climate change, especially at this time of year.

Get familiar with basics of estate planning

If you still have many years to go until retirement, you may not consider drawing up an estate plan to be a high priority.

New space for Green Mountain Emporium

A year after opening Green Mountain Emporium on Main Street, owner Jo Ann Johnston was happily forced to move to a bigger location because she had “maxed out” the space.

National Bank of Arizona celebrates 25 years by paying it forward

National Bank of Arizona announced that instead of celebrating its 25 years as Arizona’s largest community bank with a self-congratulatory bash, the bank has decided to “pay it forward” by investing funds in the communities that have been vital to National Bank of Arizona’s success.

Giving thanks, counting blessings

This is the time of year when we take time to give thanks.

ASU, Payson set meetings

Investors already interested in building four-year campus in Rim Country

The drive to convince Arizona State University to build a four-year college campus in Payson has picked up momentum, with support from ASU officials, meetings with potential investors and a planned joint session with the Payson council and ASU negotiators.

Towns face many tough revenue years ahead

State planners predict Payson, Star Valley may not regain 2005 revenue totals until 2013

The good news: Arizona’s economy will limp through fiscal 2010 with some recovery beginning in 2011.

Group seeks ways to help homeless

In the town of Payson lives a boy of the same name who loves football.

Teacher’s pay plan gets lukewarm support from board

The pay-for-performance plans submitted to the Payson school board are lackluster, but they will suffice for this year, board members concluded before unanimously approving them.

Community Almanac

On Nov. 13, 14 and 15, members of the St. Philip Knights of Columbus will be located at Walmart, Safeway and Bashas’ giving out free Tootsie Rolls to anyone who will accept.

Is teacher merit pay really a joke?

Ah, to live in Lake Wobegon — where all the children are above average.

Thanks for being there

Just a short thank you comment for Dr. Askari and his staff for their presence here in Payson every Monday on a regular basis. Dr. Askari, Mary Ann, Fawn, Kay, Gay, Sharay, Laura, Shervin, Emily, Melisa and Tammy all go the extra mile in bringing good cardiac care to Payson.

Now we can get health insurance

Thank you Ann Kirkpatrick so much for voting on the bill that will allow my wife to get health insurance.

No flags on veterans’ graves at the cemetery

We just got home from making two trips by the cemetery and there are no flags on the veterans’ graves.

Health care reform is simple

Regarding the disdain that ACLU lawyer, mis-Representative Ann Kirkpatrick feels toward us lowlife common folks in the first district, I have to totally agree with Richard Skoglund, and for the first time, agree with Donn Morris to a degree.

Pleased with the newspaper

We’ve recently relocated from Houston, Texas and were most pleased with the Houston Chronicle. We have been equally pleased with your newspaper, particularly given that it is not a daily. Keep up the good work.

My broken antenna

To the person who felt that he had to break my search and rescue antenna and let air out of my ATV. This happened at Tiny’s Restaurant on Friday, Nov. 6 between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. I’m sorry that you felt that you had to break my SAR antenna that is used for rescues only and nothing else.

Outdoor coverage is appreciated

I want to express my appreciation for your paper and the coverage you give to the outdoors. You have many articles that keep us abreast of the seasons of Rim Country.

Unhappy with cartoon

I am not in the habit of admonishing the newspaper in Payson. Actually, we enjoy reading it. However, Tuesday’s cartoon supposedly referring to Rodin the Thinker I feel was extremely offensive.

Our chains are forged

Our ageless Constitution was divinely inspired, but not necessarily a living document as many believe. It does not amend under every circumstance. Rather, it is built upon a foundation of unchanging principles, chief among them are agency and freedom. Further, it does not grant any rights. It is a “self evident” fact that our rights come from our creator and the purpose of the Constitution is to protect them.

‘Yes We Can’

Mr. President are you listening? The message from the voters is: Change.

Rim Country’s congresswoman provided key vote for health plan

Kirkpatrick cites insurance, Medicare reforms, but critics predict economic disaster

Provisions to require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions and a fix for the Medicare “donut hole” last week prompted First District Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick to end months of suspense and to vote firmly in favor of the Democrat’s healthcare reform plan.

Ties that bind the Rim Country in a loving tradition

The Rim Country and its diverse residents — from those who grew up here to those who came a little later — have many tremendous traditions that help make this a wonderful community. Perhaps one of the most special is the annual Elks Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Donations requested for Rim Guidance Center meal

Every year, the employees of the Southwest Behavioral Health Rim Guidance Center donate their money and time to prepare and serve a full Thanksgiving meal for the center’s consumers and their families. The 70-plus employees see this as a way to give back to their consumers.

Country music concert to benefit Payson Lions programs

The Payson Lions Club will present an evening of country music with the tribute show, The Legends of Country Music. Proceeds benefit the Payson Lions Charitable Foundations. The benefit concert, by the “King of Country Legends” Larry King, will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Payson High School auditorium.

Residents get glimpse of Capitol Tree

It came on doublewide sleigh with a Forest Service Santa Claus look alike leading its course. Little performers in red and white danced around it to Jingle Bells and onlookers signed its carriage with messages of love and praise.

Community notification level 3 sex offender alert

The Payson Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law.

Police arrest woman who allegedly stole from employers

Police say a Payson woman who stole thousands of dollars from employer deposit bags and wrote checks out to herself over a six-month period has been arrested.

DPS receives multiple federal law enforcement grants

DPS recently received a half million worth of new equipment and money through federal grants.

Wednesday, November 11

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Turkey Tradition

Community Thanksgiving meal brings Rim Country together

The Rim Country and its diverse residents — from those who were born here, to those who came a little later but grew up here, to new arrivals — have many tremendous traditions that help make us a community. Perhaps one of the most special is the annual Elks Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Working past retirement age

When we were in our 30s, most of us couldn’t wait for the day we could retire. Now, at retirement age, many of us aren’t doing what we expected.

Make master plan for big meal

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just 15 days from now. So, this is probably the last weekend to make a master plan for the feast.

Wallpaper gives simple facelift on a budget

Welcome to The Rim Review’s new column, “On the House” with the Carey Bros.

Bisbee a fascinating community

A short time ago I was visiting with some friends who told me they were from Bisbee, Ariz. I inquired about the town and its history and what Bisbee is today, and found it to be most interesting.

The story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 30: The Class of 1927

In 1927, the Payson School graduated its first class from a new high school curriculum. There were two graduates. The high school classes were held in one of the two clapboard buildings near the corner of Oak and Main Streets, where today the Community Presbyterian Church has a parking lot.

Putting out the fire of burning tongue syndrome

Burning tongue syndrome is also known as burning mouth syndrome because the gums, roof of the mouth and lips also can feel like they are on fire.

Prescribed fire plans for Wednesday and Thursday

Pending favorable conditions, fire managers are planning a prescribed burn four miles south of the Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Tuesday, November 10

Representative votes against public’s wishes

Our Congressional Representative Ann Kirkpatrick voted for the health care bill on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Payson ponders value of redevelopment plan

Is Payson spending too much time and effort tying to upgrade Main Street?

Thanks to community for ongoing support

The Payson High School’s Hike and Ski Club would like to thank members of the community for their ongoing support of and generous donations for the club’s curb painting service project. The club would especially like to thank Home Depot and Steven Hansen for their contributions to this project.

Not satisfied with status quo

Let me see if I understand the realities of our present health care situation in this country.

Analyzing and lip reading our glorious leaders

Analyzing our glorious leaders can easily be done by three methods:

Fifth anniversary of Crime Victims Rights Act

On April 3, 1982, 22-year-old Stephanie Roper was returning home from an evening out in Washington, D.C., when she accidentally veered off a dark rural road. Two men stopped, but instead of offering assistance, they abducted Stephanie and took her to an abandoned farmhouse in Maryland. There, Stephanie was repeatedly raped and tortured. The two men ultimately killed Stephanie, dismembering and burning her body.

Tomorrow we won’t take you for granted

Let us give thanks for all the things we take for granted.

Community Almanac

Every Tuesday in November the Time Out Thrift Shop will have a $1 bag sale for all regular clothing. The dates are Nov. 10, 17, and 24. The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across the street from Wendy’s) and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All profits from the Time Out Thrift Shop are used to support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence programs and services in the community of Payson. The shelter hotline number is (928) 472-8007.

Capitol Christmas Tree makes historic stop in Payson this evening

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is making a stop in Payson today, Nov. 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The town will be closing Longhorn Road at Highways 260 and 87 west to Colcord Road for a short, one-hour celebration.

Payson gardeners live with the wild things

Plea for an electric fence ordinance provokes strange tale of mystery raiders, sizzling piglets and lost battles

A bad mother. An epic elk. A sizzling pig. A devastated garden. And an electric fence ordinance.

Veteran’s greatest lessons came from love, not war

Ray Kinsman has extraordinary energy and drive for someone who just turned 85 (Oct. 21). Getting him to stay in one place for an interview is a challenge. He always has things to do and places to be — usually those tasks are to help out someone in need.

Brooke Utilities promises well for Mesa del

Long-awaited report blames 27 percent drop in well output for summer water rationing, offers bleak view of

Brooke Utilities hopes to ease water shortages with a new well at Mesa del Caballo by May and a rate structure that will penalize people who use more than 10,000 gallons monthly, according to a report filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Students out to set sport stacking mark

People set Guinness World Records for just about anything. From the largest meatball to the longest fingernails to gargantuan rubber band balls, if there is a way to top it, people figure out a way.

JRE teacher named Arizona ed ambassador

Drop into Donna Moore’s gym class at Julia Randall Elementary School and you’ll see a flurry of activity. From students dancing with an interactive video game to circuit training and every sport in between, Moore’s goal is getting students excited about fitness through every means available.

Serving those who serve America

Each and every day of the year, Americans in the armed forces serve our nation. At Social Security, we honor our nation’s military personnel and all of America’s veterans not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

Parks & Rec has plenty of fall programs

Early registration for the Turkey Trot 3.1-mile fitness run — beginning and finishing at Green Valley Park — has closed, but those interested can still enter for a $25 fee (there is no guarantee T-shirts will be available for late registrants). The race is Saturday, Nov. 21, with check-in at 8 a.m. and start at 9 a.m. Check at the parks office in Green Valley Park or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.

Police to crack down hard on Easy Street speeders

You better watch out. You better not cry. I’m telling you why.

Payson council strips appeals right from two top officials

The Payson town manager and town attorney have both lost a little job protection on a split vote of the council.

New homebuyer’s tax credit extended into 2010

Homebuyer tax credit could be extended into April 2010 with income limit raised and existing homeowners eligible for rebate

As of this writing, the United States House and Senate have approved an extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit. The bill is awaiting the president’s signature.

SimonMed Imaging expands to Payson

The largest outpatient imaging provider in Arizona has expanded to Payson.

Goal is 50,000 pounds of food in 3 months

The ringleaders of a plot to feed the hungry and comfort their neighbors went public at last week’s Payson Town Council meeting — announcing the kickoff of a three-month community campaign.

Doin’s sold to rodeo group

Rim Country chamber sells World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo to Pro Rodeo Committee

Just when you thought the rodeo had been roped and branded by the Rodeo Preservation Alliance, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce up and sold the beast to the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee Friday.

PMGA wraps 2009 season with third in Turkey Shoot series

The Payson Men’s Golf Association closed out its 2009 season with a Turkey Shoot Tournament Nov. 4.

PE teacher driven to make a difference

I love kids of all ages and want to make a positive difference in their lives.

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Lady Horns make brief visit to state volleyball tournament

The Lady Longhorns’ participation in the state volleyball tournament was brief, but coach Arnold Stonebrink is still proud of the effort.

Fire department thanks for help

The members of the Board for the Payson Multi-Purpose Senior Center and the members of the Center wish to thank the Payson Fire Department for their help on Thursday the 29th of October.

Special thanks

A special thank you to the Red Elephant, When Cowboys Dream, Main Street Mercantile, Old Town Pawn & Gun, The Boutique, Wild Brush Gallery, Galarneau’s Gems & Rock Shop, Payson Candle Factory and the Sugar Shack for opening their doors to The Wagon Wheel Territory’s first Tasting Competition Oktoberfest that was held Oct. 23, 24 and 25.

Health care insurance solution

The health care insurance solution is not rocket science. Simply establish the benefits of the congressional insurance plan as the “national standard” and then require insurers to provide that level of benefits.

Pine Senior Center not in compliance with ADA

I am a 100 percent disabled Vietnam vet. For the past four years I have gone to the Pine Senior Center on Mondays and Fridays for lunch and poker in the afternoon.

Pine Fire Department on the wrong path

As being recently terminated by the Pine Strawberry Fire Board, I agree 100 percent with the previous letter written by Jessica Barnett.

Just one more day, one more story ...

This last summer I witnessed something that reaffirmed my belief in the greatness of the United States of America. While standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., two tour buses pulled into the parking lot and out came several old men, some in wheelchairs, some with walkers and others walking on their own. They all wore red vests and ball caps. They were accompanied by active duty service men and women of the United States Armed Services. Each of these stately gentlemen had written on their vest the branch of service that they served in and the fact that they were all veterans of World War II. Our young service men and women were treating the old warriors with kindness, respect and appreciation. I found myself thanking both the old and the young soldiers for their willingness to serve and protect me and my family.

Open season — time to hunt for best drug plan

Hunting season is upon us; time to set your target for the Medicare prescription drug plan that’s best for you.

PUSD half day Nov. 18

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Thanks for the help

The Arizona Archaeological Society held its state meeting in Payson on Oct. 17 and 18. The event was hosted by the local Rim Country Chapter of AAS.

Despite reservations, PUSD board approves performance pay plan

Board members urge higher standards, but agree to wait another year

Debate surrounds state money meant to compensate teachers for performance.

Saturday, November 7

Annual Humane Society chili supper will take place Nov. 10

If you’re a chili lover, you must come to the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s 13th Annual Chili Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Veterans’ coming home issues subject of panel discussion

The Merritt Center is hosting a panel discussion about “Veterans Coming Home” on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College.

Friday, November 6

Video features historic photos, stories

Brag about the Rim Country in a big way this gift-giving season.

Football honors might still be had by some Horn players

Among the gridiron rituals that traditionally highlight the end of the fall prep season is the naming of all-region, all-state and all-star athletes.

SV term limit idea turned down

In a town that struggles to get more than two candidates for open seats, Star Valley Councilor George Binney doesn’t want anyone including himself holding office for more than two terms. Binney figures if you limit terms, more people will run.

Bank courier driver makes up story to hide lost bag

Police say a 50-year-old bank courier who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, actually made the whole thing up because he thought he had lost a bag.

Eating at Chili’s will help a soldier

After Donna Davis’ son was injured serving in Baghdad, he needed special treatment for his traumatic brain injury upon returning to the states.

Habitat for Humanity project dedication set for Sunday

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will have a dedication ceremony for Phase II of Longhorn Village from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8.

Homeless summit to brainstorm student needs

On Thursday, Nov. 12, people from around Payson will brainstorm on ways to address the needs of local homeless students.

PHS DECA chapter conducting can drive to benefit food bank

If kids knock on your door Saturday, it’s not confused trick-or-treaters. Payson High School’s DECA chapter is conducting a can drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul.

Solar energy could help district power schools

Payson Unified School District has chosen the Phoenix-based Kennedy Partners LLC to lead its solar-powered energy project.

Enjoy the past and keep track of the days

Learn about Rim Country history and keep track of your time in 2010. The Daughters of Gila County Pioneers have published their 2010 calendar and have it available in time for the gift-giving season.

Humane Society gets grant

The Humane Society of Central Arizona (formerly Payson Humane Society) was awarded a $26,956 grant by the Arizona Community Foundation. The foundation gave $784,000 to 53 nonprofits in Arizona through its annual Open Competitive Grant Cycle.

Operation Christmas Child project taking shape in Payson

Christmas is arriving early in the Rim Country as Payson Care Center prepares to serve as a collection point for the 2009 Operation Christmas Child project. Soon Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive, by Payson Regional Medical Center, will be brimming with festively wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts.

Health, care fair provides low-cost, free tests

Having laboratory tests performed by your physician can sometimes be unsettling and cause concern. But lab tests are important instruments in evaluating the status of one’s health.

Time to get ready for the next Lip Sync concert

Last year, five organizations including: Kiwanis, Payson High School Drama Club and Student Government (STUGO), Rim Country Optimists and Rotary sponsored a Lip Sync contest. Thanks to ticket sales, silent auction items, and the 50/50 raffle, approximately $30,000 was given in scholarships to local high school students.

Socialism kills incentive

Let me see, since January the federal government has taken over the insurance companies, the banks, the mortgage companies and the car companies, and now the federal government is proposing to take over health care and the energy companies with cap and trade.

Time to wake up and pay attention

Are you going to be in the headlights?

Mark your calendars

In one year, on Nov. 2, 2010, Arizonans will have an opportunity to change the course of our wonderful state for the better. For too many decades, far right Republicans in both the State House and Senate have legislated our state into financial, educational, and social turmoil.

Transparency needed on health care bill

This is why it’s so hard to understand.

I’m an animal lover, but I’m willing to make exceptions

A while back I read a letter to the editor written by someone who was worried about the possibility of some rattlesnakes being “abused” during a training program run by the Humane Society.

County has confirmed 44 cases of H1N1 flu

Fewer people in the Payson area continue to be hospitalized for the H1N1 virus than in southern Gila County, county Director of Emergency Management Matthew Bolinger said Thursday. A Saturday vaccination clinic at Julia Randall Elementary School will help targeted populations develop immunity.

Community Almanac

Blessing House Boutique and rummage sale will be held the mornings of Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

Patients rely on state, fed plans

Hospital racks up $2.3 million in uncompensated care as pool of people with private insurance sinks

The recession has cost some Rim Country residents their medical insurance, but Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) for low-income people has absorbed many of those patients, according to trends noted at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Payson, ASU set March date for agreement

Talks could lead to a 3,000-student campus on 300-acre site off Hwy. 260

Payson and Arizona State University have agreed to spend the next four months in exclusive negotiations aimed at building a 3,000-student campus in Payson.

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Drive to help food bank is started

Refugees from the recession, the family of four wound up in Payson with no jobs, no money and no food.

Business Briefs

After cutting hair for 17 years and then taking a break to be a mom, Carrie Ingram recently started working again at Shear Oasis Salon in the Swiss Village Shops.

Caring Presence arrives in Payson

As people get older or face illnesses, they are often not able to keep up a household. From dishes to laundry to cooking a meal, it can all seem overwhelming.

Payson Men’s Golf low-net winners

With the 2009 season winding to a halt, Payson Men’s Golf Association members are preparing to gather Nov. 16 at Diamond Point Shadows to celebrate the culmination of a successful season in which most all the players swung their way to wins, plaudits, prize money and more than a few chortles.

Tips for a successful deer season

The rifle deer season in Arizona has started in most units with numerous hunts that are a week in duration.

National fishing tourney in Rim next September

The success of last spring’s FLW Stren Series bass finishing tournament has prompted sponsors and organizers to select Payson and Roosevelt Lake as a host site for one of four 2010 National Guard Western Series Tournaments.

Lots of interesting neighbors in CC

Hello again, fellow Creekers (no offense to those folks with older floor boards).

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Blisters + waterfalls = Paradise

Fossil Creek trek in floppity sandals reveals native fish refuge restored to its luminous glory

Pausing on a precarious point of balance in the midst of the swirl of Fossil Creek, I listened for the deeper rush of the waterfall I’d been promised.

Club Rim tryouts scheduled

Since its founding, Club Rim has been one of the most successful sports offerings in the Rim Country, giving aspiring young volleyball players the opportunity to compete in the off season and build their skills for high school varsity play.

Veterans Helping Veterans needs help

Freedom is not free.

Food drive can redeem us all

Most days, they line up at the doors of Rim Country food banks.

Find a forever friend in Felix

Hi, my name is Felix. I was brought to the Humane Society of Central Arizona on Aug. 25. Gila County Animal Control picked me up and brought me in. I guess you could say I was kinda arrested.

Marine Corps celebration Saturday

This Saturday evening at the Mazatzal Casino, I have the distinct honor and pleasure to provide the musical entertainment for this year’s annual Marine Ball. This will be the fifth year I have been so honored.

Pine Strawberry Fire Board made wrong decision

There comes a time when frustration causes one to write to one’s community. When things seem out of control, you expect some help from those you know. And then, when help can be given, yet is mysteriously denied, frustration only grows.

You can help move a mountain of cash

In an uncertain economy, it’s natural for people to tighten their belts by cutting down on their spending.

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Rim pro angler sets Western Division record

Payson angling pro Clifford Pirch ended a two-year drought in a big way — by winning $105,820 at the Walmart FLW Series National Guard Western Division Tournament.

No more computer ‘cavities’

So Halloween has come and gone and the piles of candy are slowly dwindling. There is nothing left to do but throw away the rotten pumpkins, find a storage space for the costumes, and schedule a dentist appointment for the kids. With all those sweet treats filtering through their little teeth, there is good reason to get a thorough cleaning. Something as simple as a cleaning can save a lot of heartache (and toothache) in the future.

Holiday Open House tomorrow in Pine

Well we got our first moisture in a long time in the form of a light dusting of snow last week. It didn’t make it past mid-morning though, and the sunny days are back again. What a tease this weather is this year!

Halloween costume contest was tough to judge

What is going on with the weather? Last week, the temperature was in the teens in the Village and never got above 50 degrees.

Wednesday, November 4

Holiday Baking With Pumpkin

Family gatherings ... favorite holiday decorations ... the wonderful smells of baked goods — the holidays are full of familiar rituals and special memories. Traditions are part of what make the season so enjoyable.

Asanti Sana, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Thank You

As a young girl growing up, my precious sweet mother, a former English teacher, taught her daughters, the importance of writing thank you notes. When given a gift, it was our duty and obligation to respond to each person by writing them a note, expressing our appreciation of their thoughtfulness and kindness.

Hunting trip claims human lives

Early snow storm in 1952 trapped hunters on the Mogollon Rim

Hunting season can be an adventure in Rim Country. From the days of the ancient Native Americans, to the early days of white men, to the times of Zane Grey and to more modern times, things can go wrong during a hunt. Here’s a look at one hunt that Mother Nature disrupted.

First Friday Scarecrow Contest

What kind of scarecrow would you like to make? A fireman scarecrow; a scientist scarecrow; a chef scarecrow; or some other fanciful or frightening image stuffed with straw?

The Egypt Experience

In late 1988, I went to Berlin for a week to take in the varied musical arts the city abounds in. I did this for several years actually to get my “fix” for opera, symphony and ballet.

Travel expert can’t wait to go back to Alaska

Like many people, we took our first cruise to Alaska only to be consumed by the desire to return. There was so much more that we wanted to see. The first seven-day cruise just whet our appetite for the “Great Land.” We did eventually go back in August on a Princess cruise tour consisting of four days on land and a seven-day cruise. Some of you have probably done this same trip, or something similar, since all the mainstream cruise lines offer a large choice of 3-11 day land tours combined with a seven-day cruise. For those of you who haven’t, here is our story.


Top quilters, terrific quilts come to Rim Country

The finest quilters and most fabulous quilts and fabric art converge in Rim Country next week.

Tuesday, November 3

Championship placement bewildering

Coaches, players and fans from around the state were left scratching their heads in bewilderment when the 2009 AIA 3A State Football Championship pairings were announced after Friday’s games.

Payson High School cross country teams going to state Saturday

PHS cross country coach Jonathan Ball had his fondest wish come true at the 3A East regional championships held Oct. 30 at the Whiteriver Fairgrounds.

Longhorns close year with loss to Cougars

It’s a short trip from the penthouse to the outhouse. Just ask the Payson Longhorns football team that just wrapped up a 3-7 (1-4 in the East) season after going undefeated (14-0) last year and winning the state championship.

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Lady Horns soccer team out of state championship

The Lady Longhorns’ visit to the 1A-3A state girls soccer tournament was short-lived, with a 3-1 loss to Tucson Desert Christian in the opening round played Oct. 30 at Tempe Sports Complex.

Forest Service has 37,500-acre thinning plan

The U.S. Forest Service is putting the finishing touches on a massive, 37,500-acre thinning plan all the way from Tonto Creek to Star Valley.

Holiday shop opens at Senior Center 

Recycling is all the rage these days, but it is nothing new.

Students hear footsteps while building haunted house

A group of Payson High School haunted house actors experienced some real life paranormal activity in the Oxbow Saloon days before hundreds of Halloween goers attended their show.

Evans on state reform panel

Chronic state budget stalemate stalls governor-appointed panel’s start of work on overhauling tax structure, local government relations

A 16-member blue ribbon panel that includes Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has six months to suggest creative ways to overhaul state and local government financing.

Federal government bent on making United States a nonentity

Some fedgov techniques for reducing the U.S. to a nonentity satisfactory to the world’s idle rich and socialist, Marxist, Ayatollah, petty dictator and tyrant rulers:

Save the bridge from legislature

Here’s one working definition of crazy: Make the same stupid mistake over and over again, convinced next time it’ll be different.

Community Almanac

United Blood Services will sponsor a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the old Payson High School gym, 514 W. Wade Lane.

Threats, hitting officers lead to charges against man

A former Rim Country Middle School teacher who pleaded not guilty to threatening the school’s principal and then resisting arrest appeared in court Monday.

Approval of drainage studies on SV agenda

Star Valley has water on the brain. No, not the kind you drink, but the stuff that roars through the streambeds nearly every year, eroding roads and yards.

Prescribed burns near Pine, Washington Park producing heavy smoke

A prescribed fire of 1,000 acres west of Whispering Pines off Control Road 64 in the Verde Glen and Washington Park areas is currently kicking up a ton of smoke.

Payson airport lease underscores control

Let’s just be clear guys —Payson owns everything.

Youth hunts are chance to learn and more

Recent youth hunts around Arizona turned into successful outings, according to Roundup columnist Dennis Pirch in his Oct. 30 outdoors column.

Rim clubhouse closes up for winter, staff laid off

Rim Golf Club members can no longer sit down to a hot meal after a rousing game of golf after the main clubhouse was closed Sunday due to budget concerns.

Payson ponders support for massive copper mine

Apaches, environmentalists oppose $11 billion mine near Superior, which could satisfy 20 percent of nation’s

A foreign mining company wants to drill an $11 billion copper mine next to Superior — and maybe trash some beautiful scenery in the process. Should Payson care?

Knowledge can reduce real estate stress

In the 1998 Jobs Related Almanac published by Barricade Books a statistic was provided that real estate sales professionals fall into the same stress category as an air traffic controller, police officer, or an NCAA basketball coach.

School Briefs

Hardworking students who earn As at the Pine Strawberry School receive a Principal’s List Certificate, a lapel pin and an “excellence in honor” medal for their outstanding academic achievement.

Former PHS student earns national FFA degree

Doug Marks from Payson, received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Payson High ag teacher honored by FFA

Wendell Stevens given Honorary American FFA teacher award

Indianapolis — Wendell Stevens of Payson was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree Teacher Award.

Judy Roberts will perform in jazz concert Sunday

Judy Roberts will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson.

Remembering Jack

Thanks, Max Foster, for getting it exactly right in your Oct. 20 column recalling Jack Myers, longtime general manager of the Roundup. For all his famous grumpiness, Jack was an unofficial ambassador for the Rim Country.

Health care reform needed to ensure care isn’t just for the privileged

I am writing as an RN with 27 years experience as a floor nurse at the bedside for intensive care neonatal units, acute physical rehab and pediatrics. I am writing from the perspective of a nurse dealing with emergency admits, tight nursing budgets, short staffing.

The public option is not difficult to understand

So what is it that people don’t understand about the public option for medical insurance?

Thanks to all who helped with fund-raiser

Thank you to all of the great supporters of Arizona Heritage Research Foundation (AHRF). Our fund-raising dinner on Oct. 16 at the Mazatzal Casino was a success because of all who attended or helped in any way.

Monday, November 2

Tonto National Forest fire officials plan prescribed fires near Whispering Pines and Pine this week

More prescribed burns are planned near Whispering Pines and Pine starting Monday.