Friday, November 27
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.
There has not been much buzz about the roundabout in awhile. Apparently, the unique traffic control system has lost its chatter factor.
Ashlyund Whetstone, Jackson Lloyd, Hunter Reynolds, Zacharia Messenger and Christopher Menghini offer up a choreographed Thanksgiving song at Payson Elementary School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Granted, it’s the day after Thanksgiving.
When many us wake up on Friday morning, our bellies will be full of turkey and pie and our minds good cheer.
The Julia Randall Elementary School PTO just finished up their annual Cookie Dough Fund-raiser.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
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.
The naming of a pair of sophomore soccer standouts to the East All-Region team unveiled a bright future for the Longhorn program.
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.
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.
Karlie Andren adjusts her paper hat at Payson Elementary School’s Thanksgiving feast.
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.
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.
DJ'S MUSIC TRIVIA
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 celebrated the new location of ReStore in the McDonald’s shopping center.
On Nov. 3 the artists from East Verde Estates celebrated with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony.
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
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.
Police say an armed suspect robbed the Compass Bank at 613 S. Beeline Highway Wednesday.
The Payson Care Center is committed to care, community and whatever it takes to make dreams come true.
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.
You can have a roaring good Christmas with a purchase from Rim Country Power Sports.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.*
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.
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.
The crew at Anderson Dental Group want to wish all their patients and friends a happy holiday.
Payson Jewelers offers the best in fine jewelry, and specializes in diamonds from Belgium at diamond-direct prices.
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.
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.
Rim Country Lanes of Payson is the perfect place to take a break from the holiday rush and crush and just have some fun.
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.
If you want to be in the center of Payson, then you need to think about leasing space at the Twin Pines Shopping Center.
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino are bringing Rim Country residents and visitors Magic in the Mountains for the holiday season.
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.
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
Mystery deficit numbers finally materialize
Long-awaited budget projections for Gila Community College were released Thursday night, ending months of playing guess the deficit.
Tickets for the sixth annual Elks Community Thanksgiving Dinner are limited, so those interested in attending should hurry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a great time in the old town last night.
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.
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.
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.
You. This town. The food drive bins.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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, born Aug. 6, 1968, died Nov. 12, 2009.
Jeanette Ann Groshelle, known as Jean to family and friends, died Nov. 19, 2009.
Melissa Ann Clark, born Aug. 6, 1968, died Nov. 12, 2009.
Gwynnal “Gwyn” Thompson, born Nov. 22, 1930, died Nov. 18, 2009.
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.
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.
How many of us have done exactly what we wanted do in this world? Whether it is through career, family or spiritual means.
I would never write “I told you so,” especially when it comes to Arizona State University Sun Devil football.
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.
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 High School fans are scratching their noggins wondering what to expect from the newest edition of the Longhorn boys basketball team.
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 — 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.
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.
Bill Reeder sits on a stool, surrounded by 5,000 pairs of socks and just smiles.
Hear from lawyer, author, real estate developer and former elected official Grady Gammage Jr. at the next Business Buzz luncheon.
Friday, November 20
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.
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.
For low-income residents struggling to pay utility bills, help is available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Again, I am writing to you regarding the Pine-Strawberry Fire District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A gust of transparency has lifted the spirits of those fighting for information in the case of Gila Community College’s mysterious finances.
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.
Every year hundreds of motorists strike elk in the Rim Country, the majority on Highway 260, where elk migrate to get food and mate.
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.
Sixty-five years ago Smokey Bear was introduced to the American public as the symbol of fire prevention.
A task force appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer recommends adding $14 or $15 to annual vehicle registrations to help sustain Arizona State Parks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next Thursday, for the sixth consecutive year, the good folks at the Elks Lodge in Payson will be hosting the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
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.
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.
A trio of Lady Longhorn standouts have been chosen for the 3A East All-Region team by a voting of coaches.
Coach Mike Conway swells with pride as he recalls his team’s recently completed championship season.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Arizona State University’s mascot, Sparky, proved he had a lot more to offer than good dance moves Friday.
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.
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.
Most Star Valley residents get their water from a well, flush their toilets into to a septic system and have never tested their groundwater.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It could be a short Star Valley council meeting Tuesday night with only one agenda item.
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.
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.
More than 1,500 people went through the exhibition hall at the Mazatzal Casino during the weekend’s quilt show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been a high school sports fan since 1989, when I moved to Payson.
From what and when an inmate eats to where they sleep, standards and guidelines regulate almost everything in Arizona’s jails.
In a previous career, I owned an insurance agency.
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.
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.
With the first two rounds of the 2009 AIA 3A state football championship tournament in the record books, two gridiron particulars turn glaringly obvious.
The holiday season, a time of year when many Arizonans give back to their communities is fast approaching.
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.
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 www.azgfd.gov/draw or by calling (602) 942-3000 (option 2).
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.
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.
Will they eat sushi on top of Mt. Fuji?
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.
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.
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.
The Pine Strawberry Business Community will hosts its first Festival of Lights.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you still have many years to go until retirement, you may not consider drawing up an estate plan to be a high priority.
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 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.
This is the time of year when we take time to give thanks.
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.
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.
In the town of Payson lives a boy of the same name who loves football.
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.
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.
Ah, to live in Lake Wobegon — where all the children are above average.
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.
Thank you Ann Kirkpatrick so much for voting on the bill that will allow my wife to get health insurance.
We just got home from making two trips by the cemetery and there are no flags on the veterans’ graves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mr. President are you listening? The message from the voters is: Change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Payson Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law.
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 recently received a half million worth of new equipment and money through federal grants.
Wednesday, November 11
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to The Rim Review’s new column, “On the House” with the Carey Bros.
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.
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.
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.
Pending favorable conditions, fire managers are planning a prescribed burn four miles south of the Blue Ridge Reservoir.
Tuesday, November 10
Our Congressional Representative Ann Kirkpatrick voted for the health care bill on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Is Payson spending too much time and effort tying to upgrade Main Street?
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.
Let me see if I understand the realities of our present health care situation in this country.
Analyzing our glorious leaders can easily be done by three methods:
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.
Let us give thanks for all the things we take for granted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You better watch out. You better not cry. I’m telling you why.
The Payson town manager and town attorney have both lost a little job protection on a split vote of the council.
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.
The largest outpatient imaging provider in Arizona has expanded to Payson.
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.
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.
The Payson Men’s Golf Association closed out its 2009 season with a Turkey Shoot Tournament Nov. 4.
I love kids of all ages and want to make a positive difference in their lives.
The Lady Longhorns’ participation in the state volleyball tournament was brief, but coach Arnold Stonebrink is still proud of the effort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As being recently terminated by the Pine Strawberry Fire Board, I agree 100 percent with the previous letter written by Jessica Barnett.
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.
Hunting season is upon us; time to set your target for the Medicare prescription drug plan that’s best for you.
Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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.
Board members urge higher standards, but agree to wait another year
Debate surrounds state money meant to compensate teachers for performance.
Saturday, November 7
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.
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
Brag about the Rim Country in a big way this gift-giving season.
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.
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.
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.
After Donna Davis’ son was injured serving in Baghdad, he needed special treatment for his traumatic brain injury upon returning to the states.
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.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, people from around Payson will brainstorm on ways to address the needs of local homeless students.
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.
Payson Unified School District has chosen the Phoenix-based Kennedy Partners LLC to lead its solar-powered energy project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you going to be in the headlights?
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.
This is why it’s so hard to understand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Refugees from the recession, the family of four wound up in Payson with no jobs, no money and no food.
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.
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.
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.
The rifle deer season in Arizona has started in most units with numerous hunts that are a week in duration.
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.
Hello again, fellow Creekers (no offense to those folks with older floor boards).
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.
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.
Freedom is not free.
Most days, they line up at the doors of Rim Country food banks.
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.
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.
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.
In an uncertain economy, it’s natural for people to tighten their belts by cutting down on their spending.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recycling is all the rage these days, but it is nothing new.
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.
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.
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:
Here’s one working definition of crazy: Make the same stupid mistake over and over again, convinced next time it’ll be different.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s just be clear guys —Payson owns everything.
Recent youth hunts around Arizona turned into successful outings, according to Roundup columnist Dennis Pirch in his Oct. 30 outdoors column.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Doug Marks from Payson, received the American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 24.
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 at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson.
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.
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.
So what is it that people don’t understand about the public option for medical insurance?
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
More prescribed burns are planned near Whispering Pines and Pine starting Monday.