Stories for October 2009


Saturday, October 31

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Early Halloween party a huge success

Hello again fellow Creekers (no offense to some of the older folks).

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Cougars Slash Longhorns

The Payson longhorns dropped a hard fought 35- 17 loss to the Show Low Cougars Friday evening in Payson High School Stadium.

Fishing Report

he full moon is Nov. 2, so it will be almost full for spook night, so don’t expect to go trick-or-treat fishing for crappie or stripers at night using submersible lights or you’ll likely end up haunting an empty bag.

Friday, October 30

GCC records releasable by electronic methods

Facing a tax levy election in a down economy, Gila Community College board chairman Bob Ashford has reversed the college’s ban on releasing electronic records.

Town budget takes a hit

State warns town may lose $500,000 as income tax receipts shrink

So Payson’s budget gets in this bar fight. And now it’s laying there in the mud and the blood and the beer — kind of groggy and trying to rub the blood out of its eyes, but thinking the worst is over.

Smart financial moves for empty nesters to consider

If you have children graduating from college this year, you’re probably excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for them. But once your last child leaves home, and you become an empty nester, you may also find some good opportunities to improve your financial situation.

Win might send Longhorns back to state

The Payson Longhorn football team is struggling along with a 1-3 East Region record and 3-6 overall.

Former Horns’ rodeo champ doing well at college level

While some small town athletes have trouble adjusting to the demands of college life, Trevor Haught doesn’t appear to be one of them.

‘Broadway’ performance outstanding

I hope that you did not miss the performance of the “Best of Broadway Show Tunes” last Thursday evening, Oct. 22. The performance was held at the Payson High School auditorium and the performers played to a full house. The singers were outstanding, as well as the 18-piece orchestra.

Dust, ash covers cars after brief rain

Car washes got an unexpected boost in business Wednesday after a brief rainfall Tuesday night covered vehicles with a fine dusting of white dots.

Legislature ‘robbed’ dying state parks

Morrison Institute study on plight of system lauds Payson, concludes some parks “might not survive”

Inadequate, inconsistent state funding has “robbed” state parks and threatens their survival without a change in management and new sources of funding, concluded the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Artist uses texture, light to make blank canvas come alive

An Oriental patterned carpet lies underneath the Battle of the Little Bighorn painting in progress in William Ahrendt’s studio, but not a speck of paint has fallen on it. Ahrendt has placed a smaller, much less expensive rug directly under the canvas to catch wayward paint drops, but no visible paint has fallen on that rug either.

Just about time to do ‘Frankenstein Twist’

The bewitching hour is near! This Saturday, little ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be scouring our neighborhoods in search of Halloween treats — and maybe even leaving behind a trick or two. It’s a crazy time of the year, isn’t it?

Police seeking information about robbery

Police are releasing few new details about an armored bank vehicle that was robbed Friday night by a group of armed individuals.

Star Valley calms the waters with Payson

Sensing the community had concerns and questions on the state of the town’s water supply, the Star Valley Town Council opened its doors Tuesday night and braced for a storm of residents.

Fall Festival, Trunk or Treat this weekend

If you missed the Chili Cook-off Challenge you missed some great food.

Cross Country teams seeking East regional championship

Uncertainty is the only certainty facing the Payson High School cross country teams when they travel today, Oct. 30, to Whiteriver for the 3A East regional championships.

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PHS cyclist earns national title

Daniel Conley part Mountain Bike National Champion junior relay team

Crown Payson High School junior Daniel Conley the national champion he’s always strived to be.

New approach on SV water welcomed

Star Valley just had a very calm, reasonable, informative and far-sighted meeting to discuss water. And Payson and Star Valley mayors were recently spotted sitting together at the same table exchanging pleasantries.

Lady Longhorns take on Desert Christian at state

While the Payson High School boys soccer team failed to earn a berth into the state tournament, the girls will be advancing as the East Region’s No. 4 seed.

Rifle deer hunts are longstanding tradition among families

The month of October means the beginning of all those rifle deer hunts in various units throughout the state.

Meet some members of the Lonely Hearts Club

The Lonely Hearts Club — This group of animals are those who have been with us for longer than six months. You will see by their bios that their long stays really are no fault of their own. They are all good guys who were brought into this life by irresponsible pet owners who offered little or no stability, let alone training and tender loving care. We have given all these to them in large doses, and they have grown into beautiful animals.

Construction worker puts down hammer and picks up tongs

After the construction business took a tumble, one business owner decided to open his own hot dog stand for extra income

When Mark Scott’s construction business hit the skids along with the economy, he did what any business person would do — he opened a hot dog stand.

Hairlines Studio

Sometimes good things come in little packages. Although Hairlines Studio, at 408 W. Main St., is small, it is packed with big talent.

Payson Glass starts fund-raiser

With the Payson Unified School District facing a bleak budget future, Payson Glass recently decided to start a fund-raiser to give back to the district.

Did TAB get stabbed? Traffic board’s new rules

What’s in a name? Commission now a town council advisory board

Not STAB. Now it’s TAB. But did the TAB get stabbed?

Homeless student numbers growing

Some live in the forest, stepping on the school bus as it stops by Houston Mesa Campground. Others sleep on friends’ couches, but have no bed of their own.

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Get spooked, but stay safe

There are a number of different ways to get spooked this Halloween night.

Woodman, spare that snag

Study offers surprising finding that dead trees benefit wildlife, and don’t increase the severity of wildfire

The Dude Fire swept through the forest, leaving a bristling landscape of charred matchsticks. Cut them all down?

Red Cross to hold wilderness first aid certification course

The American Red Cross will hold a wilderness first aid certification course Nov. 7-8 in Payson from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Capitol Christmas Tree will make a stop in the Rim Country

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is making a stop in Payson from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Annual community health fair scheduled for Nov. 7

The 11th annual Community Health and Care Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Payson High School gym off Longhorn Drive.

Payson High students earn achievement honors

Six students at Payson High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on advanced placement exams.

Budget cuts and Pine Strawberry School: What does it mean to us?

Alexis Bechman’s Oct. 20 Roundup article entitled “Schools told to expect 10-15 percent cuts” generated a flurry of questions from the folks living in the Pine Strawberry community. The most prominent question asked was, “How is the school going to be affected?”

Thanks to all who took part in the walk

On behalf of our local Conference ( St. Philip the Apostle) of “The Society of St. Vincent de Paul” we wish to thank Mayor Kenny Evans, his office staff, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup, the Gazette, local businesses, churches, and the many citizens in our community who supported The Friends of the Poor Walk to focus attention on the need for compassion and assistance for those in our community suffering economic hardship.

Not the PE teacher

In reference to the letter to the editor written on Oct. 23, the Randy Wilcox that submitted the letter is not same Randy Wilcox that is the longtime Rim Country Middle School physical education teacher.

Some doctors practice bad medicine

I cannot let Senator Kyl’s comments about the so-called “tort reform” issue go unanswered. The senator is obviously spouting the propaganda from the insurance industry which has been attacking trial lawyers who represent the injured, maimed and survivors as a result of very bad medicine practiced by a very few doctors.

Bringing fiscal discipline back to Washington

By the time you read this, our national debt may have already reached an unprecedented milestone. We are on the verge of owing more than $12 trillion for the first time in American history. That’s almost $39,000 for every man, woman and child in this country, and we are falling deeper and deeper in debt each day.

Community Almanac

The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), is sponsoring an indoor yard sale in the church fellowship hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. All proceeds go to missions and charities of the church.

Pastor determined to rebuild church after fire

The first time someone set the Payson Living Word Church on fire, it destroyed half of the building. The second time someone set the church on fire, it burned to the ground, leaving little behind but a pile of dust.

Habitat for Humanity to hold Phase II dedication

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) will hold its Dedication of Phase II of Longhorn Village, from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8.

Mack: Citizens need to demand that states reclaim authority

A former sheriff of Graham County proposed radical reform at a recent Tea Party dinner, saying sheriffs have the ultimate law authority to defend citizens from enemies, including the federal government.

For the love of chili

Cook-off was benefit for Pine Senior Center

In the world of chili cook-offs, some win, some lose, and some just eat a good lunch. At the recent Chili Cook-off Challenge in Pine, which raised money for the senior center, hoards of people paid $3 for little plastic cups to sample the goods stuffed under the ramada.

Sometimes you just can’t win

Ever had the feeling that you were shoveling you-know-what against the tide? I’ve had that feeling a few times, but whenever I run into a situation where I begin to wonder if there’s any justice in this crazy world I think back to a story told by one of my favorite people — Winston Churchill.

Wednesday, October 28

Dealing with a chronic illness

Women still spend more time than their male counterparts on caring for families and managing household activities. Because of this, women often put others’ needs ahead of their own health and well-being.

Make an advance care plan for control of health

Later in life or when faced with a serious illness, we face a variety of health issues and might not be able to care for ourselves like we want. Making an advance care plan can ease worries for you and your family about what might happen to you if you are unable to make decisions about your own care.

Three reasons you need a will

If you’ve been paying attention to celebrity news, you’ve probably noticed several cases where courts are tied up with relatives and lawyers fighting over estates, children and money. One reason these cases take time — and money — to be resolved is because of the absence of an updated will.

Helping a loved one deal with hearing loss

Does someone you love often ask you to repeat what you’re saying? If so, you may not be doing your loved one a favor by repeating what you just said.

Minimize Rim winter’s impact on arthritis pain

You’re not just imagining it: you really can feel winter’s chill in your bones — especially if you’re among the 45 million Americans who have arthritis. Coping with this often debilitating disease can be even more challenging when the weather turns cold, making joints feel even more stiff and painful.

Anderson Dental Group still serving Rim Country residents

Anderson Dental Group, 712 N. Beeline Highway, has been serving the residents of the Rim Country since 1971. When it opened its doors, it was the first full-time dental office in Payson.

Senior volunteers vital to community

Look anywhere in the nonprofit world these days and you’re likely to find an older adult volunteering his or her expertise in new ways. From the board room to the building site, organizations are putting those 50 and older to work to meet a rising demand for charitable services. In the process, members of the most experienced active generation are discovering the possibilities of giving back on their own terms.

Join the bird-feeding frenzy this fall

Fall is the traditional beginning of the classic start for the yearlong season of bird feeding. More people feed birds than watch football, baseball or any other sport, or participate in any other outdoor activity. That’s right — bird feeding is in. More than 65 million Americans are doing it, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Medicare open enrollment starts Nov. 15

Of the more than 45 million people relying on Medicare for health care coverage, many may be paying for a plan that doesn’t meet their needs or is too expensive. However, Medicare annual enrollment, which starts Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31, offers anyone with Medicare the opportunity to switch plans so that they’re getting the most from their coverage.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Payson Regional Senior Circle is part of a national, nonprofit organization committed to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and older. When you join Senior Circle for just $15, your annual membership offers a generous selection of valuable discounts, activities and events, exercise and wellness classes, a chapter newsletter and national publication subscription, in-hospital privileges, reciprocal privileges and much more.

Welcome to the 2009 Senior Review

If you are not a senior adult yet you probably know someone who is. The Rim Country is home to many retirees, some lucky enough to have grown old here, others who are more recent arrivals.

Active retirement is key to health, happiness

Retired 80-year-olds can often have double the social interaction of their 50-year-old counterparts. This supports research that happiness increases with age because social interaction stimulates your brain to release “feel good” chemicals like norepinephrine, which leads to contentment.

Finding financial guidance in crisis

Job loss, divorce, death of a spouse, serious illness or disability — it’s hard to imagine experiencing a major life crisis. Unfortunately, most of us will at some point in our lives.

Senior Center’s new director excited about job

More than a quarter of a century in corporate finance and years of dedicated volunteer service make Joanne Conlin a great fit for any nonprofit. The Payson Senior Center is the lucky recipient of Conlin’s expertise. She became the Center’s direct Sept. 14.

Community Health & Care Fair is Nov. 7

Rim Country residents, from senior citizens to infants, can get a jump on good health for the coming winter at the 11th annual Community Health & Care Fair. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 7 at the “old gym” at Payson High School.

Tuesday, October 27

Alchesay demolished by Horns

Something had to give Friday evening when cellar dwellers Payson and Alchesay collided in an East region Senior Night football game played in Whiteriver.

Girls soccer team is going to state

It’ll be Deja vu all over again when Tucson Desert Christian and the Lady Longhorns clash Oct. 30 in a girls soccer state first-round game at Tempe Sports Complex.

College wants equal standing with EAC

A new action plan that Gila Community College board member Tom Loeffler presented to board members last week represented one of the school’s first tangible steps to break free from serfdom.

Community Almanac

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing. Blue-tagged garments will be 50 percent off the marked price; yellow tags, 25 percent off and orange tags, 25 cents per garment.

Let our representatives know we won’t tolerate support for government-run health care

It’s time for us to form a new citizen militia. With the impending legislation that is being formatted right now, by Obama, his Democratic leadership in Congress, and supported by the mainstream media ... it’s time we as the informed citizenry of this country, take up pen and paper, the telephone, and our computer keyboards, and go to work.

Lady Horns head to regional tourney this weekend

The Lady Longhorns ride a rather lofty No. 2 seed into the East region tournament to be contested Oct. 31 in the Round Valley High School Dome in Eagar.

Payson teen awes shooting expert

Move over, Annie Oakley; make way for 16-year-old Savannah Flores.

Students learning to write at an early age

One is soft and cuddly the other loyal and fun. It’s the age old questions: what makes a better pet, a dog or a cat? Ask any third-grader in Judy Hunter’s class at Pine Strawberry Elementary School and you are bound to hear some rather strong opinions.

Feature Teacher

I don’t think I had a favorite teacher. I liked school, and I especially liked literature. I remember a teacher named Mrs. Line who had us memorize a few lines from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Old English. I can still recite them.

New owners of Cardo’s adding to menu, happy hour

After taking over ownership of Cardo’s Italian Restaurant in early August, new owners Joni and Craig Dalton have started to make changes.

When selling, first impressions are lasting impressions

What value does aesthetic landscaping add to a home?

Bachelor Fire contained by firefighters

A human-caused fire that burned its way into Colcord Canyon, consuming 850 acres of both the Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto national forests was contained during the weekend.

Little Green Valley widening project to start this week

Just as soon as you thought you wouldn’t have to wait in construction as the Payson to Pine project nears completion, the Arizona Department of Transportation announces they are beginning the Little Green Valley widening project.

Little League electing 2010 officers

Former Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson, now head coach at Dakota State University, admits he’s disappointed by the decisions of a former Longhorn star, another from Blue Ridge and a third from Chino Valley, to quit the DSU team after originally committing to play for the university.

Amidst mystery deficit, questions arise

The checkbook scramble begins.

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Dual sport, dual personality

Ever feel like you have a dual personality? One part of you wants to go this way and another part of you wants to go that way at the same time and you just can’t seem to make up your mind? Not that you are conflicted or anything, it’s just that you like going this way and that way, but have a hard time deciding which way to go today.

Bike rider commends Payson motorists

My wife and I visited Payson to do some bicycle riding this past weekend. I would like to highly commend your city’s motorists. They were very courteous of us as we rode. I noticed that they gave us more than enough room and followed us, rather than trying to speed up ahead of us.

Legislation to help bring down health care costs

A goal shared by everyone in Congress is making health care more affordable for Americans.

Forest off-road ban overdue

Gentlemen, start your engines. Let the furor begin.

Rim Country full of Halloween fun events

Halloween fun in the Rim Country begins Wednesday, Oct. 28 and continues on Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and the big day itself, Saturday, Oct. 31.

Sunrise picked to negotiate pipeline contract

Payson will enter into final negotiations with Sunrise Engineering to draw up the plans for the $30 million Blue Ridge pipeline, under the terms of an agreement approved last week by the Payson Town Council.

School support group seeking help

Widespread rumors are untrue that the booster organization that has raised thousands of dollars and generated untold support for Payson School District extracurricular activities is folding.

Armored bank vehicle robbed on Beeline

An armored bank vehicle from the Valley was robbed Friday night by a group of armed individuals, police said.

Twilight tour of Cline Terrace Platform Mound is Saturday

What’s the perfect way to end your day? Come join park rangers for a twilight tour of Cline Terrace Platform Mound and enjoy its fascinating cultural history.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will be open five days a week

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will begin a five days a week schedule, instead of the current three days, beginning Nov. 15.

Tonto plan to impose ban on off-road travel

ORVs would have to stay on thousands of miles of dirt roads and trails

The Tonto National Forest took a deep breath, braced for the worst, and this week announced a plan to ban off-road travel throughout the nation’s most Jeeped, dirt-biked, hot-dogged, and scarred national forest.

Saturday, October 24

Arizona Department of Transportation Rim Country Update

State Route 87 Safety Improvements Payson to Pine SR 260 Little Green Valley Widening

Arizona Department of Transportation Rim Country Update State Route 87 Safety Improvements Payson to Pine SR 260 Little Green Valley Widening

Longhorns thrash Falcons

Senior Night in Whiteriver didn’t turn out to be much of a treat.

Friday, October 23

PRMC restricting visitor contact with patients

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses to patients, Payson Regional Medical Center is asking visits to be limited.

Country duo calls it quits

I can’t believe it! Country music is losing its legendary ampersand.

Running Horns at Holbrook

Willie Nelson’s country and western hit song, “On the Road Again” could easily serve as the Payson High School cross country team’s theme song.

We must look out for the overlooked

Finally, the great recession has yielded some good news for beleaguered Rim Country residents girding for their winter heating bills.

Not guilty plea lodged in SV town manager assault case

It started out innocently enough. Star Valley Town Manager Tim Grier attended a cracker-barrel discussion put on by the former mayor to hear citizens’ concerns.

Top quilters, terrific quilts come to Rim Country

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

Networks help connect families

Have you ever sat down at the computer to catch up on the news only to hear your kids complain that they need to check Facebook? Or discovered that you can’t e-mail your sister because your teenage daughter is finishing a term paper? A network is a great solution for homes that need multiple computers. A network will allow you to maintain multiple computers that can share files, a printer, and even an Internet connection.

County wants to avoid state cuts

The fewer times state lawmakers hear the words “Gila County,” the fewer chances arise for them to cut its funding, Deputy County Manager John Nelson told supervisors Tuesday.

TRN reduces feral cat population

Payson Friends of Ferals is an arm of HSCAZ which was brought together to help humanely reduce the numbers of unwanted free-roaming cats in our community. In the five years since we started the program, we have, through the generosity of donations and grants, spayed and neutered almost 2,000 cats.

Crazy for color

Seeking fall’s chromatic clues to happiness and balling babies

So I’m just sitting here on the banks of the East Verde, my brain sparking from a contact high with yellow.

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Yard work hours help community

Wow! The pine needles falling fast! My hubby and I are raking up the needles and the pine cones almost every day! The wind that we have been experiencing does not help!

A weekend of celebrations in Christopher Creek

The Creekside Restaurant is sponsoring the second annual Oktoberfest Celebration. It starts at noon, tomorrow (Oct. 24) in front of the restaurant.

Many interesting things to do in Pine, Strawberry

You don’t have to head to Flagstaff or the White Mountains to see beautiful fall colors. The drive between Payson and Strawberry offers some absolutely beautiful scenery. All along the East Verde River, Pine and Fossil Creek Road are bursting with brilliant shades of yellow and red — but you’d better hurry, because many spots are starting to fade to more muted oranges and browns, so it won’t be long before the leaves drop and winter creeps in. For now though we are enjoying a few more days of sunny, relatively warm weather.

It is all about pride for Longhorns

Pride will be the only thing at stake when the Alchesay Falcons and Payson Longhorns clash at 7 p.m. this evening in Whiteriver.

Former PHS student hosts charity golf tournament

As one of Cable Morris’ former teachers and coaches, I came to believe he was more interested in playing football than academics.

Karen Peterson is PWGA champ for the third time

Karen Peterson has three-peated as the Payson Women’s Golf Association Club Champion.

Late October is great time to get outdoors and take a hike

There are so many outdoor activities other than fishing and hunting that can be enjoyed in the Rim Country during the fall. Kathy and I make it an annual event to enjoy the autumn colors in a couple of our favorite canyons under the Mogollon Rim.

Fall wilding permits for Coconino National Forest available Friday

Wilding permits, which authorize collecting live plants and trees from national forest lands for personal use, will be available starting Friday, Oct. 23 on the Peaks District of the Coconino National Forest.

Drama students hope to perform for statewide audience

Kathy Siler of Payson High School’s drama department hopes students win the chance to perform the “Three Musketeers” in front of 2,000 drama students and teachers statewide.

Are you neglecting your 403(b) plan?

Are you a teacher or employed by a non-profit organization?

Business Briefs

Rachel Pruet joins three other stylists at Shear Oasis Salon, which recently opened in the Swiss Village Shops.

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Church burns for second time

Star Valley fire called ‘highly suspicious’ by Hellsgate officials

Three months after a suspicious fire destroyed part of an empty church in Star Valley, another blaze broke out Saturday night, this time reducing the building to a pile of ash.

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Wildfires burn 700 acres

Three human-caused fires that have burned more than 700 acres in the Rim Country continued to burn Thursday as fire crews worked to reinforce containment lines and expel smaller fires.

SemStream to cut bills 21%

Company ordered to pay back $652,000 in overcharges starting next month

Home heating bills this winter should drop by 21 percent for customers of SemStream, thanks to a refund for a $652,000 overcharge that will show up on bills starting in November.

16-year-old student arrested for threatening messages

Turns out a 16-year-old student who wrote threatening messages in several Payson High School restrooms thought it was all a joke.

Gila college board seeks voters’ OK for tax levy

Despite lingering questions about the exact size of Gila Community College’s budget deficit, board members approved Thursday a tax levy ballot measure for a March election.

Payson gives back Main Street grant

A seven-year effort to spruce up Main Street came to an ignominious end Thursday when the Payson council voted unanimously to give back a $300,000 grant for lack of local matching funds.

Community Almanac

Register now through Monday, Oct. 26 for the next Dutch Oven Cooking class presented by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. The class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 for those 16 and older at Rumsey Park, Ramada 4. The cost is $30 per person.

Merchant Marines invade Payson

Payson has an astonishing number of Merchant Marine veterans. My last count was 22. We have a total of 16 World War II veterans, of which seven are deceased. The remaining six are post World War II veterans.

Where art thou?

I assume that most all of you Roundup readers realize what a big disaster our country is in and things don’t appear to be any better down the road, unless you want socialism.


I want to clarify that I am not the Ira that Ed Welge refers to in his letter to the editor that was in the Friday paper, dated Oct. 16.

Outpouring of compassion appreciated

We would like to thank the citizens of our great town of Payson for their outpouring of compassion in our time of grief after the death of our beloved granddaughter Kaitlyn (Kaitie) Gooch on Oct. 3, student of Rim Country Middle School.

Kerry-Boxer bill is bad for the country

While health care continues to dominate the national debate, climate change is not far behind.

Where are the promises?

I hope all the people who were conned into voting for Obama now realize what a scam artist he is. Where is the transparency in his administration? I’m not sure one can see it behind closed doors.

Looking under a helmet, Part II

I left off last time at the point where my buddy Vinny and I had just cleaned out seven high-ranking squadron NCOs in a poker game. Oops! Not true.

Report ranks Arizona ninth in reliance on sales taxes

Arizona ranks ninth nationally in its reliance on sales taxes to fund its state and local governments, according to a report by a nonpartisan tax research organization.

‘Miracles’ lead to marathon run

As a boy, Todd Poer wanted desperately to be an athlete. Despite horrid asthma, he tried out for track anyway. A quarter of the way around the track, Poer’s asthmatic fits forced him to stop.

U-Turn program offers men a new way of life

Everyone falls down in life sometimes. The men at U-Turn for Christ are picking themselves up from years of bad decisions.

Payson school district to hold inservice day Oct. 28

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day inservice day on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Airport’s $10 million plan ready to take off

State, federal officials give good review to Payson’s five-year plan to move taxiway, add hangars, terminal, restaurant

Payson got overall approval this week for its ambitious, $10 million, five-year plan to expand the airport — mostly with hoped-for federal money.

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Lady Horns lay claim to state play spot

Payson runs over Roadrunners 6-0

Although the 3A state championship tournament bracket has not yet been seeded, it appears the Lady Longhorns will be advancing to the big show as the East’s No. 4 seed.

Thursday, October 22

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Update on the Bachelor Fire

Forest Service officials say the Bachelor Fire, located south of Highway 260 and west of the Young Road, has grown in size due to burn outs conducted by fire crews.

Wednesday, October 21

‘Best of Broadway’ comes to Rim Country

Once again music fans in the Rim Country get to enjoy an evening of the “Best of Broadway Show Tunes” and benefit the Payson Institute of Learning, a 501c3 organization.

Country music star tribute show planned

The Payson Lions Charitable Foundations is bringing the Legends of Country Music to the Rim Country in November.

A great train to a great place

Recently, I was able to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Grand Canyon Railway, which operates daily round trips from Williams, Ariz. to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. There were bands playing at the depot prior to boarding, speeches delivered by the owners and local politicians and crowds watching the festivities. There was even a Wild West show, which featured an old-time shootout play, with the audience seated in bleachers taking in and photographing the action. The morning was bright and sunny. Soon, we heard a steam whistle and I glanced down the track and coming into the station was a steam engine pulling a 13-car silver streamliner. It slowed to a stop, the brakes were set and attendants put down the steps at the ends of each rail car to allow the passengers to board the train.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 29: Hollywood comes to Payson

Although Hollywood film crews had filmed Zane Grey stories on location around Payson in the early 1920s, the year 1927 brought a new rush of Hollywood excitement with the arrival of the MGM mascot, Leo the Lion.

Interstitial cystitis causes bladder pain

Do you consider toe-touches a good flexibility exercise?

Fall’s fire

The fire of fall is filled with scarlets and golds, bronzes and browns.

Fast fixes to help you fly this fall

Does the idea of a slow-cooked, comfort food dinner sound great — but there’s just no time to make it? With the help of the right ingredients, comfort and convenience really can go hand in hand.


Rim Country’s outstanding artists share works, stories

Maybe it’s the inspiration from the Mogollon Rim; the fresh air — some of the best anywhere it’s said; or the great stand of ponderosa pine in which we live — whatever “it” is, it has attracted outstanding artists for decades.

Russian dance group combines folk and modern works

The Payson High School auditorium will come alive to the inventive moves of Russian Seasons Dance Company in “A Celebration of World Dance” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29.

Tuesday, October 20

Firefighters do a great job

Our thanks and appreciation go out to the Payson Fire Department and Hellsgate Fire Department for the outstanding job they do in our area.

Students learning the art of making photographs

Most people agree that taking a good photographer is harder than it looks. Anyone can pick up a camera, point and shoot it, but it takes real skill and forethought to capture an image worthy of framing over the mantle.

Protecting copper supplies in Afghanistan conflicts with U.S. policy

An op ed column in the Oct. 7 New York Times by Mr. Robert Kaplan “Beijing’s Afghan Gamble” states, in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, American troops are providing security for a Chinese state-owned company to exploit the Aynak copper reserves, which are worth tens of billions of dollars.

Payson considers bids for Blue Ridge plans

Council Thursday may OK key step in building $30-million pipeline, with smaller communities still out in the cold

The Payson Town Council this week will likely take the next key step in planning the Blue Ridge pipeline, setting the clock running for smaller, water-starved communities along the route.

Two deaths among Gila County’s 33 H1N1 cases

Gila County has had 33 confirmed cases of swine flu and two deaths, county Emergency Management Director Dr. Matt Bolinger said Wednesday.

Check smoke alarms this month

October is such a robust month, fairly crackling with energy. Time to clean the closets and get warm clothes out; wash the windows; clean the yard; winterize the car. With cooler weather we can again make heartier meals and restock the pantry with baking supplies. What could be better than the aroma of homemade bread fresh from the oven?

Committee formed to fight home rule spending limitation

Two Payson council members seek volunteers to ‘educate’ voters on impact of cutting town’s spending limit from $57 million to $14 million

Will Payson voters decide to “shut down” town government come spring?

Bell ringers needed by Salvation Army for the holidays

Through the power of a jingle and a smile, every year Salvation Army bell ringers collect donations outside of stores for the less fortunate.

Tractor-trailer goes off 10-foot embankment on Hwy. 87 Monday morning

A tractor-trailer driver inadvertently drove off a 10-foot embankment on Highway 87 Monday morning after reaching for a drink.

Community Almanac

The Library Friends of Payson will feature a guest from the Arizona Humanities Council “Roads Scholars” Speakers Bureau at the next meeting.


Breezy conditions made catching trout a little difficult at times, but the autumn colors were in prime time in the White Mountains this past weekend so anglers weren’t complaining any — the scenery was so spectacular that catching lots of fish was secondary.

Payson incumbents expected to run

Former town manager may run, but former mayor Bob Edwards says he will sit this election out

All the Payson Town Council incumbents are expected to seek re-election, which so far has deterred potential challengers.

Mud Springs subdivision may lurch one step forward if Payson council approves

It ain’t much. But they say beggars can’t be choosers.

Schools told to expect 10-15% cuts

Amid a $1.5-billion state deficit, school districts across the state should start making plans now to cut their 2010 budgets by at least 10 to 15 percent.

Russian dance group coming

The Payson High School auditorium will come alive to the inventive moves of Russian Seasons Dance Company in “A Celebration of World Dance” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29.

PMGA to host Prescott CC

Jack Greenshield’s card of 65 and exceptional tee shot on No. 8 earned him an A flight first-place finish and closest to the pin prize money in an Oct. 14 Payson Men’s Golf Association individual low net tournament.

Remembering former Roundup GM Jack Myers

On a hallway wall in the Payson Roundup offices hang 11 Arizona Newspaper of the Year awards, two National Best Non-Daily newspaper citations, two World West Achievement Awards and a U. S. Department of Agriculture Award of Merit.

Colder weather brings campground closings

The cooler weather has arrived on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, and many of the campgrounds are closing due to freezing temperatures and lack of accessibility because most of the roads in the high country are not plowed. The following is a schedule for the status of the campgrounds.

Salon provides a tropical ‘Oasis’ for customers

Hoping to bring a little piece of the tropics to Payson is Shear Oasis Salon.

Brokers agree market is different everywhere

My wife and I recently attended a real estate brokers convention in Los Angeles.

SV mayor seeks to return for a full term

With the Star Valley-Payson relationship still in transition, it may take awhile before the two towns tackle controversial issues, like water. Nevertheless, Star Valley Mayor Bill Rappaport said he is excited to see the towns are beginning to communicate.

Design a shirt for Domestic Violence month

Payson Regional Healthy Woman and The Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network invite the public to show support for Domestic Violence Awareness with a “design a shirt” project. Each participant will tell a story for domestic violence awareness, using words and/or artwork to decorate a T-shirt.

Payson hopes to avoid home rule hanging

As the perhaps mythical Tom Dooley said right before they hung him: “This whole thing has sure been a lesson to me.”

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Playoff hopes growing dimmer with each loss

The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets showcased why they are unbeaten, state top-ranked and the favorite to win the 3A title in their 49-7 win over the Payson Longhorns Friday.

Gibson stepping down as Little League leader

Little League President Slade Gibson is stepping down while making a public plea for a committed volunteer to take over his duties.

Stalking the shape shifters

Wednesday class offers insight into the secret world of butterflies, moths

Jim Mouw lays traps for shape shifters. He stalks the creatures of the night. Then he drives home a slender stake and hides them away.

Payson advised to drop grant bid for Main St.

Sometimes you just have to backup several steps to go forward in the future.

Horns have rollercoaster ride in play at tourney

Lady Longhorn Volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is calling the team’s Oct. 17 appearance in the Fountain Hills tournament a rollercoaster ride, highlighted by the thrill of victory and lowlighted by the agony of defeat.

Three wildfires burning on Apache-Sitgreaves forests

Bachelor Fire is near Forest Road 9512E, Palomino Fire is near Woods Canyon

Three, possibly human caused, wildfires were started in the Black Mesa Ranger District this past weekend.

Tell elected officials how you feel about health care reform

The Senate Finance Committee recently approved Senator Max Baucus’ bill to reform the nation’s health care system.

Monday, October 19

Tentative prescribed fire plans for the week of Oct. 19

Pending favorable conditions, fire managers are planning prescribed fires in the following areas Oct. 19-23.

Saturday, October 17

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Yellow Jackets sting Longhorns

A pair of prep football teams bound in entirely different directions clashed Friday evening in Payson High School stadium.

Friday, October 16

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APS wants rate hike

Arizona Public Service customers should expect to see nearly a one percent increase in their rates by the year’s end. APS President and Chief Operating Officer Donald Robinson said the increase was needed for the company to keep up with rising fuel costs and capital improvement projects. The state’s largest utility supplier hopes the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), which sets rates for public utilities, will approve an increase in the company’s base rate of $265.5 million. This translates to a .9 percent increase per user. If it passes, customers could see an increase by December.

AG candidate kicks off election season

Veteran prosecutor Felecia Rotellini comes out swinging at likely Republican foes

Brace yourself. The season has started — not fall, elections.

Motivation helps students perform better on tests

At Rim Country Middle School, heading to the front of the lunch line can be a motivational experience.

Community Almanac

Come see the new Z-Coil shoes on sale Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Styles include sneakers, boots, clogs and much more.

When considering bonds, be aware of call risk

When you buy a bond, it’s yours until you sell it or it matures, right? Not always.

Cyber hygiene is ‘our shared responsibility’

Cyber hygiene? That’s not something you hear every day. But you might just be hearing it a bit more this month – October is officially “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” The Department of Homeland Security is encouraging computer owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and their computers from cyber-disasters.

Benefit golf tournament at Chaparral Pines

Non-members who’ve never had the opportunity to play the beautiful Chaparral Pines Golf Course, designed by Gary Panks, will have the chance Nov. 6 during the Community Chest Golf Tournament.

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Fall stampede is farewell event for coordinator

Charlene Hunt’s eight-year tenure as the Payson Event Center recreation coordinator ended Oct. 11 with the annual Cowboy Tri Fall Stampede.

Musical talent earns Payson teen magazine feature

Overtones, the magazine of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR), featured Payson High School junior Taylor Goss in its September/October 2009 issue.

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Octoberfest raises money for school and food bank

Not only was the Octoberfest at the Rimside Grill a lot of fun for those attending, but the event raised $800 for the Pine-Strawberry School and $200 for the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. With the budget cuts and poor economy, that is a tremendous boost to both organizations.

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Classic car show display attracts 50 vehicles

I know I promised that I wouldn’t speak too much about the 2009 Christopher Creek Car Show Classic in this article, but it was such an overwhelming success I am absolutely compelled to talk about it.

Johnny Cash once wondered ‘How high’s the water?’

n light of the torrential typhoon and heavy flooding a couple of weeks ago that lambasted the Philippines, many have asked me how my fiancee, Ann, is coping with the situation there in her homeland.

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Every little bit of rain is welcome

There was a bit of rain in the Village Monday evening, along with some lightning and thunder. There must have been one rain cloud that appeared over the Village and dumped the moisture.

Confronting the killer

Pink breast cancer balloons flew merrily overhead the supermarket checkout line where I wearily stood.

Surviving cancer

Women share their stories at support group meetings

Some found it in the shower. Others discovered it during an annual checkup. Still others cleared the traditional diagnostic tests, but were diagnosed with breast cancer through their own perseverance because something didn’t feel right.

Present turns into a passion for couple

The Johnsons 39 children play quietly in the back yard. Caroline Johnson says the kids can turn unruly, but she keeps clippers handy in case they veer out of control.

Payson Supply Line thanks community

Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan of the Payson Supply Line would like to thank the community for the incredible support they provided during the Swiss Village fund-raising event on Saturday, Sept. 12. Once again your generous donations helped us raise almost $1,300.00!

The great Pine Cleanup

On Oct. 3, a crew of 24 volunteers assisted in cleaning up the outside yards of nine elderly homeowners in Pine and Strawberry who are unable to take care of this on their own.

Thanks to Parks and Recreation Department for snake safe training

A big thank you to parks and rec for sponsoring the snake safe training last weekend. Seven, all hikers, participated.

Spread the love not the hate

As a very concerned citizen in Payson, I am shocked and angry that in my community there are still witch-hunts going on today.

Look under a helmet and you may find something you don’t expect

I don’t know how many times I’ve had someone who has never worn a uniform look at me and say, “Oh, you military people are all alike!”

Son of SV couple earns Bronze Star for Iraq service

Cmdr. Mitchell R. Conover was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Sept. 17 at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) for distinguished service while serving as Brigade Electronic Warfare (EW) Officer, 18th Combat Engineer Brigade, Iraq from May 31, 2008 to March 12, 2009 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Thief steals items from Big Brothers Big Sisters storage locker

After a thief made off with at least $700 in goods from a Big Brothers Big Sisters storage locker Wednesday, Robert Henley said he doesn’t know what they will use for upcoming events.

Supervisors turn down floodplain exemption

Homeowner says flood regulations put his new home up eight feet

Roger and Francie Phillips might need stilts to enter their new Tonto Basin home.

Threats, assaults lead to Star Valley man’s arrest

After reportedly threatening and assaulting a woman, a 49-year-old Star Valley man picked up a heap of other charges after he reportedly assaulted an officer and resisted arrest, police said.

Military News

Air Force Airman Michael B. O’Connor has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Entries wanted for APS Main Street Electric Light Parade

Halloween is two weeks away and most folks have started stocking up for Thanksgiving, but it’s time to get ready for Payson’s annual APS Main Street Electric Light Parade.

Young hunter gets trophy bull elk

The big-game seasons are upon us in the Rim Country and having an Arizona bull elk tag is like winning the lottery to those of us in the hunting fraternity.

No big expectations in Blue Ridge game

It would be difficult to find a small-town football fan who expects the outcome of tonight’s Blue Ridge vs. Payson football clash to be the same as last year when the Longhorns beat the Yellow Jackets twice, including a double overtime victory in the state championship game.

Cross country team travels to New Mexico

Beginning tomorrow, it will be old home week for Payson High School cross-country coach Jonathan Ball.

Business Briefs

Studio B recently added another stylist to its line of hairdressers. Elaina Kimbrell transferred to the Paul Mitchell focus salon, at 706 N. Beeline Highway, at the beginning of October, rounding out a group of four stylists/colorists.

Totally Tootsie — on her 1-year anniversary

The 14th of this month was Tootsie’s one-year anniversary here at HSCAZ. As you will see from everyone’s remarks, she is a favorite here. Not only because she has been here so long, but because of her fabulous personality.

High rise plans get bad review from panels

Citizen advisory group raises bee-sting swarm of questions about council’s plan to allow seven-story buildings

The Payson Council’s interest in seven-story buildings received some rough handling this week from the planning commission and design review board.

Board: time to prepare for banditos

School district considers assistant superintendent in case of catastrophe

Should banditos in Mexico kidnap Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien, the district could falter like a fallen criminal as he runs from the police, school board member Rory Huff worried at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Splurge of fall color defies deep drought

Sycamores flare but storms stay away as region slouches into the driest year in a century

Drought has clamped down hard on the throat of Rim Country — but that doesn’t mean the cottonwoods and sycamores can’t get all dressed up and throw a party.

Man pleads not guilty to sex charges, bond is $15,000

A 72-year-old Payson man indicted on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor pled not guilty Tuesday, Oct. 13, in an arraignment hearing held in Payson.

Help needed to locate missing bike

On Saturday, Oct. 10, a father and his son came into Hike, Bike and Run to purchase a BMX bicycle. I feel they had good intentions, but ultimately, they left my store without paying for the bicycle.

High rise debate asks what should Payson become

What should Payson become? Here’s one of our favorite clichés: That which does not kill you, makes you stronger.

Jinx is an honorable man

I take great issue with Mr. Ira of his judgment concerning Jinx Pyle.

Wednesday, October 14

Sofer has Hallmark Channel movie up next

I really like actress Rena Sofer. I started following her career when she was on the soap opera “General Hospital,” and I watched her on “24” and “Heroes.” What is she up to now?

‘Best of Broadway’ coming to town

Once again, music fans in the Rim Country get to enjoy an evening of the “Best of Broadway Show Tunes” and benefit the Payson Institute of Learning, a 501c3 organization.

California offers several ‘fun’ trains

If you read this column very often, you are aware that I am a dyed-in-the-wool rail fan. I have traveled hundreds of miles to ride on a particular train.

Zane Grey’s Octobers in Rim Country

October is the time when fall arrives. The time when colors change, providing a majestic array of beauty. October was also Zane Grey’s time in Rim Country. It’s the month when Grey most often visited here, enjoying the sounds of elk and the sight of the ever-changing colors around the Rim.


Mogollon Rendezvous roars into Rim Country

The highways, byways and back roads of Rim Country will rumble with the roar of motorcycles later this month. Dual sport adventure riders from around Arizona and across the country will gather Oct. 24-25 in Payson to participate in the Mogollon Rendezvous.

Quilts and quilters will be celebrated during 5th annual Roundup Nov. 12-15

The 5th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup features a quilt show with works from around the country, plus classes, a vendor mall and more. This year, the popular event will be presented Nov. 12-15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibit Hall.


With more cooks preparing meals at home, keeping dinner ideas fresh, easy and budget-wise can be a bit challenging at times. Jennifer Bushman, author of “The Kitchen Coach” cookbook series, knows this dilemma all too well.

Backyard birders invited to help with FeederWatch

What happens in the backyard should not stay in the backyard — at least when it comes to bird feeders.

Don’t miss PAL’s ARToberFEST Oct. 24-25

The Payson Art League invites the public to its annual Fall Show Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 26. The event is being held at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Center located on Highway 87 just south of Payson.

Triglyceride levels linked to artery hardening and heart disease

A sudden, unintended loss of 25 pounds demands an explanation. If your diabetes was out of control, that might explain it. All the same, you must report this to your doctor right away so a search for a cause can begin.

Benefit barbecue dinner

A $5 per plate barbecue beef dinner will be sold from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 outside the Payson Longhorn stadium before the game with Blue Ridge.

Electronics recycling event will take place Saturday

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials said that an electronics waste recycling event will be held Saturday morning, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Payson Event Center.

Tuesday, October 13

Roundup earns top non-daily award again

Peter Aleshire named Arizona’s top journalist

For the 11th year in a row, the Payson Roundup was named the best non-daily newspaper in the state by the Arizona Newspapers Association and for the first time, a Roundup reporter won the journalist of the year category.

Unemployment in Payson on the way down

Jobless rate drops to 8.1 percent from 8.4 percent

As the national unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, Rim Country’s numbers appear to have begun to inch downward.

JRE teacher nominated as state’s top teacher

With childhood obesity growing every year and 22 percent of third through eighth grade students already overweight in the Payson school district, physical fitness and education is more important than ever.

Payson parks offers plenty of programs for outdoor enthusiasts

A 3.1-mile fitness run beginning and finishing at Green Valley Park is set for Saturday, Nov. 21. The race will start at 9 a.m., with check-in at 8 a.m. Registration is from Oct. 13 to Nov. 2 for a T-shirt guarantee and a cost of $20. The entry fee from Nov. 3 on is $25 and there is no T-shirt guarantee for late registrants.

Sunday brunch at the Rim Club benefits Mount Cross building fund

The Rim Club will open to public for Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18.

Rim Country real estate shows boost in third quarter

The third quarter real estate statistics showed better sales results than the first and second quarter of this year.

Community Almanac

Join Penny Navis-Schmidt for a free introductory session of Qigong at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Club USA.

Therapist receives sports specialist certification

Scott Nossek of Payson Physical Therapy recently joined eight other physical therapists in Arizona certified in sports therapy.

Payson faces cuts if voters balk

Home rule vote on March ballot

The Payson Town Council got a glimpse of an apocalyptic budget future last week — and wound up pleading with distracted voters for their fiscal lives.

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Fire station bonds sale approved

The Payson Town Council has approved plans to sell $1.5 million in bonds to build a third fire station — a low-cost design that will have a big impact on the town payroll, but cut response times on the east side of town.

Big airport land buy still stalled

Cash-strapped Payson council delays first step in purchase of 13.5 acres into next year, hoping for revival of federal grants

Payson still wants to buy 13.5 acres of land swapped with the Forest Service alongside the expanding Payson Airport. Eventually. But, like, don’t hold your breath.

Congratulations to the Roundup

I would like to congratulate the Payson Roundup on the recent recognition received from the Arizona Newspapers Association. The paper’s record of consistent awards in its class is very noteworth

A team of seasoned pros, talented rookies

The Payson Roundup has a small but talented and dedicated staff. Some have been with us for many years, others just a few.

General McChrystal’s strategy for victory

In March, President Obama appointed a new general to develop a strategy to win in Afghanistan.

Statement clarified

I have recently received a phone call from CEO of PRMC, Chris Wolf, in which he clarified his statements to the Roundup.

Exciting news

Wow. It’s exciting, isn’t it? Our president, winning the Nobel Peace Prize and with less than a year in office.

Our Congress and their travel requests

Wacky requests at the congressional travel office are real tummy ticklers.

GCC to get $175,000 in stimulus funds

Gila Community College will soon receive its share of $9 million distributed to community colleges statewide.

College’s nursing program receives five-year approval

Gila Community College’s nursing program has received a five-year approval from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Assistant superintendent, program updates on school board agenda

An update on the Payson Unified School District’s new data-driven program to identify elementary school students who are falling behind is on the governing board’s agenda Tuesday.

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Club, community benefit from house numbers

Donations from painting house numbers help hike and ski club

After hitting a few moguls with an uncooperative spray gun, the Payson High School Hike and Ski Club was able to paint house numbers as part of a community service project Friday afternoon.

Jury convicts man on 11 counts of sexual conduct with children

A 47-year-old man was sentenced to 220 years in prison after a Gila County Superior Court jury found him guilty of 11 counts of sexual misconduct with his children.

Chamber Insider

From the Manager

It was 33.3 degrees this morning in Pine, I guess the monsoons are over. October is one of the best months in Rim Country. Leaves are turning, days and, especially, nights are cooler, and hunting season is on.

Chamber Briefs

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Shear Oasis Salon, 806 N. Beeline Highway, Suite C at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Sr. Circle hosts free seminar on Medicare

The Payson Regional Senior Circle will hold a special program on upcoming changes in government funding to Medicare Part C, which may impact 2010 choices.

Get SS benefit verification

It’s that time of year again, when people in many parts of the country feel a new chill in the air each morning.

Social Security can help disabled with financial assistance

Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the unfortunate reality is this: the chances that you will become disabled are probably far greater than you realize.

Individuals, business owners reinvent themselves

Robin Holt was forced to reinvent herself after a failed gamble left her unemployed. Meanwhile, Cindy and Andy Kofile’s bet of expanding their business left them with a royal flush, and great discounts during an economic downturn helped B.J. and Christine Bollier double their retail space.

Backyard birders invited to help with FeederWatch event

What happens in the backyard should not stay in the backyard — at least when it comes to bird feeders.

Annual quilt show is Nov. 12-15

The annual Rim Country Quilt show, which runs from Nov. 12 through Nov. 15, features work from around the country, classes and a vendor mall.

Lady Horns bring home silver

The Lady Longhorn cross country team stamped itself a legitimate contender for the East Region championship with a second-place finish at the Alchesay Invitational.

Basketball program for youth now registering

Great opportunities will soon exist for aspiring young basketball players to learn the sport the correct way and in a non-threatening manner.

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Injuries add to Longhorns’ diminishing playoff hopes

The lone bright spot in the homestanding Longhorns’ 15-7 non-region loss to Fountain Hills was Ryan Rislund’s 93-yard kickoff return which, coupled with Josh Frewin’s conversion kick, gave Payson a short-lived 7-0 lead.

Longhorn soccer teams gear up for coming state contests

The Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams are gearing up for runs at the state tournament.

Big win at Blue Ridge ups state ranking for Lady Horns

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is calling a 3-2 victory over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets, “Our biggest win of the season.”

PMGA goes high-tech in recent tournament

Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association turned to a PC to comprise teams for the annual Black and White Team Tournament.

Mogollon Rendezvous roars into Rim Country

The highways, byways and back roads of Rim Country will rumble with the roar of motorcycles later this month. Dual sport adventure riders from around Arizona and across the country will gather Oct. 24-25 in Payson to participate in the Mogollon Rendezvous.

‘Best of Broadway’ comes to Rim Country

Once again music fans in the Rim Country get to enjoy an evening of the “Best of Broadway Show Tunes” and benefit the Payson Institute of Learning.

Payson Art League presenting fall show on Oct. 23

The Payson Art League will hold its annual fall show Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 26.

Kohl’s Ranch holding seance for Halloween

Witches and goblins looking for a place to enjoy Halloween night should look no further than Kohl’s Ranch Lodge.

Monday, October 12

Roundup named top paper

For the eleventh year in a row, the Payson Roundup was named the best non-daily newspaper in Arizona by the Arizona Newspaper Association and for the first time, a Roundup reporter won the journalist of the year category.

Saturday, October 10

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What to expect the week of October 12: Segment 1 - Just North of Payson between milepost 254.62 and milepost 255.94 HolidaySchedule

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Falcons overpower Longhorns

Payson High School football defensive coordinator Byron Quinlan predicted two weeks ago that Ryan Risland’s return to the line up from an injury suffered last summer would bolster the Longhorns.

ADOT deficit forces rest stop closures

Don’t expect the Mazatzal Rest Area, at the junction of Highways 87 and 188, to reopen anytime soon after the Arizona Department of Transportation announced Thursday it is closing 12 other rest areas to deal with budget potholes.

Law will help curb spread of quagga, other destructive aquatic invaders

Boat owners can face fines if they don’t properly decontaminate craft removed from waters infested with aquatic invasive species thanks to a new law prompted by the quagga mussel’s spread.

Meth coalition wants parents to ask, is it jewelry, candy or ... drugs?

In an effort to attract younger and younger clients, drug dealers are becoming more and more creative in their merchandising. Parents might want to keep track of what their kids are eating. Some of the rock candy, chocolate bars, pacifier lollipops, and gum balls might be laced with marijuana, meth or other illegal drugs.

Friday, October 9

Fall is a beautiful time in Christopher Creek

Well it looks as if I may have spoken too soon in my last column where I talked about an extended summer. Kind of looks like the cooler weather is on the way. Which is great because fall in Christopher Creek is always beautiful. The sights and smells are truly terrific during the fall.

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Mystery aspen deaths

A slow-motion aspen holocaust continues to unfold across Northern Arizona, with 60 to 90 percent of the tremulously beautiful harbingers of fall dying off in many groves in the Kaibab and Coconino national forests, according to a just-released study by Northern Arizona University researchers.

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Hall named Junior All-Around Cowgirl

Bryndee Hall, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Payson Elementary School, rode her way to Junior All-Around Cowgirl honors at the Queen Creek Junior Rodeo held Oct. 3 and 4 at the Payson Event Center.

Breaking free

Payson marchers mourn the 86 people murdered this year

Ana Wilson needed an escape plan. For 10 days, she plotted how to leave a man who nearly choked her to death, drowned her in self-blame, and who hurled xenophobic insults at her mother.

Young athletes set for Flagstaff competition

Payson’s NFL/Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick winners will travel Oct. 18 to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where they will represent the Rim Country in sectional competition.

Dead towns live

Photographer brings breath to the rusting, rotting and falling down

The dead towns speak to him. Decaying buildings with glassless windows and rusted objects abandoned inside whisper tales of a nasty and brutish life cut short.

Fountain Hills is tough foe for Horns

There was a time when Longhorn football boosters would have looked at the 2009 schedule and believed tonight’s game against Fountain Hills was a breather.

Bill to help crack down on real estate fraud

As Arizonans know, the mortgage crisis hit our state particularly hard. When the bubble burst, many were left with homes they could no longer afford, and foreclosure became the unfortunate reality.

Raffle tickets benefit Supply Line

With Tuesday marking the eighth anniversary of the war, Payson Supply Line says it will continue sending care packages “as long as there are kids in the dirt.”

Young lady gets elk hunt of dreams

It was about a month ago that longtime Rim Country resident and avid outdoorsman, Pat Willis passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Child porn bust

Computer tech report of photos prompts arrest

A tip to police from a computer technician led to the arrest Monday of a 72-year-old Payson man on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Something’s cooking at the Senior Center

Recently we went to see the movie “Julie & Julia.” I loved it and even though it is considered to be a chick-flick, Len enjoyed it too.

Casino donates to Fireflies auxiliary

The next fund-raiser for the Fireflies will be in May with the feature to be on breakfast with biscuits and gravy and chorizo burros. Until then, the Fireflies will take a winter break and they will resume activities in April. Brrrr! It has been a bit chilly the past few days. My thermometer has been reading 30 degrees at 6:30 in the morning. There has not been any frost yet, my few lonely tomatoes still seem to be holding their own, but I think it’s time to take them off the vines.

Shelter now has several small dogs

So you say you’re looking for a small dog? Well, guess what? We have several, ranging from roughly 30 pounds to smaller. Keep in mind that not all of these small guys are suitable for a home with a small child, but are perfect candidates for our senior to senior program.

Hope for the hopeless — computer file restoration is still an option

There are many things in the world today that may cause you to despair — the struggling economy, uneasiness about world terror plots, the mediocrity of your alma mater’s football team, etc. Despite the bad news, we cling to the hope that things will improve and we keep pushing forward.

When investing for children, decide who gets to own what and when

To make sure your kids have some money when they start out their adult lives, you’ll want to start saving and investing for them when they are young. But what’s the best way to do that?

Benefit trout tourney scheduled for Oct. 17

Rim Country anglers will soon join throngs of heat-weary desert dwellers for one final fling of high country lake fishing.

New massage puts the music in you

Have you ever thought you’d like to try something new — something outside of your comfort zone, something really different from your everyday routine?

Hungry elk pass on eating yellow chrysanthemums

It’s that time of the year again when the bull elk start singing their night songs and gathering their harems for the mating season.

Spring deadlines for classes already blooming

Scholarship, test dates close at hand for Gila Community College’s January classes

Are you ready to start college this spring?

Fund-raiser slated to help combat vets

Merritt Center plans fun events for Saturday to raise money for support programs

A full day of fun is planned Saturday to benefit the veterans program at the Merritt Center in Star Valley.

Rim Literacy offers chance to buy a book, help a child

Books can expand your world and visually take your mind to places you’ve never been, completely absorb you in the mystery, thrill and adventure of make-believe or transport you to the reality of days gone by.

Pilot’s angel was on the ground

Good Samaritan spots telltale smoke, provides life-saving warning

A good Samaritan saved a pilot’s tail several weeks ago when he noticed smoke trailing out of the plane’s engine and called for help.

Star Valley plans to pave streets

Fears of pot shots and lawsuits also roil council, while lack of sewer system limits business

After years of dealing with bumps, ruts and dust, homeowners in Star Valley will soon find themselves gliding down paved roads more suited for Cadillacs than Jeeps.

Class reveals outdoor photography secrets

Ever wondered how to make the water blur, the clouds pop and the colors glow as wonderfully in pixels as they do on your retina?

There are still a lot of truly good people in this world

Every once in a while I take a look at the world and ask myself what the heck happened?

Highway bypass will have many ramifications for region

My appearance at (a recent) gathering was to suggest that too often in our regional community, people choose up sides, align themselves with one position, draw a line in the sand and say “this is the way it has to be ...”

President never mentioned

In his Oct. 2 letter to the editor, Ira Gimble claimed Jinx Pyle “has spread hatred and lies about our president” and made an “unbelievable comparison to Hitler ...”

Rim Country residents urged to ‘Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.’

Once a child touches a hot stove, as the old saying goes — he learns his lesson, stay away from a hot stove. This cliché does not take into account the pain and suffering from burns and burns should not be part of the learning process.

Aspen now join frogs and chubs in grave warning

Now it’s the aspen. Will we lose the soul-soothing flutter of aspen leaves? And what would we pay to have them back, once we lose them?

Community Almanac

The Tonto Community Concert Association will present pianist Mac Frampton in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the Payson High School Auditorium at the corner of West Longhorn and North McLane Roads.

Donors help food banks

Desperation and generosity are in a dead heat at Rim Country food banks.

Wednesday, October 7

My life as a Tour Guide

At one point in my television producing and directing life, I had become tired of the hectic schedules and demands of that business. I decided to take a break and enter the travel business. I did not want to be a travel agent because I didn’t really have the experience to become one. A friend suggested I contact tour operators and see what they had to offer.

What I’ve learned about the cruise business - Part II

Last month I talked about how you can find discounted prices for cruises, the advantages of groups, and the pros and cons of buying air and shore excursions through the cruise line.

Piano Man

Artist draws from impressive repertoire for next program from Tonto Community Concert Association

The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing Mac Frampton to the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9.

come to the table

“Come and get it!” her voice rang out. Each of those words seemed to meet the air amplifying and increasing in volume. She sounded the “food alarm” by hitting the metal triangle with a quick rhythmic motion, evidence of a daily practice. Everyone responded to her voice in a uniformed manner: plates in hands as they began to line up. Passing by all the delicious foods and assortment of recipes, soon each plate began to be piled up with food.

Candlelight vigil set to mark domestic violence awareness

The community is invited to participate in Time Out’s annual candlelight walk/vigil honoring those who have died and those who have survived the social epidemic known as domestic violence Thursday, Oct. 8. Participants will meet at the Town Hall parking lot at 5:45 p.m., where they will be given candles and signs to carry, if desired. At 6 p.m., the assembled group will line up to begin a brief walk to the Payson United Methodist Church, where a short program and refreshments will be provided. Should the walk be canceled due to inclement weather, the program will proceed at 6:30 p.m. as planned.

Special breakfasts don’t have to wait for weekends

Cool mornings this weekend made me want to fix a special breakfast, but I settled for a short stack of microwave pancakes. A good breakfast is something all the diet and nutrition experts say we need to get the day started right. So, with recipes that let you get things started the night before you can give any day a great beginning

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 28: The mailmen, the Cadillac and the haunted house

It was 1923 when Payson’s mail delivery became mechanized, and with no less a conveyance than a Cadillac automobile. The driver was Julian Journigan, and he was rapidly becoming one of the most appreciated men in the Rim Country. His story and what followed contain one of the sagas of life in and around Payson. [1]

Tuesday, October 6

Bikers get ready to roll in Rim Country

A pair of former Payson High School coaches are experiencing different degrees of success with their new teams.

Time to wake to terrible toll of domestic violence

First, she could not believe he would hit her. Then, she could not believe he would not change. Finally, she could not believe she had no escape.

Community Almanac

Learn about fall outdoor photography from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 at the parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Vita Mart doubles size in new space

After only two years in business, BJ and Christine Bollier of Vita Mart have doubled their number of products. Now they have doubled the size of their store to fit all of the merchandise and add a few new surprises.

Fishing Report

The new winter stocking report is now available on our Web site at Enjoy.

Lady Horns in critical game today

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is sure the outcome of a non-region showdown today, Oct. 6, against Fountain Hills will be crucial to his team’s quest for a postseason berth.

GLH Fund to benefit from medical flights

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund will receive approximately $15,000 in January from Native Air, a division of Omniflight Helicopters, Inc.’s Flight for a Cause fund-raising program.

County to maintain reservation roads

Supervisor criticizes plan as poor use of tax dollars

Gila County Supervisors clashed Tuesday over whether to honor a recently surfaced 2004 agreement between the county and the San Carlos Apache Tribe that requires the county to blade the tribe’s dirt roads.

Students make ornaments for Christmas

PES class constructs decorations for U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

Like Santa’s elves working quickly for the upcoming holiday, for the last two weeks, a handful of fourth- and fifth-graders at Payson Elementary School have busily been creating ornaments for the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

PMGA hosts fun play for couples

The Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted Buck and Doe tournaments are annually some of the most festive and fun-filled links frays.

Horns soundly spanked by Lobos

Longhorn football players and coaches saw enough of Snowflake’s Robby Martindell on Oct. 2 in Lobo land to last them a lifetime.

Bypass, toll road would be economy killer

After hearing and reading about the bypass I can keep silent no longer. From what I have read and have heard, the only justification I hear about building a bypass is inconvenience on the part of some citizens on Friday afternoon and some holiday weekends in getting to the grocery, hardware or gas station because of the heavy traffic.

Tease photo

Rim Country races a success

Bradford Brooks’ Rim Country Half-Marathon winning time of 1:32.18 didn’t come close to last year’s record-setting pace of 1:18.10 set by Brandon Day, but it was good enough to win the event by about a two-minute margin.

Weakened team loses to Holbrook

The Longhorn soccer team, still reeling from the loss of four starters, was upset 2-1 by the Holbrook Roadrunners Oct. 3 at Rumsey Park.

Updated real estate tidbits

We have seen multiple offers on homes in recent weeks with some selling above the asking price.

Free Edward Jones foundations of investing seminar Oct. 13

Fear of the unknown sometimes prevents people from investing in the future. Developing an understanding of the basics simplifies the process of getting started in an investment program.

District sees laptops in every student’s future

New fiber optic cables put high-speed Internet in middle and high school classrooms

The future at Payson Unified School District could include laptops for every student, and paperless textbooks accessed via the Web.

Weekend fire damages home

Fire officials say following a few simple tips could have prevented a small bathroom fire over the weekend.

SV general plan draft nearing completion

After getting an earful from Star Valley residents over ATV trails at the last general plan meeting, Wednesday’s meeting went relatively smoothly.

Election on agenda tonight

It is getting to be that time of year again when politicians kick off campaigns. In Star Valley, three council seats and the mayor’s chair are up for contention in 2010.

Domestic violence shelter seeks help to replace cuts

Rim Country’s only domestic violence shelter hopes private donors can help make up for public cuts to shore up a program that in the past year has provided 10,000 nights of shelter for women and children fleeing abusive relationships.

Feature Teacher

I would love to meet Benjamin Franklin. I think he was born way before his time and he was so full of new and creative ideas. Can you just imagine what he could accomplish if he were around today?

Payson has year’s supply of affordable homes

I read in your newspaper that there is a move to raise the maximum building height in Payson to seven stories. The reason given is the need for affordable housing.

Residents’ rights week

Oct. 4-10, is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Week, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care residents have made to better our community. This year’s theme: Hear Our Voice — Residents Speak Out About Residents’ Rights, was selected to call attention to the fact that residents of long-term care facilities have a voice; and that voice should be part of decision-making in long-term care facilities.

Prescribed burning season has arrived on the forests

Springerville — The arrival of fall on the forests typically means cooler temperatures, changing colors, and the start of the prescribed burning season. Prescribed burns help remove excess and hazardous fuels from the forests, and it is one tool the Forest Service uses to make these lands more resilient to wildfires.

JRE teacher nominated for teacher of the year honor

From a pool of hundreds of deserving teachers, one Payson teacher is in contention to be Arizona’s 2010 teacher of the year.

PRMC open house debuts latest technology

Six months ago you could not find a medical facility anywhere in the country with some of the equipment Payson Regional Medical Center now boasts. At an open house last Thursday, the PRMC administration and staff showed off some of the latest and greatest medical equipment now available to patients.

Arrest made for threatening message on high school bathroom wall

After four threatening messages were discovered on the bathroom walls at Payson High School, police say they have charged a teen for one of the messages.

Embattled frog making last stand in Rim stream

Biologists fight mysterious decline of amphibians by putting Chiricahua Leopard Frogs in Ellison and Clear creeks — with help from ranchers

He’s back. Ribbet. Ribbet. Thank goodness.

Kids discover catch-and-release fishing along Fossil Creek is fun

First day of fishing for chubs declared big success, despite threat of lawsuits

Big schools of chub — little schools of kids. No lawsuits — so far.

Community News Briefs

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club presents its 12th annual Gem and Mineral Show Oct. 10-11 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Center Bingo Hall located on the Tonto Apache Reservation just south of Payson off of Highway 87.

Monday, October 5

Updated prescribed fire plans for the week of Oct. 5

Pending favorable weather, the U.S. Forest Service is planning several prescribed fires in Northern Arizona for the week.

Saturday, October 3

Sloppy Play = Lopsided score

The Payson Longhorns and the Snowflake High School scoreboard had a lot in common Friday evening – both malfunctioned.

Friday, October 2

Tonto Village resident wins NASCAR trip

I have enjoyed the nippy mornings and evenings, and I know that the temperatures will be steadily dropping from now on.

Just being yourself works — most of the time

When I began teaching other people how to teach, I was often asked a question that I suppose all teaching-methods teachers get. “What’s the best way to get along with the students?”

Bypass needed for highway safety

As the four lanes are being added to Highway 260, it is becoming a main route for traversing central Arizona. Evident by the many large vehicle and semi-trucks are using it more and more.

No more Band-Aids

Our health care system has a broken arm, and Congress is trying to find Band-Aids to fix it. What we need is a new health care system, rather than patching a broken system.

Thanks for all the help

The organizers of the Bow Wow Boogie would like to thank all of the people who made it possible to raise $6,130 for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Farmers Market thanks supporters

An open letter of thanks from the organizers and vendors of the Payson Farmers Market.

Jinx spreading hatred and lies

It’s a shame and a tragedy that the Roundup uses Jinx Pyle to spread hatred and lies about our president and the unbelievable comparison to Hitler who killed millions of innocents.

Sense of community in the mountains

It looks like summer isn’t going away without a fight this year. The Valley is still having days where they reach around 110 degrees. I had a feeling we might be in for an extended summer since it seemed to start a little later than normal this year. This is likely great news for Rim Country businesses since the hotter it is down there, the busier we stay up here in the high country.

It is payback time for Obama

Obama and his entourage on Air Force One, plus a smaller jet with his wife’s entourage, all at taxpayers’ expense, are in route to Copenhagen for a meeting with the 2016 Olympic Committee to push for the Olympics to use Chicago for the 2016 site for the games.

Saturday should be ‘A Good Day to Run’

Do you live on the west side of the Beeline Highway in Payson? If you do, there is a good chance that if you look out of your front window early this Saturday morning, you will see a horde of sweaty, gasping-for-air athletes sprinting by your house.

You cannot be serious

There are two articles I have read recently in the Roundup that have truly shocked, dismayed, and terrified me.

Permit required to burn brush, yard clippings

After spending last weekend visiting family and shopping in the Valley, it sure is great to be back home! There is something so wonderful about heading back up the hill after a couple days battling the crowds and the heat. It is like a breath of fresh air to get into the cool pines where folks aren’t in such a mad rush all the time.

Keet Seel

Couple discovers history intermixed at Indian ruins

When Phyllis and Morris Brown decided they needed another challenge after their 24-mile trek across the Grand Canyon in one day, they looked to northern Arizona for inspiration.

Our ‘onlys’ only want to be loved

Today’s article is focusing on a group of animals we refer to as “onlys.” Onlys are an animal that does not care for the company of another animal. They are devoted and loving to people but, for whatever reason, do not get along with other animals.

Community Almanac

The Payson Unified School District’s office is now located in the historic Julia Randall rock building at 902 W. Main St. As part of the First Friday on Main Street festivities Oct. 2, the school board and staff invite the community to an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments.

Fossil Creek fishing: Now any chub’ll do

Roundtail chub? Headwater chub? Not to worry. Catch that chub, too — any chub’ll do.

Pine Strawberry water company purchase completed

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District’s long and taxing quest to take control of Pine and Strawberry water companies from Brooke Utilities peaked Wednesday, Sept. 30, with the board paying the purchase price of $3.5 million.

It’s not the chubs, it’s the chumps

A chub — by any other name — still smells fishy. But in this case, we suspect there’s less than meets the eye in the thrashing about in the waters of Fossil Creek inspired by the recent “wrong chub” debate.

community news briefs

This will include refrigerators, freezers, washers, dishwashers, dryers, portable trash compactors and water heaters. Other metal items will also be accepted, say officials from the Gila County Public Works division.

Budget cuts, ed reform needed

Groups at town hall meeting say Arizona needs to fix budget deficit

Arizona needs to make sweeping changes in both its budget and education systems to lower the more than $1 billion deficit and improve test scores, speakers at a taxpayer town hall said Sept. 25.

Drive launched to help food banks

Leaders plan fund-raising drive as empty shelves face 300 homeless

Community leaders on Tuesday agreed to launch an emergency campaign to raise $20,000 and collect 50,000 pounds of food to rescue five regional food banks.

County fire districts struggle with funds during lean times

With its line of credit in limbo, Hellsgate Fire Department is joining other county fire districts in feeling the pinch to keep its fire departments operational.

KFC introduces customer appreciation days in October

Who doesn’t want something for free? Arizona KFC Restaurants are showing their appreciation for their customers with a free KFC’s Ultimate Value Menu item.

Myofascial brings relief to patients

Richard Standt, an occupational therapist at Payson Care Center, offers a special kind of therapy to outpatients as well as residents at the facility — myofascial release.

Different kind of church makes a difference in lives

Congregation gets $50-$100 from Expedition Church

Expedition Church formed a year ago in July as a different sort of church.

Bids too high, county to revamp women’s jail design

County officials will revamp the design for a new women’s jail in Globe after the lowest bid for the project returned roughly $200,000 over budget.

O ho — it’s a pirate’s life for me!

If a pirate’s life’s for you, then there’s a party bounding over October’s waves headed your way. The annual Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund Costume Party is Oct. 17 with the theme of Pirates and Bounty of the Sea.

County examines four-day work week

The trend is growing — switching to a four-day work week to save money.

When should you rebalance your 401(k)?

Your 401(k) plan is an excellent retirement-savings vehicle — so don’t let it stall out.

State PMGA play

In a state qualifying two-man scramble the team of Frank Szakal and Phil Wagner swung their way to low-gross honors while Popeye Clay and Jim Dalgleish took the low-net title.

Rim Country fishing is fine in fall

Fall is finally here with shorter days and cooler temperatures and that is good news for the fishermen in the Rim Country. Even though the hunting seasons are in full swing, don’t put away that fishing gear quite yet.

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

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering three different youth basketball programs starting soon. Registration is taking place now.

Keeping kids safe online

There is a lot of precedent for keeping kids safe in everyday situations: We have learned that it is important to remind them that they shouldn’t talk to strangers, we know that it is important to hold little children’s hands as they cross the street, and it is common knowledge that hot dogs must be cut up into really small pieces when given to toddlers. What may not come quite as easily to our parental sensibilities is how to keep our children safe on the computer. Internet safety was obviously not an issue back when we played the Atari, so we are all treading on new ground here.

Busy cowboy decides to stop writing column

For some time now, my wife Jayne has been running our Git A Rope Publishing Company with little or no help from me.

Student recipes sizzled with success

PHS student chef wins junior chef of the year title at competition

Weeks of preparation in the kitchen paid off for two Payson High School students who participated in the American Culinary Federation competition last weekend.

Chance for postseason success a possibility for boys cross country

Forrest Wadington is drawing praise from cross country coach Johnathan Ball as a runner capable of leading the Longhorns into the rarefied atmosphere of the postseason promised land.

Rim Country woman wins national recipe contest

Karen Fausz’s Scalloped Corn recipe selected by Libby’s after national contest

Karen and Bill Fausz of Thompson Draw I are the typical Rim Country retirees. They bought their little cabin in the mountains while living and working in the Valley — Karen in education and Bill in sales — and then retired to become full-time residents of the area six years ago.

Full team effort necessary to get a win over Snowflake

The return of highly-talented running back Payson Herring to the Longhorn line-up has football faithful around the White Mountains wondering if he is enough of a difference-maker to lift PHS over the highly favored Snowflake Lobos.

Six Payson youths on the way to NFL event

A contingent of six Payson-area NFL Punt, Pass and Kick winners have their sights set on Northern Arizona University and later the Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Moggie: the essence of unconditional love, support

Yesterday, my wife Kay and I planted in our front yard a stunningly beautiful fir tree our children and grandchildren had given her a few days earlier as a birthday present.

Free series on alternative wellness practices offered

Gila Community College will present a series of programs offering information on alternative approaches to overall wellness starting this week. The program, “Mind, Body, Spirit Exploration” will take place at 6 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 5. The programs are free and no registration is required.

Tease photo

Lady Horns nip Elks

Tanya Olsen’s successful goal shot from 10 yards away with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime lifted the Lady Longhorn soccer team to a 2-1 win over the Round Valley Elks.

Sunday brunch at the Rim Club to benefit Mount Cross Lutheran Church

The Rim Club will open to the public for Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18.

Seven-day, 24-hour prayer vigil starts Friday

Approximately 26 churches in the Rim Country will take part in a weeklong, around-the-clock prayer vigil starting today, Oct. 2

Photographer offers prize-winning fair photos for good cause

Ribbon-winning photographs will be sold to benefit Kids with Cameras program

Jeff Robbins, a former Associated Press photographer and reporter, recently made a good showing at the 2009 Northern Gila County Fair with his work.

Star Valley in good financial shape

Despite a drop in revenue from photo enforcement tickets, the Town of Star Valley ended fiscal year 2008-2009 in good financial shape, according to its financial advisor Glenn Smith.

‘Breakthrough’ in talks on college in Payson

A “breakthrough” in the long, careful negotiations between Payson and Arizona State University should lead to an agreement within two weeks to build a branch campus here, perhaps by 2011, according to a source close to the negotiations.