Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

Friendliness means going beyond expectations

Friendly has many different meanings to many different people.

Tonto Basin loses

Feds reject disaster assistance

Three months after flooding decimated homes in Tonto Basin and Gisela, residents have just learned they will not receive individual assistance from the federal government to rebuild.

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Students experience the power of art

They came to her in a dream — a sea of flowers in which Jozett Diaz swam, later to manifest as sheets of brightly colored tissue paper, cut and arranged, tied with pipe cleaners.

Benefit for Watson family Saturday

The busy summer season is right around the corner. There will be many yard sales, events of all kinds in Payson, and the surrounding area including Tonto Village.

Community Briefs

The Firewise Committee of the Chaparral Pines Community Association held its annual Firewise Community Project Day on Saturday, April 17.

Aspiring players invited to basketball summer camp

Lady Longhorn basketball coach Kelly Krieg is hoping to build her program from the ground up by attracting aspiring players to youth camps.

Artists share creative spaces in studio tour

What makes one space more creative than another? The people using the space. Some of the Rim Country’s most creative people use the spaces that will be open to the public in the 2010 ’Neath the Rim studio tour.

Media provided complaints against George W. Bush

George W. Bush had a love for the USA and served this nation as a pilot in the National Guard.

Thanks for the help

I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with my recent Eagle Scout project to add eight concrete contemplative benches to the Pioneer Cemetery and to clean up the cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

Impressed withm Buzz Walker

At the recent meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) at the Payson library which I try to attend each second and fourth, I was not disappointed as the speaker was Buzz Walker, whose title I am not sure of, but it includes the responsibility for the water department.

Consumer’s pay corporate taxes

A recent letter called for corporations to pay more income taxes.

Let the unemployed voices be heard

I read in the paper the new senior living complex is being built by a Tempe firm.

New hope for GCC

A new kind of battle has erupted over Gila Community College. This time, two state lawmakers are sparring over who is the college’s biggest ally.

Alas, sales tax rise necessary

Odds are, this week you got your state sales tax ballot in the mail. We hope you will get up now, check the “yes” box and mail it immediately.

Community Almanac

A carnival will be held at Julia Randall Elementary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 30.

Legislature reverses itself on AHCCCS funds

None of the nearly one in three Gila County residents who rely on the state’s AHCCCS program for their health care will lose their coverage this year after all, thanks to federal threats and a state retreat.

Council: New high rise rules won’t change town’s feel

The overhaul of Payson’s restrictions on buildings taller than three stories will not change the town’s forested, rural character, insist Payson Town Council members.

Great pets available for adoption

Once a month, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will present a photos-only spotlight on some of the dozens of wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption at their shelter. Some animals came to the shelter recently, and others have been waiting for many months to be chosen by a loving family or individual

Funds raised by sporting group have far reach

Small-town America fund-raising is alive and well when it comes to a volunteer organization in Payson by the name of the Mogollon Sporting Association.

Wine, jazz, cheese, chocolate festival to benefit humane society

The towering ponderosa pines of the Mogollon Rim will be the backdrop for an afternoon of music, tastings and merriment to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Chip-off decides PMGA point-par crown win

Individual low net and point-par were the playing formats selected by members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association.

Elaine Bohlmeyer running for Arizona Senate seat

Elaine Bohlmeyer kicked off her campaign for Arizona State Senator for Legislative District 5 this week.

Payson police detective honored as officer of the quarter

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores has recognized Payson Police Detective Michael McAnerny as Officer of the Quarter for his years of service, professional attitude and assistance to the county attorney’s office.

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Baseball, softball win East openers

By virtue of East Region tournament opening round victories, the PHS baseball and softball teams are advancing to the postseason shoot-out’s second round.

Sales tax blues

Schools plan for disaster

Prepare for the worst: closing an elementary school; eliminating non-core classes at the middle school; increasing class sizes at the high school.

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Crews contain E. Verde blaze

Firefighters on Wednesday managed to keep a fierce, wind-whipped fire that consumed an East Verde Estates home from igniting thick brush and threatening the whole community.

School construction progressing well

The Heber-Overgaard area started out with a gorgeous weather pattern early in the week. As the week progressed, the winds returned with the cloudiness we seemingly have been coming to expect more often than not.

Volleyball star signs with Florida college

One of the finest volleyball players to ever don a Lady Longhorn uniform will take her playing act to the next level.

Childhood friends reconnect

Many of us have a best friend while growing up. Sometimes that best friend remains close to us throughout our lives. Other times, situations change and we drift apart or lose track of that special person.

Don’t fall victim to ‘Computer Stress Syndrome’

There are a lot of things that stress us out in life: job pressure, family issues, hot weather, car problems, overdue bills, etc. But one thing that tends to get under our skin more than anything is a computer problem. For some reason, an unresolved computer issue creates stress and heartache that is decidedly unique.

Don't fall victim to 'Computer Stress Syndrome'

There are a lot of things that stress us out in life: job pressure, family issues, hot weather, car problems, overdue bills, etc. But one thing that tends to get under our skin more than anything is a computer problem. For some reason, an unresolved computer issue creates stress and heartache that is decidedly unique.

Don’t fall victim to ‘Computer Stress Syndrome’

There are a lot of things that stress us out in life: job pressure, family issues, hot weather, car problems, overdue bills, etc. But one thing that tends to get under our skin more than anything is a computer problem. For some reason, an unresolved computer issue creates stress and heartache that is decidedly unique.

Pine hosts May Day Celebration

Well we pretty much saw it all this past week, warm lazy days, frosty mornings, gentle breezes, gusts that scattered fruit tree blossoms, snow, hail, rain, sunshine — a little bit of everything.

Community events being posted on new Web site

The new Web site, which is being used for showing upcoming events in our area is already being utilized. Cindy at the Creekside Restaurant has posted all of the upcoming Tavern Poker tournament

Government no longer represents the people

Following World War II, many grew up with radio, black-and-white television with rabbit ears remembering themes of good over evil with Superman, Roy Rogers, Davy Crocket and Gunsmoke. Technological advances led me to stick just to news, as “entertainment” had become amoral and profane.

Temper layoff with full retirements

It’s planning period for me at Payson High School. As a substitute teacher, I have a few minutes to write this before classes begin in earnest.

Beds: The rest of the renting adventure

A while back I mentioned that when you circulate around the planet as Lolly and I have, the places you rent become part of the “adventure” of travel.

Quilting Sisters weaves learning, fun together

Under new ownership, Quilting Sisters has become more than just a ho-hum shop for fabrics and notions; it has become an emporium for learning new techniques and trends.

Smart investment moves

As an investor, you might wonder what 2010 has in store for you.

Tournament marks onset of Rim summer fishing season

Teresa and Tracy Purtee are gearing up to host the fray that signals the start of the spring and summer fishing season on high country lakes — the 28th Annual Payson Community Christian School Trout Tournament.

Wednesday, April 28

All about Alaska, Part 3

Last month we looked at the Iditarod Trail and some of the rather unusual activities in which you can participate when visiting Alaska — from the $25,000 Iditarod Trail Sweep tour to the Ice Road Trucker simulator.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

This Cinco de Mayo, make sure you’re prepared to celebrate the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Gather your family on this festive day to enjoy music, dancing and, of course, great Mexican food.

Upcoming concerts

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church will present jazz vocalist Zephryn Conte, a multifaceted performer, composer and author.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 41: Payson’s last cattle drive

During the first half of the 20th century there were as yet few fences to restrain range cattle. Every rancher’s brand ran together with the herds of neighbors from the Tonto Basin to the Mogollon Rim.

Creativity in Rim Country

Artists share creative spaces in studio tour

What makes one space more creative than another? The people using the space.

Low sodium level causes many symptoms

What can you tell me about a low sodium level? My visiting friend (from England) was refused embarkation on his cruise because he was acting belligerent and confused.

Driving Through England

England is one of the few countries I will drive in besides the United States. At least I can read the signs.

Interstate 40 closed between Flagstaff and Winslow due to blowing dust

The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed portions of Interstate 40 due to high winds and blowing dust.

Learning grants by SRP awarded to two Payson schools

More than $125,000 awarded for innovative programs in math and science

Two Payson schools scored nearly $10,000 in innovative program grants from SRP.

Tuesday, April 27

Payson High DECA wins big at conference

Payson High School’s DECA chapter performed very well at the recent Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference. DECA is the student organization for marketing and business students.

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Green Valley covered with vehicles

The 17th Annual Beeline Cruise-In hit on all cylinders Saturday with 224 shiny classics proudly displaying more horsepower than the hybrid, eclectic and modern vehicles in the nearby parking lots combined.

Street hockey hottest sport around

As a recovering addict, 46-year-old Craig Thompson knows the value of the pickup roller hockey games he helps host each weekend on the Payson High School outdoor basketball courts.

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Senior sets school high jump record

Almost every time Payson High School senior Maddie Nossek competes, she etches her name into the prep track and field record books.

Traffic stop nets state’s big PCP bust

A routine traffic stop last week netted the Gila County Sheriff's Office’s the largest Phencyclidine or PCP drug bust in the state for the year.

Hellsgate fire braces for serious cuts

Seated in his new, cramped office at the fire station, Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch said the fire department is in a no-win situation.

ASU in Payson tangled in sales tax vote

Negotiations ‘progress,’ but sales tax rejection could blight prospects

Arizona State University will “keep working” on building a branch campus in Payson, but the state budget meltdown could wash away the hard-fought gains of the past year, says ASU Vice President Richard Stanley.

High-speed pursuit ends with fatality

A 38-year-old man died Friday after leading officers on a 12-mile pursuit through the Rim Country, hitting several unsuspecting motorists along the way.

Community Almanac

The Arizona state legislature has already approved the education funding reductions that will take effect should Proposition 100 (the temporary 1-percent sales tax increase) fail.

Sales tax vote has schools nervous

It seems as if every government agency, especially those involved with education, is hanging out on a limb and wondering if it will be sawed off behind them as the May 18 sales tax vote approaches.

Photos still available

We recently had the pleasure of donating our time, energy, and talents to couples who attended the Sweetheart events that PCCS and Mountain Bible Church organized.

Need to change state slogan

With the recent rash of stupid legislation in Arizona; guns, immigration, budget, to name a few, I believe it’s time to change our state slogan. Instead of “Arizona, The Grand Canyon State,” it should be “Arizona, The Right to be Stupid State

Tea Party ideas have merit

An open response to a previous letter.

No expressed dissatisfaction with relationship

Regarding media coverage of Payson’s searching for “new employers.”

Support needed to keep Tonto Natural Bridge open

On April 18 I was able to join a guided tour of the Tonto Natural Bridge.

Government putting our money ‘into a bag with holes’

The federal government is currently spending money at $53,000 per second.

The Battle of Payson thanks you

To the people of Payson & the Rim Country, I wanted to take the time to write and say once again how much all of us with We Make History have enjoyed working with community leaders such as Cameron Davis, Deb Rose and Mayor Kenny Evans to serve the people of Payson and the Rim Country through quality history-related education. It truly is a privilege to serve you.

Fruth was a dedicated teacher

I just got an e-mail from Stacy Larson about the school layoffs.

School board should not micromanage

In response to your column “painful lessons in school cuts,” you seem to have policies and administrative decisions confused

Troubled at thought of a high school with no band or choir

I was disappointed to hear of the layoffs that have occurred in Payson.

Through a child’s eyes: The unintended victims

When meth, alcohol and other illegal substances are used, the domestic situations make it very clear that children are indeed the unintended innocent victims of their parent’s, guardian’s or caregiver’s actions.

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Students sample life of a teacher

Growing program can help with scholarship opportunities

Special needs students inspired Reina Socarras. Her brother has special needs, and working with him has made her appreciate their resilience.

Teacher likes helping students grow and learn

I love working with young people and enjoy watching them grow and learn.

Culinary students earn honors, scholarships

The past few months, students from Payson High’s Culinary Arts program have been donning professional white gear, repeatedly practicing their professional knife cuts and cooking techniques, writing up firing charts, and competing for scholarship dollars, medals of accomplishments, plus national recognition.

Splatz ice cream truck delivers sweet treats to Rim Country neighborhoods

What would summer be without an ice cream truck filling your neighborhood with sweet treats and that familiar musical tune?

Longhorns hot on Lobo heels in golf

The Payson Longhorn golf team might be closing the gap on two-time defending state champion Snowflake.

East regional battles begin today

The 3A East region tournament tips off today, and with it goes the spoils of a berth in the 16-team state finals. The top three teams from each of the four region showdowns around Arizona earn berths into the 3A state shootout.

Hall of Fame beckons coaching great

Payson High School’s “Old Guard” turned out to honor former Payson High School football and track coaching great Dan Reid as he was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Tour de Payson will be a street bike event

Hike, Bike and Run owner Mick Wolf points out that the upcoming Tour de Payson, set for May 8, is not a mountain bike ride, but rather a street bike event.

School Briefs

Payson KEY (Kiwanis Educating Youth) Club was represented at the Southwest District convention April 9-11 in Tucson by Janine Tantimonaco, current president, and Kelsie Owen, current secretary, of the Payson High School KEY Club.

Home security and privacy protection

Understandably so, many home sellers are concerned about the security of their home and valuables when their property is on the market.

Konopnicki is GCC speaker

State Representative Bill Konopnicki will speak at the 2010 Gila Community College commencement exercises in Payson and Globe.

Concerned about what is happening to our country

I am probably one of the “Tea Party Patriots” that Mr. Hyde referred to in the April 20 edition of the Payson Roundup.

Payson man honored for AARP tax help

For the past 25 years, Bob Schmidt has made Tax Day a little easier for residents across the state.

Cancer Gift Closet open house

The Senior Circle’s Cancer Gift Closet, now located in the Circle’s gift shop area, will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 6. The gift closet serves women undergoing chemotherapy.

PHS theater group offers M*A*S*H play

The Longhorn Theatre Company will present the school version of Tim Kelly’s M*A*S*H which he adapted from the original novel by Richard Hooker.

GCC gets nursing grant

Gila Community College has been awarded a $400,000 nursing grant through the United States Department of Education.

Monday, April 26

High-speed pursuit ends with fatality

A 38-year-old man died Friday after leading officers on a 12-mile pursuit through the Rim Country, hitting several unsuspecting motorists along the way.

Blasting delays traffic on Highway 260 Monday

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260, fifteen miles east of Payson, at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 26.

Friday, April 23

Go Tea Party

I would like to respond to Kenneth Hyde’s Tea Party questions. The 2000 election was legally won by George W. Bush and the Electoral College confirmed the election. I had no control as with Al Gore winning his Nobel Peace Prize for fake science.

Leaving the nest is easy; flying is something else

Each year, as late August rolls around, nature wakens from its summer doldrums, stretches its arms, and pauses for a moment as it surveys hill and dale in nervous contemplation of the coming fall

For the love of basketball

Leaning across the table and staring me directly in the eye, Dan Reid said, “you know we were absolutely crazy in those days.” Knowing exactly what he was referring to, I agreed, “Yes, we were truly nuts.”

Educational malaise

With the anguish and gnashing of teeth accompanying the possible departure of the Payson Unified School District’s superintendent, to the layoffs of numerous teacher positions, to the dismissal and/or reassignment of school administrators, to the upheaval in the coaching ranks at PUSD, it’s obvious that our local school district is in a state of flux.

Save water, lower your water bill

In response to those who can’t afford their water bill to go up 20 percent, learn to save 20 percent.

Horn track athletes earn Personal Bests at Queen Creek Invitational

Track and field coach Jonathan Ball is practically doing cartwheels over his team’s performance at the prestigious 27-team Queen Creek Invitational. His elation wasn’t with the points the teams scored — the girls finished tied for ninth with 16 points and the boys were 16th with nine points — rather the jubilation was for how well individuals performed when pitted against some of the finest athletes from 4A and 5A “big schools” around Arizona.

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Playoff picture begins to clear

It now appears the best chance Payson High School baseball and softball teams have of earning a coveted berth into the 3A Arizona State Tournament is by finishing first, second or third in the East region tournament set for April 27, 29 and May 1 at the site of the highest seed.

Learning the art of digital video production

There are lots of memorable moments in your life that can be captured on video.

Things are warming up in Pine and Strawberry

The Pine Strawberry Thrift Shop is currently featuring “Aloha Wear,” home décor items, kitchen appliances and vacuums at 50 percent off until May 24. Between April 28 and May 1 they will feature gifts specially suited for moms and grandmothers.

Soldier on leave visits parents

As many of you know, every Wednesday night there is free poker at the Creekside Restaurant.

Fireflies will have booth at car show

The month of May is only a week away.

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Child sends truck through block fence

We have seen a real change in the weather, with temperatures reaching into the 70s at times.

Town of Payson earns budget presentation honor

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce the Town of Payson, Arizona has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

Local trout waters receive first stocking

The local trout streams within a 30-mile radius of Payson have received their first spring stocking of catchable rainbows and will continue throughout the summer. Popular waters like Tonto, Christopher, Haigler, Canyon and the East Verde will be visited by the Tonto Fish Hatchery on a regular basis providing thousands of catchable rainbow trout in the 9- to 12-inch range. Each of these waters will also receive bonus or incentive fish, which will tip the scales at 2 to 3 pounds to certainly add excitement for the locals as well as the visiting anglers from the Valley.

Bike tour returns to Payson

While the event might not rival Le Tour de France in sheer majesty or attract riders like Lance Armstrong, Tour de Payson is expected to be a banner cycling event that will draw two-wheeling enthusiasts from around the state.

Honk if you like tax breaks

We saw the picture of the Tea Party member in your April 16 edition and we applaud their passion and their participation in the political discussion.

Payson boosts tax on tourists

Caught uncomfortably between the rock of higher taxes and the hard place of declining revenues — the Payson council unanimously voted to boost the hotel bed tax by 2 percent.

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Highflying fun

Retired aircraft mechanic builds a light sport plane

Jerry Lynch declares he has the bug. An all encompassing high flying sickness for aviation. Flying he says fondly, “is like a disease.” A disease so impermeable that two years ago when Lynch decided to sell off his fleet of planes and take up another hobby, the bug bit back and Lynch willingly bought a kit for an RV-12 light sport aircraft.

What kind of fool was this guy?

Along with the great Rim Country weather that comes our way each spring, we can usually expect an increase in the number of activities that take place here on the weekends.

EVO takes over Taylor Pool operation

Swim lessons at Taylor Pool this summer will take on a new look with the highly acclaimed EVO Swim School and its owner David Tait overseeing the program.

Classic beauties grace Beeline, Green Valley Park

Bright, shiny beauties of all sizes and ages will grace the streets of Payson this weekend when the Rim Country Classic Auto Club will bring its 17th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show to Green Valley Park.

SV pays off former landlord for 20 days rent

Town sends check for $1,376 for building rent

The town of Star Valley is officially free from its former digs.

Numerous telephone scams circulate through Rim Country

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of three telephone scams circulating through the area.

Firewood permits available on Coconino National Forest

After a long, snowy winter, people are anxious to get out and enjoy public lands for hunting, firewood gathering and general recreation.

Payson artists offer studio tours in May

The Payson Art League will be offering its annual ’Neath the Rim studio tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9.

Town parks program gears up for spring fun

April is fast coming to a close, and as May and summer approach, the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is lining up plenty of fun activities for all ages

Consultant works to minimize risks, improve retirement plans

After working 20 years under the wings of corporate companies, Laura Ann Bartlett decided to set off on her own and start a consulting business in March.

This tax season put your tax refund to work for you long term

It’s tax refund season again

Business Briefs

Several months ago, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service implemented a community support program to benefit the Payson High School athletic department.

Many pets given up in hard times

All of the animals in the article today are animals who have been brought to us because their families are no longer able to keep them in their homes.

Critics decry lack of school layoff options

10% school pay cuts may have saved 18 jobs

Critics of the Payson Unified School District’s recent cuts have complained that the district did not publically discuss alternatives to the 18 layoffs, including an across-the-board salary decrease or closing a school.

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Help! Where am I going?

Students learn about dangers of drunk driving as prom night approaches Friday

An eye-bending, stomach-turning, head-spinning experience woke students up to the dangers of driving drunk Thursday at Payson High School.

Payson OKs first big project in two years

Without so much as a drum roll, Payson has approved a zone change to allow its first major new construction project in some two years.

SV projects budget surplus as income drops

Unlike most towns around the state, Star Valley has roughly a quarter million to play with next year without tapping into its million-dollar reserve fund.

Employee benefit packages on school district board agenda

Employee benefit packages for the next school year top the Payson school board agenda for Monday night’s meeting.

Community Almanac

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will host its annual yard sale Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24 at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita St.

Painful lessons in school cuts

As one wag put it: It is the job of an editorial writer to go down onto the battleground after the fight and shoot the wounded. So let us start by observing that we’d absolutely hate to open fire on the Payson Unified School District Board at the moment — choosing reluctantly between bad and worse.

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for failed institutions

Over the past few months, the American people have made very clear their views on bailouts: They don’t like them.

Return of cell phone wanted

On a recent trip to Walmart, I had the misfortune to lose (?) my cell phone.

Why are we accepting decisions made behind closed doors?

Could someone please explain to me why we seemingly are sitting around accepting these decisions by individuals who behind closed doors decide what is best for us?

Creating new town economic development position unwise

In a recent article Mayor Evans indicated it may be a good idea to employ, soon to be ex-councilman Vogel on a part-time basis so he can continue recruiting new businesses for the town

Wednesday, April 21

State group aims to free GCC

Sen. Sylvia Allen will head a new task force aimed at moving Gila Community College into a fully-fledged college.

Dust closes Interstate 40

Six miles of Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Winslow is closed until at least 5:30 p.m. due to poor visibility caused by blowing dust, said the Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety.

Agency seeks public comments on reissuing outfitter and guide permits

The Red Rock Ranger District is proposing to reissue 22 special use permits for commercial outfitters and guide activities located in the district. The district is seeking public comment on this proposal.

1966 El Camino Custom


My 1966 El Camino Custom has undergone a frame off restoration and the body is still 100 percent original.

’32 Ford Roadster


1932 Ford Roadster - Craig jumped in and drove it to Denver from Louisville, KY.

1946 Ford Convertible


We have owned our 1946 Ford Convertible since about 1994.

1939 Ford


This car belongs to Jim Winters of Payson.

1940 Ford Pickup


I found my 1940 Ford pickup at a small air field in Imperial, Calif.

Beeline Cruise-In brings beauty to Rim

Bright, shiny beauties of all sizes and ages will grace the streets of Payson this weekend when The Rim Country Classic Auto Club brings its 17th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show to Green Valley Park.

1923 T Bucket


We joined the Rim Country Classic Auto Club after moving to Payson. We both enjoy cars.

1958 Chevy BelAir


I have always wanted a nice ’58 Chevy since high school, and finally got one after all these years. It is a BelAir 2-door hardtop that has undergone a complete frame-off restoration.



1932 Ford Vicky, ZZ454, 450 HP, Turbo 350 Trans, Ford 8”/ 3:00 gears, AM/FM CD player in overhead console, VDO gauges, A/C, digital doors & windows, cruise control, new leather seats & carpeting, rack & pinion steering, new 4” dish steering wheel.



Pontiac lives on... at least around here, if not in dealerships.



Our 1963 Corvair Convertible was purchased in San Diego in 1968 primarily as a second or work car, and driven daily for the next 25 or so years.

Beauties upstage Green Valley Park

1968 Shelby Cobra GT500 -JOHN & JANET ZILISCH

My 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500 convertible has a 428 cubic inch Police Interceptor engine with a C6 automatic transmission.

1932 Ford “deuce” Vickie Special


Tom and Dottie Gossard belong to the Payson Car Club, R.C.C.A.C., and drive to many car shows during the year. After all the hard work, there is no trailering — the fun is in the driving.

’40 Chevy Special Deluxe Sedan


Pat and Elaine Carr have been active members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club since 2005.

1962 Corvette


John and MJ Hall have a 1962 white Corvette with red interior.

1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Club Coupe


I purchased “Rachel” in 1958, while working at Clark’s Top & Body Works in Pasadena, Calif.

1924 Model “T” Touring Car


Al purchased this 1924 Model “T” Touring Car in 1988.

1935 Auburn Boattail


Jim and Patty Ennis have a 1935 Auburn Boattail with a removable top. It is maroon and silver in color.


John Vaca

“I once owned a 1941 Chevy Coupe in the mid-’60s. I enjoyed driving that car almost every day until one foggy night it lost a battle with a granite light pole.

1949 FORD


We purchased our 1949 Ford in 2009 out of New Jersey. The original miles, at the time of purchase, were 54,500.



The very first car Ron had as a teenager was a Star Chief, and he searched for many years to find another one. With the new invention of the Internet, Ron finally found one in California. So, Ron and his buddy, Dick Caddenhead, drove to California with a trailer and brought the car back Dec. 10, 2002.

1968 Dodge R/T is one of a kind


This was the only Coronet R/T Convertible 440 Magnum equipped with a four-speed transmission produced in 1968.

1964 2-door Buick Skylark


Larry and Raine Trotter have a 1964 2 door Buick Skylark. The engine is a 455. It has all new chrome under the hood.

Tuesday, April 20

Lady Horns shine at FH Veterans Invite

While Longhorn tracksters prepare for an appearance tomorrow, April 21, in the Lupe Acevado Relays in Lakeside, coach Jonathan Ball continues to praise both the boys and girls for their performances in the Fountain Hills Veterans Invitational.

Horns take silver in White Mountains

Tyler Apps led the Payson links charge at the White Mountain Invitational playing his way to a tie for third in the 66-player field.

Fishing gear, other items taken from boats

After a recent rash of thefts at Roosevelt Lake, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office says campers should lock up their gear and be on high alert for suspicious activity.

Area has many good service providers for senior citizens

After a lifetime of doing things ourselves, Len and I have accepted the fact that at our ages — 77 and 82 — we no longer can climb ladders or crawl beneath a car to do what needs to be done.

Rodeo hearing slated, as talks continue

A court hearing to decide the fate of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo will start May 5, as all parties continue to work toward a solution.

PMGA plays with the Masters in ‘fantasy’ golf tourney

It certainly would be a thrill for small town golfers to play alongside some the game’s finest including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Fred Couples and Anthony Kim.

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Opening Day Fun

Little League off and running for 2010

The 2010 Little League season got off to a rip-roaring start April 17 with hot air balloon rides, bounce houses, live radio broadcasts by KMOG, raffles and prize drawings including one for a 42-inch flat screen television.

Outdoor activities planned for the coming weeks

Join retired AZGFD bat biologist, Nancy Rennison, for an evening of bat watching and listening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29 at Green Valley Lake. Learn about these mysterious fliers, how they navigate and capture their insect prey, and listen to their vocalizations.

Final East clash has Horns facing Elks

The Payson Longhorn baseball team’s quest for a postseason berth could hinge on the outcome of an East Region showdown today, April 20, vs. the visiting Round Valley Elks.

Baseball’s return at RCMS meets with success

The Rim Country Middle School baseball teams ran rampant over Oak Creek Middle School 27-0 in five innings prompting coach Gary Chitwood to say, “This should be illegal, but I promise we didn’t run the score up.”

Car show back in town

The big annual car show with beautifully restored vehicles from Model Ts to muscle cars and everything in between is back in Payson this weekend.

Recent cuts will form strong foundation for rebuilding district

During the past two weeks I have received a number of questions regarding the decisions surrounding the reductions that were made in order to meet the state Legislature’s allowed budget.

300 apply for Gila County manager’s job

Gila County officials have poured through 300 applications for the open top manager spot, and are whittling the field. And don’t pick “Mr. Dynamic,” one supervisor requested.

Battle of Star Valley town hall money goes on

The battle over Star Valley’s former town hall looks to be anything but over.

Dietician is guest speaker

Diane Frederick Bedsworth will be hosting the April 26 Diabetic Support Group. The group meets at the Senior Circle office from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m

Fire destroys Pine mobile home; flames shoot 20-30 feet high

A Pine doublewide mobile home went up in dramatic flames Thursday morning as fire crews dealt with nearly a dozen exploding propane tanks that sent flames 25 feet in the air.

Community Almanac

Dr. C.M. Curtis, noted writer, radio personality and expert in alternative medicine and weight control, will give a free class on natural weight control at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 21 at the Payson Athletic Club, 400 E. Highway 260.

Work it out boys

Granted, this ride’s already gone on way past the regulation eight seconds. But we hope that the Pro-Rodeo Committee and the Rodeo Preservation Alliance will now display the qualities of any good cowboy — grit, humility and persistence.

Recent school cuts ‘crudely Machiavellian’

In the Payson Roundup of April 13, the “Our View” contained pointed remarks regarding the recent actions of the Payson School Board and the district superintendent. I believe that it was correct to say that there exists a lack of communication and a “bunker mentality.”

Barking dogs are a nuisance

Payson’s Code Ordinance Title IX, Chapter 90 on public nuisance animal states: Any animal that unreasonably annoys or endangers life or health of persons or domestic animals ... disturbs the peace and quiet of any person … shall include, but not be limited to the following:

It is all about compassion

Main Entry: com·pas·sion Pronunciation: \k?m-?pa-sh?n\ It’s Their Calling …

Corporations need to pay more taxes

Sen. Jon Kyl’s recent Guest Comment (“Revenues aren’t the problem; spending is ...”) is filled with suede-shoe rhetoric. Spending is part of our fiscal problem, to be sure. However, that’s because earlier this decade Sen. Kyl and the Republican majority at the time approved two huge Bush Administration tax cuts totaling over $3 trillion, without making any offsetting cuts in spending. Now he wants President Barack Obama and the present Democratic majority to clean up the fiscal mess by making draconian cuts in spending to accommodate the irresponsible fiscal policies of the earlier Bush-Cheney-Kyl Administration.

Angry with school board decision

I would just like to say, I, for one, am highly angry about the cuts the board made. They picked people based on personal and political opinion. At this point as a community we have been lied to by the school board.

Open letter to Tea Party Patriots

An open letter to the Tea Party Patriots:

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Yoga for kids — helping them relieve test stress

They slogged through their days alert yet unwilling, the standardized tests a major event in the adult universe, but an annoying duty in the world of kids.

Early to bed, eat a good breakfast and then sit for hours penciling in small circles while trying not to twitch. Then gym class. Ahhhh yoga.

Hospice Compassus gets new director

Things are changing at Hospice Compassus. Executive Director Carol Davison is leaving April 23 to go to Houston where she will continue working for the company.

Serving up unique hot dog creations

Like so many Americans, Vonda Lux found herself without a job when the company she worked for downsized and closed up shop.

Are ‘as is’ agreements really as is for new home buyers?

Today because of the increased number of foreclosures and short sales, many properties are being sold “as is.”

Fruth leads Rim’s Pat’s Run charge

The Rim Country had its usual strong showing at the annual Pat’s Run with 17 local residents traveling April 17 to Tempe to participate in the event, which drew a record crowd of 28,000 participants.

Rim residents invited to renew spirit in two programs

As the world around us renews itself this spring, perhaps some of us are looking for our own renewal in some manner. If renewed spirit is what you are seeking, then there are two programs coming up that may be of interest.

Sonoran Swing Orchestra performs this Sunday

Join the Sonoran Swing Orchestra for an afternoon of music this Sunday, April 25.

Brooke wants to charge Mesa del Caballo hauling costs

The Arizona Corporation Commission is reviewing a request by Brooke Utilities to charge residents of Mesa del Caballo to haul water this summer if they run short.

Thousands get early release from Gila jail

County has no place to put prisoners in overcrowded jails

In the last 180 days, the Gila County jail has released more than 2,000 prisoners early because of space constraints. County officials fear the state will compound this problem if the coming sales tax vote fails and roughly 170 state prisoners return to Gila County, most of them maximum custody.

Blasting will delay traffic on Highway 260 Wednesday

A two-mile segment of Highway 260, approximately 15 miles east of Payson, will be closed at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 for blasting, said the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Monday, April 19

Telephone scams circulate through area

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of three telephone scams circulating through the area.

Pine mobile home goes up in flames

A Pine doublewide mobile home went up in dramatic flames Thursday morning as fire crews dealt with nearly a dozen exploding propane tanks that sent flames 25 feet in the air.

Friday, April 16

Follow a retirement withdrawal strategy that won’t leave you empty

When you’re working, you probably focus on how much you’re putting in to your investment portfolio. But when you retire, how much you take out will be a matter of considerable interest. And that’s why you have to prepare the proper withdrawal strategies.

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Chili cookoff, horse race May 1 in Christopher Creek

The Christopher Creek Visitors Association Chili Cookoff and Kentucky Derby will be May 1 held at the Creekside Restaurant.

Church sponsors free dinner each month

Is there any season greater than springtime? Having lived in a place with no discernable seasons for many years I find myself barely able to contain the desire to be outside doing something — in fact, anything at all.

Council dumps growth limits

Payson repeals 250-unit ration in surprisingly quiet meeting

The growth control era in Payson ended Thursday night not with a bang, but a whimper.

Carole Shevlin given community service award by DAR

For years of dedicated service in the ReadOut program, Carole Shevlin was honored by the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) April 9 with a community service award.

School layoffs provoke criticism

Days after the Payson Unified School District lost 8 percent of its staff, both the public and the district are surveying the remains.

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Color runs riot

Desert blooms reveal secret of life in magenta, yellow and orange

So here I am. Poppy to the left of me. Cactus to the right. Here I am. Stuck in the middle with, well, let’s say a nice brittlebush.

Water company has new manager

Effective April 1, Jeff Daniels of Christopher Creek has become the certified operator and company manager of the Tonto Village Water Company.

Computer tips for the kids in your life

Just recently, Computer Problem Specialists was awarded a large, ongoing IT project with the Globe Unified School District

Roadside puppy sellers don’t want you to see their homes

Hallelujah! We have puppies! Yes, the most darling little guys you’ve ever seen. There are four precious hounds, as well as one sweet little fuzzy lab mix. With more on the way.

Dead tree creates mess on highway

The week started out with a “Red Flag” warning and very high winds on Monday.

Payson tries to lure new employers

Town offers ‘personal service’ to move businesses through the approval process

Sometimes, you can’t wait for them to ring the doorbell.

Well levels rise sharply, water use remains low

Payson last year used only 62 percent of the “safe yield” of its wells, resulting in a heartening rise in well levels all over town, according to a water status report presented to the town council on Thursday.

P-S wells brimming with water for the summer

Mother Nature appears to have dealt water-starved residents of Pine and Strawberry a pleasant summer surprise.

Payson superintendent is finalist for Valley job

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien is one of three finalists in the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix.

Community Almanac

The Payson Masonic Lodge is having a Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 17. The lodge is at 200 E. Rancho Road.

Rocky progress for ASU campus

Hopes for an Arizona State University campus in Payson have acquired a certain Rocky feel — a bruised and battered boxer with heart, training for a fight no one thinks he can win.

Revenues aren’t the problem; spending is the problem

Americans all recognize certain dates. We know Jan. 1, July 4, Dec. 25, to name a few.

Ideas for the Pine community

I agree Pine is a wonderful town and would like to give my input as a resident on what the town needs.

Remember the education cuts come election time

I am writing this letter to the Payson Unified School Board. As a parent and former Tonto Basin School Board member, which I served for six years, I was very happy to know that our community passed the special bond election.

Food for thought

These days, everyone from celebrities to journalists to politicians has an opinion about the “right” way to raise food. Often, their criticism of a rancher like me relates to the environment — people say we aren’t doing our part to protect the planet.

Thanks for the honor

We want to express our appreciation to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Economic Vitality Department for the honor of being named the “2010 Small Business of the Year.”

Main Street Guild thanks Easter EGGStravaganza helpers

The Payson Main Street Guild would like to thank all those who helped make the Easter EGGStravaganza such a resounding success. A special recognition to John Naughton, publisher and the staff of the Payson Roundup for their promotion of this event. In addition, we would like to thank the entire community for their support by coming and participating in this event, because without you, it wouldn’t have happened.

Will the real Obama stand up

The statement of the month by Lt. Col. Peters, U.S. Marines (retired Special Forces), on Fox News a week or so ago and made this statement. “As long as there are some Islamic ideological Muslims such as Al Qaeda, Ivan, and others like them, there will never be peace on earth.” The ideological Muslims want to cleanse the earth of all infidels before the coming of the 12th Iman.

Comparative school costs

A number of us are concerned about K-12 school costs, and some are concerned about our school costs and the costs of other school systems.

Health legislation has too much junk in it

I am so much in favor of making sure all American citizens can get basic health care. The problem with the health care bill just passed into law is it has so much junk in it and is not paid for, so it most likely will not achieve the above mentioned goals.

A brave man is a brave man, Part II

I left off last week at the point where Commodore Harwood, with his small naval force, sailed toward Africa on the route the Nazi battleship Graf Spee would take to reach the mouth of the River Plate. Harwood, with his 8-inch cruiser HMS Exeter and the 6-inch cruisers Ajax and Achilles, meant to meet the 11-inch guns of the heavily armored Graf Spee head on. He was determined to end a trail of sunken British merchant ships or die in the attempt.

CASA volunteers honored for dedicated service

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) support the needs of abused or neglected children in court. On Tuesday, two Payson CASAs were honored for eight years of dedicated service with CASAs Distinguished Award.

County offers free greenwaste disposal at Buckhead Mesa landfill April 17

Gila County Supervisors said in honor of Earth Day the Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge on Saturday, April 17 to encourage residents to clear their property of weeds and brush in preparation of wildfire season. Greenwaste includes trees, brush, pine needles and leaves.

Colt White announces run for northern Gila County constable

Sheriff Deputy Colt White has resigned from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office to seek the Republican nomination for the office of constable in the northern part of Gila County.

Payson K-9 helps officers locate $2,000 worth of methamphetamine

Thanks to the trained nose of Payson Police Department’s K-9, $2,000 worth of methamphetamine was taken off the streets April 7.

Talks continue on ASU campus

Arizona State University and Payson Thursday issued a joint release to say their negotiations are continuing about building a four-year campus here, despite a month-long delay in signing a promised memorandum of understanding.

County to do GED testing on three upcoming dates

GED testing will be conducted by the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office on April 17, May 15 and June 19.

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Lady Horns fighting for playoffs

The Payson High School baseball and softball teams are facing similar playoff fates.

Longhorn baseball team still has hopes for state berth

The Longhorn baseball team’s five-year stretch of reaching the season-ending state tournament could be in danger.

PHS athletics in tailspin with dismissals

Good luck to those trying to figure out the future of the Payson High School sports and athletic programs.

Weekend warriors set for annual Pat’s Run

The Rim Country has traditionally been well represented at Pat’s Run, with many local joggers, runners and ground pounders traveling to Tempe for the annual event.

Detention supervisor, officer of the quarter named

Sheriff John R. Armer has selected Sgt. Christine Durarte and David Kell as detention supervisor and detention officer of the quarter respectively for their outstanding performance and work ethic in the Gila County Globe Central Jail.

New pediatrician joins Payson Pediatrics

Dr. Matilda Garcia has joined Payson Pediatrics. Garcia started office hours at the medical practice April 1.

Garden service celebrating 26 years in Rim Country

Iris Garden Service has been in the Rim Country for 26 years. Owned and operated by 87-year-old Iris Buckpitt Shaw, the company provides yard cleaning services, will plant your gardens for you and maintain everything if needed.

Business Briefs

The Arizona Association of Realtors reminds everyone that the deadline to qualify for the first-time homebuyer tax credit is April 30.

April crappie fishing picks up

Its mid-April and the crappies on Roosevelt Lake are finally moving to the shallows for their annual spawn. Having said this, still the fishing is sporadic because it is so difficult to find a bank where there is a heavy concentration of those dark speckled beauties. A good day on the water might be a stringer of 20 fish, unless you can find a real hot spot.

Thursday, April 15

Gear head invades gallery

Tom Lake proudly admits to being a gear head and says his young son, Titus is following in his footsteps. But he is not your typical gear head, covered in grease and talking engines, fuels and all that.

Make Sunday Mornings Sweet

Sunday mornings are a time to slow down and enjoy being with loved ones. It’s the perfect day to relax and create an easy, yet special breakfast for family or friends.

Blood Pressure That Won’t Budge

My family has a history of high blood pressure. Can you recommend anything?

Cleaning and preserving wood decks

According to reports by most major home improvement magazines, a deck is one of the 10 best ways to improve the value of one’s home. And, the value continues to appreciate provided the deck is well maintained. On the contrary, a poorly maintained deck will not only detract from the beauty of the home, but also may be structurally unsound and be cause for injury. Therefore, regular deck maintenance should be a part of the home improvement agenda for anyone with a deck.

The Reno Road

The wet winter has led to a flowery spring, particularly between Payson and its bigger neighbor to the south, Phoenix. Many a city dweller will explore the terrain, often going on day trips to enjoy nature’s beauty. But it is easy to forget that such a day trip wasn’t so easy long ago. It’s time for a look at the Reno Road.

A visit to the holy land

Many years ago I was on an around-the-world tour that worked its way from Los Angeles west through the Orient, Middle East, into Israel, Egypt and Greece before returning to Los Angeles. By the time we were to fly into Israel I was so tired of travel and flying that I almost wished that we weren’t going to Israel. However, as the aircraft approached the shores of Israel to land at Tel Aviv airport, I began thinking of my Sunday School days and the Holy Land. By the time I had deplaned I was anxiously looking forward to visiting the places I had studied in the Bible. You will too.

Anna Faris to star in ‘Private Benjamin’ remake

Thankfully, the awards season is on the wane. Everyone is getting more than a bit sated over the “same old, same old.” However, with the summer season almost upon us, production is slowing down and news is harder to find (except, of course, when Paris, Lindsay and Britney are around). One piece of news about the awards: It looks like Oscar may be in February come next go-round.

Around Rim Country

The Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s plans for the 17th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show are in the final stages.

Low-cost rabies vaccinations

A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main.

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Group to display ‘archi-texture’ at fiber art exhibit in May

Patchwork colored hills of orange, green and blue, a 3-D tree popping off the hills, its roots begging you to reach out and touch them flowing off the canvas and a confetti field of flowers carefully planted below. If this sounds like a work of art you would find in a Valley art museum, you’d be wrong. It is the innovative design of today’s quilting.

Wednesday, April 14

Tribal vice chairman dies

The Tonto Apache Tribe’s longest serving board member died early Tuesday morning from apparent natural causes.

Tuesday, April 13

Government can live within financial constraints

At yesterday’s supervisors meeting in Globe, John Nelson, Gila County acting county manager, made a significant announcement.

Little League opening day is Saturday, April 17

The savory smell of hot dogs roasting, the crack of the bat and the sight of young players running down fly balls will fill Rumsey Park beginning April 17 — Little League opening day.

County finances strong despite assault from state

Plummeting sales tax revenues have tested Gila County’s reserve, but officials say they’re positioned better than most to withstand cost shifting from the state.

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Town soccer kicks off

It wasn’t the largest turnout ever for the town-sponsored youth soccer league, but the 400 youths who attended a season-opening camp April 10 filled South Rumsey Park fields to their boundaries

Stimulus money should be spent on schools, not on studies, decorative sidewalks

After reading in Friday’s Roundup that our local school district plans to cut 10 more jobs, including those of some teachers, I then read in Sunday’s Arizona Republic that the federal government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse has granted $1.7 million to the University of Arizona to study the long-term effects of the drug Ecstasy.

Water rates should be based on need

Determining water rates based on neighboring communities is not how a utility determines rates. While I would agree it is important to be aware of others’ rates, this information should only be used to ensure our utility is competitive and following prudent practices.

Closed door decisions have hurt schools

The school board hoped voters wouldn’t notice its bleak, closed-door, arbitrary decisions about which long-term employees it would treat with shabby disrespect. They got away with it on the first round — with a quick, 30-minute meeting to lay off nine employees — mostly administrators.

Community Almanac

Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, is hosting guest speaker Colleen O’Connor from KC’s Home Health Care at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14. She will give a free presentation — “Benefits of Home Health Care.”

Water rate hike may halt use of reserves

Payson officials say proposed 20 percent rise would protect money for Blue Ridge and replacement of aging water mains

Payson needs a big hike in its water rates to stop slurping up the money it needs to maintain the existing system before it’s too late, says Assistant Public Works Director Buzz Walker.

Mesa police officer rescued from canyon with broken leg

A Mesa police officer who broke his leg while hiking south of Payson managed to splint his own leg and pull himself out of a canyon Saturday evening before rescuers arrived.

SV council told to expect revenue drop

Just because you have money, doesn’t mean you have to spend it.

Council takes on growth limit repeals

The Payson Town Council may repeal the town’s growth limits on Thursday in the course of a crowded agenda that packs about a year’s worth of controversy into one long night.

School layoff decisions painful, agonizing

Layoffs have wiped out the top three administrators at Payson High School, leaving in their wake agonized men, two of them having devoted nearly their entire careers to this close-knit district.

Legislative malfeasance should not be tolerated

Our state parks are in danger of being closed, our schools are laying off copious numbers of teachers, our rest areas are being shut down, our libraries are being shuttered or forced into reduced hours, and health care for kids is being eliminated.

Will town council give Payson residents peace of mind?

The Payson Town Council has before it Ordinance 777 to be voted on at its next meeting on April 15. Passage of this ordinance will repeal Ordinance 695 that was passed in 2006 to limit annual residential building activity to 250 permits.

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Zany lessons in Rim history

Zane Grey immortalized Rim Country before the name existed, writing adventurous tales of wrangling mountain lions and foraging in the forest.

Kinder-Plus offered by Payson school

All-day kindergarten throughout Arizona is a casualty of the 2011 state budget.

For the love of music

Choral society has 20 years of song

It started with a retired concert pianist wanting to create a forum to perform for an audience.

PHS safe driving project honored

Payson High School’s award-winning teen driving safety project has been honored twice more this year.

New bookstore serves up more than just good reads

A place for books, coffee, music, friends and yoga. If you have dreamed of such a space in Payson, your dream has just come true.

Lending entities explained

We hear many acronyms for the players in the mortgage business, but who are these entities that control it and sometimes operate behind the scenes?

AG challenges Legislature’s cuts, lawsuits

Terry Goddard’s launch of campaign for governor includes stop in Payson

On a stop in Payson during a statewide swing to launch his campaign for governor, Attorney General Terry Goddard challenged the legal basis of a lawsuit to block health care reform as well as the legality of key legislative budget cuts.

One dead in Highway 87 rollover

At least one person is dead and several others injured after two vehicles collided and rolled on Highway 87 south of town Friday.

Flowing Springs community earns Firewise recognition

The small community of Flowing Springs has worked toward and achieved, national Firewise Communities/USA Recognition.

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Even the dead guys enjoyed a good time

Oh dear. The town fell. We’ve gone rebel. This could be bad.

District lays off well-loved employees

School board’s decision unpopular

Nine more people in the Payson Unified School District lost their jobs Monday night after a slew of impassioned testimony and angry members of the public castigated the board for ignoring public sentiment.

PHS golfers prep for WMI

Coach Bret Morse and his Longhorn varsity golf team are spending the practice week prepping for the 36-hole White Mountain Invitational to be played April 16 at Silver Creek and the following day on the Snowflake Community Golf Course.

School officials not ready to pick replacement coaches, AD

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien and newly appointed high school principal Kathe Ketchem have not yet decided on a new football coach or a method that will be used to select a replacement for Matt Mayo, who resigned March 26.

Lady Horns sting Yellow Jackets in Lakeside

Exactly what the Lady Longhorns softball team’s 5-3 win over Blue Ridge will mean later this season has yet to be determined — but it most certainly was a morale booster.

Saturday, April 10

Gary Scales named to replace retiring pro tem judge

On Friday, the Gila County Superior Court announced Globe attorney Gary V. Scales would replace retiring pro tem Judge Peter J. DeNinno

Friday, April 9

Listen carefully and you will hear turkeys in the forest

Springtime in the high country of Arizona brings a unique opportunity of hearing wild turkeys in the woods.

Academic success part of NCAA title teams

Most refreshing about the NCAA championship basketball game on Monday evening was that it showcased two teams, Duke and Butler, on which academic success and good character are priorities.

Community Almanac

Come see the new Z-Coil shoes on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center.

‘The Battle of Payson’ this Saturday at Green Valley Park

Get out your Union and Confederate flags and choose a side, because “The Battle of Payson” Civil War re-enactment is set to explode on Green Valley Park, Saturday April 10, from noon to 4 p.m.

Rim Country Museum grabs honors from magazine

Hundreds of museums around the country celebrate the American West and True West magazine says the Rim Country Museum in Payson is one of the best.

Pine school still offering free all-day kindergarten

Despite losing state funding for all-day kindergarten, the Pine Strawberry Elementary School will still offer it next year at no cost to parents, Superintendent Mike Clark said recently.

Most forest roads not reopened

Although the calendar says spring, much of the Coconino National Forest looks like winter. Most of the roads on the Coconino National Forest — those above the Mogollon Rim —are still snowy and muddy and remain closed.

Weather hinders Longhorn golfers match with Winslow

Battling 20 mph winds and 25 mph gusts made playing the pristine Chaparral Pines golf course an adventure for the high school golfers representing Payson and Winslow high schools.

County adult education programs likely to survive

Arizona’s adult education program will miraculously continue next year on a shoestring even after lawmakers slashed its $4.4 million in funding when they balanced the budget.

Payson High kicker commits to St. Louis area college

The teenager who booted the winning extra point in the Payson Longhorns’ dramatic 34-33 double overtime victory over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets in the 2008 state championship final is taking his act to college.

Board, school needs to be more transparent

Thank you for your reasoned and somewhat emotionless editorial Friday, “Schools Must Keep Public Informed.”

Progressive agenda and scare tactics

Progressive has a pretty name and leads one to believe that it is for good progress when in fact it is destroying our country from the inside out.

Common sense comes to rescue of the forest

Sometimes, common sense can prove maddeningly uncommon. So when common sense triumphs, it’s cause for uncommon celebration.

Longhorns hope to avenge loss to Blue Ridge

The Longhorn baseball team (3-2, 7-11) travel today, April 9, to Lakeside armed with aspirations of avenging a March 30 disheartening 16-1 loss to the region-leading Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets (4-0, 15-3).

Study looks at what Pine-Strawberry business owners want

The Pine-Strawberry business community needs to work together to define a clear identity for the area and attract new businesses that offer more for the locals, according to the results of a new independent survey by a Pine resident.

We must take steps to make energy more affordable

The days are getting longer and temperatures are growing warmer. Summer is fast approaching. For a lot of folks, summer means family vacations and many miles on the road. Unfortunately, gas prices often rise during the summer months, making trips harder on families’ wallets.

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Six schools take part in co-ed meet

It wasn’t the traditional track meet in which boys and girls compete separately in open events, but rather the Chuck Hardt Coed Relay Carnival featured prep athletes of both sexes competing alongside one another — sometimes running legs in opposite directions.

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Annual egg hunt a huge success

The spring winds arrived Monday with wind speeds around 35 to 45 mph and gusts up to 55 mph. They extended into the night and subsided by 6 a.m.

Payson loses another native son

Memorial services will be held at 11 am., Saturday April 17 at the Tonto Apache gym for native son Columbus Buford “Junior” Haught, 86, who died April 3, 2010 in Payson. A potluck will be held following the services.

Allen to push for GCC independence

Legislative bills would allow Gila Community College to own its buildings; second bill would give college bonding authority

Gila Community College advocates may find it easier to gain accreditation if they don’t immediately demand more funding, state Senator Sylvia Allen said recently.

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Community leaders honored

From a group of dedicated search and rescue volunteers to a humanitarian chef, an eclectic group of business owners and organizations were recognized Thursday at the fourth annual Rim Country Business Awards.

Breakthrough forest agreement complete

Environmentalists and loggers agree on a plan to thin 50,000 acres

Environmentalists and loggers have agreed on a groundbreaking plan to use a reinvented timber industry to restore forest health by thinning 750,000 acres of dangerously overgrown central Arizona forests.

Rescue organizations offer purebred pets

I watched him as he looked out the window, a nervous look on his face. I couldn’t help but wonder what must be going through his mind. A once beloved member of a family. Now one who had fallen through the cracks of a broken home.

Reminder: ‘Pack it in, pack it out’

My hubby and I and our neighbor took a ride to Diamond Point this past weekend. I have lived here for about 10 years and had never gone to the tower. We couldn’t get too close, the barriers are still in place.

Head to Pine for Shop Hop

Don’t forget to head to Pine for the Second Saturday Shop Hop tomorrow, April 10. Several of Pine’s finest gift shops, antique stores, and restaurants will feature special pricing, entertainment, and/or refreshments between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to celebrate the return of this popular monthly event.

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Singer told of roads that led to ‘Drugs or Jesus’

Throughout our lives, each of us face a multitude of difficult choices. If we make good choices, life is good. But if we choose the wrong fork in the road, our life’s journey is often filled with potholes and even life-threatening.

Spring Fling planning in the works

The second annual Spring Fling Under the Stars/Party in the Creek at Paula’s is May 3. Entertaining everyone will be Lynda St. John and Wendy with the music starting at 5 p.m. This will be a great night of fun, dancing underneath the stars. The location is Wheeler’s Resort at Paula’s and admission is $10 per person. Please also BYOB, bring a chair and also bring a dish for the potluck. Everyone is invited to come join in the festivities.

German student enjoys laid back atmosphere

Although he misses going to the discos and drinking with his friends in his native country of Germany, foreign exchange student Lukas Benecke says he still enjoys America with its easier school courses and laid back atmosphere.

Meals a blessing to residents

Every day Lella Brown and her beloved black mutt Chico anxiously wait outside Pineview Manor Apartments for Meals on Wheels volunteer John Wakelin.

As soon as Wakelin’s minivan pulls off South Clack Road, Chico runs over to greet him with a lick. Wakelin pets Chico and then pulls out a piping hot meal for Brown, prepared only hours before at the Payson Senior Center.

Judge says rodeo compromise crucial

At an afternoon hearing Wednesday, both sides of lawyers on the August rodeo dispute agreed to work together to quickly, and as cheaply as possible, come to a resolution.

Up to 10 more school layoffs coming Monday

The Payson Unified School District will lay off another eight to 10 employees at Monday night’s board meeting, Superintendent Casey O’Brien confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Thanks to dedicated NPG crew

I am sure that there were several calls to the NPG call center on the afternoon of Saturday. April 3, after a man took a service pole down with his truck. I am sure it will be in our local paper this week (Roundup, April 6).

Too many phone books

I am not sure if all of the Payson residents know this, but we have three phone books (that I know of).

Kyl offers no positive suggestions

If the issues were not so important, the rants of Senator NO (Jon Kyl) might be viewed as merely irritating partisan blather.

A brave man is a brave man

There’s an odd truth about us human beings. When we are at war, we do our best to hate each other, often succeeding altogether too well. But when the shooting, and the suffering, and the dying are over, no matter how hard we try to keep on hating, the anger and bitterness drain out of us, slowly ebbing away until we once again come to see each other as we did before — as ordinary people.

Put these estate planning moves to work for you to protect a legacy

Like everyone else, you want to leave a legacy. To make it happen, though, you need to do some estate planning.

Wednesday, April 7

Rim Country Museum grabs honor from magazine

Hundreds of museums around the country celebrate the American West and True West magazine says the Rim Country Museum in Payson is one of the best.

Lawyers in rodeo dispute agree to work quickly

At an afternoon hearing Wednesday, both sides of lawyers on the August rodeo dispute agreed to work together to quickly and as cheaply as possible come to a resolution.

PHS drama students put on spring musical

Payson High School will present “The Boyfriend” as its annual spring musical. This is a fun and upbeat musical set in the 1920s. It was actually Julie Andrews’ first musical.

Young radio days

When I was in my early youth I entertained the neighbor children with plays, talent shows and whatever else seemed of show value.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

The Story of Payson, Arizona Chapter 40: Volunteer fire department organized

For many years fighting fires in Payson consisted of the town folk running to the scene and forming bucket brigades. Large fires, like the burning of the Herron Hotel in November 1918, left the populace helpless, except to drape wet blankets over the neighboring structures and watch until the fire burned itself out.

The promise of the fourth cup

During this celebratory time of year, Jews and Christians alike celebrate the Passover.

Battle of Payson

Learn from living history

The blue and grey will once again look down the barrels of muskets and cannons in Green Valley Park.

Freeing up drains

Clogged and slow-running drains are a common nuisance that most of us would rather not deal with. Having said that, there are steps you can take to keep your drains “tuned-up” and to keep them running freely.

Four steps to healthy family meals

With busy family schedules and limited time, it seems harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But according to a new book, there are ways to help your family develop the healthy habits they need — even when you don’t have much time.

Overactive bladder is ruining any hope of social life

If we go to a restaurant, I must have a table near the restrooms, or I won’t sit down. What can be done? I’ll try anything.

Explore the Pacific Northwest

Would you like a seven-day vacation that combines travel by rail and water, and starts with a fairly inexpensive direct air flight? If so, then you might like an escorted tour to the Pacific Northwest, taking in Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria.

Tuesday, April 6

Nossek takes Arizona gold

Much like the television commercial bunny that keeps on “going and going and going,” Maddie Nossek keeps getting “better and better and better.”

District focus on shielding classrooms

First — the good news. Payson schools have done a good job of coping with hard times — and funneling as much money as possible into the classrooms. In truth, last week’s layoffs focused mostly on administration but comprised only the latest effort by the school district to shelter the classroom from the debilitating impact of worsening budget cuts.

Classroom spending ratio falls

Administration, transportation and support costs increase

The share of its budget Payson schools spend in the classroom per student has shrunk in the past five years, but still remains higher than other similarly-sized Arizona schools, according to a recently released report from the state auditor general.

Accident takes out NPG Cable service

About 2,500 NPG Cable customers were stranded without Internet and television service for much of the weekend after a Toyota pickup jumped a curb and hit a pole at a corner of Highway 260, next to Safeway.

Community Almanac

Payson Unified School District #10 will observe a half-day inservice day on Wednesday, April 7.

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Craft store doles out fun with classes, supplies

Leanne Pocalun loves having fun with crafts. From porcelain dolls, to quilting and beading, and even pet scrapbooking, Pocalun loves learning new techniques and sharing them with friends.

Fool me once

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! The new insurance reform calls for premiums to begin long before they are needed for payout. The thinking is that the funds will be accumulated and held until they are needed to satisfy claims.

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Miscues continue to plague Horns

Payson opened the Wolves Classic baseball tournament with a 14-13 win over Buckeye Verrado, but couldn’t again stir up the winning formula.

Rodeo dispute moves to court Wednesday

Legal battle turns on ‘last, best offer’

Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to start sorting out who owns the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Health care law does us no favors

The health care bill will not help seniors. It will place a 3-1/2 percent tax on Social Security and destroy our Medicare system.

Coach to host middle school volleyball camp

PHS volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is working to build his program from the ground up, much like a legendary former Longhorn wrestling coach once did.

Pine-Strawberry home sales take off in first quarter

Payson-Star Valley market lags behind with sale prices dipping

The first quarter statistics for the Rim Country real estate picture produced an uptick in units sold; however, the average sales price dropped in Payson-Star Valley from the first quarter of 2009.

PMGA two-man best ball tournament goes into overtime

It took a sudden death chip off to decide the A flight championship of the Payson Men’s Golf association two-man best ball tournament.

Other non-profits require background checks

This letter is in response to Ms. Rothenbach’s letter on March 23. I have to say that I am well informed that Payson Community Kid is not the only non-profit that requires a background check at the expense of the volunteer. The Time Out Shelter and Big Brothers Big Sisters all require a background check that the volunteer is required to pay for.

Register now for April 26 GLH tourney

Former Payson High school football standout turned Department of Public Safety officer Jimmy Oestmann is spending his off time serving as tournament director for the Third Annual Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund Golf tournament.

Career-based groups abound at Payson High School

Rigorous classes help students prepare for jobs wrangling everything from computers to cows

Career and Technical Education programs in 21st-century high schools bear little resemblance to your father’s manual arts classes or your grandmother’s home economics lessons.

Where is Ann Kirkpatrick?

This week and next, the Congress is on recess so the representatives could go to their home districts and talk to their constituents about D.C. happenings. I have called her D.C. office three times as well as the Flagstaff office since Monday, and none of her “helpers” can tell me where she’s at in CD1. There is nothing listed on her Web site.

We are in for wild ride

The future of America was inadvertently written large and clear by a second level administration bureaucrat yesterday. Assistant Treasury Secretary Herbert Allison said we did not fully envision the challenges that we would encounter. The quote is in reference to the government program to adjust troubled home loans.

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Painting, decorating of SV town hall started

Only one day after approving the purchase of a new Star Valley town hall, staff began painting, redecorating and playfully arguing over who got which office at the new space Thursday.

Rodeo parade without sponsor, gets canceled

With the fate of the Main Street program up in the air, the Green Valley Redevelopment Area Commission decided not to take the spring rodeo parade over Thursday, and with no one available to plan it, the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee has canceled the event.

No high-tech games needed when we were kids

Do kids still play hop scotch? Marbles? Jacks? With the proliferation of computer and electronic games, the things that amused us back in the day probably would bore the youngsters of today.

Dr. Cynthia Booth will hold round table discussion on women over 50

Osteoporosis, the condition characterized by weak and fragile bones, is responsible for more than 1.5 million bone fractures each year — many resulting from falls.

PHS golfers battle wind, foes to win

Playing back-to-back games in turbulent and often unstable weather conditions wasn’t an obstacle the Payson Longhorn golf team couldn’t overcome.

AHCCCS budget cuts hit Gila County hard

Health coverage endangered for many residents

Nearly one-third of Gila County residents have a life and death stake in the mushrooming battle between the state and federal governments about wholesale cuts in medical care for low-income residents — especially children.

Homeowners urged to beware of infestation threatening pinyons

The Arizona State Forestry Division has issued a warning to Payson residents to be on the lookout for a pine-tree-killing disease carried by beetles.

Water rate increase untimely

A proposed 20 percent increase in water rates is indeed untimely with people faced with job uncertainty and higher taxes at all levels.

Friday, April 2

Thank you, Ann Kirkpatrick

Thank you, Ann Kirkpatrick, for voting for the good of the nation rather than to save only yourself

Thanks to all those who took part in spelling bee

Rim Country Literacy Program wishes to thank everyone who participated in the very successful spelling bee fund-raiser.

Showcase was a big success

Thanks to all the exhibitors and visitors for being a part of the 18th annual Business Showcase.

We all pay the bills for uninsured

Five of the nation’s largest health care corporations posted record profits last year. United Health, Wellpoint, Aetna, Humana and Cigna managed to do this in a year when their enrollment dropped by 2.7 million Americans. Three of these corporations shifted more of their premiums out of providing coverage to executive salaries and administrative overhead.

MSA continues to make mark in Rim Country

It was obvious to those who attended the Fourth Annual Optimist Kids Fishing Festival on March 27 at Green Valley Park that the Mogollon Sporting Association was, as usual, at the forefront of the event.

Gardening on the square: more for less

Gardening in less space with less water, less work, less digging — sounds almost as easy as going to the grocery store. That is what the Square Foot Gardening method promises. It also promises more yield and easier access.

Presbyterian church marks 75 years of service

Payson’s first church, Community Presbyterian, begins celebrating its 75th anniversary Sunday, April 11 with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Celebrating Easter

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is once again bringing the Resurrection Celebration to the Rim Country.

Payson High softball, baseball struggle against Jackets, Cougars

Wins were hard to come by this past week at Payson High School.

Springtime bass fishing heating up

The water is starting to stabilize on Roosevelt Lake at 100 percent of capacity, which is good news for the future of warm water fishing. Longer days mean more solar heating as the temperature of the water is rising to the low 60s, and that creates perfect spawning conditions for the largemouth bass. All sizes of bass will be cruising the shallows looking for the right location to make the nest where the female will lay the eggs that will soon be fertilized by the male fish.

PHS to go without athletic director

Unless staff changes are made down the road, Payson High School will function next school year without an athletic director.

Annual Fool’s Day event is at high school gym

To bring awareness to the growing problem of underage drinking and drug use in the community, the Community Prevention Council is co-sponsoring the fifth annual Fool’s Day Fun event, Saturday, April 3.

Canadian woman dies in motorcycle accident

A Canadian woman is dead and her husband seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding crashed near Forest Lakes Tuesday evening.

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PHS theater group staging musical

Payson Longhorn Theatre Troupe’s spring musical, “The Boyfriend,” enlivens the vivacious and affluent fun of the French Riviera during the 1920s.

Payson studies water rate hike

Council takes first step in plan that could raise water rates by 20 percent

The Payson Town Council Thursday took the first step toward raising water rates and boosting taxes on hotel rooms and rental cars.

Middle school Mavericks to play hardball

The Mavericks are playing baseball this season for the first time since the program was disbanded about six years ago.

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The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a Spring Fling for First Friday festivities, April 2. The thrift store will be open until 8 p.m. Wayne Todd will provide live musical entertainment; there will be special Easter refreshments, door prizes and more from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Gear head invades gallery

Tom Lake proudly admits to being a gear head and says his young son, Titus, is following in his footsteps. But he is not your typical gear head, covered in grease and talking engines, fuels and all that.

Image of our Founding Fathers isn’t quite accurate

Whenever you and I think about our Founding Fathers an image pops into our heads of solemn-faced, serious-minded, dignified men who spend all their time thinking about great issues. That’s fine, but I can’t help suspecting it isn’t altogether accurate. You know what I mean? Even 250 years ago, people were people.

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Flying fabrics, nimble fingers

Rim women sew up a storm for charity

The fabric was flying and nimble fingers created a blur as a couple dozen women recently devoted several long hours sewing for charity. At the Quilting Sisters, formerly Quilters Outpost in the Swiss Village Shops, about a dozen women made 140 pillowcases for charities as part of the shop’s participation in the Bernina 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge March 24.

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Angels complete 362 quilts at annual Quilt-a-Thon

The First Baptist Church in Pine will be holding a Sunrise Service at 6:50 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning followed by a fellowship breakfast. All are welcome to come celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

New fire district classification can lead to reduced insurance premiums

The communities that are in the Hellsgate Fire District just received really good news regarding the ISO ( Insurance Services Office).

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Lady Horn stars at premier meet

Maddie Nossek saved her best for the biggest meet of the season.

Payson, Star Valley ahead of county in Census returns

Thursday marked National Census Day, but just 43 percent of Gila County residents had returned the form as of Thursday afternoon.

Schools must keep public informed

No way around it: This is bad. And no doubt about it: Our heart goes out to the Payson Unified School District, facing painful cuts in programs absolutely vital to the future of this community.

We should repeal new law and start over

A few days before President Obama signed the health spending bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass this bill so that you can find out what was in it.”

Cheaters corrupt government

Childhood sports are among my fondest memories. Do you remember using a sock for a ball and a stick for a bat?

President has made student loans less available

President Obama has signed a major revision to the student loan program. This was included as a part of the health care services and insurance legislation.

Be careful who you follow

Catholics in America and worldwide are obviously rightly ashamed that their leader, the Pope, most likely hid and protected pedophiles

Payson firefighters explore training simulator

Like children with a new toy, Payson firefighters gleefully explored their new $170,000 training facility Tuesday, crawling through crammed passages, breaking down doors and setting fire to one room, only days after receiving it.

Highway closed briefly due to accident

The warm up has begun in our area as of late

Elect someone who will do the will of the people

I see the ads from the Democratic National Committee thanking Ann Kirkpatrick for voting yes on health care reform.

Lodge fortunate to have repeat guests

Awhile back I received a nice letter from a Barbara Himmelberger. She’s been coming up to Christopher Creek for over 45 years now. No matter where in the world she’s traveled she’s always made time for Christopher Creek every year.

Using your computer to work from home

Gas prices, overhead cutbacks, work force realignments, and technology advances have all contributed to a growing number of workers clocking in wearing pajamas, at home.

Consider adopting an older animal

There are many reasons for considering an older pet when you have decided to add an animal to your family. Especially if you don’t have all the time necessary to train a pup or kitten. Older dogs and cats are usually already house trained and have the manners to adjust well into a new house hold.

Scrappers delight in heavenly shop of fun

Paper and Metal Scrappers is more than just a shop for papers and stamps, it is an institution for friendship, learning and having fun.

Lessons from a bear market

If you invest for many years, you’ll eventually encounter both bull and bear markets. Although you obviously prefer seeing the bull, you may actually learn more from the bear — and when it’s hibernating, you can put these lessons to good use in making investment moves for the future.

Do something that has real value

Here is an oxymoron; “Christian Militia.” If one truly believes in the teachings of Jesus Christ, one or 20 would not be out to kill anyone. We hear about right wing “Christian activists” committing crimes and plotting attacks on our police and politicians while harboring hatred toward groups or races.

Medical center named to top 100 list

For the second time in four years, Payson Regional Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals.

SV council to buy ex-Hellsgate office

Fearing an eminent eviction, the Star Valley council Wednesday approved a $235,000 purchase of a new town hall, despite some council members never stepping foot in the space.

No way around cuts to teaching positions

If May’s sales tax vote fails, the Payson Unified School District will have to cut the equivalent of 25 teachers, Superintendent Casey O’Brien told a gathering of about 50 teachers Wednesday.

Thursday, April 1

Most forest roads above the rim still closed

Although the calendar says spring, much of the Coconino National Forest looks like winter.

Organizing your kitchen

Do you get the urge to scream every time you’re forced to unearth a pot or pan from a kitchen cabinet?

Easter fellowship

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to welcome Easter in fellowship in beautiful Rumsey Park this weekend.

Easter breakfast celebration

Recipes for a relaxing, holiday morning

Christians, Easter is a time to rejoice. Lent is over, and for many, it’s the end of 40 days of self-sacrifice. Some may have given up meat, sweets or other food indulgences, and Easter marks the day they can bring some of those little foodie pleasures back to their plates.

Norman Mead and Tonto Trails Magazine

The fairly new Arizona Highlands publication by the Payson Roundup might remind longtime residents of a couple different publications.

River Cruising

River cruising may be the best way for many to travel through some of the world’s most interesting places. It is convenient and comfortable and certainly much easier than traveling by car, train or motor coach. It lets you get in-depth exposure to the cultures and history of each area. Many travelers have discovered the ease of river cruising making it the fastest growing segment of the travel industry.

Jazz concert kicks off anniversary

Jazz pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 11 to help kick off the 75th anniversary of the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.