Stories for August 2010


Tuesday, August 31

Flush out the details on a home’s septic system before buying

As we know, real estate has been in the toilet for quite a while, hopefully, getting poised for a comeback like it has in other economic cycles.

New Sears owners open improved showroom

With a new, streamlined showroom and new owners, everything about Payson’s Sears has changed.

Seniors urged to be active in their health care

Senior Circle members were recently reminded to “Speak Up” and help prevent errors in their health care.

A model man

A great memory, terrific ingenuity lie behind this mini construction boom

It started out as just something to do, but now it almost has a life of its own.

Sex offender with history of parole violations moves into Star Valley

Sex offender Dennis Ross Tudor Jr., 41, notified police that he is living at 3696 E. Highway 260 #A3 in Star Valley.

A big risk and months of campaigning pay off for new constable

Former Gila County sheriff’s deputy quit his job to put in months of 15-hour days in the primary

A former sheriff’s deputy who decorated campaign signs with balloons and whirligigs and relied heavily on family and friends’ volunteer support, pulled out a substantial election victory Aug. 24 in the constable race, beating out three Republican opponents.

Work on roundabout may go around the clock

Highway work could snarl traffic for three months with 24-hour days all week long

What would you rather have: massive pain all at once or the drip-drip-drip of congestion? Give it to us all at once, says the Payson Public Works Department.

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After-school homework slashes failure rate

Teachers volunteer for program that keeps students after school to do assigned work

Eight Rim Country Middle School students sat scattered around the library on Wednesday, detained for not completing their homework in a new program that promotes student accountability.

Study links region’s rain to ice caps

University of Arizona researchers use cave formations to show abrupt rainfall shifts

Long before human beings started pumping greenhouse gases into the air, the Earth’s climate underwent alarming shifts.

Lost boy’s family says thanks

I am Travis Mitchell’s grandfather and I would like to take this opportunity for our entire family to thank the entire Payson community for their help, prayers and support during the worst day of our lives.

Board president’s statistics wrong

As reported by the Payson Roundup, Payson School Board President Rory Huff was quoted as saying at a school board meeting, “Not everybody goes to college.

Work together to overcome hate

Larry Brophy expressed my opinion exactly and articulately in his letter “Why I support the Ground Zero Mosque.”

Payson cannot afford a bypass

We moved to Payson three years ago from Holbrook. We grew up in Holbrook and dealt with the Route 66 traffic going through town making getting anywhere a hassle.

A true hometown event

The 126th Rodeo Parade, “Ropin’ and Ridin’” was a great success, with 56 entries and an hour and 20 minutes of entertainment.

Something to think about

A thought for the day: According to Mr. Sowell, a scholar of the Hoover Institute and author of the new book “The Dismantling of America,” “One should judge a person by what he does, not by what he says.”

Enrollment rises anyway

Whew. Turns out increased tuition at Gila Community College’s didn’t squelch enrollment after all

Community Almanac

The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition, which allows boys and girls ages 6-15 to show their football skills in punting, passing and placekicking, is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the North Multipurpose Field at Rumsey Park.

Payson may relax upfront impact fee rules

Once upon a time, developers amounted to Payson’s cash cow. These days, they’re more like an endangered species.

They’re really cooking now!

Two Payson students won a silver medal at a July national cooking competition in Chicago.

Business boosters retrench

An organization designed to spur economic activity in northern Gila County is grappling with more than just how to grow the economy, it is trying to figure out how to reorganize itself after losing its director three months ago.

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Home prices off by nearly a third

Before reading this, you may want to take an antidepressant.

GCC Payson adds classes, students

Gila Community College’s Payson campus has seen an uptick in enrollment and a surge in new classes, said Payson Dean Pamela Butterfield.

GCC: bursting at the seams

Enrollment at Gila Community College increased 2 percent last year despite a drop in spring enrollment and a recent 30 percent tuition increase, according to figures released during Thursday’s board meeting.

Region faces parched future

Bone dry springs.

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Love that (controlled) smoke

Prescribed burns good for the planet, health of residents

As Rim Country heads into the prime season for controlled burns, a recent study has produced some surprising good news.

Chamber sponsors shredding for charities

The next Payson Shred-A-Thon occurs on Friday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. until noon, or until the truck is full, whichever comes first. 

Webworm mounts attack on area trees

Homeowners urged to attack webs harboring caterpillars on alders, sycamores, walnuts and birches before infestation spreads

Fall webworm, a native insect, is again active in the Payson area principally on Arizona walnut trees.

Volunteers unite to ‘save the osprey’

Mormon Lake Lodge teams up with Game and Fish to protect nests of peerless feathered fisherman

Looking for something positive to do on Sept. 11?

Youth, town have lost a great friend

Payson’s youth, the town and the school district lost a sincere friend and supporter with the death of Glenn Hale on Aug. 24.

Boys soccer opens at home on Wednesday; girls on the road today

After a full month of preseason practices and controlled scrimmages on Aug. 28 against Round Valley in Eagar-Springerville, the Payson High soccer teams are primed and ready to spring into region action.

Second try a charm for Smith

Jessie Smith can be excused for wildly celebrating his win in the coveted 2010 Payson Men’s Golf Association Club Championship mostly because he came up short of the title last year losing a 2 up 1 heartbreaker to Frank Szakal.

Lady Longhorns clash with Mustangs today in Heber

The Lady Longhorns put their unblemished 2-0 record on the line when they travel today, Aug. 31, to Heber-Overgaard to take on the Mogollon Mustangs.

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Spirited rally lifts Horns over Redskins in opener

After watching a seemingly comfortable 14-0 lead evaporate and St. Johns jump ahead 21-20 in the fourth quarter, the Longhorns could have folded up their tents and gone home.

Saturday, August 28

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Longhorn rally burns Redskins

Trailing 21-20 midway through the fourth quarter, the Longhorn football team rallied with a late touchdown to edge the St. Johns Redskins 26-21.

Friday, August 27

Drunk drivers mar peaceful rodeo weekend

Despite a rainy, rodeo-filled weekend, the streets and bars of Rim Country were relatively quiet.

Border security surge gets mixed reviews

Arizona lawmakers portray $600 million boost only a start as crime, crossings decline

A $600 million package to boost border security and hire more than 1,000 more Border Patrol agents roiled the political waters in Arizona this week.

First no slot bass tournament a success

More than 20 years ago, the slot limit program was created for Roosevelt Lake by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to improve the declining fishery.

Regional football star shines for Nevada

During a recent vacation stop in Las Vegas, I learned that former Round Valley High School football standout Travis Trickey has moved from linebacker to fullback on the University of Nevada at Las Vegas football team.

St. Johns Redskins vs. Payson Longhorns will be a toss-up Friday

Around the state, scribes, armchair quarterbacks, fans and football junkies are calling tonight’s Payson vs. St. Johns non-region clash a toss-up, mostly because both teams are relatively unknowns this season.

Soccer team play kicks off — finally

Payson High School soccer team members are chomping at the bit to begin play and finally line up against someone other that their own teammates.

Roadrunners no match for Lady Horns

Rallying on stellar serving that included four aces each from sisters Megan and Kaitlyn Wessel and three by Rachel Creighton, the Lady Longhorns opened the 2010 season successfully routing Holbrook 25-9, 25-15 and 25-19.

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Demolition Derby promises to be fair highlight again

One of the wackiest entertainments ever seen in the Rim Country has become a much-anticipated event that attracts to the Payson Event Center crowds of more than 2,500 spectators and some of the state’s finest adrenaline-crazed drivers.

Rodeo support a lifesaver for former queen

Donna Everhart has covered some rocky ground in the 26 years since she won the crown of Payson Rodeo Queen for the centennial anniversary of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Pine suffers delays

Hour-long delays leave drivers fuming

Road paving made for another disruptive day for residents in Pine Monday. Road crews closed off one lane of roadway to lay down a final layer of asphalt.

County vs. the Feds: All bark, not much bite

Can the county government order around federal agencies?

You can fool all the people ... once! Part II

Last week I was talking about a practical joke I played on the guys in my barracks. Some of them actually believed I had jumped off the second floor balcony and flown over to the supply building, 150 feet away.

Roundabout needed at Highways 260/87

A roundabout instead of all the traffic lights

Board, well owners have verbal agreement

In an Aug. 17 letter to the editor the Pugels and the Randalls, the owners of the Milk Ranch Well, ask that I prove the existence of a signed document that PSWID is going to pay them $570,000 for the Milk Ranch Well. This is puzzling since I have never said that such a document exists.

Lessons from California

We hope the Payson bureaucrats are taking a lesson from Bell, California!

Thanks to participants of the Awakening Earth Expo

To all of the participants of the Awakening Earth Expo — Thank you so much for being a part of the Second Annual Awakening Earth Expo in Pine. It was great to have you there with us as a part of the festivities and we really appreciated your help in keeping the energy flowing and growing!

Speak English

For more than 20 years I was engaged in international business. My travels have taken me to 31 countries.

Why I support the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

People hear “Ground Zero Mosque” and they think Mecca in the back yard and a loud call to prayer and they take umbrage.

Thanks for the donation in memory of our mother

We recently learned that a bench has been donated to the Payson Senior Center in memory or our mother, Norma Bowman, and her friend, Evelyn Morrison, who were both very active members of the Senior Center.

Understanding and identifying our enemy

“[T]he first rule of war is to know your enemy.” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reminded us in a recent column. “If you don’t,” he went on, “you wander into intellectual cul-de-sacs and ignore the real causes that might allow to you prevent recurrences.”

Dear candidates: Tell us the truth

Yes, Virginia — there really is a Santa Claus. And honest to goodness, kids, the Easter Bunny loves you.

Community Almanac

Dresses, skirts and lamps will be on sale for one-half off the marked prices through Aug. 28 at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine.

Officer’s demotion hearing delayed

With the town’s conflict attorney bowing out of Payson Police Lt. Donny Garvin’s appeals case, a scheduled hearing has been pushed back at least a month.

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Chilling tale of murder on the run

Details emerge of double killing in bizarre escape that nearly ended in a Rim Country gun battle

The would-be Bonnie and Clyde fugitives who’d led police on a wild, three-week chase began talking soon after their capture in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests last week.

Congress: Fierce fight looms for Rim Country’s district

Political novice Paul Gosar parlayed endorsements from Sarah Palin and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio into something of an upset victory in the Republican primary race in the first Congressional District.

State House: Voters face stark choice

Arizona House District 5 voters will face a stark choice in November, after contending slates locked up their parties’ nominations for the two open seats.

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Primary results: Let the battle begin!

State Senate: Allen beats challenger

State Sen. Sylvia Allen saved her seat during Tuesday’s primary election against challenger and former Rep. Bill Konopnicki despite losing the race in Gila County.

Pacific Coast now 1st National Bank

Pacific Coast Mortgage is now First National Bank.

Explore municipal and Build America Bond options

Tax season officially ended on April 15. Yet you can explore tax-smart investment opportunities year-round.

Sweet delights at My Sister’s Bakery

Move over all vegetarian options and small, hard cookies. A new baker is expanding the former Red Elephant’s menu selection from classic European baked goods to all-American, just like Mom used to make.

Purr-fect time to adopt a kitten

Well, the kittens are ready! We have any type of kitten you can imagine! And they are all ready to start their new life in a loving, forever home.

Annual duel, buffet lunch was a huge success

This past week has been a trying one for my family with the loss of our grandson-in-law Christopher John Walk, also known as CJ.

Northern Gila County Fair coming in September

Well the road crews are back in Pine and Strawberry. I’m sure there’s a perfectly logical reason why both towns were completely shut

Dominoes and Sonni’s Sightings around the creek

Twenty-five ladies attended the annual Domino Duel between the Christopher Creek domino group and the Domino Divas at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m.

Looking forward to the end of hot August nights

Monsoon season certainly has been good to the Rim Country this year, hasn’t it? It’s brought much-needed rainfall to our parched land. For this, we can be very thankful.

Recycling event slated for Saturday

Intermittent rain has been infrequent even with the hopeful clouds we see every day. On Monday we were visited by a storm that may have left .10 of an inch of precipitation.

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Rim Country storms ease drought

Storms push totals to near normal despite drought on Colorado

A weekend storm dumped an inch of rain on Payson and turned the rodeo arena into a bog — but despite the wave of cloudbursts, the region has gotten only an average amount of rain since January.

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It’s Greek to them

Library cooking class offers budget Aegean culinary tour

The Greek isles are alluring; the history and myth of Greece enthralling. And the trendy “Mediterranean diet” phrase nets 835,000 hits on Google (compare that to the 303,000 hits when you do a search for “Creole cooking”).

Wednesday, August 25

‘The great heat wave of 1896 and the making of Theodore Roosevelt’

It is considered one of the worst natural disasters of the late 19th century and claimed more lives than even the Chicago Fire of 1871.

Good 2 Go

The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines will have a Community Chest Golf Tournament Sunday, Aug. 29 to benefit the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation, Kiwanis and the Gracie Lee Haught Fund.

Going Greek

Library cooking class takes culinary cruise around Greece

The Greek isles are alluring; the history and myth of Greece enthralling. And the trendy “Mediterranean diet” phrase nets 835,000 hits on Google (compare that to the 303,000 hits when you do a search for “Creole cooking”).

Punch out those pests

Having your house inspected by a structural pest control operator is not just a good investment – it’s a must do home maintenance project. In fact, the few hundred dollars spent on an average inspection can save tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Magical Mammoth Lakes

Located in the east-central portion of California lies one of the more beautiful parts of that state. Known to many Southern Californians as a fantastic ski area in the winter, Mammoth is also a wonderful play land in summer.

Missing... and remembering ASU football at Tontozona

A new football season is nearly upon us. Across the country NFL training camps are underway and players at the collegiate level are preparing for a new season.

Simplify your life

Downsizing, simplifying our lives, non-consumerism, voluntary simplicity, paring down — no matter what you call it, cutting back in different areas of your life often can leave you with ... more, especially more money and free time.

Getaway around rim country

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will have an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books through August. The books will be on sale at two for the price of one.

Rim Country Labor Day fun

Every long holiday weekend in the summer — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day — the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild holds a party. Actually it is a two-day arts and crafts fair featuring both local and visiting artisans and craftspeople, plus a variety of other vendors.

Tuesday, August 24

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White wins constable race; Allen scoops Senate

Former Gila County Sheriff’s deputy Colt White celebrated his win over three Republican challengers in the constable race late Tuesday night with family at his side.

Send in the clowns

Saturday morning, nearly 3,000 people lined Main Street for the Ropin’ and Ridin’ Rodeo Parade that included three hometown heroes who rescued a 4-year-old boy lost in the woods Aug. 16.

Social Security recipients need to be cautious of scams

These days, everyone needs to be cautious of scams — Internet, mail and even phone scams — which can damage your credit score and pocketbook.

Payments arrive with direct deposit – no matter what

These days, almost everyone gets their benefit payment by direct deposit. Whether you receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can depend on your payment arriving in your account on time, every time.

Have a girls’ night out

Mothers and grandmothers are invited to come out to the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle for a special program on giving children a healthy start as the new school year begins.

Family traces rodeo history back to the 1920s

While the rodeo is a fun way to spend a weekend for some, for others it is a way of life that stretches back through generations.

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Advanced student class learns about the importance of voting

Eighth-grade students in Ted Tatum’s social studies class last week perhaps grew a bit jaded while learning one of life’s fundamental lessons — the potential for corrupt politicians.

Vote intelligently and prayerfully

Americans have yet another opportunity to change the current economic and political affairs of our state and nation. All congressional seats are up for re-election, approximately one-third of Senate seats and at least 30 gubernatorial seats, not including state offices.

Tell the truth

Why is it when a Republican conservative is campaigning he or she is proud to proclaim that they are a conservative, while a Democratic liberal does everything they can to not proclaim their liberalism?

Vote for Christensen

professional constable is important to Gila County.

Michelle Dyer is best candidate for constable

I would suggest that Michelle Dyer is the best candidate for Gila County constable. She has 31-plus years of service as a law enforcement professional.

A big thank you from BTS High Country Hotties

On behalf of the Blue Thong Society Chapter’s “ High Country Hotties” and “Baby Blues,” I would like to extend a big thank you to Macky’s Grill, Greg and Cari Day, Nina Davis, Macky’s employees and the wonderful crowd who attended their “Karaoke under the Stars” last Wednesday, Aug. 11.

You made my day

This letter is long overdue, but I’m thinking and meandering as any 90-year-old will do. I really want to thank Terry and Duke Wilbanks for use of the downtown Lone Pine Hotel and its spacious grounds. Many of us who have been over there love the place.

FAN Club support appreciated

This is a belated report on our spring and summer activities and a big thank you to all who continue to support our kids in their fund-raising efforts. Your ticket purchases go a long way in helping maintain the extra-curricular programs.

Slow down, Longhorn, Payson Parkway used as raceways

This morning, Wednesday, Aug. 18, I watched as animal control removed the body of a beautiful white goose that had been hit by a car.

National Guard is pawn in political process

solving the illegal immigration problem? Will they do like the last time and spend their time reading maps in some air-conditioned office building, or will they actually be out there beating the brush for drug trafficking human mules and border jumping illegal aliens.

Parolees use library to meet parole officers

It has been discovered that our Payson Public Library is being used as an office for convicted state prison felons who are required to see their assigned parole officer.

Group’s purpose is to improve health of streams

Before long, we hope that the Tonto Watershed Improvement Group, better known as TWIG, will be a household name.

Rodeo shows we’re doing fine after all

Man, they had cowboys flying every which way. And ain’t no doubt — the bulls won this round. But cowboys ain’t happy unless that bull’s darn near too tough to ride — and the mud not quite deep enough to drown in.

Community Almanac

Dresses, skirts and lamps will be on sale for one-half off the marked prices Aug. 25 through Aug. 28 at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine.

Forest restoration project get $2 million grant

4-Forests project gets boost in effort to protect forest communities by using timber industry to thin trees

The effort to protect Rim communities from wildfires, restore forest health and revive the region’s timber industry got a major boost this week with word of a $2 million federal grant to begin detailed planning.

Payson sets July fire call record

Lightning strikes, medical calls and house fires made for the busiest July in history for the Payson Fire Department.

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Neither mud nor lawyers can stop rodeo

Tough cowboys, angry bulls, happy crowd catches spirit of World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

As white monsoon billows of clouds towered overhead, three riders who symbolized the laconic, tough virtues of this transformed cow town slopped out into the deep, sucking mud in the rodeo grounds arena.

Strawberry well owner upset with PSWID lawyer

Strawberry Hollow Well owner Loren Peterson is upset with the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board and its attorney David Davis and he’s not holding back his feelings.

Pipe gushes for hours

Thousands of gallons of water spewed onto a Strawberry street late Saturday night after a 10-foot section of a water main pipe ruptured. The burst highlighted what Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) members say they already know — the area has outdated pipes that desperately need to be replaced.

Campaign battle continues to the bitter end

On the eve of the election, the ferocious war between state Sen. Sylvia Allen and Republican primary challenger Rep. Bill Konopnicki escalated Monday with new allegations from Konopnicki that Allen underreported her campaign expenditures.

Electronic Election Night Reporting system in place

Gila County unveiled its brand new, electronic Election Night Reporting system this week, designed to allow spectators and candidates to view real-time results on a computer.

Compassionate Friends to hold butterfly release, picnic at park

Bereaved families, relatives and friends who have experienced the death of a child are invited to attend The Rim Country Compassionate Friends Butterfly Release and Picnic at noon, Aug. 28 at Green Valley Park. The event is in remembrance of all beloved children who have died. The picnic begins

Beaver Valley Day celebration set for Sept. 4

Food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, Saturday, Sept. 4 in Beaver Valley, a community about 6 miles northeast of Payson on the Houston Mesa Road.

Gila jobless rate remains high at 11%

Gila County’s unemployment rate edged upward to 11 percent in July, well above the state and national averages. The rate would drop to 10.7 percent if adjusted for normal seasonal job losses.

Rodeo a success in spite of rain

Mother Nature tried her best, but couldn’t put the clamps on the 126th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

Youngsters to showcase football skills

The Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Rumsey Park north multipurpose field. The event is free.

FLW Day promises to be an angling showcase for all

FLW Day in Payson, to be held Sept. 18 at Green Valley Park, is rapidly turning into a premier angling showcase that will feature attractions for fishermen and women of all ages.

McGuire, McKenna finish on top

With many members in Williams at Elephant Rock golf course competing in an invitational tournament, the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s weekly low net shootout was reduced to two flights.

Lady Horns open 2010 season vs. Holbrook

The 2010 volleyball season tips off today, Tuesday, Aug. 24, when the Lady Longhorns host the Holbrook Roadrunners in Wilson Dome. Varsity game time is 6:30 p.m.

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Horns handle CV in preseason scrimmage

Although the starters on the Longhorns football team didn’t receive all the playing time they yearned for in a preseason scrimmage against Camp Verde, coach Byron Quinlan was mostly satisfied with their attitudes and efforts.

Friday, August 20

Traffic study focuses on uncorking bottlenecks

ADOT study details list of street extensions and rebuilds to move traffic through Payson, even when the highway seizes up

Forget the beleaguered highway — not much hope there. But how you gonna get around town even when Payson’s population soars and gridlock becomes routine at the intersection of Highways 87 and 260?

Star Valley council decides to help fund senior center van

Every Wednesday, between half a dozen senior citizens in Star Valley board a van and head to Payson for doctors’ appointments, groceries, lunch with friends and even to get their hair done.

Expect Highway 260 reduced to one lane; detour starts next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will reduce Highway 260 to one lane 15 miles east of Payson from 6 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 23.

Payson council bans fireworks, imposes big fines

The Payson Town Council Thursday moved to permanently ban fireworks in town, despite a state law giving towns the right to legalize fireworks if they wanted.

Firefighters running and remembering Sept. 11, 2001

The hotter it is, the harder it is, the more they want to run.

Three candidates will contest two Payson school board openings

Three candidates will contest two vacant Payson school board seats this November, including incumbent Rory Huff. Long-time board member Viki Holmes did not file to run for her seat. Challengers include Barbara Shepherd, a secretary at the county attorney’s office, and Darsha Oestmann, who was not available for comment before press time.

Konopnicki campaign among state’s most expensive

Only 4 percent of Konopnicki contributions come from voters

State senate candidate Bill Konopnicki has spent more than $110,000 this campaign season to beat incumbent Sen. Sylvia Allen in next week’s Republican primary, the second highest amount spent by any candidate running for the state legislature.

‘Major’ drug ring busted

One officer slightly injured after 14 cops storm house and arrest four suspects

Payson deployed half its police officers on Wednesday night to arrest four people and break up a drug ring they’d been watching for a month. Officers seized methamphetamine and cocaine during the raid.

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Lost boy’s tale

Travis said he was searching for his brother, Alex, in the woods

Four-year-old Travis Mitchell pushed through the thick brush as the darkness gathered, determined to find Alex, 10, his brother.

Grand marshal overwhelmed by selection

When Art Stone was asked just a couple of weeks ago to be the grand marshal of the 2010 Rodeo Parade, he was overwhelmed.

Fugitives caught near Sunrise ski area

Search for murder suspects included fly-overs of Payson campsites

An alert Forest Ranger and surveillance of campgrounds paid off late Thursday when a SWAT team captured two murder suspects with local ties, narrowly averting a gun battle at a remote camping spot near the Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains.

Another unwanted litter arrives at the shelter

Well, we have a winner! It’s the winner of the best cared for unwanted litter of the season.

Adams dominates links play

Lady Niners Ann Adams and Anne Alschuler have earned berths in the prestigious Arizona Women’s Golf Association Medallion Tournament, to be played in December on a Valley area course.

Women invited to learn a lifetime sport at PGC

Payson Golf Course is planning a “Drive, Wine and Dine” event for Rim Country women.

Archery season begins today

The months of waiting have come and gone since the closing of archery deer season on the last day of January. But now we have an additional three weeks with high hopes of outwitting a whitetail or mule deer in most of the hunting units along the Mogollon Rim. I had to dig into my wallet and find that unused, well-folded tag which can be still used for this late-summer hunt that begins today, Friday, Aug. 20.

High school sports roll into action tonight

Payson High School sports fans and boosters now have a golden opportunity to catch the football and volleyball teams in preseason action.

Cowboys tough; Horns to be tested in tonight’s scrimmage

Payson High football coach Byron Quinlan is anticipating the Luke Steege-coached Camp Verde Cowboys will give his Longhorns a strong test in a preseason scrimmage to kick off at 5:30 p.m. today.

Softball a priority for new sports coordinator

Among the goals of newly appointed Parks, Recreation and Tourism Sports Coordinator Trevor LaHaye is to return Payson to the status it once held as Prescott’s rival for the title of softball capital of Arizona.

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PHS athletics kept in harness by one small, multi-tasking woman

Almost every high school sports coach and athletic director understands the importance of having a skilled and resourceful athletic department secretary on duty.

Community Almanac

The premium books and entry forms for the 56th annual Northern Gila County Fair are now available at the Payson Public Library and Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine.

You can fool all the people ... once!

If you play a practical joke on someone, and he believes you, leave it at that. Never go back and tell him the truth. If you do, he’ll never believe a word you say.

Christensen has the skills to be constable

Everyone knows that there are four candidates for Payson regional constable. It is late enough in the game that most have decided who they will be voting for.

Immigrant policies not working

It has been a long time since I have been involved politically. Although, I really do not think this is about politics. This is about the law. I am not a law-abiding fanatic, though I think they should be followed. Or, they can be changed through proper channels. I’m talking about illegal immigration.

Bypass will hurt businesses

There are times that I think that we, Payson, either have a split personality or we want to have our cake and eat it too.

What Amnesty International really stands for

This is in response to a letter written by Carol A. Suhr (Aug. 6) regarding the newly-formed Payson chapter of Amnesty International.

Children are priority

My thanks to Suzanne Jacobson for including me in the article about Arizona Senate candidates’ spending for the election. Yes, my budget is small, but I’m making up for it in hard work. I refuse to believe that money can buy elections.

Colt White for constable

Having both practiced podiatric surgery and raised my family in Payson since 1987, I have known and been associated with Colt White. Colt is a man of integrity, honesty, hard working and trustworthy.

Jobs bill does not address the most pressing problem

The $26 billion jobs bill was recently approved. Like the health care bill, it does not address the most pressing problems our states have, which are the unions.

Sen. Allen is a true conservative

Will someone please explain how Bill Konopnicki can be a conservative representative for rural Arizona when he is financially backed by liberal interests in Maricopa County?

Ignore the candidates and they’ll ignore Rim Country’s needs

Consider the disturbing implications of the short, out-of-town list of people who want to represent us in the Arizona House of Representatives. We have two open seats.

Generation ‘X’ers must consider the financial needs of three generations

If you’re a member of Generation X — the age group born between 1963 and 1981 — you may well be in the busiest time of your life.

Music therapist treating disorders with rhythm

After spending most of her life surrounded by music on and off Broadway, Cynthia Sambrano understands the power of music.

Pretty good harvest of blackberries this year

Well the blackberries are just starting to ripen and with all the rain we’ve had this summer, there sure are a lot of them.

‘Halfway Party’ was a huge success

A huge pig roast (well everything roast really) event was sponsored by Alex and Irma Armetta, John (Marksbury) and Kathy, and Rod Britain on Aug. 7.

Get ready to kick up your heels during Rodeo Weekend

It’s that time of the year again — for the 126th straight year! This weekend’s August Doin’s will again bring us the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo (which began in 1884), the annual rodeo parade, the Oxbow Saloon’s yearly rodeo dance and a whole lot of other cowboy community events.

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Your car dashboard is a hub of information; the more useful information available, the better. But if there is too much clutter, it doesn’t work.

Chapel hosts hot dog/hamburger picnic

Have you been thinking of a juicy barbecue sandwich with all the fixings? The day is fast approaching for just that dinner.

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Auction, arts and crafts on tap Aug. 21

The apex of our main precipitation is during the month of August.

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Model aircraft maker

In the wind-swept skies of Payson

It’s amazing sometimes, how apparently random incidents work favorably toward a goal or need. Know what I mean?

Thursday, August 19

Delays scheduled on SR 260 the week of Aug. 23

Traffic to be shifted to detour on Monday

The Arizona Department of Transportation will reduce State Route 260 to one lane, 15 miles east of Payson, from 6 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 23.

Getaway around rim country

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will have an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books through August. The books will be on sale at two for the price of one. 

Fishing Roosevelt

Bass population explodes

After 90 minutes on the best of bass waters with the best fisherman who’d ever called me by my first name, I commenced to feel better.

Wine and cuisine cruises

If you’re looking for a vacation that visits five different wineries and comes with guest sommeliers, vintners or other wine experts as well as chefs and culinary arts specialists, then we’ve got the thing. Discover extraordinary wine regions, scenic beauty, and history of the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in October and November.

Cook up some family togetherness

Family too focused on texting, surfing and gaming? Are they interacting more with a keyboard then with each other? Cooking is not only a great creative outlet, but the simple acts of mixing and measuring even have the potential to help families reconnect, creating opportunities for amazing conversations and memories that last a lifetime.

Escape to the Islands

What do you look for when considering the perfect vacation islands? Some think of great beaches, others just want a superior get-away while some desire tropical weather, quiet, and plenty of sun.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 2: Wild Ride to Tonto Basin

 The young teacher Angie Mitchell was on her way from the comforts of the Territorial capital in Prescott to the unknown settlement of Tonto Basin.

Weight-wise cooking tips

It’s certainly possible to eat healthy without spending a lot of time shopping, preparing and cooking.

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Rodeo Week In The Rim Country

Hope you’re rested up. This week is full of action to celebrate Rodeo in the Rim Country. The fun and festivities for the 126th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo kick off Wednesday night, Aug. 18 with the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chapman Auto Center Rodeo Mixer.

Wednesday, August 18

Poem honors search and rescue volunteers

On an August day, Cloudy and dim, In Payson, Down south of the Rim, Heath Heard the call

Tuesday, August 17

Ranger Fire nearing containment

With the recent rain, fire activity on the 600-acre Ranger Fire has slowed considerably. The fire will continue to burn, but at this time no more management ignitions are planned, smoke within the Blue Ridge area has reduced and should remain low.

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McCain, Brewer draw big crowd

Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jan Brewer blew through Payson Saturday afternoon like a monsoon, rallying supporters with calls to seal the border and repeal “Obamacare” before they quickly exited after speeches that lasted just over half an hour.

Worst-case scenario water rates for Payson

Residents face possible increase of 24 percent in three years if town doesn’t collect water impact fees

Back when Blue Ridge water was just a dream, Payson town officials promised residents that developers and new residents would foot the bill — not current water users.

Republicans vying for House seat support GCC and state budget cuts

The three out-of-town Republicans vying for the right to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature, made a rare appearance in Payson last week and all vowed to work hard to secure Gila Community College’s independence.

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Gardening instills life lessons

Boy Scouts and adult helpers scurried in front of Payson Elementary School Saturday morning, building square foot garden frames before the sun gained too much ferocity.

Social Security questions and answers

If you decide that you do need a card, you can replace it for free in three easy steps.

Fitness and education on tap

Penny Navis Schmidt, certified tai chi and qigong instructor, will be teaching the Senior Circle qigong class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 19.

The trauma of office upheaval

You know how one thing usually leads to another? That happened to me recently — I got a new computer desk to replace my too small, rickety old one.

Will Payson give the Grinch the boot this year?

The Grinch has made himself at home down at Payson’s Town Hall these past two years.

Bankruptcy sales not always the best deal

A few years ago in midst of the real estate frenzy, we were getting multiple offers on properties. Buyers were bidding against each other for homes and many homes sold above asking price.

Rodeo whoops into town

126th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo fun starts Wednesday, lasts all week

Dust off those boots and that Stetson; squeeze into those favorite old Wranglers and get ready to rodeo.

Vote for Kevin Christensen

We’re voting for Kevin Christensen as Gila County constable on Aug. 24, because a competent, professional constable is important to Gila County.

Negativity showing up in politics

the negativity shown in politics recently, especially when statements are obviously untrue and misguiding in nature

Crying ‘wolf’ about PSWID

It is discouraging that when there is so much good news to report about the Pine-Strawberry Water System we have people who write uniformed and unfactual tales to the editor.

Shop locally, shop Payson!

After looking for a used IBM Selectric on the Internet, one or two were found, but of unknown condition and quality.

A kindness is never forgotten

I was in the office of the Roundup arranging for my paid ads recently and while there, I observed an elderly lady who arrived at the counter to purchase multiple copies of the edition with the obituary and related feature articles on the tragic death of Mike Barr, son of Payson Police Sgt. Les Barr and his wife Deena. Your receptionist was so kind to her, learning she was grandmother to Mike.

Volunteers show town’s heart

Someone else’s problem. Someone else’s tragedy. Someone else’s life. Easy enough to heave a little sigh of relief, when you hear some terrible news — like a 4-year-old boy going missing in the woods.

Community Almanac

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will observe Thrift Store Day Tuesday, Aug. 17 with special sales, refreshments, door prizes and balloons for children.

Van carrying inmates rolls Monday, several hurt

An Arizona Department of Corrections van carrying a wildland fire inmate crew crashed south of Payson Monday afternoon.

Roundabout work begins on highway Aug. 22

The Arizona Department of Transportation will start work on a roundabout on Highway 87 at Airport Road on Sunday, Aug. 22.

County boosts tax rates 12%

The value of existing property in Gila County plunged 9 percent in the past year, prompting the board of supervisors on Monday to boost the county’s property tax rate by about 12 percent — the first increase in the rate since 2003.

Tonto Basin neighbors defend murder suspect’s mom

From the highway Friday, the small community of Jakes Corner looked calm and peaceful. But just a week earlier, officers descended on this tight-knit community, searching furiously for two prison escapees and their suspected accomplice, who have now been tied to the murder of a 61-year-old Oklahoma couple in New Mexico.

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Missing 4-year-old boy found

‘I’m right here’ said Travis Mitchell in response to hearing his name

While police, trackers, bloodhounds, helicopters and infrared cameras searched in vain, three volunteers on horseback finally found a 4-year-old Payson boy Monday morning.

Town taps new sports coordinator

A former Payson High School honor student and sports standout has been selected as the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s new sports coordinator.

I really want to be sympathetic, but ...

Scott Nossek, the local physical therapist who does so much fine work helping Payson High athletes and others rehab from injuries, deserves a healthy dose of both empathy and sympathy.

Horns, Cowboys to clash at PHS Stadium Friday

The Payson Longhorns’ preseason scrimmage set for 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20 on the PHS field against Camp Verde will be more than a tune-up for the upcoming season.

Thunder Mountain Ride will roar into Green Valley Park in October

Payson Police Chief Don Engler is not worried the inaugural Thunder Mountain Ride will attract to Payson the stereotypical dirty, leather-clad cyclists with shaggy beards that ride around the country getting into barroom brawls.

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Roosevelt hosts first non-slot tourney

Arizona’s anglers will soon have their first chance in 20 years to fish in a no-slot limit formatted tournament at Roosevelt Lake.

Monday, August 16

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Lost boy found

Two volunteers on horseback found 4-year-old Travis Mitchell Monday morning in a canyon about a mile from his home off Airport Road, from which the child disappeared Sunday at 5 p.m.

Construction continues on State Route 260, east of Payson

Night work scheduled week of Aug. 16

The Arizona Department of Transportation is continuing its effort to transform a two-lane segment of State Route 260, 15 miles east of Payson, to a four-lane divided highway.

Friday, August 13

Ranger Fire burns on near Blue Ridge

The 120-acre Ranger Fire is still burning the Blue Ridge Reservoir. Smoke from the lightning caused fire is visible from Highway 87, Clints Well, the Mogollon Rim and Mormon Lake, the Coconino National Forest reported Friday.

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Despite fierce lightning strikes, few homes have lightning rods

Lightning strikes destroy several Rim Country homes every year, and although Rim Country remains one of the most lightning-prone places in the world — few homeowners have lightning rods and no towns require the protective devices, a Payson Roundup investigation has revealed.

Enrollment drop may force shift in elementary school makeup

Grade level, not home address, could soon determine which elementary school Payson students attend.

County’s teen birth rate 2nd in Arizona

Hoping to combat Gila County’s high teenage pregnancy rates, which rank among the worst in the state, the local health department is launching a coalition aimed at educating both parents and teens.

Short, cheap bypass spurs controversy

A long-awaited transportation plan for Payson unveiled on Tuesday offered the first glimmer of a financially feasible highway bypass — but also for the first time pitted the interests of Payson against Star Valley’s.

Payson officer protests his demotion for off-duty actions

The appeal process for Payson Police Lt. Donny Garvin, who was demoted to sergeant last month for off-duty conduct, remains ongoing.

Pine-Strawberry buys new well

On Tuesday, the Pine Straw­berry Water Improvement Dis­trict voted to approve the purchase of the Strawberry Hollow Well for $450,000, which will boost the district’s water supply by 30 percent, according to some estimates.

Community Almanac

The Community Presbyterian Church will have a Community Flea Market from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 14.

Payson frets about Blue Ridge surprises

Council OKs $259,000 study to figure out how to store water underground, without causing plumbing problems

The crystal clear, nearly mineral-free water flowing from the bottom of Blue Ridge Reservoir will solve all Payson’s problems — right?

Teen carried out from Fossil Creek

For the seventh time in the last month, rescuers were dispatched to the Fossil Creek area for an injured hiker.

Paving project to start on Lake Mary Road

The Arizona Department of Transportation will conduct a pavement preservation project on a portion of Lake Mary Road between Stoneman Lake Road and Happy Jack Ranger Station (milepost 307.5 to milepost 310).

Shoe drive for school-aged students started by Kaitie’s Closet

A drive to collect new shoes for needy children by Aug. 31 has been started by Kaitie’s Closet, a not-for-profit group dedicated to clothing school-aged children of Rim Country.

Go ahead, declare martial law for all I care, Part II


Last week I claimed I could prove that martial law isn’t what the media thinks it is. I made that claim because I lived under martial law for 30 months while I was stationed on Okinawa.

Christensen gets support for constable

I support Kevin Christensen for the office of the Payson regional constable. He is fully qualified for this position and will serve with honesty and integrity.

Can’t trust TV news? Really?

I read with interest Dennis Miller’s narration of the Shirley Sherrod’s (not Sherry) resignation which Mr. Miller claims was caused by hasty reporting from Fox News. Unfortunately, Mr. Miller did not follow the story, or maybe he only read it on progressive Web site.

No crossroads at GCC

I have read with interest the stories you’ve printed over the months concerning Gila Community College (GCC).

Backing Colt White for constable

I normally don’t write to the newspaper, but the letter from Sterling Lanphear upset me to the point I just had to answer his remarks.

Arizona’s implosion

Have you ever witnessed an implosion in person or on television? It’s where something, usually an older building, is purposely destroyed from the inside. I’m very fearful and chagrined that our beautiful and wonderful state is currently experiencing an implosion of its own.

Stop stealing Deakin for U.S. Senate signs

OK. I understand that the John McCain and J.D. Hayworth political camps are very worried about Jim Deakin’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by John McCain. I understand that they are very worried about the fact that Jim Deakin is the citizens’ choice.

A vote for Colt

Two things I do not like to do: One is to write (letters to the editor) and the other is to engage in politics. But in this case, I have to make an exception. I have known Colt White for about six or seven years. I know that is not a long time, but in the law enforcement community, it is plenty long enough to establish an opinion about someone.

Focus on the candidates

This is not a campaign endorsement for Colt White, even though I think he would make a very good constable. It is a request for people to carefully consider the content of their letters and the impact they have in such a small town. The issues mentioned in the mean-spirited letter regarding Colt White were untrue and irrelevant to the position of constable.

Chicago comes to Pine

Late last year the PSWID began to evaluate purchasing the Milk Ranch Well. The well is owned by Ray Pugel and Robert Randall. The initial task was to run some tests on the well and have an appraisal done.

Lost dogs sought

I was just a few miles north of Strawberry, camping over this past weekend, Aug. 6 through Aug. 8 and my dogs managed to run away. They are both exactly 1 year old, and have definitely become my kiddos.

Lightning rod codes: The fool on the hill?

Getting struck by lightning: Bad luck or foolishness?

Time to reconsider middle school system

Dear school board: It’s time to color outside the lines. Please. We implore you.

Think twice before investing in gold; stick with less glitzy options


In recent months, you may have heard a lot about investing in gold. But is gold the right choice for you? Actually, many factors are involved in this investment decision — and you’ll want to consider these factors before you invest.

Funeral home breaks ground on new mortuary

It surely won’t be your typical funeral home. The owners of Messinger Payson Funeral Home broke ground Monday for a new, 14,000-square-foot mortuary that will handle more than just funeral arrangements.

All-day dove hunting returns to Arizona

Dove, Sandhill Crane regulations now available

It’s a blast from the past — for the first time in two decades, all-day dove hunting is returning to Arizona starting Sept. 1 for the early season, which ends Sept. 15.

Summer leagues winding down


As the summer leagues are starting to wind down, the competition is heating up, much like our weather.

The berries are ripe


It seems like every month of the year has something to do for the outdoorsmen in the Rim Country. August is one of those months when a trout rod may give way to archery equipment — and don’t forget to keep that berry bucket handy.

ASU volleyball coming to Payson

Arizona State University’s volleyball team is coming to Payson to practice this weekend. The practices will be at Wilson Dome and are open to the public.

Payson man turns retirement into an arduous adventure

After three days of very rough, expensive fishing, Gary Klein’s prospects were as sodden as the turbulent sky.

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Ropin’ them out of the air

Charity team roping draws expert riders to Payson

The chute opened, the steer bolted, the horses launched, the ropes twirled and some of the best riders in Rim Country competed to raise money for kids — and maybe collect a cut of some $9,000 in prize money.

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Princess Tea Party

Every young lady is a princess

Twenty-two princess-dressed girls aged 4-7 recently had a party at the Payson Public Library; with iced tea and snacks, games, a Fashion Runway Show, a princess bag race, story time and an abundance of pictures taken by parents and grandparents.

Mitch Miller song knocks Bill Haley from No. 1 spot


I was so sorry to read last week that recording artist and TV host Mitch Miller had passed away. He was born on July, 4, 1911 in Rochester, N.Y. He was 99 years old.

Now is best time to treat trees for webworms


Have you noticed any webworms on your apple trees this summer? Or any other tree for that matter, these caterpillars are not too picky. The forest health information alert is telling us that the webworm is a native insect that is active in the Payson area.

Waterless urinals: A deep subject

Payson council approves change after reports of plumbing problems

Just because Payson will now let you use water in your urinals, don’t assume they’ve gotten soft on water conservation.

Armored vehicle gives police options

Anytime a large, bulletproof, black vehicle rolls down the street, it is bound to turn a few heads.

Adopted pups are back as adults


There’s been an epidemic lately here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Five dogs who were originally adopted from us as puppies have been returned to the shelter as adult dogs. They are the featured pets in today’s column.

Wednesday, August 11

A railroad on the East Verde?

Today it is the home to a pipeline that has the potential to help supply Payson and the surrounding communities with the water they need from Blue Ridge Reservoir.

New Teen Movie Reviewer

Jacquelyn Oesterblad has contracted a severe case of senioritis at Payson High School and can’t wait to graduate in May.

Around AZ

The Copper Valley Carnival and Car Show is still accepting entries. It is not too late to participate in the car show or be part of the entertainment or have a vendor space or for a school group to run a carnival booth.

Getaway around rim country

The August Doin’s Rodeo Parade — Ropin’ and Ridin’ — will be held Saturday, Aug. 21 on Historic Main Street in Payson. The parade is sponsored by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Public Service.

Quick tips for an effortless get-together

It is the time of year in the Rim Country where the evenings are beautiful and beckoning — perfect for outdoor entertaining.

What if this is it?

Over the centuries of human history, there have always existed people more heavenly minded than others; those who felt the need to find hope, strength and purpose from beyond our lonely blue planet.

Tall Ship, small ship cruising

So many of today’s cruise ships are of the mammoth variety carrying from 2,500 to over 5,000 passengers, however, more and more cruisers are looking at the smaller vessels that are available today.

‘A Beautiful Quilt Auction’ Saturday in Pine

The Strawberry Patchers and the Pine/Strawberry Archaeological and Historical Society’s second annual A Beautiful Quilt Auction is Saturday, Aug. 14 in the Cultural Hall of the Community Center in Pine.

Juneau — Alaska’s capital city

Juneau is Alaska’s largest city — in area, not in population. The over 3,200-square-mile area of Juneau is larger than either Rhode Island or Delaware, and almost as large as both these states combined. But the population is just over 31,000 and most of the residents work for the government.

The gift of the Arizona Monsoons

We were looking for elk, maybe a deer or even a pronghorn antelope, but the largest wild animal we saw was a jackrabbit — she was big, but not quite the wildlife we were looking for on our hike along Rudd Creek at the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area.

Tuesday, August 10

McCain, Brewer coming to Payson Saturday

On Saturday, August 14, at 3:15 p.m., Arizona Senator John McCain and Governor Jan Brewer will hold an informal meet and greet at the Best Western Hotel Meeting Room, at 801 North Beeline Highway.

Level 2 sex offender moves to Mesa del

Level 2 sex offender Clifford Lee Havercamp III, 28, notified police that he is living at 8150 W. Barranca in Mesa del Caballo.

Public meeting on Payson transportation plan scheduled for Aug. 10

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will hold a public open house on the Payson Transportation Planning Study from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., today, Aug. 10, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Dems seeking to represent Rim face uphill battle

District 5’s two open House seats draw candidates promising budget reform, support for education

The two Winslow Democrats seeking to represent Rim Country in the state House are seeking a major overhaul of state budgeting procedures to avoid the kind of devastating boom-bust cycle that has convulsed the state Legislature.

Grant will bring Spanish to Payson freshmen during ‘zero hour’

An early morning treat will soon await freshmen squeezed out of foreign language classes this year — a 7:30 a.m. Spanish class.

Payson seeks to muffle neighborhood noise

Council grapples with trying to figure out how loud is too loud

Noise: It’s tricky. One man’s boom box is another man’s nuisance. So how’s a nice mountain town supposed to control all that nasty noise?

Multiple medical programs set

Linda Parsons, director of quality management at Payson Regional Medical Center will the be the guest speaker at the Senior Circle’s Lunch and Learn from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 25.

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Students audition with a cold reading for play

Group by group, the hopeful performers filed on stage to read from the script, the bright stage lights casting a theatrical glow.

Simple fixes could improve accident-prone Granite Dells-260 intersection

Some signs and painted stripes could reduce the number of crashes in one of Payson’s most bewildering intersections, the town’s Transportation Advisory Board has concluded.

Agreement keeps Tonto Natural Bridge open this fall

Thanks to a deal with Payson and Star Valley, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will remain open for the next year.

Humane Society to build smaller shelter

Slow fund-raising prompts cutback from 17,000 square feet to perhaps 5,000

Tacking into a financial headwind, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will trim its sails and start work on a scaled-down $500,000 Payson animal shelter, shelving plans for a $3 million dream facility.

Store owner arrested for helping fugitives

Claudia Washburn, the owner of Jakes Corner store near Tonto Basin, along with Diana Joy Glattfelder, of Prescott Valley, have been arrested and charged with conspiring to help three convicted murderers escape from prison.

SV general plan wants small-town feel

The longer Star Valley talked about its general plan, the more things were taken out of it.

Nearly half of elementary students are overweight

Nearly half of Payson’s elementary school students have weight problems, according to data recently compiled by the district.

Entries deadline for Northern Gila County Fair photo contest is Sept. 8

Photographers are urged to get their prints ready now for amateur and professional competition at the Northern Gila County Fair.

Forest Lakes fire chief named fire officer of the year

After handling one of Forest Lakes’ worst snowstorms on record in January while maintaining a full-time position with the Gilbert Fire Department, Forest Lakes Fire Chief Dave Rodriquez was named fire officer of the year by the Arizona Fire Chief Association (AFCA).

U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause overrides state law

A letter in Tuesday’s edition of the Roundup — “Bill of Rights Being Stripped Away” — discusses Article Ten re the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, and how, if not noted in the Constitution, certain powers are left to the states.

Contact your elected officials

Many times I hear friends and neighbors complaining about this and that problem which our elected governing body should or should not address.

Consider the repercussions

There is nothing wrong with Donna Lanphear’s statement that “When you (drivers) try to run down pedestrians in an “unmarked crosswalk,” consider the repercussions.

Residents need to respond to GCC report

Re: excellent “Special Report — Gila Community College at a Crossroads.” It took Suzanne Jacobson three months to complete. The Payson Roundup printed it on July 30. This repost is a needed and eye-opening article.

Vote for Konopnicki

In this upcoming election I am supporting Bill Konopnicki.

Dirty pool is still dirty pool

A masse’ shot in billiards is when the player strikes the top of the cue ball with enough force to produce a tremendous amount of spin.

Community Almanac

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will hold a public open house on the Payson Transportation Planning Study from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Disaster assistance to Arizona residents and businesses affected by January winter storms

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Arizona residents and business owners affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm that occurred January 18 through 22, 2010, said U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills.

Star Valley councilor offers tax, bookkeeping services

Besides Star Valley councilor, Barbara Hartwell has tacked a new title on her name — business owner.

Nail salon celebrates grand opening

Despite a recent storm that flooded the store with several inches of water, Polish Plus held its grand opening ceremony Aug. 2.

The real estate purchase contract

The contract we use to convey real estate has changed over the years.

7D Series winners brighten sky with buckles

The night sky at Payson Event Center was a little brighter than usual July 27.

Friends And Neighbors Club invites Rim residents to join the fun

The Friends and Neighbors (FAN) Club is inviting Rim residents to join and have some fun while helping students in Payson schools.

Roosevelt bass slot limit lifted

Roosevelt Lake’s transformation into one of the nation’s top bass-fishing lakes was recognized by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s decision this weekend to lift the eight-year-old slot limit that prevented fishermen from keeping 13- to 16-inch-long bass

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Falconers come to roost on Rim

As a hunting population goes, the folks who hunt with birds of prey in Arizona are a pretty small group. There are only about 90 in the state, according to Jason Pollack, one of the group. Pollack is a Payson resident who hunts with a Harris hawk he calls Rico.

Monday, August 9

Rep. Konopnicki distorts quote in campaign mailer

A campaign flier recently sent out by state Senate candidate Bill Konopnicki fabricates a quote and warns residents that challenger Sen. Sylvia Allen’s plan to set Gila Community College free will “take funding from rural community colleges and could cause some to shut down.”

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park rescued by Rim Country again

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will not close in September as planned due to the financial support from the Towns of Star Valley and Payson as well as the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.

Friday, August 6

Local doctor writes more than just prescriptions

In addition to weddings and other events for which I entertain, one of the other music activities I really enjoy doing is converting old LPs, 45s and tapes to CDs for folks who no longer have record or tape players, so they can once again enjoy their “oldies, but goodies” music.

Awakening Earth Expo tomorrow at Cultural Hall

Did you see that the August edition of Sunset Magazine featured Payson as a great destination for a day trip? Included in the article was mention of the Tonto Natural Bridge and the Fossil Creek Creamery.

Great time visiting with family this week

This week one of our daughters in our family is visiting us from Yuma, where it is extremely hot! Our daughter Vicki Nelson and her husband Bill are staying with us for the week and we will be celebrating Vicki’s birthday a bit early.

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Downpours create runoff, erosion

With the recent thunderstorms increasing in coverage and intensity, rains came and caused some minor flooding in ravines and canyons.

Life plants Payson woman in Paradise

Sitting peacefully on the porch in her sun-drenched back yard, Martha Teubner puts her feet up in a chair and cradles her baby dachshund, Nicholas.

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Best in the World

Can a mere writer compete with a bass fishing pro?

After 90 minutes on the best of bass waters with the best fisherman who’d ever called me by my first name, I commenced to feel better.

Back-to-school basics for your children’s computer

Once again, it’s time for back-to-school shopping. After you’re done finding the perfect backpacks, pencil sharpeners, lunch boxes, and blue jeans, it’s time to take a look at your technology situation.

Tonto Basin man is newest Payson firefighter/paramedic

Out of 40 applicants, the Payson Fire Department has selected a new firefighter/paramedic.

Ag torch passed to 22-year-old UA grad

The timing of recent events has unfolded auspiciously for Payson High School’s new agriculture teacher Jadee Garner.

Payson doctors in project with medical students

Three Payson doctors are among physicians working with medical students from the University of Arizona as part of the Rural Health Professions Program. Amalia Pineres, David Cluff and James Schouten are participating.

Republicans vie for state seats

Two open seats barely draw enough candidates to make it a race

Two open state House seats for the sprawling district that includes Rim Country have attracted a surprisingly subdued field of candidates in both parties, with no Payson-area candidates in the mix.

Porn, kidnapping, shooting cases on court docket

Cases involving a 73-year-old man suspected of having images of child pornography on his computer, an attempted murder in Tonto Basin and the alleged kidnapping and molestation of a child, will go before the Gila County Superior Court in Payson in the next two weeks.

Payson Farmers Market plans celebration

During the past two years, the Payson Farmers Market has grown from a mere thought to a flourishing weekend event with 35 vendors selling everything from bread and pickles to olives and hummus.

Laid-off principals led top performing schools

In an ironic twist, the Payson Unified School District’s two top performing schools according to the state AZ Learns achievement labels are the same two schools whose principals the school board laid off last spring. Payson High School and Frontier Elementary School each ranked “Highly Performing” in performance labels recently released by the state.

Summer storms overwhelm drainage

Town relies on retention basins instead of storm drains, leaving community prey to flooding

The intense, localized flooding that shocked some business owners in Payson last weekend unfortunately didn’t surprise Town Engineer LaRon Garrett.

Swan dive lands man in hospital

Jumping from a waterfall always carries some risk. Even a high trafficked waterfall with a deep pool below should be met with caution.

Water rates may jump 24 percent

The Payson Town Council Thursday approved changes that could raise water rates by 24 percent in the next three years.

Go ahead, declare martial law for all I care

At regular intervals I switch on the news and the scene flashes to someplace in Africa.

Crowded constable field

The field is flooded with candidates for the position of constable. The most aggressive for that position is Colt White.

Can’t trust TV news

Fox News has shown its true reporting tactics, this time regarding Sherry Sherrod, causing undo national concern and great harm to an individual.

NPG cable guy saved our house

Thank you NPG Cable, for saving our lives and home on July 24.

Immigration reform too important to ignore

Two questions: Why immigration reform and why now? The first question is easy; we’ve known for decades that a comprehensive immigration policy was needed.

Senior surprise

Last Sunday as I was waiting for the formal service to begin at the Payson Bible Fellowship, which we hold at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community Apartments’ dining center, a resident of the apartments told me a story, which I would like to share with you.

They truly do exist

I just finished reading the comment from the woman who threatened to sue people if we hit them while crossing an unmarked intersection of highway.

Amnesty International did an about face

The Payson Roundup on July 30, reported that a chapter of Amnesty International, with ties to the U.N. Conference on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), is being formed in Payson.

Colt will make a fine constable

I have known Colt White for a number of years. Colt and his family have longtime ties to Rim Country

Thunder Mtn. ride to roar through Rim

While the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is easily the premier event among bikers, drawing thousands to South Dakota each year, promoters of the inaugural Native Air Thunder Mountain Ride plan for it to someday also hold down a spot on the national cycling scene.

Rules of the game provided football parents

NFL Flag Football, a program that has been in Payson since 2004, recently released “Principles for Parents” — guidelines that will be distributed to moms and dads when they register their children for play.

Community Chest Golf set to rebound

The Community Chest Golf Tournament is an ideal way to enjoy a round of golf on the exclusive Chaparral Pines course and at the same time lend a helping hand to needy local charities.

Pikes swim to bronze in Verde Valley Invitational

The Payson Pikes swim team wrapped up the summer season in rousing fashion finishing third overall at the Verde Valley Invitational.

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Register for flag football Monday

Mary McMullen, normally the town’s trails and outdoor recreation coordinator, spent last week pounding the pavement to local elementary schools and Rim Country Middle School making a last pitch for youths between the ages of 6 and 14 to sign up for the upcoming NFL Youth Flag Football League.

Get in condition now for fall hunting

The fall hunting seasons are not far away. With the big-game drawing being completed, most outdoorsmen know if they were fortunate enough to draw a deer, antelope, elk or sheep tag in one of the many Arizona hunts.

Preserving the First Amendment by defeating DISCLOSE Act

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits making any law that infringes on one’s freedom of speech

The future trudges back to school

Ah — summer falters too soon — as the big yellow school buses renew their diesel trudge and motorists must now keep an especially sharp lookout for kids traveling to and from their schools.

New home construction

Construction crews were working on a new homesite off Sherwood Drive and Wilderness Trail last week.

Re-think your 401(k)

As the economy recovers, you may find some new opportunities to expand your investment horizons — and one such possibility may be your company’s 401(k) matching contribution.

Bookstore and More’s new owners plan expansion

Payson is home to many unsuspecting shops and stores that are sometimes so tucked away into shopping centers and behind mega stores that you never know they are there. Bookstore and More is one of those shops.

Community Almanac

The SonShine Club, a non-profit, K-5 childcare program, will be participating in the Aug. 6 First Friday event on Main Street in conjunction with the Artists of the Rim Gallery.

Couple of kitties mark one year together at the shelter

Tomorrow is a very special day here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Wednesday, August 4

Pile burns this week in Coconino National Forest

Fire specialists on the Coconino National Forest will continue a prescribed fire program by igniting slash piles Wednesday.

Tonto National Forest offers no fee days August 14 and 15

Tonto National Forest officials announced Wednesday that the forest is joining with other agencies included under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in hosting a no fee weekend, August 14 and 15, in observance of the back to school season.

Riding trains a lifelong passion

I grew up in Los Angeles at a time when the streamliners were coming into service with the various railroads.

Holy soap opera

What is it that compels us to want to know detailed accounts of other people’s lives?

Getaway around rim country

The 2010 Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Roping will be Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Payson Event Center.

New firefighter joins Payson FD

Out of 40 applicants, the Payson Fire Department has selected a new firefighter/paramedic.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 1: The Most Barbaric Country

It had been raining “awfully” the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1880. Because of the weather Angie Mitchell and her fiancé George Brown didn’t leave Prescott until nearly two o’clock that afternoon.

Five creative tips for packing healthier school lunches

It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season. Amidst the jam-packed schedule of a child’s school day, it’s nice to know there is one area where parents make a difference — lunchtime.

Group travel has many advantages

Why choose group travel you might ask. What are the advantages of group travel? There are several.

Awakening Earth

Expo will feature environmental play

The 2nd Annual Awakening Earth Expo in Pine Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 features a special attraction this year

Reading groups plan organizational meeting

A meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Ste. 102, Payson. The purpose is to discuss ideas and suggestions for various reading groups. Groups will be formed and meeting dates/times and book selections established.

Tuesday, August 3

Police officer will appeal demotion to town council

A Payson Police officer demoted a month ago for unknown reasons is appealing the decision.

SV council has general plan approval on agenda

After dozens of corrections and changes and nearly four years of work, the Star Valley Town Council could finally adopt its first general plan.

Payson Town Council plans to stash water underground

Everyone knows by now that Payson will be awash in water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir in three or four years.

Police watching Jakes Corner for escaped convicts, accomplice

A woman who police say helped three men escape from a Kingman prison Friday has local ties to Jakes Corner.

Business Briefs

The Phoenix Suns charities donated $4,000 to the Rim Country’s Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund this summer.

Home–(emotion+clutter)+ competitive price=sale

How do you get your home sold?

Chump change southwest Payson burglar baffles police

A strangely unambitious burglar is hitting cars and homes in southwest Payson. Leaving behind TVs and larger valuables, the thief is making off with change and food.

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo celebrates 126 years

Payson is where rodeo began in 1884, organized by “Arizona” Charlie Meadows and others and fashioned after the Wild West shows that were popular at the time. So, in 2010 the Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo will celebrate its 126th consecutive year Friday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 22.

First Things First group makes future plans

Just four years after voters across Arizona approved the First Things First early childhood initiative, a ballot measure seeks approval to sweep the money and chop the deficit.

Programs give health tips, activities

Learn more about the benefits of tai chi/qigong by attending the next Lunch and Learn. Penny Navis Schmidt will be the guest at the next Lunch and Learn from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 11. Please register for the event by calling (928) 472-9290. A light lunch is served and the event is free.

Enjoy the season’s bounty

One of the things I like about this time of year is the blooming of the agave plant. They are so unusual, with those tall stalks topped with round balls of flowers.

Fry Bread for Families is Aug. 11

Tonto Apache Tribal Enterprises and its employees are hosting their next Fry Bread for Families event Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the southwest corner of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Awakening Earth Expo features musical play

The Second Annual Awakening Earth Expo in Pine Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 features a special attraction this year. The Maya Joy Dancers, a 14-member local troupe, will perform their environmental play, “Awakening Earth” at 3 p.m. in the air-conditioned Cultural Hall on both days of the event, and at 6 p.m., Saturday at Crystal Lotus Gallery. Admission is free to all three performances.

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School’s community building effort more than just a game

The games freshman played in small group circles at Payson High School one recent afternoon during the waning days of summer vacation seemed, on the face, like simple fun.

Colt White is best candidate

Colt White is the best candidate for the position of constable for the Payson precinct.

Bill of Rights being stripped away

What is happening in this country? Federal law requires all immigrants not naturalized to carry identification papers, i.e., green card, visa, etc., the same if we were in any other country.

Senator Allen is the right choice

At a time when politicians do not seem to be listening to the voters and their approval rating is at an all-time low, we, in District 5 are lucky to have a senator who listens and really works for her constituents.

Crosswalks don’t need to be marked with painted lines

When you try to run down pedestrians in an “unmarked crosswalk,” consider the repercussions.

Technology exists to utilize biomass in our back yard

An hour before the sun rises over Blantyre, Malawi, Feligasi Dyeratu prepares for a day of wood gathering. Her 12-year-old daughter, Gertrude, is packing the small bundle of food that will sustain the two of them until they return before dark.

Ag building a victory for all

Pop a cork on the champagne — or the sparking cider — or the moonshine — whatever the Future Farmers of America uses to celebrate.

Community Almanac

Anyone interested in starting one or more new reading groups is invited to East West Exchange, 100 N Tonto St., Ste. 102, Payson from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Rabid bat found on Main; people cautioned to avoid animals acting suspicious

A rabid bat was found on Main Street last week and Payson Animal Control Officer Don Tanner is urging residents and visitors to be cautious around animals acting suspicious.

Ground broken for new PHS ag building

For such a dramatic story, Monday’s groundbreaking of Payson High School’s new agriculture building offered decidedly little drama.

Record Rains

Payson’s 3.8 inches hits rainfall high water mark as Tonto Creek flows at 17 times normal

Monsoon storms dumped 3.8 inches on Payson in July, the most ever recorded — and a full inch ahead of the second highest total, the National Weather Service reported on Monday.

Record rains cause flooding, accidents

Stores flooded on Wade Lane, Bonita

Severe rains from monsoonal storms Friday and Saturday flooded at least half a dozen businesses in Payson and washed away plans for a police-sponsored event.

30 accidents keep police busy

At least 30 vehicles were involved in weather-related crashes over the weekend with six vehicles piling up in a southbound section of Highway 87, south of town Sunday.

Payson SO pair are on target for Athens

Payson’s David Frohme and Roseanne Hendricks could be entrants into the Special Olympic World Games when they are held in the summer of 2011 in Athens, Greece.

Winslow man Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year

On just about any frosty morning in autumn, you’ll find Wildlife Manager Ken Clay III bunking at the Vincent Ranch Wildlife Area so he can get up early and patrol the big game hunts in the Mogollon Rim area.

Medallion fray is focus of PWGA

Payson Women’s Golf Association members can never be accused of losing focus. In fact, they concentrate so intensely that members spent the entire month of July participating in the annual Medallion Tournament, which is a low gross and low net formatted shoot-out.

Details for bass tournament at Roosevelt Lake firming up

The number of local anglers who have officially registered for the FLW National Guard Western Series bass tournament to be held Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 at Roosevelt Lake is now six.

Annual alumni volleyball tourney, benefit a success

Another of the annual Payson High Alumni volleyball tournaments and benefit dinners has come and gone with a double dose of healthy success.

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Lady Horns tap Wilcox for head coach post

Newly appointed Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox has long been in the forefront of the Rim Country sports scene and later active at Paradise Valley Community College and Eastern New Mexico University.

Monday, August 2

Detour Monday on SR 260, east of Payson

The Arizona Department of Transportation will pave a temporary detour on State Route 260, 15 miles east of Payson from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.