Friday, December 31
The Lady Longhorns took a roller coaster ride through the 2010 Holiday Hoops tournament enjoying the thrills of victory, but also suffering through the agony of defeat.
Thursday, December 30
Fish and Wildlife Service issues latest list of species local and national that would qualify as endangered — if it only had the money to do the studies
Still no room at the inn. That’s the bottom line in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently released tally of the status of some 251 species waiting for space on the Endangered Species List.
January is another busy month with a chamber mixer and business buzz luncheon scheduled.
Feeling blue? You could head to the counselor’s office or turn to shopping, but nothing makes a woman feel better than a good haircut.
Now that the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 is law, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with how this new legislation affects you — both as a wage earner and an investor.
Like the first flower blossom or the melting of snow on the Mazatzal Mountains and Mogollon Rim, the Women’s Wellness Forum has become a tradition to look forward to in the Rim Country. The 13th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is Saturday, March 12 at the Payson High School campus.
Questions about the identity and circumstances surrounding the decomposed body of a woman found east of Payson six months ago remain unanswered.
Last week I said that many people who are alive today have no idea how blessed lucky we are to be able to buy a television set, take it home, plug it in, hook up cable or dish, turn it on, and watch just about anything we want.
Taxpayers received a welcome surprise when Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved a massive spending bill in the waning days of Congress.
is right on top of us. For the most part, 2010 seemed like a long, fitful sleet storm, with the odd break in the clouds.
First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87, Pine — Friends and neighbors are also invited to join the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Pine for a Watch Night program. The festivities are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31.
Advocacy group forming to push bill through the Legislature
Gila Community College can pursue independence without dipping into state equalization funding and without a jump in local property taxes, say local advocates.
board no longer plans to meet once a month.
It took 42 years for an event to trigger Vietnam veteran Samuel’s post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It’s a white New Year for Rim Country with more than six inches of snowfall in Payson, 18 inches in Pine, 16 inches in Christopher Creek and a foot in Kohl’s Ranch reported on Thursday morning.
Payson Special Olympics has kicked off the winter sports season prompting coach Ruby Lane to scour the town in search of unified partners for the snowshoeing team.
Now that one of the most successful Shoot for the Heart seminars is in the rearview mirror, organizers are steering toward one of the most unusual round tables in the two-year history of the outdoors program.
It appears the success of the first two FLW bass tournaments at Roosevelt Lake has attracted yet another professional fishing organization to the popular Arizona waterway.
Round Valley hopes to find money for sports after district board suspends all extracurricular activities
The Round Valley School District governing board’s decision early this week to suspend funding for all extracurricular activities for the spring semester and the 2011-2012 school year was a shock to Eagar-Springerville residents and others in small-town Arizona.
Tournament losses test character — and offense
There’s a scene in “The Last Samurai” where Tom Cruise wins a painful moral victory because he just won’t stay down as some black belt tough guy beats him bloody.
Jim Goughnour handcrafts fishing poles that obey the commands of the handler
When I was a kid, fishing seemed like the cool thing to do. Like other kids, I dreamed of catching “the big one.”
Well, we may not have had a white Christmas, but it appears we will usher in the new year with lots of moisture in the form of snow. I’m sure all the kids are glad that they get to do some sledding before heading back to school on Monday.
Wow! 2010 was another great year in the amazing world of American music.
As our community is moving into the new year, we can see many improvements that our local schools, fire department and senior center have had over the past year.
Happy New Year from Yuma, Ariz. My hubby and I came to Yuma to spend Christmas with our children.
Well another year has come and gone. Can you believe it? And next year will be the year 2011! Doesn’t that sound like some sort of futuristic Star Trek kind of date?
The Town of Payson Police Department will get $10,361 from the Department of Justice, filtered through the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Studies reveal Rodeo-Chediski Fire’s smoke plume reached stratosphere, as such ‘blowups’ push global warming
The 600,000-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire frightened forest managers back in 2002.
To learn more about these and other wonderful pets available for adoption, visit the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or see our website, www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
The Payson Police Department has closed northbound Highway 87 at the Tyler Parkway roundabout due to snow and dangerous driving conditions north of town. Highway 260 east of Payson also remains closed as of Thursday morning. Chains and four wheel drive are recommended for anyone venturing out onto the roadways.
Tuesday, December 28
Darryl DeWeese, a member of the Payson High School class of 2006, has graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California.
While the past two years brought upheaval to the financial services industry as firms shifted their focus, their products and even their ownership, Edward Jones did not.
To offset the rising cost of emergency medical care, Native Air has introduced a membership program for residents of Arizona.
Western Village is brimming over with memories. From antique saddles to unique furniture, everything at the eclectic shop has a story and represents a small slice of history.
Speeding? Check. Drinking? Check. Suspended license? Check.
Arizona’s sharply rising poverty rate has spurred a run on food banks statewide, including Rim Country where food banks continue to push a food drive through the holiday season.
Motorists should not stop along highway to play in snow
With snow in the Rim Country’s weather forecast and time off for the holidays, many people will be traveling to see and experience the new winter wonderland.
While the town of Star Valley won’t be helping the residents off Starlight Drive with their flooding problems, the council has agreed to spend a chunk of grant money on the Quail Valley subdivision.
A Payson man with a string of underage consumption and fighting convictions was arrested Christmas Eve after police say he screamed at several people and head-butted an officer.
Residents of the Rim Country and the rest of Arizona have been very fortunate that due to the relatively warm weather, influenza remains at the “local” level — meaning there have been only a low number of influenza-like symptoms reported and a small number of actual cases of the flu.
There are only four days to make a contribution to area schools and state-certified charities to qualify for a tax credit on your 2010 returns.
Payson’s program has won statewide acclaim and now has set its sights on Hollywood
After a holiday season spent raising money for others, the acclaimed Payson High School Drama Troupe will start raising money for a dream trip to a dream factory.
I was glad to read that our schools will soon have a new “get-tough” cell phone policy in place.
In December, the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation became a qualifying charitable organization under Arizona Department of Revenue rules.
money and then giving it away!
Every time I watch the news or read the paper it is really depressing how so many people are trying to take the word Christmas out of this wonderful holiday.
Another needless death on Highway 87, the apparent result of no seat belt use.
I want to thank all those holiday enthusiasts who drug out the lights, sawed the figures, blew up the Santas, penguins, reindeer, etc., and braved electrocution for the Sixth Annual “Light the Rim” House Lighting Contest.
It took a community to keep me from becoming homeless! It all started when APS decided I could no longer have service in my mom’s name after she was deceased, even though bills were being paid.
The Greater Payson Moose Lodge and Women of the Moose would like to thank the following organizations and merchants for their donations to our annual Children’s Christmas Party.
So who’s got the toughest job in town? This coming year, it could be the Payson Unified School Board, which faces choices ranging from bad to worse as it wrestles with a million-dollar deficit and a recommendation to close Frontier Elementary School.
The Pine Strawberry Thrift Store will have New Year’s party wear and cruise clothing on sale at half off the marked prices Dec. 29 through Dec. 31.
School board considers increasing elementary school class sizes by more than one-third
The Payson Unified School District’s plan to increase the size of elementary school classes by more than one-third could reduce student test scores, graduation rates and intellectual skills, according to a body of still hotly debated research.
Northern Gila County schools are quickly becoming a hotbed of solar integration.
Well that old familiar tinkling sound has ceased. Salvation Army bell ringers have boxed up their kettles, wrapped up their bells and put away their Santa hats and friendly ho ho ho’s.
Storm may bring Payson a white New Year’s — big drop in temperature
With one last winter storm on the way for 2010, Payson looks poised to finish the year with just a splash above normal rainfall.
Water level is at 1,678 feet (74-percent full) and dropping. Like most lakes recently Pleasant seems to be hit-or-miss.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department today posted the 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet at www.azgfd.gov/draw.
Roosevelt Lake is rapidly turning into one of the hottest bass fishing tournament spots in the Western United States.
Only home meet for wrestlers is Jan. 21-22
Following a brief holiday respite from competition, Longhorn wrestlers return to mat action Jan. 5 at a Mogollon High School-hosted multi-meet to be held in Heber.
It’s no secret in prep football circles that there are those upset with All-East and All-State team selections.
Payson Herring, Gunner Bauer, Westin Gibson and Jake Gonzales named to all-state teams
PHS senior Payson Herring was the lone Longhorn player named on Dec. 26 to the Arizona Republic’s 1A-3A All-State team.
The Lady Longhorns began pursuit of the Holiday Hoops basketball championship at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 28, in Wilson Dome against Flagstaff Coconino.
Thursday, December 23
The San Carlos Apache Tribe wants to join a lawsuit that seeks to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to put desert bald eagles back on the endangered species list.
It seems like it was just last week that I walked into the Senior Circle for the first time. I just don’t know where this last year has gone.
What better way to wash down all that Christmas dinner and prep for the new year than with a girls high school basketball tournament?
The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is taking registration for the third- and fourth-grade Jr. NBA Youth Basketball program.
Basketball team hopes intense practices and tight-packed Prescott competition will help them restart a losing season
The Longhorn hoopsters will have to deliver on their New Year’s resolutions early this year — facing a tough string of games at a tournament in Prescott starting on Dec. 30.
This Christmas will be happier and less stressful for the Gunzel family.
Most people living today have no idea how blessed lucky we are to be able to buy a television set, take it home, plug it in, hook it up to cable or dish, turn it on, and watch — what is it now? — 40 million channels?
They say that the animals start to look at each other differently as the water hole dries up.
On Saturday, Dec. 18 we were invited to attend the Payson Community Kids Christmas Party at the Senior Center.
Earlier this decade Arizona Public Service decommissioned their Irvin hydro-electric power plant and returned water to Fossil Creek. Last month the U.S. Forest Service held the latest of several public hearings on the future of Fossil Creek in Payson as part of their effort to develop a master plan that will balance the protection of the creek’s unique ecosystem with public access to the creek’s wilderness beauty.
We had an accident Friday, Nov. 19 and we would like to thank the fire department, the paramedics, the nurses and Dr. Gilbert at the emergency room, the ambulance drivers and a special thanks to you, police officer Joni Varga #186, who we think went above and beyond her job in caring and helping.
This is the season of giving, when many Americans donate their time and money to help the less fortunate.
’Tis the day before Christmas and most households in and around Payson and Pine, Star Valley and Strawberry are in a flurry — if the occupants are home for the holidays.
Christmas Eve Solemn High Mass, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24.
The ranks of the unemployed grew slightly in Gila County in November, unlike the trend in the rest of the state.
While the rain fell outside, the hopes of five Star Valley residents fell as well as they watched the council and its attorney drown a year’s worth of work in a few hours.
GCC urged to partner with PHS to allow students a chance to get a college degree while still in school
Gila Community College should partner with Payson Unified School District to take advantage of a new state law that would make it possible for top students to earn a college degree by the time they graduate high school, lobbyist Mike Gardner recently urged the GCC board.
Payson woman’s discovery of a golden cup in thrift store uncovers story of heroic priest, awful violence and final blessing
Priscilla Taylor gasped when she saw the worn golden chalice on the thrift store shelf.
As 2010 comes to an end, I can’t help but look back on the year’s events. This has been a great year and we have high hopes that next year will be successful, too.
Merry Christmas everyone — I hope that you have a truly blessed time with your friends and family over the holiday season.
Our unusual warm weather we have had earlier in the week has turned into a much colder environment as the leading edge of the weather front, so called the “Pineapple Express” due to its tropical origins, passes.
There is something special about Christopher Creek. During the last month I have been doing a fair amount of driving around the state and have visited Sedona, Flagstaff and Pinetop-Lakeside. While those places are all beautiful in their own right, they’re still not quite Christopher Creek.
The Rim Country has been very fortunate in the weather department this past week. California is getting hammered by rain, snow and landslides.
“Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” first sung by everyone’s favorite singing cowboy of yesteryear, Gene Autry, will surely be on the minds of children tonight as they nestle all snug in their beds.
Back in the day, way back before cell phones, CDs and DVDs, my boys appeared in just about every school play and holiday pageant our small-town elementary school could muster.
Tuesday, December 21
Megan Miles, a recent graduate of Payson High School, is one of 23 finalists in the “Matrix/Spread The Love Competition,” sponsored by L’Oreal.
Major Ryan J. Ellis has graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. after completing a year of study.
AARP is reminding and encouraging seniors to carefully consider their options and choose the coverage that best fits their needs during Medicare open enrollment which closes Dec. 31.
The radio and television news is full of stories about the wicked winter weather in other parts of the world.
Mason Standifird was presented with Eagle Scout status in a Court of Honor Friday, Dec. 17.
This holiday season, if you can, give yourself a gift at Gila Community College. Enroll in an enrichment course or one that might contribute to your professional advancement.
Band, choir stage a concert, go caroling for shoppers to celebrate big honors, and community support
Student musicians heralded a triumphant year of living on the edge with a clashing of cymbals and a flourish of French horns during the recent Christmas musical pageant.
The hardest part of doing anything is getting started. Writing stories is no exception. I say, just write.
Although the sale of ground and hand-held fireworks and their use in some locations is now legal in Arizona, please remember, fireworks are not permitted on public lands at any time.
The administration of the Payson Community Christian School would like to make the community aware of a special board meeting that was held Dec. 17 about the current financial needs of Payson Community Christian School.
While I support the conclusion of Robert Kraniak’s letter (“Right to keep and bear arms is most important amendment”), I would like to gently correct Mr. Kraniak’s assertion that my letter regarding Bill of Rights Day contained an “oversight in not mentioning the most important amendment” — the Second Amendment.
On Monday, Dec. 6, Sue and I put up our Christmas decorations outside.
First, politicians should lock in some givens … 1) this is a government-created crisis, 2) governments at all levels are bloated, 3) most of the politicians’ constituents have less income and less net worth than they did prior to this crisis, 4) government employees have pay levels above the private sector, better benefits and almost total job security and 5) legislative bodies have a dismal record on financial matters.
The tree is up, the candles are lit, and the extension cords are plugged in. With all of the traditional touches comes the most dangerous month of the year.
Did you read the story about kids and cell phones? Surveys suggest that the average teenager sends and receives about 1,500 text messages a month.
Sen. Sylvia Allen, the incoming chair of a new Senate committee on border security, is expressing concern over the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is up and decorated with tags listing the names and Christmas wishes for area children in need at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway, south of the chamber office.
As snow brings winter conditions to the high country of the Coconino National Forest, the Forest Service takes several measures to provide for the safety of winter visitors and protect forest resources.
A bridge across Tonto Creek in Punkin Center is one step closer.
A 47-year-old Glendale man killed himself Sunday morning minutes before police could stop him.
A Pine teenager was killed and another seriously injured after the Jeep they were in rolled several times on Highway 87 this weekend, authorities say.
After a year of persistent nagging, five Star Valley homeowners will finally learn Tuesday if the town plans to make repairs to a crossing and creek that during severe weather has threatened to wash away their homes.
November sales tax figures reveal more evidence of a slow economic recovery
The pre-Christmas sales figures weren’t quite a lump of coal in Payson’s stocking — but pretty close.
Payson district tries to prevent cheating, harassment and ‘sexting’ as students send off average of 50 texts every day
No naked pictures. No lurid texts. No texting in class. No cheating on tests And teachers — we’re watching you.
Celebrate the Christmas season with friends and neighbors at one of the special services planned by area churches. Below is a listing of some of the services.
The women residing at Chaparral Pines and The Rim Club sponsored a joint luncheon Dec. 7.
1-3 record in hard-fought tournament provides seasoning for a fledgling basketball team
The three losses and one win at the Wickenburg Tournament this past weekend wasn’t the brightly wrapped Christmas gift the Lady Longhorns basketball team hoped for, but it did provide the young team with crucial playing time.
Blowout loss administers painful lesson in height, fundamentals — and the value of practice
The Longhorn varsity basketball team took a good, old-fashioned beating Friday in a discouraging 62-36 loss to a big, athletic, tight-knit Fountain Hills team.
Friday, December 17
The arrest of Justin Schultze, 18, at his parents’ home in Winslow this week brought to a close a bizarre crime spree that careened from the Valley to Show Low and points in between.
An account has been opened at National Bank of Arizona for the Payson Lifestar EMT who was seriously injured in a head-on collision in late November.
In life, you can’t avoid all risks — and you shouldn’t try, because endeavors that carry risk also bring the prospect of reward. And it’s certainly the same in the investment world.
For Roxanne Knoche, losing the ranch home that she had custom-built for her retirement would be devastating.
The weeks leading up to the demotion of Payson’s second-ranking cop came down to an anguished interview between Lt. Donald Garvin and his longtime friend and colleague, Police Chief Don Engler.
Gila County Board of Supervisors will wait another month before they start moving toward redistricting. At the Dec. 14 meeting the supervisors were to adopt a resolution to establish guidelines for the selection of a citizens redistricting committee.
A local woman has found a novel way to get rid of more than a hundred new neckties all while giving back to the community.
OK, procrastinators of Payson, Pine and the surrounding communities, it is Dec. 17 and that means you have just a week to finish buying those gifts, wrapping them and sneaking them under the tree.
Last week I said it sometimes appears that coincidences rule the universe. Maybe that’s not true, but they certainly aren’t shy about changing the life of an important human being — and thereby changing history.
I (agree that we should) celebrate the Bill of Rights on Dec. 15 as pointed out by Tina Terry in the Dec. 10, Payson Roundup mail call.
Your editorial on Tuesday, Dec. 14, expresses your concerns about Arizona’s budget crisis.
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is one of the very fortunate charities that qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
Many times I hear friends and neighbors complaining about this and that problem which our elected governing body should or should not address.
Reference Payson Roundup, Dec. 14 edition front page: “Lobbyist ... State Budget.” I quote, “The state faces an $800 million deficit in the balance of the current fiscal year and a projected $1.4 billion deficit in the budget year that starts in June.”
The December chamber mixer, held at the Good Samaritan Majestic Rim, was host to over 60 chamber members and guests.
On behalf of Hospice Compassus I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals and business who participated in the 15th annual Celebration of Life and to all those community members in attendance.
It’s that time of year, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is in the giving spirit.
This week, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans compared the two-year struggle to convince Arizona State University to build a low-cost college campus here to a white-knuckle, cliff-sided drive around the world’s biggest volcano. That sounds about right.
The Town of Star Valley council meetings are once again on the move.
Local residents and businesses may help the less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” through Dec. 17.
Six-year-old Kurt Slover’s eyes grow wider as he traces his hand along the back toy wall at Walmart Wednesday night.
GCC poised to push for independence, work force funding
The good news: The Gila Community College Board finally seems agreed on the need to push for equal funding and independence and its chief legislative champion has secured more power.
State Senator Sylvia Allen’s legislative fix for Gila Community College is not likely to be the be-all-do-all for independence from provisional status.
Top official vows to make decision on four-year program here ‘quickly’ in first talk before a local audience
Prospects for a college campus in Payson got a major psychological boost Wednesday when Arizona State University Vice President Richard Stanley told an overflow crowd, “I can’t give you exact timing as to when all this is going to happen, but all of us want this to happen as quickly as it can.”
Fort Verde State Historic Park will stage an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas all through the month of December, with decorations mimicking those the soldiers and their families put up in the late 1800s, when the fort served as the staging ground for General George Crook’s campaign against the Tonto Apache and Yavapai.
The tale of two Medal of Honor recipients and the complex history of Apache scouts threaded through exhibits at historic state park
I stood in the drizzle on the porch of the headquarters of Fort Verde, peering at the bronze plaque honoring the Medal of Honor recipients once based here, thinking of a cheerfully loyal warrior and a fearlessly selfless sergeant.
In the first league game of the season, the Lady Longhorns basketball team’s disappointing offensive effort meant a loss against Show Low Tuesday night.
Only five Longhorn football players earned honors in the coaches’ All-Star selection.
The Longhorns dominated rival Show Low for three quarters on Tuesday, but then went flat and let a game they should have won get away.
Payson’s Cypress Gorry finished fourth at the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships in Bend, Ore. Saturday, Dec. 11.
You’re probably right in the thick of holiday busy-ness: shopping, attending parties, and trying to get last-minute work projects wrapped up so you can enjoy the big day.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all?
The Heber Overgaard School District held an open house Thursday, Dec. 9 on all school campuses for residents to see the projects that were completed.
Well the annual home decorating and cart parade was a huge success
Last Thursday, Hellsgate Fire Department Chief Gary Hatch hosted a Christmas party for all of the firefighters and their spouses. Teddy Tomerlin generously deep-pitted the turkey and the pork shoulder which was absolutely falling off the bone.
Christmas Day is rapidly approaching; it seems that the month passes by more quickly each and every year.
Celebrate the Christmas season with friends and neighbors at one of the special services planned by area churches.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona has a mission statement that we proudly stand behind: “To provide shelter and compassionate care for animals who are lost, abandoned or homeless; to ensure that animals who come into our care are nurtured in a loving space while healing from fear, physical or emotional trauma, mistreatment or loss of a caregiver; to place animals into appropriate and loving homes through adoptions; to improve the lives of animals through education and example; to promote spay and neuter of companion animals.
Thursday, December 16
Holiday help still needed
It’s Dec. 15 — Christmas is only 10 days away. Already the Rim Country has had a wonderful array of celebrations and in this edition of the Review, we are sharing a collage of photographs from recent events.
Food Network celebrity chef, Claire Robinson, knows what it takes to make a great holiday meal, with just five ingredients or less.
Remember dance class when we were kids? Not the social dances or square dance, but the free movement to music? Swiss researchers used those same types of movements with seniors.
Only a few hours from our area is the classic town of Palm Springs, Calif. It has been the winter hideout of the movie colony and a festival town for others. There is really a lot to do most of the time and rarely crowded.
Last month I wrote about a Holland America 14- night Alaskan cruise that is round trip from Seattle and has ports of call in several cities that are not on the usual seven-night Inside Passage cruise itineraries.
Chapter 10: Escape FROM the Apaches
Tonto Basin teacher Angie Mitchell described the torture she and her companions were experiencing at the hands of a renegade band of Apaches. The day was Monday, Oct. 18, 1880, as her diary continues.
My grandson recently had scarlet fever. In my day, this was a very frightful disease. My daughter has taken a ho-hum attitude toward it. What are its complications?
Flu shots are still available at the Gila County Office of Health in Payson and Globe. Children’s flu vaccine (for children 6 months through 18 years of age) is free. The standard flu vaccine for adults is $20.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take time to remember to give a gift that will give back to you come April 15.
Gerri Levine, who has made her home in Payson since 2004, recently has seen the efforts of her life- long love of photography rewarded with publication in both Arizona Highways and National Wildlife, the official periodical of the National Wildlife Federation.
Gila County Community College and Gila County Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 “Gardening and Landscape” class in Young this spring.
Tuesday, December 14
A dispute between two nursing home residents led to an assault on two nurses and an arrest of a Payson woman.
Bryce C. Davis, the son of Cameron and Cathe Davis of Payson and a member of Boy Scout Troop 7254, received the rank of Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor, Sunday, Dec. 12.
Payson’s own book publisher, Git A Rope Publishing, has just released two new books by Jinx Pyle.
Two buses of Senior Circle members headed out to the Cliff Castle Casino and Sedona Las Abrigados Resort Wednesday, Dec. 8 and they all came back saying they had a blast.
As I entered the building, kids were moving chairs, running up and down aisles, singing, doing short dance routines and raising a small ruckus in a cacophony of sound.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is upgrading a two-lane segment of State Route 260 to a four-lane divided highway 15 miles east of Payson.
Gila County Community College and Gila County Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 “Gardening and Landscape” class in Young this Spring 2011.
I would like to make a comment regarding a quote in the Dec. 10 issue front page article “Council upholds demotion of Lt. Garvin” where attorney Martin Bihn says “Good luck hiring police officers if this is the standard.”
I want to extend my thanks to all the residents of Pine and Strawberry who voted, for me, in the recent November elections, for the Pine-Strawberry Fire Board. I will do my best to represent the best interest of the community.
Recognition of the local nonprofit organizations that qualify for the Arizona Charity Tax Credit in Friday’s (Dec. 10, 2010) paper is very beneficial to the qualifying local organizations.
Both roundabouts contain a forest of signs (no less than 30 at the Airport Road roundabout; no less than 26 at the Tyler Parkway roundabout) and a sea of pavement markings.
The Payson Choral Society Christmas Concert was indeed a beautiful message about the true meaning of this wonderful season.
“Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging,” remarked writer Samuel Johnson. Let us hope that the Arizona Legislature takes the remark to heart.
The Senior Circle Holiday Bake Sale will be held until 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
On Dec. 12 the Gila County Sheriff’s Office made 12 traffic stops and received 44 calls, nine of them 911 calls. Deputies made six arrests of suspects booked into the Payson jail.
A lack of preparation or common sense can easily turn a White Christmas dream into a weekend nightmare.
Rim’s economy bumps and rattles through budget potholes
Increasingly, Payson’s struggle to recover from the downturn looks like a long ride in an old Jeep on a bad road.
Election gave Republicans overwhelming control, but only worsened the gnawing state budget crisis
Republican state legislative triumphs have made Democratic lawmakers largely irrelevant, but left the party with sole responsibility for a daunting budget problem, said lobbyist and former lawmaker Mike Gardner at a recent Gila Community College board meeting.
An allegedly distraught, suicidal Iraq War veteran fired several shots, threatened his girlfriend and then holed up in his house, as the Payson Special Response Team surrounded the Easy Street residence and tried to coax him to come out.
Jan. 19 hearing will focus on closing Frontier Elementary
The Payson School Board Monday set a public hearing on whether to close an elementary school for Jan. 19.
Lake elevation 1,670 feet (66 percent full). The bald eagle nesting closure in the Agua Fria arm of the lake starts on Dec. 15.
Bowler Spotlight is a new addition to the Roundup’s bowling coverage. Watch for one male and female in the Bowler Spotlight.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is pleased by a decision to authorize the release of an adult male Mexican wolf into eastern Arizona later this month or in January to help restore the stability of the Hawks Nest Pack and promote future breeding to further the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction project.
PHS girls basketball team falls by one point to team that trounced them last year
The Lady Longhorns basketball team lost a heartbreaker this weekend, falling to Fountain Hills’ come from behind effort — with a little help from a controversial call.
Payson Longhorn wrestlers traveled to the White Mountains over the weekend for a 3A East multi-meet and were in Fountain Hills last Wednesday for another multi-meet.
Pineview Manor, a 49-unit rental development for low-income senior citizens in Payson, is one of 11 affordable housing projects under way across Arizona, thanks to a zero-interest loan from the Arizona Community Foundation’s Affordable Housing Fund.
The Rim Golf Club announced that the transfer of the golf club property to the member-owned club has been completed, following the bankruptcy of the club’s developer, Crescent Resources.
Where do you go after a short sale or foreclosure? This foreclosure crisis has gone on longer than a sane man would have guessed. It has probably affected people you know. It has also affected many pets.
Friday, December 10
Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photos and folk art crowd rooms and hallways at the college to showcase work of faculty, students
A two-sided, life-size sculpture of a one-breasted woman in the throes of the exhilarating, terrifying confrontation with breast cancer.
Local charity has struggled to keep up with record number of pleas for assistance, many from young, desperate families
The state has designated a Payson group that helps pay bills for people facing eviction, loss of their electricity, loss of their cars and medical emergencies as a “qualifying charitable organization,” which means people can get a tax credit of up to $200 per person for a donation.
Law enforcement officers are still searching for one of three men who were in a vehicle that rammed a Coconino County Sheriff deputy’s vehicle less than 30 miles north of Strawberry Wednesday and who apparently fired shots at the vehicle.
The Gila Community College board closed ranks on Thursday to extend a contract with a lobbyist who vowed to work toward the district’s independence — but then immediately fractured on the contentious issue of changing key board rules.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors has started down a long, winding and rough road to redistrict the county. The supervisors took the first steps on that long road at a work session Dec. 7.
Payson school board starts process aimed at saving $1 million and closing one of three elementary schools
The Payson Unified School District will close Frontier Elementary School next year if the school board accepts the recommendations of its School Configuration Committee presented at a special meeting on Thursday night.
Affair with the wife of a fellow officer and a relationship with a woman applying for a job led to the demotion of Payson’s second in command
After eight months of rumors and allegations, the Payson Town Council Thursday unanimously upheld the demotion of Lt. Donald Garvin down to sergeant.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take time to remember to give a gift that will give back to you come April 15.
Payson Community Kids, also affectionately known as Marcy’s Kids for its late founder, Marcy Rogers, is now at a new location — for the time being.
Payson must come up with money for street lights, but crews won’t lay final layer of asphalt until the spring
Cold weather has forced construction crews to wait until spring to put the finishing touches on the highway roundabout at Airport Road.
Patrick Walker of Payson will don his cap and gown this month having earned more than just his diploma. He received a distinguished award from Northern Arizona University honoring his academic performance, leadership and service to the community during his undergraduate studies.
Air Force Airman Christopher D. Becher has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to the wonderful people who have helped our son Paul Rife and his better half, Leah, in this trying time in their lives.
Joining hundreds of organized memorial services around the world, the Rim Country Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will light candles Sunday, Dec. 12 in an act of symbolic remembrance.
The Payson Christian Clinic is celebrating not only the holiday season, but more importantly its expansion from a mere 400 square feet to 2,000 square feet at its 701 S. Ponderosa St. site.
Payson’s first full-time dentist and the man who greatly influenced the town’s future through his contributions to schools, athletics, family, patients and church is celebrating almost 40 years in the Rim Country.
It’s graduation time at colleges for the winter semester across the country.
Pineview Manor, a 49-unit rental development for low-income senior citizens in Payson, is one of 11 affordable housing projects in Arizona to receive a zero-interest loan from the Arizona Community Foundation’s Affordable Housing Fund.
The state government will have to play a critical role if Arizona businesses are to become global competitors, business leaders said at recent conference.
Every once in a while it seems that coincidences rule the universe, for the good or for the bad. I’ve already mentioned one that saved the life of Paul Revere, and another that allowed Adolf Hitler to survive an incident where he surely should have died.
In the article, “Food bank volunteer lends shelving skills,” on page 6A of the Dec. 3 edition of the Payson Roundup, I was surprised to read that the “Presbyterian Church food bank opened its doors only two years ago.” Perhaps as an official “food bank” that is true.
Thank you, Payson. All of the volunteers at Payson Helping Payson want to thank every church, service organization and individual, in Payson, that financially helped us get through this very difficult and demanding year.
219 years ago, on Dec. 15, 1791, our precious Bill of Rights was ratified.
Now that the new roundabout is in place, would you please remind folks that there are laws on how to proceed through said roundabou
President Obama appears to have had an epiphany, as he cringes from the public health option debate early this year and more recently his “compromise” on the Bush tax plan. It’s what most Americans have already known, which is — you cannot satisfy liberals.
After all the wrapping paper is put away this Christmas, job creators will have to start stocking up on a different kind of paper: tax forms.
Amidst the flurry of the season, we hope you will take a moment to make a gift to your community — by taking advantage of the state tax credit you can get with a donation to local schools and charities.
Soroptimist International of Zane Grey will be sponsoring a Holiday Wine & Cheese Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday Dec. 10 at the Best Western, 801 N. Beeline Highway. There will be wine and appetizers to sample, plus some great raffle and silent auction items to bid on. The cost is $15.
It was 30 years ago this past Wednesday, Dec. 8, that marked the anniversary of former Beatle, John Lennon’s, tragic death.
Our recent warm-up with overnight temperatures above the freezing mark has departed with a return of colder nights reaching into the mid 20s.
Well the holidays are upon us and I am getting a flood of events that are happening right here in Christopher Creek. So, here is the most up-to-date list of holiday goings-on that I have.
The Village is getting to look very festive. Many of the homes are sporting colorful Christmas lights and blow up Santas. Some of the homeowners are decorating their whole yard for the enjoyment of the Villagers.
The holiday season is in full swing with cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, Nativity displays, light parades, and Christmas concerts. Fortunately, while the calendar may be full, each opportunity gives us a chance to be with family and friends in a meaningful way, so try to enjoy each moment as we hasten to Christmas Day.
Holbrook might have the best all-around basketball program in the 3A conference.
Giving up 24 points at the onset of each wrestling dual is not an ideal situation for any high school team to find itself.
A pair of Payson teenagers showcased their gridiron skills Dec. 5 in the Punt, Pass and Kick state championships held at University of Phoenix Stadium just prior to the Cardinals game against the St. Louis Rams.
If Payson High School counselor and former wrestling and football coach Don Heizer has his druthers, a youth-oriented bass fishing club will soon be up and operating in the Rim Country.
Parker, Mingus, Wickenburg, Estrella to face Longhorns
Say goodbye to the Beasts of the East.
Kim Lower’s voice crackles with raw emotion as she tells others why she participated in the Susan G. Komen Phoenix 3-Day for the Cure.
Gerri Levine, who has made her home in Payson since 2004, recently has seen the efforts of her lifelong love of photography rewarded with publication in both Arizona Highways and National Wildlife, the official periodical of the National Wildlife Federation.
Community’s musicians, singers, actors celebrate the season
Complete with duets, touching skits, singing angels, and even a shower of balloons, Sunday’s Spirit of Christmas concert offered an impressive demonstration of our community’s talent.
Wednesday, December 8
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce mixer will be held at Good Samaritan Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway, just east of The Home Depot at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8.
New Hope Equine Rescue has a limited number of the popular 25-inch Victorian wreaths — decorated, including lights — available for sale for at the New Hope facility in Star Valley in December.
Candlelight Memorial Walk at Green Valley Park
Joining hundreds of organized memorial services around the world, The Rim Country Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will light candles Sunday, Dec. 12 in an act of symbolic remembrance.
The collage of Christmas celebrations in the Rim Country continues to grow this weekend.
The highways in Rim Country have gone through constant realignment; realignment that continues as Highway 260 is expanded just outside of Little Green Valley.
Allergies can be another trigger for attacks. Allergy shots are not guaranteed to stop them, but they can lessen their intensity and frequency. You might want to reconsider your position.
It’s time once again to start baking some holiday cheer to share with friends and neighbors. These recipes make plenty of sweet treats to go around — and they’re so good you just may want to keep some for yourself.
It has been my good fortune to have traveled to 128 countries to date. I was bitten by the travel bug as a teenager and have never gotten over it.
Tuesday, December 7
On Sept. 27, President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act into law. Aimed at small-business owners, the act is designed to provide improved access to financing, as well as tax incentives
There was recently an article in another publication describing how a person was working with their lender on a loan modification for their condo.
The Arizona School Board Association has named Payson High School science teacher Beverly Adams as runner-up for a Golden Bell Award for an East Verde River water quality project.
Payson High School drama students got what amounts to a standing ovation at a recent statewide drama competition.
Payson High School has been named one of the Hot 100 secondary school culinary programs in the United States for the 2010-2011 school year.
You won’t find these inventive gingerbread houses in any Hansel and Gretel fairy tale.
The Majestic Rim Retirement Community on Tyler Parkway was the setting for this year’s Senior Circle Christmas party.
What beautiful sunrises we have had the last few mornings!
A prescribed fire operation is planned by Tonto National Forest fire specialists for Dec. 13-17 approximately seven miles northeast of the community of Punkin Center.
The collage of Christmas celebrations in the Rim Country continues to grow this weekend.
How many accidents will it take for the state to change roundabout at Home Depot back to two lanes when entering it from the south.
I am very pleased with the new roundabout at Airport and Highway 87.
St. Vincent de Paul said “… I must act in such a way that people love their Creator and each other in mutual charity ….” This very feeling was overwhelmingly shown by Payson’s outpouring of time, money and food since this past summer, but most especially this Thanksgiving season.
Whew, I don’t know where to start. Print media is so much fun. If one listens to those who constantly decry the accuracy of Internet stories, that anyone can post; or the content of TV shows purporting to be unbiased (fair and balanced?) evaluators and disseminators of the news one would think the last refuge of truth, justice and the American way is the daily newspaper and maybe that’s true.
To those of you dedicated persons who have consistently met with the Payson Tea Party every Thursday at 6 p.m. at various locations and have enjoyed some extremely interesting and educational sessions, but fail to understand, as do I, why we would leave a perfectly good restaurant, one will eating, or meeting, with anyone who wishes, at Tiny’s on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Sixty-nine years ago today, one of this nation’s greatest disasters laid the foundation for its greatest triumph.
Retired Whiteriver police chief Kim Jeffrey Pound will fill the last vacancy on the Payson Unified School District board, county schools chief Linda O’Dell announced Wednesday.
After a solid year of asking the county to do something to protect their homes from floodwaters, east side residents of Tonto Basin could finally see some relief.
The recession has compounded Gila County’s already serious health problems, says a recent report presented to health care leaders in Payson last week.
Lab results focused on whether Deer Creek woman shot herself in the chest
Gila County sheriff’s investigators decided the evidence and the interviews didn’t match up with the reported suicide of Enessa Hamilton within hours of her May 11, 2007 death, but had to wait three, long, frustrating years to get enough results back from state and private crime labs to arrest her former boyfriend for murder last week.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating a cow elk poaching case and needs the public’s assistance in finding the individual or individuals involved.
If Trevor LaHaye has his way, local men and women will soon have an opportunity to pocket a bit more spending money. They can earn the cash by officiating and referring in upcoming basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer tournaments and leagues to be sponsored by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a Community Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Dec 10. The church is at 507 W. Wade Lane. The menu includes scrabbled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.
High Schools with smaller enrollments — like Sanders (338), St. Johns, (342) Morenci (360) and Thatcher (400) — are going to find it extremely rough to win a state basketball championship under the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s new Division-Section alignment that next year will replace the region-conference format that has been used for decades.
A boys basketball clash today, Dec. 7, in Holbrook will be a huge challenge for the Payson Longhorns, mostly because the Roadrunners appear to be equal to, or possibly better than last season’s 23-8 team that advanced to the state tournament and reached the second round before being eliminated by eventual 3A champion Estrella Foothills.
The date for the next Shoot for the Heart seminar was mistakenly omitted from the Dec. 3 edition of this column.
Game in Holbrook is first in a six-game series on the road
The Lady Longhorns return to action this evening, Dec. 7, at Holbrook in an inter-regional game that is one of six consecutive road games the Horns play during an 18-day period.
Monday, December 6
Burns also planned for Bray Creek Ranch and Christopher Creek areas
A prescribed fire operation is planned by Tonto National Forest fire specialists for Dec. 13-17 approximately seven miles northeast of the community of Punkin Center.
Saturday, December 4
The Longhorn boys’ basketball team got off to rip roaring start in the 2010 Cake’s Car Company Shoot Out upending Hopi 57-54 in a first round game played Dec. 2 in Winslow.
Friday, December 3
Through a few simple steps, two local charities are getting much-needed supplies.
It’s time to kick off Christmas with a wonderful community tradition.
Town has trouble recruiting volunteers to serve on an array of advisory commissions
Payson is scrounging for citizen volunteers to serve on an array of boards and commissions.
Kiwanis Young Professionals has organized a team of local dentists willing to treat low-income Rim Country youth suffering from dental pain but who lack dental insurance.
About a year ago, the Community Presbyterian Church food bank got a gift when Robert Tarallo started attending mass. They got a set of some of the most organizing hands in Rim Country.
More than once I’ve mentioned how I enjoyed my high school a lot more than I might have if it hadn’t been for the great shop classes it offered.
Book signing session Friday unveils Payson man’s long effort to unravel secrets of Iran’s military
After decades of shifting through every scrap of information he could find on Iran’s military, Paul Andy McKinney just couldn’t take it anymore.
We would like to thank everyone who donated food and/or their time to the Pine/Strawberry community Thanksgiving dinner.
Speed cameras send money outside the United States and local towns only keep 18 percent according to the Town of Star Valley’s mayor (when) recently interviewed on KMOG.
Bill Armstrong and the Payson Rodeo Committee: As the head wrestling coach of Rim Country purchase wrestling T-shirts for over 50 wrestlers this year. The wrestlers, parents and RCMS staff sincerely thank you as well as the rodeo committee for the generous donation of $432.30.
On Feb. 14, my 1-year-old black house cat was run over and killed. On Nov. 30, my dog, Sarah, a 9-month-old Shar pei American Bull Dog jumped the fence, ran into the street and was struck by a speeding car.
Noah Webster, one of America’s most renowned educators and author of our nation’s first textbooks, wrote in 1788 that, “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country.”
The Gila County Supervisors this week deserted the voters who elected them. It was a disgusting spectacle.
The Women’s Ministries of Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (the church at Green Valley Park), will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. Entry is from the upper level parking area. All proceeds go to missionaries and charities of the church.
Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
When two Payson paramedics were injured in a head-on collision on Highway 87 last week that nearly paralyzed one of them, local firefighters and friends immediately rushed to their side.
Humane society lands large donation to build 8,000-square-foot, $1-million, facility at its Main Street location
Thanks to a nick-of-time major Christmas gift, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will next year build an 8,000-square-foot, $1-million animal shelter in Payson.
Gila Community College’s plan to break away from Eastern Arizona College and gain independence would be “one of the most drastic errors we can make,” Supervisor Shirley Dawson said at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Former boyfriend arrested in death
Three years after the death of a Deer Creek woman from a gunshot wound, Gila County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested her former boyfriend and charged him with second-degree murder, domestic violence and endangerment.
The ex-wife of prison escapee John McCluskey pleaded guilty in Yavapai Superior Court Tuesday to attempt to hinder prosecution, a class 6 felony, said Attorney General Terry Goddard.
After months of effort, more than a hundred volunteers, actors, musicians, dancing toys, cherub-cute angels and faux shepherd boys on Sunday will face the spotlights and a brimming crowd — in hopes of feeding the hungry.
Beautiful lights and decorations are up now and you can hear some of your favorite carols on the radio. It’s getting colder in Payson, and Christmas is just around the corner.
Thanks to a zero-interest loan from the Arizona Community Foundation’s (ACF) Affordable Housing Fund, Pineview Manor is one of 11 affordable housing projects under way across Arizona.
Not all households have two wage earners. By choice or circumstance, either you or your spouse may be out of the work force for an extended period of time.
Younger members of the Longhorn varsity wrestling team travel today, Dec. 3, to the Southwest Duals tournament near Albuquerque, N.M. buoyed by the experience gained at a junior varsity clash held Nov. 27 at Perry High School in Gilbert.
Winter is upon us and that fishing equipment is stored in the corner of the garage waiting for the spring bite. If you are looking for something to do on one of those cold winter days, how about examining your favorite rods and reels in preparation for the first spring fishing trip?
After falling 60-48 to the state third-ranked Winslow Bulldogs, the Longhorn boys basketball team roared back to whip Globe, 69-47 and Chino Valley 71-40.
After falling 83-29 to defending state champion Winslow in the 2010-2011 season opener, the Lady Longhorns basketball team rebounded to whip the Globe Tigers 51-30.
The upcoming Shoot for the Heart seminar keeps getting bigger and better.
Club swimming in Payson has taken a giant leap forward thanks to a commitment from one of the Valley’s finest youth coaches and the dedication of a local fledgling coach.
Have you started testing the social media waters yet? Maybe you’ve posted a few updates on Twitter, “stalked” a few old classmates on Facebook, or broadcast your daughter’s dance recital on YouTube. But even with all that activity, you might be missing out on the bread and butter of all social media: the blog.
The weather front we experienced in the early part of the week brought with it light snow with accumulations totaling 1 to 2 inches and winds around 30 to 40 miles per hour.
The Second Annual Festival of Lights event in Pine was a huge success. Several hundreds of people milled around the ramada, inside the local business craft display in the Cultural Hall, and at the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Boutique.
Tonto Village was covered with snow on Sunday. According to some of my neighbors, the snowfall amount was about 2 inches.
Every once in awhile I get someone that will mail me an old article or something neat from the past. I got a letter not long ago from Bob Cowell and his letter seemed very timely considering it is the holiday season.
Last weekend, Ann and I had the opportunity to provide musical entertainment at the Festival of Lights celebration in Pine.
The work of Hospice Compassus is both emotionally draining and tremendously rewarding for both its staff and volunteers.
“You get a lot more than what you give,” said Hospice Compassus volunteer Brenda Allison. Allison, a resident of Pine for the last four years, joined the special group of people who volunteer with Hospice a little more than a year ago. Most become volunteers to provide comfort to those in the last stage of life.
Wednesday, December 1
Payson Ranger District fire personnel plan to eliminate piles of vegetative debris using prescribed fire throughout the Gordon Canyon and Christopher Creek areas Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.
The ex-wife of prison escapee John McCluskey pleaded guilty in Yavapai Superior Court Tuesday to attempt to hinder prosecution, a class 6 felony, said Attorney General Terry Goddard.