Stories for July 2010


Friday, July 30

SB 1070 ruling changes little

Gila County officers were trained and ready to implement the state’s new immigration law Thursday when a Valley judge issued a temporary injunction to the bill’s most controversial measures Wednesday.

AIMS scores fall, still outpace state

Payson schools’ standardized test scores fell from the year before, but still bested state averages, according to recently released Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards results.

Roosevelt bass boom

Based on fat bass and a dramatic improvement in the fishing, Roosevelt Lake’s millions of largemouth and smallmouth bass no longer need the protection of a strict “slot limit,” Arizona Game and Fish Fisheries Chief Kurt Young has concluded.

ASU campus would generate electricity

The plans for ASU’s visionary “millennium” campus in Payson call for the innovative “green” campus to actually produce more electricity than it consumes.

Payson leadership academy helps grow future leaders

Payson wants to grow leaders for the future — both in the near term and long term. So, to give those future leaders a well-rounded foundation, the town is offering a Citizen Leadership Academy.

Community Almanac

Upcoming events

A happy ending to a fishy story

Gotta love all those happy bass. The latest figures from the Arizona Game and Fish Department confirm what anglers have learned: Roosevelt Lake has turned into bass heaven.

Why do we care? GCC touches lives

Jim never knew his dad. His mom spent half her time drunk. He stumbled through high school, got into drugs, made every mistake he could make — then met a good woman, cleaned up, had kids, turned his life around. Against all odds, he started taking classes at Gila Community College — where he discovered the joy of great ideas, his own gleaming intelligence and a knack for writing.

An open letter to the PSWID board

As one who was very involved in the creation of PSWID and who served as board chairman for the first several years of its existence, I have a great interest in its successes and/or failures.

We don’t want an apology

No, I do not want anyone to have to come forth. What I do want is in your heart and mind in the privacy of your home, to admit the error to put an anti-American man with absolutely no life experience, in the office of the president of the United States.

Thank you Payson Police Department

Late last week we experienced a burglary at our store, Overman Designs Fine Jewelers. We were very blessed to have such an amazing response from the entire police department. Not only did the officers respond quickly, but with the aid of our state-of-the-art security system they were able to recover the small amount of sterling silver jewelry taken and had the perpetrator in custody within 18 hours.

Vote for Michelle Dyer urged

As a retired police officer and a retired prosecutor, and longtime Payson residents, we urge you to vote for Michelle Dyer for constable. This is a position that really requires a background in law enforcement. It can be difficult for those not familiar with its duties. Michelle Dyer has the experience necessary for this job.

More than 70 brave rainstorm to attend chamber mixer in Pine

Thank you to the 70-plus members and guests of the Rim Country Chamber and the Pine Strawberry Business Community, who braved the July 22 rainstorm to come to the chamber mixer at Rimside Grill in Pine. Thank you also to our sponsors: Pine Strawberry Business Community and Rimside Grill and our many door prize donors.

A sharing account

While reading about the local St. Vincent de Paul’s going broke, came up with an idea that others might want to do to provide assistance to our friends who need a helping hand.

A vote for an independent Gila Community College

The budget for operating GCC is derived from property taxes and student tuition paid by the residents living in Gila County but is managed by Eastern Arizona College (EAC) under the terms of the 2005 management contract between GCC and EAC.

Time is running out

A few days ago I receive a large mailing from the Citizens Clean Elections Committee. It contains statewide and legislation candidates statements, two sets of same, one in English and one in another language.

Take a moment now and then to count your blessings

Today is Saturday, 17 July 2010, and I’m sitting here at my keyboard taking my own advice — counting my blessings.

Rim women seek to form Amnesty International chapter

Receiving adequate health care during pregnancy is basic human right women across the world are deprived of every day. In the U.S., more than two women die every day from pregnancy and childbirth complications with half of these deaths preventable with health care, according to Amnesty International.

Financial advisor hosts free ‘Tough Questions’ seminar

Scott Flake, Edward Jones financial advisor in Rim Country, is hosting a free educational seminar titled, Outlook and Opportunities: Tackling Tough Questions.

New owner shores up dry cleaning business

Sometimes a business needs a little sprucing up.

Crabdree Insurance moves to new location

Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services has moved from its location of 17 years to a new location on the Beeline Highway.

Keep inflation in mind when investing

As an investor, you are always aware of the potential effects of market volatility on your portfolio. But you also need to pay attention to another factor that could affect your investments’ return — inflation.

Forest thinning would cut release of greenhouse gas

Turning overgrown Arizona forests into wood products and fuel for power plants could significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases, conclude Northern Arizona University researchers.

Constable candidates explain their strengths

In northern Gila County, one of the most hotly contested races is for Payson regional constable. Four Republicans, including Kevin Christensen, Michelle Dyer, Chris Harold and Colt White are squaring off in the Aug. 24 primary election.

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Special report - Gila Community College at a crossroads

Larry Stephenson graduated high school in the bottom fourth of his high school class. He struggled during those years, and when the time for college arose, he chose Wenatchee Valley College, a two-year college in Washington.

Back to square one

Leaders started GCC to expand class offerings, gain control

The idea began simply enough: Start a college and exert control over its finances. Build a more robust curriculum, one more likely to educate the area’s youth and help them enter a four-year college.

Are we getting ripped off?

During the summer of 2009, one week after passing the 2010 budget that listed $2 million in reserves, Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen revealed disturbing news to the board.

Gila formed too late

Gila County has 35 percent more population than Eastern’s home county of Graham, and its tax base is 63 percent higher. Yet, Gila County falls short of legislative population and tax base thresholds and so it must contract with Eastern for academic and student services.

GCC: A promising future

Gila County leaders have struggled since the start to operate a legitimate college, and the battles haven’t changed much over the years.

Outdated technology

Gila Community College must take academics more seriously or it risks deteriorating into a community college mill, three faculty members warned recently in a report to the administration. Already, they say, the college veers toward “GCC Podunk U” because of its outdated technology.

What students think about Gila Community College

A single mother wakes up in the morning to start yet another long day. She gets her baby ready in the morning to go to a dead-end job and worries about paying the rent and buying things her daughter needs or wants.

Plenty of slots remain in big bass tourney

Northern Gila County anglers are gearing up for the biggest and grandest fishing show to ever hit Arizona. But it appears the fishermen want to hold onto their entry fees for as long as possible.

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Memorial ropin’ a hoot for competitors and audience

Plenty of old-fashioned, small town camaraderie, yummy food, toe-tapping live music, children’s games, boot scootin’ dancing and rip-roaring team roping have been the highlights of the Gracie Lee Haught Memorial Ropin’ since its inception three years ago.

Cross country first to experience alignment changes

An Arizona Interscholastic Association radical realignment will do away with the current conference-region classifications and replace them with divisions that will be subdivided into sectionals.

Teen’s dream of international competition begins with Sunday flight

Mary Hagen spent most of the past week anxiously awaiting the start of her dream of a lifetime.

Monsoons have great impact on fishing

The summer monsoon rains certainly have a positive impact on the Rim Country as the landscape takes on a brighter green color with the new grasses sprouting everywhere, which obviously benefits all kinds of wildlife. The local streams are recharged with an increased flow of water, and the water temperature of the lakes on the Rim cool a bit, which is healthier trout habitat.  Consequently, fish get a bit more active, which benefits anglers as they try to outsmart a German brown or a rainbow.

Fall sports tip off

Payson High School football and volleyball practices begin Monday, Aug. 2, but the sports of soccer and cross country must wait a full week to officially start training.

Trio of wonderful dogs looking for loving homes

My name is Talon. I’m a very handsome 1-1/2-year-old Shepherd mix, if I do say so myself. I followed some kids to the high school one day last February and was picked up and brought here to the Humane Society.

The ABCs of online scam artists


You remember your third-grade teacher telling you that “i” goes before “e” and that you should always capitalize proper nouns. You had a spelling test every week, and if you paid attention, you made it to fourth-grade with the ability to spell most words correctly.

Water group awarded grant


Hello again, fellow Creekers. Months ago I mentioned a little known group named TWIG (short for Tonto Watershed Improvement Group). Well this little known group has been doing some big things that will benefit every person in this area.

Making bread is the staff of life for one man

Nestled under a thicket of pine trees lies a quiet home. The aroma of freshly baking bread whiffs from the windows.

Wednesday, July 28

Beauty, brass, a beat & more

The Tonto Community Concert Association has announced its line up of concerts for the 2010-2011 season that begins in September.

In hot weather, how much water is enough?

I am confused about how much water to drink when exercising in hot weather.

Surprisingly unhealthy foods: What to choose instead

What to eat? Seems like a simple question, but it’s one that can vex even the most savvy eater, especially when trying to make a simple question, but it’s one that can vex even the most savvy eater, especially when trying to make sense of food packaging.

a Driving tour through California

Having been born and raised in California I am naturally prejudiced regarding the many sights and experiences found in the state.

Getaway around Rim Country

The Payson Elks Lodge is having a special benefit bingo game, open to the public Saturday, July 31. Ticket sales start at 8 a.m., with the games beginning at 9 a.m.

First Friday festivities feature area artists

Down the Street Art Gallery has three new members and they will be featured together during First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

Reconnecting families, one meal at a time

If busy schedules and digital distractions are getting in the way of family time, help is on the way. Unilever, maker of many leading food brands, recently unveiled The Family Dish, a program aimed at helping busy families discover the joys of cooking together.

Good Two go

Dog agility and Frisbee Dog competitions are some of the fastest growing areas of the dog show world.

New business has authentic cuisine

From migrant worker to restaurant owner, Jose Mojica has fulfilled a lifetime dream of opening his own restaurant with Azul Tequila in Payson.

Jazz concert Aug. 8

The Payson Friends of Jazz will feature jazz pianist and vocalist Bill Ippolito in a free performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 West Main Street, Payson

Tuesday, July 27

Senate hopeful brings hard-sell campaign to Rim

The long, detailed interview with front-running senate Democrat Rodney Glassman went a little sideways when Bill Roehr stuck his head into the room.

Learn to preserve memories; and make new ones with Senior Circle

Carol LaValley will be the Senior Circle’s guest speaker Wednesday, July 28. LaValley will help members delve into their treasure trove of memories so they can preserve them for future generations.

Beauty, brass, a beat and more at concerts

The Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) season beginning in September will feature eight shows covering a broad medley of audience-pleasing musical performances.

Alternate solution to the housing debacle

The federal government has tried, not so successfully, to solve the housing dilemma through programs designed to help homeowners having trouble making their payments.

Affordable housing seminar Thursday

Low-income families and individuals struggling to pay rent or find affordable housing in Rim Country may soon have more options.

Judge Duber appointed to third Committee on Superior Court term

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch reappointed Judge Robert Duber II, for a third term to the Committee on Superior Court (COSC).

District to offer kindergarten at each elementary school

Enough students in the Payson school district have enrolled in all-day kindergarten to offer one section at each of the three elementary schools.

Woman injures ankle crossing Fossil Creek

Reports that a woman had been swept downstream and was hanging precariously from a tree above Fossil Creek Saturday turned out to be exaggerated.

Chief, marshal graduate from fire academy

Four years ago Payson’s fire chief and fire marshal signed up for one of the country’s most rigorous fire leadership programs.

Wrong penal code provided

I would like to provide a correction on my quote of the California Penal Code of a letter I submitted yesterday, July 20. It should read California Penal Code 834b, instead of 845b.

Rules should apply to everyone

You know better. Flatten boxes when you take them to the recycle bin. Then it won’t be full when I get there. Return the shopping cart to the store or the cart return. It’s just the right thing.

Fortunate to have Sen. Allen represent Gila County

We are very fortunate in District 5 of Arizona (Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Apache and Navajo counties) to have State Senator Sylvia Allen represent us. She fits our need at a time every conservative vote counts.

Gila County taxpayers already pay for college

The question was raised recently in a Roundup article dealing with who pays for our local community college. The article was reporting on a recent Gila Community College Independence Task Force meeting held in Payson. The first line indicated independence could cost taxpayers.

Town visionaries champs already

So, let’s say you’re scripting a movie about a team of lovable misfits that against all odds made it into the Super Bowl. No one gave them the smallest chance. But they played with such heart and courage that they’re on the very brink of winning it all.

Community Almanac

Staff members for the office of Representative Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting office hours in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 27.

Tonto Creek cleanup effort wins testing, education grant

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality last week awarded a grant to help prevent leaking septic systems from polluting Tonto and Christopher Creeks.

Candidates Allen, Konopnicki explain views

Rim Country’s two Republican state senate candidates agreed on most issues Thursday during a calm Citizens Awareness Committee debate, issuing support for the recently passed immigration bill and for new laws that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training.

PSWID board president resigns during meeting

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board president Bill Haney unexpectedly resigned at a July 24 board meeting, citing not wanting “to be associated with actions of the board that have been and will likely be detrimental to the property owners within the District well into the future.”

Man arrested after allegedly assaulting hospital staff

A 23-year-old Payson man was arrested after reportedly assaulting two nurses and a doctor as well as frightening several patients at Payson Regional Medical Center, the police said.

Group seeks to help high school students without parents

A new group has formed to help the roughly 10 students in Payson with neither homes nor parents to fulfill basic needs so they can finish high school.

ASU ‘on track’ for campus here by 2012

Proposed 750-student first phase would generate 100 staff jobs and 200 construction jobs

Arizona State University is “on track” to open a branch campus in Payson by the fall of 2012, said ASU Senior Vice President Richard Stanley.

Furious immigration debate shapes congressional race

Incumbent congresswoman castigates administration and senate, but faces fierce attack from Republicans

Facing both budget setbacks and furious attacks from a crowded field of Republican challenges, 1st District Congressional Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick this week condemned both the U.S. Senate and the Obama administration for positions on the hot-button topic of immigration.

School starts on Wednesday

School starts Wednesday, and new and returning teachers in the Payson Unified School District have already arrived on campus, preparing for the onslaught of students.

Marathon golf ends

It took Payson Men’s Golf Association members three rounds and almost a month to complete the annual Match Play tournament, but the results are in and the champions have been crowned.

Payson man wins tourney

Local pro Clifford Pirch fished his way to the championship of the 2010 Won Bass U.S. Open on Lake Mead.

California bass pro tossed from tourney for cheating

Rowan and Martin often quipped, “You can bet your sweet bippy” on the 1960-70s American sketch comedy television program “Laugh-In.”

Shoot for the Rim archery draws record number to Jim Jones range

Tournament Director Les Conner is calling the Shoot the Rim 3-D archery competition a huge success.

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Lady Horns shine in inaugural invitational

The inaugural Payson Invitational Volleyball Tournament turned into a Lady Longhorn highlight reel.

View Arizona’s hunting recommendations for spring

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites the public to get a first look at the proposed 2011 spring hunt recommendations for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear regulations at a series of open houses beginning July 27.

Friday, July 23

Dogs for you

Once a month, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will present a photos-only spotlight on some of the dozens of wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption at their shelter.

Eagle Scout honors awarded

Paul Utz was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in ceremonies Saturday, July 10.

Student honored

Jessalyn Carpino, the daughter of John and Luann Carpino of Payson, was recently chosen from the thousands of students at Northern Arizona University to be profiled on the NAU Accomplishment Web site.

Military News

Lt. Col. Michael Pastika, Jr., USAF, the son of Michael Sr. and Maureen Pastika of Pine, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal June 21 for exceptionally meritorious service while in Baghdad, Iraq

Bedlam: mentally ill trapped in bulging county jail

New program seeks to help disturbed inmates after release

In Gila County jails, a prisoner goes on suicide watch nearly every day.

When evaluating investments, look at value – not just price

Most investors pay a great deal of attention to the price of their investments — yesterday’s price, today’s price, tomorrow’s price, next year’s price and so on.

Nothing blue about new Azul Tequila restaurant

From migrant worker to restaurant owner, Jose Mojica has fulfilled a lifetime dream of opening his own restaurant with Azul Tequila in Payson.

Get ready — school starts Wednesday

Teachers provide school supply list

Perhaps no time of year is as bittersweet for parents as the back-to-school season. Gone are the relaxing days of summer, but back are the days when kids get excited about school and the extracurricular activities that come with it.

How I learned to fly, Part 2

Last week we were wondering where really crazy ideas come from, and how come they arrive full blown and ready to go.

Spend the money to fix streets

It appears now that the town will receive a $390,000 refund from ADOT for construction of the roundabout at Highway 87 and Airport Road.

Conservative record for Kirkpatrick is wishful thinking

A not-so-recent article in the Payson Roundup discussing Ann Kirkpatrick’s indefensible vote for the Obamacare Bill referred to her as having one of the more “conservative” voting records among congressional Democrats.

Repair industry struggling with use of nitrogen

Remember when you were told you had to flush your fuel injectors?

Made my blood boil

I couldn’t help but get my blood to boiling when I read the letter from Richard K. Meszar bashing Governor Brewer.

PSWID board needs to do due diligence

The PSWID board needs to follow the suggestions made in your June 4 editorial.

4 Forest Restoration Initiative important for forest future

The Schultz, Hardy and Eagle Rock fires have been etched into the collective consciousness of northern Arizona’s residents and visitors.

Our jails have become response to insanity

The horrific images make the soul shudder: A man sits huddled behind concrete and iron, waiting for any chance to kill himself.

Community Almanac

Rim Country Lanes and the Payson Police Department have combined forces for the 6th Annual “Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Bowling” program. The proceeds will benefit the DARE program, with 50 cents from each paid game going to support DARE.

Woman falls 30 feet in Bear Canyon, suffers head injury

A woman who fell 30 feet from a cliff Saturday, fracturing her skull and breaking her wrist, is expected to make a full recovery.

Cameras, witness aid capture of burglary suspect

In less than a minute, one speedy thief broke through the front door lock of Overman Designs jewelry store, pried open several cases, grabbed handfuls of jewelry worth more than $2,500 and disappeared into the night.

Access to Pine businesses better as paving continues

A week after business owners and residents protested to the Arizona Department of Transportation that a repaving project through Pine was driving away business during a crucial economic season, things improved. With the project nearing the halfway point in town and the majority of work to driveways and turnoffs complete, access to businesses has improved.

Payson gets nearly an inch of rain on Thursday

E. Verde Estates gets 2.5 inches in an hour

Off and on heavy monsoon storms this week dampened a scattering of wildfires and eased firefighters’ fears of another dry summer rain season.

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Fire destroys Chaparral Pines house

A bolt of lighting Thursday likely started a massive, smoky fire in a two-story Chaparral Pines home.

Freedom plan for GCC turns on who pays

Independence for Gila Community College could cost taxpayers, and a debate erupted Thursday among task force members who disagree about whether the college needs more funding before bidding for accreditation.

Chili queen really cooks

Fans of chili who have attended the Mazatzal Casino’s Annual Arizona State Chili Cook-off know Norma Kemp. And they love her chili — she has won the People’s Choice trophy for three years running and was runner-up the first year she competed.

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Santa Claus in khaki

The trout truck makes its appointed rounds along the East Verde River, the closest thing you’ll find to Santa Claus in Rim Country in July

Trevor Nelson sprinted past me — Mercury lugging a wriggling net laden with 20 pounds of panic-stricken rainbow trout.

Exercise caution when using shortened URLs

Everything is getting smaller these days. Video cameras have shrunk from shoulder-top monstrosities to hand-held units. Music has been slowly getting smaller in size ... from vinyl records to CDs to invisible MP3s. And cell phones are now roughly the size of a credit card.

Patience needed during road construction

Pine and Strawberry are now getting their fair share of rain and for you gardeners out there, you know what a blessing it is not to have to water every day.

44 children attend Vacation Bible School

Pat Guevara provided me with some information about the Vacation Bible School at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake fund-raising event coming up

Do you enjoy the thrill of picking up a 7-10 split? Does it make you feel good to reach out to children who need a friend?

Garden flourishing after recent rainfall

This past Monday morning, a loud clap of thunder just about landed me on the floor.

School renovation progressing

The warm summer mornings have been giving way to spotty rain coverage in the Heber-Overgaard area consistently over the last week.

Big game draws completed; but options remain

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has concluded the drawing procedure for big game.

Payson hosts first summer net shoot-out

A contingent of 24 prep volleyball teams representing all school size classifications, 1A to 5A, will swoop down upon the Rim Country tomorrow, July 24, to show their wares and skills in the inaugural Payson Summer Invitational.

‘Pay-to-Play’ fees cause concern

The higher “Pay-to-Play” fees that have been approved next year in the Payson Unified School District have me concerned.

Rim Country swimmers bound for state championships

A strong showing from Emily Giarrizzo and Julie Gibson at the Arizona State Swimming Championships will be proof the Rim Country can nurture good swimmers despite the lack of year-round training facilities.

Basketball coach is excited about move

Newly appointed Payson High School boys basketball coach Bill Goodwin leaves little doubt he’s excited about moving to the Rim Country.

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Payson trio challenge USA’s best cyclists

The call to compete against the country’s finest in the USA Cycling National Championships at Granby Ranch, Colo. was a summons Wayne Gorry, Cypress Gorry and Daniel Conley couldn’t ignore.

Wednesday, July 21

ADEQ awards grant to improve water quality in Tonto, Christopher Creeks

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced Wednesday that a $70,791 grant has been awarded to Tonto Watershed Improvement Group to improve water quality in the Tonto Creek and Christopher Creek areas near Payson.

Getaway around rim country

The 2010 Concert Under the Stars series concludes this weekend with a performance by the Payson Jazz Trio with guest guitarist John Darst.

Good 2 Go

There will be a mixer at Rimside Grill in Pine starting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 22.

Artisan cheese

The goats are strong-willed. They trot out of their pastures with their cute, floppy ears and through the open gate, into the milking room and on top of the milking stands. “They know where they’re

A crowd, mostly children, gathers in the small milking room to see the furry creatures, and John Bittner asks if anyone wants to try.

Chili queen really cooks

Fans of chili who have attended the Mazatzal Casino’s Annual Arizona State Chili Cook-off know Norma Kemp. And they love her chili — she has won the People’s Choice trophy for three years running and was runner-up the first year she competed.

The oft-bypassed Seward, Alaska

Many who have cruised to Alaska are familiar with Seward as either the embarkation or disembarkation point for most seven-night Alaska cruises that sail to or from Vancouver.

Idaho – vast and diverse

Wherever you travel in Idaho you will find spectacular scenery with beautiful mountains, rivers, streams, valleys and friendly towns and cities.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 46: The town comes of age with a highway

Eager eyes were cast increasingly upon Payson and the Rim Country from the Phoenix metropolitan area as desert dwellers longed for an easier road over the Mazatzal Mountains

‘Payson’ book an insightful picture history

Jinx Pyle and Jayne Peace Pyle’s latest book, “Payson,” provides a wonderful pictorial look at the area. This is published by Arcadia Publishing and is one of many in their Images of America series that is widely distributed around Arizona and the rest of the country.

Many women can regain bladder control

I, like the letter-writer P.G., had to run to the bathroom constantly in order not to have an accident.

Rim Country retreat center

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cruise Port Travel have joined together in an effort to promote Rim Country as a retreat center. Economic incentives will encourage groups to stay in Rim Country for one or more weeknights, Sunday through Thursday.

PATS group-led hike on Monument Peak Loop

Like to hike, but not sure where to go?

Tuesday, July 20

Kaibab, Coconino fire restrictions lifted

Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Forest Service officials will lift campfire and smoking restrictions on the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests.

GOP state senate candidates to face-off at CAC meeting

Republican candidates for the hotly contested state senate seat, incumbent Sen. Sylvia Allen and challenger Bill Konopnicki, will face off at Thursday’s Citizens Awareness Committee meeting.

Old-fashioned Ice Cream Social set

There will be an ice cream social from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 21. The price is $2 and includes all the ice cream you can eat plus the toppings. There will also be sugar free ice cream and frozen yogurt as well.

Contemporary tech class would help all keep up with gadgets

Here’s an idea for one of our local organizations — How about a program explaining contemporary technology to seniors?

Payson, Star Valley intergovernment agreement on council agenda

A grant agreement between Payson and Star Valley could soon be signed, sealed and delivered.

Seal the border – repeal health reforms

Eight Republican congressional candidates vent outrage about immigration, health

Build a double fence along the whole border — seal it up as tight as the Gaza Strip. Then send the Army to patrol it, with shoot-to-kill orders.

Payson gives builders time to pay hefty impact fees

In a bid to lure new development, the Payson Council has approved a new system that will allow developers to pay hefty impact fees over an extended period.

Payson seeks to change image, attract new businesses to town

Payson is courting 19 businesses that have expressed an interest in coming to town, former councilor Mike Vogel told the town council last week in his first report as the town’s new economic development coordinator.

Parks board still dreams of the future

Session in Rim Country focuses on how to survive a 30 percent budget cut and hopes for the future

Get through the beating. But don’t stop dreaming.

Lawsuit paints bull’s-eye on Fossil Creek grazing

Environmentalists sue to force Forest Service to revoke permits to let 300-500 cattle graze on resurrected stream’s watershed

The Forest Service’s decision to let some 300 cattle graze near Fossil Creek violates the law and will harm the Chiricahua Leopard Frog and other endangered species, according to a lawsuit filed by the Centers for Biological Diversity.

In search of a well-rounded governor

I don’t care who our next Arizona governor is, as long as he or she is intelligent, hard-working, articulate, as non-partisan as possible, puts the best interests of our state ahead of their own political ambitions, and can spell and actually put into action the word “compromise.”

Many people to thank

There’s too many people to list so I want to thank all the fire personnel from Houston Mesa, Payson and Beaver Valley, Whispering Pines for the work they did on June 17 on my house fire.

ACC loses sight of benefits

Thank you, C. Gail for correcting my solar terminology in your letter “solar cells don’t require water,” in the July 9 Payson Roundup. I really had the oranges and apples mixed up when I referred to “solar panels” in my letter of July 2.

Thanks to PS water district board

As longtime residents of both Pine and Strawberry, we have witnessed and endured the often-uneasy transition of control and management of our water system from Brooke Utilities/Mr. Robert Hardcastle to our present elected board.

Where’s the Tea Party?

In an article in the Payson Roundup on July 2, Debbie Paulk had plenty to say about the Tea Party not doing anything about the taxes in Gila County and the state of Arizona.

Common sense or simple logic?

The subject: common sense or if you prefer simple logic.

The ties that bind

Sometimes, we hang by a thread. Sometimes, we’re connected by a thread. Sometimes, it’s the same thread.

Zimmerman Fire near Roosevelt Lake burns 375 acres

Tonto National Forest officials continue to manage the Zimmerman Fire, a lightning-caused fire that began July 15 and has burned an estimated 375 acres southeast of Asbestos Point in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness on the Tonto Basin Ranger District. Occasional precipitation has calmed the fire over the past four days.

Quad accident claims Gilbert man’s life on FS Road 291

An 84-year-old man from Gilbert was killed over the Fourth of July holiday weekend after the quad he was riding flipped and landed on top of him.

School starts largest solar project in Arizona

A small crowd gathered Friday for the symbolic groundbreaking of the Payson school district’s new solar system, baking under the same sun that would soon power most of the district’s energy needs. Everybody sweltered, some sat in seats that scorched their bottoms, others reached gratefully into a cooler that held bottled water.

County increases property tax

Arizona’s state government will cost Gila County an extra $1 million in higher expenses and lost revenue this year, and Gila County homeowners will subsidize half of that, supervisors decided Wednesday.

Even charities desperate as the hard times linger

St. Vincent de Paul nearly out of money to help people avoid evictions as a result of lost jobs and medical problems

When the unemployment ran out, the bottom fell out for the Payson roofer who used to work steadily. His wife left him with their 3-year-old to raise.

Search, rescue team called out three times this weekend

After a surprisingly slow Fourth of July holiday, rescuers were back on the trails this weekend helping dehydrated, hypothermic and injured hikers.

New zoning approved for airport land

Council makes final tweaks in plan for 222 acres near the airport to placate residents

Disgruntled homeowners extracted a final flurry of concessions last week, before the Payson council voted its tentative approval of a bid to rezone 222 acres near the Payson Airport.

APS launches new rebate program for designers, builders

APS Solutions for Business recently announced a new rebate program for business customers who design and build energy efficient buildings that surpass current energy efficiency standards in non-residential structures.

Store manager recognized for community service

Quinn Cremer, store manager of the Payson Walmart for six years, said goodbye to fellow employees Friday.

Real estate quiz

Laws and facts are constantly changing in today’s real estate world.

New boys coach named this week

Payson High School will soon have a new boys basketball coach at the helm of the program.

Preseason programs for cross country and girls soccer

PHS cross country coach Jonathan Ball is inviting all prospective runners to participate in off-season workouts at 8 a.m. weekdays.

Gridiron camp kicks off at Payson High School for 2010 season

Preparations for the 2010 prep football season kicked off yesterday morning, July 19 at the Longhorn preseason camp on the Payson High School campus.

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Friends remember Mike Barr

In the Rim Country and on the streets around small-town Arizona, Mike Barr is being remembered as the finest all-around athlete in Payson High School sports history.

Lineman chooses links over football field

A Payson High student athlete who made a name for himself as a starring two-way lineman on the Longhorn football team has accepted a scholarship to play collegiate golf.

Monday, July 19

Fire Restrictions lifted on Kaibab National Forest

Beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m., officials will remove campfire and smoking restrictions on the Kaibab National.

Saturday, July 17

PS water board unity erupts into name calling

Pine and Strawberry is awash in water, but there is a growing mountain of evidence the town’s water district governing board is badly split and bickering.

Sudden death shocks community

Former Payson High School three-sport star Mike Barr died July 14 at 25 years of age.

Friday, July 16

International exchange students coming to Arizona this fall

A nonprofit exchange program is inviting Payson families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year.

Charities benefit from car show, Aero Fair

Several area charities have recently benefitted from the generosity of fellow Rim Country nonprofits.

Sustainable gardening focus of annual conference

How to maximize use of our land, water and other resources as well as other aspects of sustainable gardening will be the focus of the 11th Annual Arizona Highlands Garden Conference next month.

Mud slide cleaned up

Heavy rain in the area scorched by last summer’s Water Wheel Fire caused debris to slide onto the road and block a culvert Wednesday, leaving water and rocks covering part of Houston Mesa Road. The road remained open.

Keeping our national forest clean

The Payson-Pine area and the other small communities of northern Gila County are unique in that they are totally surrounded by the Tonto National Forest.

Aspiring track members asked to workouts

PHS cross country coach Jonathan Ball is inviting all prospective runners to participate in off-season workouts at 8 a.m. weekdays.

Prep football season is just around the corner, so athletes in training

The smell of pigskin is once again wafting through the air of small town Arizona. The onset of the 2010 high school football season is just over the horizon.

Family archery shoot at TRSC

Evidence abounds that Payson is becoming the archery capital of small town Arizona.

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S.O. athletes head to Husker land for Nationals

Move over Big Red, stand down Cornhuskers — a very special group of Special Olympians is bound for Lincoln.

How I learned to fly when I was a teenager

Ever ask yourself where really wild ideas come from? And how come they arrive full blown?

Penalize those that hire illegals

There are federal laws that go after employers in the U.S. that hire undocumented workers. Obviously this law has not been enforced.

Thanks to Gila County Maintenance

Sometimes people listen. Even less frequently, people act.

Replace traffic lights with roundabouts

Hey, all you Payson businessmen, here is a novel idea. Do you realize that if every traffic signal in Payson were replaced with a roundabout, there would be no need for an expensive bypass?

Endorsement of Michelle Dyer for constable, Northern Gila County

As a retired Phoenix Police sergeant and a property owner in Strawberry, I have no trouble endorsing Michelle Dyer for the position of constable for the northern area of Gila County.

Pine residents need to be patient

As a resident of Pine, I’d like to appeal to my fellow community members and ask them to be patient.

Open letter about Medicare dictated food programs

We have learned through sad experience that Medicare is not acting in our best interest. Nursing homes are mandated to buy menus from approved “nutritionists,” who do not seem to know what ill people should eat to regain health.

Sensible choice for U.S. Senate

My wife and I hosted a meet and greet at our home last night to introduce Jim Deakin who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by John McCain.

Trash event is successful

Bob and Cindy Maack once again sponsored the annual “Let’s Get Trashed Party” on Saturday, July 10.

Young people need all the education they can get

Bob Ashford is quoted as saying senior citizens “need this financial assistance to take advantage of the popular programs and classes.”

The pathway to a clean energy future

After meeting with his Cabinet recently, President Obama said that “it is time for us to move to a clean energy future.”

ADOT has Pine by the throat

Normally, the Arizona Department of Transportation is pretty delicate about the way they grip us all by the throat.

Community Almanac

Visit MoJoe’s at 503 W. Main St. at 6 p.m., Friday, July 16 for a dinner theater performance by the Humor Me Theater Troupe.

Registration set as school resumes July 28

Summer may have just started according to the calendar, but it is fast coming to a close for students and teachers in the Rim Country.

Hot weather brings need to ensure animals have proper shelter, water

Gila County Animal Control delivered one man’s dogs to the Humane Society Wednesday after a bystander discovered them abandoned in a trailer in a Star Valley parking lot with little water and no food, said Gila County Sheriff’s Sgt. George Scott.

Highway delays have Pine fuming

$3-million Hwy. 87 repaving starts in downtown and spurs long delays, lost business, traffic confusion

The Arizona Department of Transportation started repaving Highway 87 through Pine this week, touching off furious protests from business owners and drivers about long delays and chaotic traffic in the midst of the crucial tourist season.

Motorists need to prepare for more Highway 260 blasting work

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260 15 miles east of Payson for about an hour beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (July 20).

Payson hits jackpot on roundabout funds

Coming off a long, budgetary losing streak, Payson hit a $390,000 jackpot with word that it won’t have to pay a big chunk of a highway roundabout at Airport Road after all.

Someone is stealing election signs

A campaign sign crook has stolen or vandalized signs for at least three constable candidates, leaving candidates and supporters left wondering just who to blame for this “chicken” crime.

Monsoons spawn rash of wildfires

Lightning sparks small, quiet fires across Rim Country

Fitful, lightning-laden thunderstorms have sparked small fires throughout Rim Country this week, but high humidity and scattered rain have kept the blazes under control. Forest Service crews are mostly boxing the fires in by clearing 30-foot firebreaks along existing roads, then letting the one-to-two-foot flames meander through the heavy brush and debris.

Monsoon season is here; be prepared with flood insurance

Most Arizonans know the risks and heed the warnings of summer monsoons with heavy storms, lightning and flash flooding.

What does low inflation mean for bond owners?

If you’re like many people, you may pay a lot of attention to the day-to-day price movements of your investments.

iPhone 4 reception problems teach us a lesson

The new iPhone 4 is creating waves ... but not for the reasons Apple had hoped. It turns out that reception is severely hampered (or lost) when the phone is held a certain way.

Water from the sky and in our wells

Well it was another great weekend and probably the best news of all for the folks in Pine and Strawberry was the rainfall we received.

We in Rim Country can honestly say, ‘what a wonderful world’

Three big cheers and a pat on the back to Payson’s Parks and Rec program — which has once again brought the Rim Country a wonderful blend of music genre and talent to this summer’s outdoor concert series.

Hiking, horseback riding top neighbors’ hobbies

It looks like the rain did a number on us up here on Monday. It caused a mudslide nearby where they are doing the highway expansion, which closed the road for quite sometime.

New restaurant opens in Heber-Overgaard

The pattern of afternoon clouds and thunder almost daily is almost at peak conditions for our area. With the moisture arrival, we have a subsiding fire danger and an increase of weeds sprouting for our exercise pleasure.

Nuisance bear in the Mead/Collins area

The monsoon season is finally here. Tonto Village has not received a whole lot of rain (about 1-1/4 inches for the past few days), but it has been delightful.

Summer heat presents challenges

As another summer settles into its “dog days,” we here at HSCAZ have settled into the dog days of summer, too.

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Artisan cheese

The goats are strong-willed. They trot out of their pastures with their cute, floppy ears and through the open gate, into the milking room and on top of the milking stands. “They know where they’re

A crowd, mostly children, gathers in the small milking room to see the furry creatures, and John Bittner asks if anyone wants to try.

Blasting scheduled on State Route 260 east of Payson

Road closure Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260 15 miles east of Payson for about an hour beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (July 20). Eastbound traffic will be stopped at approximately milepost 265 and westbound traffic will be stopped at approximately milepost 267.

County Attorney Brings Felony Charges in Hardy Fire Case.

Coconino County Attorney David Rozema filed a felony complaint today against Randy Nicholson who is suspected of causing the recent Hardy fire in Flagstaff, AZ.

Thursday, July 15

Road Closures near Young

Tonto National Forest officials announced today an area closure to provide for public and firefighter safety during the Turkey fire currently being managed near Young. The fire is currently at 17 acres. The closure went into effect today at 8 am.

Wednesday, July 14

Tag Fire at 251 acres

Happy Jack — The Tag Fire, which began on Sunday from lightning, is currently 251 acres and is being managed by approximately 15 Forest Service personnel to meet resource objectives.

Maricopa County Public Health Confirms First 2010 Death from West Nile virus

PHOENIX - After reporting 5 cases of West Nile virus last week, Maricopa County Department of Public Health announced today that one of its cases has died from the disease.


around rim country

The Payson Parks department will have a Dutch Oven Cooking class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4. The cost is $30 per person and registration is due by July 15.

Why not just play golf?

Do you ever wonder why some people spend a few hours each weekend doing the church thing? A pastor by profession, I attempt to regularly evaluate the questions others might be at least thinking… if not asking. One question likely ranks near the top: “Why not just play golf?”


Novice not only one winded by Rim mountain bike ride

After carrying my aging Trek bike over several streams, down a precarious set of switchbacks and walking around more rocks and ruts than over them, I decided upon arrival at the first flat section of the Fred Haught Trail to turn around.

Shoot the storm

The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will present a special Monsoon Outdoor Photography Class from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at the parks office in Green Valley Park, 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

Fly-fishing classes Saturday at GV Park

Join the Bob Youtz of Trout Unlimited at the Parks & Recreation office to learn the art of fly-fishing in this two-part series on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Mastroianni has famous folks

It wouldn’t surprise me one little bit if one of these days Oprah runs for president of the United States.

Yawns contagious only to humans

• It was famed 20th-century Canadian-American economist John Kenneth Galbraith who made the following sage observation: “It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.”

Enzyme deficiency can cause emphysema

I would like to call your attention to a question you answered about emphysema. I think you should have mentioned alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Army band brings beat

The little Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center (the old gym and cafeteria of the Pine Strawberry School) was hopping with music for all ages Thursday night, July 1.

Vacations you’ll enjoy

Some time ago I became aware of a tour operator who uses imagination and uniqueness in their planning. At the end of this column I’ll give you their name and contact information.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 45: The rodeo searched for a home

They called it the August Doin’s and for the first 74 years it was held in several different locations. Beginning in 1884 the event was held in Pieper’s field, where the sawmill would one day stand, and in more recent years where the Sawmill Crossing mall is located.

Turkey and Canyon fires near Young

Young – Two lightning-caused fires are currently being managed for multiple objectives by Tonto National Forest fire specialists.

Schultz Fire closure area reduced

Flagstaff – The Coconino National Forest is reducing the size of the emergency fire closure around the Schultz Fire area to allow more recreational access to areas that have been deemed safe.

Pipeline humming to mark a banner water year

SRP’s pipeline delivers plenty of power and water to the East Verde, while reservoirs still brim with 2.2 million acre-feet

After a staggering journey across continents and through time, the 2,000-pound, stainless steel water wheel now spins furiously in its housing at the head of the East Verde River.

Sec. Bennett issues call for Election Day poll workers

Thousands needed to give of their time, ensure that the primary and general elections run smoothly

PHOENIX – Anticipating high voter turnout for the upcoming statewide elections, Secretary of State Ken Bennett is asking for poll workers who can help man the 2,200 polling places that will be open to voters on Election Day.

Tuesday, July 13

Suspect arrested in Overman burglary

Scottsdale police help make arrest of man for July 8 break-in at jewelry store

A tip on a license plate led to the Friday arrest of a Scottsdale man accused of burglarizing Overman Designs in Payson on July 8.

Wildfires impose massive expenses

Think fighting wildfires is expensive? Ha! You don’t know the half of it —maybe not even one-thirtieth of it.

Social Security answers Medicare questions

Will my eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs be reviewed and, if so, how often?

Summer means Medicare Part D ‘Doughnut Hole’ for many senior citizens

For many people in Medicare Part D, late summer is usually the time of year when they fall into the infamous Part D “doughnut hole,” which is the coverage gap that requires enrollees to pay all of their medication costs.

Senior Circle has lots going on through July

The Senior Circle has an abundance of craft supplies that are going to be sold for next to nothing. From Wednesday, July 14 through Monday, July 19 come to the Senior Circle and purchase craft supplies for unbeatable prices.

Forest Service seeking new ways to get public input on projects

Faced with lawsuits at every turn, the U.S. Forest Service is examining new ways of including public input and one local county supervisor has joined the dozen-member team leading the effort.

Rim chamber to hold mixer in Pine

This month, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will have two mixers, one in Pine on July 22, and one in Payson on July 28.

Number of homes sold increases, but prices down

The second quarter statistics for the Rim Country real estate picture produced an uptick in units sold, however, the average sales price dropped in Payson-Star Valley from the first quarter of 2010.

Payson: Rate goes up, but total tax goes down

Fantastical budget bulging with hoped-for grants, but tight operations as town’s assessed value falls

Once upon a time in a land of pine trees, there was a small town with a great big budget. But don’t get too excited: It’s mostly just a hopeful fiscal fairy tale.

Christensen is candidate for constable

Kevin Christensen a 26-year resident of Payson, is running for the Payson regional constable position. Christensen has been married for 20 years and has two children. Christensen is a conservative Republican with an extensive background in budgetary and management skills.

Governor to take part in groundbreaking for school’s solar project

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is scheduled to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for Payson Unified School District’s solar energy project at 3 p.m., Friday, July 16 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W. Main St.

County hopes education will improve driving

Health department hopes to expand access to driver’s ed program

In March, a report ranked Gila County as one of the state’s least healthy. Now, the county health department is spearheading an effort to fix one of the identified issues — Gila County’s high number of traffic fatalities.

Thanks to Glenn Smith and the Rotary

The Payson Supply Line crew would like to congratulate and thank Glenn Smith, the newly elected Rotary District Governor for Arizona District 5510.

A great day in Payson

We’re new homeowners in Payson, and enjoyed our first Independence Day here this year at the park.

Fee is small price for East Verde cleanup

In years gone by I’ve fly-fished crystal clear streams all over the Western Hemisphere, and I’ve marveled at the magnificent beauty each area had to offer.

Thanks for quick response

This is a public thank you for the very efficient EMT crews from Payson Fire Department and Lifestar Ambulance who responded to a 911 call from my home on West Saddle Lane on Friday, June 25 at approximately 4:15 p.m. for my wife, who passed away.

The daily cost of living

Recently a Roundup editorial discussed the undesirable impact of indiscriminate tax increases on citizens. Since then, the Arizona state sales tax has increased by 18 percent, the Town of Payson is raising its property tax and water rates, as has the Payson School District. Gila County is expected to increase its property tax rates.

Allen has a good voting record

A recent article in the Roundup commented on how Bill Konopnicki was collecting campaign funds much more successfully than Sylvia Allen, relative to their campaigns for the Arizona Senate seat currently held by Senator Allen.

Pine-Strawberry escapes clutches of water shortfall

Funny thing happened in Pine and Strawberry this summer: They didn't run out of water. In fact, residents who have had to pay the huge costs of hauling water in dry summer months for years now, have so far never gotten beyond the Stage 1 conservation level.

Community Almanac

The Gold and Silver Extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 14 at the Majestic Mountain Inn, 602 E. Highway 260, Payson

Highway 260 blasting schedule is set for Tuesday and Thursday, 2 p.m.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has rescheduled the blast on State Route 260 15 miles east of Payson from 2 p.m. on Monday to 2 p.m. on Tuesday

Plenty of water for PS this year

Pine and Strawberry water users are rejoicing over plentiful water supplies and a conservation stage that has not dropped below “1” or “no restrictions” all summer long.

Zoning for land near airport goes before Payson Council

The momentous rezoning of 222 acres around the airport to allow the biggest block of apartment and residential zoning in town has cleared the planning commission and comes before the Payson Town Council on Thursday.

School board approves $18M budget for 2011

Parents must now pay $185 a month for kindergarten

Having already waded through the difficult task of laying off eight percent of its staff months ago, members of the Payson Unified School District board quietly approved Monday night an $18 million budget for 2011 — six percent smaller than the year before.

Town search for new rec coordinator continues

Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism officials will conduct interviews July 15 to find a replacement for former recreation coordinator Joseph Harris who resigned in mid-June to accept a similar position in Los Alamos, N.M

PHS football team camp is July 19-21

Student athletes interested in participating in Payson High School football this season should plan on attending the Longhorn team camp July 19-21 on the school campus.

Longtime coach steps away from Little League

After 17 years of managing and coaching Payson’s Little League teams, Ty Goodman is hanging up his cleats.

Cycling duo train at Olympic camp

A fast-paced, high volume week filled with learning the fundamentals of mountain biking from one of the sport’s finest coaches ended June 25 for Payson High School students Cypress Gorry and Daniel Conley.

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Major stars’ state hopes end

An old nemesis ended the Payson Little League Major Division (11-12-years) all-stars’ dreams of advancing to the Arizona state tournament.

Friday, July 9

SV council agrees to provide $5,000 to help park

The Star Valley Town Council Tuesday approved a $5,000 payment to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to help keep the landmark attraction open through the summer.

Community Almanac

Every Friday at the Payson Public Library there is a creative writing workshop for children.

County attorney names officer of the quarter

Four times each year, the Gila County Attorney’s Office recognizes a member of the Gila County Law Enforcement community for their superior service in the prosecution of criminal matters.

Registration extended for youth football

Payson Youth football officials have scheduled yet another day of registration. It will be held 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, July 10, at Chapman Auto Center.

New Rim Country archery shop opens

If you have driven south on the Beeline, no doubt you have seen the rough sawn post adorned with elk antlers — this is the new archery shop in town.

PWGA sparkles in Flag tourney

The Payson Women’s Golf Association 18-hole group shined in the highly competitive Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Association seniors tournament contested June 22 at Flagstaff Ranch.

South American daredevil thrills holiday motocross crowd

The high-flying antics of 22-year-old Chilean Javier Villegas thrilled the sparse but enthusiastic audience that attended Moto X Madness July 2 and 3 at Payson Event Center.

The football gods are calling

Rejoice football purists — the gridiron promised land awaits you.

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Little League all-stars remain in state race

A pair of Payson Little League baseball and softball all-star teams are alive and well in postseason play, but three others have been eliminated with two losses each.

Avoid self-inflected pain — never go back

What is happiness? I don’t know. I’m not sure anyone knows. But I do know this: Whatever happiness may be, it’s made up of many parts, some of them large, some of them small.

Solar cells don’t require water

Dan Adams commented on Jon Kyl’s correct statement that water is required to use the sun to generate electricity with a misstatement.

Army Band performance was absolutely terrific

Thank you, Pine, for hosting the 108th Army Band of the Arizona National Guard.

Thanks to all who helped with golf camp

Thanks to all who participated in the third annual golf camp. The staff at Payson Parks and Recreation who handled all the paperwork. To the instructors, John Wyatt, Brandan and Jeffrey Kelley for your expertise, patience and dedication, thank you very much.

Fireworks are not necessarily ‘the American thing to do’

Due respect to Su Connell, we do not live in the time of John Adams. Our forests are now crowded with homes. Thousands of people come to the cooler mountains just for the joy of nature. Fireworks could be a draw, but it certainly isn’t the thing that holds our community together.

Phony $50s being passed around

Just thought the Payson Roundup and its readers would be interested to learn that my local bank gave me a counterfeit $50 dollar bill.

Fire department was a big help

I am a newcomer to the city of Payson. I would like to commend the Payson Fire Department.

Charity golf tournament a success

Thanks to the generosity of Chaparral Pines, our volunteers, sponsors and guests, our June 27 golf tournament was a great boost to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. Our event chairperson Fred Badger did a spectacular job, with the help of our Executive Director Cris Royer, and board members Ric Hinkie, Lois and Ivon English.

Thank you, Payson and Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Dennis Pirch and I are helping to plan the FLW Series bass fishing tournament coming to Payson this September.

Humane society thanks sponsors, volunteers, attendees

The Humane Society of Central Arizona wishes to thank the many sponsors, contributors, friends, volunteers and attendees who came together to make the June 5, “Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese and Chocolate Festival” at La Cienega Ranch a huge success.

Kyl and McCain visit the Arizona border

Many communities in the country deal with effects of illegal immigration, but none like those near the border in Arizona. There, American citizens no longer feel safe in their homes and worry about the security of their property — indeed, the failure to secure the border is altering their way of life.

Brave firefighters died to save us

They died to save our forest. So it would be a terrible oversight to forget them. In today’s Roundup, we recall the tragic maelstrom of courage and miscalculation that led to the deaths of six firefighters, working heroically to save first the homes of strangers and then one another.

Fourth of July’s loud bangs send Labrador running

Not everyone enjoys Fourth of July festivities. The loud bangs and pops from fireworks were enough to send one black Labrador running for the hills.

Highway 260 blasting resumes on Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260 15 miles east of Payson for about an hour each day beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday (July 12) and Thursday (July 15).

Dems, GOP candidates agree GCC needs its independence

Most Democrats and Republicans running in local races agree on one issue — Gila Community College should gain independence. Local party officials are even working together, aiding the fight.

Dude Fire revealed monster that still stalks Rim Country

Exhibit examines lessons in tragic deaths of six firefighters 20 years ago when blunders and courage confronted a hurricane of flame

Their fate was sealed five miles overhead as the top of the roiling mushroom cloud of hot air began to disintegrate.

SB1070 boycott costly to new ammo firm

Business partners say they support new law despite being shut out of lucrative contract

At least one local business is already feeling the aftereffects of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.

Summer so far has highs, lows

Another summer week comes, then goes here at HSCAZ. It’s been one of those summers so far with many highs and many lows. We tend to focus our energies toward the highs, because we are believers. You will often read that in this column.

Blasting scheduled on Highway 260, east of Payson

Road closed Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260, 15 miles east of Payson, for about an hour each day beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday (July 12) and Thursday (July 15).

Weather was perfect for a great weekend

I hope that it was a great weekend for everyone. The weather was perfect for outdoor activities and enjoying a barbecue with family and friends.

P/S Medical Clinic seeks two board members

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. We had perfect weather in Pine — sunny with a gentle breeze to cool things down a bit.

Panda and a bunny call Christopher Creek home

Hello again, fellow Creekers. What do China, Arkansas, Los Angeles and a Playboy Bunny have in common? Christopher Creek of course! It’s that time again for another installment of my “better know your neighbor” series. This time I was fortunate enough to have two terrific interviews.

Marty Robbins enjoyed incredible success on pop and country charts

Each early morning for the past 14 years, local “good guy” Clyde Johnson has hiked from his home on Brassie Drive to Green Valley Lake, picking up trash along every step of the way.

Manager explains what Stepshouse is and is not

In an effort to continue the message of hope and help, this month’s column features Stepshouse, a sober living environment set in a home-like atmosphere. Spiro is the manager of the Globe facility which has 17 beds in two houses. Payson also has a Stepshouse where there are 25 to 30 beds in two houses. The Valley has several facilities that have a total of 75 beds. There is also a women’s facility in the Valley.

Many e-mail accounts — one inbox

Most of us use multiple e-mail accounts. You may have separate e-mail accounts set up for work, home, volunteer service, school, and more. If you run a business, you likely have even more. Chances are, you would like to check these e-mails regularly, but it becomes bulky and time consuming to log into each separate account. Let’s simplify.

July 4 celebration a huge success

The moisture we had took a respite from our afternoons with calm and sunny days. However this upcoming weekend, there is the possibility that shows we will have the return of the cumulus cover that cools and carries moisture to our afternoons.

A year after the market low, how should you invest?

It’s been more than a year since stock prices hit their low point during the long bear market.

Thursday, July 8

Sobriety checkpoint this weekend

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on a Maricopa County lake this weekend in an effort to apprehend boat operators who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Wednesday, July 7

Prescribed fire planned this week

Fire managers are planning a prescribed fire for Thursday and Friday 18 miles north of Clints Well.

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PHS students head to Japan

Members from Payson High School's Hike and Ski Club have journeyed to Japan to climb the country's most sacred mountain, Mount Fuji.

Daze of summer fun

book binge

Two or three times a year I get on a book binge – reading two or three different series of books over the course of a month or so.

An incredibly fun movie


Think of an action movie starring Tom Cruise. If that does not narrow things down sufficiently, imagine “Bourne Supremacy” from the perspective of a Bond girl, but without the low-cut dresses.

Safe places to travel


“Where is a safe place to travel?” seems to be a question that is implied, if not asked outright, lately. With volcanoes stranding people in Europe, social unrest in certain European cities, and robberies, kidnappings, and worse in Mexico and the Caribbean, it’s no wonder that people are concerned about their safety while traveling.

Get a great jazz fix

The Payson Jazz Trio, with special guest artist guitarist John Darst, will have two performances during July.

My passion for ships


Beginning when I was probably 5 years old, my parents would take me to the Los Angeles Harbor to board the S.S. Catalina for a two-and-a-half hour sail to the island of Santa Catalina located 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.

Always a Shepherd


About a month ago, my neighbor invited me to go and feed their pet goat out on a local ranch. So we all piled into one car, two adults, one child and two very, very excited dogs. My border collie Scout seemed to almost smell this adventure as we drove to our destination.

Remembering the Dude Fire


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Dude Fire, a fire that burned numerous homes and killed six firefighters north of Payson under the Rim.

Hidden Treasures

Writer reveals his favorite places in Rim Country

I sit, contented and amazed amid the music and the mysteries. I am perched upon a water-smooth granite sculpture, light rock veined with a great ribbon of blue-black. The East Verde River splashes through a series of pools just in front of me.

Tuesday, July 6

Community Almanac

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast at 8 a.m., Friday, July 9 at 407 W. Wade Lane.

Payson renews its contract with humane society

After a year of head scratching, Payson still can’t figure out how much it ought to pay the Humane Society of Central Arizona to take care of the town’s stray dogs and cats.

Observe precautions when using medical oxygen at home

The recent devastating house fire in Mesa del Caballo has brought up a concern about smoking while medical oxygen is in use in a home.

Republicans have veterans information booklet available

The Arizona Republican Party has released a new Veterans Assistance Booklet. The informational booklet was developed in response to questions that many Arizona Veterans have often inquired about.

Fire season requires preparedness


In this worrisome wildfire season, we are advised to have an emergency kit packed with necessities such as medications, a first aid kit, important papers, phone numbers and information about health conditions, the name and phone number of your doctor, family members to be contacted, etc. in case of evacuation.

Number of Independent voters growing fastest of all political groups

Gila County’s fastest-growing political party is not a party at all, according to recently released figures from Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

Rim Country is good mountain bike riding area

After carrying my aging Trek bike over several streams, down a precarious set of switchbacks and walking around more rocks and ruts than over them, I decided upon arrival at the first flat section of the Fred Haught Trail to turn around.

Business Briefs

The three Rim Country Edward Jones financial advisers are supporting a school supply donation campaign by using their branch offices as drop-off locations for school supplies.

Payson High to offer advanced English placement course

English lovers at Payson High School will have a new option for furthering their studies next year with the addition of an advanced placement English course.

In defense of the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Department

In response to the June 25 letter to the editor by Sam Seay about the roads being watered down in Christopher Creek.

Proud of the Payson Police Department for arresting illegal immigrants working in town

The citizens of Payson should be very proud of our police department and Chief Don Engler and his staff for their investigation and arrests of the five Mexican illegals from Del Taco and McDonald’s for using stolen Social Security numbers, that they all admitted to buying in Phoenix.

Good reasons to use nitrogen

In response to Al Buckner and his letter on nitrogen. Yes Al, you will probably get along just fine on your tires filled with good old air just so long as you don’t run them over five years and you keep the pressure “topped off.”

Town needs Buzz Walker

In response to the letter from John Cailey regarding Buzz Walker and his return to the city staff under contract after retirement:

Kyl, McCain did not sign letter

On June 21, eight Republican U.S. Senators sent an open letter to President Obama urging him not to use executive authority to put amnesty (aka comprehensive immigration reform) in place.

Hope grows for GCC

Well, it is not exactly the declaration of independence, but we’re still encouraged by the latest word out of the task force trying to finagle a way for Gila Community College to slip its shackles.

Sound of the future gurgles on East Verde

We’ve all heard the lament: Payson’s just a pit stop on the way to somewhere interesting. We who love this town know better.

Teenager needs rescuing off of Fossil Creek hiking trail

As sure as there is weekend traffic during the summer, there are rescues at Fossil Creek.

Star Valley council may donate $5,000 to keep Tonto Natural Bridge open

The Rim Country’s best-known tourist attraction could be getting more help to stay open.

Man arrested on child molestation charges pleads not guilty

A 94-year-old man arrested on suspicion of child molestation at a local trailer park pled not guilty at a June 21 arraignment.

Payson postmaster sworn-in

Payson’s newest postmaster was sworn in Thursday.

Blasting on Highway 260 set for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260 15 miles east of Payson at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, Wednesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 8.

Forest tour reveals gains and dangers

Death. Disaster. Dismay. The huddle of forest lovers and managers could feel the menace, gathered thickly on every side in a tangled stand of crowded pines and stunted oaks along the Control Road close by Tonto Village.

Star Valley: No rush to finalize water deal

The longer the town of Star Valley looks at a water agreement intended to end five years of water wars, the more questions it raises.

Independence for GCC gains some strength

State senate task force crafting bill for January session

Legislative staffers have begun crafting the potential new law that could free Gila Community College, said board member Tom Loeffler this week.

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Fireworks dazzle GV audience

Thousands of bright, loud fireworks snapped over the heads of Rim Country and Valley residents Sunday.

Payson hosting LL softball finale

Little League softball area-district tournament director Danielle Tassel was fired up yesterday, July 5, for the start of 9-10-year-old post-season play at Rumsey I ball field.

Close but no $50K for golfer

While the Longhorn Village Project was the real winner of the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Charity Golf Tournament, a Valley-area golfer came within inches of pocketing $50,000.

Tourney to benefit needy children

A round of golf can be fun and rewarding. But playing golf for a worthwhile cause is even more convivial and gratifying.

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Netters tune up for season

About 40 volleyball hopefuls, with their sights set on someday playing on the Lady Longhorn varsity squad, showed up July 1 and 2 to fine tune their skills in the Payson Volleyball Youth Camp hosted by coach Arnold Stonebrink and several of his players.

Prep alignment still up in air

It remains virtually impossible to sort through how the potential Arizona Interscholastic Association school alignment changes will affect Payson High School and the remainder of the soon to be dissipated 3A conference. But it appears the Longhorns might be aligned in Division 4 with 27 other 3A schools.

Monday, July 5

Blasting scheduled for State Route 260

Road closure Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2 p.m.; night shift Tuesday and Wednesday

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260, 15 miles east of Payson, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8.

Friday, July 2

Cannon brought era of iron men and wooden ships

I once saw a photo of a “reproduction” of the Nina, smallest of Columbus’ ships. Coming from a sea town, I immediately knew it was pure fiction.

Pies popular with shoppers

The Payson Farmers Market’s first Pie Baking Contest Saturday June 26 drew 14 participants and appeared to be very popular with shoppers.

Higher Power Band amps up with A-list musicians

The instrumentalists who are The Higher Power Band have some high-flying credentials. Manager and bandleader Orlando Gordoa says they try to have A-list musicians play with them at as many performances as possible.

Coach hosts junior net camp

The Payson Youth Volleyball Camp, hosted by Lady Longhorn coach Arnold Stonebrink and several varsity players, tipped off yesterday with a morning and afternoon session in Wilson Dome and old Payson High School gymnasium.

Off the beaten path

Most trout streams of north-central Arizona have as their origin the Mogollon Rim, but there are a few exceptions, which should create some interest among anglers.

Winslow a tournament favorite

The road to a berth in the 11-12-year-old (Major Division) Arizona State Little League tournament travels through Winslow.

Players can still register for soccer camp

Parents and children who were a bit lackadaisical in registering for the upcoming Challenger British Soccer Camp may now breathe a sigh of relief.

LL softball stars in 9-10 age division hope to feast on home cookin’

The Payson 9-10-year-old Little League softball all-stars enjoy the home field advantage when they open area-district post-season tournament play at 3 p.m., Monday, July 5 on Rumsey I ball field.

Experience buoys teen all-stars

Insiders are predicting that Payson’s 13-14-year-old Little League softball all-stars could have the talent to upset perennially tough Snowflake in the upcoming area-district post-season tournament.

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Amateurs added to Moto X

Thunderbird Entertainment, the promoter of “Moto X Maddness” being held today, July 2, and tomorrow at the Payson Event Center, has added Amateur Arenacross racing to the holiday entertainment schedule.

Payson superintendent named FFA administrator of year

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien was recognized as the Arizona FFA (Future Farmers of America) Administrator of the Year at the annual FFA awards ceremony June 10 in Tucson.

Heirloom silver jewelry of artist Mina Cavanaugh at gallery

It’s just July, but it might be time to start giving the holiday gift-giving season some thought. A place to stop and shop this month is the Artists of the Rim Gallery at 408 W. Main, Payson.

Gifted, talented program organized for students

To encourage local gifted youth, Payson mom Laurel Wala recently abandoned her plan to move with her family to Mexico for the next year and instead head the newly organized Payson Area Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Bogus signatures get Globe attorney ruled off primary ballot

A few bogus signatures booted one superior court judge nominee off the Aug. 24 primary ballot. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Buttrick ruled June 18 that Globe attorney Steven Burk (Rep.) lacked 43 signatures of the 217 needed to run for superior court judge of Gila County.

Payson Regional Medical Center wants your vote in annual opinion poll

Payson Regional Medical Center is a nominee in “Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business.” This is an annual opinion poll conducted by Arizona Business magazine.

‘History Detectives’ films PHS grad and her basket

Cherie Cloudt never particularly wanted to be on television. “Who wants to be on TV?” she asked, laughing.

Oil is more than gasoline

I grew up in the oil patch in Signal Hill, Calif. Oil is wonderful and the odor isn’t nauseating, as the talking heads on television would have you believe.

Facts needed about alternative power sources

I was pleased to see Jon Kyl’s articles on the excessive amounts of water required for present production of electricity through solar panels.

School programs should be geared for college

In the Tuesday, June 22 issue of the Roundup, the Payson Unified School District Board president was quoted as saying, “Not everybody goes to college ... I don’t want us to gear our whole program to college because only 20 percent are going.”

Where’s the Tea Party?

The Town of Payson, Gila County and the state of Arizona have all raised your taxes lately and not a peep from you guys.

Yield does not mean speed up

Yield: to give way to. This, for the benefit of the majority of drivers who use the roundabout just north of town.

Many drivers not paying attention to their surroundings

On Sunday I was able to spend an hour of so sign waving to support my choice for Congress, Bradley Beauchamp. Response was favorable with a lot of smiles and waves — and no curses or obscene gestures. Great.

Nitrogen saved our lives

In regards to the Friday, June 25 letter from Al Buckner. We drove about 100 miles at 80 miles per hour (about an hour and a half) before stopping to rest. At that point we saw the right front was almost flat (not all the way flat).

Expensive light pollution in Rim Country

Fellow residents, you and I are paying for the biggest source of light pollution in the Payson-Star Valley area. The recipient of this dubious distinction is our own Gila County. Specifically, the Gila County Maintenance Yard and sheriff’s impound storage yard on Highway 260 on the east side of Star Valley.

Rediscovering America’s founding principles

When Thomas Jefferson finished drafting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, he and the other Founders launched the revolution that resulted in our independence from Great Britain and the beginning of a unique experiment in representative government.

Independence Day: The pride and sorrow

On this day, of all days, our hearts are full; our hearts are broken. Our hearts are full, because we love this land so dearly. Our hearts are broken, to know the price so many have paid to safeguard those things we love.

Community Almanac

Get a bag of clothes for $1(no boutique or western wear included); 10 regular books for only $1; 10, 25-cent drinking glasses, cups or glass vases for only $1; and all 25-cent knick knacks will be 10 for $1.

Rim Country offers tributes, fireworks this weekend

The Fourth of July in Rim Country is not all about the fireworks. There are all kinds of events taking place from Friday, July 2 through Sunday, July 4. But, of course, a big fireworks display at Green Valley Park will top off the weekend at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Rollover blocks southbound traffic at Corvair Curve

Southbound Highway 87 was closed for several hours Thursday night after a tractor-trailer rolled over four miles south of town.

Rollover blocks southbound traffic at Corvair Curve

Southbound Highway 87 was closed for several hours Thursday night after a tractor-trailer rolled over four miles south of town.

Out-of-county money fuels Rep. Konopnicki campaign

State senate Republican candidate Bill Konopnicki has trounced Republican incumbent Sen. Sylvia Allen in fund-raising for August’s primary, attracting nearly $73,000 since November, mostly from Phoenix-area lawyers and lobbyists, according to campaign finance forms released this week.

Remember: No fires

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend upon us, Arizona public land managers remind the public that fire restrictions are in place throughout the Rim Country.

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Fire victim doing fine

Volunteer firefighter loses home, says donations should go to veterans’ groups

Despite losing all his possessions in a recent trailer fire, volunteer firefighter Mike Weller said he doesn’t need a thing, and encourages those wanting to help to donate to a veterans’ group instead.

Big plans, lots of water for E. Verde River

A gush of water and a rush of plans could soon transform the East Verde River and bring more visitors to the Rim Country.

Patriotic songs will fill the park on July 4th

Happy birthday, America! It’s hard to believe that our country is 234 years old and still going strong. (Well, sort of.)

Plenty to do in Pine over holiday weekend

What a gorgeous summer in the Rim Country. I am trying to drink in every moment since the older I get the faster the days seem to blur by.

Fireworks part of Heber-Overgaard celebration

It appears we are now in a mid-day to afternoon cycle of cloud building and possible afternoon rain. This is part of our normal summer daily monsoonal ebb and flow process. However, along with the pleasantly cool thunderstorms, lightning presents itself as well.

Taking out the garbage (blog SPAM) on your site

We’ve talked about the importance of having a blog. If you are in business, it is essential to communicate with your customers and prospects.

Quad and Kids ’n’ Kritters Parade Sunday

This week I am having a great time with our son, Bill Jr., his wife Shari and our granddaughter Gatlyn and our grandson Christian.

Fire danger high in Rim Country

Well the summer season is out in full force and it is as beautiful as ever up here. However, as you know, there has been very little rainfall and we are on fire restriction.

Shelter in desperate need of help

vol-un-teer 1. One who provides services of his or her own free will. 2. An unselfish contributor of time and talent for the good of others. 3. A person whose dedication to a cause or organization inspires others to give of themselves.

Former Valley Realtor joins ERA team

Former Valley Realtor Gail Martelle recently joined the Rim Country real estate firm ERA Young Realty & Investment.

Office supply store celebrates 11 years

The owners of Quality Plus, Gary and Rosemary Reed, are celebrating their 11th business anniversary.

Systematic investing can smooth ‘bumps in the road’

In the investment world, there aren’t many certainties, but here’s one of them: prices will always go up and down.

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Hidden treasures

Writer whose tumbleweed life somehow left him rooted in Rim Country reveals eight of his favorite places

I sit, contented and amazed amid the music and the mysteries. I am perched upon a water-smooth granite sculpture, light rock veined with a great ribbon of blue-black. The East Verde River splashes through a series of pools just in front of me.

Rollover blocks traffic at Corvair Curve

Southbound Highway 87 was closed for several hours Thursday night after a tractor-trailer rolled four miles south of town.