Stories for June 2010


Wednesday, June 30

Welcome to the Senior Review

While the results of the 2010 Census have yet to be released, 10 years ago, more than half of Payson’s adult population was 55 or older.

Boost immunity with the basics of good health

The strength of a person’s immune system is generally what determines if he or she gets sick. If two people are exposed to the same germs, the one with a weaker immune system tends to get sick.

Eat healthier as you get older

Though even the first lady Michelle Obama is publicly taking America’s obesity epidemic to task, more and more people in America and across the globe are trying to tackle their weight problems and eat healthier.

Making the move to independent retirement life

When 72-year-old Army veteran Ted Eickhoff was at his local VA hospital for an appointment recently, he struck up a conversation with another patient about selling his home and downsizing.

Turn to Ask Medicare for caregiving help

Are you caring for an aging, disabled or seriously ill friend or family member? If so, you’re one of more than 44 million people who serve in the important — and often unrecognized — role of a caregiver.

Senior care services cover broad spectrum

As we grow older, many of us cannot do all the things we used to be able to do, but we are not ill. In addition to the cleaning, landscaping and home repair services offered in the Rim Country, there are businesses that can help seniors stay in their home.

Use reverse mortgages to help in retirement

Reverse mortgages, also known as FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) in the United States, are growing in popularity among the senior set.

Ensure health crisis doesn’t mean financial ruin

A serious long-term illness or disability can have a devastating, often irreversible, effect on a family’s financial well-being. In fact, health care expenses are among the most common cause of bankruptcies, according to findings published in the American Journal of Medicine last year.

A golden plan starts with a conversation

The first place to start in making a plan for retirement years, whether you are a few years away or in the midst of them — is a conversation. Have a conversation with yourself, your significant other and your family.

Medicare releases new Medigap plans

As of June 1, 2010 Medicare released the 2010 Modernized Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans. These plans are standardized. For example, if you buy a Medigap Plan F (or A, B, C, G, M or N) from one company, the coverage must be identical to a Plan F sold by another company. The premium can vary, and the solvency of the company, but the coverage itself must be identical. If you are happy with your current Medigap plan, you can choose to keep it; however, going forward, insurance companies can only offer these modernized plan options to their new customers.

ADOT: No scheduled highway closures this weekend

Good news for July 4th weekend travelers, but caution urged

Independence from construction-related closures will help Arizona drivers celebrate Fourth of July weekend this year.

Tuesday, June 29

Wildfires plague high country

Back-to-back fires along Highway 87 last week left 192 acres of Tonto National Forest badly charred. The cause of both fires is still under investigation, but officials believe both were human caused.

Rescuers called to help ATV rider, hiker

With a man rolling a quad over himself and a dehydrated hiker in Box Canyon, another busy weekend left rescue workers exhausted.

Man charged with assault on mayor

Police say a meeting on barking dog complaints turned violent when one resident snarled at the mayor and reportedly hit him with his hand.

Business Briefs

APS business customers have even more incentive to use energy more efficiently. Through its Solutions for Business program, APS is raising the rebate amount for eight of its offerings.

Wildfire evacuations raise insurance concerns

Insurers offer firewise safety and insurance tips

As the threat of wildfires near Flagstaff forced evacuations of homes, the Arizona Insurance Council (AIC), the state trade association for property and casualty insurers, is urging residents to check with insurers about their coverage.

What don’t they tax?

There are people trying to survive the real estate slow-down by renting their properties to avoid a short sale or foreclosure.

Experts offer free endangered forests tour

Top forest managers and researchers offer public an education in how open, fire-resistant forests became deadly tinder boxes

A high-level group of researchers that have revolutionized forest management and the officials charged with implementing their ideas will join forces on Wednesday to explain the whole mess to the public.

Why fireworks in Payson on the 4th of July?

The holiday we mark on the 4th of July is a celebration of the anniversary of this great country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. In 1776, John Adams wrote of this to his wife, Abigail, “… the day will be most memorable in the history of America.

Disappointed with Pine-Strawberry water district board

On Saturday, June 19, I attended my first PSWID board meeting.

Saving money

“To save money, Payson plans to offer ... buyout packages to two employees and then rehire them as private contractors,” Payson Roundup, Tuesday, June 15.

Arizona needs to abandon Canamex Highway project

The Canamex Highway is alive and well. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect in 1994, we’ve heard the great sucking sound of American jobs going south to Mexico. Soon after, the flight of U.S. companies going to Red China for even cheaper wages was the norm.

Citizens suffer bureaucratic runaround

Note to citizens who would serve their country by getting involved: Stay calm, take up meditation, brace for frustration. Don’t take our word for it.

Community Almanac

Learn about restoring Southwestern forests with researchers from the Ecological Restoration Institute of Northern Arizona University and the Tonto National Forest. There will be a Walk in the Woods reception from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 30, starting at the Payson Ranger Station, 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson. Refreshments will be served.

Circle benefits can save funds

A Senior Circle member recently came in to the Circle office and said she was astonished — she’d been a member at the Circle for more than a year and had never thought to use her Scriptsave card, one of the Senior Circle discount benefits.

Fireworks highlight July 4th activities

Enjoy a “staycation” over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Revel in the cooler climes of the Rim Country and sample all kinds of old-fashioned fun in Payson, Pine and Tonto Village.

Payson shuts down redevelopment effort

Council on Thursday closes up town’s decades-long effort on Main Street

After nearly 20 years of persistent, frustrating effort, Payson this week will officially shut down the Green Valley Redevelopment Agency.

Few state agencies have power to audit, CAC finds

Governor Jan Brewer’s office says it has no authority to ask for additional audits of Eastern Arizona College or Gila Community College, according to a recent response to a Citizens Awareness Committee request.

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Child lost in the woods

4-year-old found hours after wandering from camp

Thanks to scores of volunteers who dropped their weekend plans, a Hotshot crew and a DPS helicopter, a parent’s worst nightmare was turned into a dream come true.

Bill to speed pipeline passes key senate committee

Confusion about which federal agency is in charge has already delayed project by one year, says Mayor Evans

The U.S. Senate’s Natural Resources Committee this week approved a “momentous” bill to smooth the bureau waters that have rocked Payson’s Blue Ridge pipeline construction.

Family fishing fun on the July 4th weekend

Are you trying to figure out what to do this coming holiday weekend and don’t want to travel far from home or spend a ton of money — why not go fishing in northern Arizona? So many lakes and not enough time, how true this is.

Couple close beloved candy store

Payson addicts count your chocolate coins because the Sugar Shack is no more.

Business steps up to help pole vaulting camp

Bo Althoff is extending a huge “Thank You” to Jim Carr at The Rock Yard in Payson. The show of gratitude is because Carr helped Althoff acquire the building materials and pallets he needed to co-host the Kiss the Sky pole vaulting camp that was held June 13 to 17 at Camp Tontozona east of Payson.

No challenge too great for Payson High School graduate

If there were rewards for heart, Maddie Nossek would be clutching most all of them. Her spunk and gusto turned evident her freshman track and field season when she won the state class 3A long jump championship and continued throughout her prep career in basketball as well as track.

Stars get first-round area tourney bye

The Payson 9-10-year-olds Little League All-Star baseball team has drawn a bye for Area 1 first-round play on July 1 in Flagstaff.

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Manager sure team primed to shine

Payson’s 10-11-year-olds Little League All-Star manager Tony McNeeley is expecting big things from his players, mostly because of their talent and experience.

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Three-peat rivals to open Little League all-star game

When Payson Little League’s 12-year-old stars square off against Flagstaff Continental at noon on July 1 in the opening round of the Area 1 tournament, the two teams will be no strangers to one another.

Night patrols seek out campfires during restrictions

Four agencies will begin patrolling the skies and land of Flagstaff, Coconino National Forest and Coconino County as part of the enforcement of fire restrictions implemented Friday.

Friday, June 25

Radio club to hold field day June 26-27

The MARCA Amateur Radio Club is again participating in the annual ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day event.

Longtime town attorney takes buyout

After two decades of often stormy seas, longtime Payson Town Attorney Sam Streichman’s final was a float on still waters.

Parents spearhead baseball field improvements

It’s obvious driving along Longhorn Road there is major construction occurring on the Payson High School baseball field.

East Verde River has increased water flow

For the past three months, the East Verde River has had a strong flow of water because of the above-normal winter snowpack.

Large group of teens making bid for spot on football roster

That ear-to-ear grin on PHS first-year football coach Byron Quinlan is because he’s elated with the nice-sized group, sometimes as many as 50, that is turning out for some condition drills and weight training.

Payson youth lassos Junior Rodeo’s top honor

Monty James rode and roped his way to All-Around Cowboy honors in the 9- to 12-year-old division at the Arizona Junior Rodeo State Championships.

Nossek set for Junior Nationals

Maddie Nossek’s track and field exploits have earned her a coveted ducat to the prestigious USA Junior Nationals where she will compete against world-class athletes under 20 years of age.

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Taylor Pool hot spot to cool off this summer

Under the leadership of Rachel Ward and the first-year management of EVO Swim School, Taylor Pool is pouring out plenty of cooling summertime activities, including swim lessons, water aerobics, the Payson Pikes swim team and daily open swims.

Traffic study aims for safer, quicker commute

Contemplating driving out of town on the weekend, perhaps to take a hike or visit Pine? Think again: traffic levels are 30 percent higher during the summer season.

I tip my hat to the men and women of the sea

A while back I wrote a column explaining why someone like me, who grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean, should have chosen the Air Force over the Navy.

Thank you for thoughtful supplies

We finally have done something right for a change.

P/S Food Bank thanks Portal IV

The Pine/Strawberry Food Bank wishes to express our appreciation to the Portal IV Homeowners Association for supporting the needy in our communities.

Nitrogen: Here we go again

In regards to the Friday, June 11 Mail Call, Conrad and Beverly Okerwall wrote a letter about driving a 100 miles on a flat tire.

Use vacant house for homeless lady

There are plenty of houses around here that are empty (for sale). In fact, one is across the street from me, and has been on the market for over a year.

Open letter to Jon Kyl

I thought the (Roundup, June 4) letter by Terry Putnam was outstanding. Terry has obviously done his homework, particularly the detail on the Federal Reserve’s less than outstanding performance on its primary mission, cushioning the business cycle.

All roads need watering in Christopher Creek

Editor: I live in Christopher Creek, and have noticed that the fire department is watering down certain roads within the community.

Thanks for hosting exchange students

I would like to personally thank Michael Buskirk/Daria Mason and family, Carl and Laura Hacker and family, and Rod and Janelle Burba and family who have hosted exchange students this year through EF Foundation for Foreign Study.

Fireworks display should be canceled

Thank you J.P. Bill Powers for your letter asking city officials to cancel the dangerous fireworks display.

City employees should not be irreplaceable

This is in response to the Tuesday, June 22 article on the above subject. Although I am a new Payson resident, I am not new to the above scenario.

Payson residents need to elect different people

I have been following the recent firings of several teachers and administrators at the high school.

Drilling moratorium is poor policy

Seems like many of the decisions made by President Obama and his administration during this oil spill crisis have been rash and poorly managed.

No more taxes

Let’s see if we can even remember all the tax hikes in the pipeline. For instance, the Arizona Legislature asked voters to approve an additional 1 cent on the sales tax. Then lawmakers changed the formulas for income taxes, so wage earners will pay more.

Community Almanac

New Z-Coil shoes are on sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 in the main lobby of the Payson Regional Medical Center, 807 S. Ponderosa St. Styles include sneakers, boots, clogs, sandals and much more.

Tonto Apache Tribe elects new vice-chair

It has been more than 38 years since a small army of Tonto Apaches received federal recognition. Now the Tonto Apache Tribe has 138 tribal members and has opened another chapter of historical events after its election held on June 12.

County supervisors consider tax hike

Gila County will scrape through another year, balancing its proposed $104 million budget with $1.8 million from a rainy day fund, but again avoiding layoffs or service cutbacks.

Evidence holding up child pornography case

A man accused of downloading child pornography onto his computer appeared in court June 14 for a case update. Although it has been eight months since the 72-year-old man was arraigned in a Gila County courtroom on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a trial date has not been set.

Wildfires underscore need to thin forests

Rare coalition meets to lay plans to convince Forest Service to use timber companies to thin thick forests

An unprecedented coalition of officials, environmentalists and timber company representatives met this week to advance a bold plan to protect fire-menaced forest communities by thinning millions of acres.

PSWID manager turns in resignation

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District has lost yet another contract professional who was instrumental in leading the district following the takeover of the two towns’ water companies from previous owner Brooke Utilities.

Health, resource fair this weekend

Residents of Rim Country and specifically Pine and Strawberry have the opportunity to get some free and low-cost health care Saturday. They will also get a chance to learn of the various health resources available. The Pine Strawberry Health and Resour

Health Fair tomorrow in Pine

I hope all you dads enjoyed the perfect weather while celebrating Father’s Day with your kids.

Demystifying the purpose of social media in business

With more business taking place online and Web sites like Twitter and Facebook booming, creating an effective online presence is crucial for a business’ success.

Arizona native fell in love with Christopher Creek

There is the huge Schultz Fire near Flagstaff, which has already consumed over a 14,000 acres, there was one near Kohl’s Ranch and I heard a big one started near Show Low

In tragedy new beginnings can be found

Annemarie Eveland doesn’t easily recall the timing of events, and when she tires, the right word is slow to come.

Motorcycle rally this weekend in the cool pines

The air moisture in the Heber-Overgaard area has been very low as of late and the sun beaming hot in the middle of the day causing dry conditions. A few small clouds stray in the distance only to serve as a reminder on how much we could use the moisture right now.

Powerless GCC board fights for answers

Gila Community College pays rent on its own buildings. State law requires the college to print a budget, but doesn’t require the numbers to be accurate.

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Icarus has company

A Kite Flying Fantasy, of sorts

Earlier this week, on assignment for the Roundup to do a shot for an article, I was at the Payson Event Center. I was waiting in the announcer’s booth at the west end of the event center for the person I was to shoot to come back from an errand.

Good news: The wait is finally over

“Good news!” “My baby’s comin’ home tomorrow. Ain’t that good news. “Man, ain’t that news!” Though not exactly tomorrow, I’m happy to say that finally my fiancee, Ann, will be “comin’ home” to Payson next week.

Here’s the story of the Doreys, some dogs we’ve grown to love.

When we met the first seven we knew we had a challenge on our hands, but with lots of TLC, they soon came around to our big plan.

Control Road paving welcome news for those bothered by dust

I am sure that you have seen the heavy equipment along the Control Road this week. Roy George Haught has won the bid to pave one mile of the road and he started that work on Monday, June 21.

Plan now for an unexpected early retirement at age 60 or younger

None of us can see what the future holds, but you have to make certain assumptions if you’re going to create a strategy for building the resources you’ll need for a comfortable retirement.

Thursday, June 24

Sycamore Fire 70 percent contained, Highway 87 open

A human caused fire along Highway 87, 42 miles south of Payson, is 70 percent contained as of Friday morning, Tonto National Forest officials report.

Arizona State Parks makes change to annual passes

The Arizona State Parks Board voted June 16th to revise the State Parks Annual Pass policy to allow two names on either of their standard or premium annual passes.

Reward offered for information on Schultz Fire

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking information about the person or persons responsible for starting the Schultz Fire, which has cost nearly $3 million to suppress.

Vindicators of the Declaration of Independence

The Rich Lowry column

“Decades later the Declaration of Independence was canonized as American scripture,” the vinegary historian Walter McDougall writes of the nation’s founding document, “but in 1776 it was generally read once — in army camps, taverns and village greens — cheered, and forgotten.”

Ryder gets raves for ‘Lois Wilson’

Winona Ryder is in the news again. This time it’s nothing bad like shoplifting, but raves for her portrayal of Lois Wilson in “When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story” on the Hallmark Hall of Fame series. Also note Winona’s fresh and lovely looking face, maybe a tuck or two?


Pine area museums speak to aspirations of early settlers

It’s commonplace to motor through Pine and never take notice of the historic pioneer homes that line both sides of Beeline Highway.


It’s time. That gas grill is calling and there are all kinds of new rubs and marinades to give a new twist to time-tested favorites.

Colorado, a vacation dream

Colorado creates travel experiences that last a lifetime. With usually good summer weather and an annual average of 300 sunshine-filled days, Colorado is a great get-away destination.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 44: The Neighbors On Indian Hill

For several hundred years before European-American settlers came to the Payson area, Apache people occupied the land.

Most don’t have second heart attack

About six years ago, I had a heart attack. The doctor said there was hardly any damage. Is it likely that I will have another heart attack? I am overweight and have a hard time losing weight and keeping it off. — C.P.

Pine man has children’s book for summer reading

All kinds of experts recommend keeping children reading and applying other skills learned in school during their summer break in order to stay sharp.


around rim country

Register children today for the second session of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Summer Recreation Program, being held Monday-Thursday, July 5 -July 22.

Around AZ

To celebrate Late Nite Catechism’s 10th year, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is offering two tickets for the price of one to the hit comedies through the end of June

Fly-casting workshop Thursday in Kohl’s Ranch

There will be a fly-casting workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, June 24 at Kohl’s Ranch with Bob Youtz, president of Trout Unlimited.

Wednesday, June 23

Schultz Fire officials lift evacuation order

Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil announced Wednesday that the evacuation order for residents affected by the Schultz Fire may be lifted. Affected areas include Timberline, Wupatki Trails, Hutchinson Acres, Elden Springs Road, Girls Ranch Road, Sunset Crater National Monument and Wupatki National Monument.

Tuesday, June 22

Stars to shine in postseason

Little League softball action will soon be fast and furious for local players lucky and talented enough to make one of Payson’s three all-star teams.

Schools find previous challenges now too easy

Arizona Academic Scholars, a designation students can earn for taking more classes than required, may not be rigorous enough after graduation standards increase, Gear Up Coordinator Kristi Ford told the Payson Unified School District board last week.

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Former Horn returns to vaulting roots on Rim

High-powered group of coaches at ‘Kiss the Sky’ camp

Bo knows pole vaulting.

A tale of slave revolts and tuition waivers

Slave revolts are a messy business. So, it’s pretty disorienting these days, watching the Gila Community College Board do business.

Athletic fees set for PHS and RCMS

Parents of Payson High and Rim Country Middle School student-athletes should be prepared to pay higher participation fees next school year.

Let fishery experts make the decisions on slot limits

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is being lobbied by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and others to remove Roosevelt Lake’s slot limit restrictions for a major FLW bass tournament that will be held next fall on the popular Gila County fishery.

Payson approves contracts with early-retiring workers

Two department heads retire, but come back to work as private contractors

The Payson Town Council unanimously approved an unusual deal to pay two top town administrations a bonus to retire early and then immediately return to their jobs as private contractors.

Possible GCC raises inspire confusion

EAC document shows administrators get raises, board chair says that is not the case

Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen says no staffers are receiving raises next year, but a document Eastern Arizona College provided to GCC board members says otherwise.

Community Almanac

The Pine Strawberry Thrift Store, at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine, is having a 50-cent per garment sale on men’s and women’s clothing beginning June 23 — except for anything red, white and blue. Shoes are included in the sale.

Great entertainment in Payson

Just returned from the Mazatzal Casino, after winning two tickets to the “A Tribute to Sinatra” show from KRIM.

School board, administration not serving the community well

Well, the school year for students is over. The teachers have left the schools and are enjoying a well-earned respite. Most of the administrators are planning how to better serve the students of Payson. Most, but not Mr. Sandoval, Mr. Fruth or Mr. Lobik.

Misinformation sends search team to wrong place

After a startling bit of misinformation, a half dozen rescuers and a helicopter pilot searched the wrong section of river for two days this past weekend, looking for a missing man and three children.

Thanks to the Twirlers

I would like to say “thank you” to all the members of Zane Grey Twirlers Square Dance club and to our out of town guests for making our 30th annual festival a success, to Vice Mayor Michael Hughes for welcoming all the dancers to Rim Country, and Bob Jones (square dance caller) for leading in the singing of the national anthem; to the Tonto Apache Tribe for the use of their activity center, and all the businesses whose support made this event possible.

English literacy program helps immigrants

When Julia and Slava Hubarevich moved to Payson from Belarus less than two years ago, they could read English, but found speaking it difficult.

GCC grants free tuition for over-60 age group

Senior citizens over 60 will again receive full tuition waivers at Gila Community College beginning next spring, board members agreed Thursday in a contentious vote that again pitted north against south. Those under 60 will pay full tuition.

Ministerial fellowship names new officers

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship has named its new officers for 2010. The new leadership includes Kelly Wooldridge, president; Richard Richey, vice president; Joe Hittle, treasurer; and Harold Fleeger, secretary.

Middle school teen gets surprise nomination to conference

As the end of the school year approached last month, Jessie White received a wonderful surprise. The eighth-grader had been nominated by Rim Country Middle School Principal Gary Witherspoon to attend the National Young Leaders State Conference.

Apartment foreclosure forcing struggling family to move again

A family still struggling with the after shocks of their father climbing a communications tower and threatening to commit suicide in April 2009, is asking for the community’s help in finding a place to live.

Senior Circle members ‘work it’ and win big

Local seniors proved this weekend that they still have it and know how to work it. The Bikini Car Wash was a huge success, with the seniors earning almost as much money as the Payson High School cheerleaders — the teens, who actually wore bikinis, reportedly earned $2,000.

Council blinks: waive fees for school building

The Payson Town Council took a look at its get-tough fee-waiver policy, listened to the parade of speakers from the Payson Unified School District and quickly made its decision.

Fire claims mobile home

Family homeless once again

A single woman and her four children are without a home after the woman’s 8-year-old son started a fire in his bed while playing with a lighter Monday morning.

Payson property tax raised to maximum

The Payson Town Council raised its property tax rate last week, but paradoxically most homeowners will see their tax bills go down.

Wind-whipped fires burn 12,000 acres

Tonto National Forest has so far escaped big blazes in scary fire season

Three wind-whipped wildfires near Flagstaff have opened the fire season with an inferno, forcing hundreds to evacuate and drawing in crews from surrounding areas and prompting the Tonto National Forest managers to pray the ban on all fires in the forest will avert disaster here.

Winners of best ball tourney are repeat victors

The Payson Men’s Golf Association’s first major tournament of the year is in the record books and the names etched include A flight champions Steve Vincent and Terry Lindsey.

Bass tourney should not get special treatment

While reading Pete Aleshire’s June 11, 2010, “Bass tourney snarled in tangle of red tape” article, I wonder why the Payson Town Council, i.e., the chamber of commerce, can think that they are so special that rules that everyone else must abide by shouldn’t apply to them

Rescuers haul man out of remote canyon

After a man broke both ankles in a 30-foot fall from a cliff face, rescuers spent hours hauling him out of a remote, rugged canyon north of Clints Well Saturday afternoon.

Quilts call to 1,000-plus visitors

Folks really love the quilts the Strawberry Patchers display at the annual June quilt show. This year, the show, which was held June 11, 12 and 13 in the cultural hall of the Pine Strawberry Community Center, at least 1,000 people paid their $2 entry fee to see the quilts and wearable art.

Food workers arrested for using fraudulent SS numbers

Police arrested five fast food workers Thursday morning for using fraudulent Social Security numbers for employment.

Watching the news

As I write this letter, I am watching the news on TV 12 showing the two forest fires, one by Williams and the other in the southeast corner of Arizona.

ADOT to reopen five highway rest areas around the state

To support summer travel, the Arizona Department of Transportation will reopen five of the state’s highway rest areas by the end of July after they were closed eight months ago. Another four rest areas undergoing repairs could open in the fall. The Mazatzal rest area at the Roosevelt Lake turnoff will remain closed.

Friday, June 18

Pine man has children’s book for summer reading

All kinds of experts recommend keeping children reading and applying other skills learned in school during their summer break in order to stay sharp.

Two benefits tomorrow in Heber-Overgaard

The winds have subsided and the days are warm with an occasional breeze. The evenings are cool and most comfortable with sunsets glistening through the ponderosas, pinion and juniper trees

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Run for the Bridge

Rim Country residents continue to work for park

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join a poker run to raise money to help keep Tonto Natural Bridge operating.

Rim native to lead in Motocross Madness Fourth of July weekend

A 30-year-old freestyle motocross rider with deep Rim Country roots returns to Payson July 2 and 3 with his company of riders, who will perform high flying thrills, spills and flips sure to excite fans at MoToX Madness.

Coordinator is perfect for town position

Kaprice Bachtell’s equestrian background is a perfect fit for her new job as the Payson Event Center coordinator.

Extra care needed now that fire season is here

June is already halfway over and according to the morning newspaper, the monsoon season has started as of June 15.

Down on geese

Eggs, beer bottles and paintball bullets. Just what do these seemingly unrelated items have in common?

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Fire destroys Mesa del home

Firefighters had to help one of their own Thursday night when a fire erupted in a Mesa del Caballo mobile home.

Maximize the battery power of your laptop

Laptops have revolutionized the way we use computers. Instead of being chained to a desk, we can now access digital information from a lawn chair on the beach, a campground in the mountains, or from the couch at the coffee shop

Good news for Tonto Bridge

State Parks Board meets at world’s largest travertine arch and decides to make balloon payments and keep it open all summer

The Arizona State Parks Board this week voted to use almost its last remaining reserves to make a final million-dollar balloon payment to buy Tonto Natural Bridge.

Adopt a pet June 19 and get $50 in Petco coupons

It was the middle of April when a man from Young walked through the front door of HSCAZ and announced he had some puppies for us.

Look for ways to cut investment-related taxes

Like millions of your fellow citizens, you’ve recently filed your taxes.

Rim economy booms in May

Signs point to sharp rise in visitors, sales and occupancy

Tantalizing signs point to a suspiciously sharp recovery in the Rim Country’s tourist-centered economy.

Water deal with Payson finds SV support

More than three weeks after the Payson Town Council signed a water agreement, the Star Valley council reviewed the pact Tuesday night, with most councilors supporting the deal.

Community Almanac

A yard sale will benefit the “Rim Country Tatas” so they can participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-day for Cancer Cure, which takes place in the Valley in November.

Grand Canyon hike tests seasoned hiker’s skill

Ray Kinsman is one tough cookie. After 85 years of adversaries, including growing up in various foster homes, being a prisoner of war and most recently helping his wife battle brain cancer, Kinsman doesn’t give up easily when faced with a challenge.

Don’t stand up in the roller coaster

Strapped into our little economic roller coaster, we’re not sure month-to-month whether to scream or cry.

Border security: Linking words to actions

During a recent press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, President Obama expressed his “frustration over our broken immigration system.”

SV councilor opens bookkeeping shop

After closing her bookkeeping and tax services business four years ago, Barbara Hartwell thought she was retiring into the good life.

Mountain Bible Church has new pastor

When the 500-member congregation of Mountain Bible Church celebrated the most holy week of the year, Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, 2010, they did so under the leadership of a new pastor.

Tonto forest officials start Control Road bridge analysis

Tonto National Forest officials announced today that initial exploration and analysis is beginning for a multi-bridge replacement and rehabilitation project along National Forest System Road 64 and Forest Highway 51 (also referred to as the Control Road), north of Payson.

There’s one time when we are completely honest

Talking about the old radio philosopher Galen Drake the other day got me thinking. Reminded me of those mystery programs they used to put on radio. As someone who was a kid at the time I can tell you they were genuinely scary.

Arizona Rattlers have Christopher Creek connection

Well it’s that time of year again. What time is that, you ask? Arena Football season.

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Payson’s best set for AJRA finals

In Old West lingo, the Arizona State Junior Rodeo Championships are sure to be “A hog-killing time.” — Which means everyone who participates or is a spectator at the finals is sure to have a rip-snortin’ good time.

Kathy Pierce earns Phoenix Award for helping neighbor

The Phoenix Award, representing “a person rising above the ashes and living up to that most human element to which we all aspire,” was presented to Kathy Pierce by East Verde Park Fire Board Chairman Dan Haapala at the East Verde Park Homeowners’ meeting May 29.

Softball diamond never called track star

Maddie Nossek excels in track and field, especially the heptathlon event, but there are those who wonder why she chose that sport over softball.

We can speak for ourselves

This is in response to Lisa Sieracki’s recent letter to the editor.

Open letter to Tyler Aquirre

I read your letter with keen interest, Tyler.

A very wise man

In response to Ted Paulk’s letter on June 11.

Wake up, America

It not only takes a great governor to speak out and stand tough, I want to thank you for doing the same.

Split GCC board nixes tax hike vote

Gila Community College won’t ask voters to pay an extra $1.5 million in a secondary property tax, the board decided Thursday.

Final paving begins June 21 on Hwy. 87 between Payson, Pine

The Arizona Department of Transportation crews will begin final paving on State Route 87 between Payson and Pine June 21.

Block party Saturday in Pine

I thought the recent Arts and Crafts Show was well attended, but there is no doubt that the Strawberry Festival, the Strawberry Patchers’ Quilt Show, the second Saturday Shop Hop and the Strawberry Valley Blues Festival, drew heavy crowds to our towns last weekend.

Summer stream fishing on the Rim

The Mogollon Rim as a major geological rock formation that rises more than a 1,000 feet in some locations to an altitude of more than 7,000 feet creates many springs and seeps that drain the plateau above.

Student soccer players invited to open field sessions

Second-year Longhorn soccer coach Chris Avakian is hosting “open field” sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Rumsey Park.

Wednesday, June 16

Charity golf event will help Payson Area Habitat for Humanity

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Charity Golf Outing is Sunday, June 27 at Chaparral Pines. Proceeds will help PAHH develop more homes for low-income families.

Wonderful Portland

Portland is a progressive, multicultural city with much to see and do.

The Story of Payson, Arizona

Chapter 43: First steps toward a hospital

The story of medicine in the Rim Country is filled with drama and the heroics of many citizens.

How pets can help you heal

Man’s best really can do a lot more than fetch. Studies have shown for years how pets can help us emotionally as well as physically.

Ladies’ Night is June 30 at Gila Outdoor in Thatcher

Ladies’ Night doesn’t necessarily mean half-price drink specials, thumping house music and endless lines at a noisy bar.

Library bookstore has special on books for Dad

During June the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will be honoring fathers with a 2-for-1 sale of all male authors. Included in this sale will be hardcover, paperback, fiction, and non-fiction books.

Tips on tools

Father’s Day is June 20, and among the most popular presents for pop are tools.

Father’s Day Feasting

Morning glories — Rise and dine

For Mother’s Day there are all kinds of promotions and ideas for gifts and special treatment. Dad deserves the same.

Run for the Bridge

Rim Country residents continue work to preserve park

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join a poker run to raise money to help keep Tonto Natural Bridge operating.

Final paving begins June 21 on SR 87 between Payson and Pine

The Arizona Department of Transportation crews will begin final paving on State Route 87 between Payson and Pine June 21. Work hours are dawn to dusk, June 21 through June 25.

Tuesday, June 15

Poker tickles fancy of Payson Men’s Golf Association play

Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association went toe-to-toe June 2 in an ABCD formatted “poker” tournament in which the best two scores on par 4 holes were counted, the best three score on par 3s and the best three on par 5s.

Hikers not lost as feared on Hell’s Gate Trail

A father and daughter hiking team feared lost on the treacherous Hell’s Gate Trail is safe, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Budget move in Flagstaff gives new depth to athletic pool

Flagstaff Coconino High School might be producing some exceptional teams in all sports next school year.

Community Almanac

The Payson Education Center has enrollment packets available and is accepting enrollment applications for the 2010-2011 school year.

Numerous lessons learned from ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’

One of my favorite books is “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” written in 1997 by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

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136 compete in annual Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon

Brian Folts and Corrine Frayer easily ran, swam and biked their way to first-place finishes in the Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon.

Harris resigns to take position in Los Alamos, N.M.

Town Parks and Recreation Sports Coordinator Joseph Harris has resigned to accept a similar position in Los Alamos, N.M.

Club Rim wraps up banner season

Club Rim’s five age group volleyball teams have turned in the best overall performance in five years of existence.

Thanks to the American Legion

The Payson Supply Line gang would like to send out this belated thank you to the American Legion here in Payson.

Response to an unhappy letter writer

The Payson Roundup gave a letter writer and others an excellent response. If the unhappy letter writer wrote the Huffington Post he would probably have received the answer he wanted.

Pinyon needle scale threaten Payson, rural areas

Pinyon needle scale eggs have already hatched in southeast Payson, Trailwood, Beaver Valley Estates and Round Valley. The immature scales “crawlers” have emerged from the egg state and have attached themselves to the needles on the ends of the branches, says Bob Celaya, forest health specialists for the Cooperative Extension Service.

42 new state trails designated by parks board

The Arizona State Parks Board recently designated 42 trails from across Arizona as newly recognized State Trails System trails, adding more than 101 miles of trails to the State Trails System.

Dyer seeks GOP nomination for constable spot

Deputy Constable Michelle Dyer has resigned from Gila County, Payson Regional Constable’s Office to seek the Republican nomination for the office of constable.

GCC board member to address CAC group

Gila Community College board member Tom Loeffler will untangle the college’s sometimes complicated and often dramatic twists and turns at a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 22.

Police say car burglaries on the rise in Payson

Police say thieves are taking advantage of Payson’s small town mentality and breaking into unsecured cars and stealing whatever they can find.

Contentious issues on GCC board agenda for Thursday

A pack of ongoing, somewhat contentious issues are slated for discussion at Thursday’s regular Gila Community College board meeting, which immediately follows a special board meeting to adopt next year’s $4.5-million budget. A public hearing is scheduled for the budget meeting.

Payson may see property tax increase

As primary rate goes up, secondary rate could decline as bonds are paid off

The Payson Town Council on Thursday will consider a 14-percent increase in the town’s maximum primary property tax rate — but there’s less to the possible increase than meets the eye.

SV meeting called ‘most important’

Star Valley will host “the most important meeting it is likely to have” Tuesday night when it votes on an agreement with Payson for the purchase of three wells and limits on pumping of the divisive Tower Well.

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Former Lady Horn star sets sights on Italy trip

The wages Mary Hagen has saved from working long hours as a waitress and office assistant at Payson’s Organic Cafe are not enough to fulfill her dream of a lifetime.

Hospital riding out state budget storm

Looming cuts in federal medical programs could prove costly

Like a cold man with a bent umbrella in a hailstorm, Payson Regional Medical Center has so far survived the state budget storms — but is keeping a worried eye on the black sky.

Top town workers to take buyout, return under contract

To save money, Payson plans to offer both Water Department head Buzz Walker and Acting Community Development Director Ray Erlandsen buyout packages and then rehire them as private contractors.

Double dipping raises questions

Let’s see if we have this straight: Payson Water Czar Buzz Walker and Acting Planning Department Director Ray Erlandsen will retire, take a buyout payment of $40,000 or $50,000, collect their pensions — and then report right back to work as private contractors the next day.

Democrats show political and intellectual bankruptcy

Who needs a debt commission when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is on the case? He wants to allow federal agencies to redirect half of any unnecessary, unspent money in their budgets to other initiatives and half to deficit reduction. Currently, agencies must return all money they don’t spend, giving them an incentive to spend it all.

A person’s right to free speech

I see Ted Paulk wants to take away an individual’s right to free speech, as in Ed Welge.

Headline is misleading

Headline “Unhappy with others expressing different opinions” is totally misleading in connection with Ted Paulk’s letter to the editor.

Wine, cheese event raises $100,000 for humane society

A sold out crowd of animal lovers enjoyed the “Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese and Chocolate Festival” last Saturday, June 5.

Business Briefs

This combined mixer, from 5:50 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be a real start to the summer. A networking opportunity under the cool early evening sky at National Bank’s Main Street location, combined with great snacks from Macky’s Grill.

Budget, border top concerns of governor candidate

Gubernatorial candidate Buz Mills said he will make the cuts to balance the state’s massive budget deficit, but will not skimp on funding to secure Arizona’s border, which he said is under attack from illegal immigrants.

Forest thinning project gets another boost

Federal officials offer support for effort to protect Rim communities from wildfire by using timber industry to thin 750,000 acres

Prospects for a groundbreaking effort to thin a million acres of forest and reinvent the timber industry got another boost this week with a tour of Rim forests by top federal officials.

Bring your own bag is a hard habit to make

Paper or plastic? Or are you the kind of shopper that remembers to bring your own shopping bags? I have a heavy-duty mesh bag that holds tons of groceries, but despite the fact that it is bright red and resides in the front seat of the car, all too often I forget to take it into the supermarket with me.

Senior Circle plans summer fun

Don’t forget to pick up Bikini Car Wash tickets at the Senior Circle. Donation tickets are just $5. The car wash is June 19 at Walgreens.

Food collected during drive nearly all given out

Launching a food drive in the middle of a recession would normally be abortive. But the Payson Area Food (PAF) Drive was a fruitful event, raising enough funds and cans to keep the local food bank’s stockpiles plump.

Five illegal immigrants turned over to federal officials

Five illegal immigrants, including a child, were handed over to immigration officials after a deputy stopped the vehicle they were traveling in for speeding.

Registration has started for upcoming kindergarten classes

Payson Unified School District encourages parents whose children will be 5 years old before Sept. 1, to register them for kindergarten as soon as possible.

Monday, June 14

Pinyon needle scale eggs have hatched

Pinyon needle scale eggs have already hatched in southeastern Payson, Trailwood, Beaver Valley Estates and Round Valley. The immature scale crawlers , which appear as tiny dots, have emerged from an egg state and attached to the needles on the ends of the branches.

Friday, June 11

Too hot for dogs feet

I am writing this note to you due to an animal concern I discovered driving around the streets of Payson.

Square Dance Festival ends 30-year run

Zane Grey Twirlers calling it quits

When the dancers make their last bow to one another at the end of the 30th Annual Zane Grey Twirlers’ Dance Under the Rim June 12, it truly will be the last.

Thanks for making Relay for Life a success

The 2010 Relay for Life Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, participants and the members of the community who helped make this year’s American Cancer Society fund-raising event such a success in these difficult times.

Farmers Celebrate Market

The market features mostly local, sustainable products. So far, Rim Country residents have delightfully explored the Saturday-only market.

With vacation over, is it time to use retirement plan distributions?

You may not have the pictures, suntan or souvenirs to show for it, but if you’re at least 70.5 years old, you’ve just finished a vacation.

Two PSWID members denounce accusations

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board members Don Smith and Tom Weeks are denouncing fellow board member Mike Greer’s verbal public assault of the district’s interim district manager, board chairman, Highland Water Resources and Tetra Tech.

Supervisors seek reimbursement of SB1070 costs

With the controversial immigration law set to go into effect at the end of July, the Gila County Board of Supervisors is scratching its head trying to figure out how to pay for it.

Bass tourney snarled in tangle of red tape

The Payson Town Council hopes to cut through a fishing line snarl of red tape that could make the region look a little fishy during a nationally televised bass tournament this fall.

Fire restrictions in effect in Payson, surrounding forest area

Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions being implemented within and around Payson.

Coy has been waiting more than a year for a home

My name is Coy. I came to Humane Society of Central Arizona in January of 2009. I was just a small pup at the time. The family that I lived with said they didn’t have the time to care for me, so they kept me on a chain in the back yard. I was very lonely and bored. I would daydream of running and chasing a ball.

Community Almanac

The community of East Verde Park is having its annual rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, and from 7 a.m. to noon, Sunday, June 13. Everyone is invited.

Unfunded mandates unbridled hypocrisy

What an irritating political spectacle. The Gila County Board of Supervisors this week wrestled with the potential impact of SB 1070, which requires local police to enforce federal immigration law on routine stops. Bizarrely enough — the law also invites citizens to sue police departments if those citizens think police aren’t doing enough to round up undocumented workers.

Garrett’s advice: Want to write? Just do it!

Once in a while I run into someone interested in writing who asks me how I got started.

Titanic and Obamacare

It was way too cold, near bedtime and no one really thought the ship was sinking. Many refused to board the lifeboats so the first ones to to load had one-third to one-half their seats vacant.

Well not appraised

In my June 4 letter I made the mistake of stating that the Milk Ranch Well had been appraised, when in fact, it has not been appraised

MSA awards George Randall Legacy Award

One of the largest fund-raiser banquets in the Rim Country was held three weeks ago by the Mogollon Sporting Association at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and again, it was a huge success.

Walmart honored for displaying flag

Nothing evokes such strong emotion as seeing the flag, either a ceremony honoring a great event or draped over a coffin as a sign of mourning for a hero or loved one.

Young readers program at library

Even though summer has not officially begun, we see it all around us in terms of very warm days.

Huge craft show coming in July

I just spoke with Debbie of the Tall Pines Market and she told me to let everyone know about a “Huge Craft Show” for only crafters.

Chief Bob Lashua served PS Fire District well

The majority of the employees of the Pine-Strawberry Fire District would like to speak for themselves and thank Chief Bob Lashua for the years of service he has given us. Chief Lashua has served our department for over 25 years.

Unhappy with others expressing different opinions

I am still amazed that you continue to print these senseless ramblings by an obviously deranged person. His references to President Obama as “Great Leader,” “Comrade,” “Anointed One,” “Friend of Hugo Chavez” each week do not deserve to be in print.

Students do work hard

I am a student at Payson High School and I am entering into my junior year.

Nitrogen has safety benefits for tires

After reading DJ Craig’s article in last Friday’s Roundup, I wanted to pass on our experience with our nitrogen-filled tires. Beverly and I were returning from San Antonio, Texas along Interstate 10 which, many of you know, has an 80 mph speed limit.

94-year-old suspected of molesting kids

Police say a 94-year-old man inappropriately touched at least three children at a local trailer park and believe there could be more victims.

Foresters offer residents, visitors a Walk in the Woods

Ecologists and foresters from the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University and the Tonto National Forest are inviting Payson area residents and visitors to join them on a free Walk in the Woods from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 30.

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Rim Country rider wins crown

The Queen Creek Junior Rodeo Association Junior Girls All-Around crown is being proudly worn by the Rim Country’s 10-year-old Bryndee Hall.

Tonto Rim Sports Club Expo showcases shooting range

While the turnout of about 200 spectators was down from last year, the Tonto Rim Sports Club Outdoor Expo and Open House was a stirring success, attracting more than 30 new members to the club.

Youth football program switches affiliations

A single year playing in a White Mountain-based Northeastern Arizona Youth Football League (NAYFL) was apparently enough for Payson Youth Football officials.

Generosity of many offsets club sports cost

Playing off-season club sports can turn into a huge expense for cash-strapped parents. Knowing that, Club Rim coaches organized a raffle to help volleyball team members offset the cost of membership.

Gutsy Rim trio battles heat, rugged Show Low course

Midday temperatures that reached 90 degrees in the White Mountains were a test of stamina and determination for the trio of Rim Country residents who ran, swam and rode their way through the grueling Seventh Annual Deuces Wild Ironman Festival Triathlon.

Parks board considers additional closures

Two-day board meeting at Tonto Natural Bridge highlights park-saving deal with Payson in otherwise bleak meeting

The Arizona State Parks Board will meet on Tuesday at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, to highlight one bright spot in a bleak picture.

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High priest of the unfurling line seeks a fresh band of acolytes

But the question remains: If fly-fishing’s so great, how come all those guys have spinners?

Forward. Back. Wrist straight. Forward. Back. Arm straight. Forward. Line unfurls. Back. The trout rises. Forward. The fly falls — and floats. Perfect. Granted: The fish is laughing. But it was perfect — down right Zen.

Control Road to be paved in July

Who knew that we were going to have such hot weather so fast?

Just a good ol’ boy

I had the pleasure recently to sit down with Paul Foster, local Payson resident, to chat with him about his association with country music legend, Waylon Jennings.

Something for everyone to enjoy this weekend

When you live somewhere filled with people who are passionate about their community as in the case of Pine and Strawberry, it is often a catalyst for incredible energy and vitality.

Protect your family from unwanted byproducts of the Web

The Internet comes with lots of tools to help us: weather, news, sports, TV, education, entertainment, books, shopping and more.

Bookstore’s grand opening scheduled

The grand opening for East West Exchange is June 16 through June 19.

Fundraiser draws $100k for new humane society facility

A sold out crowd of animal lovers enjoyed the “Country Wine, Jazz, Cheese and Chocolate Festival” Saturday, June 5.

Thursday, June 10

Suspected child molester arrested

On June 3, detectives from the Payson Police Department arrested a 94-year-old Payson man for public sexual indecency, aggravated assault, and child molestation.

Wednesday, June 9

Travel writing and photography workshop

Learn how to make travel pay at a workshop on travel writing and photography from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 12, sponsored by Arizona Press Women’s Rim County District.

gardens in rim country

It’s June, which means gardening in Rim Country is in full swing. While nowadays it’s generally performed as a relaxing hobby, it was a far more serious thing long ago.

Stained glass artist joins co-op gallery

Hubert “Bud” Moran is a new partner at Artists of the Rim Gallery.

Travel bumps

Much of what I am about to share in today’s article occurred when I was a tour manager for a leading tour company in the late 1960s.

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Mogollon Garden Tour celebrates the senses

A celebration for the senses and a salute to creativity await those who partake in the 2010 Mogollon Garden Tour with Artists in the Garden, presented by the Rim Area Gardeners of Payson.

How will you weather the storm?

What type of storm are you currently going through? Do you feel as if the storm will overtake you at any moment and win in this emotional whirlwind of a battle? This brings to my mind my dear, sweet father with his gentle voice and dancing eyes.

Allen’s latest boasts big cast

SHE’S BAAAACK! Possibly you’ve heard or read already about Lindsay Lohan’s return to Filmtown.

Hidden costs of cruising

It happened again today. Someone called with a price they had seen online and asked if we could match it. He had a real low-ball price from an ad he had seen on the Internet. To his credit, he had the courtesy to ask what our price would be.

42 new state trails designated

The Arizona State Parks Board recently designated 42 trails from across Arizona as newly recognized State Trails System trails, adding more than 101 miles of trails to the State Trails System.

Tonto National Forest begins fire restrictions June 11

Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, June 11. The forest will prohibit most types of fire or fire-causing activities across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Hostetter Fire update

The Hostetter Fire located approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff and north of the San Francisco Peaks is now contained.

Tuesday, June 8

101 cancer survivors raise $32,000 to research cures

Although attendance and donations were down, Relay for Life organizers say this year’s event was a success, with more than $32,000 raised for cancer research.

Isles shines at Great Southwest

Pitted against some of the finest prep hurdlers from a nine-state area, Dustin Isles more than held his own finishing seventh in a star-studded field of 22 that qualified for the 35th Annual Great Southwest Classic held June 5 at the University of New Mexico.

Great Outdoors Month in Arizona

Governor Brewer has pronounced June as Great Outdoors Month in Arizona. This is a great time to get out and try catching a trout. It is also a chance to renew our commitment to protecting our cold water streams and fish for the next generation to enjoy.

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Meet turnout disappoints, but Pikes on track

The turnout for the Taylor Pool Community Swim Meet on June 5 was disappointing, but the lack of participation is not slowing the Pikes team as it prepares for the upcoming aquatic season.

Coach’s confidence validated in N.M.

Just as PHS track and field coach Jonathan Ball predicted, Maddie Nossek is proving to be one of the Southwest’s finest all-around athletes. Ball made the bold forecast last summer, only days after Nossek finished 14th with 3,892 heptathlon points at the 34th Annual Great Southwest Track and Field Classic.

Little League softball primed for coming all-star games

Little League softball regular season play has wrapped up, the annual all-star selection process is beginning and officials are readying themselves to host the 9- to 10-year-old (Minor division) area all-star tournament July 5 to July 9 at Rumsey Park.

The realities of solar-energy production

With its 300-plus days of sunshine annually, Arizona would seem a perfect place to produce solar power. Elected officials and solar developers alike are touting the positive effects of solar power in Arizona and the nation - claiming it will create hundreds of thousands of “green” jobs and replace energy production using fossil fuels with carbon-free energy.

Flames of controversy

P-S fire chief buyout fails

Less than two months before his retirement, the Pine-Strawberry Fire District chief says his transition out has been anything but smooth.

Record temperatures spare Rim

Planet’s warmest year paradoxically fills reservoirs

Although 2010 is on pace to become the hottest year on record for the planet, here in desert-plagued Arizona we’re doing just fine, thank you — especially here in the high country where some record-breaking January storms continue to provide enough snowmelt to keep reservoirs filled to the brim.

Heat spurs wave of rescues

Close call for groups of brave special needs kids

This weekend’s sweltering temperatures kept rescuers busy with three rescues happening simultaneously Sunday.

Woman douses blaze

Firefighters say thanks to the heroic actions of one woman, a weekend grease fire in an apartment was quickly extinguished and no one was seriously injured.

Community Almanac

Members of the Congresswoman’s staff will be holding regular office hours at the Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Members of the Congresswoman’s staff will be holding regular office hours at the Board of Supervisors Office, 610 E. Highway 260, the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Admittedly — the news is discouraging sometimes, what with oil spills, deficit blowouts and nut job terrorists.

Thanks to all who attended fund-raiser

I’d like to give a big thank you to all who attended the Red Hat fund-raiser for the Time Out Shelter.

Payson budget: half lurid fantasy, half desperate penny pinching

$84-million spending plan hopes for massive federal grants, but reduces staffing to 2002 levels

The Payson Town Council last week adopted a schizophrenic preliminary budget Thursday — half penny pinching, half lurid fantasy.

New federal food program generates local controversy

A new federal push to reinvigorate regional food systems and reconnect people to food has generated heat from three prominent U.S. Senators, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, who say the “feel-good” program is detached from reality.

Wrestlers make Wilson rumble

Payson High School and Wilson Dome is a beehive of activity this week with 79 athletes and a bevy of coaches on hand for the Second Annual High Altitude Intensive Wrestling Camp.

One year later, the pitfalls of short sales for sellers revisited

Over a year ago, we published an article on short sales which included precautions concerning the pitfalls and outlined some of the benefits that could be encountered in such a transaction.

Car smashes into Star Valley home

Police say a drunk driver plowed through a Star Valley homeowner’s yard Sunday night, pushing a travel trailer parked on the side of the residence into the home with such force it knocked the kitchen cabinets off the wall.

Busy weekend for Coconino County search and rescue

Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Coconino County Search and Rescue Volunteers were very busy responding to reports of lost or injured victims during the weekend.

Monday, June 7

Frustrations surround new PSWID controversy

A Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board that once appeared united and like-minded now looks to be split and bickering.

Friday, June 4

Nail tech joins salon staff

After a seven-year hiatus from the business, nail technician Kayle Cobb is back at work doing what she loves.

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Little League wraps up

The Little League regular season is winding down, which means players, coaches and administrators are gearing up for all-star selections and post-season tournaments.

PHS pair named All-AZ

Maddie Nossek and Taylor Petersen are being recognized as two of Arizona’s finest high school athletes.

Cold wind presents no problem for PWGA

Payson Women’s Golf Association member Claudia Bullard is among those who staunchly played through an unusually chilly and blustery month of May.

Arrest made in Tonto Basin shooting

A month after a Tonto Basin man reportedly shot his neighbor in the head over a long-standing dispute over property easements, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested the man Monday.

Chamber of Commerce hosting several events in June

National Bank of Arizona and Macky’s Grill have joined together to offer a great summer mixer June 17.

Camp features ex-college stars

One of the country’s most acclaimed volleyball camps is coming to Payson with a goal of providing an elite training experience for all 7th-12th-grade girls who participate.

When evaluating investment’s performance, avoid common mistakes

As an investor, you might think it’s easy to evaluate your investments’ performance. After all, the bigger the gain, the better, right?

For me, the siren call of the sea went unheard

As you surely know by now, I come from the eastern seaboard of this great land of ours. And yet here I am in the middle of a desert, well over 300 miles from the nearest salt water, and more than a 5,000 feet above sea level. And when it came time to join up during Korea, I chose the Air Force, not the Navy.

Orchestra opens summer concert series

The first program is Saturday, June 5 and features the Terry McFee Orchestra.

What’s the big hurry?

The U.S. House Financial Reform bill passed last December, the U.S. Senate version this May 24. Obama and his Democrat congressional majority are vowing to get a reconciliation passed by July 4.

Obama: Mr. Cap and Trade

It’s been said that our glorious leader and several others like the Clintons, Valerie Jarrett and Al Gore have put together some several millions to form the CCX in good ol’ Chicago, CCX stands for Chicago Climate Exchange, which will deal in the trading, selling and buying of cap credits.

Pine Strawberry Fire Board made a good decision

I want to thank the Pine Strawberry Fire Board for not wasting our tax money paying for two fire chiefs for two months.

Struggle is not over yet

Thank you for the well written article by Pete Aleshire about the Payson Airport zone change “struggle” nearing its end.

Alas, it’s easier to start a water war than end one

Turns out — it’s easier to start a war than to stop one. At least, so it seems in Pine and Strawberry where buying the water company didn’t drown the divisions that have now complicated the effort to run the water district.

Blasting scheduled on Highway 260 for Monday, 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 Monday, June 7, Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10. The roadway will be closed to provide a safe work zone for crews as they conduct blasting operations on a project to widen the highway.

Summer season has officially begun

The official start of the summer season has occurred. Memorial Day always marks the beginning of the tourism season and the return of many of the summer residents.

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Schoolhouse Offers Glimpse of the Past

Strawberry Schoolhouse is 125 years old

A short drive down the windy Fossil Creek Road, past dozens of modern homes, is a piece of history quietly nestled on a corner lot of Strawberry.

Treating each other with class

On Wednesday night, June 2, in Detroit, Mich., a Detroit Tigers’ pitcher threw a perfect game, history. Rare baseball history. Except the first base ump blew what should have been the final call and ruined the perfect game.

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Coyotes getting very aggressive in hunt for food

The Memorial Weekend Breakfast sponsored by the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, the “Fireflies,” was a huge success thanks to many, many people, including all the firefighters who helped set up and break down the tables and chairs, the spouses who helped put up the signs along the highway and sell raffle tickets, and every other job that needed to be done.

Tonto National Forest offers no fee days for National Trails Day

Tonto National Forest officials announced Wednesday they are joining with other agencies and will host two, no fee weekends. These days are in addition to the already scheduled no-fee days on National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day.

‘Idol’ winner didn’t fall flat with ‘No Air’

Have you ever heard of filling your vehicle’s tires with nitrogen instead of compressed air? I had never heard of such a thing until a friend of mine told me he had recently had this done. He told me that his car now gets better gas mileage and seems to get a more stable ride, to boot.

Community Almanac

Take “time out 2 shop” at Payson’s favorite thrift store Friday, June 4 at a $1 Bag Sale on regular clothing (no boutique or western wear clothing included).

Payson High seniors earn $1 million in scholaships

Rim Country high school graduates have earned more than $1 million in scholarships this year.

Threat of liability could derail SV assistance for flood-damaged property

Struggling between good intentions and the potential of huge lawsuits, the Star Valley Town Council Tuesday night pushed off the difficult decision of whether to help a citizen reconstruct his flood-damaged property.

Bad start can still have happy ending

I came here from a house that belonged to a man who was trying to help save animals. So he would go to the shelter in Springerville and bring dogs homes pretty often.I came here from a house that belonged to a man who was trying to help save animals. So he would go to the shelter in Springerville and bring dogs homes pretty often.

Tonto Apache Tribe celebrates victory

Expanded reservation at the entrance to Payson gives the tribe new clout and control of its future

This week most of the 139 members of the Tonto Apache Tribe, gathered in the cavernous meeting room of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino to celebrate a rare reversal of history — the political equivalent of water flowing uphill.

Fall hunting, trapping regulations online

Hunters, it’s that time of the year again. The deadline to apply for an Arizona fall hunt permit-tag, issued through the draw, is Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7 p.m. MST.

Horn stars primed to shine

A pair of former Payson High School football standouts will soon join a long list of Longhorn alumni to have played in the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game.

Football coach pleased with summer turnout

Newly appointed Payson High School football coach Byron Quinlan was all smiles during summer workouts this past week.

Rim lakes off the beaten path can be well worth the long trip

Every summer, the Mogollon Rim chain of lakes receives a mass migration of Valley residents who want to enjoy the cool temperatures of the 7,000 ft. elevation and the chance to catch a limit of rainbows from one of its seven lakes.

More Payson water rate hikes possible

Hard on the heels of this year’s 10 percent increase in water rates, the Payson Town Council Thursday laid the foundation of a potential additional increase of about 24 percent over the next three years.

Payson mayor, councilors staying the course

The more things change — the more they stay the same. The Payson Town Council swore in its newest member on Tuesday — former town manager Fred Carpenter, who promised “no radical changes.”

PHS names Anna Van Zile new academic dean

Payson High School English teacher Anna Van Zile will round out Payson High School’s new administration next year, new PHS Principal Kathe Ketchem announced last week. Ketchem, who also heads the district’s alternative school, Payson Center for Success, will also take on the high school next year.

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P/S overflowed with visitors last weekend

Like many other Rim communities, Pine and Strawberry were overflowing with visitors over Memorial Day weekend. At one point on Friday, traffic heading north to Pine was backed up beyond the Pine Trailhead and a Strawberry resident who lives out on Fossil Creek Road said there was a steady stream of visitors passing his house too.

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Charity golf tourney coming up

The strong winds we had been seeing have subsided, however, we still continue to have some breezy days.

PSWID board needs to start answering questions

I have attended PSWID board meetings for close to 10 years. It wasn’t until May 26, that I witnessed a board member completely out of order with unfounded accusations against fellow board members and district employees.

Summer driving tips from DPS

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to offer some summer driving and safety tips in light of the extreme temperatures throughout Arizona.

Thursday, June 3

American Red Cross celebrates national CPR/AED awareness week

The American Red Cross encourages everyone to learn how to save a life during National CPR/AED Awareness Week June 1 through 7. Learning the skills could mean the difference between life and death.

Tonto National Forest offers no fee days

Tonto National Forest officials announced Wednesday that they are joining with other agencies included under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and will host two, no fee weekends. These days are in addition to the already scheduled no-fee days on National Public Lands Day and Veteran’s Day.

Wednesday, June 2

Red Rock Pass fee waiver weekends announced

To encourage a shared sense of wonder and stewardship, the Forest Service announces two fee free weekends during the summer of 2010.

Wild horse and burro adoptions in Flagstaff June 25-27

They are the living symbols of America’s Wild West and on June 25 through 27, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to offer 30 healthy wild horses and wild burros to qualified adopters in Flagstaff.

From the officials

The Payson Arizona Loggers Sawdust Festival is a series of competitions where the athletes compete in the use of axes and saws in a manner typical for lumberjacks.

Sawdust Festival created for family fun

Family fun has always been the goal of the Payson Loggers Sawdust Festival. It was one of the reasons it was created in the Rim Country more than 30 years ago.

Coming events

Thanks for joining Rim Country residents at the 2010 Loggers Sawdust Festival this weekend.

When logging made the Rim grow

In 1951 the Owens family located their sawmill in the old Pieper Meadow at what was then the east end of town

Sawdust Festival Rules

These rules can be downloaded from The rules are subject to changes. The field judge and chairman will make any/all changes.

Sawdust Festival events

The entry fee for Category A and Category B is $20 per event. Participants must be at least 18 to compete. The event and scoring explanations can be found in an accompanying story.


Years ago — 30 or so — down in Gisela, there used to be mud bog races. Using earth-moving equipment, a course was excavated, filled with water and the dirt put back in, creating a massive bog where the mud was hip deep. Then four-wheel drive trucks would be “raced” through it.

Help finish the Arizona Trail this Saturday during National Trails Day

The public is invited to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day this Saturday on the Arizona Trail, north of Flagstaff.

Tuesday, June 1

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Farmers Market returns with more vendors, variety

Thank gosh it’s summer finally. The Farmers Market is back.

Adviser hosting investing seminar

G. Scott Flake, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Payson, is hosting a free 35-minute educational seminar titled “Advisory Programs: A Disciplined Approach to Investing” at 10 a.m., June 8 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

PS meeting goes awry

Accusations of conspiracy lead to resignations of hydrologist, engineer, staff

During a contentious, three-hour meeting Wednesday, the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District was turned upside down as some board members accused staff of conspiracy and demanded the resignations of the board’s president and general manager.

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Tribe adds 292 acres

Land trades increase size of reservation four-fold

The Tonto Apache Tribe Tuesday morning signed a deal to add 293 acres to its reservation on the south edge of Payson, quadrupling its size.

Senate seat is competitive race

This August’s tightly-packed primary election features high stakes and tight races.

Community Almanac

Gila Community College in Payson is presenting three quilting classes this summer, starting June 1 and concluding July 26.

Volunteer’s work transforms Circle entry

For the last several years, Ed Dick has been volunteering at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Tonto Apache Tribe celebrates victory

Today, the Tonto Apache Tribe will celebrate a rare victory in a long struggle — the addition of nearly 300 acres to its reservation on the southeast side of Payson. The moment represents a triumph of human spirit.

McCain favors bigger government

It did not take John McCain long after passage of the Obamacare disaster to make clear to his compatriots across the aisle his continued steadfastness to their common goal of ever bigger government.

Join Senior Center this month

Shopping in the cereal aisle of a local supermarket the other day, I was struck by the plethora of cereals offered. Back when I was a child, the choices were limited — no chocolate flavored, no fruit, marshmallows, honey.

Thanks for community’s generous contributions

Kaitie’s Closet, Clothes For Kids would like to thank the people of the community for their generous contributions of clothing, shoes and cash to help in our efforts to help make Kaitie’s Closet a great success, without your help this would not happen.

Remembering what Memorial Day is all about

Today was Memorial Day. Most people celebrate this as a holiday, but the real day is a day to remember the brave men and women who fought to give us our freedom.

Tonto Basin Firefighter’s Association awards scholarship

Tonto Basin firefighter Captain Jarrett Cline announced the winner of the Kelly Memorial Scholarship Wednesday night at the eighth grade graduation ceremony at Tonto Basin Elementary School.

PRMC CFO honored

Peter Finelli, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Payson Regional Medical Center, was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading systems of general acute-care hospitals.

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Horn hurdler set for prime time meet

As a first time invitee to the Great Southwest Classic, Payson’s Dustin Isles will be in for an extraordinary treat few track and field athletes will ever experience.

Airport zone change struggle nears its end

Owners of 222-acre land exchange push for zone change

Winston Churchill said it best: Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

SV will seek federal help for six homes on Starlight Drive

With six Star Valley residences in jeopardy of foundation destruction when another strong storm hits, the town of Star Valley is asking the federal government for help.

What’s going on with the town?

On May 18 Pete Aleshire wrote in the Roundup that the town council met in executive session to offer a buyout package to Town Attorney Sam Streichman ... this was “intended to reduce payroll costs.” Streichman’s position will be filled by Deputy Town Attorney Tim Wright.

Two all-day kindergarten sections will be offered

Payson Unified School District will offer two sections of all-day kindergarten next year. Forty-one students signed up for the program, which will cost parents $185 per month.Payson Unified School District will offer two sections of all-day kindergarten next year. Forty-one students signed up for the program, which will cost parents $185 per month.

Thanks for making program a success

We would like to thank all who helped make the program at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery a success last Saturday, especially Angela Godac, Don Gibson, Jinx Pyle, Jim Skinner and Jeanne Peace.

Pine fire board should have bought out chief

What the hell is wrong with the Pine Strawberry Fire Board? A motion to buy out the last two months of the current Chief Robert Lashua at the May 26 meeting failed. Why?

August rodeo wins crucial endorsement

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association last week gave the Payson Rodeo its official stamp of approval, removing one more threat to the survival of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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Talent show brings out the stars

Julia Randall Elementary School students ignited their inner rock stars at a talent show Friday morning, the last day of school.

Duber named to juvenile justice commission

Judge Robert Duber II, has been appointed to the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Dog park not only way PAWS helps animals

An idea tossed out by Roundup columnist Vivian Taylor almost 10 years ago started the ball rolling that fetched the Rumsey off-leash dog park.

Coaches team up for high intensity wrestling camp

Travis Koppenhafer is stepping down as Payson High School wrestling coach, but he is staying around long enough to help his replacement host the Second Annual High Altitude Intensive Wrestling Camp.

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Annual disc golf shoot-out returns

The fourth annual Rim Country Open, to be held June 19 at Rumsey Park, is expected to draw 60-plus disc golf players from around the state.

New tourney setup success still a mystery

It’s virtually impossible at this time to pinpoint what the Arizona Interscholastic Association new state tournament reconfiguration will mean to Payson High School.

Golf no joke for big time PMGA winner

There are plenty of good-natured jokes about golf — It’s a good walk spoiled. It’s a game you yell “fore,” shoot six and write down five.