Stories for November 2010


Tuesday, November 30

Arizona scientists keep an eye on latest La Niña

An unwanted visitor has made her way to Arizona, and it’s not your irate aunt here to put a damper on the holidays. Continuing this winter and into the spring, a moderate-to-strong La Niña is predicted to reign across most of the United States. This natural cycle, brought about by cooler temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, has historically meant lower-than-average precipitation for the Southwest.

The best holiday gifts for seniors

When shopping for a senior this holiday season, your gift will be a big hit if you focus on the practical, advises the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Greater Phoenix area.

Senior Circle plans huge holiday bake sale

The Senior Circle Holiday Bake Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Senior Circle facility at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Why you should buy now

In May of 2008, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage were hovering between 6 and 6.5 percent. Today they are averaging about 4.5 percent.

NPG Cable bought by Missouri company

For $350 million, cable company Suddenlink Communications has bought NPG Cable, Inc. from News-Press and Gazette Co.

PHS cheer squad, culinary arts students earn praise

Payson High School students and teachers have been shining around the state and the nation recently. They have caught the attention of judges, critics, chefs and coaches everywhere they have gone.

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Frontier students enjoy crafts, letters sent to soldiers

Frontier Elementary School students had a fun week before Thanksgiving break with crafts and games designed to involve families in school activities and raise everyone’s spirits for the upcoming holiday.

New state rules promote physical activity, nutrition at child care centers

After the YMCA’s morning class wraps up an outdoor dance workout with a guest instructor, director Sandra Salcedo tells the bouncy group of 3- and 4-year-olds it’s time to go inside.

Son of Rim settlers pioneered back East

Edward Childers, 72, has a family history going back to the early days of the Rim Country, but his personal pioneer experience was that of a Washington, D.C. insider.

By a tie, help the food bank

I hope I have an interesting idea that will create a win-win situation for all involved.

Where’s the money going?

I’ve been reading and donating money and supplies to your Humane Society for years now. I know there have been wine tasting events as well as other fund-raisers to raise funds the organization.

Signs to look for if you suspect addiction

Did you know that meth is a synthetic derivative of adrenaline? Adrenaline increases energy and alertness during times of stress or anxiety. One major difference is that adrenaline clears the body quickly, whereas meth may take as long as six to eight hours and depending on the strength and the individual’s makeup, one puff for the first “high” could last as long as 24 hours.

Hoping two visions become Rim realities

Few things just happen. In business or in life, some kind of vision is needed. The vision can be inspired by something you see, hear, maybe by reading or through education. There needs to be some thought behind a vision and lots of hard work to turn that vision into reality.

Community Almanac

Local residents and businesses may help the less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by any Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours to select a “Senior Angel” from Dec. 1 through Dec. 17. Shop for the senior of your choice and drop off all gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to seniors in need.

Beeline accident, Young house fire claim lives

A fire in a mobile home that killed a 67-year-old man from Young earlier this month was most likely started accidentally, investigators said.

Residents excited about partial paving of Young Road

With three miles of Young Road recently paved, residents are whistling a sweet tune nearly all the way to work and if they can get another 14 miles of badly pitted and rutted road smoothed over, they will have smooth sailing all the way. “Everyone is just jumping up and down” over the paving, said Bob Benne, a member of the Eastern Arizona Counties Resource Advisory Committee.

Chaparral Pines golf club gets new owners

After a lengthy negotiation and disappointing attempts by the membership to buy the Chaparral Pines golf club, a small group of investors has taken over control.

Hard times bring need for help

Heather Bennett never imagined at age 23 she would be permanently disabled, out of work and picking up a turkey from a local food bank so her family could have a Thanksgiving meal.

Hope is college will draw top students

Lots of Rim Country residents mostly hope that a proposed ASU campus in Payson will give local kids more options — including a chance to earn a low-cost college degree without leaving home.

Community support needed for GCC quest

Gila Community College’s quest to gain independence could ultimately depend on how well diverse factions unify.

Horns head to New Mexico mat battle

If there is a seasoned veteran on the Longhorn wrestling roster who can successfully lead the younger team members into the prestigious Southwest Duals Tournament, it could be Ben Lee.

Young cyclist seeks help to get to training in Belgium

A pair of intriguing events highlight next month’s Rim Country sports and recreation calendar.

PRMC trainer oversees care of Payson High School athletes

Thanks to the generosity of Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson High is one of the few small-town schools in the state that have access to a full time certified athletic trainer and also a program to educate and train student volunteers.

Cougars upset rivals for 3A crown

Preseason pundits expected top honors to belong to Blue Ridge

At the onset of the high school football season there were plenty of fans, boosters and armchair quarterbacks around Arizona willing to hand the state championship football trophy to Blue Ridge coach Paul Moro.

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All-East coach voting in; Horns have nine honored

The state football title has been decided and coaches have released the results of the All-East team voting. Payson, which finished 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the region, had two players chosen first team offense, three named second team defense, two on the second team offense and two second team defense.

Friday, November 26

Soldier overwhelmed by generosity

My son, Bryce River, is a gunner in the Army serving in Afghanistan. He recently received two packages from Payson Supply Line. He was overwhelmed by the generosity.

Adoptions, donations needed at Humane Society

I just got back from my weekly volunteer position at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. I am always amazed at how such a small staff can accomplish so much. The last two weeks I have seen more and more pets being dropped off at the shelter. This morning I learned that there are over 100 dogs and over 80 cats being cared for there.

Community Prevention Council Halloween dance a great success

Thank you to all the community teenagers that attended the Community Prevention Council Teen Halloween Dance.

Medical marijuana more helpful than some other drugs

In response to, “Will Payson patients grow their own pot?” I for one will not have a need (thankfully) to use medical marijuana, but am very glad those that can benefit from it will now have the option.

Eliminating earmarks is one way to cut spending

Americans aren’t happy with Washington. Whether it was writing bills behind closed doors, passing bills without reading them, or spending money that the country didn’t have, Congress rightfully earned the public’s scorn, and the American people spoke loud and clear on Election Day.

Families need help with food

Food banks around the Rim Country are seeing a record-setting number of families in need. On Tuesday, some 350 turkey boxes were picked up from the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and earlier in the month, 676 people received aid from St. Vincent.

Prescribed burn set for Young

Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire officials will start conducting a prescribed fire operation in the Chamberlain analysis area beginning at the end of November and continuing through December.

Leopard frogs making comeback in Rim Country streams

Hop by hop, the Chiricahua leopard frog is making a comeback in Rim Country streams and stock ponds, thanks to an effort by the U.S. Forest Service.

Need for new humane society building grows daily

Few things pull on the heartstrings more than the sad look on a dog’s or cat’s face staring back at you from behind a fence at the local humane society animal shelter.

GCC students to offer free Web design to nonprofits

Gila Community College’s Web development program is set to graduate its first six students after next semester, and instructor Michael Rose is casting for organizations and businesses who want a Web site designed for free.

Two Eagle Scout badges awarded

Michael Anderson and Jed Ward were presented with their Eagle Scout badges in a Court of Honor held by Troop 454 Wednesday, Nov. 24.

When Anderson was born, his mother named him Michael Gabriel because he was such an “angel.” He was chubby like a little cherub, though one wouldn’t know that now by looking at the skinny teenager.

Community Almanac

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine will feature Christmas items such as decorations, ornaments, gifts, clothing and other holiday merchandise from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27. All books will be on sale for half off the marked prices.

Holiday drives, events coming fast and furious

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas events and activities are coming on fast and furious — starting today.

Young firefighters save home for family’s Thanksgiving dinner

A Young family was able to spend Thanksgiving at home after the all-volunteer Pleasant Valley Fire Department saved the residence from fire early Tuesday morning.

When they say truth is stranger than fiction, they aren’t kidding

In the film “Guys and Dolls” one of the actors is trying to get another one to make a bet so he can win some money. He makes what appears to be a sucker bet, one you would swear he had no chance of winning, but the other actor refuses to take it. “How come?” the first actor asks.

GCC independence legislation going forward

Despite two cancelled Gila Community College task force meetings, Sen. Sylvia Allen said Wednesday that she is still prepared to introduce legislation removing roadblocks to independence in January.

Mother pleads guilty to helping son flee

The 68-year-old mother of prison escapee John McCluskey has pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to hindering prosecution, a class 5 felony, said Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Woman given probation for 8 Pine burglaries

Residents never get over the loss of security that comes after a burglary, according to a Gila County judge.

In need of a foreclosure intervention?

Labor’s Community Service Agency (LCSA) is hosting a free foreclosure intervention event Saturday, Dec. 11 in Globe.

Spa owners celebrate historic building’s birthday

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building that houses their salon, the owners of Body Elegance Day Spa are throwing a birthday party.

Don’t throw your mortgage into reverse

If you’re like many homeowners in this country, you probably saw your house appreciate in value quite a bit over the past few years.

Rodeo committee doles out $21,000 in donations

Worthy recipients received checks totaling $13,400 during the Payson Rodeo Committee’s monthly meeting Nov. 9 at the Best Western Payson Inn.

White Mountain rivals clash for 3A crown

Just as almost every 3A football fan in Arizona predicted, the Show Low Cougars (12-1) meet the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets (12-0) tomorrow, Nov. 27, in the state championship game.

Thanksgiving in the Rim Country

The Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for our to family gather and enjoy too much food and many stories that seem to focus on the outdoors in the Rim Country.

Time running out for aspiring basketball players

Youngsters in the fifth- and sixth-grades are encouraged to join the town’s Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League.

Veterans, state-placers poised to lead Longhorn wrestling squad

A core of seven returning letter winners will buoy the Payson High School wrestling team as it battles this season to reap mat honors and build upon a rich tradition in the sport.

Rim pair shines in Ironman triathlon

A pair of Rim Country athletes battled torrential winds, hail, hypothermia and a testing bicycle course to finish the grueling Ford Arizona Ironman competition in what both consider commendable times.


Visit us at the animal shelter located at 812 S. McLane Rd.

Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce hosts Winterfest

The onslaught of cold weather and intermittent precipitation has visited us during this Thanksgiving week.

Festival of Lights, Salsa Challenge tomorrow

Well you know the saying, there’s no place like home! My daughter and I enjoyed our time in Chicago, and although she didn’t place in the semi-finals of the Bible Bee, she did a great job, learned a lot and looks forward to trying again next year.

PCI security compliance is now mandatory

PCI security compliance is something every business (at least those who deal with credit card transactions) has to deal with at some point. PCI compliance ensures that all data sent and received during a credit card transaction is dealt with appropriately and protects the sensitive information of the purchaser.

Golf Cart Light Parade coming soon

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s almost time for the Christopher Creek Annual Golf Cart Light Parade. This year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. At 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 the parade starts at the Landmark Restaurant parking lot and will wind through nearby neighborhoods. The fun continues afterward at the Creekside Restaurant with early bird dinner specials, free hot chocolate, drink specials, carolers and a bonfire! All cart participants will get a $5 gift certificate from the Creekside Restaurant just for entering. There will be some great prizes for the top three winning carts and also the top three decorated homes. A special thanks to the following sponsors: Creekside Restaurant, ERA Young Realty, Tall Pines Market, Rim Country Power Sports, Tempe Power Equipment, Grey Hackle Lodge and Christopher Creek Lodge. For more information, please call Dennis or Kelly at (928) 478-0003. Not that anyone needs an incentive to decorate for the holidays, but now you’ve got one! While we’re on the subject and the spirit of giving, Cindy at the Creekside Restaurant has offered a free meal to all children age 10 and under on Christmas Eve. There are no strings attached, this is simply a kind gesture that Cindy wanted to do. She said, “It’s just something nice for the kids and I am happy to do it.” There is also likely to be donations for a toys for tots program, but I am waiting to hear back as to where the donations are to be dropped off. My guess is either the fire department or the Creekside Restaurant will be accepting any donations. More information to follow as soon as I know for sure. OK, everyone, so let’s get out there and turn Christopher Creek into the winter wonderland it can be. As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday. Thanks again for reading the column.

Fireflies Auxiliary hosts canned food drive

Brrr! It was pretty chilly in the Village this week. This past Tuesday was the coldest so far, at 12 degrees in the morning. There was definitely a hard frost, the ground looked as if it had snowed. Keep warm, everybody, winter is on the way.

Girls just want to have fun

That dance theme was more than evident last Saturday night as more than 100 Rim Country Girl Scouts and their “dates,” (a father, uncle or other special male adult) gathered at Payson’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the Scouts’ annual “Me and My Guy” dance.

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An ode to leaves

A Thanksgiving blessing for the flutter of leaves that has made pilgrims, turkeys and grateful writers possible

They fall silently, a great, hushed rustling of blessings. Let us then, give thanks for leaves — far more than for pilgrims or turkeys. Let us count leaves on our list of blessings, for these ancient flutterers have made all the rest possible.

Wednesday, November 24

Jakes Corner woman pleads guilty to aiding son after prison escape

The 68-year-old mother of prison escapee John McCluskey has pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to hindering prosecution, a class 5 felony, said Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Getaway around rim country

Hike Cypress & Boulders Loop Trail Saturday, Dec. 4 starting at 9 a.m. This beautiful route features fantastic views of the Granite Dells.

15th annual Celebration of Life

Remember and honor the passing of a loved one during the holidays by celebrating their life through Hospice Compassus, Rim Country Hospice Foundation, Messinger’s Funeral Home and Gerardo’s Restaurant.

Sounds of the season

Enjoy a contemporary musical production in two performances, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Payson High School auditorium. Admission is free, but the sponsors, churches throughout the community, ask guests to bring a can or box of food to support the area’s food bank.

Good 2 Go

Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more.

Recipes for holiday happiness

Turkey may be the star of the holiday table, but for many people, the stuffing is what they really can’t wait to eat. This year, satisfy those cravings with some delicious new stuffing recipes that make enough for some equally tasty leftovers.

The Tonto Creek trifecta

One of the things that I’ve been researching lately is the old Boy Scout camps in the area. In the process I came to a special appreciation of an area that I pass by every day: the area near Kohl’s Ranch.

Community Thanksgiving

Elks set to serve free feast

The first Thanksgiving was a community celebration. Thanks to the Payson Elks, the tradition of a community feast continues with the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

A mission to Romania

Standing in the middle square of Timisoara, history comes alive as the trip leader shared the details of the many years of heartache for the Romanian and Hungarian people, as well as the great joy that followed in December 1989 that ended the revolutionary war.

A unique Alaska cruise opportunity

Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of cruising to Alaska before. But I’ll bet there are still some ports of call that you haven’t experienced.

What happens in Vegas is fun

We try and do an update on Las Vegas at least once each year because there is usually so much change in this dynamic city.

Tuesday, November 23

Politics and nuclear weapons don’t mix

One of the Roundup’s regular Opinion Page contributors just doesn’t “get it.” Although he rails regularly at our president and flails against any perceived slight to our nation’s wealthiest corporations and citizens, his latest pronouncement is bizarre.

Thanks for your support

Recently I received the honor of having my name being placed on the new agriculture education building.

Successful chamber mixer

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank Lauree Moffett and Brad Crabdree and their staff at Kohl’s Ranch for hosting a very successful chamber mixer on Nov. 17.

Staff committed to consistency, common goals

Gold, Bronze and Silver speak volumes about student motivation and success the first nine weeks of school at Payson High School, and have a direct correlation to academic achievement, attendance and behavior choices.

A shot of gratitude for Thanksgiving

Don’t worry. Be grateful. And you’ll be happy. Thanksgiving is once more upon us — that annual ritual of family, feasting and gratitude.

New physical education teacher joins Gila Community College

GCC is welcoming a new physical education teacher to the Payson campus.

Coconino Forest sparks slew of controlled burns

The Coconino National Forest will continue controlled burns this week, after the weekend storms dampened the fuel and reduced the chance a burn will get out of hand.

Crews contain 9,000-acre wildfire near Hwy. 60

Crews have contained a 9,000-acre wildfire west of Springerville, which for a time closed Highway 60 on Saturday.

Search for missing hiker called off

The search for a 68-year-old Mesa man known by bloggers as “GPS Joe” has been called off after a week of intensive searching turned up nothing.

Calling all for bell and kettle duty

Every holiday season, the ringing of the Salvation Army bell has melted the hearts of shoppers. The peal of the bell rips people from their holiday lists and beckons them to donate to those less fortunate.

Community Almanac

Volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul Society of Payson will join with Channel 12 News and Bashas’ in collecting turkeys for the needy of Rim Country. This event, commonly known as “Turkey Tuesday,” will be held Nov. 23 at the local Bashas’ market.

Payson Town Council will help food drive

Payson is scrambling to mount a new food drive, after an unexpected surge in the number of Rim Country families seeking help from food banks in October and November.

Elected officials learn about open meeting rules

A befuddled group of newly elected officials got a lesson in how not to end up like Payson or Star Valley, which have both found themselves in the open meeting doghouse after violating the law.

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Seasonal resident fills days with Hospice work

John Trask came to Payson a little more than five years ago from New York — he was tired of shoveling snow.

GCC board supports independence

Other items tabled for second month in a row

Gila Community College board members approved a resolution supporting the college’s independence on Thursday, after tabling it last month for lack of information.

Not guilty say Lowes’ attorneys

A Payson doctor indicted on charges of taking control of a vulnerable adult’s property, pleaded not guilty in a Payson courtroom Monday.

Will Payson patients grow their own pot?

Medical marijuana law will let rural residents 25 miles from a dispensary cultivate up to 12 plants

Residents of Rim Country with certain chronic diseases might end up free to grow their own marijuana next year, under the terms of the apparently approved medical marijuana initiative.

High bids stall airport project

Payson postpones $365,000 runway project when bids come in 41 percent above estimates

Payson got some bad news with good implications last week. The bad news: Bids to make runway improvements at the Payson Airport came in way higher than expected.

Water attorney retained by SV

Council wants to continue monitoring its water and seek new ways to mitigate concerns of not having water

After a lengthy two-hour executive session Tuesday night, the Star Valley Town Council decided to keep its water attorney on the books and in the creeks looking for answers.

Free qualified help for Medicare choices

Medicare annual enrollment began Nov. 15 and continues through Dec. 31, 2010, so it’s time to review your plan.

Seniors share thanks for blessings found with Senior Circle

Members of the Senior Circle recently shared thanks for the blessings of 2010 at the Thanksgiving potluck.

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Teachers learn about customer service

Safeway manager Dan Dillon said a school, like a successful business, must welcome its customers

What does running a supermarket have in common with running an elementary school, Safeway Manager Dan Dillon wondered aloud recently inside Julia Randall Elementary School.

Rim Country Compassionate Friends joins worldwide candle lighting event

Candlelight Memorial Walk at Green Valley Park

Joining hundreds of organized memorial services around the world, The Rim Country Chapter of the Compassionate Friends (TCF), a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will light candles Sunday, Dec. 12 in an act of symbolic remembrance.

Nail tech returns with new training

Former nail technician Emmy Perry has returned to her hometown of Payson and is back at work, this time also as a hair stylist and permanent makeup artist.

Former Foxworth site opens for business

When the Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company and ProBuild store closed their doors last year, local contractors had few options for supplies.

Consumers have more information available than ever before

The real estate world has seen huge changes in the use of technology in the last 12 years and in the near future, even more dramatic changes will occur.

Payson Amnesty chapter wins recognition

Town’s proclamation sets stage for series of December events

Just four months after its formation, the Payson chapter of Amnesty International not only gained recognition as the top new chapter in the region, but talked the Payson Town Council into proclaiming December Human Rights Month.

Dove hunting season Nov. 19 - Jan. 2

Arizona wing shooters can be thankful a week before the turkey holiday, with the second edition of dove season opening on Friday, Nov. 19.

Lady Horn foursome all-state

It’s not often in high school sports that the very same athletes who make an all-region team are also chosen to the all-state team.

Heritage Fund celebrates 20 years of conservation

If you voted in Arizona in 1990, chances are you voted in favor of the initiative that created the Heritage Fund.

Sports club hosts turkey shoot

The Tonto Rim Sports Club rock and rolled much like a blast from the past during a Turkey Shoot held Nov. 14 at the Jim Jones Range south of Payson.

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, Rim Country residents will soon gather around the family dinner table to give thanks for the blessings that have been bestowed upon all of us and to ask the Lord for courage and guidance as we face new challenges.

Longhorns debut against Desert Edge with scrimmage

First-year Longhorn boys basketball coach Bill Goodwin received his first glimpse of his players in action during a controlled scrimmage played Nov. 19 vs. Desert Edge in Wilson Dome.

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Lady Horns open today vs. Dogs

The 2010-2011 Lady Longhorns basketball team will feature a blend of veteran leadership, several younger players up from last season’s junior varsity, a promising newcomer and one standout freshman all led by second-year head coach Kelly Krieg.

Friday, November 19

Thanks for supporting chili supper

On behalf of the PAWS (Payson Area Woofers Society) the sponsor of the chili supper and the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to our 14th Annual Chili Supper held on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Ag Day was great

The recently completed Agriculture field day provided for our fourth-graders was a huge hit!

9-11 trial mess

The 9-11 mess, it’s simple. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admits to being the person responsible for the 9-11 disaster.

Obama’s foreign policy: Two years later

During his campaign, President Obama made it clear that he wanted to change the course of U.S. foreign policy.

GCC: coverup or confusion?

Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen said the college has a three-year completion rate much higher than the 18 percent statewide average reported by other community colleges.

Hills celebrate 60 years

Richard and Marion Hill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 8, 2010.

Experts to deliver 2011 economic forecast for Arizona

Event looks at when state will recover

Despite talk of economic recovery in the United States, many people in Arizona are still wondering when we’ll finally see some improvement.

Foreclosure rate lures Fannie Mae to Arizona

Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae has opened a mortgage help center to help struggling homeowners with loans owned by the company.

Hair stylist joins Merlinda’s Hair Salon staff

Cheryl Mileham, who for years owned beauty salons and taught at beauty colleges, has returned to Payson to cut and style hair.

Why are you investing?

You may, on occasion, ask yourself why you are investing.

Christmas tree permits limited

Christmas tree permits for the Coconino National Forest are now available for over-the-counter purchase. Permits are $15 and can be paid for by cash or personal check.

Valley couple killed in rollover on Hwy. 87

A Valley coupled was killed Sunday night after the truck they were in rolled and struck a tree just north of Strawberry. Authorities said there were two other rollovers in Rim Country over the weekend, although none involved fatalities.

Attorney says Dr. Lowe will plead not guilty

A Payson doctor and his wife, both indicted for unlawfully taking control of assets belonging to a hospice patient, are expected to plead not guilty at an arraignment hearing next week.

College now says it does not know its dropout rate

Gila Community College has no paper record of its dropout rate, counsel Lynne Adams recently told the Roundup in response to a public records request for the information.

Sen. Allen appointed chairman of state sovereignty committee

Senate President-elect Russell Pearce announced his appointment of Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) as chairman of the newly-formed Border Security, Federalism, and State Sovereignty Committee.

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Fossil Creek spurs pleas

Forest Service meeting draws big crowd hoping to protect a unique travertine stream from abuse

The 50 Rim Country residents who crowded into a Forest Service session to have their say on the future of Fossil Creek fidgeted between fascination and frustration.

Big deficit projected for schools

Payson superintendent puts shortfall at nearly $1 million, even without fresh state cuts in K-12 spending

Slammed by declining enrollment and reduced federal aid, Payson schools face a $1 million deficit even if the Arizona Legislature doesn’t slash K-12 spending, Superintendent Casey O’Brien said this week at a budget briefing held at the high school auditorium.

School board opening deadline is Monday

With December’s school board member conference quickly approaching, county schools chief Linda O’Dell this week announced an aggressive timeline for replacing a resigned Payson school board member.

Search is ongoing for 68-year-old hiker missing since Nov. 15

Volunteers and sheriff’s officers are currently searching for an overdue 68-year-old hiker from the Valley.

State jobless rate drops to 9.5 percent

Arizona reports biggest October job gain since 2004, but Gila County remains stuck at 11 percent

Arizona’s economy gained more jobs in October than any other month in the last six years, according to figures released Thursday by the Arizona Department of Commerce.

Working with your hands enriches your life

It never seems to fail. I write a column and something in it reminds me of something for another one. And here we go again. A few columns back we talked about the Arab customs concerning which hand you use for what, and why. I no sooner started putting it “on paper” than something else popped into my head.

First of seven Rim Country Eagle Scouts honored

Nick Randall was presented his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor Nov. 14. He is the first of seven young men that will be given the award in the next few months.

Community Almanac

Would you like a chance to win four tickets to see an Arizona Cardinals game in Glendale? The Humane Society of Central Arizona has received a basketful of Cardinals goodies, generously donated by Jim and Sue Lewin of Lewin & Associates, LLC.

Consider adopting a cat

So lately I have been talking about the joys of adopting an animal, especially during this time of year. Maybe some of you would like to adopt, but just don’t have the time to spend with a dog or to be able to become a foster parent. Maybe you could consider adopting a cat instead.

Presbyterian Church celebrates 75th anniversary

Rim Country residents are helping Payson’s first church, Community Presbyterian, celebrate its 75th anniversary at events that have taken place throughout the year.

6th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup winners

Quilters from as far away as Rhode Island came to Rim Country Nov. 11 through Nov. 14 to take part in workshops, meetings and a professionally judged quilt show.

Help FAN Club help basketball teams at benefit fish fry Nov. 29

The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club will host the annual boy’s and girl’s basketball fish fry benefit dinner.

MBC to host Shoot for the Heart Dec. 9

Organizers of the next “Shoot for the Heart” are expecting a humdinger event, mostly because the evening will be highlighted by special treats for all who take advantage of the free outdoor seminar.

A look at life from atop a treestand

The four months of fall throughout the country ushers in numerous big game hunting opportunities with a variety of weapons.

Basketball registration for 5th, 6th grades closes Nov. 30

Registration is now open for fifth and sixth grade basketball in the town youth league. It will close Nov. 30.

Lady Longhorn soccer stars named at awards banquet

Teams pick outstanding members

Lady Longhorn soccer team members and first-year coach Amy Wilcox wrapped up the 2010 campaign in grand fashion with a celebratory awards banquet on Nov. 16.

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Coaching trio gives PHS quality leadership

With two new coaches and a second-year coach heading up the Payson High wrestling and basketball programs it would seem there would be a steep learning curve as the trio adjust.

Rim Country music man has much to be thankful for

In 1938, Bob Hope sang, “Thanks for the Memory,” in 1972, the Dramatics crooned “Thank You for Your Love” and in 1977, ABBA belted out, “Thank You for the Music.”

Elk are back foraging in Tonto Village

The elk are back in the Village foraging for anything still green. My husband heard a noise on our back porch Sunday evening so he checked it out and the bull elk had just jumped the fence and headed for the “island.”

Changes coming for off-road use in forests

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests personnel have held five open houses in the last couple of weeks with regards to the travel management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Landmark to reopen in a few months

As many of you have probably heard, the Landmark is coming back. It is owned and will be operated by Gary and Cindy Werlinger. I spoke with Cindy over the phone and got the scoop.

Tonto Apache museum exhibit opens

The Tonto Apache Tribe’s history is marred with struggle. Before casino slots and blackjack tables, there were land wars, various reservation migrations and widespread poverty.

Hospice volunteers are a special kind of people

Volunteers started Hospice services in the Rim Country 20 years ago and volunteers are still an essential part of what Hospice Compassus provides to those in the last stage of life.

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On the Job Training

Or how to be many and still be one

As I pull into the Talent Factory, the sweet sounds of jazz float from the multi-purpose studio. It’s the Starlighters — Mike Steelman on keyboard, Howard Brown on guitar, Colleen Brown’s lilting vocals and Roscoe Dabney III, pacing the flow of the music on drums.

Thursday, November 18

Eastbound I-10 narrowed to one lane at Chandler Blvd.

Drivers can expect delays from Friday (Nov. 19) to Sunday (Nov.21)

Drivers will encounter MAJOR DELAYS when eastbound I-10 (to Tucson) is narrowed to one lane from 10 p.m. Friday (Nov. 19) through 6 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 21) as crews establish a work zone to build direct HOV ramps to and from Loop 202 (Santan Freeway).

Wednesday, November 17

Computer Guys bring expertise to Rim Country

Misbehaving computers are most people’s nemesis.

Festival of Lights

All of Pine is gearing up for the Annual Festival of Lights, planned for Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28.  Some the highlights include a two-day Christmas Craft Show in the Cultural Hall, a visit from Santa Claus, refreshments, music, story-telling, a jingle bell parade, caroling, and of course, the lighting ceremony.

Good 2 Go

The Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary will have an Arts & Crafts Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Activity Center, 306 E Aero Dr. (next to the Almost New Shop).

Getaway around rim country

It’s almost time for the 11th annual Tellabration. It will be Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall.

Delay in treatment of TIA — ministroke — is dangerous

I’ve just hung up the phone after talking to my doctor. He has me scared out of my wits.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 8: Life Settles in to Routine

Rain continued to fall in the Tonto Basin as the first week of October 1880 moved into the second week.

Residents rally to build little red schoolhouse

Jilted by the state, community of Tonto Basin makes new preschool building a reality

What’s in a schoolhouse? Well, a lot if you are a little red schoolhouse. Especially if you were a famous landmark for one small, rural community that housed classes, church services, dances, weddings and even a few funerals within its wooden walls.

Remembering early television

In 1948 only one American in 10 had seen a TV set. I remember first watching TV lingering outside the windows of stores that sold the new wonder.

Holland America Cruise Line

We recently returned from our first Holland America cruise. Celebrity had always been our favorite cruise line, but Holland is threatening to take over first place.

Tuesday, November 16

School Briefs

Payson Schools welcomes donations of winter jackets and blankets.

Economists: Education likely target to address hit from Prop. 301, 302 defeats

Facing a $450 million hole in their plan to close the state’s budget deficit, GOP lawmakers are likely to respond to the failure of Propositions 301 and 302 with cuts to education, two economists said.

Residents invited to Elks’ holiday dinner

Rim Country residents are encouraged to really relax this Thanksgiving. The Payson Elks want to fix the holiday dinner for you

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Play encourages children to read

Parents sat beaming and snapping pictures along the back wall inside a Frontier Elementary School classroom recently while their second-grade students performed a Readers’ Theater play.

November is Diabetes Month, support group meets Nov. 29

Nearly 24 million Americans are afflicted with diabetes — and an additional 57 million Americans are at risk. November is American Diabetes Month, a time to better understand this disease and the importance of diabetes prevention and control.

Senior Centers will offer Thanksgiving meal

Happy Thanksgiving — or is it politically incorrect to say Thanksgiving these days? The way things are going, we may be urged to wish people a Happy Turkey Day.

New Pine postmaster has long history of getting mail delivered

While working one of the most boring jobs on earth, Raymond Argel met the love of his life.

Too many differences

In the article “Grand Canyon Mystery” on Nov. 5 it was stated that the lifeless earth could “spawn the first, single cell life forms.” Then we are presented with the evolutionary dogma that the DNA evidence suggests that chimps and humans shared a common ancestor some 5 to 8 million years ago.

Breast cancer support group thanks Pro Rodeo Committee

Our Payson Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group gives a very appreciative thank you to the Pro Rodeo Committee for supporting us again this year with proceeds from the Rodeo’s Friday Night Tough Enough to Wear Pink.

Thanks to all who helped with ARToberFEST

Special thanks to Mazatzal Casino and the Payson Roundup for their support and assistance.

Prescription drug abuse on the rise in the United States

Today “medical marijuana” seems to be the hot topic of discussions. While this is a big issue, there are many other dangerous legal drugs that are easily available not only to adults but to our children — prescription drugs.

Hunger has returned

Like the gaunt Ghost of Christmas Past, we must set a place at our holiday tables once again for fear and want — and for our hungry neighbors.

News Briefs

The Star Valley Town Council will meet in executive session to discuss water issues with the town’s water attorney Tuesday night.

Payson council wrestles with animated signs

The Payson Town Council on Thursday will mostly clean up after themselves with final action on a handful of housekeeping changes in the rules for running the library, putting up an automated sign and closing down streets for special events.

Both PSWID incumbents score easy election wins

The retention of two Payson Strawberry Water Improvement District incumbents and the election of a third who seems to have ties to the incumbents could mean its business as usual in the two small mountain hamlets.

Food bank faces record increase in family needs

A surge of pleas for help has caught local food banks off guard, with record numbers of families coming in for food baskets.

GCC independence up for board debate

Gila Community College board members will again debate a proposed resolution to support the school’s bid for independence at a meeting Thursday.

Delayed Tonto Forest travel plan in limbo

Year-long wait for road plan leaves scores of Rim Country communities with no emergency escape routes

The Tonto National Forest still isn’t sure when it will make a decision on how to regulate thousands of miles of dirt roads in Rim Country — including emergency escape routes for many of the 88 small communities surrounded by overgrown forests.

The rent is too high, but what can we do about it?

There is a political party in New York City called the “Rent is 2 Damn High.”

New economic development group discussed

Despite all its advances, when the recession hit Payson, its economy fell off the Rim.

Community Almanac

The Payson Unified School District will hold a meeting to update employees and the public on the ongoing state budget crisis at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Expect smoke from burns this week

Forest managers will burn thousands of acres in Rim Country this week in ongoing effort to create buffer zones

Tonto National Forest will likely irritate many Rim Country residents this week, with its latest effort to keep all their houses from burning down.

Crews looking for missing hiker

Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers and Gila County Sheriff officers are currently searching for an overdue hiker.

A lot is happening in the lanes

The Professional Bowlers Association on ABC was once synonymous with Saturday afternoons in living rooms across America. The 36-year-long institution ended with a tearful farewell from legendary sportscaster Chris Schenkel and Nelson Burton Jr. in 1997.

GCU can’t close the deal vs. ASU

A 29-8 loss to the Arizona State University Sun Devils wasn’t the showing Grand Canyon University wrestling coaches R.C. LaHaye and Larry Wilbanks were hoping for.

Coach picks three of four

Payson High School football coach Byron Quinlan was three-fourths correct when he predicted the state tournament final four would feature only East teams.

The Curse of Tontozona at root of ASU ills

Arizona State University football coach Dennis Erickson and the big wigs at the school probably won’t be asking me what’s behind the Sun Devils’ glaring gridiron problems that have resulted in a less than stellar 4-5 record and enough narrow losses to fill a record book.

FAN Club provides big boost to schools, students

A Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club that only a year ago was on the edge of shutting down is now purring like a finely tuned V-8.

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Artichoke runner takes Turkey Trot 5K

A former college roommate of Carlos Lopez, who was last year’s Turkey Trot 5K winner and a former Longhorn three-sport star, ran his way to a gold medal finish in the 2010 Turkey Trot.

Monday, November 15

Fire treatments planned for Bear Canyon area, Gordon Canyon Estates

Broadcast fire operations are planned for more than 1,200 acres west of Whispering Pines in the Bear Canyon area and may begin anytime from Monday, Nov. 15 through Wednesday, Nov. 17. Ignitions for prescription fires will end by Friday, Nov. 19.

Christmas tree permits limited

Christmas tree permits for the Coconino National Forest are now available for over-the-counter purchase.

Saturday, November 13

November 12, 2010 Arizona Department of Transportation Rim Country Construction Updates

What to expect the week of November 15:

Crews will be installing new signage at the intersections of SR 87 and Airport Road as well as Tyler Parkway the week of November 15. The new signage will be covered during construction and will be implemented upon the completion of the project. Until that time, motorists will be guided through the project work zone by temporary signage and barricades

Friday, November 12

It’s the season for giving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for giving.

Ag building to be named after retired teacher

Payson’s agriculture education fans scored yet another victory Monday night when the school board agreed to name the new vocational building after long-time agriculture teacher Wendell Stevens.

Avoid dangers of ‘over-concentration’

When you were in school, you had to concentrate on your studies.

Computer doctors making house calls in style

Misbehaving computers are most people’s nemesis.

Northern Arizona rifle deer season a success

Many of the rifle deer seasons have come to a close in northern Arizona, and there are reliable reports that many hunters drawing tags for the local units of 22 and 23 now have venison for the freezer

SO ice skating threesome need a coach

While Special Olympic volunteer coaches are almost always needed in all sports, there is currently a frantic call for someone to coach a trio of Payson SO ice skaters.

Participation in club volleyball not a factor in making school rosters

There are rumors and innuendos swirling in the local sports scene that could adversely influence decisions made by aspiring volleyball players and their parents.

Team’s success hinged on hitting

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is lauding his 2010 squad as the second best hitting team during his seven-year tenure at the helm of the Payson High program.

State tourney resumes, sans Horns

The 2010 3A Arizona State Football Championship tournament resumes tomorrow, Nov. 13, without the Payson Longhorns.

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LaHaye, Wilbanks lead GCU vs. Sun Devils

A pair of former Payson High School wrestling stars will lead the Grand Canyon University Antelopes into action tomorrow, Nov. 13 against the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

Ringo the rescue dog quickly becoming a star

While some dogs are trained to sit and stay, others are trained to sniff out humans lost or in trouble. One local group hopes to use a canine’s power of smell to locate missing children and hikers

Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteer Greg Reed and tracking dog Ringo walk through Manzanita and low grasses just outside the Payson Airport.

Tonto Apache to induct new judge to appeals court

Tao Etpison will be seated as the newest member of the Tonto Apache Tribal Court of Appeals Tuesday.

PRMC celebrates continuing success

There was a party over at Payson Regional Medical Center last week. The administration and staff enjoyed a luncheon catered by Gerardo’s Italian Bistro and Dairy Queen to celebrate their many successes during 2010.

Being happy is sometimes a matter of perspective

The American Southwest is a very special place. Those of you who were born here tend to take it for granted, but you have no idea how lucky you are.

Impressed with Payson schools

I would like to say that I am very impressed with our schools here in Payson. With all the budget cuts, and teachers and staff being maxed out more than usual, I think they are doing a great job!

Elections open to highest bidder

So, can an American election be bought? Well, if you ask Karl Rove, Dick Armey or the national chamber of commerce, their answer would be — “You Betcha!”

Grand Canyon mystery

Pete Aleshire’s article on the Grand Canyon mystery (Nov. 5, Payson Roundup) is pure poetry. Besides all the new discoveries, his love of the canyon and the Southwest shines through.

Thanks to community for support of Prison Fellowship Ministries

Thank you to the Payson community for their support of the Prison Fellowship Ministries “Angel Tree” program that is being sponsored by the Community Presbyterian Church and Child Learning Center.

Enjoyed the story of ‘Five Generations of Hales in Gisela’

I was doing some research on my great grandfather, John Johnston Hale and came across the Oct. 12, 2004 article “Five Generations of Hales in Gisela.”

Tea Party phenomenon

Could it be that the Tea Party phenomenon is an early manifestation of the threshing about associated with the death throes of America’s white majority, which is forecast to end by mid-century?

Reagan’s policies put America on path to prosperity

As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, the lessons of his presidency are more relevant than ever. Reagan celebrated the virtues of lower taxes and limited government, while warning that excessive regulation chokes economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, many policymakers in Washington seem to have forgotten these lessons. But the 2010 election results suggest that the American people have not.

Humbled by the company

We stood in the auditorium, humbled by the company. Payson’s brave, active, supportive veterans community once again put on a good show on Thursday, drawing about 300 people to a Veterans Day ceremony to thank those who have served.

Community Almanac

In honor of Veteran’s Day, members of the Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, in connection with, are available to help piece together a family’s history.

Blue Ridge pipeline back on track

Summit meeting shores up eroding schedule to approve pipeline route

The schedule for building the Blue Ridge pipeline has slipped by several months, but the project remains on track after a major summit meeting involving officials from Payson, the Salt River Project, the U.S. Forest Service and the federal Bureau of Reclamation.

Performance pay goals for teachers increased

Schools within the Payson Unified School District have inched up the student achievement goals teachers must meet to earn performance pay, pleasing school board members who quickly approved the plans Monday night.

Doctor indicted by Gila grand jury for theft

A doctor once named medical director of the year at Payson Care Center has been indicted along with his wife on charges of theft from a vulnerable adult.

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Crowd choked up by salute

Voices of children get to veterans of so many wars as Payson says ‘thank you’ to those who served

In the end, it was the kids that got to them.

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Residents rally to build little red schoolhouse

Jilted by the state, community of Tonto Basin makes new preschool building a reality

What’s in a schoolhouse? Well, a lot if you are a little red schoolhouse. Especially if you were a famous landmark for one small, rural community that housed classes, church services, dances, weddings and even a few funerals within its wooden walls.

Taylor Swift’s new album quickly tops chart

The young lady is truly amazing! Country/pop singer Taylor Swift released her brand new album just two weeks ago and it already has become the No. 1 selling album on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.

WiFi security concerns: Don’t follow the sheep

We’ve all seen the benefits of connecting our electronic devices to a Wi-Fi network.

Wonderful fall colors this week in Tonto Village

Tonto Village is showing off its best colors this week. There are gold, brown and brilliant red leaves falling.

Demand for Christmas tree permits on the rise

There is nothing like cutting down your own Christmas tree for the holiday season.

Branding party makes wood wall mountain beautiful

Well Halloween is officially over, but I had a large response with some really terrific photos. I tried to get in as many as I could. With Halloween gone new events have already sprung up.

Special flag ceremony will honor veterans

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, members of the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild met at the ramada in Pine, where they distributed a total of $8,600 among several local community groups.

Quilt shop extends hours this weekend

Quilting Sisters is Payson’s premier quilting shop and is owned and operated by local residents Richard and Cheryl Dolby.

Quilt Roundup features top quilt artists

Celebrate some of the best quilting in the country at the Sixth Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup this weekend.

Wednesday, November 10

Memorial a tribute to community spirit as well as veterans

More often than not, the story of the all the work that goes into building community memorials and monuments gets lost over the years.

Getaway around Rim Country

It’s that time of year again — Saturday, Dec. 4 the 10th Annual Electric Light Parade will transform Historic Main Street into a magical holiday wonderland.

I go to the Rock

Does it ever seem like trouble lurks around every corner? During Halloween season, the unexpected may be a bit more expected than normal.

Apple pies made easy

Crisp air, changing colors, orchards teeming with ripe apples — all sure signs of autumn.

Exciting cruises

Now that we are closing in on the cooler months, it may be time to think about a vacation in warmer climes.

Archaeology in Rim Country

One thing people ask me about occasionally is area archaeology.

Good 2 go

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 12 at 507 W. Wade Lane. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim Country Quilt Roundup

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup, a regional quilt show with classes, is being held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall this weekend.

Quilting Sisters extends hours for quilt show

Quilting Sisters is Payson’s premier quilting shop and is owned and operated by local residents Richard and Cheryl Dolby.

Tuesday, November 9

Nov. 9 TCCA concert will have shuttle service

Members of the Tonto Community Concert Association who attend the Nov. 9 performance of The New Christy Minstrels will be given shuttle service to the Payson High School auditorium.

Ancient women fought back

Women victimized by war may have become peacemakers

Victimized by generations of warfare, women who lived in Rim Country 700 years ago fought back by establishing a religion whose central theme may well have been — “blessed are the peacemakers.”

Police, firefighters launch Christmas for Kids drive

It’s that time a year again when we open our wallets and donate generously to those in need during the holiday season.

Senior Circle has tempting travel opportunities

The 2011 travel opportunities with the Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle offer something for just about everyone.

School honors students

Payson High School students picked up their new Renaissance cards on Monday, Nov. 1. October’s quarterly list included 112 freshmen.

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Heroic aspirations

Fire science program fuels dreams

The alarm rings at 3 a.m. Groggily, the crew gathers, then heads to the fire just reported at the north edge of town.

Saddle up for Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Nov. 13-15 event will draw needle and thread artists to a ‘Mecca’ for quilters

Quilters, it’s time for the roundup — the big Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Payson cuts Payson Community Kids’ fees

A great-hearted band of community activists has raised $54,000 to provide a safe and supportive place for hard-pressed kids in this community to gather after school.

School changes were needed

I’m writing this letter to thank our school board and Casey O’Brien for making the well thought out and difficult decision of removing our high school administration and making drastic changes that needed to be made.

Glad elections are over

I am so grateful that the elections are over. I got sick of the hate campaigning. I voted early, but was inundated with remember to vote text messages from people I did not know.

Anti-education party gave us dismal ranking

For those too young to remember the cartoon character “Pogo,” he was famous for the oft quoted, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Petty to choose ‘comfort’ over those in need

In regards to the town abandoning the poultry law change. I think it’s a shame that so many oppose such a change.

Will Payson ever support one of its own?

In the most recent race for State Senator of Legislative District 5 (LD5) our local candidate Elaine Bohlmeyer was paired against the incumbent, Sylvia Allen and was defeated rather easily, mostly through lack of support from the hometown voters.

Help with fence was great

On behalf of the Payson Community Kids children and the board of directors, I would like to give a big thank you to Al Pelletier, Linda Pelletier, Ivon English, Mark Sopeland and Tom Herbolsheimer for their hard work constructing the much-needed privacy fence surrounding the PCK Neighborhood Center property.

Hope glimmers for Rim economy

Finally, the light is glimmering through the economic thunderhead for a storm-weary Rim Country. Payson’s Economic Development Coordinator Mike Vogel reported at last week’s council meeting that the town is in “serious negotiation” with perhaps 18 businesses, who want to open offices or stores or production facilities in Payson.

Community Almanac

The 14th Annual Chili Supper is tonight, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Payson holds hearing on officer’s appeal

A hearing for a Payson Police sergeant appealing a demotion was held Wednesday.

Hospice Compassus open house a chance to learn about services

Hospice Compassus of the Rim Country has been serving the area for 20 years in one form or another. Throughout that time its volunteers and staff have made a great effort to educate the public and medical community about what it does.

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Fossil Creek: Close it off or open it up?

Forest Service plans Payson hearing, as it ponders how to protect unique travertine creek

Fossil Creek’s water, geology, history and aquatic habitat make it “outstandingly remarkable” and badly in need of protection as a “wild and scenic” river, the Forest Service concluded in a just-released assessment.

Flood of woes

Tonto Basin residents still hoping for help

residents of Tonto Basin — especially those living on the frequently flooded east side — won’t take no for an answer.

GCC setback

Loeffler quits state task force

Gila Community College board member Tom Loeffler said “pettiness and politics” prompted him to resign from a legislative task force charged with finding a way for the college to become independent.

Payson lures new business

Vogel reports 18 new firms show ‘serious interest’ in opening shop

Payson’s efforts to lure new businesses to town in the past year have produced about 130 new jobs, the town’s part-time economic development coordinator Mike Vogel reported to the town council last week. In addition, the town remains in “serious discussion” with at least 18 other firms considering a move to Payson, said Vogel.

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Marines celebrate

The young and old came from far and wide. They were Silver Star winners from Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima in World War II.

Preliminary tests show new fish disease at Saguaro Lake

Arizona may have a new microscopic aquatic invader — largemouth bass virus, which can kill fish, but is not harmful to people.

PMGA season ends

Payson Men’s Golf Association member Herb Sherman and his fellow members are lamenting the end of the 2010 campaign.

Niners close Fall 2010 season with banquet

Kelly O’Neill came out on top of the Payson Niners’ Club Championship, which was held the first two weeks of October at the Payson Golf Course.

Register now for next round of town’s youth basketball

Town of Payson Athletic coordinator Trevor LaHaye is emphatically reminding parents and their young children that registration is now open for fifth- and sixth-grade basketball.

Round Valley Elks shock Longhorns in tournament upset

During the practice week leading up to the Longhorns’ state tournament opening game vs. Round Valley, everyone associated with the football program understood that playing in the school’s massive ensphere would be a tough challenge.

D-III, S-II state meet dominated by Northern Arizona

Any doubts fans, boosters, coaches and runners might have harbored about how competitive the Division III, Section II cross country championships were when they were contested Oct. 29 in Flagstaff, were erased at the state championships.

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Lady Horns lasso Wranglers, fall to Scouts

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is summing up his team’s appearance in the 3A state tournament by saying, “We had enough in the tank to get past Wickenburg, but did not have enough to overcome Window Rock.”

Prescribed burns this week

Pending favorable weather and conditions, fire managers could conduct prescribed fires across the forest this week.

Monday, November 8

Longhorns out of playoffs

A 30-14 loss to the homestanding Round Valley Elks in the first round of the 3A state playoffs eliminated the Payson Longhorns from post season play.

Saturday, November 6

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Lady Longhorns knocked out of tournament

The Lady Longhorns' hopes of winning the school’s first state volleyball championship were dashed late Friday evening, Nov. 5, at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

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Prescribed fire treatments planned for Gordon Canyon Estates

Fire personnel will seek to minimize smoke impact by treating 150-200 acres per day, ending fire ignitions each day by 3 p.m. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke in the area through Nov. 14.

Friday, November 5

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Payson struggles with ASU impact

Residents fret about loud parties as council braces for impact on public services

The dwindling opposition to an ASU campus in town comes down to this: Will a bunch of drunk frat boys move in next door?

Schools fear cuts

Superintendent: ‘Everybody is going to have to cowboy up’

Payson school board incumbent Rory Huff and newcomer Barbara Shepherd won seats Tuesday night, along with the responsibility of steering the local school district through yet another year of likely cutbacks.

House: Crandell, Barton call for cuts without citing specifics

Freshman Republicans Brenda Barton and Chester Crandell swept to an easy win in state House District 5, running up especially lopsided margins in Payson, Pine, Strawberry and Star Valley.

Senate: Payson’s Bohlmeyer clobbered even in Rim Country

Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen trounced challenger and Democrat Elaine Bohlmeyer in Tuesday night’s election by a three-to-two margin both statewide and in Gila County.

Police arrest parents for child abuse

Police handed two Payson children over to Child Protective Services Friday because they had a high level of carbon monoxide in their system and were living in filthy conditions.

Flawed campaigns leave tragic muddle

What a sin that voters had to sit through this dispiriting campaign crossfire for so many months, with shots from the left and right — each candidate accusing their opponent of being un-American, committing immoral acts or having some grotesque character flaw.

Reach out to save a life

Depression is a serious problem in Rim Country. Gila County’s suicide rate ranks among the highest in the state, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens nationally.

Thanks to supporters

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who worked so hard on my campaign. It was heartwarming and humbling to know that so many folks that I highly respect had the respect for me to support my candidacy.

Disgusting ‘treats’ on Halloween

I would like to say that I am appalled. I, like many other parents in Payson, took my children out trick or treating on Halloween.

School should name new ag building after former teacher

I would like to thank the Payson Unified School District Board and the Payson community for supporting the agricultural education program. I am so happy to see that the students in this program will finally have a state-of-the-art facility where a complete agricultural education program can be taught.

Campus should not be exploited

Eagerly anticipating the confirmation and construction of an Arizona State University campus in Payson goes without saying for me. I have followed the reports and updates in the Roundup and approve of such a facility here in our town.

Sound energy policy needed

Another election is behind us, and I hope that instead of spending the next two years trying to get re-elected in 2012, our leaders will buckle down and start tackling the big issues. One such issue is energy.

Giving while getting

As we rapidly approach the holiday season we all find ourselves bombarded with requests for donations. Ours is an extremely charitable community and I know most of us do what we can to help the less fortunate.

Three cheers for the PSWID board

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District Board successfully negotiated the purchase of the water companies from Brooke Utilities.

Obamacare makes for ‘less’ Flexible Spending Accounts

If you are one of the many Americans who have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), consider yourself warned: changes are on the way, and they won’t benefit you.

Road repairs, find a way

Manzanita is the worst heavily traveled residential street in town. It has been begging for repairs for over 25 years and has got nothing but excuses.

Quick call nabs car thief in Payson

Many Payson residents are guilty of it —leaving their keys in their car and sometimes their ignition while they run into a store.

County attorney offers open meeting law training

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores will offer free open meeting law training.

SV ponders helping flood-prone homeowners

In the last 10 years, Dan Bowman has lost 10 feet of his property. Each year when the winter rains come, he and his neighbors hold their breath as they watch a small stream behind their homes turn into a raging creek, sweeping away their back yards.

Updated Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests map available

The Forest Service says that maps of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests were revised in 2010 and are now offered for sale. For the first time the forests map includes game management unit boundaries as designated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The cost of the map is $10.

Nationally-recognized author, technology expert to speak

The Payson Area Computer Club) will host David B. Whittle Friday, Nov. 5.

Benefit chili supper means great food, chance at prizes

Payson and Rim Country chili lovers have to make an appearance at the 14th Annual Chili Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Hospice invites its Rim neighbors to open house

Hospice Compassus is inviting residents of Payson and the Rim Country to visit its facility on Mud Springs Road as part of National Hospice Month.

Community urged to help thank veterans on Nov. 11

Residents of Payson and the Rim Country are urged to take time out next week and participate in ceremonies to thank the area’s veterans.

Community Health and Care Fair is Saturday

Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus and the Mogollon Health Alliance are holding the annual Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 6 in the “old” gym at Payson High School.

Voters reject budget switch

Leaders insist rejection of fund transfers means deep cutbacks

Voters rejected two ballot propositions Tuesday that would have transferred almost $450 million from two voter-approved funds to address the state budget deficit.

Fire districts mostly bet on experience in low-key elections

In a fire district facing a potential $300,000 in cuts, voters went with experience Tuesday.

Gosar piles up lopsided victory in Gila County

Local officials fret about whether he’ll now support key initiatives including Blue Ridge and an ASU campus here

Gila County voters decisively rejected Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s bid for re-election to her First Congressional District seat in favor of Flagstaff dentist Paul Gosar.

Foreign customs can be more than a little confusing

Last week, when I started talking about how I screwed up on some of the customs in other countries I thought I would run out of things to say in a few words. I guess I forgot what an ignorant sucker I was. Anyway, there’s a lot more to tell.

County attorney offers open meeting law training

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores will offer free open meeting law training.

Quick call nabs car thief in Payson

Many Payson residents are guilty of it —leaving their keys in their car and sometimes their ignition while they run into a store.

Community Almanac

Take “time out 2 shop” for fantastic savings at the Time Out Thrift Store Friday, Nov. 5 for a $1 Days Sale.

It’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month

For those of you who adopted a shelter dog during October’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, thank you for your support and participation. We had 44 dog adoptions during October; now that’s what I call AMAZING!!

Business Briefs

Rim Country Edward Jones financial adviser G. Scott Flake will host a free, 60-minute educational seminar titled “Take Stock in the Market” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

Three things to consider before taking out a 401(k) loan

Your car could break down. You might need a new furnace.

New manager blames state for county budget woes

Five months after taking over as Gila County’s manager, Don E. McDaniel Jr. says it is clear Gila County’s budget woes are a byproduct of the state’s irresponsible spending.

Fall trout stocking begins at Green Valley Lake

One of the most popular fishing spots in the Payson area, Green Valley Lake, received its first fall stocking of catchable rainbow trout about two weeks ago. By sundown today, these waters will have the second batch of hungry rainbows ready for all of us local anglers to catch. This program will continue every other week throughout the winter and well into the spring season.

Town of Payson youth hoop leagues surprisingly red hot

Although no standings are compiled in the Town of Payson Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Basketball League, there is plenty of gung-ho fire and zeal occurring among the players.

New configuration spells demise of runners

Had the Arizona Interscholastic Association not done away last fall with the conference-region classifications in favor of a division-section alignment, the Payson High School cross country teams would probably be preparing for the 3A state championships.

Sign up for Turkey Trot 5K

With the town-sponsored Turkey Trot just around the corner, now is a good opportunity to look back and reminisce about the run that has become a much-anticipated recreational and fitness event.

2010 Mogollon Montoneras’ gymkhana season wraps up

The Mogollon Montoneras wrapped up the 2010 season by hosting the Lacey Balmer-Oldland Memorial gymkhana Oct. 14 at the Payson Event Center.

It’s on to state for football, volleyball

The real season, the one for all the marbles, begins today, Nov. 5, for the Payson High School volleyball team.

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Wilcox wraps up stellar year with girls soccer

Amy Wilcox is touting her first year as head coach of the Lady Longhorn soccer program a rewarding season that often boosted her own spirits.

Christmas gift recommendation No. 1 — laptops

We’ve barely thrown away the rancid pumpkins and are still working on polishing off those leftover Smarties, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts.

Studies continue on widening State Route 260

The studies that involve the widening of State Route 260 from Columbia Lane east of Overgaard to the intersection of US 60 in Show Low are continuing and are still under way according to Bill Pederson, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

Many residents made Halloween events a success

The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association’s Kids Halloween Costume Party was held Oct. 23 at the Christopher/Kohl’s fire station. We had 51 kids in the costume contest and a few others who joined in for trick or treating on the wagons.

Zane Grey precinct had respectable turnout

The election is over and the people have spoken with a large voice. The Republican Party has taken control of most of the country, so now let’s hope that this decision made by you voters has been the right one and the legislators can turn this country around.

Holiday Open House this weekend in Pine

We enjoyed a busy, blustery weekend attending various functions in Pine last week.

Community Health and Care Fair tomorrow

Have you been putting off going to the doctor or dentist? Been feeling a little out of sorts lately, concerned that you or you children’s hearing or vision is just not right, or are you just one of those sage individuals who likes to practice preventive medicine?

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Grand Canyon mystery

Geologists debate the age of the planet’s deepest canyon, with the answer to ancient riddles hanging in the balance

So I’m sitting on a river-smoothed swirl of Vishnu Schist in the bottom of the Grand Canyon trying to reset my imagination as the Colorado River roars past.

Wednesday, November 3

Election 2010-Early results favor GOP candidates

Republicans sweep statewide offices.

Coconino and Tonto National Forests hosting public meetings about future management of Fossil Creek

Coconino and Tonto national forest officials will host three public meetings Nov. 15, 16, and 17 about the future management of Fossil Creek.

These babies might grow up to be cowboys

Getting a close look at ranch life

Pizza comes from a box and clothes come from the store, right?

Introducing Celebrity’s Solstice

First off, let me say that I have been a fan of Celebrity’s Millennium Class ships since my first cruise in 2006.

An unexpected experience

I began serving in the United States Navy in the late 1950s. My first duty was at the submarine base at Vallejo, Calif.

First Friday fun awaits

First Friday fun for Nov. 5 on Historic Main Street in Payson will find a variety of events presented by merchants and others.

A friend to all

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and one thing we truly can be thankful for this November are our friends.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 7: A mountain lion tries to get in

It was Angie Mitchell’s second week teaching in the Tonto Basin School, and she continued to live at the Vineyard ranch because the house being built as a “teacherage” was not yet ready.

Triglycerides can clog arteries

What are triglycerides? What do they do to you? I am a 55-year-old male in good health, or so I thought.

around AZ

La Gran Fiesta – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts • Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater; tickets: $34, $44 • Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, 7:30 p.m, Outdoors at Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater; all tickets:  $25

Getaway around rim country

The Community Presbyterian Church and its Child Learning Center are participating in the Prison Ministries Fellowship Program, which sponsors an Angel Tree for the area’s children with a parent in prison.

Good 2 Go

A boutique and yard sale will be held the mornings of Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

Learn about Senior Circle travel plans

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will present a program providing an overview of assorted travel opportunities it will offer in the future.

Cardinals ticket package raffle to benefit the Humane Society

Would you like a chance to win four tickets to see an Arizona Cardinals game in Glendale?

Tuesday, November 2

Informative, complete explanation

Thank you, Chief Hatch, for the very informative and complete explanation of the EMS and fire response system in the Rim Country.

Looking good in later years

I recently went to the Valley to visit my son and my new daughter-in-law. I was sitting in the bathroom with my daughter-in-law Jenny visiting with her as she was getting ready for the day.

Chilly mornings

Br-r-r — these November mornings are chilly! There’s frost on the roofs when we get up, and the hum of the furnace is welcome. We start off the day in sweatshirts and jeans, but usually by noon we’re shedding the long sleeves.

Common mistakes home sellers make and how to avoid them

Last week, we discussed mistakes that home buyers may make when purchasing a home. This week, it is the home sellers’ turn. Here are some of those mistakes.

Uptown Espresso’s owners mixing ministry with mochaccinos

While you won’t be able to order up this concoction when Uptown Espresso opens Nov. 3, ask its owners and it was the perfect combination to fulfilling a lifetime dream.

PES to hold book fair Nov. 15-19

Payson Elementary School is holding a book fair, Monday through Friday, Nov. 15-19, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school library.

New Christy Minstrels mix past and present

Welcome to the past — 1961 mixed with the present — when you see the founder of The New Christy Minstrels, Randy Sparks, joined by seven other performers in concert.

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Drama students learning to fly for ‘Peter Pan’

Payson High School students will take flight this week in a production of “Peter Pan.”

Prescribed burns set for Geronimo, Gordon Canyon Estates

The Forest Service will burn 1,300 Rim Country acres this week, and the agency is warning residents to ready themselves for smoke.

New tower could come to Star Valley

Coming in at 80 feet tall, 360 pounds and located just off Highway 260, it’ll be hard to miss this communications tower in Star Valley.

Thanks to those who took part in memorial

Our thanks to the many folks who participated in the memorial for Bill Bishop.

GCC board chairman rejects college independence

Gila County’s very own community college, GCC, has since May been on a quest to develop a plan for achieving independence, or stand-alone status.

Tonto Ag education day was a big success

I would like to thank all my volunteers and workers that helped me set up and prepare for our AG Education Program Field Day for the schools in Gila County which included Globe, Miami, Tonto Basin, Young and Payson.

Town did not do its homework

This is in response to the Oct. 22 headline “Firefighter crew size poses danger.” Bottom line on this topic — which shouldn’t be a topic, is that the city of Payson didn’t do their financial homework before they decided to build the third fire station.

Project blue light would honor police officers

Years ago Payson had a campaign for Project Blue Light, asking citizens to display blue lights during the Christmas holiday season to show support for our police.

GCC board stymies vote for independence

We thought that the Gila Community College board’s consideration of a resolution to support the effort of independence would be a slam-dunk.

Community Almanac

A program from the Rural Development Office of the Arizona Department of Commerce is planned from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Rim Country Mall (former Sears Store location).

Candidates’ campaign filings have ‘shoddy record keeping’

Arizona’s secretary of state has found instances of “shoddy record keeping” in the three Legislative District 5 Republican candidates’ campaign finance filings, according to agency documents.

Main Street holiday parade entries sought for annual event

It’s that time of year again — Saturday, Dec. 4 the 10th Annual Main Street Parade will transform Historic Main Street into a magical holiday wonderland.

Gila County behind in attracting new voters

While the state gained tens of thousands of new voters for the Nov. 2 general election, Gila County experienced only a minor 2 percent gain in active voters from last year, which is still lower than voter registration numbers in 2008.

Fishing tourney a boost to economy

Although the number of anglers who competed in the FLW bass tournament held Sept. 22 to 25 was less than last year’s inaugural tournament, the total economic impact to the state increased by about 6 percent.

Complicated financing limits town’s liability

Mayor reveals intricate details of the layers of districts that would build and run the college while insulating Payson taxpayers

The hat trick just got more complicated. The money issue has always represented the most confusing topic when it comes to building a university campus in Payson that could charge half as much tuition as ASU’s campuses in the Valley.

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Trunk or Treat event draws 5,000

Few characters invite frightful screams and trembling hearts like Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde and Jack the Ripper. At the Ox Bow Saloon Saturday night, a macabre cast of student actors elicited screams and howls from spectators in a elaborately themed haunted house on the west end of Main Street.

Independence for GCC hits a road bump

Globe board members hold up resolution supporting college task force legislation

Gila Community College members in Globe stymied an official resolution Thursday supporting the school’s bid for independence, reportedly just two weeks after Chairman Bob Ashford promised Sen. Sylvia Allen that he would vote for one.

LaHaye lobbies ASA for softball tournaments

When Trevor LaHaye accepted a job last month as the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Coordinator, he said one of his goals was to return the town to its softball glory of yesteryear when the Rim Country was a hot spot for the sport.

Peterson wins; PMGA turns black and white

Payson Women’s Golf Association member Karen Peterson fought off a stiff challenge from Lois Judd to win her fourth consecutive club championship.

Appeals to new alignment wait for AIA ruling

When the Arizona Interscholastic Association realigned the state’s schools from the region-conference format of past years into divisions and sections, officials allowed schools to appeal their placement. Those appeals are in and will be heard today, Nov. 2, by the AIA’s Advisory Committee.

Horns’ upset hopes denied in final seconds

The Payson Longhorn football team gave highly favored and state second-ranked Show Low all the grief the Cougars could handle before falling 45-41 on Trevar MacArthur’s touchdown catch in the final 23 seconds.

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Lady Longhorns win East tournament crown

A team that many fans and boosters tout as the best in the history of Payson High School volleyball is state tournament bound clutching an impressive 13-5 record, an East regular season championship, a region tournament title and a golden opportunity to win the school’s first state crown.

Nominations sought for annual Governor's Arts Awards

Nominations are now open for the 30th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards, which will be presented in six categories to individuals and businesses that have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona.

Fee free day at all Flagstaff area national monuments

Flagstaff Area National Monuments will be joining national parks around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veterans Day in recognition of current and former service members.

Input sought for revision of Coconino Forest plan

Interested members of the public are invited to engage in the revision of the Coconino National Forest’s Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).