Stories for October 2010


Saturday, October 30

Cougars edge Longhorns

The Payson Longhorns cranked up all the offense they could muster but it came up a tad short in a regular season ending 45-41 loss to the state second-ranked Show Low Cougars Friday evening in Show Low.

Friday, October 29

Contest gives woman something to sing about

It may not be “American Idol,” but for one local woman, making it to the semi-finals of the Lone Butte Casino’s “Lucky Break” singing competition, is one step closer to her dream.

Open houses set for forest travel plan

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is seeking public comment after Oct. 29, on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Motorized Travel Management.

District’s board rate its’ actions as satisfactory

Payson school board members are generally satisfied with themselves and their accomplishments, although they could talk more with the community about the district’s money problems and curriculum, according to a recent self-evaluation.

Two minnows added to endangered list

Verde River and Fossil Creek on list of streams critical to the survival of the spikedace and loach minnow

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday added two tiny fish found in the Verde River and Fossil Creek to the endangered species list and designated as critical habitat 796 miles of streams in Arizona and New Mexico. The spikedace and loach minnow once gobbled up mayflies in stream riffles all over Arizona, but have dwindled to 5 percent or 10 percent of their former range.

Lost horses corralled, back at home on a ranch

Yippie-ki-yay. Four horses that went missing 37 days ago were found safe and happy on the Rim Thursday. The only problem, the horses didn’t seem too thrilled to be found.

Holiday parade entries sought

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.

Coconino forest will not enforce pass at remote locations

Pending implementation of changes to the Red Rock Pass Program, the Forest Service will not enforce recreation fees at some remote locations.

RCMS character ed program results in fewer class problems

Rim Country Middle School’s new character education program has spurred a 22 percent drop in recorded instances of bad behavior from the first quarter last year to the same quarter this year — down to 273 infractions across 13 categories.

Election night reporting system will be used for General Election

Gila County, in conjunction with the Arizona secretary of state, will once again be using an online tool called Election Night Reporting (ENR) to display election results live as they are available on election night. This Web site interface will provide candidates, the media, and other members of the public with detailed, graphical views of state and county election results.

Election night just the beginning for many county officials

Early ballots will be the first tallied on election night. And if history is a guide, they will also be among the last.

GOP house candidate ‘miffed’ by ASU campus plan

Gosar stumps for tax cuts, small government, health care repeal and suggests Payson should turn to NAU

Republican congressional candidate Paul Gosar Thursday said he was “miffed” that Payson was negotiating with Arizona State University instead of Northern Arizona University to build a campus in town.

DECA chapter conducting canned food drive to benefit food bank Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 30, Payson High School DECA students will be conducting a canned food drive between 9 a.m. and noon.

Gardeners complete year-long new look for the Young Cemetery


Health fair can help keep healthy this winter

The annual Community Health and Care Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 6 in the “old” gym at Payson High School.

It’s easy to insult people when you don’t know their customs

A while back I mentioned that in 1958 I drove across the country on my way to Japan. I had been overseas before, but just once. That was Iceland, a European nation which shares many customs with us, so I had few problems over there.

Kirkpatrick doesn’t deserve our respect or our vote

About this time last year a caustic debate was under way across the nation over the proposed “Obama Care.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was quoted as saying “We need to pass it (health care) before we know what’s in it.”

Support for Phon Sutton

I am supporting Phon Sutton for the Hellsgate Fire Board. Phon is right, our taxes for the Hellsgate Fire District are way too high.

Too many lies in political ads

Am I the only one who is fed up and disgusted by the continuous barrage of lies we are subjected to during political campaigns? Do these ad writers think that the entire voting public is so ignorant as to believe all of the unfounded false statements that they fabricate?

School budget cuts were necessary

Recently, in letters to the editor, there have been many negative comments regarding the reduction in staff (RIF) made by the Payson Unified School District’s governing board. However, there has been little discussion regarding the context in which these reductions were made — the $1.2 million that had to be cut from an already anemic budget.

Vote carefully for school board

As the day of decision approaches, I would like to encourage the many parents and constituents of Payson to consider the lack of integrity and transparency demonstrated by the PUSD Governing Board and specifically incumbent Rory Huff (board president).

Bohlmeyer is the best candidate to represent us

In a letter to the editor last Friday, Lew Levenson puts down Elaine Bohlmeyer, Prescott Winslow and Bill Shumway as “nice people ... really likeable individuals” advocating “sensible solutions” and focusing on “statement of the goal rather than what it takes to achieve the goal.”

George W. Bush was a president with class

This country is desperately lacking a president with leardership ability but even more so, a president with class. When as president, everything you do fails (such as the stimulus) and instead of taking responsibility for your failures you blame George Bush and his administration that shows Obama has no class.

GCC absurdity now novelistic

Where’s Kafka when you need him? We wish we could assign the German novelist and master of bureaucratic absurdity to cover Gila Community College: Seems like a prefect fit.

Community Almanac

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87, Pine, will have ladies’ jeans and slacks on sale at 3 for $1 through Saturday, Oct. 30.

Man convicted of assault, found not guilty of molestation

A man pleaded guilty to piercing a child’s stomach after he beat more serious charges including alleged child molestation.

‘Roundup’ has to file special request to get GCC drop out rate

Want to know Gila Community College’s dropout rate? You’ll have to ask the college’s attorney.

Enrollment drop forces schools to re-evaluate

A loss of 112 students in the Payson Unified School District this year will translate into a loss of roughly $450,000 and necessitate a harsh look at providing services to a shrinking district.

High drop out rate a problem for many community colleges

Arizona’s community colleges are dropout factories, with an average three-year completion rate just above 18 percent, according to a report from the Goldwater Institute released this month.

Neighborhood feud nearly leads to murder

Taken from a page in the Hatfield-McCoy saga, a bitter feud between neighbors in Tonto Basin almost led to murder. Gila County sheriff detectives say Ronald Hughes Johns and Loren Eaton often threatened each other with physical violence in a long-running dispute about property lines.

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Humane Society honors volunteers

Barbara Brenke has lavished time on critters who can’t speak for themselves.

Major firms eyeing Payson

Mayor reveals key details of ASU plan and predicts world’s largest solar cell maker will open assembly plant here

The world’s largest maker of solar cells will likely serve as the anchor tenant for a research park next door to the proposed Arizona State University campus in Payson, Mayor Kenny Evans said Thursday in a wide-ranging discussion of the proposed four-year campus before the Citizens Awareness Council.

Companionship can be found at the shelter

We, as humans, have all searched for a companion at some point in our lives. There are many different ways to do this — by internet, want ads or even help from friends.

Star Valley vet clinic named top dog

The Veterinary Healthcare Team of Arizona recently honored the staff at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic as the top health care team in the state, beating out larger clinics.

Look beyond U.S. border for investment opportunities

On Oct. 24, many celebrated United Nations Day. It was an occasion to highlight and reflect on the work of the United Nations, whose mission is to promote understanding and cooperation among the world’s countries.

Lady longhorn Soccer team goes to State

Amy Wilcox has taken the lady Longhorn soccer team to the state tournament in her first year at the helm of the program.

Now is the time to be trout fishing in mountains

Many outdoor enthusiasts have stored the fishing rods as the fall hunting seasons are currently the main focus of interest. Filling that big game tag, chasing quail from ridge to ridge or waterfowl hunting will take center stage for the remainder of the fall.

Eagles no match for fired up Lady Horns

The finest season in the history of Payson High School volleyball wrapped up in fitting fashion on Oct. 25 with the Lady Longhorns pulling off the surprise of the season, upsetting the homestanding Flagstaff Eagles 3-0.

WM rivalry goes back for years

It was with a chuckle and a smile that I read a big city newspaper reporter’s account of an interview he had with Show Low football coach Randy Ricedorff.

Flustered Cougars await Longhorns in Show Low

A 2010 regular season that has been both interesting and out-of-the-ordinary wraps up this evening with the Show Low Cougars playing host to the Payson Longhorns in an East Region face-off.

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Horns advance to sectional finals at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff today

The Payson High School cross country teams will be among the first in Arizona to compete in the postseason under the new “Division-Section” format rather than the “Region-Conference” that was used for decades.

Methodists welcome new minister, Javier Olivares Jr.

Arizona isn’t so far from Javier Olivares Jr.’s native Texas, except that he came to the United Methodist Church of Payson via New Jersey — at least most recently.

Two main Halloween options for families

Goblins and ghosts, costumes and candy, tricks and treats. Beware, it’s Halloween!

Village has frost on the pumpkin

There has been a bit of controversy over when the kids should go out to trick or treat, whether on Saturday, Oct. 30 or Sunday, Oct. 31. The question has been brought up on television and in the newspapers. The consensus has been to trick or treat on Sunday.

Fall Festival at P/S School

Break out the logs and stoke the fire, ’cause winter is knocking on the door.

Senior Center opens exercise and fitness facility

The fall foliage is at its peak in terms of color change. However, with the windy front that moved through our area, many of the trees lost their color-changing leaves.

Creek had lots of parties in October

Joan and Mari Price had a little get-together for their mom, Vi Price’s birthday.

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Ranch Life

Students get an up close look at life on a ranch during Agriculture field day

Pizza comes from a box and clothes come from the store, right? For a group of elementary school children, pizza and other common items were demystified last week at the Tonto Natural Resource Conservation District’s (NRCD) Agriculture field day held in Tonto Basin.

Thursday, October 28

Vanishing Views

Will dwindling aspen stands fade fall colors forever?

Especially when the aspen turn all gold and trembly in the fall.

Five things to know about the 2010-11 flu season

Last year’s flu season turned out to be less severe than initially feared, perhaps because the H1N1 scare made people more vigilant about flu vaccinations.

Programs for seniors focus on health, education, fun

The Rim Country has three organizations providing opportunities for seniors to socialize, stay healthy and learn new things. Both Payson and Pine have Senior Centers with lunch programs that provide well-balanced, hot lunches at reasonable prices for the older citizens of the Rim Country.

Christmas shopping in Europe

Yes, it’s time again to think about ordering Christmas cards and to consider what you want to do for the holidays.

A visit to the Golden Waif/House Mine

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hike to the old Golden Waif Mine, referenced on topographical maps as the “House Mine.” This mine had a major impact on early Payson.

Supercharged soups that satisfy

As the weather turns cooler, soup is a delicious and healthful way to warm up. From homemade to prepared varieties, nourishing soups also can satisfy your hunger by making you feel full longer.

Put experience to use by coaching others

A new career is often replacing the choice of retirement for many baby boomers, who have plenty of experience and resources to make entrepreneurship very successful.

Prescribed burn planned on Anderson Mesa Thursday and Friday

Fire managers are planning a prescribed burn on Anderson Mesa southeast of Flagstaff Thursday and Friday. Conditions should be ideal to burn the grasses on approximately 2,000 acres south of Ashurst Lake.

Getaway around rim country

A large selection of The Salsa King’s award-winning salsa and America’s Best Fudge will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby.

Vitamin D is vital for bone health

Nearly half of patients who go in for orthopedic surgery are seriously deficient in vitamin D, according to a recent study. Being deficient in that vitamin compromised healing.

Older Americans and mature pets

from the Humane Society of the United States

Pets can bring new meaning and purpose to the life of a senior who is living far away from friends or family. Having a pet in an elderly person’s life can offer them a sense of well being, a sense of encouragement, and even a reason for living.

Coconino National Forest implements interim changes in the Red Rock Pass Area

Pending implementation of changes to the Red Rock Pass Program, the Forest Service will not enforce recreation fees at some remote locations.

Tuesday, October 26

Hikers find four horses on Rim

A group of Pine hikers say they are worried for four horses, apparently wandering alone through the forest off the Rim Road, near Hi-View Point.

Arrests help combat town’s graffiti problems

After more than two years of work, Payson Police officers are one step closer to wiping out a graffiti group with another arrest Oct. 18.

Kirkpatrick vows to protect Social Security in quick stop

Congresswoman meets with local officials about college land swap, then takes a whack at her opponent

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick on Friday made a hurried campaign stop and met with local officials about how to get federal help in thinning the forest and getting the Forest Service to quickly sell Payson land for a college campus.

Council chickens out, town abandons new poultry laws

The Payson Town Council ran for cover like a hen from the shadow of a chicken hawk last week and abandoned an attempt to loosen the rules on backyard poultry.

Senior Circle’s parent PRMC is tops in survey

Payson Regional Medical Center recently completed the Joint Commission Survey and received a final CHS score of 94 — one of the Joint Commission’s top scores.

PHS band qualifies for state competition

Their new uniforms must have ushered in fresh confidence.

Group providing assistance to Rim Country’s homeless students

A first success story should soon come just nine months into the work of Payson’s nonprofit that helps high school students without parents find homes.

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Life lesson: Don’t judge a book by its cover

The kiddies wandered into the Payson Public Library on a mellow Wednesday morning, ready for games, story time and some important life lessons.

Government shares the blame for earth warming

In reference to your “earth warming” article of last Friday, Oct. 8.

Unsubstantiated claims will increase fear that health care system cannot be trusted

Watching Public Television’s “Horizon” last night, I found it despicable to give time to John Dougherty’s claim that Jan Brewer is ill.

Use of marijuana hits teens hard

The Arizona Academy of Pediatrics recently came out against Proposition 203, because states with medical marijuana laws have far higher rates of teenage marijuana use.

Thanks for the concerts

My husband and I would like to thank Susan Jacobson and Karen Amman of Mazatzal Casino for the excellent monthly tribute concerts during 2010.

Which do you want, recession or depression?

Tea Party activists, Republican leaders and Fox pundits keep warning us of the future problems that will be caused by current deficit spending.

Inspiring event

Thank you for the article on suicide awareness. I drove in from San Diego to support and attend the event and I was inspired by the courage of those in attendance.

Candidate has no position on Tonto Creek Bridge proposal

I have tried via e-mail and voice mail to get this candidate to respond to a simple question for two weeks. Paul Gosar has refused to declare if he is for the Tonto Creek Bridge project.

Political system is broken

By now, it should be obvious that our federal political system is broken. The voters have been disenfranchised by the money gods of various corporations, organizations and the special interest

It is important for voters to make informed decisions

Thank you for placing the article, “What you need to know about Prop. 203 and medical marijuana,” on the “Opinion” page, though I wonder how many readers stop to think what that means.

Bohlmeyer committed to improving education

Elections should result in what’s best for Arizona and that requires examining Arizona’s resources. It doesn’t seem a stretch to argue that Arizona’s children are among its most vital resources and consequently, each of us should consider actions that are in the best interest of this most precious resource.

Say no to Prop. 203

Prop. 203 is a pothead and dope dealers’ dream. Although its deficiencies and negatives are legion, worst is its protection of cardholder potheads from prosecution for any death or injury they cause while under the influence of pot.

Serving on school board is a thankless job

Often we forget how “thankless” the job of being a school board member can be. Certainly, if a person has never been in that position, they have no idea how difficult the decisions are even in good economic times. When poor economic times present themselves, these decisions are magnified by enormous degrees.

Don’t distort the truth

This letter is in response to a letter from Larry Koontz re: Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.

Our neighbors still need help

Imagine struggling through two years of recession, scrounging for work, somehow paying for your kids’ medicines, keeping food on the table — only to lose your house, your job, your kids’ security despite the first, faint flush of the turnaround.

Community Almanac

The Gila County Recorder’s Office will be conducting early voting for the upcoming Nov. 2 general election at the Pine-Strawberry Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Town hopes to foster new age of business development with group

The retail community of Payson has always been segmented into geographical groups — Main Street, Swiss Village and the Wagon Wheel, just to name a few.

Poverty rise hits local food banks

More than one-fifth of Gila County residents live in poverty as Arizona drops to 49th among the states

Local charities continue to stagger under the impact of rising poverty rates, with a rising tide of desperate people seeking help to feed their families and scrape through the month.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Local officers investigating routine traffic violations last week discovered a significant amount of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police say.

Bystanders can cut death rate from cardiac arrest with CPR

Studies show that quick use of CPR, automated defibrillators can save cardiac arrest victims dramatically in many cases

The paramedics riding the Payson Fire Department’s trucks save lives every year.

Shhh, quiet, Payson alters noise rules

Barking dogs, clanking garbage trucks dominate discussion in overhaul of rules to regulate neighborhood noise

Garbage trucks — bad. Ice cream trucks — good. Barking dogs — very bad.

Business Buzz

Meet Gila County’s new manager, Don McDaniel Jr., on Oct. 28 at the October Business Buzz.

Conference addresses challenges facing rural areas

Although the recession may be technically over, rural communities still lag behind metropolitan areas as they recover, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens said.

Dentist joins Anderson Dental Group

With Payson’s first full-time dentist regrettably forced to slow after nearly 40 years in practice, Anderson Dental Group needed someone to step in.

Common mistakes made by home buyers

While we may make many purchases in a week’s time, most people buy a small number of homes in their lifetime.

Howling good fun for Halloween

There will be all kinds of fun activities for kids of all ages in the Rim Country for Halloween.

Coaches’ actions disappointing

There were those who predicted that the Blue Ridge vs. Show Low football game played Friday evening in Lakeside would be a heated affair that could contain tinges of ugliness.

Youth basketball is a go — finally

A bit of salesmanship, recruiting and roll-up-your-sleeves hard work from Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Coordinator Trevor LaHaye helped the once endangered seventh- and eighth-grade basketball program get off the ground.

Ex-teacher on top in PMGA low-net formatted tourney

With the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s 2010 season about to end, retired school teacher Mike McKee broke into the win column scoring an A flight high tally of 62 in an individual low-net formatted tournament played Oct. 20 at Payson Golf Course.

P/S Buffalos don pink for gridiron clash

It wasn’t too long ago that a teenager would have to be extremely comfortable with his masculinity to wear pink socks — especially while playing in a football game.

Lady Horns nail down East Region title tie

A 3-0 victory over the Round Valley Elks sewed up a first-place tie in the final region standings for the Lady Longhorn volleyball team.

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Seniors thrive at final home game

A close-knit band of 23 Payson High School seniors played their final home football game in the Longhorns’ 54-0 win over the Alchesay Falcons.

PAWS to hold annual chili supper

The PAWS organization has some wonderful donations for the Christmas Boutique which will be part of their 14th Annual Chili Supper. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the group will have some great items for sale and great holiday gifts.

Saturday, October 23

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Longhorns trample Falcons

The Payson Longhorns kept their post season hopes alive Friday evening in PHS stadium with a convincing 54-0 pounding of the Alchesay Falcons.

Friday, October 22

‘Awakening Earth’ comes to Payson

“Awakening Earth,” the eco-play by the Maya Joy Dancers that was a big attraction at the Pine Earth Expo this summer, is coming to Payson.

Limited services now provided at Apache-Sitgreaves campgrounds

Cooler weather has arrived on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Water and trash services at many campgrounds are no longer provided.

Learn about creating adult foster care homes

With such a large population of retirees living in the Rim Country there is an ever-increasing need for elder care facilities. One option is an adult foster care home. An adult foster care home is an alternative to institutionalized health care.

Three Hellsgate fire board candidates offer views

Facing a year of potentially devastating budget cuts after losing a $160,000 contract with Payson and assessed evaluations falling an estimated 15 percent, the Hellsgate Fire Department knows it needs to make cuts.

Forest Service has prescribed fire of 5,000 acres planned near Young

Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire officials will start a prescribed fire along both sides of Highway 288 in the Cherry analysis area beginning at the end of October and continuing through November.

Communities moving to ban fireworks as state law looms

The ponderosa pine forest around Payson has survived years of drought. It has survived bark beetles.

Officials, locals spar over plan to restrict off-highway vehicles in national forest

Leaning against a trailer filled with cords of freshly cut fir, Nate Henry shrugged off the possibility that a proposed U.S. Forest Service policy might affect his livelihood.

Outdoorsmen needed rescue

If you have plans to hunt or fish this weekend, take heed: two Valley men proved both hobbies could be quite painful.

Five candidates seeking three seats on PSWID board

Water users in the tiny mountain hamlets of Pine and Strawberry have the opportunity to choose the direction the water improvement district takes in the next few years by electing three governing board members from a field of five candidates.

SV towing company gets the green light

poured over every detail of a conditional use permit for Carl’s Towing.

Seeing is believing — Part II

Last week I wrote about a blind spot we have in each of our eyes. Yes, we actually have a blind spot in each eye, and with a little effort, you can learn to see it. In case you missed last week’s column, we had some fun finding out how to do that. If you want to know how to do it, just go back and read the column.

Drop in polls should equal debates

Now that the seemingly insurmountable lead in the polls our appointed governor has enjoyed has evaporated quicker than a mid-July monsoon storm over the Mazatzal Mountains, will she finally come out from hiding from voters?

Where are Tonto Basin residents?

member of the Marine Corps League and the VFW.

Health insurance cost rising

Dear Mr. President, I am sure you have found 2010 to be a most challenging time, and I hate to bother you with such a trivial matter

Thunder Mountain was great event

As a 15-year Payson area resident, I want to express my sincerest appreciation to all the event planners, committee members, sponsors and volunteers who brought the recent Thunder Mountain Ride to our community.

Protect your personal information

A friend brought a letter to us to examine from the Mesa Social Security Office to apply for prescription drug coverage.

Humane society building is a need

When I was growing up, there was not a great deal of money and so my family taught us the difference between needs and wants.

Kirkpatrick works hard for her communities

I feel I must respond to the letter stating that Ann Kirkpatrick is out of touch with her public.

State needs some tough love from officials

More thoughts on that Oct. 5 candidate forum. More accurately, thoughts on the guest comments so prominently featured in the Oct. 15 Roundup.

Politician: How about working for voters?

For more than 60 years I have heard Republicans talk about the federal government as if it were some great, terrible, foreign power that was going to take away our freedom. Don’t they remember that the majority of Americans voted our leaders into power?

Forest Service moves to protect East Verde

Whew. Let us catch our breaths. Not used to all this bustle. But don’t get us wrong — we’re not complaining.

Community Almanac

The Payson Art League ARToberFEST opens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22 with an artists’ reception at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. The exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24.

CH2M Hill hired to manage Pine-Strawberry water district

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement board at its Oct. 21 meeting agreed to hire a Colorado firm with projects in Buenos Aires, Japan and New Zealand to run the two towns’ water companies.

Three arrested on drug-related charges by police

Two Payson residents were arrested at their home Wednesday while a third person was arrested at her work, all on drug-related charges.

East Verde recreation sites ready for building

Forest Service will spend more than $300,000 to build four parking lots with toilets off Houston Mesa Road starting this month

The U.S. Forest Service is hurtling along with a $300,000 plan to build four day-use areas on the banks of the East Verde River along Houston Mesa Road.

PHS changes help teachers track students all day

Enhanced computer systems at Payson High School have made students more trackable this year as the school’s new administration seeks to bolster security.

Jakes Corner woman released from jail

Claudia Mae Washburn’s bond reduced from $250,000 to $50,000

A Jakes Corner woman accused of aiding her fugitive son and two other convicts has posted bond.

National forest Christmas Tree cutting permits selling fast

Forest Service officials announced that 2,651 Christmas tree permits remain available for those who want to cut their own tree from one of five national forests in Arizona.

Firefighter crew size poses danger

Four-man crews shave minutes off medical care, posing dilemma for cash-strapped Payson

Four-man paramedic firefighter crews perform critical medical tasks several minutes sooner than two-man crews, according to a new national study that sheds light on the Payson Fire Depart-ment’s choices concerning staffing levels on its fire trucks.

Child’s diagnosis of cystic fibrosis leads grandmother to help raise research money

If Jane Henderson’s grandson Zach had been born 50 years earlier, doctors would have told his parents he would likely not live beyond his childhood. But today, with improved medications and treatments for cystic fibrosis, Zach is expected to live well beyond that.

It’s no treat to be tricked by scary investment moves

If you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, you’re unlikely to encounter too many monsters after Halloween ends.

Finding a vehicle, minus the fuss

You won’t find any balloons, banners or fancy car lifts here. Ray’s Auto Exchange looks like how a used car lot should — low maintenance, what you see is what you get.

Animals need time to adjust to change

Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we experience change on a daily basis. The change we see here, though, is positive. It sometimes is not something we notice until a few months have passed; it’s slow change.

AIA releases 2011-2013 division placements

Remember the old Sears-Roebuck “Wish Books” that every child anxiously waited for each Christmas because it was a thickly bound tome containing a seemingly endless number of pages picturing the latest in toys, games and playthings?

Bucks and does heat up Payson Golf Course

“Buck and Doe” on the Rim Country sports scene is not a big game hunt, but rather a golf tournament that pairs members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association with their counterparts in the women’s group, the PWGA.

Ultimate fighting arrives on shoulders of PHS alum

Heath Bebout, a 1999 Payson High School graduate and one of the finest long distance runners to ever don a Longhorn track and cross country uniform, is spearheading a move to bring mixed martial arts to the Rim Country.

The fall colors are beginning to show

The fall months, with the last days of Indian summer, offer the hiker and other outdoor enthusiasts perfect weather conditions to view the changing colors of the leaves before the winter snows.

FLW tourney success spawns February event

It appears Payson’s considerable efforts to make the FLW National Guard Western Series bass tournament held Sept. 22 to 25 at Roosevelt Lake the big hit it was has paid dividends in the form of the town and lake being awarded another FLW tournament.

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Coach’s rookie season coming to a close

With one game remaining on the regular season schedule, Amy Wilcox’s first year as Lady Longhorn head coach is winding down.

Internet Explorer 9 — changing perceptions?

Microsoft has developed a reputation as the “Evil Empire” among some in the computer world. And the main culprit that has led to the negative feelings has to be Internet Explorer.

Readers share resources to address noise pollution

I got a lot of e-mails and letters regarding my last article, which was primarily about noise from modified motorcycles rumbling the whole area.

Rim visitors center burglarized

Warm, gorgeous days and cool nights are dominating us with some clouds where precipitation that was promised did not materialize. Though this weekend we still have rain that is in the forecast, there should be clearing by Sunday. And toward the middle of the week, freezing at night is predicted.

Chuck Berry was rock’s heartbeat

I always try my best to have available a wide range of music at each event I DJ.

Last of 3 fire board candidates profiled

The leaves have begun to change into fall colors and some of the trees are already losing their leaves, along with the ponderosa pines shedding their needles. Get your rakes out, folks, it’s that time of year again. I don’t mind the work, I love all the wonderful colors that nature shares with us.

Holiday Fashion Show tomorrow

Fall colors are starting to appear between Payson and Pine.

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ARToberFEST — A bounty of beauty

Art league show features 23 Rim artists

Autumn in Rim Country means many things. One of the most popular is the annual ARToberFEST presented by the Payson Art League. It always offers up a bounty of beauty to savor.

Thursday, October 21

Paving begins Monday on State Route 260, east of Payson

The project to widen State Route 260, 15 miles east of Payson, will reach a milestone Monday as the Arizona Department of Transportation begins paving of the westbound lanes of the new highway.

Christmas Tree permits selling fast

Forest Service officials announced that 2,651 Christmas tree permits remain available for those that want to cut their own tree from one of five national forests in Arizona.

Wednesday, October 20

I just want to be Me!

Look around you. No… look closely. What do you see? If there is one word that describes our world more accurately than any other it’s diversity.

An African Photo Safari

Of the many people I speak with about adventure travel most tell me their ultimate goal is go to Africa for a photo safari.

Eco-play to be presented at PCSA Oct. 23

Awakening Earth, the eco-play by the Maya Joy Dancers that was a big attraction at the Pine Earth Expo this summer, is coming to Payson.

Senior Circle speaker shares tips on how to be ‘Nifty over 50’

“Edu-tainer” Lynda Murphy will be speaking at the Wednesday, Oct. 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle.

Good 2 Go

The weather will be changing soon, and it is time to think about comfort food for dinner. If you are thinking chili, mark your calendar for the 14th Annual Chili Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

A bounty of beauty

PAL 2010 ARToberFEST

Autumn in Rim Country means many things. One of the most popular is the annual ARToberFEST presented by the Payson Art League. It always offers up a bounty of beauty to savor.

Getaway around rim country

Awakening Earth, the eco-play by the Maya Joy Dancers will be presented at the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness. There will be two performances of the play: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23.

Sciatica just one cause of back pain

I never had a back problem before, but my dad used to have them all the time. He said it was sciatica. I believe that’s what I have. How can I get rid of it?

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 6: School Begins On The Lower Tonto

After five days living with Andy and Jane Blake on Wild Rye Creek, teacher Angie Mitchell was escorted along Tonto Creek to the ranch of John and Mary Vineyard.

Tuesday, October 19

Payson poised to lower fines for excessive noise

If you really want to make a big racket and irritate all your neighbors — just hold off a little longer.

Wildfire risk better than 2006, more needs to be done, says supervisor

Government needs to allow private industry to thin the forest, make money, pay taxes, improve economy, says Gila County Supervisor Martin

The series of water bladders strategically placed around the county has kept flames from engulfing the Rim Country, Supervisor Tommie Martin told about a dozen people at a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting last week.

Cardinals tickets, goodie basket being raffled to benefit Humane Society

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

Payson considers new rules to regulate home businesses

Payson on Thursday will consider an overhaul of its rules controlling home businesses.

Town contract with private firm may keep Taylor Pool open

Two choices. Shut Payson’s Taylor Pool next summer. Or give EVO Aquatics a two-year contract to keep it open.

Senior Circle has special events planned

The Senior Circle is an outreach program of the Payson Regional Medical Center. All programs, events and activities are both supported and funded by the hospital.

Fashion show set

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store will present a fashion show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 in the Community Center dining room behind the store on Highway 87 in Pine.

General, retired deputy volunteer for airport board

A U.S. Air Force Major General who helped direct the war in Iraq and a retired deputy sheriff with 23 years flying experience have volunteered to serve on the Payson Regional Airport Board of Directors.

‘Peter Pan’ will be performed by PHS theater group

The Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Company will perform the beloved classic “Peter Pan” in the newly renovated auditorium opening at 7 p.m., Nov. 3.

Gifted students raising money for trip to Washington, D.C.

Local gifted students have raised $12,000 of the $40,000 needed for a trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring.

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Students gain inside glimpse at Mayor Evans’ life

Trivial pursuit time: Who has worn ties since he was a small tot, worked as a migrant farm worker and slept in the back window of his family’s car only to one day earn enormous financial and political success?

Community Church needs help with angel tree giving program

The Community Presbyterian Church of Payson is participating in the Prison Ministries Angel Tree program and needs the community’s assistance.

Rewarding illegal immigration

There is a great deal of debate as to whether or not a person should be punished for entering this country illegally.

New Deal did end the Great Depression

I’m responding to Ed Welge’s letter to the editor of Oct. 12.

No pay raise

A letter to the editor Oct. 14 stated that Congress voted themselves a pay raise. HR 5146 — Provides that members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011.

Hellsgate fire chief clarifies a few points

After the articles and letters to the editor written in the past few weeks, I would like to clarify a few points.

The very best

Readers — we must thank you, once again. At first glance, it looks like we cleaned up — best non-daily newspaper of the year for the 12th year running. But here’s the thing: All we did was tell your stories. And you’ve been giving us great stories every year since 1946.

Community Almanac

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.

Roundup again wins top newspaper award

Paper wins ‘best non-daily’ for 12th year in a row from Arizona Newspapers Association

The Arizona Newspapers Association on Saturday declared the Payson Roundup the best non-daily newspaper in the state — for the 12th year in a row.

County blames state for budget squeeze

Deputy County Manager John Nelson said he felt anger along with many other residents after opening his property tax bill this year. Although county supervisors followed Nelson’s recommendation and raised the total amount of property taxes collected by 2 percent, some homeowners’ bills increased by 10 percent.

$10M in marijuana plants destroyed

If only Gila County could sell the marijuana it seizes at illegal Payson-area pot patches to California dispensaries, the nearly $10 million worth of marijuana destroyed in the last month could have helped our state budget woes.

Sales taxes rise, building permits surge

Payson gets its first good budget news in months

Please — let it continue.

Land sales go up as prices fall 28 percent

Last week’s column was an update on home sales in the Rim Country for the third quarter of 2010. Of course, home sales make up the largest portion of our real estate market, however, land sales are also an important part of the mix.

Southern Lady Designs opening soon

On Nov. 1, check out the newest Main Street store that specializes in old treasures.

Walk raises money for suicide awareness, research

More than 100 people attended Saturday’s Out of the Darkness walk, which raised money for suicide awareness and mental illness research.

Maverick girls finish on top at Oak Creek meet

A lack of athletes didn’t hamper the Rim Country Middle School girls sixth-grade cross country team in its efforts at the Verde Valley League Championship meet.

Lady Horns, BR, Lobos tied for East title

A 3-0 win over the Snowflake Lobos and a second-place finish in the Fountain Hills Invitational tournament has Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink and his charges celebrating one of the finest back-to-back performances in team history. It all began Oct. 14 in Snowflake where the Lady Horns virtually assured themselves of a tie for first place in the race for the East Region championship by shutting out the Lobos.

Falcons give Horns a chance to rebound

A sure cure for a three-game losing streak in 3A football is to have the hapless Alchesay Falcons next on the schedule.

State berth for Horns remains a toss up

After rising as high as second place in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point rankings, the Longhorn football team has fallen to 11th — primarily due to three consecutive losses.

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Mother Nature can’t foil quad benefit fun

Intermittent rain and hail couldn’t dampen the fun revelers enjoyed at the Justice McNeeley Foundation Poker Run held Oct. 16 near Pine.

Monday, October 18

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Roundup again wins top newspaper award

Paper wins ‘best non-daily’ for 12th year from Arizona Newspaper Publisher’s Association

The Arizona Newspaper Association on Saturday declared the Payson Roundup the best non-daily newspaper in Arizona – for the 12th year in a row.

Saturday, October 16

Big loss, little horns

Custer had a better day at Little Big Horn than the Payson Longhorn football team had at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Friday evening.

Arizona Department of Transportation Rim Country Construction Updates

What to expect the week of October 18:

ADOT crews will continue the hauling of materials the week of October 18. Truck traffic is anticipated to be particularly heavy during work hours as 20 additional trucks have been added to the schedule.

Friday, October 15

SV council debates grant wish list

What would you do with $280,000? That is the question facing the Star Valley Town Council. Councilors have less than a year to decide how to spend Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money over the next two years.

She’s home again — and happy

Humane Society’s new director takes the long way back to Payson

She’s home. Good news for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Thinning project boosts forest health in White Mountains

In 2004, the USDA Forest Service awarded Future Forest LLC with the White Mountain Stewardship Project (WMSP) — a 10-year contract that has resulted in healthier forests, protection for local communities, enhanced rural development, and the use of previously unmarketable small diameter trees.

Man convicted of swindling businesses

A 45-year-old Phoenix man was found guilty Oct. 1 of posing as an electronics distributor who took thousands of dollars from several Rim Country businesses but failed to deliver on any products.

Social Security: Candidates duck

Both Congressional District One candidates have tried to shove their opponent into the steaming hot tar baby of an unpopular position in the Social Security debate, but ultimately, neither one will take a position.

Health care key in congressional race

Kirkpatrick defends vote in favor of expanded coverage, but Gosar decries cost of extending coverage

An onslaught of bewildering television ads have so far dominated the pivotal struggle for the congressional seat that includes Rim Country.

A good week to think about retirement savings

You may not see it posted on your calendar, but next week is National Save for Retirement Week.

Green Mountain Emporium moves to Hwy. 260 location

Every business owner knows location can make all the difference.

Community Almanac

The church at Green Valley Park, Payson First Assembly of God, will conduct a huge and prodigious yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. The church is located at 1100 W. Lake Drive in Payson.

Kirkpatrick out of touch

Seventy percent of Americans disagree with Obamacare, but our congresswoman still brags about how she supports it.

Seeing is believing when it comes to blind spots

A while back I was talking about microscopes and telescopes, and I happened to mention that all my life it “seemed that there was something I wanted to get a look at that human eyes just weren’t quite good enough for.”

Kirkpatrick has learned enough

For a clearer picture of our Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, I want to relate my visit with her, a year ago in August.

Liaison post proves beneficial

I’m writing to thank both Mayor Kenny Evans and Town Manager Debra Galbraith for their foresight in hiring Mike Vogel as a liaison between the Town of Payson and those, such as myself, who are seeking to help bring some vivacity back into the commercial life of Payson

Lack of loyalty to local business

This weekend, the well-publicized and much talked about “Thunder Mountain” Motorcycle Rally came to Payson and hopefully, stimulated the economy of our town.

PE money should be spent on teachers, not equipment

The most astounding fact in the article about the $1.4 million grant to expand PE in the Payson Unified School District is that now students only have PE one day a week

Social Security disparity

Our Congress, run by the Democratic Party majority, recently passed an annual pay increase for its member of 5 percent, or approximately $8,800 per member.

Two readers share thoughts on Oct. 5 candidate forum

Here in Arizona boys are boys, and sometimes the girls are too. We do not mind electing women to public office, but we want to make sure they can open up a can of whoop-you-know-what and be able to use it as well.

Gifted teachers set an example for everyone

More than 100 teachers from around the state attended this week’s gifted conference at Rim Country Middle School, which attracted education experts from around the nation — and one from Canada.

Goddard’s wife rallies as governor’s race tightens

Monica Goddard made a luncheon speech in Payson Tuesday to rouse the troops and trumpet polls showing a tightening in the race for governor, which pits her husband, Attorney General Terry Goddard, against Republican incumbent Jan Brewer.

Gila County braces for more spending cuts

With a state budget shortfall projected at $825 million this year, Gila County officials are bracing for more expenses handed down to them from the state.

Warming wallops Southwest

Floods, fires, plant loss already escalating as a result of “unequivocal” global warming trend

Los Angeles reports its hottest day ever. Lake Powell and Lake Mead dwindle toward water rationing. Rim Country suffers a bewildering sequence of flood and drought.

Man guilty of attacking mother

Thomas Ray Reasons, 50, did indeed assault his ailing mother and stab a man who tried to help her after he got irritated when she asked to him come home from a friend’s house in November of 2009, a jury decided on Oct. 8.

Drought return forecast

The Colorado River watershed may face a dry winter — and water rationing, according to several recent, unsettling studies.

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McCain campaign pit stop

Top Rim Country leaders took advantage of a breakfast meeting with Sen. John McCain on Thursday to win fresh commitments to push for a Forest Service land exchange to allow construction of an ASU campus here and more help protecting Rim communities from forest fires.

Gifted funds gutted

This week’s gifted symposium at Rim Country Middle School attracted illustrious guest speakers and 104 teachers from around the state, 30 of them from Payson.

Deadbeats beware

Gila County #1 in collecting child support

Even if all your exes live in Texas, if you don’t want to pay your child support you better get out of Gila County.

Mega Monsoon tourney awards $340 in prizes

Congratulations to Derek Wimpee for winning the Mega Monsoon Tournament last month.

Team effort makes FLW Bass Tournament a success

Just a few weeks ago, 100 of the best bass fishermen in the West launched their boats for a week of competitive fishing on Roosevelt Lake with Payson being the hub of all the activities.

Injury bug stings RCMS Maverick football

A couple of key injuries might have prevented the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade football team from winning the White Mountain League championship.

Adams gets quick start in PWGA September play

Payson Women’s Golf Association nine-hole group member Ann Adams opened the month of September as if she was going to dominate play as she had done throughout the summer season.

Realignment hot topic around Arizona

Prep football pundits from around the state are scratching their collective noggins trying to project where the Arizona Interscholastic Association realignment for 2011 to 2013 will place their favorite teams.

Big Pine benefit poker run is this Saturday

The highlight of the Pine-Strawberry fall sports and recreation scene for the past six years has been the Justice McNeeley Benefit Poker Run.

Linemen will determine victor Friday

The outcome of tonight’s Blue Ridge vs. Payson East Region football game will hinge on the battle for real estate — most of it within three yards of the line of scrimmage.

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Streak ends, Redskins fall 3-0

Following three consecutive defeats, the Lady Longhorn volleyball team jumped back on the winning track Oct. 12 by defeating the homestanding St. Johns Redskins 3-0.

Adoption fee is just $25 during Adopt A Dog Month

October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month®. During October, all dog adoption fees are just $25 at the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Vocabulary for some well-known computer security violations

When you are dealing with computer security issues (which most of us are on a daily basis), it’s important to know the jargon.

Work at local schools continues to progress

The nights have seen a considerable drop in temperature lately.

Christopher Creek has been rumbling lately

The appropriately named Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Rally just finished up.

A howling good weekend on tap

This weekend looks like another two days of many events going on in the Rim Country area that will benefit our local not-for-profit organizations.

Looking forward to Halloween decorations

The days are rushing by so quickly that it is hard to believe that October is half gone already. Halloween is just around the corner, and the Village is looking forward to the amazing decorations that Bobette Davis puts up every year.

Annual benefit quad run is tomorrow

I just got back from a retreat up north, which took me up through Sedona, (hoping to see fall colors, but the trees were still as green as could be), on to Williams, back through Flagstaff, down Lake Mary Road, and ultimately, home sweet home.

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Which way to go?

Tonto Basin homeowners now drowning in tangle of red tape

Tonto Creek residents know they are in trouble.

Wednesday, October 13

Getaway around rim country

There will be two jazz concerts this month — both taking place this weekend.

Library speaker will explore ‘What is good?’

The Library Friends of Payson will host another Road Scholar program Monday, Oct. 18.

Good 2 Go

The Community Presbyterian Church of Payson is sponsoring an October Festival for all the residents of Payson Oct. 16.

Art show perfect place to start holiday shopping

The 2010 Payson Art League “ArtoberFest” will showcase the work of 23 artists, most from around the Rim Country. The big show and sale is Friday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

Torn rotator cuff causes shoulder pain

For quite some time, my right shoulder has hurt. I saw an orthopedic doctor, who says I have a tear of my rotator cuff. He suggested surgery. What do you think of surgery for this?

Rim Country mispronunciations

At a recent visit to Diamond Point Shadows I heard folks talking about how Prescott should be pronounced. They pronounced it as many Arizonans do: “press-kit,” instead of how many out-of-staters do, “press-scott.”

Adventures and Expeditions

When we think about our next vacation we often consider visiting relatives for a week or so, or perhaps camping and fishing or even a cruise to the Caribbean or Alaska.

Saddle up for 2010 Quilt Roundup

Quilters of all ilks, it’s time for the roundup — the big Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

Tuesday, October 12

Military News

Air Force Airman Ryan C. Steelman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Raffle prize includes tickets to a Cardinals game

The Humane Society of Central Arizona will raffle off a basket worth $250, including tickets to an Arizona Cardinals game donated by Jim and Sue Lewin of Lewin & Associates, LLC.

Payson resumes slurry seal road work

Slurry seal project will cover six miles of roads — the first big maintenance project in three years

After three years of hanging onto the frayed budgetary end of its rope, Payson has finally resumed routine street maintenance. When times were good and the budget flush, Payson resolved to spend about $500,000 annually to slap down a coat of slurry seal on its streets every seven years.

Payson settles Airport Board civil war

Fight over legality of airport board crashlands on agenda

Authority board of directors since July.

Payson noise rules spur loud, debate

Gary Harkins has fought a losing two-year battle against the din of announcements and the shrill of bells at all hours of the day and night from the speakers high atop the middle school.

Rim’s third quarter real estate statistics brighten

The third quarter real estate statistics for the Rim Country produced another uptick in units sold. There was good news for the average sales price in Payson-Star Valley as home prices had a small, but encouraging increase.

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Educational building booms

Ag facilities, state’s largest school solar project take shape — with a little ‘divine intervention’

A bit of “divine intervention” has helped the Payson Unified School District’s auditorium renovations. With students home for fall break, other construction projects including the new agriculture building and solar panels, are continuing in full force.

Practicality, use buildings better

I really hope that when ASU comes to Payson they gain a bit of our small town common sense and can stop some of the ludicrous behavior they and the U of A exhibit

A taste of freedom

Last weekend, single family homeowners in Payson got a taste of freedom.

Payson is getting a sweetheart deal from Hellsgate

I am running for the Hellsgate Fire Board and completely agree with Ted Paulk’s “Do the math” letter.

Lip Sync Contest returns

I have great news! We, the members of Kiwanis, Optimist and Rotary Clubs along with Payson High School Drama Club and Student Government (STUGO) are sponsoring the third annual Lip Sync Contest for high school students on Feb. 27, 2011 at Payson High School.

What stopped the Great Depression?

Most people, especially the Democrats and Liberals and other left wing wackos attributed it to FDR’s progressivism agendas which pulled our nation out of the Great Depression. Nothing could be further from the truth; it was out and out World War II that did it, not FDR’s progressivism agendas.

Fire the school board incumbent

The superintendent of Payson schools and the board of education have shown themselves to be grossly inconsiderate of proper personnel practices and driven by private vendettas.

It takes a community — just to get by

The lingering economic downturn has left hundreds of Rim Country families scrambling for work, money and a place to stay. The sad spike of homeless students in Payson serves as a stark reminder that no matter what the Dow Jones says, people still hurt.

Community Almanac

A free training session called “Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library” will be held at the Payson School District Office, 920 W. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Fierce fight for Congressional seat erupts

Kirkpatrick and Gosar exchange barbs and clash on spending, health care, budgets

Flagstaff dentist Paul Gosar’s fierce, bare-knuckle attempt to unseat first-term Congressman Ann Kirkpatrick has turned into a slugfest that could play a role in whether Republicans seize control of the House of Representatives. The rhetoric appears stark — with near daily charges and counter-charges.

Wild highway chase

Spike strips end 95 mph flight down the Beeline

Police used spike strips to finally end a careening, 39-mile, high-speed chase down Highway 87, which bashed an officer’s car and scattered furniture down the highway.

Climbers rescued Saturday

Volunteer rescuers rigged ropes and hauled three wet, cold, hungry children and their two fathers up a 160-ft. cliff on Saturday — a happy end to a scary story.

Homeless kids rising

The Payson Unified School District’s population of homeless students continues to grow — it now accounts for 15.5 percent of the district’s total population. Moreover, the district’s number of students eligible for free “and reduced lunch has climbed to an all-time high at 62 percent.

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Biker rally calm

Although it failed to bring the numbers organizers anticipated, the Thunder Mountain Ride bike rally also failed to deliver the problems police feared.

Child caregivers offered free training on multiple topics

The Arizona’s Children Association has scheduled several free training sessions for parents, foster parents, caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and interested community members.

Annual art show perfect to start holiday shopping

The 2010 Payson Art League “ARToberFEST” will showcase the work of 23 artists, most from around the Rim Country. The big show and sale is Friday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

Saddle up for 2010 Quilt Roundup

Quilters of all ilks, it’s time for the roundup — the big, Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

Payments arrive with direct deposit, no matter what

These days, almost everyone gets their benefit payment by direct deposit.

‘Nifty over 50’ presentation planned

“Edu-tainer” Lynda Murphy will be speaking at the Oct. 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle.

Truck explosion burns driver

A badly burned driver managed to escape his flaming truck Saturday night on Highway 87, only to be struck by a car as he lay in the highway.

Lady Longhorns look to end skid

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team travels today, Oct. 12, to St. Johns with a goal of breaking free from the anguish of a three-match losing streak.

Payson senior tapped for third hall of fame

he honors keep rolling in for former high school, collegiate and professional football star Frank Andruski.

Football rivalry could reach new heights

The Show Low vs. Blue Ridge football game on Oct. 22 could be one of the most emotional games, both on the field and in the stands, that will be played this season.

Former PHS coach in new venture

Former Payson High School coach and teacher Mike Loutzenheiser is taking on a new challenge.

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Falcons soar over Horns; Jackets next on schedule

It’s the proverbial “out of the frying pan and into the fire” for the Payson Longhorn football team. After falling 25-19 to Fountain Hills, the Horn players and coaching staff now must face the White Mountain gridiron juggernaut known as the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

Saturday, October 9

Missed Opportunities

The Longhorns lost another tough one.

Friday, October 8

Pan for gold during weekend Gem and Mineral Show

Learn how to pan for gold at the 2010 Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the Payson Rimstones Rock Club this weekend. The Rimstones are hosting a group from Show Low that will demonstrate gold panning at the 13th annual Gem & Mineral Show Saturday Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

Humane society conducting raffle for Cardinal tickets, goodies

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

School board wants losing candidate to fill open school district seat

Whichever candidate loses November’s election should be appointed to replace resigned school board member Richard Meyer, remaining board members decided Monday night.

Consolidating retirement accounts can pay off – in many ways

Now that fall is officially here, change is everywhere. The days are shorter and cooler and, in many places, the trees are bursting with color.

Early Bird Restaurant opens

For you early risers, catch the early worm at the Early Bird Restaurant, which recently opened in Pine off Highway 87.

Thunder Mountain roars into town this weekend

The Rim Country will rumble with the roar and thunder of motorcycles Friday through Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 and 10 as bikers from all over converge on Payson for the Thunder Mountain Ride.

Great-grandmother loves her Harley

Mary Ann O’Rourke is by no means your typical biker.

A small coincidence can change history, Part II

Last week we spoke of how a minor coincidence saved the life of Paul Revere, who was captured by the British on the night of his famous ride and placed in front of the marching redcoats, to be the first man killed at Lexington, a rebel spy caught in the treasonous act of alerting the countryside of troop movements.

How to stop the government from working

Since 1919, filibusters have been stopped in the United States Senate a total of 396 times (

Teachers, staff at school district are amazing

As I read all the stuff that is going on in the school district and listen to some complaining about employees in the district who have been let go, I remember when we went through lay-offs when I was on the school board. We had to cut elementary PE, lost some teachers, and other administrators.

Citizens don’t want what Kirkpatrick stands for

In last Tuesday’s edition of the Roundup, Sydney Whitely said it was disturbing to see the attack ads on Ann Kirkpatrick. In your letter you failed to list a lot of things credited to Kirkpatrick.

A betrayal of public trust

I have been following the Payson Unified School District issues with mounting concern, followed by incredulity over the past few months. I will not comment here on the dismissal of a proven administrative team since it is, as they say, a done deal.

Islam is a government, not a religion

“Call it what it is and we can deal with it,” Sean Murphy wrote in The Washington Times of Monday, Sept. 20. Mr. Murphy made the assertion in an article appearing online at under the title, “Islam is a government, not a faith.”

National Friends of Libraries Week great time to offer support

Oct. 17-23, is National Friends of Libraries Week, making it a good time to publicly thank the Library Friends of Payson who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services.

Another supposed ‘jobs’ bill that won’t create jobs

Just weeks before the elections and days before members of Congress left Washington, Senate Democrats and the president made one last desperate attempt to show voters that this Congress is purportedly serious about creating jobs.

Fighting a deadly threat to our nation’s children

A big cheer for Payson Unified School District: Jump up and down. Hoot and holler. Then take a break. If you’re like the average American, you don’t get any regular exercise — so you gotta be careful.

Community Almanac

Support Rim Country gifted youth with several upcoming fund-raisers. Students are raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.

Complexity of Obamacare forces experts to admit, ‘I don’t know’

The health care reform law is touted as being comprehensive. Tom Russell of Tom Russell and Associates, who specializes in senior health and life insurance, says, “It’s a big, big problem. It’s a complex problem.”

Police officer’s appeal hearing postponed

An appeals hearing set Wednesday for former Payson Police Lt. Donny Garvin, who was demoted to sergeant in July for alleged misconduct using a company-issued cell phone and other actions, has been postponed another month due to a medical emergency.

Four seek house seats

Improving education marked the top priority for the two Democratic District 5 House candidates at Tuesday’s Clean Elections debate, while financial accountability marked the Republicans’ most urgent call.

Bohlmeyer vs. Allen

State senate candidates Elaine Bohlmeyer and incumbent Sen. Sylvia Allen faced off during Tuesday’s Clean Elections debate, expressing opposing views on everything from reinvigorating the economy to the state’s role in the immigration and health care debates.

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Possible tornado shears off Rim trees

Rim Country gets moderate rain, flurry of snow, strong winds

Several possible tornadoes touched down in Rim Country this week, shearing off a small forest of trees, but not inflicting the widespread damage visited on Bellemont.

Murdered woman’s ID a mystery

Mummified body of woman found along Young Road

Sheriff deputies say someone murdered a young woman roughly seven months ago and dumped her body in the woods off Highway 260, leaving little evidence of what happened. Detectives are now trying to piece together a perplexing case while a killer remains on the loose.

Deadline to apply for Arizona spring hunts is Oct. 12

Sportsmen, women and children with visions of hunting a strutting turkey, a javelina unique to the southwest, a secretive black bear, or that once-in-a-lifetime buffalo have until Tuesday, Oct. 12 by 7 p.m. (MST) to submit a paper application to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for the annual spring drawing.

Barr Memorial a hit in softball

The inaugural Mike Barr Memorial Coed Softball tournament was a glowing success that organizer Trevor LaHaye expects to serve as a foundation for future events.

What can an adopted dog bring to your life?

October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month®. What can an adopted dog bring to your life? There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That’s why — during American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month® celebration in October — we’re encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.

PMGA links action fast and furious

Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association and the women’s 18-hole group have competed in a variety of tournaments played both at Payson Golf Course and in Flagstaff.

Focus on Friday, coach says

Payson High School football coach Byron Quinlan drills into every player each Monday and throughout the practice week that the next game is the most important in their season.

The bugle of the bulls

During the past couple of weeks, the shrill bugle of the many bull elk that are courting the available cows in the Rim Country has interrupted the quiet early morning hours. The early fall is the time of year when getting up at the crack of dawn will add some wildlife entertainment by listening to the competing bulls as they gather their harem of cow elk, which is part of the natural cycle of reproduction for these majestic animals.

AIA realignment plan reorganizes cross country

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

Cross country gets well-deserved break

With the Payson school district in fall break, cross country runners are taking a brief respite from their rigorous practice routines before returning to competition Oct. 13 at the Show Low Invitational.

Tournament time on Rim; in the Valley

Former Payson High School football star Cable Morris, a member of the Longhorns’ 1998 undefeated state championship team, is issuing an invitation to his Rim Country friends to join him in a Valley-area benefit golf tournament.

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Lady Horns’ offense stymied

The Lady Longhorn soccer team’s playoff aspirations took a hit Oct. 5 at Rumsey Park with a 1-0 loss to the Round Valley Elks.

Videoconferencing with your home computer

The future is here. Recently, tech companies Cisco Systems and Logitech announced that telepresence videoconferencing will be made available for home use.

Community Yard Sale, Shop Hop tomorrow in Pine

The members of the Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild will be holding a very unique “community yard sale” in Pine tomorrow, Oct. 9 under the ramada in the center of town.

Barbecue makes new generator possible

Let it rain, let it rain! As I look out my office window, it looks as if the cloud has fallen to the ground with all the mist.

A delicious steak dinner will get your motor runnin’ this week

Were you Born to be Wild? If you were, then ... Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway, Lookin’ for adventure And whatever comes our way.

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Residents tour fire station, meet new chief

With another round of rain and lightning we received earlier this week, many welcome the precipitation to abate the fire hazard of dry undergrowth we typically see at this time of year

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Tall Pines Market has new owner

Ashley Rhodes has gotten engaged. Ashley has worked up at Tall Pines Market with the ladies in there.

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Tremble of beauty

Efforts to understand the dwindling of the aspen reveal an intricate, endlessly connected natural world

I sit alone among the clones, which loom overhead — quivering weirdly. But I am not scared. Truth be told — I do so love these clones.

Wednesday, October 6

Fresh fall flavors

This fall, create a menu to remember by incorporating fresh, seasonal flavors into the traditional, comforting dishes of the season. As the air becomes crisp and the sun sets a little earlier each day, it’s the ideal time to warm up your kitchen while experimenting with fresh ingredients. Plus, matching each dish with a corresponding wine is a simple technique for enhancing the flavors in the food and wine.

Happy Reformation Day!

I love the fall. The crisp air, pulling out my favorite sweaters and the change of the bright, golden leaves lining the road on the drive from Payson to Pine. Of course the holidays are an added plus to this time of the year. October 31 kicks off the fall and winter holidays.

Getaway around rim country

Friday, Oct. 15 is the deadline to register for the quilt classes planned for the 6th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

Good 2 Go

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club will be having its 13th Annual Gem & Mineral Show Saturday Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center.

Two jazz concerts coming up

There will be two jazz concerts this month — both taking place next weekend.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 5: The move to Lower Tonto

The ranchers in Tonto Basin were about to receive their first schoolteacher.

Biker Chick

Great-grandma loves her Harley

Mary Ann O’Rourke is by no means your typical biker. Seeing her on the street, in a store or restaurant, you’d be hard pressed to recognize her as a “motorcycle mama” — unless she was dressed out in her gear.

Tornadoes hit northern Arizona

A series of early morning tornados outside of Flagstaff Wednesday wrecked havoc, destroying more than a dozen homes, blowing over RVs, derailing train cars and forcing motorists off the highway.

Homicide suspect arrested in Heber

Acting on information received from sources, Navajo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested homicide suspect Guy Gibson in Heber on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 5

Payson to go behind closed doors to discuss lawsuits, ASU campus

Most of the juicy discussion at Thursday’s Payson Town Council meeting will take place behind closed doors.

Senior Circle hosts speakers, plans trips

A number of different speakers will visit the Senior Circle in the coming weeks.

Stop automatic calls

If you have forgotten or can’t find what you came for, please do not park your shopping cart in the middle of the aisle while you are looking, making it impossible for other shoppers to get through.

Payson marketing program receives Safeway grant

The Payson High School Marketing Program has received a $1,000 grant from Safeway Inc.

Arizona’s student loan default rate tops nation

A U.S. Department of Education report lists Arizona as having the nation’s highest rate of student loan defaults, but where the state really stands comes down to how you view the numbers.

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PHS band excelling, new uniforms coming

Times are good for Payson High School’s band, fresh from winning its first awards in years and awaiting new uniforms after four years of fund-raising efforts.

What you need to know about Prop. 203 and medical marijuana

What do you know about marijuana (cannabis)? What do you know about medical marijuana? What do you know about Arizona’s Proposition 203?

Disruptive ATV

I live in a neighborhood close to the national forest. There is a trail around the block that often gets used by ATVs.

ADOT offers work zone advice for SR 87 travelers

The Roundup’s recent Oct. 1 story about improvement work along State Route 87 south of Sunflower certainly helps advise Payson area residents about possible delays.

Do the math on the new fire station

I imagine by now some folks are asking why I keep writing ... well, along with 11 percent of my gross money going to state and local sales taxes, (this does not include federal tax mind you,) and my water bill doubling each year, the county just cashed my check for over $2,000 for my yearly cost of living here, aka property tax.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake raises $20,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters had a very successful Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund-raising event on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Rim Country Lanes

Kirkpatrick is sincerely trying to represent voters

In the dozen or so years I’ve lived in Payson, no congressional representative from this district has done as good a job of reaching out and communicating with constituents as Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

Rim Country needs organic farmers market

I suggest this not just for Payson, but for the surrounding areas — Gisela, Strawberry, Pine, Star Valley and other communities close by, even Camp Verde. A nonprofit organic farmers market would be great.

Name ag building after teacher

building in Payson after Wendell Stevens.

Be careful who you elect

If we want our democracy to make it through the 21st century, we cannot continue to increase the disparity of wealth between the rich and the middle class

Small-town hospitality

This past weekend, the Payson Airport and Crosswinds Restaurant hosted our regional Grumman-American aircraft fly-in. Despite unsettled weather, 17 aircraft and 29 pilots and guests enjoyed the excellent airport and air-camping facilities at the Payson Regional Airport and the excellent food and service at the Crosswinds Restaurant.

Let people sell what they can

One would think that during such hard economic times and people are scrambling to try to make ends meet, there would be more opportunities for people to showcase their products/services to sell and help pay the bills.

Constitution protects everyone

In an Oct. 1 letter, “Allen will honor right to life,” C. Suhr expresses the opinion of those who seek to impose their beliefs on others, missing the point of our state and national constitutions.

Do not stand by as evil triumphs

You hold the Tuesday paper in your hands. But by the time we publish again on Friday, odds are another Arizona resident will most likely have been murdered by an intimate partner.

Community Almanac

Hospice Compassus will again offer the Life After Loss course for persons who have lost a loved one through death. This is a six-week course meeting from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays starting Oct. 5.

Community college may play key role in university’s plans

Payson campus may forge relationship with Gila Community College

Gila Community College remains one vital piece in the jigsaw puzzle of a Payson university campus.

Education level of Arizona’s work force hobbles economy

Arizona already labors at a big disadvantage when it comes the education level of its work force, although studies show that a state’s economy depends on the size of its college-educated work force. That applies to both the state’s ability to attract new industry and on the tax base.

Federal judge dissolves injunction protecting Arizona eagles

A federal judge has rejected pleas from environmentalists and the Tonto Apache Tribe, and will allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pull desert-nesting bald eagles from the Endangered Species List.

Domestic violence shelter now fills up

Thursday March calls attention to the 100 victims murdered each year in Arizona

The Payson Town Council can declare October “Domestic Violence Month,” but the Payson police know the grim truth: Every month is domestic violence month for dispatchers.

Payson ASU campus timing perfect

Universities must change to accommodate projected 50- percent enrollment growth by offering low-cost degrees

Pity Tantalus, tormented by thirst in Hades by being made to stand neck deep water that dropped out of his reach every time he stooped to drink.

Farmers market harvests success

The Payson Farmers Market is finishing a successful second season during which it more than doubled in size, expanded its sales and began to cement itself as a Saturday tradition in Rim Country.

School receives $1.4M grant to expand PE

Payson Unified School District will receive $1.4 million over the next three years from a federal grant to expand its physical education program.

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Young Eagles

Eighty-five youths turned out for the free airplane orientation flights at the Payson Airport Saturday.

Different buyers and their personalities

If you have been a real estate agent long enough, you discover the many different buyer types and personalities. A personal favorite is the buyer who loves every property they are shown.

PWGA has light month of play

The Payson Women’s Golf Association had a light month of play in September, except for a few out of town tournaments. There were eight Payson women participating in the Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Association partners tournament, which was held in Flagstaff.

Jackets fall, Lobos sneak by

No one would blame the Lady Longhorn volleyball players if they are a little edgy when they take the floor tonight, Oct. 5, in Fountain Hills to challenge the Falcons.

Youths needed to keep basketball program going

Town recreation coordinator Trevor LaHaye, who has been at his job only about a month, is concerned that the upcoming seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league might fold.

Premier meet draws PHS runners to huge field of contestants

With 72 teams competing, including both Payson High teams, the Queen Creek Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Gilbert is one of the most popular mid-season meets in the state.

Former coach on road for ministry

It’s not often that a high school football coach develops a big time reputation for his intellect and spirituality. After all, holiness and brainpower don’t seem to go hand in hand with those who teach teenagers to put helmets and pads on and then violently collide with one another.

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Horns fall to Lobos, look to rebound in future games

The Payson Longhorns’ 14-7 loss to the Snowflake Lobos on Friday evening in PHS stadium renders the outcome of four remaining games all important in the team’s pursuit of a state playoff berth.

Monday, October 4

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A Book Fair is a hit at Rim Country Middle School

Rim country Middle School recently had a literacy event in the school library that put books iin the hands of kids and raised funds for the schools.

Saturday, October 2

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Lobos bring down Longhorns

On the first play from scrimmage Friday evening, Longhorn tailback Payson Herring broke off a 60-yard scoring run that coupled with the conversion kick gave Payson High School a 7-0 lead over East region rival Snowflake.

Friday, October 1

News Briefs

Authorities believe a man that crashed his vehicle into a tree at his home Sunday was likely drinking.

Desert eagle numbers soar as lawsuits flock to court

The state’s eagle population rose on a wet-winter updraft this year, but the legal battle about their status continues.

Barbara Shepherd wants lower school fees

The $200 fee Payson students pay to play sports marks school board candidate Barbara Shepherd’s most fervent issue.

Rory Huff wants Payson schools to be the best

A year full of budget cuts, layoffs and difficult decisions made during emotional meetings, has strained members of the Payson Unified School District’s board. But member Rory Huff has emerged for November’s campaign full of energy and certain that the board made good decisions.

Payson Fire Department to hold open house Oct. 9

Join the members of the Payson Fire Department during their open house Saturday, Oct. 9 for your opportunity to train in compression only CPR.

Great contestant turnout for Fiddlers Fest

500 turnout to hear fiddlers, Michael Rolland continues family’s championship tradition by Teresa McQuerrey roundup staff reporter The 40th Old Time Fiddlers Festival had almost 40 contestants, a

The 40th Old Time Fiddlers Festival had almost 40 contestants, according to co-chairman Bill Neal.

Pine Strawberry artists to hold community yard sale

Have you ever gazed longingly at a beautiful painting, or held a finely-crafted wooden bowl in your hand, thinking how wonderful it would complement your home or what a great gift it would make — if only you could afford it?

5K walk will raise money for cystic fibrosis research

On Saturday, join walkers at Green Valley Park for a 5K walk to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.

Enjoy an afternoon of music Sunday

Multi-faceted artist Daniel Narducci is the featured artist in the Sunday afternoon Tonto Community Concert Association program Oct. 3.

Gathering of five generations has special significance

Mary Ann Malicki O’Rourke and her older sister, Barbara Malicki Pike, have been blessed with the chance to bring five generations of their families together.

A small coincidence can change history

Like the rest of the kids in my elementary school, I just sat there and listened during history lessons. The teachers laid it down and we soaked it up.

Payson’s loss is Alchesay’s gain

For the past five months, I have been following what has gone on in the Payson Unified School District. My father, Tim Fruth, lost his job after 29 years of outstanding service.

Allen will honor right to life

According to the recent Arizona Catholic Conference Voter’s Guide, Arizona State Senate candidate Sylvia Allen supports: school vouchers; defining traditional marriage as between one man and one woman; making illegal immigration a state crime; and implementing a temporary guest worker program.

PUSD ‘soap opera’

The “soap opera” at the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) continues unabated.

Democrat legislative candidates are just more of the same

The Sept. 14 Roundup had an editorial plus another section on the CAC interview of three Democrat candidates for Rim Country political offices — Bohlmeyer for Senator Allen’s seat, and Winslow and Shumway competing for legislative seats against Barton and Crandall.

Vote Dems out of control

Well ... we all listened today to the president in full campaign mode, talking to people in Albuquerque and Wisconsin, talking with students (his favorite forum), about how much he has done for this country, and the need for them all to get out and vote, to keep the corrupt Republicans from taking over the country!

EMS professionals provide excellent assistance

In the Tuesday edition of the Roundup there was an article about a woman who suffered significant injuries after falling from a horse.

PUSD has many reasons to strike up the band

It’s been many years since the Longhorn Marching Band received a top score award at an inter-regional competition, but this past Saturday, Mrs. Daria Mason led her Longhorns to not just one, but three out of the five top region awards: Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Percussion Performance, and Outstanding Music.

A veteran dreamer takes over airport

We wanted to take a moment to welcome Beth Myers back. The new full-time manager of the Payson Airport was a Realtor in Payson, before moving away for a couple of years.

Deadline to register to vote in general election is Monday at midnight

Not registered to vote? The deadline is Monday.

Only one person shows up for barking, loose dog meeting

Sometimes a complainer’s bark is bigger than their bite.

Highway road work causes fitful delays for drivers

The seemingly interminable construction work on the Beeline Highway, continues to cause sometimes unpredictable delays for people heading to Rim Country.

Kohl’s residents stunned by new water rates

A proposed 626 percent increase, up to about $42 a month, in water rates has stunned residents served by the Kohl’s Ranch Water Company.

Grant to bring high speed Internet to rural areas

System of 319 microwave towers could help Payson provide townwide wireless Internet

A just-approved $39 million federal stimulus grant will provide a statewide network of microwave towers to boost Internet speed and availability in rural areas, including Gila County.

Burns spew smoke on Rim

Host of controlled burns reduce risk of deadly fire

Smoke continued to drift through many mountain communities this week, as forest managers set hundreds of acres on fire.

ASU officials see promise in Payson campus

Agreement termed ‘promising second date,’ with no wedding date set

Arizona State University and Payson have definitely gotten hot and heavy — but no one has scheduled the wedding just yet, say university officials in the wake of the joint signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Think twice before taking out 401(k) loan

Your car could break down. You might need a new furnace. You have to pay for one last term of college for your child.

‘Most Accurate Economist’ to deliver 2011 forecast

She and her team correctly pinpointed key indicators at both the beginning of the recession and the beginning of the recovery. For these remarkable predictions, Sherry Cooper, executive vice president and chief economist for BMO Financial Group, will receive this year’s prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for economic forecasting accuracy.

Application deadline for spring hunts nears

Time is running out, so take a moment and run down to your local Game and Fish office, license dealer or point your Web browser to to get all the information you need to apply for the 2011 spring hunts before the Tuesday, Oct. 12 (by 7 p.m. MST) deadline.

Fall turkey hunt starts today

If you were fortunate enough to draw a tag for the fall turkey hunt, chances are you were in the woods this morning at daylight.

Fall trout tournament set

The annual fall trout fishing tournament that in the past has benefited the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department and Payson Community Christian School has a new benefactor. This year, all profits will benefit the nonprofit radio station 98.5 FM KCMA and the Let’s Talk Fishin’ program.

No buses mean no tournament for boys soccer

The Payson Invitational Boys Soccer Tournament that was to be played Sept. 24 and 25 at Rumsey Park was canceled, as those who showed up to watch it quickly found out.

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Lady Longhorns roll past Lobos

Lady Longhorn girls soccer coach Amy Wilcox, a former three-sport star at Payson High School, knows well the rivalry that exists between her alma mater and the Snowflake Lobos.

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Tribe donates $10,000 to PHS football

Thanks to the generosity of the Tonto Apache Tribe, Longhorn football players will be decked out in spanking new uniforms when they take the PHS field this evening against the visiting Snowflake Lobos.

How to detect your computer’s cry for help

You’re no stranger to complaints ... you get them from your kids, from your co-workers, your spouse, your boss, and maybe even complete strangers on the road.

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Open house at fire station tomorrow

Forest Service Road 504, which a secondary route between the Heber-Overgaard area to Winslow, has been closed for nearly two weeks, with the exception of last weekend.

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Art activities planned for fall break

The Fall Apple Festival brought quite a crowd to Pine last weekend. Folks were milling around checking out the many booths, sampling chili, and enjoying delicious apple desserts.

When it comes to country music, he’s known as ‘the man who started it all’

A couple of Mondays ago, the Tonto Community Concert Association kicked off its 32nd season at the Payson High School Auditorium with the Gibson Brothers, a nationally renowned bluegrass band from New York.

Bids being accepted to ‘firewise’ Diamond Point Summer Homes area

What? Oct. 1 already? Where did September go? Granted, it was a bit busy in the Village this past month, but wait, I am not ready for winter. I do love the colors of October though.

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A little Christopher Creek history

Pat Guevara wanted folks to know that there are some determined women up here and that “nothing, not even a missing wheel chair, will keep us ladies from playing dominoes or Rummikub on Wednesdays.” They always have a great time of fellowship, fun and snacks to share.

Flying is everything for Payson’s new airport manager

Beth Myers will take charge of $10 million master plan to take landings/takeoffs from 40,000 to 66,000

Flying gave Beth Myers everything — then took it away. Now, she’s giving everything to flying.

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Heritage Festival offers a chance to visit history

Vintage “Base Ball” and a descendant of Zane Grey will highlight the 2010 Western Heritage Festival. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 at Green Valley Park and presented by the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

Community Almanac

Historic Main Street is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 for First Friday festivities and more. Photographer Gerri Levine will be the featured artist at the Artists of the Rim Gallery. In addition to the great art in the gallery, Artists of the Rim will be having a “Bargain Sale” under the gazebos in front of the gallery. 

Shelter staff works hard to match pets and people

The variety of cats and dogs we have at the shelter is amazing. We have every color of kitten you could imagine, the friendliest mixed up mutts, and purebred dogs that include labs, a Min Pin and even a Weimaraner.