Saturday, October 30
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
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.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is seeking public comment after Oct. 29, on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Motorized Travel Management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pending implementation of changes to the Red Rock Pass Program, the Forest Service will not enforce recreation fees at some remote locations.
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.
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.
Early ballots will be the first tallied on election night. And if history is a guide, they will also be among the last.
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.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, Payson High School DECA students will be conducting a canned food drive between 9 a.m. and noon.
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.
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.
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.”
I am supporting Phon Sutton for the Hellsgate Fire Board. Phon is right, our taxes for the Hellsgate Fire District are way too high.
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?
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.
A man pleaded guilty to piercing a child’s stomach after he beat more serious charges including alleged child molestation.
Want to know Gila Community College’s dropout rate? You’ll have to ask the college’s attorney.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Brenke has lavished time on critters who can’t speak for themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Wilcox has taken the lady Longhorn soccer team to the state tournament in her first year at the helm of the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goblins and ghosts, costumes and candy, tricks and treats. Beware, it’s Halloween!
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.
Break out the logs and stoke the fire, ’cause winter is knocking on the door.
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.
Joan and Mari Price had a little get-together for their mom, Vi Price’s birthday.
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
Will dwindling aspen stands fade fall colors forever?
Especially when the aspen turn all gold and trembly in the fall.
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.
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.
Yes, it’s time again to think about ordering Christmas cards and to consider what you want to do for the holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Their new uniforms must have ushered in fresh confidence.
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.
The kiddies wandered into the Payson Public Library on a mellow Wednesday morning, ready for games, story time and some important life lessons.
In reference to your “earth warming” article of last Friday, Oct. 8.
Watching Public Television’s “Horizon” last night, I found it despicable to give time to John Dougherty’s claim that Jan Brewer is ill.
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.
My husband and I would like to thank Susan Jacobson and Karen Amman of Mazatzal Casino for the excellent monthly tribute concerts during 2010.
Tea Party activists, Republican leaders and Fox pundits keep warning us of the future problems that will be caused by current deficit spending.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This letter is in response to a letter from Larry Koontz re: Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local officers investigating routine traffic violations last week discovered a significant amount of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police say.
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.
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.
Meet Gila County’s new manager, Don McDaniel Jr., on Oct. 28 at the October Business Buzz.
Although the recession may be technically over, rural communities still lag behind metropolitan areas as they recover, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens said.
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.
While we may make many purchases in a week’s time, most people buy a small number of homes in their lifetime.
There will be all kinds of fun activities for kids of all ages in the Rim Country for Halloween.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,” the eco-play by the Maya Joy Dancers that was a big attraction at the Pine Earth Expo this summer, is coming to Payson.
Cooler weather has arrived on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Water and trash services at many campgrounds are no longer provided.
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.
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.
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.
The ponderosa pine forest around Payson has survived years of drought. It has survived bark beetles.
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.
If you have plans to hunt or fish this weekend, take heed: two Valley men proved both hobbies could be quite painful.
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.
poured over every detail of a conditional use permit for Carl’s Towing.
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.
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?
member of the Marine Corps League and the VFW.
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
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.
A friend brought a letter to us to examine from the Mesa Social Security Office to apply for prescription drug coverage.
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.
I feel I must respond to the letter stating that Ann Kirkpatrick is out of touch with her public.
More thoughts on that Oct. 5 candidate forum. More accurately, thoughts on the guest comments so prominently featured in the Oct. 15 Roundup.
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?
Whew. Let us catch our breaths. Not used to all this bustle. But don’t get us wrong — we’re not complaining.
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.
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.
Two Payson residents were arrested at their home Wednesday while a third person was arrested at her work, all on drug-related charges.
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.
Enhanced computer systems at Payson High School have made students more trackable this year as the school’s new administration seeks to bolster security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
“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.
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 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.
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.
With one game remaining on the regular season schedule, Amy Wilcox’s first year as Lady Longhorn head coach is winding down.
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.
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.
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.
I always try my best to have available a wide range of music at each event I DJ.
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.
Fall colors are starting to appear between Payson and Pine.
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
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.
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
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.
Of the many people I speak with about adventure travel most tell me their ultimate goal is go to Africa for a photo safari.
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.
“Edu-tainer” Lynda Murphy will be speaking at the Wednesday, Oct. 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
If you really want to make a big racket and irritate all your neighbors — just hold off a little longer.
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.
Would you like a chance to win four tickets to see an Arizona Cardinals game in Glendale?
Payson on Thursday will consider an overhaul of its rules controlling home businesses.
Two choices. Shut Payson’s Taylor Pool next summer. Or give EVO Aquatics a two-year contract to keep it open.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local gifted students have raised $12,000 of the $40,000 needed for a trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring.
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?
The Community Presbyterian Church of Payson is participating in the Prison Ministries Angel Tree program and needs the community’s assistance.
There is a great deal of debate as to whether or not a person should be punished for entering this country illegally.
I’m responding to Ed Welge’s letter to the editor of Oct. 12.
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.
After the articles and letters to the editor written in the past few weeks, I would like to clarify a few points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payson gets its first good budget news in months
Please — let it continue.
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.
On Nov. 1, check out the newest Main Street store that specializes in old treasures.
More than 100 people attended Saturday’s Out of the Darkness walk, which raised money for suicide awareness and mental illness research.
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.
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.
A sure cure for a three-game losing streak in 3A football is to have the hapless Alchesay Falcons next on the schedule.
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.
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
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
Custer had a better day at Little Big Horn than the Payson Longhorn football team had at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Friday evening.
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
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.
Humane Society’s new director takes the long way back to Payson
She’s home. Good news for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may not see it posted on your calendar, but next week is National Save for Retirement Week.
Every business owner knows location can make all the difference.
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.
Seventy percent of Americans disagree with Obamacare, but our congresswoman still brags about how she supports it.
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.”
For a clearer picture of our Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, I want to relate my visit with her, a year ago in August.
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
This weekend, the well-publicized and much talked about “Thunder Mountain” Motorcycle Rally came to Payson and hopefully, stimulated the economy of our town.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Colorado River watershed may face a dry winter — and water rationing, according to several recent, unsettling studies.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Derek Wimpee for winning the Mega Monsoon Tournament last month.
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.
A couple of key injuries might have prevented the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade football team from winning the White Mountain League championship.
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.
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.
The highlight of the Pine-Strawberry fall sports and recreation scene for the past six years has been the Justice McNeeley Benefit Poker Run.
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.
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.
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.
When you are dealing with computer security issues (which most of us are on a daily basis), it’s important to know the jargon.
The nights have seen a considerable drop in temperature lately.
The appropriately named Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Rally just finished up.
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.
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.
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.
Tonto Basin homeowners now drowning in tangle of red tape
Tonto Creek residents know they are in trouble.
Wednesday, October 13
There will be two jazz concerts this month — both taking place this weekend.
The Library Friends of Payson will host another Road Scholar program Monday, Oct. 18.
The Community Presbyterian Church of Payson is sponsoring an October Festival for all the residents of Payson Oct. 16.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
Quilters of all ilks, it’s time for the roundup — the big Rim Country Quilt Roundup.
Tuesday, October 12
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.
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.
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.
Fight over legality of airport board crashlands on agenda
Authority board of directors since July.
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.
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.
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.
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
Last weekend, single family homeowners in Payson got a taste of freedom.
I am running for the Hellsgate Fire Board and completely agree with Ted Paulk’s “Do the math” letter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although it failed to bring the numbers organizers anticipated, the Thunder Mountain Ride bike rally also failed to deliver the problems police feared.
The Arizona’s Children Association has scheduled several free training sessions for parents, foster parents, caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and interested community members.
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.
Quilters of all ilks, it’s time for the roundup — the big, Rim Country Quilt Roundup.
These days, almost everyone gets their benefit payment by direct deposit.
“Edu-tainer” Lynda Murphy will be speaking at the Oct. 27 Lunch and Learn at the Senior Circle.
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.
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.
he honors keep rolling in for former high school, collegiate and professional football star Frank Andruski.
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 Payson High School coach and teacher Mike Loutzenheiser is taking on a new challenge.
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
The Longhorns lost another tough one.
Friday, October 8
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.
Would you like a chance to win four tickets to see an Arizona Cardinals game in Glendale?
Whichever candidate loses November’s election should be appointed to replace resigned school board member Richard Meyer, remaining board members decided Monday night.
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.
For you early risers, catch the early worm at the Early Bird Restaurant, which recently opened in Pine off Highway 87.
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.
Mary Ann O’Rourke is by no means your typical biker.
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.
Since 1919, filibusters have been stopped in the United States Senate a total of 396 times (www.senate.gov).
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.
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.
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.
“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 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/20/islam-is-a-government-not-a-faith under the title, “Islam is a government, not a faith.”
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.
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.
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.
Support Rim Country gifted youth with several upcoming fund-raisers. Students are raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The future is here. Recently, tech companies Cisco Systems and Logitech announced that telepresence videoconferencing will be made available for home use.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ashley Rhodes has gotten engaged. Ashley has worked up at Tall Pines Market with the ladies in there.
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
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.
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.
Friday, Oct. 15 is the deadline to register for the quilt classes planned for the 6th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup.
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.
There will be two jazz concerts this month — both taking place next weekend.
Chapter 5: The move to Lower Tonto
The ranchers in Tonto Basin were about to receive their first schoolteacher.
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.
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.
Acting on information received from sources, Navajo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested homicide suspect Guy Gibson in Heber on Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 5
Most of the juicy discussion at Thursday’s Payson Town Council meeting will take place behind closed doors.
A number of different speakers will visit the Senior Circle in the coming weeks.
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.
The Payson High School Marketing Program has received a $1,000 grant from Safeway Inc.
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.
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 do you know about marijuana (cannabis)? What do you know about medical marijuana? What do you know about Arizona’s Proposition 203?
I live in a neighborhood close to the national forest. There is a trail around the block that often gets used by ATVs.
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.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters had a very successful Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund-raising event on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Rim Country Lanes
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.
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.
building in Payson after Wendell Stevens.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payson Unified School District will receive $1.4 million over the next three years from a federal grant to expand its physical education program.
Eighty-five youths turned out for the free airplane orientation flights at the Payson Airport Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Authorities believe a man that crashed his vehicle into a tree at his home Sunday was likely drinking.
The state’s eagle population rose on a wet-winter updraft this year, but the legal battle about their status continues.
The $200 fee Payson students pay to play sports marks school board candidate Barbara Shepherd’s most fervent issue.
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.
Join the members of the Payson Fire Department during their open house Saturday, Oct. 9 for your opportunity to train in compression only CPR.
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.
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?
On Saturday, join walkers at Green Valley Park for a 5K walk to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
Multi-faceted artist Daniel Narducci is the featured artist in the Sunday afternoon Tonto Community Concert Association program Oct. 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The “soap opera” at the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) continues unabated.
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.
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!
In the Tuesday edition of the Roundup there was an article about a woman who suffered significant injuries after falling from a horse.
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.
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.
Not registered to vote? The deadline is Monday.
Sometimes a complainer’s bark is bigger than their bite.
The seemingly interminable construction work on the Beeline Highway, continues to cause sometimes unpredictable delays for people heading to Rim Country.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Your car could break down. You might need a new furnace. You have to pay for one last term of college for your child.
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.
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 www.azgfd.gov/draw 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.