Stories for September 2010

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Thursday, September 30

Arizona Department of Transportation Rim Country Construction Updates

ADOT will close Airport Road at the intersection of SR 87 on Thursday, September 30 at 6 a.m. to provide a safe work zone as crews begin excavation of the roadway and sidewalk on the east side of the project. Airline Boulevard is scheduled to remain closed until 12 noon on Friday, October 15.

Wednesday, September 29

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.

Photographer, fiber artist is guest of gallery

Gerri Levine has been taking photos most of her life, but never seriously until about 2000 when she got her first digital camera and printer and saw how exciting it could be.

Heritage festival a chance to learn, have fun

Vintage “Base Ball” and a descendant of Zane Grey will highlight the 2010 Western Heritage Festival.

Schools, teachers in Rim Country

were the norm. Teachers who traveled long distances and sometimes endured less than stellar conditions were typical. Here’s a look back at teaching in Rim Country.

Can't I Just be Happy?

Recently while surfing the tube, I stumbled upon a documentary called “Hippies” on the Biography Channel. Having lived out my youngest years in the 1960s and 1970s, I was intrigued.

Getaway around rim country

Autumn in Arizona brings the once-a-year thrill of hearing a bull elk bugle in the forest, of seeing fall colors on a crisp October morning — and the smell of juniper smoke from a campfire.

Tips for Fall Cleanup

Inside and out, fall offers perfect weather for some cleaning, especially where temperatures are typically mild — like here in the Rim Country.

Feathering your nest: top ways to add warmth to your home for the fall, winter

Just as animals use the fall to prepare for winter, now’s the perfect time to transform your home into a cozy nest where your family and friends will love to gather.

Autumn in New England

Hard to believe it’s autumn and time to think about a fall foliage tour in this rather unique part of the United States. New England offers so much history of our early days as a nation and the scenery in autumn is famous the world over. Travelers are stunned with the bright colors of red, yellow and browns mixed in with deep greens.

What are ‘significant’ lapses of memory?

Isn’t early intervention a key to treating Alzheimer’s?

Five fabulous finds that won’t put a bite in the budget

No matter if your cooking style is elaborate like Julia Child or quick and simple like Rachael Ray, there are few items in your kitchen that you shouldn’t live without. Add these five affordable finds to your kitchen and you’ll be cooking with class in no time.

A guide to getting rid of clutter in your home

You’re feeling like the walls are closing in. You’re not a hoarder, but you just have too much stuff. It’s not that difficult to change your ways. If you want to take control of clutter, get a few boxes, one for each room in your home. Start by organizing one room at a time.

fall’s fabulous flavors

Fall brings a whole new set of flavors to the table, and that’s reason enough to celebrate with friends.

Fast, frugal fall fix-ups start with a tour of your house

The ebbing sun and dropping mercury in the garden thermometer signal the end of summer. The shorter, cooler days also mean you might be coming back inside from the great outdoors to discover your home could use a little pizzazz. After all, you spent the past few months soaking up the rays while you worked and played in your yard rather than inside the house.

Saving energy might not be as difficult as you think

While saving energy and lowering your bills during the winter takes some personal sacrifice, it might not be as hard as you think. With a combination of changing your habits and a few simple fixes, it’s possible to realize significant savings on your utility bills.

Man dies after diving into the Blue Ridge Reservoir

The body of a 39-year-old Flagstaff man was recovered from the Blue Ridge Reservoir by members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Recovery Dive Team at about 11:48 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.

Fatalities on Arizona’s roadways lowest in 16 years

The number of traffic deaths on Arizona’s roads is at a 16-year low, a figure that highlights the success of the Arizona Department of Transportation and other public safety agencies in their work to create safer roadways and to educate motorists about safe driving habits. The 16-year low also represents a challenge to continue reducing traffic deaths on roads and highways.

Prescribed Fire Plans for Wednesday

Crews ignited on both the Woody Ridge and Blue Ridge Urban Interface (BRUI) projects today.

Tuesday, September 28

Realtor buys back offices after four years

After selling Rim Country’s Prudential offices in 2006, broker Cliff Potts has purchased the offices back.

Mortgage options for today’s home buyer

It has been reported by the media that the younger generation is shying away from home buying so they can remain mobile if opportunities arise and out of trepidation because of the recent history of the real estate market.

New cardiologist welcomed to Rim Country

The Payson Regional Medical Center and the Senior Circle welcome Dr. Sam Gillette to Payson. He is PRMC’s new cardiologist.

Smoke alarms: A sound you can live with!

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign — Oct. 3 through 9 – “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” sends a reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms in our homes.

Story behind missing scarf

To the person who stole my scarf from the Northern Gila County Fair: Since you have my scarf, I think you should have the story that goes with it, so that when others admire it, you can explain its conception.

Thanks to all who helped with fund-raiser

The Payson Supply Line would like to thank everyone who made “Operation Christmas Blessing” at Granny’s Attic a huge success again this year! Thanks to all of you who purchased raffle tickets and other items, and those of you who stopped by with some very generous donations, we broke a record this year bringing in over $8,400 in donations!

Allen authored property rights legislation

American Stewards of Liberty (the premier property rights organization in the U.S.) recently acknowledged Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen for her authoring, shepherding through passage by the Arizona Legislature and signing by Governor Brewer, of SB 1398.

a bad idea in Arizona

Proposition 203 calls itself “medical” marijuana for serious illness, but that’s dishonest. In other states only 2-3 percent of medical marijuana patients have cancer, AIDS or glaucoma.

Does your vote count?

Since working as a poll worker at the recent election, I have heard several people complain that they do not like any of the candidates selected, selected, and wonder whether it is worth the time to go vote in the General Election on Nov. 2.

Responsible friends

Responsible friends don’t chain best friends in the yard like criminal prisoners. A family pet deserves to be affectionately trained and lovingly treated as a family member. It is a crime when strangers at the Humane Society provide a better environment for a neglected animal than its owner did.

Walk for New Beginnings

New Beginnings was truly blessed on Saturday, Sept. 18, when over 60 people participated in a 5K walk to support the pregnancy and parenting center.

Ads have hidden agendas

It is really disturbing to see all of these attack advertisements on Ann Kirkpatrick funded by anonymous organizations. Ann has worked extremely hard for the people of this district in the short time she has been in Congress.

Misunderstanding of information

In Tuesday’s Roundup, the CEO of Lifestar Ambulance accused me of being misinformed when I offered a comment about the way the fire department responds to medical emergencies. If I am misinformed, it is because I got my information directly from quotes attributed to Fire Chief deMasi in two stories in the Payson Roundup.

Obama is getting a bad rap

President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have received a really bad rap for the slow recovery from this recession.

Bad choices with lives on the line

Out of the frying pan — into the fire. Sometimes public officials have only bad and worse to choose from.

Community Almanac

Staff members for the office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will be hosting open office hours in Payson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28.

5 arrested on meth charges

Police say the use and distribution of methamphetamine remains a steady problem in the Rim Country. On Friday, the Payson Police Department served two search warrants, arresting five individuals on meth and drug related charges at two residences.

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New River angler wins top prize

Members of the FLW tournament committee won’t be breaking their arms patting themselves on the back, but they are glowing with pride over a job well done.

School board urges quick member appointment

The remaining Payson school board members Monday night urged county schools Superintendent Linda O’Dell to quickly appoint a replacement for former member Richard Meyer, who resigned earlier this month.

Third fire station may actually cut manpower

Connections between neighboring fire departments roiled by Payson’s plans

The Payson Fire Department is already deploying smaller crews than some of the surrounding areas that rely much more heavily on volunteer firefighters.

ASU, Payson announce breakthrough

Agreement is ‘major step forward’ in effort to build a four-year, low-cost campus here

It’s official. Arizona State University and Payson Tuesday announced publicly they’ve signed a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) to “examine and analyze” all the elements needed to build a four-year campus here. “We look forward to working with the city in this planning effort,” said ASU Senior Vice President Richard Stanley. “The city has shown leadership and vision in undertaking this initiative.”

Woman badly injured after fall from horse

A Star Valley woman was badly injured after she fell off her horse while riding near Monument Peak Sunday morning.

Spaghetti dinner fund-raiser will help raise money for gifted program

Payson’s association to support gifted youth is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion to raise money for a student trip to Washington DC. Tickets cost $5 per person or $20 per family of five or more.

SV council considers starting volunteer program

Star Valley town councilors want to attract volunteers, but they worried Tuesday that they would first need to make people care.

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PHS culinary students chop, dice at senior center

Culinary arts students at Payson High School busily chopped and stirred on a recent morning, preparing for two meals — enchiladas in the cafeteria and lunch at the Payson Senior Center.

Small game season opens this Friday

Gather up your shotgun, rimfire rifle and ammunition. Then throw a fresh set of laces on your hunting boots because Arizona’s fall hunting season opens on Friday, Oct. 1.

PMGA on the road to Show Low

Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association took a respite from their traditional weekly tournaments at Payson Golf Course to travel Sept. 8 to Silver Creek for a Stableford formatted flight tournament.

PHS netters have tough road ahead

Clutching a Class 3A No. 3 power points ranking, the highest in school history, the Lady Longhorn volleyball teams appears to be riding high.

Longhorns dust the Devils in Eloy

The state third-ranked Longhorn football team improved on Sept. 24 to 4-1 with a convincing 40-9 pounding of the homestanding Eloy Santa Cruz Dust Devils.

Alleged football recruiting foul on other shoe

Just when it looked like the situation in the White Mountains involving Show Low High School’s allegations that Blue Ridge was recruiting last year’s 2A football Player of the Year Jordan Morgan couldn’t get any more bizarre, the gridiron state of affairs turned even more wacky.

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Town’s trails chief resigns

Payson’s first-ever town coordinator for Trails and Outdoor Recreation is hanging up her hiking boots and backpack.

Friday, September 24

Bonita Creek residents in dispute over water company take over

The small community of Bonita Creek, north of Payson, has erupted into a convoluted conflict as a property association whose existence some deny seeks to take ownership of a water company that belongs to the homeowners association.

Star Valley wants to develop a youth council

Star Valley wants to recruit future leaders, borrow their ideas and help them develop leadership skills. Town councilor Paty Henderson suggested Tuesday night developing a youth council similar to the council Payson started in January.

Payson youth want something to do

Someplace to hang out. Maybe a nice water park. Oh well, sigh. How about a dance? The Payson Youth Advisory Council has spent the last eight months brainstorming, raising money and polling the youth of Payson.

Forest Service mulls Fossil Creek plan

Hearings launch two-year effort to come up with plan to prevent visitors from ‘trashing this treasure’

Use it? Lose it? Use it and lose it? The U.S. Forest Service this week began the long process of figuring out how to protect Fossil Creek from the fierce but sometimes careless affection of the public.

Chili supper to benefit the Humane Society

The weather will be changing soon, and it is time to think about comfort food for dinner.

Free plane ride offered for youths

On Saturday, Oct. 2, between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. , the EAA Chapter #810 will again be offering free introductory flights to youngsters 8 to 17 years old.

Fiddle fest a bridge to past

The 40th anniversary of the Payson fiddle festival is not just a celebration of 40 years of fiddle music under the Rim. The event is a way to honor our history.

Brewer launches effort to spur economic growth

Gov. Jan Brewer convened the first meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority on Thursday, launching a push to increase private sector involvement in boosting the state’s economy.

Should you take early retirement?

At some time or another, you’ve probably thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But when will those years begin?

Travel can be enjoyable, exciting - Part II

Last week, I started out to talk about travel. Thought I’d tell you how privileged I feel to have traveled to some truly great places, and how much I’ve enjoyed seeing them.

Support for candidates urged

“Elaine Bohlmeyer, Pres Winslow and Bill Shumway appeared to be sensible candidates,” said the editorial, a refreshing contrast to some of the negative political attacks.

Generosity, hospitality greatly appreciated

Aug. 27-28 was The 11th Annual Highlands Garden Conference held at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson. The theme this year was sustainable gardening, based on the concept that our gardening practices can produce food for and beauty in our homes and communities today without compromising the resources needed for future generations.

Ketchem is happy? What does that teach us?

According to a recent Roundup article by Alexis Bechman, Kathe Ketchem stands behind the decision to fire Stephanie Shields and is “happy with the direction the school is going.” What direction is that, Ms. Ketchem, other than administratively downhill?

Bohlmeyer will make us proud

Every election year we hear the same things. We want to get rid of pettiness, special interests and irresponsibility we believe we see in too many “office holders.”

Political climate is acrimonious

The current political climate is probably as acrimonious as it has ever been. Deeply felt positions abound. Each sides’ philosophy, strategy and tactics are widely divergent with each side certain of their own validity.

With deep appreciation

The chamber had another successful Shred-athon this month and Time Out Inc. was the non-profit recipient. To all town members and offices that came with bags and boxes, few and many, Time Out is most grateful!

Parents need to mad about school board actions

If reading the Roundup didn’t anger you parents about who is governing you kids, read it again. I think “we the people” should start exercising our rights and show the superintendent and the school board who really has the power.

Mosque is four blocks away

In regards to the building of a mosque in New York — If people would pay attention they would know that a mosque already exists four blocks away from the site.

Government is the problem, not the rich

I am perplexed by your reader’s comment that the rich making $20,000,000 pay 0.00033 percent of their salary and the average American making $45,000 pays 6.2 percent, this is only considering Social Security tax of which employers pay matching amounts

Wasting money

Someone please tell me I’m mistaken when I read the newspaper, advertising the FLW National Guard Western Division Fishing Tournament.

Vote for common sense

Election 2010 — Arizonans are justifiably angry that the American Dream of my generation has become a kick in the pants. It’s time to ask:

Meals on Wheels is needed in Star Valley

George Binny, those of us who appreciate Meals on Wheels don’t believe that you are the one paying for them.

Healing relations

This mosque and its present site will heal our relations? Feisal Abdul Rauf says he wants to build a bridge across to the Christian and Jews to improve the relations and understanding, and to enhance the reputation of America with the Muslim world.

Protect Fossil Creek from idiots and fools

Want to understand human beings — for better and worse? Just check in on the debate about what to do with Fossil Creek — now that we’ve brought it back from the dead.

Community Almanac

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will host two Movie Madness events for local children in September. The first, James and the Giant Peach, is at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24; the second, The Black Cauldron, is at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30. Both have a PG rating.

GCC teachers unhappy with pay, contract delays

Problems with paychecks at Gila Community College have at least two teachers infuriated at what they consider Eastern Arizona College’s lack of professionalism and respect for its teachers.

Picky bass frustrate best of fishermen

Summoned onto an international stage for its debutant ball, Roosevelt Lake this week turned coy.

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Freak flood closes road to Roosevelt

A cloud burst Wednesday deposited a six-foot-deep layer of debris on Highway 188, blocking access to Roosevelt Lake for most of the day.

Two-man fire crews pose greater risk

Payson’s budget problems force two-man crews, but national study shows danger to public, firefighters

Two-man fire trucks cannot effectively fight a fire or enter a burning building to save people, but do suffer a sharply higher rate of death and injury, according to a just-completed national study. Payson was running two-man crews for six months due to budget problems. The industry-standard four-man trucks complete essential tasks like laying hose, searching buildings and getting water on the fire 30 percent faster than two-man trucks, according to the study. The findings were based on a simulated fire in a 2,000-square foot house conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Fall concert will take place in Green Valley Park Oct. 2

Come out to Green Valley Park’s grassy amphitheater from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 to enjoy one more concert in the park before the cold weather hits.

Forest Christmas tree cutting tags go on sale Oct. 9

With just a little more than 90 days until Christmas, the U.S. Forest Service says it is time to start planning for Christmas tree cutting on Arizona National Forests. On Oct. 9, 6,375 Christmas tree tags will go on sale.

Heritage game a chance to learn, have fun

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.

Popular McNeeley benefit ride set for Oct. 16

In the summer of 2004, friends of Justice McNeeley, then a 5-year-old Pine Strawberry School kindergartner, banded together to purchase him a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

Horns win title with perfect record

A Payson High School boys soccer team that faced a good deal of uncertainty at the onset of the season partly because of a low turnout of only 18 student-athletes, rebounded from adversity Sept. 17-18 to win the Show Low Invitational Tournament championship.

RCMS football season off to mixed start

The Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade team lost its first game of the season falling 12-8 on Sept. 16 to the Show Low Cougars.

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Dust Devils fall from gridiron grace

There was a time when the Eloy Santa Cruz football program was one of the most respected in the state producing future NFL stars like Art Malone, Benny Malone and Eddie Cade.

Discover the hidden gems of Windows 7

Many of you have been using Windows 7 for quite some time now. Others may be thinking about an upgrade or a new computer purchase. Either way, there may be some hidden features that you are missing out on. We’ve compiled five of the most useful tricks you may not know about ... enjoy.

Some Oktoberfest money benefits fireworks fund

There have been intermittent clouds on some days this last week but very little precipitation has occurred.

Apple Festival this weekend in Pine

My husband, the girls, and I had a great day fishing at Haigler Creek last Sunday afternoon.

Great to watch the ‘boys of fall’ claim Homecoming victory

Last Friday’s “Homecoming Day” was an absolute blast for me.

Recollecting past Flatlander Parties

Here are some of Sonni’s recollections of the Flatlander Party held last week at the site of the old Creekside trailer park.

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Firefighters unite to stand up to cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show that the Hellsgate Fire Department is in total support of the event, the firefighters will be wearing pink awareness duty shirts.

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Williams — past and present

Route 66, wildlife park and rail trip to Grand Canyon keep town alive

With the great road west debunked by an interstate highway in 1978, the town of Williams found itself bypassed by time, languishing in the hot sun — the ruins of a boomtown that went bust.

Wednesday, September 22

Keeping the action on track

Bill Breen of Tucson will serve as master of ceremonies for the 40th Anniversary Vertilee Floyd Arizona State Fiddle Championship Sept. 25 and 26.

Getaway around rim country

Country for one performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Payson Event Center.

What’s for dinner?

All-season ingredients inspire new flavor combinations

The way America cooks is in the midst of a flavorful evolution, according to the 10th annual McCormick Flavor Forecast.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 4: Introductioin to Pioneer Life

The Mitchell family’s second day in Tonto Basin was one of leisure. George and “Ma” had planned to begin their return trip to Prescott, but after he hitched up the wagon that morning he “concluded to our surprise that he was too tired to go home.”

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Fiddling with fun in Rim Country

Fiddle music by elementary students to senior citizens will provide lots of fun in the Rim Country this weekend.

State champ earns national honors

Andrew Donald won the 2009 crown at the 39th Anniversary Vertilee Floyd Arizona State Fiddle Championship. He had won it twice before.

What does it mean to be a Payson fiddlin’ champ?

About a year ago I was contacted by Lawson Donald of Mesa. She called to offer a donation to enhance the prizes for the two youngest age divisions in the Payson Old Time Fiddlers Contest (which is also the state championship). You see, Mrs. Donald is the mother of our current three-time champion Andrew Donald.

Special concert opens Fiddle Festival

The 2010 version of the Payson Fiddle Contest and Arizona State Fiddle Championship has a new element — a special concert to open the festivities.

Affordable luxury cruising

I recently read an article about the customer reaction to the recent slashing of cruise prices to make them more affordable for passengers of “lower financial status” — seems some of the blue bloods on the major cruise lines were offended by the influx of passengers of “average” means, and therefore these snooty snoots were looking at deals on the luxury lines. So just for fun, I decided to compare.

Osteoarthritis: Bad to the Bone

My problem is excessive yawning. I will yawn 10 to 12 times in a minute or two, and do so as often as three to four times a day. What’s going on?

The worst job I ever had!

Occupations throughout my life have, for the most part, been very enjoyable.

Tuesday, September 21

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Storied Elk QB held in check by Horns

Pundits around the state are scratching their noggins wondering how the Payson Longhorns pulled off the upset of the football season, stunning state third-ranked and previously unbeaten Round Valley 42-0.

Forest restoration offers expensive lessons

White Mountains project harbors hopeful and depressing lessons for effort to thin forests to protect Rim communities

A five-year, $30 million effort to thin 40,000 acres of forest in the White Mountains has yielded a host of lessons vital to Rim Country — some hopeful, some depressing.

Questions for Social Security

Beginning in 2010, when you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs.

Senior Circle on the road

Arizona Trails Tours is offering a day trip to the Phoenix Museum of Musical Instruments and River of Time Museums Oct. 25. Participants will see and hear about the history of music as well as view instruments from around the world.

A pledge to give up cooking

Announcement — Len’s going to be on the Food Network. No, the Food Network doesn’t know it yet, but where better to start his cooking career than at the top?

Western Heritage Festival features vintage ‘base ball’

The Arizona Diamondbacks may just be playing spoiler baseball now, but that doesn’t mean the game has lost its entertainment value.

Rules relaxed — you can rent your home to a biker

Payson waives ban on renting houses for the weekend to accommodate anticipated crowd for big motorcycle event

Good news. You can rent your home to a biker after all.

Students earn Renaissance recognition for good grades

More than 200 Payson High School students have already earned Renaissance recognition this school year by keeping good grades.

School chief’s laid-off spouse hired back

Just one person applied for the new, grant-funded Spanish teacher position at Payson High School — laid-off teacher Priscilla O’Brien.

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Grant helps Pine teachers examine methods

As part of a miniature version of the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificate program, all the teachers at the Pine Strawberry School for the next few months will examine their methods of teaching through discussion, video tape and monthly meetings.

County to get stimulus money to staff new women’s jail

Gila County will receive nearly $231,000 in stimulus funds to temporarily staff the new women’s jail in Globe, Governor Jan Brewer announced this week.

Planning commission loosens storage rules

The Payson Planning Commission this week gave American Sales and Products a pat on the back and loosened the rules on outside displays and storage — the latest evidence the town would rather give a business a break than be a stickler for the code.

Independent voters need to save us

Both Democrats and Republicans will usually vote for the candidates from their respective parties regardless of their qualifications or lack of the same. A lackluster candidate can be elected simply because their party has a substantial voter registration lead.

Writer misinformed on ambulance service

I generally do not comment on someone’s printed opinion in a letter to the editor, however, after reading the opinion of Ted Paulk titled “Maybe we should trade some fire trucks for an ambulance or two” in this last Friday’s edition, I find that I must correct a misinformed citizen.

Removal was not a personnel issue but rather a personal issue

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” One of the courses that aspiring school superintendents take is about communication and community relations. In this course, one of the many topics is how to politically spin bad news into less damaging or even good news.

Payson Unified School District, board should be investigated

I do not know how you start an investigation with the State Department of Education, but it would seem that it is time someone did.

Locals should have provided food

Kudos to Kathy Lovetro regarding her letter to the editor in the Sept. 14 Roundup regarding the “Thunder Mountain Ride” event.

If you know any 16-pound bass ...

Let the fishing begin! This week, the best bass fishermen in the country will be swapping steely-eyed stares all over town — not giving away any of their secrets.

Community Almanac

The Gila County Division of Emergency Management and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service have teamed up to recruit and train amateur radio operators to assist Gila County during emergencies.

County saves $330,000 with switch

Gila County will save more than $330,000 this year by switching to a private contractor for a federally required court program. Gila County supervisors recently canceled a contract with the state, and instead signed on with Yavapai County, which uses the Pennsylvania-based Wexford Health Sources.

Payson hits the big time with bass tourney

Bass fishermen spend $3.2B annually, and Roosevelt tourney will focus world attention on Rim Country

Ah, those wily westerners. They be messing with bass fishing.

Parolees get booted from library meetings

After one library patron complained, the Payson Public Library will no longer host parole meetings. Donald Evans said when he found out the State of Arizona Department of Corrections Parole Department was meeting at the library twice a month with parolees, he contacted the town and demanded they meet somewhere else.

Rim’s propane pipe called safe

Rim Country’s roughly 170 miles of underground propane pipeline differs in several important ways from the natural gas line that exploded in California, killing four people and blowing up 37 homes, said Semstream Arizona Propane General Manager Douglas Mann on Monday.

ASU, Payson sign agreement for college here

Both sides sign key agreement, but delay official announcement

Payson and Arizona State University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to build a four-year college campus in Payson on 300 acres of land now owned by the Forest Service, the Roundup has learned.

Artists of the Rim to hold sale

In conjunction with First Friday on Main Street, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., Artists of the Rim Fine Art Gallery will be having an unprecedented “Bargain Sale” under the gazebos in front of the gallery.

Planning commission wants to give home businesses a break

Payson this week bowed to the incoming economic tide — and took a key step toward making it easier to operate a home business in town.

Use of FHA funding for home purchase rising in the Rim

In years past, rarely did our clients use an FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loan to purchase a home in the Rim Country.

Lady Horns sweep Falcons and Cougars

Only the most foolish would claim they completely understand how the AIA power point system operates in ranking prep teams for post-season play.

Show Low cruises past Lady Horns

The Lady Longhorn soccer team turned in a strong effort against powerful Show Low, but after tying up the tally 1-1 at halftime, lost 3-1.

Long-time WM rivalry could boil over

Having once been a head football coach at Show Low High School, I know all too well the rivalry that has long existed between Blue Ridge and SLHS.

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Storied Elk QB held in check by Horns

Pundits around the state are scratching their noggins wondering how the Payson Longhorns pulled off the upset of the football season, stunning state third-ranked and previously unbeaten Round Valley 42-0.

Saturday, September 18

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Happy Homecoming!

The Payson Longhorns celebrated homecoming in a big way Friday evening on PHS field thrashing state third-ranked Round Valley 42-0.

Friday, September 17

Schultz Fire and Cinder Lakes closures extended to Dec. 31

The Schultz Fire and Cinder Lakes flood area closures have been extended until Dec. 31.

Backyard chicken rules lay an egg

Payson Planning Commission wants would-be hen keepers to go through public hearings

Cluck, cluck, cluck — that’s OK — maybe. But definitely no cock-a-doodle-dos, thank you. The Payson Planning Commission this week referred a debate about whether the town should allow backyard poultry — but then, well, kind of chickened out.

Fund-raiser planned to help struggling families

St. Vincent de Paul and others plan Sept. 25 event to keep pace with dramatic increase in pleas for help

A fix-it man who has kept things running in Payson for years can’t pay his electric bill, as he struggles to recover from the diabetes-related complications of knee surgery.

Constitution Week declared in Payson

U.S. independence is celebrated in grand fashion, but the anniversary of the document on which the U.S. government it based passes with only quiet recognition.

Mesa man wins rescue group’s ATV raffle

With an ATV raffle bringing in more than $15,000, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue should have enough funds to buy new rope gear and insurance for another busy year.

Satisfy your curiosity at Tuesday Talks

Where would you rate your curiosity quotient on a scale of 1 to 10? If it’s anywhere around a 5 or above, then you will want to investigate the Tuesday Talks planned by the Payson Institute of Learning.

Final blasting scheduled on State Route 260 east of Payson next week

The project to widen State Route 260, 15 miles east of Payson, will reach a milestone, as work crews perform the final blasting required for the construction. Drivers will need to plan ahead to avoid delays.

Tonto holds no fee day on Sept. 25

Tonto National Forest is joining with other agencies included under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) in hosting a “no fee” day, Sept. 25, in observance of National Public Lands Day.

Community Presbyterian plans October Festival

The Community Presbyterian Church of Payson will sponsor an October Festival on Oct. 16, for all the residents of Payson. The festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 800 W. Main St.

Payson relaxes rules, limits electronic signs

Payson signs can now flash.

Fiddling fun in Rim Country takes place Sept. 25-26

Fiddle music by tots to senior citizens will provide lots of fun in the Rim Country next weekend. The 40th Arizona State Fiddle Championships will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Payson Event Center.

Country bluegrass highlights first community concert

The Tonto Community Concert Association opens its 32nd season with a performance of country bluegrass by The Gibson Brothers. This is the first of eight concerts planned for the 2010-2011 season.

Travel can be enjoyable, exciting

We all dream of traveling. Well, most of us anyway. Some people seem happy to avoid travel if they can. And they go on proving it week after week by staying home. Who knows? Maybe they’re the smart ones. I’ve traveled a lot. And “enjoyed” it. But to be honest, I have to admit that “enjoyed” may not mean what you think it does.

Story filled with mistakes

The recent article on the firing of the PHS athletic secretary was so rife with mistakes and biases that I don’t even know where to begin. First of all, I am a senior at Payson High School.

Promoting hate

The letter proposing that a mosque near the 9/11 site should be allowed only when Muslims allow a Christian church to be built in the Kingdom of Arabia is without merit.

Watchdogs are needed

I believe the K-2 Well is a dead issue and should be left alone. However, a recent letter to the editor discussing this well needs correction.

Backing Elaine Bohlmeyer

In an election year, we hear pretty much the same thing wherever we go.

Thanks for attending barbecue

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you who attended our barbecue fund-raiser Labor Day weekend in Tonto Village for the Hellsgate Fire Department given by the Fireflies Auxiliary.

Unbelievable stink

During my efforts to get out the vote for Elaine Bohlmeyer Arizona State Senate; I am trying to talk to whoever I meet during my busy days. I don’t bother anyone who I know is already committed to the Republican Party.

Best and brightest

Alicia Lynne Baker was wholly unknown to me

Appalled at exhibit space

I was appalled to visit the photo exhibit at the Northern Gila County Fair this weekend in Payson. The display was packed into a tent that was full of flies, had no proper ventilation, and had so little light that you could not see the photos properly.

Free enterprise helps America thrive

When the Founding Fathers launched our great experiment in limited self government, they knew that it would be up to future generations to renew America’s promise — one of liberty, equality, natural rights, the rule of law, and free enterprise

Stuck within the bureaucracy

Where is Joseph Heller when you need him? We need the satiric author of “Catch 22” to capture the absurd ironies of this week’s congressional subcommittee hearing focused on which federal agency is in charge of the Blue Ridge pipeline.

Community Almanac

Boy Scout Troop 7354 is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17 in the log building on the Mount Cross Lutheran Church property, 601 E. Highway 260 (just west of Giant).

Project to replace Control Road bridges called a ‘godsend’

The federal plan to replace seven bridges on Control Road, making them wider and increasing the amount of weight they can hold, is a “godsend,” according to Gary Hatch, chief of the Hellsgate Fire Department.

Blue Ridge pipe snarled in bureaucratic red tape

Local officials flew to Washington, D.C. this week to plead with Congress to hack through confusing bureaucratic snarls that threaten Payson’s Blue Ridge pipeline.

Vacation turns into gang shoot-out

SV town manager and son get caught in gangland quarrel

Star Valley Town Manager Tim Grier’s Caribbean dream vacation with his son turned into a nightmare when the pair found themselves caught in the middle of a shoot-out between warring gang members.

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Homeowners in ‘Catch 22’ with flood damage

Star Valley says it can’t help with homes built in a flood way

As Donald “Jake” Jacobs slept, a torrent of water white-capped behind his home during a Jan. 20 storm. Before he woke, the flood had washed away several feet of his yard, leaving his deck and guesthouse hanging precariously over what once was a drainage way, but now looks more like a riverbed.

New scam targets people who chat on Facebook

We’ve been focusing a lot on different types of scams recently, and for good reason. Hackers and scam artists have been ramping up their efforts to get us while we’re not paying attention.

Overnight temps dipping into low 50s

Well summer appears to be on its way out. The weather outside is amazing, but temperatures have been creeping into the low 50s at night here recently.

Bugling signals fall is approaching

The days are getting a bit shorter and the mornings are just a tad cooler. In Tonto Village, the temperature early in the morning is hovering around 40 to 45 degrees. Can the fall season be very far away?

This week’s trivia winner will get to ‘take it easy’

Until last fall when I saw the Tonto Community Concert Association’s “Nearly Neil” concert, a tribute to Neil Diamond, I had always been very skeptical of the quality of tribute performers.

Elk and deer seen daily this time of year

The mornings are getting crisper and the elk are all over the place gathering for the rut. This is one of those times of year when we have to be especially careful while driving between Payson and Strawberry, and even in our own neighborhoods, because you never know when a critter will suddenly appear in the roadway.

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Heber/Overgaard Oktoberfest this weekend

The warm weather and thermal updraft creating the clouds that brought rain during the mid-day time frame has yielded to crystal clear days of blue skies.

Scott Davidson named top county rural teacher

As a tike, Scott Davidson wanted to be an astronaut. Fascinated by the solar system, he imagined himself wearing a space suit and exploring the outer reaches of the known universe.

Hospice foundation gives a special gift

The Rim Country Hospice Foundation is perhaps best known for its efforts to get the Hospice House built in Payson several years ago.

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Basket cases

I originally met Bob Gleason at a First Friday, August, I believe. He was at the Down the Street Gallery, on the porch, weaving a basket. I rushed past him on the way in and didn’t take much notice. As usual, my mind was fixed on getting this photo or that photo and seeing who was in and who wasn’t.

Adoption Options

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

Dominion Real Estate Partners LLC office opens in Payson

Local residents and veteran realtors Maria Cohen, Susan Slenk and Tad and Bonnie Neal have opened a Dominion Real Estate Partners office in Payson at 620 E. Highway 260, Suite D-2, directly behind Fargo’s Steakhouse.

Make an investment in your grandchildren

National Grandparents Day was Sept. 12. If you’re a grandparent, that day was meant to honor you — but you can also celebrate by investing in your grandchildren’s future.

Flagstaff shooting range to be discussed

An open house about the planning and development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.

FLW Day at Green Valley Park

Two of the most often asked questions among weekend anglers are: what are they biting on and how can I catch them? Well, tomorrow is the opportunity to ask 15 of the best bass fishermen in the world those very questions and more.

Adams again on top

Dominating golf tournaments has become commonplace for Payson Women’s Golf Association Nine Hole member Ann Adams.

Register now for town fall sports programs

Trevor LaHaye has only been in his job as town athletics coordinator for about a month, but he’s already gearing up for the onset of sports programs.

Homecoming peaks with Round Valley vs. Longhorns football

A week filled with traditional homecoming activities wraps up tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 18, with the annual dance to be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in old Payson High School gymnasium.

Lady Horns surprise big dogs in Surprise

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink traveled Sept. 10-11 to Surprise, wondering if the talent of the 4A and 5A “big school” teams participating in the White Tanks Invitational Tournament would overwhelm his PHS squad.

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Sludge to the Judge returns to Main Street

During the heyday of the Sludge to the Judge cross-country run, it was one of the highlights of Payson High School’s homecoming festivities.

Payson council grapples With open meeting law

New rules would eliminate notices and agendas for many non-town meetings that draw a council majority

Payson Council members Thursday grappled with the fine points of the state’s open meeting law – hoping to prevent any more screw ups before they can get off probation.

Thursday, September 16

Construction projects begin along Houston Mesa and Washington Park Trailhead roads

Payson, Arizona, (September 16, 2010 – A construction project on the Tonto National Forest to create four parking areas and picnic sites along the Houston Mesa Road at First Crossing, Water Wheel, Second Crossing and Third Crossing will begin September 20. Only occasional traffic delays are expected.

Airport Road to close at SR 87 in Payson

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close Airport Road at the intersection of State Route 87 in Payson from 6 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 18) until noon the following Friday (Sept. 24). The closure will provide a safe work zone for crews constructing the new roundabout.

Managed wildfire in progress northwest of Forest Lakes

Fire managers on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests continue managing a lightning-caused wildfire located west of Chevelon Canyon, approximately nine miles northwest of Forest Lakes.

Wednesday, September 15

Schultz Fire and Cinder Lake closures extended

The Schultz Fire and Cinder Lakes Flood area closures have been extended until Dec. 31.

Tuesday, September 14

Cleaning house does not serve the good of PHS

Former Payson High School Athletic Secretary Stephanie Shields’ abrupt and calculating dismissal is both baffling and bone chilling.

Lady Longhorns thump Holbrook in season’s second game

Amy Wilcox is off to a break-even start in her first year as the Lady Longhorn soccer coach.

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PHS cross country brings home gold

Coach Jonathan Ball is singing the praises of his two Payson High cross country teams. And it’s for good reasons — both the boys and girls teams ran their way to gold-medal finishes in the Fountain Hills Falcon Invitational contested Sept. 11 in the searing Valley heat.

Rim quartet gains respect in derby

Although the seasoned, veteran Valley-area drivers dominated the Payson Demolition Derby, there was a foursome of adrenaline-crazed locals who more than held their own.

Longhorns lose to Mingus

The Mingus Marauders are a deep, talented and well-coached team that could easily win the 4A II state championship.

Teacher has a passion for writing

I teach because I love the English language and I have a passion for writing.

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Students working on qigong, t’ai chi chuan routine

Standing tall like trees, with arms circled in front like an imaginary trunk, Paul White and his students at Pine- Strawberry Elementary School prepared for their qigong and t’ai chi chuan routines.

Community Almanac

The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division is hosting an open house at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 909 W. Main St., Payson to discuss a proposed multi-bridge replacement/rehabilitation project along Control Road in the Tonto National Forest, north of Payson.

Community Presbyterian Church to hold October Festival

On Oct, 16, the Community Presbyterian Church of Payson will be sponsoring an October Festival for all the residents of Payson. This will be held at the church, 800 W. Main Street, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Firefighters raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Rim Country area Fire fighters of the International Fire Fighters Association (IAFF) Local 4135 were at supermarkets recently collecting donations for MDA.

Accident sends man to hospital with minor injuries

A man riding merrily along on his Harley Thursday afternoon was thrown unmercifully to the ground when he decided to stop for a drink.

SV agrees to help fund food program

Even in a recession, sometimes the government feels generous.

Why an outside vendor?

I just read the article about the biker event and wonder one thing.

Concerned about high school

I have three students that attend Payson High School. I am very concerned about what is going on.

Principals do matter

In the Aug. 6 Roundup article, “Laid-off principals led top performing schools,” Mr. O’Brien is quoted as saying, “I don’t want to say that leadership doesn’t matter; but it’s the work of the teachers in the classroom that make a school excel.”

Burning the Quran

Burning of the Quran should not be allowed because freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Republicans protect the rich

I was heartened to read Larry Brophy’s letter regarding the upcoming end of the Bush tax cuts. I was beginning to think that everyone actually believed the picture the Republicans paint of themselves as fiscally conservative.

Reply to ‘Why now?’

I must agree with Mr. Kane, “Why now?”

Going on ‘The View’

I can’t agree that our president should go on talk shows like The View, Leno, etc.

Wonder of wonders: Sensible candidates

Every now and then, candidates — and citizens — actually give Democracy a good name. Last week offered one such moment when the three Democrats running for the State House District 5 showed up at a forum sponsored by the Citizens Awareness Committee in Payson.

Fair is fun, sad time for participants

Dailey Carnes pink and black spotted pig Sparky snorted slothfully.

Pine, GCC board spots up for election

November’s school board elections feature hotly contested races.

Registration taking place for spelling bee

Plans are currently being made for the 2011 Gila County Spelling Bee. Linda O’Dell, Gila County superintendent of schools, looks forward to sending a strong, competitive speller from Gila County to the Arizona State Spelling Bee in March 2011.

Legislative candidates grilled on issues, but avoid attacks

Democrats seeking to represent Rim Country call for overhaul of state tax structure, criticize popular immigration measures

Three legislative candidates spoke in depth on the issues, never once insulted their opponents and left with the respect of people from the other party. Spooky.

Senior Center offers variety of activities

The Payson Senior Center at 514 W. Main, Payson, provided a great breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, a choice of bacon or sausage and orange juice, plus another beverage from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 11.

Simple steps suggested to reduce fall risk

Rebecca Nissala of the Payson Regional Medical Center recently spoke to Senior Circle members about fall prevention in the home. Nissala, a registered nurse for 20 years, spent 14 years working in the emergency department and has seen it all.

Controlled burn protects reservoir vital to Payson

The good news is we have made it past the really scary fire season. Granted, fall won’t actually start until Sept. 22, but a wet monsoon season helped Rim Country through another year of wildfire Russian roulette.

Board confirms firing of AD secretary

With one swift vote, the last remaining staff member of the former high school administration was gone Monday night.

Payson ready to give up on public works boom

Barely a month into the 2010-11 fiscal year, Payson officials have all but given up on a publicly funded building boom.

Rim Country residents struggle to find work

Jobless workers gamble on retraining and education in struggle to cope with region’s high unemployment

He lost his construction job in Payson when the housing market collapsed — so he got a trucking license and now he’s driving a semi in Alaska, waiting for the turnaround so he can come home.

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Woman rescued from canyon

On top of three days of swift water rescue training, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers had a tiring weekend with a difficult rescue in Salome Canyon, northeast of Roosevelt Lake.

$5 million in marijuana plants destroyed

Twice in the past few months, hunters have stumbled upon large outdoor marijuana grow sites outside of Payson, worth more than $5 million.

Monday, September 13

Lightning-caused fires update

Two lightning-caused fires burning on the Coconino National Forest are currently being managed for forest resource benefits.

Forest Service hosting public meetings about management of Fossil Creek

Coconino and Tonto National Forest officials will host two public meetings in September about the future management of Fossil Creek.

Saturday, September 11

Marauders maul Longhorns

To beat the Mingus Marauders, the state’s no 2 ranked 4A II football team, the 3A Payson Longhorns had to play almost a perfect game.

Friday, September 10

Christopher Creek was the place to be

I hope everyone had a terrific Labor Day weekend. The weather was great and, as usual, Christopher Creek was the place to be.

A piece of history passes through town

While many were enjoying their back yard barbecues and family gatherings over the Labor Day weekend, a piece of history was making its way around our town.

Holiday weekend crowds seemed larger than ever

I don’t know if there’s anyone in Pine who keeps track of such things, but it seemed to me that there were more people streaming into town on Saturday then I’ve ever seen.

Upcoming county fair is theme for music trivia

Down at the county fair, Big time, big top, big crowds, big hair. There’s nothing bigger all around The country anywhere Than the county fair.

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Hellsgate fund-raiser a big success

Whew! What an exciting and busy weekend in Tonto Village.

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No fooling

Fall is a great time to go fishing

I sit — where I shouldn’t — on the shores of a high country lake, squandering my time. So much to do: Deadlines, stories to write, overdue bills.

If they could talk, shelter dogs would say ‘Choose Me

Another week has passed at the Humane Society. As with every week that comes and goes, things have changed.

Now that’s a big fish

A picture is worth a thousand words, and here is the proof of a recent fishing adventure about the big one that didn’t get away! Dylan and Ely Keeney had the chance to go fishing with their longtime friend, Charlie Francis, on Apache Lake where they hooked a behemoth carp on a lightweight trout rod.

Big crowd expected for Demolition Derby Sunday

A crowd of more than 2,500 spectators is expected for the annual Payson Demolition Derby when it begins at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12 in the Payson Event Center arena. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Outdoor skills camp set for Indian Gardens in October

Scott Streich’s goal is to introduce the high country’s great outdoors to those who have never taken the time to camp, fish, hunt, hike or explore nature.

Mingus an enormous challenge for Horns

The Payson Longhorns take their unblemished 2-0 record to Mingus this evening, Sept. 10, to take on a much-heralded Marauder team fresh off a 40-6 pasting of Prescott and clutching a No. 2 ranking in the 4A II conference.

Vaplon dons match play crown

After a full month of play and four rounds of spirited golf, Sharon Vaplon finally lassoed the elusive Payson Women’s Golf Association match play championship, dallying past runner-up Mary Cain, bronze medalist Isabella Sockrider and fourth-place finisher Mary Jones.

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Lady Longhorns dust Cougars in East opener

Cougars onto an impressive second-place finish in the Payson Invitational Tournament.

Blasting schedule for Highway 260, east of Payson

Road closure Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Construction is moving forward to widen state Highway 260, 15 miles east of Payson. Next week, drivers will need to plan ahead as work crews perform blasting activities as part of the project.

Voters in Young lead all of county in primary votes

Updated August primary election results show voter turnout up near 37 percent countywide, with Young voters holding the distinction of most likely to vote, according to official results released last week.

Control Road bridges project subject of FS open house

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) is hosting an open house at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Julia Randall Elementary School to discuss a proposed multi-bridge replacement/rehabilitation project along National Forest System Road 64 /Forest Highway 51 (also referred to as Control Road) in the Tonto National Forest, north of Payson.

Bear-car crash, vehicle in lake among holiday incidents

Labor Day weekend delivered its fair share of unusual work for emergency officials.

Boy Scouts will be revamping northeast corner of Hwys. 87-260

For some time, real estate and business experts have said Payson needs to spruce up its run-down image to attract new businesses and growth.

Rotary Student of the Month

The Rim Country Rotary-Payson honored the August Student of the Month, Angie Lowery, with a recognition ceremony at the club’s Aug. 26 meeting with a Certificate of Merit and a check for $50.

School Briefs

Sheana N. Nelsen, a 2009 graduate of Payson High School, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Casa Grande Valley Cotton & Agriculture Women.

First play of season scheduled at PHS

Romance, laughter, intrigue, real estate development — “Hot Property” has it all.

Crabdree agent selling more than insurance

Buying insurance, especially if you are a business owner, can be a daunting experience.

Workshop offering gift ideas for Grandparents Day

Whether you are a grandparent or have a grandparent, creating gifts that celebrate and capture stories and memories is a great way to celebrate one generation to the next.

Are your investments working as hard as you?

On Labor Day, we celebrate the achievements of the American worker. As someone who works hard yourself, you can appreciate this holiday.

Training is a four-letter word

While writing last week’s column about GI bunks, I mentioned that bunks occupy a lot of time and thought in the military mind.

Belated thank you

I want to thank the Payson Roundup and UPS driver John Novak for the papers they paid for and gave me at the time of our loss of our loved one, Mike Barr.

Maybe we should trade some fire trucks for an ambulance or two

Recently two articles have appeared in the Roundup concerning the fire department.

The story of wealth in America today

The greater the gap between the rich and everyone else, the more dangerously unstable economies become.

Get out and vote

When is enough enough? I once heard a cashier at Circle K speak out about the late night cases of beer being sold. The same can be said about the tax cuts, huge bonuses and, other scarcely earned benefits and entitlements for the wealthy. When is enough enough?

Don’t be fooled by Kirkpatrick

Ann Kirkpatrick recently appeared on FOX News with Neil Cavuto claiming to be against many of Obama’s recent “last ditch” efforts to sway voters in the midterm elections. You can’t really believe it, can you?

Get involved

The Republicans have given us no choice. We must vote to save the country.

Bad manners at parade

On the morning of Aug. 21, while awaiting instructions to be staged for the annual Rodeo parade, one of the four vehicles involved in the Payson Tea Party segment was scrutinized by a Chamber of Commerce representative.

So much for the ‘summer of recovery’

On the eve of Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest job figures.

Building a mosque

When the Muslims in Mecca allow a Christian church and center to be built in the Kingdom of Arabia, then maybe we could allow them to build their mosque near the 9-11 hallowed sites.

Resignation raises host of questions

Less than halfway into his term, Payson Unified School District Board Member Richard Meyer this week resigned — leaving in his wake a thicket of questions almost as thick as those he so persistently asked at every board meeting.

Community Almanac

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be holding its annual fund-raising “Marketplace” event in support of other local organizations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11.

County supervisors unveil new, paperless system

Gila County unveiled a new, paperless agenda system this week, which means residents can log onto the Web site and access the background information for agenda items.

Hunting partner ‘accidentally shot’ near Heber

Police say a man who claimed he accidentally shot his hunting partner Sept. 2 was arrested on charges of attempted homicide.

Fair runs through Sunday

Winners earn a year of bragging rights

The entries came rolling into the Payson Event Center all afternoon Wednesday. The judges buckled down with their clipboards and notes throughout Thursday, choosing the winners for the 56th Annual Northern Gila County Fair.

Highway 87 narrowed to one lane north of Bush Hwy.

Highway improvement work will require Highway 87 traffic to be switched to one lane in each direction as of Sept. 10 along a six-mile section (mileposts 204-210) north of the Bush Highway/Saguaro Lake turnoff, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Statewide prescription drug take-back day being planned

Non-medical use of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.

Security camera catches drug deal

Here’s a hint: If you are going to do a drug swap, don’t do it under a security camera.

PHS athletic secretary fired, reportedly without cause

At 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, 15 minutes before the end of the school day, Payson High School Principal Kathe Ketchem emerged from a meeting and fired athletic department secretary Stephanie Shields, reportedly without cause.

Board member resigns after he replaces PHS administrators

School board member Richard Meyer resigned over the weekend, one-and-a-half years into a four-year term, for “family reasons,” after he accomplished his top goal: firing the former high school administration.

Wednesday, September 8

Weir Fire update

The Weir fire, burning north of Stoneman Lake near Sedona, is now estimated at 175 acres.

Restrictions on Highway 87, north of Bush Highway, starting Sept. 10

A six-mile stretch of Highway 87 north of the Bush Highway/Saguaro Lake Turnoff has been switched to one lane of travel in each direction, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Good 2 Go

Meet Me at the Fair

The Northern Gila County Fair is coming up Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 and, although it is held in Payson, its roots are deep in Pine where, according to a close friend of mine, her daughters used to show their pigs under the old ramada.

Model Man

Memory, ingenuity behind mini construction boom

It started out as just something to do, but now it almost has a life of its own.

Help send treats to the troops

Although the United States has officially ended its seven-year combat mission in Iraq, tens of thousands of troops remain overseas

Bringing model planes to life still thrills

John Hancock is soft spoken, and slight of stature, but he draws, builds and flies model planes as if they were real.

Special Vacations

I call today’s article “special vacations” because the combinations of itinerary and method of travel are not too common.

Remembering Everett Jackson

The Rim Country area lost another great old-timer recently when Everett Jackson passed away.

Beans: A musical source of nutrition

Thanks to a recent scientific study, beans finally are getting the culinary respect they deserve.

Playing in Rim Country

Playing in Rim Country

Getaway around rim country

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church will begin an in-depth study on the Book of Revelation starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. This class will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

Tuesday, September 7

Bikers slated to visit Payson

Organizers hope that a plan to bring perhaps 5,000 motorcycle riders to Payson in October will lift the battered tourist economy and help local non-profits with a big, late-season event.

Flicker of life showing up in Payson building permit figures

After a disastrous year, town officials take heart from a handful of projects approved in July

So the patient is lying in his hospital bed in a coma. Hasn’t stirred in months. Suddenly, he gasps — but doesn’t open his eyes. Are we encouraged?

Juveniles enlisted to help clean graffiti off buildings

When graffiti happens, homeowners and business owners are normally the ones left to clean up the mess.

Annual pioneer gala on tap for Sept. 25

For the past five years, a handful of dedicated men, many of whom have pioneer roots and were once standout athletes at Payson High School, have joined forces to take on a task once shouldered by the former Cowbelles by paying a fitting tribute to Rim Country pioneers.

Hospice saved the day

My 81-year-old mother has been taking care of my 100-year-old grandmother for the last year. My grandmother is confined to a wheelchair and has lost all ability to perform her activities of daily living.

Fall is coming to the Rim fast

Watch out! Fall is sneaking in behind your back! Have you noticed how much later in the morning it gets light, and how much earlier in the evening dusk falls?

New members: July-August 2010

Specializing in senior retirement planning. Small business and individual health insurance.

Chamber news briefs

The Majestic Mountain Inn and Fargo’s Steakhouse are holding a Bonus Chamber Mixer. The mixer will be poolside at the Majestic Mountain Inn on Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

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from the manager

The summer of ’10 is on the back stretch, with July and August finished.

Cell phones, lost nerve key in pair of arduous rescues

The last place you want to second-guess yourself is at the top of a waterfall some 700 feet deep in a remote, rugged canyon.

Debate hits on private prisons

But immigration, governor’s fumble dominate Goddard-Brewer clash

A portion of Wednesday’s contentious debate in the governor’s race swirled around one issue that has touched Rim Country — the state’s decision to house violent criminals in a private prison in Kingman built for medium security inmates.

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Students getting involved

Normally, Macie Chernov reserves her Saturdays for relaxation — a little bit of television, perhaps a jaunt around the block on her bicycle.

New P-S fire chief seeks to reorganize department

As Pine-Strawberry Fire Department’s new fire chief, David Staub said he doesn’t plan to make any major changes right away, but says they are coming.

Why now?

Tea Partyers want to “take back our country” and put a stop to “out of control federal spending.” My question is “why now”?

PSWID does not need speculative well drilling

We congratulate Sam Schwalm for being a “self-proclaimed watch dog.”

Arizona air quality

As I opened the Sunday issue of The Arizona Republic, and observed the headline news, “EPA set to punish county (Maricopa) over air quality,” stupid is as stupid does.

What was the point?

What possible good could come to the people of Rim Country from the Roundup’s publishing “Home prices off by nearly a third”?

Thanks to Hike, Bike and Run

Scott Davidson and the entire Outdoor Adventure Club would like to thank Mick Wolf at Hike, Bike and Run for his kind donation of bicycle tubes.

What happen to the Grand Old Party?

After our home was broken into by illegal aliens, we were inclined to agree with Governor Brewer’s signing of the law against the border drug traffickers

Shriners appreciate support

The Zane Grey Shrine Club of Payson wishes to thank all the businesses that supported our recent golf tournament to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Reasonable federal rules yield unreasonable result

Poor Tonto Basin. Especially, the folks stuck on the wrong side of Tonto Creek.

Community Almanac

Sponsored by Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Tonto Apache Tribal Enterprises and its employees are having fry bread sales to raise funds for families from the Payson community.

Meals on Wheels funding question before SV council

The Star Valley Town Council will decide Tuesday night if it wants to help fund the Meals on Wheels program.

Blasting scheduled on Highway 260 east of Payson

Following the holiday weekend, work will resume to widen Highway 260, 15 miles east of Payson.

ASU signing still in limbo despite flurry of meetings

Deal near as succession of meetings work on details of $500 million campus

The plan to build a Arizona State University campus in Payson has spurred a flurry of high-level meetings in the past week, although the negotiators have still not set a date to sign a memorandum of understanding between the town and the university.

Rural mail changes cause voting problems

Recent changes to rural residents’ mailing addresses led to a voting fiasco on Election Day when people arriving at the polls complained they never received early voting ballots.

Payson barely stays on budget

Year-end budget and sales tax figures suggest the town eked through the year — and perhaps has gotten through the worst

A million-dollar loan from the water department enabled Payson to eke through the fiscal year that ended in June, according to just-released figures that remain preliminary.

Feds may buy out some Tonto Basin homes

Residents need to take part in national flood insurance program

Tonto Basin residents stuck in flood-prone homes, resigned to rebuilding every time floods rip through may have another option — let the feds buy you out.

Licensed real estate appraisers are an undervalued bunch

In almost all cases, when you buy a home with a mortgage, the lender will require an appraisal of the property by a licensed real estate appraiser.

Casino celebrates 17 years

The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino celebrated its 17th birthday Friday, according to Marketing Director Karen Ammann.

Survey finds Americans adverse to oil stocks

With the ebb and flow of oil stocks buoyed to the lingering crisis in the Gulf, concerns about investing in oil companies continues to swell.

PMGA members ready for state play

They qualified to get into the qualifications now they must qualify to reach the finals, said Payson Men’s Golf Association member Herb Sherman.

Youth archery program set

Move over Robin Hood, make way for a band of merry young archers who will soon be learning the skills of seasoned bowmen.

Plans being finalized for Thunder Mountain Ride

Oct. 8 to Oct. 10 at Green Valley Park and on roadways around the Rim Country.

Lady Horns finish as tourney runners-up

The Lady Longhorns turned in one of their finest performances ever in the Payson Invitational Tournament finishing as runners-up in the championship bracket.

Great turnout for Punt, Pass & Kick

Todd McCarthy and Aleah Sekandari emerged from the Payson Punt, Pass and Kick competition as the overall points winners.

Memorial softball tourney to honor Mike Barr

Mike Barr’s affinity for recreational softball and the annual Town of Payson Home Run Derby have prompted friends to found a coed softball tournament they plan to play each fall in his memory.

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Longhorns stomp Cougars 39-6

Offense packs explosive one-two punch

An offense purring like a fine-tuned V-8 and a rock solid defense that refused to budge either on the ground or through the airways can be credited for the Longhorns’ 39-6 shellacking of the Chino Valley Cougars.

Saturday, September 4

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Longhorns stomp the Cougars

Behind determined running by senior Westin Gibson, the Longhorn football team improved to 2-0 Friday evening in PHS stadium with a convincing 39-6 win over the Chino Valley Cougars.

Friday, September 3

Meet some of our Lonely Hearts

This week, we’d like to feature some of our Lonely Hearts Club members. These are animals that have been at the shelter for more than six months.

Supply Line event will help send holiday treats to troops

Although the United States has officially ended its seven-year combat mission in Iraq, tens of thousands of troops remain overseas. This Christmas, a dedicated group of Payson volunteers is determined to let soldiers know they are not forgotten. Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan founded Payson Supply Line in January of 2005.

So-called experts don’t have all the answers

According to a recent Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as conservative or very conservative. Twenty percent identify as liberal or very liberal.

GI beds are a lot of bunk

A while back I mentioned that GI happiness is soft boots, a full belly, and a comfortable bunk. I thought I had just barely enough stuff to make a full column, and was amazed to find out I had to leave out 90 percent of the things I had in mind. Why?

The real tax cut beneficiaries

We’ve gotta pinch pennies these days. Don’t you know we have a budget deficit?

Voters will get what they deserve

On Aug. 24, 19 percent of registered voters in Arizona went to the polls.

Glen Beck puts on a great show

If you currently don’t watch Glenn Beck, you don’t know what you are missing by not watching his show.

Lots of tests, no followup

What is happening to our medical doctors here in the Rim area?

Hey folks it’s not over yet!

The Payson Tea Party had a good crowd — around 72 — at its post-election meeting, but we need you all to come back every Thursday as our fight is far from over.

Thanks for making roping a success

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund Fourth Annual Roping was a great success. Gracie’s family and the GLH Children’s Memorial Fund extend our sincere thank you to the volunteers behind the scenes and to everyone who participated in the roping and enjoyed the weekend with us. The success of the event lies in the generosity of our community.

Success of Rodeo Reunion due to many

We would like to thank everyone that made the Payson Rodeo Reunion possible this year.

Meaningful goals for teachers needed

This week the Payson School Board once more found itself mud wrestling a vexing topic: How should it distribute bonuses based on teacher performance?

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Payson gambles by building 3rd fire station

Questions about bid process, operating costs dog town’s efforts to build and staff new station

When the Spanish conquistador Cortez landed in the New World intent on conquering the vast empire of the Aztecs — he gambled everything by burning his boats as his men watched.

Despite high death rate, rural drivers feel safer

As Rim braces for weekend crunch, study shows people misjudge risk of rural highways

Ah: Cruising down a scenic highway with the Mogollon Rim on the horizon. Breeze in your hair — life is good. Right?

Police standoff over domestic dispute closes Roundup Road

A man who told his girlfriend he would shoot at officers if she called for help, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a brief standoff with police.

Board wants higher goals for teachers

Schools choose own goals it must meet to earn performance pay

Teachers in the Payson Unified School District must increase the goals they set to earn performance pay or the school board will send them back, members warned Monday.

Baby recovering after being tossed onto car

Mother charged with aggravated assault on a child, domestic violence

Police say a baby is recovering well after its mother threw it onto the hood of a vehicle during a domestic dispute Wednesday evening.

Woman set bed on fire to drive the devil away

Fire officials say a woman determined to “get the devil out of her bed” intentionally set her home on fire Thursday evening. Plumes of dark smoke hung over Payson as firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish a fast-moving blaze, fueled by hoards of paper, boxes and junk throughout the home, at 301 S. Clark Road.

Prescribed fire plans for the week of September 6

Pending favorable conditions, fire specialists on the Coconino National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns at three project areas the week of September 6. No prescribed burns are planned for Labor Day.

Lightning caused Weir Fire

The Weir Fire, which began on August 15 from lightning, is currently 10 acres in size and is being managed by firefighters. The fire is located approximately one and half miles north of Stoneman Lake and west of Interstate 17.

The good, the bad and the investment opportunities of today

As an investor, you often may have to digest a great deal of information, some positive and some negative.

Del Taco to issue trading cards of FLW pro fishermen

Cameron Davis admits that as a youth he was a sports trading card junkie. “I had over 1,000 of them — baseball and basketball,” he says.

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Big time battles heat up at PHS

A bevy of 18 of the state’s finest prep volleyball teams clash today, Sept. 4, and tomorrow in a Payson Invitational that is being heralded as one of the state’s finest regular season tournaments.A bevy of 18 of the state’s finest prep volleyball teams clash today, Sept. 4, and tomorrow in a Payson Invitational that is being heralded as one of the state’s finest regular season tournaments.

Book and Bake Sale at the library Sept. 4

We are starting to feel a little cool down as we move into September. Rains have subsided with moderate winds on and off again. The sunshine shows to be predominate in the near future as our summer gives way to a more “fall” feel.

Open house will be held about Control Road bridges

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) is hosting an open house at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Julia Randall Elementary School to discuss a proposed multi-bridge replacement/rehabilitation project along National Forest System Road 64 /Forest Highway 51 (also referred to as Control Road) in the Tonto National Forest, north of Payson.

Labor Day honors hard working men and women

This week’s music trivia question is dedicated to the young man who busses tables into the wee hours of the night, the certified nurse’s assistant who toils on her late-night weekend shift and the hard working man who pounds roofing nails under the sweltering August Arizona sun.

Senior softball team needs players

Lou Felix is issuing an invitation for athletes 60-years-plus to hook up with the Payson Cougars senior slow-pitch softball team.

A better night’s sleep

If you are sleeping on a double bed with your spouse, you might as well be sleeping in a crib.

Gila County libraries to receive new laptop computers

Public library patrons in Gila County gain additional access as 28 new laptop computers will be delivered soon to four public libraries within Gila County, including Payson, thanks to a federal grant of $19,960, along with $5,158 in local matching contributions.

Creek reminds water company owners of New England

With only this weekend left to go (the Labor Day holiday), the summer season officially starts to wind down.

Next Shred-A-Thon is scheduled for Sept. 10 at old Foxworth location

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hold a second Shred-a-thon, this time benefiting Time Out Shelter at Foxworth Galbraith property.

Life skills class for Payson High School students proposed

Step away from that Big Mac Payson High School students.

Dove hunting season opened Sept. 1

The first of the fall shotgun seasons opened two days ago with the mourning and white winged dove hunt. Arizona is one of the premier states for this popular bird with prolific numbers in the lower elevation desert regions.

Fall bowling leagues now starting

Once again, it’s time for the 2010-11 fall/winter bowling leagues. RCL has leagues starting up Monday through Friday and we have plenty of spots available. Monday is our 9-pin no-tap league which is open to anyone.

Holiday weekend packed with events

I can hardly believe it is Labor Day weekend! I’m not sure if it’s outright denial or busyness, but it sure did sneak up on me. The last couple of mornings there has been a slight chill in the air, so I’m trying to drink in every second of summer before it slips away.

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Turning a life around is not easy

Juvenile drug court is tough, effective

It was no cakewalk, but for one teen, undergoing a year of intensive therapy and frequent status hearings at Payson’s juvenile drug court has turned her life around. And on Monday, the 17-year-old was rewarded for 230 sober days with — a cake.

Big barbecue, bake sale, auction tomorrow

The Labor Day weekend is here! The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary is busy preparing all the great-tasting pulled pork sandwiches, the bake sale, and silent auction details to get ready for a successful fund-raiser for our dedicated and loyal firefighters this Saturday.

Rivalry continues between Cougars, Longhorns

A heated rivalry that has its roots in 2006 when Josh Anderson left Chino Valley High School to become the head football coach at Payson continues this evening with the two schools meeting on Longhorn field in a non-region clash. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 2

ADOT: No closures scheduled along state highways over Labor Day weekend

Drivers heading to the high country, the beach or elsewhere over the Labor Day weekend will not face any construction closures along state highways.

To Labor Day weekend campers

Labor Day weekend means another opportunity to camp in the cool pines of northern Arizona national forests.

Wednesday, September 1

Good 2 Go

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center is sponsoring a delicious sausage and pancake meal complete with mixed fruit and beverage for just $5 from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3 at 800 W. Main St. Dine in or take out available.

Visiting Skagway, Alaska

Skagway became Alaska’s first incorporated city in June of 1900. It got its start because of the 1898 Klondike gold rush.

Grape expectations

The dusty road through northern Arizona’s wine country does not immediately leave the impression that one is in prime grape land.

Watercolorist is featured guest

Valerie Toliver, an artist and teacher, will be displaying her watercolor paintings as guest artist at Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street during September.

The One Waited For

How are you doing these days? Bad? Good? Indifferent? Depending on whom you ask, a variety of answers will come forth.

My First Tour

When I was 19 and had finished my first year at the University of Southern California my parents allowed me to take a two-and-a-half month student tour of Europe.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 3: Arrival In Tonto Basin

The harrowing ride down Pine Creek had almost cost the Mitchells the loss of their wagon, team and belongings; perhaps even their lives.

Getaway around rim country

Every long holiday weekend in the summer — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day — the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild holds a party. Actually it is a two-day arts and crafts fair featuring both local and visiting artisans and craftspeople, plus a variety of other vendors.

Jazz concert Sunday

Jazz pianist Beth Lederman and saxophonist Mary Petrich with bassist Felix Sainz and drummer Gerry Reynolds will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.