Stories for April 2011


Friday, April 29

Gila County Superior Court judge rejects plea deals

For the third time in two weeks, a Gila County Superior Court judge did something unusual — he rejected plea agreements based on principle.

Residents question need for Fossil Creek shuttle

Plan would require a shuttle ride even during weekdays

Rim Country residents reacted with a mixture of understanding and indignation to a Forest Service plan to ban cars from Fossil Creek for half the year at Monday’s airing of a shuttle-bus-based “preferred alternative.”

GCC policies and budget remain in limbo

Fifteen minutes after the Gila Community College governing board meeting was to start Tuesday, two members were still missing.

Supervisors consider changes in COG, fairgrounds

session reviewing its boards, commissions and committees.

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Body found in burning vehicle

Detectives are just beginning an investigation today, April 29, into a suspicious car fire after a body was found burning inside.

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Tourism office launching travel deal site where local businesses can advertise

With National Tourism Week around the corner, local businesses may have a way to get their business in front of a statewide audience just in time.

Adopt a pet for $25

Saturday was a day to celebrate here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. After being here for over a year, Aimes found his forever home. The day got better when his adopters decided one dog wasn’t enough and they wanted to take Kelly as well.

Who should you trust for computer repair?

Would you take your car to some stranger on the side of the road who is holding a sign that says “cheap repairs?” Or worse yet, would you allow your child to be seen by a “doctor” at the mall, simply because she has a stethoscope and a clipboard?

Fireflies to discuss cookbook

Today is a historic day for the United Kingdom.

Prayer event scheduled for May 5

You all have really started to come through with news for our two communities. Thanks so much! So hang on, here goes:

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Cruise-in revs up memories of car songs

This Saturday, Green Valley Park will once again become a revved-up drag strip of more than 300 classic automobiles, trucks and little deuce coupes; all standing proudly, with their buffed-out, turtle-waxed bodies and brilliantly polished chrome carburetors, bumpers and custom exhaust pipes shimmering brightly in the Arizona sun.

Many fun events planned for month of May

Well with the weather getting nicer it is time to get out there a start having some fun events.

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Fire weather watch in effect until 9 p.m.

The lack of precipitation in conjunction with high winds has brought dry conditions to our area.

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Expressions in Porcelain

Being a photographer has hidden perks. Oh, not what you are thinking.

Students show major increase in reading skills

The number of third-graders who have trouble reading has dropped a heartening 57 percent as a result of a federal grant that has allowed the Payson Unified School District to identify struggling students before they fall through the cracks.

Expect lane restrictions and delays on Hwy. 188 next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close lanes on a 10-mile segment of Highway 188 between Punkin Center and Highway 87 from Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4 as maintenance crews apply rejuvenating oil to protect and preserve the pavement.

Forest visitors advised to refrain from having campfires

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning today (April 29) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for most of Arizona. Red Flag warning means no campfires.

Community Almanac

Payson Regional Medical Center wants patient input in selecting its top nurses in its annual Patient Choice Award program.

True conservation

If I have a windmill, solar cells, or some other source of producing or generating electricity and I produce more than I use, I understand that I can sell my surplus back to APS and that they will either buy it back or credit my account for that excess.

Weather didn’t stop festival

Although there was rain, snow, wind, and cold, cold weather, like the Postal Service, the Optimist Club prevailed — 53 people, including young and old, registered for our fifth annual Fishing Festival

Many thanks to PRMC

We are very fortunate in our small community to have a hospital with dedicated and thoughtful staff. Recently I had the bad luck to have a very severe medical crisis requiring a trip to our emergency room and a subsequent three-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Lake at Green Valley Park needs shoreline help

I often read in the Roundup about how beautiful Green Valley Park is. Yes, it is beautiful — but beautiful everywhere except along the shoreline of the lake.

Forest area near Flowing Springs is overrun with use

This past Saturday morning I counted 77 vehicles parked in a one-mile area on Flowing Springs Road.

The need for a Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act

Among the many government entities that are created by ObamaCare, one is especially troubling because it is comprised of a group of unelected government bureaucrats who will make critical changes in how the nation’s seniors receive health care.

Fossil Creek plan has serious flaw

The Forest Service wants to protect Fossil Creek without locking out the public. The latest plan comes close, but fails in a crucial respect.

Being a foreigner can be hard or easy

Except for two things, I would have called this column, “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Payson Wildlife Fair will be held Saturday, May 7 at Green Valley Park

Green Valley Park will undergo a transformation on Saturday, May 7, when its sprawling grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and fun, outdoor activities.

Heather Lowe trial date set for Oct. 19

A Payson judge set a trial date for a woman charged with taking advantage of her position to manipulate a dying woman into giving her and her then-husband a $500,000 estate Monday.

Governor supports GCC independence

Gov. Jan Brewer this week signed a bill to swing open the door to Gila Community College’s independence, capping years of effort that once seemed like an exercise in tilting windmills.

Zane Grey 50-miler test of guts, will

Some shy away from challenges, some meet them head on.

Payson High School on top of protecting athletes from concussions

Long before Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1521, a piece of legislation addressing prevention, risk and treatment of sports-related concussions, the Payson High School football coaching staff was taking strides to protect Longhorn players from such injures.

Payson duo bound for state

Much like a finely tuned 500 horsepower race car gobbles up track, Morgan Chilson and Blake Brown are speeding past opponents on their way to the state championship track and field finals.

Little League opening day tomorrow

Little League official Felicia Moore is hoping for a huge turnout tomorrow, April 30, for opening day ceremonies. “It will be a fabulous day of softball and baseball,” she said. “We would love to see the whole town come out and cheer on the wonderful children of Payson.

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Baseball, softball teams on to second rounds

By virtue of East Region tournament opening-round wins over Round Valley, both the baseball and softball teams advance to the second round of the postseason shoot-outs.

Horns dump Dogs in Lobo land golf

The Longhorn golf team continued its quest to reach the state tournament easily rolling to a gold-medal win in a five-way meet held April 19 at Snowflake Golf Course.

Loud music, fireworks at lake lead to arrest

Campers thought a possible terrorist was setting pipe bombs off at Roosevelt Lake Saturday, but all deputies found was a man with roman candles.

Price tag Blue Ridge pipeline: $33 million

The Blue Ridge pipeline will cost a little more than Payson hoped, but less than many feared, according to the first detailed cost estimates.

Three tips for lifetime income: A great Mother’s Day present

Mother’s Day will soon be here. If you’re a mother, you will (hopefully) receive thoughtful cards and gifts.

Fast and flashy cars at Cruise-In

Fast and flashy will join the ranks of the sleek and sublime at the 2011 Beeline Cruise-In Charity Car Show this weekend.

Body found inside burning vehicle

Detectives are just beginning an investigation into a suspicious car fire Friday after a body was found burning inside.

Avoid having a campfire Friday

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning today, Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for most of Arizona, including Tonto and Coconino National Forests in northern Arizona.

Wednesday, April 27

Roy Andrews

1940 Ford Pickup

When Roy Andrews purchased the 1940 Ford Pickup it was truly a “basket case.”

Larry Bertram

1973 Mercury Cougar

This 1973 Mercury Cougar is the latest addition to Larry Bertram’s fleet of collector cars.

Shirley Bertram

1966 Ford Mustang

Shirley Bertram was given this beauty as a wedding gift when she and Larry married in 2007.

Dan & Carol Lane

1958 Chevy Bel-Air

Dan Lane said he has wanted a nice 1958 Chevy since high school, and finally was able to get his hands on one all these years later.

Tom Gossard

1932 Ford Victoria

The Gossards cruised Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, Calif. — just like they did in the 1960s.

John Gooch

1950-4 Door

Jack and Barbara Gooch bought their 1949 Ford 4-Door in 2009 out of New Jersey.

Mike Hansen

1979 V28 Camero

Mike Hansen has had this great old Camaro just a couple of years, but he also has its complete history.

Byron & Sandra Gunderson

1957 Chevy & 1955 Chevy Big Window

The Gundersons started their love affair with old cars a long, long time ago.

Ken & Carol Sigsbee

1956 Ford Pickup

Ken Sigsbee had been looking for a 1956 Ford Pickup forever. Checking for one every place he and his wife Carol traveled, plus in the newspapers and trade papers.

Gordon Metcalf

1932 Ford -Vicky & 1940 Ford Coupe

Gordon Metcalf’s two beauties have both enjoyed some modern upgrades.

Ken Gunderson

1964 1/2 Mustang

This is one of the original Mustangs.

Pete & Jan Hold

1957 Chevrolet

Pete and Jan Hold have been crazy about cars since they were teens.

Doug & Sherrill Magnuson

1940 Chevy Coupe

This is Rachel. Doug Magnuson has owned her since 1958.

Carl & Judy Curtis

1957 Corvette

Carl and Judy Curtis’ 1957 Corvette was purchased in 1985. The car had no motor, no paint and the transmission was in the trunk.

Community support critical

No matter what the event or which nonprofit in the area hosts it, support from the community through sponsorships is critical to making the event a success.

Cars are stars, but other activities fun

The stars of the 18th Annual Beeline Cruise-In & Charity Auto Show are the cars of course, but the other attractions add to the fun of the April 29 and April 30 event.

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Payson cruise kicks off Beeline Cruise-In

The official kick-off of the 18th Annual Beeline Cruise-In is — naturally enough — a cruise around Payson. More than 100 cars will cruise Payson starting at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29 at Green Valley Park.

Tuesday, April 26

Payson schools plan new science classes

The Payson Unified School District this fall will launch an innovative new program to help students explore science and technology careers in fields like engineering.

Pine subdivision gets approval for deep well

Residents of Pine Portal IV subdivision will soon be awash in water thanks to an OK from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality that allows the Pine Canyon Water District to begin operation of a 1,785-foot-deep well.

Payson council gives business break on fees

Council divided on plan to spread $100,000 in impact fees over a decade interest free

A sharply divided Payson Town Council last week overrode a recently adopted ordinance to give a new restaurant an interest-free payment plan for its water development fees.

School chief finalist for another job

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien is one of four finalists for the superintendent’s job at the 35,000-student, K-12 Deer Valley Unified School District.

Woman pleads guilty to theft, other counts dismissed

A Payson woman’s scheme to make some quick cash will likely end with a lengthy sentence. On Monday, former Quick Cash employee Angela Mae Gregg, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of theft after 14 counts of forgery were thrown out by Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill.

Community Almanac

Cenpatico’s Peer and Family Advisory Council will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 26 at the Payson Senior Citizen Center, 514 W. Main St.

Another war in the Middle East

Just what we needed, another war in the Middle East. Are we carrying the load for the U.N., playing get evens for the bombing of our aircraft, or protecting access to the oil fields for England and France? Or all of the above?

Center for Success students take same classes as PHS students

I am a senior at Payson Center for Success and I am writing you in regards to an article that was published in the Roundup on Friday April 15.

Pine-Strawberry water glass is more than half full

On July 18, 1996 the Phoenix New Times published an article titled “Tapped Out” about the water situation in Pine-Strawberry.

Impact fee debate raises vexing issue

The debate about whether to give a new restaurant a break on its water impact fees left us feeling ever so slightly schizophrenic. That’s because we don’t like impact fees.

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GCC graduation is a family affair

The family that studies together, graduates together

Insistent, assertive, hard-hitting: whatever you call it, Tracy Turner drew an uncompromising line when it came to the education of her two youngest children. Now she is gradating alongside both, as well as her daughter’s fiance, this May from Gila Community College.

Kindergarten registration starts

Payson Unified School District announces kindergarten registration for the 2011-2012 school year.

Theater company offers ‘Up the Down Staircase’ for two-weekend run

Who were you in high school? Do you remember how you dressed or the kind of music you listened to?

Author releases new book for senior adventure seekers

Arizona Highways Magazine freelance photographer, Bernadette Heath announces the release of her fifth book, Grandma Needs a Four-Wheel Drive, Adventure Travel for Seniors.

Health program planned for May 5

Rich Staudt, a nationally certified and licensed occupational therapist, will be speaking at the Majestic Rim Apartments on Tyler Parkway at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 5. His topic will be Myofascial Release.

Senior Circle events slated

Tonto Gym memberships are due from Senior Circle participants. This is the last week to join the Tonto Gym through the Senior Circle.

School district may purchase physical education training system

If Payson Unified School District physical education teachers have their way, there won’t be anymore students dreading PE class. Gone are the days of dodgeball and boring outdated exercises that isolate students.

Mail forwarding service offered for domestic violence victims

For many of the 350 women who sought safety at Payson’s Time Out Shelter last year, the abuse didn’t stop once they entered the program.

With prices low, is it time to invest in land?

Will Rogers once said, “Buy land, they ain’t making anymore.” This saying is especially true in the Rim Country where we have less than 3 percent private land, with the federal government owning the rest.

Human-caused fire off Young Road burns 26 acres

Nearly 40 firefighters were battling a 26-acre forest fire off the Young Road Monday.

Beeline Cruise-In car show benefits charities

Beeline Cruise-In a sparkling kick-off with a cruise around Payson. More than 100 cars will cruise Payson starting at 4 p.m., Friday, April 29 at Green Valley Park.

Drive, Wine & Dine starts next Wednesday

Jan Parsons is touting the fun, camaraderie and skill enhancement that beginning women golfers can enjoy during the “Drive, Wine and Dine” nights and also the healthy competition that traditionally highlights the Wednesday Businessmen’s Twilight golf play.

FFA to host first fun day and rodeo

First-year Payson High School Agriculture and Animal Science teacher Jadee Garner is enthusiastically looking forward to the FFA’s inaugural One Day Rodeo and Family Fun Day. “It’s going to be great,” she predicts.

Benefit tourney signals spring season

Tracy Purtee has developed a Rim Country-wide reputation as a pretty fair country angler eager to share his love and knowledge of the sport with others.

Horns brace for run at East crown

Pursuit of the East region tournament championship and an advantageous seed into the 3A state tournament begins today for the Payson Longhorns baseball team.

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Win against Falcons lifts Lady Longhorns

The Lady Longhorns’ season-ending 12-4 win over the Fountain Hills Falcons is now paying double dividends.

Clubs and Organizations

Have you ever seen a bunch of senior ladies, wildly dressed? Wearing beautiful, wild Red Hats with lots of feathers? Outrageous jewelry? Ever wonder what they do? Where they go? Wonder no more.

Friday, April 22

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A secretive cult celebrates spring rites

The cottonwoods and willows all along the East Verde have flushed as green as the fevered hopes of a secretive Rim Country cult — whose moment has finally arrived.

GCC independence awaits Brewer’s OK

Gila Community College’s Yellow Brick Road to independence requires only Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature to take shape after approval by both the House and Senate this week.

SV eyes RV park for land and well

Parking, water, a town park and even room for a police station: the prospects of buying a neighboring RV park and revamping it for town use left the Star Valley town council giddy with the possibilities Tuesday night.

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Standoff keeps police at bay for four hours

It took six SWAT officers and two negotiators more than four hours to calm a suicidal man who had barricaded himself in a trailer on Thursday, police say.

Dump your prescription drugs at free event April 30

With the number of emergency room visits involving misuse or abuse of prescription drugs increasing 98 percent in a five-year period, according to federal data, finding a way to get unused and unwanted drugs out of medicine cabinets is a growing concern for local law enforcement.

Artist tries to recreate look of murdered woman

It’s been nine months since an anonymous woman’s body was found murdered off the Young Road.

Wage dispute leads to assault charges

Police say a disagreement over wages led to the assault of a Colorado man last week and the arrest of three others.

Community Almanac

Calling all golfers! Get ready for a good time to help a good cause. The 10th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger Golf Tournament is coming up on Saturday, April 30. Register early, as the tournament is limited to 116 players.

PUSD if far ahead of other rural schools in use of technology

I was recently quoted as a PUSD employee in the Roundup. I actually work for the Statewide Instructional Technology Project, and am assigned to Gila County. When one takes snippets of a lengthy conversation, sometimes the meaning can unintentionally get confused.

Property value drops, tax bill goes up, what gives?

What on earth is going on? I got a county tax appraisal that showed my property value was down 30 percent.

Town will have problems with college coming to town

In a recent letter to the Roundup I wrote about the problems the town is going to have with the coming of a four-year college.

Being a Scout is fun

I want to tell you the value of Scouts. First of all it teaches you leadership, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Science fair is important

I am writing about the value of science fair projects. My next paragraphs will tell you how much science fair means to me.

Use refund to landscape airport roundabout

When it was rumored that Payson was to get its first roundabout, a group of citizens spoke with ADOT and they were affirmative that we would be getting one.

Staff at Ordinary Lifestyles are angels

I would like to thank Karie Waters and the staff at Ordinary Lifestyles for the incredibly loving, compassionate care they provided for my mother, Maida Navis.

Reducing spending by $38 billion is just a start

After all of the hoopla about a possible government shutdown, Congress passed legislation to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.

Tarred, feathered and riding in style

Abraham Lincoln loved to tell the story of the fellow with an active sense of irony who got tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. A horrified friend asked him what that was like.

Addicts get creative when hiding their stash

In past articles we’ve learned the crazy and bizarre things people do while under the influence of drugs. This article covers the crazy and bizarre places addicts use to hide a stash; places parents might want to be aware of.

A few casually spoken words can change a life, Part II

Four times in my life a few words have lifted me off the path I was on, turned me, and plunked me down on a new path.

Time Out honors its man and woman of the year

Time Out recently crowned Ray Kinsman its male volunteer of the year and Judi Freegard, as the female volunteer of the year, during a luncheon to honor their volunteers.

Coconino firewood permits available

Firewood permits are available for firewood gathering within the Coconino National Forest.

New Fossil Creek workshop slated

Rescheduled event will give public chance to sound off on plan to ban cars from the canyon on summer weekends

The U.S. Forest Service will gather public reaction to a plan to ban cars from Fossil Creek on busy summer weekends at a workshop Monday, April 25 at the Payson Public Library, located in Rumsey Park.

Pirch winning ways continue

Christopher Pirch, a high school math teacher and wrestling coach in Fredericksburg, Va., pocketed $15,000 in prize money for picking his older brother, Clifford, to win last week’s Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake.

Teams at invitational learn these wasps can sting

The beasts of the East gathered April 15 in Lakeside for the Blue Ridge Invitational and when the dust finally settled, the powerful Lady Yellow Jackets were flexing their stingers over the 18-team field that included all the former 3A East Region teams.

Horns to meet Big Apple, Vegas and California

Longhorn baseball players are currently battling what is probably the toughest competition a PHS team has faced in the history of the program.

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Softball’s ‘Burma Road’ tests Lady Longhorns

After watching her charges play eight high school softball games in nine days, Lady Longhorn assistant coach Kadi Tenney summed up the tiring stretch saying, “It’s been insane.”

Horns edge closer to state berth

The Payson High School golf team has taken another step toward its goal of advancing to the season-ending Division III or “state” tournament.

Coaching trio sweeps PMGA April 13

“Old Coaches Rule” could have been the name of the closest-to-the-pin competition at an April 13 Payson Men’s Golf Association tournament.

Construction to start on Payson Community Kids building

Even though they live below the poverty level, many of the hard-pressed kids who attend an after-school program did what they could to raise funds for a much-needed addition.

Law to allow ASU campus clears legislative hurdle

Senate gives overwhelming support to law crucial to Payson’s plan for a college campus in special district

Legislation to allow Payson to set up a special district to build a college campus passed its final legislative hurdle this week by a lopsided vote.

SV council takes hard line on medical marijuana rules

A divided Star Valley council drew a hard line on medical marijuana Tuesday night.

Clubs and Organizations

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road.

Easter Celebrations

The Church of the Holy Nativity, an Anglican Catholic parish, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson, will commemorate the passion of our Lord with these services: Good Friday, April 22.

Start spring projects with a good cleaning

Before starting all those spring fix-up projects and improvements around your home and yard, get into those grubbies, roll up your sleeves and do a good cleaning both inside and out.

Must-have tools for outdoor improvements

Spring has sprung for most areas of the country and the average homeowner’s “honey-do” list likely has its share of outdoor landscaping tasks that need to be tackled. The right tools can make easier work of outdoor chores.

Welcome spring with a basic fix-up kit

Spring not only ushers in a welcome relief from the cold temperatures, but a slew of winter clean-up projects, begging the question, “Are you ready to host all of those summer barbecues that are just around the corner?” And the bigger question, “Is your house ready?”

Gardening: America’s new favorite pastime

More than 41 million Americans planted vegetable gardens in 2009 — a number expected to increase as food costs climb, according to a recent Gardening Trends Research Report. When you factor in flowers, herbs and fruits, it’s difficult to find a home where people are not working the soil on a warm sunny day.

Weekend projects to spruce up your home

After a long, hard winter across most of the country, people are looking forward to the rites of spring. And one of those cherished activities is the great American remodeling project.

Small changes mean big style in a room refresh

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn toward refeathering the nest.

There are many renditions of ‘Easter Parade’

Has it occurred to you, as it has to me, that Easter Sunday seems to be on the late side this year? Being the curious type, I did a little research on this. What I found was that Easter, this year on April 24, couldn’t possibly occur too much later.

Rob Jarvis selected as interim fire chief

Hello again, fellow Creekers. There are some changes at your Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department. The board elected recently to replace Fire Chief Electra VanEckhoutte. The interim chief will be Rob Jarvis. I will provide more information as I get it.

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Fire at paper mill contained

Emergency crews responded to a fire emergency at the Catalyst Paper Mill between Snowflake and Heber. The fire began at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Shortly thereafter, workers at the mill reported the incident.

Village residents encouraged to join water board

What a whirlwind weekend I had this past weekend. Our grandson, Marine private Brian Snyder is leaving for Afghanistan on May 7.

Easter services set

’Tis once again Holy Week … … and many of us will be attending our houses of worship.

Consider these investment moves on Tax Freedom Day

April 18 was the deadline for filing your individual tax return.

Great dog needs great home

This week, we are featuring King. He broke his leg while at the HSCAZ animal shelter, and has stayed in a foster home while healing from the injury. His foster family has wonderful things to report about him.

Thursday, April 21

Lane restrictions and delays on Highway 260 east of Camp Verde next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a 16-mile segment of State Route 260 beginning seven miles east of Camp Verde from Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27.

Wednesday, April 20

A Better Breakfast

You’ve probably heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Or perhaps you’ve said it yourself. The reality is — while a lot of people say that eating breakfast is important, not very many are actually doing it.

California delights

There is something special about Northern California. It is as different from Southern California as day and night. I suggest flying into San Francisco, renting an automobile, then “cruising” the area at your own pace.

Sunflower Mine

South of Payson near the road to Phoenix lays an old mining area with many remnants of the past still around. It is the Sunflower area, which was once home to active mercury mines. The mine with the most impressive remnants remaining is the National/Sunflower Mine. Here’s a look at this mine.

Easter Celebrations

Easter is the last Sunday of April this year, but there are plenty of services and special events planned leading up to this sacred holiday. Here is a list of the services and events available at press time.

Stop Muscle Loss Due to Aging

Can I reverse sarcopenia, or just slow it down?

Getaway around Rim Country

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Plant Fair Nursery present the April Chamber Mixer on April 20.

First-time homebuyer seminar

A seminar to help first-time homebuyers navigate the world of HUD, FHA, VA and conventional financing will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 21 at the conference room at 418 S. Beeline Highway, next to Payson Paint.

Fall prevention program

Do you worry about you or your loved ones’ balance and the possibility of falling? Falls and the resulting injuries for people over 65 are a reality and the risk for falls can be reduced.

Choral Society spring concert set

The Payson Choral Society’s spring concert, “Singing Coast to Coast,” directed by Daria Mason with accompaniment by Victoria Harris comes to the Payson High School auditorium on Saturday, April 30. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Good 2 Go

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the community is invited to attend a family event called Popsicles and Pinwheels in the Sawmill Crossing parking lot, behind Chili’s.

Tuesday, April 19

Man out on bail, arrested again on charge of having stolen property

A man suspected of burglarizing the Payson Roundup and Garden of Eden in March, was arrested last week for reportedly selling stolen goods from a Payson home.

Payson Ranger District Contract Sites

There are possible other picnic sites that contractors could add new fees to existing picnic and campground sites. To see the plan go to the Tonto National Forest Web site and click on recreation.

SV council considers buying RV park

It has discussed buying a strip club and now the Star Valley Town Council will consider purchasing an RV park. What the town would do with the park is just now being thrown around by town staff, but possibilities include expanding town hall parking, adding additional office space and possibly one day a park, but the kind without travel trailers.

Forest fee plan spurs protest

Ranger district plans to have private firms charge for trail, picnic site use

The Tonto National Forest’s decision to expand its use of private contractors to run campgrounds, day-use sites and possibly trails in the Payson Ranger District has triggered protests by a group fighting fees on public lands.

Payson water usage declines

Empty houses contribute to drop as near-normal rainfall bolsters water table

Payson residents last year used only about 60 percent of the water that seeped into its water table as per-person use dropped sharply.

Community Almanac

Payson Unified School District announces kindergarten registration for the 2011-2012 school year. Families may register children who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2011.

Gisela needs more sheriff patrols to curb vandalism

I am a resident in the community of Gisela. I have lived in this beautiful valley eight years. Over the years there was peace and tranquility and has since been taken over by fear, frustration and anger.

Health care is being rationed

I am writing in response to the article written by U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

Calling someone a birdbrain is a compliment

This may confirm readers’ opinion that I am in fact an idiot, but, I have been bird watching lately, a luxury of retirement. I have decided that calling a someone a “birdbrain” is in reality a compliment.

The path to prosperity is with spending cuts

The debate in Washington and around the country is heated. Most can agree that the federal government has a spending problem, but there are many different ideas on how that problem can be fixed.

We shouldn’t pay to visit our own forest

Under a new Tonto National Forest plan, Rim Country residents and visitors may well end up paying extra fees to have a picnic, take a hike or find a place to park the car so they can go fishing.

Program planned on May 2 to assist women in chemotherapy

A special program is being planned for women currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Investment management group supports Chemo Caps for Kids

Kevin Dick Investment Management Group, of Payson, is providing support for the Chemo Caps for Kids initiative sponsored by Commonwealth Cares Fund Inc., a charity founded by Kevin Dick Investment Management Group’s broker/dealer, Commonwealth Financial Network. Chemo Caps for Kids provides hand-knit hats to children undergoing cancer treatment.

Payson Regional hires director for laboratory services

Mo Elzein, Ph.D., is Payson Regional Medical Center’s new director of laboratory services.

CASA volunteers honored for contributions

The volunteers involved in the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program of Gila County — Payson were recognized for their efforts and contributions at a special event April 12.

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P-S students perfect Disney’s ‘Aladdin Kids’ play

As Jafar and Gazeem approach the Cave of Wonders, Jafar is mesmerized by the thought of possessing the great genie lamp and its three wishes for which he has searched years.

Laughlin Potvin selected as fall orientation leader at Northern Arizona University

Laughlin Potvin, a sophomore dental hygiene major and a resident of Payson, was selected as one of only 28 orientation leaders for Northern Arizona University for the fall 2011 semester.

Junior drama club students to present two short plays this week

Longhorn Theatre’s Junior Drama Club will present two short plays “Twinderella” by Charlie Lovett and The “Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring” by Janie Downey Maxwell this week.

Student selected to attend the national student leadership conference

Austin Shannon, class of 2012, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) on Medicine & Health Care this summer at UC Berkeley.

PHS DECA qualifies 7 students for international competition

Payson High School had 38 students compete in the three-day Arizona State DECA Conference in Phoenix, with seven of those students qualifying to attend an international conference.

Traffic stop leads to arrest of three on drug charges

A simple traffic stop Wednesday led to the arrest of three people on a variety of drug charges, according to police.

Poor science education hobbles Rim Country

Gathering of education, business leaders decries faltering technology education

In a room brimming with both frustration and expertise, Gila County educators brainstormed for hours about how to reverse an alarming deterioration in kids’ knowledge about science and technology.

How to protect yourself against Medicare “gaps”

Your original Medicare insurance covers a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to inpatient hospital stays to hospice care.

Today’s food costs make a garden and chickens appealing

As the late, great Harry Caray used to say, “Holy Cow!” A trip to the grocery store is a frightening experience these days.

Motorcycle accident claims life of Cordes Lakes man on Hwy. 87

A Cordes Lakes motorcyclist died and another motorcyclists was injured in a head-on collision with a truck on Highway 87, north of Payson Sunday.

Scientists predict water shortage here

Projected rise in temperatures could reduce flow of Colorado River by 20 percent, straining water supply for 38 million people

Payson may have locked in its share of Blue Ridge water just in time

Beaver Valley man arrested with reported stolen goods in hand

A Beaver Valley man probably knew something was amiss when his nephew came out of the woods carrying a plasma TV Thursday.

TCCA presented 2011 Governor’s Arts Award

The Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) won the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education Organization in ceremonies April 12 at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix.

Dispatchers celebrate special week

For the last 20 years, public safety agencies nationwide have recognized the pivotal role dispatchers play in providing support to emergency personnel.

Tonto searchers find lost couple in Four Peaks area

On the heels of an exhaustive search several weeks ago, the latest mission for Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers ended smoother Thursday — with the victims found quickly and easily.

Hale returns to racing roots

As a teenager, Shelly Hale loved to compete in barrel racing.

Recreation Roundup

This is a FREE event. Come early, times are approximate.

Softball’s benefit BBQ is Friday

The Lady Longhorn softball team benefit deep-pit barbecue that was originally scheduled for April 8 but postponed due to rain, wind and snow flurries, has been rescheduled for April 22.

Fruth leads Rim charge at Pat’s Run

Boston Marathon veteran Carolyn Fruth, a 46-year-old mother of two, paced a contingent of 21 Rim Country runners who participated in the Seventh Annual Pat’s Run.

Horns pound Lobos; Falcons are next

The Snowflake Lobos, who once dominated Payson in most every prep sport, were on the receiving end of a good old-fashioned rear-end kicking in the Horn baseball team’s 16-0 victory.

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Pirch tastes first victory on FLW tournament trail

Four-day limit of 20 fish tip scales at 77 pounds, 3 ounces

Almost as if he were toying with the Chattanooga, Tenn. audience and others watching the Lake Chickamauga bass tournament weigh-in on FLW live streaming video, Payson pro angler Clifford Pirch rumpled through his sack seemingly searching for the lunker that would earn him $125,000 in prize money and his first-ever FLW Tour victory.

Easter Services

The Church of the Holy Nativity, an Anglican Catholic parish, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson, will commemorate the passion of our Lord with Holy Week services.

Business Briefs

Sherry Henry, executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, will speak at the April Business Buzz scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at the Ox Bow Saloon.

Miller Autoworks offers oil changes for charity

The owner of an auto repair shop doesn’t exactly conjure up the image of a philanthropist.

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After 40 years, body shop owner celebrates clean record

It isn’t hard to see where Mike Abraham’s passion lies in life — he wears it posted on his back.

Clubs and Organizations

People interested in RC cars and trucks — either parking lot racing or off road — are being sought to form a club. It’s good, clean fun for all ages. Call Tony if interested, (928) 970-1131.

Friday, April 15

New model explored to grow county’s economy

economic development model for Gila County.

Chronic addictions to drugs and alcohol earns woman probation

It was only two bottles of alcohol, but coupled with a long criminal history of shoplifting to feed a growing addiction, a judge sentenced a Payson woman to three years of probation Monday.

District shuffles principals

Administrative position added as layoffs begin

Scrambling to adjust to an avalanche of change after approving teacher layoffs, the Payson Unified School District Board at a special meeting on Thursday approved a new administrative position and a complicated shuffle of assignments.

‘Breakthrough’ meeting on campus land

Top Forest Service officials now say they can sell town 300-acre parcel by next spring

A long meeting with top Forest Service officials has produced a “breakthrough” in Payson’s effort to buy a 300-acre tract of land for a college campus here from the U.S. Forest Service.

Regents hike tuition, help Payson campus

Backers of a Payson campus say the jump to $9,716 annually may make local case stronger

The Arizona Board of Regents last week approved another increase in tuition at Arizona State University to $9,716 per year — up nearly 500 percent in the last decade.

Community Almanac

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint recycle day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

What’s going on at the Payson Event Center?

To enlighten the people of Payson, what is the reason for all the earth moving and site preparation work going on at the Payson Event Center?

Young Kiwanis professionals thank all who have helped them

Professionals Club, a club satellite of Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country in Payson.

Do we want a trashy town?

I just spent about a half hour cleaning up about a block of roadside here in Payson — not the first time.

Check out the facts

Last week our country came very close to a shut down. One of the last hold ups was the Democrats pushing back on the demands of the Republicans to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

Congressman’s budget could be the needed game-changer

Every year, Congress should pass a budget and approve legislation that provides a year’s worth of funding for government operations

School board action sends wrong message

On the whole, the Payson school board and administration have handled the layoffs and budget cuts with intelligence and constraint.

A few casually spoken words can change a life

Four times in my life a few words have lifted me off the path I was on, turned me, and plunked me down on a new path.

Easter Celebrations

Mount Cross Lutheran Church Easter Services start with Palm Sunday services April 17; a traditional service will be held at 8:30 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m.

Payson totals up its $10 million wish list

Payson continues to lurch along like a comeback boxer with his eyes swollen closed in the ninth round — but still on his wobbly feet.

Trial nears as defense awaits computer forensic results

The defense for a man accused of harboring hundreds of files of child pornography on his computer is hurriedly trying to get forensic analysis of the man’s computer completed before trial.

Man leaps from sheriff deputy’s vehicle to avoid arrest

A Mesa man tried to get himself out of a sticky situation Monday afternoon when he jumped from a deputy’s patrol car; unfortunately, the man was struck by the vehicle and later arrested.

Rev the engine, get in gear – Cannonball is here

The Cannonball Phoenix Spree is coming to Payson April 16 and bringing fun, excitement and entertainment along with it.

Tiger’s work lifts PMGA to win

As odd as it might sound, Tiger Woods’ efforts in the recently completed Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club paved the way for a trio of Payson Men’s Golf Association members to reap honors in an April 6 low net tournament at Payson Golf Course.

Poker ride will benefit the fight against cancer

The Third Annual Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Ride at the O bar C Ranch in Tonto Basin is destined to be a bundle of fun and excitement.

Brown paces Horns at FH meet

A strong all-around performance from senior Blake Brown in the jump events lifted the Longhorn track team to a third-place finish among the eight teams participating in the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial Invitational.

Speedy soph wins two golds

Morgan Chilson’s 100-meter time of 13.40 wasn’t particularly head-turning, but it was good enough to take first place at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial Track and Field Invitational.

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Horns eye postseason playoffs

With just two East region games remaining in the regular season, the Longhorn baseball team is gearing up for a run at the postseason.

Recreation Roundup

Volunteer coaches are needed.

PHS students earns FFA trip

A Payson High School freshman that beat out 16 other high school students from throughout the state in a FFA speaking contest, will take on the rest of the country at an upcoming national convention.

Nine months after incident, man claims he was assaulted

In a strange case of delayed prosecution, the director of a residential drug and alcohol program in Payson has been charged with assaulting a former member, although the minister denies the claims.

Landfill to honor Earth with free ‘green’ day

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce, in honor of Earth Day, the Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge on Saturday, April 23 to encourage residents to clear their property of weeds and brush in preparation of wildfire season.

County holds latex paint, computer recycling-disposal event

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will coordinate a latex paint recycle day from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

SV man selected as redistricting chairman

Roberto Sanchez was elected chairman of the Gila County Redistricting Advisory Committee (RAC) at its April 12 meeting.

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Fossil Creek Summer

Rim Country will have to wait for hearing on plan to ban cars from Fossil Creek during summer time

The resolution of the federal budget deadlock came too late to save Monday’s hearing in Payson on the future of Fossil Creek.

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Foundation awards library $900

The two to four inches of snow we received on Saturday, April 9 brought needed moisture to our area.

Future concerts offer outstanding musical treats

Just recently, both Parks and Rec and the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) announced their upcoming concert series. As always, it looks like we’re in for quite an outstanding musical treat from both series.

Tall Pines Market offering quad, bicycle rentals

Mike Jelinek of the Tall Pines Market has officially opened up a new rental side of the business.

Visiting the goats, horses

I recently dropped by the Rimside Grill for a meeting of the Strawberry Elite. The Fire on the Mountain Bike Race was the topic of discussion.

Dumpster/brush pickup program discontinued in Mead Ranch

It’s tax time and how many of you are crunching numbers and finding necessary paperwork before the deadline?

Be careful not to fall for charity scams

It’s too bad that we have to continually remind our readers about the scams associated with natural disasters and their aftermath.

Invest in businesses — not the hype on Wall Street

If you’re an investor, you might be shaking your head in dismay after looking at your recent brokerage statements.

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Store goes from failing to top performing

In less time than it takes to learn how to operate a new washing machine, the owners of Payson’s Sears store have turned a failing business into one of the state’s most successful hometown stores.

Clubs and Organizations

People interested in RC cars and trucks — either parking lot racing or off road — are being sought to form a club. It’s good, clean fun for all ages. Call Tony if interested, (928) 970-1131.

Homeless pets need second chance

There are dozens of wonderful dogs and cats in need of homes at the Humane Society of Central Arizona animal shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 7 days a week

Thursday, April 14

TCCA wins 2011 Governor's Arts Award

The Tonto Community Concert Association won the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education Organization in ceremonies April 12 at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix.

Wednesday, April 13

Get in gear for the second annual CANNONBALL SPREE

Look out for a few Burt Reynolds look-alikes roaming the streets of Payson in some crazy, tricked out cars on April 16. The second annual Cannonball Phoenix Spree is coming to Payson, and bringing entertainment along with it.

McDermand to perform Friday at PHS auditorium

Percussionist Paul McDermand will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15 at the Payson High School auditorium. This is the seventh of eight performances in the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 2010-2011 concert season. 

Tsunamis of the Soul

For a southern Californian, waves are a normal part of life. Most waves are classified as “white wash,” producing a mushy lapping against the shore after a distant journey from their prior point of origin.

Easter inspiration

Enjoy an inspired Easter feast with ham plus seasonal favorites that will impress your guests. The savory flavors of Roasted Ham Saltimbocca showcase ham’s versatility in this succulent centerpiece dish.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 19: Preparations to Leave Tonto

  Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1880 was the last day of the fall session at the Tonto Basin School. The families of the students arrived to help close the school and take their children home that evening. Teacher Angie reported a gloomy, rainy day.

It’s time to visit Branson

Branson, Mo. is known today as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Featured are more than 100 different shows in 52 theaters, ranging from intimate 50-seat venues to 4,000-seat palaces

Alaska’s earthquake — March 27, 1964

The strongest earthquake in North America’s history, recalculated at 9.2, occurred in Alaska in 1964. Alaska and its Aleutian Islands sit on the edge of the circum-Pacific seismic belt.

Shingles rash gone, but pain lingers on

Will the shingles vaccine take away the pain?

Getaway around Rim Country

The Payson campus of Gila Community College will have an open house at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 for parents and prospective students to tour the campus; learn about registration, financial aid and courses of study available.

Good 2 Go

The Payson High School Boys and Girls Soccer program will have an Italian Dinner Benefit from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 at Payson Elementary School.

Tuesday, April 12

Hospice volunteers thanked

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country.

Prosperous path being carved out for Payson

As a relative newcomer to the Payson area, I am pleased to read about the innovative proposals to vitalize the town being attempted by its leaders.

April is child abuse prevention month

Those of us who work with abused children see April as a time to remind our community members how they can get involved in preventing child abuse from happening in the first place.

Federal spending cuts necessary to curb debt

Since my first day in office, the House of Representatives has been debating ways to cut the federal government’s massive spending problem.

GCC deserves fair treatment

Advocates for Gila Community College mounted a last-ditch effort this week to ensure fair treatment for the college — and local taxpayers.

Co-founder of PetSmart speaker at business awards

Organizers of the fifth annual Rim Country Business Awards announced they have booked Michael Manson, co-founder of PetSmart and Motor Excellence, as the event’s guest speaker.

Realtor: Real estate figures for first quarter mixed

The first quarter statistics for the Rim Country real estate picture produced an uptick in units sold, however, the average sales price dropped in Payson-Star Valley from the first quarter of 2010.

Thanks to Circle volunteers

In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Payson Regional Medical Center would like to thank all the Senior Circle volunteers for their service.

You can now print your Tonto National Forest pass online

Tonto National Forest officials announced Monday that a new online service allows visitors to print their Tonto Pass online. 

Rim Country streams critical to leopard frog

Wildlife Service proposes 11,000 acres of habitat for Chiricahua leopard frog, including roughly 500 acres in Gila County

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to designate a network of streams running off the Mogollon Rim in Gila County as critical habitat for the endangered Chiricahua leopard frog.

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Accolades continue to mount up for Payson teacher Donna Moore

Gila County Teacher of the Year —check. Help the district get a million-dollar federal grant to expand its physical education program — check. Classroom honored with one of the 10 Healthy Body/Healthy Mind awards statewide — check. Named one of the 20 People to Watch — check, check.

Payson milestone: council orders pipe

Town approves purchase of $1.8 million worth of bargain pipe to deliver Blue Ridge water

Gosh. Maybe they’ll build it after all. The Payson Town Council last week took a concrete step to make a 30-year dream a reality when it approved purchase of $1.8 million worth of 36-inch water pipe to build the Blue Ridge pipeline.

Council won’t waive $300 fee for Cannonball event on Main Street

Payson may be desperate for tourist dollars. But that does not mean the council will give event planners a break. Unless you count the mayor’s billfold.

SV photo radar ticket overturned

Each day in Star Valley, one in every 286 motorists drives fast enough to trigger one of four photo enforcement cameras positioned strategically along Highway 260.

Payson gets hefty refund from ADOT

So after waiting nearly a year, the Payson Town Council last week had the happy task of accepting a nearly $400,000 refund from the Arizona Department of Transportation for its up-front money to build a highway roundabout.

Gila College’s five districts’ population now badly lopsided

Redistricting process will shift power to north county unless committee draws strange lines

Huge population differences that have developed in the past decade in the five Gila Commun-ity College districts will force a dramatic shift in boundaries, according to recently released census figures.

School board cuts teacher ranks by 8%

K-2 students will attend PES, 3-5 students to JRE

The Payson School District’s budget ordeal played out Monday with the board’s approval of 16 layoffs and nine resignations.

Community Almanac

Space is available for GED testing on Saturday, April 16. Anyone wishing to take the test must pre-register at 719 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, by noon on Wednesday, April 13.

Fly fishing is topic for Thursday night program at Mountain Bible

With a crappie-fishing seminar hosted by Curt Rambo and Art Chamberlin now in the rearview mirror, organizers of the Shoot for the Heart seminars are steering toward a round table on “Summer Fly Fishing.”

Sawdust Festival grows to become Mountain High Games this June

The sagging fortunes of the recently revived Sawdust Festival could be receiving a much-needed boost with the expansion of the annual competition to include ATV trail rides, mountain bike races, archery tournaments, a trail run, horseshoe tournament and a Dutch oven cook off.

It’s not a memorial, coach says

Chuck Hardt, a longtime cross country and track and field coach, is humbled that in retirement the former Payson Coed Relays have been renamed in his honor the “Chuck Hardt Coed Relay Festival.”

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Horns rally for dramatic win

A hard-fought baseball fracas between two longtime rivals turned into one of the most exciting games recently played on Payson High School diamond.

Clubs and Organizations

People interested in RC cars and trucks — either parking lot racing or off road — are being sought to form a club. It’s good, clean fun for all ages. Call Tony if interested, (928) 970-1131.

Friday, April 8

Clubs and Organizations

Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Rim Country Health (in the Retirement Apartments complex), 807 W. Longhorn Road. 

Shelter has your perfect pet match

We all have options. Whether they are exactly what we want or not, we have them. The Humane Society of Central Arizona has wonderful options for you when it comes to adopting a new companion.

County redistricting is politically charged process

Race will likely trump population when it comes to the politically explosive task of drawing new Gila County district lines.

School district layoffs less than thought

Budget outlook ‘much better picture than we might have thought’

The Payson Unified School District will lay off six teachers and increase average class sizes in many elementary school grades by nearly 20 percent, according to a pair of budget briefings offered on Wednesday.

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Volunteer dies during search for man

Mounted posse member Larry Woolsey falls 20 feet; Missing man turns up near Phoenix with ATV

A hardworking man, friends and family said would give you the shirt off his back, died Tuesday trying to help someone else.

County completes Tonto Creek flood mitigation work

County officials say flood mitigation work in Tonto Creek is complete — at least for now.

Forest Service plans hearing on Fossil Creek

The Forest Service on Monday in Payson will air a plan to protect Fossil Creek by collecting a fee from visitors, imposing an array of restrictions on cars and campers and closing the road to the creek to all but shuttle buses on busy summer weekends.

Community Almanac

Payson Education Center is now accepting applications for summer school enrollment.

Give out marijuana in pill form

Suggestions for medical marijuana dispensing for the towns, county.

Zumbathon raises $900 for American Heart Association

During Friday night’s April 1 Zumbathon Charity Event, there is no doubt that I had the best seat in the house.

College in Payson is a good idea

Jack Jasper doesn’t want a four-year college in Payson. I guess he’s having trouble getting around and needs to have the roads repaired.

We should not spend money that the state does not have

Thank you for explaining your views on Arizona state spending.

Maintaining military edge is important

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter recently had a cockpit simulator here in Arizona

Turn new station over to Hellsgate Fire Department

Imagine the surprise on everyone’s face when the big story of the new fire station was (printed) in Friday’s Roundup!

Thanks for the kindness

Words cannot express the kindness shown to my family during the passing of my oldest son, Blair.

Senators hope to stop rationing before it starts

Since the president is not going to sign a bill repealing his health care law any time soon, those of us who oppose the law are trying to blunt the measure’s impact.

This selfless hero died for all of us

Larry Woolsey died for you — for each of us. We are heartbroken by his death — even as we honor his selfless courage.

Convenience store bath salts sending users to ER

While the name bath salts is misleading, there is no mistaking these chemicals are dangerous.

If I could bring back the candy store, I would, Part II

Last week I mentioned that candy stores were everywhere when I was a youngster. And I mentioned that although we called them candy stores, they sold a lot more than candy.

State budget bill sets off scramble to gauge impact

Payson will take a $157,000 hit, state parks will start to shut down sites and thousands of county residents may lose their health care as a result of a compromise state budget.

Payson to recognize crime victims’ week

Payson joins in “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past” for victims of crime during 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

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Tonto Basin school chief retires after 13 years

Standing in a newly constructed reception office, just off the gym, Tonto Basin Principal, Superintendent and all-around staffer Johnny Ketchem is content.

SV council moves manager to full time with likely pay raise

On Tuesday, the Star Valley Town Council agreed to make its town manager/attorney a full-time position — the move likely carries with it a pay increase.

Senior softball tournament is next week

After deliberating for days on whether or not to hold the Payson Senior Softball Tournament, Payson team member Lou Felix and town recreation coordinator Mary Wolf have decided to host the fray despite the fact some teams being counted on to participate pulled out at the last minute.

Soccer benefit will feature Italian dinner

PHS boys soccer coach Chris Avakian has two goals for next season — increase participation in the sport and outfit teams in new uniforms that will build spirit and pride in the players.

RCMS drops opener, rebounds for win

The Rim Country Middle School baseball team is off to a break-even start in the 2011 season defeating Beaver Creek 20-2, but losing 6-5 to Cottonwood.

Payson mom primed for Pat’s Run

Decades of hard core running experience will buoy Carolyn Fruth when she bursts off the starting line of Pat’s Run and charges over the 4.2-mile Tempe course that wraps up on the 42-yard line in Sun Devil Stadium.

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Falcons’ hitting clinic too much for Longhorns

In a show of power that rivals the Murderer’s Row onslaughts of the 1927 New York Yankees, Fountain Hills’ sluggers pounded seven home runs in a 20-8 win over the homestanding Payson Longhorns.

Mortgage decisions can make a big difference in achieving financial goals

If you’re purchasing a new home or refinancing your existing one, you’ve got some mortgage-related decisions to consider.

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Payson Marketplace – a phone book for the 21st century

In addition to the Rim Country’s leading Web site,, which last year garnered 3.5 million page views from 342,921 unique visitors, the Payson Roundup introduces a new Web site to the Rim Country.

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Bats reveal life’s ancient secrets

The 1,100 species of bats make up 20 percent of all mammal species and a new book examines the threat posed to them by 60 million years of evolution

I settled myself on a boulder alongside the East Verde River, to watch the shift change. Over the wide spot in the lazy stream, swifts veer, soared and plummet, maneuvering through little swarms of bugs — lacewings, caddis flies, mosquitoes.

Business community looking to support Jeep venture

The summer season is right around the corner and part of what the CCVA does is to create business, and jobs for the community.

Fire chief in Washington to preserve fire code

Did I say last week that it was almost spring planting time? Well, I did plant some herbs and wouldn’t you know, the temperature Tuesday morning was 29 degrees.

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Fire contained to less than 5 acres

The warm temperatures we have had this week is forecasted to be turning cold this weekend with a possibility of snow Saturday and into Saturday night

2nd Saturday Shop Hop kicks off

Tax day is rapidly approaching. I have been married to my computer munching numbers and swearing yet again that I will keep my records up-to-date so I don’t need to do all 12 months at one time. Right. Even I know that is a pipe dream. But hope springs eternal.

Flocking to some bird bands

Staff photographer Andy Towle’s picture of the great blue heron on the front page of last week’s Payson Roundup was an amazing shot, wasn’t it? This grey-blue wader, with its six-foot wing span and long legs and neck, is a marvel to behold.

Thursday, April 7

Getaway around Rim Country

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 8 at 507 W. Wade Lane

Fishing Festival

Community comes together to celebrate spring

It’s time to untangle those fishing lines, dust off the bobbers and load up on bait. The fifth annual Optimist Fishing Festival is right around the corner.

Great Atlantic passenger ships of the past

Since I was a young boy I have always been interested in passenger ships.

PHS thespians plan two different performances

The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club will present “Hello Dolly,” a classic comedy with music, dancing, matchmaking, and romantic connivance next week.

Free tax help and free e-filing provided by AARP volunteers

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is now available from AARP volunteers in Payson.

Good 2 Go

Greg Day, who owns and operates Macky’s Grill with his wife Cari, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and is facing major surgery and catastrophic medical costs.

Suffering Servant

“The Amen of nature is always a flower” is the famous quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Charles Bouquet and his incredible Tonto Basin gardens

Spring has sprung and it’s a good time to look back at one of the most notable early growers in the Tonto Basin: Charles Bouquet, who was noted for his fruit and yet met an early demise.

Pantry secrets for Easter dinner

You probably don’t know it, but you may have the secret ingredients for an exceptional Easter dinner in your pantry right now.

Railroad tours in California and Colorado

Are you looking for a leisurely vacation that’s close to home? One of the following train trips might just be the tic

Interstate 10 east of Tucson to close overnight April 8

Closure between SR 90 and SR 83 to remove old Marsh Station Bridge and the Mescal/J-Six Ranch Road Bridge

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close both directions of Interstate 10 east of Tucson and west of Benson from 9 p.m. Friday (April 8) until 7 a.m. Saturday (April 9) to provide a safe work zone for the removal of the old Marsh Station Bridge and the Mescal Road/J-Six Ranch Road Bridge, which was damaged by a fire on March 15, 2011.

Wednesday, April 6

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Volunteer dies during search and rescue Tuesday, missing man turns up in Phoenix

Gila County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse member Larry Woolsey fell to his death Tuesday night during a search for a missing man.

Coconino forest roads re-opened

Most forest roads above the Mogollon Rim on the Coconino National Forest closed for the winter are now open, Forest Service officials said Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 5

Florida style education reforms touted

Arizona should follow the lead of Florida and transform its schools even if the state can’t afford some of the elements of those reforms, Goldwater Institute analyst Matt Ladner told the Northern Gila County Republican Club last week.

House reduces GCC job training dollars

Ripped off again. Alas, Gila Community College is almost getting used to it.

SV town manager’s salary up for review

At $96,000, the Star Valley town manager’s salary ranks on the lower end of the pay scale when compared with statewide wages of other managers.

ASU-Payson may survive budget cuts

Mayor confers with ASU officials who say campus planning will continue despite $198 million in cuts to universities

The compromise House budget “absolutely” doesn’t sound the “death knell” for an ASU campus in Payson threatened by the state Senate budget it replaces, said Payson Mayor Kenny Evans on Monday.

New state budget plan limits impact to county

The Gila County Board of Supervisors and county staff may not quite be breathing a sigh of relief over the state’s latest budget proposal, but they aren’t in the near panic mode caused by the Senate’s suggested balancing act.

Community Almanac

Payson Elementary School invites the entire community to the School Book Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8 in the Payson Elementary Library.

PSWID — we’re watching ...

Since the PSWID folks don’t want to answer questions about their processes, and have no willingness to hold public meetings when the folks paying the bills can attend.

The ‘Leave it Alone Gang’ wants two sets of rules

In reference to your article, “County schools to share $1.6 million forest fee money,” the detailed analysis of where the money went was interesting, but really didn’t get to the heart of the matter.

Thanks to PRMC

I want to take this opportunity to thank the personnel at Payson Regional Medical Center for the outstanding service to my wife during her illness.

First truly balanced budget in five years

Friday we passed the final budget for Fiscal Year 2012 — a truly balanced budget, something we haven’t had in five years.

Latest GCC ripoff outrageous, unfair

So did you hear the one about the masochist and the sadist? The masochist begs, please, “whip me, hit me.”

Essays by Jacquelyn Oesterblad that accompanied her Flinn application

It’s just a single sheet of paper, carefully preserved in the back of my file cabinet, typed by my mother and dating back to before I could read or write. My mom’s nostalgic musings (ever more frequent as my senior year progresses) prompted me to dig it out.

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PHS senior earns Flinn, National Merit scholarships

Maybe she’ll become a National Geographic correspondent. Or maybe a museum curator.

Rimstone Rock Club offers scholarships to students

The Payson Rimstones Rock Club provides college scholarships annually to students from northern Gila County for high school and college students that are majoring in physical and earth sciences, biological sciences (including nursing and forestry) and physical geography.

Piano students to audition for honors

Seven local piano pupils from the studio of Victoria B. Harris, have registered as candidates for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians.

Something ‘a little funky’ leads to arrest of five illegal immigrants

A sheriff’s deputy arrested five illegal immigrants during a routine traffic stop Friday afternoon after he noticed something “a little funky.”

Pinyon needle scale eggs hatch threaten life of pines

According to the Arizona State Forestry Division, female pinyon needle scales have already laid their eggs in the Payson area, says Bob Celaya, state forester.

Farmers Market planning to open Memorial Day weekend

Now is the time to get your seedlings in the ground if you want to sell at the Farmers Market this summer.

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Soup kitchen raises money for food bank

After hosting a soup kitchen, Payson High School’s resource English students presented the Payson Area Food Drive with a $586 donation check Tuesday.

Social Security questions and answers

What are the four parts of Medicare?

Cardiologist makes return visit to Circle

Dr. Sam Gillette was the featured speaker at the March 23 Lunch and Learn. Back by popular demand, Dr. Gillette spoke to a group of 78 Senior Circle members.

April is evidence of Mother Nature’s wonderful mood

Mother Nature must have been in a good mood when she created April, it is such a happy month. Don’t you just love the morning birdsong, the perfect weather, flowers blooming, trees leafing out?

New E-Verify helps workers see employment status

People in Arizona can now check whether their Social Security numbers will turn up red flags when run through E-Verify, the federal electronic system used to confirm whether prospective workers are in the U.S. legally.

Realtor and buyer taught a ‘lesson’

Today, there is no such thing as what we used to call a “normal transaction” in the sale of a home.

Payson schools seek high-speed Internet

The Payson Unified School District this week signed onto a federally funded effort to bring high speed Internet to rural areas — including an antenna atop a building at the high school to receive a broadband signal.

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Fifth annual Optimist Fishing Festival is Saturday

Family fun event takes place at Green Valley Park

It’s time to untangle those fishing lines, dust off the bobbers and load up on bait. The fifth annual Optimist Club Fishing Festival is right around the corner.

Payson Golf Course offers special series for novice women duffers

Jan Parsons is touting the fun, camaraderie and skill enhancement that beginning women golfers can enjoy during the “Drive, Wine and Dine” nights to be held next month at Payson Golf Course.

Camp Tontozona under new management as of May 1

Long neglected Camp Tontozona will take on a fresh new look when Tonto Creek Camp assumes management on May 1.

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Deep pit barbecue, softball go hand in hand

An annual highlight of the spring sports season unfolds Friday, April 8, just prior to the Lady Longhorns vs. Blue Ridge softball game on Payson High School diamond.

Rough week awaits Horn diamond men

Payson High School baseball coach Scott Novack knows well what it will take for the Longhorns to remain among the 3A conference’s elite.

Ex-coach still swinging for the fences

Herb Sherman turned in two weeks of pretty fair country golf that was befitting a man who devoted much of his life to coaching high school sports.

Clubs and Organizations

PAWS in the Park, the group that built the Payson Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park, meets at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the meeting room at the Payson Public Library.

Friday, April 1

Supervisors consider fees related to medical marijuana

In the first go-round on rules and regulations for medical marijuana, the Gila County Board of Supervisors expressed concern about the fees proposed by its Planning and Zoning Commission.

Missing: Library piglet; police looking for thief

Missing: Half a foot tall, round belly, two broken pink ears, curly tail, brown ceramic body with sign that reads ‘Feed the Pig.’

Hikers find abandoned campfire

On Friday, an East Verde Estates couple went for a hike off Houston Mesa Road.

Sheriff deputies looking for Gisela vandals who broke windows

Sheriff deputies continue to look for vandals who broke the windows at two Gisela area homes in the middle of the night two weeks ago.

Board approves new façade on agriculture building

Some members object to after-the-fact approval of $25,000 entryway to new building

The Payson Unified School District board belatedly approved an already completed $25,000 façade on the new agricultural sciences building, but not without an ever-so-polite scolding.

School board cuts payouts for administrators

Payson reduces payment for unused days from 50 to 5

The Payson school board has sharply lowered the cap on payments to administrators for unused vacation days, as a roomful of disgruntled teachers looked on.

Community Almanac

Greg Day, who owns and operates Macky’s with his wife Cari, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and is facing major surgery and catastrophic medical costs. A number of fund-raising events are planned in the next few days to help the family with their medical expenses.

New constitutional amendments not needed

The current fad of proposing new amendments to the U.S. Constitution is absurd on several levels.

How environmentalism got hijacked

In the 1960s, environmentalism rose its ugly head when a Mr. Maurice Strong used his in influence to harness this new ideology to his advantage.

Payson not ready for four-year college

This town is not ready for a four-year college at this time, but it seems that the mayor is putting all his eggs in that basket.

A great community

We moved to Star Valley 3 years ago when my husband retired from the Army Proving Ground in Yuma.

Gisela residents beware of vandals

I’m writing this as to the vandalism that happened here at my home and several others on March 17 by heathen boys that have been getting away with it for years.

Why Libya is important to the United States

People across the Middle East and North Africa have taken to the streets to demand greater freedom and participation in their governments.

Payson school board bungled discussion

The Payson Unified School District Board upset many teachers this week by capping payments for unused sick days.

If I could bring back the candy store, I would

One of the musical’s my beloved wife Lolly likes to watch is “On Moonlight Bay” with Doris Day and Gordon McRae.

New fire station built and ready, but has no crew or fire engines

With cheap land, low interest rates and creative construction, Payson’s newest fire station is a bargain basement marvel. The only question remains if the town will ever have enough money and firefighters to staff it.

Arizona Scottish clans to gather on Saturday

Scottish and Irish clans from throughout Arizona will descend on Payson Saturday for a daylong celebration of all things Scottish, blanketing the area in a sea of plaid kilts and the bellow of the bagpipe.

Coed basketball clinic scheduled

Lady Longhorn head basketball coach Kelly Krieg has scheduled a training skills camp for 2 to 4 p.m. April 9 in Wilson Dome.

It’s a track meet, not a festival — no matter what it looks like

It’s called a “Carnival” and first time onlookers probably understand why.

Club will prepare wrestlers for future seasons

Longhorn wrestling coach Casey Woodall is taking on an ambitious project that he expects to pay big dividends during the regular season.

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Longhorn golfers eye state berth

PHS duffers to compete in 27-hole Safford Invitational

The Payson High School golf team is well on its way to earning a berth in the Division III state tournament.

Recreation Roundup

Starting later than originally scheduled. Games will start the week of April 11. Volunteer coaches are still needed to get the league going. Call Mary Wolf, (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, if you are willing to coach or have any questions.

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Jacket ace stymies Horn hitters

The Payson Longhorn baseball team ran into a Blue Ridge buzz saw by the name of Sebastian Kessay.

Gearing up for motorcycle run for Payson Supply Line

Payson Post 69 of the American Legion Riders is beginning preparations for its sixth annual Charity Bead Run to benefit Payson Supply Line.

Tonto Basin ready to hold its second Wild West Days

Las Vegas has roulette and Tonto Basin has the chicken drop.

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Celebrating 90 years of service

Payson Woman’s Club a keystone of community since 1921

The Payson Woman’s Club, a nonprofit organization that has served the Payson area since 1921, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year.

Payson strikes campus deal with electronics giants

Mayor reveals details of communications plan that could beam high-speed Internet signal to Rim Country

Payson has struck a deal with IBM, Cisco and Panasonic to turn its planned college campus into a model for wireless, online learning on a forested campus with the Internet and digital learning built into the architecture.

Dispelling five common adoption myths

Without a doubt, this is the most common reason people want a puppy

Curiosity shop opening

A year and a half ago, Ric Landscut helped open the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s thrift shop on Main Street.

Three stress-busting tips for the sandwich generation

You may be too busy to realize it, but April is Stress Awareness Month.

Business award nominees announced

Excellence in business is a combination of passion, long hours, hard work, excellent customer service, great hiring techniques, loyalty and a lot of other attributes that all businesses strive to achieve.

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Fire Capt. Bob Mendez retires

The warmer daytime temperatures that have been slowly rising lately have put our senses in gear for springtime conditions.

Snyder household increases by one

Happy April Fools’ Day! I hope you don’t get any pranks pulled on you today.

Important to keep properties free of yard debris

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has proclaimed the week of March 27 through April 2 Wildfire Awareness Week in Arizona.

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Allergy season is here

Allergy season is upon us. Sneezy eyes, stuffed nose, puffed face misery. You know just what I am talking about.

Feeling a bit foolish

Have you heard the latest news? I was so sad after reading that the town’s negotiations with Arizona State University to build a satellite campus here in Payson have officially been called off and now there is absolutely no hope to lure another higher education institution to the Rim Country.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 1 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library.