Friday, February 25
Counsel for a Payson doctor and his wife indicted for illegally taking over a patient’s assets say the county attorney’s presentation to the grand jury was flawed, did not present a full picture of the case and should be thrown out.
Payson got a dose of big city vandalism — and swift, small-town justice last week.
Some 350 attend big bash to announce Roundup readers’ choices for the best of just about everything in town
Cooks, cops and chiropractors. Doctors and dentists. Antique shops and auto mechanics. Hair dressers and dog groomers. Bartenders, bistros and bankers. Everybody who’s anybody or sells anything to everybody was there, fidgeting in their seats.
Police arrested a Happy Jack bus aide Tuesday for soliciting a 17-year-old Payson student for sexual acts. Michael Flood, 60, was arrested on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and booked into the Gila County Jail. He has since posted a $2,500 bond.
Hundreds turn out to hear governor promise more jobs and fight against the federal government
Gov. Jan Brewer in Payson on Wednesday offered a campaign-style speech that mingled vigorous attacks on the federal government with praise for a recently enacted package of business incentives intended to jump-start the state’s sputtering economy.
Budget brightens, but district still plans for layoffs, reconfiguration of elementary schools
After a brief hearing before 70 dispirited parents and teachers, the Payson school board Thurs-day night voted unanimously to close Frontier Elementary School and reconfigure the remaining grade school campuses.
The Rim Country’s American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is holding its annual Kick-off Event on Friday, Feb. 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is being held at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, located at 200 E. Tyler Parkway.
Sometimes, counting your blessings is a snap. Take Monday night when 350 people showed up for our Best of Rim Country celebration of the best little town on the planet.
In the not-too-distant future, a president will have to make tough decisions about the nation’s debt and unsustainable spending. With the release of his budget on Feb. 14, President Obama made it clear that he will not be that leader. His budget kicks the can down the road, leaving the hard choices to someone else.
On Dec. 22, 2010 in a St. Paul, Minn. neighborhood, a man high on meth saw a vehicle left running and decided to steal it, the only problem ... a baby was sitting inside. The suspect didn’t even realize the child was in the back seat until he’d driven six to nine blocks. The baby’s father stated he’d just run back into the house to get a coupon for Christmas shopping and was only gone a few seconds.
If somebody asked me what impressed me most about any of the places I’ve lived, either here or overseas, I would have a hard time picking out just one thing. Oh, I suppose it would be easy to choose one for some places.
The work planned for Pine Creek Canyon Road will not provide residents with actual additional escape routes in the event of a fire, but officials believe having a wider road will help.
Hoping to keep local students actively involved in town business, the Payson Town Council last week loosened the requirements and terms for the Payson Advisory Youth Council.
Some of the first animals to call Payson High School’s new agricultural building home died over the weekend. Two Holstein calves less than a week old developed scours and died, said PHS agricultural teacher Jadee Garner. The calves were donated to the school from a feedlot in southern Arizona.
Jaymi Carlen and Molly Davis were among the players honored last evening, Feb. 24, during the Lady Longhorn basketball team’s season-ending awards banquet.
The 3A East is undoubtedly the toughest and most competitive football region in the state. But when it comes to basketball, the East is an also-ran.
A band of 12 townspeople, 11 of them members of the Expedition Church, are determined to enjoy a weekend of fun while challenging themselves in a spirit of small-town camaraderie.
The year has not been a good one for the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
Coaches and club sponsors from around the Rim Country are united in their praise of the Mogollon Sporting Association and its benevolent contributions that each year help fund youth sports, clubs and extracurricular activities.
Here’s a sobering statistic: 46 percent of workers have little or no confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement, according to a 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey, issued by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
The Payson Town Council last week unanimously approved an application for $10,000 in federal funds to install safety improvements at the Payson Regional Airport.
To learn more about these and other animals needing homes, visit the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, call (928) 474-5590 or see the website www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Anyone interested in studying Unity teachings is invited to join the newly forming ministry in the process of affiliation with Unity Worldwide Ministries.
There have been many events this month and that may be part of the reason; Valentine’s Day, Statehood Day, President’s Day and last but not least, Pacemaker Day for my hubby.
WARNING: If references to four-letter words offend you, stop reading this article right now! But if you are concerned, as I am, about the vulgarity in today’s music and where it is headed, please read on.
Glori Surman passed all of the necessary certifications and is now Christopher Creek’s newest Real Estate agent. She works at the ERA Young-Realty office. Congratulations, Glori!
Snow that precipitated during last weekend resulted in this week’s melt and runoff in our area.
I had an opportunity to meet with the new Pine-Strawberry Happenings columnist Carol Reed, and I’m convinced that you will all be thrilled with the energy and fresh ideas that she hopes to bring to the column.
As your business grows, so do your technology needs. You may have more staff, more programs to run, or more locations.
Area chefs gather to help library
It is a wonderful way to welcome spring — the annual Taste of Rim Country benefit for the Payson Public Library, presented by the Library Friends of Payson. Some of the area’s best cooks gather together to help those who bring the treasures of books and movies and music and magazines to their friends and neighbors.
Thursday, February 24
Police arrested a Happy Jack bus aide Tuesday for allegedly soliciting a 17-year-old Payson student for sexual acts.
Wednesday, February 23
Globe’s Copper Spike excursion offers unique slice of history
From the upper deck of the 1954 dome car, 66 passengers settle in quietly among rows of blue and white booths.
Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP volunteers in Payson.
The Second Annual Girls’ Day Out, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the cafeteria at the middle school.
The third annual Lip Sync Concert is Saturday, Feb. 26, at the high school auditorium. The Kiwanis, Optimist and Rotary clubs, along with Payson High School Drama and Student Government (STUGO) are all working together to present this event.
Just east of Star Valley sits Preacher Canyon, a wild canyon with a little bit of water in it. Nearby is Little Green Valley, a place with a great history to it. Here’s a look at Preacher Canyon and surrounding area.
New Orleans may be the official home of Mardi Gras, but you don’t have to live in the Big Easy to enjoy the party.
Already, many of us are beginning to think about what we want to do on our vacations this spring and summer. With this edition of “Travel Talk” we will attempt to start your thinking in that direction.
My friend and I have an ongoing discussion about how we catch colds. I believe the only way is by being exposed to a germ.
Tuesday, February 22
Hospice Compassus of Payson will offer a six-week grief support seminar entitled Life After Loss. The seminar is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 22 at the Hospice Compassus office, 511 Mud Springs Road.
The new national forest plan comment period needs all of our input. This plan will dictate everything from cattle allotments to the use of ATVs on all Forest Service lands. Check it out at http://www.fs.fed.us/.
As a public entity whose intent was established to avoid public scrutiny, the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) is in for quite a ride. We (the majority) will not stand for your growing mistrust.
In response to the letter from Ed Welge whom we all know as a retired engineer and a current front man for the petro chemical industry, I say, yes, Mr. Welge, it is time for a change.
Thank you so much for contributing to the gas money needed by Cory McGlanahan to drive to Arizona from Oregon to see her mother, Eve Shephard, who is on life support at Good Samaritan Hospital.
This feathered hope has sat a long while singing, beside an unmarked path. Make no mistake, it should have died a hundred times by now.
Amnesty International Local Group 1101 — while only just recently organized — has been awarded the 2011 Sister Laola Hironaka Award.
Hospice Compassus of Payson is offering a six-week grief support seminar entitled “Life after Loss,” according to Mary Jane Rogers, executive director.
Scratch that spring fever itch and get out to the third annual Lip Sync Concert this Saturday.
The Rim Country’s American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” is holding its annual kick-off event at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.
The Payson High School Culinary Arts Department catered a spectacular Valentine event at the Senior Circle last week. Twelve students from the culinary department prepared and served a delicious chicken alfredo dinner.
A dozen Valley teenagers had two cold nights and one close call, when they got snowed in over the weekend atop the Mogollon Rim.
The county has plans to widen and pave 5,000 feet of Pine Creek Canyon Road. It will have an open house for area residents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 at the cultural hall at the Pine Community Center.
Payson’s sales tax showed signs of life in January, especially in the tourism sector.
Payson council imposes fees for use of Event Center by horse lovers
Cowboy up, freeloaders. That’s the hard-nosed message the Payson Town Council delivered last week to a bunch of horse lovers who have been holding events for the saddled set for the past 45 years.
ASU official strikes positive note on plans for campus in Payson
Arizona State University could make its decision on whether to build a Payson campus in about a month, as soon as it finishes its marketing study, said one top ASU official this week.
The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month.
The University of Oregon team of Ross Richards and Reed Frazier won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Division event on Roosevelt Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 12 pounds.
The Class 3A state boys basketball tournament is continuing on without the Payson Longhorns. The team was eliminated from the postseason following a 62-46 loss to the Fountain Hills Falcons on Feb. 19 in Fountain Hills.
Staff Sgt. Lloyd Stenglein of Flagstaff, and Pfc. Reno Goodwin of Tonto Basin, won the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament held on Roosevelt Lake Saturday.
When we last saw members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association in action it was Nov. 3, 2010 and club spokesman Herb Sherman was lamenting the end of the campaign.
Chioya Hill sprung onto to the prep basketball scene late last season as a surprise freshmen starter asked to fill in for an injured player at an unfamiliar position.
Best showing from a Rim Country competitor was by Mark Kyle who finished third with 37 pounds, 15 ounces
Calling upon a powerful bass fishing technique called “flippin’,” Mesa pro Ken Howden dominated the FLW Evertsart Tournament field boating 56 pounds, 10 ounces of fish — a whopping 17 pounds, 15 ounces heavier than the runner-up.
Friday, February 18
Officers gave Payson High School a clean bill of health Tuesday after drug sniffing K-9s came up empty handed.
Harassment on campus, Internet can lead to suicide, says speaker
Tall, intent, handsome, bespectacled and somber, Daniel Adams on Monday stood in front of the Payson Unified School Board and described his long torment.
Payson School Board complains about sick day payouts, but puts off decision
The Payson School Board this week expressed strong support for a cap on payouts for unused sick time for veteran retiring teachers, but then put off a decision to get more feedback from employees.
A mid-afternoon blaze Tuesday destroyed the interior of a couple’s beloved log cabin home, killing one of their dogs and destroying most of their possessions.
Hoping to keep itself clear of any controversy, the Star Valley Town Council directed its town manager/attorney to draft a medical marijuana ordinance similar to Payson’s recently approved plan.
During your lifetime, you make a lot of moves to provide financial security to your loved ones.
The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society invites all who are interested in Arizona prehistory to attend monthly presentations by renowned guest speakers.
If you read my column last week, you know that my husband Bill had a pacemaker inserted last week at Payson Regional Medical Center by Arizona Heart Institute heart specialist, Dr Claudio Zamorano.
If you saw last Sunday’s Grammy Awards show on CBS, you saw quite a production.
What a wacky winter season this is. Either it is unseasonably warm like it was the first part of this week, or it is the “polar” opposite and extraordinarily cold.
Warmer days as of late have allowed the snow cover to continue its retreat, even in areas that receive shade most of the day.
Those weekend street hockey games so popular last spring on the Payson High School outdoor basketball courts had to be halted while construction projects on the campus were being completed.
When it comes to our personal health, most of us try to practice a certain level of “preventive maintenance.”
Well it looks like there was a steady stream of supporters at the fund-raiser for Carl Norris on Saturday.
While the Longhorn boys basketball team preps for tomorrow’s (Feb. 19) state tournament opening round showdown at Fountain Hills, the Lady Horns are turning in their uniforms and planning a season-ending awards banquet.
The snowy egret froze, gazing into his reflection as the wind ruffled his nearly fatal feathers. My heart froze to see him, cast back to the last time I saw my father in the sunlight.
Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism in partnership with Dr. Drew Justice offer equine classes to develop knowledge on topics surrounding horse maintenance.
Tonto Creek runoff is 25 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 171 cfs.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona and its affiliates are firm believers in spaying and neutering, because it saves lives.
A dozen mini writing desks sit lined up. Colored pencils are neatly organized in color coordinated cups along trays of letters and counting blocks. A bird, hamster and tarantula sit peacefully in their cages.
Due to anticipated snow and mud from storms predicted for this weekend, all RPAP brush pits will be closed Saturday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20.
Instead of spending over $200 million for a bridge, why not just build a ferry system? They still use them in parts of the country.
I was very glad they finally got it right.
On behalf of the Rim Country Literacy Program, I would like to thank everyone who participated in making our Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll fund-raiser, last Saturday, Feb. 12, a success.
The Payson region continues to be economically impacted by the loss of jobs and income.
Newly elected State Superintendent of Education John Huppenthal has a plan. He says Arizona should embrace the expensive reforms that Florida has instituted.
I traveled to the Valley awhile back and happened to be tuned into a radio station where a health tip was being broadcast. Typically, my articles pertain to fire safety and injury prevention. I felt that since here in Payson, as well as nationally, fire department calls for service typically are 70 percent to 80 percent medical in nature, this article would be appropriate.
Last week I told you how I arrived at Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany in June, 1970, and found it to be a drab, empty place. I was there teaching classes, facing nine weeks away from home, and missing my family.
After years of hearings, debates, lawsuits and controversy, the U.S. Forest Service last week issued new rules for drawing up management plans for the nation’s 155 national forests and grasslands — and now awaits public comment.
Study predicts shortages, making forested watershed crucial
In a nation beset by predicted shortages of fresh water, the ability of America’s national forests to produce fresh water may prove their most important asset, according to a national study of watersheds.
There are not many opportunities to attend a women’s health and wellness forum, where some of the most intelligent members of their field are presenting, and you still get to dance to music.
The draft revision of the Coconino National Forest’s Land Resource Management Plan is now available for public review and input.
With a bill that would grant Gila Community College independence scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor later this week or early next, backers of the bill are asking residents to send Senators e-mails supporting the measure.
Laura Nanty came with a full load of pointed questions for the Payson Unified School Board on Monday.
If a forest fire ever races toward the town of Star Valley or a cataclysmic event occurs, residents need to have a way out of their homes. More so, council members need a way to notify residents of the danger.
About 300 anglers are living their dream at Roosevelt Lake skipping and hopping over choppy waters in high-dollar bass boats in pursuit of the lunkers big enough to earn the fishermen the FLW Everstart tournament top prize of $35,000.
Duo to play in football showdown for 2A-5A
Being selected to the Arizona Football Coaches Association All-Star game is one of the greatest accomplishments a prep athlete can attain.
Forget football and basketball, let the real sport, golf, begin.
Wednesday, February 16
Chilled writer ponders the improbable gift of ice and snow
I stand at the edge of a dream, my breath a cloud. Snow has transformed my familiar landscape and chilled my toes. This careless arm of the East Verde where my grandchildren splashed away the summer has frozen over and snow has rendered abstract the shapes of rocks and junipers.
When I was a kid living in Los Angeles my parents felt that my experience should not just be that of being a big city youngster.
This latest cold snap has gotten me thinking about a cruise to a warm and sunny location.
Putting wholesome food on the table that your family will enjoy doesn’t have to take hours to prepare.
Chapter 15: How to build Aa Pole House
By the first week of November 1880, Angie had 23 pupils squeezed into a structure that was 10-feet-by-12-feet, with a dirt floor, no door, and sides made of brush. There were seats for only 12 students, and how the others were able to do their work she did not say.
This foot drop has become debilitating. Is there anything I can do to take care of it?
Reserve a place in a community discussion of the award-winning book by Terry Hershey, “Soul Gardening” by calling (928) 474-3834.
Get your tickets for the annual Taste of Rim Country at the Payson Public Library.
The Gila County Republican Committee will host Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer at its annual Lincoln Day benefit luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant.
Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson.
Tuesday, February 15
Last week I took a buyer to look at a bank owned property that was not in the best state of repair.
After years of minimal service, in late January, AT&T announced it was uping its mobile broadbank network and launching service to former Alltel subscribers in Gila and Pinal Counties.
Did you know that in some years Arizona is visited by more than 200 bald eagles during the winter?
Two of Arizona’s longest-serving and most ardent arts advocates and supporters will share the sixth annual Shelley Arts Advocate award which will be presented at the 30th annual Governor’s Arts Awards at the Herberger Theater on Tuesday, April 12.
After coming out of retirement 10 years ago to help the conflict-ridden Houston Mesa Fire District, Chief Chuck Jacobs has now walked away due to failed contract negotiations.
The Payson Unified School District is presenting a program for parents to help their children prepare for high school. Members of the guidance team at the high school have been working with the eighth-grade students in their career class and Achieve classes.
A 96-year-old woman ran over a man Monday afternoon on the front steps of Walgreens, nearly driving her car through the front doors of the pharmacy, police say.
Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny has joined Payson Regional Medical Team as a general surgeon.
We are living in a technological nightmare! Everything from light bulbs to automobiles have become so technologically advanced that unless you are 18 years old or younger, you need an master’s electronics degree just to get out of bed.
The Pine Strawberry School Drama Club announces open auditions for “Disney’s ALADDIN-Kids.”
Once again, Payson has rallied to help its struggling schools.
High school’s four-year technical program yields college credits, certificates, awards
The design team opened the envelope as the clock started ticking.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a cliff dwelling at night?
The Young Public Library was recently awarded three new laptops.
Payson Regional Medical Center has Ihor Zakaluzny, M.D. F.A.C.S. as a new general surgeon.
Only a small number of Northern Gila County residents attended a special meeting on redistricting Feb. 10.
At a time when it seems everyone has an opinion as to why our schools are failing, we find out what some of us (former teachers) already knew ... our schools are succeeding in spite of tough times
Tuesday, the Roundup made a correction to their previous story about the bridge across Tonto Creek at Punkin Center. The number of people who were stranded on the east side of Tonto Creek was reduced from 2,000 to 300.
In order to clarify a letter to the editor on Feb. 11. We have seen much news coverage concerning government and union benefits, especially over the last two years, at a time when we have seen huge government deficits, huge unemployment and economic malaise all over the country.
The reviled Hardcastle is out of the Pine/Strawberry water picture and now, sadly, some community residents are turning their rancor against each other.
The progress of society has always been driven by a minority of people who act outside of common populism.
Every now and then, you CAN fight City Hall. Especially if you’re, well, City Hall. Recently, the Department of Public Safety quietly made a most peculiar proposal.
The Payson Unified School District is presenting a program to help parents help their children prepare for high school.
The Payson Roundup is experiencing intermittent e-mail problems.
With towns and cities across the state amending zoning codes to restrict marijuana dispensaries to certain areas of town, Star Valley will take its first look at the issue tonight.
The recession is affecting public safety organizations around the state, including Star Valley.
Department of Public Safety plans to divide the highway patrol district of Gila County were thwarted last week in part by the efforts of local officials.
State superintendent wants Florida-style reforms on a budget
State Superintendent of Education John Huppenthal vows to give every school district in the state a letter grade based on student performance and to embrace comprehensive Florida-style reforms.
The Payson Art League will host bronze sculptor Gail at its Feb. 15 meeting.
“Clear eyes, full heart” has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard Dillion, Texas football coach Eric Taylor wrap up a motivational speech with it in the movie “Friday Night Lights.”
The Lady Longhorns won’t be dancin’, but the boys’ basketball team is pinning on a boutonniere and filling out its 3A state dance card.
Josh Frewin, a freshman kicker for the Greenville College football team, is one of eight members of the Panther gridiron squad to be named to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
Although Ben Lee has been one of the state’s finest wrestlers throughout his high school career, the grand prize of a state weight class championship always slipped away.
John Murray, a 46-year-old pro who has spent more than half his life competing in professional bass fishing tournaments, nipped Dean Kreuzer of Mesa by a miniscule .48 pounds to win the Western Outdoor News (WON) Bass Tournament pro event.
Monday, February 14
Sometimes one can imagine a parking lot in Payson as being the flat top area of a mesa. Some riders are grouped around a fire.
Friday, February 11
The annual Women’s Wellness Forum is a rite of spring in the Rim Country and it is returning in March.
The Payson Unified School District will meet Monday to ponder whether to put a cap on payments for unused sick leave for long-term district employees who retire or get laid off.
A Payson doctor accused of illegally taking over a patient’s assets after her death is fighting a grand jury’s indictment.
Midday, three times a week, a line steadily forms in the open parking lot at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
I’ve mentioned before that my duty assignment during my last seven years in the Air Force required me to travel from base to base teaching other people how to teach.
The Cub Scouts of Troop 7354 would like to thank The Home Depot for their recent assistance with our project to build stairs for our storage shed.
Republicans claim to be “pro life” and I guess they are if you’re an embryo. If, however, that embryo makes it to full term, it had better be born healthy, have plenty of money and have health insurance or Republicans will just as soon watch you die.
I am not a reptile, spider, or other creepy, crawly fan. When I see a spider on the floor, I run away or grab the nearest shoe.
It seems that my recent comments regarding sharing the costs to improve our water supply are not appreciated by the part-timers, so I am going to try another approach to see if these folks will get the point or not.
In response to the letter from Robert Herslberger (Roundup, Jan. 28), I’d like to say yes, close those loop holes and you’re right, a penny wouldn’t hurt anyone. But I think I have a better solution.
A federal judge recently ruled President Obama’s health care law unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will no doubt have to settle the matter, but several of the reform package’s most damaging provisions have already taken root.
Rim Country passed a major milestone this week, with the release of the environmental assessment of the 15-mile-long route of the Blue Ridge pipeline.
A bill clearing the way for Gila Community College to gain its independence on Monday sailed through the Senate Education Committee on a unanimous vote.
With three sections of Highway 260 widened to four lanes and another two under construction, motorists could soon find part of the drive from Payson to Heber a whole lot more comfortable.
Tobe and Roberta Cogswell have been one another’s Valentine for almost 70 years.
Hard lives, hard work yield life lessons for volunteer crew on Tonto Creek
Half a dozen kids with hard lives spent a cold day doing hard work — all to gladden the hearts of trout they’ve never met. And the trout might like to thank them — except there’s a catch.
Months of decomposition stripped away the body’s identity, but now facial reconstruction may help investigators put a name to the woman and possibly tie a killer to her murder.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) is proceeding to the next phase of its Longhorn housing project. This decision was made possible by a commitment from National Bank of Arizona to provide PAHH with a construction loan with good terms and the commitment of great local volunteers, PAHH organizers said.
The long-awaited environmental assessment of the Blue Ridge pipeline has uncovered no major problems with the $30 million project down which Payson’s future will soon gurgle.
This Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m., the Uptown Espresso in the Swiss Village will be rocking with the Rim Country Literacy benefit, The Birth of Rock N Roll.
Only three years ago, the Arizona Interscholastic Association and the Arizona Newspapers Association were locked in a heated argument on how state newspapers could cover prep sporting events, gather the news for those stories and the use of photographs.
Anglers from around the Western U.S. are arriving in Payson today, Feb. 11, to compete in the first-ever Western Outdoor News (WON) bass tournament to be held on Roosevelt Lake.
Although the Longhorn wrestling team is not a threat to win the Division III “State” tournament, there are five hard-nosed team members determined to represent the team in the finest tradition of the storied program.
For one Payson High basketball team it’s let the good times roll and for the other, turn out the lights the party’s over.
For half the entire history of flight, John Glatz has been safely keeping aircraft in the sky either behind the controls as a pilot or with a wrench as a mechanic.
Pastor Mark and Lora Henning will be sharing their testimonies at the Aglow Valentine-themed gathering from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 12 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.
The front passing to the north earlier in the week brought colder temperatures reaching into the lower teens at night with daytime highs in the upper 30s.
I hope to see many of you Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Bruce Thompson Senior Dining Room to support the bake sale and silent auction for Carl Norris.
I think it would be hard to argue that a good percentage of America’s pop and country music that has been produced over the years has something to do with “L-O-V-E.”
The Snyder household has been busy getting ready for the new tax season. Thankfully, we have a few extra days this year.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. That romantic day filled with flowers, cards and candy; the excitement of a secret admirer, or the joy of spending time with your lover.
Businesses/organizations can nominate themselves along with friends or patrons of the business as well as any person who feels that this business/organization is worthy of an award.
Five Arizona counties included in SBA disaster declaration
The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) announced that qualifying small businesses jarred by severe flooding in five northern Arizona counties are eligible for disaster assistance in the manner of low-interest loans.
Each Valentine’s Day, Americans spend millions of dollars on candy and flowers.
On Saturday, Feb. 5, Ray and Joy Ruetz celebrated their 50 years of marriage. A gathering in their honor was held at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship.
Fascination with trains took engineer on long ride
Bob Dylan wrote a song, titled; “It takes a lot to laugh, but it takes a train to cry.” I pondered that for some time, before I understood what he meant.
Wednesday, February 9
Monday, Feb. 14 will mark 99 years of Arizona statehood. As the state nears its centennial, it is a good time to look at Gila County’s early contribution to the state in the form of Arizona’s first Governor and first First Lady, George W.P. Hunt and Duett Ellison.
Cruising the Caribbean in an international ship
We have just returned from a 14-day cruise in the wonderful Caribbean on a truly international ship, MSC’s luxurious Poesia.
The works of Franz Liszt will be presented by noted pianist André Watts as part of the Virginia G. Piper Piano Series, sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
The Zane Grey Friends of NRA Annual Dinner and Auction is Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Join the Rim Country Literacy Program’s The Birth of Rock ’n Roll benefit from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12 at Uptown Espresso in the Swiss Village.
Enjoy a Prelude to Valentine’s Day concert with jazz pianist and vocalist Mark DeCozio at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.
he probable culprit is rosacea (rose-A-she-uh).
Another Valentine’s Day is looming, to the breathless joy of many… and the opining chagrin of others.
The highs for the next several weeks are predicted to be in the upper 50’s and on occasion inch into to low 60’s, but the lows are most likely going to hover around freezing.
Hearts dance, toes pound with music of Celtic Blaze
Rim residents will have dancing hearts and pounding toes this Valentine’s Day.
Tuesday, February 8
Payson High School on Feb. 16 will host a free, one-hour presentation on financing a college education.
On Tuesday, the Gila County Attorney’s Office recognized one of Payson’s finest as officer of the quarter.
The Payson Town Council thought hard — but then refused to give the vendors at the upcoming classic car show a break on their business license fees.
Rim residents will have dancing hearts and pounding toes this Valentine’s Day.
How do I show proof of my Social Security benefit amount?
Some ailing applicants’ benefits could be fast-tracked
February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is not only the leading cause of death in the United States, it also is a major cause of disability.
Today’s seniors are just not what they used to be. In fact, we probably need to come up with a different name for those over 55.
The Case-Shiller Index just published a report illustrating that the housing market has entered into the double dip scenario with 17 of 20 metropolitan areas reporting a decline in home prices after a brief upswing.
On January 25, President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address.
But salvage logging may not decrease odds of next big fire, according to pair of studies with big implications for Rim Country
Go ahead — burn the forest. But then don’t mess with it.
Payson High School’s top students are doing great on college entrance tests, but struggle to get top scores after taking advanced placement (AP) classes, according to figures charting their progress in 2010.
Students didn’t serve up many calories at the second annual Awareness Soup Kitchen, but they dished up plenty of startling facts about the homeless and hungry in the community.
Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP volunteers in Payson.
Forest Service launches study that could offer timber companies long-term thinning contracts within a year
The U.S. Forest Service has taken a first step toward awarding a long-term contract for forest thinning that could dramatically reduce the wildfire danger throughout the region at minimal cost to taxpayers.
This letter is not about partisan politics. The 2010 elections are over. But it is about the importance of having two strong, well informed, and, hopefully, unselfish, focused candidates for every office so we, the electorate, have a choice in our democracy.
Want to give PSWID a big thank you for their recent service.
When the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District took control of the water system from Brooke Utilities, I figured that a basic rate increase would be needed to pay off the loan and improve the system.
The ObamaCare law suffered a significant blow recently when a federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional.
Soon, the bulldozers will go rumbling out across the streambed of Tonto Creek to patch up some crumbling dikes protecting dozens of homes.
The Payson United Methodist Church invites Rim Country residents to a Valentine’s dinner at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13.
Rim Country residents who would like to be considered for a spot on the county’s Redistricting Advisory Committee have until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 to submit an application.
National study concludes PUSD ranks as one of the most efficient schools in the nation based on budgets and test scores
Payson schools get more “bang for their buck” than the great majority of school districts in the state or nation, according to the results of a groundbreaking national survey on school efficiency.
New rules for giant snakes also cover wolf-hybrids, alligators, skunks, bears and a host of other critters
The Payson Town Council last week added a host of animals including 6-foot-long boa constrictors, wolf-hybrids, bears, alligators and primates to its list of exotic animals requiring a permit from the police department.
Payson Mayor Kenny Evans’ son, Rodger, died unexpectedly on Monday.
O’Brien cites painful necessity, benefits of keeping grade levels together in plan to divide up elementary schools
Alas, it’s probably too late to shift Payson to a K-8 school system — no matter what the research says — said Superintendent Casey O’Brien.
Community program will help keep students in school and find them a home
On one of the coldest nights last week, a Payson teenager was thrown out of their home. With nowhere to go, they slept in their vehicle.
There are now 12 Step meetings for teens. Narcotics Anonymous will be Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At stake when the Longhorn boys basketball team takes on the Alchesay Falcons in the first round of postseason is the right to continue on in the region tournament and eventually advance to the Class 3A state showdown.
A barnburner should unfold when the fourth-seeded Lady Longhorn basketball team plays host to fifth-seeded Show Low in the opening round of the Class 3A East Region postseason tournament.
When Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball coach Danielle O’Haver speaks, players listen.
For this edition of Extra Points, we are turning over the space to Payson High School counselor Don Heizer, who served as tournament director for the inaugural Division III, Section II postseason tournament held Feb. 4 and 5 in Wilson Dome.
Ben Lee pins down gold at section tourney
Ben Lee’s spectacular and well deserved ride to the 140-pound weight division gold medal paced the Longhorn wrestling team to a sixth-place finish in the 15-team Division III, Section II wrestling tournament.
Friday, February 4
Cherie Cloudt, former Payson resident, was among the nine artists chosen by The Western Folklife Center to share a video she wrote and produced at the 27th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev. in January.
Turning 100 on Saturday, Feb. 5, Mary Nixon has lived through some of the most interesting history in the U.S.
The Nashville-based “Blackwood Legacy” contemporary southern gospel group will be in concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Crossroads Foursquare Church in Payson. Admission is free and a love offering will be received.
District teams up with parents to test interest in starting a charter school focused on math, science and technology
A bold plan to snag big grants to launch a science and math charter school in Payson hangs on the response of parents to a survey trying to gauge their interest.
Unless you’ve been cut off from every source of media, not to mention all human contact, you’re aware that the Super Bowl is this weekend.
Making Native American-inspired jewelry for 30 years at his wooden jeweler’s bench has been good for Fred Tenca.
The Rim Country Middle School Family Involvement Action Team is offering a “no-cost” opportunity for parents and adult caregivers to participate in a facilitated parent meeting on Feb. 17 to discuss sensitive issues that can be hard for parents and children to talk about, including puberty, sexuality, peer relationships and cell phone/Internet use.
A passel of hard-pressed parents pleaded with the Payson School Board to make sure people know they can get scholarships or spread out the hefty sports fees for their kids.
More cowboy boots and belt buckles were stuffed Tuesday into the Star Valley Town Hall than ever before. While they didn’t ride into town on their horses, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office mounted posse let their presence be known.
Previously I was telling you about Ross McDowell, the barracks genius in the first open-bay barracks I ever lived in. Ross did not fit the image that usually forms when you hear “genius.” Far from it. He was active and muscular, though there could be a lazy, dreamy quality about him at times.
I had no idea of the overwhelming support, during the Celebration of Life for my wife Barbie. I received this support from the town of Payson, the state of Arizona and across the country.
Star Valley Town Council is now trying to buy marijuana store?
It seems that no matter how much progress we make as a community, there is always someone who gripes because progress costs money and this letter is meant for those who want the benefit of improvements, but do not agree with paying their fair share.
Gila Community College … hail Emperor Ashford
Two weeks ago the Center for American Progress released the results of a major study addressing the concept of return on investment (ROI) in education.
If we don’t pay attention — right now — very closely — we’re gonna blow it. That’s why we hope that lots of Payson parents get involved in the effort to launch a charter school that will specialize in science and technology.
As part of the First Friday celebration, Time Out Thrift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 and also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5.
Let’s say you’ve been a teacher in Payson for 20 years and you’ve never taken a single sick day. Should you get a $10,000 to $15,500 bonus when you retire — or get laid off?
Payson, Globe each expected to get medical marijuana facility
Rim Country’s chance of winding up with a medical marijuana dispensary jumped this week with the release of new rules by the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS).
While construction of a bridge that would secure a safe passage for Tonto Basin residents in the event of flooding is some time off, residents could soon see crews hauling away loads of sand and adding rock to a damaged levee.
Thanks to the quick action of neighbors and a Payson police officer, a 52-year-old woman was rescued Friday morning after falling through thin ice at a Payson lake.
Following a Feb. 2 conference call among 3A East athletic directors, Payson High Athletic Director Rob Varner announced that for the first round of the region tournament the Lady Longhorns will host the Show Low Cougars and the PHS boys will travel to Whiteriver Alchesay.
PATS Hike: Houston Loop Trail, 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12; 5 miles, moderate level. Participants will meet the intersection of Mayfield Canyon Road and Highway 260 in Star Valley and drive in a half-mile to park vehicles.
A testament to the respect Don Heizer has garnered over the years as a tournament director surfaced last week when Payson High was asked to host the first ever Division III, Section II wrestling tournament.
configuration from the conference-region format is finally complete.
Trevor LaHaye is living up to the promise he made months ago when he was hired on as the Town of Payson’s athletic coordinator.
A rugged field comprised of some of the finest wrestling teams in Arizona await the roster-depleted Payson Longhorns in the inaugural Division III, Section II postseason tournament.
Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, life is good. Despite the cold weather and blustery wind, things are looking positive for us.
The Gospel Kids Club, for children 7 and older, begins Friday, Feb. 4 at the Uptown Café, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
Well it was bound to happen — winter has returned! Some stores have seeds and patio furniture prominently displayed, and I admit I was tempted, but deep down inside I knew it was all too good to be true!
The combination of two inches of snow Tuesday and the clearing of clouds during the night created conditions for an extremely cold Wednesday morning.
A big part of this column is to keep this little community informed about their neighbors and friends.
This weekend and next, there are a couple of wonderful music events that you really don’t want to miss — and that will benefit two local organizations.
February is a very diversified month as far as holidays and celebrations go. This week alone there is Groundhog Day on Feb. 2.
Mild-mannered Star Valley veterinarian Alan Hallman will tell you he isn’t into extreme sports, but look around his Star Valley office and you’ll think twice.
Payson Ranger District fire personnel will eliminate about 20 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Hunter Creek area on Monday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 8.
Wednesday, February 2
As part of the First Friday celebration, Time Out Thrift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 and also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5.
The 19th Annual Business Showcase is ready to help showcase the businesses in Rim Country.
Join park rangers for a guided hike through the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument and discover for yourself what makes Wupatki such a unique and beautiful place.
Your article on arthritis was very interesting, but you did not explain about the arthritis that comes with psoriasis. I have it, and I know of two other people who have it. We don’t understand it at all. Please explain. — B.E. ANSWER: Autoimmunity is the e
Hear the best of the best
The lucky Rim residents attending the Feb. 5 concert to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be hearing the best of the best Sweet Adelines.
It is said that everyone has skeletons in their closet. Everyone has things they prefer not to come to the limelight.
If you are like me, you enjoy thinking and talking about favorite vacations you have taken in the past. My favorite type of vacation — cruises.
Chapter 14: An invasion of Harer family members
It was Thursday, Nov. 14, 1880 when Tonto School teacher Angie Mitchell met the extended family of David and Josephine Harer, and found there were more of them than she had realized.
We were privileged to see Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in North America, on our first cruise to Alaska.
Tuesday, February 1
Engineers and architects spent Monday tromping across a 60-acre parcel where Payson hopes to build the first phase of an Arizona State University campus.
Rim Country Toastmasters meets at 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the MHA Auxiliary building (next to Almost New Shop) at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson.
Little League registration previously held in January and February will now be held at later dates. The new registration dates are March 5, 8 and 9 at Rim Country Middle School.
Bill Egan, director of tournament operations for Western Outdoor News (WON), toured the Rim Country last week to finalize plans for the WON Pro Circuit bass tournament to be held Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at Roosevelt Lake.
Veteran football and wrestling coach Don Heizer, also one of the most respected tournament directors in the state, has been tapped along with Payson High School athletic director Rob Varner to host the first-ever Division III, Section I post-season wrestling tournament.
The curtain has fallen on the 2010-2011 regular season, meaning Longhorn boys basketball coach Bill Goodwin and his charges are now playing the waiting game to learn how the region and state tournaments unfold.
All 3A East regular season girls basketball game results are not in, but it appears likely the Lady Longhorns will be pitted against the Show Low Cougars in the first round of the regional playoffs to be held Feb. 8 at the site of the highest seed.
Abbott Hearing Center will be providing free hearing tests at the Senior Circle starting at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Happy February — the month of love. The first Valentine card on record was sent by Charles the Duke of Orleans in 1415 to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Payson High School music students hit a high note this year in a tough, statewide competition.
William Herzig, Master of Payson Masonic Lodge No. 70, awarded two teachers classroom grants on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona.
The Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day inservice day on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
The members of Kiwanis, Optimists, Rotary and the Payson High School STUGO (student government) and Drama Club invite Rim residents and visitors to attend the Lip Sync Concert Saturday, Feb. 26 at the high school auditorium.
Built up creosote on a chimney’s walls was the cause of a small fire Monday night in Payson.
State Parks director outlines plans to find private contractor to run best-known Rim Country tourist attraction
State Parks officials hope the state’s insurance pool will cover the cost of repairing the damage done by burst pipes to the historic Tonto Natural Bridge lodge.
“Ms. Moore, Ms. Moore, my pedometer is counting backwards,” exclaims one student as they rush into physical education teacher Donna Moore’s office Thursday, just two days after receiving their custom step counter. “Maybe you are reading the numbers backwards,” Moore says.
The Payson Town Council will decide at its Thursday meeting at 5:30 at Town Hall whether to give builders a break by letting them put off paying hefty fees until they actually sell the houses they build.
Town makes it past the first cut, but still needs federal help to staff its third fire station
No news, is good news. At least, that applies at the moment to Payson’s wait for a federal grant to staff its new, third fire station.
On Sunday, Lions Club members, friends and relatives, filled the United Methodist Church, to celebrate the life of Phil Phillips who passed away Jan. 19.
I would like to thank James Douglas and Jerry Eilsland for their thoughtful letters to you published on Friday, Jan. 21, concerning the water rate increases for those of us in the Pine Strawberry area.
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl gets the lion’s share of opinion space in the Payson paper.
The following story shows what meth does to your brain.
Just when you think the Gila Community College Board can’t get any more petty, they up and surprise you. On Monday, President Bob Ashford used highhanded, rude and arrogant tactics to secure another one-year term as president.
The Mogollon Health Alliance is having a $6 jewelry sale. In addition to jewelry, there will be belts, pashminas, popcorn blouses, totes, scarves and gift items such as designer-style sunglasses, readers and leather goods at the Payson Regional Medical Center west lobby from 9 a.m. a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2.
After a two-day search, Phoenix Police found a missing 93-year-old Payson man Friday. Gar Baybrook was last seen Wednesday, Jan. 26 at his home, located behind Leaves of Autumn Books, 518 W. Main St.
Hopefully, by June everyone still plugging away will have done well enough to get a diploma — repeating last year’s outcome.
Rim Country officials brief Gosar on federal bottleneck on host of crucial issues
Rim Country’s freshman Congressman dropped by Payson on Monday for a crash course on local issues, including forest restoration, the Blue Ridge pipeline and Payson’s effort to build a water pipeline and a college campus on federal land.
In a terse 3-2 vote that sidestepped all public comment, the Gila Community College board reappointed Bob Ashford as president for a sixth term Monday.