Stories for January 2011

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Friday, January 28

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Police find missing 93-year-old man

Update: Phoenix police found Baybrook Friday night in central Phoenix. Baybrook was uninjured and friends drove him back to Payson. Read more in Tuesday's Roundup.

Prescribed burns planned for 300 acres in Pine, Geronimo Estates and Christopher Creek areas

Payson Ranger District fire specialists plan to eliminate nearly 300 acres of debris piles within the Pine, Geronimo Estates and Christopher Creek areas Monday, Jan. 31 through Friday, Feb. 4.

Clubs and Organizations

A Unity group is forming in Payson, and organizers extend a warm welcome to anyone interested.

New Rye billboard draws attention to Tonto Natural Bridge

If the size of the Tonto Natural Bridge wasn’t big enough to attract visitors, an ad in Rye is sure to catch their attention.

Putting your financial ‘puzzle’ pieces together today for a clearer future

Unless you keep track of obscure holidays, you may not be aware that Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day.

Vendors getting ready for showcase of savings

Vendor spots at the upcoming 19th Annual Business Showcase are selling out fast with nearly 50 booths spoken for, according to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Still paying for e-mail? You’re getting ripped off

Hopefully, you’ve realized that e-mail is free.

Clergy of Payson serve community well

My wife and I are moving from Payson after seven years. It has been my privilege to serve the Mogollon Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as bishop for almost five years.

Time to close special tax loopholes so all Arizonans can be winners

The governor and Republican-controlled state Legislature will not consider raising taxes to help balance the budget. They will not even consider closing tax loopholes.

PSWID residents urged to complain to ACC

I encourage the taxpaying home owners of Pine/Strawberry, who have accounts with PSWID (Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District) to file a complaint with the Arizona Corporation Commission, 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007.

School leadership is important

It was refreshing to read more encouraging news about the quality of education at our high school (Payson High graduation rate rises 15 percent).

Dogs looking for owners

It’s sad that I’ve noticed three dogs this week roaming around town with no owner in sight, and at least one of them with no collar.

Irresponsible to raise debt ceiling and continue spending

The government is once again set to max out the nation’s credit card.

Teachers deserve more than empty gestures

We all love teachers — right? Pull the string on almost any politician — and they’ll tell you teachers are heroes and education is the key to our future. But once it comes time to adopt budgets, somehow priorities often change.

Community Almanac

The Rim Country Middle School is hosting a community rummage sale in the cafeteria from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30.

Police to start vehicle registration, license crackdown

The Payson Police Department will be cracking down on drivers who fail to register their vehicle or update their license with the state.

GCC independence bill introduced at Legislature

The movement to gain independence for Gila Community College has taken a major step forward with the introduction of a bill in the Arizona Legislature that makes it possible for GCC to shed its “provisional” college shackles.

Out of town bus driver runs into solar panels

It’s only been a few months since crews installed 5,240 solar panels above the parking lots at Payson High School and already three buses have plowed into several sections.

Donations, layoffs keep Christian-based school open

Just a month ago, the Rim Country almost lost its only Christian-based private school.

Plan would enclose event center with solar panels

Town officials hope a deal to cover the Payson Event Center with solar panels will not only help convince ASU to build a Payson campus, but also bring more conventions and trade shows to town.

State wants contractor to run Tonto Bridge

The State Parks system wants to find a private contractor to operate the lodge and gift shop at Tonto Natural Bridge, the world’s largest natural travertine arch.

Cutbacks to hit teachers the hardest

Layoffs, bigger classes, shrunken pay all weigh heavily on Payson school district

Payson Unified School District’s 147 teachers will likely bear the brunt of another round of budget cuts this year — shouldering half the projected layoffs, facing significantly larger classes, doing without new textbooks and materials and most likely absorbing a pay cut as the state phases out stipends for teachers with extra training.

Family in pain over loss of beloved pet

David Daniels was known as a tough sucker during his years as a Payson High School football, wrestling and baseball star.

Sports a big part of GLH benefit events

The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund calendar of events is highlighted each year by a trio of much anticipated sporting competitions that draw competitors from around Arizona.

Ex-Mav is now world’s best archer

Former Rim Country Middle School student Brady Ellison won the gold medal in the men’s recurve at the European Indoor Championships held in mid-January in Nimes, France. The 2008 Olympian is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

Little League sign-up dates set

Little League officer Felicia Moore wants parents to know that registration for upcoming play will be held in March and April rather than January and February as it has been in previous years.

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Horns in Loboland today

The regular season winds down this weekend for Longhorn boys basketball with games today, Jan. 28, in Snowflake and tomorrow in Wilson Dome vs. St. Johns.

Thursday, January 27

Feline focus

Tickets are still available for the Saturday, Feb. 5 Sweet Adelines concert. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children 12 and under, and are available at Postnet, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Senior Center, HSCAZ Thrift Shop, HSCAZ board members and through volunteer ticket captains. For more information about purchasing tickets, call the shelter at (928) 474-5590, ext. 100 or 102. Get your tickets quick!

Fireflies receive generous donation

January is just about gone for 2011. Where did the time go? It seems that the older a person becomes, the faster the time goes.

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Fire district holds monthly meeting

Cold nights dipping into the mid to low teens with the afternoons warming up to the upper 40s and lower 50s has been the normal.

‘Beach girl’ falls in love with Christopher Creek

This has got to be one of the weirdest winters in Christopher Creek’s history.

Resolutions more in line with the times

Well, it’s now the end of January, which means we’re already a month into our 2011 New Year’s resolutions.

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Builders Club donates to food bank

Honestly, this has been the craziest weather I’ve ever seen (and I was born in Nebraska!). I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the T-shirt weather, but then the biting wind arrived just in time to remind me that winter is still here. Who knows what will come next?

Wednesday, January 26

Good 2 Go

A Family Health and Wellness Night is planned for Friday, Jan. 28 at Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

Register for business showcase

The 19th Annual Business Showcase is ready to help “showcase” the businesses in Rim Country.

Tour some history down south

The annual Superior Home Tour is Jan. 29 and Jan. 30.

Beautiful Norway

Here is a country that has midnight sun, the northern lights and some of the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine. It also has some of the friendliest people on earth.

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Rim Country goes glam with Black and White Ball

Rim Country residents are putting aside their jeans and boots for a glam night of fine food, dancing to great music and a chance to help their neighbors.

A mixture of mining

To many they are pretty rocks, the names of which and indicators of, are not understood. But for someone with a skilled hand, dreaming of riches, they can be something far more; the opening to a better life.

Tuesday, January 25

Realtor offers year end real estate statistics and 11 tips to sell a home

The Rim Country real estate market in 2010 gave us some optimism as the number of homes sold showed a dramatic increase over 2009.

Bella Vita adds new staff

Five new staffers have joined the ranks at Bella Vita Salon and Spa at 608 W. Frontier St. From a massage therapist to a stylist that also offers eyelash extensions, the shabby chic salon now offers a full line of services.

Students’ soup tasting to benefit food drive

Soup kitchens normally feed the hungry, but a group of Payson High School students hope to make those normally fed feel hungry with their own twist on a soup kitchen.

Youth council hopes to get teens involved

PACE plans food drive, events in an effort to make sure the voices of teenagers count down at town hall

The Payson Advisory Youth Council (PACE) hopes to feed the hungry, challenge the cynical and stimulate the bored, now that its nine young activists have absorbed some life lessons on how hard it is to get things done.

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New coach revitalizes cheer team

Prepping in the back area of the Payson High School Wilson Dome, a young squad of mostly underclassmen, nervously toss their purple and gold pompoms as they shout and dance in unison, waiting for their moment to take the spotlight.

Lip Sync could sell out quick – get tickets now

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.

Redistricting committee to be seated by March 1

The committee of citizens who will redraw the boundaries of Gila County’s supervisor districts is scheduled to be in place by March 1.

Italian beauty brings classics to the Rim

The Tonto Community Concert Association opens the second half of its 2010-2011 season with an Italian beauty and the piano classics.

GCC board showdown postponed

Gila Community College has postponed a key meeting expected to generate a flurry of fireworks and a vote to appoint the board’s chairman.

Water is gold in Pine-Strawberry

Having read the recent lengthy PSWID meanderings, my displeasure is shared for consumption.

Humane Society of Central Arizona grateful to all who contribute

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has much to be grateful for as we enter 2011.

Thanks to Hospice workers

To the Hospice workers and organization in Payson, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loving and selfless service to my mom in her final days. You have touched our family in ways that you may never know.

School closing = a tragedy

I see two tragedies in the potential closing of the Frontier Elementary School. No. 1 — The tragedy of the potential negative effects on our children. No. 2 — The tragedy of people who vote down a school budget or don’t support our schools.

Not convinced district has best interest of children in mind

I am a Frontier Elementary parent that attended the last school board meeting and I must say that I am not convinced the school district has the best interest of the children in mind.

Thank you from Bob Schnepp and family

We would like to thank all the friends and neighbors in Tonto Creek Shores and Gisela for their generosity, thoughtfulness and prayers. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful community.

No more opening prayer in Hawaii Chamber

Hawaii voted to end opening prayer in Chamber, another example of no backbone by legislators.

Good news amidst bad year for schools

It’s hard to find the shards of good news in the debris of education news these days. But amidst all the clamor and calamity, we took heart at one tidbit in a recent high school progress report to the Payson Unified School Board.

Community Almanac

The January Chamber mixer is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Payson Elks Lodge. The theme is Networking in 2011.

Milk Ranch Well purchase gets final approval

After reviewing test results from a civil engineer and a hydrogeologist, the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board voted unanimously on Jan. 20 to complete the purchase of the Milk Ranch Well.

Council waives building fees to help Habitat for Humanity

After a spate of soul-searching and a hint of hand-wringing, the Payson Town Council decided to once more waive building fees to help Habitat for Humanity add to the town’s inadequate supply of affordable housing.

Payback averts schoolhouse lawsuit

Tonto Basin’s recently built Little Red Schoolhouse has come to symbolize the small community’s spirit of perseverance and unity.

Payson High’s graduation rate rises 15 percent

Four-year gain cuts dropout rate to below the state average

Payson High School’s four-year graduation rate has risen sharply since 2006 — from 71 percent to about 82 percent, according to a recent report to the school board.

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Pity the pythons and other exotic animals

Exotic pet store owner protests Payson ordinance that would add new restrictions on exotic pets – from lions to boa constrictors

Payson’s got it in for lions and tigers and bears — not to mention pythons. That’s the conclusion of Shannon Long, who pleaded in vain last week against the town’s new regulations on “exotic” animals.

Round Valley facing life without high school sports

After watching 400-plus high school wrestlers, coaches, parents, fans and students come together Friday and Saturday to host and enjoy an overwhelmingly successful Payson Invitational tournament, it was obvious to this old coach, his wife and others what athletics mean in the lives of teenagers.

Crunch time for Longhorns

Three regular season games left before postseason play starts

It’s the beginning of the end for members of the Longhorn boys basketball team.

Blue Ridge uses ‘box and one’ to ambush Lady Longhorns

Coach hopes to have healthy team down the stretch

An old ploy once used by hundreds of coaches to put the clamps on an opposing team’s best player helped spell the demise of the Lady Longhorns in a Jan. 21 clash against Blue Ridge.

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Chandler bests 21 teams at invite

Payson High School wrestling coach Casey Woodall says one of his goals is to build the Payson Invitational into one of the premier prep events in the state.

Saturday, January 22

Well connection expected

An evaluation of the Milk Ranch Well has been completed and while bank financing might not be in place, the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District is expected to soon begin connecting the well to the existing water system.

Friday, January 21

Trustee sale for Pete’s Place canceled

It looks like Pete’s Place Cabaret is here to stay — at least for now.

TOD agreement can reduce hassles for heirs

Among the reasons you work hard all your life may be so you can leave something to your children, grandchildren or other family members.

Buying local promotes employment

If Payson residents shifted 10 percent of what they spend now to local businesses, it would create 42 new jobs and pump $3.5 million dollars into the local economy.

PHS appeal of softball, baseball alignment granted

Contrary to what I wrote in the Jan. 18 issue — that Payson High did not appeal any division-section placements to the Arizona Interscholastic Association — PHS athletic director Rob Varner did file an appeal on Jan. 4 for the baseball and softball placements.

Lady Horns need wins, power points

Opportunities to nail down a berth into the 3A state tournament are slip-sliding away for the Lady Longhorn basketball team.

Tournament plans for Roosevelt falling into place

The logistics of hosting back-to-back professional bass fishing tournaments can present overwhelming challenges.

Top ranked Falcons soar

Fountain Hills might be the finest 3A team in the state as evidenced by the Falcons’ sterling 20-4 record that includes a 10-game winning streak and some lopsided triumphs such as 71-19 over Santa Cruz.

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Payson Invitational a big draw in state wrestling

The Payson Invitational championship team trophy, a slew of individual honors and big-time bragging rights are up for grabs today, Jan. 21, and tomorrow in Wilson Dome.

Payson High School students failing fewer classes

Freshmen, juniors enjoy dramatic drop in the number of failed classes

Payson High School students flunked 144 fewer classes in 2010 than the year before, perhaps reflecting the impact of scheduling changes that reduced the number of classes most students take from seven to six.

Some people seem to have been born wise

About a year ago I was talking about what it was like to live in an open-bay barracks with weekend warriors who have just been called to active duty, most of them just out of high school.

Road improvements?

So about six months ago someone decided to put reflectors down on Fossil Creek Road.

Grateful to veterinary clinic

While visiting our cabin on Jan. 13, our 13-year-old Golden Retriever was injured and did not have the use of his hind legs.

PSWID actions protested, investigation sought

I am writing to you (Arizona Corporation Commission) to protest the actions of the Pine/Strawberry Water Improvement District.

Not going to pay for something I don’t need

We are part-time residents of Strawberry and own two lots, one of which does not have a dwelling.

Help needed at upcoming Gila Community College board meeting

Hello, I’m Tom Loeffler, a member of the Gila Community College Governing Board and I’m asking for your help.

Senate is the necessary ‘saucer’ to cool the tea

James Madison explained his vision of the Senate as the “necessary fence” against the “fickleness and passion” that often influences the way the U.S. House of Representatives operates.

School closure: Only bad options

The Payson Unified School District made a strong case for closing Frontier Elementary School Wednesday night before a suffering, but largely accepting crowd of parents and teachers.

Community Almanac

John Carpino and friends will perform live at Cardo’s in Payson from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21.

GCC independence gets nod from county

It is not what could be called a ringing endorsement for Gila Community College independence. In fact, it is not an endorsement at all; rather the Gila County Board of Supervisors has given a nod toward independence for GCC.

AG says GCC meeting actions within bounds of agenda

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has ruled the Gila Community College Board did not violate the Open Meeting Law when it repealed all of its policies and procedures at a December board meeting.

Waiting for ASU

Gov. Brewer calls for more college campuses as backers hope crisis will boost Payson plan

Gov. Jan Brewer this week called for the development of a statewide network of four-year college campuses, which Payson Mayor Kenny Evans said represents key support for just such a campus in Rim Country.

Crews labor to turn Tonto Creek into heaven for trout

$175,000 project to create a chain of 75 pools started this week and will help bolster region’s tourist economy

Natalie Robb has spent the last three years sloshing up and down Tonto Creek, trying to figure out how to turn a flood-battered stream into a little piece of heaven for the finny set.

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Closing Frontier: The ‘lesser of evils’

Closing Frontier Elementary School and letting class sizes rise throughout the district represents the lesser of three evils the Payson Unified School District must face if it is to close a projected $872,000 deficit, school board members told a packed special board meeting on Wednesday.

Dynamic duos: double the love with pet pairs

Sometimes the unexpected happens. Jack and Buster can tell you that from personal experience.

Christopher Creek loses longtime resident

In this week’s article, I very humbly give the column back temporarily to Mikey Marazza, whose shoes I have been honored enough to try and fill for the last couple of years. Below is the letter she sent me to publish.

Many deer and elk spotted around Pine

I was mentioning to my husband how I’ve been seeing deer everywhere I go in Pine lately. One day recently I saw eight deer scattered in three different locations.

Warm weather allows residents to get out more

The weather in the Rim Country has been textbook perfect after a rough start in December. The temperatures have been hovering around 60 degrees and a bit higher in Payson.

Time to tidy up and organize your e-mail inbox

It’s 2011, and it’s a fresh start for all of us. One of the best things we can do to eliminate a little stress is to clean out our e-mail inboxes. This is really a simple process. It doesn’t require any coding, hardware maintenance, software updates, or new systems. But it does involve time and discipline.

This week in music, we tickle the ivories

It looks like Rim Country residents are in store for another wonderful musical treat next week.

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Heber resident joins county attorney’s office

A recent warm-up in our area has given relief to the bitter cold we had experienced earlier in the month. With the warmer temperatures and melting snow, the creeks still have an empty status. Our outlook is fairly mild this weekend with lows in the 20s and highs hovering around 50 degrees.

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A trip through time

From the upper deck of the 1954 dome car, 66 passengers settle in quietly among rows of blue and white booths.

Wednesday, January 19

Dream of Spring

Warming weather could fool you

The Weather Channel Web site is predicting highs around the mid- to high 50s for the rest of the month. So spring fever is probably going to be sweeping over a good percentage of the population.

‘Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany’

Recommended reading | Larry Cox

After more than half a century, the big question about Mildred Gillars, also known as Axis Sally, is whether she was a genuine traitor or simply a naive American who did what she had to do when she found herself in Nazi Germany following the outbreak of World War II.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 13: A typical weekend in Tonto Basin

After the excitement of the Apache attack and the cattle stampedes, life for the teacher and her students’ families returned to mundane events.

Go with big flavors for the big game

When your friends and family gather around the big screen for the big game, only big flavor will do!

Dog’s bad breath could signal underlying illness

My dog has such terrible bad breath. How can I improve this?

Leg pain often due to clogged arteries

What can you tell me about peripheral artery disease in my legs?

More Hawaiian cruise opportunities

We recently completed our fourth sailing from the west coast round trip to Hawaii, this time on the Golden Princess.

Expedition vacations

Part 2

If you are the type that enjoys the uncommon vacation and exploring areas of the world that most do not, I have some ideas for you.

Getaway around Rim Country

Do you need help getting organized? A free workshop titled “Organizing for Creative People” will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22 at Payson’s Home Depot.

Good 2 Go

The Payson Elks will have a benefit for the Elks National Foundation on Saturday, Jan. 22 featuring a spaghetti dinner with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Sweet Adelines to perform

The Sweet Adelines International Chorus Champions will perform in Payson at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Italian beauty brings classics to Payson

The Tonto Community Concert Association opens the second half of its 2010-2011 season with an Italian beauty and the piano classics.

Tuesday, January 18

Drink orange juice to be heart smart

You’ve heard an apple a day but did you know OJ (orange juice) a day may keep the doctor away

Make-up for New Year’s party Thursday

It sure is hard to get out of bed these dark mornings, isn’t it? I am normally a morning person and an early riser, but with the sun coming up around 7:30 a.m. and the house chilly from lowered night temperatures, it is very tempting just to roll over and doze until daylight.

Health and Wellness Night planned for JRE on Jan. 28

A Family Health and Wellness Night is planned for Friday, Jan. 28 at Julia Randall Elementary School gym.

‘Rural Schools’ money stretches county road funds

Gila County officials are getting grief from residents because of discussions on using “Rural Schools” money for roads.

Payson school board accepts gifts

Credit for Kids revenue off by 15 percent, but drive called success despite bad economy

Community members rallied behind their schools last year, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien reported on Monday to the school board.

Payson moves toward marijuana dispensaries

The Payson Town Council on Tuesday will likely adopt new ground rules to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in industrial or commercial zones, so long as they’re not within 500 feet of a school, child-care center, park, library, church or any facility devoted to family entertainment.

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Jr. thespians deliver pot o’ fun

You would have to believe in leprechauns if you thought some 40 middle school actors could put on a play that didn’t end in disaster, but in fact, the Payson Junior Thespian Club found its own pot of gold Friday night in three Irish tales in the PHS auditorium.

P-S school’s budget sound for the next year

So far being a small school has been a good thing for the Pine-Strawberry School District’s budget.

Some people just don’t get it

To be honest, I don’t normally read Richard Cohen’s column, but the headline: Armed culture led to massacre outside Tucson, compelled me to do so. (Arizona Republic, Opinion page, Tuesday, 1/11/11.)

PSWID needs to rethink its rate increase

With reference to your recent e-mail (editor’s note; an e-mail sent out by Pine Strawberry water improvement district president to its members).

Kids Care is important

Hello, my name is Kattie Kamps. I go to Rim Country Middle School. I’m an eighth-grader.

Arizona Corporation Commission investigation requested for Pine rate hike

Recently the PSWID board established a new rate structure. I know you were deeply involved in the PSWID water issue and also that you are an advocate of energy and resource conservation and so my reason for writing to you.

Global warming facts or fiction

President Obama said, the science of global warming is “beyond dispute,” sea levels are rising, coastlines are shrinking, record droughts, spending famine, with stronger storms growing with each season.

ASU campus survives another cliffhanger

Sometimes, the visionary effort to build a college campus in Payson has resembled a particularly hair-raising episode of “Survivor.”

Trio arrested on drug paraphernalia, stolen gun, stereo, credit card charges

Police say three New Mexico residents were arrested Jan. 8 after police found drug paraphernalia, a stolen firearm, credit cards, Social Security cards and stereo and camera equipment in their truck.

A tale of water rates, fire trucks

Serendipity. Great word.

Community Almanac

Travel on Tonto Creek Hatchery Road will be restricted starting on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Bathroom bandit hits Payson library

Forget BYOB (bring your own bottle), at the Payson Public Library, it is more like BYOTP — bring your own toilet paper.

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Co-op provides bountiful baskets of food

Every other Saturday, a group of Rim Country residents gather in Pine just after sunrise, baskets, boxes and bags in hand.

School closure hearing slated for Wednesday

Board braces for community input on plan to close Frontier Elementary School

The Payson Unified School District on Wednesday will likely get an earful from parents, teachers, students and taxpayers on plans to close an $800,000 deficit by mothballing Frontier Elementary School and increasing elementary school class sizes significantly.

First step — land purchased for ASU

Town fosters deal to allow university plan to go forward, despite Forest Service delays

The investors backing a college campus in Payson on Monday struck a deal to buy enough private land to start initial construction, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has confirmed.

College town real estate facts

There is more to college towns than football.

Report shows Payson’s economy still stalled

The Rim Country economy is still limping along at last year’s discouraging levels — but at least nothing’s getting worse

Payson’s economic glass hit half full in December. Which is great, except for the part that’s half empty.

Elk, antelope regulations now at Arizona Game and Fish office

Deadline to apply for 2011 hunts is Feb. 8; there is no online system

They’re here. Printed versions of Arizona’s 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklets are now available at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.

New alignment splits PHS sports schedules

Some teams may encounter old foes and much bigger schools

East sports were assigned its own particular configuration when the Arizona Interscholastic Association replaced the decades-old conference-region prep sports format with a division-section alignment.

Little League bans unsafe, high-tech bats

Parents considering buying their Little League child one of those high-dollar, state-of-the-art bats that can send balls flying out of park at record-setting distances might want to reconsider.

Rim runners turn out for Rock ’n’ Roll

A field of 17 Rim Country runners was among the more than 30,000 who hit the Valley streets Jan. 16 for the P.F. Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.

Wrestlers win three of four in Wrangler tourney

A trio of weight class forfeits was the only stumbling block that prevented Longhorn wrestlers from sweeping five matches in the annual East-West Duals Tournament in Wickenburg.

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Longhorns wrap up tough week

A 46-41 win over the Round Valley Elks highlighted the Payson boys basketball team’s grueling five-day run in which the Longhorns played four crucial East Region games.

Attorney General's Office finds GCC board of no wrongdoing

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has ruled the Gila Community College Board did not violate the Open Meeting Law when it repealed all of its policies and procedures at a December board meeting.

Monday, January 17

Attorney General warns consumers to watch out for bogus solicitations from "Title Compliance"

Attorney General Tom Horne is warning Arizona consumers to watch out for solicitations from a company called "Title Compliance, Records Retrieval Division."

Friday, January 14

Thanks to Payson’s Secret Santas

Thank you to those local organizations and individual Secret Santas involved in making the holiday season especially wonderful for many of our Payson Elementary School students this year.

Thank you, Payson

On behalf of the volunteers and the Board of Directors for Payson Helping Payson, I would like to thank everyone who took advantage of the State of Arizona Tax Credit System to make a donation to PHP in 2010.

Teaching old dogs new tricks is like pushing a rope up a hill, Part II

Last week I mentioned that my job in the Air Force for the last seven years was teaching NCOs how to take their hard-earned skills and pass them on to the young men and women who were going to take their place.

Protect our state parks from the Legislature

So a foolish carpenter goes into a bar and orders a drink. “How you going to pay for it?” asked the skeptical barkeep. “Put it on my tab,” says the fellow grandly.

Sweet Adelines to perform in Payson for humane society

The Sweet Adelines International Chorus Champions will perform in Payson at the high school auditorium Feb. 5 in a show to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

SV town hall to become handicap accessible

The town of Star Valley town hall will soon be handicap accessible.

Community Almanac

Payson’s Junior Thespians proudly present an evening of Irish Fairy Tales: Blarney, Blather and Balderdash by Patrick Rainville Dorn.

Section of Fossil Creek Road closed due to unsafe conditions

Recent storm activity has created unsafe road conditions on Forest Road 708, also known as Fossil Creek Road.

Long process of county redistricting set to start

The Gila County Board of Supervisors is coming up against redistricting deadlines. At its Jan. 18 meeting it is expected to make a decision on guidelines for selecting a redistricting committee.

Payson will not abandon troubled Lakeview Drive

Payson won’t abandon South Lakeview Drive. But the town might eventually block it off.

Cracked ceiling closes down old gym

A roughly 80-foot-long crack in the old Payson High School gym ceiling has prompted safety concerns and forced school officials to order the basketball court off limits until repairs can be made.

Final push starts to help food banks

With a little more than three weeks left in the Payson Area Food Drive, organizers are pushing for a last round of donations as they try to reach their goal of 55,000 pounds of food and $25,000.

Use of school’s free lunch program surges

Number of students who qualify for subsidized meals jumps 41 percent

The number of low-income kids who qualify for free or subsidized school lunches has surged by 41 percent and now accounts for about 58 percent of the students in the district.

Report: Tonto Bridge could turn a profit

Privatizing state parks could gut the state system

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has strong potential to make a profit if turned over to a concessionaire, concluded a study funded by the Arizona State Parks Foundation.

January Business Buzz tackles buying local

January’s Business Buzz speaker is Kimber Lanning, president of Local First Arizona.

New dentist buys Frontier Dental Arts

With drills that shrill and needles that nick — most of us would rather do anything than visit the dentist. A new local practitioner, however, is aiming to change all that.

Lab-Pit mixes make great companions

The Humane Society of Central Arizona has seen all types of dog breeds come through the front door. We’ve had different types of purebreds and all kinds of mixed breeds.

Fumusa steps aside from benefit dinner

Mark Fumusa will soon be preparing his final Longhorn wrestling team benefit spaghetti dinner.

Shoot for the Heart – a Rim Country success story

Retired Payson High School teacher and coach Dennis Pirch is the epitome of optimism — always confident challenges can be overcome and new heights reached.

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Cougars caged, Jackets sting

Paybacks can sting.

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Twin triumphs buoy Lady Longhorns

Back-to-back wins over Show Low and Blue Ridge have Lady Longhorn basketball coach Kelly Krieg and her players confident they can be a contender for postseason honors.

Cold temps continue to cause problems

The snow is melting, but the troubles from the freezing temperatures and snowdrifts continue to plague many folks.

Locals encouraged to support businesses during slow season

Well it looks like I was taken up on my offer in the last article to get a more accurate reading on the super-low temperatures that hit us over New Year’s.

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Ice on roadways still very dangerous

Winter has come upon us with a chiller of a month.

Are you ready to make the switch to Windows 7?

There’s been a lot of discussion around Windows 7 in the past months, and there’s been a lot of “wait and see,” too.

Time to say goodbye to topless cabaret

Is what I’ve been reading in the Roundup for the past two weeks really true? Is the talk about town that one of Southwest America’s finest and classy establishments has gone out of business more than just small town rumor?

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Navajo County gets grant for DUI task force

The daytime temperatures in the last week have remained at freezing or just above the 32-degree mark.

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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.

Thursday, January 13

Section of Fossil Creek Road closed due to unsafe road conditions

Unsafe road conditions caused by recent storm activity has prompted Tonto National Forest officials to close a section of Forest Road 708, also called Fossil Creek Road.

Wednesday, January 12

Musical Magic

Italian beauty brings classics to Rim Country

The Tonto Community Concert Association opens the second half of its 2010-2011 season with an Italian beauty and the piano classics.

Successfully set and achieve your weight loss goals

As the pumpkin pie, holiday cocktail and sugar cookie memories begin to fade, we’re reminded that the time has come to set or “re-set” our goals. Popular New Year’s resolutions — to lose weight and/or stay fit — resurface with a bang year after year.

Remembering Nan Pyle

How fast we can forget those who have made a significant impact on the community. Nan Pyle is exactly an example of that. While she has been dead for more than 20 years, her impact, while often controversial, still lives on in Payson.

Tale of the trek of Liberty Limited 2010

While trying to come to grips with the tragic loss of my wife of 42 years due to a catastrophic car accident in June, I was inspired to respond to a call for private railcar owners to participate in a very special event planned for Dec. 11, 2010.

Expedition vacations

Some of us enjoy taking the more usual type of vacation such as a tour, a road trip, a cruise or camping. There are a few that have practically done it all and look for adventure and expedition travel.

What happens now?

Well, it’s all over for another year. Frenzied looting and pillaging of Valley malls and local merchandisers for that perfect gift is now a fading memory. Consider waiting a couple of weeks before opening the VISA bill.

around AZ

One of the world’s most mesmerizing sounds is the growling, howling, haunting drone of an Australian didgeridoo.

Getaway around rim country

Gather up all those documents you want to safely dispose of and put them in a bankers box (10”x12”x15”) for shredding.

Good 2 Go

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson, hosts a Community Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14.

Chamber news

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation will host a Business Buzz from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Payson.

Time to sign on for A Taste of Rim Country 2011

The annual Taste of Rim Country at the Payson Public Library is planned for 5 p.m., Saturday, March 5.

Tuesday, January 11

Star Valley to start work on Valley Road crossing

Work could soon begin on a badly needed crossing at Valley Road in Star Valley.

6-year-old falls out of moving vehicle

A 6-year-old girl was flown to the Valley Sunday evening after falling from a minivan in Star Valley and hitting her head, authorities said.

Freeze burst hundreds of Payson water pipes

The freeze just after the first of the year burst pipes all over Payson, prompting 300 calls from homeowners and flooding several houses.

Proper skin care can benefit overall health of seniors

Taking care of your skin undoubtedly has its cosmetic benefits, but more significantly, it also plays a large role in overall health — particularly for seniors. When there is dry skin, discoloration, wounds, rashes, bruises or other injuries, people are immediately aware something is wrong on the outside and maybe even on the inside.

Book-signing event slated

The Payson Regional Senior Circle will host a book-signing event by Payson author, Katy Rovetto from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Leprechauns, laughter mark drama club’s show

Crazy leprechauns, tong-tined shepherds, sneezing girls, frenzied farmers, bombastic boatmen, hen-pecked griffins, magical animals and a sour prince will all come to life Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium at 6:30 p.m., thanks to the efforts of 40 students.

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Foreign exchange students learning from Payson visit

From their fashionable outfits, elaborate life goals and frank discussion on drinking and boys, you’d never guess Sarah Omar or Mia Nikolajsen are high school students and technically they aren’t — at least not American high school students.

‘Rural Schools’ money stretches county road funds

Gila County officials are getting grief from residents because of discussions on using ‘rural schools’ money for roads.

Vital Blue Ridge pipeline staggers back on schedule

After seven-month slip, Payson hopes to have crucial environmental assessment done by March

After a seven-month slip, the schedule for the Blue Ridge pipeline has solidified — just in time to avoid problems with financing.

Town should buy strip club property

I am having difficulty with your editorial declaring that our city council wants by buy a strip club. No, they are buying a business property that is in bankruptcy.

Shocked by doubled cost for water on vacant lot in Strawberry

I am in shock with my new water bill for a vacant lot and our home. My meter rate on our vacant lot doubled from $19.85/mo. to $38.74 with no water usage! Our home water bill nearly doubled too!

Objections raised to use of public money to by Pete’s Place

We are perplexed. Within the past month, our Star Valley Town Council decided that it was not the job of the town government to pay to mitigate serious, land-eroding flood problems of some of our fellow town residents, because, if we recall correctly, it was deemed by our representatives that it was not the proper role of government to use tax dollars to pay to help private residents with an allegedly private problem.

Never enough money for education

The cultural changes in the United States over the past 50 years have increasingly placed the responsibility for preparing our children in an educational system external to the family environment. So, we as a community now place blame on the government for not adequately funding education.

Pine-Strawberry Food Bank thanks secret Santas for their help

The Pine/Strawberry Food Bank wishes to express our appreciation to the local organizations, individual citizens, and “secret Santas” for supporting the needy in our communities.

Snow removal blocks driveway

I’m sick of these snow removals. I’m a retired person suffering from heart problems and can’t shovel snow. They come by and deposit the snow blocking my driveway.

Amnesty International does not defend rights of the unborn

Amnesty International/Payson recently wrote to the Roundup, Jan. 4, thanking all the people and Christian churches who took part in its letter writing campaign to “save a life.”

Good news, bad news for GCC’s prospects

The pot continues to boil at Gila Community College, one of the most important institutions in Rim Country. So far, it looks like a savory stew — with some admittedly strange ingredients.

Community Almanac

Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Payson’s schools launch new way to reach parents

Payson Unified School District this week debuted a new system to communicate with parents about everything from student absences to school lockdowns.

Washburn gets seven months in jail

After pleading guilty to helping her fugitive son and two other convicts escape capture, 68-year-old Claudia Washburn of Jakes Corner was sentenced to seven months in prison Friday.

GCC bill ready for legislators

Bill will be introduced this week to allow Rim Country voters to establish independent community college

Perhaps as early as this week, Sen. Sylvia Allen will introduce legislation “clearing the roadblocks” to independence for Gila Community College.

Payson ponders rules for pot dispensaries

Ordinance would limit medical marijuana outlet to industrial area as an alternative to having everyone grow

The Payson Town Council last week took the first step toward allowing a medical marijuana dispensary in town, with the first reading of an ordinance to limit the operations to industrial and certain commercial areas.

County seeks close to $1 million from FEMA

Gila County is applying for nearly a million dollars in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds due to last January’s flooding in the Tonto Basin area.

More on those scarce athletic scholarships

My Jan. 7 Extra Points column was titled “Recruiting Realities Help for Parents, Athletes.” In it, I wrote “PHS has never had an athlete receive a full ride Division I athletic scholarship.” Two readers e-mailed to say I was off base.

Rough stretch for Lady Horns this week

The post-season fate of the Lady Longhorns might be decided by the results of a string of four games in the course of five days.

Payson trio paces Horns at Mogollon

Mat battles featuring Longhorns Jacob Spear, Jacob Cluff and Ben Lee highlighted a fiercely contested Payson vs. Mogollon dual match held Jan. 5 in Heber-Overgaard.

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Longhorns looking for improvement

Veteran boys basketball coach Bill Goodwin knows what it will take for the Longhorns to emerge victorious this week against four teams who whipped Payson earlier this season.

Modification to Seven Bridges Project on Payson Ranger District

Tonto National Forest officials announced Monday that the low water crossing near Tonto Village is no longer an element of the Tonto National Forest Seven Bridges project.

Prescribed fire treatments in Geronimo Estates area

Fire treatments are planned to eliminate approximately 100 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Geronimo Estates area from Tuesday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Jan. 14. To minimize the impact of smoke, Payson Ranger District fire personnel will end ignitions each day by 3 p.m.

Friday, January 7

Start the new year with a new pet

The Humane Society of Central Arizona still has high hopes that we can break adoption records this year.The Humane Society of Central Arizona still has high hopes that we can break adoption records this year.

GCC board member files open meeting law complaint

With no policies to follow, Gila Community College could soon have its first six-term president. Before the board repealed all its policies in December, GCC President Bob Ashford would not have qualified to run, having already served over his term limit.

Financial update on Payson school board agenda

The Payson Unified School District Board will meet Monday in the district offices at 5:30 p.m. for a financial update.

Census shows Arizona population up 25 percent

Despite the recession, Arizona’s population rose 25 percent to 6.4 million in the past decade — second only to Nevada’s 36 percent surge, according to the first round of data released from the 2010 Census last week.

Teaching old dogs new tricks is like pushing a rope up a hill

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Maybe that’s true. Maybe not. Never tried it, so I can’t say. But what I can say is that it is downright difficult to teach an old dog how to teach someone else new tricks.

Town should purchase Pete’s

Regarding Pete’s bar here in Star Valley, hopefully our town council will purchase this piece of trash. I am sure most of our residents feel the same.

Rate increase went into effect early in Pine

In August 2010, Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) approved water rate increases to be effective as of Jan. 1, 2011.

Payson Masons provide clothing for 35 needy children

Tom Jones, Master of Payson Lodge No. 70, Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona, its officers and members wish to express our gratitude and thank Rim Country businesses and individuals for making its 2010 annual Clothe-A-Child event a rousing success.

Town needs to pick up the snow

Why, oh, why does the snowplow have to pile up all the snow in front of my house that is on the street (Alpine Heights) on the concrete private end of my driveway?

Time for a new plan

This last storm has proven that a change in the way traffic on Highway 260 is monitored needs to be implemented.

EPA overstepping its boundaries

The EPA recently made news (“EPA to enforce greenhouse gas rules in Arizona — Jan. 3) by stating that they would be enforcing greenhouse gas rules in Arizona since our state refused to submit its own plan.

Gratitude to gift givers

On behalf of Arizona’s Children Association and the foster children placed in our licensed foster homes in Rim Country, we’d like to thank everyone who provided gifts through Oasis Christian Bookstore’s Christmas Gift Tree.

Heading into 2011 with a little certainty

We fortunately welcome a new year without a tax increase.

Pine water district muddies the water

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District seems to have developed an almost uncanny knack for shooting itself in the foot.

Fire at McDonald’s closes restaurant briefly Tuesday

McDonald’s was briefly closed Wednesday after a fryer caught fire Tuesday night.

State lawmakers cleared of election complaint

The state attorney general’s office has decided not to file an election law violation complaint against the three Republicans who represent Rim Country.

County crews put in 800+ hours to clear snow

Just as the Rim Country’s latest snowfall is lingering, so are the effects of the New Year’s storm.

Using 2011 water rates on 2010 bills questioned by P-S residents

Many Pine-Strawberry water users were scratching their noggins in collective bewilderment when they opened their most recent bills.

SV hopes to buy topless bar

If Star Valley has its way, there’ll be no more dancing topless girls in town.

Hay fire burns rancher

Two Tonto Basin fires destroy hay in separate barns

In separate hay fires Tuesday afternoon in Tonto Basin, a man covered in gasoline was burned when he tried to put one of the fires out and two dogs narrowly escaped injury.

More women turn to shelter as funding falls

Ana Wilson is no stranger to telling her story of abuse.

Community Almanac

The first 2011 First Friday festivities are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7 on historic Main Street in Payson.

Town slates hoops play, youth

Town recreation coordinator Trevor LaHaye is gearing up for a new year filled with activities that include Junior NBA basketball, youth spring soccer and a men’s basketball league.

Recruiting Realities help for parents, athletes

It’s the time of year when high school senior athletes begin dreaming about taking their talents to the next level.

New Trails and Outdoor Rec Coordinator will build on PATS

After a three-month search, the town has selected a new Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator to replace Mary McMullen, who resigned last fall to spend more time with her family.

Benefit dinner set for Jan. 26

Annual spaghetti feast will help Longhorn wrestling program

The annual benefit spaghetti dinner, which is hosted by the Payson High School wrestling program and is one of the most well-attended benefits on the prep sports scene, will be held Jan. 26

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Round Valley Elks sneak in, get two W’s, cruise home

There was no New Year’s celebration going on when both PHS basketball teams played their first games of 2011.

Military news

Military graduates

PRMC welcomes first baby of 2011

Since 1957, Payson Regional Medical Center has delivered babies, and the first baby delivered in the new year receives special recognition.

Utilities crews do great job restoring services

Happy New Year from Tonto Village. Here’s wishing you all a sleigh full of wishes and dreams for the New Year to come true. I do mean sleigh full. December 2010 has left with a roar.

Rim Country turned into winter wonderland

As I’m writing this week’s music trivia column, I’m also looking out my window at the winter wonderland across the street.

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Storm brought weather-related challenges

Many in our community have faced weather-related challenges in the last week.

Low temps could be record-setting

Wow. Was that cold? What a way to start the new year! I have not heard an official temperature low for Christopher Creek, but according to accuweather.com Payson hit minus 12 degrees and usually we’re about 8 degrees cooler still.

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Communities of Pine, Strawberry still digging out

The local buzz is all about the incredible snowstorm that hit the state last Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 5

Getaway around rim country

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats are coming to Payson for the 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9 jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Good 2 Go

The Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center is sponsoring a delicious sausage casserole with vegetable, dinner roll, dessert and beverage for just $5.

Shred-A-Thon Jan. 14 will benefit Kiwanis program

Gather up all those documents you want to safely dispose of and put them in a bankers box (10”x12”x15”) for shredding.

Choral Society auditions Jan. 10

The Payson Choral Society is looking for new members. Everyone interested in being part of this talented group is invited to try out at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10 at the United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street.

‘Reel’ Good Rods

Goughnour crafts custom fishing rods

When I was a kid, fishing seemed like the cool thing to do. Like other kids, I dreamed of catching “the big one.”

Avoiding the post-holiday letdown

During the holiday season, you want to put your home’s best face forward for visiting friends and family. Everything’s clean, bright and festooned with cheerful holiday decorations.

Extravagant Gratitude

Now that the world has celebrated Christmas — one of the most famous annual events — some people want to know specific details.

So you’re thinking about Hawaii

We often have people call or come in to ask us about Hawaii. Since it’s one of our favorite destinations, we are always happy to talk about what to see and do in Hawaii. As with many destinations, it helps to do a little research to determine what you want to do.

Highlights of healthy lifestyle

Most people take care of their families, their clients, their pets and even their neighbors. But do they really devote enough time to taking care of themselves?

The Singapore Experience

If you have never traveled to Singapore, you have missed a special country.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 12: Skunks and Cattle Stampedes

The day after teacher Angie Mitchell’s torturous day with the Apache warriors, she wrote (Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1880), “Too lame to more than scrawl a line. Jane in bed. Mrs. Harer came tonight and was greatly surprised to find a lot of semi-invalids done up in liniment, salve and arnica.”

Lake Mary Road detour removed

The Coconino County Public Works Department removed the detour on Lake Mary Road, also known as Forest Highway-3, at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 4

Speakers, classes scheduled

The Payson Regional Medical Center Senior Circle will host two speakers and start several new classes during January.

Slick sendoff for 2010

Farewell, 2010 — You gave us a final fling before departing that we won’t soon forget!

Police search for ATM robber

Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a Bank of America customer as the customer used the drive up ATM Sunday.

Kevin Dick partners with Salvation Army to renovate community safe haven

In October, Kevin Dick Investment Management Group President Kevin Dick joined forces with the Salvation Army in Phoenix to refurbish a busy community shelter.

Artist sorts through a lifetime of photographs to create one snapshot

One man’s quest to preserve his own legacy has blossomed into a new life passion and business venture.

Tonto National Monument offers tour of Cline Terrace Platform Mound

What’s the perfect way to end your day? Come join a park ranger from Tonto National Monument for an afternoon tour of the Cline Terrace Platform Mound.

Payson rail car owner helps vets get to big game

Liberty Limited 2010 provides rail transportation to Army-Navy game

In 2005 Bennett Levin, a fellow railroad car owner, created the concept of operating a special train named the Liberty Limited as a way to honor wounded warriors.

Regarding cell phone use in schools

Destiny Charter School in Globe has banned electronic devices altogether with one exception — sport

Thanks to those who helped with Human Rights month

The Payson Chapter of Amnesty International would like to thank the following individuals, churches and businesses for their support of our first annual Human Rights Awareness Month!

PTSD affects the whole family

PTSD not only affects the veteran, but the entire family as well.

Time to warm this place up

Now that man-caused global warming has been discredited, let’s stop talking about tax and trade and instead think about credit for carbon!

Contaminated illegal drugs having lethal consequences

Drug addicts face fear every day — fear of getting caught, fear of overdosing, fear of many things.

Star Valley should not buy strip club

So, the penny-pinching Star Valley Town Council may have finally found something on which it’s willing to splurge: A strip club. Seriously?

Community Almanac

The GEAR UP grant and the Payson High School guidance office are inviting everyone to attend a special program at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6: Welcome to College - Now How Am I Going to Pay For It?

Red Cross shelter accommodates 39 individuals

Despite having a shortage of shelter signs, four-dozen stranded motorists found an American Red Cross shelter at Payson Elementary School Thursday night and escaped icy winter conditions.

SV ponders buying strip club location

It’s not every day a town council weighs buying a cabaret.

Studies compare K-8 to middle school

A study by ACT Inc. concluded that the academic achievement in 8th grade has the biggest impact on college and career success

Middle schools may lower student scores

Payson’s school reorganization plan flies in the face of national trends and mounting evidence

A Payson Unified School District plan to close an elementary school, but keep its single middle school flies in the face of a national trend and studies showing that K-8 schools seem to offer students big social and academic advantages.

Frozen pipes, ice bring in New Year

Thursday’s winter weather caused the perfect storm for a weekend full of skating vehicles, exploding pipes and preventable accidents.

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Birthday boy stranded, then rescued

Four men dig car out of snowbank

For his seventh birthday, Braeden Dusseault’s wish was to spend it camping with family.

Enjoy authentic New Orleans music

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats are coming to Payson for the 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9 jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Rim Country takes part in 111th annual Christmas bird count

The count is in — the Payson Christmas bird count, that is. Since 1900 the National Audubon Society has conducted bird counts throughout North America.

Coaches pick all-state, hold off on all-stars

The Arizona Football Coaches Association announced last week its 3A Conference All-State team selections, but will wait until February to make public the seniors chosen to participate in the annual 1A-3A North vs. South All-Star game to be played in June.

Cardinals let down fans with pitiful season

What a letdown the 2010 season was for Arizona Cardinals fans. Thankfully the lackluster campaign ended Sunday with the Cards’ 38-7 loss to the equally lowly San Francisco 49ers.

With month to go, Longhorns look to rebound record

If the 3A state tournament were to start today, the Longhorn boys basketball team would advance as a lowly 16th seed and be forced to play the conference’s top-ranked team.

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RV could be a contender in championship

Despite Round Valley’s 0-5 start to the 2010-2011 season — which included lopsided losses to Chinle, 58-25, and Window Rock, 63-2 — the Lady Elks might be a contender for the 3A East Region title.