Stories for May 2011


Tuesday, May 31

Rollover on Highway 87 claims man’s life

A Flagstaff man died Monday after his vehicle rolled down a 200-foot embankment south of Pine on Highway 87.

Five Star Valley wells contaminated

At least five Star Valley wells are already contaminated with bacteria and another is on the brink, the town council learned two weeks ago.

Forest Service shifts water plant site

New treatment plant location just south of Mesa del Caballo now tops list

Reacting to protests by Mesa del Caballo residents, the U.S. Forest Service has reportedly shifted its attention to a different site for the proposed water treatment plant at the end of Payson’s Blue Ridge pipeline.

Tonto fee outcry may prompt change

Coping with a public outcry, Tonto National Forest officials are casting about for an alternative to imposing day use fees on people who use parking areas along the East Verde River and on popular trailheads.

Evans: Building of campus starts in December

Star Valley, Payson, Gila County will set up special district this week

Payson and Arizona State University will break ground on a four-year campus in December, says Payson Mayor Kenny Evans.

Community Almanac

Members of the Northern Gila County Historical Society are now selling tickets for its June 11 barbecue, to be held at the Rim Country Museum. 

School Briefs

Payson High School’s high-tech students scored fresh victories in April in tough, statewide competitions.

Damaging pinyon needle scale eggs hatching in Rim Country

Damaging pinyon needle scale eggs have already hatched in the southeast part of Payson, Trailwood, Beaver Valley Estates and Round Valley.

Relay for Life funds help youths touched by cancer

Arizona Camp Sunrise is the American Cancer Society’s annual week-long resident summer camp session for children ages 8 and older who have or have had cancer.

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Airline pilots help students develop positive life values

When Rory Hansen was in the fifth grade, he got his picture made standing next to a warplane. The moment stuck with him and as he watched his father’s career as a pilot, he grew more enamored with the field of aviation.

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Students earn scholarships

This year, students at Payson High School received $1,167,000 in scholarships. Of that, nearly $60,000 came from local organizations. Scholarships ranged from $250 up to $4,000, according to Payson High School officials.

Development group funding study for P-S trail system

The Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation announced Friday it is commissioning an environmental impact study to support the long-term goals of the Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc.

Cenpatico seeking grant applications

Funds available to help improve local communities

Imagine receiving a financial grant to do good things for your community such as helping to build a new family shelter or creating a water splash park for children.  

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East West Exchange bookstore closing its doors

A year after opening, the owners of East West Exchange are closing the chapter on their latest business venture.

Final phase of Airport Road roundabout will reduce traffic to one lane

The Arizona Department of Transportation will reduce Highway 87 to one lane in each direction at Airport Road in Payson from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 through Wednesday June 8.

Firing of town employee was a bad decision

Having attended the Payson Town Council hearing concerning the firing of Tonia Erin I would like to offer my observations.

The children lose out

A few years ago some friends started a summer golf camp for kids ages 10 to 15. The purpose of the camp was simple: provide an opportunity for Payson kids to acquaint themselves with the game of golf in an adult-supervised atmosphere while focusing on the fundamentals of the game: posture, grip, alignment and ball position.

Father embarrassed, humiliated by daughter’s story

I am the father of Emerald Stacklie and I would like to clarify a few points from the article on Tuesday. The article stated that life with me was not much better than living with her mother in California.

Spread the word

Don’t spread it around, but Payson has a new lunch stop. It’s clever, too. It includes lots of interesting, fun stuff to see. Oh, and the food is delicious. It’s served from a red box and you can eat outside under the canvas tent or inside among the fantastic antiques.

Why did PSWID budget meetings exclude the public?

At the May 19 Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) board meeting, board members approved the proposed 2011-2012 fiscal year budget.

Forest Service should seek balance on fees

A rock. And a hard place. Tonto National Forest officials have a spot right in between. The Tonto National Forest’s decision to turn over a string of day-use areas to a private recreation management company has triggered a local furor, as residents find themselves asked to pay $5 to park and gain access to the East Verde River or some trailhead parking just to take a hike in the woods.

Clubs and Organizations

Soroptimists International of Zane Grey Country will start to meet at Tiny’s Restaurant effective June 1, 2011.

Volleyball star signs with Chandler CC

Trinity England, a stalwart the past two seasons on the Lady Longhorn varsity volleyball team, has signed a letter of intent to next year play the sport at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

Coach slates net camps for volleyball players

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink has planned a summer of three training camps that will provide aspiring players plenty of opportunities to develop their skills.

PMGA has it all

Name the game — low net, match play, blind draw partners or two-man best ball — and you’ll find the format in Payson Men’s Golf Association summer tournament play.

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Former Lady Horn named university’s athlete of year

Former Lady Longhorn softball star Candice Johnson has been voted Sul Ross State University’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Fishel named PHS AD

A man who has been a life-long resident of the Rim Country and attended local schools from kindergarten through high school has been named Payson High’s new athletic director.

Friday, May 27

Shelter statistics are sobering; be part of the solution

Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats).

Sewer line construction on Airline, Luke roads to start

The Northern Gila County Sanitary District and the Town of Payson will be installing sewer and water lines along Airline and Luke roads.

Relay for Life is just around the corner

Luminaries are one of the unique ways participants in Relay for Life programs raise funds for cancer research.

Time for summer fun, festivities and more

Memorial Day Weekend is here and the summer fun, festivities and more are busting out all over.

Can you picture me as a drill instructor?

If anyone had told me while I was young that I was going to be a drill instructor I’d have told him he was out of his mind

Pay for the water you use

A recent contributor provided a 15-year-old water history reference. It’s humorous to resurrect an article uncommunicated when published, based on their real estate vocation.

Thanks for ‘Payson’

We just wanted to let you know that “Payson,” our certified therapy dog, who we adopted as a 5-week-old puppy back in 2000 at the Payson animal shelter, has just passed away from complications of old age.

Thanks for the coverage

On behalf of the animals served by the Humane Society of Central Arizona, thank you so much for the excellent coverage that you provide via stories as well as the community notices and ad placement.

Bins for recyclables

I talked to the local Waste Management Company and found out they have at least two bins outside their fence where they accept all recyclables except glass.

Living in a dictatorship

At last week’s council meeting I watched in disbelief as the mayor and five council members ignored 85 percent of their constituents and approved the rezoning of the Underwoods’ 15-acre parcel.

Blocking expanded off-shore drilling is missed opportunity

I am writing today to express my displeasure with the Senate’s recent blocking of expanded off-shore drilling.

Take care of the people first

Your editorial on the Humane Society, while very well written spurred me to write this letter.

Payson’s rodeo committee made a bad decision

It is not about tradition or the money or bringing people to our little town, it is about doing the right thing.

Concept of public lands becoming a fairy tale

Once upon a time, the Western public lands — places like our national forests and parks — were supported with American tax dollars.

Scary fire season already upon us

Buckle up: The fire season has flared already. Granted, the minor fires that briefly closed Highway 87 this week didn’t amount to much — most likely cigarettes tossed from speeding cars that charred brush and grass along the roadway.

Community Almanac

There will be a sunrise flag-raising ceremony at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day Saturday, May 28. Afterward the cemetery will be opened for visitation.

Blasting set for Highway 260 east of Payson

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of Highway 260, 12 miles east of Star Valley at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2. The roadway will be closed for 45 minutes to provide a safe work zone for crews as they conduct blasting operations on the project.

Lost hikers tracked to remote ranch

Thanks to a personal satellite tracker, two young men were found safe, but cold Tuesday night at a remote Young Ranch.

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Mesa del fire investigated

A quick moving two-alarm fire that consumed a Mesa del Caballo home Sunday morning is under investigation for being highly suspicious, officials say.

Latonis earns pharmacy degree

Sasha Latonis of Payson earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on May 14 during the college’s commencement ceremony on the University’s Atlanta campus.

Payson native wins Fulbright award

Matthew Williams of Payson has won a Fulbright award at Arizona State University to study abroad next year.

MSA gives $4,000 to scholars

The Mogollon Sporting Association awarded the H. Ted Pettet Scholarship to three graduating seniors from Payson High School for a total of $4,000 Tuesday night.

School board unsure what to do with Frontier

The Payson School Board this week grappled inconclusively with the future — including alarming enrollment trends and bewildering options as to what to do with an empty elementary school.

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PHS grads earn scholarships valued at $1.1M

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You’re off to great places. You’re off and away.” Parents, grandparents, friends and teachers crowded together on the bleachers at Payson High School Thursday night to applaud 164 graduates and send them on their way.

Top cowboys came to Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo

Rodeo boss Bill Armstrong is touting the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo a huge hit partly because it attracted some of the PRCA’s finest and most well known cowboys.

A look at the pros and cons of Google Docs

For years, we have all pretty much used Microsoft Word for our word processing needs (or Corel WordPerfect for some of you old-schoolers). But now that the computer market has changed a bit, new options are being brought to the forefront.

Clubs and Organizations

Anyone interested in studying Unity teachings is invited to join the newly forming ministry in the process of affiliation with Unity Worldwide Ministries.

401(k) review and rollover rewarding

Your 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options — so it’s a great tool for building retirement savings.

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Top Brass Honored

More than 170 people attended the 5th Annual Business Awards May 19.

Paysonites put their mettle to the pedal

Cypress Gorry wasn’t the only Payson rider performing well at the Mountain Bike Association-hosted Prescott Punisher race on May 21.

Ex-coach on top again with PMGA

Troy Neal has picked up where he left off last year as the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s ace closest-to-the-pin winner.

Gorry bound for World Cup camp

A love of cycling coupled with exceptional skills and a burning desire have enabled Payson High School student Cypress Gorry to travel the world to compete alongside, and against, some of the sport’s finest.

This Bill Walton can’t play basketball, but he can fish

Payson’s Bill Walton might not be able to play basketball as well as the former UCLA All-American and NBA all-star of the same name, but he sure can fish.

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Geske, Randall win high school bass tourney

A pair of teenagers who have fished together since they were knee-high to a grasshopper hooked up to win the inaugural Open High School Bass Tournament at Roosevelt Lake.

Hellsgate Firefly Auxiliary plans holiday weekend fund-raiser

The big holiday weekend is finally here. Tonto Village is gearing up for a big weekend with many of our summer residents opening up their cabins for the season.

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Pine and Strawberry will be hopping this weekend

The Memorial Day weekend in upon us, traditionally the official beginning of summer.

Remembering longtime Christopher Creek resident

I got this nice letter submitted to me and thought it would be neat to share.

‘American Idol’ wraps up 10th season

This week, the 10th season of Fox Television’s “American Idol” finally comes to an end.

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Lions Club to host ‘Casino Night’ Saturday

The gorgeous early to mid-week calm, warm days are predicted to give way to clear but windy conditions over the weekend.

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Remembering for those who can’t forget

Memorial Day — a time to honor those who defended our freedoms

Al Rusch doesn’t like to remember his days trudging through France to Germany and then to Czechoslovakia.

Wednesday, May 25

Getaway around Rim Country

The Justice McNeeley Foundation was established in 2004 to earn the $8,500 needed to buy Justice, then an engaging, witty 5-year-old who suffered from spinal muscular atrophy, a motorized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

Good 2 Go

There will be four formal programs in Payson for Memorial Day, according to retired Col. Bill Sahno.

Cookbook author to speak, sign books

Barbara Pool Fenzl, author of three cookbooks and host of the PBS Series Savor the Southwest, which is currently airing on Phoenix PBS Channel Eight, will be in Payson to talk about chiles and sign her cookbooks from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St., Suite 102.

Planning and packing for your summer vacation

Planning for your next vacation can be fun and exciting and it starts the juices flowing early.

See the national parks this summer

The National Parks here in the U.S. are our natural treasures and are cared for by the National Park Service. If you have not traveled to places like Bryce, Zion, the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone perhaps you should consider these “wonders” for this summer’s vacation.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 21: A Race to get Home for Christmas

Teacher Angie Mitchell completed her term at Tonto Basin’s first school, and was heading home to Prescott.

Memorial Day

Remembering those who can’t forget

Al Rusch doesn’t like to remember his days trudging through France to Germany and then to Czechoslovakia.

Tuesday, May 24

Memorial Day celebrations planned

When the community gathers at one of the Memorial Day events in the Rim Country this weekend, or at one of the formal programs on Monday, May 30, to remember those who have died, let us also remember those who have survived and carry the memories of the many armed encounters they experienced and the friends they have lost from those times.

From Social Security

If I have a question about my Medicare bill, who should I contact first?

Payson Care Center presents educational series

Over the next few weeks, Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive, is planning a series of educational programs.

Birth month could impact longevity

Recently I attended a lecture on the Secrets to Living to 100 years. The program was sponsored by Sun Health Research Institute’s Center for Health Aging and St. Joseph’s Geriatric Fellowship Program.

AAA promotes safety tools for this Older Americans Month

The oldest of the baby boomer generation has reached retirement age this year, but older Americans will not be retiring from driving any time soon. In fact, by 2030, an estimated one out of every five drivers in the U.S. will be over the age of 65.

Water district gets loan, state OK

The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District has gotten approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to buy the Milk Ranch Well and has also won refinancing of a $6.2 million well.

Bullying poses big problem in Payson

In a text message, a student threatens to break another student’s little pinkie. Across the quad, a student throws a drink into a student’s face while another teen grabs a cell phone, throws it on the ground and steps on it.

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Ag Day celebrates first full year in Gila County

Over the last year, almost 1,000 school children throughout Gila County have participated in the Agriculture Awareness program in Tonto Basin.

Payson lands federal grants to provide summer school

About half of students eligible for two-week session to bolster skills

The Payson Unified School District will offer a two-week summer school session for students in grades kindergarten through eighth, thanks to the last gasp of a federal stimulus grant.

No apples for Payson teachers

The teachers who are scheduled to be laid off at the end of the school year are still hard at work in the classroom, still under contract with the PUSD.

Solution for three problems

It seems these days that we are in dire need of jobs. The Midwest is in urgent need of flood control and the Southwest needs drought control. So why don’t we combine the three?

Thank you, Ed Blair

In explaining the reasoning behind his “No” vote on the rezoning from two acres to one acre for the parcel of land owned by Patrick and Barbara Underwood situated off Tyler Parkway, Councilman Ed Blair summarized eloquently and factually the most pertinent issues regarding the property in question.

One teacher crushes school spirit

The week of May 16 through May 20 was School Spirit Week at one particular elementary school in the Payson Unified School District.

Re-zoning vote wrong and sad

In regards to the mayor and town council for agreeing with the minority in allowing the original zoning to be overturned from two-acre parcels to one-acre parcels, off Tyler Parkway, so that the Underwoods can build more houses — that is just wrong and sad.

Humane Society protects our frayed humanity

God bless the beasts — and the Humane Society.

Community Almanac

An assistant to Senator Jon Kyl will be at the office of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 24 to discuss business issues.

Blasting schedule: Roadwork planned

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260, about 20 miles east of Payson, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. through Thursday of this week.

Food drive gobbles up record

A recent one-day postal food drive broke all local records.

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Mother and daughter fly past the fear

Aero Fair offers chance to spread wings

Standing on a sunlit, breezy runway beside a gleaming, claustrophobic shoebox of an airplane, my 11-year-old daughter turned to me with doubt etched into her face.

Council upholds firing

The Payson Town Council on a split vote last week overruled the recommendation of an independent hearing officer and upheld the firing of a longtime town employee over concerns with e-mail security.

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Homeless teens triumph against odds

Graduation nears for students who persevered despite chaos and carnage

In the summer after fifth-grade, Payson Herring found himself on the streets, living behind dingy car washes and eating stale food out of dumpsters. With both of his parents in jail and no one to look after him, he barely survived.

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Show must go on

Bill Armstrong is standing by his decision to ignore the threat of a highly dangerous horse virus affecting livestock at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo and continue the Spring Rodeo events as scheduled.

Motorcycle run to raise money for great cause

There is a movement occurring in the Rim Country that definitely deserves our unbridled support. It centers on a benefit drive to help 2-year-old Laytin Matthews of Payson.

Coaches name five to All-East

Halenar and Petersen named to first team

Coaches have voted five Lady Longhorns to prestigious All-East teams comprised of the finest softball players from the six-team region.

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Hunting passion fuels volunteers

Hunters often suffer under a bad rap from a non-hunting public that believes they rob the country of precious wildlife.

Bass tournament is an economic boon

Although the FLW EverStart Bass tournament final weigh-in was cancelled due to a snowstorm that struck on Feb. 19, survey results show the event, and a Western Outdoor News (WON) tournament held a week earlier, had a strong economic impact on Payson and Northern Gila County.

Cowboy shrugs off injury

As Gila County’s Youth Development 4H Extension Leader, Lani Hall has witnessed many young cowboys and cowgirls take serious spills and later return to compete on the rodeo circuit.

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Server turns owner at the StrawBeary Bear

Good service, good times, good friends and great mountain views.

Technology gives buyer virtual tour

It is hard to imagine a world today without the Internet, smartphones, GPS and all the other technological devices we rely on

Clubs and Organizations

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Monday, May 23

Blasting scheduled on SR 260 east of Payson

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile segment of State Route 260, about 20 miles east of Payson, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday this week.

Lane restrictions on SR 260 near Christopher Creek this week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close one lane of State Route 260 between Christopher Creek and the turnoff to Woods Canyon Lake from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25. The closures allow maintenance crews to apply oil to the pavement.

Brush fire off Highway 87, south of town

A brush fire is currently burning off the side of Highway 87, 19 miles south of Payson.

Friday, May 20

Police identify burned body in car

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body found inside a burned up vehicle off a forest road April 28 as Paul Nicholas Golovin, 58, of Tempe.

Governor’s niece rescued

Gov. Jan Brewer’s 25-year-old niece was found safe early Thursday morning after spending a frigid night lost in the woods on the Mogollon Rim with a friend.

SV joins Payson campus effort

With Star Valley in on a deal to build a four-year college campus in Payson, ground could break on the half billion dollar project as soon as late December.

Rim Country business leaders honored

A philanthropist with a mile-long résumé, a longtime local business owner and a woman who knows how to get things done, those were among the winners at the fifth annual Rim Country Business Awards held Thursday afternoon.

Payson shuffles budget to open 3rd fire station

Payson will staff its third fire station after all, even if it doesn’t get a federal grant to cover the bulk of the firefighter salaries.

Council rebuffs irate neighbors

After years of struggle, Barbara and Patrick Underwood on Thursday finally convinced the Payson Town Council to let them build an extra five houses on their 15-acre parcel off Tyler Parkway.

Payson Aero Fair features sexy airplanes, $25 flights

Wanna oogle the tail section of “the sexiest airplane ever?” Soar over spectacular scenery with a former spy plane pilot at the controls? Chow down and look up?

Community Almanac

The Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, presented by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, is May 20 and 21 at the Payson Event Center.

Thanks to RCMS leadership class

On behalf of Kaitie’s Closet, LLC, we would like to thank the Rim Country Middle School’s leadership class for hosting a car wash to collect children’s clothing and raise money, helping to make Kaitie’s Closet an even greater success.

Zoning is in place to protect property owner

I guess not everyone knows the facts! First, when the Underwoods acquired the property it was zoned R1-D90 — that’s 90,000 square feet per home. Yes, they agreed to these conditions.

Thanks to Dr. Bender and his staff

I would like to express my deepest thanks to Dr. Bender, his wife, and the staff at Star Valley Veterinary Clinic.

Thanks to Payson Concrete for their help

I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude to the Payson Concrete company for their allowing us to display the new fire wise information trailer at the recent tractor show held in Pine this past weekend.

The 21st century’s ‘belt of freedom and democracy’

Twenty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the reassertion of their independence, Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have been well-described as a “belt of freedom and democracy,” buffering the rest of Europe from Russia.

Questions persist about 3rd station

The Payson Town Council’s decision to staff the third fire station this year despite a still-bleak budget picture raises more questions than it answers.

Some people seem to work very hard at being dumb

A few weeks ago I ended a column by saying “the best learning experience may be the one you never have.”

Spas: Relax and enjoy them safely

While swimming pools in Rim Country are not as prevalent as in the Valley, many families do enjoy having a spa at home as a backyard recreational feature.

Caution advised for deadly equine virus outbreak in Arizona

An outbreak of equine herpes (Rhino EHV-1) spreading rampantly throughout the Southwest has already claimed the life of one horse in Mayer, Ariz. and veterinarians say there is no vaccine for the lethal disease.

School board now hiring teachers

Resignations prompt district to start hiring weeks after layoffs

With the ink on the layoff notices barely dry, the Payson Unified School District has shifted into hiring mode.

Gila County’s redistricting map tool available online

Everyone has a say in how the boundaries for the supervisor and community college districts will be redrawn in Gila County.

Redistricting public input begins in June

Gila County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee is tentatively scheduled to start getting public input on redrawing the boundaries of the supervisor and community college board districts next month.

RV bursts into flames

On Thursday, a man that had just bought a 1982 Winnebago, filled it with 50 gallons of gas and was proudly driving it into his driveway got quite a shock when the RV exploded in flames.

Time Out Tuesdays at Chili’s benefits domestic violence services

The Payson area Chili’s restaurant is offering residents and visitors an opportunity to support the Time Out Shelter.

Rodeo royalty coming to Rim for spring event

Payson’s 2011 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo will host three queens during festivities May 19, 20 and 21. Scheduled to take part in events are Audrey Hall, Miss Rodeo Arizona 2011; Brittney Hamilton, Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona 2011; and Danika Jackson, Miss Turquoise Circuit 2011.

Humane Society mixes fund-raising and fun

The Humane Society of Central Arizona hopes to raise money to save hundreds of dogs, cats and other pets with money donated for a unique fund-raiser.

Field revamp earns honors

For everyone who enjoyed Payson High baseball games this season, it was obvious Longhorn Field had been rejuvenated with some big-time improvements.

McNeeley Foundation to host charity run

The Justice McNeeley Foundation was established in 2004 to earn the $8,500 needed to buy Justice, then an engaging, witty 5-year-old who suffered from spinal muscular atrophy, a motorized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

For Kelley, golf is a way of life

The 16-year-old Payson High sophomore who paced the Longhorns in the Division III “state” tournament was destined to be a golfer. It’s in his genes.

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Baseball team reaps region, state laurels

The post-season plaudits are beginning to roll in for starring members of the Payson High School baseball team.

The British are coming... again

Challenger Sports British Soccer camps debuted in Payson in 2008 and have returned each summer since to provide Rim Country youth a glimpse of what the sport is like in the United Kingdom.

Clubs and Organizations

Anyone interested in studying Unity teachings is invited to join the newly forming ministry in the process of affiliation with Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Keep inflation in mind when investing

As an investor, you’re always aware of the potential effects of market volatility on your portfolio. But you also need to pay attention to another factor that could impact your investments’ return — inflation.

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Shop is ‘locked n loaded’

If Rambo could come off the screen, he probably would shop at Lock N Load gun shop.

Kudos to a kind kiddo for her generous donation

Treasure McNeil just celebrated her birthday and asked for donations for the humane society rather than gifts for herself.

Graduation Briefs

Arizona State University announces that John Charles Jackman is a candidate for the degree of bachelor’s of science in biological sciences with a concentration in genetics, cell and developmental biology.

Payson Center for Success graduation exercise May 20

Seniors enrolled in the Payson Center for Success High School will have a graduation celebration at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20 at the church hall of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 St. Phillips Street, Payson.

What to do if your blog platform goes berserk

The “Blogger Outage of 11” really sent waves through the blogging world. And since most of the people who use the Blogger platform do so for personal use, there was a lot of discussion about what amateur bloggers can do to protect their content, and their time.

Principal’s retirement party a lot of fun

Last Saturday, I had the good fortune to provide entertainment for principal John Ketchem’s retirement party.

Hellsgate awards potluck honored many

The weather is still kind of upside down. Since this column is written on Tuesday, I don’t know if the promised rain has arrived.

Eighth-grade promotion next Wednesday

What winds we have been having! Aside from a challenge to keep clothes on the line, those winds have thoroughly dried out our forests, raising the fire danger to beyond “Extreme.”

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Fire restrictions in effect for White Mountains

With the cooler temperatures and some rain that was forecasted this past week, a respite from fire danger most likely will not make a difference.

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It’s not always about the trout

Empty. All gone. Alas, I am cast back upon my wits. Not good. Not good at all.

Thursday, May 19

Good 2 Go

The Tonto Community Concert Association’s final concert of the 2010-2011 season, featuring the Dallas Brass, will be held in the Payson High School Auditorium Friday, May 13. 

Getaway around Rim Country

Parsons and Connie Webber will also be selling commemorative luminaries for the June 3-4 event.

Annual Spring Rodeo coming next week

The floodgates on summer fun have opened and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo is rushing toward the Rim Country.

Disney cruise ships feature fireworks at sea

It seems as if I can’t pick up a trade publication without seeing an article on the new Disney cruise ship, the Dream.

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Masked Man

Artists open their studios for ’Neath the Rim Tour

The Rim Country abounds with hidden treasures, just waiting to be discovered. Among those hidden treasures are the artists who make their home here, inspired by the endless natural beauty of the area.

Getting to know Barry Goldwater

As Arizona approaches its centennial, it’s a good time to look back on one of its most noteworthy native sons.

Diverticulosis common with age

Will you write about diverticulosis?

American Idol(atry)

The hit television show “American Idol” is rapidly approaching 10 years old.

Summer Vacation Planning

Spring is here and summer is not far off. Have you started to make plans for your vacation?

Go Fish

Fish is both a delicious and nutritious meal option, but one from which home chefs often shy away.

Wednesday, May 18

Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo still on

The Gary Hardt Memorial Spring Rodeo is still taking place at the Payson Event Center Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 19, 20 and 21.

More than 200 contestants expected at spring rodeo

The floodgates on summer fun have opened and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo is rushing toward the Rim Country with more than 200 contestants registered to participate.

Deadly equine virus outbreak in Arizona

An outbreak of equine herpes (Rhino EHV-1) spreading rampantly throughout the southwest has already claimed the life of one horse in Mayer, Ariz. and veterinarians say there is no vaccine for the lethal disease.

Tuesday, May 17

Women jailed after missing appointment

Two women facing sentencing last week in court spent an unexpected night in jail, but not for their crimes.

Parents pushing school to offer creative classes

Advanced learners group lobbies, donates to offer help for bright, creative children

They’ve got ideas. They’ve got passion. They’ve got money. And they’ve got scary bright kids.

Star Valley may save Payson college plan

Once-dueling neighbors now collaborating on key issues

Payson’s ambitious plan to build a college campus in Rim Country now may turn on enlisting the help of neighboring Star Valley.

Missing three-year-old found safe

After seven exhaustive hours, a three-year-old boy who wandered off from camp Friday night was found peacefully sleeping by a log.

Community Almanac

A photographic slide presentation featuring Payson’s historic Rock Building and Julia Randall Elementary School will be presented free of charge at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, and again at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17.

Zoning rule should not be changed

And the debate goes on and on and on for years and years.

Just when you thought you had seen it all

When I moved to Payson from Los Angeles, Calif., I thought I had seen my fair share of poor integrity, but nothing prepared me for what occurred today.

Nothing has changed

Nearly one year ago I submitted a guest editorial in which I faulted the superintendent of PUSD and the board of education.

C.C. Cragin Dam: An example of how to make government work together

The federal government employs over 2.1 million civilian employees. There are hundreds of agencies, and within each agency, there are divisions, departments and sub-groups

Parent activism helps school win award

Too often, we float helplessly downstream — captives of the current. But just about everything remarkable about this country came about as a result of people with the courage to swim upstream — or better yet, build an irrigation canal and put that water to work.

Two-day closure of Black Canyon Lake scheduled May 17,18

A temporary closure is scheduled for Black Canyon Lake and the surrounding area on May 17 through 18, on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Friends of Tonto Bridge honored by state parks

Every year Arizona State Parks honors its volunteers. Individuals and groups are nominated by park employees for their outstanding service. The Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park was given the Best Friend Award for their efforts to keep the park open during the annual Volunteer Venture was held at Catalina State Park in Oro Valley.

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School Briefs

Julia Randall Elementary student council members earned enough money selling Smencils (scented pencils and pens) that they had a United States flag painted on the school’s sidewalk. Students of all grade levels will use the flag for educational purposes. Homer Sanders painted the flag.

DECA students collect donations to help support breast cancer group

presented a check to the Breast Cancer Support Group of Payson.

Culinary students earn many top honors

In the last two months, Payson High School students in the culinary arts program have cooked up tons of awards.

Middle school wins big award

ASU experts recognize RCMS as top rural school in the state when it comes to creative ways to boost student achievement

Rim Country Middle School’s innovative classes and rising test scores make it a model for schools statewide, concluded school reform experts from Arizona State University.

Campfire restrictions to start on Apache-Sitgreaves forests

Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will implement fire restrictions beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, May 20. Due to increasing fire danger, these restrictions are deemed necessary to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public health and safety.

Payson council ponders firing, contentious rezoning

Two potentially controversial zoning cases will reveal the Payson council’s view of the town’s future on Thursday.

Choosing a hospital

You may have read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably read a consumer review or two before buying a new car.

The joys of grandchildren

Grandchildren are one of the great pleasures of life.

Payson Police Department seeks volunteers

The Payson Police Department is seeking volunteers for its Volunteers in Action Program.

Key Blue Ridge bill passes crucial legislative hurdle

Rep. Gosar pushes bill that would prevent ‘bureaucratic wrangling’ from delaying pipeline work

A bill designed to cut through red tape entangling Payson’s Blue Ridge pipeline project last week easily passed out of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power.

Electronics recycling a success

The ADEQ-sponsored Free E-Waste Recycling Event in Payson May 7 had a particularly pleasant bottom line. A total of 20,345 pounds of electronic waste were collected, nearly double the 10,601 pounds collected the first time the event was conducted in Payson in October 2009.

National Night out planned in August by Payson Police

Police are hoping hundreds of Payson residents will gear up to take to the streets after dark during National Night Out Aug. 2, hosting outdoor block parties in their neighborhoods designed to send a message to criminals that people are fed up with crime and are fighting back.

Struggling grandparents can get help from agency

Rising number of retirees raising children in Rim Country can get tips on coping with the system

Many Gila County families face tough times, with chronically high rates of poverty and unemployment.

Fishing report for week of May 16

For the high country, the expected cooling trends can prompt the trout to feed aggressively. Trout, in large part, are more insectivorous.

Recreation Roundup

This tournament is open to adult teams in Coed and Men’s and Women’s divisions.

Kelley leads Horn links effort at state

The Payson Longhorn golf team played its way to an eighth-place finish in a Division III “state” tournament dominated by small, parochial schools.

PHS plans bass tourney on Roosevelt

Last fall, Payson High School counselor Don Heizer hosted an evening meeting to see if there was enough interest among students to form a school bass fishing club.

Horns struggle in mandated format change

The heightened competition of the new Division III configuration, which this year replaced the conference alignment of past seasons, has taken its toll on the Longhorn boys track and field team.

Taylor Pool opens Memorial Day weekend under direction of EVO

Swim lessons at Taylor Pool took on a new look last summer with the highly acclaimed EVO Swim School and its owner David Tait taking over the program.

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No surprise baseball finals

It came as no surprise when Blue Ridge on May 14 whipped Estrella Foothills 8-6 in nine innings to win the 3A conference “state” baseball championship.

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Chilson must play waiting game for ‘state’ laurels

Morgan Chilson will have to wait another year, possibly two, before she can stake claim to a “state,” or Division III sprinting championship.

Friday, May 13

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Nurses dominate at annual graduation celebration

Gila Community College reveled in its biggest graduation ceremony ever, with a flurry of admonitions from the speakers to persevere — and care for others.

Fire restrictions in effect for Payson

Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions being implemented within and around the town of Payson.

Domestic abuse can end in death

Every story of abuse is different. After living in fear for years, Jane’s story ended tragically one warm night in Phoenix.

GCC raising tuition, ending full senior waivers

Facing a $630,000 deficit, the Gila Community College board Tuesday altered the school’s tuition schedule for next fall at the same time requiring senior citizens to start paying partial tuition.

Sales tax dollars on the upswing

Retail sales rise 25 percent, brightening summer prospects after a year in the doldrums

Retail sales picked up sharply in Payson in March and April, a welcome respite from a year in which the region’s economy bumped along the muddy bottom like a hungry catfish.

Hwy. 87 construction will be finished next week

Valley residents and outdoor enthusiasts who flock to the Rim Country to escape the summer temperatures will have a reason to celebrate.

Thanks to Safeway, Bashas’

I would like to give a big thank you to Safeway and Bashas’.

A case for term limits

We keep wondering why our elected politicians do not abide our (their constituents’) wishes after we send them to Congress.

Tonto NRCD event was great for students

We attended the Tonto NRCD Ag Day held recently at the Brown ranch in Tonto Basin.

Changing the rules in the middle of the game

Regarding your article this past Tuesday titled “Neighbors once again protest zone change.” I’m one of those neighbors who is objecting.

Where is the service?

The Forest Service should change their name to “Serving Forest Revenue.” The only service they seem to perform these days is to collect additional fees they pull out of their green hats.

Time to recall Gov. Brewer

Governor Brewer’s veto connected to our hopes for a four-year college in Payson has let us know that the concerns of rural Arizona are not high on her priorities list.

Gila County: reckless and irresponsible

Someone call the sheriff! The Gila County Board of Supervisors has gone missing! We need them back right away — before some idiot burns down the place.

Preserving and protecting Medicare — learning the truth

In the recent weeks there have been many phone calls, letters and constituents that have voiced their opinions on Medicare and different attempts to preserve and protect this program.

Future of American prosperity is in spending cuts

Members of both parties agree that Washington’s present fiscal course is dangerously unsustainable. We’re now borrowing 40 cents for every dollar we spend.

Beneath an ordinary exterior may lie an extraordinary person

As a young man I knew someone who seemed as ordinary as the rest of us, but wasn’t. I had known Fredo for a long time and I thought I knew him well, but one day I happened to mention a name and I saw a part of Fredo that surprised me.

TCCA concert will feature PHS band with Dallas Brass

The Tonto Community Concert Association’s final concert of the 2010-2011 season, featuring the Dallas Brass, will be held Friday, May 13 in the Payson High School auditorium. 

SV creek clearing possible

If Star Valley town council approves the funding, homeowners living on the banks of streambeds could see crews later this year removing debris and sandbars badly choking the creeks.

Humane Society mixes fund-raising and fun on June 4

The Humane Society of Central Arizona hopes to raise money to save hundreds of dogs, cats and other pets with a unique fund-raiser.

Humane Society awards contract for new shelter

Board says scaled-down facilities on McLane Road will protect the animals and please the neighbors

After a five-year odyssey, the Humane Society of Central Arizona has awarded an $800,000 contract to build a new, 7,000-square-foot animal shelter.

Poker ride has record number of participants

Laci Sopeland wants to thank all those volunteers who helped make the Third Annual Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Ride a huge success.

Morris tournament gets new director

The man responsible for founding and directing the Jack Morris Memorial Benefit Golf Tournament is stepping down.

Lady Longhorns set to do battle with the finest in the D-III

Now that the Arizona Interscholastic Association has done away with the conference-region format and replaced it with a division-section configuration, Lady Longhorn track and field members will find much stiffer competition in the season-ending “state” or Division III meet that begins today at Mesa Community College.

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Williams out for pole vault gold at MCC

Payson High’s hopes for a Division III or “state” track and field gold medal might rest with pole-vaulter Keith Williams.

April was great month for PWGA

The PWGA had a fun-filled April to open its 2011 season. The group welcomed three new members to the league this year: Claudia Thompson from Strawberry, Marcy Hewlett from Pine, and Debbie Vincent from Star Valley.

Apps upsets Lobo champ

Tyler Apps pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the prep golf season whipping two-three-time defending region and state champion Kyle Jones in the North/East championship tournament.

Community Almanac

Tour the studios of artists of the Rim Country from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.

Redistricting group wants guidelines modified

Hoping to speed up the redistricting process, the chairman of the Gila County Redistricting Advisory Committee, Roberto Sanchez, is proposing the committee create a couple of study groups.

Fireworks make Rim fire chiefs nervous

Nervous about the threat of devastating wildfires this fire season, a team of fire chiefs, forest managers and a Gila County supervisor met Thursday to discuss fire prevention and preparation.

Celebrating big hearts, good people

Look close around the Rim Country communities and you will find a multitude of big hearts and good people.

Officers identify burned body

A body found in the back of a burning SUV two weeks ago has been identified.

A canine companion makes activities more fun

The weather outside is gorgeous. Now that it’s warming up, people are getting out and about. It’s the perfect time to hook up the boat and go to the lake for some fishing.

Clubs and Organizations

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

Economists predict two more years of slow growth

We’re finally seeing some signs of growth in Arizona, but don’t expect a big bounce in our economy until 2013.

Finding a way to save for retirement and education

The school year is coming to a close, which means that if you have young children, you are now one year closer to college days — and college bills.

Rim Country Tractor show this Saturday

I booted the computer to get my column off to the paper in time and it didn’t do its magic. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

Visitors need to know of fire restrictions

What is going on with this crazy weather? Tuesday morning the temperature was 29 degrees in the Village!

Banking on good people for shore

A couple of weeks ago, there was a Roundup letter to the editor, written by JP Jones, that claimed that Green Valley lake’s shoreline was suffering erosion, cattails were taking over a good portion of the banks and a few other things along the banks needed to be attended to, as well.

E-readers become staple on American landscape

You’ve seen them. They’re all over the place. On the plane, in the bookstores, at the park. E-readers have become a staple in the American landscape.

Interim fire chief likes living in the mountains

The county is going on fire restrictions starting Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m. Also, the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department just posted their new budget.

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Ladies Auxiliary seeing red for troops

The winds and dry conditions have prevailed this week and fire danger has attained “red flag” status. Even with the weather front that passed and increased humidity that was experienced earlier this week, we continue with fire danger as little or no precipitation was gained. A warming trend will continue through our weekend.

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Get ready to travel the studio tour trail

The Rim Country abounds with hidden treasures, just waiting to be discovered. Among those hidden treasures are the artists who make their home here, inspired by the endless natural beauty of the area.

Wednesday, May 11

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SV tickets rejected

Star Valley is 0-3 for photo enforcement appeals.

Tuesday, May 10

Fire risk soars

Alarmed by the effect of a bone-dry spring on the forest, a slew of national forests last week banned campfires and a host of other high-risk activities.

Fun Run draws support

The American Legion Riders Fun Run for the Payson Supply Line fell a little short of its fund-raising goal, but discovered a broader base of community support.

Payson superintendent staying after all

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien won’t be leaving after all — at least for now.

Line of thinking goes against good fiscal sense

Some questions I had about how the town of Payson got in such a financial mess were answered when I read Mayor Evans’ statement in Friday’s Roundup concerning saving money by offering “buyouts and independent contracts to half a dozen top town employees.”

Pine Strawberry residents need to attend PSWID meeting in June

Last January, many people were surprised when they opened their Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) statement for water services rendered in December 2010. Some were surprised that the water rate change that the PSWID Board had voted “effective January 1, 2011” had been applied to the statement for December water service, while others were surprised by the size of the raise in the monthly service charge.

The beginning of a better Arizona

I am extremely pleased with what a productive session we had at the Arizona State Legislature. Passing the first truly balanced budget Arizona has seen in five years is noteworthy in itself, but doing so and completing all of the other critical legislation in 100 days is not something many people would have predicted.

Zone change debate invokes the future

The seemingly unending battle about a plan to turn seven, two-acre lots into 12 roughly one-acre lots raises deep questions about Payson’s future.

Fire danger poses sobering questions

Fire restrictions? Already. That’s scary.

Hard lessons of the session

Senate President Pro Tem Sylvia Allen this year absorbed some rough lessons in the politics of legislative sausage-making that ranged from the power of lobbyists to the caprice of governors.

Protests can’t save RCMS trees

A tall tree’s branches swing over a high voltage power line. Pedestrians hear a strange buzzing sound and then see a flash of flames as the branches dip onto the lines. The whole tree is eventually aflame as 70,000 volts pump through it. The fire finally stops when the electricity grounds, shutting power off thanks to a built-in safety feature.

Gila Community College students: Wearing their art out

It’s taken them hundreds of hours to complete and more than a few sleepless nights worrying if all the pieces would come together. On Thursday, more than a dozen women showed off their custom, wearable art jackets at Gila Community College — albeit some still had a few basted pieces to finish.

Neighbors once again protest zone change

Underwoods struggle to turn 2-acre lots into 1-acre lots

The near-epic struggle of Patrick and Barbara Underwood to win a zone change over the objection of many of their neighbors lurched into yet another dramatic hearing in front of the Payson Town Council last week.

Community Almanac

The Community Presbyterian Church Deacons will have three Community Flea Markets — Saturday, May 14, Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10.

Travel opportunities with the Senior Circle

Rim Country residents looking for an adventure are invited to join the Senior Circle for a great day trip to the new Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Ariz. on June 16th.

Make sure you get the right amount

At Social Security, our goal is to make sure you are paid the correct amount, on time, every month.

You can rely on electronic payments of Social Security benefits

You probably don’t need a reminder that natural disasters lurk around the corner when we least expect it.

County adopts pot dispensary rules

Gila County now has an ordinance in place for regulating the growth and distribution of medical marijuana.

Museum’s ‘Walking in History’ tour will focus on Zane Grey

Summer season events open at the Rim Country Museum at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14 when the Walking in History tours start with the Code of the West Tour.

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Lack of clutch hits spell Horns’ demise at state

A problem that haunted the PHS baseball team all season lifted its ugly head to bite the Longhorns in the rear during a 10-0 state tournament opening round loss to the Florence Gophers.

Benefit poker run raises funds for cancer help

Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Ride organizer Laci Sopeland is calling the third annual benefit an overwhelming success.

Payson pro angler nets third in California fray

Less than a month after winning his first FLW Tour tournament, Payson pro angler Clifford Pirch tacked on a third-place finish to his resume, winning the bronze at an Everstart Series Western Division event on the California Delta.

Williams battles to be best

Payson’s Keith Williams and Daniel Patterson are locked in a ferocious head-to-head duel to determine which of the two high flyers is Division III’s finest pole-vaulter.

Lady Horns’ heartbreaker

Although Santa Cruz defeated Payson 3-2 in the opening round of the 3A state softball tournament, PHS coach Will Dunman is not sure SC was the superior team.

Lady Longhorns prep for state at MCC

The Lady Longhorn track and field team wrapped up the regular season May 6 at the Snowflake Last Chance Invitational and will this week prepare for the Division III championships to be held May 13 and 14 at Mesa Community College.

Friday, May 6

Tickets dwindle, but still profitable

While most cities are grappling with budget cuts, Star Valley is once again cooing over a plump million-dollar reserve.

Payson faces new budget problems

Rising costs, dwindling state support means town probably won’t open third fire station, make loan payments or maintain roads

Payson likely can’t afford to open its new, third fire station, maintain streets or make payments on a loan from the water department the town council tentatively decided at a budget study session on Tuesday.

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Mystery shrouds burned body

Detectives sifting through clues

The case surrounding a body found in a vehicle fire off Highway 87 last week is growing increasingly strange as detectives sort through new clues.

Community Almanac

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a First Friday sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 6. Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be half off.

We need to get our fiscal house in order

I am one of the many retired old turkeys that call the Rim Country home.

Payson students have talent

Growing up within sight of the New York City skyline I’ve seen my share of what Broadway has to offer. What I experienced Saturday night in a small theater on the Payson High School campus was every bit as memorable.

Thanks to the FFA

I am writing to thank the FFA for putting on their first FFA family rodeo. It was really fun and they had lots of things to do for the whole family. They had a dummy roping, petting zoo, barbecue, band and lots of different events for all ages.

Business should not be the deciding factor

I was misquoted in the Roundup article covering the April 25 Forest Service open house for the proposed Fossil Creek management plan.I was misquoted in the Roundup article covering the April 25 Forest Service open house for the proposed Fossil Creek management plan

Educational change needed at Payson Unified School District

I see where our local school superintendent has once again applied for a position in the Valley. If he leaves, could he please take the entire Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board with him?

Governor’s veto could do irreparable harm

Thank you, Gov. Jan Brewer. Your veto of SB 1497 has the potential to do irreparable harm to those wishing to better their communities and those that live in them by offering them higher education in their own town.

The U.S.-Mexico border isn’t ‘more secure than ever’

Despite puzzling proclamations by Obama administration officials that the border is “more secure than ever,” Arizonans know that statement is either untrue or irrelevant. The border is not secure and some problems are getting worse, not better.

East Verde gushes, opportunity beckons

Once again, a gush of opportunity is gushing down the East Verde River.

Being a foreigner can be hard or easy, Part II

Last week I explained why Reykjavik, Iceland, was not my favorite overseas city, it being a contender for Icebox Of The Universe, among other things.

My computer’s been hacked ... now what?

We focus a lot on preventive maintenance in regards to computer security.

No (controversy)-free lunch for council members

The Star Valley council’s penny-pinching ways stretched beyond next year’s budget Tuesday night when one councilor questioned the lunch bill for several other council members.

Honoring all the big and little things that a mother has to do

Dixie Sims knows a thing or two about being a mom. She has four children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also a retired registered nurse.

Get ready to travel the Rim Country studio tour trail

Payson Art League invites the public to this year’s annual ’Neath the Rim studio tours being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. The event is being held at 18 individual studios throughout the towns of Payson and Pine.

Public dumps 62 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs

Northern Gila County residents cleaned out their medicine cabinets of unused and unwanted medication Saturday at the second annual dump the drugs program held in front of Walmart.

Hardt rodeo readies for annual ride

The floodgates on summer fun have opened and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo is rushing toward the Rim Country.

Quilters help celebrate centennial

Centennial celebrations of all shapes, sizes and focus are being planned around Arizona, which will mark 100 years of statehood on Feb. 14, 2012.

Doctorate of Pharmacy

Lauren Bartoli will be awarded a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Friday, May 13, 2011

Wildlife Fair this Saturday at Green Valley Park

A highlight of the spring season for the past 17 years has been the Payson Wildlife Fair. It’s a festive event that draws onlookers, many of them representing the younger set, from around Gila and Coconino counties.

It’s Gophers vs. Horns in first round at ‘state’

Payson handed Florence one of its few defeats in 2011 regular season play

Although Florence opens the state tournament today, May 6, against Payson with a lofty 25-4 record, seemingly more impressive than Payson’s 16-13 mark, the Longhorns actually hold an edge over the higher seeded Gophers.

Lady Longhorns aiming for an upset at Mofford

Can a 12th seeded high school softball team defy the odds in a state tournament and rise up to defeat a highly favored five-seed?

Star sprinter out at Winslow Invite

Illness prohibited Payson High School sophomore Morgan Chilson from traveling to the Winslow Invitational on April 29, but had she gone along, the Lady Longhorn speedster probably would have won at least two gold medals.

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Brown’s versatility lifts Horn track team

High flyin’ Blake Brown continues to be the Payson High School track team’s top all around performer and point producer.

Recreation Roundup

Enjoy this 17th annual cooperative event, presented by the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, and the U.S. Forest Service. Play games, fish, kayak, canoe and get a close-up look at wildlife.

Arizona Elk Society schedules volunteer work project for wildlife

Looking for something to do in the high country of northern Arizona?

Elks benefit golf helps youth in need

The real winners in the annual Arizona Elks Association-hosted “Clothe-a-Child” golf tournaments are the state’s needy children.

Home destroyed, cat killed in trailer fire

A quick moving fire destroyed a travel trailer and killed a cat Tuesday night in a Payson trailer park.

Outdoor recreation props up economy

Outdoor recreation in Arizona produces an estimated 87,000 jobs directly and another 100,000 jobs indirectly and remains especially important in northern Gila County.

Backers working on new plan for Payson campus

ASU still ‘determined’ to educate students in Rim Country

Arizona State University officials say they’re still determined to build a campus in Payson and hope to come up with the latest backup plan within weeks.

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Novice bike rider faces tough trail

On a bright, sunny Easter Sunday, Bret Waldon is leading our pack through a maze of winding singletrack in picturesque Sedona. Waldon, who rode mountain bikes in college, makes quick work of the trail, bobbing under overhanging tree limbs and plunging down steep, red sandstone descents.

Amica Insurance offers tips for bike safety month

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which means more children are outside riding bikes. But this is also the time of year when bicycle-related injuries skyrocket.

‘Munis’ can still work for you — even in tough times

No matter where you live, the chances are good that a state or local government near you may be having some difficulty in balancing its budget.

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Dominion Real Estate honors Payson office

This year at the company’s annual corporate awards ceremony in Scottsdale, Dominion Real Estate Partners honored Maria Cohen, Tad and Bonnie Neal and Susan Slenk with the Highest Agent Increase award for their growth in the Payson office in 2010.

How do moms do all they do?

Mother’s Day is Sunday — the one day of the year set aside to honor the most arguably important person in our lives — the person who carried us for nine months and brought us into this world.

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Getting ready for summer

The annual CCHOA Easter Egg Hunt just got over with last weekend and I’ve got the pictures to prove it!

Fire burning near Mogollon High School

Very dry conditions continue to exist in our area with winds not prevailing.

Watch out for cattle on Control Road

Tonto Village is being taken over by free range cattle. No matter where you look in the Village there is evidence of them everywhere with huge piles of cow patties!

An absolutely delightful time of year

I had occasion to be in Payson each morning this week and got to ride the motorcycle! A little crisp at 8:30 a.m., but absolutely delightful in the early afternoon return to Strawberry.

Clubs and Organizations

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

Adoption Options

All animals are available for adoption for just $25 through the end of May.

Wednesday, May 4

Good 2 Go

The group, Anything Goes, will provide the music and a dinner of beef stroganoff, salad, dinner roll, dessert and a drink will be available for $5 per person.

Get ready to travel the studio tour trail

Payson Art League invites the public to this year’s annual ’Neath the Rim studio tours being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. The event is being held at 18 individual studios throughout the towns of Payson and Pine.

Afternoon Tea

The PAWS in the Park organization is starting a campaign to raise funds to provide non-lethal solutions to prevent over-population by assisting area pet owners with affordable spaying and neutering their pets.

Getaway around Rim Country

The public is invited to the opening reception for the newest member artist at Down the Street Art Gallery, Dennis Weber, who will be demonstrating techniques of his chosen medium — sculpting in paper clay.

Now what?

Now that this world has celebrated the most wonderful day known to man — Resurrection Sunday (also known as Easter Sunday) — one might ask oneself, “Now what?”

Bowling With an Aneurysm

I am a 73-year-old woman. I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I have sonograms regularly. I am in a bowling league.

Why I love cruising

When I was a small child, my parents would take me to the island of Catalina, located just 26 miles from the mainland of California across from Long Beach.

Arizona’s Centennial celebration will be last in U.S. until 2058

Centennial celebrations of all shapes, sizes and focus are being planned around Arizona, which will mark 100 years of statehood on Feb. 14, 2012.

Frontier teacher in Tonto Basin

Chapter 20: A visit with Captain and Mrs. Chaffee

The trip home to Prescott from Tonto Basin was almost as difficult as her trip over the Rim to Tonto Basin four months earlier.

Wildlife Fair

Green Valley Park is place to be Saturday, May 7

Green Valley Park will go wild this week. The jewel of Payson will undergo an amazing transformation on Saturday, May 7, when its sprawling grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and fun outdoor activities.

Tuesday, May 3

Man says he is guilty of looking at topless woman

Although death by circumcision isn’t likely to be on the list of sentencing options for Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill, a 21-year-old Payson man will likely spend at least a year on probation and possibly two years in jail for looking at a topless woman in her home.

New state law sharply limits impact fees

Payson may face major budget problems in coming up with the money for water facilities, parks and police under the terms of a legislative crackdown on impact fees signed into law last week.

No ID on person burned in car

Payson detectives Monday were just unwrapping the protective plastic wrap off a charred vehicle found with a body inside Thursday in a remote canyon, hoping to unravel the mystery of who the person is and how they got there.

Brewer vetoes key ASU-Payson law

Governor’s action will add millions in costs and threaten tight timetable, but mayor vows to ‘make the dream go forward’

Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday vetoed a bill crucial to Payson’s plan to build an Arizona State University campus here.

Community Almanac

The Payson Unified School District will observe a half-day in-service day on Wednesday, May 4.

Attract new businesses, or retain and expand existing ones?

Why do Rim Country communities place more emphasis on attracting new businesses, instead of retaining and expanding existing businesses?

Forest fees keep many away for public lands

We are writing this letter in protest of the proposed recreation fees and restrictions that have been proposed for the Tonto National Forest in Gila County.

Teenagers in school need help

Although I am relatively new to being a full-time resident here in Payson, I have been coming up here since the mid ’60s.

Man provided great inspiration

My broken heart is filled with joy this morning as I ponder what David Wilkerson must be seeing. David Wilkerson was killed in a terrible automobile accident Wednesday afternoon, April 27. His faith is now sight!

Clueless governor casts foolish veto

Gov. Jan Brewer displayed a shocking indifference to the plight of students, voters and rural communities this week by her inexplicable veto of SB 1497 — a key element in the plan to build a four-year college campus in Payson.

Blue Ridge water gushes down East Verde River

Reservoir full to the brim, but will drop 80 feet by the falls as 12,000 acre-feet rush down river

The Salt River Project opened the valves on the Blue Ridge pipeline this week, sending a gush of water rushing down the East Verde.

Payson again seeks bill to help pipeline

Once more into the breach — dear friends.

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Going to the dogs

Award-winning doghouse teaches building trades class lessons in creativity, teamwork and design

Max Daris’ eye lingered on the discarded, slatted shipping pallet. Something clicked.

Rim Country to take part in day of prayer

Six National Day of Prayer observances will be held in Rim Country again this year. 

Electronic waste recycling event is Saturday

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials will hold an electronics waste recycling event Saturday morning, May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Town of Payson Event Center.

P-S School science fair winners named

Among hundreds of students competing at the fifth annual Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair, six Pine Strawberry School students took home awards with two garnering first-place honors.

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FFA Fun Day benefits Payson High program

The inaugural Future Farmers of America Fun Day and Rodeo turned into a down-home, toe-tapping good time for both contestants and spectators.

Paysonites celebrate royal wedding

Millions of people around the world viewed the April 29 royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton held in London.

Time to honor moms

This is your day to rest and to dream ... the children are angels, or that’s so they seem ... In a small way, a great debt we’ll repay, to you dearest mother, for this is your day.

Star Valley council to discuss town hall expansion plans and get budget update

Thanks to a fat surplus and a $100,000 federal grant, Star Valley plans to remodel an overcrowded town hall.

Dr. Lowe’s trial to start in November

A Payson doctor accused of taking advantage of his position to manipulate a dying woman into giving his family her estate will face a jury trial starting Nov. 1.

Golf tourney to benefit Little League set

Payson Little League is hosting its annual benefit golf tournament on May 21 at Payson Golf Course.

Winds doom Longhorn golf team’s opening day at Show Low

It was Mother Nature rather than golf teams playing games when 13 teams from around the state traveled April 29 near Show Low for the White Mountain Invitational.It was Mother Nature rather than golf teams playing games when 13 teams from around the state traveled April 29 near Show Low for the White Mountain Invitational.

Lady Horns open state vs. Santa Cruz team

The Lady Longhorns’ season-long goal of reaching the state tournament has been realized.

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Longhorns set for state vs. Florence Gophers

Say hello to state, goodbye to the East Region season-ending tournament.

Duo lead PMGA charge

Phil Wagner and Alex Armenta dominated play in the Payson Men’s Golf Association individual low net and low gross formatted tournament held April 27 at Payson Golf Course.

Foreclosure numbers in 2011 leveling off

It is no secret that from 2005 to 2009 we moved from a seller’s to a buyer’s market.

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Gila County jobless rate falls but remains high

Tourism leads the way as jobless rate falls to 9.3 percent statewide, 10.9 percent in Gila County

Arizona’s unemployment rate in March fell to 9.3 percent, led by a sharp rise in jobs in the tourism sector.

Clubs and Organizations

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

Monday, May 2

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Arizona Department of Transportation Rim Country Construction Updates

What to expect the week of May 2:

Crews will continue logging operations and removal of timber to accommodate the highway improvements the week of May 2.