Friday, August 31
South County will remain in firm control of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, with the surprising third-place finish of Ronnie McDaniel for a four-year seat on the board. A former judge, law enforcement officer and Star Valley resident, McDaniel placed third in a race that hinged on low turnout in the north. The vote split geographically, but Globe’s turnout was more than double Payson's. No Republicans ran for the District 3 supervisorial seat, so the position will likely go to Globe businessman John Marcanti of Globe. Marcanti won 512 votes or 37 percent; Marvin Mull Jr. of San Carlos, had 481 ballots cast for him (35 percent); and McDaniel had 384 or 28 percent of the vote.
No campaign got more politically charged in the primary than the county attorney’s race. For three terms, Republican incumbent Daisy Flores ran unopposed.
Gila County faced one of its most wide-open, high-stakes primary seasons in decades on Tuesday, but Northern Gila County voters mostly stayed home. With the board of supervisors, county attorney and sheriff’s offices up for grabs, turnout in the north ranged from 10 to 24 percent in most precincts. In the south, about a third of voters cast a ballot. The turnout differential proved decisive in a host of races that North County advocates had hoped would finally end South County’s long monopoly on political power.
Retired undersheriff Adam Shepherd’s smashing victory in the race to replace retiring Sheriff John Armer revealed the depth of north-south differences among Gila County voters. Running as a Republican, Shepherd wracked up such big margins in north-county precincts that he handily defeated former deputy Darrell Stubbs, who won most of the precincts in the south and Tonto Basin. Both candidates campaigned aggressively in both the north and south, but Shepherd came out on top, capturing 3,671 votes, 60 percent of those from Payson/Star Valley residents. Stubbs got 2,107 votes, only 42 percent of those from Payson.
Bruised, thirsty and desperate, a 57-year-old murder suspect surrendered to officers quietly Wednesday afternoon, it was the weary conclusion to dramatic events that started with a mysterious murder, a lucky break, an 80-mile, high-speed chase, barely averted head-on collisions, a shoot-out with officers and a flight into the desert. After five days in the desert north of Roosevelt Lake, Gabriel “Gabby” Jaramillo gladly drank from officers’ water bottles when they finally caught up with him. Gila County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tim Scott, who oversaw a command center at the lake, said he was somewhat surprised at Jaramillo’s sudden surrender, “but on the other hand, he had been out there almost five days with no fresh drinking water.” An alert boater who Jaramillo approached on the shores of the lake tipped officers to his presence.
The Star Valley Town Council has reconfigured its Rainy Day Fund and waived repayment of a loan used to help buy the water company serving the town. The council opted to use $600,000 of the $1.2 million in the Rainy Day Fund to purchase the $775,000 water company in December 2011. Since then, the council members have debated whether to repay the fund.
Rim residents are invited to meet the Democrats’ candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jon Kyl’s retirement. Richard Carmona will have a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Oxbow, located on Historic West Main Street.
Well, at least we shouldn’t have to listen to people complaining about local government for the next four years. Obviously, Rim Country residents have no problem at all with the police, taxes, property assessments, distribution of county resources or government spending. Just one big happy family of perfectly contented folks. What else shall we conclude from the paltry turnout in the just-concluded primary election? In most North County precincts, turnout for critical races like Ronnie McDaniel’s apparently doomed effort to restore political balance to the board of supervisors drew just 10 percent of the eligible voters.
All that glitters is not gold. Romney bragged nobody has asked for his birth certificate. Maybe not, but many have asked for his low-rate tax records to prove that he has paid his own way to become the opposing presidential nominee and financially supported the country that gave him a silver spoon at birth.
Speaking of “murky thinking” (Roundup, Aug. 17), if “the kind of individual who carries out these atrocities has no fear of personal harm or even death,” as claimed by Noble Collins, why did the Aurora theater shooter prepare for his spree killing by spending over $2,000 for neck-to-ankle Kevlar armor, a Kevlar helmet, and a gas mask?
I would like to thank the Roundup for the publicity and splendid coverage it gave to the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast.” I’d also like to thank all the parents and grandparents who encouraged their children to audition and backed them in doing the show. And what a fun show it was! It was great to see so many people come together in such a short time — not only the actors and crew, but the sponsors as well.
Block the Vote and still claim to be among God’s elite? These same aliens, their spirits must be enemies from afar, or they would reach out to their friends across the aisle, to seek solutions, not to stir up more trouble. To plead with them let’s be fair is wasted breath? Please, let’s don’t give tax breaks for the rich at the expense of the low income workers. That is the problem, not the solution.
I am writing to you on behalf of Payson Community Kids and would like to let you know about an upcoming opportunity to partner with PCK and support the in-need children in our community. PCK is a non-profit organization that has been serving Payson for 14 years and is currently helping more than 100 children and their families with food, school supplies, and after-school activities. Every Thursday we hold a Kids Group where we offer games, crafts, educational activities, and a free dinner for the kids. The dinner is possible through our Feed the Kids Campaign.
It’s time the president and the U.S. Congress stop raiding the Social Security Trust Fund and pay what you owe Mr. President. How can you steal this money from our Social Security Trust Fund and ask for our vote? We are the middle class and seniors in this country. Please explain that to me and others who are interested exactly what government does for us.
The primaries for the one state senator and two state representatives who will represent Rim Country passed with hardly a ripple. But watch out for the general election, when three Democrats and three Republicans will face off in a district so completely redrawn that no one has the clear advantage of incumbency. Moreover, although Republicans have the edge in state legislative District 4, registration numbers give the three Democrats a fighting chance. The state senate contest will match two legislative incumbents, thrown into transformed districts by the redistricting process. In the Nov. 4 contest for the single state senate seat, state Rep. Tom Chabin (D-Flagstaff) will face off against Rep. Chester Crandell (R-Heber).
Rep. Paul Gosar smashed State Sen. Ron Gould in a bid for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 4, which will represent Northern Gila County. Gosar represented all of Gila County before redistricting split the county in two. But Gosar moved to Prescott to run in a redrawn, overwhelmingly Republican district that includes Rim Country, Prescott, the Verde Valley and most of western Arizona – from Yuma to the Utah border.
Gila County recorder incumbent Sadie Jo Tomerlin handily defeated Republican challenger Max Feezor in the entirely civil race that offered a rare chance for a North County resident to win a countywide office. Meanwhile, assessor candidate Deborah Hughes beat out her opponents in the Republican primary on Tuesday, setting up a general election face-off with longtime Democratic incumbent Dale Hom. Feezor’s closely watched challenge turned largely on an alarmingly low turnout in North County, where most precincts attracted only about 12 percent of the registered voters compared to more like 30 percent in Globe. North County has a majority of the population and pays 70 percent of the taxes, but nearly all the county officials come from Globe. Tomerlin, who had previously run as a Democrat, received 40 percent more of the votes than Feezor.
The question of a recount of the votes given John Marcanti and Marvin Mull Jr. in the District 3 supervisor race is still up in the air. There are still early and provisional ballots to be counted, said Linda Eastlick, director of the Gila County elections office. She said early ballots delivered after the Friday before the election and Election Day are not counted until after all other ballots are tallied. Some people deliver their early ballots to their polling place the day of the election, she said.
Gila County Treasurer Deborah Savage faced no opposition in the Democratic primary, but will face a challenge in the general election from Payson resident Don Ascoli, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Chairman of the Gila County Republican Party, Ascoli says the longtime incumbent doesn’t do enough to communicate with voters about the county’s investing strategy and tax rates.
The battle for the U.S. Senate race pivoted to a high-stakes general election matchup this year in the face of Congressman Jeff Flake’s slaughter of challenger Wil Cardon in the Republican primary. The unopposed Democratic nominee, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, wasted no time opening the general election campaign, with a meet-and-greet session slated during a swing through Payson on Sunday, Sept. 2. Flake racked up 69 percent of the Republican vote in Gila County, compared to 23 percent for Cardon, a Mesa businessman and investor who poured more than $7.5 million into his own campaign.
Demolition Derby adding locals-only lawn mower race
Nelson Beck has added a new wrinkle to the Northern Gila County Fair’s 8th Annual Demolition Derby.
The Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department and the Firebelles wanted to remind everyone they are having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Josh Reid takes a 232.65 average to finals; finishes 1st
Rim Country Lanes Director of Operations Josh Reid shined in two weekend bowling showdowns.
Recently I spoke about the importance of identification tags and microchips for your pets.
A great “Breakfast for a Buck” is available at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway.
On a recent trip to the Valley, I decided to throw caution to the wind.
Today is the last day of August, where did the summer go?
What do Oreo Cookies and my good friend, Harry Sarre, have in common?
I know you’ve run the across the same news articles I have, the ones that sound so very, very sad, that just drip with sorrow.
There are fans and boosters who remain certain the Payson Longhorn football team (1-0) will run roughshod over Camp Verde (0-1) this evening.
The 2012 Payson Volleyball Invitational will be the largest in history, with 24 teams, but whether it will be the best ever remains to be seen.
Former Payson High School football and baseball standout Cade Howell has died at 33 years of age.
Wednesday, August 29
Police have apprehended Gabriel Jaramillo at Roosevelt Lake, ending a four-day manhunt, authorities said.
Payson may be an art friendly town, but it has never been big on murals.
The Rim Country will have only one homegrown representative on the Gila County Board of Supervisors for another four years.
Time for Rim Country gardeners to reap rewards
August comes to a close this week and Rim gardens are going great thanks to the moisture-heavy air of monsoon season.
Chapter 2 — The Apache Trail
It is always fun to take visitors on tours of the Rim Country, pointing out the sights and telling the stories.
Christmas and New Year’s are a long way off, but if this is a time when you choose to travel, you should start making arrangements now.
The Bourne Legacy
For action fans like me, this film is a great treat.
The Payson Woofers Society – PAWS – will hold a Labor Day Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in front of the Payson Safeway.
Come out to the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 for a concert of New Orleans-style jazz and a CD release party with Dr Jass & the Heartbeats.
Farm & Market Dinner benefit Sept. 22
The 2012 Farm & Market Dinner to benefit Pine Strawberry Pine Fuel Reduction Inc. is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fossil Creek Creamery, 10379 W. Fossil Creek Rd., Strawberry.
I just learned that my niece has basal cell cancer on her scalp. The doctor told her not to worry. Her mother is concerned. I’d never heard of it. Is this something to worry about?
Tuesday, August 28
There were quite a few upsets in Tuesday's primary.
Arizona Football Coaches Association (AzFBCA) members had the opportunity to vent their frustrations with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) at the organization’s August executive board meeting held in Phoenix.
Violent crime down despite department operating 20 percent below its authorized strength
Still one lieutenant and four officers short of full staffing, Payson police officers no longer have much time for routine patrols and traffic details, said Police Chief Don Engler.
Scroll down to see photo gallery with 21 precinct maps
One of the most consequential Rim Country primaries in years has finally come gusting into town like a monsoon storm, with new rules, misprinted voter ID cards, voter confusion — and a host of high-stakes campaigns.
White Mountain man on foot with a gun in Tonto Basin as manhunt widens
After a high-speed chase and shoot-out Saturday, police are still looking for a White Mountain man around the northeast end of Roosevelt Lake. The man is wanted in connection with a murder in Eagar.
This weekend’s 2012 Kenny Davis Southwest Indian Rodeo Association Regional Finals brought a big group of contestants to the Payson Event Center arena for a first-ever event town officials hope will become a regular fixture of summer.
The Mogollon Health Alliance received more than $250,000 from the 2012 USDA Distance Learning and Telecommunication Grant to aid schools with online learning by giving local high schools cutting-edge technology.
Despite small rise in rates overall, $3 million drop in assessed values could produce lower tax bills
The value of property in Gila County has decreased almost $3 million in the last year.
Sudden Death, Clay Gernimo; Year End, JR Chino
I have known Darrell Stubbs for more than 30 years and have seen him through multiple issues including the death of his son and a motor vehicle accident that hurt his wife.
It is with great interest that I have been following the race for sheriff of Gila County and the letters to the media by supporters of various candidates.
I am a 25-year veteran of law enforcement with service in the Chandler Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Miami Police Department, Gila County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
I am weary of the volume of mailings, robo calls and television ads endorsing candidates in our primary election.
Am I the only one who doesn’t get the science of cowboy hats?
First I would like to thank Pete Aleshire for writing an article about our Democratic primary for U.S. House and spending a line or two establishing who I am as a person and a candidate.
The August breeze, full of portent, wafted across the Longhorns’ football field Friday night during the first game of the season.
The Rim Country arts community last weekend demonstrated support for building a university campus in Payson through “The Art Walk at The Rim.”
If you are pondering a career in real estate, now may be the time to make the leap.
Gila County remains mired in a downturn that stubbornly refuses to turn around, with unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent — a full 2.3 percent above nearby Maricopa County.
Time for gardeners to reap tasty rewards
Thanks to the moisture-heavy air of monsoon season, gardeners are harvesting the rewards of their summer labors left and right.
Game and Fish, Fish and Wildlife to hold public hearing Wednesday in Camp Verde
The Arizona Department of Game and Fish in September will use a fish-killing poison to kill non-native bass that have invaded about 2.6 miles of Fossil Creek — perhaps the premier native fish refuge in the state.
Recently the directors for the Missoula Children’s Theatre came to Payson Elementary to teach the first-grade students in Mrs. Ormand’s and Mrs. Beery’s classes about theatre makeup.
The popular Shoot for the Heart programs will resume with a discussion on elk in Rim Country at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, Building A, Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road.
A Payson swimmer is one step closer to his Olympic goal after medaling five times at the Junior Olympics in Houston.
The Lady Longhorn volleyball team begins pursuit of post-season honors today, Tuesday, against a Snowflake Lobo team that over the past decade has been one of Payson’s fiercest rivals.
Mesa Mountain View boys basketball coach Gary Ernst is no stranger in the Rim Country, mostly because he maintains a part-time home in Payson,.
Longhorns upset favored Chino Valley team 52-28 with high-octane attack
There were soothsayers who scoffed at first-year Payson High School football coach Jake Swartwood when he confidently declared in pre-season he was going to do away with the Longhorns’ power option grind-it-out offense .
Roger Poole is saying goodbye to the Payson Men’s Golf Association after more than 25 years of membership.
This fall league offers youth another opportunity to further their soccer skills playing in a fun and safe environment. Ages 4 to 6th-graders.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse search and rescue unit was recently given a specially trained search dog worth about $12,000.
Monday, August 27
The search for a White Mountain man wanted in conjunction with a homicide continues after a massive manhunt near Roosevelt Lake Sunday turned up nothing.
Friday, August 24
Let me begin by thanking you for going to the lengths you are to inform and engage voters this election season and doing your part to “get out the vote.”
Labor Day is coming up. It is a day that honors hard-working men and women across the United States. As an investor, you’d like to think that all your investments are working hard, too — including the ones that are producing income.
When the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in Tempe certified Ricci Saliba in massage therapy last year, she never expected she would own her own practice so soon.
Kristy Dillon has joined the staff at Backstreet Salon, at 203 W. Bonita St.
After snapping more than a 100 pictures Wednesday night, amateur photographer Jack Quinn finally captured this clear shot of a dozen brilliant hummingbirds feeding at a dish off his back porch.
Six years after shaking his baby to death, a Payson man pleaded guilty recently to manslaughter faced with new accusations he had abused another child.
The direct intervention of Arizona State University President Michael Crow in the long-stalled negotiations over building a 6,000-student university campus in Payson has revived faltering hopes for a deal.
Political ad challenges county attorney’s handling of three deaths
Two unsolved murder cases and a slew of allegations have heated things up in both the Gila County attorney and sheriff races.
Turnout better than expected say officials after investing $150,000 in football camp
Arizona State University’s new athletic director, Steve Patterson, hasn’t been around long enough to reminisce over the former training days at Camp Tontozona. He doesn’t have any stories about legendary coach Frank Kush.
Surprising study of rare raptor raises questions about forest thinning
No doubt about it: The federal government wants the Northern Goshawk to survive. So every national forest in the West wrote into its forest plan detailed rules to protect critical habitat the bird- and rodent-hunting raptors need to survive.
Aug. 28 agenda includes possible new hire at middle school
After parents repeatedly asked the Payson School Board to reinstate a counselor position to Rim Country Middle School, the board will consider approving the idea at its Aug. 28 meeting.
I’ve spent this last year seeking out and developing relationships with numerous groups including the Border Sheriffs and the Legacy Foundation.
Mac Feezor is a Payson resident running for Gila County recorder on the Republican ticket.
In a running discussion in the Letters to the Editor section of the Roundup, there have been several letters relating to “Why is Adam Shepherd being trashed for changing from Democrat to Republican?”
I am writing you in response to the front page article of the Roundup two weeks ago where all the sheriff candidates’ records and past performance while with the sheriff’s office were printed.
I was rather shocked at the letter from Dr. Phon Sutton.
I am writing in response to William De La Torre and Susan K. Imperatrice’s open letters, both referencing the Tim Salazar case.
Gary Austin believes “Flat sales tax fair” (Roundup, Aug. 21).
This is a notice to all veterans in the Payson area regarding emergency care.
We’re drawn to playing God. We like the way it looks on us. We love that little rush of omnipotence. Alas. In truth, we’re not qualified for the job.
Cost aside, board dreams of all-day kindergarten, no sports fees, bonuses and pay raises for teachers
Payson School Board members took a deep breath last week and revealed their heart’s desires — regardless of the price tag.
The fall sports season at Payson High School begins tonight. The Longhorn football team plays at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 on its home field, hosting Chino Valley.
New addition to field a testament to family
A very special addition to Longhorn Stadium will be unveiled at Friday’s season-opening game against Chino Valley.
Rim Country Lanes will be hosting some of the area’s and state’s best bowlers in two tournaments this weekend. First, is an Amateur Bowling Tournament, which is the largest Amateur Bowlers Tour series in the West.
One thing is obvious about the 2012 Payson High School girls soccer team — they respect their coach, Amy Wilcox.
Two Rim Country Junior/ Young Riders recently competed in the Arizona Dressage Association Show, Dressage in the Pines in Flagstaff.
With the team’s top five girls — Erin Hussman, Abby Greenleaf, McKalya McCrary, McKinzie Mann and Storm Alexander — Ball believes the Longhorns could win the state championship.
Hello again, fellow Creekers. Timberrrrr! Over the weekend at the Grey Hackle Lodge we had a big tree come crashing down in the early morning.
What a downpour Tonto Village had on Monday afternoon. In the span of about half an hour, the rain was measured at about an inch.
Summer is coming to an end, and so is your chance to win some great prizes.
“Do unto others as you would have them to unto you.” — God “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” — Your mom (and mine)
More than once, life has taught me a valuable lesson:
When adopting a dog, one choice you’ll need to make is whether to adopt a puppy, an adolescent, or an adult.
The Northern Gila County Genealogical Library has reopened following a summer break. Hours of operation are Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 23
The Gila County recorder’s office — generally a boring office no one thinks about, especially around election time. But not this year.
Flake, Cardon dominate race with struggle to win title of ‘most conservative’ candidate
Only in an Arizona Republican primary could you base a campaign on the assertion that Rep. Jeff Flake isn’t conservative enough.
For the first time in years, incumbent members of the Northern Gila County Sanitary District face spirited opposition.
Nine candidates jostling for three seats on the board
Nine Rim Country School board candidates have collected all necessary signatures, had their nomination papers notarized and turned everything into the Gila County Superintendent’s office.
Don Ascoli decided to run for Gila County Treasurer after sitting in a Board of Supervisor’s meeting in 2011 as the supervisors voted on the tax rates for the year.
Richard Carmona hopes bitter Republican primary will give him an opening with voters in the general election
Like a race horse hugging the rail and hanging back, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona hopes to win Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat in spite of the long odds.
Two Republicans vie in August primary to challenge longtime Democratic incumbent in the November general election
For nearly a quarter of a century, voters have quietly re-elected incumbent Dale Hom to the Gila County assessor’s office.
Incumbent faces primary battle in redrawn district
Did Rep. Paul Gosar betray his conservative principles when he followed the urgings of House Republican leaders and voted to raise the debt ceiling?
Don Quixote had it better. Sure, he tilted windmills with a tin pot on his head in a hopeless quest for glory. But at least he had a horse and a trusted sidekick.
Three of the eight candidates seeking election to the Gila County Board of Supervisors will be on the sidelines until after the primary. Their races will be decided in November.
Unofficially, voters will have nine measures to decide in November’s general election in addition to selecting the men and women they wish to represent them at the national, state and local levels and fill a variety of public service offices.
The Republican primary contest for the Gila County Attorney’s post pits a veteran prosecutor against a challenger who maintains that the incumbent has been “soft on crime.”
Several vigorous primary battles to determine lineup for November general election
All three seats on the Gila County Board of Supervisors are open targets this election season.
The primaries for the state senate seat representing Rim Country qualified as boring – with one candidate from each party in the running.
Van Buskirk, Jones disagree sharply with Republican rivals, only rarely with each other
Democratic candidates for the job of Gila County Sheriff Ray Van Buskirk and Craig Jones have taken nearly opposite policy viewpoints over their Republican challengers Darrell Stubbs and Adam Shepherd – but disagree with one another about very little.
Four years ago, Darrell Stubbs, then a Democrat, retired from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and set his sights on taking his boss’ job.
Republicans and Democrats each recruited an uncontested slate of candidates for the dramatically redrawn state House District 6, which includes all of Rim Country.
Home values fall, as property taxes rise. You call the sheriff and no one shows up for an hour. The Arizona Legislature balances its budget — but cuts $2 billion from schools. Residents of northern Gila County pay 70 percent of the taxes, but must drive to Globe to get basic services.
Wednesday, August 22
As a former all-region and all-state Longhorn football player, Dr. Eric Anderson knows the value of properly fitting protective gear to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries. That’s one of the reasons the Anderson Dental Group annually foots the bill to provide custom-made mouthguards to all Payson High School football players.
Tuesday, August 21
Joe Mendoza has been named the Building Official of the Year for 2011-2012 by the State of Arizona Building Officials Organization (AZBO).
They strap themselves to the backs of 2,000-pound beasts, their only safety net a braided rope securing one hand, a few inches of padding and a guy running around in a clown suit telling bad jokes.
More than 5,000 Sun Devil fans pulled out their camp chairs and got a front-row seat Saturday for the return of Arizona State University to Camp Tontozona after five long years.
The contractor who won the biggest forest thinning contract in history says he’s lining up investors, drawing up plans and will start cutting the first 5,000 acres of a 300,000-acre contract early next year.
Crowds drawn to the Rodeo Parade savor history, patriotism and joys of rodeo day in a small town
Horseback riders, clowns, politicians and saloon girls entertained a large crowd at the Payson Rodeo Parade, transporting onlookers into the past — fitting for an event that celebrated Arizona’s Centennial.
Envisioned as supplemental income for impoverished retirees, Social Security and Medicare have now become the lifeline for most seniors.
Rim Country Middle School will have a Meet the Teacher Night and Dinner Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Are we ready yet to acknowledge we need a middle school counselor?
Rarely is a candidate more qualified than Mac Feezor is for county recorder.
I have known Sadie Jo Tomerlin for several years.
Gila County sheriff candidate Darrell Stubbs ran a half-page campaign advertisement in the Payson Roundup and several other Gila County newspapers during the past week identifying the Southwest Border Sheriffs Association and Border Narcotics Intelligence as supporting and endorsing him for sheriff.
Many years ago, I attended a class in American Government by Law.
The nonstop debate about who gets taxed what is a colossal waste of time.
Elections are decided mostly by how many people don’t bother to exercise that most precious right, obtained at such great price, over so many years.
Despite a sold out crowd at Saturday’s rodeo, things on the streets remained calm. The Payson Police Department reported making no DUI arrests and only two rodeo-related disturbances.
The Northern Gila County Sanitary District will have its $1.15 million headworks facility completed within the next few weeks. The district administration and staff are waiting for training on the new equipment and a “shakedown” run.
On occasion, we have had buyers who want to occupy a home they are purchasing prior to the close of escrow or sellers who want to remain in the home past the close of escrow.
Report: Arizona could lose 49,000 jobs if federal budget cuts take effect
Arizona could lose more than 49,000 jobs if automatic federal budget cuts are allowed to take effect in January, according to a recently released report.
Russ Morris dominated Payson Men’s Golf Association tournament play on Aug. 8, finishing first in the low net competition and pocketing closest to the pin prize money on two holes.
The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino has partnered with the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association to host the 2012 Kenny Davis Regional Finals Rodeo at the Payson Event Center Saturday, Aug. 25. Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Longhorn football team has a preseason scrimmage with Snowflake under its belt and is now gearing up for the regular season opener Friday, Aug. 24. The varsity will host Chino Valley; game time is at 7 p.m. at Longhorn Field.
Jason Amon, a saddle bronc rider, was one of a handful of Rim Country entries in this weekend’s rodeo and the only one in that group to come out with some money.
Do you have a GPS (Global Positioning System) in your vehicle? Recently we went with our daughter and son-in-law to visit family in Southern California, accompanied by Beatrice, their GPS, who never missed a turn in the nearly 800-mile round trip.
Tonto Rim Search and Rescue got some unexpected training this weekend when it was called out to search for a missing Star Valley man. But after four hours of fruitless searching early Saturday morning, the man turned up at a local motel unscathed.
Students discover prize steers are sometimes like a ‘1,200-pound 2-year-old’
Colton Jackson’s Angus steer, Mater, likes to kick him. “They’re a lot of fun, but you start hating them when they kick you,” he said.
Biologists seeking answer to mysterious failure of productive bald eagle nest demonstrates the narrow path back from extinction
After three consecutive years of failing to fledge its young bald eagles, an important Arizona nest site is back to adding to the growth of the state’s bald eagle population with two nestlings surviving to fledge on their own.
The Time Out, Inc. Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month (Aug. 21) at the office of Kevin Dick Investments at 715 S. Beeline Highway, Ste. A. Volunteers are always needed. For more information, please call (928) 472-8007.
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents play in Payson
For two hours, Rim Country theatre goers laughed, sang and shouted along with the 63 children who performed “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast.”
Monday, August 20
The Paper and Metal Scrappers Store, located in the Sawmill Crossing Shopping center, holds a group of different but dedicated scrappers hostage once a month on Saturday morning.
Sunday, August 19
The Gila County Public Works Departmentwill be burning brush piles on Monday, August 20th at 7:00 a.m. the Buckhead Landfill.
Saturday, August 18
Thursday’s Women’s Rodeo kicks off week of dances, bull riding, calf roping, plus a parade
More than $50,000 in cash and prizes, between 160 and 200 athletes, more than 200 head of livestock, plus a few tons of feed for the animals — add it up and it’s no wonder Payson’s World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo is one of the community’s biggest events.
Friday, August 17
Blaze near Roosevelt sends smoke drifting through Rim Country
Two major fires continued to burn in Rim Country on Thursday, sending smoke drifting throughout the region and inflicting a renewed fire season on weary firefighters.
Assault on teacher illustrates risks of coping with kids with emotional disabilities
Special education teachers and aides work long hours, at low rates and in some of the most volatile educational environments. Not surprisingly, turnover is high.
RCMS suffers another ‘D’ in state rankings as scores remain below state, national averages
No Child Left Behind, the Florida reforms, Common Core Standards, Arizona school grading system — a never-ending parade of reforms and measurement systems designed to show the public children are getting an adequate education.
Wide-eyed, Bobby, 9 years old and wearing a tattered Arizona State University football jersey, positioned himself on the Camp Tontozona sidelines where he had an up close and personal look at the Sun Devils as they conducted preseason training for the first time in years.
Officers closed southbound Highway 87 for an hour Wednesday night after a vehicle rolled just south of town.
Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is still enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. New students are also being accepted.
I have known Darrell Stubbs for more than 20 years, worked with him and beside him.
Recent news reports indicate that the Blue Ridge project to expand Payson’s water supply will cost $34 million.
This responds to your story about the unfunded mandate forced on Payson by the Arizona Legislature that requires the city to increase benefits for police officers.
I may have Special K for breakfast.
I am not acquainted with anyone with the name Holli.
The tremendous amount of political activity in play for the Aug. 28 primary election is exciting and is a portent of the importance of this upcoming election.
It is true that the AK 47 assault rifle is not the best for hunting, it is also true that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to hunt.
For a president who states he wants “transparency” he doesn’t even know what the word means.
Females comprise approximately 50 percent of our population in Arizona.
Seniors we need to be alert. Bad things are about to happen:
I have spent the last 12 years of my professional life devoted to improving the Gila County Sheriff’s Office into the agency it is today with staff dedicated to serve and protect our communities.
It happens one day, seemingly out of the blue. You’re driving along in a car you thought was running just fine and might just go on indefinately when suddenly black smoke pours out of the tailpipe.
Long-haul cyclists tackle challenges with random acts of kindness
A group of bike riders made life a little brighter for local non-profits last week.
63 Rim Country kids stage weekend shows in one week
The Missoula Children’s Theatre blew into town last weekend to cast, rehearse, build and produce a play in one week.
Only the Republican candidates for Gila County recorder attended a Payson Tea Party debate last week to wrangle over how the vital but often inconspicuous office can improve customer service — and use the Internet to quickly post vital records online.
Organizers say there are only a few more days for parents to sign up their daughters for the “Girls on the Run” program this fall.
Wait, wait, until the light finds you
Photo journalists must look always for that elusive image, light and luck caught in the frozen click of a shutter before it vanishes like a shadow on a cloudy day.
The high school gym project might be complete soon — or not. The old gym had years of renovations and built-on rooms that constantly threw the builders for a loop, delaying completion of the roof project.
Group that endorsed Stubbs investigated for activities in Pinal County
A group that has endorsed a local candidate for sheriff is now being investigated by the Gila County Attorney’s Office for potential campaign finance violations in Pinal County.
The highly popular Shoot for the Heart seminars begin their third year at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, with a presentation on “Elk of the Rim Country and Rim Country Fruit Cobbler.”
Most striking about the Arizona State University football team’s first practice at Camp Tontozona since 2007 was the presence of legendary coach Frank Kush and the speed, quickness and hustle the players showed in drills and brief scrimmages.
If the element of surprise is a distinct advantage in high school football, the Payson Longhorns, under first-year coach Jake Swartwood, should be able to ambush opponents this season.
The Payson High School volleyball schedule might be one of the most demanding in school history with the team playing as many as three consecutive games on two occasions and being on the road for six straight matches in mid-September.
The pets featured below are just some of the many wonderful animals currently available for adoption from the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Through the month of August, all cats and kittens are just $25; all dogs and puppies are only $45.
Camp Tontozona will be active again. What great news! The ASU football team, the Sun Devils, will be holding practice sessions and a scrimmage this week.
As always, on the third weekend of August (which is this weekend), Payson will again hold its August Doin’s — highlighted by the 128th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.
Wasn’t it beautiful at the Mountain Daze Festival last weekend? I find beauty in the coldest or rainiest day, but there’s something about browsing artwork or hiking the Arizona Trail or fishing the Verde River in sandals on a warm summer day that is unbeatable.
I’ll tell you what, Johnny. Never take a young man of 14 who loves reading, but whose knowledge of the world is limited to the way it transpires within the pages of a book, and put him in an isolated, live-in workplace filled with college girls.
Rim Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will meet 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at Tiny’s Restaurant. A film of Revolutionary War history will be shown.
Wednesday, August 15
Fire fighters from the Pine Fire Department emerge from the Sportsman's Chalet in Strawberry after putting out a kitchen grease fire.
Above average temperatures and shifting winds from passing thunderstorms contributed to the Mistake Peak Fire growing to approximately 4,000 acres today.
Tuesday, August 14
Cop’s persistence prompts woman who was beaten, chained, strangled to file charges
From the first time Payson Police Detective Mike McAnerny heard the woman’s halting and inconsistent explanation for her black eyes, battered face and broken hand, he suspected she had suffered one of the most common violent crimes in Rim Country — a nearly lethal attack inflicted by someone she loved.
Too much lightning, not enough rain
Lightning strikes have sparked fires throughout the Tonto National Forest in the face of the retreat of the August monsoon and a sweltering heatwave.
Traps come up empty, campgrounds reopened
The U.S. Forest Service has reopened most of the areas closed this spring after a rare string of bear attacks. Months of effort to trap or track more bears in the area yielded a puzzling dearth of bruins.
Police arrested a middle school student Monday morning for reportedly punching a teacher.
The Arizona State University Sun Devil football team travels today, Tuesday, through Payson on its journey to Camp Tontozona near Kohl’s Ranch.
Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is still enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. New students are also being accepted.
I was so happy to read the letter to the editor by Cliff Potts in Tuesday’s Roundup.
I have sure heard a lot of promises from Darrell Stubbs in his second attempt to run for sheriff.
“I’ve paid lots of taxes, plenty of taxes,” or something very similar has been a news clip from Mr. Romney.
Whenever someone writes about a controversial issue they always run the risk of being misunderstood.
My wife and I had breakfast this morning at one of the older established restaurants in Payson.
I have noticed in the past Roundups we are having some great (?) discussions on policies.
Genetically engineered sweet corn from Monsanto is headed for Walmart store shelves.
Jim Muhr is at it again. He doesn’t get the point of my letter printed in the Payson Roundup on July 31. I’ll repeat it here, but first I’d like to address some of the latest accusations from him printed on Aug. 10.
In a few weeks we as a community and nation have the opportunity to vote for the man or woman we think is most qualified to fill political offices at city, county, state and national levels.
The Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park want to thank everyone involved in making the Taste at the Bridge 2012 event successful! With more than 180 people at the event on Aug. 4, it shows the support of the community.
That’s Betty Lou and the Country Beast, PHS auditorium, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18, 6:30 p.m. We’ll have professional children’s theatre right here in Payson, with the Missoula Children’s Theatre — and your help.
The Citizens Awareness Committee (CAC) recently attempted to hold three primary debates among the candidates vying for the county supervisor and congressional positions.
This week, we all have a chance to return to a simpler time when the greatest challenge was man versus beast.
Easy enough to despair. Easy enough to shrug. Easy enough to give up the fight. What can one person do — with the tide rushing out and the storm drawing nigh?
David Cook is one of two Republican challengers hoping to unseat incumbent District 2 Supervisor Mike Pastor, a Democrat. “I am running for Gila County Supervisor in District 2 because I love our county and the people in it.
Bitter battle for congressional seat dominated by debate about role of outside group
The fiercely contested Republican primary in the district that includes Rim Country has lurched into allegations that an out-of-state, ultra-conservative Super PAC is trying to “buy” the seat with a distorted advertising blitz.
Studies predict warming trend will make recent drought look like a wet period by century’s end
A month of monsoon has done wonders for Rim Country forests despite small fires sparked by lightning strikes, but those blessed months of near-normal rain may become a fond memory, according to a just-published study.
Seasonal Hotshot firefighters will be able to buy into the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the same program that offers health insurance to federal full-time employees, the White House announced Tuesday.
Despite the heat, Nancy Guyon cheerfully pitched in to help the Central Arizona Board of Realtors at its Change for Change benefit Saturday night at the Oxbow to raise funds for the Rim Country Education Foundation.
Abandoned expansion cut death rates by 6.1 percent study concludes
Arizona’s 2001 expansion of Medicaid coverage resulted in lower death rates in the state, according to a study of several states that links increased coverage to fewer deaths and overall better health.
The sunflowers reached for the sky. The budding green pumpkins hung heavily from their stalks. The pea pods hid while the tomatoes flaunted their red skins.
Full-service veterans clinic here stalled, but talks continue
Advocates for Rim Country veterans continue to push for a Veteran’s Administration Clinic in Payson, hoping to save local veterans the aggravation of a drive to Prescott for many basic services.
If you’re somewhat familiar with investing, you may know that the Roth IRA is a great retirement-savings vehicle. But are you aware that some of its benefits can also pay off for the next generation of your family?
Faeries, Bears, and Baby Quilts (FBBQ) opened its doors for business last month under co-owners Sharon Chanley and BJ Mish, who also runs Pine Quilts.
Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Manager John Stanton’s hope is for throngs of locals to turn out at about 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, to give a huge Rim Country welcome to the Arizona State University football team.
The Payson Longhorn football team’s season-opening scrimmage against Snowflake previously slated for 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 and been rescheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16.
Clifford Pirch’s bid to win the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup championships came up short, but he did manage a 25th place finish competing against the top 46 professional anglers in the world including four former Cup champions and three FLW Tour Angler of the Year title holders.
Emily Giarrizzo, 12, and her mother, Chris, are singing Sharon Strople’s praises for encouraging Payson youth to compete in a year-round competitive swimming program despite the lack of facilities in the Rim Country.
The sport of rodeo often pays big time financial rewards. For evidence, look to Ted Meredith Memorial Roping high money winners Pedro Erurrola and Steven Guaona.
As temperatures picked up in July, so did league play for the Payson Women’s Golf Association. It was a busy month, with the Flag Tournament, the Eclectic, and the start of the Medallion Tournament.
Friday, August 10
The federal government will provide more than $5 million to build three bridges and a low water crossing in northern Gila County beginning in the fall of 2013.
If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know about the importance of ID tags. Having identification and contact information securely attached to your pet’s collar makes it much more likely that you’ll get your family member back if something should happen and your animal gets away.
The Star Valley Town Council will continue to stash its cash. “Probably the most important issue a council can decide is what to spend its money on and how much money it should have,” Town Manager Tim Grier told the council.
The dunk tank was part of Payson Care Center’s fund-raising events to raise money for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 22 at Green Valley Park. When Christy VanderMolen, Payson Care Center Health Care Services Liaison, took department heads to task to raise funds, they eagerly jumped at the opportunity.
The Central Arizona Board of Realtors (CABOR) invites the public to a Rim Country Change for Change benefit bash at the Oxbow Saloon at 607 W. Main St. in Payson to help bring a new university campus to Payson.
The deadline for submitting nominations for induction into the 2013 Arizona Farming & Ranching Hall of Fame is Sept. 1. Forms are available by contacting Carole DeCosmo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (623) 695-9614.
The sighting of a recently hatched condor chick in a nest cave deep in the Grand Canyon has boosted to 77 the flock of endangered giant scavengers in northern Arizona.
Supervisor, manager rebut complaints of north-south inequities
Gila County gets about 69 percent of its revenue from its northern communities, but does north county get its money’s worth?
I have been a resident of Payson since 1995. When I first came to town from San Diego, I was quite dismayed at the lack of recycling opportunities in our town.
Holli and Noble Collins proclaim “Rational debate on gun control elusive” (Aug. 7 Roundup).
I am responding to Evelyn Wilkerson’s letter to the editor in the Tuesday, July 31 Payson Roundup in which she states that the “Tea Party president should keep personal opinions to self.”
I have been sincerely asking acquaintances who happen to be a party to the Republicans, what makes them so devoted to their cause?
Lots of folks think that the Founding Fathers and the Revolutionary War heroes in Valley Forge secured our liberties, centuries ago. Not true. Not true at all.
The 128th August Doin’s Parade will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. on Historic Main Street.
Council approves $243,000 contract to make sure someone oversees $1.1 million contracts already awarded
Faced with the demands of a major engineering project, the Payson council awarded the local engineering firm Tetra Tech a $10,000-a-week contract to keep tabs on the contractors building the Blue Ridge pipeline.
Republican senate front-runner hits Payson hot on the trail of challenger
Republican U.S. Senate front-runner Jeff Flake fielded friendly questions at a party meet-and-greet in Payson, although the sharp criticisms of his chief competitor were still ringing in the ears of Rim Country listeners.
Stubbs, Van Buskirk accumulate reprimands
Personnel records reveal a sometimes-rocky past for Republican Gila County sheriff candidate Darrell Stubbs.
Identity of northern Gila County dispensary lottery winner still secret
No one knows for sure where a dispensary will open in Payson, but one thing is clear — if you have a medical marijuana identification card in Gila County, you won’t be prosecuted.
All a parent wants to know about their child’s school is this: Does the school do a good job? Will my child learn what they need to succeed in life?
Reports say man claiming police brutality had high blood alcohol count and violently resisted arrest
Police reports obtained by the Roundup contradict a man’s claim that officers used excessive force when they arrested him late last year.
It’s no secret in the Rim Country that former Paradise Valley High School basketball coach Bill Farrell, now of Payson, is known for his sense of humor.
Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s time for another installment of get to know your neighbor. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Ashley Lewis and Brecken Lewis.
Clifford Pirch only Arizona angler to qualify for ‘World Series of Bass Fishing’
Payson professional fisherman Clifford Pirch, once a Payson Roundup columnist, was one of 46 of the nation’s top anglers who began yesterday, Thursday, competing for the sport’s biggest prize and the most coveted piece of metal in bass fishing.
Former Scottsdale Coronado basketball coach Herb Sherman is now basking in one of his finest athletic outings since his 1971-72 Dons team finished 29-9 and fourth in the state.
In the late summer of every leap year, I find myself in sports heaven. For two straight weeks in late July and early August, I wake up, turn on NBC and sit like a zombie in front of the boob-tube until the station’s double-digit hours of Olympic coverage is done for the day.
The Cougars and Payson Pinecones played their way to first-place finishes in the Town of Payson-hosted 3-on-3 basketball tournament played Aug. 11 in Julia Randall Elementary School gymnasium.
celebrating her birthday today.
United by a common passion for baseball, a group of teenagers representing Winslow, Holbrook, Cottonwood and Payson played their way this season to a USSA No. 1 ranking in the 14-years-and-under age division.
This weekend, Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, come enjoy crafts, an antique car and tractor show, food booths and kids’ activities at the third annual Mountain Daze festival in Pine.
If you wanna enjoy politics, you gotta have the right attitude. Think of it as an episode of “American Gladiator” — or maybe “Survivor,” where we get to vote them off the island.
Wednesday, August 8
What can you tell me about hypothyroidism?
This year’s Champagne in the Garden will benefit the Animal Welfare Fund, a non-profit organization that provides humane shelter to animals in need after disasters, and strives to eliminate cruelty to all animals.
Firing Pin Enterprizes, Inc. presents the 10th Annual Payson Gun and Knife Show Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Tonto Apache Gymnasium.
Events around area give residents, visitors a chance to show, share passion for Rim Country
Rim residents and visitors have a chance to show their support and share their passions for programs and events throughout the area in the coming weeks.
Let’s take a look back at when a chamber of commerce was formed in Rim Country, as well as the circumstances that led to its need.
Love cooking on the grill, but want to do more than basic burgers and the same-old barbecue chicken? Try cooking up some delicious grilled dishes with great tasting, all-natural Mrs. Dash® — you might be surprised how easy it is to add big flavor, without adding salt to your grilling favorites.
Twice each year, major cruise lines reposition some of their ships. You have lines that position ships from Caribbean service to Alaska for the summer period and then reposition them back to the Caribbean for winter service.
The Watch - Interesting premise, but film falls short
This two saw blade movie gives the audience no reason to plunk down the admission money. You may safely skip the details if you like and go on with your life.
The theater directors and the students of both the high school and junior high drama programs are working to bring Missoula Children’s Theater to Payson in this month.
Tuesday, August 7
Grudge match spawns splash of good-humored controversy
It was a boat race of Olympic proportions. On one side, the Payson Police Department lashed water coolers to half a dozen two-by-fours to create a catamaran of sorts.
Council irritated by new law that forces increase in workman’s compensation costs
An irritated Payson Town Council reluctantly approved an emergency ordinance to comply with a new state law that will increase payments for any workmen’s compensation claims filed by police officers.
Wil Cardon attacks Jeff Flake in two marathon sessions
Republican Senate candidate Wil Cardon’s campaign pit stop Thursday turned into a marathon question-and-answer session, first at a Republican meet-and-greet then at a Payson Tea Party session. The unflappable Mesa businessman demonstrated a genial appetite for questions and bragged on both his business background and his lack of political experience, asserting that only 15 U.S. Senators have been in business.
It seems a nothing place, just a road off of a road. But drive down that well-maintained lane off of Highway 87/260 and it opens onto a little piece of paradise — the Tonto Natural Bridge.
Three seats on the board of directors for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District are up for election in November. LaRon Garrett, Guy Pfister and Patrick Underwood currently hold the seats.
Detectives are looking for anyone that may have witnessed Wednesday’s rollover that killed a 7-year-girl south of Payson.
Last week, Payson Police Chief Don Engler received an emotional plea for help from a woman via e-mail. Turns out it was all a scam.
What police initially thought was an attempted child abduction is turning out to be more of a misunderstanding. Last week, a mother told Tonto Apache Police that a man had tried to pick up her 8-year-old son after he got off the school bus.
U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake, who is in a hotly contested primary race with Wil Cardon, will appear at a Meet and Greet at the Payson Republican Club Headquarters, 616 S. Beeline Highway, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
With the recent surge in Independent voter registrations in Gila County, I’ve become cautiously optimistic that our county can help steer our Legislature toward a more moderate and progressive posture in the next legislative session.
It was nice to read through to the end of the Sun Devil coverage in the Friday, Aug. 3 Roundup.
I have been bombarded with negative ads from Congressman Gosar’s opponent, Ron Gould, stating that Congressman Gosar has voted to fund ACORN, voted for Obamacare, voted to increase the debt, etc. Well let’s look at the facts.
I have heard Darrell Stubbs speak at several meetings that he is running for Gila County sheriff on a platform of: “As the county’s top law enforcement official, I will take back our county!”
In a recently published letter to the editor, the writer claimed that if Gabby Gifford and her entourage had been armed, they would never have been attacked.
“Friends show their love in times of trouble.” Euripides
About 200 Rim Country residents on Saturday demonstrated that they’re not just fair weather friends of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Working families are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty in Arizona, but our leaders in Washington have failed to solve the problem.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about class and income. Perhaps no one has talked about the issue more than President Obama.
The famed Missoula Children’s Theatre Company (MCT) will come to Payson the week of Aug. 13 to find cast members for its version of Betty Lou and the Country Beast. Longhorn Theatre, will co-produce this theatre event.
Have you recently received a pension buyout offer? If so, you need to decide if you should take the buyout, which could provide you with a potentially large lump sum, or continue accepting your regular pension payments for the rest of your life.
Suddenlink recently increased speeds for residential Internet services in Payson, at no added charge. Suddenlink services with download speeds of 1.5, 10 and 20 Megabits per second (Mbps) have been increased to 3, 15 and 30 Mbps, respectively.
AARP Arizona will host two community conversations, a morning and afternoon session, in Payson on Thursday, Aug. 16 on health and retirement security.
The month of August has no official holidays. It is a quiet month, some may even say dull, but August has its own charm. After the excitement of July, the pace slows down (until the rodeo comes to town in Payson).
Already excitement is in the air because the Fire on the Rim mountain bike race will return on Sept. 15. “Last year most of the registration happened the day of the race,” said Steve Morken, race organizer and owner of THAT Brewery & Pub in Pine. “This year we already have as many registrants as raced last year.”
Payson firefighter of the year a mentor
Jason Tutay never dreamed of being a firefighter. In fact, he wanted to be a cop. A lucky break and a helpful mentor led him to the firehouse a dozen years ago.
Elks members and guests are welcome to enjoy lunch at the Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Friday dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday dinner from noon to 5 p.m.
With two of three Western Outdoor News (WON) Little Angler bass tournaments turning into successes, organizers are praising the inaugural programs as fun ways to introduce children to the sport of fishing.
2012 volleyball team edges out veterans
The Fifth Annual Lady Longhorn Alumni Volleyball Tournament turned into a barnburner in which four teams, including a current PHS squad, battled for bragging rights as Payson’s best.
The Arizona Women’s Professional Rodeo Association-hosted Open 4D Barrel Races held Aug. 4 at the Payson Event Center gave some of the finest competitors from around the state the opportunity to test their skills against one another.
Football coach focuses on building good attitudes
First-year Payson High School football coach Jake Swartwood’s focus during last week’s gridiron practices, the first of the preseason, was on developing good attitudes in the about 70 prospective players who turned out.
Payson High School’s annual Powder Puff football game will be played 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, on PHS field. The game will pit a team of seniors and freshmen against an opponent of sophomore and juniors.
Monday, August 6
Detectives are looking for anyone that may have witnessed Wednesday’s rollover that killed a 7-year-girl south of Payson.
Friday, August 3
We all have options. Whether they are exactly what we want or not, we have them. The Humane Society of Central Arizona has wonderful options for you when it comes to adopting a new companion.
Homeless man with fake bomb robs Payson credit union
Police arrested a transient Wednesday afternoon who allegedly held up a local credit union with a simulated homemade bomb. Although the package contained just wires, metal pieces and duct tape, it gave employees quite a fright.
Daughter of assault suspect fleeing police dies in highway rollover
A 7-year-old Payson girl died Wednesday at the end of a tragic chain of events that started with her father’s alleged assault on a woman and ended with a rollover accident on a deadly stretch of Highway 87, police said.
High School jumps, but middle school stumbles in ratings
The latest state grades for schools statewide brought tears and cheers to Payson, where Payson High School’s ranking jumped to an “A” and Rim Country Middle School got another “D.”
Kaitie’s Closet is once again looking for clothing, shoes and donations for area school children. The demand is greater than ever this year, so please help us help the children here in Rim Country.
Seems it started in the ’60s, we let shrinks start calling evil by some other name that they invented to explain why they thought people did horrible things.
Michele Nelson, Roundup staff reporter, stated our problem in Gila County and Arizona, and America with her article “Christian comes home” in Tuesdays Roundup.
Mac Feezor is running for Gila County recorder — and there couldn’t be a better match in the world! He is a meticulous detail-oriented person.
Another old-timer has passed on. Hazel Dudley Owens, age 93, passed away in Weed, Calif. on July 26 with her son and family at her side.
We can’t tell whether to be reassured or frightened by the state’s latest attempt to grade our schools. The whole thing makes us feel like a bipolar schizophrenic.
Abortion, taxes, deficits spur furious debate — baffling contradictions
My. My. Allegations, fulminations, denegations. All of a sudden, every elected official you ever heard of has been putting out press releases, standing on principle and lacerating the opposition.
Challenger wants better services for northern Gila County
One Democrat and one Republican are running for the office of Gila County treasurer, making the Aug. 28 primary easy, but the Nov. 4 general election a real contest.
While listening to the radio recently, the owner of a painting company in Chicago lamented how the housing debacle had left his business in the doldrums and he had been forced to lay off 12 of his 15 employees.
As housing prices plummeted and residents found ways to cut costs, opening a jewelry store and trying to convince them to buy a $75,000 diamond ring four years ago was a gamble.
Maybe the hot Dutch-oven biscuits lured the crowds or maybe folks just care about Rim Country history. Either way, people packed the house last weekend for the History and Biscuits program at the Payson LDS church.
The Payson School Board opened its Monday meeting to the public to solicit comments on board goals, but wound up hosting an impromptu candidate forum.
No oars. No waterproof material. No nautical touches. Firefighters and police are busy creating makeshift rafts for a heated race in a good cause at the Aug. 4 National Night Out kickoff event.
When Chinese officials trying to decide whether to build a solar cell assembly plant in Payson showed up to look around, they were impressed to find Payson Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis eager to conduct the tour — in Mandarin.
What’s well trained, under-utilized and can save Payson and Star Valley money at the same time? Sounds like a trick question — but there’s a simple answer: A building inspector.
It was difficult to type in August so soon. It seems as if the summer has flown by much too quickly. I have not gone fishing as much as I have wanted or gone somewhere I have not been to, but wait ... that’s not true.
Mother Nature certainly has a way of evening things out, doesn’t she? Through the beginning of July our Rim Country had been as dry as a bone and I was beginning to wonder if monsoon season would ever get here.
The Payson Niners held their month-end 9-hole best-ball scramble and luncheon on July 26 at Payson Golf Course.
Brady Ellison brings home silver medal in team archery competition
As a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Rim Country Middle School in 2002, Brady Ellison’s dream was to compete in archery in the Olympics. At the time, his mother, Julie, believed as lofty as it sounded, the Olympics was an attainable goal, “He does have a natural talent for the sport.”
Last week we talked about how much pure chance affects what we learn as we pass through life. I find it a fascinating subject, perhaps because I discovered early in life that I am a person who is able to change.
Art Malone, one of small-town Arizona’s greatest-ever football players, died July 27 at 64 years of age. Malone distinguished himself as a star running back at Arizona State University and later with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, but it was his exploits as a prep star at then Class 3A Eloy Santa Cruz High School, at which many continue to marvel.
Tontozona showcases Rim Country
The heat-weary desert dweller wheeled his high-dollar SUV into the Camp Tontozona parking lot, anxious to spend a few precious hours watching his beloved Sun Devil football team prepare for the upcoming season.
Fans encouraged to cheer entourage on its way to Camp Tontozona
The Arizona State University Sun Devil football team, itching to turn a stay at Camp Tontozona into a to a bowl game invitation, will receive a big-time high-country welcome when it passes through Payson on its way to the scenic mountain retreat.
Applications are now being accepted by the Eastern Arizona Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for projects that can be funded under the Title II authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act recently extended through 2013. Successful applicants receive funding on a reimbursement basis.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) on Aug. 10 will join forces with Bike & Build volunteers to complete A Brush with Kindness project at Payson’s Time Out Shelter, as well as several other projects around town.
The Payson Town Council recently approved spending $41,000 to get a nice, new, $250,000 all-weather guidance system at the Payson Regional Airport.
Hello again, fellow Creekers. We have had some great storms in Christopher Creek this summer season with lots of rain here recently.
Crown Jesse Smith king of the Payson Men’s Golf Association. He became ruler July 25 by winning A flight, first-place honors in the three-week Club Championship tournament at Payson Golf Course.
The landscapes of Pine and Strawberry take your breath away, but it is the people who are awe-inspiring — people like Roger and Carol Fornoff, who work with the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation in the Meals-On-Wheels program and volunteer at the Pine Thrift Store.
Seems like just about every elected official and candidate in Arizona went into rhetorical hyper drive last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the politically pivotal Affordable Healthcare Act, with one major reservation that may cast a long political shadow in Arizona. Chief Justice Roberts surprised many of the pundits when he upheld the linchpin requirement that everyone must buy health insurance or face fines.
Good question, isn’t it? What made you, you? It is no doubt true that we inherit traits through our genes which are a large part of who we are, but I can’t help feeling that a lot of what makes us uniquely us comes through experiences strewn by chance across life’s path.
Strange theory reveals secrets of the universe, the logic of sycamore leaves and why even smart people struggle with new ideas
I finally got Drake Larson together with both sycamore leaves and Payson Mayor Kenny Evans. Moreover, I have been entrusted with a formula that may win me an invitation to Oslo if Drake gets a Nobel Prize.
Thursday, August 2
Police have surrounded Arizona State Credit Union after a man robbed the bank just before 12:30 p.m.
Horse-drawn litter helps distressed hiker
Local search and rescue groups put an inventive, horse-based hauling technique to test this weekend to rescue an injured hiker in the recently re-opened Fossil Creek.
Pair of Republicans face off in primary in hopes of becoming new county assessor
With a swooning real estate market and rising property tax rates, Gila County Assessor Don Hom faces one of the few election challenges in his 24-year reign.
Mechanical failures, not sabotage, blamed for loss of two pumps that drained system
Booster pump mechanical failures at Milk Ranch No.1 well and the Strawberry Hollow Filter Building caused the severe, June 18-23 water service outages in Pine and Strawberry, officials revealed on Saturday.
Reportedly groped 12-year-old who was staying at friend’s house
A 39-year-old Payson man faces child molestation charges after allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old in her sleep earlier this month.
Sorry, guys, you just ain’t a real college. That’s the latest face-slap delivered by the Arizona Community College Presidents Council, whose members have lobbied consistently to make sure Gila Community College doesn’t get its fair share of state funding.
Wednesday, August 1
Matthew Bridges an 1800th century psalmist and musician has written a famous musical composition focusing on Christ and crowning Him King. Since Bridges, many additional psalmists and musicians have added other stanzas to this hymn. This spiritual anthem enfolds the glorious yet holy mystery of God and His continual interactive commitment to His covenant promise to mankind.
You’ve written about the DASH diet in the past. The directions for it are quite general. Can you provide an itemized list of what is good and what is bad to eat?
Is your family tired of eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Not sure if trying a new recipe fits into your busy schedule? It’s easier than you think to break out of the usual routine, especially when you have these quick, kid-friendly recipes that bring a taste of the tropics to your meals.
A dash through Sedona thunderstorms reveals the dark side of vortexes
A clap of thunder and a flash of light sent two-dozen frightened people scurrying down Cathedral Rock. A monsoonal cell had formed overhead, interrupting a peaceful, meditative hike on one of the area’s most popular picture spots.
The Dark Knight Rises
If you haven’t been to the flickers yet this year, this is the one to see. This is the first genuine five saw blade film of 2012. That match made in movie heaven between actor Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan that we know well from the two previous Batman films in this series continues and improves in the final episode.
Come join members of the Community Presbyterian Church on First Friday, Aug. 3 for dessert, coffee and music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pastor Chuck Proudfoot will be making his infamous “Black Beast” dessert — a chocolate lovers’ delight. Community Presbyterian Church is at 800 W. Main St.
The Friends of the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will present “A Taste at the Bridge” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. This early evening setting will present the Tonto Natural Bridge at its finest, as well as western art by local artists, wine, light finger food, music, raffles and door prizes.
Chapter 1 – Places have names
Driving south out of Payson on Highway 87 my imagination goes into overdrive. Each place we pass brings to mind stories of people and events: Ox Bow Hill, the Sam Haught and Chilson ranches, Rye Creek, Deer Creek, Mazatzal Mountains, Sunflower.
For many years I have wanted to re-visit the Canadian Rockies. I had been there twice in the past, each time traveling by train from Vancouver. The train ride itself is wonderful moving through the beautiful Rockies in the luxury of the Canadian, which has today been completely renovated.
Payson’s Fifth Annual National Night Out Family Fun Day will be from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at Green Valley Park. National Night Out will be observed around the community from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7.