Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

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Bee Line Halloween Surprise Breakfast

Never assume today will be another yesterday; you know, the same thing will happen today that took place yesterday.Never assume today will be another yesterday; you know, the same thing will happen today that took place yesterday.

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Armer, Havey honored by Coast Guard Auxiliary

Sheriff supported Roosevelt patrols

For the past 10 years, the Gila County Sheriff’s Roosevelt Lake Patrol has hosted a fish fry to celebrate the end of summer and thank the various agencies that work through the the busy summer months.

CASA of Gila County seeks volunteers

On Oct. 27 communities across Arizona participated in “Make a Difference Day,” the nation’s largest day of community service.

Arizona pediatricians offer healthy Halloween ideas

Payson parents might fret over Halloween when they discover that more than 25 percent of Arizona’s youth might have trouble fitting into their costume. Trick or treating should frighten the adults who watch over them.

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Group working to manage feral cat levels

In five years, a female cat and its offspring can produce a family tree of more than 11,000 cats, which is why Rim Country Friends of Ferals (RCFF) has worked to help manage the problem of feral cats.

Tuesday, October 30

Payson man facing murder charges

Gasoa faces judge Nov. 19 in death of his daughter in rollover accident as he fled from police

A man facing second-degree murder for the death of his daughter in an August rollover car accident will appear in court next month.

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Longhorns now playoff bound

Football, band, soccer, cross country and volleyball all now gird for postseason

Fall prep sports seasons kick off in the Dog Days of August with teenagers sweating through demanding two-a-days and dreaming their hard work will ultimately lead to every young athlete’s dream — an invitation to play in a state tournament.

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Mostly muddle

Legislative hopefuls explain campus positions

Rim Country voters at a legislative debate on Saturday finally got a chance to grill lawmakers on why Payson has gotten so little help with its effort to build a university campus through a public/private partnership that could spawn an urgently needed state college system.

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Domestic violence on the rise, so marchers rally

Police chief leads wobbly pack of men in high heels determined to dramatize the need for men to take a stand

The title on the stack of papers near the event’s entrance read, “Helpful hints for walking in heels.” No. 1: Stand tall, poised, with shoulders back.

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Domestic violence on the rise

Payson reports 138 percent jump in just four years, with repeated calls to same addresses

While most crimes have decreased steadily in recent years, domestic violence cases have risen year after year in Payson.

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Look out!

Accidents leave disabled woman and her dog afraid of heedless drivers

Barbara Baker’s service dog, Boomer, looked up drearily and let out a large sigh, then settled his head back down on the cream carpet and waited.

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Voter OK of Frontier sale only first step for district

If voters decide on Nov. 6 to allow the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) to sell, lease or trade the Frontier Elementary School (FES) site, it has some options.

Community Almanac

Seven of the Rim Country churches involved with the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship (PCMF), are having special pre-election prayer services.

Loved adventures special section

Autumn Adventures is an exceptional collection of work.

Lucky to live in Rim Country

Thank you so much for the Fall 2012 Autumn Adventures.

More roadblocks for Payson Community Kids

I tried to determine what a geotechnical inspection was and I found out that is the inspection no one did when the road in front of my home was graded and paved

Republicans don’t support veterans

Forty Republican senators voted against the Job Corps Act of 2012 that would have helped our veterans.

Showing of Obama movie very successful

Thank you Payson Roundup, thank you KMOG ...

Voters should reject Proposition 120

Proposition 120 would amend the Arizona Constitution to declare Arizona’s sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the Arizona’s boundaries.

Teacher layoff: An old teaching fable ...

The article in Tuesday’s Roundup reminds me of an old teaching fable ...

Large birds killing small pets in Woodhill

We who have built our homes in the high country are living in the forest with the wildlife who inhabit our area.

Domestic violence: It’s a men’s issue

Something surpassing strange takes place when people talk about domestic violence, which remains the greatest source of trauma and dysfunction in our culture.

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Fussy flap about stats in supervisor race

Does Northern Gila County get swindled when it comes to county spending and services?

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Business briefs

Jon Hoaglund, general manager of The Caring Presence, announced his retirement recently.

Realtor wonders: Are there haunted homes in Payson or just dreamy dogs?

We have all heard creaks in our homes that remind us of the scary Halloween movies, but do haunted homes exist?

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Middle school band runs on parent power

Jaunt to perform at state fair enlists cheerfully long-suffering support staff of volunteers

They drive their cars. They tolerate the heat, the cold, and the wind. They lug instruments. They clap and whoop and give out hugs.

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Legislative candidates clash on budget, schools, government role

The six candidates vying for three seats in the Legislature representing Rim Country clashed on a range of issues centered on whether government can help create jobs and bolster schools — or should just get out of the way.

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PHS rendition of ‘Sweeney Todd’ a hit

The Payson High School (PHS) drama students wowed the crowds this weekend with their rendition of the dark musical drama “Sweeney Todd.”

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Marching Band does it again

‘Excellent’ rating gives musicians momentum going into this weekend’s competition

After a late night packing up the vans from their last halftime performance at Friday night’s football game and an early morning start down the hill, the Payson Marching Band received high marks at the Agua Fria band competition in Avondale.

State volleyball venue one of Arizona’s finest

Fans traveling Friday to Prescott Valley to cheer for the Lady Longhorns in the state opening-round volleyball game against Blue Ridge will find the game site, Tim’s Toyota Center, to be among the nicest venues in the state.

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Rookie coach leads Horns to playoffs

Jake Swartwood, who didn’t take over the reins of the Longhorn football program until one month before the 2012 season kicked off, has led the team to a 6-4 record and a berth in the Division IV state tournament.

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Power ranking a roller coaster ride

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink and his players were focused all season long on earning a berth into the Division III postseason tournament.

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Alta Vista overwhelmed; soccer in final four

Sometimes underdogs just rise up and take a chunk out of the hind ends of big favorites.

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Off-road vehicle riders could see roads open in Tonto National Forest

Amy Racki picks up a broken “No motor vehicles” sign that she and the other Tonto National Forest park rangers installed in Bulldog Canyon just weeks ago to keep off-highway vehicle riders on authorized roads.

Tomasicchio celebrates 102nd birthday

Spunky Italian full of laughter, wisdom, vinegar

Madeline Tomasicchio turned 102 on Oct. 25.

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Oct. 30 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season! Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

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PHS pair set for cross country state tourney

Individual top-25 performances get Greenleaf and Huffman invited

The bid to earn a team berth into the state cross country tournament came up short for the Lady Longhorns

Clubs and Organizations

A Bunco Party will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

Saturday, October 27

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Senior Night a triumph

The Payson Longhorns wrapped up the 2012 regular season Friday with a 24-14 win over the Globe Tigers on Senior Night in Payson High Stadium.

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Beloved community member: Christy Walton

Friends stunned by sudden death of child advocate, Zumba diva

The saying often goes: “Youth is wasted on the young.” Not in Christy Walton’s case.

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Missing campaign signs pose mystery

Supervisor candidate’s signs end up in dumpster behind Republican Party headquarters

When Gila County supervisor candidate Hallie Overman-Jackman’s campaign sign went missing from in front of a local real estate office.

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Controversial forest restoration contractor draws vote of support

However, doubts linger about massive thinning project

We’ve had our differences — but we’re behind you now.

Friday, October 26

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Horns triumph in thrilling nail-biter

Soccer team wins double-overtime game in sudden death shoot-out

“Unbelievable.” “Phenomenal.” “Astonishing.” Those are a few of the superlatives fans shouted as they charged onto Rumsey Park field Thursday night to wrap hugs of congratulations around Longhorn soccer players, who had just rallied back from two deficits to defeat Camp Verde, 3-2, in a sudden death shoot-out.

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School board candidates blast layoffs

The Reduction in Force (RIF) policy school districts use to lay off staff has proven so controversial that even students have weighed in on the issue.

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Senate, House debate slated

All six candidates for three seats representing Northern Gila County in the state Legislature have agreed to appear in Payson for a debate at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tiny’s Restaurant.

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Shortage prompts new food drive

The Payson Area Food Drive is kicking off early this year, launching Saturday to reach its biggest goal yet.

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Looking for love, coach makes dating show bid

What’s your perfect first date?” the producers asked.

Community Almanac

The annual Fall Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at Pine Strawberry School gymnasium. Dinner is $4 and includes spaghetti or nachos, cookie and drink (tea, water or lemonade).

Supreme Court just did its job

I never cease to be amazed how those that should be educated and informed don’t grasp this simple concept. The Supreme Court nullified a flawed law; they did their job perfectly.

Volunteers needed for Main Street programs

As most of you have read or heard, the Arizona State Parks Department has struggled to survive during the budget crisis.

Voters finally can grill candidates

Rim Country voters on Saturday will get a rare opportunity to hold candidates accountable — thanks to a town hall format debate involving all six of the candidates for state Legislative District 6.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Flycasters Club will meet Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the general meeting starts at 9 a.m.

Ex-local woman murdered

A former Payson resident and her husband were found stabbed to death Sunday in Buckeye and police have detained her stepson as an “investigative lead,” according to police.

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Animated debate about weighted grades

Parents urge school board to give students extra grade point credit for taking college vocational courses

Parents will do anything for their kids — even public speaking.

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High school band on a (drum) roll

Hours of extra practice pay off in a chance to appear on national television and make a play for a state championship

The Payson High School Marching Band got a fresh flourish of good news this week, with an invitation to play on national television during the Fiesta Bowl Parade in January.

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Local quilter inducted in hall of fame

Each year, Pine and Strawberry attract thousands of visitors who want to experience beauty and enjoy the great outdoors.

Life in Depression America wasn’t as bad as it sounds

It is Saturday afternoon on a sunny March day, the perfect day to climb Ward Hill.

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Village gets haunted Friday night

The scariest and spookiest and the most fun for kids is almost here. Of course it has to be Halloween day

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More vendors expected for fright night

Next Wednesday, on Halloween night, from 6 ’til 9 p.m., Main Street will again become a weird and wacky scene of ghoulish, devilish and monster-y fun.

Division-section reconfiguration on AIA’s agenda

The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board has accepted a proposal that would reconfigure the current division-section alignment to more resemble the conference-region format that previously existed for decades.

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Lady Longhorns await final rankings

The Lady Longhorns would advance to the Division III volleyball tournament as a No. 14 seed and play 3-seeded Safford if the players were to tip off today rather than next Friday, Nov. 2.

Beware of Halloween hazards for your pets

So, are all you parents and pet owners ready for Halloween? I know I am.

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Tigers, Horns meet tonight in showdown for state

Although Globe will take a better record (6-3) into tonight’s regular season-ending football clash against the Longhorns (5-4), the Tigers trail in power point rankings partly because the team has played some lower division foes.

Bucks, does roam Payson Golf Course

Mulies and whitetails are usually in hiding about the time the Rim Country’s fall deer season tips off, but last week there were plenty of bucks and does conspicuous at Payson Golf Course during a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted tournament.

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Turkey hunting time in the Rim Country

As the leaves begin to change and the hot temperatures of summer melt into cool, crisp mornings on the Mogollon Rim, outdoor enthusiasts have a perfect opportunity to encounter one of nature’s most interesting wildlife species.

Kudos for recorder

On Oct. 16, I received a telephone call that I thought was from a clerk in the Gila County Recorder’s Office.

Brouwer an exceptional school board candidate

Payson is fortunate to have an exceptionally well-qualified candidate for its school board.

System failed abused child

As I read the article “Mother allegedly burns child” in the Oct. 9 Roundup, I was first sickened by the thought of someone doing something so horrible to a helpless child, then I became appalled and incensed at the facts in the case.

Government takes care of the rich

The rich already wallow in obscene wealth.

Voting for Hallie Overman-Jackman

I can feel a change coming over the country right down to our own county.

Embarrassed state is ranked 50th

Am I the only one terribly embarrassed by Arizona being 50th in the United States in education dollars per student?

Shepherd the right man for sheriff

I have had the pleasure of working with Adam Shepherd for 17 years now and to describe Mr. Shepherd is to use the word “professional.”

Thanks to students

Even our friends, the medical profession and government officials have made extraordinary claims beneficial to their health and outside appearance.

Changing times

How things have changed!

Do some research

In a cutesy letter wondering if the fact that the Republican Headquarters is in the same building as a psychologist constitutes “Divine Intervention,” Ernie Kellett claims recent “rants and raves” in the letters to the editor are paranoid and delusional.

Thursday, October 25

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Horns win shoot-out with Cowboys

The Payson Longhorns and the Camp Verde Cowboys locked horns early and tortured each other all night long with their back and forth battle, trying to outscore the other and close the game.

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Men donning heels for domestic violence walk

The ad salesman got his pair from Nordstrom’s sale rack — a deep burgundy, open-toe set.

Rousseau to teach about brain health

Dr. Terry Rousseau, the full-time onsite physician at Payson Care Center, will be discussing ways to maintain optimal brain health at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Payson Senior Center on West Main Street.

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Star Valley suffers sticker shock

Study puts cost of hydrants to provide fire protection at $13.5 million

Star Valley would have to build a $13.8 million town water system to install fire hydrants a consultant has concluded, giving the Star Valley Town Council a nasty case of sticker shock.

Wednesday, October 24

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Group working to manage feral cat levels

In five years, a female cat and its offspring can produce a family tree of more than 11,000 cats. Rim Country Friends of Ferals (RCFF) is one of many organizations nationwide working to bring awareness to the issue of feral cats and help manage the problem. Earlier this month, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans proclaimed Oct. 16 National Feral Cat Day. RCFF president Lisa Boyle of was on hand to accept a copy of the proclamation.

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Halloween hauntings

One story says the celebration of Halloween is a Scots import, or at least the word “Halloween” is.

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Remembering zane grey’s last trip to rim country

In 1929 Zane Grey made what would be his final trip to Rim Country.

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Project FeederWatch needs help to monitor birds

The 26th season of Project FeederWatch begins Nov. 10, and participants are needed more than ever.

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Quick fixes for hurried holidays

October is coming to a close and that means the frantic pace of the holiday season is just on the horizon.

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Exploring Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Even with the drug wars going on in Mexico the last few years, Mexico remains the second most favored foreign country to visit by U.S. tourists after Canada.

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At the Movies - Argo

A worthwhile movie

Ben Affleck has truly grown into the promise of his spectacular Hollywood debut in the 1997 hit Goodwill Hunting for which he shared an Oscar for writing with his pal Matt Damon.

Getaway Around Rim Country

A raffle for baked goods is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the PRMC Cafeteria.

Good 2 Go

The annual Community Health & Care Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Julia Randall Elementary gym.

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Community groups ready for holidays

It’s here – the holiday sales season. Time to visit the craft fairs and bake sales to pick up that unique gift or holiday goodie.

It’s a lousy world

He says he might need radiation because he has prostate cancer. If he has no prostate gland, how can he have prostate cancer?

State death rates shrank when AHCCCS grew

Arizona’s 2001 expansion of Medicaid (AHCCCS) coverage resulted in lower death rates in the state, according to a study of states that links increased coverage to fewer deaths and better health.

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Hellsgate candidates field questions from firefighters

Agree the district’s money woes and property assessment declines have force district to operate in survival mode

Three of four people running for Hellsgate Fire Department’s board fielded questions on benefits, pay and paid time off from concerned firefighters Saturday morning.

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3rd parties fear top-two primary ballot measure

It’s already an uphill battle for Libertarian and Green Party candidates in Arizona, but no matter what, they have a place on the ballot.

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Healing effects of ancient therapy

Writer discovers why research touts pain relief benefits of massage

When Tina Shepherd called to tell me about National Massage Therapy Week, I knew I had to celebrate. “Can I schedule an appointment with you?” I quickly asked.

Tuesday, October 23

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Horns dodge Coronado’s late rally in homecoming clash

Friday’s finale vs. Globe is a must-win

Playing on homecoming night in front of a stadium packed with alumni and fans, the Longhorn football team came within a whisper of snatching defeat from jaws of victory.

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PHS drama will stage ‘Sweeney Todd’ this week

The Payson High School drama department will produce the drama “Sweeney Todd” this weekend in the auditorium.

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Big 5’s open jobs draw big crowds

100 people seeking work in new store

In this economy, job openings can draw a crowd.

Death puts an end to infamous murder case

Harold Fish dies four years after his release

The defendant in one of Rim Country’s most notorious murder cases died this week, bringing to an end a strange and twisted odyssey that once transfixed Roundup readers.

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Payson’s got a style that’s all its own

Homecoming surely ranks as one of the particular joys of living in a small, Arizona mountain town.

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Marching band, boys soccer make playoffs

Soccer: Playoffs start Thursday with home game. Band: Prescott win locks in state competition slot

The soccer team’s triumph sets up Thursday’s home game against Camp Verde, the first step in the gritty team’s quest for its first-ever state championship.

Community Almanac

Kaitie’s Closet representatives will distribute free clothing for children from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Road.

Proven leadership deserves support

I was naive enough to believe that it was only at the national level that challengers seem to be willing to say anything to get elected.

Sorry to see library closed Saturdays

We are very sorry to observe that the Payson Public Library is no longer open on Saturdays.

Shepherd for sheriff

With the impending retirement of Sheriff Armer, voters are about to elect a new Gila County sheriff.

Sheriff’s office needs change

Sheriff candidate Adam Shepherd’s position defending the sheriff’s office policy on officers drinking is appalling, as is the policy itself.

Payson vs. Community Kids

When I first started working with Marcy and the Payson Community Kids, some kids who are now in college were in elementary school.

Identify your sources

Please — Towns, unlike politicians and bureaucrats, do not talk. An individual or individuals made the decision regarding the

School board election important — do your homework

In recent days I have been approached by phone and in person regarding the upcoming election for the school board. With every contact I’ve made, the subject of the conversation is the same: Who should I vote for?

Sure-fire cure for cynicism

Hey, cynics: You really gotta get out more.

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Senate race wallows in the mud

Flake, Carmona race focuses on personal attacks

Take two great candidates – both principled, dedicated public servants.

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Art show celebrates West with creativity, color

Payson Art League showcases mediums

A wooden pot made with 80 tiny pieces of wood, the gaps inlaid with turquoise and coated with seven coats of lacquer.

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Fire beneath Rim contained

The Forest Service reported the Big Canyon fire near Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery 100 percent contained on Monday, reduced to a harmless smolder in rough and inaccessible terrain.

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Musical magic from Abrams Brothers

Back in the day, after purchasing a homemade acoustic guitar from a local rock ’n’ roll talent, I raced home to begin practicing so I could turn into a famous person.

Clubs and Organizations

The Loyal Order of the Moose meetings are at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Women of the Moose meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the lodge.

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September fun month for PWGA

September was full of fun for the Payson Women’s Golf Association.

State soccer tourney will not accept passes

PHS athletic director Don Heizer is quick to remind everyone that no admittance passes will be accepted at the Longhorn soccer team’s state opening-round tournament game at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Rumsey Park vs. Camp Verde.

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PHS graduate wins collegiate national titles

Cypress Gorry practically grew up on a bicycle, first riding as a toddler passenger on his father’s bike and later piloting his own bike to gold medals wins on numerous state and national cycling circuits.

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Lady Horns come up short in state bid

Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox held out hope until the final day that her team would finish ranked among Division IV’s top eight in power points and earn a berth into the season-ending state tournament.

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State chase tips off Thursday

While the 2012 season has wrapped up for some soccer players around Arizona, PHS team members are reveling in attaining their preseason goal of qualifying for the state tournament and extending their season for possibly another four weeks.

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Oct. 23 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win Up To $20 Each Week Of The Nfl Football Season!

Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

Sunday, October 21

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Chili Supper to benefit animals

Animal lovers will host the 16th Annual Chili Supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Payson Elks Lodge.

Saturday, October 20

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Horns win Homecoming

On homecoming night in Payson High football stadium, the Longhorns took a 20-0 halftime lead over the Coronado Dons

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Weatherizing saves money, but county hasn’t got any

The Gila County Board of Supervisors has declared Oct. 30 Weatherization Day.

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New leader for Payson Regional Home Health

Payson Regional Home Health last month welcomed Debra Snell RN, MSN, BSHA, PRHH as its new administrator.

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7.5 pounds of meth nets decade in jail

Routine traffic stop reveals drugs hidden under spare tire

A 52-year-old New Mexico man will spend nine years in jail after a jury found him guilty of moving $52,500 worth of methamphetamine through Payson.

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Supervisors OK zone change in Pine

There is a new commercial property in Pine.

Friday, October 19

Lowe working as interim physician for veterans

Dr. Michael Lowe is now serving as the interim primary care provider at the Payson Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic.

One bad fraud... leads to another

Mother faces prison term for forging checks to pay restitution

A 38-year-old woman who wrote forged checks in a desperate effort to make a down payment on court-ordered restitution from a previous fraud case must now spend years in jail for forgery.

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School candidates clash on Prop. 204

The nine contending candidates for the three slots on the Payson School Board clashed sharply this week on whether Proposition 204’s billion-dollar sales tax for education will help or hurt struggling schools.

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Longhorns soccer team heading for playoffs

Armed with the fighting spirit of a junkyard dog, the Longhorn boys soccer team is bound for the Division IV tournament with sights set on winning the program’s first outright state title.

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Community speaks out

Social media allows Roundup followers to weigh in on school debate

During the Monday, Oct. 15 Key Club school board candidate forum, the Roundup posted highlights of the discussion to its Facebook page.

Community Almanac

Early ballots sent to voters who live in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the Governing Board Member Election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District.

Overwhelmed by support from so many in the community

Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Paul Gosar will say anything to be re-elected

I was sickened to read in the Payson Roundup that Rep. Paul Gosar reported to the local Tea Party members that our ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was sodomized ... and then Gosar tried to link it to President Obama.

AZ politicians behaving badly

Too many of our Arizona politicians have gone astray via their abhorrent behavior.

Museum appreciates help in restoring old fire truck

We would like to publicly acknowledge and extend our sincere appreciation for the wonderful help we received recently from a number of our companies in Payson.

Paper’s breast cancer support fantastic

Cheryl Dolby, owner of Quilting Sisters, and I want to thank Teresa McQuerrey and the Payson Roundup for the fantastic reporting and coverage done this year for breast cancer.

McLane residents appeal to council to slow traffic

I’m taking this opportunity to thank the editor-in-chief, Peter Aleshire, for attending the town council meeting and writing the article that appeared on Oct. 9.

Proposition 120 poorly researched

By all accounts, it would appear Proposition 120, sponsored by Chester Crandell and Brenda Barton, is another inadequately researched piece of legislation coming out of our Capitol.

Republicans should use ‘FactCheck’

I don’t know if it is because of divine intervention or just blind luck, but there is a psychologist in the same building as the Payson Republican party.

Cast your vote Nov. 6

It’s almost over — the hype, the crude comments, the dopey pictures, the slurs, and the great American institution of voting (at least for another two years).

Democratic Party owes Mofford an apology

The Democratic Party advertising committee ought to be ashamed for duping our elegant former governor, Rose Mofford, into recommending Dale Hom for another term as Gila County assessor.

Who will handle future terror attacks better?

I am writing in response to the recent discussion on the news concerning the “anti-Islamic” video that was made several months ago.

Claims that re-election of Obama means the U.S. is through are hogwash

There have been far too many statements lately claiming that a re-election of President Obama will be the finish of the United States.

Strange case raises troubling questions

The disconcerting case of Sherri Lynn Dashney harbors painful lessons for policy makers.

Homes selling quicker

The third and fourth quarters of the year are typically strong in real estate sales.

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Wine bar, truffle shop opens in Swiss Village

Lady D’s Wine, Chocolate and Art Bar opened Wednesday in the Swiss Village.

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Armstrong named ‘Teacher of the Year’

Payson Unified honored to have Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year

The home page of the Payson Unified School District states: “CTE Teacher honored as Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year 2012-13.

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Big Canyon Fire holding at 110 acres

Suppression efforts on the Big Canyon Fire this week have gone so well officials sent some Hotshot crews and resources back.

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The horrors of homecoming to football coaches

Homecoming. Bah, humbug. Okay, that sounds Ebenezer Scrooge-like, but if the truth be known, homecomings can be a huge pain in the rear for high school football coaches whose jobs often hinge on winning games.

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Soccer state race heats up

An aura of uncertainty surrounds the Lady Longhorn soccer team as coach Amy Wilcox and players await word on the squad’s postseason fate.

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PHS runners await FH contest, plus sectionals and state

The Payson High School cross country teams wrap up a frenzied 2012 regular season tomorrow, Oct. 20, in Fountain Hills.

Ex-Horn kicks Greenville to big win

Successfully toeing four field goals and four conversion kicks earned Josh Frewin Most Valuable Player honors and Greenville College a 46-39 football win over Martin Luther College.

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Roosevelt hosts WON opening

The 2012-13 WON Bass Arizona Team Tournament season tipped off Oct. 13 at Roosevelt Lake under tough fishing conditions, with few boats and tournament director Tracy Purtee itching for more entrants.

Are you ready to pawty?

The Humane Society of Central Arizona welcomes all to help celebrate the grand opening of the new animal shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street and west of McLane Road.

Clubs and Organizations

Rim Country Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will meet at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

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Happiness is a safe, secure place for shelter animals

Humane Society plans grand opening for new facility

Happiness for the animals at the Humane Society of Central Arizona is being adopted and having someone to love.

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Early ballot mix-up for Mesa del residents

Early ballots sent to voters who live in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the governing board election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District.

Sedona deaths likely suicide

Victims of an apparent double suicide, a woman and her adult son died of gunshot wounds.

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School board to hear report on overhaul of curriculum

Common Core standards designed to stress critical thinking and set national benchmark for students

Payson High School Principal Anna Van Zile will on Monday discuss what the Common Core Standards mean to Payson Unified School District, said Superintendent Ron Hitchcock.

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Come join PHS Homecoming fun

The floats have been built, the band has quickened its step and the cheer squad has honed its routines.

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The fire season seems to be hanging on

The fire season is not over. On Oct. 14, about 10:30 a.m., a fire was reported to the Forest Service and Tonto National Forest.

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Cruise to Christopher Creek for fall colors, cars

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s that time of year again and the leaves are starting to change colors.

Here’s a tough question; maybe the toughest

My mother, God bless her, was one in a million.

Thursday, October 18

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Fame beyond their years

Youthful bluegrass band brings internationally acclaimed sound to high school auditorium

Looking for an entertaining evening out? The Tonto Community Concert Association has the answer.

Wednesday, October 17

Two veteran lawmen square off in sheriff’s race

Republican Adam Shepherd and Democrat Craig Jones have each spent decades in the Gila County sheriff’s office

The race for Gila County’s sheriff comes down to a man who says he has the experience and a man who says he has the heart.

Incumbent supervisor faces tenacious challenger

One candidate says she is working to keep the county safe from fire.

Sparring Globe supervisor candidates seek handful of votes in Rim Country

Several pockets of Northern and Central Gila County voters will cast ballots in the race for District 2 Supervisor.

Nine candidates debate school district priorities

Role of teachers, budget cuts, district secrets, school excellence divide and unite those seeking board seats

Stepping into the voting booth on Nov. 6 to ponder the ballot Payson Unified District School (PUSD) Board may overwhelm many voters -- with nine candidates for just three spots.

Four candidates vie for Pine school board spots

The Pine-Strawberry School District sits peacefully nestled in the Pine valley.

Last-minute accusations roil recorder’s race

Globe businessman challenges incumbent with charges of election manipulations

The election in the Gila County Recorder’s race has heated up with accusations from challenger Mickie Nye.

Sanitary District fees spur debate

Sewer hookup charges at center of unprecedented challenge for seats on board

For the first time in years, voters have a choice of candidates for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District board.

State senate contest poses stark contrast

Rep. Tom Chabin pushes hardest for increased school spending while Rep. Chester Crandell crusades for state takeover of federal lands

Two veteran lawmakers are seeking the State Senate seat representing northern Gila County, offering voters a stark choice – with education and a proposed takeover of state land at the heart of the debate.

Challenger asking tough questions of longtime treasurer

Don Ascoli, like all of the challengers in the more obscure countywide races, faces an uphill battle against incumbent Deborah Savage.

Education debate defines state house contest

Candidates in brand new state legislative district disagree about education cuts, effort to control federal lands, host of issues

The wide-open contest to fill two seats in the totally redrawn State House Legislative District Six offers starkly contrasting prescriptions for reviving the state’s economy.

Lag in assessments, home values spurs assessor’s race

Incumbent Dale Hom faces first challenge in 25 years from Northern Gila County realtor Deborah Hughes

Dale Hom has quietly and efficiently managed the Gila County Assessor’s office for 25 years.

Medicare reforms roil senate contest

Flake and Carmona now in a dead heat, with misleading attack ads about Medicare central to the debate

The debate about the future of Medicare has exploded in the middle of the fierce, dead-heat contest between Rep. Jeff Flake and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl.

Four seek seats on Hellsgate Fire board

Candidates debate sharp property tax increases and cost of medical/fire protection in struggling Hellsgate Fire District

Soaring property tax rates in the Hellsgate Fire District serving Star Valley and many unincorporated communities has spurred a vigorously contested contest for board seats.

Voters confront blizzard of propositions

Proposition 117, also known as the Property Tax Assessed Valuation Amendment, would amend the Arizona Constitution to limit the annual increase in the value of property used to calculate property taxes.

Rim Country Medicare Open Enrollment events

Open Enrollment is the one time of year when everyone with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

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Don’t toss out the pumpkin scrapings

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, don’t waste the inside. Cut out the pumpkin meat, scraping away the seeds and pulp.

Take advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare is stronger than ever, with more benefits, better choices, and lower costs to beneficiaries.

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County sheriff candidates differ on jail command

Gila County sheriff candidates Adam Shepherd and Craig Jones agree on a lot of things, but not about who should run the overcrowded, underfunded jails.

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Big Canyon Fire grows, zero containment

A fire burning just west of the Tonto Fish Hatchery has grown to 170 acres since it started Sunday. Although a number of aircraft attacked the blaze from the sky Monday and Tuesday, the fire remains at zero percent containment, officials said Tuesday night.

Chili Supper planned

The 16th Annual Chili Supper will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Payson Elks Lodge.

Early ballot mix-up for Mesa del residents

Early Ballots sent to voters in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the governing board member election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District. The Gila County Recorder’s Office and the Gila County Department of Elections are mailing a paper ballot containing the Northern Gila County Sanitary District election to those that have already received an early ballot.

Trash fire lands Tonto Basin man in hot water

A Tonto Basin man had to put out his own brush fire under the watchful eye of a fire chief on Sunday after he failed to get the proper permits.

Tuesday, October 16

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Fire devours 100 acres by Tonto Creek

Fire officials say a forest fire burning just a few miles from the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery has cooled since it started Sunday.

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Community Kids hurdles final town obstacle

Child advocacy group raises $5,800 to pave road after town refuses to relax requirements

A community organization that offers after-school help for struggling families will soon open its doors after all.

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Buried beneath paper

School district lays off teachers, hires secretaries to cope with mountains of state, federal forms

The Payson school district found itself in a Catch-22 situation: either hire another secretary for the district office or lose boatloads of state and federal money.

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Fashioneestas flock to kids’ aid

Fashion show raises money for homeless, displaced kids

Savannah Grassel was not sure she could overcome her shyness to model at the Fashioneesta show on Saturday, Oct. 13.

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The Greasy Pole - Election poses vital choices

Special section examines facts, furor and impacts

Cut school spending — or business taxes? Reduce sheriff’s patrols — or raise property taxes? Find money for teacher raises — or crack down on bad teachers?

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Vehicle burglaries abate over weekend

After a rash of vehicle break-ins last week, things calmed down over the weekend.

Community Almanac

Payson Care Center is collecting new and lightly used jackets for the more than 400 disadvantaged and displaced children in the Payson School District.

Generous volunteers in a tight-fisted town

Once again, Payson residents proved why Payson remains the best place to live in Arizona — heck, maybe even this quadrant of the galaxy.

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Students rate STEM camp ‘super fun’

Teachers lavish time on fall break program for kids who discover maybe they like math, science after all

John Becker kept his eyes riveted on the Lego robotics set, barely able to answer questions because of his focus on the project.

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Wood talks to this craftsman

Weekend show will draw Rim Country artists, including Joseph Prow who turns wood bowls into works of art

When Joseph Prow looks at a piece of wood, he never sees just wood — he envisions something of extraordinary beauty.

Prop. 204 seeks money for education

Should lawmakers — or voters — decide how to fund education in Arizona?

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Oct. 16 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

Barbecue before Homecoming game Friday

The Payson High School CTE (Career/Technical Education) program is hosting a benefit barbecue dinner 5 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 in the PHS parking lot just north of the football field.

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Longhorns need twin wins to reach the playoffs

By dropping a 44-14 decision to the River Valley Dust Devils, the Longhorn football team has put itself in a state playoff quandary.

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Horns nip unbeaten Chino

Chris Avakian leaves little doubt the current Payson High School boys soccer team is the finest in his five-year tenure as head coach of the Longhorns.

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Fishing tough at Willow Springs Fall Classic tourney

Anglers with their sights set on championship showings in the 13th Annual Willow Springs Fall Classic trout tournament were left severely disappointed.

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Lady Horns cling to playoff hopes

Loss in remaining regular season matches could result in a drop in team’s power points ranking

Coming on the heels of a rare three-match losing streak, the Lady Longhorns’ volleyball clash today against Fountain Hills is shrouded in heavy implications.

Let’s keep Frontier Elementary School in the family

One question on the November ballot asks if the Payson Unified School District should keep Frontier Elementary School.

Biden appalling in debate

Following the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate, a CNN analyst referred to Biden as a “buffoon,” who was rude and disruptive.


We all agree our state is in deep budgetary trouble.

Kyl’s impact tremendous

Sen. Kyl has done so much for Payson, water-wise and otherwise (think beyond astronomical).

The empty chair debate

I listened to Stephanie and Tommie Martin on the KMOG Forum last Friday (Oct. 12).

Elk deaths

There are several points of clarification required: First, of the seven deaths reported recently, one was a deer (not an elk). It was hit by a car driven by my neighbor.

School board choice

At various meetings and through the Payson Roundup I have had the opportunity to listen to and read about the candidates running for the position of Payson Unified School District Board member.

Clubs and Organizations

Pat Sessions will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting of the Payson Art League at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road, Payson.

Monday, October 15

High School students host school board candidate forum tonight

The Payson High School Key Club is hosting a candidate forum for nine community members running for school board tonight. The forum will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school's auditorium. Janine Tantimonaco, president of the Key Club, will moderate. “Each candidate will have a minute to introduce themselves, a minute for each question, and a minute for a final wrap up,” said Tantimonaco.

Fire near fish hatchery cools overnight

Fire officials say a forest fire burning just a few miles from the Tonto Fish Hatchery calmed down overnight. The Big Canyon Fire burned through more than a 100 acres Sunday, the same day it was spotted just off the Highline Trail. On Monday, Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Chief Rob Jarvis said the fire is only a mile from the Zane Grey Estates cabin community, but has not gotten any closer. “It is looking pretty good this morning,” Jarvis said speaking from Zane Grey Estates. “The fire laid down real good last night.”

More grandparents find themselves raising their grandchildren

Gloria Castillo had plenty of time with her grandchildren Sunday for National Grandparents Day — all she had to do was take a few steps down the hall.

Sunday, October 14

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Potato Lake in the morning

Fall already adorns hike to Potato Lake

Potato Lake has never looked more beautiful than it does right now.

Survey: Half of all Americans enjoy outdoor recreation

Participation in outdoor recreation reached a five-year high in 2011, with nearly 50 percent of all Americans ages 6 and older enjoying the outdoors. That equates to 141.1 million American outdoor participants.

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Talking to Elk

Eavesdropping on the moans of lovelorn elk enlivens fall in the forest

Daylight slowly flooded the rocky clearing on upper Chase Creek.

Saturday, October 13

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Sheriff candidates differ on drinking policy

Shepherd defends current policy, Jones would bar any return to duty if a deputy has been drinking

Two men running for county sheriff have offered different accounts as to how they would have handled recent allegations.

Deja vu - all over again

Fans watching the River Valley vs. Payson football game Friday evening in Mohave Valley could have been thinking they were watching an instant replay of last year’s clash between the two teams.

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Off-roading deaths rise alarmingly

State ORV fatalities rise from eight in 2010 to 29 in 2011

A sharp increase in fatal off-highway vehicle accidents in 2011 has a state official urging riders to take hands-on safety courses and learn the rules.

Fall leads to death of Winslow man

A 62-year-old Winslow man fell into Chevelon Canyon River and drowned despite efforts of bystanders to save him on Sept. 28 near Winslow.

Friday, October 12

Big 5 Sporting Goods will be in Payson to accept set-up crew employment applications

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 FROM 9AM TILL 12 PM and 1PM TILL 4PM at the Department of Economic Security, 100 N. Tonto Street. Interviews will be held on a first come first served basis. Contact 928-472-9339. It is advised that applicants pick-up and complete applications in advance, available at the DES office, or download a copy at

Celebrate Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month with us

October is my favorite month! The weather is lovely, fall decorations are going up throughout the town and it’s my birthday month.

Clubs and Organizations

The Rev. Victoria Healing enjoys sharing her passion for Unity as a guest speaker at Unity Churches around Arizona.

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Arizona bald eagles set records

The 66 breeding pairs produced 80 eggs and 52 fledglings in 2012

Arizona’s unique population of bald eagles this year produced a record 52 babies that survived long enough to take flight, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced.

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Student numbers dropping

Schools lost another 94 students this year

This past summer, the exodus intensified. Almost every student in the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) came home at the end of the last school year to report friends’ families leaving Payson.

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Crash with elk provokes verdict

Jury absolves state of blame in motorcyclist’s crash that cost $2 million

On a clear night in September 2009, Ray Sayer and a friend pulled out of a Payson convenience store on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles and made their way toward Star Valley.

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We’re on our own

Outside food supplies dry up just as Rim Country food banks face season of peak need

Emaciated food supply shipments from the Valley have left area food banks hungry for donations.

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Big school grant requires input from district voters

Payson schools could land up to $10 million — if citizens speak up

The school board on Oct. 9 directed the Payson Unified School District staff to apply for a federal grant that could bring in up to $10 million — but only if residents help out.

Community Almanac

The Payson First Assembly of God, 1100 W. Lake Drive (at Green Valley Park), will be holding a large Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.

A terrible tragedy, a sensible verdict

Thank goodness for juries with good sense.

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Sacred Apache Crown Dance celebrates ancient culture

The Tonto Apache Tribe celebrated the triumph of its long struggle to come home to a portion of their ancestral lands last week with days of celebrations, many private to tribal members — some open to the public

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Hope rises with breast cancer treatment options

PRMC’s lineup of breast cancer experts draws an eager crowd

The treatment options for breast cancer are expanding rapidly.

Go with a proven job producer

At election times, there is lots of talk about who will do what miracles.

Way to go O!

It was great to see some facts show up in the letter to the editor section when Dale Oestmann wrote in about the disastrous Obama presidency.

No information in pamphlet

Last week I received the Informational Pamphlet from Payson Unified School District No. 10 of Gila County, Arizona Special Election put out by Dr. Linda O’Dell.

Keep Halloween candy safe

This year, I will be having three grandchildren participating in the town Trunk or Treat.

Veteran treasurer has served us well

In November Americans will be voting to elect a president.

Short, convenient collective historical memory

I am uncomfortable with the large number of folks who are willing, even eager to “cleanse” the U.S. of all “illegal immigrants.”

Energy drinks don’t seem to work as advertised

I walk the streets of Payson daily, mostly around Rumsey Park, Green Valley Park, Main Street and Longhorn and I pick up quite a bit of trash as I walk.

Pet owners, be responsible

There is nothing special about the animal wastes that your dog or cat deposits on property that is not your own.

A manifesto for the entitled

I am a corporate chief executive.

Diligence of Vogel, town staff appreciated

Since moving to Payson, I have had the distinct opportunity to observe the operation of the town officials of Payson.

Political signs

This is an open letter to Ms. Suzie Hawes with reference to “Political sign removed” in the Payson Roundup of Oct. 5, 2012.

Republicans taking dishonesty to a whole new level

I hope that your readers read the entire article detailing the recent Gosar meeting with the Payson Tea Party because I believe that there is a real eye-opening lesson from that meeting.

Yes, we have no water

Approximately 10 years ago I bought a piece of property in a beautiful community on the East Verde River.

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Basketball is king at Longhorn Academy

While hardwood play was the name of the game at the recently completed Longhorn Basketball Academy, the 28 young campers were actually learning more important lessons of life.

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PMGA plays Ryder Cup without U.S., Europe

Europe and the United States weren’t playing one another in a Ryder Cup tournament played Oct. 3 at Payson Golf Course.

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Dust Devils await revamped Horns

Payson High School football coach Jake Swartwood hints there could be changes in the Longhorn offense and defense Oct. 12, to take on the Dust Devils.

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Lady Horns primed for state run

In the Lady Longhorn volleyball team’s final three matches of the season, the players will be out to nail down a postseason berth while earning the most advantageous seed possible.

AIA’s plan to cut travel time doesn’t hold up

When the Arizona Interscholastic Association did away with the region/conference configuration in high school sports two years ago the reasoning behind the change was to reduce travel and out of class time for student-athletes.

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An electrical Friday the 13th all week

I cannot believe these past two weeks.

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Wrap some youngsters with warmth this winter

As the days get noticeably shorter and the nights bring a crispness to the air, it’s easy to bask in this transitional time of the year.

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Oops — Apologies to Ms. Terry Glad Flores

First off I want to apologize to Ms. Terry Glad Flores. Last week’s article was about Terry Glad Flores being invited to the Native American Arts and International Film Festival, in Las Vegas this November.

Want to see the world? Go to London.

Not long ago the saying was, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”

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SCAF says ‘thank you’ to volunteers

As an event columnist for P/S, I have had a busy and rewarding year.

Thursday, October 11

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Star Valley, Payson strike another joint agreement

The drip, drip, drip of cooperation once more pitter-pattered through a Payson Town Council meeting last week.

Like a bad penny, she’s at it again

Woman who cheated umpires admits to defrauding Subway

A woman with a history of swindling has owned up to her recent crimes.

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Thieves hitting unlocked cars

The police department is urging motorists to lock their vehicles after a recent rash of break-ins.

Wednesday, October 10

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Three new artists in PAL fall show

Extraordinary works in watercolors, acrylics, oils, jewelry, sculpture and more will give the Mazatzal Casino Event Center a golden glow this month.

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rim country places

Chapter 5 - The Blue Ridge (Cragin) Reservoir

It was spring, 1963, and we were hiking up the canyon along the east Verde River from our cabin, which is at the end of the private land.

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Boo-tiful Halloween carvings

This Halloween, why not put a fun twist on pumpkin carving by making some Jack O’Melons?

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Scare up some fun

Be the ghostess with the mostess this Halloween, and throw a wickedly wonderful celebration.

Some favorite destinations

I have been writing travel articles for more than seven years and almost every day someone asks me about my favorite vacation destinations.

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At the Movies

Hope Springs - This extra fine film gets four saw blades

I am a total sucker for a romantic comedy and much less so for a romantic drama.

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Getaway Around Rim Country

A musical jam event to help the homeless will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Mountain High Coffee Works, 612 N. Beeline Highway.

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Celebrating our four-legged friends

There are a couple of events to help celebrate our four-legged friends this month. This weekend there will be a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs.

Good 2 Go

The show is Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall.

Gout diet not too restrictive

Will you give me information on the low-purine diet for gout?

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GOP candidates oppose school tax, favor state takeover

District 6 contenders urge Payson crowd to defeat Prop. 204 and embrace Prop. 120

Voters should reject a one-cent sales tax for education and highways, but embrace a ballot measure attempt to take over federal lands in Arizona.

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Sewing with Love

Celeste Parsons and Lois English participated in Quilting Sisters’ Third Annual Breast Cancer Pillowcase sew Saturday. Volunteers embellished travel pillowcases with the words “Live, love and laugh.”

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Frontier Neighbors weigh in

Two neighbors of the empty Frontier School stood up to request open meetings on the fate of the property – if voters approve the sale, lease or exchange on the November ballot.

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Payson approves rise in apartment density

Developers can build smaller, cheaper condos and apartments

If developers ever do return to Payson, they will find they can build much smaller, hopefully cheaper, apartments and condos in town.

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Apple Festival Fun

A 1930 Model A Ford Coupe, which cost about $600 when new, attracted these two girls’ attention at the Fall Apple Festival and Antique Show held Oct. 5 and 6 at the Pine Community Center and Cultural Hall.

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McLane residents appeal to council to slow traffic

People drive so fast on McLane that it has ruined the quality of life and poses a daily danger to people who live on the street, David Kibiloski told the Payson Town Council last week.

Tuesday, October 9

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Oct. 9 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season! Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.

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Kyl lauded for service

Retiring senator has represented Rim Country for 26 years

Senator Jon Kyl’s political career came full circle on Friday, as Payson supporters gathered at The Rim Club to honor his long advocacy for Rim Country.

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Mother allegedly burns child

Police, Child Protective Services received 11 reports over 18 months as abuse allegedly continued

A woman accused of using her 6-year-old daughter as an ashtray will stand trial later this month.

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Millions of trees will die

Study predicts Southwest already sliding into mega drought that could trigger massive changes in region’s forests in coming decades

Southwest forests are already in the early stages of a mega drought brought on by climate change that will result in massive tree die-offs .

Community Almanac

The staff and volunteers at the Payson Senior Circle invite members of the community to join them for a free discussion about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and the latest research.

Can Obama protect us?

The highest priority of any U.S. president is to first protect the United States from enemy or terrorist attack.

Government interference in private business always fails

GM/Chrysler bailouts: As many as 100,000 Americans lost jobs at the companies’ dealerships.

Obama terrifies me

A few weeks ago Jim Muhr said that as Adam Shepherd’s aunt I have a vested interest in getting him elected sheriff.

Thanks for Peace Pole

Thank you to Marcena Brook for initiating the planting of a Peace Pole in front of Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson.

A giver, a taker — Which would you choose?

When we consider the two candidates who are running for president of the United States it is obvious that they could not be more different.

Serving his community

Some 26 years ago, a then-freshman congressman whose district included Rim Country got his very first bill passed.

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Sobering Consequences

Safety education at Rim Country Middle School teaches students the enormous consequences of driving drunk — even if you don’t die

The dummy rolled a couple of times in the specialized truncated car then catapulted out the window.

Looking over the fiscal cliff as end of Bush tax cuts loom

The term fiscal cliff comes with a degree of shock value — and it has certainly been making headlines in the U.S.

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Finalists for 2012 Business Awards announced

Learn who will be named this year’s Business Person of the Year Nov. 13 at the 2012 Rim Country Business Awards luncheon at the First Church of the Nazarene.  

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Rim Country artists stretch boundaries

PAL show welcomes newcomers, raises money to support arts

Extraordinary works in watercolors, acrylics, oils, jewelry, sculpture and more will give the Mazatzal Casino Event Center a golden glow this month.

How right he is

I don’t expect this letter to be published, but I wanted to express my appreciation for Dale Oestmann’s letter “Political Silly Season” (Roundup, Oct. 2).

Ask some questions before voting

Many agree that the upcoming election will be the most significant election in memory.

Carmona is exactly what citizens of Arizona need

RE: Best Candidate for Arizona’s Senatorial Race

Vote NO on Prop. 115

Under Prop. 115, the Legislature may hold hearings to investigate judges whose opinions they don’t like.

Payson Airport campground great

On behalf of the American Yankee Association, Arizona Pilots Association and Recreational Aviation Foundation, I would like to thank Ray Law, airport supervisor, and his staff for keeping the airport campground in such good shape .

AIA changes make division moves possible

The Arizona Interscholastic Association executive board has adopted bylaws that could change both the large and small school playing landscapes around the state.

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Cowboys fall to Lady Horns

Overtime victory offers sweet taste of revenge for early season losses

The Lady Longhorn soccer team has lassoed and hog-tied Camp Verde, 5-2, to erase the sting of two gut-wrenching early season losses to the Cowboys.

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New PHS athletic director creating culture change

Spend an hour or so talking sports and academics with Don Heizer and you’ll walk away convinced the selection committee made the right choice last spring when they named him Payson High School Athletic Director.

Marauders maul the Longhorns at Mingus

Mingus running back Tyler Herndon and his talented Marauder teammates were too much for the Longhorns to overcome in a 54-0 Division IV shellacking played Oct. 5 in Mingus.

Clubs and Organizations

Payson Public Library Children’s Librarian Katie Sanchez needs help with the Halloween parades planned for Friday, Oct. 26 at the library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Rec Roundup

There are still a few days to register for the Payson Parks & Recreation Department’s fall programs for both youth and adults.

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Mav runners heat up Mile High City

Rim Country Middle School cross country team members overcame the exhausting challenges of long-distance running.

Monday, October 8

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Ladies of St. Paul help local organizations

St. Paul's Episcopal Church recently helped the Time Out Shelter of Payson and Payson Helping Payson, both of which are charitable organizations assisting those in need in the Payson area.

Sunday, October 7

Mingus Mauraders took no prisoners

The Payson Longhorns played the state third ranked Mingus Marauders (6-1) on even terms for one quarter.

Friday, October 5

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Deadly mystery

Were country club elk poisoned?

Something fishy is going on in Chaparral Pines.

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Longshot Longhorns confound predictions

Soccer team underdogs with junk yard dog attitude tie Yellow Jackets twice

The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets came to town this week, looking for some revenge and a chance to prove beyond doubt that they have the best boys soccer team in the country.

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Big 5 Sporting Goods coming to Rim Country

Third major retailer confirms plans to open new store in Payson this year

Just in time for Black Friday shopping, Big 5 Sporting Goods says it will open a store in Payson.

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District ponders future of Frontier school site

Superintendent Ron Hitchcock has heard the rumor mill whispering that the school district has always had plans for the now empty Frontier Elementary School .

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Foster parent reflects on joys, challenges

Cuts create shortage of foster parents as need continues to rise

The night before the interview, Sally remembered the day and minute she felt called to foster.

Economic development director steps down

Payson Economic Development Director Mike Vogel has resigned for health reason, the town announced on Thursday.

Tax bills will increase for non-primary residences

Second-home owners will face a steep increase in their property tax bills this year, thanks to a change in state law.

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Meditation group starting up at Payson Public Library

A potentially life changing opportunity starts this Monday at the Payson Public Library – a new meditation book group is forming.

Community Almanac

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a big sale Friday, Oct. 5.

State paperwork choking schools

In these austere times, the community watches every penny the school district spends — especially if the money goes somewhere besides the classroom.

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Hellsgate’s budget woes spur challenges

Four candidates seeking three seats debate sharp property tax increases and cost of medical, fire protection

Soaring property tax rates in the Hellsgate Fire District serving Star Valley and many unincorporated communities has spurred a vigorously contested race for board seats.

Political sign removed

Freedom of speech is not alive and well in Gisela.

Republican senators vote against veterans

In the Senate’s last week before recess, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have helped create jobs for up to 20,000 veterans.

Thanks for the tribute

Tonight a local Blue Ridge sports fan asked my brother Frank Girardi if he had seen the article Roundup Sports Editor Max Foster had written about Dad.

Fairy tales

I sort of gave up sending in letters to the editor because it was a waste of time trying to impart knowledge to liberals.

Republicans vote against seniors, military

I was wondering if Ted Paulk ever got his answer to “Why are some contractors against Obama” letter (Roundup, Sept. 11).

Dems destroying country

I have so many comments about some of the letters in the Tuesday, Sept. 25 edition.

Support group features tips from speaker

The Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group will have special speaker at its Oct. 12 meeting.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Rim groups make special effort toward the fight

Breast cancer. We probably all know someone who has heard that devastating diagnosis — maybe we see them in the mirror every day.

Staffing at alternative school leads to debate

Board approves extra part-time classroom aide for Center for Success

Teacher Linda Gibson not only manages 60 students, she juggles multiple lessons and subjects — simultaneously and all in one classroom.

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Fashioneestas strike again

Community groups join forces to stage fashion show to raise money for homeless students

On Saturday Oct. 13 models from the community will strut their stuff down the runway to help Payson’s displaced and disadvantaged youth.

Suddenlink launches phone service in Pine-Strawberry

Suddenlink announced Wednesday that it is now offering phone service in Pine-Strawberry.

Impact fees drive away conference center and jobs

Most of us will remember that before computers and digital photography we had to take film into a store to have it developed.

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Pineview Manor goes green, expands

Two years ago, the Payson Unified School District was one of the first in Payson to go partly “off the grid.”

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Young Eagles program offers kids free plane rides

The Young Eagles program has introduced more than a million and a half youth to flying over the past 20 years.

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Chickens had Afros; kids had a blast

Fall Festival features petting zoo, firemen, and a cakewalk

The music blared while children barely tall enough to reach an adult’s knees walked from numbered square to numbered square. Suddenly — everything and everyone stopped.

Clubs and Organizations

It’s time for another great “Breakfast for a Buck” at Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. The breakfast is at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

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Payson yoga event supports world peace

Yoga enthusiasts gathered at Gila Community College recently to celebrate National Yoga Month, along with people in hundreds of communities nationwide.

Howl-a-ween pet adoption special

For the month of October, the Humane Society of Central Arizona is featuring a Howl-a-ween adoption special.

Memorial coed softball tourney, home run derby set

The Mike Barr Memorial Coed Softball Tournament and Home Run Derby will be played Oct. 13 and 14 on multiple fields at Rumsey Park.

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Horns, Jackets tie — again

The mystique of the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets is DOA.

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$11,000 earned for children at Poker Run

A record 16 quads of all brands, makes, sizes and configurations turned out for one of Pine and Strawberry’s most popular charity events of the year — the Justice McNeeley Foundation Poker Run.

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Toga Sticks course challenges Lady Horns

The Desert Twilight Classic gave Lady Longhorn cross country runners the opportunity to test their skills.

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Fundamentals Basketball Academy a go

Town of Payson Sports Coordinator Mary Wolf was concerned some parents might believe the upcoming Fundamentals Basketball Academy had been canceled because it did not appear of the town’s registration Web site.

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CCR brings back great memories

I’ll bet if you’re familiar with late 1960s-early 1970s pop-rock music, it’s easy for you to recognize the artist of the above lyrics.

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Hunters enjoying Rim’s great weather

The outdoors has been the place to be this past week; the weather has been perfect.

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One of our neighbors heading for the red carpet

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Terry Glad Flores has recently been invited to the Native American Arts and International Film Festival in Las Vegas.

We each owe others a great deal

I have read, and believe, that we all start out with a set of traits we can’t change very much.

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Apples, antiques on deck in Pine

The Pine Strawberry Business Community (PSBC), a non-profit group of local business owners and residents, will host the Fall Apple Festival and Antique Show on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, October 4

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Chilling reads on sale at library

During the month of October, The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring all things spooky. 

Money-saving open enrollment tips

Over the next few weeks, millions of Americans will receive their 2013 open enrollment materials.

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Free airplane orientation flights

The youth of the Rim Country, ages 8 to 17, are invited to participate in an introduction to the basics of flying at the Payson Airport.

Wednesday, October 3

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Mall says Big Lots, PetSmart coming

Rumors of discount store’s demise disputed

Payson’s retail scene will look a whole lot different by the end of the year.

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GCC board still in dark on budget

Six-month lag in getting year-end budget numbers prompts tense exchange

Larry Stephenson, president of the Gila County Community College (GCC) district, does not understand the delay in getting final figures from the budget year that ended last June from Eastern Arizona College (EAC).

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Abrams Brothers bring bluegrass to TCCA

The Abrams Brothers will bring an exciting performance of revved-up bluegrass favorites to the Payson High School Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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Tribal Recognition DayS

The Tonto Apache Tribe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its tribal recognition by the federal government with four days of festivities, Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 6.

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Touring the Old West

We often talk about touring the East Coast, New England, the Old South, but we sometimes forget how much there is to see and do in our Old West. So let’s get into what there is to see and do in the Old West.

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At the Movies

Trouble with the Curve -No pop or zing, but fine all the same

As sports movies go, this is not bad, but it is not a patch on Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby.”

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Getaway Around Rim Country

The youth of the Rim Country, ages 8 to 17, are invited to participate in an introduction to the basics of flying at the Payson Airport from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

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Deliciously healthy Norwegian salmon

Whether you’re trying to control your weight or embrace a healthier lifestyle, the food choices you make have to be enjoyable. And deliciously healthy recipes are the key.

Celebrating the Homestead Act and homesteads of Rim Country

The Civil War was raging 150 years ago, yet in the midst of it, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law something that would forever change America.

The Approachable God

Do you ever feel rejected? The hardest times are from the very ones that you love.

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Good 2 Go

The Ron Escheté Trio performs in concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

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First Friday events on Main Street

Spend First Friday, Oct. 5 at the Artists of the Rim Gallery on Main Street. The gallery will be showcasing its new artist and member, Carol Kane.

Spinal stenosis causes back pain

I am 84 years old, and I have spinal stenosis, which is causing me pain. I would like to know more about it. Will you furnish more information?

Sen. Allen urges rejection of property tax for schools

Proposition 204 (“Permanent Sales Tax Increase, Education & Transportation”) is NOT the same temporary tax that is in place now and that will expire in 2013. This is a whole new tax with many changes written into the initiative.

A little of this and that

Does anyone remember playing Cat’s Cradle or Hangman or Tic Tac Toe?

Tuesday, October 2

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Sanitary board defends hookup charges

Incumbents defend impact fees of $16,000 for a small restaurant, although district has $14.5 million in the bank

Critics of the Northern Gila County Sanitary District argue the board hasn’t done enough to bring new businesses to town.

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Roundup wins award for ‘excellence’

The newspaper swept most of the top editorial and news awards in its category, including best Web site, best reporting and news writing, best page design and best editorial page. The paper took second-place awards for community service, special sections and

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Congressman claims ambassador tortured

Gosar offers fierce criticism of Obama in Payson appearance

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was “captured, tortured, sodomized and dragged through the street,” Rep. Paul Gosar told people at a Payson Tea Party meeting last week, drawing gasps from the crowd.

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Stricken family faces defamation lawsuit

Employer’s suit cites Facebook posts saying Payson man fired to cut health care costs

A Payson counseling and social services agency has sued a former employee for defamation because he complained on his Facebook account and in interviews with the newspaper that he was fired in large part because his infant son’s grave illness cost the agency’s health plan too much money.

Community Almanac

Are you looking for an alternative high school schedule?

What happened to wanting to succeed?

For instance: “The top 1 percent own 80 percent of all stock.” The fact is the vast majority of stock is owned by

Simple arithmetic

Having read your editorial regarding the sanitary district’s capacity fees, I would add my thoughts on the subject.

Political silly season

Tuesday’s letters had some interesting political commentary, which helps explain why the worst “president” in U.S. history still has 40 percent approval rating.

The award goes to our beloved readers

The Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual convention last weekend kind of felt like a maniac roller coaster ride — so loud and steep we spent the whole time somewhere between weightless and terrified.

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Lessons from the past

SRP excites students with secrets revealed in irrigating the Valley by reviving ancient Hohokam canals

The Salt River Project (SRP) educates kids? Yep. And Wayne Kirby, a representative of the education department of the company, came to Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) to show fourth grade students what SRP has learned about the ancient culture of the Hohokam.

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Jackman challenges Martin in county contest

‘I’m going to win’ District One supervisor developer and activist insists

Hallie Overman-Jackman is on the record: “I’m going to win because people want a change, they want transparency.”

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District One supervisor race heats up

Incumbent Tommie Cline Martin, a Republican, said voters can expect to see and hear more from her in the coming weeks.

Twilight Festival draws Mav runners

The Rim Country Maverick Middle School track and field team took a huge step into big-time competition by entering the prestigious 6th Annual Nike Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival.

Tournament a tribute to former Horn star

If Payson High School ever produced a graduate capable of playing Division I sports or in the professional ranks, it was 6-foot, 5-inch, 300-pound Mike Barr.

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Longhorns rally late to sting Sedona Red Rock Scorpions

Just when it looked like the Payson Longhorns (4-2) might have to settle for a ho-hum 3-0 win over Sedona Red Rock, the offense got untracked, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift PHS to a 17-0 victory vs. the Scorpions.

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Coach questions rankings

Undefeated volleyball team falls five spots

During the 2011-2012 high school sports season, the highly controversial power points formula used to seed prep teams into the postseason swirled with more drama than a morning full of soap operas.

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Oct. 2 - You Pick 'Em Football Contest. Win up to $20 Each Week of the NFL Football Season!

How To Play: Circle one winner for each of the games listed among the sponsor ads on the page. Fill in your name, address and phone number and deposit your entry (the entire Payson Roundup page) in the contest box at the Payson Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Highway, by 5 p.m. Friday.

Clubs and Organizations

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post #69, located at 709 E. Highway 260.

Monday, October 1

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Marine Corps Ball 2012 U.S. Marine Corps 237th Birthday Celebration

Yes, you the public are invited! U.S. Marine Corps 237th Birthday Celebration. Saturday, November 3rd, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Special Guest Speaker: Sergeant Nick Gervase, Silver Star Recipient, 1st Marine Division, Korea. $35 per dinner, RSVP no later than October 26th to Lee Bumbalow: 928-468-1095 or Bill Sahno: 928-472-6617. Please click image below for more information.