Sunday, September 30
That old fall feeling
Hard to believe the fall season is already a week old. It hasn’t felt a lot like fall – except for a day or so a couple of weeks back or maybe three.
Saturday, September 29
The Payson Longhorn football team scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to break open a hotly contested game and beat the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions 17-0 Friday evening in Sedona.
Friday, September 28
Van Buskirk faces charges of domestic violence
A former candidate for Gila County sheriff faces domestic violence charges after allegedly striking his wife in front of his children last week.
Educational Alliance hopes donation will keep work on land sale moving into October
Gila County this week gave the Rim Country Educational Alliance $12,500 to help pay for studies necessary to convince the U.S. Forest Service to sell 260 acres for a university campus.
Fees and ticket sales don’t cover high school sports programs reports new AD
Even with pay-to-play fees and ticket sales, Payson High School’s athletic department needs donations and a subsidy from the general fund to break even.
Investigation concludes sergeant violated policy, but didn’t mishandle dangerous chase and shoot-out with murder suspect
A Gila County sheriff’s sergeant involved in a shoot-out got a slap on the wrist earlier this month for failing to tell his supervisor he had been drinking before being called out from home to help look for a wanted fugitive at Roosevelt Lake.
Nine candidates vie for five seats amidst a swirl of issues and financial woes
Something’s up with the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) — what else can explain nine candidates running for school board?
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Payson Conference is holding its annual Walk for the Poor starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Edward Jones office at Sawmill Crossing.
An ongoing bloom of golden alga has continued to kill fish in Roosevelt Lake, biologists with the Arizona Game and Fish Department confirmed this week.
Sandoval sisters to perform at tonight’s Opry
Members of Run Boy Run, featured at the Payson Old Time Opry event Friday night, Payson natives Bekah and Jen Sandoval bring a rich family heritage to the group.
Fourth grade students from Julia Randall Elementary imitate a rain storm to dissolve coffee grounds on little, model rooftops for a hands-on lesson on pollution.
As of Oct. 1, Gila County’s health department can no longer provide free required childhood vaccines to children covered by private insurance.
Students from the Payson Church of the Nazarene day care center recently lined up to pick a pumpkin from the Payson Community Garden.
Do you know how much we owe?
There is a reason the Constitution of the United States of America mentions nothing about political parties.
Jeeze: We feel like orphans in a Charles Dickens’ story: Standing meek and shabby in the orphanage with our empty porridge bowl saying: “Please, Sir, may we have some more.”
Would-be senator Chester Crandell and State Representative Brenda Barton believe that Arizona and Gila County should control federal, state and county land for the benefit of our citizens.
In response to Cora Detweiler: It is my belief that a highly decorated veteran who pulled himself up by his own bootstraps is imminently more qualified to represent me in the Senate than a career politician.
So, let me see if I have this correct. The Town of Payson will not issue a “Certificate of Occupancy” to the Payson Community Kids until they pay $6,800 to have the road paved in front of their new facility.
Good news: Goodman might return tonight
After being steamrolled, 47-6, last Friday by a undefeated and state second-ranked Show Low football team, the Longhorns return to action today, Sept. 28.
Cross country races in the U.S. awaits the Payson High School teams today, Sept. 28, at Toga Stick Golf Course in Gilbert.
Payson boys soccer team brings Blue Ridge’s 57-game winning streak to an end with 3-3 tie
In the White Mountains, they are calling it the biggest upset in the past 13 years.
Coach Amy Wilcox and her Lady Longhorn soccer team travel to Tucson today, Friday, Sept. 15.
Ahh — autumn! — No bug bites Autumn has arrived like a lamb.
It’s another great music weekend happening right here in the Rim Country.
Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Shelby School Cub Scout Pack #7787 took its first day trip on Monday, Sept. 24.
If anyone asked me how I feel about fads, I would no doubt say something dumb, like “Are you kidding? I hate fads.
My cousin and her husband drove all the way from Toronto to see the good old U.S.A. and visit us in Pine.
We are excited to announce that on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 the Humane Society of Central Arizona will hold special events and a ribbon-cutting for the community at large to celebrate the completion of the new shelter facilities!
Thursday, September 27
Award-winning musicians will be featured in the Payson Old Time Opry Friday, Sept. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Chapter 4 – The Black Mesa (aka Mogollon Rim)
Long, long ago, before white, Spanish or Mexican explorers came this way, Native people were impressed by the jagged 2,000-foot-high escarpment that runs for 200 miles across central Arizona to New Mexico.
One of these cooler autumn weekends, put together a special weekend meal featuring a ham.
Cruise line ads promise all the best things in life if you take one of their ships for a cruise.
Premium Rush - Cool, well done chase film
This is the hippest film of the year of all the ones that I have seen.
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.
Due to the work scheduled for the Blue Ridge pipeline project, the Sept. 29 Dog Day in the Park at Rumsey Park has been canceled.
Will you please provide information on essential tremor?
Pat Johnson is not one to stand still for long.
Tuesday, September 25
Crews hope weeks-long effort has stopped bass from invading premier refuge for native fish
Crews last week used chemicals to kill smallmouth bass in a 2.5-mile-long stretch of Fossil Creek.
Months after budget cuts forced Hellsgate Fire Department to eliminate its No. 2 command position, a federal grant is bringing it back.
Before the Ayothaya Thai restaurant opened in 2011, the owners paid more than $24,000 to the local sanitary district to add seats to their restaurant.
Foster families lack in Gila County has turned crisis into routine even for younger children
Cindy Paul, a licensing agent for Arizona’s Children Association, has no foster homes in Pine or Strawberry, especially for teens.
Payson man wanted on domestic violence charge flees police
After a failed attempt to avoid capture, a Payson man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a slew of charges including domestic violence and felony flight.
To show appreciation for those who are willing to put their lives on the line for us every day of the week, Tuesday, Sept. 25 has been designated First Responder Appreciation Day in Rim Country.
Let’s say you have a heart attack. Mild. No permanent muscle damage. You’re back from the hospital — feeling enormously relieved.
Old Time Opry and Fiddlers Contest to draw Arizona’s finest musicians
Some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country will converge on Rim Country this weekend for the Payson Old Time Opry and the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddle Festival.
Churches and volunteers team up to offer non-stop prayers
Rim Country churches are coming together this week in prayer.
Festivities mark 40th anniversary of the tribe’s struggle for a reservation
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.
Do you have a loved one or friend with a drinking problem? Do you feel as if you need some support living with the alcoholic in your life? Then please join us for an Alanon meeting.
WASHINGTON – Government officials in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. mishandled two “gun-walking” operations in Arizona and put the public in serious risk in the process, according to an inspector general’s report released recently.
The Payson School Board Monday night reviewed the fees the district charges for community use of school facilities such as the high school auditorium, cafeterias, gyms and fields often rented by local groups.
First Things First funds will help families with struggling preschoolers
Gila County will get a $155,000 grant to help at-risk youth from the state’s First Things First program, a sometimes controversial sales tax program designed to improve early childhood education.
Local beekeeper visits second-grade class
Eager for every pollen-sized bit of information, second-grade students at Payson Elementary School buzzed eagerly around beekeeper David Jones, bedecked in his white suit and headgear that made him look like an astronaut.
Friends say Eddie Duran is recovering from a brain aneurism he suffered weeks ago and while he remains hospitalized in Phoenix, the former Payson Little League coach and board member is anxious to return home.
The state second-ranked and undefeated Show Low Cougar (5-0) football team proved they are worthy of their lofty reputation in a 47-6 shellacking of the Payson Longhorns Friday evening at PHS stadium.
Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is calling last week’s five-day stretch, in which the team played three regular season matches and five more in the Snowflake Invitational, the most grueling of his tenure.
Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.
The Willow Springs Lake Fall Trout Tournament has for the past 13 years marked the unofficial end of the spring and summer fishing season just as the spring tournament in May signals the onset of the season.
It’s doubtful any of the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s macho he-men would want to be publicly praised for wearing “cute matching outfits”.
An attack on a U.S. Embassy is an act of war.
I could go into a long rant about economics, about feasibly connecting sewer systems to new buildings, and about how vacant buildings and lots already have paid sewer fees.
Apparently Cora Detweiler did not read the entire article concerning Dr. Richard Carmona.
I was a Republican during the early years following in my father’s footsteps.
After my query in the Payson Roundup last week as to why contractors are opposed to President Obama, who has tried to pass bills for highway and bridge repair, but each time has been overruled by the Republicans.
Approximately 50 percent of our Arizona population is female.
I am writing this in response to the soon to be ASU campus in Payson.
Saturday, September 22
Even shoes offer clue to plight of rising number of displaced children
School staff often identify them from their shoes.
Friday, September 21
The Show Low Cougar football team came to Payson Football Field with one thought on their collective minds: Win this game.
Sanitary board election draws rare furor amidst controversy about steep impact fees
For the first time in years, voters actually have a choice of candidates for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District board.
Underdog Longhorns aim to upset Cougars
A pair of longtime rivals clash today with pride and bragging rights at stake.
Second-graders do well on state tests, but lag peers nationally
The good news is: Payson second-graders look pretty good compared to students throughout Arizona.
The Friends of Rim Country GCC, Inc. will present a Three-Course British Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.
Legislation sponsored this year by one of our opponents, Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson), appears on the Nov. 6 ballot as Proposition 120.
Payson may have secured its long-term water supply just in time.
The Steve Coury Automotive Family welcomes new salesman Scott Andrus.
New high school Athletic Director Don Heiser will present an update on the athletic department and credit for kids donations at the school board meeting on Monday, Sept. 24. “When Anna asked for this position, the board wanted to know how that is working,” said superintendent Ron Hitchcock, “This will be a report and time for the board to ask questions...” Also on the agenda, a discussion scrutinizing the fees charged for facilities such as the high school auditorium, cafeterias, gyms, and fields often rented by local groups.
Only 7 percent of accredited hospitals win “Top Performer” status two years in a row
Payson Regional Medical Center was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation organization for health care facilities.
The loan process today is a lot like traveling in New Orleans without a GPS.
Chabin, LeFevre say Legislature’s cuts have crippled towns and schools and now threaten region’s tourist economy
Arizona must reverse deep budget cuts to protect the state’s schools and its vital tourist economy, insisted candidates seeking to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature Wednesday night in Payson.
We blew it. Didn’t mean to: But we did. And we’ll try to make it up to you.
Membership in Payson’s Civil Air Patrol squadron is caught in a downdraft.
Gila County Juvenile Detention Facility Manager Kathy Coker does not believe that kids who run afoul of the law should in a place completely devoid of character and cheer.
Some 150 Rim Country residents have signed on for this weekend’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” which starts off at 9 a.m. from Green Valley Park.
On Sept. 12, Weight Watchers members in Payson took a big bite out of helping to feed the hungry.
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.
PHS girls soccer team hands Tucson Desert Christian its first loss
When a group of adrenaline-hyped teenage girls are involved, a short span of about 21 days can make a huge difference.
Lady Horns’ sweep three in three days
An amazing three match winning streak in the course of three days has fans believing the current edition of the Lady Longhorn volleyball team might be the best in coach Arnold Stonebrink’s tenure at PHS.
A reader asked this week if I had mixed feelings about tonight’s football game between Show Low and Payson because I had been head coach at both schools.
In response to the article in Payson Roundup by Pete Aleshire, “Proposition challenges control of federal lands,” we would like to present the case for retrieval of Arizona’s public lands.
Last month, friends of mine came together and had a fund-raiser for my family and me.
In response to Mr. Paulk’s letter “Why are some contractors against Obama,” I want to clarify that I am not a contractor, but I am a citizen concerned with our country’s economy.
Some believe that obesity is the most serious threat the U.S.A. is facing. I believe however, that our incomprehensible national debt will be our undoing. (Forbes 3.27.11)
In 2008 almost everyone in America fell for the biggest hoax in our lifetime!
Today the rich have gotten their taxes down so low they usually pay less than the average Joe does.
If you haven’t figured out QE I and QE II, hold on to your wallets because QE III has just been announced.
A huge thrill for high school runners for the past 32 years has been the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Costa Mesa, Calif.
If PHS coach Jake Swartwood was looking for a bit of motivation to fire up his players for tonight’s crucial clash against Show Low, he might want to show them films of the 2000 season-ending Cougars vs. Longhorn battle.
It seems like lately we just can’t keep up with all the animals that are coming through the doors.
Since the early days on the frontier, adventure seekers have journeyed to the remote villages of Pine and Strawberry, nestled beneath the Rim in the heart of Arizona.
Haven’t the days been picture perfect? The weather has finally broke from the monsoon rains and the nasty humidity.
Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher Creek Classic Car Show is back! Mark your calendar.
If you believe walking is good, healthy exercise (and that’s really pretty hard to argue against) and at the same time enjoy helping out not-for-profit causes, this is a great weekend for you.
There’s nothing better in life than finding a job that fits you, is there? Each day you go to work in a place you like, where people like you, and where you fit.
Crews will shift traffic Monday to the new eastbound lanes of State Route 260 at Doubtful Canyon (milepost 270), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Five of the six new bridges are complete and work will start on the final bridge on westbound SR 260 over Doubtful Canyon after traffic has been shifted.
Thursday, September 20
At the latest Gila County Pioneer Women meeting Georgia Haught Stratton Lann was presented with a plaque honoring her as the 27th inductee into the Gila County Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame.
Wednesday, September 19
The Payson Old Time Opry will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
The memories of 9-11 are fresh on our minds following the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the continued violent protests in the Middle East against the U.S. still unfolding, there is no better balm than to stand strong with song.
The weather of the past week has made it clear: fall is nearly upon us. For those who love to hike, it’s time to think about where we want to go to enjoy the wonderful fall colors.
Fall officially arrives Saturday, Sept. 22. Recently there have even been a few evenings and mornings when the feel of autumn was in the air in Rim Country.
Probably one of the more interesting regions in the United States is the so-called old south. Here, you will find much history as well as delicious food served in various types of restaurants.
The Words - Entertaining and memorable
This low budget wonder is easily one of the most entertaining and memorable films of the year.
The International Day of Peace is Friday, Sept. 21. This year there is a worldwide movement to make this year the biggest ever-collective focus on living in a peaceful world.
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Rim residents to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
I have suffered with restless leg syndrome for 25 years. What causes it? Is there a cure? I do take Requip. Some say that having the veins in your legs stripped helps. Does it?
Tuesday, September 18
Mountain bike race attracts a record crop of characters
When Glendale’s Bryan Lybarger heard about this past weekend’s Fire on the Rim mountain biking race in Pine, he knew he had to enter.
Bodies recovered in canyon north of Strawberry
Local search and rescue workers confirmed Saturday that three men died when their plane crashed north of Payson.
A big jump in applications for college enrollment have boosted negotiations to build a university campus in Payson as the state’s three universities report record enrollments and bulging campuses, despite soaring tuition and stubbornly high unemployment.
School board hears report on desperate state of technology, with only glimmers of hope for upgrades
Until a couple of weeks ago, the state of technology in the Payson Unified School District remained ‘The Mystery Behind the Curtain’ — for a reason.
Local artist’s strikingly original creations belie the struggle to cope with war’s deep wounds
Hoop Bramoff is soft-spoken and very modest. Still, he is pleased that the first work he has ever entered in any kind of contest won a grand prize at the Northern Gila County Fair this year.
Due to the work scheduled for the Blue Ridge pipeline project, the Sept. 29 Dog Day in the Park at Rumsey Park has been canceled. The event will be held in the spring of 2013.
Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Payson pocketed $118,000 for water to sustain grass
My, my. How times change. Payson pocketed a quick $118,000 for selling the Chaparral Pines and Rim Club golf courses 15 million gallons of water to keep the grass alive during the bone-dry spring.
Kristin Curtis was set to finish up her nursing degree at Gila Community College when the fire struck.
Almost one Arizonan in five was without health insurance in 2010, with the number rising to one in four in some of the state’s hardest-hit counties, according to a Census Bureau report.
Students utilize tie-dye to learn chromatography
What’s a chemist’s pick-up line? Are you full of Beryllium, Gold and Titanium? Because if you are, you are BeAuTi-full.
Kids stage a bike race of their own
The kids raced around the Pine-Strawberry school grounds on their bikes Sunday morning in their own Fire on the Rim mountain bike event.
The Lady Longhorn volleyball team highlighted last week’s play with a spectacular trio of wins over Camp Verde, Fountain Hills and Saguaro.
A field of 176 gritty and determined cyclists from around the western United States turned out for the second running of the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race conducted over old Jeep trails, paths and roads near Pine and Strawberry.
An admirable character thread, camaraderie and a deep respect for tradition, seemingly unites athletes and cowboys.
Just a day prior to the opening of the Arizona High School Rodeo Association season competition, which tipped off Sept. 15 at the Payson Event Center, Chelsie Stodghill was looking forward to the challenge of next year competing on the national prep scene.
A field of 52 boys and girls ages 8 to 15 turned out Sept. 12 at Rumsey Park to showcase their skills in the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest hosted by the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
After returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, Sam Boatman continued his onslaught, eventually leading the Longhorns (3-1) Friday evening in Miami to a 44-0 win over the homestanding Vandals (1-3).
Yes the country is flat broke. Why?
Members meet at 7 p.m. every Sunday for dinner at The Buffalo Bar & Grill and dancing to Junction 87.
You Pick ’Em — Way to go! Reinstating the football contest is a great step.
It’s great that Richard Carmona saved Chris Walker’s life, but that doesn’t qualify him to be a U.S. Senator.
I read with interest your “ourview” in the Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 Payson Roundup.
As I watch the news, I am appalled!
This is in response to the letter from someone presenting the silly shoes school of economics.
Signs of fall: squirrels harvesting a bumper crop of acorns in the back yard.
The highlight for the Payson Women’s Golf Association in July and August was the annual Medallion Tournament.
Saturday, September 15
Local search and rescue crews are hiking into a remote canyon today to retrieve the bodies of three people believed dead after their plane crashed north of Payson.
The Fire on the Rim trail proved tough competition for mountain bikers Saturday. One rider refereed to the 15-mile course, which circled around Pine-Strawberry, as a kidney pounder. Riders squared off in three heats, competing in either a 15, 30 or 45-mile race.
Sam Boatman’s three first half touchdown runs, including an 85-yard TD scamper with the opening kickoff, lifted the Longhorns to a 37-0 halftime lead over the Miami Vandals on Friday evening in Miami.
Friday, September 14
A daughter’s screams awaken mother to prescription drug abuse
When Melissa Cochran woke up Sept. 2 to her eldest daughter’s screams, she never imagined what she would find.
A gluey, gooey mess closed northbound Highway 87 most of Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, after a semi carrying paving oil rolled over south of town.
A once-prominent attorney who represented the likes of Payson’s former mayor and a Tonto Basin woman arrested for helping fugitives evade capture, has been disbarred.
Waiting in the box. That’s the moment of rodeo intensity for high school students Chelsie Stodghill and Monty James.
Anniversary of attack that claimed 3,000 lives reminds teens of loss and service
War came to the shores of the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Rim Country Talent Show, “Payson’s Got Talent,” has been postponed until November.
The Blue Ridge Reservoir boat ramp will be closed temporarily in order to protect the public from falling rocks landing on the ramp, apparently caused by extensive rains.
On Sept. 22 Tonto National Monument will celebrate international observe the moon night.
Liberal: Synonym: Openhanded; unselfish; generous; kind; tolerant; intelligent; wide awake; broad-minded; rational; fair; left wing; unbiased and progressive.
I am writing in response to a letter in this column in last Friday’s (Sept. 7) edition of the Roundup.
As is my custom, this morning I set out on a neighborhood walk.
By now, the people of Northern Arizona have heard about a large forest restoration project we call 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative), a truly unprecedented effort to restore the health and ecological function of our beautiful Northern Arizona forests.
A cadre of state lawmakers wants to take over some 25 million acres of federal land in Arizona and cast aside pesky environmental laws that have often immobilized federal agencies like the U.S. Forest Service.
Move to seize 25 million acres divides candidates for Legislature
A controversial ballot measure intended to allow the state to seize control of millions of acres of federal land has drawn a sharp divide between two slates of candidates seeking to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature.
The Payson office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona will skip its fall fund-raiser to concentrate on its March 2, 2013 Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the agency’s major communitywide fund-raiser.
Group objects to parking fees on day-use areas maintained by contractors in national forests
The parking fees imposed by the U.S. Forest Service on day-use sites along the East Verde River have provoked a lawsuit by a national group seeking to roll back fees on public lands nationwide.
The stands full of families: Check. Announcers revved up: Check. Cars and trucks ready: Double check. The list marked off, the annual Payson Demolition Derby delivered tons of fun and bit of drama, too.
Speaker at Rim Country Foreign Policy Forum watched a nation blossom
“It was just piles of rocks, no electricity, no power, no water — Warsaw was nothing but rubble.”
Shelby School students earned a grand total of 29 awards at the Northern Gila County Fair, including 15 blue ribbons.
I first started working at the humane society in 2007, when we were still the Payson Humane Society. Several animals have stuck out in my mind over the years for many reasons.
Expert instruction from a veteran coach, solid discipline and character building is what parents can expect from the $35 registration fee they pay to enroll their child in the town-sponsored Fundamentals Basketball Academy.
Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? That day was horrifying, scary, and bewildering for me.
After watching her team struggle to a 0-3 start for the 2012 season, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox promised the team would get better.
Members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club gathered to distribute more than $10,000 in proceeds from the 2012 Beeline Cruise-In to local charities.
This is a group welcomes all single adults. Members meet at 7 p.m. every Sunday for dinner at The Buffalo Bar & Grill and dancing to Junction 87.
Like to bicycle? Enjoy quality, local, live music? Fancy silent auctions? Get a kick out of beer gardens?
Last week I told you about Chuck Dunlap, someone I will never be able to thank enough even if I live to be a thousand.
Due to the work scheduled for the Blue Ridge Pipeline project, the Sept. 29 Dog Day in the Park at Rumsey Park has been cancelled. The event will be held in the spring of 2013.
The Christopher Creek food drive is starting this Friday.
A huge contingent of young cowboys and cowgirls is expected to turn out tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 15, to compete in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association and Arizona Junior High School Rodeo Association’s 2012-13 season opening competition.
Each year since 1992 — that’s 20 years — members of the Mogollon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have brought the national commemoration of the U.S. Constitution to Rim Country.
The Miami Vandals, tonight’s homestanding opponent, could be just the prescription the gridiron doctor ordered to cure any infirmity that might be lingering from the Payson Longhorn football team’s 14-7 disappointing loss last week to Fountain Hills.
Daring and professional mountain bikers will overtake our mountain this weekend in a bike race that is taking Arizona by storm.
The Longhorn boys soccer team travels today, Sept. 14, to Show Low to participate in the Cougar Invitational Tournament. The fray wraps up with games tomorrow.
Thursday, September 13
The latest Diabetes Prevention Program by the Tonto Apache tribe was held August 16th 2012, was the first official health fair.
The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is participating in the first annual Chili Cook Off at the Gila County Court House parking lot on the Beeline Highway across from the Post Office on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green - Little Disney movie is charming, if a little schmaltzy
This odd trip into magical realism is a sort of Russian folk tale meets Disney.
Some of us only get two- or three-week vacations each year.
The busy school year means that dinner planning often gets pushed aside
Chapter 3 – Baker Butte
The highest point on the Mogollon Rim is a conical hill named Baker Butte.
NOON Campsite Open
After a successful kickoff event last summer, Fire on the Rim organizers have expanded the mountain bike race from one day to three. The Second Annual Fire on the Rim kicks off Sept. 14 and runs through the 16th.
For pet owners, there are few things more exciting than bringing home a new companion.
Pet parents know that the best way to put an extra wag in a dog’s tail and a spring in his step is to mention the word “walk” or “outside.”
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting residents in the Rim communities to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Unity World Day of Prayer is an opportunity to join people from around the world in a 24-hour prayer vigil as we embrace the Divine energy that is in all of us.
My wife’s doctor thinks she has intermittent claudication due to peripheral vascular disease. She also has diabetes. Would you describe it and its treatment?
Due to the work scheduled for the Blue Ridge Pipeline project, the Sept. 29 Dog Day in the Park at Rumsey Park has been cancelled.
Wednesday, September 12
Due to a hazardous spill, Highway 87 was closed most of Tuesday, but reopened Wednesday morning after overnight clean up efforts, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Officials initially thought the roadway could be closed as many as two days due to the amount of oil spewed across both sides of the highway. On Tuesday afternoon, a semi truck carrying oil used for paving rolled near milepost 228, near the bottom of Slate Creek.
Tuesday, September 11
Win up to $20 each week of the NFL football season. See your copy of the Payson Roundup in the Sports Section to enter.
Early risers in Pine got a scary wake-up call Sunday — a fiery glow over the pines cast by a two-story house fire.
Services fall as poverty, homelessness, hunger rise
The long, economic stall in Gila County has driven families into poverty, cut off children’s health care, pushed the price of child care out of reach and spurred a host of problems for young families.
Recorder hit for using public resources to campaign
Gila County’s recorder is facing tough criticism from both a failed challenger and county supervisors.
Northern Gila County Fair draws good crowds, plus needy sheep and bulls
Krislyn Alford sat in a pen at the Northern Gila County fairgrounds with her sheep, Lulu. Today it was dry and Lulu strikingly white and clean, but Friday was a different story ...
Construction starts this week on overhaul of water system
The Payson Town Council on Thursday voted to give back an unused $2 million federal economic stimulus loan to build the Blue Ridge pipeline — then immediately signed on for a new $6.2 million federal loan with the same low interest rate.
At the Lunch and Learn program set for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, Dr. Katharine Raymer will discuss the gallbladder, normal functions of the gallbladder, development of gallstones and gallbladder attacks. Reserve your seat for this informative discussion.
Just a question — Why is it legal for the Gila County Sheriff’s Office to call out an armed sheriff’s deputy to duty who has been consuming alcoholic beverages?
The political debate these days feels a lot like watching a crown fire: Heat, smoke, destruction and a tragic, all-consuming waste.
Few contest elections for fire, water districts
A number of special district boards must be getting it right, since no one filed to throw incumbents out.
Marlene Armstrong, a teacher at both Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School, won her second teaching award this year.
Payson Masonic Lodge #70 F&AM meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.
U.S. Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake last week organized a meeting in Show Low to push for a waiver of environmental laws and regulations to speed up forest thinning and restoration projects in the wake of wildfires.
A number of special district boards must be getting it right, since no one filed to throw incumbents out. That means before voters have a say, those elections are already decided.
National study raises stakes in struggle over ballot measure to extend sales tax for schools
The fierce struggle centered on a ballot measure to extend a one-cent sales tax to benefit K-12 schools continued this week in the shadow of a report showing the Arizona Legislature cut education more deeply during the recession than any other state.
The hedgehog tucked its head into Carrie Flood’s gloved hand, and then peeked out again. In front of Flood and the tiny spiked ball she held in her hand, more than three-dozen pairs of Julia Randall Elementary third-grade eyes peered at the little creature and his keeper.
When we think of today’s entrepreneurs, young technology developers like Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, or Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, often come to mind.
Coldwell Banker’s mortgage adviser Debra Isaac recently presented a presentation on the do’s and don’ts of a loan transaction. One of the many challenges with mortgages today is the increased underwriting requirements required largely due to government involvement. At times, these requirements seem ridiculous.
Mazatzal’s Coffee Korner is now open and serving Peet’s Coffee and Tea just inside the south entrance of Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.
“I’ll be turning the wrench,” said local bike shop owner Phil Ryder. Ryder, of Hike, Bike and Run fame, will have a booth at the second annual Fire on the Rim mountain bike race in Pine this weekend, instead of entering the race.
Many know Eddie Duran as the affable husband and father who for years coached Payson Little League teams and unselfishly served on the league’s board of directors.
A whopping 175 yards in penalties, a crucial fumble after a long run, several mental mistakes and the loss of three key players ended the Longhorn football team’s season opening two-game winning streak.
Volleyball team slated to play three matches in three days
The Lady Horns volleyball team begins a demanding stretch today, Sept. 11, in which it plays three matches in the course of three days.
Lady Longhorn cross country runners were at the best in the team’s lone home appearance of the 2012 season.
I’ve been receiving a lot of anti-Obama e-mails from my contracting buddies lately.
I am writing this letter to express my extreme displeasure at the closing of the library on Saturdays.
The Zane Grey Shrine Club of Payson wishes to thank all the businesses that supported our recent golf tournament to raise funds for the Zane Grey Shrine Club’s activities in support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This is in response to Ms. Emma Cline’s letter concerning Mr. Romney’s tax records.
An item in The Arizona Republic some 18 months or so ago reporting that New Orleans’ grand old Roosevelt Hotel was undergoing a complete renovation brought back a memory of an extraordinary event that I witnessed there more than four decades ago
Coach still optimistic team can improve and have a good season
Despite a 0-3 start to the 2012 season, Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox is clinging to her optimism.
The Longhorn boys soccer team’s 2012 varsity debut wasn’t the success coach Chris Avakian was hoping for. “In fact, it was horrible,” the coach said.
Saturday, September 8
The judging done at the 58th annual Northern Gila County Fair, the kids of 4-H and FFA have their awards in hand and wait for tonight’s auction at 6:00 p.m.
Penalties, a misfiring offense and the loss of starting quarterback Gunner Goodman spelled the demise of the Longhorn football team (2-1) in a 14-7 loss to the Fountain Hills Falcons (1-2) on Friday evening.
Friday, September 7
Everybody talks about the weather, Mark Twain once famously commented, but no one does anything about it.
Chance meeting dominates visit of Senate hopeful Dr. Rich Carmona
Lots of folks show up at campaign events to meet a candidate who wants to save taxpayers money.
Speeding semi rolls at Corvair Curve — third crash in a month
For the third time in a month, a vehicle has rolled near Corvair Curve south of town.
Sheriff’s sergeant faces questions about drinking off duty before he was called in from home for fugitive search
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is grappling with questions about when a deputy can drink even off duty after a sergeant admitted he had been drinking before being called in from home to help search for a fugitive last weekend.
The years-long war of words between Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) board chairman Gary Lovetro and Water for Pine Strawberry spokesman Sam Schwalm could be nearing an end.
First I want to thank the Roundup for its continued thoughtful coverage of issues related to our local school district.
“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Lao-tzu A single step.
Backers of a university campus here have raised $100,000 to help buy nearly 260 acres of Forest Service land for a 6,000-student campus.
The Payson School Board at its Sept. 10 meeting will continue its struggle to reconcile its goals with an avalanche of changes imposed by the state and federal government — usually without any money to fund the sweeping changes.
Several Rim Country businesses have been nominated for business of the year in three categories as part of the Sixth Annual Rim Country Business Awards.
Payson may be an art-friendly town, but it has never been big on murals.
A wildlife rehabilitation center’s offer to give shelter to a Mexican gray wolf leading a pack in New Mexico that has been preying on cattle this month convinced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take back an order to have the wolf killed.
Volunteers for the Forest Service gathered over Labor Day weekend to put up gabion baskets, install signs and scrub off graffiti from the East Verde Estates river access point off of Highway 87.
Beaver Valley Day on Saturday attracted several hundred Rim Country residents and visitors to a day of family activities, food and fun.
Leaving trail behind increases the efforts — and the rewards
We park our vehicles a short distance off the Forest Road 300, a few miles west of the turnoff to Woods Canyon Lake.
After a successful kickoff event last summer, Fire on the Rim organizers have expanded the mountain bike race from one day to three.
Hikers, bikers and horse riding folk will have eight miles of new trail to troll after the Forest Service recently concluded an environmental assessment, green-lighting the project.
Search and rescue volunteers had little time to celebrate Labor Day this weekend after being called to look for a gun that a fugitive reportedly used to shoot at officers and then haul an injured woman up from the bottom of Fossil Creek canyon.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a $2.7 million project this week to repave a seven-mile segment of State Route 87.
Building permits showing signs of life in an otherwise static landscape
Payson straggled through another year of flat sales and flat revenues, but can take comfort from signs of life in the once vital, long moribund construction industry, according to a quarterly financial report presented to the council on Thursday.
Friends of Rim Country GCC, Inc., a newly formed foundation just incorporated in April 2012, will host its first fund-raiser from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 at Gila Community College in the community room.
Eddie Duran’s many friends are currently planning a fund-raiser to help with the medical expenses his family is incurring due to the stroke he suffered about a week ago.
Strange case illustrates impact of decisions on property values
Gerald Rutz retired from teaching in the Phoenix area and moved to the Rim Country to live the good life. He decided to invest in tax liens — a good business — until it wasn’t.
Time Out Thrift Store will have another First Friday sale Friday, Sept. 7.
Much like the hero cowboy rode to the rescue of the damsel in distress in old western movie classics, the Mogollon Sporting Association saved the day.
Over the past years, I have heard many of the residents of Star Valley, Payson and other parts of Northern Gila County complain about how little say we have in what happens in Gila County.
How many times does a lie have to be told to make it true? The people who are so driven to “repeal Obama Care” can’t seem to find a reason to do so.
In a recent publication, Dave Cleland gave a wrong number for fee basis authorization from the VA.
I would like to thank all who have supported me in so many ways during this past primary election for sheriff.
Congratulations to Terry Morris on her retirement!
Lady Longhorns battle to fourth-place PI finish
Battling tooth and nail over the course of two action-filled days, the Lady Longhorns copped a very respectable fourth-place finish among the 24 teams entered in the Payson Invitational Tournament.
Two early season, lopsided losses call those original projections into question
When preseason football practices kicked off in early August, the well-regarded Fountain Hills Falcons appeared to be one of the most formidable foes on the Longhorns’ 2012 schedule.
About 20 teams and more than 1,300 runners, including a Payson High contingent of 12, descended on Flagstaff Saturday, Sept. 1.
The Payson High School boys soccer teams open the 2012 season tomorrow, Saturday.
Blood, sweat and gears will occupy Pine and Strawberry next weekend when one of the most challenging up-and-coming mountain bike races on the planet.
Tonto Village rocked this past weekend with a barbecue by the Hellsgate auxiliary at fire station #22, and the Modified Motorcycle Camp and Jam.
Eighty years is a long time to live. It gives you a chance to have a lot of fun.
The Christopher-Kohl’s FireBelles want to thank everyone for making their fund-raiser breakfast last Saturday, Sept. 1.
“Every year when summer comes around, They stretch a banner ’cross the main street in town.
The Payson American Legion Riders next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 8 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.
Thursday, September 6
Recommended SMARTER goals (Evaluate & Reevaluate added) and indicators for the Payson Unified School District
Wednesday, September 5
A guardian angel is a term with which most of us are familiar.
Tuesday, September 4
The state Legislature’s effort to gut teachers’ job protections by micro-managing school districts has cast school districts across the state into thickets of cat-claw.
Travel bugs, this is the last opportunity to sign up for the Senior Circle’s Monument Valley/Canyon de Chelly tour, which will be Oct. 2 through Oct. 5
This year, the National Alzheimer’s Association is coming to Payson to hold a Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk will be held at Green Valley Park, Saturday, Sept. 22.
Now that Labor Day is over, we can settle into September and enjoy the cooler days and nights.
Dreaded thief of the mind forces family to change
Of the numerous hats that I’ve worn in my 17 years of living in Payson, my favorite is that of the “ZUMBA lady” — not only because I love staying fit through music and dance and helping others to do the same — every so often, the funds we raise through ZUMBA events help various causes.
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.
The Forest Service has established a non-profit fund to help local groups restore areas damaged by wildfires.
Using funds received through the Safeway Educational Grant Program, the Payson Marketing Program visited and experienced the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, Salt River Fields, the Talking Stick Resort, Cabela’s and the Safeway Distribution Center and Milk Processing Plant.
Julia Randall Elementary student test scores underscore challenges for district
Work out this equation: Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) students’ math scores drop while reading scores improve compared to national standards.
A Camp Verde volleyball coach sat mortified Friday morning as firefighters debated how best to extricate an activity bus she had driven into a set of solar panels in Payson High School’s Wilson Dome parking lot.
Working smoke detectors likely saved a couple and their pets Thursday night when their dishwasher malfunctioned and started a fire.
New hires in wake of layoffs prompt questions by critics
At the end of the 2011-12 school year, six Payson Unified School District teachers succumbed to a reduction in force (RIF).
Counselor position at middle school downgraded
With only three school board members present, the Payson School Board voted 2-1 to support a job description that would make it possible to hire a Rim Country Middle School counselor without a counseling certificate.
It is an amazing thing for a teacher when something happens to engage student interest and starts them on a path of discovery that, of course, leads to learning.
Our daughter-in-law and two granddaughters were in a very serious rollover accident on Highway 87 Sunday, Aug. 19.
In August, Time Out, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity teamed up to be part of a Habitat Brush with Kindness project.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform the good people of Payson and surrounding areas that Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, was ranked a “B” in the new A-F School Accountability Letter Grade System.
Lynnette Brouwer’s letter suggests people need to read/reread two previous issues of the Roundup. Yes, but the problem is not lack of a middle school counselor.
Gila Community College (GCC) could have covered parking by the end of the year — oh, and run on solar energy, too.
Payson Education Center, an alternative accredited high school, is currently enrolling for the 2012/13 school year. It is also accepting new students. PEC received a “B” ranking by the Arizona Department of Education.
Farmers Market, Creamery team up to raise money for fire protection
What do you get when you combine enthusiasm for community, along with talented chefs using savory, fresh, local products? You get the winning combination for this year’s Farm Dinner at Fossil Creek Creamery.
Lowell Observatory’s $53 million instrument focus of Discovery Channel special
It is credited with discovering Pluto and confirming that the universe is expanding. Now the Lowell Observatory hopes to discover even more with a new, $53 million telescope built just north of Payson.
Shannon Bielke, superintendent for fine arts at the Northern Gila County Fair, asks more Rim Country artists to enter work in the 2012 festivities.
The dust has settled out at the Payson Event Center arena and the organizers say the 128th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo was one of the best.
Dear friends of local P.E.O. meet to reminisce, celebrate
“DF stands for dear friend and you are all dear to me,” said Mary Lou Myers, a 25-year member of Payson’s P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) chapter.
In the summer of 2004, friends of Justice McNeeley, then a 5-year-old Pine Strawberry School kindergartner, banded together to purchase him a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.
A for-all-the-marbles volleyball finale that had fans, boosters and PHS students perched on the edge of their seats was played out after the Lady Longhorns won the first two sets of a season-opening match against Snowflake, but then lost the next two.
Russ Morris and Tim Ernst are locked in a fierce toe-to-toe battle for bragging rights as the Payson Men’s Golf Association closest to the pin champion.
The Mogollon Sporting Association at its August meeting donated about $14,000 to various Payson school district programs and another $10,000 in matching money to help fund a water catchment project in the Tonto National Forest.
The Payson Longhorn football team rallied back from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit Friday evening in Camp Verde to rout the homestanding Cowboys 41-21.