Stories for September 2012

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Sunday, September 30

Juniper Vista Journal

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

Longhorns sting the Scorpions

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

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Former candidate for sheriff arrested

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.

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Gila County contributes to campus effort

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.

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Athletics need subsidies

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.

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Officer reprimanded for not revealing he’d been drinking

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.

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Record number seek Payson School Board seats

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?

Community Almanac

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.

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Killer algae spreads into Roosevelt

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.

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Home Grown

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.

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Making a splash

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.

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Gila County limiting free vaccines

As of Oct. 1, Gila County’s health department can no longer provide free required childhood vaccines to children covered by private insurance.

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Pumpkin Pickers

Students from the Payson Church of the Nazarene day care center recently lined up to pick a pumpkin from the Payson Community Garden.

Before you vote, remember this

There is a reason the Constitution of the United States of America mentions nothing about political parties.

No better qualifications than Carmona’s

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.

Give the state control over our land

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.

Find a way to make it happen

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.

North County gets a dollop

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.”

Get us out of this mess when you vote

Do you know how much we owe?

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Longhorns looking to rebound vs. Red Rock

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.

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Twilight Classic draws Payson runners to compete with 100 teams

Cross country races in the U.S. awaits the Payson High School teams today, Sept. 28, at Toga Stick Golf Course in Gilbert.

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Finally

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.

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Lady Horn soccer team Tucson-bound

Coach Amy Wilcox and her Lady Longhorn soccer team travel to Tucson today, Friday, Sept. 15.

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Autumn means bid farewell to bug bites

Ahh — autumn! — No bug bites Autumn has arrived like a lamb.

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Great musical weekend on the Rim

It’s another great music weekend happening right here in the Rim Country.

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Cub Scouts visit hatchery, Christian camp

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Shelby School Cub Scout Pack #7787 took its first day trip on Monday, Sept. 24.

We are swept up in fads without ever realizing it

If anyone asked me how I feel about fads, I would no doubt say something dumb, like “Are you kidding? I hate fads.

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Wow your visitors in Rim Country

My cousin and her husband drove all the way from Toronto to see the good old U.S.A. and visit us in Pine.

Shelter has many pets in need of homes

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

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Old Time Opry & Fiddlers Contest

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.

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Rim Country Places

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.

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A special weekend meal; then eat with ease the rest of the week

One of these cooler autumn weekends, put together a special weekend meal featuring a ham.

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Tips on picking a cruise itinerary and ship

Cruise line ads promise all the best things in life if you take one of their ships for a cruise.

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At the Movies

Premium Rush - Cool, well done chase film

This is the hippest film of the year of all the ones that I have seen.

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Tonto Apache 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.

Good 2 Go

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.

Shaky hands not due to nervousness

Will you please provide information on essential tremor?

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First Responders Day celebrated in Payson

Pat Johnson is not one to stand still for long.

Tuesday, September 25

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Biologists poison Fossil Creek bass

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.

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Hellsgate hires battalion chief with federal grant

Months after budget cuts forced Hellsgate Fire Department to eliminate its No. 2 command position, a federal grant is bringing it back.

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Sanitary district fees prompt rare challenge

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.

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Abandoned, neglected children can’t find homes in Rim Country

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.

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Cops nab fleeing suspect

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.

Community Almanac

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.

Close call for Fossil Creek

Let’s say you have a heart attack. Mild. No permanent muscle damage. You’re back from the hospital — feeling enormously relieved.

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Fiddle music fans will flock to town this weekend

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.

Week of around the clock prayers at coffee shop

Churches and volunteers team up to offer non-stop prayers

Rim Country churches are coming together this week in prayer.

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Tonto Apaches celebrate Tribal Recognition Days

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.

Clubs and Organizations

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.

Report blasts ‘Fast and Furious’ operation

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.

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School board reviews facilities fees

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.

County accepts grant for at-risk children

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.

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Students learn A to Z about bees

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.

Duran benefit features food, lots of auctions

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.

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Cougars hog-tie Longhorns

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.

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Lady Horns tested with five-day challenge

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.

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Sept. 25 - 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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Trout fray hails end of season

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.

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PMGA pair named ‘cutest’ in group’s two-man scramble

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”.

Republican Party does not reflect face of America

I was a Republican during the early years following in my father’s footsteps.

Carmona more than a doctor

Apparently Cora Detweiler did not read the entire article concerning Dr. Richard Carmona.

Davis-Bacon Act signed into law in 1931

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.

In response to ‘The dog that didn’t bark’

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.

Political gender gap

Approximately 50 percent of our Arizona population is female.

Not enough jobs now — where will university students work?

I am writing this in response to the soon to be ASU campus in Payson.

What does it take?

An attack on a U.S. Embassy is an act of war.

Saturday, September 22

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Homeless students still struggle

Even shoes offer clue to plight of rising number of displaced children

School staff often identify them from their shoes.

Friday, September 21

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Longhorns slashed to ribbons by Show Low Cougars

The Show Low Cougar football team came to Payson Football Field with one thought on their collective minds: Win this game.

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Obscure board: Vital race

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.

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Show Low Showdown

Underdog Longhorns aim to upset Cougars

A pair of longtime rivals clash today with pride and bragging rights at stake.

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Payson Elementary student scores: Good news, bad news

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.

Community Almanac

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.

Proposition a distraction from state’s real issues

Legislation sponsored this year by one of our opponents, Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson), appears on the Nov. 6 ballot as Proposition 120.

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Studies show Southwest faces water shortage

Payson may have secured its long-term water supply just in time.

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Steve Coury Ford welcomes new salesman to family

The Steve Coury Automotive Family welcomes new salesman Scott Andrus.

Discussion with Payson High Athletic Director on School Board agenda Monday

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.

Payson Medical Center wins coveted ranking

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.

One realtor’s harrowing tale of navigating the loan process

The loan process today is a lot like traveling in New Orleans without a GPS.

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State legislative candidates decry ‘extremism’

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.

Case of the dog that didn’t bark

We blew it. Didn’t mean to: But we did. And we’ll try to make it up to you.

Civil Air Patrol recruiting members; pilots and co-pilots welcome

Membership in Payson’s Civil Air Patrol squadron is caught in a downdraft.

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County spruces up juvenile detention center

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.

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Walk will rally support for Alzheimer’s families

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.

Payson dieters bank lost weight, donate 185 pounds to food bank

On Sept. 12, Weight Watchers members in Payson took a big bite out of helping to feed the hungry.

Clubs and Organizations

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.

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Lady Longhorns shock DC Eagles

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.

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Get out the Broom

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.

Happy memories of coaching Cougars come with sadness

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.

Federal government needs to honor promise

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.

Shipping jobs overseas destroyed the middle class

Today the rich have gotten their taxes down so low they usually pay less than the average Joe does.

Vote for Romney-Ryan will get America back on track

In 2008 almost everyone in America fell for the biggest hoax in our lifetime!

Printing more money is not the answer

If you haven’t figured out QE I and QE II, hold on to your wallets because QE III has just been announced.

Arm yourself with facts before you cast your vote

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)

Pull together for our country

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.

Thank you to the community

Last month, friends of mine came together and had a fund-raiser for my family and me.

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Cross country runners head to Pinetop tomorrow

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.

Big game invokes memory of upset

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.

Help save a life — adopt or rescue a pet today

It seems like lately we just can’t keep up with all the animals that are coming through the doors.

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Good times roll in Pine-Strawberry

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.

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Shelby students set to saddle up today

Haven’t the days been picture perfect? The weather has finally broke from the monsoon rains and the nasty humidity.

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Cruise into fall at Christopher Creek

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher Creek Classic Car Show is back! Mark your calendar.

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Walk for a good cause this weekend

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.

A large part of happiness is knowing who you really are

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.

Traffic shift on State Route 260 east of Payson next week; delays possible

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

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Gila County Pioneer Woman of the Year

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

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Payson Old Time Opry & Fiddlers’ Fest

The Payson Old Time Opry will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Standing strong with song

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.

Fall hikes and history

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.

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The flavors of fall

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.

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Touring the Old South

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.

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At the Movies

The Words - Entertaining and memorable

This low budget wonder is easily one of the most entertaining and memorable films of the year.

Getaway Around Rim Country

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.

Good 2 Go

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Rim residents to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Restless legs ruin sleep

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

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Blame the beer garden

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.

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Plane crash kills three

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.

Arizona’s universities report record enrollment

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.

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District’s aging computers stuck in ‘dinosaur age’

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.

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Vivid wood chip art wins awards for vet

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.

Community Almanac

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.

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Sept. 18 - 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.

Computers in school: Not so easy, but simple

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.

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Water sales to golf courses did not affect well levels

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.

Chari-Tea to raise money for GCC scholarships

Kristin Curtis was set to finish up her nursing degree at Gila Community College when the fire struck.

Report shows one Arizonan in five lacked health insurance in 2010

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.

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Can chemistry actually be fun?

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.

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Race inspires little pedal pushers

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.

Lady Horns on hot streak with tough schedule

The Lady Longhorn volleyball team highlighted last week’s play with a spectacular trio of wins over Camp Verde, Fountain Hills and Saguaro.

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Ex-Horn football star first in 15-mile Fire on Rim event

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.

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Celebrating our pioneer roots

An admirable character thread, camaraderie and a deep respect for tradition, seemingly unites athletes and cowboys.

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PHS teen races to top time

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.

Payson PP&K champs crowned

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.

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Boatman paces Horns in Vandal shellacking

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).

Football contest appreciated

You Pick ’Em — Way to go! Reinstating the football contest is a great step.

A senator’s qualifications

It’s great that Richard Carmona saved Chris Walker’s life, but that doesn’t qualify him to be a U.S. Senator.

Clubs and Organizations

Members meet at 7 p.m. every Sunday for dinner at The Buffalo Bar & Grill and dancing to Junction 87.

Silly shoes economics

This is in response to the letter from someone presenting the silly shoes school of economics.

Pot calling the kettle black

I read with interest your “ourview” in the Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 Payson Roundup.

Why the country is broke

Yes the country is flat broke. Why?

Americans are dying for those who attack us

As I watch the news, I am appalled!

Fall coming on fast around Rim

Signs of fall: squirrels harvesting a bumper crop of acorns in the back yard.

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Peterson, Goff win PWGA Medallion

The highlight for the Payson Women’s Golf Association in July and August was the annual Medallion Tournament.

Saturday, September 15

Plane wreckage spotted north of Payson could be missing Mesa aircraft

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.

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Fire on the Rim tests riders

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.

Longhorns stomp Vandals

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

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Prescription drug epidemic impacts Rim Country family

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.

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Oil spill closes Hwy. 87 for hours

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.

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Former town attorney disbarred

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.

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High school rodeo stars compete this weekend

Waiting in the box. That’s the moment of rodeo intensity for high school students Chelsie Stodghill and Monty James.

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Somber all-school assembly recalls 9/11 attacks

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.

Talent show postponed

The Rim Country Talent Show, “Payson’s Got Talent,” has been postponed until November.

Threat of rock falls closes boat ramp at Blue Ridge

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.

Tonto moon walk in haunts of the ancients

On Sept. 22 Tonto National Monument will celebrate international observe the moon night.

How the tax rates have changed in the U.S.

Liberal: Synonym: Openhanded; unselfish; generous; kind; tolerant; intelligent; wide awake; broad-minded; rational; fair; left wing; unbiased and progressive.

Country drifting further and further into socialism

I am writing in response to a letter in this column in last Friday’s (Sept. 7) edition of the Roundup.

Loose dogs a hazard

As is my custom, this morning I set out on a neighborhood walk.

Established process used to choose 4FRI contractor

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.

Is the cure worse than the disease?

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.

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Proposition challenges control of federal lands

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters postpones fund-raiser

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.

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Lawsuit challenges contractor’s fees on East Verde River

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.

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Demolition derby a smash hit with families

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.

Freedom transformed a suffering Poland

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.”

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Shelby School shines at Fair

Shelby School students earned a grand total of 29 awards at the Northern Gila County Fair, including 15 blue ribbons.

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An adoption success story to warm your heart

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.

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Car Club donates $10,000+ to local charities

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.

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Look for Fire on the Rim this weekend

Like to bicycle? Enjoy quality, local, live music? Fancy silent auctions? Get a kick out of beer gardens?

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Christopher Creek food drive starts Friday

The Christopher Creek food drive is starting this Friday.

Some people you can never repay no matter how you try - Part II

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.

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Occupy Pine and Strawberry — for fun

Daring and professional mountain bikers will overtake our mountain this weekend in a bike race that is taking Arizona by storm.

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Sept. 11, 2001 will never be forgotten

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? That day was horrifying, scary, and bewildering for me.

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Lady Horns take fifth at Show Low

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.

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Horns on the road to Vandal land

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.

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Longhorns set for Cougar Invitational

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.

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School rodeos highlight weekend sports

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.

Basketball camp attendees get chance at firm foundation

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.

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Clubs and Organizations

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.

Join DAR in commemorating the Constitution

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.

Community Almanac

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.

Thursday, September 13

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Diabetes Prevention Program

The latest Diabetes Prevention Program by the Tonto Apache tribe was held August 16th 2012, was the first official health fair.

Getaway Around Rim Country

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.

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At the Movies

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.

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One-week travel adventures for fall

Some of us only get two- or three-week vacations each year.

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Secret to stress-free weeknights

The busy school year means that dinner planning often gets pushed aside

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Rim Country Places

Chapter 3 – Baker Butte

The highest point on the Mogollon Rim is a conical hill named Baker Butte.

Schedule of Events

NOON Campsite Open

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Fire on the Rim this weekend

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.

Pet health care primer: What you need to do and when

For pet owners, there are few things more exciting than bringing home a new companion.

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Tips for an active season with your K-9 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.”

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s needs you

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.

Good 2 Go

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.

Leg pain a sign of blocked artery

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?

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Dog Day in the Park cancelled

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

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Highway 87 reopened after spill

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

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Sept. 11 - 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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Fire consumes Pine home

Early risers in Pine got a scary wake-up call Sunday — a fiery glow over the pines cast by a two-story house fire.

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Kids struggle

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.

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Voting violations claimed

Recorder hit for using public resources to campaign

Gila County’s recorder is facing tough criticism from both a failed challenger and county supervisors.

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Kids, critters, rain and fun

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 ...

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Payson shuffles pipeline loans

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.

Community Almanac

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.

Sheriff’s Office policy needs to be changed

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?

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Scorched earth political debate

The political debate these days feels a lot like watching a crown fire: Heat, smoke, destruction and a tragic, all-consuming waste.

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Special district elections mostly already decided

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.

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Another prestigious award for a Rim Country teacher

Marlene Armstrong, a teacher at both Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School, won her second teaching award this year.

Clubs and Organizations

Payson Masonic Lodge #70 F&AM meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Special district elections mostly already

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.

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What is spiky, shy and a child’s delight?

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.

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Arizona imposed deepest cuts on schools

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.

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Flake blasts management of forests in Senate bid

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.

Follow these 12 tips for a successful loan transaction

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.

Encore careers: Becoming your own boss at any age

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.

Coffee house opens in Mazatzal Casino

Mazatzal’s Coffee Korner is now open and serving Peet’s Coffee and Tea just inside the south entrance of Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

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Mountain bikers to descend on Pine

“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.

Worthwhile benefits on tap in Rim Country

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.

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Falcons ambush Horns

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.

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Big-time challenge awaits Lady Horns

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.

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PHS plays host at PGC

Lady Longhorn cross country runners were at the best in the team’s lone home appearance of the 2012 season.

Why are some contractors against Obama?

I’ve been receiving a lot of anti-Obama e-mails from my contracting buddies lately.

Shriners appreciate support for golf tourney

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.

Memories of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans

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

President should have to open his college records

This is in response to Ms. Emma Cline’s letter concerning Mr. Romney’s tax records.

Unhappy with library being closed on Saturdays

I am writing this letter to express my extreme displeasure at the closing of the library on Saturdays.

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Lady Horns stumble out of gate

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.

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Cougars spoil Horns’ debut

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

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The Judging Done - it's Time for the Auction

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.

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Falcons land on Horns

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

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Town does something about the weather

Everybody talks about the weather, Mark Twain once famously commented, but no one does anything about it.

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Payson man lines up to see candidate who saved his life

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.

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Deadly curve claims yet another victim

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.

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Deputy in shoot-out had alcohol at home

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.

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Pine-Strawberry water critic wins board seat, vows teamwork

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.

RCMS counselor needs proper qualifications

First I want to thank the Roundup for its continued thoughtful coverage of issues related to our local school district.

Firewise volunteers take a crucial step

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Lao-tzu A single step.

University fund-raisers hit $100,000 target

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.

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School board struggles to adapt to mandates

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.

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Top businesses nominations for 2012 revealed

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.

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Couple brings some color to town

Payson may be an art-friendly town, but it has never been big on murals.

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Wildlife rehab center offers to shelter cattle-killing wolf

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.

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Volunteers help clean up forest

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.

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Beaver Valley Day draws crowds, candidates

Beaver Valley Day on Saturday attracted several hundred Rim Country residents and visitors to a day of family activities, food and fun.

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Bear Canyon Lake hike yields arduous pleasures

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.

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Fire on the RimMountain Bike Race

After a successful kickoff event last summer, Fire on the Rim organizers have expanded the mountain bike race from one day to three.

Pine trail will help firefighters, economy

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 haul out woman, look for gun

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.

Beeline paving project to slow traffic near Sunflower

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a $2.7 million project this week to repave a seven-mile segment of State Route 87.

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Town finances still stubbornly stuck

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.

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Tea benefit to assist Payson GCC students

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.

Fund-raisers planned to help Duran family

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.

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Property value drops from $700,000 to $11,000 in one year. What?!

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.

Community Almanac

Time Out Thrift Store will have another First Friday sale Friday, Sept. 7.

MSA saves the day with funds to fix scoreboard

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.

Grateful for support

I would like to thank all who have supported me in so many ways during this past primary election for sheriff.

Director made library the jewel it is today

Congratulations to Terry Morris on her retirement!

Telling a lie repeatedly does not make it true

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.

Incorrect number given for veterans’ care

In a recent publication, Dave Cleland gave a wrong number for fee basis authorization from the VA.

Opportunity squandered

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.

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Tooth and Nail Tussle

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.

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How good are the Fountain Hills Falcons?

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.

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Peaks field largest ever

About 20 teams and more than 1,300 runners, including a Payson High contingent of 12, descended on Flagstaff Saturday, Sept. 1.

Boys soccer debuts tomorrow vs CV

The Payson High School boys soccer teams open the 2012 season tomorrow, Saturday.

P/S packed with events in September

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.

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Labor Day events were a big hit

Tonto Village rocked this past weekend with a barbecue by the Hellsgate auxiliary at fire station #22, and the Modified Motorcycle Camp and Jam.

Some people you can never repay no matter how you try

Eighty years is a long time to live. It gives you a chance to have a lot of fun.

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Fund-raiser pancake breakfast a great success

The Christopher-Kohl’s FireBelles want to thank everyone for making their fund-raiser breakfast last Saturday, Sept. 1.

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Northern Gila County Fair this weekend

“Every year when summer comes around, They stretch a banner ’cross the main street in town.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson American Legion Riders next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 8 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260.

Thursday, September 6

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely (SMART) goals

Recommended SMARTER goals (Evaluate & Reevaluate added) and indicators for the Payson Unified School District

Wednesday, September 5

Applause to Angels

A guardian angel is a term with which most of us are familiar.

Tuesday, September 4

School district must not abuse layoffs

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.

Last chance to reserve a spot for trip to Navajo Reservation

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

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Payson Care brings Alzheimer’s walk to Rim

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.

Enjoy September’s gentle days

Now that Labor Day is over, we can settle into September and enjoy the cooler days and nights.

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How Alzheimer’s impacts a family

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.

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.

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Forest Service offers grants to offset wildfire damage

The Forest Service has established a non-profit fund to help local groups restore areas damaged by wildfires.

Safeway grant turned into student experiences

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.

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Reading up, math down

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.

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Bus hits high school solar panel

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.

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Smoke alarm saves couple

Working smoke detectors likely saved a couple and their pets Thursday night when their dishwasher malfunctioned and started a fire.

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School board struggles with hiring controversies Part II

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).

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School board struggles with hiring controversies

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.

Grateful to all who helped after rollover accident

Our daughter-in-law and two granddaughters were in a very serious rollover accident on Highway 87 Sunday, Aug. 19.

Flawed evaluation system makes results invalid

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.

Alternative Resource students respond to article

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.

Payson Education Center proud of state ranking

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.

We accomplish amazing things working together

In August, Time Out, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity teamed up to be part of a Habitat Brush with Kindness project.

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Covered parking and solar energy to arrive soon at GCC

Gila Community College (GCC) could have covered parking by the end of the year — oh, and run on solar energy, too.

Community Almanac

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.

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Eating well, doing good

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.

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Rim Country telescope probes distant worlds

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.

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Calling all artists to the fair

Shannon Bielke, superintendent for fine arts at the Northern Gila County Fair, asks more Rim Country artists to enter work in the 2012 festivities.

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Rodeo boss says this year’s event one of best

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.

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Payson Chapter DF commemorates 25 years

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.

Poker Run fun slated in Pine

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.

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Lady Horns win thriller vs. Lobos

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.

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Morris, Ernst race for CTP laurels in PMGA play

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.

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Mogollon Sporting Association doles out big bucks

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.

Horns rout CV Cowboys 41-21

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.