Stories for August 2013


Saturday, August 31

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Payson Longhorns wrangle Wickenburg into defeat

Despite the threat of a heavy downpour and a possible lightning storm, the Payson Longhorns and Wickenburg Wranglers shook hands on the fifty yard line at Payson Field, flipped a coin to decide first control of the field and proceeded to entertain the fans with an exciting contest.

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Payson pro going to fishing’s ‘big show’

Pirch earns spot in bass classic

Many boys grow up dreaming of throwing winning touchdown passes in the waning moments of rivalry games or slugging grand slam home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Celebrating the end of summer

In 1894 (nine years after Payson’s inaugural rodeo), President Grover Cleveland signed into law the bill that made Labor Day, the first Monday in September, an official national holiday.

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Area enjoyed major monsoon storm Monday

Monday evening it poured! I’m not sure how much rain fell in such a short time, but it came down so fast, my rain gutters couldn’t hold the water and overflowed.

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P/S Arts & Crafts Guild: 33 years of excellence

Visit the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival at the Pine Community Center this weekend and enjoy some small-town history along with terrific works, great food and fun.

Learning by doing not always best method

We all learn by doing. In fact, many leading authorities believe it is the best way to learn. As someone who taught for quite a while, I would agree — with just one teeny, tiny caveat.

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Get 10 free trees with ADF membership

Everyone from Arizona who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program.

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Murder trial delayed, assault case slated

Man faces unrelated trials for death of daughter, assault on former girlfriend

The trial for a man accused of killing his daughter in a rollover accident south of town last year has been pushed back again.

Motorist swept away by floodwaters

The Payson Fire Department dusted off its swift-water rescue gear Thursday night after a man found himself on the wrong side of the creek.

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1970 Labor Day flood recalled

One of the more unique reunions in Rim Country will take place Monday at the Landmark in Christopher Creek.

Friday, August 30

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Fossil Creek Concepts

Forest Service holding open house on management of Fossil Creek

The Forest Service has finally released seven alternative plans for the long-term management of Fossil Creek — all of which slam the door on road access to the creek from Strawberry.

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Angry parents belittle board

Debate about whether administrators should coach provokes name-calling

Like angry villagers waving pitchforks, two dozen supporters of Julia Randall Elementary Principal Will Dunman demanded the Payson School Board drop a plan to prevent administrators from coaching or heading up other extracurricular activities.

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Helicopter crashes west of Payson

Authorities say it is lucky everyone walked away Wednesday after a helicopter pilot made an emergency landing west of Payson. This is the fifth aircraft crash in Rim Country in the past year, the most seen in more than 30 years, said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

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Crowded elementary school poses vexing choices

After tossing the hot potato of the Payson Elementary School (PES) expansion back and forth a few times, the board finally let it come to rest in Superintendent Ron Hitchcock’s lap at its meeting Aug. 26.

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Community Almanac

Now through the end of August, save 50 percent on clothes and 25 percent on select new merchandise at The Nook, 408 W. Main St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Scouting can be difference between a win and a loss

In high school football, scouting reports are coaches’ and players’ best friends. An accurate report can result in victory, but an incorrect or incomplete one can spell defeat.

Forest Service again intent on slamming the door

The U.S. Forest Service appears determined to slam the door on access to Fossil Creek from Rim Country. The seven proposed management schemes for the vital, wildly popular creek have one thing in common: They completely ignore the economic impact on Rim Country and show an appalling lack of interest in any partnership with this community.

Many in Rim Country due thanks for benefit’s success

The Zane Grey Shrine Club of Payson wishes to thank all the businesses that supported our golf tournament on Aug. 16, 2013 that will help to raise funds for the Zane Grey Shrine Club’s activities in support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Memories of Labor Day weekend 1970 come flooding back

Over Labor Day in 1970, we went to the cabin with friends Garry and Marey Beth McKracken. It started raining as soon as we arrived and didn’t let up for the whole three-day holiday.

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Labor Day weekend packed with fun

I’d like to remind everyone that time is running out to get tickets for the big raffle drawing this Sunday, Sept. 1. The Riff Raff Rifle Raffle is upon us — and it’s more than just a tongue-twister!

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Adopt a homeless pet and receive a lifetime of love

These are just a few of the many wonderful pets available for adoption at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, located at 602 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street.

Clubs and Organizations

Unity of Payson will host Gwen Meyer at its 10 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 1. Her topic is “Losing the Magic, Loving the Glory.”  Seeking the God’s place in today’s world sometimes requires leaps of faith.

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Coach says forget last season

Chris Avakian, Payson High’s boys soccer coach, is taking a novel approach in preparing the 2013 team for the upcoming season. “I tell (the players) we are not playing last year’s team, so just go have fun,” Avakian said.

Thursday, August 29

Hunters warned: unattended trailers in forest may be towed

The Coconino National Forest is asking all northern Arizona-bound hunters to refrain from leaving their trailers unattended in the forest during the upcoming hunting season.

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Bike riders pump money into state’s economy

Study underscores impact of events like Pine/Strawberry’s Fire on the Rim

Bicycle tourists pump $88 million into Arizona’s economy according to a study by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Soccer players needed

Although Trae Dunman is the first-year head coach of the Lady Longhorn soccer team, his preseason job duties more resemble those of noted automotive pitchman Tex Earnhardt.

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Highways dominate Payson’s future

General Plan update ponders impact of frontage on growth

Payson remains a prisoner of the state highway, which generates most of the traffic accidents, congestion and sales tax revenue that pays for police, fire and other town services.

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Payson woman pleads guilty to assaulting Payson police officers

A judge is likely to send a Payson woman to prison after she pleaded guilty to three felony strikes.

Wednesday, August 28

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Buzan named Plan Reviewer of the Year

Gila County has named Scott Buzan its plan reviewer of the year, thanks to his cheerful expertise in looking over building plans in the county’s Payson office.

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Property values continue to slide

Tax rates rise, but county & school revenues dwindle

The bad news? The net assessed value of property in Gila County dropped another 10.5 percent in the past year.

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Payson globe-trotter tells tales of travels

Mavis Denofsky pestered me for months. It was my own fault. We grouches are like that.

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Star Valley relies on Meals on Wheels Program

When the Senior Center expanded the Meals on Wheels program to Star Valley in 2010, director Joanne Conlin estimated they could easily serve two-dozen residents. Last year, the center delivered a daily meal to 25 Star Valley residents who are either homebound or otherwise unable to cook.

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In the nick of time

Confession: Sometimes I need prodding. Don’t get me wrong — I love to shoot. It’s like breathing; can’t hold it in for too long. Still, sometimes I get stuck to my chair. But, then, when the editor suggests it might be a good idea to get to the lake and capture that mist before it’s gone, one moves.

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McNeeley benefit quad ride bigger, better

The Ninth Annual Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad Ride could be bigger, better and more festive than any of the previous benefits.

Tuesday, August 27

One woman's story

My mother was an alcoholic and, until the age of 7, I would regularly take care of my two younger siblings. When she met my stepdad, her drastic change in behavior actually scared me.

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Monsoon sideswipes Payson

Expect the monsoons to keep up their typically unpredictable pattern this week with a chance of storms each evening.

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Barely seen ...Lush monsoon dampens sightings of hungry bears

Rim Country campers sleep easy: The bears have vanished back into the deep woods, says the local Arizona Game and Fish office.

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Community Almanac

Now through the end of August, save 50 percent on clothes and 25 percent on select new merchandise at The Nook, 408 W. Main St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Angry patient’s gun threat alarms hospital

Police cited and released a Pine man Friday after he threatened to pull a non-existent gun at the Payson Regional Medical Center.

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Fine wine and terrible need focus of fund-raiser

Time Out Shelter and Meals on Wheels team up for sell-out benefit as they struggle to cope with deep funding cuts

The only domestic violence shelter in Rim Country continues to struggle to adapt to disastrous state and federal budget cuts.

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A swashbuckling good time

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’ with Rim Country cast

Matthew, 6, and his sister Sierra, 8, came to see “Blackbeard the Pirate” on Friday and Saturday to watch their big brother, Steven Martinez, play Bluebeard, a crew-member on Blackbeard’s ship.

Responsible citizens can only play and pray

The recent letter to the editor from Bob Edwards, former Payson mayor, is on target for every point made from both a federal and local level.

Dreams are lovely, but the devil’s still in the messy details

Long on dreams. Short on details. That’s our impression of the $200,000 overhaul of Payson’s General Plan.

Putting the P/S water rate increase in perspective

When I was about 8 years old, I unknowingly learned about inflation.

Whatever happened to common courtesy?

I understand that it is the customer’s responsibility for the operation of their television — but my 96-year-old friend was going to be charged a fee of at least $40, according to (her television service provider), when all that was required was for someone to change her TV to the right channel.

Missoula support appreciated

Thanks so much to the Roundup and the Payson community for its great support of the second annual visit by Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Clubs and Organizations

Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers invite anyone interested in 4-wheeling to join them at 8 a.m. each Wednesday in the parking lot at the east end of Bashas’ by Jiffy Lube.

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Dogs dominate; CV crumbles

Although PHS second-year football coach Jake Swartwood would have preferred his team dominate its three-way preseason scrimmage on Friday evening in Longhorn stadium, the debut wrapped up with mixed reviews.

Monday, August 26

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PHS student wins bronze at national conference

Brittany Staub, a sophomore at Payson High School, won a bronze medal at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference on July 11.

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Beaver Valley Day planned for Aug. 31

Fun for everyone on tap at annual celebration

On Saturday, Aug. 31, food, games and entertainment will highlight Beaver Valley Day, located about six miles northeast of Payson on Houston Mesa Road.

Sunday, August 25

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Colorado River shortage will have no direct impact on CAP

A projected 9 percent drop in Colorado River flows could trigger a shortage that would limit the amount of water Arizona receives, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

University’s Indian studies top ranked

Arizona State University ranked as one of the most influential universities in the country when it comes to Native American studies and education, according to a national study.

Shocking arrest

Star Valley resident charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

A grand jury has indicted a Star Valley man on 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after he reportedly spent months sending explicit photos and messages to what he thought was a teenager.

ASU enrollment hits new record

Huge freshman class good news for Payson campus advocates

This fall, Arizona State University welcomes a freshman class that sets new records on many levels.

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Trying to prepare for disaster and manage resources, despite government bureaucracy

Local government must develop a plan in order to influence federal policy on things like forest restoration, wildfire management, endangered species and off-road use, the executive director of the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization told the Gila County Board of Supervisors this week.

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Weekend filled with maroon and gold and coconuts

Christopher Creek had the look and feel of a major holiday weekend.

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Local students win at HOSA competition

This summer, six Payson students who plan on pursuing careers in the medical field, placed in the top 10 competing against 5,000 other students at the National Leadership Conference of HOSA held June 25 to 30 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Lead blamed for half of condor deaths

Despite studies on danger to wildlife, humans, groups fiercely oppose ban on lead ammunition

Lead bullets threaten the long, expensive effort to return condors to the wild in northern Arizona, but key groups continue to oppose a ban on lead ammunition in the range of the reintroduced birds.

Payson’s pets and their people get help from PetSmart

For the second year in a row, the Humane Society of Central Arizona (HSCAZ) has received funding from PetSmart Charities to provide low-cost spaying and neutering to reduce the number of homeless pets.

Saturday, August 24

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Board debates sports

In an era of penny pinching, the Payson Unified School District school board thoroughly debated its policy allowing non-students to participate in the district’s sports teams.

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Myra’s Art Gallery celebrates 20 years in Rim Country

Myra Kraemer, gallery owner and artist, has been a fixture in Pine for the past 20 years.

Wells Fargo donates $6,500 to Habitat for Humanity

Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded a Team Member Volunteer Program grant of $6,500 to the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity as part of Wells Fargo’s Team Member Volunteer Project.

Star Valley council debates future of property

House not worth the scrap, but prime parcel has potential

Do you live in Star Valley? Want to help decide what happens to a prime piece of real estate?

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Payson sports teams in new alignment this year

The 2013 fall sports season at Payson High School could turn into a bit of déjà vu for longtime fans, spectators and coaches.

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Jail stalker convicted

Years of domestic violence harassment

A jury convicted a Payson man last week of harassing a woman for years despite her numerous pleas and court orders to stay away.

On rare occasion we are privileged to live a dream - Part 3

Last week I had finally given up all hope of seeing New Delhi in the few short hours I had during our overnight stay there, and had gone back to my room.

Friday, August 23

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Pirates, beware!

Rim Country students spent the last week auditioning, rehearsing, and preparing to present the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” to the community on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Pirates coming ashore in Payson

Shiver me timbers! This Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium, the Missoula Children’s Theatre will present the play version of “Blackbeard the Pirate.”

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Seven Shelby students cast in Missoula play

The summer is moving along too fast. There are only nine days left to the month of August. The monsoons are now hit and miss, teasing us with sprinkles almost every afternoon, so I guess that season is just about over.

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Forest Service aircraft dwindling

Fire danger soars as Forest Service air tanker fleet drops from 44 to 8

The U.S. Forest Service’s fleet of firefighting air tankers has dropped from 44 in 2002 to eight, even as the danger from major wildfires has soared.

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Rocky’s Road

Rescue dog becomes therapy dog — to the delight of care home residents

Rocky fidgeted in the chair, keeping a close eye on his mom, Trisha. Stephanie sat in a wheelchair next to him, keeping a close eye on Rocky.

Arsonist takes plea deal; avoids trials

A Payson man has avoided several trials by pleading guilty this week in three separate cases, including setting fire to a Little League concession stand earlier this year.

Joyride lands woman in jail

A two-week joyride in a stolen vehicle has cost a Payson woman $21,000, nine months in jail and three years supervised probation.

Obamacare has major benefits

A major benefit of Obamacare is that pre-existing conditions can no longer prevent insurance coverage.

Federal contracts should be public

The great article concerning the lack of action in clearing our forests, stated, “the Forest Service has said it will follow federal contract rules — which means it will make the decision in secret and not release the new company’s business plan.”

Rodeo Queen praises rodeo

Well, after a very eventful weekend in Payson I have made it home!

War on terror close to home

The war on terror here in Rim Country’s not going so well. No, we’re not talking about the distant threat of a terrorist bomb that so preoccupies Congress, although it poses no threat at all to this community.

Keystone XL oil pipeline already ‘leaking like a sieve’

I challenge Ed Welge’s facts relative to the Keystone XL Pipeline.


The paper undoubtedly would never print my two-word response to Dale Oestmann, so I will just say — hogwash!

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Community Almanac

The 2013 fall term of Gila Community College started Aug. 19. It is not too late to register and, if you are over 55, there are no tuition fees.

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Coach says volleyball team talented, hard working

Stonebrink happy with the strongest lineup in years

Veteran Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink — the longest-tenured coach on the Payson High School staff — might have this season the most talented team in his 10 years at the helm of the program.

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Awana Clubs fun for kids of all ages

It’s not too late for children and teens to get involved in this year’s Awana Clubs at the First Baptist Church (FBC) in Pine.

Clubs and Organizations

The Rim Country Coalition is a newly formed group of local agencies and community members

Thursday, August 22

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Controversial board gets new member

The Gila County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to elect Star Valley Attorney and Town Manager Tim Grier to replace resigning board member Scott Flake on the board of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

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Payson golfer on a roll

Payson Men’s Golf Association member Mike Anderson is on a roll that would render Phil Mickelson envious.

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Cronut craze sweeping country

Have you discovered Cronuts yet? The pastries are a cross between a croissant and a donut and are sweeping the country from New York City to San Francisco.

Wednesday, August 21

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White Fire south of Superior at 1,000 acres, but is not spreading

White Fire south of Superior remains at 1,000 acres, but is not spreading 11 lightning-caused fires on Tonto National Forest over past weekend are out or in monitor and/or mop-up status

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Study looks at the economic impact of bicycling in Arizona

Arizona is quickly becoming one of the destinations for getting around on two wheels. The weather, scenic landscapes, infrastructure and bicycling events are luring those from all over the country.

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Wet weather could stick around in Rim Country through Monday

A storm noisily rolled into Payson overnight Tuesday, releasing a few drops of rain and several claps of thunder towards sunrise. Residents can expect the cloud cover to stick around through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

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Harvest your garden’s bounty now, enjoy later

Rim Country gardens are going great guns these days, so most gardeners are harvesting hand over fist.

At The Movies-2 Guns

Movie lives up to its billing

2 Guns is billed as an action/comedy and it delivers on both counts.

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Visiting the big trees

Ever since I can remember I have had a special place in my heart for the very big trees.

Setting the stage for disaster: Labor Day 1970

The remnants of Tropical Storm Norma crashed into Arizona 43 years ago this coming Labor Day weekend.

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In the Kitchen

Zucchini, everywhere

Zucchini loves the Rim Country. People say it grows almost like a weed once you give it a little bit of attention.

Around Rim Country

Concert pianist Andrew O’Brien will be heard in recital at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 at Payson’s Gila Community College Room 301.

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Good 2 Go

Peggy Martin, CNN, will present another Cookin’ For Health class at the Payson Public Library at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.

Shingles rash gone, pain lingers on

I suffer from premature auricular contractions. I have seen a couple of doctors about it, but none seems to consider them worth discussing. I was told I didn’t need to do anything. I wasn’t given any medicines. Does this deserve more attention?

Championship Longhorn coach inducted into state’s Hall of Fame

Former Payson High School football coach Jim Beall has been inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining former Longhorn coaches Dennis Pirch, Terry Nodlinski and Dan Reid who were inducted in earlier years.

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High school sobered by grade drop

PHS goes from an A to just barely B in state rankings

Last year, Payson High School (PHS) loudly celebrated its A grade on state ranking. This year, officials scrambled to explain a B grade just a point or two above a C.

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Forest advocates sound the alarm

Officials worry about economics of thinning contract process

Wood pellets. Power plants. Plywood. Particle board. Lots of companies have proven they can make money producing those items from wood scraps and tree branches, given a cheap, stable supply of the raw material.

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Eleven fires burning on Tonto Forest

Forest Service crews handled nearly a dozen wildfires spread across the Tonto National Forest this weekend after monsoonal storms blew in, striking up fires like matches.

Tuesday, August 20

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Sun Devils in droves!

Possibly the largest crowd in Camp Tontozona history, about 5,300 fans, turned out Saturday for Arizona State University’s annual preseason football scrimmage.

Man falls to his death from Rim

Valley camper slips on rain-slick cliff edge

Thirty six year old Casey Frazier of Mesa, Arizona was with his girlfriend and several children off Forest Road 9350, a picturesque spot with 180-degree views of the Tonto National Forest, two miles west of the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff.

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Tragic loss

Boating accident claims life of longtime rodeo standout

A boating accident that killed a beloved cowboy on Roosevelt Lake this weekend has shocked the rodeo community.

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Community Almanac

It’s time again to register for the new Girl Scouts year. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from age 5 through 17. The registration fee is $15 and scholarships are available.

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Longhorn lineup takes shape

Coach juggles strong players for key spots; worries about depth

Much of the success or failure of high school football teams hinges on coaches plugging their players during preseason practices into where they can best help the overall team effort.

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One lucky dog’s first parade

There was something about Jade that caught the eye.

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129th Rodeo draws good crowds

Bulls throw every rider, but tenacious mutton buster sets record with 90 points

Organizers say this weekend’s rodeo was a roping good time, with solid crowd attendance, mutton bustin’ fun and excellent cowboy performances.

Little hope for country’s leadership

After five years of hoping, it appears to be time for a “gut check” on the Obama presidency.

4-H auction coming up

My name is Daylen Brown and I am 11 years old and in the sixth grade at Tonto Basin School.

Gosar is a political hack

Thorough investigation by a Republican dominated House of Representatives has cleared the NSA of any wrongdoing in the use of intelligence gathering by monitoring telephone statistical information.

Champagne event was great

Congratulations to Judi Freegard and all the wonderful ladies who attended the Champagne in the Garden event Saturday, Aug. 10.

We pray for his family, but also for his courage

Sometimes, the fleeting fragility of life seems simply unbearable. So we were stunned as the incomprehensible details of the boating death of rodeo cowboy Wyatt Althoff emerged.

Rep. Thorpe’s tweets derided as racially tinged

State Rep. Bob Thorpe recently got a taste of the perils of social media — and touched off another little political dust devil.

Shred-a-thon appreciated

I would like to say thank you to Arizona State Credit Union.

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Clubs and Organizations

Tom Arndt, a local artist, will give an art presentation at the Payson Art League monthly meeting.

Monday, August 19

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Cowboy's death on Roosevelt Lake stuns rodeo community

A boating accident that killed a beloved cowboy on Roosevelt Lake this weekend has shocked the rodeo community.

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Highway section nearly complete, but funding cuts raise fears for future

The Arizona Department of Transportation has nearly completed the fifth of six widening projects on Highway 260 east of Payson.

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Missing monsoons

What happened to the monsoon rains? I am wondering whether the season is already over.

On rare occasion we are privileged to live a dream – Part 2

Last week I was just leaving Bangkok, Thailand, on the Navy C-121 Super Constellation, which in the 1950s through 1960s flew the Embassy Run along Southeast Asia once each week.

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Respectful ropers compete in muddy arena

The cowpunchers arrived under cloudy, rainy skies to showcase their heading and heeling skills against the state’s finest team ropers and also to pay respect to the legend the competition is named for.

Sunday, August 18

Gila County Sheriff's Office investigating two deaths over the weekend in Rim Country

Authorities are investigating two deaths this weekend, one up on the Mogollon Rim when a man fell several hundred feet and another at Roosevelt Lake when a man reportedly fell off a boat.

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Epic journey with detours for good deeds

Teams of young cyclists peddle cross-country with frequent stops to help out

Some had never ventured west of the Mississippi before climbing on their bikes and riding 4,000 miles in a little over two months. So for 32 Bike and Build cyclists, the journey across the United States has been a trip of firsts.

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Beaver Valley lauds Firewise status

Beaver Valley Estates is celebrating its sixth year as an official Firewise Community, recognized by the Firewise Communities/USA program.

Should crowded school bar 4-year-olds?

School board decides against change in policy concerning when kids can start kindergarten

A surge in kindergarten enrollment has prompted some Payson Unified School District board members to question the policy that parents may enroll four-year-olds in August, so long as they’ll turn five by Jan. 1.

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Alumni competition fierce

Former volleyball stars battle back to triumph in tourney

Rekindling old memories and renewing friendships made the 2013 Lady Longhorn alumni volleyball tournament an event that will be long remembered.

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Take Pride Project presents awards

Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of our community is our volunteer spirit exemplified by citizens like Cliff Sage and Denise Prechtel, who on Sunday were named the Take Pride Project 2013 Volunteers of the Year.

Saturday, August 17

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Camp Tontozona activity has area abuzz

Christopher Creek’s neighbor four miles to the east is abuzz as Camp Tontozona opened to football practice on Tuesday.

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Payson’s ‘officer of the year’ honored

He has only been on the force for a little more than three years, but already Payson Police Officer Joseph Johnson has secured his place among some of the town’s best.

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Trio of tough guys await Longhorns

Three-game stretch will test PHS football players

The Payson Longhorn football team will this season face one of the toughest three-game stretches in recent PHS gridiron history.

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Payson General Plan predicts hotspots for growth

Report brims with glittering promise – despite setbacks

As Payson grows from a struggling tourist town of 15,000 to a diverse college town of 40,000, much of the new development will concentrate along the highway, around the proposed campus, along Main Street and in industrial and high-density residential areas around the Payson Airport.

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GCC board member quits post

Gila Community College board member Thomas Loeffler abruptly resigned his position this week, blasting fellow board members for “irresponsible decision making.”

Friday, August 16

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School shocker: Enrollment rises

Surge in lower grades strains school’s capacity

For the first time in six years, enrollment jumped in the Payson Unified School District. Abruptly, the school board turned from selling schools to worrying about overcrowding.

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Digging down deep

Machine gouges 9-foot-deep trench for Blue Ridge

Work on the Blue Ridge pipeline entered a historic — impressive — stage this week as crews began cutting a massive nine-foot-deep, two-mile-long trench along Houston Mesa Road.

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Community Almanac

This “one day” sale will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, and is sponsored by Payson United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Community Presbyterian Church and Mount Cross Lutheran Church

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Rodeo finally has a song of its own

Payson Community Kids will perform at Sunday’s event

After 129 years, the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo finally has its own song.

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Oldest rodeo offers best time ever

Only three Rim Country residents will be competing in the 129th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo that kicked off last night and runs through Sunday.

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Goodbye – It’s been a great ride

I blinked and almost three decades passed by.

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ASU legend greets players at Tontozona

Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush gives Devils first pep talk

It seems only fitting that Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush gave the Arizona State University football players their first pep talk upon their arrival Monday at Camp Tontozona.

Lessons from Max

Let me explain why my heart’s a little broken today.

Resigning from GCC board due to lack of facts in decision-making

My education and employment background has enabled me to acquire the necessary skills and understanding necessary to achieve progressive goals that require an organized financial philosophy based in facts. It is with these skills and philosophy that I entered the world of the community college governing board.

Lack of maintenance source of Mesa del water problems

How did the water problems really start? From not servicing or maintaining the system for the 10 years I’ve been living in Mesa del Caballo, and according to neighbors that have lived out here longer, they have never known about any pulling the pumps and flushing the wells or just servicing the pumps.

A couple of recent letters require some fact checking

First, the AARP state president is correct when he admits that there is still a lot to learn about the illegally passed Obamacare destruction of the best medical care system in the world.

Opening of medical marijuana dispensary heart-touching

Accessorized by canes, walkers and floral scarves covering bald heads, more than 100 patients attended Uncle Herbs grand opening Saturday in Payson.

Sheriff missed a couple of changes to make

Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd has two problems he decided against mentioning.

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Choose a new animal companion

These are just a few of the many wonderful pets available for adoption at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, located at 602 W. Wilson Court.

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Rodeo in Rim Country means ...

In country music artist Garth Brooks’ “Rodeo” world — it was cowboy hats, spurs and latigo.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Flying Club meets at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260. The upcoming Aero Fair is on this month’s agenda.

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Sheriff's report Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15

How did the water problems really start?

How did the water problems really start? . . . from Not servicing or maintaining the system for the ten years I've been living in Mesa Del Caballo.

Before you are so fast to pass judgment

Oh, how wonderful it must be to act as judge and jury, questioning and criticizing the builder, the architect, the town, the business owner and his businesses practices and the customers of this clinic.

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Game and Fish hosting elk viewing workshop at Mormon Lake Saturday

It’s that time of year to visit northern Arizona and hear the bugle of an amazing bull elk during the annul elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Mormon Lake Lodge.

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Arizona third-graders face new reading standards

Arizona children entering third grade this year are the first who will have to prove that they can read at an acceptable level or face being held back.

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Payson Cowboys host event

Youth champions plan exhibition after competition

A scene straight out of the wild and woolly Old West will light up the Jim Jones Shooting Range when the Payson Cowboys and a pair of nationally award-winning shooters from Sedona clash in a Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) competition.

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GCC in Payson has new, popular returning classes

The fall term at Payson’s Gila Community College starts next week, with free tuition for seniors restored and a slew of new classes.

Local Amnesty chapter hosts statewide event

Payson’s local Amnesty International group 1101 will join the Oldest Continuous Rodeo Parade Aug. 17 for the third year and march for human rights.

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Implants revolutionize dental industry

More expensive than dentures, but dentist says implants offer permanent solution

Waiting to replace teeth changes our faces as the bones that anchor them deteriorate.

Wednesday, August 14

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ASU football at Camp Tontozona


French hiker dies on North Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon

On Aug. 9, at approximately 2 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call from a park volunteer who was with an unconscious male hiker on the North Kaibab Trail approximately half of a mile below the trailhead.

Injured Man Rescued from Mount Elden

At about 2 p.m. Monday, Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers rescued a 45-year-old Flagstaff man who had injured his knee during a hike from an area known as the Water Falls on Mount Elden.

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Mesa del water woes: How did things get so bad?

Mesa del Caballo residents face at least two more months of legally approved water hauling fees that can increase their bills by as much as five-fold.

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Payson Library Friends liven up August

Eddie Armer, local author, songwriter and historian, will give a presentation titled “A Slice of Arizona and Rim Country History” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Payson Public Library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road.

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V-ball coaches pace summer softball win

A sport is a sport, is a sport,” is what Hannah Armenta, Tori Wilbanks and Cydney Figueroa must be alluding to.

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Grudging approval in Rim Country

The effort to bring a four-year university to the Rim Country is getting $12,500 in economic development assistance from Gila County.

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Feezor new bishop for Manzanita Ward

Mac Feezor, a native of Mesa, Ariz., is the new bishop of the Manzanita Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Copper thief faces 3 to 5 years behind bars

A Payson man pleaded guilty last week to stealing hundreds of feet of copper and selling it to salvage yards.

Tuesday, August 13

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Enjoying the fruits of their labor

Surrounded by the greenery of the plants and white, puffy, monsoon clouds against a bright blue sky, more than 60 gardeners enjoyed the bounty of their plots at the Community Garden Pot Luck.

Rim Country fender benders abound

The Department of Public Safety worked four accidents this weekend. One required a medical airlift, one sent three people to the hospital, but the others caused no injuries.

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Another college plan milestone

FS signs off: Drury ‘elated’

Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth this week signed off on the environmental assessment for the sale of 253 acres to build a university in Payson, clearing one of the key hurdles in the long struggle to transform the local economy.

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Quirky ode to a shoe tree

No one really knows how it started or why. But a lonely, scraggly tree on the side of Mount Ord with a stunning view of Slate Creek and the Mazatzal Wilderness several years ago sprouted a pair of red running shoes, champagne stilettos fit for the prom, black combat boots and a pair of knee-high lace-ups.

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Rodeo thunders into Rim Country

World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo starts up Thursday

The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo gallops into town this week with nearly a week of continuous fun in the Rim Country.

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Community Almanac

GED testing has been scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 in Payson. Candidates must pre-register at 112 W. Cedar Lane. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Backwards baseball not a Midwest mystery

Roundup readers watching the television broadcast of the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the New York Mets on Sunday, might have heard broadcaster Bob Brenly refer to a “backwards baseball” game.

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Devils’ practices kick off today at Camp Tontozona

It’s not the grueling practices, isolation, Spartan facilities, missing girlfriends or lack of cell phone service that renders stays at Camp Tontozona uncomfortable for some Sun Devil football players.

Medication ads should stop

I personally believe that television ads for drugs should not be allowed by the FDA.

Suddenly, county wants reports

Well. Well. So Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor wants to set high standards for county fiscal accountability.

A few suggestions for action to keep taxes down

What would cause the EPA to change? Numerous things like the oil boom, has helped to shrink the federal deficit by 22 percent.

There’s still much to learn about the health care law

There’s no argument that there’s still a lot to learn about the health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Minimum wage resistance not based in reality

My first job out of high school was working for the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division, which enforced the minimum wage.

Thank you

Thank you for the article concerning the steep water rate increase that was recently approved by the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District board.

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Clubs and Organizations

The Compassionate Friends offers hope, reassurance and a safe place to talk about our children with others who understand the pain of losing a child.

Sheriff's record for Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

On rare occasion we are privileged to live a dream

I had always dreamt of seeing India, so my eyes stayed glued to the window as our aircraft touched down on the New Delhi runway on a hot Saturday afternoon of October 1959.

Monday, August 12

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Monsoon weather causes Rim Country to bloom

I love the monsoon weather! Plants that I thought were dried up are now coming back.

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Humane Society needs community’s help

During these hot, wet days of the summer monsoon, the animals and staff of the Humane Society of Central Arizona (HSCAZ) thank Rim Country residents for their warm, dry, safe new home.

Spiritual Awareness Center celebrates 20 years

What started 20 years ago as a monthly study group into different aspects of spirituality developed into the Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness (PCSA).

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New year, new principal, new teachers – all good

Open House kicks off changes at JRE

Will Dunman, new principal of Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) wandered the halls during Wednesday’s Open House, calling out greetings to parents and students.

Sunday, August 11

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Habitat seeks owners for low-cost homes

Rim residents interested in applying to own a Payson Area Habitat for Humanity home are asked to attend a series of workshops that start at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22 and Sept. 5 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street, Payson.

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Sheriff details changes

New top staffers help Shepherd reorganize office, improve efficiency

Recently elected Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd is taking a hard stance on the county’s top crime — drugs. But he must now cope with a dwindling drug task force, budget woes and the rising use of old-style drugs like heroin.

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Saying goodbye to a great guy

After 35 years, one of Payson’s “really good guys” is taking down his business shingle.

Conservationists host benefit for families of fallen Hotshots

A conservationist, who has made guest appearances at the Mountain Bible Church’s “Shoot for the Heart” seminars and penned outdoor stories for the Payson Roundup, is helping organize the upcoming Granite Mountain Hotshots Benefit Banquet.

Saturday, August 10

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Judge blasts prosecution

Assault on police case likely headed for appeal

A Superior Court Judge Tuesday chastised the prosecution for its handling of documents in the case of a man convicted of assaulting several Payson police officers during an arrest two years ago.

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Grief and joy on still waters

I stand somber on the shore, listening to the laughter of ghosts.

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Football, other fall sports prepare for 2013 season

Payson High School football practices kicked off on Aug. 5 and preseason sessions for the other fall sports of volleyball, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls cross country begin after Monday, Aug. 12.

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Creek has a different type of social media

Christopher Creek has its own form of social media. It is not Twitter or Instagram, not even a Facebook group account.

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Library grant brings back cooking classes

The Payson Public Library will bring back the popular cooking classes offered by Peggy Martin and add a series of health presentations, with the help of a grant.

Friday, August 9

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Home Depot donates Snow Beast

The Home Depot Store Manager David Kane had a $2,500 snow blower (called the Snow Beast) returned — usually not a big deal, but the manufacturer told him it was worthless.

‘The worst mistake’

A Payson man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly nine years in prison with lifetime probation after confessing he attempted to sexually assault a minor at a friend’s house a year ago.

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Dog’s eye view

You meet a new dog. You want to make friends. So you walk over in a friendly way and stick out your hand for a nice sniff.

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General Plan: Payson provides paucity of parks

Study reveals town short on facilities, programs, prospects

Payson remains a tiny private island in a public forest sea.

The American people are now public enemy No. 1

Osama bin Laden. Saddam Hussein. John Dillinger. Bonnie and Clyde. These terrorists, mass murderers, bank robbers and professional criminals at one point in our nation’s history were Public Enemy No. 1.

Tough balancing act confronting Sheriff Shepherd

Recently elected Gila County Sheriff Alan Shepherd struggled out of his cocoon last week, for a candid, wide-ranging question and answer session in front of the Payson Tea Party.

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Community Almanac

Do you want to have fun and help a worthwhile cause? Come work with one of the greatest groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee.

Bullying isn’t just at school

Often people have the idea that bullying is something that only happens with children.

Pine water rate increase article appreciated

Thank you for the article addressing the water rate increase approved by the PSWID board despite the overwhelming objection of the Pine/Strawberry community.

Church Directory a service

Thank you so much for your continuing efforts to regularly publish the “Rim Country Church Directory” in your newspaper.

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Bike and Build Cycling Team coming through Payson Sunday

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will welcome the Bike and Build Cycling Team Sunday. This is the second year a team of riders has pedaled their way into Payson on a cross country journey that includes stops to help people and organizations in need.

Monsoon stops effort to change a Cat to a Devil

In writing sports stories, I’ve sometimes penned the penultimate stanza, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go awry,” which I once attributed to Charles Steinbeck, but was quickly corrected by retired school teacher Herb Sherman who said it was actually from a poem Robert Burns wrote in 1785.

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Helping your dog weather a storm

Does your pet turn into a scaredy dog during thunderstorms? If so, he’s certainly not alone. Thunderstorm anxiety affects many dogs and can often increase as they age.

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PHS grad bound for Marines steps up to make school better

Payson High Class of 2013 graduate Davis Dailey leaves little doubt why he and a small group of friends volunteered days of their time to help refurbish the Longhorn weight room in old PHS gym.

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Living Legend

Kush used Camp T to turn ASU into one of the elite college programs in the U.S.

When Hall of Fame football coach Frank Kush strolls on to the Camp Tontozona field next week it’ll be a blast from the past that’s sure to stir decades of fond memories among Devils disciples.

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson chapter of Aglow invites both women and men to its Saturday, Aug. 10 meeting to hear Tina Klingseis, who has authored a wonderfully humorous and insightful book entitled “Footless and Fancy Free.”

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Mountain Daze this weekend

After all the excitement of the 4th of July holiday, the fun doesn’t have to stop there.

Thursday, August 8

Sheriff's report Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

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Get in shape for fall hunts

The results are now in from the Arizona Game and Fish Department lottery drawing for deer, turkey, sheep, and fall javelina hunts and are available on the Internet — go to and follow the directions posted.

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90 years young, energized and on the go

Iris Shaw, owner of Iris Garden Service, at 90 is like that little pink bunny with the batteries. She doesn’t know how to slow down.

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Bringing in the harvest

Down at the Payson Community Garden, the harvest is coming in hot and heavy — literally.

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Habitat for Humanity holds applicant workshops

Rim residents interested in applying to own a Payson Area Habitat for Humanity home are asked to attend a series of workshops that start this week.

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New deputy county attorney joins staff

New staff continues to join the Gila County Attorney’s Office in the wake of the election of a new county attorney and the departure of almost every prosecutor in the office.

Navajo Generating Station offers new plan to cut emissions

Owners of the Navajo Generating Station offered an alternative plan recently to what they called a too-costly Environmental Protection Agency demand to reduce emissions from the coal-fired power plant near Page.

Benefit goes on, never missing a beat

Torrential downpours failed to dampen the spirit of the hundreds of well-wishers who turned out to help Terry Neese in his time of deepest need.

Wednesday, August 7

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At The Movies-The Wolverine

Cool, exciting, complicated

When the cynical old movie reviewer says “Oh, boy!” at the end of a film, perhaps we have something extraordinary.

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Rim Country Places

Chapter 24: Mount Ord

The lofty Mazatzal Mountains presented the formidable barrier to the Tonto Basin, and had to be breached if the army and pioneers were ever to settle the Rim Country.

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Hidden Paradise

C.C. Cragin Reservoir offers recreationists seclusion in a quiet, majestic site

Wind rushing through the tops of ponderosa pines sounds like a flowing river, one of the distinctive sounds of the Mogollon Rim.

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90 years young, energized and on the go

Meeting new people & staying active keys to Iris Shaw’s longevity

Iris Shaw, owner of Iris Garden Service, at 90 is like that little pink bunny with the batteries. She doesn’t know how to slow down.

Far off, now near & wealthy to overflow

“But now in Christ Jesus you, who at one time were far off, have become near by the blood of the Christ. For He himself is our peace ...” Ephesians 2:13.

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Choices aplenty for adventure vacations

Each one of us has different expectations in what we desire in a vacation.

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Getaway around Rim Country

The First Southern Baptist Church of Payson will present The Bost Family Traditions at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 11. The church is at the corner of West Bonita and Colcord.

Good 2 Go

The Pine Strawberry Business Community invites Rim Country residents and visitors to come to the Pine Strawberry Community Center Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 for the Third Annual Mountain Daze.

Herpes is not the end of life

I am celebrating my 75th birthday in two months. Up to now, I have had mammograms every year, sometimes every two years. Can I stop?

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Sen. Flake tops ‘most beautiful’ list

Sen. Jeff Flake had already made something of a name for himself as a freshman, by being one of the bipartisan “Gang of 8” that drafted a sweeping immigration reform bill.

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Monsoon rains return

After a few grumblings and rumblings, the sky opened up and let fall a great downpour Monday afternoon, offering some much-needed rain.

Things that go ‘snap’ in the night

It’s 1:30 in the morning on a remote ridgetop above the Mogollon Rim, deep in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

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Twin concerts will set feet tapping

Looking for a special way to celebrate the waning days of summer? Take some time on Sunday, Aug. 11 and attend a concert. The First Southern Baptist Church of Payson will present a gospel concert at its morning service.

ATV rider dies after hitting tree

Deputy suffers possible stroke while on scene

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office says a man died following a crash on an all-terrain vehicle north of Young and a detective is still recovering after becoming ill on scene.

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Tontozona deck collapse rattles teens

Several high school students were injured Thursday and a gas line severed when a deck collapsed at Camp Tontozona east of town.

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Drivers beware: Dedicated traffic cop coming soon

Grant will provide traffic enforcement vehicle as PPD adds more officers

Watch out speeders, drinkers and red-light runners.

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Wolf touts merits of town flag football program

Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Mary Wolf continues to urge fledgling young athletes to participate in flag football, a program she considers her favorite among all the town offerings.

Tuesday, August 6

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State issues school grades

Middle school rises, but high school falls

This year, every school in Payson received a B letter grade based on student test scores, boosting the district’s overall rating from a C last year to a B this year.

Ford pays $17 million fine

Payson girl’s death shows danger of stuck accelerators

More than a year and a half after the accelerator on Saige Bloom’s Ford Escape stuck, the Ford Motor Company agreed Thursday to pay the government $17.35 million to settle allegations it failed to conduct a timely recall of the vehicle.

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Hometown healer

Dr. Mark Ivey Jr. opts for semi-retirement after 35 years

Mark Ivey’s a pretty sharp guy. After a stint as a combat medic in Vietnam, he got into the McGill University medical school in Canada — one of 10 selected among 500 applicants from the United States.

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Community Almanac

Do you want to have fun and help a worthwhile cause? Come work with one of the greatest groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee.

Only timber industry can save Arizona forests

In a recent editorial, “Thin the forests or lose them,” The Arizona Republic described the reality that faces Arizona.

School grade: trying to spot the peanut

The state has once again graded every school in Arizona. Alas, there’s less to these grades than meets the eye.

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Jam Session at Farmer's Market

The fifth annual Payson Farmers Market was busy as ever Saturday, with farmers selling bushels of Japanese eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and purple and yellow wax beans.

Longhorns get ready for 2013 football season

Payson High School preseason football practices tipped off yesterday, Aug. 5, and will continue through the week.

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Benefactor remembered - passion for sports, youth

Glenn Hale’s legacy is that of a public-spirited benefactor who quietly worked behind the scenes to ensure Payson’s young athletes received the best the town and school could offer.

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Anderson cops PMGA low net tourney crown

Following three weeks of spirited play in the Club Championship, which is one of the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s most prestigious tournaments, members returned to Payson Golf Course July 31 for a low net shoot-out.

Parking lot assault

The story on the recent parking lot assault in the Swiss Village area stated:

Compassion of dental professionals appreciated

I appreciate the efforts and continued partnership from the members of the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country, the Payson Unified School District, the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, and especially all of the dental professionals who continue to provide volunteer services for children through the Kiwanis Dental Program.

Support was tremendous

The family of Betty Wyatt would like to extend our appreciation.

Pork fat films over immigration bill

The Democrats voted unanimously to pass SB 744, the senate immigration bill.

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No major holidays in August, but lots of fun

August, the month with the royal name, is not very royal at all. It’s lazy and laid-back, time to sit on the front porch (if you have one) or on the patio, sipping lemonade, savoring the garden harvests, or stretching out in the hammock with a good book.

Home health care services and Medicare

Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Clubs and Organizations

Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Hwy., offers the following: Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The sheriff's record for Monday, Aug. 5, 2013

Monday, Aug. 5, 2013

Monday, August 5

Definition of trouble: Champagne tastes and beer budget

I can remember three very odd newspaper stories from the days of my youth.

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Beware: Scrapbooking can be addictive

Shop provides a safe space in a creative world for rhinestones and fuchsia cutouts

It is where Pinterest projects come to life. Where women cut, paste and gab to their creative hearts’ content.

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Low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines offered Aug. 10

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is very pleased to be partnering with the Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.) to provide low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and microchips to cats and dogs in the Rim Country.

Sunday, August 4

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Coach’s plans begin to unfold

Payson High football coach Jake Swartwood’s meticulous attention to detail might rival that shown by the character Gustavo Fring in the television series “Breaking Bad.”

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Students garner scholarships

In its first year granting scholarships, the Friends of Gila Community College awarded six aspiring students $250 each to help with tuition.

rates up 40%

But increase won’t apply to water used before July

The water rates for Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District customers will soon jump by a daunting 40 percent — but at least this time the increase won’t be retroactive.

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Contract furor fans the flames

But move to reopen Snowflake biofuel power plant hailed

Vexing questions continue to swirl around the fate of the largest forest restoration project in history, but news of the reopening of a two shuttered power plants in Snowflake have boosted the hopes of advocates.

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More than 200 gather to say goodbye

Christopher Creekers joined up with about half the town of Yuma and a sprinkling of folks from Queen Creek, Pine, Tonto Village and Payson to celebrate the life of Debbie Hamner.

Saturday, August 3

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Missoula Children’s Theatre returns

Get ready Rim Country children (and parents) — the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is coming to town.

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Former Horn pigskin foe possible ‘Devil’ linebacker

Is it possible that a Payson High football fan would root for a former Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket standout who for four years did his best to fold, bend and mutilate his Longhorn opponents?

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The summer is passing by too fast

August! Already! The summer is passing way too fast. I haven’t even had time to go fishing!

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Weather a popular topic all around

After a good 10 straight days of a much-needed soaking, the Rim Country is now in the middle of what we hope will be just a temporary period of low humidity and blue sky days.

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Medical marijuana dispensary opening

Payson dual operation unique, also sells ‘infused’ ice cream

Three years after they started, the staff of Uncle Herbs on Saturday can finally exhale with the opening of the area’s only medical marijuana dispensary.

Friday, August 2

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Residents protest water bills

Mesa del Caballo seeks explanation as trucks rumble down streets

The call came in on a Friday. “We’re in Flagstaff on a church retreat and we just found out our water has been shut off due to non-payment.

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Teachers strive now to capture students’ hearts

On the first day of school this week, Payson Unified Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case shook hands all around each campus, just as the new Capture Kids’ Hearts program suggested.

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Enjoy latest landmark

You’ve probably noticed the brightly painted, Arizona-themed elk down on Main Street, just past McLane.

Another fine mess Brooke left for us

As usual, Brooke Utilities left an awful mess behind.

BP ads misleading

Has anyone noticed the slick BP television ads currently featuring very attractive people in pristine working conditions?

Birds carry disease

In response to a letter from L. A. Jones on July 26.

Minimum wage increase needed

Inspired by the president’s plea for increasing the minimum wage, I wanted to share my thoughts.

Gosar distorts facts about health care act

It is really getting frustrating listening to Congressman Paul Gosar distort facts regarding Obamacare just for the sake of his own political expediency.

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History writer honored

A Rim Country native and daughter of several generations of area pioneers, Jayne Peace Pyle has been honored by the Sharlot Hall Museum of Prescott as “a living Arizona woman who has made valuable contributions to Arizona and its history.”

Doctors offer advice in navigating maze of Medicare ‘physical’

For Medicare patients, getting a “physical” requires running a paperwork maze — mostly because it is not an actual physical.

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Community Almanac

Do you want to have fun and help a worthwhile cause? Come work with one of the greatest groups in Payson — the Payson Rodeo Committee.

Area youth invited to come out for sports

The Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Rumsey Park north multipurpose field. The event is free.

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Sun Devils plan Aug. 12-17 stay at Camp T

Former Arizona State University coach Dennis Erickson might not have been fond of Camp Tontozona but his replacement Todd Graham is enamored with the mountain retreat.

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Celebrating 20 years of caring

Members of the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF), Community Educational Recreational Cultural Association (CERCA) and the Arts and Crafts Guild will gather in the dining room at the P/S Community Center to celebrate SCAF’s 20th anniversary at a potluck at 5:30 p.m.

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Stray cats and ferals not the same

Have you noticed more cats in your area lately? Cats typically mate in the winter, which leads to “kitten season” in the spring — a sudden increase in cat populations

Clubs and Organizations

The Payson Area Computer Association will not meet during the month of August.

Thursday, August 1

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Teen swings to PMGA crown

An 18-year-old standout on the 2013 Payson High School golf team has won the prestigious Payson Men’s Golf Association Club Championship.

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Christian school dedication

Parents, students and faculty turned out last week as the Payson Christian School rededicated Frontier Elementary School, which the private, religious school bought recently from the Payson Unified School District.

Wrong-way driver sideswipes tragedy

Last week, a Valley man drove some 20 miles against oncoming traffic, frightening multiple motorists on Highway 87 before crashing into two vehicles near Sunflower.

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Residents donate supplies for teachers

Rim Country residents donated more than $2,000 and mounds of supplies at a recent teachers supply drive sponsored by Suddenlink and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Ex-Horn takes lead for girls soccer

A former Payson High School soccer standout has been chosen the new Lady Longhorns head soccer coach.