Community Almanac

The Hashknife Pony Express Riders will be at the Payson Post Office at approximately 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 to meet and greet the community, sign autographs and more.

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The Hashknife Pony Express Riders will be at the Payson Post Office at approximately 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 to meet and greet the community, sign autographs and more.


Movie presentation to help Payson Area Food Drive

Bring two cans of food for the Payson Area Food Drive to the LDS Church, 913 S. Ponderosa, to see “How to Train Your Dragon” and get popcorn and a drink too.

The movie will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting:

Saturday, Jan. 26 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson.

Sunday, Jan. 27 the Pine Pit will be CLOSED due to snowy and muddy conditions caused by the recent winter storms. 

All RPAP free drop-off locations are for brush, leaves, pine needles, trimmings and other vegetative materials only. Properly bagged Yellow Starthistle, or other listed noxious weed species will also be accepted and will be burned. No household garbage, construction debris or other items will be accepted.

Daily walks planned

The Payson Walkers have one-hour hikes planned every day during January. Hikes scheduled to start at 9 a.m. are:

Saturday, Jan. 26: Starts at Payson Elementary School, 500 E. Rancho Rd.

Sunday, Jan. 27: Starts at Rim Country Middle School.

Monday, Jan. 28: Starts at Payson Regional Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Tuesday, Jan. 29: Green Valley Park, starts at Parks Office.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Starts at Hospital Auxiliary office, Aero and Ponderosa.

Thursday, Jan. 31: Joanie King leads, starts at west end of Longhorn Road.

More leaders needed, for details, call Mary Mastin at (928) 468-6842.

Saturday story time

Payson Public Library Director Emily Linkey, will present stories and puppet shows for children at 11 a.m. every Saturday.

The Payson Public Library is located at 328 N. McLane Road.

Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus are having a Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Jan. 27 at St. Philip’s Parish Hall. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage patties, eggs, juice and coffee, all for $5.50. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proceeds are for Knights’ local charities.

Special program at Star Valley Baptist Church

Star Valley Baptist Church, 4180 E. Highway 260, will present the music and ministry of Art and Wanda Peace, singers, songwriters and evangelists, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27.

The couple has ministered all over the United States and their music is played on radio stations all across the country, on World Wide Television, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Branson, Mo.

For information, call (928) 474-5557.


The Hashknife Pony Express Riders will be at the Payson Post Office at approximately 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 to meet and greet the community, sign autographs and more.

Hashknife Pony Express coming to town

Payson MVD office moving

The Payson Motor Vehicle Division office is moving to the Payson Village (Bashas’) shopping center.

The new site will be open Monday, Jan. 28. The current location at 200 W. Frontier (west of the post office) is closed to allow for the preparation of the new facility to be ready for opening at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28.

The new location will have several improvements to provide better service, such as a larger parking area for customers, which will accommodate large vehicles requiring inspection. The interior has a larger waiting area and a comfortable setting in order for customers to be served more efficiently.

The new Payson area facility will provide a wide range of driver license and motor vehicle title/registration services.

For more information, please visit the MVD Web site at

Alpha program

Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, is hosting another round of the Alpha program.

Alpha guests explore Christianity in a relaxed, welcoming and engaging atmosphere. The Alpha course covers the basics of Christianity. It is a seven-week course, with a one-day weekend getaway in the middle. Each week, guests gather for about two hours. They share an informal meal, sing a few songs, and listen to a talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, then gather into small groups for discussion.

Mountain Bible’s next Alpha program begins Monday, Jan 28. Free child care is available. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with the class starting at 6 p.m.

Please contact Angela Keeley at (480) 244-6186 for more information.

Prevent spread of infection

Local physician Dr. Alan Michels will be speaking on ways to prevent the spread of infection, not only in your household but in a hospital or health care environment.


Dr. Alan Michels

He will also address why the bacterium MRSA has received so much national media coverage.

The free lecture will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Payson Care Center (just west of the hospital on Lone Pine Drive).

Dr. Michels is an internal medicine practitioner and the medical director and Payson Care Center.

Seating is limited, so please call (928) 951-2305 to reserve your seat.

Christmas tree drop off

A Christmas tree drop off and disposal is available at the Payson Event Center (rodeo grounds) across from Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Please leave your tree in the designated drop-off area.

Drop off your tree anytime through Jan. 31.

First Friday

Sale at Time Out shop

The Time Out Thrift Shop will have a special sale for First Friday, Feb. 1.

Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off. This includes jewelry, boutique and western wear. Shoppers can also buy Time Out gift cards.

The shop also now accepts credit and debit cards and gladly picks up donations of gently used furniture or larger items. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule a pick-up.

All profits from the Time Out Thrift Shop support Time Out Inc., its Domestic Violence Shelter and Transitional Housing.

Open musical revue

Community Presbyterian Church and Anything Goes will host an open musical revue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

Anything Goes will be playing its music and other musicians will perform.

Snacks will be provided. There is a $5 suggested donation.

The church is at 800 W. Main St.

Down the Street Art Gallery

First Friday is still alive and well at Down the Street Art Gallery on Main Street with a Valentine gathering featuring the co-op’s newest artist, Margot Lessard Morphis. She is an oil painter specializing in large, expressive horses.

Stop in for a sweet treat and meet Margo and the other artists from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb 1, 703 W. Main St., Payson. 

Child ID program offered at library

The Payson Public Library is having the Arizona Child Identification Program, put on by the Arizona Masons, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.

In the ID Kit, parents get a photo ID card for each child, color photos, digital fingerprints, a recorded interview, DNA sample (preferably done by parents), and Amber Alert profile.

All is provided at no cost to parents and no identification information is kept by the Masons — just the permission form, which parents will need to fill out.

For more information, call Katie at (928) 474-9260.

Free tax help and free e-file

Volunteers with AARP-Tax Aide will be preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers from Feb. 4 through April 11.

Services will be provided at:

• Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd., Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 7, 14, 21, 23; March 7, 14, and 28; April 4 and 11 (the college will be closed the week of April 17; no taxes will be done that week at GCC).

Almost New Thrift Shop $1 Bag Sale

Select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts and more — anything else you wear (except for jewelry) that can fit into one of our bags. Spend just $1 and take it home.

This sale will take place the first Monday of every month. This month’s sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4.

There is lots of inventory to choose from and proceeds support the health scholarship fund and the many other programs put on by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary.

For more information, call the Almost New Thrift Shop at (928) 468-5515.

Sheet sale

The Mogollon Health Alliance is having a sheet sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Payson Regional Medical Center main lobby. Organizers say the sheets are “as soft as Egyptian cotton” with twin sizes priced at $25 and all other sizes sold for $39. Assorted styles will be offered.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support the many programs and scholarships offered by the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free “Heartsaver” CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5. Call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through its fund-raising efforts, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to the Almost New Thrift Shop at 304 E. Aero Drive.

University transfer process discussed at GCC

A special program is planned at the Payson campus of Gila Community College on transferring work to Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University or the University of Arizona.

The program is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in GCC Room 403, 201 N. Mud Springs Road.

Topics will included programs of study at GCC (Eastern Arizona College) and steps in the university transfer process.

For more information, contact Joe Shannon at

AARP Driving Safety Class

An AARP Driving Safety Class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. To register, call (928) 472-9290.

Relay For Life of Rim Country

The community kick-off meeting for Relay For Life of Rim Country is slated from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Fireside Room, located on the west side of the casino (old restaurant).

MHA offers health career scholarships

Mogollon Health Alliance is now accepting applications for its Human Health Career Scholarships. These scholarships are given to applicants residing in northern Gila County who are pursuing careers in various health care fields.

Awards will be given at the discretion of the MHA Auxiliary Scholarship Committee. Applications and information may be obtained from the MHA office at 308 E. Aero Drive, (928) 472-2588. Applications are also available at the following locations: Gila Community College, Payson High School, Payson Center for Success, and the Payson Roundup.

The deadline for application submissions for the fall semester is Friday, March 29.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.


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