Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30

Restriping work scheduled on local streets in Payson this week

Minimal delays expected

A street restriping project will start in Payson this week, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Work will take place on the following streets: Airport Road, Country Club Drive, Green Valley Parkway, Longhorn and McLane roads.

Runnin’ through Rim Country

The “Fireball Run” online series came through Payson Thursday as 40 teams complete with celebrities embarked on an epic eight-day, 14-city, 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game.

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Pumpkin patch proceeds will go to food banks

Advocates for the community garden have invited the public to come get a Halloween pumpkin and make a donation to area food banks.

Radiothon to raise money for Rim Country charities in need

Help the local Soroptimist club do what they do best, raise money and give it away, Oct. 3 during their 10th annual Radiothon.

Sunday, September 29

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Diamonds to perform in Payson Monday

People often tell me that they believe the best rock and roll music ever recorded was produced in the late 1950s, the very beginning of the rock and roll era. I tend to agree.

Time running out for fair winners to claim money

Many people who won cash prizes at the Northern Gila County Fair still have not picked up their prizes, said Rick Korth, fair treasurer.

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Student achievement teachers hail gains

Mentor teachers focus on helping others adapt to change and track student needs

Wayne Gorry, the new Student Achieve­ment Teacher (SAT) for the middle school, came out and said what everyone thought: The SATs sit in their offices all day with their feet up.

Saturday, September 28

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Heartbreaking disease imposes budget-breaking toll

Reflecting over the past two years, long-term medical insurance would have reduced the financial stress I confronted after my wife, Janet, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, applying for Arizona’s long-term care programs after Janet was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s took a year-and-a-half before we finally received benefits.

Health care reform kicks in soon; premiums lower than expected

Critics make last-ditch effort to kill or delay offer of health insurance for 32 million Americans

The debate about health care reforms remains as schizophrenic as ever as Arizonans get their first look at how much it will cost to extend health insurance to an estimated 1 million residents.

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Death rates shape health debate

The often-bitter debate about whether to expand the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) with federal funds turns in part on dueling studies on death rates among patients.

Friday, September 27

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Another Wonderful Weekend

Hope you caught your breath this week — you’ll need it to get through another busy weekend in the Rim Country.

End to water hauling

Mesa del will connect to Payson system at initial cost of nearly $275,000

The Payson Water Company on Oct. 1 will seek permission from the Arizona Corporation Com­mission to drop Mesa del Caballo water hauling charges and hook up the 400-home subdivision to the Town of Payson’s water system.

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Hero comes home

Shot three times on Saturday, Payson Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske returned to his parents’ Payson home this Wednesday, amidst an outpouring of support.

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Organization notices, Sept. 27

Installation of officers for Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country was held at a recent luncheon.

Prisoner release tied to Payson effort

The release of 11 prisoners of conscience recently by the government of Iran has close ties with people in the Payson area.

Dissension in a foxhole

The Payson Unified School District is caught up in an enormous, dispiriting distraction from the urgent task at hand.

106-mile-long race: A real monster

Endurance runners from around the world will converge on Rim Country to battle a monster on Saturday.

Benefit a great success

The recent Mountain Village Foundation Steak Fry at the StrawBEARy Bear in Strawberry was a fund-raiser for our organization. To that end, it was a great success — 100 steaks were ordered, 100 people showed up to eat them. Amazing. But that is only part of the story.

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Supervisors review new legislative agenda

Gila County will play host to at least 150 supervisors and staff Oct. 14-16 at the County Supervisors Association Legislative Summit where county officials gather to hammer out their top priorities for when the Arizona legislature reconvenes in January.

Press Congress to keep program in place

I was extremely moved by the recent Roundup article “I am hungry!” written by Alexis Bechman. It was a well-written, well-researched news story that should have all of us considering our neighbors.

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Discipline attempt misfires

Superintendent to start over in effort to punish ‘insubordination’

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Ron Hitchcock must start over on his attempt to discipline Julia Randall Elementary Principal Will Dunman for “insubordination.”

Scratching your head over cat scratching?

Furniture scratching. So many people are convinced this is a behavior displayed by cats just for the sheer thrill of destroying the living room sofa or treasured antique chair. If you live with a cat who has turned your upholstery into mere shreds, you’re probably at your wit’s end in terms of whether keeping kitty means abandoning all hope of ever having intact furniture again.

The greatest mistake of my life

A few weeks ago I ran across a news story about an Australian nurse who recorded the most common regrets expressed by people who were nearing the end of their lives. As I read the article I was not surprised to find that the greatest regret of my life was one of the top five.

Long-ago crash remembered

The incredible story went on as Jan Clark shared the background of how she was able to locate and contact the Worcester family. This was after she had put together Bill Osier’s crash site discovery with the mysterious letter that had hung in her family’s cabin since the early 1950s

Tonto Forest will waive fees

Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering a fee-free day Saturday, Sept. 28 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

O’Rourke wins golf tourney

Nancy O’Rourke is the winner of this year’s Arizona Women’s Golf Association Payson Niners President’s Cup at Payson Golf Course. The President’s Cup is a low net tournament that was held the first two weeks of August.

Varsity net squad bounces back

­Mustangs saddled with three-set loss, Horns round up welcome win

Payson’s volleyball team needed a victory against Mogollon on Tuesday night. A 3-1 loss to Fountain Hills in Payson Sept. 19 left the Lady Longhorns 3-2. They didn’t want to fall to .500.

Memorable road trip comes to an end

I’m back! My husband and I took off for Iowa on Sept. 4, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Berwick, Pa. and Rawlings, Md.

The ‘working poor’

What does the phrase “working poor” really mean? It applies to the large number of Americans that get up every day and go to work, but still live on the edges of poverty — requiring them to depend on government programs to provide some of the very basic needs of their families (such as adequate nutrition and health care, not to even mention the hope of higher education for their children).

Many due thanks

The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee would like to thank the following companies and people for their outstanding support of our Third Annual Chili Cookoff and Salsa Tasting that was held Sept. 14 at the Gila County Complex —

SCAF volunteers to be honored Saturday

The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, held annually to recognize the great volunteers of the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) is Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Community Almanac

Free day at the Museum Saturday The Rim Country Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 28 as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!

Tips for a safe home heating season

Now that fall has officially begun, the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department reminds residents to have their stove and chimney checked and cleaned before use.

A Great Pumpkin Story

Once upon a time, a man named Phillip Daugherty grew a pumpkin patch every year.

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Lawson earns fair's Zane Grey Award

A longtime volunteer with the Northern Gila County Fair, Eileen Lawson won the 2013 Zane Grey Award.

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St. Johns poses big test for Longhorns

4-0 Redskins look to spoil homecoming

Jake Swartwood has a lot of respect for St. Johns football coach Mike Morgan. He’s not alone.

Thursday, September 26

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McDonald’s employees help improve PHS

On Sept. 17, Payson McDonald’s employees donated their time to paint the Payson High School concession stand and restrooms.

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Dinner benefits P/S fuel break effort

Sometimes, helping a worthy cause just melts in your mouth. Delicious. No other word for it.

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Nashville recording artist highlights Opry

Several new events added to Fiddlers Contest

Award-winning Nashville singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss will open the festivities of the 43rd Annual Vertielee Floyd Old Time Fiddlin’ Arizona State Champion­ship and Acoustic Celebration this weekend.

PHS Class of 2003 together again

It’s been 10 years since Payson High School’s Class of 2003 gathered for their graduation on May 24, 2003.

Wednesday, September 25

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McNeeley Poker Run another success

Lisa Campbell has pastured her trusty steed in favor of a King. “I used to ride a horse, now I ride horsepower,” Campbell said just after maneuvering her Suzuki King Quad ATV over the finish line at the Ninth Annual Justice McNeeley Poker Run held Sept. 28 in Pine.

Tradition under the tents

In early September, approximately 35 children and their animals gathered under the tents at the Northern Gila County Fair. For some of them, this was their first experience with a tradition that spans nearly 60 years.

Tuesday, September 24

He’s a hero among us

We’ll never know what violent, desperate impulse led Cody Archuleta to fire three times through the window of his car at Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske.

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Horns run over Glendale 20-7

PHS 3-1 heading into St. Johns showdown

Opponents know Tyus Sarnowski is Payson’s top receiver. But Dean Harpe is trying to make them pay for double-teaming him. And the Payson junior did just that with three catches for 94 yards in the Longhorns’ 20-7 victory over Glendale on Friday night.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick results

More than 25 kids took part in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition hosted by Payson Parks & Recreation on Aug. 28.

Time for fall trout fishing


Fall has arrived, and that often dictates storing the fishing equipment and breaking out the hunting gear. Many archers have been in the field for a couple of weeks attempting to tag a deer, while archery elk season is just beginning.

Smith, Cly win state qualifier

Jesse Smith and Virgil Cly won the championship flight in the Payson Golf Course Two-Man Scramble on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The event was a qualifier for the Arizona State Championship.

Coverage missed heart and soul of fair

The demolition derby was a popular event at the fair this year and received quite a bit of coverage by our local newspaper.

Computer glitch in treasurer’s office could be costly

I couldn’t help but notice the quarter page ad in the Sept. 6 edition of the Roundup. The title, “From the Office of the Gila County Treasurer” drew my attention.

Common sense forest bill passes House of Representatives

After the tragic deaths of the fallen heroes in Yarnell, I joined Vice-President Biden and thousands in Prescott, Arizona at a memorial service for the 19 elite firefighters, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

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Wolfish howls of protest

Plan would dramatically expand reintroduction range for Mexican wolf

A federal plan to dramatically increase the range of reintroduced Mexican gray wolves to include most of Gila County has provoked a flurry of reaction — much of it critical.

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Homecoming Hubbub

It's great to be a Longhorn!

Friday’s big win against Glendale (see sports story) stoked Homecoming Week spirit for the Longhorns.

Neighboring communities may see steep rate hike

Jason Williamson, manager of the Payson Water Company, wants the Arizona Corporation Commis­sion (ACC) to give him permission to more than double water rates for more than 1,100 Rim Country customers in several unincorporated communities.

Fountain Hills downs Lady Horns in four

It was a homecoming for Morgan DiFelice. And boy did she enjoy it.

Payson runners improving in early going

The season is just three weeks old, but Payson’s cross country team has already had some strong performances.

‘Fireball Run’ online TV series coming through Payson

Payson will get some national publicity on Sept. 26 when the “Fireball Run” online TV series films the dash through town of a parade of vintage cars and imitation movie stars.

Payson man convicted for domestic violence

A Globe jury last week convicted a Payson man on three counts of domestic violence after he attacked his girlfriend with a pair of scissors.

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Community Almanac

PES Fall Festival features petting zoo Payson Elementary School will have its annual Fall Festival from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26.

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The stuff of heroes

Shot three times, DPS Officer Seth Meeske drove to the hospital as he radioed a warning, which led to a 40-minute high-speed chase that ended with the shooter’s death

The traffic stop at 10 p.m. Saturday seemed routine — something Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske had done a thousand times in his 14-year career.

Friday, September 20

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Quashed contempt order reveals tensions

Superior court conflicts arise from plea bargains, insanity experts

A heated exchange in court, a contempt citation issued and then rescinded and disputes about plea bargain deals rejected by judges have spawned conflict in Gila County Superior Court.

Real hunger

Should ask some of the old-timers in the Rim Country how they got by (before) there were food stamps.

Nightmare bus trips continue to haunt Horns


This is getting ridiculous. Payson’s football team has chartered a bus three times for long road trips the last two seasons.

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Spikers slip past Mingus in ‘gut-wrenching’ match

Lady Horns rally to pull out five-set victory at home

Payson’s volleyball team on Tuesday rode the roller coaster through a fierce, five-set match that ended with a “gut-wrenching” come-from-behind triumph.

Pine water district struggles with repair bills

Board asks for priority list as PSWID slips into the red

Like a beleaguered family breadwinner, the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) board listened to a litany of needed, budget-busting repairs listed by District Manager Brad Cole at its meeting Sept. 12.

Condor controversy

On Aug. 23 readers were treated to a third article telling us how hunters must eschew the use of lead-based ammunition in order to save the condors. That’s just hogwash.

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Here come the big boys

Glendale a large hurdle for Horns

Payson’s football team could use a win tonight after last week’s disappointing 28-21 loss at Parker dropped the Longhorns to 2-1. But they’ll have to get past the biggest school in Division IV to get that victory.

Health care reforms finally taking effect

After years of bewildering debate, the federal health care reforms derided as “Obamacare” are finally upon us.

County economic development money comes north

Gila County supervisors, in a 2-1 vote, awarded Payson $43,400 in economic development funds this week over the objections of board chairman Mike Pastor, who represents the southern area of the county.

New Health Insurance Marketplace offers discounts to many

Starting Oct. 1, Arizonans who lack health insurance, or who buy their own insurance, will have a whole new way to shop for coverage. It’s called the Health Insurance Marketplace, and you can learn more about it at

Recreation Roundup, Sept. 20

The Payson Parks & Recreation Department has the following youth sports programs planned. For additional details and registration information, call the parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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State high school and junior high rodeo here

The Arizona High School Rodeo Association and Arizona Junior High School Rodeo Association season will stampede into action this weekend at the Payson Event Center.

Keeping the area safe from fire

Cyclists of all ages helped raise funds to keep the area safe from fire through the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

It’s surprising how many cars we own in a lifetime, Part II

In 1957, two Air Force bases and two more stripes after I went back into the service, I spent 50 bucks for a mud-green 1950 Plymouth which quickly found its way to its natural home — the junkyard. Then came a solidly built Chrysler Saratoga two-door with a metallic green finish and a Red Ram V-8 that whizzed me over halfway across the country from Texas to New Jersey.

Thank you to service organizations for support

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following service organizations for their continued support.

Time for action

I have grown increasingly concerned that comprehensive immigration reform is going to go the way of this past spring’s gun reform legislation. I fear that it will just fade away and drown under the sea of partisan politics.

What class size means

Concerning the overcrowded classes in Payson: people need to realize that class size is not the same as pupil to teacher ratio.

Home Depot appreciated

Sure is nice to see the southbound lanes on the Beeline so nice and clean.

Back to the ’60s

In the Friday, Sept. 6 Payson Roundup, reporter Michele Nelson writes that “Payson High School no longer offers calculus because only half a dozen students wanted to take the advanced math class.” Instead of finding a solution to keep advanced math an integral part of the curriculum, the school board and administrators have let these hard-working students down.

Seeing some potential

I would like to comment on the recently purchased Star Valley property. I agree that the old home on the property is beyond repair and should be torn down due to cost and safety issues.

Remembering a long-ago plane crash

Christopher Creek is enjoying the annual serenade of the wild. Evening ’til early morning the musical sounds come from all around. The song starts in with low notes, then crescendos into high-pitched soprano squeals followed immediately by a staccato bass finale.

Organization notices, Sept. 20

The Payson Elks have scheduled the following at the Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Friday, Sept. 20 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., dinner off the menu; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Karaoke with Don and Candy.

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Advice for avoiding a dog bite

How do you avoid getting bitten by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog’s personal space. Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog — even your own — without letting him see and sniff you first.

PSWID rates and fees

I first want to say that I am a rather timid and non-aggressive individual, but I am at my wit’s end with PSWID.

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Community Almanac

Shooting range open Saturday Tonto Rim Sports Club will open its Hi Power Range to non-members on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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Sister Act: View from the edge heals old wounds, offers new joys

“Oh. My! This is ... I mean, there’s no way to ever see this in a picture,” said my sister when she saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.

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Time Out’s executive director resigns

Time Out, Inc. Executive Director Camille Levee is taking a time out.

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Surprise visit makes ER trip nicer


No one enjoys being in a hospital emergency room, but that is where Len and I found ourselves a couple weeks ago. As careful as we try to be at our ages, he had taken a fall and was experiencing back pain.

Aero Fair Reflections

The seven prop-driven faux fighter planes roared overhead in perfect, heart-stopping formation. A single red plane flew alone at the rear — channeling the Red Baron.

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Girls just want to have fun

They may be ladies of a certain age, but that vintage Cyndi Lauper tune is still their anthem.

Rope course doomed

Unless the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board decides to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for insurance, it will have to shut down the Adventure Course by the high school.

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Suzy Bogguss to perform in Rim Country

Concert fans, especially those who enjoy their music a little on the country side, are in for a real treat a week from this Friday night.

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Rim roars with fun

The roar of the home stand crowd, the crack of bats, the thunder of hooves, music and the smell of good food will envelop Rim Country this weekend.

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Alzheimer’s caregivers share impact of disease

Dealing with a double-whammy

My father passed from complications from Alzheimer’s disease and my mother, who currently lives in a nursing facility in Mesa, has Alzheimer’s.

Scholastic Book Fair a passage to infinity

My mother introduced me to the magic of reading at such an early age, reading aloud to me from magazines in the doctor’s office when we visited for those infant/toddler checkups.

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Shingles can have frightening consequences

We have all heard the advertisements — “If you had the chickenpox, you also have the shingles virus” — and then the subsequent advice to get a vaccine.

Funding helps make Rim Country safer

$60,000 federal grant will improve emergency radios

The Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department recently received a $60,000 federal grant to update its antiquated communications gear.

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Teachers learn about new tool to help meet federal standards

On Wednesday, students flooded town as teachers sat in classrooms to understand a teaching tool designed to help them master new education standards from the state and federal governments.

Tuesday, September 17

Obamacare exposed

After the Democrats illegally passed Obamacare, and Nancy Pelosi famously declared “we need to pass the bill to see what is in it,” people started finding out what is in this total government takeover of 1/6 of our economy.

Clash of the titans

It appears that good ol’ Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are both running for that White House.

PEC accepts tax credit too

Please remember Payson Education Center when contributing to Credit for Kids.

Youth soccer picture schedule

Saturday, Sept. 21 is picture day for the Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored youth soccer teams.

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Fire on the Rim: Having a blast – doing some good

‘Brutal’ course draws 200 mountain bikers and raises money for Pine fire protection

This weekend’s Fire on the Rim mountain bike race in Pine attracted more than 220 riders, some 20 percent more than last year, as the tough single track continued to gain a following in its third year.

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Aero Fair draws a happy crowd

By 7:30 in the morning, the Experimental Aircraft Associa­tion took its first rider up in the air. By 8 a.m., five World War II planes buzzed across the sky in perfect formation making hearts flutter with memories and bringing tears of pride to eyes.

Pray wisdom wins out

No matter what any of us think about attacking Syria these days, if we do so, the reason for taking military action will no longer be that Assad used poison gas against his own people. The reason that we will use our missiles very soon, is now mostly to “save face.”

A giving community

Last year the Payson United Methodist Church initiated a program to distribute sport shoes to our middle school and younger athletes that participate in the soccer and baseball programs in Payson.

Mistakes prove fatal for Longhorn football team

Parker capitalizes on turnovers to upset Payson in a game plagued by penalties

This time, the mistakes did them in. Payson’s football team won its first two games despite plenty of problems. The Longhorns lost three of their four fumbles, committed nine penalties and were 0 for 4 on extra-point attempts in a season-opening victory over Wickenburg.

We’re lashed to the Great White Whale

No doubt about it: We’re strapped to the scarred and terrible back of the Great White Whale. Now and then, when the monster sounds, Ahab — tangled in harpoon line — beckons to us.

Roundup wins big

‘General Excellence’ award from Arizona Newspapers Association

The Payson Roundup picked up more than a dozen awards Saturday night at the annual Arizona Newspapers Associa­tion’s Better Newspapers Contest, including the top, statewide award for general excellence among non-daily newspapers between 3,500 and 10,000 circulation.

Volleyball teams travel to Camp Verde, sweep Cowboys

Lady Horns don’t lose a single set

Payson’s volleyball teams dominated Camp Verde on Sept. 10, not losing a single set on the varsity, junior varsity or freshman teams.

Before Obamacare ...

So what are the benefits of Obamacare? Let me count the ways.

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Same controversy, different company

Forest Service transfer of thinning contract draws praise, questions

The names have changed — but the plan’s the same. The U.S. Forest Service on Friday announced it will transfer a contract to thin 300,000 acres of Arizona forests to Good Earth, an international company that operates thinning and logging projects in Africa that turn wood into electricity.

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Indian rodeo brings top riders, ropers to Payson

Some of the best cowboys in the country gathered in Payson last weekend. Didn’t matter a bit that they were all Indians. Well, actually, maybe it does matter they were Native Americans, gathered for the regional finals the Southwestern Indian Rodeo Association, on a perfect day in a nearly empty arena.

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Community Almanac

Celebrate the Constitution Wednesday The Daughters of the American Revolution, Mogollon Chapter, invite you to join them in commemorating United States Constitution Week, an annual event which runs from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23.

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Young boys soccer squad looks to improve

A young Payson boys soccer season has enrolled in the school of hard knocks this season, gaining experience the hard way.

Organization notices, Sept. 17

The Democratic Club of Northern Gila County will meet at the Payson Public Library at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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Mom & Pop business survives and thrives

The lunch rush ends with a mom and her two little children hopping into their mini van, hands full of vibrantly colored fruit smoothies in clear plastic cups, straws sticking up in the air.

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Variety of chili and salsa spices up weekend in Payson

Tara Cheama, her brother Mackenzie and dad Aldred saw the sign for the Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee Chili Cookoff and did a U-turn.

Tragedy averted

This car overturned on the Beeline Saturday night when the driver swerved to avoid a coyote.

Child abuse, neglect conviction upheld

The Arizona Court of Appeals has decided not to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict against a Payson woman who burned her children with cigarettes.

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Smooth jazz

An appreciative crowd enjoyed a jazz performance Sunday at the Community Presbyterian Church.

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Police department gains five, but loses another new officer

Aggressive campaign finally fills vacancies – and boosts staffing by almost 20 percent

After years of trying to fill vacancies, the Payson Police Department’s aggressive ad campaign last year brought in dozens of applicants, resulting in six new officers.

Friday, September 13

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Longhorns lose after Parker scores last-minute touchdown

Payson High School sophomore Wyatt Chapman rushed for three touchdowns Friday night, but it wasn't enough to keep the team's undefeated record as host Parker rallied for a 28-21 win.

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Get fired up for fun and great food

It’s going to be another rockin’ weekend in Rim Country, with a host of choices for fun and food.

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Community Almanac

Butterfly Release and Potluck for those who have lost a child Families and friends who have lost a child can find help and support at the Rim Country Compassionate Friends butterfly release and potluck Saturday at 11 a.m. in Green Valley Park near the bandstand.

School costs shocking

I was totally shocked when I read the list of costs to put a child in high school.

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Board punts on coach question

The Payson Unified School District board on Monday decided to let the superintendent decide on a case-by-case basis whether to let administrators serve as coaches.

September rain celebrated in song

As I’m sitting here early in the week writing this week’s article, I’m watching a downpour of rain pounding Green Valley Lake and the wind whipping through the willow trees at the lake’s shoreline. It sure doesn’t look like there is any end in sight to this year’s monsoon.

Good showing at Demolition Derby

Christopher Creek did itself up proud again last Saturday night. Nearly 70 Creekers including 17 of our Colcord neighbors and a couple from OW Ranch made quite a statement at the Northern Gila County Fair’s Demolition Derby.

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Family gives to community at reunion

The Seaman family tradition is to perform a community service in the locale where they gather for their family reunions.

Tough tournament drew top teams

Volleyball championship rematch in Payson overshadowed Longhorns’ respectable 2-4 record

The calendar says it’s only September, but the talent level at last weekend’s Payson Invitational resembled what you’d expect to see in the Division III state tournament in November.

Explosive: Longhorn offense reacts to chemistry of connection between Mendoza & Sarnowski

Luckily for the Longhorns, Miguel Mendoza and Tyus Sarnowski have a connection. The Payson High seniors have been throwing and catching for years. They’ve played on the same sports teams since their Little League Baseball days: Mendoza pitches to Sarnowski on the varsity baseball team.

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Alzheimer’s caregivers share impact of disease

Man caring for wife discovers hindsight is a wonderful thing

My name is John Greer and my wife Ruth (Bunny is her endeared name) has Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed in 2005. Over these past eight years, I believed I could care for her on my own with ease ... I was fit and very active.

It’s surprising how many cars we own in a lifetime

It’s often said that America has a love affair with the automobile, and I have to tell you that I have no argument with that, none at all. How could I? I just did a count. I’ve owned 14 of the little puppies.

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Don’t let your dog be a deadbeat dad — please neuter


Whether you’ve recently adopted a dog or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is whether to spay or neuter your new pet.

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Grief and memory

9/11 service draws a handful whose memories run deep

Only nine people attended the Service of Hope and Remembrance of 9/11 at the Payson United Methodist Church this week. So, it became a quiet, intimate memorial for all those who died in the attacks of 2001 and for loved ones still grieving their loss.

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Water not tested

‘This is a nightmare’ says water expert of Mesa del well reports

Mesa del Caballo residents have been drinking water from an untested well — perhaps for years, according to documents obtained by the Roundup.

Thank you, Rim Country

Thank you to all for the prayers, love, support and letters of encouragement during our time of loss.

Payson youth bowling

Payson youth enjoyed several weeks of bowling at Rim Country Lanes.

Lady Longhorns soccer team bounces back

Young team regains confidence with shutout victory

Payson’s young girls soccer team face a tough challenge this season, but have already shown grit with a 2-0 victory over Holbrook at Rumsey Park on Tuesday.

Marijuana store a bad idea

I watched with dismay the opening of the medical marijuana distributorship on Tonto Road here in Payson.

PSWID should tighten belt and live within its means

In a recent guest comment, the chairman of the PSWID Board of Directors said that he learned about inflation at an early age.

Fossil Creek plan

After attending the public meeting, I am left with two thoughts:

Just slap a saucepan on our aching head

Take it back. Tempting. Oh, so tempting. The Quixotic crusade to force the federal government to give state governments millions of acres hit town this week.

Fossil Creek comments

Fossil Creek is an eco-tourism catalyst, which could yield significant benefits to many Arizona Rim Country communities, if allowed to open for broad public use under the watchful eye of committed stewards.

Veteran seeks chance to serve community

I am a recently honorably discharged Marine veteran of 10 years and three combat tours.

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Long-awaited promotion for service manager

After 25 years and two owners, Daniel Way has made his way up to the post of service manager at Payson’s Chapman Auto Center.

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Fire on the Rim race kicks off

Waves of mountain bike riders rode off from the Mary Ellen Randall Arena in Pine Saturday morning to tackle one of the toughest trails in Rim Country.

Bear Flat Road closed for construction next three weeks

Forest Road (FR) 405-A, which accesses the Bear Flat area, will be closed between the Ponderosa Campground entrance and the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 405 for construction Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 a.m. to Friday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m.

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Miss Fitz serving success at 260 Café

After several failed attempts by previous owners, the 260 Café is finally serving up success thanks to a few local misfits.

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You yo-yo?

The black stage suddenly exploded into fluorescent flashes of strings as the Team Ex-Yo members tossed and threw tricks with their yo-yos.

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States urged to insist on control of federal lands

Western voters should crusade to force the federal government to turn its vast holdings over to the states, Utah state lawmaker Ken Ivory told about 65 people in a provocative speech in Payson Wednesday.

Sunday concert launches 2013-2014 jazz series

Jazz has a solid corps of fans in the Rim Country, with about 125 gathering every month since June 2000 to hear artists share their talents.

County attorney’s office offering crisis training for first responders

Classes for emergency workers who deal with the mentally ill will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Messin­ger Mortuary conference room.

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Life with LEO

Wife of police chief reflects on fears, joys and weird moments living with a cop in new book

Excerpt from the book, “Living With Leo” by Sherry Engler: Click, click, click. Click, click, click. It is 3 o’clock in the morning, so you sleepily drag your body out of bed to see what the clicking is all about.

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Leadership program graduates honored

Participants committed to making a difference

The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino and Tonto Apache Tribe honored another round of graduates from its innovative professional development program Aug. 28 with a banquet.

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Offensive line injuries plague Horns

Quick, who is Payson’s starting center? Stumped? Alas — not many fans know Denton Petersen, since he’s not even listed on the varsity roster.

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Barton blasts environmental regulations

Criticizes EPA effort to cut pollution at generating plan

Rim Country’s state Repre­sentative Brenda Barton (R-Payson) has a bone to pick with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and she picked it clean in a speech to the Payson Tea Party on Sept. 5.

Council elections move from spring to fall

The Payson Town Council hasn’t had much on the docket recently with most meetings lasting less than an hour. Even at that, staff reports and proclamations taking up most of that time.

Heroin lands Payson man in prison for 9.5 years

A Payson man with a history of drug abuse will spend more than nine years in prison after police found him again high on drugs.

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Apache tribe celebrates with acorns

You may have seen Native Americans sitting out under oak trees recently collecting fallen acorns around town. At a recent celebratory event, the Mazatzal Casino chef put those acorns to good use.

Tuesday, September 10

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Community Almanac

Aero Fair Saturday The Aero Fair takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Payson Municipal Airport on East Airport Road.

Payson rolls over Sand Devils 42-10

Mendoza throws for 4 TDs, runs for 2

In a route of Page on Friday, the Payson Longhorns went airborne. The second win of a so-far undefeated season perfected the second prong of the offense, after relying mostly on the running game in the season-opening football win over Wickenburg two weeks ago.

Spikers rally past Coconino in 5 sets

The Lady Longhorns had their backs against the wall in their home-opening volleyball match on Thursday night.

The bulls of fall are starting to call


To an outdoorsman, there are a few predictable signs that wildlife exhibit at different times of the year. The gobble of a wild turkey in the spring, the salmon run of an Alaskan summer, and the bugle of a bull elk in the early fall in the mountains of the West are all benchmark events in nature.

Program helps shoe athletes

If you have need for athletic shoes for your baseball or soccer season, the Payson United Methodist Church can help.

Boys soccer opener canceled

Payson was set to open the boys soccer season with a home game against Grand Canyon on Saturday.

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Huffman races to first career victory

Erin Huffman’s goal was to improve on her time of 22 minutes, 41 seconds from a year ago in Wednesday’s season-opening Payson Invitational.

Hunger in Rim Country

Roundup reporter Alexis Bechman made two disturbing discoveries when she resolved to live on a food stamp budget for a week.

How do we protect what we treasure?

Can’t we just remain a quiet little town? Can’t we shut the door on the world? Can’t we just putter in the back yard? Well, not really — as the last four years has so painfully demonstrated.

At the end of the day, all they wanted to do was play ball

While hard to believe, there was a time when you could not play major or minor league baseball in America if you were black. For me, this revelation came to light after reading former Boston Celtic great Bill Russell’s autobiography “Go Up for Glory.”

What one calls poor leadership is great progress

It was nice to hear from our former mayor recently, but in assessing Obama’s performance I feel that there are areas that Edwards identifies as poor leadership while many others see great progress.

Streets need attention now

Payson’s town government has spent time and money on obtaining a college. This may or may not happen and it may or may not be a good thing.

I am hungry!

Gnawing challenge affects 1,900 Rim Country residents weekly

As I sit writing, my stomach growls noisily. The handful of peanut butter crackers from breakfast cannot assuage the hunger pangs.

Development proves costly

General Plan: Money-losing houses vs. tax-paying business

Here’s a simple business concept: Don’t sell at a loss. But towns sell at a loss all the time when it comes to new development.

Boy on bike hit by truck

A pickup driver hit a child on a bicycle Monday morning, sending the child to the local hospital.

Payson man dies in crash

A 21-year-old Payson man died Sunday night after crashing his vehicle into a tree. Police said Matthew Simper had reportedly been drinking at a lake earlier Sunday when he returned to Payson.

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Fossil Creek lovers speak out

Forest Service concepts draw mostly bad reviews at overflow Pine meeting

Confronted with more than 100 mostly irate citizens, U.S. Forest Service rangers and planners stressed that they don’t really want to slam the Fossil Creek door on Rim Country.

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Demolition Derby highlights fair

Perhaps the biggest Payson Demolition Derby crowd ever turned out for the smallest-ever number of cars and trucks, but a smash ’em-up finale and a bunch of muddy kids saved the day.

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PetSmart Charities Adoption Weekend Sept. 13-15


This time of year, a few things are certain: the days get shorter, leaves change color, and kids return to school. But, did you know September may also be the perfect time of year to add a new companion to your home? You can do just that by adopting at the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Sept. 13-15 at your neighborhood PetSmart® store in Payson, located at 400 E. Highway 260.

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Boulder crushes man near Flagstaff

A boulder weighing more than 30 tons crushed a Phoenix man's pelvis and legs Tuesday on a mountain road near Flagstaff.

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Deluge floods streets, apartment complex

A handful of apartments flooded Monday during a monsoon storm that dumped nearly a 1.5 inches of rain on Payson, turning side streets into Slip ’n Slides and Star Valley and Round Valley washes into rivers.

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Spot open on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission

Are you interested in serving on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission? If so, you have until Sept. 20 to submit your application.

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Volunteers work to ease neighbors’ burdens

The Mountain Village Foundation is hosting its annual Country Western Steak Fry from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the StrawBEARy Bear on Ralls Drive in Strawberry. This is a major fund-raiser for the organization.

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Expect Fire on the Rim this weekend

The Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race promises riders will never be bored — the terrain, weather, and the course can kick butt, but mountain bikers love to play hard.

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Photographer's farewell

Jerry Garcia sang it best: “What a long, strange, trip it’s been.” Amen.

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Donations enable instrument repairs

This past weekend, parents and students joined forces to run a band bake sale outside of Safeway that netted $2,300.

County releases ‘final’ forest fee money to schools

Rim Country schools have a little more cash in the kitty now that County Schools Superintendent Linda O’Dell has gotten clearance from the Gila County Board of Supervisors to distribute federal FY 2012 forest fee funds.

Monday, September 9

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Regents seek new NAU head

Northern Arizona University President John Haeger has announced he will step down in June of 2015 after then a decade running the Flagstaff campus.

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Plan to let wolves wander draws sharp reactions

Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to let Mexican gray wolves expand out of remote area on Arizona-New Mexico border

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will settle a decade of lawsuits by allowing Mexican gray wolves to spread outside the long-standing recovery area in a wilderness on the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Child obesity levels fall

The obesity rate for low-income Arizona preschoolers remained level from 2008 to 2011 after growing sharply in previous years, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

Hike tests students

On Friday, Aug. 16. 15 students from Payson’s Center for Success went on a hike to Fisher’s Point (Arizona Trail #301) off of Highway I40 in Flagstaff.

Sunday, September 8

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Home Depot gives students something to paint about

The students in Jacqui Jeffreys’ acrylic painting class will break out of their sketchpads this semester thanks to Home Depot’s donation of masonite boards to paint on.

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How to stay married and stay in business

Higginbothams of Payson Jewelers don’t step on each others’ toes

There is a wall dividing the back room of Payson Jewelers. Owners Robert and Melissa Higginbotham had it installed many years ago in the 1,100-square-foot shop. On one side, a place for all his jewelry tools, tables covered with clamps, grinders, soldering guns, pliers, loupes and hammers. And on the other side of the wall, a typical office space — her place.

Saturday, September 7

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Learn to cook healthy with fish

Want to learn how to choose the best fish and prepare it in a healthy way? Get hooked up with the next Cookin’ for Health class at the Payson Public Library at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 facilitated by nutrition consultant Peggy Martin.

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Get out for a Saturday night crash fest

“Crash! Boom! Bang!” sang rock singer Roxette in 1994. Yes, Roxette, it’s Demolition Derby time here in Payson once again! This Saturday night (7 p.m., Sept. 7) the annual every-man-for-himself, last-man-moving, winner-take-all event will take place at the yearly Northern Gila County Fair at the Payson Event Center.

Learning by doing is not always the best way, Part 2

Last week I told you how Lolly and I had forded the fabled Indus River in my Jeep on our way to see an archaeological dig. We had climbed a low range of mountains, reached part of the road that curved around a mountain, with a drop of 50 feet on our left, and one of 2,000 feet on our right. Suddenly, just as we topped a low rise at 35 miles per hour, we came upon an old man strolling down the middle of the narrow road with a 7-foot-long lathi, or quarterstaff, stuck under his arms — and no way to get around him.

Labor Day flood stories filled with emotion

Christopher Creek flowed quietly beneath them as they stood on her banks to tell their story. The survivors were the essence of the event. The list of people with stories to tell was long. We started with some miraculous escapes and close calls here in the Creek.

Modified Motorcycles visit the Village

The Village was roaring over the weekend, literally! The Modified Motorcycle Association held its yearly rally in the Village.

Friday, September 6

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Countdown to Fire on the Rim

In eight days more than 300 daring and skillful mountain bike riders will gather at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena on Bradshaw Drive in Pine for the 2013 Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.

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Huffman wins Payson Invite

Payson’s Erin Huffman kicked off what she hopes will be a breakthrough cross country season in a big way at the season-opening Payson Invitational on Wednesday.

Saguaro spikes Payson in volleyball 2013 opener

The opening night of the volleyball season wasn’t a joyous one for Payson High at Saguaro on Tuesday.

Banners missing from PHS stadium

Where are the missing banners? That’s the question a lot of people want answered.

Patience is key for young Lady Horns soccer team

Trae Dunman is looking forward to this weekend’s Show Low Tournament.

Coach hopes trip uneventful

Broken bus turned away game into travel nightmare

Jake Swartwood is hoping for a much smoother trip this time around.

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Longhorns eyeing 2-0 start

Last week’s season-opening 24-12 victory over Wickenburg left Payson’s football team with a lot of things to work on heading into tonight’s game at Page.

School bell blues

It wasn’t that long ago that the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) was known as an academic, athletic and stable educational institution in Arizona educational circles.

The president that brought down America

Obviously, no one would want to have this title, but the 44th president may be establishing this as his legacy.

Minimum wage increase hurts the least powerful

A couple of times a year someone, often not realizing that he is a vicious racist, proposes some increase in the minimum wage.

Trail system could benefit economy

If we build a quality trail system in Payson, the riders will come. Payson is very close to the Valley

Obamacare a monstrosity

A recent letter came in about Obamacare, and how great it is. The writer obviously doesn’t know too much about it.

Speak up on Fossil Creek

The Forest Service seems determined to ignore us. But that don’t mean we have to roll over and play dead.

Fingers in the dike of our leaky schools

The poor kid with his fingers plugged into the holes in the school dike is clearly running out of digits. Today’s story on average class sizes documented the latest worrisome leaks in the quality of education we’re offering our kids.

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59 years of fun at the fair

The 59th Northern Gila County Fair bursts into the Payson Event Center this week, with rides, exhibits, concerts, livestock, art — and lots of vendors.

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Crowded classes

Advanced topics squeezed out as class sizes rise

Amy Van Zile stood in front of the Payson Unified School Board at a recent meeting and asked why her daughter’s fifth grade classroom had so many students.

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Rim residents ignored

Fossil Creek concepts choke off access

Three years ago, the Forest Service staged a series of forums where Rim Country residents pleaded for any plan that would provide at least some access to Fossil Creek.

Community Almanac

Senior Center bus service expands — Residents of Mesa del Caballo, Ox Bow Estates and Round Valley, age 60 and over, are eligible for bus service by the Payson Senior Center beginning Sept. 9.

Immunity challenged

San Carlos death involves Tonto judge

A lawsuit involving the death of a young man is raising complex issues about the liability of Native American casinos, tribal governments and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council, who is also a Tonto Apache Tribal court judge.

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Monsoon hurries to halt heat wave

Lightning sparks fire, but storms don’t dampen near-record heat

Near record highs and dry conditions didn’t help firefighters this week as they battled a forest fire south of Roosevelt Lake.

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Payson marching band holding bake sale

Music and cupcakes Saturday

The Payson High School marching band will hold a bake sale Friday and Saturday at Safeway.

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Northern Gila County fair this weekend

The 59th Northern Gila County Fair bursts into the Payson Event Center this week, with rides, exhibits, concerts, livestock, art – and lots of vendors.

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Pinion Fire south of Tonto Basin 50 percent contained

Crews are fighting a forest fire burning south of Roosevelt Lake. Officials say lightning started the Pinion Fire on Tonto National Forest about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, roughly 15 miles southeast of Tonto Basin.

Thursday, September 5

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Maintenance work scheduled for SR 188 by Roosevelt Lake

Drivers should expect reduced speeds, lane closures and short delays

A pavement maintenance project has begun on SR 188 by Roosevelt Lake. Motorists traveling in that area should anticipate 15-minute delays while crews repair sections of the roadway.

Group offers help for Alzheimer’s caregivers

A group of dedicated residents are determined to make the Rim Country the premier area for supporting caregivers of patients with dementia in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association of Arizona.

Man sentenced after repeated violations

Local man continued to harass woman despite order of protection

A year of harassment finally earned a Payson man a prison sentence. Cary Monroe Lynn, 47, will serve 5.5 years in a cell after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated domestic violence.

Vets’ claims for benefits moving faster

After years of frustration, veterans are finally seeing their claims for benefits moving faster.

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The blessings of White Painted Woman

We waited for the dawn, as the singer wove the incessant, hypnotic chant of an ancient song through the intently listening pinyons. White Painted Woman stood in her buckskin dress, her people gathered around to celebrate her transformation — and to seek her blessing.

Wednesday, September 4

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Girls soccer loses first game of the season

Payson opened the girls soccer season with a 4-0 loss to Show Low at Rumsey Park Tuesday night.

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Fossil Creek comment deadline looms

Rim Country residents have until Tuesday, Sept. 10 to offer comments on the Coconino National Forest’s plans to sharply limit access to Fossil Creek, especially from Rim Country. At an open meeting in Payson Tuesday evening, about 30 residents discovered that few of the local comments made three years ago made it into the seven “concepts” now under consideration to protect the “outstandingly remarkable” qualities of the officially designated wild and scenic river.

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Passion yields exotic garden in unlikely setting

Anyone who has tried to grow non-native plants in Rim Country has struggled to cope with the unforgiving the alkaline soil.

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Pipeline progresses

Crews continue to lay additional sections of water pipe to bring water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir to Payson.

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Bright colors – impressionist poses

Mario Belvedere stood in the center of the wood floor pool of the Payson Healing Arts Center watching his two sons work together in perfect harmony to hang his large colorful Picasso-Gauguin-like paintings on the wall.

Tuesday, September 3

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Community Almanac

The 59th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is this weekend, Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8. Once again the fair will be complemented by the Demolition Derby, but this year, instead of taking place on Sunday afternoon, the dust-raising, rip-roaring fun will be under the lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

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Mazatzal Casino celebrates 20 years of growth

Local casino grew from a one-room modular unit to region’s biggest employer

Twenty years ago, the Tonto Apache Tribe’s Mazatzal Casino started out in a one-room modular unit. Today, it includes a 53,000-square-foot casino and hotel and helps drive the local economy.

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Payson gridders win opener

Longhorns overcome turnovers, penalties to defeat Wickenburg

There were so many things that could have spoiled Payson High’s season-opening football game on Friday night.

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Birdbusters dominate Prescott senior championships

Move over, Annie Oakley. Take a seat, Buffalo Bill — the Payson Birdbusters are the new, reigning royalty of sharpshooting.

Hello, Payson

Hello Payson. I’m excited to be here. Well, I’m kind of here and there at the moment as I begin the next chapter of my career at the Roundup while trying to sell my home in Show Low.

The Mexican Gray Wolf expansion into the Tonto

For many years there has been an experimental transplant population of Mexican Gray Wolves on the Arizona-New Mexico border. This area is located in the sparsely populated Blue River area, White Mountain Apache Reservation and the Gila wilderness.

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Injured bear hunter airlifted from canyon

A bear hunt turned disastrous for several Valley hunters Saturday after one member of the group tumbled into a canyon, badly mangling his leg.

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How RCMS drastically improved state grade

Former middle school principal Will Dunman has a grin from ear-to-ear: For the first time in two years, Rim Country Middle School has gone out of the failing range and into the passing range moving from a D school to a B school.

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Parents hit by sticker shock

A parent can get to the end of the high school registration process with an amazing dent in the piggy bank — say more than $500 per student.

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Valley man tagged with jail time

One of two men arrested earlier this year for tagging 14 businesses during a weekend graffiti spree will spend three months in jail.

Target this group

Mountain biking is an area of tourism Payson could really benefit from.

Fox leaders should share their recommendations

In an effort not to lose sight of views different from my own I read Fox News regularly. It seems to me the situation in Syria is a pretty tough call.

Money from studies could buy firefighting equipment

Re: The story in the Aug. 23 Roundup titled, “Forest Service aircraft dwindling.” The story said: “The Forest Service and the Depart­ment of the Interior have undertaken no fewer than nine major studies of the issue without answering key questions, the GAO report determined.

Solutions needed for child abuse in military

We share your deep concern for the health and safety of military children. So we write today to pledge our commitment to stand with you to successfully address the issue of rising incidents of child abuse and neglect within the military.

This month: Get prepared for a disaster

This week residents, past and present, along with others gathered at the Landmark in Christopher Creek to commemorate what has been called “the deadliest natural disaster in the history of Arizona” — the Labor Day Flood of 1970. At least two-dozen people were killed around the state, many in the Rim Country and on the Beeline Highway.

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Labor Day Traffic Jam on Hwy 260

It is no surprise to Rim Country residents to see the highways packed with traffic during Labor Day weekend. This year was no exception.

Monday, September 2

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Payson Roundup expands digital partnership with Google

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, users of may notice something a little different. The Payson Roundup has expanded its partnership with Google to provide an alternative to subscription-based Web sites. When users visit pages on the, they will see some content, but to view all content, readers will be asked to answer a survey question such as, “Do you drink soda?” or to share the content on a social media site such as Facebook or Twitter.

Judge to rule on sanity of SV man

A Gila County judge will decide the fate of a Star Valley man accused of trying to kill two people with an ax and setting fire to a home in late 2011.

Prestigious photographer to judge photos at local fair

This year, an Arizona Highways photographer will judge photographers who enter their work in the Northern Gila County Fair. Dr. Bruce Taubert has photographed wildlife for 30 years and has led numerous Arizona Highways workshops.

Sunday, September 1

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Board mulls over increasing foreign exchange student fees

Leaving no fiscal stone unturned, the Payson School Board revisited their policy on charging tuition for foreign exchange students at its Aug. 26 meeting. At issue is whether to increase the exchange student tuition from $5,000 to $6,800.

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Get ready for a memory-filled reunion Monday

Christopher Creek will play host to the 1970 Labor Day Flood Reunion at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 2 at the Landmark. Marshall Trimble will be here to emcee and there will be a number of witnesses to relate their stories.

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Budget-battered fire district needs new board member – again

Hellsgate plagued by recent turnovers, declining revenues and rising demand

The Hellsgate Fire Board needs a new board member after an unexpected vacancy — the third such opening in three months. In June, 15-year board veteran Richard Pinkerton died from cancer.

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Wolf recovery focus of Shoot for Heart

Gila County rancher to speak on program to reintroduce Mexican grays in Arizona

Since the inception of the highly popular Shoot for the Heart seminars in 2010, hundreds of residents have flocked to Mountain Bible Church to take in outdoor seminars that began with local tournament fishing pro Clifford Pirch leading a presentation on bass fishing.

Arizona reaps jobs, funds from decades-long boom in federal contracting

Federal contract spending in Arizona grew more than three times faster than the national rate over the past 20 years, according to a Cronkite News Service analysis of government data.