Tuesday, April 29
Tribe would get water supply, help Payson
The Tonto Apache Tribe and Payson are in the process of working out a federal water settlement that will not only give the tribe a permanent, long-term source of water in a drought-plagued state — it will provide a major boost to the town’s efforts to complete the Blue Ridge pipeline.
In early April, hundreds of heavily-armed federal agents descended like a swarm of locusts upon the remote, rural Bunkerville ranchlands near Mesquite, Nev.
Lawmakers sidestep CPS reforms
A new flurry of revelations is now swirling around the scandal-ridden Child Protective Services, including the Legislature’s balk on reforms, a spate of high-level firings, a critical investigation and an inexorable rise in the backlog of uninvestigated cases.
Once again, they’ve failed our children.
Jesse McGuire’s moving trumpet rendition of the national anthem at the onset of Pat’s Run had the crowd of 30,000-plus hootin’ and hollerin’ at decibel levels that haven’t been heard in Arizona since Luis Gonzalez’s game 7 walk off bases loaded bloop single earned the Arizona Diamondbacks the 2001 World Championship.
For helping catch two groups of burglars, solving dozens of crimes, the police chief recently recognized two officers for outstanding police work.
Residents in the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District started getting their ballots in the mail this week for the election of a brand new water board.
Gov. Jan Brewer this week vetoed a bill sponsored by Rim Country representatives that attempted to negate federal control over the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves in the state.
Water can carry away mountains — given enough time. Maybe that’s why working out Rim Country’s water future has required such patience and persistence.
Political conflict continues as AHCCCS enrollment surges 13 percent
Gila County has reported the highest growth rate in the state in the past 12 months when it comes to people signing up for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System as newly eligible people take advantage of the expanded coverage through the federal Affordable Healthcare Act.
No. 1 Horns wrap up section softball title
SHOW LOW – The target on the Longhorns’ backs just got bigger.
Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe issued a statement supporting disgraced, racist rancher Cliven Bundy in which he compared the armed militia movement to America’s founding fathers.
The Tonto Rim Sports Club’s Ninth Annual Open House and Outdoor Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.
In Hawaii, the word “aloha” has a deeper cultural significance than a simple greeting or farewell.
Payson Care Center excels in the treatment of wounds
When you think of wound care, you may not think how that may relate to you.
When explaining Medicare, I like to draw a big T in the center of a page.
The Museum of Northern Arizona will sponsor a series of adventures on the Colorado Plateau with an educational twist.
PINETOP — A shorthanded Payson High golf team shot 155 to beat runner-up Snowflake by three strokes in a five-team, nine-hole match at White Mountain Country Club on April 22.
Vietnam veteran brings vast amount of experience and selflessness to the Rim Country
After working as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 22 years at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital and Clinic in Gallup, N.M., Durk Lynch, FNP, relocated to Payson to semi-retire. It was perfect timing for Dr. Michels — his practice has grown to encompass the North Country Clinic, and he is the medical director at Payson Care Center and one of the physicians serving the Christian Clinic.
Baseball team blows 5-run lead in 8-7 loss at Show Low
SHOW LOW — This one hurt.
They washed the cars ... so it had to rain
Well, karma wise — it pretty much had to happen.
Calculus to depend on sign-ups, Academic Decathlon endangered
The school board unanimously voted to pass the Payson High School (PHS) course catalog, which includes calculus A and B, and music theory, along with required courses.
Maybe the theme inspired the couture dress, (it was Paris), but this year the Payson High School Prom had class and style. Girls wore gowns with chic hairstyles and accessories. The guys had dapper tuxedos with ties that matched their date’s dress.
As Volunteer Appreciation Month comes to a close, the Payson Care Center residents and staff would like to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers who serve our facility.
Eastbound lanes on SR 260 will be closed in two locations for work on a bridge 17 miles east of Payson. Traffic will be reduced to using the westbound lanes through work zones.
Sign up for Payson Parks and Recreation T-Ball and Coach Pitch baseball and softball before May 15.
As a patient, there are certain provisions in place to ensure you receive the best care possible. Know your rights so you can make the best decisions to meet your needs following surgery, illness or injury.
After months of fuss and flurry, Rep. Brenda Barton’s controversial animal cruelty bill died quietly in committee as the Legislature rushed to a belated adjournment.
Payson High School’s annual softball barbecue fundraiser is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the softball field as the Longhorns host Globe in the regular-season finale.
Popeye Clay and Jim Dalgleish combined to shoot 55 and win the Payson Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Best Ball Tournament on April 23 at Payson Golf Course.
The Payson Art League’s annual Open Studio Tour is this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday May 2 through Sunday, May 4.
An informal get-together of Navy and Coast Guard veterans in the Payson area is held on the first Thursday of each month at La Sierra restaurant on north Highway 87 at Forest Drive in Payson.
Friday, April 25
Two years ago, Payson Elementary School (PES) qualified as a Title I school, now Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) has also qualified.
I was dismayed and very disappointed when I read about the State Bar’s decision not to take any action on Judge Duber’s complaint against a Gila County deputy attorney who had “stormed out of the courtroom” during a proceeding.
They’re back! The free roaming cattle — I mean. My husband tried to help a small calf jump the fence on Control Road near our house.
DJ's Music Trivia
“I’m jacked up, revved up, my motor’s runnin’ and I’m ready to put my pedal to the metal.”
The question in the title of this column is something I’ve only begun to ask myself, and I’m still not too sure I know the answer.
A five-man team somehow won the 4-Man Select Drive 3 Scores Each Hole tournament held by the Payson Men’s Golf Association at Payson Golf Course on April 16.
Softball team can win section today
Section champions. Payson’s softball team will be just that with a win at Show Low today at 4 o’clock.
Don Harmon doesn’t exactly admit he is an addict — a puzzle addict, hooked on Sudoku.
The Tonto Rim Sports Club is hosting an archery tournament on Saturday at the Jim Jones Shooting Range south of Payson.
Something has changed.
Mick Pageler of Tonto Basin enjoyed a big day at Apache Lake on April 12 in the seventh Let’s Talk Fishin’ tournament of the season.
Only Fox News covered the Bundy/Nevada controversy, but told only half the story.
A tragic fall, a grim diagnosis and a brave but extreme choice have taken a beloved Rim Country resident and realtor this week.
Another Week in the Creek
Christopher Creek Homeowners Association hosted 31 Easter egg-hunting youngsters last Saturday.
Rattlin' the Rim
There’s a stirring feel-good story unfolding inside the friendly confines of Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library in Pine.
One-time Roundup staff writer and editor Jayne Peace Pyle has just released her 10th book, “Cowboy Caviar.” It is a collection of favorite recipes from generations of her family.
Payson is small, but Gila Community College (GCC) students dream big.
5K run to raise money for international travel opportunities for high school students
On Saturday, April 26, Rim Country residents will run through bursts of color to raise money to give the gift of learning through travel.
Baseball team can avenge loss
It’s a golden opportunity for Payson’s baseball team.
May 3 banquet is nonprofit organization’s big fundraiser
Where would Payson High athletic programs and other extracurricular activities like band be without the help of the Mogollon Sporting Association?
Helicopter hovers deep in canyon
It is one of the worst nightmares a climber can imagine — their equipment failing while they hang precariously over a cliff.
If you have already planted your garden, you better get out the sweaters and bundle up those seedlings because a cold snap is expected this weekend.
On May 5, get ready for a new mentoring program to come to town.
After a wild chase, Rim Country police and deputies Wednesday arrested two men in Rye who had reportedly eluded police in both the Valley and Tucson.
An article in a Sunday Arizona Republic titled, Gosar, Grijalva on opposite sides of the fence, about the Bundy family grazing cattle on federal lands in defiance of the bureau of Land Management quotes a putative “expert” on public-land policy, Michael Blumm, as saying, “The law is fairly clear: The federal government has the Constitutional power to own and to manage its lands.”
Your heart breaks — and trembles at such a harsh reminder of how fragile life remains.
The Navajo Generating Station, near Page, Ariz., provides power to Nevada, Arizona, California and Indian Nations.
Scrumptious hot dogs and political banter went hand in hand during a “meet and greet” in which high country voters were able to come face to face with seven of the eight candidates running for seats on the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District governing board.
The Gila County Schools office will sponsor a three-hour series of events in Payson’s Rumsey Park on May 3 to get students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences and technology. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will offer workshops, displays, lectures and demonstrations.
Law would have allowed guns in public buildings
Gov. Jan Brewer this week vetoed a bill that would make it harder for town councils to keep guns out of public buildings.
This letter is to extend our heartfelt thanks to the crew at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill, located just north of Payson.
Tonto Apache Police made a big drug bust last week in one of the casino’s hotel rooms.
The 21st Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show is Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.
Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona we are gearing up and preparing for the beginning of puppy and kitten season.
The monthly meeting of the High Country Garden Club will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1 at the fellowship hall of the former First Southern Baptist Church, located at the corner of Bonita and Colcord St. in Payson.
Thursday, April 24
Tonto Basin may finally get a long hoped-for bridge — just not over Tonto Creek.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 1,100 square miles of southern Arizona and New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar.
Longtime friends open bike shop to share their love of Payson and riding
They set out to find the perfect mountain biking trail, but ended up finding the way to a perfect life.
On April 26, the Payson Chapter of Amnesty International, in conjunction with the Zane Grey Soroptimists, the Time Out Shelter and Stand On Her Own Two Feet, is sponsoring an afternoon devoted to viewing and discussing film selections and documentary clips that address the persistent denial of human rights to women and girls.
The Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund recently bought the Payson Unified School District five AED machines to get people’s hearts jump-started during a potentially lethal heart attack.
Mounting tally of research suggests doubling of wildfires due to warming trend
Ongoing climate change will likely add three weeks to the fire season by 2050, according to several new studies.
Submit nominations for Gila County teacher of the 2013-14 school year to county schools superintendent Linda O’Dell before May 5 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23
Laci Sopeland, organizer extraordinaire for the Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Run off-road vehicle event to be held April 25-26 has released additional details as a result of questions from participants.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an arson fire over the weekend that destroyed a truck.
Pay ranges from $64,000 to $84,000 – in line with peer group
Administrators in the Payson Unified School District generally make $64,000 to $84,000, which is a little below the salaries of school administrators elsewhere in the state, but a lot more than the average Payson salary.
New tower may speed TV and also connect hospitals, police
Three times faster broadband could soon beam into town after the council recently approved an agreement letting a private company install a tower near the airport.
A state agency that has helped those with special needs in the Valley is expanding to Payson.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 26, residents can get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at Walmart.
Payson stargazer donates ‘scope’ to PUSD 78 years after he built it
He’s gazed at the stars and dreamed of other worlds through his beloved, hand-crafted telescope for nearly 80 years. But last week, Paul Bastow handed his pride and joy over to the next generation.
Plan to allow some to use taxpayer money to attend private schools could be revived this week
A last-minute revolt by eight moderate Republicans blocked passage of a bill that would have diverted millions of dollars in taxpayer money to private schools by creating what amounts to a vastly expanded voucher program.
Tuesday, April 22
Horns host Round Valley tonight; showdown at Show Low looms Friday
Payson beat host Whiteriver Alchesay 20-0 in softball on Wednesday for its 10th consecutive victory.
Because they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing the medical laboratory professionals at Payson Regional Medical Center perform every day.
Spare the rod — spoil the child.
“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson
You go to the lab — either a commercial facility or at Payson Regional Medical Center — and they take your blood. Sometimes they also send you into the bathroom with a cup and tell you to follow the instructions on the wall.
This year the Rim Country Classic Auto Club’s Car Show is celebrating the 50 Year Anniversary of the Mustang “Pony Car.”
They came to the school budget workshop session worried about waste, accountability and budget limits.
The Roundup did not give the details of Mr. Mason’s prosecutor plea deal (not yet, of course), but Judge Cahill’s rejection makes sense given Mason’s multiple criminal activities.
Q. My medication labels states that I should take my prescription medicine with food. Why is this important? What will happen if I take it on an empty stomach?
Tim Ernst won the Payson Men’s Golf Association Masters event on April 9 with a little help from Bubba Watson.
Having qualified for the Division 3 state tournament, Payson High’s golf team began preparing for the May 16-17 event at Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course by playing a round Wednesday, April 16.
Speed of fire was ‘significant’
Firefighters aren’t sure what started a brush fire next to Tiny’s Restaurant Monday afternoon, but know it was human-caused.
Versatile baseball player also running track
Participating in one varsity sport is enough for most high school students.
I have lived in Payson for more than 10 wonderful years. I’m certain there are some great people out there. Some that have extraordinary lives, I have not met all of them and probably will never meet them, however.
Hundreds of people attended the annual Student Centered Health Fair at Julia Randall Elementary gym Friday night.
For caregivers to those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other medical issues, seeking support and maintaining your own health are key to managing your role as a caregiver.
PHS rebounds from Page loss to beat No. 2 team in Division 2
The Longhorns entered this baseball season with the potential for greatness.
CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS: Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Soroptimist of Zane Grey Country, Eastern Arizona Health Education Center, Rim Country Health, Hospice Compassus and Native Air.
Payson council faces challengers
A real council election is shaping up in Payson this year.
The Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s 16th Annual Eggstravaganza for children 12 and under attracted a lot of kids to Rumsey Park on Saturday, April 19.
A Cookbook Writing Workshop is set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at the Majestic Mountain Inn in Payson.
The Mogollon Chapter 1235 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly no-host luncheon and meeting Wednesday, April 23.
Friday, April 18
The Payson Fire Department is implementing fire restrictions starting at 8 a.m., Friday, April 18 in the Town of Payson.
The Library Friends of Payson will host Roundup editor Pete Aleshire at the Monday, April 21 meeting.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona is gearing up for their upcoming fundraiser and is grateful for the sponsors supporting this event.
Some of the recent research on climate change published in scientific journals includes:
Event a PHS athletic fundraiser
Payson High School’s athletic department is hosting an evening of entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45.
The Payson Women’s Golf Association opened its season with a low net tournament on April 8 at Payson Golf Course.
Fire season comes a month early.
Have a box of family recipes to share? Passionate about cooking healthy foods? Do your specialty dishes always get rave reviews? Maybe you should write a cookbook.
It only took Department of Public Safety officer Ben Kjellstrom a few minutes to spot a violation amidst a sea of traffic and whip his unmarked patrol car around, sloshing this reporter across the plastic backseats.
Judge balks at minimum term
A Superior Court judge Monday rejected a plea deal offering the shortest possible prison sentence to a man who allegedly damaged dozens of local businesses and shoplifted repeated times.
As a full-time investor and trader, I’ve learned to be agnostic about ideology. Not that I don’t have one, on the contrary, I’m passionate about my opinions.
DJ's Music Trivia
“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.
The addition of a new Gila Community College (GCC) board member in Globe tipped the scales against Larry Stephenson’s stubborn fight to not boost tuition rates for the 2014-15 school year.
Grant loss sparks budget firestorm
The Hellsgate Fire Department topped a bad month with news that it didn’t get a crucial federal grant and will lose its chief.
I spent four hours on tax day carrying a sign that said “High taxes are bad for Business” — a non-controversial slogan it seems to me.
Another Week in the Creek
Christopher Creek visitors come in a variety of packages. Some are first-timers; some are old-timers. We enjoy ’em all!
The new Star Valley park was officially named for one of the young community’s founders at the April 15 meeting of the town council.
Starting today, campers will only be allowed to roast marshmallows over a campfire if they are staying in a developed campground in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests.
The Rim Country Literacy Program sends a big thank you for a successful Shred-A-Thon!
Rattlin' the Rim
As a retired math teacher, I’ve told students that when writing 2-column geometry proofs, “Givens” are the foundation that someone laid for you.
The Arizona Constables Association has honored Constable Colt White of Payson as the 2013 Arizona Constable of the Year out of a field of 86 constables and deputy constables from around Arizona.
The eight-member Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Citizen Budget Review Committee has formulated a fiscal year budget it will recommend to the Gila County Board of Supervisors and the new PSWID governing board when it is elected May 20.
Softball team beats Blue Ridge 7-1
After strong pitching cooled Payson bats in three games last week, the Longhorn aluminum heated up at Lakeside Blue Ridge on Monday.
I’ve already told you about Roger, one of the NCOs in my small outfit overseas in England. Roger had a knack for saying the right thing at the right time — and usually breaking everyone up with it.
Club Payson’s 18-and-under and 16-and-under volleyball teams had quite an experience competing in the three-day Southern California National Qualifier in Los Angeles that featured 94 courts of action.
An impressive and heart-wrenching flag ceremony was held at station 21 in Star Valley for Lt. Bobby Mollere and former fire board chairman, Larry Cory at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 15.
Payson High’s baseball team started a big week off right with a 13-0 five-inning mercy rout of host Lakeside Blue Ridge on Monday night.
Cross country trek trundles through town
On Monday afternoon Climate Change marchers from children to retirees that started in Los Angeles advanced into Payson, flanked by a police and Boy Scout escort, flags fluttering.
More Than a Game
From the first time I walked up the concourse at Tiger Stadium and laid eyes on the vast expanse of green grass in the middle of downtown Detroit, I’ve been in love with baseball parks.
Tuesday, April 15
The Rim Country’s religious leaders offer two special joint celebrations of the Holy season this week.
The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
The Payson Art League meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, across Highway 87 from Home Depot.
We certainly don’t envy Gov. Brewer and the legislative leadership making like Solomon and cutting up the baby, with so many urgent needs competing for limited state revenues.
Gas company breaks ground for new facility near airport
Griffin’s Propane broke ground on a new Payson site last week near the airport that should be open by the fall.
Students tackle acting, singing AND dancing in latest production
“Not many high schools tackle a show this complex,” said Thomas Walling, lead director for the musical after opening night.
Young woman’s drug addiction spurred string of thefts, robbery
A 22-year-old Payson woman responsible for a host of crimes including driving the getaway car after her boyfriend held up a woman at an ATM was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.
Dr. Mark Ivey, MD, officially became semi-retired last summer, but still makes rounds and sees patients at Rim Country Health where he serves as the medical director. He shares the duties with Dr. Jaber Abawi, MD, MRCP. Ivey is also the medical director for Payson Home Health.
Knowing full well that in a recent response to Pete Aleshire’s article, “Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans” (April 4) ...
Arizona Game and Fish officials hope Florida fish will be answer to gizzard shad problem
They’re heeeeere ... But so far they’re just a wriggle and a prayer.
The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter will be presenting Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, April 16, May 21 and June 18 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
This year’s Annual Business Showcase was a box office hit — a blockbuster. The theme “You Ought’a Be in Pictures” allowed exhibitors creative leverage, taking the showcase to a whole new level.
Knauer, Clawson improve on prelims in 400 finals
Payson’s track team boasted some impressive performances at the Queen Creek Invitational on April 5.
The Healthy Foodie
Alexis Bechman, the Roundup’s court, crime and cops reporter, has an interest in healthy food — she’s even decided to grow her own kombucha (a fermented tea touted for medicinal properties). Not my cup of tea, but if that works for her, I’m all for whatever makes one feel healthy.
A letter that appeared in the April 8 issue is full of lies and misrepresentations of facts regarding hormonal contraception and comes from a purely religious viewpoint.
Longhorns third in strong Wickenburg Invitational field
Payson finished third among a strong, 13-school field in the 36-hole Wickenburg Wrangler Invitational at Wickenburg Country Club on April 4-5. The Longhorns shot a fifth state qualifying score on the back nine on the second day to secure a berth in the Division 3 state tournament on May 16-17.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the staff at Anderson Dental and a special thanks to Jay their dental laboratory technician.
$9.2 billion plan defers action on CPS, offers small school boost
Gov. Jan Brewer last week signed a $9.2 billion state budget that grew out of a split-the-difference compromise between House and Senate Republicans.
The 2014 fire season flared into action this weekend, with a 175-acre blaze near Flagstaff underscoring the danger posed by the return of the drought.
Arissa Paulson fans 17, blasts 2-run HR vs. Cougars; Arianna Paulson then strikes out 17
Top-ranked Payson continued its winning ways on the softball field last week by beating two more highly-ranked opponents.
Fishing season starts in Rim Country lakes and streams
Oh my. Oh my. It’s a stocking truck!
Independence is a word rich with implications in thought and deed. For those who want to recover from stroke, a cardiac episode, a fall, a break, or even weakness after pneumonia or an extended illness, independence can mean the taken-for-granted act of getting dressed or the ability to request apple instead of orange juice.
I noticed in the April 8 addition of the Payson Roundup that the Gila County Board of Supervisors awarded a bid to an unknown contractor for $137,915 for refurbishing the main water storage tank in Pine.
A nail tech and stylist with an eye for detail has joined the Colorz Salon team.
They say you can’t win them all, but the ones you do win can say a lot about you.
DPS cop, wife in stable condition after motorcycle crash in Payson
Department of Public Safety Det. Terry Phillips and his wife are recovering after a motorcycle accident this weekend that nearly claimed their lives.
A local Arizonan, David Garcia, born and raised in the state and a product of its public schools, has decided to throw his hat into the candidate ring for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Residents vent fears, frustrations at corporation commission session
Hundreds of angry water customers jammed a rare Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) meeting in Payson Friday to complain bitterly about steep proposed increases in the water rates for eight Rim Country communities served by Payson Water Company (PWC), formerly owned by Brooke Utilities.
PHS No. 4 in power rankings
Payson High’s baseball team faced a big challenge.
I want to extend a public thank you to the Payson Unified School Board. Whether you agree or disagree with the decisions the board has made, it can’t be denied that the board members have put in immeasurable hours and much effort in trying to make the best decisions possible for our Payson students.
Friday, April 11
The Payson High School Music Theatre is currently presenting the musical “Footloose.”
The Payson Area Singles is a social group for men and women of all ages.
To protect your pet from contagious diseases, keep his essential vaccinations up-to-date. This is important even if your pet is kept mostly indoors.
There is nothing as valuable on this stress-ridden planet as a man or woman with a natural sense of humor, someone who brings a smile to today and makes yesterday a thing to smile about. I’ve known a few people like that in my life, and I’d like to tell you about two of them.
DJ's Music Trivia
It was just last fall when 1990s country music star Suzy Bogguss graced our community with her charm, beauty and talent. Now, just seven months later, another end-of-the-20th-century Nashville superstar is coming to town.
PHS looks to rebound at Snowflake
Teams always want to win.
Although the dust of development has not even settled on the new park in Star Valley, as crews work on the volleyball courts and horseshoe pits, several groups already want to schedule events.
“Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day”… as the song goes ... On Tuesday morning, the temperature is already at 66 degrees.
The draw results for Arizona’s 2014 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts are now available at https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml. Scroll down to the “View results and bonus points” link or call (602) 942-3000 and select option two.
“Pending bills could undo local officials’ budget plans” — This article by Mr. Aleshire was an eye-opener ...
“The fourth-graders are asking questions fast and furious,” said Payson High School (PHS) animal sciences teacher David Rutherford.
It seems to me that Chester Crandell has forgotten who he represents and works for.
I would like to express my appreciation for Pete Aleshire’s two excellent articles in the April 8 Roundup — The Ghosts of Shoofly and Cottonwood trees.
A woman says she crashed her vehicle Thursday afternoon trying to avoid an elk north of Mesa del Caballo.
The temperature was in the low 40s.
The Enchanted April afternoon tea and fashion show was fabulous! The community was great in attendance and support.
Sophomore fans 14 as PHS hands Winslow first loss to avenge semifinal defeat
The wound had festered for 11 months.
Projects could cut into town’s reserves
Star Valley residents should expect to see a lot of roadwork underway over the spring and summer.
Representative Gosar recently requested a hearing on his bill, HR596, the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act.
We’re still hostage to the Forest Service — but at least they’ve finally delivered a ransom note that sounds promising.
Corporation commission holding final hearing on steep rate hikes for Rim Country tonight
The Arizona Corporation Commission will visit Payson this evening to hear a final round of public comments on a proposal to significantly boost base water rates in many Rim Country communities and impose costly water hauling charges.
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Moviegoers cheered as they watched Katniss Everdeen use her archery skills to survive and return home safe after winning the “Hunger Games.”
The computer lab that serves as Bud Evans’ FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) headquarters at Payson High School buzzed with activity.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Services planned, include April 13, Palm Sunday; 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 16, Passover Seder meal and Eucharistic Service; 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, Maundy Thursday, foot washing.
Testimony lays bare conflicts, fears that made a judge retire
A state disciplinary panel Wednesday quickly exonerated Gila County’s chief deputy attorney of charges without even asking him to mount a defense to claims that he acted unprofessionally when he stormed out of a courtroom last year.
Forest Service acts on appraisal, releasing college plan from limbo
After an agonizing eight-month delay, Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth confirmed this week that he’s finally ready to seek an appraiser to put a value on the a 253-acre parcel on which the Rim Country Educational Alliance wants to build a university.
Democrat keys on education, Barton’s remarks about Hitler
Lanny Morrison does not have Jeff Flake’s smile nor Brenda Barton’s hair, but he has experience — lots and lots of experience in areas that affect most citizens every day: health, business, education and family welfare.
Another Week in the Creek
Christopher Creek warmed up this week. The dab of snow a week ago didn’t leave but two-tenths in the rain gauge. Tomato seedlings are two inches high, tulips have bloomed, as has the pear tree. House wrens have settled in the birdhouses and are serenading in the early mornings.
It’s time to prepare for the Ninth Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon, an annual tribute to Cynthia Poole.
A letter writer asserts that (Arizona representative Brenda) “Barton (is) not a true voice for Rim Country majority” (Roundup, April 4) and that she is more interested in advancing her personal philosophical agenda than in helping to resolve problems or initiate beneficial policies or programs.
The Rim Country Optimist Club’s eighth annual Fishing Festival on March 29, was a great success. The Payson Parks and Recreation Department allowed the use Green Valley Park and helped coordinate the day’s activities. We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that reached out to help us, as well as the entire community for the great turnout.
Wednesday, April 9
The Forest Service within two weeks will pick an appraiser to put a value on the 240-acre parcel for a university campus,
The Forest Service within two weeks will pick an appraiser to put a value on the 240-acre parcel for a university campus, Tonto National Forest head Neil Bosworth told the Roundup this week.
Payson will welcome 50 people the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The guests are on a cross-country March for Climate Action.
Members of the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) invite anyone interested in four-wheel-drive back road travel to join them at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Bashas’ shopping center parking lot in front of the Big 5 store.
Tuesday, April 8
“The customer is always right.” Obviously the Arizona Corporation Commission has never heard of this concept and could care less about it.
Payson may end water restrictions
With the Colorado River drying up thanks to 14 years of unrelenting drought, major cities that rely on the Central Arizona Project, including Phoenix, are bracing for water shortages.
Once again we are subjected to total inanity in a Roundup guest comment.
Event a fundraiser for PHS athletics
Payson High School’s athletic department is hosting an evening of entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45.
PSWID manager hopes to predict, fix problems before they occur
The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) manager Brad Cole submitted an annual report to the acting board that painted a picture of efficiency on March 20, but no one has seen an annual report for two years.
Membership in our Senior Circle chapter will help you get more out of life through health talks, benefits at Payson Regional Medical Center and local vendors and many more valuable member-only discounts and privileges. You will also experience fun and fellowship enjoying a full calendar of social events and travel opportunities.
Top-ranked Horns host No. 2 Winslow today, No. 3 Show Low on Wednesday
Ready for a showdown? How about a couple of them? Well, this is your week.
Bruce Hawkins, MS, RT(R)(MR) (CT), is the director of imaging services at Payson Regional Medical Center. Hawkins is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. and has a master’s from Marian College at Fond du Lac, Wis. in organizational leadership and quality.
A roadside brush pickup program that has long been an integral part of Pine and Strawberry’s effort to protect the tiny mountain hamlets from a catastrophic wildfire could end this year.
Children run up and down a wide, bright hallway, clamoring for their macaroni and cheese dinner. Others paint paper kites in a craft room while some work on homework in the quiet room. In the lounge, teens rest coolly in beanbags and outside youngsters sprint across artificial turf to a playground, yelling merrily.
PHS hosts No. 12 Winslow today
Payson’s baseball team won the first three games it played in the Goodyear Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic to push its winning streak to seven games.
Forest Service needs help to protect forest
Bored? Love the outdoors? Well, Chelsea Muise of the Payson Ranger District has an answer — volunteer for the Forest Service.
Spring — the season of renewal ... and allergies.
Payson Unified School District and The Coordinated School Health Advisory Council will host the second annual Student Health Fair, designed especially for K-12 students and their families.
Tonto National Monument on April 11 will offer an evening program about bald eagles, given by guest biologist and nestwatcher Sara Eno.
The residents of Pine and Strawberry continue to lead the way when it comes to protecting their community from wildfires.
This is an open letter to Payson Water Company (formerly Brooke Utilities) customers.
A world lost and found again amidst a scattering of stones
I’m a ghost hunter.
Longhorn team wins tourney at Roosevelt Lake
Saturday’s event was big.
PMGA 4-man poker
Don Pollock, Ron Fischer, Popeye Clay and Ross Robertson teamed up to shoot 197 and win the Payson Men’s Golf Association 4-Man Poker event at Payson Golf Course on April 2.
On the heels of a major drug arrest last week, the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force and its K-9 Roman were busy again on another bust Friday.
With more and more people being diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance, it was one of the hot topics at this year’s Women’s Wellness Forum at Payson High School March 29.
We have angels among us — no doubt about it. And it’s a good thing too — given the plight of our children.
Spring brings explosion of green in trees whose genetics affect thousands of species
Suddenly, the cottonwoods have their leaves back.
The Healthy Foodie
The clock shows the time: 2 a.m.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is implanting radio tags into a small percentage of hatchery-raised trout that will be stocked into the East Verde River in order to examine stocked trout movement and fate.
There were two very good letters in a recent Payson Roundup.
The long wait for the reopening of the C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir is finally over.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors, acting as the interim board for the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, voted to approve paying $137,915 to fix the major storage tank for the water system.
Friday, April 4
Six nonprofits located in Gila County have signed on to take part in Arizona Gives Day on April 9.
Another Week in the Creek
No, it’s Christopher Creek. Quite a number of folks around here have expressed their support of the idea that the Creek is much closer to paradise than, say, the Valley!
Now is the time to fish for trout in Rim Country as the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery began stocking area streams and rivers on Tuesday and are scheduled to continue regularly stocking Black Canyon, Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs and Woods Canyon.
Payson’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams both struggled this season.
Young thespians bring back ‘Footloose’ for 10th anniversary
The musical “Footloose” will rollick onto the Payson High School stage next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Save for 13 properties, the delay in sending out Gila County property tax bills is nearly resolved, according to Treasurer Debora Savage.
Arissa fans 9 in 3 innings and Arianna goes 4-for-4 with HR, 4 RBIs
It’s a luxury most high school softball coaches don’t have.
I left off last week where my National Guard outfit had arrived at Otis AFB, found it had one more company-size mess hall than it needed and turned the extra one into a break room equipped with a TV set.
Questions remain about big trees, contractor’s shifting business plan
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative contractor Good Earth Power AZ wants to build a mill to handle millions of tons of small trees in Williams instead of Winslow, the latest wrinkle in a high-stakes forest thinning project on which Rim Country’s future may well depend.
Annual event held in honor of Tonto Basin cowgirl
Laci Sopeland hopes no one ever has to go through what her family has suffered because of cancer, but if they do, she’s there to help.
St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift shop recently received its biggest donation ever from an anonymous donor, intended to help the largest food bank in Rim Country.
The Gila Community College (GCC) governing board has waited for more than a year to put up solar panels in its parking lot, all the while watching government offices around the Rim Country complete projects.
The final figures from our recent A Taste of Rim Country fundraiser are in, and, as we hoped, we set a record of nearly $13,000 in proceeds.
When asked what they teach, most educators would name a subject — but Halli Kinnick answers that she teaches students.
DJ's Music Trivia
“Now I gotta cut loose, footloose ...
All of the schools in the Payson Unified School District hope donors will provide buckets and emergency supplies for each classroom for use in the event of a lengthy lockdown.
The Payson Center for Success teachers secretly planned an urban adventure for their students, then set them free on Friday, March 28 to figure out how to use public transportation to get around Phoenix.
City of Flagstaff Wildland Fire Management Officer Paul Summerfelt’s letter (March 25) gets the facts wrong. In its Feb. 27 report, “Forest thinning tangles in dispute over tree size,” the Roundup clearly distinguished old-growth logging in the Jacob Ryan project on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with concerns about large tree logging in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI).
Rattlin' the Rim
AIMS achievement tests — the perplexing academic chores most students and teachers love to loathe — will be administered next week at Pine Strawberry School. AIMS reading and math testing for all grades except second will be conducted April 7 to 11. The second-graders will take their SAT test April 7 to 9. April 11 has been set aside as a test makeup day for those who are absent during the week.
John Carpino working on his fifth studio CD
John Carpino began playing guitar as a 16-year-old. A year later, he wrote his first song. More than four decades later, he’s still at it.
There are two types of so-called “representatives” in our Legislature and Congress. One attempts to work hard to address local issues by helping to resolve problems or initiate beneficial policies or programs. The other type is only interested in using their office to promote or advance personal philosophical agendas.
Payson No. 5 in power rankings
Number 5. That’s where Payson’s baseball team stood in the first Division 3 power rankings released Wednesday.
Payson, Gila County seek return of state gas tax funds
The money Payson and Gila County urgently need to fix crumbling roads remains tangled up in the budget standoff between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature.
Officers uncovered nearly a million dollars worth of illegal drugs in a vehicle on April Fools' Day, but it was no joke.
Get rid of old computers and other potentially hazardous electronic waste that can’t go in a normal landfill on Saturday morning, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Payson Event Center, 1400 S. Beeline Highway.
The weather has been just perfect in the Village — the fruit trees are just about to pop their blossoms as well as the lilacs and the bulb flowers are starting to appear. But there is one big problem — we have had no rain and the forest is very dry.
The generosity of Rim Country residents is more and more amazing each year.
Despite an infusion from moisture in this week’s little storm, all of northern Arizona remains more vulnerable than normal to wildfire this year. There have already been two small forest fires near Flagstaff. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a brief threat of a fire near Whispering Pines.
The Legislature continues to make life hard for local governments, with a series of bills that could potentially gut planning and zoning efforts — and unbalance local budgets.
Last interviews to be conducted April 11
Payson has winnowed the applications for the fire chief job from 33 down to five, including two area fire chiefs.
New superintendent selected for PUSD
Dr. Gregory Wyman has accepted the Payson Unified School District’s (PUSD) offer to become the next superintendent of the district.
The two sixth-grade girls from Barbara Potvin’s social studies class scrunched up their faces as they pointed to hand-drawn pictures.
Principal of Payson High School (PHS) Brian Mabb has lots of ideas for reinstating class offerings — but calculus is still not in the mix.
PLL to host softball state tourney in July
The 75th anniversary season of Little League International promises to be a big one for Payson Little League.
Londoner walking to raise funds for disabled children, diabetes
Neatly cropped salty hair, a close-trimmed white beard, and a charming British accent made Naz Yacoob one of the more unusual of the folks traveling across America that have dropped by the Roundup to share their story.
The Payson Lioness Club Enchanted April, Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show, co-sponsored by Dancing Queen Dresses and hosted and catered by Majestic Rim, is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered at 9 a.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church parish hall, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona (HSCAZ) is one of the nearly 1,000 nonprofit organizations participating in Arizona Gives Day, an online fund-raising initiative, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Thursday, April 3
Arizona McDonald’s restaurants are inviting third- through eighth-grade students taking Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) tests to a free breakfast on April 7 and 8, the first two days of the test.
What’s not to like about April? Gentle breezes, warm sunshine, April showers (we hope), trees leafed out, flowers blooming — oh, sure, here in Rim Country we can still get a bit of leftover winter, but it seldom lasts more than a day or two. The name of this month is either from the Romans, meaning, “to open” or in honor of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.
Tuesday, April 1
The Rim Country Literacy Program is collecting books. Donations may be dropped off at any time at the RCLP Office, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, located behind the Pinon Café.
The Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) monthly meeting is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the Payson Library community room, 328 N. Beeline Highway.
The terrible complexity of domestic violence created a wrenching scene this week in a Gila County Superior courtroom.
While we’re on the topic of child abuse and domestic violence — what’s with the state Legislature?
A couple of weekends ago we, along with about a dozen other residents of the Woodhill subdivision, had their vehicles burglarized and/or vandalized.
Recently on the evening news, Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo (D-13) railed against a recent federal court ruling affirming Arizona’s power to demand proof of citizenship of voters, saying that this would “suppress the vote of college students and the elderly.”
Four strokes separate six PHS golfers
The Payson High School golfers turned in a real team effort to amass its fourth state-qualifying score in five matches this season on March 25 at Chaparral Pines.
Payson beats Blue Ridge in baseball section opener
The Longhorns donned their camouflage jerseys on Thursday, but they didn’t exactly blend into the background.
We want to thank you for bringing Emil Alberti’s World War II story to the attention of the Roundup readers.
The Payson High School prom is Saturday, April 26. Prom is a special event for most teens, maybe even a rite of passage.
At 1:30 p.m. on Friday the normally bustling Payson High School campus had only breezes blowing through the hallways, while faces of students peeked through classroom windows.
The Payson Alzheimer’s Group, the Payson Senior Center and Rim Country Health are conducting a survey to gauge the interest within the community in establishing an adult day care service.
When we give to charities we want to know what the money is going for. Not for high executives’ salaries but for the purpose of the charity.
Community meets four finalists for the job
The four candidates for Payson’s top spot in the school district went through a grueling two hours of a speed dating-style type interviews in the district board room with district administration, town leadership, county and community college education administrators.
Hummingbirds return to Rim Country, with more to say than you might think
Arizona boasts more species of hummingbirds than any other state, since we lie on the route along which many of the feathered tufts travel from the tropics on up into the rest of North America.
Spring is barely a week old, but political hopefuls are popping up all over the place.
Fittingly enough, the electricity went out during the fitful “raise the tuition” discussion at the Gila Community College (GCC) board meeting on March 27. The board needed four different communication devices to figure out how to resume the discussion.
There is really only one thing someone diabetes cannot do — use tobacco. According to John Hancock, a registered nurse and the area’s only certified diabetes educator, the old models of telling newly diagnosed diabetics what they can’t have are a thing of the past.
The Environmental Protection Agency is the nation’s leading job killer, implementing and enforcing laws that impose impossible regulation burdens on American businesses.
Arianna Paulson practically perfect in no-hitter
The Longhorns are back.
Friday, April 4: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., main lobby, Payson Regional Medical Center – MHA Auxiliary Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale with baby items, scarves, catnip toys, dishcloths, jewelry and much more.
Longhorns host Co-Ed Relays on Wednesday
Although they compete for the same school, Payson High’s boys and girls track and field teams are really just that, separate teams.
The Healthy Foodie
Ever find yourself serving the same side of veggies week after week after week?
Well, it’s official: Dead last. No pussyfooting around.
Fishing lines got snagged and tangled.
Legislature whittles away at Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal
A revolt by moderate Republicans last week produced a House budget higher than the Senate version, but lower than Gov. Jan Brewer had requested.
Wrenching case illustrates cycle of abuse
A victim of domestic violence wept, begged and pleaded on behalf of her abuser, who after a furious argument chased her and bumped her car as she fled down the Beeline Highway with her children.
Before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments based on two lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act provision requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their health-care plans, it might be worthwhile to take a look back before moving forward.
You missed a lot if you missed the 16th annual Women’s Wellness Forum.
Jim Kennedy shot 62 to win the A Flight championship in the Payson Men’s Golf Association low net flighted event at Payson Golf Course on March 26. Tim Ernst was second and Don Pollack third.