Haunted by the rising toll of school shootings, Payson Unified School District staff members spend a day during fall break running drills and making plans in case the nightmare comes to Rim Country.
Mother-daught jaunt leads to upper ruins
“Mom, isn’t this cool?” asked my daughter, Brooke, as she snapped away at the shapes created by the shadows and angles of the architecture. Usually, the best light for outdoor photos is either at dawn or dusk, but it took us two hours of hiking to make it to the top of the Upper Dwelling of the Tonto National Monument and dawn had faded into day hours ago.
Payson mom of ‘The Martian’ author attends Toronto premiere
“The hardest part was buying the dress,” said Janet Tuer of her whirlwind red carpet experience in Toronto at the premiere of “The Martian.”
“Maria” never had good luck with men.
Writer sets off on quest to find site of shoot-out
My dad and I had a secret passion — westerns.
Supply Line co-founder dies
Early on Monday morning, Oct. 5, Payson Supply Line co-founder Butch Klein passed away peacefully in his sleep, said his wife Kathy.
Kendra Lewinson has a history in food and art, so what did she do?
Edna Welsheimer’s greatest goal: Put herself out of a job.
The sky first turned orange, then pink then a deep shade of red as we sat in our camp chairs, toes immersed in the waters of Roosevelt Lake.
It only took the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District a day after the Roundup article came out about Lynn Waters backflow issues to send a letter to Todd Hamblen, her main supporter.
Gear Up Coordinator Jackie Wallace celebrated National Gear Up Week with projects, but reserved a special treat for those students in her cohort who have an interest in robotics in the form of a guest appearance by Fredi Lajvardi, robotics coach for the award-winning robotics team at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix.
Another broken cable kills Internet, cellphone service
Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Camp Verde and up to Whispering Pines lost most cellphone and Internet service for 12 hours Monday and Tuesday due to an “accidental cut” in a fiber optic cable causing an outage, according to a Suddenlink technical support representative.
It doesn’t make much sense to borrow money to save money, but that is what Payson Unified School District just might do.
The Healthy Foodie
My mornings are certifiably crazy, especially since I’ve made the commitment to provide healthy food for my daughter.
James Garner waxes nostalgic when he thinks about those who mentored him to learn to fly — that’s why he’s excited to organize the Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Beaten. Demeaned. Threatened. Abused.
The road, or more like two tire tracks through a magical carpet of bright yellow flowers, abruptly ended. “I didn’t see the petroglyphs, did we miss them?” my mother asked with genuine concern.
The Payson Unified School District board recognized Craig Miller as a Hero of Education during its Sept. 24 meeting.
Southern chef combines flare for cooking with love of teaching
Chef Richard Erskine loves cooking and he loves teaching.
Payson students got a real-world crash course in the Constitution when lawyer Co Horgan spoke to Robert Hoyt’s history class.
Before the PARADE passes by
Balloons, bubbles and clowns.
The Healthy Foodie
I had a bumper crop of apples this year causing me to scramble to figure out what to do with all of them. I canned them, juiced them, baked with them and ate them straight off the tree.
PSWID shuts off water to enforce rules
The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District recently shut off the water to horse property renter Lynn Waters’ residence to force her to install a $1,000 backflow valve.
Relocation plans include expanded inventory, services
Contrary to the rumors, Computer Guys are not only staying in town, they’re getting better.
Richard and Darlene Alvarez served for many years as Payson Unified School District teachers, but they just can’t quite fully retire.
The Payson School Board this week recognized 25 “legendary teachers,” who have influenced generations of students.
The students decided on a circus theme to color the weeklong celebration of the Homecoming football game tonight and dance tomorrow.
As part of a weeklong celebration of Payson High School’s Homecoming week, the student government dubbed Wednesday, Wacky Mismatched Day.
Taking a moment from their busy schedule, Payson High School staff and students remembered the events of Sept. 11.
Missoula Children’s Theatre works its magic in a week
The Missoula Children’s Theatre has done it again — cast, rehearsed and performed a musical in less than a week — oh, and along the way exposed 60 young cast members to some valuable life skills.
The ladies of the Breast Cancer Support Group clutched pink balloons and listened to the names of 21 women, prepared to let the balloons go in a ceremony of remembrance.
JRE stresses positive feedback on campus
Julia Randall Elementary has long celebrated the positive with HERO assemblies, but now teachers and staff have amped up the positive behavior feedback with stunning results.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre chose Payson to premiere the play “Peter and Wendy.”
As promised by the National Weather Service earlier in the week, Rim Country experienced thunderstorms throughout the week.
On Friday, before the first bell of the day, Payson High School took a moment to remember the events of 9/11 with patriotic songs and speeches.
Pigs! Pies! And blue ribbon sized pumpkins! The 60th Annual Northern Gila County Fair gallops into town on Friday, Sept. 11. Exhibits open at 9:00 a.m. and feature everything from photographs, to wooly sheep and jams.
The Arizona Department of Corrections will issue a grant in 2016 to educators to train county inmates on workforce skills — and Gila Community College hopes to help.
On Sept. 3 more than a dozen organizations joined forces to ask Governor Ducey to settle up the education funding lawsuit the state lost in July.
Storms could continue all week
At noon rain dumped on Payson, while lightening and thunder crackled and boomed for a brief time.
Realtors around the U.S. and in Rim Country report the housing slump has ended; yet a survey administered by Berkshire-Hathaway HomeServices shows a low supply of houses and sellers unwilling to list their properties.
The Healthy Foodie
My mom handed me a Dr. Oz column entitled, “Is arsenic in your food?”
Senior Dean Stephen Cullen reported enrollment numbers at the Gila Community College board meeting on Sept. 3.
A lifetime love of drawing and painting brought Minette Hart-Richardson to embrace her inner artist and host Down the Street Art Gallery.
Jerry Carlson of Mount Cross Lutheran Church has big plans to celebrate Rim Country’s first responders on Sept. 19.
Armed with more sponsors, bigger dumpsters and a track record of rubbish collecting success, the Forest Service and its volunteers will run the Pack-It-Out program on Labor Day — with minor changes.
Storm clouds gather over the Mogollon Rim, but don’t expect too much precipitation in Payson.
50 percent drop threatens vocational programs
Teaching students skills the marketplace needs makes sense, right?
Finally — Gila County no longer has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state. Still, every year more students at Payson High School wind up pregnant.
Doulas mother the mother
Ever heard of a doula? Not many have.
The Healthy Foodie
It’s peach season in Rim Country, as the fruit with a 7,500-year-long pedigree ripens in a peach-perfect climate. As it turns out, the delectable tart, honey sweet fruit offers the perfect metaphor for the long, intricate, surprising relationship of humans to their food.