Jailed for failure to pay a fine, two assaults on deputies result in felony convictions
Amy Wells wept quietly during her sentencing on charges of assaulting a police officer, head bowed in her orange jumpsuit, hair tied back in a severe ponytail.
Agonizing decisions, heroic choices – the ‘surreal’ night Seth Meeske survived
“I remember somebody screamed and I thought there were a lot more people in the emergency room than usual,” said Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske, of the night he shuffled into the Payson Regional Medical Center clutching the artery severed by an assailant’s bullet. As he spoke, cameras from Channels 15, 12, 10, 5 and 3 had their black lenses trained on his lean, cheerful face.
Two banquet-size tables groaned with the weight of dishes savory and sweet on Saturday, prepared from the bounty harvested from the Payson Community Garden.
Payson school district faces painful choices
Years of state spending cuts in education last week trickled down to more tough choices for the Payson Unified School District (PUSD): Should schools focus on cutting class sizes or helping kids deal with the challenging social and emotional issues children bring to school?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
‘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.
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.
Tara Cheama, her brother Mackenzie and dad Aldred saw the sign for the Payson Pro-Rodeo Committee Chili Cookoff and did a U-turn.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
This past weekend, parents and students joined forces to run a band bake sale outside of Safeway that netted $2,300.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After tossing the hot potato of the Payson Elementary School (PES) expansion back and forth a few times, the board finally let it come to rest in Superintendent Ron Hitchcock’s lap at its meeting Aug. 26.
Tax rates rise, but county & school revenues dwindle
The bad news? The net assessed value of property in Gila County dropped another 10.5 percent in the past year.
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’ with Rim Country cast
Matthew, 6, and his sister Sierra, 8, came to see “Blackbeard the Pirate” on Friday and Saturday to watch their big brother, Steven Martinez, play Bluebeard, a crew-member on Blackbeard’s ship.
Local government must develop a plan in order to influence federal policy on things like forest restoration, wildfire management, endangered species and off-road use, the executive director of the Eastern Arizona Counties Organization told the Gila County Board of Supervisors this week.
In an era of penny pinching, the Payson Unified School District school board thoroughly debated its policy allowing non-students to participate in the district’s sports teams.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to elect Star Valley Attorney and Town Manager Tim Grier to replace resigning board member Scott Flake on the board of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
PHS goes from an A to just barely B in state rankings
Last year, Payson High School (PHS) loudly celebrated its A grade on state ranking. This year, officials scrambled to explain a B grade just a point or two above a C.
There was something about Jade that caught the eye.
School board decides against change in policy concerning when kids can start kindergarten
A surge in kindergarten enrollment has prompted some Payson Unified School District board members to question the policy that parents may enroll four-year-olds in August, so long as they’ll turn five by Jan. 1.
Surge in lower grades strains school’s capacity
For the first time in six years, enrollment jumped in the Payson Unified School District. Abruptly, the school board turned from selling schools to worrying about overcrowding.
Mesa del Caballo residents face at least two more months of legally approved water hauling fees that can increase their bills by as much as five-fold.
Surrounded by the greenery of the plants and white, puffy, monsoon clouds against a bright blue sky, more than 60 gardeners enjoyed the bounty of their plots at the Community Garden Pot Luck.
Open House kicks off changes at JRE
Will Dunman, new principal of Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) wandered the halls during Wednesday’s Open House, calling out greetings to parents and students.
The Home Depot Store Manager David Kane had a $2,500 snow blower (called the Snow Beast) returned — usually not a big deal, but the manufacturer told him it was worthless.
You meet a new dog. You want to make friends. So you walk over in a friendly way and stick out your hand for a nice sniff.
Down at the Payson Community Garden, the harvest is coming in hot and heavy — literally.
Middle school rises, but high school falls
This year, every school in Payson received a B letter grade based on student test scores, boosting the district’s overall rating from a C last year to a B this year.
In its first year granting scholarships, the Friends of Gila Community College awarded six aspiring students $250 each to help with tuition.
Mesa del Caballo seeks explanation as trucks rumble down streets
The call came in on a Friday. “We’re in Flagstaff on a church retreat and we just found out our water has been shut off due to non-payment.
On the first day of school this week, Payson Unified Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case shook hands all around each campus, just as the new Capture Kids’ Hearts program suggested.