Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend events in Payson

 Jim West & Kathleen Kelly 
Friday, March 30  5:30pm-8:30pm
Located in Safeway Shopping Center
203 E State HWY 260
No-Wait seating call for reservations 928 468 1626.


the Payson Jazz Trio
Bob Smolenski- keyboard
Mike Buskirk - bass
Gerry Reynolds - drums

Continues to perform
5:30 to 7:30 pm 
Ayothaya Thai Cafe
404 E Highway 260, Payson
(north side 260 across from Safeway)

Friday, March 30th
Saturday, March 31st

Mark you calendars and come join your friends! 
Reservations not required, but helpful 
Cafe 928-474-1112

6th Optimist Kids Fishing Festival

Saturday, March 31
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Green Valley Park

Cooperative effort of Optimist Club, Payson Park & Recreation Department, Game
& Fish, KCMA-FM, Teresa & Tracy Purtee, John Weisner, the Apothecary Shop,
NAPA Auto Parts, Friends of Parks & Recreation and Trout Unlimited
March 31, 2012, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM


8:00 AM-3:00 PM: Registration           
1.      No fishing License is required for those who register.
8:00 AM-3:00 PM:
1.      Fish will be weighed and measured for anyone who wishes to have it done.
2.      Food booth will provide brats, hotdogs, and drinks.
3.      Scoops Ice Cream
4.      Bragging Board will list names and catches throughout the day.
5.      Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day.
6.      Raffle tickets will be drawn throughout the day for a variety of gifts, services etc. Major prizes will be drawn after 2:00 PM. AND SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FINALIZED
7.      Huge Silent Auction, including our Amazing 3 story Fire House Replica with miniatures (May be viewed at Payson Fire Station on Main Street).
8.      Cake-Walk
9.      Balloon sculpture, provided by John Weisner, will provide entertainment for all.
10.  KCMA-FM will be announcing all day

 Optimist Club requests that anyone who wishes to donate a raffle OR SILENT AUCTION item to support this community event or who wishes to purchase raffle tickets, to contact Joan Young, PR Coordinator, at 472-2264.

The Rim Country Optimist Club, Friends of Youth, responds to the special needs of our community, with a focus on our youth.


 Festive "New Orleans" Music
Dr Jass & the Heartbeats
Sunday April 1st, 2 pm
Community Presbyterian Church
800 W Main Street, Payson

"Dr Jass" bring a wide variety of musical influences into its basic groove of
funky, contemporary New Orleans street music, including rhythm and blues,
swing, and dixie. Besides the 6-piece instrumentation, four members sing
as well. The group's leader, Dr. Claudio Zamorano, has extensive playing
experiences as a trumpeter leading a New Orleans-styled jazz group for many
years at the Hot Jazz Club of Santiago, Chile'. Obviously, American jazz
has had a major impact upon the choice of music being performed
around the world.

"Dr Jass" features Dale Knighton on banjo and vocals, Suzanne Knighton *
on guitar, washboard, various other noisy devices and vocals, Mike Buskirk
on trombone and vocals, Robert Tarallo on clarinet, Larry Brasen on
upright bass and vocals, Gerry Reynolds on the the drums,
and of course, Dr. Claudio Zamorano on trumpet, piano and vocals.
* Suzanne joined the group after the photo was taken.

This will be quite a show !!

RSVP advised to or 602-619-3355.

$5 donation at the door includes light refreshments.

Upcoming Events ~ First Friday on Main Street April 6
Plan to go to Time Out Thrift Store for their First Friday Sale
You'll find something for the whole family!

Customer Appreciation Sale on 1st Friday at Time Out Thrift Shop
Take 'time out' to shop, save and celebrate with us on 1st Friday,
April 6th, at the Time Out Thrift Shop.
Everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be 50% OFF
and all of our regular clothing will be only $1.00 a bag.
Also, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. register for a
$25.00 Time Out Thrift Shop gift certificate and join us
for refreshments as we show our appreciation to our customers
for chooing us Rim Country's Best Thrift Shop
for 10 years in a row!
The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Hwy. and is open
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All profits from sales at the shop support Time Out, Inc.,
its shelter, transitional housing and other
Domestic Violence programs and services in our community.

More First Friday activities

Celebrate spring at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art grooving to the music of Sounds Unlimited on First Friday.  Join this gathering of friends for music, refreshments, and lots of fun.  Donate to the Humane Society or purchase a raffle ticket for their latest prize.  First Friday is on April 6 from 5=8 PM.  Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is located at 520 W. Historic Main St. 

The Payson Daily Bugle salutes the Senior Center Volunteer of the Month
Senior Center Volunteer for the month of March is Harold Groves.

Harold Groves has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer runner with the Senior Center for the last 2-1/2 years. 
Before moving to Payson from Seattle, Washington in 1992, Harold was employed by the Chevon  corporation as a key member of their engineering department.
The Senior Center is grateful to have a dedicated volunteer like Harold Groves, making a difference with his caring smile and gentle kindness, while bringing a home-cooked meal to those in need.

Motorists will begin driving on northbound I-17 lanes as work continues on southbound bridge south of Flagstaff this week

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reconstructing the southbound I-17 bridge and ramps, as well as realigning Pinewood Boulevard south of Flagstaff. By the end of this week, the southbound bridge will be closed and motorists traveling southbound on I-17 will be detoured to cross over the median and travel through the work zone using one of the new northbound lanes (please see map for details). All entrance and exit ramps will remain open.

The speed limit will be reduced throughout the construction zone and drivers are reminded to slow down, proceed through the work zone with caution, and be alert for construction equipment and crews.

The first phase of the project, which included the reconstruction of the northbound I-17 bridge and ramps, was completed last year. The southbound bridge is scheduled to be completed this fall. Upon completion, ADOT will have replaced two 25-foot-long bridges built in 1958 with two new bridges measuring 100-feet long.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

For more information about this project, please contact Senior Community Relations Officer Mackenzie Kirby at 928.779.7554 or  Local media should contact the ADOT Public Information Office at  or 1.800.949.8057. Visit or for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts at

Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrests Queen Creek man for Fraudulent Schemes - this time for real!

David Domanski, 40, of Queen Creek

FLORENCE, Ariz. – According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Department, a Queen Creek man got what he wanted - legal documents showing he was in trouble with the law - and now he can approach family members with a real appeal for cash.
According to a press release from PCSO,  David Domanski, 40, of Queen Creek approached a clerk of the Pinal County Superior Court and requested a series of documents.
Later that same day, Wednesday, March 21,  Domanski called the same clerk via telephone and asked if she would, “Straight forward lie for $500?” to which the clerk replied, “No”. Domanski asked her to think about the offer because he was serious. The clerk requested Domanski send an email to her county email account detailing what he wanted her to do.
Within an hour Domanski sent the clerk an email to her county account asking her to lie about a felony Domanski would claim to family in North Carolina he committed. 

Domanski provided the clerk with a detailed list of charges and cash amount needed to avoid jail. He also wanted the clerk to lie to family members over the telephone and verify the information.
The clerk immediately alerted co-workers, who brought the incident to the attention of PCSO. The clerk agreed to work with PCSO detectives in setting up a sting operation on Domanski. Several emails were sent between the clerk and Domanski in which she agreed to help. 

On Thursday, March 22, Domanski arrived at the Pinal County courthouse to collect the information he requested. He gave the clerk $20 cash and promised to pay her several hundred dollars more after his family sent money to cover the alleged legal fees.
The entire exchange was captured with undercover surveillance equipment as PCSO personnel surrounded the subject. After the transaction was made, Domanski was arrested as he walked to his vehicle. Following his arrest, Domanski admitted to investigators his involvement in the scheme and indicated he fell on hard times and simply needed money.
Domanski has been charged with Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Tampering with a Public Record, and Bribery.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “A job well done by PCSO detectives and the brave county court clerk who stood up and did the right thing. In the end, Mr. Domanski got what he wanted: legal documents showing he was in trouble; only this time they are real.”

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