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Payson approves fireworks contract

The Payson Town Council last week approved spending $10,000 in water department money to help pay for a $20,000 July 4 show, which annually draws tens of thousands of people to the region.

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Brush fire east of Roosevelt Lake of SR 188

Update at 10:30 a.m. Thursday: The Blevens Fire is still 75 acres, but crews now have it at 10 percent containment. Resources on scene include three engines and two hotshot crews. Crews stopped the forward spread on the fire last night, and will spend Thursday constructing and improving fire lines.

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Payson awards pipeline contract

$1.6 million job goes to local contractor

Payson has awarded a $1.5 million contract to build the next phase of the C.C. Cragin pipeline to a local contractor, plus another $158,000 contract to a local engineering firm to supervise the work.

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Graduates won’t stop believing

It’s not so easy to stand in front of 120 of your classmates who have watched you for 12 years, cry and laugh, goof off and be serious, succeed and fail to share words of wisdom.

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Vital airport area development extended

Council approves Payson Airport land exchange extension

The Payson Town Council last week gave the feuding owners of nearly 200 acres of empty land vital to the town’s housing future more time to work out their issues.

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Star Valley OKs waste company request

It was a rare evening for the Star Valley Town Council. For the first time in a very long time the members were asked to act on a conditional use permit at the May 19 meeting.

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Fatal moment

Voden murder trial starts with gripping testimony

As Brenda Burnett bent down to grab one of her dog’s toys she heard her husband of 15 years, Randy Burnett, calmly tell her something she had never heard him say before — “Brenda, if you should ever listen to me, listen to me this time. Get back into the house.”

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Treatment can restore lives

Counselors strive to help addicts

Monika Weldon, the regional program director for Southwest Behavioral, has a frank attitude about addiction and mental health.

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Town moves to rezone university site

The Payson Town Council last week moved ahead to rezone a 253-acre Forest Service parcel so that it can only harbor an educational institution or related facilities.

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Brush fire threatens highway

Firefighters on Friday quickly snuffed out a human-caused brush fire about 21 miles northeast of Phoenix off Highway 87.

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Community Almanac

Taylor Pool at Rumsey II on North McLane Road is now open.

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Juggling forest politics

State Forester Jeff Whitney chose his words carefully, like a man photographing bears.

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Storm dampens fire fundraiser

Snow and rain in Strawberry last Saturday dampened the fundraising efforts for Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. to fund a brush pickup program this summer for the communities of Pine and Strawberry.

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Habitat offers home ownership opportunity

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking qualified home-buyers for Habitat homes. Interested applicants are asked to attend one of the upcoming Homeowner Orientation meetings at 6 p.m. on either Wednesday, June 3, July 1 or Aug. 5 to be held at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St, Payson, in room 205.

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Mission of mystery A-4 jet at Payson Airport revealed

The calls have come in since the Roundup reported on a mysterious A-4 jet’s touch and go landing at the Payson Airport on May 5.

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Payson settles suit for $50,000

Man pleads to witness assault before payout

After a lengthy civil battle, the Town of Payson recently reached a $50,000 settlement with a 27-year-old man who said Payson police officers needlessly beat him up during a 2011 arrest.

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University land sale takes step forward

Alliance delivers first check

The Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday took another concrete step toward buying the land to build a 6,000-student university campus in Payson.