All Quiet On The Western Front


Payson’s own Whitney Alderson looks ahead to the next barrel as she and her steed turn the first one during the final round of rodeo competition Sunday afternoon.

Payson’s own Whitney Alderson looks ahead to the next barrel as she and her steed turn the first one during the final round of rodeo competition Sunday afternoon. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Despite a sold out crowd at Saturday’s rodeo, things on the streets remained calm.

The Payson Police Department reported making no DUI arrests and only two rodeo-related disturbances.

“It was a very, very quiet event,” said Chief Don Engler.

Officers kept a high profile at all three days of rodeo events at the Payson Event Center. Officers walked around the center, while others patrolled the streets for fights, underage drinking and drunk driving.

The only fight occurred about 2 a.m., Sunday —closing time at the Oxbow Saloon.

A man reportedly punched another man in the face after he groped a woman he was with.

“He didn’t take real kindly to that,” Engler said.

Before officers could arrive, the man and woman had left the bar on Main Street and no arrests were made.

The other incident, a domestic violence call, came in Saturday evening, Engler said.

A Valley couple that were in town for the rodeo reportedly got into a verbal argument at McDonald’s. As things escalated, police were called.

Things had simmered down by the time officers arrived.

Engler said he was happy to see most people had designated, sober drivers.

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