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PUSD Students hold band camp anyway

This summer, past and current Payson Unified School District students, Molly and Maddie Beier, Josh Shaw, Sabrina Bonn, Colin Nossek, Trace Wallace and Kara VanZile, took it upon themselves to run a band camp before school started.

ACC should seek impartial cost-benefit analysis of solar

For the past three years, the rooftop solar debate in Arizona has been a “he said/she said” between utilities and rooftop solar companies regarding the value and benefits net-metered rooftop solar provides to ratepayers.

College will never open

Editor: In the past several weeks, there have been quite a few comments on Facebook, and other social media, about the college coming to town. There will never be a college in Payson — at least not during my lifetime. There are several reasons why I make this statement.

Pine water district awash in problems

The storm clouds have gathered. The water’s on the rise all around. And the Pine Water board needs to find something that floats.

Chicken vs. egg

Editor: Recently this paper and our community leaders were discussing what Payson needed first, educated workers or quality jobs. The Payson Area Economic Development Strategic Plan indicated we must attract both. I believe that thinking is a little premature. If we want to attract quality jobs and trained workers, we must first get our Payson house in order.

Dark money insanity

This is getting crazy. We’ve got to do something about dark money.

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Road work underway for Payson university plan

Backers insist construction will start in December

Work is underway to widen State Route 260 for several turn lanes leading into the site for a proposed university.

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Christopher Creek man dies after chain reaction crash

A Christopher Creek man died Monday after crashing several vehicles in a Payson intersection.

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He's a rodeo clown for life

Red of nose, baggy of pants, Donnie Landis struck a pose in the midst of the Saturday performance of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

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Payson mayor candidate Michael Hughes's questionnaire answers

The number one reason is that I care about Payson. When I first ran for council in 2008, it was because the current administration at the time was decidedly "anti growth" and I saw the negative impact it was having on the local economy. My wife and I almost moved. But then I decided that this is my home, my children's home, and my grand children's home so I decided to get involved. Right after I was elected the Great Recession hit and we as the council had to make some very hard decisions in the best interests of the town. There were some very tough years financially but with out of the box solutions to issues and the sacrifices the employees made we have been able to weather the storm better than many others. Now we are in recovery mode. Things are getting better but the job is not finished yet.

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Payson council candidate Janell Sterner's questionnaire answers

I’m a part of this community and want to help make it flourish.

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Payson council candidate Hallie Overman-Jackman's questionnaire answers

I am running for Town Council because I feel I can make a very positive impact on the way our Town operates. I know that I would bring a great deal of experience to the Town Council, through the different Boards, Organization and Commissions that I have held. I bring a great deal of expertise in finance, community development and handling personnel issues to the table.

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Payson council candidate Kim Chittick's questionnaire answers

Because I believe I can make a positive difference in our community.

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Payson council candidate Rick Croy's questionnaire answers

To see that we as a council continue to keep Payson financially solvent. Help promote sound growth and development. Seeking a solution to covering the event center and completion of water delivery from the Cragin Reservoir. Seek and follow the wishes of the majority of Payson voters.

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Payson council candidate Barbara Underwood's questionnaire answers

I am running for Town Council because I love Payson and I want to represent the people. I feel that every citizen should be given a voice in local government.

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Payson Council candidates weigh in on Community Facilities Districts

Three Payson Town Council candidates responded to a Roundup request to weigh in on Community Facilities Districts

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Goosing Traffic: Rush hour jam – Payson style

Roundup reporter Michele Nelson was rushing her daughter to school when she got stuck in traffic. She honked. The geese honked. Standoff. So she took a photo while she waited at the goose crossing — counting her blessings and enjoying the Payson lifestyle.

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Dog owners ignoring laws about pooches in markets

The man carried his Labrador retriever puppy into the grocery store, found a cart and sat the dog in the space designed to hold toddlers and easily damaged food.

Man gets 1.75 years for lying to Police about identity

A man who tried to avoid arrest by giving police the wrong name was sentenced to prison earlier this month for criminal impersonation.

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Rim Country Mountain Bike Association partners with trails app

Score another win for Michael Bonnette and the Rim Country Mountain Bike Association — now recognized as the mountain bike club of the Rim Country area on MTB Project’s website and application.