For the past few months, a small hotel on an otherwise sleepy corner of State Route 87 in Strawberry has hummed with activity. Tradesmen and contractors have come and gone, leaving behind a masterpiece of red, white and gray.
Men squeezed out of workforce
Recently, a local Rim Country auto repair shop bemoaned the lack of skilled workers. “Either they have the talent and fail drug tests or they don’t have the skill,” said the owner — who asked that his name be withheld.
Architects and planners for a proposed four-year college campus in Payson met with town officials Wednesday to go over preliminary phase I plans.
Leitha Griffin, longtime resident of Gila County, will take over marketing and public relations for the Gila Community College District. Griffin moves from her recent position as administrative assistant/student support services.
Owners say they'll resume next week
A month after an abrupt shutdown, Payson’s sole ammunition manufacturing facility re-opened its doors Monday, with plans to begin manufacturing next week.
Hurry, get shopping. This $6,000 giveaway could not be any simpler. Gather all of your receipts from local purchases, including utility bills, and bring them down to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.
Payson’s ammunition manufacturing plant might still reopen. But in the meantime, the town wants to help the abruptly laid off employees find work.
A new state law that lets Arizona lawmakers potentially cut off a town’s state-shared gas tax, income tax and sales tax has already spawned several swirls of controversy.
Payson Town Council member and small-business owner Chris Higgins has seen economic revitalization in progress and believes it’s possible for Payson.
After months of waiting, owners this week opened the 133-seat Culver’s restaurant, which boasts 30 mix-ins and toppings for its creamy vanilla and chocolate custard made fresh every two hours.
27 percent of kids 'food insecure'
Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.”
Backers of the plan to bring a university to Payson continue to spend money at a furious rate.
but reportedly plans to reopen
HPR Ammunition reportedly sent more than 30 employees home Sept. 13, 2016 and closed its doors.
County jobless rate still high
Arizona hasn’t regained its pre-recession mojo, but we’re doing better.
Marketing plan aims to boost Rim businesses
With new Payson leadership starting in January, the Collective Arizona business group has launched a marketing strategy based on Payson’s natural hometown charm and adventure.