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Amber Alert Solved by Rookie Arizona DPS

On Sunday, June 21, Michael Malloch Jr., a 22-year-old male, abducted what authorities claim is his 12-year-old stepsister, Cassidy Hayes.

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New charter school coming to Payson

Rim Country will have a new option for its kindergarten through high school students by August of 2016 - the charter school American Leadership Academy.

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Camillo and Horse Tank fires update

Evening thunderstorms unexpectedly altered the direction of smoke from the Camillo and Horse Tank fires, which was flowing toward the northeast and reversed flow toward the west/southwest.

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Payson Library offers summer refuge for kids

The Payson Public Library Summer Reading Program began June 1 and continues through July 30 with this year’s theme “Every Hero has a Story.”

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Sweet taste of triumph

Triathlon runner lost 162 pounds in a year

Fred Van West wasn’t one of the top competitors in Saturday’s 10th Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon.

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4FRI contractor struggles with lack of trucks, money

Criticism swirls around painfully slow progress

Debate continues to swirl around the painfully slow progress in the largest forest restoration forest restoration effort in U.S. history.

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Community Almanac

The Tonto Amateur Radio Association hosts its Annual Field Day Saturday, June 27 in Ramada 3 at Rumsey Park for 24 hours starting at 11 a.m.

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The Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country will host Payson’s new town manager, LaRon Garrett, at its 7 a.m., Thursday, June 25 meeting at Tiny’s, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson.

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Wildfires flare

Crews contain most blazes

Wildfires continue to burn throughout Arizona, but most pose little threat to structures, people or the forest.

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Break even budget

With Arizona cutting school budgets, while the governor demands they increase classroom spending, Payson Unified School District came up with a plan: reprioritize.

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Woman rescued

Bystanders race to save woman trapped under car

A piercing scream split the night just as Chelsea Pierson and her friend left Pierson’s grandmother’s house at the end of Longhorn Road at 11 p.m. Sunday.

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Slew of arrests over weekend

Payson Police arrested 10 people during the third weekend in June.

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Heroin at the high school

Payson graduates recall deadly allure of the drug culture

The town of Payson is home to approximately 10,000 people, young and old, sober and high.

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Center’s new director resigns

Debra Hansen, the newly hired executive director of The Center (formerly the Payson Senior Center) resigned Friday, June 5. She had taken the job in mid-May, so was there less than a month.

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Fires atop Rim grow slowly

Firefighters managed wildfires to benefit forest

Fire operations for the Horse Tank Fire resulted in approximately 400 acres being burned last night, and crews will begin to scale back tomorrow as the fire’s progression begins to lessen and objectives are being met.