Long emergency room waits and staff struggles with a new electronic record keeping system produced a rough start for Banner Health Systems’ takeover of the Payson Regional Medical Center four months ago.
Country club elk fence debated
Plans to put an elk fence around the upscale golf community Chaparral Pines went forward Thursday night despite the plea of several residents who said the fence won’t work if it ends up with gaps where the homeowners association cannot secure the easements.
Just in time for winter, a local church has made a donation of smoke alarms to the Payson Fire Department.
School slated to open next August on university site
Builders for the American Leadership Academy’s charter school presented their preliminary design plans to the town Wednesday, saying they hope to open by August of 2016.
Previous town administrator doubled as finance officer
In the wake of Debra Galbraith’s departure, the Town of Payson is looking into hiring a new finance manager with a starting salary of $73,000 up to $109,000.
A Phoenix man who strapped a homemade bomb to his vehicle and crashed into a Strawberry ditch was sentenced to probation late last month.
The Heart of the Holidays
Tucked off in a corner room crowded with bowls of fresh popcorn, stacks of colorful cotton material, plastic trays with sparkly beads and the smell of a warming glue gun, the grandma everyone wishes they had sits behind a desk stacked high with projects.
A Flagstaff man faces burglary charges after police say he broke into several storage lockers earlier this week and made off with liquor from one of the units.
Sunny skies to prevail remainder of week
A chilly cold system blew into town Monday and brought with it the first significant snowfall for the Payson area.
For Morris and Phyllis Brown, age has never been a limiting factor. When they met 18 years ago, neither doubted it was possible to fall in love again while in their 50s, and when they decided to hike the Grand Canyon together, not once but several times, they knew it could be done with a little patience and persistence.
Banner shifts contract to PHI Air Medical
Although they are new to the area, many of the medical staff on PHI Air Medical has been flying Rim Country skies for years.
Payson Fire calls rarely involve fires
It was another busy year for the Payson Fire Department as it responded to an average of eight incidents a day last fiscal year.
Fire officials believe a space heater started a fire in a Tonto Basin trailer Thursday morning that killed two dogs.
The Southwest has always been a place for fantastical schemes — some brilliant, some kind of crazy. So visionaries built a railroad across the country, used camels as desert steeds, launched steamboats on the Colorado River and tried to build a railroad through the Grand Canyon.
Few donations despite $2 million in sales
Despite the protest of the mayor, the Payson Town Council last week went ahead and allowed the medical marijuana dispensary to expand its hours of operation.
You can finally stop hiding those eggs.
Unable to come to an agreement on the use of recreational vehicles to house guests and caretakers, the Payson Town Council last week punted on the issue.
Starting sometime later this month, crews will begin ripping out the old soccer field turf at Rumsey Park.
Monday’s sunny skies today should give way to a winter storm, with several inches of snow on the Mogollon Rim, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.
Standing in a funky little kaleidoscope shop perched on a near vertical hilltop in Jerome, it came to me: Jerome is a lot like a kaleidoscope.
Insists service would cut wait times for patients
Hellsgate Fire Department wants to start its own ambulance service instead of solely relying on a private company dispatching an ambulance from Payson.
But still no word from university
After sending the Forest Service a check for $4.1 million for a 253-acre parcel for a university campus in Payson, Mayor Kenny Evans gave an update on the project Wednesday before a packed house at the monthly Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
A dispute about an elk fence around Chaparral Pines has deeply divided the community as the homeowners association goes forward with plans to install more fencing.
Homeowners urged to prepare for rain of embers from wildfire
When a forest fire hits Payson it won’t be anything like you expect, said fire officials last week at a Firewise meeting.
With the great road west debunked by an interstate highway in 1978, the town of Williams found itself bypassed by time, languishing in the hot sun — the ruins of a boomtown that went bust. How did a town of 3,000 reinvent itself when it didn’t have the red rocks of Sedona or the attractions of Flagstaff? Well, Williams didn’t have much once the cars were gone and the copper long ago mined. What it did have was history, spunk and one of the greatest natural wonders at its doorstep. A visit to Williams today is an unexpected treat.
After someone dumped a bedroom’s worth of furniture in a shopping center dumpster, a property owner is looking for the community’s help.
They came for the cookies and left a mess for volunteers to clean up.
Sopeland convicted on fraud charges in ammo case
Turns out, he should have stuck with the plea deal.
Just two weeks ago, the Payson Area Food Drive had less than $20 to help three local food banks with donations collected last year all but dried up.
A Payson woman who kicked two officers while resisting arrest while drunk will spend six months in prison and a year on probation, under the terms of her sentencing on Monday.
A California man who robbed a Payson convenience store in January pleaded guilty earlier this month to armed robbery.
Nestled between two towns and surrounded by the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest sits the historic Kohl’s Ranch.
They sometimes fly hundreds of miles, but once they reach Payson, have no way to get anywhere.
A visit to Country Charm in the Swiss Village Shops is a sensory overload. From the sweet smells of chocolate and sugar wafting from the trays of fudge and buckets of candy, to the gifts and decorations including a ceiling billowing with colorful fabric. It is like Willy Wonka’s factory with a female touch.
When several co-workers, ahem, the men, at the Roundup heard a shop had opened in Payson selling model kits, they launched into stories of building models as kids — the smell of the glue, applying the decals and the memory of proudly displaying them after hours of work. And for some, then destroying them.
Will it be your house? Maybe your neighbors? The statistics say it is not a question of if a forest fire will hit the Rim Country, but when. Every year, forest fires occur around the state, some right up to Payson’s front door.
While the owners of HPR Ammunition celebrated the announcement of plans to build a $554 million manufacturing plant in Tennessee this week, one owner was taking the stand in a Payson courtroom to testify against a former employee for selling scrap ammunition.
Police are looking for a man who walked into the Days Inn hotel lobby Monday night and demanded money from the front desk attendant.
Dozens of onlookers had tears in their eyes and cellphones in hand to film Myrtle Pyle Warter’s delighted turn across the dance floor Saturday at the Payson Elks Lodge.
An ordinance that let’s business owners put temporary portable signs by the street to attract customers could stay in effect another 5.5 years.
Parents, teens ignorant of new laws on sex and smartphones
After a three recent sexting arrests, some Payson parents are wondering how they can prevent their child from sending explicit text messages and photographs.
To better reach patients, Uncle Herbs, the area’s medical marijuana dispensary, wants Payson to let it extend its hours to 9 p.m.
Couple reconciles after he grabs phone, breaks into parents’ home
Angry that his then ex-girlfriend had taken his vehicle away, a Payson man went into her parents’ home, grabbed her phone away and fled before police arrived.
Weekend trip reveals one woman’s bold artistic triumph
Rocking beneath a gold and turquoise stenciled ceiling in front of a warm fire, cocooned by the rumble of trains in the night and the strumming of a guitarist in the lobby, you can easily lose track of your century in Winslow’s La Posada.
A woman nearly crashed into Payson Dental Friday afternoon when her vehicle jumped a curb in the Safeway Shopping Center.
Town manager salary set, but severance provision dropped
Well he won’t get a six months severance package, but LaRon Garrett will make $144,000 as Payson’s new town manager.
They say it is not a matter of if, but when, a devastating wildfire will blaze through Payson.
Police say Payson man refused to take ‘no’ for an answer
A Payson man is facing sexual assault charges for reportedly having sex with a woman against her will.
Tracy Bentley is used to the fast-paced world of Valley salons and teaching coloring techniques at hair shows.
Rescuers confirmed Thursday that a Mesa father died Monday trying to save his little girl from drowning in Fossil Creek.