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Alexis Bechman

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Voter turnout 2nd highest in state

Gila County had the second highest voter turnout in the state in the primary election.

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REI sponsors Pine Loop Dash 5K

It was a picturesque day in Pine for a trail race Saturday. While mountain bike riders pre-rode the Fire on the Rim mountain bike race course on the west side of Highway 87, at the Pine Trailhead, runners laced up their sneakers for a 5K run.

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Payson finally resumes normal street maintenance

Payson is paying for another round of roadwork this year, slurry sealing about a seventh of all streets in town.

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Gila County helps Payson with American Gulch

Gila County has pledged money to help the Town of Payson improve the American Gulch. The Gila County Board of Supervisors last week pledged $8,500 to begin Phase I of grading and landscaping the project off Main Street.

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Five Guys - Better than your average burger

Five Guys offers fast food option in Payson

After months of hungry anticipation, Five Guys opened Thursday afternoon and immediately had a line for its burgers and fries.

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Conway sentenced to three years in prison

The family has already lost one son after a lengthy drug battle and this week, watched as their daughter was sent to prison for a bizarre drug-fueled assault.

Police investigate stabbing; drug house

A man that allegedly stabbed his mother and another woman early Friday has been arrested on attempted murder charges.

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Fuller resigns as chief deputy attorney

The Gila County Attorney’s Office chief deputy attorney has resigned. Shawn Fuller resigned from the GCAO on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Voden conviction appeal denied

It was one of the most high-profile murder cases in recent Payson history. On Tuesday, the Arizona Court of Appeals Division Two denied Michael Voden’s request to overturn his conviction.

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Rim Country public safety personnel labor over weekend

Bottleneck blues

It was a busy Labor Day weekend in Rim Country and elsewhere around northern Arizona as Valley visitors flocked to the higher elevations and cooler temperatures to celebrate the day off.

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Swartwood proposes early resignations for mayor, councilors

Eager to get started, newly elected Payson Mayor Craig Swartwood called on current Mayor Kenny Evans to resign immediately.

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Monster Award for Payson's Mogollon Monster Mudder

It’s messy. It’s muddy. And most participants ask themselves if they’re crazy for even signing up.

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C. C. Cragin Pipeline reaches Payson’s doorstep

Crews have brought the C.C. Cragin pipeline to the doorstep of Payson and Mesa del Caballo, which will rely on the pipeline for its water supply.

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Sgt. Rodney Cronk - the Angel of Fossil Creek - has retired

In the sinister dark. In the pouring rain. In the blazing sun. Sgt. Rodney Cronk always showed up in an emergency.

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Rim Country real estate market finally heating up

It's yours . . . for a mere $5.5 million (yikes)

Things are on the upswing in the Rim Country real estate market with more home sales and buyers paying more for them, continuing a three-year trend.

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Final Payson Town Council vote

Sterner, Croy & Underwood win council slots, Swartwood mayor

The final vote tally produced a final shakeup in the Payson Town Council election, with Janell Sterner rising from fifth place to second place in the bid for three council seats.

ADOT relents on memorials

Recognizing the need of families to grieve for those killed in crashes, the Arizona Department of Transportation will now allow memorial markers that abide by certain rules along state-maintained highways.

DUI penalties harsh

A drunken night three years ago has landed a Window Rock man with a one year probation sentence.

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Election shakes up power structure

Swartwood takes big lead, but Payson council too close to call

It is coming down to the wire, at least for who will secure a seat on the Payson Town Council.

County moving slowly on courthouse improvements

With limited space, the county is doing what it can to improve the offices at the Gila County Courthouse in Payson.

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Payson Police Dept. called, Steve DeHaan came

When the Payson Police Department’s dispatch system went down recently, officials knew they could count on one man to help get it back up and running.

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Early election results are in

Early primary election results Tuesday night showed some candidates with a commanding lead, including District 2 County Supervisor Mike Pastor, while others, like the candidates for Payson council, are too close to call.

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Officers seize 2,400 marijuana plants

With the help of local officers, a large outdoor marijuana grow site was busted in Cibecue recently. The identity of the growers remains unknown.

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Payson council spending surges in final days

With the primary election upon us, the latest round of campaign spending numbers have been released.

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RCMS Outdoor Adventure Club really rolling

They looked like the Clampetts from “The Beverly Hillbillies,” but they weren’t headed to California.

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Payson Town Council race: Polite & cheap

Swartwood donates to Kim Chittick

As the last day to turn in ballots for the primary election looms, many candidates are making a last-minute push to secure votes.

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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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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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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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Town of Payson award program begins with airport manager, donor

In an effort to recognize town employees who go above and beyond, the Town of Payson has started a Hero of Payson award program.

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Future small projects may bypass Payson Planning & Zoning

The Town of Payson is making the abandonment process a little easier.

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Payson crafts rules for community districts

Although the process to pass a Community Facilities District would be as lengthy as Main Street is long, the Payson council Thursday night approved a way for a developer to get funding for improvement work.

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Hoover Dam power deal could save Payson $1.8M

Thanks to an allotment of hydro-electric power from the Hoover Dam, Payson should save at least $1.8 million over the next 50 years.

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Michael Hansen named Payson Police Officer of the Year

He handles everything from attempted murder to counterfeit cases. Last week, Payson Police Det. Michael Hansen was recognized as the Officer of the Year.

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Whispering Pines, Beaver Valley Fire Departments may merge to reduce costs

On Saturday, the Whispering Pines and Beaver Valley fire districts cooperated to haul a woman from Water Wheel after she jumped in and broke her leg.

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Lightning strikes home in Ellison Creek

A home in Ellison Creek caught fire Thursday night after it was struck by lightning, damaging the electrical system and leaving burn marks throughout the home.

Payson sex offender sentenced after violating probation

A man that repeatedly violated probation, using heroin and visiting with his children when he was told not to, was sentenced Friday, Aug. 12 to prison.

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Payson area REALTORS® rally to rescue food banks

Payson area Realtors are at it again. For the third year, the group is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the area’s three food banks.

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PHI Air Medical flying high after first year in Payson

PHI Air Medical celebrated its first year in Payson with an open house for staff and area officials last week.

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Can Payson mayor contenders save Main Street?

Special taxing district plan debated

After decades of talking about how to fix up Main Street and the American Gulch, Payson’s finally looking into a way to pay for improvements.

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‘Truly heartbreaking’ case

A woman who once worked as a drug counselor helping others overcome their addictions fell back into her own drug habit in what her probation officer called a “truly heartbreaking” case.

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Payson man defrauded insurance

A man who filed false claims with his insurance company for years wound up on probation Friday, but might have to pay back as much as $250,000.

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Payson pot dispensary plants purloined

Police are looking for the person that broke into the medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday night.

Beeline Hwy. curve still dangerous

It was a busy weekend for the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department with a death, hiking rescues and a serious motorcycle wreck.

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Tough love: adapt to technology or die, says business consultant

You wouldn’t build a home without a blueprint, so why would you run a business without a plan, asked business consultant Bob Pritchard, who spoke at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Lightning bolt strikes home

A Mesa del Caballo home caught fire Tuesday afternoon and several others had their power knocked off during a monsoonal storm.

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Fireman: Daniel Malloy is humble and hardworking

A humble firefighter with a strong work ethic, Daniel Malloy is everything you would want in a good firefighter.

Beeline Hwy shut down after suicidal man provokes police chase

Fatal standoff

Police closed the Beeline Highway south of Payson Tuesday afternoon after a Valley man led police on a chase, threatening to kill himself.

Majestic Mountain Inn laundry dryer fire & Hwy. 87 rollover south of Payson

There was a small fire at Majestic Mountain Inn Sunday afternoon. Hotel staff called the Payson Fire Department around 3:50 p.m. to check out the laundry room after there was a fire in a dryer.

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Mountain bikers show off trails of Rim Country

Despite the threat of monsoonal rain, a good crowd turned out for camping and mountain biking for Certified Bicycle’s Rim Country Mountain Bike gathering July 30 and 31.