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Alexis Bechman

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Payson still needs town attorney

The search for a new town attorney has hit a roadblock once again.

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2nd slide on ice fatal

A Phoenix man survived a rollover Sunday morning south of Payson, but was killed when another driver lost control and struck him.

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Crash kills teen

A former Rim Country student died this weekend when his vehicle rolled north of Payson and caught fire.

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Going home

Residents begin returning to Canal Apartments

With soiled carpet and water-soaked walls replaced, the first round of residents moved back into the Canal Senior Apartments Monday and everyone is expected to be back home by Christmas, staff says.

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Planning brouhaha

Residents protest plan to loosen access requirements

Despite some residents’ objections, the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday recommended the Payson Town Council increase the number of homes allowed on a cul-de-sac to comply with a model, international fire code.

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Hitting the kids

A 29-year-old Payson man faces a slew of child abuse charges after reportedly slapping around his girlfriend’s children.

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Man accused of molesting granddaughter

A 70-year-old Chandler grandfather is accused of molesting his 12-year-old Payson granddaughter repeatedly and attempting to assault his then 17-year-old granddaughter as well.

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MHA to the rescue

Health Alliance donates $5,000 to help homeless residents

The Mogollon Health Alliance Monday donated $5,000 to help the residents of the Canal Senior Apartments, who were displaced last month due to water damage.

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Competition, transportation drive up gas prices

As gas prices steadily fall elsewhere, the cost per gallon in Rim Country remains high and that’s frustrating drivers.

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P&Z to discuss amending number of lots allowed for one-road subdivisions

The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday will take up subdivision access.

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Slip sliding away: Rash of accidents block highways

Two-car pileup in Star Valley

A 23-year-old Payson man is expected to survive a Wednesday night vehicle accident, police say.

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Crash closes 260 for hours Wednesday night

A 23-year-old Payson man is expected to survive a vehicle wreck Wednesday night, police say.

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Man with violent record faces trial for sex with girlfriend’s daughter

A grand jury indicted a Payson man recently for allegedly repeatedly molesting his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter.

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Man put on probation for attacking brother-in-law

A man who said he was so angry he blacked out and assaulted his brother-in-law was sentenced to probation Monday.

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Holy cow!

Open range poses threat on Houston Mesa Road

If you have driven along Houston Mesa Road in the past few months, you have probably seen them and maybe nearly hit one. Several hundred black cows are roaming free, grazing along the roadway which leads to Mesa del Caballo and other communities under the Rim.

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Payson picks town attorney – again

With Payson’s attorney of eight years leaving and his replacement recently turning down the job, things were looking grave for the town last week until they found Kane Graves.

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Quick action saves mother of five

Thanks to a few quick-thinking Safeway employees, a mother of five survived a massive cardiac arrest.

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No more room at the inn?

Money running out for displaced Canal residents

Efforts to get the Canal Senior Apartments habitable again after massive water damage earlier this month is going well, but organizers aren’t sure how they will keep tenants in hotel rooms until workers finish repairs.

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On top of the world

Fitness model finds footing in tribe’s diabetes wellness program

There are no street signs here, but down a long dirt road in northern Arizona, past mountains, canyons and springs, a ranch sits on a mesa with a view that stretches for miles. They call it Top of the World.

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Elderly woman fights off rapist, say police

A homeless man who reportedly tried to rape a woman in the woods near the Payson First Church of the Nazarene last month will appear in court next week.

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Local sales vital

Businesses rely on sales, town relies on sales tax

With the holiday shopping season ramping up, local business owners are holding their breath. With fewer Valley visitors in the winter, business owners rely heavily on local shoppers this time of year to make it through another year. But with more people shopping online and at big box stores, some worry how they can compete.

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Pot case plea

Nature’s Harvest admits guilt

Nature’s Harvest, which ran medical marijuana patient assistance programs in Payson and the White Mountains, has pleaded guilty to illegally facilitating the sale of marijuana.

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Lack of smoke alarm could have proved fatal

Firefighters say two people are lucky to be alive after a fire started in their kitchen while they were sleeping Wednesday.

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Tonto Bridge proves too high for L.A. woman

A woman complaining of altitude sickness was rescued from Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Wednesday afternoon after she fell and couldn’t get up.

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Sidewalk chalk prohibition lifted by council

Payson children can once again bust out the sidewalk chalk, without fear of the police.

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4-way stop at Forest and Sherwood denied

The Payson Town Council recently denied a man’s request to place a four-way stop at West Sherwood Drive and West Forest Drive after town staff found it wasn’t warranted.

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Rim Country fire crews all tapped out

Fire taxes region’s resources

Who you going to call to a burning house when everyone — absolutely everyone — is off or on other calls? If you’re the Payson Fire Department, you call everyone — and hope someone shows up.

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Two council meetings this week

The Payson Town Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m., today, Nov. 18, in council chambers to adopt the general election results and discuss the replacement of the town attorney.

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Payson council chooses new town attorney

The Payson Town Council has selected a new attorney and he comes by way of the Town of Florence.

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Industrial park annexation process gets another kink

Agreement gives owner an out if Payson nixes zoning

A potential landowner proposing a controversial industrial park in Granite Dells wants Payson to negotiate a pre-development agreement so that he can back out of annexation if the town ultimately denies him the zoning change he seeks.

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Displaced residents face disaster deadline

Apartment repairs may take months

With debris under foot, electrical cords strung up along long hallways, large ventilation fans pumping in warm air, an eerie orange glow cast throughout plastic sheeting and warning signs posted at every entrance, the Canal Senior Apartments this week felt like an underground mine.

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SV man crushed by tractor dies

A Star Valley man who was run over by a tractor last week has died.

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Deluge of donations for homeless renters

Since water damage from a small candle fire displaced dozens of low-income residents, a deluge of donations has kept everyone afloat. But the money to put residents up in hotels will run out soon, leaving many residents facing a bleak Christmas.

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Business collects kits for homeless veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Kevin Dick Investment Management Group is assembling hygiene kits for homeless veterans today with the help of staff and customers.

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‘Worst case’ plan

Payson water rate hike OK’d to fund C.C. Cragin pipeline

With only one resident speaking out against the increase, the Payson Town Council Thursday unanimously approved water rate increases for the next four years to pay for the C.C. Cragin pipeline project.

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Starbucks opens in Bashas’

It’s been a decade in the making, but the Payson Bashas’ finally has a Starbucks.

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Higgins wins Payson council seat

It came down to the ice cream shop owner vs. the former fire marshal. In the end, ice cream won out.

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Man ran over by tractor

Firefighters brought a man back to life Thursday afternoon after he accidentally ran himself over with a tractor he was trying to fix.

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Community rallies around frail, now homeless seniors

Candle fire trips sprinkler, floods apartments, knocks out power

The tone out for a fire in the three-story Canal Senior Apart­ments off Main Street Wednesday morning rang like a nightmare for Rim Country firefighters. But even though sprinklers put the small fire out before crews arrived, the nightmare for residents will continue for perhaps a month, as residents seek a home for themselves and their pets.

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Deadly curve

Tragic rash of accidents prompts safety changes

It was an unusual season of wrecks north of Strawberry this summer, but something officials hope they don’t see again.

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Small fire at Canal Apartments puts senior residents out for hours

Candle likely to blame, officials say

Crews are mopping up after a small fire Wednesday morning at the Canal Senior Apartments that set the sprinklers off and flooded at least two apartments.

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School override, gas tax pass; click for local election results

The results from Tuesdays's election are in for Gila County and unofficial results show success for a number of key ballot measures.

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Short drug toss, long prison sentence

A Payson man will spend 9.25 years in prison for selling drugs after a judge sentenced him Oct. 27.

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Raped 100 times

Man gets 17 years in prison for abusing 13-year-old girl

A Tonto Basin man will spend the next 17 years in prison for molesting a girlfriend’s teenage daughter more than 100 times in a year.

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Food drive falters

With its cupboard bare, the Payson Area Food Drive is limping along.

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Payson gets a cut

Voter approval of excise tax would provide $800,000 annually for roads

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Town of Payson may receive a chunk of the half-cent transportation excise tax if voters agree to extend it.

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Hail to the chief

Pine-Strawberry’s chief has dodged death, saved lives

He has climbed the highest peak on four continents, survived two near-death experiences, put out aircraft fires, headed up two large fire departments and even knows how to lay cement.

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Still going strong at 90

Hiking group members 'wanna be like Ray'

With a spry skip in his step, a song in his heart and surrounded by 33 well-wishers, Ray Kinsman celebrated in his 90th birthday this week — where else but on the trail.

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New attorney eyed for Payson

The Town of Payson has narrowed the search for a new attorney to two candidates.