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Alexis Bechman

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Two critically injured on motorcycle

Crash took place on deadly turn north of Pine on Saturday

Two people were flown to the Valley Saturday after their motorcycle crashed head-on with a vehicle north of Strawberry.

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Payson man faces ‘trial by Facebook’ as rumors swirl

No doubt — he had too much to drink, before he started dancing and laughing in Rumsey Park back in April. He probably didn’t expect the police to show up.

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Alarmed by fires

But cool, damp conditions turn fires into forest management tool

Two lightning-sparked forest fires on the Mogollon Rim above Pine-Strawberry this weekend alarmed residents — but not fire crews.

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Juggling lives & fears in the emergency room

Four hours into his shift, with a computer screen full of patients and no beds to spare, the “bat phone” rings.

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Report to the Regents

ASU said official ‘partner’ for scaled down Payson branch campus plan

Arizona State University has agreed to open a branch in Payson, with a planned first-year enrollment of 300 to 350, Rim Country Educational Foundation President Gary Cordell said during a presentation at the Payson Tea Party this week.

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Flood of problems

Can Fossil Creek reservation system protect stream and rescue rescuers?

Last year, an estimated 130,000 people jammed into Fossil Creek, leaving behind trash, stinky messes and exhausted rescuers — called in more than 240 times to rescue hikers in flip-flops and drunken cliff jumpers.

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Volunteers save rider after fall

A man was airlifted to a Valley hospital Friday after falling off his horse and badly injuring his arm.

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Gun threat, booze result in probation after fight

A woman who pointed a gun at her girlfriend after they got into a fight will spend the next two years on probation and be required to get counseling.

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Craft beers, gourmet pizza — what’s not to like?

Residents lined up waiting for Pine’s Old County Inn to open

It hadn’t even opened yet, but last week car after car stopped at the Old County Inn in Pine, hoping the restaurant had opened.

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How low can it go?

Payson crime rate keeps falling, despite chronic shortage of officers

Despite being down a number of officers, the Town of Payson once again saw its crime rate fall for the third year in a row.

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Horses in the front yard for Payson

You can keep Mister Ed in your backyard and your side yard, but under current town code, you can’t keep him out front of your abode.

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Payson considers monument for flood victims

Breaking from its usual Thursday night meeting schedule, the Payson Town Council will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

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Family-owned Payson Concrete celebrates a solid, half century

After 51 years in business, Payson Concrete and Materials, Inc. remains pretty much the same.

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Police catch alleged heroin dealer

Suspect eludes officers, but not drug dogs

After six months of work, investigators say they have arrested a heroin dealer.

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Full story of death in police chase revealed

Officer fired, rehired, resigns over misstatements

On the night of Sept. 5, 2015, two Payson men made a series of poor decisions that cost one young man his life and a police officer his job.

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House fire

Pleasant Valley firefighters saved a Young home from burning to the ground last week.

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Events slated to prevent wildfires

Break out your hedge clippers and get ready to clean out your gutters.

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Cheer Special Olympics athletes

Join volunteers Wednesday to cheer on local Special Olympic athletes as they prepare for the summer games in the Valley.

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Vintage Roost would smell sweet by any other name

The Swiss Village shopping center is filled with unique-smelling shops — from the wax for the hand-dipped candles at the Payson Candle Factory to the chocolate at the Fudge Shop. But the sweetest smell of all now wafts from the the Vintage Roost.

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Driver warned

Stopped for lack of baby seats before crash that killed children

The Roundup has learned a man who crashed his vehicle north of Payson last week, killing three children and himself, was pulled over just before the wreck, but allowed to keep driving with the children unrestrained.

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Payson strikes deal to trim costs

The Payson Town Council Thursday night approved an intergovernmental agreement between the town, Star Valley and the Rim Country Educational Alliance for legal services.

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Prison for assault

Man also fled scene of accident

A Payson man will spend the next 5.75 years in prison for a series of crimes.

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Highline Trail race makes marathons look easy

Rim Country is home to one of the toughest, roughest and most beautiful ultra marathons in the country and most residents have never heard of it.

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Rollover near Payson kills driver, three children

A man and three children were killed Monday night just north of Payson when the man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

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Council challengers lining up

One more person has turned in the paperwork to run for Payson Town Council.

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Payson to help repave Houston Mesa

The Payson Town Council agreed last week to team up with Gila County to pave a portion of Houston Mesa Road.

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School bus in fender bender

A Payson Unified School District school bus was involved in a minor accident that delayed students getting to school.

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Payson seeks state grant for police overtime

The Payson Police Department has applied for three state grants, including $51,600 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for new equipment and officers’ overtime during busy holiday weekends.

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Pine man found dead

Police are investigating the death of a Pine man found Thursday morning in his trailer.

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Fatal wreck north of Payson Monday night

A man and three children were killed Monday night north of Payson when the man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

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Fossil Creek follies resume

Must be spring — you can tell by the rush of Pine-Strawberry Fire paramedics and volunteers from the Gila County Mounted Posse down the Fossil Creek trail to rescue hikers in flip-flops.

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Firefighters scramble

There were a number of human-caused forest fires in Rim Country this weekend, including a vehicle fire that spread to the trees in Star Valley.

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60 years for attack

Judge throws the book at man who threw a firebomb

A man who threw a firebomb at police and barricaded himself in his home for 11 hours last year, will spend more than 60 years in prison.

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Daring rescue

Crews reach injured boy

Battling dangerous conditions, 50 mph winds and a challenging trail, rescuers helped a teen to safety Saturday after he broke his leg south of town.

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Jeri J’s Indian Fry Bread now at Western Village

It’s got a new home and a new color scheme, but more importantly, inside the fry bread at Jeri J’s has not changed.

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Making way for custard

Culver’s demolishes former Pirate’s Cove for new restaurant

Break out the wrecking ball. Crews quickly went to work Monday demolishing the former Pirate’s Cove and miniature golf course near Miss Fitz 260 Cafe.

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Boom times

Officials want to make Payson a destination, not a pit stop

The problematic economy has spurred a flurry of talk about economic development in recent months, as Payson and other Rim Country communities try to transform the area into a tourist destination — not just a pit stop.

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Towns seek to cut costs

The Payson Town Council Thursday night approved an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the town, Star Valley and the Rim Country Educational Alliance for legal services.

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Girls night out

An anthropologist specializing in sex roles would have had a field day.

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Rescue ends in tragedy

The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers might soon have to adopt a new motto: On the road again.

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Elections looming

Election season has officially kicked off with candidates starting to pick up their packets for various open seats in the county.

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Volunteers stampede to the posse

After years of losing members, the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse joyfully swore in seven new members Tuesday night.

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Payson council honors community volunteers

The council honored dozens of volunteers Thursday and got updates on several town improvement projects at a regularly scheduled meeting.

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Sopeland sentence

No jail in ammunition selling case

After a tumultuous legal battle, a Payson man was sentenced Wednesday morning to probation for taking scrap ammunition from his former employer and selling it to a friend.

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Back to the Future

Payson ponders economic plan

An annual mountain bike festival. A covered event center. A focus on Old Town Payson and completing the American Gulch project to help make the town a destination and not a drive-thru.

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Clinging to hope

Rescuers scour canyon for woman missing 11 days

With no clues to go on, the search for a missing Tucson woman grew dire this weekend as crews entered their ninth day of scouring a remote, rugged section of the White Mountain Apache Reservation, southeast of Young. With no clues to go on, the search for a missing Tucson woman grew dire this weekend as crews entered their ninth day of scouring a remote, rugged section of the White Mountain Apache Reservation, southeast of Young.

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Kidnapping

Payson Police arrest man for sexual assault on child

Police say they arrested a Payson man Sunday after he kidnapped a young girl and sexually assaulted her.

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Payson honors volunteers

The council honored dozens of volunteers Thursday and got updates on several town improvement projects at a regularly scheduled meeting.

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View of economic future

Payson plan: Don’t wait on university

After months of planning, the Payson Town Council sat down Tuesday to go through the draft of a five-year economic plan.

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