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Alexis Bechman

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Payson town manager leaving

Payson’s mayor has confirmed that Town Manager Debra Galbraith will leave within the next six months.

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Body of Star Valley man found

Discovered several hundred yards from car after rollover accident

Searchers discovered the body of a missing 71-year-old Star Valley man Friday morning north of Strawberry.

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Unfit to stand trial

A man who reportedly stole a Payson police cruiser last year and drove it to the Valley is receiving mental treatment so he can stand trial.

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Voden lawyer seeks to bar past cases

Defense attorneys for Mike Voden hope a judge will this week bar prosecutors from introducing at his murder trial evidence he had previously brandished a gun at several dog owners.

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Death justified

Ranger acted in self defense

A U.S. Forest Service officer who shot and killed an Oklahoma man who attacked him with pepper spray last year will not face charges.

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Building a marketing plan on a shoestring budget

Any successful business owner understands the importance of marketing, but most small businesses don’t have the money to invest.

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Rim Country Cleaners locked out

Only dry cleaner in town shut

Rim Country’s only dry cleaner has closed and many of the 1,500 customers feel taken to the cleaners themselves.

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Vandals slice Internet, phone cable

Some of Payson and much of Northern Arizona lost Internet and phone service Wednesday after police say vandals cut a CenturyLink fiber optic line in north Phoenix.

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Payson may kill design review board

Payson may do away with its design review board to streamline approvals for developers.

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Hellsgate’s insurance rating gain may help homeowners

Department also leads way with digital records

After years of budget cuts, the Hellsgate Fire Department is making up ground.

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Food drive hits fundraising goal

The Payson Area Food Drive “weathered” another year and while not as successful as years past, managed to pull in more than $50,000 and a good stash of food donations.

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Sex assault plea

A man who tried to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl will spend the next 1.5 years in prison after pleading guilty.

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Pipe bomb feared

Access to Gisela was cut off Thursday evening after firefighters found what they thought was a pipe bomb.

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Lost hikers, off-roaders keep rescuers busy

Two teens were safely reunited with their worried families Monday after they got lost near Fossil Creek.

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THAT booming brewery begins bruising battle

Microbrewery in Pine faces possible restrictions by state

Since tapping their first beers four years ago, THAT Brewery in Pine has experienced rapid growth, distributing kegs everywhere from Tucson to Flagstaff and opening a second location in Cottonwood last year.

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Fraud arrest

Police seek possible victims

Police say they are still unraveling a major fraud scheme involving two Star Valley residents and are looking for anyone who may have been a victim.

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Car fire snuffed

A vehicle that caught fire outside Circle K south was put out in four minutes by firefighters Monday night.

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Neighbors rush to rescue woman

Owner, dogs escape fire

Thanks to neighbors, a disabled woman and her two dogs were pulled to safety Tuesday night after their house on North Easy Street went up in flames.

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House fire on Easy Street

A woman and her two dogs escaped injury Tuesday night when their home went up in flames on North Easy Street.

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Ever wonder #whatTheHeck’sAHashtag?

What is a hashtag? A woman asked last week in a packed room of small-business owners, glancing around the room nervously to see if it would be met with quizzical “how can you not know” looks.

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Father arrested for downloading child porn

A 31-year-old Payson father of two sits in a Globe jail cell on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, after the FBI reportedly tracked child pornography to his home computer.

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Police probe double deaths

Police are investigating the death of a mother and son Sunday night in Payson.

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Man pleads guilty to rape attempt

A homeless man who tried to rape a 90-year-old woman walking her dog last year pleaded guilty Friday.

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Chevron gets a facelift and beer growlers

New owners spent $600,000 to create a distinctive business

It is the only place in town you can pick up a beer growler and a tank of gas.

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A quick cleanup

Payson promptly cleans up trashed up town yard

The rolling green grass stopped at the fence line and what lay beyond was an unsightly junk lot.

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A close call

Sprinklers contain blaze

A sprinkler system saved a kitchen and likely an entire apartment complex from extensive damages Thursday night after a pot of oil boiled over, officials say.

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La Posada: Masterpiece saved from the wrecking ball

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.

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Club donates trees to Green Valley

Walk around the north end of Green Valley Park and you’ll notice three new additions. They aren’t more than bare, thin trunks right now, but give them a few years and they’ll be towering trees, some flush with red leaves in the fall.

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Wild chase prompts prison for man with long rap sheet

A man who led officers on a 100-mph chase through the woods north of Payson before throwing everything from a tire jack to trash at officers, will spend the next 10.5 years in prison — another lengthy sentence for a man who has already served several.

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Payson’s fire protection gains could cut insurance costs

Homeowners and business owners may see lower insurance premiums after the Payson Fire Department improved its fire risk rating.

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Payson faces civil suit from struggle during an arrest

A Payson man’s lawsuit against the town and several police officers for assaulting him during an arrest in 2011, claims the officers’ conduct was not only grossly negligent, but taken with an “evil mind.”

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Costly business mistakes

Chamber session to help block blunders

From opening without a business plan to posting boring posts on Facebook and failing to do basic marketing, several upcoming free seminars will address some of the most common mistakes small-business owners make in Rim Country.

Time Out Thrift Store moving

The Time Out Thrift Store is shaping up to relocate.

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Bridge rebounds

State park visits top 100,000

Tonto Natural Bridge has rebounded from near closure, drawing more than 100,000 visitor this year — a nearly 60 percent increase.

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Jailhouse brawl

Officer resigns after reprimand

A detention officer who let an inmate get under his skin resigned from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office following a brawl in the Globe Jail last year.

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Voden murder trial delayed

The trial for a man accused of murdering his neighbor over a barking, loose dog has been pushed back several months.

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Family struggles with fire impacts

After a fire in a condominium complex, a family is struggling to get back on their feet and asking the community for help.

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Excessive force

Disciplined officer quits

A Gila County detention officer that used excessive force on an inmate quit earlier this month before completing a suspension imposed for his actions.

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Daughter, dad brave Grand Canyon’s rapids

Birthday adventure includes lesson in facing your fears

Curled up on a surprisingly fluffy bed in El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with a dory and some of North America’s worst rapids awaiting in the canyon below, the anxiety overwhelmed me. So I walked into the black and white tiled bathroom and got into the empty bathtub, like I did when I was a kid.

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Payson fire department cleared to help motorists

The fire department can once again help stranded motorists locked out of their vehicles when a locksmith is unavailable, thanks to council approval.

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Food drive falters, need persists

The communitywide Payson Area Food Drive has not been as successful this year as in the past when of pounds of food poured in, but organizers are hoping one last push will help make up the difference.

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Fatal crash closes highway

A 39-year-old Payson man died Saturday afternoon after colliding with a vehicle on State Route 87 in front of True Value — a crash that briefly closed the highway for the landing of a MediVac helicopter.

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Deputy shoots neighborhood dog as children watch

Officer kills dog after finding dead chickens

It was a grisly death and one that 19 people witnessed, including several children in Young last year.

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Police chase down armed robbery suspect

Dog sniffs out suspect

After a 24-hour manhunt, police Tuesday arrested an armed robbery suspect just blocks from where it all started.

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Police nab robbery suspect

Update at 4 p.m.: Police arrested Daniel Righos, who they suspect robbed the One Stop, in a vacant building south of El Rancho around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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Judge affirms stolen ammo case plea

A Gila County Superior Court judge Thursday denied a Payson man’s request to take back a guilty plea for allegedly stealing discarded, scrap ammunition from a local manufacturer.

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Vandals shatter businesses’ windows

Several businesses were sporting boarded up windows Monday, including Chase Bank, Fletcher’s and Payson Packaging, after a busy weekend.

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Police searching for armed robbery suspect

What started as a slow day at the One Stop abruptly turned into a frightening ordeal Monday afternoon when a masked man robbed the convenience store at gunpoint.

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Several businesses slated to re-open

They are well-known businesses, but when they re-open, you might not recognize them.

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These rescuers left hanging

Deputies, volunteers gain vital certification

Hovering over Shoofly, Bill Pitterle willingly threw himself off a helicopter skid. Dangling by a rope over the rocky terrain and several low, ruin walls, the only thing remaining from its once Indian inhabitants, Pitterle unlocked his rappel device and slowly descended, careful not to spin his body below the whizzing rotor blades.