If you have not been in Payson’s RadioShack recently you are in for a few surprises.
After 22 years with the Payson Police Department — the only law enforcement agency he worked for — Patrol Sgt. Less Barr is retiring.
Payson has a new fitness choice and it’s taking a page from old-school gyms.
Several local roadway projects have made their way onto the Arizona Department of Transportation’s five-year plan.
Beating out thousands of other singers, a local hairdresser made it through the first rounds of auditions for The Voice.
“It is often the worse call they’ll make on the worst day of their life,” said Alison Murphy, Payson Police Department dispatch supervisor.
Fire district needs $400,000 more
It was dubbed a simple project that would cost $375,000 and take a year to build. After burning through much of that money, the Hellsgate Fire District is the proud owner of a concrete slab.
This year’s bountiful harvest at the Payson’s Community Garden will yield fresh produce not only for gardeners, but some of the community’s needy.
Town hails new firms, rising sales
Payson’s economic director Bobby Davis was buzzing with excitement last week as he delivered an update to the council on the area’s growth.
Tucked in under a granite monolith on a ridge overlooking the Granite Dells, a team of archaeologists from the Valley last week removed buckets of dirt and screened the rubble for clues to a vanished past — in the process clearing away a key roadblock to Payson’s future.
An annual brain/mind check should become as routine as any other aspect of a yearly physical.
Backyard hens around Payson did the chicken dance last week with news the town council may consider lessening restrictions.
Sheriff deputies arrested a Pine man Sunday after he reportedly fled on a stolen off-road vehicle.
There are mud runs, turkey trots, triathlons and now something a little more colorful.
From hygienist to dental practice owner, Kristin Wade has made some huge career leaps in the past decade.
The Town of Payson is the owner of the final sliver of the intersection of Granite Dells and Mud Springs roads.
Plans to build an industrial park at the end of the scenic Granite Dells Road, including an ammunition production facility, have been shot down.
High-tech devices used to eavesdrop, monitor ex’s location
A man hung up on love could not hang up the listening or tracking devices on his ex-girlfriend despite her pleas to stay away, police say.
Arizona Game and Fish Department officers are on the lookout for a curious bear in Pine they worry may have decided to call the community home.
After its fire chief left to become a sheriff’s deputy, the Houston Mesa Fire District looked to Payson for help.
Woman looks over forest from fire tower
As a Hotshot crew cuts a line around a lightning-caused fire on the Tonto National Forest near Lost Spring, storm clouds brew on the horizon.
A Tucson man with a passion for rock climbing and the outdoors died Thursday when he fell off a cliff in Chevelon Canyon along with his blind dog.
Officials are giving out few details on the Hummer that wrecked in Strawberry July 11 with a homemade bomb strapped to the gas tank.
Town gets more than an inch of rain over weekend
Several streets throughout Payson, including portions of the Beeline Highway, were briefly flooded Friday when a storm dumped nearly an inch of rain. From Thursday through Saturday, the Payson area received 1.34 inches.
After 23 years with the Gila County Attorney’s Office, Bryan Chambers will no longer sit before the bench, but on it after Governor Doug Ducey Tuesday appointed him Division I judge with the Gila County Superior Court.
Better care, a whole slew of changes including new laboratory and air medical transport services, and possibly lower prices.
At its last meeting, the Payson Town Council approved placing a new FM antenna on the Hillcrest water tank, boosting KMOG’s service throughout town.
A place with a little bit of everything in Strawberry
A tiny corner store in Strawberry might be the last place you would think to find a designer purse, rhinestone jeans and boots, a healthy selection of emergency survival food, educational toys and a saddle. But that is just how owners Casey and Debbie Faunce designed the DC Cross Mercantile, better known as the Strawberry Market.
Stunned paramedics find fuse, explosives on the underside
Several Strawberry businesses and homes were evacuated Saturday morning and traffic re-routed around town after a vehicle with a bomb strapped to it rolled into a wash at the entrance to town.
When neighbors report neighbors violating town code, town officials must often intervene and clean things up.
When water from the C.C. Cragin pipeline starts to flow, Payson will have more water than it can immediately use.
Star Valley officials are miffed.
Investigators are still trying to piece together the details of a bizarre vehicle fire in Star Valley Saturday night.
Layoffs averted by $1.6 million grant
Big news for the struggling Hellsgate Fire Department came at the perfect moment.
A 20-month-old baby is recovering in a Valley hospital after being severely beaten, according to police.
The Payson Town Council last week gave the go-ahead for Payson’s fire chief to negotiate a management agreement with the Houston Mesa Fire District.
A new pop-up gallery has opened in the Swiss Village Shops in the former location of The Art Nook.
A 57-year-old Prescott woman was airlifted out of a canyon Thursday morning after she fell and injured her knee.
But wildfires statewide mostly prove beneficial
An out-of-control campfire at the Windy Hill Campground on the shores of Roosevelt Lake that started on Wednesday night spread to 46 acres.
117th Fossil Creek rescue since May
A Valley woman remarkably walked away unscathed Monday after she found herself trapped in a Fossil Creek whirlpool for hours.
A tragic event has spawned a small, happy footnote.
The Hellsgate Fire Department faces another precarious budget year.
Small town, big crowd
It was everything a cozy hometown celebration of the nation’s independence should be, but with 16,000 of your closest friends.
Paddleboarding offers soothing way to get out on the water
I have tried calming my chi with yogis. I carry a yoga mat in my car. I have learned how to sit motionless for hours, and I even have an app on my Kindle that guides me through calming meditational scenes.
Payson Fire will identify dangers
Starting later this month, the Payson Fire Department will begin a large property assessment, analyzing which yards could withstand the threat of a wildfire and which need some cleaning up.
He has been putting fires out for years, so it’s no stretch diffusing hostile and sometimes dangerous situations for Mark Essary. This time, however, Essary will be corralling criminals instead of flames.
A dog that ran off from a hiking group before a lethal lightning strike killed one woman and injured several others on the Mogollon Rim last weekend is still missing.
After weather significantly delayed the fireworks show last year in Green Valley Park, town officials are hoping for clear skies for this year’s Fourth of July show and have taken a few precautions in case things don’t go as planned.
Gila County officials say more than 30 people were without enough water on Fossil Creek Trail this weekend and one deputy handed out four cases of water to hikers.
TRSAR spends 7 hours pulling injured man from Box Canyon
It took rescuers more than seven hours to pull a man out of Box Canyon Saturday, after he fell and injured his ankles some 400 feet below the canyon lip.