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Alexis Bechman

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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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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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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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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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Future small projects may bypass Payson Planning & Zoning

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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‘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 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.

Does Payson need a big hotel?

Does Payson need a hotel and conference center? Town officials hope to find out with a feasibility study for which the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) recently approved funding.

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Payson still seeks its economic ‘heart’

Oft-frustrated plans for Payson's Main Street still seen as vital to town’s future

To attract new businesses and workers, Payson needs to offer them something.

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Gelato! Taste as sweet summer delight in Swiss Village

Just in time for summer, there is something new and sweet in the Swiss Village Shops. Country Charm Fudge, 626 N. Beeline Highway, has added gelato to their lineup of decadent treats.

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Boys rescued from flooded creek at Water Wheel

Two boys were rescued from Water Wheel Sunday night after finding themselves trapped on the wrong side of the creek during a storm.

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Work continues to fix up Payson's American Gulch

Can Payson turn eyesore into a tourist attraction?

Work continues on the first phases of the American Gulch walking path project.

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Take a breath

Grant will replace Payson firefighters unreliable breathing systems

With firefighters breathing apparatuses failing at an “unacceptable” rate, the Payson Fire Department recently received a $334,000 grant to buy new units.

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Woman gets prison for high-speed chase

After nearly hitting an officer head-on and then leading officers on a drunken high-speed chase earlier this year, a Whiteriver woman was sentenced to prison recently.

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Five seek three town council seats

Voting ballots will hit Payson residents’ mailboxes next week. Voters have five candidates to choose among for three Payson Town Council seats and two candidates vying for mayor.

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Maybe Can’t Stop Smokin’ just can’t stop growin’

You may have smelled something tasty as you drove into Payson from Star Valley recently.

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Payson mayor candidates clash

He came to Payson 33 years ago and took a job as a laborer, learning the building trades as he went.

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Prosecutors say shooting was self-defense

A long affair and an angry father leads to tragedy – and long pondering by prosecutors

An angry father. An armed man. A deadly confrontation.

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Payson commission approves tire shop

The Planning and Zoning Commission gave the go ahead for a tire repair shop along the Beeline Highway.

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Drone foils firefighters

Crews were mopping up the nine-acre Webber Fire on the Rim above Pine Saturday after a storm dumped nearly an inch of rain.

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Deputies seize 52 pot plants in Gisela

A large marijuana grow operation was discovered in Gisela Saturday.

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Monsoon storms unleash fatal fury

Unsettled monsoon conditions have set in, mingling welcome moisture with deadly lightning strikes and a rash of new fires.

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Prison for nearly running over officer

A man who nearly ran into a Payson Police Department officer last year was sentenced Friday to three years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Drama in court

Relationship ends in an assault and a prison term

During an emotionally charged court session, a Payson man was sentenced to 2.25 years in prison for beating up his ex-girlfriend.

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Forest fire east of Pine on Milk Ranch Point

Earlier Wednesday, a forest fire started east of Pine on Milk Ranch Point.

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Payson police raise held up

The long-awaited raise for Payson police officers proved smaller than many had anticipated.

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Buyout still rocking the budget boat

Ex-manager’s severance pay exceeds cost of three more police officers

Payson’s still making payments on the expensive decision to buy out former town manager Debra Galbraith.

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Chicken & the Egg

Which comes first: good jobs or a highly skilled workforce?

With a large percentage of Payson’s workforce leaving the area every day to work, building a strong workforce in town is a key goal of the town’s five-year economic development plan.

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Rescues keep volunteers hopping

Rescuers responded to repeated calls last weekend, including operations at Salome Canyon and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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Helicopter crashes

When a helicopter went down Sunday, the only thing left standing was the pilot and the seat he was sitting in.

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Residents report rash of fake IRS scams

Several residents have reported receiving multiple Internal Revenue Service scam calls recently.