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Alexis Bechman

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Pandora’s Box persists through welter of changes

She collaborated with a florist, an artist and a gallery owner and now Quita Hartfiel is going it alone.

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On the trail with the Hashknife Pony Express

Film students document 58th annual ride

It wasn’t just cowboys riding on this year’s 58th Hashknife Pony Express mail ride.

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Task force makes six Payson drug busts

After a lengthy drug investigation, the Payson Police Department served a search warrant at a home Monday morning where they say significant drug activity was occurring.

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Five helicopters airlift multiple accident victims to hospitals

Five people were airlifted Tuesday night after two vehicles T-boned in the State Route 87 and 188 intersection south of Payson.

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New details on heroin overdose

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a 34-year-old man who overdosed last week in Tonto Basin.

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University by 2018

But unknowns still abound

Definitely. The fall of 2018. For sure.

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Man arrested for beating mother, stabbing her boyfriend

A 43-year-old man is facing first-degree attempted murder charges after police say he stabbed his mother’s boyfriend multiple times Thursday night, apparently upset at how the man was treating his mother.

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Dunkin’ Donuts coming to town

Spring opening planned

Crews were busy digging a massive hole on the corner of State Route 87 and East Bonita Street last week as work finally begins on the empty lot.

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Smoke alarm lack nearly proves fatal

Despite having a box of free smoke detectors available, the Payson Fire Department continues to respond to fires in homes with no working detectors.

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Father finds son dead of heroin overdose

The heroin epidemic in northern Gila County claimed a life for the second time in January.

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Up in smoke

Driver escapes injury after car catches fire on steep hill on the Beeline

Firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on State Route 87 Thursday afternoon.

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Pony Express rides again

Hashknife gang gallops through Payson

“Hashknife! Hashknife!”

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Two firefighters save house

Searing, 60-foot flames created an uphill battle for firefighters fighting a house fire in Christopher Creek Tuesday night, with just two firefighters holding the flames back for 30 minutes on their own.

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County still pondering court project

Current layout of complex poses risk to police, public

Plans to build a new courthouse in Payson in the old NAPA Auto Parts building have still not progressed to construction as many had hoped. Officials continue to hash out a layout and how best to meet a gaggle of staff needs.

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Payson strikes deal with Alliance

Payson town staff will review building plans and offer inspection services for development on the university site.

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Man found dead in spa, no signs of foul play

Police found a 67-year-old man dead in his hot tub Monday afternoon.

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Vehicle fire on the Beeline Highway

Firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on State Route 87 Thursday afternoon.

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Democrat challenging Rep. Gosar

Weisser also pushing initiative to legalize marijuana

The director of a group to reform marijuana laws announced last week that he is running again for Congress in the district that represents Rim Country and offered updates on the latest Arizona bills relating to the plant.

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Woman holds friend at knifepoint

A 19-year-old woman is in jail after reportedly holding a 17-year-old friend hostage last week.

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Dispatch merged

Call center cheaper, more efficient

Payson dispatchers will now handle calls for the Pine-Strawberry Fire District.

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Arrested for rape

She said no, but he kept going

Police arrested a 21-year-old Payson man last week after a teen came forward saying he had raped her in his bed.

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Classes help caregivers cope with overwhelming demands

Rim Country Health, The Center, others get training in hopes of passing it along

After more than 70 people attended an Alzheimer’s and dementia caretakers’ conference in July at Rim Country Health, officials knew there was a tremendous need for additional classes.

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State/federal program covers nursing home bills

About half of Rim Country Health residents fully covered

Your parent needs long-term care, but you don’t know if they qualify for assistance. If they do, will it mean losing their home? Where will Mom go?

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Hiker hurt after Water Wheel tumble

A Tempe man is recovering after falling above Water Wheel Wednesday afternoon and hitting his head.

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Payson, county will merge dispatchers

The Payson Town Council Thursday night gave the go-ahead for the Payson Police Department to absorb the Gila County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center.

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Backup plan

Payson seeks safeguard for phone, Internet service

Three Internet outages in the Rim Country within a year have revealed the vulnerability of the network, which relies on a single fiber optic cable from the Valley for service.

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Posse looking for volunteers

After five years at the helm of the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse, Rick DePhilippis stepped down last week and handed the reins over to Jerry Bryant.

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‘Good kid’ gets probation for drugs, gun theft

A 20-year-old man his grandparents said got mixed up with drug users and stole their handgun, was sentenced Friday to probation and prison.

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Emergency dispatchers may merge

Both have struggled to attract and keep dispatchers, so on Thursday, the Payson Town Council will consider merging the Payson Police Department dispatch center with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

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Terrible abuse leads to terrible choices

A woman will spend nine months in jail and then four years on probation after stealing money and jewelry during an 11-month period. She said she resorted to theft after her daughter was raped in order to bring the girl home.

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Rescuers extract seriously injured driver

Firefighters had to cut a man out of a vehicle Saturday after he went off the roadway south of Pine.

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Celebrating a special birth that BPMC kept ‘at home’

As Banner continues to improve services at the local hospital since taking over ownership last year, staff recently celebrated the birth of a healthy child.

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Donations to food drive surge

With less than a month left in the Payson Area Food Drive’s seventh annual holiday collection, it looks like organizers might just hit their goals.

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Police arrest man for breaking into vehicles at Habitat complex

A Payson man was arrested Sunday hours after reportedly breaking into several vehicles off Longhorn Road.

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Pine, Payson firefighters contain blaze

One person was arrested Satur­day on drug charges after a Strawberry house fire.

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Same great taste, twice the space

Pine Creek Fudge: Still going strong after 23 years

From a tiny fudge shop open only in the summer, Pine Creek Fudge has expanded under new owners, both in hours and size.

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All Bikes gets the boot

County forces owner to scrap thousands of bikes

After 28 years, the owner of Rye’s All Bikes was locked out of the property Wednesday, where he had amassed a breathtaking collection of bikes and motorcycles before a massive fire consumed his business.

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Trees topple; power dies

A family’s vehicle was destroyed last week when a tree limb snapped during a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on Payson.

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Dog’s barking saves family

Flames consume home in Pine

A family lost their Pine home early Saturday morning, but escaped uninjured likely thanks to their dog.

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Payson pinpoints fire-threatened homes

Payson firefighters assessing homes and yards for survivability in a wildfire just might leave a red tag on your front door.

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Roosevelt a peaceful refuge in winter

Winter camping brings inner peace

I once touted how great camping in the winter can be. How wonderful it is to wake up to the silence of the snow, no one around, just you and the chill. I based this on the stories my boyfriend told me of his camping trips around the country in the winter.

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APS, Payson create economic development plan

Lacking a clear economic direction, the Town of Payson is trying to find its way.

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Chaparral Pines gets P&Z nod for fence

After giving it a second look, the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday recommended the town council grant Chaparral Pines an easement to build a fence along the golf course to keep wildlife out.

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Roundup will stock newspaper racks, but not deliver paper Friday

Due to the winter weather conditions, the Payson Roundup will not be delivered to homes in the Rim Country Friday, Jan. 8.

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Payson grant could pay for thinning

The Payson Town Council will meet Thursday to discuss several issues, including construction of a water treatment facility near Mesa del Caballo, improvements at a Green Valley Park lake and a fire grant.

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On probation ... again

A Payson teen with a history of drug abuse and failing probation was sentenced Monday to more probation and treatment in the hope he can turn his life around.

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Fire kills Payson resident

Just hours into the new year on Saturday, a Payson man died when a fire broke out in his bedroom.

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Prosecutors ponder charges in death

It’s been more than two months since a Payson man fatally shot another man in the Home Depot parking lot and police say they are still investigating and will not release any records or additional information.

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Couple awaits child abuse trial

A Payson man and his girlfriend, who reportedly abused a friend’s infant they were watching and then tried to cover it up with makeup, have pleaded not guilty.

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Climbing Mt. Humphreys, Arizona's tallest peak, a test of willpower

I tossed my water bottle behind the twisted low branches of a bristlecone pine, the only thing hardy enough to live in such an inhospitable environment. I could not bear the weight of the 25-ounce bottle anymore. It had come to that.

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