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.
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.
Homeowners and business owners may see lower insurance premiums after the Payson Fire Department improved its fire risk rating.
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.
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.”
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.
The Time Out Thrift Store is shaping up to relocate.
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.
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.
After a fire in a condominium complex, a family is struggling to get back on their feet and asking the community for help.
The trial for a man accused of murdering his neighbor over a barking, loose dog has been pushed back several months.
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.
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.
The fire department can once again help stranded motorists locked out of their vehicles when a locksmith is unavailable, thanks to council approval.
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.
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.
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.
Dog sniffs out suspect
After a 24-hour manhunt, police Tuesday arrested an armed robbery suspect just blocks from where it all started.
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.
Several businesses were sporting boarded up windows Monday, including Chase Bank, Fletcher’s and Payson Packaging, after a busy weekend.
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.
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.
They are well-known businesses, but when they re-open, you might not recognize them.
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.
Hellsgate distributes free ATV helmets
After their son died in an ATV accident last year just east of Payson, a Valley family found a way to both honor his memory and hopefully, prevent future tragedies.
An attorney with the Gila County Attorney’s Office has left the office.
Medical cases account for 70 percent – fires just 2 percent
With the fire department’s call volume rising steadily, Payson’s new fire chief is exploring creative ways to handle more calls without a budget boost.
A woman battling a lifelong drug addiction is going to prison after she continued to drive impaired despite repeated attempts at rehab.
Petra Luh was sleeping on a tiny couch in Granny’s Attic New Year’s Eve after a snowstorm blocked her from getting home. At 3 a.m., she awoke when the lights went out in the multi-room antique store off Highway 260. In the dark, she heard a metallic sound. She figured it was just the storm.
Child abuse nets 2.5-year prison term
A man that says he murdered his mother when he was a teen because she abused him, is heading back to prison after beating his own children.
Maker says selling unsafe ammunition endangered public
A Payson man who admitted taking scrap ammunition from his employer and selling it, asked a judge Monday to recant his guilty plea and set a trial date after the state reportedly didn’t give him the plea deal he expected.
With plenty of negative press about law enforcement nationally, our local police chief is asking residents to show support for officers Friday during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD).
The community has rallied behind a local family with a fundraiser planned this weekend in Pine after they unexpectedly lost their infant son.
A “crime of passion” landed a 33-year-old man in prison for 1.5 years.
Distraught masseuse pulled a gun, now she’s headed to prison
Despite a last-minute plea to stay with her baby a few more weeks, a former Payson massage therapist went to prison Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.
Change effective townwide, not just Heather Circle area
A construction code amendment that drew considerable public outcry at a recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting passed through the town council without so much as a peep.
Industrial park will still go through planning, zoning hearings
Town staff is in the midst of hammering out a pre-annexation development agreement with the future owner of the Rim Ranch (also known as Fox Farm) for the site of a reported ammunition manufacturing facility.
Pet Chihuahua perishes in blaze
A young couple is picking up the pieces after losing everything, including their dog, in a devastating fire early Monday morning.
Storm dumps a foot of snow, snarling traffic, delighting visitors
Just before noon Wednesday, the police scanner in Payson sprung to life with officers around Rim Country radioing in call after call of slide-offs and vehicles slip-sliding into each other.
Freezing conditions hinder firefighters
Battling below freezing temperatures and a raging hot fire, firefighters had their hands full with a blaze in the Forest Hills Condominiums early Monday morning.
One man claims police harassment
Three Payson men are facing charges after a drunken brawl ended with a snapped telephone pole and a crashed car.
Man convicted for beating wife, children
A man facing a prison sentence for abusing his wife and children asked a judge for more time Monday to present his case.
Hellsgate and Payson firefighters extinguished a small, but rather suspicious vehicle fire Tuesday afternoon in Star Valley.
After nearly four months of work, the Town of Payson will unveil its float at Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix.
Councilor, town attorney at one last meeting
The council said goodbye last week to two long-standing town figures as it welcomed a new town councilor and staff just in time for the New Year.
Two years after stealing a pickup for a joyride, a Payson man wound up on probation after his sentencing on Monday.
Calling him a “mean, violent drunk,” Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill on Monday sent Brian Apps to prison for 3.5 years for beating and torturing his wife.
If you are a business owner, you may have already met Jason Larson, the town’s new code compliance specialist tasked with enforcing everything from business signage to overgrown yards.
Technology blackout drives Rim Country residents nuts
All it took was one break and most of Rim Country was without phone, TV and Internet service for much of Tuesday, crippling businesses and leaving subscribers wondering how this could happen.
The search for a new town attorney has hit a roadblock once again.