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Alexis Bechman

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College progresses, but still no partner

Architects and planners for a proposed four-year college campus in Payson met with town officials Wednesday to go over preliminary phase I plans.

Fire disaster averted in family home

A family is out of their home after a grease fire Monday night. The fire started around 8 p.m. after a teen living in the home put oil in a pan to fry pinwheels and then walked away.

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Payson depends on fire, police grants

Payson has secured $385,000 in funding recently to outfit police with new radios, firefighters with breathing masks, improve a section of the American Gulch and to help crime victims.

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Payson ammo maker poised to reopen

Owners say they'll resume next week

A month after an abrupt shutdown, Payson’s sole ammunition manufacturing facility re-opened its doors Monday, with plans to begin manufacturing next week.

Pride in Payson day October 28th

Do you have 15 minutes to invest in Payson? On Friday, Oct. 28, town officials want residents to go outside at 10:28 a.m. for 15 minutes to help pick up trash, pick weeds and spruce up the town.

Chamber hopes to boost local shopping with prizes

Hurry, get shopping. This $6,000 giveaway could not be any simpler. Gather all of your receipts from local purchases, including utility bills, and bring them down to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

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Payson crime hotspots

Payson thieves key on unlocked cars & homes

Although Payson Police have arrested five people suspected in a rash of vehicle break-ins, officers still are urging people to lock up their vehicles.

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Fire at Payson High School

Students were evacuated from Payson High School and Payson Center for Success Thursday afternoon after a brush fire started between the two schools. The report of a tree on fire came in just before lunch.

Man's body found in Payson woods

A man’s body was found in the forest Wednesday afternoon, but police are releasing few details as they continue to investigate.

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Bipartisan agreement: Signs of troubled times

As the contentious presidential election continues, both parties report widespread thefts of signs.

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Pine Fire faces crisis if voters reject property tax hike

The Pine Fire District will probably have to close a station if voters reject a tax levy increase this general election.

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Drugs cost him everything

A 20-year-old will spend the next 1.5 years in prison for multiple drug infractions, including possession of methamphetamine and heroin, which he sold to feed his own drug habit.

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Judge balks at jail time demand

Judge Gary Scales overruled the prosecutor’s request for jail time and placed on probation a man who stole jewelry from his roommate to feed a gambling habit.

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Hellsgate Fire Department honored firefighter William "Bill" Warren Dupke

On Friday, the Hellsgate Fire Department honored one its own, firefighter William “Bill” Warren Dupke, who lost his nine-year battle with brain cancer in September.

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Domestic violence survivors tell their stories

Shot in the face and left to die on the side of the road. A loveless marriage filled with years of emotional and verbal abuse and threats to take away the children.

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Two men drown at Fossil Creek

One man tries to rescue other, both pulled under falls

Two men from California drowned at the popular Fossil Creek waterfall Saturday after one man went in to save the other from drowning and the current pulled both under.

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Veteran lawmen in a rematch for Gila County Sheriff

Incumbent sheriff faces off against longtime deputy

Challenger Darrell Stubbs has renewed his election challenge of Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd, with a charge of spending too much money on administration and not enough on deputies on patrol.

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Six candidates vie for three seats on Tonto Basin Fire Board

One of the few contested local elections in the general election is the Tonto Basin Fire District governing board. One incumbent seeks re-election and two seats are up for grabs. Six candidates contend for the three seats.

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Paramedics use new Cragin pipeline helipad to save a life

It’s only a concrete pad, but a newly installed helicopter landing pad may have helped save a man’s life Monday.

Neighbors evacuated after truck catches fire, man flees scene

Several residents west of Rumsey Park were evacuated from their homes early Saturday morning after a man fled a truck that had caught fire carrying propane tanks.

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Help for laid off ATAC-HPR workers

Payson’s ammunition manufacturing plant might still reopen. But in the meantime, the town wants to help the abruptly laid off employees find work.

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Payson vehicle crashes rise by one-third, stores are hot spots

Watch out if you are driving near Walmart or Safeway! These remain among the top places for accidents, according to data the Roundup recently received. If you’ve driven around Payson you are probably aware of a few other hot spots when it comes to accidents and near mishaps.

Oven fire causes smoke, but no flames

Three fire engines responded to an oven fire Tuesday afternoon in north Payson, but not a drop of water ended up being needed.

Probation for Roosevelt assault

A man that got into a fight on the docks of Roosevelt Lake was sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to attend anger management.

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More fast food: Culver’s opens in Payson

After months of waiting, owners this week opened the 133-seat Culver’s restaurant, which boasts 30 mix-ins and toppings for its creamy vanilla and chocolate custard made fresh every two hours.

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Fatal crash on Highway 87 south of Pine on Wednesday

A Pine man was killed Wednesday afternoon after his vehicle collided head-on with a van north of Payson.

Voter turnout 2nd highest in state

Gila County had the second highest voter turnout in the state in the primary election.

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REI sponsors Pine Loop Dash 5K

It was a picturesque day in Pine for a trail race Saturday. While mountain bike riders pre-rode the Fire on the Rim mountain bike race course on the west side of Highway 87, at the Pine Trailhead, runners laced up their sneakers for a 5K run.

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Payson finally resumes normal street maintenance

Payson is paying for another round of roadwork this year, slurry sealing about a seventh of all streets in town.

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Gila County helps Payson with American Gulch

Gila County has pledged money to help the Town of Payson improve the American Gulch. The Gila County Board of Supervisors last week pledged $8,500 to begin Phase I of grading and landscaping the project off Main Street.

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Five Guys - Better than your average burger

Five Guys offers fast food option in Payson

After months of hungry anticipation, Five Guys opened Thursday afternoon and immediately had a line for its burgers and fries.

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Conway sentenced to three years in prison

The family has already lost one son after a lengthy drug battle and this week, watched as their daughter was sent to prison for a bizarre drug-fueled assault.

Police investigate stabbing; drug house

A man that allegedly stabbed his mother and another woman early Friday has been arrested on attempted murder charges.

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Voden conviction appeal denied

It was one of the most high-profile murder cases in recent Payson history. On Tuesday, the Arizona Court of Appeals Division Two denied Michael Voden’s request to overturn his conviction.

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Fuller resigns as chief deputy attorney

The Gila County Attorney’s Office chief deputy attorney has resigned. Shawn Fuller resigned from the GCAO on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Swartwood proposes early resignations for mayor, councilors

Eager to get started, newly elected Payson Mayor Craig Swartwood called on current Mayor Kenny Evans to resign immediately.

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Rim Country public safety personnel labor over weekend

Bottleneck blues

It was a busy Labor Day weekend in Rim Country and elsewhere around northern Arizona as Valley visitors flocked to the higher elevations and cooler temperatures to celebrate the day off.

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Monster Award for Payson's Mogollon Monster Mudder

It’s messy. It’s muddy. And most participants ask themselves if they’re crazy for even signing up.

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C. C. Cragin Pipeline reaches Payson’s doorstep

Crews have brought the C.C. Cragin pipeline to the doorstep of Payson and Mesa del Caballo, which will rely on the pipeline for its water supply.

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Sgt. Rodney Cronk - the Angel of Fossil Creek - has retired

In the sinister dark. In the pouring rain. In the blazing sun. Sgt. Rodney Cronk always showed up in an emergency.

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Final Payson Town Council vote

Sterner, Croy & Underwood win council slots, Swartwood mayor

The final vote tally produced a final shakeup in the Payson Town Council election, with Janell Sterner rising from fifth place to second place in the bid for three council seats.

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Rim Country real estate market finally heating up

It's yours . . . for a mere $5.5 million (yikes)

Things are on the upswing in the Rim Country real estate market with more home sales and buyers paying more for them, continuing a three-year trend.

ADOT relents on memorials

Recognizing the need of families to grieve for those killed in crashes, the Arizona Department of Transportation will now allow memorial markers that abide by certain rules along state-maintained highways.

DUI penalties harsh

A drunken night three years ago has landed a Window Rock man with a one year probation sentence.

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Election shakes up power structure

Swartwood takes big lead, but Payson council too close to call

It is coming down to the wire, at least for who will secure a seat on the Payson Town Council.

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Payson Police Dept. called, Steve DeHaan came

When the Payson Police Department’s dispatch system went down recently, officials knew they could count on one man to help get it back up and running.

County moving slowly on courthouse improvements

With limited space, the county is doing what it can to improve the offices at the Gila County Courthouse in Payson.

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Early election results are in

Early primary election results Tuesday night showed some candidates with a commanding lead, including District 2 County Supervisor Mike Pastor, while others, like the candidates for Payson council, are too close to call.

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Officers seize 2,400 marijuana plants

With the help of local officers, a large outdoor marijuana grow site was busted in Cibecue recently. The identity of the growers remains unknown.

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Payson council spending surges in final days

With the primary election upon us, the latest round of campaign spending numbers have been released.