Hiking group members 'wanna be like Ray'
With a spry skip in his step, a song in his heart and surrounded by 33 well-wishers, Ray Kinsman celebrated in his 90th birthday this week — where else but on the trail.
The Town of Payson has narrowed the search for a new attorney to two candidates.
A hair-pin curve with a long history of serious vehicle and motorcycle wrecks sent an elderly couple 150 feet down its slope Thursday afternoon.
Payson got an unwelcome dose of national publicity this week when a veteran Marine making his way cross-country on a charity ride had his saddle stolen in the middle of the night from the Payson Event Center.
Nearly a statistic – now he makes a difference
Every day, at least 22 veterans commit suicide.
A man’s plan to develop a small RV park in a Payson neighborhood is raising concerns among some residents.
The Town of Payson last week updated its public records policy, making it easier and cheaper for residents to get documents.
Payson Mayor Kenny Evans says it was all a mix up — lawyers making a muddled mess out of plans to rezone the Fox Farm/Rim Ranch.
The Department of Public Safety is investigating a vehicle rollover Friday that killed a teen.
The Payson Police say they arrested an extremely intoxicated Chandler man Saturday afternoon after he fired his gun.
They campaigned next to each other in the primary on the Voice of Rim Country ticket, but when they both ended up in a one-seat runoff, they both declared they’d be happy no matter which one wins a seat on the Payson Town Council.
In July, DJ Jacobs and Mackenzie Tyler came to Rim Country to hold a memorial for their son, Easton, who had died at just seven days old.
Police are warning residents about a new scam. Callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service have phoned several Rim Country homeowners this week saying they owe back taxes.
After eight days of searching more than 14 hours a day both from the sky and on foot through rocky, heavily wooded terrain, volunteers Wednesday morning found the body of a missing Valley man.
Speeder had cocaine smeared on face
A Payson man’s effort to destroy drug evidence is what gave him away.
A rapid-fire succession of major accidents closed both highways 87 and 260 on all sides of Payson at least four times in the last three days. Despite the carnage, none of the accidents proved fatal — although several involved medical helicopter evacuations.
Fox Farm industrial planners punt
An uncommonly large crowd turned out for Monday afternoon’s Payson Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
Payson waives fee for builder of low-income housing
After months of planning and negotiation, Habitat for Humanity ReStore thrift store officials could finally announce last week that the store is moving.
The chime on the front door of Paper and Metal Scrappers chirped repeatedly Wednesday as customers flooded the small store in the Sawmill Crossing just as the rain fell softly outside.
Event Saturday envisions FireSmart community
Repeatedly in recent years — massive fires have threatened whole communities. The 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire consumed 468,000 acres and the 2012 Wallow Fire devoured 538,000.
Local officials Monday mounted a search for a missing Valley man south of Payson in the Sierra Ancha Mountains.
Payson residents face a series of water rate increases over the next four years to help fund the C.C. Cragin pipeline, which officials are calling a “forever” water source.
Two Show Low women were rescued from Fossil Creek Saturday after they tried to bushwhack out of the canyon.
You likely notice it as you drive south through town past Walmart. The Arizona Department of Transportation recently constructed a large, virgin white barn south of the mega store.
A 9-year-old Valley boy drowned this weekend while swimming with family at Roosevelt Lake.
Local officials yesterday mounted a search for a missing Valley man south of Payson in the Sierra Ancha Mountains.
The latest financial report shows the Rim Country economy is picking up speed in some areas and sputtering out in others, according to the town’s monthly tracking report for August.
Firefighters put a fire out in a pickup truck early Wednesday morning. It is still unclear what sparked the blaze around 5:30 a.m. on West Evergreen Circle.
It’s been more than a year since Payson had a full-time animal control officer and while things haven’t gone to the dogs yet, everyone is relieved to see a replacement in place.
Payson collects M16s, armored trucks, bayonets worth $15 million
When a man shot two bullets out the side of his trailer on 703 E. Miller Road, the Payson Police Department responded with a military troop transport. The 15-ton vehicle had a wheel well you could stand in and steel walls thick enough to withstand a mine or a rocket-propelled grenade.
Water charges may jump by 50% to pay for pipeline
The Payson Town Council took the first step toward raising water rates Thursday night after a consultant said the town will need to increase rates by 50 percent to finish the C.C. Cragin pipeline.
A local insurance group recently beat out 200 other Arizona agencies, raising $3,500 for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund.
In the same location, but just hours apart, nearly identical wrecks occurred Sunday south of town on Highway 87.
Hydrant installed with road work big factor in saving structure
It is still unclear what caused a house fire in Pine early Friday morning with the investigation scheduled for later this week.
An intense monsoon storm that swept through Rim Country this weekend forced officials to close the swollen Tonto Creek, cancel several events and sent some motorists slipping and sliding off the roadways.
Chopper called, canceled, called again, as wounded suspect dies
A can of bear mace. A spray of bullets. A man dead.
When a house fire breaks out, especially in the middle of the night when no one is home, there is often little chance of saving the structure and crews do their best instead to stop the spread to other homes. In rural Rim Country, where fire hydrants are sparse, any chance of salvage is even less.
Police say they solved a series of graffiti and vehicle burglary cases last week after an armed homeowner caught a teenager in the act.
A 25-year-old Mesa man died Monday night after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail south of town, according to the Department of Public Safety.
The Payson Town Council last week moved forward with annexing the Fox Farms property in Granite Dells, this time to a sole protester.
Suspect dead, but details sketchy
A man was killed Friday afternoon in a shooting involving a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer south of Blue Ridge, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
A Payson man’s minivan went up in flames Saturday at a local brush pit, but crews kept the fire from spreading to the forest, according to Hellsgate Fire officials.
It is once again safe to draw up a game of hopscotch after the Payson Town Council last week backed off plans to ban chalk use in public parks.
Payson warmly welcomed home Bekah and Jen Sandoval last week during a near sold out concert for their band, Run Boy Run, at Expedition Church.
Combat veteran walks 2,241 miles & counting to help comrades
Day 96 and mile 2,241: That is how far veteran Marine sniper Justin Kuhel had come Friday when he walked through Payson on a cross-country journey to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.
‘We were looking for a jack-of-all-trades with skills in everything’
For just the third time in its history, the Hellsgate Fire Department swore in a new operational chief last week.
Bomb threat escape attempt?
A man who briefly escaped from a Maricopa County Jail two years ago now has made strange bomb threats directed at the Gila County courthouses, say authorities.
Payson has created a new class of criminals: 5-year-olds with sidewalk chalk.
The busiest intersection in Payson in the next month will get a much-needed, $205,000 facelift.
Rue21 plans for shop latest sign business is picking up
A new retailer is coming to Payson this winter, but don’t expect their stylish clothes to keep you warm.