The proud owners of former Frontier Elementary School, the Payson Community Christian School, are in talks to sell land north of the school it no longer needs.
If you call Domino’s this week, you might get an unexpected delivery at your door.
Jack Gauman is the latest artist to display his custom creations at Crafters Cubbies in the Swiss Village Shops, 626 N. Beeline Highway.
Tom Plets could never have imagined how much one semester in Europe would affect his whole life.
Tourist economy caught in political crossfire as recreation sites close
If you were hoping to visit the Grand Canyon this week you had better make other plans. The standoff in Washington, D.C. has spilled over into recreational sites across the country, most of which closed Tuesday amidst the shutdown.
The most visible blighted corner in all of Payson has finally found a buyer. Crews earlier this week started tearing down the old restaurant at the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 to make way for a Carl’s Jr. restaurant.
Crucial questions remain despite report
Pages into the report released Saturday on the death of 19 wildland firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire in late June, investigators discuss “fog and friction,” a military term that describes the challenges soldiers face trying to communicate, understand and respond in the heat of combat. “Fog” refers to the chaos of battle and “friction” to ambiguous information, fatigue and unexpected events.
Help the local Soroptimist club do what they do best, raise money and give it away, Oct. 3 during their 10th annual Radiothon.
Superior court conflicts arise from plea bargains, insanity experts
A heated exchange in court, a contempt citation issued and then rescinded and disputes about plea bargain deals rejected by judges have spawned conflict in Gila County Superior Court.
Time Out, Inc. Executive Director Camille Levee is taking a time out.
‘General Excellence’ award from Arizona Newspapers Association
The Payson Roundup picked up more than a dozen awards Saturday night at the annual Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest, including the top, statewide award for general excellence among non-daily newspapers between 3,500 and 10,000 circulation.
‘Brutal’ course draws 200 mountain bikers and raises money for Pine fire protection
This weekend’s Fire on the Rim mountain bike race in Pine attracted more than 220 riders, some 20 percent more than last year, as the tough single track continued to gain a following in its third year.
Aggressive campaign finally fills vacancies – and boosts staffing by almost 20 percent
After years of trying to fill vacancies, the Payson Police Department’s aggressive ad campaign last year brought in dozens of applicants, resulting in six new officers.
The Arizona Court of Appeals has decided not to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict against a Payson woman who burned her children with cigarettes.
Waves of mountain bike riders rode off from the Mary Ellen Randall Arena in Pine Saturday morning to tackle one of the toughest trails in Rim Country.
Wife of police chief reflects on fears, joys and weird moments living with a cop in new book
Excerpt from the book, “Living With Leo” by Sherry Engler: Click, click, click. Click, click, click. It is 3 o’clock in the morning, so you sleepily drag your body out of bed to see what the clicking is all about.
After several failed attempts by previous owners, the 260 Café is finally serving up success thanks to a few local misfits.
The Payson Town Council hasn’t had much on the docket recently with most meetings lasting less than an hour. Even at that, staff reports and proclamations taking up most of that time.
You may have seen Native Americans sitting out under oak trees recently collecting fallen acorns around town. At a recent celebratory event, the Mazatzal Casino chef put those acorns to good use.
Gnawing challenge affects 1,900 Rim Country residents weekly
As I sit writing, my stomach growls noisily. The handful of peanut butter crackers from breakfast cannot assuage the hunger pangs.
A pickup driver hit a child on a bicycle Monday morning, sending the child to the local hospital.
A 21-year-old Payson man died Sunday night after crashing his vehicle into a tree. Police said Matthew Simper had reportedly been drinking at a lake earlier Sunday when he returned to Payson.
A handful of apartments flooded Monday during a monsoon storm that dumped nearly a 1.5 inches of rain on Payson, turning side streets into Slip ’n Slides and Star Valley and Round Valley washes into rivers.
Higginbothams of Payson Jewelers don’t step on each others’ toes
There is a wall dividing the back room of Payson Jewelers. Owners Robert and Melissa Higginbotham had it installed many years ago in the 1,100-square-foot shop. On one side, a place for all his jewelry tools, tables covered with clamps, grinders, soldering guns, pliers, loupes and hammers. And on the other side of the wall, a typical office space — her place.
San Carlos death involves Tonto judge
A lawsuit involving the death of a young man is raising complex issues about the liability of Native American casinos, tribal governments and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council, who is also a Tonto Apache Tribal court judge.
Lightning sparks fire, but storms don’t dampen near-record heat
Near record highs and dry conditions didn’t help firefighters this week as they battled a forest fire south of Roosevelt Lake.
Anyone who has tried to grow non-native plants in Rim Country has struggled to cope with the unforgiving the alkaline soil.
Local casino grew from a one-room modular unit to region’s biggest employer
Twenty years ago, the Tonto Apache Tribe’s Mazatzal Casino started out in a one-room modular unit. Today, it includes a 53,000-square-foot casino and hotel and helps drive the local economy.
A bear hunt turned disastrous for several Valley hunters Saturday after one member of the group tumbled into a canyon, badly mangling his leg.
One of two men arrested earlier this year for tagging 14 businesses during a weekend graffiti spree will spend three months in jail.
A Gila County judge will decide the fate of a Star Valley man accused of trying to kill two people with an ax and setting fire to a home in late 2011.
Hellsgate plagued by recent turnovers, declining revenues and rising demand
The Hellsgate Fire Board needs a new board member after an unexpected vacancy — the third such opening in three months. In June, 15-year board veteran Richard Pinkerton died from cancer.
The Payson Fire Department dusted off its swift-water rescue gear Thursday night after a man found himself on the wrong side of the creek.
Man faces unrelated trials for death of daughter, assault on former girlfriend
The trial for a man accused of killing his daughter in a rollover accident south of town last year has been pushed back again.
Authorities say it is lucky everyone walked away Wednesday after a helicopter pilot made an emergency landing west of Payson. This is the fifth aircraft crash in Rim Country in the past year, the most seen in more than 30 years, said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
A judge is likely to send a Payson woman to prison after she pleaded guilty to three felony strikes.
When the Senior Center expanded the Meals on Wheels program to Star Valley in 2010, director Joanne Conlin estimated they could easily serve two-dozen residents. Last year, the center delivered a daily meal to 25 Star Valley residents who are either homebound or otherwise unable to cook.
Expect the monsoons to keep up their typically unpredictable pattern this week with a chance of storms each evening.
Rim Country campers sleep easy: The bears have vanished back into the deep woods, says the local Arizona Game and Fish office.
Police cited and released a Pine man Friday after he threatened to pull a non-existent gun at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
Star Valley resident charged with sexual exploitation of a minor
A grand jury has indicted a Star Valley man on 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after he reportedly spent months sending explicit photos and messages to what he thought was a teenager.
Years of domestic violence harassment
A jury convicted a Payson man last week of harassing a woman for years despite her numerous pleas and court orders to stay away.
House not worth the scrap, but prime parcel has potential
Do you live in Star Valley? Want to help decide what happens to a prime piece of real estate?
A Payson man has avoided several trials by pleading guilty this week in three separate cases, including setting fire to a Little League concession stand earlier this year.
A two-week joyride in a stolen vehicle has cost a Payson woman $21,000, nine months in jail and three years supervised probation.
Forest Service crews handled nearly a dozen wildfires spread across the Tonto National Forest this weekend after monsoonal storms blew in, striking up fires like matches.
Valley camper slips on rain-slick cliff edge
Thirty six year old Casey Frazier of Mesa, Arizona was with his girlfriend and several children off Forest Road 9350, a picturesque spot with 180-degree views of the Tonto National Forest, two miles west of the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff.
Boating accident claims life of longtime rodeo standout
A boating accident that killed a beloved cowboy on Roosevelt Lake this weekend has shocked the rodeo community.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has nearly completed the fifth of six widening projects on Highway 260 east of Payson.
Authorities are investigating two deaths this weekend, one up on the Mogollon Rim when a man fell several hundred feet and another at Roosevelt Lake when a man reportedly fell off a boat.