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Alexis Bechman

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No more room at the inn?

Money running out for displaced Canal residents

Efforts to get the Canal Senior Apartments habitable again after massive water damage earlier this month is going well, but organizers aren’t sure how they will keep tenants in hotel rooms until workers finish repairs.

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Quick action saves mother of five

Thanks to a few quick-thinking Safeway employees, a mother of five survived a massive cardiac arrest.

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On top of the world

Fitness model finds footing in tribe’s diabetes wellness program

There are no street signs here, but down a long dirt road in northern Arizona, past mountains, canyons and springs, a ranch sits on a mesa with a view that stretches for miles. They call it Top of the World.

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Local sales vital

Businesses rely on sales, town relies on sales tax

With the holiday shopping season ramping up, local business owners are holding their breath. With fewer Valley visitors in the winter, business owners rely heavily on local shoppers this time of year to make it through another year. But with more people shopping online and at big box stores, some worry how they can compete.

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Elderly woman fights off rapist, say police

A homeless man who reportedly tried to rape a woman in the woods near the Payson First Church of the Nazarene last month will appear in court next week.

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Pot case plea

Nature’s Harvest admits guilt

Nature’s Harvest, which ran medical marijuana patient assistance programs in Payson and the White Mountains, has pleaded guilty to illegally facilitating the sale of marijuana.

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Lack of smoke alarm could have proved fatal

Firefighters say two people are lucky to be alive after a fire started in their kitchen while they were sleeping Wednesday.

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Tonto Bridge proves too high for L.A. woman

A woman complaining of altitude sickness was rescued from Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Wednesday afternoon after she fell and couldn’t get up.

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Sidewalk chalk prohibition lifted by council

Payson children can once again bust out the sidewalk chalk, without fear of the police.

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4-way stop at Forest and Sherwood denied

The Payson Town Council recently denied a man’s request to place a four-way stop at West Sherwood Drive and West Forest Drive after town staff found it wasn’t warranted.

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Rim Country fire crews all tapped out

Fire taxes region’s resources

Who you going to call to a burning house when everyone — absolutely everyone — is off or on other calls? If you’re the Payson Fire Department, you call everyone — and hope someone shows up.

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Two council meetings this week

The Payson Town Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m., today, Nov. 18, in council chambers to adopt the general election results and discuss the replacement of the town attorney.

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Payson council chooses new town attorney

The Payson Town Council has selected a new attorney and he comes by way of the Town of Florence.

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Industrial park annexation process gets another kink

Agreement gives owner an out if Payson nixes zoning

A potential landowner proposing a controversial industrial park in Granite Dells wants Payson to negotiate a pre-development agreement so that he can back out of annexation if the town ultimately denies him the zoning change he seeks.

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SV man crushed by tractor dies

A Star Valley man who was run over by a tractor last week has died.

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Displaced residents face disaster deadline

Apartment repairs may take months

With debris under foot, electrical cords strung up along long hallways, large ventilation fans pumping in warm air, an eerie orange glow cast throughout plastic sheeting and warning signs posted at every entrance, the Canal Senior Apartments this week felt like an underground mine.

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Deluge of donations for homeless renters

Since water damage from a small candle fire displaced dozens of low-income residents, a deluge of donations has kept everyone afloat. But the money to put residents up in hotels will run out soon, leaving many residents facing a bleak Christmas.

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Business collects kits for homeless veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Kevin Dick Investment Management Group is assembling hygiene kits for homeless veterans today with the help of staff and customers.

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‘Worst case’ plan

Payson water rate hike OK’d to fund C.C. Cragin pipeline

With only one resident speaking out against the increase, the Payson Town Council Thursday unanimously approved water rate increases for the next four years to pay for the C.C. Cragin pipeline project.

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Starbucks opens in Bashas’

It’s been a decade in the making, but the Payson Bashas’ finally has a Starbucks.

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Higgins wins Payson council seat

It came down to the ice cream shop owner vs. the former fire marshal. In the end, ice cream won out.

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Man ran over by tractor

Firefighters brought a man back to life Thursday afternoon after he accidentally ran himself over with a tractor he was trying to fix.

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Community rallies around frail, now homeless seniors

Candle fire trips sprinkler, floods apartments, knocks out power

The tone out for a fire in the three-story Canal Senior Apart­ments off Main Street Wednesday morning rang like a nightmare for Rim Country firefighters. But even though sprinklers put the small fire out before crews arrived, the nightmare for residents will continue for perhaps a month, as residents seek a home for themselves and their pets.

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Deadly curve

Tragic rash of accidents prompts safety changes

It was an unusual season of wrecks north of Strawberry this summer, but something officials hope they don’t see again.

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Small fire at Canal Apartments puts senior residents out for hours

Candle likely to blame, officials say

Crews are mopping up after a small fire Wednesday morning at the Canal Senior Apartments that set the sprinklers off and flooded at least two apartments.

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School override, gas tax pass; click for local election results

The results from Tuesdays's election are in for Gila County and unofficial results show success for a number of key ballot measures.

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Raped 100 times

Man gets 17 years in prison for abusing 13-year-old girl

A Tonto Basin man will spend the next 17 years in prison for molesting a girlfriend’s teenage daughter more than 100 times in a year.

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Short drug toss, long prison sentence

A Payson man will spend 9.25 years in prison for selling drugs after a judge sentenced him Oct. 27.

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Food drive falters

With its cupboard bare, the Payson Area Food Drive is limping along.

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Payson gets a cut

Voter approval of excise tax would provide $800,000 annually for roads

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Town of Payson may receive a chunk of the half-cent transportation excise tax if voters agree to extend it.

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Hail to the chief

Pine-Strawberry’s chief has dodged death, saved lives

He has climbed the highest peak on four continents, survived two near-death experiences, put out aircraft fires, headed up two large fire departments and even knows how to lay cement.

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Still going strong at 90

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.

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New attorney eyed for Payson

The Town of Payson has narrowed the search for a new attorney to two candidates.

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Two wrecks hospitalize couple, mother and child

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.

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Police roust rider and his saddle gets stolen

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.

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A good cause, a brave survivor, a bad blunder

Nearly a statistic – now he makes a difference

Every day, at least 22 veterans commit suicide.

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Residents question RV park plan

A man’s plan to develop a small RV park in a Payson neighborhood is raising concerns among some residents.

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Town lowers public records fee

The Town of Payson last week updated its public records policy, making it easier and cheaper for residents to get documents.

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Fox Farm rezoning confusion

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.

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Lack of seat belt proves fatal

The Department of Public Safety is investigating a vehicle rollover Friday that killed a teen.

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Police Taser gun-wielding man

The Payson Police say they arrested an extremely intoxicated Chandler man Saturday afternoon after he fired his gun.

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Payson council candidates contend in low-key runoff

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.

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A family’s heartbreaking tragedy inspires their lifesaving effort

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.

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IRS phone scam alleges tax debt

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.

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Grueling search, grisly discovery

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.

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Snorting and driving

Speeder had cocaine smeared on face

A Payson man’s effort to destroy drug evidence is what gave him away.

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Major crashes close highways

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.

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Let Gila County do it

Fox Farm industrial planners punt

An uncommonly large crowd turned out for Monday afternoon’s Payson Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

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Habitat for Humanity store gets new location

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.

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Scrapbook store closing

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.