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Alexis Bechman

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Waste Management closes recycling site

Responding to abuse of the program, Waste Management recently shut down its recycling program near the Payson Airport.

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Man stabbed over RV

A Payson man is recovering after being stabbed Tuesday night.

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Payson police raise may slow turnover, complaints

Council approves 7 percent raise for department unable to find enough officers

With a slew of officers leaving as the department struggles to recruit new hires, the Payson Police Department is giving all of its officers a 7 percent raise and offering a higher starting salary in hopes of boosting morale.

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Brush fire south of Show Low closes Highway 60

Crews are currently battling a brush fire southwest of Show Low and have closed Highway 60 between mileposts 337 and 317.

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Accident slows traffic on North Beeline Highway

A two-vehicle wreck on south Beeline Highway slowed traffic around lunchtime Wednesday.

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Finally: Manzanita getting rebuilt

Work is finally underway to straighten out and widen North Manzanita Drive.

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Rumors run rampant that new restaurants not coming to Payson

Dunkin’ Donuts, 5 Guys on track

Despite the pictures of donuts going up in the windows, the Payson rumor mill ran rampant last week — buzzing with claims that the new Dunkin’ Donuts was not opening.

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Payson teen punches National Finals Rodeo ticket

A Payson teen is headed to the National High School Finals Rodeo after winning the overall average in steer wrestling this weekend.

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Probation for stalking, harassing

A Pine-Strawberry man who admitted stalking his ex-girlfriend, placing recording devices in her home and a tracking device on her vehicle, was sentenced Monday to probation.

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The down and dirty on the mud run

I am not afraid of much, but like most, I don’t like to make a fool of myself, especially with a few hundred people watching.

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Free self-defense course for women

As Payson High School graduates get ready for college in the fall, they might not be thinking about their safety on campus.

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Monster Mudda Mayhem

It was another successful year for the Mountain High Games.

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Budget numbers not as rosy as expected

Up to 2 percent merit raise for town employees

The Payson Town Council got a snapshot of next year’s budget last week at a work-study and things weren’t as rosy as officials had hoped.

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Smoky skies

Fires spread but firefighters happy

With above-normal temperatures expected this weekend, fire managers are closely watching several lightning-sparked forest fires.

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Payson planners ponder developments

The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider several new developments and a bed and breakfast rezoning at its Monday meeting at town hall.

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Payson council contests

Six people are running for three spots on the Payson Town Council in August and two are vying for the mayor’s seat.

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Jail trysts lead to firings

A just-released report from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office reveals a strange tale of two guards and their decision to take on “jail wives” at the Globe jail that ultimately cost them their jobs.

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Fatal crash snarls traffic

Roadside fires, collisions mar holiday weekend

A fatal crash and bumper-to-bumper crowds snarled traffic throughout Memorial Day weekend.

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Wildfires still growing

Fires top 10,000 acres, but now helping forest

The Juniper Fire near Young grew to more than 6,620 acres over the weekend, casting a pass of smoke over Rim Country.

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Mudder mostly breaks even

Things are taking shape for the fourth annual Mogollon Monster Mudda Mud Run at the Payson Event Center on Saturday, June 4.

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Fire chief goes to Dubai

Morris speaks at Fire Safety Technology Forum

The Pine-Strawberry Fire chief recently went half way around the world to help a community build safer buildings for firefighters.

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Middle school students celebrate graduation

The class of 2020 received a spirited send off as they graduated from Rim Country Middle School Thursday afternoon.

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Gunman shoots at cars, cops on Beeline

A San Tan Valley man is in custody after police say he went on a shooting spree Tuesday night, striking six vehicles, including a police cruiser on the Beeline Highway near Fountain Hills.

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Political shuffle

Evans runs for supervisor; Hughes, Swartwood face off

After four terms, Kenny Evans has said he will not run for Payson mayor again.

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Two critically injured on motorcycle

Crash took place on deadly turn north of Pine on Saturday

Two people were flown to the Valley Saturday after their motorcycle crashed head-on with a vehicle north of Strawberry.

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Payson man faces ‘trial by Facebook’ as rumors swirl

No doubt — he had too much to drink, before he started dancing and laughing in Rumsey Park back in April. He probably didn’t expect the police to show up.

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Alarmed by fires

But cool, damp conditions turn fires into forest management tool

Two lightning-sparked forest fires on the Mogollon Rim above Pine-Strawberry this weekend alarmed residents — but not fire crews.

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Juggling lives & fears in the emergency room

Four hours into his shift, with a computer screen full of patients and no beds to spare, the “bat phone” rings.

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Report to the Regents

ASU said official ‘partner’ for scaled down Payson branch campus plan

Arizona State University has agreed to open a branch in Payson, with a planned first-year enrollment of 300 to 350, Rim Country Educational Foundation President Gary Cordell said during a presentation at the Payson Tea Party this week.

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Flood of problems

Can Fossil Creek reservation system protect stream and rescue rescuers?

Last year, an estimated 130,000 people jammed into Fossil Creek, leaving behind trash, stinky messes and exhausted rescuers — called in more than 240 times to rescue hikers in flip-flops and drunken cliff jumpers.

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Volunteers save rider after fall

A man was airlifted to a Valley hospital Friday after falling off his horse and badly injuring his arm.

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Gun threat, booze result in probation after fight

A woman who pointed a gun at her girlfriend after they got into a fight will spend the next two years on probation and be required to get counseling.

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Craft beers, gourmet pizza — what’s not to like?

Residents lined up waiting for Pine’s Old County Inn to open

It hadn’t even opened yet, but last week car after car stopped at the Old County Inn in Pine, hoping the restaurant had opened.

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How low can it go?

Payson crime rate keeps falling, despite chronic shortage of officers

Despite being down a number of officers, the Town of Payson once again saw its crime rate fall for the third year in a row.

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Horses in the front yard for Payson

You can keep Mister Ed in your backyard and your side yard, but under current town code, you can’t keep him out front of your abode.

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Payson considers monument for flood victims

Breaking from its usual Thursday night meeting schedule, the Payson Town Council will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

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Family-owned Payson Concrete celebrates a solid, half century

After 51 years in business, Payson Concrete and Materials, Inc. remains pretty much the same.

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Police catch alleged heroin dealer

Suspect eludes officers, but not drug dogs

After six months of work, investigators say they have arrested a heroin dealer.

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Full story of death in police chase revealed

Officer fired, rehired, resigns over misstatements

On the night of Sept. 5, 2015, two Payson men made a series of poor decisions that cost one young man his life and a police officer his job.

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House fire

Pleasant Valley firefighters saved a Young home from burning to the ground last week.

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Events slated to prevent wildfires

Break out your hedge clippers and get ready to clean out your gutters.

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Cheer Special Olympics athletes

Join volunteers Wednesday to cheer on local Special Olympic athletes as they prepare for the summer games in the Valley.

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Vintage Roost would smell sweet by any other name

The Swiss Village shopping center is filled with unique-smelling shops — from the wax for the hand-dipped candles at the Payson Candle Factory to the chocolate at the Fudge Shop. But the sweetest smell of all now wafts from the the Vintage Roost.

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Prison for assault

Man also fled scene of accident

A Payson man will spend the next 5.75 years in prison for a series of crimes.

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Payson strikes deal to trim costs

The Payson Town Council Thursday night approved an intergovernmental agreement between the town, Star Valley and the Rim Country Educational Alliance for legal services.

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Driver warned

Stopped for lack of baby seats before crash that killed children

The Roundup has learned a man who crashed his vehicle north of Payson last week, killing three children and himself, was pulled over just before the wreck, but allowed to keep driving with the children unrestrained.

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Highline Trail race makes marathons look easy

Rim Country is home to one of the toughest, roughest and most beautiful ultra marathons in the country and most residents have never heard of it.

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Rollover near Payson kills driver, three children

A man and three children were killed Monday night just north of Payson when the man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

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Council challengers lining up

One more person has turned in the paperwork to run for Payson Town Council.