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Alexis Bechman

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Casino drug arrests

Three Valley residents were arrested early Wednesday morning for reportedly using drugs in the Mazatzal Casino parking lot.

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Hard lesson: Don’t borrow the wrong car

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to probation Tuesday for using a vehicle unlawfully.

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Hellsgate saved by federal grant

Thanks to a grant and some creative money making ideas, the Hellsgate Fire Department’s $2.2 million budget next fiscal year is in solid shape.

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Volunteers comfort abandoned dogs

You probably have seen them walking down Main Street. It is hard to know who is wagging more.

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Mayor candidate vows to help businesses

A man that once served as Payson’s mayor says he is running again to set the town in a new direction.

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Fossil Creek hoards need frequent rescuing

It was a busy Fourth of July holiday for emergency officials as one man was airlifted after being thrown from a pickup and a multitude of people trying to hike out of Fossil Creek needed water.

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What a blast!

Finding love, peace at fireworks show

It was a family affair at Payson’s Fourth of July Celebration Monday.

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Fire knocks out power in Tonto Basin

Residents praise quick response by firefighters and APS

A quick moving brush fire burned nearly 60 acres off State Route 188 Monday afternoon, knocking power off for hours to 1,100 residents. Some ended up sleeping outside until Arizona Public Service restored the power.

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Microburst blasts Rye

A microburst in Rye Tuesday night flipped a travel trailer and ripped the roof off a home in what residents said felt like a tornado tearing through the community.

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Valley men arrested for shooting drunk driver

Gun-toting pair forces Payson man off the road, shoot him as he flees

Two Valley men are in custody after they shot a drunk driver Monday afternoon north of Payson, claiming they just wanted to keep the man from driving back out onto the highway.

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Payson buyout doubles cost of town manager

Payson residents will not see their property tax rate decline slightly next year — at least when it comes to the town’s portion.

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Man gets 20 years for assaulting mother

A Payson man upset at how his mother’s boyfriend was treating her, stabbing him multiple times and then beating up his own mother will serve the next 20 years in prison.

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Tough life forges one man’s generous heart

Kinsman gives away $200,000

He started out with nothing, shuffled from one foster home to another. Finally, in ninth grade he found himself all but on the streets — unloved, unwanted — with no one to count on and no help in sight.

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Payson’s plan for prosperity

The Town of Payson recently unveiled an ambitious five-year economic development plan centered on doable projects instead of yet another plan fated to end up on a shelf collecting dust.

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Brush fire knocks out power near Tonto Basin

A brush fire near Tonto Basin knocked out power to residents Monday afternoon.

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Road rage near Pine

A 28-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the chest Monday afternoon in what appears to be a road rage incident, officials say.

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Hellsgate firefighters will get new breathers

The Hellsgate Fire Department recently secured a huge federal grant that will go a long way to ensure firefighters’ safety.

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To the rescue

Payson to operate Houston Mesa

Payson has agreed to continue managing the Houston Mesa Fire District for another year.

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Payson neighbors fret about bed and breakfast plan

A couple looking to open a bed and breakfast at their home off the Payson Golf Course drew concerns from neighbors who worry it will ruin the peaceful, quiet neighborhood.

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Fatal Fossil Creek confusion

Witness recounts latest drowning death in pool beneath waterfall

The horrific scene that unfolded in a deep pool in Fossil Creek over the weekend left witnesses shaken and underscored the dangers that persist, despite imposition of a reservation system this summer.

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Another drowning in Fossil Creek

A man drowned and several other hikers needed rescuing this weekend at Fossil Creek north of Payson.

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How to save a house from wildfire

In the midst of the most dangerous time of the year for forest fires, a fire official Monday urged residents to get their homes prepared while they still can.

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Rash of scary wildfires

A “suspicious” brush fire came dangerously close to several homes in Oxbow Estates Sunday night.

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Man, six pets escape house fire

An early morning fire badly damaged a Payson home Tuesday.

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Roundabout planned near high school

The town is working with the Arizona Department of Transportation to get a new roundabout built in town at West Longhorn and South McLane roads.

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A whole lotta bakin’ goin’ on

Dunkin’ Donuts opens to large, enthusiastic crowds

For sweets lovers, it was a moment that could not come soon enough. The doors to Dunkin’ Donuts opened Wednesday and the smell of glazed delight wafted out.

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Police investigating suspicious fire

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding who set a fire in east Payson Sunday.

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No serious injuries in accident on North Beeline

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

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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.