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Alexis Bechman

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Roundup will stock newspaper racks, but not deliver paper Friday

Due to the winter weather conditions, the Payson Roundup will not be delivered to homes in the Rim Country Friday, Jan. 8.

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Fire kills Payson resident

Just hours into the new year on Saturday, a Payson man died when a fire broke out in his bedroom.

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Payson grant could pay for thinning

The Payson Town Council will meet Thursday to discuss several issues, including construction of a water treatment facility near Mesa del Caballo, improvements at a Green Valley Park lake and a fire grant.

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On probation ... again

A Payson teen with a history of drug abuse and failing probation was sentenced Monday to more probation and treatment in the hope he can turn his life around.

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Couple awaits child abuse trial

A Payson man and his girlfriend, who reportedly abused a friend’s infant they were watching and then tried to cover it up with makeup, have pleaded not guilty.

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Prosecutors ponder charges in death

It’s been more than two months since a Payson man fatally shot another man in the Home Depot parking lot and police say they are still investigating and will not release any records or additional information.

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Climbing Mt. Humphreys, Arizona's tallest peak, a test of willpower

I tossed my water bottle behind the twisted low branches of a bristlecone pine, the only thing hardy enough to live in such an inhospitable environment. I could not bear the weight of the 25-ounce bottle anymore. It had come to that.

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He delivers – since 1952

He delivered the mail to former President Harry Truman for years, including the largest letter ever sent.

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Empty tank, alert deputy foil car thief

Deputies arrested an Avondale man Friday for allegedly stealing a vehicle from the Valley.

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Woman slips cuffs, flees police

A woman who tried to pass a bad check at the casino and then run from police in the Buffalo Bar and Grill parking lot, was arrested Wednesday along with a friend on drug-related charges.

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Payson man held on child porn charges

A Payson man continues to be held on a $150,000 bond on child pornography charges.

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Conviction in police chase case upheld

A man who appealed a 10.5-year sentence saying the court made several errors will stay in prison after the Arizona Court of Appeals Division II upheld the conviction.

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Tribe now owns land

It was a historic moment for the Tonto Apache Tribe Monday as it officially took ownership of 292 acres of land, effectively quadrupling the size of the reservation.

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Judge rebuffs bid for new ammo trial

A judge has denied two requests from a Rim Country hunting guide who jurors convicted of selling scrap HPR ammunition.

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Grandfather pleads not guilty in sexual misconduct case

A grandfather accused of assaulting his granddaughter because she dressed too sexy has pleaded not guilty.

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Manslaughter after all

Controversial case played key role in election for Gila County attorney

A controversial self-defense case that divided Gila County’s past and current county attorneys recently ended with a guilty verdict.

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Committee decries lack of Payson parks

Payson has no parks on the east side of town, which the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission wants to change.

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Payson council approves two-week stays in driveway RVs

The council again last week weighed whether residents can house guests in RVs temporarily on their property.

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Medical chopper crash kills two

Two members of a Globe-based medical flight crew died Tuesday night after their helicopter crashed east of Phoenix. A third crew member survived and is being treated at a Valley hospital.

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Family escapes blaze in Star Valley

While the snow softly fell outside for much of the night, a family of five awoke Monday morning to a horrifying sight.

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Drivers slip sliding away

It was a slip sliding away kind of Monday.

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Cat dies in Payson home fire

A two-alarm fire in east Payson Monday afternoon killed a family’s cat and destroyed their home.

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Lost hiker rescued near Horton Creek

A woman that got lost on Horton Creek Trail Saturday was safely brought back to her vehicle.

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Payson planning commission rejects RV park plan

A plan to build an RV park in the neighborhood behind Rim Country Guns did not receive a warm welcome from the Planning and Zoning Commission last week, which voted against rezoning the property.

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Geocaching: The addictive lure of a treasure hunt

It seems we just cannot get enough screen time. Most of us are glued to our computer seight-plus hours a day and then when we get home, turn on the television and play games on our smart phone before turning in.

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Family escapes from Star Valley house fire

A family of five safely escaped from their home in the Knolls Monday morning after a fire erupted just after 7 a.m.

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If you had a bell ...

Volunteers needed in spirit of the season

The snow fell from the overhang of the Walgreens entrance, soaking John Morgan’s coat, the wind chilling him to the bone.

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Pine antique shops are now tymeless times two

For 13 years, Larry Baker and Richard Crowe put everything into Tymeless Antiques and Treasures off Hardscrabble Road in Pine.

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Elk fence dust-up blows up

They move in, tramp around and leave nothing but a mess.

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$6.2 million highway project still unfinished for lack of right rocks

It was built to stop runaway trucks, but couldn’t stop a bicycle in its current state.

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ASU meeting planned

But lease to charter school spurs questions

It was a quick meeting for the Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday, which worked through its agenda with just a few public comments, most related to plans to put a charter school on part of the university site.

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Donor gives $500,000 for rec center

Since Payson voters turned down a proposal to build a YMCA in Rumsey Park in 2008, there has been little discussion about a community recreation center.

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A family discovers Rim Country treasures

From whimsical tree houses to bubbling springs, the forests east of Payson hold treasures to entertain the imagination of children for hours.

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Habitat looking for family; volunteers

Work is well underway on Habitat for Humanity’s 28th home in Payson.

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Council gets look at university master plan

From a master plan for the university project, funding a $11 million section of the C.C. Cragin water pipeline to letting guests stay in RVs for short term visits, the Payson Town Council will discuss a variety of issues at its Thursday meeting.

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Abused, neglected children desperately need advocates

A 2-year-old they call Lisa has taken refuge in a foster home, as her drug-addicted mother struggles with the complex and devastating effects of her violent marriage.

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Mountain biking new trails in Pine

After a year of work, the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Trail Crew unveiled its newest section of trail in the summer of 2015.

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And the winner – by a whisker – is ...

It was an emotional day for a tall cowboy from Young.

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Round Valley man found not guilty of sex crimes

A 68-year-old Round Valley man accused of molesting two girls was exonerated Monday on all charges.

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Rescuers hone lifesaving skills

On a windy overcast day last week, local search and rescue members took turns dangling from a helicopter near the Shoofly Ruins northeast of town.

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Two-year term for massive fraud scheme

A 22-year-old woman part of an elaborate credit card and identify theft scheme will spend the next two years in prison.

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Car theft sends Payson man back to prison

A Payson man who stole a vehicle while still on probation for an earlier burglary will serve six years in prison.

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Woman turns tables on the scammers

A Payson woman that scammers wouldn’t leave alone finally found a way to get them to stop calling.

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Drugs, gun earn a man a trip back to prison

Although he says it wasn’t his, a Valley man will serve 4.5 years in prison for being in a vehicle with a loaded handgun.

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Armed robber gets prison, getaway driver gets probation

A California man that robbed the One Stop in January and the woman that drove the getaway car were both sentenced Monday.

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Laying claim to winter on snowshoes

Snowshoeing unlocks the backcountry – so long as you actually wear them

A native Tucsonan, I am still getting used to all the white stuff that falls in Rim Country every winter. So as a lover of the outdoors, I find myself cooped up and depressed when the snow berms and frosty roads close down the Mogollon Rim, keeping me from the Rim lakes and views until spring.

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Tools go up in flames in Tonto Basin blaze

A Tonto Basin man lost all of his woodworking tools when several of his sheds caught fire early Tuesday morning.

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Cops get scruffy in a good cause

It has been a hairy month for the Payson Police Department.

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Payson faces housing crisis

With home rental rates increasing every year, finding affordable housing in Payson poses a challenge. Local Realtors say a lack of affordable housing poses a looming crisis in Rim Country, especially if the area gets a four-year university that draws several thousand new residents.

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Joys of the season

Swiss Village lighting tonight kicks off rush of Christmas events

After you have gobbled down Thanksgiving dinner, head out to the Swiss Village Shops this weekend to kick off Christmas.