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Alexis Bechman

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KMOG shifts antenna to Payson-owned site

At its last meeting, the Payson Town Council approved placing a new FM antenna on the Hillcrest water tank, boosting KMOG’s service throughout town.

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Strawberry store opens

A place with a little bit of everything in Strawberry

A tiny corner store in Straw­berry might be the last place you would think to find a designer purse, rhinestone jeans and boots, a healthy selection of emergency survival food, educational toys and a saddle. But that is just how owners Casey and Debbie Faunce designed the DC Cross Mercantile, better known as the Strawberry Market.

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Crash of car rigged with a bomb closes highway

Stunned paramedics find fuse, explosives on the underside

Several Strawberry businesses and homes were evacuated Saturday morning and traffic re-routed around town after a vehicle with a bomb strapped to it rolled into a wash at the entrance to town.

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Star Valley code commission will mediate neighborhood disputes

When neighbors report neighbors violating town code, town officials must often intervene and clean things up.

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Payson approves water recharge plan using wells

When water from the C.C. Cragin pipeline starts to flow, Payson will have more water than it can immediately use.

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Star Valley fumes about grant rejection

Star Valley officials are miffed.

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Investigators probe bizarre fire

Investigators are still trying to piece together the details of a bizarre vehicle fire in Star Valley Saturday night.

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Hellsgate Fire rescued

Layoffs averted by $1.6 million grant

Big news for the struggling Hellsgate Fire Department came at the perfect moment.

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Baby severely beaten

A 20-month-old baby is recovering in a Valley hospital after being severely beaten, according to police.

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Payson may help Houston Mesa FD

The Payson Town Council last week gave the go-ahead for Payson’s fire chief to negotiate a management agreement with the Houston Mesa Fire District.

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DPS chopper rescues injured woman

A 57-year-old Prescott woman was airlifted out of a canyon Thursday morning after she fell and injured her knee.

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New gallery opens

A new pop-up gallery has opened in the Swiss Village Shops in the former location of The Art Nook.

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Campfire sparks 46-acre brush fire

But wildfires statewide mostly prove beneficial

An out-of-control campfire at the Windy Hill Campground on the shores of Roosevelt Lake that started on Wednesday night spread to 46 acres.

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Rescues abound

117th Fossil Creek rescue since May

A Valley woman remarkably walked away unscathed Monday after she found herself trapped in a Fossil Creek whirlpool for hours.

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Tonto makes it home

A tragic event has spawned a small, happy footnote.

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Hellsgate needs grant to avoid layoffs

The Hellsgate Fire Department faces another precarious budget year.

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Best 4th of July Bash Ever!

Small town, big crowd

It was everything a cozy hometown celebration of the nation’s independence should be, but with 16,000 of your closest friends.

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A perfectly peaceful paddle

Paddleboarding offers soothing way to get out on the water

I have tried calming my chi with yogis. I carry a yoga mat in my car. I have learned how to sit motionless for hours, and I even have an app on my Kindle that guides me through calming meditational scenes.

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Before disaster strikes

Payson Fire will identify dangers

Starting later this month, the Payson Fire Department will begin a large property assessment, analyzing which yards could withstand the threat of a wildfire and which need some cleaning up.

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Houston Mesa Fire chief leaves

He has been putting fires out for years, so it’s no stretch diffusing hostile and sometimes dangerous situations for Mark Essary. This time, however, Essary will be corralling criminals instead of flames.

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Tragedy’s postscript: Dog missing

A dog that ran off from a hiking group before a lethal lightning strike killed one woman and injured several others on the Mogollon Rim last weekend is still missing.

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Pros bring 30-minute fireworks show to Green Valley sky

After weather significantly delayed the fireworks show last year in Green Valley Park, town officials are hoping for clear skies for this year’s Fourth of July show and have taken a few precautions in case things don’t go as planned.

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Sheriff’s deputy distributes water to ill-prepared hikers on Fossil Creek Trail

Gila County officials say more than 30 people were without enough water on Fossil Creek Trail this weekend and one deputy handed out four cases of water to hikers.

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Rescuers have busy weekend helping hikers

TRSAR spends 7 hours pulling injured man from Box Canyon

It took rescuers more than seven hours to pull a man out of Box Canyon Saturday, after he fell and injured his ankles some 400 feet below the canyon lip.

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Home barely saved from kids playing with fireworks

A home surrounded by thick brush nearly caught fire Saturday after children playing with fireworks ignited a brush fire, say Pine-Strawberry Fire officials.

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Tempest tosses boats

Roosevelt Lake storm: ‘Worst I’ve seen’

A torrential storm struck Tonto Basin Saturday evening with waves tossing boats about, swamping some and even flipping a dock on Roosevelt Lake. No one was reported injured.

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Lethal lightning strike

Bolt kills hiker atop Rim

Lightning killed a 24-year-old woman Saturday and injured several others hiking on the Mogollon Rim during a social outing.

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Ceremony recalls firefighters’ deaths in 1990 Dude Fire

On Thursday 25 years ago, six wildland firefighters died battling the Dude Fire north of Payson near Bonita Creek Estates.

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Payson’s violent crime rate plunges 13 percent

Calls for service rise, arrests drop

The number of violent crimes in Payson dropped 13 percent last year, despite a small increase in calls to the police.

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McAnerny named Officer of the Year

For the second time, Payson Police officer Michael McAnerny was named Northern Gila County Officer of the Year by the Rim Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Tim Wright named presiding Gila County Superior Court judge

Although he only took office in January, the Arizona Supreme Court Thursday appointed Tim Wright presiding judge of Gila County. 

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Officers storm house, probe odd assault

It was a busy day of calls on Wednesday, June 24, for the Payson Police Department, handling a suicidal subject and reports of a domestic situation at the Sawmill Crossing parking lot.

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Three airlifted to Valley after highway crash

Three people were flown to Valley hospitals Tuesday after their vehicle rolled south of Sunflower.

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Hardware Heroes

Home Depot co-worker saved

A group of Home Depot supervisors saved a fellow worker’s life Wednesday when his heart stopped beating as he worked in the painting department.

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Family affair

Son joins Art Lloyd’s law firm

On the heels of another multi-million-dollar civil win for a client, Payson’s Lloyd Law Group has also recently added a new lawyer to the firm.

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KRIM radio back on the air

Non-commercial rock station off airwaves for three weeks after falling out with KMOG

After a three-week hiatus, KRIM Radio crackled back to life on the Rim Country airwaves Tuesday, running out of a new station with a new outlook.

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Tribe boosts Pine fire protection

What started as a way for concerned residents to protect their beloved hamlet has spawned one of northern Arizona’s most popular mountain bike races.

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Gone to pot: Dispensary faces lawsuits

A judge has appointed a Valley receivership to run Payson’s Uncle Herbs medical marijuana dispensary after a falling out among the owners led to lawsuits.

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Temperatures rise, fires flare, limits tighten

As a large plume of smoke hung over Payson Wednesday from a fire north of Strawberry, wildland and local firefighters headed south to quickly smother a brush fire near Rye in triple-digit temperatures.

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Brush fire near Rye under control

A brush fire that started around noon half a mile south of Rye in the Rye Creek drainage is under control.

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Payson ponders hefty increase in 2015-16 town budget

The Payson Town Council could move to adopt the 2016 fiscal year budget Thursday, which includes a number of capital improvements, including new softball field lights and turf on the soccer field.

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Bad choices spur difficult rescues

Volunteers struggle to save cliff jumpers and flip-flop wearers

Volunteers performed another round of rescues at Fossil Creek this weekend as water goers continued to injure themselves, get lost and hike unprepared.

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Death at Tonto Bridge

A 69-year-old Valley man died after falling on a trail at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Saturday.

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Amiable fire burning atop Rim

The Forest Service continues to let a lightning-caused fire burn north of Strawberry, saying it is helping restore forest health.

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Rash of rescues in Fossil Creek taxes volunteers

Volunteer rescuers Monday hiked into Fossil Creek three different times to rescue three groups of people, some without water, others with badly blistered feet and some missing shoes altogether. All those who needed rescue had badly misjudged the length and difficulty of the trail.

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Ammunition theft case set for trial

A Payson man is slated to stand trial for ammunition theft in September.

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Lack of ATV helmet proves fatal

A Valley man was killed recently after rolling his side-by-side off-highway vehicle east of Payson on the Control Road.

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Man dies in Highway 87 rollover

A Valley engineer died Saturday when his vehicle rolled on southbound State Route 87.

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Molester’s deal blasted by judge

A man that admitted to repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old Payson girl received the “deal of the century” Monday when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the judge.

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Two hospitalized after near head-on collision

A near head-on collision on State Route 260 Monday afternoon sent both drivers to a Valley hospital where both remain in critical, but stable condition.