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Alexis Bechman

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Pine, Payson firefighters save home

Winds pushed 20-foot flames from a shed into a Pine home Friday morning, but firefighters still managed to save most of the residence.

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Police arrest couple for brush fire

The Payson Fire Department mopped up a small brush fire behind Washington Federal Bank Saturday.

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Woman dies in rollover

A Show Low woman died Sunday night when she was thrown from her vehicle as it rolled across the Beeline Highway south of Payson.

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Finally! Builder unveils plans for hotel

Plans to build a new three-story hotel next to Walgreens were unveiled Wednesday.

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Heroin addiction hits home

Pleas for help dominate crowded meeting

The heartbreaking stories poured out, one after the other, as the overflow crowd jammed into the Payson Town Hall.

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Rim Country loves to walk its dogs ...

We asked our readers to reveal their favorite dog friendly hikes – here’s what they suggested

Where are the best places in Rim Country to hike with a dog? Never has a Roundup Facebook post delivered so many comments from readers.

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Bonita Street to finally get improvements

After years of planning, priority lists and false starts, Payson may finally actually rebuild Bonita Street in the next two years — unless something else unexpected happens.

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Prison for man who sold rings

A Payson man will receive a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to pawning jewelry from an elderly woman.

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Service allows public to track sex offenders

A new service through the Gila County Sheriff’s Office aims to make tracking sex offenders in your neighborhood easier than ever.

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Heroin hitting Payson

In the first in a series of public service meetings, the Payson Police Department will talk about the rising use of heroin in Rim Country.

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Gone bust

Developers’ Payson water credits prove worthless

The gamble developers took 10 years ago when they bought Tower Well water credits didn’t pan out with $3.47 million in credits set to expire next month.

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Business showcase booths still available

Organizers are revving up for one of the largest business showcases in years and there is still time to buy a booth.

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Kill design review board?

Payson should do away with its design review board, the planning commission decided on a split vote after a lengthy discussion this week.

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Body of Star Valley man found

Discovered several hundred yards from car after rollover accident

Searchers discovered the body of a missing 71-year-old Star Valley man Friday morning north of Strawberry.

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Payson town manager leaving

Payson’s mayor has confirmed that Town Manager Debra Galbraith will leave within the next six months.

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Unfit to stand trial

A man who reportedly stole a Payson police cruiser last year and drove it to the Valley is receiving mental treatment so he can stand trial.

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Voden lawyer seeks to bar past cases

Defense attorneys for Mike Voden hope a judge will this week bar prosecutors from introducing at his murder trial evidence he had previously brandished a gun at several dog owners.

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Death justified

Ranger acted in self defense

A U.S. Forest Service officer who shot and killed an Oklahoma man who attacked him with pepper spray last year will not face charges.

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Building a marketing plan on a shoestring budget

Any successful business owner understands the importance of marketing, but most small businesses don’t have the money to invest.

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Rim Country Cleaners locked out

Only dry cleaner in town shut

Rim Country’s only dry cleaner has closed and many of the 1,500 customers feel taken to the cleaners themselves.

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Payson may kill design review board

Payson may do away with its design review board to streamline approvals for developers.

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Vandals slice Internet, phone cable

Some of Payson and much of Northern Arizona lost Internet and phone service Wednesday after police say vandals cut a CenturyLink fiber optic line in north Phoenix.

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Food drive hits fundraising goal

The Payson Area Food Drive “weathered” another year and while not as successful as years past, managed to pull in more than $50,000 and a good stash of food donations.

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Hellsgate’s insurance rating gain may help homeowners

Department also leads way with digital records

After years of budget cuts, the Hellsgate Fire Department is making up ground.

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Lost hikers, off-roaders keep rescuers busy

Two teens were safely reunited with their worried families Monday after they got lost near Fossil Creek.

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Sex assault plea

A man who tried to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl will spend the next 1.5 years in prison after pleading guilty.

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Pipe bomb feared

Access to Gisela was cut off Thursday evening after firefighters found what they thought was a pipe bomb.

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THAT booming brewery begins bruising battle

Microbrewery in Pine faces possible restrictions by state

Since tapping their first beers four years ago, THAT Brewery in Pine has experienced rapid growth, distributing kegs everywhere from Tucson to Flagstaff and opening a second location in Cottonwood last year.

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Fraud arrest

Police seek possible victims

Police say they are still unraveling a major fraud scheme involving two Star Valley residents and are looking for anyone who may have been a victim.

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Car fire snuffed

A vehicle that caught fire outside Circle K south was put out in four minutes by firefighters Monday night.

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Neighbors rush to rescue woman

Owner, dogs escape fire

Thanks to neighbors, a disabled woman and her two dogs were pulled to safety Tuesday night after their house on North Easy Street went up in flames.

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House fire on Easy Street

A woman and her two dogs escaped injury Tuesday night when their home went up in flames on North Easy Street.

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Ever wonder #whatTheHeck’sAHashtag?

What is a hashtag? A woman asked last week in a packed room of small-business owners, glancing around the room nervously to see if it would be met with quizzical “how can you not know” looks.

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Father arrested for downloading child porn

A 31-year-old Payson father of two sits in a Globe jail cell on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, after the FBI reportedly tracked child pornography to his home computer.

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Police probe double deaths

Police are investigating the death of a mother and son Sunday night in Payson.

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Man pleads guilty to rape attempt

A homeless man who tried to rape a 90-year-old woman walking her dog last year pleaded guilty Friday.

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Chevron gets a facelift and beer growlers

New owners spent $600,000 to create a distinctive business

It is the only place in town you can pick up a beer growler and a tank of gas.

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A quick cleanup

Payson promptly cleans up trashed up town yard

The rolling green grass stopped at the fence line and what lay beyond was an unsightly junk lot.

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A close call

Sprinklers contain blaze

A sprinkler system saved a kitchen and likely an entire apartment complex from extensive damages Thursday night after a pot of oil boiled over, officials say.

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La Posada: Masterpiece saved from the wrecking ball

Weekend trip reveals one woman’s bold artistic triumph

Rocking beneath a gold and turquoise stenciled ceiling in front of a warm fire, cocooned by the rumble of trains in the night and the strumming of a guitarist in the lobby, you can easily lose track of your century in Winslow’s La Posada.

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Club donates trees to Green Valley

Walk around the north end of Green Valley Park and you’ll notice three new additions. They aren’t more than bare, thin trunks right now, but give them a few years and they’ll be towering trees, some flush with red leaves in the fall.

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Payson’s fire protection gains could cut insurance costs

Homeowners and business owners may see lower insurance premiums after the Payson Fire Department improved its fire risk rating.

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Wild chase prompts prison for man with long rap sheet

A man who led officers on a 100-mph chase through the woods north of Payson before throwing everything from a tire jack to trash at officers, will spend the next 10.5 years in prison — another lengthy sentence for a man who has already served several.

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Payson faces civil suit from struggle during an arrest

A Payson man’s lawsuit against the town and several police officers for assaulting him during an arrest in 2011, claims the officers’ conduct was not only grossly negligent, but taken with an “evil mind.”

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Costly business mistakes

Chamber session to help block blunders

From opening without a business plan to posting boring posts on Facebook and failing to do basic marketing, several upcoming free seminars will address some of the most common mistakes small-business owners make in Rim Country.

Time Out Thrift Store moving

The Time Out Thrift Store is shaping up to relocate.

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Bridge rebounds

State park visits top 100,000

Tonto Natural Bridge has rebounded from near closure, drawing more than 100,000 visitor this year — a nearly 60 percent increase.

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Jailhouse brawl

Officer resigns after reprimand

A detention officer who let an inmate get under his skin resigned from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office following a brawl in the Globe Jail last year.

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Family struggles with fire impacts

After a fire in a condominium complex, a family is struggling to get back on their feet and asking the community for help.

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Voden murder trial delayed

The trial for a man accused of murdering his neighbor over a barking, loose dog has been pushed back several months.