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Alexis Bechman

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Contract forces Payson to pay town manager six months severance

The highest paid town official in Payson will get six months of salary as a severance benefit, which her contract requires even if she quits on her own or the council wants her to leave.

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Voden trial delayed again

The second-degree murder trial for a Payson man accused of killing his neighbor has been delayed again.

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Payson compiles $23 million project wish list for budget

From new vehicles to carpet and ball field lights, the town’s top brass presented its $23 million wish list of capital improvement projects next fiscal year on Tuesday, March 24.

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Wild chase

Man tries to ram deputy

A man is facing charges after reportedly trying to ram a sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle as he fled from a home in Ox Bow Estates early Sunday morning.

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Call prompts evacuation of Walmart

Customers and employees were evacuated from Payson’s Walmart Monday morning after someone called in a bomb threat.

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Four rescued from Salome area

Four people were safely rescued from Salome Canyon Sunday night thanks to the efforts of several agencies that worked overnight to get them out.

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Bomb threat closes Walmart Monday morning

Walmart was evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat.

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Volunteers make tax time pain free

There is a little less than a month to file taxes and local AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are still available to help residents file free.

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Gas prices low

Station owner cites gas war

After months of paying amongst the highest gas prices in the state, Payson drivers now pay some of the lowest.

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Police investigate ‘suspicious’ vehicle fire

Officials are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire in Star Valley Tuesday evening.

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County attorney accused

A former deputy county attorney has filed a discrimination claim with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

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Merging boards will streamline process for new businesses

The Payson Town Council recently took the first step toward consolidating the Design Review Board with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Payson makes offer to 3rd town attorney candidate

Maybe the third time is the charm for the Town of Payson as it makes an offer to another town attorney.

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Hikers helped out of canyon near Young

Rescuers helped a group of hikers out of a canyon south of Young Sunday after they were late making it home.

Man sentenced for stealing prescription order forms

A 24-year-old former Payson football player and Hotshot firefighter will serve 18 months of probation and a weekend in jail for stealing prescription order forms and writing out a prescription to himself for pain pills. David Jesse James Carlen pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and possession of a narcotic drug, saying he makes no excuses for his actions and is sorry for all those that he hurt.

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Payson council appoints Connell to Alliance board

The Payson Town Council replaced outgoing Rim Country Educational Alliance Chair Mary Kastner Thursday with one of their own.

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Nine years for assault

90-year-old woman fought him off

A transient who tried to rape a 90-year-old woman while she walked her dog was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday.

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SWAT team responds

Officers in full SWAT gear surrounded a Verde Glen home Thursday morning after a man with a gun exhibited some unusual behavior.

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A family tragedy

Drugs, abuse shatter family, provoke 10-year prison term

A Payson man will spend the next 10 years in prison for abusing his children and other offenses.

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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.