The Keithstone – Home #1 – 2018

Home: The Keithstone Address: 1293 South 1080 West City: Payson Bastian Homes, LLC builds custom 55+ homes designed by you and for you. In addition to you selecting your colors and options Byron Bastian (the owner) personally meets with you to customize your floor plan. Bastian Homes mission is to build a quality custom home designed […]

Meet Santa Dodd

HOMETOWN: Payson AGE: 69 When it comes to being Santa Claus, Dodd Greer does more than just sit and look merry. When he ho-ho-ho’s at private parties, he brings hand bells and helps the kids play Christmas songs. And while some Santas stick to the traditional garb, Dodd often wears a Santa’s workshop get-up — […]

Carl and Carol Butler remain active in the 80s in Payson

As told to Lindsey Williams Carl Butler I was born in Santaquin in 1935 in an old two-room sandstone house straight across the street from the cemetery. When I die, I’ll be 50 feet from where I started. I’ve always said the first date with Carol was a knockout because I can’t remember it. We […]

Payson celebrates 88 years with Golden Onion Days

Payson is getting ready to celebrate its 88th anniversary with Golden Onion Days. Janeen Dean, community and cultural events coordinator, said the greatest part of the city celebration has been how long it’s been around. L.D. Stewart, an old mayor of Payson, created the city celebration. “The very best part about Golden Onion Days is […]

Curtis (likely) wins 3rd Congressional primary; 1000s of ballots left to count

It’s (almost) official — Provo Mayor John Curtis won the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District race to replace Jason Chaffetz. Almost, because there are still tens of thousands of ballots left to count in Utah County. Curtis’s opponent, Tanner Ainge, conceded the race around 9 p.m., after polls closed at 8 p.m. His […]

UV To Do: Utah Valley calendar of events for July 2017

Summer is halfway over in Utah Valley, but things are just heating up. Make the most of the rest of your summer by marking these Utah Valley events in your calendar. Events Freedom Festival When: July 1–4 Where: Various locations in Provo and Orem Cost: Varies per event Site: American Fork Steel Days When: July 6-15 Where: Various locations in American Fork Cost: Varies […]

Free lunches available for kids in south Utah County

This summer, if your kids are out at the Springville Splash Pad, Payson Community Pool, Spanish Fork City Center Library Park, Taylor Elementary in Payson or Santaquin’s Centennial Park at lunch time on weekdays, they’re in for a free meal. For the second year in a row, the Utah Food Bank is offering free lunches […]

Utah-Tube: Dahlia Row ‘will’ make you smile with Beatles’ cover

Dahlia Row “will” make you smile with their new music video cover of the classic Beatles’ song, “I Will.” The group from Payson, Utah adjusted the classic Beatles song by taking an acoustic, swing approach. As part of the string version, Dahlia Row invited Jake Coleman to collaborate on the song. Coleman, a Springville, Utah resident, played the […]

7 things Lou Ballamis wants you to know about Payson

For 20 years, Lou Ballamis has owned Lou’s Barber Shop on Main Street in Payson with his wife, Cherie. The couple met at BYU (working at the barber shop, of course) and took the chance to buy the barber shop from the previous owner in 1996. Their business is the third barber shop in the […]

Olson’s Garden Shoppe offers free gardening classes

[pullquote] Class Schedule March 5 at 10 a.m.: Grow Boxes and Small Space Gardening March 12 at 10 a.m.: Sprinkler and Drip Systems March 12 at 11 a.m.: Chalk Painting March 19 at 10 a.m.: Fruit Trees and Berries March 19 at 11 a.m.: Fairy Gardening April 9 at 10 a.m.: Perennial Color April 16 […]

UV crime: Car burglary hot spots, back-to-school warning

Bank robbery Payson police are looking for the man who robbed the Central Bank in Payson on Aug. 14. The man walked into the bank at 11:40 a.m. carrying what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. He asked for money, got it and then drove away in a 1994 red Chevrolet S10 blazer. The man […]

5 facts you may not know about the Payson Salmon Supper

[pullquote] If you go: When: Aug. 7 from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Where: Payson City Memorial Park Cost: $16 per plate Site: [/pullquote] Payson city is in its 61st year hosting the Salmon Supper, which is exactly what the name says. However, you might not know how the activity got started and how it’s prepared. […]

Weekend best bets (July 10–12)

From the Point of the Mountain all the way down to Santaquin, Utah Valley has a lot to offer — especially in weekend activities. There are no excuses for staying in all weekend when there are these quality events happening around Utah Valley. Here are five of our picks for the upcoming weekend: Payson Scottish […]

UV crime: Lewdness in the park, attempted robbery

Sex assaults Payson police arrested 25-year-old Tyler Langlois on Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused two teenage girls. Langlois was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of lewdness involving a child; sexual abuse of a child; selling, offering or furnishing alcohol to a minor; and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with […]

UV crime: Parole hearing set for baby killer, elderly woman stops carjacking

BB vandals Orem police say that vandals on Wednesday shot out dozens of car windows on 800 West, between 400 North and 2000 North. Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information about the cases can call Orem police at (801) 229-7070. Leave the drugs home Orem police arrested a woman on Tuesday after she reportedly was […]

Payson’s Todd Hale has many titles — including Reigning Scrabble champion

I was born in Idaho and raised in San Jose, Calif. I had the amazing experience of serving an LDS sign language mission in areas including Rochester, New York and Indianapolis, Indiana. I spent six months with my first companion, who was deaf, and that helped me learn sign language quickly. Like many Utah transplants, […]

8 Utah Valley artists with pieces in the Payson Utah Temple

Of the 19 original paintings in the Payson Utah Temple, eight are original pieces by Utah Valley artists and additional pieces comes from artists in other western states. “Typically [the artists] are members of the Church or they’ve done work with us before,” said Elder Kent F. Richards, executive director of the Temple Department and member of the Quorum of the […]

UV crime: Bomb threat in Provo, baby killer sentenced

Arson arrest A man has been charged with arson in a 2013 fire that caused $500,000 in damage to former Payson mayor Gordon Taylor’s house. A judge issued an arrest warrant for Shawn M. Balzly, 44, on Wednesday. Balzly faces charges of aggravated arson and obstructing justice, and the court notes the case involves domestic […]

5 water-saving tips to better follow Utah water restrictions

With several inches of snow and rain falling in the last few days, water conservation is probably the last thing on your mind. But after a dry winter, water conservationists and cities are asking people to think about saving H2O now. “Conserving water can look good and it’s not as hard as people think,” said Casey […]

Weekend best bets (April 17–19)

From the Point of the Mountain all the way down to Santaquin, Utah Valley has a lot to offer — especially in weekend activities. There are no excuses for staying in all weekend when there are these quality events happening around Utah Valley. Here are five of our picks for the upcoming weekend: 1. Provo City’s […]

UV crime: Police arrest one of Utah County’s most-wanted fugitives

Most-wanted arrest Around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, a Utah County Sheriff’s deputy stopped and arrested Eagle Mountain resident Leon I. Vasquez, one of the county’s most-wanted fugitives. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Vasquez had recently used heroin and had that drug and drug paraphernalia. His driver’s license had been revoked for a previous […]

UV crime: Drugs from Amsterdam, accused BYU groper in court

Drug shipment Police arrested a Springville man on Tuesday after they say he had drugs shipped to him from Amsterdam. Travis Holman was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, after he signed for the package at his work in Lindon. A drug dog working for […]

Orem council: No to MacQuarie UTOPIA deal

Orem’s city council on Thursday night voted 6–1 against moving forward with a partnership with Australian company MacQuarie Capital over the city’s fiber-optic network, UTOPIA, that would have added $18 to $20 to everyone’s utility fees per month — no matter if they used the service — but would have meant build-out of the network […]

Springville sticks with state option for ethics complaints

If there’s ever an ethics complaint against an appointed official — like the city administrator — or an elected officer — like the mayor — in Springville, a state commission will investigate and make recommendations for action. On Tuesday night, the Springville City Council talked about joining a local commission, with Spanish Fork, Payson and […]

Weekend best bets (Oct. 18-20)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend: 1. Boom Shakalaka Get a first look at some of BYU’s basketball players as they face-off in a skills showdown. With 2013 Miss Utah USA […]

Country Farm Fest brings hoe-down hometown fun to Payson

“If you build it, they will come” might seem like a trite line from “Field of Dreams,” but it’s become truth for Amelia Dumas, the creative force behind this weekend’s Country Farm Fest in Payson. Now in its seventh year, the fall festival offers a wealth of family-friendly activities for kids of all ages (including […]