Q: What happened with the Sonic Drive-In that the Tonto Apaches were supposed to open over by the casino?
A: The burgers aren't frying yet, but the time is getting close when they will be, according to Tonto Apache Administrator Walt Nader. While Nader says a definitive opening date is not yet available, the foundation of the new restaurant is in place and he anticipates opening in 60 to 90 days barring unforeseen weather-related construction problems. The Rim country's latest burger joint will be located just south of the tribe's market and service station.
The other construction project on the Tonto Apache Reservation is the tribe's new administrative offices, two buildings under construction northeast of the activity center. Nader says that project is in the framing stage and will probably be completed about the same time as the Sonic.
Q: I think the full-page spread the Roundup did for the Payson Humane Society was really nice. How many animals were adopted during Shelter Appreciation Week and how many are left?
A: A total of 27 animals eight dogs, nine puppies and 10 cats found new homes during the week, according to Humane Society manager Diane Fitzpatrick. That leaves 68 cats and 46 dogs still waiting.
Since last Tuesday, seven dogs and five cats had to be put to sleep.
"That's not a bad figure, as humane societies go," Fitzpatrick said, "but I don't want to put any to sleep."
The society is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The adoption fee is $25 or $50, depending on whether the animal has been spayed or neutered.