My husband, Bill, and I, and our fishing buddies, Rick and Theresa Meeker, took off for Colorado just before the July 4 holiday weekend. We fished for trout and salmon on the Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, and did some trolling in a pontoon boat.
We took the train ride from Durango to Silverton, (a bit scary, I might add). We rode in the gondola car and we got a bit sooty, but it was so warm, we were glad that we had the open cars.
We went to the Anasazi Ruins at Mesa Verde National Park. There is a museum with all the artifacts from those ruins and it seemed to be the most extensive collection that I have seen. Since Bill and I are on the lower end of elderly, we did not go on the tours and climb those wooden ladders to look inside. We were content to look from afar and take a few pictures.
There are many small towns along the way and we did our share of going into the antique and souvenir shops, and we did buy a few things. It was great fun just looking.
The drought also has affected Colorado, the rains had not yet arrived and it was a bit on the warm side. The state also has been affected by the bark beetle --e did see those effects when we took the train ride.
This vacation was the first that my husband and I have taken in more than 10 years, and we surely enjoyed getting away to a new place for a while.
Tonto Village Fire District
According to Fire Chief J. R. Alliger, the village and surrounding area has been quiet. There have been no fires to report, and the residents are cooperating in fire restrictions. Since there have been thunderstorms these past few days, there also has been lightning. If you happen to see a lightning strike, report it to 911, and the call will be dispatched to the right agency.
Tonto Village has grown by one more person in the past few weeks. Michael Edwards is our new villager. He is the son of Betty Koutz. He is working as a cook for the Double D Restaurant. Drop by and welcome him to our neighborhood and maybe stop for a bite to eat.
Water restrictions are now in place, according to the Tonto Village Water Company. The notices were mailed to all water users in the last billing. If you did not receive the notice, it states that all outside watering will go by the number of your lot.
If you have an even numbered lot, you may water on Wednesdays and Fridays. If your lot is an odd number, you may water on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If the water level should fall, your water will be temporarily suspended during the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This time will be used to help regenerate the wells. Please store enough water to meet your needs during these hours.
Sam Coe added another candle to his birthday cake on Wednesday, July 16. Sam is a new permanent resident of Tonto Village, having retired from Fry's Food Store in the Valley. Sam loves to ride his quad around the village and is a good pool player too. Happy Birthday, Sam, and we're happy that you are now here full time.
Jim Sumpter from Bonita Creek also will be celebrating his birthday July 16.
Tom Dunney, the main guy at Camp Tontozona, will be adding another candle to his birthday cake July 20, along with Diane Ham and Jim Ballard.
Happy birthday to all of you.
There were three winners in Tuesday's Ladies Pool games. Jennifer Kiley, Pat Bates and Patty Boeschling were the good pool shooters who took the top honors. Noele Gingry, Leon Long and Brett Zekoff shot the best on Sunday afternoon to take the top three places.
Vacation Bible School
Don't forget that Vacation Bible School starts at the Tonto Village Chapel July 21st through the 25th. The sessions will be starting at 9 a.m. If you have not registered your child yet, please call Rita Spalink at 478-0442 or 478-4282. Remember that volunteers are always welcome, either for teaching or bringing snacks. Call Rita today.
A reminder to all the outlying areas of Tonto Village: If you have any news that you would like to report in this column, please contact me at 478-4606 or my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.