Pony Express Makes Christopher Creek Stop

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The 46th Annual Hashknife Pony Express rode down from Holbrook through Christopher Creek Wednesday.

The annual event --he only re-enactment sanctioned by the U.S. Postal Service --egan in 1958.

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Members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse rode through Christopher Creek this week on their annual re-enactment of the original Pony Express ride. Debbie Ashbrenner, owner of the Tall Pines Market, greeted the riders as they stopped at her branch of the post office.

This year, they added a new stop to the ride, Tall Pines Market and post office in Christopher Creek. They spent the night in Payson before heading to the Valley Thursday, where they will kick off the Scottsdale Jaycees Parada Del Sol Rodeo Parade.

Dog killer

As a dog lover, I was very outraged over the slaying of Lady Bug, the cocker spaniel that some sick person shot with an arrow. They left the dog to die a slow death.

Olive Matus, owner of Creekside Steakhouse in Christopher Creek, put out a donation jar, and raised $200 to add to the reward money to find who did this horrific thing.

If you have any information about this, call the Payson Police department at (928) 474-5177, so they can catch this person.

Calling all actors

Don't forget the casting call of the 2004 Christopher Creek Melodrama "Pleasant ‘Sally' War." Auditions will take place at 10 a.m., Feb. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Christopher Creek. Whatever you know how to do, they can use your help. Invest a little time, reap big memories. Call (928) 468-7416.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Shelly Sundra (Feb. 5), Mary Lou Boyington (Feb. 6), Chuck Simpson (Feb. 11), Donnie Hunter (Feb. 13), Don Pennington (Feb. 14), Betty Lusson (Feb. 17), Dave Lloyd (Feb. 19), Michael Ronn (Feb. 20), Marlene Hagan and Skip Ashby (Feb. 21), Dale Hansen (Feb. 24) and Lance Sabo (Feb. 27).

Christopher/Kohl's Fire District

Assistant Chief Bob Lusson applied for a grant for a pro pack portable foam unit, which was approved and we have already received the unit. This will improve the firefighting capabilities of the department for structural and wildland fires.

Controlled burns have begun around the Kohl's Ranch area, and Ponderosa Springs will begin this month or next month. Controlled burns are being done in C-Canyon at Mountain Meadows Ranch and other properties as part of the Fire Wise program.

The Second Annual Chile Cookoff will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Landmark in Christopher Creek. Prizes for first, second and third place. Money goes to the fire cadets.

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