Wildlife Roaming In Village



This past Sunday, Bill and I, and our fishing buddies, Rick and Theresa Meeker, decided to hike down Box Canyon. If there are people out there who have done this, you know that going down is the easy part.

We hiked to the creek and fished in different spots. In one spot, there were tracks of a mountain lion and a raccoon. The mountain lion tracks made us a little uneasy since there have been many sightings. Dara Sutton was riding in a golf cart with her grandchildren and mother in Bear Flat when they spotted one. Other people have sighted mountain lions crossing Highway 260 near Box Canyon. Anyone who hikes around this area needs to be extra careful.


Wildlife rubs shoulders with the residents of Tonto Village, hidden in the Tonto National Forest wilderness. Locals have recently spotted raccoon and mountain lion tracks in the small mountain community.

This mountain lion is a rather large animal and seems very comfortable in his surroundings. In other words, he is not afraid of humans. There may be one or more of these large and dangerous creatures in the wilderness surrounding Rim country.

Bear Flat

Phon Sutton will be celebrating his birthday on Aug. 17. Phon is an active member of the Tonto Village Fire Department and is a retired anesthetist from the Valley. Phon is a practicing naturalist and he is very conscious of our precious forest and he does his part in taking care if it. Happy birthday to you Phon.

According to one of the residents of the Bear Flat area, the creek rose 2.5 feet with the last rainfall, making it impossible for a few of the residents to cross. The residents communicate with each other via walkie -talkies in case of emergency.

Elk season is here

Linda Stailey was skilled enough to bag a cow elk this past Saturday, Aug. 6. The cow weighed in at 256 pounds. Linda hunted in unit 23, canyon 3, for a very short time before she had the opportunity to bag it. Congratulations to you Linda. If anyone else has been lucky enough to bag an elk, let me know. If possible, please send a picture.

Tonto Village Chapel

Patrick Wright has been named the interim pastor of the chapel. Patrick, his wife, Wendy, and their 1-year-old son, William, will be serving the Tonto Village Chapel. We all welcome them to our small community. Patrick lives in Payson and he has served as the youth pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church. Welcome to you and your family, Pastor Patrick.

The youth group still meets in the chapel every Saturday at 11 a.m. Games, refreshments, movies and bible lessons are available for all the children in the village.

A potluck luncheon will take place after church services this Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Star Valley Baptist Church will be joining the luncheon. Everyone is welcome to come and visit with neighbors, and eat good food.


Longtime village residents Glen "Putsy" and Audrey Shaw, will be celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary on Aug. 17. Congratulations to you both. Forty-eight years is quite a milestone, and your golden anniversary is just around the corner.

Tonto Village Fire District

The monthly fire board meeting will be at 10 a.m., Aug. 13 at the fire station. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. The fire department auxiliary, also known as the Fire Sirens, will hold a special meeting on Aug. 15, starting at 10 a.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. The auxiliary will be discussing plans for the annual Labor Day Bash. Tickets are now on sale from the auxiliary, at the fire station or Double D Restaurant, for the great raffle items that are being offered this year. First-place winner will receive a 20-inch Stihl chain saw, second prize is a Stihl grass whip and third prize is a screened garden canopy. There will also be other drawings for other prizes, so get your tickets now. The tickets sell for $1 each or six for $5.

Pool results

No information was available for the ladies pool games this past Tuesday. On Sunday afternoon, Harvey Poyner played for first place after many weeks of playing for second and third places. Harvey beat out Cliff Landrum, who came in third. Ethel Cain played very well for second place. Congratulation to you Harvey, persistence prevailed.


The "Domino Divas" are still going strong and are still playing every Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. Come and join the fun and good food.

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