Pony Express Riding Through Christopher Creek

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Monday night's fire board meeting was probably the shortest meeting in a long time. It lasted only about 15 minutes. There is not much going on. It is really quiet in the creek.

A budget workshop is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. If you are interested in being on the budget committee you can call board chairman Power Webb at (928) 474-4903.

Everyone is waiting to see whether another storm is coming in and just what it will bring.

Residents are busy taking down their Christmas decorations and cleaning up after the last heavy snow.

Christopher Creek was overflowing after the last storm. Debris was trapped in the creek, causing it to overflow. Thanks to the County for coming out and cleaning the crossing and the car wash area. I hope there will be no more problems especially when all this snow melts.

Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department has a new website. Go to www.ckfire.org and check it out. Coming soon they will have a live weather camera and a real weather station thanks to a generous donation from ERA Realty in Christopher Creek.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 is the day to mark your calendar. The Hashknife Pony Express will once again take their ride through Christopher Creek. Estimated time is somewhere between 2 and 3 p.m. Time depends mainly on the weather. Pony Express letters will be picked up by the riders at the Tall Pines Market and post office in Christopher Creek.

Each of these letters is stamped with the official ride logo. Tall Pines Market has the reprinted collectible mailers with the history of the Hashknife Riders for only $1. Posters can also be purchased for $10. You will need to get them filled out and back to the post office by the deadline, which is Jan. 28.

Did you know that Arizona has the only Pony Express that is sanctioned by and still delivers the mail for the US Postal Service? The Hashknife Pony Express makes this ride every year during the Parada del Sol festival. They travel 200 miles from Holbrook, Ariz. to Scottsdale and deliver around 20,000 first class letters by horseback.

You can come out to Christopher Creek on Feb. 2 have lunch and meet some of these riders. Sit at Creekside and watch as one rider hands off the mail to another. If you haven't seen this, it's worth the ride out here.

Shelly Hansen from Christopher Creek will be having surgery at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Good Samaritan Hospital in the valley. Shelly has a tumor in her liver and asks that everyone keep her in their prayers. Shelly is a special lady always doing for everyone else. Please keep her and her husband Dale in your prayers during this hard time. We wish you a very successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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