Hikers Beware Of Rattlesnakes Near Tonto Creek Hatchery



It is hard to believe that this week is the last week of June. The month has flown by so fast and the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner. The holiday will be a fairly hot one, if the weather forecasters are correct, so it is fair to believe that there will be many people in our area from hotter parts of the state.

I would like to offer a word of caution to all who hike or fish near Tonto Creek. According to Trevor Nelson, a fish culturist at Tonto Creek Hatchery, there is a very dense population of rattlesnakes around the hatchery, along with a variety of other species of snakes.


There is a dense population of Blacktail Rattlesnakes around the Tonto Creek Hatchery this time of year. Wear pants, boots and be aware of your surroundings while hiking.

Trevor tells me that there will be many more sightings of all snakes because of the hot weather. A blacktail rattler was spotted by my fishing buddy and myself last week. I don't know much about this snake, but any rattler is potentially dangerous.

Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for snakes sunning themselves early in the morning on rocks. Trevor tells me that these snakes are slow to anger, unless disturbed.

They are naturally a mellow snake. If a person is bitten, Trevor said that the best thing to do is kill it and take it to the hospital so that they can get the right antivenin into the person. The Dude Fire is one of the reasons for the dense population of all types of snakes in the area of the hatchery.

The vegetation changed and the population of rodents increased. Because of the increased food supply (the rodents), the population of snakes increased as well.

The best advice would be to dress in jeans or long pants and hiking shoes, if hiking around this area is in your plans.

Tonto Village Fire District

Kevin Martin, administrative assistant to the fire department, reminds everyone in the Village and all the visitors to the area that the forest is restricting campfires, except for propane stoves. Also, no firecrackers, sparklers or fireworks of any kind are allowed or firearms or shooting within the forest or near any homes. A call will be made to 9-1-1, reporting violators in Tonto Village. We all need to cooperate to keep us safe from forest fires.

A reminder that the Dumpster is still in place, compliments of the Tonto Village Fire Department, for all branches, pine needles and other debris. The Dumpster is across the street from the fire station. There will be many part-time residents coming up for the holidays who will be cleaning their properties. The Dumpster is a courtesy to the residents, so take advantage of the convenience of having the Dumpster in the Village.

Bill Snyder worked to rid the "island" near the Control Road of dead tree branches in a couple of areas where people have discarded them. This is a fire hazard that we do not need in the Village. No dumping of any refuse is allowed in the area except for the Dumpster. Thank you, Bill, for your hard work.

The Tonto Village firefighters will be holding the next sessions of their mini-academy this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the Tonto Village Fire Station.

The classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. The Fireflies Auxiliary will be serving lunch to the all of the attendees.

Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary


Janet Snyder, Dara Sutton and Nancy Yoakum of the Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary manned a booth to sell raffle tickets at the Star Valley Days celebration, sponsored by the Diamond Star Fire Department Auxiliary this past Saturday. Winners of the raffle items will be announced at the annual Labor Day Bash in Tonto Village on Sept. 1.

This past Saturday, the auxiliary members took turns in manning a booth at the Star Valley Days celebration sponsored by the Diamond Star Auxiliary, to sell raffle tickets for the fund-raiser the Fireflies will be hosting on Sept. 1 at the Tonto Village Chapel. The auxiliary will announce the winners at the Labor Day Bash along with serving a plate of barbecue beef sandwiches, beans and corn on the cob. Mark your calendar for this annual event. The food is always great and plentiful.

Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District

Harry Jones of the Rim Trail Water District will be at the next meeting that will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. Jones is well versed in water districts and he has also represented other water districts. Jones can answer questions from the residents, regarding the possibility of purchasing the water company from the Standage family. Election packets are available from Linda Stailey for the election of water board officers that will be held in November. Paper ballots will be mailed to all registered voters within the Tonto Village Water District. Call Linda at (928) 478-4641.

Birthdays, etc.

Marie Coley of Tonto Village II will celebrate her birthday in a bang-up way on July 3. Rick and Theresa Meeker will have their 34th wedding anniversary on July 6.

Kay King, Ethel Cain and Roger Boyington all share July 7 for their birthday. Laverne Belcher of Bear Flat will add another candle to her birthday cake on July 11.

Congratulations to everyone.

Tonto Village Chapel

Mark your calendars for the Vacation Bible School session for this year. It will be held from July 9 through July 13 at the Chapel. The sessions start at 9 a.m. to noon.

All the teachers are working hard to make this session the best ever. Snacks will also be provided for all the kids.

Pool Shots

Last Tuesday's winners of the nine-ball tournament were Margaret Stasney, Payge Ferriera and Kara Shaw.

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