Hellsgate Firefighters Free Stuck Horse


Hellsgate Fire Department was called out for a "horse in distress" Friday, July 25 at the home of Nick and Gayle Hodge in Collins Ranch.

Doc, the Hodges' 10-year-old, 1,150-pound gelding was stuck in a 15-inch opening between the barn and a pipe fence.


Rick Washburn and Bobby Mollere work to cut the pipe fence that Doc, a 10-year-old gelding, became stuck in.

Rick Washburn and Bobby Mollere responded to the 911 call without siren so not to scare the horse, then worked together to cut the pipe fence away and keep the horse calm.The horse had minor cuts on his hips which Gayle Hodge treated.

Rick and Bobby were able to extricate the horse by cutting the corral fencing.

The whole procedure took only 15 minutes and horse owner Nick Hodge was very appreciative.

Vacation time over

Vacation time is over for the kids in Tonto Village and for most of the kids in the Payson area. On Wednesday, July 30, at 9 a.m., the Payson Military Honor Guard raised the American flag at The Shelby School. The students and faculty said the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony and graduate Tessa Karrys sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." The event was a great way to start a new school year.

The new school year means that all traffic in the Village needs to adhere to the school signs and drive accordingly. The students will be walking on the streets during lunchtime, as well as going to and coming back from school.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The next monthly meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Station No. 22 in Tonto Village. All fire board meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend.

A reminder that there will be two open seats on the fire board available at the next election in November. If you are interested in serving on the Hellsgate Fire Board, contact Dixie Mundy at (928) 402-8708 for a petition. Dixie's e-mail address is dmundy@co.gila.az.us. for more information.

The www.hellsgatefire.com Web site is up and running and selling T-shirts. This is a fund-raiser for the fire department.

The new Fuels Reduction Grant rules are in effect for 2008. We finally have a handle on this and have started getting refunds for folks. For the new rules and reimbursement requirements, please visit http://hellsgatefire. org/grant-request.html.

The Firewise Inspection program is also up and running. The department has completed the entire subdivision of Thompson Draw II and all outstanding assessments for Mead and Collins Ranches. We will be scheduling other assessments that people have already signed up for in the next few weeks. For information on our firewise assessments see: http://hellsgatefire.org/what-is-firewise.html.

Hellsgate Fireflies, Tonto Village, will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11 at Station No. 22 in Tonto Village. We need volunteers to help with our annual fund-raiser on Labor Day Weekend. Please attend this important meeting.

Sympathy goes out to the Deatherage family on the loss of Willis on July 29, 2008. Willis was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he resided in Christopher Creek before he left for Mesa. Our prayers are with you, Nancy, and the rest of your family.


Randy Slapnicka of Tonto Creek Road, will be adding another year on Aug. 15. Phon Sutton will be celebrating his big day on Aug. 17. He will be 71 years young. Keep the fire extinguisher handy when he lights all of those candles!

Brenda Wilcox will be sharing that day with Phon. Brenda occasionally plays dominos with the ladies of the Village when she can manage to have some free time. There are exactly 86,400 seconds in your birthday. Enjoy every one of them! Happy birthday to all of you.

Pool results

The nine-ball tournament that was held last Tuesday evening at the Double D got off to a good start with Payge Ferriera taking the top spot. Nanci Olson of Christopher Creek shot for second place and Betty Koutz took third place.

Sunday afternoon is set aside for the eight-ball tournament. Joe Ferriera took the top honors of shooting the best, followed by Margaret Stasny and "Heath" from the Valley.

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