The village was extremely busy with visitors and campers along with our part-time residents. The Control Road was nothing but a big dust cloud for the whole weekend. Quads and dirt bikes ruled the road and caused an enormous amount of noise and dust.
I am hoping that in the future, the Control Road gets paved for the benefit of all for the residents in the village. The dust just hangs over the homes and causes coughing and difficulty breathing. Personally, the dust closes up my throat. I consider this road to be a health hazard, and everyone who lives in the village would like to see the road paved as soon as possible.
Tonto Creek Watershed meeting
The next Tonto Creek Watershed meeting will be held Saturday, June 20, at the Tonto Rim Christian Camp on the Tonto Creek Road. (The same road as the fish hatchery.) The meeting will start at 9 a.m. For further information, contact Rev. Larry Fultz at the camp. His phone number is (928) 478-4630.
Tonto Village Domestic Water District
An important budget meeting is set for Tuesday, June 30 at the Hellsgate Fire Station #22 in Tonto Village. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and public comments are encouraged.
Hellsgate Fire Department
Two more firefighters have passed the basic wildland firefighting course. Bobby Mollere and Lenny Trujillo of Station #23 at Mead Ranch finished the training, but it won’t be the last course. The firefighters go through a series of classes to qualify and become adept at handling wildland fires. Congratulations to you, Bobby and Lenny.
The only one call for the firefighters this past weekend came when a car collided with a huge bull elk. The elk landed on the windshield broadside. There were no serious injuries for the driver or passengers, but the car didn’t look so good. The people were very fortunate, elk can cause major damage to life and limb. In this case, the car won and not the elk, thank goodness.
The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a wrap-up meeting of the Memorial Weekend Breakfast on Wednesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of fire station #22 in Tonto Village. Also under discussion will be plans for the annual Labor Day Bash on Saturday, Aug. 29. The Fireflies are selling raffle tickets for a homemade quilt, a Stihl 20-inch chain saw, and a Wii game set. All the Fireflies have tickets to sell, and if you don’t know any of them, call president Nancy Yoakum at (928) 478-4370. The cost is $1 for one or six for $5. The Fireflies already have DJ Larry and Mary Smith for the music for the barbecue. Larry played and sang for the Memorial Breakfast and he was a huge success.
Talent and Art Show
The first talent and art show will be taking place June 26 and June 27. The show is to highlight the diversity of talent from people who live in the area.
The theme for the talent show is patriotic and will honor our veterans. Wanda Palmer has not only organized a fun event for Christopher Creek, but for a wide area. Show times are 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 26 and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on June 27. All the fun takes place at the LDS Chapel in Christopher Creek. There is no charge to see and hear all the great talent in the Rim Country.
The eight-ball tournament this past Sunday afternoon was dominated by the men. Cliff Landrum shot for first place (of course!), followed by Harvey Poyner, who always places somewhere near the top, this time, second, and Joe Ferriera shot for third. All the guys are very good at the game. Last Tuesday evening was gal time and nine-ball was the game of the evening. The winners were Bobette Davis, Ethel Cain and Linda Stailey. Linda was the lucky one, winning the nine-ball break pot. This means that the gals add a dollar to the pot each week and whoever sinks the nine ball on the first break wins the pot. Congratulations to Linda and to all the winners.