The weather has been remarkably warm this past week, and now I have tulips peeking out of the ground along with weeds. The temperature has been hovering around the 70-degree mark, give or take a few degrees. I even got to turn my furnace way down, which is a good thing, considering the price of propane. It will soon be time to plant the veggies. It will be great to eat fresh tomatoes again.
Station #22, Tonto Village and station #23 Mead Ranch, assisted the U.S. Forest Service on Sunday afternoon responded to a 911 call and reported smoke near the Ellison Creek Summer Homes. It turned out to be a campfire or as one of the firefighters described it as a “huge bonfire.” The fire was under control and all equipment returned to the fire stations.
A reminder for all residents of the Hellsgate Fire District that a burn permit is required all year long. Burn permits can be obtained by stopping by the Tonto Village station Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The permits are also available at the Mead Ranch station #23.
There have been a few chimney fires both in the village and in Star Valley, which resulted in major damage to homes just this past week. You are reminded to have your chimney checked for creosote buildup if you burn a lot of pine wood, and if a few years have passed without a checkup.
Get well wishes for Fire Chief Gary Hatch. Chief Hatch was working on a Bobcat recently and injured himself.
The next meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be on Wednesday, March 11 at station #22 in Tonto Village. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are always open to the public.
The Shop Around the Corner is a full service beauty salon featuring Paul Mitchell products. The owner, Rose Walker, has 10 years experience as a beauty operator and decided the village needed a salon for people who do not wish to go to Payson or are unable to get to town. The phone number for the shop is (928) 478-4287. Brooke Walker has also joined Rose as a specialist in manicures and pedicures. Brooke has five years experience.
The Double D Bar and Restaurant was host to the ladies nine-ball tournament this past Tuesday evening. The Tonto Village gals swept the Christopher Creek gals. The winners were Kara Shaw, Payge Ferriera and Betty Koutz.
Sunday afternoon the players for the eight-ball tournament took to the tables. The winners were Joe Ferriera, Harvey Poyner and Cliff Landrum.