Reminder: ‘Pack It In, Pack It Out’

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My hubby and I and our neighbor took a ride to Diamond Point this past weekend. I have lived here for about 10 years and had never gone to the tower. We couldn’t get too close, the barriers are still in place.

The tower is not manned this early in the season, but it was still quite a sight. On the way down we stopped at the place where crystals can be just picked up from the ground.

Not only did we find small crystals but very interesting rocks with silver streaks and quartz, and rocks that were beginning to form geodes. I know that rockhounders have been at this site many times, but for us, it was exciting and I hope to return very soon.

The outing was marred by litter left by people who don’t care about littering. The ugliest site was a dirty diaper, along with plastic water bottles and soda cans. We have encountered this type of litter along the Tonto Creek. How sad that there are people out there with no respect for the beauty of the area and trash it. This area is our back yard, and they have no regard for littering the forest. I would like to stress to the campers, hikers, and all visitors, to “pack it in and pack it out.”

2010 Census

Have you mailed in your Census? This is very important to our area, and means tax dollars for many city and county functions. Please send it in as soon as possible.

Mead and Collins Ranch

The residents are excited about the new water plant being close to completion.

After four months of bad roads in the neighborhood, the county finally came and graded them and it is much appreciated. Hellsgate Fire Department is doing controlled burns of the forest boundary piles that were created by neighborhood volunteers over the past year.

Many of the residents have received the new tax bills and have no reduction in the next two years. The same with Bonita Creek, yet in Payson they are going down 20 to 40 percent. This doesn’t seem right to the residents of the area.

Meetings

The Hellsgate Fire Board will be holding its monthly meeting Wednesday, April 14 at the Star Valley fire station. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Mark your calendar. There will be a ISO/Awards picnic/party on May 22 at Rumsey Park, ramada #4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. More information and reminders will be in this column in the following weeks.

Condolences

Word was received that a longtime Village resident passed away on Sunday morning. Pat Watson is one of the longest full-time residents of Tonto Village. She was very active in the Tonto Village Chapel as the music director and piano player. She will be sorely missed. When the Lord call our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Our sincere sympathies to Pat’s husband Dick and to the rest of the Watson family. Services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 11 at the Payson High School.

Pool results

The Double D gals got together with the gals from Christopher Creek for their weekly game of nine-ball. The first-place winner went to Creeker, Nancy Olson. Second place went to Payge Ferriera and third place was won by Pat Bates. Congratulations to the winners.

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