The monsoon season is finally here. Tonto Village has not received a whole lot of rain (about 1-1/4 inches for the past few days), but it has been delightful. Bear Flat has recorded (unofficially) 4.03 inches of rain for the past two weeks. The rain has been hit and miss, with some areas recording different amounts . Maybe the rain gauges are different.
You can almost imagine that the ponderosa pine trees are smiling accepting the moisture.
As I look out my office window, I can see that there is still dry grass and small shrubbery that would ignite very quickly. The Forest Service has not lifted its ban on open campfires. Make sure that you relay the word to any visitors that will be camping in the area that no open fires are allowed.
Water Improvement District
There are two openings for the board of directors in the Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District. If there is anyone in the district interested in filling these positions, please call Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641 or come by the house which is located at 478 W. Johnson Blvd. If you are interested in running for the board of directors, please stop by Linda Stailey’s home to pick up the packets for the November elections.
Mead Ranch News
The Arizona Game and Fish has told the residents that there is a nuisance bear that they have been trying to trap.
The bear was last seen at the Tonto Creek Campground and they think it is the same one that has decided the neighborhood has tasty treats in their trash cans and their grills and the Mead/Collins area might make a nice home.
They have put a trap on lot #12 south of a residents home in the hopes of catching and relocating the bear. Please keep kids and pets away from it while it is here.
Bears that must be removed are relocated or may have to be destroyed if they are considered too dangerous, or have lost their fear of humans, or continue to get into conflicts with people. Removing any wild animal is traumatic for the animal and usually can be prevented. Excellent information can be found on the Arizona Game and Fish Web site on bears: http://azgfd.gov/w_c/urban_bear .shtml.
Also a reminder to watch your pets.
A coyote came for a resident’s dog again! This makes the second time that this coyote has tried to get the resident’s dog. Don’t leave your pet unguarded at any time.
On a lighter note, An Independence Day celebration was held for the neighbors and was hosted by the Winchester, Trujillo and Walhgren families. Everyone brought a delicious dish to share and everyone celebrated the 4th of July in style.
Word was received that a longtime resident of Bear Flat, Robert Collins, passed away in Phoenix on July 7. Robert and his wife Carol had been married for 62 years, had five children, 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Robert passed away just shy of his 84th birthday. The Bear Flat residents will miss Robert and sends their sympathies to his family.
For the week of July 18 to July 24: Jim Ballard now of Okmulgee, Okla. but he still has a home in Tonto Village, celebrates his birthday on July 20. Tom Dunny, former general manager of Camp Tontozona, and now of Tonto Basin, also has his big day on the 20th. Roy Tolby of Tonto Village III will add another candle to his birthday cake July 22. Laura Tetzke, daughter of Elaine Tetzke of Tonto Village III rounds out the week with her birthday on July 24. Happy birthday to all of you. And remember: there are exactly 86,400 seconds in your birthday. Enjoy every one of them.
Food for thought
Since this year is an election year, I came across this bit of history from the Internet that you might find interesting: Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TVs or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs and bars. They were told to “go sip some ale” and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. They were told, “you go sip here” and “you go sip there.” The two words were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term “gossip.”
Have a great week and please be fire wise.