Coyotes Getting Very Aggressive In Hunt For Food

Chief Gary Hatch chats with new Firefly Auxiliary member Carol Wegley at the fifth annual Memorial Breakfast fund-raiser last weekend.

Chief Gary Hatch chats with new Firefly Auxiliary member Carol Wegley at the fifth annual Memorial Breakfast fund-raiser last weekend.


The Memorial Weekend Breakfast sponsored by the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, the “Fireflies,” was a huge success thanks to many, many people, including all the firefighters who helped set up and break down the tables and chairs, the spouses who helped put up the signs along the highway and sell raffle tickets, and every other job that needed to be done. The auxiliary wishes to thank the local media for all the great publicity the breakfast received, the Payson Roundup and Rockin’ Ron Gibson of KMOG radio, a special thank you. Mark Waldrop of Messinger Funeral Home graciously donated the bottled water that was handed out to the people. The auxiliary works so hard to make the firefighters’ lives just a bit better by subsidizing some of their expenses. Thank you to all the communities within the district who helped make that possible.

Danger of coyotes

A resident of Mead Ranch reported to me that the coyotes are getting very aggressive in their hunt for easy food. Sherry Duncan was walking her dogs about 2 p.m. in the afternoon when a coyote came out of nowhere and grabbed one of her dogs. She ran after that coyote and it finally dropped her dog. This action shows that the coyotes are not afraid of humans and they will attack even in the middle of the day. Please be aware of the danger for your animals, especially the little ones.


The Hellsgate Fire Board will meet on Wednesday, June 9 at the Star Valley Fire Station on 80 Walters Lane, just behind the Moose Lodge. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings are always open to the public and your comments are welcome.

The next EMT training class has been set for sometime in August. For more information and to sign up, contact Karen at the Hellsgate administration office at station #21 in Star Valley.

The fire department has also arranged to have a community CPR class for friends and family. The date is set for Tuesday, July 20. The class will be restricted to only eight people. The class will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call the station and talk with Karen at 474-3835.

The reserve firefighters who have already turned in their applications will need to take the aptitude test. The tests are scheduled for June 4 at 6 p.m. and June 5 at 9 a.m. Call Karen to sign up.

The Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 15 at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Tonto Village. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is also open to the public and again, comments are welcome.

There will be three vacancies on the water board that will come up for election on the November ballots. The packets are available at administrator assistant Linda Stailey’s home on 478 W. Johnson Boulevard. Five signatures are required to be added to the November ballot. The first date to file is on July 6 and the deadline for final filing is Aug. 4. Linda’s telephone number is (928) 478-4641.


Vicki Grootegoed of Christopher Creek will add another candle on her birthday cake on June 12. Vicki is an avid domino player with the gals in Tonto Village. Vicki is also very talented in sewing and quilting. Vicki has generously donated quilts that she has made for the raffle sales for the Fireflies Auxiliary. May love, laughter and contentment decorate your special day and fill your year. Happy birthday, Vicki!

Bill Dupke from the Mead and Collins Fire Station #23 will celebrate his birthday on Flag Day, June 14. Have a great day, Bill.

Pool results

The Double D nine-ball gals got together again last Tuesday evening along with the gals from Christopher Creek. After a few difficult shots were missed, Sherri Moore of Kohl’s Ranch came out the top shooter. Betty Koutz , who hasn’t won a game in a while, came in second. Nanci Olson came in third. Congratulations to the winners.


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