Extra Care Needed Now That Fire Season Is Here

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June is already halfway over and according to the morning newspaper, the monsoon season has started as of June 15.

The fire season has also started. Southeast Arizona has already had a few forest fires, mainly human caused. What a shame that people destroy something so beautiful just because they do not care or are neglectful.

Just by looking out my office window, I can tell that the brush is very dry and would flare up with the slightest spark. I caution everyone to be extra careful.

The next big holiday is July 4, our nation’s birthday, and Tonto Village is going to celebrate the day with a quad parade and a kids ’n’ kritters contest. Ethel Cain, the owner of the Double D Restaurant and Bar is sponsoring the event. The parade will start at the first set of mailboxes at 1 p.m. Decorate your

quad in a patriotic theme or whatever brings out your creativity. There will be barbecued beef on a bun at the restaurant and Popsicles for the kids who enter the kids ’n’ kritters parade.

Lynda St. John will be providing live music at the bar on July 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. And she will be on the patio from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the restaurant at (928) 478-4332.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Thanks to the firefighters from station #21, the parking lot at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley has been painted with the stripes for parking. Thanks for volunteering your time. Hellsgate Fire Department is always ready to help the community.

The oral boards for the prospective reserve firefighters is continuing and is the next step in qualifying for the reserve positions.

The proposed budget for 2011 for the Hellsgate Fire Department has now been posted at fire stations #21, #22 and #23 and the Star Valley Town Hall. The proposed budget will be posted for a period of 30 days.

Chief Hatch has announced that a new grant will become available soon for commercial companies for tree and brush removal. The companies must be licensed, bonded and insured. For more information on the bidding process, please call the Hellsgate office in Star Valley. The number is (928) 474-3835 and speak to Karen Carlen.

Birthdays

Danny Cain will celebrate his birthday on June 26. Danny is the other half of Ethel Cain and shares the ownership of the bar and restaurant with his wife, Ethel. Danny is always busy and he can be spotted on his quad running his errands along Johnson Boulevard. Give him a wave “howdy” and good wishes for his birthday.

Pool results

Ethel Cain was the top winner of the nine-ball tournament held last Tuesday evening. Second place was won by Sherri Moore and third place by Pat Bates. Congratulations to the winners.

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