The air moisture in the Heber-Overgaard area has been very low as of late and the sun beaming hot in the middle of the day causing dry conditions. A few small clouds stray in the distance only to serve as a reminder on how much we could use the moisture right now.
With all the snowmelt creating vegetation that already has dried out, we stand to only benefit by summer rains arriving.
The Black Mesa Forest Service office has raised the fire danger sign next to Highway 260 to the “very high” status.
The Heber Overgaard Fire District is looking for a new fire chief. The new fire chief will be selected by the board of directors after the closing date for this position occurs and the qualification verification and interviews have been completed. The new fire chief will lead and be supported by a well-trained staff in the delivery of life-saving, fire-suppression services, fire prevention and public education. The closing date for application submission is June 30. Many are looking forward to this selection as we head into this fire season.
The Arizona Mountain Motorcycle Association is having its third annual “Rally In The Cool Pines” June 25 through June 27 at “The Cabin.” There will be a biker rodeo with many contests therein as well as a poker run.
There will be free camping, Rent-A-Riders, vendors will be on hand and live bands will perform Friday and Saturday nights.
The Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce is working on the details of the upcoming July 4th Celebration. The dates for 2010 are July 2, 3, 4. Everyone is welcome to come Friday night, July 2, for hamburgers and chips. This will be held at Capps Middle School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The parade will be on the morning of July 3 starting at 11 a.m. That evening will be the fireworks at the Mogollon High School starting at 9 p.m. The park will have arts and crafts starting during the three-day weekend as well.
There are water restrictions at the parade this year. Last year there were incidents during the parade that led to this change of conditions. Outside of drinking water bottles, no water balloons or water guns will be allowed at the parade. There is mention that violators will be cited if such items are brought including any water cast by parade viewers as well as people in the parade.
The fireworks here are known to be one of the best in Northern Arizona. There is a $5 fee to enter the Tall Timbers Park. This donation will go toward next year’s fireworks.