Chili Cookoff In The Works


Hello again, fellow Creekers.

The Christopher Creek Visitors Association has decided on the three main community events it plans to sponsor. On Saturday, May 1, a chili cookoff and wine tasting event is planned. They’re even trying to include carriage rides as part of this. The second annual Christopher Creek Car Show Classic will be back and the date is Saturday. Oct. 9. Last year’s was a great success and this year’s event will be even bigger and better. The third event will likely be sometime in December. We’re going to work with Judy Tolle who handles the cart parade to see about beefing it up with some pretty neat prizes and to get more carts involved. Cindy at the Creekside is also planning a “stew-fest” immediately following the cart parade.

There are also many other events being planned in the area. Rumor has it that the ERA Realty office is going to organize a community garage sale and I know the Creekside Restaurant is working on numerous events as well.

Wednesday night’s poker winner this week was Joseph from Colcord. Poker is free and newcomers are always encouraged. For more info visit

According to a recent Board of Realtors meeting attended by Susan Keown the state Legislature has new taxing guidelines. According to Larry Huffer, Gila County assessor, anybody who rents a private home as a vacation rental will be taxed at a commercial rate. Anyone who has a Web page may be on the list. Also, your tax assessment just came out in the mail. If you realize a stark jump this might be why. The commercial tax rate is essentially double that of the residential rate. For any questions, you can call Larry Huffer at 1-800-304-4452 ext. 8716.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

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