County Replaces Culverts In Tonto Village



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The Gila County maintenance crew at work in Tonto Village installing a new culvert on Thompson Road. The culvert was installed to replace an older and smaller one. The larger culvert will help divert water to the creek. Members of the crew included Alan Oswald, Smoky Slaughter, Porter Wilbanks, Travis Wills, Tom Tanner and Mike Moore.

Tonto Village was increased by one this past week with the arrival of Sarah Ruby Morris. Sarah arrived on April 30 and weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Sarah’s parents are Tyler and Stephanie Morris of Tonto Village II and she is joined in her new family by two brothers, Jonathan and David. Sarah’s brothers say that she is “awesome.”

Sarah also has a grandmother, Ruby Spalink, and great-grandfather, Charlie Terry, and several aunts and uncles.

Congratulations to the Morris family.

Tonto Village was hopping this past weekend at the Double D Restaurant and Bar with the fantastic band of Rockin’ Ron Gibson. Ron was the coordinator of the benefit barbecue held for the Watson family. There was an auction of great items, a bake sale and a silent auction. Many people helped put on the benefit and it turned out to be a very successful effort.

The Gila County maintenance crew was busy in the Village last week replacing culverts on Thompson Road and Johnson Boulevard. There were several heavy equipment pieces that were needed to accomplish the deed. The crew did a great job that took all day to finish. Thank you to all the crew for the great job they did.

The culverts will help divert rainwater to the creek instead of villager’s yards and homes.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Hellsgate Fire Department is accepting applications for reserve firefighter until May 15. Stop by fire station #21 on Walters Lane for the application, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also call the administrative office at (928) 474-3835 for more information.

The fire board will hold its monthly meeting at the Tonto Village station #22 on Wednesday, May 12. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Hellsgate Fire Department is also co-hosting a Spring Fling with the Moose Club in Star Valley on Saturday, May 15. The hours are scheduled to be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be vendor booths along with a great breakfast served by the Moose Club.

Birthdays for the Hellsgate firefighters include Bob Evanson on May 1, and Nick DeGroot on May 3. Happy birthday to the both of you.

The Hellsgate Fireflies will be selling raffle tickets and T-shirts at the Spring Fling, and the rodeo May 14 and 15.

Birthdays and get well

Rita Spalink has undergone surgery at the Scottsdale Osborne Hospital for a thyroid removal. Rita is now home recuperating and enjoying her new granddaughter. Get well wishes to you, Rita.

Rick Prack of Tonto Village I will celebrate his birthday May 14, followed by his wife’s big day on May 16. Happy birthday to the both of you.

Election Day

Don’t forget that there is an election for Proposition 100 on Tuesday, May 18. We are in the Zane Grey District and we vote in Christopher Creek at the Christian Fellowship Church. That’s the church that sits on top of the hill next to the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Station. The polls will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Early ballots can be mailed in by Thursday, May 13 and must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Don’t forget your I.D.

Memorial Weekend

The next big event is the annual Memorial Weekend breakfast sponsored by the Hellsgate Fireflies in Tonto Village. The breakfast will be held at Hellsgate fire station in Tonto Village on Mathews Lane. The food will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu will include scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and juice and coffee. Chorizo burros will also be offered for $2 each.

A rummage sale is also planned, so save up stuff that you want to get rid of, no clothes please. Raffle tickets for a Stihl 20-inch chain saw, a handmade quilt and a diamond necklace and earring set will also be available for $1 each or six for $5. T-shirts will also be on sale with the Hellsgate logo on them.

Pool results

The Double D gals met with the Christopher Creek gals this past Tuesday evening. Linda Stailey of Tonto Village II shot for the top spot. Nanci Olson of Christopher Creek took second place. Marie Leonard of Tonto Village I placed third. Congratulations to the winners.

Mother’s Day

Please don’t forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Mothers are always in your corner no matter what and they are deserving of your love and respect. Show her how much she is appreciated with lots of hugs and kisses, she really doesn’t need expensive gifts. She just needs to know that you love her.


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