In case you haven’t noticed, our Highway 260 looks mighty different these days. Originally, I was very disappointed that so many of our ponderosa pine trees were gone, but it looks as if the views that we will have when everything is done will be spectacular. There are quite a number of delays as we travel the road to Little Green Valley, but we will have a safer highway when it is all finished.
I just learned of a Web site that you can log on to find updates on the progress. There will also be an update on the widening of State Route 87 from Payson to Pine.
The site is: www.azdot.gov/PrescottProjects, or you can call their hotline for e-mail updates to your computer: 1-877-521-1118.
According to the Web site, there will be blasting at noon on Tuesday, May 18, Wednesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 20. The roadway will be closed for up to 45 minutes to provide a safe work zone for the crews as they conduct blasting operations. Eastbound traffic will be stopped at approximately milepost 265 and westbound traffic will be stopped at approximately milepost 267.
On Highway 87 from Payson to Pine from milepost 254.62 and milepost 255.94 the highway will be reduced to one lane between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, May 17 through Thursday, May 20. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place. Delays can be expected of up to 30 minutes during peak travel hours.
I realize that all this information will be over by the time you read this column, but this should still give you a heads up on the progress of road construction on our major highways in and around the Payson area.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The Hellsgate Fireflies participated in the Spring Fling in Star Valley this past Saturday. The turnout was not as good as other years, there were so many activities going on at the same time. The Hellsgate Fire Department would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the setup and the smooth running of the event.
The next big event will be the Fireflies’ Memorial Weekend breakfast. The date is Saturday, May 29 at the Tonto Village Fire Station. Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. For $5 you will be served sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. What a deal! Chorizo burros will also be served for $2 extra. The burros are made every year by Firefly, Lori Mulvey. Lori will also have her great salsa. Kids plates will be $3 if they are 10 years or under.
A rummage sale will be going on at the same time, and there will also be music by DJ Larry Smith.
There will also be yard sales going on around the Village. Just look for the signs or balloons.
Water Improvement District
There will be three vacancies on the water board for the upcoming election in November. Election packets are now available at the home of Linda Stailey on 478 Johnson Blvd. in Tonto Village. Her phone number is (928) 478-4641.
Belated birthday greetings to Lt. Chad Stluka of the Hellsgate Fire Department. His big day was Tuesday, May 18. Chad works out of fire station #22 in Tonto Village.
On May 23, Ashley Figueroa of National Bank in Payson will add another candle to her birthday cake. Ashley is always ready and willing to help you with banking problems with a great big smile on her face! Thank you, Ashley, for making banking chores a bit more pleasant.
On May 25, Grant Coley of Tonto Village II will celebrate (do I dare mention it?) seven decades. Oh my! Have a happy day, Grant.
On the same day, Mike Preston of Tonto Village III will also add another candle to his cake.
On May 27, Alice Andreas of Tonto Village III celebrates another year gone by and she is looking forward to spending many more years with her grandchildren.
Also on that day, Gary and Charlie Martin will celebrate 43 years of marriage. Gary and Charlie have moved to Prescott, but they still have ties in the Village. Happy anniversary to you both.
Double D Ladies nine-ball team
Last Tuesday evening there was one extra player who looked a bit out of place. Besides the gals who normally play, a fellow named Ross Tucker came in with his mom’s skirt on. Now the gals have told the guys that the only way that they could join in the tournament was if they wore a skirt. Ross took them up on it. He didn’t win though. Linda Stailey shot for first place, followed by Pat Bates and Kara Shaw. Better luck next time, Ross.