Elk Are Back Foraging In Tonto Village


The elk are back in the Village foraging for anything still green. My husband heard a noise on our back porch Sunday evening so he checked it out and the bull elk had just jumped the fence and headed for the “island.”

There they stood just as proud and haughty as ever, looking at us looking at them with their huge antlers. What a sight! I never get tired of watching them, they are so majestic looking with their nose in the air.

We had potted our green pepper plants to see if we could keep them over the winter, since they were still producing blooms, and we had not brought the plants in yet for the evening. The elk spotted those plants and liked the taste of the leaves and ate half the plant before we spotted them in our yard.

My husband counted about half a dozen bull elk, there were no cows in sight.

Christmas party

I realize that Thanksgiving is still a week away and families are planning for family get-togethers and menus for the big Thanksgiving feast, but it is also usually the time that Christmas plans and gift giving is finalized.

With that in mind, there will be a combined Domino Divas and Hellsgate Fireflies Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The party will take place at the Tonto Village Fire Station at 1 p.m. You are asked to bring a gift that cost no more than $10 and a dish to share. Mark that date on your calendars all you domino players and Firefly gals.


There will be a donation box for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank at Hellsgate Fire Station #21 in Star Valley and at station #22 in Tonto Village for anyone who would like to donate a food item for the needy. The Fireflies and the Domino Divas will take charge of delivering the items to them.

The boxes will be available on Monday, Nov. 22 in one of the bays at both fire stations. The goal is to collect enough items to give to them for Christmas.

Old flags

The Hellsgate Fire Department in Star Valley is a drop-off point for old flags that are torn or dirty beyond repair. Hellsgate has an agreement with a local Boy Scout troop that will pick up the flags and will burn them at a flag burning ceremony. The flags can be dropped off any day Monday through Friday at the office at the side of the fire station.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The administration office will be closed Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. If there is an emergency, dial 911.

At the last board meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Department, it was announced that Travis Kilbourne of Tonto Village III will become a new reserve firefighter after going through fire school training. Congratulations to you, Travis. You will become a part of an exceptional group of firefighters.

The Tonto Village Fire Station will receive a new generator, thanks to the donation of money from the proceeds of the Labor Day barbecue put on by the Fireflies Auxiliary. This generator will serve to assist the people in the surrounding area in the event of a power outage for an extended length of time. The fire board thanked the Fireflies for their donation.

Pamela Furubotten was introduced to the fire board as the new chaplain for the Fireflies. Mrs Furubotten, who is a licensed non-denominational minister, will be available for anyone who is troubled and needs a sympathetic shoulder or who needs some counseling.

Her phone number is 928-478-4649.


Clint and Grace Daniels of Tonto Village III celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2. What a milestone for them.

Tonto Village Chapel’s Pastor James Barker and his wife Bernita will celebrate their union together on Nov. 22. They have enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Another milestone.

On Nov. 23, Jerry and Kay King of Tonto Village III will be married eight years.

Your love for each other is an inspiration to us all. Happy anniversary to you and to each couple.


The Double D Restaurant in Tonto Village will hold a potluck dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Ethel will furnish the turkey and everyone is urged to bring a dish to share. Everyone is welcome, from Thompson Draw to Bonita Creek and beyond. The dinner will start at 2 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Thanksgiving is a special day and is a chance to renew our bonds with those we love. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers.


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