Forest Service Road 504, which a secondary route between the Heber-Overgaard area to Winslow, has been closed for nearly two weeks, with the exception of last weekend. The FS has been improving the road surface starting at the FS Road 153 and going north. The FS officials at the Black Mesa Ranger District said the road had washboard and rough conditions. Work will be completed by Oct. 1.
With the end of our previous week, the remnants of “Tropical Storm Georgette” released about 2 inches of sustained rain on Thursday, Sept. 23. The rain lasted most of the day, giving the moisture time to soak as it precipitated. Even with that time release, there was enough volume to ramp up some runoff in washes in our area. After the storm had passed, our clear skies returned with a few cooler nights following the storm. And by the middle of this week, temperatures had warmed to the mid 80s, having the drying and warming effect once again.
The Heber-Overgaard Fire Department had a meeting this week open to the public to discuss a variety of topics. On the agenda were reports regarding services of emergency medical services, the fire report and the fire chief’s report. And on the table for discussion and possible action were the purchase of a new 2010 Dodge wheeled coach ambulance and the sale of Ambulance 1865 to Forest Lakes Fire Department. Due to it being a personnel matter, there will be a closed executive session to decide on amending Fire Chief Richard Upham’s employment contract.
There will be an open house at the Heber-Overgaard Fire Station located at Highway 260 and Lumber Valley Road Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The invitation is extended to everyone to come out to meet the firefighters as well as the new fire chief, Richard Upham. Tours will be given during the open house. Refreshments will be served.
The Shepherd of the Pines United Methodist Church at 3015 Highway 277 is having its second annual “Chili Dinner” on Oct. 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Shepherd of the Pines. Please call (928) 535-5208 for more information.