Fire Chief In Washington To Preserve Fire Code


Did I say last week that it was almost spring planting time? Well, I did plant some herbs and wouldn’t you know, the temperature Tuesday morning was 29 degrees.

I may have lost what I planted, and now the forecast for the weekend predicts snow! If the moisture is in the form of rain, I can handle that, we need it! I am worried about the apple tree blossoms freezing and not having apples again this year. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we do not have any freezing weather.

My husband and I checked the Tonto Creek this week and the creek is very low. I don’t know how that will affect the trout stocking that is due to happen in the next week or so, but there is another reason for rain; to fill up the holes in the creek so that the fish hatchery can load up the creek with tasty trout. There was supposed to be a crew working this past winter on enlarging some of the fishing holes, but we did not see too much evidence of that.

Hellsgate Firefly Auxiliary notes

The first meeting of the season was held on Monday afternoon, April 2, with a large turnout.

Under the new leadership of president Dara Sutton, the auxiliary has grown to include not only Tonto Village, but Star Valley, Bear Flat, Thompson Draw I and II, Ellison Creek Summer Homes, Diamond Point Summer Homes, and Mead and Collins Ranch including honorary members from Christopher Creek and Kohl’s Ranch. Chief Gary Hatch has informed the auxiliary that the Fireflies is the largest fire auxiliary of the 13 counties  in the whole state of Arizona. Come and join us at the next meeting at 1 p.m., Monday, May 2 at the Tonto Village Fire Station.

Everyone was eager and enthusiastic about starting a new year with many varied projects.

The Memorial Weekend breakfast is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 28 at the Tonto Village Fire Station beginning at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. for those late risers.

A bake sale has been added this year and will feature breads, muffins, jams, etc. The times have been changed, so mark your planner for the different times, and add a few more dollars to your wallet for all the tasty baked goods.

A few of the other projects that were discussed were forming a cookbook of recipes that could be sold to the public.

Also making aprons for the ladies that serve the food, there were many volunteers to help with this project.

The auxiliary always raffles off a chain saw for the Labor Day celebration and the ladies voted to have a $300 gift card for food and a $200 gift card for gasoline. The tickets for the chain saw have been handed out to the ladies and they will be selling the tickets right away. Keep in mind that this event and all the work that the auxiliary does goes to help your firefighters do a great job in protecting us and saving our lives in some cases. Please help to support your firefighters.

Hellsgate Fire Department

There will be a meeting of the Hellsgate fire board on Wednesday, April 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Open for discussion will be the first review of the proposed budget for 20011-12.

The SAWS 212 class is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 at the Star Valley Fire Station. The times will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call station #21 to sign up. The number is 474-3835. This class is put on by the U.S. Forest Service.

Fire Chief Gary Hatch is attending a session in Washington, D.C. with other fire chiefs to discuss with the representatives from our state regarding the National Fire Code. There has been talk of abolishing this code and the fire chiefs are not in favor of this and will attempt to convince Congress to keep it intact.

New bids are now available for brush cleanup in Thompson Draw I and II. The crews have to be licensed, bonded and insured. Pick up the packets from the Star Valley Fire Station.

There will be possible burning of slash in the “Pearly Pit” area and Diamond Point Summer Homes this week and possibly next week depending on the weather.

There was an unfortunate accident last week involving a recruit to the fire department. Jeff Shaw has been studying to become a full-fledged volunteer firefighter when he had an accidental fall off a scaffold. Jeff is a exterior house painter by trade. Jeff has been recuperating in the hospital and is likely to be released sometime this week. All the firefighters and the auxiliary wishes Jeff a speedy recovery time.

Birthdays and anniversaries

John Jackson, a firefighter with Hellsgate will celebrate his birthday on Thursday, April 14. Here’s hoping you have many more birthdays and many more birthday cakes to eat and enjoy.

On Sunday, April 10, Tonto Village III residents Kent and Gail Mortenson will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. The best way to enjoy life is to savor the passing of time. Happy anniversary to you both.

Double D doings

The nine-ball competition with the Christopher Creek pool shooters was held last Tuesday evening at the D. The winner was Tonto Village resident Linda Stailey. Patty Boeschling and Nanci Olson of Christopher Creek shot for second and third places.

Thursday evening, the guys took over the pool tables and Brady Dupke, Ron Desrochers and Tim Reed were the top three winners.


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