Village Is Covered With 10 Inches Of Snow


Did somebody leave the freezer door open?

Tonto Village is covered in about 10 inches of snow and a lot of ice! The residents need to be extra careful since the ice is still hugging the roads, not only if you are driving, but especially if you are walking.

A few years ago, my husband Bill was shoveling out the driveway and did not notice the black ice underneath the snow. He fell and hit his head pretty hard, so please be careful.

The wood stoves are cranked up to full blast to keep warm, along with that ‘new’ invention called the ‘pellet stove’ going full bore just to keep the tootsies warm.

Brian’s home

The biggest news for the Snyder clan this week is that our grandson, Brian Snyder, USMC, is now home from Afghanistan.

Our son, Bill, his wife and other children and Brian’s girlfriend met him as he arrived at Camp Pendleton in California this past weekend.

As far as we know now, Brian will be stationed at Pendleton until next November and then he tells us that he will do one more tour of duty in Afghanistan before he is discharged. Or maybe not, his plans are not in concrete yet, so who knows if he will ‘reup’ as they say.

Bear Flat

The folks that live in this tiny community wish to give a great big thank-you to the Gila County maintenance crew for repairing and grading the road the Saturday before the snow started to fall.

The crew came back this past Saturday and plowed the road.

The residents are truly grateful that the maintenance crew was right on top of the situation and made it so much easier for them to navigate the road.

One of the fellows was Tonto Village resident John Digman who works for the county. He did a wonderful job of repairing the big ruts that were in the road. Bear Flat thanks you, John, and the rest of the crew for a great job.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Another reminder of the Hellsgate Fire Board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The meeting is being held at station #21 in Star Valley.

The business meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

Don’t forget about the free blood pressure checks given by the firefighters on the first Saturday of each month that began on Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lamplighter Community room in Star Valley. The next one will be held on Jan. 7, 2012.

The Hellsgate Fire Department St. Vincent de Paul food drive is continuing through the month of December.

Please leave any dry food items at either station #21 in Star Valley or at station #22 in Tonto Village.

Every little bit helps, and the food items are so very important to the folks who need a little bit of help to get through the holiday season.

Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary

Time is running out for adding your favorite recipes to the Fireflies cookbook. Please get them to any of the Fireflies before Dec.31.

It would also be okay to call either Vicki at 478-4654 or Janet at 478-9935.

We need at least about 150 recipes for a go on publishing.

Please help the auxiliary to meet that goal.

The firefighters are the winners when the cookbooks are sold, so please help them out by submitting your favorite recipes.


There are quite a few birthdays this week starting with one that was overlooked. Scherry Duncan of Mead Ranch and the past treasurer of the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, had her birthday on Monday, Dec. 5.

Scherry, the auxiliary wishes you a birthday greeting and hopes that you have a wonderful year.

Jeff Shaw of Tonto Village III, adds another candle to his cake on Dec. 12.

Carol Fulp, a long-time resident of Tonto Village I and now only part-time because of health concerns, has her birthday on Dec. 13.

Carol has been a vital part of the Tonto Village Chapel’s vacation Bible School for the kids in the village as well as attending the services each Sunday.

On Dec. 14, Long Ranch resident Duane Long turns another year older, along with Tonto Village resident John Digman on the same day.

Dec. 15 is the big day for J.R. Alliger to add another candle to his birthday cake. J.R. is our resident locksmith and has helped out the Village residents when they have been locked out, including me!

Thank you, J.R. Have a great birthday.

Flo Haulot now of Tonto Basin most of the year has her big day also on Dec. 15. Flo has been a longtime resident of the Village going back to the ’70s when she owned Honest John’s Lumber Yard on Thompson Road. Happy Birthday to you, Flo.

Double D Doings

There was only one pool game competition this past week. On Tuesday evening, the gals competed in the nine-ball games at the Double D.

First-place winner was Bobbie Davis, second-place winner was Kara Shaw and third-place winner was Patty Adams of Christopher Creek. Congratulations to the winners.


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