Warm Weather Allows Residents To Get Out More


The weather in the Rim Country has been textbook perfect after a rough start in December. The temperatures have been hovering around 60 degrees and a bit higher in Payson.

Since the roads and streets have been slow to yield their icy surface, many residents have not attempted their daily exercise of walking the neighborhood, but this week, there have been many who have braved the now mostly clear roads, except for the mud, for their daily walk. It is a pleasure to get out and see the neighbors and catch up on what is going on in the Village.

There has been a big change on the Ballard property at the corner of Haught and Fitch Lane. Last Monday, heavy equipment showed up and within a few hours, the old doublewide home was gone. John Digman was the operator, and he made short work of the house and had a large Dumpster to haul away the debris. It sure looks pretty empty.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The annual Gila County fire chiefs meeting will be held at the Star Valley station meeting room on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The Fireflies auxiliary will be cooking and hosting the dinner that will be provided to the fire chiefs. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

The fire ops college class is now under way as of Jan. 12. In conjunction with Gila Community College, the class is being held at the training room at the Star Valley station on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The class will continue until the end of May.

The AFDA conference that was held in Laughlin, Nev. this past weekend was very successful, according to Fire Chief Hatch. Those attending were fire board members, Charlie Conover, Larry Corey, Gail Fitch and Gloria Alliger. Chief Hatch and administrative assistant Karen Carlen also attended.

Lost and found

A cake pan cover has been left behind after the Hellsgate Fire Department Christmas party. If you are missing a cover, please contact Karen at the Star Valley office, 474-3835.

Another Friends and Family CPR class is being scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16. The class will be held at the Star Valley station. To sign up, call Karen at the office. The class is a life-saving course. Everyone should know the essentials of CPR. Call now at 474-3835.


The snow that was on the back parking lot at Tonto Village Fire Station #22 has now melted off. The Domino Divas can now park their cars there.

Last Wednesday, a double celebration was held, one for newcomer, Laura Bierwirth. Laura was treated to a bouquet of roses, a card signed by everyone and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Dara Sutton was also recognized for her and husband Phon’s 31st wedding anniversary with a card and a gift of a bear with a sign that said “I work for honey.” Since they live in Bear Flat, the gift was most appropriate.

Double D Doings

The nine-ball players got together on Tuesday evening for their weekly competition. Nanci Olson of Christopher Creek, Linda Stailey of Tonto Village, and Sharon Marksbury of Kohl’s Ranch were the three top winners.

A new competition was added this past Thursday evening. The guys played eight-ball. The games start at 6:30. Since this is a new event, there were only two winners. Ron DeRocher of Camp “T” and Harvey Poyner. OK guys, step up to the plate, dust off those pool sticks and get practicing, here is your chance to win a bit of money and have a good competition besides.

Don’t forget that there will be a Super Bowl party at the “D” on Feb. 6. A sign up sheet for goodies to eat during the game is now at the bar. Sign up now and mark your calendar for a fun evening.

Birthdays, anniversaries

On Jan. 20, Fireflies member and a Domino Diva, Joan Norem and her husband Gary celebrate 22 years of marriage. Happy anniversary to you both.

Hellsgate firefighter Bill Beller will add another candle to his birthday cake on Jan. 24. Happy birthday to you, Bill.

Tonto Village I resident Dick Watson is now home after a procedure at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix. He tells me that he now has feeling in his legs after a long year of suffering with numbness. Here’s hoping that you have a speedy recovery, Dick.


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