Watch Out For Cattle On Control Road


Tonto Village is being taken over by free range cattle. No matter where you look in the Village there is evidence of them everywhere with huge piles of cow patties!

It is so cute to watch the calves trying to keep up with their mothers and the rest of the herd. The problem with the cattle is that they do not care if they block the roads. They will go wherever there is food for them including your yard if you do not have a fenced-in yard.

I caution everyone who drives around the Village to be aware of where the cattle are, if one gets in the way of a vehicle, it could do much damage to your vehicle, besides injuring the animal.

According to Donna Reed of the Pleasant Valley Ranger District, and according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture, a person is responsible for compensation to the owner of the cattle if the cattle are injured or killed. You can Google “Open Range Law in Arizona” for more information. You can also call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District at (928) 462-4300 and talk with one of the caretakers of the ranger district.

Enjoyable evening

My husband and I attended the latest Payson Choral Society concert this past Saturday evening at the Payson High School auditorium. It was a delightful experience to listen to a very talented group of singers singing the popular songs of the states.

The cost is nominal and we consider this a worthy investment in the student scholarships that are offered to the middle school and high school music students.

There were two chosen from the middle school and two from high school. We had the pleasure of hearing all four of the winners of the scholarships. Thank you Payson Choral Society for a very enjoyable evening.

Bear Flat

Last week Armstrong Contractors worked on clearing slash and bringing down trees to widen the gravel road to Bear Flat so that emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances can maneuver on the dirt roads.

A huge thank you to Hellsgate Fire Chief Hatch for expediting the removal of the road hazards and clearing away the dead brush. The residents are hugely appreciative of all the work that was done to make Bear Flat a bit more safer from a brush or forest fire.

Hellsgate Fire Department

There will be a meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board on Wednesday, May 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. This month the meeting will be held at station #22 in Tonto Village. All residents of the surrounding area are welcome to attend the meeting.

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary held its monthly meeting on Monday, May 2 at the Tonto Village station.

The meeting was well attended and the committees were set with the workers for each committee.

President Dara Sutton wishes to thank everyone for attending and for volunteering to help on various committees.

Everything is now set to move forward with the first fund-raiser of the year — the Memorial Weekend breakfast on Saturday, May 28. There will be a few more work days to organize all supplies needed to set up the areas.

There will also be a bake sale this year featuring breads, muffins, cookies, pies and hopefully jams. A person does not have to be a member of the Fireflies to bake something for sale. Please call Janet at (928) 478-9935 for the pickup of your donation or leave at the fire station the day of or a day or two before the breakfast.

Also, if you would like to submit a recipe or two or three for our upcoming cookbook, tentatively named “Fireflies Can Cook Too!,” please bring them to the breakfast on May 28 either to me at the bake sale table or to Penny Wells, the chairperson who is compiling the cookbook.


A birthday was omitted last week. Jeff Daniels from Christopher Creek celebrated his big day on May 4. Jeff is a frequent visitor to the Village, particularly once a month to read the water meters for the Tonto Village Water Company. Happy belated birthday to you, Jeff.

Other birthdays include: May 14, Rick Prach of Tonto Village I along with Hellsgate firefighter John Ceja at station #21 in Star Valley.

May 16 is Sue Prach’s big day. Sue has been spending much of her time back east with therapy. We wish her well and a big happy birthday!

May 17 is Annette Godfrey’s big day. Annette is a regular domino player with the Domino Divas on Wednesday afternoons.

Last, but not least, on May 18, Hellsgate Lieutenant Chad Stluka will add another candle to his birthday cake. Most days you can spot Chad on his quad giving his two children a ride around the Village. Three cheers from me to you all on your birthday!


The Village learned of a former resident that passed away this past week. Gerald “Swede” Swenson. Swede lived in the Village for a time before he moved to Star Valley. Swede made many friends in the Village and he will be missed. Condolences to Swede’s family for their loss.

Double D doings

Last Tuesday evening, the nine-ball gals took to the tables for their weekly competition. Linda Stailey played the best, taking first place. Ethel Cain shot for second place and Sharon Marksbury came in at third place.

On Thursday evening, it was the guys’ turn to play. The winners were Josh Elam, John Watson and Michael Bryan. Congratulations to all the winners.


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