Beware Of Wildlife That Shares Our Forest

Hikers reported seeing evidence of a bear in the Diamond Point summer homes area. Please beware and protect your family and your pets from the wildlife that shares our forest.

Photo by Max Foster. |

Hikers reported seeing evidence of a bear in the Diamond Point summer homes area. Please beware and protect your family and your pets from the wildlife that shares our forest.


The Snyder clan increased by one this past weekend with the addition of a new granddaughter-in-law. Sarah Richardson of Mesa, Ariz. became the bride of our grandson Brian. The wedding took place at the Fiesta Fountains in Mesa. The place is extraordinary! There were three weddings taking place basically at the same time. The facility is extremely well organized and decorated for each individual wedding.

Brian and Sarah’s wedding was a tear jerker, but then aren’t all weddings? Congratulations to the newlyweds.


I received word this week of hikers who spotted bear excrement and rather large paw prints on the ground in the Diamond Point summer homes area. Please use caution when hiking and be aware of the larger animals that live in the area. There are also mountain lions and coyotes that roam in our forest at different times, remember that we live in their forest. Be especially careful for all your small animals.

There was a time many years ago of a bear getting into a chicken coop and devouring every single chicken in Bear Flat. When the animals are hungry, any creature is game.

This latest incident could be dangerous if the bear is female and has cubs, she can be very dangerous. Be careful and stay aware and if you happen to spot one, call Arizona Game and Fish of its whereabouts.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Testing for new firefighters has been completed and there are now five candidates that have been offered employment with the Hellsgate Fire Department. They are Mike Benjamin, Tanya Olson, Matt McKinley, Andy Brand and Doug Eckhardt. Congratulations to all of you and welcome to the Hellsgate Fire Department.

Brush pick-up

As I mentioned last week, there is some money available to pick up brush in the surrounding communities. The only stipulation is that there will be one site that is picked by the residents for the brush crew for each community. Some of the homeowner’s association presidents have been notified. Communities such as Tonto Village and Mead Ranch will have to decide where the brush will be dumped and then call the administration office in Star Valley. The phone number is (928) 474-3835.

There will be three vacancies on the Hellsgate Fire Board this year. If you would like to run for the positions, please call Linda Eastlick in Globe for more election information and when and where to pick up the packets. The phone number is (928) 402-8709.

The next Hellsgate Fire Board meeting will be Wednesday, April 11 at the Star Valley fire station. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Hellsgate Auxiliary, known as the Fireflies, will hold their first meeting of the year on Monday, April 9 at the Tonto Village fire station. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and all ladies who would like to be a part of one of the largest auxiliaries in the area are welcome to join. The next fund-raiser for the firefighters will be on May 26 when the auxiliary will be putting on a Memorial Weekend breakfast at the fire station in Tonto Village. There will also be a few homeowners who will be holding a yard sale that weekend.

Double D Doings

The pool tables were busy this past week with the nine-ball competition happening on Tuesday evening. Winners were Linda Stailey and Bobette Davis.

On Sunday afternoon, the competition for the eight-ball games began. When the chalk dust settled, Betty Koutz shot for first place and Cliff Landrum took second place. Congratulations to the winners.

Sunday is Easter Sunday and today starts the Jewish holiday of Passover. However your family celebrates these religious days, families will be together to observe the holiday. Happy Easter and Happy Passover to everyone.


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