Hoping For Rain To Protect Our Forests

Last year's monsoon provided some respite from the drought. This summer may not display the same kindness.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Last year's monsoon provided some respite from the drought. This summer may not display the same kindness.


Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious? I think I used to be, but now I take the days as they come without worrying about the date. The one thing I do worry about now is the safety of our forest. Since I live right in the middle of those magnificent ponderosa pines in the Tonto National Forest, I worry about when the next bit of moisture falls our way. I understand that closing off the forest to the general public is probably not good for the business community, but what if there was a forest fire and then what? No trees and only black stumps, what happens to the businesses then? The closure cramps my activities too, such as no fishing on the Tonto Creek, but at least I know that the rains will come and the forest will again open and the creek will still be there to enjoy.

BBQ cooking

I came across this years ago on the Internet and I found it to be so true, and funny. See if you agree.

Barbecuing is the only type of cooking a real man will do. When a man says, “Hey, let’s have a barbecue tonight. I’ll cook and you can relax!”

This is what happens ...

  1. The man goes out to the patio, grabs a beer, and begins to prepare the grill.
  2. The woman goes to the store and buys all vegetables, meat, paper plates, and so on.
  3. The woman washes and chops the vegetables, fixes the salad, and prepares the vegetables and side dishes and dessert.
  4. The man sits down with another beer, lights the grill, and observes it for a while to make sure it’s working.
  5. The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and takes it to the man, who is lounging beside the grill, making sure it stays lit.
  6. The man ceremoniously places the meat on the grill.

7, The woman goes inside to get the plates ready and check the vegetables.

8, The man double-checks the beer cooler and has another one. The woman comes back out to remind the man that the meat is burning.

  1. The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.

10, The woman prepares the plates and brings them to the table.

  1. After eating, the woman clears the table, disposes of the trash and does the dishes.
  2. The man grabs a beer and goes inside to watch the game.
  3. The woman goes back outside and turns off the grill.
  4. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed her night off. Upon seeing her annoyed reaction, he concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women!

I hope that this does not offend anyone, I realize that there are many women who man the grill also, and do a fine job.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The brush truck is up and running again and will soon be in your neighborhood to pick up the brush. As of this week, the pick up is working in Thompson Draw II.

The Hellsgate Fire board met at the fire station in Tonto Village on Wednesday, July 11.

The fire board awarded Rick Heron for 17 years of service; Jeffrey Yunkens, 7 years; and Matt Highstreet, 10 years.

Upcoming events: There will be a Desert Southwest Fire and EMS Expo Thursday, July 26 at the University of Phoenix Stadium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is the largest ever for the state of Arizona and the best part is that there is no charge for this event and it’s open to the public.

Registration is now being accepted for attendance to the State Fire School which will be held Sept. 5-9 in Mesa. Register online at: www.azfireschool.org.

Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary

The July meeting of the auxiliary was at the Star Valley fire station on Monday, July 9.

The auxiliary was hoping for a better attendance of some of the Star Valley ladies to sit in on the meeting. There were a few, but the auxiliary would like to see more ladies interested. If meetings are not your cup of tea, the auxiliary would like to invite the ladies to come to the fund-raisers and volunteer your time to help serve food, etc. Leave your name with Karen Carlen at the Star Valley station, and one of the auxiliary members will get in touch with you.

The latest fund-raiser, The cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” is selling very well. There are fliers out in strategic places in the community that you can get in touch with to buy one.

The Fireflies wish to thank Teresa McQuerrey for the great article in this week’s Rim Review.

There are about 378 recipes in the cookbook, some very old ones and some fairly new. All in all, the cookbook is worth the $10, and besides, the money raised goes to the Hellsgate Fire Department’s firefighters.

The Fireflies will be at the next Bashas’ Food Festival on Aug. 18. They will be selling Hellsgate T-shirts, caps and the cookbook, along with raffle tickets for the Husqvarna chain saw and the handmade quilt.


A belated birthday wish to Patti Boeschling. Patti is a weekly visitor to the Village since she is a part of the nine-ball competition that is played every Tuesday evening. Happy belated birthday to you.

July 11, Travis Kilbourne of Tonto Village III and a Hellsgate firefighter will celebrate his big day. On July 14, Janice Long of Long Ranch adds another candle to her birthday cake. On July 16, Hellsgate firefighter Nick Fitch of Tonto Village III adds another year. Sam Coe of Tonto Village II shares the day with Nick. Happy birthday to all of you.


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