Spring Rolls Right Into Fire Season

Zachary Cotney understands the importance of winning the race by taking your time during the golf ball in a spoon relay race at the Shelby School open house and enrollment period, Friday, May 11, in Tonto Village.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Zachary Cotney understands the importance of winning the race by taking your time during the golf ball in a spoon relay race at the Shelby School open house and enrollment period, Friday, May 11, in Tonto Village.


The wildfire season is here with a vengeance. Our forest is very dry and according to the Payson Ranger station, the Sunflower area is on restriction as of Tuesday, May 15. Other parts of Tonto National Forest will be under campfire restrictions by the end of this week.

There is a Web site available to voice your opinion on restrictions of campfires from May 1 to July 15. The site is: http://www.campfireslimited.com. There are other Web sites to check also, they are: SWEG http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/index.htm.

A phone number to call for information is 1-877-864-6985.

For Arizona emergency information on campground closures, fire restrictions, fire updates and evacuation orders, call (602) 689.6512 or go online to www.azein.gov/azin

Mead Ranch

I received an e-mail from Rick Washburn a few weeks ago regarding the road conditions of the Control Road. The folks in the area have some concerns regarding the large diameter rock that has been laid down on the dirt portion of the road. The rock has made the road very rough. The other problem is from the top of Cattle Guard Hill east to about a quarter-mile past Zane Meadow Road. Clay and rock have been exposed and could become treacherous during wet conditions. If you would like to voice your opinion, please call (928) 474-2553, which is the number for the Gila County Public Works office.

Hellsgate Fire Department

A reminder that the administrative office in Star Valley, station #21, will be closed for Memorial Day weekend and on Monday, May 28.

Rick Washburn and Jay Wagner from the Mead Ranch area will soon be leaving the area and relocating in the San Diego area for business reasons. Hellsgate personnel wish to thank Rick and Jay for their dedication, and perseverance in merging the Diamond Star Fire Company with the Tonto Village Fire Company. Rick made it possible for the two fire companies to detail the reasons for the merger, which was to benefit both fire companies. Thank you for all your hard work.

As of this week there will be no burn permits issued until further notice.

Awards of service were handed out to the firefighters at the last Fire Board meeting. Recipients included Jacob Gardner and Brian Wiggins, each with one year of service; Nick Fitch, 13 years; George Karrys, four years; Bobby Mollere, Chad Stluka, Rick Washburn, and Jay Wagner, all with seven years; and Len Trujillo, three years. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication to the fire department.

Brush pickup will begin on May 30. All small communities please be advised: let Karen Carlen know where the brush will be located, there will be only one site for each community.

Applications will be available at station #21 for Firewise communities. You must qualify for this grant and you must be a Hellsgate resident. There are restrictions to this grant, please call Karen for more details. The number for station #21 is (928) 474-3835, call between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

There is one Type III apparatus with four crew members assigned to the Sunflower Fire as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. There is also one medical logistics officer assigned to the Sunflower Fire. Stay safe, guys, our prayers go with you.

Shelby School

I received an e-mail from the art teacher at Shelby School, Elizabeth Fowler, regarding her son Paul Duran. Paul was a graduate of Shelby School and has just performed at the Mesa Arts Center in the Southwest Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. The play ran for three weeks to sold out audiences. He played the role of Boracio.

Paul received his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina School of the Arts in 2008, and currently lives in Mesa. He will be in other shows in the Valley and you will be kept up to date with his progress. Congratulations on your success, Paul.

Hellsgate Fireflies

The auxiliary is moving right along in their preparations for the Memorial Weekend Breakfast. The breakfast burritos are just about ready and the food has been bought or ordered by our chief cook, Linda Stailey. The food will be served at station #22 in Tonto Village starting from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

The breakfast will include: sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The breakfast burritos are optional. The breakfast will be $5, the burritos will be $2.50. Kids, 10 years and under, can eat for $3.

There will also be a bake sale featuring muffins, coffee cakes, cookies, jams and jellies, all homemade, of course.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win a handmade quilt generously donated by Hellsgate auxiliary member, Linda Stailey. Also a 20-inch Husquevarna chain saw is the other prize, which is always a popular raffle item.

Since there will be people in the Village that would not normally be here, my husband Bill will be holding a yard sale all weekend at 424 West Johnson Blvd. There will be little bit of everything available. Is anyone else interested in getting rid of unwanted items and holding a yard sale? We will be adding this sale on the Yard Sale Report on KMOG this coming week.

Kohl’s Outdoor Chapel

Services will be ready to begin at the Outdoor Chapel on Sunday, May 27. The service will start at 8:30 a.m. For those of you who have not attended before, the chapel can be reached off of Highway 260 at the Kohl’s Ranch turnoff. There will be a sign to guide you. If you drive to the parking lot, you’ve gone too far.


Ashley Figueroa, operations supervisor at National Bank of Arizona, will celebrate her birthday on May 23. On May 25, Grant Coley and Mike Preston share their big day.

Double D Doings

There was only one pool competition this past week. The nine-ball competition took place last Tuesday evening. The Christopher Creek players were the big winners. Patti Boeschling and Nanci Olson played for first and second places, followed by Villager Linda Stailey shooting for third place. Congratulations to the winners.


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