I love the monsoon weather! Plants that I thought were dried up are now coming back. Everything looks so green, especially the huge pasture at Little Green Valley. The cattle look content just strolling around and finding the sweetest tasting grass. There are still a few strays around the Village foraging whatever they can find.
The other evening around 11 p.m. I saw lights on the Control Road and the light was shining in my living room window. I looked out and I saw the most humungous bull elk. He had a rack that was trophy size in my estimation. What a gorgeous sight! The elk are truly a majestic beast.
The elk move so silently, it is difficult to spot them, but they do like apples and apple leaves. The branches and the green apples are strewn all over the streets. I think that the rutting season is coming up soon so then I will hear them bugling.
If you are a Tonto Village Water Company customer, you have received a letter of notification from owner Jeff Daniels. As it states in the letter, he has applied to the Arizona Corporation Commission for an increase in water rates. If you would like more information you need to call the commission in Phoenix at 1200 W. Washington St. at 800-535-0148.
Customer input is an important part of the commission’s analysis of the requested rate increase. Your comments are a determining factor whether a hearing will need to be conducted.
There is also a Commission’s Consumer Services Section at 800-222-7000.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The Hellsgate Fire District has announced an immediate opening for one position of board member. The position is open to anyone who is a registered voter and currently resides within the Hellsgate Fire District boundaries.
During the next board meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 80 S. Walters Lane in Star Valley, the chairman will provide a brief overview of the state of the fire district, explain the roles, responsibilities and commitments of a board member. The board may conduct interviews and hopefully make a selection of a new board member if it feels that the person applying meets the goals and requirements to join the board. Please mark your calendar for this very important meeting. Chairman Larry Corey will review all letters of intent before the Aug. 14 meeting. Please submit the letter to the administrative office in Star Valley.
The fire department is accepting applications for the position of reserve firefighter until Aug. 30. Please see Karen at the administrative office for an application.
This columnist omitted a birthday last week – Charlie Conover celebrated his birthday on Aug. 4. Charlie is well known in Star Valley since he has been a resident for many years and is very civic minded. He is on the board of the Hellsgate Fire District and has been very supportive of the Hellsgate Auxiliary, also known as the Fireflies.
Mary Kindler of Bear Flat will add another candle to her cake Aug. 9.
There are two more birthdays from Bear Flat this week, Denny Kindler and Junior Barr will celebrate their big day on Aug. 11.
Trina Stock of Tonto Village II and Sandy Kalmar of Christopher Creek both celebrate birthdays Aug. 14.
On Aug. 15, Randy Slapnicka adds another candle to his birthday cake. Randy is well known in the area since he has had a real estate office in Christopher Creek, is co-owner of Rancho Catch-a-Trout and is now manager of the restaurant at Kohl’s Ranch. You are a busy guy, Randy, but take some time to enjoy your day.