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National Forest this summer. Right now, restrictions are: no open campfires including charcoal fires.

National Forest this summer. Right now, restrictions are: no open campfires including charcoal fires. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The U.S. Forest Service has announced it has a brand new Web site that can be checked out for fire restrictions. The Web site is www.firerestrictions.us. The site can now be called a “user-friendly” Web site, which can be very helpful to those people who plan on a vacation to the Tonto National Forest this summer. Right now, restrictions are: no open campfires including charcoal fires. There are other restrictions that are listed on the Web site. The forest is extremely dry and the fire danger is high, so everyone needs to be extra aware and cautious.  

There is also a ban on target practice within the forest. Unfortunately, this past weekend shots could be heard around Tonto Village. If anyone hears shots, please call the sheriff’s office at (928) 474-2208. According to the morning newspaper, at least half of the forest fires have been started by target shooting.

Celebrity visits Tonto Village

Tonto Village’s local watering hole, also known as the Double D Bar and Café, was host to the Arizona Lottery and “Arizona Highways” host, Robin Sewell on Wednesday, May 29. The television show “Arizona Highways” has been a favorite in the Snyder family for many years and it was a pleasure to meet Robin.

The Arizona Lottery was also a big part of the attraction offering a getaway to the Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer. If $500 worth of lottery tickets were purchased, your name was put in a drawing for the getaway. Well, the Snyder family was not a winner this time — only two of the lottery numbers were on our tickets. Oh, well, maybe next time we will be luckier.

Sad news

On Sunday, June 2, Richard Pinkerton of Star Valley passed away. Richard was a vital part of the Hellsgate Fire Department serving on the fire board for many years. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. With his stories of history and personal experiences, he always managed to entertain the people around him. Deepest sympathies to his family from everyone in the Hellsgate family.

Shelby School

The Shelby School had a busy last week of school. Highlights included a paper airplane contest, a field day to the Valley to Amazing Jake’s, a full carnival, and commencement day, complete with certificates of achievement for every student and flowers and hats thrown in the air.  

Two former Shelby School students, Noble Tanenhaus and Franchesca Brooks graduated at commencement exercises from Payson High School. Congratulations, girls. Your future is waiting for you to make the next move.

Birthdays, etc.

Vicki Grootegoed of Christopher Creek will celebrate her birthday on June 12. Vicki is also a vital part of the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, making and donating quilts for raffles, coordinating the successful Fireflies cookbook, and a regular player with the Domino Divas and being the Dominoes Police! Happy birthday to you, Vicki.

Hellsgate firefighter, Bill Dupke will add another candle to his birthday cake on Flag Day, June 14. Have a great day, Bill.

Also on June 14, Bob and Penny Wells will celebrate their wedding anniversary. The honeymoon still isn’t over! Happy anniversary to the both of you.

Tip of the week

Get rid of ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it home, but can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed by pesticides.

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