Tonto Village Residents More Than Ready For Winter To Come To An End

Diamond Point viewed between Ponderosa Pine trees

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Diamond Point viewed between Ponderosa Pine trees


February is gone! Come on March and warmer weather and hopefully no more snow. There is still quite a bit of snow in the Village, enough that a person would not even think of working outside yet, except to shovel snow. Unofficially, Mother Nature dumped about 12 inches of snow on the Village in the last big snowstorm. 

In Tonto Basin, my husband and I planted an Anna’s Apple tree about a month ago and it now has buds on it – Hooray! Can’t wait to see if we get any apples the first year.

It is still a shock to travel to different climates in such a short distance. Our Puggle Daisy is very confused, she looks outside here in the Village and she still has a hard time finding just the right place to do her business. She goes along the pathway that my husband has made in the snow and goes back and forth finding the right spot. 

In Tonto Basin, snow is not a problem, but stickers are! They get caught in her paws, so now she is very careful where she steps. So both places has its pitfalls for our Puggle. 

Hellsgate Fire Department

Congratulations to Jeffrey Yunkens, or I should say paramedic Jeffrey Yunkens. He has passed all his tests to qualify him to carry that title. The Fireflies and Domino Divas are very proud of Jeff, and feel a personal accomplishment for his success. Both groups had just about adopted Jeff since he was stationed at Firehouse #22 for about a year. The groups saw him regularly and that included his son Ethan who just about grew up before our eyes. We are all proud of you Jeff, the best of luck to you.

An advertisement has been started recently to fill a vacancy within the Hellsgate Fire Department for a paramedic captain. All applicants can contact Karen at the administrative office in Star Valley. The phone number is (928) 474-3835. 

The next Fire Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 in the meeting room at station #21 in Star Valley.  

Shelby School

This week members of the Shelby School Scout Pack #7787 worked on designs for their entries in the Pinewood Derby, an annual event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. The race will be held in Payson on March 26. The boys, with the help of parents and Scout leaders, are building their own individual cars from wood, each using a kit containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. They are looking forward to cutting and shaping their racers and are enthusiastic about participating in the Pinewood Derby.

Get well

A quick recovery goes to long time resident Dick Watson. Dick is at the Payson Regional Medical Center with a bout of pneumonia. Get well quickly, Dick, our thoughts and prayers are with you


The newest Hellsgate Fireboard member Gary Norem celebrates his birthday on March 1 along with his wife Joan, who is also a Firefly and Domino Diva. Have fun on your big day!

Martha Bartlett, a Hellsgate firefighter celebrates her birthday on March 4. Martha has been a part of Hellsgate since the early days when the department was Diamond Star. Have a great day, Martha. 

On March 6, Eric Kirchhoefer of Tonto Village III adds another candle to his birthday cake along with Matthew Highstreet, one of the newest firefighters with the Hellsgate family. 

On March 7, Hellsgate captain Nick Fitch and firefighter Trey Shill share their big day. 

On March 8, my good fishing buddy, and Hellsgate Firefly, Theresa Meeker will add another candle to her birthday cake. (Probably cheesecake).

On March 9, my hubby Bill will celebrate his 78th year on this planet and he will most likely want a German chocolate cake for his birthday cake. Happy birthday Honey! 

To all of the birthday people, you know those memories that make you laugh out loud? I hope you make many new ones on your big day and that your birthday is wrapped in smiles. 

This and That – things I have learned over the years:

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes. 

Or: how about a one liner? – Two aerial antennas meet on a roof, fall in love and get married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.


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