Last Thursday evening, my husband and I attended a Tea Party meeting that featured a discussion regarding the re-introduction of the Mexican gray wolf into the Rim Country. There were ranchers there from northern Arizona who spoke of the destruction of their cattle by the wolf. There are mixed feelings from the general population regarding the gray wolf. The impact of the wolf affects ranchers, hunters, hikers, campers and small animals in the forest. Some people say that the wolf would decimate the small deer population in our area. If you have an opinion and would like to voice that opinion, contact your congressman, Paul Gosar at www.gosar.house.gov. or the Arizona Game and Fish Department at www.azgfd.gov. The comments should be made by Oct. 28, 2013.
The kids of Shelby School are now on fall break for the whole week so the residents of the Village need to be extra careful of the kids on the streets. There will be more of the school’s activities next week.
Hellsgate Fire Department
A special class will be offered to all firefighters in the area to learn how to drive the fire engines and brush trucks, and water tenders on Oct. 25, 26 and 27. The class is called Apparatus Driving Course. The classes will be held at the Star Valley Fire Station on Walters Lane. To sign up for the class, contact firefighter Rick Heron at www.hellsgatefire.org.
Get well wishes to Jan Davenport of Tonto Village III. Jan recently had surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.
On Oct. 14, multiple birthdays will be celebrated: Betty Koutz of Tonto Village I and a server at the Double D, Harvey Poyner of Tonto Village I and John Watson also of Tonto Village I. They usually hold a birthday party for all three at the Double D. Watch for the announcement on the bulletin board on the porch.
Oct. 17 is another multiple birthday day when former resident Linda Stailey, Clyde (Scotty) Scott and Hellsgate firefighter Matthew McKindley each add another candle to their birthday cake.
Since Linda Stailey will be celebrating her birthday next week, one of her recipes from the Hellsgate Fireflies’ cookbook “Fireflies Can Cook” is being added.
Mom’s Red Clam Chowder
1 pint clams
1/4 cup bacon,
1/2 cup chopped onions,
2 or 3 sliced carrots
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup clam juice
1 cup water
1 cup diced potatoes
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups tomato juice or canned tomatoes put into blender
dash of pepper sauce or cayenne
Fry bacon and add vegetables and potatoes, liquid, clams. Cook until potatoes are tender then add tomato juice.
The weather is supposed to be getting chillier very soon, so the chowder fits right in there to warm you up.