Perfect Weather, But Rain Needed For Dry Forest

The Village


The weather has been just perfect in the Village — the fruit trees are just about to pop their blossoms as well as the lilacs and the bulb flowers are starting to appear. But there is one big problem — we have had no rain and the forest is very dry.

A red flag warning was issued on Monday, March 31 due to high winds in northern Gila County. The duration of the red flag warning is not known, but there should not be any open fires during this time, particularly on top of the Rim.

The Village was all a-buzz with chain saws this past week. The Forest Service contracted a crew of at least a dozen cutters to clear a fire safe zone around the homes in the Village. There are piles of branches and logs throughout the Village‘s perimeters. The Forest Service will allow two cords of pine logs for each person as long as they have purchased a permit from the Payson Ranger District. The cost is $20 for the permit and they are being issued now. The pine logs are positioned on the outside of the slash piles so that you don’t have to dig through the piles. 

Tonto Village bridge

The work on the bridge is progressing. The crews are putting in the rebar for the cement, which should be poured very soon now. There is still heavy equipment at the site, so everyone should use extra caution around the work site.

Fishing time

My hubby and I checked the Tonto Creek this week and the fishing will be very competitive unless we get some measurable rain, there are not too many deep pools for the trout that the Tonto Fish Hatchery will be stocking. It’s time to get that fishing gear out, check your lines, dig out that Power Bait or start digging for night crawlers, fishing time is here! Whoopie!

Hellsgate Fire Department

A regular fire board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 at the Star Valley Fire Station. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. The public is always welcome and comments are encouraged at the end of the meeting.

Fire board informational classes are being scheduled for this week on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at the Star Valley Fire Station, 80 S. Walters Lane; the Star Valley Town Hall on E. Highway 260 and Tonto Village Fire Station #22, 151 N. Mathews Lane, Tonto Village. Some fire board members will be in attendance. Call Janell at (928) 474-3835 for the times of the meetings.

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary will hold the April meeting on Friday, April 11 at the Tonto Village station. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to everyone. There will be many exciting things happening with the Fireflies this year since the Fireflies have an opportunity to have an input on the new fire station. Come and be a part of a new history in the making with the Fireflies.


Bill Fausz of Thompson Draw I starts off the month with a birthday on April 3. Bill has volunteered his time to many activities with the Hellsgate Fireflies over the years and he is very much appreciated. Bill is also a big NASCAR fan and goes to every one of the races that he can get to. Happy birthday to you Bill.

Melvin Palmer of Colcord Estates will celebrate his big day on April 4 and Eileen Kittock of Christopher Creek will add another year on April 7. Eileen comes to Tonto Village every Wednesday to play “chicken foot” with many of the domino group, the Domino Divas.

Margot Holmes of Christopher Creek adds another candle on April 8.

Former residents of Tonto Village III Kent and Gail Mortenson will have another anniversary on April 10. The Mortensons now live in Flagstaff. They are sorely missed in the Village.

Double D doings

Sunday afternoon an eight-ball tournament was played with 10 players vying for a win. The competition was fast moving. Taking honors were: Betty Koutz, first place; followed by Cliff Landrum; and a fellow called Bryce (no last name). Join the competition at 2 p.m. Sundays.

Recipe of the week

This recipe for cookies is so easy and does not take up too much time to make. The recipe is in the Fireflies cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” which is on sale for $10. There are many easy recipes as well as a good number of heirloom recipes that have been around for a generation or two. Contact Janet at (928) 478-9935 for your copy.

Pudding Cookies

3/4 cup Bisquick

1/4 cup oil

1 package instant pudding mix (any flavor)

Mix together all ingredients until the dough forms a ball. Roll little balls in palm of hand and press flat on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for eight minutes.


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