Tonto Village had a dusting of snow on Monday afternoon. In anticipation of a significant amount, my hubby broke out his snow shovel and he watched the snowflakes as they became bigger and bigger, then smaller and smaller, then stopped. By the time the snow stopped altogether, there was just enough snow to cover the ground. I can look out my office window as I write this column and the ground does look white, but just barely. According to the weather report from KMOG radio, another chance of snow will be arriving at the end of this week, so in the meantime, the snow shovel waits in a corner of our back porch.
Virginia Rankhorn of Tonto Village I celebrates her birthday Feb. 13. Virginia is a longtime resident of the Village. Best wishes Ginny.
On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, Tonto Village resident, Clint Daniels adds another candle to his birthday cake.
On Feb. 16, Tonto Village II resident, Rick Meeker adds another candle to his birthday cake. Rick is also the other half of our fishing buddies. Rick is going through a few health problems, so we are hoping he gets well soon so he can do a lot of fishing with us this summer.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The Hellsgate Fire board will be holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Star Valley Fire Station (this is the meeting that was scheduled for Feb. 12). The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.
Last Tuesday morning, the Joint Powers Agreement Committee met at Station 21. The JPA as it is called, has combined efforts to consolidate the four districts in Rim Country. The JPA includes the chiefs of the Hellsgate Fire Department, Gary Hatch; Ron Jarvis of Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Department; Mark Essary of the Houston Mesa Fire Department; and Dave Staub of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department. The object of this committee is to combine the four districts into one district. At this meeting, which included Battalion Chief Dave Bathke and RPAP coordinator Chuck Jacobs, the discussion was on the need to reopen the brush pits. Also included in the discussion were Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin. The committee hopes to have all the issues resolved and hopefully both brush pits will reopen in a few weeks.
One of the Hellsgate firefighters has been injured enough that he is off duty for several weeks. In the meantime, there is a shift in assignments to cover the space he would have occupied. The Hellsgate Fireflies send him get-well wishes and a speedy recovery. In the meantime, Station 22 in Tonto Village will be manned at least three days a week since the firefighter who usually mans the station, John Ceja, will be at Station 21 temporarily.
The Hellsgate Fireflies are still selling Hellsgate T-shirts and caps and the cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.” The funds from the shirts and cookbooks will help the Fireflies assist in building the new fire station in Tonto Village. The T-shirts are $15 for a short-sleeved shirt and caps are $15; the cookbooks are $10. If you would like to help support the Hellsgate Fire Department with a purchase of one or more of these items, contact Dara Sutton at (928) 478-9952 or Janet Snyder at (928) 478-9935.
The Fireflies are recruiting community-minded ladies who would like to join the Fireflies for an exciting year of happenings in the Hellsgate Fire Department. Get in touch with Janell at the fire station in Star Valley. Leave your name and phone number and Dara or Janet and will get in touch with you.
Expanding The Forum
I was listening to The Forum with host Stephanie Landers on KMOG radio on Monday morning; Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin was the featured guest. Tommie talked on various pertinent subjects such as the RPAP program, the Pine Strawberry water issues and the work being done with bridges in Houston Mesa and the Control Road in Tonto Village. Tommie mentioned that the bridge being constructed at the crossroads of the Control Road and Tonto Village would be big enough to have the road widened. I had not heard that before. That is great news.
There were so many topics to discuss with Tommie and not enough time to go into depth in all the topics. I called the radio station and suggested that The Forum be expanded to one half hour more. It may not be possible, but I hope that the suggestion gets a little consideration.
A little humor, one-liners
• Two aerial antennas meet on a roof, fall in love and get married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
• If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead ?”