The weather report this morning was a bit disheartening since the temperatures will be in the 50-degree range and no rain or snow for at least another week. The weather has been crazy all over the country.
My children keep asking me, “Is there snow yet?” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a blizzard, but a little bit of snow would nice, and help the forest and our nearest reservoir, Roosevelt Lake. From the reports that I have read, the lake is under 50 percent full. Not good! Is there such a thing as a snow dance?
I have received the precipitation totals for Bear Flat. The December total was 1.13 inches. It should have been 4 inches. For the month of January, so far, it’s 0 inches. Overall, the total rainfall for the year is 33.66 inches compared to the average, which is 26.56 inches for the year.
Back to normal
Tonto Village is getting back to normal after the holidays, the decorations have come down; Shelby School is now back in session; the Double D has resumed the pool tournaments; the Domino Divas have also started the new year last Wednesday afternoon; the work on the bypass near the entrance of Tonto Village is progressing.
The crew has poured the foundation for the new bridge. I have not heard of a finish date yet, the Village has waited a very long time for the bypass. Right now though, the drivers around the work area need to be on alert since there are workers and equipment working right at the intersection of the Control Road and Johnson Boulevard.
Bill Beller will celebrate his birthday on Jan. 24. Bill is a firefighter with the Hellsgate Fire Department. Happy birthday, Bill.
On Jan. 28, Grace Daniels of Tonto Village III will add another candle to her birthday cake. Grace has been a vital part of Tonto Village for many years, helping out and volunteering her time to the Hellsgate Auxiliary and contributing her talents with donations of her canned items for bake sales. Grace also assisted the ladies with her expertise in quilt making. Thank you for your contributions to the auxiliary over the years.
Ron Gibson of Star Valley will share his birthday on Jan. 28 with Grace. Ron has lived in the area his whole life along with his twin brother Don. Ron has been a big supporter of the Hellsgate Auxiliary. He made time on his radio show for the Fireflies to advertise their fund-raisers. Happy birthday to you, Ron and to Grace.
Since this week we are recognizing Grace Daniels’ birthday, the recipe for this week will be her daughter Connie’s recipe for her favorite cookie. The Village and Grace lost Connie to brain cancer a few years back, so this recipe is for her and Grace.
GERMAN CHOCOLATE COOKIES
1 German chocolate cake mix
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 33-36 cookies.
The Hellsgate Auxiliary’s chaplain (now retired) Pamela Furubotten of Tonto Village II received news of the loss of her youngest sibling, Norman Furubotten of Phoenix last Tuesday.
The loss of a sibling is so profound; our hearts ache for your loss. Take heart, Pam, time will soften the edges and ease your burden. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
Double D Doings
This past Sunday afternoon, the pool tables at the Double D were smoking! The ladies came through as the biggest winners of the day. Tammy Randall shot for first place and Betty Koutz took second place. Congratulations to you both. Come on guys, give the ladies a run for their money. The next competition will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19.