Wild Weather This Past Weekend

The Village


We had rain! We had snow! We had wind! In fact tremendous gusts of wind hit Tonto Village on Saturday. I have at least four hummingbird feeders hanging and the wind was so strong they rocked back and forth. The poor hummers were flying every which way in total confusion as to where to go. One hummer stayed on our back porch until the wind subsided a bit.

For a while the storm was so strong, the snow was falling sideways. What a crazy day! All in all, there really was not a whole lot of accumulation of either rain or snow. Maybe in all, the total was under an inch of precipitation. Surely there was not enough to ease the drought or to lift fire restrictions.

By Sunday, there were campers along the Control Road with a campfire! Needless to say, 911 was called to alert the sheriff’s department and the fire department. What seems to be the problem with some people? They don’t pay attention to signs or red flag warnings. Do they think it doesn’t apply to them? Do they think that the little bit of moisture we received was enough to alleviate the danger of forest fires? I don’t know what the answer would be, except to fine the violators heavily.

The new Tonto Village bridge

Construction is continuing on a big scale. Heavy equipment is moving tons of dirt for the bypass to the Control Road and the entrance of Tonto Village. There are workers stopping traffic in both directions as the dirt movers make room for the new road. Please be aware of the heavy equipment and the workers that are walking back and forth in the roadway. The project promises to be a vast improvement for the Village.

Senior prom

Jake Shaw, son of Jeff and Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III attended the Payson High School Prom with Reshele Shoults of Payson Saturday April 26. The CBI class at the high school enjoyed the prom held at the Mazatzal Casino.

Sad news

Tonto Village lost one of its residents on Monday, April 28. Mike Preston of Tonto Village III passed from many health issues. Mike had been a resident of the Village for many years. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Tonto Village Fire Department under then-fire chief, J.R. Alliger. Our hearts go out to Mike’s family for their loss. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Star Valley lost one of its longtime residents Betty Conover on Sunday, April 27. Betty was the wife of Charlie Conover, the vice chairman of the Hellsgate Fire Board. I knew Betty from joining the Rim Country 4 Wheelers. Betty enjoyed the outings along with her husband Charlie. I will always remember one of her contributions to the lunch the 4 Wheelers had on their runs. It was a Coca-Cola cake. I never did get the recipe, but the cake was really good. My sympathies to Charlie and to the family.

It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing they were a special part of such a well-lived life.

Hellsgate Fire Department

There have been many calls to the fire station pertaining to burning brush, etc. Chief Hatch reminds everyone that the county ordinance states that the fire restrictions also pertain to private property.

There is no burning allowed, period. The rain that fell this past weekend cannot even come close to being enough to alleviate the extreme fire danger. Please do your part and abide by the fire restriction rules. If you see an illegal fire, call 911.

The Hellsgate Fire Board is looking for another volunteer to serve on the board due to a vacancy. Packets can be picked up at the Star Valley station #21. The packets can also be picked up at the Gila County Elections office. There are certain requirements that go with the applications along with deadlines. The Hellsgate administration can also help the applicants with the requirements. Check it out if you are interested. The packets will need to be filled out by the middle of May.


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