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Jason Harris

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More Christopher-Kohl’s FD introductions

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Christopher Creek’s own Jeff Daniels was the technical “wizard” behind the scenes of The Shelby School’s spring production of “The Wizard of Oz.” He ran the lights and sound for the show on Friday, May 3. He is pictured here with his granddaughters, Emma and Occean Helmick.

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Never too soon to get ready for fire season

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. I have to admit the only thing I really ever knew about it until recently is that it was a holiday on May 5.

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CKFD helps residents with cleanup

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Here are a couple of things I should have had in last week’s column:

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Chirstopher-Kohl’s Fire Department news

Hello again fellow Creekers. This week all of the news is related to fire and fire service. Let’s start with another installment of Better know your neighbor.

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Meet your neighbor: Cris Lecher

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Well it is time for another installment of “Better know your neighbor.”

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Fuel reduction cutting finished — for now

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department is extremely proud to announce that the cutting portion of the fuel reduction grant is over.

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Events blossoming to welcome spring

Hello again, fellow Creekers. As a reminder, there are two events this Saturday.

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Christopher Creek getting ready for spring

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Wow! That was sure one doozy of a storm. We sure have had an interesting winter this year. I’m not sure if that was the last big snowstorm or not, but regardless it seems like the community is ready to “spring” into action!

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Know your neighbor: Linda Digman

It’s time for another installment of “better know your neighbor” — this week I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Digman.

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Many beautiful places to visit in Arizona

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Gas prices have gone up 32 days in a row and seem to continue to be on the rise.

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Rim weather always unpredictable

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s been another interesting, but great winter in Christopher Creek.

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Good work by Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department

On Saturday, Feb. 2 the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 4568 N. Colcord Cove at 6:30 a.m. The structure, a large, metal, two-bay garage with an apartment in the rear of the south bay, was a total loss.

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Great activities all year in Christopher Creek

Hello again fellow Creekers. There are many things to do in the Mogollon Rim area and Christopher Creek to enjoy all four beautiful seasons.

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Hashknife riders due in Christopher Creek

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Hashknife Pony Express will be in Christopher Creek again this year for their 55th annual ride.

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Despite storms, fires still pose danger in forest

Despite the recent flush of snow and rain, fire remains a danger in Rim Country, the Forest Service warned recently.

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A Christopher Creek anniversary of note

I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.

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Snow-heavy limbs to damage area home

Timbrrrrr! Well that was sure one heck of a big storm. We got a lot of thick, heavy snow in a short period of time.

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Christmas parties pack weekend in Christopher Creek

Hello again, fellow Creekers. There are a few holiday events for all to enjoy this weekend.

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Holidays lighting up Christopher Creek

Hello again, fellow Creekers. As of last month, Verizon wireless now has coverage in Christopher Creek.

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Celebrations all around Rim Country

Hello again, fellow Creekers. On Saturday night, Nov. 17, the Payson Girl Scouts had a “My Guy and Me Dance” at a church gym in town.

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There’s so much for which to be thankful

Last weekend the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association decorated the creek and Christopher Creek Loop with holiday lights and decorations.

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CC homeowners group changes guard

On Saturday, Oct. 20 the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association held its semi-annual membership meeting.

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Great job by all who made October 20 fun

Saturday, Oct. 20 was an active, busy and fun day in Christopher Creek.

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Cruise to Christopher Creek for fall colors, cars

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s that time of year again and the leaves are starting to change colors.

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Oops — Apologies to Ms. Terry Glad Flores

First off I want to apologize to Ms. Terry Glad Flores. Last week’s article was about Terry Glad Flores being invited to the Native American Arts and International Film Festival, in Las Vegas this November.

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One of our neighbors heading for the red carpet

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Terry Glad Flores has recently been invited to the Native American Arts and International Film Festival in Las Vegas.

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Cub Scouts visit hatchery, Christian camp

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Shelby School Cub Scout Pack #7787 took its first day trip on Monday, Sept. 24.

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Cruise into fall at Christopher Creek

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher Creek Classic Car Show is back! Mark your calendar.

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Christopher Creek food drive starts Friday

The Christopher Creek food drive is starting this Friday.

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Fund-raiser pancake breakfast a great success

The Christopher-Kohl’s FireBelles want to thank everyone for making their fund-raiser breakfast last Saturday, Sept. 1.

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A last hurrah for summer fun this weekend

The Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department and the Firebelles wanted to remind everyone they are having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Thanks to all for help with tree removal

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Timberrrrr! Over the weekend at the Grey Hackle Lodge we had a big tree come crashing down in the early morning.

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Know your neighbor: The Lewis siblings

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s time for another installment of get to know your neighbor. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Ashley Lewis and Brecken Lewis.

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Stay safe during the Rim’s summer storms

Hello again, fellow Creekers. We have had some great storms in Christopher Creek this summer season with lots of rain here recently.

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Fire restrictions lifted, but let’s be careful

Hello again, fellow Creekers. We spoke with Linda at the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department on Wednesday morning and all fire restrictions have been lifted as of Wednesday, July 25.

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Independence Day celebration — Part 2

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Due to an overwhelming response from the community and visitors, this is Part 2 of the 2nd Annual Christopher Creek July 4th Celebration and Independence Day Parade. It was a fun event that many came out to enjoy.

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July 4th event a great success

Hello again, fellow Creekers. Due to an overwhelming response from the community and visitors, we wanted to make the Christopher Creek Independence Day Parade a two-part series. Everyone should appreciate and enjoy without hesitation a small-town parade. The Christopher Creek Independence Day Parade was no exception.

Christopher Creek residents hear report on Poco Fire

Hello again, fellow Creekers. There was a Poco Fire briefing at the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department Station 51 in Christopher Creek Wednesday, June 20. Tommie Martin, Gila County Board of Supervisors chair, was present to explain the county’s role in the fighting of the Poco Fire. Martin explained that the county had to declare an emergency in order to free up funds for the county and associated agencies to acquire and spend funds for restoration and evacuations if needed.

Christopher Creek FD helps MDA campers

Hello again fellow Creekers. On June 6, 2012 the Muscular Dystrophy Association came to Whispering Hope Ranch located on Colcord Road 27 miles east of Payson. The children had a wonderful time interacting with the animals and just having fun. Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department helped out with the fun, letting the youngsters squirt water with the fire hoses. Even Chief Rob Jarvis was not exempt from the “big squirt guns” along with many others.

Get ready for Independence Day Parade

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher Creek Independence Day Parade will be held Saturday, June 30. All patriotic decorated vehicles and walking participants are welcome. The parade lineup begins at the Tall Pines Market at 12:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 1 p.m. The parade will head down Route 260 to the Creekside Restaurant, circle back to Columbine Road and down to the car wash, then continue down through and up Apple Lane and will finish at the Landmark at the Creek.

Meet one of our new neighbors, Sheldon Lewis

It’s time for another installment of “better know your neighbor.” This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Sheldon Lewis. The Lewis family moved to Christopher Creek last month from Ava, Mo. Sheldon’s parents, Brendon and Angela Lewis, who I have known since I was kid growing up in Pinetop, arrived in Christopher Creek earlier this year and they are the property managers at the Christopher Creek Lodge and the Grey Hackle Lodge. Sheldon is one of six children in the Lewis family.

Please be mindful of neighbors while enjoying summer

Hello again, fellow Creekers. I’ve gotten a slew of emails and phone calls here recently all related to the same subject (no doubt because the summer weather is here and more people are out and about). With that, I’d like to share some sentiment on thoughtfulness and being neighborly. Driving responsibly, keeping the noise down, and not littering are all simple things we can do to help be more neighborly and make Christopher Creek a better place.

Get out for food and fun around Christopher Creek this Saturday

Hello again fellow Creekers. Memorial Day is almost here and there are a few celebrations going on this weekend in Christopher Creek. Community barbecue The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek is holding a Memorial Day community barbecue and potluck. All are welcome to attend at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 26. The event will take place outside at the church. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you have any questions please contact Susan Palmer at the church, (928) 478-4882.

Kick off summer with fun Tonto Village event May 26

Hello again fellow Creekers. The Christopher/Kohls Fire Department and the Firebelles Auxiliary will celebrate Memorial Day with a festival at the fire station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 26. This is an event full of fun and food for the entire family. The day’s activities will include a brats and hot dog lunch, a book sale, a bake sale, and a silent auction. The lunch menu will include brats or hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, and a beverage. Local cooks will provide plenty of mouth watering baked goods for the bake sale.

Annual trout tourney Saturday at Willow Springs

The 28th Annual Spring Trout Tournament is May 12 at Willow Springs Lake from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $40 per person and $30 for children under 13 years of age. The entry fee includes a T-shirt for the first 50 registrants. Food and drinks will be provided and a donation for food would be appreciated. Arizona Game and Fish laws do apply with a limit of six trout in possession with a valid fishing license and stamp. There is a limit of three trout per child age 13 or younger, no license required and limit of six with license and stamp.

Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department needs volunteers

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department is looking for volunteers. They are experiencing budget constraints and are in need of volunteers to help fill the gaps in personnel. They offer volunteers a chance to serve their community and a chance to get to know a different job skill. Please contact the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department at (928) 478-4403 or stop by and pick up your application at Station #51 in Christopher Creek.

Zane Grey 50-Mile Run participants coming to area

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The 23rd Annual Zane Grey 50-Mile Endurance Run on the Highline Trail is this Saturday, April 21. All the slots are filled and registration is closed for the event. The run will start at 5 a.m. and will go all day until the last runners come in around 9 p.m.

Fuel reduction projects

Sam Seay, public information officer for Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department, has announced currently fuel reduction projects are being conducted at the Creekside Properties, Whispering Hope Ranch, R-C Scout Camp, Tonto Rim Christian Camp and Mountain Meadows Christian Camp.

Two big events coming Saturday to CC community

Hello again, fellow Creekers. The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association is sponsoring two big events this Saturday, April 7. The first event is a celebration of Earth Day beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the Tall Pines Market. This event is for kids ages 10 and older. Help to make the Earth a little bit more beautiful by picking up the trash along the Christopher Creek Loop. Bags will be provided to collect the trash. All aluminum cans will be donated to the Humane Society of Central Arizona (in Payson) to help care for animals. The Christopher Creek Lodge will match in an additional donation the amount of money the kids are able to collect in cans for the Humane Society. Adults are welcome and needed to walk along with and help supervise. What a great way to celebrate earth day: help clean up the beautiful earth, help animals and get some good exercise.

Economy is showing some positive signs

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It seems more often we hear and focus on the negative things than positive, so I thought this week it would be nice to remind ourselves to try and look at the positive and focus on that. I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan Keown at ERA Young Realty and Investment this week.

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