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Rod Britain

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Fulton Fire uncomfortably close to the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just a stone’s throw from the Fulton Fire — a mere six miles. Last Saturday’s triggered ignition brought about thick smoke in town on Sunday morning.

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Signs of changing seasons making a subtle show

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek woke up to a thunderstorm last Monday morning foreshadowing perhaps the end of a strange monsoon. Early next week may be the last of it.

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1970 Labor Day Flood memorial unveiled

Christopher Creek was well represented at the dedication and unveiling of the Flood Disaster Memorial down in Green Valley Park in Payson last Saturday morning.

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Memories of one of the Rim’s worst tragedies

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a small but significant role in a tragedy, which played out on Sept. 5 and 6 back some 46 years ago. Other Rim Country creeks, Tonto, Horton and Dick Williams with Christopher swept away 15 souls on a trip to eternity that fateful and tragic weekend

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Meteor shower watch party draws crowd

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek celebrated the Perseid meteor shower with a watch party. It was an impromptu gathering following a single invitation on social media.

Coach Graham should beware the Tontozona curse

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a date with the Sun Devils last Saturday, but we got stood up and it’s not like it’s the first time either.

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Christopher Creek draws quite a creative crowd

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s Got Talent is not the name of a reality TV show. However, many are the talents of area residents — among them writers, artists and craftspeople.

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At long last – Creek receives monsoon rain

Christopher Creek is no longer the red-headed stepchild after receiving our first significant rainfall amount of the monsoon.

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‘Nonsoon’ season – Where are our summer rains?

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek drew the short straw in our brief visit from the 2016 monsoon.

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Christopher Creek celebrates holiday in style

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek, Ariz., USA celebrated Independence Day in style! Highlighting the Fourth of July weekend events was the parade, of course.

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Christopher Creek invites all for fun

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is having a parade tomorrow and you ought to come and join in.

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Heat can’t chill enthusiasm for Fourth

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was cooking right along this past week much the same as the rest of Arizona but to a somewhat lesser degree. Yes, degrees were watched closely and we had a 100 of them on Sunday afternoon.

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Wedding, parade made weekend a grand affair

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek trickled softly by just feet away from the couple saying their vows. It was a magnificent setting in the shade of a giant walnut tree on the lawn just above the water.

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Perfect weather for long, holiday weekend

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek marked the Memorial Day weekend with many parties, music, mingling and marshmallows. Perhaps mellow is an apt description of how the long weekend went for many of us.

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Volunteers help with neighbor’s home

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek showed its true colors again this past weekend. It may happen elsewhere, but it happens regularly here in the Creek.

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When the bridge became a dam in 1970

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has a bridge across the creek. Driving back and forth on the Loop we take the bridge for granted, not giving it a thought. Walking the accompanying footbridge you are able to see the stone undercarriage of the passage.

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Late, fast-melting snow no deterrent

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek held its last social event of winter last Saturday. This same event is oft touted as the kickoff of the summer social calendar, but it snowed early that morning!

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Hiking around Christopher Creek great

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is surrounded by great hiking trails. You are familiar with the Highline trail system, which stretches from the 260 Trailhead all the way to Pine.

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Big response keeps recent Rim fire small

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had an early introduction to wildfire season. On Sunday, May 13, 2013 a lightning strike ignited the tinder dry brush halfway up See Canyon. By Monday the fire had grown and began its creep down the canyon toward Mountain Meadows Bible Camp.

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Creek has lions and bears, but no tigers – oh my!

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is home to lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! (perhaps tigers not so much). Should you run into a bear in the woods, it may give you pause. This little pun came true a week ago last Thursday.

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Recalling a terror-filled time on the Rim

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was a nervous place. Folks were looking over their shoulders and locking up at night.

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Help capture the community’s essence

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek needs a tag line. Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale and the balance of the metropolitan towns have the Valley of the Sun. Tuscon is the Old Pueblo. Sedona has Red Rock country. We have nothing.

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Congratulations on another success

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek area residents were shocked to learn of the proposal to stop the flow of water coming from See Spring!

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Families pour into the Creek for spring break

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek rounded second and slid past the vernal equinox right into spring. It was a bright, warm, beautiful Sunday morning.

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Creek area well represented at A Taste of Rim

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is the way we open this story each week, so that folks know they are not reading about Ajo, Peach Springs, Bouse, Peridot or Why. Last Saturday evening two Payson gals mentioned that they love reading about our little hamlet. It is a great pleasure to hear that and thank you.

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Column about fishing hole leads to big catch

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s confluence with Tonto Creek is where we left you last time. Little did we know back in mid-February that this would become a three-part series.

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Area has some great, remote fishing spots

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek begins high up See Canyon at an elevation of 7,500 feet or higher during the runoff season. During the summer it is fed by three springs: Herman, Napha and See.

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Creek area events in snooze mode

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek calms the souls of city-dwellers, campers, cabin owners, the casual visitors and the curious who come to see what is special about this area.

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February moisture is short in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is rockin’ some springtime temperatures this week. Early week winds and mild overnight lows have taken care of most of the remaining snow. It was just a dozen days ago when we were shivering through some low single-digit lows.

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So many ‘ifs’ and we’d have had a tragedy

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had a major fire a week or so back and this is my assessment.

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Looking forward to D’backs now that Cards’ season is over

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek salutes the 14-win 2015 Arizona Cardinals. What a ride you gave us! This state hasn’t had this kind of buzz for a while and we were feeling pretty good right up to the end.

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Snow-bunnies spend holiday weekend in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has a ridge that runs the length of town, paralleling Columbine Road.

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Snow brings unrivaled beauty

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is nestled in an Arizona Highways photo shoot. The breathtakingly spectacular vistas of snow-frosted trees along and beneath the Mogollon Rim and Promontory brought out the photographers.

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Goodbye to an angel of the Creek – Mimi Tidwell

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has long had an angel in our midst. She lived alone in her cabin on the creek near the west end of Columbine Road after her husband, Ed, passed away all those years ago. Alone is perhaps not an apt description, for she was undoubtedly the most visited resident in town.

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Special moments in Christopher Creek

Another Week in the Creek

“… and that’s another week in the Creek” has been the closing for this space from day one. Here recently in our little hamlet we had not just another week, but a special, if not magical week.

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Snow a spectacular parade backdrop

Another Week in the Creek

A Christopher Creek instant classic would be the best way to describe last Saturday night’s Christmas Electric Light Parade.

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Santa visits Christopher Creek early

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is on Santa Claus’ list of public appearances on Saturday.

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Inordinate number of visitors in town last Saturday

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek turned out Creeker strong last Saturday afternoon and evening up at Sheila’s Creekside for her Christmas party.

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Holiday celebrations stacking up

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s new homeowners, Pam and Dave Voita, hosted Thanksgiving and a birthday celebration in their newly remodeled cabin on Uphill Drive.

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Thanks for all those mysterious gifts

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek calms down to a crawl this time of the year.

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Hamner retirement party a big success

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s celebration to honor “Too Tall” Bill Hamner on the occasion of his retirement was indeed an evening to remember. Folks came from all over last Saturday.

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Creek is a wildlife wonderland

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a wildlife wonderland. On any given day you can see Steller’s jays and red-headed woodpeckers or gray squirrels and Abert’s squirrels gathering acorns for winter. Evenings you might see raccoons or perhaps a skunk scurrying about.

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Mogollon – the band – returns to Rim Country

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is located in a canyon at the base of Promontory Butte — or Point if you prefer.

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Biker back in the saddle after 20 years

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s Dean Dodson was back in the saddle this past weekend. He had not ridden a motorcycle for about 20 years. Saturday, he joined up with Fickle and Eugene from Star Valley and they made a trek to Heber. We still don’t know how we’re going to get that smile off his face.

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Celebrations and more celebrations

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek residents came out by the droves last Saturday to enjoy a near perfect early fall afternoon on the meadow at Milburns’. The occasion was a birthday celebration and the theme was Oktoberfest.

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Plan a color trek up to Rim aspens

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is easing into fall and soon will enjoy the most colorful season of the year. It’s time for harvesting apples.

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Trimble event draws crowd of 100

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek waited and waited. Early on, the tropical depression Sixteen-E had us in the crosshairs.

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Official State Historian shares stories

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is in the heart of Wild West historical events going back to the 1870s. Apache attacks kept early pioneers vigilant with the culmination of these attacks coming in 1882 when they burned Isador Christopher’s cabin.

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Great holiday weekend and a full refrigerator

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is cricket calm. Cabin-renters, Creekers, campers, children and their canines came to celebrate the culmination of the summer season and then they were gone.

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Monsoon lifts, muddies the creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is normally a beautiful, babbling brook, but on Monday evening it became a boisterous, boiling, brown brew, bashing its way through the town after a flashy, torrential thunderstorm passed through.

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