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Rod Britain

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Pioneers planted as season dictated

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek’s neighboring pioneer families of a hundred years ago knew when it was time.

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Spring Wine in Pines event hosts 50 guests

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Christopher Creek resident, Mimi Tidwell, was quoted as saying, “I’ve never been to one. I thought it was time to see what they were all about.” At 94 years of age she was there to experience the 2015 Spring Wine in the Pines wine tasting event.

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Power outage causes some panic

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek residents fled from their cabins into the roads last Saturday afternoon. Some were taking the events in stride while others were in full panic mode.

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Beloved trail cleaned up for great hikes

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Christopher Creek showed off its community spirit this past weekend — 60 folks gathered to voice their concerns and opinions.

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Celebrations all around the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek crossed the vernal equinox last Friday without any problem that we have heard.

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Spring arrives on Rim with celebrations

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Christopher Creek saw the opening of the Landmark for the new season, the final St. Patrick’s observance up at Dennis and Kelly’s home in See Canyon, a birthday party campfire down at Jay and Lisa’s, a host of youngsters on spring break and even some folks looking for campsites already.

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Baseball fever is on the rise up here

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was well represented at the annual Taste of Rim Country at the Payson Public Library last Saturday evening. Sheila Marcum and Christopher Taylor did their Creekside “Mad Jack” sandwich combined with a smoked ham and potato soup.

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So far, El Niño falling short of predictions

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek hadn’t had but a quarter of an inch of sky-borne liquid in the entire month of February. Now January held its own with three-and-three-quarters inches. A lot of that came from that New Year’s Eve snowstorm. What was the name of that storm? Does anybody remember?

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Volunteer sought for CK fire board

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The Christopher Creek/Kohl’s Ranch Fire Department got a look at a brand new engine last Saturday morning. Firefighters Rhett and Ben were on hand to check out Engine 5X1, a 1950s style Murray “Sad Face.”

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Love in the air + 100 weeks in the Creek

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Christopher Creek’s sweethearts were out in numbers last Saturday evening. The comedy show after dinner at the casino was the night out for Dean + Genny along with Scott + Marilyn.

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About all those ghosts around here

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had yet to have a name when a family from the Oklahoma panhandle gazed from the edge of the Rim into a wild country where they each would, over the next 40 years, live out their lives.

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Get out and enjoy the warm weather

Christopher Creek is where this ghost walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Sorry, fella, we don’t serve spirits.”

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Recalling another haunted celebration

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Christopher Creek Store and Bar evolved from the original building with a succession of add-ons built during the late ’50s through the ’70s of the last century.

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One especially memorable party with a guest from the other side

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has had an early fall tradition for nearly 40 years. On the second Tuesday of September there was a gathering.

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These hills may be haunted by five different spirits

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek seems to be a fairly normal place. You have your doctors and lawyers, your authors and artists, your working and retired. Newcomers and descendants of pioneer families call the Creek home. There is always a snowplow driver, a plumber and a couple of handymen around.

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Snow brings a grand time to Christopher Creek

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Christopher Creek echoed with the screams of delight from the youngsters flying down the half-dozen impromptu sled runs throughout the town last weekend.

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The spirit of giving continues all year

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek witnessed the spirit of giving — not this Christmas season, but back in late October. At 7 a.m. on a crisp Saturday morning, Gila County fire dispatch alerted the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department there was a report of a body under the guardrail alongside SR 260 at milepost 281. Rescue 511 responded to that location and this is what they discovered.

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First snow of season a delight at Creek

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Christopher Creek got a taste of early winter weather over the weekend with another three-quarters inch of rain overnight last Friday.

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Santa arrives with wintery weather

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Christopher Creek is just average — but that’s not bad. The Creek had an inch and three-quarters in a 48-hour rain event last week.

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Community humming with the holidays

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Christopher Creek is all geared up for the season with the Loop lighted up like never before.

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So much to be thankful for this year

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek has many things to be thankful for, and yesterday’s weather was one.

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Successful wine event takes chill out of month

Christopher Creek is well into the chill of November brought about by the deep tilt of earth’s axis and the late rising, low angle of the sun.

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Sports cheers echo through Rim Country

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Christopher Creek had been fairly quiet until last Saturday afternoon when screaming and cheering echoed up the canyon. The crowd noise came from where Sun Devil fans gathered to watch the game against Notre Dame.

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Lots of good times coming to the Creek

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Christopher Creek went from cool to chilly to crisp in the last couple of weeks. Fall has been a classic. The magic of having four seasons is foreign to those Valley denizens who visit here in the summer. They really don’t know what they’re missing during the autumn and winter months.

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Halloween hayride hits all Creek’s favorite haunts

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Christopher Creek is a month into fall with the weather just nice as can be. The days are warm and cool nights invite folks to gather ’round a campfire.

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Saying goodbye to a really great guy

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Christopher Creek held a memorial for John Matus at the Creekside Restaurant last Friday afternoon.

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There’s always a good time somewhere

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Christopher Creek is three miles west of Colcord Road, which winds for about 10 miles through ponderosa pine and oak trees beneath the awe-inspiring Mogollon Rim.

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An October monster in Christopher Creek

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Christopher Creek yielded up a monster last Saturday afternoon. While folks were enjoying Chuck and Karen’s Oktoberfest Party the word filtered through the crowd. Jaws were dropping; exclamations of amazement were heard.

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We’re feeling the rain in Rim Country creeks

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek, AZ - “A River Runs Through It”

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Any more Rim Country rain will be a bonus

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Christopher Creek enjoyed a few brief showers over the last weekend of summer.

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Rain gives Christopher Creek a healthy flow

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Christopher Creek has been flowing quite nicely the last six weeks from the rains, which are nearing our annual average for the wet season.

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Wonderful farewell to summer on the Rim

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Christopher Creek was the epicenter of a fabulous Labor Day weekend if you can discount the plight of those who spent five and a half hours on the road Friday just to get here.

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Creekside reopens to supportive crowd

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Christopher Creek is “a tiny hamlet under Central Arizona’s magnificent Mogollon Rim” ac­cording to a line in the bio of a gal who is among the most talented of the artists, entertainers, writers and crafters who have called this area their home over the years.

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Devil fans accent forest green with maroon and gold

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Christopher Creek has enjoyed some of the monsoonal rains the last couple of weeks.

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A kid and cattle cavorting in ‘Kissafer Creep’

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Christopher Creek was the scene of the Great Columbine Cattle Drive last Saturday afternoon. Dogs all over town kicked up a fuss as a fella named Heber rounded up a half-dozen of his steers down by the homestead meadow and attempted to head them up the road.

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Recalling the history of Creekside restaurant

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On one of my first visits to Christopher Creek back in 1971, there was a guy working on a foundation on a property along Highway 260, just before you start up the hill going out of town toward Heber. When asked what he was up to he replied he was building a bar.

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Area still running short on rain levels for year

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Christopher Creek welcomed the return of monsoonal moisture beginning last Sunday. The rain total is now at six inches since July 1, which means we need an additional 11 inches to make our monsoon average.

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News and notes from around and about

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Christopher Creek will one day be the retirement home of Ron and Rhonda Louch.

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Monsoon season makes area more like heaven each day

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is where you want to be right now. Cool, cloudy days with a few occasional showers surely beat the heat and humidity the Valley has to offer.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July ... and the monsoon

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was a hotbed of activity over the holiday weekend. Among the myriad visitors was the monsoon — and not a minute too soon. It started off with a few sprinkles and then a bit of lightning and a couple of light, steady, late night showers.

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Parrots, cornholes, a parade and more

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BAM! BAM! BOOM! BOOM! POP! POP! ... Happy Independence Day to a nation of the People, by the People and for the People!

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Firing up 4th of July fun in Christopher Creek

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Christopher Creek’s Inde­pendence Day Parade has announced this year’s grand marshal. Bob Lusson is an 87-year-old, longtime resident from down on the west end of Columbine Road.

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Firecracker Weekend Cornhole Tourney on tap

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Christopher Creek may not be Eden or Paradise, but it certainly could fill in The Gap.

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Potluck this weekend; get ready for fun

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Christopher Creek is without a doubt a premier spot for it. It’s not a sport like hunting or fishing. It’s a whole lot safer than four-wheeling and look at the money you can wrap in those outfits.

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Be on the lookout for bears out and about

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Christopher Creek is trickling along, waiting for some summer rains. The trout in the pools below the patio at the Landmark escaped last Saturday’s statewide free fishing day.

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Creek was hoppin’ Memorial Day weekend

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek Memorial Day weekend was full of activities and full cabin rentals. Cloudy and cool accompanied by a few weak attempts to rain highlighted the weather.

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Parties and barbecues planned for Saturday

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Christopher Creek is coming up on the Memorial Day weekend. The day falls early on the calendar this year and that makes for a week longer summer season.

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Bears congregate in See Canyon

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Christopher Creek hosted Mr. Bear for four days a week ago. The first day he sat down along the fence next to the Bottle cabin. He was waiting for everybody to take their pictures. My camera sat on the seat of the pick-up with a dead battery.

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A dozen kids give creek current a ‘push’

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Christopher Creek’s current calmly churns and cascades down the canyon and comes through town over boulders and around bends, before bounding into the Box ever-losing elevation, ending eventually upon entering the Tonto. There just wasn’t quite enough current last Saturday, but we will get to that in a minute.

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A shout-out to old-timers, newcomers

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Christopher Creek’s reigning matriarch, Mimi Tidwell will celebrate her 94th birthday this October. She came to Arizona with her mother from Louisiana in 1929. They came through Tucson to Phoenix on a dirt road. Of course, all the roads were dirt in 1929.

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