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Rod Britain

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First snow of season a delight at Creek

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

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Rain gives Christopher Creek a healthy flow

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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’

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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’

Another Week in the Creek

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

Another Week in the Creek

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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Of eggs, parties and tall fish tales

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek Homeown­ers Associa­tion hosted 31 Easter egg-hunting youngsters last Saturday.

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Enjoying Creek visitors old and new

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek visitors come in a variety of packages. Some are first-timers; some are old-timers. We enjoy ’em all!

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Spring is busting out in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek warmed up this week. The dab of snow a week ago didn’t leave but two-tenths in the rain gauge. Tomato seedlings are two inches high, tulips have bloomed, as has the pear tree. House wrens have settled in the birdhouses and are serenading in the early mornings.

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A slice of heaven on the Mogollon Rim

Another Week in the Creek

No, it’s Christopher Creek. Quite a number of folks around here have expressed their support of the idea that the Creek is much closer to paradise than, say, the Valley!

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Christopher Creek gets in your blood

Another Week in the Creek

Once Christopher Creek gets in your blood, there is no longer any immunity and certainly no cure. One must take care, however, to enjoy what we have and not overlook the little things. Sure, each year brings about some of the same rituals and expectations. On the other side of the coin, there are those new to the Creek who are about to experience and appreciate these things for the first time.

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Wind no match for St. Patrick’s celebrations

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek had some wind over last weekend. How much wind was there, you ask? Well, it would have blown your hat in the creek. It was absolutely fierce. It gusted hard enough to blow the fuzz off the pussy willows.

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Water’s up and so’s the javelina count

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is home to a growing number of javelina this season. There appears to be a bumper crop of offspring and we now have four adults and five babies roaming around.

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20 go to Valley wedding

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was well represented in Old Town Scottsdale last Friday night. Samone and Josh Flores were wed with upwards of 150 well-wishers witnessing the ceremony.

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Christopher Creek in state of confusion

Christopher Creek is in a state of confusion.

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Jury assaults juvenile

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek was the scene of mob violence this past week. It came in the form of a vigilante committee hell bent on exacting their penitence from the focus of their wrath.

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Just for Us – an alternative to cabin fever

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek hadn’t had much snow that year, but it had been pretty cold. Back then there were more folks here year-round it seems. In 1990, or was it ’91, my employers were Tony and Janie Sotomayor, who had the Land­mark. Weeknights at the bar were pretty dead; we needed some action.

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Residents, visitors enjoy Hashknife Pony Express run

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a place in Arizona where we enjoy four seasons — busy season, pothole season, fire season and solitude. We are in season four.

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Creekside Restaurant has new owner

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek summer residents Leo and Mary Wennings, Mark Alvin, Terry Short and his wife, and Ron and Rhonda Louches, were all here this past weekend enjoying our April weather. The only problem ... it’s just mid-January.

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Memories of snowstorms while it’s 60 degrees in January

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a second home or summer home to hundreds of folks. Not a one of them were here this past weekend, it seems. Margo is off wintering in San Diego, while Mimi is down in the Valley with Rosemary and Pat and Trudy are down at their condo in Belize.

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Polar vortex news brings memories of frigid Midwest winters

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is a tropical paradise. Daytime highs are in the 50s. Yah, you say. So what? Well, this past Monday morning in Chicago at O’Hare airport it was 15 degrees below zero with wind chill temperature of minus 39. Marshalltown, Iowa reported minus 17 and minus 58 with the wind chill.

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Bar hopping in the mountains on New Year’s Eve

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek woke up to warm, sunny weather on New Year’s morning. Well, maybe not so warm.

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Great light displays in the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

The Christmas light displays at Christopher Creek Lodge and the Grey Hackle Lodge were the crown jewels in the Lights on the Loop and made for a dazzling backdrop for this year’s Christmas Carts and Quads Electric Light Parade. The Gift Shoppe at Creekside is decked out as well.

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